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True scale of abuse in child living care revealed in major study

'Shocking' findings spark calls by campaigners for better monitoring
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In residential care the rate of substantiated abuse claims is significantly higher than for foster families.
One in every hundred children living in care is abused every year in Britain, according to the most comprehensive study conducted into the issue.

The research by York University and the NSPCC is the first of its kind to uncover and analyse local authority records on abuse in foster and residential care.

Academics tracked abuse allegations - and their outcomes - between 2009 and 2012. They found that on average there are between 450 and 550 cases of proven abuse every year in foster care and between 250 and 300 cases of confirmed abuse a year in residential care.

In residential care the rate of substantiated abuse claims is significantly higher than for foster families, with an average of between two and three proven cases per 100 children. Steve McCabe, the shadow minister for Children and Families called the findings "shocking", saying that the conclusions of the report "suggests that the current level of supervision, scrutiny and inspection is woefully inadequate".

Comment: Across the globe child abuse is frequently ignored and under-reported. These children are going to spend the rest of their lives dealing with the aftermath of living in such pathological environments.
  • Child Abuse, Most Goes Unreported: Study
"All tyrannical systems depend on the apathy and moral relativism of the inhabitants within their borders. Without the cooperation of the public, these systems cannot function. The real question is, how many of the above steps will be taken before we finally refuse to conform? At what point will each man and woman decide to break free from the dark path blazed before us and take measures to ensure their independence? Who will have the courage to develop their own communities, their own alternative economies, their own organizations for mutual defense outside of establishment constructs, and who will break under the pressure to bow like cowards? How many will hold the line, and how many will flee?"
The Essential Rules Of Tyranny


Eye 2

Leading British opposition party politicians under investigation for channeling public funds to elite pedophile network

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Sick puppies: Harriet Harman and husband Jack Dromey. They were leading officials in the NCCL, which was linked to predatory pedophile group PIE
  • Harriet Harman, Jack Dromey and Patricia Hewitt linked to vile group
  • They were key figures at National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL)
  • The NCCL was an 'affiliate' of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE)
  • PIE members may have abused children on an 'industrial scale'
The full extent of the shocking links between three senior Labour figures and a vile group that tried to legalise sex with children can be exposed today.

The trio held key roles in a human rights organisation that supported the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange.

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman, her husband, home affairs spokesman Jack Dromey, and former health secretary Patricia Hewitt were all leading officials in the National Council for Civil Liberties.

Astonishingly this Left-wing group granted 'affiliate' status to PIE and built close links with it.

The group of predatory paedophiles was calling for the age of consent to be cut to just four.

Comment: The Daily Mail is right to highlight these three central figures in the Labor governments of the 90s and 2000s and their alleged involvement in institutionalizing pedophilia from the top down, but this phenomenon spans the entire political-media-security-financial-entertainment establishment in the UK, so this may be part of an effort by the incumbent right-wing Tory government to deflect attention from its members' roles:

British celebrity icon Jimmy Savile sexually abused up to a thousand children on BBC premises

Forget Savile, pedophiles are everywhere in the British entertainment industry

Jimmy Savile scandal exposes pedophile network at heart of British establishment

Update 7 July 2014

...and now we can add another iconic BBC TV children's presenter, artist Rolf Harris:

Rolf Harris gets 6 years for sexually abusing multiple children, third iconic BBC children's TV presenter-pedophile sentenced in two years

But he was just a sacrificial lamb to the wolves... the real scandal surfacing again in the UK is an interlocking network of pedophiles in the Houses of Parliament and the City of London:

About 40 politicians on UK pedophile ring: Report

Home Office 'loses' pedophile dossier naming 'big names'


Dollar

Pathological parasites: Obamas have spent $44 million tax dollars on travel and vacations

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The Obamas have spent over 44 million dollars in taxpayer money on travel and vacations. Some are even calling him the "most well-trvaeled, expensive" president in our nation's history.

As Americans head off for the long holiday weekend, let's take a look back at some of the president's holiday spending.

Our president vacations a lot - we're talking $44,351,777.12 worth of "a lot," with most expenses charged to the American taxpayer.

As of March 2014, Obama has spent more time traveling internationally than any other president, taking 31 trips since assuming office in 2009. The 119 days spent overseas have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

At the same point in their respective presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 116 days on 28 trips, Bill Clinton had spent 113 days on 27 trips and Ronald Reagan had spent 73 days on just 14 trips.

Comment: $44 million would be a great deal if they didn't come back!


Bad Guys

Civilians were killed in New Zealand-US raid on Afghan village

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An investigation by journalist Jon Stephenson, broadcast on Maori Television on Monday, found that a raid on an Afghan village on August 22, 2010, involving New Zealand, US and Afghan soldiers, resulted in 21 casualties, all of them innocent civilians.

According to the report - based on interviews with survivors, NGOs and Afghan government officials, and cell phone videos of the dead - six people were killed, including a three-year-old girl, and 15 were wounded.

The night-time raid on the village of Tirgiran in Baghlan province was in retaliation for an insurgent attack on New Zealand soldiers in neighbouring Bamiyan province on August 4 that killed Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell.

The US-led attack, which unleashed awesome firepower against an apparently defenceless village, was typical of the operations of the occupation forces. The war, which has lasted more than 12 years and caused tens of thousands of deaths, is a neo-colonial venture that faces widespread and entrenched opposition. The aim of such attacks is to terrorise the population into submission.

Comment: Oops we did it again, but not really. It was the others, or... there really were some (imaginary) Taliban over there, we kind of had to just blow up the whole village, or... we only killed the (imaginary present) insurgents in that village, and nobody else, or... we did it to protect ''our people'', ...

And the excuses and lies continue to pile up. Meanwhile, innocent people, including many children, keep getting killed on a daily basis by these ''heroes''.


Dollar

End of the $Dollar: France lashes out against US dollar, calls for 'rebalancing' of world currencies

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French Finance Minister Michel Sapin
The French government wants to break the monopoly the dollar has on international transactions after the country's largest bank, BNP Paribas, was slapped with a record $9 billion fine and a 1-year dollar trading ban.

Michel Sapin, the French finance minister, called for a "rebalancing" of the currencies used for global payments, saying the BNP Paribas case should "make us realize the necessity of using a variety of currencies" the Financial Times reports.

"We [Europeans] are selling to ourselves in dollars, for instance when we sell planes. Is that necessary? I don't think so. I think a rebalancing is possible and necessary, not just regarding the euro, but also for the big currencies of the emerging countries, which account for more and more of global trade," the finance minister told the FT at a conference over the weekend.

Comment: As Sott.net editors made clear on last night's Sott Talk Radio show, there is growing evidence that the USA's days as the dominant world power are numbered, and indeed, that the 'Number 1' position that the USA has enjoyed for the last 100 years has been an aberration, an anomaly that has caused untold suffering on the planet and only came about through manipulation, threats, dirty tactics and aggression.

The reality of the situation is that the majority of the world's resources are found in Eurasia, and that the nations of the Eurasian landmass have been kept artificially divided and 'down' by the machinations of the US elite and their ideological kin in Western Europe. With the resurgence of Eurasian nations, primarily Russia and China, and the increasing exposure of the US economy being backed mainly by military force rather than tangible assets, the old status quo is being seen as no longer tenable, and the USA is increasingly being exposed as a failing and desperate Empire that is acting in increasingly erratic and irrational ways as it sees the writing on the wall.


Bad Guys

Donetsk becomes a ghost town following continued Kiev crackdown

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It was like one of the illicit apartment concerts from Soviet days, only with better cocktails. Dozens of young people packed into a basement room, singing along to classic Russian and Ukrainian tunes strummed out by a rotating cast of guitarists.

They had gathered to say goodbye to Izba Chitalnya ("village reading room"), Donetsk's hippest cafe-bar, which was closing due to poor business as a result of the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. When they belted out the first lines of the beloved No One Will Hear by the Russian band Chaif - "I haven't heard from my old friends, it's sad, and the daily newspaper leaves my soul empty" - it was almost as if they were singing about the turmoil in their own city.

It has been three months since pro-Russian protesters seized the Donetsk regional administration building, sparking the most serious separatist conflict in the former Soviet Union since it fell apart in 1991. At least 423 people have died, according to a June estimate by the UN.


Comment: Well, what really sparked this conflict was the western sponsored coup, and installation of a completely insane Nazi regime, death squads and all.


The upshot for Donetsk, once a city of a million people, is as much psychological as physical. Tens of thousands have fled and hundreds of businesses have closed. A surreal atmosphere pervades the city centre, where ATMs have run out of cash, shops shut early, and it is not uncommon to see men with machine guns posted outside a sushi restaurant or behind the wheel of a city ambulance. People strive to live as normally as possible: on one memorable occasion this month when a firefight endured for hours near the regional police headquarters, locals blithely went about their business in nearby districts as if they couldn't hear the shooting.

Comment: These people just want to be left alone. They are being punished for invoking their right to disassociate from the abomination in charge of Kiev, which is but a tendril of the US/NATO empire.



People 2

Changes ahead? Pyongyang calls for Koreas' federalization & reunification without outside interference

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends an unveiling ceremony of statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il during the completion ceremony of Songdowon International Children's camp in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang May 3, 2014.
North and South should no more be victims of outside efforts to exploit Korea's division, Pyongyang has stated, calling on Seoul to make steps toward reunification through federalization in which differing ideologies and social systems would co-exist.

"The north and the south should specify the reunification proposals by way of federation and confederation and make efforts to realize them and thus actively promote co-existence, co-prosperity and common interests," Pyongyang said in a statement.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) says that both nations should seek "reasonable reunification proposals" supported by all "to achieve reunification through a federal formula in Korea where differing ideologies and social systems exist."

Presently a concrete wall runs 240 kilometres along the front line south of the Military Demarcation Line as a barrier across the Korean peninsula. Now the North is calling on the South to "join hands" to settle disagreements and pursue "the reunification issue of the country in line with the desire and wish of the nation."

DPRK urged to focus on the joint declaration of 15 June, a document that was signed in 2000 in Pyongyang between South Korean president Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Eye 1

NSA spying outrage: Berlin outraged by alleged US spying

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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
The arrest of a German intelligence employee for allegedly spying for the US has caused an uproar among German politicians. The country's foreign minister has demanded an immediate clarification of the situation from Washington.

"If the reports are true, then we're not talking about trifles," Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on a visit to Mongolia, DPA reports. He added that prompt clarification of the details in the case were in the "US's own interest."

Earlier, US Ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson was summoned to the German Foreign Office to answer questions concerning the recent arrest of a 31-year-old German foreign intelligence agency (BND) employee, who confessed to having spied for the US.

Comment: As Sott.net editors made clear on last night's Sott Talk Radio show, there is growing evidence that the USA's days as the dominant world power are numbered, and indeed, that the 'Number 1' position that the USA has enjoyed for the last 100 years has been an aberration, an anomaly that has caused untold suffering on the planet and only came about through manipulation, threats, dirty tactics and aggression.

The reality of the situation is that the majority of the world's resources are found in Eurasia, and that the nations of the Eurasian landmass have been kept artificially divided and 'down' by the machinations of the US elite and their ideological kin in Western Europe. With the resurgence of Eurasian nations, primarily Russia and China, and the increasing exposure of the US economy being backed mainly by military force rather than tangible assets, the old status quo is being seen as no longer tenable, and the USA is increasingly being exposed as a failing and desperate Empire that is acting in increasingly erratic and irrational ways as it sees the writing on the wall.


Bad Guys

IS, the Iraqi jihadist group claiming world muslim leadership

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An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers in Mosul, Iraq
The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group which spearheaded a sweeping militant assault that overran swathes of Iraq is now claiming leadership of the world's Muslims.

Known for its ruthless tactics and suicide bombers, IS has carried out frequent bombings and shootings in Iraq, and is also arguably the most capable force fighting President Bashar al-Assad inside Syria.

But it truly gained international attention last month, when its fighters and those from other militant groups swept through the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, then overran swathes of five provinces north and west of Baghdad.

The group led by "caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and backed by thousands of fighters in Syria and Iraq, some of them Westerners, appears to be surpassing Al-Qaeda as the world's most dangerous and influential jihadist group.

Star of David

Was kidnapping of 3 Settler teens an Israeli false-flag operation?

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The three kidnapped teens, from left to right: Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel
Evidence that came to light after Israel removed its gag order on information regarding the June 12 kidnapping and murder of three Jewish Israeli students suggests that it could have been an Israeli government operation that was intentionally used to punish Hamas and break up the new Palestinian unity government.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had immediately accused Hamas of the kidnapping - without presenting any evidence - and proceeded to "conduct a search" throughout the entirety of the West Bank until the bodies were reportedly found on June 30th.

The "search" entailed arresting and beating up about 600 Hamas members (including legislators) and trashing about 2100 homes; Israeli forces killed at least 7 Palestinians. Israel also heightened its daily air strikes on the Gaza Strip, which has been under the Israeli blockade since Sept. 2006. The Gaza government appealed to the UN for relief, which responded by condemning the kidnappings rather than the massive abuse of the Palestinian population. And then urging "all parties" to show restraint.

Comment: It wouldn't come as a big surprise if this was an Israeli "false flag" operation - it's one of their specialties and psychopaths don't care about 'their own people' anyway.

There are two possible scenarios, if this is true, LIHOP and MIHOP. "Let it happen on purpose" (LIHOP) lets events happen unfettered to exploit the situation for some political/ military gain; "Make it happen on purpose" (MIHOP) means that the events were staged from start to finish by the "injured" party. Whatever happened, it very much looks like at least LIHOP was involved.