Email to Emily Thornberry: BBC Panorama crew ensconced with al-Qaeda linked jihadi group

From: Robert Stuart
Sent: Thu 17/08/2017 16:14
Subject: BBC Panorama team embedded with jihadi group co-founded by senior bin Laden courier

Dear Emily

I have been researching the BBC Panorama programme Saving Syria’s Children since it was broadcast in September 2013.

It was recently noted that a vehicle in the convoy transporting BBC reporter Ian Pannell and cameraman Darren Conway bore the logo of Salafist jihadi group Ahrar al-Sham. I have written about the matter, including images and full references, here.

In December 2013 The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) reported that a “leading figure” in Ahrar al-Sham (its co-founder according to Stanford University) was Abu Khalid al-Suri, real name Mohamed Bahaiah. The FDD report observes that Spanish authorities had identified Bahaiah as Osama bin Laden’s “chief courier between Europe and Afghanistan” and “think he may have delivered surveillance tapes of the World Trade Center and other American landmarks to al Qaeda’s senior leadership in Afghanistan in early 1998.”

According to Human Rights Watch Ahrar al-Sham was, along with groups including Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, one of “the key fundraisers, organizers, planners, and executors” of an attack in the Latakia countryside on 4 August 2013 in which at least 190 civilians were killed and over 200 – “the vast majority women and children” – were kidnapped. Filming for Saving Syria’s Children commenced on 23 August 2013, less than three weeks later.

Saving Syria’s Children’s credited Fixer/Translator Mughira Al Sharif, filmed at the wheel of Ian Pannell’s convoy car on 26 August 2013, described the armed men accompanying the Panorama team – presumably Ahrar al-Sham members – as “friends“. It is entirely possible that these men had participated in the mass slaughter and kidnap of civilians in Latakia twenty-two days earlier.

As my Member of Parliament, please will you ask the BBC to explain how its personnel came to be ensconced with an organisation which the corporation’s own reports describe as a “hardline Islamist” group? Was Ahrar al-Sham paid for its services with BBC licence fee payers’ money? How does the BBC justify its employment of Fixer/Translator Mughira Al Sharif, who is reported as wishing to “help bring down the Syrian regime”, has been photographed proudly bearing the standard of an armed opposition faction and has posted numerous gloating images of weaponry on social media?

Yours sincerely,

Robert Stuart

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A Video That Reveals The Complete Charade That Is Politics

People ask me all the time: ‘Why don’t you vote?’ And every time, it comes down to the same feeling within myself. I choose not to be governed. I do not consent to giving up my power to people who take action in favour of their own ego, power, and profit. I don’t judge them for it, it’s simply an observation of the system at hand and a choice made based on that observation.

By now we must know, even if we might not like to admit it, that if anything could be changed through our current political establishment, it would have already, otherwise voting itself would likely be made illegal. Why? Because there is an established group out there that works and acts above government and makes the important choices in our world. Often called the Deep State, the Cabal, or the Illuminati, it’s out there, and the time of denying this basic fact has come to an end.

I felt inspired to shared this video because I believe we are in a time of great reflection in our world. Are we in a revolution? No. An evolution, perhaps, but this will not be something where we overthrow one system and replace it with another.

Our species is maturing, moving beyond things like politics, identifying with one creed or class or culture, and fighting over who’s right and who’s wrong. We’re moving beyond ego running our entire experience. Now is a time of taking responsibility for ourselves as beings having a human experience. We are shifting the ways we are doing things forever, and in an incredible way.

The video below is several months old, but reminds and helps us to reflect on how childish and ineffective the system we call politics truly is.

Something else to consider is the idea that, by voting, we agree to this system and we give our power to it. I’m not asking anyone to not vote out of hate or judgement of the system. I’m simply asking us to reflect on how it really works and really think about why nothing ever changes.

By giving up our power to a government, especially one that operates in this manner, we agree to this system and we ultimate agree to not take full responsibility for our own lives. As a result, we never truly grow up, which is why we still have this system in place.




A horrifying law just passed in the UK, and it’s turned us into a world-leading arsehole

The Investigatory Powers (IP) bill has received royal assent and been signed into law in the UK. Its authorisation comes just days after a petition to repeal the bill reached over 100,000 signatures.

That petition could have triggered a parliamentary debate on the bill. But it seems the UK government decided to ignore that public outcry and forge ahead with the “most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy” as quickly as possible.

A dark day for Britain

The IP bill will essentially remove UK citizens’ right to privacy. It will force internet service providers (ISPs) to store a record of our web browsing activity. And a long list of officials will be able to access those records. It also allows our security services to hack devices, and legitimises their own collection of our data in bulk.

It is a bill that codifies George Orwell’s 1984 into law. While you won’t see Big Brother beamed through your television screen like in that book, make no mistake, he will be there. In fact, he’ll be everywhere.

A perfect day for those in power

Home Secretary Amber Rudd saluted its royal assent. She claimed it is “world-leading legislation” that gives “unprecedented transparency and substantial privacy protection” to UK citizens.

And privacy campaigners agree on Rudd’s “world-leading” assertion, although not for the same reasons. Executive Director of the Open Rights Group Jim Killock commented:

She is right, it is one of the most extreme surveillance laws ever passed in a democracy. The IP Act will have an impact that goes beyond the UK’s shores. It is likely that other countries, including authoritarian regimes with poor human rights records, will use this law to justify their own intrusive surveillance powers.

The changing face of the UK

While the IP bill will shore up other countries’ claims for similar legislation, it will hinder freedoms for UK citizens. Because the right to privacy encourages scrutiny, inquisitiveness, daring, and creativity. Without it, those important qualities may give way to conformity.

This dynamic was recognised, and exploited, by 18th-century British philosopher Jeremy Bentham. He designed the panopticon, a prison that ensured inmates could be surveilled at any moment – with or without their knowledge.

French philosopher and social theorist Michel Foucault, meanwhile, describes the effect of this in his book Discipline and Punish:

to induce in the inmate a state of conscious and permanent visibility that assures the automatic functioning of power… the inmate must never know whether he is being looked at at any one moment; but he must be sure that he may always be so.

The Conservative Party is generally wedded to the principle of state reduction, especially when it comes to minimising state support for its citizens. But this bill, championed by Theresa May in her time as Home Secretary, ensures a massive state intrusion into all our lives.

It does, though, maximise the government’s influence over the population. That’s exactly why the corridors of power are now ringing with cheers. And why the country at large should be horrified.




John Hogue, Solar Eclipse 8/21/17, Unprecedented Earthquakes & Tsunamis, Antichrist Revealed

ehlogoHi friends of Earth Heal and past participants in our healing events…!

Greetings from a very warm Chapada Diamantina! We’re quite amazed by the lovely weather we have been having here, a bit like an early Spring.

This pic was taken a couple of days ago by a friend who is a mountain guide, on the trail to Vale do Pati, the beautiful valley next to ours…

I want to share some interesting articles and video clips about the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse with you, and let you know about our group healing event happening that day, Monday, 21 August.

We’d love to have you join us for this event, and help us create a crtical mass of people holding the space of love for the planet on this auspicious day.

There is so much news right now about this upcoming eclipse, most of it treating the event as high entertainment or discussing the gloomy aspects of the Eclipse as a portent of disaster coming… My feeling is that the day’s energies will be very heightened, and that any work we do collectively for the highest good of all that day will be greatly magnified and will go a long way to balancing any negative effects of the eclipse on the morphic field of the planet, particularly the areas where the shadow will be cast e.g. across the USA.

There have been some interesting articles and videos coming out , and a few of these have been posted at the Earth Heal site. I’ll include excerpts and links below.

The event notice will be posted at our site by tonight or tomorrow, and sent out in the general mailing list, so you will be receiving that soon. In the meantime, if you would like to register for the event, all the info is at these links:

Exchange details (recently updated)
I will be in touch again in the next couple of days, and in the meantime, I hope that you enjoy the links below…

Lots of love!

Thank you Edna –


‘Worrying trend’ of freedom of the press in the UK as country ranks 40 in latest Reporters Without Borders index

‘We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies’


The map shows the countries with the freest press in light yellow and the countries where there is a “very serious situation” regarding freedom of information in black Reporters Without Border/Adessium Foundation

A “heavy handed approach” often in the name of national security has seen the UK slip in the rankings of countries with the world’s freest press, according to a new report by Reporters Without Borders.

Scandinavian countries have the freest press in the world, the non governmental organisation said in its World Press Freedom Index 2017, while the UK is slipping onto “a worrying trend”, it said.

It added that only 16 countries in the world were rated as “good” this year.

At the top of the list, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark lead the way followed by the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Jamaica, Belgium and Iceland.

Austria, Estonia, New Zealand, Ireland and Germany were also among the countries which obtained a “good” rating.

The state of the UK’s press was deemed “satisfactory” and Britain ranked 40 out of 180 countries after slipping two places from last year’s index and now ranking after Australia, Namibia, Ghana, South Africa, Lithuania and France.

But Reporters Without Borders warned of “a worrying trend” in the UK in regards to the freedom of the press.



The Lies Brits Tell Themselves About India


by Akshat Rathi

In May 2015, Shashi Tharoor, a former undersecretary general of the United Nations and a current member of India’s parliament, gave a stirring speech at a debate in the Oxford Union. He was speaking for the proposition that “Britain owes reparations to her former colonies.” The speech went viral, and Tharoor was perplexed.

“Though I had spoken well enough for my side to win the debate by a two-thirds majority, I knew I had made better speeches that had not acquired a tenth of the fan following,” Tharoor recalls in his latest book Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India published in India in late 2016 and the rest of the world in early 2017. “I honestly did not think I had said anything terribly new.”

What he may not have realised then is that he had managed to provide not just very succinct and persuasive arguments against the empire but also quantify the scale of its ills. Following which, in a world where nearly two-thirds of Britons believe that the empire was “something to be proud of” and where many Indians seem to think that its overall effect on their country may have been positive, Tharoor felt he could not turn down the “moral urgency of explaining why colonialism was the horror it turned out to be.”

The speech, thus, evolved into Inglorious Empire, in which Tharoor dissects most of the arguments made by apologists for the empire with hard facts and deft writing. On India’s 70th Independence Day, we have selected four of those arguments to remind the world of the cruelty unleashed by British greed. For a detailed read, we highly recommend Tharoor’s book.

Without British rule, there wouldn’t have been a political union called India.

The East India Company was created in 1600 to cash in on trading with India, which at the time accounted for more than a quarter of all the trade in the world. It soon realised, however, that its ambitions would be better served with a permanent presence in the country, and then on the trade took off. As the company’s men grew prosperous, they began dreaming of expanding their territory and found little opposition. In some 100 or so years, through a series of conquests and some clever politicking, the company created a rival empire on the subcontinent among the already warring ones (such as the Maratha, Mughal, and Awadh regimes). Today, the argument goes that, had it not been for the British, those rival factions would not have coalesced into a single entity.

This argument stands on two pillars. First, that the British created the idea of a political union called India. Second, that they provided Indians the tools and institutions needed to hold the union together and run it.




Holy smoke! The church of cannabis


As congregations dwindle, a new religion is lighting up Denver, Colorado. Aaron Millar joins the ‘elevationists’ of the International Church of Cannabis who worship the weed

It started, naturally, with a group of friends smoking a joint. Steve Berke, a graduate of Yale University, was temporarily living in an old church in Denver, Colorado. His estate agent parents had bought the 113-year-old building with the plan to turn it into flats. He and Lee Molloy, as well as a few friends, had just moved from Miami to capitalise on Colorado’s lucrative marijuana market. But then, in the words of Lee: “We started having these stupid, fantastical conversations. What if we kept it as a church?” So Steve convinced his parents to give him the building and, nine months later, on 20 April 2016 – 4/20, as it’s known in the United States, the unofficial pothead’s holiday (because it’s 4.20pm somewhere, right?) – the International Church of Cannabis opened its doors with its own chapel, theology and video game arcade.

From the outside all appears normal: red-brick towers, blocky turrets, a classic city church in an otherwise leafy suburb of Denver. But there are giveaways. The three front doors and arched window facade have been spray-painted with silver galaxies and bright, happy-face planets. The work of legendary painter and graphic artist Kenny Scharf, who has exhibited in the Whitney and New York’s Museum of Modern Art, it looks more like the backdrop for an illegal 90s rave than your typical parish church. But it’s indicative of the coup that Elevation Ministries, the non-profit company that Steve and Lee co-founded to set up the Church of Cannabis, has managed to pull off.

“That mural would probably buy you next door’s house,” Lee says, letting me in. But they got it for the price of an air ticket for Scharf, a few days’ skiing and the loan of a jacket. People love fantastical ideas.

Perfect peace: guests of the church relaxing in the hangout room.
Perfect peace: guests of the church relaxing in the hangout room. Photograph: Ryan David Brown for the Observer

The original plan was to open it to the general public, but because Colorado’s current pot law only allows smoking in private clubs, it is, for now at least, a members-only affair. To date they have more than 1,400 on their list. They open the doors from Thursday to Sunday for smoke-free public viewing, with private cannabis services held on Friday nights. It seems to be growing.

That’s not surprising. Medical marijuana was legalised in Colorado in 2000 – the first state to write it into its constitution. By 2009 dispensaries began popping up around the state and legalisation of recreational use soon followed in 2012. It has, for the most part, been wholeheartedly embraced. In 2016 Colorado sold more than a $1bn of weed, created thousands of new jobs and collected almost $200m in additional tax revenue. A church dedicated to cannabis may seem strange to us, but in Colorado it might just be the next logical step.




Jean Leidloff The Continuum Concept on Vimeo

This interview (filmed in 1998) with Jean Liedloff, author of The Continuum Concept, by Michael Mendizza (Touch the Future) is the best summary of her views regarding innate intelligence-capacity and how we routinely interfere with this at great harm to children, adults and society.[…….]



South Carolina Warns About Lizard People

lizzardThere are some legitimate things to worry about concerning the solar eclipse later this month, such as going blind from staring at the sun or having to figure out a way to play sporting events in partial light. But the South Carolina Emergency Management Division is worried about something a bit more, let’s say, nontraditional.

The department tweeted this week a map of where folks are said to have spotted lizard people in the past, out of concern that paranormal activity might be on the rise during the eclipse. “Regarding possible paranormal activity potentially occurring during the #SolarEclipse2017. As always, if you see something, say something,” the department tweeted alongside the graphic, with tongue possibly in cheek (though who knows).

South Carolina does have a history with lizard men—more on that in a sec—and the text accompanying the map, which graphed eight lizard-man sightings, suggested the department was somewhat serious with its post. It read: “This historical map is in response to recent media reports about possible paranormal activity associated with the upcoming total eclipse. SCEMD does not know if Lizardmen become more active during a solar eclipse, but we advise that residents of Lee and Sumter counties should remain ever vigilant.”