1/. “Today’s hearing didn’t focus at all about the allegations against #PrinceAndrew

His lawyer - a man who defended Armie Hammer & several high profile #MeToo defendants - argued Andrew hadn’t been served with the papers...despite evidence that he had.
2/. “He’s clearly just making Virginia’s lawyers jump through every possible hoop."

In a sign that his delaying tactics are not likely to work, the judge told #PrinceAndrew’s lawyer: “I think we’re making this a lot more complicated than it really is”.
3/. The reason that #PrinceAndrew is so keen to avoid addressing the substance of the allegations becomes apparent when looking at the summons

It’s full of detail, including travel logs & facts like #JeffreyEpstein having 12 different contact numbers for Andrew. (via @WakeHill)
4/. “Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts”

The summons shows that #PrinceAndrew emailed #GhislaineMaxwell in 2015 after @VRSVirginia’s allegations became public

In 2019, he said: “I've no recollection of ever meeting her”.
5/. The Department of Justice was “actively investigating #JefferyEpstein & other targets for more than 16 years”

It’s sickening to think how many girls were abused over that time

The summons says the DOJ say #PrinceAndrew wasn’t one of their targets for criminal investigation.

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14 Sep
In June, a man had his hand blown off when French police fired explosive grenades to disperse a rave

Today, as @amnestyfrance publish a report on illegal force & impunity, Macron will announce a plan for more police accountability. amnesty.org/en/latest/news…
"As the clouds of tear gas lift, a clearer picture has emerged which shows police used excessive force against largely peaceful protesters, journalists & even children."

2018: @amnesty on excessive use of force by police at #GiletsJaunes protests. #France
#Macron’s announcement that he plans to set up an independent body to investigate complaints against the police is something @amnesty have long been calling for

But amid the rest of his announcements at
#BeauvauDeLaSecurite, it feels like window dressing
Read 5 tweets
13 Sep
#BREAKING: Shocking internal @Facebook documents revealed by @WSJ show that the company has built a system which exempts high-profile users from some or all of its rules, allowing them to post potentially harmful content without consequence. google.co.uk/amp/s/www.wsj.…
“These allegations show how Facebook’s platform fuels the spread of harmful & abusive content. The fact these internal documents seem to contradict assurances they've given calls into question how much we can trust what they say" @amnesty's @AgnesCallamard amnesty.org/en/latest/news…
"If we prioritize truth over lies, tolerance over prejudice, empathy over indifference & experts over ignoramuses - maybe we can stop the greatest propaganda machine in history, save democracy, & still have a place for free speech" @SachaBaronCohen @adl adl.org/news/article/s…
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13 Sep
1/. Spike Milligan once wrote:

“Down the stream the swans all glide;
It's quite the cheapest way to ride.
Their legs get wet,
Their tummies wetter:
I think after all
The bus is better”

These two cygnets riding on their mothers’ back stay warm & dry.
2/. The two cygnets riding on their mother’s back (‘Uber Swan’ 😂) were part of a ‘litter’ of nine that hatched in May

Mute swans - the white swans most commonly seen in the UK - will hatch up to 10 eggs but not all cygnets will survive to adulthood.
3/. This video shows the same swan family on Hampstead Heath in June

Only 6 cygnets had survived their first six weeks

They may have been lost to crows, herons, magpies, gulls, foxes etc

One fishermen told me that he’d seen one of them “taken by a pike”
Read 6 tweets
12 Sep
It’s amazing what you can find if you look closely!
(Video & artwork by @rokubunnnoichi)
It’s amazing what you can see if you look close enough (artwork by @Coldwar_Steve)
#NigelFarage #DonaldTrump #ThisIsNotADrill #NeoNazis #Fascism
It’s amazing what you can see when you look closely

The NHS = the most trusted brand in the UK

Cambridge Analytica = the least trusted

And yet #Palantir & #FacultyAI who run our #COVID19 data store, rprtdly have links with #CambridgeAnalytica

#GenomeUK #PalantirPlan #Genomics
Read 8 tweets
11 Sep
“What really alarms me about the 'War on Terrorism' is the grammar. How do you wage war on an abstract noun? How is 'Terrorism' going to surrender? It's well known, in philological circles, that it's very hard for abstract nouns to surrender”#TerryJones
#911Anniversary #911attack
“What is meant by: ‘We mustn't give in to the terrorists’? We gave in to them the moment the first bombs fell on #Afghanistan

After the #911attack Terry Jones spoke out against the ‘War on Terror’

In the 2005 elections, he nearly ran against Tony #Blair thefreelibrary.com/The+man+who+ch…
I believe Terry could’ve won

The strategy was to run on a single issue &, if victorious, stand down & call an immediate by-election making the vote a referendum on Blair’s war

Tories & LibDems would likely have stood down

Sadly our candidate, Reg Keys, reneged on this strategy
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6 Sep
"You're going to your death"

Since 2011, 6.6 million Syrian have fled violence & repression, seeking refuge abroad

Tmw, @amnesty are publishing a major new report detailing the brutal reception awaiting refugees when they arrive back in #Syria

For a copy press@amnesty.org
“I had nightmares, hallucinations. I’d wake up crying. The nerves of my right hand are damaged as are some of the discs of my back” (Karim, tortured by Syrian forces on his return)

Any govt claiming #Syria is safe is wilfully ignoring the horrific reality
When Noor returned from Lebanon she was stopped by a security officer who said:

“Why did you leave Syria? Because you don’t like Bashar al-Assad...You’re a terrorist.”

The officer then raped Noor and her 5 year old daughter in a small room.
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