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  • Jihadi threat requires move into 'private space' of UK Muslims, says police chief

    05/25/2015 12:31:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Guardian and Observer ^ | May 24, 2015 | Vikram Dodd, Crime correspondent
    Exclusive: Britain’s most senior Muslim officer says potency of Islamist propaganda means some five-year-olds believe Christmas is forbidden.Islamist propaganda is so potent it is influencing children as young as five and should be countered with intensified monitoring to detect the earliest signs of anti-western sentiment, Britain’s most senior Muslim police chief has warned. Scotland Yard commander Mak Chishty said children aged five had voiced opposition to marking Christmas, branding it as “haram” – forbidden by Islam. He also warned that there was no end in sight to the parade of British Muslims, some 700 so far, being lured from their...
  • Losing their religion: the hidden crisis of faith among Britain’s young Muslims

    05/17/2015 7:38:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 05/16/2015 | Andrew Anthony
    As debate rages over the radicalisation of young British Muslims, are we overlooking a different crisis of faith? Ex-Muslims who dare to speak out are often cut off by their families and fear for their lives. A brave few tell us their stories. Sulaiman Vali is a softly spoken 32-year-old computer engineer. A natural introvert not drawn to controversy or given to making bold statements, he’s the kind of person who is happiest in the background. He lives alone in a modest house on a quiet street in a small town in East Northamptonshire. He doesn’t want to be any...
  • UK Plans To Do Away With Free Speech... In The Name Of Free Speech

    05/14/2015 12:04:13 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 40 replies
    TechDirt ^ | 05/13/2015 | by Mike Masnick
    Last fall,..UK Home Secretary Theresa May had made it clear that if her Conservative Party were re-elected, one of the first orders of business would be a new "Extremist Disruption Orders" plan that would outlaw any speech or events that the government declared "extremist." She wasn't kidding around. Following last week's election in the UK, David Cameron appears to be announcing just such a plan ... The measures would give the police powers to apply to the high court for an order to limit the “harmful activities” of an extremist individual. The definition of harmful is to include a risk...
  • Britain to announce new laws on Islamic extremism (to combat "poisonous Islamist ideology" )

    05/12/2015 6:48:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/12/15 | AFP
    London (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron was to announce new laws to combat "poisonous Islamist ideology" Wednesday in his first major policy announcement since winning last week's general election. His centre-right Conservative government is to include a new law to "defeat extremism" in its legislative programme which will be announced to parliament by Queen Elizabeth II on May 27. Britain's strategy on Islamist extremism has been in the spotlight for months since Islamic State (IS) executioner "Jihadi John" was identified as Mohammed Emwazi from London and a string of young people left Britain to fight for the IS...
  • UK Election Should Make the Democrats Nervous: I hope this is not just wishful thinking.

    05/10/2015 2:47:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 8, 2015 | Roger L. Simon
    I am no expert in UK politics and I have never played an MP or even a barrister on TV, but I did forego a room at a Holiday Inn Express last night to stay up to the small hours watching BBC World at home, so I won’t let a lack of knowledge stop me. I think — and I hope this is not just wishful thinking — that the results of Thursday’s election in the UK augur poorly for the U.S. Democratic Party in 2016. Now most people know by now that the SNP (Scottish National Party) swamped Scotland,...
  • The British Tories Are Like American Republicans: No One Trusts Them To Be Conservatives

    05/09/2015 11:16:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/09/2015 | Robert Wargas
    Many people seem to think that the results of the British general election—a gain of 24 seats for the Tories, giving them a majority—herald a major win for conservatism. They don’t. They herald a major win for the Conservative Party, but just because it calls itself the Conservative Party doesn’t mean it does conservative things. Actually, the full official name of that party is the “Conservative and Unionist Party,” and last night was not a win for unionism either. The Scottish National Party, once a marginal outfit known outside Scotland only because Sean Connery supported it, picked up 50 seats...
  • Support for BNP Virtually Disappears on Torrid Election Day

    05/08/2015 3:19:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Express ^ | Fri, May 8, 2015 | TOM BATCHELOR
    SUPPORT for the far-right British National Party collapsed yesterday after its eight candidates picked up fewer than 2,000 votes.The BNP’s dismal showing – its worst performance in more than decade – saw the party receive support from just 1,667 voters, down from 563,743 in 2010. The party polled lower than the Monster Raving Loony Party and the little-known Cannabis Is Better Than Alcohol party. It meant the party lost it’s Ł500 deposit in every seat it was contesting, with the BNP’s vote share plummeting by 99.7 per cent. Former leader Nick Griffin, the face of the nationalist party for many...
  • Prehistoric man with shield found after dig [Pocklington UK]

    05/08/2015 1:23:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Pocklington Post ^ | Thursday 30 April 2015 | unattributed
    An archeological dig in Pocklington has unearthed a prehistoric man buried with a shield. The skeleton was found in one of the square barrows at the recently discovered Iron Age burial ground on Burnby Lane, which is where developer David Wilson Homes is planning to build 77 new houses. MAP Archaeological Practice, the company which is carrying out the excavation work, says it has also discovered a man "of an impressive stature." The site has so far yielded more than 38 square barrows and in excess of 82 burials... Several of the square barrows contain personal possessions, including jewellery, and...
  • One Political Party Increased Its Seats in the British Parliament By 800 Percent!

    05/08/2015 9:04:27 AM PDT · by pinochet · 27 replies
    The election results in Britain has given the Conservative Party a majority in the UK parliament. But the most interesting story in the election, is the events in Scotland. The Labor Party has been wiped out in Scotland. The Scottish National Party (SNP) increased their seats in the British Parliament by 833 percent, the greatest increase seen by any party in the post World War Two era. Scotland has 59 seats in the British Parliament. The list below shows the distribution of Scottish UK Parliament seats from the 2010 election to the 2015 election. 2010 - Labor (41), Liberal Democrats...
  • Britain's new princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

    05/04/2015 11:37:29 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/4/2015 | Andrew Osborn
    (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have named their newborn daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, a choice that honors the baby's late grandmother Princess Diana and her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
  • Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is 'doing well' after giving birth to her second child

    05/02/2015 4:02:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 100 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5-2-15 | Rebecca English & Jennifer Smith
    The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl, Kensington Palace has announced. The princess was born at 8.34am this morning weighing 8lbs 3oz, with the Duke of Cambridge present for the birth. Kensington Palace announced the birth shortly after 11am this morning, some five hours after Kate was admitted to the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. The Duchess and her newborn daughter are both 'doing well', a palace spokesman said. The announcement came by way of a statement released by Kensington Palace shortly after 11am. It was then posted on the palace's official...
  • Britain's Labour has one-point lead over Conservatives - YouGov

    05/02/2015 1:49:38 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    firstpost.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Reuters
    Britain's opposition Labour Party has taken a 1 percentage point lead over Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, according to a YouGov opinion poll published on Friday, though still within the poll's margin of error.
  • Muslim vote could decide 25% of seats [in England]

    04/30/2015 9:50:49 AM PDT · by pabianice · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/30/15 | Slack, et al
    British Muslims could have the decisive vote in a quarter of constituencies, analysis shows. In 159 of the 632 seats, the number of Muslims is greater than the margin of victory in 2010. And this is true among almost half the 193 marginal seats, according to the Henry Jackson Society, which has carried out the first study of the religious breakdown of each seat. There are also 51 constituencies where the number of Hindus is larger than the winning majority five years ago. In addition, there are 15 constituencies, all marginal, where the number of Buddhists is greater than the...
  • British Labour chief: I’m going to make Islamophobia an aggravated hate crime

    04/27/2015 3:52:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 27, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Via Breitbart, a reminder that Britain’s left remains a few steps ahead of America’s in legally sanctioning thoughtcrime. Here in the good ol’ free-market U.S.A., we still prefer economic sanctions for deviating from ruling-class orthodoxy. But give us time. As a much older nation, the UK’s had longer to make “progress.” There’s a parliamentary election set for 10 days for now so Miliband’s speaking here with an eye to that. I wonder which group he’s hoping to goose into turning out with these remarks — devout Muslims or Britain’s Social Justice Warriors? Frankly, apart from women’s issues and gay rights,...
  • Secret US memo for Congress...says Britain's 'special relationship' with America is over

    04/12/2015 7:10:05 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 12 2015 | WILLIAM LOWTHER and GLEN OWEN
    Washington believes that the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US is over, according to a secret briefing document seen by The Mail on Sunday. The memo for members of Congress states damningly that ‘the UK may not be viewed as centrally relevant to the United States in all of the issues and relations considered a priority on the US agenda’. Dated April 2015 and drawn up to brief the Senate and House of Representatives on the impact of Britain’s General Election, the memo also warns that the UK faces turmoil if there is a hung parliament. The document –...
  • Secret US memo for Congress says Britain's 'special relationship' with America is over

    04/11/2015 5:53:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 77 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/11/15 | William Lowther, Glen Owen
    Secret US memo for Congress seen by Mail On Sunday says Britain's 'special relationship' with America is over Washington believes that the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US is over, according to a secret briefing document seen by The Mail on Sunday. The memo for members of Congress states damningly that ‘the UK may not be viewed as centrally relevant to the United States in all of the issues and relations considered a priority on the US agenda’. Dated April 2015 and drawn up to brief the Senate and House of Representatives on the impact of Britain’s General Election,...
  • Warwick Castle cannonball show sets fire to medieval boathouse (Ooops)

    04/10/2015 1:54:31 PM PDT · by NRx · 42 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04-10-2015 | Nicola Harley
    Hundreds of tourists have been evacuated from Warwick Castle after a burning cannonball fired from the world's largest working siege machine destroyed a medieval boathouse by fire.
  • U.K. Makes a Big Oil Discovery

    Exploration firm U.K. Oil & Gas Investments said Thursday there may be up to 100 billion barrels of oil at an onshore site in south England, near Gatwick airport, a company spokesperson told CNN. That's more than double the amount of oil pumped from Britain's energy offshore North Sea fields in the past 40 years. The company's share of the total reserves are estimated at close to 9 billion barrels. UKOG chief executive Stephen Sanderson described the discovery as a "world class potential resource."
  • Sex ed courses must make ‘positive’ portrayal of gay sex ‘compulsory’: Teachers Union (UK)

    04/08/2015 12:02:16 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 38 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/7/15 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    LONDON, April 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The British government must “make it compulsory that all schools’ sex education policies include a positive portrayal of same-sex relationships," the UK's National Union of Teachers (NUT) decided at its annual conference on Sunday.Christine Blower, General Secretary of the union, said that “NUT is at the forefront in the campaign for equality of opportunity and fair treatment for all students and staff, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation,” and that all political parties contending in the May election should adopt the union's motion."The NUT calls for all parties standing in the 2015 General...
  • Muslim Group With Links To Extremists Boasts Of Influencing Election [Coming To America?]

    04/04/2015 10:28:26 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | April 04, 2015 | Andrew Gilligan
    Muslim Group With Links To Extremists Boasts Of Influencing Election A group suspected of being a front for Islamic extremists claims it can control as many as 30 seats in the general election and boasts of acting a "kingmaker" By Andrew Gilligan 04 Apr 2015 A front group for Islamic extremists which wants to let British Muslims fight in Syria has boasted that it is “negotiating with the Tory and Labour leadership” to secure some of its demands. Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) has built links with both parties – and been chosen as an “official partner” by the Electoral...
  • UK election campaign begins

    03/30/2015 6:00:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/30/15 | Susannah Cullinane
    David Cameron formally asked Queen Elizabeth II to dissolve his country's Parliament on Monday, opening the way for campaigning ahead of the May 7 general election. The procedural step means there are officially no members of Parliament until it reconvenes on May 18 for the swearing-in of members and the official state opening of Parliament on May 27.
  • Britain's first gay prison wedding takes place as killers make history by tying knot behind bars

    03/28/2015 3:28:48 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | 28 March 2015 | Lucy Thornton
    Mikhail Ivan Gallatinov, 40 and his fellow male inmate Marc Goodwin, 31, tied the knot in the children's play alcove at their prison's visitor centre
  • Downton and out: 6th series will be last as cast gather to read through the new script

    03/26/2015 2:16:09 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3-26-15 | Katherine Rushton & Hannah Flint
    The doors to Downton Abbey are finally closing. Carnival Films and ITV have announced that there will be no return to the famous home of the Crawley family after the sixth season airs, as they want to end on a high. Downton Abbey has been a huge international success, selling to broadcasters around the world, but its ratings in Britain had started flagging. NBC Universal, which owns the production company behind the show, said in an internal note to staff that the long-running drama was ‘approaching its natural conclusion’. The internal note, seen by the Daily Mail, said: ‘Whilst we...
  • Report: Every Ethnic Group in Britain Wants to Reduce Immigration

    03/25/2015 7:41:35 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/25/2015 | Nick Hallett
    Voters from every ethnic group in Britain want lower levels of immigration, a new study has revealed. The analysis by Migration Watch found that 79 percent of all respondents wanted immigration levels reduced, with 60 percent of Asian voters wanting a reduction. The feeling is echoed by black voters, 57 percent of whom also want to reduce immigration. Thirty-two percent of black respondents want a large cut, while 38 percent of Asian voters also it reduced by a large amount.
  • The baroness, Islamic extremists and a question of free speech

    03/22/2015 12:28:39 PM PDT · by wtd · 1 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 7:00AM GMT 22 Mar 2015 | Andrew Gilligan
    The baroness, Islamic extremists and a question of free speech Two groups campaigning to get British Muslims involved in the election are "clever fronts" to win political access and influence for Islamists holding extreme views, writes Andrew Gilligan.
  • David Cameron Pulls Report on Muslim Brotherhood

    03/17/2015 8:30:54 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    British Prime Minister David Cameron pulled a report on Monday that was widely expected to recommend against labeling the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. The review, led by Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sir John Jenkins, also was expected to suggest that the Muslim Brotherhood’s activities in the United Kingdom should be more open and remain under review. No concrete policy recommendations were expected; however, the report was expected to name a network of linked organizations alleged to be involved in extremist activities. This network reportedly included a complex web of at least 60 organizations, think tanks, TV channels, and charities with...
  • Britain finally repays all First World War debts more than 100 years after the outbreak of [tr]

    03/14/2015 7:19:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2015 | Tom McTague
    Britain's First World War debt has finally be repaid in full – more than 100 years after the outbreak of the conflict. The Government repaid some Ł1.9billion still owed to more than 100,000 people who held 'War Bonds', issued in 1917 to help fund the military effort. George Osborne said he could pay off the debts because he can borrow the money cheaper elsewhere.
  • Rpt: Obama Admin May Take Iran Deal To United Nation - The Kelly File

    03/12/2015 8:49:18 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 66 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | March 12 2015 | You Tube
    Obama is going to the UN to get approval instead of getting approval of the senate. Marc Thiessen said that Obama intends that UN will give it force of international law. The problem is that the Constitution trumps international law. Obama is trying to make it difficult for the next president to revoke the deal.
  • Sat nav drivers 'damaging ancient buildings'

    04/09/2008 7:36:10 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 4 replies · 83+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 4-10-2008 | Aislinn Simpson
    Britain's historic bridges, buildings and roads are under threat from drivers blithely following satellite navigation directions, a conservation society warned yesterday. Among those which have been damaged by traffic driving down unsuitable roads is a 200-year-old bridge in Oxfordshire, a 300-year-old cottage in Greater Manchester and Pevensey Castle in East Sussex, according to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Phillip Venning, the society's secretary, said the cost of repairing some of the damage to the buildings had run into thousands of pounds. "Blind reliance on satellite navigation is fast becoming a serious issue for old buildings as motorists...
  • Bones find may be Roman

    04/01/2008 7:28:34 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 9 replies · 76+ views
    Oxford Mail ^ | 1st April 2008
    Archaeologists working in Oxford city centre have unearthed bones that could be more than 2,000 years old. A team of archaeologists has been excavating a site between St Giles and Blackhall Road since mid January - and last week the diggers struck bone, uncovering what could be a mass grave. Seven bodies, believed to date to the Roman or Saxon period, have been found at the site. Sean Wallis, project officer for Reading-based Thames Valley Archaeological Services, said "The whole of the site has been quite dense with archaeology but the area that the bodies turned up we only started...
  • Britain may broadcast Putin's financial secrets to Russian people

    03/11/2015 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/10/15 | Matthew Holehouse
    Foreign Secretary interested in proposals to broadcast information on secret wealth of Putin's circle, as he warns Russia could be "single greatest threat" to Britain Philip Hammond said he was interested by the idea of publicising the wealth of the Russian president’s inner circle in order to embarrass them in front of their people, as part of the response to the ongoing incursion into eastern Ukraine. The Foreign Secretary warned that Putin is rapidly modernising his armed forces, and warned Russia’s bid to destabilise eastern Europe poses “the greatest single threat” to British national security. Mr Hammond said that Britain...
  • Britain may broadcast Putin's financial secrets to Russia

    03/11/2015 4:05:12 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10 Mar 15 | Matthew Holehouse
    Britain may broadcast the financial secrets of Russia’s ruling elite as part of the information war against the Putin regime, the Foreign Secretary has indicated. Philip Hammond said he was interested by the idea of publicising the wealth of the Russian president’s inner circle in order to embarrass them in front of their people, as part of the response to the ongoing incursion into eastern Ukraine.
  • Found In Farmer's Field: The 2,000-Year-Old Skeleton Of The Lost Lady Of Rome

    11/23/2007 7:32:17 AM PST · by blam · 46 replies · 311+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 11-23-2007 | Chris Brooke
    Found in a farmer's field: The 2,000-year-old skeleton of the lost lady of Rome By CHRIS BROOKE Last updated at 09:14am on 23rd November 2007 In her lifetime she was a member of a wealthy family based in a bustling British outpost of the world's mightiest empire. The imperial glory has long faded. But, almost 2,000 years on, archaeologists have discovered a corner of an English field that is forever Rome. They have unearthed a coffin containing a remarkably well-preserved skeleton in the village of Aldborough, near Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire - once the site of a major Roman town, Isurium...
  • Cage director Asim Qureshi refuses to condemn stoning of adulterous women

    03/08/2015 3:34:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    telegraph UK ^ | 3/8/15 | Rosa Prince
    The director of the Muslim rights group Cage has repeatedly refused to condemn the stoning of adulterous women by Islamic extremists. Appearing on the BBC’s This Week programme, Asim Qureshi was asked about a series of positions advocated by a Muslim scholar he has described as a mentor, including female genital mutilation, domestic violence and the stoning to death of women found guilty of cheating on their husbands. Last month, Mr Qureshi was criticised for describing Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State executioner known as Jihadi John, as a “beautiful young man”. Pressed by Andrew Neil, the show’s presenter, to condemn...
  • UK: Charities no longer funding Cage, says Charity Commission

    03/08/2015 3:33:38 PM PDT · by the scotsman
    BBC NEWS ^ | 8th March 2015 | BBC NEWS
    'Advocacy group Cage is no longer being funded by two UK charities, according to the Charity Commission. Cage has been criticised for suggesting MI5 may have helped cause the radicalisation of Mohammed Emwazi. The commission says it has been talking to the Roddick Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust since 2013 about their links with Cage. It has now received assurances from the charities that they have ceased funding the group and will not do so in future.'
  • UK: Radical Islamists 'facing ban on working with children'

    03/08/2015 3:32:12 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8th March 2015 | BBC News
    'Banning radical Islamists from working unsupervised with children could be one measure included in a new government anti-extremism strategy, reports say. The Telegraph says a leaked Home Office document also suggests Sharia courts and councils are areas of concern. Job centre staff may also be told to identify vulnerable claimants who could become targets for radicalisation. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said she was "concerned about what might be taught in some of our schools". The BBC understands the document has yet to be signed off by the coalition.'
  • Teenaged (British) Army Cadets Are Choosing to Defy Terrorist Threat by Wearing Their Uniforms

    03/08/2015 11:42:32 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/08/2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    A 17 year old army cadet has chosen to defy terrorist threats by wearing her cadet uniform to and from school. All police and military personnel, including members of the combined cadet force, have been advised not to wear their uniforms in public thanks to the increased risk of attack from Islamic militants.
  • 300-plus British IS jihadists have returned home: report

    03/08/2015 11:01:59 AM PDT · by bgill · 23 replies
    Yahoo via AFP ^ | March 8, 2015 | AFP
    Around 320 "dangerous" jihadists have come back to Britain, the newspaper said. The new counter-extremism plan involves targeting Muslim Sharia courts, a ban on radicals working unsupervised with children, and a requirement that job centres identify welfare claimants who may become radicalisation targets, the report said. There would also be welfare penalties to encourage people to learn English, in order to improve integration, and tighter rules on granting citizenship to ensure newcomers embrace "British values", the broadsheet said.
  • Islamist Sympathiser Launches ‘Muslim Manifesto’ in British Parliament

    03/06/2015 7:57:43 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/06/2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    The manifesto has been put together by the Institute for Muslim Community Development, as a “call-to-action” for parliamentarians, “pinpointing key issues of high importance to the Muslim community.” According to their website, it was assembled through consultation with “grass roots members, community leaders, religious leaders, social activists, academics, thinkers and politicians.”
  • Why ARE so many modern British career women converting to Islam?

    03/06/2015 7:39:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/28/2010
    Tony Blair’s sister-in-law announced her conversion to Islam last weekend. Journalist Lauren Booth embraced the faith after what she describes as a ‘holy experience’ in Iran. She is just one of a growing number of modern British career women to do so. Here, writer EVE AHMED, who was raised as a Muslim before rejecting the faith, explores the reasons why. Much of my childhood was spent trying to escape ­Islam. Born in London to an English mother and a ­Pakistani Muslim father, I was brought up to follow my father’s faith without question. But, privately, I hated it. The minute...
  • Sir John Sawers, ex-MI6 chief, warns of Russia 'danger'

    02/28/2015 8:24:49 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 February 2015 Last updated at 01:35 ET | Mishal Hussein, BBC
    Russia has become a danger to Britain and the country must be prepared to take steps to defend itself and its allies, the former head of MI6 says. Sir John Sawers, who recently retired after five years as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Russia poses a "state to state threat".
  • Violent clashes break out during anti-Islam march in Newcastle City (UK)

    02/28/2015 1:31:10 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    UK Daily mail ^ | 2-28-2015 | Ollie Gillman
    here were violent clashes on the streets of Newcastle today as hundreds of demonstrators from controversial anti-Islam group Pegida were met by a 2,000-strong counter-protest. Around 400 people from the far-right group were shouted down by the counter-demonstration, with scuffles breaking out as the rally made its way through the city centre, leading to five arrests. The rival demonstrations against the anti-Islam march were led by Respect MP George Galloway who spoke at the pro-Islam rally, branding the far-right protesters a 'German Nazi group'.
  • Britain Imported Wheat 2,000 Years Before Growing It

    02/26/2015 6:45:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    scientificamerican.com ^ | Cynthia Graber
    Early farming began in the Near East about 10,500 years ago. Farming first reached the Balkans in Europe some 8 to 9,000 years ago, and then crept westward. Locals in Britain, separated from the mainland by the relatively newly formed English Channel, did not start farming until about 6,000 years ago. But an analysis of sediment from a submerged British archaeological site called Bouldner Cliff found something unexpected. “Amongst our Bouldner Cliff samples we found ancient DNA evidence of wheat at the site, which was not seen in mainland Britain for another 2,000 years.” Robin Allaby of the University of...
  • Farage To Get Hero's Welcome From US Group (UK Independence Party [UKIP] Leader)

    02/25/2015 8:51:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Sky News ^ | February 25, 2015 | Dominic Waghorn, US Correspondent
    The UKIP leader will share a stage with high-profile US conservatives including Sarah Palin and NRA gun lobbyists.UKIP leader Nigel Farage is expected to get a celebrity reception in Washington when he addresses America's most high-profile right-wing conference this week. Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and the National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby will be sharing a stage with the British politician after he was invited to address the Conservative Political Action Committee in the US capital. Aides told Sky News his philosophy has much in common with his republican hosts, who also focus on "the battle for smaller...
  • BBC Poll: 27 percent of British Muslims sympathize with Charlie Hebdo attackers

    02/25/2015 12:32:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2015 | Guy Benson
    This seems like a solid enough news hook to revisit a theme I addressed shortly after the Paris attacks, when the Obama administration’s ‘radical-Islamist-violence-has-nothing-to-do-with-Islam’ rhetoric was in full throat. Via The Telegraph: One in four British Muslims sympathise with terrorists behind the Charlie Hebdo attacks, a new poll shows. A poll reveals how a significant minority of Muslims endorse terrorist atrocities against those who mock the Prophet Mohammed. Some 27 per cent of British Muslims said they have “some sympathy for the motives behind the attacks” on the Paris magazine, according to polling by ComRes for the BBC. A...
  • Britain to send military advisers to Ukraine, announces Cameron

    02/24/2015 2:57:00 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2-24-15 | unattributed
    Britain was pulled closer towards a renewed cold war with Russia when David Cameron announced UK military trainers are to be deployed to help Ukraine forces stave off further Russian backed incursions into its sovereign territory. The decision – announced on Tuesday but under consideration by the UK national security council since before Christmas – represents the first deployment of British troops to the country since the near civil war in eastern Ukraine began more than a year ago. Downing Street said the deployment was not just a practical bilateral response to a request for support, but a signal to...
  • Ancient Stonehenge Houses Unearthed

    10/14/2006 12:29:58 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 1,583+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | 10-13-2006 | Jennifer Viegas
    Ancient Stonehenge Houses Unearthed Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News Oct. 13, 2006 —Nine Neolithic-era buildings have been excavated in the Stonehenge world heritage site, according to a report in the journal British Archaeology. The structures, which appear to have been homes, date to 2,600-2,500 B.C. and were contemporary with the earliest stone settings at the site's famous megalith. They are the first house-like structures discovered there. Julian Thomas, who worked on the project and is chair of the archaeology department at Manchester University in England, said Stonehenge could have been a key gathering place at the Neolithic era's version of a...
  • Is Stonehenge Roman?

    04/14/2008 3:35:15 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 99+ views
    Current Archaeology ^ | 4-14-2008 | Current Archaeology
    Is Stonehenge Roman? Geoffrey Wainwright, the co-Director of the excavations. Geoffrey's friends will be glad to note that he has now recovered from his hip replacement, though he can still not get down the deep holes After a gap of some forty four years, Stonehenge is once again being excavated. Admittedly, this time it is only a very small hole, and is only being dug for a fortnight, but it is a very important hole, and on April the 9th, we were invited down to Stonehenge to inspect it. It was a wonderful trip, not least because the weather was...
  • Research finds Stonehenge was monument marking unification of Britain

    06/22/2012 3:40:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    U of Sheffield ^ | Friday, June 22, 2012 | Amy Stone
    The teams, from the universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Southampton, Bournemouth and University College London, all working on the Stonehenge Riverside Project (SRP), explored not just Stonehenge and its landscape but also the wider social and economic context of the monument's main stages of construction around 3,000 BC and 2,500 BC... Previous theories have suggested the great stone circle was used as a prehistoric observatory, a sun temple, a place of healing, and a temple of the ancient druids. The Stonehenge Riverside Project's researchers have rejected all these possibilities after the largest programme of archaeological research ever mounted on this iconic...
  • Cahokia's Woodhenge: a supprising implication [sic]

    11/29/2010 8:19:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | Friday, November 26th, 2010 | Richard Thornton
    Today we travel to southern Illinois, where just across the Mississippi River is located the Cahokia Archaeological Zone. Cahokia was the largest known Native American city north of Mexico. At its peak population around 1250 AD, it was larger that London, England. Of course, Cahokia was not its real name. No one knows its real name. Unlike the ancient towns in the Southeast, where direct descendants of the original occupants still live, no one even knows yet what happened to the population of Cahokia, after it was abandoned. There was an indigenous village in the vicinity of Cahokia as early...