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November 21, 2013
Three “highly traumatised” women have been rescued from a house in south London where they appear to have been held captive for three decades, Scotland Yard has said.
A 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman were all rescued from the residential address on Thursday morning by detectives from the Metropolitan police human trafficking unit.
Two suspects – a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman – were arrested at the address under the investigation into slavery and domestic servitude, the force said in a statement.
15:14 // 2 weeks ago
August 18, 2013
This is obviously a rather profound escalation of their attacks on the news-gathering process and journalism. It’s bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It’s worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they felt threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples.
Glenn Greenwald • In a column discussing the detention of his partner, David Miranda, by British authorities. Greenwald hasn’t talked directly to Miranda since the incident—mainly because the authorities took Miranda’s communication devices—but he says that Miranda is reportedly in good spirits and “defiant” about what’s happened to him.
23:03 // 3 months ago
July 11, 2013
May 24, 2013
We landed safely and then he announced that they had some kind of threat from someone and that’s why he landed the plane.
A passenger on Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK709 • Discussing the reason the flight was diverted to an airport near London, rather than landing at its expected destination of Manchester, England. Fighter jets guided the plane to safety, and two men were arrested for endangering an aircraft Friday. Despite the nature of the incident, officials are treating the incident as criminal, not terror.
14:41 // 6 months ago
May 8, 2013
Imagine an industry where every single opponent worked in the same street, competing with each other by day—drinking, brawling, fornicating, night clubbing and cocaine-snorting with each other by night. A street full of the most ruthless and amoral people in the world existed, and it was called Fleet Street.
Piers Morgan • Discussing his new Starz TV show, Fleet Street, a new dramatic series about his time working the tabloid journalism circuit in the ’70s. It’s a lot like working on ShortFormBlog now.
18:55 // 7 months ago
April 21, 2013
We have confidence in London. We put on the Olympics, so we can do this.
London Marathon observer Nicola Selwood • Discussing the London Marathon, taking place less than a week after the Boston Marathon bombing incident. Despite this, the incident is going on as planned, though with higher security. As part of the event, a campaign among runners is picking up steam, recommending that, as runners cross the finish line, they put their hands over their hearts.
11:13 // 7 months ago
March 11, 2013
Falkland Islands to world: We love being British!
- 99.8% the percentage of Falkland Islanders that voted to keep their status as a British island, rather than agree that the islands should be controlled by Argentina, which has longed claimed the island was theirs. (Argentina declared the vote a farce and publicity stunt.) To give you an idea of how dramatic this vote is, let’s put it another way—just three people voted against British rule. The island’s inhabitants are hoping to sway countries who have stayed neutral on the sovereignty issue, including the U.S., to take a stance on the issue favoring their interests. Argentina claims that the islands were illegally taken from them by British forces in 1833. source
23:07 // 9 months ago
January 30, 2013
Google is donating thousands of Raspberry Pi computers to schoolchildren in the U.K.
- 15k Raspberry Pi computers will be donated to British children by Google, and the first batch has already been hand delivered by Google’s Eric Schmidt and Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton. For those thinking, “who cares,” let us put it another way — Google just donated the brains of 15,000 semi-functional R2-D2 units to some lucky British kids. source
16:45 // 10 months ago
October 14, 2012
I would expect it will be significant, which means thousands, not hundreds, but I would not expect it to be the majority.
British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond • Discussing the planned troop withdrawals out of Afghanistan next year. Roughly 500 troops will get removed by the end of 2012, leaving about 9,000 still in the country — so based on Hammond’s statement, as many as 4,500 troops will get withdrawn in 2013.
21:42 // 1 year ago
August 15, 2012
New developments have emerged regarding the possiblity of Julian Assange receiving asylum from Ecuador. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available. source
Update: ABC Australia has issued a statement to clarify their initial report, regarding Julian Assange’s asylum, to say that Ecuador wants to extend the offer but can’t because Assange can’t be guaranteed safe passage.
17:28 // 1 year ago