‘Scotland Yard was investigating former home secretary Lord Brittan over multiple allegations of sexually abusing boys, Exaro can reveal.
At the time of his death last week, aged 75, Brittan was under investigation over historical claims that he sexually abused boys at Dolphin Square, the apartment complex popular with MPs, and other locations.’
‘Former Labour MP Barbara Castle said Leon Brittan was a man that she ‘could not trust,’ and was highly critical of his handling of a dossier said to have contained the names of VIP paedophiles.
She said he was ‘a powerful man with many secrets,’ and claimed many of his colleagues ‘just dare not get the wrong side of him.’
She added that the then Home Secretary ran Special Branch as his own personal ‘Gestapo,’ who monitored fellow MPs. She also claimed that the Home Secretary used Special Branch to monitor fellow MPs.’
‘Leon Brittan was photographed entering an underage sex den during a police investigation, it has been claimed.
The Tory Lord, who died on Wednesday, is said to have been snapped by officers on a 1986 surveillance operation focusing on rent boy orgies run in North London buildings.
Detectives were watching premises where the boys picked up at King’s Cross were dropped off to be repeatedly raped, say friends of an officer involved.’
‘An alleged victim of a Westminster paedophile ring claimed to police that Leon Brittan abused him more than a dozen times.
The witness known as Nick said he also saw most of his friends molested by the former Home Secretary who died on Wednesday aged 75.
Making the bombshell claims, Nick first spoke to investigative website Exaro last year and identified Mr Brittan as being present at VIP abuse parties.
Asked how he knew who he was, Nick told the website: “Well, he told me. Not his full name. He told me that it was Leon. And it was only later in my adult life that I then knew who it was.”’
‘Award-winning investigator Mark Williams-Thomas, the man who exposed Jimmy Savile as a paedophile, confirmed: “Police took the allegation very seriously.”
Lord Brittan’s apparent sexual deviancy has been rumoured for decades. But today, for the first time, the Daily Star Sunday can reveal what is actually known to authorities.
We can disclose that Brittan’s alleged victim said he was abused while at primary school.
And we can report sickening testimony from a social worker who describes seeing photos taken in the 1970s of Brittan dressed in kinky outfits with naked boys sitting on his lap.’
‘The plans to oust the monarchy and claim back her £429 million estate was one of a number of proposals the Greens would try to pass if they got into power, its leader Natalie Bennett has said.
Prince William and Kate could also be out on their ear, as the party would also plan to tighten inheritance tax rules to prevent living parents passing on wealth to their children.
But the welfare state would be bolstered to prevent Prince George from living on the streets.’
‘US-made weapons, as well as hundreds of high-power explosives, were found in the Donetsk airport, previously occupied by Ukrainian military, a senior commander of the militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said Monday.
“During the investigation of the new terminal, our units found large numbers of American-made weapons. Those are M16-A5 assault rifles, grenades, as well as means of communication,” Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of DPR militia, told journalists.’
‘British Prime Minister David Cameron faithfully follows the lead of US President, Barack Obama on virtually all foreign policy matters – just as Tony Blair did with then President Bush Jnr., that unfortunately ended in such devastating results. But now, the White House has been rendered all but impotent by a Republican-dominated Congress.
However, the current Congress follows the agenda of AIPAC – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (a pretentious title for a political lobby group). AIPAC, in turn, is controlled and financed by pro-Israel supporters and they take their lead from the Likud policy agenda of Israel’s Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.’
‘Two Palestinian young men were killed and scores of citizens suffered injuries when the Israeli police forces violently attacked a funeral procession in al-Rahat town, north of the Negev region.
The funeral procession was for 21-year-old Sami Jaar, who was shot dead a few days ago by the Israeli police in the same town.
Eyewitnesses said that Sami al-Zayadena and Anwar al-Afawi died after inhaling tear gas that was intensively used by the Israeli police forces during their attack on the funeral.’
‘Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
This U.N. special session on anti-Semitism was long overdue. In many respects, it is sad that it took the loss of Jewish lives and ongoing daily threats to Jews to bring about this meeting. Yet, it is entirely appropriate that the international body, founded in the shadow of the Holocaust, has recognized the urgency of this issue.
Our recent polling shows that more than a quarter of the world’s adult population is infected with anti-Semitism, so it is significant and telling that the U.N., which represents all countries, has finally turned a specific focus on anti-Semitism and recognized, in the words of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, that ‘The fight against anti-Semitism is inseparable from our wider quest for peaceful coexistence and human rights for all.’’
‘According to reports, the Dutch business magazine “Quote” means the Rothschild banking family took over the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The editors of the magazine Critical religion had been attacked on 01/07/2015 by several Islamist bombers. In this case, 13 people died, including the chief editor of the magazine. According to “Quote” there have been discussions about the acquisition of the publishing company and ultimately a take-over was op;ted for.
“There were some serious objections to the takeover from my uncle Baron Edouard de Rothschild. Some relatives wanted to block the purchase because that would make us a political force in the media . We want to void this at all costs. We have nothing to do with politics. Ultimately, the critics in the family were overruled.”
The interview was about the purchase of the French newspaper “Liberation”, which now published with the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. A million was spent on this. The magazine was launched on Wednesday with a million copies and reached worldwide fame. According to “Quote” Philippe de Rothschild has had a majority stake in the newspaper chain which incorporates the Charlie Hebdo editorila baord is now housed, since December, . The interview was published on 18/12/2014.’
‘Popular TV show host and food activist Jamie Oliver has become one of the biggest and most famous spokespeople for the clean food movement, and he’s thrown his support behind organic and healthier food plenty of times in the past while working for a better food system.
But now the trusted entrepreneur and longtime chef is throwing his support behind the very foundation that may be out to destroy the food system.
In the video, Oliver pledges his support for what one iconic multi-billionaire has called a “better food system,” a system that, if past actions are any indication, will rely heavily on the highly controversial (and completely unnecessary) genetically modified crops.’
‘A police officer who kicked and hit a mother as she sat by the hospital bed of her sick child, leaving her with more than 40 injuries, has been cleared of actual bodily harm.
Warren Luke, 38, a Metropolitan police officer, was accused of repeatedly kicking and punching the 41-year-old woman, who, hospital staff had said to him, was refusing to leave. But a jury at Wood Green crown court on Thursday cleared Luke of committing any crime.
The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was caring for her seven-year-old daughter, who suffers from cerebral palsy, when the incident happened at a London hospital in December 2013.’
‘However, as a politician in the 1930s, his attitudes towards some nations bordered on racist…
As Mahatma Gandhi launched his campaign for peaceful resistance, Churchill, who fought as a young army officer in British India, said he “ought to be lain bound hand and foot at the gates of Delhi, and then trampled on by an enormous elephant with the new Viceroy seated on its back.”
“I hate Indians,” he later stated as the resistance movement strengthened. “They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.”
He didn’t believe Native Americans had been wronged when they were invaded between 1776 and 1887…
Nor the Aborigines of Australia. Speaking to the Palestine Royal Commission in 1937, he wrote: “I do not admit… that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America, or the black people of Australia… by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race… has come in and taken its place.”’
‘Lancashire County Council is coming under intense pressure from pro-fracking lobbyists to approve two controversial shale gas sites in the county, a week after its own planning officers recommended refusal. The industry suffered a major setback when the council’s officers recommended two proposals by fracking giant Cuadrilla be refused, because of concerns about night-time noise and traffic. The issue will be debated this week at the council’s development control committee.
If it opts for approval, Lancashire will be the first council to give a green light to fracking since a nationwide ban was lifted by the Government in 2012. Before then, the influential House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee is expected to demand a ban due to environmental and health concerns. One of its senior members, former environment secretary Caroline Spelman, last week publicly called for a ban.’
‘Three million gallons of brine, a salty, toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production—also known as fracking wastewater—spilled from a leaking pipe in western North Dakota. State officials say it’s the worst spill of its kind since the fracking boom began in the state.
The spill was reported 17 days ago when Operator Summit Midstream Partners found a toxic leak of salty drilling waste from a pipeline in the heart of the Bakken oil boom.
Officials say there’s no immediate threat to human health but as Marketplace’s Scott Tong reports yesterday, there could be trouble ahead. He interviews Duke geochemist Avner Vengosh who has sampled frack wastewater and has found that “North Dakota’s is 10 times saltier than the ocean, that endangers aquatic life and trees, and it has ammonium and radioactive elements.”’
‘Two churches have launched a blistering attack on the Government for using hunger as a punishment for people claiming unemployment benefit, warning that using benefit sanctions to reprimand claimants who miss meetings or fail to look for jobs amounts to a policy of “deliberate destitution”.
In a joint written submission to MPs, the Methodist and Unitarian churches say the Government is presiding over a benefits system that places a harsher punishment on people who have the misfortune to be unemployed than those found guilty of committing a crime. The maximum penalty possible – removal of living expenses excluding housing benefit for three years – represents a loss of £11,000, while the largest fine imposed by the criminal justice system is £5,000.’
‘So many are asking, “What can I do? How can I make a difference? How do I go about helping to effect the changes the world so direly needs?”
I repeatedly say to people to get conscious and you’ll know what to do. What does that mean? Gain empowering knowledge and information for one. And if someone’s asking those questions they obviously know just where to find it. The exponentially growing body of information available on the internet is an opportunity of the ages. I don’t know if this happened in the time of Atlantis or other previous advanced civilizations or not, but how unique an opportunity can we get?!
Look, read and learn. Then act on it.’
‘The ways in which technology controls our minds may go eerily beyond our habits of blindly following GPS directions or instantly Googling something instead of thinking about it.
The technology already exists to implant and erase memories in the brain, and to use one person’s mind to control another person’s actions. On the flip side of technological invasions into our minds, interesting gadgets are increasingly being invented that can be controlled with the mind, hands-free.
The machine-mind meld is a fascinating phenomenon, with something perhaps a little creepy about it.’
‘INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project, breaks the exclusive story of how the United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA, Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’
The origins of this ingenious strategy trace back to a secret Pentagon-sponsored group, that for the last two decades has functioned as a bridge between the US government and elites across the business, industry, finance, corporate, and media sectors.
The group has allowed some of the most powerful special interests in corporate America to systematically circumvent democratic accountability and the rule of law to influence government policies, as well as public opinion in the US and around the world. The results have been catastrophic: NSA mass surveillance, a permanent state of global war, and a new initiative to transform the US military into Skynet.’
‘The island nation most closely associated with marijuana in the popular mind is about to decriminalize it. The Jamaican cabinet Monday approved a bill that would do just that, as well as allow for the creation of medical marijuana and hemp industries.
The bill, the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act of 2015, goes to the Senate tomorrow and will be debated there next Friday.
It would decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of ganja; allow its use for religious, medical, scientific, and therapeutic purposes; prohibit smoking it in public places; and provide for the granting of licenses for the development of a legal hemp and medical marijuana industry.’
‘Carnell Alexander is a wanted man. The reason? He refuses to pay child support for a child that is proven to not be his. As a result, a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
7 Action News told you about Carnell Alexander in October. He said he was looking for help clearing up a terrible mistake.
Alexander says he learned about the paternity case against him during a traffic stop in Detroit in the early 90s. The officer told him he is a deadbeat dad, there was a warrant out for his arrest.
“I knew I didn’t have a child, so I was kind of blown back,” said Alexander during an interview in October.’
‘A New York State watchdog agency overseeing jails and prisons has found that gross incompetence by medical personnel and correction officers at Rikers Island led to the death of a mentally ill inmate who was found naked and covered in feces after being locked in a cell for six days.
In a report, the agency, the New York State Commission of Correction, called for the Justice Department to investigate possible civil rights violations, saying the details of the inmate’s death “shock the conscience.” It is not clear, though, whether anyone received significant punishment.
The inmate, Bradley Ballard, died on Sept. 11, 2013, after he was deprived of insulin for diabetes and locked in his cell without food or running water for nearly a week. Though correction officers, doctors and inmates were visibly repulsed by the stench coming from his cell, none of them entered or sought help.’
‘For the Pentagon, drones are cheaper to buy and to operate than regular fighter jets. An armed MQ-9 Reaper drone runs about $14 million, compared to $180 million or more for an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But unlike barrel-rolling a jet, the business of actually operating a unmanned aerial vehicle, UAV, for the military is lonely, thankless, and incredibly difficult.
It’s no wonder the Pentagon doesn’t have enough drone pilots to meet its needs, a problem certain to persist as the military increases its reliance on unmanned systems, especially in areas where it has no interest in putting boots on the ground, like Pakistan or Iraq. The solution that the military is exploring: increasing the level of autonomy in UAVs to allow one pilot to manage several drones at once.’
‘Maybe Mickey Mouse is responsible for spreading measles to children at Disneyland? This is a more likely hypothesis than health department claims that unvaccinated children are to blame for a recent outbreak that occurred at “the happiest place on Earth,” in which 39 people — and counting — from at least four states, according to the latest reports, have been confirmed as having contracted the disease while visiting the park.
Official reports are claiming that unvaccinated children are to blame because some of those who contracted the measles hadn’t been vaccinated. Some of them had been vaccinated, of course, and the original source of the disease has yet to be determined. But like always, it is automatically those pesky individuals who choose not to inject their bodies with a vaccine linked to brain damage and autism — and that’s been shown to spread the measles — that must have triggered the outbreak.’
‘The iPhone has secret spyware that lets governments watch users without their knowledge, according to Edward Snowden.
The NSA whistleblower doesn’t use a phone because of the secret software, which Snowden’s lawyer says can be remotely activated to watch the user.
“Edward never uses an iPhone, he’s got a simple phone,” Anatoly Kucherena told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. “The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner having to press a button and gather information about him, that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone.”‘
‘One day after Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation amidst the occupation of his government’s central facilities and his private residence by Houthi militants, a chorus of voices from the US political establishment and punditry are calling for expanded US and NATO military operations across the Middle East and Africa.
The collapse of the Yemeni regime, which as events have proven, enjoyed no support outside of the military aid flowing from Washington, represents another major debacle for US imperialism in the Middle East. The US had relied on Hadi to rubber-stamp authorization for drone missile strikes, despite widespread popular anger over the attacks, and to supply intelligence for their targeting and cover up their toll in terms of civilian casualties.
Obama had also touted Yemen as a model for his administration’s subsequent interventions in Iraq and Syria, with limited US military presence and what one senior advisor described as “intelligence-driven, dynamic targeting.”’
“Greece could be ousted from the Eurozone”, warned deputy parliamentary leader of Angela Merkel’s ‘CDU Party, Michael Fuchs, on 31 December 2014. He added, the Eurozone was no longer obligated to rescue Greece from its current crisis. He was alluding to the coming Snap elections on 25 January 2015, in case Greece’s opposition parties, SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left), would win which at this point is a fair possibility, as they currently hold a slim 3.5 point lead over the right wing ruling coalition, New Democracy (ND) and PASOK.
Similar remarks were made by the EU Commissioner, Jean-Claude Juncker. – What an affront to Greece’s sovereignty!
Notwithstanding the horrendous arrogance of interfering in a country’s internal affairs, Greece’s exit from the Eurozone would be an outright blessing for the country, for its people, for its future economy and prosperity – period.’
‘Like pretty much all ailments and illnesses in the United States, returning soldiers from the warfronts suffering from acute cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are currently being treated, or more like snowed under, with powerful, mind-altering psychiatric drugs. Because it is unnatural for the vulnerable human psyche to witness the insanity of war, watching your buddies or yourself get blown up by IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices), instantly your life can forever be changed into a permanent living nightmare.
Just by surviving the trauma after observing your brothers-in-arms (increasingly sisters-in arms with next year’s official US policy change deploying women into combat) or even witnessing any humans die in war will often plague combat veterans the rest of their lives as survivor’s guilt. Also as human tools of the US Empire killing machine, American soldiers in combat have systematically participated in war crime atrocities killing thousands and even millions of innocent civilians over the many decades of constant US war.
Those soldiers who have not been desensitized and numbed to the extent that they cannot block out their survivor’s guilt nor their residual guilt from killing others in immoral wars or possibly committing war crimes themselves, virtually always end up scarred for life, burdened with the shame and remorse for what they perceive as their own never forgotten much less forgiven past sins.’
‘Palestinian Fatah movement has called on people across Palestine to participate in a protest against the Israeli regime.
The movement released a statement on Saturday, calling on Palestinians to participate in the event to back the Palestinian leadership in its efforts to table another draft resolution on an independent Palestinian state to the UN Security Council.
The statement further noted that the protest against Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories will be held in the centers of Palestinian districts at 12:00 noon local time on January 26. It said the demonstration will call for boycotting Israeli products.’
‘A hungry young Syrian refugee boy has been beaten by a restaurant manager in Turkey’s northwestern city of Istanbul for eating a customer’s leftovers.
The incident, which occurred at a branch of fast food chain, Burger King, in Istanbul’s Sirinevler district on January 21, received a massive angry reaction after shocked witnesses shared details and photos online showing the 11-year-old boy sitting next to blood-stained tissues beside him, AFP reported on Saturday.
The refugee boy was reportedly beaten for eating a customer’s leftover French fries.’
‘Scuffles have broken out between security forces and Indian protesters on the eve of a visit by US President Barack Obama to the South Asian country.
On Saturday, Indian protesters took to the street in the capital, New Delhi, to express their outrage at Obama’s three-day visit to India to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The demonstrators chanted anti-US slogans, and burned the effigy of the most high-ranking US official, while shouting, “Barack Obama, Hands off India.”
They argued that Obama’s trip seeks Washington’s domination in economic, nuclear and defense ties with New Delhi.’
‘The chairman of Germany’s Central Council of Muslims says Muslims and mosques are being increasingly targeted in the country following the rise of Islamophobia in Europe.
“Insults against Muslims, often women with a headscarf, vandalism against mosques and violence against imams have become a daily occurrence,” said Aiman Mazyek on Saturday.
Mazyek held the right-wing PEGIDA group accountable for the increasing number of attacks on Muslims and Islamic sites, saying the movement has “led directly to the lowering of many people’s inhibitions about discriminating against and attacking Muslims.”’