British soldiers filmed beating Iraqis.
A British tabloid has released footage showing British troops beating Iraqi rioters. The video, available in realplayer format
or Windows Media format
, was apparently taken by a British corporal, and shows at least eight British soldiers dragging four young rioters inside a British army compound, where they were repeatedly beaten with batons, boots and fists, and kicked in the genitals. Arab television and the BBC have since aired the footage.
Blair government attacks the BBC, while attempting to "fix" the news.
In the aftermath of the Hutton Report fallout
, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott reopened the war of words between Labour and the BBC by accusing the BBC of slanting their news coverage of the war in Iraq. Apparently, an Iraqi friend of Prescott's, Shanaz Ibrahim, was refused a (unscheduled) interview. What Prescott fails to mention, however, is that Ms. Ibrahim has lived in London for over 30 years, and is married to Abdul-Latif Rashid
, the brother-in-law
of Iraq's president
. So... where have all the *real* Iraqis gone, anyway?
Britain's new opposition party?!
Despite outraising and outspending
all other parties, Britain's conservative Tory party is falling in the polls
to P.M. Tony Blair's "New Labour" party. This collapse seems likely to increase; just days after conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch indicated his love of cheap labour
, his paper "The Sun"
is endorsing Blair.
What isn't being pointed out, though, is that the Liberal Democrats are gaining former Labour voters just as fast
as Labour is gaining conservative voters. A British public opinion site
indicates that 43% of its visitors support LibDem policies
, while the Guardian's unofficial "poll-u-like"
shows 45% support for the LibDems, even though The Guardian has encouraged its readers to "hold their nose"
and vote for Blair. Given that prior election polls in Britain have been off by as much as 19%
, could there be a major shift here?
The British find WMDs, evidence of gruesome experiments on human guinea pigs.
This, plus recent shipments
of the chemical precursors needed to produce sarin and other chemical weapons to countries such as Libya, Iran, Syria, and Sudan should pretty much wrap things up, no?!