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  • Jack White releases obscure blues records for 'no profit'

    02/06/2013 8:13:15 AM PST · by the scotsman · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6th February 2013 | BBC News
    'Jack White says he will make no profit by releasing a huge catalogue of pre-war and country blues on his own record label. The former White Stripes frontman said his aim was to make the rare recordings accessible for everyone. "It's very important to American history and also to the history of the world," he told BBC 6 Music. The back catalogue of more than 25,000 tracks is owned by Document records, a tiny Scottish independent Blues label. White intends to re-issue them all, on vinyl, via his company Third Man Records. The Document label was set up in Austria...
  • British House of Commons Approves Gay Marriage

    02/05/2013 5:29:33 PM PST · by fractionated · 73 replies
    New York Times ^ | Feburary 5, 2013 | John F. Burns & Adam Cowell
    The House of Commons voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Britain, indicating that the bill is assured of passage as it moves through further legislative stages.... After a six-hour debate, the Commons vote was 400 to 175 for the bill. It will have to pass in the House of Lords, where delaying tactics by opponents are possible, but Mr. Cameron has said that he plans to have the bill enacted into law sometime this summer..... A day after the newly confirmed archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, took office saying that he shared the Church...
  • British House of Commons Approves Gay Marriage

    02/05/2013 1:12:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/05/2013 | By JOHN F. BURNS and ALAN COWELL
    LONDON — The House of Commons voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Britain, indicating that the bill is assured of passage as it moves through further legislative stages. But in a major setback for Prime Minister David Cameron, who championed the bill, it appeared that more than half of the lawmakers in his Conservative Party voted against the measure or abstained. After a six-hour debate, the Commons vote was 400 to 175 for the bill. It will have to pass in the House of Lords, where delaying tactics by opponents are possible, but Mr....
  • Gay marriage: Legislation passes [UK] Commons despite Tory opposition

    02/05/2013 11:50:56 AM PST · by LonelyCon · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/5/2013
    MPs have approved legislation for same-sex marriage in England and Wales, despite the opposition of dozens of Conservative MPs. The Commons voted in favour of the The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by 400 to 175, a majority of 225, at the end of a full day's debate on the bill. Prime Minister David Cameron has described the move as "an important step forward" that strengthens society.
  • Muslim Patrols Could Become More Prevalent And More Violent, Warns Anti-Extremist

    02/04/2013 6:37:28 PM PST · by Steelfish · 38 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | January 30, 2013
    Muslim Patrols Could Become More Prevalent And More Violent, Warns Anti-Extremist Muslim patrols stalking British streets could become “a lot more dangerous” and perhaps even willing to maim or kill, the head of an anti-extremism organisation has warned. By Rosa Silverman 30 Jan 2013 As British jihadists venture abroad to capitalise on the aftermath of the Arab Spring and then return to the UK, they are likely to bring a greater level of violence back home, Maajid Nawaz, the chairman of the Quilliam Foundation, suggested. His comments follow incidents in which groups of Muslim vigilantes, dubbing themselves 'Muslim Patrols' have...
  • Irish attitudes to neutrality “narcissistic” (per European Affairs Minister)

    02/04/2013 10:20:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Monday, February 4, 2013 | Ruadhán Mac Cormaic in Paris
    Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has described Ireland’s position on military neutrality as “narcissistic”, but conceded it would be difficult for Fine Gael to win public support for a major shift in defense policy. A report on Ireland by one of France’s main EU think tanks, due to be published today, quotes Creighton saying she is “very supportive” of Ireland joining common European defense, but doesn’t believe her party could gain “political traction for that in the short term”. … The report by Notre Europe (Institut Jacques Delors), published to mark the 40th anniversary of Ireland’s EU accession, concludes...
  • Richard III dig: Facial reconstruction shows how king may have looked

    02/04/2013 5:42:27 PM PST · by beaversmom · 60 replies
    BBC ^ | 4 February 2013 | unknown
    A facial reconstruction based on the skull of Richard III has revealed how the English king may have looked. A skeleton found under a car park in Leicester has been confirmed as that of the king. The reconstructed face has a slightly arched nose and prominent chin, similar to features shown in portraits of Richard III painted after his death. Historian and author John Ashdown-Hill said seeing it was "almost like being face to face with a real person". The development comes after archaeologists from the University of Leicester confirmed the skeleton found last year was the 15th Century king's,...
  • Skeleton found in parking lot identified as that of England's King Richard III, experts say

    02/04/2013 10:09:11 AM PST · by AngieGal · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 04, 2013 | Fox News
    He wore the English crown, but he ended up defeated, humiliated and reviled. Now things are looking up for King Richard III. Scientists announced Monday that they had found the monarch's 500-year-old remains under a parking lot in the city of Leicester -- a discovery Richard's fans say will inspire new research into his maligned history. University of Leicester researchers say tests on a battle-scarred skeleton unearthed last year prove "beyond reasonable doubt" that it is the king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and whose remains have been missing for centuries. "Richard III, the last...
  • Experts find remains of England's King Richard III

    02/04/2013 9:09:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 02-04-2013 | Jill Lawless
    <p>He wore the English crown, but he ended up defeated, humiliated and reviled.</p> <p>Now things are looking up for King Richard III. Scientists announced Monday that they had found the monarch's 528-year-old remains under a parking lot in the city of Leicester—a discovery that will move him from a pauper's grave to a royal tomb and that fans say could potentially restore the reputation of a much-maligned king. "We could end up rewriting a little bit of history in a big way," said Lin Foxhall, head of the school of archaeology at the University of Leicester, which conducted the research. On Monday the researchers announced that tests on a battle-scarred skeleton unearthed in the central England city last year prove "beyond reasonable doubt" that it is the king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and whose remains have been missing for centuries. "Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England, has been found," said the university's deputy registrar, Richard Taylor, describing the find as "truly astonishing."</p>
  • Man Tasered outside Buckingham Palace on knife charge [PLEASE! WE MUST BAN KNIVES!!]

    02/04/2013 5:48:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/4/13
    A man accused of brandishing knives outside Buckingham Palace has been charged after being Tasered by police. Police used the stun gun on Talhat Rehman, 54, when he was seen ranting when challenged outside the palace gates on Sunday morning. Mr Rehman, of Lindsay Drive, Harrow, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later charged with possessing a bladed weapon in public and affray. The Queen and Prince Philip were at Sandringham at the time. Two knives and a pair of trainers were left inside a police cordon set up around the area. The incident happened at about 11:50 GMT during...
  • It IS King Richard III: Scientists reveal DNA results confirm regal identity of body...

    02/04/2013 3:11:38 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 37 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4th February 2013 | Damien Gayle
    The body of a man killed in battle found beneath a social services office car park in Leicester is that of Richard III, DNA analysis confirmed today. Dr Turi King of the University of Leicester said that there was a DNA match between the maternal line of a descendant of the family of Richard III and the remains found beneath Grey Friars car park. Lead researcher Dr Richard Buckley added: 'It is the academic conclusion of the University of Leicester that beyond reasonable doubt the remains found in Leicester are that of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England.'...
  • EU's grand ambitions threatened by budget dispute

    02/03/2013 7:40:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | Monday, February 4, 2013 | unattributed
    The European Union's massive spending on farm subsidies and infrastructure projects will be in the spotlight at difficult talks this week to set the bloc's next longterm budget. Sources at both the European Commission and the European Parliament say EU leaders will be looking to trim a further 20 to 25 billion euros ($30-$35 billion) off the almost trillion-euro ($1.36 trillion) budget for 2014-2020 at a February 7-8 summit... The summit will be the second attempt by the 27 leaders to reach a deal on the budget after a November summit collapsed in acrimony. The Commission had originally sought 1.047...
  • EU to set up euro-election “troll patrol” to tackle Euroskeptic surge

    02/03/2013 6:32:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:33PM GMT 03 Feb 2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    The Daily Telegraph has seen confidential spending proposals and internal documents planning an unprecedented propaganda blitz ahead of and during European elections in June 2014. Key to a new strategy will be “public opinion monitoring tools” to “identify at an early stage whether debates of political nature among followers in social media and blogs have the potential to attract media and citizens’ interest”. Spending on “qualitative media analysis” is to be increased by £1.7 million ($2.7 million), and while most of the money is to be found in existing budgets, an additional £787,000 ($1.24 million) will be need to be...
  • Former Gurkha detains knife-wielding mugger despite having blade embedded in his arm

    02/03/2013 5:03:24 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 50 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 3 February 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    An ex-Gurkha forced to defend himself when attacked by a man wielding a knife only realised afterwards a six-inch blade was embedded in his arm. Mr Phlamachha was out for an evening walk with his wife Asha, 38, when they stopped to have a look in the window of a health shop, in Maidstone, Kent. Suddenly Mr Phlamachha was thrust up against the wall and allegedly told to 'hand over the money', or get stabbed. The former soldier and black belt in karate and taekwondo, said 'yes' - then calmly warned the attacker: 'First you should know who I am.'
  • Dozens of abortions carried out on foetuses with minor imperfections such as cleft lip or club foot

    02/03/2013 12:00:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Mail online ^ | February 3, 2013 | Becky Evans
    Foetuses are being aborted for minor and treatable imperfections such as cleft lip and palate or club foot every year in the UK. New research suggests that dozens of abortions are carried out but the reasons are not being officially recorded. Health bosses have admitted there may be 'discrepancies' in their records after European monitoring group Eurocat found the number of abortions for minor abnormalities could be up to three times as high as official statistics show. According to Eurocat, 157 foetuses were aborted in England and Wales between 2006 and 2010 for cleft lip and palate. However, the Sunday...
  • The Silent Conquest of a Continent

    02/03/2013 8:26:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    There’s been a lot of discussion within some in the media regarding the demographic changes taking place in Europe. But those of us who’ve travelled there have observed it firsthand: namely, the decreased birthrate among Europeans compared to the enormous birthrate increase among Muslim immigrants. Overall, the birthrate across the continent is far below the replacement level of 2.1 children per couple. Italy, Spain, Austria, and Germany have a fertility rate of only 1.4, while Poland and Russia languish at 1.3 and 1.2, respectively. However, as a subgroup, Muslims in Europe are producing from 4 to 6 children per couple....
  • Victoria’s Secret worker scarred for life by niqab-wearing acid attacker

    02/03/2013 7:58:22 AM PST · by LSUfan · 41 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 1 Feb 2013 | Rashid Razaq
    A young woman was facially disfigured and almost lost her eyesight in a horrific unprovoked acid attack on the streets of London. Naomi Oni, 20, was on her way home from work when an unknown attacker dressed in a niqab threw a chemical substance at her leaving the retail assistant with severe burns on her head, neck, arms, legs and body. These shocking images have now been released by Ms Oni in an appeal for help to catch the attacker whose identity was concealed behind the Muslim women’s dress which completely covers the face apart from the eyes.
  • Polish becomes England's second language

    02/03/2013 3:02:13 AM PST · by Winniesboy · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 30th 2013 | Robert Booth
    Data from 2011 census reveals 546,000 people in England and Wales speak Polish The language-speaking figures recorded for the first time from a survey of 56.1 million residents of England and Wales show 546,000 speak Polish. It is now the second main language in England. There are still slightly more Welsh speakers in Wales at 562,000. The next biggest main languages are the south Asian languages of Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali and Gujarati, followed by Arabic, French, Chinese and Portuguese. The statisticians said they recorded over 100 different languages and 49 main languages with more than 15,000 users. Ealing is the...
  • 'I feel like a stranger where I live’ [Islamized Britain]

    02/03/2013 12:50:27 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies
    The Telegraph [UK] ^ | 29 Jan 2013 | Jane Kelly
    -snip- The streets around Acton, which has been my home since 1996, have taken on a new identity. Most of the shops are now owned by Muslims and even the fish and chip shop and Indian takeaway are Halal. It seems that almost overnight it’s changed from Acton Vale into Acton Veil. Of the 8.17 million people in London, one million are Muslim, with the majority of them young families. That is not, in reality, a great number. But because so many Muslims increasingly insist on emphasising their separateness, it feels as if they have taken over; my female neighbours...
  • The Israeli Election Winner is... William F. Buckley!

    02/02/2013 9:38:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 2, 2013 | Abraham Katsman
    According to respected political analysts, this election was a crushing defeat for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose own party suffered a loss of 25% of its Knesset representation. Or it was a solid vote of confidence for Netanyahu, as he will remain prime minister of a coalition potentially stronger than before. This election was a huge victory for secular Israel. And the incoming Knesset will have the most religious representation ever. The country moved to the right. The country moved left. The center is now stronger. The extremes are stronger. The security hawks, skeptical of the Palestinian Authority's "peace process"...
  • Biden to Iran: Time for diplomacy is not unlimited

    02/02/2013 7:41:49 PM PST · by haffast · 22 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/01/2013 12:46 | YAARA SHALOM
    The window of opportunity for diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program “will not be opened indefinitely,” US Vice President Joe Biden warned in an interview with the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Friday. snip Biden set out on a European tour during which he was to meet with Syrian opposition leader Mouaz Alkhatib on Saturday to discuss US concerns about the Syrian conflict with representatives from Russia and the UN. He was scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday, French President François Hollande on Monday, and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday. On Thursday, outgoing...
  • The pilot who survived a Russian gulag and trekked 830 miles to India to fly Spitfires for the RAF

    02/02/2013 4:54:36 PM PST · by the scotsman · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2nd February 2013 | Leon Watson
    'A Polish war hero with an incredible story of survival during World War Two has died aged 91. Flight Lieutenant Czeslaw 'Tony' Rogers braved a 830-mile trek on foot across the Soviet Union's frozen wastes to India after being freed from a prison camp before eventually making it to Britain. He then became a decorated Spitfire and Lancaster bomber pilot who flew daring RAF missions against targets in Germany.'
  • Will Europe disintegrate? (Movements in Catalonia, Belgium and Scotland may only be the beginning)

    02/02/2013 1:46:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2013 | Rick Moran
    Despite a thousand years of history, the nation-states of Europe contain within them ethnic groups and nationalities who yearn for their own country. In some cases, the national and ethnic character of these minorities have been deliberately stifled. There has also been organized movements that have sprung up to fight for the national aspirations of the minorities. Next year, votes for independence will occur in Scotland and Spain's rich Catalonia region. Some analysts believe that success in either case may lead to other minorities to seek their own path to independence. From Reuters: __________________________ Some suspect the two campaigns will...
  • London anarchist bookshop hit by suspicious fire

    02/01/2013 9:41:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2013 3:29 PM EST
    One of Britain’s oldest anarchist publishers says its east London bookshop has been firebombed. Freedom Press—set up more than 100 years ago—said Friday that no one was injured in the overnight fire, but that its shop and electrics “have been seriously damaged.” …
  • The day a U-boat ran aground off Hastings

    02/01/2013 9:52:25 AM PST · by the scotsman · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1st February 2013 | Anthony Bond
    'They were among the most feared killing machines of World War One, causing the deaths of thousands of servicemen at sea. So when the people of Hastings woke one morning to see this German U-boat on their beach, it caused something of a shock. These eerie pictures show how the horrors of war got a little bit too close to home for the people of the Sussex town. The U-boat, number 118, was surrendered on February 23, 1919 - exactly one year after it was launched. The type two boat was due to be transferred to France but the tow...
  • Is Richard III buried under a parking lot?

    01/31/2013 3:43:04 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 19 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | January 31, 2013 | Michael Holden
    LONDON - Archaeologists will reveal next week whether a skeleton with a cleaved skull and a curved spine entombed under a municipal parking lot is that of Richard III, the last English king to die in battle, more than five centuries ago. The grey, concrete parking lot with its red-brick walls and a payment hut in Leicester, central England, contrasts sharply with the grandeur of traditional sepulchres for English kings and queens such as Windsor Castle and Westminster Abbey. The defeated Richard’s lost grave has proved to be as elusive as the reputation of the monarch, portrayed by Shakespeare as...
  • Benefits couple receive job offer after claiming they are entitled to live off the state

    01/31/2013 3:39:36 PM PST · by the scotsman · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 31st January 2013 | Ruth Styles
    'A young couple who receive more than £17,000 a year in benefits appeared on ITV's This Morning to defend their taxpayer-funded lifestyle this week. Danny Creamer, 21, and Gina Allan, 18, who live in a comfortable two-bedroom flat in Portsmouth with their four month old daughter, Talulah Rose, infuriated viewers and Daily Mail readers as they argued they are better off on £17k benefits and that unless they are able to find jobs that pay £18,000 a year or more, there's no point in working. With hours of the show airing a business owner had contacted the show and offered...
  • Top Right wing traditionalist Tories “to back gay marriage” despite anger among party's grassroots

    01/30/2013 10:35:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:21 EST, 30 January 2013 | James Chapman
    Tory traditionalists in the Cabinet are preparing to back gay marriage despite continuing anger among the party’s grassroots. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, one of the Government’s most senior Right-wingers, indicated yesterday he will vote in favor of legalizing same-sex unions next week, while Baroness Warsi, who has previously expressed concern, also revealed she is to back the reform. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, the standard bearer for the Tory Right, is expected to abstain rather than vote against, and may even back the legislation, according to friends. … Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson is the most implacably opposed...
  • Why higher benefits won’t solve child poverty: Addict parents will “waste cash on drink and drugs”

    01/30/2013 10:31:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:51 EST, 30 January 2013 | James Chapman
    Giving more benefits to poor families will not address child poverty because too many irresponsible parents will spend it on alcohol or drugs, Iain Duncan Smith has warned. The Work and Pensions Secretary said parental addiction—not family income—had emerged as the main factor in determining a child’s life chances. He insisted that the last government’s strategy of spending more than £170 billion ($269 billion) in additional welfare payments had failed comprehensively. … Duncan Smith said Labour’s approach was a “vicious trap” and had left a “disturbing number” of people trapped in poverty. “There are around 100,000 people claiming sickness benefits...
  • White House blames Republican "brinkmanship" for GDP contraction

    01/30/2013 6:46:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    reuters.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Mark Felsenthal
    The White House on Wednesday blamed the surprising contraction of the economy at the end of last year at least partly on Republican "political brinkmanship" for threatening to let defense cuts take effect. White House spokesman Jay Carney said similar threats over a looming March 1 deadline when defense and other cuts take effect absent a broader budget deal could similarly hurt the U.S. economy and taxpayers. "This is political brinkmanship with one primary victim, and that is American taxpayers and the American middle class," Carney said at a briefing. "Our economy is facing a major headwind ... and that's...
  • Rand Paul: My amendment to stop F-16's to Egypt vote tomorrow afternoon

    01/30/2013 7:28:42 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 7 replies
    Facebook ^ | Rand Paul
    My amendment to prohibit the sale of F–16 fighter jets to Egypt will be voted on tomorrow afternoon. Please call your Senator and let them know you support this amendment: 202-224-3121 http://www.facebook.com/RandPaul2010/posts/10151321849161107 Contact Your Senator's: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
  • Murdoch apologizes for “offensive” Netanyahu cartoon

    01/28/2013 4:20:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:02pm EST | Tim Castle
    Rupert Murdoch apologized on Monday for a “grotesque” cartoon in his London-based Sunday Times newspaper depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a bloody wall trapping the bodies of Palestinians, after complaints from Jewish groups. The image, which shows Netanyahu holding a trowel dripping blood, was published on Holocaust Memorial Day and carried the caption “Israeli elections. Will cementing peace continue?” The Board of Deputies of British Jews said the cartoon was “shockingly reminiscent of the blood libel imagery more usually found in parts of the virulently anti-Semitic Arab press”. The so-called “blood libel”—accusations that Jewish peoples murder children and...
  • Nazis Would Be Proud of Sunday Times Racist, Anti-Semitic Israel Cartoon

    01/28/2013 3:33:37 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 29 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | January 28, 2013 | Joel Leyden
    Nazis Would Be Proud of Sunday Times Racist, Anti-Semitic Israel Cartoon(photo) The Sunday Times runs Nazi style cartoons attacking Jews. By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem --- January 28, 2013 … One has to ask The Sunday Times in London just one question. Which Arab state paid you to bash Israel? To take a punch at the Jews? Why would any newspaper in any free democracy take a racist shot at Israel, at every Jew around the world? As over 60,000 civilians are murdered in Syria, as Iran declares its intention to build nuclear weapons for use against the Infidels...
  • Pervert MP Cyril Smith was pals with satanic child sex monster

    01/30/2013 10:17:44 AM PST · by Renfield · 16 replies
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | 1-19-2013 | Patrick Hill
    Paedophile MP Cyril Smith was in league with another appalling child sex abuser who set up satanic rituals and raped children as young as TWO, the Sunday People has discovered. Victim Michael Roberts, 40, today bravely puts aside his right to ­anonymity to tell for the first time how he was only six when he was sexually abused by 29-stone politician Smith. And shockingly he has revealed his devil-worshipping stepdad Michael Horgan organised the horrendous ordeal. Horgan made a deal with the man who went on to be knighted after years as a ­respected Member of Parliament...
  • 16-Year-Old Screamed as He Was Hacked to Death With Swords in Central London

    01/29/2013 9:44:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Jan 2013 | Hayley Dixon
    A mother was forced to stand at a police cordon and watch as her 16-year-old son bled to death after he was stabbed to death with "swords" in a busy central London street.The boy, who has not been named, was heard screaming for his life as he was attacked in Lupus street, Pimlico, shortly before 7pm yesterday, eyewitnesses have claimed. He was rushed to hospital where he died from his wounds, becoming the first teenager to be killed in London this year. Scotland Yard have launched a murder inquiry and said that they are keeping an “open mind” on the...
  • British troops will go to Mali – confirmed

    Hundreds of British troops will be deployed to Mali and West Africa, Number 10 has now confirmed. According to reports, approximately 350 personnel will be deployed. 200 British soldiers are expected to train soldiers in African countries outside of Mali, whilst 40 advisers are to be sent into the country to train troops. The UK would be "contributing to both Malian training and training forces that are involved in providing a regionally-led approach", a Number 10 spokesman was quoted as saying by the BBC. 70 Royal Air Force personnel are also to be used for the operation of Sentinel surveillance...
  • 'Our parents pay tax so we're entitled to benefits'Couple living off £17k handouts

    01/29/2013 12:29:36 PM PST · by Cronos · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 Jan 2013 | Daily Mail
    <p>The pair receive £1,473 per month in benefits or £17,680 per year.</p> <p>This works out at £340 per week, which includes £140 housing benefit, £60 child tax credit, £20 child benefit and £110 Jobseekers Allowance.</p> <p>Weekly outgoings include £60 on food, £22.50 on TV, £3.50 on their TV licence plus utility bills, which the pair say they receive no help with.</p>
  • Mali: Britain prepared to send 'sizeable amount' of troops to support French

    01/29/2013 6:34:50 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 30 replies
    Guardian ^ | Monday 28 January 2013 | Nicholas Watt and Luke Harding in Sévaré
    David Cameron says UK will support French mission to drive Islamists out but insists forces will not engage in combat Britain is prepared to take the risk of sending a "sizeable amount" of troops to Mali and neighbouring West African countries as David Cameron offers strong support to France in its operation to drive Islamist militants from its former colony. As news emerged that insurgents retreating from Timbuktu had set fire to a library containing thousands of priceless historic manuscripts, Downing Street said the prime minister told François Hollande on Sunday night Britain was "keen" to provide further military assistance...
  • HS2: “Rushed” plans will drive high speed rail link through heart of rural England, say Tory MPs

    01/28/2013 2:16:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:09PM GMT 28 Jan 2013 | Peter Dominiczak
    The Department for Transport has unveiled its plans for the northern section of the controversial HS2 railway, but has faced anger from Tories representing constituencies along the route who say it will destroy large swathes of the countryside and “blight” lives. The 225-mph trains will link London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds by 2033. It emerged that plans to connect the £32-billion ($50 billion) train line directly to Heathrow have been put on hold until the Davies Commission on airport capacity has reported. …
  • David Cameron’s wife Samantha is the “driving force” behind gay marriage (per cabinet minister)

    01/28/2013 1:34:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:30AM GMT 26 Jan 2013 | Tim Walker
    Mandrake reported on Friday that David Cameron’s mother, Mary, had been asked why the Prime Minister was pressing ahead with plans to change the law in favor of same-sex marriage when it was alienating so many of the Conservative Party’s natural supporters. “I know, but David just won’t be told,” the retired Justice of the Peace replied. The answer may be close to hand: a cabinet minister points to Samantha Cameron’s influence on her husband. “Samantha is the driving force behind the policy,” claims the minister. The baronet’s daughter, who is a creative consultant at Smythson, the Mayfair luxury goods...
  • UK Headed for Triple Dip Recession? Impact on EU Exit Vote

    01/28/2013 8:04:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    There is much talk of a triple dip recession in the UK. It depends on how you define it. If you call a recession two consecutive quarters of decline in GDP, with any quarter of positive growth ending the recession, then answer is yes. Here is a chart from the Telegraph article UK heads for triple dip as GDP contracts 0.3pc to consider. Double Dip? The blue rectangles are mine. I see two recessions not three. With 9 quarters in between recessions, one might ask "Is this even a double-dip setup?" I suggest yes, but there is no clear agreed-upon...
  • Abu Qatada will cost UK taxpayers $10m this year

    01/27/2013 5:41:27 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 6 replies
    The Sun ^ | RICHARD MORIARTY & LUKE HEIGHTON
    UK TAXPAYERS are set to cough up £6MILLION this year to pay the bills of hate cleric Abu Qatada. The Islamic fanatic racked up legal costs of £5,000 A DAY last month after being allowed to stay in Britain. It will cost an astonishing £5MILLION this year to foot the security bill for the 52-year-old who has been closely monitored since his release from jail last November. The £100,000-a-week operation includes a team of SIXTY officers from Scotland Yard, MI5 and a private security firm. Keeping him in jail for years cost the taxpayer £850,000 while the security bill since...
  • Gay Marriage: Catholic Church Tells Priests 'Time To Act Is Now' [Time To Push Back: Too Late?]

    01/27/2013 12:55:55 PM PST · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | January 27, 2013 | John Bingham
    Gay Marriage: Catholic Church Tells Priests 'Time To Act Is Now' The Roman Catholic Church has launched a final push against the Government’s plans for gay marriage with just 10 days before MPs vote on the issue. By John Bingham 27 Jan 2013 The Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev Peter Smith, spoke of a desire to “mobilise” opposition in the Church. He urged them to capitalize on the decision by all three main party leaders to allow free votes on the matter and increase pressure on their local MPs to halt such a “fundamental change in the law”. A...
  • Horsemeat found in burgers made for British supermarkets was imported from Poland

    01/27/2013 12:30:14 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | January 27, 2013 | Liz Hull
    Horsemeat found in beef burgers manufactured for British supermarkets was imported from Poland, it emerged last night. Tests have revealed that ‘raw material’ supplied to an Irish processing plant, which made burgers for Tesco, Aldi, Lidl and Iceland, contained as much as 20 per cent horse DNA, the Irish Government said. Around 10million beef burgers have been withdrawn from sale by supermarkets, and other smaller retailers in the UK, since the scandal, which centred around the Silvercrest factory, in County Monaghan, broke earlier this month. Customers and food standards experts were left reeling after tests by the Foods Safety Authority...
  • Lib Dem MP apologizes over attack on “the Jews”

    01/27/2013 12:59:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:04PM GMT 26 Jan 2013
    A Liberal Democrat MP facing disciplinary action after accusing “the Jews” of atrocities against Palestinians has issued a public apology for causing “unintended offense”. David Ward’s comments—posted on his website ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day—were condemned by party chiefs and sparked a furious backlash. … In a new post on Saturday afternoon he said he “never for a moment intended to criticize or offend the Jewish people as a whole, either as a race or as a people of faith, and apologize sincerely for the unintended offense which my words caused.” …
  • Registrar forged birth certificates for African gang in £4m benefits fraud

    01/26/2013 10:04:07 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 January 2013 | Christian Gysin
    Maybe he can get a job in the Administration? - A crooked registrar faces a lengthy jail sentence after being found guilty of issuing false birth certificates to a gang of African fraudsters who stole at least £4million from taxpayers over 20 years. Azu Akpom provided fake certificates to the ringleader of the gang who went on to create false identities for up to 100 children to milk the benefits system. Croydon Crown Court heard how the Nigerian-born father of three was ultimately trapped by a text message which, despite his denial, showed he knew the gang’s chief conspirator, Ugandan-born...
  • British Muslim abuser who 'didn't know' that sex with a girl of 13 was illegal spared jail

    01/26/2013 5:54:24 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Paul Bentley
    A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless. Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law. Yesterday Judge Michael Stokes handed Rashid a suspended sentence, saying: ‘Although chronologically 18, it is quite clear from the reports that you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters.’ Earlier Nottingham...
  • British MP: Jews Didn't Learn the Lesson from the Holocaust

    01/26/2013 1:08:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/1/13 | Elad Benari
    A Liberal Democrat MP in Britain faces expulsion from the party for saying Jews had not learned from the murder of six million in the Holocaust in their treatment of Palestinian Authority Arabs, the Daily Mail reports. David Ward, MP for Bradford East, wrote on his own website that he was “saddened” that Jews “could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians…on a daily basis.” “Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution...
  • British MP: Jews Didn't Learn the Lesson from the Holocaust

    01/25/2013 3:06:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    inn ^ | 1/25/13 | Elad Benari, Canada
    A Liberal Democrat MP in Britain faces expulsion from the party for saying Jews had not learned from the murder of six million in the Holocaust in their treatment of Palestinian Authority Arabs, the Daily Mail reports. David Ward, MP for Bradford East, wrote on his own website that he was “saddened” that Jews “could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians…on a daily basis.” “Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution...
  • Muslim abuser who 'didn't know' that sex with a girl of 13 was illegal is spared jail

    01/26/2013 8:52:21 AM PST · by knighthawk · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Januari 25 2013
    A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless. Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law. Yesterday Judge Michael Stokes handed Rashid a suspended sentence, saying: ‘Although chronologically 18, it is quite clear from the reports that you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters.’