A fantastic article by Craig Murray
The Times on Saturday carried an article on ISIS’ oil interests, Syria and Turkey. Nowhere does it inform its readers that the owner of the newspaper, Rupert Murdoch, has a vested interest in this subject through his role and shares in Genie Energy, an Israeli company granted oil rights in Syria by the Israeli government. Dick Cheney and Lord Rothschild are also shareholders.
No, they really are. This is not a conspiracy theory. It is a conspiracy.
That Israel should grant oil rights within Syria is of course a striking example of contempt for international law, but then that is the basis on which Israel normally operates. Of course Genie’s share value will be substantially boosted by the installation of a neo-con puppet regime in Damascus which can be bought to underwrite the oil concession granted by Israel. Contempt for international law has been the single most important defining characteristic of neo-conservatism, and the need to uphold international law the recurring theme of this blog. I never thought the UK government would make the withdrawal of its support for the concept of international law explicit, as Cameron has done by removing the obligation to comply with international law from the Ministerial Code. That is truly, truly disgraceful.
But to return to Murdoch’s oil interests in Syria, it seems to me a fundamental flaw that when Fox News, Sky News, the Times, the Sun and Murdoch’s numerous other media outlets bang the drum for Western military action in Syria, there is no requirement for the consumer of this propaganda to be told that the outlet is pushing a policy in line with the financial interests of its owner. Even for those actively seeking information, there is no register of the interests of media proprietors.
Read more https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2015/12/no-brake-and-no-disclosure-on-media-owners-interests/
Lord Janner is unfit to stand trial over allegations of child sexual abuse spanning four decades, a High Court judge has ruled.
Mr Justice Openshaw told the Old Bailey the 87-year-old peer had “advanced and disabling dementia”.
Both prosecution and defence barristers had agreed at a previous hearing that Greville Janner was not well enough to take part in a criminal trial.
Lord Janner is accused of 22 counts of sex offences against boys.
The peer, who was suspended from the Labour Party in April, denies the allegations.
He is accused of 15 counts of indecent assault and seven counts of a separate sexual offence against a total of nine alleged victims.
The Old Bailey heard the allegations spanned the years 1963 to 1998. Twenty-one of the charges relate to children who were aged 16 or under at the time.
Read more http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35027705
Anti-drug activists might not like to hear this, but it seems legalising marijuana for medical use is good for people’s health.
Or at least, it’s having a big impact on obesity, according to Cornell University and San Diego State University researchers.
One of the reasons for this is that young people aren’t drinking as much alcohol – and it’s good for their waistlines.
The researchers reviewed 12 years of data – and found that overall, states which legalised marijuana for medical purposes had a 2% to 6% drop in the probability of obesity.
The researchers believe that, in older patients, medical marijuana also leads to an increase in mobility, by helping them deal with aches and pains – helping to combat obesity.
The researchers write, ‘These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that medical marijuana laws may be more likely to induce marijuana use for health-related reasons among older individuals, and cause substitution toward lower-calorie recreational ‘highs’ among younger individuals.
A scheme offering schools £30,000 to hire and promote gay and transgender teachers has been slammed by critics as being ‘profoundly misguided’.
The Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund, backed by the Department for Education, will provide training to existing staff, or recruit new staff, in an effort to promote diversity within schools.
Applications are encouraged on the basis of ‘protected characteristics’, as outlined in the Equality Act 2010, which include age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief and sex.
The category also includes sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.
Schools with low numbers of staff who are gay, mature or returning to work after having children, are thought to benefit from the grant, which can provide additional training for promotion.
The £900,000 fund accepted applications for the first time this year, following a pilot scheme in 2014/2015.
However, critics say the scheme promotes teachers on the basis of diversity, rather than skill.
The fund, run by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, was also set up to specifically promote black and minority ethnic teachers and women, but the grant has also been used to recruit more male teachers.