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Aug 08 12:47

'Red Alarm' Over Stockholm Metro Becoming 'No-Go Zones' for Personnel

Contrary to Swedish politicians repeatedly denying the very existence of "no-go zones," four stations in Stockholm Metro have reportedly become extremely dangerous for personnel, who only are able to perform their duties with the help of extra police. A local guard admitted to being "outnumbered" and "exposed to threats and stones."

As of today, four stations in Stockholm Metro (Rinkeby, Tensta, Rissne and Hjulsta, all located in blighted urban areas) are marked with a code symbolizing the highest danger, the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported.

The Security Center of SL, Stockholm County traffic company, generally divides stations by color ranging from green (usual security measures) to yellow (elevated risk) to red (reinforced security needed). At the four stations, personnel can only perform their jobs with supervision from a police officer for their own safety.

Aug 08 12:43

Swedish Party Scolds 'Destructive Multiculturalism', Pledges Mass Deportations

In a bid to restore the "natural right" of Swedish people to their country, the new right-wing Alternative for Sweden party wants to send back "hundreds of thousands of immigrants" in a matter of several years.

Swedish MP Jeff Ahl of the Alternative for Sweden (AfS) party has attacked "destructive multiculturalist society," pledging to reconsider the bulk of citizenships and residence permits granted to immigrants from the 2000s onwards.

?Only we Swedes have a natural and honorable right to our country. We are the host people and the indigenous people, and they are guests," Ahl said during a parliamentary debate on the relationship between Swedes and immigrants. Ahl also promised that immigrants would be "sent home in quantities and effectively" when Alternative for Sweden rises to power.

Aug 08 12:34

200 People Posing 'Security Threat' Enter Sweden Amid Migration Crisis

The recent wave of asylum immigration from Muslim countries to Sweden has coincided with a tenfold increase in Islamist extremists identified by the country's security forces.

Sweden's Security Police SÄPO have so far identified 200 people among "new arrivals" who can pose a threat to the Scandinavian country. This discovery is based on automatic data obtained from the Swedish Migration Board, Swedish Radio reported.

Since July 2017, the Swedish Migration Board has been automatically forwarding certain data, including names, citizenship and date of birth, on all immigrants seeking residence permits in Sweden to SÄPO. The idea of this automatic procedure is to find individuals who could pose a threat to the country. By the end of May 2018, SÄPO had received data on 190,000 individuals.

Aug 08 09:52

Police Station Attacked In Stockholm 'No-Go Zone'

The construction site of a new police station in the 'no-go zone' of Rinkeby, Stockholm, was attacked by "masked offenders" in a fiery siege, police say.

A car containing low-grade explosives was used to ram the gates of the station and then set on fire by its occupants, who also launched stones and fireworks at responding officers.

Aug 08 09:52

A Month of Multiculturalism In Spain

At least 7,142 illegal migrants arrived in Spain during the month, more than twice the number of arrivals in Italy (3,101) and three times as many as in Greece (2,157). By way of comparison, 2,682 illegal migrants arrived in Spain in June 2017. In all, 17,781 illegal migrants arrived in Spain during the first six months of 2018, almost double the 9,581 migrants who arrived in Spain during the same period in 2017.

Aug 08 09:51

Ten Years After Short But Costly War, Russian PM Warns of ‘Terrible Conflict’ if NATO Admits Georgia

As Georgia and its supporters mark the tenth anniversary of Russia’s invasion, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Tuesday that any move by NATO to admit the former Soviet republic “could provoke a terrible conflict.”

Medvedev told the Kommersant daily that NATO leaders’ recent decision reaffirming that Georgia will someday become a member of the transatlantic security alliance was “an absolutely irresponsible position and a threat to peace.”

Aug 08 08:21

NATO fighter jet ‘accidentally’ fires live missile near Russian border

Spanish fighter jets taking part in a NATO Air policing mission over Estonia have been temporarily suspended from completing their duties, after one of the pilots erroneously fired an armed missile during a training flight.

A group of two Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon 2000 jets and two French Mirage 2000 jets were taking part in a training exercise over southwestern Estonia on Tuesday when one of the Spanish planes accidentally launched an air-to-air missile, the Spanish Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that the projectile “did not hit any aircraft.”

All the jets then safely returned to their Saiuliai air base in Lithuania, the ministry said, adding that it has opened an investigation into the incident. Meanwhile, the Estonian authorities decided to ban the Spanish aircraft from taking part in the air policing missions over its territory for a while.

Aug 08 07:48

Europe Seeking to Boost Ties With Russia, Turkey Apart From the US – Analysts

Turkey is seeking to host a new Syria summit without the US, which indicates the beginning of the end of Washington's influence in Syria, Turkish analysts told Sputnik, further suggesting that France and Germany are also interested in expanding ties with Russia and Turkey.

The upcoming Istanbul summit on the Syrian crisis will leave Washington out in the cold, Turkish analysts told Sputnik Turkey.

According to Can Unver, a Turkish security analyst, the summit that will take place on September 7 will become "one of the most important diplomatic and political steps of the last period of time, carried out without the participation of the United States."

Aug 08 07:46

EU Counts Losses as Russia Marks 4th Anniversary of Embargo on Western Food

Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of the Russian import ban on certain Western products in response to Ukraine-related sanctions, as some EU countries continue to struggle to change the anti-Russia policy to revive trade.

On August 7, 2014, Russia imposed a food embargo on countries that adopted sanctions against Moscow over Crimea's reunification with Russia and alleged interference in the conflict in Ukraine. The food embargo banned the imports of meat, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruit and dairy products from the EU countries, the United States and several other states. The ban has recently been prolonged until the end of 2019.

Aug 08 06:12

Italy relaxes its laws on mandatory childhood vaccinations, as scientists brand the move 'self-destructive'

Italy is relaxing its child vaccination laws, leaving scientific and medical communities worldwide baffled and appalled.

The populist Italian government made an amendment to a law which requires all parents to prove their child has had 10 obligatory vaccinations, including polio, measles, and chickenpox, among others.

Under the new law, parents will be able to offer verbal confirmation of the completed immunisations without being required to provide concrete evidence.

Aug 08 03:22

Europe ‘needs to get a backbone’ when it comes to Trump’s Iran sanctions — Ron Paul to RT

Washington is powerful, but Europe needs to “stick to its guns” against President Donald Trump’s threats that any countries doing business with Iran will not to do business with the US, according to former Congressman Ron Paul.
In an interview with RT, Paul said that while the US can “throw its weight around” the EU needs to “get some backbone” to resist Trump’s threats.

“If they stick to their guns I think the United States would have to adjust our policies a bit, because how are they going to enforce that? You know, if China and Russia and other countries and India, they do business with Iran — how are we going to punish them?” he said. Paul acknowledged that standing up to Washington might be difficult if major companies are faced with the threat of losing business in the US.

“In time people are going to realize we might have to adjust because countries are not going to tolerate what we have done,” he said.

>>>

(*but for now , let's just concentrate on winning the mid-terms !)

Aug 07 12:16

NATO To Set Up Its First Air Base In Western Balkans

NATO believes that the Western Balkans is a region of strategic importance. The summit that was held July 11-12 specifically expressed support for the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the Balkan countries. Macedonia was officially invited to join the alliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color Russia deeply unhappy about this potential turn of events in Macedonia.

Aug 07 10:02

EU determined to protect companies from US sanctions on Iran

The European Union, France, Britain and Germany announced on Monday their commitment to protecting European companies doing legitimate business with Iran from future sanctions.

The EU foreign ministers and the three countries expressed in a joint statement regret for the United States withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement signed with Iran, and the activation of sanctions against it.

“We are determined to protect European companies conducting legitimate business activities with Iran under the laws of the European Union and the UN Security Council resolution”.

The statement stressed that the updated EU laws, to protect European companies that may be affected by the sanctions will come into effect on Tuesday.

Aug 07 08:51

EU Activates Blocking Measures as US Reimposes Sanctions Targeting Iran Economy

The US government announced earlier that it was reimposing two new waves of sanctions targeting several of Iran’s economic and industrial sectors, which prompted the EU to put countermeasures in motion.

US-Iranian tensions have heated up recently over Tehran boosting military exercises in the Persian Gulf and allegations that Iran has violently cracked down on unarmed citizens. In recent weeks, US President Donald Trump has sent mixed messages to the government in Tehran by claiming he was open to talks without preconditions just days after issuing existential threats.

Aug 07 08:36

Migrant Urges Germans, Austrians to Give Refugees 'Their Homes and Money'

The influx of refugees from the Middle East in 2015 has resulted in significant friction in many European countries, as citizens increasingly express their displeasure at the need to spend tax money on migrants, as well as concern over security issues. This has led to growing support for right-wing parties across Europe, including Austria.

Aras Bacho, a Syrian refugee living in Austria, has suggested in an open letter published in the daily newspaper OE24 that ordinary Austrians and Germans should participate in the integration process of migrants. According to him, integration requires "both sides to work," meaning that Germans and Austrians should take refugees into their homes, as well as to live and go out with them.

Aug 07 08:34

FLASHBACK - European media writing pro-US stories under CIA pressure

Aug 06 15:20

Catalonian Quest for Independence is Undeterred

In an interview with Consortium News, an independence leader and member of the Spanish parliament tells Attilio Moro that Catalonians are not finished seeking separation from Madrid.

Aug 06 11:25

‘Spain Becoming Third World’: American Tourist Attacked by Migrants Speaks Out

An American tourist who was severely beaten in the streets of Barcelona by African migrants last week has decided to speak up about his ordeal.

José Bravo, a 45-year-old Miami native, said he had to act when he saw a group of migrants "surrounding a woman and hitting her" nearby, but said they tried to "kill him" when he intervened.

"Now, I have a bad image of Spain, this country is becoming the Third World and that’s the politician’s faults, they are putting the tourists and their people in danger," Bravo told Spanish media.

Aug 06 10:07

Ceuta Onslaught: How Gaddafi's Grim Prophecy for Europe is Coming True

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's "prophecy" is turning into reality with destitute Africans violently storming the Spanish-Moroccan border on July 26, writes Sputnik Germany contributor Bernhard Schwarz, stressing that the event sends a strong signal to Berlin.

"Driven by desperation and hunger, they are ready to risk their own lives and the lives of border guards to get to Europe. They will not take no for an answer. Their brutality against the police is shocking and should set the alarm bells ringing for Brussels. So far, the EU has not reacted to the incident, but unless a concrete action plan is presented soon, there is a risk that damaging violence and anarchy will be at the heart of Europe," the German journalist warned.

Aug 06 09:46

Machete-Wielding Nigerians Wage War In Italian City

Blood flows in the streets of Ferrara, Italy, as Nigerian migrants wage war with machetes, axes and knives, local media reports.

A slew of gruesome attacks have taken place in the last week in shop squares, parks, and bars as gang members and drug dealers settle disputes with lethal weapons in the once-peaceful bastion of high culture and gastronomy.

Police and emergency services have been responding to scenes of frequent clashes where butchered combatants are found lying in pools of gore.

"A nightmare... We are at the fourth fight on the street in two days. Here it is normal now," said a local official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, Italy: how's that "cultural enrichment thing" working out for you?!?

Aug 06 08:15

Who’s Leading the Western Response to Russia’s Warbots? Estonia

A European leader in robotic autonomy turns its attention to the battlefield.

The small country of Estonia is leading the Western response to Russian ground robots. The tiny country of 1.3 million, known among tech enthusiasts for its innovative e-residency program and for hosting NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence, last week announced a new initiative to bring ground robots to Europe’s militaries.

According to an Aug. 2 statement from the Estonian Ministry of Defense, the country is working with Finland and Latvia to develop an unmanned ground robot in the hope of creating a “European standard” for future such machines.

Aug 04 10:28

AMERICA'S BILLIONAIRES BATTLE EACH OTHER FOR POLITICAL CONTROL OVER EUROPE

It’s a battle to serve either ’the public’ or else ’the people’, and each political brand will be struggling to keep Europe as an ally in American billionaires’ war against Russia (which all American billionaires want to defeat), but each team does this from a different ideological perspective, one being ‘liberal’, and the other being ‘conservative’.

Aug 04 10:12

Polish Military Injures US Soldiers in Street Fight

One of the soldiers has reportedly remained hospitalized in a serious condition since July 22, when the fight took place in front of a bar in the town of Zlocieniec in the province of West Pomerania. The other injured soldier has already re-joined his unit.

A court in the Polish city of Szczecin has already sent a Polish soldier suspected of beating two US servicemen to jail for three months, as the local outlet Wpost has reported. He faces eight years in prison.

As spokesman for the District Prosecutor's Office in Szczecin, whose military department investigates the case, Malgorzata Wojciechowicz has told the media, that during the fight one of them sustained serious injuries, while the other was only slightly harmed. However, the official has declined to give any further details, so as not to interfere with the ongoing investigation.

Aug 04 09:27

Spain sets up migrant command center amid summer surge in arrivals

Spain is setting up a central operational command for migrant management amid a summer surge in arrivals from North Africa. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Friday that the unit will coordinate Spain’s response to the thousands of migrants arriving each month. The situation is placing a strain on public services in Spain, AP reports. Sanchez added that his government is in talks with Morocco, from where traffickers take the migrants across the Mediterranean, and the migrants’ countries of origin. The UN Migration Agency says in the first five months of this year, 8,150 migrants were rescued in Spanish waters. Since the end of May, almost 15,000 have been saved from boats - more than 240 people a day. Spain has surpassed Italy as the main EU destination for migrants coming by sea.

Aug 04 07:58

EUROPE ON BROIL! HOTTEST DAY EVER?

Aug 03 09:10

Breaking Ranks, Italian Bishop Blasts ‘Collective’ Trashing of Matteo Salvini

The bishop of Chioggia has criticized Catholic attacks on Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for his efforts to curb illegal immigration, noting that people’s frustration with Italy’s immigration situation “is not irrational.”

Addressing a recent cover story in Famiglia Cristiana, Italy’s largest Catholic publication, which compared Mr. Salvini with the devil, Bishop Adriano Tessarollo said he thinks it is “stupid” to identify the magazine with all Catholic priests.

“Let’s stop this collectivizing mentality,” the bishop said in an interview with Corriere del Veneto. “Broad categorical judgements are the most malevolent and offensive thing there is.”

Aug 03 09:09

Bosnia Fears Becoming New Calais as Migrants Surge Across Border

More and more migrants have been surging across the border into Bosnia in recent months, hoping to cross into European Union via Croatia. The influx may be fueling prior tensions between ethnic and religious groups in the country.
The Bosnian town of Bihac and the nearby village of Iza?i? have become a hub for newly arriving migrants, with an estimated 4,000 currently living in the town which boasts a population of only 60,000, Liberation reports.

Around 50 migrants arrive in the area every day, according to reports and NGOs, and others say they are not fully equipped to deal with the numbers and that tensions are rising among the migrants.

“This place is not safe at night,” a Kurdish migrant living in the area said, adding: “There are fights, knives circulating. The police refuse to intervene.”

Aug 03 09:06

FLASHBACK 2014 - Jean-Claude Juncker: the lurid spy scandal that forced him from office

Jean-Claude Juncker was forced to resign as prime minister of Luxembourg after he was involved in a lurid spy scandal complete with microphones hidden in wristwatches, that saw the country’s Grand Duke accused of close ties with MI6, and allegations that another member of the royal family was linked to a notorious series of bombings.

With Mr Juncker set to be named president of the European Commission, questions are being asked about the affair that forced him from office less than a year ago.

Germany’s Spiegel magazine asked this week why his “entanglement in Luxembourg intelligence affairs” was not “pursued resolutely”.

Aug 03 08:59

This Is What Foreign Invasion Looks Like

The number of migrants waiting to storm Spain is currently at 50,000 and “continues to grow,” with the men becoming more “violent” in their efforts to reach Europe.

Spain has become the number one point of arrival for migrants crossing the sea to Europe in 2018, with over 21,000 arrivals so far, a process that has quickened after the country’s socialist government gave the green light for open borders.

Aug 03 08:43

Victor Orban's 5 Tenets To Rebuild Europe

It’s amazing when you consider that exhibiting common sense now makes you a “right-wing extremist”.

Aug 03 08:41

Accept Chequers... or it's no deal on Brexit: PM issues an ultimatum to the French as cracks show in EU's resolve

Theresa May will today warn Emmanuel Macron that the EU faces a choice of 'Chequers deal or no deal' in autumn Brexit talks.

The Prime Minister cut short her holiday in Italy to travel to the French president's summer retreat Fort Bregancon in a bid to sell her controversial Chequers proposals to him.

France's hard line on Brexit is seen in London as a major stumbling block to a successful negotiation this autumn.

Aug 03 08:40

Theresa May's Chequers plan poses a threat to the EU, says Michel Barnier in incendiary open letter aimed at the Prime Minister and her cabinet

Michel Barnier has rebuked the UK's Brexit proposal, warning it poses a threat to the future of the European single market.

In an incendiary article published in 20 newspapers across Europe yesterday, the EU's chief negotiator issued a stark warning to Prime Minister Theresa May.

The open letter is likely be seen by international powers as a direct response to British attempts to get EU leaders to back May's soft Brexit Chequers Plan.

Aug 03 08:39

Brexit deal off the menu at May-Macron summit

Theresa May can look forward to an excellent dinner at Emmanuel Macron’s holiday pad, but she shouldn’t expect a Brexit concession for dessert.

Fort de Brégançon, the official retreat of the French president where the two leaders will meet and dine Friday, is a lovely spot, girdled on all sides by the blue waters of the Mediterranean and connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway.

It is certainly worth a visit for the views, the peace and the sea air. But a likely spot for a breakthrough summit on Brexit? Not so much.

Aug 02 09:09

“Political ventriloquism”: EU funding of gay and feminist lobby groups

Most of us would expect that “non-governmental” or “civil society” organizations are sustained by donations or contributions they receive from those whom they claim to represent. That may be true for most of them – but not for all. Unbeknownst to the wider public, and in grotesque contradiction to good democratic practice, the European Commission has for years funded, and continues funding, a small number of lobby groups promoting a controversial and radical social agenda. Most notably, the beneficiaries of this funding include groups such as ILGA Europe and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) – the former is the umbrella organization for gay and lesbian pressure groups throughout Europe, the latter a group that, whilst pretending to speak on behalf of women, in actual fact follows a radical feminist ideology that does not have much support in the wider population and certainly is not representative for the needs and mindsets of all women.

Aug 02 08:57

Common Enemy: Why Israel Is Embracing Fascism in Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, visited Israel on July 19, where he met Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and other officials. Orban’s visit would have not required much pause except that the Hungarian leader has been repeatedly branded for his often racist, anti-Semitic remarks.

So why is Orban wining and dining with the leaders of the so-called "Jewish State"?

The answer does not pertain only to Orban and Hungary, but to Israel’s attitude towards the rapidly growing far-right movements in Europe, as a whole. Netanyahu and Zionist leaders everywhere, are not just aware of this massive political shift in European politics but are, in fact, working diligently to utilize it in Israel’s favor.

Aug 02 08:19

UK Prepares for Post-Brexit Social Unrest Amid Talks Deadlock - Reports

The UK local authorities are concerned over the delivery of public services after Brexit amid the uncertainty of UK-EU and are preparing for social unrest after the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, the SkyNews broadcaster reported, citing the Brexit impact studies, conducted by local councils.

In their studies local authorities are trying to measure Brexit's impact on social care, border control and access to food products and medicines under the conditions of uncertain Brexit talks both with Brussels and within the government, the SkyNews broadcaster reported.

The news outlet, in particular, released a report of the Pembrokeshire County Council, in which the local authorities assessed the Brexit impact on 19 criteria. According to the report, Brexit will have a negative effect on all indicators, except for one.

Aug 02 08:17

US military bases in Europe depend on Russian energy

US lawmakers are calling upon the Department of Defense to cut reliance on Russian energy at military bases in Europe, and to introduce sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project.

Aug 01 11:08

Spanish Police Warn 50,000 Migrants Waiting in Morocco to Invade Spain

Police sources are warning that 50,000 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa are waiting in Morocco to invade Spain.

As we reported yesterday, boatloads of migrants are already washing up on Spanish beaches in scenes that have shocked observers.

Now according to a report in Spanish newspaper El Mundo, North Africa is becoming a “pressure cooker,” with at least 50,000 African migrants desperate to cross into the European country via the Strait of Gibraltar.

The report explains how criminal people smugglers are helping the migrants circumvent border controls in Morocco while telling them that Spain is their “paradise”.

The number of migrants waiting to storm Spain is currently at 50,000 and “continues to grow,” with the men becoming more “violent” in their efforts to reach Europe.

Aug 01 09:51

Spain can't absorb 'millions of Africans,' new opposition leader tells government

Spain is the new center of Europe's migrant crisis – and the conservative Popular Party leader Pablo Casado has blamed the socialist government after they accepted migrant rescue boat 'Aquarius,' which Italy had turned away.
The rescue boat, which carried 630 migrants, has been operated since February 2016 by SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Italy and Malta rejected the rescue boat in June, sparking a bitter row within the European Union, with the two countries demanding another member of the bloc take in the migrants on board. The ship ended up docking in Valencia; a move that Casado warned may be seen as a welcome sign for more arrivals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, Europe itself is at a breaking point, in terms of having already accepted far more immigrants that it can handle, as has the USA.

These immigrants are generally people with no skills; no language capabilities; and no desire to blend into the dominant culture or assimilate whatsoever. They are an absolute dead weight to local economies, and want to enforce their way of life in their adopted countries.

But I will tell you one thing; the Spanish government, police, and military had better enforce their borders as intensely as humanly possible; otherwise, there will be more waves of immigrants with flame throwers running across the border again and again.

Aug 01 09:47

Chinese State Media: NATO ‘Should Be Relegated to the Dustbin of History’

A column in China’s Communist Party People’s Daily newspaper commended President Donald Trump on Monday for allegedly exhibiting “disdain” for NATO, calling for the eradication of the military coalition entirely.

The People’s Daily lamented that NATO continues to exist, demanding the group “should be relegated to the dustbin of history.” In particular, the publication appeared disappointed that American foreign policy experts condemned Trump for criticizing the current state of NATO rather than urging him to dismantle it entirely.

The newspaper compared NATO unfavorably to global agreements that the Chinese regime prefers, like the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Agreement on climate change, suggesting these were worth keeping but the agreements that bind NATO together are not.

Aug 01 09:30

Greece wildfires called Europe’s ‘deadliest’ in a century as rising death toll hits 91

The blaze that reduced the area to the east of Greece’s capital to resemble a post-apocalyptic landscape has killed 91 people, the Greek officials confirmed. The death toll is likely to rise.

According to authorities, most of these people died as a result of the fire, while some drowned in the sea after fleeing the disaster.

Aug 01 09:05

French NGO vows nothing will stop Aquarius migrant rescues

The French NGO that was at the heart of a major European diplomatic row over migration said Wednesday that nothing would stop it from rescuing migrants from the Mediterranean as its ship prepared to resume its mission off the Libyan coast.

The Aquarius, chartered by French aid group SOS Mediterranee, was due to leave the southern port of Marseille later Wednesday nearly two months after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock with 630 migrants onboard, sparking a bitter international row who would take them in.

"Nothing except a threat to the security of our ship... will make us give up our triple mission: saving, protecting, bearing witness," the NGO's chief Francis Vallat told a press conference.

Jul 31 14:50

Finland: Woman Tries to Stop Plane to Prevent Migrant's Deportation, Gets Swiftly Arrested

Finnish Greens party legal officer Aino Pennanen tried to copy Swedish activist Elin Ersson's recent stunt and stop a plane from departing to prevent a migrant's deportation on Tuesday but she received no support from other passengers and instead got swiftly arrested.

Jul 31 12:06

NATO Is A Goldmine For US Weapons' Industries

Countries of the NATO military alliance have been ordered by President Trump to increase their spending on weapons, and the reasons for his insistence they do so are becoming clearer.

It’s got nothing to do with any defence rationale, because, after all, the Secretary General of the US-NATO military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, has admitted that “we don’t see any imminent threat against any NATO ally” and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute recorded in its 2018 World Report that “at $66.3 billion, Russia’s military spending in 2017 was 20 per cent lower than in 2016.”

Even Radio Free Europe, the US government's anti-Russia broadcaster, records that Russia has reduced its defence spending.

There is demonstrably no threat whatever to any NATO country by Russia, but this is considered irrelevant in the context of US arms’ sales, which are flourishing and being encouraged to increase and multiply.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, is doing very well by this country's military industrial complex.

Jul 31 10:23

EU introduces Crimea-related sanctions against six Russian companies

The European Union extended the sanction list related to reunification of Crimea with Russia and construction of the bridge across the Kerch Strait. Six more Russian companies are hit by sanctions, according to the Official Journal of the EU.

Sanctions are introduced against Institute Giprostroimost, Mostotrest, VAD, Stroigazmontazh, Stroigazmontazh-Most and Zaliv Shipyard.

Restrictive measures come into force from July 31. They comprise assets freeze in the territory of the European Union. Furthermore, EU-registered individuals and entities cannot provide money to companies exposed to sanctions.

Jul 31 10:17

EU trying to cheat UK out of Brexit, May should walk away with no deal – Salvini

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s right-wing interior minister and leader of anti-immigrant Lega Nord, has claimed that Brussels is trying to “swindle” London in their Brexit negotiations, telling Theresa May to walk away without a deal.

Salvini, an outspoken EU critic, told the Sunday Times that the British prime minister should adopt a tougher stance while dealing with Brussels. “My experience in the European parliament tells me you either impose yourself or they swindle you,” he maintained.

Salvini urged May to be ready to pull out of the talks without a deal “because on some principles there is no need to be flexible and you should not go backwards.” He also lashed out at the 27-member bloc, saying: “There is no objectivity or good faith [for Brexit talks] from the European side.”

Jul 31 09:57

Swiss intelligence services ignored spying laws

A parliamentary oversight body says the Federal Intelligence Service (FIS) ignored regulations and badly managed a Swiss man they employed to spy on German tax authorities.

The spy agent, known as “Daniel M.”, was arrested and sentenced last November by a German court for spying on German tax officials in a case that also raised questions about the role of the FISexternal link.

In a report published on Monday, the Parliamentary Control Committeeexternal link accused the FIS of having broken the law, which prohibits the gathering of data abroad in this case. "Active information gathering abroad should not have been permitted," it stated.

The FIS collected largely worthless information in the investigation, managed the spy badly and disobeyed the law, the report said.

Jul 31 09:56

Spain’s Socialist government sets aside millions to pay for “migrant emergency” they themselves created

Spain’s Interior Ministry, headed by Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has approved several emergency contracts to establish a unit based in the Bay of Algeciras (Cádiz) to assist illegal immigrants upon arrival.

The total cost of these measures, for a period of only 3 months, amounts to almost €3.5 million, of which a total of €350,000 for translators and interpreters stands out.

The resolution, as reported by OKDIARIO, refers to the “emergency” caused by the “unexpected and massive arrival of vessels with immigrants to the Spanish coasts.”

Jul 31 09:34

Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

A planned ID scheme for EU citizens after Brexit should be rolled out nationwide, a UK think tank has said, citing the Windrush* scandal as justification.

In a report on border controls (PDF), the right-leaning Policy Exchange raised the spectre of nationwide identity cards – an idea mooted back in the mid-2000s that collapsed due to the public's distaste for surveillance.

The report looked broadly at what it describes as a "smarter border" for the UK after Brexit, saying that technological change will allow for smooth passage of people and goods.

Jul 31 03:54

Alt Energy – Wind Drought In UK

Jul 30 16:08

LEADING THINK TANK BROKERED ACCESS TO MINISTERS FOR US DONORS LOOKING TO INFLUENCE BREXIT

The head of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) boasted about setting up meetings with Brexiteer MPs, a government minister and senior trade officials for US visitors who had agreed to raise money for the IEA’s work pushing for a US-UK free trade deal. The visitors, who met politicians including the then Brexit minister Steve Baker in May, came from an Oklahoma think tank which has promised to raise donations for the IEA, including from American farming interests who are keen to ensure the UK drops EU-level regulations after Brexit.

Jul 30 14:03

Shock Video Shows Migrants Storming Beach in Spain

An alarming new video out of Cadiz, Spain shows a boat load of migrants arriving on a beach before swarming onshore as sunbathers look on in shock.

Jul 30 10:41

THE EU BACKS OFF ITS WAR ON CASH. HERE’S WHY

The European Commission, in its official war on cash, admitted that physical cash is perhaps not quite the source of all evil that many EU institutions, including the Commission itself, had made it out to be. And it has abandoned its war on cash.

In a report to the European Parliament and Council on the viability of EU-wide cash payment restrictions, the Commission made three crucial observations.

1. Cash restrictions would have little effect on terrorist financing

2. Cash restrictions could be useful in combating money laundering but are of limited help against tax fraud.

3. There is no appetite among the European public for EU-wide cash limits.

Jul 30 10:38

‘God, help us’: British Army on standby in case of no-deal Brexit supply issues

Ministers planning Brexit told media the Army is on standby to deliver key supplies like food, fuel and medicines in the eventuality of a no-deal scenario. Remainers have likened the revelation to “self-immolation.”

The possibility of a no-deal Brexit made the Ministry of Defence “dust off” blueprints to use of army trucks and helicopters to deliver key supplies to far flung parts of the UK – something usually reserved for civil emergencies, like severe weather.

Jul 30 10:37

Bannon Sets Up For EU Showdown With George Soros

Steve Bannon plans to lead a populist revolt throughout Europe which, if successful, will crush George Soros and his network of open-border NGO's to smithereens, according to the Daily Beast.

And just how does the former White House chief strategist and Goldman Sachs alum plan to do this?

Bannon will set up a Brussels-based non-profit NGO called "The Movement" which will go head to head with Soros - with the goal of uniting like-minded European parties and various conservative think tanks along with other support structures.

Jul 30 10:35

Italian politician warns the UK over European Union deceit

Italy’s right wing Interior Minister has told the Sunday Times that the European Union is deceiving Britain with regards to Brexit.

He stated in an interview that "There is no objectivity or good faith on the European side" and encouraged British Prime Minister Theresa May to take a tougher stance in negotiations with the EU now that she has apparently decided to take the lead role in the divorce, leaving newly appointed Brexit minister Dominic Raab on the side lines.

Mr Salvini, long known to be a critic of the EU blames a lot of Italy’s problems on the euro and also believes that the Union is ineffective with regards to the resolution of the non-stop flow of illegal migrants who initially targeted Greece and Italy but are now arriving in Spain in far greater numbers.

Jul 30 10:34

Almost half of Swedes & Danes reject EU, prefer their own ‘Nordic Union’ – poll

Nearly half of Swedes and Danes said they’d rather be in a 'Nordic Union' with their neighbors from Norway, Finland and Iceland than in the EU, a fresh poll revealed.

Research conducted by pollster Sentio for Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen showed 47 percent support the hypothetical Nordic Union in Sweden and 45 percent in Denmark.

32 percent of Swedes and 36 percent of Danes were happy to remain in the European Union, while the rest said they were undecided on the issue.

Jul 30 10:33

Austrian Identitarians Fully Acquitted Of ‘Mafia’ and Hate Crime Charges

The 17 Austrian Identitarian Movement activists accused of forming a criminal hate speech organisation under the country’s mafia laws have been found innocent of all major charges, with two defendants forced to pay minor fines by a judge in Graz.

The conclusion of the case sees all 17 “hipster-right” anti-mass migration activists cleared of the charges that were brought against them earlier this month by Graz prosecutors who used the country’s anti-mafia law in an attempt to claim the activists were engaging in promoting hate speech, Kronen Zeitung reports.

Jul 30 10:16

Afghan 'Saved' From Deportation By Elin Ersson Was Convicted Of Abuse And Sentenced to Jail: Report

The 52-year-old Afghan man left-wing activist Elin Ersson temporarily delayed from being deported was convicted of "abuse" and sentenced to jail before being ordered to leave the country, according to reports from Swedish media.

Jul 30 08:46

Farage: Bannon plan could help populists to EU election victory

The intervention of former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon in European politics could help rightwing parties become the biggest bloc in the European parliament next year, according to Nigel Farage.

The former Ukip leader predicted sweeping advances for anti-EU parties during next May’s European elections, aided by the new project announced by Bannon . Bannon, one of the architects of Donald Trump’s US election triumph in 2016 and the former head of the rightwing Breitbart News, aims to establish a pan-European populist foundation .

Farage told the Observer that, Eurosceptics could become the largest political grouping on the continent and predicted that anti-EU MEPs could secure between 176 and 235 seats in the European parliament elections next May. “My view is that somewhere between a quarter and a third of seats in the European parliament are going to be Eurosceptic and Euro-critical,” he said.

Jul 30 08:30

Europe Needs 'Own Mueller' to Probe Alleged Russian Meddling - EP's Party Leader

Europe needs its own special counsel, similar to Robert Mueller in the United States, to look into the alleged Russian disinformation campaign, president of the European parliament's Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Guy Verhofstadt said Monday.

On Sunday, the Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee issued a report in which the panel members said they had heard some evidence pointing to a campaign to influence UK election and referenda, allegedly led by Moscow.

Jul 29 12:09

'No Prospects for Merkel's Policy in Germany Anymore' – Local Politician

Vienna has vowed not to accept any agreements which come at Austria's expense amid a deal on migrant policy reached in neighboring Germany between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. Cloppenburg regional parliament MP Michael Klitzing says migration is just part of a much wider, possibly irresolvable problem for Merkel.

Jul 29 10:16

‘Christian democracy’ to crush multiculturalism in EU vote next year – Hungary’s Orban

Illiberal “Christian democracy” will replace multiculturalism after the European Parliament vote in 2019, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has predicted, adding that the EU elite have failed the people and should step down.

The European Parliamentary elections in May 2019 will decide the fate of the European “elite” and they’re “visibly nervous” about it, Orban told a crowd of ethnic Hungarians in the Romanian town of Baile Tusnad on Saturday.

It’s time for the current Western leadership of the EU to go, as it has failed to protect the bloc from immigration, he said.

Jul 29 10:12

Italy is toughening up, wants zero tolerance policy for criminal asylum seekers

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini announced on Twitter that he is working on a zero tolerance policy for criminal migrants.

“I am working on an administrative order (#decretosicurezza) which will make it possible to refuse asylum requests if the person seeking it has committed a crime, because nowadays the law, except in certain cases, permits that criminal foreigners stay in the country and receive “protection” at the expense of the Italian people.

Jul 29 09:42

"God Help Us" - British Army Readied In Case Of Hard Brexit

Just as was extremely evident prior to the actual vote in 2016, scaremongering around Brexit (deal or no deal) is escalating among the cognoscenti or desperate Remain 'told you so'-ers.

Britain's Sunday Times reports that UK ministers have drawn up plans to send in the army to deliver food, medicines and fuel in the event of shortages if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal.

Blueprints for the armed forces to assist the civilian authorities, usually used only in civil emergencies, have been dusted down as part of the "no deal" planning, with helicopters and army trucks used to ferry supplies to vulnerable people outside the southeast who were struggling to obtain the medicines they needed.

However, as ominous as this sounds, The Sunday Times admits - a number of paragraphs into their "Army on standby for no-deal Brexit emergency" story - that a source inside the Ministry of Defense said they have not yet received "a formal request" to assist the civilian authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Scaremongering indeed!!

Jul 29 09:21

'Police can no longer handle the lawless jungle after dark in Amsterdam’ - ombudsman

As dark descends on Amsterdam, the Dutch tourist hotspot turns into an “urban jungle” where the police are powerless to handle crime, violence and drug trade, Arre Zuurmond, the city's ombudsman, warned.

"The city center becomes an urban jungle at night," Zuurmond told Dutch paper, Trouw. "Criminal money flourishes, there is no authority and the police can no longer handle the situation."

Drugs are being sold openly in the streets, pedestrian areas are used for car and bike races, there’s widespread theft and other offenses, the ombudsman said, using the world “mayhem” to describe what’s happening in the city.

Jul 28 11:01

ROBERT HARDMAN: The Brussels bully hailed as a scheming blend of Star Wars baddie Darth Vader, Rasputin and Blackadder

This has been a difficult month for Jean- Claude Juncker. Film footage of the European Commission president staggering around the Nato summit was followed by an excoriating personal attack on him by a doyen of the Brussels Press corps, amid claims of morning gin sessions, befuddled judgment and rampant cronyism.

This week, Juncker managed to get through a White House session with Donald Trump without any embarrassing incidents — apart from kissing the President — and emerged with a temporary ceasefire in the latest transatlantic trade war.

Yet, as he heads off on holiday ahead of his final months in the job, there is already an inescapable sense of power draining away from the man in charge of 32,000 of Europe's highest-paid bureaucrats.

Jul 28 09:51

Police can no longer handle the lawless jungle after dark in Amsterdam’ - ombudsman

As dark descends on Amsterdam, the Dutch tourist hotspot turns into an “urban jungle” where the police are powerless to handle crime, violence and drug trade, Arre Zuurmond, the city's ombudsman, warned.

"The city center becomes an urban jungle at night," Zuurmond told Dutch paper, Trouw. "Criminal money flourishes, there is no authority and the police can no longer handle the situation."

Drugs are being sold openly in the streets, pedestrian areas are used for car and bike races, there’s widespread theft and other offenses, the ombudsman said, using the world “mayhem” to describe what’s happening in the city.

Jul 28 09:49

Greece fires: TERROR police called in to Mati area - why are they there?

GREECE wildfires continue to devastate towns on the Greek coast as authorities battle to contain the blazes. Over 80 people are now dead, and terror police have been called in.

Jul 28 09:44

Exiled former Catalan leader vows to 'defend the just cause of his people' during emotional return to Brussels after Spain's failed bid to extradite him on rebellion charges

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont returned to Belgium Saturday to drum up support for Catalonia's separatist movement after Spain's bid to extradite him on rebellion charges from Germany failed.

On arriving to Brussels, Puigdemont shook hands with other former members of his Cabinet who also fled Spain and the current regional president of Catalonia, Quim Torra, who had traveled from Spain to meet his predecessor.

Puigdemont said he will continue to travel around Europe in an attempt to explain the separatist position in wealthy Catalonia, which has so far failed to garner any support from European governments or major political parties.

Jul 27 20:15

The moment dozens of migrants stormed into Spain past stunned NUDIST beach goers after Spanish mayor warns his nearby town is becoming 'the new Lampedusa'

The dramatic clip, taken on the beach at Tarifa, showed a group of more than 30 migrants landing in a dinghy before sprinting off into woodland surrounding the beach to evade the pursuing Spanish border guards.

The news comes as the mayor of the nearby Spanish port of Algeciras warned that his town is at the centre of a 'new migrant crisis' after 1,000 arrivals flooded his town in the last week alone.

Slamming the EU for its lack of action José Ignacio Landaluce warned his town risked becoming 'the new Lampedusa' - an Italian island which has been overrun with migrants.

Jul 27 09:34

Juncker's days are NUMBERED! Hungary's Orban fires shot at EU as migrant row rages

HUNGARY'S Viktor Orban has fired a warning shot at the EU executive reminding Brussels bosses that its days are "numbered" as his ongoing row with the bloc over migration continues to rage.

Jul 27 09:10

Austria: Identitarians Cleared Of 'Hate Speech,' 'Criminal Organization' Charges

In a major victory for free speech in Austria, 17 anti-immigration activists with the Identitarian movement that were hit with "hate speech" charges and "criminal organization" charges normally reserved for the mafia were freed Thursday after going to court.

Jul 27 09:09

UK prepares for Brexit surrender to Frenchman

Michel Barnier’s pincer is about to close on Theresa May — with the help of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s band of hard-line Brexiteers.

As U.K. MPs prepare to break for the summer, there is growing sense in Westminster that the only realistic option likely to be left open by the time they return in September will be total surrender to Brussels.

That would mean staying in the EU’s single market for the softest of Brexits to avoid either a “no-deal” scenario, likely to be impossible to get through the House of Commons, or a customs border being erected between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. — the only other option the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has said he will accept.

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