‘Leicestershire Police has made its first move in its legal bid to overturn a decision to not put Greville Janner on trial for alleged sexual abuse of children.
The force today wrote to the director of public prosecutions, (DPP), – who last month ruled out taking action against the 86-year-old peer because of his ill-health – to explain why it believes the allegations should be tested in court.
The DPP, Alison Saunders, has 14 days to respond to the force’s submission and to say whether she intends to reverse or stick by her decision.
In a statement issued this morning, the force said: “Subject to her response, the force reserves its right to seek a judicial review of the decision.’
‘For most consumers of alternative news and media, the lineup of the players constitutes the tyrants and their systemic control, and the enlightened underground, with both sides fighting the great battle of winning the hearts and minds of the rest of the public.
For the alternative news and information community, the possibility of large-scale psychological operations within alternative media itself are generally outside the spectrum of the possible.
Indeed, crowds today are sill cheering on Assange and his Vaudeville Whistleblower Roadshow with Bradley-Chelsea Manning, and more recently, finding themselves intellectually snowed-in by our last hero, Snowden.
Enter Jade Helm…’
‘The Ukrainian cabinet of ministers has nominated the former president of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, who has been placed on an international wanted list in his own country, as the governor of Ukraine’s coastal Odessa region.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was set to meet Saakashvili on Friday to approve his candidacy for the post before officially announcing the appointment, according to the presidential press-secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko.
The fugitive Georgian leader has already been granted Ukrainian citizenship, which makes him legally eligible for the post, according to Ukrainian journalist-turned-MP Sergey Leshchenko, who also confirmed Saakashvili’s appointment as Odessa governor.’
‘The Ukrainian economy is in tatters with rising unemployment, inflation and utility prices. But the crisis has not reached the top – Ukraine’s president. According to Petro Poroshenko’s income declaration he earned almost 3 times more money during his year in power than previously. His chocolate business is growing despite an election promise to sell it.’
‘Following his resignation as Middle East peace envoy, former Prime Minister Tony Blair is planning to take up the mantle of unofficial liaison point between Israel and the Arab world, aides have said.
His resignation was revealed on Tuesday, before he officially sent his formal letter of notice to the UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon.
The former prime minister served as a peace envoy for the Quartet Group, made up of the UN, the US, the EU and Russia, for eight years.’
‘The old joke goes “George Orwell’s 1984 was a warning, not a ‘how to’ manual.” But that joke is increasingly less funny as the UK really seems to be doing everything it can to put in place Orwell’s fictitious vision — just a few decades later. Right after the election a few weeks ago, we noted the government’s plan to push forward with its “extremist disruption orders” (as had been promised). The basic idea is that if the government doesn’t like what you’re saying, it can define your statements as “extremist” and make them criminal.
Prime Minister David Cameron did his best Orwell in flat out stating that the idea was to use these to go after people who were obeying the law and then arguing that the UK needed to suppress free speech… in the name of protecting free speech. Really.’
A video by Orion Lion
‘The General Election has only just finished, but the EU referendum campaign is already getting under way. The first settled which party would be in office; the second will settle whether elections in Britain matter at all.
Will the United Kingdom be an independent nation, trading with its friends on the Continent while living under its own laws? Or will it be part of a country called Europe?
David Cameron is touring EU capitals, making the case for relatively modest reforms. So far, his counterparts have played along, making a big fuss before the cameras over what they know to be quite trivial changes. Yet they haven’t changed their minds about the EU’s destination.’
‘Kris McBurnie seems to speak for many of the voters out and about in central Manchester. “I had no idea we were getting a mayor,” he said. “And I certainly didn’t know he was being appointed today by the council. I would have assumed we would get a chance to vote on it.”
Like many of the shoppers and office workers bustling through the city, the 27-year-old financial services worker is not against the idea of more devolution for the area or even an elected mayor; it’s just that he has never heard of Tony Lloyd, the man who would be anointed by civic leaders later that day to lead the 2.7 million residents of Greater Manchester. There were no hustings or public debates.
Mr Lloyd, who is currently the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, will now control an £8bn budget and lead a new experiment in city governance. However, there was not a ballot box in sight during his appointment – instead the decision was made by a “selection panel” of 10 civic leaders in a closed-door meeting that has already been described as an “undemocratic stitch-up”. ‘
‘In line with Targets recent proclamation to offer more ‘green’ and ‘non-GMO’ foods to their customers with its Simply Balanced brand, global health care company Abbott will soon sell a GMO-free baby formula at Target called Similac Advance – the very first mainstream baby formula that will not contain genetically altered ingredients.
With all the petitions circulating with thousands of signatures protesting genetically modified ingredients like soy and corn in baby formula, the announcement that a non-GMO baby formula will be available is a huge victory for our food supply and our smallest members of society.
Considering that Similac is currently one of the biggest sellers of baby formula in the United States, this is a significant change. It will likely inspire other baby formula brands to go GMO free in order to compete.’
‘Parents of children as young as nine have reacted angrily after schools in an east London borough asked pupils to complete surveys designed to provide clues to possible radicalisation. Waltham Forest council has been piloting the scheme in five primary schools with large Muslim intakes. The questionnaire, circulated among year 6 pupils, asks how much they trust the police and people from another race or religion.
They are also asked whether they agree that it is acceptable to marry someone from outside their race or religion and whether women are just as good as men at work. Another question asks if the pupils believe their religion is the only correct one. About 22% of the population in Waltham Forest, one of the most deprived local authorities in England, are Muslim.
The programme has been funded with a €500,000 (£360,000) grant from an EU fund – the Radicalisation Leading to Terrorism Programme – designed to “identify the initial seeds of radicalisation with children of primary school age”.’
‘There are growing concerns, following news that a Russian state nuclear corporation named Rosatom now controls 20% of all American uranium deposits, that United States national security may have been compromised.
Making matters worse, a great deal of evidence indicates that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton helped seal the deal in exchange for substantial contributions to her and Bill’s foundation, though many of the details may never emerge because Mrs. Clinton illegally erased key documents from the hard drive of her private email server.’
‘Mr. Gowdy’s chief interest, according to people briefed on the inquiry, is a series of memos that Mr. Blumenthal — who was not an employee of the State Department — wrote to Mrs. Clinton about events unfolding in Libya before and after the death of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.
According to emails obtained by The New York Times, Mrs. Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time, took Mr. Blumenthal’s advice seriously, forwarding his memos to senior diplomatic officials in Libya and Washington and at times asking them to respond. Mrs. Clinton continued to pass around his memos even after other senior diplomats concluded that Mr. Blumenthal’s assessments were often unreliable.
But an examination by The Times suggests that Mr. Blumenthal’s involvement was more wide-ranging and more complicated than previously known, embodying the blurry lines between business, politics and philanthropy that have enriched and vexed the Clintons and their inner circle for years.’
‘If someone believes that most, or all, “terrorists” are invented and created by government agents provocateurs, would, or should, they be considered a “conspiracy theorist”?
In fact, agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been busily creating terrorists out of what had been law-abiding individuals. The system features entrapment, sting operations, provocations and denial of due process, with anonymous juries, secret evidence and extensive pretrial detentions.’
‘Gun owners will have to carry liability insurance if a bill introduced Friday by New York House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney successfully makes its way through Congress.
Rep. Maloney’s The Firearm Risk Protection Act would subject gun owners to a $10,000 fine if they ignored a mandate for liability insurance before obtaining a weapon, The Hill reported Friday.
“We require insurance to own a car, but no such requirement exists for guns. The results are clear: car fatalities have declined by 25 percent in the last decade, but gun fatalities continue to rise,” the congresswoman said Friday, the newspaper reported.’
‘The US government’s Centers for Disease Control have been taking millions of dollars in drug company money in recent years, according to a news report in The British Medical Journal. Researchers in America and around the world expressed shock, and asked how the funding has been influencing CDC actions and decisions.
“The CDC Foundation raised $52m in fiscal year 2014, of which $12m was from corporations,” reported The BMJ. “The CDC itself in fiscal year 2014 received $16m in conditional funding from sources such as corporations, individuals, and philanthropy, including the CDC Foundation. Conditional donations are earmarked for specific projects. For example, in 2012, Genentech earmarked $600,000 in donations to the CDC Foundation for CDC’s efforts to promote expanded testing and treatment of viral hepatitis. Genentech and its parent company, Roche, manufacture test kits and treatments for hepatitis C.”
The article reviewed a number of other possible influences of private money on CDC activities.’
‘Homelessness in the U.S. is continuing to skyrocket, despite what the government would like us to believe.
And if you want to help your fellow Americans who are in need, well…there is a price to be paid.
You see, the government isn’t going to just LET you go out and feed hungry folks. Nope. Like pretty much ANYTHING else in this country, that will require a permit, and permits aren’t cheap.
The good people of a non-profit organization found this out the hard way.’
‘A mind-boggling 25% of Australians say they are at least “slightly interested” at the prospect of having a chip implanted in their skin that could be used for payments, new research has found.
The research by credit card company Visa and the University of Technology Sydney found Australians are open to the prospect of paying for items using wearable tech including smart watches, rings, glasses and even a connected car.
“Australians are among the world’s earliest adopters of new technology,” Head of Emerging Products and Innovation for Visa in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, George Lawson said.’
‘TDs have criticised Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan after they said he signalled that he wanted repossessions speeded-up.
People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the Central Bank should be pushing debt forgiveness not increased repossessions.
“Prof Honohan seemed to implicitly state that the banks needed to bring about more repossessions to deal with the situation.
“The governor appears to be urging the banks to repossess. I think that is completely the wrong approach. What we need is debt writedown and debt forgiveness, and the Central Bank should be imposing solutions which keep people in their homes,” he said.’
‘Israel is allegedly pulling diplomatic strings to pressurize the UN Secretary-General to exclude it from an annual list of countries accused of violating children’s rights in armed conflicts. Israel denies the allegations.
Despite the slaughter of hundreds of Palestinian children in the IDF Israeli operation in Gaza in 2014, Tel Aviv wants to somehow preserve a squeaky clean image and is putting pressure on the UN central office to that end.
Initially, the draft of the document prepared by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s special envoy for children, Leila Zerrougui, included the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on the list for attacking schools and hospitals in the Gaza Strip conflict last year, Reuters reported.’
‘Centrifugal forces are increasingly pulling the European Union apart after a recent wave of elections brought politicians skeptical of Brussels to power in Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom and Finland, according to an opinion piece published by the Deutsche Welle.
“Even the most stubborn romantics have finally understood that the European Union is in serious trouble, which is likely to become deeper in the coming months,” Bernd Riegert said.
There is no lack of examples. This month, Eurosceptic Andrzej Duda secured a surprising victory over the incumbent president in what some view as a major signal of a possible shift in Poland’s political landscape in the coming parliamentary elections.’
‘Nigerian Foreign Minister Amin Wali apologised on Wednesday for not voting to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory in the UN last year, Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds has reported.
Wali apologised to the Palestinian Authority (PA) ambassador to Nigeria, Muntaser Abu-Zeid, during a farewell ceremony organised by the Nigerian foreign ministry honouring Wali, who is leaving office after the loss of his party in the parliamentary elections.
According to a statement by the PA, the winning party headed by General Mohamed Bukhari, who is a friend of the Palestinians, will form the new government.’
‘This documentary uncovers the unholy alliance between Nazi Germany and some of the biggest corporations in the US — companies which were indispensable for Hitler to wage war. Henry Ford, the automobile manufacturer; James D Mooney, the General Motors manager; and Thomas Watson, the IBM boss were all awarded the Grand Cross of the German Eagle — the Nazi’s highest distinction for foreigners for their services to the Third Reich.’
‘According to Gallup, America is now fatter than it has ever been before. But how can this possibly be? After all, Americans spend an astounding 60 billion dollars a year on weight loss programs and products. After putting so much time, effort and energy into losing weight, shouldn’t we be some of the healthiest people on the entire planet? Sadly, the truth is that obesity has become a national epidemic, and we are known around the globe for our huge size.
The term “fat Americans” has become synonymous with overweight tourists, and other cultures mock us for our apparent sloth. But could there be more to this than just the fact that we eat too much? Could it be possible that we have been fattened up by design?
Before we get to that, let’s take a look at some of the cold, hard numbers. The following are some of the statistics from the Gallup survey that I mentioned above…’
‘Orange County Public Schools announced Thursday that it has acquired software to monitor social media “to proactively prevent, intervene and (watch) situations that may impact students and staff.” The district has obtained an annual license with SnapTrends, software that monitors Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
The district said it plans to use the software to conduct routine monitoring for the purposes of prevention or early intervention of potential issues in which students or staff could be at risk to themselves or to others.
OCPS said the company will assist district law enforcement and security personnel in monitoring publicly available social media communications that are relevant to school operations and personnel.’
‘It all seemed rather innocent in the beginning. It certainly seemed convenient, and still is – maybe more so than ever, to be truthful. But if you haven’t noticed, slowly and gradually, during the past 17 years since its inception, Google has evolved from being a company which once merely provided Internet users with a free search engine and email to becoming an all-encompassing entity that monitors nearly everything you do.
And not only does Google snoop on you, it takes the personal information it has collected and sells it to corporations. Google also provides that information to intelligence agencies, such as the NSA.
A recent article penned by Derek Scally of The Irish Times explores the extent of Google’s tentacles into our private lives and offers some very useful advice on how to “de-Google” your life.’
‘A two-year ban on fracking in Maryland will become law without the signature of Gov. Larry Hogan. A spokeswoman for Hogan confirmed Friday that the bill, which imposes a brief ban on the controversial process for drilling natural gas in shale deposits, would neither be vetoed nor signed by the governor.
Friday is the deadline for making a decision on the fate of the bill. The bill requires that the Maryland Department of the Environment finalize regulations by Oct.1 2016. No company could begin drilling in the state until Oct. 1, 2017. The decision by Hogan was not unexpected.’
‘A municipal court judge in Painesville, Ohio offered two choices to a woman who pleaded guilty to assault with pepper spray: 30 days in jail or to have the victim spray her with the irritant. The woman chose the latter.
“I’ll allow Mr. [Frantz] Rolles to have his vengeance and that is to give you a shot of pepper spray,” said Judge Michael Cicconetti.
What Cicconetti didn’t tell Diamond T. Gaston, 20, was that the spray used on her in court was a non-harmful saline substance, according to WOIO.’
‘An increasing number of countries are banning Monsanto’s cancer-linked Roundup herbicide, a.k.a. glyphosate. Others are banning Monsanto’s GMOs. Meanwhile, Monsanto-funded U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thinks “(t)here is a big gap between what the facts are, and what the perceptions are.” Actually the facts are established: Monsanto’s herbicides and GMOs are harmful to humans and animals. Several studies have demonstrated it and even led the World Health Organization to issue a warning against glyphosate’s links to cancer.
In fact, Monsanto knew 35 years ago that its glyphosate was linked to cancer and other health issues. GM-Free Cymru discovered this while looking into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) archives from the early 80′s:’
‘The multinational telecom company Orange is trying to distance itself from its Israeli affiliate as it faces mounting pressure from a boycott called against its Egyptian subsidiary Mobinil.
But BDS Egypt, the organizers of the Mobinil boycott, have rejected company statements as “shameless deception” and an effort to mislead the Egyptian public.
The campaign has affirmed that the boycott of Mobinil will continue until Orange ends its contract with its Israeli affiliate Partner Communications over the latter’s complicity in human rights abuses and war crimes against Palestinians.’
‘Students attend college to pursue their interests, broaden their intellectual horizons and make headway toward a career. While this is made difficult due to the amount of debt that many must saddle in order to earn a degree, there is also another, much stealthier problem as well: the college bureaucracy.
University bureaucracies absorb large amounts of funding and undermine the alleged goal of college, which is to provide an education. But they also signal something more sinister: the neo-liberalization of education, now viewed as a business.’
‘Establishment historians portray the British Empire in India as a testament to British industry, British values, British discipline and general British superiority over the native people. They also credit the British with the creation of modern India, implying that the civilization and economy of pre-British India was superseded by the “natural” rules of evolution and survival.
The following is a view from the other side. From 17th Century Mughal India, where the British East India Company had just set shop, and had instantly gained notoriety for rapaciousness. English translations of authentic Mughal-era Persian documents give an interesting view of Mughal tensions with the British at Bombay. They shed light on the Mughals mistaking British economic terrorism for “trade.” A grave mistake which lead to the colonization of India.’
‘Israeli occupation authorities delivered an order to Muna Shalabi, the wife of a recently sentenced Palestinian prisoner, informing her that they intend to expel her from her hometown of Jerusalem for “security reasons.”
Shalabi, 43, is from the Sawaneh neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, and was informed by Israel’s interior ministry that she must leave the city for an unspecified amount of time, according to the publication Arab48.
Shalabi’s husband Omar, 44, was earlier this month sentenced to nine months in an Israeli prison after an Israeli court found him guilty of “supporting terrorism” and “incitement” for comments he wrote on Facebook last December.
Omar, the former secretary of Jerusalem’s branch of the Fatah political party, was one of eight Palestinians from the city arrested in December for Facebook comments.’
‘A bomb attack, claimed by the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group, has targeted another Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, with a confirmed death toll of four as of now.
The Saudi Interior Ministry said the attack took place on Friday close to Imam Hussein (PBUH) Mosque in the provincial capital of Dammam, located about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital, Riyadh.’
‘US President Barack Obama has called on Congress to renew legislation which allows the National Security Agency to continue its controversial phone records collection.
“I expect them to take action, and take action swiftly,” Obama said on Friday, as the Senate has until Sunday midnight to act.
Obama warned that inaction to extend key Patriot Act provisions, which can extend the program for two months, could hinder counterterrorism efforts by the NSA.’
‘Spain says it has approved an agreement authorizing the permanent military presence of the United Sates at a southern Spanish base for deployment on missions to Africa.
Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told a press conference in Madrid on Friday that the government agreed to permanently extend the 1988 military accord under which the US Marines intervention force has been based at Moron de la Frontera in the southern province of Seville.
“The deployment at the Moron base will be made permanent with a force of 2,200 military personnel and 500 civilian staff plus 26 aircraft,” Saenz de Santamaria stated.’
‘A series of clashes have broken out when Israeli forces attacked separate groups of Palestinians protesting across the occupied West Bank and used violent means to disperse the crowds.
On Friday, Palestinians held massive rallies in the villages of Bil’in and Kfar Qaddum to express their anger over the ongoing Israeli settlement building and the apartheid wall.
The protesters, including Palestinians and international peace activists, chanted slogans against the expropriation and the confiscation of Palestinian land by Israel.
Witnesses said that the demonstrations were largely peaceful until Israeli forces assaulted the protesters and used water cannons, rubber-coated bullets, and teargas canisters to break up the protest. The protesters pelted stones at Israeli forces in return.’