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Sep 12 09:25

EU accepts Brexit talks could BREAK DOWN and starts contingency planning

BRUSSELS has started taking steps to ensure contingency plans are in place in case Brexit talks collapse without agreement.

Sep 12 09:12

1mn Catalans mark national day with massive pro-independence march in Barcelona

Just weeks ahead of a regional independence referendum, nearly one million Catalans staged a massive rally in Barcelona to support the independence vote from Madrid.

On Catalonia's national day, the ‘Diada’, nearly one million people marched to support the upcoming independence referendum planned for October 1, police said on Twitter.

Sep 12 09:03

1 million people attend pro-independence rally

1 million people from all over Catalonia gathered today in Barcelona for the annual September 11 pro-independence protest, according to police figures.

The city’s streets began filling up early in the afternoon as the thousands of people registered to take part in the September 11 pro-independence demonstration, organised by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural, prepared themselves for the big moment.

Sep 11 12:10

MASSIVE RUSSIAN, NATO WARGAMES SET TO BEGIN AMID MUTUAL ACCUSATIONS OF PROVOCATION

As the two old, cold war adversaries, Russia and NATO, prepare to begin massive war games to show off their respective military strengths, it was the UK's turn to accuse Russia first of "testing the West" by conducting war games on NATO’s eastern flank in its biggest military exercise in four years. Speaking on BBC's “The Andrew Marr Show” on Sunday, U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that Russia's exercise "is designed to provoke us, it’s designed to test our defenses, and that’s why we have to be strong. Russia is testing us and testing us now at every opportunity. We’re seeing a more aggressive Russia. We have to deal with that."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO, having outlived its usefulness, post World War II, seems to have had to conjure up a bogeyman to justify its existence in the 21st century, and seems to have settled upon Russia as the "villain du jour" right now.

But looking at troop movements recently, in which NATO troops literally have Russia surrounded, any stupid miscalculation, any miscommunication, could trigger a shooting war which thinking people in Europe or Russia wants at all.

Let's collectively cross our fingers that things go precisely as planned, and that there is no "volatility" as a result of these Russian war games.

Sep 11 07:07

Facebook is fined £1.1m by Spanish watchdog for failing to stop its users' data being tapped by advertisers

Spain's data protection watchdog said Monday it has slapped Facebook with a fine of £1.1 million (1.2 million euros/$1.44 million) for failing to prevent its users' data being accessed by advertisers.

Facebook has collected personal data from its users in Spain without obtaining their 'unequivocal consent' and without informing them how such information would be used, the Spanish Data Protection Agency said in a statement.

'Facebook collects data on ideology, sex, religious beliefs, personal tastes or navigation without clearly informing about the use and purpose that it will give them,' the statement said.

Sep 10 08:33

Sane EU states close their doors to refugees as they are more ominous than sanctions

The countries of Eastern Europe refused to comply with the decision of the EU Court on the admission of migrants. This is a mutiny on board the European Union. Will Brussels suppress it?

The European Court rejected the claims from Hungary and Slovakia, which demanded quotas for the admission of migrants be abolished, even though they are mandatory for all EU countries. The highest court of the European Union confirmed the decision of the European Commission: each member of the European Union is obliged to accept a certain number of refugees who temporarily stay on the territory of Greece and Italy. The position of governments or parliaments does not matter - the rule is mandatory to all.

Sep 10 08:25

Firemen Abandon House Blaze After Being Attacked in Swedish No-Go Zone

Firefighters in the southern Swedish city of Malmö were forced to let a building burn to the ground after they were violently attacked by locals who threw glass bottles at them.

Sep 10 08:19

China questions German minister's 'one Europe' comments

China expressed dismay Thursday after Germany's foreign minister said Beijing should not "attempt to divide us" following complaints China uses its status as an investor to influence European Union decisions

Sep 09 05:48

Open Arms: Finland Indulging Daesh Defectors With Increased Social Benefits

Like its Nordic neighbors, Finland has "exported" its fair share of jihadists to the Middle East, who are now returning "home" after a streak of Daesh defeats. To tackle this problem, Finnish officials are considering providing apartments and social services to Daesh returnees out of turn.

Sep 09 05:44

'UK has POISONED diplomatic well' EU Brexit negotiator Verhofstadt in astonishing attack

Papers were leaked showing the Government was considering scrapping the EU’s freedom of labour policies once Britain leaves the bloc.

The proposal would see British workers put first and cut the number of low-skilled migrants entering from the EU by offering a maximum two-year residency.

Mr Verhofstadt tweeted: “UK's leaked immigration plans have poisoned the diplomatic well.

Sep 09 05:43

Belgium still haunted by paedophile scandal

He stands accused of committing the vilest of crimes - of raping, torturing and murdering young girls as young as eight for his own sexual gratification. And yet Marc Dutroux, already a convicted paedophile, has still not been brought to justice.

Dutroux, Belgium's public enemy number one without equal, has been incarcerated since 1996 and yet still there is no trial date. It might be this year it might be next - who can say, officials shrug.

His alleged crimes brought 350,000 people onto the streets of Brussels in 1996, the largest public march of its kind in this small country's history and yet still nothing has been done.

The entire criminal justice and police system have been shaken up and reformed in the wake of revelations about the hideously incompetent way in which his case has been handled and yet still there is no movement.

Sep 08 11:54

Germany disputes size of Russian wargames, predicts 100,000 troops

Germany said on Thursday that Russia was planning to send more than 100,000 troops to war games on NATO’s eastern flank this month, disputing Moscow’s version that only 13,000 Russian and Belarussian servicemen would participate.

The Sept. 14-20 exercises known as Zapad, or “West” in Belarus, the Baltic Sea, western Russia and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, are stirring unease in NATO despite Moscow’s assurances troops would rehearse a purely defensive scenario.

“It is undisputed that we are seeing a demonstration of capabilities and power of the Russians,” German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen told reporters at an EU defense ministers’ meeting in Tallinn.

“Anyone who doubts that only has to look at the high numbers of participating forces in the Zapad exercise: more than one hundred thousand,” she said in a joint news conference with her French counterpart Florence Parly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Methinks Germany protests too much; and where in the world did she get that number of 100,000?!?

These Zapad exercises have been carried on by the Russians for a number of years; why the big panic now?!?

And BTW, why has NATO seen fit to envelop Russia's borders with NATO troops over the last several years?!?

Sep 08 08:44

VIDEO: Migrants Storm The Beaches Of Sicily

Police are searching for dozens of migrants who landed on a Sicilian beach via boat. The alarm was raised by sunbathers after the migrants rushed past them on the beach in Giallonardo.

Dozens of migrants were filmed disembarking the boat on Wednesday before rushing across the sand. Beachgoers can be seen running towards them. Discarded clothing, reportedly left by the migrants, is visible.

Sep 08 08:13

The real battle is only just beginning

In Budapest on Wednesday, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said that “The position of the Hungarian government is that the ruling issued by the European Court of Justice in the migrant quota case is outrageous and irresponsible”.

Sep 08 08:13

Hungary: EU Forcing Countries to Take Migrants is ‘Political Rape’

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has vowed “the real battle is only just beginning”, as the Court of Justice of the European Union demands that Budapest allow Brussels to settle migrants in Central Europe.

Sep 08 08:12

Hungary FURY at 'politically motivated' MEPs 'interfering' in NATIONAL affairs

HUNGARY has hit out at meddling European Union politicians who they claim are visiting the country for a “politically motivated” trip to interfere in next year’s election.

Sep 08 08:10

Poland PM: EU Ruling Won’t Affect Country’s Migrant Stand

Poland’s prime minister says her country will stick by its refusal to take in refugees even though the European Union’s top court is reasserting its right to force member states to accept asylum-seekers.

Sep 08 08:09

'We're under their skin!' Fury over Juncker's personal attack on Brexit secretary Davis

BRUSSELS has resorted to launching personal attacks on David Davis because he has “got under eurocrats’ skin” with his tough approach to the talks, senior eurosceptics said today.

Sep 08 07:51

European Court Orders EU Countries To Take Migrants

The European Union's highest court has rejected a complaint by Hungary and Slovakia over the legality of the bloc's mandatory refugee quota program, which requires EU member states to admit tens of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the European Commission, the powerful executive arm of the European Union, has the legal right to order EU member states to take in so-called asylum seekers, and, conversely, that EU member states have no legal right to resist those orders.

Sep 07 12:31

Catalonia parliament votes for Oct. 1 referendum on split from Spain

Catalonia’s parliament voted on Wednesday to hold an independence referendum on Oct. 1, setting up a clash with the Spanish government that has vowed to stop what it says would be an illegal vote.

After 12 hours of often chaotic debate in the Barcelona parliament, a majority voted for the referendum and the legal framework to set up a new state, under which the assembly would declare independence within 48 hours of a “yes” vote.

Lawmakers who opposed independence abandoned the chamber before the vote, with some leaving Catalan flags in their empty seats. The winners, led by regional head Carles Puigdemont, sang the Catalan national anthem once the votes were counted.

“Committed to freedom and democracy! We push on!” Catalonia’s deputy governor, Oriol Junqueras, tweeted after the vote.

Polls in the northeastern region show support for self-rule waning as Spain’s economy improves. But the majority of Catalans do want the opportunity to vote on whether to split from Spain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the government of Spain, a word please.

You are signatories to the UN Charter, in which is embedded and enshrined the principal of peaceful self-determination, which is precisely what the Catalonians are attempting to do with this referendum.

To attempt to nullify the results of this referendum, is to, essentially, nullify your position as a member of the UN.

One cannot declare a country in complete accord with the UN Charter, when it is attempting to abrogate certain parts of it not to their liking, and this is precisely what Spain will appear to be doing, in light of its threatened actions against the Catalonia Referendum.

Sep 07 11:43

EU Orders Sweden To Shut Down Border Checks

The European Union has ordered Sweden to end its border controls by mid-November, saying the reasons for putting them into place don’t exist anymore.

At a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday, the EU’s migrant commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said it will not allow the Nordic country to extend its border controls between Sweden and Denmark.

Sep 07 10:11

EU orders Sweden to shut down border checks

The European Union has ordered Sweden to end its border controls by mid-November, saying the reasons for putting them into place don't exist anymore.

At a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday, the EU’s migrant commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said it will not allow the Nordic country to extend its border controls between Sweden and Denmark.

“There won’t be an extension. The border controls are coming to an end in two months. The prerequisites for granting [the extensions] don’t exist anymore.”

Sep 07 09:57

EU Court Rules Against Hungary, Slovakia ‘Refugee Resettlement’ Challenge

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rejected Hungary and Slovakia in their challenge of ‘refugee resettlement’ quotas being imposed by Brussels, prompting a stern response from both governments who appear intent to continue the battle.

Sep 07 09:27

Catalan Parliament Passes Law to Hold Independence Referendum October 1

In spite of protests from Madrid, the Catalan Parliament has passed a law to hold an independence referendum at the beginning of October. The referendum will ask Catalonians whether or not they want the Spanish province to become "an independent country in the form of a republic."

Sep 06 09:22

Poland demands TRILLION dollars in damages from Germany over 'terrible' WW2 crimes

Witold Waszczykowski, Poland's foreign minister, said "serious talks" were needed with Berlin to discuss "unresolved issues" over the conflict.

The country has received "no compensation" for the war crimes committed by the Nazi regime between 1939 and 1945, he added.

Mr Waszczykowski estimated the country's material losses at £766bn, but said the figure could be even higher.

Sep 06 08:36

Manfred Weber urges EU to support Hungary to block millions of migrants

A SENIOR European politician has urged the European Commission to support Hungary to secure its borders against a deluge of millions of refugees.

Sep 06 08:14

French president Emmanuel Macron backs EU policy to halt Eurosceptic tide after Brexit

EMMANUEL Macron has backed radical new plans which could stop more Eurosceptic politicians joining the European Parliament.

The French president came out in favour of introducing pan-European MEPs to the parliament when Britain leaves.

Brexit in 2019 will leave 73 seats up for grabs in EU elections taking place later that year.

And desperate Mr Macron hopes the proposal will stop the vacant seats being filled by scores of Eurosceptic politicians.

Sep 06 08:01

TOP EU COURT THREATENS POLAND, HUNGARY, CZECH REPUBLIC WITH FINES IF THEY REFUSE REFUGEES

Concluding a months-long saga in which central and eastern European nations revolted against Brussels' refugee policies, on Wednesday the European Union’s highest court ruled that EU states must take in a share of refugees who reach Europe, dismissing complaints by Slovakia and Hungary and reigniting an angry row between east and west. The Court upheld the EU’s right to order national governments to take in their "fair share" of asylum seekers, arguing that "the mechanism actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the 2015 migration crisis and is proportionate."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Did you hear that dull, agonising thud from across the pond?!?

THAT... was the EU, dismembering itself over the issue of refugee immigration.

Sep 05 12:05

Irish Foreign Minister Takes Swipe At Britain Brexit Plans, Border Talks

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has criticized Britain’s Brexit proposal, saying the proposal has been met with widespread skepticism and that implementing an invisible border between Ireland and Northern Ireland as part of the Brexit plan is not a credible solution.

Sep 05 10:51

Blackballed: Merkel Vows to Prevent Turkey from Joining EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed that she will block Turkey's membership talks with the European Union, signaling an apparent pivot from her previous position.

During a Sunday televised debate with her Social Democrat (SPD) rival Martin Schulz, the center-right leader shocked the audience with an unexpected pledge to discuss an end to Turkey's EU membership talks with fellow European leaders, if she returned for a fourth term in the upcoming German federal elections.

"The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU," Merkel said, adding that she never believed it would happen.

"I'll speak to my [EU] colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meanwhile, we have the Turkish Foreign Minister deliver the following remarks on Turkey's accession to the EU getting blocked:

Turkey Says Talk of Ending Its EU Accession Undermines Europe

But considering Erdogan's power-mad, dictatorial and suppressive politics at home, manifested by closing down newspapers, and arresting alleged dissidents, I think Merkel's decision to oppose Turkey's accession into the EU is a wise one, for now.

When Erdogan leaves office, and someone who is more Democracy-oriented becomes President, however, a reconsideration may be possible by the EU.

Sep 05 10:10

Corbyn vows that Labour will vote AGAINST the EU repeal bill as former minister predicts the party will end up backing second Brexit referendum

Jeremy Corbyn was accused of betraying his promises to honour Brexit today after he ordered Labour MPs to vote against the EU repeal bill next week.

Sep 05 10:07

HOW CORPORATE LOBBYISTS DOMINATE MEETINGS WITH UK AND EU BREXIT NEGOTIATORS

The far-reaching Brexit agreement that will govern the UK’s exit from the European Union is not only being shaped at the negotiating table, but also by the lobbyists who are trying to influence each side’s position papers and red lines.

New analysis of official statistics on lobby meetings with ministers from the UK’s Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) and members of the EU’s Brexit Task Force reveals a common willingness to privilege the representatives of corporate interests above all others:

Between October 2016 and March 2017, DExEU staff had six meetings with big business representatives for every one meeting with an NGO, a trade union or a think tank. This figure may even just be the tip of the iceberg, as Brexit lobby meetings are also likely to take place with DExEU officials not required to disclose meetings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such negotiations are never about how the Brexit may positively influence the lives of every-day, working Brits; they are always about how corporations are going to game the system, to better their own financial states.

Sep 05 09:21

Reporter Who Exposed Diplomatic Flights Weapons Transfers Speaks: Azerbaijan Confirms Documents

By Brandon Turbeville

Last week, I wrote an article entitled, “Leaked Documents Purport To Show How The U.S., Gulf Countries Ship Weapons To Terrorists Using Diplomatic Flight Cover,” in which I covered the story broken by Bulgarian reporter Dilyana Gaytandzhieva regarding the use of Azeri diplomatic flights by the United States and Gulf countries to ship weapons to various conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East, including to terrorists organizations. Gaytandzhieva originally came upon the documents as a result of a leak sent to her by Anonymous Bulgaria.

Her report blew the lid on a secret program to provide weapons to terrorists in Iraq and Syria as well as anti-Houthi militants in Yemen...

Sep 05 07:03

Stop working with Israeli torturers, Palestinians urge EU academics

Palestinian academics are urging their European counterparts to end their cooperation with a European Union project that funds Israeli torturers.

The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees and PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, are calling on Belgium’s KU Leuven university and Portugal’s INESC-ID research institute to pull out of the EU-funded LAW-TRAIN program.

They also urge three British academics listed as advisors – Portsmouth University’s Claire Nee and Jo Taylor and William Finn, both of the College of Policing – to end their roles in the project.

Sep 05 07:02

EU Dismisses Hungarian Request for ‘Solidarity’ over Border Controls, ‘We Won’t Support Fences’

On Thursday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sent a letter to Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker asking for €400 million, representing half the amount that the Visegrad nation says it has spent on border protection measures which include erecting a 110-mile fence along its border with Serbia, and another with Croatia.

But a spokesman for the Commission refused the request, telling Hungary that fences are not a border control measure that Brussels is prepared to back.

“We do support border management measures at the external borders. This can be surveillance measures. It can be border control equipment… But fences, we do not finance,” Alexander Winterstein said.

Sep 05 07:01

Peter Mandelson Pledges ‘Serious, Political Trench Warfare’ Against Brexit Bill

The so-called Prince of Darkness — who had to resign from the Blair Government twice before being gifted a job at the European Commission and made a Lord — issued his call to arms in an article for The Times Red Box.

“The most significant development of recent weeks has been Labour’s shift in stance on Single Market and Customs Union membership,” he crowed.

“The party is now calling on the government to keep Britain fully in the Single Market and Customs Union for a transitional period that lasts ‘as long as necessary’. Mr Starmer also said that continued single market and customs union membership after transition should remain on the table.”

Sep 05 06:34

Blackballed: Merkel Vows to Prevent Turkey from Joining EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed that she will block Turkey's membership talks with the European Union, signaling an apparent pivot from her previous position.

Sep 04 18:40

How Corporate Lobbyists Dominate Meetings With UK and EU Brexit Negotiators

The far-reaching Brexit agreement that will govern the UK’s exit from the European Union is not only being shaped at the negotiating table, but also by the lobbyists who are trying to influence each side’s position papers and red lines. New analysis of official statistics on lobby meetings with ministers from the UK’s Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) and members of the EU’s Brexit Task Force reveals a common willingness to privilege the representatives of corporate interests above all others

Sep 03 06:03

USA & EU Differences in Monetary Policy

Sep 02 13:00

EU fatcats demand taxpayers pay £2MILLION to fund travel expenses or else they can't work

EU officials have been plunged into another taxpayer-funded expenses scandal after the European Parliament demanded millions to fund lavish benefits.

Despite overspending its inflated budget, MEPs insisted £2million was needed to travel to and from Brussels and Strasbourg on a regular basis.

The spending demands, branded as a “gravy train farce”, are laid out to pay for hotel rooms and a “daily allowance” for meals and entertainment.

And documents revealed that Euro fat cats want an extra £1.2million to fund a fleet of chauffeur-driven vehicles used by MEPs.

Sep 02 11:34

Washington Is Preparing for Nuclear War in Europe

Amid mounting military and diplomatic tensions between the US and Russia, the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Friday that the American Congress has taken the first steps toward Washington’s annulling of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

The INF, or Washington Treaty on Mid-range Nuclear Systems, is a bilateral agreement reached between the United States and the Soviet Union on the decommissioning of short- and mid-range missiles (with a range of between 500 and 5,500 miles), and the banning of their production.

The treaty, signed on 8 December 1987 by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, led to a significant reduction of US nuclear weapons in Europe. The nuclear-armed mid-range Pershing II missiles, whose stationing in Western Europe five years earlier had triggered the largest peace demonstrations to that point in history, were withdrawn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why in the name of all that's holy, would Putin want to invade the Baltics?!?

The guy is many things, but there two things he isn't, and those are stupid and impulsive.

Here's the info on these drills, scheduled to run from 14 through 20 September of this year:

Russia Plans Huge Zapad 2017 Military Exercises With Belarus

These drills have gone off without a hitch, in years before, so why the hype about this year's Zapad drills?!?

If I were a betting person, I would not bet against some kind of "false flag" created by either NATO and/or the US, then blamed on Russia, as the "trigger incident" to get such a war going.

The Deep Staters in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, want to see a war happen, (any war), to precede the collapse of the US economy, and act as a distraction from it.

Magicians do this all the time; in that trade, it is called "misdirection".

Unfortunately, the "misdirection" the US Deep Staters are planning comes with horrific costs in blood and money.

Sep 01 09:46

Stockholm on Lockdown As Police Officer Stabbed in Neck By Moroccan Youth

It is reported the assailant snuck up behind the officer and cut his neck. The attack has been called completely unprovoked in Swedish media.

While the officer was conscious and able to sit up on his own as the ambulance arrived. He was discharged from the hospital Thursday afternoon having sustained only minor injuries.

The attack comes just hours after Swedish police were the subject of another potentially deadly attack Thursday morning, again in Stockholm. Officers were called to a bogus burglar alarm in a suburb to the south of the city, and upon arriving instead of finding a householder in distress, their car was pelted with heavy stones from a 10th floor flat in a tower block.

One of the officers, a police dog handler came close to being killed when his vehicle was struck, reports Expressen. Police were able to raid the apartment and arrested one for attempted murder, but a second suspect remains on the run.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "cultural enrichment" in Sweden, I see.

Sep 01 09:46

SHAKEDOWN: US Forces EU to Pay 50% More for Natural Gas vs Russia

And 50% is only the cost of the gas. Add in the construction of those expensive terminals and rental of the special tankers, and it gets even worse.

Russian gas costs about $170 per 1000 cubic meters. The Americans charge about $260, or perhaps more, the price is a closely guarded secret.

This Russian news segment is fact-filled, and very interesting. Russia has been building supply capacity to Europe for 10 years, deliberately making itself the no-brainer, low-cost supplier.

Aug 31 16:25

Leaked Documents Purport To Show How The U.S., Gulf Countries Ship Weapons To Terrorists Using Diplomatic Flight Cover

By Brandon Turbeville

A recent report by Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva entitled, “350 Diplomatic Flights Carry Weapons For Terrorists,” may very well have blown the lid on a secret program to provide weapons to terrorists in Iraq and Syria as well as anti-Houthi militants in Yemen. Gaytandzhieva’s report claims that the documents leaked to her by anonymous sources show that the Azberbaijani airline Silk Way Airlines was contracted by companies in the United States, Israel, and the Balkans to the militaries of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates as well as U.S. Special Ops. Gaytandzhieva’s own on-the-ground reporting also uncovered many weapons related to this secret trade in Aleppo after she had traveled there to investigate the story.

She has subsequently been fired...

Aug 31 07:58

Poland to be STRIPPED of EU voting rights as MERKEL doesn't agree with domestic reforms

POLAND could be stripped of its voting rights in the European Union after Angela Merkel revealed her outrage with the country’s controversial domestic and judicial reforms.

Aug 31 07:58

EU facing 51 lawsuits worth BILLIONS of pounds for shutting down Spanish bank

THE European Union (EU) is facing 51 lawsuits amounting to billions of pounds for shutting down Spain’s sixth largest bank.

Aug 31 07:44

'Not European': Juncker Cuts Ukraine's Poroshenko Down to Size

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s opinion that Ukraine is neither part of the European Union, nor part of NATO reflects the West’s growing annoyance regarding false statements made by the Ukrainian leader, political analyst Oleg Bondarenko told Sputnik.

Aug 30 14:52

EU Demands That Britain Start ‘Negotiating Seriously’ On Brexit

The EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier is “concerned” about the progress of talks and has urged Britain to start “negotiating seriously” as the stand-off over the divorce bill intensifies.

Aug 29 17:07

EU's Juncker Warns Britain To First Agree With Divorce Terms

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said Britain must first agree with its divorce terms before any discussions begin on post-Brexit ties.

“We need to be crystal clear that we will begin no negotiations on the new economic and trade relationship between the UK and the EU before all these questions are resolved …that is the divorce between the EU and the UK,” Juncker said on Tuesday at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

Aug 29 13:02

EU Holds Paris Conference To Set Up Detention Camps For Migrants In Libya

Yesterday, heads of state of Germany, France, Italy, and Spain and of the African states of Niger and Chad, together with UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of Libya attended a summit on immigration hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Aug 29 12:31

STUDY: DOPING WESTERN CULTURES WITH OXYTOCIN WILL CURE HATRED OF REFUGEES

A group of researchers from Germany and the United States have published a study which concludes that doping ‘xenophobic’ populations with massive quantities of the estrogen-linked hormone Oxytocin will cure nationalism – making native citizens more accepting and generous towards migrants who simply want free handouts from Western taxpayers while Islamic extremists peacefully rape and murder infidels.

Aug 29 11:14

Netanyahu Faces Arrest Charges If He Sets Foot in Spain

Israeli Prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu and other government officials are to be arrested if they ever show up in Spain.

Former PM and minister of Army, Ehud Barak, current minister of army Avigdor Lieberman, former minister of strategic affairs Moshe Yaalon, former interior minister Eli Yishai, israel geologist and politician Benny Begin and vice admiral Maron Eliezer, were also named in the list of arrest.

Reportedly, Spanish national court judge Jose de la Mata ordered the Spanish police to alert him if Netanyahu or any of the other government officials come to Spain.

This is after Israeli forces attacked Gaza Freedom Flotilla in 2010 which is affiliated to a humanitarian solidarity movement that stands in solidarity with Gaza against human rights violations.

Aug 29 10:49

Spain: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

When the Catalans goes to the polls Oct. 1, much more than independence for Spain’s restive province will be at stake. In many ways the vote will be a sounding board for Spain’s future, but it is also a test of whether the European Union—divided between north and south, east and west—can long endure.

Aug 29 10:25

'Absolutely bonkers' EU ban on powerful vacuum cleaners set to spark major sales rush

EU RULES that will suck the power out of vacuum cleaners are poised to cause a stampede at electrical stores.

Aug 29 10:24

SPAIN IN CRISIS: Catalonia vows to hold independence referendum against PM's wishes

SPAIN could be on the brink of collapse after politicians in Catalonia vowed to hold a landmark vote on independence.

Aug 29 10:13

Leaked photo ends Amsterdam Police cover up; names Khalid Karmaoui as man ramming car through crowd, wounding eight

An Amsterdam Police spokesperson has now responded by saying the picture indeed seems to show a police system, and that they’re “taking this very seriously“.

By the way, Maarten van Dun, a Dutch reporter for the local Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool, came out on Twitter saying the man’s name had been known to journalists for a long time, but said that his newspaper decided that:

“Origin and background alone are never news. The same holds for this time.”
In other words: both the police and media withheld this information from the public.

Aug 29 10:10

Moderate Muslim kick a French woman violently into the buttocks. No respect for women! DISGUSTING!

Aug 29 09:18

Four Multinational Battlegroups in Baltic States 'Fully Operational' - NATO

NATO's four multinational battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are fully operational and represent a "defensive and proportionate deterrent force," the alliance said in a statement on Monday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — It was stated that establishment of these multinational troops was a part of the alliance's policy to boost its military presence in Eastern Europe, adopted at the 2016 Warsaw Summit.

"NATO’s four multinational battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are now fully operational. This milestone comes after the Canadian-led battlegroup based at Camp Adazi in Latvia became the fourth battlegroup to complete its Certification Exercise," the press release read.

According to the statement, the battlegroups in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland are led by Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States respectively.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just from where, precisely, does NATO believe that such an "attack" would come from, Russia?!?

Russia's Putin is many things; but one of them is not stupid.

He is a master chess player, who is a zillion moves ahead of NATO right now.

Whatever he wanted to bring to bear, in response and retaliation to those sanctions placed against Russia and the EU would not be military; they would be economic, and asymmetric.

Aug 28 09:12

Europe: How Bond Investors Get Wiped Out

Aug 28 07:40

Thousands of migrants trying to reach Britain from Spanish port of Bilbao

The port has become an alternative route into the UK and has been described locally as “a problem of the first order”.

Police have stopped 1,765 failed stowaways at the port so far this year – five times more than in all of 2016.

Tented encampments have grown up near the ferry terminal, under motorways and in abandoned properties.

Aug 28 06:57

Monkey See: Scheduled Russian Military Border Drills Get Matching NATO Maneuvers

An upcoming series of regularly-scheduled large-scale Russian military drills in the Baltic and elsewhere in the country has NATO scrambling to respond to what it says could be threatening gestures.

A regularly-scheduled series of large-scale military exercises, called Zapad-2017, has gotten the focused attention of NATO brass, who have suggested that similar drills by the west set to coincide with Moscow's established September exercises could create a dangerous situation involving possible military miscalculations, according to military.com.

"It will be getting crowded, especially in the Baltic Sea area," according to the Polish European Leadership Network security analyst Lukasz Kulesa.

"We will be watching each others' exercises," Kulesa said, adding, "so there's always a risk of an incident or accident."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In looking at NATO's military posture, which has included the literal circling Russia's borders, and looking at the massive NATO exercises ongoing, if you were Vladimir Putin, would you not respond in kind?!?

Unfortunately, I think NATO's accusation about potentially "threatening gestures" resulting from these exercises telegraphs that there will be some kind of "false flag", to be blamed on Russia as the prelude toward war against it.

I hope to heck that I am wrong, but this seems to be to where all this is Russophobic talk is leading.

Aug 28 04:16

Apologia of Virginia Raggi, mayor of Rome

Rome is a crossroads of economic, political and religious interests, the seat of the Italian government, but also of the Vatican, the center of world Catholic Christianity. Because of its central role in Italian politics and its history of eternal city, Rome has accumulated a series of problems and conflicts that have brought, in their recent form, to an upsurge of the traditional political structures and the election as mayor of a person who does not belong to the already established political structures. The mayor currently in office, Mrs. Virginia Raggi, comes in fact from a relatively new political party and largely unrelated to those forms of agreement that have transformed Rome and the Italian res publica into a manger for corrupt politicians and ugly dealmakers. In order to understand how this woman became mayor of Rome in June 2016, by harassing her opponents, one must remember well what happened in the months before her election. Remember is the exact word.

Aug 27 10:50

Italy gang rape: Tourist attacked in front of boyfriend at seaside resort

Police said the vicious attack on the Polish couple, who are 26-years-old, took place in Rimini on the Adriatic coast of Italy.

The man was beaten on the head and robbed according to Italian police.

The woman was raped repeatedly by four men early on Saturday on a stretch of the beach in Rimini, which is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Italy.

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Italian newspaper Ansa said the girl's attackers have been described as dark skinned.

Aug 26 10:41

‘You won’t rule Europe’ Poland PM in furious attack on Macron and blasts him as 'arrogant'

EMMANUEL Macron has been branded “arrogant” by Polish Prime Minister Beata Syzdlo as she warned the Frenchman he will not rule Europe.

Aug 26 08:23

NATO says Russia should be transparent about its military drills

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday the alliance would closely watch Russian military exercises in western Russia and Belarus next month, urging Moscow to be transparent about the drills.

The maneuvers, the largest in years, with tanks, naval and air units operating in and around the Baltic and North Sea, have raised NATO’s concern that the official number of troops participating might be understated.

“We are going to be watching very closely the course of these exercises,” Stoltenberg told reporters after meeting Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on a visit to check on the deployment of the U.S.-led alliance’s forces in the country’s east.

“All countries have the right to exercises of their armed forces, but the countries should also respect the obligation to be transparent.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I NATO'S Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, I would not be speaking of "Russian Transparency" in these drills, but rather on the issue of mutual cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

Talking, then acting together, in accord, on these areas, will do far better to ratchet down tensions between Europe and Russia than an accusatory statement about the lack of transparency (whatever the heck that is) in Russia's military drills.

Aug 25 10:34

Emmanuel Macron wants to replicate Merkel and RULE the European Union, says biographer

EMMANUEL MACRON is aiming to replicate his German colleague Angela Merkel as he hopes to “completely reform” the European Union, according to his biographer.

Aug 25 10:34

Macron's Europe ULTIMATUM: French president ORDERS EU to support his reforms… or CRUMBLE

EMMANUEL Macron has risked falling out with his European allies after sensationally claiming the EU risks collapse unless the bloc’s cheap labour rule is overhauled.

Aug 24 08:56

Rome police disperse rioting migrants with water cannons

Aug 24 08:54

'Time for GERMANY to lead Europe!' Merkel urged to boost German military as USA 'is weak'

GERMANY should abandon its military reluctance and lead Europe, Angela Merkel has been told by a leading historian.

Aug 24 08:51

The United Nations Issues A Warning For The US

The indictment for the Awans is missing something very important according to the former State Attorney. The corporate media is trying to push the idea that the incident with the USS McCain might have been caused by hacking.

Aug 24 08:10

‘More jihadists heading to Europe posing as migrants,’ Libya’s PM warns

EUROPE will be at the mercy of terrorists posing as migrants until the refugee tide crossing the Mediterranean is stopped, Britain was warned last night.

Aug 24 01:55

Diplomat says Transnistria will not agree to Moldova’s controlling its borders

The unrecognized Republic of Transnistria will continue to seek Moldova’s refusal to establish control over its borders despite the launch of the first checkpoint, Transnistria’s Foreign Minister Vitaly Ignatiev said on Wednesday following meeting with Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Gheorghe Balan in the city of Bender. "If someone has any illusions that this issue will not be discussed, I assure you that it will be discussed at all levels of the negotiation process until the restrictions are removed," Ignatiev said, adding that a note of protest was handed over to Moldova’s representative on Wednesday. In May 2017, first representatives of Moldova’s border guard and customs services appeared on the Transnistrian segment of the border, which is not controlled by Chisinau. They are located at the Ukrainian checkpoint Kuchurgan-Pervomaisk, which handles more than 70% of all trade operations in Transnistria.

Aug 24 01:40

Spy scandal: NATO uses Macedonia against Serbia

Intelligence services of leading NATO countries have recently intensified their subversive activities against Serbia. Today, this is the only republic of the former Yugoslavia that does not want to join the North Atlantic Alliance. Belgrade accuses its neighbor Macedonia of espionage with the participation of a foreign factor, which is, of course, NATO. Will Belgrade be able to maintain its independence in the struggle? Today, Serbia is the only bastion on the territory of the former Yugoslavia that remains opposed to NATO's expansion in the region. All other republics of the former Yugoslavia have either already joined the North Atlantic Alliance (Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro), or are only going to do it (Macedonia). It is no coincidence a big diplomatic scandal has recently broken out between Serbia and Macedonia.

Aug 23 09:06

EU Approves $118Mln Aid Package to Support Reforms in Afghanistan

The European Union approved on Monday an aid package to Afghanistan worth 100 million euros ($118 million) under a State Building Contract (SBC) signed with the Afghan government to support implementation of key reforms aimed at ensuring macroeconomic stability, improving public financial management, state budget transparency and development policies, Delegation of the European Union to Afghanistan said in a statement.

Aug 23 08:38

EU has just weeks to relocate 130 THOUSAND migrants as bloc to fail on ANOTHER pledge

THE European Union is set to fail on its pledge to relocate hundreds of thousands of migrants across the Brussels bloc as Mediterranean nations deal with the brunt of the crisis.

Aug 23 07:56

Germany MUST pay! Pressure mounts on Merkel as majority of Poles demand WW2 reparations

A recent IPSOS survey for TVP’s News programme found that an overwhelming majority - 63 per cent - of Poles wanted Germany to pay up for damages inflicted on the country during World War 2.

Aug 22 15:47

UK condemned over 'shocking' export of deadly weedkiller to poorer countries

A highly toxic weedkiller not authorised for use in the EU is being exported to developing countries from a UK factory. Paraquat, a pesticide so lethal that a single sip can be fatal, has caused thousands of accidental deaths and suicides globally, and was outlawed by EU states in 2007.

Aug 22 15:10

Polish Government Demands War Reparations From Germany

The Polish government of the Law and Justice party (PiS) announced earlier this month that it would demand reparations from Germany for the massive damage done to the country under the Nazi occupation in World War II. Just a few days earlier, the European Union had initiated legal proceedings against Poland which could result in the country losing its voting rights in the EU.

Aug 22 12:06

EU Enabling ‘Free Movement Of Terrorists’ – Farage

Free movement around the European Union (EU) allows terrorists to easily cross international borders and commit mass murder, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said.

Security forces across the bloc are currently hunting for a terrorist linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) after he rammed a van into tourists on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, killing 13.

Aug 22 10:27

Germany, France and Italy plot EU power to BLOCK 'politically motivated' Chinese takeovers

BRUSSELS should be given powers to rule on whether or not Chinese takeovers of major European companies are motivated by political rather than economic goals, a major report says today.

Aug 22 10:26

'Bad choice' Macron's popularity plummets as he scrambles to please EU on France's deficit

EMMANUEL Macron’s popularity rating has plummeted to one of the lowest on record for a new French president as he struggles to force through unpopular policies designed to placate EU beancounters.

Aug 22 10:23

Armed force ‘led by former MAFIA boss’ causing dramatic reduction in migrants to Italy

A “FORMER Mafia boss” is conducting a “very strong” campaign to stop migrant boats from leaving Libya, causing a sudden drop in numbers over the past month, sources in the area revealed.

Aug 22 10:01

NATO Drills: Bulgarian Soldiers Refused to Shoot Targets with Russian Signs

How fragile the NATO ranks are is illustrated by the following incident that happened at the Noble Jump exercise (NOJP 17) held in June in Romania. Military units from 11 NATO countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Greece, Spain, Latvia, Holland, Norway, Poland, Romania and the USA took part in the drills. During the shooting at the training grounds, the Bulgarian soldiers flatly refused to shoot as “Russian identification marks have been placed on the targets, and they won’t shoot at Russians!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This does not augur well for NATO readiness at any level, should there be an actual, verifiable "threat" against it.

Aug 22 09:53

Sweden increases military spending and reintroduces conscription as Russia tensions mount

Scandinavian nation's armed forces receive £190 million in additional funding under cross-party agreement to bolster defences against threat posed by neighbouring superpower

Aug 21 09:19

EU is ENDANGERING OUR LIVES: Nigel Farage’s furious attack on weak Brussels leaders

FORMER Ukip leader Nigel Farage accused of "endangering" the lives of EU citizens by failing to establish a stronger security policy to protect them from terror attacks such as Barcelona.

Aug 21 08:31

More Europeans' Consider Idea to Send Those Posing Threat to States of Origin

"We need to resolve the political problems. We need to stop thinking that by putting more police, more military we will resolve the problem," Kader Abderrahim, a research fellow at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) and lecturer at Sciences Po university, told Sputnik.

According to IRIS fellow Abderrahim, in today’s globalized world closing borders does not make any sense.

Aug 20 18:50

Barcelona terror attackers had been making bombs undisturbed for SIX MONTHS

SPANISH police chief Josep Lluis Trapero insisted today his force had a "clear conscience" as it emerged several of the 12 Catalan terror suspects had been using a house where bombs were being prepared for more than six months.

Aug 18 11:22

Caught On Tape: Spanish Police Kill Five Terrorist In Separate Terror Plot

Update: The police force for Spain’s Catalonia region says its troopers shot and killed four suspects and wounded a fifth in a resort town south of Barcelona to “respond to a terrorist attack.” The regional police said in a tweet that they are investigating whether the Cambrils suspects were wearing explosive vests. Its officers planned to carry out several controlled explosions. The force says it is working on the theory that the Cambrils suspects were linked to the Barcelona attack, as well as to a Wednesday night explosion in the town of Alcanar in which one person was killed.

Subsequently, the police said the fifth suspect shot in the resort town of Cambrils has died and six civilians have been injured. Police earlier Friday morning had said four suspects had been killed in the town south of Barcelona during a police operation to “respond to a terrorist attack.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That this is becoming the "new normal" for not only Spain, but also for all of Europe, breaks my heart..

This is why immigrants need to be thoroughly vetted, to attempt to prevent catastrophes like this.

Aug 18 10:39

Two killed in stabbing in Turku, Finland

Two people have been killed by an unidentified knifeman who stabbed several passers-by in Finland’s city of Turku on Friday, a Finnish police official said at a press conference. "Eight people have been wounded and two of them have died," he said. The police authorities noted that one person is suspected in connection with the terror attack. He is in hospital now. Finland’s Ministry of the Interior said he is not a Finnish citizen. Police earlier reported that an unidentified knifeman stabbed a few people in downtown Turku. Police officers opened fire on the attacker, wounding him in the leg. He was detained. Law enforcement authorities ask people to avoid the city center. The Reuters news agency reported that security measures in Helsinki’s airport and railway stations were tightened due to the incident.

Aug 18 10:19

Spain attacks: Police shoot dead 5 suspects in 12 hours of terror

A wide-ranging anti-terror operation was under way in Spain on Friday after police killed five men wearing fake suicide belts in a town south of Barcelona, hours after a van mowed down dozens of people in the heart of the city.

Why wear a fake suicide belt?

Aug 18 07:58

URBAN WARFARE: NATO ISSUES RFP FOR TRAINING TO FIGHT IN BIG CITIES WITH "DENSE, INTERCONNECTED POPULATIONS"

Throughout the 2016 campaigning cycle, then candidate Trump frequently criticized NATO as “obsolete” and repeatedly knocked allies for not paying their “fair share.”

Then, in a shocking reversal, Trump hosted a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, just a few months after moving into the White House, in which he declared: "I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete."

"The Secretary General and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO could do in the fight against terrorism. I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change. And now they do fight terrorism. I said it was obsolete. It's no longer obsolete."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that NATO is looking to assassinate whole populations, in Europe and beyond, into slave-like compliance to their dictates, with this kind of training.

Aug 18 06:46

Media: Islamic State Barcelona attack sends ripples

When asked about the consequences of this terrorist attack, Spanish political expert and Director of the El Semanal Digital publication Antoni Naranjo answered briefly, "unity", in an interview with the paper. He noted that, in the wake of the attack, employees of El Prat Airport decided to end the large-scale indefinite strike, which had significantly hampered the work of Barcelona’s major air hub. Meanwhile, member of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party Juan Moscoso del Prado informed Izvestia that the fact that Barcelona had been chosen by terrorists as a target is no coincidence. The politician recalled that the city is very popular with tourists, and it is very easy for terrorists to find a place for a potential attack. Apparently, jihadists are behind the attack, since the greatest number of extremist groups is in the region, he noted. Every successful terrorist attack is replicated, retired FSB Colonel Vladimir Lutsenko explained to Kommersant.

Aug 18 06:44

‘They have caused this’ Nigel Farage blasts European leaders after fatal Barcelona attack

Farage said: “What happens is they all stand up and they say ‘We stand in solidarity with Barcelona, or Brussels, or Stockholm, or Paris, or London or wherever it may be, and this is really truly awful’.

“There is no understanding of why this is going on and not once, not once, do we ever hear a single leader in Europe offer any policy solution whatsoever.

“They are still in denial, and my only guess is that they are so embarrassed by the fact that they have caused this.”

Aug 18 06:38

Spain hopes for cooperation with Russia in fighting terrorism

Successful fighting terrorism requires common effort, and Spain hopes for cooperation with Russia in this sphere, Spain’s Ambassador to Russia Ignacio on Friday after the mourning ceremony by the embassy in Moscow.
Barcelona terror attack caused by illegal migration, Hungarian diplomat says http://tass.com/world/960938

Aug 18 06:17

Up to 3,000 jihadists expected to come to Europe in near future

Up to 3,000 jihadists are expected to come to Europe in the coming years, experts from RAN analytical center said. In their opinion, the militants, who had left European countries to fight on the side of terrorists, are coming back to their homes now. The number of terrorists coming to Europe may increase dramatically should the Islamic State terrorist group declare its defeat. The experts also said that a third of Europeans, who had left for the war, have already returned home. Most of them remain under police surveillance, but others managed to escape from the sight of the authorities. Most of those terrorists have suffered psychic traumas as they have either taken part in brutal hostilities or eyewitnessed violence, RAN researchers say. More than 42,000 foreign soldiers from more than 120 countries joined the ranks of jihadists from 2011 to 2016. About 5,000 people left European countries to struggle "in the name of Islam."

Aug 17 23:45

Spanish police confirm four terrorists shot dead in Cambrils

"Four people were killed in Cambrils, another is arrested, wounded," the police said. The fifth person has since died. According to media reports, the suspects tried to commit a terrorist act in Cambrils, similar to what happened in Barcelona earlier. At least seven people, including a policeman, were wounded in the attack, according to Twitter account of emergency services in Catalonia. The Catalan police believe that the terrorist attack in Cambrils might be related to the previous attack on pedestrians in Barcelona and an explosion in an apartment building in Alcanar, where one person was killed and at least one other wounded in an explosion that destroyed a house.
Citizens of 18 countries suffered in Barcelona terror attack http://tass.com/world/960881
Reuters: At least 100 people injured in Barcelona terror attack http://tass.com/world/960879

Aug 17 12:42

THERESA MAY REJECTS APPEAL FROM 9/11 SURVIVORS TO RELEASE SUPPRESSED SAUDI ARABIA TERROR REPORT

Theresa May has rejected an appeal from survivors of the 9/11 attacks to make public a suppressed report into the role of Saudi Arabia in funding Islamist extremism in the UK. Earlier this summer, the British government announced it had decided not to publish the information, citing national security reasons and the “vast amount of personal information” it contained.

Aug 17 11:49

Latest: Barcelona - Massacre in terrorist attack. Developing story

13 people have been murdered in Barcelona in a terrorist attack, when a van rammed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas, a popular pedestrian street with lateral carriageways for traffic. A photograph has been released of one of the main suspects, believed to be the young man who rented the van used in the attack and the one driving it in the incident and there are also reports that he rented a second van; he is described as "a man with 1.70 meters in height" with a North African or Middle Eastern appearance. He left the van and ran off through the neighboring marketplace. The center of the city has been cordoned off by the police. So far the latest information from the Spanish healthcare services indicates that 56 people have been taken to hospitals. Ten people are considered as seriously injured. A second van believed to have possibly been rented by the same man who perpetrated the attack has been found by police in the nearby town of Vic.

Aug 17 09:37

Spanish coastguard rescues 600 migrants in 24 hours, amid surge in arrivals via Morocco

Since the start of 2017, more than 8,000 migrants have used the so-called Western Mediterranean Route from Morocco into Spain, compared to 2,500 during the same period last year. The IOM says migrants may be choosing it as a “safe route” amid a crackdown in Libya at the behest of the European Union.

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