‘The Director of Public Prosecutions was under growing pressure to stand down last night over her failure to put Lord Janner on trial for serious child abuse offences.
Alison Saunders’s position as the country’s top prosecutor looked bleak as she faced unprecedented criticism from the Home Secretary, police chiefs, crime tsars, prominent MPs – and even one of her predecessors.
Mrs Saunders said her job as head of the Crown Prosecution Service was to make the correct legal decisions in difficult cases, not the most popular ones. But she was accused of ignoring the rights of victims and of perpetrating Establishment cover-ups by deciding that Labour peer Lord Janner should not be charged – despite evidence of 22 offences against nine victims dating back to the 1960s.’
‘It’s hard to know quite what motivated the Duke of York to rescue teenage sex slaves in India at the same time he faced damning allegations that he had slept with one in America. But one thing is for certain: it definitely took guts.
With a remarkable initiative combining the unlikely bedfellows of fashion and compassion, it can be revealed that Prince Andrew has personally changed the fate of more than 100 vulnerable young women in Calcutta.
Rescued from brothels and domestic servitude, child labour and human trafficking, the girls have been taught tailoring and silk printing through a charity called Key to Freedom.’
‘The United Nations Security Council needs a name-change in the interests of accuracy and truth in language. It should henceforth be called the Insecurity Council. Or better still, the UN Council for Aiding and Abetting Aggression.
Not content with wanton bombing of the poorest Arab country — Yemen — with hundreds of warplanes, the US and its dictatorial Saudi allies have now bounced the UNSC into trying to “legally” disarm the rebels in that country.
This is while the US is moving to increase its weapons supplies to the Saudi-led bombing coalition, as well as providing sharper targeting information and logistics.’
‘Former NSA agent, whistleblower, and investigative reporter Wayne Madsen has detailed the connections between Saudi Arabia, Israel, CIA and ISIS in a wide-ranging interview on Buzzsaw with Sean Stone.
The geopolitical issues in the Middle East are much more complicated than the mainstream media portrays it to be, with intelligence agencies working with so-called terrorists and sworn enemies in the public working together in secret.
Connections between Israel and Saudi Arabia seems to be an issue that needs much more attention from both the mainstream and alternative media alike.’
‘The fragile truce in eastern Ukraine has on several occasions been violated by an “unidentified third party,” the OSCE mission stated in its daily report, citing officers of the joint coordination center who were trying to organize a ceasefire.
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) has witnessed three attempts by the Joint Centre for Control & Coordination (JCCC) to organize a ceasefire between Ukrainian troops and the self-proclaimed republics’ forces, according to the new report dated April 16. But within minutes after the arranged time, ceasefires were broken by a “third party,” Ukrainian and Russian officers tasked with mediating the truce told OSCE representatives.
“According to both Ukrainian Armed Forces and Russian Federation Armed Forces officers at the observation point, an unidentified ‘third party’ was provoking the two sides,” the mission’s report says.’
‘Radical nationalist movements are currently on the rise in Ukraine. A group of neo-Nazis marched on the streets of Odessa to commemorate the death of the former leader of Ukrainian ultranationalist group “Blood and Honor.”
A group of neo-Nazis organized a march in the Ukrainian city of Odessa to commemorate the death of Maxim Chaika, the leader of Ukrainian ultranationalist organization “Blood and Honor,” local media reported.
Around 200 Ukrainian neo-Nazis gathered at the march, shouting racist, anti-communist and nationalistic slogans. Among the many slogans that the nationalists used, the most prominent ones were “The White man is for the Great Ukraine,” “One race, one nation, one homeland,” and “Hang the commies,” according to Odessa’s Dumskaya.net’.html#ixzz3XkTcI3kp
‘Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Israel against a possible supply of lethal weapons to the Ukrainian government, following Moscow’s decision to deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran.
He issued the warning in an interview aired on Rossiya 1 TV on Saturday, saying that the move by Tel Aviv would be “counterproductive” and “only cause a new round of hostility.”
“The death toll would rise, but the result would not change,” Russia Today quoted the Russian leader as saying.’
‘Britain’s Green Party parliamentary candidate Tanya Williams has come under attack by pro-Israel political groups in the UK after describing the Israeli regime as “a racist and apartheid state”.
“It needs to be pointed out that they [Israel] are a racist state and an apartheid state,” said William, who represents Twickenham area in southwest London, SW Londoner reported on Saturday.
“South Africa got its act together after decades of campaigning and I hope Israel may eventually too. I think it is time to stand up to the myth that Israel and Palestine are both equal participants in this conflict,” she further said.’
‘I was sat on the sofa watching the Manchester derby on Sky Sports 1 last weekend and – what? Everyone says ‘sat’ now. Even Nick Clegg just said ‘do you want Alex Salmond sat at the Cabinet table?’
I was sat on the sofa but my eye was off the ball and glued to the names on the hoardings and the names of the companies advertising in the breaks, and they were ALL for gambling and betting: bwin. bet365. William Hill. Paddy Power. betfair. betUK. BetFred. BetVictor.
I don’t think there was even a wholesome KFC ad to break the terrifying dominance of gambling, which was deregulated by Labour and is now recognised by the American Psychiatric Association as being as addictive as drugs and alcohol.’
‘Danny Alexander could retain his Cabinet post in a second coalition government even if he loses his seat in the Scottish Highlands, under a plan floated by Liberal Democrat aides.
Mr Alexander could be offered a peerage if pollsters are proved right and he becomes one of the election’s highest-profile casualties next month. As a member of the House of Lords, Mr Alexander could still be a member of the Government and continue as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
The idea of the peerage is understood to have caused disquiet among senior Lib Dems, with one describing it as “a V-sign to democracy”. However, Mr Alexander believes that he will defy the odds and be returned to the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency, which he has represented since its creation in 2005.’
Tony Blair is facing fresh accusations of a conflict of interest over his business affairs after it emerged he signed a controversial contract overseeing mining deals in Latin America.
Mr Blair is being paid to advise the Colombian government on how it spends £2 billion earned from mining deals.
The contract, obtained by The Telegraph, reveals that the Colombian government does not pay any fees for his services. Instead, the fees owed to Tony Blair Associates (TBA), Mr Blair’s consultancy firm, are paid for by an oil-rich Gulf state where Mr Blair has developed close links.
The deal raises questions over Mr Blair’s role as a Middle East peace envoy and whether he has used that position to befriend wealthy rulers in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who are now funding his private consultancy work in Colombia, among other countries.
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‘Officials in Fukushima, Japan, are touting a recent “gold medal” award as evidence that their tap water is safe to drink.
Japan Today reports city representatives recently had the area’s tap water tested, attempting to allay concerns that food products emanating from the region around the crippled Fukushima-Daiichi plant are still contaminated with radioactivity.
Samples of bottled tap water taken from the afflicted area reportedly received a “Gold Quality award” from Belgian consumer quality testing company Monde Selection.’
‘An Israeli kindergarten teacher stuck a yellow Star of David patch on her students’ shirts as part of the Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations on Thursday, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.
A mother in Rishon Letzion posted a photo of her daughter wearing a yellow patch on Facebook.
“Shocked, completely stunned, find it hard to speak, refuse to understand…this is how my three-year-old daughter returned from the day care center today.” she wrote.
“I don’t remember if and how I was taught in nursery school about Holocaust Remembrance Day, we all know and respect its importance, but the message was conveyed to the toddlers today in an appalling, unacceptable way.”’
‘During the week of April 12, 2015, Pennsylvania Smart Meter Awareness (PASMA) sent out two Press Releases regarding the increasing adverse health effects from Smart Meter (SM) radiofrequency non-ionizing radiation (RFs). Those Press Releases were rather dramatic, especially since utility companies claim there are no adverse health problems.
Even Pennsylvania House of Representatives Consumer Affairs Committee Chair, Robert W. Godshall sent me a letter in response to my letter. This is what he had this to say about SM health effects:’
‘Despite the ongoing debate to roll back the Department of Homeland Security’s current civil liberties overreaches, the DHS is soliciting bids from corporations for access to license plate data collected by private surveillance systems. In a public statement, the Department said it’s “not seeking to build a national database or contribute data to an existing system,” rather, the DHS claims to be tapping into existing networks.
According to the Washington Post, the DHS “is seeking bids from companies that already gather the data to say how much they would charge to grant access to law enforcement officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a DHS agency.”’
‘Sia’s video trilogy, “Chandelier”, Elastic Heart”, and “Big Girls Cry”, all feature the young dancer Maddie Ziegler performing elaborate choreography. A deeper look at the symbolism in these videos reveals the disturbing story of a young girl’s abuse inside the elite’s system of mind control.
While she only obtained mainstream success in 2014, Sia has been hard at work in the music industry for years. In addition to her own six studio albums, Sia has written hit songs for the world’s biggest pop stars including Beyonce, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Rita Ora. If you’re a reader of Vigilant Citizen, you already know that ALL of these artists have been mentioned on this site because they have all been used to push the elite’s Agenda at some point or another in their careers. Sia is, therefore, not a stranger to the higher ups of the music industry and the messages it wants to perpetuate.’
‘More American cities are blocking individuals and ministries from feeding homeless people in parks and public squares, and several Americans have been ticketed for offering such charity, according to a forthcoming report by the National Coalition for the Homeless.
To date, 33 cities have adopted or are considering such food–sharing restrictions, according to the coalition, which shared with NBC News a draft of its soon-to-be published study.
Police in at least four municipalities – Raleigh, N.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Daytona Beach, Fla. – have recently fined, removed or threatened to jail private groups that offered meals to the homeless instead of letting government-run service agencies care for those in need, the advocacy group reports.’
‘The Texas state House of Representatives has passed a bill that would block cities in Texas from banning the controversial oil and gas exploration method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
After an overwhelming vote of 122-18, the proposal – House Bill 40 – advanced to the state Senate, where lawmakers have not taken up the bill just yet. The bill featured 70 co-sponsors and had the support of the oil and gas industry.
The House vote comes just a few months after voters in a small Texas town called Denton approved a measure that banned fracking in the area. Denton was the first Texas city or county to ban the practice, the oil industry has already filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse the prohibition.’
‘Israel’s foreign minister on Friday angrily denounced a letter signed by more than a dozen of his European counterparts asking that the European Union require products made in Israeli settlements be labeled differently from those made in Israel.
Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister, said if the European Union wanted to differentiate products made in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, it should just stick a yellow star on the products, a pointed reference to the stars Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe were forced to wear.
The letter, signed by 16 foreign ministers, urged the European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to clearly distinguish products sold in the European Union that are made in Israel from those made in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. It is similar to another letter, sent in 2013, by 13 members of the European Union to Ms. Mogherini’s predecessor.’
‘With his lively eyebrows, winkled cheeks and eyes that follow you around the room – this state-of-the-art robotic head is menacingly lifelike.
The humanoid, known as Ham, has been drawing in crowds with his incredible range of facial expressions at an electronics event in Hong Kong this week.
The head, designed by American robotics designer David Hanson, is able to answer basic questions and can also be used in the simulation of medical scenarios.’
‘In 2005, former Argentine president Nestor Kirchner, after paying off his country’s debt to the International Monetary Fund said, the IMF has “acted towards our country as a promoter and a vehicle of policies that caused poverty and pain.” He was right.
The history of IMF involvement in Latin America can be traced back the 1980s, known as the lost decade, during which Latin America experienced its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression; the common link among nations was their external indebtedness to the international private banking system.
In contrast to the great depression, during the 1980s, Latin America faced strong pressures to avoid prolonged defaults and was forced to adopt contractionary macroeconomic policies, much of it by the IMF.’
‘The mainstream media has once again been caught making up news stories, this time with a bogus report about a naked man escaping from a window at Buckingham Palace. Reports indicate that NBC News, apparently unaware that the pre-planned stunt was part of a scene for a drama show on its own network, picked up the story, which quickly went viral, and spread it around as truth before later being outed for reporting a lie.
Sliding down a rope at the official London residence of Britain’s royal families, the mostly naked man was reportedly an actor on the E! Network show The Royals, which is owned by NBC. A crude video clip of the man, which was captured on a shaky mobile phone camera, was apparently uploaded to YouTube as if it were real. And it quickly went viral, eventually making its way onto NBC News as a real event.’
‘In yet another case of a police using excessive force to subdue a suspect, two separate dashboard cameras captured an incident in which an Arizona police officer used his patrol car to run over a subject who was walking down a street carrying a stolen gun.
The videos, one taken from the police car used to ram the suspect, the other shot from another police vehicle on the scene, show the suspect, 36-year-old Mario Valencia, being run down by Marana, Arizona, police officer Michael Rapiejko.
The video has sparked a controversy regarding whether or not Officer Rapiejko used excessive force, partly because of the speed at which the police car was traveling when it hit the suspect and because of the fact that the vehicle was apparently used to not merely knock the man down, but to intentionally run over him.’
‘The mainstream media has just been suckered by the “Monsanto Discredit Bureau” into waging an all-out propaganda war against any person revealing the very real dangers of glyphosate or GMOs. With some notable exceptions, most mainstream media outlets operating today are now functioning as Monsanto propaganda mouthpieces, viciously attacking those who should be celebrated as true American heroes.
To achieve their latest defamation campaign against Doctor Oz, the mainstream media relied on a fraudulent and slanderous letter signed by ten doctors addressing Columbia University, demanding Dr. Oz resign from a senior staff position there. But in reporting this, the entire mainstream media failed to look into the backgrounds of the doctors signing the letter. If they had done any background research at all, they would have found some astonishing things that completely discredit the letter and the malicious, contrived attack on Oz:’
‘As the Missouri national guard prepared to deploy to the streets of Ferguson last year during protests sparked by the shooting death of Michael Brown, the troops used highly militarised language such as “enemy forces” and “adversaries” to refer to citizen demonstrators.
Documents detailing the military mission divided the crowds that national guards would be likely to encounter into “friendly forces” and “enemy forces” – the latter apparently including “general protesters”.
A briefing for commanders included details of the troops’ intelligence capabilities so that they could “deny adversaries the ability to identify Missouri national guard vulnerabilities”, which the “adversaries” might exploit, “causing embarrassment or harm” to the military force, according to documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request by CNN.’
In 2011, Hilary Clinton announced the US was at war. She wasn’t referring to the US’s ongoing invasions, wars and occupations but an ideological war for hearts and minds. Clinton lamented the fact that, since the end of the cold war, US global ideological influence had weakened, especially with the advent of the Internet and TV channels like RT.
Of course, Hollywood still manages to propagate the ‘great American myth’ globally every day: the US as the beacon of freedom, as the flagship of democratic ideals, based on the great ‘American Lie’ of the great ‘American Dream’ whereby the individual can somehow miraculously overcome adversity and make it in life, just as long as s/he keeps his or her nose to the grind. US mass culture exported across the globe.
The ‘anyone can make it’ syndrome sugar coated with a sprinkling of ‘freedom and democracy’ then rammed down the collective throat by Hollywood, which magics away into thin air the reality of capitalism and its deeply embedded structural power relations. As the commentator and comedian George Carlin once stated: “The American Dream, you have to be asleep to believe it.”
‘An Israeli military court has brought 12 charges against a Palestinian lawmaker who was abducted by Israeli soldiers earlier this month.
Khalida Jarrar, kidnapped from her home in the occupied West Bank on April 2, faces the charges in connection with her membership in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
Her charges include membership of an illegal organization, taking part in protests, and incitement to kidnap Israeli soldiers.
However, the lawmaker’s defense team says the incitement charge lacks any basis, calling it vindictive.’
‘Thousands of people in Germany have staged protest rallies against a controversial transatlantic trade deal between the European Union and the United States.
The Saturday rallies were held in several cities, including the capital Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Stuttgart, against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal, a free trade agreement currently under negotiation between the EU and the US.’
‘At least 18 people have been killed in a southeastern Nigerian town due to a “mysterious” disease which kills in less than 24 hours, government says.
“Twenty-three people (were affected) and 18 deaths were recorded,” AFP quoted the Ondo state health commissioner, Dayo Adeyanju, as saying on Saturday.
Earlier in the day a government spokesman, Kayode Akinmade, had put the number of casualties at 17, saying that the mysterious disease broke out early this week in Ode-Irele town.’
‘Russia denies that it has reached a deal with Greece on a gas pipeline, under which Moscow would provide Athens with an advance payment of up to five billion euros.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said energy cooperation issues were raised at recent talks in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, adding that the two leaders did not reach any agreements on any advance payment to Greece.
“No, there has not been [an agreement]. Putin said himself at a press conference that nobody asked for assistance,” Peskov said in an interview with the Business FM radio channel on Saturday.’