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Aug 24 16:55

US slams EU’s $20mn development aid to Iran as sending ‘wrong message at the wrong time’

Washington said the EU’s latest Iran development aid package of €18 million is “sending the wrong message” and apparently undermining its efforts to isolate the Islamic republic with unilateral sanctions.

“The European Union’s August 23 announcement of a new $20.7 million payment that will widen economic and sectoral relations between Iran and Europe sends the wrong message at the wrong time,” US State Department Special Representative Brian Hook said.

The US official went on to claim that Tehran will gratefully take the EU money and use it to “conduct assassinations in those very European countries.”

Aug 24 10:17

Spain Deports Latest African Invasion Force back to Morocco

The Spanish government has—to all observers’ surprise—reactivated a 1992 agreement with Morocco and has deported all 116 African invaders who broke through the border fence this week, ending their attempt to enter Europe and parasite off white liberal largesse.

Aug 24 08:06

A second referendum will spark anarchy

Barry Gardiner, speaking on the Today programme recently, was acute in his analysis of why there should not be a second referendum. His argument was this: that it would be an act of bad faith of such intensity that civil unrest might ensue. That argument is valid as far as it goes, which is not far enough.

The fact is there can’t be a second referendum. Let’s look at two reasons, one practical and one conceptual.

Aug 24 08:02

NATO training Latvian military to quell 'civilian unrest' during largest drills in decades

NATO has launched the biggest war games ever staged on the territory of Latvia since the Baltic state gained independence. The drills are scheduled to include the military tackling “spontaneous” unrest in Russian-populated towns.

“After four years of intensive preparations, this will be the largest military training exercise since the restoration of Latvia’s independence in which we will be test the armed forces’ readiness to defend Latvia from any threats,” said the Latvian Chief of Defense, Lieutenant General Leonids Kalnins. “This exercise is the opportunity to train not only the National Armed Forces but also Latvia’s overall defense capabilities as our partners are involved in the drills as well,” he added.

Aug 23 12:06

Sweden: Study Finds 58% Of All Rapists Were Born In A Foreign Country

A new study from Swedish state-owned media found 58 percent of all convicted rapists were born in a foreign country and the same was true for 85 percent of "assault rapists."

Aug 23 10:40

MAJOR GERMAN FM STATEMENT: ‘We Will Not Allow The U.S To ACT AT OUR EXPENSE’

The following text in full, was written just yesterday by the German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, on the authoritative Handelsblaat. This is a major statement, as it carries weight just below official German policy, which in turn has strong weight on EU policy.

There are a number of highly significant and important phrases he uses in this text. Even American cultural hegemony is rejected, i.e., ‘Bruce Springsteen is not the future’.

FRN has consistently covered the growing rift, with all its nuances, between the U.S and EU since 2014. At the time, many critics believed we were totally wrong. Time has demonstrated FRN’s analysis to be generally correct. – ed

Aug 23 10:38

Bolton: EU has to choose between Iran and US

President Donald Trump's hawkish national security adviser says the Europeans have to make a choice between the US and Iran in observing American sanctions which he claims have been more effective than expected.

“We expect that Europeans will see, as businesses all over Europe are seeing, that the choice between doing business with Iran or doing business with the United States is very clear to them," National Security Adviser John Bolton said Tuesday.

Trump “wants maximum pressure on Iran, maximum pressure, and that is what is going on,” Bolton told Reuters in Israel.

US administration officials have said newly re-imposed sanctions are meant to change Iran’s policies, including its role in the region, making a point that they are not aimed at toppling the Islamic Republic.

Bolton boasted that the sanctions are “already having a significant effect on Iran's economy,” but admitted that they have not led to any change in the country’s policies.

Aug 23 10:29

Brussels-Backed NGO is Vilifying French Right Ahead of EP Vote – MEP

EU Disinfo Lab's attempt to pin the blame on Russia for the Benalla controversy is actually a Brussels-backed effort targeting French conservatives ahead of the EP vote in May 2019, Nicolas Bay, secretary general of Marine Le Pen's right-wing National Rally, told Sputnik.

The EU Disinfo Lab, a Brussels-based non-governmental organization, has kicked off a Cold War-style scandalous smear campaign ahead of the upcoming European Parliament (EP) elections, said Nicolas Bay, an EP member from France and secretary general of Marine Le Pen's right-wing National Rally, formerly known as the National Front.

On August 10, the NGO published a list of names of Twitter users who were actively criticizing French President Emmanuel Macron and his former security aide Alexander Benalla, who assaulted a street protester during a May Day demonstration in Paris. Many of those who found themselves on the list belong to the electorate of Marine Le Pen.

Aug 23 10:20

Credit Suisse freezes $5bn in Russian money in compliance with US sanctions

One of Switzerland’s largest banks, Credit Suisse has suspended 5.1 billion francs ($5 billion) in assets linked to Russia as a result of Washington’s sanctions against the country.

There is reportedly growing fear among Western banks of reprisals from the US for working with targeted Russian individuals and entities.

The bank froze the funds in the second quarter of 2018, according to Reuters.

In an e-mailed statement to RT, Credit Suisse denied freezing Russian assets, explaining that it has reclassified assets of some Russian clients. The bank said that it works with international regulators wherever it does business to ensure compliance, including sanctions involving Russia.

Aug 23 09:37

300 migrants storm Spanish exclave of Ceuta, attack police with acid (VIDEO)

Seven police officers suffered acid and lime burns as more than 100 sub-Saharan migrants jumped the border fence that separates Morocco from Spain's north African exclave of Ceuta.

Approximately 300 people tried to enter European territory by storming the fence on Tuesday night. Press reports state that as many as 200 were successful, however officials in the autonomous city say they have only accounted for 115 new arrivals

The migrants cut part of the, 8.4km-long (5.2 mile) fence and used battery acid, quicklime and excrement to attack police officers, El Pais reports. The police revealed on Twitter that seven members of the force suffered injuries during the incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You just have to ask yourself; are people who use acid, lime, and excrement against police the kind of "good neighbors" you want with which to build your society?!?

Aug 23 09:33

Russia forced to respond to US missile defenses near its borders, Putin emphasizes

In reply to a question from a Finnish journalist Putin said that NATO’s military infrastructures were moving towards Russia’s borders and the amount of the alliance’s military equipment and personnel, as well as the number of military exercises near Russia’s borders were growing.

"Naturally, we have to keep an eye on what is going on there and to strengthen our infrastructures. We must respond to the emergence of components of the US missile defense systems near our borders," Putin said, adding that those missile defense systems could be used for launching intermediate range missiles.

Whatever the case, Putin said, "We welcome the Finnish president’s proposal for easing any tensions in the region. This concerns flights by combat aircraft (activation of their transponders - TASS)." Putin recalled that the International Civil Aviation Organization had formulated certain rules but they do not apply to military aircraft. "The rules have the status of recommendations," he recalled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And NATO is refusing to discuss the "mission creep" of more fighter jets, troops, and components shadowing Russia's border?!?

I would like to hope that this changes, but doubt that it will; the US is on a tear about demonizing Russia, and this demonization, coupled with an increase of troops and equipment at a country's border, is always the first step toward a shooting war.

Aug 22 12:51

Examining The Economies Of The EU

Aug 22 10:24

Italy’s Conflict with Brussels & EU

Aug 22 09:32

NATO Launches Largest War Games In Decades To Be Staged In Latvia

NATO has launched the largest war games to ever take place in Latvia since the country became independent in 1918. The military games, which have been in preparation for four years, are scheduled to include military and police addressing “spontaneous” unrest in Russian-populated towns, reports RT.

Aug 22 08:48

Germany wants Europe to form a 'counterweight' to US

The German foreign minister has said it was high time that Europe reassessed its partnership with the United States. He advocated an EU payment system independent of the US in order to save the nuclear deal with Iran.

Aug 22 08:41

TRANS-ATLANTIC COLLAPSE: BERLIN-BRUSSELS MAY CREATE ‘SWIFT’ REPLACEMENT

The collapse of the Trans-Atlantic order that emerged out of the US’s occupation of Western Europe following WWII, is yet again yielding very predictable, and rapidly occurring, results.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that the European Union needs to create an independent analogue of the American system for transferring information on SWIFT payments in order to protect its companies from US sanctions against Iran.

Aug 22 08:31

Brexit now holds Britain in a headlock – George Galloway

Brexit brew hasn't stopped simmering and will flavour British politics for many years to come.
The defeat for the British establishment in the Brexit referendum was as unexpected (by them) as it was momentous. A rag-bag army of Brexit campaigners with a distinctly unusual Officer class triumphed over the sleek Rolls Royce Brigade of Guards commanded by the entire spectrum of the great and the good.

I was one of the rag-bag army, but more as a guerrilla fighter, often behind enemy lines. I had to be allowed freedom of action because nobody expected me to take orders from the likes of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Liam Fox – and though in touch throughout with the likes of Nigel Farage and his group, we each knew we were better not together. Our view of a post-Brexit Britain was just too different.

Aug 21 12:39

Putin turns screw on EU and demands Brussels PAYS UP to rebuild Syria

RUSSIA President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute to the rebuilding of Syria to allow the millions of people forced out of the country by the civil war to return to their homes.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a more than reasonable request on the part of Russian President Putin.

Aug 21 12:07

Sweden In Crisis: Leading PM Candidate Vows Migration Reforms As Nationalism Surges

After reeling from the sight of approximately 100 burning cars, frequent shootings, grenade attacks and sexual assaults, populism is rising in Sweden - as evidenced by the anti-immigration right-wing Sweden Democrats party surging in polls leading up to next month's September 9 elections. Both the center-left and center-right parties have ruled out working with the Sweden Democrats, a party with neo-Nazi roots that wants to freeze immigration and to hold a referendum on Sweden’s membership of the European Union. That said, the moderate parties may be forced to adopt SD measures in order to assuage public calls for tougher policies on crime and immigration.

Aug 21 11:50

UK Foreign Secretary to Urge EU to Expand Sanctions Against Russia

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, speaking Tuesday at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC, will urge the European Union to expand sanctions against Russia over the Salisbury incident, according to excerpts from Hunt's speech obtained by Sputnik.

"Of course we must engage with Moscow, but we must also be blunt: Russia’s foreign policy under President Putin has made the world a more dangerous place," according to the speech.

"And today the United Kingdom asks its allies to go further by calling on the European Union to ensure its sanctions against Russia are comprehensive, and that we truly stand shoulder to shoulder with the US. That means calling out and responding to transgressions with one voice whenever and wherever they occur, from the streets of Salisbury to the fate of Crimea," it says.

Aug 21 11:46

Europe… what could possibly go wrong?

Aug 21 10:46

Finland Can't Confirm 40% of Migrant Identities

Finland’s Immigration Service (Migri) can’t positively identify 40% of the migrants applying for asylum, according to Finnish media outlet YLE.

IDs and passports are almost exclusively used by western migrants entering Finland and not from their Middle Eastern or African counterparts, says the director of Migri's asylum unit, Esko Repo.

"People who are fleeing do not have the possibility of leaving with the required documents in their pockets,” said Repo. “Some of them come from countries that don't even have passport systems.”

Aug 21 10:46

Italy allows stranded migrants to dock in Sicily

Rome had threatened to return the 177 migrants to Libya amid a standoff with Malta over who should take them. Local media reports suggested it would take some negotiations before the migrants are allowed to disembark.

Aug 21 10:26

Italian cities demand military embargo against Israel

The City Councils of Naples, Turin, Bologna, Florence and Pisa have all demanded their respective state governments and the international community to impose military embargo against Israel and to hold it accountable for its repeated crimes against Palestinians.

The cities called for this action in compliance with the European Union Code of Conduct on arms exports as Italy is considered one of the main arms exporters to Israel.  

The BDS group in Italy urged all Italian City Councils to join the military embargo campaign and to the take real actions to guarantee respect for Italian as well as international humanitarian laws. 

Aug 21 09:58

'Everybody in EU Understands That Russian Gas Cannot be Substituted' – Scholar

During their August 18 summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is profitable for both sides and should not be politicized. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Gerhard Mangott, a political analyst from Austria's Innsbrook University, shared his views on the EU's energy issue.

Sputnik: Washington is reportedly working on sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 project that was discussed by Merkel and Putin. How attainable does the threat to impose sanctions make the implementation of the project? Does Berlin have enough leverage and strength to keep the issue from being politicized?

Aug 21 09:56

'We must stand together to deal with aggressive and malign Putin': Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt fires warning to EU over Russian President

Jeremy Hunt will today warn European leaders to stand 'shoulder to shoulder' with Britain and the US over Russian aggression.

In a rebuke to Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, the Foreign Secretary is to demand fresh sanctions from the EU on 'malign' Moscow.

He will use a speech in Washington to urge European and American allies to speak with 'one voice' against transgressions by Moscow 'whenever and wherever they occur, from the streets of Salisbury to the fate of Crimea'.

Aug 21 09:45

UKROPIAN GRANDEUR: “Russia will choke on blood”

- Ukrainian Deputy Minister boasts "increased military power"

If there’s one thing the delusions of Ukropia can bring out of a broken man like a broken army, is self-delusion among its non-combatant politicians.

We have to remember that this over-confidence is what hit the Ukrainians hard the first time, and was memorialized at massive blood-bath battles like Debaltsevo. In that conflict, Ukrainians took disproportionate losses perhaps not seen in modern warfare. This was the result of confusing foreign machinery and foreign support, for sound tactics and logistics.

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Aug 21 08:54

Remainers HOWL as Labour frontbencher trashes calls for ANOTHER vote with SHOCK warning

Hopes for a second Brexit referendum supported by the Labour Party dwindled on Tuesday after shadow Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner trashed calls for a new vote.

Mr Gardiner, who backed Remain at the 2016 referendum, insisted the country had to "respect the people's vote" to leave the European Union to protect British democracy.

Speaking to the Today programme, Mr Gardiner said: "Those people who now want a second referendum are saying ‘because you voted in the wrong way, we’ll give you another chance to get it right,' that undermines the whole principle of democracy in this country.

"What I’m saying in any situation if people feel the root to change is no longer a democratic route then you look to social disruption, perhaps civil disobedience, in a different way and this is playing with our democracy, it’s playing with the foundations of the country in a way that is really damaging."

Aug 21 06:37

Renowned Serbian movie director shrugs off ‘sanction’ threats over visit to Crimea

Serbian filmmaker and musician Emir Kusturica says neither Western nor Ukrainian threats of sanctions against him for his second visit to Crimea, where he will perform together with The No Smoking Orchestra on August 22, will frighten off him in any way. "I always do what I think is right," Kusturica told TASS when asked whether he was afraid of being sanctioned... He did not rule out actualizing one of his projects in Crimea in the future. "I am currently working on a big project, writing a book based on Dostoevsky’s novels, it is somewhere close to his Idiot and Crime and Punishment. I plan to complete it by September and then a screenplay will be written based on the book and a movie will be shot in China and France," Kusturica said when asked if he planned to shoot movies in Crimea. "I intend to incorporate Dostoevsky’s ideas into China’s present-day reality. After this project is over, everything is possible," he said.

Aug 20 12:08

Iran Defends Eurasia Integration By Unveiling New Fighter Jet

Iran served as a critical bridge in the ancient Silk Road, connecting the East and the West. It also has enormous potential to play a significant role in the new Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

With the threat of hot war almost a monthly occurrence, the Trump administration has unleashed economic warfare on Iran, as it has become clear: Iran is a significant piece of the BRI.

The assault of sanctions, launched after Washington’s unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, “should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies in China’s New Silk Road–arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century—and overall Eurasia integration,” said Pepe Escobar, a Brazilian journalist with focus on Central Asia and the Middle East.

The Trump administration’s economic warfare on Iran is evidence of how China’s New Silk Road, or BRI, threatens the American global hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I type this, I am taking a peak at my calendar; it is 20 August, 2018.

The world (according to President Donald Trump), has only 75 days before his international and unilateral imposition of a ban against the buying of Iranian oil, which is Sunday, 4 November. Tuesday, 6 November, are the mid-term elections in the US.

Some countries, like China and Turkey, have already scoffed publicly at his threats of punitive sanctions, and other "or else!" language to which he turns his tongue, and are working their way around those threats.

I am seeing a major uptick in US articles demonizing Iran, claiming, for example, that it has "sleeper cells" in the US to wage the kind of mayhem which would make the horrors of 9/11 seem minor, in comparison.

Of course, when you trace those stories back to their origins, they generally have been concocted by none other than "Memri", a division of Mossad which is dedicated to mistranslations, or outright fantastical inventions, concerning what various Iranian leaders are allegedly supposed to have said.

I am deeply concerned about a potential US/Mossad "false flag" to be blamed upon Iran, as a justification for a major military action against it, right around that time, with a complete US Naval blockade of the Persian Gulf, preventing Iranian oil from getting shipped anywhere.Choke Points: Persian Gulf and East Asia, 2017

I understand that a quarter of the oil the world uses is shipped from this area.

I hope President Trump is cogent enough to realize that a war against Iran will most probably lead to wars with Russia and China as well, with them on Iran's side, and the US, NATO, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on the other.

This will be attempted to regime change Tehran (Israel and Saudi Arabia's alleged "existential threat"); to make sure Iran's oil is only sold for US dollars, and to insure that Belt and Road Initiative, so critical to Eurasian integration, and in which China has become so heavily invested, cannot take place.

I would like to quietly and politely suggest to President Trump, that the needs and desires of the governments of Saudi Arabia and Israel, are at times, not at all in sync of those of We the People; the potential costs, in blood and money, completely outweigh the alleged "benefits" of such a war.

Aug 20 09:57

Putin to Europe: Help Rebuild Syria so all “Refugees” Can Go Home

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute financially to the estimated $250 billion needed to rebuild Syria so that the millions of “refugees” elsewhere can go home—because they are “huge burden for Europe.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin has a good idea. It will cost Europe a lot less to rebuild Syria than to care for those Syrian refugees over the long term.

Aug 20 09:28

Putin turns screw on EU and demands Brussels PAYS UP to rebuild Syria

RUSSIA President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute to the rebuilding of Syria to allow the millions of people forced out of the country by the civil war to return to their homes.

The Russian leader said “everything must be done” to help displaced Syrians come home after more than seven years of brutal conflict.

“We must reinforce the humanitarian dimension of the Syrian conflict, and by that I mean boost humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population, and help the regions where refugees living abroad can return to,” Mr Putin said during a weekend meeting with Angela Merkel at the German government’s Meseburg castle outside Berlin.

Aug 20 08:15

Kosovo at Delicate Crossroads Between East and West

The people of Kosovo were and still are cheering for joy. The European Commission (EC) recently decided that Kosovars won’t need visas any more to visit EU countries. Up to now, getting such visas was a horrendously complicated and bureaucratic procedure, especially hurtful, since Kosovo, with a population of about 1.8 million Kosovars living in Kosovo, has a diaspora estimated at 800,000 to a million, most of them in western Europe. For Kosovars, with close-knit families, 90+ percent Albanian Muslims, being able to visit their relatives and friends is a priority. So, this sudden EU opening up, was a great “gift” and a tremendous relief. – But, at what price? What happened? Why did it happen this turnabout by the treacherous EU?

Let’s go back to a bit of history.

Aug 19 20:29

'The country hasn't changed its mind': Downing Street communications chief dismisses calls for second EU referendum as he points to poll showing more Remain voters have now changed to Leave

Theresa May's spin doctor has hit out at calls for a second referendum on Twitter saying 'the country hasn't changed its mind'.

Robbie Gibb, the Director of Communications for Number 10, quoted a poll commissioned by the Sun on Sunday in the Twitter outburst on Sunday morning.

'1.9 million Leave voters say they would now vote to Remain. But 2.4 million Remain voters would now vote to Leave. The country hasn't changed its mind. (Deltapoll, Sun on Sunday) #RoadtoBrexit,' Mr Gibb tweeted.

According to the poll, carried out by survey company Deltapoll, 62 per cent of those questioned said they would vote the same way as they did in the 2016 EU referendum.

While only 15 per cent of people said they wanted a final vote on whether Britain leaves the EU.

Aug 19 17:46

Genoa bridge collapse: Italy will ‘IGNORE EU controls’ to rebuild crumbling infrastructure

THE POPULIST government in Italy is planning to ignore budget rules imposed by the European Union to rebuild the country’s ailing infrastructure following the Genoa bridge collapse, in what has been dubbed a ‘Marshall Plan’, according to reports.

Aug 19 17:41

Even Remainer says she is NOT happy with millionaires 'DRIVING DEMOCRACY' in Britain

Ms Alibhai-Brown told Sky News: “I’m not at all happy about these millionaires driving our democracy.

“Although I’m on his side, our democracy has been totally corrupted by the influence of various millionaires who choose which way the country should be going.

“So, yes, I’m sure some people would be very happy to receive the money because I am on the side where I think we should have a three question decision made by the population on what kind of deal they want, or no deal at all, or stay in the EU. You know that.

“But I really don’t think it’s a good idea for millionaires to start throwing their money around.”

Aug 19 09:42

Populist Swedish Leader Doubles Down on Wanting Out of European Union

Populist Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson has reinforced his stance on wanting to see Sweden leave the European Union, saying that no supranational body should have authority over the Swedish parliament.
Only weeks away from the Swedish national election in September, the Sweden Democrats leader slammed the European Union, saying: “for me, the EU is not the way for cooperation in Europe,” Sveriges Radio reports.

“The EU is a supranational political union where other countries’ politicians, for which we cannot vote… have greater influence over Swedish legislation than I have in Sweden’s parliament,” Akesson said, adding: “I find it very difficult to accept that situation.”

Aug 18 13:25

Fate Of Key Gas Pipeline In The Balance As Putin, Merkel Begin Meeting

“Russian influence will flow through that pipeline right into Europe, and that is what we are going to prevent,” an unnamed U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal just as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel meet outside of Berlin on Saturday centered on the two countries moving forward with the controversial Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, but also involving issues from the Iran nuclear deal to ending the war in Syria.

Intense pressure from Washington is overshadowing the project, construction of which is already in advanced stages, as the WSJ cites current and former US officials who say sanctions are under discussion and could be mobilized in a mere matter of weeks.

These potential sanctions, ostensibly being discussed in response to US intelligence claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election, could target companies and financial firms involved in the massive pipeline's construction.

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Aug 18 08:48

Huge crowds BOO and yell 'clown' at officials during state funeral for 18 of 38 Genoa bridge victims after discovery of year-old report warning it could collapse - but they cheer Italy's new populist rulers

The funerals are being held as the battle of who to blame for the incident continues after Italian media revealed that an engineering study commissioned by Italian highway operator Autostrade last year warned about the state of the concrete-encased cable stays that held up the bridge.

The newspaper reports said the university study had found that the stays of the section of the bridge that later collapsed reacted to vibration 'in a way that does not entirely conform with expectations and requires further investigation.'

The study said the anomaly in the stays' reaction may have been linked to corrosion of metal in some cables.

Aug 17 10:46

NATO Repeats The Great Mistake Of The Warsaw Pact

Through the 1990s, during the terms of US President Bill Clinton, NATO relentlessly and inexorably expanded through Central Europe. Today, the expansion of that alliance eastward – encircling Russia with fiercely Russo-phobic regimes in one tiny country after another and in Ukraine, which is not tiny at all – continues.

Aug 17 10:19

Far-Left Anarchist Extremists Take Credit For Bombing Italian Populist Party Office

Italian far left extremists have taken credit for the bombing of an office of the populist Lega party, with police finding and disarming a second explosive device.

The office, located in the city of Treviso near Venice, was targetted by a rudimentary explosive device on Sunday which did some damage to the door at the entrance of the building but failed to harm anyone, Corriere Della Sera reports.

A second bomb was found at the scene by authorities following the first explosion. The second device is believed to have been intended as the main explosion, the first being used to attract authorities and others into the area to be harmed by a second blast containing nails and other metal fragments.

In reaction to the bombing, Lega leader and current Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini commented, “They try to stop us, but violent delinquents do not scare us. Let’s go forward, stronger than before.”

Aug 17 10:18

Soros Foundations to Withdraw From Hungary By End of August

The foundation run by US billionaire George Soros said Thursday that the last of its operations in Hungary would cease by August 31, with its activities being transferred to Berlin.

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) announced in May that it was leaving Hungary, citing what it called the “repressive” policies of nationalist firebrand Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

“There are still some colleagues working here in the office, but we will have closed for good by 31 August,” the OSF spokesman in Budapest Daniel Makonnen told AFP.

Aug 17 10:11

Austrian Populist Interior Minister: Criminalise Sharia Law Advocacy

Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) Interior Minister Herbert Kickl has floated the idea of charging radical Islamic adherents if they advocate for Sharia law over the constitutional law of Austria.
The populist Interior Minister laid out the proposal as part of a programme to fight against the spread of radical Islamic extremism in Austria, Kronen Zeitung reports.

“Those who want to pass the Sharia law over the Austrian laws and want to bring upon us a theocracy in place of our democracy belong in court!” Kickl, who has been long known for his fierce firebrand rhetoric, said.

The move also follows campaign promises made by FPÖ leader and current Vice-Chancellor Heinz Christian Strache who vowed to ban Islamism in January of last year arguing it was, “antagonistic to women, antiliberal and corresponds to a fascist worldview.”

Aug 17 07:58

Italy earthquake video: Fears for Mount Vesuvius VOLCANIC ERUPTION after Naples SHAKEN

ITALY has been struck by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake in the central region of Molise, a popular holiday hotspot on the eastern Italian coast, sparking fears from residents over a volcano in the southern city of Naples where the shock was also felt.

Aug 17 02:39

'Surprise Guest' Putin Ruffles Feathers With Plan to Attend Euroskeptic Austrian FM Wedding

From security arrangements to choice of present to geopolitical implications, Western media is fascinated (and alarmed) by Vladimir Putin's decision to drop in on the wedding of Karin Kneissl – and some have demanded she resign. Above all else, it appears that in almost two decades as an international political figure, this is the first time the Russian president has publicized his intention to go to a wedding party, much less one abroad... Other Russian officials are also downplaying the significance of Putin's Saturday morning detour en-route to talks with Angela Merkel later the same day. The president's aide Yuri Ushakov said that Putin would "drop in to offer his congratulations," while Peskov presented the whole affair as a matter of common courtesy: Kneissl invited the Russian leader during his official visit in June, and Putin simply accepted. But for the German-language press, the announcement of the "surprise guest" has been a bombshell.

Aug 17 02:31

Europe Is Undergoing a Conservative Christian Revival

We came across Turley recently and find him interesting because his basic argument is that there is a worldwide turn to conservative values, traditionalism, and nationalism, in the US, Eastern Europe, the EU, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, South America, in fact, all continents, and that this change is being driven by the loosening of the liberal, globalist grip on information flow due to technology. Turley is a theology, Greek, and rhetoric teacher in the booming classical education movement, which is predominantly conservative. He is a former Protestant from Connecticut who converted to Orthodoxy. He speaks about the Russian Orthodox Christian revival in this video. Turley hosts a rapidly growing YouTube broadcast where he discusses these trends and political events generally from a conservative viewpoint. In this video he discusses a groundbreaking March article in the Federalist by John D. Martin: Reports Of Christianity’s Death In Europe Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.

Aug 16 14:31

US to Send More Marines to Norway, Angering Russia

In a move Russian officials immediately labeled as “unfriendly,” the Norwegian Defense Ministry has announced that the US will be more than doubling the number of Marines stationed inside Norway, bringing yet more combat troops to Russia’s northern border.

Officially, the US says the troops are there only for “training purposes.” Initially this was presented as a chance for the Marines to learn how to ski, in the event they are at some point doing alpine conflict. Norway’s officials similarly say this is not intended to target Russia.

Yet the US has, for years, been adding more and more troops to countries all along Russia’s frontier, and these deployments to Norway are expected to last at least five years, a long time to learn how to ski if they don’t figure that might include skiing into Russia for a war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Uh.... to teach US marines skiing?!?

This doesn't pass the "smell test"; sorry, Pentagon.

Aug 16 12:23

PEPE ESCOBAR: ECONOMIC WAR ON IRAN IS WAR ON EURASIAN INTEGRATION

Hysteria reigned supreme after the first round of US sanctions were reinstated against Iran over the past week. War scenarios abound, and yet the key aspect of the economic war unleashed by the Trump administration has been overlooked: Iran is a major piece in a much larger chessboard.

The US sanctions offensive, launched after Washington’s unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies China’s New Silk Road – arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century — and overall Eurasia integration.

The Trump administration’s maneuvers are a testament to how China’s New Silk Road, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), threaten the US establishment.

Aug 16 10:40

"I'm Not A Racist, But I'm A Nationalist": Why Sweden Faces A Historic Election Upset

“Trains and hospitals don’t work, but immigration continues,” Roger Mathson, a retired vegetable oil factory worker in Sweden, told Bloomberg on the same day as the violent, coordinated rampage by masked gangs of youths across five Swedish cities.

We noted earlier that Swedish politicians were quick to react with anti-immigrant party 'Sweden Democrats' seeing a surge in the polls ahead of the September 9th election.

“I’m not a racist, but I’m a nationalist,” Mathson said. “I don’t like seeing the town square full of Niqab-clad ladies and people fighting with each other.”

Is Sweden set to have its own political earthquake in September, where general elections could end a century of Social Democratic dominance and bring to power a little known (on the world stage), but the now hugely popular nationalist party often dubbed far-right and right-wing populist, called Sweden Democrats?

Aug 16 10:12

Sweden Is Burning: Migrant Gangs Unleash Coordinated Fire-Bomb Rampage Across Multiple Cities

Many Swedes were horrified in early 2017 when U.S. President Donald Trump linked immigration to rising crime in Sweden, but an increasing number now agree with him.

Amid soaring crime rates, gang violence, complaints about education, and pregnant mothers even being turned away from maternity wards due to a lack of capacity, resentment in Sweden has built over the influx of more than 600,000 immigrants over the past five years.

And tonight is one of the worst night for violence in recent history as police report multiple gangs of masked youths rampaging across three major Swedish cities, setting cars on fire in what seems like a coordinated action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The liberals are blaming nationalists ... which makes no sense at all.

Aug 16 08:55

Art of the Deal Russian-Style: Massive Win for Eurasian Integration as Moscow Resolves Status of Caspian Sea With Neighbors

The five states surrounding the sea – Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan – have reached difficult compromises on sovereign and exclusive rights as well as freedom of navigation

The long-awaited deal on the legal status of the Caspian Sea signed on Sunday in the Kazakh port of Aktau is a defining moment in the ongoing, massive drive towards Eurasia integration.

Aug 16 08:04

Feign outrage, act surprised, accuse Russia: How Sweden reacts every time after mass car firebombing

Like many others, the article believes that the torchings happen in high-crime areas with a significant proportion of immigrants is a coincidental irrelevance, even if it crops up again and again, and is inevitably the first comment below articles on the subject (albeit not in Swedish media, which doesn’t tend to allow comment sections).

Wait, wait, we’ve solved it, it’s the Russians
From the same NYT article.

“Residents cite disparate theories to explain the attacks, including blaming them on Russians trying to foment unrest before the election.”

Not only is it interesting that an article that has studiously avoided conclusions might suddenly get so specific, but some might find it hard to believe that among the “disparate theories” propounded by locals, sneaky Russian arsonists came out top. Still, as always, a reassuring use of anonymous and non-specific sources from that publication.

Aug 15 11:25

Italy Blocks New NGO Migrant Ship After Malta, Spain Refuse To Take

Italy on Monday denied entry to 141 migrants aboard an NGO transport ship, maintaining the country's hard-line stance against human trafficking into the country.

The migrants were picked up off the coast of Libya last week by The Aquarius, a rescue vessel run by Franco-German charity SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders (MSF). Also aboard Aquarius is Reuters journalist Antonio Denti, who reports that both Malta and Spain have denied docking as well, with Spain telling the NGO in a statement "At the moment, Spain is not the safest port because it is not the nearest one."

“It can go where it wants, not in Italy!” said Italy's new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini on Monday, suggesting that France, Germany, Britain or Malta as possible destinations.

“Stop human traffickers and their accomplices,” he added.

Aug 15 10:26

Afghan asylum seeker stabs 4 people in France, one in serious condition

The Afghan went searching for a knife in the house of his cousin, also an asylum seeker, and stabbed the two men in the head and neck.

Aug 15 10:22

'No way was this felled by lightning': Engineers say 'wobbly' Genoa bridge that collapsed during a storm was a deathtrap with a 'huge flaw that maintenance missed'

Witnesses said the bridge was hit by lightning seconds before it collapsed and was seen 'wobbling', but engineers rubbished the idea that a bolt from above had anything to do with the disaster.

'It couldn't have been lightning. I don't see how that would be possible as it's reinforced concrete and it's certainly never happened before,' Agathoklis Giaralis, deputy director of the University of London's Civil Engineering Structures Research Centre, told MailOnline.

He said the bridge, which was completed in 1967, must have been flawed in its construction, likely in the foundations, or suffered from extensive corrosion in its metallic parts.

Aug 15 10:18

Italy's deputy prime minister is blaming the EU for the deadly bridge collapse, even though nobody knows what caused it yet

Italy's deputy prime minister has blamed the deadly collapse of a highway bridge on the European Union, even though officials have yet to establish the cause of the disaster.

Matteo Salvini, the leader of the eurosceptic Lega Nord party, suggested on Tuesday that EU fiscal rules had prevented Italy from spending on infrastructure safety.

Though not explicit, his suggestion was that this could have contributed to the disaster in Genoa, northern Italy.

Aug 15 08:06

US to double number of Marines stationed in Norway, move ‘closer to Russia’

The US will more than double the number of Marines stationed in Norway, in line with plans first outlined in June, the Norwegian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. Moscow has described as “clearly unfriendly” the plans to increase the number of Marines in Norway to 700 from 330 and move some of them closer to the border with Russia. The government in Oslo insists the increased US presence is only for training purposes, Reuters said.

Aug 15 07:40

Paris introduces sidewalk urinals

Aug 15 07:12

Shocking photo shows Genoa bridge 'crumbling' and 'caving in' just a few weeks before it collapsed killing at least 39 people

A photograph taken of the bridge in Genoa, Italy, which collapsed yesterday, killing at least 39 people shows the dilapidated state of the overpass just weeks before the tragedy.

The photo, allegedly taken not long before yesterday's accident, appears to show cables hanging from the sides of the Morandi bridge.

Aug 15 01:39

Big EU companies not ready to oppose US sanctions on Iran

Big EU companies are not ready to oppose US sanctions on Iran despite the European Union’s decision to neutralize the extraterritorial effects of US sanctions, Russian Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told reporters on Wednesday... "I have information about at least a hundred such companies coming from EU member states," the Russian envoy said. "Their choice is easy to understand in a quantitative sense as their business in the US is larger than in Iran," he added. "This is why their interests concerning financing and production are more closely linked with the US market and - which is the most important thing - the global financial system based on the US dollar," Chizhov said. He pointed out that the EU’s moves could help small and middle-sized European companies not depending on the US market and the dollar.

Aug 14 15:21

Revealed: Experts warned two years ago that 50-year-old 'uneven' Genoa bridge should be demolished because no one would pay for its 'exorbitant' maintenance - as Transport Minister says those responsible for 35 deaths 'will have to pay'

The motorway bridge which collapsed in Genoa, Italy, killing at least 35 people had been the subject of a series of 'exorbitant' maintenance works and had been causing issues for decades, it has emerged.

Engineering experts had warned that it would have been more cost effective to knock the bridge down than to continue to repair the 'uneven' construction.

The Morandi Bridge, built in 1967, was a main thoroughfare connecting the A10 and A7 highways and had therefore been heavily trafficked for more than 50 years.

Tuesday morning was no different, and dozens of cars fell several hundred feet when a 260ft section of the concrete bridge collapsed shortly after 11.30am.

Aug 14 13:00

Bayer Stock Nosedives After Jury Finds Monsanto Guilty of Covering Up Cancer Risks

For those who’ve for years been fighting Monsanto, affectionately known as the world’s most evil corporation, a San Francisco jury’s decision last Friday to fine the company $289 million is earth-shattering news. Apparently financial markets and analysts agree.

Aug 14 11:51

The UN gives an unconditional green light for shifting “rescued” to Europe

The global establishment goes out of its way to increase the number of immigrants in Europe. If the governments of particular states such as Hungary, Poland or now Italy oppose these activities, they are internationally marginalized. And if an action goes counter to the plans of international organizations, they are trying to come up with new legal interpretations that will be binding on the parties concerned. All of which is only possible because the EU member countries have relinquished their sovereignty and transferred it to international institutions.

Aug 14 11:37

Italian debt; a financial disaster waiting to happen

The new Italian government will increase public spending and public debt. It promised to reduce taxes, introduce basic security and reform pensions. Italy’s Northern League’s leader Mateo Salvini surged in the polls and the party is now the strongest in Italy. A couple of years ago it was inconceivable that this regional group could become Italy’s leading political party. We should expect more to come. As the saying goes, it just could not happen till it happened. The financial establishments in North European countries like Germany and the Netherlands assume that the politicians of M5S and Lega Nord will follow the Greek script and will backtrack on their promises. But Mateo Salvini and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte know that if they do not live up to the expectation of the voters, they will be voted out of office.

Aug 14 11:36

The NGOs challenge the Italian government

Giuseppe Conte’s new government and his policy towards the influx of migrants have been defied by the German NGOs whose ships – the Sea Watch and the Sea-Eye – have purposefully ignored the rules that are to be binding in the Mediterranean: the body of water has been divided into areas for which respective – Italian, Maltese and Libyan – maritime authorities are responsible. Hence, NGOs have no business to operate there.

Yet NGOs are above law, and so they are on their mission irrespective of everything and anything. Two recent events with the Sea Watch and the Sea-Eye are case in point.

Aug 14 11:35

Masked hoodlums firebombed hundreds of vehicles in Swedish cities overnight

Masked attackers firebombed hundreds of cars in dozens of cities in Sweden overnight in what appeared to be a highly organized military-style operation

Aug 14 10:07

Swedish PM to Firebombers: 'What The Heck Are You Doing?'

Sweden's Prime Minster Stefan Lofven on Tuesday had an embarrassing response to migrant gangs' coordinated firebombing campaign carried out across multiple cities late Monday night.

Aug 14 09:50

Lithuania Builds NATO Polygon 60 Km From Russian Border

In the Lithuanian city of Kazlu Ruda, the construction of the first NATO-standardized air force training polygon in the Baltic region is nearing completion, the press service of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has announced.

The polygon will be located about 60 kilometers from the border with Russia and has the explicit mission of “contributing to the NATO policy of deterring Russia.” In it, military aircraft will be able to practice attacks against land targets. In addition, the structure will be used for the training of military pilots.

The construction of the polygon began in 2017 and its end is scheduled for the last quarter of this year. The project is being developed with the help of the US Air Force engineering unit, RED HORSE. Construction funding comes from the European Security Guarantees Initiative (ERI).

Aug 14 09:46

EU Steps Up Legal Action Against Poland Over Supreme Court Reform

Earlier this summer, the EU harshly criticized Warsaw, initiating a new case over Poland’s 2017 judicial reforms. The legislation lowered the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65, thus forcing 27 out of 72 judges to retire. According to Brussels, the changes will violate judicial independence in the country.

On Tuesday the European Union took the next step in the legal action against Poland, giving Warsaw one month to comply with the EU laws.

"The response of the Polish authorities does not alleviate the Commission's legal concerns," said the European Commission, which launched so-called infringement proceedings against Warsaw on July 2.

Aug 14 09:31

EU Banks Exposed To Turkey

Aug 14 09:17

3 MINUTE VIDEO – DUTCH POLITICIAN COMMITS SUICIDE AFTER BEING KIDNAPPED & GANG RAPED BY MUSLIM THUGS – HEY, HOW’S THAT IMMIGRATION MULTICULTURALISM WORKING OUT?

This video speaks for itself – Muslims think they’re doing Allah’s work. If Allah is God, then they are destroying his creation for their own pleasure and not for Allah’s.

Aug 14 08:00

Swedish PM ‘pissed off’ as masked youths set scores of cars on fire across country (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Youths have vandalized Swedish cities unhindered overnight, setting fire to dozens of cars in what are believed to be coordinated acts of arson. The attacks infuriated officials, with a minister demanding “the thugs” be punished.

Masked youths went on the rampage in various Swedish cities on Monday evening, setting ablaze around 80 vehicles, according to police. Cars in parking lots were seen burning in dramatic footage taken in Gothenburg, Trollhättan, Lysekil and Falkenberg, as well as in Stockholm and Uppsala, where an additional 13 vehicles were attacked, according to the Expressen tabloid.

Aug 13 18:01

Sweden Is Burning: Migrant Gangs Unleash Coordinated Fire-Bomb Rampage Across Multiple Cities

Many Swedes were horrified in early 2017 when U.S. President Donald Trump linked immigration to rising crime in Sweden, but an increasing number now agree with him.

Amid soaring crime rates, gang violence, complaints about education, and pregnant mothers even being turned away from maternity wards due to a lack of capacity, resentment in Sweden has built over the influx of more than 600,000 immigrants over the past five years.

And tonight is one of the worst night for violence in recent history as police report multiple gangs of masked youths rampaging across three major Swedish cities, setting cars on fire in what seems like a coordinated action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prayers for the Swedish people, dealing with this violence; but also, prayers - and votes - that Swedish legislators get the message, and never, ever again allow unvetted immigration, which is turning Sweden into a massive funeral pyre for the Swedish people.

Aug 13 16:29

Inferno in Sweden as youth gangs make coordinated arson attacks at three locations

On Monday evening police received multiple calls from concerned witnesses to the arson of at least 15 cars having been torched by youths in Frölunda square in Gothenburg and in Hjällbo, Expressen reports.

Young people have thrown stones against the police who came to ensure the scheme. They have been masked with hoodies and with cap over the face so you can not easily identify them.

Aug 13 13:38

Over 10,000 People Gather at Anti-Government Rally in Romania - Reports

Over 10,000 people on Sunday are taking part in a yet another anti-government protest in the centre of the Romanian capital, local media reported.

According to the Agerpres news agency, the protesters gathered at the Victory square in Bucharest carrying the national flags of Romania, the United States, NATO, the United Kingdom and Canada as they call for closer ties with the West.

Aug 13 11:04

COMING SOON TO THE USA=> A Month Before Election Sweden’s Leftist Govt. Obtains Right to Silence Critics on Facebook

Sweden’s government has been given a direct hotline to Facebook to remove “unreasonable things” and “problematic campaigns”, news outlet Samhällsnytt reports, and this is just in time to silence their opponents in the upcoming elections.

“The call has been made”. Infrastructure Minister Peter Eriksson MP has described the cooperation between Facebook and the government to delete unwanted content in a candid interview.

The politician commends the willing cooperation of the social media company. At the same time, more and more of the opposition are leaving social media.

Aug 13 11:02

More than 300 revellers are injured at an urban musical festival in Spain as pier collapses into the sea 'moments after rapper told the crowd to jump'

More than 300 have been injured after a pier collapsed into the sea during an urban music festival in Spain.

At least five are said to be in a serious condition having suffered broken arms or legs and head injuries after the wooden structure gave way during the 'O Marisquiño' event in Vigo on's northwest coast.

Local media said the pier collapsed moments after rapper Rels B had told revellers to jump at the beginning of his set.

There were scenes of panic as people tumbled into the sea and fell on top of each other in a domino-like effect.

Aug 13 09:40

The Greek Tragedy Is Far From Over

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