Daily Archives: April 2, 2018

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (Sound Version) (Standard 4:3) (1940)

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BBC again fails to adequately clarify Hamas’ role in Gaza border agitprop

BBC Watch

On the morning of March 31st the BBC News website report published a report that was originally titled “Gaza-Israel border: UN seeks investigation over protest deaths”. Some seven hours afterwards that headline was changed to “Gaza-Israel border: Palestinians mourn border dead” and, like many versions of an article on the same topic that preceded it, the report refrained from informing BBC audiences that the mass protest on the Gaza border, which on March 30th included numerous violent incidents, was initiated and organised by Hamas and additional terror factions in the Gaza Strip.

Rather, BBC audiences were steered towards the view that this was some kind of spontaneous protest:

“Protesters are returning to a tent city put up near the border in preparation for the demonstration to resume, said AFP news agency. Palestinians have also called a general strike.

Thousands of Palestinians marched to the…

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Timeline of the English Reformation

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Anonymous portrait of Prince Arthur, son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York c.1501. Anonymous portrait of Prince Arthur, son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York c.1501.

1501 – Katherine of Aragon marries Prince Arthur of England.

1502 – Prince Arthur dies.

1504 – Pope Julius II annuls marriage of Katherine and Arthur.

1509 – Henry VIII succeeds to the throne and marries Katherine of Aragon:-

Katherine testified that her marriage to Arthur was never consummated, and so a dispensation was granted to allow her to marry Henry. The matter of consummation was later a central issue in the divorce.

1516 – Princess Mary (later Mary I) born.

1517 – Luther posts his 95 theses on a church door in Wittenburg in Germany, formally beginning the Protestant Reformation in Europe:-

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UK Media Watch

Hamas’s staged, six-week long provocation on Israel’s border titled the “Great Return March” which began on March 30th took months of planning and siphoned off an estimated $10 million from government coffers, funds that of course could have been spent on infrastructure and other projects to relieve the suffering of the enclave’s population.  

But, actually, if you look at it another way, $10 million is a bargain if you factor in how much more the government would have had to cough up for public relations if they weren’t confident that the Western media would parrot the terrorist group’s talking points.  

The fact that 10 out of the 16 Palestinians killed since Friday have been verified by the IDF as members of terrorist groups, or that the border protests have included the throwing of Molotov cocktails, the planting of IEDs and – in at least two cases – shots fired at Israeli forces hasn’t…

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Henry VIII and his Six Wives – Suzannah Lipscomb & Dan Jones – Episode 1

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Henry VIII c.1537. Henry VIII c.1537.

Henry VIII most infamous monarch in English history

38 year reign, 6 marriages

Divorced, beheaded died, divorced, beheaded, survived

Women more than wives – also queens

Formidable individuals, all changed history and shaped Henry VIII and England

What was it really like to be married to Henry VIII?

Passions, obsessions and betrayals

 

Katherine of Aragon

Often overlooked

Warrior queen who taught Henry how to be a king

Love, passions and tragedies that tore them apart

November 14 1501 Katherine prepared for wedding night in London, aged 15

1000 miles from home speaking little English

In front of thousands of people in St Paul’s Cathedral married Prince Arthur, heir to English throne

Katherine was to be English queen

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The Telegraph: Stop treating the Palestinians like children

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Here’s an unusual occurrence: a British journalist criticizing Palestinians instead of Israel. The journalist is Alan Johnson at the Telegraph, and his piece (on his website at the paper) is called “It’s time to stop infantilising the Palestinians.”

The first paragraph has a number of links to images I’ll reproduce, and excerpts from Johnson’s piece are indented:

The jubilant reaction of many Palestinians to the kidnapping of three Israeli teenage boys has been met in the West with a bit of a shrug. The official daily PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida has published cartoons mocking the three students and celebrating their capture.

A cartoon that appeared in the official Palestinian Authority newspaper referring to the kidnap of three Israeli teenagers, June 15 2014. (screen capture: Palestinian Media Watch) Read more: PA, Fatah cartoons gloat over teens' kidnappings | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/pa-fatah-cartoons-gloat-and-jeer-over-kidnappings/#ixzz36V1cFkDa  Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook A cartoon that appeared in the official Palestinian Authority newspaper referring to the kidnap of three Israeli teenagers, June 15 2014. (screen capture: Palestinian Media Watch)

The Fatah Facebook page featured a cartoon of three rats dangling from a line.

fatah-e1402847026600-635x357 Can you believe this? What a monstrous mentality…

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A BBC journalist asks ‘what’s wrong with Hamas?’

BBC Watch

On March 28th the UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn posted a link on his Facebook account to an interview he had given earlier to the Jewish News.

Among the hundreds of comments below that post was one from a ‘broadcast journalist’ at the BBC called Becky Branford.

As regular readers know, BBC editorial guidelines on “Social Networking and Other Third Party Websites (including Blogs, Microblogs and Personal Webspace): Personal Use” state:

“The BBC’s reputation for impartiality and objectivity is crucial. The public must be able to trust the integrity of BBC programmes and services. Our audiences need to be confident that the outside activities of our presenters, programme makers and other staff do not undermine the BBC’s impartiality or reputation and that editorial decisions are not perceived to be influenced by any commercial or personal interests. […]

Even if they are not identified as a…

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