Facebook Facing $3.2 Billion Class Action Lawsuit over Treatment of UK Users

Facebook (now called Meta) is facing a $3.2 billion lawsuit over the alleged exploitation of its UK users. One expert involved in the lawsuit said: “They are exploiting users by taking their personal data without properly compensating them for taking that data. I don’t think the users are entirely clear when they click on the terms and conditions how unfair that deal is.”

Aspirations And Failures Of The Planned Color Revolution In Kazakhstan

Illustrative Image On January 7, a turning point in the security situation in Kazakhstan became obvious. An attempted revolution in another former Soviet republic has failed and the situation is currently under the control of the Kazakh military supported by the CSTO peacekeeping units. The involvement of foreign forces in the “peaceful protests” in Kazakhstan was openly stated by the Kazakhstan’s President Tokayev. In his recent statement, he claimed that there the sharp rise gas prices was a result of the collusion of some government officials and businessmen tied to foreign capital. Analyzing the course of events in the country, it can be assumed that the “peaceful protests” were part of a joint operation of the US and UK special services. It is likely that MI6 gained the upper hand in the plan of another “color revolution”, since it is in the interests of the British center of the Anglo-Saxon elites to disrupt the upcoming negotiation process between Washington and Moscow. If the recent coup attempt in Belarus was coordinated from a MI6 center deployed in Warsaw, then Kiev and the head of the current regime in Ukraine, President Zelensky, who met with the director of British intelligence for unclear

For The British, The ‘Russian Threat’ Is Just Too Sexy

Illustrative Image Leaked documents show just how obsessed the British are with Russia. Written by Peter Scholts, political analyst based in the UK. One would think that with all the threats Britain was facing at the moment, such as terrorism and climate change for starters, the UK government would have more than enough to deal with. But for those stuck in the Cold War games of the past, nothing makes the heart beat faster than ‘countering the Russian threat’. Clearly, when it comes to existential threats, climate change is just not as sexy as spy games with Russia. The UK had already declared Russia as the greatest threat to its security in the Integrated Review published in March 2021, and it has kept no secret of its antagonism towards Russia through its provocations in the Black Sea, and virulently anti-Russian rhetoric expressed by politicians and the military. But leaked documents published last month demonstrate just how far Britain is prepared to go to destabilize the political situation in Russia. On 20th December the investigative website Underside published the first of several batches of leaked documents from the UK Foreign Office which show a series of grants given out to support

Blair ordered burning of secret memo saying Iraq war could be illegal, claims ex-defence secretary

Damning truth about Tony Blair's decision to invade Iraq has been revealed by his own defence secretary, Geoff Hoon, in a new memoir that lays bare an order to burn a memo questioning the legality of the war. Hoon, who was defence secretary for six years until 2005, has given a sensational blow-by-blow account of a No 10 “cover-up” and has claimed that Blair signed a “deal in blood” with former US President George Bush to back the war a year before it began. Hoon describes his shock at being told to destroy secret advice from the attorney general Lord Goldsmith on the legality of the war in the run-up to the 2003 invasion. It was later revealed that Goldsmith said […]

700,000 people sign petition calling for Blair to be stripped of his knighthood

A petition calling for former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to be stripped of his knighthood has been signed by almost 700,000 people. If the goal of one million signatures is hit, it will become one of the top signed petitions on the change.org website. “[Tony Blair] was personally responsible for causing the death of countless innocent, civilian lives and servicemen in various conflicts,” wrote Angus Scott, who started the petition after the Queen's New Year's Honours list was announced on 31 December. “For this alone, he should be held accountable for war crimes.” The decision to knight the former Labour prime minister has caused a tsunami of criticism focused on his 2003 decision to invade Iraq based on the country's possession of weapons of mass […]

Over 100 groups sign open letter objecting to 'two tier' UK nationality bill

Over 100 organisations from across the UK have expressed their opposition to the Nationality and Borders Bill that is to be debated in the House of Lords today. Trade unions, mosques, members of the Church of England, law associations, business groups and educational establishments are amongst the signatories of an open letter calling on peers to reject the bill's dehumanising content, including a clause that allows the stripping of citizenship without warning. “We seek your respectful attention to the overtly racist and prejudicial implications that the Bill will have for approximately 6 million British citizens who are predominantly from an ethnic minority background,” said the letter. The bill, the letter says, will create “a two-tier citizenship” system “where the 'brown' or 'black' […]

Time 'running out' to restore Iran nuclear deal, UK warns

Britain, on Tuesday, said the time to restore the nuclear agreement with Iran is “running out”, Anadolu News Agency reports. The remarks by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, came during a phone call with his Israeli counterpart, Naftali Bennett. The two leaders, among other issues, also “discussed the ongoing talks on the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna,” a government statement said. “The Prime Minister said the UK wants to see the negotiations in Vienna lead to full restoration of the JCPoA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), but that we need Iran to engage in good faith,” according to the statement. Johnson also said that “the diplomatic door is open, but time is running out to reach an agreement.” READ: UK threatened […]

UK funded company with $1m to discourage Afghans from migrating, report reveals

The British government has granted over £700,000 ($950,000) to a company that encouraged Afghans not to escape Afghanistan prior to the Taliban's takeover of the country in August last year, an investigation by the Independent has revealed. Posing as a non-profit organisation, the Hong Kong-based company, Seefar, reportedly ran online campaigns to advise asylum seekers and potential migrants not to make the journey to Europe and the United Kingdom, citing the dangers and risks that they would face. Established in 2014, Seefar focused on “the risks of irregular migration” and the importance of “safe and legal alternatives,” despite not providing any details of how to claim asylum in the UK or how to apply for a resettlement. According to the […]

UK government urged to provide safer routes for refugees

Human rights groups and charities on Tuesday called on the British government to provide safer routes for refugees and migrants crossing the English Channel as the number of people making their way to the UK in 2021 trebled, Anadolu News Agency reports. Refugee charities have said that government policy towards migrants and refugees crossing the Channel is harsh and risked more deaths at sea. November 2021 saw 27 people, including a seven-year-old boy and a pregnant woman, drown in the Channel, the worst tragedy in the Channel's history. “This government must change its approach and, instead of seeking to punish or push away people seeking safety because of the type of journey they have made to the UK, they must […]

UK threatened 'obstructionist and rejectionist' Israel with recognition of Palestinian state

The UK threatened Israel with recognition of a Palestinian state if it annexed the occupied West Bank, a new book has revealed. The warning was issued in 2020, weeks before former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was about to move forward his controversial plan to formally annex the West Bank. The decision would have terminally ended the so called two-state solution backed by the international community. UK Ambassador to the United Nations, Karen Elizabeth Pierce, issued the threat in a meeting with then-US president Donald Trump's Mideast peace envoy, Avi Berkowitz, and Iran special envoy, Brian Hook, on 12 June, 2020, Israeli journalist, Barak Ravid, revealed in his new book, “Trump's Peace.” Apparently, Pierce is said to have warned that […]

Blair's knighthood is a royal act of treachery against his victims in Iraq and Afghanistan

Tony Blair's final act as a human wrecking ball could well bring down the British monarchy following the controversial decision by Queen Elizabeth II to award him a knighthood. Not just any old knighthood, you understand; he has been made a member of the Order of the Garter, the country's oldest and most prestigious order of chivalry. As the world's longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth's many admirers have lavished her with praise for the way she has steered the ship of state for nigh on seventy years by avoiding any embroilment in hot political issues. It wasn't always like this, though. In 1997, the death of Princess Diana exposed fault lines within the monarchy which revealed Britain's royal family to […]

Harry Potter star slammed by Israel officials after pro-Palestine post

Israeli officials attacked Harry Potter star Emma Watson after she uploaded a pro-Palestinian post on her official Instagram page. Watson, who played the lead role Hermione Granger in the global franchise, shared an image which read “solidarity is a verb”, imposed over images of a Palestinian solidarity demonstration, and stated it was a 'repost' from the 'Bad Activist Collective'. The image was shared with a quote from UK activist Sara Ahmed: “Solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future. Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or […]

Kuwait encourages citizens to leave UK over Omicron surge

The Kuwaiti embassy in the United Kingdom has encouraged its citizens to leave the country due to a “significant and unprecedented” increase in Omicron cases there, Kuwait's state news agency, KUNA reported on Sunday. The embassy warned in a statement that the rising figures may lead to the imposition of new restrictions including a national lockdown and irregular air traffic. The daily number of new COVID-19 infections across the UK rose to a record 189,846 on Friday, far higher than during previous peaks, Reuters reported. The Gulf country's embassies in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain have also encouraged citizens to return to Kuwait due to a “significant and unprecedented” increase in Omicron cases. Earlier on Saturday, the Kuwaiti […]

Online petition seeking revocation of Tony Blair's knighthood signed by over 150,000

An online petition asking that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's newly announced knighthood be rescinded has been signed by more than 146,000 people as of Sunday morning, with the goal of at least 200,000 quickly drawing near, Anadolu Agency reported. The petition was created by Angus Scott at change.org as soon as the New Year Honours were announced last night. Scott accused Blair of causing “irreparable damage to both the constitution of the United Kingdom and to the very fabric of the nation's society.” “He was personally responsible for causing the death of countless innocent, civilian lives and servicemen in various conflicts. For this alone he should be held accountable for war crimes,” Scott added. Describing Tony Blair as “the […]

A new online platform for Arabs launches in the UK

On Saturday, 1st January, in the British capital, London, following two months of trialling, a new online platform will be launched under the name 'Al-Arab in UK' to gather everything related to the Arab community in Britain under one virtual roof. The platform provides news and service content for the benefit of Arab communities in Britain, in addition to their various activities. Adnan Hmidan, Editor-in-Chief of the 'Al-Arab in UK', referred to the project's goal, which is based on providing an Arab platform in Britain that speaks with the conscience of the Arab citizens residing here, or wishing to move to live here, meeting their needs and desires, and improving their connection with the Arab community. In terms of activities, […]

Leaked Files Expose Syria Psyops Veteran Astroturfing Breadtube Star to Counter COVID Restriction Critics

The Grayzone — Leaked documents have revealed a state-sponsored influence operation designed to undermine critics of the British government’s coronavirus policies by astroturfing a prominent founder of the BreadTube clique of “anti-fascist” YouTube influencers. The project aims to conduct psychological profiling on British citizens dissenting against policies such as mandatory vaccination and lockdowns, then leverage the data to establish a YouTube channel that portrays these critics as dangerous “superspreaders” of “disinformation.” Designed “to curb the influence of pseudoscience material online, with specific emphasis on Coronavirus-related ‘anti-vaxxing’ sentiment,” the operation is run by the UK’s Royal Institution, and dubbed “Challenging Pseudoscience.” Its top patron is Charles, the Prince of Wales, next in line to the British throne, who recently hit out at supposed “conspiracy theories” surrounding COVID-19 vaccines. The organization received a substantial cash injection in 2020 from the UK government’s Culture Recovery Fund earmarked for video production. Leaked files obtained by The Grayzone indicate that the Royal Institution has enlisted the services of Valent Projects, a “social change” communications firm founded by a public relations operative previously involved in the UK Foreign Office’s campaign for violent regime change in Syria. Valent has also been sponsored by the US Agency for