In the News


Tony Abbott tells Scotland a yes vote for independence is 'not in world's interest'
The Guardian

‘LGBT bingo’ homework project for kids developed
Christian Institute

Back Door to Britain: The secret route taking African migrants from Libya to Calais in days - waved through by Italian and French police
The Mail
'We are outnumbered 285-1': Calais police admit they cannot prevent UK migrant surge
The Express

NATO is desperate for war
Asia Times
The Secret War in Ukraine
Peter Hitchens - The Mail online

MPs urged to 'stand firm' over prisoner voting
The Telegraph

Isis in Iraq: John Kerry condemns severed-head child photo as ‘one of most disturbing, stomach-turning and grotesque ever displayed’
The Independent

Vote-less English, Welsh and Northern Irish urged to back campaign to save the Union
The Telegraph
Let's Stay Together's letter and its signatories
The Herald

Support for fracking has declined to 24 per cent, energy department finds
The Telegraph

Royal Marines monument gets clean up - but why have celebrations been toned down?
Panorama

52% of UK voters believe Israel acted disproportionately over Gaza – poll
The Guardian
Warsi quits over 'morally indefensible' Gaza policy
Reuters

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
Arab News

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
Khaleej Times

Vietnam: Three Prisoners Executed
HandsOffCain

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?
WyoFile
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!


Online:

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



Petitions:

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