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Pope Benedict XVI
AP / Andrew Brownbill

Pope Threatens to Cancel U.K. Trip

It seems the pope can’t take a joke. The Vatican is threatening to cancel a visit to Britain by Benedict XVI after a leaked Foreign Office memo gave suggestions that included a “Benedict condom.”

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Tu Shalt Not Pasar

Calling back memories of the Falkland Islands war, Argentina has blocked a cargo ship from leaving one of its ports after suspicion arose that the vessel would supply oil drilling equipment to the British-occupied islands. The Argentines allege that the ship was trying to aid in an “illegitimate” search for oil and gas.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / davemacvac

British Arms Maker Pays Up

British defense giant BAE has agreed to pay the UK and U.S. governments almost $800 million in penalties after it finally admitted guilt in the face of long-running corruption allegations. The deal allows the company to avoid being placed on an international arms trade blacklist.

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 READ MORE


Prince Charles and Nouri al-Maliki
AP pool photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth

British Government Gives Iraq Story a Final Spin

“We acknowledge,” the letter says, “that violence has claimed the lives of many thousands of Iraqi civilians over the last five years, either through terrorism or sectarian violence. Any loss of innocent lives is tragic and the Government is committed to ensuring that civilian casualties are avoided. Insurgents and terrorists are not, I regret to say, so scrupulous.”

Posted on May 2, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Andy Wong

We Are Breeding Ourselves to Extinction

All efforts to save the planet will be useless if we do not cut population growth. By 2050, the planet will have between 8 billion and 10 billion people, according to a recent U.N. forecast. And yet studies, books and documentaries that deal with various crises fail to discuss the danger of all those billions of hungry people looking for a better life.

Posted on Mar 8, 2009 READ MORE


Holocaust Bishop
youtube.com

‘Holocaust Bishop’ Ordered to Recant

With a media-dubbed moniker that doesn’t look good for either party, the “Holocaust Bishop”—a British bishop recently un-excommunicated by the pope—is being told by the Vatican to recant his views after news broke that he “believe[s] there were no gas chambers [during World War II].”

Posted on Feb 4, 2009 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP photo / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Ahmadinejad’s Christmas Speech Raises Ruckus

Britain’s Channel 4 has a tradition of featuring an alternative Christmas message as a kind of counterpoint to Queen Elizabeth’s customary speech, and this year’s speaker—Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—is sparking outrage.

Posted on Dec 25, 2008 READ MORE


Brown and al-Hashimi
AP photo / Mahmoud Badri

British Troops to Begin Iraq Withdrawal in May

The UK’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a surprise trip to Iraq on Wednesday, followed by the announcement that British troops will begin pulling out of Iraq at the end of this coming May.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008 READ MORE


British Soldiers
americaslibrary.gov

Love Is a Battlefield

The British Defense Ministry has leaked news that it will begin a phased troop withdrawal from Iraq. The drawdown will bring to an end a torrid, near-six-year love affair with the U.S. that began with coordinated intelligence failures and eventually led to jointly invading a sovereign country under cover of a “war on terror.”

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Regina Marler on Ted Hughes’ Letters

A new volume of the late poet’s correspondence sheds fresh light on the anguish and art of Sylvia Plath.

Posted on Nov 21, 2008 READ MORE


Fighting Rages for Fifth Day in Iraq Offensive

American and British troops joined forces with Iraqi government troops battling the Mahdi Army in Basra and Sadr City on Saturday as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s offensive, launched Tuesday, passed the fifth day with little sign of reprieve and a great deal riding on its outcome.

Posted on Mar 29, 2008 READ MORE


Nicolas Sarkozy
Newsday

Sarkozy Cozies Up to Britain

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in London Wednesday to declare his readiness to send additional troops to Afghanistan. The move, seen by some as an effort to strengthen ties with his chums across the Channel, was well received by British lawmakers who believe an increase of NATO occupation forces in Afghanistan would best prevent a Taliban resurgence.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


Old Bailey statue
churchtimes.co.uk

British Lawmakers Strike Down Blasphemy Law

Following a heated debate, the British House of Lords approved an amendment that does away with the UK’s long-standing common law against blasphemy—a watershed moment that some believe was too long in coming.

Posted on Mar 7, 2008 READ MORE


british convoy
mcclatchydc.com

A British Reality Check on Progress In Iraq

BBC: “The UK will hand over control of Basra to Iraqi forces despite failing in its goal to establish security there, an MPs’ [members of Parliament] report says. The city is dominated by militias and the police contains ‘murderous’ and ‘corrupt’ elements, the report added.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2007 READ MORE


teddy bear
bbc.co.uk

Teacher Arrested for Teddy Bear Name Game

In a particularly delicate situation involving crossed cultural wires, a British primary school teacher in Sudan could face six months in jail, a fine or 40 lashes after allowing her students to name a teddy bear “Muhammad” for a class exercise.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


British troops in Basra
AP photo / Nabil al-Jurani

Violence in Basra Drops 90% After British Withdrawal

Perhaps Basra can be seen as a test case for the rest of Iraq with regard to withdrawal and its effects:  According to Maj. Gen. Graham Binns, the commander of British forces in Basra, there has been a “remarkable and dramatic drop in attacks” since the majority of his troops withdrew from the city.

Posted on Nov 17, 2007 READ MORE


Diego Garcia
guardian.co.uk

Britain to Investigate ‘CIA Black Site’

The British government’s Foreign Affairs Committee will look into charges by a number of sources, including human rights groups and a retired U.S. general, that sovereign British land has been used as a CIA “black site” prison. The island of Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, has been leased to the United States and is the site of an American military base but remains British territory.

Posted on Oct 19, 2007 READ MORE


The British Are Leaving!

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Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


British soldier
AP photo / Nabil al-Jurani

UK Plans Troop Reduction

The British government is planning to downsize its military presence in Iraq this May by 800 to leave a total of 7,000 troops, a move Defense Secretary John Reid insists is not meant to signal a “handover of responsibility” to Iraqi forces, according to the BBC. Updated

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


Gordon Brown: Burma Death Toll ‘Far Greater’

The British prime minister has warned that the number of dead in Burma is probably “far greater than is being reported so far.” The world community has widely condemned the Burmese government’s violent response to the thousands of protesters who’ve been flooding the streets of Yangon.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE


Brits Bid Basra Cheerio

British forces have relocated to the Basra airport, leaving Iraq’s No. 2 city in the hands of Iraqis for the first time since the invasion. For many locals, it was a welcome withdrawal: “We are pleased that the Iraqi army are now taking over the situation. We as an Iraqi people reject occupation. We reject colonialism. We want our freedom,” one resident told the AP.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


British Troops Begin Basra Pullout

About 60 Britons withdrew from an Iraqi police base in Basra this weekend, marking the first step in British troops’ exodus from the city.  The BBC reports that the troops’ overnight departure caused some confusion as to who assumed control of the base, and British and Iraqi officials are denying reports that militant members of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army took over the outpost following the British pullout.

Posted on Aug 26, 2007 READ MORE


British Losses Rise as Troops Prepare for Basra Exit

British forces face a major dip in morale as they prepare to leave Basra—an exit viewed by some as a retreat from a situation that’s become more chaotic and dangerous than it was before.  The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn apparently agrees, arguing that the British troops “wholly failed” in their “least successful military campaign since Suez in 1956.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


sun
news.bbc.co.uk

The 10-Year Weather Forecast

A team of British scientists has developed a short-term, 10-year projection of the climate crisis—that’s short-term because most global-warming models work with centuries. And, yes, their findings indicate it will continue to get hotter through the next decade.

Posted on Aug 9, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Rendition Ignored British Protest

A British committee investigating possible UK involvement in extraordinary rendition has found that the U.S. ignored British intelligence caveats and concerns, possibly straining a historically close intelligence relationship. The committee also recommended a ban on cooperation that could lead to secret detention, which it said “is of itself mistreatment.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
news.bbc.co.uk

Iran’s Trump Card

Evidence of Iran’s influence over the global economy appeared Wednesday as the oil-rich nation agreed to release 15 British captives and petroleum prices consequently fell. If a relatively minor diplomatic dispute can perturb investors, imagine how invading or bombing Iran would affect global markets.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Earn Your IED Badge

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Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE    


British Troops
defenselink.mil

Blair to Withdraw Up to 3,000 Troops

Tony Blair is expected to announce a major withdrawal of British troops from Iraq by Christmas—possibly up to half of the current deployment. Although Britons largely oppose the war, the news may come as something of a disappointment as there were rumors Blair was going to withdraw troops more rapidly.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Coffin
from jwharrison.com

‘Friendly Fire’ Caught on Tape

Britain’s Sun newspaper has obtained a copy of a “top secret” tape that depicts the adolescent joy of two U.S. fighter pilots as they gunned down a British convoy, killing Lance Cpl. Matty Hull and injuring four others.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Tony Blair
Scotsman.com

Britain’s Alleged Torture Hypocrisy

A new report from Human Rights Watch accuses the British government of softening protections against torture, abdicating its responsibility to pressure the U.S. against the practice and knowingly deporting terror suspects to countries where they are likely to suffer abuse.

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Illegally Shot Journalist

A coroner has ruled the fatal shooting of an already wounded British journalist by U.S. troops to be an “unlawful act.”  Though it refused to take part in the inquest, the Pentagon defended the shooting: “We have always gone to extreme measures to avoid civilian casualties and collateral damage.”

Posted on Oct 15, 2006 READ MORE


Fake assassination
BBC News

Mock Bush Assassination Prompts Outrage

A British TV network is set to air a mock documentary that portrays the imagined assassination of President Bush.  While the White House has refused to comment on the program, one Republican spokesperson said: ?I find this shocking, I find it disturbing.  I don’t know if there are many people in America who would want to watch something like that.?

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


rejected passport photo
From The Telegraph

Why Was This Girl’s Passport Photo Rejected?

British authorities informed the parents of this 5-year-old that the above picture would not pass official muster. Why? Ahhh…but that would ruin the suspense. You gotta jump.

Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


British Airways
From MSNBC

MSNBC: U.S. Pressured UK to Rush Terror Arrests

American officials leaned on England to arrest the would-be plane bombers at least a week before British authorities wanted to move in, according to MSNBC. One British official suggested the attacks were not imminent; the suspects did not yet have plane tickets—some didn’t even have passports.
Why did this allegedly happen? We have a (unfortunately justifiably) cynical answer. Click to the jump….

Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


The White House
From cs.umn.edu

Bush Staffer on Terror Plots: ‘This Is Going to Play Big’

In the wake of the foiled terrorist plots to explode passenger jets in midair, a White House official told an AFP reporter on Thursday, “Weeks before September 11th, this is going to play big” as a political opportunity for the GOP. The AFP reporter was merciless in his reporting, noting that Bush & Co. have been tarring Democrats as soft on terrorism the past few days—knowing full well that news of the terror plot could break at any moment.

Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


Lieberman Seeks to Exploit Terror News for Political Gain

Sen. Joe Lieberman seized upon news of the foiled British plane bombers to say that a victory for his Democratic rival, Ned Lamont, in November would constitute a victory for the terrorists.

  • You know, when John at AMERICAblog asked who was going to be the first one to exploit this situation for political gain, he thought it would at least be a Republican….

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


  • Liquids on a Plane
    From craphound.com

    First Snakes, Now Liquids (on a Plane)

    It was looking like snakes were going to be the biggest threat to planes this summer, but energy drink bottles filled with explosive liquids turned out to be the real problem.

  • Check out the TSA’s hours-old official ban on liquids on planes.
  • Update #1: The terrorists were apparently “planning to smuggle hydrogen peroxide-based liquid/slurry explosives” (whatever that is) in the bottles, according to U.S. News.
  • Update #2
  • Someone came up with a fitting graphic (above)

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


    British police
    AP / Matt Dunham

    Brits Foil Terror Plot

    Scotland Yard has upset a terrorist plot to explode planes in mid-flight from the UK to the U.S.  As part of an operation lasting several months, authorities arrested 18 people and raised the threat level in the UK to critical, the highest possible.
    Update: Bush raised America’s threat level to red—the highest. It’s a first for America.

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


    UK Confidential Memo: Civil War ‘Likely’ in Iraq

    Britain’s outgoing ambassador to Baghdad warned in a leaked confidential memo, “The prospect of a low-intensity civil war and a de facto division of Iraq is probably more likely at this stage than a successful and substantial transition to a stable democracy.”

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    British Break With Bush Over Israel

    Criticizing the U.S. for the first time in the Lebanon crisis, the UK’s foreign minister found fault with Israel’s military tactics and urged America to “understand” the price being paid by ordinary Lebanese civilians.

    Posted on Jul 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Brits and Bush Divided on Lebanon

    According to The Times (of London), British officials dispute the effectiveness of Israel?s bombing campaign and warn of a potential backlash.

    Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumor: Tony Blair Will Step Down

    The British leader has been battered in the polls as of late, and in the UK it’s a lot easier to remove a head of government than it is here. AMERICAblog has the gossip (and that’s all it is now.)

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    British Official: Close Gitmo

    The British attorney general says the continued existence of the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay is “unacceptable.”

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Even Shiite-Held Basra Is Safe Zone No More

    The crash of a British helicopter in the southern Iraqi city of Basra led to a crackdown by British soldiers and five Iraqi deaths. A melee ensued—stone-throwing, Molotov cocktails…. A BBC correspondent called the worsening situation a “dramatic change in attitude” toward the British presence.

    Posted on May 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Her Majesty’s Secret Service Wants You!

    For the first time in its history, the UK’s equivalent of the CIA is advertising for agents. The MI6 website says: “Staff who join SIS can look forward to ... a stimulating and rewarding career which, like [James] Bond’s, will be in the service of their country.”

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Fake Sheikh
    From georgegalloway.com

    ‘Fake Sheikh’ Reporter Gets Taste of His Own Medicine

    Mazher Mahmood, a British reporter who dresses up as a wealthy Arab businessman to entrap high-profile victims in sting operations, has been publicly outed by a member of Parliament.

  • N.Y. Times story
  • Fake Sheikh’ home page (created by the M.P.)
  • Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Norman_Kember
    Luke MacGregor / AP

    In Full: Statement of Freed Activist

    Two days after being freed from a four-month captivity in Iraq, UK peace activist Norman Kember tries to deflect attention away from himself and onto Iraqis suffering amid the continuing violence.

    Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Tony Blair Attacked Over ‘God’ Remarks

    Antiwar critics are castigating the British prime minister for suggesting that his decision to go to war in Iraq would ultimately be judged by God.

    Posted on Mar 4, 2006 READ MORE



    From News of the World

    Video Shows British Soldiers Beating Iraqi Teens

    The News of the World (UK) publishes images and releases a video of a squadron of English soldiers savagely beating a group of rioting Iraqi teenagers in 2004. | story or watch video
    UPDATE: British authorities have arrested a serving soldier in connection with the incident. | story

    Posted on Feb 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Below the Radar: Conditions Worsen in Iraq

    You might not hear it from the U.S. media, but the situation continues to deteriorate. In the last few days:

  • Four U.S. Marines are killed and 20 Iraqis die in twin car bombings.
  • A British lieutenant colonel says, “You almost move from being part of the solution to becoming part of the problem.”
  • A car bomb in Basra City kills 20, exploding the myth that the southern, Shiite part of Iraq is secure.

  • Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


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