UK Column News - 5th June 2024

Mike Robinson, Vanessa Beeley and Charles Malet with today's UK Column News.



00:21 Reuters: In heated debate, Britain's Sunak and Starmer go head-to-head on the economy

J.D. Vance (on X): 

I just spoke to a friend I trust on what's going on in Russia. I think the risk of nuclear war is higher now than at any point in my lifetime. Biden is sleepwalking into World War 3.

RT International:  Fyodor Lukyanov: Russia needs to explain its ‘red lines’ to the West


Sam Melia Banned From Receiving Photos Of His Own Children

07:02 Patriotic Alternative: Sam Melia Banned From Access to His Children

GOV.UK: Public Protection Manual Free Sam Melia, UK Political Prisoner


Scott Ritter Has Passport Confiscated; The “Lunatic” Clooney Foundation

13:05 Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ): Waging Justice for Human Rights 

Clooney Foundation for Justice: Anya Neistat

Anna Neistat (on X): Very big news…

French Magistrates Issue Arrest Warrants for the Syrian President and Three Associates for Chemical Weapons Attacks

RT International: Clooney Foundation are “lunatics”—Kremlin

Russian Embassy in South Africa (on X): 

US government forced Scott Ritter, former US Marine Corps intelligence officer and columnist, off plane headed to Istanbul and confiscated his passport ahead of his SPIEF appearance as a guest speaker

Clooney Foundation for Justice (on X): A statement from George Clooney

In regard to recent reports about Russian journalists, someone in our foundation misspoke. I'm the son of a journalist. We at the Clooney Foundation would never go after journalists, even if we disagree with them. In fact we have a long track record of protecting journalists.

Truth Hounds: Truth Hounds to Receive Clooney Foundation for Justice’s Albie Award


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UK Column interview: Crown Dependencies—Invisible and Ignored: The islanders suffering in silence with vaccine injuries

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NHS Cyber Attack: SYNLAP and Synnovis

25:19 SYNLAB UK & Ireland: About Us

Synnovis: Synnovis’ statement on this week's cyberattack


Companies House: Addressing Fraud?

28:00 BDO UK: Accountancy and Business Advice: 164 countries—one organisation—globally connected

BDO UK: Charity Fraud Report 2023

GOV.UK: Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act: failure to prevent fraud offence 

GOV.UK: Companies House makes progress on implementing reforms

The House of Commons Library: Companies House FAQs: address fraud, correcting the register


2,500 Acres In Northern Israel Burn

34:15 The Times of Israel: Gallant warns Hezbollah: Israel can ‘copy-paste’ Gaza war to Beirut

The Times of Israel: Gallant warns of potential ‘hot summer’ in north, as Hezbollah attacks IDF post

The Cradle: Hezbollah attacks scorch nearly 2,500 acres of northern Israel

Israel Hayom: Report: Hezbollah warned ahead of 'mid-June' Israeli onslaught


EU Military Unification: NATO Plans To Get Troops To The Front Line

38:01 The Telegraph: Nato maps out plan to block Russian invasion

Daily Mail: Revealed—NATO plan to get US troops to the front line to fight RUSSIA: Alliance prepares for rapid deployment of American soldiers amid fears Moscow is plotting major war with Europe

EU External Action Service (2018): Action Plan on military mobility: EU takes steps towards a Defence Union

EU Monitor (2018): Speech by Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc on military mobility at the North Atlantic Council 

UK Column timeline: EU Military Unification


Israel Violates Syrian Airspace On A Criminal Assassination Mission

43:48 Iran Front Page: Funeral Ceremony Held For Iranian Military Advisor In Syria

Vanessa Beeley (Substack): Israel violates Syrian air-space on a criminal assassination mission


Bill Gates And Kenya’s Battle For Seed Control

46:43 ReliefWeb: Inside Kenya’s Seed Control Battle: Why Smallholder Farmers Want to Share Indigenous Seeds

Greenpeace: Punitive Seed Laws Protect Big Corporations Over Kenya’s Farmers

Denying these farmers the right to use their indigenous seeds is a theft of the biological resources which will translate to low food production leading to food insecurity.

Kenya Law: Seeds and Plant Varieties Act (PDF)

Gates Ag One: What We Do

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Africa’s Emerging Seed Industry Gets $56 Million Boost to Increase Food Crops

University of Cambridge: Cambridge-led consortium receives $35m to boost crop production sustainably in sub-Saharan Africa

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA): Sustainably Growing Africa's Food Systems: About Us

The Rockefeller Foundation: Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

Scientific American (2021): Bill Gates Should Stop Telling Africans What Kind of Agriculture Africans Need (archived)

Mordor Intelligence: Seed Market Size & Share Analysis

Bill Gates (LinkedIn): Take a Virtual Tour of the 'Doomsday' Seed Vault

This virtual tour of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is really neat.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: United Nations Foundation

To protect the genetic diversity of 21 critical crops for food security and poverty alleviation, by supporting national genebanks, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, and the Global Crop Diversity Trust 

Legislation: Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Act 2023

GOV.UK: Genetic Technology Act key tool for UK food security


FCDO Spending: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

55:54 AP News: In Burkina Faso, a growing number of children are traumatized by war

GOV.UK: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: programme summaries (CSSF)

France 24 (2022): Mali junta bans activities of NGOs funded by France

ReliefWeb (2019): Conflict, Stability and Security Fund: Sahel: Stabilisation CSSF Programme

UK Column tool: FCDO Spending

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change: Tony Blair: A New Path Forward for the Sahel