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Danger is imminent, we need to bomb Syria – UK defense secretary

Danger is imminent, we need to bomb Syria – UK defense secretary

Ahead of the vote on expanding the UK’s air operation against Islamic State to Syria, the British defense secretary said terror attacks similar to Paris and Brussels could ‘easily happen’ in London. He called for preventive airstrikes on terrorists in Syria.

In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, Britain’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “The threat to the UK is extremely high. An attack is highly likely so we have to respond.”

“What happened in Paris and Brussels could easily happen in London,” Fallon said, adding that it could as well be Manchester or Glasgow.

The defense secretary urged against pulling punches against Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) terrorists.

“These aren’t people you can negotiate with. You can only deal with them by force,” he said.

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is already “making a difference in Iraq,” Fallon said, adding “we need to hit ISIL harder and deal with this death cult once and for all.”

The defense secretary’s interview comes a day after “Don’t Bomb Syria” mass protests in London, where thousands of protesters took to the streets to make their voices heard in a rally organized by the Stop the War coalition.

Read more https://www.rt.com/uk/323870-fallon-syria-military-operation/

Britain sends £5m foreign aid to Caribbean to teach FISHING… Whilst British families have their Tax Credits cut.

Britain sends £5m foreign aid to Caribbean to teach FISHING… Whilst British families have their Tax Credits cut.

Luxury, sought-after holiday islands including the Seychelles, Barbados, the Maldives and St Lucia, are among the 25 small islands set to benefit from the Commonwealth cash.

Downing Street announced the £5.6million cash injection will be used to improve fishing, tourism and shipping.

The countries are set to receive the windfall next year and David Cameron, speaking from Malta, who is is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, said he wanted the countries to be able to make the most of their natural maritime resources.Mr Cameron announced the handout while unveiling a £26million aid package to help tackle global warming ahead of a meeting of world leaders in paris on Monday.

Read more http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/622765/Britain-5m-foreign-aid-Caribbean-teach-FISH

ISIL Oil is Going to Turkey

ISIL Oil is Going to Turkey

In the wake of downing of the Russian Su-24 bomber jet by Turkish Air Force president  Putin claimed that Ankara appears to be an accomplice of terrorists, as it is purchasing oil in regions of Syria captured by extremists, and he is on solid ground in saying so, the German newspaper Bild reported.

Turkey has turned into a major consumer of oil from the so-called Islamic State extremist group, the author of the article continued. Turkish businessmen sign deals on oil purchases with jihadists, allowing them to get revenues of $10 million weekly.

The Kremlin long time ago obtained information that oil from ISIL-seized territories in Syria is being transferred to Turkey. And the fact that Russian Aerospace Forces started to conduct more attacks against ISIL infrastructure couldn’t be overlooked by Ankara.

According to Bild, Turkish policies regarding jihadists are not quite transparent: although Ankara provided Americans with opportunities to use the country’s airbase for launching attacks against ISIL positions, Erdogan allows terrorists sneaking into Syria to go through Turkey without hindrance.

Welcome to The New World Order – Creation of European Army backed by 36% of Brits

Welcome to The New World Order – Creation of European Army backed by 36% of Brits

Millions of British people would support a standing European Union (EU) military force, according to a study by polling firm YouGov.

Carried out on behalf of Cambridge University, the findings indicate 36 percent of people in the UK would support a pan-European military force, a conclusion which jars with widely-held perceptions of British Euroskepticism.

A further 36 percent did not know how they felt or had no strong leanings, while 29 percent said they were strongly opposed.

Unsurprisingly, UK Independence Party (UKIP) voters were the most opposed, with 51 percent against the idea, while 47 percent of Labour voters and 46 percent of Liberal Democrat voters backed the idea.

Conservative voters were 31 percent for and 36 percent against the idea of a combined European force.

A solid 60 percent majority felt the UK should work closely with European nations on broader issues of foreign policy in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Read more https://www.rt.com/uk/323671-european-union-army-poll/

Taking LSD for breakfast ‘can cure anxiety and insomnia

Taking LSD for breakfast ‘can cure anxiety and insomnia

It’s breakfast time. Would you rather A) have a cup of tea, or B) take the powerful hallucinogen which inspired most of the freakiest music of the Sixties?

If you answered B) you’re in good company.

A growing movement of people are ‘microdosing’ LSD in the morning – taking 10-15 micrograms, instead of the larger doses used for drug trips – and claim that it can cure anxiety and insomnia.

Psychedelics researcher Dr James Fadiman – who worked with LSD until it was banned until 1966 – said, ‘People do it and they’re eating better, sleeping better, they’re often returning to exercise or yoga or meditation. It’s as if messages are passing through their body more easily.

Fadiman told Vice, ‘This is total guesswork, but so many different conditions that I’ve seen are improved, it looks like it rebalances those pistons which are not in balance.

‘This may be in your central nervous system, it may be the brain stem, it may be that it’s improving function of mitochondria. One woman who had painful, crampy periods started microdosing and when her period came, she had no problems.’

Eight men quizzed by police probing claims of abuse at care home after calls for investigation by Lemn Sissay

Eight men quizzed by police probing claims of abuse at care home after calls for investigation by Lemn Sissay

Eight men have been questioned by police investigating claims of abuse at a children’s care home attended by the poet Lemn Sissay.

The men spoken to by detectives are all believed to have worked as carers at the Wood End Assessment Centre in Atherton, near Wigan, between the 1970s and 1990s.

They were not arrested but interviewed under caution over claims of abuse made by former residents. Most of the complaints are of physical assaults but there are also some claims of sexual abuse.

Detectives have now passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service for prosecutors to decide if any charges should be brought relating to the investigation.

Mr Sissay, 48, who was elected Chancellor of the University of Manchester earlier this year, was a teenager in the care system when he spent nearly a year at Wood End in 1984.

He has publicly denounced the regime and conditions at the centre and led calls for an investigation via articles on his blog and social media accounts.

Ten years ago he made a BBC TV documentary in which he discussed his experience at Wood End and he has written extensively about his time at the centre.

Read more http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/eight-men-quizzed-police-probing-10490254

Child sex abuse inquiry to focus on churches and politicians

Child sex abuse inquiry to focus on churches and politicians

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales will investigate allegations against politicians living and dead, and a variety of public institutions, in the first of 12 hearings into alleged abuse and cover-ups, the chair has said.

Judge Lowell Goddard revealed details of the first investigations to be carried out in public into child sexual abuse dating back decades. They cover institutions such as the Church of England, the Roman Catholic church, Westminster, children’s homes in Nottinghamshire and the London borough of Lambeth, child abuse on the internet, as well as grooming and sexual exploitation in Rochdale, Devon, Cornwall, Oxford and Rotherham.

The scale of the first 12 investigations to be announced – which will be followed by up to 13 more – was ambitious, Goddard admitted.

“To run 12 investigations in parallel represents an organisational challenge that is unprecedented in a public inquiry in the United Kingdom,” she said.

“We are determined to succeed and expect full co-operation of all institutions and individuals who can assist us in our work.”

While some of the investigations may take 18 months, others could last many years, but Goddard said she hoped to keep to her timetable of the inquiry lasting five years.

Goddard’s £17.9m investigation – the biggest public inquiry into institutional child abuse and accusations of establishment cover-ups ever held in England and Wales – will not be able to convict people or punish them. She has said, however, that she will not shrink from naming individuals who have abused children and the institutions which allowed it to happen.

Read more http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/27/child-sex-abuse-inquiry-to-focus-on-churches-and-politicians

Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children

Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children

For years health experts have been unable to agree on whether fluoride in the drinking water may be toxic to the developing human brain. Extremely high levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative impacts on memory and learning have been reported in rodent studies, but little is known about the substance’s impact on children’s neurodevelopment. In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children. Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored, and that more research on fluoride’s impact on the developing brain is warranted.

The study was published online in Environmental Health Perspectives on July 20, 2012.

The researchers conducted a systematic review of studies, almost all of which are from China where risks from fluoride are well-established. Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance in groundwater, and exposures to the chemical are increased in some parts of China. Virtually no human studies in this field have been conducted in the U.S., said lead author Anna Choi, research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH.

Read more http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/

5th September 2014 – ISIS: McCain says everyone in the National Security Team recommended arming ISIS

5th September 2014 – ISIS: McCain says everyone in the National Security Team recommended arming ISIS

 

Developments:  St Francis’ Boys Home / Jimmy Savile/ Purdews/ Henlow Grange/Vaz

Developments: St Francis’ Boys Home / Jimmy Savile/ Purdews/ Henlow Grange/Vaz

Between 1868 and 1974 Shefford was the site of St Francis’ Boy’s Home (orphanage) that was situated on High Street next to the Roman Catholic Church.   Savile used to regularly visit St Francis Boys Home.

Two men charged with abusing 26 boys at Bedfordshire boys’ home

Friday 20 November 2015

Two men have been charged with abusing 26 boys – some as young as five years old – at a Shefford boys’ home in the 1960s. The 25 boys were aged between five and 16.

The 18 sexual offences and 48 physical offences are alleged to have taken place at St Francis’ Boys Home, in Shefford, between 1963 and 1974, Bedfordshire Police said.

A 79-year-old man from Swaffham, Norfolk, is charged with 66 offences – 18 sexual and 48 physical – which are alleged to have taken place at St Francis Boys’ Home between 1963 and 1974.

 A 73-year-old man from Bedford has been charged with six sexual offences against four boys aged between 11 and 16.
 Both men will appear at Luton Magistrates’ Court on November 30.
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Background:

SHEFFORD BOYS HOME: Mystery of the missing police files and Jimmy Savile clipping

July 17, 2013

A COMPLAINT to Bedfordshire police has been made by a former resident of a boys home concerning missing files relating to previous inquiries.

Former residents of St Francis Boys Home in Shefford, which was run by the Catholic Church, are taking a ‘class action’ against the church over claims they were both physically and sexually assaulted.

Fr John Ryan

As reported by Bedfordshire on Sunday, one of the priests alleged to have abused children in the 1950s and 1960s, Father John Ryan, was twice interviewed by police concerning these allegations, in 1997 and 2003.

This newspaper interviewed Father Ryan in 2006 and put these allegations to him but he made no comment. He died in 2008.

 We also reported that there were accusations that boys who had run away from the home were taken back by police officers, and subsequently received even greater punishment and abuse.

Damian Chittock, who won damages from the church concerning abuse, has complained about the missing police files.

Bedfordshire Police said they have received a complaint and it was being investigated.

The police started a new investigation this year, after more former boys complained about abuse at the former orphanage run by the Northampton Diocese of the Catholic Church.

Damian Chittock said: It seems to me incredible that two files concerning very damning allegations can go missing. I worry about how seriously the police are taking these matters, which have blighted people’s lives for decades.”

Steve Lowe, group editor, said:“I believe more in the cock-up than conspiracy theory but losing both sets of files is worrying.

We also found that there was a picture of Jimmy Savile attending a VE commemoration day in Shefford, in April 1985, in the local paper of the time. He visited the home often, as there is a Catholic Church attached and Savile was a committed Catholic.

“We went to Bedford library and it had every copy of this paper since it started publishing until the present day, apart from the first half of 1985, which had gone missing.

“Another cock-up I guess but they do seem to be mounting.”

https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/east-england/central-bedfordshire/st-francis-boys-home-shefford/

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October 13, 2013

…This was the second time Father Ryan had been arrested as he was interviewed in 1997, following earlier complaints of both physical and sexual abuse at the home.These records also went missing. The files are relevant to a ‘class action’ legal case being taken against the church by many other former boys at the home, as Father Ryan is now dead and the statements could have been used in court.

Mr Chittock said: “I find it incredulous that your officers cannot find these files, that not only

include witness statements from at least three victims, but also the interview with Father John Ryan and 40 old boys that were interviewed in the original investigation in the 1990s.”

http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/Missing-Shefford-boys-home-abuse-case-files-destroyed/story-21724458-detail/story.html#ixzz2hnZa317H

Jimmy Savile link to ‘abuse’ orphanage prompts MP’s concern

20 February 2014

Ms Greening, MP for the south London constituency of Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, said in a letter to Mr McIntosh she had written to the Chief Constable “asking her to open a new investigation into the matter, including into a potential link with Jimmy Savile”.

She said she had also written to Home Secretary Theresa May over concerns Mr McIntosh had raised about the police inquiry into the orphanage and missing police files.

Mr McIntosh, who lives in Roehampton and went to St Francis in the early 1960s, said he was concerned about why files relating to a previous investigation went missing for months.

Bedfordshire Police started an investigation into new claims of abuse last May. In October police said it was thought the files had been destroyed but the following month police located the files.

Mr McIntosh said he wanted to know why the files from the 2002 investigation had gone missing and why the 2002 investigation failed to produce any prosecutions.

In a letter to Mr McIntosh, Ms Greening said she had written to Mrs May to “highlight your general concerns about previous investigations”.

Mr McIntosh said: “I hope it puts pressure on the police to be more efficient. There are a lot of questions to be answered. Why were the files not found?”

Since Savile’s death in 2011, hundreds of people around the country have reported abuse by the former presenter of Top of the Pops.

Mr McIntosh, who says he was physically abused at the home, said there are reports Savile was seen visiting the home in the 1950s.

He said he was also pleased Ms Greening had written to Ms May about the possibility of bringing a corporate manslaughter charge against the orphanage over the alleged abuse.

Last year (2013) a 77-year-old man, from Thetford, Norfolk, was arrested on suspicion of historical physical and sexual abuse at the home, while a 71-year-old man has been interviewed in connection with the investigation.

The home, which was run by the Northampton diocese of the Catholic church, closed in the mid-1970s.

The BBC has spoken to a number of former boys’ home residents who allege abuse at the hands of priests Fr John Ryan in the 1960s and Fr Wilfred Johnson in the 1950s.

The Northampton Diocese of the Catholic Church, which ran the home, has said it “deeply regretted” any hurt caused, but has stressed the “claims are not proven”.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-26258129

June 16, 2013

Bedfordshire on Sunday can now reveal that Savile used to regularly visit St Francis Boys Home.

He frequently stayed at Henlow Grange health farm, so much so that a wing at the spa was named after him.

Local Shefford historian Audrey White, 83, was photographed with Savile at the Shefford VE remembrance celebration in 1985.

Audrey said: “We thought he might be at The Grange as we knew he was a frequent visitor so we phoned the health farm and he was there, so we invited him to our celebrations. Mr Savile was very nice and said he would come along. He arrived on Sunday morning with two other men and agreed to be photographed with me and my husband. He stayed for a while, drew a poster for us and even made a donation”.

The Grange was first opened by Leida Costigan in 1961 as The Beauty Farm School of beauty and physical culture, the first of its kind in the country.

Savile has been accused of sexually assaulting minors while at The Grange and of molesting a former chambermaid of the health farm, who was 18 at the time.

A new children’s ward in Stoke Mandeville hospital, funded by Savile, was named St Francis Ward.

Another former boy spoke to us this week about the abuse at the home, especially by Father Ryan.

We interviewed Father Ryan in 2006 where he said he remembered some of the boys named to him but would not comment on allegations of abuse.

He had been arrested in 2003 and never charged and died in 2008.

Neither the Catholic Church nor Henlow Grange would comment.

Henlow Grange to High Street, Shefford
 Henlow Grange to High Street, Shefford

Savile, Henlow and Shefford, East Bedfordshire

5th November 2011: :

Jimmy was a regular visitor at Champneys health spa in Henlow, first visiting in the 1960s. He became a close friend of the owners, Stephen Purdew and his mother Dorothy. When a new bedroom wing was opened in 1985 it was named after him.

Stephen Purdew said: ‘He was a very significant family friend loved by everyone.

“Many people in the Henlow area will have very fond memories of this great man. My mother and I will miss him dearly.’” [Farewell to top TV Presenter, Biggleswade Today, 5 November 2011]

Dorothy Purdew’s autobiography:

‘Mid-1980s’: Two Yemeni girls of 14 or 15 arrive (or ‘are delivered’), who are ‘clueless’ and there is no contact with their parents, only communication with a London doctor and they stay for 6 months, lose about 4 stone each and become fluent in English

“On another occasion in the mid-80s we had two teenage girls from Yemen delivered to us. A fleet of cars arrived with the pair... I don’t know why they were over here , it was all very mysterious and whenever there were any problems or dramas we had to call this London doctor who acted as the go-between with their parents.

They ended up living with us for six months… ” (LRC p.151)

 

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Dr Venu, Keith Vaz MP, busineman Stephen Purdew and Michelin chef Sriram Aylur

Keith Vaz, the Labour MP for Leicester East, has a long-standing connection to the Purdew family, who own Champneys, including charitable and business links in addition to a close personal friendship. 
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Child sex abuse victims got death threats after inquiry published emails

Survivors of child abuse say they have received death threats after the chairman of a Commons committee released scores of emails containing the identities of four abuse victims.

In a letter to the home secretary, the victims, who have been campaigning for changes to the independent child abuse inquiry, condemned the decision by Keith Vaz, chair of the home affairs select committee (HASC), to place the emails which contain the victims’ names and disparaging comments about them, on the committee website.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/29/child-sex-abuse-victims-emails-commons-committee

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8646241/Phone-hacking-Keith-Vaz-links-to-spa-behind-Stephenson-resignation.html
via Alun:
You couldn’t make it up: Keith Vaz says CSA inquiry which has just lost weeks of data is most appropriate place for information to go.