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  • Ed Miliband branded 'Salmond's poodle' by PM...

    03/27/2015 12:45:16 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 26 March 2015 | Jason Groves
    Ed Miliband was branded the SNP's poodle yesterday – as Alex Salmond boasted he would install the Labour leader in No10. In a second pink champagne-fuelled interview in consecutive days, the former SNP leader pledged to 'lock David Cameron out of Downing Street' if the election produces a hung parliament. Mr Salmond said the SNP would back Labour regardless of any formal deal, but said his party would make 'progressive amendments' to the Budget and other legislation – code for higher taxes and Left-wing policies. The Prime Minister seized on the comments in the Commons, describing Mr Miliband as 'Alex...
  • US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program

    03/25/2015 11:02:58 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 59 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/25/2015, 8:00 PM | Ari Yashar, Matt Wanderman
    In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear capabilities, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent. But in the declassified document from 1987, which can be viewed here, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel's nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth. The timing of the revelation is highly...
  • Falkland Islands’ fears for Russia-backed invasion

    03/25/2015 10:57:08 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3-25-2015 | Catherine Boyle
    The U.K. has sent extra military support to one of its overseas colonies at the bottom of the world, the Falkland Islands, amid concerns that it is facing increased risk of attack from Argentina, backed by Russia. Two troop-carrying Chinook helicopters and a new surface-to-air missile system have been sent by the U.K. to the remote islands in the South Atlantic, known as Las Malvinas in Argentina. They were the subject of a short-lived war between the U.K. and Argentina in 1982, and lie to the east of Argentina, 8,000 miles away from Britain.
  • Germanwings Crash: Audio File Recovered From Black Box, Official Says

    03/25/2015 10:33:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03-25-2015 | By MEGHAN KENEALLY, MOLLY HUNTER, HAMISH MACDONALD and CORINNE CATHCART
    The director of the lead investigating agency said today that they have recovered an audio file from the black box of the downed Germanwings flight but have not found the second black box from the Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps. This comes after French Prime Minister Francois Hollande said at an earlier news conference when he said that crews had found the exterior of the black box but not the module that contains the memory equipment, though a the director of the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) went on to deny any such discovery. "We have not...
  • The 12,400 mile superhighway from Britain to America: Plans proposed...

    03/25/2015 9:51:24 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 96 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | March 24, 2015 | Will Stewart
    Britain could be linked with America by road as part of an ambitious project to create the world's longest superhighway spanning half the circumference of the globe. Proposals have been put forward to build the mega route stretching about 12,400 miles from the western edge of Russia to the Bering Strait where the country nudges Alaska.
  • Intelligence Min. Wraps Up Lobbying Mission against Iran Deal (Israel lobbies France and UK)

    03/24/2015 2:14:30 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/24/2015, 9:20 PM
    Yuval Steinitz says Israel and France share concerns over US-led hasty deal with Iran, as he ends a 2-day special diplomatic mission. Israel's intelligence minister on Tuesday wrapped up a two-day European diplomatic offensive against making concessions to Iran in nuclear negotiations with world powers, his spokesman said. "Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz completed two days of intensive discussion in Paris and London," a statement from Eyal Basson said, adding that the minister was accompanied by National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen and "intelligence experts". "They met the British negotiating team, headed by Simon Gass, and senior intelligence officials," the statement said,...
  • The men who uncovered Assyria

    03/23/2015 11:38:23 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    BBC Magazine ^ | 23rd March 2015 | Daniel Silas Adamson
    'Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures. The excavations arguably paved the way for IS to smash what remained - but also ensured that some of the riches of a lost civilisation were saved. In 1872, in a backroom of the British Museum, a man called George Smith spent the darkening days of November bent over a broken clay tablet. It was one of thousands of fragments from recent excavations in northern Iraq,...
  • 100,000 Tons of U.S. Firepower too Big to Dock at Portsmouth: Aircraft Carrier USS Theodore ....

    03/23/2015 11:32:30 AM PDT · by Cecily · 29 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 23, 2015 | Tom Payne
    She weighs in at an impressive 100,000 tons and is longer than The Shard is tall. And today the mammoth USS Theodore Roosevelt was anchored just off the coast of Hampshire because she was simply 'too big' to sail into the Royal Navy's historic Portsmouth dockyard. Thousands of stunned spectators jammed roads and lined the banks of the River Solent to welcome the 1,092ft-long floating city as it arrived for a five-day visit to the UK on the first stop of a global deployment.
  • Watch: Mob launches anti-Semitic attack on Stamford Hill synagogue

    03/22/2015 12:50:26 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 19 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 22, 2015 | Agency
    A drunken mob of more than 20 thugs shouted "kill the Jews" as they stormed into a north London synagogue while young worshippers celebrated the end of the sabbath. The anti-Semitic abuse was hurled by the group of men and women as they first beat up a young man outside before chasing him inside, breaking windows and attacking others.
  • In this stunning intervention, literary colossus V.S. NAIPAUL says ISIS is now the Fourth Reich [tr]

    03/23/2015 6:25:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 22, 2015 | V.S. Naipul
    Imagine a world in which a young man is locked in a cage, has petrol showered over him and is set alight to be burnt alive. Imagine the triumphant jeering of an audience that has gathered to witness this. Imagine, also, a 12-year-old child with elated determination on his features shooting at close range a kneeling man with his arms tied behind his back. Then picture the spectacle of a hundred beheadings of victim after victim in humiliating uniforms, their hands and feet bound, kneeling with their backs to their black-robed executioners who wield knives to cut their throats as...
  • Exposed: Star Tory candidate plotted with race thugs to stage fake EDL demo in cynical bid for votes

    03/23/2015 7:04:20 AM PDT · by dead · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | By Nick Craven and Ben Ellery for The Mail on Sunday
    A key Tory Election candidate was suspended last night after plotting with far-Right extremists to stir up racial hatred in a cynical bid to win votes. Afzal Amin hatched a scheme to persuade the English Defence League to announce an inflammatory march against a new £18million ‘mega-mosque’. But – as he revealed in secretly filmed footage obtained by The Mail on Sunday – the plan was that the demonstration would never actually go ahead. And when the phoney rally was called off, the fiercely ambitious Amin, a Muslim, intended to take credit for defusing the situation – winning over voters,...
  • Why My #1 Bet on Investing in Europe is Soaring

    03/22/2015 10:40:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Nicholas Vardy
    It was just over a month ago that I appeared on the Fox Business Network and recommended that U.S. investors put their money to work in Europe. To say that my recommendation was greeted with skepticism would be an understatement. After all, as the host pointed out, Europe was on the verge of bailing out a Marxist government in the form of Greece. And my closing recommendation to invest in Germany was greeted with a roll of the eyes and a barely stifled yawn. Fast forward one month, and Germany is the hottest market on the planet. The German DAX...
  • Watch: London Synagogue Attacked, As Kurds Retake Street From Islamists

    03/22/2015 9:55:02 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/22/2015 | Andre Walker
    A Synagogue came under attack in London last night by an unknown group that smashed windows and had to be fought off with chairs. The incident is the latest incident in a string of anti-semitic attacks across Europe that have led many Jewish Europeans to consider fleeing to Israel.
  • Trawler 'may have snagged submarine' (Scotland)

    03/21/2015 12:29:27 PM PDT · by bgill · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | March 21, 2015 | unknown
    A skipper has claimed a submarine may have snagged itself on his trawler as it fished off the Outer Hebrides. Angus Macleod said he and his four crew were "extremely lucky" after his net was continually dragged in front of his 62ft boat. The Royal Navy has said there were no British or Nato submarines in the area at the time. There has been speculation in recent months that Russian subs have been operating off the Scottish coast.
  • British Girls Raped by Muslim Gangs on "Industrial Scale"

    03/21/2015 9:56:10 PM PDT · by jonatron · 108 replies
    gatestoneinstitute.org ^ | March 17, 2015 a | Soeren Kern
    Nearly 400 British girls as young as eleven are believed to have been sexually exploited by Muslim rape gangs in Oxfordshire over the past 15 years, according to a chilling new report. It charges local officials with repeatedly ignoring the abuse due to a "culture of denial." The scale of the abuse in Oxfordshire, a county in southeast England, mirrors similarly shocking accounts of the sexual exploitation of white British girls by Muslim gangs in Bristol, Derby, Rochdale, Rotherham and Telford, and implies that the problem is not isolated, but endemic. "Between acts of abuse sometimes stretching over a number...
  • Pupils 'banned from watching solar eclipse' for cultural and religious reasons

    03/20/2015 3:38:31 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 28 replies
    ITV (UK) ^ | 20th March 2015 | Simon Harris
    A headmaster has admitted primary school children were banned from watching the eclipse for 'cultural and religious' reasons. Council officials demanded an explanation from the head of the school in a multi-cultural suburb of west London. Phil Belman, the father of a seven-year-old girl at North Primary School in Southall, rang the headteacher to express his anger.
  • UK: Syria fears prompt travel ban on five teenage girls

    03/20/2015 1:43:37 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 20th March 2015 | BBC News
    'Five teenage girls who had shown an interest in going to Syria have been barred from travelling abroad by a judge at London's High Court. The girls - two aged 15 and three aged 16 - were made wards of court, removing their passports and banning them from leaving England and Wales. It comes after Tower Hamlets local authority, in London, raised concerns. Last month, three girls from an east London school travelled to Syria, where it is feared they joined Islamic State. Making the order, Mr Justice Hayden directed that the girls were not identified, and also ordered the...
  • Model Railways Showed An Idealised England Until 'Sexy Scenes' Came Along

    03/20/2015 1:07:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | March 20, 2015 | Michael Simkins
    Model Railways Showed An Idealised England Until 'Sexy Scenes' Came Along Forget housewives in headscarves or children waving from the road, the latest figures from Buffers Model Railway will shock you Models of nudists playing volleyball (Pic in URL) One of the risque scenes sold by Buffers By Michael Simkins 20 Mar 2015 I’d always considered the world of model railways to be the last surviving example of a rose-tinted Britain that no longer exists. Enthusiasts of this quaint and captivating hobby invariably seem to use 1950 as their cultural template when designing their layouts. In the real world it...
  • Good Thing Britain Banned Guns, Otherwise There Could Be Muslim-Anglo Violence

    03/20/2015 10:25:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 3/20/2015 | Michael Walsh
    Four men have been charged with the murder of a man who was stabbed at a Coventry nightclub. They are accused of killing Daniel Kirkwood, 18, who had knife wounds to the neck and was found outside the Society Club early on Sunday. Along with Mr Kirkwood, who died in hospital, another 18-year-old man was stabbed in the back and a teenager, 17, was slashed on the arm with a knife. The four charged are due to appear before Coventry magistrates, later.
  • British deputy PM: If Netanyahu rejects two-state solution, U.K. will recognize Palestine [Israel]

    03/20/2015 4:08:24 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 74 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Staff Report
    If Netanyahu rules out a Palestinian state and expands West Bank settlements, 'the world, including the British parliament, would have no option, but to recognize a Palestinian state,' says Nick Clegg. British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for reneging support for a two-state solution, saying that if the Israeli leader does not backtrack from those remarks, Britain would have no choice but to recognize a Palestinian state. Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, called Netanyahu's vow not to create a Palestinian state "alarming," the Guardian reported Thursday. Netanyahu, while campaigning Monday, said that...
  • DNA study shows that Celts are not a unique genetic group

    03/19/2015 8:39:02 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 53 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/18/15 | Pallab Ghosh
    A DNA study of Britons has shown that genetically there is not a unique Celtic group of people in the UK. According to the data, those of Celtic ancestry in Scotland and Cornwall are more similar to the English than they are to other Celtic groups. The study also describes distinct genetic differences across the UK, which reflect regional identities. And it shows that the invading Anglo Saxons did not wipe out the Britons of 1,500 years ago, but mixed with them. Published in the Journal Nature, the findings emerge from a detailed DNA analysis of 2,000 mostly middle-aged Caucasian...
  • Bert and Ernie Gay Marriage Cake Row Could Force Muslims To Print Prophet Mohammed Cartoons – Lawyer

    03/18/2015 7:32:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | March 18, 2015 | John Bingham
    Bert and Ernie Gay Marriage Cake Row Could Force Muslims To Print Prophet Mohammed Cartoons – Lawyer Human Rights barrister claims gay marriage cake court case would erode right to refuse to act against conscience By John Bingham, Religious Affairs Editor6:40AM GMT 18 Mar 2015 Muslim printers could be forced to produce cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed if the case against a Christian bakery which refused to make a Sesame Street gay marriage cake is upheld, a prominent human rights barrister has claimed. Aidan O’Neill QC said a discrimination case against Ashers Baking Company – which cancelled an order to...
  • Prince Charles, Camilla in U.S. capital; will meet with Obama

    03/18/2015 8:07:11 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 03/17/2015
    ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. – Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrived in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for a three-day visit, during which they plan to visit cultural and educational sites before heading to Kentucky. The royal couple landed at Andrews Air Force Base, where they shook hands with U.S. and British officials as they squinted in the setting sun and strong winds. Prince Charles wore a blue suit and Camilla had on a coat and dress that appeared to be ivory or dove gray. The couple did not speak to assembled members of the news media and...
  • ‘Europe isn’t working’ says Cameron

    03/17/2015 2:36:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 17/03/2015 - 15:38 | Mark Briggs
    Speaking to BuzzFeed, Cameron admitted any future negotiations would be “tough”, but maintained his stance that a continuation of the status quo was “not an option”. The EU “isn’t working properly” and too many people are happy to “go on as they are”, Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday (16 March). “Europe isn’t working properly. You can see that by the fact that Britain, outside the euro, has created more jobs in the last five years than the other 27 put together,” said Cameron. “Rather than burying this under the carpet, let’s work out what needs to change.” […] Yesterday,...
  • Germany joins China development bank

    03/17/2015 10:10:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Mar 2015 11:38 GMT+01:00
    Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble confirmed on Tuesday that Germany has agreed to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), despite pressure from the US.Germany, France and Italy “want to bring our long experience … to help the bank build a solid reputation,” Schäuble said at a joint press conference in Berlin with Chinese vice-premier Ma Kai. “We want to make a contribution to the positive development of the Asian economy, in which German companies are actively taking part,” he said. France and Italy have also agreed to become members of the $50-billion institution, seen as a rival to the...
  • Team of Ex-British Army Soldiers to Fight IS

    03/17/2015 7:29:53 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 3 replies
    Forces TV ^ | 16th March 2015 | Paula Middlehurst
    Eight former British Army soldiers are preparing to travel to Syria to fight alongside Kurdish militias against Islamic State, according to the Evening Standard. The former soldiers, a number of whom are believed to have had Special Forces training, are said to be training to fight as a single unit on the front line in northern Syria. Images on social media, meanwhile, show members of the group wearing combat fatigues and holding assault rifles. The men told the Standard that their group is called IVFOR (International Volunteer Force), and that they have created a sword symbol to represent it.
  • French Outfly RAF In IS Air Mission

    03/17/2015 7:28:04 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 8 replies
    Forces TV ^ | 12th March 2015 | Forces TV
    French warplanes are flying three times as many sorties against IS as their RAF counterparts. Research conducted by Sky News found that since the arrival of France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf it has dramatically increased the number of missions being flown. With 36 carrier and land-based Rafale and Super Etendard jets involved in the fight against Islamic State, the French are flying being 12 and 15 sorties a day. The RAF's eight Tornados are flying just two sorties a day in pairs out of their base at RAF Akrotiri. The UK's Voyager refuelling aircraft however are...
  • RAF Aircraft Destroy Islamic State Targets in Iraq

    03/17/2015 7:26:21 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 1 replies
    Forces TV ^ | 17th March 2015 | Forces TV
    RAF aircraft have hit more Islamic State targets in Iraq. A Reaper tracked IS vehicles moving at speed on the open road in Anbar Province and destroyed two with Hellfire missiles. It then designated targets and provided surveillance support for a further five strikes by other coalition aircraft on enemy positions in the area. RAF Tornados, along with Sentry surveillance and Voyager tanker aircraft, have also provided close air support to Kurdish peshmerga in Sinjar, using Paveway IV bombs to destroy IS machine gun positions.
  • That damn 1st Amendment’: What makes Obama envious of the UK’s political process?

    03/16/2015 1:09:17 PM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 16, 2015 | Staff
    Obama tells David Cameron the UK is lucky to have a political TV ad ban. Just another First Amendment-opposing America-lover.
  • Islam can be a violent faith, says Queen's chaplain:

    03/16/2015 12:57:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12th March 2015 | Jack Doyle
    There are passages in the Koran which ‘invite people to violence’, one of the Queen’s chaplains said last night. Reverend Canon Gavin Ashenden, the former chaplain of Sussex University and one of 35 who serve Her Majesty, expressed concern about more than 100 passages in the Muslim holy book. ..... But Rev Ashenden told LBC radio he was ‘attracted to Christianity because it invites people to the extremity of forgiveness and love’. He added: ‘Islam has, I think, over 100 verses inviting people to violence in the Koran which Christianity doesn’t have. 'If you’re going to invite people to be...
  • Unearthed, The Prince Of Stonehenge

    08/25/2002 5:04:48 PM PDT · by blam · 78 replies · 3,337+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-26-2002 | Roger Highfield
    Unearthed, the prince of Stonehenge By Roger Highfield (Filed: 21/08/2002) A prehistoric prince with gold ear-rings has been found near Stonehenge a few yards away from the richest early Bronze Age burial in Britain. Earlier this year, archaeologists found an aristocratic warrior, also with gold ear-rings, on Salisbury Plain and speculated that he may have been an ancient king of Stonehenge. The body was laid to rest 4,300 years ago during the construction of the monument, along with stone arrow heads and slate wristguards that protected the arm from the recoil of the bow. Archaeologists named him the Amesbury Archer....
  • Tests Reveal Amesbury Archer "King Of Stonehenge' Was A Settler From The Alps

    02/08/2004 12:40:04 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 2,101+ views
    Tests reveal Amesbury Archer ‘King of Stonehenge’ was a settler from the Alps The man who may have helped organise the building of Stonehenge was a settler from continental Europe, archaeologists say. The latest tests on the Amesbury Archer, whose grave astonished archaeologists last year with the richness of its contents, show he was originally from the Alps region, probably Switzerland, Austria or Germany. The tests also show that the gold hair tresses found in the grave are the earliest gold objects found in Britain. The grave of the Archer, who lived around 2,300BC, contained about 100 items, more than...
  • Theresa May warns the public still do not grasp the scale of child sex abuse in Britain...

    03/14/2015 3:43:50 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 14 March 2015 | Laurie Hanna
    Child sex abuse is 'woven, covertly, into the fabric' of British society, Home Secretary Theresa May has warned. The Conservative politician announced this week that a new judge-led inquiry into historic child abuse will investigate allegations from before the 1970s. But she said the public are yet to grasp the full scale of the scandal, with the allegations so far amounting to the 'tip of the iceberg'. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mrs May said: 'We already know the trail will lead into our schools and hospitals, our churches, our youth clubs and many other institutions that should have been...
  • White House issues embarrassing apology to Charles Krauthammer over Churchill bust gaffe

    08/01/2012 7:17:31 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    Tthe Telegraph ^ | 1 Aug 2012 | Nile Gardine
    The Obama presidency is fond of issuing apologies for America on the world stage, but very rarely makes them at home to Americans. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer has just issued one to Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer, who last week wrote an op-ed berating the Obama administration for removing a bust of Sir Winston Churchill from the Oval Office when it came to power. Pfeiffer had issued a stinging attack on Krauthammer, alleging that his Churchill bust reference was “100 percent false.” Krauthammer was of course 100 percent correct, and the British Embassy in...
  • Eurozone Officials Reach Accord with Greece to Extend Bailout

    02/20/2015 2:10:23 PM PST · by SteveH · 8 replies
    The New York TImes ^ | feb 20 2015 | Liz Alderman James Kanter
    Brussels- European leaders agreed on Friday to extend Greece's bailout for four months after weeks of terse negotiations.
  • Greece: Greenspan predicts exit from euro inevitable

    02/08/2015 10:08:39 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 2-8-2015 | BBC
    The former head of the US central bank, Alan Greenspan, has predicted that Greece will have to leave the eurozone. He told the BBC he could not see who would be willing to put up more loans to bolster Greece's struggling economy. Greece wants to re-negotiate its bailout, but Mr Greenspan said "I don't think it will be resolved without Greece leaving the eurozone". Earlier, UK Chancellor George Osborne said a Greek exit would cause "deep ructions" for Britain. Mr Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006, said: "I believe (Greece) will eventually leave. I don't think...
  • Miliband and Cameron get personal in TV debate row

    03/13/2015 3:56:43 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 11 March 2015 | bbc
    Ed Miliband and David Cameron launched attacks on each other's character in angry Commons exchanges over televised election debates. The Labour leader accused the PM of "chickening out" of a debate with him, saying: "Like all bullies, when the heat is really on he runs for cover." Mr Cameron attacked Mr Miliband as "despicable and weak" for not ruling out a post-election deal with the SNP. It came amid a fresh effort to break the TV debate deadlock.
  • 'Two kitchens Miliband': Labour leader says he prefers the SECOND 'kitchenette' at £2.5m [tr]

    03/13/2015 8:43:08 AM PDT · by C19fan
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 13, 2015 | Daniel Martin
    If you can't stand the heat, get out of your second kitchen. Ed Miliband today sought to cool the row over his unusual domestic arrangements, insisting he prefers the 'functional kitchenette' where he was seen posing for TV cameras. The Labour leader, who has repeatedly insisted he is not interested in photo opportunities,was filmed sipping tea at home with his wife Justine in a modest kitchen at his £2million North London home. Now it has emerged that the image of the Labour leader as a man of the people with a run-of-the-mill home was not all it appeared. For Mr...
  • Law Firm Renamed ‘Christmas Party’ To Avoid Christian Connotations

    03/12/2015 5:14:45 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | March 12, 2015
    Law Firm Renamed ‘Christmas Party’ To Avoid Christian Connotations Schoolchildren allegedly “mocked” for their beliefs by teachers, according to equalities watchdog study By John Bingham 12 Mar 2015 Staff at a law firm were told not to hold an office “Christmas party” because it could be seen as promoting Christianity, the Government’s equalities watchdog has disclosed. Organisers of the event at an unnamed firm were advised to advertise the event with the decidedly less festive title of “End of Year Party/Christmas Party according to your beliefs” in an effort to avoid causing offence to non-Christians. In another case a girl...
  • Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, dies aged 66

    03/12/2015 8:58:59 AM PDT · by Borges · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/12/2015
    Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld comic fantasy series of novels, has died aged 66. Publishers Transworld announced the news “with immeasurable sadness”. Managing director Larry Finlay, said: “The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.” The author of more than 70 books died at his home “with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family” earlier on Thursday. Pratchett, who had early onset Alzheimer’s disease, leaves his wife, Lyn, and their daughter, Rhianna. He had, said Finlay “enriched the planet like few before him”.
  • Stuart Archer: Bomb Disposal Expert and Longest George Cross Holder at 100

    03/12/2015 8:01:56 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 3 replies
    Warhistoryonline.com ^ | 11th March 2015 | Warhistoryonline.com
    'Get to know Stuart Archer who, at 100, is the longest holder of the George Cross. The acting lieutenant was given the decoration for his courageous work as a bomb disposal expert during WWII’s Blitz. Stuart Archer was quite a courageous officer in his heydays as he had to deal with a great deal of unexploded bombs throughout the war. As a matter of fact, the George Cross holder had to do several bombs almost every day and that included a number fitted with a very dangerous new form of delayed-action fuse. But Archie, as he was known among his...
  • Euro slips to new 12-year low against US dollar ($1.05)

    03/11/2015 9:09:49 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 3-12-2015 | Reuters
    The euro slipped to a fresh 12-year low against the US dollar on Thursday as the common currency continued to buckle under pressure felt since the European Central Bank launched its massive quantitative easing scheme at the start of the week.
  • Christians ARE too scared to admit beliefs—because they fear being mocked or treated like bigots…

    03/11/2015 10:00:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:02 EST, 11 March 2015 | Steve Doughty
    Christians are frightened to reveal their religious beliefs to colleagues at work, equality chiefs admit. When they do declare their Christianity, whether in the office or on the shop floor, they are often mocked or treated like bigots—and their children are even ridiculed at school. Christians also think their faith is being pushed out of its role as a cornerstone of life in Britain, according to a major study by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. And ironically, many feel they are being persecuted by the same anti-discrimination and equality laws supported by the equality watchdog. …
  • Second racist chant frat boy identified as a golf champion sophomore, 20, [tr]

    03/11/2015 11:37:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 84 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 11, 2015 | Sean O'Hare, Kieran Coccoran and Michael Zennie
    Parents of the second Oklahoma University student filmed conducting his Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers along to a racist chant on a bus have outed their 'disgusting' son - but insist he isn't a racist. Brody and Susan Pettit, from Dallas, issued an apology on behalf of 20-year-old Levi on Tuesday night - three days after he was filmed singing 'There will never be a N**** in SAE' in a sickening video that has shocked the nation. He, along with Parker Rice, a 19-year-old privately-educated former Catholic schoolboy, were immediately expelled by the university president who also booted the disgraced chapter...
  • Britain may broadcast Putin's financial secrets to Russian people

    03/11/2015 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/10/15 | Matthew Holehouse
    Foreign Secretary interested in proposals to broadcast information on secret wealth of Putin's circle, as he warns Russia could be "single greatest threat" to Britain Philip Hammond said he was interested by the idea of publicising the wealth of the Russian president’s inner circle in order to embarrass them in front of their people, as part of the response to the ongoing incursion into eastern Ukraine. The Foreign Secretary warned that Putin is rapidly modernising his armed forces, and warned Russia’s bid to destabilise eastern Europe poses “the greatest single threat” to British national security. Mr Hammond said that Britain...
  • Britain may broadcast Putin's financial secrets to Russia

    03/11/2015 4:05:12 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10 Mar 15 | Matthew Holehouse
    Britain may broadcast the financial secrets of Russia’s ruling elite as part of the information war against the Putin regime, the Foreign Secretary has indicated. Philip Hammond said he was interested by the idea of publicising the wealth of the Russian president’s inner circle in order to embarrass them in front of their people, as part of the response to the ongoing incursion into eastern Ukraine.
  • Report Exposes EU Illegal Settlement in Judea and Samaria (European Union invades Holy Land)

    02/07/2015 1:32:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 2/7/2015, 10:07 PM | Uzi Baruch, Ari Yashar
    Despite the 2012 Levy Report proving the legality of Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria under international law, the European Union (EU) has bitterly opposed that presence and even threatened sanctions—however, a new report reveals that it is in fact the EU that is guilty of “illegal settlement” in the region. Judea and Samaria was divided into Areas A, B and C in the 1993 Oslo Accords, which created the Palestinian Authority (PA); and under the agreements, Area C is under complete Israeli administrative and security control. However, the new report by Regavim, a NGO watchdog group for Jewish national...
  • 2014: Arabs Built 550 Illegal Structures in Area C Alone

    12/07/2014 4:07:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 12/7/14 | Gil Ronen
    The Subcommittee for Judea and Samaria of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee hosted on Sunday the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Major General Yoav Mordechai, for a discussion of illegal construction in Judea and Samaria. According to information presented to the committee, about 550 illegal structures were built by Arabs in Areas C in the course of 2014, as opposed to 150 illegal structures built by Jews. Bearing in mind that the Arab population in Areas C is smaller than the Jewish one – about 90,000 Arabs compared with about 400,000 Jews – the rate...
  • EU Accused of ‘Colonialism’ for Funding Illegal Arab Settlements (in Area C, Israel)

    02/11/2015 10:49:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 2/11/2015, 6:22 PM | Ari Soffer
    A leading Israeli NGO has slammed the European Union over its alleged role in financing illegal Arab settlements in Judea and Samaria, saying its direct attempts to “subvert” Israeli internal affairs amounted to a form of “colonialism.” The remarks, made by the grassroots Im Tirzu organization, came in response to an article in the UK’s Daily Mail, which cited figures showing how the EU has channeled European taxpayers’ money into building some 400 homes and other buildings illegally in Area C of Judea and Samaria. Under the 1993 Oslo Accords—signed not only by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but by...
  • When is an Illegal Settlement Legal?

    02/09/2015 5:34:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 2-9-15 | Jerold S. Auerbach
    Everyone knows that Jewish settlements are illegal under international law. This is one of the endlessly repeated mantras that reinforce the denigration of Israel as a loathsome pariah state. Imagine: since the Six-Day War the State of Israel has displayed the temerity to authorize the construction of settlements for Jews in the biblical homeland of the Jewish people. To be sure, that defines Zionism, the return of Jews to their ancient cities (Jerusalem and Hebron), hills and valleys (Judea and Samaria). To Israel’s legions of enemies and critics, however, settlement is the illicit conquest and colonization of someone else’s land....