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  • Lawmakers urge UK to be more outspoken on Hong Kong

    03/06/2015 9:22:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 6, 2015 8:05 AM EST
    A British parliamentary committee is urging the British government to be more outspoken in support of democracy in Hong Kong. In a report Friday, the Foreign Affairs Committee said British officials have failed to clearly state their position on democratic developments in the Chinese territory, and warned that it could damage Britain’s reputation there. They stressed that Britain “can and should take a position” on democracy in the Chinese territory. …
  • The terrifying prospect of the Scots ruling England is now all too real [truncated]

    03/06/2015 6:41:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 6, 2015 | Max Hastings
    To most of us, it seems like an eternity ago that David Cameron stood outside Downing Street the morning after the Scottish electorate rejected independence, and declared: ‘The people of Scotland have spoken. It is a clear result. Now it is time for the United Kingdom to come together and move forward.’ Today, however, six months on, the latest opinion poll suggests that the General Election in May could give Labour and the Tories equal representation in the Commons, with the Nationalists sweeping Scotland to hold 56 out of 59 seats, and the balance of power at Westminster.
  • Islamic State terrorists target Victoria Cross-winning paratrooper

    03/05/2015 2:03:23 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    Daily Star (UK) ^ | 2nd March 2015 | Oriana Pawlyk
    ISLAMIC State terrorists have set their sights on kidnapping Victoria Cross-winning paratrooper Joshua Leakey. Army chiefs have thrown a ring of steel around the brave lance corporal and his family to combat the snatch threat. Brit-born jihadis see the 27-year-old war hero as the “ultimate prize” in their bid to strike a high-profi le blow against the West. Top brass have warned the soldier that he and his family are at risk. And security was stepped up before last week’s announcement he had won the top bravery gong. He is the first living serviceman to receive it for action in...
  • New Zealand spying on Pacific islands, Snowden leaks say

    03/05/2015 4:16:53 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 March 2015 Last updated at 02:34 ET | BBC
    New Zealand is conducting mass surveillance over its Pacific neighbours, reports citing documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden say. Calls, emails and social media messages were being collected from Pacific nations, the New Zealand Herald said. The data was shared with other members of the "Five Eyes" network - the US, Australia, Britain and Canada.
  • The Education of ‘Jihadi John’

    03/05/2015 5:39:17 AM PST · by the scotsman · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3rd March 2015 | MAAJID NAWAZ
    'LAST week, the man called “Jihadi John” by the world’s media was unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Muslim and naturalized British citizen from London. Not only that, but the Islamic State’s most notorious Western recruit was identified as a graduate in computer science from the University of Westminster. Many were shocked that the apparent executioner in videos made by the Islamic State, or ISIS, was an educated, middle-class metropolitan. In fact, academic institutions in Britain have been infiltrated for years by dangerous theocratic fantasists. I should know: I was one of them. The University of Westminster is well known...
  • Anger after Palestinians branded "terrorists" in Scottish primary school homework

    03/05/2015 3:29:06 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    Herald Scotland ^ | Wednesday 4 March 2015 | Herald Scotland
    A SCOTTISH council has come under fire after one of its schools handed out homework to primary pupils describing Palestinians as "terrorists". Parents from New Stevenston Primary School in Motherwell made the complaint after children in P7 received a homework assignment on terrorism and terror. One of the case studies pupils were asked questions on stated: "Palestinians feel they have the right to use terrorism against Israelis" and asks pupils to give two reasons for this. The homework also asks pupils to "describe two examples of Palestinian terrorist activities". In the accompanying information pupils are told that: "Palestinians have turned...
  • Ireland one of least Muslim-friendly countries – report

    03/04/2015 1:20:41 PM PST · by Murtyo · 65 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 3.4.2015 | Conor Pope
    Ireland is considered to be one of the least friendly places for Muslims to visit, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index, which has just been published.
  • 400 more victims of Muslim rape gangs; authorities feared “racism” charges

    03/04/2015 1:41:03 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 39 replies
    jihad watch citing sky news ^ | March 3, 2015 | Lisa Dowd
    “We are ashamed of the shortcomings identified in this report and we are determined to do all we can to ensure nothing like this ever happens again,” said Chief Constable Sara Thornton. No, you aren’t. You did nothing because you were afraid of charges of “racism” and “Islamophobia” from the far-Left propagandists who wag the British government dog, such as Nick Lowles and Fiyaz Mughal. You let these girls’ lives be destroyed because you were afraid those vicious smear merchants would destroy your career. And they would have. “Sex Gangs May Have Abused Hundreds Of Girls,” by Lisa Dowd, Sky...
  • Britain Bans Ad Saying Jerusalem’s Old City is Part of Israel

    03/04/2015 11:32:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    INN ^ | 3/4/2015, 4:42 AM | Ben Ariel
    Britain’s advertising watchdog has banned an Israeli government tourism advert for suggesting that the Old City of Jerusalem was part of Israel, AFP reported. The newspaper brochure showed a panorama of the walled Old City with the text “Israel has it all”, and was ruled misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which said it implied the UNESCO World Heritage Site was part of Israel. The international community regards the Old City as “occupied Palestinian territory” and has never recognized Israel’s annexation of parts of Jerusalem it liberated during the Six Day War. Following a complaint, the ASA ruled the...
  • Piers Morgan wants President Obama to tell Netanyahu ‘who’s boss’

    03/03/2015 10:36:31 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 59 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 03/03/2015 | Twitchy Staff
    It looks like Piers Morgan was no fan of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech earlier today:
  • UK: Weasel photographed riding on a woodpecker's back

    03/03/2015 11:13:44 AM PST · by the scotsman · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3rd March 2015 | BBC NEWS
    'Amateur photographer Martin Le-May, from Essex, has recorded the extraordinary image of a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker as it flies through the air. The photograph was taken at Hornchurch Country Park in east London on Monday afternoon. Speaking to BBC News, Mr Le-May said he had managed to capture the moment while he was out walking with his wife Ann.'
  • Obama Holding Video Talk With European Leaders on Ukraine

    03/03/2015 5:35:38 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 03/03/2015
    President Barack Obama is holding a video conference with European leaders to discuss their push for peace in Ukraine and other global security issues. The White House says other leaders planning to be on the Tuesday morning call include British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and European Commission President Donald Tusk.
  • UK ministers issue spaceport shortlist

    03/03/2015 4:36:17 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 March 2015 Last updated at 06:35 ET | Jonathan Amos, Science Correspondent
    The UK government has issued a shortlist of aerodromes that could host a UK The UK government has issued a shortlist of aerodromes that could host a UK spaceport. The list reduces the number of runways first suggested as candidates when last year's consultation got under way. Still in are Campbeltown, Glasgow Prestwick, and Stornoway in Scotland; Newquay in England and Llanbedr in Wales. RAF Leuchars is confirmed as a potential temporary facility. Ministers are keen to see the spaceport established by 2018. . The list reduces the number of runways first suggested as candidates when last year's consultation got...
  • Exclusive: Obama says Iran must halt nuclear work for at least a decade

    03/02/2015 2:46:27 PM PST · by keat · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 2, 2015 5:35pm EST | Jeff Mason
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran should commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but said the odds were still against sealing a final agreement. In an interview with Reuters at the White House, Obama said that a rift over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress opposing the Iran deal on Tuesday was a distraction that would not be "permanently destructive" to U.S. Israeli ties. But he said there was a "substantial disagreement" between his administration and...
  • How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say

    03/02/2015 11:07:33 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 3/2 | LEE KEATH and HAMZA HENDAWI
    Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of terror in videos showing Western hostages beheaded. President Barack Obama has insisted the militants behind a brutal campaign of beheadings, kidnappings and enslavement are "not Islamic" and only use a veneer of Islam for their own ends. Obama's critics argue the extremists are intrinsically linked to Islam. Others insist their ideology has little connection...
  • Argentine technical mission to China to assess the purchase of jet fighters

    03/02/2015 7:23:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    MercoPress ^ | March 1st 2015
    It's official: in the coming weeks a technical delegation from Argentina's Air Force will be travelling to China to assess the convenience of purchasing Chinese jet fighters to replace the obsolete French made Mirages. Only a month ago president Cristina Fernandez was in Beijing where she sealed an “integral strategic alliance” with China. Negotiations remain secret but according to Argentine sources the purchase could range between 14 and 20 aircraft, basically the FC-1/F-17 'Thunder' which is manufactured by Chendu Aircraft Corporation in association with Pakistan. The single engine fighter is considered modern, affordable for developing countries, and has been tested...
  • McCain calls Obama’s foreign policy ‘delusional’

    03/02/2015 5:57:26 AM PST · by McGruff · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 2, 2015
    Sen. John McCain is charging the Obama administration’s foreign policy is “delusional” and says Secretary of State John Kerry’s global diplomacy has “accomplished nothing except mileage.” In an appearance on MSNBC, the Arizona Republican also calls Russian President Vladimir Putin a “meglomaniac” and “pariah.”
  • U.S. Union Busting: Who’s Scarier, Scott Walker or ‘Jihadi John’?

    03/02/2015 12:15:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    NSNBC ^ | March 2, 2015 | Shamus Cooke
    When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker compared labor unions to ISIS his audience cheered. At the end of the speech he got a standing ovation, reported FOX News in an article entitled “Walker draws standing ovation in CPAC address”. His wealthy audience hated labor unions that much. In fact, the 1% despises unions much more than they hate ISIS. Islamic extremists in the Syrian desert pose no threat to anyone in the U.S., while labor unions pose a direct threat to the profits of the super rich. Conversely, the average U.S. worker has much more to fear from Scott Walker than...
  • UKRAINE: 'Better The Brits Than NATO:' Security Analyst Plays Down U.K. Troops In Ukraine

    03/01/2015 6:20:40 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty ^ | Monday, March 02, 2015
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced on February 24 that Britain would send military personnel to Ukraine soon to help train its army. RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak spoke to Judy Dempsey, senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor-in-chief of the blog Strategic Europe about the significance of the move. RFE/RL: British Prime Minister David Cameron announced this week that his country will send 75 military personnel to Ukraine. Do you think this might be a game changer in the Ukraine conflict? Judy Dempsey: No. They are sending them for training, for civilian-military relations, for sorting how the military on some levels...
  • Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sighted in River Forth as fitting-out continues

    03/02/2015 2:33:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    mail Online, UK ^ | 27 February 2015 | JENNIFER SMITH
    The next phase of work on the Navy's largest ever warship is underway, with the upper decks of the huge vessel gradually taking form. Workers were seen on board HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth Dock in Fife, some seven months after being first floated on the River Forth. She was unveiled by the Queen in 2014 after the ordinarily dry dock was flooded with water. The ship is Britain's largest ever maritime vessel weighing 65,000 tonnes and measuring 918ft from bow to stern. At almost 230ft, she stands as tall as Niagara Falls from the keel to the masthead. Once...
  • Jihad John: Another Rich Terrorist Who Doesn't Need a Job

    03/01/2015 3:38:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2015 | Jeff Crouere
    In a recent interview, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that to fight terrorism, “we need to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it’s a lack of opportunity for jobs….” In other words, we can fight terrorism with a jobs program, sort of a stimulus program for the jihadists. If we only have enough shovel ready jobs for the jihadists, there will be no terrorism. How amazing naďve and how terrifyingly stupid, but this is the mentality that is prevalent throughout the Obama administration. The history of Islamic terrorism is replete with examples...
  • [Ireland ambassador to UK] Dan Mulhall: Ireland will do ‘all we can’ to keep the UK in the EU

    03/01/2015 12:25:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Published: 27/02/2015 - 14:33 | Updated: 27/02/2015 - 14:37 | Mark Briggs
    UK membership of the EU was in “fundamental Irish national interest”, and would adversely affect the whole EU, the Irish Ambassdor in London told EurActiv. Ireland will do “all that we can” to ensure the UK remains in the EU, stated Dan Mulhall. “A British exit would inevitably weaken the Union, which is something that cannot be in Ireland’s interests,” said the diplomat. […] Mulhall said Ireland would back reforms that make the European Union “work better”, but warned now was not the time to engage in “radical treaty change”. “I don’t think full blown treaty reform is appropriate or...
  • Ed Miliband: Leaving EU not in Britain’s interest

    03/01/2015 12:03:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 27/02/2015 - 16:27 | Mark Briggs
    Speaking at the EEF National Manufacturing Conference in London, Miliband said yesterday (26 February) that “(t)here is no greater threat to the long-term stability and prosperity of Britain and British business than leaving the European Union.” Leaving the European Union is not in Britain’s national interest, the UK opposition leader added. Taking aim at the Conservatives, Miliband said it was, “wrong to play fast and loose with our membership of the European Union.” …
  • AP Essay: 'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact unmasked (Hurl Alert)

    03/01/2015 10:03:29 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 13 replies
    AP ^ | Mar 1, 2015 12:16 PM (ET) | GREGORY KATZ
    For one thing, with his identity known, and the global distribution of pictures of him looking slightly goofy in an ill-fitting Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap, Emwazi may become less sinister to viewers, less able to send chills up the spines of people who abhor Islamic State's claim to be killing civilians in the name of Islam. If he kills again on camera, the element of surprise will be gone and the reaction may well be, "Oh, him again."
  • ('Profound f****** socialist') Emma Thompson to evade paying tax until other evaders are jailed

    03/01/2015 6:55:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    3 News ^ | 2/26/15
    **SNIP** The British couple is hoping to launch a protest movement in the aftermath of a recent tax scandal in the UK, during which it was alleged staff at the Swiss arm of the bank HSBC helped clients avoid hefty bills in Britain. Thompson and Wise hope a mass tax boycott will convince bosses at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the government department responsible for collecting the money, to penalise wealthy citizens and companies who avoid paying their fair share. Wise tells London's Evening Standard newspaper, "I want to stop paying tax, until everyone pays tax... I have actively...
  • Sir John Sawers, ex-MI6 chief, warns of Russia 'danger'

    02/28/2015 8:24:49 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 February 2015 Last updated at 01:35 ET | Mishal Hussein, BBC
    Russia has become a danger to Britain and the country must be prepared to take steps to defend itself and its allies, the former head of MI6 says. Sir John Sawers, who recently retired after five years as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Russia poses a "state to state threat".
  • Arabs: Why is Obama Siding with Supporters of Terrorism?

    02/28/2015 1:13:53 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 36 replies
    gatestoneinstitute.org ^ | February 26, 2015 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Many Arabs and Muslims see the meeting between Obama and Qatar's al-Thani as a gift to Qatar for its continued support of Islamic radical groups across the Middle East, including Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. On the eve of Obama's meeting, Egyptian sources revealed that Qatar was providing weapons and ammunition to members of the Islamic State in Libya. The sources said that 35 Qatari aircraft were involved in transferring munitions. Arab political analysts are also concerned about Obama's ongoing attempts to appease Iran, which continues to expand its presence in Arab countries such as Yemen, Iraq...
  • Jihadist snouts still in public trough ( Australia )

    02/28/2015 7:58:55 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    News au ^ | February 23, 2015
    NOT a single welfare payment has been cancelled for terrorist recruits leaving Australia for the Middle East, or those merely deemed a national security threat, since new laws were enacted last October to crack down on the so-called welfare warriors. The Daily Telegraph revealed at the weekend that 96 per cent of the junior ­jihadis who snuck out of the country before last September had been on some form of welfare payment, prompting the introduction of new laws to stop it. ... Subsequent inquiries, however, have revealed that the new laws have yet to be used, despite some 40 more...
  • First Photo Of 'Jihadi John' As Adult Revealed

    02/27/2015 10:37:41 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    Sky News ^ | 2/27/15
    Showing him with a goatee beard and wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap, the image is revealed in student records from his time at the University of Westminster. It comes after the 26-year-old who became the masked face of the notorious terror organisation was identified as the figure seen in several videos of hostages being beheaded. Sky News can also exclusively reveal details of Emwazi's academic achievements during his stint at the university in London's Cavendish campus, between 2006 and 2009. According to the document, he passed all but two of the modules in his Information Systems with Business Management...
  • WaPo: “Jihadi John”, ISIS beheader, identified by intelligence as … a wealthy dilettante

    02/26/2015 6:56:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    So much for the jobs program. The ISIS terrorist who became known as “Jihadi John” for his British accent in videos depicting the brutal beheading of Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff has been identified today by the Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi, based on information from intelligence sources. Emwazi’s life was hardly Dickensian: The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State and who taunts audiences in videos circulated widely online.But his real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case,...
  • Victoria Cross: L/Cpl Josh Leakey recognised for valour

    02/26/2015 4:22:54 PM PST · by Michael Collins · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 26/2/2015 | Sian Lloyd
    A paratrooper who showed "complete disregard" for his own safety during a Taliban attack in Afghanistan has been awarded the Victoria Cross - the highest British military honour.
  • 'Jihadi John' Killer from islamic State Beheading Videos named by Media

    02/26/2015 4:27:20 AM PST · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Yaho0 oews ^ | February 36, 2015 | Reuters via Yahoo
    LONDON (Reuters) - The "Jihadi John" killer who has featured in several Islamic State beheading videos is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a middle class family who grew up in London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming, the Washington Post newspaper said.
  • Jihadi John: 'Radicalised' by Britain (UPSIDE-DOWN! Sympathy for Poor Jihadi John!?)

    02/26/2015 7:37:42 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 25 replies
    CAGE UK ^ | Thursday 26 February 2015 | CAGE UK
    Since 2001, the British authorities have systematically shifted the spotlight away from its foreign policy and its security agencies by placing blame for violence at home and abroad solely on Muslims. British security services have systematically engaged in the harassment of young Muslims, rendering their lives impossible and leaving them with no legal avenue to redress their situation. A Washington Post correspondent contacted CAGE regarding a story she was working on. CAGE Research Director, Asim Qureshi met with the journalist, where she inquired about the name Mohammad Emwazi. Qureshi went away with that information and checked CAGE’s files, revealing that...
  • ISIS militant ‘Jihadi John’ unmasked as middle-class Brit

    02/26/2015 6:12:09 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2-26-2015 | Yaron Steinbuch
    ISIS militant ‘Jihadi John’ unmasked as middle-class Brit By Yaron Steinbuch February 26, 2015 | 7:16am The infamous masked ISIS madman seen in gruesome videos beheading Western hostages was identified by media outlets Thursday as Mohammed Emwazi — a middle-class Briton with a degree in computer programming. The BBC reported that the Kuwaiti-born Emwazi is in his mid-20s and from West London. British authorities chose not to identify him earlier for operational reasons. “I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John,” one of Emwazi’s close friends told the Washington Post. “He was like a brother to me. . . . I...
  • Para becomes first living VC recipient of Afghan war (Britain's top medal)

    02/25/2015 10:12:50 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | Ben Farmer
    A British paratrooper who ran through heavy fire to single-handedly lead the fight back against a Taliban attack has become the first living recipient of the Victoria Cross from the Afghanistan campaign. L/Cpl Joshua Leakey has been awarded Britain’s highest award for bravery in the face of the enemy more than 70 years after a relative posthumously won the same medal.
  • ( UK ) Girls in Rotherham are still being groomed by sex gangs, warns MP

    02/25/2015 5:41:30 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    The Times ^ | February 21 2015 | Damian Whitworth and Andrew Norfolk
    Young girls are still being targeted for sex by groups of men on the streets of Rotherham, the town’s MP has said. Sarah Champion, who is seeking improved support and protection for sex-grooming victims, said that vulnerable children in the South Yorkshire town continued to fall victim to the same pattern of abuse that had led to the pimping and trafficking of hundreds of girls.
  • BBC Poll: 27 percent of British Muslims sympathize with Charlie Hebdo attackers

    02/25/2015 12:32:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2015 | Guy Benson
    This seems like a solid enough news hook to revisit a theme I addressed shortly after the Paris attacks, when the Obama administration’s ‘radical-Islamist-violence-has-nothing-to-do-with-Islam’ rhetoric was in full throat. Via The Telegraph: One in four British Muslims sympathise with terrorists behind the Charlie Hebdo attacks, a new poll shows. A poll reveals how a significant minority of Muslims endorse terrorist atrocities against those who mock the Prophet Mohammed. Some 27 per cent of British Muslims said they have “some sympathy for the motives behind the attacks” on the Paris magazine, according to polling by ComRes for the BBC. A...
  • Britain’s Lost Girls

    02/25/2015 12:27:07 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | February 24, 2015
    Britons have anxiously followed for nearly a week the hunt for three missing teenage schoolgirls who aren’t “missing” at all. The trio appear to have evaded efforts to track them down as they journeyed to Syria to join Islamic State. Authorities say the three girls lied to their families about their plans for the day on Feb. 17 to buy time to fly from London’s Gatwick Airport to Istanbul. From there they are believed to have traveled into Syria. One of the three allegedly was in contact via social media with Aqsa Mahmood, a 20-year-old Scottish woman who also became...
  • EU unveils vast plan to merge 28 energy markets

    02/25/2015 6:15:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2015 8:18 AM EST | Lorne Cook
    The European Union’s executive has unveiled a vast plan to boost coordination between the EU’s 28 national energy markets to wean Europe off unstable Russian gas supplies and provide cheaper energy for consumers. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič on Wednesday called it “undoubtedly the most ambitious energy project” since the inception of the EU over half a century ago. He believes that improving links across borders in Europe’s energy grid could save businesses and consumers up to €40 billion ($45.4 billion) a year. A more energy-independent Europe will also increase the EU’s political options in eastern Europe. […] “Our...
  • Over a quarter of British Muslims have sympathy for the Charlie Hebdo terrorists

    02/25/2015 10:21:20 AM PST · by NRx · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | Dan Hodges
    This morning the BBC published details of a major poll of the attitudes of Britain’s Muslims. The headline on the front of the BBC website linking to the research states: “Muslims ‘oppose cartoon reprisals’”. This of course relates to attitudes within the Muslim community towards the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks. It’s a reassuring headline. It’s also wrong. Many Muslims - a majority - do indeed utterly oppose the murderous killings in Paris. But a very, very large number of Muslims don’t. Presented with the statement “I have some sympathy for the motives behind the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris”, 27...
  • Fairtrade sales fall for first time in foundation's 20-year existence [UK]

    02/25/2015 12:45:07 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 23 February 2015 | Sarah Butler
    Sales of Fairtrade goods have fallen for the first time since the ethical trading scheme was founded 20 years ago as cash-strapped consumers tighten their belts. The slide of almost 4%, after years of double-digit growth, reflects wider troubles in the grocery market as shoppers put less in their baskets and turn to cheaper chains such as Aldi and Lidl in a bid to save money.
  • UK stuns Europe by sending troops to Ukraine

    02/24/2015 6:09:23 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 15 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Feb. 25, 2015, 12:49 a.m. | Kyiv Post+, Maxim Tucker
    The United Kingdom stunned officials across Europe with a unilateral announcement that it would send 75 troops to Ukraine within the month to train the country's embattled forces in four skill sets – infantry, intelligence, logistics and medical. “Over the course of the next month we are going to be deploying British service personnel to provide advice and a range of training, from tactical intelligence to logistics to medical care, which is something else they have asked for," UK Prime Minister David Cameron said on “We will also be developing an infantry training programme with Ukraine to improve the durability...
  • Lockheed F-35 heads for the ski jump in next key round of tests

    02/24/2015 5:54:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/24/2015 | ANDREA SHALAL
    Feb 24 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will start "ski-jump testing" at a Maryland air base this week, while another B-model jet wraps up six months of tests at temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 Celsius) to as high as 120 F (49 C). Two UK pilots will test the ability of the new warplane to take off from upward-sloping ski-jump ramps used on aircraft carriers like those operated by Britain and Italy. The ramps launch the jets forward and upward, reducing the thrust needed. Sylvia Pierson, spokeswoman for the Pentagon's F-35...
  • Obama’s Policies Are Part Of A Master Plan To Revive The Grand Muslim Caliphate

    02/21/2015 3:15:01 PM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | February 21, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    Americans are becoming increasingly more suspicious struggling to find rhyme or reason for Obama’s latest Middle East policies. Rudy Giuliani seems to attribute Obama’s policies to be influenced through his affiliations with radical socialists like Frank Marshall Davis. But serious questions will prove that Obama’s policies are not different than a Muslim who supports the revival of the Muslim grand caliphate. Was Obama influenced only by a Marxist-Leninist agenda or did he also not grow up Muslim, having learned how to recite the Muslim call to prayer in the classical Arabic tongue as he clearly admits? Can anyone even deny...
  • Christian militia takes the war to Islamic State in Syria

    02/24/2015 5:19:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Telegraph Media ^ | 23 Feb 2015 | Richard Spencer
    Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Hassakeh have been involved in fierce fighting with Isil jihadists including Chechens. A Christian militia formed to protect the community as Syria falls apart is fighting its first major battle against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), attacking across a front in the north-east of the country before being driven back again in a fierce counter-blow. Christian groups said they were checking a report that up to 200 civilians had been kidnapped by Isil jihadists in the fighting and were being held as hostages. A number of fighters from the militia,...
  • Britain to send military advisers to Ukraine, announces Cameron

    02/24/2015 2:57:00 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2-24-15 | unattributed
    Britain was pulled closer towards a renewed cold war with Russia when David Cameron announced UK military trainers are to be deployed to help Ukraine forces stave off further Russian backed incursions into its sovereign territory. The decision – announced on Tuesday but under consideration by the UK national security council since before Christmas – represents the first deployment of British troops to the country since the near civil war in eastern Ukraine began more than a year ago. Downing Street said the deployment was not just a practical bilateral response to a request for support, but a signal to...
  • British forces head for Ukraine as David Cameron issues warning to Vladimir Putin

    02/24/2015 12:28:23 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | February 24, 2015 | Peter Dominiczak
    British troops will be deployed in Ukraine to train soldiers fighting Russian separatists, David Cameron has said, as he delivered an extraordinary warning to Vladimir Putin over his continued aggression in eastern Europe. The Prime Minister said that there would be "deeply damaging" consequences for all of Europe if the EU fails to stand up to Mr Putin in Ukraine, predicting that the Russian president could turn against the Baltic states or Moldova if he is not reined in now. He warned that Mr Putin has opted out of the “rules-based system” of the twenty-first century and warned that the...
  • Ash Carter warns Russia on nukes

    02/24/2015 10:58:41 AM PST · by McGruff · 38 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 2/23/15 | Philip Ewing
    Ash Carter has quietly thrown down the gauntlet in a lingering dispute with Russia: If President Vladimir Putin continues to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the U.S. could respond in kind. “The range of options we should look at from the Defense Department could include active defenses to counter intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missiles; counter-force capabilities to prevent intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missile attacks; and countervailing strike capabilities to enhance U.S. or allied forces,” Carter told senators in little-noticed written answers to follow-up questions from his confirmation hearing. The defense secretary’s bottom line: “U.S. responses must make clear to Russia that...
  • Former NATO Secretary General on Ukraine's nuclear disarmament: I was wrong

    02/23/2015 10:54:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 09:40 20.02.2015 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, February 20 /Ukrinform/.The idea of nuclear disarmament has failed and led to a selective reduction of the nuclear arsenal in the world, and, as a result, Ukraine received guarantees that are not performed in exchange for unilateral disarmament. Former Secretary General of NATO [1999-2004] and Secretary of State for Defence and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland George Robertson expressed this opinion in his article for Herald Scotland, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. "I started my own political career, as many people know, carrying a Ban the Bomb banner. By giving up the Bomb I believed that we would give...
  • 370,000 migrants on the dole

    02/23/2015 9:06:20 AM PST · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 19, 2012 | Robert Winnett
    More than 370,000 migrants who were admitted to Britain to work, study or go on holiday are now claiming out-of-work benefits, according to official figures compiled for the first time. The migrants, who can claim unemployment, housing and incapacity benefit, are costing taxpayers billions of pounds a year. In other countries, many would have had to return home after their visas expired or their employment ended. But Chris Bryant, shadow immigration minister, today blamed the Government and said the situation would only get worse due to lax border controls, rising migration and increasing unemployment. He said: "Tory ministers are resorting...