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Police in Delaware arrested Henry ‘Hank’ Wojnisz, 31, for allegedly selling heroin. He was carrying a young child when he was spotted. Police says the suspect urinated on himself before they discovered 92 bags of heroin (1.38g) labeled “Lacoste” and 12 doses of Suboxone in his possession.
Wojnisz has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly/likely to cause injury, resisting arrest and other related offences.
He then posed for this great mug shot.
In First Date With Carl, Carl recalls how he shat his pants on a first date.
Liverpool fans Kieth Culvin (correct spelling) has been awarded £4,000 after suing Greater Manchester Police over a false arrest claim. In 2013, Culvin was at Old Trafford to watch Liverpool take on Manchester United.
After the match, police held back the Liverpool fans, treating them as criminals without any crime having been committed. Culvin needed the toilet. As an adult who paid his way to watch the match, he expected to be able to visit the little boy’s room. But having raised his hand and asked permission, the police told him to wait.
This was despite an agreement between supporters’ group The Spirit of Shankly and the GMP that the loos would be available for Reds’ fans kept in the stadium after the final whistle. Culvin claimed he was negotiating with the police at the time when a local copper took a tumble near him, leading the authorities to wrongfully arrest the Liverpool fan for an alleged assault.
However, the case against Culvin was eventually dropped when mobile phone footage cleared him of any wrongdoing. Here’s the footage…
Following that, the still aggrieved fan launched a legal case of his own against the GMP, culminating in the £4,000 payout.
I think the outcome vindicates myself – I did nothing wrong. My worry is that other supporters might not know they can pursue these matters further if it happens to them. I think more should, as that is the only way we will get behaviour changed and as supporters be treated properly. I’ve still continued to meet with GMP to discuss policing of supporters at Old Trafford and thankfully no other issues like this have occurred so far.
Amanda Jacks of the Football Supporters’ Federation, who supported Culvin in his legal action against the GMP, said:
What made the real difference here… was Kieth himself having the presence of mind to ask his fellow fans to use their mobile phones to film events as they unfolded.
Who police’s the police?
Video: Spirit of Shankly
The Daily Express has some immigration news. Always useful to hear what the Express thinks about the issue. But it doesn’t think. It merely states facts:
Every illegal immigrant costs YOU £36K a year: The cost of migrant centres revealed
Incidentally, the Express has previously told us:
Migrant beggars are raking in up to £36,000 a year from gullible kind-hearted Brits
The story was based on the words of a single copper and some creative maths:
In Nottingham, Police Sergeant Huw Jones said: “We have heard of several people who have boasted of earning up to £700 a week.”
But not one he identified in the paper – let alone one who earned £50,000 before tax, as the Express put it.
The paper then warned / promised:
The problem is set to get worse when our borders are flung open to tens of thousands of Bulgarians and Romanians in just over a fortnight’s time.
So to today’s £36,000 story on kind-hearted Brits and those nefarious foreign spongers.
Rebecca Perring writes:
Undocumented workers facing deportation are languishing in detention for months and even years – which costs the public purse a staggering £164.4 million…
That figure is from a Government report not cited in the paper.
In 2013/14 the total cost of running the Immigration Detention Estate was £164.4m. This includes all costs, including running costs, rent, depreciation and other costs, for all Immigration Removal Centres, Short Term Holding Facilities and amounts paid for spaces in the main prisons estate.
And some how that works out at £36,000 for each and every one of us.
But come on, guys, it’s getting cheaper:
Such are the facts…
— Stephan Richter (@RichterSteph) September 8, 2015
The refugee crisis has introduced us in the West to Hungarian newshound Petra László. We’ve yet to review all of Petra’s work, but we know her showreel ends with a broadcast from the Röszke refugee centre. In it we see Petra tripping up a man carrying a small child. He falls to the ground. She stands over him. Sacked by her employers, Petra has explained all in right wing daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet,
It is in every inch the non-apology apology, a dishonest tactic that constructs a sympathetic backstory and motive for the action.
Is Legend, the big screen biopic about black-and-white British gangsters the Kray Twins, any good? Benjamin Lee answers that question in his review for The Guardian. He says:
It’s a disappointingly shallow take on a fascinating period of time and leaves us sorely uninformed, as if we’ve skim-read a pamphlet. The legend might live on but Legend certainly won’t.
He gave it just two stars from a possible five. The film’s marketing team saw it and slapped it on the official posters.
…in a stroke of brazen genius, the marketing department tasked with selling the shoddy true crime tale decided to embrace the mediocrity of my review and found a devious solution. Note: focus between the ears.
Stellar work from Canal Plus.
The FBI is watching you users of porn app. Porn Droid. If you’re looking at smut on your Android phone, the FBI will lock it, display a message that you are on the official porn-watchers register, take your photo and fine you $500. Of course, this is not the actual FBI, rather Russian hackers who want to shake you onanists down for cash.
The IB Times:
According to security company ESET, which uncovered the campaign, the only way to recover access to your phone is through a factory reset, which means that all your photos, videos and contacts will be deleted and, unless they have been backed up, will be lost forever.
File under: spot the real wankers.
Writing in the Independent, Robert Fisk talks abut Hungary, a land that “must look to its own history for migrant guidance”. The part of Hungary’s history Fisk wants the people to hack back to is a very narrow era:
Funny what a weather-vane the Second World War becomes in the hands of politicians and journalists. Europe faces the biggest refugee crisis since the 1939-1945 conflict, we are solemnly told. And there are the Hungarian police standing before the crowds of poor and desperate souls – most of them Muslims – outside Budapest’s main railway station, where even ticket-holders could not board the trains. Funny how the old memory buds don’t kick in at this point. For just 71 years ago, the Hungarian police were forcing tens of thousands of Jews on to trains out of Budapest, desperate to get them to Auschwitz on time. Adolf Eichmann was setting the rules.
Charlotte Proudman, 27, is in the news. She posted a photo of herself on LinkedIn – perhaps one she selected to portray her at her best, or worst, or fairest, or plainest, or most trustworthy, or most diligent, or most likely to get the judge’s approval and win over the jury? (She tells the Standard it was selected to show her as “smart and neutral“.)
Lawyer Alexander Carter-Silk, 57, saw the snapshot and replied to her:
“Charlotte, delighted to connect. I appreciate that this is politically incorrect but that is a stunning picture!!!. You definitely win the prize for the best Linked in picture I have ever seen. Always inteerst to understant (sic) people’s skills and how we might work together.”
Proudman (and what nominative determinism, there, readers) went tonto. She claimed the lawyer’s words were sexist.
“I am on linked-in (sic) for business purposes, not to be approached about my physical appearance or to be objectified by sexist men.”
She did not see it as a bonus. She saw it as grossly offensive.
She slammed the lawyer’s “unacceptable and mysogynistic behaviour”.
Yeah. His compliment she decreed was a symbol of Mr Carter-Silk’s, 57, hatred of women. Hate, you see, is not only manifest in chucking acid in a woman’s face, denying them the right to vote, domestic abuse or the any other myriad offences against women. Hatred of women is manifest in telling a woman she looks good.
Proudman slapped the entire comment on twitter – presumably so we could all be aghast at Carter-Silk and tell him what a ugly dog he was.
She tells the Standard:
She acknowledges “the importance of privacy”, especially for Carter-Silk’s wife and his daughter, who is the same age as Proudman, but adds: “In this case there is a public interest that outweighs privacy. He should have thought about his actions before sending a sexist message to a 27-year-old barrister. It was a message sent to me and I have a right to expose it. If these people aren’t made to feel repercussions for actions, which are wrong, then their behaviour won’t change and the culture will remain incredibly sexist.”
She tells the Times:
“When I read the comment I thought – here we go again, another sexist message. When I saw it was from a senior professional in the law, I thought ‘no’ – this is really unacceptable. This is someone entrusted to uphold the law. If he is willing to do this on line, how does he treat his women professional colleagues? But it is typical of the sexism at the Bar – exposed in a recent Bar report – which is very bad and which I have experienced myself from both other barristers and judges.”
If that’s typical of sexism at the bar, the bar is a fine, dandy and enlightened place to be.
Barrister Blogger notes:
His offence was not a great one. He didn’t come leering over her shoulder, or rub himself against her in a crowded tube. He didn’t pinch her bottom on the train. He didn’t, as seems to be the custom these days, send her a rude photograph or even make any remotely indelicate suggestions to her, unless perhaps the suggestion of “working together” could be so construed.
He was not abusing a position of power over her: he could have no influence, or at most only a tiny amount of potential influence over the future of her career, should she decide to move away from human rights work and into the very different worlds of intellectual property and reputation management.
He simply, and rather clumsily, said, or implied, that the picture, which she herself had chosen to put on Linked In, looked very beautiful. For this she denounced him for “objectifying her” and “eroticising her physical appearance.” No doubt Ms Proudman will put me right, but I don’t see why a comment on her physical appearance “objectified” her (presumably as a sex object), any more than a comment on the quality of her work would “objectify” her as a mere barrister, rather than the fully rounded person that she is. And if Mr Carter-Silk found her picture “erotic” (which is anyway bit of a jump from saying it was “stunning”), he wasn’t “eroticising” her appearance, he was simply telling the truth about his own feelings. Men like beautiful women.
To Waco, Texas, where Gabriel Garcia, 30, and Ashley Cecilia Castaneda, 31, after being pulled over by the police. Police find 2.7 grams of methamphetamine under the driver’s seat, 29.9 grams of meth in a purse, a set of digital scales and a loaded 6-shot Smith & Wesson Model 61 semi-automatic pistol inside Garcia’s vagina.
All found items have been confiscated.
The Metropolitan Police say hate crime is up. Crimes against Muslims have risen in London by 70% on last year (816 Islamophobic compared with 478 for the previous year). Anti-Semitic crime saw the biggest year-on-year increase, rising 93 percent over the same period (499 incidents compared with 258).
How do you report the grim statistics?
According to the Muslim Council of Britain’s (MCB) study of data from the 2011 census, there are 1,012,800 Muslims living in London. Sixty percent of the UK’s 263,000 Jews live in London – 157,800. If we crunch the numbers, Jews have move than double the chance of being attacked for their race than a Muslim does for their belief.
So how is this reported in the mainstream news?
Mention of Jews: nil.
Number of times Jews are mentioned: nil.
Neither the Guardian nor the Indy finds space to mention the rise in anti-Semitic attacks at all.
The BBC is perhaps the most shocking. A search for ‘hate crime’ reveals this result:
Number of time Jewish attacks are mentioned in any of the BBC’s three most recent stories on hate crimes: nil. Once might be an oversight – three times looks like an agenda.
It’s left to the local free press presents the full story.
Such are the facts.
A camerawoman with Hungarian news site N1TV thought is an idea to make the news a tad more interactive by tripping up a refugee carrying his young child at the Roszke reception centre.
She’s been sacked.
When England footballer John Terry rowed with Anton Ferdinand, the matter came to court. In 2012, Chelsea captain Terry was acquitted of the racially aggravated public-order offence of calling QPR’s Ferdinand a “fucking black cunt“. In court the phrase became the acronym ‘FBC’. But his summing up at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, chief Magistrate Howard Riddle used the words many, many times.
The defendant does not deny that he used the words, “fuck off, fuck off”, “fucking black cunt” or “fucking knobhead”. His case is that his words were not uttered by way of abuse or insult nor were they intended to be abusive or insulting…
He says they were used after a perceived false accusation made by Mr Ferdinand, the accusation being to the effect that the defendant had used the term “black cunt” during their exchanges with each other…
The issue between the defendant and the Crown is whether Mr Terry uttered the words “fucking black cunt” by way of insult…
There is also no dispute that John Terry directed the words “black cunt” in the direction of Anton Ferdinand…
It starts off funny. And then it gets a tad wearing:
It is equally clear, and equally not in dispute, that he also directed the words “fucking knobhead” at Anton Ferdinand…
It is obvious, and again not in dispute, that at the time that John Terry said “black cunt” and “fucking knobhead” he was angry…
Ms Whitewood is of the opinion that the words spoken by John Terry are “Yeah and I [obstruction] you/ya fucking black cunt (pause) fucking knobhead”…
In cross-examination he accepted that he appears to use the word “and” and as a result the only difference between the prosecution and the defence is that the Crown alleged he says “you/ya fucking black cunt” whereas the defence case is that he said “a fucking black cunt?”…
And then it gets to being funny again:
There is then the evidence of Anton Ferdinand that he at no stage accused John Terry of calling him a black cunt…
In cross-examination Mr Ferdinand at first appeared to deny that Mr Terry said, in the dressing room, “do you think I called you are fucking black cunt?”…
There is no doubt the words “Fucking black cunt” were directed at Mr Ferdinand…
Another possibility, and this is a possibility suggested to me by the defence, is that he did indeed accuse John Terry of calling him a black cunt, knows perfectly well that the words observed on the TV footage were in response to that comment, and is lying about it…
Another doubt about the facts is what was said by Anton Ferdinand at the time of his obscene gesture to John Terry, shortly before the words “black cunt” were spoken…
And now tiring:
A related point is the way that Mr Terry’s facial expression changed at the moment he uttered the words “black cunt”…
On the other hand the footage of Mr Terry as he says “black cunt” adds credence to the defence account that something of a different order had just been said to him, something altogether more insulting…
The prosecution point out that in the FA interview Mr Terry was asked “can you remember exactly what you said back to him?” and replied “I think it was something along the lines of, “You black cunt, you’re a fucking knobhead”…
There was a word that looked like Bridges or black. There was another word that looked like cunt…
And finally you can’t stop laughing. You’re sat in the court giggling and snorting like an adolescent. You are riding the “black cunt” rollercoaster.
The prosecution has presented a strong case. There is no doubt that John Terry uttered the words “fucking black cunt” at Anton Ferdinand. When he did so he was angry. Mr Ferdinand says that he did not precipitate this comment by himself accusing Mr Terry of calling him a black cunt….
Weighing all the evidence together, I think it is highly unlikely that Mr Ferdinand accused Mr Terry on the pitch of calling him a black cunt…
And now to the video of the woman saying vagina in court.
Not long after the Blitz began the Ministry of Information commissioned Bill Brandt to photograph the air-raid shelters. The pictures were sent to Washington in an attempt to bring America into the war.
Cyril Connolly published Brandt’s shelter photographs in Horizon in February 1942. In 1966 Connolly wrote that ‘”Elephant and Castle 3.45 a.m.” eternalises for me the dreamlike monotony of wartime London.’ Brandt himself recalled ‘the long alley of intermingled bodies, with the hot, smelly air and continual murmur of snores’.
In the drawer marked ‘What could go wrong?’ we find Norm Kelly, Councillor for the City of Toronto, Canada. He wants pedestrians to give motorists the finger while crossing the road.
Kelly wants walkers to extend their arms and using their index fingers point in the direction they want to walk when using crosswalks. At which point the driver will see the walker, wonder what they are pointing at and turn their heads to see. The walker will step into the road and get a closer look at the car crash.
“Three per cent of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in Toronto occur at marked crosswalks. This is a statistic which could be significantly reduced if pedestrians make the effort to point, pause then proceed. Getting the attention of motorists before crossing the street eliminates the possibility of a collision.”
With them, yes. With other cars, shop windows, cyclists and walkers not trying to cross the road, the jury’s out.
The figures do not lie. The OFCOM MEDIA TRACKER 2014 (16th May to 20th June and 1st to 31st August and 1st to 30th November 2014) says that 2% of viewers think there is too little sex on the telly.
And that includes the nature shows.
Your heart goes out to them.
This is a dangerous time to be a Jew in Europe. Moshe Fuerst, 17, from Prestwich, suffered a fractured skull when he and three friends were attacked at Manchester’s Bowker Vale Metrolink station. Moshe is an Orthodox Jew. So too are the three friends with whom he was travelling.
Three men set upon them.
Michael Fuerst says of his son:
“My son was knocked out with one punch to the face. He went down and then he was kicked in the head. He suffered a bleed to the brain. He was intubated at North Manchester General Hospital and then put in an ambulance and taken to the neurosurgery specialist centre at Salford Royal. A soon as he arrived there he was operated on. At Crumpsall (North Manchester General) he was already slipping into a coma. I believe these men killed my son and the NHS brought him back to life…
“Moshe and his friends are good boys. They would never go looking for trouble. They had been to the Printworks to see a film… I do not believe these lads were neo-Nazis looking for Jews to beat up. But the fact that the boys are Jewish fuelled the attack in my opinion. There is an attitude amongst some people that Jewish blood is cheap, and maybe they deserve it.”
Before and after Islamophobia and the obsessive hatred of Israel, anti-Semitism will exist. It is now acceptable for anyone across the political spectrum to hate the Jews. The most ardent racism is ingrained on the Left.
And it’s growing.
Sajid Javid outs the growing band of liberal, middle-class, worthy and socially acceptable anti-Semites
UK Business Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, is right. The casual drip-drip dinner table racism is rife.
The rich Jew – all Jews are rich, says the casual bigot. The clever Jew has a plan, says the liberal racist. The hypocritical Jew who supports the ‘Nazi’ Israelis, says the morally pure Left-wing racist – eyes held wide-open in innocence at how a remark designed only to criminalise the living and dishonour the dead could be seen as anything but a benign statement of fact. Jews see the codes. We grew up with them. When others see it, shout about it.
Vote Javid. He gets it.
“But we also need to tackle the root of the problem, the often violent extremism that is on the rise around the world. And I’m not just talking about the butchers of ISIL or Al Qaeda, thousands of miles away in foreign lands. There’s plenty of intolerance much closer to home, intolerance that is disproportionately directed at the Jewish community. Some is explicit. The hate preachers, the extremist mosques, the far-Right groups.
“Some is more oblique. A search on Google produces more than half a million hits for ‘Holocaust Hoax’. Thousands more pages will tell you that a greedy Otto Frank forged his daughter’s diary in a cunning scheme to make money. Then there are the ‘dinner party anti-Semites’. Respectable, middle-class people who would recoil in horror if you accused them of racism, but are quite happy to repeat modern takes on age-old myths and slanders about Jews. Who can’t condemn the murder of Jewish children in France without a caveat criticising the Israeli government. Who demand that a Jewish American artist sign a declaration of support for Palestine if he wants to perform at a festival in Spain.
“I can’t remember the last time I spoke to a Jewish friend or colleague who hasn’t, at some point, found themselves sitting awkwardly at a dinner party while a fellow guest railed against the international ‘Kosher Conspiracy’.
“Together, these attitudes create a climate in which anti-Semitism is seen as ‘less bad’ than other forms of discrimination. And in that climate, the most violent extremism can take root and it can thrive. It happened, therefore it can happen again.”
Anti-semitism is now the only acceptable racism. The knowing and educated spout it in the confidence that no-one will ridicule them and reach across the dinner table and smack them in the face.
In 2006, Kurt Vonnegut featured on Second Life’s Infinite Mind Series. The interview was sparked by the writer’s God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian.
The premise of the collection is that Vonnegut employs Dr. Jack Kevorkian to give him near-death experiences, allowing Vonnegut access to heaven and those in it for a limited time. While in the afterlife Vonnegut interviews a range of people including Adolf Hitler, William Shakespeare, Isaac Asimov, and the ever-present Kilgore Trout (a fictional character created by Vonnegut in his earlier works).
As he wrote:
It’s actually possible to get a better life for individuals [through technologies like Second Life] and I have frequently inanimated new technologies, but I love cell phones. I see people so happy and proud, walking around. Gesturing, you know. I’m like Karl Marx, I’m up for anything that makes people happy
It’s actually possible to get a better life for individuals [through technologies like Second Life] and I have frequently inanimated new technologies, but I love cell phones. I see people so happy and proud, walking around. Gesturing, you know. I’m like Karl Marx, I’m up for anything that makes people happy.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut
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The Daily Express.
Liverpool star Nathaniel Clyne set for shock move
WHAT? He only joined in the summer!
The England international has been eyeing up the £600,000 house next to Rodgers’ Merseyside base…
Ah. He’s moving house.
Chelsea ace Terry in Arsenal transfer admission
John Terry is joining the Gunners? It’s an “admission“, after all.
JONN TERRY has revealed he would never leave Chelsea
John Terry not leaving Chelsea. Or to put it another way: “Terry in Manchester United transfer admission.”
Paul Pogba: Why I turned down £69m move to Chelsea
Pogba says he had no desire to leave Juventus. Mentions of Chelsea: nil.
The Express makes two headline out nothing by headlining another story:
Pogba’s Chelsea vow
Man Utd news: David de Gea could play against Liverpool
Or to put it another way: “David De Gea might not play against Liverpool.”
Gunners to bid for Edinson Cavani in January
That’s according to The Star via The Express, via some vague reports in Spain… According to said Spanish reports, PSG are willing to sell the striker if they receive a bid of around £45m.
Arsenal will offer £45m for a sub-Giroud finisher in January?
Such are the facts.
The football pundits and journalists in the mainstream media love to make a Premier League prediction. On the Manchester City forums, west didsblue has collated all the tips.
Henry Winter: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Liverpool
Jeremy Wilson: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
Paul Hayward: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
Alan Smith: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
Matt Law: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
Jason Burt: Manchester United Manchester City Chelsea Asenal
Mark Ogden: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
Chris Bascombe: Chelsea Manchester City Liverpool Arsenal
John Percy: Chelsea Manchester City Manchester United Arsenal
Daniel Taylor: Manchester City
Barney Ronay: Manchester City
Simon Burnton: Chelsea
Paul Doyle: Arsenal
Dominic Fifield: Chelsea
Andy Hunter: Chelsea
David Hytner: Chelsea
Jamie Jackson: Chelsea
Jacob Steinberg: Chelsea
Louise Taylor: Arsenal
Paul Wilson: Chelsea
JAMIE REDKNAPP: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
JAMIE CARRAGHER: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
LEE CLAYTON Chelsea: Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
JEFF POWELL: Arsenal Chelsea Manchester United Manchester City
OLIVER HOLT: Chelsea Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City
IAN LADYMAN: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
DOMINIC KING: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
ROB DRAPER: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester United Manchester City
RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: Chelsea Manchester United Manchester City Arsenal
MIKE KEEGAN: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
LAURIE WHITWELL: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester United Manchester City
JOE BERNSTEIN: Manchester City Chelsea Arsenal Liverpool
CRAIG HOPE: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
SAM CUNNINGHAM: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
MATT LAWTON: Chelsea Manchester United Manchester City Arsenal
CHRIS WHEELER: Chelsea Manchester City Manchester United Arsenal
MATT BARLOW Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
Dave Kidd: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
John Cross: Manchester City Chelsea Manchester United Arsenal
Simon Bird: Chelsea Manchester City Manchester United Arsenal
David Maddock: Chelsea Manchester United Liverpool Arsenal
James Nursey: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester United Liverpool
David McDonnell: Chelsea Manchester United Manchester City Arsenal
Adrian Kajumba: Arsenal Chelsea Manchester United Manchester City
Darren Lewis: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester United Manchester City
Mike Walters: Arsenal Manchester United Chelsea Manchester City
Neil McLeman: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
Robbie Savage: Manchester United Arsenal Chelsea Liverpool Manchester City
David James: Chelsea Manchester United Arsenal Liverpool Manchester City
Michael Owen: Chelsea Manchester City Manchester United Liverpool
Alan Shearer: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
Ruud Gullit: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
Jason Roberts: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
Jacqui Oatley: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
Steve Bower: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
Rachel Brown-Finnis: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
Jermaine Jenas: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester United Manchester City
Kevin Kilbane: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester United Manchester City
Jonathan Pearce: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester United Manchester City
Ian Dennis Chelsea Arsenal Manchester United Manchester City
Alistair Bruce-Ball: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester United Manchester City
Gary Lineker: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
Mark Lawrenson: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
John Hartson: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
Chris Sutton: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
Graeme Le Saux: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
Conor McNamara: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
Pat Nevin: Chelsea Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City
Guy Mowbray: Chelsea Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City
Dan Walker: Chelsea Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City
Danny Mills: Chelsea Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City
John Murray: Chelsea Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City
Ian Wright: Arsenal Chelsea Manchester United Manchester City
Gabby Logan: Arsenal Chelsea Manchester United Manchester City
Didi Hamann: Arsenal Chelsea Manchester United Manchester City
Trevor Sinclair: Arsenal Chelsea Manchester City Manchester United
Dion Dublin: Manchester United Chelsea Arsenal Liverpool
Steve Wilson: Manchester United Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City
Chris Waddle: Manchester City Chelsea Arsenal Manchester United
Alistair Mann; Manchester City Manchester United Chelsea Arsenal
Matt Le Tissier: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
Paul Merson: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Liverpool
Charlie Nicholas: Arsenal Chelsea Manchester United Manchester City
Phil Thompson: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
Graeme Souness: Manchester City Chelsea Arsenal Liverpool
Martin Keown: Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City Manchester United
Danny Higginbotham: Chelsea Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City
Alan Brazil: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
Micky Gray: Manchester United Chelsea Arsenal Manchester City
Ray Parlour: Arsenal Chelsea Manchester City Manchester United
Danny Murphy: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
Stan Collymore: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
Jeremy Cross: Chelsea Manchester City Manchester United Arsenal
David Woods: Manchester City Chelsea Arsenal Liverpool
Chris McKenna: Chelsea Manchester City Manchester United Arsenal
Ian Murtagh: Arsenal Manchester United Chelsea Manchester City
Dave Armitage Chelsea Arsenal Manchester United Manchester City
Paul Brown: Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal Manchester United
Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted of murdering Meredith Kercher in Perugia. The case began on 2 November 2007, when the body of Kercher, 21, was found in the Italian flat she and Knox shared.
Italy’s supreme court said yesterday the verdict was down to police failures. The judges wrote:
“The trial had oscillations which were the result of stunning flaws, or amnesia, in the investigation and omissions in the investigative activity…The international spotlight on the case in fact resulted in the investigation undergoing a sudden acceleration, that, in the frantic search for one or more guilty parties to consign to international public opinion, certainly didn’t help the search for substantial truth….
“The kitchen knife, found in Sollecito’s house and the supposed crime weapon, was kept in an ordinary cardboard box, like the kind that Christmas gadgets are packaged in…
“The computers of Amanda Knox and Kercher, which perhaps could have furnished information useful to the investigation, were, incredibly, burned by imprudent maneouvers by the investigators.”
The gap is between the facts and the belief. And it does not end. The media spin continues. Knox, the American nicknamed ‘Foxy Knoxy’, was portrayed as either as the innocent abroad or the conniving “sex-crazed killer.”
The British Press continue to take a line:
Police failures led to Knox’s acquittal (Times)
Amanda Knox acquitted because of ‘stunning flaws’ in investigation (Guardian)
The headlines imply Knox got off because of police failures. But NBC news looks at the same ruling and says she should never have been a suspect:
The latest decision, from the Court of Cassation, Italy’s equivalent of the Supreme Court, slammed police and prosecutors for “stunning weakness” and “investigative bouts of amnesia.” Because no biological evidence from Knox or Sollecito was found at the house in Perugia where Kercher was murdered, the 52-page opinion said, their “participation” in the killing should have been “excluded.”
“There was no shortage of glaring errors in the underlying fabric of the sentence in question,” the court wrote.
On her website, Knox said:
“This has been a long struggle for me, my family, my friends, and my supporters. While I am glad it is now over, I will remain forever grateful to the many individuals who gave their time and talents to help me. Today would not have been possible without your unwavering support. I will now begin the rest of my life with one of my goals being to help others who have been wrongfully accused.”
“It is clear, it is definite, that I was the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice that will remain in history.”
One thing lies on Knox’s file: the Cassation panel said Knox did deserve a three-year sentence for slandering a Congolese-born Perugia pub owner whom she initially indicated as the murder suspect.
Rudy Hermann Guede, was convicted in separate proceedings and is serving a 16-year sentence.
It’s a widely held belief that IS – or “so-called Islamic State”, if you’re a BBC viewer – are murderous Islam supremacists who spend their days raping, pillaging and dreaming up news ways to brutalise humanity. Against them, we have Barack Obama’s rhetoric, President Assad of Syria’s murderous regime and the Kurds. Now thanks to the British justice system we can see one of these kurds at the Old Bailey, where Shilan Ozcelik is on trial for allegedly attempting to join the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
IS would surely have raped and murdered her my now, but we can assume they are broadly in favour of the British courts’ criminalising someone trying to fight for the West.
Shilan Ozcelik, 18, has been charged with “engaging in conduct in preparation to for giving an effect to an intention to commit acts of terrorism” under section 5 (10) (a) of the Terrorism Act 2006. Arrested in January, Shilan has been held on remand in Holloway prison since early March.
The Kurdistan Tribune reports:
Her arrest and charge was met with outrage by the Kurdish community in the UK and supporters of the Kurdish struggle, who condemned it as a blatant example of selective and political criminalisation of the Kurdish community, which has continued since the PKK was listed as a ‘terrorist organisation’ in 2000.
We reject this labelling of the PKK, which we believe confuses the Kurdish people’s legitimate struggle for self-determination with terrorism and has the effect of criminalising anyone in the Kurdish community who is part of peaceful political activity. We know that Shilan has never committed any act of violence and poses no threat to the people of this country. As such, we reiterate our call for the charges against her to be dropped.
A woman keen to fight our enemy has been arrested for, er, trying to fight our enemy.
But this is also about the Turks. In July the Turkish government saw its chance to bomb the Kurds as it bombed IS:
[President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan] said the peace process, launched in 2012 in order to put an end to the bloody conflict between the Turkish government and the PKK that has killed over 40,000 since it began in 1984, had become impossible to maintain. The PKK has said the air strikes, launched virtually in parallel with Turkish strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria, rendered the peace process meaningless. But it has stopped short of formally pulling out.
The Turkish air strikes on Kurdish rebels were launched in tandem with Turkey’s first ever military operations against Islamic State in Syria after a suicide bomb killed 32 in the small border town of Suruç last Monday, an attack that Ankara blames on Isis. Critics have accused Turkey of using the Isis threat as a pretext to weaken the Kurdish opposition. Turkey’s Nato allies have expressed unease about the operations aimed at the PKK, since the Kurds have been a crucial ally in the fight against Isis both in Syria and in Iraq.
So instead of trying to fight for her people, Shilan Ozcelik is in jail.
The Peace in Kurdistan Campaign sums up well:
Given this context, the arrest of a young Kurdish woman for allegedly attempting to join the YPJ seems more than a little contradictory.