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Wilfred Beaver

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Wilfred Beaver (1897-1986) served with the British Royal Flying Corps (RFC) during the First World War.

A successful air aceBeaver, who was born in Bristol, was in fact a U.S. citizen, his family having emigrated to the U.S. prior to the outbreak of war in 1914.

Beaver was nevertheless drawn to participate with the Allies against the Germans and returned to London to enlist with the RFC in 1917, rising to become a flight commander while flying the Bristol F.28 fighter.  His final tally of some 19 air victories during the war made him the third highest-scoring American pilot of the conflict.

Beaver was also the recipient of the British Military Cross on 22 June 1918, earned after he had achieved 11 ‘kills’.

Beaver did not immediately return to the U.S. following the armistice, choosing instead to join the post-war Royal Air Force (RAF).  He was however subsequently to return home where he eventually died at West Point, Mississippi in August 1986 aged 89.

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German rower given second chance after Games scandal

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

German rower Nadja Drygalla was given the all clear on Tuesday to carry on her career after a hearing with the German Rowing Federation (DRV) the ruling body announced.

The 23-year-old left the Olympic Village in London early – she had already competed in the eight competition but was eliminated in the repechage stage – after it was revealed her boyfriend was a former regional official of the NPD, an openly neo-Nazi political movement in the northern city of Rostock.

However, on Tuesday DRV president Siegfried Kaidel confirmed that after a hearing that last several hours the federation supported Drygalla totally.

“A lot of people have tried to uncover things about her entourage,” said Michael Vesper, secretary-general of the German Olympic Committee (DOSB).

“She herself is not an adherent of the extreme-right ideology.

“Therefore there is nothing against her.”

Drygalla, who had already received the support of German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere, had already resigned from the police service last year because of her relationship.

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Tottenham Riots: Mark Duggan ‘Had Loaded Gun’

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Mark Duggan, whose death sparked the Tottenham riots, ‘had a loaded gun’ when he was shot, a court heard today.

Giving evidence at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, the man accused of passing the gun to Mr Duggan, claimed the 29-year-old was armed.

Hutchinson-Foster is accused of “selling or transferring” a BBM Bruni Model 92 handgun to Mr Duggan, contrary to the Firearms Act 1968, between July 28 and August 5, 2011. The 30-year-old denies the offence.

Mr Duggan was shot dead while police officers were trying to arrest him in Tottenham, north London last August.

The jury heard that the handgun allegedly supplied by Mr Hutchinson-Foster was found near the spot where Mr Duggan was shot.

Prosecutor Edward Brown QC told the court: “On August 4 last year a handgun was recovered in Ferry Lane in Tottenham, north London.

“It had been in the possession of a man named Mark Duggan. The gun was loaded – it had a bullet in its magazine.

“The evidence demonstrates that that gun at that scene had been passed to Mark Duggan by this defendant, Kevin Hutchinson-Foster, shortly before the minicab in which Mark Duggan was travelling was stopped by police in Ferry Lane in Tottenham Hale.

“There in Ferry Lane Mark Duggan was shot and fatally injured by the police as a result of his possession of that gun and what he was thought to be about to do with it.

“The firearm was a BBM Bruni Model 92 handgun. It had been modified so that it would fire 9mm bullets – a lethal firearm as you will hear. The charge this defendant faces is the supply or transfer of that gun to Mark Duggan.”

It was also claimed that Mr Duggan was shot just 12-15 minutes after Hutchinson-Foster allegedly supplied the weapon.

Mr Duggan’s mother Pamela has always claimed her son was ‘assassinated’ and that she and her family have many unanswered questions about the shooting.

The family have been dismayed that the police officers involved in the operation cannot be compelled to be interviewed over what happened.

Both the Metropolitan Police and the IPCC have apologised to the family for failing to keep them properly informed during their investigations.

The incident is still being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The inquest into Mr Duggan’s death is scheduled to begin next January.

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Diabetes Warning for People of Asian, African and Caribbean Descent

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

British people of South Asian, African or African Caribbean descent are significantly more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than their European counterparts, researchers have warned.

Half had developed the disease by the age of 80 in a study of 4,200 people living in London – approximately twice the figure for Europeans.

The researchers said the rates were “astonishingly high”.

The findings were published in the journal Diabetes Care.

Losing control of blood sugar levels increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputations. Type 2 diabetes is often linked to lifestyle and diet.

Some ethnic groups are already known to have a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. However, one of the researchers at Imperial College London, Dr Therese Tillin, said it may be down to them simply getting the disease earlier in their lives and the figures would even out over time.

But the study showed: “The rates don’t slow down as you get older. The astonishing difference continues,” Dr Tillin said.

She warned this could be a sign of things to come with the potential for soaring levels of diabetes around the world as more people lived in cities and enjoyed a calorie-rich diet.


The scientists involved said that fat, particularly around the waist, could explain some, but not all of the difference, between the ethnicities.

Fellow researcher, Dr Nish Chaturvedi, said genetics could not explain the difference either as there were similar levels of “risky genes” across all groups.

She said: “There is something else that puts them at higher risk and we’re not sure what that is.”

Dr Mike Knapton, from the British Heart Foundation and a GP, said: “Awareness is really low considering the magnitude of the problem, even I’m surprised by the figures.”

He also warned that failing to deal with diabetes would have huge financial consequences for the NHS.

The director of research at Diabetes UK, Dr Iain Frame, said it was “even more important” for people at high risk to manage their weight.

He said: “People from these communities should be screened earlier than the general population – from the age of 25 rather than 40.

“People need to know their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and get diagnosed as early as possible. We know that people from South Asian backgrounds can often be living with the condition for around 10 years before they are diagnosed, which increases the risk of complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputation.

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NHS Doctor ‘Led Extremist Cell in Syria’

Friday, September 7th, 2012

An NHS doctor led a group of Islamic extremists who took a British photographer hostage as he covered the conflict in Syria, the former captive has claimed.

John Cantlie said the fighter told him he had taken two years’ leave from a London hospital to travel to the Middle East for holy war.

The medic was said to have described his hospital experience in detail and carried NHS medical kit, saying he planned to return to the UK to become a trauma consultant in A&E, according to Mr Cantlie’s account to a newspaper.

Last night, MI6 was said to be trying to track down the doctor.

Mr Cantlie, 41, and Dutch colleague Jeroen Oerlemans were held captive at a camp two miles inside the Syrian border last month before being rescued by Syrian rebels.

The photographer told The Sun on Sunday: “It was a bit of a surprise to find an NHS doctor as one of our captors – with an AK-47 and preaching sharia law.

“I asked him for his help as we were both from London. But he refused to even send a text to my girlfriend to say we were alive. He said he would be beheaded if he did.

“When we asked his name he said ‘Just call me the doctor. I’m the only one here.’ He told us he had a wife and a child in London.

“He spoke with a south London accent and said he had taken two years out from his work as an NHS doctor to fight jihad.”

The doctor, believed to be 28 and of Pakistani descent, was apparently one of ten to 15 Britons at the camp – many of them from London.

The captors belonged to the al Absi organisation, a small group of militants trying to use the revolt in Syria to convert the country to a sharia law state.

According to Mr Cantlie, the doctor said that “treating jihadists wounded in battle” was good training for his future career as a trauma specialist in the UK.

The man treated the photographers’ injuries when they were shot trying to escape but seemed disappointed when two others, who were Syrian, were not beheaded, saying they were “definitely spies”, it was claimed.

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Man accused of murder of unidentified male found in Beckton

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

A man is to appear in court this morning accused of murdering an unidentified man in Beckton.

Giedrius Valaitis, 39, of no fixed abode was charged with the murder last night, Scotland Yard have said.

He accused of murdering the man in Spur Road, Beckton, on or before August 12.

He appears in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The charge relates to the killing of a man whose body was found in land off Spur Road, Beckton, a week ago, Saturday August 18.

The body was found in undergrowth. Officers were called after a member of the public made the grisly discovery at just after 3.20pm. It was on wasteland off Spur Road and Jenkins Lane by the A13 Newham Way, near the Showcase Cinema and restaurants in Beckton.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the dead man is believed to be a Lithuanian male aged in his late 40’s.

They are still trying to find his relatives.

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White Males Now Classed as a ‘Minority Group’ at University

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Women now dominate Britain’s universities and professions to such an extent that a leading institution has launched a campaign to recruit more “white males”.

The move by the Royal Veterinary College, where more than three-quarters of the intake are female, marks the first time that white men have been included in a strategy to help under-represented groups.

While the college is an extreme case, it reflects a wider trend of women overtaking men in education. Of the 24 leading universities in the Russell Group, only three have a majority of male students.

Across UK universities, 984,000 female undergraduates are studying for degrees, compared to 713,000 male. The gap is expected to widen in future years as new government rules make it easier for universities to recruit students with A-level grades of AAB or better, more of whom are female.

While last week’s A-level results showed boys narrowly outperforming girls at the A* grade for the first time, girls remained significantly more likely than boys to achieve grades in the upper range of A* to B.

According to Mary Curnock Cook, the chief executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, the “very worrying gap” between male and female performance at school and university is leading to “fundamental shifts” in society.

Figures from professions which were traditionally male bastions reveal the workplace gender revolution.

In law, women made up 60 per cent of individuals qualifying to practise and admitted on to the roll of solicitors in 2010.

In the same year, 56 per cent of places in UK medical schools went to women, compared to less than a quarter in the 1960s, and it is predicted that by 2017 female doctors will be in a majority.

Yet while women account for 62 per cent of trainee GPs they make up less than a third of hospital consultants. A reluctance among female doctors to take on more demanding specialties, such as cardiology, has led to fears of shortages in key areas.

Women’s domination in veterinary science is also causing concern. About three-quarters of newly qualified vets are now female. By 2015, it is estimated that 90 per cent of those qualifying will be women.

The huge imbalance has prompted the Royal Veterinary College, with campuses in north London and Hertfordshire, to launch a campaign, outlined in its annual report to the admissions regulator Offa, to attract “white males”, among other under-represented groups such as pupils from poor backgrounds and ethnic minorities.

White males are defined as under-represented because while they make up about 45 per cent of the UK population, according to the last census, they account for only 20 per cent of the college’s intake.

Prospectuses and publicity materials have been redesigned to feature photographs and quotes from white male students. Visits to schools and college roadshows specifically target boys.

The college also targets other under-represented groups including ethnic minorities of both genders, who together make up about 10 per cent of the UK population but only 6 per cent of the students at the college.

They are sought out through schemes such as a science Saturday school for pupils from inner London.

By contrast, white women are overrepresented among the students, and are not being targeted for recruitment.

Professor Stephen May, vice-principal for teaching at the college, said: “Our concern is that just in terms of the professional community, having a good gender mix is healthy.

“It may be that in recent years, good quality male candidates have been attracted to more lucrative careers, such as banking.

“The decline in agriculture versus small animal practise could also be a factor. We are not in the business of quotas, that would be discriminatory, but we hope in the long term we will see progress with white males.”

This year, 84,000 more women applied to higher education than men. The only Russell Group universities where male students are in a majority are Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Imperial College, London.

Women outnumber men in the vast majority, including King’s College, London, where 67 per cent of students are female, and Cardiff University, where the figure is 60 per cent.

Mrs Curnock Cook said: “If you look at educational achievement through primary and secondary school and then university outcomes there is a very worrying gap between males and females.

“Somebody needs to address what it is about our education system that is allowing females to perform overall so much better than males. If this trend continues it will start to underpin quite a fundamental sociological change.”

While women are forging successful careers on the back of superior performances in school and university exams, some fear boys are being left on the scrap heap by an education system which disadvantages them.

Coursework and modular exams, less emphasis on the physical, outdoor curriculum and the lack of male teachers have all been blamed for boys’ underachievement. White working class boys now do worse at school than any other group.

Diane Houston, a psychology professor and graduate school dean at Kent University, said that whilst boys may be disadvantaged at school, women still faced a glass ceiling in the workplace.

“There are issues about the way in which schools have become feminised,” she said. “There is a culture in some schools which can be quite difficult for boys, the sitting still and being neat and organised.

“Some can be put off education at a critical point.

“But I’m not sure that at this point we should be screaming about percentage differences in attainment given the way in which women’s careers atrophy through their reproductive lives. There may be more women training to be solicitors, but the judges are men.”

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Radical Muslims plan opening ceremony protest outside park

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

The group, led by some of Britain’s most prominent Islamist figures, said they would gather outside the gates to the park in Stratford before the opening ceremony to condemn Britain and other countries they accuse of persecuting Muslims.

They aim to attract the attention of 60,000 spectators due to attend the ceremony in the main Olympic stadium that officially opens the Games at 9 p.m.

The group has set up a website, evilolympics.com, which has the tagline “While the world plays, Muslims are being killed around the globe”.

“It will be one of the biggest demonstrations that the Muslim community has put on in the UK,” said organizer Mizanur Rahman said, estimating that “easily hundreds” would attend.

Rahman served a four-year jail term for encouraging followers to kill British and American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq during a protest in 2006.

Another organizer is Anjem Choudary, who has led numerous similar protests and threatened to disrupt last year’s royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton until police banned the planned demonstration.

East London, where the Olympic Park is located, is home to a large Muslim community housed in some of the capital’s poorest neighborhoods. It is also home to a number of British Muslims convicted of involvement in plots since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Rahman said they had been given permission by police to stage Friday’s protest and added it would not be their last during the Games.

“Appropriate policing plans are in place,” a spokeswoman for the London force said.

Rahman said the decision of judo chiefs not to allow a Saudi athlete to compete wearing an Islamic headscarf showed why Muslims should boycott the Olympics, which this year coincides with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

“I would hope that this would be a sign they should not be in the Games,” said Rahman.

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Morning Brief: U.S. says massacre may be imminent in Aleppo; Turkey warns Syria over PKK

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

The U.S. says it fears a “massacre” may be imminent in the Syrian city of Aleppo, as reports indicate tank units are heading for the area. The Syrian military is currently bombarding the city with helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and mortars. The assault on Syria’s biggest city follows the assassination of two of Bashar al-Assad‘s top security officials on July 18. 34 people were reportedly killed in the Aleppo area on Thursday.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Thursday that his government would not allow the Kurdish terrorist group PKK to operate in Northern Syria. Kurdish groups affiliated with the PKK, which has fought a decades-long insurgency in Southeastern Turkey, has reportedly established control over several northern Syrian towns as government troops have redeployed to Damascus.

Turkey has largely turned a blind eye to Syrian rebels operating on its territory and according to reports, has set up a secret “nerve center” near the border with help Qatar and Saudi Arabia to direct aid to the anti-Assad forces.

Olympics: The London games officially begin with the opening ceremonies tonight, though events are already underway and one world record has already fallen.

U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney has sparked controversy in London by saying there are “disconcerting” signs about Britain’s readiness for the games.

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Woman Held in UK Terror Probe Freed Without Charge

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

One of seven people arrested over an alleged plot to launch a terrorist attack in Britain has been released without charge, police said Sunday, as detectives continued to question more than a dozen other people over two alleged plots.

The Metropolitan Police said the 30-year-old woman detained in London on Thursday has been freed.

Five men and a woman are still being questioned over allegations of “the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.”

The suspects include a British Muslim convert who once appeared in a documentary about Islamist extremism and three brothers who were detained by armed police at their home near London’s Olympic Park.

Counter-terror officers are on high alert ahead of the Olympics, which begin July 27, but police say the arrests are not connected to the Summer Games.

They are among a spate of pre-Olympics arrests and security scares.

The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported that a terrorist suspect who is subject to limits on his movements under a contentious order known as a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measure was arrested in May after traveling by train five times to Stratford railway station, beside the Olympic Park.

The man, suspected of ties to Somalia’s al-Shabaab militants and identified in court documents as CF, did not enter the Olympic venue.

Separately, police in central England are questioning seven men arrested after a car stopped by police on a highway for being uninsured was found to contain guns, ammunition and other weapons. Police have not given full details of the haul but say the guns were not automatic and were not loaded.

On Thursday, armed police closed a highway in central England, evacuated dozens of passengers from a bus and sent in bomb disposal units after a passenger reported vapor coming from a bag. The source turned out to be an electronic cigarette, designed to help smokers quit.

Britain’s terrorist threat risk remains at substantial, the middle point on a five-point scale, meaning an attack is a strong possibility. Intelligence officials say there has been an expected increase in chatter among extremist groups ahead of the Olympics, but there are no specific or credible threats to the games.

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Two held over fear of attacks before Olympics

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Police on Thursday arrested two men on suspicion of preparing terrorist attacks in Britain, less than a month before the opening of the London Olympic Games in the British capital.

Seven years after suicide bombers killed 52 people in a string of coordinated attacks in London, British security forces are on high alert for any signs of trouble ahead of the Games, which start on July 27.

London police said the two men, aged 18 and 32, were arrested by officers from its Counter Terrorism Command on suspicion of terrorist-related activity.

“Both (are) in custody at a central London police station,” it said in a statement. Police declined to give further detail.

Police and military strategists are gearing up for a range of security threats at the Olympics including bomb explosions, violent protests and attacks using hijacked airliners.

Around 13,500 soldiers are expected to help the police during the Games, which run from July 27 to August 12.

Security is a big worry in Britain, a country with an ethnically diverse population and which backed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and still has troops deployed in Afghanistan.

Yet many Londoners are already weary of the increasingly tight security measures, with some accusing defence officials of creating a climate of fear and running the risk of disrupting the daily course of life for many ordinary people and commuters.

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In Ukraine, football helps us tackle Nazis

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Pavel Klymenko is a man of convictions. He used to express them on the streets of Kiev, in hand-to-hand combat with neo-Nazis. Today, he fights racism and antisemitism in another way: with words and watchfulness.

From 2004-2006, Mr Klymenko and other teenagers tried to take the streets back from neo-Nazi groups who walked around “wearing Nazi symbols and beating up people they did not like”, said Mr Klymenko, who today is co-founder and chair of Football Against Prejudices, a group which monitors stadiums for hate crimes.

Back then, “we were like the punk fans against the Nazi invaders”. With no weapons, he and his friends took on the neo-Nazis, who sometimes used paving stones and screwdrivers.

Eventually, the young anti-fascists took another tack. “We had fulfilled our self-described role,” since the neo-Nazis stopped dominating the streets.

“It was a containment strategy. And we realised that this is not the way you can fight problems in society at large.”

Now, Mr Klymenko — who describes himself as an atheist — is working to raise awareness of right-wing extremism among football fans. During the current European Championship games in Poland and Ukraine, local volunteers have been watching the stands and reporting anything untoward.

A football fan himself, Mr Klymenko notes that neo-Nazis find the sport attractive because “there is a crowd mentality. It is a very fruitful field for neo-Nazis because you can say that bad things are the fault of foreigners or Jews, and everyone will say, ‘Yay!’”

But football may be bringing positive change. Rafal Pankowski, co-ordinator of the ‘Respect Diversity — Football Unites’ project, which operates under the umbrella of the London-based Football Against Racism in Europe (Fare) said: “For people in Poland and Ukraine to walk around and see this big, multi-national crowd, it is a positive confrontation with multi-culturalism. And we do our bit to encourage this good atmosphere.”
Some 2,500 spots in Poland and Ukraine have been turned into “inclusive zones”, with posters condemning racism, said Mr Pankowski’s colleague, Jacek Purski. A hotline encourages witnesses to report incidents.

In addition, to combat antisemitism among fans, a travelling exhibition on the history of football in Poland includes a section on the involvement of Jewish athletes, club owners and fans in the early days of the game.
All these efforts appear to be helping, said Mr Pankowski. In the current international games, “people want to show they are normal Europeans and not eastern barbarians”, he said.

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Amy Winehouse’s London home up for sale

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Ten months following Amy Winehouse‘s death, the late singer’s family has decided to sell the London home in which she lived.

According to the U.K.‘s Guardian, Winehouse’s Camden Square residence in northwest London is up for sale to the tune of £2.7 million.

A representative for the family reportedly told The Sun that the decision was made with “great regret,” but the family felt it would be inappropriate for any of them to move in.

Last July, Winehouse was found dead in the home at the age of 27, and mourners visited the address to pay tribute to the singer.

The property listing cited by the Guardian describes the residence as a “substantial and impressive three double bedroom, three reception room, semi-detached period villa with well-proportioned private front and rear gardens.”

According to the listing, the home has “only changed hands once in 40 years,” and has been upgraded with major renovations.


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19 arrested in Bangladesh for UK visa fraud ‘to work for Brick Lane Mela’

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The 19 men arrested in Bangladesh for fraud for trying to get visas with alleged forged papers to come to Britain on the pretext of working for the Brick Lane Mela may have been caught by information from festival organisers, it has emerged.

The UK Border Agency and British High Commission had been tipped off by the Boishakhi Mela Trust about just who was taking part in the annual street festival which attracts 100,000 spectators to London’s East End.

The trust issued a statement to the Advertiser last night saying: “We notified the High Commission in Dhaka of any organisations which failed our strict scrutiny to trade at the Mela.

“The High Commission and UK Border Agency have acted on our information and Bangladesh police have made these arrests.”

The Trust condemned those “misrepresenting paperwork in the name of the Mela in order to come to the UK.”

The 19 were arrested by police in Dhaka on May 24 after applying for visas at the British High Commission.

Allegations involve payments up to £10,000 each to agents to get visa applications through.

The High Commission issued a media statement saying they were “suspected of providing forged documents and false bank statements to attend the Boishakhi Mela in east London as stall holders.”

The Border Agency was targeting “organised criminal gangs” who abuse Britain’s immigration system. Its Visa Services director Philippa Rouse said: “Those caught trying to con the system face long bans from the UK.”

The arrests have led to calls by Tower Hamlets councillors this week for the annual Mela to be taken back under council control.

Tory Group leader Peter Golds told the Advertiser: “The Mela is being used for people trafficking—why do we need work permits to get people from abroad to run stalls?

“The council took control of the Mela four years ago because of trafficking. It should be taken back again where there will be proper checks and audits.”

But the Mela trust accused Cllr Golds of jumping the gun.

Its marketing spokesman Rej Hoque said: “It’s good the community has taken back the Mela from the council—he’s being irresponsible and jumping the gun.”

Tower Hamlets took over in 2007 after allegations of “people trafficking” the year before. The-then Bethnal Green MP George Galloway demanded an inquiry to see whether the Mela had been abused to smuggle illegal immigrants into Britain.

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Anti-migrant rally stirs global media storm

Saturday, May 26th, 2012


Earlier this week, Hezbollah mouthpiece Al-Manar claimed that Israel has “declared war against African migrants,” accusing Israeli officials of “racist incitement.” The report suggesting that the migrants have been wrongfully held responsible for crimes in southern Tel Aviv.


Meanwhile, headlines in the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir and the London-based pan-Arab newspaper claimed that Israeli xenophobia and racism have triggered attacks on African asylum seekers.



About 1,000 people gathered in south Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood Wednesday evening to protest against the government’s handling of the flow of African border jumpers into the Jewish state. Several Knesset members spoke at the event.



Some of the demonstrators shattered the windshield of a vehicle in which three African migrants were riding. Twelve people were arreseted for rioting and looting migrants’ shops.




‘Surging anti-African violence’

Wire reports, which have been picked up by news sites and papers from Washington to Bangkok, initially featured dry reports about Wednesday’s violent rally, but have since offered a deeper look into immigration and the ties between Israelis and migrants.


Reuters described the situation as “surging street violence against African migrants, including a rampage that an Israeli broadcaster dubbed a ‘pogrom.'”



The Associated Press spoke about a “political and emotional backlash” against the ballooning numbers of the illegal refugees, suggesting that the violence was ignited by the “recent rapes blamed on African migrants.”



The report notes Israel’s inability to expel the refugees due to the state’s commitment to an international refugee treaty, and ponders the implications of the situation for other countries.



“It has raised questions, relevant all over the developed world, about how much is owed to the impoverished migrants who manage to sneak in,” the article reads.




The French wire service, AFP, called Wednesday’s demonstration a “race riot” that has prompted senior officials to call for the migrants’ deportation.


‘Israeli Kristallnacht’

News sites that have chosen not to pick up the wire stories opted for even bolder phrasing and commentary. The website Russia Today called Wednesday’s events the “Israeli Kristallnacht,” referring to the 1938 pogroms across Nazi Germany in which Jews were killed and Jewish institutions were destroyed. The night is regarded as marking the beginning of the Holocaust.



“The rage of those who attended the rally seems to reflect a growing intolerance of the incoming African asylum seekers and migrant workers, even among those in the highest ranks of power,” the author claimed. The site quoted several politicians who spoke at the rally, including MK Miri Regev who called the migrants “a cancer in our body.”



While the UK’s Guardian dedicated at least three articles to the issue, The New York Times addressed the situation with a blog post.



The Daily Beast released an opinion piece by Peter Beinart, who pointed out the disproportionate media coverage that the violent incidents have received due to the fact they took place in the Jewish state.



“I doubt there’s a single first world nation where an influx of migrants from the global south has not sparked public hatred,” Beinart wrote.



“So yes, what happened yesterday in the Hatikva neighborhood of Tel Aviv has happened in other countries with swelling immigrant populations, some of which don’t get as much international flak as does Israel, which is unfair,” he added.



Meanwhile, the US-based Christian Science Monitor stressed the fact that Israel once was a nation of refugees.



“In an ironic twist, Israel’s most tolerant city erupted in violent riots against African migrants last night, eliciting comparisons with ‘pogrom’ attacks on European Jewish communities in the 19th and 20th centuries,” the popular site wrote.

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With Poison Pen: Current History in Caricature by Ernst Herbert Lehmann

Thursday, May 17th, 2012
“Keep it up, Mr. Churchill, and we’ll soon be doing business together.”

Source: Simplicissimus6 August 1939

Business is business! It makes no difference whether it has to do with the crowning of a king or incitement to war.”

Source: Der Stürmer, November 1939

The world battle against the Jews. In a prophetic drawing, an English newspaper shows who will lose this struggle.

Source: Daily Express (London), 14 November 1938

A terrible nightmare of a French armaments maker: “Germany and France have come to an agreement!”

Source: Brennessel, 21 August 1934

Europe can have peace if Germany and France can agree.

Source: Washington Post, 7 December 1938

The campaign of lies. The democracies have called on their most loyal troops to encircle Germany.

Source: Simplicissimus, 9 April 1939

At the Polish border.

Source: Kladderadatsch, 10 September 1939

Chamberlain in the House of Commons. In the top frame, Polish police are attacking a German school in Poland. At the bottom, Chamberlain is saying: “I can only admire the remarkable calm and intelligent restraint of the Polish government.”

Source: Kladderadatsch, 20 August 1939


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Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Nikolai Smolensky is the controversial 25-year-old known as “baby oligarch“. In 2004 he bought iconic British sports car maker TVR for an estimated £15m, only to announce the plant’s closure two years later with big job losses. Aleksander Smolensky, his father, is an oligarch of classic 1990s vintage who is no less controversial. The bank he once controlled – SBS-Agro – collapsed during Russia’s financial crisis in 1998, leaving thousands of ordinary Russians without their life savings. Smolensky Sr last appeared on Forbes’ rich list in 2004 when he was estimated to be worth £123m. The 51-year-old is married, and Nikolai is his only child. While many ordinary Russians were ruined by the 1998 crash, Aleksander Smolensky somehow bounced back and created a new bank that his son briefly chaired before it was sold on to another prominent oligarch for £110m. Smolensky Jr is an alumnus of British private schools and divides his time between his native Moscow and his adopted London. He is estimated to be worth about £50m.

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Secretary, 42, told she faces jail after admitting champagne-fuelled racist rant on train that was posted on YouTube

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012


A drunken secretary has admitted hurling racist abuse at fellow passengers on the London Underground after a video of her appeared on the internet.


Jacqueline Woodhouse, 42, directed a drunken, expletive-ridden rant at passengers on the Central Line between St Paul’s and Mile End stations on January 23.


The court was told that Woodhouse had drunk an ‘unknown’ quantity of champagne at a retirement party before getting on the Tube at 11pm.


She now faces jail, after police launched an investigation into a seven-minute long video of the verbal assault that was uploaded to YouTube.



t has since been viewed more than 200,000 times.


Today at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Woodhouse, of Romford in Essex, admitted causing harassment alarm and distress to the Sikh man who filmed her – Galbant Singh Juttla.


The video clip begins with Woodhouse shouting in a thick Essex accent about ‘foreign s*** heads’.

She turns to her passengers and asks: ‘Where do you come from? Where do you come from? Where do you come from?


‘I would like to know if any of you are illegal? I am sure like 30 per cent of you are.’


She then turns on the Pakistani man sitting next to her, who is singing his national anthem, and threatens to ‘punch him in the face.’


‘I wouldn’t mind if you loved our country,’ she adds.


She then turns to Mr Juttla’s camera, as he assures her he would rather be listening to his music than to her.


‘Oh look he’s filming, hello,’ she says. ‘Hello government.’

She goes on: ‘Why don’t you tell me where you’re from?’

He replies: ‘I am British.’

She gets her phone out of her black handbag and looks as if she is filming him too.

Mr Juttla warns her: ‘Watch what you are saying.’

She replies: ‘I used to live in England and now I live in the United Nations.’

As he tells her to keep her mouth shut, informing her that she has had too much to drink, she becomes extremely agitated and starts screaming.

‘It’s not your country anyway so what’s your problem?’ she yells. ‘It’s been overtaken by people like you.’

The court heard that Mr Juttla decided to film Woodhouse after she started berating an unidentified black female. She then sat down between two men and began another barrage of abuse.

The woman jabs her fingers and appears aggressive on the seven-minute videoWoodhouse ignores the anger of other passengers as she continues her aggressive seven-minute tirade

Prosecutor Claire Campbell told the court: ‘She then leaned towards the gentleman sitting next to her and said ‘I will have you arrested because you do not live here’.

‘The male pushed her away and she fell on to the adjacent seat.

‘She stated: “I hope you are not claiming benefits and I hope you pay your taxes”.

‘Mr Juttla responded: “I pay more taxes than you, love”.

‘Mr Juttla pulled the emergency alarm fearing an escalation of events and to enable her to be removed from the train.’

Single father of two Mr Juttla, from Ilford, Essex, had been attending a funeral of a close family friend that day.

Ms Campbell said Woodhouse went to Mile End police station following a media campaign.
Woodhouse told police she could not remember the rant but recognised it was her in the video.

She attended court today wearing a black suit and white shirt. She sat in the court with her brow furrowed and her head bowed as the magistrate was shown the video clip.

She makes dozens of deeply offensive remarks about migrants to the UK and about foreigners in generalAppalling behaviour: The court was told that Woodhouse had drunk an ‘unknown’ quantity of champagne at a retirement party before getting on the Tube at 11pm

Ms Campbell told the court that Woodhouse was fined following a similar offence on the Docklands Light Railway in December 2008.

Ms Campbell said Woodhouse verbally abused a male passenger while on a train to Stratford. She asked whether he had paid taxes, adding: ‘I have had enough of it, why don’t they go back to where they come from?’

Outside court Mr Juttla, who runs a print company, said: ‘I found it very distressing.

‘I uploaded it to YouTube because I thought that was the fast-track process to catching this person.

‘I also needed to show the public that kind of person is out there and not to put up with this kind of behaviour.

‘My kids have seen the video and they are disgusted by it. They don’t expect for someone to shout abuse at their dad.’

Before officers asked him to take the video down, it had been watched 21,000 times. Since duplicates have been made, it has been watched by hundreds of thousands of people.

Rant: Police took Emma West into custody in December after a video (pictured) appeared on the internet showing a woman apparently abusing tram passengersSpate of incidents: Police took Emma West into custody in December after a video (pictured) appeared on the internet showing a woman apparently abusing tram passengers

Mr Juttla added: ‘She needs to be set an example of. People should look at what happens to her and say “we can’t behaviour like this in the public domain”.’

Woodhouse pleaded guilty to one count of causing racially aggravated ‘harassment, alarm or distress’ by using ‘threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour’.

The prosecution offered no evidence on one charge of racially aggravated common assault.

Adjourning sentence, District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe said: ‘Bearing in mind the level of abuse, the persistence of the abuse, the number of people on the train unable to leave without aborting their journey, and the children present, means that I think the court has to have a pre-sentence report.

‘I make it clear that all options are open to the sentencing court, including committal or immediate custody.’

The judge imposed stringent conditions banning her from the Tube network and she was ordered to keep to a daily curfew between 10pm and 6am, which will be monitored by electronic tag.

She will be sentenced at the same court on May 29.

The video emerged after a spate of similar clips were uploaded on to the internet. Emma West was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence in connection with an incident on a tram in December.

Another video called ‘Welcome to London‘ showed a woman holding a pink rose on the London Underground as she abused passengers.

Another was of a drunk woman who tried to punch a black passenger on a London bus, but ended up falling over herself then being thrown into the street.


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The Polish Resistance

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The Polish resistance movement was very active in World War Two. Up until the start of Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, the Poles had two enemies – Communist Russia and Nazi Germany. Both had attacked Poland in September 1939. Germany’s attack on Russia took one of these enemies out of the equation for now. Poland’s resistance movement could concentrate all its resources on a common enemy.

Poland was the principal focus of military transport for the Germans after June 1941. The country acted as a conduit for the front in Russia. Therefore, there were many targets for the Polish resistance movement and from June 1941 to December 1941, they destroyed 1,935 railway engines, derailed 90 trains, blew up three bridges and set fire to 237 transport lorries. However, such a success came at a cost as the reprisals by the Germans was savage in the extreme. In fact, so extreme was the German reaction, that the Polish resistance all but ended its work for about 10 months in 1942. SOE in London could not effectively assist the Poles because the distance was simply too great for SOE to overcome.

As in Czechoslovakia, the resistance movement in Poland was fragmented by politics. A government in exile existed in London but a “Union of Polish Patriots” was formed in Moscow in direct competition to the London government. During 1942, Polish communists were dropped into Poland to set up the “Worker’s Party”. This was to include a resistance movement called the “People’s Guard”.

The response in London was for Chief-of-Staff General Sikorski to reorganise the resistance movement in Poland that was loyal to the exiled government. It was inevitable that both would clash. Matters were not improved when the Germans found the bodies of 4,500 Polish officers at Katyn Wood. The Russians were held responsible for this and their refusal to allow an enquiry by the International Red Cross only confirmed to non-communists in Poland that Stalin’s government was responsible for these murders.

However, the non-communist Polish resistance force had to accept the inevitable – Russia would get to Poland before the Allies. The AK (Armia Krajowa) was led by General Bor-Komorowski after June 1943 (its previous leader, Rowecki was arrested in that month) and he drew up a plan to accommodate Russia’s advance. His plan was that the AK should continue with its policy of sabotage and intelligence gathering. This intelligence would go to both the Russians and to Britain. In January1944, the AK actually got hold of parts of a V1 and sent them to London. While Russia and the Allies continued to launch major attacks on the retreating Wehrmacht, the AK used diversionary guerrilla attacks to split the Germans military resources. The final part of  Bor-Komorowski’s plan was called “Rising”. It was for a general uprising throughout Poland led by the AK. The final part of the plan was never fully implemented primarily due to the speed of the Russian advance. However, whenever, the Red Army came across units of the AK movement, it disarmed them. For the Russians, it was of much greater value for the ‘People’s Guard’ to have the upper hand within Poland.

By the spring of 1944, the Polish resistance was thought to number 400,000. The government in exile played a key part in running the non-communist resistance in Poland – far more freedom than any other government in exile within Britain was allowed. The Polish resistance was very well organised and at one time there were over 100 radio stations broadcasting in occupied Poland.

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16-year-old youth faces a life sentence for murdering a schoolboy after he got off a bus.

Saturday, April 28th, 2012


A 16-year-old youth faces a life sentence for murdering a schoolboy after he got off a bus.

Osman Bangura was only 15 when he brought a knife down on Yemurai Kanyangarara’s neck and left him bleeding to death on the pavement.

Yemurai, 16, from St Columba‘s Catholic Boys’ School in Bexleyheath, was the latest victim in tit-for-tat attacks by pupils from two rival schools.

He was attacked after getting off a bus in Welling, south-east London, in July last year.

Bangura was found guilty of murder and remanded in custody for sentencing in June along with Isaac Walters, 15, of Peckham, who was found guilty of manslaughter.

After the killing, Bangura jumped on another bus to Plumstead police station to take part in a video identification procedure to identify youths who had cut his forehead in a previous attack.

The Old Bailey heard he was so calm and co-operative that a detective gave him a lift home to Peckham, south London.

But after the officer left, Bangura fled to Brighton where he was arrested four days later.

Peter Finnigan QC, prosecuting, said: “This young man coolly went through the procedures of identifying those who had attacked him.

“He was calm and amicable.

“There was nothing in his demeanour to alert the police officer he had just been involved in this dreadful incident.

“He said nothing at all.

“The police officer actually drove him home.”

Detective Constable Toks Jegede said he had no idea until he got a telephone call the next day that the youth was wanted.

DC Jegede said there was nothing about the boy which made him suspicious.

The interview had been pre-arranged after the boy was cut on the forehead with a knife by gang members three days before as he waited for a bus.

He went to the police station, where he picked out two youths from YouTube. They did not include Yemurai or his friends.

Det Con Jegede said: “I was not aware of the stabbing.

“The first I was aware of it was when I received a phone call on Saturday.

“He was very down to earth. I took him home, I drove him.

“He expressed concern about what was going to happen to him if they were arrested.



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Gang of teenage muggers who stabbed chef to death for just £12 on his birthday are jailed

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012


Teenage robbers who slaughtered a man as he celebrated turning 30 with his girlfriend have been locked up for at least 26 years.


Krzysztof Rusek was knifed through the heart after four hooded attackers demanded cash from him and his friends as they walked home through a London park.


Polish national Krzysztof died in hospital four hours later from massive internal bleeding, while another colleague was saved by chance when a blade hit bank cards in his wallet.


Ruairi Bicknell, left, and Akeem Salako were convicted of killing Polish chef Krzysztof Rusek
Ruairi Bicknell, left, and Akeem Salako were convicted of killing Polish chef Krzysztof Rusek

Ruairi Bicknell, left, and Akeem Salako were convicted of killing Polish chef Krzysztof Rusek


Ruairi Bicknell and Akeem Salako, both 18, along with Ben Wiles and Stefan Morgan, both 17, fled the scene in Fulham.


They split up and headed in different directions before changing their clothes.


The four denied murder, but admitted manslaughter charges during a retrial at the Old Bailey.


They were each given indefinite sentences for public protection and ordered to serve at least six years behind bars.


The gang must convince a parole board they no longer pose a risk before they can be released.


Krzysztof Rusek was stabbed to death in a Fulham park for just £12 on the night of his 30th birthdayKrzysztof Rusek was stabbed to death in a Fulham park for just £12 on the night of his 30th birthday


Sentencing, Judge John Milford QC, told them the sentences had to reflect the public’s ‘abhorrence of the carrying of knives’.


He said: ‘Anyone who takes part in an enterprise of this sort, involving a preparedness, if necessary, to deliberately stab victims of robbery, and then flee the scene, not showing a shred of remorse for the victims, must be considered dangerous.’


The gang had been prowling the park ‘looking for victims’ when they targeted Mr Rusek in the early hours of June 7 last year, said prosecutor Simon Denison QC.


‘They were all hooded, they were all carrying knives, and they were all intent on using those knives to commit robberies together,’ he said.


‘The defendants took one victim each – knives out, pointing the knives at them – demanding money.


‘One of Mr Rusek’s group handed over all the cash that he had; a little over £12 in change.


‘We don’t know if Krzysztof Rusek tried to resist or if he did nothing.


‘He is no longer alive to tell us what happened and the others didn’t see it.’


The attack happened in a park area off Lillie Road near the West Kensington Estate around 2am.


Bicknell, Salako, and Wiles initially admitted they were present at the scene but claimed they did not take part in the robbery or know their companions had knives.


Morgan insisted he had not been present.


Mr Rusek, who worked at the Ibis hotel in Lillie Road, came to the UK from Poland eight years ago.

He was intending to become a builder and was living in Neasden, north-west London.


In a statement read to the court, his parents said: ‘Suffering the loss of Krzysztof is undoubtedly one of the most difficult experiences to have to go through.


‘We have to cope with difficult emotions and completely rebuild our world.


‘When we learned of the death of our son, our world collapsed.


‘Krzysztof was just 30 and had his whole life before him.’



CCTV images show two of the gang shortly before the attack on Krzystof Rusek; One of them is clearly brandishing a knife CCTV images show two of the gang shortly before the attack; One of them is clearly brandishing a knife








All four of the gang before the attack in June last year; they made £12 from their crimeAll four of the gang before the southwest London attack in June last year; they made £12 from their crime


The statement adds: ‘Our hearts burst when we go to the cemetery and look at his grave with the inscription and wonder, “Why him?”’


His girlfriend Martyna Parzynska, who was also threatened by the killers, said: ‘I was witness to an event which should never have happened.


‘It was the day of my boyfriend’s birthday. It was his last birthday because during the night he was murdered. He was a splendid, sensitive man and full of life.




‘Krzysztof dreamed of starting his own business but now he will never realise those dreams, and others, because they were taken away from his, along with his life, just like the chance of our future together.’


Salako and Bicknell both have previous convictions for a fraud, after posing as charity collectors and pocketing the money raised.


Drug dealer Salako also has convictions for theft, drug possession and carrying a lock-knife.


Bicknell’s previous offences include theft and being a passenger in a stolen car.


A police image of the broken knife used to attack Polish national Krzysztof RusekA police image of the broken knife used to attack Polish national Krzysztof Rusek


Wiles, who was caught on CCTV dealing cannabis on the night of the fatal attack, has a previous conviction for drug possession and has a caution from 2009 for carrying a sharpened screwdriver.


Morgan was convicted of battery in May 2010, after he punched another pupil in a unit for excluded students.


Bicknell, of Sinclair Road; Salako, of Talgarth Road; Morgan, of Star Road; and Wiles, all of West Kensington, denied murder but admitted manslaughter.


Their first trial was halted in December last year for legal reasons.

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Churchill’s Stubborn Silence by Hans Fritzsche

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

What is the British fleet up to, anyway? You are asking that question, I am asking that question, the world is constantly raising it.

We were all absolutely astonished when the British Admiralty simply admitted on Saturday that the battleship Royal Oak had been sunk by a German submarine. With good reason, one asked why an agency that previously was known only for the stubbornness of its tactics of secrecy suddenly adopted a news policy of quick and honest reporting.

We first thought that the reason for the rapid admission was that American news agencies and radio stations had already reported the sinking of the Royal Oak. But that was probably not Mr. Winston Churchill’s reason, since the Americans probably depended on sources in the British Admiralty; only their apparatus for spreading the news functioned better than the English, for whom some hands faltered at the typewriter or the telegraph keyboard and some mouths had trouble speaking over the telephone.

It became clear today why Mr. Winston Churchill was in such a hurry to give out the news of the sinking of theRoyal Oak, which shook England and gained the world’s attention.

Mr. Winston Churchill knew already on Saturday that the fleet His British Majesty had entrusted to him had suffered not only this serious loss, but that at the same time another, perhaps more serious, blow had fallen.

The same German U-boat that sank the Royal Oak had also torpedoed the Repulse, one of the most powerful battleships in the British navy. [The U-boat captain believed that he had torpedoed the Repulse, but he was wrong. The Repulse was actually at sea.]

Mr. Winston Churchill apparently has a precise feel for what a nation’s nerves can take, of how to use agitation to drive a people to war. Mr. Churchill knows all too well the feelings that the man on the street in England has for theRepulse, since this battleship has been in all the newspapers in the country nearly every day since last spring. When the English king wanted to visit Canada last spring, the English government put at his disposal its most impressive ship that the Home Fleet of Old England has. The government and the king agreed that a state visit to Canada required the Repulse, on which staterooms were already prepared.

But that did raise deep public concern. Several English naval experts said that the Repulse was the only ship then at England’s disposal that was superior in power and armaments to German ships, and that the Repulse was the only vessel capable of guaranteeing England’s control of the North Sea. Since England was already playing with the thought last spring of waging war against Germany and since it was waiting only for the completion of its encirclement plans before letting war loose on Germany, there suddenly were conversations in the House of Commons, in the newspapers, on the subways and over garden fences: That is impossible! If the King travels to Canada on the Repulse, the Germans will attack us when this powerful ship is far way, and England is done for. Since one always believes the other side is planning what one plans to do oneself, the English believed that we Germans were only waiting for the Repulse to set sail before beginning our own preventive war, which we could win quickly and completely.

The responsible men in England, for reasons that have since become clear, had reasons not to make clear to the man in the street that the fear of a German attack was absurd, and so they bowed to the unintended effects of their artificially caused war mood and told the king with a shrug that he could not sail to Canada on the Repulse, but they would give him a fine passenger steamer instead. It bore the lovely and genuine English name Empress of Australia, but it had been christened the Tirpitz during its construction in Germany. It was one of the ships that the English took from us after Versailles. A truly royal means of transportation!

The loss of the Repulse, which had caused the hearts of millions of Englishmen to tremble nervously a few months ago, which to keep in England the British king had been given a stolen German ship, the Repulse on which English pride depended as on no other ship in the entire British navy — the loss of the Repulse could not be admitted under any circumstances.

It therefore seemed easier for Mr. Winston Churchill to quickly admit the sinking of the Royal Oak in order to conceal the torpedoing of that ship.

That is the answer to the riddle of the so sudden apparent love of truth on the part of the First Lord of the British Admiralty.

The English people had become all too deeply persuaded that the guarantee of England’s dominance of its home waters depended on the Repulse, and only on the Repulse.

The British Admiralty carried out this concealment maneuver with truly astonishing determination. Too bad that when the support for such a lie collapses, not only the lie and the liar are in trouble, but the whole framework one has erected. So it was here. Listen:

It was naturally hard for British radio to carry on its musical and political programming Saturday evening and Sunday. After such an event funeral marches are hardly encouraging, and one did not of course want to provide too many details to an already depressed English public. Mr. McMillan’s helpers found a way out from material apparently provided by Mr. Churchill, a way that at first glance did not seem at all dumb. They told their listening public, which was gradually regaining its courage, that the sinking of the Royal Oak was known only through sources in the British Admiralty. The Germans had released no reports, and probably would not be able to do so in the future since the German U-boat that had dared to attack a proud British battleship had been destroyed along with its whole crew. That was at least a small consolation for English listeners. Further balm was provided by rapidly-following announcements that other German U-boats had been sunk. British radio even dared to report that 13 October was a black day for the German fleet.

The main point was that the poor English listeners were left with the impression that no one in England or the wide world would have known about the sinking of the Royal Oak if the British Admiralty had not reported it. And the U-boat that sunk the Royal Oak was destroyed! Mr. Churchill could sleep in peace. There was no German witness to testify to what had really happened.

As previously mentioned, that was the plank that brought the lie down. Once the plank fell, everything fell apart. The commander of the German U-boat that had allegedly been sunk turned up alive — and reported that the Royal Oakhad been sunk and the Repulse torpedoed!

Well, Mr. Churchill, you probably had not expected that!

The First Lord of the British Admiralty must have been deeply shocked, since his reply to the communiqué released by the Supreme Command of the German Military was extraordinarily thin. The English Reuters agency reported that there was no comment in London to the German announcement of the torpedoing of the Repulse. London shipping circles laughed over these German propaganda methods.

One need only say this: They could not comment, they could not deny, but neither, of course, could they admit it. And shipping circles may have laughed, but Lloyds at least was pleased, since it does not insure warships. There are enough sunken merchant ships to pay for.

Naval circles in England that know the facts, however, probably did not laugh.

And what did the British Prime Minister have to say in his speech last Thursday, in which he rejected the Führer’s peace offer? He said: “The time for words is past. The time for deeds has come.”

It has come, Mr. Churchill. You are right! But not in the way you had expected!

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Tens of thousands in Syria call for fall of regime

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Tens of thousands of Syrians braved tear gas and gunfire to protest across the country Friday, vowing to storm the capital Damascus to oust President Bashar Assad as the European Union ramped up pressure on the regime by imposing sanctions on his wife and other close relatives.

Security forces deployed in many cities to disperse protests, but opposition groups reported fewer protester deaths than in past weeks. Activists said more than 20 people were killed nationwide in army attacks on opposition areas or clashes with armed rebels.

International condemnation and high-level diplomacy have failed to stop the year-old Syria crisis, which the U.N. says has killed more than 8,000 people, many of them civilian protesters.

Friday’s sanctions bring to 13 the sets imposed by the EU to try to compel the regime to halt its violent crackdown on dissent. The U.S. and others have also imposed sanctions. Previous measures were aimed at Syrian companies and Assad himself.

Those imposed Friday targeted Asma Assad, Syria’s British-born first lady, banning her from traveling to EU countries and freezing any assets she may have there. They also included the president’s mother, sister, sister-in-law and eight government ministers.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said sanctions were weakening the regime.

“Their economic situation becomes ever more difficult. Syria has few reserves,” he said. “We think its economic situation will become untenable.”

While the measures have hurt Syria’s economy, they appear to have had little effect on the regime’s actions. It has regularly deployed troops, pro-government thugs and snipers to attack anti-regime protests. Human rights groups accuse the regime of shelling civilian areas and torturing and killing detainees in its push to stop the uprising, which it blames on terrorists carrying out a foreign conspiracy.

In Geneva, the U.N. Human Rights Council blasted Syria’s crackdown and extended the mandate of a U.N. expert panel tasked with reporting on alleged abuses in the country.

A resolution passed by the 47-member body condemned “widespread, systematic and gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms perpetrated” by Syrian authorities, including summary executions, torture and sexual abuse of detainees and children.

Also Friday, UNICEF said at least 500 children have been killed in the conflict, while hundreds more have been injured, detained or abused. The U.N. children’s agency said schools have closed and health centers have shut down or become too dangerous for many families to reach.

Throughout the conflict, China and Russia have protected Syria from censure by the U.N. Security Council, fearing a strongly worded resolution condemning Assad could pave the way for military intervention, as happened in Libya last year.

Russia, however, softened its stance Thursday by calling for Assad to pull his troops out of Syrian cities. The U.N. has been trying to secure a cease-fire so all parties could hold a dialogue on a political solution to end the conflict. So far, both sides have refused talks.

Regime forces continued to pound oppositions areas Friday, and activists reported major shelling and fire with heavy machine-guns in the provinces of Homs in central Syria, Idlib in the north and Daraa.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 23 civilians were killed in government attacks Friday. Government troops and armed rebels clashed in a number of places, with at 13 soldiers and three rebel fighter killed, the group said.

Another group, the Local Coordination Committees, said government troops killed 36 civilians on Friday. It did not provide details on each civilian killed.

Activists reported dozens of anti-regime protests in towns and cities across Syria under the banner “Damascus, we are coming.” Security forces broke up many of them with gunfire and tear gas, and there were reports of wounded.

Activists reported fewer protester deaths and Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the Observatory, said he had yet to confirm a single protester death on Friday, remarking that this was unusual.

“We hope it happens like this every time because we don’t want anyone to die,” he said.

The Syrian government has barred most media from working in the country, and activist accounts could not be independently verified.

Syria’s state news agency said hundreds marched in a pro-Assad demonstration in the capital Damascus and published photos of them carrying Syrian flags and Assad photos.

In Jordan’s capital Amman, blind Syrian cleric Ahmad al-Sayasneh called on a congregation of 1,000 Syrians to “remain steadfast until our tyrant leadership is ousted.”

It was the cleric’s first public appearance since fleeing Syria two months ago. Al-Sayasneh rose to prominence though his fiery sermons calling for civil disobedience at a mosque in the southern Syrian town of Daraa, considered the uprising’s birthplace.

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The Year 2000 by Joseph Goebbels

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The three enemy war leaders, American sources report, have agreed at the Yalta Conference to Roosevelt’s proposal for an occupation program that will destroy and exterminate the German people up until the year 2000. One must grant the somewhat grandiose nature of the proposal. It reminds one of the skyscrapers in New York that soar high into the sky, and whose upper stories sway in the wind. What will the world look like in the year 2000? Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt have determined it, at least insofar as the German people are concerned. One may however doubt if they and we will act in the predicted manner.

No one can predict the distant future, but there are some facts and possibilities that are clear over the coming fifty years. For example, none of the three enemy statesmen who developed this brilliant plan will still be alive, England will have at most 20 million inhabitants, our children’s children will have had children, and the events of this war will have sunk into myth. One can also predict with a high degree of certainty that Europe will be a united continent in the year 2000. One will fly from Berlin to Paris for breakfast in fifteen minutes, and our most modern weapons will be seen as antiques, and much more. Germany, however, will still be under military occupation according to the plans of the Yalta Conference, and the English and Americans will be training its people in democracy. How empty the brains of these three charlatans must be — at least in the case of two of them!

The third, Stalin, follows much more far-reaching goals than his two comrades. He certainly does not plan to announce them publicly, but he and his 200 million slaves will fight bitterly and toughly for them. He sees the world differently than do those plutocratic brains. He sees a future in which the entire world is subjected to the dictatorship of the Moscow Internationale, which means the Kremlin. His dream may seem fantastic and absurd, but if we Germans do not stop him, it will undoubtedly become reality. That will happen as follows: If the German people lay down their weapons, the Soviets, according to the agreement between Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin, would occupy all of East and Southeast Europe along with the greater part of the Reich. An iron curtain would fall over this enormous territory controlled by the Soviet Union, behind which nations would be slaughtered. The Jewish press in London and New York would probably still be applauding. All that would be left is human raw material, a stupid, fermenting mass of millions of desperate proletarianized working animals who would only know what the Kremlin wanted them to know about the rest of the world. Without leadership, they would fall helplessly into the hands of the Soviet blood dictatorship. The remainder of Europe would fall into chaotic political and social confusion that would prepare the way for the Bolshevization that will follow. Life and existence in these nations would become hell, which was after all the point of the exercise.

Aside from domestic problems of economic, social and political nature, England would suffer a declining population that would leave it even less able to defend its interests in Europe and the rest of the world than it is today. In 1948, Roosevelt’s campaign for reelection would fail, just as Wilson’s did after the First World War, and a Republican isolationist would become president of the USA. His first official act would likely be to withdraw American troops from the European witch’s kettle. The entire population of the USA would doubtless approve. Since there would be no other military power on the continent, in the best case 60 British divisions would face 600 Soviet divisions. Bolshevism certainly would not have been idle during the period. A Labor government, perhaps even a radical half-Bolshevist one, would be in power in England. Under the pressure of public opinion whipped up by the Jewish press and a people weary of war, it would soon announce its lack of interest in Europe. How fast such things can happen is clear from the example of Poland today.

The so-called Third World War would likely be short, and our continent would be at the feet of the mechanized robots from the steppes. That would be an unfortunate situation for Bolshevism. It would without doubt leap over to England and set the land of classic democracy ablaze. The iron curtain would fall once more over this vast tragedy of nations. Over the next five years, hundreds of millions of slaves would build tanks, fighters, and bombers; then the general assault on the USA would begin. The Western Hemisphere, which despite lying accusations we have never threatened, would then be in the gravest danger. One day those in the USA will curse the day in which a long-forgotten American president released a communiqué at a conference at Yalta, which will long since have sunk into legend.

The democracies are not up to dealing with the Bolshevist system, since they use entirely different methods. They are as helpless against it as were the bourgeois parties in Germany over against the communists before we took power. In contrast to the USA, the Soviet system needs to take no regard for public opinion or its people’s living standard. It therefore has no need to fear American economic competition, not to mention its military. Even were the war to end as Roosevelt and Churchill imagine, the plutocratic countries would be defenseless before the competition from the Soviet Union on the world market, unless they decided to greatly reduce wages and living standards. But if they were to do that, they would not be able to resist Bolshevist agitation. However things turn out, Stalin would always be the winner and Roosevelt and Churchill the losers. The Anglo-American war policy has reached a dead end. They have called up the spirits, and can no longer get rid of them. Our predictions, beginning with Poland, are beginning to be confirmed by a remarkable series of current events. One can only smile when the English and Americans forge plans for the year 2000. They will be happy if they survive until 1950.

No thinking Englishman fails to see this today. The British prime minister wore a Russian fur coat at the Yalta Conference. This aroused unhappy comment in the English public. When the London news agencies later reported that it was a Canadian fur coat, no one believed them. People saw in the matter a symbol of England’s subordination to the Kremlin’s will. What happened to the days when England had an important, even decisive say in world affairs! An influential American Senator recently remarked: “England is only a small appendix to Europe!” His comrades treat it that way already. Has it deserved any better? At a dramatic moment in European history, it declared war against the Reich, unleashing a world conflagration that not only went out of control but threatens to leave England itself in ruins. A tiny extension of Germany into purely German territories to the East was sufficient ground to see a threat to the European balance of power. In the resulting war, England found it necessary to throw out its 200-year-old policy of the balance of power. Now a world power has entered Europe that begins to the East in Vladivostok and will not rest in the West until it has incorporated Great Britain itself into its dictatorship.

It is more than naive for the British prime minister to plan for the political and social status of the Reich in the year 2000. In the coming years and decades, England will probably have other concerns. It will have to fight desperately to maintain a small portion of its former power in the world. It received the first blows in the First World War, and now during the Second World War faces the final coup de grace.

One can imagine things turning out differently, but it is now too late. The Führer made numerous proposals to London, the last time four weeks before the war began. He proposed that German and British foreign policy work together, that the Reich would respect England’s sea power as England would respect the Reich’s land power, and that parity would exist in the air. Both powers would join in guaranteeing world peace, and the British Empire would be a critical component of that peace. Germany would even be ready to defend that Empire with military means if it were necessary. Under such conditions, Bolshevism would have been confined to its original breeding grounds. It would have been sealed off from the rest of the world. Now Bolshevism is at the Oder River. Everything depends on the steadfastness of German soldiers. Will Bolshevism to pushed back to the East, or will its fury flood over Western Europe? That is the war situation. The Yalta Communiqué does not change things in the least. Things depend only on this crisis of human culture. It will be solved by us, or it will not be solved at all. Those are the alternatives.

We Germans are not the only ones who say this. Every thinking person knows that today, as so often in the past, the German people have a European mission. We may not lose our courage, even though the mission brings with it enormous pain and suffering. The foolish know-it-alls have brought the world more than once to the edge of the abyss. At the last moment, the sight of the terrifying misery alarmed humanity enough for it to take the decisive step backwards at the critical moment. That will be the case this time as well. We have lost a great deal in this war. About all we have left are our military forces and our ideals. We may not give these up. They are the foundation of our existence and of the fulfillment of our historical obligations. It is hard and terrible, but also honorable. We were given our duty because we alone have the necessary character and steadfastness. Any other people would have collapsed. We, however, like Atlas carry the weight of the world on our shoulders and do not doubt.

Germany will not be occupied by its enemies in the year 2000. The German nation will be the intellectual leader of civilized humanity. We are earning that right in this war. This world struggle with our enemies will live on only as a bad dream in people’s memories. Our children and their children will erect monuments to their fathers and mothers for the pain they suffered, for the stoic steadfastness with which they bore all, for the bravery they showed, for the heroism with which they fought, for the loyalty with which they held to their Führer and his ideals in difficult times. Our hopes will come true in their world and our ideals will be reality. We must never forget that when we see the storms of this wild age reflected in the eyes of our children. Let us act so that we will earn their eternal blessings, not their curses.

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Four injured as Croydon police station is rocked by basement blast

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

An explosion at a London police station today left four people injured with one suffering serious wounds

Fifty firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze which ripped through the basement of the building in Croydon.

It is believed the fire broke out close to where the armoury is, initially leading to fears there could be more explosions. One man was airlifted to Broomfield Hospital in Essex, with severe burns, while another was taken by ambulance to St George’s Hospital with facial burns.

A man suffering from minor burns and a woman suffering from smoke inhalation were taken to Croydon University Hospital.

Ten fire engines, London’s air ambulance, three ambulance crews and a rapid response car, were called to the scene at 11.28am.

The building in Park Lane, was evacuated and several prisoners had to be relocated. Several streets surrounding the site were also cordoned off.

It is understood the explosion took place while building work was under way at the station. Police were unable to say what sort of work was taking place but said the blast was not terror-related.

Witnesses told how firefighters entering the building, which was still alight two hours after the blast, were wearing masks and oxygen tanks.

Witness Molly Tebbutt, a student, said: “I live on this road and thought, at first, that all the people outside were due to a routine fire alarm test. However, more and more police vans arrived, the road was cordoned off and then a helicopter appeared.”

A police spokesman said the borough remained “fully operational”. Health and safety investigators have been called in to investigate.

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Monday, March 19th, 2012

That afternoon in broad daylight, near Angouleme, we meet Ahasver [the legendary wandering Jew]. For us, the road from Angouleme to Bordeaux is the most unusual of all the French roads we have driven. There are no evacuees. A few hours later we learn that the German army had reserved the road for its march toward Bordeaux and had kept the road free of refugees. They had to go another way. That is why there are only a few refugees who are traveling from the south or southwest toward the interior, which takes them through the area between Angouleme and the south and southwest. The refugees generally returned home once they had encountered the German army and learned that they would not be beaten, but rather well treated. So it was that we are the only car on the road, and we pass only people on foot with a bundle over their shoulder, heading in both directions.

We take a break at a shady spot to eat. It had not been possible to buy a meal in a restaurant in Angouleme. We did buy some canned goods, bread and wine. We sit by the roadside and eat our bread and sardines and drink a light red wine. As we sit and eat, a young man comes along in a gray suit with no hat and a large bundle over his shoulder. Seeing us sitting next to our car and eating so comfortably, he sits down in the grass on the other side of the road and stares at us.

After a while I call over to him in French: “Are you hungry?” He eagerly says yes, and comes on over. I look at him in some surprise as my companion slices some bread and opens a can of sardines and I open a small bottle of wine for him. He is of average height and slender, somewhat ragged, but wearing a good pair of shoes. He is tanned by the sun and has dark black, wavy hair. But that is not all that strikes me—the shape of his face is unusual. His eyebrows, his lips, his nose make me wonder where this refugee comes from. At first I say nothing, and he speaks vaguely. He is going to a farmer to look for work, he has no money any longer and comes from Paris. He fled from the Germans. He sits and looks toward the sun. I quietly say to my companion in German: “Is the boy from the colonies? Look at his face.”

His mouth drops and he runs his hand over his eyes as if he were trying to wipe away some ghostly phenomenon. “You are German?”, he asks in German.

Now we are surprised. I answer cautiously: “Yes, we are German,” but say no more. After a while my comrade asks: “Where are you from?” The lad answers with an unmistakable accent that proves the truth of his words: “Dresden.” He continues immediately: “You still have a car? Didn’t they seize it? Didn’t they lock you up?” We both look at him in astonishment. We suddenly realize that he is an émigré German Jew, and that he thinks we too are émigré German Jews. We give each other a quick glance and are instantly agreed. We will not tell him who we are. We will take advantage of the fact that we are in civilian clothing and are driving a French car. I say hesitantly: “No, they did not catch us.” The young man fishes a sardine out of the can and puts it on a slice of bread. He drinks some wine and, with his mouth full says: “You are clever boys.” We both nod. We are willing to admit that we are clever boys.

We have a lively conversation with the young man, at the beginning of which we have to dodge his questions. He wants to know what sort of passports we have, how we got out of Paris, why we had not been arrested by the Paris police, why the French army had not seized our car, whether we are going to Spain, whether we believe the Germans would let us through, whether we think the Spaniards will let us cross the border. All this he asks quickly and curiously.

I put an end to his chatter by saying that clever boys have to keep silent, or else they would not be clever. That enlightens him somewhat and we cautiously begin asking questions. How are things going for him? Ah, not well at all. Then he begins a long self-history, full of complaints and self-pity.

He left Germany with his parents in 1934. His father had an antique shop in Dresden and moved it to Paris. The antique business did not go well in Paris. Why not? First, there were too many antique shops in Paris, and second the people in Paris understood too much about antiques. He looked at us to let us know that it was to his father’s advantage that people in Dresden knew less about antiques than people in Paris. After learning this, his parents moved the business to London, but he, the son, stayed in Paris.

What did you learn to do?

Learn to do? Nothing. I worked for a printing firm.

Next he shows us his passport, his German passport, probably in the hope that we would do the same. The passport was issued in 1934 and has expired. I ask him: Couldn’t you become a French citizen? He nods, still chewing away, and says that he had several chances to become a French citizen. Why didn’t he do it? He smiles at us and says: “Then I would have had to serve in the army. I might be dead by now, since one can’t always shirk.” My comrade says: “I don’t completely understand you. You would have had a new fatherland, after all. Or did they want to send you to the Foreign Legion?”

He makes a contemptuous gesture. “No, I could join the regular army. If I volunteered, I would immediately become a French citizen. I could have joined the Foreign Legion at any time. But you know, a soldier is a soldier. It made no sense.” “Well,” I say, “things apparently did not go well for you in Paris. Why didn’t you move with your parents to London?

“You don’t seem to know very much,” he answers. “Our friends in London told me that if I went to England, I would have to serve in the army there, too. I would have had to be a soldier, and didn’t want to do that.”

“Hold on, though,” I say, and look for a way to speak cautiously so as not to make the young lad suspicious. “If you live in France or England and want to stay there, if you enjoy all the benefits of the country, when you want to have all the advantages, you have to understand that these countries may want you to help defend their borders.”

He replies in an annoyed tone: “What do you think about me? I have no borders to defend. I am not French, I am not English, I am not German, I am a Jew.”

My comrade says: “OK, but what was the trouble in Paris? You said that things had not gone well.”

The young lad picks up a stone and tosses it across the road. “You seem to have had things good. Or weren’t you in Paris when things fell apart?”

We shake our heads to indicate that we had not been in Paris.

“You probably were hiding in the countryside. Well, I’ll stop asking questions. You can take me along for a while. Maybe you can help me out a bit, since you seem to have a lot of money. I could live a good life for a while after the miseries of Paris.”

Now he speaks softly, as if the wheat and the grass around us had ears. “These French are nasty. Things were OK when we got to Paris. But it got worse, and the other workers in the printing firm were unfriendly from the start. I always said that ‘France is the land of human rights,’ and they laughed and said ‘France is the land of the French. You are taking someone else’s job. You are here only because the owner is a Jew.’ People in Germany always told me that there was no anti-Semitism in France. But they always pestered me and the bureaucrats were always after me when they found out that I did not want to be a soldier. I lived like a dog. And when the Germans attacked they hauled me out of bed early in the morning and locked me up. There were thousands and thousands of our people and it was all over with jobs and freedom, and only those who volunteered for the Foreign Legion were released. I said I would join the regular army, but had to be trained first. I couldn’t join the war before that. I told myself that by that time the war would be over and the French would be in Berlin. But they probably saw through me and said: ‘No, little Jew, we can no longer use you in the regular French army.’ I could not sleep at night with everyone around me howling that they wanted to talk with Minister Mandel. And the guards spit and said tough luck.

I no longer knew if it was Thursday or Monday, or how long we had been there. We did not know much about what was happening outside, only that the Germans were coming closer. Many of us negotiated and begged and cried to the guards that they should let us out, but they were tough chaps, these guards. They always ran their finger across the neck to show us that the Germans would hang us all. We heard the guards calling every two hours during the night and I woke up every time.

One night I wake up. The guards aren’t shouting, and it is quiet. All of our people are sleeping, but I stand up. I can see everything, since there are a few lights. The rest are laying on their stomachs or backs or sides and snoring. I go to the door and open it a bit. I can do that, since the bathroom is just outside. But when I open the door, I see that there are no more guards, and that the gate is open. I go back quietly, get my sack and tie it shut and leave the camp and the city. I do not talk with anyone, or they might catch us all again.

I keep going, and ride a stretch on a truck with some soldiers. I said I was a recruit and was ordered to go to Bordeaux. Later they figure out it was untrue and kick me off. I laugh and kept going. And now you will take me along for a while, yes? Tell me where you were hiding when all of us were arrested in Paris. You will take me along, yes?”

Now he goes over to clean his knife in the grass. He see the car’s radiator, asks what kind of car it is, and steps back. I know that he has seen the small WH on the car. He closes his knife, looks past and speaks into the air: “Thanks” and then softly, “So that’s why.” He picks up his sack, crosses the road and slowly puts one foot in front of the other, leaving a small dust cloud behind him that drifts over the path.


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A New Year by Joseph Goebbels

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

1943 was a year of testing for us. The Reich had the task of defending the economic and military ground that our army had won in past great offensives, and which is the foundation of the coming final victory. It was to be expected that the enemy would do all it could to tear them from us. They did not succeed. They did it is true deal us significant blows, but were not able to bring about a fundamental change in the war situation. One needs only to remember the views and plans with which they began the past year to realize that they were able to gain only a small portion of their goals, a portion in no way sufficient to change the war in their favor.

That was openly admitted in London and Washington at the end of the year. The leading military critics of the Anglo-American newspapers competed in criticizing their war leadership, whose results stood diametrically opposed to their predictions and promises. That is how things in fact stand. We can be satisfied with the course of the war in 1943. It has not brought us what we hoped, but that is even more true for the enemy.

The enemy camp seriously underestimated the moral and military strength of the Reich in the most fateful and gravest ways. They are still doing that in part today. We Germans in general hold only our own government responsible if it makes false promises, but it is worth remembering that the British prime minister called the Anglo-American campaign in Italy the beginning of an attack on the soft underbelly of Europe and promised the public that reaching the Brenner Pass was only a matter of weeks. By the time the leaves fell in the fall, amphibian operations would finally have destroyed the Wehrmacht’s strength in all the European theaters of action. One needs only a cursory look at the map to realize that these were hasty prophecies not worth the paper they were printed on.

The enemy side was just as deceived about the political developments of 1943. How often was the moral collapse of the Reich predicted, yet here we are! One does not need rose-colored glasses to conclude that the German people have never been so determined to fight and win as they are in this fifth year of war. In the face of our determination, the enemy has had to back off from his demands for unconditional surrender. He has probably realized that it only makes him look ridiculous. What would the English and American soldiers say about it? On the Southern Front they must struggle through mine fields and conquer mountains at the cost of rivers of blood, only to lose them the next day. Their great offensives gain a few centimeters. One will not defeat the German army that way.

There is a familiar Berlin joke that exactly describes the current situation: “He who boasts gets more out of life.” The English and Americans have succeed in using clever and boastful bluff propaganda to persuade a certain part of the world that victory is a foregone conclusion that really does not need to be discussed any longer. The more the military facts speak against them, the more crudely and shamelessly London and Washington repeat their claims. On the one hand the enemy side is attempting to build up its own courage, and on the other to persuade the neutral public of things that are simply not true. They boast destructive plans against the Reich and the German people as if they were already in Berlin, while in fact they are fighting in vain a long way from Rome. We would never make propaganda so far from the truth. But the English and Americans do it without the least shame. They have the hippopotamus skins of hardened sinners, and the idea of a political conscience is entirely foreign to them. There is no point in arguing with them.

One of the favorite elements to their agitation is to speak of so-called war criminals. They use the familiar method of shouting “Stop, thief!” Churchill and Roosevelt know well enough that they are the real cause of this terrible war. They prepared it and unleashed it at the proper moment. The blood guilt rests with them. But that does not stop them from accusing those who were attacked of being the guilty party, of promising us the punishment that they themselves deserve. It is of course all theoretical: in fact, they face the unconquerable wall of our continent. They are trying to figure out how to open the gate without having to fight for it. They are following tested methods. They believe that what worked in 1918 has to work again this time, and therefore create the illusion that they have a material superiority and invincibility that we cannot oppose. We hardly want to deny that the enemy has caused us great difficulties, or that he will continue to do so in the future. That is how war is. But the enemy is not in the position to rip the tools of victory out of our hands. That is what is critical.

The Nurembergers have long said that one should not hang someone before catching them. We know that Churchill and Roosevelt would like to put the noose around the German leadership’s necks, not because they are responsible for the war, but rather because they are doing everything in their power to resist the enemy’s war of annihilation against the German people. What is even worse from the standpoint of Washington and London, they are succeeding. Were we of Bettman-Hollweg’s [a World War I German politician] stature, we would certainly get good press from the enemy. If we loosed our hold on the Reich or on the conquered territories so that the enemy could spread unrest within Germany and revolution in the occupied territories, we would certainly win the enemy’s sympathy. But we wage war from a practical standpoint, and maintain order in the areas we have occupied, which leads the English and Americans to call us war criminals who deserve the gallows.

And they do not only want to hang the German leadership, but rather the entire German people. They would surely hang us all if they had the power. They do not know us very well if they think that will make us fear. We have been condemned to death so often in the past for our political crimes that we could not have survived had we died every time. We are in the position of the police who have to deal with a band of gangsters. The gangsters have professional reasons to hate the police. They understandably wish them dead. The police, after all, guard the public and the state. But do the police fear the gangsters? The opposite. They fight them, and eventually bring them to justice.

The enemy has committed every conceivable crime against humanity, culture, and civilization. They are, in fact, so spiritually corrupt as to boast about it in public. They plunder honest and decent nations to fill the pockets of their own money barons. They let millions go hungry and hundreds of thousands starve to reduce them to political inactivity. They murder huge numbers of women and children, hoping through their unbelievable barbarism to weaken the will and destroy the confidence of their husbands and fathers. They bomb and burn more than two millennia of Europe’s cultural treasures. What other crimes could they commit to earn the disgust, the hatred, and the deep contempt of the entire world? Who has the right to speak of war crimes and historical justice, the enemy or we?

We know that this is painful for Churchill, Roosevelt, and their comrades. Their paid agitators will respond with howls of outrage. But that does not alter the fact that we are telling the truth, which the world’s public realizes. The enemy’s bluff propaganda is childish! They are trying to suggest they have strengths that they do not have. They surround themselves with hollow social and humanitarian phrases, but only lies and deception are behind them. They are trying to keep their own and foreign nations in the dark, to keep them defenseless, and then to plunder them. They would long since have succeeded had not National Socialist Germany taken up the struggle against them. That is why they hate us with burning rage. It resembles the hatred and rage criminals have for the police, who reveal their dark handiwork even if they are dressed in a tuxedo and attempt to play the role of the gentleman.

The police are not deceived, and neither are we. We have seen through the enemy, and they know it. Our ears are deaf to their lies. In its struggle against the plutocratic-Bolshevist conspiracy, young National Socialist Germany feels itself the leader of the entire civilized world. It would cease to exist were we to give up before the enemy’s assault. We are God’s instrument today, fulfilling a great historical mission. It cannot be postponed. We must do it, or humanity will collapse. We all know this. This is a struggle between light and dark, between truth and falsehood, between true humanity and inhuman barbarism. Germany carries the banner. All the oppressed and tortured peoples look to us in hope, because they expect from us alone a new order and the salvation of the world.

Our language is not able to express the extent of our responsibility. This is more than a war, it is a battle for the world. A sinister conspiracy is attacking the foundations of human society. Whether humanity will be saved or whether it will collapse depends wholly on us. They enemy is using every possible base and cynical method to divert us from our mission, to tire us out, to weary our souls, to shake our hearts. But the last year proves once again that they will never succeed. The blessing of fate is with us.

This is the conviction with which we close the book of the old year and open that of the new. There are riddles and more riddles before us. We know that we can and must solve them all. It will be a dangerous year in which the fate of civilized humanity once again will hang in the balance. And as was the case so often in the past, salvation will come when one least expects it. We need only believe firmly in it, and fight for it. Salvation lies in loyalty to ourselves and to our task. As the year changes, millions of German soldiers raise their weapons, millions of German farmers their scythes, millions of German workers their hammer. Behind them millions of German women raise their children, both in supplication and in demand. The current generation of our people is defending the Reich, as countless generations before them also have done. It was given to us from the hands of our weak and discouraged fathers. We want to pass it on, strong and powerful, to our children.

That is why we are fighting and winning this war. Each new year is new proof of that.

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The Veil Falls by Joseph Goebbels

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of young German soldiers have been crossing our eastern border and marching through the famed “workers’ and peasants’ paradise.” Had National Socialism not been victorious, many of them would today be members of the League of Red Fighters, readers of the “Red Flag,” and singers of adoring hymns to the “Workers’ fatherland.” At the end of their meetings, they would have praised “wise Stalin,” “the leader of the world revolution” and the “bringer of earthly happiness.” A London newspaper wrote a few days ago that the danger of the eastern campaign for Germany was that our young men might be infected as they came into direct contact with Bolshevism. We must prepare that newspaper for a disappointment. Our solders are indeed experiencing first hand what people call Bolshevism. First, however, National Socialists are immune from any infection by the intellectual and spiritual disease that Moscow preaches, and second they are learning not only the theory of Bolshevism, but also its practice. The result of the acquaintance will be distressing both for Moscow and London.

The Soviet Union knew what it was doing when it sealed itself off from the rest of the world from its earliest days. No matter how socialist it declared itself in its programs and proclamations, it dared not do what National Socialist Germany, for example, did hundreds of thousands of times: to send its own farmers and workers on their own ships to distant countries, where they could on the one hand enjoy and admire the beauties of these lands, but also compare conditions there with those in their own land. They learned to love their people and fatherland, with its order, cleanliness and social justice. Bolshevism could maintain its social illusion only because its deceived population lacked any opportunity for comparison. When one has lived for 25 years in a dark cellar, a kerosene lamp looks like the sun, and for those who were citizens for twenty-five years of the so-called Soviet Union, the most dreadful hovel seemed a palace and a piece of bread the food of the gods, since he heard every day that those in non-Bolshevist countries did not get anything to eat at all. Moscow was a world to itself. An insidious mixture of dogmatic party doctrine, clever Jews and greedy state capitalists rode the conglomerate of peoples that made up the Soviet Union. Those who could remember pre-Bolshevist times, even if by hearsay, were slaughtered. Since they did not see or visit other countries, it was easy to deceive the drugged citizens that the Soviet Union was a paradise instead of the hell it was in reality. It was one of the biggest and cleverest cases of popular deception in all of human history.

Shortly after our National Socialist revolution, a number of communists who had fled Germany after committing political crimes returned, saying they would rather be in a German prison than so-called free citizens in the so-called Soviet Union. Our soldiers marching into the East now can see with their own eyes what these victims of Bolshevist seduction experienced. The veil is falling. The mystery with which Bolshevism so gladly (and with good reason) surrounded itself is surrendering its secrets. Moscow is being revealed.

We hear about it in the tales of officers who are sent from the front to Berlin for a day. We read it in countless letters from soldiers that reach the homeland. Rarely has an army begun its victorious march into an enemy land with such curiosity, and probably never has what they actually saw been so much worse than their worst expectations. It is simply indescribable. Bolshevism is being revealed as a disgusting mixture of phrases and poverty, of stubborn doctrine and a complete lack of constructive thinking, of splendid socialist phases and the most distressing social decay. It is mass betrayal in the truest sense of the word.

What was supposedly going to infect our soldiers has had the opposite effect. Perhaps an occasional soldier previously thought National Socialist teaching about Bolshevism was a bit exaggerated. He finds that reality is even worse. The same thing happened with his comrades, who as they marched into the ghettos of Poland like Litzmannstadt, Krakow, and Warsaw realized not only the accuracy, but also the pressing necessity of our anti-Semitic views. When they returned home, they reproached us for understating the dangers. Our soldiers in the East will have the same opinions of Bolshevism when they return.

It is outrageous that this spiritual infection wanted to conquer Europe, indeed the entire world. It would be like a cholera patient who maintained that he alone was healthy, and that it was his right and duty to infect those whose health he saw as sickness, in order to make them as healthy as he.

It is no accident that the question of Bolshevism is being discussed just as all this is being revealed. A wave of awakening is rolling through Europe. The peoples who have maintained a healthy core are setting aside their various differences and spontaneously heading to the Eastern Front. Mr. Churchill, meanwhile, is hurrying to seal the international alliance between democracy and plutocracy, despite the cynical orgies over the past 25 years in the so-called worker’ paradise. Things that belong together should be together. We have no doubt that the Jewish band that Mr. Churchill surrounds himself with has made it easy for him to find his way to the Kremlin. The wise Stalin can be pleased; the more the peoples of the Soviet Union learn about the horrors of his regime, the louder the admiration he receives from the plutocratic newspapers on Fleet Street. They are astonished at his courage and steadfastness, comparing him to Mr. Churchill himself, flooding him with waterfalls of praise. We have nothing to add. We only hope to use our best efforts to reach even the last person susceptible to Bolshevism with the truth about the abyss before which he stands.

The OKW reports that in the Minsk area 20,000 Bolshevist soldiers deserted to the German lines after shooting their political commissars. 52,000 new deserters were announced today. This is more than a symptom. It is a sign to the Jewish-terrorist ruling class of Bolshevism that its end is near. It seeks in vain to turn the tide. Listeners to German radio programs in the Russian language, even those who merely pick up a German leaflet, are executed. The cowardly band of liars in the Kremlin seems to sense that its end is near. Moscow newspapers are full of bloodthirsty attacks on those spreading panic and rumors, defeatists, and fifth columnists. The style reminds us of the days just before our takeover in the Reich, when the class-conscious proletariat was warned against attending our meetings. They were afraid of the truth then as now. They watch in horror as their finely woven web of lies is torn apart and the ground on which they stand begins to shake. World history will be their world court.

We sent a commission of doctors, jurists, journalists, and radio people to Lemberg. They returned with drawn faces. What they saw there cannot be described. Our newspapers have printed only a portion of the dreadful things that happened under Bolshevism. We have pictures of murdered Ukrainians that we refuse to release to the public, since we fear that viewers would lose all faith in humanity. Given the usual methods of execution, it is practically an act of grace when a bestial soldier rips open the womb of a Ukrainian woman and nails the embryo to the wall. The human eye is not strong enough to see a long series of such photographs. It is hell on earth. The teaching that led to all of this cannot exist in a world in which we wish to live. It must be wiped out.

We know that Mr. Churchill and his cowardly but well-paid journalists will trivialize or ignore our proofs. He sees what he wants to see, and does not see what fails to please him. But that will not hinder us from making our charges before the world. The war that we are waging against Bolshevism is a war of moral humanity against spiritual rottenness, against the decline of public morals, against spiritual and physical terror, against criminal policies whose makers sit on mountains of corpses in order to see whom their next victim will be.

They were preparing to plunge into the heart of Europe. Human imagination is insufficient to picture what would have happened if their animal hordes had flooded into Germany and the West. The Führer’s order to the army on the night of 22 June was an act of historic magnitude. It will probably prove to be the critical decision of the war. The soldiers obeying his order are the saviors of European culture and civilization, saving it from a threat from the political underworld. Germany’s sons once again are defending not only their own land, but also the whole civilized world. Schooled firmly in the teaching of National Socialism, they storm eastward, tearing the veil of history’s greatest deception, and giving their own people and the world the opportunity to see what is, and what will come.

They hold in their hands a torch that will keep the light of humanity from going out.

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Collymore sticking to Twitter despite 200 racist remarks per day

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

London, Mar 10 (ANI): Former England footballer Stan Collymore refuses to quit using Twitter even though he receives up to 200 hate messages on the micro blogging site.

The former Liverpool and England striker said that he had considered quitting Twitter because of the amount of daily abuse he was receiving, despite a law student appearing in court after sending him racially abusive tweets.

The talkSPORT radio pundit re-tweeted one of the racist messages he had received from one user who wrote: @StanCollymore why are u black? U look like a monkey.

Using the code name Wpww-hooligan-88m, the user’s Twitter profile states My blood is my honour, my race is my pride and whose profile picture is a swastika with the words white power on.

Collymore, 42, immediately tweeted back saying he has had enough.

Had enough of twitter tbf but won’t go because it’s a great work tool, and too much positive feedback. Sick of the daily abuse though.

I must get 150-200 abusive messages a day now, just constant reminders of stuff that happened a long time a go. Not nice at all.

Easy to say ignore it when you see it 200 times a day.

Thanks for the support from people who support clubs all over the place. You’re why I tweet, it’s really that simple. Really grateful, he wrote.ormer Spurs and England striker Gary Lineker messaged Collymore to offer his support.

@StanCollymore My God! What is wrong with people? Actually he doesn’t qualify as a human being. He is the animal! the Daily mail quoted him as tweeting.

Collymore replied: @garylineker Cheers Gary.Legend.

Lineker replied: @StanCollymore You should never ignore it! None of us should!

The latest abuse comes after a law student admitted racially abusing Collymore on Twitter.

Joshua Cryer, of Jesmond, appeared before Newcastle magistrates to face a public order charge after a complaint from the radio pundit.

The 21-year-old Newcastle University student has previously denied sending messages in January that were grossly offensive.

Magistrates adjourned the case for a further hearing on 21 March.

Cryer was arrested in January after Collymore reported the incident police.

In a tweet at the time he wrote to the student: Not having this cr*p any more. Joshua, I see you’ve deleted your tweets. I haven’t. Two officers have a statement and evidence. See you in court.

It is not the first that Collymore, who has publicly battled depression, has previously spoken about offensive messages he has received on the social networking site.

In 2009, he decided to quit his account, although he later re-joined, after receiving several spiteful messages. (ANI)

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‘What would happen if I had a scarf over my face?’: Nightmare of Fireman Sam creator branded a racist over quip to airport security

Monday, February 27th, 2012

As David Jones passed through airport security, his thoughts were turning to lunch with his daughters, who were already ‘airside’.

But a light-hearted remark as he placed his scarf through the X-ray scanner led to Mr Jones, the creator of the animated children’s character Fireman Sam, being held for an hour by security guards and accused of racism.

Ex-fireman Mr Jones, a former member of the Household Cavalry, said he experienced an ‘Orwellian nightmare’ after commenting on the ease with which a Muslim passenger ahead of him – who had her face almost completely covered by a hijab – had passed through security without showing her face.

As he placed his scarf and other belongings into a tray to pass through the X-ray scanner, Mr Jones, 67, said to an official: ‘If I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen.’

To his astonishment, he was stopped by security staff on the other side of the checkpoint at Gatwick and accused of racism after a Muslim security guard who heard the remark said it had caused her offence.

Mr Jones, who was flying with his two grown-up daughters to Faro in Portugal – he now lives in the Algarve, where he runs a restaurant – was then subjected to a  one-hour stand-off involving security staff, a British Airways manager and a policeman as security tried to make him apologise

He said yesterday: ‘What I said had nothing to do with the woman’s religion. It was the fact that her face was covered and she seemed to have passed through that part of the security process without showing it.

Tight security: David Jones was detained after being searched at Gatwick AirportTight security: David Jones was detained after being searched at Gatwick Airport

‘I was adamant I was not going to apologise because I had done nothing wrong.’

As the confrontation rumbled on last Sunday, his daughters were left waiting in the departure lounge wondering where he was.


Covered: A woman is allowed take her hijab off in a private room at UK airportsCovered: A woman is allowed take her hijab off in a private room at UK airports

Mr Jones, originally from Ealing, West London, said: ‘Something like George Orwell’s 1984 now seems to have arrived in Gatwick airport. I feel my rights as an individual have been violated. What I underwent amounts to intimidation and detention. I am not opposed to having this level of security but it must be equal for all.’

He intends to lodge a complaint with the airport and BA. Mr Jones was stopped when, after passing through the metal detecting arch, his artificial hip set off the alarm. He was searched, after which another security guard said he was being detained because he had made an offensive remark.

The woman took his passport and boarding pass but although he maintained he had done nothing wrong, he said it was ‘impossible to get her to listen to reason’.

A second female guard joined the pair. Mr Jones said she told him she was Muslim and ‘deeply distressed’ by his comment.

He again denied his remark had been racist, and they were then joined by a BA duty manager, but Mr Jones said they sided with the security staff. At his request a police officer attended but, said Mr Jones: ‘It was plainly evident that he was keeping to the politically correct code.’

He demanded that the officer should arrest him if there was a case against him, but was told ‘that we now live in a different time and some things are not to be said’.

Angry: Mr Jones, 67, was escorted through security under a police guardAngry: Mr Jones, 67, was escorted through security under a police guard

The matter was eventually resolved when Mr Jones agreed his remarks ‘could’ have been regarded as offensive, and he joined his daughters.

Department for Transport rules do not prevent people covering their faces at airports for religious reasons, although all passengers must show their faces to UK Border officials at passport control.

A Gatwick spokesman said: ‘A lady in security was offended by some of the comments of this passenger. Our security team is looking at what happened to ensure the incident was handled in the right way.’

BA said: ‘Our customer service manager did everything possible to help resolve the situation. The customer then completed his journey.’

Fireman Sam was created by Mr Jones and fellow fireman Dave Gingell, who came up with the idea when both worked at Clerkenwell fire station in London.


A pillar of the community: The popular Fireman Sam cartoon was created by David Jones who was accused of racismA pillar of the community: The popular Fireman Sam cartoon was created by David Jones who was accused of racism

Dave Jones
Dave Jones as a fireman

Noble citizen: Mr Jones in his military garb, left, and in his days as a fireman

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British spies stumped by Charlie Chaplin mystery

Friday, February 17th, 2012

They foiled plots and cracked Nazi codes, but Britain’s spies were unable to solve the mystery of Charlie Chaplin‘s birth.

Although the entertainer is celebrated as one of London’s most famous sons, newly declassified files reveal that Britain’s MI5 domestic intelligence service found no records to back up Chaplin’s claim that he was born in the city on April 16, 1889.

Uncertainty about Chaplin’s origins linger to this day – a mystery Chaplin himself may have helped to nurture.

The previously secret file, released Friday by Britain’s National Archives, shows that MI5 investigated the silent film star in the 1950s at the request of U.S. authorities, who had long suspected him of communist sympathies. MI5 historian Christopher Andrew said the FBI‘s red-hating chief, J. Edgar Hoover, privately denounced Chaplin as “one of Hollywood’s parlor Bolsheviks.”

To the spies’ surprise, there was no record of the performer’s birth.

“It would seem that Chaplin was either not born in this country or that his name at birth was other than those mentioned,” MI5 concluded.

Chaplin’s life is a Dickensian rags-to-riches story. Raised in London in a family of music-hall entertainers, he moved to the United States in 1910 and became one of Hollywood’s first megastars with his shabby, bowler-hatted everyman persona, the Little Tramp.

He was a box office sensation in movies such as “The Gold Rush,” “City Lights” and “The Kid,” but his left-wing friends and activities alarmed the FBI, which began tracking the actor in the early 1920s.

In 1952, as fears of Soviet infiltration raged in the U.S., American authorities asked MI5 to investigate Chaplin’s political allegiances and personal background, including a long-standing rumor that Charlie Chaplin was an alias and the performer’s true name was Israel Thornstein.

But British spies could find no trace of him in the birth records at London’s Somerset House under Chaplin, Thornstein or Harley, his mother’s stage name.

The spies also checked French records amid rumors that he might have been born in the town of Fontainebleau – but that, too, drew a blank.

Elsewhere in the file, agents speculate that Chaplin might have Russian roots. There was an allegation that he had once spoken of “going back to Russia.”

“This might refer to paying another visit, or it might denote his origin as Russia,” noted senior MI5 officer W.M.T. Magan, speculating that Chaplin might have come from a Jewish family fleeing pogroms at the end of the 19th century.

Film historian Matthew Sweet said rumors about Chaplin’s roots had been swirling well before the 1950s. The French claim stemmed from a fan magazine article from the 1910s that suggested Chaplin was born while his performer mother was on tour. The idea he was Jewish appears to have been an assumption by some fans that came to be widely believed. Chaplin did little to correct the record.

“The borderline between fact and fiction about celebrities was much less clearly policed than it is today,” Sweet said.

MI5 seemed content to let the mystery of Chaplin’s birth remain. British agents were skeptical of American claims that the star was a communist threat, with John Marriott, the head of MI5’s counter-subversion branch, calling the U.S. allegations “unreliable.”

“It is curious that we can find no record of Chaplin’s birth, but I scarcely think that this is of any security significance,” he wrote in 1952.

The U.S. thought differently and Chaplin was refused re-entry to the United States in 1952. He settled in Switzerland and lived there until his death in 1977.

The dossier shows MI5 continued to track Chaplin for several years. It contains newspaper clippings about the actor, snatches of conversation from suspected radicals who knew him and letters sent from Russia to “Comrade Charly Chaplin” via the communist magazine Challenge.

But by 1958, MI5 had concluded Chaplin was not a threat.

“We have no substantial information of our own against Chaplin, and we are not satisfied that there are reliable grounds for regarding him as a security risk,” the agency noted. “It may be that Chaplin is a Communist sympathizer but on the information before us he would appear to be no more than a ‘progressive’ or radical.”

Nonetheless, a taint of impropriety lingered. Files released in 2002 showed that the British government blocked a knighthood for Chaplin for nearly 20 years because of American concerns about his politics and private life – he was married four times, twice to 16-year-old girls. He eventually became Sir Charles Chaplin in March 1975, two years before his death at age 88.

Chaplin’s origins remain cloudy, although the 1891 census records the then 2-year-old as living in south London with his mother and elder brother Sydney.

Evidence unearthed last year added another layer of mystery.

In a locked drawer of a bureau left behind after Chaplin’s death, his family found a letter from a man in England named Jack Hill. It claimed Chaplin had been born “in a caravan (that) belonged to the Gypsy Queen, who was my auntie” in a Roma community near Birmingham in central England.

Chaplin had alluded to Roma roots in his autobiography, writing that “Grandma was half-Gypsy. This fact was the skeleton in our family cupboard.”

Sweet said the letter was not proof of Chaplin’s birthplace but evidence he cultivated the mystery of his origins.

“It is very widely accepted that he was born in London in 1889, but the piece of paper just isn’t there,” Sweet said.

“That letter is not proof that he was born in a Gypsy encampment. It is proof that he was terrifically attracted to the idea of that story, enough to keep the letter and lock it away and think of it as something important.

“The idea of the mystery of his own birth is something that he quite enjoyed, I think.”

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12 held in London after day of Syria protests

Sunday, February 5th, 2012


A dozen protesters have been arrested amid violent scenes at the Syrian embassy in London as the United Nations failed to agree a resolution despite a new wave of killing by the Damascus regime.

Scotland Yard said six people were arrested on suspicion of public order offences this afternoon when a chanting crowd used missiles to smash several of the building’s windows.

It came hours after five were detained for storming the embassy in protest against the brutal crackdown of the Syrian uprising and another on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

Tensions were fuelled by an assault by Syrian security forces against the southern city of Homs overnight which was reported to have killed upwards of 250 people.

Angry scenes in central London were mirrored in cities across Europe and the Middle East – including Libya and Tunisia where Arab Spring uprisings have already succeeded in removing regimes.

Tunisia announced that it would withdraw its recognition of President Bashar Assad’s leadership and expel the Syrian ambassador.

But the Homs bombardment, the bloodiest episode so far in the 11-month battle between Assad and pro-democracy protesters, did not unlock a diplomatic stand-off over UN action.

Britain accused China and Russia of encouraging Assad’s “killing machine” after they vetoed a draft resolution aimed at ending the violence and securing a peaceful transfer of power.

Intense lobbying at a rare weekend session of the UN in New York failed to end the two countries’ resistance – sparking bitter international condemnation.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the twin veto was “an hour of shame” for the UN and that Russia and China had sided with the regime over the people of Syria and the Arab League.

“Their approach lets the Syrian people down, and will only encourage President Assad’s brutal regime to increase the killing, as it has done in Homs over the past 24 hours,” he said.

The draft resolution, tabled by Morocco, did not impose sanctions or open the door to military action and contained nothing that warranted opposition, he said.

It repeated conditions set down by Arab League foreign ministers last month for a Syrian-led political transition in which Assad would delegate his powers to a deputy.

Mr Hague said the assault on Homs – which has been at the centre of the pro-democracy protests – was “all the more chilling” as it came on the 30th anniversary of the Hama massacre.

Around 20,000 people died in the 1982 operation by the Syrian army – then under the orders of president Hafez Assad – the father of the present leader.

The UN says around 6,000 people have died so far in the latest crackdown and Mr Hague said 2,000 had died since the last time the two countries exercised the veto.

“How many more need to die before Russia and China allow the UN Security Council to act?”

Russia and China were condemned in a series of outspoken attacks by the other members of the Security Council – the US saying it was “disgusted”.

The UK’s ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, said: “They have failed in their responsibility as permanent members of the Security Council and they have done so on the most shameful day of the Syrian killing machine’s 300 days of repression.”

A crowd of around 150 tried to storm the London embassy in the early hours and a similar-sized crowd demanding the closure of the diplomatic post and throwing missiles returned later on.

As passions flared, protesters climbed on top of barriers before police reinforcements arrived in large vans and the demonstrators were driven back across the road.

After some confusion and a brief confrontation with officers who had their sticks drawn, the group was penned in behind barriers across the road from the embassy.

At least one police officer was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The British Foreign Office condemned the violence and said security was being reviewed by Scotland Yard which would take “appropriate action to ensure the safety of the building”.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell joined the calls for the Syrian ambassador to be expelled.

“It is intolerable that we allow the Syrian ambassador to remain in London after this latest massacre of civilians by his government,” he said.

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Museum trying to locate Nazi footage of athletes

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

HISTORIC FOOTAGE captured by a Nazi film maker of athletes training for the 1936 Olympic games is being sought by the Louth County Museum.

The training sessions were reportedly filmed by Hitler‘s propaganda expert Dr. Helena Grefenstahl who was sent to Ireland to examine the training sessions of the exceptional medal winning hammer throwing athletes.

Now, the curator of the Museum in Dundalk, Brian Walsh is appealing for anyone who may have information on the historic footage to make contact.

‘ This search began with a, pardon the pun, throwaway remark by a Dundalk man, Maurice Coyle, whose father Dan was an Olympic hammer thrower.’

‘He mentioned that his uncle Ted, who was also an athlete, had accompanied Dan to training sessions.

‘ Ted wrote to Maurice and mentioned the German film crew,’ explained Mr. Walsh.

The Germans were apparently in Dundalk to photograph and film Dan Coyle as he trained ahead of the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin. Dan went on to compete in the 1948 London Olympics.

‘ The footage must have been useful as the German hammer throwers went on to win gold and bronze in the Olympics.’

He added that although the footage may have been destroyed over the years, anyone with information relating to the filming should contact museum staff who unveiled ambitious plans for an exhibition in June to mark the 2012 Olympics.

The exhibition will celebrate the achievements of Irish athletes and administrators in the games, with a particular emphasis on athletes from Louth.

‘One of the most interesting aspects so far is the realisation that the county produced three medallists in the 1908 Games in London, with Barrack Street‘s Henry Joseph Brown winning silver in the men’s hockey, Ardee’s Beatrice HillLowe winning bronze in the archery event; and Drogheda’s John Mccann winning silver in polo,’ said Brian Walsh.

‘And the Olympic connection continued throughout the 20th Century.’

He appealed for local people to donate to the exhibition and items related to the Olympic games.

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UK protects site that housed WWII codebreakers

Friday, January 6th, 2012

LONDON — The British government has acted to protect a crumbling piece of wartime — and computing — history.

The government said Friday that it has given protected status to the derelict Block C at Bletchley Park, the site northwest of London where mathematicians and cryptographers toiled in secret to crack Nazi communications codes.

Historians believe their work shortened the war by as much as two years.

The steel-and-concrete Block C contained high-speed data processing machines that helped the British crack Germany’s Enigma encryption device.

Heritage Minister John Penrose said Friday that Block C “can be viewed as the birthplace of modern information technology.”

Bletchley Park’s guardians are fundraising to restore the site and turn it into a museum.

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Terry to face prosecution

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

England and Chelsea captain John Terry will be charged with racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed on Wednesday.

QPR's Anton Ferdinand and Chelsea's John Terry share a few words at Loftus Road

QPR’s Anton Ferdinand and Chelsea’s John Terry share a few words at Loftus Road

Terry, who has denied the allegations against him stemming from an incident during Chelsea’s Premier League match at Loftus Road in October, will appear at West London Magistrates’ Court on February 1.

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London said: “I have today advised the Metropolitan Police Service that John Terry should be prosecuted for a racially aggravated public order offence following comments allegedly made … on 23 October 2011.

“The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and after careful consideration of all the evidence I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.

“He is now summonsed with a criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial”

Immediately after the original allegations were made, Terry denied making any racist comments and reiterated that view following the CPS’s announcement.

“I am disappointed with the decision to charge me and hope to be given the chance to clear my name as quickly as possible,” said Terry in a statement. “I have never aimed a racist remark at anyone and count people from all races and creeds among my closest friends.’

“I will fight tooth and nail to prove my innocence. I have campaigned against racism and believe there is no place for it in society.”

A club statement read: “Chelsea Football Club today received notification that the Crown Prosecution Service has charged John Terry with a racially aggravated public order offence.

“John has made it clear he denies the charge and is determined to do all he can to prove his innocence. Chelsea FC has always been fully supportive of John in this matter and will continue to be so.

“The club finds all forms of discrimination abhorrent and we are proud of the work we undertake campaigning on this important issue. Chelsea will not be commenting further on the subject while the legal process runs its course.”

Just hours prior to Wednesday’s ruling, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas vowed that he and the club would give Terry their full backing.

“The only thing I know is that I will be fully supportive of John Terry, whatever the outcome,” Villas-Boas said. “He has my full support, he has the club’s full support. We know exactly his human values and personality. They are never in doubt.”

The CPS decision comes barely 24 hours before Chelsea’s Premier League game at Tottenham, the start of a run of four games in 11 days, but Villas-Boas confirmed Terry would start at White Hart Lane on Thursday night.

On Tuesday, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was handed an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra during a Premier League match at Anfield on October 15.

The Uruguay international, who is expected to appeal against the Football Association’s decision, was also fined £40,000.

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