Monthly Archives: October 2021

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NI’s 100th Birthday – Steve Bell’s Guardian Cartoon…..

Queen’s ‘Illness’ Avoids Embarrassment At NI Centerary Bash……

So, now there will be no head of state from either jurisdiction present to ‘celebrate’ NI’s 100th birthday in Armagh. How wonderfully convenient. And so well-behaved of The Irish Times not to point out how the Queen’s sudden indisposition will avoid an embarrassing photo-op in Armagh tomorrow, featuring only one head of state, Michael D having very publicly signalled his absence for obvious political reasons.

Boston College In Hot Water Over Conference Invite

Thanks to CM for the tip. You can read it here.

Scappaticci Linked To Rev. Bradford Killing

IRA double agent Freddie Scappaticci is linked by this eye-witness testimony to the 1981 assassination of South Belfast Unionist MP and Methodist minister, Robert Bradford, Well worth listening to…..and food for thought

He’s Coming Baaaack!

Watch this, and worry……

Sinn Fein Message To Irish Capitalism: ‘No Problem From Us’

Why am I not surprised? You can read it here…..

BBC’s John Ware ‘Drops Anti-Semitism Libel Case’ Against Jeremy Corbyn…..

You can read all about it here. Many thanks to MH for the tip…….

BBC News Press Team on Twitter: "John Ware & @BBCPanorama investigate  StakeKnife, the spy in the IRA, tonight 10.45pm @BBCOne #bbcpanorama… "

Saudi-Jewish Consortium To Take Over Newcastle United FC…..

Few matters symbolise more completely the new Middle East order and the lonely place now occupied by Palestinians than the takeover of Newcastle United football club by a consortium headed by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund whose governor, Yasir Al-Rumayyan will oversee Saudi Arabia’s 80 per cent ownership of a club, once emblematic of the working class roots of English soccer, but now the symbol of a game midway between a rich playboy’s toy and tax dodge.

While the Saudis will own 80 per cent of Newcastle United FC, they will not sit alone on the board. Half the remaining twenty per cent of the club has been bought by RB Sports & Media, which is part of Reuben Brothers, a British private equity and property firm owned by billionaire investors. One of the brothers, Jamie Reuben, will also sit on the board.

And who or what is the Reuben family? This article in the London Evening Standard sheds some interesting light on the journey to Tyneside by the Reuben brothers:

At 17, David joined a scrap metals business and began to trade, working nights while he finished college, while Simon started out in carpets, bought out England’s oldest carpet company from the receiver and made enough money from it to start investing in property.

When the brothers joined forces, their company Trans-World traded in non-ferrous metals, specialising in aluminium and tin out of London and copper and tin out of New York. By 1984, the company was worth in excess of $20 million. They then made the move into Russia just after the break-up of the Soviet Union, bought up half of Russia’s aluminium production and, eventually, emerged victorious from the ‘Wild East’ aluminium war of the 1990s. They had done business with Oleg Deripaska, the oligarch friend of Nat Rothschild and Peter Mandelson, but that relationship collapsed in a court case in 1995 in which the Reubens claimed damages of $300 million for lost profits.

The Reuben brothers were the offspring of Jewish-Iraqi parents who left the Middle East for India before making their way to London and to the fortunes acquired by their sons.

The point of all this is that not that long ago the idea that a Saudi government agency would form a business relationship with Jewish partners was not just unthinkable, it would likely have earned the Saudi members of the deal a date with Muhammad Saad al-Beshi. And who is he? Well, this article will give you an idea of the sort of activity he specialises in.

But that was then and this is now. With the future of oil a debatable matter, the Saudis are looking elsewhere, as are the other oil states in that part of the world, to invest their money before it is too late. The English premier league is the world’s leading soccer business model – a three-year renewal of its live and non-live domestic broadcast partnerships with Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Sport was recently sold for $7 billion. The Saudis clearly want a slice of that action, following as they are in other Arab footsteps.

When big profits beckon, especially when traditional sources of revenue become less certain, then political principles go by the by. And once regarded not just as unacceptable, having Jews as business partners becomes a necessity. This is one of the reasons why Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince was so warmly lauded by the West until he over reached and organised the grisly execution of Saudi dissident, Jamal Khashoggi (although stand by for a rehab job when sufficient time has elapsed).

Left holding the shitty end of the stick in all this are the Palestinians.

Anyone seeking an explanation for Israel’s growing aggression against Palestinians in both Gaza and Israel need look no further than his new business and political nexus.

Rewriting Troubles History, CNN-style….

In this potted biography of Gerry Adams, CNN manages just one fleeting reference to the former Chief of Staff/Belfast Commander/Northern Commander’s alleged membership of the IRA but devotes more space to a recent book he wrote on cookery. Ain’t the peace process just wunnerful!

The Trump CIA’s Extraordinary War Against Julian Assange

Kidnapping the Wikileaks founder, and even killing him, were options discussed by Trump’s CIA director, Mike Pompeo according to this extraordinary piece of investigative journalism by Yahoo News. You can read it here.