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Vladimir #Putin is ‘dragging West towards new Cold #War with illegal invasion of #Ukraine


David Cameron spoke out as Nato said Russia had sent 1,000 heavily armed troops to join separatists in a “significant escalation” in “military interference”.

By James Lyons.Prisoners: A group of Russian servicemen detained by Ukrainian authorities.Prisoners: A group of Russian servicemen detained by Ukrainian authorities.

David Cameron has accused Vladimir Putin of provoking the West with an illegal invasion of Ukraine.

He spoke out as Nato said Russia had sent 1,000 heavily armed troops to join separatists in a “significant escalation” in “military interference”.

One No10 insider said Russian president Putin had dragged the world “back to the Cold War”.

British troops are expected to start ­exercises in Poland for a US-led show of force to reassure Eastern European Nato countries.

And Mr Cameron will also push for fresh sanctions against Russia at an European Union meeting in Brussels on Saturday.

Loggerheads: David Cameron and Vladimir PutinLoggerheads: David Cameron and Vladimir Putin.

The Prime Minister said: “I’m extremely concerned by mounting evidence Russian troops have made large-scale incursions into South-Eastern Ukraine, completely ­disregarding the sovereignty of a neighbour.”

He also urged fellow leaders not to be fooled by Putin’s decision to take part in talks with Ukraine in Belarus.

Mr Cameron continued: “It is simply not enough to engage in talks in Minsk, while Russian tanks roll over the border into Ukraine.

“Such activity must cease immediately.”

But rebel leader ­Alexander ­Zakharchenko bizarrely insisted the Kremlin forces were on leave.

Shelled: Workers try to repair the gate of a bakery damaged during shellingShelled: Workers try to repair the gate of a bakery damaged during shelling.

He declared: “Among us are fighting, serving soldiers who would rather take their vacation, not on a beach, but with us, among brothers, who are fighting for their freedom.”

The UN ­Security Council held an emergency session to discuss the crisis.

But as Russia has a permanent seat, there was no prospect of the invasion being condemned.

Meanwhile, 15 civilians were killed as Ukraine troops shelled Donetsk, it was reported.

Today, Vladimir Putin snubbed a traditional greeting of bread and salt on his visit to Minsk because he feared assassination by poisoning, sources claimed.


Mirror Online.

Brighton Pride 2014: Freedom To Live #FreedomToLive


Brighton LGBT Pride

Get your glad rags on, the day we’ve all been waiting for all year has finally arrive, its Brighton (& Hove) Pride, a celebration of love and life.

Brighton Rainbow Rooms

The Rainbow Rooms at New Steine Gardens will be an oasis of calm in a sea of celebrations over the Brighton Pride and Village Party weekend.

Situated in the heart of the Gay Village, The Rainbow Rooms will give local residents and Pride guests a chance to eat, enjoy Fine wines and champagne or a pint of Harvey’s real Ale, and relax in a unique space dedicated to the chill at Pride that respects the ambience of the gardens and AID’s memorial.

Take a ride on the vintage ferris wheel or enjoy a soundtrack of chilled out grooves, and special performances, The Rainbow Rooms will be a must-visit location to grab a little downtime with Pride.

Village Party Pledgbands will be required during Village party hours.

Sunday evening from 9pm the community will celebrates Pride with friends and love ones thats are here in spirit.
Please see details here of the Celebration of Love and life with Pride,

The Rainbow Rooms
New Steine Gardens
Friday 1st August -Sunday 3rd August
12noon-midnight.

Profits from the Rainbow rooms will go towards Pride’s community fundraising effort for the Rainbow Fund, a Brighton and Hove based grant-giving fund for local LGBT and HIV/AIDS organisations.

New Steine Flags Sponsored by the generous hoteliers of the New Steine; Ambassador, Strawberry, Lime House, Urban House, Gullivers & New Steine, Marine View, Cosmopolitan, Sea Spray, Alston House, Five, Square and Hamptons.

The Rainbow Rooms is a much welcome addition to Brighton Pride 2014, perfectly Proud and waiting to greet you.


PRIDE MAIN STAGE LINEUP.

One of the UK’s favourite Pride celebration, Brighton Pride are thrilled to announce this years Preston Park Festival line-ups. Sparkling, spectacular and seaside saucy, you’ll find everything you need to keep you proud on Brighton Pride day.

From the sunshine stars lined up to thrill the Pride Main Stage including Calabro, Martha Wash, Blue, Katy B and a must-see disco finale from Sam Bailey, the incredible array of world class DJs on the decks of the Wild Fruit, Girls Dance Tent, Men’s Zone and Calabash to Legend’s infamous Cabaret Tent via the Alternative Drag tent and the debut of the Q Live Music Stage with headliners Republica, Brighton Pride 2014 has your pride festivities covered.

For one day the world will be a disco, Brighton Pride style.

Main Stage Line-up
12:45 Paul Diello
13:15 Allan Jay
13:45 Ariana and The Rose
14:15 De’Vide
14:45 Osaro
15:05 Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus
15:30 Lascel Wood
16:10 Heather Peace
16:40 Collabro
17:10 Neon Jungle
17:40 Peter Tatchell
18:00 Martha Wash
18:30 Kimberley Wyatt
19:00 Blue
19:35 Frankmusik
20:10 Katy B
20:55 Sam Bailey
21:30 Pride Finale show

Pride Brighton & Hove 2014: Freedom To Live
Pride Festival Preston Park 12noon – 10pm.
Early Bird / Advance Tickets: Sold out.
£20 / £25 on the day.

Pride tickets page.


GAYDAR ‘Q’ STAGE AMAZING LINE-UP

The Q Live Music Stage has to be one of the most anticipated additions to this year’s Brighton Pride Festival in Preston Park. Bringing the very best in live rock, indie, folk electronic and rap to the UK’s favourite Pride celebration, The Q Live Music Stage line-up is a stunning selection of diversity, talent and success and promises to bring something bold, brash and beautiful to Brighton Pride 2014.

Headlining the Q proceedings will be the indie legends that are Republica and their irrepressible front woman Saffron Sprackling whilst the roof raising A-Flop of Lucy Spraggan and her band return for yet another unforgettable performance.

If you want your entertainment strictly gothic and industrial then Massive Ego and Death Koolaid will be un-missable as will the homo-hop of the superb Q Boy and London’s spoken word and hip-hop aficionados LC Collective. The spellbinding Bruce Lok and memorising CN Lester will enchant whilst Kit Rice‘s blend of funk, pop and hip hop will ensure the dance is had.

The energetic Brit-pop passion of Departure From Normal and Battle Of You will bring plenty of sunshine beats to proceedings and Echo and the Beats promise a set of punky ska-core fuelled with mod vibes. Brighton Music Award winners Kenelis will be performing an lively set of alt-rock with elements of punk, grunge and hardcore and Brighton Pride favourites Joan Ov Arc return ready to rock the Q Live Stage with their classic rock anthems.

Kenelis front women and Q Stage Coordinator Mel Sanson said “We wanted to bring more live music into the park and music of different genres that don’t always get the opportunity to play at Pride festivals. Supporting new music and local bands is really important to me and we hope they all enjoy the day rocking the stage!”

The Brighton Pride Q Live Stage. It’s going to be one hell of a debut and one we can’t wait to hear. See you at the front.

Gaydar Q Live Stage 2014 in association with Student Pride
12:55 Ben Williams (host)
12:55 Echo & The Beats (Ska-Core)
13:30 Departure from Normal (Brit Pop)
14:05 Adam All (Host)
14:05 Bruce Lok (Alternative)
14:40 CN Lester (Lo-Fit Alt)
15:05 LC Collective (Hip Hop)
15:40 Kit Rice (Funk Pop)
16:15 CN Lester (Host)
16:15 Death Koolaid (Punk)
16:50 Battle Of You (Alt-Pop)
17:25 MC Angel (Host)
17:25 Joan Ov Arc (Classic Rock)
17:55 Q Boy (Rap)
18:30 Kathy Caton (Host)
18:30 Lucy Spraggan (A-Flop)
19:15 Massive Ego (Industrial Gothic)
20.00 Kenelis (Alt-Rock)
20:45 Mel Sanson (Host)
20:45 Republica (Brit Pop Legends)

Pride Brighton & Hove 2014: Freedom To Live
Pride Festival Preston Park 12noon – 10pm.
Early Bird / Advance Tickets: Sold out.
£20 / £25 on the day.

Pride tickets page.


IPHONE & ANDROID APP OUT NOW AND FREE!

The fabulous new Brighton Pride iPhone app is out now… and it’s FREE!

With all the details of the parade route, the park map, the line ups and timings for every stage and so much more, it is your handy guide to everything happening over the Pride weekend.

Download the iPhone App from iTunes here

Download the Android App here

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MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON

Prime Minister David Cameron

I am, once again, delighted to offer my support to Pride Brighton & Hove. It is a fantastic celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and its contribution to the diversity and vibrancy of Brighton and Hove.

I am proud of this country’s record of advancing LGBT equality and rights. It was a truly momentous occasion seeing the first same-sex couples getting married on 29 March, including those marriages that took place in Brighton that weekend.

The Pride festival is an excellent opportunity to bring people from different communities together to enjoy not only a colourful and entertaining day out but a whole programme of cultural, social and sporting events. These events are a great way to enhance community dialogue and to remind ourselves of the progress towards equality made in this country. The LGBT Pride events that take place across the UK each year help to show why the UK continues to be recognised as number one in Europe on LGBT equality and rights.

I would like to send my congratulations to the organisers and volunteers for their efforts in co-ordinating Pride Brighton & Hove 2014 and wish everyone attending the very best for a happy and successful event.


MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM RT HON ED MILIBAND MP

Labour Leader, Ed Miliband MP


Lots more information can be found here

Have a fabulous Brighton Pride 2014 and stay safe.

UK: David Cameron ‘must answer for Russian oligarchs’ donations’


Ed Miliband particularly questions £160,000 donation Tories accepted from wife of former Russian finance minister.

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The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, made his comments on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC1. Photograph: BBC/ReutersThe Labour leader, Ed Miliband, made his comments on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC1. Photograph: BBC/Reuters

David Cameron has questions to answer over the money he is taking from Russian oligarchs, Ed Miliband has said.

The Labour leader particularly questioned the £160,000 donation the Conservatives accepted from the wife of a former Russian finance minister, who won an auction offering the chance to play tennis with Cameron and the London mayor, Boris Johnson.

Over the past week, the Tories have been under scrutiny over donations from people linked to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. The US and EU have imposed sanctions in reaction to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Figures from the Electoral Commission show that the Conservatives have banked more than £161,000 from people with links to the Kremlin, and Labour has calculated that the Tories have received almost £1m from Russians in general.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC1, Miliband said the money should be returned.

“David Cameron does have questions to answer on the money that he’s taking from Russian oligarchs, on the bidding for a tennis match, all of that stuff. Frankly, he can’t stand up one minute and say that ‘this is the biggest issue and we’re going to take the right action’. He’s got to really look very, very carefully at who he is getting money from.”

Labour has called for Cameron to cancel his tennis match with Lubov Chernukhin, the wife of Vladamir Chernukhin, who was Putin’s deputy finance minister in 2000. She won the auction last month, but some MPs, both Labour and Conservative, have questioned whether the prime minister should accept the money while attacking the Kremlin over the Ukraine crisis. Cameron has told parliament that if Putin “does not change his approach to Ukraine … then Europe and the west must fundamentally change our approach to Russia”. A Tory spokesman said last week that no date had been set for the match but that “all donations are transparent and permissible under the rules set out by the Electoral Commission”.

Miliband also criticised the reaction of the EU to the Ukrainian situation, saying national leaders need to get more involved in discussions about sanctions against Russia. The UK has been pushing for tougher penalties against Russian business sectors, such as banking, defence and energy, but so far the sanctions have been limited to individuals and firms specifically linked to Putin and his government.

“We need action. We need a European Council,” Miliband said. “The heads of government of Europe should be meeting, they shouldn’t have been leaving it to foreign ministers. We need to raise the sanctions on Russia, on individual corporations that have been part of what happened around the big decisions that have been made. We need action on this.”

The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, joined calls on Sunday for Russia to face the axe as hosts of the 2018 World Cup as part of tougher sanctions over the shooting down of flight MH17.

The Guardian.

Nick Clegg says Russia should not host World Cup 2018


Fifa has ruled out calls for boycott after the shooting down of MH17, insisting the tournament could be ‘a force for good’.

Nick Clegg believes it would be 'unthinkable' for the World Cup 2018 tournament to go ahead in Russia. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty ImagesNick Clegg believes it would be ‘unthinkable’ for the World Cup 2018 tournament to go ahead in Russia. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images.

Nick Clegg has joined calls for Russia to face the axe as hosts of the 2018 World Cup as part of tougher sanctions over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

The deputy prime minister said it was “unthinkable” at present that the tournament could go ahead in the country blamed by the west for supplying arms to the separatist rebels accused of causing the deaths of all 298 on board.

Football’s world governing body Fifa this week ruled out calls from some German politicians for Russia to be boycotted, insisting the tournament could be “a force for good“.

But Clegg told the Sunday Times that allowing it to go ahead without a change of course by president Vladimir Putin would make the world look “so weak and so insincere” in its condemnation of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and support for the rebels.

The EU has added another 15 individuals and 18 entities to the list of those subject to asset freezes and ambassadors in Brussels are expected to extend the punitive actions to state-owned banks’ access to capital markets and to the arms and energy sectors.

Clegg said however that sporting events should also be part of the package of measures – including the cancellation of Russia’s first F1 Grand Prix, which is due to take place in Sochi in October.

“Vladimir Putin himself has to understand that he can’t have his cake and eat it,” he said.

“He can’t constantly, you know, push the patience of the international community beyond breaking point, destabilise a neighbouring country, protect these armed separatists in the east of Ukraine and still have the privilege and honour of receiving all the accolades in 2018 for being the host nation of the World Cup.

“That’s why I’ve come to the view that if he doesn’t change course it’s just not on, the idea that Russia will host the World Cup in 2018.

“You can’t have this – the beautiful game marred by the ugly aggression of Russia on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

“Not only would Vladimir Putin exploit it, I think it would make the rest of the world look so weak and so insincere about our protestations about Vladimir Putin’s behaviour if we’re not prepared to pull the plug.

He said that despite F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone’s insistence that there was no case for abandoning the Grand Prix, “the question marks I’m raising will only increase over the next coming weeks and months, over the summer and up to the Grand Prix, about Russia’s entitlement to host these major events.

“Vladimir Putin is a past master at attending these sporting events and, sort of, pretending almost as if everything’s utterly normal and nothing untoward is happening around him.

“And if anyone needed any reminding of how dangerous this conflict is in the heart of Europe, just ask any of the family and relatives of those loved ones they lost in that plane incident last week.”

Clegg said the threat of withdrawing the World Cup would be “a very potent political and symbolic sanction”.

“If there’s one thing that Vladimir Putin cares about, as far as I can see, it’s his sense of status.

“Maybe reminding him that you can’t retain the same status in the world if you ignore the rest of the world, maybe that will have some effect on his thinking.”

He did not rule out the UK as an alternative host given its recent history of putting on successful global sporting events.

“We’ve got the stadiums, we’ve got the infrastructure, and we’ve got the public backing and enthusiasm to host it,” he said.

“That’s a decision for other people. But I’m not saying this just as a, sort of, British land grab to snatch the World Cup from under Vladimir Putin’s nose.”

He joined David Cameron’s criticism of the French deal to supply warships to Russia, saying it would be “wholly inappropriate” for it to proceed in the present circumstances.

“Whilst I can entirely understand that the French may have entered into that contract with the Russians in entirely different circumstances, it is wholly inappropriate to go ahead with that now,” he said.

“And as you know, the Prime Minister has reviewed the outstanding licenses that we have got to make sure that we deliver what we unilaterally announced back in March, which was that there would be no exports from Britain of arms products which could in any way fuel or fan the flames of the conflict in Ukraine.”

He said he had been assured by business secretary Vince Cable that “great care” was taken to check the remaining licences.

Clegg predicted that any adverse effects on EU member states of tougher economic sanctions against Russia would be “probably not very significant” and urged all countries to consider the wider benefit.

“We are now moving, I think, towards a situation – and both the prime minister and I would be united in this – in saying to other European Union leaders, look, even if this incurs short-term political damage to this economy or that economy, this sector or that sector, there is something bigger at stake here and it is the stability of the European continent.”

Clegg said the furore over the £160,000 paid in a Tory fundraising auction by the wife of a Russian oligarch who was a minister in Putin’s first government for a game of tennis with Cameron and Boris Johnson mostly demonstrated the need for reform of political party funding.

“They need to make their own judgments,” he said, when asked if his coalition partners should meet Labour demands to repay the money.

“But all parties … continue to be damaged because of the haphazard way which we have to go around fund raising,” he added – calling on both main parties to stop blocking reform.

The Guardian.

Britain must speak up for democrats in Hong Kong


Originally posted on Cut to the Chase - Noah Sin's Blog:

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Published on Independent Voices on 1st July 2014. An edited version was published in print in the iPaper on 2nd July 2014. Also published in The Gulf Today on 3rd July 2014.

Tens of thousands of protesters have braved blistering heat and then pouring rain this week to take to the streets of Hong Kong. Their mission: to secure democracy for a city of seven million people.

This is a city left behind. Ever since the former colony’s return to China, Hong Kong has been characterised as the last page of an era that belongs to the history books – the era of empire. Most Britons are ignorant of the fact that Britain – the signatory to the Sino-British Joint Declaration – remains legally liable to the implementation of the handover, including the protection of Hong Kong’s autonomy.

This is a people let down. When Margaret Thatcher bowed to…

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