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Oct 29 14:23

Mattis Attempts to Sell US Exit From INF Treaty to EU Allies

US President Donald Trump earlier announced that Washington would be withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing alleged violations by Moscow. Russia has firmly denied the accusations and expressed regret at the decision.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the US is currently in talks with its EU partners over Washington's decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty.

"We are in consultations with our European counterparts, I was speaking about it the day before with the German defense minister, and so as I said the consultations continue," Mattis said.

Oct 29 10:00

Europe Will Become a Battlefield: Putin Bluntly Explains What Discarding INF Treaty Means

Oct 27 10:35

US delivers largest ammunition shipment to Europe since bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999

Ramstein Air Base in Germany has received around 100 containers of ammunition in the largest delivery of ordnance to the US forces in Europe since the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.

The US Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa said that “a variety of munitions rolled into Ramstein during the month of October.” The delivery is intended to support NATO’s European Deterrence Initiative and pump up the resources available to US Air Force in Europe.

Oct 27 10:31

Merkel: EU May Make Joint Decision to Halt Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The leaders of Russia, France, Germany, and Turkey met in Istanbul on October 27 to discuss issues of the Syrian peace settlement. They also discussed the case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the European Union might make a collective decision to halt all arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. At the same time, she agreed with her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that the decision should be made after more is known about those responsible for his death.

Oct 26 10:25

European Parliament Bans Single-Use Plastics in Historic Vote

In a historic vote, the European Parliament has just approved, by a huge margin of 571 to 53, a complete ban on a range of single use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans. One member of the parliament said if no action was taken, “by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.” The MEPs backed a ban on plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink stirrers and balloons sticks. The proposal also calls for a reduction in single use plastic for food and drink containers like plastic cups.

Oct 26 10:06

TURKISH SURVEILLANCE UAVS OVER THE GREEK NAVY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION – GREECE’S MILITARY DILEMMA

As Turkey escalates in the Eastern Mediterranean the real question is how determined Greece is to respond.

Greece is confronting a huge diplomatic and military dilemma after Turkey sent a seismic vessel to the eastern Mediterranean to allegedly explore the existence of natural gas deposits.

The vessel began investigating on Tuesday night (16.10.2018) before withdrawing temporarily after the Greek Navy sent a strict radio alert.

After the incident, Turkey sent three frigates and two patrol ships there to protect the movements of their own seismographic ship.

Turkey, however, seems to be pushing tension by sending Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa vessel to explore in an area that includes part of the continental shelf of Greece.

Oct 26 10:05

FREE SPEECH IN FINNISH: PRISON FOR RUSSOPHILES

On October 18, the Helsinki District Court sentenced the founder and editor-in-chief of the network publications MV-lehti and Uber Uutiset Ilya Yanichkin to 22 months in prison, and another person involved - human rights activist, lawyer and journalist Johan Beckman - to a year of probation. In addition, the convicts will have to pay 136,000 and 10,000 euros, respectively, to journalist Jessica Aro, the principal snitch who initiated the process.

Oct 26 09:46

Israel’s $72m war chest to fight BDS comes to Brussels

In its ongoing battle against the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign Israel is pushing for European political parties to declare the movement “fundamentally anti-Semitic”. The latest drive saw Israel’s Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Ze’ev Elkin, attending a conference in Brussels backed by the Israeli government which proposed a text for prospective MEPs and political parties to sign up to before European elections in May next year.

The text, the Guardian reported, urges European parties to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) “working definition of anti-Semitism” and exclude from government any politicians or parties that breach it.

Most controversially, one of the red lines – based on a resolution adopted by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union in Germany in 2016 – calls on “all political parties to pass a binding resolution rejecting BDS activities as fundamentally anti-Semitic”.

Oct 26 09:45

Brexit FURY: Petition to STOP People's Vote gains TENS OF THOUSANDS of supporters in days

TENS OF THOUSANDS of people have signed an online Government petition to stop a second Brexit referendum after mass protests in London last weekend saw Remainers demand a “People’s Vote”.

Oct 26 09:09

Three Migrant Men Arrested in Connection with Murder of Italian Teen

Italian police have arrested three migrant men, two Senegalese and one Nigerian, in connection with the alleged drugging, rape, and murder of 16-year-old Desirée Mariottini.

The three migrants, along with a fourth suspect who remains at large, are suspected of having drugged the 16-year-old to the point of unconsciousness and then raped her before she died of a drug overdose. She was abandoned in a known drug den in Rome’s San Lorenzo area, Il Giornale reports.

Prosecutors say they believe the arrested men fed Desirée drugs, starting at around 6 pm on the night of her death, and she was asleep during the acts of rape. It is also alleged that the migrants gave her a cocktail of drugs that they knew would lead to not only an overdose but would be fatal.

Oct 25 11:10

For the first time in the United Kingdom, babies have received spinal surgery while still in the womb

To treat a development defect known as Spina bifida, for the first time two babies have received spinal surgery while still in the womb.

Oct 24 12:33

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

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

Oct 24 10:39

Fury as Germany must pay BILLIONS more to the EU after Brexit

GERMANY will be forced to pay an extra £13.2billion a year to the EU after Brexit, in a move that has sparked fury among Germans who are already the bloc’s biggest contributors.

Germany must find the extra cash to make up the EU’s budget shortfall after the UK leaves the bloc.

The amount will increase Germany’s gross annual contribution to Brussels to a massive £40 billion.

Oct 24 10:39

US Seeks Advantage Over Russia by Deploying Missiles in Eastern Europe

Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the INF treaty will have a multilateral negative impact. Earlier, Trump committed to withdraw from the accord citing violations on the part of Moscow.

Sputnik discussed whether President Trump will actually go through with his plan to pull out the US from the treaty with Dr. George Szamuely, political analyst and author of "Bombs for Peace: NATO's Humanitarian War on Yugoslavia."

Oct 24 08:45

Police Use Tear Gas, Batons to Block Migrants‘ Entrance to Croatia from Bosnia

Thousands of migrants are stuck in Bosnia and are now trying to enter the European Union as temperatures are dropping. It is believed that Croatia isn't their main interest, with their final destination being the wealthier countries of Western and Northern Europe.

Croatian riot police have clashed with migrants seeking to enter the country from across the Bosnian border, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of migrants broke a Bosnian police cordon and blocked the Maljevac border checkpoint in northwestern Bosnia in a bid to pressure Croatian authorities into allowing them clear path towards Western EU countries through Croatia.

Oct 24 08:10

: 'A US Air Strike Killed All Of My Family'

From Mosul to Moria: 'A US air strike killed all of my family'
An Iraqi refugee remembers the day when 12 of his relatives, including a six-month-old, died in the Battle for Mosul.

(Well _od _amn it son , you were supposed to 'get it' too , in that same dispatch !
whitehorse souce )

Oct 24 06:10

Stossel: Sweden is not a socialist success

Oct 23 12:46

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 23 12:41

Poking the Russian Bear With the NATO Umbrella

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Oct 23 08:39

Sweden Not a Socialist Success

Oct 23 08:17

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

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

Oct 23 06:49

UN says over 45,000 migrants reached Spain this year

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

Oct 22 11:39

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

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

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

Oct 22 09:03

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

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

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

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

Oct 22 07:36

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 21 18:13

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 21 09:41

The European Financial Establishment Just Declared War On Italy

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

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

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

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

Oct 19 18:06

Italy’s Debt Crisis Thickens

Oct 19 14:52

Macedonian Parliament Passes Constitutional Amendments to Change Country's Name

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

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

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

Oct 18 18:27

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

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

Oct 18 11:47

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 18 08:47

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

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

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

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

Oct 17 13:13

Italy Sends it Budget to Brussels

Oct 17 11:50

NATO cyber command to be fully operational in 2023

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

Oct 17 09:10

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

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

Oct 16 11:09

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

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

Oct 16 08:57

Hungary raises gold reserves tenfold on safety concerns

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

Oct 16 08:51

France deliberately dropped off migrants in Italian woods, Salvini says

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

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

Oct 15 14:40

The ECB on the Verge of Collapse?

Oct 15 14:31

Should the ECB be reformed and how?

Oct 15 10:23

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

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

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

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

Oct 15 01:13

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry expecting a baby in the spring

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

Oct 14 10:03

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

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

Oct 14 08:18

CONGRESS MEMBERS URGE TRUMP TO MEDDLE IN HUNGARY'S ELECTIONS

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from Congressional Representatives.

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

Oct 14 06:47

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

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

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

Oct 13 10:57

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

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

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

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

Oct 13 10:23

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

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

Oct 12 09:26

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

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

Oct 12 09:16

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

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

Oct 12 09:08

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

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

Oct 12 08:59

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

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

Oct 11 09:50

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

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

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

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

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