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Mar 24 11:57

Media: Latvia will lose loads of oil due to sanctions against Russia

RIA Novosti. The report on the impact of Latvia Minsoobshchenija sanctions on transit industry says that in case of deterioration of relations with Russia, the country will lose loads of coal and oil coming through the ports and by rail. It is reported Delfi.

Mar 24 11:57

Russia cancels food embargo for the three EU countries

Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of the Russian Federation (Rosselkhoznadzor) will verify the livestock enterprises in Greece, Cyprus and Hungary on 6 April, the press service of the department.

Mar 24 10:54

French President attacks me, wants to ban my “conspiracy theories”

France freaks out over "We Are Not Charlie Hebdo"

Along with his statement calling for outlawing “conspiracy theories” Hollande issued a diatribe attacking me personally, alongside four other “leading conspiracist intellectuals.”

Why are the French authorities so angry with me?

They are freaking out about the new book I am about to publish, We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo: Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11.

The book has intellectual respectability and thus crossover potential and the ability to reach and influence people who matter. And it includes more than enough information for any reasonable reader to conclude that the Charlie Hebdo affair, like most of the other spectacular “Islamic terror attacks,” was a false flag operation.

Mar 24 09:59

George Soros: Greece Is Going Down the Drain

Mar 24 06:43

CONFIRMED: U.S. intentionally escalating tensions with Russia

First of all, as far as the heavy armored stryker vehicles are concerned, their movement is being done in a classic pre war psy op fashion. Rather than be shipped by rail, they are driving the main roads in a huge public show and the troops are pitching tents and camping along the way. The goal of this psy op is to allow American soldiers to be seen in public places by many people, with top behavior being an order. They are doing this to put American forces in a positive light, and this tactic for a simple "vehicle movement" is unprecedented. It is a clear sign that America's intentions are war, because the method will build support in local communities in Europe, which will be needed if war does start.

Mar 24 06:30

Serbian Volunteers Fighting for Novorossiya Are Threatened with Imprisonment Back Home

In Serbia a law has been passed prohibiting citizens from participating in armed conflicts abroad. This law is directed at Serbian volunteers fighting for the Novorossiyan army.

Mar 24 06:29

Fruits of Victory: EU Parliament Approves Another 1.8 Billion Euro Loan to Ukraine

EU has managed to win Ukraine for its sphere of influence. Maybe it will soon wish it had not?

Mar 24 04:29

Serbian public demands compensation from NATO for 1999 bombardments of Yugoslavia

NATO delivered 2,300 air strikes during its bombing campaign according to Serbian sources killing more than 2,000 civilians (predominantly in Kosovo and Metohija) and 1,000 servicemen. More than 5,000 people were wounded and over a thousand went missing. Serbia’s military and industrial infrastructure was almost totally destroyed. More than 1,500 populated localities were ruined. Serbian experts have estimated the damage from NATO bombardments from $60 to 100 billion.

Mar 24 01:41

White House officials say Israel spied on Iran talks to sink nuclear deal

Top White House officials have revealed that Israel began to spy on the closed-door nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group last year in order to sink an agreement.

Mar 23 15:05

Czechs told not to throw tomatoes, eggs at US military convoy

Czech people were told not to throw tomatoes and eggs at a US military convoy rumbling through Eastern Europe, the local media said, citing the laws of the land. Those in love with egg & tomato hurling may get up to three years if convicted.

“Should anyone emerge with the intent to attack the convoy, with [items] such as tomatoes or eggs, it would qualify as disorderly conduct according to Czech legislation (up to 2 years without parole, in recidivist cases up to 3 years) or damage to property (sentences in the range of 6 months to 3 years).”

Mar 23 15:03

Cypriots Stone Bank of Cyprus On "Depositor Haircut" Anniversary

Mar 23 11:56

US Doing Everything to Prevent a New Russian Superpower - French Newspaper

The US is ready to surrender part of its sway in Asia to China if this keeps Russia out of the picture, Philippe Barret wrote in a think piece, carried in the latest issue of Le Nouvel Économiste weekly magazine.

Barret saw Chinese President Xi Jinping’s planned visit to Washington as the first sign of America’s shifting priorities.

“They had no particular problem using NATO to establish their dominion in Europe, making the majority of European countries their loyal allies, but this just didn’t work with Russia.”

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Looks like the US, realizing their military is already stressed, are having to pick and choose their battles, de-emphasizing China and Iran to focus resources on Russia.

This tells us that were the world to unite against the US the way the world united against Nazi Germany, the US would lose.

Mar 23 11:54

US Convoy March is 'Shocking Spectacle Fitting Imperialistic Ambitions'

The US military convoy marching through Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, to its base in Germany is a "shocking spectacle in keeping with the US’ imperialistic ambitions," Petr Hájek, editor-in-chief of the Protiproud website, told Sputnik.

Mar 23 06:52

'Violence extremely high': EU report slams Israel for settlement building in Jerusalem

An EU report suggests Jerusalem has reached a dangerous boiling point of ‘polarization and violence.’ The account, published by the Guardian, says the EU may take a tougher line against Israel as it continues to build illegal settlements in the city.

The report is prepared annually by the European countries' missions in Jerusalem, who advise EU foreign policymakers. The leaked text, obtained by the Guardian newspaper, describes the emergence of a “vicious cycle of violence … increasingly threatening the viability of the two-state solution,” which it says has been stoked by the continuation of “systematic” settlement building by Israel in “sensitive areas” of Jerusalem.

Mar 23 06:51

Spiegel Goes There: "Hitler's Hordes" Respond To Greece, Send The Nazis, And Merkel, To The Acropolis

Just over a week ago, when the bipolar, schizoid relationship between Greece and Germany was in the "we demand reparations for Nazi crimes" stage, we reported that the Greek Prime Minister threatened the seizure of German assets in response for “crimes of Third Reich and Hitler’s hordes."

We noted that it was only a matter of time before Germany's peculiar sense of humor struck back (and not just with a fake video explaining how the allegedly fake Varoufakis middle finger was faked), and sure enough here comes Spiegel with "How Europeans look at the Germans — The German Superiority" or ""The German Übermacht", in which Spiegel decided to send over Merkel along with Field Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch and a a few other nazis right in the middle of the Acropolis.

Mar 22 15:22

Poland Cannot Wait to Get Into Bed With the US

Western superiority is a top priority for Poland; Bronislaw Komorowski, the president of Poland, is willing to throw all the negative consequences that the TTIP may bring to the economies of European nations overboard in order to obtain closer ties with the United States and the illusion of Western superiority.

Mar 22 14:58

'Bread, jobs, dignity': Crowds gather for anti-austerity march in Madrid

Spaniards have gathered for an anti-austerity rally in the Spanish capital’s center. Almost a year ago, a similar protest in central Madrid turned violent and hundreds were injured.

Mar 22 14:20

Latvians are advised to prepare to war axes

Yandex: The U.S.-Baltic teachings - the largest at Russian borders for all post-Soviet time is just beginning, and the United States military is already behaving in local cities as hosts - none of people do not consider, keep insolent, rude. According to local residents, NATO militaries consider themselves the superior race.
"There is a real training to the cold war at any moment could go into the hot phase. To do this, in Latvia restored sereznye military facilities that were inherited from the Soviet era. This, for example, an airfield, which is of strategic importance for NATO. It can be used for air strikes in St. Petersburg and Moscow," said Einars Graudins, political scientist, human rights activist.

Mar 22 09:03

Polish MP: Poroshenko Has 'Lost Control Over His Country and Over Himself'

A Polish MP told Polish press earlier this week that Petro Poroshenko has 'lost control over his country and himself', and that the world must not listen to the president's appeals, which threaten to unleash a new World War.

Mar 22 05:56

EU to assess Minsk ceasefire in July

EU to assess Minsk ceasefire in July but sanctions likely to remain until at least 2016

(*talk about your 'procrastination'.)

Mar 22 03:29

Greek household income was reduced by 86% due to the crisis

Since the onset of austerity, direct taxes have increased by almost 53%, while indirect taxes have increased by 22 percent. The poorest families pay disproportionately more in taxes and the tax burden on them has increased by 337%. In comparison, the tax burden for high-income families increased by only 9%.

Mar 21 21:37

Rich Man’s Bank Hit by Bank Run, Collapse, “Bail-In”

In Europe nary a day seems to go by without some mention or rumor of a bank run or bank closure. Ground Zero of the current troubles is Greece, whose broken financial system is now wholly dependent on regular infusions of euros from the ECB. The moment those infusions stop – something the ECB has warned could happen at any time – the country’s banking system collapses. On Wednesday Greek banks saw deposit outflows of €300 million, the highest in a single day since a February deal with the euro zone that staved off a banking collapse.

Mar 21 10:18

Hungary remembers Gaza with Eurovision Song Contest entry

Israel is protesting Hungary’s Eurovision entry, which includes condemnation against Operation Protective Edge and mentions the number of Palestinian children killed during the 2014 Israeli military campaign.

Mar 21 09:36

Breaking the Spell, The Holocaust Myth and Reality

Nicholas Kollerstrom, PhD, is an English author, historian of science, and political activist. He was an honorary member of staff at University College London (UCL) for 11 years. Dr. Kollerstrom has always had an interest in Hermetic-alchemical issues and is presently managing New Alchemy Press. He is the author of several articles and books, and joins us to speak about his latest publication, Breaking the Spell, The Holocaust Myth and Reality. We begin our discussion with an analysis of the real physical data that exists relating to the purported existence of huge cyanide gas chambers in Nazi concentration camps.

Mar 21 09:24

Russia warns Denmark its warships could become nuclear targets

Russia has gone on the offensive in the Baltic, warning Denmark that if it joins Nato’s missile defence shield, its navy will be a legitimate target for a Russian nuclear attack.

“I don’t think that Danes fully understand the consequence if Denmark joins the American-led missile defence shield. If they do, then Danish warships will be targets for Russian nuclear missiles,” said Mikhail Vanin, the Russian ambassador to Denmark, to the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

“Denmark would be part of the threat against Russia. It would be less peaceful and relations with Russia will suffer. It is, of course, your own decision - I just want to remind you that your finances and security will suffer. At the same time Russia has missiles that certainly can penetrate the future global missile defence system,” Mr Vanin said.

Mar 21 08:55

Holodomor: The Ukrainian Holocaust of 1933

The killing of 10 million Christians by the Jewish Bolsheviks under Joseph Stalin 1932-1933 in Ukraine. These events are also known as Holodomor.

Mar 21 08:54

The European Union has produced an explosive new report recommending sanctions against Israel over its construction policies and security measures in Jerusalem

The European Union has produced an explosive new report recommending sanctions against Israel over its construction policies and security measures in Jerusalem, the British daily Guardian reported on its website on Friday.

The leaked report, which comes just days after incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handily won re-election, describes Israel's capital as a city gripped by the worst "polarization and violence" since the Second Intifada of a decade ago.

The document, which is an amalgamation of recommendations prepared by European diplomats stationed in the region, accuses the Israeli government of exacerbating tensions in the city by accelerating construction in the contest eastern part of the capital.

Mar 21 08:12

UK's foreign aid goes to EU in rush to hit targets, say MPs

More than two thirds of Britain’s aid budget is being given to organisations such as the EU and the World Bank to help meet official targets, despite billions of it going unspent for years, an investigation has concluded.

Mar 21 08:03

'Don’t compare EU with US': Fracking costs exceed benefits for Europe, study says

The impact of fracking on the environment and health in Europe is disproportionate to the gains derived from this drilling method, a new study says, adding that its cost effectiveness is also under question.

“We should not compare the conditions in Germany with those in the United States,” said Werner Zittel, the author of the study released by the Energy Watch Group, an international network of scientists and parliamentarians, as cited by the EurActiv.

Zittel says that Germany is much more densely populated than the US, adding this increases risks for both the environment and people near fracking sites.

The report says that severe environmental damage is seen in the US due to fracking, where the technique is widely used. Scientific studies have proved that the method is closely linked to earthquakes, which have recently increased in some parts of America where fracking is rife.

Mar 21 07:11

EU changes rules to extend Russian sanctions without unanimity among its 28 members

Although officials didn’t spell it out explicitly, the formulation aims to reverse the burden of proof for extending the sanctions, which include bans on the sales of arms or sophisticated equipment for the oil and gas industry, along with measures that effectively stop Russia and its largest banks from using western capital markets.

Mar 21 07:10

Shocking Austerity: Greece’s Poor Lost 86% Of Income, But Rich Only 17-20%

The poorest households in the debt-ridden country lost nearly 86% of their income, while the richest lost only 17-20%. The tax burden on the poor increased by 337% while the burden on upper-income classes increased by only 9%!!!

Mar 21 07:05

In Italy, They're Now Taxing Shadows

As Greece struggles to convince the world it’s serious about adopting a series of reforms designed to bolster its economy including cracking down on rampant tax evasion, the Syriza government may want to look to Italy for creative ideas on how to boost government revenue. As Italian newspaper Leggo reports, store owners in Conegliano are now faced with the unfortunate (albeit comically absurd) proposition of paying taxes on shadows.

The rationale appears to go something like this: an awning casts a shadow on public property and therefore you must pay to use that property.

Mar 21 07:03

NATO, Russian Officials Clash Over Situation in Europe

Top officials from NATO and Russia clashed sharply in public Friday over who is to blame for the dramatically worsened state of East-West relations.

“The big difference is that we are a defensive alliance,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a member of Russia’s parliament. “You send troops into other countries.”

The Russian, Konstantin Kosachev, flatly denied Russia is using its regular troops in Ukraine. He said the U.S.-led alliance talks a lot these days about the need to respect international law and a country’s borders and sovereignty, but that it had bombed a sovereign nation, the former Yugoslavia, in 1999.

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Stoltenberg is on drugs!

Mar 21 05:59

C’mon Angela, Let Them Greexit

Mar 20 22:37

America’s Dead-End in the Middle East

When empires weaken, they don’t merely withdraw. Rather, they leave behind a trail of broken promises and confusion.

When columnist Thomas L. Friedman suggests the U.S. should arm ISIS – thus joining the Saudi-Israeli regional war on Iran and the Shiites – it seems time to question the sanity of U.S. opinion- and policy-makers. But that is where the muddled U.S. post-9/11 strategy has led, explains Daniel Lazare.

Mar 20 22:31

Cuba – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

On 17 December 2014, President Obama declared that 55 years of embargo didn’t work in bringing ‘freedom’ to Cuba. He proposed reestablishing diplomatic relations with the southern neighbor. An emotion of joy shook the world, especially Latin America. Raul Castro received wires and calls of congratulations. Cubans cheered “we won, we won!” – The US Congress right wing was not quite ready for this initiative and, indeed, there was no concrete mention of how and when the ‘blockade’ would be lifted.

Two days after Obama’s bold initiative, on 19 December 2015, he went to the Washington Press Club to tell a horde of puppet journalists, conservative politicians and onlookers that soft measures, like reestablishing diplomatic relations with Havana might be more successful in bringing the desired regime change to Cuba than more years of isolation. He couldn’t have been more direct and more honest about his intention. The Cuban Government and whoever else listened didn’t miss the point.

Mar 20 22:28

The Iron Law of Oligarchy Returns

The death of Danny Schechter, “the News Dissector,” at age 72 from cancer marks a sad moment for independent journalism. Schechter’s was a strong voice against the empty platitudes and blatant hypocrisies that have come to define modern American media and politics, as he explained in an article last year.

The word “Oligarchy” has finally come home. For years, it was a term only used in connection with those big bad and sleazy Mafioso-type businessmen in Russia. Russia had Oligarchs; we didn’t. That became a big difference between the official narrative of what separated our “land of the free and the home of the brave” from “them” in the post-Soviet period.

Mar 20 18:21

The SNB Has Zero Credibility Right Now: Merk

Mar 20 07:49

Third Time Lucky? Council of Europe Signs Another Action Plan With Ukraine

The Council of Europe and Ukraine have signed an Action Plan for 2015-2017. It is presented as evidence of the new Ukraine’s brave dash towards Europe and its values. So much so that many tend to forget this is in fact a third CoE Action Plan for Ukraine.

Mar 20 07:48

Baloo or Grizzly? NATO Baiting Russia But the Bear Won't Bite

Austrian journalist Von Marco Maier argues that Russia has conducted itself in an extremely restrained manner amid constant NATO provocations.

Mar 20 07:41

UK troops start training Ukraine’s army, US confirms own mission

UK military personnel have arrived in Ukraine and are beginning their training mission there, Britain’s Ministry of Defence has announced. Meanwhile the US will send nearly 300 paratroopers to start training the country’s national guard next month.

The deployment of foreign troops has started amid a barely holding cease-fire in the country’s east.

Mar 20 07:40

EU rules out automatic extension of anti-Russia sanctions

EU leaders have failed to reach a consensus on the automatic extension of Russian sanctions which are due to expire in July. European Council President Donald Tusk announced that the decision will be linked to the full implementation of Minsk agreement.

“The duration of economic sanctions will be clearly linked to the full implementation of the Minsk agreement,” Tusk told a news conference following the first working session of the summit in Brussels.

Mar 20 07:30

Lavrov on Alleged MH17 Crash Witnesses’ Accounts: Looks Like Hoax

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday questioned Western media reports on the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine based on alleged eyewitnesses.

"What was published by the Reuters news agency, a reputed and respected media outlet, looks very much like, you know, what is called a hoax. There are some eyewitnesses who contradict each other and say things that sound bizarre to any expert, for example, a zigzagging missile, separating stages, a trail of blue smoke," he said.

At the same time, Lavrov said, Western media ignore officially documented information from eyewitnesses previously obtained by Russian media and investigators, including those indicating the presence of a Ukrainian military jet in the vicinity of the doomed flight.

Mar 20 07:07

Could Greece swing to the right?

Mar 20 06:50

NATO Fumes as Russia Signs Treaty with South Ossetia

NATO is furious, again, claiming the treaty is in violation of international law. NATO does not recognize South Ossetian independence and insists every treaty they enter is a violation.

South Ossetia was an autonomous oblast in the Georgian Soviet Republic during the Soviet era, and declared independence in 1990 when the Soviet Union collapsed. Georgia has repeatedly, unsuccessfully, tried to conquer them.

The most recent war came in 2008, when Georgian forces attacked both South Ossetia and Russian peacekeepers, starting the brief Russo-Georgian War, in which Georgia’s military was virtually wiped out.

Mar 20 06:48

Scandal-hit Italian minister announces resignation

Maurizio Lupi, the transport and infrastructure minister, said on Thursday that he would resign on Friday after a parliament meeting about the graft case.

This came after a major investigation found that Ettore Incalza, a former senior official in Lupi’s department, was a suspect in the rigging of tenders for major public works projects worth a total of 25 billion euros ($26.5 billion).

A total of 51 officials and businessmen, including Incalza, have been placed under investigation.

Mar 20 06:22

Greece ready to play the Russian card

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Greece is ready to play the Russian card, bringing a new geostrategic dimension to the euro crisis.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras moved up his planned visit to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to early next month instead of in May.

Faced with intransigence by the European Union and its other creditors in rolling back austerity and alleviating its debt burden, the Greek government is quietly dangling the prospect of turning to Russia for aid.

Mar 19 20:17

Kiev Shifts Goalposts as Merkel Skews Wide

Unfortunately, the prognosis is that if Merkel cannot see the glaring truth of the situation by now... then there is not much hope of the chancellor ever coming to a realistic political position on Ukraine...And, grimly, that means the outlook for further conflict is not good.

Kiev President Petro Poroshenko unveiled a new dimension of international sanctions against Russia this week, while being royally entertained by German leaders in Berlin. The oligarch-turned-politician now wants the Western allies of the Kiev regime to boycott the 2018 World Cup Finals to be held in Russia.

Mar 19 19:56

CrossTalk: Recognizing Palestine

Why have Western countries only now decided to vote to recognize the state of Palestine? What will be the outcome? Will a legitimate Palestinian state bring peace to the region? Is an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan a dead end?

CrossTalking with Amir Oren and Norman Finkelstein (author of the new book ‘Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza’).

Mar 19 19:49

Netanyahu’s Victory: Now What President Obama?

Netanyahu's outright rejection of a Palestinian state and his promise to go on building more and more illegal settlements leave Obama without any wriggle room.

“Love him (Netanyahu) or hate him, this is the face of Israel.” That’s how Uriel Heilman concluded an article for the JTA (Jewish Telegraph Agency) on Netanyahu’s election victory after noting that he had shown his true colours by declaring that there would be no Palestinian state while he is in charge. What President Obama now has to decide is whether or not he will allow Netanyahu to remain in charge of American policy for Israel-Palestine.

Mar 19 19:46

Netanyahu Unmasks Israel

With the facades gone, Americans must decide if they will embrace this apartheid system or not...

Desperate to win reelection, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stripped off Israel’s mask and exposed the ugliness that has deformed his country over the past several decades.He abandoned the subterfuge of a two-state solution, exposed the crass racism that underlies Israeli politics, and revealed Israel’s blatant control of the U.S. Congress.

For years, U.S. politicians have rejected allegations of Israeli racism and excused mistreatment of the Palestinians as a temporary necessity that would be fixed by a two-state solution. But Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has destroyed those arguments in his panic to keep his job, reports Robert Parry.

Mar 19 19:40

Obama and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

One searches in vain for any detailed and highly competent writings or speeches on foreign policy, given by Obama, that go beyond idealistic platitudes, ever how souring the rhetoric.

Do not expect any significant progress engendered by the Obama administration for the rest of his term.

If there is to be any change in the configuration between the Palestinians and the Israelis, it will emanate from the International Court of Justice.

Mar 19 15:09

EU links lifting Russia sanctions to peace in Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders said Thursday that they would maintain economic sanctions against Russia until the peace agreement on eastern Ukraine is fully implemented.

EU President Donald Tusk said the decision showed the common resolve of the 28 EU nations in the face of Russian involvement in the conflict.

It also underscored the support of the EU for Ukraine, which had urged the member nations to maintain the pressure that the sanctions bring on Russia.

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