Convention set up to reform Irish constitution recommends that same-sex couples get full marriage equality
The Guardian, By Henry McDonald, April 14
Ireland is to hold a referendum on legalising gay marriage after a special convention set up to reform the Irish constitution recommended that same-sex couples in the republic be recognised in law.
Thatcher “Death Parties” and the New Era of Never Forgetting
Margaret Thatcher was the first woman chief executive of a Western democracy, conqueror of the Falklands, and the vanquisher of the British left and working class – a capitalist hero.
Her legacy is evaporating faster than the reviews of the dreadful Iron Lady staring [...]
(BBC) – Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died at 87 following a stroke, her spokesman has said.
Lord Bell said: “It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.”
Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990.
** UK: – British troops recount human rights abuses at US detention facility in Iraq, British soldiers and airmen tell of prisoners brought in by SAS and SBS snatch squads being hooded and given electric shocks ** US: Judge rules Stockton, Calif., to enter bankruptcy, A judge accepted the California city of Stockton’s bankruptcy application [...]
BBC, March 3
Britain cannot rule out providing arms to the Syrian opposition in the future, Foreign Secretary William Hague says.
The situation in Syria now is “too dangerous to the peace and security of that entire region, and thereby to the world, to ignore it”, he said.
His words come after Syrian President Bashar [...]
Vatican confirms priests’ written allegations against Cardinal Keith O’Brien have been received and issue is in pontiff’s hands
The Guardian, By Severin Carrell, Catherine Deveney, John Hooper and Sam Jones, February 24
Pope Benedict XVI is considering how to respond after being told about allegations that the UK’s most senior Catholic has been accused of [...]
Independent, By Jeremy Laurance
The first case of human to human transmission of a potentially fatal respiratory illness similar to the deadly Sars (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) was confirmed in Britain today.
The patient is in a stable condition in intensive care in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, and is believed to have caught the infection [...]
‘sede vacante’ continues… Yum but Oh dear. Grand Mistresses of the Amazon Young men who look like a Muslim should not fly Thailand says Al-Qaeda & Salafist terrorist groups may attack US consulate “Mr Beans” £910,000.00 F1 rebuild Scottish independence will need international jurisprudence 9 years ago meet al Ikhbariya Obama rebukes North Korea over [...]
Lenin said it, we believe it, that settles it.
In the aftermath of the SWP-UK implosion over rape allegations comes the usual lengthy, tedious, rote apologia for Leninism and Socialism. Raise the banner high, mates, we shall triumph over the capitalists and their running dog apologists by consulting the dusty tomes to determine what [...]
The Guardian reports that Cameron is ready to send troops into Afrighanistan, but not in a combat role – although that latter bit entirely depends on a cheating definition of “combat role” already used by the US in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Britain is prepared to take the risk of sending a “sizeable amount” of [...]
From the Guardian:
David Cameron will on Wednesday set a deadline to hold an in-out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union by the end of 2017 as he hardens his position on the issue that has bedevilled Tory leaders for a quarter of a century.
To the delight of Eurosceptics, the prime [...]
It’s a hell of a day when I find myself in agreement with the Taliban, but there you go.
Taliban leaders have fired back at Prince Harry over the royal’s comments that piloting a helicopter in Afghanistan, where he says he killed insurgents during his recent tour of duty, is like playing a video [...]
As French toops in Mali pursue Islamist rebels who seem to be heading for bastions in the remote Northern mountains, the UK prime minister David Cameron has referenced the Algerian hostage standoff to make clear that North Africa is the West’s new stage and theater for the Forever War. The bold emphasis is mine.
Unionist Kevin McKenna has (almost) seen the light — and is speaking gospel — re: Scottish independence:
Last year, over coffee in Glasgow, I was discussing the strategy of the Better Together camp with a prominent Labour politician. I suggested to him that Labour’s problem in Scotland is that they had to develop a [...]
Fears of terrorist reprisals in Europe rise as more than 120 reported dead after French air strikes on extremists
The Observer, By Peter Beaumont, Cass Jones & Kim Willsher, January 12
Paris – Britain announced on Saturday night that it was deploying aircraft to assist French military operations against Islamist rebels in Mali as an [...]