Archive | January 20, 2017

Belgium to Arrest Former Israeli FM for “war crimes”!*

Belgium to Arrest Former Israeli FM for “war crimes”!*

Seeing is believing…. The fact this news is out means she she is being warned

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Tzipi Livni [file photo]

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Tzipi Livni [file photo]

A Belgian court has ordered the arrest of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Tzipi Livni, when she steps off the plane on her arrival in the Belgian capital Brussels on 23 January, official EU sources revealed on Thursday.

On 23 June 2010, a group of victims filed a complaint in Belgium to the Federal Prosecutor against certain Israeli civilian and military officials at the time, including Tzipi Livni, for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian News Network (PNN).

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that Livni would be intercepted by the Federal Judicial Police during her stay in Belgium to be heard and questioned following the complaint lodged against her and that it would ensure the necessary follow-up to this case.

Livni was the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time of the Israeli military operation  “Cast Lead” in the Gaza Strip, which took place from 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009. She is scheduled to arrive in Brussels on 23 January to participate in a conference in the European

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Former Israeli Foreign Minister, Livni, Reveals Israel -Egypt Pact to Strangle Hamas*

Belgian Palestinians to File for War Crimes Committed by Israel*

Netanyahu’s Former Driver gets 27 years for Raping Minors*

Netanyahu Now under two Criminal Investigations*

Israeli Facebook Exec Arrested for Paedophilia*

Netanyahu halts Israeli Funding of 5 U.N. Bodies in Revenge for Settlement Freeze Demand*

Abbas Rejected Biden’s New U.S. Peace Initiative, which Makes Palestine Jewish*

When Palestine was 85% Arab, 15% Israeli and U.K. and U.S. Paid the Jews from the Caucasus to Live There*

Palestinian Factions Fatah and Hamas unite in Moscow*

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Brazil’s Key Corruption Judge Who was Killed in a Plane Crash Demands Investigation and Protection from Temer*

Brazil’s Key Corruption Judge Who was Killed in a Plane Crash Demands Investigation and Protection from Temer*

By Glenn Greenwald

The Brazilian Supreme Court Justice overseeing the massive Car Wash corruption investigation died yesterday when a small, private plane carrying him and three other passengers crashed into the sea. Although there is no evidence that the crash was anything other than an accident caused by inclement weather, the circumstances have prompted calls for – and clearly demand – a vigorous and independent investigation, as well as meaningful protection for the corruption investigation to proceed with integrity.

The judge, 68-year-old Teori Zavascki, was appointed to the Supreme Court by impeached President Dilma Rousseff and has managed the corruption investigation process that has sent the country’s richest and most powerful figures to prison, including members of Rousseff’s party. His next step was to be one of the most significant yet: accepting and formalizing the plea statement of top executives of Odebrecht, the construction giant at the center of the scandal.

Those plea statements are widely expected to implicate leading members of the government of Michel Temer, who took over after helping to engineer Dilma’s impeachment, as well as oligarchs and executives, in all sorts of bribery and money laundering transactions. Last year, his son publicly complained of death threats his father had received.

What makes the crash particularly tragic is that Zavascki was one of the few leading figures in Brazil who has proven incorruptible. Indeed, in the infamous recorded and leaked discussions between Temer’s key Senate ally and ex-minister, Romero Jucá, and the executive Sergio Marchado – in which Jucá said that the core purpose of Dilma’s impeachment was to kill the Car War investigation – Jucá explicitly complained that Zavascki was the only Supreme Court justice “closed off” to making deals. As we reported in May when those tapes were disclosed:

“The second blockbuster revelation — perhaps even more significant — is Jucá’s statement that he spoke with and secured the involvement of numerous justices on Brazil’s Supreme Court, the institution that impeachment defenders have repeatedly pointed to as vesting the process with legitimacy in order to deny that Dilma’s removal is a coup. Jucá claimed that “there are only a small number” of Court justices to whom he had not obtained access (the only justice he said he ultimately could not get to is Teori Zavascki, who was appointed by Dilma and who — notably — Jucá viewed as incorruptible in obtaining his help to kill the investigation…..”

What is perhaps most disturbing about all of this is that Zavascki’s replacement in overseeing the investigation will now be chosen by Temer – the person who has much to lose if a vigorous investigation proceeds. Among other matters, the Court is to decide whether Temer himself should be removed from office due to his participation in the decisions that resulted in Dilma’s impeachment, as well as whether his key allies such as his Foreign Minister José Serra, and perhaps he himself, are guilty of criminal wrongdoing.

All of these circumstances have already prompted calls for a full and independent investigation into this crash. On Thursday night, just hours after news of Zavascki’s death, Transparency International President José Ugaz posted this strong demand:

Transparency International demands immediate investigations of the air crash were Lava Jato Judge Teori Zavascki died  — José Ugaz (@JoseUgazSM) January 19, 2017

Also last night, one of the Federal Police detectives who has played a key role in investigating corruption, Márcio Anselmo, posted on Facebook that Zavascki “cleansed the soul” of Court regarding the Car Wash investigation and “surprised everyone by the zeal” with which he pursued the corruption. Anselmo then added, with notable scare quotes:

“Now, on the eve of approval of Odebrecht’s plea statements, this “accident” must be thoroughly investigated. Sincerely, if this news [of Zavascki’s death] is confirmed, it foretells the end of an era!”

Shortly after posting that, Anselmo – with no explanation – deleted all of the text except for the first sentence expressing sadness over the Justice’s death.

Calls for a full investigation have even emerged among Brazil’s notoriously conservative and homogenized media. One of the country’s best big-media columnists, Bernardo Mello Franco of Folha, described the massive impact of Zavascki’s death on the Car Wash investigation; noted the crucial timing of the imminent Odebrecht plea statements; cited Jucá’s complaints that Zavascki was the only Justice “closed” off to deals; and argued that his death “demands a speedy and transparent investigation into the plane crash.” Mello Franco concluded:

 “With so many interests at stake, it is vital that there be no question mark as to the motives of the tragedy.”

It is indeed in everyone’s interest that a full, vigorous and transparent investigation into this crash be conducted expeditiously. Just as importantly, if not more so, it is vital that President Temer not be permitted to burden or corrupt the ongoing investigation in any way. This corruption investigation has had its excesses and flaws, often large ones, but the instability that it has spawned will all be for naught if, in the last stage, this tragic plane crash ends up protecting many of the biggest and most deserving targets.

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Another Suspicious Plane Crash to Boost Globalist Interests in Brazil*

Court Rules in Favour of Brazilians Protest Against Temer inside Olympic Venues*

Brazil Just Approved 20-Year Spending Freeze to Punish the Poor*

In Brazil, Major New Corruption Scandals Engulf the Faction that Impeached Dilma*

Washington Rape of Brazil Begins*

Brazil Coup Plotter Eduardo Cunha Impeached in Lower House*

Washington Post Reporter Thrown to the Ground by Police at Violent Inauguration Protest*

Washington Post Reporter Thrown to the Ground by Police at Violent Inauguration Protest*

By Alex Emmons

Police use pepper spray on protesters in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in a confrontation blocks from Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Police use pepper spray on protesters in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in a confrontation blocks from Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Police use pepper spray on protesters in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in a confrontation blocks from Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Washington Post video reporter Dalton Bennett was pulled back and knocked down by riot police in downtown Washington D.C., while trying to video tape the arrest of dozens of anti-Trump protesters in Washington D.C.

Protesters wearing all black were arrested as part of an unauthorized march by a group calling itself the “Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Fascist Bloc.” According to a online appeal for marchers, the aim of the march was to “join together and demonstrate how to prevent Trump and his cronies from implementing their program.”

While marching south on 13th Street, protesters overturned trash cans and news racks. At one point, they smashed the windows of a parked, unoccupied limousine and threw a flare inside. After the protest turned east on I Street, marchers began smashing the windows of businesses and the screens of ATMs.

Windows broken, flare thrown into unoccupied limo at the anti-capitalist, anti fascist March in DC. – Alex Emmons

Riot police with batons, mace, and pepper spray arrived and pushed protesters into another line of armored police at 12th & L Streets, where several dozen were surrounded and arrested.

Stephen Ginsburg, senior politics editor for the Washington Post called Bennett’s treatment “unacceptable,” in a tweet.

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Violence Breaks Out In Washington D.C. As Protesters Clash With Police

By Tyler Durden

As the feeds below from Washington demonstrate, the violence is escalating in the form of clashes between protesters and D.C. police. Black-clad activists angry about U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration have smashed store car windows and blocked traffic in Washington on Friday and fought with police in riot gear who responded with tear gas and stun grenades.

About 500 people, some wearing masks, marched through the city’s downtown, using hammers to claw up chunks of pavement to smash the windows of a Bank of America branch and a McDonald’s outlet, all symbols of the American capitalist system.

The crowd chanted anti-Trump slogans and carried signs with slogans including “Make Racists Afraid Again,” a play on the New York businessman-turned-politician’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. The incident occurred about 90 minutes before Trump was sworn in at the Capitol a mile and a half (2.4 km) away.

According to Reuters, Washington police made “numerous” arrests on Friday after violent protests during Donald Trump’s inauguration, with individuals being charged with rioting, the city’s police department said. “Pepper spray and other control devices were used to control the criminal actors and protect persons and property,” the department said in a statement. The statement added that two police officers had sustained minor injuries from “coordinated attacks” and that police vehicles were damaged.

Two police officers sustained minor injuries from people who were trying to avoid arrest, police said.

“The message I want to send is that Trump does not represent this country. He represents the corporate interests,” said Jessica Reznicek, a 35-year-old Roman Catholic aid worker from Des Moines, Iowa, who was part of the protest but did not participate in the violence.

Not far from the White House, protesters scuffled with police, at one point throwing aluminum chairs at an outdoor café. Bob Hrifko, a member of the “Bikers for Trump” group in town to celebrate the inauguration, was struck in the face when he tried to intervene.

“I know, law and order and all that. We need more order. This ain’t right,” said Hrifko, who was bleeding from a cut under his eye.

Trump supporters Chris and Karen Korthaus, who carried a life-size cardboard cutout of the former reality TV star, crossed paths with an anti-Trump crowd.

“A protester came over and ripped off the Don’s head,” Karen Korthaus said as she showed a reporter a video of the incident.

“We ran to a pizza shop and taped his head back on”.

Carl Beams, 36, from Howell, New Jersey, stood in line with thousands of other Trump supporters waiting to enter the National Mall to view the inauguration.

 

Last night we noted that anti-Trump protesters had their first confrontation with police as American’s violent, disaffected youth threw eggs at guests and set fires outside of Trump International Hotel as people attempted to make their way to the new administration’s “Deploraball.”  But with the inauguration now over, protesters are showing no signs of slowing down as chaotic scenes of rioters destroying private property are flooding twitter.

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Chinese Billionaire Says U.S. Wasted Trillions on Wars and Wall Street and Forgot about their Citizens*

Trumps Seems to be Doing the Cabals Bidding with Goldman Sachs Heavily Entrenched in his Administration*

Chinese Billionaire Says U.S. Wasted Trillions on Wars and Wall Street and Forgot about their Citizens*

Chinese Billionaire Says U.S. Wasted Trillions on Wars and Wall Street and Forgot about their Citizens*

Stating the obvious….

By Lauren McCauley

“In the past 30 years, America had 13 wars spending $2 trillion,” said Alibaba founder Jack Ma. “What if the money was spent on the Midwest of the United States?” (Photo via CNBC)

“In the past 30 years, America had 13 wars spending $2 trillion,” said Alibaba founder Jack Ma. “What if the money was spent on the Midwest of the United States?” (Photo via CNBC)

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Wednesday, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma accused the United States of spending too much money on foreign wars and risky financial speculation and not enough money “on your own people.”

The founder of the world’s largest retailer, Alibaba, was addressing a question posed by CNBC‘s Andrew Ross Sorkin about the U.S. economy in relation to China.

In response, Ma said the U.S. should stop blaming other countries and look at its own spending priorities:

“It’s not that other countries steal jobs from you guys,” Ma said.

“It’s your strategy. You did not distribute the money and things in a proper way.”

He said the U.S. has wasted over $14 trillion in fighting wars over the past 30 years rather than investing in infrastructure at home.

Ma said that when Thomas Friedman published the 2005 pro-globalization tribute The World is Flat, taking advantage of the world economy seemed like “a perfect strategy” for the U.S.

“We just want the technology, and the IP, and the brand, and we’ll leave the other jobs” to other countries like Mexico and China, he said, according to Business Insider. “American international companies made millions and millions of dollars from globalization.”

“The past 30 years, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, they’ve made tens of millions—the profits they’ve made are much more than the four Chinese banks put together,” he continued. “But where did the money go?”

“The money goes to Wall Street. Then what happened? Year 2008 wiped out $19.2 trillion in U.S. income,” he said.

What’s more, he added, “In the past 30 years, America had 13 wars spending $14.2 trillion…no matter how good your strategy is you’re supposed to spend money on your own people.”

“What if the money was spent on the Midwest of the United States?” he asked.

“What if they had spent part of that money on building up their infrastructure, helping white-collar and blue-collar workers? You’re supposed to spend money on your own people.”

While he did emphasize that globalization is a good thing, according to CNBC, Ma reportedly noted that it “‘should be inclusive,’ with the spoils not just going to the wealthy few.”

Ma’s critique came weeks after he attended a meeting in New York City with President-elect Donald Trump, who has threatened to impose punitive tariffs against the Asian superpower.

When asked about that conversation, the internet tycoon “said the consequences of a trade war between the world’s biggest and second-largest economies would be too grave for both countries to bear and they should do everything to avoid it,” reported the South China Morning Post, which Ma owns.

“It’s so easy to launch a war. It’s so difficult, almost impossible sometimes, to terminate that war,” he said.

“The Iraq war, the Afghanistan war, are those finished?”

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Muslims in Florida Open Free Health Clinic for the Poor and Uninsured*

World Rushes to De-Dollarize Oil Trade Before U.S. Economy Crashes*

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Suicide Kills U.S. Troops More than Active Duty in the Middle East*

Homeless Are Being Abducted and Put into FEMA Camps*

U.S. has 5% of World’s Female Population, but 30% of Women in Prison*

U.S. Has Spent $11.5 Million A Day for Past 542 Days Straight in Fight against ISIS*

U.S. Navy Just Spent $2.1bn on a Fancy Transport Fleet That Sinks*

U.S. has Already Spent Five Billion Dollars to Subvert Ukraine*

The U.S. Interfered In Foreign Presidential Elections 81+ Times from 1946-2000*

The U.S. Spent a Half Billion on Mining in Afghanistan with ‘Limited Progress’*

U.S. Government Admits Social Security Going Bankrupt*

U.S. has Killed over 20 Million People in 37 “Victim Nations” Since World War II*

U.S. White Middle-Aged People Dying Quicker than in any other ‘Developed’ Nation*

Blackburn Muslim Schools Come Top of U.K. Education Progress Table*

Blackburn Muslim Schools Come Top of U.K. Education Progress Table*

 

Tauheedul Islam Boys’ School

Tauheedul Islam Boys’ School

 

Two Muslim schools in Blackburn have come first and second in the Department for Education’s national league tables.

The DfE’s latest performance tables, published on Thursday — including 2016’s GCSE exams and ranked by its new Progress 8 measure — reveals that the best schools in England are those which make the greatest advances in their pupils’ grades.

At the top of the national Progress 8 league table sit two faith schools in Blackburn run by the Tauheedul multi-academy trust – Tauheedul Islamic Boys’ high school and Tauheedul Islamic Girls’ high school. In 10th place was Preston Muslim Girls School.

The new measure of progress is calculated using a pupil’s best eight exam scores — with extra emphasis on Math and English — and then comparing the final results with a pupil’s expected scores based on previous performance.

Those schools that recorded positive progress scores among their pupils outperformed the national average, while those that returned a negative score did worse.

Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School Blackburn Blackburn with Darwen   1.37
Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School Blackburn Blackburn with Darwen   1.15
Harris Academy Battersea London Wandsworth   1.14
Ark King Solomon Academy London Westminster   1.08
St Andrew’s Catholic School Leatherhead Surrey   1.08
The City Academy, Hackney London Hackney   1.02
Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich London Southwark   0.93
Outwood Academy Portland Worksop Nottinghamshire   0.93
Sheffield Park Academy Sheffield Sheffield   0.93
Preston Muslim Girls High School Preston Lancashire   0.92
The St Thomas the Apostle College London Southwark   0.91
Uffculme School Cullompton Devon   0.91
Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School Tunbridge Wells Kent   0.82
Forest Gate Community School London Newham   0.81
City of London Academy Islington London Islington   0.81
Sacred Heart Catholic School London Southwark   0.8
The Oxford Academy Oxford Oxfordshire   0.8
The Compton School London Barnet   0.79
Bridlington School Bridlington East Riding of Yorkshire   0.79
Wren Academy London Barnet   0.78
Mossbourne Community Academy London Hackney   0.78
St Augustine’s Catholic High School Redditch Worcestershire   0.78
Ursuline High School Wimbledon London Merton   0.76
Ark St Alban’s Academy Birmingham Birmingham   0.76
Tonbridge Grammar School Tonbridge Kent   0.75
Bolton Muslim Girls School Bolton Bolton   0.75
Harris Academy Chafford Hundred Grays Thurrock   0.75
St Mark’s Catholic School Hounslow Hounslow   0.75
St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School London Greenwich   0.74
Paddington Academy London Westminster   0.74
Nonsuch High School for Girls Sutton Sutton   0.73
Woodford County High School Woodford Green Redbridge   0.73
St Paul’s Catholic College Sunbury-on-Thames Surrey   0.73
The Tiffin Girls’ School Kingston upon Thames Kingston upon Thames   0.72
Brampton Manor Academy London Newham   0.71
Fulham Cross Girls’ School and Language College London Hammersmith and Fulham   0.71
Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet Barnet Barnet   0.7
Wallington High School for Girls Wallington Sutton   0.7
Bethnal Green Academy London Tower Hamlets   0.7
Harris Academy Beckenham Beckenham Bromley   0.7
Bentley Wood High School Stanmore Harrow   0.7
Clacton County High School Clacton-on-Sea Essex   0.7
Gordon’s School Woking Surrey   0.69
The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College Bishop’s Stortford Hertfordshire   0.69
Our Lady & St. Bede Catholic Academy Stockton-on-Tees Stockton-on-Tees   0.69
St John the Baptist Catholic Comprehensive School, Woking Woking Surrey   0.69
Dr Challoner’s Grammar School Amersham Buckinghamshire   0.68
The Rochester Grammar School Rochester Medway   0.68
Westminster Academy London Westminster   0.68
Hethersett Academy Norwich Norfolk   0.68
Aston Manor Academy Birmingham Birmingham   0.68
Wembley High Technology College Wembley Brent   0.67
Waldegrave School Twickenham Richmond upon Thames   0.67
Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School London Lambeth   0.67
Harris Academy Morden Morden Merton   0.67
The Skinners’ School Tunbridge Wells Kent   0.66
Wallington County Grammar School Wallington Sutton   0.66
Westcliff High School for Boys Academy Westcliff-on-Sea Southend-on-Sea   0.66
St Anne’s Catholic High School for Girls London Enfield   0.66
The Heathland School Hounslow Hounslow   0.66
Beauchamp College Leicester Leicestershire   0.66
Samuel Ryder Academy St Albans Hertfordshire   0.66
Reading School Reading Reading   0.65
Tiffin School Kingston upon Thames Kingston upon Thames   0.65
Upton Court Grammar School Slough Slough   0.65
Painsley Catholic College Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire   0.65
Central Foundation Boys’ School London Islington   0.65
Millais School Horsham West Sussex   0.65
St Mary’s RC High School Hereford Herefordshire, County of   0.65
The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School Greenford Ealing   0.65
Harrogate Grammar School Harrogate North Yorkshire   0.65
President Kennedy School Academy Coventry Coventry   0.65
Feversham College Bradford Bradford   0.64
Impington Village College Cambridge Cambridgeshire   0.64
The Piggott School Reading Wokingham   0.64
St Francis Xavier School Richmond North Yorkshire   0.63
Walthamstow School for Girls London Waltham Forest   0.63
Whitmore High School Harrow Harrow   0.63
Outwood Academy Acklam Middlesbrough Middlesbrough   0.63
All Hallows Catholic School Farnham Surrey   0.63
Invicta Grammar School Maidstone Kent   0.62
Simon Balle All-Through School Hertford Hertfordshire   0.62
Valentines High School Ilford Redbridge   0.62
Hadley Learning Community – Secondary Phase Telford Telford and Wrekin   0.62
Ormiston Chadwick Academy Widnes Halton   0.61
Acklam Grange School Middlesbrough Middlesbrough   0.61
St Albans Girls’ School St Albans Hertfordshire   0.61
Balcarras School Cheltenham Gloucestershire   0.61
Torquay Academy Torquay Torbay   0.61
Al-Hijrah School Birmingham Birmingham   0.6
West Park School Derby Derby   0.6
Hitchin Girls’ School Hitchin Hertfordshire   0.6
Parkside Community College Cambridge Cambridgeshire   0.6
Sidney Stringer Academy Coventry Coventry   0.6
The Holt School Wokingham Wokingham   0.6
Sexey’s School Bruton Somerset   0.6
South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College North Ferriby East Riding of Yorkshire   0.59
Connaught School for Girls London Waltham Forest   0.59
St Mary’s College Hull Kingston Upon Hull, City of   0.59
Kingsbridge Academy Kingsbridge Devon   0.59
St Peter’s Catholic School Guildford Surrey   0.59
Saint George Catholic Voluntary Aided College Southampton Southampton Southampton   0.59
Buxton School London Waltham Forest   0.59
Bowland High Clitheroe Lancashire   0.59
The Judd School Tonbridge Kent   0.58
Dr Challoner’s High School Amersham Buckinghamshire   0.58
Wilson’s School Wallington Sutton   0.58
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys Birmingham Birmingham   0.58
Challney High School for Boys Luton Luton   0.58
Sandringham School St Albans Hertfordshire   0.58
Queensmead School Ruislip Hillingdon   0.58
Harris Academy Upper Norwood London Croydon   0.58
St Benedict’s Catholic School Bury St Edmunds Suffolk   0.58
Tudor Grange Academy, Solihull Solihull Solihull   0.58
The Eastwood Academy Leigh-on-Sea Southend-on-Sea   0.58
St Bede’s School Redhill Surrey   0.58
Colchester County High School for Girls Colchester Essex   0.57
St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School London Barnet   0.57
Ashmole Academy London Barnet   0.57
Holyrood Academy Chard Somerset   0.57
The County High School Leftwich Northwich Cheshire West & Chester   0.57
Kendrick School Reading Reading   0.56
Beaconsfield High School Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire   0.56
King David High School Liverpool Liverpool   0.56
Holland Park School London Kensington and Chelsea   0.56
Gunnersbury Catholic School Brentford Hounslow   0.56
St Richard’s Catholic College Bexhill-on-Sea East Sussex   0.56
The Farnley Academy Leeds Leeds   0.56
Moorside High School Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire   0.56
The Henrietta Barnett School London Barnet   0.55
Parkstone Grammar School Poole Poole   0.55
The King’s (The Cathedral) School Peterborough Peterborough   0.55
Platanos College London Lambeth   0.55
Harris Academy Merton Mitcham Merton   0.55
Norton Hill Academy Radstock Bath and North East Somerset   0.55
The Holy Cross School New Malden Kingston upon Thames   0.55
Settle College Settle North Yorkshire   0.55
Weald School, the Billingshurst West Sussex   0.55
Alperton Community School Wembley Brent   0.55
Dartford Grammar School Dartford Kent   0.54
Weald of Kent Grammar School Tonbridge Kent   0.54
King Solomon High School Ilford Redbridge   0.54
Rodillian Academy Wakefield Leeds   0.54

Mufti Hamid Patel CBE, Chief Executive of Tauheedul Education Trust, said:

“Our schools are heavily invested in ensuring that pupils make excellent progress and our staff go above and beyond the call of duty to give all of our learners the support they need to achieve, and surpass, expectations.

“To see the effects of this hard work reflected in the Performance League Tables – by having not one, but two of our schools amongst the top three in the country – is hugely rewarding, and we are thrilled that TIGHS and TIBHS are having such a positive impact on pupil outcomes and opening the window of opportunity for so many of our students.

“This achievement is a testament to the efforts and expertise of staff at both schools, the diligence and dedication of our pupils, and the outstanding quality of provision that all TET schools strive to deliver.

“We are committed to nurturing today’s young people and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders and we want to ensure that our pupils – regardless of their starting points – are immersed in an environment where educational excellence is promoted, expected and celebrated.

“It is immensely gratifying to see that we are achieving this vision, and we hope to continue to build on this success. Congratulations to all involved.”

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When the Sahara was Green*

When the Sahara was Green*

Researchers Peter deMenocal and Jessica Tierney examine a core of marine sediments taken off the coast of West Africa. The two used that and other marine cores to figure out the Sahara’s climate 25,000 years into the past. (Photo: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)

Researchers Peter deMenocal and Jessica Tierney examine a core of marine sediments taken off the coast of West Africa. The two used that and other marine cores to figure out the Sahara’s climate 25,000 years into the past. (Photo: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)

A UA-led team has identified the climate pattern that generated a “Green Sahara” from 5,000 to 11,000 years ago. The region had 10 times the rainfall it does today.

The Sahara Desert extends eastward from the Atlantic Ocean some 3,000 miles to the Nile River and the Red Sea, and southward from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and the Mediterranean shores more than 1,000 miles to the savannah called the Sahel. More than 16 times the size of France, the Sahara Desert blankets nearly all of Mauritania, Western Sahara, Algeria, Libya, Egypt and Niger; the southern half of Tunisia; and the northern parts of Mali, Chad and Sudan. Image credit: NASA’s MODIS instrument (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer)

The Sahara Desert extends eastward from the Atlantic Ocean some 3,000 miles to the Nile River and the Red Sea, and southward from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and the Mediterranean shores more than 1,000 miles to the savannah called the Sahel. More than 16 times the size of France, the Sahara Desert blankets nearly all of Mauritania, Western Sahara, Algeria, Libya, Egypt and Niger; the southern half of Tunisia; and the northern parts of Mali, Chad and Sudan. Image credit: NASA’s MODIS instrument (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer)

The Sahara Desert extends eastward from the Atlantic Ocean some 3,000 miles to the Nile River and the Red Sea, and southward from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and the Mediterranean shores more than 1,000 miles to the savannah called the Sahel. More than 16 times the size of France, the Sahara Desert blankets nearly all of Mauritania, Western Sahara, Algeria, Libya, Egypt and Niger; the southern half of Tunisia; and the northern parts of Mali, Chad and Sudan. Image credit: NASA’s MODIS instrument (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer)

By Mari N. Jensen

Rainfall patterns in the Sahara during the 6,000-year “Green Sahara” period have been pinpointed by analyzing marine sediments, according to new research led by a UA geoscientist.

What is now the Sahara Desert was the home to ‘hunter-gatherers’ who made their living off the animals and plants that lived in the region’s savannahs and wooded grasslands 5,000 to 11,000 years ago.

“It was 10 times as wet as today,” said lead author Jessica Tierney of the University of Arizona. Annual rainfall in the Sahara now ranges from about 4 inches to less than 1 inch (100 to 35 mm).

Although other research had already identified the existence of the Green Sahara period, Tierney and her colleagues are the first to compile a continuous record of the region’s rainfall going 25,000 years into the past.

The team’s paper, “Rainfall regimes of the Green Sahara,” was scheduled for publication in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday.

The multi-corer device being lowered into the ocean takes eight one-foot cores from the seafloor. Scientists analyze such cores for clues to the climate of the past several thousand years. (Photo: Peter deMenocal)

The multi-corer device being lowered into the ocean takes eight one-foot cores from the seafloor. Scientists analyze such cores for clues to the climate of the past several thousand years. (Photo: Peter deMenocal)

Archaeological evidence shows humans occupied much of the Sahara during the wet period, but left for about a thousand years around 8,000 years ago — the middle of the Green Sahara period.

Other investigators have suggested the Sahara became drier at the time people left, but the evidence was not conclusive, said Tierney, a UA associate professor of geosciences.

Her team’s continuous rainfall record shows a thousand-year period about 8,000 years ago when the Sahara became drier. That drier period coincides with when people left, she said.

“It looks like this thousand-year dry period caused people to leave,” Tierney said.

“What’s interesting is the people who came back after the dry period were different — most raised cattle. That dry period separates two different cultures. Our record provides a climate context for this change in occupation and lifestyle in the western Sahara.”

Tierney and her colleagues also used their rainfall record to suggest ways current climate models can better replicate the Sahara’s ancient climate and therefore improve projections of future climate.

Tierney’s co-authors are Francesco Pausata of Stockholm University in Sweden and Peter deMenocal of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Swedish Research Council funded the research.

Researchers had long known the Sahara was much greener in the past, but how much of the Sahara was wetter and how much wetter was not well understood, Tierney said. Although scientists can learn about past climate by examining ancient lake sediments, in the Sahara the lakes dried up long ago and their sediments have blown away.

Instead of lake sediments, Tierney and her colleagues used cores of marine sediments taken off the coast of West Africa at four different sites. Because the cores were taken over a north-south distance of about 800 miles (1,300 km) — from offshore Cape Ghir, Morocco, to the northwestern corner of Mauritania — the cores revealed both the ancient rainfall patterns and the areal extent of the Green Sahara.

In terrestrial plants, the chemical composition of a leaf’s wax changes depending on how dry or wet the climate was when the plant was growing. Leaf wax also washes into the ocean and can be preserved in the marine sediments that are laid down year after year.

“The waxes record the climate conditions on land,” Tierney said.

By analyzing the leaf wax from ancient marine sediments, the team determined the region’s past rainfall patterns and also gathered clues about what types of plants were growing.

The team also wanted to know whether the conditions on land interacted with the atmosphere to affect climate, because most of the current climate models don’t simulate the Green Sahara period well, she said.

The amount of solar radiation the Earth receives during the Northern Hemisphere summer depends on where the Earth’s “wobble,” known as precession, is in its 23,000-year cycle.

At the beginning of the Green Sahara, the Northern Hemisphere was closer to the sun during summer. Warmer summers strengthened the West African monsoon and delivered more rain. Toward the end of the Green Sahara, the Northern Hemisphere was farther from the sun and the West African monsoon was weaker.

There’s a feedback between vegetation, dust and rainfall, Tierney said. Right now the Sahara Desert is the planet’s biggest source of dust — but a vegetated Sahara would produce much less dust.

Co-author Francesco Pausata added additional factors — more vegetation and less dust — to a climate model. His changes improved how well the model replicated the amount of rainfall during the Green Sahara and dry periods.

“Getting a better handle on the important influence of the vegetation and dust feedback will help us simulate future climate change in the Sahara and Sahel,” Tierney said.

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