‘An international panel of scientists will today launch a major inquiry to discover whether official world temperature records have exaggerated the extent of global warming.
The panel, convened by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), the ‘climate sceptic’ think-tank led by the former Tory Chancellor Lord Lawson, will focus on thousands of ‘adjustments’ that have been made to temperature records kept at individual weather stations around the world.’
‘A senior detective who investigated child abuse allegations against Labour politician Greville Janner has revealed he was ordered to drop the case ‘from the very top’ – despite uncovering compelling evidence to charge him.’
‘The Queen has dropped out of the top 300 richest people in Britain for the first time as the number of billionaires in the country soars.
The monarch was ranked 302 on the Sunday Times Rich List with a fortune of £340m – while Ukranian oligarch Len Blavatnik topped the chart after his fortune grew £3billion to £13.7billion.’
‘As the world continues to engage in various commemorations in relation to World War I, Australia approaches the centenary anniversary of a defining event in the nation’s history: ANZAC Day. On 25 April 1915, and for many days after, Australia suffered savage losses at Gallipoli in Turkey.’
‘Israeli navy forces have once again opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the besieged Gaza Strip’s coast, reports say.
According to local media sources, Israeli gunboats fired at Palestinian boats while they were within Gaza’s territorial waters, on Sunday.’
‘More than 200 children, some as young as 12, were held in police cells while suffering mental health crises last year, because of a lack of suitable hospital beds, figures obtained by The Independent on Sunday reveal.’
‘UK tabloids like the Murdoch-owned Sun that compared immigrants to ‘cockroaches’ recall the dark days of the Nazi media attacking those they sought to eliminate, according to the UN’s human rights chief.’
‘Clashes have broken out in Baltimore’s Camden Yards as demonstrators began throwing bottles at police and smashing cars. Thousands of marchers took to the streets to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died after being detained by police.’
‘The United States response to the civil war in Yemen should be the opposite of what it’s doing.
Since late January, Yemen—the poorest Arab country—has been embroiled in a bloody civil war that is escalating in brutality. A Saudi-led air campaign against the rebel movement has repeatedly hit factories, schools, water systems and residential neighborhoods, degrading the civilian infrastructure and killing hundreds of civilians. At least 150,000 people have fled their homes due to the fighting.’
‘On the second day of the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference on building global support for women human rights defenders, the 100 participants delivered a sobering and urgent message: history is still repeating itself. Watching the military-industrial complex wreak havoc in the Middle East, reflected Shirin Ebadi, holder of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, is like ‘rewinding a movie’. Women human rights defenders from across the globe were in agreement: the incalculable suffering of the people of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria have taught us, once and for all, that bombs lead to suffering, and never peace.’
‘Today, 26 April 2015, marks the 29th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster in world history – the Chernobyl catastrophe. And unfortunately, preventing further major releases of radioactivity into the environment seems to be a race against time.’
‘Of those, 1,235 have been awarded compensation and discharged with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The figures, obtained under a Freedom of Information request, show 718 were discharged for depression, while 130 were suffering from alcohol-related behavioural disorders.’
‘The motivation behind U.S. President Barack Obama’s trans-Pacific trade-deal TPP, and his trans-Atlantic trade-deal TTIP — the motivation behind both of these enormous international trade-deals — is the same, and Democratic U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown are correct: it is not at all progressive. ‘
‘Out of America: In the 2014 congressional mid-terms, parties and candidates spent $3.7bn. This time, with the White House at stake, the figure will be far higher.’
‘An earthquake in Nepal has claimed the lives of at least 1,900 people after it devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, and caused an avalanche on Mount Everest, the mountain’s worst disaster. Around 4,625 people are believed to have been hurt overall from the earthquake, while the bodies of 17 climbers were recovered from the mountain last night.’
‘The White House’s unclassified computer system was breached last year, as a result of which, hackers accessed some of US President Barack Obama’s email correspondence, senior American officials familiar with the ongoing investigation told the New York Times.’
‘Today a class action lawsuit (Case No: BC 578 942) was filed in Los Angeles County, California against the Monsanto corporation. The suit alleges that Monsanto is guilty of false advertising by claiming that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, targets an enzyme only found in plants and not in humans or animals. Monsanto makes this claim to support the contention that glyphosate is harmless to humans.’
‘Here’s one instance where Israel is on the same side as many other countries in the Middle East.
On Friday, April 24, Armenians around the world will mark the centennial of what they call the ‘Great Catastrophe,’ when an unraveling Ottoman Empire ordered the forced deportation of ethnic Armenians. Estimates vary, but between 300,000 and 1.5 million Armenians perished in 1915 and 1916 — victims of hideous abuse and systematic slaughters that WorldViews detailed here.’
‘Germany’s intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has been helping the NSA spy on European politicians and companies for years, according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel. The NSA has been sending lists of ‘selectors’—identifying telephone numbers, e-mail and IP addresses—to the BND, which then provides related information that it holds in its surveillance databases. According to the German newspaper Die Zeit, the NSA sent selector lists several times a day, and altogether 800,000 selectors have been requested.’
‘With states legalizing marijuana by popular vote, some politicians, including Boston mayor Marty Walsh and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, are still calling marijuana a gateway drug.’
‘UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s latest election promise that the first black or Asian prime minister will be a Conservative has once again given new life to debates over the conditions of minorities in the country.’
‘In March, the BBC’s flagship news program Today broadcast an interview with Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s defense minister.
Yaalon was given free rein to disseminate lies and propaganda with not a single interruption or challenge from Today presenter, Sarah Montague.’
‘The criminalization of America’s poor has been quietly gaining steam for years, but a recent study, “The Poor Get Prison,” co-authored by Karen Dolan and Jodi L. Carr, reveals the startling extent to which American municipalities are fining and jailing the country’s most vulnerable people, not just punishing them for being poor, but driving them deeper into poverty.’