UK Column News - 31st March 2023

Mike Robinson, Patrick Henningsen and Vanessa Beeley with today’s UK Column News.


The Summit for Democracy 

00:24 Summit for Democracy 2023: Agenda and Video of Official Events

UK and U.S. have announced their winners of the privacy-enhancing technologies prize challenges

Ursula von der Leyen participates via videoconference in the second Summit for Democracy

Index On Censorship: Online Safety Bill edges forwards

USA: H.R.1153—DATA Act, 118th Congress (2023–2024)

USA: S.686—RESTRICT Act, 118th Congress (2023–2024)

EU: COM(2022)209—Regulation—rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse


Online Censorship Efforts

13:33 New York Times: The prime ministers of eight European countries signed an open letter asking major social media companies to take more aggressive steps to halt the spread of misinformation designed 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine: A joint letter from European heads of government to global technology companies on the need to engage in the fight against disinformation

Julian Assange has been confined in Belmarsh, a category A prison, in London since April 2019

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong moves to dampen expectation of breakthrough in Julian Assange case

The Intercept: Congressional Effort to End Assange Prosecution Underway

El País: Spanish company provided CIA with information leading to Julian Assange’s arrest 


Trump Indictment: Case Could Go On For Years

22:49 CNN: Donald Trump indicted by Manhattan grand jury on more than 30 counts related to business fraud

The HillDeSantis: Florida won’t cooperate with Trump extradition 


Another Week, Another Attack on Syria by Israel

26:51 Second consecutive attack on Syria in two days, not reported on by the mainstream press

Syrian Allied Resistance have been attacking US bases

Reuters: Six U.S. troops suffer traumatic brain injuries in Syria

Biden officials hold off on more airstrikes in Syria, for now

Biden asked Netanyahu to do the strikes instead

Times of Israel: Syria accuses Israel of airstrikes in Damascus for second night in a row


PR Schemes for Ukraine: Support Coming Unstuck?

35:15 Austrian MPs walk out during Zelensky speech

Zelenskyy meets British actor Orlando Bloom in Kyiv

Security Council rejects draft resolution establishing commission to investigate sabotage of Nord Stream pipeline

21st Century WireUkraine Three-way Deal: France to Buy MIRAGE Jets from UAE, Greece and Indonesia for Kiev

BBC: BP 'stands to receive blood money’ from Ukraine war

Politico: Kyiv says Big Oil should pay to rebuild Ukraine’s shattered infrastructure


African Bases From Obama

45:34 Tulsi Gabbard: Twitter

Summary of H.R. 608 (115th U.S. Congress): Stop Arming Terrorists Act

Crisis Group: Russia's Influence in the Central African Republic

The African Report—CAR: ‘I have nothing to hide about the Russians,’ says President Faustin-Archange Touadéra

Rob Lee on Twitter: CAR President Faustin Touadera attended a ceremony for the unveiling of the statue of FACA and Wagner private military contractors.

BBC: Wagner Group: Why the EU is alarmed by Russian mercenaries in Central Africa

Empire Files on YouTube: A Guide to US Empire in Africa: Neocolonial Order and AFRICOM

Patrick asks: “Where was Tulsi Gabbard?”


Currency is Changing, NATO Expanding

1:00:55 NATO Secretary-General statement on Finland's membership in NATO

FT: Prepare for a multipolar currency world


Gene Breeding: Palace Betrayal 

1:03:12 21st Century Wire: Disbelief as ‘Green King’ Charles Gives Royal Assent to New Gene Breeding Technology

Daily Clout: Renz Missouri House Testimony—BioTech Admits Gate’s GMO Factory Food IS a Gene Therapy


Freedom of Information 

1:09:33 Tobias Ellwood MP, Conservative—Bournemouth East 

UK Column article by Philip Ridley: 77th Brigade and the Parliamentary Conflict of Interest

Philip Ridley FoI Requests on WhatDoTheyKnow

Philip Ridley made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Defence: Active Service, Tobias Ellwood

Rory Stewart: The Legacy of Lawrence of Arabia


Cornish Blastoff: Has The Space Bubble Popped?

1:15:16 Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit slashing 85% of its workforce

Grant Shapps posted:

The UK Govt is delighted to be backing the FIRST ever satellite launch from European soil. Lift-off scheduled Monday at Spaceport Cornwall, Newquay.

He followed the Tweet with a rocket emoji

Three-year mission two satellites will operate close to Earth experimenting and test imaging and interoperability (published 10 May 2022)


And Finally: In Memory of Greg Sharkey

1:16:49 The death has occurred of Gregory (Greg) Sharkey

21st Century Wire interview: Greg Sharkey on the Lack of Rebels in the Music Industry