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  • Obama's Falklands Neutrality A Slap In The Face To U.K.

    04/18/2012 6:29:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 18, 2012
    Special Relationship: As Argentina marshals diplomatic support for its claim on Britain's Falklands Islands, the best President Obama can declare in response is U.S. "neutrality." It's an insult to our top ally — and trouble for us. One can only wonder what an irresponsible Evita Peron wannabe like Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner must think when she sees the shabby way President Obama treats America's leading ally, the United Kingdom. At the weekend's Summit of the Americas, President Obama reiterated U.S. "neutrality" toward Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands, the Atlantic islands under the British flag for 180 years,...
  • What's with Obama? His Falklands gaffe angers Brits, puzzles others

    04/18/2012 5:25:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 18, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    OK, picture this: President George W. Bush, he of the cast-iron Texas tongue, at a news conference concluding an international summit. He's asked about a dispute involving Argentina and Great Britain, our closest overseas ally, the one that's lost 408 soldiers by our side in Afghanistan, where we've fought a decade together to prevent a second 9/11. In his answer, Bush refers to the disputed territory by the wrong name, misplacing the islands by some 8,000 miles. Worse than his geographic ignorance, instead of backing Britain, whose prime minister he just buddy-buddied at an NCAA game and White House state...
  • Ashton, Not Obama, in Charge of Iran Talks

    04/17/2012 9:39:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 4/17/12 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Laura Rozen’s account of the behind-the-scenes action during the Iranian nuclear talks in Istanbul undermines the notion that President Obama is in control of the P5+1 diplomatic process that he fiercely defended during the weekend. As Rozen’s reporting makes clear, it is the European Union’s Catherine Ashton who was clearly in charge of the affair, and as long as that fierce critic of Israel is calling the shots, it’s unlikely the Iranians will surrender their nuclear ambitions. Indeed, by championing Iran’s right to nuclear development, which could be ultimately used for military purposes, Ashton may be steering the negotiations toward...
  • Cleric Abu Qatada arrested again

    04/17/2012 7:20:04 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17th April 2011 | BBC News
    'Radical cleric Abu Qatada has been arrested and told the Home Office will try to deport him, the BBC understands. He is expected to appear at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission on Tuesday afternoon, when the home secretary will update MPs on his case. The European Court of Human Rights blocked his deportation to Jordan in January, saying evidence obtained by torture might be used against him. Ministers have been seeking assurances from Jordan this will not be the case. The Home Office had previously said it was making "good progress" in obtaining those guarantees from Jordan, where he faces...
  • Cameron in humiliating u-turn on future of Britain's aircraft carriers with return of jump jet

    04/17/2012 5:42:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 16 April 2012 | Tim Shipman & Ian Drury
    Cameron in humiliating u-turn on future of Britain's aircraft carriers with return of jump jet David Cameron has agreed to an embarrassing U-turn on the future of the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers. The Prime Minister has decided to reverse a decision on the type of jets due to fly from the two warships. In doing so he has returned to a plan by Labour that he once derided as an ‘error’. Senior Downing Street sources say Mr Cameron has decided to follow military advice and abandon plans to buy the conventional F-35C Joint Strike Fighter after costs soared by £1.8billion....
  • Obsessed ex-pat teenager stabbed parents of pregnant girl to death before raping and killing her

    04/17/2012 3:39:53 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 April 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Obsessed ex-pat teenager stabbed parents of pregnant girl to death before raping and killing her too because she spurned his advances A British teenager who slaughtered a girl who turned down his advances has been jailed for at least 35 years after he repeatedly stabbed her and also stabbed her parents to death in their home. Prosecutors said he left the bodies in their 'blood soaked' home after stabbing his victims at least 112 times. Jason Alexander Downie, originally from Kilmarnock, Scotland, emigrated to Australia with his mother in 2006, pleaded guilty to stabbing 16-year-old Chantelle Rowe and her parents...
  • Barack Obama makes Falklands gaffe by calling Malvinas the Maldives

    04/16/2012 5:58:10 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 48 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:50PM BST 16 Apr 2012 | By Jonathan Gilbert in Buenos Aires
    President Obama erred during a speech at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, when attempting to call the disputed archipelago by its Spanish name. Instead of saying Malvinas, however, Mr Obama referred to the islands as the Maldives, a group of 26 atolls off that lie off the South coast of India. Cristina Kirchner, the Argentine president, has renewed her country's sovereignty claim to the Falklands in the build-up to the 30th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the islands, which triggered the Falklands War, on April 2. She has accused David Cameron of maintaining a "colonial enclave"...
  • Women able to delay motherhood through ovary freezing

    04/16/2012 4:42:49 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04.16.12
    Those in their twenties and early thirties will be able to “bank” their ovarian tissue when it is most fertile, and have it re-implanted years later. The procedure, which could cost as much as £16,000, is expected to be available within the next six months. At present only a few countries, including the United States, Denmark and Belgium, offer the option. To date, 19 babies have been born as a result. Yesterday, experts said the controversial treatment will soon become commonplace as it has been shown to be more effective than egg freezing and even IVF. It involves extracting about...
  • George Washington Named Britain's Greatest Ever Foe

    04/16/2012 1:54:03 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Apr 2012 | Jasper Copping
    The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent.He was one of a shortlist of five leaders who topped a public poll and on Saturday was selected as the ultimate winner by an audience of around 70 guests at a special event at the museum, in Chelsea, west London.In second place was Michael Collins, the Irish leader, ahead of Napoleon Bonaparte, Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. At the event, each contender had their case made by a historian giving a 40 minute presentation.The audience, who...
  • George Washington named Britain's greatest ever foe

    04/16/2012 10:37:35 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    (UK) Telegraph ^ | 4/14/12 | Jasper Copping
    The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent. He was one of a shortlist of five leaders who topped a public poll and on Saturday was selected as the ultimate winner by an audience of around 70 guests at a special event at the museum, in Chelsea, west London. In second place was Michael Collins, the Irish leader, ahead of Napoleon Bonaparte, Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. At the event, each contender had their case made by a historian giving a 40 minute presentation....
  • British Peer Lord Ahmed suspended after 'offering £10m bounty on Barack Obama and George Bush'

    04/16/2012 8:58:13 AM PDT · by robowombat · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1:09AM BST 16 Apr 2012 | Nick Allen and Tim Ross
    British Peer Lord Ahmed suspended after 'offering £10m bounty on Barack Obama and George Bush' A controversial British peer has been suspended from the Labour Party amid reports that he offered a £10 million bounty for the capture of President Barack Obama and his predecessor President George W Bush. Lord Ahmed has been suspended from the Labour Party Lord Ahmed, 53, who in 1998 became the first Muslim life peer, was reported to have made the comments at a conference in Haripur in Pakistan. A Labour Party spokesman said: "We have suspended Lord Ahmed pending investigation. If these comments are...
  • Pippa Middleton Caught in Gun-Wielding Scandal

    04/16/2012 7:39:08 AM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    ABC Good Morning America ^ | April 16, 2012 | KATIE KINDELAN
    Pippa Middleton, the sister-in-law of England's presumptive future king, could face criminal charges after a male companion was reportedly caught brandishing a gun and allegedly pointing it at a photographer following the pair in Paris... Charges could result in prison sentences of up to seven years for all four people in the car, or a two-year sentence if the gun turns out to be a fake, a source told the Sun. "If the evidence points to her involvement, she will be prosecuted. Anybody involved in the illegal use of a handgun in public is liable to arrest and interrogation," the...
  • Sharia Compliancy Forced on Citizens in Britain, Comply or Be Prosecuted

    04/16/2012 6:25:55 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 39 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4/15/2012 | Paul Wheaton
    The citizens of Britain must comply with Sharia or face procecution and possible prison. Paul Weston, Chairman of the British Freedom Party, speeks about this issue and the terrorizing of British citizens by their own government's compliance to Sharia. Video: Paul Weston on Sharia in Britain and the Istanbul Process In this speech Paul Weston address the issue of the ongoing growth of the sharia state in Great Britain. Sharia law is operating in Britain but it is not calling itself sharia. Today in Great Britain people are going to prison for not being sharia compliant. This will only get...
  • The European Evidence Shows Why the Left’s Real Goal Is Higher Taxes on the Middle Class

    04/14/2012 8:40:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Why are taxes so much higher in Europe, consuming 46 percent of economic output compared to 32 percent of GDP in America? Is it because nations such as France, Greece, and Sweden have adopted the kind of class-warfare policies that Obama wants for the United States? Surprisingly, the answer is no.As explained by Veronique de Rugy, the United States actually has a more “progressive” tax code than European nations. The corporate tax rate is higher in the United States than in any European country, and the double taxation of dividends and capital gains also is far above the European average....
  • George Washington named Britain's greatest ever foe

    04/15/2012 11:48:38 AM PDT · by AnotherUnixGeek · 92 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Apr 2012 | Jasper Copping
    The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent.
  • 48% of Brits want to get out of the UK

    04/15/2012 5:17:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies
    The Sun ^ | April 15, 2012 | Tim Spanton
    ALMOST half of all Britons are “seriously considering” moving overseas, an exclusive survey for The Sun has found. Australia is top of the relocation wish list followed by the US, Canada and New Zealand. The cost of living, weather, unemployment and crime are the most common reasons for wanting to quit Britain. Pollsters YouGov quizzed 1,650 adults after The Sun told last week about Dave and Jackie Jones who emigrated to Australia with their 12 kids. The family from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria — who have never claimed benefits — quit in despair at what they see as soft-touch Britain’s emphasis on...
  • Six percent of UK's wealthiest pay less than 10 percent tax - data

    04/15/2012 4:51:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | April 16, 2012 | by Fiona Shaikh
    (Reuters) - Some six percent of Britain's wealthiest people used tax reliefs to reduce their tax bills to less than 10 percent, according to data published by Britain's finance ministry on Monday, which it said highlighted the need to make the tax system fairer. In Britain, anyone earning up to 34,370 pounds is liable to income tax of 20 percent, while those earning over 150,000 pounds must pay 50 percent, though that is set to fall to 45 percent from April 2013. The Treasury figures show that 3 percent of people with earnings of between 1 and 5 million pounds...
  • Party suspends British peer over Obama 'bounty' (ROP alert)

    04/15/2012 4:20:43 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | April 15, 2012
    Britain's Labour Party on Sunday suspended peer Nazir Ahmed over reports that he offered a £10 million ($15.9 million, 12.1 million euros) bounty for the capture of US President Barack Obama. The Lord also offered a similar incentive for the capture of former US president George Bush in response to a US reward for the capture of suspected terrorist Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, according to Pakistan's Express Tribune newspaper. Saeed, who founded the extremist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, is wanted for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people were killed. "We have suspended Lord Ahmed pending investigation," a Labour spokeswoman said....
  • Garda wait to quiz shooting victim in farm raid mystery(Ireland)

    04/15/2012 1:04:53 PM PDT · by marktwain
    herald.ie ^ | 14 April, 2012 | Alan O'Keeffe
    GARDAI will interview a man injured in a shooting on a farm in North County Dublin. The 34-year-old man sustained severe injuries to his arm and had emergency surgery. A source said the man, who is known to gardai and was on bail for theft charges, was "lucky not to lose his arm". Today, officers are trying to establish if he had been shot when a farm employee confronted a suspected burglar in a field at Maryland farm in Kilsallaghan on Thursday evening. Truck driver Richard Lowndes Junior, known as Graham, fired a blast from his legally held shotgun. wounded...
  • British pro-Palestinian activists refused Israel flight

    04/15/2012 12:21:41 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 15th April 2012 | BBC News
    'Members of a pro-Palestinian campaign group have been refused travel from Manchester Airport to Israel. Airline Jet2 said Israeli officials informed it 13 people booked on a flight to Ben Gurion airport would not be allowed into Israel. A Jet2 spokesman said: "In light of this decision we were unable to accept them for travel." The head of a Scottish pro-Palestine group, whose members were banned from flying, said it was atrocious. Mick Napier and nine other people from the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign were stopped by the budget airline from boarding flight LS907. They were part of a UK...