Liam Deacon – June 12, 2018
The UK taxpayer will pay around £20,000 so a transgender murderer, accused of having sex with women in female prisons, can be flown hundreds of miles for a surgical sex change.
Paris Green was born Peter Laing but began “identifying” as a female in 2011, before being jailed for life in 2013 for killing and torturing Robert Shankland.
The victim was lured to a flat before being beaten so badly footprints were left on his neck, having a plastic bag forced over his head, and being sexually assaulted with a rolling pin.
Despite the nature of her crimes, and retaining male biology, the killer began her sentence of at least 18 years at Cornton Vale women’s jail in Stirling, Scotland, but was moved after reports she was having sex with female prisoners in a cell.
She will now have the sex change after being transported from her cell at HMP Edinburgh to a hospital in Southern England under constant guard, the Daily Record reports.
Sputnik News – June 1, 2018
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States on Friday vetoed a Kuwait-authored resolution condemning Israel for the continuing violence in its clashes with Gaza protesters.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley cast the only vote on the 15-member Security Council to oppose the resolution, welding the US veto as a permanent council member. Ten nations voted in favour of the resolution, with four including the United Kingdom abstaining.
Meanwhile, the draft, rolled out by the United States, which suggested condemning the Gaza-based Hamas militant group, which Israel accuses of stoking tensions in the exclave during weeks of deadly protests by Palestinians, also hasn’t been supported by the Security Council, only getting support from its creators while three members of the council voted against it and 11 abstained.
WND – May 26, 2018
Thousands of children, some as young as 4, are being referred to the United Kingdom’s Gender Identity Development Service, creating a waiting list at the National Health Service facility.
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has revealed in a new report that referrals for children are up 25 percent from just a year earlier.
Polly Carmichael, a consulting psychologist and a director for the GIDS, said there is more recognition of students with gender issues and more acceptance, which apparently translates into more referrals.
“There is no single explanation for the increase in referral figures, but we do know in recent years that there has been significant progress towards the acceptance and recognition of transgender and gender diverse people in our society,” Carmichael said in the report. “There is also greater public knowledge about specialist gender clinics and the pathways into them, and an increased awareness of the possibilities around physical treatments for younger adolescents.
Sputnik News – May 25, 2018
The Western European signatories to the Iran nuclear deal have until next Friday to provide Tehran with concrete proposals to offset the consequences of the US decision to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a senior Iranian official said.
“To be honest with you, we are not confident,” the official said, speaking to reporters before the start of Friday’s talks with representatives from Iran, Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany on how Tehran might mitigate the financial and economic impact of Washington’s withdrawal from the JCPOA.
“We expect the (economic) package to be given to us by the end of May,” the official noted, according to Reuters. “I’m sorry to say that we haven’t seen Plan B yet. Plan B has just started to be figured out.”
Christian Institute – May 15, 2018
Wales has become the first part of the UK to introduce a new technique for screening unborn babies for Down’s syndrome on the NHS.
Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT), a type of blood test, is claimed to be 99 per cent accurate in diagnosing the condition.
Critics have repeatedly argued that it is likely to lead to more abortions, and even to Down’s children being eradicated altogether.
Campaign group Don’t Screen Us Out warned that this move “will have a profoundly negative impact on the community of people with Down’s syndrome” in Wales.
Kate Harris, whose twelve-year-son has Down’s syndrome, said that women are currently advised to seek advice from doctors who favour abortion for those with the condition.
She went on to discuss the importance of parents getting an informed opinion from those who have a child with Down’s syndrome.
RT – April 20, 2018
The EU has comprehensively rejected UK proposals for a new customs relationship that sought to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland, plans that suffered a “systematic and forensic annihilation,” says a senior EU diplomat.
The EU source, who was privy to Wednesday’s meeting in Brussels between Britain’s lead negotiator Olly Robbins and senior EU officials, reportedly told The Telegraph: “It was made clear that none of the UK’s customs options will work. None of them.”
The latest revelations to emerge from the EU negotiations could risk creating parliamentary instability for British Prime Minister Theresa May in the House of Commons. It may strengthen the case put forward by staunch remain MPs that staying in the EU Customs Union is the only option, and possibly harden the devoted Brexiteers’ view that moving on to WTO arrangements is the only alternative.
The UK PM has consistently reiterated that she will not allow the return of a hard border to Northern Ireland, but at the same she has also promised to leave the EU Customs Union – believing that remaining would be seen as a “betrayal” of Brexit.
DW – April 20, 2018
The Commonwealth’s heads of government confirmed on Friday that Prince Charles would be the next head of the association of former British colonies once he succeeds his mother Queen Elizabeth II on the throne.
The 53 Commonwealth leaders released a statement announcing Charles’ future appointment following a private two-day retreat at the royal residences in Windsor.
“We recognize the role of the Queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples,” the statement read. “The next head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.”
The announcement had been expected after the Queen on Thursday said she hoped her son would lead the Commonwealth after her.
Andrew Woodcock – April 17, 2018
A DECISION on whether the Prince of Wales should succeed his mother as head of the Commonwealth is expected later this week, the UK government said.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman on Monday declined to say whether she thought the position should go to Prince Charles, stressing that it was a decision for all leaders of Commonwealth states.
He told a regular Westminster media briefing that the issue was expected to be discussed when leaders of the 53 Commonwealth governments gather for a retreat at Windsor Castle on Friday.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that Charles should not automatically take over from the Queen as head of the Commonwealth, suggesting the holder of the post could be decided on a rotational basis.
And Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insisted that the decision was “a matter for the 53”.
Liam Deacon – April 15, 2018
Recorded machete attacks in the UK have shot up by nearly five times in just three years, with the majority in the capital, London.
The huge number of crimes committed with the deadly, sword-like weapons means there is an average of 15 a day in the UK, or one every 90 minutes.
Figures uncovered using freedom of information requests by the Daily Mail show that police dealt with 928 crimes involving machetes in the last two months of 2017.
London saw the bulk, with 425 of the attacks. There were 99 in Greater Manchester, 77 in the West Midlands, and 29 each in Merseyside and West Yorkshire.
Just three years earlier, the deadly blades were used in 100 crimes a month over the same period.
As violent crime surges across the country, and even faster in London, the long blades, designed for chopping undergrowth, appear to be a weapon of choice for criminals in the UK, which is governed by strict gun-control laws.
Sputnik News – March 28, 2018
The UK’s recent diplomatic row is by no means an isolated case, geopolitical analyst Phil Butler told Sputnik, referring to the mounting pressure exerted by the West on Russia over the past years.
The sort of rhetoric Prime Minister Theresa May and the British Parliament used when accusing Moscow of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal has not been leveled at Russia since the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s, geopolitical analyst Phil Butler told Sputnik.
“Looking at President Trump’s seeming eagerness to jump on board, combined with his appointing the psychotic John Bolton as National Security Advisor, the picture does not look good at all. The level of aggression has simply ratcheted up many notches. I am sure this is why Mr. Putin warned the world of Russia’s new and devastating weapons. The Kremlin surely knows more than any of the rest of us,” the geopolitical analyst highlighted.