‘Emwazi is said to be the executioner in a number of ISIS videos, according to the U.S. government. The legitimacy of the beheading productions are disputed by experts.
According to The Daily Mail, Emwazi claimed the “MI5 knew ‘everything about me; where I lived, what I did, and the people I hanged around with’ and claimed the organization attempted to ‘turn’ him to work for them.”
Emwazi claimed to have been harassed and intimidated by security services in 2009 when he flew to Tanzania with friends on a safari. He was arrested in Dar es Salaam and sent back to Britain. In a stop over in Amsterdam, however, an MI5 agent allegedly accused him of trying to reach Somalia to join the terrorist group Al Shabaab.
According to the Daily Mail, Emwazi filed a harassment claim with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.’
‘Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has come back from the UAE, and is reported to have racked up nearly 20 contracts on the supply of weaponry to Ukraine.
During his visit to Abu Dhabi, UAE on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that he had signed a weapons deal with the Persian Gulf nation, without providing any more details.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has returned home from the IDEX-2015 arms expo, where he was reported to have signed nearly 20 contracts for the supply of weapons with various suppliers.
But the details of Ukraine’s purchases remain murky, and experts have questioned the timing and necessity of the purchases.’
‘An anti-government demonstration in downtown Kiev escalated in scuffles on Wednesday afternoon, with 1,000 people already taking part in the event. The clashes between National Guard troops, deployed near the central metro station Arsenalnaya, and the participants of a nationalist demonstration erupted after police had arrested several protesters.
Protesters are throwing Molotov cocktails at the building of the Prosecutor-General’s Office, saying that’s just a “warning signal.” Major police and National Guard forces have been deployed to the centre of the city.’
‘”A year or so on from the last coup in Ukraine, Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Sergey Arbuzov told TASS, with growing popular discontent, “another state coup can’t be ruled out in Ukraine.” As the cease-fire deal hangs torn and tattered in the Debaltseve winds, the nation is a mess: a new gas dispute looms as Gazprom demands upfront payments; capital controls have been tightened as the $17.5bn IMF loan may not be enough; and the central bank governor faces prosecution as the economy craters.
All of these factors have driven massive outflows from Ukraine and the Hryvnia has crashed to over 33 to the USD – a record high (and 70% devaluation from the last coup).”‘
‘Jimmy Savile abused 63 people connected to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, but one formal complaint was ignored, an independent report has found.
It found Savile’s reputation as a “sex pest” was an “open secret” among some staff – but allegations probably did not reach managers.
The formal complaint – made in 1977 by a victim’s father – should have been reported to police, it added.
A separate report said “elements of the Savile story” could happen again.’
‘The investigation into historic sex offences against Sir Cliff Richard has expanded and now includes more than one allegation, South Yorkshire Police (SYP) have said.
Richard, 74, was questioned, but not arrested, last year over allegations he sexually assaulted a boy under the age of 16 at a religious rally in Sheffield in 1985.
South Yorkshire’s chief constable David Crompton said the investigation into the veteran singer has now “increased significantly in size” since his home was first raided by officers last August.
Crompton said he has written letter to Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, to say he could not give a definite date when the investigation would be concluded, but the force is in regular contact with Richard.’
‘The former Colorado police chief who led the investigation into the murder of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has admitted that officers botched the initial handling of the crime scene.
Mark Beckner, former chief of the Boulder Police Department, gave his most extensive comments on the case to date in an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session on Reddit on Saturday. But he has since said that he had no idea he was speaking on a public forum, and that he regretted his ‘naivete’.
‘I talked to the organizer, and my impression was that this was a members-only type group that talked about unsolved mysteries all around the world,’ Beckner, 59, told the Daily Camera.
Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her family’s home on December 26, 1996, hours after her mother, Patsy Ramsey, called 911 to say her daughter was missing and a ransom note demanding $118,000 had been found.’
‘The BBC allegedly wasted £500,000 on a documentary featuring ‘dynamite’ interviews with Princess Diana – but later shelved it because it did not want to upset the monarchy, it has been claimed.
According to the director behind a controversial documentary about the Princess of Wales, the BBC went on to give a misleading account of why the programme was not broadcast.
The Corporation said at the time that Diana: Her Story, Her Words, due to be broadcast on the tenth anniversary of her death, did not sufficiently add to the story of Diana’s life.
But, in another controversial documentary being aired tonight, it is claimed the BBC stopped its broadcast amid fears it would upset the Royal Family close to Prince’s Charles 60th birthday.’
‘A Dumbarton lollipop man has been banned by the local council from “high-fiving” children as they cross the road.
Nkosana Mdikane, 74, is known as “Scotland’s happiest lollipop man” due to his singing and dancing at work.
West Dunbartonshire Council said safety fears were behind the decision.
But school parents have questioned the council’s reasoning, with one father David Dufton starting a Facebook campaign to try to reverse the move.’
‘Increased surveillance in Britain, along with the reduction of access to justice, have contributed to one of the worst assaults on human rights in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall, according to a damning assessment by Amnesty International.
In its annual State of the World’s Human Rights report published today, Amnesty says the Coalition had rushed through legislation such as anti-terror measures and invasive surveillance powers without adequate time for parliamentary debate.
The NGO condemns David Cameron for not only “leading the charge” in attacking the European Convention on Human Rights, but also for passing legislation that, while designed to increase public safety, has come at the cost of basic civil liberties.’
‘The history of Europe is being taught to pupils in a ‘distorted’ way in order to promote the EU, a leading British historian has claimed.
Professor David Abulafia, of Cambridge University, said the ‘soft push’ for further European integration that had been seen in French and German education was beginning to ‘creep in’ to British classrooms.
He joins television historian David Starkey and Professors Richard Shannon and Robert Tombs in launching a campaign, Historians for Britain, calling for a fundamental redrawing of the UK’s relationship with Europe.’
‘The contents of a secret report by Israel’s Mossad spy agency on Iran’s nuclear programme leaked to the media this week are shocking and predictable in equal measure.
Shocking because the report reveals that the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has spent years trying to convince the international community and Israelis that Tehran is racing towards building a nuclear bomb, when evidence presented by his own spies suggests the opposite.
Predictable because since early 2011 Israel’s security establishment has been screaming as loudly as any secret service realistically could that Netanyahu was not to be trusted on the Iran issue.
The significance of the leak is not just historical, given that Netanyahu is still trying to scaremonger about an Iranian threat and undermine negotiations between western powers and Tehran.’
‘The Iranian nuclear program has brought Saudi Arabia and Israel closer, according to a report in Israeli media.
Saudi Arabia has now offered to let Israeli fighter jets use its airspace to attack Iran when necessary, in exchange for Israel making progress in the peace talks with Palestinians, a senior European source told Israeli Channel 2.
“The Saudi authorities are completely coordinated with Israel on all matters related to Iran,” the European official in Brussels said.’
‘Arnon Milchan, the producer of the film 12 Years A Slave, just won an Oscar. However, what is not being reported in Hollywood gossip columns is his alleged life as a secret agent.
Producer Arnon Milchan is a citizen of Israel and has close ties to the leadership of the Israel Labor party. FBI documents also suggest he is a foreign spy who illegally exported US nuclear tech. Arnon Milchan owned a trading company that was allegedly used to smuggle high tech triggering devices for nuclear weapons to Israel. The FBI believes 800 of these triggers were illegally sent to Israel.’
‘Britain’s newly appointed ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, served as Tony Blair’s private secretary from 2004 to 2006. His appointment has sparked controversy as critics consider his foreign policy legacy.
Quarry worked as a private assistant to Tony Blair during the ex-Labour chief’s decade-long premiership. He subsequently became head of the Foreign Office’s Middle East and North Africa department.
At one time, Tony Blair was one of Britain’s most popular prime ministers. But in the wake of damning allegations concerning Britain’s eight-year war in Iraq, the former PMandMiddle East peace envoy – is reviled by many in Britain.’
‘UK Prime Minister David Cameron has made a name for himself when it comes to supporting yet more wars abroad, including events in Libya, Syria and now Ukraine. But more often than not, such warmongering has come back to bite Britain.’
‘Net migration to Britain is now higher than it was when David Cameron took office despite his “no ifs, not buts” promise to cut it to “tens of thousands” by this May’s general election, new official figures are expected to show on Thursday.
The last set of quarterly migration figures before the general election are now widely expected to show that Cameron and the home secretary, Theresa May, have spectacularly missed their politically sensitive target to reduce net migration below 100,000 by this May.
The figures to be published on Thursday are now expected to show that it has actually risen above its original level of 244,000 when they took office in May 2010 and promised to cut it by more than 60%.’
‘The term ‘GM food’ should be abandoned, say politicians who are calling for an extraordinary rebranding exercise.
MPs on the science and technology select committee has demanded a ‘reframing of the public conversation’ about genetically modified food.
In an inflammatory report today, it says the GM label has become a ‘lightning rod’ for fears about designer crops.’
‘A schoolboy who had his hair cut like football idol Sergio Aguero has been ordered to wear a hat in lessons or stay home until it grows back, his family claim.
Ten-year-old Tom Moseley was told his short back and sides hairstyle, modelled on the Manchester City striker’s look, was too extreme by staff St Gilbert’s Primary School in Winton, Eccles, and he was removed from school on his birthday.
His family say they were told he could either return to classes when his hair had grown, restyle it or wear a hat at all times.’
‘Under the glare of the Saharan sun, a U.S. special forces trainer corrects the aim of a Chadian soldier as he takes cover behind a Toyota pick-up and fires at a target with his AK47 — a drill that could soon save his life.
Chad is sending hundreds of troops to fight Boko Haram in neighboring Nigeria as part of a regional offensive against the Islamist group, which killed an estimated 10,000 people last year in a campaign to carve an Islamic emirate from the north of Africa’s largest oil producer.
At the end of the exercise, a U.S. trainer shows the 85 Chadians the paper target peppered with bullet holes – many of them outside the drawing of a gunman. “Not so great,” he says and orders them to do a round of push-ups — in which American, Italian and Belgian trainers all take part, laughing.’
‘The BBC licence fee should be replaced by a broadcasting levy on all households with additional “subscription” payments a possibility, an influential committee of MPs has found.
The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has called for the BBC Trust’s system of governance to be scrapped and recommended radical reforms to the corporation’s funding.’
HSBC ‘Fatcat’ and Chairman Douglas Flint
‘The men at the top of HSBC lamented the “horrible reputational damage” their bank has suffered over revelations about its Swiss unit’s role in helping wealthy clients to avoid paying their tax as they faced MPs yesterday.
In an attempt to demonstrate at least some humility for a scandal that has ravaged the bank’s international image, chief executive Stuart Gulliver and chairman Douglas Flint repeated apologies for the bank’s conduct – but with rather less qualification than on previous occasions – as they appeared before the Treasury Select Committee.
With the authorities in Belgium, France and the US preparing prosecutions, however, many may feel those apologies do not go far enough.’
‘The President will today take questions from undocumented immigrants and supporters of the Amnesty program in a closed and scripted event that is being ludicrously billed as a public “town hall” meeting.
In reality, the event will serve as a propaganda broadcast to sell the American public on executive action to sweepingly grant legal status up to 5 million illegal immigrants.’
‘A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years.
Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body and claims the procedures needed to carry out the operation are not far off.
Canavero hopes to assemble a team to explore the radical surgery in a project he is due to launch at a meeting for neurological surgeons in Maryland this June.
He has claimed for years that medical science has advanced to the point that a full body transplant is plausible, but the proposal has caused raised eyebrows, horror and profound disbelief in other surgeons.’
‘Luc Besson’s Lucy is a movie about a woman who unlocked the full, 100% potential of her brain power instead of the 10% humans reportedly use. While many viewers were confused by the movie’s odd mix of pseudo-science and action scenes, the core of the movie lies in a whole other realm: It is about the Luciferian philosophy of the occult elite and its futuristic pendant, transhumanism.’
Hudson river, New York
‘Yet another bitterly cold, snowy winter is destroying alarmist global warming claims, proving once again that over-the-top global warming predictions are proving no more scientifically credible than snake oil.
This morning, stunning photos show New England lobster boats frozen in port, looking like they are stranded deep within the Arctic Circle. The boats have been frozen in place for weeks, which would be remarkable enough if this were the middle of January. However, the calendar is about to turn to March.
Connecticut is experiencing its coldest February in recorded history. So is Michigan. So is Toronto. Cleveland and Chicago are experiencing their second coldest February in recorded history. Frigid and record cold temperatures are being set from Key West to International Falls. At the same time, blizzard after blizzard is burying much of the nation with record winter snow totals, with winter snowfall records beings set from Boston to Denver.’
‘The number of ‘zero hour contract’ jobs has soared by 400,000 in just six months – with many people having to take on more than one to make ends meet, new figures have revealed.
There were 1.8million jobs without any guarantee of work in August last year – up from 1.4million in January.
The number of people whose main job was a zero-hours contract has also soared to 697,000 in the quarter to December, up from 586,000 in the same period in 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics.’
‘The people in question apparently hand-delivered a letter to the South African financy ministry, threatening to attack the country’s banking and financial sector if the government did not shut down the anti-Israel campaign in South Africa within 30 days and remove and prosecute certain people linked with the campaign.
They claimed to have been partly responsible for the Stuxnet worm that sabotaged Iranian uranium enrichment facilities about five years ago – widely believed to be the work of the Americans and Israelis – and the associated Flame malware that was used to spy on targets in the Middle East. The group said they still had access to Mossad technologies and resources.’
‘I travel frequently to Palestine. Usually, I avoid tourist attractions but last year I decided to make a short trip to the Dead Sea. Searching for a place to stay, I checked the travel website Booking.com.
Immediately, I felt uneasy. Could some of the hotels it had listed be located in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank?
Rather than making a reservation, I drove to one of these hotels. Although the address given for the Kalia Kibbutz Hotel on Booking.com indicates that it is inside present-day Israel, the truth is quite different. It can be found within Kalia, a settlement in the West Bank that is one of the main shareholders in the cosmetics company Ahava.’
“Do the crime, do the time,” goes the old saying.
‘Unless, of course, the criminals are corporate executives. In those cases, the culprits are practically always given a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.
Even the corporate crimes that produce horrible injuries, illnesses, and deaths are routinely settled by fines and payoffs. There’s often no punishment at all for the honchos who oversee what amount to crime-for-profit syndicates.
The only bit of justice in these settlements is that some of them have become quite large, with regulators imposing multibillion-dollar “punitive damages” to deter the perpetrators from doing it again.
Yet the same bad corporate actors keep at it.’
‘With one of their own on the chopping block for lying to the public, mainstream media pundits Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, have suddenly become devout Bible scholars. The duo recently came out in defense of shamed NBC News anchor Brian Williams, claiming that he should be held to a “different standard” from everyone else, presumably because of his celebrity status.
According to CNS News, Brzezinski believes that Williams “is one of the few people on the face of the earth who is held to a different standard” from everyone else. Scarborough, her colleague, agrees, having added that everyone makes “bad mistakes” and that Williams’ career shouldn’t be marked by “one or two or three mistakes.”‘
‘In a recent decision, the European Court of Justice ruled that environmental non-governmental organizations and other NGOs possess no right to file actions with the court, meaning they cannot legally oppose any European Union institution — though profiteering global corporations have had, and will continue to have, access to court.
As noted in a press release from the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), the ruling has serious implications in that groups opposed to GMO crops, for example, now appear to have been shut out of the judicial process.’
‘All the mass hysteria in the mainstream media over Disneyland measles is blinding the public to the fact that MMR, the official vaccine for this generally mild, low-risk disease, actively spreads measles. And like all other vaccines, MMR permanently damages a child’s immune system, warns a prominent medical doctor who says the vaccine “doesn’t work as advertised.”
Dr. Robert Rowen was fortunate enough to have grown up before the advent of MMR, emphasizing that he was “blessed” to have had natural measles, as well as chickenpox, rubella, mumps and various other conditions as a child. He lived, of course, and now no longer has to worry about ever contracting any of these diseases again, thanks to the lifelong immunity he developed.’
‘Cleanup crews trying to mitigate Japan’s never-ending radiation crisis at Fukushima ran into more problems recently after sensors monitoring a drainage gutter detected a huge spike in radiation levels from wastewater pouring into the Pacific Ocean.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company says radiation levels were up to 70 times, or 7,000 percent, higher than normal, prompting an immediate shutdown of the drainage instrument. The first readings came around 10 a.m. local time on February 22, setting off alarms not once but twice as radiation levels spiked to extremely high levels.’
‘Oklahoma Republican State Rep. Sally Kern is notorious for being one of the nation’s most hateful anti-gay lawmakers; in 2011, she said that homosexuality is “more dangerous” than terrorism because it’s more present in our day-to-day lives.
Sadly, Kern has successfully managed to win a number of her colleagues over to her views. Her bill that would allow the abusive practice of gay conversion therapy was successfully passed out of the Oklahoma House Children, Youth, and Family Services committee along a 5-3 vote, ensuring that it will advance to the full House.’
‘In recent years, the role of the radical artist in Israeli society has become increasingly contentious. Top politicians have called to cut off funding to actors who refuse to perform in the occupied West Bank, and at least one arts fund now demands its recipients pledge national loyalty. But no Israeli artist has provoked more furor and political pushback than 31-year-old actress, playwright and Internet celebrity Natali Cohen Vaxberg.
In November 2014, Cohen Vaxberg was jailed overnight, placed under house arrest for days, prohibited from using the Internet for weeks, and had her computers confiscated for months. She currently stands accused of “defiling a national symbol” after she uploaded a series of videos in which she and her friend and artistic partner defecated on dozens of national flags, including Israel’s star and bars.’
‘States and municipalities throughout the United States are engaged in a frontal assault on the pension benefits of current and retired public employees. These attacks are proceeding with complete disregard for the law, riding roughshod over state constitutional protections safeguarding pension benefits that employees have earned over decades of toil.
Earlier this month, Judge Christopher Klein signed a confirmation order allowing the city of Stockton, California to go ahead with its plan to slash workers’ retirement benefits as part of a deal to exit bankruptcy. The agreement will eliminate health care benefits for municipal retirees while cutting pension benefits for new-hires and increasing employee pension payments.’
‘Ousted Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh has amassed and transferred billions of dollars out of the world’s most impoverished Arab country through “corrupt practices”, a UN panel says.
In a report to the UN Security Council released on Wednesday, the UN experts said the money, amounted to between $32 billion and $60 billion, was gained through corruption during his 33-year rule over Yemen.
The experts said the money was stashed in at least 20 countries and they were continuing an investigation to find those who abetted the former dictator.’
‘Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has met with a delegation of French parliamentarians in the capital Damascus.
The delegation was headed by French Senator Jean-Pierre Vial, Chairman of the Syrian-French friendship Committee, the Syrian Arab News Agency, SANA, reported on Wednesday.
The two sides discussed the Syrian-French relations, the regional and international developments and challenges facing the Arab and European regions, particularly those related to terrorism.
Members of the delegation stressed the desire of many of French parliamentarians to visit Syria to witness the developments on the ground in person, and relay the realities of the country to the French people.’
‘Israel has enforced severe measures against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad prisoners, transferring them from Raymond jail in Negev desert to Ela prison in Be’er Sheva.
The punishments include solitary confinement for 21 days and fines of up to 450 shekels for each prisoner, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Israeli forces stormed Section 3 of Raymond prison, preventing inmates from leaving their rooms in order to punish them for expressing solidarity with Jihad detainees.’
‘Russian President Vladimir Putin has harshly reacted to a decision by Kiev to switch off gas supplies to the war-ravaged eastern parts of Ukraine, saying the move is clearly ‘smacks of genocide’.
Putin said Wednesday that cutting off gas supplies to the people in Donetsk region, who have already been hit by huge plights such as hunger and displacement, bears the hallmarks of genocide.
“It’s not enough that there’s already hunger there, and the OSCE (the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) has reported a humanitarian catastrophe, but then to switch off their gas supplies too! What do you call that? That already smacks of genocide,” Putin said during a meeting with President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades in Moscow.’