‘More than 100 names have been put forward as possible heads of the Government’s child sex abuse inquiry, it has emerged.
Mark Sedwill, the Home Office’s top civil servant, confirmed that a final choice is unlikely to be put forward before January, however.
Mr Sedwill, the permanent secretary, said officials are already sifting the names put forward by victims’ groups and other sources.’
‘The family of a missing boy have been told by police that he may have been abducted, abused and murdered by a paedophile ring of leading establishment figures.
Martin Allen, the son of the chauffeur of a Australian high commissioner, went missing aged 15 from King’s Cross on his way to home in Kensington in November 1979.
His brother Kevin, 51, has said he was called by Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway of the Metropolitan Police on Friday, who told him she was investigating whether Martin’s disappearance is linked to an alleged ring made up of MPs and senior figures of authority.’
‘A former Ukip regional chairman has been jailed for almost five years for grooming children as young as 12 and possessing almost 200,000 indecent images of children.
Peter Entwistle, 52, called himself the ‘Naughty Doctor’ as he targeted pupils online using MSN Messenger and other social networks. The former chairman of the Bury branch of the UK Independence Party used an explicit picture of two women for his profile and spoke to a 13-year-old girl and a boy of 12, who he thought was girl, asking them to commit sexual acts for his own satisfaction.’
‘The verdict was one that America suspected had been coming for months, but the reaction – when it came – was still frenzied in its violence.
Within 30 minutes of the news that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, had decided a white police officer would not face criminal charges for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager, the suburb and surrounding areas of the city of St Louis had erupted.
At least one man died in a night of arson, looting, random gunfire and pitched battles, with heavily armed riot police unable to cope with the scale of the mayhem. Enraged protesters set fire to buildings and cars, and looted businesses in an orgy of violence and destruction.’
‘Police took to railway stations today to tell passengers what to do in the event of a Mumbai-style terrorist attack at one of Britain’s busy terminals.
The day after the government warned that the threat to Britain from Islamist fanatics was ‘greater than ever’, officers handed out leaflets telling the public to ‘run, hide and tell’ if they are caught up in an attack.
The flyer, which has been attacked as ‘scaremongering’ by critics, shows images of worried-looking people running down flights of stairs, cowering in the dark and anxiously talking on their mobile phones.’
‘Police are investigating members of the House of Lords after one peer, Lord Hanningfield, was found to have abused his Parliamentary expenses.
Lord Hanningfield, jailed for expenses fraud, was exposed for regularly ‘clocking in’ to the House of Lords to claim a £300 daily attendance allowance despite spending minutes inside.
When his activities came to light, Lord Hanningfield said: “I could name 50 other peers that do it.”’
‘Save the Children faces a revolt by its staff after it gave a “global legacy” award to Tony Blair.
More than 200 of the charity’s employees have signed an internal letter condemning the “morally reprehensible” decision to give the honour to the former prime minister at a ceremony in New York.
The move places in jeopardy the charity’s “credibility”, it warns.
Justin Forsyth, the charity’s UK chief executive, was a special adviser to Mr Blair for three years. His chief of staff, Jonathan Powell, sits on the board.’
‘Not as nice as he looks, David Mellor. The vainglorious former Tory Cabinet minister turned broadcaster is again in the mire.
The target of his sneering rudeness this time was a London taxi driver who failed to treat Mr Mellor with the respect he felt he deserved.
In the course of a five-mile journey, Mr Mellor swore at the driver repeatedly, boasted about his achievements and belittled the man for his comparatively low standing.’
‘David Cameron has long faced criticism over how he has made Downing Street far too close to internet giants since he became Prime Minister.
In summer, the concerns reached fever pitch when he appointed Joanna Shields, a former managing director of Facebook in Europe, to the Lords.
Despite the fact that the firm has avoided paying its UK taxes, there is even speculation that she could one day be granted a ministerial role.
The appointment deepened concerns that the Conservatives are too close to firms such as Facebook and Google and that they have the ear of the government on sensitive topics.’
‘Security officials made a string of blunders in tracking the fanatics who butchered Lee Rigby, an official report said yesterday.
Agents dismissed Michael Adebolajo as a drug dealer who was not a threat to national security weeks before the merciless killing outside Woolwich barracks in London in May 2013.
By that time, Adebolajo and his accomplice Michael Adebowale had featured in seven MI5 investigations.
Following a series of errors, including paperwork delays, neither of the Muslim converts was under intrusive surveillance at the time of the murder.’
‘Iain Duncan Smith has suffered another setback over his flagship universal credit scheme after spending watchdogs rejected his claim that it is providing value for money.
Only hours after the Work and Pensions Secretary predicted that the National Audit Office would confirm that his benefits shake-up was delivering value for taxpayers, the watchdog pointedly declined to do so in a report published today.’
‘France will not hand over the first of two state-of-the-art warships built for the Russians until Moscow halts its military action in Ukraine, the Elysée Palace has announced.
The Vladivostok has been undergoing sea trials with a Russian crew in the French Atlantic port of Saint-Nazaire and was due to be officially delivered this month.
However, Paris announced that the deal, which was opposed by the US and Russia’s Baltic neighbours and put on hold during the Ukraine crisis, was suspended until further notice.’
‘Ukraine’s Central Bank chief has divulged some shocking intel: its gold stockpile has reached a new nadir – almost zero. Since the beginning of the year, gold reserves have dropped nearly 16-fold, which begs the question, where did all of it go?
“Official statistics of the National Bank show that the amount of gold in the vaults drastically fell, and it is unclear where it went. At the beginning of this month, the volume of gold was about $1 billion, or 8 percent of the total gold reserves,” the head of Ukraine’s National Bank, Valeria Gontareva, said in an interview with Ukraine’s Kharkiv TV.
As of November 1, the latest available data, foreign currency reserves stood at $12.6 billion, which puts Ukraine’s national gold stockpile at just $123.6 million, ZeroHedge reported.’
‘It has been half a year since it was first revealed that the US has been sending non-lethal aid to the Ukraine: recall that it was in early June when Obama announced he had approved $5 million in body armor, night vision goggles and additional communications equipment for the Ukrainian military.
Since then the topic of whether or not to arm the Ukraine army in its civil war against the separatist eastern region has been a hot topic as recently as today, when VOA reported that “U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has condemned what he calls Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine, but stopped short of saying the United States will provide Ukraine with lethal aid… the White House nominee to fill the number two position at the State Department has said the United States should consider giving Ukraine lethal military equipment.”‘
‘In other words, all the world’s central banks would need to do to “liberate dormant liquidity” , held, as DB suggests, by private households in various “unwanted” troves of physical gold, and in the process also build up their gold holdings, would be to make said gold unattractive to hold.
And if that fails, well, FDR already showed the world how to deal with an intransingent public which does not want to part with its gold in Executive Order 6102, something which the Dutch Central Bank which also made the news recently when it secretly repatriated 122 tons of gold from the NY Fed, already did years ago when it advised pension funds to sell their gold: confiscation.’
‘top-level federal memo warning of a potential “violent act of terrorism in Canada” was distributed by the prime minister’s staff five days before last month’s attack on Parliament Hill, according to a copy obtained by CBC News.
The memo was circulated on the evening of Friday, Oct. 17 — three days before the Oct. 20 hit-and-run attack in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., by Martin Couture-Rouleau and five days before the Oct. 22 shooting in Ottawa by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.’
‘The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said it was “essential” for Congress to pass new Iran sanctions now that a deadline for nuclear talks has been extended.
“Congress delayed enacting additional sanctions over the past year to give negotiations a chance,” AIPAC said in a statement Monday after the world powers and Iran announced in Vienna that talks would be extended until June 30.
“It is now essential that Congress take up new bipartisan sanctions legislation to let Tehran know that it will face much more severe pressure if it does not clearly abandon its nuclear weapons program,” the pro-Israel lobbying group said. “We urge Congress to play its traditional and critical role to ensure that a final agreement truly eliminates any path for Iran to build a nuclear weapon.”’
‘A sophisticated piece of malware that has been used to spy on governments, research facilities and private businesses around the world may have been developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), The Intercept reported Tuesday.
“Having analyzed this malware and looked at the [US whistleblower Edward] Snowden documents, I’m convinced Regin is used by British and American intelligence services,” security expert at Fox-IT company Ronald Prins told The Intercept.’
‘As racially motivated attacks and growing incitement gripped Israel over the weekend, 23-year-old Waad Ghantous, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was not surprised at being verbally accosted in this mixed city, home to both Arabs and Jews on Israel’s northern coast.
“The racism is always present, but it’s much worse now than usual,” Ghantous, a social worker, told Al Jazeera.
Walking beside her mother recently as they ran errands in the city’s business district, Ghantous said, she wore a red-and-white chequered keffiyeh around her neck. “An older guy started yelling at me because of the keffiyeh,” Ghantous said, noting he was “very angry and aggressive”.’
‘Local cops are justifying their actions, but parents are outraged, because they believe that their children were unnecessarily traumatized and put in danger.
As reported by FOX 13, police in Winter Haven, Florida, say they will now change their policy after an active shooter drill at a middle school severely frightened both students and parents, none of whom were notified ahead of time that SWAT officers were going to burst into a classroom, guns drawn.’
‘If you’re someone who believes in personal (not government-provided) charity and who likes to make sure that as many homeless people as possible get a decent meal each day, good for you. But you might want to avoid Fort Lauderdale, Florida, because you could wind up with a hefty fine and some jail time.
According to reports, police in the city issued citations and further threatened to arrest two priests and a 90-year-old World War II vet for the “crime” of feeding homeless people. A group of bozos on the city council recently approved a measure making the sharing of food a citable offense. As reported by The Daily Sheeple:’
‘Covering war, empire, the national security state, and occasionally culture, TomDispatch features some of the best and most established progressive writers on the block, the likes of Barbara Ehrenreich, Noam Chomsky and Andrew Bacevich. Tom Dispatch has done so at a remarkably steady pace for over a decade, about 150 essays a year. AlterNet has been proud to publish virtually every article produced by TomDispatch, and we consider it an incredibly valuable resource. It’s mainly a one-man show with Tom Engelhardt, known far and wide as a writer’s editor for top-flight publishers, at the helm.
So it was a pleasure to spend a recent morning with Tom Engelhardt discussing his new book, Shadow Government (Haymarket, 2014), and how we will grapple with the worsening effects of the national security state.’
‘HRW statements about Ecuador’s policing are out of proportion compared to their statements about the disappeared students in Mexico.
The following two headlines are from news releases by Human Rights Watch (HRW) about two incidents that took place in September:’
‘There have been marches, vocal demonstrations, petitions, and laws banning GMOs, but the US is still lagging in the ‘democratic’ freedoms it has promised its people. Russia, on the other hand, has completely banned GMOs, placing a moratorium on their imports for 10 years. The nation rejects GMOs due to numerous dangers, while the US continues to allow Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, Syngenta, and their bullying kind to contrive a cold war on the American people.
The VP of Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety, Irina Ermakova, has said:
“It is necessary to ban GMOs, to impose moratorium (on) it for 10 years. While GMOs will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed. It has been proven that not only in Russia, but also in many other countries in the world, GMOs are dangerous. Methods of obtaining the GMOs are not perfect, therefore, at this stage,all GMOs are dangerous. Consumption and use of GMOs obtained in such way can lead to tumors, cancers and obesity among animals. Bio-technologies certainly should be developed, but GMOs should be stopped. We should stop it from spreading. ”’
‘The Congressional Black Caucus has slammed a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer who shot dead a black teenager in August, saying the ruling “is a slap in the face to Americans”.
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which is an organization representing the African American members of the US Congress, called the decision a “miscarriage of justice” in a written statement issued on Monday night.
The statement came minutes after St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch said that Darren Wilson would not be indicted and that he would not even face charges for killing the 18-year-old Michael Brown.’
”Israel has threatened to arrest the Palestinian activists who post anti-Israeli remarks on Facebook, Press TV reports.
In the latest wave of crackdown on Palestinian activists, Tel Aviv has vowed to take legal action against those who post anti-Israeli remarks on Facebook.
Last week, 32-year-old Mahmoud Asila from the Old City of al-Quds was arrested for what the Israeli regime called incitement and spreading violent propaganda.
‘Bahrani troops have attacked people protesting the Al Khalifa regime security forces’ storming of a prominent cleric’s home, amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent.
On Tuesday, the regime’s forces used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse protesters gathered on the streets of Diraz and Sadad, denouncing the raid on the house of Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Ahmed Qassem on Saturday.
Witnesses said the regime forces took photos of the ID cards of all those present in the house in Diraz, west of the capital Manama.’