‘Margaret Thatcher, the former prime minister, was kept fully informed about an investigation into a senior diplomat who was embroiled in a paedophile scandal, newly-released secret documents show.
Mrs Thatcher received a stream of memos from officials about the “unnatural sexual proclivities” of Sir Peter Hayman.
The prime minister was carefully coached on how to deflect difficult questions about the affair after it was finally exposed by Private Eye magazine in 1980.’
‘Former diplomat Sir Peter Hayman has been named as the subject of a secret file concerning “unnatural sexual proclivities”.
The file, which has just been released to the National Archives, names the late Sir Peter in a report prepared for then prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
His name had previously been redacted from the file name, which emerged in the wake of an inquiry into the Home Office’s handling of child sexual abuse allegations.’
‘Prosecutors are considering charging an elderly Labour peer with child sex offences and have promised a decision “soon”.
Greville Janner, 86, has not been arrested in connection with the allegations.
Crown Prosecution Service lawyers are now considering if there is enough evidence to charge him after recently being handed a full file of evidence for the first time.
If they decide there is they will consider if it is in the “public interest” to prosecute taking into account his age and health.’
‘On January 22nd, Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News (Murdoch founded it, his son James headed it for a while, and their 21st Century Fox owns “a controlling stake” in it) telecast a puff-piece for Ukraine’s right-wing extremists, several times calling them “heroes” to “patriotic” Ukrainians.
This segment of their documentary series “Ross Kemp: Extreme World,” was titled “Ukraine: The Rise of The Right.” In it, Ukraine’s “far right” are described as being patriots who are protecting all of Ukraine from a Russian invasion, and who are therefore being increasingly admired by Ukrainians.
It says: “The ultras [ultra-rightists] are actually patriotic young people who are ready to fight — not only on the Maidan, but also at the war for our land. … These men — seen now by many as heroes — are fighting for the Azov Battalion in Mariupol, Maryinka and Iliovaisk.”’
‘The Holocaust in Europe was the extreme distillation of the essence of evil. It was prepared, as are all genocides, by first engineering the dehumanisation of its victims. The ‘Final Solution’ of the Nazis then progressed to the wholesale killing of millions, mostly Jews, on an industrial scale, that established a terrifying precedent in the history of man’s inhumanity to man.
Seventy years on, there is tragically now a resurgence of anti-Semitism driven in large part by the policy of the Israeli government in its brutal treatment of the five million indigenous Muslim Arabs whose lands it still occupies – much of which it has expropriated in violation of international law.’
‘The Israeli authorities on Friday published tenders to build 450 new illegal settler homes in the occupied West Bank, the head of an NGO that monitors settlement activity said, as Zionist settlers attempted to kidnap an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler in occupied East Jerusalem.
“It’s the opening of the settlement floodgates,” said Daniel Seidemann, head of the Terrestrial Jerusalem group, adding that the announcements were the first since October 2014 and unlikely to be the last before the March 17 general election.
Settlement watchdog Peace Now said that the new homes were to be built in four existing settlements across the occupied West Bank — 114 in Adam, 156 in Elkana, 78 in Alfei Menashe and 102 in Kiryat Arba.’
‘David Cameron has defended MPs against the cynicism of the British electorate by saying politicians “love” their communities and “overwhelmingly” enter Westminster for the right reasons.
The Prime Minister said Britain’s political class was motivated by helping those “less fortunate than ourselves” and improving society.
It comes with polls consistently showing the public holds MPs in contempt and amid smaller parties such as Ukip and SNP attracting voters with anti-Westminster rhetoric.’
‘All front-line police officers should be offered a Taser in light of the increased terrorism threat, the head of the Police Federation says.
Steve White said it would help protect against “dangerous people” who could be “preparing to attack police officers”.
He told The Guardian that every police officer was a potential target.
The federation is to vote on the proposal, that every uniformed frontline officer should be offered Taser training, next month.’
‘The Army is setting up a new unit that will use psychological operations and social media to help fight wars “in the information age”.
Head of the Army General Sir Nick Carter said the move was about trying to operate “smarter”.
The 77th Brigade, made up of reservists and regular troops and based in Hermitage, Berkshire, will be formally created in April.’
‘Terror suspects held by the CIA were interrogated on the British‑owned island of Diego Garcia despite the repeated denials of London and Washington that any such incidents took place, a senior American official said today.
Lawrence Wilkerson, who was the chief aide to former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, said the remote UK-administered military base in the Indian Ocean was used as a back-up location for “nefarious activities”, such as the questioning of prisoners in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, for weeks at a time.
It is the first time that a top Bush administration official has gone on the record to state that the British territory formed part of the chain of “black sites” from Poland to Afghanistan used by the CIA for interrogation and torture.’
‘The National Fraternal Order of Police is pushing for legislation to classify anti-police comments as “hate speech.” The 300,000 strong FOP says that police officers should fall under the Congressional hate crimes statute, and should thus be regarded as a protected minority.
This bold move comes on the heels of two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were killed in the line of duty.’
‘Missoula police are seeking a quarter of a million dollar Homeland Security grant to help them spy on “extremist” organization The Rainbow Family, a loosely affiliated hippy group which stresses non-violence, peace and love.
The mayor signed off this week on a proposal that if approved would net the Missoula Police Department $254,930 from the DHS to purchase a mobile command unit that would be used to spy on The Rainbow Family, which is listed as an “extremist” organization in the proposal. The unit will also be used by other first responders during emergencies and natural disasters.’
’20 years ago, the MMR vaccine was found to infect virtually all of its recipients with measles. The manufacturer Merck’s own product warning links MMR to a potentially fatal form of brain inflammation caused by measles. Why is this evidence not being reported?’
‘A hardship fund set up to support welfare claimants struggling to pay rent after the Tories’ housing benefit reforms is being cut by nearly a quarter.
Councils have been told that the budget for so-called discretionary housing payments will plummet from £165million to £125million from April.
Campaigners said reducing the funding would mean cutting the “parachute cord” for the most vulnerable families hit by the bedroom tax and the £26,000 annual benefit cap.’
‘The French government has been ridiculed for producing a poster that is supposed to help identify potential jihadists – with one suggestion that giving up baguettes is a telltale sign.
They claim pointers that someone is being radicalised by Islamist fanatics include alarm bells such as losing interest in sports, rejecting members of their family and changing eating habits.
The poster was launched as part of a new £320million campaign to counter terrorism in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in early January, when 17 innocent people were killed over three days.
But the attempt to inform the public backfired, with many ridiculing it for some of the suggestions made in the Stop Jihadism poster.’
‘The prosecution of arms-trade protesters who occupied a British drone engines manufacturer has been dropped at the last minute, after the company refused to hand over evidence about its exports of weaponry to Israel, The Independent can reveal.
The nine demonstrators had been due to go on trial next month for aggravated trespass after they halted production during a sit-in at the Staffordshire factory of UAV Engines Ltd, a subsidiary of the Israeli defence giant Elbit Systems – one of the largest manufacturer of military drones.
The activists were arrested after they targeted the company at the height of last summer’s assault by Israel on Gaza, to highlight claims that British-made weaponry was being used by Israeli forces.’
‘A 21-year-old Army private was hospitalized with severe wounds after an incident involving three Norfolk Police officers.
London Colvin is a second-semester junior and Sociology major at Norfolk State University and a private in the 3rd Brigade, 318th Regiment and 78th Training Division, based at Fort Belvoir.
Colvin was at an off-campus party early Sunday morning when a fight broke out. According to her cousin, her and her friends were leaving when the police showed up.’
‘Keeping with tradition, the Ministry of Homeland Security has decreed it will once again be implementing stringent, hyper-vigilant anti-terrorist security measures during this year’s Super Bowl.
Since 9/11, the yearly event has devolved into a free-for-all for the DHS and its sub-branch agencies, many of which will be on hand coordinating largely theatrical operations which serve more to acclimate the public to an Orwellian police state than provide any actual security.
The Transportation Security Agency will be on high alert closely scrutinizing travelers passing through Phoenix Sky Harbor, searching for prohibited items like air horns, BBQ sauce and flasks of all shapes and sizes, while blithely ignoring concerns brought to light by a security consultant who proved in 2013 that an array of makeshift weapons could be constructed using gift shop items found beyond TSA checkpoints.’
‘A Detroit family that removed their home’s “Smart Meter” has been forced to rely on a generator after a local power company shut off their electricity.
The incident began last June when Andrea McNich and her husband asked to have their Smart Meter removed after Andrea began experiencing health issues.
“I started to not feel well again,” Andrea told WXYZ News. “I suffer from migraines and they started to come back and I couldn’t figure out what it was. And then other people in the community, and I have clients all over the globe, and other people started having these weird symptoms.”
In an attempt to remedy her painful headaches, Andrea says she asked her power company, DTE Energy, to replace her meter with an earlier analog version.’
Adrian Salbuchi, an expert on the twin Buenos Aires bombings of the Israeli Embassy (in 1992) and of the Jewish Community Center (in 1994) has now been featured by Russia Today for his analysis of the latest development, the murder/suicide of Alberto Nisman, Argentine Public Prosecutor in the case of the 1994 AMIA Jewish Mutual Building terror bombing, ostensively as he was about to make public “high-power evidence” against Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner and her Foreign Minister Hector Timerman for covering up Iran’s role in the attack.
The bombings were done to punish Argentina for cooperating with Iran in the development of the peaceful use of atomic energy, where the attacks were blamed on Iran but the evidence proved it was a “false flag” attack. Both were blamed on car bombs but, as Salbuchi explains, things are not as they have been presented.
In January 2013, the Republic of Argentina announced that it would “start talking” to the Iranians (after a seven years hiatis), where a “Memorandum of Understanding” was signed which became local law in March 2013. A “Commission for Truth” was to be established, where Nisman and his Mossad and CIA controllers, who claimed to have “damning truth and evidence against Iran”, were superseded:
‘Schoolteachers in Texas will be allowed to use lethal force against students without risking legal repercussions if a new bill being considered in the Lone Star State’s legislature becomes a law.
The bill –HB 868, or the “Teacher’s Protection Act” – affords educators legal immunity in the unlikely event that they happen to kill any of their students during school-sanctioned events.’
‘A San Francisco public defender was arrested Wednesday for doing what many public defenders don’t have a good rap for doing.
Defending her client.
But police called that resisting arrest, the only charged they jailed her on after they led her away in handcuffs in an incident caught on video.
Jami Tillotson willfully took the arrest rather than kowtow to their demands to allow them to photograph and question her client, not resisting in the slightest.’
‘Few in Greece, even five years ago, would have imagined their recession- and austerity-ravaged country as it is now: 1.3 million people – 26% of the workforce – without a job (and most of them without benefits); wages down by 38% on 2009, pensions by 45%, GDP by a quarter; 18% of the country’s population unable to meet their food needs; 32% below the poverty line.
And just under 3.1 million people, 33% of the population, without national health insurance.
So, along with a dozen other medics including a GP, a brace of pharmacists, a paediatrician, a psychologist, an orthopaedic surgeon, a gynaecologist, a cardiologist and a dentist or two, Kesidou, an ear, nose and throat specialist, spends a day a week at this busy but cheerful clinic half an hour’s drive from central Athens, treating patients who otherwise would not get to see a doctor. Others in the group accept uninsured patients in their private surgeries.’
‘Greece’s newly-elected anti-austerity Finance Minister says his government will no longer cooperate with the troika of international lenders or seek aid extension.
Yanis Varoufakis made the announcement on Friday, following a meeting with Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem.
Referring to the troika, the Greek finance minister said, “We have no intention of co-operating with a three-member committee whose goal is to implement a program whose logic we consider anti-European.”‘
‘Camels, goats, cows and donkeys carrying explosives could be used in deadly attacks by Nigerian terror group Boko Haram.
Intelligence reports gathered by Nigerian’s security agencies reveal the group is planning to use the livestock in busy public places, the country’s government has warned.
Youngsters disguised as cobblers hiding explosives in their tool boxes are also set to be used in the terror attacks.’
‘The latest news out of Madison isn’t good for students at Wisconsin’s public universities: Gov. Scott Walker just announced a plan to cut $300 million in state funding for the publicly funded UW system over two years.
State revenues have been set back by both the recent recession and by a deep tax cut that has not produced the economic growth its proponents expected, leaving Walker no choice but to make drastic cuts to state services in an attempt to balance the budget in advance of his widely anticipated run for president. If Walker’s plan is approved by the legislature, it will likely lead to layoffs, reductions in course offerings, and possibly an increase in tuition when a state-mandated tuition freeze expires in 2017.’
‘The intelligence community gathered no specific evidence of an impending genocide in Libya in spring 2011, undercutting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s primary argument for using the U.S. military to remove Col. Moammar Gadhafi from power, an event that has left his country in chaos, according to officials with direct knowledge of the dispute.
Defense officials, speaking in detail for the first time about their assessments of the Libyan civil war four years ago, told The Washington Times that Mrs. Clinton’s strong advocacy for intervention against the Libyan regime rested more on speculative arguments of what might happen to civilians than on facts reported from the ground.’
‘As if Froot Loops weren’t already a poor enough choice, with their sugar, dyes, and artificial flavors, (and no “froot” anywhere in sight) now, independent testing has shown that those ingredients aren’t the worst thing that Kelloggs is serving up. The cereal also contains Round-up herbicide (glyphosate) and genetically modified corn. Oh – and not just a little bit of GMO corn – it’s 100% GMO.’
‘For years I have said “we’re all philosophers whether we know it or not”, yet more recently I have also come to understand that we’re all meditators.
There are a few common barriers to the ongoing conscious practice of meditation in our current era. Many people have wanted to try meditation but never have, or they have tried but gave up after a relatively short time. This is due to different reasons, such as they didn’t think that they were learning anything, it was too tedious and ineffective, they didn’t want to invest the time required and/or they felt they didn’t have the capacity to become advanced at it.
Yet meditation is just like exercise—if we want to make our bodies fit for living or our brains fit for meditation, we need to keep at it. The longer we meditate the greater we experience the physical and mental health benefits it can generate. It can also provide spiritual empowerment if we commit to it for long enough.’
‘Yesterday, we heard John McCain call protesters low life scum. Today, we learn that a Florida Sheriff recommended running them over.
Dark clouds gather over America as officials in power continue to show how much contempt they have for Americans who oppose the status quo enough to do something about it.’
‘Anonymized credit card data – only locations and times of purchases made – are enough to identify a person, a new MIT study shows. Shopping habits are so unique, that knowledge of only four transactions help tell who the buyer is.
Three months of credit card transactions carried out by 1.1 million people in 10,000 shops in one country were studied by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology team, which made the results public in a January 30 issue of Science journal.
The name of the country is not specified, it’s only designated as an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country. The source of the data is only mentioned as a “major bank.”’
‘Mark Carney’s claim that Britain has escaped a “debt trap” common to Eurozone states has been dismissed by UK economist Michael Burke as “delusional.” Burke says Britain’s debt has merely been transferred from private firms to UK homeowners.
Speaking at a conference in Dublin on Wednesday, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England (BoE), said all major advanced economies have experienced a debt trap since the 2008 financial crisis.
He suggested states’ debt burdens had been exacerbated by low levels of growth and the private sector’s tendency to cut spending in difficult economic times.’
‘Canada introduced on Friday new anti-terrorism legislation critics say gives spy agencies sweeping powers that threaten the public’s civil liberties.
The legislation is the Anti-terrorism Act 2015, which Ottawa Citizen reporter Ian MacLeod described as “the most dramatic package of new laws since the Anti-terrorism Act of 2001.”
Among the provisions of the legislation are that it would expand the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)’s powers to “disrupt terrorism offenses and terrorist activity;” make it easier for law enforcement agencies to carry out preventive detentions, and allow them for longer time, make it easier to federal agencies to share information, and give law enforcement agencies power “to disrupt terrorism offenses and terrorist activity, according to a government fact sheet.’
‘In an unprecedented blackout, top U.S. military officials have quietly classified key information about how they are spending the over $65 billion dollars appropriated since 2002 to train Afghan forces.
New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg, who broke the story in the press on Thursday, explained, “until this month the American-led coalition regularly shared details on how the money was being put to use and on the Afghan forces’ progress.”
However, this information has been suddenly declared off-limits, meaning that over 100 critical aspects of U.S. policy in Afghanistan are shielded from public disclosure.’
‘It has been said that birds of a feather flock together, and proof of that statement can be seen in the fact that terrorist sympathizer John McCain was recently forced to act as Knight in Shining Armor for famed mass murderer Henry Kissinger as the latter was attempting to give yet another speech to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Kissinger’s arrival, as well as the beginning of his speech, was interrupted by protesters from Code Pink, who attempted to list off the crimes of Henry Kissinger but were unable to continue their presentation for the requisite number of days it would take to do so due to the fact that Capitol Hill police were called in to remove them.
McCain, always a friend to those who have committed or are doing their best to commit atrocities on a mass scale, erupted in typical angry fashion screaming at protesters, “You know, you’re going to have to shut up, or I’m going to have you arrested.” As the protesters were being removed, McCain also screamed, “Get out of here you low-life scum.”’
‘Israeli troops have launched an assault on Palestinian demonstrators in several towns and villages across the occupied West Bank, injuring two protesters.
Violence erupted after Friday prayers when Israeli forces attacked Palestinians protesting against Tel Aviv’s illegal settlement activities.
A 60-year-old man and a Palestinian child were wounded in clashes in the village of Kafr Qaddum.’
‘The Obama administration treats journalists that “cross this administration” as “enemies of the state” who “will be attacked and punished,” according to a former CBS News investigative journalist.
Sharyl Attkisson, who resigned from CBS News in March, 2014 after 21 years with the network, lashed out at the White House and Justice Department on Thursday for blocking her various attempts to report on the activities of the US government.
“If you cross this administration with perfectly accurate reporting they don’t like, you will be attacked and punished,” Attkisson testified at the Senate confirmation hearing for US Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.’
‘Belarus says the awaited Minsk peace negotiations between representatives of Ukraine’s government and pro-Russian forces have been cancelled after Ukrainian officials refused to show up.
“The Foreign Ministry of Belarus confirmed today that Kiev (representatives) won’t come. The talks have been cancelled,” pro-Russians’ representative, Denis Pushilin, told reporters in the Belarusian capital on Friday.
The development comes a day after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko urged all sides involved in the Ukraine conflict to “do their utmost to stop that war.”’
‘Head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has lashed out at Tel Aviv regime for the recent killing of a number of its members, saying the Middle East region is suffering from “a cancerous growth called Israel.”
Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks on Friday during a speech about the Israeli attack on the Syrian Golan town of Quneitra on January 18.
He described the Israeli regime as a “trauma” and a “bacterium of corruption” which has been plaguing the whole region since 1948.’