London market evacuated amid bomb scare, police tell shoppers to ‘get out’

Leadenhall Market in the City of London was put in lockdown over a suspicious item – a bag which had been left unattended in a shop.

After police evacuated shops, restaurants and offices in the area, the bag was investigated by police and found to be “non suspicious.” 

The market has now been re-opened. 

The London Fire Brigade was also at the scene. 

Several people have taken to social media after being cleared from buildings in the area.

Twitter user Trevor said: “Just at Leadenhall Market police screaming at everyone to get out.”

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Suspicion of ‘chemical incident’ in south London sparks emergency op

Five fire engines, paramedics and police were reportedly called to the scene at Alwold Crescent in Lee.

A Met Police spokesperson told the situation is “not a criminal issue”.

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade confirmed authorities were called to the area following reports of a “smell of chemicals,” but following a sweep of the site, they will hand the case over to local police and gas authorities.

Several residents were hospitalized after suffering an adverse reaction to an unidentified substance, one local told the Sun.

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Chaos Erupts in St. Louis, London, and the Caribbean

[9/17/17/ DAISY LUTHER]  Survival Saturday is a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared.

This Week in the News

This week, the focus shifted from the devastating hurricanes in Florida and Texas to other events. Chaos reigns around the world.

St. Louis is under siege after Stockley was acquitted of murder

Yesterday, former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was found “not guilty” of murder in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. The verdict was stunning to many due to the evidence against Stockely. He was caught by the dashcam saying he was “going to kill this motherf*cker, don’t you know it,” moments before he shot Smith 5 times. As well, the gun that was found on Smith only had one person’s DNA on it – Stockley’s.

Some people justify this shooting by saying that Smith had led police on a high-speed chase and that he was a suspected drug dealer, but, of course, we all know that neither of those crimes carries the death penalty in a court of law. Here’s a timeline of the events in this case and here is the dashcam video.

It’s no surprise then, that protests last night in St. Louis became violent.

Early Friday, protesters tried to block officers from traveling on Tucker Boulevard between Clark Avenue and Spruce Street. Police used pepper spray to clear the roadway as protesters hollered, chanted and held up signs.

“My goal is to resist the power of the state,” said the Rev. Renita Lamkin Green, pastor of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau, after standing in front of the line of police. “The power of the people is greater than the power over the people.”

At one point, protesters climbed on top of a police SUV and smashed its windshield. At about 5:30 p.m., police said the downtown protests were no longer considered peaceful, and they asked people to leave.

Shortly after, protesters moved to the Central West End, where more than 1,000 marched on Euclid Avenue and on Kingshighway near Highway 40 (Interstate 64). Later Friday night, protesters gathered outside the Central West End home of Mayor Lyda Krewson, breaking windows. Krewson did not appear to be home.

Two officers were hit by bricks thrown by protesters in the area and were taken to hospitals, police said. At least five other officers sustained minor injuries throughout the day, and more than a dozen people were arrested, police said. (source)

It’s entirely possible the unrest after this verdict will be even greater than what happened after the verdict in the Michael Brown shooting, which saw the small town of Ferguson, Missouri as the scene of some of the most massive, long-lasting riots that we’ve seen in our country. This was also when the Black Lives Matter movement was born.

Don’t  be surprised if the Antifa shows up, and if they do, you can expect the violence to escalate rapidly since they are on the record for stating that it’s absolutely necessary. If you happen to live in the St. Louis area, read this article and consider taking this class. Civil unrest can be incredibly volatile and dangerous, and innocent people can be unwittingly caught in the midst of it, particularly when rioters begin looting and vandalizing the surrounding areas.

We can also expect this verdict to add gasoline to a potential fire that is the “Confederate Rally” in Richmond, Virginia today. There’s little doubt that Dixie flag-bearing marchers will be met with counter-protesters in the state capitol.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the London subway bucket bomb, but the media says it probably wasn’t them.

London is on high alert after a bucket bomb filled with nails on a subway during rush hour yesterday failed to fully detonate. Despite the failure, at least 29 people were burned by the wave of heat. (source) Police have made an arrest of an 18-year-old man, but have refused to provide any other details.

Interestingly, although the Islamic State immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, the only mention I saw yesterday was this aside in the Washington Post with a disclaimer:

The Islamic State terrorist group asserted responsibility for the explosion on its Amaq News Agency website. Experts cautioned that the group often seeks credit for attacks it may have only inspired, as well as ones it had nothing to do with. (source)

A report in the UK Independent today was likewise skeptical of the claim.

According to a translation by Middle East observer Hassan Hassan, a message on the Isis’s propaganda page, Amaq, said: “A security source to Amaq: The bombing of the IED in the London tube was carried out by a unit affiliated to the Islamic State.”

Experts have urged caution over the veracity of the claim.

Shiraz Maher, an expert on radicalisation at Kings College London, said it was unusual for such announcements to be made while the suspect was still at large. (source)

How very politically correct.

Interestingly, though, the UK Independent said exactly the opposite just a few months ago, in May of this year.

Since 2015, Isis has claimed responsibility for major terror attacks across the world, including attacks in FranceBelgiumGermanyand the UK.

“A simple tabulation of past claims of responsibility for attacks in the West shows that Isis has been surprisingly disciplined in only claiming attacks that the terror group has either directed, enabled or else inspired,” Rukmini Callimachi, a New York Timescorrespondent focusing on Isis and al-Qaeda, told The Independent.

She added: “A large share of attacks now are inspired by the terror group. They are carried out by attackers who imbibed the ideology online, as opposed to carried out by the terror group’s own personnel.

“What people seem to not understand is that an inspired attack is an attack by the terror group.”

In each attack, the initial claim is made by the jihadist group’s Amaq news agency via the social media app Telegram. (source)

Huh. That’s kind of embarrassing, isn’t it?

The Caribbean has lost everything to Irma and desperation reigns.

On the mainland United States, we suffered a great deal of damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But in the Caribbean, it’s an entirely different scenario due to their isolation.

There are billions of dollars in damage and property losses are as great as 99% in  Anguilla, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos.  These satellite images show the shocking before-and-after pictures of the islands.

The island of Barbuda was completely wiped out and is currently uninhabitable. According to Barbudan Ambassador Ronald Sanders:

“The damage is complete. For the first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda — a civilization that has existed on that island for over 300 years has now been extinguished.” (source)

In places where residents were not all evacuated, the situation is incredibly dire. There is no food, no water, and little shelter. Looters armed with guns and machetes are helping themselves to the few remaining resources. In this article, people remaining on the islands told shocking stories of the grim reality there.

This Week in Preparedness…

Regardless of where you live, chaos can erupt anywhere. If the stories above aren’t enough, just ask the millions of people in Florida who are still without power a week after the hurricane in the midst of a heatwave. You need to be prepared ahead of time with supplies:

But supplies alone aren’t enough, as the people of the Caribbean will attest. You must also have the skills to acquire water and purify it, to acquire food, and to keep yourself and your family safe from those who would do anything to take what you have.

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ISIS Amaq News Service Claims Responsibility for London Underground Bombing


BOMBING ON LONDON SUBWAY–20 injured, Including 10-year-old boy

Police responded to an incident at Parsons Green tube station in London, with people reportedly hearing an explosion on Friday morning during rush-hour traffic.

Terrorists used a bucket wrapped in an insulated bag.

The device sent a fireball down a carriage as it detonated.

At least 20 people were hospitalized with flash burns.

The ISIS Amaq News agency took credit for the bombing later today.



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UK Officials Say Trump's 'Speculation' On London Tube Attack Is 'Unhelpful'

LONDON ― U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and London Mayor Sadiq Khan were quick to slam President Donald Trump’s response to Friday’s terror attack at a London tube station. 

In a Friday morning Twitter rant, Trump speculated heavily about the perpetrators of a bomb attack that left at least 22 people injured. He referenced the so-called Islamic State, despite there being very little confirmed information about the bombing. He also used the incident as an excuse to push his U.S. travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. 

“I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation,” May said on Friday.

“I’ve simply been too busy this morning to look at Twitter,” Khan said in response to a question by a British radio station about Trump’s tweets. “I’m not going to go there. My priority today is catch the individual or individuals responsible.”

“I’m hopefully the last person who’s speculating about these sort of things,” he added.

A police spokesperson told CNN that Trump’s comments on Scotland Yard were “pure speculation” and “unhelpful.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has angered officials in the U.K., one of the United States’ closest allies. The U.S. president specifically called Khan out on Twitter in June after seven people died in a terror attack in London. U.K. politicians of all stripes condemned Trump following the spat. May said he was “wrong” to have lashed out at Khan.

His comments come in contrast to his silence for two days following the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month. He justified his inability to condemn hatred by claiming he didn’t want to speak because he “didn’t know all the facts.” 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Explosion Rocks London Tube Station, Sending Commuters Into Panic

LONDON ― At least 22 people were injured after a bomb exploded in a West London Underground station during rush hour on Friday, causing a fire inside a train and a stampede of panicking commuters.

The blast at the Parsons Green tube stop was caused by an improvised explosive device, Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Rowley said. Police said they were investigating the incident as terrorism. No arrests have been made.

London residents shared photos of the area, with one post showing a bag on fire inside a train car. Several witnesses reported seeing injuries, and a Metro reporter said some people were badly burned. A BBC journalist said she saw a woman taken in ambulance with burns “top to toe.” 

One traveler, Sylvain Pennec, told The Guardian, “I heard a boom, and when I looked, there were flames all around.”

Police, firefighters and medical services arrived at the station around 8:30 a.m. local time. The London Ambulance Service said 18 people were taken to the hospital, but that none appeared to be in serious or life-threatening condition. Four others went to the hospital voluntarily, health officials said.

Witnesses described a stampede of people rushing off the train.

“All of this happened within 15 seconds,” Olaniyi Shokunbia told HuffPost. “It’s just crazy … [I] saw masses of people running, so I started running myself … we’re running down stairways, I see people jumping into people … not caring if they break their bones. I’ve never seen such a thing in my life.”

Emma Steventon, 27, who lives in Parsons Green, told HuffPost UK she heard “lots of screaming” and was told to run, but didn’t know why.

“Everyone just got crushed on the stairs, it was like a human pile-on, stampede, it was horrendous,” she said. “I had a lady underneath me shouting that she was pregnant and the pressure of more and more people falling on top because we couldn’t get down the stairs quickly enough.

“This poor little boy had his face smashed in and he was screaming,” she added. “It was just like, just hold on, just try and breathe, try not to break anything, it was awful.” 

Firefighters later led passengers off the train tracks, according to The Associated Press. 

Tim and Karalyne Hyde told HuffPost that they were staying at their daughters’ nearby apartment when they saw, out the window, “tons of people running panicked past the flat … disorderly, chaotic people were confused and being led in one direction by police.”

Train service in West London was partially suspended and the area around the station was closed off with police tape. Some people who live and work inside the cordoned area told HuffPost that they were blocked from entering.

Holly Leslie, 19, and her mother Susan opened up their home to offer anyone who had evacuated a restroom or place to charge electronics.

“My uni starts next week,” Leslie said. “If this were a week later, I would have been on that tube.”

The incident occurred months after the U.K. was hit with a string of deadly terror attacks, including three in the capitol. In July 2005, the London Underground was hit with a string of suicide bombings, killing 52 people and injuring hundreds more.

British authorities saw 379 terror-related arrests during the year ending in June 2017, a record high for the nation, according to figures released by the Home Office this week.

“Our city utterly condemns the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Friday. “As London has proved again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism.”

President Donald Trump responded to the attack by blaming “a loser terrorist” and then promoting his travel ban in a series of tweets.

Parson’s Green is an upscale residential neighborhood about five miles west of central London.

Karen Wright, who lives in the area, told HuffPost that Friday’s incident is proof that attacks can happen anywhere.

“It wasn’t a matter of if but a matter of when,” she said. “We’re all walking on eggshells.” 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Gigantic ‘fatberg’ discovered in an East London sewer, weighing same as 11 double-decker buses


A gigantic ‘fatberg’ – the weight of 11 double-decker buses – has been discovered in an East London sewer.

The stomach-churning contents include discarded wet wipes, nappies, fat and oil – in a congealed mass which weighs 130 tons.

The 250-meter-long ‘fatberg’ is more than twice the length of two football pitches and was found lodged in Whitechapel’s waterways.

A massive operation to remove the record-breaking berg from the Victorian sewer system will take three weeks.

“This fatberg is up there with the biggest we’ve ever seen. It’s a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove as it’s set hard,” Thames Water quoted Head of Waste Networks Matt Rimmer in a statement.

“It’s basically like trying to break up concrete.

“It’s frustrating as these situations are totally avoidable and caused by fat, oil and grease being washed down sinks and wipes flushed down the loo [toilet].”

A massive 20 to 30 tons will be removed from the fat mass under Whitechapel Road by an eight-man crew, every day.

The berg will be recycled after it is battered with hoses to break it down and sucked up using machinery.

“We check our sewers routinely, but these things can build up really quickly and cause big problems with flooding. The sewers are not an abyss for household rubbish” Rimmer said.

Thames Water spends about £1 million (US$1.33 million) a month clearing blockages from its sewers, despite clear warnings on how to dispose of household waste.

CCTV camera inspections revealed the 1200mm-high by 700mm-wide sewer was totally blocked by the fatberg, which is 3.5 meters below ground.

Thames Water said work will continue throughout September until the sewer is clear.

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Re: Palestinian activist arrested at London arms expo

British police arrested a pro-Palestinian human rights activist on Friday during protests against one of the largest arms expos being held in the London ExCeL centre.

The venue has been the chosen location for Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI), which advertises itself as “the world leading” arms industry fair. It opened for business last week despite wide scale condemnation from politicians and campaigners alike.

Police arrested British Palestinian, Huda Ammori, close to the site for “wilful obstruction of the highway”. Ammori, who can be seen handcuffed by the police told MEMO that “at the time of [my] arrest I was stood on the pavement, after crossing the road and asking a truck driver approaching the arms fair to stop. The driver stopped his truck and was prepared to speak to me about the contents of his truck. It was at that moment that the police handcuffed and arrested me.”

She also said that “following [my] release from the holding cell I was charged with ‘wilful obstruction of the highway’ and given bail conditions by the police. These conditions forbid me from returning to the area of the protest until the arms fair had finished. I requested a few hours to collect my belongings from the protest. The police refused my request despite having given every other arrestee I had spoken to the same opportunity I was denied.”

Read: Protests against UK arms sales to UAE at arms expo

Ammori, who can be heard in the video accusing the Israelis of ongoing persecution of Palestinians and then selling arms used to kill and maim civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank as “battled tested weapons”, added that “these arrests, whether lawful or unlawful, were carried out in order to diminish the protest. It was a clear attempt at squashing any dissent”.

Ammori told MEMO that she has appealed against the charge and her hearing at the Thames Magistrates’ Court will take place on October.

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As London lures Saudi oil giant, RT looks at UK’s history of rule-bending for its questionable ally

London is battling with stock exchanges around the world to host the lucrative float of Saudi state-owned Aramco, which is said to be valued at more than £1.5 trillion – a figure that would make it the biggest share floatation in history. A listing in the capital would be seen as a major victory for the City and boost the UK economy in the wake of Brexit.

Aramco plans to list five percent of its shares in London or another stock market in the West. Current UK rules state more than 25 percent of shares should be listed to stop a single shareholder having too much dominance.

However, proposals put forward by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) could allow for Aramco to sidestep the rules and qualify for a “premium” listing.

It is certainly not the first time Britain has let Saudi Arabia play by its own rules. From ignoring human rights abuses in the country to burying terrorism reports, the UK is not afraid to turn a blind eye to preserve its lucrative relationship with the Gulf kingdom.

What terrorism report?

A report into terrorism funding in the UK has been permanently shelved, sparking widespread condemnation amid claims the government is trying to cover up substantial evidence of Saudi Arabia funding terrorist organizations in Britain.

The report, commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron, will not be published because of “national security reasons” and the “vast amount of personal information” it contains, according to the government.

READ MORE: Theresa May denies suppressing report on Saudi terrorism funding to protect UK arms deals

However, critics say Prime Minister Theresa May is sitting on the report in order to protect diplomatic ties and lucrative trade deals with Saudi Arabia.

Britain and Yemen

When Britain’s part in the Middle Eastern crisis is mentioned, many people would think of Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria. But Britain’s role in the destabilization and destruction of Yemen is often lost in the mainstream media.

In the last two years, the UK has licensed the sale of £3 billion (US$3.86 billion) worth of arms to the Saudi government. The sales have come under sustained scrutiny since the start of the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen.

Amnesty International says the airstrikes are killing and injuring thousands of civilians, adding that some attacks are “indiscriminate, disproportionate or directed against civilian objects including schools, hospitals, markets and mosques.”

The United Nations estimates around 2.5 million people have been displaced during the conflict, and 17,000 people have died.

Despite this, Britain appears to be turning a blind eye to the conflict, with Saudi Arabia remaining the UK’s most important weapons client.
Arms sales have included Typhoon and Tornado jets and the UK has had military personnel embedded in Saudi headquarters throughout the Yemen conflict.

Silence over human rights abuses

Saudi Arabia’s human rights record has repeatedly been called into question.

Saudi authorities continue their arbitrary arrests, trials and convictions of peaceful dissidents, curbing freedom of expression. Dozens of human rights defenders and activists continue to serve long prison sentences for criticizing authorities or advocating political and rights reforms.

Women face discrimination, as do religious minorities. Women cannot drive a car, wear clothes that “show off their beauty,” interact with men they are not related to in public, or try on clothes when shopping.

Sharia law is national law. Judges routinely sentence defendants to floggings of hundreds of lashes. Children can be tried for capital crimes and sentenced as adults if there are physical signs of puberty.

Despite this, May has no problem traveling to Riyadh to mingle with Saudi Arabia’s leaders. One of her first international visits since triggering Article 50 was to Saudi Arabia for a visit she hoped will “herald a further intensification” in relations.

Blair drops arms investigation

In 2006, Tony Blair’s government abandoned a corruption investigation into a multibillion-pound arms deal between British Aerospace Systems (BAE) and Saudi Arabia, after Saudi threats of “repercussions.”

The Serious Fraud Office was looking into allegations of fraud, corruption and bribery allegations involving the Saudi royals and BAE in its Al Yamamah arms deal.

According to court documents released in 2008, Saudi Arabia’s rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless the probe was dropped – and Blair caved, claiming “British lives on British streets” were at risk.

The dropping of the inquiry triggered an international outcry, with allegations Britain had broken international anti-bribery treaties.
In 2008, the High Court ruled Blair’s government broke the law when it abandoned the investigation.

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Zero waste grocery store opens in London

Bulk Market in Hackney is a destination for zero wasters, locavores, and nostalgic seniors who love using refillable jars.

The zero waste shopping movement is on the upswing, with yet another plastic- and package-free store opening its doors to an eager public. The Bulk Market in Hackney, London, offers more than 300 grocery products in glass jars and large bulk dispensers, from the usual legumes, pastas, and spices, to fresh bread, bamboo toothbrushes, paper-wrapped toilet paper, and dog food, among many others.

The products are free from brand names (a liberating shopping experience!) and sourced from local providers, including cooperatives, social enterprises, and community farms, or they are made on site. Bread is made at the Luminary Bakery, which provides employment to vulnerable women. By purchasing locally, the store itself is able to avoid much of the packaging required for transportation. From the website:

“We apply the principles of avoiding-reducing-reusing-recycling-composting to our business model, which means that we end up with very little rubbish to deal with.”

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The storeowner is Ingrid Caldironi, a young woman who was inspired to adopt zero waste habits in her own life after learning about Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers. What Caldironi learned quickly – as many of us have – is that it’s difficult to go zero waste at conventional grocery stores. Most are not willing to accommodate this seemingly extreme lifestyle habit.

Ingrid Caldironi© Bulk Market

So, Caldironi decided to open her own. She told The Independent:

“The idea came from my own needs. I wanted to support the right businesses and be able to shop without creating any waste, but there wasn’t anything like that in London. I always thought waste was a natural output of modern living, but it turns out to be poor design. Things aren’t designed in a circular economy mind-set yet.”

The Independent reports that the Bulk Market has been met with fanfare from locals, even elderly shoppers who view it nostalgically as a “war-time shopping experience, minus the ration cards.”

The store is currently in pop-up format, with three days left for a crowdfunding campaign that would help finance a move to a permanent location eventually. Caldironi’s long-term dream is to have a place for a glass-walled apiary, as well as a composting facility, where customers could bring their food scraps to a commercial-grade composting machine and take rich soil home as needed.

It’s wonderful to see this idea gaining traction – that the majority of our food products do not need to come in clear, hard shells and wreak havoc on the planet in the process. There is another way of nourishing ourselves, and people like Caldironi are persistent visionaries who will help make it happen.

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