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Woman Says George H.W. Bush Groped Her When She Was 16: ‘I Was a Child’

13 November 2017 | Time

Bush, then 79 years old, groped her buttocks at a November 2003 event in The Woodlands, Texas, office of the CIA where Corrigan’s father gathered with fellow intelligence officers and family members to meet Bush, Corrigan said. Corrigan is the sixth woman since October 24 to accuse Bush publicly of grabbing her buttocks without consent.

Winners and losers in unfair Government hand-out revealed by new maps

15 March 2017 | My Nottingham News

These new heat maps show us graphically for the first time the real picture of the unfair way the money from the Transition Grant Scheme was handed out across the country. We can clearly see how the largest pots of funding has been concentrated in Conservative councils in the south of the country while more northerly, predominantly Labour councils have received little or nothing.

An Open Letter to Britain’s Leading Violent Extremist: David Cameron

20 July 2015 | Nafeez Ahmed

It is with deep disappointment that I read excerpts of your speech provided by Downing Street to the press, purporting to set out a five-year strategy to tackle fundamentalist terrorism, which — whatever its intentions — is thoroughly misguided, and destined to plunge this country, as well as the Middle East, into further chaos and misery.

Greatest Threat to Free Speech Comes Not From Terrorism, But From Those Claiming to Fight It

13 May 2015 | The Intercept

We learned recently from Paris that the Western world is deeply and passionately committed to free expression and ready to march and fight against attempts to suppress it. That’s a really good thing, since there are all sorts of severe suppression efforts underway in the West — perpetrated not by The Terrorists but by the Western politicians claiming to fight them.

David Cameron to unveil new limits on extremists' activities in Queen's speech

13 May 2015 | Guardian

The measures would give the police powers to apply to the high court for an order to limit the “harmful activities” of an extremist individual. The definition of harmful is to include a risk of public disorder, a risk of harassment, alarm or distress or creating a “threat to the functioning of democracy”.

How Big Money and Big Brother won the British Elections

8 May 2015 | INSURGE intelligence

The ultimate determinant of which party won the elections was the money behind their political campaigns — the winning and losing parties correlate directly with the quantity of funding received. Yet there is also compelling evidence of another factor — interference from Britain’s security services.

White supremacists at the heart of Whitehall

6 March 2015 | Middle East Eye

Behind the facade of concern about terrorism is a network of extremist neoconservative ideologues, hell-bent on promoting discrimination and violence against Muslims and political activists who criticise Israeli and Western government policies.

Pinkoes and Traitors by Jean Seaton: review – my father, the BBC and a very British coup

27 February 2015 | Guardian

It must be galling for true believers in Margaret Thatcher’s privatising mission that 35 years after she launched it two of the country’s most popular institutions, the NHS and the BBC, are still publicly owned. It doesn’t quite fit the tale of the triumph of the market. Both organisations still deliver prized universal public services, anathema to the neoliberal mindset. But both also bear the scars of the Thatcherite onslaught, continued under New Labour and Tory governments, including in the form of outsourcing and internal markets.

Thatcher stopped Peter Hayman being named as paedophile-link civil servant

2 February 2015 | Guardian

Margaret Thatcher was adamant officials should not publicly name Sir Peter Hayman, a senior diplomat connected to a paedophile scandal, even after she had been fully briefed on his activities, examination of formerly secret papers released to the National Archives shows.

Right-wing group defiant after Tory MP disowns them

8 August 2013 | Channel 4 News

The Traditional Britain Group tells Channel 4 News it wants black Britons like Doreen Lawrence to return to “their natural homelands”. Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has distanced himself from the anti-immigration group after it emerged that he gave an after-dinner talk to members in May.

Lansley's recession blog apology

25 November 2008 | BBC News

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley has apologised for remarks he made saying a recession could be “good for us” in many ways.

Oligarch's adviser funds Tory

25 October 2008 | Guardian

A British businessman who represents a Ukrainian oligarch is paying tens of thousands of pounds in donations to the Tories, the Guardian can disclose. Payments made by the businessman's company have caused concern to the Electoral Commission, which queried some of the donations earlier this year.

How the Anglo-American elite shares its ‘values’

13 December 2007 | John Pilger

The ‘values we share’ are celebrated by a shadowy organisation that has just held its annual conference. This is the British-American Project for the Successor Generation (BAP), set up in 1985 with money from a Philadelphia trust with a long history of supporting right-wing causes.

Donor condemns Cameron leadership

7 August 2007 | BBC News

A Conservative donor has accused David Cameron of an “arrogant, Old Etonian” style of leadership and said he would give the party no more money.

Hypocrisy claim over Cameron bike

28 April 2006 | BBC News

Conservative leader David Cameron has been attacked over his green agenda because he cycles to work — but then has his car follow with his briefcase.

Churchill for dummies

24 April 2004 | Spectator

Winston S. Churchill is the hero of George W. Bush and the neocons. But, says Michael Lind, they know very little about the great wartime leader. If they did, they'd be horrified.

Drug dealer tried to call Howard as trial witness

9 November 2003 | Observer

As he walked away from HMP Kirkham, an open prison just outside Preston last Thursday morning, Simon Bakerman looked for all the world like any other anonymous ex-con taking his first steps of freedom. In fact, Bakerman, who had spent just over a year in jail for running an amphetamine factory at a Liverpool warehouse, is a cousin of the new Tory leader Michael Howard.

Tory expelled over BNP row

24 August 2001 | BBC News

The Tory activist sacked from Iain Duncan Smith's leadership team for his links to the far-right British National Party has been expelled from the Conservatives. Acting Tory chairman David Prior said the action was taken against Edgar Griffin for “assisting the British National Party”, of which his son Nick Griffin is chairman.

Senior Tory tangled up in oil fraud probe

22 July 2001 | Guardian

Influential Tory MP Alan Duncan has become embroiled in a criminal investigation over an allegedly illegal multi-million-pound oil deal. The Pakistan government is probing a huge oil shipment in 1993, when British firm Vitol sold 280,000 tonnes of ‘contaminated’ oil to the country's state-owned power company. The fuel is alleged to have caused millions of pounds worth of damage to power stations.

Hague plays ‘patriot’ card

4 March 2001 | BBC News

In an emotional speech which instantly saw him accused of xenophobia and racism, he warned that a second Labour government would sell Britain down the river.

Winston Churchill gets a Mohican: damaging a criminal

5 May 2000 | SchNEWS

One pleasing improvement to Parliament Sq on Mayday was the green turf mohican and painted communist hammer and sickle on the statue of that racist old bigot Winston Churchill. He once described communists as “swarms of typhus-bearing vermin” and held similar views about everyone else who wasn't rich, reactionary and British like himself.


Shock poll: Royal love affair is over

14 May 2018 | Republic

A YouGov poll published today shows the public's love affair with the Royal Family is at an end. The results give a clear picture of widespread disinterest in the Royals and a lack of enthusiasm for Saturday's royal wedding.

Viscount jailed for offering money for killing of Gina Miller

13 July 2017 | Guardian

Rhodri Philipps, the fourth Viscount St Davids, was convicted on Tuesday of two counts of sending malicious communications. He wrote on Facebook that he would put up “£5,000 for the first person to ‘accidentally’ run over this bloody troublesome first-generation immigrant”.

Ulster aristocrat who welcomed Hitler's Nazi henchman to Co Down

21 July 2015 | Belfast Telegraph

The furious row over the footage of the Queen giving a Nazi salute more than 80 years ago has reopened the debate on the links between an aristocratic Ulster family and Adolf Hitler, whose hated henchman Joachim Von Ribbentrop visited their Mount Stewart estate on the shores of Strangford Lough in 1936.

Prince of Wales’s flight bill soars above £1 million

22 June 2015 | Times

His love of the environment is unrivalled, but the Prince of Wales’s carbon footprint appears to have grown in the past year if the bill is anything to go by. Figures out this week are expected to show that he spent £1 million of public money on air travel, due in part to his chartering of a private jet.

Former King wanted England bombed and an Anglo-German alliance, archives reveal

8 June 2015 | The Conversation

Over the past eight years I have accumulated damning evidence by sifting through 30 archives all over the world that are open. Intelligence reports and German, Spanish and Russian documents show members of the British royal family were indeed far closer to Nazi Germany than has previously been recognised.

9/11 plotter says Saudi royals backed Al-Qaeda

4 February 2015 | Agence France-Presse

The only Al-Qaeda plotter convicted over the 9/11 attacks has told American lawyers that members of the Saudi royal family donated millions of dollars to the terror group in the 1990s.

Special Report: U.S. cables detail Saudi royal welfare program

28 February 2011 | Reuters

When Saudi King Abdullah arrived home last week, he came bearing gifts: handouts worth $37 billion, apparently intended to placate Saudis of modest means and insulate the world's biggest oil exporter from the wave of protest sweeping the Arab world.

WikiLeaks cables: Prince Andrew demanded special BAE briefing

30 November 2010 | Guardian

Prince Andrew used his royal position to demand a special briefing from the Serious Fraud Office weeks before launching a tirade against the agency's “idiotic” investigators at a lunch with businessmen in Kyrgyzstan.

Queen wants extra £44m to refurbish palaces

19 September 2009 | Telegraph

The Queen is privately pushing for taxpayers to contribute an extra £44 million to the Royal household to cover the cost of refurbishments, letters released by the Treasury have disclosed.

Documents Back Saudi Link to Extremists

23 June 2009 | New York Times

Documents gathered by lawyers for the families of Sept. 11 victims provide new evidence of extensive financial support for Al Qaeda and other extremist groups by members of the Saudi royal family, but the material may never find its way into court because of legal and diplomatic obstacles.

Pinning the blame for 9/11

31 May 2008 | Inquirer

Special Report: A Phila. law firm wages an epic legal battle to win billions from Saudi Arabia.

BAE: secret papers reveal threats from Saudi prince

15 February 2008 | Guardian

Saudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.

Touchy subject of royal links with Nazi Germany

13 January 2005 | London Evening Standard

Linked by blood but twice divided by war, the royal family's relationship with Germany, its people and its troubled history has long been a sensitive one.

Queen's ‘punchy’ cousin accused of making Nazi salute

28 November 2004 | Scotsman

Prince Ernst August of Hanover, 26th in line to the throne, was last night accused of calling an airport security worker “an arsehole” and giving him a Nazi salute, just hours before he was fined more than £300,000 for violence.

Kerry is related to King Harald

22 April 2004 | Nettavisen

The Democrat's president candidate John Kerry is related to King Harald of Norway, and according to one expert, royal relation ensures that he will win the election this fall.

Britain's Real Monarch

3 January 2004 | Channel 4

In investigating the life of Richard III, Tony Robinson was shown evidence to suggest that the royal line was tainted by the illegitimacy of Edward IV. As such, every monarch since has actually had no legitimate claim to the throne.

Diana letter sensation: ‘they will try to kill me’

20 October 2003 | Mirror

Princess Diana claimed there was a plot to kill her in a car crash in a handwritten letter only 10 months before she died. She gave it to her butler Paul Burrell with orders that he should keep it as “insurance” for the future.

Saudi princes ‘linked’ to bin Laden

1 September 2003 | Telegraph

Strained Saudi-US relations were dealt another blow yesterday with the publication of allegations directly linking Osama bin Laden to leading Saudi princes.

Britons held over ‘Royal sex ring’

25 April 2003 | Scotsman

Two British men have been arrested in Paris on suspicion of running a multi-million-dollar call girl ring that allegedly supplied prostitutes to princes, film stars and captains of industry.

Saudi envoy in UK linked to 9/11

2 March 2003 | Observer

Riyadh's former intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, has been accused in US court documents of helping to fund al-Qaeda.

America's banker raises smile from the Queen

27 September 2002 | Telegraph

Alan Greenspan, chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board, received an honorary knighthood from the Queen yesterday and joked that the Government had worn him out during his visit to Britain.

Belgium defends king against ‘assault’

18 September 2001 | BBC News

The Belgian Government has threatened legal action against one of France's leading publishers for releasing a book linking King Albert II to a paedophilia scandal.

To the Manor Bought

February 2001 | Atlantic

Aristocratic status is just a mouse click and a bank transfer away.

Royal Red Carpet is Path to White House

25 October 2000 | ABC News

When it comes to picking the winner in the American presidential race, Britain's leading chroniclers of royal ancestors say they've never been wrong — not once in almost 200 years.

Queen's bank denies fraud probe claims

11 July 1999 | BBC News

The Royal Family's bank, Coutts & Co, is being investigated by US authorities over allegations involving fraud and money laundering, according to a newspaper report.

How Arab Billionaires avoid tax in Britain

19 June 1988 | Sunday Times

One of the world's biggest and most active investment groups pays not a penny in tax in Britain, even though its portfolio of shares and bonds in this country is estimated at £15bn and its annual British profits from dividends and capital gains are thought to run to between £1-1½bn.

Bush Family

How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

25 September 2004 | Guardian

Rumours of a link between the US first family and the Nazi war machine have circulated for decades. Now the Guardian can reveal how repercussions of events that culminated in action under the Trading with the Enemy Act are still being felt by today's president.

Bush and the Nazis: New Documents

26 November 2003 | Guerrilla News Network

A journalist uncovers new docs linking the Bush dynasty to the Nazis. A noted historian examines the explosive charges.

The Saudi Connection

29 October 2003 | the fifth estate, CBC News

Is it a conspiracy or a coincidence? There is a long and tangled history between the Bush family and the elite of Saudi Arabia.

Bush suffers Nazi jibe from Germans

20 September 2002 | Guardian

Germany's justice minister heightened the tension between Washington and Berlin over possible military action in Iraq yesterday by comparing the tactics of George Bush to those of Adolf Hitler.

Heir to the Holocaust

May/June 2002 | Clamor

Prescott Bush, $1.5 million, and Auschwitz: how the Bush family wealth is linked to the holocaust.

Bin Laden's relatives made a first-class escape

9 November 2001 | San Francisco Chronicle

Even though I've spent some time with the rich and powerful, I'm still naive about how small their world is. It came as a shock to me that President Bush's family and Osama bin Laden's family have socialized with each other and been involved in business ventures together.

What really happened in Florida?

16 February 2001 | Newsnight, BBC

We want to know whether George W Bush won the election or did brother Jeb steal it for him? Our investigation suggest the answer lies in this shuttered building and in a very expensive contract between Governor Jeb's division of elections and a private company named DBT, which ‘accidentally’ wiped off the voter rolls thousands of Democratic voters.

The Bush-Cheney Drug Empire

24 October 2000 | From The Wilderness

Brown and Root's past as well as the past of Dick Cheney himself, connect to the international drug trade on more than one occasion and in more than one way.

Bilderberg Group

Inside the secretive Bilderberg Group

29 September 2005 | BBC News

How much influence do private networks of the rich and powerful have on government policies and international relations? One group, the Bilderberg, has often attracted speculation that it forms a shadowy global government. As part of the BBC's Who Runs Your World? series, Bill Hayton tries to find out more.

Bilderberg: The ultimate conspiracy theory

3 June 2004 | BBC News

The Bilderberg group, an elite coterie of Western thinkers and power-brokers, has been accused of fixing the fate of the world behind closed doors. As the organisation marks its 50th anniversary, rumours are more rife than ever.

Elite power brokers' secret meeting

15 May 2003 | BBC News

The world's financial and political elite are to hold a closed meeting in France on Thursday where delegates are expected to be focusing their attention on post war Iraq.

Register reveals Archer's forecourt interest

14 May 2002 | Guardian

An updated register of Lords' interests was published today — revealing that the disgraced peer Lord Archer has shares in a second-hand car dealership and that Lord Black of Crossharbour, the owner of the Daily Telegraph, is a member of the secretive Bilderberg organisation.

Weekend break for the global elite

25 May 2001 | Guardian

The annual meeting of the secretive Bilderberg group is underway, much to the delight of the conspiracy theorists, writes Madeleine Bunting.

Skull and Bones

Skeleton in the Bush family cupboard

9 May 2006 | Telegraph

One of America's great historical controversies intensified yesterday with the publication of fresh evidence that members of an elite secret society may have dug up the remains of the Indian leader Geronimo and displayed his skull in their headquarters.

The secret society that ties Bush and Kerry

1 February 2004 | Telegraph

Revelations that leading candidates for the US presidency were “Skull and Bones” members have provoked claims of elitism. Charles Laurence reports from New York.

Kerry made his Bones in secret club — like Bush

15 May 2003 | Boston Herald

Sen. John F. Kerry expounds on many issues in his presidential campaign, but he's completely silent on one topic: his membership in Skull and Bones, Yale's infamous secret society.

White House ‘Bonesman’ leads nation into the dark

25 September 2002 | USA Today

Bush, a loyal and particularly active member of Skull and Bones, a mysterious, historically misogynist Yale-based secret society, seems to have done almost all he can to promote a level of secrecy in government not seen since the Nixon administration.

‘Secrets of the Tomb’

4 September 2002 | The Today Show, MSNBC

Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power.

George W., Knight of Eulogia

May 2000 | Atlantic

A rare look inside Skull and Bones, the Yale secret society and sometime haunt of the presumptive Republican nominee for President.

Bohemian Grove