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Oct 23 12:46

NATO Sends 50,000 Troops to Largest Exercise Since Cold War

US Marines are landing in Iceland and warplanes are flying overhead in Scandinavia, just days ahead of the kickoff of Trident Juncture. The annual exercise, focused on the Arctic Circle and Scandinavia, is set to be the largest operation since the Cold War.

31 countries are involved, 29 NATO members and Finland and Sweden. They will overall be sending 50,000 troops, 10,000 vehicles, 150 warplanes and 65 ships. Starting Thursday, the exercise will last a month.

And while officials insist it’s not strictly along the Russian border, Russian military officials say it is close enough, and clearly targeted at growing Russian interests in the Arctic Circle, as warmer temperatures open up new route.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF EVER, in its history, this country needed a Department of Peace, to determine how peaceful, hard won negotiations could win the day, rather than through war, it needs such a department right NOW!!

Oct 23 12:41

Poking the Russian Bear With the NATO Umbrella

Some terrible foreign policy ideas seem to have eternal life. One example is the proposal to expand NATO yet again by offering membership to Georgia and Ukraine. That campaign has gone on for more than a decade and is a significant factor in the West’s deteriorating relations with Russia.

Despite the intra-Alliance resistance to the Bush administration’s campaign to offer MAPs to Kiev and Tbilisi, though, the outcome of the Bucharest summit was not a total defeat for U.S. ambitions. The summit’s final declaration stated that “NATO welcomes Ukraine’s and Georgia’s Euro Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO. We agreed today that these countries will become members of NATO.” There was no timetable but the ultimate outcome seemed clear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pushing NATO into a war with Russia, and particularly at this juncture in history, is a terrible, terrible mistake.

Unfortunately for the US, just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is utterly no guarantee that the US will not do it.

Oct 23 08:39

Sweden Not a Socialist Success

Oct 23 08:17

Thousands of Swedes are getting microchip IDs inserted into their hands to swipe into homes, offices, concerts and even to access social media

More than 4,000 Swedes are being implanted with a microchip that contains details about their identity.

Oct 23 06:49

UN says over 45,000 migrants reached Spain this year

Spain has received more migrants via the Mediterranean Sea so far this year than it did in the previous three years combined, according to the UN migration agency. The Geneva-based International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday that 45,145 men, women and children entered Spain through the western Mediterranean route through October 21. That was almost half of the more than 94,000 migrants who have this year entered Europe by sea from North Africa, AP reports.

Oct 22 11:39

Italy Responds To EU Commission, Admits Deficit Breach But Refuses To Budge

Initial relief over a favorable Moody's downgrade of Italy, which pushed the rating just one notch above junk but kept the outlook stable (which in turn prompted the following sarcastic remark from Deutsche Bank's Jim Reid "If there’s one thing the outlook isn’t for Italy at the moment it’s stable but rating agencies are unlikely to want to create a vicious circle") faded after Italy’s populist government promised it won’t let its budget deficit widen further than currently planned and called for dialogue with the European Union to address their differences.

In its letter response to the European Commission published Monday and seen by Bloomberg, Italy acknowledged Europe's concerns about the budget, but refused to change the proposed plan.

Oct 22 09:03

US orchestrated unfair vote in Macedonian parliament on name change - Russian FM

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that the US orchestrated an “unfair vote” in the Macedonian parliament which approved the country’s name change, despite a failed popular referendum.

The Macedonian parliament last weekend narrowly greenlighted the name change which signals a “brighter future” with NATO, but Macedonian voters by-and-large boycotted the referendum, with only 36.9 percent of eligible voters participating.

Earlier, the US State Department had urged the Macedonian opposition to vote for the name change despite the failed referendum, which was rendered invalid due to the low turnout.

Oct 22 07:36

DOMINIC SANDBROOK: As a remainer, I’m convinced a ‘people’s vote’ would be a terrible idea

A second referendum would be a disgraceful betrayal of democracy and an insult to the 17.4 million people who voted in 2016 – and I write that as somebody who voted Remain.

Almost everything about the so-called People’s Vote effort is bogus. It claims to be a ‘grassroots campaign’, yet its headquarters are in Millbank Tower, the architectural embodiment of the Westminster establishment.

Far from being organised from the bottom up, it is actually a front for the lobby group Open Britain, a direct successor of the Remain campaign. It is backed by such ‘grassroots’ Britons as Lord Mandelson, Sir Vince Cable and Sir Nick Clegg, while its online adverts rely heavily on millionaire celebrities such as Gary Lineker, Patrick Stewart and Steve Coogan.

The very name People’s Vote is, of course, pure spin. We already had a people’s vote in 2016 – the biggest in history.

Oct 21 18:13

Germany sees Russia as stable energy partner as US demands Europe dump Nord Stream 2 pipeline

The pipe will go through the territorial waters of Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The project, led by the subsidiary of Russian energy giant Gazprom, is being implemented in cooperation with German energy firms Wintershall and Uniper, French multinational Engie, British-Dutch oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell, and Austrian energy company OMV.

The White House has repeatedly slammed the pipeline, threatening to impose sanctions on the European corporations that are participating in the project. Nord Stream 2 has also been opposed by some Eastern European nations, including Ukraine and Poland.

However, construction work is well underway with Nord Stream 2 AG, the company in charge of the project, receiving the final permits from Germany, Finland and Sweden.

Germany, which currently gets around 60 percent of its natural gas imports from Russia, is not planning to give up on the project, which is set to boost the country’s energy security.

Oct 21 09:41

The European Financial Establishment Just Declared War On Italy

This week in a CNBC interview Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the former Dutch minister of finance who served as the President of the Eurogroup, declared war on the Italian government.

The European financial establishment is prepared to destroy the banking system and cause the Italian economy to implode. Like a Mafia boss, Dijsselbloem warned that Italy could run into trouble if it does not comply with Brussels’ directives. Of course, his statement was cloaked in diplomatic language:

“If the Italian crisis becomes a major crisis, it will mainly implode into the Italian economy … as opposed to spreading around Europe,” he said.

“Because of the way that the Italian economy and the Italian banks are financed, it’s going to be an implosion rather than an explosion.”

Oct 19 18:06

Italy’s Debt Crisis Thickens

Oct 19 14:52

Macedonian Parliament Passes Constitutional Amendments to Change Country's Name

Macedonian Parliament has passed the constitutional amendments to change the name of the country to facilitate accession to NATO and EU.

The website of the Macedonian Parliament released an announcement that it had passed the constitutional amendments to change the country's name.

A total of 80 lawmakers out of 120 voted in favor of the name change securing the majority required to pass the bill.

Oct 18 18:27

The German Bankers who Helped Spain Conquer the Americas and Poison the Poor

From the late 1400’s to the early 1600’s, a German banking family influenced world events and quietly ruled over an extremely influential role in history. The Fuggers of Augsburg were among Europe’s leading merchant-bankers as they were called, combining financial services with long distance trade.

Oct 18 11:47

Another YEAR of Brexit? Fury over claims May 'will keep UK tied to the EU for 12 MORE months' - after bloc's leaders dismiss her compromise plea and DITCH crunch summit

Theresa May's desperate plea for EU leaders to show 'courage' to break the deadlock in Brexit talks fell flat tonight - amid claims she could keep Britain lashed to the bloc for another year to ease the Irish border standoff.

The PM was accused of having 'nothing new' to say after she urged counterparts to be 'creative' as negotiations threaten to collapse into disarray.

A summit pencilled in for next month to seal a divorce package has now been shelved, effectively ruling out any kind of resolution before December.

And to make matters worse Mrs May is facing a furious backlash from Brexiteers and the DUP after EU sources claimed the premier had said she was considering extending the mooted transition period for another year beyond the end of 2020.

Oct 18 08:47

Brexit deal latest – Theresa May is ‘convinced’ she’ll get a deal with the EU but warns of ‘difficult moments’ as talks continue

Top Eurocrat Jean-Claude Juncker said a controversial extension of the Brexit transition period "probably will happen" after meeting Mrs May at the crunch Brussels summit.

The PM has faced a furious backlash from her own MPs worried about a further delay to Brexit.

The plan could cost the UK as much as £16billion as we continue to contribute to the Brussels budget, according to top Tories.

Oct 18 08:47

VIDEO: British Man Encounters A Shocking 'Gender Neutral' Crosswalk In London

This video is particularly hilarious. A normal guy in London comes across a 'gender-fluid' crosswalk. His reaction is priceless.

Oct 17 13:13

Italy Sends it Budget to Brussels

Oct 17 11:50

NATO cyber command to be fully operational in 2023

A new NATO military command centre to deter computer hackers should be fully staffed in 2023 and able to mount its own cyber attacks but the alliance is still grappling with ground rules for doing so, a senior general said on Tuesday.

Oct 17 09:10

Google to start charging European smartphone makers to use its app store and apps to 'offset lost revenue' after record $5bn EU antitrust fine

The tech giant will charge smartphone makers a licensing fee for using its popular Google Play app store and also allow them to use rival versions of its Android mobile operating system to comply with an EU antitrust order.

Oct 16 11:09

Brexit BREAKTHROUGH: Gibraltar border row with Spain SOLVED - now onto Ireland

A BREXIT deal for Gibraltar is “almost complete”, the territory’s government has confirmed, leaving the Irish border issue as the final obstacle to securing a withdrawal agreement with Theresa May left with 48 hours to save Brexit.

Oct 16 08:57

Hungary raises gold reserves tenfold on safety concerns

Hungary’s central bank has announced the country has boosted its gold reserves tenfold to 31.5 tons. The regulator says it wants to improve the security of the nation’s wealth and to reduce risks.

Oct 16 08:51

France deliberately dropped off migrants in Italian woods, Salvini says

Italian anti-immigration leader Matteo Salvini has labeled French President Emmanuel Macron an “international embarrassment” after policemen were spotted dropping off migrants in an Italian forest on the countries’ shared border.

The right-wing Northern League party leader and the country's Interior minister said the French authorities’ drop off of the migrants in Italian territory “is an unprecedented offence against Italy” and said in an Instagram post on Tuesday that “we don’t accept apologies”.

Oct 15 14:40

The ECB on the Verge of Collapse?

Oct 15 14:31

Should the ECB be reformed and how?

Oct 15 10:23

Dutch General Accuses Russia of Trying to 'Provoke' NATO Marines in Arctic

Earlier, NATO's supreme allied commander said that the US military was putting Russia "on notice" by deploying a carrier battle group to Norway for massive alliance drills later this month.

Dutch Marine Corps director of operations Gen Jeff Mac Mootry has accused the Russian military of trying to provoke NATO marines operating in the Arctic Circle.

"What we see is there is an increasing interest of Russian naval vessels when we exercise," he said, speaking to the Telegraph at a briefing in Rotterdam.

Oct 15 01:13

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry expecting a baby in the spring

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting a baby in the spring, Kensington Palace has announced.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who wed in May, are currently in Australia for a 16-day tour, their first trip as a married couple.

Oct 14 10:03

Danish Bill Proposes 12 Years in Prison for 'Pro-Russia' Opinion

Danish lawmakers have gone on the offensive against interference in public debate, sparking criticism that a new proposal, which could entail criminal liability for expressing opinions similar to those of Moscow, may become a step toward silencing public debate.

Oct 14 08:18

CONGRESS MEMBERS URGE TRUMP TO MEDDLE IN HUNGARY'S ELECTIONS

One of the loudest voices screaming "Russia is meddling in our democracy!" has been Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH). Last year she signed a letter to the Speaker of the House demanding that Homeland Security and the FBI brief Congress on "the Russian attack on 21 states' voting systems" (a charge since disproven). The letter complained that "when a sovereign nation attempts to meddle in our elections, it is an attack on our country."

To be fair, it is hard to disagree with Rep. Kaptur and her colleagues on that final point. No one wants a foreign country meddling in their elections, hacking their ballot machines, funding opposition parties, manipulating the media in favor of one side, etc.

But here's the rub: Rep. Kaptur has just sent a letter to the State Department demanding that the United States government commit all of the above violations against NATO partner country Hungary!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from Congressional Representatives.

What amazes me, is how do these people manage to get through life so absolutely logic-free?!?

Oct 14 06:47

Female serial killer wants to marry lesbian lover in jail - and she wants taxpayers to fund it

erial killer Joanna Dennehy is planning a legal fight to keep in regular close contact with her prison lover – and wants the ­taxpayer to foot the bill.
The 35-year-old monster is thought to have contacted solicitors over plans to marry another female inmate.

Dennehy is in a segregation unit at Category A HMP Bronzefield after a dramatic suicide attempt.

Oct 13 10:57

Danish Bill Proposes 12 Years in Prison for 'Pro-Russia' Opinion

Danish lawmakers have gone on the offensive against interference in public debate, sparking criticism that a new proposal, which could entail criminal liability for expressing opinions similar to those of Moscow, may become a step toward silencing public debate.

According to a bill brought forward in local parliament, Danes could face a jail term if they voice dissent over the government's position on Russia.

The proposal, which is said to be meant to "strengthen efforts against illegal influence from foreign intelligence services," would introduce criminal penalties for perceived "meddling" in public debates and attempts to influence decision-making. Crimes committed during an election campaign would entail a maximum prison term of 12 years.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 12 09:26

'Trident Juncture 2018' About To Kick Off: NATO's Big War Games Near Russia's Borders Never End

The NATO-led Trident Juncture 2018 (TRJE18) exercise that is to be held in October and November is the largest coordinated show of force since the Cold War. It will primarily be hosted by Norway. The training event will largely take place in the central and eastern parts of this Nordic country that neighbors Russia, as well as over the skies and in the seas of Sweden and Finland. The maritime component will be conducted in the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and in the Baltic Sea. TRJE18-related activities will take place as far away as Iceland. Russia has been invited to send observers to watch the exercise.

Oct 12 09:16

ECB Hands Italy An Ultimatum: 'Obey EU Budget Rules Or We Won't Save You'

With the Washington Post stepping up to put a floor under US stocks Thursday afternoon by reporting that President Trump would meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at next month's G-20 summit (while the headline soothed the market, it doesn't change the fact that, as with everything involving the Trump administration, this too remains subject to change), investors have apparently overlooked the latest ominous headlines out of Italy. To wit, Reuters reported that the ECB won't come to Italy's rescue if its government or banks run out of cash unless the Italian government first secures a bailout from the European Union. Of course, this would almost certainly require that the populist coalition end its ongoing game of fiscal chicken with Brussels and abandon its dreams of lowering the retirement age and extending a basic income to the Italian people - policies that would effectively secure a political future for M5S and the League.

Oct 12 09:08

Brexit BRIBERY: Theresa May to hand tens of MILLIONS to ensure DUP backing on EU exit plan

THERESA MAY is set to pay the DUP tens of millions of pounds more in order to ensure she obtains their backing on her Brexit plan, as the Northern Irish allies have threatened to revolt if the EU’s backstop is accepted and Northern Ireland is treated differently from the rest of the UK.

Oct 12 08:59

American Legislators Introduce Energy Bill for Europe (You Read That Right)

Height of hubris, US Senators take it upon themselves to "diversify" and "secure" European energy supplies away from Russia

Oct 11 09:50

Kiev Preparing Provocation Against Russian Border Guard in the Azov Sea, warn sources

Ukraine is preparing a provocation in the Sea of ??Azov with the aim of discrediting the Russian Border Guard, a source in the Crimea claimed.

“On October 11, agents of the Ukrainian Border Service plan to organize the departure of a patrol vessel from the port of Mariupol to the Sea of ??Azov with a group of Ukrainian media journalists on board. A video report on alleged aggressive actions by the Border Guard of the Russian Federal Security Service in relation to Ukrainian civilian vessels as well as on the blockade of Ukrainian seaports in the Azov Sea are being reported,” the source said.

Recently, Crimean leader Sergei Aksenov has reported that the Russian Border Guard has tightened control over the waters of the Black and Azov seas because of naval maneuvers by Ukrainian military personnel .

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Oct 11 09:42

STARVING UKRAINE ARMY LOOTING AND PILLAGING DONBASS LOCALS

INTRIGUE SURROUNDS THE WAR, WITH STARVING UKRAINE ARMY LOOTING AND PILLAGING DONBASS LOCALS

A starving and demoralized Ukrainian military, in the part of Donbass under their control, are pillaging grocery stores and taking food from the local population. This is alarming for a number of reasons beyond the obvious fact of crimes being committed against a civilian population. In this Ukrainian army, we are expected to believe that their stocks and force projection has been growing.

It is through this mechanism that Poroshenko seems to want to push his drive for war, in order to secure the election, by turning out the support of the Gacilian and Ukropian populace. But at the same time, we are seeing some Kievan oligarchs talk of peace and love and rejoining with the Donbass not through war, but through dialogue, restoration of pensions, and many things which surely are compatible with Yulia Tymoshenko’s electoral strategy

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Oct 11 07:11

Has a SECRET Brexit deal already been agreed? Robert Peston makes INCREDIBLE claim

A BREXIT deal was agreed last night which will temporarily keep the UK in the EU’s customs union according to ITV News political editor Robert Peston, in an explosive move which would leave the UK unable to sign its own trade deals.

Oct 10 10:47

EU Supervisors Monitoring Italian Bank Liquidity "More Intensely Than Usual"

With Italian government bond yields blowing out in recent months to the highest levels in over 4 years, the one sector that has been hit hardest have been Italy's banks, which have lost a third of their market value in the 6 months since peaking in April.

Oct 10 09:46

Israel MK called ‘war-monger’ and ‘devil’ at EU Parliament

Chairman of Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee at the Israeli Knesset Avi Dichter was described on Monday as a “warmonger” and “war criminal” at the EU Parliament, international and Israeli news agencies reported.

Dichter was there, Israeli media said, to speak about the two Israeli Jewish settlers who were killed in the occupied West Bank last week. However, he encountered a “severe wave of criticism”, Israeli media said.

Portuguese MEP Ana Gomes said that the president had been “honoured” to invite Dichter to address the EU Parliament, but she was “disgusted”.

“As head of the Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency], he masterminded the policy of targeted killings, in which many died in extrajudicial killings. He also initiated the racist nation-state bill, which I think makes Palestinian citizens of Arab origin second class citizens,” Gomes said.

Oct 10 09:39

Conservative journalist’s young children threatened with rape and death – Swedish media ignore it

Joakim Lamotte, a Swedish journalist who is known for his research into migrant crime, is being threatened with his life and the rape of his wife and young children.

As we’ve reported before, people call Lamotte and tell him that he should be slaughtered, that his wife should be slaughtered and that they are going to f*ck his entire family.

In one weekend the conservative journalist received over 40 calls of that kind and as a result he explained why he was inactive for some time on Facebook.

But in politically correct Sweden the case isn’t even news. Imagine what would happen if a leftist politician or migrant family received these threats.

Oct 08 08:12

‘We bombed you to save you’ – NATO head Stoltenberg speaks about 1999 bombings on visit to Serbia

Although many people in Serbia hold “painful” memories of NATO’s 1999 bombing of their country, it was, in fact, done precisely to protect them from their own government, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Belgrade.

He was answering questions about the bombing and about the NATO campaign against the government of the former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, during a meeting with the students of Belgrade University.

Oct 08 07:58

Bulgarian TV Host Who Reported Misuse of EU Funds Raped and Murdered

Viktoria Marinova, a 30-year old journalist who reported on the alleged misuse of EU funds, was found brutally murdered in the northern Bulgarian town of Ruse, local TV station Nova reported on Sunday.

Her body was found on Saturday in a park near the River Danube, according to Ruse regional prosecutor Georgy Georgiev. Marinova was allegedly raped, hit repeatedly in the head, and strangled to death.

Oct 06 11:25

‘I’m not ready for massive scolding of Russia’ – EU Commission President Juncker

EC President Jean-Claude Juncker said he is not ready to burn bridges with Moscow. It follows the Netherlands’ claims that Russian intelligence officers attempted to hack the OPCW. Moscow denies the allegations.

Despite the disagreements and problems which have been on the rise lately, there is a need for dialogue, Juncker told Austrian daily Der Standard.

“For the reasons of security architecture, we must keep in touch with Russia and also take joint measures” on certain occasions. Thus, “I am not ready for the massive scolding of Russia,” he said. But the official stressed that Brussels is thoroughly evaluating what happened in the Netherlands.

Oct 05 08:52

Estonia admits over €1 trillion were laundered in the country in 2008-2017

Banks doing business in Estonia, which has been at the centre of a money-laundering scandal involving Danske Bank, handled more than $1 trillion in cross-border flows between 2008 and 2017, according to the country’s central bank.

The European Union member country of just 1.3 million people has been rocked by revelations that banks there laundered money from Russia, Moldova and Azerbaijan via non-resident bank accounts. The scandal has forced lenders in Estonia and neighbouring Latvia to shut down.

Oct 04 06:14

Israeli Authorities call Real Madrid Team Indirect Terrorists for giving Ahed Tamimi a Shirt

Real Madrid were criticised by Israeli officials on Saturday after Ahed Tamimi, a teenager associated with Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation, was pictured being presented with a club shirt.

The 17-year-old is visiting Spain this week with her family to participate in various social and political events.

According to top Spanish sports daily Marca, she was offered a Real jersey and posed for photos with Emilio Butragueno, the club’s former striker and now director of institutional relations.

However, Real Madrid has not issued any official statement regarding her invitation on its social networks or website. When contacted by AFP, the club declined to comment.

Oct 03 12:24

Putin on Nord Stream 2: It Would Be a Shame if EU Fails to Defend Its Interests

Russian President Vladimir Putin has commented on the recent developments around the Nord Stream 2 project: in particular, reports that Washington was mulling to introduce sanctions on companies participating in the project.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Wednesday, to create Austrian-Russian energy cooperation. The Austrian top official noted that the cooperation between the countries had lasted for 50 years.

Meanwhile, Austrian Chancellor said that EU countries should maintain dialogue with Russia and strive for improving relations with Moscow.

Oct 03 11:46

WATCH LIVE: Russia’s Putin, Austria’s Kurz meet press after signing gas deal & talking aid for Syria

Oct 03 09:44

EU Finally Stands Up To US ‘Bullying’ Over Iran Sanctions

History may one day rule this was the fateful geopolitical moment when the European Union clinched its PhD on foreign policy. Last week, EU foreign policy head Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, announced at the UN a “special purpose vehicle” (SPV) to deal with the Trump administration’s sanctions on Iran after the US unilaterally pulled out of the JCPOA, also known as the Iran nuclear deal.

Mogherini crucially emphasized, “in practical terms, this will mean that EU member states will set up a legal entity to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran and this will allow European companies to continue to trade with Iran in accordance with European Union law and could be open to other partners in the world.”

The SPV, which according to Mogherini “is aimed at keeping trade with Tehran flowing while the US sanctions are in place,” could be in effect before the second stage of US sanctions begin in early November.

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