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  • Lord urges Ireland to consider rejoining the British Commonwealth

    04/20/2015 12:02:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Irish Central ^ | April 18,2015 05:11 AM | (Irish Central Staff Writers)
    A member of the House of Lords has said the Republic of Ireland should consider rejoining the Commonwealth. Lord Diljit Rana said Ireland needs to have a “rational and serious debate” that must not be “governed by historical distortion, but rather recognize the truth of today and recognize that the Republic of Ireland has much to offer and lots to receive.” […] Ireland left the British Commonwealth in 1949 under the terms of the Republic of Ireland Act. Lord Rana said there would be no disadvantage to the Republic joining the Commonwealth and that the economics benefits of being a...
  • WHO'S RESPSONSIBLE FOR THE CLUSTERBOMB OF MIGRANTS COMING FROM LIBYA AND THE ISIS ATROCITIES THERE

    04/20/2015 6:07:08 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 31 replies
    4/20/2015 | Self
    "We have prevented the worst outcome in Libya" Senator John McCain-April 2011 You're seeing the story of the 'migrants' crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Southern Europe today and the immediate reason why they are doing it. There's chaos in Libya right now including the presence of Islamic State and its ususal methods of dealing with its enemies including those who are not Muslims. What the media will not talk about but others already are were the policies that brought Libya to where it is today, the same policies used to a lesser extent in Syria with the same result. The...
  • Australians call for return of nation's 'birth certificate' from Britain

    01/25/2011 11:05:25 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/25/2011 | Bonnie Malkin, Sydney
    Australians have started a campaign calling for Britain to hand over the first map ever to refer to the nation by the word "Australia", claiming that the document is country's "birth certificate". Captain Matthew Flinders Matthew Flinders, a British explorer and cartographer, drew the map in 1804 after becoming the first European to circumnavigate Australia. It was the first time a navigator used the name "Australia" to describe the continent, which had previously been referred to as New Holland or Terra Australis. Flinders, who hailed from Lincolnshire and spent several years charting the coast of Australia, wrote a book about...
  • How America Got Its Name (not who you think!)

    10/10/2002 6:20:44 AM PDT · by Tancred · 9 replies · 849+ views
    The Natal Witness ^ | October 10, 2002 | Leslie Walford
    There isn't a Man in the Moon, pigeons won't stand still if you put a pinch of salt on their tails and Christopher Columbus didn't discover America. How many childhood certainties have proved false over the years?. Now Peter Macdonald, writing for the BBC, has claimed that America was named not after a Florentine navigator called Amerigo Vespucci but after an Anglicised Welshman called Richard Amerike. Although North America was visited by Leif Ericsson, or "Leif the Lucky", nearly 1 000 years before the birth of Christ, Europeans were generally unaware of its existence until the Genoese Giovanni Caboto, who...
  • The Discovery Of America: The Revolutionary Claims Of A Dead Historian

    04/04/2007 4:49:18 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 867+ views
    University Of Bristol ^ | 4-4-2007 | Alwyn Ruddock
    The discovery of America: the revolutionary claims of a dead historian Press release issued 4 April 2007Replica Of John Cabot's Ship Dr Alwyn Ruddock, a former reader in history at the University of London, was the world expert on John Cabot’s discovery voyages from Bristol to North America (1496-98). What she was said to have found out about these voyages looked set to re-write the history of the European discovery of America. Yet, when Dr Ruddock died in December 2005, having spent four decades researching this topic, she ordered the destruction of all her research. In an article published today...
  • Well! Who did name the place?

    05/24/2003 6:27:48 AM PDT · by scouse · 7 replies · 225+ views
    BBC History page ^ | 5/24 | Macdonald
    There are two key characters in this story, John Cabot, a sailor, and Richard Amerike, a Bristol business man. Unfortunately, neither left much of themselves for us to see or read: no portrait, nothing in their own writing, no detailed contemporary record of themselves or their work. There is, however, enough recorded to know that they both achieved things of lasting importance; one very directly, the other less obviously but in its way even more portentous: Cabot awakened the world to the existence of the North American continent, and Amerike gave his name and badge to what, in time, was...
  • Anglosphere: Celebrating Wrong Italian? (Columbus vs. Cabot)

    10/13/2002 10:02:58 AM PDT · by Tancred · 8 replies · 4,358+ views
    United Press Int'l ^ | October 12, 2002 | James C. Bennett
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A few years ago I chanced to be in Buenos Aires on Columbus Day. It is a major holiday there, during which no business is transacted. I spent the day wandering about town enjoying the celebrations. One plaza held a Columbus Day festival in which passersby could enjoy demonstrations and samples of music, dance, crafts and foods of all the various Latin American nations, and of many of the source-nations of Argentina's immigration. The interesting thing to me was the complete absence of anything representing the United States. This was not a coincidence. Columbus, and...
  • Katie Hopkins in the Death Camp of Tolerance

    04/19/2015 9:34:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/19/2015 | James Delingpole
    Katie Hopkins is in trouble again. Instead of welcoming boatloads of Libyan immigrants into Europe with open arms, she argues in her latest Sun column, we should be repelling them with gunboats and sending them back home.
  • Major secret meeting of Holocaust deniers convenes in heart of London

    04/19/2015 8:46:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Daily Mail UK via Jpost.com ^ | 4/19/15 | Daily Mail UK
    A large international conference of Holocaust deniers recently took place in the heart of London, Britain's Daily Mail reported on Saturday. "This is the biggest and most significant meeting of Holocaust deniers that Britain has ever seen. It is a very worrying development," the paper quoted Gerry Gable, an expert on the extreme Right who aided the news outlet's undercover investigation of the event, as saying. The event was held under a veil of secrecy at London's Grosvenor Hotel in a room draped with the Union Flag. A spokesman for the hotel said the room booking was made online and...
  • EU states renew call to label Israeli settler goods

    04/18/2015 11:11:40 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 15 replies
    euobserver.com ^ | 17. Apr, 2015 | euobserver.com
    Sixteen EU states have said products made by Israeli settlers should be marked in shops so that European consumers can decide whether to boycott them. The group - which includes France, Italy, Spain, and the UK - made the appeal in a letter to EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini on Monday (13 April). They said “EU-wide guideline on the labelling of settlement produce/products … is an important step in the full implementation of EU longstanding policy in relation to the preservation of the two-state solution”.
  • Europe faces a 'real threat' from Russia, warns US army commander

    04/18/2015 8:27:03 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Apr 2015 | Justin Huggler
    The commander of the US army in Europe has warned that Nato must remain united in the face of a "real threat" from Russia. "It's not an assumption. There is a Russian threat," Lt-Gen Frederick "Ben" Hodges said. "You've got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defence programme. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that's not professional conduct." Gen Hodges spoke to the Telegraph on the sidelines of a military debriefing after an exercise to move...
  • 'Chilling' posters in Cardiff warn Muslims not to vote in the general election because...

    04/18/2015 5:51:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/17/15
    Posters telling Muslims not to vote in the election were plastered across an area of Cardiff yesterday. They read: 'Democracy is a system whereby man violates the right of Allah.' Posters were stuck on lampposts and bus stops across the Grangetown suburb telling the Muslim electorate: 'Islam is the only real workable solution for the UK'. Cardiff Council have begun removing the posters, dubbed 'chilling' and 'threatening' by locals. The full message on the poster reads: 'Democracy is a system whereby man violates the right of Allah and decides what is permissible or impermissible for mankind, based solely on their...
  • THE UNIPARTY DELUSION IN BRITAIN AND AMERICA

    04/18/2015 5:32:18 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    4/17/2015 | Self
    There was a "debate" between political parties in the United Kingdom Thursday night with five leaders on the stage from the leading parties that aren't in power. PM David Cameron only wanted to participate in one debate so this format was concocted by the BBC as an alternative to an all party debate. Also excluded, Cameron's partner party in government, the Liberal Democrats. Labour leader Ed Miliband was joined by UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon, Welsh nationalist leader Leanne Wood and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Sturgeon, Wood and Bennett whose main differences with Miliband...
  • Turkey accuses EU of 'enmity' over 1915 Armenian genocide recognition

    04/17/2015 1:38:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17/15 | Richard Spencer
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has accused the EU of declaring “enmity” on his country as next week’s centenary commemorations of the massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire descend into bitter rows over what to call them. Both the European Parliament and Pope Francis this week referred to the killings as a genocide, a term recognised by much of the rest of the world but fiercely disputed by Turkey. The European decision prompted a furious response from Mr Erdogan. “Such decisions are nothing but expressions of enmity against Turkey by abusing Armenians,” he said while on a visit to...
  • [Author/Professor] Mom's live tweets from her son's sex ed class

    04/17/2015 12:35:30 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 April 2015 | Flora Drury
    An outraged mom live tweeted her son's sex education class after becoming outraged by its abstinence only stance. Author Alice Dreger took to Twitter to express her horror at what she heard at East Lansing High School, in Michigan, when she sat in on a lesson earlier this week. Ms Dreger, a respected professor, began furiously tweeting out the contents of the lesson - which was filled with horror stories about what happened to people who have pre-marital sex. MORE AT THE LINK ABOVE... SOME OF HER TWEETS: @alicedreger: Uh oh. They stuck me in the corner with my computer...
  • Greece is 'close to the abyss' as black hole in public finances widens

    04/15/2015 7:48:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 15, 2015 | Mehreen Khan
    The depth of Greece's financial woes have been laid bare as official figures showed the country has fallen further into the red following the election of its Leftist government. Greece's primary budget surplus, which excludes its debt interest payments, shrunk to just over €1bn during January and February, compared to €3.17bn over the same period in 2014, according to figures from the Ministry of Finance.
  • Larry King Slams Gun Ownership: 'Beyond Comprehension' to Civil Brits

    04/17/2015 9:15:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 69 replies
    newsbusters.com ^ | 4/16/2015 | Scott Whitlock
    Some may be surprised at this revelation, but Larry King still has a television show. The former CNN host is now on the propaganda outfit Russia Today, as well as Ora TV. On Wednesday, the reliably liberal host pushed gun control in a segment on the Second Amendment. Talking to Chuck Michel of the NRA, the anchor sneered, "So, when Sandy Hook happens, does the NRA feel bad?" Referencing the British, King mused, "I interviewed the head of Scotland Yard once and he could not believe that Americans own guns. It was beyond his comprehension that you could have a...
  • Scientists find key to 'turbo-charging' immune system to kill all cancers

    04/17/2015 8:11:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 7:00PM BST 16 Apr 2015 | By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    A protein which ‘turbo-charges’ the immune system so that it can fight off any cancer or virus has been discovered by scientists. In a breakthrough described as a ‘game-changer’ for cancer treatment, researchers at Imperial College found a previously unknown molecule which boosts the body’s ability to fight off chronic illnesses. Scientists at Imperial College London, who led the study, are now developing a gene therapy based on the protein and hope to begin human trials in three years. “This is exciting because we have found a completely different way to use the immune system to fight cancer,” said Professor...
  • Farage 'Insults' Audience At Leaders' Debate [Attacks left wing audience]

    04/17/2015 2:01:34 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 35 replies
    Nigel Farage has been accused of "insulting" the audience of the final election debate by saying they had failed to understand the issues and were too left wing. During heated debate over the shortage of affordable housing in the UK, the UKIP leader said that "even by the standards of the BBC", the audience was too far left. He said: "There is a total lack of comprehension amongst this panel and the audience, which is a remarkable audience even by the left-wing standards of the BBC." The UKIP leader was jeered as he was told by Ed Miliband that it...
  • New York Times Author Blames West for British Jihadists

    04/16/2015 7:18:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Robert Frost famously said that a liberal is someone "too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel." You might want to put a picture of Mary Anne Weaver next to that quote. Weaver appeared on today's Morning Joe to discuss her New York Times Magazine cover article "Her Majesty's Jihadists." On the one hand, Weaver paints a striking portrait of the radicalization of young Muslims in the UK, reporting for example that there are more British jihadists than there are Muslims serving in the British military. But when asked what could be done about the problem, did Weaver...
  • Ed Miliband’s US adviser David Axelrod pays no tax in Britain (UK election)

    04/15/2015 11:28:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:30PM BST 15 Apr 2015 | Raf Sanchez and Steven Swinford
    Ed Miliband’s most senior adviser pays no tax on his reported Ł300,000 earnings in Britain, The Telegraph has learned. David Axelrod, a former adviser to Barack Obama, admitted that he is not resident for tax purposes in the UK. Labour confirmed it pays Mr. Axelrod in dollars through his consultancy and that he “lives in the US, works in the US and pays taxes in the US”. While it is unclear how much tax Mr. Axelrod will pay in the US, the rates of tax for companies are often significantly lower than for individuals. The admission comes after Ed Miliband...
  • Election manifesto: UKIP will increase defense, NHS spending

    04/15/2015 1:28:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 15/04/2015 - 21:33 | (With Reuters)
    The UK Independence Party launched its election manifesto on Wednesday, appealing to Conservative voters with pledges to raise defense spending and bring forward a vote on Britain’s EU membership. […] (Nigel) Farage vowed to spend “substantially” more than the NATO minimum of two percent of GDP on defense in a move that he said would “rattle the dwindling number of Conservative voters who still see (Prime Minister David) Cameron’s party as the party of security”. […] The anti-mass immigration party, which had two MPs at the end of the last parliament, also promised to cut small business taxes and boost...
  • Belsen: 70th anniversary of British liberation

    04/15/2015 11:33:47 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 7 replies
    Metro.co.uk ^ | 14th April 2015 | Oliver Wheaton
    'While the horrors of the Holocaust are well documented, it doesn’t stop any new images from within the Nazi’s concentration camps from being any less shocking. Never-before-seen photos have emerged depicting the liberation of Bergen-Belsen by British troops, and may even show the grave of Anne Frank who perished in the camp. Tomorrow sees the 70th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation, during which British Reverend Charles Martin King Parsons was on hand with his camera to document the end of one of humanity’s darkest moments. Around 20,000 Soviet prisoners of war are thought to have been killed in the...
  • Obama’s Political Tool of "Christianity"

    04/15/2015 3:50:35 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | April 15, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Here in the United States, where Americans are used to hearing their president always invoke Christianity as a way to silence Christians, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent Easter message was moderately refreshing.
  • British Air Power Is Fading Away

    04/14/2015 7:01:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 04/14/2015 | David Axe
    The U.K. Ministry of Defense has released an accounting of all the aircraft in Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army service — and the overall tally is tiny … and getting tinier. As of March this year, the air forces of the United Kingdom possessed no more than 362 combat-ready warplanes and drones plus 249 helicopters — a mere 611 military aircraft. Britain’s air force, navy and army together have another 93 planes and copters that are in deep maintenance or rework plus 18 that are in storage. None of these 111 aircraft are immediately available for combat. It’s worth noting that...
  • Victoria Cross hero Joshua Leakey receives medal (Brit saved American)

    04/14/2015 2:44:33 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04-14-2015 | Ben Farmer
    Para receives medal from the Queen during Windsor Castle investiture ceremony as he becomes first living British serviceman to receive honour since 2005.
  • Cameron to roll out "deport first, appeal later'' policy on illegal immigrants

    04/14/2015 1:49:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Times of India ^ | April 14, 2015 | by Kounteya Sinha
    LONDON: Foreign nationals in UK, including many from India may soon face deportation first before being able to appeal against it. David Cameron announced on Tuesday while releasing the Conservative Party's election manifesto ahead of the May 7 general election that if he returns as Britain's prime minster, he will roll out a "deport first, appeal later" policy on illegal immigrants more aggressively. He also announced that he will introduce a satellite tracking for every foreign national offender subject to an outstanding deportation order or deportation proceedings. He will also make it mandatory for all landlords to check the immigration...
  • UK Report: Muslim Women Being Abused By Sharia Law Courts

    04/14/2015 10:06:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | Mon, April 13, 2015 | Soeren Kern
    Muslim women across Britain are being systematically oppressed, abused and discriminated against by sharia law courts that treat women as second-class citizens, according to a new report, which warns against the spiraling proliferation of Islamic tribunals in the United Kingdom. The 40-page report, “A Parallel World: Confronting the Abuse of Many Muslim Women in Britain Today,” was authored by Baroness Caroline Cox, a cross-bench member of the British House of Lords and one of the leading defenders of women's rights in the UK. The report shows how the increasing influence of sharia law in Britain today is undermining the fundamental...
  • PM Promises 'Good Life' For 'Working People'

    04/14/2015 6:33:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Sky News ^ | April 14, 2015
    David Cameron has claimed the Conservatives are the "party of the working people" as he made pledges on homeownership, Ł5,000 of free childcare and an income tax-free minimum wage. Launching the Tory manifesto, Mr Cameron repeatedly made offers to voters who worked hard and wanted to get on the "good life". The manifesto set out measures for families from cradle to grave - identifying measures to help people over six stages of their lives. Mr Cameron opened his speech by saying: "At the heart of this manifesto is a simple proposition. We are the party of working people, offering you...
  • Travellers: So Colourful and Delightful That When They Arrive Their New Neighbours Want to ...

    04/13/2015 6:47:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 4/13/15 | James Delingpole
    This week we heard the tragic story of a retired businessman who killed himself and his wife having told friends he was deeply worried about the fact that his rural neighbourhood had been surrounded, at the local council’s behest, by officially designated ‘traveller’ camp sites.Which do you think is the most likely explanation for poor John Knott’s radical and desperate measure?Was it a) he had a pathological aversion to lovely, colourful people in their brightly painted, horse-drawn caravans with their rich cultural heritage, deep understanding of rural lore and their fine traditions of coloured-headscarf-and-hoop-earring-wearing, crystal-ball-gazing, heather-sprig-selling, fiddle-playing, horse-bartering jollityb) he...
  • At Fort Bragg: British, U.S. paratroopers undertaking largest ...

    04/13/2015 2:00:58 PM PDT · by ABN 505 · 6 replies
    Fayobserver ^ | 4/13/15 | Drew Brooks
    The largest multinational training exercise on Fort Bragg in 20 years has begun. The 82nd Airborne Division is training alongside the British Army's 16 Air Assault Brigade all week. The 3rd Special Forces Group and 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune also are participating in the Combine Joint Operational Access Exercise. This evening, paratroopers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and their British counterparts, mostly from 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, will jump onto an airfield at Holland Drop Zone to simulate the seizing of an airport.
  • Did Hillary Get Her New Logo From Defunct Grocery Chain?

    04/13/2015 1:37:12 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 110 replies
    Twitter ^ | April 13, 2015
    Hillary 2016 logo is almost exactly the same as a defunct UK grocery store named 'Hillards'
  • Canadian woman’s British visa hinges on level of affection in her 45-year marriage

    04/12/2015 8:57:24 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 30 replies
    Global News ^ | 4-12-15 | Michelle McQuigge
    A Canadian woman hoping to spend her retirement years with her husband in England is on the verge of being kicked out of the country because officials are questioning the affection level in her 45-year marriage. Maria Summers had her application for a visa formally declined in 2014 on the grounds that she and her husband David had not provided enough evidence to prove that their relationship was both ongoing and emotionally supportive. The retired optician has appealed the unusual decision, but says the stakes are high if it’s declined. -- snip -- Summers’ troubles with British authorities began in...
  • Secret US memo for Congress...says Britain's 'special relationship' with America is over

    04/12/2015 7:10:05 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 12 2015 | WILLIAM LOWTHER and GLEN OWEN
    Washington believes that the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US is over, according to a secret briefing document seen by The Mail on Sunday. The memo for members of Congress states damningly that ‘the UK may not be viewed as centrally relevant to the United States in all of the issues and relations considered a priority on the US agenda’. Dated April 2015 and drawn up to brief the Senate and House of Representatives on the impact of Britain’s General Election, the memo also warns that the UK faces turmoil if there is a hung parliament. The document –...
  • Secret US memo for Congress says Britain's 'special relationship' with America is over

    04/11/2015 5:53:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 77 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/11/15 | William Lowther, Glen Owen
    Secret US memo for Congress seen by Mail On Sunday says Britain's 'special relationship' with America is over Washington believes that the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US is over, according to a secret briefing document seen by The Mail on Sunday. The memo for members of Congress states damningly that ‘the UK may not be viewed as centrally relevant to the United States in all of the issues and relations considered a priority on the US agenda’. Dated April 2015 and drawn up to brief the Senate and House of Representatives on the impact of Britain’s General Election,...
  • VIDEO: RAF Leuchars marches into the history books

    04/11/2015 1:14:00 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 10 replies
    The Courier.co.uk ^ | 31 March 2015 | Michael Alexander
    Over a century of aviation history ended at Leuchars today when the base was formally handed over from the RAF to the army. A poignant and militarily precise ceremony marked the end of 95 years of the RAF at the base. A flight of RAF and army personnel was led on to parade by the RAF Leuchars Pipes and Drums, led by Pipe Major Ian Hughes and Drum Major Alastair Pether.(snip) As senior officers took their positions, the pipe band played Hielan’ Laddie. "Heilan' Laddie"The Band of the Scots GuardsClick)
  • Alyssa Milano Not Alone in Dealing with Moronic Mindset at Heathrow Airport, Inane British Laws

    04/11/2015 5:25:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2015 | Bethany Blankley
    What television actress Alyssa Milano just experienced at Britain’s Heathrow Airport represents only a small glimpse of the moronic mindset and inane laws its citizens have allowed. Milano tweeted yesterday that prior to departing Heathrow, airport staff confiscated her breast milk; it was “taken away with no discussion.” She tweeted: “They said they would let the pumped milk through if I had the baby with me. Why would I need to pump if I had the baby with me? “Why can you test my toiletries to make sure they are safe but you have to throw away my breast milk?”...
  • Russia halts UK-US display of WW2 photos

    04/11/2015 5:00:22 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 57 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2015-04-11 | Sarah Rainsford
    A central Russian gallery has cancelled the opening of an exhibition of World War Two images by US and British photographers, sparking claims that the event was pulled for political reasons. [....] A staff member at the state-run gallery told the BBC that the decision to cancel the exhibition was "political", and said they did not believe it would ever open. They said they had been "ordered" not to comment further. Gallery manager Raisa Zorina had previously dismissed the official explanation of "technical problems", telling local media "this is very serious" and advising them to "read between the lines".
  • ABSURD: Complete Ban On Using The Word ‘Pork’ To Avoid Offending Muslims

    04/10/2015 5:01:33 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 90 replies
    US Herald ^ | 3/26/15
    When an institution sets out to ban something, more often than not the thing they choose to ban simply reflects back on that institution’s way of thinking. So what does it tell us about the Oxford University Press that they are banning authors from using words that refer to pigs? Yes, you read that correctly. Oxford UP is prohibiting authors from using the words pig, pork, sausage, or other pig-related words because they are afraid of offending Jewish or Muslim readers who consider pigs and pork to be off-limits for religious reasons. Now, I can understand how Oxford UP would...
  • Up to 150 dead after gunmen attack Kenyan university [yup, Islamic terrorism again]

    04/02/2015 2:38:42 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 56 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Laura Italiano
    Bloodthirsty Islamic terrorists raided a university in eastern Kenya on Thursday, singling out Christians and sparing those praying at a campus mosque as they slaughtered up to 150 people, authorities said. An estimated 79 additional students were wounded in the dawn attack, for which the Somalia-based group al-Shabaab took responsibility. “Sisi ni al-Shabaab!” the gunmen shouted — Swahili for “We are al-Shabaab!” — as they shot their way past armed guards and ambushed the 815-student Garissa University campus. The same group was responsible for the deadly raid on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall in 2013.... Al-Shabaab is notorious for singling out non-Muslims...
  • Rhodes statue removed in Cape Town as crowd celebrates

    04/09/2015 8:55:17 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9 April 2015
    South Africa's University of Cape Town (UCT) has removed a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes that had become the focus of protests. The monument, taken down in front of cheering protesters, will be stored for "safe keeping", UCT's council said. Students have been campaigning for the removal of the statue of the 19th Century figure, unveiled in 1934. Other monuments to colonial-era leaders have also been the target of protest in South Africa. The BBC's Mohammed Allie told Focus On Africa radio that there was a "festive atmosphere" as students, academics, members of political parties and ordinary Cape Town...
  • Woman Gives Birth to Her Brother and Sister After Parents Ask Her to be Their Surrogate

    04/10/2015 3:57:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Life News ^ | April 9, 2015 | SARAH ZAGORSKI
    In the United Kingdom, Ellen Brown was asked by her mom, Jenny Dias, and stepdad Tony to act as surrogates so they could have a baby. In 1990, Jenny split from Ellen’s dad and met Tony two years later. She informed him that she underwent a hysterectomy and couldn’t have any more children. Jenny said, “Tony accepted it very well and wanted our relationship more than children.”However, as their wedding day grew closer they discussed surrogacy. Jenny said, “I wanted to be genetically connected to Tony’s offspring — so I didn’t want to do it with anyone but Ellen.”...
  • Five-year-old boy dies after seeing his parents get married by his hospital bedside

    04/10/2015 3:28:11 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 27 replies
    Gloucester (UK) Citizen ^ | april 10 2015 | The Gloucester UK Citizen
    Five-year-old Corey Edwards had one final wish – to see his parents get married. The youngster had undergone open heart surgery eight times at Bristol Children's Hospital for a complex congenital heart defect, which finally claimed his life this week. Corey had been at the hospital's Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for the past three months but doctors told his parents Craig and Jemma that there was nothing else they could do for the youngster.
  • Germany to bring 100 mothballed tanks back into service

    04/10/2015 2:55:12 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 84 replies
    bbc.com ^ | Apr 10, 2015 | bbc
    Germany plans to bring 100 mothballed tanks back into service in what is widely seen as a response to rising tensions with Russia over Ukraine. The tanks were sold to industry as part of defence cuts after the Cold War. The German defence ministry said it would spend €22m (Ł16m;$24m) on bringing its total of tanks to 328. Nato officials agreed in February to create a quick-reaction force to meet the challenges posed by the Ukraine crisis and by Islamic extremists.
  • Labour Candidate: People Who Fly England flags Are 'Simpletons And Casual Racists'

    04/10/2015 12:30:21 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | April 10, 2015 | Steven Swinford,
    Labour Candidate: People Who Fly England flags Are 'Simpletons And Casual Racists' Huw Thomas, a Labour candidate in Wales, is facing calls to resign after it emerges that he wrote a blog post saying he was 'completely sickened' by England flags By Steven Swinford, 10 Apr 2015 A Labour Party candidate has been forced to apologise after it emerged he wrote a blog posting in which he said anyone who flies an England flag is a "simpleton or casual racist". Huw Thomas, the Labour candidate for Ceredigion, said during World Cup that cars flying the England flag deserve to be...
  • Alyssa Milano Rages On Social Media After Heathrow Airport Confiscates Breast Milk

    04/10/2015 12:28:28 PM PDT · by drewh · 52 replies
    Bretibart News ^ | 9 April 2015 | Kelli Serio
    New mother and actress Alyssa Milano had her freshly pumped breast milk confiscated at London’s Heathrow Airport Thursday, which left her reeling on social media. The 42-year-old, who gave birth to her daughter in September, first tweeted the difficulty of pumping on a plane. That message was soon followed up with another in which she called out the airport for taking her milk altogether. “@HeathrowAirport just took my pumped breast milk away. 10 ounces. Not okay,” she wrote in a tweet. “They said they would let the pumped milk through if I had the baby with me. Why would I...
  • U.K. Makes a Big Oil Discovery

    Exploration firm U.K. Oil & Gas Investments said Thursday there may be up to 100 billion barrels of oil at an onshore site in south England, near Gatwick airport, a company spokesperson told CNN. That's more than double the amount of oil pumped from Britain's energy offshore North Sea fields in the past 40 years. The company's share of the total reserves are estimated at close to 9 billion barrels. UKOG chief executive Stephen Sanderson described the discovery as a "world class potential resource."
  • BBC hacked by ISIS? 'Operational error' sparks fears [truncated due to length]

    04/09/2015 7:59:21 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies
    The Mirror ^ | April 9, 201 | Danny Walker
    The BBC was feared to have fallen victim to an ISIS cyber-attack this evening as 'hackers' appeared to post Islamic State propaganda during a live broadcast. Viewers were left stunned as the words 'Je suIS IS' appeared on TV screens following a feature on the BBC News Channel. Above the red and white writing was the word 'CYBERCALIPHATE'.
  • Russia may give Greece pre-payment of profits from future gas pipeline project

    04/09/2015 9:44:10 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    CNBC/Reuters ^ | 08 April 2015
    Russia is considering soon giving Greece funds based on future profits Athens would earn from shipping Russian gas to Europe as part of an extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, a Greek government official said. Plans for the pipeline taking Russian gas from Turkey to Europe via Greece would be linked to lower Russian gas prices, the official added. Greece would pay back the Russian prepayment after the pipeline started operating, the official said.
  • 16-year-old boy admits trying to buy killer poison 30 times deadlier than ricin...

    04/09/2015 3:29:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/9/15 | JENNIFER NEWTON
    A 16-year-old boy has admitted trying to buy a biological toxin that is 30 times more deadly than ricin from undercover police on the 'dark web'. The teenager from Mossley, Greater Manchester, who cannot be named for legal reasons, wanted to obtain abrin online. He was caught after an investigation was launched by the North West counter-terrorism unit in January. Today he pleaded guilty to trying to buy the toxin at Manchester Youth Court. He will be sentenced later this month for the offence, which is contrary to the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 and Section 1 of the Biological Weapons...