Journalist gets prevention of harassment notice issued by police dropped. After two years. The notice was issued after he asked a convicted criminal some questions by sending two emails and doorstepping once. For more click here.
#ThisIsACoup - a new four part documentary about how the European Union waged war on the democratically elected Greek government. But the question is: why did Greek's governing Syriza Party ignore the people and cave in to the EU's demands?
Made last year, the documentary Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis, is a very interesting watch. Click here to view.
Bitter Lake is a very artistically made documentary using archive footage. It's about the rise of Wahhabism, a branch of Sunni Islam. Saudi Arabia, who are supported by the West and the USA, funded Wahhabism schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Due to a variety of factors, these schools helped fuel the rise of nihilistic Islamic ideas and groups such as Al Quaeda and IS.
The USA wanted to team up with Saudi Arabia to defeat Soviet Communists in Afghanistan but they didn't seem to foresee the rise of Wahhabism and its nihilistic offshoots. Instead Western leaders like Tony Blair were busy constructing over-simplified narratives of good vs evil to explain the problems in the Middle East, and missed developing a deeper, more precise understanding of political and religious developments.
Interestingly, at one point, Curtis says that British the West has a vacuum at the heart of it's ideology. It champions democracy without knowing why. The film doesn't link islamic nihilism with western nihilism though, or address the fact that alot of ISIS jihadis were born and bred in the West. Bitter Lake Part 2?
Parliamentary ethics organisation defends politicians and, journalism ethics organisation defends journalists in undercover tv sting operation about MPs. So independent validation mania means everybody's right! For more, click here.
Two Italian journalists who wrote books based on leaked Vatican papers are being prosecuted by the Vatican court for the way they obtained the papers. For more read here. Photograph of journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi.
Contrary to Dominic Lawson writing in the Daily Mail, it's not Europe's lack of internal border controls and free movement between countries that enables terrorism. Nobody says that about the lack of borders inside the enormous territory of other countries bigger than Europe eg the USA? For more, click here. Photo: London's Southbank lit up with France's Tricolour flag. Remember: some of the key players are home grown terrorists.
'Whatever may eventually turn out to be the identities of the Paris killers, until now, the problem of terrorism in Europe has not been created by terrorists smuggling themselves onto refugee boats.
It has, rather, mostly been the work of home-grown jihadis. The Kouachi brothers, for instance, who were responsible for the Charlie Hebdo killings in January, were born and raised in Paris.
So was Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who, that same weekend, attacked a kosher supermarket in Paris and killed four Jews. Three of the four suicide bombers responsible for the 7/7 attack on London tubes and a bus were similarly born in Britain.
Most of the 4,000 or so Europeans who have joined ISIL as fighters have been European-born, and many have been professionals and well-integrated into society.
Pointing the finger at refugees not only sidesteps the problem of home-grown jihad, but it also foments more anti-immigrant hatred, further polarising European societies.' - Kenan Malik, author, UK.
British government supports the UK staying signed up to the European Court of Human Rights. And now 'Freedom of expression' will get explicit legal support. Better but not far enough. For more click here. Photo: Selfie at the Conservative Party conference just after David Cameron, the Prime Minister spoke, 2015