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UK in crisis: Children in poverty surges by 100,000 in a year - totalling a staggering 4.1 million

Government figures show 4.1 million children are now living in relative poverty
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Government figures show 4.1 million children are now living in relative poverty
The number of children in poverty across the UK has surged by 100,000 in a year, new figures show, prompting calls for ministers to urgently review cuts to child welfare.

Government statistics published on Thursday show 4.1 million children are now living in relative poverty after household costs, compared with four million the previous year, accounting for more than 30 per cent of children in the country.

Compared to the overall population, children remained the most likely to be in relative poverty, at almost one in three compared with 21 per cent of working age adults and 16 per cent of pensioners.

Comment: The 'downturn' has been ongoing for for over a decade now, and the future is looking ever more bleak for the UK - however this could help explain it's devious behaviour elsewhere on the political scene:


Alexandria, Egypt car bomb explosion aimed at security director kills two people

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A car bomb has rocked the coastal Egyptian city of Alexandria, reportedly killing two people and injuring at least four others. The attack comes just two days before Egypt's presidential election.

The blast is said to have occurred near the Tolip Hotel in the city's neighbourhood of Stanley. Multiple Egyptian sources, citing eyewitnesses, report that the bomb targeted the convoy of the security director of Alexandria, Major General Mustafa Nimr.

The driver of the escort car and a policeman were reportedly killed when the device exploded under a parked vehicle next to the Roman Camp road in the city. Four military personnel are said to be in a serious condition in hospital.

Bad Guys

In occupied Palestine, slapping a soldier is worse than killing a Palestinian in cold blood

Ahed Tamimi
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Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi
On Monday in Israel there were two parallel events:

1) The Israeli military appeals court denied Ahed Tamimi, 17, the request of an open trial on charges stemming from her slapping an Israeli soldier occupying her home last December 15, claiming a closed trial was "in her best interest".

2) The Israeli military parole board further shortened Elor Azarya's prison sentence for shooting an incapacitated Palestinian suspect in the head at point blank-range, killing him in 2016, to 9 months, after the army chief of staff had reduced the original 18 month sentence to 14 months.

These two stories are a mirror of each other.

In Tamimi's case, many Israelis want a price to be exacted from her for slapping an Israeli occupation soldier. Some suggested that she should be punished "in the dark, without witnesses or cameras" ('centrist' Israeli journalist Ben Caspit), or that she should "end her days in prison" (Education Minister Naftali Bennett). The decision to close the doors on her trial initially came last month at the first hearing. The military judge opined that it is in Ahed's best interest as a juvenile to have a closed case, and the appeals judge doubled down on that view - despite the fact the military prosecution itself did not object to its being open.

"The court decided what is best for the court, and not what is good for Ahed," Ahed's defense attorney Gaby Lasky told reporters last month, and it is still doing so.

Red Flag

Leaked audio reveals the hidden hands behind the so-called student-led 'March For Our Lives' gun control rally

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A meeting between Parkland students and anti-gun activists mobilizing for the highly anticipated March For Our Lives event in Washington, D.C. this weekend was captured on hidden audio Tuesday evening in Broward County, Florida and provided exclusively to DANGEROUS.

The meeting, which was described as a non-partisan briefing for students, parents, and staff members from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are attending the #MarchForOurLives, was quickly exposed as being hijacked by Democratic Party top brass and fraught with extreme anti-conservative bias, misappropriation of school resources, and heavy-handed coaching for students when dealing with the media.

Held at the Marriott Hotel in Coral Springs, FL, the meeting was organized by Debby Miller, who teaches at Beachside Montessori Village, a Broward County Public School. Miller introduced herself as a representative for the Giffords Foundation, which has decided to fund and sponsor over 200 students, staff, and parents from Parkland, Florida to attend the march in Washington. Miller stated at the beginning of the meeting that the meeting space was donated by the Marriott Hotel.

The Giffords Foundation, a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) non-profit founded by Gabby Giffords, the former Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, describes its mission as, "We research, write and propose policies that make Americans safer and mobilize voters and lawmakers in support of safer gun laws."

Comment: See also: 'March For Our Lives': Thousands expected to attend worldwide gun control demonstrations


CCTV of Vegas shooter bringing 21 bags into hotel finally released

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It's been close to six months since Stephen Paddock allegedly rented a room inside the Mandalay Bay Casino Resort in Las Vegas and then opened fire on on thousands of innocent people, killing 58 or them and injuring hundreds of others. Since that tragic day, victims, media, activists, and citizens have been calling for the release of surveillance footage that shows Paddock inside the hotel and, until now, these demands have fallen on deaf ears.

In spite of the dozens of Freedom of Information Act requests by local media and lawsuits demanding the release the surveillance footage, somehow the New York Times was able to obtain the exclusive footage allegedly showing Paddock inside the hotel.

In the chilling video, we see Paddock alone and blending in, never looking suspicious and even raising his hands in delight when he won $1,000 while gambling and eating sushi.

However, behind the scenes, Paddock was filling his room with dozens of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Comment: See also: Keep in mind that this footage technically doesn't show him bringing GUNS into the Mandalay Bay, only bags.

Pocket Knife

Another female genital mutilation case in the UK fails, zero convictions in 33 years

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The latest attempt to secure the UK's first prosecution for female genital mutilation (FGM) has failed, with a West African father cleared of using the practice to "punish" his young daughter.

The prosecution was only the second brought under FGM legislation since it was introduced 33 years ago, in 1985. Not a single person has been found guilty of the crime in Britain, despite thousands of cases logged annually, and hundreds of successful prosecutions in France.

The man, 50, was alleged during a nine-day trial to have twice recruited someone to cut the girl with a razor blade at their home in south London between 2010 and 2013. The identity of the cutter had been forgotten, but the prosecution said the father had overseen and "egg[ed] on" the abuse.

Comment: Female genital mutilation is a sick practice that goes well beyond cultural acceptance. The UK's reluctance to charge and prosecute for this crime is criminal in and of itself. See also:

No Entry

New Trump memo bans transgenders from US military service 'except under limited circumstances'

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President Donald Trump has signed a memorandum that disqualifies transgender individuals with a history of "gender dysphoria" from military service "except under certain limited circumstances."

Under the new policy, presumably developed "through extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders, including combat veterans," those individuals "who may require substantial medical treatment, including through medical drugs or surgery," are deemed unfit for service, Trump's memorandum states.

However, the secretaries of defense and homeland security "may exercise their authority to implement any appropriate policies concerning military service by transgender individuals," the memo added, according to Reuters.

"The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security have concluded that the accession or retention of individuals with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria... presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality," the White House said in a statement.


Dozens injured in Barcelona clashes as thousands protest jailing of Catalan leaders

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Riot police officers scuffle with demonstrators in Barcelona on March 23.
At least 24 people have been injured in clashes, after thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona to protest against a Supreme Court decision to prosecute Catalan independence leaders on rebellion charges.

Supreme court judge Pablo Llarena ruled that 13 Catalan leaders be put on trial for their part in last year's Catalonia independence referendum. He ordered that five of the 13 leaders be imprisoned up to their trials. Jordi Turull, the leading candidate to be the next president of Catalonia, was among the group Llarena sent to prison.

The decision sparked a wave of demonstrations in Barcelona and across Catalonia on Friday. Leading Catalan independence groups implored people to take to the streets and three major rallies took place outside government buildings, with perhaps the largest crowd massing in the Plaça de Catalunya.

Comment: See also:

Mr. Potato

Libtards boycott Iowa hair salon for styling Ivanka Trump's hair, posting pic on Instagram in support of women in politics

An Iowa hair salon defended their decision to post a photograph of Ivanka Trump after a public outcry led to a boycott of their services.

Here's what they posted of Ivanka
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The image included the president's daughter and Governor Kim Reynolds, with the caption, "Our Monday kicked off with styling Ivanka Trump for her visit to Iowa! We [love] supporting women in politics."

Many customers rejected the message and said that they would be boycotting the salon thereafter.

"You respect money over women," read one comment. "Not just women, but humanity. These two featured in your photo are disgraceful."

"This is devastating. I love Salon Spa W so much. It's my place of refuge," read another. "As an incredibly loyal customer, I demand an apology before I book my next appointment, and will be canceling the appointments I have."

A third comment read, "Do you know how much money I spend at Salon Spa W? I get my nails and hair done there exclusively, and literally have my appointments booked till years end. THIS makes me not want to give you another penny, and makes me really REALLY angry for all your amazing LGBTQ staff whose lives these women threaten. Please take this down."


Sweden goes mad, plans "total societal mobilization" against Russia

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In yet another sign of what Russia expert Stephen Cohen has described as the escalating New Cold War, non-NATO aligned Sweden is initiating detailed plans to ready itself for total societal mobilization in response to military attack from a major external power. As Aaron Mehta points out in his exclusive for Defense News entitled Fortress Sweden: Inside the plan to mobilize Swedish society against Russia, that major external power is none other than Russia, whose heavily militarized port of Kaliningrad lies a little over 220 miles across the ocean from Sweden.

During past Cold War decades, Sweden (along with other non-NATO Nordic country Finland) was known for keeping painstakingly detailed survival readiness plans in case of a great power invasion, down to "how parking garages were designed so you could use them as shelters" according to Magnus Nordenman of the Atlantic Council. But the program was left derelict after the collapse of the Soviet Union and a new era of peace meant the end of such "total defense" plans.

But in 2017 a government sponsored commission was formed to investigate and lay the groundwork for plans to resurrect and update plans for total Swedish societal mobilization. Though the commissions findings were not set to be delivered until May 2019, it produced a 6-page preliminary findings report late last year (out of a total working report of 243 pages), likely in response to increased tensions between NATO and Russia in the Baltic region.

Comment: Planning of this sort might actually be helpful in preparation for a natural disaster such as a major meteor bombardment, but the Russian invasion scenario is just hallucinatory madness. It would be far better to simply establish good relations with Russia on mutually beneficial terms, something Russia would be happy to do. But no, the anti-Russian meme is too strong with the Nordic nations. Oh well, let them waste their money.