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Thursday, 26 April


Colin Burrow: The End of the Epithet "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The Odyssey is much harder to translate than The Iliad. One persons interpolation or historical curiosity will be another persons moment of deep psychological insight. That problem is compounded by the subject matter and social world of the poem. It is full of travellers and strangers who might be gods, or con men, or, like much enduring godly Odysseus of the many wiles himself, a little bit of both. So no one ever quite knows whats going on. A swineherd might turn out to be an abducted prince. A Cyclops might greet a stranger who addresses it politely by bashing the brains out of one of his companions as if he were a puppy. A good king might politely offer a wary welcome and food, listen to a strangers story, and then after a tactful delay ask who he is and where he is from. And then the guest might lie.

Adewale Maja-Pearce: After Boko Haram "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The scene was set for the rise of an extreme sectarian movement. There would be no shortage of foot soldiers: Comolli points out that with a population approaching 200 million, Nigeria has the highest number of non-attending schoolchildren in the world: 10.5 million in 2010, the last year for which figures are available. Most are concentrated in the north, where 70 per cent of the population is illiterate. All that was needed was an eloquent figure who could applaud the governors embrace of sharia while pointing out that they fell far short of the code of conduct they favoured.

Isabel Hull: When can you start a war? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiros point is that for all its problems, the New World Order is better than the Old. Theirs is a valuable reminder that law matters and that international co-operation is not a utopia, but a functioning reality. Recently, it has been hard to hear that truth above the din produced by bad actors, like Putin and Trump, and by criticism of the neoliberal order from the left and the populist right, which obscures the positive effects of internationalism. Whats more, we take for granted a world in which the assumption is that countries will not engage in war.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 8 (26 April 2018)

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Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 8 (26 April 2018)

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Thursday, 19 April


F.A.N. News letter "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Before we get to the local victories, here is an update on our Fundraiser. 
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Blast from the past. "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Remember a few years ago when an pseudonymical poster with the moniker Soothsayer  leaked an internal BBC message to the comments field at Biased BBC? It caused no end of confusion. From November 2012:  BBC Watch summed it up thus:
Some unidentified BBC persona, perhaps resentful at being advised to report Operation Pillar of Cloud in a fair and impartial manner rather than with the usual partisan anti-Israel  twist, leaked the e-mails by posting them verbatim on Biased-BBC, confusingly and mischievously omitting to clarify that they were in fact BBC internal memos.

The way we have been wording our paragraph on when the fighting started is causing endless complaints. Its the specific reference in time which is upsetting people.
We have been saying:
The conflict began last Wednesday when Israel killed a Hamas military leader, saying it wanted an end to rocket attacks from Gaza. More than 110 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed.
To a lot of people, the conflict was already raging, and they interpret that as blaming or putting undue emphasis on Israel.
Can we please use the following form of words which gets round that:
Israel launched its offensive, which it says is aimed at ending rocket fire from Gaza, with the killing on Wednesday of a Hamas military leader. More than 110 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed since then.
Raffi Berg
Middle East desk
BBC News website
+44 203 614 xxxx



Power workers union to launch rolling 48h strikes opposing PPC privatization, lignite plants sale "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The powerful workers union GENOP-PEH at Greeces Public Power Corporation (PPC) have announced to launch rolling 48-hour strikes that will start as of 00:01 Monday, April 23rd 2018. The union will launch also a 3-hour work stoppage on Friday, Apr 20, and a protest outside the PPC headquarters in downtown Athens. The work stoppage will

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Senior government ministers likened Theresa May's anti-immigrant legislation to Nazism, but voted in favour of it anyway! "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In 2014 Theresa May introduced the draconian new anti-immigrant powers that the Home Office have subsequently used to dehumanise and persecute the Windrush generation.

These grotesque Faragist rules have been used to deny employment, deny housing, deny health care, and deny social security/pensions to British Windrush citizens, and to make thousands live in constant fear of imprisonment and deportation by their own country.

The parliamentary record makes it clear that a few brave MPs dared to stand up against the tide of extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric to criticise Theresa May's plans, and vote against them. 

Diane Abbott was amongst them, and she had the intelligence and foresight to predict that May's rules could be used to attack British citizens without documentation. The breaking of the Windrush scandal has proven her concerns to have been incredibly prescient and well-founded.

What we didn't know at the time was the secret behind the scenes debates within the coalition government, but in the wake of the Windrush Scandal the senior Civil Servant Bob Kerslake has claimed that some ministers in the coalition government were so concerned that they described Theresa May's new law as being "reminiscent of Nazi Germany".



After Washingtons aggression: Syria will win "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog One week after the latest US aggression against Syria, the Syrian Army and its allies have spared no efforts in continuing their raging


Syria, Iran and chaos in international relations "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Even in the context of a post-truth geopolitical environment run amok, Russian President Vladimir Putin telling


With overwhelming majority MEPs urge Turkey for swift release of Greek soldiers "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

With overwhelming majority the European Parliament approved in favor a resolution calling on Turkey to swiftly complete the judicial process and release the two Greek soldiers in high security prison of Edirne since March 1st and without raised charges. 607 out of a total 632 present MEPs voted in favor of the resolution, 7 against

The post With overwhelming majority MEPs urge Turkey for swift release of Greek soldiers appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Orphan bear cub, Luigi, in heartwarming video; he was wandering on motorway "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Bear cub, Luigi, is just a few months old. He was found wandering alone on a motorway with dangerous traffic in North Greece. No mother was in sight. An orphan alone on a motorway where several old and younger bears have fallen victims to traffic accidents? An animal loving citizen found the bear cub in

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Trains and Proastiakos on 4-hour work stoppage, Apr 26th "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Workers at Greek trains and Proastiakos have announced a work stoppage scheduled on Thursday, April 26th 2018.  The work stoppage will take place between 11:00 a.m.and 03:00p.m. The strike will affect operation of Athens Metro from and to Athens Airport, as the Metro Line operates under Proastiakos management from station to/from

The post Trains and Proastiakos on 4-hour work stoppage, Apr 26th appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Sie aus als ginge Nordkorea den Weg von Libyen und ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Sie aus als ginge Nordkorea den Weg von Libyen und lasse sich gegen vage Sicherheitsgarantien zur Denuklearisierung berreden. Nach all dem Aufwand, den Nordkorea fr ihre Bombe getrieben hat, htte ich gedacht, dass sie da mehr als Gegenleistung rauszuholen versuchen wrden.

North Korea has expressed its desire for complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions such as U.S. troops withdrawing from the South first, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday.
Das klingt so, als htten die Amis Nukes in Sdkorea stationiert, aber das ist nicht so, zumindest offiziell. Vielleicht gibt es da einen Bunker mit Nukes, von dem Nordkorea wei, und den sie weghaben wollen oder so?

Update: Die Washington Post hat eine Theorie:

To Pyongyang, it means something very, very different. It means mutual steps to get rid of nuclear weapons, including requiring the United States to take down the nuclear umbrella it has put up over South Korea and Japan.

Hey, bei dem Dieselskandal, da msste man doch eigentlich ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hey, bei dem Dieselskandal, da msste man doch eigentlich mal den Chef des Kraftfahrt-Bundesamtes als Zeugen vorladen. Da knnte man doch mal der Schuldfrage richtig auf den Grund gehen!

Doch leider genehmigt das Verkehrsministerium die Aussage nicht. Wait, what!?


The depraved coalition deals the Lib-Dems cooked up with the Tories behind closed doors "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Polly Mackenzie was never a Lib-Dem MP, but as one of Nick Clegg's core advisers she played a crucial role during the Tory/Lib-Dem coalition period. She's just admitted the kinds of depraved horse trading that went on between the Lib-Dems and the Tories at the time in a Twitter mini-thread.

She starts off with an unobjectionable and actually rather astute observation about how the Tories seem to announce a new green measure or plastics ban every time they want to move the news away from their latest scandal, but she followed the Tweet up with some more observations that shine a light on the grotesque horse trading the Lib-Dems did with the Tories.

She claims that the clampdown on plastics was actually a Lib-Dem idea, and that they finally secured the limited introduction of 5p charges on plastic bags in return for their support for a toughening of the draconian Tory benefit sanctions regime.

Here are a few facts about the benefits sanctions regime:

  • Benefits sanctions condemn individuals and their families to periods...


Greeces top court releases one of 8 Turkish soldiers under strict restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces top court, the Council of State, released one out of eight Turkish soldiers who had fled to Greece with a stolen helicopter after the failed coup in summer 2016. The soldier and helicopter co-pilot Sleyman zkaynak, has been set free under strict restrictions. The man had previously applied for asylum fearing for his life.

The post Greeces top court releases one of 8 Turkish soldiers under strict restrictions appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Greek authorities declare sea and beaches in Athens Riviera are pollution free "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greek authorities and the Greek Center for Marine Research officially declared the beaches, the sea, the sea bottom and the benthic ecosystem along the Athens Riviera as free from the oil spill pollution after tanker Agia Zoni II sank that occurred beginning of September 2017. On 15. Sept 2017, authorities had banned swimming along the

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Digitization of Ancient Corinth included in Google Arts & Culture 3D Archive "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The digitization of the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth has been added to the worlds biggest digital archive of endangered monuments to be created by Google Arts & Culture and the non-profit organization CyArk. The project has been announced on the World Heritage Day, April 18th 2018. Expedition Overview In collaboration with the American School

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Hah, und noch ein wichtiger Hinweis zur Skripal-Lawrow-BX-Geschichte:Typisch ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Hah, und noch ein wichtiger Hinweis zur Skripal-Lawrow-BX-Geschichte:

Typisch ist, dass die OPCW nicht nur die echte Probe verschickt, sondern auch negative und positive Kontrollproben. Diese sind zwar hnlich beschaffen, enthalten im ersten Fall aber keinen chemischen Kampfstoff, im zweiten Fall einen anderen, der extra der Probe beigefgt wurde. Damit wird sichergestellt, dass das beauftragte Labor fehlerfrei arbeitet und nicht weiss, welches die echte Probe ist.

In einem Fuball-Fan-Sonderzug gab es eine Vergewaltigung. ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In einem Fuball-Fan-Sonderzug gab es eine Vergewaltigung. Aber sensibilisiert von der Silvesternacht in Kln hat die Polizei mit aller Hrte durchgegriffen:

Alle 750 Zuginsassen wurden von der Bundespolizei einzeln jeweils an dem Bahnhof kontrolliert, an dem sie ausstiegen und zwar in Mainz-Mombach, Koblenz, Bonn und Mnchengladbach. [] In Mnchengladbach wurde der Zug auch von der Bundespolizei durchsucht und die Spurensicherung in alle Toiletten geschickt. [] Da zustzlich zur Aufnahme der Personalien auch Fotos der Fans gemacht wurden, zeigte sich die Polizei zuversichtlich, den Tter zu fassen.
Auf der einen Seite freue ich mich, wenn die Polizei sich aktiv um die Aufklrung von Verbrechen kmmert, aber gerade der letzte Teil mit den Fotos aller Fans lsst mich vermuten, dass es hier um die Befllung der Gefhrderdatenbank ging. Was meint ihr, werden die Fotos der Fans alle wieder zeitnah gelscht?

Update: Das Lawblog berichtet auch ber den Fall, aber aus einer anderen Warte.

Zu der Skripal-Geschichte kamen mal wieder Dutzende ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Zu der Skripal-Geschichte kamen mal wieder Dutzende von verrgerten Leserbriefen rein. Viele davon hielten sich mit Theorien auf wie dass uns die Briten ber den Zustand der Skripals anlgen. Leute, mal ganz ehrlich, so funktioniert das normalerweise nicht. In den wenigsten Fllen wird wirklich gelogen, selbst in der Politik. Das machen sie nur, wenn sie echt verzweifelt sind. Der beraus hufigste Fall ist, dass sie die Daten manipulativ auslegen und kreativ interpretieren und den Teil weglassen, der ihre Theorie nicht sttzt. Denn es ist ein weit geringeres Vergehen, etwas nicht gewusst zu haben.

Das sieht man gut bei der Arbeitslosenstatistik. Die ist von vorne bis hinten frisiert, damit sie uns eine falsche Zahl sagen knnen, ohne technisch zu lgen. Da wird ein Riesenaufwand getrieben, um uns beschubsen zu knnen, weil die Statistik frisiert wurde, nicht indem man einfach falsche Zahlen rausgibt.

Daher, wenn ihr eine Verschwrungstheorie seht, die darauf aufbaut, dass jemand wirklich gelogen hat, dann ist das wahrscheinlich der Versuch, eine Realitt zurechtzurationalisieren, damit man seine vorgefertigte Meinung nicht ndern muss. Kognitive Dissonanz.

Wenn ihr eine Meinung X habt, und dann kommt eine Meldung rein, die der Meinung widerspricht, dann ist die menschliche, natrliche Reaktion, der Meldung nicht zu glauben. Und fr viele so Facebook-Verschwrungstheorien ist das auch die richtige Reaktion, aber nicht fr den Umgang mit den Mainstream-Medien. Wenn die eine Meldung bringen, dann sollte euer Herangehen nicht sein, dass das gelogen ist, sondern eher "Was, wenn das stimmt?" Kann das nicht stimmen? Kann das vielleicht auch stimmen? Aus einer anderen Perspektive? Oder vielleicht wenn man die vorliegenden Daten anders interpretiert?

Es geht ja hier nicht darum, euer Weltbild zu verteidigen, sondern das korrekte Weltbild zu finden, das am meisten mit der Realitt zu tun hat. Die richtige Reaktion auf reinkommende andere Meinungen ist daher, sie in euer Weltbild zu inkorporieren, und zu gucken, was die minimalen Annahmen sein mssten, damit beides stimmt. Euer Weltbild und die Meldung.

Im Fall von dem Skripal-Leserbrief, dass die Russen halt lgen, wre die minimalinvasive Beobachtung gewesen, dass Lawrow nicht gesagt hat, es sei kein Novitschok gefunden worden sondern BZ. Er hat gesagt, BZ ist gefunden worden. Andere Substanzen schloss er nicht aus.

Noch was: Ein wichtiges Stilmittel der Volksverarschung ist, dass man Dinge mitschwingen lsst, ohne sie explizit zu sagen. Das ist ein sehr gefhrliches Mittel der Manipulation, und da kann man sich nur mit Training immunisieren, daher mache ich das hier im Blog auch stndig. Wenn man es geschickt anstellt, lst das Emotionen aus, und Emotionen treiben die Ratio vor sich her. Meine Hoffnung dabei ist natrlich, dass ihr das erkennt und nic...

Es kommt nicht alle Tage vor, dass der Bundestag einem ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Es kommt nicht alle Tage vor, dass der Bundestag einem Mitarbeiter eines Abgeordneten wegen Terrorverdachts den Hausausweis verweigert.

Der AfD-Bundestagsabgeordnete Jan Nolte beschftigt einen Mitarbeiter, der im Verdacht steht, eine schwere staatsgefhrdende Gewalttat vorbereitet zu haben. [] Nolte ist in der AfD-Fraktion fr Verteidigungspolitik zustndig. Bei dem Mitarbeiter handelt es sich um einen Offizier der Bundeswehr.
gegen den allerdings die Bundesanwaltschaft ermittelt gerade.


Juncker slams as ridiculous Turkish claims about the two Greek soldiers "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker labeled Turkish claims that the two Greek soldiers being held in a prison in Adrianople posed a threat ridiculous, French news agency AFP reported. The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani was in total agreement with the EC President. Speaking to reporters on Wendesday, Juncker

The post Juncker slams as ridiculous Turkish claims about the two Greek soldiers appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Greek Parliament halts Novartis probe, send case file back to Justice "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The Greek Parliament has halted probe into Novartis bribes case in which ten politicians are allegedly involved. The Parliamentary investigation committee consisting of coalition government lawmakers decided that the Parliament does not have the jurisdiction to investigate the money laundering and bribery claims. The case file was sent back to Justice and into the hands

The post Greek Parliament halts Novartis probe, send case file back to Justice appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Can you upload our movie trailer to your own Youtube or Facebook? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

We need your help to distribute our new movie about Fracking.

If you have a Facebook, Vimeo or Youtube account could you please download our trailer and upload to your own account?

Please put our link below the video too. Download via

Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions.


Nazi references to Tory Government "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

On Twitter 'Nazi Germany' is trending but it is a reference to this Government not to Hitler. This is how far things have gone with Theresa May

Jewish Voice tweeted;
Nazi Germany is trending and when you click on it you see that it is about the Government's own immigration policy. It really is utterly shocking how extreme and fanatical this Tory Government is becoming.


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Gap between SYRIZA and ND narrows in latest public opinion poll "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The gap between ruling left-wing SYRIZA and main opposition party conservative New Democracy is narrowing, according to the most recent public opinion poll. The gap has decreased to 4.7% from 4.9% in a poll in February conducted by the same company. At the same time, Tsipras junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) do not seem

The post Gap between SYRIZA and ND narrows in latest public opinion poll appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Priced out by the law: The precarious position of radical housing co-ops "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A new housing co-op for low-income activists in Oxford (one of the least affordable cities in the UK) is facing huge difficulties after being asked for an additional 50,000 in stamp duty by the tax authorities, under rules brought in in 2012 and 2014. Kindling, a member of the Radical Routes network of co-operatives, is


Jewish Child Sexual Abuse is Underreported Because They Control the Media "IndyWatch Feed Europe"


Have you ever wondered what it would be like if a single ethnic group controlled all of the media and news people consumed? You only have to look at the Christian faith and how its fallen in popularity in white countries with a Jew dominated media (e.g. Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S.A., for further info see here and here) over the past few decades; Catholicism, especially, has gone from being a once grand and respected institution to a laughing stock and the butt of many mean jokes.

Jews essentially control...


New Digital Economy drives investments back to Greece, says Digital Policy Minister "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greeces Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications & Media, Nikos Pappas, is betting strongly on investments in ICT and innovation based sectors as seeing them as the key to the countrys future economic prosperity. Saying that Greece has arrived at the stage of having a sound fiscal situation,  Pappas stresses that not only has the country

The post New Digital Economy drives investments back to Greece, says Digital Policy Minister appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Detour de Yorkshire "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Detour de Yorkshire

A Letter to the Editor from Kevin STAINTON of Scarborough, questioning the true benefit to residents of Scarboroughs most international vanity project (while residents take detours around the potholes).

His verdict? On yer bike, Carl Les!.



How much does the Tour de Yorkshire actually cost and what do we get for our money?

NYCC agreed to fund the Tour de Yorkshire for 180,000 per year:

Add to that the cost of Police to monitor roads, close roads, ride with the race, etc.

Add to that the cost of road repairs, resurfacing, cleaning of the route, etc, (50,000 to resurface a small part of Marine Drive last year).

Add to that the amount of disruption and cost to residents whilst roads that are not in urgent need of repair (normally main roads which are maintained regularly) are closed for repair or resurfacing, closed prior to the race, etc.

Add the cost of the additional work to close roads, etc, and we cant be far off 500,000 for a few hours spectacle.

What do we get for our money (it is our money as its the tax we pay!)?

We get fair roads being resurfaced whilst dangerous road surfaces are neglected and no doubt will be neglected for longer, due to lack of funds, that old chestnut that NYCC rams down our throats every time they charge us more for less.

We get roads at a standstill for hours, busy at the best of times due to some pen-pusher sat behind a desk who either has no idea of transport infrastructure, or has never been to Scarborough but it looks good on a map or the closest theyve ever been to playing with traffic free flow is with the Corgi cars mummy bought them.

We get 1000s of Tour de Yorkshire supporters. Some might buy a tea and a breakfast; some might even lodge in one of our already busy hotels (Scarborough is set for a very busy 2018 season, said Mr Bastiman) on the busy bank holiday weekend; some will no doubt buy fuel for all the extra vehicles so, the cafes, hotels and fuel stations will possibly see a slight benefit.

As for Joe Bloggs on the street more disruption, more time wasted in traffic jams, more street cleaners to clean up after the 1,000s of Tour de Yorkshire supporters leave but forget to take t...


No One Ever Warned You About These Awful Things That Happen When Youre Over 65 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Dont let the young kids fool you: Turning another year older isnt such a bad thing. And by 65, youre likely to be retired and living the free life youve dreamed about since your 40s. Youre already used to dealing with creaky knees, a stiff back, and a few more trips to the eye doctor since your mid-5os, so what else could possibly occur?
Unfortunately, becoming a senior can have serious consequences to your mind and body. Heres what none of the other older folks want you to know about aging.
1. You lose muscle at a faster rate than you think
Senior couple performing yoga exercise
Regular exercise can help combat muscle loss. |

If you notice the scale creeping up as you reach senior status, youre not alone. Dr. Elena Volpi explains to the Los Angeles Times that after age 50, you lose about 1% of muscle every year. You can thank changing hormones and any sickness or injuries you experience for this.

To combat the muscle loss and fat gain, add some light resistance training to your weekly schedule, and ma...


Turkey calls on Greeces patriots to set free from yoke of Germanys economic imperialism "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Ankara is calling on Greece to refrain from fueling tension in the Aegean as this serves the interests of Germany and to restore centuries-long friendship relations with Turkey. An opinion article riddled with Cold-War propaganda style and published by the editorial team of Turkish daily Sabah, propagates among others the immediate goal of all Greek

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Sharing the tension, the drama, the agony, the beauty, the nostalgia, the despair and the serenity "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

We are living in scary times.  And I wont pretend I dont feel despair I do.  But since we cant control our future, and since our days are counted,


Liebe Leser, ich brauche mal eure Hilfe.Ist hier jemand ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Liebe Leser, ich brauche mal eure Hilfe.

Ist hier jemand knstlerisch begabt und hat ein bisschen Zeit? Ich habe beobachtet, dass Menschen groartig darin sind, alten Code als mistige, gammelige "Legacy" zu erkennen, die furchtbar ist und damals ein groer Fehler war. Aber sie sind ebenfalls groartig darin, neuen Code entgegen jeder Erfahrung und bar jeder Vernunft als hoffnungsvoll oder gar inspirierend zu sehen nicht nur nicht als Fehler, sondern als Errungenschaft! Diesmal ist es anders, diesmal haben wir das nicht wieder alles so schlimm verakckt, diesmal haben wir alles richtig gemacht!

Ich habe mir dazu den Slogan "Creating Tomorrow's Legacy Today" berlegt, und brauche noch eine angemessene visuelle Darstellung davon.

Ich dachte als Vorlage an so Propaganda-Poster aus dem 2. Weltkrieg. Zur Inspiration: Sowjetische Kriegspropagandaposter und Amerikanische Kriegspropagandaposter, vielleicht We Can Do It! oder so?

Das Konzept ist ja nicht neu, siehe Calvin and Hobbes oder diese wunderschne Illustration :-)

Oder hey, wenn jemand eine Idee hat, wie man das als Scifi statt Retro machen kann, oder irgendeinen anderen Kunststil, der der Botschaft Gewicht verleiht: Das ist natrlich auch herzlich willkommen!

Update: Alte Arbeitssicherheits-Poster sind auch eine gute Vorlage.

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Wednesday, 18 April


BREVE: la soeur ane de Mariah Carey parle d'abus rituels subis dans l'enfance "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Une interview de la sur de Mariah Carey fait jaser sur le web : en effet, elle raconte son enfance, et les abus quelle a subis de la part dune espce de culte satanique. Il y a quelque temps, cest le frre, Morgan, qui avait voqu une enfance [...]


Windrush Generation and The Zionification of the British Sphere "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

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By Gilad Atzmon
It shouldnt take us by surprise when a country that drops bombs on Syria on behalf of Israel engages in Israeli style racist anti immigration anti black policies.
A lot has been written about the deep cultural and spiritual bonds between Britain and Zionism. Some have cited the roots of English Christian Zionism. Others point to the Balfour Declaration and its historical background. In 1956 Britain and France joined forces with Israel in an attempt to seize the Suez Canal. By the early 2000s it was hard to determine where Israel ended and Britain began. Occasionally it seemed the BBC had been reduced to an Israeli propaganda unit. The once respected British newspaper morphed into a Guardian of Judea. Murdoch's Sky News didnt leave much room for speculation either. Last week Sky News crudely cut off Jonathan Shaw, the former commander of the British Armed Forces, the second that Shaw went off script and suggested that the Syrian regime might not have been behind the Douma 'gas attack.' The next day we learned that the British government had again engaged in a  Zion-led immoral interventionist assault on an Arab country based on what seems to be just another false WMD claim.
Not much is left of the British medias heritage of freedom, tolerance and impartiality. I guess that since the spiritual and cultural continuum  between Israel and Britain is well established, we shouldnt be puzzled that the British media is consumed by the ridiculous fight against antisemitsm. Jeremy Corbyn, an iconic anti-racist parliamentarian has been subject to a relentless and biased attack by the Israeli lobby and its stooges within British media and politics. But this is shocking. While Corbyn has been subjected to ceaseless criticism for the alleged antisemitic sentiments held by a few individuals within his party, the British government and the Home Office have been engaged in institutional racist discrimination against the...


Fake News BBC parrot Theresa May's lie as their number one story "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Theresa May stood at the dispatch box and lied. She lied that the decision to destroy immigration landing cards was taken by the Labour Party in 2009 when it wasn't. She lied because she was desperately trying to deflect criticism over her grotesque 'hostile environment' policies that led to the dehumanisation, detention, denial of rights and even and deportation of Commonwealth British citizens. And most of all she lied because she thought she could get away with it.

If the British press had any instinct to hold the UK government to account they would have looked into her claim, immediately found it to be contradicted by the previous day's Home Office admission that the documents were destroyed in October 2010, and run a story criticising the Prime Minister for lying to the House of Commons, and for cynically misleading the British public in order to deflect negative attention away from herself.

But that's not what happened. That's not what happened at all. Instead of investigating her claim, the BBC and various other mainstream media outlets uncritically parroted her lie, and helped her misleadingly deflect the Windrush criticism onto others.

Of course the billionaire owned right-wing propaganda rags and the legions of Tory social media propaganda accounts got in on the misdirection act, but the behaviour of the BBC is much more problematic. They didn't just make Theresa May's lie the number one story on their website, they also uncritically regurgitated her lie into millions of homes and workplaces in TV and radio news segments.

When the state broadcaster refuses to...


Der neueste Bellingcat-Scoop: Belgische Firmen haben ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Der neueste Bellingcat-Scoop: Belgische Firmen haben 96 Tonnen Sarin-Precursor-Chemikalien nach Syrien geschickt.

Sarin, huh? Die Chemiewaffe?

Hmm, was fr ein Precursor ist denn das?

Since EU sanctions from September 2013 made export licences compulsory for the export of isopropanol to Syria in concentrations of 95% or higher, Syrian Archive and Knack can report that Belgian companies exported 96 tonnes of isopropanol, a sarin precursor, to Syria between 2014 and 2016.
Wie, Moment, was? Isopropanol? Das, das man auf Amazon klicken kann? Das Lsungs- und Reinigungsmittel? Wo auf der Wikipedia-Seite nicht mal erwhnt wird, dass das was mir Sarin zu tun haben knnte?


Update: Oh hat schnell jemand reineditiert, und auf der Sarin-Seite steht es.

Die Trkei verlngert den Ausnahmezustand und zieht ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die Trkei verlngert den Ausnahmezustand und zieht die Parlaments- und Prsidentschaftswahlen vor. Die waren ursprnglich fr Ende 2019 geplant, aber Erdogan kann offensichtlich dem Reiz seines neuen Prsidialsystems nicht widerstehen.

Die britische Rundfunkaufsicht Ofcom prft Russia ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die britische Rundfunkaufsicht Ofcom prft Russia Today wegen ihrer Berichterstattung ber den Skripal-Fall. RT habe mglicherweise die vorgeschriebene Unparteilichkeit verletzt.


Syrian War Report April 18, 2018: Syrian Army Advances In Rastan, Reaches Deal In Dumayr "IndyWatch Feed Europe" After the victory in Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian military turned its eyes to other militant-held pockets across the country. On April 15, the Syrian Army and the National Defense


IMF revises projections for growth, primary surplus and unemployment in Greece "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The International Monetary Fund has revised, downwards, its forecast for GDP growth in Greece for 2018, to 2 percent, down from 2.6 percent that it had forecasted last autumn and further down from 2.3 percent given by the Greek government for the current year. The forecast was included in the Funds (World Economic Outlook report.

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From the Horses Mouth "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In a satirical spirit, the North Yorks Enquirer presents the one hundred and thirty-seventh in a continuing series of so-called Photoons cartoons developed from digital photographs highlighting the more amusing aspects of current affairs in North Yorkshire and far beyond.

Readers are left to place the protagonists in the context of news articles.



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The day after the night when protests in Kiev, Ukraine escalated... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The day after the night when protests in Kiev, Ukraine escalated and dozens were killed a rally took place in front of the Ukrainian embassy in Berlin. The people were deep in shock and the atmosphere very silent. 02/19/2014.
#berlin #ukraine #embassy #grief #sadness #mood #speech #rally #protest #photojournalism #reportage #blackandwhite #documentary #journalism #photography #latergram #berlineransichten


German returns antique artifact to Greece; found during Wehrmacht works in Thessaloniki "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A German national has returned an antique artifact to Greece. The antique cup painted in black and with remains of decoration is in perfect form and dated back to the classical times of Ancient Greece. It was handed over to the Greek Embassy in Berlin by a German citizen. According to his own information, the

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German Recession Signal Soars to Danger Level as Global Woes Mount "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Germanys economic health, one of the best bellwethers of the broader health of the global economy, is starting to look decidedly shaky

By Ambrose Evans Pritchard and cross-posted from The Daily Telegraph

The economic outlook in Germany is deteriorating with alarming speed and any mistake by policy-makers could push the country into a full-blown slump, a leading economic institute has warned.

The danger of recession has increased markedly. It is a notably more critical picture than a month ago, said the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) in Dsseldorf.

The IMKs early warning indicator said the recession risk over the next three months has jumped suddenly to 32.4pc as trade tensions mount and liquidity ebbs away in the international financial system.

This is higher than in March 2008 when the pre-Lehman storm clouds were gathering and the country was already sliding into a slump, unbeknownst to Berlin at the time. It may be a false alarm but it clearly indicates that global growth is weaker than widely assumed just weeks ago.

What we have seen lately is a typical late-cycle constellation, with uncertainty from the financial markets having a self-reinforcing spillover into the real economy. It is not yet clear whether such a downward spiral has already begun. Everything must be done to avoid intensifying the uncertainty, it said.

Germany is heavily reliant on world trade and is therefore a bellwether for the broader health of the global economy. Its industrial sector lurched abruptly from boom to bust early in the last downturn and proved to be a leading indicator for the Great Recession

Continue reading the article (Behind DT Paywall)



Erdogan calls for snap elections citing political and economic issues "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

In a surprise move, Turkeys ruling Justice & Development Party (AKP) and its ally the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) agreed to hold snap parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24, 2018, seventeen months months before the scheduled date. Erdogan cited internal and external politicla issues as well as economic matters as reason for the snap

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Is the statue of US President Harry Truman the most hated in Athens? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Two days after the attempted vandalism on the statue of former US President Harry S Truman in downtown Athens, US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt went to check whether the statue was still standing unharmed in its position. The statue is a symbol of our alliance, Pyatt said and had a photographer shooting pictures of

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[Catalunya] Propuesta de creacin de un movimiento popular de la vivienda "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

download_1.pngEl mbito de Vivienda de Embat (Organizacin Libertaria de Catalua) se constituy hace unos meses y est formado esencialmente por militantes de base de varios grupos, sindicatos, asambleas o asociaciones vinculadas a la lucha por el derecho a la vivienda.


Theresa May's despicable response to the Windrush scandal "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The Tories know that their treatment of Windrush citizens has been absolutely despicable, but instead of taking personal responsibility for it and resigning, they've resorted to the most ridiculous campaign of bluster, smears, misrepresentations, and outright lies.

The absurd Data Protection excuse

When a whistleblower revealed that the Tories had deliberately destroyed the archive of landing cards from the Windrush generation the first Tory instinct was to lie their way out of trouble.

The Tories initially tried to claim that the archives were destroyed because of Data Protection concerns.

The first thing to note is that this is a Tory government that wilfully sold off our private NHS medical data to drug companies and health insurers without our consent. To hear them suddenly pretending that they care about data protection laws is most absurd.

The next thing to note is that Data Protection rules have a very clear exemption for material of historical importance. You'd have to be completely cracked to imagine that the boarding cards of the Windrush generation who came to help Britian rebuild after WWII had no historical significance whatever and needed to be lobbed into a skip.



Cap a un Moviment Popular de lHabitatge "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

download.png Llanem una proposta que valorem com a necessria per organitzar-nos millor i construir #PoderPopular en la lluita pel dret a lhabitatge. Aqu podeu llegir el qu, el perqu i el com de la proposta #CongrsHabitatge #ConstruimMPH #MovimentPopularHabitatge.


Who dominates Syria? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Things are getting scary what do you think Trump's safe word is? #Syria IN THE NOW (@IntheNow_tweet) April 17, 2018


Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel As a Matter of Policy "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen through the view-finder of a video camera as he speaks during a Likud faction meeting in the Knesset, Israels parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Netanyahu hinted Monday that Israel might soon release tens of millions of dollars owed to the Palestinians, according to officials who heard him testify before an influential parliamentary panel. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Unfair media coverage is not fueled by the simplistic notion of clever Israel, imprudent Arabs. Western media is actively involved in shielding Israel and enhancing its diminishing brand, while painstakingly demolishing the image of Israels enemies.

The term media bias does not do justice to the western corporate medias relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, aimed at guarding Israel and demonizing Palestinians.

The current disgraceful coverage of Gazas popular protests indicates that the medias position aims at suppressing the truth on Palestine, at any cost and by any means.

Political symbiosis, cultural affinity, Hollywood, the outreaching influence of pro-Israel and Zionist groups within the political and media circles, are some of the explanations many of us have offered as to why Israel is often viewed with sympathetic eyes and Palestinians and Arabs condemned.

But such explanations should hardly suffice. Nowadays, there are numerous media outlets that are trying to offset some of the imbalance, many of them emanating from the Middle East, but also other parts of the world. Palestinian and Arab journalists, intellectuals and cultural representatives are more present on a global stage than ever before and are more than capable of facing off, if not defeating, the pro-Israeli...


Germany abolishes systematic border controls for flights from Greece "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The German Ministry of Interior has decided to abolish the systematic border control checks for airline passengers coming from Greece, German media report on Wednesday citing a relevant report by French news agency AFP. According to the same information, German Interior Minister Horst Seehoffer has reportedly informed the European Commission about the decision is, while

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Who were the 18 MPs who bravely voted against Theresa May's anti-immigrant lunacy in 2014? "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Back in 2014 the then Home Secretary Theresa May introduced new immigration rules designed to create a 'hostile environment' for immigrants. The introduction of these harsh new immigration rules was clearly a ploy to appeal to the extreme-right ultranationalist demographic, and it coincided with a significant upsurge in anti-immigrant rhetoric from the Tories, and especially from Theresa May.

In light of the Windrush scandal the Tories simply cannot pretend that they were not warned about the serious consequences of this piece of legislation. They were warned, and these warnings are recorded on the Hansard parliamentary record.

During the debate Diane Abbot raised concerns that these harsh new powers could have negative impacts on could have on "people who are British nationals, but appear as if they might be immigrants" (people like the Windrush generation and other perfectly legal migrants from the Commonwealth).

Theresa May completely dodged this question with the kind of evasive waffle we've all become so familiar with since she became Prime Minister.

The Lib-Dem MP Sarah Teather (who went on to quit parliament in disgust at...


More and More People in Spain Are Being Accused of Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

The trial of eight people accused of terrorism for allegedly beating up two policemen in the Navarra region began Monday amid sharp criticism from Amnesty International the charges are inappropriate.

Cross-posted from

Prosecutors are seeking a total of 375 years in prison for the accused,  aged between 21 and 31 years old, on charges of inflicting injuries of a  terrorist-nature and issuing terrorist threats, alleging an atmosphere of  constant harassment and pressure against police forces in the area.

But the defence argues this was a mere bar brawl in October 2016 in  Alsasua, a town in Navarra, the northern region in Spain that neighbours the  Basque Country and which Basque separatists including armed group ETA   have long laid claim to.

The trial comes as critics raise the alarm over what they say is the  disproportionate use of counter-terrorism laws in Spain, just days after a  woman was arrested for terrorism in a probe on pro-independence activists in  Catalonia who staged protests, including road blockades.

A judge subsequently released her and dropped the charge, opting for the  lesser offence of public disorder.

The two policemen allegedly beaten up in 2016 were off duty and had gone to  the bar with their girlfriends, when they were reportedly set upon by locals  in a fight that saw one of the officers go to hospital with a broken ankle.

In its ruling sending the case to trial, a judge from Spains National  Court, which deals with terror cases, said that at least two of the accused  were part of a movement seeking to drive police out of town.

These types of movements were actively promoted by ETA when it targeted  Spanish security forces, which it wanted out of what it considered its  country.

Ruben Mugica, lawyer for the Covite association of ETA victims that brought  the case to court, said the severe charges were justified by the context in  which the attack happened.

He told Spanish radio that the atmosphere of permanent harassment during  the decades of ETAs violent separatist campaign was still alive in some  places today

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Famed War Reporter Robert Fisk Reaches Syrian Chemical Attack Site, Concludes They Were Not Gassed "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

by Tyler Durden

Robert Fisks bombshell first-hand account for the UK Independent runs contrary to nearly every claim circulating in major international press concerning what happened just over week ago on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran British journalist found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but hes encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced the chaos of that night, but who say the gas attack never happened.

Fisk is the first Western journalist to reach and report from the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack widely blamed on Assads forces. Writing from Douma in eastern Ghouta, Fisk has interviewed a Syrian doctor who works at the hospital shown in one of the well-known videos which purports to depict victims of a chemical attack.

The Independent: Middle East Correspondent Robert Fisk in one of the miles of tunnels hacked beneath Douma by prisoners of Syrian rebels. (source: Yara Ismail via the Independent)

Importantly, the report, published late in the day Monday, is causing a stir among mainstream journalists whominutes after the Saudi-sponsored jihadist group Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) accused the Syrian Army of gassing civiliansbegan uncritically promoting the Assad gassed his own people narrative as an already cemented and proven fact based on the mere word a notoriously brutal armed group who itself has admitted to using chemical weapons on the Syrian battlefield in prior years. Also notable is that no journalist or international observer was anywhere near Douma when the purported chemic...


No jail for state official (66) caught with nearly 60,000 child pornography images and videos "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Brendan Phelan (66), with an address in Merrion Grove, Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin Photo: Collins CourtsBrendan Phelan (66), with an address in Merrion Grove, Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin Photo: Collins Courts

Isabel Hayes

A RETIRED senior civil servant in the Department of Health and Children, who was caught in possession of nearly 60,000 child pornography images and videos, has avoided jail.

Brendan Phelan (66) was today given a suspended three-year sentence in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after he pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography at his home on March 26, 2013.

Phelan, with an address in Merrion Grove, Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin, admitted to garda that he had a fair bit of child pornography relating to young boys when his home was raided five years ago.

He is a retired principal officer with the Department of Health and Children, the court heard.

Most of the images and clips were naturist, the court heard, but others showed pre-pubescent boys engaged in sexual behaviour.

Sentencing Phelan, Judge Martin Nolan noted that there was an unfortunate delay in bringing the case to court due to a lack of resources within the garda unit. As a result, Phelan was only charged last year.

Since his home was raided in 2013, he has attended counselling and rehabilitated himself, with a report handed into court showing he is at a low risk of re-offending.

Handing down the suspended sentence, Judge Nolan said the convi...



Theresa Mays husbands Investment Firm made a financial killing from the bombing of Syria "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

It is common knowledge that Theresa Mays husband Philip essentially acts as the unofficial advisor to the Prime Minister a fact proven by the former Conservative MP for Chichester, Andrew Tyrie, who said during a Newsnight profile of the PMs husband that Philip is clearly acting as, informally, an advisor to Theresa. Probably much like Denis did to Margaret Thatcher.

Whilst it is pretty obvious that almost all married couples act as informal advisors to each other in come capacity, Tyries admission that the Prime Ministers husband has such a great influence over his wifes decisions is made all the more worrying by the fact that Mr May who is a Senior Executive at a 1.4Tn investment firm stands to benefit financially from the decisions his wife, the Prime Minister, makes.

The fact that Philip May is both a Senior Executive of a hugely powerful investment firm, and privy to reams of insider information from the Prime Minister knowledge which, when it becomes public, hugely affects the share prices of the companies his firm invests in makes Mr Mays official employment a staggering conflict of interest for the husband of a sitting Prime Minister.

However, aside from the ease at which he is able to glean insider information from his wife about potential decisions which could go on to make huge profits for his firm, there is a far darker conflict of interest that has so far gone undiscussed.

Philip May is a Senior Executive of Capital Group, an Investment Firm who buy shares in all sorts of companies across the globe including thousands of shares in the worlds biggest Defence Firm, Lockheed Martin.

According to Investopedia, Philip Mays Capital Grou...


The BBC's antisemitism problem vol ll "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

It is completely dispiriting to read comments all over the blogosphere stating that all the fuss and furore over Labours antisemitism problem will make little or no difference. Not to the party itself, not to the thousands of new members, not to the voters, not to anyone.
The media is already losing interest. The debate in the HoC has come and gone. Corbyn has chuntered and mumbled, has walked out of the debate during some of the most impassioned speeches, has been heckled, has refused to participate in the debate himself, has stymied a forthcoming meeting with the mainstream Jewish community by insisting that the Jewish antisemitism-denying faction is present to shield him from reality, and is sitting tight until the fuss dies down. Which it will.

The media bears a huge responsibility for this state of affairs. Although the debate was impressive and emotional, much of it was irrelevant. Certainly the speeches by the Jewish and non Jewish MPs who had been bullied and abused online, them and their families threatened with rape or murder were affecting. But the only speech that got to the nub was one that hardly anyone else has highlighted. So Ill do it here.

"There is the frequent demonisation - the unique demonisation of the State of Israel, which happens only to the Jewish State. No other comparison happens wit any other country in the world. the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign represents a unique attack on Israel, and lends itself not just to anti Zionism but also to antisemitism. It is the attempted isolation of Israel through commerce, academia, and through culture. 
Isnt it incredible, that we would seek to isolate Israel to stop businessmen and women, to stop academics and to stop artists and musicians working in and working with the State of Israel. Increas...


Just imagine what could happen if Jeremy Corbyn became Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

It's a good job Theresa May is a "moderate" isn't it? Unlike that scary hard-left extremist Jeremy Corbyn.

Just imagine if Jeremy Corbyn got into power.

I bet he'd immediately invite bigoted Northern Irish terrorist-backed sectarians into his government.

I bet Corbyn would sell off our British public infrastructure to undemocratic nations like China and to tyrannical middle east dictatorships too, and then fight tooth and nail to stop it ever coming back under British control.

I bet he'd repeatedly try to bypass parliamentary democracy, then sneer at anyone who objected to his terrifying autocratic tendencies.

I bet Corbyn would use his mates in the media to continually smear the political opposition, attack judges and academics who dare to scrutinise what he's doing, and...


An Open Letter to the Opposition Leaders of SBC "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

An Open Letter to the Opposition Leaders of SBC


Councillor Steve SIDDONS [Labour]

Councillor Sam CROSS [Independent]

Councillor Mark VESEY [Green]


I address you in your respective rles as Group Leaders of the Labour Group, the Independent Group and the Green Party Group at Scarborough Borough Council.

I address you here, in the public domain, because I have no confidence that my emails sent to each of you will have reached you, due to unlawful interception by the Deputy Monitoring Officer, Mr David P. KITSON.

Reputation is defined, in law, as:

  • a persons [or organisations] good name, honour and what the community thinks of him/her/[it].

Surely, no right-thinking individual could uphold the view that the public perception (i.e. the reputation) of Scarborough Borough Council has been enhanced by the Leaders unsolicited and (I believe) unprecedented publication of a Press Release falsely announcing the death of a well-respected and popular member of the public.

Equally, no right-thinking individual could contend that the false announcement was without effect, or was neutral in its effect, on the reputation of the Council.

To deny that the Leaders conduct in the present matter has had a profoundly negative effect on the reputation of Scarborough Borough Council would be to disregard the natural and ordinary meaning of the word reputation, in the English language.

It is self-evident to me that the Leaders conduct amounted to an action which could only be characterised as bringing the Council into disrepute and, indeed, evidence of this negative effect on the reputation of the Council has been widely-manifested on social media and in casual conversations throughout the Borough.

People, quite rightly, are appalled.

Ones sympathies go out to the (now) deceaseds family and close connections.

In my view (though you may disagree; you may feel that the Leader is above the law?), the Leaders action could reasonably be regarded as an infraction of the Code of Conduct for Members of Scarborough Borough Council, under Article 7, which states:...


How to get rid of bad breath: Sip more of this hot drink for an alternative to mouthwash "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

BAD BREATH can be embarrassing as well as a sign of poor hygiene. Brushing your teeth and cleaning your tongue are the first steps to curing your odour, but an expert in nutritionist recommends sipping on a particular drink to get rid of the bad smell in your mouth................



Fluoridation of water in Uintah County has been a hot topic of debate over the last month and one that has come to an end. According to Uintah County Clerk/Auditor Mike Wilkins, the sponsors of the initiative emailed Wilkins informing him that they had discontinued gathering signatures and would not be turning in their packet. Monday was the deadline for signature packets. Wilkins had received the application to gather signatures for Fluoridation of the public water supplies for the Central Utah and the Ashley Valley Water Districts of Uintah County earlier this year. 

The application had five sponsors including local dentists and doctors. If the group had acquired the required 1,618 signatures, the question of whether to fluoridate public water would have been included on the November 2018 election ballot. Shortly after the sponsors began gathering signatures, a group of locals organized an effort to shut down the water fluoridation pursuit. The group gathered a following on their Facebook page under Uintah County Citizens Against Public Water Fluoridation and held multiple public meetings about their efforts. Wilkins did not specify any reason as to why the sponsors of the initiative discontinued their effort.


Frome Stop War will be hosting its third Media on Trial event this May. Our venue on this occasion will be the City of Leeds at the historic Leeds City Museum. "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

See here for full details and booking.

We will be hosting our expert panel Former UK Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, independent investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley, Professor of Politics Society and Political Journalism at Sheffield University, Piers RobinsonTim Hayward, Professor of  Environmental Political Theory at Edinburgh University, Media Analyst and Blogger, Robert Stuart, and Independent Journalist, Broadcaster and Radio Show host Patrick Henningsen.

We will also have a special guest speaker to be announced shortly.

The panel of experts will this time focus on the medias propensity to either embed its journalists directly with terrorist forces, most notably Channel 4s Krishnan Guru-Murthy embedded with Nour  Al Zinki  in Syria, or disseminate material directly from terrorist sources.  In Syria, the White Helmets have been overwhelmingly the source from which establishment and corporate media have taken their information. Previous reporting from Libya in 2011 followed a similar pattern when the BBCs Ian Pannell was embedded with Islamic extremist, anti-government forces, while the overwhelming media narrative complied with information from those same sources.

The question therefore arises, by aligning itself to terrorist organisations, by gaining entry into sovereign nations by way of these forces and by reporting their line while misleading the general public that they are merely Activists or Opposition forces, has the mainstream print and broadcast media acted in contravention of the UK Terrorism Act?

This is a question our experts will analyse and hope to provide some clarification for audience members and those who, given the dubious regime change reporting of the 21st Century so far, would like to see the Media on Trial.



Spycop Inquiry: six more cover names released "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Yesterday, the public inquiry into undercover policing published the cover names of six more officers from Britains political secret police units. The newly released cover names are: David Robertson. Groups: Vietnam Solidarity Campaign, Banner Books, 1970 1973 Alan Nick Nicholson. Groups: British National Party, 1990 1991 Jaqueline Anderson. Groups: Reclaim the Streets, Earth


Kevin Annetts Love Letterand a Confession "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Three years ago TO THE DAY I wrote my first WordPress article about Kevin Annett.  Back then I was writing about Kevins claims that the government was trying to kill the natives with the Tamiflu Vaccine (pfft) and the discovery of childrens bones at Brantford.  The blog in that time has over 120 articles to Read More Kevin Annetts Love Letterand a Confession


Syria SITREP three useful sources to debunk the nonsense (UPDATED) "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Frankly, my blog is aimed at an adult audience with a graduate-level college education or equivalent, capable of critical and logical thought and free from the kind of mental prolefeed

Tuesday, 17 April


Syrian War Report April 17, 2018: Syrian Forces Repel More Missile Strikes "IndyWatch Feed Europe" Last night, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) repelled another missile attack allegedly carried out by the Israeli military. Missiles were intercepted in two areas: Near Shayrat military airfield


Applause in the HoC "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

I watched Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons this afternoon.

No, not the emergency debate  secured by Corbyn .....
 calling for a new War Powers Act that would require Parliament to be consulted on military intervention.
As it happens, I did watch that one (which seemed to be eating into the time allocated for the following one) while waiting for the advertised business, the debate about antisemitism. (Click to view the whole thing)

Many of the most significant speeches are on Youtube already, and Guido has some of them on his site, where I notice the comments are disabled. Thats unusual for Guido. I wonder why. No I dont.

Apparently Jeremy Corbyn was Chuntering" during the speeches (before he left the chamber)

....but  warned he wont take part

Luciana Berger got a round of applause, and



#vienna #wien #austria #flower #blackandwhite #mood #latergram "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

#vienna #wien #austria #flower #blackandwhite #mood #latergram


Encuentros cratas. Ciclo: Mijal Bakunin. 1era Sesin. Abril 19 de 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

encuentro_crata._bakunin.jpgTenemos el gusto de invitarles a participar del Ciclo Mijal Bakunin de los Encuentros crtas organizados por el Grupo Libertario Va Libre. La primera sesin: Acercamiento a su biografa, se desarrollara el prximo jueves 19 de abril a las 6 pm en la Fundacin Prosiembra (Calle 31 a #16-23)


Turkish F-16s harass helicopter transferring PM Tsipras in South Aegean "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Turkish fighter jests harassed the Greek Air Force helicopter that was transferring Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Chief of General Staff Admiral Evaggelos Apostolakis to the islands of Kastellorizo, Ro and Rhodes early Tuesday afternoon. Claiming that the Chinook was flying in Turkish Air Space, the asked it to submit a flight plan or

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Syrian Chemical Victims Suffered from Dust Inhalation, Reports Say "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

A report by the Independents veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk quotes doctors in Douma saying victims suffered from dust inhalation and that a member of the White Helmets caused panic by falsely shouting, Gas! in a triage center.

By Caitlin Johnstone and cross-posted from Consortium News

We are now being told (and I assure you I am not making this up) that if the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons doesnt find evidence that the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapons attack in Douma last week, its because Russia hid the evidence.

It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site, reports U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Ward. It is our concern that they may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission to conduct an effective investigation.

I guess the idea is that this international top-level investigative team on which tremendous credibility has been placed by the western world can be thwarted by Russians showing up with a Hoover and spraying some Febreze in the air like a teenage stoner when mom comes home? Im not sure, but given the immense dearth of evidence weve been seeing in support of the establishment Douma narrative and the mounting pile of evidencecontradicting it, it sure does sound fishy.

Now that the jihadist-occupied suburb of Douma has been retaken by the Syrian government, western journalists have been allowed in to poke around and start asking questions, and so far it isnt looking great for the propaganda machine.

Dust Not Gas

The Independents Robert Fisk has published a report which affirms the story so many westerners have been dismissing as Kremlin propaganda for days now after interviewing a doctor from the hospital of the area where the Douma attack was supposed to have occurred. Dr Assim Rahaibani to...


Macron say France on Greeces side if any threats in Eastern Mediterranean "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Alliance between France and Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. French President Emmanuel Macron sent a clear message of commitment to support Greece in case it faces any threats. Speaking at the European Parliament on Tuesday, Macron said among others We are on the side of any EU member receiving threats. I told so Alexis

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Greeks, foreigners arrested for cultivating cannabis worth 4 million euros "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Greek police cracked down a criminal gang cultivating cannabis and turned into expensive crystalline hemp in Athens. It is one of the biggest drugs trafficking gangs operating in Greece, its members are form Greece, Vietnam, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. The financial benefits for the gang members estimated to be at least four million

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Tsipras in symbolic Kastellorizo: We dont negotiate, we dont trade a span of soil "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Kastellorizo 23 April 2010 and 17 April 2018: Eight years ago, it was Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou who had chosen the remote island of Kastellorizo to announce that Greece had surrendered to the International Monetary Fund and the bailout agreements. On 17. April 2018, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras chose again this small island to to

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30 kg of plastic bags killed whale washed ashore on Santorini "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

More than 30 kg of plastic, mainly plastic bags, were found in the stomach of the whale that was washed out on the island of Santorini last week. The conducted autopsy showed that the huge mammal died of a gastric shock. The whale was unable to digest or excrete the rubbish through its digestive system.

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