Arsenal armed and dangerous

Like that awkward moment when you realise that you fancy the same person as your ageing parent (the stare, the glance, the shame), it feels bizarre to find yourself agreeing with Glenn Hoddle.

While Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were being questioned by Jake Humphrey about Liverpool’s chances of reaching the top four, no query was raised about neither placing Arsenal in their projected Champions League places. Just months after the Gunners had ended the season in the best form of any Premier League side, finishing just a point behind Liverpool and winning the FA Cup, their top-four chances were not even a topic for discussion.

Then Humphrey turned to Hoddle and laughed heartily at his attempt to crowbar five clubs into his top-four predictions. Finishing behind Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United – according to Hoddle – would be Arsenal, assuming that they kept hold of Alexis Sanchez. That his caveat allowed for Tottenham to replace them is irrelevant; Sanchez will stay. Spurs have a stronger starting XI, but Arsenal’s ludicrous squad strength makes them perfectly placed to compete both in the Europa League and Premier League.

Against Chelsea at Wembley, only five of their starting XI would have ranked in an XI of Arsenal’s most-picked players from last season’s ultimately disappointing league campaign. This was a side shorn of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and two members of their first-choice defence, and yet they looked far sharper than the champions. In Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi, they boasted the game’s most dynamic attacking players and yet neither would expect to start more than half of Arsenal’s Premier League fixtures this season.

The one advantage of Arsene Wenger’s infuriating/endearing refusal to sell his fringe players is that there are a hell of a lot of fringe players, which should excuse his key men from European duty in the first half of the season. Mertesacker. Elneny. Iwobi. Welbeck. Walcott. Giroud. That is the spine of an excellent Europa League side. That alone should move them ahead of Liverpool and Tottenham and their numerically challenged squads in the race for Champions League places.

No fool would predict a title challenge on the back of a Community Shield victory on penalties, but it would be equally foolish to assume that one season spent in the shadows of Tottenham should lead to eternal darkness. Arsenal boast quantity like no other Premier League side, and they have also added quality in Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac. While Chelsea have arguably strengthened with replacements from the transfer market, Arsenal have inarguably strengthened with a sharp, hungry striker and the already loveable unit that is Kolasinac.

Clearly, the real strength is in the 3-4-3 system that now seems so blindingly obvious that we should all feel slightly embarrassed that we weren’t calling for its introduction years ago. Just a few competitive games into its use, it is now so ingrained that Arsenal ended the Wembley clash with two left-backs in their back three and a right-winger at left wing-back and everything still looked absolutely hunky-dory. Granit Xhaka certainly looks more comfortable in this formation, and the willingness of Lacazette to drop deep dovetailed perfectly with the exuberance of Welbeck and Iwobi. It works.

All of which makes it bizarre that the bookmakers and the pundits still make them odds-against to finish in the top four. You need only see an Arsenal squad list, never mind watch a weakened side beat Chelsea, to see that this is a set of players capable of a far better Premier League season without the distractions of Europe’s top table. Wenger’s biggest weakness could yet prove to be Arsenal’s strength.

Sarah Winterburn

Portugese Mourinho ready to ‘fight’ for unwanted Bale

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is ready to “fight” for Gareth Bale’s signature if Real Madrid leave the attacker out of the UEFA Super Cup.

Skopje plays hosts to the annual clash between the winners of the Europa League and Champions League on Tuesday evening, with both sides looking to kick the campaign off with silverware.

Bale is part of the 24-man squad in Macedonia for the match, but speculation continues over the Wales international’s future.

There have been suggestions in Spain that Madrid are willing to part company with the 28-year-old as they move for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, giving hope to long-standing admirers United.

jose-mourinho-manchester-united-premier-league-051717_uk9o9ar5z3eg1wy2yysfi5epx Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho recently said it would be impossible to bring in Bale, but is now ready to pounce on any softening on their part.

“If he’s playing tomorrow, well, no I wouldn’t think of that possibility of signing on (Bale),” the United boss said in Macedonia ahead of facing his former club.

“If he is playing tomorrow, it is because he is in the coach’s plans and in the club’s plans and because he also has that ambition to continue in Real Madrid.

“So I haven’t even thought of the possibility of signing him on our team.

“If he’s not in the club’s plans, if what you are writing right now is true – I am not sure whether it is or not – that the arrival of another player (would) perhaps (mean) Gareth would be on his way out.

If he is on his way out of Real Madrid, well, I’ll try to be waiting for him on the other side and try to fight with other coaches that would also like to have him on his team.

But I think that if he plays tomorrow, it is probably the best confirmation that they’ll keep counting on him during the season.”

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane had the chance to quash speculation surrounding Bale, yet side-stepped the subject of Mourinho’s comments on three occasions.

“I think what’s important is that the player is feeling well,” the Frenchman said ahead of the Super Cup.

“On top of that, he’s had a lot of continuous training sessions with us and that’s what is the most important.

“At the end of last season it wasn’t easy for him, he was almost out for four months through injury but now he is very well, very concentrated, he trains with the team.

“What interests me and what is important for us is not what the coach said, it’s what we are going to do tomorrow. That is all.”

Zidane was pushed a further two times on Mourinho’s interest in Bale towards the end of the press conference, but offered little more on the situation.

“He will prepare his team tomorrow, I will prepare my team,” the Madrid coach said.

“It’s the same thing with Cristiano (Ronaldo), we’ve also had stories there. I think that people seem to want to blow the story beyond proportion.

“We’re concentrated on what we’re doing and that’s what is really important.”

Asked if it would be crazy to think that the Welshman would not be in the Spanish capital come September 1, the Real coach said: “Well, Bale is a Real Madrid player. That is all I can say.

“What I want to talk to you about now is tomorrow’s match because tomorrow we have a really important match.

“We are here: him, me and all the other players, and all the fans are here for tomorrow’s match only. That’s it.

“So, really, that stuff doesn’t interest me very much.”

Remember His Goodness

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Pastor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

My grandmother passed away in 2010 after suffering from Alzheimer’s for many years. Many aspects of her memory had declined over those years, but there were still memories that remained.

Decades earlier, she had made a project of writing memoirs of her mother’s life. She would talk to her mom on the phone every Friday. Then, in her own handwriting, she wrote out the story of her mom’s life — how she lost her parents at a very young age, was adopted by a family in Germany, and then moved back to the States and married a man named Benjamin Graffin.

My aunt Carol would read those memoirs to my grandmother in her final years and months of life, and there would be a connection. Many memories had faded and disappeared, but when those things were read to her, there was an obvious spark.

The way the human memory works (and doesn’t work) is a mysterious thing.

Don’t You Remember?

When it comes to remembering God’s faithfulness, we can be especially forgetful. One striking example of this is found in the book of Exodus, chapters 14 and 16. In the span of just a couple of chapters, we see the Israelites delivered from slavery and brought through the Red Sea, and then they are grumbling about not having food to eat.

We want to say to them, “Don’t you remember what God just did for you? The water stood up like two walls, and you walked through the Red Sea on dry ground! Don’t you think that the God who can do that is also capable of giving you food to eat? Trust him!”

And then, of course, we remember that we do the same sort of thing. God brings us through a trial, answers a prayer, and within a few days it’s almost forgotten. We’re already looking to the next struggle on the horizon and finding reasons to gripe and complain.

We have to find ways of remembering God’s faithfulness.

God’s Good Memorials

In Joshua 3, we read of an amazing miracle God performed for his people. He caused the Jordan River to stop flowing so they could cross on dry ground into the Promised Land. God then instructed them, through Joshua, to gather twelve stones from the Jordan to set up as a memorial. One man from each tribe was selected to take a stone from the riverbed. Joshua set them up as a sign, as a remembrance, of what God accomplished for his people on that day.

God is so gracious to us. He knows we have spiritual amnesia. He knows that we are forgetful. So he gives us memorials. He commands us to do certain things that will serve as reminders. Here are six practical ways, among others, to combat spiritual amnesia.

1. Think. What are some events that you can look back on as a pile of stones marking a defining moment for you — a moment when God showed his power in your life, when he was guiding you in a very clear way, when he answered a prayer, fulfilled a promise? “I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds” (Psalm 77:12).

2. Thank. Engage your heart in gratitude for what he has done. “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 9:1).

3. Tell. Once we’ve spent time remembering and thanking the Lord for the great things he has done for us, the joy of those memories should overflow in our conversations with those around us. In Joshua 4, we find this instruction specifically regarding children: “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground’” (Joshua 4:21–22).

4. Traditions. As you think about holiday and birthday traditions, consider how you can incorporate ways of telling the stories of God’s faithfulness. A good resource for exploring this theme is Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noël Piper.

5. Transcribe. Keep a journal. Write out prayer requests, and then record the ways in which God answers those prayers. When you’re feeling discouraged, look back on those records of God’s faithfulness.

6. Taste and See. The ordinances of the Lord’s Supper and baptism are profound ways of remembering and proclaiming what Christ has done. God is gracious to give us vivid reminders that incorporate our various senses.

In the Lord’s Supper, we take in our hands the bread and the cup. The senses of touch, smell, and taste are all involved as we partake of a meal representing Christ’s death in our place. For the one being baptized, it is a most memorable experience as he or she is immersed in water. And as the rest of us participatein baptism through our presence, we see with our eyes a dramatic parable of death, burial, and resurrection.

Let us not forget. May we be people who fight spiritual amnesia with God-given means of remembrance.

 

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dedicated to P.M.

Dog Found in a Ditch, Inches Away From Death, is Finally Learning What Love Is

Unbelievable! Just recently, a woman in Bisbee, Arizona called Little Lotus Rescue and Sanctuary, a non-profit that rescues dog from euthanasia risk, and left a message that she discovered an abandoned dog on her property who “didn’t look good.” The woman went on to say that the dog couldn’t walk and had been lying in a ditch.

When rescuers arrived at the house, the temperatures were already well over 94-degrees. The dog had been lying in a water-filled creek all day in the scorching heat. The dog was found no more than ten feet from the woman’s front door and just a few steps from a shed that could have provided relief, but the woman had no explanation. 

Ever since the rescue, Little Lotus Rescue and Sanctuary has been providing updates regularly. “She has very long and unworn nails which indicate that she has been immobile for a while. She is obviously very emaciated and dehydrated,” the rescue wrote on their Facebook page.

Sadly, the dog has been struggling to survive, with her condition listed as critical.

 Her blood work indicated kidney and liver failure along with a low red blood cell count. 

There has been a bit of good news, though, with the sweet dog had a seizure free night on day six. The rescue is still hesitant but hopeful, “By no means are we out of the woods, but hopefully, we can now learn more about her true medical condition prior to what lead her into the ditch.”

 

 

The woman who originally found the dog won’t be charged with animal cruelty or neglect by authorities since she said she found the dog as a stray.

If you would like to donate to Little Lotus Rescue and Sanctuary as they do everything they can to save this dog’s life, you can via their website. If you happen to come across a dog or cat, or any other animal in need, check out these Animal Rescue Hotlines. It’s important we speak up for those who cannot!

Image source: Little Lotus Rescue and Sanctuary/Facebook

Things To Never Say in a Job Interview

August 2, 2017 

The hiring manager has already sifted through resumes and decided that they want to meet you. Now it’s your turn to make an impression. And, unfortunately for you, every sentence you utter during the job interview is going to be a part of that impression. The best way to prepare for potential embarrassment? Know what’s off limits.

Avoid these 11 statements next time you’re up for a job, and you’ll be well on your way to wowing your interviewer.

“That’s a great question!”

While this phrase may be a great addition to social conversations, it’s not something an interviewer needs to hear. Instead of sounding surprised that the recruiter asked a question, remember that you’ve prepared for this interview. Plus, the questions they ask are almost always from a pre-set list. Playing the game of flattering your interviewer is tricky, and should be used sparingly. Get straight down to answering their questions.

“What is the title of the role, again?”

Any questions showing your lack of research into the company, the job description, or the industry itself show that you haven’t adequately prepared. Preparing for a job interview is like preparing for a final exam – you need to know your stuff. There’s no doubt it’s important to ask your interviewer questions, but the questions you ask should be targeted towards information you can’t find online: what the company culture is like, how the values of the company play out in day-to-day business, etc.

“I’ve actually never done this type of job before, but…”

If you have a lack of experience, your resume will show it. There’s no need to further underscore your lack of qualifications. In fact, the interview is your chance creatively connect the dots between your resume and your decision to apply for the job. It’s where you’re able to tell the interviewer why you’ll be a perfect fit for the job, even if that’s not what it looks like on paper.

 

“I really can’t imagine anyone more qualified than me.”

Self-aggrandizing during an interview only serves to hurt you in the end. Since you haven’t seen the resumes of the other applicants, there’s no use in overtly comparing yourself to them. What’s important to learn is the art of the subtle comparison. “We all have room for improvement, so be honest with yourself: How would an interviewer see you as compared to other candidates?” writespersonal brand expert Brenda Bence. The key is being able to talk about the things that make you special – not just saying that you’re special.

“My last boss was terrible.”

Absolutely no griping about your last company allowed, unless there’s some really special circumstance. Complaining about how you didn’t get along in your last work environment is detrimental on two levels. First, it shows your lack of ability to cope with a challenging situation and move past it. Second, the last thing your interviewer wants is for you to be talking trash about their company or employees in the future. Obviously, it’s important to talk about past challenges you’ve faced on the job – but critically evaluate, don’t complain.

“This will be a great stepping stone to my next career move.”

While this may be the exact reason you want this job, it’s not a savvy move to share with the interviewer. Hiring managers are generally looking for someone who will display a long-term commitment to the company. Instead, career expert Lynn Williams recommends asking questions about your opportunities for advancement in the company. This shows, according to her, “that you mean to stay with the company and let them benefit from your developing skills, knowledge, and maturity. You’re not just showing commitment, but long-term commitment.”

“I don’t know.”

There’s always a better way to respond to a question you’re unsure of than saying, “I don’t know.” Of course, it’s always important to be humble and not makeup what you’re not sure of, but this is where your communication skills come into play.

“I don’t have any questions for you.”

Having questions prepared for your interviewer is almost as important as being able to answer the questions they throw at you. The questions you ask are an opportunity to display the deep knowledge you have of the company.

“That’s a really nice watch you have on!”

Attempts to flatter your interviewer will most likely fall short – especially in relation to appearance or material possessions. If you really must compliment the interviewer, make it related to something you know they’ve done in the business, or even talk about a move the company made that you admired.

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How much did you say the salary was again?

Again a very overused phrase. Why people think they should go to work for money

when they could work for free? You must be very careful these days actually asking

the salary as it shows a kind of self-centricity, which might be better avoided.

Why not telephone the secretary beforehand and make up a story to determine the pay?

For sure the modern employer and HR would not appreciate such a direct question, as to

“dare” to ask what ones wages or salary might be.

 

 

 

Trump Evacuated From White House After Massive 9/11 Spy System Discovered

Trump Evacuated From White House After Massive 9/11 Spy System Discovered 

By: Sorcha Faal

A stunning new Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) urgent action bulletin circulating in the Kremlin today reveals a shocking conversation held between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrovand US Secretary of State Rex Tillersonjust hours ago in Manila, wherein the American’s revealed that President Donald Trump was ordered evacuated from his White House after it was discovered to be “riddled” with listening devices implanted throughout the entire mansion—and whose placements were purposed there to ensure that no evidence related to the 11 September 2001 (9/11) attacks on the United States would be discussed at any level. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

According to this bulletin, though many in the US media establishment believe that Trump decided to run for president in 2011 when he was openly mocked by the Obama regime at the annual White House Correspondent’s DinnerSecretary Tillerson stated to Ministry Lavrovthat it was, in fact, in 2009 when Trump determined himself to become president—and was due to the believed to be assassination of his close personal friend Beverly Eckert.

[Loyal Donald Trump friend and Aon Vice President Sean Rooney—killed on 9/11, pictured here.]

Beverly Eckert, this bulletin explains, was one of the founding members of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee, that was an organization of twelve relatives of victims of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City—and whose husband killed in this attack, Sean Rooney, was the Vice President of Trump’s global insurance carrier Aon Corporation—who, in 2005, paid Trump $17 million for hurricane damage done to his private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, and that Trump, also, paid $300,000 to last year (2016) to insure his presidential campaign with.

[Beverly Eckert (circled), loyal Donald Trump friend, and wife of Sean Rooney, assassinated for getting to close to 9/11 truth]

Trump was “deeply wounded” when his “loyal friend” and Aon insurance broker Sean Rooney was killed on 9/11, this bulletin notes Secretary Tillersonsaying to Minister Lavrov, leading him to support the efforts of Beverly Eckertin discovering the truth behind this atrocity—but who herself, in February 2009, was assassinated just 6 days after meeting with President Obama in what Russian intelligence experts at the time suspected to be an EMP attack that targeted the aircraft she was a passenger on—and that we had, likewise, detailed about in our 14 February 2009 report titled “Top 9/11 Witness Assassinated In New York Plane Shootdown”.

Upon taking office, this bulletin continues, Secretary Tillerson explained to Minister Lavrov that President Trump immediately came under a “withering attack” from “Deep State” operatives within the US government when he began requesting classified documents relating the 9/11 attack—with these “Deep State” forces then pitting against Trump a Special Prosecutor named Robert Muller.

Important to note about Robert Muller, this bulletin details, is that he is a long time known “Deep State” operative who, in 2005, personally ordered a Grand Jury probe into President Bill Clinton’s pardoning of the international fugitive Marc Rich closed for reasons never explained—and whom President Clinton had pardoned just hours before he left office, but who had received from Marc Rich’swife, Denise Rich, millions in “donations.

Most critical, however, to note about Robert Mueller, this bulletin states, is that he was, also, at the forefront of “Deep States” sham 9/11 “Anthrax Attack” investigation—which were a series of attacks that began the week after the 9/11 using deadly US Army militarized anthrax spores—but whose investigation conducted by Mueller targeted an innocent man named Steven Hatfill—and that so destroyed his life, a US Federal Court ordered Robert Mueller to pay Hatiff $5.8 million—and with no one ever being charged for this other 9/11 “Deep State” crime.

With President Trump knowing full well of Robert Mueller’s “action plan” against him, this bulletin continues, Secretary Tillersonrevealed to Minister Lavrov that a US Attorney on Mueller’s “Deep State” team, this past week, requested documents from the White House on a “9/11 related subject” that had only been discussed between two parties in the Oval Office of the White House the previous week.

Fearing that the White House was bugged, this bulletin notes, President Trump’s new Chief of Staff, General John Kelly, on Friday (4 August) ordered all White House workers to immediately evacuate to the Eisenhower Executive Building where he briefed the top White House officials on the “leaking situation—while at the same time a specialized military unit of the Defense Clandestine Service (DCS)—that is an arm of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)—swept the entire White House mansion for listening devices.

To what the DCS discovered in the White House, Secretary Tillerson revealed to Minister Lavrov, this bulletin says, was that it was “riddled” with listening devices implanted by the former Obama regime during a mysterious “renovation” of this mansion that began in September 2010 and lasted for two years.

After the shocking discovery that the White House was “riddled” with listening devices, Secretary Tillerson further revealed to Secretary Lavrov, this bulletin notes, General Kelly ordered it immediately evacuated—with President Trump, within hours, being evacuated to his private New Jersey golf resort and the White House itself ordered to be “completely gutted”.

MoFA intelligence analysts writing this urgent action bulletin state that Secretary Tillerson’s relating of these facts to Minister Lavrov should be “believed to be true” as coinciding with what was stated, the US press saddening, and without notice, this past Friday (4 August) reported that President Trump was taking an unannounced and unscheduled 17 day “vacation”—and that was followed 24 hours later with, and again unannounced and unscheduled, reports that the White House was being immediately evacuated and closed for “renovations.

Upon President Trump’s evacuation from the White House by General Kelly, this bulletin continues, one of his top allies, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, accused Robert Mueller of “representing the “Deep State” at its worse—while at the same time, “Deep State” operatives aligned with Mueller, and embedded throughout the US government, vowed continued defiance against Trump—all of which led to former Reagan administration official David Stockman issuing a grave warning stating: “The bottom line is that the Swamp is so undrainable that it will end up making mincemeat of Donald Trump.”

This bulletin, though, concludes with MoFA analysts disputing Stockman’s belief that the “Deep State” will make “mincemeat” of President Trump as he has already proved himself nearly unstoppable in his already having destroyed the Clinton regimeBush regimeObama regimeDemocratic PartyRepublican Party and Mainstream Media in order to ascend to the presidency—and who is, also, already preparing for what is to come—and as, perhaps, best explained by his personal friend, and one of Americas top radio programme hosts, Michael Savage, who grimly forewarned the “Deep State” of civil war this past week if they try to remove Trump from power, and who gravely stated:

“Not since the run-up to the Civil War has the nation been more divided. 

The battle lines have been drawn: The haves against the have-nots. I’m warning you.

All of you leftists who think you’re going to steal our vote, you’re wrong.  Millions of Americans will revolt if the globalists remove President Trump from office or render him powerless…that is what’s going to happen in this country.  You have not yet seen mob violence in this country.

You’ve seen some mob violence instigated by George Soros’ mobs.

But you haven’t seen the thing I’m telling you is coming in this country.

You haven’t seen the ‘Day of the Locust’ yet.” [~Savage]

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TLB published this original article with permission of Sisters of Sorcha Faal

‘British police told me Princess Diana was murdered’

The father of Diana’s  driver Henri Paul is claiming UK police told him she was murdered.

Jean, 85, said: “Inside Scotland Yard, some believed there was a secret plot to kill Diana.”

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In an emotional interview at his home in Lorient, Brittany, Jean – who has studied the evidence and seen classified information surrounding the tragedy over the past 20 years – said: “Diana was killed and my son was killed. I believe they were both murdered. My son was simply ­collateral damage of a plot to kill Diana and they killed him as well.

“I am 100% sure he was not involved in this plot. He was too honourable and too honest. The English police came here to visit me and sat exactly where you are sitting now.

“Even inside Scotland Yard there are two sides. One believes there was a secret plot to kill Diana, the other believes it was a genuine accident.

“Even today there are too many classified secrets with this incident.

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“I have no real hope to know what really happened. Perhaps it will be known in 30 or 50 years. But I would really like to know before I die. But I don’t think it will happen.”

And the former council worker angrily hit back at claims Henri, 41, was boozed up at the time of the crash in August 1997. He added: “He was not an alcoholic. He was not a drug addict. That’s just lies.”

He claimed his son’s blood sample could have been swapped or tampered with to make it appear he had drink in his system.

Jean, who saw Henri’s body at a hospital, said: “On that day there were over 20 autopsies that took place and it was easy for the authorities to switch blood samples to show alcohol was present in the sample they said was Henri’s.

“That is what I believe happened.”

The jury at Diana’s inquest, which heard from 250 witnesses and lasted three months found the 36-year-old and Dodi, 42, had been unlawfully killed and the deaths were the result of “gross negligence” on the part of Henri and paparazzi who were following their Mercedes on motorbikes.

And in 2013, the Met dismissed reports claiming SAS troops were behind the couple’s death, ­insisting there was “no credible evidence” of secret service involvement.

There were also ­allegations a mystery white Fiat Uno could have collided with Diana and Dodi’s car.

But frail Jean said: “It took them over an hour to get Princess Diana to hospital and that is when they made arrangements to make up the story about the Fiat Uno, the white car. It was a diversion and a decoy.”

“This was just one of the many things that do not add up. For example I still cannot believe a street cleaning vehicle was going through the tunnel cleaning up just a few hours after the accident. That is shocking.”

Dodi’s dad Mohamed al Fayed also believes his son and Diana were murdered by an Establishment appalled at the idea of having a Muslim wed a royal.

A friend of the Harrods owner reportedly said last week: “Mohamed remains confident that information will emerge confirming his belief that Dodi and Diana were deliberately killed by the security services.

“He always says, ‘My son was slaughtered’, and he believes that was because the Establishment would not allow a Muslim to be married to the woman who would be the mother of the future king.”

Diana’s former lover James Hewitt told an inquiry into her death that he was “warned off” and received phone calls telling him to end their liaison, which lasted from 1989 to 1990.

But he denied reports he had been warned by MI5 that if he did not stop seeing her he would die in a car crash.

It was meant to be the happiest time of her life, but shocking new claims reveal Princess Diana was prescribed Valium on her honeymoon after becoming increasingly mentally unstable.

Aged just 19 when she met Prince Charles, the dazzling blonde thought she had hit the jackpot until it emerged her dazzling Prince Charming was in love with another woman.

The jury at Diana’s inquest found the 36-year-old and Dodi, 42, had been unlawfully killed and the deaths were the result of “gross negligence” on the part of Henri and paparazzi who were following their Mercedes on motorbikes (Image: PA)

Diana’s first lover after her marriage to Prince Charles, bodyguard Barry Mannakee, was killed in a 1987 road smash. Some of his family believe the secret services were behind the death, but that has never been proven.

His brother-in-law Richard Emmins reportedly claimed: “First, he had this accident, then Diana dies in a Paris car crash…however getting to the truth will probably be impossible. We are up against the Establishment. They only let you know as much as they want you to know.” On Saturday the Mirror told how chauffeur Karim Kazi claimed the Mercedes was a “death-trap” and should never have been allowed on the road after it was written off and parts stolen.

And Jean added his thoughts to the state of the Mercedes the princess and Dodi died in. He said: “The truth is the car was old and it was dangerous and it should not have been driven.

The brakes were dangerous. They discovered 6% water in the brake fluid. How did that happen?”

“There was a piece of metal found at the scene, but nobody knows what it was. There are too many ­unanswered questions. But I do know my son is dead.” Jean still lives in the in the house where he and wife Giselle raised their five sons.

Former teacher Giselle, 87, was traumatised by Henri’s death and is now very ill living in a care home.

Jean told of the terrible moment they were informed their son had died.

He said: “I was here at home and the phone went in the middle of the night.

“It was about 3am, it was a colleague of Henri. He told me Henri was dead.

“The Chief of French Police should have called me to tell me the news but he didn’t, but did apologise later. It didn’t matter really as it didn’t change anything. Henri was dead.”

But it was not the only tragedy to hit the family – as Jean and Giselle have outlived all but one of their five sons.

Dodi Al Fayed and Princess Diana during their holiday together in St Tropez in August 1997 (Image: Big Pictures)

He added: “Henri was still alive and attended the funeral of his brother Pascal who died of cancer. Then Henri died in Paris, then Jean-Luc who died from a heart attack. Then the youngest Sylvan died. He died suddenly. It was an aneurysm he was only 51.”

Henri was buried but then exhumed and cremated. His ashes were placed with those of his brothers.

Jean paid tribute to his chauffeur son and said it was time the world knew “the real Henri Paul”. He said: “Henri was a loyal and generous man.

“I remember we received many letters of support from all over the world, one in particular from Australia and another from an English milkman.

“They both said, ‘We know your son is innocent.’ And that is what my son’s friends put on a wreath for his funeral.

“The very last thing I want to say about this incident is: Someone killed my son. Someone killed my son.”

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Venezuela foils military rebellion against Maduro

Authorities in the ruling Socialist Party of Venezuela have announced that an anti-government military action has been suppressed near the central city of Valencia.

Diosdado Cabello, a senior official in President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling party, said on Sunday that the reported rebellion in a military base in the town of Naguanagua was crushed in the beginning earlier in the day and that the situation in the base was now under control.

Cabello’s statement came hours after the release of a video that showed a group of men in military uniform calling for a broad uprising against Maduro. The soldiers said the action was only a rebellion against Maduro’s move to dismantle democratic institutions in Venezuela.

“This is not a coup d’etat,” said a man in the video who identified himself as Juan Carlos Caguaripano, a former National Guard captain, adding, “This is a civic and military action to re-establish constitutional order. But more than that, it is to save the country from total destruction.”

Caguaripano, seen flanked by about a dozen men in military uniforms, also called for the formation of a transitional government in Venezuela.

Witnesses in Naguanagua also reported hearing gunshots before dawn. Officials in Venezuela’s Defense Ministry declined to comment on the incident, which came two days after the formation of a controversial constitutional assembly in Venezuela.

The opposition says the assembly is a ploy to monopolize power in the hands of Maduro. The embattled president has denied the allegations and says the assembly, which was set up following nationwide elections on July 31, has been necessary to restore peace and order after months of political unrest in Venezuela.

In a move that drew further rebuke from the opposition and foreign governments, the assembly sacked Venezuela’s chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz on Saturday after troops surrounded her office in downtown Caracas. Ortega Diaz, a former Maduro ally who turned his arch foe, was dismissed after she filed a complaint to block the installation of the new assembly.

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Belfast demonstrators remove ‘Israeli’ goods from shelves of Sainsbury’s in protest over Gaza

Dozens of people removed products, including those made by the Coca Cola company, from the shelves of Sainsbury’s supermarket in west Belfast.

Many held aloft banners and flags, shouting ‘Free Palestine’.

The footage was published by Seosamh O Bradaigh.

The clip has already received a huge amount of attention through social media.

Elsewhere, leading supermarket chain SuperValu has confirmed it ordered all stores to remove Israeli carrots from their shelves in the Republic.

Despite insisting it has not enforced a boycott of goods from the country, an email instruction was sent to all 232 stores last Friday saying the Chantenay variety must not be sold.

SuperValu denied it was imposing a formal ban against Israeli goods in its shops.

In a statement, it said: “SuperValu is not involved in a boycott of Israeli produce and ultimately consumers will make their own purchasing decisions.

Video: Belfast demonstrators remove ‘Israeli’ goods from shelves of Sainsbury’s in protest over Gaza
source: Facebook/Seosamh O Bradaigh

“We understand that this is an emotive issue. However, we have a policy of not taking a position on international affairs.”

The supermarket chain is one of more than 20 retailers written to by trade union Mandate seeking a boycott of Israeli goods and produce.

The campaign was launched last Friday as the death toll in Gaza reached almost 1,900 Palestinians and 67 Israelis.

Claims of a boycott in SuperValu stores circulated after an instruction was sent to managers in all its retail outlets last Friday that the Chantenay carrots should be taken off the shelves and disposed of.

SuperValu, which is part of the Musgrave Group, confirmed that an internal instruction was sent to managers but today sought to clarify reports that it had imposed a boycott.

A spokesman said the company wanted to be 100% clear that there was no ban on the sourcing and sale of products from Israel.

Others retailers written to by the Mandate trade union over a proposed boycott include Marks & Spencer, Shaws, Tesco Ireland, Dunnes Stores, Penneys, Heatons, Debenhams, Boots, Brown Thomas, Arnotts, Arcadia Group, Aldi, Lidl, TK Maxx, BWG Foods, Smyths Toys, Londis Group, PC World and Lloyds Pharmacy.

The union famously stood by a group of Dunnes Stores workers in 1984 after they went on strike in support of Mary Manning, who was sacked after refusing to handle produce from apartheid South Africa.

Supervalu said its company policy is to source as much Irish produce as possible, and if not from domestic suppliers, then from as close to home as possible.

“75% of products in our stores are produced and sourced locally in our communities. However, due to the unpredictable climate in Ireland, there are occasions when we are required to source products from further afield in order to meet customer demand,” the company statement said.

“We prioritise supply from the UK and Europe when Irish product is not available. Very occasionally we source some products from Palestine and Israel when we cannot get sufficient supply from our main markets.

“We currently have sufficient stock from our usual supply market, with no goods ordered from Palestine and Israel at this time.”

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India and China are on the brink of a war

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On a remote pass through Himalayan peaks, China and India, two nuclear-armed nations, have come near the brink of conflict over an unpaved road. It is one of the worst border disputes between the regional rivals in more than 30 years.

The road stands on territory at the point where ChinaIndia and Bhutanmeet. The standoff began last month when Bhutan, a close ally of India, discovered Chinese workers trying to extend the road. India responded by sending troops and equipment to halt the construction. China, the more powerful of the two, angrily denounced the move and demanded that India pull back.

Now soldiers from the two powers are squaring off, separated by only a few hundred feet.

The conflict shows no sign of abating, and it reflects the swelling ambition — and nationalism — of both countries. Each is governed by a muscular leader eager to bolster his domestic standing while asserting his country’s place on the world stage as the United States recedes from a leading role.

Jeff M. Smith, a scholar at the American Foreign Policy Council who studies Indian-Chinese relations, said a negotiated settlement was the likeliest outcome. But asked whether he thought the standoff could spiral into war, he said, “Yes I do — and I don’t say that lightly.”

Both sides have taken hard-line positions that make it difficult to back down. “The messaging is eerily similar,” Mr. Smith said, to the countries’ 1962 slide into a war that was also over border disputes.

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Why the Territory Matters

On the surface, the dispute turns on whether the land belongs to China or Bhutan. It is only about 34 square miles, but it is pivotal in the growing competition between China and India over Asia’s future.

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The dispute dates to contradictory phrases in an 1890 border agreementbetween two now-defunct empires, British India and China’s Qing dynasty, that put the border in different places. One gives Bhutan control of the area — the position that India supports — and the other China.

“This comes down to both countries having a reasonable claim,” said Ankit Panda, a senior editor at The Diplomat, an Asian affairs journal.

Bhutan and India say that China, by extending its road, is trying to extend its control over an area known as the Dolam Plateau, part of a larger contested area.

The plateau’s southernmost ridge slopes into a valley that geographers call the Siliguri Corridor but that Indian strategists know as the Chicken Neck.

This narrow strip of Indian territory, at points less than 20 miles wide, connects the country’s central mass to its northeastern states. India has long feared that in a war, China could bisect the corridor, cutting off 45 million Indians and an area the size of the United Kingdom.

India’s Aggressive Response

Few countries have been eager to confront China’s regional ambitions as directly with military forces, which has made India’s response to the construction so striking and, according to analysts from both countries, so fraught with danger.

But in recent months, India’s leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has shown that he is willing to flout China’s wishes — and ignore its threats.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and President Xi Jinping of China in Goa, India, in 2016. The border confrontation has soured relations. Both men attended the recent G-20 meeting in Germany but did not hold a one-on-one meeting that might have defused tensions. CreditManish Swarup/Associated Press

 

In April, a top Indian official accompanied the Dalai Lama to the border of Tibet, shrugging off China’s public insistence that the journey be halted. In May, India boycotted the inauguration of President Xi Jinping’s signature “One Belt, One Road” project, saying the plan ignored “core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The border skirmish arose even as Mr. Modi visited Washington to court President Trump’s favor as India vies with China for influence in Asia.

“I hope the Indian side knows what it’s doing, because the moment you put your hand in the hornet’s nest, you have to be prepared for whatever consequence there is going to be,” said Shiv Kunal Verma, the author of “1962: The War That Wasn’t,” about the bloody border conflict the two countries fought that year.

Chinese officials say the construction of the road was an internal affair because, they say, it took place within China’s own borders. On Tuesday, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, reiterated the country’s warning to India to withdraw as a precondition for any broader talks. “The solution to this issue is also very simple,” he said during a visit to Thailand, addressing the Indians directly. “That is, behave yourself and humbly retreat.”

Bhutan, Caught in the Middle

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Indian migrant workers at a construction near Paro, Bhutan, last year. India contributes nearly $1 billion in economic and military aid to the country’s budget. At the same time, China has sought to woo it with offers of aid, investments and even land swaps to settle border disputes. CreditAdam Dean for The New York Times

Bhutan, which joined the United Nations in 1971, does not have diplomatic relations with China. It has always been closer to India, particularly after fears stemming from China’s annexation of Tibet, another Buddhist kingdom, in the middle of the 20th century.

Since then, India has played a central role in the kingdom’s administration, contributing nearly $1 billion in economic and military aid annually in recent years. China has sought to woo Bhutan with its own offers of aid, investments and land swaps to settle border disputes.

Two weeks after the construction began, Bhutan’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it violated earlier agreements, and called for a return to the status quo.

“Bhutan has felt uncomfortable from the start,” said Ajai Shukla, a former army colonel and consulting editor for strategic affairs at Business Standard, a daily newspaper in India. “It does not want to be caught in the middle when China and India are taking potshots at each other. Bhutan does not want to be the bone in a fight between two dogs.”

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Chinese and Indian soldiers at a border crossing between the two countries in India’s northeastern Sikkim state, in 2008.
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The confrontation, meantime, has soured already tense relations.

Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi both attended the recent Group of 20 meeting in Germany but did not hold a meeting, one on one, that might have defused tensions. India’s national security adviser is expected to attend a meeting in Beijing this week, which analysts say could signal whether any face-saving compromise is possible.

Mr. Xi is preparing for an important Communist Party congress in the fall that will inaugurate his second five-year term as president and consolidate his political pre-eminence. Given the unbending nature of Chinese statements, few analysts believe he would do anything that would seem weak in response to India’s moves.

“It may be harder to make concessions until after that gathering,” Shashank Joshi, an analyst at the Lowy Institute, wrote in an essay posted on Friday, “while it may even suit Beijing to keep the crisis simmering through this period.”

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