The US defence department announced last week that a satellite positioning device had been found in an Afghan cave. They said the equipment was lost in Somalia in 1993. The discovery, they proclaimed, was concrete evidence at last that Bin Laden's Al Qaida network was behind the deaths of 18 US soldiers in the disastrous raid on Mogadishu.
In this week 30 years ago 1974 KEVIN GATELEY, an anti-Nazi protester, was murdered by police on a demonstration in London's Red Lion Square on 15 June 1974. It was Kevin's first ever demonstration. He was determined to oppose the Nazi National Front, which was holding a meeting in Conway Hall.
SIMON HUGHES, the Liberal Democrat candidate for London mayor, made a surprise announcement at the Muslim Council for Britain hustings last week. "I want to bring the troops home immediately," he said. "That's the first time I've heard that," shot back Lindsey German, Respect's mayoral candidate.
A 27 year old man was found dead at his flat in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow on 18 May after apparently committing suicide. He was Zekria Ghulam Mohammed, an Afghan asylum seeker. The papers that are normally so keen to splash pictures of refugees over their pages ignored his death.
THE LIBERAL Democrat MP and mayoral hopeful Simon Hughes never misses an opportunity to have a go at the Tory candidate Steve Norris's links with big companies. Hughes linked Norris to the Potters Bar train crash in a London mayoral election leaflet. Norris is chairman of Jarvis, the company that recently accepted joint legal responsibility.
MACEDONIA IS one of the countries NATO poured its troops into in a \"humanitarian\" intervention that was hailed as bringing peace and stability. And the Macedonian state has shown it is willing to kill innocent people to keep on board with its US ally.
DEFENCE secretary Geoff Hoon has launched a staggering attack on press freedom. He says that \"embedded\" journalists, who report from within army units in Iraq and other war zones, will only be protected if they say what the government wants them to say.
\"FLESH-MELTING Bomb Plot Foiled,\" screamed the Sun on 7 April. Not to be outdone, the Daily Mirror weighed in with \"Dirty Bomb Plot Foiled: MI5 Stop 'Poison Gas Gang'.\" Overnight the gutter press was full of tales of osmium tetroxide, a toxic chemical available on the internet for £100 which, it was claimed, dissolves flesh and causes blindness and \"dry land drowning\", where lungs fill with fluid.