‘An open letter to the BBC’s Director General, written by Palestine solidarity activists, is calling for the removal of BBC journalist Anthony Reuben from all reporting on Palestine following the publication of an online article in which he attempts to sanitize Israel’s killing in Gaza.
Reuben is the BBC’s “Head of Statistics,” a role created in February, he claims in his Linkedin profile, specifically for him.
Writing as “Head of Statistics” in August, Reuben authored an article for the BBC website headlined “Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures.”‘
‘A British businessman is to be thrown out of China over a multimillion-pound bribery scandal, exposed after he was secretly filmed having sex with his lover.
Mark Reilly, 52, ran British drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline’s Chinese operation, enjoying a lifestyle that included a £1.2million house back in the Home Counties.
But he was handed a three-year suspended prison sentence – and the company landed with a £297million fine – after he admitted bribery charges.’
‘While Scotland was busy concluding the count of its votes against independence, Royal Air Force fighter jets based out of the northern Scottish base in Lossiemouth in Moray, were scrambled to identify and intercept two airplanes which subsequently were revealed to be Russian Tu-95 Russian “Bear H” strategic bombers, that were spotted in international airspace although the exact location of the encounter has not been disclosed. As the RAF later clarified in a statement, the aircraft did not enter UK airspace. ‘
‘While many of us rely on grass-fed beef as a source of healthful, properly raised meat, that option of healthy eating may just move down a peg. Why? Not because cattle may have to switch to GM grain, but rather because cattle may be forced to indulge in genetically modified grass.
The Scotts ‘Miracle-Gro’ Company which created genetically modified RoundUp-Ready Kentucky Bluegrass has announced that it will conduct field trials at the homes of Scotts’ employees. What’s more, they can do so without any government oversight because there are no laws that prohibit or limit the planting of GMO grass.’
‘On 12 October, Cairo is due to host a conference, sponsored and chaired by Egypt and Norway, of international and Arab donors for the reconstruction of Gaza. This is their ostensible aim. But the reasons that the donors cited for not fulfilling earlier pledges, made in Paris in 2007 and Sharm El-Sheikh in 2009, still exist.
This means that the donors who attend the upcoming Cairo conference will probably make the same pledges they made at the two previous conferences and then once again fail to fulfil them.’
‘A few years later, with the Maastricht Treaty which renamed the European Community the “European Union”Franck Biancheri, with his distrust of “unions” of all kinds, felt that this choice wasn’t very auspicious. 23 years later nothing has advanced on Europe’s democratisation front and the crisis provides a favourable context for the complete derailment of the community project.
We will show which indicators enable us to say that this trend (which has always been there of course, but framed in a relatively efficient mechanism of safeguards) is in the process of re-emerging. But we refuse to put forward a final anticipation yet, preferring to focus on other indicators, as well, those which still enable us to believe that the trend will turn round .’
‘A Savannah, Georgia man was shot to death by police after he was found with a gun, kicking out the back window of a patrol car. Why was he kicking out a cop car’s window? Because he had already been arrested. And handcuffed. Then how could he still have a gun? The story remains suspiciously cloudy.’
‘The United States is planning to keep an artillery brigade stationed near the buffer zone that separates North and South Korea.
South Korea asked the US to keep the 2nd Infantry Division’s 210th Fires Brigade at Camp Casey in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) earlier this week during military consultations in Seoul, South Korea’s Yonhap News reported.
American officials in the meetings “repeatedly and strongly” pushed to keep the unit in Dongducheon in order to maintain combat readiness, as the rest of American forces are set to relocate to the southern half of South Korea, the report said.’
‘Catalonia’s regional parliament has passed legislation authorizing a referendum on the region’s independence from the rest of Spain.
Catalonia’s parliament made the announcement on Friday, allowing Catalan leaders to hold a non-binding vote on November 9.
The law was approved with 106 to 28 votes.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is against Catalonia’s campaign for an independence referendum, because Spain’s constitution prohibits referendums that do not include all Spaniards.’
‘Bosnia-Herzegovina is still dealing with the dilemma of thousands of people filed as missing from the Bosnian war in the 1990s, Press TV reports.
According to officials, there are still more than 8,000 missing people from the war that ended 20 years ago, while 22,000 bodies have been exhumed and identified until now.
“After the war in our country, more than 30,000 people were missing due to the numerous crimes committed here and so far we have exhumed and identified around 22,000 people,” Lejla Cengic of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) told the Press TV correspondent in Sarajevo.’