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Nov 15 15:04

SWEDEN: GREEN PARTY SUGGESTS CONFISCATING CITIZENS’ HOMES TO GIVE THEM TO MIGRANTS

The Green Party in Sweden has suggested confiscating the homes of citizens and giving them to migrants if the property is deemed to be too large or if the owner has more than one residence.

Blogger Katerina Janouch reveals how the party wanted to introduce a new law which would allow “Municipalities to seize housing to give them refugees.”

Under the proposal, authorities would be able to “evacuate people who have too large housing,” for example “couples where the children moved home or cohabited where the partner has a residence elsewhere.”

Under any such legislation, homeowners wouldn’t even be compensated, whereas before the government would have had to pay them at least 125% market value

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Taking a page out of the South Africa's, and Zimbabwe's play-book, are you, Sweden?!?

Should this insane notion get passed, expect massive, public protests to occur with a strength and ferocity that will astonish the current government.

Oh, and it will also be the last time that any Swedish politicians who supported this, will be ever be elected... again.

You're welcome, Sweden!

Nov 15 09:44

No volunteers: EU countries bow to US pressure over alternative payment channel for Iran

Plans by Brussels to create a special payment channel to continue doing business with Iran and bypass US economic sanctions against the country, are now in tatters, as no EU country has agreed to support the idea.

All the members of the 28-nation bloc are reportedly scared by the punitive measures that Washington may potentially introduce against them for such an act of disobedience.

Nov 15 09:43

4* resignations and counting: May loses top cabinet members over Brexit deal

Nov 14 16:01

‘Dishonesty… shameful… betrayal’: Brexit backers angry at May’s ‘deal’ with EU

The agreement reached by the government of Prime Minister Theresa May to take the UK out of the EU has angered many supporters of Brexit, who are calling it a shameful surrender and betrayal of the 2016 referendum.

After 10 Downing Street announced that most of May’s cabinet backed the deal she hammered out with Brussels and published the nearly 600-page document, advocates of a negotiated split from the EU were furious.

Nigel Farage, former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader called it“the worst deal in history” and urged any genuine Brexiteers in the cabinet to “resign or never be trusted again.”Other reactions posted on social media were no kinder.

“May must be an imbecile if she thinks people will accept this is leaving. Nothing has changed. We've just lost 40 billion pounds,” wrote Twitter user John DeVries.

Nov 14 13:47

Norway Becomes World’s First Country to Ban Deforestation

Deforestation is estimated to contribute around 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Nov 14 10:29

Russia jammed GPS during major NATO military exercise with US troops

The Russian military jammed GPS signals during a major NATO military exercise in Norway that involved thousands of US and NATO troops, the alliance said Wednesday, citing the Norwegian government.

The NATO exercise, Trident Juncture, concluded Sunday and involved some 50,000 personnel. It was labeled the alliance's largest exercise since the Cold War. Non-NATO members Finland and Sweden also participated in the exercise.
A spokesperson for the Norwegian ministry of defense acknowledged the jamming to CNN, which it said took place between October 16 and November 7, and said it would defer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on further questions to Russian authorities.

"Norway has determined that Russia was responsible for jamming GPS signals in the Kola Peninsula during Exercise Trident Juncture. Finland has expressed concern over possible jamming in Lapland," NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu told CNN Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, all we have is an allegation.

Where, please, is the irrefutable truth that this happened?!?

The short answer, right now... is nowhere.

A "determination", without hard evidence, is just that; sound and fury, ultimately signifying... nothing.

Nov 14 09:37

Merkel joins Macron in call for ‘real, true’ European army after Trump slams idea

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a “real, true” European army to be created, just days after French President Emmanuel Macron did the same – and received backlash from Donald Trump for doing so.

“We should work on a vision of one day establishing a real European army,” Merkel said during an address to MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday.

That statement was an apparent nod of support to Macron, who last week said that Europe has to “protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia, and even the United States of America.” Europe cannot do so, he said, “unless we decide to have a true European army.”

Nov 14 09:25

Boris: Brexit Deal "Utterly Unacceptable"

Nov 14 09:25

May’s battle for Brexit: PM’s fate hangs in the balance as Cabinet holds showdown on draft deal – while Tories and DUP rage that she is ‘betraying’ voters by 'swallowing' EU demands

Theresa May's fate is hanging in the balance today as she tries to force her Brexit deal through a restive Cabinet.

The PM is facing the threat of resignations senior ministers over the draft plan thrashed out with Brussels - with a mass exodus almost certain to evict her from Downing Street.

Aid Secretary Penny Mordaunt, one of those closest to the edge, was among the first arrivals for the meeting this afternoon.

And Scottish Secretary David Mundell has emerged as a potential risk after he signed a letter warning the PM against giving away fishing rights as part of the agreement.

Nov 14 09:24

Brexit deal ‘agreed’ with EU: UK ministers set to arrive at No 10. for May meeting

Prime Minister Theresa May is to chair a special cabinet meeting, Wednesday, after a draft deal was reportedly agreed between UK and EU negotiators following intensive talks in Brussels.

According to an unnamed cabinet source, cited in the BBC, the text has been agreed upon at a technical level.

Nov 13 17:09

Poland to Break with EU by 2020?

Nov 13 13:03

Israel Proposes Forming Int'l Coalition in Paris to Push Iran out of Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held Sunday a series of meetings in Paris in the framework of his intensive efforts to combat Iranian activity in Syria and Lebanon and work on “recruiting the world behind the demand to expel Iranians completely from Syrian territory.”

Netanyahu arrived in Paris and met the French President, Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of the commemorations marking 100 years since the end of World War I. He urged Macron to use his influence in Lebanon to put more pressure on Lebanese President Michel Aoun and PM Saad Hariri’s government in regards to Iran's advanced weapons factories on Lebanese soil as well as against Iranian activity in Syria.

Nov 13 13:02

EU countries approve arms sales to Saudi, UAE worth 55 times aid to Yemen

Europe's arms sector is unaccountable and highly influential in the corridors of power, with $86.7bn in approved sales to the Gulf since 2015

Nov 13 12:47

Finnish PM: Russia Suspected Of Massive GPS Blackout In Finland During War Games 

On Sunday, Prime Minister Juha Sipila told Yleisradio Oy (Yle), Finland's national public broadcasting company, that large-scale GPS blackouts over northern Finland during Nato war exercises over the past few weeks were intentional and the culprit could be Russia.

Air Navigation Services Finland (ANS Finland) issued a warning last week for all air traffic due to massive GPS interruption in the northern region of the country. Norway also posted a similar notice about GPS disruption for air traffic during the NATO exercise.

Here is the announcement on Eurocontrol's website:

Nov 13 10:37

Dutch Govt Agency Warns Against Fake ‘Piracy’ Fines

The Dutch Government's Telecom Agency is alerting the public that its name is being abused by scammers to demand piracy fines. In a warning issued today, it recommends recipients not to respond to these emails. It appears that scammers are capitalizing on the news that rightsholders may soon start sending 'fines' to alleged pirates.

Nov 12 12:13

European Parliament ‘shocked’ at amount of EU-made weapons in hands of terrorists

A draft report on arms exports, which will be tabled at the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg later this week, suggests launching an investigation into how EU-made weapons end up in the possession of terrorists in the Middle East.

One provision of the document, presented by German MEP Sabine Lösing, says that the European Parliament is “shocked at the amount of EU-made weapons and ammunition found in the hands of Daesh* in Syria and Iraq.”

Nov 12 10:53

France, Germany Could Host Iranian Payment Vehicle to Side-Step US Sanctions

Despite the rumors that no one is willing to host the trade mechanism over fears of US sanctions, France or Germany have been named as the most viable options.

Either France or Germany might become the host nation for the European clearing house, usually referred to as a "special purpose vehicle" (SPV) — a payment mechanism that would allow European companies to bypass US-imposed sanctions on Iran.

The establishment of this mechanism is widely viewed as the moment of truth on whether the EU is genuinely ready to live up to its promise to keep the so-called Iranian nuclear deal. And, as US sanctions kicked in on November 5, Tehran is becoming more restless regarding the establishment of the SPV, the Guardian notes.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Kazem Sajjadpour has already expressed his frustration at the pace with which the SPV is being set up, saying: "What is lacking is both speed and efficiency."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what happens when all of these countries adopt a payment mechanism which completely bypass US sanctions on Iran?!?

Is President Trump prepared to go to war with all of them, for ignoring US sanctions, and buying Iranian crude?!?

Nov 12 10:49

GPS signals jammed: Norway, Finland warn pilots Russia may blind their navigation systems

In recent weeks, NATO conducted its largest military exercises in decades in the frigid waters and icy mountains of Norway. But something odd happened. The GPS signals guiding ships, aircraft, tanks, trucks and troops started to fail.

Civilian airliners, cars, trucks, cargo ships and smart phones operating in and around Norway and Finland experienced similar disruptions.

Why?

Russia is the chief suspect.

It was riled by the scale and location of NATO’s Trident Juncture manoeuvres — despite having itself conducted several massive military exercises in the Baltics recently.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More Russia demonization, and absolutely no hard proof that Russia is, in fact, culpable here.

Nov 12 10:15

WATCH thousands of far-right marchers light a SEA OF FLARES in Poland as police look on

The ultra-nationalist crowds that flocked to Poland for its independence day march were seen performing Nazi salutes and burning flares at the event attended by staggering 200,000 people. Police, however, stood idly by.

Crowds of people, including various far-right groups, unleashed a sea of fire and smoke on the streets and squares of the Polish capital of Warsaw during an event marking a centenary of Poland's independence on Sunday. Videos posted on social media show a Warsaw square being lit with thousands of red flares burnt by the marchers.

Nov 11 09:18

Britain's Armed Forces Making Plans for 'No Deal' Brexit - Defence Official

Addressing the issue, chief of Britain's defence staff General Sir Nicholas Carter noted earlier that the British Armed Forces were making "sensible" contingency plans for Brexit and other matters.

"There are contingency plans being made, there are discussions being held behind the scenes as to what support our armed forces will do," British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said on the 'Ridge on Sunday' TV show. "With the transition from Brexit, if there is a requirement to provide assistance we're looking right across the full spectrum of requirements to make sure that we are prepared," he added.

Nov 11 09:01

Donald Tusk's elephant in the room

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, was questioned on Monday in Poland as part of a parliamentary investigation into a pyramid scheme that swindled thousands of Poles during his time as prime minister.

The Amber Gold scandal, which came to light in 2012, was one of the biggest business affairs in Poland since the fall of communism in 1989.

The case is being investigated by the Polish government, led by the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, which set up a special multi-party commission that has questioned dozens of state officials.

Nov 11 09:00

Donald Tusk Again Lashes out at Donald Trump as US-EU Row Deepens

European Council President Donald Tusk lashed out at US President Donald Trump after the latter expressed opposition to the idea of a European army, and also warned against the rise of right-wing nationalist movements within the EU.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, criticized Trump on Saturday, accusing the latter of being against "strong and united" Europe, following the US president's criticism of the idea of a European army.

"For the first time in history we have an American administration that is, to put it mildly, not enthusiastic about a united and strong Europe," Tusk said in a speech on the eve of celebrations to mark Poland's 100th anniversary of independence.

Nov 09 10:33

FRANCE SUPPORTING IRAN AGAINST US ‘TRADE POLICEMAN’

France has vowed to fulfill plans to defy the US’ sanctions on Iran while increasing the international role of the euro in order to prevent Washington from acting as the world’s “trade policeman”.

France’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, told the British newspaper Financial Times that Europe is planning the formation of a special financial channel to Iran in order to keep trade flowing with the country and assure its own “economic sovereignty”, with the aim of making the euro as powerful as the dollar.

“Europe refuses to allow the US to be the trade policeman of the world,” Le Maire stated in an interview in Brussels, emphasising that Europe must “affirm our sovereignty” in regards to the US sanctions on Iran and its wider economic hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions placed by the US, are beginning to blow up in President Trump's face, somewhat akin to the actions of a bad trick cigar.

So, what does President Trump intend to do with those countries who will not observe the sanctions, go to war against them?!?

In withdrawing from the P5 +1 agreement, plus his never-ending sanctions against Russia and China, President Trump has set this country up for some really intense economic challenges, for which I do not believe he has any clue as to how to alleviate.

Just ask any American soybean farmer as China has stopped buy American soybeans:

Their Soybeans Piling Up, Farmers Hope Trade War Ends Before Beans Rot

Rather than punishing Iran, Russia and China, President Trump should be engaging the leadership of all three countries in a positive, constructive way, because if human civilization is going to survive on this planet, that has to come from universal cooperation, one country with the other, and the elimination of war as "the only way" in which DC resolves its geopolitical and financial issues.

Nov 09 09:03

'Crawl back under your rock,’ Swedish FM tells anti-PC academic Jordan Peterson

Sweden’s Foreign Minister has issued a rather undiplomatic request to Canadian academic and internet sensation Jordan B. Peterson, thrilling a Stockholm audience by expressing her desire to see him fade from the public eye.

Speaking on a “pro-women” panel in Sweden’s capital on Wednesday, Margot Wallström said that Peterson should "crawl back under the rock he came from,” adding that she "can't grasp why people waste so much time on that man." The snide remarks were reported by local media that covered the event.

Peterson recently visited Sweden to promote the international release of his new book, '12 Rules For Life, an Antidote to Chaos.’ The book has been slammed by the left as conservative snake oil and an affront to feminism.

Nov 09 08:56

DYSON DEFEATS EU’S DAFT DUST DIRECTIVE

After a five-year legal battle, James Dyson has finally succeeded in his long-running legal battle to get the EU’s top court to strike down their absurd regulation that vacuum cleaners should be tested… without dust. The regulation enabled Dyson’s German competitors to market their vacuum cleaners with superior energy labelling, despite the fact that their performance dropped significantly as soon as their bags contained dust. That is, as soon as they were used…

Nov 09 08:44

Scottish Court Rules UK Can't Stop Brexit Case Going to ECJ - Lawyer

Earlier, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that Scotland should come up with its own version of the Brexit "backstop" scheme which is currently being negotiated on for the Irish border by the European Union and the United Kingdom.

The Court of Session, Scotland's highest civil court, ruled on Thursday that the UK authorities can't stop a legal case that seeks to determine if the UK has the right to unilaterally reverse Brexit, which is being considered by Europe's top court, Reuters reported citing a lawyer close to the case.

Nov 08 15:54

Norwegian Warship Could Sink After Being Rammed By Tanker

Nov 08 12:35

Helge Ingstad: Norway's warship collides with tanker in fjord

Norway has evacuated all 137 crew from one of its warships after it collided in a fjord with a Maltese oil tanker.

Eight people were lightly injured in the collision in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen. The KNM Helge Ingstad frigate has been listing dangerously.

The warship had been returning from Nato military exercises. The tanker, the Sola TS, was slightly damaged and it appears that it did not spill oil.

The incident led to the shutdown of a major oil terminal and a gas plant.

Nov 08 12:33

'S****y Job': Norwegians Grumble Over Defecating NATO Soldiers During Mega Drill

The mess left by foreign soldiers during NATO's Cold War-style exercise on Norwegian soil includes arable land damaged by tracks and piles of human excrement.

A total of 442 complaints have been filed with the Norwegian Armed Forces during Joint Trident 2018, a NATO drill said to be the largest in decades. Some have drawn attention to foreign soldiers relieving themselves near kindergartens, schools and sports facilities, national broadcaster NRK reported.

Most of the complaints are from farmers whose plots and pastures have suffered damage from vehicles during the drill. Others, by contrast, lament the unsanitary conditions left by NATO soldiers.

"This is terrible, it's about having common decency. We have to clean up after soldiers who have relieved themselves. It's literally a s****y job", Major Marianne Bø responsible for damages and environmental

Nov 06 14:51

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:49

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 10:49

Russian MoD to Receive Drones Capable of Reaching Continental Europe

Russia is finishing the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capable of reaching any point in continental Europe if they start from the Kaliningrad region, or Canada if they fly from Chukotka, the Russian Armed Forces' official newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda ("Red Star") reported on Tuesday.

The new UAV systems will be capable of performing tasks to a range of up to 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles), the newspaper said.

Over the past six years, almost 40 "unmanned" military units and subunits have been formed within the Russian army, they received over 1,800 vehicles capable of conducting reconnaissance at a distance of up to 500 kilometers, the publication said.

Nov 06 09:05

BORIS JOHNSON £40billion Brexit divorce bill means we’ll effectively become a non-voting EU colony

Our country is preparing to hand over a huge amount of money for absolutely nothing in return

Nov 06 07:29

Over 100,000 migrants arrive in Europe by Mediterranean route this year – IOM

More than 100,000 people arrived in Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea, since the beginning of 2018, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). “As of November 4, 100,630 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe by sea,” TASS quoted spokesman Joel Millman as saying in Geneva on Tuesday. For the fifth consecutive year, the number of arrivals exceeds the 100,000 mark, he said, adding that in previous years this threshold was reached much earlier in the year. At least 1989 people died or were missing in the Mediterranean Sea this year, he said. Since the beginning of the year, Spain received 49,013 migrants and refugees. It is followed by Greece with 27,715 arrivals, Italy (22,167), Malta (989) and Cyprus (746).

Nov 05 12:03

Russian Bomber Makes Provocative Flyover Of U.S. Command Ship During NATO War Games

Russia is flexing its muscle or is at least engaged in some serious trolling just as Trident Juncture 18 is underway in Norway — NATO’s largest drills in decades with some 50,000 troops, 10,000 combat vehicles, 65 ships, and 250 aircraft.

On Friday a Russian Tupolev Tu-142 bomber unexpectedly flew close to the USS Mount Whitney at the very moment Marines on board were gathered for a group photo during the NATO military games.

Russian media confirmed the incident, describing the U.S. Sixth fleet's flagship (the command and control ship for the fleet) as being "blindsided" while the military and aircraft analysis site The Aviationist described the provocative flyover as "more or less overhead".

Nov 05 12:00

Beware Turkey's Dangerous New Refugee Role

Turkey, thanks to the United Nations, will now officially be in charge of deciding not only who is a refugee but also where he or she will be placed or transferred. Turkish state authorities have repeatedly threatened to flood Europe with refugees, such as President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's message to Europe in 2016:

"You cried out when 50,000 refugees were at the Kapikule border. You started asking what you would do if Turkey would open the gates. Look at me -- if you go further, those border gates will be open. You should know that."

Given the Turkish threats, this new official position for Turkey should be of concern.

Nov 04 19:34

Europe prepares for US Iran sanctions hit

European governments are locked in negotiations over a special purpose vehicle to safeguard trade with Iran as they prepare for a long-awaited US crackdown on Tehran’s oil and finance sectors to come into force.

Hours before Monday’s launch of a US squeeze on Iran’s energy industry and central bank, European diplomats said a planned special channel to safeguard non-US trade with Iran would not be ready in time. Agreement has yet to be reached on crucial details, including where to locate it as countries fear triggering a political and economic backlash from Washington if they play host. European states have not put a formal deadline on when the launch will be, but some diplomats had hoped to have the channel ready in time for the reimposed US sanctions.

Nov 02 23:15

Heavy snowfalls open ski resorts a month early

While much of Europe has been basking in the warm afterglow of summer, winter has arrived unexpectedly early in the Alps in this year of freakish weather. Thanks to two giant snowstorms, the tills are already ringing merrily in some ski resorts, more than a month ahead of schedule.

Yesterday Verbier in Switzerland was able to open a handful of slopes for ardent skiers in what is believed to be the earliest start to the season. More than three metres of snow has fallen in parts of the southern Swiss Alps and northern Italian Alps this week.

More than 60cm fell in Verbier. “The Indian summer has ended and [given] way to winter,” Téléverbier, the ski lift company, said.

Nov 02 11:37

Netanyahu admits Israel behind Europe’s row with Iran over murder plot allegations

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has admitted that Israel is behind what Iran calls "false flags" in Europe where Tehran has been accused of assassination plans.

Netanyahu on Thursday claimed that Israel had recently revealed a number of “Iranian plots to carry out attacks on European soil.”

Speaking to reporters after talks with his Bulgarian counterpart in Sofia, Netanyahu said he had “warned” Europe of what he called “possible Iranian attacks on its soil.”

He did not provide further details, but his comments could be a sign that the accusations recently raised by Belgium and Denmark against Iran had been triggered by the Israeli regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Did Netanyahu use his cute cartoon bomb?

Nov 02 11:35

'There's No One Else to Fight': Russian Analysts Not Fooled by NATO Drill Jargon

Trident Juncture 18, NATO's largest Arctic drills since the Cold War, kicked off last week in central Scandinavia, with 50,000 troops, 140 aircraft and 70 ships including a US carrier group simulating a response to an attack "from the north." Speaking to Sputnik, military observers said that it's obvious who this "northern threat" is meant to be.

On Wednesday, the Russian defense ministry confirmed that two Tu-160 strategic bombers had performed a 10 hour flight over neutral waters in the Barents and Norwegian Seas, prompting the UK to scramble jets to accompany them amid the massive NATO drills in the area. The same day, Russia announced it would be holding naval rocket firing drills near Finnmark, northern Norway, several hundred kilometers from the NATO exercises, starting next week.

Nov 02 08:35

'We'll KNEEL no longer!' Italy-EU clash BOILS over as Salvini dismisses 'THREAT' letter

ITALY Interior Minister Matteo Salvini hit back at the European Union for "threatening" the country to change its 2019 budget proposal, urging Italians to take to the streets to signal Rome "will kneel no longer."

The Italian Deputy Prime Minister dismissed calls from the EU for "clarifications" on Italy's new budget proposal.

Matteo Salvini lashed out at Brussels, calling on Italians to march down the streets on December 8 to signal their unity and support for their ministers' economic policy.

Nov 02 08:22

EU warned Italy has 'no choice but to LEAVE' bloc and trigger HUGE CRISIS

Rome and Brussels have been engaged in a blistering battle of words since Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovivi rejected Italy's 2019 budget proposals in October.

Mr Mellon suggested the European Central Bank (ECB) could soon stop being able to "contain" unnerved markets and lead to Italy leaving the euro.

Speaking to CNBC, he said: "There is no way the ECB can contain the Italian situation if it carries on as it is. We know if the BTPs got above 4 percent and yield – and they’re not that far away from it – then Italy has really no option but to leave the euro and take some drastic action.

"The omens are quite good for the Italians and, of course, it’s not going to be announced in advance that they will leave the euro but leave the euro I think they will do. And it will be in their interest to do so."

Nov 01 11:10

Nato says Norway exercises will go ahead despite Russian missile tests off the coast

Nato has said it will continue its military manoeuvres in Norway as planned despite Russian missile tests announced off the coast.

More than 50,000 Nato troops, 250 aircraft, 65 ships and 10,000 vehicles are exercising in Norway, Iceland and Finland as part of Trident Juncture, the biggest Nato drills since the Cold War.

But it has emerged that Russia will hold missile tests from ships off the Western coast of Norway from Thursday to Saturday. Moscow has called the Nato exercises “anti-Russian” and disputed that they are defensive in nature.

While the bulk of the war games will take place in central Norway, some operations will take place on the coast and in the Norwegian Sea.

Nov 01 10:20

Belgium accused of handing Libya's frozen cash to militants as 'BILLIONS goes missing'

Prosecutors are investigating whether Belgian banks paid out interest and dividends on accounts frozen under United Nations sanctions during the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi’s Libyan dictatorship, according to public broadcaster RTBF.

During the Libyan revolution in 2011, the UN Security Council froze Libya’s sovereign assets abroad., which included accounts at four Belgian banks.

BNP Paribas Fortis held €43 million, while ING, KBC and Euroclear Bank held €376 million, €869 million and €12.8 billion respectively in Libyan assets.

According to RTBF, interest and dividends of between three and five billion euros had left the accounts since 2012 despite the UN freezing the assets.

While it is not known how the profits were used, an expert believes there is overwhelming evidence to suggest the funds were used in arms and human trafficking crimes.

Nov 01 10:10

COMING TO A CHECKPOINT NEAR EU: TRIALS OF AI LIE-DETECTOR BORDER GUARD UNDERWAY IN THREE EU STATES

Trials are underway of an EU-funded scheme where AI lie-detector systems will be used to scan potentially dodgy travelers coming from outside the bloc. Too Orwellian? Or just the latest step towards smoother travel?

Commencing from November 1, the iBorderCtrl system will be in place at four border crossing points in Hungary, Latvia and Greece with countries outside EU. It aims to facilitate faster border crossings for travelers while weeding out potential criminals or illegal crossings.

Like all AI technologies in their infancy, the system is still highly experimental and with a current success rate of 76 percent, it won’t be actually preventing anyone from crossing the border during its six month trial. But developers of the system are “quite confident” that accuracy can be boosted to 85 percent with the fresh data.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but how in heaven's name can a 98% "false positive rating" ever possibly be interpreted as "a good thing" for London police?!?

Nov 01 09:50

Will Europe use Israeli drones against refugees?

Europe’s coastal guards are examining whether Israel’s warplanes would be helpful tools in repressing refugees.

In September, the EU’s border management agency Frontex announced the start of trial flights for drones in Italy, Greece and Portugal. There was a major omission in the Frontex statement: the type of drones being tested have been used previously to attack Gaza.

Some details of the companies involved in these trials were published earlier this year. A “contract award notice” revealed that Israel Aerospace Industries was one of two bidders selected.

Israel Aerospace Industries is being paid $5.5 million for up to 600 hours of trial flights.

Nov 01 09:31

Czech PM Babis plans to back out of UN migration deal – report

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Thursday he wanted to pull out of a United Nations migration pact, Reuters reported. Babis will discuss the plan with his ruling coalition partner, according to idnes.cz. On Wednesday, Austria said it would follow the United States and Hungary in backing out of the pact. Vienna said the decision was made over concerns that it would blur the line between legal and illegal migration. The Global Compact for Safety, Orderly and Regular Migration, which isn’t legally binding, is due to be formally approved at a meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, in December.

Nov 01 08:14

MPs WILL approve May's Brexit deal because they are 'terrified' of crashing out of the EU, David Davis admits

MPs will approve Theresa May's Brexit deal because they are 'terrified' of crashing out of the EU, David Davis has admitted.

The former Brexit secretary said 'irrational fear' would win out in Parliament if the PM manages to get any kind of agreement with Brussels.

Mr Davis tried to backpedal today by insisting no package based on Mrs May's Chequers plan would get passed.

But the comments, from a vehement critics of Mrs May's stance, will encourage Downing Street.

The premier is engaged in a desperate scramble to break the deadlock with the EU, with a 'backstop' for the Irish border still the main sticking point.

Nov 01 08:14

Sweden's Largest Party Mulls Stopping Its Youth Wing's Funding Amid Islamization

Members of the Social Democrat Youth, once a talent pool that produced many prominent Social Democrat politicians, have called Islam a "universal solution," expressed homophobic and anti-Semitic sentiments, and substituted the traditional Internationale anthem played at a party conference with an Islamic song.

The Social Democrats, Sweden's largest party, whose motto once was "Everyone belongs here," have announced a package of measures to stop the Islamization of its youth organization in Skåne County, which it claims has gone too far. Removing sponsorship has been is considered, Swedish Radio reported.

For several years, the Social Democrat Youth Skåne (SSU Skåne) has been ruled by a group of people spreading Islamic fundamentalist beliefs that contradict both the party's own platform and Swedish values, the daily newspaper Expressen reported.

Nov 01 08:11

'Uncontrolled Collapse' of Eurozone Looking Increasingly Likely - Campaigner

The anti-EU campaigner issued the warning amid the Italian government’s standoff with Brussels over its proposed fiscal budget, with the bloc threatening hefty fines against Rome if it defies them.

Francesco Donato, director of Eurexit – a group campaigning for Italy’s withdrawal from the eurozone – has claimed the monetary union is looking more and more likely to collapse, urging Italy and others to pull out in an organized fashion to avoid the subsequent economic fallout.

Speaking to The Express on Wednesday, Donato said the “probability that sooner or later there will be an uncontrolled collapse of the eurozone is higher and higher,” highlighting mounting opposition to the union.

Nov 01 07:52

Austria Follows Trump and Withdraws from UN Migration Treaty to Preserve Sovereignty

The so-called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which has been much criticised by anti-mass migration politicians as being massively disadvantageous to first world migration-target nations, is made up of 23 goals which states worldwide are expected to sign up to. Some 17 of those goals are unacceptable to the Austrian government, reports best-selling national newspaper Kronen Zeitung, which is “seriously concerned about the content and objectives of the UN Migration Compact.”

Speaking earlier this month, conservative Austrian Chancellor Kurz said: “We view some of the points in this agreement very critically. We will, therefore, do everything to maintain the sovereignty of our country and ensure that we as the Republic of Austria can decide for ourselves on migration issues.”

Oct 31 09:59

Hurricane-force winds, widespread floods hit Italy

At least 11 people have been killed and many injured after severe storms produced heavy rain and strong winds across Italy on October 29 and 30, 2018, causing widespread floods and damage. Some of the worst affected areas are on the west coast, particularly in Liguria. Many people were evacuated due to increased river levels across the country.

Winds up to 180 km/h (112 mph) were reported in parts of Italy on October 29, 2018, and blamed for the deaths of at least 6 of the 11 killed people. Trees were downed from the country's north down to capital Rome and further south to Naples.

Oct 31 09:35

Why Poland wants a permanent US military base, and is willing to pay $2 billion for it

Poland’s government is interested in establishing a permanent U.S. military presence in their country and they’re willing to pay for it.

The Polish defense ministry said there is a “clear and present need for a permanent U.S. armored division deployed in Poland,” and is willing to provide financial backing to host the soldiers that could reach $2 billion, according to a copy of the proposal obtained by Polish news outlet Onet.

The ”clear and present need” outlined in the document appeared to be sparked by Russia.

“Establishing such a force is necessary to present an unequivocal challenge and deterrence to Russia’s increasingly emboldened and dangerous posture that threatens Europe,” the proposal reads.

Oct 30 13:06

Russia Plans Missile-Firing Exercise Off Norway Amid NATO Drills

The Russian Navy plans to test missiles in international waters off Norway's coast this week, Norwegian and NATO officials say, as the Western military alliance conducts its largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on October 29 the alliance was informed last week about the planned tests.

"Russia has a sizable presence in the north, also off Norway," Stoltenberg told the Norwegian news agency NTB.

"Large [Russian] forces take part in maneuvers and they practice regularly," he added.

Russian officials did not immediately comment on the planned missile tests, which come amid persistent tension between NATO and Russia, which seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and backs separatists in an ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine but accuses the alliance of provocative behavior near its borders.

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The timing indicates that Russia is simply warning NATO not to do something which could potentially go so far wrong, as to initiate an accidental clash, and create the outbreak of hostilities.

Oct 30 11:00

Four US Soldiers Injured in Vehicle Pile-up in Norway Ahead of NATO Exercise

Three vehicles crashed one into another, while the fourth attempted to evade the pile-up, but slid from the road.

Four US soldiers were injured in an accident involving four vehicles in Norway, according to a statement by the US military.

"The accident occurred when three vehicles collided and a fourth vehicle slid off the pavement and overturned while trying to avoid the three vehicles that had collided," US officials said, according to Reuters.

Three of the soldiers remain hospitalized and under observations, but their condition is stable, the report says. The fourth soldier was released after a short hospitalization.

Oct 30 08:55

Military Escalation In Europe Is Like Runaway Train: It's Time To Slow It Down

Much has been said about the Trident Juncture 2018 NATO exercise being held in the immediate vicinity of Russia’s borders. This is the largest training event since the Cold War, but it’s only part of a broader picture, in which military war preparations targeting Russia are in full swing. Exercises are being coordinated, along with infrastructure facilities that are being built, expanded, and modernized. For instance, last week the construction of an aircraft maintenance hangar at Estonia’s Amari Air Base, the first military project fully funded by the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI), was completed.

Oct 29 14:23

Mattis Attempts to Sell US Exit From INF Treaty to EU Allies

US President Donald Trump earlier announced that Washington would be withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing alleged violations by Moscow. Russia has firmly denied the accusations and expressed regret at the decision.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the US is currently in talks with its EU partners over Washington's decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty.

"We are in consultations with our European counterparts, I was speaking about it the day before with the German defense minister, and so as I said the consultations continue," Mattis said.

Oct 29 10:00

Europe Will Become a Battlefield: Putin Bluntly Explains What Discarding INF Treaty Means

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