A senior US air accident investigator has told...
A senior US air accident investigator has told Aurora News that US Government officials “covered up” a missile strike that brought down an American TWA passenger jet in 1996 with the loss of 230 lives. Speaking from his home in Virginia, Henry Hughes said, “In my situation, because I was one of the principal investigators, I got to see what was going on.
An FBI agent who led the US investigation into the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988 has denied claims made by a former CIA officer who told Aurora News that FBI investigators did not read vital US intelligence material related to the attack. Robert Baer, a retired CIA Officer who was based in the Middle East, had said, “I’ve been having exchanges with the FBI Investigators and they came right out and said they didn’t read the intelligence.
Robert Baer, a retired CIA Officer, has told Aurora News that Russia saved the United States from “another foreign policy catastrophe” in Syria. “I think Russia saved us in Syria. If we had rushed in surface-to-air missiles to the Syrian opposition and they were then stolen by ISIS and they were now shooting down civilian airliners it would have been a different story,” Baer said.
Questions have been raised over the identity of a group that petitioned the Scottish Parliament to secure an independence referendum for Scotland’s three main island groups of Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. The Referenda on the Islands (RotI) campaign was launched in March this year and received extensive news coverage across the UK and internationally despite the named representatives of the group, Catriona Murray from Lewis and Malcolm Lamont from Shetland, having never given any direct media interviews.
An agreement between Turkey and the US would be the key to bringing about a lasting peace process between Israel and the Palestinians a global expert in conflict resolution has told Aurora News. Ian White, who has spent 14 years talking and negotiating with the leadership of Hamas and the Israeli Government said, “I think one of the possibilities for a resolution here, which I have taken from the Anglo-Irish peace process, which despite its flaws is still working, is that the reason we got an agreement in Ireland is that the Irish republican community and leadership were guaranteed by the Irish Government and the unionist community were guaranteed by the British Government.
British support for air strikes in Iraq against the Islamic State (IS) raises questions about the “contradictory nature” of UK foreign policy, Ian Chamberlain, spokesman for the Stop the War Coalition has said. Chamberlain, whose organisation co-ordinated the biggest mass demonstration in British history when 1.5million Britons protested against the 2003 Iraq war said, “Why is Britain continuing diplomatically, militarily to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, a country that has been directly involved in funding and supplying weapons to Isil and creating the problem of Isil?
On the 3rd of September the Òran Mór (Gaelic for ‘great melody of life’ or ‘big song’) was the venue for a musical celebration of the Scottish independence campaign. Artists included Dick Gaughan, Emily Smith, Mary Anne Kennedy and many others. Hosted by poet and commentator Alan Bissett, it was a night which encapsulated the cultural and musical essence of the campaign.
The international award winning Australian journalist John Pilger has said Tony Abbott, the Australian Prime Minister, is being used by the British Government as a propaganda tool in its drive against Scottish independence. Pilger, a two-times winner of the Journalist of the Year Award and fierce critic of Western foreign military interventions, said, “Like many Australian politicians before him, Tony Abbott is used as a loud-speaker principally by the US, also by Israel, and now by the Cameron government in its propaganda drive against Scottish independence.” ABBOTT A “FRIEND OF BRITAIN” Pilger’s comments followed an interview the Australian Prime Minister gave The Times newspaper in which he said, “As a friend of Britain, as an observer from afar, it’s hard to see how the world would be helped by an independent Scotland.
A major accident involving nuclear warheads being transported through the UK has only been averted thanks to luck, anti-nuclear campaigners and local Government officials have said. Peter Burt, Research Manager with the Nuclear Information Service (NIS) said, “We have seen a steady stream of incidents, many low level but then one or two that have caused more concern.
One of Scotland’s most well-known singer songwriters, Eddi Reader, has said that her decision to back Scottish independence was inspired by her Great Uncle, a former senior commander in the old Irish Republican Army. “It’s been an absolutely amazing journey for me this past year,” Reader said. “I feel like I’ve turned into a completely different human being.” Reader recently discovered an archive of family papers detailing the role her Great Uncle, Seamus Reader, played in the Irish revolution at the start of the 20th century.