For those who are intent on voting to remain with the EU – This might just prompt a change to Brexit

 

 

Paul van Buitenen

Paul van Buitenen says nothing has changed

 

Neil Kinnock

Neil Kinnock insisted reforms were on track

 

 

 

 

27 August 2002: Brussels whistleblower quits in despair

A European official whose whistle-blowing revelations sparked the resignation of the entire European Commission has quit, after declaring that nothing has changed.

Paul van Buitenen says he is returning to his native Netherlands because the pressure in Brussels became too great to bear. In 1999, he went public with details of corruption, cronyism and abuse of power in the commission. The entire team of 20 commissioners, headed by then president Jacques Santer, resigned in a symbolic gesture to demonstrate their commitment to cleaning up the commission’s act. But Mr Van Buitenen says that, three years on, it is business as usual. “Despite everything, I can’t see any change in Brussels,” he said.

The clean-up operation has been headed by the UK’s Neil Kinnock, administration commissioner and a commission vice-president. But as long ago as March 2000 Mr Van Buitenen cast doubt on whether the reforms would achieve anything. “(Mr Kinnock) has drawn up a nice reform plan which looks right but he does not tackle the people who committed the irregularities,” he said at the time. “They have been confirmed in their jobs or even promoted.”

Confidence in the commission’s inner purging was knocked again earlier this year, when another whistleblower, chief accountant Marta Andreasen, was forced from her job. She had tried to highlight problems in the commission’s budget, which she insisted was running out of control amid “shambolic” control systems. She was removed from her post after refusing to sign off last year’s accounts. She told the BBC this month that the computer system on which the transactions were processed was “incoherent, insecure and allows no audit trail.” The lack of security, she warned, “gives big room for fraud” – and makes tracking it almost impossible.

Mr Van Buitenen, an assistant auditor at the time of his revelations, told the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper that the treatment of Ms Andreasen was the last straw for him. He says he was similarly ostracised after making his own stand, being moved to a lower position in Luxembourg on half his original salary. He has worked for the commission since 1990.

Mr Kinnock’s office has insisted that progress is being made on tackling fraud.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/2219114.stm

 

 

 

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Hope not Hate – Labour Party front that seems to thrive on hate

 

 

 

A message on a floral tribute to Jo Cox, near Leeds, England, June 17.

 

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”  –  Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

Imam and Bradford Council Respect councillor Alyas Karmani

Imam and Bradford Council Respect councillor Alyas Karmani

 

 

 

13 July 2013: Bradford Imam Alyas Karmani drafts sermon to condemn grooming

Bradford Imams are spearheading national condemnation of sex grooming by Muslim men by issuing a special sermon to be read in mosques across Britain this month. The hard-hitting Islamic message, called a Khutba, has already been sent to 50 local Imams to be delivered during Friday prayers on June 28. It forcefully demands all men obey strict Koranic teaching on respectful behaviour to women and children and behave with the highest morality.

Muhammad Mustaqueem Shah, general secretary of Bradford Imams’ Forum, said the sermon was being sent to religious leaders across the country. “The target is to have it read out in a minimum of 500 mosques,” said Mr Shah.

Drafted by Imam and Bradford council Respect councillor Alyas Karmani, the title of the sermon is Tackling Street Grooming in the UK and it begins with the following sacred verse from the Koran: “Verily Allah enjoins justice and excellence, giving assistance and support to your family. “And forbids sexual indecency, wickedness and oppression of others – He admonishes you that you may take heed.”

Mr Shah said this was a key teaching. “This is very relevant to the issue, powerful and to the point,” he said. The sermon continues: “Allah commands us to undertake all matters to the highest standard of excellence. “As Muslims we are commanded to be just, fair and shun evil, wrongdoing and all forms of indecent and immoral behaviour. “Failure to remember and act on this results in the society that we are part of declining in social and moral terms. “Addressing every man today, I will speak to you of sexual grooming. “There has been a lot in the news recently about men of Pakistani and South Asian background in Derby, Rochdale, Telford, Oxford and West Yorkshire who have been convicted of this evil and wicked crime. “Unfortunately there are many such cases pending and this will mean the issue will continue to be in the headlines for some time to come.

“These incidents have been extremely evil and have included:

* Kidnapping

* Trafficking of children as young as 11 for sexual purposes

* Intoxication

* Getting 12-year-old girls to take heroin

* Physical assaults and sexual assaults on boys.

“These actions are reprehensible and we condemn those involved and support the victims who are innocent children. Islam is a religion of mercy and compassion and places a strong obligation on safeguarding and protecting the weak and vulnerable from abuse particularly women and children.”

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/10480398.Bradford_Imam_Alyas_Karmani_drafts_sermon_to_condemn_grooming/?ref=mr

 

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14 June 2013: Imam Alyas Karmani stands up for hope, while Hope not Hate betray their principles

Even worse than a deliberate absence of condemnation for groups which seek to spread hate is their failure to highlight the efforts of Imam Alyas Karmani in Bradford to combat the grooming of young girls by Muslim men, something which is widely recognised as a problem.

Imam Karmani – who is also a Respect Councillor – has issued a Khutba to be read in Mosques during Friday prayers on the 28th June and which is intended to drive home to worshippers that such actions are not acceptable in the eyes of Islam. His goal is that it should be read in more than 500 mosques across the UK.

For those of us who feel that Imams should play a more visible role in combatting the rise of Islamic extremism, Imam Karmani’s initiative is to be welcomed, and is perhaps a sign that moderate Islam is capable of rising to the challenge.

What is more puzzling is Hope not Hate’s failure to even mention his initiative. What is the point of calling your organisation ‘Hope not Hate’ if all you are interested in is the ‘Hate’, and only certain types of hate at that?

The key to their silence is Karmani’s ‘Respect’ affiliation. In Bradford, Labour are seeing support haemorrhage in two directions – to UKIP on the right, and to Respect on the left, as evidenced by George Galloway’s election as MP.

Because of this, Karmani’s initiative will fail to gain the support of Hope not Hate. Not because it is not worthwhile. Not because it is wrong. But because the Imam represents the ‘Respect’ Party and not Labour, and to push his initiative would be to admit that Labour – like Hope not Hate – has no answers, and indeed caused many of the problems

By failing to promote initiatives such as Karmani’s, Hope not Hate – who have access to a considerable audience – are helping to create the impression that there is no action within the Muslim community to tackle these problems.

Their silence allows the EDL and the BNP to condemn Islam as something to be feared, because Hope not Hate is too mired in party political allegiances to shout from the rooftops the message of hope contained within Karmani’s initiative.

They would rather allow their silence to act as a recruiting sergeant for the far right than stand up and proclaim what should be their core message – Hope, not Hate.

This is an issue which cuts to the heart of the problems of Islamic extremism, and one which is beyond the nonsense of partisan politics. Karmani – whatever his political allegiance is tackling a problem, all good people should embrace his message. Good ideas should be embraced whatever their political or religious source. Common sense is common sense.

So the message to Nick Lowles and his Hope not Hate comrades. Shame on you, for betraying your core principles. Shame on your silence which allows hate to grow and lies to spread unchecked. And shame on your shoddy attempts to put your own personal allegiances ahead of an initiative which will clearly aid better relations between communities.

Your blinkered attitude and political partisanship makes you no better than those you claim to oppose. For many years, you attacked the BNP, and ran with the slogan ‘Not in my name’, only for us to find the tables are now turned, and an increasing barrier to harmonious relations between communities is not the BNP and the EDL, but Hope not Hate and your refusal to back initiatives like Karmani’s. If you must continue with such wilful blindness, be aware you do so on your own and not in my name.

http://nopenothope.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/imam-alyas-karmani-stands-up-for-hope.html

 

 

Nick Lowles – owner of Hope not Hate
who sanctioned VAT fraud

 

Ruth Smeeth – Hope not Hate
Educational Ltd’s general
secretary: did she know of
VAT fraud?

 

 

 

31 January 2013: Hope not Hate and the £70k VAT fraud

Senior Hope not Hate staff face having their collars felt as research indicates they misused the VAT exemption certificate for their charitable arm – Hope not Hate Educational Ltd – to evade VAT on services relating to their anti-UKIP political campaigning.

An in-depth report see: http://itmaynotbeillegalbut.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/charity-evades-70k-in-vat-on-political.html” suggests that campaigning work carried out in the 2010 General Election by political strategy company Blue State Digital was invoiced without VAT being included. On publicly available invoices this amounts to a little over £12,000 they fraudulently evaded, but as Blue State Digital still work for Hope not Hate, this could amount to a total of over £ 70,000 over the past 4 years.

In this time, Hope not Hate have received over £150,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government towards their charitable aims. The question must now be what will Hope not Hate’s financial backers think of such tax avoidance? The Daily Mirror wrote 3 months ago that “Tax avoidance is now running at £35billion a year – £3billion more than when Labour was in power….Because think how many nurses, police officers and teachers could be employed with that £35billion. Think how many vital services could have been saved from the cuts and how many jobs protected.” http://nopenothope.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/hope-not-hate-and-70k-vat-fraud.html

 

 

 

 

 

5 June 2014 Hope not Hate: Dodgy Accounts Filed

At last the latest set of accounts that purport to set out the organisations financial position have been published. After a quick examination it is obvious that things just don’t add up. Read for yourself as they raise more questions than they answer and someone needs to investigate the organisation. http://hopenothateexposed.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

Sally Green likes to racially abuse white people

 
7 July 2014: Hope not Hate: Hope not Hate’s 0fficial Photographer Arrested For Racism!

Hope not Hate’s official photographer, Sally Green was arrested for racism and criminal damage (she was arrested after screaming at an Irish person to ‘ Piss off back to Ireland) outside a Britain First meeting held in Wigan.

Green who also uses the alias, Brenda Wright on Facebook to troll young persons Facebook accounts was working under the direct orders of, Nick Lowles who believes it’s OK to racially abuse and attack people so long as they’re white. http://hopenothateexposed.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 July 2014: Hope not Hate: Hope not Hate’s Violent Supporters Wanted By Police!

Two violent Hope not Hate supporters who played an active role in a violent street brawl during a Saint George’s celebration held by March for England are being sought by police. The two thugs are being sort after attacking a pub where a few English men who dared to celebrate Saint George were enjoying a quite drink.

So far a 17-year-old boy, a 47-year-old man and a 32-year-old man, all from Brighton, and a 46-year-old man from Henfield have now been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and bailed until September 11. All have links to Hope not Hate. http://hopenothateexposed.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

Child on a swing

victim said she suffered dozens of attacks at the hands of a gang over five years after being groomed from the age of 11.

 

 

 
27 August 2014: The responsibility for the grooming crisis lies within the culture “Hope not Hate” has infected the Labour Party

‘Shining a light on abuse’ is a disgraceful apologia issued by Hope not Hate following the publication of a report on child abuse in Rotherham. (1)

As an exercise in obfuscation and blame passing it is truly New Labour in its scope, which is only to be expected from an organisation so heavily supported by the New Labour faithful.

Hope not Hate’s interest in the issue was politically motivated and solely an attempt to counter BNP propaganda: the type of involvement which Hope not Hate advocated and which was deeply entrenched within the Labour Party – turning a blind eye and hoping the problem went away on its own – ensured the continued ability of these grooming gangs to operate.

Desperate attempts to play down their culpability have lead to major re-writes of sections of their blogs and websites as history is re-arranged to make their own actions seem less supportive of those who engaged in child grooming. Fortunately the heavily amended pages are available off-line, meaning articles are not entirely lost to posterity:

Time and again, Hope not Hate ignored some of the most unpleasant aspects of extremist Islam as they try to persuade us that there is nothing to worry about. Misogyny and homophobia have been ignored as they take aim time and again at any who would dare to raise the fundamental incompatibility between a secular western democracy and fundamentalist Islam.

By refusing to shine a light on crimes which they are supposed to expose Hope not Hate have revealed their fundamental hypocrisy: it could be argued that they are in some respects even complicit for promoting an attitude and a culture within the Labour Party which actively prevented such issues from being dealt with. Hope not Hate are shamed by their silence which allows hate to grow and lies to spread unchecked.

It’s blinkered attitude and political partisanship makes it no better than those it claims to oppose. Hope Not Hate’s moral ambiguity has permeated the Labour Party to such an extent that it has failed in its duty towards not just children, but whole populations of a significant number of Metropolitan areas which it controls. The fault is theirs.

http://nopenothope.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/the-responsibility-for-grooming-crisis.html

 

Rotherham, South Yorkshire, where 1,400 girls were abused by Asian gangs over 16 years. (Getty)Rotherham, South Yorkshire, where 1,400 girls were abused by Asian gangs over 16 years.

 

Girl with head in hands
(1) 5 February 2015: Rotherham child abuse: The background to the scandal

A report commissioned in the wake of revelations that “at least” 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham has branded the local authority “not fit for purpose” and left it facing takeover by government commissioners. How did it reach this point?

The issue of child sex abuse in Rotherham first came to light in November 2010 when five men from the town’s Asian community were jailed for sexual offences against underage girls. But suspicions were already growing that the scale of the town’s problem was far more widespread.

Andrew Norfolk, a journalist on The Times newspaper, later published an investigation which revealed a confidential 2010 police report had warned thousands of such crimes were being committed in South Yorkshire each year by networks of Asian men.

“The Rotherham police exposed, arrested and broke up an evil gang of internal traffickers who were sent to prison,” he said. “But it is clear the internal trafficking of barely pubescent girls is much more widespread.”

In October 2012, the council, South Yorkshire Police and other agencies set up a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) team to investigate the issues raised in the report, although South Yorkshire Police denied it had been reluctant to tackle child sexual abuse or that “ethnic origin had been a factor” in its decisions.

Rotherham was not the only community in the North and the Midlands to have uncovered such abuse. There have also been arrests or prosecutions of groups of men in 11 towns and cities, including Oldham, Rochdale and Derby.

In the other cases, overwhelmingly, they were men of Pakistani origin and we need to understand why this has been happening,” said Mr Norfolk. He described a previous report into gang exploitation as a “missed opportunity” because of its failure to look at the proportion of men of Pakistani origin committing such offences.

Yet, despite the concerns, in 2012 no further prosecutions for child sex exploitation took place in Rotherham. However, the council did say “improved public awareness” had helped it identify more young girls at risk of sexual exploitation in the town.

In January 2013, the town once again fell under the scrutiny of MPs. This time it was the borough council which appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee to answer questions about the lack of prosecutions.

Mr Vaz said the council had not done enough since the 2010 prosecutions. “In Lancashire there were 100 prosecutions the year before last, in South Yorkshire there were no prosecutions,” he said. “We’re talking about hundreds of victims, of vulnerable young girls, who have not been protected because, at the end of the day, what people are looking for are prosecutions.”

In August 2013, the council’s deputy leader stepped down over claims he knew about a relationship between a girl in care and a suspected child abuser.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-23820054”

In July 2014 the town’s Labour Party mayor Barry Dodson quit over separate claims he sexually abused a 13-year-old girl in 1987. He did not comment on the claims. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28319557”

Following the publication of the Jay Report, South Yorkshire Police said up to 29 people had been charged with child sexual exploitation offences in Rotherham. However, the force said it was unable to say how many had been convicted. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28934963

 

 

Unhappy teenage girl in silhouette

Sarah: 11: Nobody listened

 

 

Jack Straw Blew the Whistle in 2011 but the judge said he was wrong

Speaking in 2011 after the jailing of two of the men, former Home Secretary Jack Straw suggested some men of Pakistani origin saw white girls as “easy meat”. The judge in the case said the race of the victims and their abusers was “coincidental”.

Professor Alexis Jay led the inquiry that found at least 1,400 children in the South Yorkshire town were sexually exploited by criminal gangs of men who were predominantly of Pakistani origin between 1997 and 2013. at least 16,500 were said to be at high risk over the course of a year.

21 November 2012: Rotherham sex abuse: More girls at risk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-20423789

1 November 2013: Alexis Jay will lead child abuse failings probe at Rotherham. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-24771229

26 August 2014: Rotherham child exploitation report. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/28939475

26 August 2014: Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28939089

26 August 2014: Rotherham child sexual exploitation report: At a glance. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28942986

27 August 2014: British Pakistani states: Abuse ‘brushed under the carpet’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28958907

27 August 2014. Reaction in Rotherham to abuse inquiry findings.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28960738

27 August 2014: Rotherham child abuse: Cases in, Oxford, Derby, Rochdale, Oldham, Telford, Peterborough, Keighley other towns. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28953549

29 August 2014: Rotherham abuse victim: ‘I was raped once a week, every week’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28949188

5 February 2015: Rotherham abuse victims tell their stories. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28971058

29 March 2015: Rotherham abuse scandal: Key dates. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28955170

 

Clockwise from top left: Umar Razaq, Razwan Razaq, Mohsin Khan, Zafran Ramzan and Adil Hussain

Five Rotherham men were convicted for sexual offences against girls in 2010

 

 

Tony Blair

Inquiry launched into how much Tony Blair’s government knew about the Rotherham abuse scandal.

 

 

 

31 August 2014: Rotherham Abuse Scandal: How Much Did Labour Government Know?

A House of Commons committee is to investigate whether Tony Blair’s government knew about the Rotherham child abuse scandal, as far back as 2001.

The Independent on Sunday reported an inquiry will happen after it emerged a researcher at the Home Office was conducting an investigation in 2002 into trafficking and underage prostitution by Muslim gangs in Rotherham.

But her work was shelved by the Labour-run council when she attempted to blow the whistle.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, told the Sunday paper he would ask the home secretary, Theresa May, to what extent the Home Office knew at the time.

“We would be very keen to get from the Home Office a full and frank response to the research that was commissioned in 2002. This is an essential part of the jigsaw to determine why the council failed to act, and whether the Home Office could have done more to ensure that it did act,” he said.

“We want to see every piece of information the Home Office holds on this, and I will be writing to the Home Secretary to ask that the databases are searched to see what files it holds on this horrific behaviour in Rotherham.”

The researcher’s investigation came at the time the former Labour government wanted to pacify relations with the Muslim communities following the race riots of 2001.

Tensions within the cabinet were also boiling over when former foreign office minister  and local MP Denis MacShane was nearly sacked by his boss, foreign secretary, Jack Straw, after calling on Muslims in the UK to choose between the “British way or the way of the terrorists”.

Ironically, MacShane was disciplined following protests which were led by one of the politicians now at the centre of the sex abuse scandal in Rotherham, the paper added.

Professor Alexis Jay’s report revealed that more than 1,400 young girls were groomed by gangs, mainly consisting of men of Pakistani heritage, between 1997 and 2013.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/rotherham-abuse-scandal-how-much-did-labour-government-know-1463361

 

 

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Former UK PM Gordon Brown Backed Hope Not Hate

 

 

 

28 July 2015: Hard Left Campaigners in Hope not hate Lied About Islam vs West ‘Civil War’ Claim

Groups like Hope Not Hate are incredibly sinister and dangerous for quite a few reasons. So utterly convinced are they that their totalitarian vision of the world is what’s best for all of us, they do not do not question the morality of activities they undertake.

Their sole consideration is how on much damage they can inflict on to those who disagree with them. Disagreeing with a leftist vision for the world is an unpardonable sin, as anti-Islamist, communist activist Maryam Namazie knows well.

Some extreme left groups, like Hope Not Hate, pretend to care about Islamists and to condemn them. They also believe they are owed congratulations for this. It is easy to condemn beheadings, but until there is condemnation for a woman’s testimony being worth half that of a man’s, or recognition of the nature of the awful Muslim Brotherhood, the position of these groups cannot be taken even remotely seriously.

Hope Not Hate has called for the Mohammed cartoon exhibit to be banned. Its members believe that only political campaigning they approve of should get the light of day.

Extreme leftists despise democracy and routinely interrupt the democratic process. They cannot allow dissenting voices to be heard (just in case people might agree) so instead of facing up to the points raised, or the facts stated, they attack speakers and intimidate people in to not listening.

It must be understood that the extreme left in Britain represents a real threat to political freedom. They have defined the parameters of speech and a have a tied-and-tested weapon against all those who dares to dispute them.

The best way to deal with groups like Hope Not Hate is to make sure they have no bearing on our decisions whatsoever. In the face of their lies, there is only one thing that to be done – carry on.

When people become newly involved in political campaigning, particularly any kind involving Islam, they often do so with apprehension. Many are afraid of violence, or of being labelled a “racist” and therefore ostracised, and they invariably fear losing their jobs.

This fear is partly caused by deceitful, and particularly nasty attacks from people and groups on the extreme left. The left’s attacks on its opponents can be venomous. It’s important to note that rarely do leftists trouble themselves with political discussion of issues actually raised, nor does it often concern itself about whether or not the ammunition it will use for its attack contain any truth.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/07/28/hard-left-campaigners-lied-about-islam-vs-west-civil-war-claim/

 

 

 

 

December 17, 2015: Hate not hope

For many years the Jewish Chronicle was a supporter of Hope Not Hate, an organisation that had admirable aims. But it has now lost its claim to be taken seriously. Last year it started targeting UKIP as if it was no different to the EDL or BNP. But its latest offering on supposed Islamophobes is not merely shoddy – it is dangerous.

Including those who criticise aspects of Islam, or even Islamism, even when some of those critics are practising Muslims, is libellous, ignorant and deeply counter-productive. It also effectively places them on a hit list for jihadis to target.

And including the likes of Melanie Phillips on the basis that she is a vocal defender of Israel is deeply disturbing. Hope Not Hate is now, it seems, engaged itself in the politics of hatred – by smear. http://www.thejc.com/node/151419

 

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16 June 2016: Exposed: Anti-Farage Remain Protest Linked To EU Bankers And EU Funded Trades Unions

A co-ordinated attempt to disrupt UKIP’s poster campaign launch today is linked to a former European Union (EU) banker, EU-funded trades unions, and the Wall Street hedge fund-backed hard-left group Hope Not Hate, Breitbart London can exclusively reveal.

Activists continued their relentless pursuit of UKIP leader Nige Farage on the campaign trail by boxing in the UKIP poster bus with two digital advert vans with large screens reading: “Don’t wake up with Nigel next Friday”, and, “Right on the ball Lord Farage, Minister For Health.”

They also blocked the view of photographers with signs reading: “United Kingdom, Not Divided Kingdom!” The signs were home made to portray the protest as grass roots driven – yet it was anything but.

In small text below the signs was their legally-mandated campaign imprint: “Promoted by Laurence Durnan on behalf of Best For Our Future Limited”.

‘Best For Our Future’ was registered as a private, limited company on May 5th 2016 at a mysterious shell address’ used by firms wishing to hide their true whereabouts.

Among the company’s ten listed directors is Cormac Hollingsworth, an economic policy consultant who has worked for the European Investment Bank, blogs for Left Foot Forward, and is listed online as a Chair of Trustees at the hard-left group Hope Not Hate.

He describes himself as an “expert adviser on financial markets, with a unique breadth of expertise and relationships that spans capital markets, regulation and policy”, and has worked numerous big European Banks and a globalist think tank.

Laurence Durnan, also a director, was recently the editor of the Political Scrapbook website, bankrolled by EU-funded, hard-left trades unions.“Blogging is great fun anyway, but I would say our contributors are ultimately driven to make life difficult for the right”, Mr. Durnan has said of the website he set up.

Speaking to Breitbart London’s Editor in Chief this morning Mr. Durnan said: “I read your publication every day. It’s a wonderful organ. Especially your stuff”. When asked who funded the protest this morning, he refused to declare it, but said that all spending would be registered with the Electoral Commission as required by law.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/06/16/exposed-anti-farage-remain-protest-linked-eu-bankers-eu-funded-trades-unions/

 

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Jo Cox – Her Favoured White Helmets – Why does it Take an Australian Female peace Activist to reveal the truth?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jo Cox’s Fund

Wow – a million pounds has been raised in Jo’s honour in just three days thanks to you all. She would be so proud.

The scale and speed of the public response to this fund has been overwhelming and deeply gratifying to all of us. It shows how powerfully Jo’s story has moved so many.

A huge, huge thank you to every single one of you who has given so generously and been in touch with so many kind messages. As you can imagine it may take us some time to get back to you all but we are reading everything and extend our heartfelt thanks.

Heartfelt thanks again to each of you. We are truly showing the world that we have more in common than divides us.

we are raising funds to support causes closest to her heart, chosen by her family:

The Royal Voluntary Service, to support volunteers helping combat loneliness in Jo’s constituency, Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire.

HOPE not hate, who seek to challenge and defeat the politics of hate and extremism within local communities across Britain.

The White Helmets: volunteer search and rescue workers in Syria. Unarmed and neutral, these heroes have saved more than 51,000 lives from under the rubble and bring hope to the region.  https://www.gofundme.com/jocox

 

 

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21 June 2016: WHO ARE SYRIA’S WHITE HELMETS?

Who are the White Helmets? This is a question that everyone should be asking themselves.

A hideous murder of a rising star in UK politics, Jo Cox, MP has just sent shock waves across the world. Within hours of her death, a special fund was established in her name to raise money for 3 causes. One of those causes is the Syrian White Helmets.

Are we seeing a cynical and obscene exploitation of Jo Cox’s murder to revive the flagging credibility of a US State Department & UK Foreign Office asset on the ground in Syria, created and sustained as first responders for the US and NATO Al Nusra/Al Qaeda forces?

 

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UK defence minister Hammond with members of the white helmets.

 

 

If this is the case, and I fear it is, the depravity of our government, the US government, the state led media and associated Syria Campaign support groups have reached a new level of perversion of Humanity. The White Helmets have been demonstrated to be a primarily US and NATO funded organisation embedded in Al Nusra and ISIS held areas exclusively.

This is an alleged “non-governmental” organisation, the definition of an NGO, that thus far has received funding from at least three major NATO governments, including $23 million from the US Government and $29 million (£19.7 million) from the UK Government, $4.5 million (€4 million) from the Dutch Government. In addition, it receives material assistance and training funded and run by a variety of other EU Nations.

A request has been put into the EU Secretary General to provide all correspondence relating to the funding and training of the White Helmets. By law this information must be made transparent and available to the public.

There has been a concerted campaign by a range of investigative journalists to expose the true roots of these Syria Civil Defence operatives, known as the White Helmets.  The most damning statement, however, did not come from us, but from their funders and backers in the US State Department who attempted to explain the US deportation of the prominent White Helmet leader, Raed Saleh, from Dulles airport on the 18th April 2016.

“It was unclear whether Mr. Saleh’s name might have shown up on a database, fed by a variety of intelligence and security agencies and intended to guard against the prospect of terrorism suspects slipping into the country.” ~ New York Times

Mark Toner, State Department spokesperson:

“And any individual – again, I’m broadening my language here for specific reasons, but any individual in any group suspected of ties or relations with extremist groups or that we had believed to be a security threat to the United States, we would act accordingly. But that does not, by extension, mean we condemn or would cut off ties to the group for which that individual works for.”

 

 

Hammond with members of the white helmets rescue mission.

UK defence minister Hammond with members of the white helmets

 

The White Helmets are perhaps being demonstrated to be the most crucial component of the US and NATO shadow state building inside Syria.  Led by the US and UK this group is essential to the propaganda stream that facilitates the continued media and political campaign against the elected Syrian government and permits the US and NATO to justify their regime of crippling economic and humanitarian sanctions against the Syrian people.

If this latest mechanised ‘NGO’ blueprint is successful then we could see it being re-deployed as key to future neo-colonialist projects. The White Helmets are a direct intra-venus line into the terrorist enclaves within Syria, acting as a conduit for information, equipment and medical support to maintain the US NATO forces.

Is this the future of warfare, is this the “swarming” outlined in a 2000 report produced by the RAND Corporation and entitled: Swarming and the Future of Conflict.

“The emergence of a military doctrine based on swarming pods and clusters requires that defense policymakers develop new approaches to connectivity and control and achieve a new balance between the two. Far more than traditional approaches to battle, swarming clearly depends upon robust information flows. Securing these flows, therefore, can be seen as a necessary condition for successful swarming.”

Is this why we are seeing what is, in effect, crowd funding for  proxy war? Do we really want to look back and be “judged by history” for enabling conflict and state terrorism, violating international law and invading sovereign nations.  Are we prepared to accept the consequences of such actions, consequences that should be taken by our governments alone but are now being diffused outwards to the general public.  Is this an attempt by our government to disassociate themselves from their criminal actions?

To condense our research on the Syria White Helmets, we have collated all relevant articles and interviews below.  We condemn wholeheartedly any senseless murder but we recommend that there is serious public and political re-evauluation of the morality of funding a US NATO organisation established to further “regime change” objectives in Syria.

Mass murder is being committed across Syria and the region by US and NATO proxy terrorist militants. Funding the White Helmets will serve to prolong the suffering and bloodshed of the Syrian people.

 

 

 

UK Column: White Helmets, Humanitarians or Executioners?

“Vanessa Beeley speaks to Mike Robinson of UK Column about recent executions of Syrian Arab Army soldiers celebrated by White Helmet operatives.Watch:

Hands Off Syria: The Syria White Helmets Exposed as US UK Agents Embedded with Al Nusra and ISIS

 

 

“Speaking to Mnar Muhawesh on ‘Behind the Headline,’ investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley pulls back the curtain on the anti-Assad ‘freedom fighters’ and ‘moderate rebels,’ revealing a carefully calibrated propaganda campaign to drive US intervention in the war-torn country.” Watch:

 

 

Video made by Hands Off Syria in Sydney Australia based upon the research of Vanessa Beeley on the White Helmets. Watch:

 

 

Mint Press: US Propaganda War in Syria: Report Ties White Helmets to US Intervention

“White Helmets primary function is propaganda” reported an independent journalist, who tied the group to George Soros and the controversial advocacy group Avaaz.”

Change.org Petition: Do NOT give 2016 Nobel Peace Prize to Syria White Helmets

This petition has currently garnered 1370 signatures. The White Helmets have received over $ 40 million in funding from the US Government [USAID] and the UK Foreign Office despite their claims of being “fiercely independent and accepts no money from governments, corporations or anyone directly involved in the Syrian conflict.”

Sputnik: Soros Sponsored NGO in Syria Aims at Ousting Assad not Saving Civilians

“One of the largest humanitarian organizations operating in war-torn Syria – the White Helmets – has been accused of being an anti-government propaganda arm that encourages direct foreign intervention.”

21st Century Wire: Syria’s White Helmets, War by Way of Deception Part 1

This piece examines the role of the Syria Civil Defence aka,’The White Helmets’ currently operating in Syria and take a closer look at their financial sources and mainstream media partners in order to better determine if they are indeed “neutral” as media moguls proclaim these “humanitarians” to be.

21st Century Wire: Part II. Syria’s White Helmets, “Moderate” Executioners

The NGO hydra has no more powerful or influential serpentine head in Syria than the Syria Civil Defence aka The White Helmets who, according to their leader and creator, James Le Mesurier, hold greater sway than even ISIS or Al Nusra confabs over the Syrian communities. This article explores the White Helmet involvement in terrorist executions of civilians particularly in Aleppo.

21st Century Wire: Humanitarian Propaganda War Against Syria – Led by Avaaz and the White Helmets

“The White Helmets in their haste to point the finger of blame at Moscow, managed to tweet about Russia’s air strikes several hours before the Russian Parliament actually authorized the use of the Air Force in Syria.” ~ Sott.net

UK Column: Syria White Helmets

“Mike Robinson speaks to Vanessa Beeley about the so-called NGO, the White Helmets. Are they really the humanitarian first responder organisation they claim to be?” Watch:

 

 

Eva Bartlett: Human Rights Front Groups Warring on Syria

This page will continue to expand as more so-called “Human Rights” groups are outed for propagating anti-Syria war rhetoric and false allegations against the Syrian government and Syrian Arab Army.  As it is, the list of players is quite extensive.  Below, I’ll list the known HR front people and groups (many, if not most, with links to the US State Department and criminals like George Soros).

Ron Paul Institute: Syria the Propaganda Ring

We have demonstrated that the White Helmets are an integral part of the propaganda vanguard that ensures obscurantism of fact and propagation of Human Rights fiction that elicits the well-intentioned and self righteous response from a very cleverly duped public. A priority for these NGOs is to keep pushing the No Fly Zone scenario which has already been seen to have disastrous implications for innocent civilians in Libya, for example.

 

We will add to the above articles and interviews as they become available.  Vanessa Beeley has just completed a speaking tour of the UK and Iran during which she highlighted the role of the NGO complex in general and the White Helmets in particular as a new breed of predatory humanitarianism being unleashed against target nations. Videos of her talks will be published as soon as they become available from the AV7 conference and Frome Stop War.

 

Author Vanessa Beeley is a contributor to 21WIRE, and since 2011, she has spent most of her time in the Middle East reporting on events there – as a independent researcher, writer, photographer and peace activist. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Syria Solidarity Movement, and a volunteer with the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine. See more of her work at her blog The Wall Will Fall.

http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/06/21/who-are-the-syria-white-helmets/

https://ingaza.wordpress.com/syria/human-rights-front-groups-humanitarian-interventionalists-warring-on-syria/

 

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Jo Cox – The Truth – If you can handle it

 

David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, Hilary Benn and Commons Speaker John Bercow in Birstall

The large village of Birstall – where the 41-year-old was killed – played host to Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday who paid a special tribute to Mrs Cox

 

 

An opinion

In the aftermath of the cruel murder of the labour MP Jo Fox just about every aspect of the UK media presentation was and continues to be focused on the event to the exclusion of any other newsworthy headline. Almost all politicians and political hacks, in support of the “remain” campaign are guilty of cruelly apotheosizing an unfortunate young woman for political gain.

The truth has many faces and it is to the shame of a significant section of the political elite favouring “remain” that they concentrated their efforts on the version which supported their agenda. Manipulation of the minds of the UK electorate through the unfettered use of emotional blackmail is wrong. The Referendum deserves to be decided upon the impact of the political arguments advanced by both sides. The judgement of individuals before voting should be focused on the answer to a single question. “Are you happy with the way the UK is being run within the EU or are you persuaded by the “Brexit” campaign that there is a better way”?

In justification of the foregoing I am adding supporting information that has surfaced very recently.

 

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and Naz Shah

Conservative peer Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and Labour MP Naz Shah attended a vigil in Batley

 

 
17 June 2016: Jo Cox MP death: Police probe right-wing links to MP’s killing

Police investigating the killing of MP Jo Cox have said they are prioritising inquiries into the suspect’s possible links to right-wing extremism. Mrs Cox, 41, was shot and stabbed outside her constituency surgery in West Yorkshire on Thursday. A 52-year-old man has been arrested. The BBC understands Nazi regalia was recovered at suspect Tommy Mair’s home.

David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn have described the killing as an “attack on democracy”.

West Yorkshire Police’s temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said the force was also pursuing the suspect’s link to mental health services. She said the man arrested, named locally as Mr Mair, had been examined by two specialist medical practitioners and deemed fit for detention and interview and said detectives were continuing to question him.

Mr Corbyn said he had asked for Parliament to be recalled to enable politicians to pay tribute to the Labour MP “on behalf of everybody in this country who values democracy… free from the kind of brutality that Jo suffered”. He added: “Jo was an exceptional, wonderful, very talented woman, taken from us in her early 40s when she had so much to give and so much of her life ahead of her. “It’s a tragedy beyond tragedy what happened yesterday. “In her memory, we will not allow those people that spread hatred and poison to divide our society, we will strengthen our democracy, strengthen our free speech.”

Mr Cameron said: “Where we see hatred, where we find division, where we see intolerance we must drive it out of our politics and out of our public life and out of our communities. “If we truly want to honour Jo, then what we should do is recognise that her values – service, community, tolerance – the values she lived by and worked by, those are the values that we need to redouble in our national life in the months and years to come.”

Commons Speaker Mr Bercow described Mrs Cox as an “outstanding” MP. “I think everybody is united in grief, in horror and in an overpowering respect for somebody who we came to know, whose talents we admired, whose passion we observed on a daily basis,” he said.

Parliament Square

 

 

 

 

 

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, said she was “inspiring to listen to”, adding: “A young family has lost a mum and a wife, a community has lost a great MP and Parliament has lost an authentic and passionate voice.”

On Friday, hundreds of people, including Conservative peer Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and Bradford West Labour MP Naz Shah, attended a vigil at the Indian Muslim Welfare Society’s Al-Hikmah Centre in Batley.

Vigils, including those in Leeds and in Parliament Square, have also been held in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberavon. The Labour Party in Northern Ireland said a vigil will be held in Belfast on Sunday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36560895

 

 

Jo Cox MP with other Labour women MPs

 

 

 
19 June 2016: The truth about the late Jo Cox MP

I’ve always believed that one should not speak ill of the dead – and especially someone so brutally murdered as was Jo Cox MP on Thursday. But when that dead person is being deified out of all proportion– rather as Princess Diana was after her death – by a mainstream media hand-in-glove with a prime minister who is desperate to create false hysteria in order to sway the most important decision of our generation – our vote in the EU referendum – then something has to be said, and it is this:

We’re being told what a truly, extraordinarily wonderful person Jo Cox was, because her life was devoted to helping refugees. I’m sure she was a very sweet person – her face shows that. But how wise and truly aware was she? Today, with her body barely cold, her husband Brendan Cox is tweeting out a “Go Fund Me” link to his wife’s ‘favourite causes’ and one of those is the “White Helmets.”

 

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The PR ‘human face’ of The White Helmets

 

 

The “White Helmets” is not a charity, and neither are they ‘the good guys’ despite their white helmets. The “White Helmets” is the military propaganda arm of the Allies attempt at regime change by destabilising Syria – and this is exactly what is causing the refugee component of Europe’s migrant crisis in the first place.

The “White Helmets” also does not need our hard-earned cash. It is well-funded by George Soros’s organisations, (2) the UK, the US and the Syrian Opposition Party in its work, which is mainly with the rebel group Jabat al-Nusra, the infamous al-Qaeda affiliate.

The “White Helmets” are represented PR-wise by “Purpose” whose co-founder Jeremy Heimans also helped to create “Avaaz.” “Avaaz” is a global “pro-democracy” group which has been accused of furthering the US/EU agenda in the Middle East and elsewhere. It is also “Avaaz” that it encouraging, on social media, a sort of hands-around-the-world show of sympathy for Jo Cox today.

The unvarnished truth is that what we had in Jo Cox, at the very least and to put it charitably, is someone who was so busy paving the road with good intentions that she didn’t look up to see that they were leading to Hell.

The Hell was only 11 miles from her own constituency, where white children were falling victim to a large Muslim paedophile ring (1)– their presence in Halifax no doubt largely due to liberal and unrealistic sentiments like Jo’s, and others associated with NGOs like the “White Helmets.” The National media and press failed to report the story.

Added to that, tens of thousands of children have gone missing in Europe because of woolly-minded liberal NGOs encouraging mass migration and open borders, according to UNICEF. And then there is the phenomenon of Taharrush, public mass gang raping of European women by Muslim men.

 

Jo and Brendan boat

Assisting Bob Geldorf and his flotilla. Jo Cox, her children and husband disrupt “Brexit” fishermen’s protest at the Houses of Parliament the day before her murder.

 

 

 

An Undemocratic elite – Brendan Cox

While there is every sympathy in the world for someone left to bring up two children on his own, it would be remiss not to point out that he has had a rocky career in the development field.

He was forced to resign from the charity “Save the Children fund” only 6 months ago, in November 2015 after several women accused him of behaving inappropriately with female members of staff. He denied the allegations, but left anyway. An acutely embarrassing incident no doubt, for a wife who was the “equalities and discrimination advisor” for a Labour Women’s Network.

He has since been jetting around Europe for the “World Economic Forum” examining ways to combat the growing “populist opposition” to the “refugee” population transfer programme. Among his findings are that the vote for nationalist parties is not important and that European populations are still willing to take in far more refugees.

Now there are calls from a few over-sentimental types in Parliament for Cox to be ‘shoed-in’ to his wife’s safe Labour Batley seat. This would be totally undemocratic – according to the laws of this land. There has to be a by-election – but these people who benefit from the EU NGO gravy train have no respect for the democratic process or for what the rank and file, working class Brits think. They are tearing to shreds all our rights – and then they wonder why we don’t like them, and want to vote them out on Thursday.

https://theholisticworks.com/2016/06/19/the-truth-about-the-late-jo-cox-mp-and-her-husband-brendan/

 

 

 

 

 

 
As Morgoth’s Review brilliantly put it in The Jo Cox Murder and the Liberal Elite:

“The liberal classes, media and political, have an agenda which is objectively false and they will vilify and attack anyone who disagrees and attempts to push a counter narrative.

“The liberal classes are truly detested by a massive number of British people and they, the liberals, are unable to understand why …

“…The problem we face is that the liberal establishment are not just seen to be living in merely an ivory tower or bubble, but in a dark and sinister castle. The decrees and morality which they foist down onto the general population are not ‘humanitarian’ or in any sense morally justifiable; it is ill conceived lunacy at best, genocidal at worst.”

The Halifax Muslim child rape gang was just one of many now operating across the Labour heartlands of northern England that are, largely, being ignored or covered up by social services workers, police and politicians. At the Leeds trial, only 13 of the men were convicted, despite more than one hundred being arrested.

Bleeding hearts like Jo often don’t realise that it is their do-gooding actions which create far worse problems if the consequences are not properly thought through.

Was Jo silent on the children being abused because of the number of Muslims in her constituency? Or was her cognitive dissonance somehow connected to the political aims of one of her ‘favourite causes’, the White Helmets?

Whatever the reason, we need to prise off the white knuckled grasp of this unelected, EU-funded, do-gooding, unrealistic liberal elite from the helm of the ship of state, before they steer us into a whirlpool from which we will never escape. There’s only one way – we must vote Leave on Thursday.

http://nwioqeqkdf.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-jo-cox-murder-liberal-elite.html

 

Leeds Crown Court.

 

 

(1) 16 June 2016: More than 150 years jail for 13 men who sexually abused vulnerable Halifax schoolgirl

In Halifax, 11 miles from Cox’s constituency, a vulnerable underage girl had been left to fend for herself at the age of thirteen after her mother died. The child ended up being preyed on by 100 Muslim males who plied her with alcohol and drugs. The girl nominally in council care was then passed from house to house and from town to town as far away as Manchester and London. The girl described being filmed by Muslims on a mobile phone while being orally raped. She contracted an STD. Some of the rapists were identified from CCTV which had been seized from the hotels she could remember, while others were caught because of DNA from stains on her clothing. The police said afterwords that the girl, one of two victims, had shown “immense courage and bravery in reporting these matters to the police and providing evidence.”

At the Leeds trial, only 15 of an excess of 100 men originally arrested were convicted. Many dozens of culprits walked free. It was a lurid and horrific story but such hearings are so common these days, they have become wearily familiar.

Nevertheless you would think this would be a issue that would enrage a feminist-minded, morally crusading MP. But no, instead of fighting to defend the White girl victims of Muslim rape gangs, female Labour MPs have preferred to defend the Muslim community and deflect any criticism. Or, like Jo Cox, they have chosen to ignore it completely. In her maiden speech, Jo Cox said that her community had been “deeply enhanced by immigration” but presumably child rape was not what she had in mind.

A judge passed jail sentences totalling more than 150 years on 13 men convicted of the horrific sexual abuse of a vulnerable schoolgirl from Halifax. Four other men have yet to be sentenced for sex offences in the case.

The girl was raped and abused between the ages of 13 and 15. One of the men sentenced for offences against her was also jailed for a sexual assault on another girl.

West Yorkshire Police, said: “This was the largest and longest running investigation into child sexual exploitation in Calderdale. “At the centre of the complex enquiry were two young vulnerable victims who were preyed upon by men for their own sexual gratification. We would like to praise them for their courage in coming forward and firstly disclosing the offences, then bravely giving evidence. We hope the outcome of these trials will enable them to start to put this trauma behind them and reassure any other potential victims that we will treat them with the utmost sensitivity and take positive actions against the perpetrators.
The guilty and their sentences

Aftab Hussain, 37, of Halifax, who pleaded guilty in September last year to two offences of sexual activity with a child, was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Haaris Ahmed, 32, of Halifax, was found guilty of two counts sexual activity with a child and with the supply of Class B drugs. He was sentenced to 12 and a half years imprisonment.

Taukeer Butt, 31, of Halifax, was found guilty of four counts of sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Azeem Subhani, 25, of Halifax, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

Tahir Mahmood. 43, of Halifax, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child and sexual assault. He was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.

Mohammed Ali Ahmed, 43, of Halifax, was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment.

Talib Saddiq, 31, of Halifax, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child, and was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

Amaar Ali Ditta, 27, of Halifax, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

Sikander Malik, 31, of Halifax, was found guilty of sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Haider Ali, 41, of Halifax, was found guilty of sexual activity with a child and causing a person to engage in sexual activity. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

Mohammed Ramzan, 35, of Bradford, was found guilty of rape, and was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

Khalid Zaman, 38, of Bradford, was found guilty of two counts of rape and supplying Class B drugs and was sentenced to 17 and a half years in jail.

Hedar Ali, 36, of Bradford, was found guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation. He was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.

http://www.batleynews.co.uk/news/local/more-than-150-years-jail-for-13-men-who-sexually-abused-vulnerable-halifax-schoolgirl-1-7968693

 

 

 

 

 

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(2). Soros-funded ‘White Helmets’ NGO caught faking ‘civilian casualties of Russian airstrikes’ in Syria

The Soros   sponsored “White Helmets,” one of the largest NGOs operating on the territory of Syria, is busy with cooking up lies instead of protecting the human rights of the Syrian people.

The “White Helmets,” a controversial quasi-humanitarian organization, is playing dirty in Syria: the NGO has been spotted fabricating “evidence” of Russia’s “disastrous” involvement in Syria.

an interesting thing occurred in Australia, a US ally, on their national TV channel, the ABC.  In a rather surprising fashion they openly mocked US claims. ABC started their news piece by mentioning the US has flown 7,000 sorties against ISIS (at a cost of $4b) during which the Islamic State has expanded their territory ten fold!

That was the initial mock, but it then added a piece on the White Helmets calming a girl in a hospital as she is sobbing, or trying to – the camera continues rolling, she lifts up her head and asks in Arabic “is this good?”.  It seems Australia deviated a bit from the US&UK narrative. Once the so called White Helmets got caught, Twitter exploded. The deceit was obvious. For so long they have enjoyed the fruits of their marketing campaign depicting them as selfless heroes, saviours of humanity, impartial protectors of kittens and Syrians in equal measure.  Unarmed, neutral, demi-saints climbing the “Mount Everest of war zones”.  It’s all BS.

The organization has published a photo on its Twitter account, depicting a bleeding girl claiming that the poor child was injured together with a number of civilians during the Russian air strike launched on September 30.

Russia strike in Homs today. 33 civilians killed including 3 children and 1 @Syria Civil Def volunteer.

“Russia strike in Homs today. 33 civilians killed including 3 children and 1 @SyriaCivilDef volunteer,” pic.twitter.com/5aYYSrwv2d— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) September 30, 2015

“White Helmets” use a Sept 25th photo to document Russia Sept 30th strikes against ISIS and AQ. #BestPractices pic.twitter.com/hpAyVVu0E1— U.S. Dept. of Fear (@FearDept) September 30, 2015

However, the false claim was immediately exposed: Twitter users discovered that the photo of the wounded girl was actually taken on September 25, 2015, five days ago.

The White Helmets in their haste to point the finger of blame at Moscow, managed to tweet about Russia’s air strikes days before the Russian Parliament actually authorized the use of the Air Force in Syria.

Investigative journalist and peace activist Vanessa Beeley pointed out that the “White Helmets” (formerly called the Syria Civil Defense) was not created by Syrians and certainly does not operate in Syria’s interests.

Funded by the UK, US and the Syrian Opposition Party, the controversial organization works mainly with the rebel group Jabat al-Nusra, the infamous al-Qaeda affiliate. She said: “White Helmets demonizes the Assad government and encourages direct foreign intervention.” :

https://www.sott.net/article/302997-Soros-funded-White-Helmets-NGO-caught-faking-civilian-casualties-of-Russian-airstrikes-in-Syria

http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/28178/53/

https://winstonclose.me/2016/06/11/fake-heroes-syrian-women-condemn-usaid-funded-white-helmets-in-syria-by-prof-tim-anderson/?iframe=true&preview=true

https://www.sott.net/article/318008-The-White-Helmets-A-rescue-and-assist-organization-for-terrorists

 

Jo Cox in Darfur

 

Jo Cox in Darfur

Jo Cox in Dafur: In 2007, she moved to Oxfam’s New York office and became head of humanitarian campaigning around the world until 2009. when she took up a senior position with Gordon Brown’s wife

 

 

 

20 June 2016: The selective compassion of Jo Cox

Jo Cox wanted to make the world a better place and it was a cause for which she was willing to travel halfway across the globe. Whether consoling rape victims in Darfur or bombed out villagers in Afghanistan, it seemed the jet-setting international aid worker was rarely far from the action. Lately it had been the struggle of Syrian war refugees to get to the West that touched her heart, and their plight was a subject she returned to again and again after becoming a Member of Parliament. It seemed there was no victims anywhere she could not empathise with. Except, perhaps, with one striking omission.

And that would be the White child rape victims of Muslim grooming gangs in her own back yard. For her West Yorkshire constituency is near the epicentre of the Muslim child rape epidemic that has been sweeping the Labour heartlands of northern England, largely ignored or covered up by social services workers, police and politicians. For it is a striking omission that of all the subjects she enjoyed sounding off on, this world-famous crisis affecting the poorest Whites on her doorstep was not one of them. One cannot help wonder if this shrewd silence was connected to the fact that her lavishly paid MPs job in the constituency of Batley and Spen largely depended on the support of the local Muslim community. Co-incidentally, just as Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death outside her constituency office in Birstall last Thursday, sentencing was about to take place at Leeds Crown Court after a long trial involving a horrific case of Muslim child exploitation.(1)

 

 

 

 

(1): 8 February 2016: ‘It takes two to tango’

As 12 Asian men were jailed for 143 years for gang-raping a 13-year-old white girl a local Muslim councillor admitted some in his community were of the view that “it takes two to tango” and still think SHE was partly to blame. What an utterly unbelievable statement, it just reveals the prevalence of the underlying attitude. The point to take here is that the men involved don’t believe they are doing any wrong and that the girl deserved it. Whichever way you spin it this is a deeply entrenched cultural attitude. These men and there has been case after case after case of similar abuse have never targeted Asian girls.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3437252/Twelve-men-repeatedly-gang-raped-abused-vulnerable-teenage-schoolgirl-saw-utterly-worthless-jailed-total-140-YEARS.html

 

 

 

Scandal’ of UK citizens’ millions that go to foreign state-owned public services

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Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services – Exclusive: ‘Scandal’ of UK citizens’ millions that go to foreign state-owned public services

Foreign governments are making hundreds of millions of pounds a year running British public services. Swathes of Britain’s energy, transport and utility networks are run by companies owned by other European governments – meaning foreign exchequers reap the dividends while UK customers struggle with increasing fares and bills.

In the past two years alone, overseas taxpayers have taken dividends totalling nearly £1bn from companies which make their profits from UK households and passengers, boosting the position of those who argue that the railways should be opened up to publicly owned UK operators, or even renationalised.

An analysis of companies’ financial filings for the last financial year shows that currently 20 national train lines are run or owned by foreign state-owned or controlled companies. Only last month, the ScotRail franchise was offloaded to the Netherlands’ state-owned Abellio.

A respected rail industry analyst, said: “It is a completely daft situation where state-run companies in foreign countries can bid for our rail services but UK ones can’t. It is specifically banned by law for the likes of Transport for London, or Directly Operated Railways to bid for UK rail contracts.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While privatisation was meant to bring the business acumen of the corporate sector into public utilities, increasingly it has allowed foreign governments and their state-owned operators to make vast profits out of the UK. Meanwhile, British firms have almost no presence in overseas utilities markets and, since the takeover of Arriva by Germany’s state-owned Deutsche Bahn, only a small share of global public transport. As a result, vast amounts of British citizens’ bills and fares leave the country in the form of dividends to taxpayers in continental Europe, funding their schools and hospitals.

Foreign taxpayer-owned transport companies received £102m in dividends from UK train fares during the past two years. That figure is dwarfed by the £900m sent back to foreign governments from British household energy bills. These came from dividends taken out of the UK by EDF, majority-owned by the French state, and the industrial energy supplier GDF Suez, part-owned by France.

Other foreign energy players are also taking huge dividends from UK electricity bills but are remitting them to private investors. For instance, Scottish Power’s Spanish owners Iberdrola took a £600m payment. With consumers paying an average of £410 more a year for energy compared with a decade ago, The Independent’s findings shine new light on the motivations of foreign energy suppliers.

In the rail and bus industry, German and French taxpayers are the biggest players, with German state-owned Deutsche Bahn and French state-owned Keolis running large chunks of the networks. But Hong Kong also owns UK rail and bus operators, while taxpayer funds in Singapore, China and Qatar are big investors in the Heathrow Express rail route.

Critics of recent governments say they have been ideologically opposed to state ownership in a way the European firms who run British infrastructure are not. They cite how the East Coast Main Line rail route was handed back to the taxpayer in 2009 by National Express because the company could not make enough money from the contract. Since then, it has been run as a “Directly Operated Railway” and performed well and with a healthy surplus to the taxpayer. However, the Government has decided to sell it to the private sector again, with French government-controlled Keolis and Eurostar among the bidders.

Labour has pledged to overturn rules which ban state-owned British entities from competing with private firms for rail franchises. But the party is coming under pressure from unions to commit to full renationalisation. The anti-privatisation group We Own It described The findings as a “scandal”, adding: “If energy was run publicly, we could use these profits to reduce the bills we all pay and boost green investment.”

 

 

 

A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesperson said: “We want an energy market that works for consumers.” EDF said: “Dividends paid by EDF Energy to our parent company should be set against the £17.5bn that has been invested in the UK, and the £1.2bn it invested last year alone in its existing nuclear and coal stations, new generation capacity, gas storage and in its customer supply business.”

Arriva pointed out that it had retained its operational independence although it was now owned by Deutsche Bahn and said it had invested €750m (£599m) in the business in the past two years. However, accounts showed its British arm, Arriva UK Transport Limited, paid a £15m dividend to its parent company.

The Independent also examined water companies but, while they are mostly owned by private equity firms with controversial tax avoidance strategies, only one, Yorkshire Water, is state-owned, being 26 per cent owned by the Singapore government’s sovereign wealth fund. Last year Yorkshire Water’s holding company Saltaire did not pay a dividend.

Going Dutch: Scotland picks Abellio

Last month the Scottish Government stripped Aberdeen-based First-Group of the contract to operate the £2.5bn ScotRail franchise – and handed it to Abellio, an offshoot of the state-owned Dutch national railways. The decision was criticised by unions, who warned it would mean Scottish taxpayers effectively subsidising rail passengers in Holland. “Scotland could have taken control of its own railways,” said Mick Cash, the general secretary of the RMT union at the time. “Instead profits will be sucked out of the system to underpin investment and fares in Holland.”

But the Scottish Government defended the plans, saying Abellio was simply offering a better deal to both passengers and the taxpayer. It highlighted the company’s plans for reduced fares for jobseekers, a commitment to a living wage for staff, as well as more trains and £5 fares between any two Scottish cities. The deal emphasised the global nature of public service provision today – while First-Group lost out to a Dutch company, it too is international and runs America’s culturally iconic Greyhound buses.

 

 

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Foreign firms running our services

Transport

State-owned foreign company: Abellio
Owned/controlled by: Holland
Dividend withdrawn in last two years: £20m
Runs: Greater Anglia, Northern, Scotrail (just granted), Merseyrail, Bus services across London and the UK

State-owned foreign company: Keolis UK
Owned/controlled by: France
Dividend withdrawn in last two years: £37.9m
Runs (part or fully): Docklands Light Railway, Gatwick Express, London Midland, Southern, South Eastern, Thameslink Gt Northern, TransPennine

State-owned foreign company: Arriva UK Trains
Owned by: Germany
Dividend withdrawn in last two years: £15m
Runs (part or fully): Chiltern, Cross Country, Grand Central, London Overground, Wales & Borders

State-owned foreign company: MTR
Owned by: Hong Kong
Dividend withdrawn in last two years: £7m (estimate)
Runs part of: London Overground

State-owned foreign company: SNCF
Owned/controlled by: France
Dividend withdrawn in last two years: £19.8m
Runs part of: Eurostar

State-owned foreign company: SNCB
Owned by: Belgium
Dividend withdrawn in last two years: £1.8m
Runs part of: Eurostar

Energy

EDF, France: £616.2m

GDF Suez, France: £25.6m
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/revealed-how-the-world-gets-rich-from-privatising-british-public-services-9874048.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The European Integration Project – Never heard of it? Read on McDuff

 

 

 

7 May 2013: The Jewish Contribution to the European Integration Project – Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

 
An annual workshop

Convened by the “Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society and the Department of Politics and Government” (CSEPS). It’s purpose is to examine and discuss the Jewish contribution to the on-going European integration project.

 

 

 

Attending:

Dr. Sharon Pardo, Director Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society, Jean Monnet National Centre of Excellence at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Dr. Hubertusvon Morr, Ambassador (ret), Lecturer in International Law and Political Science, Bonn University.

Mr. Franco Burgio, Programme Coordinator European Commission, Brussels.

Mr. Michael Mertes, Director Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Israel.

Ambassador Alvaro Albacete, Envoy of the Spanish Government for Relations with the Jewish Community and Jewish Organisations.

Dr. Dov Maimon, Jewish People Policy Institute, Israel.

Mr. Andras Baneth, Co-founder European Training Academy, Belgium.

 

 

 
Extract from the opening address

The Jew has always been deemed to have competing loyalties and affiliations, being a member of a religion, an ethnic group, and even at one point a ‘race’. To the extent, therefore, that the European integration project is creating a similar crisis at the heart of European citizenry, today all Europeans are, in some metaphorical sense, Jews.

Interestingly enough, this metaphorical sense is not lost on EU leadership, who often speak of the need to learn from the history of European Jews and draw on European Jewry as a model for emulation within the EU.

As Romano Prodi, former President of the European Commission and former Italian Prime Minister has put it: “I believe we can learn a lot from the history of the Jews of Europe. In many ways they are the first, the oldest Europeans… We, the new Europeans, are just starting to learn the complex art of living with multiple allegiances – allegiance to our home town, to our own region, to our home country, and now to the European Union. The Jews have been forced to master this art since antiquity. They were both Jewish and Italian, or Jewish and French, Jewish and Spanish, Jewish and Polish, Jewish and German. Proud of their ties with Jewish communities throughout the continent and equally proud of their bonds with their own country.”

In fact, the EU leadership views European Jewry as somehow the constitutive minority of the Union, despite or rather precisely because the most patently historical link between the European project and European Jewry is the Second World War.

After all, the EU was born out of the atrocities of the past as an effort to reconcile the religious, cultural and linguistic differences of Europe.

Moreover, to the extent that religious tensions continue to affect the European space, the EU leaders expect the Jewish communities to take a central role in improving and promoting inter-religious and inter-community  relations in the EU.

In practical terms, this means an expectation that European Jewish communities work to improve their relations with the Muslim communities in all EU Member States, and that Jews living in the EU Member States broaden their struggle against anti-Semitism to include other categories of racial and religious discrimination, including of course Islamophobia.

Another expectation that the EU has from its Jewish communities regards Israel. The EU views the Jewish communities as a broker that brings it closer to Israel, or in ther words, as a bridge between the EU and Israel. EU leadership expects the Jewish communities to assist the EU institutions in cementing the ties with Israel.

 

 

Gaining a better understanding of just what is on-going in the European Community see: http://www.kas.de/wf/doc/kas_36349-1522-1-30.pdf?131211155732

 

Oh! what a tangled web they weave – The rich elite get richer- screw the many less fortunate Minions and deny Scotland independence

 

 

 

Joanne Hammerman Alter

 

The start and expansion of a Dynasty

Joanne H Alter (nee Hammerman) 1927 – 2008 was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother Celia K. Hammerman, was an immigrant who fled the riots in Czarist Russia. Her father, Sol Hammerman, worked for J.K. Industries in Chicago, a company that was founded by her grandfather. Sol and his brother, Meyer Hammerman, turned the company into one of the nation’s largest children’s clothing manufacturers.

In 1952, she married James Alter, owner of a refrigeration and air conditioning company who shared her interest in politics. The Alters were one of the most powerful political families in Chicago.

The couple lived in a sprawling Victorian home that hosted countless parties for the lake-front liberal set and visiting politicians, while she kept busy as a “professional volunteer” on local and national issues.

She was an active fundraiser for the Democratic Party. When Martin Luther King came to Chicago in 1966, he attended a fundraiser in Mrs. Alter’s home.

Mayor Harold Washington and Sen’s. Paul Simon and Richard Durbin also stopped in over the years.

Her nephew, Robert S. Rivkin was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 21st General Counsel of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT).

Another nephew, Charles Rivkin, was appointed by President Barack Obama as United States Ambassador to France and then Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.

James Alter (1922-2014)

 

They had four children:

1. Influential political journalist and successful author Jonathan Alter. See: https://www.facebook.com/jonathanalter1/posts/626624414017175 , http://jonathanalter.com/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Alter

2. Jennifer Alter Warden is chief operating officer and executive vice president of Chicago based, Baird & Warner Real Estate. She oversees marketing, technology and human resources for the $160 million company, which includes 25 offices and 1800 broker associates, along with mortgage and title operations.  The Company is the leading independent real estate services company in the Chicago area.

See: http://www.bairdwarner.com/jennifer_alter_warden/

3. Jamie Alter Lynton was a journalist and television news producer and executive for 15 years, working at CNN, CBS and CNBC. She served as a Vice President and Los Angeles Bureau Chief of Court TV, as well as managing its educational division. Since leaving the workforce to devote time to raising her children, she has spearheaded a number of projects in the political and non-profit arena including serving as a regional panelist for the White House Fellows program. She is married to Michael Lynton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment. See : https://www.lafund.org/our-team/jamie-alter-lynton

 

4. Dr. Harrison Alter is chief executive of The Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine which was created to advance the knowledge base about the interaction of community welfare and the medical care system occurring in the modern emergency department, as well as to promote solutions for those moments when these forces conflict. See: http://levittcenter.org/mission/

 

 

 

Michael Mark Lynton Heritage

Lynton was born in London on January 1, 1960. His Jewish parents, Marion (Sonnenberg) and Mark Lynton, were executives at the Multi-National, Hunter Douglas. PLC (one of the largest companies in the world) based in the Netherlands.

Marion’s father owned the company and it is still in the family control.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_Douglas
Michael’s Jewish grandfather, Max-Otto Ludwig Loewenstein, was born in 1920 in Stuttgart, Germany. The family moved to Berlin two years later when his father was named head of a major German car manufacturing company. But relocated to Holland in 1936 before the start of WW2.

Michael’s father Mark was a student at Cambridge University at the outbreak of WW2. In common with other German nationals he was interned, in Canada for nearly a year. He later enlisted in the British military, where he served with distinction in a tank regiment.

After the war he transferred to work for the British Intelligence, interrogating German officers. The family, (name changed to Lynton) later moved to the United States and lived in Scarsdale, New York, for several years before returning to the Netherlands in 1969.

See: http://www.overlookpress.com/accidental-journey.html and http://www.ajr.org.uk/journalpdf/2015_August.pdf

Michael attended the International School of The Hague and transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy for his senior year, graduating in 1978. He received his BA (history and literature) from Harvard College in 1982.

After several years in finance at Credit Suisse First Boston, he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987.

He is a citizen of the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. Lynton speaks four languages: English, French, Dutch and German.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Lynton

 

Michael Lynton’s business career

In 1987, Lynton joined The Walt Disney Company, where he started Disney Publishing. He subsequently served as president of Disney’s Hollywood Pictures from 1992 to 1996.

From 1996 to 2000, Lynton was chairman and chief executive officer of Pearson plc’s Penguin Group, extending the Penguin brand to music and the Internet.

In 2000, he joined Time Warner as CEO of AOL Europe, president of AOL International, and president of Time Warner International.

In 2004, Lynton became chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).

He leads SPE’s global operations, including motion pictures, television and digital content production and distribution, as well as home entertainment acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities, and the development of new entertainment products, services and technologies.

In April 2012, Sony Corporation announced that Lynton would additionally hold the position of chief executive of Sony Entertainment Inc., along with co-chair Amy Pascal, overseeing all of Sony’s global entertainment businesses, including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

He earns in excess of £3milllion annually.
Michael Lynton’s Other Interests

He is a member of the influential “think tank” The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Founded in 1921, it is a United States 4900-member organization, specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs.

It is headquartered in New York City, with an additional office in Washington, D.C.. Its membership has included senior politicians, more than a dozen secretaries of state, CIA directors, bankers, lawyers, professors, and senior media figures.

It’s mission is to promote globalization, free trade, reducing financial regulations on transnational corporations, and economic consolidation into regional blocs such as NAFTA or the European Union, and developing policy recommendations that reflect these goals. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_on_Foreign_Relations

Invited by the Tory government, he undertook a major role in the U.K. Film Policy Review Group, (chaired by former culture secretary Lord Chris Smith) which took exhaustive submissions from all sectors of the industry.

The subsequent report recommended a hike in Lottery money for British film productions “with potential,” as well as developing an export strategy for home grown talent. So, having closed the U.K. Film Council transferring much of its duties to the British Film Institute and Film London, the Tory government is now looking for a positive business spin to buoy the U.K. industry at large.

See: http://www.screendaily.com/uk-industry-welcomes-film-policy-review-but-cautions-that-words-must-be-followed-by-action/5036542.article

 

Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Michael Lynton (R) and his wife Jamie Lynton

 
Jamie Alter and Michael Lynton Back Obama’s Presidential bid expanding the influence of the dynasty

Jamie’s mom, the late Joanne Alter was the first female Democrat elected in Cook County, Illinois. She spotted Obama in 2003 and convinced her daughter to support him.

As a result, Lynton co-hosted an early fundraiser for Obama’s Senate bid in 2004 in addition to hosting a presidential campaign event, when most showbiz types were still supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton.

It’s no surprise therefore that Barack Obama’s closest friends, making up his tightly knit circle, are in the in the entertainment biz but aren’t celebs.

Rather the less glittery financial movers and shakers, (including a number of Obama’s beloved Harvard Law Mafia).

See: http://deadline.com/2008/11/who-are-obamas-real-hollywood-pals-7533/  and http://www.politico.com/story/2008/12/school-buds-20-harvard-classmates-advising-obama-016224 and  https://newrepublic.com/article/46839/obamas-harvard-law-mafia

 

Michael Lynton with Amy Pascal and Jay Sanderson

 

November 2014: Sony Hacked by Guardians of Peace (GOP)

“Guardians of Peace” hackers using Shamoon malware led to the theft of an estimated 100 terabytes of information, including internal company documents, private e-mail correspondence of around 437,000 people employed by or associated with Sony.

E-mail correspondence (between Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin) was made public to the embarrassment of both senior executives who subsequently issued formal apologies over their childish email exchanges.

Pascal and colleague Rudin were noted to have had an email exchange about Pascal’s upcoming encounter with Michael Lynton’s friend, President Barack Obama that included characterizations such as use of the word n***** that could be seen as racist.

Pascal later apologized but her employment contract was not renewed.

See : http://sonyhack.gawker.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-sonys-unprecedented-h-1671217518

 

Jamie Lynton and Michael Lynton

 

 

 

A judge later ruled that Sony must provide protection for anyone adversely affected by the unauthorised release of information..

See: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-0407-sony-hack-20160406-story.html

 

 

 

 

30 December 2014: New Research Blames Insiders, Not North Korea, for Sony Hack

A leading cyber security firm says it has evidence that contradicts the government’s allegation that North Korea was behind the debilitating cyber attacks against Sony Pictures.

Researchers from the firm Norse told Security Ledger, an independent security news website, that they believe that a group of six individuals orchestrated the hack, including at least one former employee who was laid off in company-wide restructuring in May.

The latest allegations add to growing scepticism over the FBI’s assertion — reiterated by President Barack Obama — that linked North Korea to the attack, which the country has denied. A recent linguistic analysis cited in the New York Times found that the hackers’ language in threats against Sony was written by a native Russian speaker and not a native Korean speaker.

http://time.com/3649394/sony-hack-inside-job-north-korea/

 

 

 

 

 

2 January 2015: U.S. Sanctions North Korea Over Sony Hack

The United States is imposing sanctions on North Korea following last year’s devastating hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, the White House said Friday, calling them the “first aspect of our response” to the cyberattack.

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday authorizing additional actions against the North Korean government following the November cyberattack, which U.S. government agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have pinned on the isolated country’s government.

See: http://time.com/3652479/sony-hack-north-korea-the-interview-obama-sanctions/

 

 

 

 

15 January 2015: John McAfee: ‘I know who hacked Sony Pictures – and it wasn’t North Korea’

Anti-virus pioneer John McAfee claims to have been in contact with the group of hackers behind the devastating cyber-attack against Sony Pictures and guarantees they are not from North Korea.

Speaking to IBTimes UK about his current roster of security start-ups under his Future Tense brand – including secure messaging app Chadder – McAfee spoke about working with the FBI previously but said that, in this case, the agency was “wrong”. “I can guarantee they are wrong.

It has to do with a group of hackers – I will not name them – who are civil libertarians and who hate the confinement the restrictions the music industry and the movie industry has placed on art and so they are behind it.”

See: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/john-mcafee-i-know-who-hacked-sony-pictures-it-wasnt-north-korea-1483581

 

David Macmillan (L) and Bella Pollen

 

Bella Pollen and David Macmillan (The Sir Harold Macmillan “Supermac” Dynasty)

David’s father, Maurice Victor Macmillan, (Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden PC) 1921–1984 was a British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament and like his father Earl (Harold) Macmillan, (Prime Minister and leader of the Tory party) he was Chairman of Macmillan Publishers.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Macmillan#Publishing

 

 

 

David is not in politics. He is a Director of Macmillan Press, (part of the largest multi national publishing company in the world).

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macmillan_Publishers

 

Arabella Pollen

 
Arabella is the daughter of Peregrine Michael Hungerford Pollen, a peer and former chairman of Sotherby’s, New York (the largest multi national auction house in the world). Born in Oxford, she was raised in Manhattan.

In 1981, Pollen founded the eponymous design company Arabella Pollen, described by The Independent as: “designer of crisp, colourful clothes for the young social set”. Among her private clients were Diana, Princess of Wales, Margaux Hemingway and Marianne Faithfull. Between 1981 and 1994, the company was nominated for eleven major fashion awards.

In 1984, Arabella Pollen won the contract to design staff uniforms for the newly launched Virgin Atlantic Airways and created suits in the ‘Virgin Red’ that is still the airline’s signature colour.

In 1990, Courtaulds acquired a minority share in the company, later increasing this to a majority stake. Arabella Pollen closed in 1994, following Courtaulds’ purchase of the company. Pollen continued to advise the textile giant as a design consultant.

In 1995, Pollen became a writer, working as Bella Pollen. Her third book, Hunting Unicorns, became a best seller in 2004. Midnight Cactus (2007) was sold to Paramount Pictures. Summer of the Bear (2011) was an Oprah summer pick and a Richard and Judy best summer read. Pollen has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers including The Times, Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, The Observer and Vogue.

Pollen’s first marriage was to art dealer Giacomo Dante Algranti in 1985, with whom she had two children, Jesse and Samuel.

In 1995, she married David Macmillan, the grandson of former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, and director of the book publisher, Macmillan Publishers.

The couple have two children, Finn and Mabel. They voted one of the top 50 power couples in 2013.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macmillan_Publishers

 

 

 

18 April 2015: Who runs this world? Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton jokes suggests getting UK culture minister fired and replacing him with a former PM’s grandson

Lynton mulled pulling strings to get UK culture minister Ed Vaizey fired to replace him with the grandson of former prime minister Harold MacMillan.

Vaizey, a democratically elected Tory moderniser, oversaw “digital industries” for Britain’s Coalition government – from broadband to copyright shake ups. He was comfortably re-elected in 2010, and slotted into the Ministry of Fun by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The revelation that Sony’s powerful Lynton wanted shot of Vaizey emerged fresh from the mountain of emails and documents leaked from Sony Pictures by hackers, all of which were bunged into a searchable online database by WikiLeaks this week.

Lynton was sharing breakfast with Bella Pollen – a UK socialite, journalist, and novelist – in Los Angeles in August last year when he fired off an email to her husband David MacMillan, publisher and grandson of former Prime Minister Harold MacMillan, that read:

“I am sitting here with Bella and conspiring as to how to make you Minister of Culture and Sport. You are perfectly qualified. First step is to get Ed Vaizey fired. I will do this with George Osborne. Next step is to get you appointed. This requires you meeting Charles Dunstone, (chairman of Carphone Warehouse and a big contributor to the Conservative Party) and having him recommend you. I will make the introduction in September. The games afoot !!!

Two hours later, MacMillan, in the UK at the time, responded:

Need to be elected to parliament or raised to the peerage to proceed further with your plan, but love the idea.  Like all being in Charles Dunston’s gift, think Osborne will be fearful of Vaizey as he wishes to avoid the publication of various school time photos … or maybe he feels comfortable with his past. Lynton shot back: “Your MP is 70. Time for him to move on. Photos are in the cloud. They will be gone soon.”

The photographic evidence MacMillan mentioned was quite possibly a reference to an infamous snap taken in 1994 of a 22-year-old George Osborne with his arm around his pal Natalie Rowe.

In 2013, she published an autobiography describing her time as a dominatrix, and had her home raided by the UK plod after tweeting tatty photos, dating back to the 1990s, of Osborne at a party.

See: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/george-osborne-natalie-rowe-police-2366160

 

 

 

 

26 July 2013: Scottish cash to back US sci-fi series Outlander

The arts body Creative Scotland is to help fund a major US science fiction series to be filmed in Scotland.

Outlander tells the story of Claire and James Fraser, using time travel to slip between 18th and 20th Century Scotland.

The US cable network Starz and Sony Pictures Television will begin shooting Outlander later this year. Part of their plans include building a new television studio and production base at Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire.

Creative Scotland will provide the production companies with financial support towards their shooting and studio costs. The arts body is also helping the producers to identify locations and studio space for the series.

It is believed a UK distribution deal is being negotiated with Sony for showing in the summer of 2014.

The level of support they will receive is still subject to negotiation but First Minister Alex Salmond said: “This announcement… is a wonderful endorsement of the scenery, talent and facilities on offer to film crews in this country. We have huge potential to make Scotland a major centre for film production, but competition is fierce and bodies such as Creative Scotland are doing all they can to ensure that some of the most high-profile screen productions are attracted to Scotland, bringing industry jobs and securing incredible, money-can’t-buy exposure for our breathtaking scenery.”

As well as employing a local crew of about 200, an estimated 2,400 supporting roles are expected to be cast from within Scotland and the rest of the UK during the filming of the series.

Mr Salmond added: “This announcement, which could see a crew of around 200 assembled and an estimated spend of £20m in Scotland, is a wonderful endorsement of the scenery, talent and facilities on offer to film crews in this country, and I can’t wait to see some distinctly Scottish locations on screen.”

See: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-23464418 and http://www.outlandertvnews.com/2013/08/scottish-investments-and-details-on-the-outlander-production/

 

 

 
December 2014: Outlander TV Series Cancelled After Just One Season – The spoiler source Sony?

Outlander, a new Starz network TV series based on the New York Times bestselling Outlander novels by Diana Gabaldon, is set to cancel after only its first season. The show aired for the first time on August 9th, 2014 but, due to budgeting issues, was forced to to take a six month long mid-season break. This, among other issues, spelled the untimely end for this ill- fated program.

Gabaldon’s Outlander is a dramatic historical love story about WWII combat nurse, Claire Randall.

Previously separated by the war, Claire and her husband Frank decide to reconnect on a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands. While there, Claire stumbles upon a mysterious circle of standing stones… And suddenly finds herself in the middle of the eighteenth century where she falls madly in love with Jamie Fraser, a young clansman.

For over two decades, this book has been a favourite with readers of science fiction, adventure, historical fiction, and romance. Over this twenty year time period, Gabaldon rejected numerous offers to bring her famous books to the big screen. An offer from Starz to produce a television series was eventually accepted by the author, and production began shortly thereafter.

Only two months into the six month long mid season break, a lengthy list of problems related to the show and its production began to surface. One major issue was that the actors bore little to no resemblance to the cherished characters portrayed in the novels. The MacKenzie brothers were much too old, Claire had the wrong eye color and Jamie, the book’s hero, didn’t have hair that was red enough to please fans.

Although the series was originally offered a second season, the network came to the realization that the show was much too costly to produce. Season two, which would have been based on the second book in the series, would have forced the show to film in Scotland, France and the United States. The third season would have taken them even farther afield.

“There are nine novels in this series,” said one production assistant. “At the rate we’re going, the entire series will take over a decade to produce. TV watchers just don’t have that kind of attention span. Plus, with all the special effects, period wardrobes, makeup and travel, the cost of production is simply unsupportable.”

Although many fans will be disappointed to see this short- lived series come to an end, there are plenty of fans who are almost relieved that it’s over. This change makes room for more exciting programs in the Starz lineup, and gives director Ronald D. Moore the time to work on other, more important projects. It is hoped that author Diana Gabaldon will be offered another chance to bring Outlander to the silver screen.
See: http://nationalreport.net/outlander-tv-series-canceled-one-season/#comments and https://twitter.com/Writer_DG/status/545492293244170240

 

 
9 December 2014: The Best New TV Shows of 2014 – Outlander

Starz’s adaptation of a popular book series, about a headstrong nurse who is transported back in time from the post-war 1940s to 18th-century Scotland, was a dicey proposition.

Not only did the show have to satisfy the books’ more than passionate fan base, but it had to appeal to a larger audience with a multi-genre show that could finally put Starz on the scripted-programming map alongside some of its premium-cable brethren.

The first season technically isn’t over—the second half begins its run in April, (a strange, possibly hobbling decision made for mysterious reasons.) But from what I’ve seen, Outlander is Starz’s biggest creative success yet, a sharply acted, thoughtfully written series that is a political drama and a super-sexy romance, a mystical mystery and an empowerment tale.

It’s an odd mix of tones and styles, but it all fuses together rather well. Points especially to the fabulously named Caitriona Balfe, who plays our heroine with depth and wit, and to Sam Heughan for, y’know, that whole business.

See: http://forums.compuserve.com/discussions/Books_and_Writers_Community/_/_/ws-books/77939.3238

 

 

 
4 April 2015: Outlander star Heughan speaks about his disappointment at ‘No’ vote in Indyref

The star of the Outlander TV series, Sam Heughan, has spoken of his support for Scottish independence and his disappointment at the result of the recent referendum.

Heughan, who plays the key role of Jamie Fraser in the US series, which has recently become available to viewers in Scotland on the Amazon Prime streaming service, said that initially he was not a supporter of Scotland leaving the UK. However, he soon became “very much for Yes”, he has told the Wall Street Journal.

In an online video interview he said: “When I first heard about the arguments I very much thought it wasn’t a great idea but just having spent some time there and discussing it more, I thought it was a chance for more democracy in Scotland.” The actor, from Dumfries and Galloway, added: “It just seemed that the people of Scotland would have more control over what happened to them, unfortunately the vote went the other way, it was pretty close. “But it has got people involved in politics again.”

His co-star, Tobias Menzies, who is English, was also asked about the independence referendum. Menzies, who plays both Frank Randall and Black Jack Randall, said he was conflicted about the vote as he felt Britain would be “lesser without Scotland”.

However he said spending many weeks in Scotland last year “it was hard not the feel the excitement and by the end I could really feel the disappointment…I am sure it will be a decision that will be revisited in the future.”

See: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13208590.Outlander_star_Heughan_speaks_about_his_disappointment_at__No__vote_in_Indyref/

 

 

 

 
20 April 2015: UK Government delayed TV show Outlander due to independence referendum

Television drama Outlander was delayed due to pressure from the UK Government prior to Scotland’s independence referendum.

A leaked email detailing a meeting between UK Prime Minister David Cameron and top Sony officials has fuelled further claims that the show was delayed due to political fears surrounding the independence referendum.

Lots of ugly things crawled out of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s e-mails leaked by hackers in the autumn of 2014. Keith Weaver, executive vice president of Sony Pictures, contacted Michael Lynton, chief executive of Sony, and Andrea Wong, Sony’s president of international production, on 28 June 2014.

Weaver wrote that their meeting with Cameron would have “special emphasis” on “the importance of Outlander (i.e., particularly vis-a-vis the political issues in the U.K. as Scotland contemplates detachment this Fall)”.

The email was part of a leak of over 173,000 private Sony emails by the transparency group Wikileaks.

See: https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/1083/uk-government-delayed-tv-show-outlander-due-to-independence-referendum-claim-fans

 

 

 

 

20 April 2015: Leaked Sony emails show TV chiefs discussing political “importance” of Outlander to indyref

The “importance” of the US television drama Outlander to the political atmosphere of last year’s Independence Referendum was highlighted by key TV executives before a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron.

In a cache of leaked memos from the Sony organisation obtained by Wikileaks, an email written by Keith E. Weaver, executive vice president at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which produces Outlander, discusses a meeting with the Prime Minister last summer.

The Sony email mentions the “importance” of the TV series to the political situation last year, and how it would likely be a “focus” of the meeting with Cameron.

Publication of the leaked email has further fuelled social media speculation that the UK Government did not want the show broadcast before the independence vote in September.

An Outlander insider, with intimate knowledge of the show, said: “It makes complete sense as to why Sony took their foot off the pedal with UK sales. “It was all systems go and they had the BBC up to see the set, etc, then there was a definite sense of trying to back pedal.”

In the background briefing document for a “PM Cameron event” last summer, Mr Weaver wrote to other Sony executives: “Your meeting with Prime Minister Cameron on Monday will likely focus on our overall investment in the U.K. – with special emphasis on the importance of Outlander (i.e., particularly vis-a-vis the political issues in the U.K. as Scotland contemplates detachment this Fall), and the growth of our channels business…”

Outlander, based on the best selling books by Diana Gabaldon and shot in Scotland, was finally broadcast in the UK this year, well after other countries, some who saw the show last August. It is now viewable on the Amazon Prime streaming system.

At last year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, the author Diana Gabaldon speculated on why the UK broadcast of the series had apparently been delayed and she mentioned the rumours linked to the independence referendum.

She said: “They are in fact negotiating with one or more UK TV suppliers. Why that deal has not come to a conclusion, I don’t know, they have been at it for three months at least. There has been talk and rumour and speculation, even though there is no evidence on which to speculate, but the most common rumour is they are waiting until after the Scottish referendum – but there is no evidence to suggest that is true. You can take that for what it’s worth.”

See: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13210521.Leaked_Sony_emails_show_TV_chiefs_discussing_political__importance__of_Outlander_to_indyref/

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 May 2015: Which brings us to the matter of STARZ’ cable series, Outlander, and UK Prime Minister David Cameron‘s government.

In 2013, STARZ network ordered the 16-episode adaptation of bestselling historical fiction novel, Outlander by author Diana Gabaldon, from production companies Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Co., and Left Bank Productions, in association with the copyright holder, Sony Pictures Television.

While STARZ was the U.S. distributor, offering the series on its own cable network, SPE’s TV arm handled overseas distribution to broadcast, cable, and video streaming services.

Outlander’s cross-genre narrative is set mainly in 1740s Scotland; the story is sympathetic to a Scottish protagonist and his time-travelling English wife who are caught between the British and Jacobites in the ramp up to the 1746 Battle at Culloden. The Scottish people and countryside are treated favourably in the series’ production.

The program debuted on STARZ in the U.S. on 9 August 9 2014 — a little less than six weeks before Scotland’s independence referendum (“IndyRef”).

Outlander began airing in Canada and Australia in August 2014 also, and in October 2014 in Ireland, after the IndyRef vote.

Distribution deals in other countries including Germany, Hungary, Japan, and the Netherlands led to wider release overseas in 2014.
See: https://www.emptywheel.net/tag/outlander/