The disturbing case of Ashya King

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The recent horrifying case of Ashya King has highlighted just how far this fascist country will go to snatch children from loving parents.

Five-year-old Ashya was a patient at a Southampton hospital where he was being treated for a brain tumour. His family wanted him to undergo a specific specialist treatment but the doctors refused so his family decided to take him abroad and seek the treatment elsewhere.

This should have been the end of the matter as his parents were making a choice about their child’s health but in filthy Britain parental rights have been eroded to such an extent that rather than leave the family alone the authorities launched a full-scale European manhunt for them.

An International arrest warrant was issued and their photographs were splashed right across the world’s media.

Reports falsely claimed that they had ‘snatched’ Ashya due to their religious beliefs when this was not the case.

The media…

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(GRAPHIC VIDEO) Islamic State Beheads American Journalist Steven Sotloff

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(GRAPHIC VIDEO) Islamic State Beheads American Journalist Steven Sotloff

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09/02/2014

A new video has been posted on the internet by the Islamic State showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, two weeks after the group published a similar clip of American photojournalist James Foley suffering the same fate.

“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State,” a masked militant believed to be the same who executed Foley addresses the president in the latest video.

Kneeling in an orange jump suit, Sotloff is seen in the clip reading a statement to the president as Foley did before him.

“Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?” Sotloff asks.

A 31-year-old freelance journalist who has written for Time magazine and the Christian Science Monitor, among others,

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| PLO to seek UN resolution for Israeli occupation end date!

PLO to seek UN resolution for Israeli occupation end date ~ Ma’an News Agency.

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The Palestinian leadership intends to seek a UN Security Council resolution setting a three year deadline for ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, a PLO official said Tuesday.

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the leadership of the PLO, acknowledged at a news conference that the United States would veto such a resolution.

Nevertheless, she told reporters, “We will be seeking a Security Council resolution on ending the occupation on a specific date.”

“We should know that the occupation will end within three years,” she added.

She raised the possibility of also seeking passage of a similar but non-binding resolution by the UN General Assembly.

Ashrawi once again also brandished a threat to take Israel before the International Criminal Court over its 50-day military offensive in Hamas-ruled Gaza.

But she did not say when it might do so. The Palestinians were granted observer status at the court in 2012, giving them access to the court.

“We are intending to take Israel to the ICC. We do not have a time-frame, we have a program of action,” she said.

Wasel Abu Yusef, a senior PLO official, said last week that the organization was working to convene an international conference to set a timetable for ending the occupation.

But as yet, no Palestinian official has said when a formal proposal will be made to the Security Council.

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Palestinian foreign minister seeks to prosecute Israel for war crimes at ICC ~ MEMO.

Al-Maliki accused Israel of committing ‘atrocities’ and said that ‘Israel does not leave us with any other choice; we must do everything we can to bring those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity to justice’

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki has announced that the Palestinian Authority seeks to prosecute Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for its war crimes committed during the latest aggression in the Gaza Strip.

Following his meeting at The Hague with ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the Gambia, Al-Maliki said the Palestinian Authority seeks to join the ICC as a prerequisite to opening an international investigation into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Arabs 48 news website reported that Al-Maliki accused Israel of committing “atrocities” and said that “Israel does not leave us with any other choice; we must do everything we can to bring those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity to justice.”

Al-Maliki commented on the 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian resistance, which went into effect on Tuesday morning, saying: “We expect the ceasefire to continue for 72 hours and even more,” adding “everything depends on the seriousness of the Israeli side.”

The Palestinian Authority asked the ICC in 2009 to investigate Israel’s crimes against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, but the ICC prosecutor said at the time that only states could join the international court and push for a probe, thus preventing the Palestinians from pursuing their case at the ICC.

However, in November 2012 the Palestinians received an observer state status at the United Nations, which allows them to join the ICC and other international conventions.

Al-Maliki pointed out that the Palestinians are prepared to bear the results of any possible investigation, which would include both sides, not only the Israeli side.

Bensouda said in a statement that the court still could not investigate Israel over war crimes because the Palestinian Authority is not a member state of the Rome Convention.

The ICC prosecutor pointed out that she had not yet received “any official document from the Palestinians requesting to join the ICC or demanding to investigate the Israeli war crimes” following their recognition as an observer state.

Bensouda noted that her meeting with Al-Maliki was intended to “clarify the available mechanisms for any state to join the ICC or push for a probe”.

The Times of Israel quotes Al-Maliki as saying that joining the ICC now is merely “a question of procedural matters.”

Extended Jewish Setllements in Palestine: Israel’s Latest Land Grab in the West Bank ~ by @StephenLendman

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On August 31, Israel’s Civil Administration announced confiscation of around 1,000 acres of privately owned Palestinian land. 

It lawlessly declared it State Land. It’s to establish a Gva’ot settlement. It’s located south of Bethlehem. It’s in the Southern West Bank.

Peace Now calls itself “the leading voice of Israeli public pressure for peace.” It called Israel’s action “unprecedented.”

In 1984, Gva’ot was established as a military base. Earlier, Israel’s Housing Ministry planned to build 15,000 units. The idea was to establish a city in Gva’ot.

Smaller plans substituted. The new announcement expands Gva’ot. It’ll become a new settlement. It may connect to the Green Line.

Peace Now called Sunday’s announcement “proof (that) Netanyahu does not (want) a new ‘Diplomatic Horizon’ but” intends blocking Palestinian self-determination.

He and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon bear full responsibility for Sunday’s declaration. It “cannot pass without…

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THOSE ‘DANCING ISRAELIS’ ARE AT IT AGAIN

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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro claimed on Monday that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad was behind the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group,AFP reports.

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Fidel Castro Claims Mossad is Behind the Islamic State

Former Cuban leader claims U.S. Senator McCain collaborated with the Mossad to create the Islamic State terrorist group.
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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro claimed on Monday that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad was behind the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group,AFP reports.

Castro’s claims were made in a column published in Cuban media in which he lashed out at the United States and Europe and accused them of war-mongering. He also compared the NATO military alliance’s representatives to the Nazi SS.

Castro also attacked U.S. Senator John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him “Israel’s most unconditional ally.”

He singled out McCain, the 2008 Republican…

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| Stonehenge: ghostly outlines of missing stones appear!

Stonehenge: ghostly outlines of missing stones appear ~ , Science Correspondent, The Telegraph.

Archaeologists can now say for certain that Stonehenge was once a complete circle after the dry weather revealed the ghostly outlines of missing stones.

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It is a mystery which has intrigued archaeologists for centuries: did the huge Neolithic stones which make up Stonehenge form a complete circle?

Now the puzzle has been answered after the dry summer revealed the faint outline of the missing megaliths.

Usually the ground is watered by stewards, to keep the earth moist and the grass healthy.

But this year, the hose they used was too short to reach the whole site. By chance, the incomplete section of the inner stone circle was left to dry out.

When archaeological features have been buried in the ground for a long time, they affect the rate that grass grows above them, even long after they have disappeared.

In the past heatwaves have picked out the eerie outlines of Roman forts, Iron age earthworks and the remains of stone age monuments.

English Heritage said the find was ‘really significant’ and said if they had bought a longer hosepipe, the marks may never have been spotted.

“A lot of people assume we’ve excavated the entire site and everything we’re ever going to know about the monument is known,” said Susan Greaney, from English Heritage.

“But actually there’s quite a lot we still don’t know and there’s quite a lot that can be discovered just through non-excavation methods.

“It’s great that people who know the site really well and look at it every day were able to spot these parch marks and recognise them for what they were.

“We maintain the grass with watering when it’s very dry in the summer, but our hosepipe doesn’t reach to the other side of the stone circle. If we’d had a longer hosepipe we might not have been able to see them.

“It’s really significant, and it shows us just how much we still have to learn about Stonehenge.”

Historians have long wondered whether Stonehenge was an intentionally-incomplete circle, but countless high resolution geophysical surveys and excavations have failed to give the answer.

Staff only water the site during the driest weeks of summer, but the hosepipe doesn’t reach to the south-west quadrant where there is a gap in the circle.

Worker Tim Daw spotted the patches on the ground – now thought to be ‘stone holes’ – where the grass was more parched.

He said: “I was standing on the public path looking at the grass near the stones and thinking that we needed to find a longer hosepipe to get the parched patches to green up.

“A sudden light-bulb moment in my head, and I remembered that the marks were where archaeologists had looked without success for signs that there had been stone holes, and that parch marks can signify them.

“I called my colleague over and he saw them and realised their possible significance as well. Not being archaeologists we called in the professionals to evaluate them.

“I am still amazed and very pleased that simply really looking at something, that tens of thousands of people had unwittingly seen, can reveal secrets that sophisticated machinery can’t.”

 
 

| Zio double-standard: Why the silence over the assault on George Galloway?

Why the silence over the assault on George Galloway? ~ Peter Oborne, the Daily Telegraph’s chief political commentator.

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Last Friday evening a British MP suffered a vicious assault on a London street. George Galloway, a 61-year-old, six-times-elected politician was beaten up for three minutes by a brutal and determined assailant in broad daylight, and was admitted to hospital as a result.

There are grounds for assuming that the motive was political, and the assault occurred due to Galloway’s criticism of Israeli actions in the Middle East. The assailant was reportedly shouting comparing Galloway to Hitler, and shouting about the Holocaust.

There is something very disturbing about the response to this event by the mainstream British political establishment. Mr Galloway has received no public message of sympathy from a single MP from any party – nothing from Speaker Bercow, from the Prime Minister, or from any of the other elected political leader.

I know that Mr Galloway is a very controversial figure and that many people, for honourable reasons, disagree very strongly with his views. Yet that is irrelevant. The attack on Mr Galloway is beyond doubt an attack on British democracy itself.

It is a basic principle of our political culture that men and women must be able to speak up for the causes they believe in without threats or violent reappraisal. This attack on Mr Galloway comes just days after the Labour MP Jim Murphy was forced to abandon campaigning in Scotland for the No campaign. He cited intimidation and was advised by police to end his campaign.

Had an MP been attacked by some pro-Palestinian fanatic for his support of Israel, I guess there would have been a national outcry and rightly so. Why then the silence from the mainstream establishment following this latest outrageous assault on a British politician?

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Gorgeous George’s first interview since being attacked!

In his first interview since being violently attacked, British MP George Galloway has spoken to Nargess Moballeghi in London about the incident, and why he thinks it is not being taken seriously enough by Westminster.

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It was on this road in London that British MP George Galloway was violently assaulted on Friday.

The alleged attacker was wearing an Israel Defense Force T-shirt. He had posted angry messages about Islam and Galloway in the days leading up to the incident.

In his first interview since then, it’s clear that George Galloway is still in pain. He has a cracked rib and his jaw was dislocated.

George Galloway, British MP: “It’s an attack on parliament, it’s an attack on democracy, it’s an attack on my constituents. Not just the geographic constituents of Bradford West, though it is, but the wider constituency that I speak for which by anybodies reckoning is some millions of people, all of who have a right to represented, all of who have a right to have their views represented without being clubbed down in the street”

George Galloway is a six-time elected MP with a political career spanning over four decades. He says he is surprised at the silence of Westminster over the attack.

George Galloway, British MP: “Now we are always hearing about Muslim extremists. I just ask you this question if a Muslim fanatic supporter of Hamas had attacked say a pro-Israel MP on the streets of London would this story be rather bigger than the story about the attack on me?”

The police arrested a 39 year old man in connection with the attack. He appeared in court on Monday.

Appearing here at the Hammersmith magistrates Court, Neil Masterson pleaded not guilty to the religiously-motivated attack on MP George Galloway. He was denied bail and his case will now be sent to the crown court. The next hearing is on September 15th. Nargess Moballeghi, Press TV, London

 

| To really combat terror, end support for Saudi Arabia!

To really combat terror, end support for Saudi Arabia ~ The Guardian, Sunday 31 August 2014.

Ramped up rhetoric on security makes no sense so long as the west cosies up to dictatorships that support fundamentalism.

The so-called war on terror is nearly 13 years old, but which rational human being will be cheering its success? We’ve had crackdowns on civil liberties across the world, tabloid-fanned generalisations about Muslims and, of course, military interventions whose consequences have ranged from the disastrous to the catastrophic. And where have we ended up? Wars that Britons believe have made them less safe; jihadists too extreme even for al-Qaida’s tastes running amok in Iraq and Syria; and nations like Libya succumbing to Islamist militias. There are failures, and then there are calamities.

But as the British government ramps up the terror alert to “severe” and yet more anti-terror legislation is proposed, some reflection after 13 years of disaster is surely needed. One element has been missing, and that is the west’s relationship with Middle Eastern dictatorships that have played a pernicious role in the rise of Islamist fundamentalist terrorism. And no wonder: the west is militarily, economically and diplomatically allied with these often brutal regimes, and our media all too often reflects the foreign policy objectives of our governments.

Take Qatar. There is evidence that, as the US magazine The Atlantic puts it, “Qatar’s military and economic largesse has made its way to Jabhat al-Nusra”, an al-Qaida group operating in Syria. Less than two weeks ago, Germany’s development minister, Gerd Mueller, was slapped down afterpointing the finger at Qatar for funding Islamic State (Isis).

While there is no evidence to suggest Qatar’s regime is directly funding Isis, powerful private individuals within the state certainly are, and arms intended for other jihadi groups are likely to have fallen into their hands. According to a secret memo signed by Hillary Clinton, released by Wikileaks, Qatar has the worst record of counter-terrorism cooperationwith the US.

And yet, where are the western demands for Qatar to stop funding international terrorism or being complicit in the rise of jihadi groups? Instead, Britain arms Qatar’s dictatorship, selling it millions of pounds worth of weaponry including “crowd-control ammunition” and missile parts. There are other reasons for Britain to keep stumm, too. Qatar owns lucrative chunks of Britain such as the Shard, a big portion of Sainsbury’s and a slice of the London Stock Exchange.

Then there’s Kuwait, slammed by Amnesty International for curtailing freedom of expression, beating and torturing demonstrators and discriminating against women. Hundreds of millions have been channelledby wealthy Kuwaitis to Syria, again ending up with groups like Jabhat al-Nusra.

Kuwait has refused to ban the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, a supposed charity designated by the US Treasury as an al-Qaida bankroller. David Cohen, the US Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, has even described Kuwait as the “epicentre of fundraising for terrorist groups in Syria”. As Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, an associate fellow at Chatham House, told me: “High profile Kuwaiti clerics were quite openly supporting groups like al-Nusra, using TV programmes in Kuwait to grandstand on it.” All of this is helped by lax laws on financing and money laundering, he says.

But don’t expect any concerted action from the British government. Kuwait is “an important British ally in the region”, as the British governmentofficially puts it. Tony Blair has become the must-have accessory of every self-respecting dictator, ranging from Kazakhstan to Egypt; Kuwait was Tony Blair Associates’ first client in a deal worth £27m. Britain has approved hundreds of arms licences to Kuwait since 2003, recently including military software and anti-riot shields.

And then, of course, there is the dictatorship in Saudi Arabia. Much of the world was rightly repulsed when Isis beheaded the courageous journalist James Foley. Note, then, that Saudi Arabia has beheaded 22 people since 4 August. Among the “crimes” that are punished with beheading are sorcery and drug trafficking.

Around 2,000 people have been killed since 1985, their decapitated corpses often left in public squares as a warning. According to Amnesty International, the death penalty “is so far removed from any kind of legal parameters that it is almost hard to believe”, with the use of torture to extract confessions commonplace. Shia Muslims are discriminated against and women are deprived of basic rights, having to seek permission from a man before they can even travel or take up paid work.

Even talking about atheism has been made a terrorist offence and in 2012, 25-year-old Hamza Kashgari was jailed for 20 months for tweeting about the prophet Muhammad. Here are the fruits of the pact between an opulent monarchy and a fanatical clergy.

This human rights abusing regime is deeply complicit in the rise of Islamist extremism too. Following the Soviet invasion, the export of the fundamentalist Saudi interpretation of Islam – Wahhabism – fused with Afghan Pashtun tribal code and helped to form the Taliban. The Saudi monarchy would end up suffering from blowback as al-Qaida eventually turned against the kingdom.

Chatham House professor Paul Stevens says: “For a long time, there was an unwritten agreement … whereby al-Qaida’s presence was tolerated in Saudi Arabia, but don’t piss inside the tent, piss outside.” Coates Ulrichsen warns that Saudi policy on Syria could be “Afghanistan on steroids”, as elements of the regime have turned a blind eye to where funding for anti-Assad rebels ends up.

Although Saudi Arabia has given $100m (£60m) to the UN anti-terror programme and the country’s grand mufti has denounced Isis as “enemy number one”, radical Salafists across the Middle East receive ideological and material backing from within the kingdom. According to Clinton’s leaked memo, Saudi donors constituted “the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide”.

But again, don’t expect Britain to act. Our alliance with the regime dates back to 1915, and Saudi Arabia is the British arms industry’s biggest market, receiving £1.6bn of military exports. There are now more than 200 joint ventures between UK and Saudi companies worth $17.5bn.

So much rhetoric about terrorism; so many calls to act. Yet Britain’s foreign policy demonstrates how empty such words are. Our allies are up to their necks in complicity with terrorism, but as long as there is money to be made and weapons to sell, our rulers’ lips will remain stubbornly sealed.

 

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Prime Minister David Cameron at a news conference in Downing Street. ‘As the British government ramps up the terror alert to ‘severe’ and yet more anti-terror legislation is proposed, some reflection after 13 years of disaster are surely needed.’ Photograph: Paul Hackett/PA

 

| UK: Rickets returns as poor families find healthy diets unaffordable!

Rickets returns as poor families find healthy diets unaffordable ~ The Observer, Saturday 30 August 2014.

The UK Faculty of Public Health will call for national food policy including sugar tax as concerns rise over vitamin deficiencies.

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Boxes of food on shelving ready to be picked for distribution at a food bank in Orpington, Kent. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Poverty is forcing people to have dangerously poor diets and is leading to the return of rickets and gout – diseases of the Victorian age that affect bones and joints – according the UK Faculty of Public Health.

The public health professionals’ body will call for a national food policy,including a sugar tax, as concerns rise over malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies in British children. It will also appeal for all political parties to back a living wage to help combat the illnesses.

Doctors and hospitals are seeing a rise in children suffering from ailments caused by poor diet and the faculty has linked the trend to people’s inability to afford quality food. Latest figures show there has been a 19% increase in people hospitalised in England and Wales for malnutrition over the past 12 months but experts say this is only the extreme end.

Dr John Middleton, from the FPH, said the calls would come in the faculty’s manifesto to be published next month and warned that ill-health arising from poor diets was worsening throughout Britain “through extreme poverty and the use of food banks“.

He saidthat obesity remained the biggest problem of food poverty as families are forced into choosing cheap, processed high fat foods just to survive. “It’s getting worse because people can’t afford good quality food,” he said. “Malnutrition, rickets and other manifestations of extreme poor diet are becoming apparent. GPs are reporting rickets anecdotally in Manchester, the East End of London, Birmingham and the West Midlands. It is a condition we believed should have died out.

“The vitamin deficiency states of gout, malnutrition being seen in hospital admission statistics are extreme manifestations of specific dietary deficiencies or excesses, but they are markers of a national diet which is poor. Food prices up 12%, fuel prices up double-figure percentages and wages down is a toxic combination, forcing more people to eat unhealthily.”

He said many policy makers forgot the impact of rising energy prices on diet. “That is the bit people dont really appreciate – a processed meal from a supermarket will need less feeding the meter as of course will a fast food take out. Poor people are having to pay out more of their income on food compared to the better off. There are difficult choices for people on low income.”

Carmel McConnell, founder of the Magic Breakfast charity, which provides a free breakfast to 8,500 British schoolchildren in need each morning, said teachers in the schools she worked in expected to see a dramatic decline in the health of their pupils as they return after the holidays: “Teachers tell us they know even with free school meals it will take two to three weeks to get their kids back up to the weight they were at the end of the last school term because their families cannot afford the food during the holidays.”

McConnell and Middleton both welcome the Nick Clegg-led intiative to start universal free school meals in schools for younger children, although critics are claiming that schools, already facing a dire shortage of places, may find it difficult to accommodate when the scheme is rolled out later this week.

The UK has 3.8 million children in extreme poverty. Charities such as theTrussell Trust report growing need for food banks but say that some of the items donated can be of poor quality.Dr Middleton said: “If the nutritional diseases are markers of a poor diet, the food banks are markers of extreme poverty – the evidence from Trussell Trust suggests the biggest group of users are hard working poor families who have lost benefits, live on low and declining wages and or they have fallen foul of draconian benefits sanctions which propel them into acute poverty and hunger. This is a disastrous and damning indictment on current welfare policy and a shame on the nation. The food banks are providing a real and valued service staving off actual hunger – they are actually keeping people alive.”

 

 

| UK: New powers are not needed on passports!

New powers are not needed on passports ~ The Guardian, Sunday 31 August 2014.

The government’s claim that it needs new powers to deny British passports is false. In April 2013 it said “passport facilities may be refused to or withdrawn from British nationals who may seek to harm the UK or its allies by travelling on a British passport to, for example, engage in terrorism-related activity or other serious or organised criminal activity”. Nothing has changed since then. No new powers are needed. The prime minister’s statements – and the legal proposals – are just to be “seen to be doing something”. This kind of politics – law reform as propaganda and distraction – undermines democratic debate.

The Guardian has not yet looked beneath these claims. Your Analysis article (How do you rein in extremists when your hands are tied?, 30 August) confuses British citizenship with possession of a British passport. These are not the same thing: the views attributed to government lawyers relate to deprivation of the former, not denial of the latter. Your front page (New powers to tackle Isis threat, 30 August) is likewise lacking in independent analysis. The political announcements are noise. By your unconsidered amplification, you help lay the ground for the security services to demand emergency laws to yet further constrain our liberties. (Those same security services who so completely failed to prepare for Isis, and yet who keep their jobs.) The Guardian has led the way in explaining Snowden. Please may we have the same attention to detail here?
Simon Cox
Migration lawyer, Open Society Justice Initiative

• Instead of new powers to tackle Isis, wouldn’t Cameron do better to focus on the fact that “Muslims in the UK suffer more than double the UK’s average poverty level” (Letters, 30 August)?
Roy Boffy
Walsall, West Midlands

 

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‘The government’s claim that it needs new powers to deny British passports is false,’ writes Simon Cox.

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