January 25, 2009
The 1st scenes from inside the BBC in Glasgow have surfaced on YouTube.
Sky News reports 100 protesters have occupied the Glasgow Headquarters of the BBC over the refusal to air an emergency aid appeal for Gaza. The report continues: “The BBC is still standing firm on its decision not to show the advert for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The corporation has said it has received “approximately” 1,000 telephone complaints and a further 10,000 by email. Rival broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Five have now agreed to air the appeal. Sky is still considering its position”.
Saturday's march to End the Blockade on Gaza
This action has taken place the day after thousands marched on the BBC in London before heading to Trafalgar Square via Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus. The “End the Blockade on Gaza” demonstration was organised by the Stop The War Coalition and others and asked for the BBC to immediately air the Gaza Aid Appeal.
Free & Independent has spoken with protester Keith Boyd. The occupation has ended peacefully without arrest. Mr Boyd noted Al Jazeera were there to report the story.
January 3, 2009
The Telegraph, which has been banned along with other foreign media from entering Gaza, has reported the “2nd stage” of Israel’s operation has begun under cover of darkness.
Telegraph EPA photo from Gaza's norethern border
“It also came in defiance of calls from European leaders – including Gordon Brown – for Israel to scale back its violent attack on Gaza.”
Tens of thousands of reservists are being called up by Israel
Israeli media is announcing that the government has okayed the call-up of tens of thousands of reservists. Does this suggest that Israel is engaging in an Iraq style invasion of Gaza or is the call-up simply precautionary?
December 29, 2008
It’s been a long time coming, but our new site is nearing completion. We will be picking up on the news that really counts in early 2009.
August 18, 2008
We are upgrading our website. This site will be mostly inactive over the next week.
August 12, 2008
Is France on the war path allied with the US and Britain in the Gulf?
French jets on US carriers, July 24th 2008.
PressTV reports the USS Iwo Jima will be joining the 2 US battle groups previously reported heading to Iran (see article). The Americans will also be joined by a British battle group and a French Hunter-Killer nuclear submarine. This would be the first instance of the French allying with US/UK activity in the Gulf, although France has committed to the war in Afghanistan through NATO’s ISAF. F&I is hearing reports that the USS T. Roosevelt is carying multiple French Naval Rafale fighter jets (freerepublic.com, LiveLeak). Leaked photographic and video evidence of the jets on US carriers are spreading over the internet. With Sarkozy as president, France’s “refusenik” policy to military intervention in the middle-east may be changing as the above evidence suggests. His foreign minister Bernard Kouchner has voiced tough opinions on the tension over Iran back in September 2007 (BBC).
F&I is aware there maybe many more naval battle groups heading to Iran, but has not been able to confirm the alarmingly detailed reports as of yet.