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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Following a review of the situation in Somalia, which began in 2017, residence permits will therefore be withdrawn for no less than 1,000 Somalis.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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NATO-Ukraine Trust Funds

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.

Dec 21 10:03

US Withdrawal from Syria Ineffective in Regional Developments

TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington is not playing a role in developments in Syria, and as a result the US’ possible withdrawal of troops from the Arab country will have no impact on relevant political equations, said a renowned Iranian analyst of the regional developments.

The US is currently having 3,000 troops on ground in Syria, and according to their military system, 1,000 out of them are combat forces and 2,000 others are logistics personnel,” said regional affairs analyst Saadollah Zareyee on Thursday.

His remarks came after some American news outlets relayed earlier that the US President Trump has ordered full withdrawal of Washington’s military from Syria.

Zareyee added that the US is currently having the minimum size of military presence in Syria in comparison with other players on the ground, highlighting that all American troops are stationed in Eastern borders of the Arab country at eight bases with the largest base in the North of Raqqa.

“The US is not on firm ground in Syria as it has no local ally in there. ..." >>>

(*so don't let the door . hit you in the ...)

Dec 20 09:45

Swedish Politician Says It’s “Crucial” For Young Swedes To Learn Arabic if They’re to be Successful

Swedish Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson insists that it’s “crucial” for young Swedes to learn Arabic if they are to be successful in the future.

During a speech at Haymarket Hotel in Stockholm, Kristersson said that in order to assure Sweden’s “competitiveness in the increasingly globalised economy,” it’s crucial for the long term success of Swedish students “to master not only English, school-level French and school-level German, but also Arabic and Chinese.”

Some may take Kristersson’s remarks as another sign that Sweden, which has accepted large numbers of migrants from the Middle East in recent years, is becoming increasingly Islamic.

For hundreds of years, Finnish was the second most spoken language in the Scandinavian country but was recently overtaken by Arabic as Sweden’s largest minority language.

Dec 20 09:05

"The EU offers Brits Halloween at Christmas!"

OK so we’ve had the worst-case scenario for leaving the EU given to us by numerous outlets ranging from the Bank of England to the spoiled prepubescent acting momentum supporter and everyone in-between.

So, I am now going to tell you the worst-case scenario of remaining in the EU based on actual known factors and figures, sourced from the public records of the UK Government, the EU Parliament, The Bank of England, the CBI, Migration watch, The Stock exchanges around the world, the IMF, and the UN.

So those of you who think that this little rant is a tin foil hat moment by myself think again and go and fully research and cross reference what I am about to tell you and remember this is worst-case scenario that could happen unless I clearly point out where it will happen by either a date or other factor.

Dec 20 08:53

Juncker warns of no deal 'catastrophe' amid fears of grounded British flights and the worst border chaos 'since wartime' as EU reveals its plans for Brexit doomsday

Brussels today threatened to curb British flights and kick out UK ex-pats if there is no Brexit deal.

As the bitter standoff deepened, the EU released details of its plans for what happens if negotiations fail.

According to the plans, British airlines would be allowed to operate flights between the UK and the continent.

However, they would be barred from flying between EU airports, or operating services from Europe to the US.

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said a disorderly British exit would be a 'catastrophe', while one EU official warned of the worst border disruption 'since wartime'.

Dec 20 08:52

France Says to Stay in Syria after US Troops Ordered Home

France will maintain its participation in the coalition purportedly fighting Daesh terrorists in Syria, government officials said Thursday after US President Donald Trump surprised Washington's allies by ordering American troops home.....

Dec 20 07:54

Did the Riksbank of Sweden just panic?

Dec 19 09:59

US confirms pullout from INF treaty, Moscow will respond if missiles placed in Europe – deputy FM

Washington has confirmed its decision to withdraw from the INF treaty is final, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said, adding that Moscow will 'take measures' if American missiles that threaten its security are placed in Europe.

“Washington publicly announced its plans to withdraw from the treaty (the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) already in October. Through the high-level bilateral channels it was confirmed to us that this decision was final and wasn’t an attempt to initiate dialogue,” Sergey Ryabkov told the Kommersant newspaper.

Dec 19 08:29

'REAL people voted!' FURIOUS backlash as Gina Miller claims referendum ignored real people

A PROMINENT campaigner for a second referendum received a powerful backlash when she voiced her objectives on a national TV show.

Gina Miller appeared on France 24 as a proponent of a ‘people’s vote’ explaining that, in the event of a second referendum, the vote would need to be “about the lives of real people.” But many people were not happy and took to the internet to vent their fury. One YouTube user said: “Real people did vote already and real people were given a choice about the future of Britain and real people want to save their nation and their sovereignty.”

Dec 19 08:27

Verhofstadt sparks furious row with MPs - 'DON'T tell Britain what to do!'

Tory Brexiteer MP Steve Double lashed out at the European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator telling him “its not your job to tell UK MPs what to do”. Mr Double warned the Brussels chief it will be “as much the responsibility of the EU” if Britain leaves without a deal because it had backed the UK into an “untenable position”. He tweeted: “Dear Mr Verhofstast (sic). It's not your job to tell UK MPs what to do in representing our constituents. No one here is glorifying no deal but neither are we afraid.

Dec 19 08:07

Have British Spies Been Hacking the EU?

For those who cannot get past the Telegraph paywall, the gist is that that the European Union has accused the British intelligence agencies of hacking the EU’s side of the Brexit negotiations. Apparently, some highly sensitive and negative EU slides about British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for Brexit, the Chequers Plan, had landed in the lap of the British government, which then lobbied the EU to suppress publication.

Of course, this could be a genuine leak from the Brussels sieve, as British sources are claiming (well, they would say that, wouldn’t they?). However, it is plausible that this is the work of the spies, either by recruiting a paid-up agent well placed within the Brussels bureaucracy, or through electronic surveillance.

Dec 19 07:48

NO DEAL? NO WORRIES The European Union has more to lose from a No Deal Brexit than a well-prepared UK

While negotiating a deal with the EU is preferable, the No Deal scenarios of food shortages and lack of medicines, put forward by Project Fear doom-mongers, are preposterous

Dec 19 07:37

Lithuanian Parl't Votes to Buy Floating LNG Terminal After 2024 - Ministry

Lithuanian lawmakers on Tuesday voted to buy a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal after 2024 as part of the Baltic country's efforts to ensure its energy security, the Lithuanian Energy Ministry said in a statement.

"Today, the parliament approved the [Energy Ministry's] proposal to secure long-term LNG imports by acquiring a floating LNG terminal after 2024," the statement read.

Dec 19 07:34

'Look at What the Chaos is': EU Implosion is 'a Real Scenario' - Journalist

Mark Rutte, the Dutch Prime Minister, marked the beginning of the ‘People's Party for Freedom and Democracy’ campaign for the Provincial State elections by publishing an open letter addressed to the Dutch people on all national newspapers. What did he write to his fellow citizens?

Sputnik has discussed the issue with journalist Joost Niemoller.

Sputnik: What is pushing Mark Rutte to make this appeal at the moment?

Joost Niemoller: That’s a good question because he doesn’t say it. This has come out of nowhere, it’s an advertisement in a newspaper, and he doesn’t give any reason for it.

Even his own party, the VVD [People's Party for Freedom and Democracy], isn’t mentioned in the whole advertisement. It’s like it is a total spontaneous outburst of feeling, and he wants to communicate it with the Dutch people.

Dec 19 07:32

Either the EU ditches neoliberalism or its people will ditch the EU

We live in a world fashioned by Washington, and as 2019 approaches the dire consequences remain woefully evident.

In 1948 US State Department mandarin George Kennan – the man credited with devising the policy of containment vis-à-vis the Soviet Union at the end of WWII, – laid bare the focus of US foreign policy in the postwar period:

“We have about 50 percent of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3 percent of its population…Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern or relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and daydreamings…We are going to have to deal in straight power concepts.”

The “pattern of relationships” advocated by Kennan is embodied in the panoply of international institutions that have governed our world and dominated the planet’s economic, geopolitical, and military architecture in the seven decades since.

Dec 18 17:25

Belgium's PM Charles Michel Resigns After Facing Huge Backlash For Signing UN Migration Pact

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel resigned on Tuesday after facing massive backlash by nationalists for signing onto the UN Migration Pact, also known as the UN Suicide Pact.

Dec 18 15:51

Dispute over migration brings down Belgian government

Belgium’s Francophone liberal prime minister Charles Michel has resigned in the wake of a bitter falling out with his erstwhile Flemish coalition partner. He told MPs he would offer his resignation to the king after socialists and greens tabled a motion of no-confidence in his minority government on Tuesday .

Mr Michel has being trying to put together a working majority in parliament since the right-wing nationalist New Flemish Alliance (NVA) walked out nine days ago.

Dec 18 11:00

VOX Party Could Gain Seats in Spanish Parliament for 1st Time in 40 Years - Poll

Spain's VOX party is projected to win 12 seats in the country's parliament if the vote were held on Monday, thus becoming the first right-wing party to make it to the parliament in 40 years, a poll by research and communication consultancy GAD3 showed.

VOX, which was created in 2013, already won 12 seats in the Andalusian regional parliament during the elections held on December 2. This situation can lead to the formation of the right-centrist government in the region, that will challenge the position of the Spanish Socialist Worker's Party, which holds power for 40 years already.

Dec 18 11:00

Italian Prime Minister Reiterates Need to Lift Russia Sanctions - Moscow

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte reaffirmed his commitment to the idea that sanctions against Russia should not be tightened, but lifted, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov told Sputnik on Monday.

"Our Italian colleagues, in particular the Italian Prime Minister, are principally stand for lifting sanctions [against Russia] as soon as possible," Manturov said after his meeting with the Italian official.

Manturov added that he had thanked Conte for such a firm position, which he had repeatedly demonstrated, including at the meeting of the European Council.

Dec 18 10:30

All of Europe’s Powerful Countries Are Effectively Leaderless, EU Adrift -  Russia’s Top Anchor (Dmitry Kiselyov)

Kiselyov is excellent again here, nailing the truth about how decrepit Europe is these days.

He thinks the political chaos the worst “since the times of WWII”. Merkel, Macron, and May are all in serious trouble, and unable to lead.

Dec 18 10:25

UK AND EU AGREE TO MAINTAIN COMMON TRANSITION CONVENTION EVEN IF NO DEAL

The UK has negotiated an agreement to stay in the Common Transit Convention (CTC) even if there is no Brexit deal between the two sides. This means that goods can continue to be transported freely between the UK and the EEA with customs declarations and import duties only being paid when the goods arrive at their final destination. It is particularly important for the Republic of Ireland which transports the majority of its exports to the EU across the UK “land bridge”.

Dec 18 09:54

"Wake Up!" Italian MEP REDPILLS EU Lawmakers

Dec 18 09:31

JUNCKER’S CHRISTMAS PAY RISE GIVES HIM €32,700 A MONTH

President Juncker will be able to afford a many more boozy lunches in 2019. As a result of a Christmas pay rise, from January bureaucrats in the EU will be paid more than €20,000 a month, Commissioners will be paid €26,600 a month, and President Juncker will be paid a whopping €32,700 a month.

Dec 18 09:28

Polish President Duda signs bill reinstating Supreme Court judges

Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed legislation reinstating Supreme Court judges who were forced into early retirement despite the EU condemning their removal as a violation of democratic standards.

Dec 18 06:09

Moldova’s integration to NATO to be revised after elections, vows president

Attempts by the current Moldovan government to cozy up to NATO are illegal, because this violates the country’s constitution, Moldovan President Igor Dodon told Izvestia. He noted that all agreements aimed at Chisinau’s integration into the alliance had to be revised after the upcoming parliamentary elections. "Of course, there were attempts on the part of the current government to deepen cooperation with NATO. I strongly oppose these initiatives. We need to strengthen our neutrality status. That’s why an agreement with Romania and other accords on military cooperation contradict the constitution and should be cancelled after the parliamentary elections," he stressed. NATO is trying to drag as many former Soviet states into the alliance as possible under the pretense of its "open door policy" (enshrined in Article 10 of the alliance’s founding document), First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council’s (upper house) Foreign Affairs Committee Vladimir Dzhabarov told the paper.

Dec 17 15:23

Belgian Government Gasses Its Own People At Protest Against UN Migration Pact

The Belgian government gassed its own people on Sunday at a 5,000-strong rally protesting against the government signing the UN Migration Pact, also known as the "UN Suicide Pact," against the will of the public.

Dec 17 12:27

US pushes for Kosovo army, while NATO raises doubts

On Monday, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting at Serbia’s request following the decision by Kosovo’s parliament to create a regular army based on the Kosovo Security Force (KSF). The United States has endorsed this move, while the NATO Secretary-General has branded it as untimely. As for Russia and Serbia, they both condemned the plan, Kommersant writes. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is convinced that Kosovo’s steps have been encouraged by the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. Moscow backed Belgrade’s stance, warning that the creation of a Kosovo army could trigger severe consequences for security in the Balkans. A source close to the Kosovo leadership told Kommersant that Pristina would not have decided to take this crucial step without Washington’s support. However, diplomatic sources in the region are urging everyone not to lose their cool over this decision by Kosovo, stressing that the creation of this army could take at least ten years.

Dec 17 11:25

Kent Ekeroth (SD): "Sweden Was a Paradise, Then You Came". Speech and Debate on Immigration.

Dec 17 11:03

70% Chance Of NATO-Russia Combat: "US Ready To Fight To The Last Brit"

An Interview with George Szamuely
George Szamuely is a Hungarian-born scholar and Senior Research Fellow at London’s Global Policy Institute. He lives in New York City. I spoke to him about escalating hostilities on Russia’s Ukrainian and Black Sea borders and about Exercise Trident Juncture, NATO’s massive military exercise on Russian borders which ended just as the latest hostilities began.

Ann Garrison: George, the hostilities between Ukraine, NATO, and Russia continue to escalate in the Sea of Azov, the Kerch Strait, and the Black Sea. What do you think the latest odds of a shooting war between NATO and Russia are, if one hasn’t started by the time this is published?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are, indeed, grim prospects.

Dec 17 09:55

NO DEAL WARNING: Brussels to unveil NEW PLANS to avoid chaos as May's Brexit deal falters

On Wednesday, the European Commission, Brussels’ powerful executive arm, will release more new contingency plans covering up to 13 areas that will be plunged into chaos if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal. Express.co.uk understands the plans will include an offer to Britain to ensure that both parties’ planes can continue land and takeoff in each other’s airports. The Brussels' offer would only be made under the same strict reciprocal terms offered as part of a bid to keep the UK off of the bloc’s ‘visa-required’ list of third countries.

Dec 17 09:51

NORWAY POLICE: We have no control over the parts of Oslo, and migrants rape and strangle women

Police in Norway say it lost control of the city of Oslo because of the radical Islamists taking over the area.

According to the police, Grønland, a district in the city of Oslo, is experiencing "apocalyptic levels of violence and lawlessness."

The Grønland neighborhood in the city of Oslo looks like Karachi, Basra and Mogadishu all in one. People are selling drugs open to the subway station, violence has taken the level of the epidemic, and the police largely give up the implementation of the law. This is no longer Norway or Europe, except for the standard of living.

The police are powerless. Five years ago, Aftenposten, the pro-Islamic largest newspaper in Oslo, said there was a sharia zone in that city, and gay couples are attacking and terrorizing those areas. "Immigrant Fatima Tetouani says that the Greensland is more Muslim than in Morocco."
Women were raped during the night in Oslo, and men were robbing more than ever.

Dec 17 09:09

DAVOS U-TURN: WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM WELCOMES ALL RUSSIAN BUSINESSMEN AFTER BOYCOTT THREAT

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has backtracked on its decision to bar three Russian businessmen from next year’s meeting in Davos. The turnabout comes after Moscow threatened to boycott the year's biggest business event.

Russia will participate in January’s prestigious business and political meeting in Switzerland, the WEF announced on Sunday. Managing director and head of compliance at the organization, Alois Zwinggi, said he is pleased to learn that Moscow would be sending “a high-level governmental delegation to Davos,” his statement reads as cited by media.

“I am pleased that after discussions with all relevant parties, careful consideration of international legal frameworks and strong support from the Swiss government, we are able to host business and political leaders from all G20 countries,” Zwinggi said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The WEF just blinked!!

Dec 17 09:03

Latest Odds of a Shooting War Between NATO and Russia

Hungarian scholar George Szamuely tells Ann Garrison that he sees a 70 percent chance of combat between NATO and Russia following the incident in the Kerch Strait and that it is being fueled by Russia-gate.

George Szamuely is a Hungarian-born scholar and Senior Research Fellow at London’s Global Policy Institute. He lives in New York City. I spoke to him about escalating hostilities on Russia’s Ukrainian and Black Sea borders and about Exercise Trident Juncture, NATO’s massive military exercise on Russian borders which ended just as the latest hostilities began.

Dec 17 08:39

The ECB's Quantitative Easing Failure

The main reason why the ECB quantitative easing program has failed is that it started from a wrong diagnosis of the eurozone’s problem. That the European problem was a demand and liquidity issue, not due to years of excess.

The ECB had been receiving tremendous pressure from banks and governments to implement a similar program to the US’ quantitative easing, forgetting that the eurozone had been under a chain of government stimuli since 2009 and that the problem of the euro-zone was not liquidity, but an interventionist model.

The day that the ECB launched its quantitative easing program, excess liquidity stood at 125 billion euro. Since then it has ballooned to 1.8 trillion euro.

Dec 17 08:38

Psychoanalysing NATO: Schizophrenia

Suffice it to say that this statement would have a closer relationship with reality if the words "NATO's borders" were replaced with "inside Russia". And I would be interested to hear the details of "violating Allied airspace". Why even the Daily Telegraph in 2015 with its suggestive headline of Mapped: Just how many incursions into Nato airspace has Russian military made? had to admit "The Ministry of Defence says the Russian bombers have never violated Britain’s sovereign airspace, which extends 12 nautical miles from the coast." Likewise Violated US Airspace 16 Times In Last 10 Days turns out to be Air Defence Identification Zones which is not the same thing at all. Or Most Russian Plane Intercepts over Baltics Due to Error: NATO General. So NATO's statement needs a further calibration so that "violating Allied airspace" becomes "flying in international airspace close to Allied countries' airspace".

Dec 17 08:36

Water cannon, firecrackers as thousands rally against UN migration pact in Brussels (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Police have deployed water cannon during a rally against the controversial UN migration pact in Brussels. Officers were seen scuffling with protesters, who threw firecrackers before facing off with law-enforcement.

The rally was dubbed the ‘March against Marrakech’ in reference to the city where the pact was signed earlier in December. It was organized by the right-wing Vlaams Belang party which has long been a vocal opponent of the agreement.

While having initially kicked off peacefully, the demonstration started to heat up with some of the participants burning firecrackers and hurling bottles as they marched down the street.

Dec 17 08:11

Check Your Ethics: EU Chief Delivers Stinging Rebuke to 'Authors of Brexit'

European Union Cheif, Donald Tusk, has delivered perhaps his most stinging rebuke yet of Brexit supporters, calling upon them to consider their "ethics."

Speaking at an event in Dortmund, Germany, over the weekend, Mr. Tusk said that he wanted to remind world leaders that political decisions have potentially cataclysmic consequences, pointing to Brexit as an example of a situation where leaders need to consider their choices and actions clearly.

Dec 17 07:19

Who the hell does Blair think he is? DOMINIC LAWSON on the former PM's outrageous one-man mission to Brussels as he pushes for a second referendum

A recent poll showed that only two per cent of the British population have a 'very favourable' opinion of Mr Blair.

It is the sort of approval rating a mass-murderer might be expected to get — which happens to be how many members of his own party describe him, in the wake of the Iraq war.

Dec 16 18:15

Brussels protest over UN migration pact turns violent

In July, 196 UN members agreed the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

It was signed by 164 countries in Marrakech last week, with the US and a number of European states - including Austria, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovakia - refusing to formally adopt the agreement.

The deal, which is not legally binding, seeks an international approach to migration that "reaffirms the sovereign rights of states to determine their national migration policy" and asserts the "fundamental" importance of legal migration.

But critics in Europe believe it will lead to increased immigration to the continent.

Bart Claes, the president of the youth wing of the Flemish nationalist party, Vlaams Belang, told the BBC that people should have been consulted before Belgium signed up to the deal.

"It's been approved apparently," he said. "But the opinion of the people was never asked. That's strange for something that goes this far."

Dec 16 09:59

US Demands Europe Join Its War Against Russia

In recent decades, the US Constitution’s clause that requires a congressional declaration of war before invading any country, has been ignored. Furthermore, ever since 2012 and the passage by Congress of the Magnitsky Act sanctions against Russia, economic sanctions by the US Government have been imposed against any company that fails to comply with a US-imposed economic sanction; a company can even be fined over a billion dollars for violating a US economic sanction.

And, so, sanctions are now the way that the US Congress actually does authorize a war — the new way, no longer the way that’s described in the US Constitution. However, in the economic-sanctions phase of a war — this initial phase — the war is being imposed directly against any company that violates a US-ordered economic sanction, against Russia, Iran, or whatever target-country the US Congress has, by means of such sanctions, actually authorized a war by the US to exist — a ‘state of war’ to exist.

Dec 16 09:36

Sweden: Father arrested for beating burglar, who took his 7-year-old son hostage with a gun

A father of a 7-year-old boy in Malmö has been arrested for beating up a burglar who put a gun in the boy’s mouth.

The 45-year-old burglar broke into a flat in Malmö. He was confronted by the family who lives there, whereupon he grabbed one of the children, a 7-year-old. He then allegedly put his gun in the boy’s mouth.

When the child’s grandmother saw this, she screamed and managed to snatch the child. Then the boy’s father came into the room and the two men started fighting.

The father “flipped out” and hit the gunman so hard that he lost consciousness and suffered severe head injury, a source tells Aftonbladet.

The police then came to the site and seized the burglar – and also the father. Since then, he has been locked up and detained, suspected of aggravated assault.

Dec 16 09:00

EU leaders urge swift action against disinformation ‘to secure fair European elections’

European Union leaders have called for measures to tackle the deliberate spread of disinformation ahead of elections to the European Parliament.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Censor the populists!

Dec 16 08:49

Europe’s biggest test yet

Six months from now, the European Union will face its next big test. Citizens across the continent will head to the polls to choose who will represent them in the European Parliament. The elections arrive amid populist rebellions, debate on how to curb economic inequality within the Eurozone, and questions about who will lead the EU with Angela Merkel on her way out and Emmanuel Macron weakened.

The latest projections have the two largest parliamentary groups, the centre-Right European People’s Party (EPP) and centre-Left Socialists and Democrats (S&D), remaining the biggest blocks, but they may well fail to win a majority of seats (and comparable polls have overestimated support for large and governing parties). Far from having been rejected, populism is going mainstream, and Brussels is braced for the strongest populist backlash on record.

Dec 16 08:43

US Vows to Work With EU States Against 'Russian Aggression' After Kerch Row

"The United States welcomes recent steps by the EU and its Member States to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine. The European Parliament’s December 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the construction of the Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political project. We urge Germany to heed the concerns of the many neighbours whose security will be damaged by this pipeline," the Saturday statement reads.

Dec 16 08:40

The Zionist Circular Maze

On Thursday Israel cheered as the EU called on its member states that have not yet done so “to endorse the non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism employed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).”

Israel called this move a “breakthrough,” the European Jewish Congress hailed the declaration as “unprecedented.” Both are correct: the Europeans ‘adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism is both a ‘breakthrough’ and ‘unprecedented.’ It confirms that Europe has explicitly abandoned its Athenian ethical ethos.

Rather than declaring its opposition to racism as a universal precept and denouncing all forms of discrimination and prejudice against any group or person of any X’ simply for being X’ (for example, a Jew for being a Jew, a Black person for being Black, a Gay person for being Gay, etc.), the EU has fallen into the most banal trap and subscribed to the primacy of Jewish suffering.

Dec 15 12:30

VUCIC: Behind the decision to form the "army of Kosovo" are America, Britain and Germany

In an extraordinary speech, the President of Serbia said that after many years of threats, the officially formed army of the so-called Kosovo was illegal

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that after the decision to form the so-called Kosovo army, the United States, Great Britain and Germany are standing.

"After many years of threats, today it is officially formed by the so-called" Kosovo Army, illegally. Everything that the Albanians did, they did contrary to international law, and their own legal act to the constitution of Kosovo.

They showed that they never care about respecting rights and justice, but only naked forces, attacking Serbs and Serbia. Serbia wanted peace, invested energy to preserve peace and stability. It was not easy. We accepted the Brussels Agreement in 2013, in order to show how ready we are for reasonable behavior, "Vucic said.

Dec 15 11:49

SERBIA THREATENS MILITARY ACTION AFTER KOSOVO VOTES TO CREATE ARMY

Serbia has threatened military action against neighbouring Kosovo after its parliament approved the creation of a new army.

Kosovar MPs voted on Friday to expand the existing Kosovo Security Force into a 5,000-troop army, plus 3,000 reservists.

Belgrade called the move a “direct threat to peace and stability” in the Balkans and lashed out at the United States for supporting the proposal.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in 2008, but Serbia does not recognise its former province as a state.

Belgrade insists the new army would violate a UN resolution that brought to an end its bloody crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists in 1999.

Serbian prime minister Ana Brnabic said armed intervention was “one of the options on the table”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And here is a companion article, dated 8 December:

CIA sending ship full if arms to Kosovo Army

It appears the US's CIA has decided upon which side of the conflict here upon which they are betting; and it doesn't look like that is Serbia's side at all.

This area has been a wellspring of military conflict for years, and was actually part of the history which generated World War 1.

Austria-Hungary declares World War 1

Dec 15 11:38

Hungary Protests: Thousands march in Budapest against 'Slave Law'

Dec 15 11:10

BIG PLUS: SWITZERLAND GUARANTEES TRADE RELATIONSHIP IN CASE OF NO DEAL

The Swiss Government have announced that a trade agreement has been reached between the UK and Switzerland to “maintain existing economic and trade relations with the country after its departure from the European Union” whether or not a deal is reached with the EU. The Swiss Federal Council announced that if the UK leaves the EU in a disorderly manner, it could sign and apply the agreement from the date on which the UK leaves the EU.

Dec 15 11:00

Hungary wants that Christmas remains Christmas with a nativity scene and a Christmas tree – Foreign Minister

Hungary wants to preserve an EU where Christmas remains Christmas, with a nativity scene and a Christmas tree, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Monday.

According to Szijjarto, Europe must insist on its traditions and heritage and resist all attempts to irrevocably change the ethnic mix of the European Union.

Hungary insists that Europe is faced by a migration issue rather than a refugee issue, and migration processes must be stopped.

Hungary views illegal migrants as illegal migrants and not as refugees, the minister said, adding that the Hungarian government will vote against the UN migration compact in New York.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for Hungary!

Dec 15 10:59

‘Socialist MPs colluding with the Soros organisations have organised violent street protests in Hungary’ – Ruling party

Protesters again took to the streets in Budapest to demonstrate against the “slave law” on Thursday evening. The demonstration started peacefully but police later responded to aggressive protestors with teargas.

The opposition, in a hopeless position, made clowns of themselves in parliament, acting aggressively and colluding with the Soros organisations that organised violent street protests

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, we've gone from blaming Putin and Facebook to blaming Soros?

Dec 15 10:58

Sweden is generous to migrants, while its pensioners turn to soup kitchens

While migrants get a lot of things for free, more and more Swedish pensioners testify that they struggle to make ends meet. Many of them are therefore visiting soup kitchens.

In newspaper articles and social media, pensioners tell of difficult circumstances. In a reader’s letter in the magazine Hemmets Veckotidning, the pensioner Anna wrote about her situation and asked the editorial team for advice:

“I have a fistula in my palate since a year back. The dentist said it’s because I have a dead tooth and he wants to pull it out. But because of my low pension, I can’t afford it. The dental nurse tried to persuade me to obtain the money, because it was “dangerous” if it was not fixed. Is it because of the bacteria that might affect the heart?”

Dec 15 10:54

Bizarre moment Jean-Claude Juncker is seen ruffling a woman's hair before claiming he had 'kissed' and made up with Theresa May following confrontation over him calling her 'nebulous' and 'imprecise'

Jean-Claude Juncker was captured ruffling a woman's hair as he arrived at the European Council summit today before claiming he had 'kissed' and made up with Theresa May following a confrontation.

Bizarre footage captured the EU commission president walking up to Pernilla Sjölin - the EU's deputy head of protocol - and erratically running his hands through her hair before kissing her cheek.

Shortly afterwards Mr Juncker brushed off his extraordinary confrontation with Theresa May - insisting they ended up 'kissing' after he explained he had not insulted her by calling her 'nebulous' and 'imprecise' .

The PM and the EU commission president had a 'robust' showdown in the full glare of cameras as she demanded to know why he had branded her with those words in a late-night press conference.

But as the summit in Brussels drew to a close this evening, Mr Juncker insisted Mrs May is a 'great friend' and the incident was down to a misunderstanding.

Dec 15 10:49

NATO Troops in Kosovo Conduct Military Drills on Its Roads

NATO forces have been present in Kosovo since 1999 as a part of an operation to put an end to the conflict between Kosovo Albanians and the Federal Yugoslav Army and police. Following the end of the NATO campaign, some of the alliance’s forces remained in Kosovo after it emerged as a partially recognised state.

The NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) has launched military drills on the main roads of Kosovo and Metohija amid the announcement that the Kosovo Security Force will be transformed into a full-fledged national army. The drills are being conducted to improve the battle readiness of KFOR and its ability "prevent any threat to safety and security", the NATO command in Kosovo stated.

In the video, published on KFOR's Facebook page, NATO armoured transport vehicles and trucks can be seen travelling along major roads in Kosovo.

Dec 15 10:33

Crisis of confidence?

Theresa May survives a no confidence vote, but now is a lame duck. Hard Brexit looms. Angela Merkel has announced her impending political retirement. And Emmanuel Macron's moral legitimacy as president of France is in the balance. The three pillars of the EU are on shaky ground. Is the euro-project suffering a crisis of confidence?

Dec 14 12:06

The Real Game of Thrones

Dec 14 12:06

Serbia ‘Could Send Armed Forces’ In Response To Creation Of Kosovo Army

Serbian Presidential Advisor Nikola Selakovic said that in response to Kosovo’s decision to create an army, Belgrade “could send Serbian armed forces or declare Kosovo an occupied territory.” It became known earlier that the Kosovo parliament voted in the second reading in favor of a new law on the creation of a Kosovo army. This legislation will allow a doubling of the present security force, and will gradually turn the number of security forces into a full-fledged professional army of 5 thousand people. The Serbian authorities will ask to convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in connection with the steps taken by the breakaway region of Kosovo to transform its security forces into an army. This news was carried by news agencies including the Associated Press and Tanjug, citing the Serbian Foreign Ministry on Friday, earlier today on December 14th.

Dec 14 10:52

BREXIT LIVE: How Merkel FURIOUSLY interrupted May - secret talks REVEALED

German news website Merkur.de said the mood in the meeting “was very bad” as EU leaders gave Theresa May an ultimatum to explain exactly what Britain wants. EU patience is wearing out with the Prime Minister as Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said after last night’s meeting the discussions “did not get much further” because the bloc still did not know what Theresa May’s exact demands were. Meanwhiel Jean-Claude Juncker said it was unacceptable for the UK to expect the EU to offer solutions and put the onus on the Prime Minister to make suggestions about what she wants for the EU to decide.

Dec 14 10:51

The Brewing European Debt Crisis

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