TORY LEADERSHIP FRONTRUNNER BORIS JOHNSON HAS HIS LEAD CUT FOR FIRST TIME AFTER A TAPE HEARD BY THE GUARDIAN EMERGED ON FRIDAY.. THE MAIL ON SUNDAY SAYS THE TAPE OF THE ARGUMENT HAS HANDED HIS RIVAL FOR THE TOP JOB JEREMY HUNT AN UNEXPECTED LEAD .. THE NEW LEADER AND PM WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON JULY 23 ..
US SAYS IRAN WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR SABOTAGE OF SHIPS OFF UAE COAST INCLUDING SAUDI OIL TANKERS .. PENTAGON HAS PRESENTED PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WITH A PLAN THAT INVOLVES THE DEPLOYMENT OF 120,000 US TROOPS SHOULD THERE BE WAR WITH IRAN ..
LATEST US HAS RAISED THE TEMPERATURE BY PUTTING CHINESE TELECOMS GIANT HUAWEI ON A TRADE BLACK LIST .. HUAWEI AND 70 OF IT’S AFFILIATES WON’T BE ABLE TO BUY COMPONENTS OR PARTS FROM US COMPANIES WITHOUT OFFICIAL APPROVAL .. CHINA HAD RESPONDED TO US TARIFFS WITH TARIFFS OF $60BN ON US IMPORTS ..
MUELLER REPORT FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION BETWEEN DONALD TRUMP AND RUSSIA DURING 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN.. HOWEVER IT’S CONCLUSIONS DID NOT EXONERATE THE SITTING PRESIDENT OVER ‘OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE’..
DONALD TUSK PRESIDENT OF EU COUNCIL CALLED ON THE UK TO NOT WASTE THIS TIME.. UK PARLIMENTARIANS REMAIN TORN AS HOW TO BALANCE A REFERENDUM VOTE TO LEAVE THE EU WITH THE CONSIDERABLE RISKS TO THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMY..
PAKISTAN SAYS IT WILL RELEASE CAPTURED PILOT ON FRIDAY AS A ‘PEACE GESTURE’ .. FOUR PAKISTANIS WERE KILLED AFTER INDIAN SHELLING ACROSS THE LINE OF CONTROL ..INDIA WELCOMED THE RETURN OF THE PILOT BUT HAS REFUSED TO DE-ESCALATE DESPITE PRESSURE FROM WORLD POWERS..
LATEST FOUR INDIAN SOLDIERS KILLED IN SHOOTOUT WITH MILITANTS IN PULWAMA DISTRICT OF INDIAN OCCUPIED KASHMIR WHERE THE DEADLY SUICIDE ATTACK OCCURED ON THURSDAY.. INDIA BLAMES PAKISTAN FOR THE ATTACK AND SOUGHT TO ISOLATE ITS NEIGHBOUR DIPLOMATICALLY .. PAKISTAN DENIES ANY RESPONSIBILITY .. THE GROUP WHO SAY THEY CARRIED OUT THE ATTACK HAVE RELEASED THIS IMAGE OF ADIL AHMAD DAR WHO THEY SAY WAS THE SUICIDE BOMBER..
SANCTIONS WILL HIT IRAN’S OIL, BANKING AND SHIPPING INDUSTRIES .. IRAN HAS PROMISED TO BREAK THE SANCTIONS .. MIKE POMPEO US SEC OF STATE SAID CHINA, INDIA, ITALY, TURKEY, SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN ARE AMONG THE WAIVERS ..
WITH SAUDI CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN UNDER PRESSURE OVER THE KILLING OF JOURNALIST JAMAL KHASHOGIGI, THE US HAS CALLED FOR AN END TO THE YEMEN CAMPAIGN THAT WAS STARTED AND LED BY BIN SALMAN ON 25 MAR 2015 ..
BARONESS WARSI SAID JOHNSON’S COMMENTS ON THE BURKA WERE A CONTINUATION OF THE UKIP-IFICATION OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY .. JOHNSON AND FELLOW ‘LEAVE’ CAMPAIGNER MICHAEL GOVE HAVE ALSO MET FAR RIGHT IDEOLOGUE STEVE BANNON WHO IS CREDITED WITH MASTERMINDING DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN .. JOHNSON, SAYS WARSI, CLEARLY WANTS TO RUN FOR LEADERSHIP OF CONSERVATIVE PARTY .. FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL DOMINIC GRIEVE SAID HE WOULD QUIT THE TORY PARTY IF JOHNSON BECAME LEADER ..
ANALYSIS – Listening to Iraq’s PM Al Abadi congratulate his forces on a hard fought ‘victory’ over Daesh in Mosul, took me back me to the time when Nouri al Maliki announced to the world that that other Satan of Iraq, one Zarqawi had been killed. Like the leader of Daesh, Abu Musab al Zarqawi was a terrorist who deserved his fate and that went for his ‘band of brothers’ who in this case were al Qaeda. Of course, then as now, there seem to be no understanding of the human cost as well as the legality of taking out someone the West doesn’t like.
Mosul has been ruined – the UN estimates the damage to be $1bn and we have no idea how many people have perished under the rubble. Iraq’s forces alone may have suffered close to a thousand losses. Until now, Iraq had come to an understanding with the forces of ISIS who were tolerated for the sake of the local population and peace. That of course changed with attacks in Europe and elsewhere that were blamed on Daesh. Iraq under pressure from the country that had invaded it to get rid of the ‘Butcher of Baghdad’ and put in place a pliant leader was forced to act. And every inch of soil ‘recovered’ has come at an appalling cost – Tikrit, Ramadi all were virtually flattened which brings us to the remaining ‘swath’ of Daesh land, Raqqa where US forces have been using white phosphorus.
GAZA – Delegation from International Criminal Court on a five day visit to look at war crimes conducted by Israel’s military and Hamas during the 51-day assault on Gaza in 2014. They will hold meetings in Ramallah, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem with Israeli and Palestinian officials. Palestine joined the ICC in 2015 – a move opposed by Israel, US and most of the ICC’s European backers.
PALESTINIANS 2,100 KILLED AT LEAST of which 551 were children, 299 women and 11,231 INJURED
ANALYSIS – Bernie Sanders is a once in a lifetime candidate – he shouldn’t be, trouble is he is. And that is why the President of America who came eight years ago promising change may want to pause and think before reading Senator Bernie Sanders the riot act. Bernie has managed to make millions believe that America is their country, that they count. He has done this through standing on principle, year after year, decade after decade. When he makes a promise you know he’s going to do his best to deliver. If America is ever going to change, if it’s ever going to take a long and critical look at it’s past and become a force for good in the world, it’s going to have look after it’s own citizens – 70% of whom have had no college education, millions of whom sleep on the streets in what is still the wealthiest country in the history of man.
Hillary Clinton won’t do this – she hasn’t the will or frankly the self awareness. Hillary Clinton is simply too selfish. She is a woman with blood on her hands, who backed the Iraq War, and pushed for conflicts in Libya, Honduras and Syria. She is a woman who was pictured jumping for joy at the news of Colonel Gaddafi’s death and was clearly relishing the ‘take down’ of Osama bin Laden. Hillary Clinton has done all this because she has actively sought the office of President through out her long and financially rewarding political career. In every way, she is a creation of the corrupt political system that Bernie’s supporters so despise.
If Hillary Clinton and her powerful friends get their way, they will simply promise more of the same – four more years of ensuring the American dream is experienced by the few and not the many. And that can only lead to one outcome – victory for Donald Trump, the candidate who like Bernie has managed to tap into this nation’s widespread disillusionment with what America has become.
ANALYSIS – RT which was formerly known as RussiaToday has become the focus of considerable attention here in Britain and across the Atlantic because it’s critics say the channel is nothing more than a mouthpiece for Vladimir Putin. Those critics include The Guardian newspaper which claims to champion free speech, as well as the usual suspects at Fox News. OFCOM which took Iranian owned PressTV off the air here has criticised RT for its lack of balance particularly over its coverage of Ukraine which the channel has unsuccessfully attempted to portray as a battle against the facists and Nazis of Kiev, in much as same way as it attempted to show the former president of Georgia to be a genocidal maniac. RT offers a different point of view – it has at least two clear stars in its schedule, namely Max Keiser and Peter Lavelle’s Cross Talk programme – and sometimes scores hits for instance it recently showed the civilian toll of Saudi Arabia’s air strikes in Yemen, which al Jazeera has been claiming to be a largely ‘clean’ war. Of course RT is a propaganda channel it may deny this but it comes across as such on air and in its content, and you also get the impression that it is impossible to criticise the President of Russia or Russia generally – but that shouldn’t mean it being removed off air. The viewer gets another take on the world and should be allowed to make their own judgment as to whether what they are seeing and hearing has some merit or is just a state’s propaganda. Any judgements like those that resulted in the removal of PressTV must take into account this broader picture, that RT offers a point of view from a part of the world that is still misunderstood and because of various reasons will continue to play a major part in future world affairs.
ABOVE .. OFCOM’S PROF STEWART PURVIS EXPLAINS WHY IRANIAN RUN PRESS TV WAS TAKEN OFF THE AIRWAVES IN TEMPLATE NEWS EXCLUSIVE .. RT’S COVERAGE OF THE UKRAINE CRISIS ..
EAST London – Eight-year-old Ayesha’s killers – her mother and the woman who was her mother’s lover – were jailed for thirteen and eighteen years. Both were convicted of manslaughter. Little Ayesha was found in her bedroom with more than 50 injuries including bite marks in August 2013. Her mother Polly Chowdury had according to the judge ‘disgracefully failed’ her child. Whilst Kiki Muddar was described as a ‘manipulative, wicked woman’. Muddar had rang the police on August 29 to tell them that Chowdury had tried to commit suicide and that Ayesha was dead. Chowdury told the court Ayesha had been hurt after Muddar had given her a cold bath for wetting herself. Both women were cleared of murder.
Journalist Nayab Chohan critiques the work of counter-extremist think-tank, Quilliam, funded by the UK Government to monitor British Muslims, with contributions from LORD Nazir Ahmed and Gerry Sutcliffe MP.
NEW ZEALAND 239 – 8 (ROSS TAYLOR 74, WILLIAMSON 67)
INDIA 221 (JADEJA 77, DHONI 50)
NEW ZEALAND BRUSHED ASIDE DOUBTS ABOUT THEY WHETHER THEY SHOULD BE IN THE SEMI FINALS WITH A THRILLING PERFORMANCE AGAINST INDIA .. TRENT BOULT AND MATT HENRY REDUCED INDIA TO 5 – 3 WITH 3.1 OVERS BOWLED .. THAT BECAME 92 – 6 AFTER 30.3 ..DHONI AND JADEJA THEN PULLED INDIA BACK INTO CONTENTION .. BUT THE GAME WAS ALL BUT OVER WHEN MARTIN GUPTILL RAN OUT DHONI (ABOVE AND BELOW) WITHTEN BALLS TOGO..
PAKISTAN FAILED TO QUALIFY BECAUSE OF A POOR RUN RATE .. OBSERVERS DID NOTE HOW THE THREE TEAMS THAT PLAYED BEFORE PAKISTAN’S LAST GAME – INDIA, ENGLAND AND NEW ZEALAND – CONTRIVED TO ENSURE THAT PAKISTAN’S TASK IN THE GAME AGAINST BANGLADESH WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE..
MATCH 43, LORDS
PAKISTAN 315 – 9 (IMAM UL HAQ 100, BABIR AZAM 96)
BANGLADESH 221 (SHAHEEN AFRIDI 6 – 35)
PAKISTAN WIN BY 94 RUNS (NEEDED TO SCORE 400-500 TO ENSURE PROGRESSION INTO NEXT ROUND)