“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,” The New York Observer quoted Bloomberg as saying during a speech at MIT university.
However, Bloomberg also raised the possibility that he might seek the presidency. He claimed the executive duties performed by mayors have prepared him for the White House better than other political positions.
“The difference between my level of government and other levels of government is that action takes place at the city level,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
“The cities and mayors are where you deal with crime, you deal with real immigration problems, you deal with health problems, you deal with picking up the garbage,” he added.
Recently, Bloomberg has been under heavy criticism for the NYPD’s actions in Zuccotti Park, when police moved to evict Occupy Wall Street protesters from their camp site using pepper spray, tear gas and excessive force.
The city also closed airspace in lower Manhattan to prevent news helicopters from taking aerial footage of the police crackdown, while reporters were prevented from witnessing the scene and some were even arrested.
The Occupy movement emerged after a group of demonstrators gathered in New York’s financial district on September 17 to protest the unjust distribution of wealth in the country and the excessive influence of big corporations on US policies.
The Queen’s hidden cousins: They were banished to an asylum in 1941 and left neglected now an intriguing documentary reveals all
The date was 29 July, 1981, Prince Charles and Lady Di’s wedding day, and as the Queen arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral and waved to the crowds, two women in late middle-age, in shapeless, baggy dresses, shuffled with clumsy gait up to the television and waved and saluted back to her, unable to articulate speech but making excited noises.
It was a poignant moment, recalls Onelle Braithwaite, one of the nurses who cared for them. ‘I remember pondering with my colleague how, if things had been different, they would surely have been guests at the wedding.’
The two women were Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon – nieces of the Queen Mother and first cousins to the Queen – who had been incarcerated since 1941 in the Royal Earlswood Asylum for Mental Defectives, at Redhill in Surrey.
The Queen Mother with Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in 1937
Their last reported visitors were in the 1960s, and although it was an open secret at the Royal Earlswood, and in the local community, that the asylum housed close relatives of the Royal Family, to the wider world their existence had been obliterated.
An ancient document has revealed how Sultan Abdul Aziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia assured Britain of creating a Jewish state on Palestinian lands, a news report says.
The document, expose the deep commitment of first Saudi King to the United Kingdom and his assurance to British authorities to give Palestine to the Jews.
The controversial document, written as a notice to then British delegate Major General Sir Percy Zachariah Cox, is yet another proof of Saudi royal family’s hostile approach to the Palestinian nation.
"I am the Sultan Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud al-Faisal and I conceded and acknowledged a thousand times to Sir Percy Cox, delegate of Great Britain, that I have no objection to giving Palestine to the poor Jews or even to non-Jews, and I will never ever violate their [the UK] orders," read the note signed by King Abdul Aziz.
The note also expose the extent of Saudi royals’ fidelity to the UK government.
Britain used to attaché great importance to Saudi Arabia in 1930s, as it was located along the shortest seaway to India and Australia throughout the Red Sea and shortest air route to the east. Saudi Arabia was also close to the main British motor route and oil pipeline between Iraq and Palestine through Transjordan.
The ruling of Al Saud family also added to the importance of Saudi Arabia for Britain, as the UK believed ibn-e Saud kings could greatly influence the Arab countries.
‘In a revealing article Wayne Madsen argues that recent Turkish-Israel friction is due to Turkey reclaiming its Islamic character from the "Donmeh", the crypto Jews who overthrew the Ottoman Sultan in 1908 and turned Turkey into a "secular" state.
The attack on the Gaza flotilla was in retaliation for Turkey jailing several top Turkish military officers, journalists and academics accused of being part of the Donmeh plot to overthrow the AKP government in 2003.
In a second article, he argues that the Ibn Saud dynasty is also Donmeh. Their fundamentalist Wahhabi religion was intended to sow division in Islam. This accounts for Saudi support for the establishment of Israel and a recent warming of relations.’
‘The party is the firm’s big annual bash. Employees wear Halloween costumes to the office, where they party until around noon, and then return to work, still in costume. I can’t tell you how people dressed for this year’s party, but I can tell you about last year’s.
That’s because a former employee of Steven J. Baum recently sent me snapshots of last year’s party. In an e-mail, she said that she wanted me to see them because they showed an appalling lack of compassion toward the homeowners — invariably poor and down on their luck — that the Baum firm had brought foreclosure proceedings against.’
‘David Cameron admitted that he may have discussed the bid by News Corp for full control of BSkyB during his 27 meetings with Murdoch executives since last year’s election. Downing Street had previously insisted that the £8bn takeover was not mentioned.
Mr Cameron also came under pressure to explain why he failed to review Andy Coulson’s position as No 10’s director of communications last September when The New York Times alleged that hacking was widespread while he was editor of the News of the World. The same report led to Scotland Yard ending the PR role of Neil Wallis, Mr Coulson’s friend and deputy at the NOTW. Both Mr Coulson and Mr Wallis have recently been arrested by police investigating hacking.’