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Round up of international stories with Martin Summers: have chemical weapons been used in Syria, and if so, by which side? Revealed: George Osborne’s secret veto on fraud inquiries, SFO poised to drop investigation into claims of Saudi arms bribes. Conservative Chancellor George Osborne and cuts to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO); Jack Lopresti, Tory Freemason MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, caught changing his story… admits to representing UK weapons manufacturers in Saudi Arabia:
From Private Eye: ANOTHER gaggle of Tory MPs has paid a friendly visit to the authoritarian Saudi Arabian government, according to the latest register of MPs’ interests. This is the second recent Tory trip to Saudi, after four Tory MPs went on shindig with the sheikhs in December. In February Eye 1334 pointed out apparent errors in the way one of them, Filton MP Jack Lopresti, described his trip: Lopresti’s entry in the MPs’ register failed to mention that it was arranged by the UK Defence Forum, an arms-industry-funded group. Lopresti also claimed to have met “various human rights groups”, which seemed unlikely. Lopresti has now corrected his entry: he now acknowledges the role of the UK Defence Forum and all mention of “human rights groups” has gone.
UN torture expert’s visit postponed again by Bahrain regime as protests continue around this weekend’s Grand Prix; Martin asks if it’s okay for bloody revolution in Syria why not in Bahrain too? More cracks appear in the official Boston bombings story; Tamerlan Tsarnaev apparently arrested naked in handcuffs without injury last Thursday evening, so how was he killed and his body mutilated? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apparently not ‘on the run’ but at college during last week. Secret super-elite Mafia dons Bilderberg cartel meeting in Hertfordshire, the Logan Act in the US which prohibits politicians from having private meetings like this; similar civil service code in UK; Birmingham terror plotters sentenced but they had no bomb making equipment, capability and no targets; Mike Birkin from South West Friends of the Earth, discusses the ‘Carbon Bubble’ alternative energy, 50th anniversary of the Beeching Report railway axe, local railways and EDF’s plan for a projected nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. Interview with thriller writer and WWII deception planner Dennis Wheatley about witchcraft and black magic for Walpurgis night on Tuesday 30th April. BBC4 censor documentary on history of Palestine/Israel, ‘Jerusalem: An Archaeological Mystery Story’ by Jewish filmmaker Ilan Ziv, which suggests the present Jews have no ‘right of return’ to Palestine since they are not related to those exiled by the Romans in 70AD.