‘A victim of the alleged Dolphin Square sex ring claims he witnessed boys as young as eight being forced to perform horrifying sex acts by military figures and politicians.
The man, named only as David, said he was threatened and coerced into having paid sex with a group of influential men during a three month stay in London in 1975, while he was just 20, and while high on drink and drugs.
He claims that he was paid for sex at VIP parties with Conservative politicians and people in the business, legal and military world.’
‘Israel’s war with Hamas last summer left more than 1,200 Palestinians dead and reduced the Gaza Strip to rubble. Tel Aviv has maintained that much of the damage resulted from Hamas’s use of civilians as human shields, but a recent report consisting of testimonies from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) tells a very different story.
The report was released by the Israeli human rights NGO Breaking the Silence, made up of active and reserve duty soldiers. The group’s mission is to shed light on the IDF’s war practices.
Titled “This is How we Fought in Gaza,” the report paints an alarming picture of how the Israeli military’s lenient and permissive rules of engagement led to the senseless death of unarmed civilians and much of the carnage in the Gaza Strip, during the 50-day “Operation Protective Edge.”‘
‘Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to the defense of Ehud Olmert as a character witness in the corruption trial against the former Israeli premier in the country’s Supreme Court.
In a retrial in March, Olmert was convicted of receiving $600,000 (£400,000) in cash-stuffed envelopes between 1993 and 2002 from an American businessman, Morris Talansky. The prosecution asked for a prison sentence of between eight and 18 months.’
‘Ukraine is a US-installed Nazi-infested fascist police state. Press freedom is banned. Criticizing government policy risks arrest, torture, imprisonment or death.
Last year, independent journalist/RT International stringer Graham Phillips received death threats. Right Sector thugs put a $10,000 bounty on his head.
He was maliciously called a Russian spy. He was arrested, held incommunicado. Later freed, he’s lucky to be alive.
So are Russian journalists Oleg Sidyankin and Marat Saichenko. They were detained several days, brutally treated and threatened with death.’
‘In Kiev alone, 95% of working-age men are evading military service, using a variety of methods from bribery to fleeing to other countries.
Evasion of conscription in Ukraine has skyrocketed, the German newspaper Handelsblatt reported.
Companies are struggling to find a false excuse for their employees in order to help them avoid military service. The illegal business is thriving, with doctors trading medical certificates and travel agencies organizing “special trips” for those seeking to leave the country.
Residents of Western Ukraine usually flee to Europe, while men from eastern provinces go to Russia, the article said.’
‘A judge due to rule on whether a cancer sufferer can be evicted from his home for falling behind on his mortgage will give his verdict via email after angry protesters mobbed the court.
Judge Nigel Godsmark QC has told grandfather-of-two Tom Crawford, 64, that he will receive his judgement electronically over fears that giving it in court could start a riot.
Mr Crawford has been battling the bailiffs over claims he still owes £43,000 in outstanding mortgage repayments since 2007.’
‘Greece has revealed it is to introduce a surcharge for all cashpoint withdrawals and financial transactions in a desperate attempt to prevent citizens withdrawing their money from the country’s beleaguered banks.
Ministers hope the controversial move could raise as much as €180 million, which the Athens government hopes will help the country avoid defaulting on debts owed to international creditors.
As the Greek economy teeters on the verge of bankruptcy, millions of panicking citizens have completely cleared their accounts – pulling more than €28 billion out of banks and pushing the total cash revenue held in the country’s financial institutions to a 10-year low.’
‘Men have been manipulated for millennia by the governing class through the technique of fear through internal and external threats. While it is true that in tribal societies the external (and sometimes internal) threat was very real, the extent of the plebian mind remained in the dialectic of “we good, they bad.”
Today man is no different, but what is different is that the halls and levers of power are less visible than in ancient civilizations. The average American in our day can watch Game of Thrones where political elites manipulate their underlings and one another on a daily basis, yet remain ever unable to translate this into the real world.
Some years back, I wrote a piece on engineered revolution, where I explain how the philosophy of revolution is a faith-based system – a technology for destabilization and transformation. At the time of the “Arab Spring” and concomitant “color revolutions,” I wrote:’
‘For all Russell Brand’s platitudes about rejecting the presiding establishment, he ends up settling for one of the two major parties. Ed Miliband’s Labour, apparently because they are slightly less horrible than the Tories.
This is a consistent pattern with fake revolutions. There is an underlying dissatisfaction amongst the young, and in racial and cultural minorities that cannot be turned around through traditional politicking. So what the powers that be do is co-opt this grumbling. If they’re smart they can make the same old rubbish sound like a spontaneous, grass-roots uprising. In the end, the naive members of this movement vote for whom they see as the less-bad candidate.’
‘NHS doctors who work in private healthcare “on the side” are directly harming the health service, a senior consultant has said.
In a confessional article in medical journal the BMJ, cardiologist Dr John Dean said that he had stopped working in the private sector after realising the “direct adverse effects on the NHS”.
Many experienced NHS doctors run or work in a private practice alongside their NHS work. There are no rules against it in principle but consultant contracts stipulate there must be no conflict of interest between NHS and private work.
However, Dr Dean, who has himself supplemented his main income from Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust with private work, writes that any time spent in the private sector deprives the NHS of consultants’ hours, and warned that private practice creates “a perverse incentive” to increase NHS waiting times.’
‘All 3,000 state-funded secondary schools in the country should allow pupils to stay overnight particularly inner-city schools blighted by knife crime because of its “civilising” influence, the outgoing master of Wellington College has said.
Sir Anthony Seldon said there is a “fundamental misconception” of state boarding that is “pretty grim”. He cited the work of Sebastian Faulks, a former Wellington pupil, whose work has included cases of “heads down the toilets”.
However, Sir Anthony said the introduction of boarding in rough state schools would make pupils from troubled backgrounds feel more “part of the community” in a “homely place”.’
‘The United Nations, the World Health Organization and Nepalese authorities have announced efforts to vaccinate some 500,000 children against measles amid last week’s earthquake that killed more than seven thousand people.
Claiming a measles epidemic could sweep through temporary makeshift villages erected in the wake of the earthquake, Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population, alongside Unicef and WHO workers, “scrambled medical teams to the most densely populated areas to start vaccinating under-fives against measles,” reports The Mirror.
In a statement Monday, Nepalese Unicef Representative Tomoo Hozumi said the squalid state of tent cities provides optimal conditions for the contagion to spread.’
‘Internal traffic data from Infowars.com suggests that Alexa is fixing its rankings system to target conservative and anti-Obama administration news websites while artificially boosting the rankings of pro-government leftist media outlets.
The controversy first arose last year when both Infowars and World Net Daily noticed that despite internal traffic reports from several different sources showing that traffic was on the increase, Alexa’s publicly available statistics showed a massive and unexplained drop-off in traffic from August 2014 onwards.
Alexa rankings are important because they gauge the popularity of news websites that compete with each other as well as providing analytics for potential advertisers.’
‘The global market for oncology drugs increased 10.3 percent last year and may reach $147 billion by 2018, according to IMS Health. Spending is rising due to better treatments and higher survival rates.
Global spending on cancer medication in 2014 rose to $100 billion, up from $75 billion four years ago, according to the Global Oncology Trend Report 2015, released Tuesday by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
“The increased prevalence of most cancers, earlier treatment initiation, new medicines and improved outcomes are all contributing to the greater demand for oncology therapeutics around the world,” said Murray Aitken, IMS Health senior vice president and executive director of the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.’
‘In a tiny corner of Eastern Europe, a fledgling Republic struggling with the day-to-day hurdles of warfare and shaky ceasefires, has succeeded in doing what has long been overdue in the most powerful nation on the face of the earth – it has nationalized its out-of-control banks and put them to use for the good of the people.
While the DPR was not faced with a privatized central bank such as the United States and other nations due to the fact that DPR is a breakaway bloc and a new nation separated from the Kiev central bank, it was nonetheless host to a number of larger banking institutions that not only parasitized the people of DPR and Ukraine but also did nothing to improve the infrastructure of these areas or the living standards of the people there.’
‘A spate of bright lights and strange moving objects in Auckland’s night sky have left residents of the New Zealand capital wondering whether there really is alien life out there.
The latest incident happened on Tuesday night when a local spotted a ‘blazing’ object which streaked across the night sky, leaving a lingering fog in the area.
The sightings are the latest in follow is one of more than a dozen in the last year. While many are attributing the bright night lights to meteors or satellites, others are adamant the strange light shows are further evidence of alien visitors visiting earth.’
‘Religion has been waning in influence for several centuries, especially in Europe and North America. There have been a few brief and local revivals, but in recent years the pace of decline has accelerated.
Today one of the largest categories of religious affiliation in the world—with more than a billion people—is no religion at all, the “Nones.” One out of six Americans is already a None; by 2050, the figure will be one out of four, according to a new Pew Research Center study. Churches are being closed by the hundreds, deconsecrated and rehabilitated as housing, offices, restaurants and the like, or just abandoned.
If this trend continues, religion largely will evaporate, at least in the West. Pockets of intense religious activity may continue, made up of people who will be more sharply differentiated from most of society in attitudes and customs, a likely source of growing tension and conflict.’
‘A toxic chemical used in the controversial drilling practice known as fracking has been detected in the drinking-water supply of Pennsylvania homeowners, according to a paper published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the chemical—2-Butoxyethanol or 2BE, known to have caused tumors in rodents—showed up as “white foam,” which one researcher “likened to dishwashing suds.”‘
‘A United Nations official has called for a moratorium on secret negotiations over a United States-European Union “free trade” deal, citing concerns that the corporate tribunals likely to be included in the final pact would boost the power of multinationals at the expense of democracy and human rights.
Alfred de Zayas, the UN’s independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, made the statements in an interview with The Guardian published Monday. He took aim at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement, which would be the largest “free trade” deal in world history, as the U.S. and E.U. together account for nearly half of global GDP.
“We don’t want a dystopian future in which corporations and not democratically elected governments call the shots,” said de Zayas, a U.S.-based lawyer and historian born in Cuba. “We don’t want an international order akin to post-democracy or post-law.”‘
‘New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam Skelos, were arrested on Monday on federal corruption charges. Accused of committing fraud, extortion, and accepting bribes, Skelos allegedly abused his official position to solicit nearly $220,000 in payments to his son. After NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested in January for accepting roughly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks, Adam purchased a burner phone and naively shared the number with a confidential informant working with the FBI.’
A federal judge threw out claims by a California man who became a media sensation after he found a government GPS tracker in his car.
‘Yasir Afifi says he was due for an oil change in October 2010 when he discovered the GPS device. Based on feedback he received after uploading photos of the device onto the Internet, Afifi determined that it was government issued.
FBI agents descended on Afifi’s apartment that day, and two unmarked vehicles followed Afifi when he went out, his amended complaint alleges. When the agents pulled him over, they allegedly admitted that the bureau had been tracking Afifi’s movements. Afifi says he turned over the tracker as these agents inquired as to whether he was a ‘threat to national security’ and if he had traveled to Yemen.
The encounter allegedly ended with Kanaan informing Afifi that the bureau did not consider him a security threat and he returned the GPS device to the agents.’
‘Herd immunity! Where have I heard that idiomatic, epidemiologic term before? Oh yes! It’s the U.S. CDC and FDA’s Raison de’ Être for vaccines. Recent demographics for pertussis, or whooping cough, coming out of Washington state prove that herd immunity is nothing short of bunko science, and that Big Pharma’s vaccines really don’t work, or medically speaking, aren’t efficacious.
According to the Seattle Times article, “As whooping cough grows, study finds vaccines wane”
An analysis of Washington state’s 2012 pertussis epidemic, the worst since 1942, found that the vaccine to prevent the disease waned sharply and quickly in teens who were fully inoculated. [A very damning observation, I’d say.]‘
‘A former chief inspector was part of an internal police group tasked with blaming football fans for the Hillsborough disaster, a court has heard.
Some 96 Liverpool fans died as a result of the 1989 disaster. John Barry and Mark Ellaby gave evidence to fresh inquests into their deaths last week.
They were on a part time business course with then chief inspector Norman Bettison at the time of the disaster.
John Barry described being in a pub with Bettison. He told the court, “Norman said, ‘I’ve been asked by my senior officers to pull together the South Yorkshire Police (SYP) evidence for the inquiry and we’re going to try and concoct a story that all of the Liverpool fans were drunk and that we were afraid they were going to break down the gates so we decided to open them.”’
‘The Executive Director of Greenpeace India, Samit Aich, today addressed his staff to prepare them for the imminent shutdown of the organization after 14 years in the country.
“I just made one of the hardest speeches of my life, but my staff deserve to know the truth. We have one month left to save Greenpeace India from complete shutdown, and to fight MHA’s [Ministry of Home Affairs] indefensible decision to block our domestic accounts.”
Greenpeace India has one month left to fight for its survival with the threat of an imminent shutdown looming large. The NGO has been left with funds for staff salaries and office costs that will last for just about a month. Calling it “strangulation by stealth,” Greenpeace India challenged the Home Minister to stop using arbitrary penalties and confirm that he is trying to shut Greenpeace India down because of its successful campaigns.’
‘On March 26, without much fanfare or attention from U.S. media, the Spanish government ended freedom of assembly. In the face of popular opposition (80 percent of Spaniards oppose it), the upper house passed the Citizens’ Security Law.
Under the provision, which goes into effect on July 1, police will have the discretionary ability to hand out fines up to $650,000 to “unauthorized” demonstrators who protest near a transport hub or nuclear power plant. They will be allowed to issue fines of up to $30,000 for taking pictures of police during protest, failing to show police ID, or just gathering in an unauthorized way near government buildings.
The law doesn’t technically outlaw protest, but it’s hard to see what difference that makes in practice. Imagine if the NYPD, without judicial oversight, could give $650,000 fines to every Black Lives Matter protester participating in a die-in at Grand Central. Never mind that they could never pay: Would anyone have come back day after day, racking up millions of dollars more in fines?’
‘A class action lawsuit coming out of California could deal another hard blow to the infamous Monsanto Corporation. The lawsuit is pointing out what – that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is killing not only plants but also targeting specific enzymes in the microbiome of the human gut.
The more we apply glyphosate in agriculture and on lawns, the greater its residue in food products. Ultimately glyphosate residue makes its way into our gut and kills important species of bacteria that we depend on to stay healthy. The good bacteria colonies are responsible for regulating our immune system and helping it respond to invading pathogens. These bacteria help the body break down nutrients and also protect the gut wall from being penetrated by other toxins.’
‘A leading scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention whose noted “Denmark Study” ostensibly disproved any link between vaccines and autism as well as additional neurological disorders is now fleeing justice with nearly $2 million he allegedly was to spend on research.
As first reported in April 2011 by Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, Dr. Poul Thorsen was indicted by a federal grand jury in Atlanta on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and defrauding research institutions of grant money.
That report came after a May 2010 report in The Huffington Post noting that Thorsen fled with the money as Danish police launched an investigation into alleged fraud involving millions of taxpayer dollars over time.’
‘Junk food makes people happy and therefore must must be good, regardless of all that pesky science that says otherwise.
That is essentially what billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett said recently after buying into a number of junk food companies that manufacture many products that he frequently consumes.
As reported by Bloomberg News, Buffett – whose Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is the largest investor in Coca-Cola (he likes Cherry Cokes) and owns See’s Candies – reaffirmed earlier confidence in the market for junk food and other sugar-filled treats despite the fact that scores of studies have shown how damaging they are to health.’
‘Clayton County Sheriff, Victor Hill, has not been charged with a crime and was allowed to leave the scene after shooting a woman in the stomach on Sunday.
According to Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Brian Doan, Hill accidentally shot a woman at a model home located at 2567 Britt Trail Drive in Lawrenceville at around 7 p.m. Sunday.
The woman Hill shot is in critical condition at Gwinnett Medical Center. She was the real estate agent who was showing the home. How someone can “accidentally” shoot a woman as she shows a house remains a mystery.
When police arrived on the scene they said Hill refused to cooperate with the investigation and did not give a statement nor answer any questions. Citing the fact that he was the sheriff, Hill simply left the scene.’
‘Thanks to the work of local organizers pressuring lawmakers, Montana residents will no longer have their drivers licenses suspended if they fall behind on their student loan payments. This April, a Montana law that allowed the state to revoke licenses for that infraction was scrapped. However, in at least 21 states, similar laws remain on the books.
The criminalization of low-income Americans’ everyday life has experienced a fair amount of coverage lately in the wake of the Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson. That report detailed how steep fees and fines for nonviolent offenses inevitably strapped residents of Ferguson with ridiculous debts.’
‘Now that Palestine is recognized as a state, the next bold step for Palestine is to confer citizenship on its stateless refugees and enter into bilateral agreements with other states regarding the status of Palestinian citizens in each country. In making the case for such a move, Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Fateh Azzam is well aware of the treacherous political waters that this proposal entails.
However, he argues that it is worth considering from all its aspects, including the potential problems, as it could be a long over-due move to strengthen the legal status of Palestinian refugees – in particular the stateless refugees – and to improve their situation in their countries of current residence. It would also create facts on the ground, which may become the building blocks for national liberation.’
Last Wednesday, the grassroots organization, Move to Amend, held a press conference at the National Press Club to announce that six members of the U.S. House of Representatives were introducing legislation to overturn Citizens United v FEC to make free speech and all other rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution available only to “natural persons,” not corporations or limited liability companies.
The legislation would also give Federal, state and local governments the ability to limit political contributions to “ensure all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process.”
When corporations overturn the will of the people, it’s widely covered by corporate media. When the people fight back, the news is frequently blacked out. As of this morning, we could find no major corporate media outlet or corporate wire service reporting on last Wednesday’s press conference by Move to Amend.
‘Canada’s Finance Minister Joe Oliver delivered his budget in Ottawa on Tuesday April 21, and, as all budgets are political, this one not only sketched out the “major planks of the Tories’ fall campaign,” but its political nature is also characterized by what Prime Minister Harper has removed from it; a 57 billion dollar employment insurance surplus fund—as a result of a July 2014 Supreme Court of Canada ruling—thus allowing his government to circumvent the parliamentary system of budget scrutiny for such a large amount of money.
The July 2014 Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling between the Harper government and Quebec’s union Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) was the result of the Harper government transferring $ 57 billion from the old Employment Insurance Account to the Prime Minister Office’s general revenues in 2010.’
‘A high-ranking Iraqi military figure has strongly dismissed a controversial US Congress bill which proposes the division of Iraq into three states and allows the Kurdish forces and the Sunni tribesmen to be armed directly without Baghdad’s approval, Press TV reports.
In an exclusive interview with Press TV on Tuesday, Secretary General of Iraq’s Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri censured the proposed bill as a “Zionist plan,” adding, “We should realize that dividing Iraq, Syria or any other Arab nation is a Zionist project to help Israel exhibit itself as the strongest entity in the region.”’
‘French President Francois Hollande has expressed support for Saudi Arabia’s brutal military aggression against Yemen a day after Paris sold 6.3-billion-euro (USD-seven-billion) worth of fighter jets to Qatar.
Addressing a meeting of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) on Tuesday, the French leader said the Riyadh regime could count on the European country’s support in its military campaign against Yemen.
Hollande made the comments in response to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s claims at the summit that the Riyadh regime was seeking to bring “stability” to the region.’
‘At least 21 civilians, including women and children, have been killed in Saudi airstrikes targeting a residential area in the capital of Sa’ada province in northwestern Yemen.
Saudi forces fired at least 100 rockets on the city of Sa’ada in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The assault followed earlier aerial bombing targeting the provinces of Sa’ada and Hajjah.’
‘A group of US researchers say Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are facing a grave humanitarian situation, and have warned of a possible genocide there.
Staff from Washington’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide visited Myanmar in March to investigate the conditions in which the Rohingyas live and the threats they are facing.
According to their report, released recently, Rohingya Muslims are the target of rampant hate speech and restrictions on their freedom of movement.’