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Jun 23 10:06

‘EVERYDAY CENSORSHIP’ PROPOSED THAT SHOULD ENRAGE US ALL

When one of the creators of the Internet as we know it today (not you Al Gore!) voices their discontent with the latest overstep of power towards full throttle censorship, you know it’s serious business.

Tim Berners-Lee, best known for his work helping to create the World Wide Web, along with other Internet pioneers, have penned an open letter opposing the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) who voted earlier this week in favor of a plan to force publishers to automatically remove any content that appears to violate copyright.

The Independent reports this means “memes, mixes, sampling, and even reuse of news and parliamentary footage, will get caught up and deleted without warning.”

Publishers will be expected to monitor all their content uploads and check for copyright material and remove it immediately, and ostensibly by doing so automatically, as outlined in Article 13 of the proposal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... Which is precisely what the EU hopes to accomplish with Article 13.

Jun 23 09:55

Hungary: It’s Now a Criminal Offence to Aid Invaders in Any Way

The Hungarian Parliament has passed the set of laws known as the “Stop Soros” package which criminalizes any activities which support illegal immigration—including legal and physical aid of any sort.

Jun 23 08:44

Clinton Slams Putin as "Leader of Movement That Wants to Break Up EU"

Former Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin as a leader of a movement that seeks to break up the EU. The comment comes despite Moscow’s numerous statements that Russia wants to see the EU become a strong and independent partner.

Clinton gave a speech at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, as she received a honorary degree from the institution Friday.

Speaking to an audience of mostly Irish students, she slammed both US President Donald Trump and Putin.

"Vladimir Putin has positioned himself as the leader of an authoritarian, white supremacist and xenophobic movement that wants to break up the EU, weaken America's traditional alliances and undermine democracy," Clinton said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep; she's gonna run again in 2020.

Jun 23 08:43

Italian Deputy PM: Very Existence of United Europe to be Decided Within the Year

Ahead of the EU summit at the end of June, where the latest disagreements within the bloc over migration policy are expected to be on the agenda, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has lambasted Paris for “lecturing” Rome and resisted Germany’s plans to turn away refugees which have been registered in other countries.

The leader of the Italy’s Euro-sceptic League party, Matteo Salvini, who was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister at the beginning of June, has warned that the future of the European Union is at stake in an interview with the German weekly news magazine Spiegel. According to the top Italian official, the upcoming talks on the joint budget and the results of the European elections, scheduled for 2019, will show if the whole creation “has become meaningless.”

"Within a year, it will be decided whether a United Europe will still exist or not," Salvini told the German media outlet.

Jun 23 08:42

Now even Tony Blair lectures the EU on tackling immigration to stem the growing influence of hard-line leaders

Tony Blair yesterday told the EU to overhaul its approach to immigration to stem the growing influence of hard-line leaders.

The former Prime Minister said the bloc faced an ‘insidious and dangerous challenge’ that would be worsened by ignoring concerns about immigration.

His intervention comes despite his decision not to introduce border restrictions to new EU countries in 2004 being blamed for fuelling anti-immigration sentiment in the UK.

Jun 23 08:41

Infighting and boycotts mar Brussels mini-summit called by Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker

EU leaders are preparing for a mini-summit in Brussels tomorrow called by Germany’s Angela Merkel and Brussels chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

The event, to be attended by 17 EU leaders, has already been thrown into chaos after Italy accused France and Germany of trying to impose proposals.

The flare-up unfolded after Mr Juncker’s chief aide Martin Selmayr penned a draft statement on behalf of leaders due to attend.

Jun 23 08:36

All Disquiet on Western Front

The US-led NATO military alliance earlier this month committed to a major escalation in force buildup on Russia's western flank. The development underscores Russia's long-held concern that the 29-member alliance is inevitably moving dangerously on a war footing.

At a summit in Brussels, June 7, defense ministers from NATO countries gave the go-ahead for a new, vast mobilization of troops, navy and air forces which would spearhead through eastern Europe up to Russia's western borders. The initiative encompasses two new NATO command centers, one based in Norfolk, Virginia, on the US eastern seaboard, and the other at Ulm, in Germany.

The stated purpose is to expedite transatlantic coordination of NATO forces of up to 30,000 troops, 30 aircraft squadrons and 30 large warships, deployable within 30 days.

Jun 23 08:32

Bulgarian PM Vows to Press for Closing EU External Borders for Migrants

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said Friday that he would exert efforts to close external borders of the European Union for migrants with the only exception being people fleeing military conflicts.

"I will insist on the adoption of an immediate decision for closing the EU’s external borders and admitting only people fleeing war," Borissov was quoted as saying by the Focus information agency.

It is necessary to keep refugees in special facilities located outside the European Union, the politician stated. According to the Bulgarian prime minister, the protection of borders is more important than the protection of refugees.

Jun 23 08:32

Council of Europe Urges Hungary to Repeal Part of 'Stop Soros' Bill Harming NGOs

The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe urged Hungary on Friday to repeal the key provision of the so-called Stop Soros initiative, Article 353A, as it criminalizes, among others, lawful help to migrants.

"As it criminalizes the initiation of an asylum procedure or asserting other legal rights on behalf of asylum seekers, it entails a risk of criminal prosecution for individuals and organizations providing lawful assistance to migrants … It should be repealed," the commission said, as quoted in the press release.

It is noted that these lacks of "requisite precision" may harm legal work of the NGOs.

"The Hungarian provision … unfairly criminalizes… ‘preparing or distributing informational materials’ or ‘initiating asylum requests for migrants.’ Criminalising such activities disrupts assistance to victims by NGOs, disproportionally restricting their rights as guaranteed under Article 11, and under international law," the press release added.

Jun 23 08:20

TRUMP'S TRADE WAR CAUSES EU MELTDOWN - EU IS IN BIG TROUBLE - EARL OF DARTMOUTH & FARAGE DEFEND US

Jun 23 08:19

Hungarian PM Speaks - Merkel Not Happy

Jun 23 08:18

Priceless: NATO Members Look Less Than Thrilled When Trump Calls Them Out For Slacking on Defense Spending

Earlier today President Donald Trump visited the newly unveiled NATO headquarters in Brussels, where he gave a much anticipated speech.

During his remarks, Trump pointed out 23 of 28 NATO member countries aren't paying the required two percent of GDP to sustain the alliance and took a shot at the cost of the fancy new building they were all standing in.

"The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russia and on NATO’s eastern and southern borders. These grave security concerns are the same reason that I have been very, very direct with Secretary Stoltenberg and members of the Alliance in saying that NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations, for 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense," Trump said.

Jun 23 08:18

An EU Army to face Russia? Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Juncker? - Nigel Farage

Jun 23 03:27

Multi-Decade Outsourcing Boom Comes to Sticky End in the UK

After scandals, collapses, and the government’s off-balance-sheet debt.

Jun 22 16:07

Number Of Terrorist Attacks In Europe Has Doubled – Europol Report

The number of terror attacks carried out by radical islamists in Europe has doubled in the last year, according to a newly released report.

Jun 22 09:05

Swedish Farmers Slammed as 'Racist' for Flag Image in Support of Football Squad

To support their national football team during the ongoing World Cup in Russia, Torpshammar natives Per Johan Andersson and his wife Katrine created a vibrant image of a national flag made of hay sacks and posted it on Facebook. While welcomed by thousands of buoyant Swedish fans, the image also inspired "anti-racists" to fill the comments section with hatred against the farmer and his wife.

Jun 22 09:03

Carpe Diem: Italy Moves to Seize Two German NGO-Run Migrant Rescue Ships

Europe is deeply divided on how best to handle a recent massive influx of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East attempting to reach the continent.

Italy says it will seize two migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean, citing doubts over their legal status.

Italian authorities said the Lifeline and Seefuchs, operated by the German migrant rescue group Mission Lifeline, were "illegally" flying the Dutch flag."

Jun 22 08:53

Eurogroup Rules Out New Bailout Program for Greece

Eurogroup President Mario Centeno announced in the early hours of Friday that Greece had completed the eight-year ESM assistance program and would no longer need bailout money.

"Today the institutions confirm Greece as implemented all the 88 prior actions and the fourth and final review. This shows Greece as successfully completed its ESM program. This is it… There will be no follow-up program in Greece," he told reporters.

Jun 22 08:10

University of Vienna bans public lecture by Black activist

The University of Vienna has bowed to pressure from Austria’s Israel lobby and banned a public lecture by a veteran Black activist from the United States.

Meanwhile in a significant victory for free speech in Germany, the Ruhrtriennale festival reversed a decision to disinvite the group Young Fathers because of its support for Palestinian rights.

Former member of the Black Panther Party Dhoruba Bin-Wahad had been scheduled to speak Thursday evening at the University of Vienna’s Institute for African Studies.

The lecture was co-sponsored by Dar al Janub, an anti-racism and Palestine solidarity organization.

But in recent weeks, the university has been under pressure from the Austrian Students Union and the Austrian Union of Jewish Students to ban the event.

Jun 22 07:27

‘Social problem’? Sexual assaults shut down Sweden’s largest music festival for good

Once Sweden’s largest four-day musical event, the Bravalla Music Festival was not held this year, after dozens of women and girls reported that they had been sexually assaulted at last year’s event.

Kajsa Apelqvist, who heads public relations for FKP Scorpio, the festival’s organizer, said there was no plans to bring the event back in 2019. “It’s a very disappointing decision to take, but the overall picture we have is that we cannot develop the festival in the way we want to be relevant to our visitors in the future,” Apelqvist told Sweden’s Norrköpings Tidningar.

Jun 21 19:36

'Germany profited MASSIVELY from Greek debt!' BILLIONS put in German budget by crisis

Shocking new figures revealed today show that despite Germany’s fear taxpayers would pick up the bill for the crisis in Greece, Angela Merkel’s nation has actually made money on the massive sums sent to Greece.

In response to parliamentary question from the Green Party, the German government released figures today showing that Berlin has made €2.9 billion in interest payments on Greek bonds since 2010.

Jun 21 19:27

The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance

Millions of people have been separated from families by death inflicted by Washington, and for almost two decades protests have been almost nonexistent. No public outcry stopped George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump from clear and indisputable illegal acts defined in international law established by the US itself as war crimes against the inhabitants of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. We can add to this an eighth example: The military attacks by the US armed and supported neo-Nazi puppet state of Ukraine against the breakaway Russian provinces.

The massive deaths, destruction of towns, cities, infrastructure, the maiming, physical and mental, the dislocation that has sent millions of refugees fleeing Washington’s wars to overrun Europe, where governments consist of a collection of idiot stooges who supported Washington’s massive war crimes in the Middle East and North Africa, produced no outcry comparable to Trump’s immigration policy.

Jun 21 17:52

Disastrous EU Copyright Bill Vote Approved

A committee of MEPs has voted to accept major changes to European copyright law, which experts say could change the nature of the internet.

They voted to approve the controversial Article 13, which critics warn could put an end to memes, remixes and other user-generated content.

Jun 21 13:22

Circle closed: Merkel, Macron want EU border states to deal with refugees after quota system failure

With no end in sight to the EU refugee crisis, Berlin and Paris look to put the burden of dealing with asylum seekers on the countries where they first register. The seeming return to ‘old rules’ is poised to split Europe further.
During their meeting ahead of the EU summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to “jointly and resolutely tackle” what they euphemistically called “secondary movements inside the EU.” An elusive wording used in the so-called Meseberg Declaration adopted by the two leaders effectively means one thing: Macron and Merkel want all the newly arrived asylum seekers and migrants to stay in the EU countries where they were first registered while their cases are being processed. This would leave the EU southern member states to deal with the new arrivals alone.

Jun 21 10:52

Hungary Passes 'Stop Soros' Bill, Amends Constitution to 'Preserve Christian Culture'

Hungary's parliament has overwhelmingly passed a new set of laws which criminalize aiding illegal immigration with fines and jail time.

The laws, which were passed yesterday on the UN's "World Refugee Day," send a strong message that Hungary will not take part in the EU's forced collective suicide.

Jun 21 10:48

"Europe isn't Christian": Jews celebrate the Muslim conquest of London

Throughout the ages, we have seen Jews collaborate with Muslims and Asiatics against Christians and Europeans and celebrate their victories over us. It was a pattern of behaviour evident in the Persian assault on Christian Byzantium in the early decades 7th century, in a series of epic wars that paved the way for the emergence and triumph of Mohammedanism, most likely with exiled Jews played a shaping role in the creation of this new form of banditry dressed up as religion (link and link). The same pattern of behaviour played out in 8th century Spain during the Muslim invasion (link), with catastrophic consequences, lasting centuries, for the Spanish people, and, potentially, for all European people had the Muslim advance not been stopped at Poitiers by Charles Martel.

Here again we the pattern recurring. The Muslim conquest of a great European capital is greeted in the same way by the same people.

Jun 21 10:16

Spain: Students Kicked Out of €750/Month Dorms to Make Way for Boat Migrants

Spanish students have been “left out on the street” after being given just 24 hours to vacate their dormitories in order to make way for ‘Aquarius’ migrants.
Authorities told residents of the Florida de Alicante university accommodation, which reportedly costs students 750 euros rent per month, that the property had been chosen by Valencia’s regional government to house around 100 so-called unaccompanied minors who the NGO boat delivered in Spain at the weekend.

The country’s new Socialist regime went out of its way to invite the Aquarius to dock in Valencia after Italy’s recently elected populist coalition turned away the boat carrying more than 600 migrants, who largely hail from West African nations and Bangladesh.

The short eviction notice was issued at a time when a large proportion of residents living in the property’s en suite dormitories face an “intensive” period of study, according to local media.

Jun 21 09:42

Europe’s democrats must unite to prevent a far-right takeover

The battle lines are now drawn for Europe’s ultimate test: the May 2019 elections for the European parliament. That’s when far-right and populist parties will attempt to complete their power grab in the EU. In the elections of 2014, they made gains. Next year, they’ll seek to dominate. The dramatic events we’ve witnessed over the past fortnight, in Germany and Italy have been a mere foretaste of the showdown that lies ahead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The globalists are panicking!

Jun 21 09:42

INGLORIOUS AMERICANS: Killing German POW During WW2

It has been established that half of US documented accounts of WW2 are embellished as falsified lies, cover-ups to deviate from the truth of the horrific and despicable War Crimes committed by the US Army which makes them no better then the Nazis, Japanese & Russians.

Jun 21 09:37

Allied soldiers 'raped hundreds of thousands of German women' after WW2

Hundreds of thousands of German women were raped by British, American and French soldiers after the end of the Second World War, a German historian has claimed.

In a new book, Professor Miriam Gerhardt, a well-regarded German academic, challenges the established view that Soviet troops were responsible for the vast majority of rape cases in occupied Germany.

“The assumption that Western Allied soldiers would not do such a thing turned out not to be true,” she said, to the broadcaster Deutsche Welle. “In the method and violence of rap there was no different between American GIs and the Red Army, as far as I can see.”

Jun 21 09:36

The GIs who raped France: We know about the mass rape of German women by Stalin's soldiers. Now a new book reveals American troops committed thousands of rapes on French women they were 'liberating'

While the Germans had French girlfriends,the American military had a different approach.

As Professor Roberts says: ‘My book seeks to debunk an old myth about the GI, thought of as a manly creature that always behaved well — the GIs were having sex anywhere and everywhere.’

In total, it is estimated that some 14,000 women were raped by American GIs in Western Europe from 1942 to 1945. In France, 152 American soldiers were tried for rape, of whom 29 were hanged.

‘Normandy women launched a wave of rape accusations against American soldiers,’ Roberts writes, ‘threatening to destroy the erotic fantasy at the heart of the operation. The spectre of rape transformed the GI from rescuer-warrior to violent intruder’.

Jun 21 09:34

EU asylum policy: Chances for common consensus seem slim

A common EU asylum policy before next week's summit? Some say that would require a miracle. German Chancellor Merkel could seek bilateral solutions, but that is no easy task either. Bernd Riegert reports from Brussels.

Jun 21 09:20

Jacob Rees-Mogg vs Guy Verhofstadt on the EU only following rules when it suits them

Jun 21 09:07

Italy Challenges The Western Order... And The EU Is Showing The Strains

With a massive influx of immigrants from across Africa and the Middle East, and growing poverty, Italy voted in a populist government representing policies which would seem to virtually overturn the postwar European order.

The austerity measures which have been imposed upon the Italian people have pushed more and more of them down into poverty, with the poverty rate doubling over the course of the past decade.

Relative to migration, Italy is one of the Southern European countries taking the brunt of the migrants who are flooding into Europe by the thousands, helped along by various NGOs which seek to alter the demographic makeup and economic and political order of Europe under the guise of humanitarianism.

Jun 21 08:52

Russia says to respond equally to NATO's bolstering combat forces

The Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday accused the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of strengthening combat forces near Russia's border and warned that Moscow will take mirror-like actions against NATO's moves.

"Since the beginning of the year, NATO countries have conducted thirteen large-scale exercises in the South-West Strategic Area with over 40,000 troops and 2,000 units of military equipment," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the Defense Ministry's senior officials in the city of Sevastopol in the Crimean peninsula.

"This forces us to take symmetrical measures to neutralize the emerging threats and combine strategic deterrence with increasing combat readiness," he said.

This came at a time when the hysteria over the alleged Russian aggression has become increasingly intensified among the Baltic States and Poland.

Jun 21 08:50

Italy demands Spain take 'next four' migrant boats

Italy's far-right interior minister on Wednesday accused Spain of failing in its commitments to receive migrants, saying it should take "the next four" rescue boats after Madrid welcomed one rejected by Rome.

Minister Matteo Salvini targeted Spain with a criticism he had earlier levelled at France, alleging the countries had received only a fraction of the migrants they had agreed to take under a European Union deal.

Spain "can therefore receive the next four boats" of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean, Salvini told a press conference.

Salvini drew criticism from France last week for refusing to open Italy's ports to the Aquarius, a rescue ship carrying 630 migrants. Spain stepped in to receive them instead.

Jun 21 08:36

Big Four Audit “Oligarchy” Comes under Scrutiny in the UK after Corporate Surprise Collapses

The “oligarchy” controls the standard-setters, ensuring rules of the game suit it. The long reach of the bean counters also extends deep into the heart of government.

Jun 21 08:21

Why Europe must halt support for Palestinian Authority’s police

Each summer the European Union’s governments decide to help preserve an unjust situation.

The decision – which involves renewing the annual mandate for a policing operation in the occupied West Bank – is presented as largely procedural. No real scrutiny takes place on how the EU trains the Palestinian Authority to oppress fellow Palestinians.

Almost certainly, the same ritualistic rubber-stamping will occur again this year. That is despite how the argument for refusing to extend the mandate when it expires at the end of June has just become much stronger.

Last week, the PA’s forces used tear gas and sound grenades against West Bank residents determined to display solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Gaza. That violent suppression of a protest occurred in Ramallah, the city where the EU’s policing operation is headquartered.

Disgracefully, EU representatives are claiming that the thuggery has nothing to do with them.

Jun 20 16:58

Tommy Robinson's letter from prison

Jun 20 16:55

EU takes first step in passing controversial copyright law that could ‘censor the internet’

This morning, the EU’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted in favor of the legislation, called the Copyright Directive. Although most of the directive simply updates technical language for copyright law in the age of the internet, it includes two highly controversial provisions. These are Article 11, a “link tax,” which would force online platforms like Facebook and Google to buy licenses from media companies before linking to their stories; and Article 13, an “upload filter,” which would require that everything uploaded online in the EU is checked for copyright infringement. (Think of it like YouTube’s Content ID system but for the whole internet.)

EU lawmakers critical of the legislation say these Articles may have been proposed with good intentions — like protecting copyright owners — but are vaguely worded and ripe for abuse.

Jun 20 14:46

Weapons of Mass Migration

In Goodbye Europe? Hello, Chaos? – Merkel’s Migrant Bomb, Michael Springmann analyzes evidence suggesting that US intelligence may be organizing the mass migration of millions of refugees as a form of asymmetric warfare.

Springmann also quotes anonymous intelligence sources who claim the mass migration into Europe is being coordinated by the US National Intelligence Council (NIC), MI6 (Britain’s secret intelligence service) and Turkish secret services, with financing from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. He also alleges routine collaboration between CIA case officers and human rights and pro-migrant groups to pay off people smugglers.

I have often wondered how hundreds of thousands of unskilled workers from a broken Syrian economy could come up with the $5,000-10,000 smugglers charge to ferry migrants across the Mediterranean.

Jun 20 12:48

Grassroots Or ‘Astroturf’? Who’s Really Behind The Anti-Brexit Group ‘Our Future Our Choice’

Pro-EU group ‘Our Future Our Choice’, who confronted Jeremy Corbyn with a huge ‘stop backing brexit’ banner during his speech at the recent Labour Live event, is accused of having links with ex-Tory ministers and big cash donors.

Jun 20 12:43

Holland will close four prisons - despite IMPORTING prisoners from other countries to try and fill them - as country's crime rate falls to its lowest since 1980

Holland is to close four jails amid a fall in crime - despite importing prisoners from other countries to try and fill them.

The Dutch government is considering the closures after it emerged that crime rates are now at their lowest since 1980.

There are now just 49 crimes reported for every 1,000 citizens, national statistics office CBS revealed earlier this year.

A planned round of 19 closures in 2013 sparked so much anger among prison workers that the government started to 'import' prisoners from other countries, including Norway and Belgium, in the hope of keeping some open.

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Holland is doing something right!

Jun 20 11:48

As Trump Concedes, Europe Prepares Crackdown On Illegal Immigrants

Just as Trump is set to concede in his crackdown on immigrant parents separated from children at the border by signing a "pre-emptive" executive order at any moment keeping illegal immigrant families together, Europe is about to crackdown on the migrant wave unleashed by Angela Merkel (and her various unknown progressive advisors, which some have speculated includes George Soros' Open Society) in 2015 with Germany's "Open Door" policy, and on Sunday countries including France, Germany, Italy, Austria and other EU states will meet to try to end a deadlock on migration policy which has brought to a head bitter political divisions in the bloc, and has resulted in Brexit in the UK, a wave of nationalist governments in Central and Eastern Europe, and the first openly populist government in Italy in decades.

Jun 20 10:17

'Disastrous' copyright bill vote approved

A committee of MEPs has voted to accept major changes to European copyright law, which experts say could change the nature of the internet.

They voted to approve the controversial Article 13, which critics warn could put an end to memes, remixes and other user-generated content.

Article 11, requiring online platforms to pay publishers a fee if they link to their news content, was also approved.

One organisation opposed to the changes called it a "dark day".

Jun 20 10:02

Hungary plans to introduce 25% tax on aid groups supporting immigrants

The Hungarian government stepped up its anti-immigration measures on Thursday with plans to introduce a 25 percent special tax on aid groups which support migration, Reuters reports. “We want to use tax policy to step up against organizing migration,” the Finance Ministry said. After its election victory, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government submitted a bill to parliament aimed at criminalizing aid to migrants. The original version of the bill, submitted in February, included a 25 percent tax levied on NGOs whose funding comes mostly from foreign donors, but that clause was dropped. Now the Finance Ministry says it will reintroduce the proposed tax in a separate piece of legislation.

Jun 20 09:27

NO ROOM IN HELL FOR FASCISTS

Spain’s new Socialist government is determined to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a vast mausoleum near Madrid and turn it into a place of “reconciliation” for a country still coming to terms with the dictator’s legacy.

“We don’t have a date yet, but the government will do it,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said late Monday during his first television interview since being sworn in on June 2 after toppling his conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy in a confidence vote.

He recalled that a non-binding motion approved last year in parliament called for Franco’s remains to be exhumed from the massive Valley of the Fallen mausoleum some 50 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of Madrid and the site turned into a “memorial of the victims of fascism”.

“Spain can’t allow symbols that divide Spaniards. Something that is unimaginable in Germany or Italy, countries that also suffered fascist dictatorships, should also not be imaginable in our country,” Sanchez added.

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On the contrary, hell is where all fascists deserve to go!

Jun 20 09:25

EUROPE AND THE MIGRANT WARS

Perhaps the only historical precedent to the migratory war from Africa and the Middle East is the migration westward of various peoples fleeing the depredations of the Huns in the 4th and 5th centuries A.D. That did not end well for then-Roman Europe, ushering in centuries accurately termed the Dark Ages. But there is a difference now. Today many governments welcomed the migrants (at least at first) and did not really try to repel them; and this time, if Europe fails to recover its balance and expel the migrants, there will not be any Renaissance to recover from the New Dark Ages that will inevitably ensue.

Jun 20 09:10

Brussels Rises in Revolt Against Washington: a Turning Point in the US-European Relationship

The May 16-17 EU-Western Balkans summit did address the problems of integration, but it was eclipsed by another issue. The meeting turned out to be a landmark event that will go down in history as the day Europe united to openly defy the US. The EU will neither review the Iran nuclear deal (JPCOA) nor join the sanctions against Tehran that have been reintroduced and even intensified by America. Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the JPCOA was the last straw, forcing the collapse of Western unity. The Europeans found themselves up against a wall. There is no point in discussing further integration or any other matter if the EU cannot protect its own members. But now it can.

Jun 20 08:40

"Italy Is Collapsing...And 5 Star Is Our Last Hope": How Young Italians Fueled A Populist Uprising

Unlike in the US, where President Trump relies on older Americans for his base of support, more than half (53%) of Italians under 35 voted for one of the two anti-establishment parties that triumphed in Italy's March election. Their enthusiastic support explains the outpouring of anger directed at technocratic Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who called for new elections as he seemingly reached for every conceivable excuse to try and stop the two parties from forming a government, before finally acquiescing.

Jun 20 08:10

Bavarian allies criticize Merkel’s agreement to eurozone budget

A Bavarian ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticized her agreement in principle to a eurozone budget, fueling a conflict over migration. Bavaria’s Christian Social Union party is locked in a dispute with Merkel over its demand to turn back migrants at Germany’s borders. Merkel discussed migration on Tuesday at a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, and the two leaders also advocated a eurozone budget of unspecified size that they hope will boost investment. Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder was quoted as saying on Wednesday: “We cannot launch extra shadow budgets now or try to weaken the stability of the currency.” He cautioned Merkel against making financial concessions to win cooperation on migration, AP said.

Jun 20 08:09

Hungary’s Orban Praises Italy’s Salvini: NGO Crews Are ‘White-Collar People-Smugglers’

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán has congratulated Italy’s Matteo Salvini for calling out the NGOs ferrying migrants from Africa to Europe as “white-collar people-smugglers”, slammed the EU for backing them, and warned that “everyone should be wary of the idea of Islam being part of any European country”.

Speaking at a Budapest conference commemorating the late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who in later life enjoyed a much closer relationship with Orbán than his former protégé Angela Merkel, the Hungarian stateman stressed the failures of the European Union over the last five years.

He singled out the EU’s latest pan-continental budget for particular criticism, saying it was “exactly like the European Commission itself: pro-immigration and pro-migrant”.

Jun 20 08:08

Former Swedish PM: Trump "Worse Than Putin" for Destabilizing EU

With a series of tweets, US President Donald Trump has launched a verbal attack against Europe, slamming the generous European immigration policy as disastrous. This provoked a sharp reply from former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt.

US President Donald Trump has come under fire from former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, who ventured that the US leader was "far worse" for destabilizing Europe than Vladimir Putin himself, a perennial target for the Swedish political establishment.

In his tweet, Trump argued that migration was "rocking" the "already tenuous Berlin coalition." He also suggested that crime in Germany was on its way up and that "allowing in millions of people who have strongly and violently changed Europe's culture" was a mistake.

Jun 20 07:49

Greece – Convenient Victim or Complacent Masochist? The Devastating Social Impacts of IMF-ECB-EC “Economic Medicine”

Why this title? – Because Greece doesn’t have to continue playing the card of the victim, nor being masochist. Greece seems to suffer under the Stockholm Syndrome – she is in love with her hangman. Greece could change this. Exit the prison, exit the EU and exit the euro. Greece could return to her sovereign national currency, her own sovereign central bank, make her own monetary policy and implement it with a sovereign public banking system that works solely for the Greek economy. Within less than 10 years Greece would have recovered and would even be able to pay back some of her illegally begotten debt.

Jun 20 07:48

The Migrant “Disembarkation Centers” Are a Distraction – The EU Can’t Enforce Anything

The news that the EU is considering setting up so-called “disembarkation centers” in nearby non-member states is a distraction meant to appease an angry public, though no plan has been released thus far pertaining to the enforcement measures that would need to be implemented in order to make them more than a “band-aid solution” to the Migrant Crisis.

Jun 20 07:48

France and Germany agree to set up eurozone budget

France and Germany have agreed to set up a common budget for the eurozone, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday, announcing a key reform proposal to bolster the bloc.

The sum will be a "real budget with annual revenues and spending," said French President Emmanuel Macron after talks with the German leader, adding that Paris and Berlin hoped to have it in place by 2021.

Macron would not be drawn into giving a figure for the budget, saying that its size would be discussed with other members of the bloc.

How it would be funded was also up for discussion with other eurozone members, said Merkel, suggesting that it could involve regular transfers made by individual countries or a tax on financial transactions.

Jun 20 07:47

Germany Intervening Again in Greek Affairs!

The German Government has called upon the political parties of Greece and of FYROM to support the Agreement for the resolution of the dispute on the name of FYROM which was recently signed by Greek FM Kotzias and FYROM’s FM Dimitrov.

This is the latest of numerous German interventions in the Balkans since 1990 and in Greece since 2010, all of them, with no exception, have had absolutely catastrophic consequences for the whole peninsula, but also for Europe as a whole, as well as for the prospects of peace between East and West.

This was not the only outside intervention. The Socialist International, in a rather rare move, also strongly supported the Agreement, in spite of the objections of its Greek section and of the fact that this Agreement is officially not supported by a majority of Greek Deputies! Tsipras and Kotzias did not have any legitimacy to sign it.

Jun 20 07:46

Could there be a SWEXIT? Right-wing Sweden Democrats call for a referendum on EU membership

The leader of the far-right anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats is calling for a referendum on EU membership, hoping for a 'Swexit' result.

Jimmie Åkesson, 39, branded the EU 'a large web of corruption', and said Sweden should hold a referendum after the general elections this September.

The Sweden Democrats is currently the second biggest party in the Scandinavian nation, boosted by the European migrant crisis which saw Sweden take in more refugees per capita than any other EU country.

Jun 20 07:46

EU sacrifices Italy and Greece to save Merkel: France and Germany push to return asylum seekers to nation where they arrive as Chancellor faces coalition revolt over migrant crisis

France and Germany are pushing to return asylum seekers to the EU country where they arrived - as German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a coalition revolt over the migrant crisis.

On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron said France and Germany are seeking deals with frontline states in Europe's migration crisis to return asylum seekers to the EU country where they were first registered, usually their point of arrival.

'France and Germany will ensure that those who are registered in a Schengen zone country can be taken back as quickly as possible to the country where they have been registered,' he said, vowing to achieve this through bilateral and multinational agreements.

Jun 20 07:27

Lavrov: NATO’s military build-up near Russia's borders requires special attention

NATO’s military build-up and growing military activities near the Russian and Belarusian borders require special attention, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.

"The United States and its allies are not reluctant to interfere in the domestic affairs of sovereign states and even use military force," he said. "The deployment of the US global missile defenses causes particular concern as the US doctrines reduce the threshold for the use of nuclear arms. NATO’s military build-up and growing military activities near the Russian and Belarusian borders require special attention," the Russian top diplomat added.

Jun 20 07:18

GCHQ boss warns EU it will suffer without a Brexit security deal as he wades into row by revealing agency helped foil four plots in the past year

The EU faces a heightened terror threat if it chooses to limit security co-operation with the UK after Brexit, a British spy chief suggested last night.

In an unprecedented intervention, GCHQ boss Jeremy Fleming warned that the bloc would suffer at the hands of hostile foreign powers or terrorist groups if it decided to cut ties.

He said the eavesdropping agency had helped foil four terrorist attacks in Europe in the past year alone.

Jun 19 11:13

As Tensions Rise, Greeks See Sudden 90% Surge In 'Asylum-Seekers' Across Land Border With Turkey

In the last few months, tensions between two NATO member states have escalated dramatically - Turkey has threatened to invade Greek islands, Greece has responded, Turkey has violated Greek airspace 100s of times, and Greeks now see Turkey as the greatest threat to their existence.

And now, in the first five months of 2018, KeepTalkingGreece.com reports that Greece has been Europe’s top entry point for refugees and migrants. According to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontext, over 19,800 people entered Greece during January – May 2018. At the same time, the land border crossing from Turkey to Greece increased by 90 percent. The majority of these people were Syrians and Iraqis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the fact that both countries are NATO members, it would seem that the guy for the job here would be none other than NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, if he really wants NATO to get its MOJO back.

Stop the squabbling here, get Turkey to behave itself, and not ratchet up international tensions any more than they already are.

Jun 19 11:07

EU Backs Effort To Prosecute Israeli Military Officials For Human Rights Violations

The European Union is funding a project to prosecute Israel Defence Forces (IDF) officers for committing violations against Palestinian civilians, according to Israel Hayom, which quotes a local human rights organisation.

The pro-Israel group NGO Monitor analyses the funding and performance of non-governmental organisations which keep an eye on violations committed by the IDF.

“Following the request of Israeli human rights organisations,” it reported, “the European Union has begun funding a project for the prosecution of Israeli military staff involved in the violation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such prosecutions will be symbolic only; Israel will never allow their IDF members to be extradited for trial, and will continue in defending their worst horrendous behaviour with the excuse: "The Palestians MADE them do it; particularly that Palestinian baby who died of tear gas inhallation at a protest!!"

Jun 19 10:41

Stop the wars to end the refugee crisis

Europe is facing its most significant refugee crisis since World War Two. All attempts at resolving the issue have failed, mostly because those charged with doing so have ignored the root causes of the problem.

Furthermore, on 11 June, Italy’s new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, blocked the Aquarius rescue ship from docking in Italian ports. It was carrying 629 refugees and economic migrants. A statement by Doctors without Borders (MSF) stated that the passengers included 123 unaccompanied minors and seven pregnant women.

“From now on,” said Salvini, who also heads the far-right League Party, “Italy begins to say NO to the traffic of human beings, NO to the business of illegal immigration.”

The number of refugees was repeated in news broadcasts time and again, as a mere statistic. In reality, there were 629 precious lives at stake, each human being with a compelling reason why s/he has undertaken the potentially deadly journey to Europe.

Jun 19 10:37

Is Draghi Really Ending QE?

Jun 19 10:25

Turkey Finishes Massive Wall On Syrian Border, Paid For With EU Funds

While leftists are throwing a fit over President Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, they couldn't care less about Turkey's new massive 764-kilometer border wall with Syria paid for with European Union funds.

Jun 19 10:13

Why Aren't THESE People Considered For Asylum In The United States?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is webpage on asylum seekers states, in part,"Every year people come to the United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to Political opinion." I wonder if people like Jeremy Bedford Turner (in jail for saying that there is inordinate "Jewish control" in the UK), or holocaust skeptics Monika Schaefer and Ursula Haverbeck (both currently imprisoned in Europe), Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson, (who was previously arrested for a TV interview he did in which he cast doubt on the 'gas chambers.') Can they get asylum in the U.S. based on their fear of prosecution for their controversial political opinions? WHY NOT??! Recall that the late Ernst Zundel not only was not granted asylum, but he was nabbed by U.S. homeland security while living peacefully with his elderly American wife in Tennessee,

Jun 19 08:51

Nato chief warns over future of transatlantic relationship

The head of Nato has warned that the deep divisions between the US under Donald Trump and its European allies are not going away and there is no certainty that the transatlantic relationship and its military alliance will survive.

Against a backdrop of Trump’s open baiting of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, over immigration and her domestic difficulties, Jens Stoltenberg has called for all Nato members to work to avoid a disastrous breakdown in western unity.

Writing in the Guardian, Nato’s secretary general admits that “political storm clouds” are putting a strain on the ties that bind the Nato allies. But, in an appeal to leaders before the military alliance’s summit in July, the former prime minister of Norway says that “where differences persist, we must limit any negative impact on our security cooperation”.

Jun 19 08:50

Frontex Warns of Tens of Thousands of Migrants Currently En Route to Europe

The European Union border agency Frontex has warned that a new wave of mass migration could be coming to Europe via the eastern and western Mediterranean, calling for transnational cooperation to stop it.

The comments came at a meeting in Lower Austria in which Frontex’s Deputy Executive Director Berndt Körner claimed that the number of migrants was rising significantly both in the eastern part of the Mediterranean into Greece and in the west from North Africa, Kronen Zeitung reports.

Mr Körner noted that around 14,000 individuals were flown back to their home countries from EU states in 2017 in 341 flights and that many of them would be looking to return to Europe through Turkey and into Greece.

Jun 19 08:39

Angela Merkel promises to support Italy on migration after Giuseppe Conte meeting in Berlin

The German chancellor says she wants to work with Italy to reduce the number of refugees entering the European Union. Merkel is facing a rebellion inside her governing conservative alliance over migration.

Jun 19 07:56

Politician Explains How the Words 'Soros' and 'NGO' Became Dirty in Slovakia

Some forces are apparently interested in dragging Slovakia into political turmoil, Slovak politician Dusan Jarjabek told Sputnik, stressing that before the assassination of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak the country was among the EU's leaders in the terms of economy.

Some words and phrases in Slovakia have already been banned — "Soros," "control of the third sector" and "funding of the third sector," — says Dusan Jarjabek, Slovak politician, singer, and member of the Smer Socialna Demokracia ("Direction — Social Democracy") party.

"If you use any of these words, you will be immediately condemned by some media," the politician told Sputnik Czech Republic, referring to Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros and his numerous NGOs, dubbed the 'third sector' in Slovakia. "In society there is no balance now, it is divided, which is bad. However, it is possible that this [situation] is what someone was trying to achieve."

Jun 18 09:18

German MEP reveals 'Bavarian revolt' could STOP EU's Brexit bullying amid threat to Merkel

THE Christian Social Union (CSU) in Germany may use Angela Merkel's imminent collapse to push for a softer approach to Brexit and block attempts to punish Britain for voting to leave.

Jun 18 09:13

US To Double Number Of Marines In Norway To Counter Russia, Before Massive Military Exercise

The Norwegian government intends to add another 400 U.S. Marines to Norway before the most significant military exercise since the Cold War this fall, according to the country’s Ministry of Defense.

Jun 18 08:27

EU Extends Sanctions Against Crimea Another 12 Months

The EU sanctions were introduced in 2014 amid a sharp deterioration in relations between Moscow and the West after Crimea rejoined Russia as a result of a referendum which had not been recognized by the EU member states.

The European Union has prolonged its territorial sanctions on Crimea and Sevastpol by one year, until June 23, 2019, the EU Council said in a statement on Monday.

Jun 18 08:23

Market Crashes: The Tulip and Bulb Craze (1630s)

When: 1634-1637

Where: Holland

How Much: This number is difficult to calculate, but, we can tell you that at the peak of the market, a person could trade a single tulip for an entire estate, and, at the bottom, one tulip was the price of a common onion. (Related: How To Avoid Emotional Investing)

Jun 18 08:22

END OF MERKEL would trigger 'uncontrollable' EU-wide break-up: Europe fears 'nightmare'

THE biggest threat to the EU is the imminent collapse of Angela Merkel's fragile coalition, which would lead to a Europe-wide breakup "in an uncontrollable way" according to a leading left-wing and pro-EU commentator.

Jun 18 08:20

Merkel gets two weeks to solve migrant crisis: Chancellor faces near-impossible task to get Europe-wide agreement if she is to hold on to power after coalition partners' ultimatum

Angela Merkel has been given just two weeks to find a Europe-wide agreement over the migrant crisis after receiving an ultimatum from her coalition partners.

The German chancellor is battling to hold on to power amid a bitter row with her allies, the Christian Social Union, over immigration.

Jun 18 08:06

Nigel Farage: Merkel is the past, Salvini is the future

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