‘Zombie parliament:’ British MPs set for 223 days off work in 2014

21 May 2014 — RT

MPs have just started a 19 day early summer holiday, right after they had an 18 day Easter break, RT’s Sara Firth reports. They’ll then sit for seven weeks before a six week fully paid summer holiday. And if that’s not enough they get a month off in the autumn for party conferences.

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UK: Strength in numbers – we helped force a pause for the Lobbying Bill

8 November 2013 — Electoral Reform Society


This week, after months of resistance, the Government was forced to concede that Part 2 of its Lobbying Bill cannot proceed through Parliament without a pause to consult the civil society organisations which will be affected by it.

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The brutal past and present are another country in secret Australia By John Pilger

5 November 2013 — John Pilger

The corridors of the Australian parliament are so white you squint. The sound is hushed; the smell is floor polish. The wooden floors shine so virtuously they reflect the cartoon portraits of prime ministers and rows of Aboriginal paintings, suspended on white walls, their blood and tears invisible.

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Police State UK: Guardian faces parliamentary investigation over Snowden revelations By Chris Marsden

18 October 2013 — WSWS

Britain’s Guardian newspaper is facing an investigation by at least one parliamentary committee, in line with demands made by Prime Minister David Cameron, concerning the exposures of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower from America’s National Security Agency (NSA).

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Senior political figures demand second vote in UK parliament on Syrian attack By Julie Hyland

3 September 2013 — WSWS

A concerted campaign is underway for a second vote in Britain’s parliament to sanction war against Syria.

These efforts come in the wake of President Obama’s announcement that he will seek congressional authorisation for military strikes.

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French Colonial Dreams Linger as Raison d’être in Syria By Andrew McKillop

2 September 2013 — 21st Century Wire

Great Power Pipe Dream

The simple question with a lot of answers is why did France boycott the 2003 Iraq war of the US and Britain, but remained heavily committed to a “punitive attack” with the US on Syria, following the shock of Cameron’s defeat for his war plan in the British parliament?

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NSA leaker accepts political asylum in Venezuela: Russian official

9 July 2013 — PressTV

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has accepted an offer of political asylum from Venezuela, a top Russian lawmaker confirms.

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UK parliament’s intelligence and security committee cancels questioning of UK spy agencies By Robert Stevens

4 July 2013 — WSWS

Today’s scheduled televised questioning of the intelligence agencies by the UK parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has been cancelled and postponed, with no plausible explanation, until the autumn.

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Revealed: secret European deals to hand over private data to America

29 June 2013 — The Guardian (this link takes you to the replacement story)

[This is the original version. Thirty-five minutes later a slightly edited version appeared and then three hours later the entire article was removed for “investigation”, whatever that means, possibly the fact that the Guardian used Wayne Madsen as his views are deemed “controversial”. See Newsniffer]

At least six European Union countries in addition to Britain have been colluding with the US over the mass harvesting of personal communications data, according to a former contractor to America’s National Security Agency, who said the public should not be “kept in the dark”.

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Anglo-American Militarism: Don’t Worry About Surveillence, In Britain, Everything’s Okay By Colin Todhunter

12 June 2013 — Global Research

In the name of ‘humanitarian intervention’, a ‘war on terror’, fighting for ‘democratic freedoms’ or whatever the script happens to be this week, British Foreign Secretary William Hague can be relied on to sell US-British militarism to a public fed up with constant wars and (increasingly less) ignorant of their underlying reasons (1).

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‘Shocking incompetence’: UK health officials threw away £74m of bird flu ‘wonder-drug’

22 May 2013 — RT

UK’s Department of Health threw away £74m worth of Tamiflu, the antiviral drug, before its expiry date, due to unsafe storage procedures. In total the country has spent £600 million since 2006 on drugs to fight a flu pandemic that has not materialized.

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Wikileaks / Bradley Manning Newslinks 1 May 2013

1 May 2013 — williambowles.info


Pirate Party gains three seats in Iceland’s parliament

CBS News

Physically isolated near the Arctic Circle, it is one of the world’s most wired countries and has been a hub for the online secret-spilling group WikiLeaks. Jonsdottir has worked with WikiLeaks in the past. In 2011 the country announced it would crowd …



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South Africa: Pro-government faction attacks COSATU’s Zwelinzima Vavi By Benjamin Fogel

12 April 2013 — Amandla!

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is in the midst of the biggest crisis in its 27-year history. This crisis has arisen from a South African Communist Party (SACP)-driven attempt to oust democratically elected COSATU general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, under the guise of corruption charges. The conflict’s roots are in longstanding political contradictions and ideological tensions between COSATU and its Alliance partners – the ruling African National Congress and the SACP. At stake is not only the leadership of COSATU, but its political and moral direction.

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The Iraq War Was Not A Media Failure By David Edwards

18 March 2013 — Media Lens

Ten years ago today, on March 18, 2003, Tony Blair delivered a speech to parliament prior to a vote that resulted in MPs authorising war on Iraq. The war began two days later.

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