Monthly Archive:: May 2018

Foreign Office minister slammed for hypocritical response to biggest Israel-Gaza escalation since 2014
On 29 May, tensions between Israel and Gaza reached levels unseen since the deadly Israeli offensive on the territory in 2014. And just two weeks after Israel murdered dozens of Palestinian protesters, the hypocritical responses from the West – and one UK Foreign Office minister in particular – have drawn criticism.

The statistics Israel’s army has reportedly killed 112 Palestinian citizens – and shot 502 in the head or neck – since 30 March. And it murdered more than 60 protesters in just one day on 14 May. These …

Video of journalist saying ‘propaganda’ is necessary goes viral, before being mysteriously disabled
Richard Stengel, a former editor of TIME magazine, has said governments “have to” direct “propaganda” toward their own populations, and he is ‘not against it’.

These comments were made at a talk called Political Disruptions: Combating Disinformation and Fake News, organised by the highly influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) thinktank. “Every country does it” The news editor and former diplomat is also a regular analyst at …

Saudi Arabia just criminalised sexual harassment, and everyone is making the same point
After a recent strict crackdown on women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia, the country has now approved a law to criminalise sexual harassment.

The BBC reported that the legislation will “fight the crime of harassment” while simultaneously protecting the identity of its victims, but there’s a sense of irony to be found in the fact that men and women are strictly …

This brutal interview with a government minister should be the new normal
Politicians are known for going out of their way to avoid answering questions. But one interviewer has now taken a stand against this. Because Richard Madeley, interviewing Gavin Williamson, opted to end an interview rather than listen to any more deflections.

Interview terminated Madeley was questioning Williamson about his response to the Salisbury poisoning case. Specifically, he wanted to know if Williamson – the defence secretary – regretted telling Russia to “go away and shut up”. Williamson responded …

Boat Carrying Wounded Palestinians Breaks Gaza Blockade, Gets Towed To Israel
alestinian boats carrying people wounded in recent demonstrations in the Gaza Strip have been intercepted by Israeli naval vessels during a desperate effort to break the blockade of the coastal territory.

The main boat in the flotilla is carrying around 20 passengers, accompanied by several smaller vessels, AFP reported. Passengers include students wishing to study abroad, those wounded in recent protests in the Gaza Strip and patients suffering from long-term …

Theresa May will urge Donald Trump to avoid London protests and visit her at Chequers instead
Theresa May is to urge Donald Trump to meet her at her country residence in Chequers rather than Downing Street so he can avoid demonstrations that are expected to break out in protest at his visit.

The Sun reported that the US ambassador to Britain, Sir Kim Darroch, is expected to notify the president of the plans this week ahead of the meeting in July. A working visit – distinct from a …

Andrew Marr’s takedown of Jacob Rees-Mogg hit the ‘patriot’ right where it hurts
The patriot’s patriot Jacob Rees-Mogg found himself in the firing line on The Andrew Marr Show on 27 May. The Conseravtive MP faced some tough questions on his investment firm, which has been doing rather a lot of investing abroad.

These investments included over £217 million in Russian businesses. When quizzed by Andrew Marr, Rees-Mogg claimed innocence. But the MP co-founded Somerset Asset Management in 2007 and retains a stake of over 15% in the business. Dealings Earlier this year, Rees-Mogg led the charge for …