Rolling Stone

by craig on May 28, 2012 3:19 pm in Uncategorized

Genuinely sad to be leaving Florianapolis. Wonderful place and lovely people. I haven’t liked a new place so much in a long time. I found my ideas very well received indeed. That seems increasingly to be the case in places as diverse as Brazil, Germany, South Africa and India. There genuinely seems a renewed interest in radicalism among young people. Wars of resource grab, state transfers of money to the bankers and the general lack of genuine democratic choice or deep media inquiry are bound to produce this kind of reaction. Otherwise the human spirit is dead.

It isn’t.

Signed hundreds of books. The publisher sold all the new copies brought down to Florianapolis, despite the fact that most of the copies I signed were brought along by the owners, already bought and evidently much read. It seems they get handed around, which is great. At book signings everyone wants a photo, which actually I find rather nice. It is always good to have an excuse to put a photo of a pretty girl on the blog to cheer everyone up!!

Off to Sao Paolo next, then home which I am really looking forward to. It is lovely here but I miss my family. One great advantage of being here is that I don’t have to see the war criminal Blair and his smarmy self-justification at the Leveson Inquiry.

I don’t think that there is a video record of my main speech in Florianapolis, but I will check.

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  1. You look well and fit Craig. I think you have lost weight too if you will excuse me being personal. Glad you are spreading the word around.
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    This is a Google translated page from the Federal University of Santa Catarina list of events.
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    Ambassadors open meeting of students of International Relations on Wednesday at UFSC
    Published on May 23, 2012
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    The Secretary of International Affairs of the Presidency, Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, Ambassador Luiz Felipe Lampreia and will minister to 19h Wednesday, April 23, the opening conference of the XVII National Meeting of Students of International Relations (Eneri UFSC), Center for Culture and Events, on “The evolution of Brazilian foreign policy agenda.” Another highlight of the programming is Eneri magna on “Brazilian foreign policy in the Olympics and World Cup” scheduled to be handed down by Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo. Information on the site {www.eneri.ufsc.br} , through which also will be available online broadcast of the meeting.
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    The program runs until Saturday, the 26th, and includes lectures, panel discussions, short courses, workshops and other parallel events. The activities will be concentrated in the Center for Culture and Events, but also occur in the Rectory and centers Socio-Economic and Legal Sciences.
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    Considered the biggest event for students of International Relations of South America, the Eneri this year is focused on the International Agenda Brazilian. Regional integration in the continent, economic development in South American countries, the green economy, Brazil’s bilateral relations with nations of Africa and Argentina, the impacts of global crisis, the challenges of multiculturalism and the presence of Brazil in the Security Council United Nations are among the subjects under discussion.
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    Among the 40 confirmed speakers are the diplomat Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg, the Argentine Ambassador Oscar Laborde, the English human rights activist Craig Gordon Murray and Professor Barry Buzan, London School of Economics. The defense minister, Celso Amorim, who would make the opening of the meeting, canceled his visit to Florianópolis due to a trip to Lebanon.
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    Are also planned interventions of Benjamin J. Cohen, professor of international political economy at the University of California, Sergio de Queiroz Duarte, UN Commissioner for Disarmament Affairs, Abelardo da Costa Junior Arantes, a diplomat since 1996 serves Santa Catarina in Brazil’s embassy in Islamabad, Stephen D. Krasner, professor of international relations at the University of Stanford, Oliver Stuenkel, a professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, and journalist Carlos Alberto Sardenberg.
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    More information can be obtained at the site eneri.ufsc.br , through which also will be available online broadcast of the meeting.
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    Contact: Philip Klöppel (48) 9646-6698, 9982-1610 Cecilia Campos and Paula Prado 8457-8927.
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    Paul Schmitz and Clovis Alita Diana / journalists Agecom

  2. One for the iPlayer perhaps.
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    Rory Stewart on BBC2 tonight at 9pm.
    Afghanistan: The Great Game – A Personal View by Rory Stewart
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    Episode 1
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    1/2 How control of Afghanistan was seen by Victorian Britain as key to the security of India.
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    http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/9730686.Eden_MP_s_Afghanistan_documentary_airs_tonight_on_TV/

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    Wednesday 30th May 21:00 – 22:00 Afghanistan: The Great Game – A Personal View by Rory Stewart
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    Episode 2
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    2/2 The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and its aftermath – civil war and the Taliban’s rise.

  3. ‘Floripa’ – drop dead gorgeous ;)
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    “..the general lack of genuine democratic choice or deep media inquiry.”
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    SOPA transforms into British FBI…
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    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/british-fbi-boss-to-direct-forces-7793926.html

  4. Dear Mr. Murray,
    the video footage of your lecture at the Federal University of Santa Catarina will very soon be available. And we will let you know when it happens.

    We, at the organizing committee, are very pleased to know you enjoyed your stay in Florianopolis.
    Have safe trip to Sao Paulo and then to the UK.

    Best regards,
    Lucas Brandao

  5. Meanwhile Craig, your “friend” Gulnara Karimova has gone on PR campaign in Monaco with the Clinton Foundation and the Hollyshitwood stars.
    http://www.gulnarakarimova.com/en/news/guli-co-sponsors-nights-in-monaco-benefit-gala/
    http://enews.fergananews.com/news.php?id=2287&mode=snews

    who says we care about human rights or forced child labor? Clinton? Who Clinton?

  6. Isn’t there any plans to come to Manaus (Amazonas)?

  7. My mates in Buenos Aires would love to see you drop by, since you’re on the continent. An extended book and lecture tour on the whole subcontinent would probably do your spirits a world of good.

  8. And before anybody suggests Steven Castro Conte should get over to Sao Paulo, its 1679 miles.

    Ask Craig if you can send him an airticket Steven, he might just have an extra day, who knows, Brazilians seem to understand the urgency with what to pursue international human rights.
    occupy must evolve.
    Viva la terra.

  9. Greenmachine

    28 May, 2012 - 9:26 pm

    Watching pt 1 of Afghanistan : The Great Game by Rory Stewart (Tory MP, ex -Dep Governor of Iraq) Very interesting -especially with regards to the prominence of Burnes in the narrative. Have a look – it’s fascinating. Interesting to learn your take on this programme Craig! Stewart has just described the demise of Burnes

  10. Blair is like a gold fish swimming in shit ask him what the water is like and he will Say “shitty” with a smile

    http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/social/marriage-colloquium-goes-ahead-despite-attempts-to-ban-it

    Whats with this policy of diversity with regards to our present moral decline should we find it at the pinnacle.

    What are your opinions regarding these issues diversity. Is this diversity all part of our exported democracy.

    Why then are we fighting our natural instincts of the majority of us so we can accomadate all our differences.

    The same forces are at work to destabilise our society from here to timbuktoo.

  11. Rodrigo Santiago Juaçaba

    29 May, 2012 - 5:35 am

    Dear Craig,

    I’m the guy that had a whisky with you on friday. I just want to thank you for the lecture, besides the fact that you were so nice and friendly. You are an inspiring man for all of us, and I mean it.

    Best Wishes,
    Rodrigo.

  12. More on Blair and his grubby and revolting money making. Campbell appears to be working for him too. This time is Kazakhstan. The piece is written by Nick Cohen who heavily supported Blair’s illegal war on Iraq.
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    Tony Blair’s moral decline and fall is now complete
    Tony Blair’s willingness to prop up the brutal Kazakhstan regime shames the one-time champion of democracy
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/27/nick-cohen-tony-blair-kazakhstan
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    Hilarious sub-heading!

  13. Dick the Prick

    29 May, 2012 - 7:31 am

    Where are these pretty girls of which you speak?

  14. A little background on Portland Communications (see Mary’s excellent Guardian link above)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_Communications
    …wonder if it has anything to do with the Portland Trust?
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    BSB connection here:
    {http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/spotlight-on-tim-allan-founder-of-portland-public-relations-consultancy-7640839.html}

  15. Got the lot covered here from BigPharma to Rockefeller, Miss Lumley’s Gurkhas to NWO stooge Kofi Annan and even Lady Porter’s Every Little Helps outfit. Only name missing is Kissinger’s
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    http://www.portland-communications.com/clients
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    Ref the Gurkas. A visit to Aldershot is not recommended. It is in a very run down state with many empty shops and other buildings. The army has mostly gone. There are always groups of elderly Nepalese standing around in the precincts looking quite lonely. Attempts to converse fail as they cannot understand what you are saying and there is local animosity against them on housing and other issues. A sad situation. Lumley is well out of it in her homes in London and Scotland. She has so many other ’causes’.{http://www.gethampshire.co.uk/news/s/2114339_gurkhas_club_together_for_mod_request}

  16. There are enough of them. Note the warmonger’s spindoctor on the advisory board.
    http://www.portland-communications.com/people

  17. “David Cameron’s Director of Communications Craig Oliver argues with BBC News political correspondent Norman Smith about the coverage of Jeremy Hunt, unaware that the camera was still running.”
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6ZJbx07VEQ

  18. Another nation-state scale malware attack:
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18238326 (“Iran and Israel”)
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    “Discovered by Iran” is a headline that seems conspicuous by its absence. There is little that this software cannot do; it gains complete control of any infected machine:
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    http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2180410/flame-virus-undetectable-son-stuxnet-uncovered-middle-east
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    Also interestingly absent from either article is any clue as to who this thing sends the data back to. It’s been “in the wild”, undetected, for years, so they say.

  19. What do we know, Clark, the idea behind the virus obviously was to not get detected, a spy that gathers material and does not interfere much unless one lets it. Does anybody know how long this has been operating?

    Now that it did get detected, are there any indications that it has breached the TOR system?
    Thanks for the great link to Camerons coms directors, Mary, even the coughs and splutters did not give him a hint that the cameras were still running.

  20. Must-read on Portland Communications by Tom Watson:
    http://www.tom-watson.co.uk/2012/01/the-lobbyists-the-russians-google-and-wife-beater.
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    Kazakhstan, even.

  21. Green Machine – Would you agree that Alexander Burnes is a baddie in Rory Stewart’s eyes? I found it an interesting programme. Apart from the travelogue aspects, there was a deal of historical and military content. He is certainly well connected but rather strange in the way he walks around Kabul as if there is nothing happening there. He always gives the impression of being a solitary person. Perhaps he was given special protection for this film. We have talked about him before and his unusual biog. I never saw him ending up as an MP in Cumbria.

  22. I don’t see any pictures of any cute chicks!

  23. Clark: “Discovered by Iran” is a headline that seems conspicuous by its absence.
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    I thought it was discovered by Russians.

  24. And here’s a little hint as to the nature of what Windrush Ventures (prop, A.Blair) actually does behind the smoke and mirrors. Not that its accounts will ever have to be made public.
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:6q6wDFL2nUwJ:jobhits.co.uk/view-job/consultant/vshlc.html+windrush+ventures+limited&cd=19&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=opera
    (The Jobcentre link is now dead, as the post has been filled. Tantalising.)

  25. Komodo – The old warmonger John McCain’s present wife has a financial interest in the Anheuser Busch business and their distributor.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cindy_McCain
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    ‘Yet the company that first jumped off the page at me was “Anheuser-Busch InBev”. They are the giant brewing company that owns and produces the Stella Artois brand of lager. I took a look at Wikipedia. Something interesting popped up.’

  26. Only connect. And the bastards do.
    This guy has done some research into the Blair corporate smokescreen. Which enables Blair to describe his £8M profits (which may or may not include the moolah from Morgan and Zurich) as deductible expenses, while remaining resident in the UK for tax purposes…if I’ve got it right.
    http://www.huston.co.uk/component/myblog/printblog.html?index_php?view=article&id=156&tmpl=component&print=1

  27. Polly Toynbee’s not very bright if she doesn’t realize she’s answered her own question here:
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    The Blair at Leveson has travelled far from the man who first stepped into No 10 that May morning among a crowd of rose-wavers. The mystery is why he has been so reckless with his reputation since leaving office. Why use his ex-leader prestige to earn obscene sums of money, channelled through opaque companies, keeping bad company in a jet-set of plutocrats, none sharing the social concerns he once had?
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    Okay, kids, why did Tony Blair sell his principles for millions and millions of pounds?
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/28/tony-blair-rupert-murdoch-leveson

  28. Thanks for that link Konmodo. Tom Watson throws up the question, just ‘who are Falcon and Associates?’ in it. Looking at their portfolio, a ‘sports company’ organising international media and/or conferences.
    Quiet unusually Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum had to establish a law to create this business portal. Being based in Dubai means that it is probably involved in various businesses.
    MbRaM also is the master over various security outfits.
    This one looks interesting.

    http://www.counterthreatgroup.com/company-profile.htm

  29. He had principles, Angry? And to think I never knew…

  30. Komodo: He had principles, Angry? And to think I never knew…

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    Well, that’s Toynbee’s thesis. Did I mention that I think she might not be that bright?

  31. Angrysoba, from the Computing.co.uk article:

    The malware appears to have first been uncovered by Iran’s Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (CertCC), which refers to it as Flamer. It claims to have conducted research into the malware for a number of months, and to have delivered the code to selected organisations and security software companies in early May.
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    The program is up to 20MB in size and researchers are still unsure about the full scope of its capabilities. Kaspersky claimed that the programme could have been released as long as five years ago and had infected machines in Iran, Israel, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt – even getting as far afield as Hungary.

    Nevermind, I wrote “any machine”; I should have written “any Windows system”. Data entering or exiting the TOR network via any TOR routers hosted on infected Windows systems would be vulnerable. Anonymity of data within the TOR network should be unaffected.

  32. The Libya template:
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    “Britain, France, the United States and three other European countries are expelling the ambassadors of Syria in protest at the massacre of more than 100 people, including scores of children, in Houla near Hama last weekend.”
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/middle-east-live/2012/may/29/syria-bashar-al-assad

  33. @ Angrysoba…we can agree on Toynbee at any rate.
    What I am now looking for is a complex little group of companies in a tax-opaque country. It is not enough for Blair to claim his profits are expenses, he has to disappear them completely, while remaining a squeaky clean UK tax resident as a prerequisite for his anticipated peerage for services to himself… While Windrush #3 LLP and its clone Firerush #3 LLP constitute the exit portal, there is as yet, and intentionally, no hint as to its final destination. (legal disclaimer: in my opinion)
    So…might Blair’s consultancy for Zurich Financial Services (memories, here: http://www.ifaonline.co.uk/ifaonline/news/1345697/blair-joins-zurich )
    and his consequent access to the well-known gnomes, have a bearing on the problem?

  34. Killings, cancer, corruption and Azerbaijan: Eurovision in the Islamic Republic of BP
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    http://www.gregpalast.com/killings-cancer-corruption-and-azerbaijan-eurovision-in-the-islamic-republic-of-bp/

  35. You got to watch all of this video, you just got to
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    “I thought id post this video diary i made when i was forced to do mandatory work related activity by Working Links, the company now being accused of systematic fraud along with A4E. The real issue for me was that despite being told i would receive appropriate work wear (which is a legal requirement) i got none, i had to work alone which is also a very bad working practice in these sorts of conditions”
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rz23HiXf-l4#!

  36. Overlooked classic Blair – you will find a brown paper receptacle in the back of the seat in front of you…
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xaWWw1lwwpE#t=118s
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    Khazactually….

  37. Guest – . Sorry for the treatment you are receiving. I did not vote for them btw not that this helps you. This just came in showing how people who do not belong to the Bully Boys’ set are being ostracized.

    …..
    Last week, I got a call from my manager at work asking if I’d be happy to be interviewed by Newsnight about working as a young single parent.

    Of course I’d be happy to do that, being a working mum is something I’m proud of but I didn’t expect to be personally scrutinised.
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    So I was devastated to see the interview that went to air on BBC2 on Wednesday that had been edited to make it look like I was an unemployed scrounger, questioned why I didn’t live with my parents and made no mention of my job with Tower Hamlets Council.
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    I’ve worked since I was 16 and I only get help towards my rent because it is so high. The way that the programme has portrayed me is totally unfair so I’ve started a campaign on Change.org asking Newsnight to tell me why they felt it was OK to humiliate me in this way and publicly apologise for it.
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    Please click here to watch the interview and add your support.
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    In the full interview, the reporter even asked me if I thought it was right to have had my daughter. I couldn’t believe the question. I am proud of being a working mum. I do my very best, and these questions were really offensive.
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    Please join me in calling for a public apology from Newsnight and ensuring that others aren’t inaccurately represented.

    Thanks,
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    Shanene Thorpe
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    http://www.change.org/petitions/bbcnewsnight-i-deserve-an-apology

  38. Who the hell does this snooty product of Cambridge think she is? She has recently joined the sneering Paxman with his supposed £1million+ take from the BBC. Well suited the pair of them. Crick has departed to Ch 4.
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    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2012/05/25/how-newsnight-demonised-a-benefits-single-mother/
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    {http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegra_Stratton}

  39. If….
    http://www.invest.gov.kz/upload/docs/en/fe7b5ae9e350a23a97174ac289889332.pdf
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    Nice low tax rates for indigenous companies, and LLP’s can qualify as indigenous. Bribery also rampant. Is Tony thinking outside the tax haven box?

  40. What really happened at Houla, Syria?

    Mary, I agree, the Libyan template is being used where the news is slanted so that the incumbent (Syrian) government appears malign, but it is all the work of the spooks/western governments & a complicit mainstream media.

    Even the BBC has admitted using a fake photograph in it’s Syrian news story…..

  41. Pompous Gove has obviously irritated Lord Justice Leveson.
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    ‘Lord Justice Leveson said he did “not need to be told about the importance of free speech”.’
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    Leveson Inquiry: Michael Gove warns Leveson on liberty
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18245965

  42. You can only weep for this mother and her son in Athens who saw no way out.
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    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/may2012/gree-m29.shtml

  43. Here’s Mandelson @ the Kazakh-British Chamber of Commerce bash in 2010.
    “Lady” Barbara Judge (dual-nationality Yank, sometime executive director UKAEA, ditto News International, now private equity aka making money out of thin air and dead pension funds…etc) was also present. There are other familiar faces on this site, but the photos are not documented.
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    http://kbcc.org.uk/en/wp-content/uploads/KBCC_6013.JPG

  44. “HRH” “Prince” Michael “of Kent” with Princess Pushy here…
    http://kbcc.org.uk/en/kbcc/kazakh-gala-concert-vip-dinner-photos/
    Another Kazakh bash at which “spot the faceless tycoon” would have been a good game. Or Twister?

  45. That unlovely pair of freeloaders will go anywhere for a free meal. I expect they will be appearing somewhere in this coming weekend’s jamboree. A silly old man was in front of me in the supermarket queue buying TEN Union Jack baseball caps. What is the matter with people? Does this royal flummery and obscene display of excess make them feel safe and secure?

  46. Having a good laugh at these royal masks. A rather fetching Transylvanian look with the blank eye holes. Better than the real thing?
    :)
    http://www.tescoparty.com/ShowProducts.aspx?pageid=3187

  47. Not content with broadcasting images from Iraq, which the BBC claimed to be of Syrian atrocities, the BBC has now jumped completely into Science Fiction LaLa Land.
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    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/29/united_nations_space_command_bbc_mixup/
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    BBC report urges Halo troops to end bloodshed in Syria
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    United Nations Space Command criticised for al-Assad soft touch
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    By Anna Leach • Get more from this author

    Vid The BBC has apologised after criticising a fictional space empire from the 22nd century for not intervening against ongoing atrocities in Syria.

    In a News at One telly segment reporting Amnesty International’s disapproval of the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) lack of action in the blood-soaked nation, the Beeb mistakenly broadcast a United Nations Space Command (UNSC) emblem from the smash-hit computer game series Halo. The real security council uses the UN’s famous blue globe design.

    The incorrect insignia could be seen behind anchorwoman Sophie Raworth as she introduced a piece about the Bashar al-Assad-led regime. A clip of the gaffe has appeared on YouTube.

  48. What has depressed me this week was listening to a couple of very nice (i.e.charming,capable,interested and good at their jobs) private school teachers frothing at the mouth at the prospect of meeting somebody they call Kate when she visits School later this year; the really sad thing was that they are in their thirties, possibly early forties.

    It’s as if people like me – the old fifties, working class Grammar school brigade who worked and believed in the comprehensive model, never existed.

    I take a little comfort in the fact that members of my own family will be dodging Madge on her scooter in Benidorm next week.

  49. The blank and expressionless eyes on the Tesco masks aren’t a patch on the real thing, Mary.
    I was looking at Alexander Mashkevitch (allegedly owns 1/4 of Kazakhstan, great chum of Nazarbayev) and not laughing at all. Looks like Groucho Marx…similar antecedents… but unfunny.

  50. True Komodo
    http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=252262
    and amoral with an excess of testosterone too
    {http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3966384,00.html}
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    A DSK copycat. No wonder DSK wanted the IMF job. ‘Let them eat cake’ Lagarde apparently pays no income tax on her near £400,000 salary from the IMF because she has diplomatic status.
    {http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/anger-over-lagardes-taxfree-salary-7801028.html}
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    Q Does that mean that all diplomats pay no tax?

  51. It always surprises me that there are enough reserves of minerals, gas and oil for these oligarchs from Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russsia, Uzbekistan, etc etc to get their hands on.
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    ‘Mashkevich started out an academic career but became a businessman during perestroika. Mashkevich, Patokh Chodiev, and Alijan Ibragimov form “the Trio,” a group of Kazakh businessmen who became billionaires.[1] The Trio gained control of the recently privatized chromium, alumina, and gas operations in Kazakhstan (some of the largest ones in the world).[2][3]
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    With his partners Chodiev and Ibragimov, Mashkevich helped to develop these assets, and is a major shareholder in Eurasian National Resources Corporation (ENRC), now one of the world’s leading natural resources groups. ENRC, based in London, operates a number of metals assets in Kazakhstan and Africa, having acquired numerous mining operations in Eastern Europe and Africa. In 2009, ENRC generated a $1,462 million profit on sales of $3.8 billion.
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    ENRC was floated on the London Stock Exchange in December 2007, with a market capitalisation on Admission of approximately £6.8 billion.
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    [..]
    Mashkevich is one of the owners of Alferon Management. Based in London, Alferon Management has acquired mining operations in different places: Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Kosovo, Russia, and other countries. As of 2010 he is on the Forbes list of billionaires at #287.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Mashkevitch
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    {http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alferon_Management}

  52. Mary: “You can only weep for this mother and her son in Athens who saw no way out.”

    Mary…You must have missed this one
    http://www.metro.co.uk/news/881136-married-couple-driven-to-commit-suicide-by-utter-poverty

  53. Guest I did not know of that couple but am aware of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people living on or below the breadline. The damnable BBC trotted out increasing child poverty statistics yesterday whilst at the same time they are promoting a war in Syria and putting out this hideous Jubilee/Olympic Torch/Olympic Games propaganda. Half a million people are relying on food banks now. That was according to Frank Field in a recent PMQ session. CaMoron could only make this facile and Orwellian reply which of course was no answer.

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    Frank Field (Birkenhead, Labour)

    Some of our constituents would be hungry today if it were not for the work of Foodbank and similar organisations in our constituencies. If current trends continue, Foodbank reckons that by the next election it will be feeding half a million of our constituents. Might I therefore ask the Prime Minister, before he completes his engagements today, to plan what the Government might do to counter that terrible trend and report back to the House?
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    David Cameron (Prime Minister; Witney, Conservative)

    First, let me join the right hon. Gentleman in welcoming the work that Foodbank does. I have visited one of its sites myself to see what it does. What is absolutely vital in these difficult economic times is that we do what we can to protect the poorest people in our country. That is why we have frozen the council tax, increased the basic state pension and uprated benefits in line with inflation, which has protected the people who need protection the most. Yes, we have had to cut tax credits for those people on £30,000, £40,000 or £50,000, but we have actually increased the tax credits that the poorest people receive.

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