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May 23 11:14

The Macedonian Crisis Isn't Over, and a Bigger Balkan One is Just Beginning

The US didn't resolve Macedonia's crisis, it made it much worse, and the fate of the Balkans is now in jeopardy because of the latest American-brokered "deal".

May 23 10:08

House Seeks Details on Increasing Permanent US Military Presence in Europe

House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R – TX) is seeking official estimates from the Pentagon on the cost of more permanent deployments of US ground troops into Europe, particularly as it relates to the escalations of the past couple of years.

The US has made multiple ground deployments into Eastern Europe over the past year, mostly centering on getting ground troops near the Russian border as part of “spearhead” forces, which the Pentagon has presented as necessary to “reassure” US allies in the region.

May 23 10:08

House looks at increasing permanent military presence in Europe

The House Armed Services Committee has asked the Pentagon to calculate the cost of permanently stationing what are now rotational U.S. military forces in Europe, chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry said Monday.

Thornberry said lawmakers want to see how keeping units on the continent long term compares to the cost of short rotations aimed at reassuring allies over Russia and supporting NATO training operations.

U.S. soldiers arrived in Poland in January and fanned out to sites across Eastern Europe, where concerns run highest over Russia's claims on Crimea and its assistance to rebels fighting the Ukraine government.

May 23 10:01

Britain Must Settle ‘What It Owes Before Leaving The Bloc’

Member states of the European Union have set a tough negotiating mandate for talks over Brexit, reiterating their stance that Britain has to settle its debts before withdrawal from the bloc.

May 23 09:42

Spain in CRISIS as Catalonia says it will declare independence WITHOUT referendum

CATALONIA’s government has reportedly drafted a secret independence bill to break away from Spain, regardless of whether or not the country holds a referendum.

May 23 09:41

Italy is BIGGEST threat to the EU right now: Analyst in terrifying warning for Brussels

Nandini Ramakrishnan, global market analyst at JPMorgan Asset Management, warned that Italy is the biggest current threat to the eurozone.

Speaking to CNBC, the analyst admitted that results in the Dutch and French Elections had led to the “less-risky” result.

She said: “As we've gone through the year, the Dutch (and) the French elections have gone in what we'd call the less-risky or more market-friendly result.

“And actually all of that is based on euroscepticism and Macron, as a victor, is not posing the most Eurosceptic risk in France.”

May 23 09:41

EU SUPERSTATE: Brussels 'to force EVERY member state to adopt euro by 2025'

Nine of the 28 member state in the EU are currently not part of the single currency.

The UK and Denmark are exempt, but the remaining seven nations all agreed to adopt the euro when they joined the bloc.

And now the European Commission has now demanded they them all start using the crisis-hit currency within eight years, according to insiders.

May 23 09:39

Albanians Seek to 'Demonstrate That Serbs Have No Place in Kosovo'

Ahead of the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Kosovo, one of the front runners for the position of the Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, stated that if he wins there will be no place neither for Serbia nor for Serbian municipalities in Kosovo.

May 23 09:39

Dublin mum sexually assaulted in front of her baby in terrifying attack

A former asylum seeker has been arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a young mother in front of her baby in an early-morning attack.
The 25-year-old is being questioned by detectives about the terrifying incident at the woman's home in which she had a "miracle escape".

The predator had a car in place outside the south Dublin property to ensure a quick getaway. Details of the shocking incident in Walkinstown have only just emerged but sources told the Herald that the suspect was expected to be charged in the coming weeks.

He is a foreign national who has been in jail for a number of weeks in relation to other offences.

May 23 09:26

Austria sets a date for its snap election

Austria's snap election will be on October 15th, party chiefs agreed on Tuesday after the centrist coalition collapsed, the Austria Press Agency reported.

May 23 09:23

Germany and France vow to speed up eurozone integration

Core EU powers France and Germany vowed Monday to accelerate eurozone integration, with a new bilateral panel to work out ways to kickstart the reform process.
"We've been talking about progress in eurozone integration for years, but things are not moving fast enough," said France's new Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire in Berlin after talks with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schäuble.

"We have now decided to get things going more quickly and further in a very concrete manner," he said.

Schaeuble agreed that "we are convinced that Germany and France must take a leading role" in strengthening the European Union in challenging times.

May 23 09:21

EU Presidency Holder Malta Exposed as 'Pirate Base' for Global Tax Avoiders

New evidence from the European Investigative Collaborations has exposed the fact that Malta is actively marketing itself as a pirate base for tax avoidance inside the EU, welcoming large companies and wealthy private clients who try to dodge taxes in their home countries.

May 23 05:35

Terror Hits the UK…Again – And it Will Continue to Do So Until We Face the Reality of Our Situation

As news comes out about the latest terror attack in the UK, a nation is left wondering if the government can actually do anything to stop them happening, and if so, why have they not already done so.

May 22 09:36

Russians Are Laughing at the U.S., Not Just at Trump

This week, however, the Russian jokes at the expense of the U.S. got positively unpleasant. First, President Vladimir Putin offered to provide the U.S. Congress with a recording of Lavrov's conversation with Trump, in which the U.S. president allegedly revealed highly classified information (the word Putin used, zapis, cannot really be translated as "transcript", as the Kremlin later claimed). The suggestion, of course, was sheer mockery -- it's impossible to imagine the Congress making such a request of Putin, and U.S. legislators tried to answer Putin in kind, Senator Marco Rubio suggesting that if Putin sent the information by email, he "wouldn't click on the attachment."

May 22 09:34

EU humiliation as new military headquarters branded little more than 'a call centre'

The facility has been dismissed as a "call centre" that will be staffed by "eight to nine people" with other jobs.

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini confirmed the so-called Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC) facility would finally be formally launched in a few days.

Britain blocked the creation of the EU military, objecting to use of the words “operational HQ" in the text, but Whitehall sources said there was little concern about its remit.

May 22 09:28

DUI GIs? NATO Troops in Estonia Crash Three Vehicles in Two Day

NATO troops taking part in the Spring Storm 2017 drills in Estonia can't seem to catch a break. Local police have confirmed that an armored personnel carrier had run off the road and into a ditch on Friday evening, leaving two soldiers injured. This was the third traffic accident involving NATO troops just two days.

May 22 08:33

GREEK AUTHORITIES TO LAUNCH MASS CONFISCATION OF SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES, SECURITIES, HOMES IN TAX-EVASION CRACKDOWN

Last week, the Greek parliament once again approved more austerity to unlock withheld Greek bailout funds in Brussels: a symbolic move, which has little impact without any actual follow through, like for example, actually imposing austerity. And while Greeks have been very good in the former (i.e. promises), they have been severely lacking in the latter (i.e. delivery).

That may be changing. According to Kathimerini, Greek Finance Ministry inspectors are about to start seeking out the owners of all local undeclared properties, while the law will be amended to allow for financial products and the content of safe deposit boxes to be confiscated electronically. The plan for the identification of taxpayers who have “forgotten” to declare their properties to the tax authorities is expected to be ready by year-end, according to the timetable of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is instructive to watch what is going on with the governments of Greece and Venezuela, as this is precisely how the US government will be looting the property and assets of its citizens when the financial excrement hits the ventilation system once the US economy has crashed.

David Stockman sounds the alarm: Fiscal blooddbath and market crash to occur between August and November, 2017

May 22 07:41

Sweden: Immigrants Behind '9 Out of 10 Shootings'

A new report from the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter found immigrants were behind 90 out of 100 murder and assassination attempts with firearms in Sweden.

May 22 07:05

Greek Authorities To Launch Mass Confiscation Of Safe Deposit Boxes, Securities, Homes In Tax-Evasion Crackdown

The Greek parliament is set to pass regulations permitting the mass confiscation of safe deposit box contents and financial assets such as securities; tax authorities will be able to issue online confiscation notices and immediately get their hands on the contents of safe deposit boxes, confiscating cash, precious stones, jewelry and so on.

May 21 17:26

Britain is the 'loser' of the 21st Century: EU chief says Brussels to DOMINATE next decade

THE EU Foreign Affairs chief has mocked Britain as the "loser" of the 21st century as she predicted that the next decade will be dominated by the European Union.

May 21 17:23

FREXIT OVER: Marine Le Pen abandons plans to pull France out of EU after election loss

MARINE Le Pen is set to abandon plans to pull France out of the EU and restore the franc as she prepares for an overhaul of Front National policy.

May 21 09:18

Slovaks' Drive to Leave NATO Could 'Set a Precedent for Other Countries'

In an interview with Sputnik, Russian political analyst Anatoly Petrenko commented on the fact that more than 150,000 people have signed a petition calling for Slovakia's withdrawal from NATO; he said that it may set a precedent for other countries to follow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ordinary people across Europe do not want a new World War. They know part of it will be fought in their front yards, and they still see the scars remaining from the last two World Wars all around them.

May 20 20:29

UK to see uprising to OVERTURN Brexit and deliver REAL 'will of the people', editor claims

THE editor of anti-Brexit newspaper the New European predicts the UK will witness the rise of its own pro-EU candidate in the mould of Emmanuel Macron.

May 20 16:00

Flashback: Italy Becomes A Leading Destination For Migrants, Matching Greece

With close to 160,000 arrivals this year, Italy could surpass Greece as Europe's major migrant and refugee point of entry.

May 20 15:59

Italy makes 12 vaccinations compulsory for children

The government in Italy has ruled that children must be vaccinated against 12 common illnesses before they can enrol for state-run schools.

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni blamed a decrease in vaccinations in part on a "spread of anti-scientific theories".

Italy has recorded nearly three times as many measles cases so far this year than for all of 2016.

If children are not vaccinated by the age of six, the school starting age, their parents will be fined.

...

The twelve conditions children must be immunised against are:

polio
diphtheria
tetanus
hepatitis B
haemophilus influenzae B
meningitis B
meningitis C
measles
mumps
rubella
whooping cough
chickenpox

"We are sending a very strong message to the public," said Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin.

May 20 09:42

Migrants Gang Rape Woman In Wheelchair, Police Free Them For Sick Reason

A gang of 5 Muslim migrants brutally raped a wheelchair-bound woman for hours, forcing their handicapped victim to suffer through the most debauched torture imaginable. Just days after police arrested the rapists, however, they were released without any charges for one unbelievably sick reason.

Sweden was shocked when national headlines revealed that a handicapped woman in her 30s was overtaken by a group of at least 5 men who had forced their way into her house over the weekend in Visby. Aftonbladet reports that the woman shared a taxi with one of the men on a ride home from the pub before the suspect asked to use her restroom. It was after she let him in that his friends burst into the home and took turns raping her for several hours.

May 20 09:03

European Union Days Away From Launching Controversial New EU Military Headquarters In Brussels

EUROPEAN UNION LEADERS PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE CREATION OF AN EU MILITARY HEADQUARTERS WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS – AND WARN THAT BRITAIN MAY STILL BE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART, EVEN AFTER BREXIT

May 19 15:45

EU THREAT: Austria's eurosceptic Freedom Party close to power as government collapses

THE existence of the European Union has been put under threat once again as Austria’s populist Freedom Party looks set to win power.

May 19 15:44

Greece erupts in violence with POLICE OFFICERS fighting and trying to storm parliament

GREEK police officers on strike stormed the country’s parliament brawling with guards defending the government building as the row over austerity continued to rage.

May 19 14:31

The truth about the destabilization of Macedonia: NATO crashes "Silk Road in the valley of the Vardar "?

That is the devil to pay when they realized that the Chinese Silk Road announced the train from Piraeus to Budapest. Shortly after the US "stop" Russian gas pipeline "South Stream" resurrected "the Turkish Stream". And that "malign influence" of Russia and the East in the Balkans should be prevented. That's where the crisis in Macedonia.

When the US fight for his influence in the Balkans it is to "promote peace and stability in the region," and when does Russia, it is its "malign influence" in the Balkans.

Without any hesitation, citing this statement, said on Wednesday a senior official of the US State Department at the meeting of the Subcommittee on Foreign Relations. The same Hoyt Brian Yee who rushed to Skopje last days of April with its peacekeeping role.

May 19 13:17

Greek parliament passes austerity cuts as Molotov-throwing protesters clash with police in Athens

New pension cuts and severe tax hikes have been approved by the Greek parliament as thousands of demonstrators protested new austerity measures amid clashes with police, Molotov cocktails and tear gas in central Athens.
The latest batch of austerity measures was passed late on Thursday with 153 votes secured by the ruling coalition government of PM Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza party and the Independent Greeks (ANEL), while 128 opposition deputies voted against the measures in the 300-seat parliament.

WATCH MORE: Protesters clash with police at anti-austerity protest in Greece

People took to the streets of Greece’s capital for the second consecutive day to protest new pension and tax-break cuts. The protest turned violent at some point as a small group of masked demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at the police, who fired tear gas and pepper spray.

The protest was staged by the country’s major trade unions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will not end well.

The Greek government will may be looking at a bloody revolution, if there is not some movement away from the austerity cuts they have just voted in.

May 19 13:08

POLAND SAYS NO! They will not abide by the EU’s mandatory refugee quotas for one reason: “They don’t want Muslims”

Poland’s courageous female Prime Minister, Beata Szyd?o, says her country will accept no refugees as EU threatens legal action over quotas. Poland’s Right-wing government is standing firm after reversing former plan to resettle thousands of Muslim migrants.

May 19 10:18

‘No Deal Better Than Bad Deal’: Theresa May Manifesto Commits Tory MPs To ‘Hard Brexit’

Prime Minister Theresa May has effectively committed Tory MPs to backing her ‘hard Brexit’ stance of ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ by enshrining it in the party’s manifesto, released on Thursday.

May 19 10:02

'It's a never-ending depression!' ex-Greek finance minister rages at EU imposed austerity

FORMER Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis expressed outrage at the European Union saying the bloc is crushing the will of Greece.

Mr Varoufakis hit out at the Brussels bloc over its enforced austerity on the country and control over the Greek parliament.

Attending an anti-EU movement event in Athens, the economist said Greek MPs had voted for debt measures they “did not believe in”.

Greek MPs voted for a £4.3billion round of pension cuts and tax increases ahead of a meeting in Brussels to discuss further possible EU bailout funding.

Speaking at the DiEM25 session, Mr Varoufakis blasted Greece’s “never ending depression”.

May 19 09:45

EU Combined Military HQ To Be Launched ‘Within Days

European Union leaders plan to move forward with the creation of an EU military headquarters within the next few days – and warn that Britain may still be expected to take part, even after Brexit.
Plans to set up a joint Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC) facility, agreed by all 28 member states in March, had been stalled by British objections to the facility having an operational military role.

But speaking to reports in Brussels following a meeting of EU defence ministers on Thursday, the EU’s Foreign Affairs commissioner Federica Mogherini said the path was now clear, and plans would be progressed within the next few days.

“I understand it is finalised. I understand we have a couple of days to have the official text in place,” she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but just why does the EU need a standing military?!?

For financial and regulatory enforcement, if Brussels feels member nations are not "paying their fair share", or if they decide to leave?!?

What precisely, will be their mission?!?

And why now?!?

These are all troubling signs, because as thinking people know, to establish a military means that there is a strong desire to use that against some alleged "existential threat".

And just what is the "threat" to the EU, now that Britain has broken away with the Brexit?!? IS this military force being established to prevent other member nations from leaving?!?

And is this not the polar opposite of that value, enshrined in the UN charter, which is peaceful self-determination?!?

I have infinitely more questions than answers here.

May 19 08:58

Deutsche Börse boss blasted by investors for not factoring Brexit in failed LSE deal

THE boss of Deutsche Börse has been attacked by investors over the German company's failed merger with the London Stock Exchange Group (LSE).

May 19 08:57

Brussels V Germany: EU Brexit negotiator warns Merkel's £85bn demand could COLLAPSE talks

The French and German leaders want to increase the UK's exit bill to an eye-watering £85 billion, according to reports.

But EU negotiator Michel Barnier is worried the demands for a hefty Brexit bill could derail the upcoming talks.

New European Commission meeting minutes lay bare Mr Barnier's anxiety about Britain refusing to pay up.

May 19 08:44

Harsh Cold, Not Russia US Marines' Enemy in Norway

Hundreds of soldiers from the US Marine Corps landed in Norway earlier this year to protect the Nordic country from the perceived Russian threat. However, they were faced with a more extreme (and real) threat, which they so far have no answer to.

US Marines from the Værnes garrison that took part in the exercise Joint Viking near the Norwegian-Russian border found their cold-weather gear unfit for the extreme Nordic cold and may be facing an equipment overhaul. The drills held in the snow-covered barren Arctic landscape helped reveal crucial deficiencies in the US Marines' equipment.

May 19 08:43

MEPs Slam European Central Bank for 'Inflicting Years of Austerity'

MEPs have slammed the German-based European Central Bank (ECB) for "dictating monetary policies across the Eurozone" and has "inflicted years of austerity amongst the EU's southern member states" in a further example of the north-south split within the eurozone.

May 19 08:37

Prominent Populists Meet in Milan to Discuss Future of EU, Making Europe Great Again

A group of leading populist thinkers met in Milan Thursday to discuss the future of Europe and especially the relationship between the European Union (EU) and its individual member states.

A growing malaise has been sweeping Europe as citizens grow progressively more distrustful of the European Union and desirous of recovering the sovereignty of their own nations and of taking back responsibility for their own destinies.

May 19 08:15

Defying leaders, Norway trade unionists endorse Israel boycott

Norway’s largest and most influential trade union organization has called for a full boycott of Israel.

Last Friday, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) voted to endorse a statement that embraces the entire slate of demands in the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

The Palestinian BDS National Committee hailed the decision as courageous and urged LO to pressure the Norwegian government to end military ties with Israel.

May 19 07:43

Spain urges Catalonia to debate independence in Parliament

The Spanish government has called on Catalan president Carles Puigdemont to present his proposal for a regional independence referendum before Parliament because the issue affects all of Spain and would require a change in the country's constitution.

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria made the offer Friday in apparent response to complaints by Puigdemont that Spain refuses to discuss his regional government's secession demands.

The government says it cannot permit a secession referendum as it is unconstitutional.

May 18 09:45

EU prepares to unleash ‘NUCLEAR OPTION’ on Hungary: Brussels loses patience with Orban

THE EUROPEAN UNION is considering the extraordinary step of stripping Hungary of its voting rights in Brussels following a “serious deterioration” in the country’s stance with the bloc.

MEPs last night voted heavily in favour of taking sanctions against the state for a “serious and persistent” breach in EU values including accepting migration quotas.

May 18 09:24

Who's at the Controls on KLM? Sometimes, the Dutch King

The Dutch King has got himself a part-time gig. Take note Great Britain.

For two decades, the king of the Netherlands has been putting the royal in KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

King Willem-Alexander said in an interview published Wednesday that for the last 21 years, he has flown twice a month as a commercial airline co-pilot for KLM's Cityhopper subsidiary, a regional carrier that flies among European cities.

He was seldom recognized in uniform, particularly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when safety protocols were introduced to limit access to cockpits, he said.

May 18 09:09

Meanwhile... In Greece

You know it's bad when the police are rioting against the new austerity measures assigned from Brussels...

As KeepTalkingGreece reports, tension between protesters from police, fire brigades and coast guard on one side and riot police on the other side broke out shortly after 8 o’ clock in the evening on Wednesday when the angry protesters tried to break the police cordon and enter the Greek Parliament.

Members of of the Greek Police, the Fire Brigades and the Coast Guard marched to the Parliament on the general strike day protesting the new austerity package that will be voted on Thursday at the Parliament.

A day earlier, the Police Union had warned that the government will find them on the opposite side. According to Greek media, the government considers to add some last minutes modifications in the 4.90-billion euro omnibus bill to exempt the Armed Forces from further cuts in wages, pensions and some benefits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Greek government should "pull an Iceland", declare their debt to Brussels odious, and put the politicians, Eurocrats, and bankers who put the Greek people into such a grinding state of austerity (read: utter poverty), in jail.

I have a feeling that regardless of what happens next, a Grexit is in the works, for sure, here.

May 18 07:30

Irish MEP tears into EU Commissioner for 'spiteful' approach to the Brexit talks

Mr Flanagan accused Commissioners of approaching the Brexit talks negatively but Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, insisted he treated the negotiations seriously.

Speaking at the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Flanagan highlighted previous comments that Commissioners would not spend more than half an hour a week on the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Addressing Commissioners, he said: “We do have a problem with the attitude of the Commission when we hear things like ‘I won’t be spending any more than 30 minutes per week, Brexit will never be a success'.

May 18 07:30

'You may have crushed Greece, you ain’t gonna do it to us!' Farage savages EU in epic rant

THE European Union may have crushed Greece’s democracy but Brussels will never destroy the UK’s sovereignty, Nigel Farage warned the bloc.

May 18 07:26

Germany to Introduce Border Control During July G20 Summit

Germany will introduce checks at its borders in order to ensure security during the July G20 summit in Hamburg, local media reported Wednesday, citing the German Interior Ministry.

May 17 11:33

Video: Changing EU Treaty ‘Not Taboo’ For France Anymore – Macron After Meeting Merkel

The European Union’s need for deep reforms is so dire that even the idea of changing the EU treaty is “not taboo,” new French President Emmanuel Macron said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday.

May 17 08:34

Dutch Coalition Talks Collapse Over Immigration Deal Disagreement

The Netherlands remains without a government 61 days after the country's general election after talks about forming a coalition broke down. The sticking point remains the question of immigration.

May 17 08:33

Almost half German companies favor 'hard Brexit' Single Market exclusion for UK – survey

Very nearly half of German enterprises support the idea of completely excluding the UK from the EU Single Market if it does not adhere to the principle of four freedoms, a recent survey conducted by the multinational professional services firm Deloitte says.

May 17 08:33

Even local EU parliaments could now derail quick post-Brexit trade deal

Plans for a speedy post-Brexit trade deal have been dealt a blow by Europe’s top court, which has ruled that every national and regional parliament in the EU must sign off on some elements of future agreements.

May 17 08:32

LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS, LADIES! Muslim gangs are attacking people, especially women, at stoplights

UK female drivers are being warned about Muslim male gangs who have been attempting to get into cars stopped at traffic lights. Recently, several women in the Stockport area have reportedly been approached and intimidated by groups of Muslim men while waiting for stoplights to change.

May 17 07:48

UK POLICE CHARGE ACTIVIST UNDER TERRORISM LAW FOR REFUSING TO HAND OVER PASSWORDS

On Sunday May 14, Middle East Eye reported that Muhammad Rabbani, the director of human rights group CAGE that focuses on terrorism cases, was arrested after refusing to give up his phone and computer passwords while crossing the UK border in 2016. Now, the Metropolitan Police has formally charged Rabbani for obstructing an examination under a controversial piece of terrorism legislation. Experts say this may be the first arrest made for refusing to disclose a password under that specific section, and that the legislation grants police officers sweeping powers to search individuals and their devices without the approval of a judge.

May 16 12:13

Azerbaijan hits Armenian missile system in Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry says it has destroyed an Armenian air defense missile system in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Nagorno-Karabakh is officially part of Azerbaijan, but since a separatist war ended in 1994 it has been under the control of forces that claim to be local ethnic Armenians but that Azerbaijan claims include regular Armenian military. Efforts to negotiate a settlement have failed, and frequent clashes have continued.

Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said its forces on Monday destroyed an Osa air defense system along with its crew, adding that its deployment near the line of control was a "provocation" and a threat to Azerbaijani aircraft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and Russia have it in their collective best interests to calm down this flash point in Eastern Europe, because hostilities could spark a regional, if not a world war.

May 16 11:39

Jewish life in Iran was 'always better than in Europe'

Iran is frequently at odds with Israel, despite having the second biggest Jewish community in the Middle East. DW's Theresa Tropper spoke with the director of Tehran's Jewish Committee, about why that is the case.

DW: How is life as a Jew in the Islamic Republic?

Siamak Morsadegh: It's a lot better than many people think. Jews are a recognized minority here, so we can practice our religion freely. We have more than 20 working synagogues in Tehran and at least five kosher butcheries. In some European countries that is not allowed because of animal rights. In Iran, it is.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Beautifully said, and eloquently spoken!!!

But this has been a source of friction for the Israeli government for years, because Jews in Iran generally are living so well that they see no point in "making Aliyah" (immigrating) to Israel.

Unfortunately, the government in Tehran is in Israel's crosshairs, and the Israelis are slobbering all over themselves to figure out a way to regime change Iran; and also unfortunately, President Trump may just attempt to do this before he leaves office, potentially putting the US military squarely in confrontation with Russia, whose military and civilian leadership have always said that should Iran be attacked, it will come to Iran's aid.

And to that potential end, comes the following, very disturbing story from 13 May of this year:

War with Iran Seems Likely as Trump Cosies Up with Saudi Arabia

Such a war would very likely see the return of the draft in this country, for both our young men and our young women, as our troops are stretched so thinly right now.

May 16 09:55

How the Migrant Invasion Made Me Become a Trad Wife

Nicole Jorgenson is a mother, classically trained singer, and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Nicole joins us for a lively talk about her life, ideological journey, and the overall state of the world. To begin, she tells us about her background. Nicole was raised in rural South Dakota, and later moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. She describes the initial culture shock, and how she was sucked into the liberal hivemind. We then learn about her experiences living and working in Germany. Nicole witnessed firsthand Germany’s ongoing demographic transition – a transition that led to her feeling unsafe in this formerly idyllic European nation. Our show covers many more topics, including Nicole’s work on Indian reservations and refugees being relocated to North Dakota.

May 16 09:50

Pagan Ireland and the Survival of the European Worldview

“Our natural magic is but the ancient religion of the world- the ancient worship of nature.” -W.B. Yeats

May 16 09:35

NATO BUILDS INFRASTRUCTURE FOR PERMANENT MILITARY PRESENCE NEAR RUSSIA'S BORDERS

A group of about 50 combat engineers based at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown were deployed to Latvia on April 29 as part of Operation Reassurance. The mission is to build a town for 500 soldiers. According to commanding officer Lt.-Col. Chris Cotton, the installation will have «everything you would expect in a small town, from its kitchen to its quarters, its electrical distribution system, water distribution system, internet, gym facilities that would allow people to survive over the long term in Latvia». Obviously, this is an element of vast infrastructure to provide for a long-term commitment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These massive, permanent deployments, coupled with these exercises, not auger well for peace between Russia and Europe at all.

May 16 09:07

Sweden: 70yo Woman Prosecuted For Complaining About Migrants Defecating In The Streets

A 70-year-old Swedish woman is facing up to four years in prison for complaining on Facebook about migrants defecating in the streets.

May 16 09:07

SHOCK VIDEO: 'Migrant Beats Up Dutch Boy On Crutches After Threatening Him'

Shocking video out of the Netherlands shows a young Dutch boy on crutches getting "beaten up by a migrant."

May 15 12:46

Swedish Police Brace For Forced Marriage ‘High Season’ Amid Zero Convictions

With the summer vacation approaching, the “high season” of forced marriages, where young girls are often lured abroad to be married off, is creeping closer, the Swedish police have warned. Despite their efforts, the Swedish authorities seem unable to do anything about it.

May 15 11:06

The European Commission doesn’t agree with the ECB…

In the Eurozone it’s not just the European Central Bank which publishes its forecasts on a regular basis, but the European Commission also releases its own expectations. And those don’t necessarily agree with the ECB’s assessments!

May 15 09:10

EXPOSED: Report CONFIRMS BBC was ‘strongly biased AGAINST Brexit’ in run-up to referendum

The analysis by monitoring group News-Watch looked at Radio 4's flagship morning news programme Today and concluded that there was "overwhelming negativity" about Leaving the EU.

During the six three-hour morning shows from Monday 29 March to Saturday 4 April, Today fielded 124 guests on Article 50 but only eight, 6.5 per cent, were "given the space to make substantive arguments that the future for the UK outside the EU would yield significant benefits".

It also claimed that in the survey period BBC correspondents "displayed what can only be described as a strong common editorial bias against Brexit".

The report has added fuel to concerns that the Corporation has been covertly backing the continuing Remain campaign despite being funded by the taxpayer through the licence fee and having a duty to be impartial.

May 15 09:07

EU Army WILL happen: Juncker admits joint force as France and Germany start defence fund

JEAN-CLAUDE JUNKER has finally admitted plans for an European Union (EU) Army after it emerged France and Germany are behind a joint defence fund to pay for drones and robots to bolster protection of the bloc.

May 15 09:03

It’s Really Crazy What This ECB Has Wrought

In the land of NIRP refugees and “Reverse Yankees,” who will get crushed?

May 15 08:55

This FINAL BLOW will take down the EU

May 15 08:38

EU army next? Brussels in a unique position to provide WORLDWIDE security – chief claims

THE European Union is in a unique position to provide global security, the Commission’s vice-president has claimed.

May 15 07:13

HUNGARY UNVEILS NEW ELECTRIFIED BORDER WALL, WATCH TOWERS, AND GUARDS WITH MACHINE GUNS

The country of Hungary, 95% of whose citizens opposed European Union migrant quotas in a recent referendum, has reportedly electrified key portions of their border fence.

According to Index.hu, when approaching the border outside of authorized border crossings, those attempting to enter the country will be met with warning signs in Hungarian, Serbian and Arabic advising them that the fence has been electrified.

Kit Daniels reports:

It may not be a full fence shield, but there are fixed wires running parallel to the ground,” reported journalist András Földes. “The 12 wires mounted on insulated points are visible on both fences of the double fence, with insulated portions on the inside of the fences since it’s assumed they [the migrants] will only come from the outside if they come in.”

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Apparently, for the Hungarian government, they take the issue of illegal immigration just as seriously as they would a heart attack; and frankly, I do not blame them.

But what ultimately has to stop are all the horrific wars which are driving people out of their home countries!!

May 15 07:04

HUNGARY UNVEILS NEW ELECTRIFIED BORDER WALL, WATCH TOWERS, AND GUARDS WITH MACHINE GUNS

The country of Hungary, 95% of whose citizens opposed European Union migrant quotas in a recent referendum, has reportedly electrified key portions of their border fence. According to Index.hu, when approaching the border outside of authorized border crossings, those attempting to enter the country will be met with warning signs in Hungarian, Serbian and Arabic advising them that the fence has been electrified.

May 14 09:54

Draghi Says Anyone Leaving the EU Must Pay But EU Will Not Refund Surpluses

In the Netherlands, the Forum For Democracy leader Thierry Baudet confronted Mario Draghi of the ECB asking that since he had said anyone leaving must pay the ECB and exit fee of whatever they owe, he said that since the Netherlands had €100bn surplus at the ECB they should get it back is others who owe the ECB must pay.

May 13 09:47

Norway’s Largest Trade Union Federation Endorses Full Boycott of Israel to Advance Palestinian Human Rights

The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), representing close to one million workers, has endorsed a full boycott of Israel to achieve Palestinian rights under international law. LO is the largest and most influential umbrella organization of labor unions in Norway.

May 12 18:51

In Bleak Prognosis, Italy’s Financial Regulator Threatens EU with Return to a “National Currency”

Because Italy’s banking crisis and other problems have not been solved.

May 12 09:38

Kadima! En Marche!

After having successively elected an agent of the CIA and an employee of the emirs of the Gulf to the Presidency of the French Republic, the French have been ripped off a third time, this time by an Israeli product. They believe that they have chased away the spectre of fascism by voting for a candidate supported by NATO, the Rothschilds, all the companies of the CAC40 and the unanimous Press. Far from understanding their mistake, they are still in a trance, and will probably not wake up before the end of the general elections.

May 12 07:19

IMF "suggesting" a 10% tax on all money on deposit in banks throughout Europe

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is always the cheerleader to raise taxes to support government they are instructing Germany to raise taxes and also talking about just imposing a 10% tax on all money on deposit in banks throughout Europe. Yes – you read that one correctly.

May 11 20:09

'US likely to expand airline laptop ban to Europe'

The Trump administration is likely to expand a ban on laptops on commercial aircraft to include some European countries, but is reviewing how to ensure lithium batteries stored in luggage holds do not explode in midair, officials briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

May 11 12:04

HYPOCRITE: OBAMA GOES TO “CLIMATE CHANGE SPEECH” IN ITALY, STAYS IN $20K/NIGHT VILLA, TAKES PRIVATE JET, HAS 14 CAR CONVOY, 300 COPS. CARBON FOOTPRINT? MORE THAN YOU OR ME IN A YEAR?

It’s one thing if one makes one’s money in private industry where one must negotiate the whims of the market (at least to some degree) on the way to riches. (Hell, if one inherited money at least one is spending one’s own money.) It is quite another for someone to make one’s bones as a politician like Obama has. As Truman said, one can’t get rich in politics unless one is a crook. Well, here you go. Case in point.

May 11 10:58

Action against NATO summit on 24 and 25 May: war criminals are not welcome

On 24 and 25 May (Ascension Day), NATO leaders will come to Brussels for an important NATO summit and the inauguration of the new headquarters. Donald Trump, the United States president, will be present with a clear message to all NATO members: investing more of their budget in defense and military industry. Dutch and Belgian peacekeeping forces call in collaboration with international partners to participate in various actions to show that these warriors are not welcome.

The upcoming NATO Summit will be the first to be joined by US President Trump. The summit will take place in the brand new NATO headquarters in Brussels.

NATO and its member states carry out illegal wars and military interventions from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. They wake up international instability and promote arms trade and militarization. NATO continues to choose the greatest threat of humanity: nuclear weapons.

May 11 09:46

More than 50% of Brits are Convinced That the EU is Trying to Derail Brexit in the June Election

A major new poll from YouGov has shown that more than half of Brits believe that the EU is trying to influence the outcome of the General Election on June 8th. The polling was carried out in response to British Prime Minister, Theresa May, making a statement that The European Union was attempting to derail the Brexit process.

May 11 09:42

Austria on the edge: Government set to COLLAPSE - and it could cause an EU nightmare

AUSTRIA’S government is on the verge of collapse due to a shock resignation, opening the door to the far-right Freedom Party.

And the crisis could a huge headache for Brussels as the anti-EU Freedom Party is currently leading in the polls.

Yesterday the future of the coalition government was thrown into doubt after Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner resigned, prompting calls for an election.

May 11 07:36

The 'Whole World Now Has Evidence' OSCE Behind 'Greater Albania' Project

Serbian Prime Minister and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic commented to Sputnik on the recent remarks of former head of the OSCE verification mission in Kosovo William Walker that he "has a project to unite Albanians," saying that the 'Greater Albania' project was used as a pretext for NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia.

May 11 07:16

Buying respect for Israel in Brussels

Rogues can buy respectability – or a semblance of it.

The cigarette industry provides a textbook example of how to exert pressure by stealth. Knowing that its public image is toxic, it funds various front groups to cajole the powerful.

The European Policy Centre is one such group. It was established in the 1990s by the late Stanley Crossick, a consultant for British American Tobacco. Before long, Crossick’s outfit was styling itself as one of the leading “think tanks” in Brussels, deftly pushing an agenda favored by big corporations.

Political and business representatives continue to mingle at its invitation-only events today; the cigarette industry remains an important, if discreet, sponsor.

Has the European Policy Centre now offered its services to the Israel lobby?

May 10 11:30

‘Brexit Means Brexit’ Tour Of London Offered To Americans… For A Mere $6K

The New York Times is cashing in on Britain’s split from the EU by offering a ‘Brexit Means Brexit Tour’ of London to American tourists who want to explore the issue, and don’t mind paying thousands for the pleasure.

May 10 09:45

The Color Revolution Continues In Macedonia

By Brandon Turbeville

Macedonia may at first seem an unlikely target of the Anglo-American color revolution apparatus, but the truth is that the small country is now the latest battleground in a proxy war between Russia and the West. Not only are the two sides competing for influence over the domestic affairs and political decisions of the Macedonian government, there is also the question of geopolitical positions and the agenda of the creation of micro-states and mini-states. Most notably, however, is the interest regarding the Balkan Stream pipeline (aka the Turkish Stream Pipeline)...

May 10 08:47

'It was a MISTAKE' Spanish diplomat rips into Germany for shameless bid for EU expansion

Marcelino Oreja, who was in power during the European Union's mass expansion, blamed Germany for letting in too many countries too soon into the European Union.

The Spanish diplomat said reckless German leaders had falsely promised that expansion "would not create problems" during an interview on Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

Mr Oreja claims that this rushed growth backfired badly across Europe and provoked Brexit anger.

May 10 08:46

'Brussels-ordered COUP' Thousands REVOLT over 'EU meddling' in another European country

THOUSANDS protested outside the EU delegation embassy in Macedonia, amid allegations that the Brussels bloc has 'chosen their leaders'.

May 10 07:06

EXPOSED: The 140 shock orders EU is demanding Greece to adhere to for a bailout deal

A SHOCK document has been released revealing the 140 EU orders Greece must obey before the release of the next instalment of its multi-billion-dollar bailout.

The extensive list of austerity measures, including crippling pension cuts and major tax rises, could devastate the stricken Mediterranean country already on its knees as it is scrambles to meet strict requirements.

May 09 19:25

Pharma Company Threatens Shortages to Hike Up Cancer Drug Prices by 4000%

Waking Times

There is not lack of controversy in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly when it comes to drug prices. Unethical, profit-generating tactics used by Big Pharma have never been clearer than the recent actions taken by South African Aspen Pharmacare. This company tried to drive up the price of five different cancer drugs as much as 4,000 percent. Moreover, it threatened to stop supplying the much-needed medication if health authorities didn’t agree to the higher prices.

May 09 18:30

Europe: How Billions Vanish Into the Security Industry Black Hole

The European Union spends billions on research into advanced technologies meant to make society safer. But our investigation – with 22 journalists in 11 countries – shows that the generous subsidies are mostly good for one thing: filling the coffers of the security industry.

May 09 09:28

BRITAIN’S MINORITY REPORT STYLE ‘PRE-CRIME’ PROGRAMME UNEXPECTEDLY UNEARTHED

Today we live in an age where there is a technology battle front being waged against citizens of the West and the people are losing it on every front – nowhere is that battle raging most in Western democracies than in Britain. Britain already has a reputation for deploying the most intrusive surveillance systems against its own people in the Western world. Widely reported just a few days ago, it appears the government has just awarded itself the ability to monitor and surveil the live communications of the British general public at will. In addition, it also forces encryption backdoors to be made available to the authorities by privacy driven communications services such as WhatsApp. This is an exploit that will see a considerable degrading of security for everyone in Britain, which will inevitably lead to hugely increased hacking by criminals.

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May 09 09:00

EXCLUSIVE: ‘It Was An Invasion’: How Hungary Managed To Erase Illegal Immigration In Just A Few Months

When other countries welcomed refugees with open arms, Hungary decided it was time to eradicate illegal immigration at any cost.

The country succeeded, but that success damaged relations with the European Union in the process.

May 08 16:44

Negative interest-rates and QE have created a house price boom in Germany

A feature of these times is that is called easy monetary policy and this is particularly true in the Euro area.

May 08 13:55

Where the Heck is the Macron-Victory Rally? Everything Is Fizzling.

It was a historic election in France: Emmanuel Macron will become the youngest president in French history, and the first one ever whose party “En Marche!” doesn’t have a single representative in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament.

May 08 12:41

Rape Legalization Gains Ground Amid Migrant Influx in Europe

France, Sweden, Germany and other European nations are on a path to legalize rape committed by migrants because it’s “their culture.”

As shocking as this might seem, a recent number of rapists who avoided severe punishment suggests there’s a precedent already in place to decriminalize rapes by migrants because they don’t “culturally understand” Western rape laws or even the word “no.”

In short, rapes by migrants are downplayed as “cultural misunderstandings” and thus the victims never receive justice, meaning that “de facto” rape legalization is, for the most part, already in place.

For example, a German judge recently acquitted a Turkish drug dealer of rape despite believing “every word” of the 23-year-old victim’s accusation because, according to the judge, what the victim “had experienced as rape,” including having her head shoved between two bed posts after she said no, might be “culturally” considered “wild sex” in Turkey.

May 08 12:40

Hungary Demands ‘Coward’ EU Vice-President Resign After He Brands Criticism of Soros ‘Anti-Semitic’

Hungary has demanded the resignation of the European Commission’s First Vice-president, Frans Timmermans, after he branded Prime Minister Viktor Orbán an anti-Semite for criticising billionaire mass immigration campaigner George Soros.

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