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Apr 11 07:15

Dublin City Council votes for Israel boycott

Dublin City Council passed a motion Monday night endorsing the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel.

And on Tuesday, Israel claimed to have barred Dublin’s mayor from entering territory it controls, but a short time later the mayor appeared to be tweeting from Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

“Since its violent establishment in 1948 through the ethnic cleansing of more than half of the indigenous people of Palestine, the state of Israel has denied Palestinians their fundamental rights and has refused to comply with international law,” the motion states.

It adds that: “Israel continues to illegally occupy and colonize Palestinian land, discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel, imposes an inhumane blockade and siege of Gaza and denies Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes.”

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Apr 10 21:52

THE FULL LIST OF U.S. MILITARY – WARS AND INTERVENTIONS FROM WOUNDED KNEE TO SYRIA: A CENTURY OF U.S. MILITARY INTERVENTIONS

by Dr. Zoltan Grossman

The following is a partial list of U.S. military interventions from 1890 to 2014.

Below the list is a Briefing on the History of U.S. Military Interventions.

The list and briefing are also available as a powerpoint presentation.

COUNTRY OR STATE Dates of intervention Forces Comments
SOUTH DAKOTA 1890 (-?) Troops 300 Lakota Indians massacred at Wounded Knee.
ARGENTINA 1890 Troops Buenos Aires interests protected.
CHILE 1891 Troops Marines clash with nationalist rebels.
HAITI 1891 Troops Black revolt on Navassa defeated.
IDAHO 1892 Troops Army suppresses silver miners’ strike.
HAWAII 1893 (-?) Naval, troops Independent kingdom overthrown, annexed.
CHICAGO 1894 Troops Breaking of rail strike, 34 killed.

Apr 10 14:59

UN unable to independently verify the allegations of chemical attack in Douma

What I will tell you once again is that there is absolutely zero reason that Assad would do this.

What I will also tell you once again is that even if he did do it, it is none of our business as Americans.

Apr 10 14:46

Time to safeguard global free trade

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Over a year ago at Davos, President Xi Jinping stressed the need for global cooperation to sustain the global recovery. In a trade war, he said, “no one will emerge as a winner.”

In the White House, that wisdom got lost in translation. Now the only question is how costly that policy mistake will prove.
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As US sovereign debt now exceeds $20.7 trillion, 107 percent of GDP, and Trump’s infrastructure initiative is fueled by record-high leverage, the trade dispute is undermining critical sources of US revenue.

Trump’s trade gambit is escalating at a time when even rising interest rates can no longer ensure a strong dollar. Moreover, with $1.2 trillion of US debt, China remains the largest foreign holder of US Treasuries.

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Apr 10 09:10

Despacito bounce back and Comes again after hacked by hackers in YouTube

Despacito video is hacked and deleted from YouTube. It’s the most viewed video on youtube and this is the first youtube video have got 5bn views in the history.

Apr 10 08:44

Macron and Verhofstadt in NEW EUROPE PLOT: Pair to meet over future of EU

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron is to meet with Guy Verhofstadt just days after the Belgian MEP called for a “new, dynamic, centralist Europe”.

The two men will discuss Mr Macron’s speech at the upcoming plenary session in Strasbourg next week.

The French PM will be discussing the “future of Europe” amid his plans to further integrate the EU, reform the election system and introduce a eurozone finance minister.

Last year, the French President set out his desire for a common budget, a finance minister, coordination on issues like tax and a parliament for the 19 members of the eurozone.

The French president has said that 2018 will be “decisive” for Europe as he pushes forward plans for EU integration.

Apr 10 08:43

'You're positively TOXIC!' Humphrys hits out at Tony Blair on calls for NEW centrist party

The former Prime Minister shut down claims he is looking to start a new centrist party in Britain but was caught out by the BBC host over his campaign for global change, which promotes centrist policies.

Tony Blair claimed there is a blank space for a centrist party in Britain as the Tory Party becomes “defined by Brexit” and engages in “narrow-minded nationalism” while Labour becomes increasingly engulfed in “far left” politics.

Mr Blair said he would like to make clear that he is not “advocating or involved” in a centrist party but John Humphrys hit back and asked whether the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is putting together the infrastructure for a new political party.

Apr 10 08:43

‘Enormous setback!’ Meddling Hillary Clinton wades into Brexit row with Northern Ireland

HILLARY Clinton has waded into the Brexit debate by warning Government officials against agreeing to any deal which would see a return of a hard border on the island of Ireland, branding the prospect “an enormous setback”.

Apr 10 08:10

Ukraine To Attend G7 For The First Time

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavel Klimkin, will attend the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) in Canada.

According to the Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko, this will be the first time that officially Kiev participates in the G7 event.

“The time has come for serious, strategic decisions on Ukraine and Russia, and how to appeal to the world on the international agenda. We are glad that Ukraine will be able to join the difficult but critically needed conversation and look forward to making a valuable contribution to future joint decisions ” , – he said.

Apr 10 07:59

EU election observers deploy across Lebanon

The European Union Election Observation Mission Tuesday deployed 24 long-term observers to 12 different locations in Lebanon, to begin their efforts to support credible, transparent and inclusive parliamentary elections.

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Funny how observers are only sent to elections whose outcome may go against the observers' agenda.

Apr 09 11:11

Russian official claims NATO has crossed the red line

Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Alexander Grushko, said on the sidelines of Valdai Discussion Club that NATO had crossed the red line by increasing its military presence near Russian borders. According to him, security in Europe was based on measures of restraint for many years, but "now, thanks to NATO, we have a military dimension, it was their choice, they crossed the red line." There is no justification for NATO's military building up near the borders of Russia, Grushko said. At the same time, Moscow will always be able to defend its borders. "We have preserved the military-industrial complex, which gives us a possibility to respond asymmetrically when necessary." As for the situation with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, Grushko said that the West was trying to find an excuse for colossal spending.

Apr 09 09:09

In Latest Humiliation For Brussels, Viktor Orban Wins Hungary Elections In Landslide Victory

In the latest embarrassment for Europe's establishment, the ostracized - by Brussels - Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán, who has waged a relentless vendetta against George Soros in the past year, just won a landslide victory in Hunary's parliamentary elections.

Earlier on Sunday, 8 million Hungarians went to the polls to elect a 199-seat parliament in the 2018 general elections, which many expected would see the incumbent Prime Minister Viktor Orbán- and his right-wing Fidesz party - win his third consecutive term. And, as covered here on numerous prior occasions, Orban's campaign had been centered around anti-immigration policies, an especially sensitive topic not only in Hungary and Central Europe, but across the old continent.

Apr 08 07:40

Irish students, teachers vote for solidarity with Palestine

Condemning Israel’s “brutal” military occupation and grave human rights abuses, the Union of Students in Ireland voted to join the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian rights.

The union, which represents approximately 374,000 students in higher education across the country, resolved to boycott Israeli institutions which are “complicit in normalizing, providing intellectual cover for and supporting settler-colonialism” and to lobby Irish universities to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s rights violations.

It also affirmed the right of return for Palestinian refugees expelled by Israel and declared that the BDS campaign “is a strategy for effective solidarity, not a dogma or ideology and certainly not an attack upon Jewish communities or individuals.”

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Apr 07 06:17

Belgian Islamic Party Announces ‘100 Per Cent Islamic State’ as End Goal

The Belgian Islamic party Partij Islam is set to run candidates in 28 municipalities in the upcoming Belgian municipal elections, and have declared their intention to create an Islamic State in which women and men have to ride in separate buses.

Apr 07 06:16

The Salisbury Incident. Manipulating Fear, Heightening Hysteria of a Russian Threat. The Need for a Genuine Anti-war Movement

There is no doubt that Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Amber Rudd, et al, have worked hard to achieve a consensus amongst NATO and EU states, and has had some success in persuading other leaders to condemn and react to the unproven Russian involvement.

Many of these leaders, perhaps, have reasons of their own for latching on to such a flimsy agreement. France, Germany, Italy, and Holland are among a number of nations reeling from their own domestic political turbulence. Collapsing centrist parties have watched their traditional voter bases divide and file off to the left and right, as all over Europe the political polarisation hardens. Being seen to be part of a new unified front will, they hope, strengthen their domestic positions. It is a familiar response from desperate neoliberal administrations; instead of taking responsibility for the declining interest in their policies, they would rather fall back on the policy of fear in a dangerous attempt to appear ‘strong and stable’.

Apr 07 06:13

UNHRC Has Sided With George Soros Against Hungarian People – Foreign Minister

The Hungarian government has clashed with the European Union on a number of occasions over their differing approaches to immigration and how to handle the migrant crisis. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held this weekend, on April 8, and the candidates' stances on immigration is a key differentiating factor.

Hungary’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has sided with George Soros and pro-Soros parties in the upcoming election.

“The Committee [UNHRC] has clearly taken sides with George Soros and migrants against the Hungarian people. It is unacceptable that the rights of migrants are more important for the Committee than the right of the Hungarian people to security,” the minister said on April 6 according to a government press release.

Apr 07 05:56

Majority of Bulgarians Back Gov't Refusal to Copy West Over Skripal Case – Poll

The overwhelming majority (88 percent) of Bulgarian citizens supported their government's decision to not expel Russian diplomats over the poisoning of former GRU agent Sergei Skripal on UK soil due to lack of evidence of Russia's involvement in the incident, according to a poll conducted by the Gallup International Institute.

Apr 06 16:00

'The Russians are coming!' Faulty warning siren sparks fears of 'invasion' in sleepy Norwegian town near border

A faulty warning siren sparked fears of a late-night Russian invasion in a sleepy Norwegian town just miles from the border.

Frightened locals called the police when the Civil Defence alarm went off in Vadso.

Anxious residents feared a war had broken out when the wailing siren sparked panic just before midnight on Wednesday, the local police force revealed.

Russian troops weren't flooding across the border, but it remained unclear what caused the alarm to go off.

Apr 06 13:05

Video: “The Art of Warfare”: US-NATO Military Occupation of the EU. The Shengen Area Taken Over by NATO Forces

The European Commission presented the Action Plan on Military Mobility on 28 March. “By facilitating military mobility within the EU, – explains the foreign representative of the Union, Federica Mogherini – we can be more effective in reacting when challenges arise”. Even if she does not say so, the reference to “Russian aggression” is evident.

The Action Plan was actually decided not by the EU, but by the Pentagon and NATO. In 2015, General Ben Hodges, commander of US gound forces in Europe (US Army Europe), called for the establishment of a “military Schengen Area” so that, to face “Russian aggression”, US forces could move quickly from one European country to another, without being slowed down by national regulations and customs procedures. (Manlio Denucci)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although the narrative is in Italian, with subtitles in English, it is painfully obvious that we are seeing more demonization of Russia, by this plan for a "Military shengen" in Europe.

I would like to be able to say that a potential meeting between Putin and Trump might de-escalate the preparations for war in Europe, but looking at this video, I am vary unsure that it will.

Apr 06 11:32

Welcome to Brussels - one of Europe's most polluted cities

It's the de-facto capital of Europe, but also one of the most polluted cities in Europe. Brussels' unenviable pollution record is down, in part, to a high percentage of diesel cars on its roads.

People who live in the city are trying to help themselves.

Armed with an app and detection device, one group is taking to the streets to measure the quality of the city's air.

"People who live here in Brussels near the main roads, when they have children between two and five years-old will experience more bronchiolitis, a chronic irritation of bronchitis," said Lieving Chemin from the 'BRAL' association.

"Children under six years who grow up in the city will be more likely to develop asthma and a lung disability that will stay a long time."

Over 600 premature deaths

Apr 06 09:20

Turkey hands out 'warnings' to US, Iraq, Kurds, Cyprus, and Greece

Turkey’s National Security Council headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday threatened that Ankara would “take action” to drive out Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq if the United States and Baghdad failed to do so.

The council’s monthly meeting in Ankara, comprised of civilian and military Turkish leadership, lasted four hours.

“Turkey will not hesitate to use initiative if terrorists in Manbij are not driven away,” a statement on Erdogan’s presidential website read, warning the US whose special forces there in the northern Syrian town continue to work with Kurdish-led groups.

Manbij has become a new flashpoint after Turkey’s Russian-approved invasion of Afrin westward.

Apr 06 09:03

Refugee Mosque Plans on Small Scottish Island ‘Threat’ to Liberty, ‘Unwelcome’, Says Christian Community

Church leaders of the staunchly-Christian community on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, have called plans to build a mosque for just six Syrian refugee families a “threat” to “religious and civil liberties”.

Leeds businessman Aihtsham Rashid, who lives more than 500 miles away from the small Outer Hebrides settlement, has already raised more than £20,000 of the £50,000 target to convert a derelict building into a mosque, reports The Herald.

Crowdfunding after Western Isles Council approved a planning application for the first mosque on the Isle of Lewis, which has just 8,000 inhabitants, Mr. Rashid said that he had been “personally requested” to help the “Syrian refugee community”.

“I am aiming to get this mosque up and running by Ramadhan to enable the local Muslims to read their first tarawee prayers,” he wrote on the crowdfunding page.

Apr 06 09:02

The Army needs more trained armor units for Europe. This one’s getting ready

The Army wanted more armor so a former infantry unit is now training with tanks.

Soldiers with Delta Tank Company, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division began initial training with upgraded M1A1 tanks at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

“The Abrams is the most lethal land warfare platform, battle-tested in both Desert Storm and Iraq,” Capt. Freddy Mitchell, the Delta commander, said in a Defense Department release. “This tank brings another long-range, direct-fire weapons system to our brigade.”

Apr 06 09:02

Turkey Accused of Allowing Migrants to ‘Surge’ into Europe as Europol Tracks 65,000 People-Smugglers

Turkey has been accused of allowing migrants to “surge” into Greece amid a dispute over EU funding, as Europol reveals they are tracking some 65,000 people-smugglers.

Greece was on the frontline at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, with over 800,000 arriving from Turkey by sea over the course of the year.

The influx was reduced dramatically after the European Union agreed to transfer some 3 billion euros to the Turkish government to stem the influx, but Ankara has been accused of loosening its borders again and allowing over 5,000 migrants to enter Greece over the first two months of 2018.

Apr 06 08:31

'Stupid Decision': Italian Ruling Parties Outraged Over Skripal Case Expulsions

The coalition of center-right and right-wing parties, who won the majority in the new Italian government, lambasted the decision of the outbound Cabinet to expel Russian diplomats amid political uncertainty

The anti-immigrant eurosceptic Lega Nord as well as the center-right Forza Italia and Brothers of Italy parties have condemned the decision of the outgoing government to follow the UK lead and get in a diplomatic row with Russia. According to them, the step can possibly entail grave consequences for the new ministers.

Apr 06 08:29

Russia SHOCK CLAIM: 17 countries were PRESSURED by USA and UK to stand against Putin

RUSSIAN Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko claimed the international community has shown a clear intention to disassociate itself from the UK and the US over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal following the failed Russian proposal of a new joint investigation of the case.

Apr 06 07:48

EU Unwilling to Change, Expand Existing Iran Nuclear Deal – Diplomatic Source

The European Union has no plans to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran despite calls from the Trump administration, a diplomatic source in Washington said.

Asked how EU nations felt about US efforts to reach an additional pact on Iran with UK, German and French negotiators, the diplomat told RIA Novosti, "This is not a European position."

The three EU powers have been in talks with the US administration on how to persuade President Donald Trump to extend sanction waivers for Iran past the May 12 deadline after he threatened to pull his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if it is not fixed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed at the meeting in Ankara that both countries shared the belief in the importance of preserving the nuclear deal with Iran, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Sputnik.

Apr 06 07:43

Czech ex-President Klaus condemns expulsion of diplomats, extradition of a Russian to US

Ex-President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus has condemned the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Prague and the extradition of the alleged Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin to the US. Klaus, the president in 2003-2013, considers the expulsion of three diplomats over the Skripal case and the extradition as a mistake by the current authorities, TASS reports. “A political decision was made to [extradite Nikulin] and, in my opinion, it was made fatally bad,” Klaus told the Mlada Fronta Dnes newspaper.

Apr 06 07:41

Businessman Trump sells arms to Europe: Russia

Russia says US President Donald Trump is “a businessman, selling everything,” including weapons to the Baltic countries, something Moscow says will not contribute to global and European security.

“America makes profit and money, and what to Europeans get? Weapons? What for?” Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a weekly briefing in Moscow on Wednesday.

She made the comments a day after the presidents of three Baltic countries, namely Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia, met with Trump in Washington for a summit marking the 100th anniversary of the Baltic nations’ independence.

Apr 05 09:50

German prosecutors lodge a formal application for the deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont to be extradited to Spain

German prosecutors are seeking to extradite former Catalan president to Spain where he could face trial over an independence referendum.

Carles Puigdemont was detained in Germany on March 25 as he attempted to drive from Finland to Belgium, where he currently resides.

Prosecutors in the northern town of Schleswig said they have asked the regional court to formally put him in pre-extradition custody.

The move follows 'intensive examination' of the European arrest warrant issued by Spain's supreme court on March 23.

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Democracy, European style!

Apr 05 09:29

The world is on the brink of 'the last war in the history of mankind', warns Russian ex-general, as tensions between Putin and the West intensify amid fallout over Salisbury spy poisoning

A Russian former general has warned the world is on the brink of 'the last war in the history of mankind' amid the diplomatic fallout over the poisoning of a UK spy.

Evgeny Buzhinskiy, who served 41 years in the Russian military, said expelling diplomats from the EU and US after Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury is creating a situation which is 'worse than the Cold War'.

Asked to explain himself, Mr Buzhinskiy added: 'A real war. Worse than the Cold War is a real war. It will be the last war in the history of mankind.'

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Apr 05 09:20

EU REVOLT: Polish PM reveals the TWELVE nations ready to TOPPLE Macron and Merkel's agenda

POLAND'S Prime Minister has revealed the 12 countries that are ready to mount a revolt against the establishment EU agenda set by Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, in what could be a fundamental power shift in Brussels.

Apr 05 09:19

France to launch 'EUROPEAN ARMY' by June – and the UK is invited to join even AFTER Brexit

FRANCE will launch a deployable European military crisis force in June, French Defence Ministry sources have revealed, as they confirmed the army would work outside of existing European Union efforts.

Apr 05 09:02

Central Europe Nations' Attack Democracy - Advocacy Group

The US Congress should hold hearings on a security threat to NATO and the US from efforts by Poland, Hungary, other Central European allies to weaken Western democratic standards, a group of 60 foreign policy pundits warned in a statement announced in a press release by the advocacy group Human Rights First on Wednesday.

"We call on Congress to hold hearings to address Central Europe's growing democracy deficit, its implications for NATO and the security of the United States," the release said. "Hearings should lead to appropriate policies, actions and resources needed for countering this grave threat to US interests."

The release cited recent measures by Poland and Hungary, which the release claimed had weakened Democracy and, therefore, weakened unity within the NATO alliance.

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Translation: "We gotta bitch-slap those countries back in line with the New World Order!"

Apr 05 08:59

HSBC Swiss Bank Whistleblower Detained in Spain

Herve Falcani, an IT expert at HSBC's Swiss bank, got access to customer files in late 2007 and leaked secret bank account documents, which revealed that HSBC's Swiss banking subsidiary helped its clients to dodge millions in taxes, conceal assets and obtain untraceable cash.

Herve Falcani, a former employee of the Geneva branch of the HSBC bank, who was convicted of espionage after leaking bank clients' data, was arrested by the Spanish police in Madrid, the Spanish Ministry of Internal Affairs reported. An international arrest warrant was issued for him in Switzerland.

Apr 05 08:56

Britain behaving like ‘mafia state’ in Skripal case – OSCE ex-VP Willy Wimmer

The UK is exploiting European solidarity and behaving like a ‘mafia state’ by pushing forward warmongering accusations and excluding Russia from the Skripal poisoning probe, the former vice-president of OSCE assembly told RT.

Britain’s behavior in the Skripal poisoning scandal is “a major danger to international peace,” believes Willy Wimmer, who held the vp position with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) assembly from 1994 to 2000, and who had previously served as state secretary to Germany’s defense minister.

“I think we would call this state a mafia state because it is against all European and international rules and regulations how the British government has behaved in a criminal case with regard to another country,” Wimmer told RT.

Apr 05 08:21

From Ankara to Moscow, Eurasia integration is on the move

The Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union is spreading its wings and gaining strength, with some key projects, big players and big plans in the pipeline

Apr 05 07:19

World’s Most Wanted Bank Whistleblower Was Just Arrested, for the Worst Possible Reason

For a prisoner exchange between Switzerland and Spain? 

Apr 05 06:37

Austrian Chancellor Explains Why Vienna Refused to Expel Russian Diplomats

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“We have good relations with Russia now. We are a neutral country and home to the headquarters of many international organizations such as the UN and OSCE; hundreds of diplomats come here to have talks on neutral ground. That’s why we can develop the role of a bridge between nations,” said Kurz.

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Apr 04 09:37

Ukraine Wants Russia Out Of Peace Negotiations: Will Europe Fall For It?

On March 2nd, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced an upcoming meeting to be held in the German city of Aachen with the leaders of Germany and France on the topic of deploying international peacekeepers to Donbass. According to the newspaper Kommersant, which cited sources close to the Ukrainian president’s administration, these discussions would be held without Russian President Vladimir Putin. In Kommersant’s words, this would essentially be a “Normandy Four” meeting without Moscow.

The Kremlin, meanwhile, in the face of presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, has claimed that it is unaware of such an initiative.

Apr 04 09:31

LEAVE.EU ONCE AGAIN HURTING BREXIT CAUSE

Guido tries not to give Leave.EU too much attention – that is, after all, what they want. With UKIP on 1% in the polls and Brexit progressing, they need to say increasingly bonkers things to maintain the publicity they crave. Leave.EU were not the official Leave campaign – they are, to coin a phrase, a fringe group who do not represent mainstream Brexiters. It says it all that their graphics tend to get retweeted by more Remainers than Brexiters. Julia is right:

Apr 04 09:20

Austrian migrant 'propaganda' play cancelled after outrage

The play has already been shown to between 7,000 and 10,000 children aged 11-17 in schools in Vienna and elsewhere, and the first public performance was due to take place at the capital's Weltmuseum in Friday night, the radio reports said.

But the venue's online programme showed the performance as having been "cancelled". Radio station Oe1 reported that this was "in order have another look at the play and the background".

The play's author Edmund Enge told Oe1 that the roughly 350 teachers who have seen the play gave "almost exclusively positive critique and reactions from all sides".

However fellow public radio station FM4 quoted one unnamed teacher who had seen the play as saying it had "put in danger years of integration work", as well as director Tina Leisch who called it "the stupidest propaganda".

Apr 03 14:31

Brexit Talks Turn Ugly on Gibraltar: UK Prepared to “Go to War With Spain”? Former Tory Leader

Britain has said Spain can have no new powers over Gibraltar, as Brexit prompts hard talk on sovereignty, security, and borders.

“We will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their freely and democratically expressed wishes”, the British prime minister’s office said in a statement on Sunday (2 April).

The British defence minister, foreign minister, and the chief minister of Gibraltar issued similar comments in a debate prompted by the start of Brexit talks last week.

“Gibraltar is going to be protected all the way,” Michael Fallon, the defence chief, told the BBC on Sunday.

Boris Johnson, the foreign minister, said on Facebook:

“The UK remains implacable and rock-like in our support for Gibraltar.”

Apr 03 09:15

'Being cash-free puts us at risk of attack': Swedes turn against cashlessness

No system based on technology is invulnerable to glitches and fraud, says Mattias Skarec, 29, a digital security consultant. Yet Sweden is divided into two camps: the first says “we love the new technology”, while the other just can’t be bothered, Skarec says. “We are naive to think we can abandon cash completely and rely on technology instead.”

Skarec points to problems with card payments experienced by two Swedish banks just during the past year, and by Bank ID, the digital authorisation system that allows people to identify themselves for payment purposes using their phones.

Fraudsters have already learned to exploit the system’s idiosyncrasies to trick people out of large sums of money, even their pensions.

The best case scenario is that we are not as secure as we think, Skarec says – the worst is that IT infrastructure is systemically vulnerable.

Apr 03 09:04

'Being cash-free puts us at risk of attack': Swedes turn against cashlessness

Sweden’s central bank governor has called for public control over its payment system. Others say a fully digital system is vulnerable to fraud and attack

Apr 03 07:58

GALLOWAY: Blair’s still calling the shots, we’re heading towards Brexit in name only

I despise Tony Blair more with every beat of my heart, but I never underestimated him.

I have been saying for well over a year that he would mastermind the come-back of the EU camp in Britain, that he would marshal the financial resources (including his own considerable fortune), he would manipulate the Fifth Column within the Labour Party (which is bigger than any other column in the PLP) he would seduce the Europhile Tories and that he would, as he did for so long, choreograph the commanding heights of the media market. And he has. Moreover, in an interview last week he finally claimed the credit, revealing officially for the first time how deeply and incessantly he has been at work. With demonic energy and fiendish sure-footedness given his cloven hooves he now stands, he thinks, upon the mountaintop.

Apr 03 07:47

US air defense artillery brigade begins new European mission for first time since Cold War

In an echo of the Cold War, a U.S. Army air defense artillery unit is once again deployed to Europe.

Soldiers from the 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, South Carolina National Guard, officially uncased their unit’s flag and colors in a ceremony at the U.S. Army garrison based in Ansbach, Germany, on March 27.

The brigade’s commander, Col. Richard Wholey, said the deployment marked the first time an American air defense artillery brigade had deployed to Europe since the end of the Cold War.

Apr 03 06:13

Serbian opposition urges Belgrade to join post-Soviet security bloc

The opposition Serbian Radical Party called on Belgrade last week to give up military neutrality and join the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a post-Soviet security bloc, one of the party’s leaders Alexander Seselj told Izvestia. The call came in the wake of an arrest of a high-ranking Serb official in Kosovo and mounting tensions in the region. According to Seselj, only the CSTO can ensure Serbia’s security. The party has drawn up a special resolution on the issue, which will be sent to all of the country’s political forces soon. "The Serbs must not allow deepening cooperation between Belgrade and NATO, an organization, which destroyed the former Yugoslavia and is behind the death of more than 2,500 civilians during the bombing in 1999. We do not want to follow the path of Montenegro, which has been drawn into the alliance despite the opinion of local citizens," he stressed.

Apr 03 05:45

Opposing “Attila III” In Cyprus: Nicosia And Athens To Change Strategy

Cyprus and Hellenism are faced with “Attila III “, as Turkey is determined to succeed in the policy of threats and extortion, that it did not succeed in 1964, 1974, 1983, 2004 – control of the Republic of Cyprus. Turkey threatens that if there is no voluntary allegiance, it will attempt to demolish the Republic of Cyprus with a new “invasion.” Although the challenges in the Aegean must not be downgraded, of course, nor will they, it is rather attributed to the pre-election needs of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey and Erdogan, if they fail to reach a settlement soon, will use every means they have in order to prevent the Republic of Cyprus from exploiting its natural resources in the Mediterranean Sea, especially with Plan B ready and in this context threatens the abolition of the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus through Turkish drilling in Cypriot waters.

Apr 03 05:42

Is Kosovo A Protectorate Of Turkey In The Balkans? The Puppets Of Erdogan

Strong reactions have been sparked in the Kosovo Parliament following the recent incident with the kidnapping of the six Turkish teachers of the Mehmet Akif college, funded by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s sworn enemy, Fetoulah Gullen. In particular, the Turkish secret services, MIT (Milli Istihbarat Teshkilat), in cooperation with the state secret services of Kosovo, organized the arrest and subsequent illegal export of the 6 in Turkey. The teachers stayed legally in Kosovo where they taught. They were not given the opportunity neither to defend their rights nor to seek asylum. Their luck is prescribed. Life-long ties and torture. Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj hastened to state that the whole operation took place without his knowledge, and for that reason the Interior Minister and the head of the secret service of the country ceased to be responsible for their duties.

Apr 03 05:26

Serbia States Britain Putting Pressure To Expel Russian Diplomats From Belgrade

“Serbia will not expel Russian diplomats, we want good relations with Russia, it is true that during the events in Kosovo last week the UK demanded from us to decide on the attitude towards the Russians and to expel Russian diplomats, which shows that they were only concerned about this, other issues did not bother them, “- quotes the Serbian diplomat. The Foreign Minister stressed that Belgrade should take care of its interests, weigh them up well, and “it is absolutely certain that Serbia will not expel Russian diplomats.” Serbia is isolated in terms of not being part of the EU- but Austria is one of the only EU countries who refused to expel the Foreign Ministry staff of Russia from their country.

Apr 02 08:16

Macron hit with THREE MONTHS of strikes in FURY at French President bowing to EU law

EMMANUEL Macron has been slapped with THREE MONTHS of punishing strikes from tomorrow in retaliation of the French President bowing down to the EU.

The relentless strikes begin tomorrow and will run for a gruelling 12 weeks in successive waves of two days bringing France to a standstill and completely paralysing the country.

The four main unions representing exasperated rail workers have called the revolt against opening the national SNCF rail monopoly up to competition as required by EU law.

The militant unions have been up in arms over Macron’s plot to scrap jobs for life for 260,000 workers of the debt-ridden, state-owned SNCF rail and their right to retire in their 50s in an attempt to whip them into line wit the public sector.

Apr 02 07:48

Hungary elections 2018: Fears over migration fuels Viktor Orban as he SOARS in polls

DESPITE Brussels’ disgust for Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán is gaining popularity in the polls just one week ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections.

Apr 02 07:48

Donald Tusk to QUIT EU: European boss hints at return to DOMESTIC politics in Poland

The European Council President and former Polish Prime Minister flirted with the move, which he claimed would prevent his home country losing out on EU cash after its bitter row with the bloc.

In an interview with Polish news channel TVN24 he said “I’m not going to retire”.

He quipped: “In 2019 I will be back in Poland and let no one think that I will only watch TV.”

When pressed, Tusk refused to elaborate on his plans.

He said: “I will not formulate scenarios for the moment and I hope there will be no emergency scenarios.

Apr 01 07:01

"I've Never Seen Anything Like It" - Russia Declares 'Unusual' Missile Drill, Just Miles From Sweden

Rather than exercising caution after the nerve gas attack in the United Kingdom and a tidal wave of Russian diplomatic expulsions from Washington, Eurozone, and other countries, Moscow is upping the ante which has surprised the Eurozone and the West on Thursday. Besides the tit-for-tat expulsions of Russian and American diplomats, President Vladimir Putin has chosen to flex his war muscles next week with an unusual missile exercise in international waters, but close enough to Sweden and Latvia that it will shut down commercial airspace.

Mar 31 10:47

Algerian Illegal Migrant Arrested After Italian Church Attempted Terror Attack

A 22-year-old illegal Algerian immigrant was arrested on a charge of attempted terrorism after trying to drive a stolen car into a crowd in front of the Shrine of Pompeii Basilica, only to be stopped by concrete bollards.
The attempted attacker, 22-year-old migrant Othman Jridi, told police his motivation for the failed attack saying, “I did it in the name of Allah,” Corriere del Mezzogiorno reports.

Jridi came to Italy after being expelled from France and was also told to the leave the country by the police chief of Cagliari, yet remained in in the country.

Judge Fernanda Iannone, an expert on international terrorism, agreed to allow prosecution against the failed asylum seeker to go ahead and ordered him to be put in pre-trial detention due to the severity of the crime.

Mar 31 10:43

EU rift deepens as Bulgaria says it will NOT kick out Russian diplomats

BULGARIA will not expel any Russian diplomats as EU tensions continue to escalate following the nerve agent attack in England that the British government has blamed on Moscow.

Mar 31 10:42

No reason for Ireland to believe UK on Skripal, MPs & locals say

Mar 31 08:00

Syrian Army Increases Its Presence In Deir ez-Zor Preparing For An Attack On US-led Coalition

The Syrian Army is amassing the troops on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in preparation to attack the US-led coalition and retake the oil and gas fields which are under the control of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) , reports Syrian journalist Eyad Al-Hosain.

(*"the spoiler" . we're just going to have to stay , now .)

Mar 30 16:14

Dutch voters say 'no' to new spy law

More than 6 million voters rejected a planned law that would have granted security services sweeping powers to spy on people's emails and other online data, the Dutch electoral council announced Thursday.

Some 13 million were eligible to vote in the referendum, which is non-binding, but Prime Minister Mark Rutte vowed to take the results seriously despite being a proponent of the proposed law. Vice Prime Minister Kajsa Ollongren, however, said the government would take its time to consider the results, the ANP news agency said.

Mar 30 09:24

Amsterdam Shooting Reportedly Leaves 1 Person Dead

One person was killed in a shooting in Amsterdam on Thursday morning, local media reported, adding that the victim may be related to a key witness in a multiple assassination case.

According to the Het Patrool newspaper, the shooting took place after 9:00 a.m. local time (7:00 GMT) in the NDSM neighborhood of Amsterdam. A burning car was discovered around the corner.

The newspaper identified the shooting victim as 41-year-old Reduan B., stating he was the brother of a key witness in a multiple assassination case.

Mar 30 09:24

Europe Inches to Military Integration as UK Power Withdraws From the Continent

Britain’s formidable military forces and infrastructure will not form part the Continental Defense Union as it will have left the EU by 2025.

The European Union on March 28 announced its "Action Plan" envisioning the creation of a Europe-wide defense union by the year by the year 2025. Secretary of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker announced the 2025 deadline in his 2017 state of the union address.

The plan involves the creation of transnational transportation infrastructure to allow the seamless movement of troops and military equipment across the borders of member-states as well as modification to customs systems to allow such movement, similarly to the free movement of private citizens among member states.

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