London’s Free Voice was Beaten



British lawmaker George Galloway has been hospitalized after being attacked by a pro-Israeli man in London Friday.

The MP was posing for a picture with some of his fans in Golborne Road, in Notting Hill neighborhood, when the attack took place.

Galloway’s spokesman said the attack appeared to be “connected with his comments about Israel,” as the attacker was shouting comments about the Holocaust. He added that the British MP sustained bruises as the result of the assault and was in “a pretty bad shape.”British MP George Galloway

“George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him,” the spokesman said.

The pro-Palestinian lawmaker, who was taken to St. Mary’s hospital in Paddington, suffered from a suspected broken rib and severe bruising to the head and face.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said, “Police were called at approximately 19:40 to Golborne Road, W10, after a man was assaulted in the street. Officers attended. The suspect was found a short time later and stopped.”

“He was arrested on suspicion of ABH (actual bodily harm) and taken to the south London police station where he remains.”

Earlier this month, Galloway was put under police investigation for making anti-Israeli comments and declaring his area of Bradford an “Israel-free zone,” over the Zionist entity brutal offensive on Gaza. According to al Manar

And according to THE Guardian:

George Galloway as been released from hospital after being assaulted on a London street, police have said.

A 39-year-old man arrested shortly afterwards on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm remained in police custody, the Metropolitan police said.

In 2008, Galloway was pelted with a rubber stress ball as he was campaigning in an open-top bus in London. He received medical treatment but was not taken to hospital. A man was arrested and cautioned over the incident. (end)

Galloway, a man whom we can call an English hero, a man whose voice  stood high between the  shouts of Propaganda and falsehood.

A man who made his life career, a Palestinian and  an Arab cause trying to enlighten thousands of brain washed and tried to free Palestine at least in the West’s Mind and heart.

And it was no secret that he will end up killed or beaten by those who don’t want the light of freedom to shine again.

Will he succeed or join other great western figures, like Malcom X and Martin Luther king etc..

Though the cause is different but the goal is the same…. FREEDOM

George Galloway after assault

George Galloway after assault

 


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Putin pours billions into Russia’s World Cup

As soccer’s World Cup draws to a close in Brazil, Russia is about to spend billions on hosting the next tournament – expenditure that economists say could give Vladimir Putin an economic headache and leave his country with numerous taxpayer-funded “white elephant” stadiums.

Putin reportedly plans to spend $20 billion on Russia’s hosting of the 2018 competition. His ambitious plan will see stadiums and infrastructure built over an area stretching 1,500 miles from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Ural Mountains that form the gateway to Asia.

The event is expected to follow the economic blueprint of this year’s Sochi Winter Games – the most expensive Olympics in history with estimated overall price tag of $51 billion.

Professor Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist at Massachusetts-based Smith College, is one of the leading experts in the economics of the World Cup and Olympic Games. He is unambiguous when issuing a report card for Sochi and predicting what that might mean for Russia’s World Cup.

“Sochi was an economic disaster for Russia,” said Zimbalist, author of books including “Circus Maximus: The Economics of Hosting the Olympics and World Cup,” which is due to be published later this year.

Landmark sporting events are rarely good value for money for the taxpayer, he argues. Infrastructure improvements, such as glamorous subway systems connecting venues and hotels, often benefit short-term visitors rather than the long-term needs of residents. More than 15 million Russians live under the poverty line, according to World Bank figures.

While success stories can be found in the Olympics of Los Angeles in 1984 and Barcelona in 1992 where spending was smart and tight, Zimbalist said Sochi was one of the most egregious examples of waste.

“They’ve got a lot of white elephants on their hands in Sochi that they don’t know what to do with,” he said. “All the hotel firms there are currently trying to get the state to buy them out. It’s not the right climate, and wealthy Russians would rather go to Davos [in Switzerland] or somewhere else in the Alps.”

“Many Russians feel the country needs these big events to regain its prestige”

Governments often try to justify the big public-money spends that come with major tournaments by saying that the events get dormant projects off the backburner. But according to Stefan Szymanski, a professor of sports management at the University of Michigan, these claims are almost impossible to prove. “In fact, I am very skeptical,” he said.

This does not bode well for Russia’s 11 World Cup host cities, each of which will have at least one stadium built to the high-level requirements of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.

Not only do these stadiums cost a lot of money – usually between $200 million and $800 million – but critics question how much they’ll be used after the tournament ends. While modern venues may be warranted in soccer-crazy Moscow and St. Petersburg, the justification for the planned expansion of the stadium in the eastern city of Yekaterinburg is less obvious.

Proposed Stadiums Of The Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup BidRussia 2018 via Getty Images

To comply with FIFA regulations, the city is increasing its 27,000-capacity stadium to more than 43,000 seats. For fans who venture to the city – which lies as far east as Pakistan and as far north as Latvia – these facilities will no doubt be welcome for one month in 2018. But with an average attendance of 13,188 for local soccer team Ural Yekaterinburg last season, there might be more than a few empty seats at future games.

Similar criticism was leveled at FIFA and the organizers of Brazil 2014 after the construction of projects such as the Arena da Amazônia, a stadium in the Brazilian city of Manaus. This over-budget, $220 million venue in the middle of the Amazon jungle hosted just four World Cup games – and now the city is left with a 41,000-seat stadium despite having no established soccer team.

However, research suggests that many Russians may not care about what it costs to have a global sporting spectacle on their own doorstep.

Szymanski has conducted research at the London School of Economics, measuring the happiness index of cities before and after they have hosted major events. “There is undoubtedly a spike in the feel-good factor during these events and the World Cup is the jackpot,” he said. “Although it is quite ephemeral and does not last long, Russians will be delighted to have the tournament.”

Putin certainly tapped into the emotive idea of Russia’s people rising to the challenge when he spoke about his hometown of Leningrad being bombed in World War II after the country’s successful bid was announced. “There was no electricity, no heat and no food during winter, but there was football,” he recalled.

Orysia Lutsevych, a Russia expert at the London think tank Chatham House, agrees. “Many Russians feel the country needs these big events to regain its prestige,” she said. “Of course you can find some expert who picks holes in these things, but this does not reflect the views of most people.”

Following his annexation of Crimea in March, Putin’s popularity has scarcely been higher. And eyeing presidential reelection in 2018 he may see the World Cup as an opportunity to increase his reputation as rebuilder of the Russian Empire and warrior against perceived historical injustices.

“After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia is trying to reinstate itself as a true global leader and this makes the case for hosting these big events,” Lutsevych said. “The country is quite outward looking in terms of caring what other countries think about it, despite what the West might think.”

Close behind the Russian leader in terms of the tournament’s main beneficiaries are likely to be his private-sector allies in construction, insurance, and investment banking industry who will oversee the country’s transformation into a World Cup-ready state.

Corporations have had close and often shady ties to Russian politics since the carve-up of the Soviet Union. According to a report by Transparency International, firms with strong political connections make up a “staggering” 80 percent of Russia’s publicly traded companies, compared to 40 percent in the United Kingdom.

Out of 177 countries globally, Transparency International ranks Russia at a dire 127th in terms of positive perceptions of corruption – far worse than the U.S. at 19th and putting it in the same boat as countries like Pakistan and Lebanon.

And there will be ample opportunity to make money over the next four years in Russia.

“The World Cup is basically the product of private-sector interests that have a great deal of political power, and it will be the same story in Russia,” Zimbalist said.

Others, like veteran investigative reporter Andrew Jennings, say Russia’s disregard for transparency made it the perfect setting to host the tournament from FIFA’s perspective.

The controversial governing body is currently under investigation for bribery allegations relating to its widely-maligned decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a country which the International Trade Union Confederation has called a “slave state.” Qatar’s soccer culture is almost non-existent and summer temperatures hit 110 degrees. Despite calling itself a non-profit organization, FIFA currently has more than $1.4 billion in the bank and has been criticized for its demands that any country hosting a World Cup give tax exemption to itself and its sponsors.

“When you look at what FIFA is demanding for this tournament it is clear why they did not give it to somewhere in the European Union or the United States,” Jennings said. “Legally, with the tax breaks and suspension of labor laws they are calling for it just would not happen – there is just too much scrutiny in America.”

Image: Sepp BlatterKivrin Golovanov / AP, file

Others, like Szymanski, say corruption is no more prevalent in football than in other industries where state ties to construction firms are well known. But he does describe FIFA and the International Olympic Committee [IOC] as “the villains of the piece,” because they pit developing nations against each other, encouraging them to spend above their means and offer tax exemptions in their desperation to host tournaments.

“You do not want to get into a situation where you say only rich countries can host these tournaments, but the correct way to it is to follow the example of Los Angeles and not go overboard on spending,” he said.

If Sochi was anything to go by, such restraint looks unlikely in Russia.

“World Cups are the biggest events in the world in terms of what people want to think about, but in GDP and nuts and bolts they are not big at all,” Szymanski said. “Although Russia’s economy is stagnating, the World Cup is a drop in the bucket compared to something like its oil and gas industry.”



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Suicide attack on prison shatters Mogadishu calm

Eyewitnesses said soldiers in speeding pick-up cars rushed to the prison and
troops took positions around the facility.

Onlookers stand at the site of a major car bomb and gun attack against
an intelligence headquarters and detention facility in Somalia (GETTY)

Mohamed Hassan, a resident who lives near the prison in the neighborhood of
the presidential palace, said he heard gunfire and explosions as soldiers
and militants fought for control of the notorious jail.

Another resident, Mohamed Abdullahi, described a terrifying scene with bullets “flying
around.”

The attack started when a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden
vehicle at the gate of the prison, followed by gunmen who started fighting
their way into the building.

Guards fought the attackers who threw grenades to penetrate the prison’s
defences, police said.

The car, destroyed by the suicide attack is left on the street (GETTY)

No group immediately claimed the responsibility for the attack, which
shattered a period of relative calm in conflict-stricken Mogadishu.

The attack on the Mogadishu prison came as government soldiers, backed by
African Union troops, launched an assault on militant bases in the southern
parts of the Horn of Africa nation.

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New plans for a mega-port in Venice despite large cruise ships ban

The port would enable the city to handle far more trade than its current
container terminal at Porto Marghera, which lies across the lagoon from the
historic heart of Venice, famed for its canals, stone bridges, palaces and
cultural treasures.

Building the new facility would cost between €2 and 2.8 billion euros, with
the money to come both from the government and private enterprise.

It would be located eight miles offshore, where the sea depth is around 70ft,
allowing the largest container ships in the world to dock and unload their
cargo. Sheltered by a three-mile-long breakwater, it would also feature an
oil terminal.

Venice handles a tiny amount of trade compared to ports such as Rotterdam and
Singapore, as measured by TEUs, or Twenty-foot Equivalent Units, the
standard measurement of container trade.

While Singapore handled 60 million TEUs a year and Rotterdam had a capacity of
12 million, Venice dealt with just 450,000 units a year, Mr Costa said.

“With the deep sea platform we could develop the port and protect the lagoon.

“Venice cannot just be a heritage Disneyland preserved in mothballs. That is a
vision of necrophiliacs. Without a busy port, Venice will die. The platform
would enable the Adriatic, not only Venice but also Trieste, to resume a
role in world trade,” Mr Costa told Corriere della Sera newspaper.

“Today we have an historic opportunity – to once again connect East and West
with a big port in the Adriatic.”

He also called for work to start on dredging a new channel in the Venetian
lagoon to allow giant cruise ships to reach the city’s cruise vessel
terminal.

The Italian
government announced earlier this month that from 2015 it plans to ban the
biggest cruise liners – those over 96,000 tonnes – from plying their current
route, which takes them within a few hundred yards of St Mark’s Square and
the Grand Canal.

Instead they will have to travel along a new channel, known as the Contorta
Sant’Angelo, which will give a wide berth to Venice’s historic centre.

Environmentalists oppose the new channel, saying it will alter the ecology of
the lagoon and result in surges of seawater which could damage Venice’s
centuries-old buildings.

Mr Costa dismissed those concerns, saying the lagoon has been altered so
radically over the centuries that it is no longer a pristine environment.

“The lagoon has always been adapted in order to defend the principal source of
Venice’s power – its port.

“It is no longer a natural environment. The Venetian doges changed the course
of four rivers in order to develop the port.”

He said he hoped the new channel could be dredged within two years.

“Given that the size of ships has tripled in recent years, finding a solution
is even more urgent.”

The cruise ship industry, which claims it sustains around 10,000 jobs in
Venice, is anxious to see work begin on the new channel as soon as possible.

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Ukraine claims pro-Putin forces shot retreating troops

Ukranian military personnel also went to collect their dead and injured guided
by rebel fighters following an informal agreement between both sides.

Ukrainian forces had previously been surrounded by rebels in the town of
Ilovaysk, about 15 miles east of the largest rebel-held city of Donetsk for
days.

The killings came a day after pro-Russian rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko
told Russian state media that the rebels were “ready to open
humanitarian corridors” on the condition that Kiev’s forces surrendered
their weapons and ammunition, but Kiev rejected the agreement.

The reactions were followed by an online statement from Russian President
Vladimir Putin early on Friday calling on pro-Russian separatists to “open
a humanitarian corridor for Ukrainian troops.”

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Outraged Italian farmers call for Blondie the killer bear to be shot after more mountain rampages

Upland grazers say they are being forced to drive their herds down from the
mountains much earlier than usual because of the threat presented by the
bears.

The livestock would normally remain high up in the mountains until the end of
September, when the first snow begins to fall.

“This bear is a sick animal – he is killing purely for the sake of
killing,” Valentino Frigo, the mayor of the mountain village of Roana,
told La Repubblica newspaper. The village, which has a population of around
4,000 people, is in the Veneto region, north of the city of Vicenza.

Conservationists want to capture the bear and attach a collar around its neck
with a radio tracking device in order to keep tabs on its movements.

The bear leaves the premises (Chris Warde-Jones)

But farmers and other inhabitants of the rugged mountain region say that will
do nothing to stop the attacks on livestock.

“What’s the point of fitting it with a radio collar?” said Mr Frigo.

“Knowing where it is won’t prevent it from killing again.”

Despite the brown bear being a protected species in Italy, farmers say this
particular bear – known to wildlife officials by its codename, M4 – must be
found and shot.

They say that people who like the idea of brown bears returning to the Italian
mountains should come and see their animals writhing in agony with their
stomachs ripped out following night-time attacks by the predators.

“We’ve had it with this bear – he’s a killer,” said Giacomo Rigon,
who has had two cows killed and eight injured in the last few months.

“The authorities tell us that we need to put up electric fences, but they
are useless. The bears are able to climb over them or just batter them down.
If the bear is not eliminated, nobody will return to the alpine pastures
with their livestock next year.”

Fabio Spiller, another farmer, said: “The bear doesn’t only harm the
animals that it attacks. It creates panic so that the cattle run into the
forest, where they sometimes fall into ravines. It’s enough to make you weep
when you see a cow with its eyes full of terror, its back raked by the
bear’s claws and its stomach ripped open.”

Conservationists say the EU-sponsored reintroduction programme has the support
of the Italian government and that the risks posed by the bears are
exaggerated.

The mushroom-picker who was badly scratched by a female bear had come between
the animal and its cubs, they point out. Aside from that incident, there
have been no fatal attacks on humans by bears in Italy for decades.

Environmentalists also point out that farmers can apply for compensation for
livestock killed by bears, although the graziers say the payments are often
chronically delayed and mired in red tape.

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RAF drops 14 tons of aid as Iraq town relieved

Reports last week suggested America was trying to build a coalition of allies,
including Britain and Australia to target the extremist movement which has
swept from Syria across most of northern Iraq.

Mr Fallon told Sky News: “We have not been asked to participate in air
strikes. We welcome what the Americans are doing. Of course we’ll look at
any further action the Iraqi government thinks will help.”

File photo: Peshmerga fighters take position at a post as battles with
Islamic State (IS) jihadists continue (GETTY)

Britain has been ferrying arms and supplies to the Kurdish forces battling the
militants and Mr Fallon said: “We will continue to look favourably on any
requests to do that.”

Amerli’s Turkmen Shiite-majority have had dwindling water and food supplies
since being cut off by Islamic State jihadists.

Lt Gen Qassem Atta told the AFP news agency: “Our forces entered Amerli
and broke the siege.”

Iraqi troops joined forces with Shia militiamen and Kurdish peshmerga fighters
to break the siege.

US commanders said air strikes had destroyed three Humvees, one armed vehicle,
one checkpoint and one tank during the assault.

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Airlift, but no troops request, says PM

A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier takes up position in Makhmur town

Australia to deliver arms and munitions to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants.
Source: AAP



AUSTRALIA will join the dangerous mission to arm Kurdish fighters against Islamic State extremists in the north of Iraq by taking part in an international airlift of military equipment.


BUT Tony Abbott played down talk that Australian troops could be sent into the country, saying there was no role “envisaged” for boots on the ground.

The prime minister on Sunday announced Australia would be part of the international effort to deliver arms and munitions to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, with the first mission to be undertaken “in coming days”. Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster aircraft will be involved in the airlifts, which also include Canada, Italy, France and the United Kingdom. Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin said the operations wouldn’t take the form of an airdrop – but Australian personnel will deliver the equipment by hand.
“We want to make sure that we know where the arms and munitions go when we deliver,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said. “They will be landing and handing them over to officials from the Peshmerga.” Australia’s involvement in the airlifts sparked concerns that troops could soon enter the conflict with the Greens and independent Andrew Wilkie warning of “mission creep”. Australia has already been heavily involved in humanitarian airdrops to civilians caught up in the fighting, prompting Greens leader Christine Milne to question if airstrikes and troop deployment were next. Both demanded Australia’s involvement in the Iraq conflict be debated in parliament. “If we’re going to start, where is it going to end?” Senator Milne asked. “It is more important than ever that the prime minister tells Australians what is the strategy here, what are we going to commit to.” Parliament should have been involved in the airlift decision, Mr Wilkie said. “If Tony Abbott wants us to be gun runners for the Kurds at the behest of the United States then we are part of the war,” he told reporters in Hobart. But Mr Abbott said no request for troops or airstrikes had been made the Iraqi or US governments. “None of us want to get involved in another Middle Eastern war, but it is important to do what reasonably can be done to avert potential genocide,” he said. Mr Abbott dismissed a Greens call for parliamentary approval of military deployments, and defended the decision making process involving the National Security Committee and cabinet. “This government’s intention is to abide by the standard conventions which have always been applied to the deployment of Australian military forces,” he said. The prime minister described events in Iraq as a “humanitarian catastrophe”, and pointed to the tens of home-grown radicals involved in the conflict. “If it is right to kill in the name of God in Iraq, there is no reason to think that the same people won’t do likewise … in Australia,” he warned. “While we understandably shrink from reaching out to these conflicts, the truth is that these conflicts reach out to us.” Labor leader Bill Shorten – consulted by Mr Abbott ahead of the announcement – gave bipartisan support to the weapons airlifts. The Peshmerga fighters were the only thing standing between civilians and insurgents, he said. “This is happening because of one reason – there are vulnerable people who need help and they need it now,” he told reporters in Melbourne.

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NSW angler deaths spark life jacket debate



THE death of a second rock fishermen off Sydney’s beaches within a week has sparked fresh calls for mandatory life jackets.


TWO off-duty lifesavers paddled out to the struggling fisherman in dangerous seas at Lurline Bay, near Maroubra, on Sunday.

Police say the fisherman, aged in his 40s, was with a friend and went into the water to collect a bucket. Despite desperate attempts to revive the fisherman, he died after the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter winched him from the water. The tragedy comes after a rock fisherman died last weekend when he was swept into the ocean on Sydney’s northern beaches. Both anglers were not wearing life jackets. Sunday’s drowning occurred on a notoriously dangerous stretch of rocky coastline in the Randwick council area. Between 2004 and 2012, according to Surf Life Saving NSW, there were 15 rock fishing deaths along the Randwick coast.
Former Randwick mayor and current councillor Tony Bowen lead a call to the NSW government late last year to force rock fishers to don life jackets. It’s a call he believes needs renewing in light of the recent deaths. “It definitely does because it is so preventable,” he told AAP. Mr Bowen said Sunday’s death occurred between two patrolled beaches. “That just shows you it’s all about getting time to be rescued and that is the problem,” he said. “If you are not a strong swimmer with surf like today, you end up in the water and no life jacket. “If you can’t swim, you have no time and even if you can swim you only have a few minutes.” Surf Life Saving NSW’s Andy Kent says emergency services often risk their own safety to rescue people in rock fishing incidents. “Fishermen need to wear a lifejacket, above all else,” he said. “That way you buy yourself some time until we can get to you.” According to a Royal Life Saving Association report in 2011, the Randwick area represented one third of all rock fishing fatalities in NSW. The NSW government floated the idea of mandatory life jackets in a discussion paper last year.

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Rayney POI charged after alleged attack



A 49-YEAR-OLD man linked to Corryn Rayney’s 2007 murder by her husband’s defence team is facing court accused of attacking a Perth woman.


THE man, who cannot be named, is charged with deprivation of liberty, indecent assault and assault occasioning bodily harm.

The charges relate to an incident in Wilson on June 9. The man is scheduled to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on November 20. Ms Rayney’s husband, former prominent Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney, was acquitted of murdering her after a judge-alone trial. Mr Rayney’s defence team named the 49-year-old man as a possible person of interest in connection to Ms Rayney’s murder during his trial.

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