EC: ‘ Tony Blair to Chair Tolerance & Reconciliation fighting against Anti-Semitism ‘

#AceNewsReport – BRITAIN:June.04: Tony Blair, the British prime minister from 1997 to 2007 who took his country into the 2003 Iraq War, has announced he is to take on a new role fighting anti-Semitism after stepping down as a Middle East peace envoy, AFP reported.

He will become the chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation. The organization campaigns to stop discrimination against Jewish people and for Holocaust denial to be a criminal offense.

Blair and Russian-born Jewish businessman Moshe Kantor announced the appointment with a joint article in which they warned of rising anti-Semitism.


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LONDON: ‘ Secret Trial Over Alleged Bomb Making Hears Tony Blair’s House Was Potential Target ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (London) – October 14 – A property belonging to Tony and Cherie Blair was named today as a potential terror target.

As the UK’s first secret terror trial opened at the Old Bailey, the jury was told that when defendant Erol Incedal, 26, was stopped by police last year, he was in possession of a piece of paper hidden in a white Versace glasses case containing the Blairs’ address.

Erol Incedal (centre), was formerly referred to as AB in the trial (PA)

Erol Incedal (centre), was formerly referred to as AB in the trial (PA)

Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, said that although Incedal had not decided on a particular target or methodology, the address may “have some significance”.

Also found in his black Mercedes was an Acer computer, a notebook, the glasses case and a USB dongle, the court heard.

As the car was searched, a listening device was placed in the car, transcripts from which will later be heard in court. 

When Incedal was arrested the following month, a secure digital card was found “hidden” in an iPhone case contained three files relating to “Bomb Making”, it was claimed.

Mr Whittam told the jury that much of the “exceptional” case would be heard in private.

Only a small group of accredited journalists, including one from The Telegraph, will be granted access to much of the trial but will not be able to report on proceedings.

The jury has been told that some of the evidence they hear will never be made public.

Mr Whittham said Incedal was engaged in an act of terrorism either against a limited number of individuals, an “individual of significance” or a more indiscriminate attack such as the one in Mumbai in 2008.

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Guildford Four’s Gerry Conlon dies


Gerry Conlon received an apology from then Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2005

Sad day today, one of the 4 accused of a bombing has passed away. Accused of being a republican member of the IRA Gerry one of 4 were jailed for life, they spent 15 years and got out on appeal, due to shoddy police work, they were set up from the start. I only hope in the final years of his life Gerry had a good life. R.I.P to a brilliant man. Shamed by England for a crime he and the other 3 never done. Makes you wonder how many other innocent people believed to be IRA members are in prison due to Thatcherism ways

Gerry Conlon, who spent 15 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, has died at the age of 60. Mr Conlon was wrongly convicted of the 1974 Guildford IRA pub bombing that killed five people and injured 65. He was one of the Guildford Four, whose convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal in 1989. Mr Conlon’s case was highlighted in the 1993 Oscar-nominated film In The Name Of The Father, starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

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Gerry Conlon, pictured with his sisters after being released at the Old Bailey in 1989


Mr Conlon, pictured in 2013 at the funeral of SDLP MP Eddie McGrady

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Mr Conlon’s father Giuseppe was arrested when travelling to London from Belfast to help his son. He died while serving his sentence. In 2005, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair apologised for the miscarriage of justice. In October 1989, the Court of Appeal quashed the sentences of the Guildford Four – Gerry Conlon, Paul Hill, Carole Richardson and Paddy Armstrong – amid doubts raised about the police evidence against them. An investigation into the case by Avon and Somerset Police found serious flaws in the way Surrey Police handled the case – considered to be one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in Britain. Emerging from the Appeal Court a free man, Mr Conlon declared: “I have been in prison for something I did not do. I am totally innocent.” In June 1991 it overturned the sentences on the Maguire Seven, who were all arrested because of a family connection to Mr Conlon.

In a statement issued through his lawyer Gareth Peirce, Mr Conlon’s family said: “He brought life, love, intelligence, wit and strength to our family through its darkest hours. “He helped us to survive what we were not meant to survive. “We recognise that what he achieved by fighting for justice for us had a far, far greater importance – it forced the world’s closed eyes to be opened to injustice; it forced unimaginable wickedness to be acknowledged; we believe it changed the course of history. “We thank him for his life and we thank all his many friends for their love.”

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' Tony Blair Rejects Arguments That Iraq Would be More Stable and Peaceful if US-Backed War Had Not Happened '

#AceWorldNews – LONDON – June 15 – The former prime minister Tony Blair has rejected arguments that Iraq would be more stable and peaceful today if the US-backed war, which claimed the lives of 179 UK personnel, had not happened.


​He claimed that the violent insurgency in Iraq is the result of the West’s failure to intervene in Syria, not of the 2003 invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.


​Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Blair said: "Even if you’d left Saddam in place in 2003, then when 2011 happened, and you had the Arab revolutions going through Tunisia and Libya and Yemen and Bahrain and Egypt and Syria, you would have still had a major problem in Iraq.

"Indeed, you can see what happens when you leave the dictator in place, as has happened with Assad now. The problems don’t go away."

He added: "So, one of the things I’m trying to say is, you know, we can rerun the debates about 2003, and there are perfectly legitimate points on either side but where we are now in 2014, we have to understand this is a regional problem, but it’s a problem that will affect us."

So the result of annoying, antagonising and killing of terrorists, innocent civilians is this, as people sign up to fight against Western Oppression.

​(An Iraqi civilian volunteering to fight ISIS kisses the Koran as he queues with comrades before boarding buses from the southern port city of Basra Photo: AFP)

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15.48 The Iraqi government has defended its decision to request help from the US in fighting back against Isis.

A government spokesman said Iraq does not want others to do its fighting for it, but that it needs material assistance in improving its "capability" to fight.

"We have chosen the United States as our strategic partner," Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, told CNN.

“We don’t want others to come have the fight for us. We need the help of others to provide us with the capability for us to have that fight.”

15.38 As the Iraqi army faded away in the face of Isis’s offensive last week, tribal fighters have played an increasing role in the fightback against the Sunni militants.

Images today show militias in joint operations with Iraqi security forces, such as this security deployment on the outskirts of Diyala province, north-east of Baghdad:

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` Details of the Gist of Talks before Iraq War between Tony Blair and George Bush to be Published '

#AceNewsServices – LONDON – May 29 – Details of the “gist” of talks before the Iraq war between Tony Blair and George Bush are to be published, the UK’s Chilcot inquiry says.

Britain’s top civil servant Sir Jeremy Heywood has agreed the principles of handing over extracts and quotes.


However, the full documents or transcripts of talks will not be released.

The report is thought to have been delayed by protracted wrangling over what could be published.

In a letter, inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot said “detailed consideration” of what to release was taking place. http://www.iraqinquiry.org.uk/news/20140529_letter_of_28_may.aspx

He says it has reached agreement on the “principles that will underpin disclosure” of communications between former US President George Bush and former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The documents include 25 notes from Mr Blair to Mr Bush and more than 130 records of conversations between them in the run-up to war.

There is no report publication date.

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US President `George W Bush ' Dabbles in a New kind of Oil this Time as a Portrait Artist'

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – April 05 – (VOA) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush has a new title to add to his resume: painter.

The subjects of his paintings? World leaders – a theme he knows well.

Bush’s portraits go on display in his presidential library and museum in Dallas, Texas Saturday.

The exhibit, titled “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” will feature his paintings of world figures he worked with during his presidency from 2001 to 2009, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (BBC)

Bush began his painting hobby two years ago. In an interview on NBC with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, who works for the network,

Bush said although he does not think he is a great artist, “a whole new world has opened up” for him.

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Vatican Will Host Summit to Brainstorm Solution in Syria

#AceWorldNews says “Vatican will Host Summit To Brainstorm Solution In #Syria according to AP” The invitees will be Tony Blair and Mohamed ElBaradei #Peace

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Does the Latest NHS Recruit to the Ranks Simon Stevens-Sound the Death Knell for our Healthcare System

NHS Employers stand

NHS Employers stand (Photo credit: NHSE)

I was just listening to the BBC today about the latest recruit in the UK NHS healthcare system ,namely a man called Simon Stevens! This person was recruited from none other than United Healthcare and had previously work under the previous labour government, in healthcare! His main objective was to privatise healthcare, but this was not possible under labour, so he left the UK to work for this  private healthcare company. He has now been recruited by the providers of the NHS service company, to make vast changes and proposals in the area of delivery of services! What is a bet that his first will be providing delivery of all services through a private healthcare initiative! I wait and see in the very near future!

The Independent news today stated: A former adviser to Tony Blair who has spent a decade at the top of an American private healthcare giant has been appointed to run the NHS in EnglandSimon Stevens, the architect of Labour’s health reforms who left the UK in 2004 to take up a lucrative post at the American company United Health, was welcomed by the Health SecretaryJeremy Hunt, as a “reformer and an innovator”. But his choice as chief executive of NHS England will raise concerns among critics who claim the NHS is being “softened up for privatisation”.

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NHS Warning (Photo credit: michaelhenley)

The future from April 2014 for the NHS will be massive reforms built on providing healthcare at the point of delivery or providing healthcare through designated and contracted healthcare companies, with one eye on the balance sheet and the other on the profit margin. The person of individual paying will be the taxpayer and the taxpayer when ill will be paying again, if this government wants to fulfil Mrs Thatcher‘s legacy!

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