Would you like more guilt with that, Herr…?

February 19th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


“without the Holocaust of the Jews, Israeli policy would not see itself as entitled – or forced to ride over the human rights of the Palestinians and the inhabitants of Lebanon.”

Without the Holocaust, the document adds, Israel would not have enjoyed the same material and political support from the U.S. The researchers told Haaretz this also applies to support from Germany.

“So it is not only Israel which can lay claim to special consideration on the part of Germany. As Germans we share not only a responsibility toward Israel’s existence, but also for the living conditions of the Palestinian People,” the scholars concluded.

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Labels: Germany, Israel, Palestine

Incompetent Police

February 19th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


An Israeli general wanted for alleged war crimes escaped arrest in the UK because British police feared an armed confrontation at Heathrow airport.
Documents seen by BBC News reveal that Major General Doron Almog was flown back to Israel after officers refused to board his plane in September 2005.

He stayed on board for two hours after a tip-off that he was facing detention.

Police were concerned about a potential clash with Israeli air marshals or armed personal security on the plane.

Officials tipped off the general and he and his wife refused to leave the El Al flight for the two hours it sat at the London airport’s terminal.

The documents now show Det Supt John MacBrayne, who was responsible for the operation, could not get confirmation that his team had the right to board the plane.

El Al, Israel’s national airline, had refused permission.

I find it hard to believe that police going to arrest someone as they are getting off a plane at an airport and no-one thought to ask “what do we do if he won’t get off?”
Incredible. It really is.

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Israel has no war criminals…
Israeli fearful of war crimes accusations

Labels: Israel, The Police

Why let good money go to waste

February 18th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Chairman Mao


Not in the mood

February 18th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

The world can piss off today. But you, can go and read one of these, if you want:

Chicken Yoghurt
Criag Murray
Mike Power
Desert Peace


Iain talks the talk..

February 15th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

…but nothing will change.
Iain Dale:

I think I am often far too lax at letting insulting comments through. It’s not done deliberately; it’s usually a question of not having enough time to read each and every comment in full. If I’m busy I’ll skim read and if I don’t see an f*** or worse, it often gets through.

Many people who comment on here do so anonymously because they are civil servants or cannot be identified for other reasons. Others use the anonymous facility to hurl abuse. I believe in freedom of speech and hate censoring, but I know I must be harder on anonymous comments, and I shall try to be.

Update: Screen shot removed because my comment was let through. Whether Iain read it or not is another thing…

Labels: Blogging, Twats That Talk Bollox

With friends like these…

February 15th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

The Guardian:

Saudi Arabia’s rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.

Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced “another 7/7” and the loss of “British lives on British streets” if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence.

Labels: Law/Legal, Saudi Arabia

Iraq Anniversary Blogswarm

February 15th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Iraq Blogswar

19 March is the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
Not much to celebrate really, is there.

This blogswarm will promote blog postings opposing the war in Iraq and calling for a full withdrawal of foreign occupying forces in Iraq. Five years of an illegal and catastrophic war is five years too many. On the March 19 anniversary of the conquest of Iraq by the Bush Administration, there needs to be a loud volume of voices countering the pro-war propaganda from far too many politicians and corporate media outlets.

Via Justin

Labels: Blogging, Iraq

Earning respect

February 14th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

“I’m not ‘man’, I’m not ‘dude’. I am Officer Rivieri!”

Not anymore.

Via Bloggerheads

Labels: The Police

Ahmadinejad to visit Baghdad

February 14th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

I bet the Yanks don’t have a problem with ‘friendly’ fire that day.


Labels: Ahmadinejad, Iran, Iraq

More data does a runner

February 14th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


A laptop containing the medical records of more than 5,000 patients has been stolen from a hospital, it was revealed today.

The computer was taken from the outpatients department at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, West Midlands, on January 8.

It contains a database with information on 5,123 anticoagulation patients, the hospital said.

Letters have been sent to those affected and police have launched an investigation.

A username password is needed to get into the laptop and another username and password is needed to open the database, apparently.

I hope they were one of the more imaginative public servants.

Labels: Government, Health

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