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Sep 24 09:28

Spain In Crisis: Catalan Police Reject Madrid Takeover, Vow To "Resist"

Spain found itself on the verge of a full-blown sovereign crisis on Saturday, after the "rebel region" of Catalonia rejected giving more control to the central government in defiance of authorities in Madrid who are trying to suppress an independence referendum on Oct. 1.

Sep 24 08:21

AfD Regional Leader Says Germany Should Leave EU, Balance Ties With Russia

A senior official of the Alternative for Germany party told Sputnik that Germany should leave the European Union and improve its ties with Russia.

Sep 23 12:11

Catalonia Closes Ranks as Outrage over Crackdown Grows

Spain’s increasingly public crackdown on the planned October 1 secession referendum in Catalonia appears to be bringing the population of the northeastern region together. Reports say that the social indignation toward police action is spreading far from just the pro-secession crowd.

Spain’s Constitutional Court forbade the referendum, and national police have been out in growing force trying to undermine the lead-up to the vote. Still, there’s little sign they’re going to be able to prevent the vote outright, and mostly they’re just angering everybody in the region.

If anything, there’s some speculation that Spain’s crackdown is likely to sway the outcome more in favor of secession, as the pro-secession crowd is more mobilized than ever, and resentment is soaring. Polls had previously shown Catalonia widely split on the issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Spanish government needs to be very careful about how it handles this referendum; as the situation is now, it is risking a civil war here.

What Spain needs to do, if the referendum is, in fact, successful (which I think it will be) is to figure out what kind of healthy political and economic relationship it can have with an independent Catalonia, so that the region of Europe doesn't completely fracture.

Sep 23 10:36

Defiant Catalans Block Spain's Military Boats From Landing; Spain Seizes ".CAT" Domain

Spain’s plan to send boatloads of military police to Catalonia to prevent its independence referendum has backfired with dockers in two ports staging a boycott and a third refusing access...

Sep 23 09:18

Spain in crisis: All Catalan officials arrested over referendum are charged

ALL the officials who were arrested in the recent anti-referendum operation carried out by the Guardia Civil have been charged.

Sep 23 08:26

No Brexit until 2021 - May confirms transition deal but Leavers shouldn’t feel betrayed

THERESA May has confirmed a Brexit transition period of “around two years” will take place once Britain leaves the European Union (EU).

Sep 23 05:39

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate

If the U.S. government and mainstream media are really concerned about foreign influence in American politics, they might look at Israel and other nations with much more clout than Russia, notes Robert Parry.

The core absurdity of the Russia-gate frenzy is its complete lack of proportionality.

Sep 22 22:34

May agrees £40bn bill for Brexit

Sep 22 18:46

Tillerson State Dept. Demanding Israel Hand Back Millions in U.S. Military Aid

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been pushing the Trump White House to demand that Israel give back to the United States millions of dollars in military aid, prompting pushback in the West Wing and further fueling ongoing tensions between Foggy Bottom and the White House over a range of key diplomatic issues, according to multiple sources briefed on the situation.

The Washington Free Beacon first reported on Friday that the State Department has been lobbying the White House to call for Israel to hand back some $75 million in U.S. military aid that was awarded to the Jewish state above the Obama administration’s financial request in 2016.

Sep 22 17:19

The Bombast of Nikki Haley

She’s a lightweight, and a warmongering globalist.

As Governor of South Carolina, and a member of that state’s House of Representatives, Haley’s foreign policy experience is absolutely nil. Nor does her degree in accounting from Clemson University inspire confidence. Her record thus far has consisted of giving voice to the neoconservative tendency in the GOP – the very people Trump defeated in the GOP primaries. The conventional Republican foreign policy clichés we’ve heard for years pour forth from her mouth like vomit from a drunk. Her recent speech before the American Enterprise Institute on the nuclear deal with Iran is a perfect case in point.

Sep 22 17:15

America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars

We don’t need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we don’t need it.

They have been very successful at faking the Iranian threat, so much so that nearly all Republican and most Democratic congressmen as well as much of the media seem to be convinced that Iran needs to be dealt with firmly, most definitely by using the U.S. military, and the sooner the better.

And while they are doing it, the issue that nearly all the Iran haters are Jewish has somehow fallen out of sight, as if it does not matter. But it should matter.

Sep 22 13:55

Theresa May Asks EU For Two-Year Brexit Transition Period

British Prime Minister Theresa May has set out her plan for future ties with the European Union in an attempt to break the deadlock in Brexit negotiations.

May, who was speaking in the Italian city of Florence on Friday, said her country’s divorce from the EU does not mean that the country wishes to be a partner, and not a member state of the EU.

Sep 22 09:26

Austria signs landmark funding deal with Iran

Austria’s Oberbank on Thursday signed a major finance deal with over a dozen Iranian banks thus becoming one of the first European financial institutions to break the ice in providing loans for Iranian projects after the removal of sanctions against the country in early 2016.

Sep 22 09:11

'You're IGNORANT' Juncker attacks EU leaders in Brexit clash

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has dismissed EU leaders as ‘ignorant’ after they criticised his post-Brexit vision for the bloc.

Sep 22 09:08

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES & UGLY REPERCUSSIONS: IT'S GETTING WORSE IN CATALONIA

As NakedCapitalism's Jerri-Lynn writes, the Catalonia crisis is accelerating, with Madrid’s crackdown increasing support for independence even among those previously not so disposed. This does not look like it will end well.

Spain will deploy police reinforcements to the northeastern region of Catalonia to maintain order and take actionif a referendum on independence pledged by the Catalan government but deemed illegal by Spain should take place, officials said Friday.

AP reports that an Interior Ministry statement said the extra agents would provide backing for the Catalan regional police who are also under orders to prevent the staging of the referendum.

But protests continue to grow and Rajoy's actions only seem to solidify opposition...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has all the earmarks of a coming civil war in Spain, unless Madrid relents, which I do not think is going to happen.

1 October is one week from Sunday, and I do not think that there is anything, ulitmately, Spain can actually do, to prevent this secession of Catalonia, as much as they may hate the idea.

Sep 22 09:04

German woman raped, left tied to pole naked in Rome

The clothes of the woman, who has been in Italy for six months and has been taken to the city's Santo Spirito hospital, were found near to the pole. She told investigators that she was attacked by young man, aged around 20, probably a foreigner, the sources said.

Sep 22 09:01

Deploying German Soldiers on Border With Russia Sends 'False Signal' – Schroeder

According to Stern, within the framework of NATO Enhanced Forward Presence posture in Eastern Europe, some 450 soldiers of the Bundeswehr (German army) are deployed in Lithuania.

"Of course, one should try to understand Russia and its president. From the Russian perspective, NATO is building a circle from Turkey through South and Central Eastern Europe up to the Baltic sea… The deployment of German soldiers on the Russian border is a completely false signal [even though there is no direct threat to Russia]," Schroeder said.

Sep 22 08:42

Catalonia referendum: EU won't intervene in regional independence crisis in Spain

The European Union has signalled it is unlikely to intervene in the crisis unfolding in Spain over Catalan independence, saying it must respect the constitution of the country.

The Spanish government has said the planned referendum is illegal and on Wednesday arrested 14 senior officials, seized ballot papers and raided the homes of the Catalan separatists suspected of coordinating the vote, due to take place on 1 October.

The head of Catalonia’s pro-separatist government has claimed the national government’s actions amount to the creation of a “de facto state of emergency” in the region. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in support of Catalan secession.

Sep 22 08:28

Special Pump-and-Dump Scheme Spikes to High Heaven

But the Swiss National Bank is just an innocent bystander.

Sep 22 08:26

Spain in crisis: All Catalan officials arrested over referendum are charged

ALL the officials who were arrested in the recent anti-referendum operation carried out by the Guardia Civil have been charged.

The judge has charged them with a number of offences including misappropriation of funds, breach of official duty and disobedience.

Sep 21 15:32

NATO Slitting Wrists After Russian Exercise Ends Without Anticipated Invasion of Europe

Poor NATO and associated media will have to wait another 4 years before they can again pretend they fear the Zapad drills may be a cover for invasion of Poland.

Sep 21 14:30

Listening to the Donald at the UN – The Saker

No matter how bad things look now, Hillary President would have been infinitely worse!

In conclusion, what I take away from Trump's UN speech is a sense of relief for the rest of the planet and a sense of real worry for the US. Ever since the Neocons overthrew Trump and made him what is colloquially referred to as their “bitch” the US foreign policy has come to a virtual standstill.

Sure, the Americans talk a lot, but at least they are doing nothing. That paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the internal infighting, is a blessing for the rest of the planet

Sep 21 13:22

Iran Signs €500 Million Finance Deal with Denmark

Denmark's Danske Bank signed a €500 million finance contract with 10 Iranian banks on Thursday, becoming the second European lender to ink such an agreement with Iran.

Saman Bank, Bank Mellat, Tejarat Bank, Bank Melli Iran, Bank of Industry and Mine, Bank Sepah, Bank Pasargad Iran, EN Bank, Bank Keshavarzi, and Parsian Bank will act as the agent banks, providing civil projects in Iran with the Danish fund, Central Bank of Iran website reported.

At the Iranian ambassador's residence in a in Vienna attended by Ahmad Araqchi, CBI's deputy for foreign exchange affairs and Mohammad Khazaei, deputy minister of economy.

Sep 21 12:07

To Prevent Rebellion, Spain Docks Cruise Ship Housing 16,000 Riot Police In Barcelona Port

Efforts by Madrid to stop a Catalonia independence vote, currently slated for October 1st, seem to be growing more hostile by the day. Earlier this week Spanish police seized control of Catalonia’s finances, seeking to ensure that separatist politicians could not spend further public funds on the referendum, and conducted raids across Catalonia to confiscate ballots and campaign materials from printing shops and delivery companies.

Now, as the New York Times notes this morning, Spanish police have detained 14 people during operations conducted yesterday which included the secretary general of economic affairs, Josep Maria Jové.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those 16000 police just became a target!

Sep 21 09:30

Russia begins troop withdrawal from Belarus after end of Zapad 2017 drills – MoD

Russian troops have started to routinely return to their home bases after the end of the joint Russia-Belarus Zapad 2017 exercises that earlier provoked large-scale hysteria in the West over their nature, numbers and purpose.

Units of the Russian Air Force were first to set off for home following the end of the drills, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Sep 21 08:43

E.U. to Trump: ‘We’re Not Renegotiating Iran Nuclear Deal’ – Israel Not Happy

Now Israel has a problem. What’s good for Washington is not necessarily good for Europe…

RT International reports today…

All parties to Iran’s nuclear agreement remain in full compliance with the deal, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said after the Wednesday P5+1 powers’ meeting. She emphasized that the deal had potentially averted a military incursion into Iran.

“This is an agreement that prevented a nuclear program and potentially prevented a military intervention,” Mogherini said, following a meeting of ministers representing the six world powers and Iran on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Calling the negotiations a “frank” discussion, Mogherini said that it boiled down to all sides agreeing that no country has breached the terms of the deal. “We all agreed on the fact that there is no violation, that the nuclear program-related aspects, which is all the agreement, are being fulfilled,” she said.

Sep 21 08:12

'Pipe Dream': Mariano Rajoy Rules Out Catalonia Independence Referendum

Spanish Prime Minister said that the referendum on the independence of Catalonia cannot be held, adding that the government of the autonomous region should give up this dream.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to end up as a civil war.

Sep 21 07:56

Brussels faces rebellion over South America trade deal that will 'devastate' EU farmers

BRUSSELS was today facing serious questions about its proposed trade deal with a group of South American countries after Irish farmers warned it would have a “devastating impact” the EU cattle industry.

Sep 20 14:52

"We Are In A State Of Siege": Spanish Police Arrest Top Catalan Officials In Referendum Raids

Spanish police arrested top-ranking Catalan officials including the region’s junior economy minister Josep Maria Jove, as Madrid launched a crackdown on Catalonia over the upcoming Independence referendum Reuters reported. Jove, who is a senior member of the Republican Left of Catalonia political party, was detained following a Wednesday morning raid carried out by Spain’s Civil Guard, which has the authority of both the Interior and the Defence ministries.

At least a dozen high-ranking local officials were arrested, La Vanguardia newspaper said. Among those detained are Josue Sallent Rivas from the Centre of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Xavier Puig Farré from the Office of Social Affairs and Josep Maria Salvat Tenesa from the Ministry of Economics and Finance.

Sep 20 12:17

How the UN Covers for US Aggression

UN is not out to get the U.S. Rather, it has largely been America’s tool since its inception, it has repeatedly covered Uncle Sam’s overly-exposed butt as he (a.k.a. “the royal we”) has gone around the world on a three decade-long military bender since the end of the Cold War.

And therein lies the truly pernicious part of the Trumped-up case against the U.N. … because, like so much of America’s growing cult of grievance, it reflects an ever-widening gap between America’s stated ideals and its self-serving behavior around the world.

Sep 20 12:10

Trump’s Embarrassing UN Speech

The arrogance conveyed by Trump’s speech is unprecedented.

I wonder if whoever wrote the deplorable speech intended to embarrass Trump and inadvertently embarrassed America as well, or whether the speechwriter(s) is so imbued with the neoconservative arrogance and hubris of our time that the speechwriter was simply blind to the extraordinary contradictions that stood out like sore thumbs all through the speech.

Sep 20 07:01

Free Muslim Immigration to Europe 1

Abstract from the Barcelona - Euro Mediterranean Declaration of 1995:

The Euro Mediterranean Declaration was agreed upon by the EU, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel and comprises:

Comprehensive political partnership, among other things about:

Establishing a free trade area and economic integration to begin in the year of 2010
Considerably more money for the partners
Cultural partnership.
Respect for Islam Is Guaranteed by the EU

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, apparently the plan to flood Europe with Muslim refugees goes all the way back to 1995!

Sep 20 06:52

Israel and Saudi Arabia Loved Trump’s Nuke-Happy U.N. Speech

Trump's controversial United Nations speech—in which he threatened to "destroy" North Korea—was condemned by European allies and cheered by hardliners in the Mideast.

Sep 20 06:50

Hamas bends over backwards yet EU retains snub

As for Hanegbi, he recently threatened Palestinians with a “third Nakba” – a reference to Israel’s previous bouts of mass ethnic cleansing in 1948 and 1967.

He’s only one in a parade of top Israeli officials to make genocidal statements that the EU has failed or refused to condemn.

The EU continues to reward Israel as it builds its settlements in the occupied West Bank at a rapid pace, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces openly they will never be removed.

Sep 19 09:59

‘GM seed choice shouldn’t be dictated’: Italian farmers question EU court ruling on Monsanto corn

Not all Italian farmers welcome a European court ruling this week allowing growers to cultivate genetically-modified corn in Italy. Some farmers told RT that the majority reject GM seeds and question the EU interfering in national laws.

The European Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled in favor of Giorgio Fidenato, an Italian activist farmer who faces fines for growing genetically-modified maize MON 810 on his land in 2014, despite a 2013 government decree banning its cultivation.

In 2013, Italy asked the European Commission to adopt emergency measures prohibiting the planting of the Monsanto-produced seeds in light of new scientific studies carried out by Italian scientists.

Sep 19 09:57

Hungary set for fresh anti-Soros blitz

Hungary is set to launch another state "national consultation" about US financier and philanthropist George Soros, the government said Tuesday, six months before expected general elections.

The campaign would be to investigate public views on the "Soros plan", and would likely be launched next month, government spokesman Bence Tuzson told public radio, without giving further details.

Last week a top official in the ruling Fidesz party, Lajos Kosa, said that this "Soros plan" includes Europe accepting a million migrants per year and the demolition of Hungary's anti-migrant border fences.

Sep 19 09:23

Experts say it would be 'foolish' to expand eurozone because single currency has been 'divisive'

Jean-Claude Juncker's plans to expand the eurozone came under fresh attack last night as critics warned that the single currency has been 'disastrous' for the region.

In his annual State of the Union speech last week, the European Commission president said those members of the EU that have not adopted the euro should do so.

Sep 18 15:29

TRUMP JUST WALKED INTO THE U.N. AND SAID ONE WORD LEFT THEM ALL SPEECHLESS

President Trump told the U.N. that no country shall “shoulder a disproportionate share of the burden and that’s military or financially.”

Sep 18 14:58

Video: ‘Back To Normal’? EU Migrant Chief Calls To Abandon Extra Checks On Schengen Borders

It seems that EU is unable and unwilling to protect EU borders.

Sep 18 13:46

In Catalonia: A Spanish Tiananmen Square?

One of those crises that no one saw coming is about to rear its head in a very unlikely locale: Catalonia, Spain’s richest province, where the local government has scheduled an independence referendum on October 1.

Catalonia has long been a cash cow for the Madrid regime: the province is by far the richest in the country, and contributes much more to the national budget than it receives. With 16 percent of Spain’s population, the region produces 25 percent of the nation’s exports, hosts 23 percent of industry – and receives 11 percent of government expenditures. This essentially parasitic relationship perhaps accounts for the fierce resistance to the secession movement by the rather shaky regime of conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Sep 18 12:37

Removing Offensive Monuments

The eyesore presidential libraries

The social justice warrior charge to purge the United States of all monuments relating in any way to the Confederacy has been rapidly expanding to include the scourge represented by all white people all through history.

Now, I would suggest that turnabout is fair play so if we are all agreeing that monuments must be destroyed to right historic wrongs, I am interested in making up my own little list based on the things that I disapprove of. As readers of this site are aware, I am a critic of illegal behavior by the United States government, to include torture, targeted assassinations by drone and starting wars without any reason to do so, so that would be a good place to start.

Sep 18 12:33

Russia Emerges As Victor in Syrian War

The war is almost over; reconstruction and nation-building are coming to the fore.

A new UN-brokered round of negotiations on Syria will kick off in October. The participants will have to live with new reality – the West has lost in Syria, Russia and its allies have won

Sep 18 12:30

Trump’s Bonfire of Washington Politics

So, is it inside-out politics that is taking place here?

President Trump shocked the political world and his own “base” when he struck a budget deal with Democrats to get emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey victims, reports ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

Last week, President Trump threw a grenade into the U.S. political structure.

Sep 18 12:27

A Letter to My American Friends

What would it take for you to switch sides and join the rest of mankind in what is a struggle for the survival of our species?

I asked you to name me a single successful US military intervention since WWII and you could name none. Good!

Did you notice that there was no Islamic State in Iraq before the US invasion?

I don’t think that millions of murdered people, including hundreds of thousands of children, are “mistakes” (how would you react it somebody conceded to you that Hitler and Stalin made “mistakes”?). But there is something even more insidious in this notion of “mistake”.

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