Mainstream Media Wakes Up 162


A week late, but the mainstream media has finally learnt (not least through my telling them) that it was the Mossad link that was really worrying Whitehall about Fox.

And I have an article in the Mail on Sunday.

The Indie on Sunday story of a Fox-Israel plot against Iran is a great deal more credible than Obama’s announcement of a plot by Iranian used car salesmen to employ the Canadian Mounties to assassinate Justin Timberlake outside the Won-Ton Chinese restaurant in Champaign-Urbana (I may have got some of the details of Obama’s fantasy wrong, but what’s the difference?)

It is now absolutely essential that Matthew Gould. British Ambassador to Israel, answers the questions I have put to him.


162 thoughts on “Mainstream Media Wakes Up

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  • Joe Templeton

    We shall see. En passant, Murder in Samarkand was a brave, fine book, which will pass the test of time: I sincerely urge you to channel your manifest talents and qualities in a worthwhile direction.

  • CheebaCow

    Tony said: “American(Australian) version of ENGLISH”
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    Very harsh mate, please don’t conflate Australian and American English 😉 I also miss Dreolin (even if I was mostly a lurker when she posted).
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    Suhayl, good to see you posting again.

  • mary

    How lovely.
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    Oxford University invests £630,000 in US firm that profits from cluster bombs
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    Oxford University has invested £630,000 in Lockheed Martin, one of three US arms manufacturers still involved in the cluster-bomb trade.
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    Freedom of information requests obtained by The Independent reveal that Oxford University Endowment Management (OUEM) has invested more than £2m in defence companies including Northrop Grumman and European Aeronautics Defence and Space.
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    The Lockheed investment is particularly controversial as the US defence giant has outstanding contracts with the US military to refurbish old stocks of cluster munitions.
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    Britain is a signatory to the Cluster Munitions Convention, a global treaty now signed by more than 100 nations which bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster bombs.
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    Under a loophole in current legislation, financial institutions and private citizens can continue to back cluster-arms manufacturers, as long as they do not invest in the bombs directly.
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    A spokesman for the university said OUEM works to an investment list approved by a committee , which checks if companies may be in breach of UK law on landmines and cluster bombs. “Lockheed Martin is not on the prohibited investment list,” the university spokesman said.
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    “If there is new factual evidence… that clearly demonstrates that a company has significant and current activities that would cause them to be included in this list, then this should be brought to the attention of the investment committee,” he added.
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    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/oxford-university-invests-163630000-in–us-firm-that-profits-from-cluster-bombs-2371608.html
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    What are we going to do about this? Lockheed Martin are also in possession of all of our personal details by way of this year’s Census.

  • mary

    To the smiling girl-next-door type who puts out some of the propaganda for the state.
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    BBC and the Middle East
    From: Pat B
    Sent: 17 October 2011 06:49
    To: sophie.long {you know} bbc.co.uk [Mod: edited to defeat spamming software]
    Cc: ‘Media Lens Editors’
    Subject: Middle East travel
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    Sophie
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    As a BBC news presenter, I’m certain you know about the BBC’s role in society and their commitment to ‘balance and objectivity’. I’m happy to hear that (presumably), in order to be properly informed on events in the Palestine region of the Middle East, that you were part of a delegation to Israel.
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    However, I am deeply concerned that this visit appears to have been funded by BICOM, the Israel lobbying organisation that has (as we now know) close ties to Liam Fox and Adam Werrity. I am also concerned that the delegation met Mark Regev and Dr Alex Yacobsen and they spent three days organised by BICOM.
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    In the interests of ‘balance and objectivity’ I will be most grateful if you can tell me what steps were taken to hear and see events from the Palestinian perspective and if the same amount of time was expended on this part of the trip? Perhaps you will also be kind enough to tell me if the BBC funded the trip?
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    Many thanks and looking forward to your reply.
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    Pat B
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    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1318836910.html

  • Komodo

    Credible analysis of just why Fox jumped here:
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    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/how-britain-works-follow-the-money-2371361.html
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    Fox goes, and over the next week or two, the principals breathe a sigh of relief and return to the shadows. Investigations by Parliament and police skirt carefully round the principals. The media find something else to do. Hintze appears to have been spotlighted while the other two make their escape: Hintze is Jewish, but has no clear connections with pro-Israel lobbying that I have seen. Lewis and Zabludowicz are closely associated with BICOM, and Zabludowicz with Netanyahu. Other sponsors of Atlantic bridge include Pfizer, whose name has only been mentioned in passing lately. Pfizer has been expanding its Israeli operations significantly over the last couple of years, and has opened new R&D facilities there.

    The connection between Atlantic Bridge and US corporate, anti-environmental and neoconservative interests is overt. Atlantic Bridge, Inc, its US sister, is also the subject of investigation as regards its nonprofit status.

    As stated on the Carbonbrief website:
    http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2011/10/atlantic-bridge-and-the-climate-skeptics

    “Washington, DC-The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is pleased to announce the launch of The Atlantic Bridge Project as the latest component of its International Relations Program. The project aims to foster positive relationships between conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic, so that they may further the ideals exemplified by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

    ALEC is proud to launch this project in conjunction with the Atlantic Bridge Group, a non-profit organization chaired by the British Conservative Shadow Minister for Defense, Liam Fox MP. The organization is supported by Lady Thatcher and ALEC Alumni Congressman John Campbell who serves on the Atlantic Bridge Advisory Board.”

    Even though the Atlantic Bridge Project (USA) and the Atlantic Bridge Group (UK) were different organisations, it seems that they subsequently operated extremely closely together, promoting links between US and UK based conservatives, and paying for flights and expenses for Liam Fox and other senior Tories to take trips across the Atlantic. Accounts for 2007 for Atlantic Bridge Group state that “The two entities have been set up to mutually support each others aims”.

    It took the tenacious blogger Stephen Newton to label Atlantic Bridge the “Tory Travel Club” and chase it down over a two-year period – including making a complaint to the Charity Commission. His blog tale is well worth a read. The final result of this was in July 2010, the Charity Commmission ruled that the charity had been undertaking overly political work – as it put it:

    “Although it is legitimate for a charity to study, research or educate the public about the ‘Special Relationship’, it is not permissible for a charity to promote a particular pre-determined point of view.”

    The ruling (removed from the Charity Commission’s website but obtainable from them on request) stated that “the Charity’s current activities must cease immediately” and that it needed to make a “clear separation” from Atlantic Bridge Inc (set up by ALEC) in the US.

    ALEC are an interesting organisation. They have been described by Greenpeace as a “Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group” – (make of that what you will) – with Greenpeace using the US’s more transparent funding reporting to detail a total of $608,858 given by the Koch Foundation to ALEC between 1997 and 2009.

    ALEC’s PR work on environmental issues has been extensively documented. They produced a short and accessible “Climate Change Overview for State Legislators” document – essentially a Q&A which systematically downplays the risks of climate change. They lobbied against Kyoto, adopting a model resolution for states to pass calling on the U.S. government to reject the Kyoto Protocol and banning states from regulating greenhouse gases. They are currently lobbying against the US Environmental Protection Agency, having produced a booklet entitled ” The EPA’s Regulatory Train Wreck” with an accompanying policy summit and campaigning website.

    PRWatch has extensively investigated ALEC’s activities opposing action on energy and climate change and there are two separate website – AlecExposed and Alecwatch – dedicated to tracking the organisation’s activities, both of which accuse it of acting as a front group for corporate lobbyists. Their board of directors is heavily dominated by corporate interests.”

    The links on this page are well worth following up.

    There is no doubt in my mind that the Fox scandal involves the gaining of influence over UK policy by foreign vested interests. The evidence, even in the public domain, is overwhelming.

  • mary

    And all of this certainly takes our attention away from the continuing collapse of the economy. Accident or design?
    eg
    UK Economy Latest
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    UK unemployment hits 17-year high
    Bank injects £75bn into economy
    UK economic growth revised down
    Drivers ‘cut petrol use by 15%’
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    Philips the Dutch owned multinational are making 4,500 workers redundant.

  • anno

    Komodo
    Your name reminds me of a snippet on the news about elderly care last week. They complained that commodes were present at meal times. Maybe for semi-incontinent people that’s precisely the time they might need one.
    And that in turn reminds me of this government. Too weak without a coalition with people of nearly opposite values, other than Clegg. Not remotely in control of its expenditure, if the Zionist bankers order them to bomb another Muslim land. But still desperately clutching to its frayed dignity. Better just to leak a little into its absorbent drawers, blogs like Craig’s on the internet. The only conscience this country has.

  • Komodo

    Sorry, link omitted above. Also explanatory post lost. I’ll try again.

    ALEC created Atlantic Bridge,Inc, as a US counterpart to Atlantic Bridge. The aims and objectives are the same. AB Inc and AB worked hand-in glove. The charitable status is equally in doubt. This site:

    http://alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

    is onto them.

  • Komodo

    No, Anno. I picked the name because I am cold-blooded, persistent and my spit is poisonous.

  • DonnyDarko

    It’s odd how things interconnect… reading about Hague distancing himself from werrity, there was oddly a photo of Chloe Smith displayed.
    I googled Chloe Smith ,because she’s just gone into the cabinet… She won that seat in Norwich Craig which you were so keen to get. Turns out she’s made a few visits to Israel,financed by the Conservative friends of Israel and another Israeli Lobby… Did you know that when you were running against her ???
    but because she has zionist leanings, google connected her name to these 2 very entertaining vidz by Sandra Barr…..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WksX92r0sGM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14T03Q0x0iM

  • lwtc247

    Disgraced former UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox​ knowingly served Israel
    By Gilad Atzmon
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    17 October 2011
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    Gilad Atzmon argues that recently-resigned UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox and his friend, the spiv Adam Werrity, are not Israel’s useful idiots but “knew exactly what they were doing and who were their donors … fully understood their role and willingly did what was required” of them by Israel”, and that Prime Minister Cameron and his Cabinet are fully complicit.
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    Full article here: http://www.redress.cc/global/gatzmon20111017
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    or here at Gilads site: h_ttp://w_ww.gilad.co.uk/writings/gilad-atzmon-liam-fox-is-not-a-useful-idiot.html

  • Komodo

    And what of Lt-Col Graham Livesey, sleeping soundly in Fox’s guest room during the burglary?

    He was (or maybe still is) CO of this:

    http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceFor/ServiceCommunity/Hive/Central/HermitageHive.htm

    And was (and probably now isn’t) Fox’s special advisor.

    “The Joint Aeronautical and Geospatial Organisation (JAGO) is based at Denison Barracks, Hermitage. The Unit houses 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic) and the Royal School of Military Survey.”

    No doubt his expertise proved useful.

  • mary

    Not greatly important but it has been discovered that the funny money swilled through the Gerrards Cross branch of HSBC on the instructions of Fox. Gerrards Cross is close to Beaconsfield where Fox was a GP.
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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/8830567/Liam-Fox-affair-HSBC-branch-at-centre-of-funding-mystery.html
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    Incidentally HSBC is involved in the funding of the manufacture of cluster bombs.{http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-banks-fund-deadly-clusterbomb-industry-2338168.html}

  • mary

    @ Donny Darko. Thanks. I posted this on the previous thread. I have been keeping my eye on her moves. A rapid rise to a powerful position, Economic Secretary to the Treasury to replace Greening. She will be Chancellor ultimately at this rate!
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    mary

    15th October 2011
    Komodo. Chloe Smith, who won the Norwich North by-election where Craig was a candidate, worked for Deloittes who gave Grayling assistance in his office to the value of £27,000 in kind and who in partnership with Ingeus who have been given seven DWP Work Programme contracts according to the LabourList link you gave.

    ‘She is a management consultant for Deloitte, noting that she considers it important for MPs to have “experience of the real world”. Smith, who was born in Ashford and moved to Norfolk aged three, is on secondment to the Conservatives’ implementation unit, drawing up plans on how the party would govern once in power.
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    She got into politics when she left school by working for Gillian Shephard, the then MP for South West Norfolk, whom she describes as “a real mentor”. After studying at York University, where she got a first in English literature, she also worked for the East Anglian MP Bernard Jenkin and is now registered as an assistant to James Clappison, a shadow work and pensions minister.’
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/jul/24/chloe-smith-youngest-mp-norwich-north

    Note to whom she was a Parliamentary assistant. Shadow DWP Minister James Clappison! Well placed to promote Deloittes?? Wonder who ran the Conservatives Implementation Unit when they were in opposition and to whom she was seconded.
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    Gillian Shephard, for whom Smith also worked, was a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life that I wrote about earlier. I said we discovered that several members of the Committee were members of the Friends of Israel lobby groups. At the time we were in contact with the Chairman and when she was a member of the Committee, she was a member of the Conservative Friends of Israel lobby group.

  • Komodo

    “The main, perhaps only, donor to Atlantic Bridge was Michael Hintze, a multi-millionaire hedge fund owner and leading financial supporter of the Conservatives.”

    Rubbish. Hintze’s the only donor prepared to admit it.

  • Stephen

    Craig I’m glad to see that you are no supporter of the Iranian regime – but as well as pointing out that you wouldn’t follow the Mossad/Tory right wing/Tea party approach – could you identify what approach you think should be taken. Perhaps one of the reasons why neocons are able to make the running on this and on other matters in the Middle East is that there really isn’t much offered in the way of constructive alternative approaches apart from the usual anti-American noises. For example – given that most of us would see a role for multinational institutions how do you get the UN to start working effectively, what does an ethical foreign policy actaully mean etc. etc. It might also be constructive to give some thoughts as to what rights of Israel has and how they should be protected – rather than leaving the answer to that question largely in the hands of Mossad.

    On the other hand we could just have a sterile continuation of the old debate.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    “I sincerely urge you to channel your manifest talents and qualities in a worthwhile direction.” Joe Templeton.
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    Joe, in another world, might that be read as a veiled threat to Craig?
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    Also, Joe, to pursue the anno-Komodo redondo, are you inferring that I am “potty”? Perhaps, but re. ‘potties’, it is likely that I am no more a potty than the good dragon, Komodo or your beneficent self (who clearly are the antithesis of potties).
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    Stephen, hello, how are you? Welcome back.

  • mary

    BREAKING NEWS: MoD confirms O’Donnell will NOT investigate Atlantic Bridge as Charity Commission scraps regulatory case reports
    In a letter to this blogger, whose complaint to the Charity Commission led to the closure of Liam Fox’s Atlantic Bridge charity, the Ministry of Defence confirms that Gus O’Donnell’s investigation will not examine questions raised by the Atlantic Bridge. This comes despite assurances previously given to journalists by 10 Downing Street that “All unanswered questions will be answered”.
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    In a further development the Charity Commission has announced that it is to scrap regulatory compliance cases. This was the informal process by which Atlantic Bridge was originally investigated. The announcement was made by Kenneth Dibble, the commission’s head of legal services, at a Charity Law Association conference in response to suggestions regulatory compliance cases were unlawful. However, the commission plans to ignore those – including its former chair Geraldine Peacock – who have called for its investigation into the Atlantic Bridge to be re-opened.
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    http://www.stephennewton.com/odonnell-atlantic-bridge/
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    live links and a copy of the letter on the link.

  • Herbie

    Then there was this from a few weeks ago, where Michael Gove challenged eight Islington and Haringey schools on their intended participation at a Palestinian literary festival. They backed down.
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    Vivian Wineman, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, told the Jewish Chronicle: “I can think of few organisations which would be less appropriate to run a workshop in a school than the PSC.”
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    Looks like all that Israeli money pumping into the Conservative party is doing its work.
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    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23993812-michael-gove-bars-schools-from-palestinian-literary-festival.do

  • HRIMark

    It seems clear Werritty and Fox were conspiring to get up a war with Iran. But what about Libya? The two were supposedly on a skiing trip in Switzerland 17-21 February 2011. Who did they meet there? (Hillel Neuer of UN Watch or Sliman Bouchuiguir of the LLHR?) Were they involved in the drafting of the UN Watch “Urgent Appeal” released from Geneva on 20 February which got the whole intervention rolling? Was Werritty with Fox at the Herzliya conferences in 2010 and 2011 and how is he described in the participants list? In 2009 he was listed as Liam Fox’s advisor,of course.

  • Komodo

    If I’d corrected the figure on the link, you wouldn’t have been able to follow it! Gove was also on AB’s books, of course.

  • havantaclu

    And why am I not surprised – either by Gus O’Donnell, or the Charity Commission? Regarding the latter, I remember the raid that the Coal Board did on the charitable donations raised for the people of Aberfan – they took £150,000 without a cheep from the Charity Commissioners. To remove the tips that had already caused a disaster.

    Oh, and New Labour paid it back to the Aberfan fund twenty-five years later – £150,000 – but no interest.

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