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Oct 19 09:32

Catalan Leader Vows To Declare Independence If Spain Triggers "Nuclear Option"

The Spanish government crackdown on Catalan separatists has intensified this week, with a judge jailing two of the movements leaders and the country’s constitutional court officially declaring the region’s Oct. 1 referendum to be illegal. However, after confusing the Spanish government with his independence (non) declaration, regional leader Carles Puigdemont is refusing to back down ahead of tomorrow's second, and final, Spanish ultimatum.

According to Reuters, Puigdemont told a meeting of his party on Wednesday he would formally declare independence Thursday morning if Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy follows through with his threat to invoke the so-called "nuclear option" of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, and suspend Catalonia’s regional autonomy - a decision that would likely lead to the arrest of Puigdemont and his government, followed by another violent crackdown on separatists.

Oct 19 08:25

Norwegian Firm Signs $2.9bn Solar Deal with Iran

Norway’s Saga Energy has signed a 2.5 billion-euro ($2.94 billion) deal to build solar power plants in Iran, the company said.

Saga inked the preliminary agreement with Iran’s state-owned Amin Energy Developers on Tuesday.

The deal would see the construction over a four- to five-year period of 2 gigawatts of power generation capacity, Saga Energy spokesman Rune Haaland said, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

The company will rely on banks, pension funds and Norwegian state export guarantees to fund the plan, and aims to recoup its investment through a 25-year deal on electricity prices, he added.

Oct 19 08:09

Putin: EU triggered rise of separatism by supporting Kosovo independence

EU countries bolstered separatist sentiment in Europe when they bowed to US pressure and supported Kosovo breaking away from Serbia. They now face such consequences as the Catalan crisis, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says.

Oct 19 07:38

Major companies and foreign tourists leave Catalonia, but Russian tourists flow in

Consequences of the mass exodus of businesses from Catalonia after the referendum, which took place on October 1, may turn out to be disastrous for the region. Many banks have already decided to leave the region fearing that it may exit Spain indeed. The main reason is political, economic and financial instability, as well as the "unclear future" of Catalonia. If Catalonia leaves Spain and, accordingly, the European Union, companies will be cut off from their traditional markets by customs barriers - not only from the market of Spain and markets of other EU countries, but also from the countries that maintain beneficial trade agreements with the EU. Reportedly, 540 banks and firms have already changed their legal and tax addresses in Catalonia to other regions of Spain. Other Catalan companies have done this even earlier, whereas many others are going to do the same in the near future.

Oct 19 07:37

UK GOV'T CONSIDERING REDEFINING SOCIAL MEDIA SERVICES AS PUBLISHERS TO MAKE IT EASIER TO CONTROL THEM

Like seemingly every other government on the planet, the UK government wants internet companies like Google and Facebook to do more. Everyone has an axe to grind, whether it's not enough censorship, or the wrong kind of censorship, or the innate desire to hold companies accountable for the actions of their users. The voluntary moderation efforts made by these platforms always fall short of politicians' ideals. These legislators believe -- without evidence -- that perfectly moderated services are just a couple of button pushes away.

Oct 19 07:33

Spain and Catalonia set for showdown over independence bid

Catalonia is facing an unprecedented move by Madrid to seek a suspension of the region's autonomy this morning, unless separatist leader Carles Puigdemont abandons his bid for independence

Mr Puigdemont, who sparked Spain's worst political crisis in decades by holding a banned independence referendum on October 1, has been ordered by Madrid to say by 10.00 am (9am BST) whether or not he is unilaterally declaring a split from Spain.

The government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says it will trigger Article 155 of Spain's constitution - a measure that would allow it to start imposing direct rule over semi-autonomous Catalonia - unless Mr Puigdemont backs down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is settng the stage for a second Spanish civil war.

I very seriously doubt that Mr Puigdemont, and his brother and sister Catalonians, are going to back down here, and things could get very brutal, with a Spanish introduction of complete martial law in the area.

Oct 18 09:15

Supermarket sweep: Gang takes over Swedish grocery store and runs it for a day

Attin explained that the gang ran the store as normal for more than a day, even restocking shelves.

They led customers to believe that everything was operating as normal by telling them the till system was not working and they could only accept payment in cash or on a payment smartphone app called Swish.

Oct 18 09:09

EU says 1mn refugees in Turkey receive cash assistance

An EU-funded project that provides cash assistance to vulnerable refugee families in Turkey has benefitted one million asylum seekers since it was launched a year ago, according to officials. The program supplies debit cards to the most disadvantaged families, allowing them to buy food and meet other needs.

Oct 18 08:53

Culture-Enriching Sexual Abuse on a Swedish Bus — But the Driver Doesn’t Want to Know

All passengers were silent and pretended to see nothing when an Arab man on a bus loudly threatened to rape two Swedish teenage girls and called them whores. Instead the girls got chewed out by the bus driver, who threatened to throw them off the bus when they told the man to stop.

The two girls had to take a bus from Augustenborgstorget in Malmö one evening in May 2016. At the stop stood a 38-year-old Arab, now sentenced to a month’s imprisonment.

He remarked on the fact that the girls were each eating a candy bar.

“Is it good? If you want to suck on a big club you can suck on mine,” he explained.

The man, who has an immigrant background from Tunisia, and who has been convicted of abusing several Swedish women, continued to comment on the appearance of girls and said that they were dressed like sluts. As they got on the bus, the man looked at the bus driver and proclaimed:

“Look what nice a**es they have!”

Oct 18 08:44

EU in CRISIS: Austria could join anti-immigration Visegrad group in Brussels slap down

AUSTRIA could be about to join the anti-immigration Visegrad group after a controversial election that has caused havoc for the European Union.

Oct 18 08:44

'How's that European solidarity?' EU boss Tajani MOCKED for Austrian election result tweet

ANTONIO TAJANI has been mocked for praising Eurosceptic Sebastian Kurz over his Austria election victory after the Brussels boss expressed the need for strong EU solidarity.

Oct 18 08:43

Juncker calls the shots: Jean-Claude orders new Austrian leader to form PRO-EU government

BRUSSELS boss Jean-Claude Juncker has told new Austrian election winner Sebastian Kurz he must form a “pro-European government”.

Oct 18 08:42

Tusk pens letter to EU leaders BEGGING them to align against UK on Brexit as cracks appear

DONALD Tusk put out a desperate plea for solidarity within Brussels ahead of tomorrow’s European Union (EU) summit, as cracks in the bloc widen.

Oct 18 08:08

Europe’s Economic Death Spiral

Oct 17 18:12

'British courts will decide!' Davis insists UK courts WILL have power over ECJ in Britain

The Brexit Secretary said British courts would take control and used European Union citizens’ rights in the UK as an example.

David Davis made the point of emphasising the need for British law “not European law”.

Oct 17 18:09

EU in CRISIS: Austria could join anti-immigration Visegrad group in Brussels slap down

AUSTRIA could be about to join the anti-immigration Visegrad group after a controversial election that has caused havoc for the European Union.

Sebastian Kurz is set to become the continent’s youngest leader after his Austrian People’s Party topped the polls after Sunday's vote.

But, despite warnings from the EU, he may need to form a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) to secure a government.

Now reports in the Polish press suggest the FPO could insist Austria joins the Visegrad group, a four-nation alliance of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia that is opposed to immigration, as a condition of forming a coalition.

Oct 17 10:07

Juncker calls the shots: Jean-Claude orders new Austrian leader to form PRO-EU government

BRUSSELS boss Jean-Claude Juncker has told new Austrian election winner Sebastian Kurz he must form a “pro-European government”.

The success of the 31-year-old, who is poised to become the continent’s youngest leader, has been tentatively welcomed by the European Union’s leading figures.

But they have warned “Wunderwuzzi” (boy wonder) against forming a coalition with the far-right.

Mr Kurz, whose Austrian People’s Party topped the polls after promising a tough line on immigration, is still weighing up a coalition with the country’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO).

Oct 17 09:30

Two Killed As ‘Unprecedented Storm’ Hits Ireland

Ireland was hit by an “unprecedented storm” on Monday that left two people dead, 120,000 homes and businesses without power and closed every school in the country.

A police spokesman said one woman was killed outside the village of Aglish, near the south coast, apparently by a tree falling on her car.

Oct 17 08:24

Iran Navy commander officially welcomed in Venice

Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari was officially welcomed by Italian officials in Venice, Italy on Tuesday.

Oct 17 08:05

Austria’s neo-Nazis find friends in Israel

Austria’s ambassador in Tel Aviv sees nothing wrong with Arab parties being excluded from Israel’s government.

As his own country looks set to put neo-Nazis in power in Vienna, this is yet another remarkable demonstration of the racist values shared by European and Israeli elites.

Just as in Germany, there are clear indications of ties between Austria’s neo-Nazi far right and Israel’s right wing.

Oct 17 08:04

Spain Constitutional Court Declares Catalan Referendum Void

While it will not come as a surprise to anyone following ongoing events in Spain, moments ago the country's Constitutional Court said on Tuesday the referendum law passed by the Catalan government Sept. 6 to hold a vote on independence was unconstitutional and void, a spokesman said. The court's full statement can be found here, while the opinion is at this link.

The court had originally suspended the referendum law as it studied its legality, though the Catalan government went ahead with the ballot regardless.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, of course, a violation of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Oct 16 11:14

BBC’s hissy fit over Brexit bias research PROVES it has something to hide

Let’s look at the evidence. I recently asked the Corporation for a list of every guest it invited to the Proms this summer. The answer was very revealing.

Bosses spent £19,020 entertaining dozens of luvvies and politicians.

And guess what? The vast majority of those treated to free drinks and a night at the Royal Albert Hall — courtesy of TV licence payers — were vocal defenders of the EU and prominent critics of Brexit.

They included Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, David Attenborough, Judi Dench, Tory politician Lord Patten, Financial Times editor Lionel Barber, Guardian ­editor Katharine Viner and ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Theresa May, Chancellor Philip ­Hammond and Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn — who all backed Remain — also accepted a free ticket and were hosted on separate nights in a private box by £450,000-a-year BBC director-general Lord Hall.

Oct 16 11:07

JUNCKER: THANKS FOR SAVING US IN THE WAR, NOW YOU MUST PAY

“If you are sitting in a bar and if you are ordering 28 beers and then suddenly some of your colleagues is leaving and he’s not paying, that is not feasible. They have to pay. They have to pay. Not in an impossible way. I’m not in a revenge mood – I am not hating the British. The Europeans have to be grateful for so many things Britain has brought to Europe – during war, after war, before war, everywhere and every time. But now they have to pay.”

Oct 16 10:32

Austria election RESULTS: Eurosceptic Sebastian Kurz declares VICTORY in nightmare for EU

SEBASTIAN Kurz has declared victory in the Austrian elections following the latest vote projections, which could see him form an alliance with the far-right in a crushing blow for the European Union (EU).

The People’s Party (OVP) got 31.6 per cent of the vote, according to exit polls from pollster SORA.

Mr Kurz's party is tough on migration, easy on taxes and widely Eurosceptic after rebranding itself over the last few months to propel its popularity in the wealthy Alpine nation.

The 31-year-old is expected to form a coalition with the right-wing populist Freedom Party (FPO), founded by a former SS officer, who got 26.9 per cent of the vote, according to the latest projections.

Oct 16 09:55

Notorious US Regime-Change Specialist Targets Hungarian PM Orban

Many readers likely never heard the name of the remarkable Serbia-born political operator named Sr?a Popovi?.

Yet he and his organization, CANVAS, have played a lead role in most every CIA-backed Color Revolution since he led the toppling of Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, at least fifty according to last count.

On September 8, the professional regime-change specialist Sr?a Popovi? came to Budapest and joined with the anti-Orban opposition groups in front of the Hungarian Parliament.

It‘s clear that Popovi? was not in town to promote his Hungarian book on nonviolent regime change but rather to give aid to the anti-Orban parties before Hungarian elections in spring of 2018.

Many in Hungary smell the oily hand of Hungarian-born regime-change financier George Soros behind the Popovi? appearance now in Budapest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The current Hungarian government, under Orban, is enforcing borders; language; and culture. They have seen what a mess unrestricted immigration has made of Germany, Sweden, Norway, and beyond, and want no part of it.

When people want to assimilate; train to work and be competitive; and embrace the cultural identity of their adoptive country, that's one thing; but attempting to enforce the cultural norms of their former countries; never learning the language, and living in the victimhood of entitlement... that is a whole different kettle of kumquats!!

Oct 16 09:26

Austrians living in fear as violent migrant gangs carry out DAILY attacks in Vienna

Muggings and beatings are becoming commonplace in the historic capital city, with passersby being attacked on almost a daily basis.

Noted Viennese viola player Michael Buchmann is one of the latest victims of the roaming gangs which are predominantly made-up of immigrants.

The 48-year-old musician’s career with the world-renowned Vienna Symphony Orchestra is now under threat after his middle finger was broken when he was beaten up after telling a group of migrant teens they were not allowed to smoke in the subway station.

Oct 16 06:08

Iran: We Will Stick to Nuclear Deal if Europe Does

"The resistance of the Europeans (against the US) will show whether the nuclear agreement can be carried forward or not"

Oct 14 10:22

Norway plans to send armored unit close to Russian border

Norway said on Friday it planned to send an armored battalion near its arctic border with Russia and buy more tanks and artillery to respond to growing threats.

Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide did not mention Russia as she described her minority government’s defense plan, and said she did not see a specific, current military threat.

But the NATO member and other nearby countries have grown increasingly alarmed about Moscow’s ambitions, particularly following its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014 and its naval and air force maneuvers in the region

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note when I have talked about narrative supporting the US deep State's agenda; Russia is again being charged with "annexing Crimea" by Reuters, which is an absolute, complete lie. Caught you AGAIN, Reuters!

President Obama administ that Washington brokered a deal in Ukraine in support of regime change

Didn't quite get to that factoid, did you Reuters?!?

After the "coup-coup-ca-CHEW" in Kiev, which replaced Yanukovych with Poroshenko, Crimean officials understood that there was no legitimate government in Ukraine. The then held a free and fair referendum, asking their people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-coup, or petition the Russian government to become a member of the Russian Federation. they overwhelmingly voted to petition the Russian government to become part of the Russian Federation:

Crimea applies to be part of Russian Federation after vote to leave Ukraine

THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA WHATSOEVER, FOLKS!!

But you see, these well-documented facts do NOT support the demonization against Russia, leading ultimately toward a war against it; so Reuters just continues to lie about the facts of the matter, because the demonization is engineered to support the agenda of a war against Russia.

You can't lie to thinking Americans any more, Reuters; that is just not going to work. And whatever it is that the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika are paying you, it cannot be enough!!

And if you think I'm "over-reacting" on this, please read the following article By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts about the ultimate American intensions of wars with Russia and China:

Washington plans to nuke Russia and China

This guy is about as sobering as a heart attack, with impeccible credentials, and a strong, analytic way of pulling information together.

Oct 13 23:31

WHY FRIDAY THE 13TH BECAME UNLUCKY – LEST WE FORGET (with related hilarious nsfw video)

...It was generally agreed that the charges were false, but...King Philip, who was already deeply in debt to the Templars from his war with the English, decided to seize upon the rumours ...as a way of freeing himself from his debts. At dawn on Friday, 13 October 1307 ...King Philip IV ordered de Molay and scores of other French Templars to be simultaneously arrested....Claims were made that... Templar ...recruits were forced to spit on the Cross, deny Christ, and engage in indecent kissing ...the order was said to have encouraged homosexual practices. The Templars were charged with numerous other offences such as financial corruption, fraud, and secrecy.

Some speculations regarding the accusations of homosexuality in addition to heresy: this was no doubt to seal their fate, since EVERY Catholic Priest knows intimately just how wrong these are...

To which this is the appropriate reponse, for the role the Church had in the murder of the Templars:

Oct 13 12:28

Catalonia: What’s Next? – Justin Raimondo

Spain’s repression has failed.

While the elites are pushing an agenda of centralization, and concentrated power, the worldwide trend is actually going in the opposite direction, toward decentralization and self-determination.

At a time when supra-national bureaucracies and globalist initiatives are being foisted on ordinary people, the Catalan people are rising up and taking their destiny into their own hands.

Oct 13 11:47

Berlin: Possible Unification of Europe and Russia against the USA

German Foreign Minister Zigmar Gabriel believes that the US's potential withdrawal from a nuclear deal with Iran will distance Europe from Washington and bring it closer to Russia and China.

Oct 13 11:42

Russia says U.S. military in Baltic contradicts Russia-NATO agreement

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that the U.S. military presence in the Baltic states contradicts the Russia-NATO agreement, RIA news agency quoted it as saying.

The ministry was quoted as saying that the United States has, in effect, deployed a division of its forces in the Baltic states, near Russia’s borders.

Oct 13 08:25

US Militarization of Scandinavia: Less Than a Year After First US Base in Norway, a Second One in the Offing

In January 2017, the first US Marine Corps base in Norway became operational. It is located in Værnes, in the middle of this long rugged country. The base agreement is notionally on a ‘temporary rotating basis’. Norwegian politicians, with a straight face, insists the 330 Marines are always approved only for six months at the time, even though US budget documents clearly show that the Marine Corps routinely budget for this base several years ahead.

Oct 13 08:22

US Military Sends Troops to Russian Border

The U.S. has sent troops to within 100 miles of the border of Russia’s military enclave of Kaliningrad to bolster a NATO outpost in Poland, Newsweek reported.

The news did not sit well with Russia, which claimed the move threatened its security and warnd it would consider adding nuclear-capable Iskander ballistic missiles on its side of the border as a deterrent to the U.S., the magazine stated.

Oct 13 07:48

Multiple people shot at 'several locations' in Swedish town of Trelleborg as police declare major incident

Multiple people have been shot after a gunman opened fire in a Swedish town.

Armed police have cordoned off Trelleborg town centre where several people were found with suspected gunshot injuries.

The shooting is believed to have carried out in the old part of the town in an area surrounded by homes and shops.

Early reports state gunfire broke out at a busy market in the town and that police had launched a hunt for the shooter.

Oct 13 07:13

EU on brink: Sweating Juncker in panic - Catalonia independence could rip EU apart

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker insisted he did not want Catalonia to break away from Spain as he revealed he was “very worried” about the impact a split could have on the European Union.

Oct 12 14:51

Schäuble Warns of Coming Economic Crisis

Oct 12 13:35

Brexit Talks With UK In 'Disturbing Deadlock': EU

The European Union and Britain are stuck in a “disturbing deadlock” in their Brexit negotiations over the EU divorce bill, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says.

Barnier made the comments at a press conference on Thursday at the end of a fifth round of Brexit talks with the UK’s Brexit Secretary David Davis at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

Oct 12 10:34

‘We Can’t Deny We Are Being Conquered By Islam’

Brilliant female Italian politician tells the truth about the invasion of Europe.

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Oct 12 10:31

US Lawmakers, European Nations Scramble to Save Iran Deal From Trump

President Trump is expected to decertify the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran this week, pushing the issue to Congress for a vote. With Iran not having violated the deal, Trump’s efforts to kill it are fueling a lot of reaction at home and abroad.

European nations are looking down the road for ways to save the deal, saying that it would be difficult to keep the deal in place if the US withdraws. The nations are planning to issue a joint statement in support of the deal, and also commit to lobbying Congress on the matter.

Congress was broadly opposed to the deal two years ago, but it’s not clear that’s the case anymore. Heavy Israeli lobbying was making it a very divisive issue back then, and while the lobby still has some opposition to the deal, it’s not clear it’s as vocal, nor necessarily something the EU couldn’t counter with its own lobbying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Killing this deal, as President Trump is expected to do, will result in three outcomes.

1. IF Iran walks away from the deal, as much as Europe and the countries of the Middle East want it to stay, it will most probably go back to its nuclear development program.

2. If that happens, that will be the "justification" the US and Israel will use as the excuse for a military campaign against it (which Russia will most probably join on the Iranian side).

3. The world will understand that the Occupied, Unhinged, States of Amerika can never be trusted to keep any geopolitical treaty or promises whatsoever, so negotiating with this country is utterly useless, and a complete waste of time.

Trump's unholy Triumverate of "President Whisperers", Kelly, Mc Master, and Mattis, understand this perfectly well, but will not mention this to him, in fear of losing another opportunity to wage war, which seems to be the only answer they collectively have to any geopolitical challenges.

Oct 12 09:37

US to lose trust of nations if walks away from Iran deal: Top EU diplomat

The EU foreign policy chief says Washington’s possible withdrawal from the Iran deal will send a message to the international community that the US is not trustworthy when it comes to deal making.

Oct 12 09:35

Europeans feel Donald Trump's expected withdrawal from Iran deal threatens world peace

Most analysts expect US President Donald Trump to abandon the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran this week. Will he really do it? And if he does, what will it mean for Europe? Max Hofmann reports from Brussels.

Oct 12 09:07

NATO LAUNCHES NEW BLACK SEA FORCE TO TARGET RUSSIA

NATO has announced the launching of their multinational Black Sea Force, based in Romania, and including an entire Romanian brigade of 4,000 troops. The force is there to target Russia in the Black Sea region.

Romania insisted the deployment is “not a threat to Russia” and that the purpose of having more troops there to “target” Russia is “peace, not war.” 900 US troops were deployed to Romania to participate in this force.

Since Russia doesn’t border NATO anywhere in the Black Sea region, the force appears to be largely pointless, except for additional grandstanding about NATO’s “readiness” for a fight with “invading” Russian forces, in an invasion that’s been predicted for years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The politicians of Romania appear to be incapable of logic; why in the name of heaven would Russia want to invade Romania, and risk a war with NATO because of doing such a thing?!?

The short answer is, Putin would never do this.

This NATO naval fleet is simply another annoyance and provocation of Russia, which has done absoutely nothing to earn it.

Oct 11 15:50

European Central Bank made almost €8bn from Greece’s financial crisis

A written response to a request from a Greek MEP showed the bank collected €7.8 billion in interest payments between 2012-2016 on Greek sovereign bonds acquired under its Securities and Markets bond-buying program (SMP).

Profits are usually redistributed among the 19 eurozone central banks.

In 2016, the ECB collected more than €1.1 billion in interest payments on the nearly €20 billion worth of Greek bonds it holds, according to German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung.

An analysis from the Jubilee Debt Campaign estimated Greece’s other creditor, the International Monetary Fund, had made €2.5 billion from its loans to the country.

Oct 11 08:09

Catalan Independence: Out of Madrid’s Frying Pan, Into the NATO Fire?

Media on all sides surrounding the recent Catalan referendum for independence from Spain focused on Madrid’s security crackdown on voters. However, what is not being mentioned about Catalonia’s ongoing bid to achieve independence, who is leading it, and what their plans are for the region should they succeed, is just as important.

Oct 10 14:09

Brexit Means… NAFTA? UK Could Leave EU Trade Alliance & Join North American One Instead

According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, government ministers are looking to join the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if the UK and the EU fail to reach an agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc by March 2019.

If Britain joins the alliance, it would be able to broker trade deals with three of the world’s major powerhouses, which together have a gross domestic product (GDP) of £17.2 trillion ($22.7 trillion). The EU’s GDP stands at £15.7 trillion.

Oct 10 09:14

Hungarian PM: ‘The EU Insults Member-States, Abuses its Powers, and Eats from George Soros’s Hand’

The prime minister of Hungary has accused the European Union’s leadership of insulting member-states, abusing its powers, and “eating out of the hand” of billionaire open borders campaigner George Soros.

Oct 09 12:16

Spanish Government Issues Veiled Death Threat To Catalan Leader

In a quite shocking escalation of the rhetoric in Spain, a spokesman for the ruling People's Party just issued a (barely) veiled death threat to the President of Catalonia.

"Let's hope that nothing is declared tomorrow because perhaps the person who makes the decalartion will end up like the person who made the declaration 83 years ago."

Seems about as clear as it gets from Rajoy's PP to Puigdemont - Call for Independence and Die!

That does not seem to be the reconciliatory tone the market has been hoping for.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rajoy has just "jumped the shark" in his rhetoric; Is he actually ready to have Puigdemont assassinated?!?

And how will the Spanish people react to this?!?

I am sure, with this last salvo, Puigemont's security has been doubled or trebled.

Oct 09 11:17

Spanish Police in Israel: Repression Courses #TestedInCombat

The following video documents the training of Spanish Police Forces under the auspices of Israel.

“They teach us useful procedures” to be used against civilians, namely the same procedures as those used by Israel against Palestinians.

Two weeks in Israel for a crash course in Homeland Security.

Israel has become a laboratory for the development of techniques of repression directed against civilians in urban areas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you look at this video, please consider how many American police have been trained in precisely the same way, and notice that the tactics taught are precisely those used the IDF against the Palestinians.

Oct 09 10:48

The hopelessly corrupt structure of the Eurozone & the Eurogroup

Follow the money. The Eurogroup rules the Eurozone and its 19 member states. The first rule of Eurogroup is: ‘You don’t talk about Eurogroup!’

Part of the problem of criticizing the “pan-European project” is that you have multiple bodies which overlap. And you also have some nations which are part of one, but not another. Or which pay into one body, but abstain from another.

A clear analysis is needed of the most important part of the pan-European project: the Eurozone. The Eurozone is the most important because it controls the money in the world’s largest macro-economy.

Oct 09 08:56

Railfan captures pictures of US tanks crossing Germany by the trainload: officials are saying nothing

Reichenbach: A train laden with tanks rolled through the Vogtland in the direction of Dresden or Leipzig on Thursday between 9 and 10 o'clock.

Though news of conspicuous train movements usually get around among the railfans and hobby photographers along the route, it was different this time.

The homeland researcher and author Gero Fehlhauer was out for a stroll and accidentally witnessed the train's entrance to Reichenbach and photographed it with his cellphone.
Fehlhauer wondered that he wasn't running into the usual railfans. "Perhaps the tank train was unpublished this time," he says.

Oct 07 09:05

Catalonia to Defy Spain, Declare Independence Next Week

Spain’s Constitutional Court does not appear to be having much luck stopping an imminent Catalan declaration of independence. After ruling on Thursday that the regional parliament won’t be allowed to meet on Monday to declare independence, Catalonia looks to be doing an end around: they’re going to make the announcement Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And to all the Spanish politicians (and assorted Spanish royalty) who are whining and moaning about this Catalonian move, there is one very significant thing you need to remember.

Spain is a signatory to the UN.

And in the charter of the UN, the concept of peaceful self-determination is enshrined, and writ large.

So what is Spain going to do when Catalonia declares its independence, withdraw from the UN?!?

I think not.

Oct 07 07:51

Spain government representative apologises for Catalan vote injuries

A Spanish government official Friday offered the first apology to Catalans injured by police during their outlawed independence vote as the sides showed tentative signs of seeking an exit from the crisis.

Oct 07 07:50

‘They’re a faceless unelected lump of people!’ Pundit savages EU over Catalonia chaos

A COMMENTATOR has lashed out at the EU during a TV debate following the chaos in Catalonia and the EU’s brutal response to the crisis.

Oct 07 07:32

German 'Catalonia'? Prospects of Independence Referendum Scenario in Bavaria

If Catalonia secedes from Spain, it could be a precedent for similar developments in Germany, chairman of the Bavarian Party, Florian Weber, said, commenting on experts' recent assumptions that the Catalan scenario may result in the spread of pro-independence aspirations among other EU member states.

Oct 07 07:31

'Soros Plan': Why Hungarian PM Blasts US Billionaire for Destabilizing Europe

The standoff between George Soros and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is raging on: The European Commission has recently issued yet another ultimatum to Budapest over the country's nongovernmental organization and education laws, which are allegedly targeting Soros's entities in Hungary. The country's ruling Fidesz party strikes back.

Oct 06 21:47

Denmark set to be the latest country to implement a 'burqa ban'

Denmark looks set to become the next European country to restrict the burqa and the niqab, worn by some Muslim women, after most parties in the Danish parliament backed some sort of ban on facial coverings.

Full and partial face veils such as burqas and niqabs divide opinion across Europe, setting advocates of religious freedom against secularists and those who argue that such garments are culturally alien or a symbol of the oppression of women.

The niqab covers everything but the eyes, while the burqa also covers the eyes with a transparent veil, reports News.com.au.

France, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and the German state of Bavaria have all imposed some restrictions on the wearing of full-face veils in public places.

Oct 06 09:38

Fine dining, limos on call 24/7 and a £5m visitor centre - how EU's bank spends YOUR cash

EUROPE’S central bank has been criticised for spending £30 million of taxpayers’ cash on “fine dining”, private limousines, curating its art collection and building a new visitor centre.

Oct 06 06:29

Radioactive particles are detected across Europe, and scientists have no idea where they came from

German officials say that a spike in radioactivity has been detected in the air in western and central Europe.

Elevated levels of the isotope Ruthenium-106 have been reported in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France since September 29.

The source of the Ruthenium-106 is still unknown, but calculations indicate it may have been released in eastern Europe.

Oct 05 08:58

7 Independence Movements That Could Destroy The EU

Catalonia continues to press on with its independence movement, much to the dismay of Spain and the European Union. Catalonia is not the only region in the EU demanding more autonomy or independence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

2017 could well become "The Year of the Disconnect", with regard to a united Europe.

Oct 05 07:23

Leading EU strategist snuggles up to Israel lobby

A leading European Union strategist may be in denial about the full extent of her relations with the Israel lobby.

Nathalie Tocci doubles up as director of the Rome-based “think tank” IAI and as an adviser to Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign affairs chief.

The IAI – with whom Tocci has worked since 2006 – is viewed as something of a partner by the European Leadership Network, a self-described “pro-Israel advocacy” group.

According to a briefing document prepared by that group, the “seeds were sown” lately for an annual forum of “strategic dialogue” between Italy and Israel.

The IAI and the European Leadership Network are cooperating on this “important endeavor which could hopefully be realized by the end of this year,” the document added.

Tocci sought to contradict that claim. “No such project exists,” she stated by email.

Her denial should be treated with skepticism.

Oct 05 06:37

'Why isn’t NATO bombing MADRID’ ex-UK diplomat blasts EU for 'destroying nations'

A FORMER British diplomat has blasted the EU for bringing the “slow destruction of nation states” – and hit out at the international community’s response to Catalonia’s bid for independence.

Oct 05 06:34

Panicked Brussels issue Catalonia shock ULTIMATUM: ‘If you quit Spain, you quit EU!’

The EU is scrambling to avoid a Catalexit, which would see the bloc disintegrate further after an already-chaotic 18 months.

More than two million Catalan voters braved police brutality, which left 800 injured, to choose independence for Catalonia in Sunday’s disputed referendum, according to Catalan authorities.

But the EU, as well as Spain’s central government, has condemned the vote as illegal and unconstitutional and are refusing to acknowledge the result.

In a last-ditch attempt to bring Catalonia back under control European Union officials have warned quitting Spain would also mean quitting the bloc.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the "EU Royalty"in Brussels didn't see this coming, means that its collective myopia has turned into real, economic, and social blindness.

Bluster and the use of force, either against Catalonia, or anywhere else in Europe, is going to make the EU look the real villain here; unfortunately, that may not stop its President, Jean-Claude Juncker, from doing something astonishingly ham-fistedy, pig-headedly stupid, like ordering NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to send "peace keepers" to Catalonia to "pacify" its citizens.

I would like to politely suggest that the Catalonians will not take kindly to such an occupation.

Oct 05 06:32

WaPo Editorial Board: "Catalonia Held a Referendum. Russia Won."

The Washington Post is the most toxic paper in the US and the English-speaking world in general on Russia so this was only to be expected. That sort of reputation takes hard work every day. WaPo's editorial board has joined the Spanish centralist press in denouncing Russia for "support of the separatists" in Catalonia

Oct 05 06:22

EU Parliament defends 'proportionate force' after brutal Catalan referendum crackdown

EU member states have the right to use "proportionate" force to defend the rule of law, Frans Timmermans, European Commission First Vice President, said three days after hundreds were injured by Spanish police trying to stop an independence vote in Catalonia.

“It is a duty for any government to uphold the rule of law, and this sometimes requires the proportionate use of force,” Timmermans told the European Parliament in Strasbourg during a debate on Catalonia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Proportionate", my ASTROLABE!!

Oct 05 06:20

EU Plan to Resettle 50,000 Refugees is 'Political Message for Old Europe'

A new plan from the European Commission to relocate 50,000 refugees directly from conflict zones will certainly encourage discussion about migration in the EU, but member states will have to take in more migrants in order to really solve the crisis, Oliviero Forti from the Caritas Italiana charity told Radio Sputnik.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have an idea. Let's just stop all the conflicts!

Oct 05 06:19

Italy facing its OWN Catalonia: Referendums in Lombardy and Venice could TOPPLE EU

ITALY could face its own Catalonia-style break-up with controversial referendums scheduled for both Lombardy and Venice.

Oct 05 06:17

Catalonia rising

The people of Catalonia went to the polls seeking independence. The Spanish state reacted with force against peaceful voters. Again the question arises: What is the EU’s commitment to democracy? And who is allowed self-determination?

Oct 05 05:43

Catalan crisis 'bigger threat to EU than Brexit', MEP warns

The crisis in Catalonia poses a bigger threat to the EU than Brexit, a senior MEP warned Wednesday as the European Parliament prepared to hold an emergency debate on Spain's worst political crisis in decades.

Catalonia's leader has vowed to declare independence within days, claiming a mandate from a weekend referendum which was declared illegal by Madrid and the Spanish courts and marred by violence.

Images of the police crackdown on the vote drew a vocal reaction from some MEPs, with Belgium's Philippe Lamberts, the head of the Green grouping in parliament, warning the crisis "threatened the spirit of European integration, even more than Brexit".

Several Green and far-left deputies criticised the Spanish police for their actions.

But Esteban Gonzalez Pons, an MEP from Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party, rejected calls for mediation, saying Spain did not need "looking after".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The EU may well be in its death throes; but perhaps it will be better, economically, for those countries and industries Brussels has consistently regulated with an iron fist, and zero flexibility.

And I would like to politely remind all those EU-ers, who are also members of the UN (which I belive are all of the members of the EU), that peaceful self-determination is a concept enshrined in the UN charter.

Oct 04 13:33

EU Slams Lack Of Brexit Progress, Delays Future Trade Talks

The European Union has criticized the British government for the lack of progress in Brexit talks, voting to delay the next phase of negotiations on a future trade relationship with the United Kingdom.

Oct 04 11:24

Catalonia To Declare Independence From Spain On Monday

Spanish stocks tumbled, with the IBEX index sliding into a 10% correction, following an overnight report that Catalan leader Puigdemont was set to make a statement at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Wednesday, after an all-party committee of the region's parliament meets to agree a date for a plenary session on independence. That concluded moments ago and CUP, the pro-secession party that is a majority in the Catalan parliament, has announced it will declared independence from Spain in plenary session on Monday, El Pais reports.

As reported last night, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont told the BBC that his government would ask the region's parliament to declare independence after tallying votes from last weekend's referendum, which Madrid says was illegal. "This will probably finish once we get all the votes in from abroad at the end of the week and therefore we shall probably act over the weekend or early next week," he said in remarks published on Wednesday.

Oct 04 09:08

Tony Blair could step into Catalonia crisis as he’s tipped to be MEDIATOR for Spain

The former British Labour Prime Minister is believed to be in the running to mediate talks between the Catalan administration led by Carles Puigdemont and the conservative leadership of Mariano Rajoy on Madrid.

Oct 04 08:57

The Violent Face of the EU is Revealed in Catalonia

Despite the best efforts of the European establishment, the Catalonia referendum finally went ahead as scheduled. Violence ensued. Spain’s central government believes its laws are primary.

And that they have the right to suppress dissent based on that belief.

Because that is always what happens when a government’s authority is directly threatened by the people’s desire for something else. Violent suppression.

Oct 04 08:28

EU’s Catalonia response branded ‘best example of hypocrisy in world politics

THE European Union (EU) has been accused of “hypocrisy” and “double standards” after it declared the Catalan independence referendum illegal.

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