It’s that time of year when the Gotha royal...
by Mark Hirst
The UK Ministry of Defence asked the American Government to invent an “audit trail” of secret weapons shipments it was transporting through Prestwick airport to avoid “embarrassment”, US Government cables published by Wikileaks reveal.
In an official US cable from April 2008 marked “Secret” and titled, “Houston, We Have A Problem”, US officials in London tell their counterparts in Washington that UK officials have been left “embarrassed” by the reports showing weapons were being secretly transported through Prestwick.
By Mark Hirst
The Scottish National Party (SNP) leadership would have “settled” for a national referendum that did not include an option for independence according to US Government cables, published by Wikileaks.
In 2010 “well-placed sources” within the SNP Government told US officials at the American Embassy in London that they would settle for a referendum that did not include an independence option.
It’s that time of year when the Gotha royal family hands out the bling to the “good and the great”. But how good have they really been?
Started in 1890 by Queen Victoria Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld as part of a broader effort to quell growing republicanism the “Honours” continue to titillate the masses and corporate media.
This year’s list includes the usual Government cronies and even a City of London banker who was implicated in the financial collapse.
by Mark Hirst
The Scottish Government has refused to reveal any details of the discussions and exchanges it had with the UK Government in the run up to the signing of the “Edinburgh Agreement”.
The agreement, which sets out the legal framework governing how the Scottish independence referendum will operate, was signed in Edinburgh on the 15th of October last year by First Minister Alex Salmond and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
By Mark Hirst
The “Jimmy Savile effect” – the act of turning of a blind eye to serious sexual abuse of minors by members of the establishment – has been around for a very long time in Britain.
Britain’s other well-known paedophiles;
• Major General Charles Gordon, “Gordon of Khartoum”
• Field Marshall “Monty” Montgomery,
• Robert Baden-Powell,
• Authors Lewis Carroll, J.M.
By Dylan Quigley
I cannot stop consuming news about the horror of last Friday (14th Dec 2012) morning in Sandy Hook Elementary.
The slow drip of facts and numbers is overwhelming but I cannot stop myself from seeking out more. Hardly anyone I speak to even wants to repeat aloud the details that make the floor fall away under me: the number of times each victim was shot, their incredibly young age, the matricide that seems to have been the day’s first evil.
Bulgaria has asked the United States to place a permanent military force in the country aimed at strengthening security in the region and increasing their military cooperation, local media reports.Bulgarian Defence Minister Anu Anguelov is reported to have discussed the opening of a US military base in Novo Selo, near Sliven, with officials of the Pentagon in earlier this month (December).
Westminster’s Defence Select Committee has confirmed that it plans to investigate the use of armed unmanned drones.
The inquiry into “the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs, commonly known as “drones”) will form part of a wider investigation into the purpose and future use of the Armed Forces. As well as examining the use of drones, the wider inquiry will look at “the strategic balance between deterrence, containment, intervention and influence; the utility of force; the legitimacy of force, including the political and military interface and lessons learned from current and recent operations; the effect of changes in the interpretation of the law on the prosecution of operations, and the relationship between hard and soft power in terms of influence.”
New briefing paper sets out primary concerns about use of drones
The Defence Select Committee however is not the only way that the London parliament is beginning to try to get to grips with the growing use of drones.
By Julie Lévesque and Michel Chossudovsky
In a failed attempt to appear unbiased and objective, the BBC now “reveals”, almost a year after the information was relayed by several alternative media outlets, that British Special Forces played a key role in steering and supervising Libya’s “freedom fighters” to victory. Known and documented many of these so-called rebels were mercenaries under contract to NATO.
by Mark Hirst
A security firm operating at the Trump Organisation golf development at the Menie Estate has instructed its staff to covertly carry handcuffs raising concerns members of the public could become victims of unlawful arrest or assault.
International Personal Protection Security based in Aberdeen offer training in the use of handcuffs not just for their own employees but also aspiring bodyguards and security staff.
The US and its satellite Middle Eastern statelet of Israel have managed to secure the crucial backing of nine other countries at the UN in a failed attempt to deny Palestinians international recognition.
The nine countries include Canada, the Czech Republic, Panama, Palau, Mauru, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.
Five of the countries who voted against the Palestinian people’s efforts to gain international recognition at the UN have a combined population less than that of the newly recognised Palestinian state.
Iconic Australian children’s entertainer Rolf Harris was today (Thursday, 29th Nov 12) questioned under caution at a Police station in London by Metropolitan Detectives.
The officers involved are currently investigating a series of allegations arising from the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal. It is not thought their questioning of Harris is directly linked to Savile however.