Criminals

by craig on June 25, 2014 12:03 pm in Uncategorized

Ed Miliband fulminates about a criminal in Downing St – he supported one living there for years.

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  1. I thought that… even mentioned it in a tweet yesterday (to my 3 followers). What’s the big deal about having a dodgy ‘phone-hacker as an aid, when we had a war criminal as PM in the previous administration? Besides, Cameron has “form” on this – everyone seems to have forgotten that “old lag” Hulme, who was actually a minister, and not merely hanging around at Downing Street.

  2. Talk of a retrial. A lawyers’ paradise as I said earlier. Note the effect of Agent Cameron’s intervention.

    http://news.sky.com/story/1289112/hacking-trial-jury-discharged-on-final-charges

    Hacking Trial Jury Discharged On Final Charges

    12:31pm UK, Wednesday 25 June 2014

    Jurors in the phone hacking trial have been formally discharged after failing to reach a verdict on four final charges.

    Andy Coulson, the former Number 10 spin doctor, and the ex-News Of The World royal editor Clive Goodman had been accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office by paying police officers for two royal phone directories.

    But after sitting through eight months of evidence at the Old Bailey, the jury could not reach even a majority verdict and were discharged.

    Sky’s Home Affairs Correspondent Mark White, outside the court, said: “There was a move by the legal counsel for Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman to have those remaining counts thrown out … because they felt the jury would not be able to reach fair conclusions.

    “The comments made by the Prime Minister were very prejudicial, suggesting Andy Coulson had been dishonest.

    “However, in essence, that argument is a moot point for the moment because the jury has not been able to reach verdicts.”

    A decision on whether to hold a retrial will be made next week.

  3. So Cameron’s trashing of Libya was legal? Jolly good.

  4. A retrial? Thank god for that. When they were charged I made a not insubstantial bet with a friend that they would both be found innocent. I thought I had lost!

  5. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    25 Jun, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    I wish someone would take a serious dig into Windrush/Firerush. Getting a Western ex-leader done for war crimes, even if he’d taken selfies while personally spraying the Iraqis with Sarin*, is, history tells us, a vain hope. But massive fraud, false accounting and prusuing business interests under cover of a registered charity, might prove more productive, if less satisfying generally.

    *as if. Tony in an active warzone, lol.

  6. Edward Samuel Miliband certainly loves Israel.

    Ed Miliband speech to Labour Friends of Israel
    Press Release
    Tuesday, 17 June 2014
    http://press.labour.org.uk/post/89056233474/ed-miliband-speech-to-labour-friends-of-israel

    Not doing so well in the polls here.

    Miliband Fights Back After Poor Poll Showing Thu, Jun 19, 2014
    Ed Miliband’s leadership is under increasing pressure after a slew of negative polls and comments from former New Labour stalwarts. The Labour leader’s popularity is now at its lowest, behind even Nick Clegg, who was previously seen as the barometer of unpopularity. A YouGov poll on Thursday found that 60% of voters think Mr Miliband is not up to the job of prime minister – of those 43% were Labour voters. The survey for Prospect magazine also found more people thought Mr Miliband’s brother, David, would make a better premier. More »
    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/miliband-under-pressure-over-unpopularity-115319755.html

  7. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    25 Jun, 2014 - 1:17 pm

  8. Mary

    Your ugly inclusion of Miliband’s middle name reminds us he is Jewish and insinuates as a Jew he must support Israel.

    Ed Miliband is also a friend of the Palestinians.

    A politician playing all sides. Now isn’t that a shocker.

  9. Does anyone have any confidence in Agent Cameron? He is damaged goods. Doesn’t seem to possess much common sense.

    Judge considered halting hacking trial after Cameron comments
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28014035

  10. Tony Blair’s punishment, if you can call it that, will be the outpouring of desperate grief and sadness at his funeral in the same way we witnessed with Midge Thatcher’s send off.

    I recommend everyone remind Ol’Tone that that is how he will be remembered — with loving scorn.

  11. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    25 Jun, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    Phil to Mary

    “Mary

    Your ugly inclusion of Miliband’s middle name reminds us he is Jewish and insinuates as a Jew he must support Israel.”
    ___________________

    Glad to see that more people are beginning to rumble Mary.

    Under the mask of merely being “anti-Zionist” or “anti-Israeli”, Mary is a Jew-hater.

    Moreover she has also stated that Israel has no right to exist.

  12. Common. He forgot to specify, a common criminal. This is the same Coulson as associated with a dishonest fairly senior police officer, and a murder trial that kept going to court but could never be made to stick, yes? And wasn’t there something about drugs, and a journalist being bugged? Damn my failing memory…

    But that was all before Coulson was invited into Number 10. For Blair, taking Number Ten was a necessary step in the execution of his biggest crime so far, though he remains at large.

  13. I was waiting for that nastiness Phil having given the cue to the troll who loves to say ‘Jew hater’ which I am not in any way, shape or form. Just anti the daemons occupying of Palestine. How many more times Habbakuk?

    PS I had an Uncle Samuel and our family is not Jewish although a lot of my friends are. They are as one for the Palestinians. :)

    Off to a funeral which seems rather inappropriate on a fine sunny Summer day.

  14. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    25 Jun, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    “The Jazeera sentences, which prosecutor Hisham Barakat described as a “deterrent verdict,” prompted widespread condemnation from human rights groups and Western governments. ”

    “Deterent verdict” sounds like ‘prior restraint’ which means the authorities have the power to prevent publication. A bad precedent.

    GlennUK; Greetings……

  15. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    25 Jun, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    Re Milliband and support for Israel – no-one seems to have noticed the obvious contradiction – a bacon sandwich (though maybe that was why he was having trouble eating it):

    Prior restraint* applies to any repetition, it seems.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2661368/TV-crew-banned-filming-MPs-eating-drinking-prevent-repeat-Milibands-bacon-sandwich-gaffe.html

    Very wise, John. If the punters saw their representatives stuffing their faces and swilling, it might be bad for democracy. Kosher or not.

    And see in support of Phil’s thesis:

    http://www.totallyjewish.com/news/national/c-17306/ill-be-israels-friend-even-in-bad-time/

    * thanks, Ben.

  16. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    25 Jun, 2014 - 3:18 pm

    Thinks; ‘It worked for Dorian Grey, so what the hell’s gone wrong?’

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/12168-tony-blair-in-cairo-to-meet-al-sisi

    The evil oozes from every pore.

  17. Its not often that Craig’s words are similar to those of Guido / Paulo Staines, but they are today.

  18. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    25 Jun, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    A spokesperson for Blair responded that all those signed onto the letter are from the “hard right” and hard left” who are “viscerally opposed” to him… (Blair press release in response to the latest letter calling for his sacking)

    Blair Promotions Inc was in full swing at Mandela’s funeral:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/tony-blair/10518182/Tony-Blair-introduces-prospective-client-Victor-Ponta-to-Barack-Obama.html

    In the photographs Mr Blair can be seen apparently crouching down behind Mr Obama, who is seated, prompting the US president to turn around to greet him and to shake Mr Ponta’s hand. (unworthy thought, was his tongue extended?)…

    A spokesman for Mr Blair said: “As you may have noticed, there was a large number of leaders present at the funeral mingling together.

    “Tony Blair has no contract with the Romanian government and if his team ever did work there it would be at no cost to the Romanian government and at no personal profit to Tony Blair.”

    That was then. He’s well in now:

    http://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-esential-17545203-tony-blair-are-contracte-guvernanta-romania-declaratie-financial-times-unui-apropiat-lui-blair.htm

    The original FT article is behind a paywall, but the gist is that Walking Eagle Promotions ™ will be selling governance ‘n, you know, stuff, to Romania and Kazakhstan from new premises planned in Abu Dhabi. Google Translate, if you doubt me.

  19. And remember poor Sean Hoare, the NOW reporter who might well have found politicians who were willing to supply royal phone books for money, conveniently died when he was most in focus for criminal scrutiny.

  20. Arguing against Israel’s right to exist is a reasonable point of view. The ethnic cleansing, genocide, apartheid and the rest of it speak for themselves. Its not who they are its what they do, and the state of Israel is a massive blot on the conscience of the civilised world.

  21. Are there any UK servicemen and women who are prepared to pen a similar letter to Ol’Tone?

    http://dangerousminds.net/comments/dying_vets_fuck_you_letter_to_george_bush_dick_cheney_needs_to_be_read

  22. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    25 Jun, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    “I was waiting for that nastiness Phil having given the cue to the troll who loves to say ‘Jew hater’ which I am not in any way, shape or form. Just anti the daemons occupying of Palestine. How many more times Habbakuk?”
    ______________________

    As many times as you gratuitously tell everyone someone is of the Jewish faith.

    Tell us what the point of the repetition at the beginning of your post at 13h09 was:

    3Edward Samuel Miliband certainly loves Israel.

    Ed Miliband speech to Labour Friends of Israel
    Press Release
    Tuesday, 17 June 2014
    http://press.labour.org.uk/post/89056233474/ed-miliband-speech-to-labour-friends-of-israel

    Not doing so well in the polls here.

    Miliband Fights Back After Poor Poll Showing Thu, Jun 19, 2014
    Ed Miliband’s leadership is under increasing pressure …etc…”

    “Edward Samuel Miliband” followed by the more usual “Ed Miliband”.

    Make it a good explanation, Mary.

  23. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    25 Jun, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    “Alex”

    “Arguing against Israel’s right to exist is a reasonable point of view. The ethnic cleansing, genocide, apartheid and the rest of it speak for themselves. Its not who they are its what they do, and the state of Israel is a massive blot on the conscience of the civilised world.”
    ______________________

    Wow! At least you don’t try and obfuscate.

    So what would you propose in order to put your belief into practice – how would you propose to “un-exist” Israel?

    And another quick question: presumably you would also think that Germany had no right to exist after 1945 and Russia after 1990?

  24. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    25 Jun, 2014 - 5:32 pm

    Mary

    And won’t you please drop that old shtick :

    “PS I had an Uncle Samuel and our family is not Jewish although a lot of my friends are.”

    Sounds too much like the “some of my best friends are black” of a couple of decades ago, Mary.

  25. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    25 Jun, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    Glenn-Uk

    I’ve always thought of you as a pretty honest and sane sort of bloke (you’ll never make it to Eminence, I’m afraid)so I particularly liked the “3 followers” in your post at the head of the page.

    Your modesty compares favorably with that of the prat who was on a recent thread bragging about his “5000 followers”. (the bloke who wanted to know how he could twit or twitter or tweet Craig’s lead-in posts).

  26. But Mary, you also hate Uncle Sam almost as much as Jews.

  27. I am told that no reply to a letter from the Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights sent over a month ago has been forthcoming from Hague or the FCO as of today’s date.
    http://lphr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/LPHR-letter-to-UK-Foreign-Secretary-killing-of-two-Palestinian-minors-23-5-2014-Final3.pdf

    This one has been just been sent so better luck this time.

    http://lphr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/LPHR-letter-to-UK-Foreign-Secretary-Operation-Brothers-Keeper-24-June-2014.pdf

    If you are reading this Billy Fourteen Pints (as he is sometimes referred to on Medialens), get your finger out!

  28. Trolls Stop wrecking Craig’s blog thread with your garbage. Your intention is obvious.

  29. Mary, stop the ticker-tape hate parade against Jews. Topical criticism of Israel is fair enough but not your psychotic drilling into the Semitic origins or connections of various nobodies.

    If you were really an agent of Truth and Justice as you so often proclaim yourself to be, you’d be “reporting” on crimes committed in the name of advancing religious causes.

  30. Rats? Sinking ships?

    24 June 2014

    A second ministerial aide has quit the Government in the space of just two days.

    Conservative MP Richard Graham has said he is standing down as parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to the Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire.

    Writing on his Twitter feed, he said that he wanted to focus more on regeneration issues in his Gloucester constituency and his other roles such as David Cameron’s trade envoy.

    His announcement came after David Burrowes said yesterday he was quitting as PPS to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson “in the best interests of my constituents and our party”.

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/second-ministerial-aide-steps-down-30380557.html

  31. Tom Watson MP gives his take on the phone hacking trials: 

    “At prime minister’s questions today he claimed that all the difficult questions had been covered at the Leveson inquiry.

    Yet at the inquiry, Cameron claimed that in 2009, when the Guardian first reported that phone hacking at the News of the World may have gone further than a single rogue reporter, Coulson said he knew nothing about it – repeating an assurance made on taking the job with the Conservatives. Under oath, Cameron said: “I was reliant on his word but I was also reliant on the fact that the Press Complaints Commission had accepted his word, the select committee had accepted his word, the police had accepted his word, the Crown Prosecution Service had accepted his word.”

    But at that point in 2009, Coulson had not been interviewed by the police, the CPS or a select committee on the subject, and the PCC never interviewed Coulson personally. The prime minister gave an explanation which was – wholly, demonstrably and in detail – false.”

  32. What have I just said?

    Anyway I thought your objection to my being on the planet was my posting of John Pilger’s articles, the treatment of the boat people and of the Australian Aboriginal people.

    Here’s a good one before I go out for the evening.

    It’s about another phony Tony. Just like BLiar who fixed it for Euan at Yale
    http://internsanonymous.co.uk/2009/07/30/internships-the-rich-and-well-connected-a-case-study-of-euan-blair/

    your own phony Tony has fixed it for his daughter Frances.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/classmates-express-fury-over-tony-abbotts-daughter-frances-being-awarded-60000-scholarship-to-whitehouse-institute-of-design/story-fncynjr2-1226926934506

    Toodle pip.

  33. The best defence money can buy, paid up witnesses, a bent PM, pocket coppers, shit prosecutors. They’ve got the lot. Power trumps justice in the law. Again.

    The mafia boss flies into town this weekend to reassure the mob. Sit tight, pay offs promised will be honoured. Old man Murdoch was even ringing one of the scum whilst on C4 news.

    What is required for people to stop taking this s**t seriously?

  34. doug scorgie

    25 Jun, 2014 - 7:59 pm

    Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    25 Jun, 2014 – 2:04 pm

    “Moreover she [Mary] has also stated that Israel has no right to exist.

    You have missed out those four words again Habbabkuk – AS A JEWISH STATE

    Stop lying.

  35. doug scorgie

    25 Jun, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    25 Jun, 2014 – 5:19 pm

    “As many times as you gratuitously tell everyone someone is of the Jewish faith.”

    Ed Miliband is an atheist Habbabkuk you silly tosser.

  36. Someone clever will have to explain to me – very slowly – how on earth Rebecca was found innocent. Still not getting it. It’s like that banana thing with David MIllipede. I never had the vaguest clue why anyone might think this was somehow a ‘gaffe’ or ‘important’. People did try to explain, talking about media image and whotnot, but I remain none the wiser. Man eats banana, who cares? Clearly I’m not media savvy. Which is perhaps why I haven’t the vaguest idea how Brooks could be found innocent. She looks guilty as all hell to me.

    I did think about Ali War Crimes Campbell and Tony Headcase Blair when Ed made that comment. McBride is small beer in the scheme of things, probably why that idiot Cameron referenced him in the first place, an easy target. God Cameron is an idiot, saying prejudicial stuff now apparently. I shake my head in amazement that this clown is PM.

  37. ‘Someone clever will have to explain to me – very slowly – how on earth Rebecca was found innocent.’

    Brendan- our jury system periodically throws up perverse judgments in high profile cases; I’m old enough to remember the acquittals of Jeremy Thorpe, Jeffrey Archer, and Ken Dodd. In the first two instances the judge’s summing up was clearly a factor in the result, in the third KD simply charmed the pants off the jury.

    In this case I can’t recall any detailed reporting of the judge’s summing up of the case- a curious omission on the part of our supposedly vigilant MSM. It is also claimed that Rebecca ‘played a blinder’ under cross examination from the prosecution- or at least that she made a better impression than Coulson did. I must assume therefore, in the absence of detailed reports of the summing up, that the findings of the jury derive mainly from Rebecca’s performance under cross examination (aided no doubt by the best defence counsel money can buy, courtesy of old Rupe), and not from any eccentric interventions by the presiding judge.

    The judge’s summing up in the Thorpe case did of course elicit this wonderful pastiche from the great Peter Cook; after 35 years it still has me laughing out loud-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyos-M48B8U

  38. Brendan “I shake my head in amazement that this clown is PM.”. It was a pretty-boy contest. I knew he was going to be party leader as soon as I saw the faces of him and the other candidates. Plus he had “Team Cameron’s Big Jewish Backers” behind him as the Jewish Chronicle puts it.

    http://website.thejc.com/home.aspx?AId=46698&ATypeId=1&search=true2&srchstr=++%22big+jewish+backers+%22&srchtxt=0&srchhead=1&srchauthor=0&srchsandp=0&scsrch=0

    Once you’re PM – you have enormous patronage. Its easy after that. Blair even abolished Cabinet government – no votes, just whatever Tony wanted. He even got people to vote for a murderous invasion because their careers would have been on line otherwise. And those are so important to them.

  39. Conservative father of the house calls for Blair’s impeachment

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/tony-blair/10910542/Impeach-Blair-over-Iraq-says-Britains-most-senior-MP.html

    Blair & Co. have done more damage to this country than ISIS veterans ever could.

    http://www.arrestblair.org/

  40. Well my comment re Rebekah Brooks went up in a plume of smoke as my browser crashed. So I will only present the abridged version here.

    The planned acquittal of Rebekah Brooks might have depended on having the right charges laid. That is to say, they appeared to be relevant and serious but were ultimately flawed and provided the defence a significant, if not obvious, advantage.

    So an acquittal, upon careful examination, might be proven to have been the correct and proper outcome. And because the charges defended are so similar to other charges that could have and should have been laid to ensure a successful prosecution, she cannot be prosecuted for them because of double jeopardy provisions.

    So that’s how you wiggle out of it. Strategic legal defence paid for by Rupert Murdoch.

    When all the loose ends are eventually tied up, do not be surprised to see the refloating of the News of the World, like a vessel having been earlier scuttled to destroy evidence, to grace your newsagent stands once again. If you do a check of corporate registrations, there should be some evidence of continued ownership of the paper’s name/masthead by NewsCorp.

    Who knows, maybe the now vindicated Rebekah Brooks will be back in business as editor-in-chief of an exciting new version of an old publication.

  41. “In this case I can’t recall any detailed reporting of the judge’s summing up of the case- a curious omission on the part of our supposedly vigilant MSM.”

    I noticed that too. Something very fishy about the almost complete lack of reporting of the case in the past three months – as though the media didn’t want people to know the strength of the case against Rebekah Brooks.

  42. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    25 Jun, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    “Chilcot was told by former cabinet secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell in 2011 that there was no way the notes or records of correspondence between Bush and Blair could be published in their entirety, even with redactions.

    The deal means the report may now be published by the end of the year after senior politicians, including David Cameron and Nick Clegg, demanded a speedier resolution. Blair this week repeated denials that he was responsible for the blockage and Whitehall sources said the main source of objections was the US.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/may/29/chilcot-inquiry-accused-of-whitewash-over-blair-and-bush-letters

    Andy: I guess we’ll all be able read the report (unredacted in spite of National Security concerns) later this year, and this guy wants to get ahead of the curve.

  43. Old Mary, you know absolutely nothing of those things you keep posting about. For you it’s as simple as one homogenous side versus another homogenous side with you pouring petrol on the flames of public discussion to maintain the raging fires that fascinate you. You are part of the problem, not the solution.

    PS – You are also not Pilger’s publisher, so quit the act.

  44. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    25 Jun, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    This story followed within a few hours of the statement by Kerry that a US air strike in Iraq would be irresponsible.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/us-syria-launched-airstrikes-iraq-24297355

    What a coincidence.

  45. As well as the Downing Street criminals there are those in Ukraine. The Christian Vladimir Putin has done everything to de-escalate tensions in the Donbass region.

    “Vladimir Putin’s request is not ‘correction work’ but a positive signal to Western countries, says Ilyas Umakhanov, deputy speaker of the Federation Council.

    “Moreover, I hope that our Western partners will receive these positive signals and stop inventing more scary stories [about Russia] and abandon the policy of whitening radical groups in Ukraine,” he added, “Russia has confirmed its status of a great power, which defines its political course independently.””

    Of course I’m sick of having to say none of this ever makes it onto MSM in the UK.

    http://rt.com/news/168324-senate-russia-military-law/

  46. Israeli forces shoot and injure Palestinian near Hebron
    25/06/2014 21:53

    HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager was shot and injured by Israeli forces during clashes in Kharsa south of Hebron.

    Younis al-Rjoub, 18, was shot in the abdomen and taken to a hospital with moderate injuries, medical sources said.

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=707877
    ~~

    What is a moderate injury?

    _________________

    Palestinian shot Friday succumbs to wounds
    (updated) 25/06/2014

    RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Mustafa Husni Aslan, 22, was pronounced dead from wounds he sustained during clashes with Israeli soldiers in Qalandiya refugee camp on Friday, medical sources said.

    Aslan was shot in the head and then moved Ramallah Public Hospital before being moved to Hadassah hospital in Ein Karem upon his family’s request.

    Aslan was previously declared “clinically dead” Friday, before he was pronounced dead Wednesday.

    He was initially pronounced dead on Friday, the day he was shot, which caused shock and confusion among people in Qalandiya refugee camp.

    It later became clear, however, that he had not passed away at that time.

    The funeral of Aslan will take place Thursday.

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=707843

  47. I suspect, John Goss, that the Russians were so quick to act and effective in their excision of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine because they had the plan up on the board for the last ten years waiting for the right time to strike. They knew that the Ukraine would drift West but they were not prepared to let the kids and furniture go in the divorce.

  48. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    25 Jun, 2014 - 10:44 pm

    “Old Mary, you know absolutely nothing of those things you keep posting about”

    My spouse just completed her jury duty in a criminal trial. It was made unnecessarily complex because the judge had to CYA with ridiculously murky jury instructions. The second day of deliberations I was waiting in the hall and the prosecutor was having a rather loud conversation with the alleged victim. I was 30 feet away but I heard him say clearly”

    “Juries are crazy and stupid. If I’m lucky I’ll get 2-3 smart jurors, blah, blah blah.” i think he smelled his own shite and was preparing her for an unhappy verdict.

    When they reached their conclusions in court, I could tell the judge was pleased with their intelligent and just decision. I have found every jury I’ve served on had smart folks with common sense and good judgement.

    I caught the prosecutor by the collar before the jury returned and told him i thought he was an asshole, for saying such a disrespectful thing within public earshot; especially since he is an officer of the court. Intelligence seems to be a subjective evaluation.

  49. I take it Ben that you were alluding to my post re Rebekah Brooks? My lawyer once remarked that he weeds teachers out of the jury pool where he can. Where I come from each side can only challenge two jurors (ie send them off).

  50. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    25 Jun, 2014 - 11:03 pm

    It was more of a general statement about who knows more about what, Jemand. Disrespect was also part of it.

  51. “I suspect, John Goss, that the Russians were so quick to act and effective in their excision of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine because they had the plan up on the board for the last ten years waiting for the right time to strike. They knew that the Ukraine would drift West but they were not prepared to let the kids and furniture go in the divorce.”

    Jemand I do not know. Crimea Russia could not relinquich because of an important naval and military base there. The Donbass region has already voted its allegiance to Russia, and will almost certainly, barring world war, return to its roots. But there is also a large number of pro-Russians outside of the Donbass region. The country is bankrupt. Poroshenko, i whom I have no great faith, may prove to be a better leader than the nasties who engineered the coup. What’s your brief analysis?

  52. Meanwhile, the change.org petition moves onwards and upwards towards 14000 signatures. Nothing like enough. Update:

    https://www.change.org/p/ban-ki-moon-sack-tony-blair-as-the-middle-east-peace-envoy/u/53aae97a8970cd690101366e

  53. @John re British mainstream media:

    It is essential that a country has a free and independent media, or it’s elections cannot be properly legal. There are many countries that hold “barely legal” elections, but who would have thought that such serious charges could even be contemplated in these isles?

  54. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    25 Jun, 2014 - 11:26 pm

    ‘Sack’ Blair should read ‘Ballsack’ Peacewisher. Signed sealed and delivered, lol.

  55. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    26 Jun, 2014 - 12:15 am

    Mr Scorgie

    “Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    25 Jun, 2014 – 2:04 pm

    “Moreover she [Mary] has also stated that Israel has no right to exist.
    You have missed out those four words again Habbabkuk – AS A JEWISH STATE”

    ______________________

    Actually, I think that it’s you who keeps adding those four words and not Mary.

    As I have explained to you repeatedly, Doug : you cannot say you accept the right of Israel to exist provided it does not call itself a Jewish state when you know that Israel HAS defined itself as a Jewish (and democratic) state in one of its Basic Laws. Your “acceptance” is, in these circumstances, in fact a non-acceptance.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    By the way, Doug, Iran styles itself as the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    Do you accept the right of Iran to exist as an Islamic state?

  56. Alan Campbell

    26 Jun, 2014 - 12:20 am

  57. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    26 Jun, 2014 - 12:22 am

    The Medes unified Iran as a nation and empire in 625 BCE.

    Do you think Israel, which extols it’s virtues as an independent Nation, would have any status save the UN or Western guilt?

    They need a lot of help, don’t they?

  58. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    26 Jun, 2014 - 12:26 am

    California Ben

    “I caught the prosecutor by the collar before the jury returned and told him i thought he was an asshole, for saying such a disrespectful thing within public earshot;”
    ____________________

    Gosh, Ben, that was a courageous thing to do. Here I was, thinking you were just a keyboard warrior!

    BTW, that reminds me: apart from sounding off on this blog (and perhaps others), what practical actions do you undertake to support the Palestinian people and the Palestinan cause in a concrete manner?

  59. ‘Someone clever will have to explain to me – very slowly – how on earth Rebecca was found innocent.’

    Cast your mind back to Murdoch divorce. There was nothing that was leaked out and the poor old Mrs. Murdoch was sent packing quietly into the wilderness.

    Then came the nanny (boom boom girl) who was Murdoch stimulant until she cuckolded Murdoch with the help of Miranda

    then there’s Tony Blair. ‘He was a few years younger than me but I remember him well. He was very glib, a chancer and, you know, he wasn’t really respected by anyone of my generation. Everybody used to say, it’s just as well he’s going into politics because he’ll never succeed at the Bar. We used to call him Miranda.’

    Again no publicity and a very private divorce, and no reporter or proprietor dared to hack into any bits of the scandal and the court cases.

    The ginger witch (yes I am anti-ginger, get over it) is property of the said cuckolded Murdoch and thus the cookie crumbles; not a squeak out of the pusillanimous hoards of medjia and the relevant gaggles of stenographers until she was declared innocent, and now everyone of them are falling over each other to point out her meteoric rise back to the top of the pile; as the come back kid.

    AS for the brouhaha surrounding the court costs it is a pre-emptive move to stop any probable retrials. Justice has always prevailed in the UK courts, Mr. Guinness suffering from bad memory was declared innocent of insider dealing, along with many other well deserving plutocrats/luminaries/elite whom have been vindicated and declared innocent and left the courts with their heads held high.

    However in reaction to such travesties of justice there are new measures of secret courts and secret evidence and secret witnesses. These have been set up to make sure that Muslims pay the piper and are sent down in an attempt to keep the balance and make sure that justice is seen to be dished out! This is in line with Muslims getting killed and harassed and racially abused whilst everyone is so concerned with the “tsunami of anti semi……” sweeping the land. There has always been an underclass to be kicked around/humiliated/despised/maltreated to make everyone feel better.

  60. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    26 Jun, 2014 - 12:33 am

    Mr Goss

    “The Christian Vladimir Putin has done everything to de-escalate tensions in the Donbass region.”

    _______________

    Ah yes, Mr Goss – the Christian rasPutin as opposed to the Jews in Kiev, right?

    The old mask slipping slightly, what?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    But perhaps the best answer would be an adaptation of Mr Scorgie’s “answer” at 20h01 (just change the names):

    “Ed Miliband is an atheist Habbabkuk you silly tosser.”

  61. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    26 Jun, 2014 - 12:34 am

    I couldn’t be more disinterested in your concept of ‘courage’. I don’t accept certain acts as courage; merely stating the facts.

  62. Phil… Well said -

    ” So Cameron’s trashing of Libya was legal? Jolly good ”

    Cameron and co are War criminals. Evil Bssstrds…

    David Cameron has admitted that UK special services have assisted the terrorists on the ground, this is against the UN mandate which allowed NATO to intervene in Libya, and is a war crime.

    Also, the following crimes are documented Regarding Libya -

    13 May 2011: The murder of 11 Muslim Imams in Brega.

    30 April 2011: The bombing of the Downs Syndrome School in Tripoli

    30 April 2011: The bombing of a Gaddafi residence, murdering Saif Gaddafi, his friend and 3 Gaddafi children.

    12 June 2011: The bombing of the University of Tripoli. Death toll not yet established.

    22 July 2011: The bombing of the Great Man made Waterway irrigation system, which supplies most Libyans with their drinking water.

    23 July 2011: The bombing of the factory which makes the pipes for the water system, and the murder of 6 of its employees.

    8th August 2011: The bombing of the Hospital at Zliten. Resulting in the murder of a minimum, of 50 human beings, many of them children. The bombing of hospitals is against all international laws, and a most grievous crime.

    9 August 2011: The bombing of the village of Majer, resulting in the murder of 85 civilians. 33 Children, 32 women and 20 men.

  63. O/T Current: Superb facts from Alyson Pollock on the NHS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz5dl9fhj7o

  64. Cameron’s brother heads the chambers that represented Rebekah. Ex Medialens Message Board

    Alexander Cameron, brother of David Cameron headed legal chambers that represented Rebekah Brooks

    Posted by Ed on June 25, 2014, 11:43 pm

    How cosy!

    quote:
    5 JUNE 2013 – 4:11PM | POSTED BY STEVEN RAEBURN
    Prime Minister’s barrister brother heads legal chambers representing Rebekah Brooks in phone hacking defence

    As Rebekah Brooks pleads not guilty to charges of phone hacking, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and unlawful payment to officials, Prime Minister David Cameron’s high flying barrister brother, head of the legal chambers she is using, told The Drum his role did not present him with any conflict of interest…

    http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/06/05/prime-minister-s-barrister-brother-heads-legal-chambers-representing-rebekah-brooks

    Wiki:
    He is the brother of David Cameron, the Prime Minister. The Daily Mail called him one of Britain’s top barristers.[8] Some of his high profile cases include heading the legal chambers that represented Rebekah Brooks in a phone hacking defence.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Cameron_(lawyer)

    quote:
    Rebekah Brooks: only the fools in charge of us would fall for her brand of fake intimacy

    …Most people have far more pressing concerns than the press, I realise. But the relationships exposed, tabloid-style, at the top of all this make incest look positively vanilla. Cameron rides Brooks’s horse! Brooks comforted by Blair! Cameron’s best friend marries Brooks! Cameron’s brother is head of the chambers that defends Brooks! Brooks’s lover Coulson hired by Cameron! Ad nauseam.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/25/rebekah-brooks-journalists-politicians-phone-hacking-trial

    As ‘Mike’ asks:
    Will Coulson actually serve any time in jail or has his former boss, with the assistance of the BBC, scuppered the £100m court case?

  65. The latest activities of the entity that Edward Samuel Miliband recently visited and for which he has expressed his undying admiration. ‘Undying’ like so many Palestinians that is. I have missed out the entries for 22 and 23 June for reasons of space. The entry for 22 June includes the shooting dead of a Palestinian man.

    This is the entry for 24 June on Sapiens Promise.

    Zionism in practice – Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

    24 hours to 8am 24 June 2014

    1 attack – 55 raids including home invasions – 3 beaten – 4 injured – 4 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage – 27 taken prisoner – 12 detained – 118 restrictions of movement

    Israeli Navy opens fire on Palestinian fishing boats
    Palestinian homes and farmland under Israeli Army fire following act of armed resistance
    Home invasions – resident hospitalised after Israeli Army dog attack
    Israeli Army home invasion – vandalism and theft of tractor
    Israeli Army home invasions – well and irrigation network destroyed
    Israeli Army home invasion – family hit with destruction order on their home
    Israeli Army home invasion and military occupation
    Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in refugee camp and 32 towns and villages

    Narrative http://www.sapienspromise.org/modules/news/article.php?storyid=3186

  66. ‘Undying’ UNLIKE so many Palestinians that is

  67. Not the best of weeks for Agent Cameron but at least his friend Rebekah got off. A very seedy group.

    David Cameron’s bid to block Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next European Commission president looks set to fail after his allies changed tack. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28023065

    ~~

    See the Peston Panorama. 6 days left http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b049ffld/panorama-hacking-power-corruption-and-lies

    Robert Peston Panorama phone hacking investigation to air tonight on BBC1
    Tonight’s Panorama Special, Hacking: Power, Corruption and Lies, follows yesterday’s guilty verdict handed down to the former News of the World editor Andy Coulson
    http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-06-25/robert-peston-panorama-phone-hacking-investigation-to-air-tonight-on-bbc1

  68. Israel is like the abused child that grows up to become the abuser. It is a regrettable fact of it’s existence – I think the world would have been a happier place had it never done so – and I detest the role played by the West in supporting it’s unspeakable behaviour over the years and into the foreseeable future. The criminal apartheid state of Israel should be regarded in the same way as it’s predecessor soul-mate, South Africa, and all power to the BDS movement.

  69. There might be some hope for Julian Assange with the change in Swedish law. The papers which were happy to link his name with the word rape, to the utter joy of dissenters on this blog, are now singing a different tune.

    http://www.thelocal.se/20140625/swedish-womans-texts-could-clear-julian-assange

  70. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    26 Jun, 2014 - 8:15 am

    Something very fishy about the almost complete lack of reporting of the case in the past three months – as though the media didn’t want people to know the strength of the case against Rebekah Brooks. (Tom)

    Private Eye reported regularly as the trial progressed. I imagine its next issue will be very interesting indeed. Disclaimer; I have no connection with Private Eye other than reading it.

    There is also the matter of the goldfish attention span of the MSM – note how Ukraine has been sidelined in favour of Iraq because the atrocities are gorier in Iraq.

    The Times, pre-Murdoch, would have reported the judge’s summing-up, as it took its authoritative news coverage very seriously. Another black mark for Murdoch.

  71. I was going to post the above comment on the proper Anna Ardin thread. But Arbed has beaten me to it with more detail. Things are looking rosier.

    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2012/09/why-i-am-convinced-that-anna-ardin-is-a-liar/comment-page-10/#comment-462888

  72. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    26 Jun, 2014 - 8:27 am

    “Alex”

    I had, in response to a previous post of yours, asked you the following two questions:

    “So what would you propose in order to put your belief into practice – how would you propose to “un-exist” Israel?

    And another quick question: presumably you would also think that Germany had no right to exist after 1945 and Russia after 1990?”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Is your subsequenr post, reproduced below, the best you can do?

    “Israel is like the abused child that grows up to become the abuser. It is a regrettable fact of it’s existence – I think the world would have been a happier place had it never done so – and I detest the role played by the West in supporting it’s unspeakable behaviour over the years and into the foreseeable future. The criminal apartheid state of Israel should be regarded in the same way as it’s predecessor soul-mate, South Africa, and all power to the BDS movement.”

    Did your gramophone needle get stuck?

    *****************************

    Habbabkuk says support the $, the £, the € and the shekel.

  73. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    26 Jun, 2014 - 8:39 am

    You know the Invisible Fly? The one that lands on your ear, then, when you reach for something to swat it with, gets up and flies into a hole in space-time, only to reappear when you decide it’s left the room?

    Meet Dale Campbell-Savours, here, inexplicably (he used to be Old Labour) defending Blair.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/tony-blair/10926853/Peer-hits-out-at-vomit-inducing-backstabbers-who-have-turned-on-Blair.html

    The sycophancy is pretty, well, vomit-inducing. Permit me to question his motives.
    And check this:

    ‘Finally, in my view one of the most important reasons, rarely talked about, was the need to remove Saddam’s threat to the international oil economy.

    ”That threat was a cause of volatility in international oil markets with the potential to destabilise economies and impact on the employment policies in the oil-dependent economies in the West – something we should still have in mind.

    ”These are the real reasons for intervention, not WMD and my only criticism of Blair is that concerns over justification in international law drove us down the WMD route.”

    Tony Blair, 6 February 2003: “Let me just deal with the oil thing because… the oil conspiracy theory is honestly one of the most absurd when you analyse it. The fact is that, if the oil that Iraq has were our concern, I mean we could probably cut a deal with Saddam tomorrow in relation to the oil. It’s not the oil that is the issue, it is the weapons…”

    He lied, Dale. Consciously, repeatedly and knowingly. To the public and to the UN: his only loyalty being to Big Oil. And you’re defending the lie. He lied in order to mask the complete illegality of his attack. And that’s why he’s being, very rightly, criticised. Also he’s a shit peace envoy.

  74. More of the Savile muck to come out today vis a vis his activities within NHS premises. It is scandalous.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28027244

    500 people who have been affected people have come forward.

    Saw this. Don’t know about acceptance by Cameron of him but I reckon they ALL knew about Savile and he was tolerated by the lot of them and encouraged by his association with Thatcher. Cameron was of course a Conservative Party bag carrier/runner in her time.

    http://thecolemanexperience.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/patrick-rock-david-cameron-michael-howard-jimmy-savile-margaret-thatcher-tony-blair-and-the-vip-child-abuse-connection/

    Silence ref Patrick Rock, Janner, etc etc incidentally. Perhaps Rebekah is privy to all the secreta.

  75. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    26 Jun, 2014 - 8:44 am

  76. On the way to work there is a new comedy being rolled out by the Auntie.

    German newspapers have raised questions about whether it is proper for him to be taking money for meeting influential groups without giving full details.

    An editorial in Bild under the headline “All cards on the table” is scathing: “He wants to say only the bare essentials about his well-remunerated speeches. That might work in his home country of Luxembourg, which is famous for its banking secrecy, but not in Brussels.”
    .
    .
    .
    .
    The controversy arises because Mr Juncker is on the books of at least two international agencies which provide speakers for private events. The fees involved are not published – though an estimate of 15,000 euros (£12,000; $20,400) as the going rate per speech has not been challenged.

    He has given four speeches in all. German newspapers are now referring to the matter as the “Moonlighting Job Affair”.

    Auntie is busy doing the voodoo that it does the best; spreading disinformation/misinformation/delivering hit pieces as per instructions. All the while Throwing out the baby with the bath water as a last resort to stop Junker.

    Not concerned with reinforcing/reiterating/clarifying the degree of corruption of the political class whose allegiance is to their owners, and not their constituents!

  77. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    26 Jun, 2014 - 8:49 am

    When the Washington Post starts criticising Blair, the chase may be on:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/06/25/should-tony-blair-leave-the-middle-east-alone/

  78. If there is to be any retrial for Coulsono, it should be held in the baronial setting of Eton College where people are taught to lie and ‘get one over’ another. Where the wars are started and peoples are vanished. John Pilger called public school ‘schools for killers’. He is dead right.

  79. @John Goss re Ukraine

    Most people here know more about the situation than I do, John. I found it, like Syria and the so-called Arab Springs, to be a convoluted mess of intersecting and conflicting agendas and transitional events. The problem is seeing the forest for the trees. We have people who are interested in the minutiae whiles others (me) are more interested in the big picture and anticipating the end-game.

    It doesn’t help any analysis when these conflicts are interconnected with overlapping series of events that go back decades, centuries and in at least one case a couple of millennia. And for the analysis of history, we have to be cognisant of the competing versions that would have us believe in one over all others. Such is the significance of ‘history wars’.

    But the most troubling, puzzling, head messing thing about analysing these quakes of civilisation is determining what is the result of meticulously executed political/military strategy and what is the result of a whim of a mentally disturbed national leader having a bad day. Is North Korea a sublime example of a totalitarian state or an insane asylum?

    However, I would caution against typecasting the Ukraine conflict based on the apparent cultural/political leanings of those engaged in the street-level violence. Big urban conflicts need thugs and thugs need to believe in something. The 20th century has an abundance of textbook examples of young people in their twenties making up the bulk of the slog-chanting, brick throwing thugs that move through the maze of streets and country roads looking for and stamping out all signs of dissent. Meanwhile, the leaders move their chess pieces this way and that way completely free of ideological and moral constraints in their scheming.

  80. Apols for typos today. Bleary for some reason.

    This play which is on at the National was recommended by a friend.

    Sean O’Casey’s A Silver Tassie.
    The Silver Tassie is a four-act Expressionist play about the First World War, written between 1927 and 1928 by the Irish playwright Seán O’Casey .It was O’Casey’s fourth play and attacks imperialist wars and the suffering that they cause. O’Casey described the play as “A generous handful of stones, aimed indiscriminately, with the aim of breaking a few windows. I don’t think it makes a good play, but it’s a remarkable one.”[
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silver_Tassie_(play)

    and there’s another diversion from the main news planned for us all. A new search area for MH370 is being revealed today.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-28031741

  81. Thanks Ba’al for the WP link. Blair in the photograph looks like the evil that he has done is written in his sunken cheeks and ageing features. The Hague awaits his attendance.

  82. Habbabkuk, My regret is in the fact the place exists at all, I made no reference to an un-Israel policy, it is a reality and to be lived with. Germany and Russia (Soviet Union) existed prior to WW2 as legitimate states, their continued existence thereafter was not brought into question by me. Israel is a synthetic construct based on Bronze Age myths forced on a defenceless population supported by corrupt nations including our own since, indeed before, it’s inception – what right did Lord Balfour have to promise a third party, the Zionist lobby, an independent mandate of Britain’s in 1917? My name does not have “” parenthesis around it. Alex

  83. Forbidden Bookshelf titles fill in the blanks of America’s repressed history by resurrecting books that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark, including abortion, organized crime, the CIA, and financial inequality.

    The series launches on June 10 with five books:

    Blowback: America’s Recruitment of Nazis and Its Destructive Impact on Our Domestic and Foreign Policy by Christopher Simpson,

    The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam by Douglas Valentine,

    The Search for an Abortionist: The Classic Study of How American Women Coped with Unwanted Pregnancy Before Roe v. Wade by Nancy Howell Lee,

    Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football by Dan E. Moldea,

    The Lords of Creation: The History of America’s 1 Percent by Frederick Lewis Allen.

    Each of the first four titles includes a new introduction. Additional books by I. F. Stone, Gerard Colby, Charlotte Dennett, Kati Marton, Robert Fitch, Bertram Gross, and John Dinges will be released later this summer.’ (Mark Crispin Miller)

    http://stopmakingsense.org/2014/06/22/forbidden-bookshelf-interview-with-mark-crispin-miller/

  84. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    26 Jun, 2014 - 9:32 am

    Blair responded to criticism of his lamentable deeds by saying that the far left and far right were ganging up on him, with the intended implication that neocons occupy the centre ground (see also “Third Way”).

    Good article by non-neocon genuine conservative, whom anyone but Blair would characterise as moderate:

    http://www.cityam.com/article/1403031523/beware-blair-west-must-not-learn-wrong-lessons-iraq-war

  85. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    26 Jun, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Interesting take from RT here:

    http://rt.com/op-edge/168336-isis-western-foreign-policy-chaos/

    The ripping apart of stable social fabrics as conscious neocon policy. Nicely formulated.

  86. Ba’al Zevul (Chimp Assassin) – “When the Washington Post starts criticising Blair, the chase may be on” (8.49 am)

    It’s not just the WaPo. Looks like they’re really planning to dump him. From today’s New York Times:

    Op-Ed Contributor

    Israel’s Puppy, Tony Blair

    By MARWAN BISHARA

    As a Middle East envoy, Blair has advanced his consultancy business more than he has helped Palestinians.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/26/opinion/israels-puppy-tony-blair.html?ref=world&_r=0

  87. John Goss – apropos Putin’s attempt to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine (25 Jun – 10.36pm):

    From yesterday’s New York Times:

    “The Obama administration has drawn up plans to escalate sanctions against Russia by targeting its financial, energy and defense industries, but faces resistance from European allies hoping to avoid a broader economic clash with Moscow that would hurt their own businesses.”

    The article also says US business interests oppose Obama’s plans.

    http://www.newssniffer.co.uk/articles/799713/diff/0/1

  88. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    26 Jun, 2014 - 10:11 am

  89. “and there’s another diversion from the main news planned for us all. A new search area for MH370 is being revealed today.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-28031741

    Don’t click on the link – it’s a diversion from the “main” news. Which begs the question why anyone claiming that this news to be a diversion from “main” news would post a link to it (the diversionary news) for any reason other than to assist in the diversion… ??

    :/

    Thanks for the link.

  90. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    26 Jun, 2014 - 10:34 am

    After last Thursday’s meeting between a matched pair of twisters, Vucic and Blair, in Belgrade, contradictory reports were forthcoming: initially, Vucic announced that Blair had offered his help in obtaining EU membership, support, advice, warm human being, etc, etc. Then it was semi-officially announced that Blair would not be advising the Serbian government and would not be paid for his (£7000 an hour just for the plane) trip. This probably amounts to no more than concealing the notion of Alastair Campbell, subcontracted to Walking Eagle Media Productions Inc (or someone like that), doing the advising, and the cost of the trip being met by HMG, the EU or Zurich Insurance. However, this link suggests that Vucic may still be a little ambivalent about Blair-

    http://inserbia.info/today/2014/06/erase-rewind-aleksandar-vucic-and-tony-blair/

    Gay* Crap Tony Blair. Classic.

    *and that’s the translator’s euphemism…

  91. URGENT APPEAL: Please urge the UN to initiate the process of establishing a sanctions regime against Israel for its war crime of collective punishment executed by Israel’s systematic ‘Operation Brothers Keeper’ against innocent Palestinian civilians.

    TO SIGN Click here

    http://www.palestinematters.com/Demand-for-UN-Sanctions-against-Israeli-State-Terrorism-and-War-Crimes_Appeal_3126.aspx

  92. Here’s a nice day out for anyone living in or near London:

     

    Project Update #13: Join us on the #SackBlair Bus tour around London – tomorrow 27 June 2014. Read all about it!

    <blockquote>Friends,

    Tomorrow, Friday 27 June, will mark the 7-year anniversary of Tony Blair’s appointment as the Middle East Peace Envoy.

    To mark this obscene occasion we’d like you to join us aboard the specially tailored #SackBlair Bus tomorrow for a tour of London landmarks relevant to Blair’s Envoy role.

    We’d love you to join us in the middle of our tour, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, when we’ll on Grosvenor Square rallying, opposite the US embassy, calling for Blair’s removal. (After all it is the USA that ultimately decides whether Blair stays or goes). Our open-top #SackBlair Bus will be circling the square covered in banners, and we will finish by delivering the open letter to the embassy. Conveniently (both for him and us!) Tony Blair’s office is also on Grosvenor Square, so we’ll also be stopping there for short periods, circling around his office. We’ll be filming everything for inclusion in the film so don’t miss out!

    As for the tour, the bus will be on the move around the following landmarks between 10-12.30pm and again between 2-4pm in this order: Parliament, The QEII Centre (where Chilcot was held), the European Commission (St John’s Smith Square), JP Morgan Knightsbridge, the Israeli embassy, the Russian consulate, the US embassy and the Office of Tony Blair. We will only make brief stops, but if you are near, please come and show your support.

    This will be a peaceful rally, no aggressive or offensive behaviour will be tolerated. For any questions, please email: sackblair2014@gmail.com</blockquote>

  93. John Goss re the change in Sweden’s law and Assange, Craig has commented on the Ardin thread as I have.

    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2012/09/why-i-am-convinced-that-anna-ardin-is-a-liar/comment-page-10/#comment-463053

  94. Even worse than the speculation but we had heard the reports of abuse in mortuaries before.
    http://news.sky.com/story/1289657/savile-abused-dead-bodies-in-nhs-hospital

    Savile NHS Abuse: Victims Aged From 5 To 75

    {File photo dated 18/05/2009 of Sir Jimmy Savile reunited with his famous Jim’ll Fix It chair, as Sir Jimmy’s gold suits, Cuban cigars and beloved Rolls-Royce will also go on sale today as the late DJ’s belongings goes up for auction.}

    Savile assisted in bed baths and may have sexually abused dead bodies in a mortuary, but managers were unaware of his abuse.

  95. What has Mrs May got to say now about the persecution of this man?

    Abu Qatada Acquitted Of Terror Conspiracy

    The Palestinian-born preacher was deported from the UK last year to face conspiracy accusations and separate terror charges.

    Thursday 26 June 2014

    By Tom Rayner, Middle East Reporter

    Radical cleric Abu Qatada has been acquitted of terrorism charges by Jordan’s state security court.

    The verdict was in relation to a series of bomb plots in 1998, targeting the Jerusalem Hotel and American School in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

    The verdict on a second charge relating to a foiled bomb plot targeting tourist sites in Jordan during New Year celebrations in 2000 has been postponed.

    /..

    http://news.sky.com/story/1289616/abu-qatada-acquitted-of-terror-conspiracy

  96. Abu Qatada/CIA/MI6/Jordan. Just setting the mousetrap (Arab) spring now.
    Is this what Craig means by UK diplomatic achievements?

  97. Mary, thanks for the Abu Qatada link. Theresa May will not be happy. She is used to sending innocent people to the United States where they are tortured in solitary confinement cells for however long it takes until they plea bargain to get out. Qatada was almost certainly a secret services’ asset at one time though in a FOI request they refused to say.

    I wrote in April last year before his deportation:

    “Let us assume for a moment that Abu Qatada has committed crimes in Jordan, though much evidence suggests otherwise. Mr. Qatada has committed no crime in the United Kingdom. So, even if he was a criminal abroad, he fits the Christian example of a reformed character and, providing he continues to live lawfully, should be forgiven. What appears to irritate Mrs. May as much as anything is that Mr. Qatada has called for the release of Muslims held in United States prisons and Guantanamo Bay, which gets him labeled a preacher of hatred.”

    http://newsjunkiepost.com/2013/05/03/is-hatred-of-islam-the-uk-home-secretarys-religion/#sthash.zIU6jLkB.dpuf

    I notice the latest BBC report still refers to him as a “radical cleric” and jihadist preacher. The BBC, and other media outlets, have done such a good job on the word Jihad that everybody in the west thinks it means ‘war’.

  98. They (the MSM) love saying the word ‘jihad’. I heard Jonathan Marcus upping the ante against our Muslin brothers and sisters on the World Service. Exactly what Tel Aviv wants us to hear of course.

    Ramzy Baroud on the reasons for the ‘angry Muslim’. A good history lesson.

    Reverting to the Ummah
    Who is the ‘Angry Muslim’ and Why
    25.6.2014
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/06/reverting-to-the-ummah/

  99. SORRY! Muslim

  100. Mary:

    “…Most people have far more pressing concerns than the press, I realise. But the relationships exposed, tabloid-style, at the top of all this make incest look positively vanilla. Cameron rides Brooks’s horse! Brooks comforted by Blair! Cameron’s best friend marries Brooks! Cameron’s brother is head of the chambers that defends Brooks! Brooks’s lover Coulson hired by Cameron! Ad nauseam. ”

     …. yet none of them was aware of anything the others were doing. What do they talk about over the cocktails and canapes?

    “Topping weather today, Rebecca.” “Spiffing, David. What do you think, Andy?” “Rather, old girl, it’s splendid. D’ya think it’ll rain tomorrow, Tony?” ….. ad nauseum

  101. John Goss 26 Jun, 2014 – 12:31 pm

    “I notice the latest BBC report still refers to him as a “radical cleric” and jihadist preacher. The BBC, and other media outlets, have done such a good job on the word Jihad that everybody in the west thinks it means ‘war’.”

    Straight from the horses mouth, here’s how the BBC describes ‘Jihad’. The words “holy war” and “struggle to defend Islam” stand out because they are links in red and bold font.

    “Jihad

    The literal meaning of Jihad is struggle or effort, and it means much more than holy war.

    Muslims use the word Jihad to describe three different kinds of struggle:

    A believer’s internal struggle to live out the Muslim faith as well as possible
    The struggle to build a good Muslim society
    Holy war: the struggle to defend Islam, with force if necessary

    Many modern writers claim that the main meaning of Jihad is the internal spiritual struggle, and this is accepted by many Muslims.

    However there are so many references to Jihad as a military struggle in Islamic writings that it is incorrect to claim that the interpretation of Jihad as holy war is wrong.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/beliefs/jihad_1.shtml

  102. doug scorgie

    26 Jun, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    26 Jun, 2014 – 12:15 am

    “As I have explained to you repeatedly, Doug : you cannot say you accept the right of Israel to exist provided it does not call itself a Jewish state when you know that Israel HAS defined itself as a Jewish (and democratic) state in one of its Basic Laws. Your “acceptance” is, in these circumstances, in fact a non-acceptance.”
    ——————————————————————
    Read this slowly Habbabkuk.

    I don’t accept the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state because that would entail racial discrimination against non-Jewish citizens of Israel.

    It would pander to the idea of Jewish supremacy espoused by the Zionist and extremist settler fanatics.

    But you seem to ignore the fact that the two-state solution is dead and was, in reality, stillborn.

    There was only one state envisaged by the Zionists – Greater Israel and that is the current Zionist position: a state ethnically cleansed of non-Jews.

    You say:
    “…you know that Israel HAS defined itself as a Jewish (and democratic) state in one of its Basic Laws.”
    ——————————————————————

    Jewish Zionists have made that definition in a Basic Law, a law that has no standing outside Israel.

    The term “a Jewish and democratic state” is an oxymoron which would be apparent to anyone seriously thinking about it.

    The only way to have a Jewish and democratic state would be to expel all non-Jews from Israel and create a purely Jewish population. A democracy for Jews only.

    Is that something you support Habbabkuk?
    ——————————————————————

    You say:
    “By the way, Doug, Iran styles itself as the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
    “Do you accept the right of Iran to exist as an Islamic state?”
    ——————————————————————

    As you know I am a secularist but Iran does not define itself by race.

    You seem to get confused Habbabkuk between race and religion.

    Islam is a religion; Jewish is a race.

  103. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    26 Jun, 2014 - 4:07 pm

    Doug – “Jewish is a race.”

    Except when you are having an argument with s Jewish person who might find that inconvenient. Then it becomes a culture, or a religion The defining feature of Jewishness is that it is undefined. Wouldn’t work otherwise. Word to the wise.

  104. There’s a terrrrrist in Sheffield who wanted to film a protest about pensioners’ benefits.

    Sheffield reporter threatened with arrest under anti-terrorism laws

    Alex Evans ordered by rail staff not to film pensioners’ Freedom Ride protest against cuts to free travel at city train station
    Helen Pidd, northern editor
    24 June 2014 13.56 BST
    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jun/24/sheffield-reporter-arrest-anti-terrorism-laws

  105. Israeli forces raid 70 houses in Yatta

    26/06/2014
    RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided and searched some 70 houses in Yatta on Wednesday, injuring Palestinians Ashraf Nassar al-Shawwahin and detaining Muhammad Yassir Abdulrahman Murr.

    Israeli military vehicles and soldiers searched the neighborhoods of Yatta, a town near Hebron, for more than four hours.

    The mayor of Yatta condemned the continuous campaign against the residents and all Palestinian cities, which he called a “barbarian act.”

    /..
    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=707852

    ~~~

    One of these men is aged 56. He has spent 33 of those years in an Israeli prison.
    Now re-arrested.

    Israeli court extends detention of 6 ex-prisoners

    26/06/2014 RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Ofer military court on Thursday extended the detention of six former prisoners recently rearrested during Israel’s search campaign for three missing Israelis.

    /..
    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=708096

  106. Remember Dieudonné and the brouhaha. A lawsuit against him has been dismissed by a French court.

    France court dismisses hate-speech lawsuit against Dieudonne
    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.600918

    Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité are the French watchwords. Liberté seems to have been the winner here.

  107. PSC will hold a protest at Sainsbury’s AGM on 9 July. Please consider signing the related petition you will find at:

    http://www.sainsburyscampaign.org/

    Briefing: Farming Injustice

    ‘Sainsbury’s: where are your values?’ ‘End your Indifference to Palestinian Farming communities’ We will be holding a protest at the Sainsbury’s AGM, as part of our continuing campaign calling on Sainsbury’s to cease all trade with companies which are complicit in the colonisation of Palestinian land and destruction of Palestinian farming communities. Assemble from 10a.m. outside Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, just off Parliament Square, London SW1P 3EE. We will be leafleting shareholders as they arrive for the AGM, which starts at 10.45 a.m.

    Sainsbury’s has spent the last year promoting itself as the supermarket chain most concerned with values. The CEO designate, Mike Coupe cannot be clearer when he says:
    http://www.sainsburyscampaign.org/?p=547

    http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/sainsbury-s-stop-trading-with-agricultural-companies-that-support-israeli-apartheid

  108. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    27 Jun, 2014 - 8:36 am

    Some of Tony’s chums here -

    http://www.private-eye.co.uk/sections.php?section_link=in_the_back&issue=1369

    Genel Energy, led by ex-BP boss Tony Hayward, completed the KRI (Kurdish Region of Iraq)pipeline from the Kurdish area of northern Iraq to Turkey, where oil and gas can be sold to international markets via a deep sea port. For his part in the thirsty work of completing the pipeline, Hayward, who left BP after a string of gaffes during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, trousered £1.78m in pay and bonus, together with his shareholding of £16.3m……

    …Genel’s efforts to operate out of the separatist and better organised Kurdish north may be helped by crumbling central authority in Baghdad. If matters degenerate to the point where Iraq breaks up, it opens the way for a Kurdish state to allow oil to be pumped through the pipeline and sold on international markets with sizeable profits for Genel and without the inconvenience of dealing with Baghdad…

    …A second British company in the area, meanwhile, is Gulf Keystone, marshalled by Lord Guthrie, former SAS colonel and once Tony Blair’s favourite cutthroat. Guthrie served as chief of defence staff from 1997-2001; a year before leaving office he was already on the books of Gulf Keystone…

    …Gulf Keystone is traded on the London Stock Exchange but registered in Bermuda; Genel Energy is based in Jersey and paid less than 1 percent tax on company profits to the exchequer in the last financial year.

  109. I wondered which Princess when I saw the link. I could not imagine it was Princess Anne or even Princess Pushy!

    It was a racist, an alumni from St Andrews who had returned to Scotland in March for a reunion.

    http://www.scotsman.com/news/celebrity/drunk-princess-made-racist-comments-and-tried-to-strip-1-3458122

    ‘Her Serene Highness Princess Theodora Sayn-Wittgenstein admitted at Dundee Sheriff Court telling first aider Farah Jasmin Hussain: “I was doing my nails this morning – I wondered how many Muslims I could kill.”

    I can’t see that she made an apology.

  110. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    27 Jun, 2014 - 9:28 am

  111. Hunt for missing Israeli boys stirs up familiar recriminations

    Two weeks since teenagers vanished, huge search has raised questions over how much operation is aimed at crushing Hamas

    Peter Beaumont

    Not far from Gush Etzion junction, where three Israeli teenagers – Naftali Frankel, Gilad Sha’ar and Eyal Yifrah – were kidnapped a fortnight ago is a large white plastic banner displaying the boys’ faces. It is an image that has become ubiquitous in Israel in the past two weeks.

    Further into the southern West Bank, in the village of Dura, outside Hebron, there hangs a different poster, with another boy’s face. He is not much younger than two of the missing Israelis – 15-year-old Mohammed Dudeen – who was shot through the heart after climbing out of his bedroom window to join a stone-throwing demonstration against a raid in his village by Israeli soldiers looking for the missing teenagers.

    Dudeen is one of five Palestinians killed during the Israeli army’s massive manhunt, a search that has seen hundreds arrested and the whole city of Hebron put under military closure, with most entrances to the city sealed off, stopping day workers and business people from entering and leaving.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/26/hunt-missing-israeli-boys-recriminations

    Israeli settlers kidnap 6-year-old childchild, who was reported missing on Saturday, has been found in a forest area on the hills of Hebron also known as al-Khalil. Reports say the child had been kidnapped by Israeli settlers in the area. Israel is accused of turning a blind eye to illegal acts by the settlers.

    On Saturday night, a 6-year-old child from the South Hebron al-Khalil hills was kidnapped by Israeli settlers living in the area.
    Mo’ab Kamel Reb’ey from the village of Tiwany in the East of Yatta was captured by the settlers who held him for hours outside the settlement. He managed to flee into a nearby forest and hid behind a large rock and slept overnight before a Palestinian search group found him. He was too terrified to speak after the ordeal and was transferred to hospital. According to the family, Mo’ab is still recovering from his ordeal; however, they claim there is no protection from constant settler attacks in the area. Raatib Ijbur further complained that the Palestinians’ calls for the international community to help them are falling on deaf ears. Villagers here say there is no protection for their children as the land lies in area C, which is under full control of the Israeli military. They say Israeli forces only protect settlers.

  112. The link to the atrocity carried out by settlers (above) to the 6 year old child which occurred in May is:

    Israeli settlers kidnap 6-year-old child
    http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/05/12/362289/israeli-settlers-kidnap-6yearold-child/

  113. Ba'al Zevul (Chimp Assassin)

    27 Jun, 2014 - 9:37 am

  114. Doug Scorgie, you have discussed at length your objection to a “Jewish State”. Do you also object to theocracies, for example Islamic states such as Iran where the head of state is the Muslim variant of the once Jewish God?

  115. PS Clark. Click on my name for more info.

  116. doug scorgie

    27 Jun, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    Jemand
    27 Jun, 2014 – 12:17 pm

    “Doug Scorgie, you have discussed at length your objection to a “Jewish State”. Do you also object to theocracies, for example Islamic states such as Iran where the head of state is the Muslim variant of the once Jewish God?”

    I am a secularist Jemand and I stated that in the post you refer to.

    If you don’t know what a secularist is then I recommend the online Oxford Dictionary.

  117. “I am a secularist Jemand and I stated that in the post you refer to.”

    That’s not really an answer, Doug. You might have also said you are a stamp collector with equal evasiveness.

    Do you have any objections to Iran being a theocracy? I’m sure you would prefer that it were a liberal secular state, but given that it is not, can we count on you to criticise the ongoing retention of Iran’s theological foundations for its government and the inevitable intolerance of minority religions that goes with state-sanctioned primacy of one religion over all others?

  118. *sound of crickets*

  119. Jemand

    27 Jun, 2014 – 6:29 pm

    “I am a secularist Jemand and I stated that in the post you refer to.”

    That’s not really an answer, Doug. You might have also said you are a stamp collector with equal evasiveness.

    Do you have any objections to Iran being a theocracy?

    Yes I do because I’m a secularist not a stamp collector.

    Jemand, you’re as dumb as they come.

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