#BREAKING REPORT: ‘ US plans to deploy missiles in Europe ‘

#AceBreakingNews – June.08: Reports of US plans to deploy missiles in Europe hardly promote the balance of interests on the continent and mutual trust, President Vladimir Putin’s press spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

US Plan to put Missiles in Europe
US Plan to put Missiles in Europe

“Certain actions aimed at escalating tensions, of course, will not be in anyone’s interests,” Peskov said. “For sure, this issue itself hardly promotes mutual trust and the balance of interests on the European continent.”He added: “On the other hand, we do not have any concrete information.”

The statement was made after British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK would consider hosting US nuclear missiles amid escalating tensions between Russia and the West.

READ MORE: UK could host US nukes to counter increased ‘Russian activity’ – Hammond

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#AceUKNews : `UN Housing Report on Social Housing’ Calls for `Suspension of Bedroom Tax’

#AceNewsServices says `UK Ministers Brand UN Report on Social housingMarxist diatribe’

A United Nations report on UK social housing conditions, which called for a suspension of the bedroom tax, has been dismissed by the government as a “misleading Marxist diatribe.”

Poverty and LiesThe report by Raquel Rolnik, UN special rapporteur on housing, who made a research trip to Britain last August and September at the invitation of the UK government, looked at housing provision and was published in full by the UN on Monday.

Rolnik repeated her call, issued at the end of her visit, to scrap the controversial bedroom tax because it negatively “impacts on the right to adequate housing and general wellbeing of many vulnerable individuals and households.” The so-called ‘bedroom tax’ is the part of welfare reform that will cut the amount of benefits that individuals can receive if they are considered to have a spare bedroom.

The study also highlighted a lack of investment in UK housing over many decades. It said that Britain now faces a crisis of housing availability and affordability and that tenants in the rapidly growing private rented sector find themselves with “few rights and little security.”

The report concluded that the structural shape on the housing sector has changed to the detriment of the most vulnerable,” and it called on the government to invest more in social housing. Britain’s previously good record on providing housing was being eroded, the report concluded.

Rolnik, who is a former urban planner from Brazil, visited council estates, food banks, homelessness crisis centers and housing association developments in Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Her research found those low-income households were in “tremendous despair” as tenants “faced hard choices between food, heating or paying the rent. Many felt targeted and forced to give up their neighborhoods, carers and their safety net.”

The report’s publication has resulted in a venomous response from the government.

“This partisan report is completely discredited, and it is disappointing that the United Nations has allowed itself to be associated with a misleading Marxist diatribe,” said Kris Hopkins, the housing minister.

A spokesman for the Department of Work and Pensions was also critical of the research carried out on Rolnik’s 12 day trip to the UK.

This report is based on anecdotal evidence and the conclusion was clearly written before any research was actually completed,” said the spokesman.

Professor Aoife Nolan a human rights law expert told the Guardian that the government would not be forced to act on any of the report’s findings but that it would be used as a tool by groups seeking a change in the unpopular policy.

The Special rapporteur is not putting forward an alternative Marxist vision – she is simply highlighting where current government policies are not compliant with the international human rights standards it [the government] voluntarily signed up to,” she told the Guardian.

The shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds promised to scrap the bedroom tax if Labour are elected at the next election.

Stop-The-Bedroom-Tax-2070513Labour has called on David Cameron to reverse his unfair and unworkable bedroom tax because we can see the impact it is having on hard pressed and often vulnerable people, the majority of whom are disabled,” she said.

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#UK: #GCHQ Order’s Destruction of Snowden Files, Hard Drive’s, Memory Cards, Under `Watchful Gaze’ of Surveillance Agency”

#AceNewsServices says `Video Released by Guardian shows   destruction of `Snowden Fles’ on `GCHQ’s’ Orders’

guardian-destroy-snowden-video.siThe Guardian has released a video of the newspaper’s editors destroying hard drives and memory cards with encrypted files leaked by Edward Snowden – under the watchful gaze of experts from GCHQ, the government’s surveillance agency.

It is the first time the footage has been published on-line since The Guardian’s hard drives were demolished on July 20, 2013, in the basement of the newspaper’s London offices.

Three Guardian staff members – deputy editor Paul Johnson, executive director Sheila Fitzsimmons and computer expert David Blishen – are seen taking angle-grinders and drills to the internal components of computers to destroy information on them.

The journalists were watched by two Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) technical experts, named in Guardian’s recent report as“Ian” and “Chris.” They recorded the process on their iPhones.

It took three hours to smash up the computers. The journalists then fed the pieces into the GCHQ-provided degausser high-tech equipment, which destroys magnetic fields and erases data, The Guardian said.

Initially, GCHQ officials wanted to inspect the material before destruction, carry out the operation themselves and take the remnants away. But the Guardian refused to let them.

The classified information was stored on four computers, none of which was ever connected to the Internet or any other network.

The UK government saw the destruction of the computers as a way to stop further publications of leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. It gave The Guardian an ultimatum to either hand the Snowden material back, destroy it, or face an injunction. UK Prime Minister David Cameron sent Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood to convey the message.

“We can do this nicely or we can go to law,” Heywood told The Guardian’s editor Alan Rusbridger during one of their meetings in June and July.

“A lot of people in government think you should be closed down,” he added, The Guardian reported.

Initially reluctant to comply with the government’s demand, The Guardian eventually took the decision to demolish the hard drives with the information on them – as it was seen as the only way to protect the newspaper and its team.

The measure, however, did not stop the flow of #NSA- and #GCHQ- related revelations. Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger told government officials that several copies of the secret documents existed, but only one in the UK. It was known that The Guardian’s columnist Glenn Greenwald, who met Snowden in Hong Kong, had leaked material in Rio de Janeiro. There were further copies in the US, according to Rusbridger.

After the destruction of the hard drives, the paper continued to consult with the government before publishing national security stories.

“There were more than 100 interactions with No. 10 Downing Street, the White House and US and UK intelligence agencies,” The Guardian said in a recent report.

The release of the video comes a week before a new book by Guardian correspondent Luke Harding, “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man,” is due to be published.

 

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UKGov: “Press Freedom Comes Under Scrutiny and Disguised as Protecting the Country”

#AceNewsServices says latest report’s from RT say that there are plans by the UK to increase press regulation. and these will come under scrutiny at this week as global media watchdogs carry out an inquiry set to focus on the confrontation between the government and The Guardian over the #NSA and #GCHQ leaks.

Freedom of the Press WorldwideMedia watchdogs will be in London January 15-17 to investigate the British government’s crackdown on the press, and will issue a report next month.

[The organization’s membership is] “deeply concerned by the British authorities’ treatment of the profession of journalism and its attempts to control the public debate,” said Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) which organized the mission.

The members of WAN-IFRA, along with the International Association of Broadcasting, the International Press Institute, the World Press Freedom Committee, the Inter-American Press Association and Committee to Protect Journalists will hold meetings with the Secretary of State for Culture Maria Miller, the Chairman of the Culture Select Committee John Whittingdale and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger. They will also talk to freedom of expression and civil society groups, professional bodies, various industry representatives and academics.

“The British government’s actions have far-reaching consequences across the globe, and any threats to the independence of journalism in Britain could be used by repressive regimes worldwide to justify their own controls over the press,” Peyrègne said.

“We will endeavor to investigate all elements that threaten the United Kingdom’s position as a bastion for free and independent media,” he added.

We can’t take press freedom for granted; international mission begins investigating practices in United Kingdom. http://t.co/oDrIxoCiWt

— WAN-IFRA (@NewspaperWorld) January 15, 2014

An ‘unprecedented’ international mission decided to probe UK media freedom amid increasing concern over the country’s press freedom laws.

World Press FreedomIn October, PM David Cameron accused The Guardian of damaging national security by publishing sensitive data provided by ex-NSA whistleblower Eduard Snowden. He said that if The Guardian cannot be trusted to protect issues of national security then the government will be forced to issue a ‘D notice.’ (This is an official request to news editors not to publish or broadcast items on specified subjects for reasons of national security and will force them not to publish any further intelligence revelations).

Rusbridger was asked in December by British lawmakers about the case [of publishing of intelligence files leaked by Snowden].

Rusbridger strongly defended his newspaper’s publication of the Snowden leaks.

Prior to the parliamentary hearing, former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first broke the story on whistleblower’s revelations, had tweeted that he thought the parliamentary hearing would be like an inquisition. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, is the main global organization representing media publishers and editors, which represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its mission is to defend press freedom, quality journalism and the economic independence of newspapers.

“The mission is a direct response to recent actions widely seen as contrary to press freedom guarantees… and…will also include discussion of the criticism of The Guardian for its coverage of the revelations from former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden,” WAN-IFRA stated in November.

This is the first WAN-IFRA mission to the United Kingdom. Previous press freedom missions included such countries as Ethiopia, South Africa, Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Myanmar.

 

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UNICEF: Obtains First Partner in Drive for Syria’s Children

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Flag of UNICEF (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The UK government will match pound for pound all public donations to UNICEF’s Syria appeal, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today. The boost comes through the government’s Aid Match system and will double the charity’s ability to help children caught up in the crisis.

This is the first charity partnership in a major new initiative from the government that will provide critical support to charities working to reach Syrian children who are suffering as a result of the war.

The initiative is intended to recognise the level of concern from the British public about the millions of children now in desperate need of help by matching the generous public response to charity appeals.

A series of further match funding initiatives which could provide tens of millions of pounds in new support will be agreed and announced in the run up to Christmas to help the children of Syria cope with the onset of winter and the trauma of conflict.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

Syria’s people are experiencing unimaginable hardship with millions of children in particular facing a bleak and uncertain future.

The UK has already committed its largest ever humanitarian response to the crisis and we are now teaming up with UNICEF to double the power of donations from the British public.

Our partnership with UNICEF means that donations to UNICEF’s appeal for the children of Syria will be matched pound for pound by the UK government.

UNICEF UK Ambassador Jemima Khan, who will be co-hosting UNICEF’s Halloween Ball fundraiser tonight, said:

For over two years, the children of Syria have been witnessing and experiencing one horror after another. I have seen UNICEF’s work in emergencies all over the World. They work tirelessly to reach every child, but they cannot do it alone and the need has never been so urgent, particularly with winter approaching.

We hope to raise vital funds at The Halloween Ball this evening for the children of Syria and I am very grateful to the UK government who have pledged to match pound for pound everything we raise.

Over four million children’s lives have been affected by the Syria crisis with over a million of them forced to become refugees. More than a million Syrian children are unable to access basic education and more than 5,000 schools have been destroyed or damaged.

Match funding will mean UNICEF can provide potentially life-saving assistance to thousands more children both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries, where they have fled the continuing fighting.

As well as clean drinking water, food, vaccinations and medical support, match funding will support UNICEF’s work to provide education and trauma counselling for children who have been exposed to the horrors of the conflict.

Today’s announcement comes ahead of UNICEF’s Halloween Ball this evening, which will welcome up to 400 guests from the worlds of entertainment, fashion and business in order to raise vitally needed funds for the children of Syria. All public donations made for UNICEF’s work in Syria at the ball and over the following three months will be matched by the government under this agreement.

The new Syria match funding initiative will support a range of work from charities operating inside Syria and across the region. This could include basic equipment for temporary schools, paying teachers, heating in the harsh winter, helping children get out of hard and exploitative work and preventing girls from being trafficked, as well as supporting programmes that aim to keep children warm and safe during winter months.

Notes to editors

  1. The UK has committed £500 million to the Syria crisis, its largest ever response to a humanitarian crisis.
  2. The new Syria match funding initiative will run alongside the UK’s existing aid match programme. This matches public donations to charity appeals for organisations working around the world with funding from the international development budget. A total of £120 million will be available for UK Aid Match over the next three years.
  3. Last month Justine Greening announced that the UK will be providing desperately needed help including counselling and education to help prevent an entire lost generation of Syrian children. Establishing match funding partnerships with UNICEF and other British charities helping Syria’s children is a key part of this initiative.
  4. UNICEF is the world’s leading children’s organisation. It works with families, local communities and governments in more than 190 countries to save and change children’s lives.

For full details of the UK’s humanitarian response to the Syria crisis, please visit: Syria Crisis: Latest updates on UK aid.

 

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Cameron May Go to War Without UN Approval- Just Because He Can

English: The United Nations Security Council C...

English: The United Nations Security Council Chamber in New York, also known as the Norwegian Room Français: La Salle de réunion du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies à New York Nederlands: De Zaal van de Veiligheidsraad van de Verenigde Naties in New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A summary of the UK government‘s legal advice claimed that a military intervention in Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government would be legally justified on “humanitarian” grounds even if blocked by the UN Security Council.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/29/321102/uk-syria-war-legal-without-un-approval/

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