Tyler Durden – March 13, 2018
While mystery still surrounds the statement by now-former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who on Monday – when he already knew he was fired – said that Moscow is “clearly” behind the poisoning of Russian double-agent Skripal in the UK and that the Russian action would “trigger a response”, and whether this was a tacit defiance of Trump as he no longer had anything to lose, it is clear that relations between Russia and the US, if not so much Trump, are once again at rock bottom, if not worse.
Confirming this, one week after the WaPo reported that the US is considering new military action against Syria over Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attacks (as on every other prior occasion), the Russian military threatened action against the U.S. if it strikes Syria’s capital city of Damascus. The threat, by Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov, was reported by Russia media sites such as state news agencies RIA and Tass, according to CNBC.
The General also said Russia had “reliable information” about militants preparing to falsify a government chemical attack against civilians.
Jack Montgomery – March 10, 2018
The EU’s hostile front against the UK in the ongoing Brexit talks faces collapse, as the populists who routed the establishment in the Italian elections insist the bloc must back down and offer a generous and constructive deal.
“Great Britain is a friendly country with a long tradition of trading with Italy,” said Matteo Salvini, the populist firebrand who is in line to become prime minister, after his Lega party proved the most popular of the parties making up the centre-right coalition which took first place in the Italian elections.
“You made a free choice with Brexit and I very much hope that it will be possible to maintain completely open trade with the EU without any penalties,” he told The Telegraph.
Lega’s economics chief, Claudio Borghi, confirmed a Salvini-led government would refuse to go along with the current intransigent strategy, which he believes will damage European economies in the service of German interests.
“There will be no blind trust in what Germany wants,” he declared.
DW – February 22, 2018
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday called on the European Union to play a greater role in the Syrian conflict, as President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and Russia pressed an offensive against a rebel-held enclave near Damascus that has killed hundreds of civilians in the past five days.
“What we see at the moment, the terrible events in Syria, the fight of a regime not against terrorists, but against its own people, the killing of children, the destruction of hospitals, all this is a massacre which has to be condemned,” Merkel told the Bundestag parliament in Berlin in a debate on Thursday.
According to monitors based in the UK, Russian and Syrian regime bombardment of rebel-held eastern Ghouta has killed more than 400 civilians and injured around 2,000 more since Sunday, with residential buildings, hospitals and infrastructure being hit.
Merkel’s comment to the Bundestag comes a day ahead of EU leaders meeting in Brussels and as a coalition agreement drawn up between her conservatives and the Social Democrats is awaiting approval.
The Christian Institute – February 16, 2018
A humanist campaign group wants four-year-olds to be taught about LGBT issues – and has branded religious views on sexuality “discriminatory”.
Humanists UK, formerly known as the British Humanist Association, issued a statement backing Government plans on new primary school Relationships Education.
Under the proposals, children will be taught about “different types of relationships”, which critics fear could include homosexuality, transsexualism and same-sex marriage.
The group went on to compare traditional religious views to racism, claiming they were an “unconscionable affront to the equality and dignity of all people”.
Ewan Palmer – February 14, 2018
One in every seven families living in the wealthiest area of the UK is technically homeless, according to reports.
Homeless charity Shelter said a total of 1,441 families living in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea are staying in temporary accommodation or places that are insecure, unsafe or could not “reasonably” be called a home.
Overall, around 44,000 families in the capital are classed as homeless by Shelter, an increase of 46% over the past five years.
Among some of those homeless families include those displaced in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire who still have not been permanently rehomed.
Matt Drake – February 15, 2018
A PLAGUE that caused Romans to sacrifice red-coated dogs to the gods and caused famines for thousands of years is returning to the UK, scientists have said in a stark warning.
The “plague” is a fungus called Puccinia graminis which infects harvests of wheat and caused Romans to sacrifice their canines to appease the god of rust, which they thought was behind the infection.
Wheat stem rust caused crop failures for thousands of years until farmers noticed a link between the outbreaks and barberry shrubs, which were planted as hedges and harvested for their berries – leading to campaigns in Europe and North America to remove the bushes.
The last official outbreak of the plague was in the UK was 1955 but it has come back due to conservation efforts to preserve a rare species of moth called the carpet moth which live off the shrubbery.
Ewan Palmer – February 1, 2018
The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK last year hit an all-time high, with the number of recorded violent assaults rising by more than a third compared to 2016, new figures reveal.
According to a report from the Community Security Trust (CST), there were 1,382 anti-Semitic incidents recorded last year, the highest ever recorded by the monitoring group for a calendar year.
The figure is a 3% increase from 2016, the previous record year for anti-Semitic incidents.
The report does not give a reason for the rise in recorded incidents, but notes there has been an increase in “all forms of recorded hate crime” in the wake of the EU referendum and publicity regarding alleged anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.
Nick McDermott, George Sandeman and Susannah Keogh – January 7, 2017
THE deadly Aussie flu virus is feared to have spread to almost all UK areas following a weekend surge in cases.
Dorchester in Dorset and the City of London are now the only places where the “influenza-like illness” has been reported – with churches even banning handshakes in an attempt to curb the spread of infection.
Some 4.5million people claimed to have been affected over the past week.
Dartford was one of the last areas to have cases reported, with Essex, Teesside and Devon appearing to be among the worst-hit regions.
In the last 24 hours the Brecon Beacons and Telford, which yesterday had no reported cases, were revealed to have at least one each.
Figures from the NHS show that over 1,500 people across the country have been struck down with the illness.
DW – December 15, 2017
EU leaders meeting in Brussels said on Friday that the way was clear for the opening of the second phase of Brexit negotiations with the UK.
European Council Donald Tusk announced the agreement on Twitter, at the same time congratulating British Prime Minister Theresa May on having brought the divorce settlement negotiations thus far.
“As for the framework for future relations, it is now time for internal EU 27 preparations and exploratory contacts with the UK to get more clarity on their vision,” Tusk later said, referring to the 27 EU member states that will remain after Britain’s departure.
Friday’s approval gives May a welcome success after she lost a parliamentary vote over giving lawmakers the ultimate say on the final Brexit deal.
Christian Institute – December 8, 2017
Books to encourage children to question their gender are being pushed on nurseries and primary schools across the U.K.
Introducing Teddy, about a “transgender teddy bear,” and Are You a Girl or a Boy, about a non-binary child, are both on a reading list for young children by LGBT group Educate & Celebrate.
Older children are recommended Gracefully Grayson, a story about a boy who is “a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body.”
Educate & Celebrate supplies lesson plans and book lists to nurseries and primary and secondary schools, and sends trainers into schools to work with teachers. The organization receives funding from the Department of Education.
Chris McGovern, Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, criticized the push for pro-transsexual resources in school, saying it was “damaging and cruel” to children.