In the News
Tony Abbott tells Scotland a yes vote for independence is 'not in world's interest'
‘LGBT bingo’ homework project for kids developed
Back Door to Britain: The secret route taking African migrants from Libya to Calais in days - waved through by Italian and French police
'We are outnumbered 285-1': Calais police admit they cannot prevent UK migrant surge
NATO is desperate for war
The Secret War in Ukraine
Peter Hitchens - The Mail online
MPs urged to 'stand firm' over prisoner voting
Isis in Iraq: John Kerry condemns severed-head child photo as ‘one of most disturbing, stomach-turning and grotesque ever displayed’
Vote-less English, Welsh and Northern Irish urged to back campaign to save the Union
Let's Stay Together's letter and its signatories
Support for fracking has declined to 24 per cent, energy department finds
Royal Marines monument gets clean up - but why have celebrations been toned down?
52% of UK voters believe Israel acted disproportionately over Gaza – poll
Warsi quits over 'morally indefensible' Gaza policy
Hollywood's Mickey Rourke Boasts Vladimir Putin T-Shirt in Moscow
The Moscow Times
Comment: Such apparel can also be purchased in this country
Death Penalty News
Sorcerer, baby murderer executed in Al-Jouf
Three Somali men convicted of Al-Shabab terror atrocities are executed by firing squad
The Mail online
Saudi Arabia beheads Nepali maid for toddler murder
Vietnam: Three Prisoners Executed
Missouri executes man for killing 3 people
Observer and Eccentric
Death Penalty Debate
Fewer Russian citizens support death penalty - poll
Russia Beyond the Headlines
Comment: The majority are still supporting the death penalty even after 18 years since the last execution. Russia has gone through periods before when the death penalty was abolished - not all the Czar's supported execution in the way that Peter the Great, Alexander III and Nicholas II did when holding supreme power. The reputation of the criminal justice and the Police is currently not very good in Russia. Mistakes have been made and covered up; incompetence condoned, etc. So despite all this a majority still want to see some executions. Of course the death penalty was harshly and unjustly applied under Lenin and Stalin to say the very least but a policy of restricting it to multiple murder, serial rape and terrorism would be a good start. Andrei Chikatilo was the last high profile execution in Russia (Feb 1994).
Can we join the civilized world and end the death penalty?
Comment: The Starkweather murders were brought to the big screen in 1973 by Martin Sheen and Cissy Spacek. The film did not glamourise their crimes. They killed ten people for very little reason. Nebraska was right to put Starkweather in the electric chair. 'Murder in the Heartland' (a film with Sam Neill has a state Police murder bureau detective) featured Kansas's last executions in April 1965. This involved a quadruple murder investigation. Again a mid west state not prolific in its use of the death penalty retained the ultimate punishment to punish egregious crimes such as multiple murder. Similarly Colorado put John Graham in the gas chamber in 1957 for blowing up 44 people in a plane using a time bomb. His target was his mother who was a passenger!
UKNDA: Government Urged To Restore Airborne Maritime Surveillance Capability “Without Delay”
How Scottish is the SNP?
Call for the Queen to visit Gibraltar
Spectator debate: Independence is the greatest threat to Edinburgh
Joint TUV – UKIP Statement – 100,000 Unionists Cannot Be Ignored
Reject GIRFEC surveillance and named person for every child in Scotland
Require schools to teach about the two World Wars in new National Curriculum for History (England)
UKIP to be involved in 2015 Televised Debates