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  • [Foreign Minister] Hammond: James Foley murder an 'utter betrayal' of Britain [dhimmi alert]

    08/26/2014 5:24:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Channel 4 ^ | 8/24/2014
    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has called the murder of US journalist James Foley an "utter betrayal of our country" as the government hunts down the suspected Briton who carried out his beheading. Mr Hammond pledged more military support to Kurdish fighters opposing Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, and said the battle against "the enduring threat from Syria and Iraq" was likely to last a generation. But he reiterated that Britain would not be putting "boots on the ground" for a military operation as the government tries to tackle the IS threat, whose members "are turning a swathe of Iraq...
  • More than 1,400 children abused in Rotherham sex abuse scandal

    08/26/2014 11:03:05 AM PDT · by annalex · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 26 Aug 2014 | Martin Evans, and Agencies
    Around 1,400 children were sexually exploited in one town over a 16-year period, a damning report has said. The report on events in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, between 1997 and 2013 found that in more than a third of these cases the youngsters were already known to agencies. It said there had been "blatant" collective failures by Rotherham council's leadership. [...] "children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally-violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone" [...] She said the first of these reports was...
  • UK: Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds (ROP alert)

    08/26/2014 7:23:36 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | August 26 2014
    At least 1,400 children were subjected to "appalling" sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found. Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated it said. The report, commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council in 2013, revealed there had been three previous inquiries.
  • Poverty Does Not Cause Terrorism: European Jihadists Pour Into Syria And Iraq

    08/26/2014 3:58:47 AM PDT · by profreedomdude · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 25 August 2014 | Oliver Williams
    There is a pervasive belief that poverty is a key driver of terrorism... Bill Clinton has stated “we have to create more opportunity for those left behind by progress, thus reducing the pool of potential terrorists.” This framing of poverty and development as national security issues continued with the Obama administration. In Obama’s reckoning “our security and prosperity depend on the security and prosperity of others.” As the head of USAID put it: “On the logo of USAid, it says ‘from the American people.’ but our work has to be seen as ‘for the American people.’ Development is a fundamental...
  • British diplomats apologize for tweets marking 1814 burning of White House with BBQ, cake

    08/26/2014 3:51:25 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 100 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | FoxNews.com staff
    British diplomats in Washington are apologizing for Twitter posts that made light of the 200th anniversary of their troops torching the White House in the War of 1812. The apologies were prompted after the British Embassy posted a picture Sunday of Patrick Davis, deputy British ambassador to the United States, with a caption saying he was participating in "the anniversary of burning of the White House with a BBQ.” The picture was followed by another, about an hour later, that showed a White House replica atop a sheet cake, flanked by sparklers. The caption said: “Commemorating the 200th anniversary of...
  • Labour MP: British Muslims Are Doing 'Humanitarian Work' in Iraq/Syria, Joining ISIS No Different...

    08/26/2014 3:00:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 8/26/2014 | Raheem Kassam
    Labour Member of Parliament Yasmin Qureshi has caused outrage after comparing the idea of young British Muslims joining ISIS to the idea of young Jewish Britons joining the Israel Defence Forces.Qureshi, who has previously had to apologise for offence caused by comparing the situation in Gaza to the Holocaust, also claimed that most British Muslims going to Iraq and Syria were going for "humanitarian reasons" in a bizarre Sky News interview yesterday.She said: "From my understand [sic], most have gone to actually help people so its been humanitarian work. We understand now from some the [sic] intelligence services giving us...
  • Robert Ross: The NI man who started the White House fire 200 years ago

    08/25/2014 2:05:27 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24th August 2014 | Claire Graham
    'Sunday marks the 200th anniversary of the Burning of Washington, and the instrumental role played by a County Down man. British Army Maj Gen Robert Ross, from Rostrevor, will forever be remembered as the man who burned down the White House. The Burning of Washington took place in 1814, during the War of 1812 between British forces and the United States of America. The major general led the troops who set alight public buildings including the Capitol, Washington Navy Yard and, most infamously, the President's Mansion. One eyewitness testified to Ross personally being involved in the piling up of furniture...
  • James Foley execution video staged: experts

    08/25/2014 10:16:07 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 58 replies
    THE VIDEO of a British jihadist beheading an American hostage was probably staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, according to forensic analysis. Footage of James Foley’s death at the hands of a man with a London accent provided a powerful propaganda tool for Islamic State when it was uploaded on to the internet and broadcast around the world last week. Now it has emerged that the Briton might be a frontman and not the killer. His identity has almost certainly been established by the security services, but they have yet to act for fear of endangering the lives...
  • US, UK eye rapper as British-born militant who beheaded journalist James Foley

    08/25/2014 8:41:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 08/25/2014
    American and British intelligence officials are eyeing a British-born rapper as the militant who beheaded journalist James Foley. A senior Western intelligence official told Fox News that 23-year-old London rapper Abdel Majed Abdel Bary is the suspect believed to be Foley's executioner. U.S. intelligence officials are not commenting publicly on the reports, but a well-placed source told Fox News that Bary's Egyptian-born father was extradited from London to the United States in 2012 for his alleged connection to Usama bin Laden and the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa. Bary traveled to Syria last year to fight with ISIS, the...
  • London Mosque With Terror Past Locks Up Journalist

    08/25/2014 7:59:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 8/25/2014, 5:04 PM | Ari Yashar
    A British journalist working for Al Jazeera was held against his will while trying to get an interview at London’s Finsbury Park Mosque, which formerly was run by the notorious Al Qaeda cleric Abu Hamza, recently convicted on multiple terror charges. In an article Sunday, journalist Ben Flanagan documented his visit along with video footage filmed on his cell phone, and shows how he was locked in a room and not let out until police came. …
  • The British Connection: UK Muslims have been waging religious war abroad for at least two decades.

    08/25/2014 7:57:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    National Review ^ | 08/25/2014 | Jonathan Bronitsky
    For many, the British accent of the Islamist who executed American journalist James Foley was almost as shocking as the barbaric murder itself. In the days that follow, critics of American foreign policy will assert that the Islamic State’s audacious act was merely a symptom of “blowback,” the unintended consequence of Western military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. But above all, they will relentlessly stress that the participation of a European Muslim in foreign jihad marks a new development in domestic radicalization. And they will be deeply mistaken. It is easy to write off the Islamization of European Muslims as...
  • Scottish Independence: Scots Ponder Secession Question in Referendum

    08/25/2014 7:53:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/24/2014 | JASON DOUGLAS AND JENNY GROSS
    EDINBURGH -- Campaigners for an independent Scotland are struggling to convince voters that their ancient nation will be better off if it leaves the U.K. Undecided Scots like Calum Carruthers, a 36-year-old father of two from Dunblane, a cathedral town near Edinburgh, are weighing the potential benefits and risks of ending the country's longtime partnership with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. "Emotionally, my instinct is it would be a good thing," said Mr. Carruthers, who works at a bank. But he added that the economic uncertainty is a huge concern, underscoring the dilemma many Scots are grappling with: "There's an...
  • Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi

    08/24/2014 6:30:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 08/24/2014 | Fraser Nelson
    Now and again, American inequality is on display to the world. We saw it after Hurricane Katrina and we have seen it again in the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. A white police offer shoots dead a black man, after having stopped him for jaywalking. Britain’s police don’t have guns, so these scenes are unthinkable. But American-style inequality? We have plenty of that too, we’re just better at hiding it – as I say in my Telegraph column today. I came across a striking fact while researching this piece: if Britain were to somehow leave the EU and join the US...
  • Briton with Ebola virus flown to UK for treatment

    08/24/2014 4:39:32 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Sunday 24 August 2014 21.40 BST | Shane Hickey, Monica Mark in Freetown, and Lisa O'Carroll
    A healthcare worker who is the first Briton confirmed to have tested positive for the Ebola virus was flown to London on Sunday for treatment after being evacuated from Sierra Leone on an RAF plane. The man was expected to be taken to the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead, London, which has an isolation unit where he can be treated. The man, who lives in Sierra Leone, had been volunteering at an Ebola clinic in the Kenema district in the east of the country. The decision to fly the British man home was taken on Saturday at a meeting between...
  • ‘Is this shade?': UK embassy ‘commemorates’ burning the White House [pic]

    08/24/2014 5:06:59 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    twitchy ^ | August 24, 2014
    British Embassy âś” @UKinUSA Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time! pic.twitter.com/QIDBQTBmmL
  • Silence over UK’s Muslim Brotherhood inquiry raises questions

    08/24/2014 3:52:34 PM PDT · by BlackVeil
    The National ^ | 23 August 2014 | Colin Randall
    The British government is fighting claims that it has delayed publication of a long-awaited report on the Muslim Brotherhood’s activities, and possible links to terrorism, after learning that it opposed a ban on the organisation. Downing Street, the office of British prime minister, David Cameron, previously said the report would be presented ...
  • George Galloway: Protest at Ulster Hall before speaking event

    08/24/2014 12:46:39 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24th August 2013 | BBC News
    'About 200 loyalist protesters gathered outside the Ulster Hall in Belfast, where MP George Galloway took part in a public speaking event. Some of the protesters were carrying Israeli flags. The event had attracted controversy after the Respect MP made comments urging people in Bradford to reject all Israeli goods, services, academics and tourists. The staging of the event was opposed by unionist parties in Belfast. Some city councillors called for a review of it but Belfast City Council said the event would go ahead. Mr Galloway had said he would not withdraw from the event, billed as Saturday Night...
  • Three men found guilty of murdering innocent mother as she celebrated 24th birthday

    08/24/2014 7:19:42 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 85 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Alice Philipson
    Three men found guilty of murdering innocent mother as she celebrated 24th birthday Sabrina Moss, a nursery schoolteacher, was sheltering from the rain when she gunned down in the street By Alice Philipson 6:49PM BST 18 Aug 2014 Three men have been found guilty of murdering an innocent nursery school as she sheltered from the rain during a night out celebrating her 24th birthday. Sabrina Moss, who had a four-year-old son, was shot in the heart as she became caught up in a bloody drugs turf while standing with a group of about 15 others outside a fast-food restaurant in...
  • Surpise! Glaciers appearing in Scotland

    08/24/2014 5:34:47 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 44 replies
    WUWT ^ | 8/24/14 | Eric Worrall
    British Botanists conducting a Summer survey of Scotland’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, have been stunned to find evidence of recently formed multi-year ice fields, areas of compacted snow, some of which weigh hundreds of tons. According to the BBC; “Hazards common in arctic and alpine areas but described as “extremely unusual” in the UK during the summer have been found on Ben Nevis. A team of climbers and scientists investigating the mountain’s North Face said snowfields remained in many gullies and upper scree slopes. On these fields, they have come across compacted, dense, ice hard snow call neve. Neve is...
  • James Foley executioner said identified as British rapper

    08/24/2014 4:10:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 47 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | August 24, 2014, 10:39 am | Stuart Winer
    British and American intelligence services have identified the man suspected of beheading US journalist James Foley as a UK citizen who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State, the Sunday Times reported. Government sources said the masked man seen in a video of Foley’s death is known as “Jihadi John” among Islamic State fighters. In the video, released by IS last week, a man with a London accent can be seen brandishing a knife while standing next to a kneeling Foley before beheading him. The gruesome clip ended with footage of Foley’s decapitated body lying on the ground. Although...
  • Vile boast of Jihadi John...

    08/23/2014 9:45:03 PM PDT · by Rabin · 6 replies
    The Mail On Sunday ^ | 23 August 2014 | James Harkin, Ian Birrell And Sharon Churcher
    British jihadis involved in the brutal beheading of American reporter James Foley callously boasted of making personal fortunes from ransoms paid for other released hostages, openly talked of making so much money they could retire to Kuwait or Qatar, The four Islamic State jihadis – nicknamed The Beatles by their Western captives – were reported to be ‘interested in money’ from the start. American hostages – especially Foley, whose brother was discovered to be serving in the US Air Force – were picked out for the most brutal beatings.
  • Watch: Pro-Palestinians Defend Hitler in London

    08/23/2014 2:48:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/8/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Thousands of people shouted anti-Israel and anti-Semitic slogans, wore anti-Semitic T-shirts, and defended Hitler on Saturday - all in alleged defense of a "free Gaza" and "Palestinian rights" at a protest outside London's Downing Street. ...... Video .....
  • UK Plans New Law to Deal With Islamist Extremism

    08/23/2014 12:24:30 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    Outlook India ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | Aditi Khanna | London |
    In the wake of the recent beheading of a US journalist by a suspected British Islamic State militant in Iraq, the UK is planning a tougher law to tackle threat of Islamist terrorism in the country which includes stripping citizenship of naturalised Britons who are fighting overseas. It will also have new orders for banning extremist groups that fall short of the legal threshold for terrorist proscription. UK Home Secretary Theresa May, in an article for the 'Daily Telegraph', wrote, "People who insist on travelling to fight in Syria and Iraq will be investigated by the police and security services....
  • Mehdi Hasan peddles Islam for dummies

    08/22/2014 7:43:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/22/2014 | Robert Spencer
    UK media darling Mehdi Hasan frequently dissembles about how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah to justify hatred, violence and supremacism, and this piece is a particularly clever example, chock full of his trademark diversions and sleights of hand. Here he extrapolates from the apparent fact that two jihad terrorists ordered copies of Islam for Dummies and The Koran for Dummies to argue that “the 1,400-year-old Islamic faith has little to do with the modern jihadist movement.”He claims, you see, that the fact that these jihadis ordered these books shows that they didn’t know...
  • Foley Abduction Linked to British Jihadi Kidnapping Ring in London

    08/21/2014 8:19:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/21/2014 | Josh Rogin
    Weeks before he was abducted, alleged members of a kidnapping network tied to ISIS were busted in London. Syrian extremists saw it as a reason to accelerate abductions. American journalist James Foley was captured in Syria in November 2012, just weeks after the British government arrested and charged three British citizens, who were alleged members of a group of foreign fighters associated with the Islamic State, for the kidnapping of two other Western journalists. It remains unclear whether these accused terrorists who later slipped through the fingers of the British legal system were part of the same extremist cell that...
  • Foley executioner said to be member of terrorist ‘Beatles’ trio

    08/21/2014 8:18:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    AP and Times of Israel staff ^ | August 21, 2014, 5:41 pm
    A gruesome video released online Tuesday showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley by a man who appears to be a British national has sparked international outrage and is fueling fears about the increasing numbers of foreign fighters joining the ranks of the Islamic State. The Guardian newspaper quoted an unidentified former prisoner held in Syria who said that the executioner goes by the name “John” and is an educated and devout radical Islamist who is one of three UK-born IS militants known as “the Beatles.” According to the report, the executioner was from London, and was one of...
  • Net closes on 'Jihadi John' as London pair probed

    08/21/2014 7:36:05 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 25 replies
    The Telegraph (Great Britain) ^ | August 21, 2014 | By Gordon Rayner, Martin Evans, Nicola Harley and Claire Duffin
    NHS doctor from East London may hold the key to identifying the jihadi who beheaded James Foley. An NHS doctor from east London who was previously accused of kidnapping Western journalists in Syria may hold the key to identifying the jihadi who beheaded James Foley, intelligence sources have disclosed. Shajul Islam was arrested and charged with kidnapping a British journalist, John Cantlie, in 2012 but was released after his trial collapsed when Mr Cantlie was unable to give evidence. He had always protested his innocence, saying he went to Syria to use his medical skills to treat victims of the...
  • Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band wins tenth world title

    08/22/2014 5:13:05 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17 August 2014
    The most successful pipe band of all time has won a tenth world title at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland. The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band has now defended its title in the top division for the fourth year in a row. Based in Lisburn, County Antrim, the band was founded almost 70 years ago. Another band from Northern Ireland, Bleary and District from County Down, also performed well, coming second in grade two of the competition. 'Premiership title' Northern Ireland's drum majors also dominated this year's championships, claiming 15 of the 18 available prizes. Drum major Zoe...
  • 'I have to show the world there is a Briton fighting against the Islamic State'

    08/22/2014 4:08:04 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd August 2014 | Damien Gayle
    'A hairdresser from South London has become the first Briton known to have travelled to Iraq to fight alongside Kurdish forces against the Islamic State. Mama Kurda of Croydon, South London, runs a hair salon in Clapham. But the 26-year-old is now fighting with the Kurds against the militant group whose savagery has shocked the world. And although he's proud to be British, he says he's ready to kill any of the estimated 500 Britons who have travelled to the region to join the Islamic State insurgency.'
  • American Decapitated by Englishman

    08/22/2014 12:04:40 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 20 August 2014 | Mark Steyn
    kidnapped while reporting on the Syrian uprising. His executioner - the man standing next to him in the picture at right - was speaking with a British accent. That's to say, he's one of thousands of citizens of western nations - British, American, European, Canadian and Australian - who've flocked to join the planet's coolest new gang and saw the heads off anyone who gets in their way: Christian, Yazedi, Kurd, Shia, Alawite, and, indeed, plenty of little schoolgirls in pretty pink dresses. As I said to John, more British Muslims are serving with ISIS than as soldiers of the...
  • Obama Leading from Behind in the War Against Islamic State Terrorism

    08/22/2014 11:27:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - There can be only one response to the barbaric beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State terrorists. We must hunt them down and kill them. President Obama said as much in his brief remarks in the wake of the terrorists' grisly video that showed Foley's execution by a masked jihadist who spoke with a British accent and is believed to be a British citizen. The United States will "do what we must to protect our people," Obama said Wednesday. "We will be vigilant and we will be relentless" in bringing them to justice. No sooner had...
  • British woman vows to become first female to behead western prisoner in Syria

    08/22/2014 2:20:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/22/2014 | Martin Evans
    A female jihadist from London has vowed to become the first female to behead a western prisoner in Syria. Khadijah Dare, who is originally from Lewisham in south east London, took to Twitter to celebrate the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley. The 22-year-old mother of one, who moved to Syria in 2012 with her Swedish husband and Isil fighter, Abu Bakr, expressed her desire to carry out a similar execution.
  • German-led European consortium comes up with a cheaper proposal for its Eurofighter Typhoon (India)

    08/21/2014 10:24:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    India Today ^ | August 21, 2014 | Manu Pubby
    The world's biggest defence deal is in danger of becom-ing one of the slowest in his-tory. More than two years after India zeroed in on the French Rafale fighter jet-after a tor-tured 11-year selection process-to replace its ageing MiG-21s, the Ger-man-led European consortium which was the runner-up in the race has sought to restart the dogfight by offer-ing a new, cheaper proposal for its Eurofighter Typhoon. The Narendra Modi Government, INDIA TODAY has learnt, is studying the German proposal even as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has been nego-tiating with France's Dassault, the maker of the Rafale, to finalise agree-ments to...
  • For U.K., Europe, It's One of the Chilliest Augusts in Decades; Snow Possible in Scottish Highlands

    08/21/2014 5:47:21 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 9 replies
    TWC ^ | 21 August 2014 | By Jon Erdman
    Parts of Europe and the U.K. are being plagued by one of the coolest August spells in decades. Forecast high temperatures the next few days were expected to hold in the upper teens to low 20s Celsius (about 62-72 degrees Fahrenheit) over a broad swath from England and Ireland to northern France, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria. "The cool Arctic flow will reach much of central Europe with temperatures 5-6 degrees Celsius below normal," says Leon Brown, meteorologist with The Weather Channel U.K. A few parts of the Scottish Highlands may struggle to see highs reach 8 degrees...
  • Dawn of the dumb – scientists say IQs are beginning to fall in the UK

    Brain boxes had better brace themselves, because the latest bit of bad news is that the world is becoming a dumber place. IQs have not only plateaued in many developed countries around the world – including the UK, Australia, US and in Scandinavian countries – they are actually measurably dropping. It’s an important enough development for it to be the cover story of this week’s New Scientist magazine, which hits newsstands today. Throughout the 20th century, we were getting smarter and smarter – each generation brainier than the last. Scientists were not sure why but, at the rate we were...
  • 'Twice as Many' British Muslims Fighting for ISIS Than in UK Armed Forces

    08/21/2014 1:46:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 08/21/2014 | By Madeline Grant and Damien Sharkov
    There are now more than twice as many British Muslims fighting for Islamic State than there are serving in the British armed forces, according to a British Member of Parliament (MP). Khalid Mahmood, the MP for Perry Barr in Birmingham, estimates that at least 1,500 young British Muslims have been recruited by extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria in the last three years. Mahmood told Newsweek that this figure had been building since the start of the Syrian conflict: "If you look across the whole of the country, and the various communities involved, 500 going over each year would be...
  • PICTURE: BAE's Hawk T1 turns 40

    08/21/2014 12:38:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | JAMIE HUNTER
    Qinetiq has marked the 40th anniversary of the Hawker Siddeley (now BAE Systems) Hawk jet trainer's first flight by commissioning in-flight pictures of pre-production aircraft XX154 – which remains in use with the Empire Test Pilots’ School. Jamie Hunter/Qinetiq First flight of the T1-standard aircraft was conducted from Dunsfold, Surrey on 21 August 1974, with the trainer flown by test pilot Duncan Simpson OBE. Having subsequently served with experimental and research units, XX154 is now owned by Qinetiq and operated from the UK Ministry of Defence's Boscombe Down site in Wiltshire. It continues to be flown as a test pilot...
  • Bid for knighthood for last British Dambuster gathers momentum

    08/21/2014 10:19:06 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 11 replies
    Bristol Post ^ | 21st August 2014 | Michael Ribbeck
    'THE CAMPAIGN to recognise the last surviving British member of the Dambusters with a knighthood is starting to gain pace thanks to the full backing of a prestigious organisation. As reported in the Bristol Post an online petition has been launched by self-employed consultant Stephen Hadley calling for former RAF man George "Johnny" Johnson, pictured above, to be knighted. The 92-year-old from Westbury-on-Trym was a member of the famous 617 Squadron and has been a leading campaigner for the veterans of Bomber Command to have their efforts officially recognised by the Government. Within a week of the petition being launched...
  • British Muslim calls for action on jihadi subculture after beheading video

    08/21/2014 10:11:16 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 43 replies
    Yahoo News UK ^ | 21st August 2014 | Kate Holton and Raheem Salman
    'A senior British Muslim called on Thursday for action to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley held hostage in Syria. In Britain, the video caused particular shock as it featured the as yet unidentified man apparently speaking with a southeastern English accent, although the sizeable numbers of young British Muslims fighting with the militants in Iraq and Syria have created concern for some time. Sir Iqbal Sacranie, an adviser to the Muslim Council of Britain, said Britons from across the country's communities had to stop young men being...
  • British Isis militant in James Foley video 'guards foreign hostages in Syria' [They call him 'John']

    08/21/2014 9:35:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 08/21/2014 | Martin Chulov and Josh Halliday
    The English jihadist who beheaded the American journalist James Foley is believed to be the leader of a group of British fighters holding foreign hostages in Syria, sources have told the Guardian. As an international manhunt got under way on Wednesday, the English-speaking militant was identified to the Guardian by one of his former hostages as the ringleader of three British jihadists thought to be the main guards of foreign nationals in Raqqa, a stronghold of Islamic State (Isis) rebels. The militant who appeared on the Foley video, who called himself John and is believed to be from London, was...
  • James Foley's Executioner Is a Known Hostage Negotiator for ISIL

    08/21/2014 1:36:08 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 16 replies
    The Wire ^ | Aug 20 , 2014 | Polly Mosendz
    The tall British executioner was clad in all black and is wearing a facemask, however, sources within Britain are already starting to identify him. He is the allegedly the leader of a group of British ISIL fighters in Syria. He is known, thus far, only as "John." A former hostage of these fighters identified him to The Guardian as the head guard in Raqqa. One of his former hostages described him as "intelligent, educated and a devout believer in radical Islamic teachings." He was born in the United Kingdom.
  • James Foley beheading suspect probably British, David Cameron says

    08/20/2014 9:50:15 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 20 August 2014 | BBC
    David Cameron has said it looks "increasingly likely" a man thought to have been involved in a US journalist's beheading is British, as UK police try to confirm the militant's identity. The PM said James Foley's killing was "deeply shocking" but warned it was "not a time for a knee-jerk reaction". He also said the government would "redouble" efforts to stop Britons traveling to fight in Iraq and Syria.
  • Man Rescued Trying To Sail To US In Ł300 Dinghy

    08/20/2014 10:00:11 AM PDT · by Lord Flash · 20 replies
    Sky News ^ | 8/17/2014
    A man has been rescued five miles off the Dorset coast while attempting to sail to America in a Ł300 dinghy. The 30-year-old Bulgarian national bought the 14ft vessel from Christchurch harbour on Saturday and then set off on his 3,500-mile voyage across the Atlantic. ... The man, who was alone on the sailing dinghy, refused help when an RNLI lifeboat arrived and kept saying: "I am going west." After refusing assistance for 45 minutes, the crew dragged him on to their boat and took him to shore. ... The man was not wearing a life jacket, his boat had...
  • Nurses on Home Visits to Patients Told to Ask: Can We Kill You?

    08/20/2014 8:41:56 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    LifeNews ^ | 8/20/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Euthanasia. Rationing. Assisted Suicide. These are the kinds of concerns the pro-life community brought up when Congress pushed through Obamacare and government-run health care. These concerns are already becoming real in the Untied States, but a new story out of the United Kingdom should give Americans a hint as to what’s next.Nurses who are a part of in-home health care programs for the sick, elderly and disabled are coming forward to say they’ve been told to ask such patients not if they need medical help but if they need assistance in killing themselves.The nurses say patients are asked via a...
  • Executioner 'with a British accent' beheads US journalist in the name of ISIS

    08/20/2014 2:51:33 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies
    daily mail ^ | 20 August 2014 | James Nye, Ashley Collman, John Hall
    A shocking video has emerged showing an ISIS militant who speaks with a British accent brutally executing an American photojournalist who was kidnapped in Syria two years ago. Graphic footage of the execution appeared in an video titled: 'A Message to the U.S.', in which an apparently coerced James Wright Foley, 40, describes America as his true killers for using airstrikes to assist Kurdish forces in recapturing the Mosul Dam from ISIS militants. Foley - who went missing in 2012 while working for the Global Post news agency in Syria - is then beheaded with a small knife over a...
  • Suicide Teenagers Feared Family Would Keep Them Apart

    08/19/2014 6:39:12 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 19, 2014
    Suicide Teenagers Feared Family Would Keep Them Apart Charleigh Disbrey, 15, and her Turkish boyfriend Mert Karaoglan,18, ran in front of a train holding hands Suicide teenagers feared family would keep them apart: Charleigh Disbrey, 15, and her Turkish boyfriend Mert Karaoglan,18 Charleigh Disbrey, 15, and her Turkish boyfriend Mert Karaoglan,18 Photo: National Pictures 19 Aug 2014 Two teenagers who feared that their cultural differences meant they would never be accepted as a couple killed themselves by running in front of a train while holding hands, an inquest heard. Charleigh Disbrey, 15, died alongside Mert Karaoglan, her 18-year-old Turkish boyfriend,...
  • Mum of Eight Says She Will Have MORE Children to Claim More Benefits

    08/19/2014 2:38:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Marie Buchan claims she will use a surrogate because she cannot have more children naturally, and says it is 'her right' to have as many kids as she wantsA single mum of eight says she is planning to have more children - so she can claim more benefits and get a bigger council house. And Marie Buchan claims she will use a surrogate for the pregnancies because she cannot have more children naturally. She also said it was “her right” to have as many children as she wanted, the Birmingham Mail reports. Ms Buchan, 32, ignored doctors’ advice to stop...
  • Man Can't Get Refund on Ł31,000 Child Support Payments Despite DNA Proving He's NOT Father

    08/19/2014 2:02:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Mirror ^ | Aug 19, 2014
    Furious Steven Carter is fighting to get the money back after paying the Child Support Agency but waited 23 YEARS to have the paternity testA man claims the Child Support Agency is refusing to refund him Ł31,000 in payments he made for someone else’s daughter. Steven Carter has been involved in an 11-year dispute with the CSA after he was accused of being the father of a girl he has never met. DNA tests taken this year by Steven and the girl - now aged 22 - finally proved they were not related. But furious Steven, aged 49, said the...
  • 'Filthy', Illegal Immigrant Camp In Calais To Be Closed

    08/19/2014 3:30:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 8/19/2014 | Andre Walker
    A senior official in Calais has confirmed that it will start demolishing the filthy makeshift camp that is home to as many as 2000 illegal immigrants bound for Britain. Numbers at the 'Jungle 2' camp have swollen in recent months, leading to staff at the UK Border Force admitting they are unable to cope.Deputy Mayor Philippe Mignonet, who is in-charge of immigration told the Daily Express: “The camp will be dismantled. All depends on the Home Office minister to give the instructions to do so.”He pointed out that working as virtual slaves on the UK illegal labour market can appear...
  • A Surge from the Sea [immigrants flooding Europe]

    08/18/2014 9:42:50 PM PDT · by firebrand · 13 replies
    The Economist ^ | August 16, 2014 | The Economist
    ANOTHER weekend, another two thousand-odd immigrants rescued by Italian sailors and coastguards in the Mediterranean. On August 11th the San Giusto, an amphibious transport vessel, landed 1,698 people in Reggio Calabria, a city in southern Italy. The day before, a naval patrol vessel and a frigate disembarked 364 people at ports in eastern Sicily. The number of people arriving in Italy by sea this year may already exceed 100,000. By the end of July approximately 93,000 migrants had been rescued. The previous record for an entire year was set in 2011 when around 60,000 people reached Italian shores at the...