The director of public prosecutions rejected the advice of one of the country’s principal authorities on sex offences when she ruled that Lord Janner of Braunstone should not be charged with child abuse.
Eleanor Laws, QC, was leading counsel to Leicestershire police’s investigation into the veteran Labour peer and recommended that he be put on trial despite his age and dementia.
There is recent precedent — Michael Collingwood was convicted in his absence by Exeter crown court in 2010 of abusing six young girls. Like Lord Janner the defendant was suffering from advanced dementia.
Alison Saunders ruled this week that because of Lord Janner’s illness it would not be in the public interest to prosecute despite there being sufficient evidence to charge him with 22 offences against nine alleged victims over three decades.
Mrs Saunders’s decision, which was communicated to police at the start of…
The following post is taken from the Ultra Zionist CIF Watch. The hawkish Israeli outlet is bragging today about its success in persuading The Guardian to remove The Wandering Who from its online book shop. Needless to say that The Wandering Who was published three years ago, it has been a best seller since then. It was translated into 12 languages and not a single claim referring to any form of hatred has been issued in the UK or anywhere else. The Wandering Who has been endorsed by the most impressive list of scholars and humanists. Seemingly, it doesn’t take much for The Guardian to shamelessly surrender to pressure made by supporters of ethnic cleansing Israel.
Yesterday, we posted about the sudden reappearance of a book by Gilad Atzmon at the Guardian’s online bookshop which they had removed back in 2011 (due to its extreme antisemitic content) following communication with this blog.
After emailing Guardian editors yesterday to ask about the reappearance of Atzmon’s book, we were informed that their online shop uses automated feeds, and that the removal of specific titles has to be done manually.
So, they again removed Atzmon’s book from their virtual shelves.
Here’s what you see when you open the link to the book.
We commend Guardian editors for the prompt removal.
Ernest Allen, President and CEO, ICMEC icmec.org, Mark Bergman, Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Whaton & Garrison Law Firm, Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE, Best selling author, Anne Bujon de l’Estang, Wife of the former French Ambassador to the United States
Professor Glenn Gebhard, Producer/director of documentaries and narrative films, Sir Christopher Meyer, Former Ambassador to the United States, Carmel M. Mulvany, UN Works Programme Project Manager, Adrian Oldfield, Senior Manager IT, Ernst & Young LLP
The minister admits that, at the age of 18, he worked at the school but says he has ‘no recollection’ of ever being alone with any pupil.The Mirror newspaper revealed in November 2014 how ‘Thomas’ accused detectives of refusing to question the minister.
4. There have been allegations of sexual abuse at Loretto school in Musselburgh.
In 2001, film director Don Boyd claimed he had been sexually abused by former master Anthony Ray-Hills.
Ray-Hills was charged with a string of sex offences but the case was dropped on grounds of his ill health.
Blair at Fettes (Website for this image). Scotland on Sunday revealed that the man who taught Tony Blair history, left Fettes following allegations including fondling boys while he caned them, watching children on the toilet and becoming aroused while meting out corporal punishment. 5. Tony Blair, who is sometimes known as Miranda, attended a private boarding school called Fettes, in Edinburgh.
One of the people Tony Blair had contact with at Fettes was Sir Knox Cunningham.
According to John Rentoul’s biography Tony Blair Prime Minister, Knox Cunningham would visit the school several times a year and he liked to visit the boys’ quarters.
Blair loved having discussions with Knox Cunningham.
John Rentoul quotes one of Blair’s contemporaries as saying: “Cunningham was the sort of man who liked boys.”
Jean and William Vahey, who may have been working for the CIA and its friends. 6. William James Vahey, an American, drugged and sexually abused large numbers of boys in the many international schools in which he taught.
Vahey taught at the Jakarta Iinternational School.
France asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stay away from a weekend solidarity march in Paris but he ignored the request and attended anyway, Israeli media reported.
The same message was conveyed to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a bid to avoid the commemoration of the 17 people killed in Islamist attacks in the French capital last week being clouded by the Middle East conflict, the reports said.
But when Netanyahu rejected the appeals of the French government, Abbas was swiftly invited, Channel Two television and Israeli newspapers reported.
President Francois Hollande had wanted to “focus on solidarity with France, and to avoid anything liable to divert attention to other controversial issues, like Jewish-Muslim relations or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” the liberal Haaretz newspaper reported.
There was also concern Netanyahu would use the event to “make speeches” as he prepares for a March 17 general election, in which he is seeking a fourth term.
The request to stay away was made by Hollande’s national security adviser, Jacques Audibert, to his Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen, and was initially accepted, Haaretz reported.
But on Saturday evening, the rightwing prime minister’s hardline rivals in the governing coalition, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, announced they would travel to Paris.
“When Netanyahu heard they were going, he informed the French he would be attending the march after all.”
Haaretz said that the prime minister’s actions had infuriated the French president, who had demonstrated his “anger” at a ceremony at Paris’s main synagogue to commemorate four Jews who were among those killed.
“Hollande sat through most of the ceremony, but when Netanyahu’s turn at the podium arrived, the French president got up from his seat and made an early exit.”
The mass circulation Yediot Aharonot newspaper also reported the apparent snub to the Israeli premier.
“Before Netanyahu began his speech, President Hollande left with his entourage… The impressive delegation of leaders from the Muslim community who attended the ceremony also chose to leave. They all, apparently, had prior commitments.”
Netanyahu’s conduct was widely criticised by Israeli commentators.
“It was embarrassing, not to say disgraceful, to see Israel’s prime minister yesterday trying to push his way onto a bus that he was not supposed to board, making his way determinedly from the second row (where he was placed) to the row of leaders walking in front (which he took over), behaving in a mourning parade as in an election rally,” Ben Caspit wrote in the rightwing Maarivnewspaper.
“The reprisal was not late in coming. President Francois Hollande fell on Abu Mazen’s (Abbas’) shoulders in a close embrace but greeted Netanyahu with a frozen hand.”
France angered Israel late last month by voting in support of a draft UN Security Council resolution on Palestinian statehood that would have set an end-date for Israeli occupation.
The text failed to secure the nine votes necessary to be adopted in the 15-member council but Israel called in the French ambassador to protest.
Internet users mock former French president Nicolas Sarkozy after he winds his way to the front of the Paris solidarity march
French President Francois Hollande is surrounded by head of states as they attend a solidarity march in the streets of ParisPhoto: PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AP
8:40PM GMT 12 Jan 2015
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was the butt of Internet jokes on Monday after he managed to shimmy his way to the front of the historic march in Paris.
A number of photoshopped images of the former leader appearing at world events emerged within hours of the march, complete with the hashtag #JeSuisNico.
The pictures show the ex-president at the fall of the Berlin Wall and behind the victorious French team from the 1998 World Cup.
Mr Sarkozy, who has recently returned to politics as head of the right-wing opposition UMP party, initially found himself a few rows back from the line of world leaders gathered for Sunday’s march against terrorism that is considered the biggest rally in modern French history.
However, he managed to subtly make his way forward with a few nifty manoeuvres captured in a series of photographs.
‘French President Francois Hollande did not want Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take part in the mass unity rally held in protest at recent killings in Paris, Israeli media say.
According to Israel’s Channel 2, Hollande sent a message to Netanyahu, asking him not to participate in the unity march as he believed the Israeli premier’s presence there would be “divisive.”
The report said Netanyahu at first accepted France’s request on Saturday, but he changed his mind later in the day after Israeli Minister for Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett announced they would attend the protest rally in the French capital’
In an unexpected turn in the fight against terrorism, former prime minister and UN Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair has told terrorists to take a leaf out of his book, and ignore the message of one million people marching through the streets.“It’s not very often I can sympathise with terrorists, other than the killing innocent people thing, but having one million people marching through the street is something they should ignore,” Mr Blair said.
“When one million people march against you, experience tells me it should strengthen your resolve. In fact if I hadn’t ignored one million people marching through the streets of London, these terrorists might not have jobs.”
The Unity March in France is to show the world, and extremists, that decent people shall not be broken by the consequences of a crazy, violent, blood-thirsty extremists that do not truly represent the people they claim to, or George Bush as he is also known.
The Football Association is investigating after Stoke defender Robert Huth appeared to respond to a Twitter account which posts sexual images of individuals and asks users to guess their gender.
The account invites users of the social media site to guess from cropped photographs of people in explicit poses whether those pictured have male or female genitalia.
A series of tweets posted from Huth’s official account shows the 30-year-old German apparently playing the game.
He has already received criticism from within the trans community and may face action from the FA, which it is understood is looking into the matter.
Stoke declined to comment when contacted by Press Association Sport on Friday.
In October the FA handed QPR defender Rio Ferdinand a three-match suspension, as well as a £25,000 fine, for comments he made on Twitter.
Ferdinand directed a jibe at a Twitter follower containing the word ’sket’, which is understood to be a slang term taken to mean a promiscuous girl or woman.
In its statement concerning the former England captain, the FA said Ferdinand’s comment had been ”abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper” and an aggravated breach as it ”included a reference to gender”.
One Twitter user, @queenthingy, wrote: ”It is clear that @stokecity cannot allow @robert_huth to continue his transphobic adventures. Club being put into disrepute.”
Another, @infuriousbeauty, stated: ”People might want to consider asking @stokecity football club why their player @robert_huth thinks it’s okay to bully trans people online.”
The United Nations Security Council has rejected a Palestinian resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation within three years, in a setback for efforts to get the UN’s most powerful body to take action to recognize an independent state of Palestine.
The United States, Israel’s closest ally, had made clear its opposition to the draft resolution and would have used its veto if necessary. But that proved unnecessary because the resolution failed to get the minimum nine “yes” votes required for adoption by the 15-member council.
Until shortly before the vote, council diplomats had expected the resolution to get nine “yes” votes. But Nigeria, which had been expected to vote “yes,” abstained.
The defeated resolution would have affirmed the urgent need to achieve “a just, lasting and comprehensive peaceful solution” to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict within 12 months and set a 31 December, 2017 deadline for Israel’s occupation to end.
It also called for an independent state of Palestine to be established within the 1967 Middle East borders – before Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem – and demanded “a just solution” to all other outstanding issues, including Palestinian refugees, prisoners in Israeli jails and water.
Jordan’s UN Ambassador Dina Kawar, the Arab representative on the Security Council, said after the vote: “The fact that this draft resolution was not adopted will not at all prevent us from proceeding to push the international community, specifically the United Nations, towards an effective involvement to achieving a resolution to this conflict.”
US Ambassador Samantha Power said: “We voted against this resolution not because we are comfortable with the status quo. We voted against it because … peace must come from hard compromises that occur at the negotiating table.”
Analysis of the 30 September 2013 BBC Panorama documentary 'Saving Syria's Children' and related BBC News reports, contending that sequences filmed by BBC personnel and others at Atareb Hospital, Aleppo on 26 August 2013 purporting to show the aftermath of an incendiary bomb attack on a school in Urm Al-Kubra are largely, if not entirely, staged.