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Jan 04 07:36

Belgian court bans Uber in Brussels

A Belgian commercial court has supported local taxi firms and said that world-famous Uber services are outlawed in Brussels, according to local media reports citing the court decision.

The court order was issued on December 18 by the Dutch-speaking tribunal of commerce, Belgian news outlets La Libre Belgique and La Derniere Heure said on Thursday. The ruling allows only drivers with a Brussels taxi license and a special lamp light on the roof to operate in the Belgian capital, which hosts headquarters of NATO and EU Commission as well as offices of many other key international organizations.

Jan 04 07:33

‘They hate Italians and must resign’: Salvini attacks mayors resisting harsh immigration rules

The times when mayors of Palermo, Florence and Naples could cash in on illegal immigrants are over, Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said, vowing that those resisting the new policies will answer before law and history.
“Those who help the illegal immigrants, hate Italians,” Salvini said, blasting his opponents on Facebook and Twitter.

The minister from the conservative Lega Nord Party promised that the rebelling city heads will “answer before law and history.” And it's no idle threat, as the former mayor of the Calabrian town of Riace is currently under house arrest on charges of aiding and abetting illegal immigration.

Jan 04 07:26

"EU IS DISGUSTING & a DISASTER" Nigel Farage GOES BEAST MODE on Clueless Leaders

Jan 03 13:40

The Most Dangerous Man In Europe - video

Who Is Macron - Attacks Nationalism | Wants EU Army | The Most Dangerous Man In Europe

Jan 03 09:42

Brexit U–TURN: EU will agree 'alternative' Brexit deal with UK 'at last second'

Shanker Singham, the Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit for the Institute of Economic Affairs, has claimed the EU will still agree to a Brexit deal with the UK if Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement is rejected by MPs. British politicians are expected to debate the Prime Minister’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement when they return to Parliament next week before they vote on the deal on the week of the 14 January. Speaking on Sky News, the Brexit supporting economist insisted that an "alternative" deal is still possible with Brussels, even if Theresa May’s agreement is rejected.

Jan 03 09:19

Croatia threatens to cancel F-16 purchase from Israel over months of delays

Croatia threatened to cancel its purchase of F-16 fighter jets from Israel on Thursday, January 2 after months of stalling due to a lack of U.S. approval.

Croatia had in March agreed to buy 12 used F-16s from Israel to replace its Russian-made MiG-21s.

The deal, worth $500 million (€440 million), was the Balkan nation’s biggest arms purchase since splitting from former Yugoslavia in the 1990s war.

But Washington objected to the sale of the U.S.-made jets because it wants the removal of electronic system upgrades that Israel added.

After months of delay, the Croatian defense ministry said it asked Israel for “official information by January 11 on whether Israel can deliver the planes.”

If Croatia is not able to buy the specific jets it chose, the government will cancel the deal, the ministry said.

Jan 03 08:52

The European Union: An Authoritarian Body With A Humanitarian Face

What the Lisbon Treaty actually created was an authoritarian political system that infringes on human and political rights.

Article 4 states in part: "...The Member States shall facilitate the achievement of the Union's tasks and refrain from any measure which could jeopardise the attainment of the Union's objectives." In other words, the interests of the Union are above the interests of individual states and citizens.

In a democratic system with a healthy balance of power, a ruling coalition can be challenged or replaced by the opposition. This is precisely what is lacking in the EU, as the Treaty of Lisbon requires that European Commission members be selected on the basis of their "European commitment." This means, in effect, that anyone with a dissenting view may never become a member of the Commission. As history repeatedly demonstrates, where there is no opposition, freedom is lost.

Jan 02 11:40

The Yellow Vest Movement Has Spread Like Wildfire Across the World

The power of the people has been mightily illustrated by individuals coming together to say “enough is enough.”

Jan 02 07:52

EU SHOCK PREDICTION: Eurozone will BREAK UP in 2019 amid national turmoil, experts warn

THE EUROZONE must “integrate economically” or “risk breaking up” in 2019, as spiralling debts, trade wars across the Atlantic and Brexit turmoil cause chaos for 19 of the 28 EU member states.

Jan 01 11:09

Jean Claude Juncker used private jets for almost half of his official visits this year, with one overnight trip costing £32,000, despite EU laws banning 'air taxis' unless there are no other flights

Jean-Claude Juncker used private jets for nearly half his worldwide 'missions' this year, official figures reveal.

These 'air taxis' should only be used when no suitable commercial flights can be found, according to EU Commission rules.

But Mr Juncker chartered private jets for 21 out of 43 official trips between January and November, racking up a bill that is likely to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, a Daily Mail analysis reveals.

The revelation sparked calls last night for the EU Commission president to be investigated over his allegedly 'excessive' use of private flights, which are funded by EU taxpayers.

Dec 31 09:49

Russia to provide tit-for-tat response to placement of US missiles in Europe - Lavrov

Russia will provide a tit-for-tat response in case of placement of US missiles banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) in Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated in an interview with the Rossiya-1 channel, published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.

"Unfortunately, our European colleagues, whose independence we wish to be reflected in their actions, are not very ready for it and follow the US even when it goes directly against their interests," Lavrov said. "An example: voting against the Russian resolution in support of maintaining the INF treaty."

"We have heard the largest amount of concerns over the US’ unilateral exit from this Treaty in Europe," the minister noted. "However, the entire EU has voted against our offer, that is, basically, in favor of the INF Treaty ceasing to exist and in favor of the recurring threat of placement of US missiles in Europe banned under this Treaty".

Dec 31 08:52

NATO Partisans Started a New Cold War With Russia

When historians examine the first few decades of the so-called post-Cold War era, they are likely to marvel at the clumsy and provocative policies that the United States and its NATO allies pursued toward Russia. Perceptive historians will conclude that a multitude of insensitive actions by those governments poisoned relations with Moscow, and by the latter years of the Obama administration, led to the onset of a new cold war. During the Trump administration, matters grew even worse, and that cold war threatened to turn hot.

Since the history of our era is still being written, we have an opportunity to avoid such a cataclysmic outcome. However, the behavior of America’s political, policy, and media elites in response to the latest parochial quarrel between Russia and Ukraine regarding the Kerch Strait suggests that they learned nothing from their previous blunders. Worse, they seem determined to intensify an already counterproductive, hardline policy toward Moscow.

Dec 31 08:40

WESTERN EUROPE“Flag of shame”: Video of French protesters tearing down EU flag goes viral

During the seventh consecutive weekend of yellow vest protests in Paris, a group of protesters can be seen taking down the EU flag.

The sources of the video, which surfaced yesterday, say it took place during Act VII (the seventh protest weekend).

When the flag is taken down people cheer and a French account that posted the video calls it “the flag of shame”.

Yellow vest protests took place all over France and one of the targets of the protesters was the mainstream media as it “spread fake news” about the size of the movement.

Dec 31 08:29

Financial Collapse - Brexit Success Equals EU Collapse!

Dec 30 10:12

Belgians first? Nationalist party doubles support as European spring continues

An Ipsos poll shows that nationalism is on the rise in Belgium as Flemish nationalist party “Vlaams Belang” doubled its support.

Vlaams Belang, a party with Flemish national interests, has grown from 5.5 to 12 per cent in the polls. The party is heavily opposed against Islamisation, mass migration and globalisation.

But there’s more good news for conservative Belgium as the N-VA party has also gained support in the polls. The former government party, which opposes mass migration as well, increased its support by two per cent.

Dec 30 10:06

Berlin Approves €7 Bln Tunnel Project Connecting Germany and Denmark

The 19 km (11.8 mile) Fehmarnbelt link was supposed to be constructed in 2024, but the project has been previously delayed due to environmental protests in Germany.

Berlin has approved 52.6 billion Danish crowns (€7 bln or $8 bln) rail and road tunnel that would link the Danish island of Lolland to the German island of Fehmarn.

"This is the result of several years of cooperation between the parties involved in Denmark and Germany", Claus Dynesen, project director at Femern A/S company, responsible for the construction, said in a statement.

Dec 30 10:02

NATO Armed Forces in Europe, Afghanistan

NATO-Russian relations have been complicated over the past years as the alliance maintains its course for eastward expansion. The alliance has been also stepping up its military presence in Europe since 2014, using the alleged Russian involvement in the Ukraine crisis and what it describes as general destabilizing activities as a pretext. Moscow has refuted the allegations and warned that such a policy may undermine stability in the region.

Dec 30 09:34

Outrage After Swedish TV Downplays Gruesome ISIS Beheadings, Threatens Prison For Sharing Video

Swedish state broadcaster SVT has outraged viewers after they ran an article claiming that the gruesome ISIS-inspired murder of two Scandinavian girls in Morocco "had nothing to do with Islam," before warning Swedes that sharing a graphic beheading video of the incident could result in up to four years of imprisonment.

Maren Ueland, 28, of Norway and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, of Denmark were murdered while backpacking in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco. Both girls were stabbed multiple times, while one of them was beheaded on video. The culprits can then be seen pledging allegiance to the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

The ISIS fanatics gloated about the killing - while images of the killing were posted to the Facebook page of Ueland's mother, and the video was sent via Private Message to Ms. Jesperson's friends, according to the Daily Mail.

Dec 30 09:26

The West Is in Disarray, and It Will Only Get Worse. Crisis of Political Leadership in US and EU

Meanwhile in the United States there has been strong jostling between the political-financial-war elites for the dominance of Trump’s foreign policy. The President, either out of inexperience, ineptitude or intentionally, soon succumbed to the foreign-policy establishment, with its usual offerings of neoliberalism and brutal imperialism.

Trump’s weaponized use of the dollar thereby ended up in an unintended blue-on-blue attack, with Trump’s money bags, Saudi Arabia and Israel, receiving some friendly fire in addition to the intended targets, Iran, Russia and China. An understanding between Trump and the foreign-policy establishment has therefore been reached, sealed with the appointments of Bolton and Pompeo, establishing a modus vivendi between competing interests.

Dec 30 09:25

Bundestag Member: 'Berlin Fuels War in the Balkans'

Kosovo wants to create its own army and "integrate it into NATO". In light of this, a faction of the party Die Linke has made a request to the federal government and asked about Berlin's position regarding the project. Sputnik has obtained the federal government's answers.

According to Sevim Dagdelen, Deputy Leader of Die Linke in the Bundestag, Berlin actively supports the "illegal policy of Pristina." On November 21, she made a small inquiry (printed matter 19/5939) entitled "Germany and the Transformation of the Kosovo Security Force into Fully Armed Forces" to the federal government. The reason for that was the news of Kosovo's plans to create its own "national army" and to integrate it into NATO.

Sputnik has managed to obtain the German federal government's response dated, December 17. The document says that Berlin has classified the answers as "confidential", with 10 answers out of 29 labelled as "classified."

Dec 30 09:16

Swiss-Spanish 'Terrorist Recruiter' Detained Over Scandinavian Girls' Carnage

Speaking at a press conference in Rabat, a Moroccan intelligence spokesman said that the two Scandinavian tourists were killed by a "lone wolf, hastily organised terrorist cell".

Moroccan authorities have arrested a dual Swiss-Spanish national in Marrakesh in connection with the killing of two women, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, on suspicion that he was a local terrorist recruiter.

According to the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations, the man, whose name has not been released to the public yet, is alleged to have been teaching some of the suspects "about communication tools involving new technology and training them in marksmanship".

He is believed to have been involved in the "recruitment of Moroccans and sub-Saharans to carry out terrorist plans in Morocco" against foreign targets and security forces.

Dec 30 09:14

Serbia: thousands rally in fourth week of anti-government protests

Around 25,000 protesters turned out for a fourth week of anti-government demonstrations in Belgrade, piling more pressure on the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vu?i?.

“This is a citizens’ demonstration against the situation in the country, which has been economically and politically complicated, even critical, for a long time,” protester Vladimir Toši? said at the rally on Saturday.

The demonstrators marched without incident or overt signs of political affiliation in the centre of the capital, with some chanting “Vu?i? thief”, or waving placards that said “Enough lies”.

Many blew whistles, a symbol of Serb protests since strongman Slobodan Miloševi? held power in the 1990s.

Dec 30 09:14

Dutch 'yellow vest' protest broken up by mounted police

Dutch police on horseback broke up a protest on Saturday by “yellow vest” demonstrators who threw rocks and fireworks at them, a statement said.

The police statement said the mounted officers “carried out several charges” to end the demonstration in The Hague, which had not been approved by authorities and had turned violent. Eight protesters were detained for disturbing the peace after clashing with police.

Around 150-200 demonstrators took part in the protest march near government offices, wearing the hi-vis jackets also worn by anti-government protesters in France.

Dutch TV showed footage of the protesters in front of parliament waving Dutch flags, shouting anti-government slogans and later trying to break through a police cordon. Several mounted police and dozens of officers on foot could be seen. No one sustained any injuries, police said.

Dec 29 09:43

If Macron Fails, Europe Fails

French President Emmanuel Macron has tried to calm protesters by raising the minimum wage, among other concessions. But if the yellow vests continue eroding his authority, it's not just France that will suffer. And Germany is partly at fault.

Dec 29 09:43

Legal Expert: European Court Ruling Could Open Door to Sharia in EU

French legal expert Gregor Puppinck has said that a recent European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling in Greece could open up the door for limited aspects of Islamic sharia law to be adopted in Europe.

Puppinck, who serves as director of the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ) and is a member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Panel of Experts on Freedom of Conscience and Religion, said that the ECHR ruling in Greece earlier this month runs counter to a previous judgement in 2003 that found sharia incompatible with “the fundamental principles of democracy,” Le Figaro reports.

The new ruling followed a case in which a Muslim woman in the Greek region of Thrace was deprived of her inheritance of her dead husband’s estate due to an application of sharia law which has been allowed in the region since the 1920s, despite his will naming her as his beneficiary.

Dec 28 15:56

ISRAEL, GREECE, CYPRUS TO INK NATURAL GAS PIPELINE DEAL

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Israel, Greece and Cyprus will sign an agreement early next year to build a pipeline to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe, while the United States pledged its support for the ambitious project.

Dec 28 09:16

Europe Bans Airport Body Scanners For "Health and Safety" Concerns

The European Union issued a ruling this week that bans X-ray body scanners in all European airports. According to the European Commission, the agency charged with enforcing the ruling across the EU’s 27 member nations, the prohibition is necessary “in order not to risk jeopardizing citizens’ health and safety.”

X-ray body scanners, which use "backscatter" ionized radiation technology, emit enough radiation to theoretically damage DNA and cause cancer. While the level of radiation is extremely low, some studies have found that over time a small number of cancer cases could result from scanning millions of people a year. Statistically the incidence is minuscule, but it’s a possibility nonetheless.

Dec 28 08:10

'The Euro is a suicide pact' Economist Prof. Steve Keen on Brexit and the European Central Bank

Dec 27 13:43

What's Really Going Down in Paris?

Dec 27 11:04

Russia warns Ukraine and NATO against sending ships through the Kerch Strait

Moscow called on Ukraine and its Western partners to abandon the new attempt to send naval ships through the Kerch Strait.

At a press briefing, the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, called the possible passage of Ukrainian ships through the Kerch Strait "a reckless initiative", RIA Novosti reports.

Zakharova also noted that the "Western supervisors" of Kyiv should come up with a way of "reasoning with the ruling regime" in Ukraine in order to make them abandon the steps that could lead to escalation in the region.

According to Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry believes that Ukraine’s plans to make a new attempt to send warships through the Kerch Strait are nothing more than a "provocation" in which Kyiv plans to involve NATO and the OSCE.

"Apparently, the recent incident with Ukrainian sailors, who became hostages of the aggressive policy of Kyiv authorities, did not teach anyone anything," Zakharova added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian Foreign Minister Spokeswoman's Zakharova's voice is the voice of sweet reason here.

It appears that the US, NATO, and Ukraine, are hell-bent on causing a disturbance here, over Russia's response to Ukrainian military having not followed protocol about informing Russia that these ships were on their way ahead of time.

And further incidents in Kerch Strait, by Ukrainian, US, or NATO craft, may well be interpreted, and rightly so, as an act of war by Russia.

I am hoping (and praying) that the adults in the room in Brussels, Kiev, and DC, will have the horse-sense to back off here; the consequences of not doing so, may well lead to a world war.

I perceive that Putin is a cautious man, and will not take the first step toward a potential war; but there is a point past which he, and the Russian government, cannot be pushed without having to retaliate.

I hope that those clamoring for such an incident to happen, are absolutely, dead certain, of precisely where that point would be, in such a scenario, because I am absolutely not sure.

Dec 27 09:50

NOBODY STANDS IN THE WAY OF ZION

More than two years ago I wrote a comment with the title “When the Israel lobby rings twice”, but today it doesn’t quite fit anymore. In fact, the lobby has infiltrated German public life. They sit in almost all forums, parties, organizations. And in the media they are constantly on the lookout and consult editorial offices and broadcasters, so that everything goes according to their wishes and criticism of Israel is immediately stopped and the critics are silenced. The influence of this lobby and its demands are unprecedented. Why did the Merkel-Gro/Ko hide until today that during the last German-Israeli government consultations Prime Minister Netanyahu handed over a paper to Chancellor Merkel urging the German government to stop support for non-governmental organizations that allegedly “promote anti-Israeli activities”? We know only too well what this means and who.

Dec 27 09:39

Europeans will have to fork out billions more to fund the EU Budget if there is a No Deal Brexit and Britain does not pay £39billion divorce bill, the bloc's finance chief warns

A no deal Brexit could leave Europeans having to fork out billions more to plug the gaping hole in the EU's budget, the bloc's finance chief has warned.

Gunther Oettinger said the remaining 27 member states will face a hefty bill if the UK does not pay the £39billion divorce bill it has promised.

And he warned that Germany alone could have to cough up hundreds of millions of euros more to fund the shortfall.

Dec 27 08:19

Project Fear: Brexit Under Threat

The only way to effectively control a population without resorting to violence is to keep them subdued through fear, and this is exactly what is happening to the people of the U.K. as they try to get their democratic rights enacted.

On June 23, 2016, the British people took part in the largest ever democratic exercise in the nation’s history: They voted to leave the confines of the European Union and all of its institutions. The people voted, and the politicians acted. Unfortunately, the Westminster parliamentarians acted in none but their own interest.

Dec 27 08:08

Sweden CRISIS: EU state preparing for chaos in 2019 as mainstream parties shun populists

Dec 27 07:49

Fraud probe opens into EU police mission for West Bank

Is it possible to have a relaxing holiday if you are being investigated for fraud?

The European Union’s policing operation in the occupied West Bank faces exactly that challenge. A few days before many of its personnel left for a Christmas break, some less than welcome visitors came to see their new Ramallah headquarters.

Representing an anti-fraud office called OLAF, the visitors conducted a search, quizzed some staff and took various documents and electronic equipment away for further inspection.

The investigation has been unreported until now. Yet it is not the first time that the EU’s policing operation has been under suspicion.

In December 2016, the Union’s diplomatic service opened a probe into claims of nepotism and harassment at the operation’s headquarters.

Dec 27 07:46

We do not want a mixed population and therefore we are protecting our borders and oppose migration – Hungarian PM

Hungary was a loser in the 20th century but it is determined to be a winner in the 21st, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a Christmas interview published in daily Magyar Idok on Monday.

“There will be elections in 2019 but we are looking to 2030. Thanks to eight years of joint efforts, we are at the start of a new era and I am convinced that not only have we set off on an upward path but we will reach our goal,”

Dec 26 08:38

BRUSSELS DISTRICT ON LOCKDOWN AFTER GUNMAN RAMPAGES WITH KALASHNIKOV

A man opened fire at a restaurant in central Brussels with a Kalashnikov, according to media reports.

The district has been placed on lockdown as authorities heighten their investigation, Britain’s Express reports:

Witnesses said they saw a Kalashnikov assault rifle used in the shooting, which took place in Avenue Louise, a luxury shopping street. The shooter fired three shots through the window of the restaurant in the Belgian capital, before fleeing at about 9 am GMT. Police have not yet ruled out terror as the motive for the attack, but said it was not believed to have been a terrorist attack. The motive remains unclear, police said.

No one was hurt in the incident, they added.

Dec 26 07:27

Europe will be stable and successful only if it remains European – Hungarian PM

Europe will be stable and successful only if it remains European, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in an interview with Austrian news portal oe24.at published on Sunday.

Commenting on next year’s European Parliamentary elections, he said this will be the first time that the nations of Europe vote on a common issue.

Migration is an issue that concerns the entire continent and it will be in the focus of the election campaign everywhere, Orban said.

He expressed hope that those people will have the stronger voice who want to preserve and protect their national identity and Christian traditions. It would be good for Europe to have a common voice stating that Europe belongs to Europeans, he said.

Dec 26 07:26

‘Mary, has someone else emptied their sack into you?’ Jesus nativity sketch on Swedish TV draws ire

A producer has been forced to apologize after Swedish TV lost any customary cultural sensitivities and broadcast a profane primetime Christmas sketch, featuring a jealous Joseph interrogating Mary over the paternity of baby Jesus.
The live sketch, broadcast on Sunday, starts with the host earnestly urging the audience to “remember why we celebrate Christmas.”

The feed then cuts to Joseph asking the heavily-pregnant Virgin Mary if someone else has been “playing the daddy” and “emptied their sack” into her. As the flurry of sexual euphemisms continues and a rubber doll Jesus is "born", the Three Wise Men also enter, only to be asked by Joseph if they have been sleeping with his wife. The scene ends with Joseph asking in another single-entendre, “Who left the locomotive in the degreasing room?”

Dec 26 07:25

NATO seeks to misrepresent deal on military presence in N. Kosovo – Serbian president

NATO seeks to misrepresent the 2013 Brussels Agreement’s provisions concerning the presence of the Kosovo military in the northern part of the region, Serbian President Aleksander Vucic said on Tuesday. “Kosovo’s Regional Operational Support Unit (ROSU) may only enter the northern part of Kosovo if NATO forces allow it and the Serb community gives its consent… If NATO wants to violate the agreement, then it is a different matter,” he told the Pink TV channel. According to Vucic, NATO is trying “to forget the second part of the agreement.”

Dec 26 07:12

How Desire for Border Control in the West Saw Globalization Concede

Since its onset, the European migration crisis has reshaped the way governments handle border control, while promises to put a halter upon mass migration have won elections and broken up political unions.

In the political realm, the approach of EU member states to dealing with illegal migrants on their shores and frontiers have varied significantly — from Angela Merkel's "open door policy" to Viktor Orban's "Europe is under invasion" perspective.

The German Chancellor has largely relied on the concept of a united Europe and sought to distribute refugees among all 28 EU member states and eventually eliminate the causes of the refugee inflow.

Dec 26 07:08

Jean-Claude drunker

The atmosphere in Brussels has become, of late, reminiscent of the late Brezhnev era. We have a political system run by a bureaucratic apparatus which — just like the former USSR — serves to conceal important evidence. Especially when it comes to the health of its supreme leader, Jean-Claude Juncker.

At the Nato summit gala dinner last week, videos emerged showing Juncker unable to climb the few steps leading to the podium. He hesitates at the bottom before being grabbed by the very sturdy Ukrainian Petro Poroshenko. He is then held up during the ceremony. Afterwards Juncker — who is only 63, hardly an old man — staggers and wobbles away, propped up by Mark Rutte and António Costa, prime ministers of the Netherlands and Portugal. When asked about the incident, Juncker said that he suffered from sporadic ‘sciatica’. This remains the official explanation.

Dec 26 07:07

Bundestag Member: Nord Stream 2 Project to Result in EU-Russia Interdependence

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project will lead to mutual dependence of Russia and Europe rather than make the bloc unilaterally reliant on Russian energy supplies, Jurgen Trittin, a Greens lawmaker and member of the Bundestag's foreign affairs committee, said on Tuesday.

"The main argument [alleging] that they [European countries] will depend on Russia is wrong. The gas pipeline will lead to interdependence, because ties between a producer and a consumer are very strong," Trittin told Der Spiegel magazine, when asked whether the Nord Stream 2 project could be regarded as a threat to the security interests of Central and Eastern Europe.

Trittin stressed that a producer, as a rule, is even more dependent on its consumer since the latter has other sources of energy supplies.

Dec 26 07:05

Swedish National TV Under Fire for 'Hushing Up' Details of Hikers' Brutal Murder

Not only did the state broadcaster run an article claiming that the bestial murder of two Scandinavian girls in Morocco "had nothing to do with Islam", but it also put the emphasis on the fact that sharing the graphic video of the killing is illegal, while downplaying the sheer brutality of the murder itself, many viewers complained.

Swedish national broadcaster SVT has come under a storm of criticism for its coverage of the double murder of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen (24) and Maren Ueland (28) by Islamists in Morocco.

Many viewers complained that the state broadcaster was more concerned by the video of the killing being spread than the grisly murders themselves. While one of the victims was decapitated alive in the style of Daesh* executions, SVT didn't mention the beheading at all, instead merely reporting about "neck wounds".

The clip is so brutal that many people who have watched it admit to it having a deep impact and regret having ever played it.

Dec 25 10:26

The Fusion Doctrine, For a Totalitarian Take Over. Militarization and “Privatization of the State”

It has become increasingly apparent throughout the past decade that the nation state, and the traditional notion that it represents a culturally cohesive citizen’s platform, is no longer a valid supposition.

An increasingly significant number of citizens now feel that there is no trust-worthy party to turn to at election time; whereas those who continue to place their faith in one or other party, allow themselves to be swayed by the ubiquitous nature of state propaganda – and not by their better instincts. This propaganda is corporation infused and is tied-into the deliberate promotion of an increasingly “me, me” agenda. Materialistically inclined consumers and many of those reacting to the dog eat dog political agenda of the day, appear to believe that any sort of resistance to the dominant trend is pointless, preferring to think only about their own needs and wishes and how to get the best out of a bad situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please do a reality check for any blog you may visit, and ask yourself; is this simply corporate propaganda, or is there a basis for considering it true?!?

In order to survive in the 21st century, one has to become a 24/7 awareist, understanding immediately if what you are seeing or hearing is the truth, or corporate propaganda, to support an agenda (like the US's call for endless war).

Dec 25 09:46

After a hard BREXIT the EU, not the UK, may be suffering from the break up

Dec 25 09:41

Juncker's dreams of United States of EU ENDED - 'This puts integration OFF THE TABLE!'

The European Commission will struggle to promote plans for further integration among European Union member states because of the rise of populist movement across the bloc. Prof Alan Winters forecast the bloc will face "a hard time" as countries like Hungary and Italy solidify their defiant stance against decisions taken in Brussels. The British economist also suggested the EU will focus on protecting the single market from the aftermath of Brexit.

Dec 25 09:38

VOICES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE

Two of my section came dashing into the billet during the morning and said, ‘What do you know, the Jerries are out on the top; they’re walking about, they’re dishing out drinks and cigarettes – there’s no fighting going on!

At Christmas 1914, an event occurred that was not repeated again during the First World War. An unofficial, spontaneous truce took place along some parts of the Western Front. It often started with a ceasefire as Christmas Day approached. German Army officer Walther Stennes recalled how, initially, this caused some concern.

On Christmas Eve at noon, fire ceased completely – on both fronts. Of course it was unusual that the opposite side also ceased fire. Then my officer controlling the sentries came in and said ‘Do you expect a surprise attack? Because it’s very unusual the situation.’ I said, ‘No I don’t think so. But anyhow everyone is awake, no one is sleeping and the sentries are still on duty. So I think it’s alright.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Something to contemplate, as we look at the endless wars the American Deep State and Military Industrial complex have planned for us.

Dec 25 09:31

Man Opens Fire With Kalashnikov at Restaurant in Brussels and Flees

According to media reports, a man fired three shots into a window of a restaurant in central Brussels before quickly fleeing the scene.

A witness reported that the man had a Kalashnikov assault rifle. No one was reportedly injured in the incident. The shooter was targeting La Parisienne restaurant on Avenue Louise.

According to a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office, Ine Van Wymersch, it was not believed to be a terrorist attack. The motive of the attack is unclear.

"A witness saw a man shoot with a Kalashnikov-style weapon in the direction of the window of a restaurant on Avenue Louise", Ine Van Wymersch said.

Dec 25 09:24

Edinburgh radio station Sputnik is Kremlin stooge, says MSP

Russians who live in Scotland and engage in “information warfare” to destabilise Britain should face having their assets seized, according to a leading MSP.

There is mounting suspicion that the Kremlin sponsored last month’s cyber attack on the Institute for Statecraft (IFS), a think-tank set up to counter Russia’s disinformation war and funded to the tune of more than £2m by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Russia’s English-speaking news channel RT (formerly known as Russia Today) and Sputnik, an internet radio station based in Edinburgh, were among the first to report details of the hack, which was mounted on November 5. It has fuelled suspicion that Russia was behind the hack and used its media outlets to amplify its impact.

Dec 25 09:18

‘McCarthyism on steroids’: Scottish MP demands Sputnik journos’ assets to be seized

Dec 24 10:14

Game Changer: French Police to Join Yellow Vests After Finding Out Gov’t is Ripping Them Off Too

As the “gilets jaunes” or “yellow vests” protests continue to take place across France, the government has been slowly acquiescing to the demands of citizens.

Dec 24 08:25

Swedish Journalist Gets to Keep Job After People Smuggling Conviction

Swedish journalist Fredrik Önnevall, an employee of public broadcaster SVT, has been convicted of human trafficking after bringing a migrant to Sweden but will still get to keep his job.

Önnevall, along with members of his crew, was found guilty this week in Sweden’s supreme court of people smuggling, Nyheter Idag reports.

While on assignment for the broadcaster in Greece in 2014, he smuggled a 15-year-old Syrian boy across multiple European countries and into Sweden.

Dec 23 10:27

Yellow vest protests spread to seventh country in ‘revolutionary Europe’

Yellow Vests have now spread to Portugal! A few hundred “yellow vest” protesters took to the streets throughout Portugal on Friday in an attempt to stop traffic, inspired by the French revolutionary “gilets jaunes”.

There were roughly 100 protesters crossing with police at a central square in Lisbon with other access roads blocked in the northern city of Braga earlier.

Dec 23 10:00

Springtime of Peoples: Europe Is in a Revolt and It's Wonderful

The emptiest, dumbest platitude of our time, uttered both by establishment stiffs like the Archbishop of Canterbury and by self-styled radical leftists, is that the 1930s have made a comeback. Treating that dark decade as if it were a sentient force, a still-extant thing, observers from both the worried bourgeoisie and the edgy left insist the Thirties have staggered back to life and have much of the West in their reanimated deathly grip. Looking at Brexit, the European turn against social democracy, the rise of populist parties, and the spread of ‘yellow vest’ revolts, the opinion-forming set sees fascism everywhere, rising zombie-like from its grave, laying to waste the progressive gains of recent decades.

Dec 23 09:58

Police draw guns on Yellow Vests as violent demonstrations hit France for sixth Saturday in a row and car crash victim becomes tenth person to die in chaos…while protests again spread to Brussels

A tenth person has died during the Yellow Vest protests in France as demonstrations resumed today, with police pulling their guns on activists amid fierce clashes in central Paris.

A 36-year-old motorist, who has not been identified publicly, died when his car collided with a lorry at a road block erected by protesters in Perpignan last night, in the south of the country.

A local police spokesman said: 'The victim was with a group of demonstrators when the accident happened just before midnight on Friday. An enquiry has been launched.'

Protesters also gathered around a tollbooth on a French motorway on Saturday causing huge queues of vehicles and long delays.

Meanwhile Brussels faced renewed demonstrations after a month of mass protests which have seen at least 400 people detained following clashes with police.

Dec 23 09:57

‘Creation of Kosovo army is illegal & dangerous move that can lead to war’

If Pristina decides to push the army into northern Kosovo, which is mostly populated by Serbs, Serbia will have to act to protect its people, filmmaker Boris Malagurski told RT.

As the UN Security Council was debating Kosovo’s move to transform its security forces into a professional military on Monday, Russia and Serbia decried the act as being without any legal basis.

“The EU reaction to the decision by Pristina cannot be described as [anything] other than toothless. This irresponsible policy has crossed the line,” Russia’s ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzya said after the UNSC meeting.

Dec 23 09:38

EU MADNESS: Juncker says World War 2 could have been AVOIDED if EU had been formed in time

CHIEF eurocrat Jean-Claude Juncker has claimed early formation of the European Union would have averted World War 2 during a speech at the closing ceremony of Germany’s last coal mine.

Dec 22 13:04

EU MADNESS: Juncker says World War 2 could have been AVOIDED if EU had been formed in time

Mr Juncker, the European Commission president, relived a quote from an influential leader of one of the original movements for the creation of a unified European state – Richard Nikolaus Eijiro, Count of Coudenhove-Kalergi. Speaking at Prosper Haniel, Germany’s last coal mine, Mr Juncker said if Europeans had learned from the ideals of the International Paneuropean Union, World War 2 may have been avoided. Mr Juncker said: “Count of Coudenhove-Kalergi said in an impressive essay, so impressive that hardly anyone knows him anymore, he said, ‘We in Europe, if we want to avoid war between the European nations, we have to take coal and steel from the national hands and combine them on the European level.’

Dec 22 13:00

Afghan migrant rapes 78-year-old mentally disabled woman – She now lives in misery

A 26-year old Afghan migrant has been sentenced to five years in jail for raping an elderly woman in Belgium, newspaper HLN reports.

In April this year, the man entered a care facility for people with disabilities and raped a 78-year-old woman.

The woman, who has the mental capacity of a 3-year-old child, was found on her bed. She was in pain and her trousers were backwards.

Dec 22 12:59

Danish Minister for Migration: “Somalis go home and rebuild your country”

Danish authorities have concluded that the situation in some parts of Somalia is safe, and that Somalis no longer have valid grounds for asylum.

Following a review of the situation in Somalia, which began in 2017, residence permits will therefore be withdrawn for no less than 1,000 Somalis. “It is time for them to go home now,” Denmark states.

“If you no longer need our protection and your life and your health are no longer at risk in your homeland, you must of course return home and build up your country of origin”, says Minister for Migration Inger Støjberg, according to DR.

Dec 22 11:55

NATO To Up Funding Of Ukrainian Military, Antagonize Russia

KIEV, Ukraine – Several NATO countries have decided to allocate additional investments to the trust funds through which Ukraine receives military assistance.

This information was confirmed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Ivanna Klimpush-Tsintsadze, after the meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission at the level of ambassadors, reports Ukrinform agency .

“Several countries even announced today that they add additional resources to our programs, or to trust funds,” he said.

In particular, according to the policy, Norway has already announced the decision to provide additional 140,000 euros for the professional development program of NATO. In addition, the Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic also signed a decree on the allocation of additional funds to the logistics trust fund.

Germany also confirmed that it would make an additional contribution to the trust fund for the medical rehabilitation of Ukrainian military personnel, added the deputy prime minister.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I did a little bit of research on this, and the information is very interesting, regarding NATO'S and the US's involvement with Ukraine, both financially, and militarily.

NATO has 7 "Trust Funds" for Ukraine, which means it can most likely move money very quickly, from one to another, for any reason NATO HIGH COMMAND sees fit: One has to wonder just what the names of these funds mean, as opposed to what these funds are really used for.

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We know that over the past year, President Trump has approved several rather large sales of US military weapons to Ukraine.

President Trump Approves Lethal Weapons Sales to Ukraine

1 Mar 2018: U.S. steps up military assistance to Ukraine with plan to sell 210 anti-tank missiles

3 September, 2018:

October 25, 2018: Today, NATO begins a huge military exercise. Here’s what you need to know.

13 November, 2018:Ukraine looks west with air exercises, and high level discussions.

Look at the dates, and look how the timing of this aid/training seems to be escalating. There seems to be a very strong sense of tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalating, massively, at this point, most probably fanned on by NATO and the US government.

And now, right on cue, we have the Sea of Azov Incident: 26 November 2018: Russia's Sea of

And what did Poroshenko ask NATO to do, toward the last of November?!?29 November,2018: Ukraine President asks NATO to sen d ships to Sea of Azov

And here's where the situation is, as of the last of the last couple of days:

US to boost financing for Ukraine Navy after "Russian Attack" "The United States will provide an additional $10 million in military financing to Ukraine to bolster its navy after Russia captured three Ukrainian vessels at sea last month, in a "dangerous escalation," the State Department said on Friday."

And today, we have the following article, from bbc:

Gavin Williamson: UK ship in Ukraine 'sends message to Russia

And another article from the Kiev Post: Russian Fighter jets land in Crimea, amid Ukraine Tensions

And, in the World According to Google: "Under a 2003 treaty, Russia has the right to inspect any vessel sailing to or from the Sea of Azov. Ukraine has accused Russia of abusing that right. Ukraine has also opposed a Russian-constructed bridge that crosses the Kerch strait and connects Russia and Crimea.Nov 27, 2018"

Folks, something wicked this way comes, between Ukraine (and NATO and the US) and Russia, most probably in the very near future. And look at the characterisation of how Russia responded, as a "Russian Attack", when it was the Ukraine ships which refused to honor protocol, although they had been asked to several times by the Russians.

And I have to wonder how many American soldiers, leaving either Syria, or hopefully, soon, Afghanistan, will be re-deployed to Kiev.

Dec 22 09:35

Why Italy Could Join the UK in the Race Out of the EU

By John Phelan

Few in the United States might know it if they watch the news, but in recent weeks France has been rocked by some of its most serious civil unrest since 1968. In a country as famous for its civil unrest as for its cuisine, this is a big story.

From France…

What started out as protests against an unpopular fuel tax—part of France’s attempts to fight climate change—grew in scale and morphed into demonstrations against the state of the French economy in general....

Dec 22 09:11

Psychoanalysing NATO: The Diagnosis

Authored by Patrick Armstrong via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

In previous essays I argued that NATO tries to distract our attention from its crimes by accusing Russia of those crimes: this is "projection". NATO manipulates its audience into thinking the unreal is real: this is "gaslighting". NATO sees what it expects to see – Moscow's statements that they will respond to medium range missiles emplaced next door are re-jigged as the "threats" which justify NATO's earlier act: this is "confirmation bias". And, finally, NATO thinks Russia is so weak it's doomed and so strong that it is destroying the tranquility of NATO Land: this is a sort of geopolitical "schizophrenia". (I must acknowledge Bryan MacDonald's marvelous neologism of Russophrenia - a condition where the sufferer believes Russia is both about to collapse, and take over the world.)

Dec 22 09:00

The New French Revolution?

Dec 22 07:53

Russia to target any US missiles deployed in Europe after INF treaty terminated — Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier spoke of possibility of a nuclear war following the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF)

If the United States deploys its missile systems in Europe after terminating the INF Treaty, Russia will have to aim its own missiles at those systems, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a Channel One broadcast on Thursday night.

Russia not seeking arms race, but a balance of power — Putin
The presidential spokesman was asked to comment on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s words about the possibility of a nuclear war following the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, I would politely, but strongly, caution you that the Russians mean precisely what they say.

Right now, I am reminded of that archetypal dream, where one is observing two trains, headed toward each other, and you can see what the result will be, which is a spectacular crash, with horrific fatalities, but are unable to get the attention of the engineers driving both trains.

War is a brilliant money maker, for those with stockpiles of bandages and bombs, and who can charge usurious prices for those items, as well as money to lend to governments to pursue their wars; but war is a pretty lousy way of conducting foreign policy.

In fact, I would characterise war as the abject failure of honorable,, moral diplomacy, with which governments should be achieving their political, and financial, objectives.

I would therefore, strongly suggest to President Trump, now that he has announced that US troops are leaving Syria, that he very much consider the possibility of meeting with Putin, and very soon.

The time is, unfortunately, running out for a positive outcome on this issue, and I hope that both Trump and Putin have the moral character to come to a reasonable resolution on this.

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