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  • Queen Elizabeth II in Pakistan (1961) | BFI National Archive

    Marvelous footage. Like Iran and Afghanistan, Pakistan was at one point just over the cusp of modernity before the Sharia effect.
  • Half of universities in England have fewer than 5% poor white students

    02/14/2019 9:19:01 PM PST · by blueplum · 10 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 14 Feb 2019 | Amy Walker
    More than half of universities in England have fewer than 5% of white working-class students in their intakes, according to researchers. A report from the National Education Opportunity Network (Neon) found that white youngsters in receipt of free school meals were the least likely of any group to study at university after those from Traveller backgrounds. (snip) Of the higher education providers who responded to a survey by Neon, fewer than 40% were doing outreach work specifically with white males and fewer than 12% with white females from low-participation backgrounds. (snip) Education secretary Damian Hinds said: “Whilst it’s right that...
  • Prince Philip won't be charged in UK car crash

    02/14/2019 9:07:20 AM PST · by bgill · 14 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Feb. 14, 2019 | AP
    Prince Philip won't face charges in connection with a car collision that left two women injured, British prosecutors said Thursday. The decision came just days after Buckingham Palace said the 97-year-old royal would stop driving. The husband of Queen Elizabeth II was driving a Land Rover near the royal family's Sandringham estate in eastern England when he smashed into another car on Jan. 17. Philip needed help to get out of the vehicle, but he wasn't injured. Two women in the other car were injured, but not seriously. A 9-month-old child in the car was unhurt. Both Philip and the...
  • Pregnant teen who fled UK to join Islamic State wants to come home

    02/14/2019 8:54:49 AM PST · by bgill · 35 replies
    kvue ^ | Feb. 14, 2019 | Gregory Katz
    British teenager who ran away from Britain to join Islamic State extremists in Syria four years ago has said she wants to come back to London, but her path home is not clear...she is nine months pregnant and worried about the health of her unborn child. "In the end, I just could not endure anymore," she said, describing the death from illness and malnutrition of her first two children...She was one of three schoolgirls from the Bethnal Green neighborhood who went to Syria to join IS in 2015 at a time when the group's online recruitment program lured a number...
  • UK Sending Aircraft Carrier To China In “Show Of Force”

    02/11/2019 10:34:32 AM PST · by blam · 54 replies
    Perhaps out of humiliation over the ongoing spectacular tragicomedy that is Brexit, and in desperate need of a distraction from her domestic political troubles, Theresa May has taken a page out of the the US neocon playbook, and has decided to send Britain’s new aircraft carrier to China’s backyard in what The Times has dubbed “a show of strength” – just in case Beijing is unclear how to respond to this hilarious development – because apparently the UK believes it is a US stunt-double when it comes to sending Beijing messages about its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea....
  • WARNING FREEPERS! EPISODE 1 has been taken down. - The Real Tommy Robinson Ep. 2

    02/10/2019 5:12:33 PM PST · by fuzzylogic · 30 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2-10-2019 | Tommy Robinson
    This will come here!!! Islam in the UK - fought by one man. Tommy Robinson. Watch while it's still up. They're trying to silence him. Bravest man in UK.
  • Chimps use branches to build ladder in daring zoo escape

    02/10/2019 12:14:58 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 47 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 10, 2019 | Associated Press
    Zookeepers say a group of chimpanzees used branches weakened by a storm to make a ladder and escape from their enclosure at the Belfast Zoo. Video filmed Saturday by visitors to the Northern Ireland zoo showed several primates scaling a wall and perching atop it, with one walking down a path outside the enclosure. Zookeeper Alyn Cairns said trees in the chimps’ enclosure had been weakened by recent storms, allowing the animals to break them and fashion a ladder to escape.
  • Booming Edinburgh will be first UK city to introduce a tourist tax

    02/07/2019 9:18:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 7, 2019 9:48 AM | Elizabeth O’Leary
    Scotland’s capital Edinburgh is to become the first British city to introduce a tourist tax to try to better manage the impact of swelling visitor numbers and booming hotel occupancy, its council said on Thursday. […] The council said it would use funds raised by the £2 ($2.60) per room per night tax “to improve facilities and better manage the city”, as other European cities such as Barcelona and Rome have done. The tourist tax has been unpopular with some businesses, however. A survey conducted by the council found only a narrow 51 percent of accommodation-providers supported the idea, which...
  • 'County lines' drug gangs tracking children via social media

    02/07/2019 2:05:32 AM PST · by blueplum · 7 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 05 Feb 2019 | Annie Kelly
    A failure to grasp how technology and social media is being used to coerce, control, blackmail and track the movements of children as young as 11 by “county lines” drug gangs has seen an epidemic of child criminal exploitation spiral out of control in the UK. “For the past seven or eight years we have been warning the government, the authorities, teachers, anyone who would listen, that technology is the central organising feature of the county lines business model,” said Sheldon Thomas, a consultant on gang behaviour through his organisation Gangsline. (snip) ...Snapchat is used heavily as a recruitment channel,...
  • How Duchess Meghan Markle Leans on Her Faith and ‘Close Relationship with God’

    02/06/2019 5:07:54 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 48 replies
    People ^ | Feb 6 2019 | Michelle Tauber
    “Meg is extremely faithful,” a longtime friend tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “We pray a lot together...She has had, and especially has now, a very close relationship with God.” Meghan, 37, was baptized into the Church of England in a secret ceremony last spring ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry. And the intimate service, which was a significant nod to Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth’s role as head of the Church of England, had special meaning for Meghan, as faith is a key pillar for her. “A deep sense of gratitude and humility has guided her,” the friend...
  • Knife Crime is Out of Control in Sadiq Khan’s London.

    02/06/2019 6:13:45 AM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | Feb 6, 2019 | Jose Nino
    London continues its downward spiral under London Mayor Saddiq Khan’s leadership. Or lack thereof. According to figures from the London Metropolitan Police, 49 percent of knife crime is committed by teenagers. Even more revealing were numbers that indicated that three quarters of knife crime perpetrators were minorities. This is part of a larger trend of failed government policies that are beginning to produce toxic social outcomes throughout the UK. For a start, it doesn’t help that the UK has an expansive welfare state that is not very conducive to immigrant assimilation. One needn’t look further at the case of Sweden...
  • Canadian Officials Working To Offer Asylum To Pakistani Christian Tried For Blasphemy

    02/06/2019 6:22:12 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 21 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 01/29/2019 | Amardeep Bassey
    Pakistan’s top court rejected a challenge to the acquittal of the mother-of-five on blasphemy charges, after she was accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Days after her release, Bibi’s husband Ashiq Masih made an impassioned video plea to British Prime Minister Theresa May asking for asylum in the UK. But her appeal for sanctuary was denied by the UK’s home office because of fears British embassies and diplomatic staff would be targeted by Islamic extremists. Several countries have reportedly offered Bibi asylum, including Italy and Australia. Canada’s Global Affairs department said that Bibi’s case is a “priority” for the Canadian...
  • McDonald’s customer calls police after employee put onions on his Big Mac, gets arrested

    02/03/2019 3:32:03 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 3, 2019 | Alexandra Deabler
    A McDonald’s customer was arrested after calling police to complain about his Big Mac hamburger having onions – and challenging the restaurant’s manager to a fist fight. Leslie McDonagh, 53, was visiting the fast food chain in Manchester, England, around 10:30 p.m. on a Friday when he claims he received the “wrong meal” that he could not eat because of a “severe allergy” to onions, Metro reported. According to Metro, McDonagh, who had been drinking prior to visiting the McDonald’s, threatened to fight the manager before calling 911 to report the mixed-up meal.
  • Meghan Markle uses bananas to relay uplifting messages to sex workers

    02/02/2019 12:56:36 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 1, 2019 | Michael Bartiromo
    Meghan Markle doesn’t just make bread with bananas. She also uses the fruit to share inspirational messages. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped by for an unexpected visit at the One25 charity foundation in Bristol on Friday, where Meghan proceeded to help bag up care packages to be delivered to women who need help breaking free of, or building new lives away from, street sex work. But Meghan didn’t just pack up the meals — she also spearheaded an idea to share uplifting messages to the women aided by the charity by writing them directly on the bananas included in...
  • British Jury Delivers First Conviction for Female Genital Mutilation

    02/01/2019 2:12:08 PM PST · by Theoria · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Feb 2019 | Palko Karasz and Anna Schaverien
    A woman in London was convicted on Friday over the genital cutting of her daughter, becoming the first person to be successfully prosecuted under the country’s law banning the practice. The 37-year old woman was found guilty of committing female genital mutilation in August 2017, when her daughter was 3. The girl’s father, 43, was cleared of charges. Neither parent was identified because of reporting restrictions placed on the case. “Female genital mutilation has an appalling physical and emotional impact on victims that usually lasts their entire life,” said Lynette Woodrow, a deputy chief crown prosecutor, in a statement. “A...
  • 15 UK Christian churches get threatening letters warning them to stop ALL services (trunc)

    01/30/2019 11:00:39 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 26 replies
    Israel Wire ^ | 1/29/19 | Robert Spencer
    FULL TITLE: 15 UK Christian churches get threatening letters warning them to stop ALL services, or they will face Islamic bombings and stabbings Islamic law forbids Christians to make public display of their religion. Could that ha “‘Petrol bomb’ threats sent to churches and supermarkets,” BBC, January 16, 2019 (thanks to David): More than a dozen churches have been sent “threatening letters” bearing a West Midlands postmark, with one letter warning of a petrol bomb attack. West Midlands Police is investigating and said churches and supermarkets in the region and further afield had been targeted “over a period of months”....
  • Khan’s London: Second World War Memorial Desecrated, Churchill Statue Vandalised

    01/22/2019 5:59:44 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/22/19
    A memorial to the tens of thousands of Bomber Command air crew who lost their lives during the Second World War has been vandalised in London, along with a nearby statue of wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill. The memorial in London’s Green Park has been splattered with a large amount of white paint, “including the statue of eight Bomber Command crew members which stands at its centre, the marble plinth it stands upon and the surrounding Portland stone.” So far, no arrests have been made, but the Metropolitan Police are said to be investigating CCTV footage from the site. Johnny...
  • EU says hard Irish border 'obvious' under 'no-deal' Brexit as split emerges with Dublin

    01/22/2019 2:27:29 PM PST · by fruser1 · 17 replies
    Sky News ^ | 1/22/2019 | Greg Heffer
    Brussels, Dublin and London have all stated they do no want a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit. But the EU has given apparent confirmation they would enforce such a scenario should the UK leave the bloc without a withdrawal agreement, known as a no-deal outcome. The comments prompted Ireland's deputy prime minister Simon Coveney, also his country's foreign minister, to repeat Dublin's position that it is not planning for a hard border, even with the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. "The Irish government will not support the re-emergence of border security on this...
  • Man Up, Diane

    01/22/2019 1:51:43 PM PST · by OddLane
    Spiked ^ | 1/22/19 | Brendan O'Neill
    Why do so many people dislike Labour MP Diane Abbott? If you believe Momentum types, it’s because they’re racist. They cannot abide the sight of a black woman doing politics. It makes them bristle. And so they criticise Abbott more than any other politician, make fun of her, and sometimes rain abuse upon her...
  • Nigel Farage to lead new pro-Brexit party if EU departure delayed

    01/20/2019 11:29:33 AM PST · by aspasia · 12 replies
    Guardian ^ | January 20, 2019 | Josh Halliday
    Nigel Farage is being lined up as leader of a new pro-Brexit party if Britain’s departure from the European Union is delayed beyond 29 March. The former Ukip leader said he had offered his enthusiastic support to the Brexit party after being sounded out as its potential leader. Catherine Blaiklock, Ukip’s former economics spokeswoman, confirmed she had applied to register the party with the Electoral Commission on 11 January and that it would be ready to fight any snap general election or the local elections across England in May. She told the Guardian on Sunday: “I think people feel treason...