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UK Spends £160 Billion on Weapons

In News, Other Leaks, UK on February 1, 2013 at 10:46 PM



For the next ten years, Britain will be cashing in on military equipment worth £160 Billion. The UK government hopes to increase its war capabilities in what is being seen as an effort to prepare for further military action. Missiles, fighter jets, helicopters and drones are one of many items on their list, including the controversial trident submarine facility, which is to receive a new fleet of nuclear missiles.

Britain is facing a financial crisis and potentially a triple-dip recession. Just when the government needed to save money and cut the deficit, they instead have splashed billions of pounds on military equipment. Experts say this money on military equipment is not needed; instead it should be spent in the public sector to help society.

Chris Coverdale, an anti-war activist and lawyer says that military spending is only lawful for purposes of defence, but he sees that Britain is currently involved in aggressive wars.

Already involved in Afghanistan, Britain stepped up its military efforts by sending warplanes to assist the French in their offence on Mali. It’s the UK’s latest move of what could become a bigger military plan in North Africa.

The government’s spending plans have been constantly criticised by many analysts who believe the latest military spending is not helping the country out of recession. I asked members of the public if they thought the government made the right move. There were mixed responses.

The UK National Audit Office, which reviews public spending, warns that the costs for such equipment could be £12.5 billion higher than initially planned. Although the Defence Budget could be cut in the next few years – expenditure on military equipment will continue.

Via PressTV

US/UK/France Overthrow of Gaddafi’s Libya to Blame for Mali Unrest

In Mali, News on January 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM



Jeff Steinberg, senior editor of the Executive Intelligence Review, believes France, Britain and the United States should be blamed for the unrest in Mali, linking the rebellion in the northern part of the African country to the fall of the Gaddafi regime in Libya.

“The rebel operations in northern Mali have existed for quite some time, but it was only in the aftermath of the overthrow of the Gaddafi government in Libya – which was promoted by France, Britain and the United States in particular – it was only after that that you had a massive flow of weapons out of Libya into the hands of the rebels, which basically took a low-intensity conflict and threw it into a much greater crisis where the rebels outgunned the Malian army,” Steinberg told RT.

So suddenly as a result of one badly-flawed regime-change policy in Libya, we have instability spreading to many parts of the African continent and beyond. So it’s a kind of a supreme irony that the French are being asked to come in and clean up a mess that they themselves helped create by the actions in 2011 in Libya.”

Related Link: UNODC Report: West Africa Flooded with Libyan Weapons

UK to Aid France in Mali Military Intervention

In Mali, News on January 14, 2013 at 4:17 PM


Britain has announced it will provide France with logistical support during its Mali intervention as French forces stepped up airstrikes against Islamist militants fighting government troops in the North African country.

The British prime minister has welcomed France’s decision to intervene in the North African country to help the Malian army halt a rebel advance towards the capital Bamako.

“The Prime Minister has agreed that the UK will provide logistical military assistance to help transport foreign troops and equipment quickly to Mali,” David Cameron’s office said in a statement on Saturday, adding that London is not going to deploy British personnel in a combat role.

Downing Street said two military transport planes would be deployed, AFP says.

Related Links:

US to Provide Intelligence & Logistical Support to France in Mali

US/UK/France Overthrow of Gaddafi’s Libya to Blame for Mali Unrest

MUJAO Threatens Retaliation Following French Invasion of Mali

British Police Seeking “Oompa Loompa” Attackers

In Britain, News, UK on January 2, 2013 at 3:59 AM


Norfolk Police:

Police are seeking a group of four people, two of whom were dressed as ‘Oompa Loompas’ who attacked a male on a night out in Norwich.

The assault happened on Thursday 27 December between 3.20am and 3.30am down Prince of Wales Road.

The victim, a 28 year old male, had just come out of a kebab house next to Tesco when he was approached by the group, consisting of three males and one female.

Two of the males were dressed as ‘Oompa Loompas’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with painted orange faces and dyed green hair and were wearing hooped tops. The female had dark hair and a dress split at the side.

One of the males in the group then pushed the victim to the floor before he got up. He was then hit on the head, fell to the floor and hit again.

The victim sustained a cut below his right eye, two black eyes, a small cut to the nose and a cut lip.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has knowledge of it should contact PC Hollie Fisher at Bethel Street police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Team GB Olympics Hero Mo Farah Held as Suspected Terrorist by US Customs

In News, NWO, Other Leaks, Police State, UK, USA on December 30, 2012 at 8:46 PM


Mo Farah, a British citizen who won two gold medals for running during London 2012 was held by US customs when leaving the country to see his family for Christmas, as they suspected he might be a terrorist, because he was born in Somalia.

Farah, a British Olympic hero who has been awarded a CBE by the Queen, was detained for questioning in the US after border officials saw he was born in Somalia.

A CBE stands for Most Excellent Oder of the British Empire and means the person it is awarded to can be called “sir” or “dame”. It is awarded to people who have done something remarkable for the UK, in any profession or walk of life.

Farah, who won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at London 2012, came to Britain from Somalia with his British born father as a child.

29 year old Farah moved to Portland in the northwestern US state of Oregon last year to work with his coach Alberto Salazar at Nike’s HQ. He was travelling back to spend Christmas with his wife and children. But even after presenting the overzealous officials with his two gold medals didn’t help his cause.

“I couldn’t believe it. Because of my Somali origin I get detained every time I come through US customs. This time I even got my medals out to show who I am, but they wouldn’t have it,” he told the UK newspaper the Sun.

Farah had similar problems with US customs when he tried to get a residency permit to live in Portland. Along with his family he visited Portland as a tourist, before they exited the country to go to Toronto in Canada, only then returning again as authorized residents.

When they returned they were told they were under investigation as a terrorist threat.

“Nike signed it all off and we thought it was going to be straight forward.But when we got there we got a letter telling us we were under investigation as a terrorist threat and we would have to stay away for 90 days,” Farah said.

In desperation he got in touch with Coach Alberto Salazar.

“As luck would have it Alberto has a friend who works for the FBI. This guy happens to be a massive running fan, knew exactly who I was and got it sorted then and there,” said Mo.

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