Where’s Nick? Clegg hides during Osborne’s Autumn Statement

Digging a hole to hide in when asked wot’s he been doing?

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s Nick Clegg!)

Where was Nick Clegg during George Osborne’s Autumn Statement today?

Because he was there in 2011:

autumn statement 11And he was there in 2012:autumn statement 12 And he was there in 2013 too:autumn statement 13 But today he was nowhere to be seen:

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That’s because he wasn’t in the House of Commons. In fact he wasn’t even in London.

Nick was busy digging a hole.

In Cornwall:

clegg in cornwall


Should be pretty deep now after 4 and a half years of digging……


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The Coalition Government Colouring and Activity Book is now available for download as a PDF and in print:

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Egypt needs a complete de-Mubarakization



( Photo via BBC)

 Initially published in NOW.

29 November, an Egyptian court dismissed murder charges against Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign.

The verdict was a testimony of what is wrong with the entire country, its leadership, the judicial system, both Islamist and non-Islamist politicians, and, more importantly, its youth. As a child, I viewed Mubarak as the man who had ruined my Cairo neighborhood of Heliopolis. As I grew up, I started to understand that his tenure in power had far-reaching consequences. Mubarak’s rule didn’t just ruin Egypt; he rendered the country incapable of recovering or moving away from his legacy.

The 1981 anniversary of the October 6 War in 1973 was supposed to be the usual annual celebration, but destiny had a different script. President Sadat was assassinated, and with…

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Miguel Zenon on the Power of Choosing Your Own Cultural Identity

Repeating Islands


This interview by Britt Robson appeared in WonderingSound.com.

At the relatively young age of 37, saxophonist-composer Miguel Zenon has established an artistic identity that is at once stunningly complex and surprisingly comprehensible. In his music, Zenon seamlessly weaves the traditions and culture of Puerto Rico with the sophistication of modern jazz, a combination that goes hand-in-hand with his personal biography.

Born in Puerto Rico, Zenon arrived in Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music as a teenager in 1996. Two years later, he relocated to study at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he has lived ever since. From his stint in fellow Puerto Rican David Sanchez’s band to co-founding the SFJazz Collective on the West Coast, Zenon has always incorporated his island roots into his work. A specific breakthrough occurred with the release of 2005′s “Jibaro,” for which Zenon wrote original jazz songs based…

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New Inquiry Needed on Eric Garner’s Death – NYTimes.com

Staten Island – do you need to know anything more?


The Staten Island grand jury must have seen the same video everyone else did: the one showing a group of New York City police officers swarming and killing an unarmed black man, Eric Garner.

Yet they have declined to bring charges against the plainclothes officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who is seen on the video girdling Mr. Garner’s neck in a chokehold, which the department bans, throwing him to the ground and pushing his head into the pavement.

via New Inquiry Needed on Eric Garner’s Death – NYTimes.com.

Israeli forces arrest 8-year-old in East Jerusalem | Maan News Agency

 Israeli special forces on Wednesday detained an eight-year-old Palestinian in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem, a local information center said.

Majdi Abbasi of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center said in a statement that Obeida Ayesh, eight, was arrested in the Ein al-Lawza area of the neighborhood.

Obeida’s mother was allowed to accompany him, Abbasi said.

There were no clashes going on in the area at the time of the arrest, he added.

According to a 2013 report by the UN children’s fund, Israel is the only country in the world where children were systematically tried in military courts, practicing “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.”

Over the past decade, UNICEF noted that Israel has detained “an average of two children each day.”

via Israeli forces arrest 8-year-old in East Jerusalem | Maan News Agency.

CENSORED NEWS: Paris Auction selling Hopi, Pueblo, Navajo and Plains Sacred Items

The EVE Auction in Paris is selling sacred items of Pueblos, Dine’ and the Plains, continuing an act of cultural genocide for the fifth year. The EVE catalog lists sacred Kachinas and Masks of Hopi, Acoma, Laguna, Zuni, Santo Domingo, Tesuque and other Pueblos. There are also Dine’ (Navajo) Ceremonial Yeibeichei Masks.

There is also a sacred item of the Kiowa listed in the auction, and pouches listed as Cheyenne Arapahoe, Sioux and Plains Indians. There are leggings of the Sioux and Cheyenne, and a rare item belonging to the Hupa in California.

The auction is slated in Paris for Dec. 15, 2014.

via CENSORED NEWS: Paris Auction selling Hopi, Pueblo, Navajo and Plains Sacred Items.