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The Jehoshua Novels

Tony Benn dies aged 88

Former Labour politician and cabinet minister dies at the age of 88 at his home in west London, surrounded by family members

The Telegraph, By Peter Dominiczak & agencies, March 14

Tony Benn, the veteran Labour politician, has died at the age of 88.

The former cabinet minister, who served as an MP for more [...]

‘Why Have You Gone to Russia Three Times in Two Months?’—Heathrow Customs Agent Interrogates Snowden Lawyer

The Dissenter/Firedoglake


Radack said she was “stone face cold” during the interrogation but afterward was shaking and in tears. “How did he know to bring up those names?”

Notably, Radack mentioned she was told she was on an “inhibited persons list.” Jennifer Robinson, an Australian human rights lawyer who has represented WikiLeaks, discovered she [...]

Cameron urges fracking opponents to ‘get on board’

BBC – Councils that back fracking will get to keep more money in tax revenue, David Cameron has said as he urged opponents to “get on board”.

The prime minister said English local authorities would receive all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes – rather than the usual 50%.In a visit to a [...]

Northern Ireland talks collapse as main unionist parties reject Haass proposals

David Ford, the Alliance leader, accuses main loyalist parties of pandering to extreme elements of their constituencies.

The Guardian, By Henry McDonald, December 31

Marathon all-night negotiations in Belfast to resolve outstanding peace process issues in Northern Ireland have broken up without reaching an agreement.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said it was disappointing, but [...]

Alan Turing, British code-breaker castrated for homosexuality, receives pardon

CNN, By Jethro Mullen, December 24

Alan Turing, a British code-breaker during World War II who was later subjected to chemical castration for homosexual activity, has received a royal pardon nearly 60 years after he committed suicide.

Turing was best known for developing the Bombe, a code-breaking machine that deciphered messages encoded by German machines. [...]

Cameron must answer for deaths in Syria

PM Cameron must answer for his role in Syrian deaths Image

British Prime Minister David Cameron called for answers from the Syrian government for the death of a British doctor in a Syrian jail. In a letter to the doctor’s mother, the PM said: “Abbas’ death is a sickening and appalling tragedy and it [...]

US and UK suspend non-lethal aid for Syria rebels

(BBC) – FSA fighters and civilians at the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey (file) SMC fighters were reportedly “asked” to leave Bab al-Hawa by the Islamic Front

The US and UK governments have suspended all “non-lethal assistance” for the opposition in northern Syria.

A US embassy spokesman in Ankara said the decision was made [...]

Church of England approves female bishops plan

General Synod votes in favour of proposals to bring women into episcopate by overwhelming majority

The Guardian, By Sam Jones, November 20

The Church of England is on course to give its final approval to female bishops next year after its General Synod voted in favour of new proposals to bring women into the episcopate, [...]

The lost generation: The kids brought up to feel as if they’re failing – from school to TV shows like The Apprentice and The X Factor

The Independent – On one side of the Atlantic, an academic survey reveals the pain of privilege for the children of moneyed families. Here, a former Prime Minister, who once promised to deliver a genuinely classless society, has described the continuing – indeed, growing – power of the affluent and privately educated in this country [...]

Yearnings for past glories

Over the past few days in Sri Lanka, the heads of the British Commonwealth met. Except some chose to boycott it. Some had even left such as Gambia. Roger Boyes in the Times stated that it is a“a country club for corrupt leaders”

Sri Lanka was hoping hosting CHOGM would infer legitimacy for its government [...]

Now it’s the UK caught spying on Germany

British Prime Minister David Cameron just got caught with both hands in the cookie jar. The Germans called in the British ambassador and asked for an explanation. One answer that won’t fly is – ‘Look, you know that we’ve been doing this for years. What’s your problem?’

Apparently, the German Prime Minister, Angela [...]

United Healthcare’s global healthcare chief becomes new UK NHS boss

BBC – …As the new chief executive of NHS England,Mr. Simon Stevens will have control over the day-to-day running of the health service. Mr Stevens had offered to take a 10% pay cut in the first year due to “NHS spending pressures”, NHS England said.

From 2001 to 2004 he worked directly with Tony Blair [...]

UK Press Wars Go Global

“The British papers are the best in the world, and the worst in the world, sometimes in the same edition.” – Alistair Campbell, CNN October 7.

So on Oct 9, the Daily Mail lived up to Alistairs’ op-ed: Calls grow to prosecute Guardian over spy leaks: Now Clegg and May join condemnation of paper.

International [...]

David Cameron on “this small island” (a Russian official slur, allegedly)

Cameron is one lucky s.o.b. the British Parliament demobilized him on Syria, and even luckier to have been set up for this by Russia

Don’t think he quite carries it off,but it was on three hours sleep…


David Frost, veteran British broadcaster, dies at 74

CNN, By Khushbu Shah, Josh Levs & Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, September 1

Veteran British broadcaster David Frost, best known for his series of interviews with disgraced U.S. President Richard Nixon, has died. He was 74.

His death was reported by the BBC, which aired many of his shows, and by Al Jazeera English, where he also [...]