Archives 4th June 2015

‘The Russian Investigative Committee has identified a key witness to the MH17 crash in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region. He is Evgeny Agapov, an aviation armaments mechanic in the Ukrainian Air Force.

The man is currently under Russian state protection.

Agapov, a Ukrainian citizen, was serving as a military mechanic in the first squadron of the Ukrainian Air Force’s tactical aviation brigade.

According to Markin, the man “voluntarily crossed the state border of the Russian Federation and expressed a desire to cooperate with the Russian investigation.”’

Read more: Russian investigators reveal identity of key witness in MH17 crash

‘Reminiscent of a 1970’s television show, whenever one tunes in to the mainstream corporate news to observe the latest propaganda from the US government and the State Department in particular, the viewer can scarcely contain himself from asking “What will they think of next?”

Indeed, mainstream news and the US State Department must be attempting to top themselves in a contest that could only be titled “Wackiest theory of the week.”

Enter this week’s contestant: the “Assad is supporting ISIS” claim.

Yesterday, the U.S. Embassy Syria Twitter account sent out a tweet suggesting that the Syrian government was undertaking a bombing campaign in support of ISIS and the terrorist organization’s creeping assault on Aleppo.’

Read more: US Claims Assad Supporting ISIS as US Supports ISIS

‘The collapse of a trial at London’s Old Bailey after it was revealed the British Government and its intelligence agency MI6 had assisted anti-Assad militias could have lasting implications for other terrorist cases and powers of police arrest.

The trial hearing centred on a Swedish national, Bherlin Gildo, who was arrested in 2014 at London’s Heathrow airport on his way from Copenhagen to Manila. He was detained under schedule 7 of the 2000 Terrorism Act, which provides for the detention of a person in a port or airport and allows for the examination and detention of goods “for the purpose of determining whether they have been used in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism”.

Gildo was accused of attending a terrorist training camp and receiving weapons training as well as possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist. However, the prosecution withdrew the charges, saying that – after reviewing the evidence – “many matters were raised [they] did not know at the outset”.’

Read more: UK Forced to Rethink Terrorism Laws After Trial Collapse

‘Senior clerics fighting for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have issued an instruction banning pigeon-breeding claiming that “the sight of the birds’ genitals as they fly overhead is offensive to Islam,” The Daily Mail reports.

The Islamists operating in the ISIS “Euphrates province” that stretches from Anbar in Iraq to Dier ez Zour in Syria published the instruction by the senior administrators of the province, telling pigeon breeders they had one week to stop the practice, or face prison, a fine and public flogging.’

Read more: ​ISIS bans pigeon breeding as seeing birds' genitals 'offends Islam' – report

‘Unconfirmed reports based on a video release dated May 20, 2015 point to a massive and unprecedented bomb explosion in Yemen.

The reports suggest without corroborating evidence that the explosion could have been the result of a nuclear strike, using a tactical nuclear weapon. There is no evidence to that effect.

Whatever the nature of this explosion, it constitutes a crime against humanity.

While there is no concrete evidence that the US led alliance has used nukes against Yemen, the broader issue of nuclear war against the Middle East is, nonetheless, of utmost relevance.’

Read more: The War on Yemen, America’s Plans to Use Nuclear Weapons against the Middle East

‘Letters from the 1980s have been released, in which MP Geoffrey Dickens called for then-Home Secretary Leon Brittan to ban a pro-paedophilia group.

In 1983, The Conservative MP wrote he “would not rest” until the Paedophile Information Exchange was outlawed.

Lord Brittan wanted to see if existing laws proved adequate first.

Before his death in January this year, the Tory peer had faced questions over his handling of child abuse allegations during his time in office.’

Read more: Leon Brittan and Geoffrey Dickens' notes from 1980s released

‘Thousands of tonnes of supermarket food are to be given to charity at the end of each day rather than being thrown away.

The move has been announced by Tesco at a time when stores are coming under increasing pressure over the huge amount of food wasted.

It is a remarkable U-turn for Britain’s biggest supermarket, which has previously been involved in the prosecution of people who take food from its bins.’

Read more: Tesco to cut waste by giving food to charity every day: Supermarket will donate thousands of tonnes of stock as stores come under pressure to cut wastage

‘Police are sitting on £1.85billion of public money – while complaining bitterly about ‘cuts’.

Forces even managed to boost their reserves by more than a third over the past five years of ‘austerity’, watchdogs found.

The extraordinary treasure chest has emerged despite forces axing 16,659 officers and doom mongering about reduced services and fewer bobbies on the beat.

Whitehall’s spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, was told police had been hoarding the money in anticipation of further cuts to come.’

Read more: How shroud-waving police are sitting on £1.85billion of cash: Forces have boosted coffers by a third over past five years – while complaining bitterly about cuts