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Dec 07 12:43

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 07 12:38

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis and the Spirit of Trumpism

When it comes to foreign policy, the incoming Trump administration displays a split personality.

Mattis exemplifies the dual nature of the new administration.
This was readily apparent during the campaign, when, on the one hand, Donald Trump told us we were lied into the Iraq war, that NATO is “obsolete,” and that we have no business supporting regime change in Syria – and, on the other hand, he declared that he would crush ISIS, that it was a mistake to leave Iraq, and that we have to “rebuild our military,” as if we don’t already spend as much as the top ten defense spenders.

Dec 07 10:56

Russia pipeline is security 'threat', US diplomat says

Russia’s Nord Stream II gas pipeline is a threat to European security, a US diplomat has said, amid calls for the European Commission to intervene.
Adam Shub, the deputy US ambassador to the EU, in Brussels on Tuesday (6 December), mentioned the Russian-German project amid other instruments he said Russia was using to “create division” in Europe and to erode “shared transatlantic values”.

EU Commission has stalled on appeals for a legal assessment.

He said the armed conflict in Ukraine was “just the front line” in the “malign action”, which extended also to the EU and the Western Balkans.

“There are [Russian] attempts to influence the policy debate, support for political parties, we know that, in the European Parliament, for NGOs … attempts to acquire assets on the energy front, Nord Stream - these are threats to Europe and to transatlantic security”, he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shub's codswallop, in denouncing Russia for doing everything the US government does, in terms of providing loans, supporting and attempting to influence various candidates and organisations who echo the US government narrative, demonstrates that the US government has, in basketball parlance, "got no game", in terms of being able to undo this deal.

This deal makes absolute sense for the German government and the German people, in order to keep fuel costs low.

In his petulant and sophomoric rant at the Ceps think tank conference, Shub comes off as almost thoroughly unhinged in his excoriating criticism of the deal, yet offers absolutely no concrete suggestions of what the German government "SHOULD" do, to get a better deal elsewhere.

And I would politely suggest to Mr. Shub that after last year's revelations of the fact that the US was spying on Angela Merkel and her ministers, neither she, nor any potential successor, is going to be very enthusiastic about listening to ANYTHING the US government has to say.

Obama administration spied on German media as well as its government

Dec 07 09:33

Farron's threat: Lib Dem discusses with EU chief whether Brexit can be STOPPED

TIM FARRON has admitted he travelled to Brussels to meet with an EU chief to discuss whether it was possible to stop Brexit.

Dec 07 09:27

Italian Government Prepares To Nationalize Monte Paschi

The wait is almost over.

After two previous taxpayer funded bailouts, and nearly five months of foreplay since the third largest Italian bank failed the latest European stress test at the end of July, in which the Italian government in September vow that "bailout for Italian banks has been 'absolutely' ruled out", a third bailout, as we previewed earlier today, is now imminent.

According to Reuters, which cites two sources, Italy is preparing to take a €2 billion controlling stake in Monte Paschi as the bank's hopes of a private funding rescue have faded after a fruitless five month search to secure an anchor investor, following Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's decision to quit.

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Dec 07 08:26

UK Will Not Be Allowed Any Cherrypicking Over Brexit: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Britain will not be given much leeway to “cherry pick” the parts of the European Union it prefers in the Brexit negotiations without accepting its four basic freedoms.

“We will not allow any cherrypicking,” Merkel said at a meeting of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party members in the German western city of Essen on Tuesday.

Dec 07 08:11

Brexit Deal Could Be Reached By October 2018 – EU’s ‘Tough’ Chief Negotiator

A deal on Brexit could be reached by October of 2018, if all goes to plan, according to the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

If the UK engages in negotiations in a timely fashion, an agreement on how to implement Article 50 – the clause to leave the EU – could be reached well before the end of 2018, he said.

Dec 07 08:00

Dutch reject calls to cease funding Palestinian groups

The Dutch government has rejected calls to cease funding organizations that advocate a boycott of Israel.

In June this year, NGO Monitor – a lobby group with close ties to the Israeli political and military establishments claimed it had scored a significant victory in the Netherlands.

NGO Monitor was referring to a decision made by the Dutch parliament that a review should be undertaken of the country’s aid to organizations supporting the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. According to NGO Monitor, the parliament’s vote was the result of briefings that the lobby group had provided on how “radical” activists were engaged in the “demonization” of Israel.

The government in The Hague has now made it clear, however, that it will not bar BDS advocates from receiving aid.

Dec 07 07:38

1939: "Anti-Semite" Fr. Coughlin Warns that Warmongers will Use Japan to Ensnare U.S. Into 2nd European World War

The good Father also spoke of how the propagandists would "merchandise lies, murders, hell holes, corpses, and broken hearts for the loved ones left behind." He warned his audience that they would do this "While you people pay to be propagandized" and said "They are still depending upon your gullibility. They are still banking upon your unintelligence, as they say, to lead you like sheep to the slaughter tomorrow, as they did your fathers and brothers yesterday. For oh, they are ingenious!"

Dec 07 05:33

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 06 21:09

Poland to spend £11.5BILLION on huge military overhaul amid growing Russian tensions

POLISH officials have confirmed the country will spend a whopping £11.5billion ($14.5billion) to drastically upgrade their military over the next five years.

Dec 06 18:29

Swedish security guards brutally attacked by vicious gang on Stockholm subway

It is not know how serious the security guard’s injuries were but an ambulance was called to the scene.

According to online reports, the thugs who attacked the pair were immigrants, however this has not been confirmed.

Dec 06 15:59

Italy Moves Closer to a BREXIT – 5 Star Movement Poised to Challenge for Leadership Role

In yet another blow to center-left politics, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced his intention to resign following a dramatic voter rejection of his constitutional reforms package.

renziThis unexpected shift in Italian politics could very well trigger calls for Italy to ‘rethink’ its relationship with Brussels.

If Renzi has his resignation accepted, then the government would be handed over to a ‘care taker’ leader until the next General Election scheduled for 2018, or until a snap election is called. Before any snap election can be called, elite bureaucrats are furiously trying to rewrite Italy’s election laws allegedly to keep “Far Right” parties, like the surging Northern League out of power, but in reality these desperate measures are designed to prevent widely popular insurgent parties like 5 Star from gaining a majority in Parliament.

Dec 06 14:59

Rule By Distant Strangers

The purpose of the European project, at least the purpose sold to the public, was to provide long-term stability to the continent, particularly economic stability. The lesson of the first fifty years of the 20th century was that nationalist competition among states led to economic instability and war. Therefore, cooperation among the nations of Europe on economic matters, as well as a common defense, would keep the peace and allow all nations to prosper together, as one continent.

Dec 06 13:05

Shape up or ship out! Austerity devastated Greece given eurozone ULTIMATUM

....said during the same day of the Italian vote... LOL

the irony can't even get more ironic.

Dec 06 13:01

Iranophobes on Parade – Philip Giraldi

Will Iran be the target of the Trump regime?

Hopefully someone will convince Donald Trump that the real answer to eliminating the “Iranian threat” is not war.

One of the most discouraging aspects of the filling out of the Donald Trump cabinet is the array of Iran haters that seem to be lining up in the foreign policy and national security areas.Trump has been personally advocating sensible policies relating to Russia and Syria but he appears to have gone off the rails regarding Iran, which just might be attributed to those who are giving him advice.

Dec 06 11:40

Mr. Trump: Use Your America-First Instincts to Pick a Secretary of State

These five men taken individually or together amount to a poisonous dog’s breakfast of intervention, war-mongering, deeper bankruptcy, and Israel First.

There is not an America First-bone in any of them, and they would work against your often-stated goal of reforming U.S. foreign policy in the direction the Founders intended, and ending the influence of the passions of Neoconservatives and Israel Firsters for involving the republic in endless, unnecessary wars.

Dec 06 11:31

Failed EU – Means an Expanded Dictatorship

Mass movements frequently take on a life of their own.

As the people of the world awaken to the pernicious nature and destructive wreckage of European civilization, the EU technocrats and oligarchs respond with even greater measures of control, repression and intimidation. Yet the prospects that they will be able to maintain their autocratic rule lessons with each populist rebellion against the beasts from Brussels. Induced panic is a tool used to scare the peasants into additional submission. The most obvious method will be a major economic and monetary implosion designed to create fear so that their revered and lauded interdependency necessitates another surrender of national sovereignty.

Dec 06 10:24

Brexit Legal Challenge: Theresa May Appeals Article 50 Ruling In Supreme Court

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government launched its Supreme Court appeal on Monday to overturn an earlier High Court ruling, which stated Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty could only be triggered with the input of Parliament.

Dec 06 10:14

EU ON THE BRINK: Eurozone economy growth just 0.3% in Q3 as foreign trade hits the bloc

EUROPE'S economy grew by just 0.3 per cent in the third quarter of the year, as foreign trade turned against the bloc, it was confirmed today.

Dec 06 09:51

'Footloose' Comes To Brussels - Europe Unleashes "Dance Tax"

"Everybody cut loose".. but be prepared to pay for it in Europe. As Martin Armstrong notes, if you dance in a bar in Brussels, you must pay a tax!

The patrons of Bonnefooi, a cafe in the center of Brussels, last week received a visit from a City inspector.

The inspector asked them to pay the “tax dance.” Yes you read correctly. Brussels has a “dancing tax” written in the 50´s and as the government needs money, they have “revitalized” this tax since 2014.

For every customer who dances in a bar the owner has to pay €0.40 per night. They sent incognito civil servants to uphold this law.

Dec 06 09:50

UK Activists Rally Outside Parliament Urging Speedup Of Brexit

Pro-Brexit campaigners gathered outside the British Parliament – demanding a speed-up in the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Dec 06 09:40

The Bribe of the Century: EU will Give Assad Money if he Allows Al Qaeda to Rule Over Parts of Syria

Instead of helping EU citizens suffering from years of austerity, poverty and misery, the EU oligarchs ruling in Brussels prefer to give EU cash on hand to Al Qaeda and ISIS Wahhabi terrorists.

Yesterday The Duran reported on EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, issuing a warning that the fall of Aleppo will not end the war in Syria.

Dec 05 19:26

Elites are fighting to keep us in the EU and undermine the will of the people

DURING the EU referendum David Cameron put out an official leaflet that could hardly be more explicit about the consequences of the vote: “This is your decision. The Government will implement what you decide.”

Yet much of the political establishment has refused to accept the result. Bristling with contempt for democracy these Remoaners are doing everything in their considerable power to thwart Brexit. The judiciary, media and Parliament are cynically exploited in their ruthless campaign of obstruction against the popular will.

The latest obstacle in the path to British freedom is the Supreme Court, which today begins its hearing to decide if the Government has to seek parliamentary approval before it can trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the clause that signals the start of withdrawal from the EU.

Dec 05 19:24

The disintegration of Europe begins: Renzi ally says mission to 'relaunch' EU has failed

THE DISINTEGRATION of the EU has begun, the Italian minister for European affairs has said.

Sandro Gozi has warned Italy now faces a severe period of unrest and uncertainty after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi lost a referendum on proposed constitutional changes.

Mr Gozi, a close ally of Mr Renzi, who has announced his resignation as promised following the vote, said Brexit and now the Italy vote had dramatically weakened the EU.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think that the beginning of European disintegration has started with Brexit.

“It is up to the other 27 governments to relaunch Europe.

“That was our policy, that was our goal as the Renzi government.

“It is clear that now Europe loses a major political actor to its relaunch.”

Dec 05 19:12

NO SOFT BREXIT: UK 'will scoop extra £20billion a year' when it quits EU single market

THE UK will scoop at least an extra £20 billion a year in tax revenues and investment when it quits the European single market a new report has revealed.

The analysis by the Global Britain thinktank has sunk claims made by Remoaners that Britain needs to stay in the single market in what they have dubbed a “soft Brexit”.

The boost to the UK’s finances would be on top of the net £10 billion a year contribution the UK will get back by leaving the EU as well as the new revenues generated by being free to negotiate new trade deals.

It also reveals that leaving the single market will bring a renaissance in high paid jobs in Britain and force companies to start paying to train people in Britain.

Dec 05 18:49

THE PROFOUND DISAPPOINTMENT OF ANGELA MERKEL

Anyone who says she admires Hillary Clinton, as Angela Merkel has said, plainly invites revulsion if not contempt. The lack of judgment broadcast by such words strikes the mind like a grating noise. Clinton's record of behavior literally stinks to high heaven, much as a pile of corpses left to rot in the hot sun, and, as it happens, there are a great many rotting corpses in Clinton’s history.

Dec 05 12:51

Forget Italy, Turkey Is The Main Course

While investors are focused on Italy, Bloomberg's Mark Cudmore warns that another Mediterranean country is poised to grab their attention very soon. A currency crisis in Turkey is rapidly deteriorating, setting the stage for dramatic and unscheduled central bank action.

The lira has weakened by more than 11% in the last six weeks against an equally weighted dollar-euro basket. This devaluation is exacerbating the situation rather than providing a relief valve.

Dec 05 11:40

Angela Merkel As Bad For Europe As Clinton & Obama Are For America

Anyone who says she admires Hillary Clinton, as Angela Merkel has said, plainly invites revulsion if not contempt. The lack of judgment broadcast by such words strikes the mind like a grating noise. Clinton’s record of behavior literally stinks to high heaven, much as a pile of corpses left to rot in the hot sun, and, as it happens, there are a great many rotting corpses in Clinton’s history.

Dec 05 10:52

Italy’s Boot Was Made for Walkin’ … Away from the EU

"These Boots Were Made for Walkin'" - That’s the theme song for the most boot-shaped country in Italy, and to paraphrase Nancy Sinatra, one of these days that boot is going to walk right out of the EU.

The European Union is collapsing. First, the UK voted to leave, and now, Italy is about to head for the exit as well. While this may seem like incidents of little importance to us here in the US, it has the potential to affect us financially, and in a colossal way.

Dec 05 10:35

Populism Is Sweeping the Planet, Italy Renzi Gone, Hillary Gone, Hollande Gone and Merkel is Next...

The California Cow Fart Law is a perfect example of why the Globalists are Losing and the Nationalists are Winning.

Dec 05 09:47

All Eyes On Monte Paschi, Whose Bailout Is Now In Doubt, And Italian Bank Sector Contagion

As we noted last night, when we previewed the virtually assured "No" vote, we said that "a strong “No” vote will cause Prime Minister Renzi to resign, leading to political instability in Italy. Furthermore, a "No" vote is expected to kill a long-running attempt to rescue Italy's third largest and oldest bank, Monte dei Paschi, which has been desperate for a private sector bailout ever since it failed this summer's ECB stress test to avoid broader banking sector contagion; a failure of Monte Paschi will likely spark a fresh eurozone banking crisis, and prompt the ECB to get involved again (as it warned it would do), in a redux of what happened after the Brexit vote."

Dec 05 08:54

Something SO BIG, Yet Hardly Any Attention! A Worldwide Event TAKING STORM!!

In case you haven't known, there have been reports up to not one, not two, not three, but FOUR different "cyber attacks" in just this week alone — primarily this past weekend.

Dec 05 08:08

Great Timing Award: Wolfgang Schäuble Says "Greece Must Reform Or Leave Eurozone"

On the same day Matteo Renzi suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of alleged “populists” in Italy, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble ruled out debt relief for Greece ahead of a eurozone finance minister meeting.

Dec 05 06:26

Revolution: Iceland’s Pirate Party Form Anti-Establishment Government

Iceland’s anti-establishment Pirate Party have been invited to form government and have been handed a mandate to begin instituting some of their progressive policies.

Dec 05 06:15

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Is A Former Treasury Secretary Who Actually Cares

Here’s an idea – how about appointing a US Treasury Secretary who actually cares for the ultimate welfare of the American People and the United States of America for a change, as opposed to using his position as a “revolving door” a la the cadre of treasonous “America-last” gaggle of premeditated criminals merely taking a leave of absence from their full-time jobs at Goldman Sachs and Covington & Burling LLP?

The American economy and its engineered 2008 crash wrought by such “financial luminaries” as Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, Gene Sperling, Hank Paulson, Tim Geithner, and others, has left a lasting effect, if not almost the total destruction of, the American Economy.

Dec 05 05:05

Donald Trump: Thank you Ohio!

Awesome after Election rally.

Keep it up, Trump supporters! NO to Lobbyists! No to Regime Change Wars! No to the Neocons! We want a foreign policy that puts #AmericaFirst

Thank you Ohio! Together, we made history – and now, the real work begins. America will start winning again! #AmericaFirst

Full Speech: President-Elect Donald Trump 'VICTORY' Rally in Cincinnati, OH 12/1/16

Dec 04 20:00

Europe’s most-wanted criminals must have their faces COVERED to protect their human rights

AN ADVENT calendar released by the EU’s law enforcement agency to help snare some of the continent’s most-wanted criminals in the run-up to Christmas has descended into farce after it emerged the crooks’ faces must to be covered up to protect their human rights.

Dec 04 19:59

WAR ON DENMARK'S STREETS: Migrant chaos sparks clashes between police and protestors

VIOLENT clashes over immigration have erupted between police and opposing protest groups in Copenhagen, leading to the arrests of 11 people.

Police scrambled to contain confrontations between the “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West” group, PEGIDA, and pro-immigration counter-protestors.

Dec 04 19:54

ITALY ON THE BRINK: Desperate Renzi begs Qatar for help as top bank tries to secure £4BN

ITALIAN Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is facing a race against time as Europe's oldest bank teeters on the verge of collapse amid a constitutional crisis in the country.

Dec 04 17:43

Renzi resigns after losing reforms referendum

Dec 04 16:03

Italy To Exit EU, Euro Will Collapse After "No" Vote Wins In Italy Referendum

Multiple media outlets are calling the Italy Referendum as win for the "No" vote which means Italy will exit the EU and the Euro will collapse.

Dec 04 15:00

End of the EU: NO Vote Leads 63% In Italy Exit Poll

After media warnings a “No” vote will collapse the EU and the Euro, early Italy exit polls show the no vote winning 63% to 37%.

Last week the corporate media ran numerous reports stating a”No” vote in Italy’s referendum vote today will unleash financial doomsday and lead to the collapse of the Euro and the EU itself.

Dec 04 12:15

Something Strange Is Taking Place In The Mediterranean

For two months, using marinetraffic.com, we have been monitoring the movements of ships owned by a couple of NGOs, and, using data from data.unhcr.org. We have kept track of the daily arrivals of African immigrants in Italy. It turned out we were witness of a big scam and an illegal human traffic operation.

NGOs, smugglers, the mafia in cahoots with the European Union have shipped thousands of illegals into Europe under the pretext of rescuing people, assisted by the Italian coast guard which coordinated their activities.

Dec 04 10:44

Austria far-right candidate Norbert Hofer defeated in presidential poll

Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer has lost Austria's presidential election.

On Facebook, he described himself as "infinitely sad" and congratulated Alexander Van der Bellen, former head of the Greens, on his victory.

The elections had been seen as a sign of how well populist candidates might do in upcoming elections in the EU, though the post is ceremonial.

The result is sure to be welcomed by establishment parties and officials in the EU.

Dec 04 08:59

Italy votes in referendum with PM Renzi's future at stake

Italians were voting on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform that will decide the political future of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who has promised to resign if he loses.

Financial markets and Europe's politicians fear victory for the opposition 'No' camp could cause political instability and renewed turmoil for Italy's battered banks, pushing the euro zone towards a fresh crisis.

About 51 million Italians are eligible to vote on Renzi's plan to drastically reduce the role of the upper house Senate and claw back powers from regional authorities.

By noon, 20 percent of citizens had voted, the Interior Ministry said, more than the 17 percent who had cast ballots by the same time in May 2014 for the European Parliament election.

Dec 03 09:07

Is Sunday's Italian Referendum the Catalyst for a European Banking Crisis?

The populist movement that has been sweeping across the Western world could cement its place in Italy this Sunday.

Dec 03 08:14

Push for hard Brexit led to Richmond Park win, says new Lib Dem MP

Sarah Olney says 21.5% swing in byelection was secured because Tory remain voters felt PM was only focusing on leave camp

Dec 03 04:25

US-LED COALITION COLLAPSES: DENMARK PULLS F-16 JETS

The Danish authorities intend to withdraw seven F-16 fighter jets, which took part in an operation of the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. A military commission, which investigated incidents of the US, reported that Danish aircraft participated in an airstrike of the coalition on September 17, when a number of Syrian soldiers were killed. Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen and Defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen decided to withdraw the fighter jets after publication of these data. Reportedly, the aircraft will return to the country in mid-December. At the same time, the Danish government announced that it is going to expand its assistance to Iraq in counseling on engineering and construction works, which will be carried out by about 150 specialists...

Dec 03 04:13

This ‘super bubble’ could burst on December 4th…

Italian government bonds are in a super bubble.

They are primed to collapse soon.

Dec 02 16:19

Italian Bank warns 30 times for a ‘bail-in’ if the NO camp wins the referendum

Sunday December 4th, Italians will go to the polling stations to vote on a constitutional reform.

Dec 02 15:42

France On Fire

Honestly, I do not know how to watch videos like this without knowing, immediately but also deep down, I would not want to be anywhere near this sort of activity.

Dec 02 13:37

Deutsche Bank Stock Slides After "Cutting Off" 3,400 "Non-Strategic" Trading Clients

In September, headlines of Deutsche Bank trading clients pulling collateral sparked grave concern over the world's most systemically dangerous bank. Today, the stock is sliding once again as WSJ reports the bank said it would cease providing some coverage for about 3,400 actively trading clients in its global markets division, according to a memo sent to equities staff.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This looks double plus ungood for Deutsche Bank.

Added to the reality that Italy's banks are in serious trouble, the European economy may be on the way to a terrible spinout, and could possibly take the US economy down with it.

Up To Eight Italian Banks May Fail If Renzi Loses Referendum

Dec 02 11:53

All Eyes On Italy

It’s rare for the world to worry about Italy. But Sunday’s referendum has the global Establishment on the edge of its seat.

Dec 02 11:35

Magical Christmas markets in Europe

Dec 02 09:49

EU budget could be spent developing arms for Saudi Arabia

A new, centralised EU fund for defence could be spent on developing weapons for authoritarian regimes, prompting tens of thousands of people to sign a petition against its creation.

The budget for the ‘European Defence Fund’ was approved in Brussels on Thursday, meaning arms companies will receive money to develop weapons directly from the European Union, in a significant departure from the EU’s founding mission as a preserver of peace.

Countries contributing to the fund, which will is currently only at trial stage, but may eventually hold billions of euros, would be able to offset their contributions against their overall payments to the EU budget.

Dec 02 08:12

EU CENSORS: Anti-Brussels protests are a CRIME - fears at Eurocrat crackdown on 'dissent'

SINISTER plans to criminalise “political dissent” against the EU project took a step closer to becoming reality today, prompting a dismayed response from free speech campaigners.

Human rights groups have reacted with horror after EU member states approved draconian new anti-terror laws which critics have warned could be used to suppress eurosceptic movements by force.

In a rare show of universal anger seven leading civil rights movements tore into unelected Brussels bureaucrats over the shadowy plot, warning that it endangers “fundamental rights and freedoms” including the right to protest.

Dec 02 08:09

EUROZONE CRISIS: Italian bank shares DIVE contaminating Euro markets ahead of referendum

The country's oldest lender Monte Dei Pasche saw stocks plummet by more than one per cent, while the country's biggest bank UniCredit was also trading in the red.

At the same time, Italy's top stock market the FTSE MIB was down by almost one per cent - the index has already lost around 20 per cent of its value this year.

Dec 02 08:02

I will give Austria an EU referendum: Nobert Hofer to allow Austrian people to LEAVE EU

THE far right-wing politician campaigning for the presidency of Austria has said he would push for a referendum on EU membership if he wins the post on Sunday.

Dec 02 06:58

Italy’s Sunday Vote Set To Trigger The “Most Violent Economic Shock In History”

Latest Italy polls show 54% support for “No”, which will tear apart the EU, the world’s largest economy, triggering an epic stock market crash.

Dec 01 12:57

Massive Cyber Attack Hits More Than 900k Routers In Germany

More than 900,000 routers belonging to Deutsche Telekom users in Germany were not able to connect to the Internet due to an alleged cyber-attack.

Dec 01 12:41

FBI Expanded Its Hacking Powers, Unprecedented Authority To Hack Into Any Device

Trump says he will let go of businesses to concentrate on the country. Trump hires a Goldman Sachs banker and a Rothschild Central Banker to be on his team.Senate fails to block efforts of the FBI having the ability to hack into any device.

Dec 01 12:15

Danish People's Party signals support for leaving EU

Leaders of the eurosceptic Danish People’s Party (DF) met with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage in Copenhagen on Wednesday and signalled that the party is considering formally backing a referendum to have Denmark leave the EU.

Dec 01 11:51

When the first small piece of sh*t finally sticks.

So could it really be that after years of stonewalling, Draghi, the ECB and the cabal of central bankers and regulators, are finally being dragged blinking in to the light?

Dec 01 11:08

EU Plans Big Military Spending Increase

The European Union today unveiled their “European Defense Action Plan,” which aims at a major military spending increase alliance-wide, with some $5.8 billion a year being set aside to acquire more weaponry, including attack helicopters and drones.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker argues that the spending is needed to ensure that Europe’s military industrial base remains “competitive” enough to give them strategic autonomy. Alliance-wide, the EU member nations spend over $210 billion on their military every year.

A lot of the effort seems focused not on building or buying equipment anyone actually wants, but rather in ensuring that EU-based companies have the capability of doing so, and funding research into more future weapons that they will also buy, but not actually want.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me for being a tad confused here, but... against what countries does EU President Junker believe he will be fighting with this EU Army?!?

Russia?!? Russia wants trade.

China?!? China wants trade.

Or, perhaps, is this EU Army being created to put down uppity nation-states who ultimately want out, because membership in the EU is not benefiting their citizens economically at all?

Of course, after Italy's referendum this weekend, the entire point of the EU might be made moot anyway.

Italy's referendum: A nightmare scenario in the heart of Europe

Dec 01 07:53

Europe Filled With Populist Breakouts Following Brexit and Trump

The president of the European Commission – which is the Executive Committee of the European Union – has told EU member states to avoid these pesky referendums on leaving the EU because it is on the edge of collapse already.

Nov 30 09:05

Thugs burn traditional Christmas figure to the ground in Sweden

THUGS have hit out against one of Sweden’s most cherished Christmas traditions, as they burned a 13-metre-tall Yule goat to the ground.

For 50 years a 3.6 tonne straw goat has been built in Gävle, central Sweden, to celebrate the beginning of the festive season as it is believed to be a well-wishing spirit that watches over the Christmas preparations.

However, this year the festive celebrations have already taken a hit, as the Christmas icon was burned to the ground within 24 hours of being unveiled.

Nov 30 09:03

SWEDEN BURNING: Stockholm in flames as car fire epidemic rages in 'no-go' zone

SHOCKING footage of cars burning out in Stockholm has emerged as the fire epidemic continues to spread uncontrolled throughout crisis-hit Sweden.

The Scandinavian country has been plagued with arsonist thugs setting vehicles alight, with hundreds of cars burning out since 2015.

In 2016 alone, more than 70 cars have been destroyed as police struggle to combat the increasing violence and criminal activity in the famously liberal country.

Nov 30 08:39

ITALY IN CRISIS: 50,000 angry protestors take to the streets in bid to topple pro-EU Renzi

FURIOUS protestors have taken to the streets of Rome just days before a referendum which could spark the beginning of the end of Italy’s place in the European Union.

The controversial vote on government-backed constitutional reform will take place on Sunday and, if polls are correct, will see defeat for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

The No camp are currently 11 percentage points ahead with just days to go.

Nov 30 07:01

Say goodbye to the old guard! EU is 'paying the price for domination of old war horses'

THE EUROPEAN Union is paying the price for the actions of an ageing group of eurocrats clinging onto power, a think tank has claimed.

Nov 30 07:01

GEREXIT? Merkel in MELTDOWN as nearly HALF of Germans want EU referendum, poll finds

NEARLY half of all Germans want to hold a referendum on their nations EU membership – with a survey suggesting almost two-thirds of Germans are unhappy and want change in the crumbling Brussels bloc.

Nov 29 21:38

Could Britain LOSE Brexit? Legal expert says Supreme Court case could rule AGAINST Gov

THE Government could lose its legal bid to be allowed to trigger Brexit talks with Brussels without MPs' backing by a thumping 11 to nil, a legal expert predicted today.

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Michael Zander QC, Professor Emeritus of Law at the London School of Economics, told legal magazine Counsel: "I would be surprised if the Attorney General and his team of supporting QCs and other lawyers have given ministers reason to hope that there was any great hope of the (High Court's) unanimous and very strong decision being reversed.

"In my view, the Government could be looking at losing 11-0."

So the demands of 17 million UK citizens can be overruled by 11 "important" people?

Nov 29 21:33

Nexit: Now Netherlands looks set to leave crumbling EU bloc as far-right party TOPS POLLS

New data reportedly shows the PVV – led by Eurosceptic Geert Wilders – would take more than a fifth of the lower chamber with 33 seats out of the 150-seat chamber, eight more than prime minister Mark Rutte’s party would take if elections were called now.

The data was compiled by the country’s most reputed pollster, Maurice de Hond, and suggests Wilders would become the Netherlands’ new prime minister, spelling the end of the country’s membership of the EU.

Nov 29 21:32

Euro DIVES amid fears Italy's referendum is beginning of the END of EU

The euro tumbled against both the pound and the dollar today, as fears for the bloc's future gathered pace.

Markets are gearing up for political and financial turmoil if Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi loses the vote, as expected, over constitutional reform.

The last poll ahead of the vote gave the ‘no’ campaign against reforms a five per cent lead.

It is thought an anti-euro party could replace the leader, sparking contagion in Spain and Portugal.

Nov 29 17:10

Intel Officer Plotting With ISIS To Blow Up Intel Headquarters Arrested In Germany

Germany has arrested an intelligence officer which infiltrated the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BvF) on behalf of ISIS after he was outed for leaking classified information to the terrorist group in a plot to blow up the office’s headquarters.

Nov 29 15:22

Central Bankers Are Quietly Discussing Taxing Withdrawals From ATM's

Central bankers are now pushing the idea of taxing cash withdrawals. War on cash is now spreading to Spain. Italy's referendum might trigger banks to collapse.

Nov 29 15:04

Up for Debate: New Breed of Politicians Push NATO Survival into Brink

People across Europe also took to the streets to voice their anger over the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. And political elites also have concerns about the Alliance…

Nov 29 12:49

UK TROOPS IN POLAND, GREEK TAXES ON CASH WITHDRAWALS, & THERESA MAY THE BREXIT-BACKER: it’s all bollocks & that’s Official

In order to deter the entire might of the Russian Federation (Theresa May confirmed yesterday) Britain is going to put 150 squaddies on the Polish border.

Nov 29 12:02

Greeks Refuse EU Demand to Stop Russian Fuel Tankers

Dimitrios Velanis, the special advisor on Russian relations to the Greek prime minister, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti that Greece will not take any action against Russia should Russian tankers carrying fuel for the country’s air forces in Syria travel through Greek territorial waters. The EU currently bans the supply of jet fuel to Syria from EU countries under EU Council Regulation 1323/2014 ban. The embargo applies whether or not the fuel originated in the European Union. “I would answer with the words used by the Russian Ministries of Defense and of Foreign Affairs, which were that the sanctions put in place by the EU and by NATO do not affect Russia, since it is not a member of these organizations,” Velanis said. “We understand that Russia‘s intervention in Syria, with its navy and air forces, needs of course to keep them going. Planes don’t fly without fuel.

Nov 29 11:28

Saudis Brace for Bankruptcy, Bring Dramatic Measures to Public Sector

A two-year drop in oil prices has inflicted a dramatic blow to the economy of one of the world’s richest countries. If no changes are made, Saudi Arabia, according to some Saudi experts, will go bankrupt in three to four years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is what happens when policies are implemented without thinking them all the way through. This attempt at an oil-price war to harm Russia backfired and caused more harm to Europe, the Middle East, and even the US than it did to Russia.

Nov 29 11:13

16 European States Back German Proposal for an Arms Control Treaty With Russia

More than a dozen European countries have expressed willingness to engage in dialog with Russia toward reaching an arms control deal, potentially upsetting US military build-ups near Russian borders.

Germany and 15 other countries are pressing for the arms control deal with Russia, German newspaper Die Welt said on Friday.

Nov 29 10:48

Could May do THIS to BRITAIN? Public REJECTED EU in vote – but ministers decided to STAY

ALMOST 12 years ago 10 countries in the European Union decided they would allow the public to go to the ballot box to decide whether they would support the EU constitution.

But after France and the Netherlands voted overwhelmingly to remove themselves from the bloc's constitution, six other countries cancelled their referendums.

Now as pressure is on Theresa May to exercise a smooth exit for Britain to leave the EU, legal battles within the country are making a swift Brexit look increasingly unlikely.

It can be revealed that politicians in both France and the Netherlands simply ignored the will of their people after they overwhelmingly rejected Brussels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nov 29 03:48

Russia Unveils Nuke Train To Terrify NATO

Russia has tested a new high speed stealth nuke train that is designed to be a ‘nightmare’ for NATO.

Nov 28 19:26

The ‘Trump Effect’ Hits Europe

The Swedish Nobel Prize Committee is to be congratulated for its prescient selection of Bob Dylan as this year’s Laureate of the Prize for Literature because his signature song “The Times, They Are A-Changing” captures impeccably where we stand today in the international landscape after Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. elections on Nov. 8.

Nov 28 15:31

Italy's troubled Monte dei Paschi bank faces billions in legal claims

Italy’s third-largest and the world’ oldest bank, Monte dei Paschi de Siena is facing potential legal claims for more than €8 billion ($8.5 billion) in a series of civil lawsuits, Reuters reported.
The ailing bank has already set aside €627 million to cover claims.

On Monday, the Italian market watchdog approved the bank’s capital raising plan. Monte dei Paschi was acknowledged as Europe's weakest major bank in July industry stress tests and wants to raise €5 billion through a debt swap and share sale.

Nov 28 13:45

European president Jean-Claude Juncker pleads with EU leaders not to hold 'in-out' referendums - because voters will choose to LEAVE 

Jean-Claude Juncker has urged EU leaders not to hold referendums on their membership of the bloc because he fears their voters will also choose to leave.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable." -- John F. Kennedy

Nov 28 13:09

Internet Privacy In UK Now ‘Worse Than China’

UK citizens have been stripped of their right to any online privacy, with a new law making the British public subject to 24/7 draconian surveillance that surpasses the restrictions placed on Chinese citizens.

Nov 28 12:16

De Facto NATO “Invasion” of Syria? US, Turkey Military Operations in Syria Are Intervention

Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a military operation dubbed Euphrates Shield to clear the Syrian border town of Jarabulus and the surrounding area of the Daesh, outlawed in Russia and many other countries. As Jarabulus was retaken, the joint forces of Ankara, the coalition and Syrian rebels continued the offensive southwest.

“There is no coordination between us on the one side and Turkey and the United States on the other… We believe that the actions of these two countries in northern Syria are interference in our internal affairs, aggression and intervention,” Brig. Gen. Samir Suleiman, Head of the Media Affairs of the Syrian Army’s Political Office, said.

Nov 28 11:51

UK Government Hit With New Brexit Lawsuit

The British government is facing a new legal action over whether it has the right to take the UK out of the single market as part of its withdrawal from the European Union (EU), according to a report.

Nov 28 10:36

The coming economic and political collapse is going to be much worse, much longer, and very different than what we’ve seen in the past.

The inevitable breakdown of the European Union and the massive financial crisis it could trigger is an important theme for us right now.

Nov 28 10:35

Turkey's Erdogan escalates war of words with European Union

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the European Union Saturday that Turkey could extend by at least another three months a state of emergency that has been in place since the failed July coup. In a public address in Istanbul, Erdogan launched another attack on the EU just days after the European Parliament voted to back a freeze in accession talks with Ankara.

"Maybe the state of emergency will be extended by three months and then maybe another three months," Erdogan said. "This is a decision for the government and the parliament." He also threatened to restore capital punishment, a decision that would effectively end Ankara's longstanding bid. And he added that he would listen to Turkish citizens rather than people named "Hans" and "George," picking two common European first names.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, the hard truth is that Turkey and Europe need each other, particularly because of the immigration deal Europe still so desperately needs to ease the flow of immigration to their respective countries.

Erdogan has shown his proclivities for dictatorship, post-failed coup, and that may work for a while, if the Turkish people actually think he and his government can keep them safe; however, if this proves to not be true, you may well see gigantic demonstrations against him, and a snap election - allowed under the Turkish Constitution - through which to replace him.

Nov 28 08:57

4,000 NATO troops take part in Lithuania’s largest exercise near Russia’s border

Nov 28 08:57

Michael Fallon: Nato prepared to go to war with Russia and respond to Putin's threats

SIR MICHAEL FALLON has warned Nato is “prepared to defend” any of its member states amid rising tensions between Russia and the West.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle......

Nov 28 08:56

Fury as EU officials handed £15M PAY RISE as Brussels continues tirade on national debts

Despite cutbacks across the continent, 55,000 EU bureaucrats will receive a 3.3 per cent pay rise backdated to July, giving them a pay packet boost to the tune of £15.4million (€18m), just in time for Christmas.

Nov 28 08:55

The European Commission is OVER - GERMANY now rules Europe, declares former president

Romano Prodi led the Commission between 1999 and 2004 and oversaw the EU nearly double in size.

But he claims Brussels’ glory days are over as Germany and France and other member states snatch power from the European Commission.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The European Union started as an open-border free-trade block, and metastasized into a continental dictatorship!

Nov 28 08:54

EU votes for citizens to fund their own brainwashing

A fledgling group set up by the European Commission to allegedly counteract “Russian propaganda” is to be expanded with more public cash and resources. European citizens will be funding mechanisms inducing their own ignorance and misinformation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You don't expect them to use their OWN money, do you? :)

Nov 28 07:53

Greece Is Not India? Hellenic Banks Plan "Tax On Cash Withdrawals" To Combat Black Economy

Greek banks have proposed a series of measures to combat tax evasion, strengthen the electronic transactions and limit the use of cash in the economy, and as KeepTalkingGreece.com reports, one of the measures proposed is a special tax on cash withdrawals.

Nov 28 07:43

PANIC STATIONS: Secret plan to WALL OFF Europe if Turkey unleashes '3m migrant tsunami'

EUROPEAN countries have hatched a secret plan to frantically wall off the north of the continent if Turkey goes through with a threat to open the floodgates for millions of migrants, it emerged tonight.

States in central Europe and the Balkans have been put on red alert for another massive wave of asylum seekers after Recep Tayyip Erdogan handed the extraordinary blackmail note to EU leaders.

And now Serbia has revealed it has drawn up emergency plans to follow in the footsteps of neighbours Bulgaria, Macedonia and Croatia in constructing a huge barrier which would seal off most of the continent.

Nov 28 07:33

Ticking timebomb: Italy's EIGHT banks will FALL if Renzi loses referendum...and DESTROY EU

ITALY's troubled banks face financial meltdown if Prime Minister Matteo Renzi fails to win the Italian referendum this weekend, officials have warned.

Nov 28 00:16

The Hidden Communist History of the Neo-Conservatives (“Neo Cons”)

Neo-conservatism fully began to rear its ugly head in the 1990’s when they thoroughly infiltrated the once patriotic and pro-America Republican party.

It is therefore incumbent upon each and every single patriotic American who cares about the future of their country (especially federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutor offices) to immediately begin to identify, isolate, marginalize, investigate, indict, arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate all Neo-Conservatives as an internal and national security threat to the welfare of the United States of America.

Nov 28 00:11

Foibles, Fables and Failures – The Financial Press and its Keepers

The Presidential elections made millions of American voters starkly aware of the mendacity of the mass media and the corruption of the Clinton political elite.

The world’s largest billionaire bankers had bankrolled Secretary Hillary Clinton, the ‘million-dollar-a-speech’ War Goddess. They had bet heavily against the populist-nationalist Donald Trump and they lost. Their pre-paid political manifestos, addressed to the readers of the NY Times, flopped and sputtered: Most readers and investors in domestic markets had placed their bets on ‘The Donald’. Their domestic celebrations pumped up the market after the election.

The unimaginable had happened: George Soros had bet and lost! The ‘deplorable’ electorate preferred the obnoxious nationalist to the obnoxious speculator. ‘Who’d a thunk it?’

Nov 27 23:53

Trump the Great — Paul Craig Roberts

If Trump can defeat the oligarchy and save America, he can go down in history as Trump the Great.

What we don’t know is why groups that allegedly are liberal-progressive-leftwing are such fervent supporters of Hillary.

To the extent any of the Trump protesters are sincere and not merely paid tools of oligarchs, such as George Soros, military and financial interests, and global capitalists, they should consider that false claims and unjustified criticism can cause Trump and his supporters to close their ears to all criticism and make it easier for neoconservatives to influence Trump by offering support.

Nov 27 15:01

News on the War on Cash: Now Spain

India, Uruguay, Australia and now Spain. The Minister of Finance and Public Service, Cristóbal Montoro has reportedly just announced “anticipated measures in order to ‘reduce the use of cash.’

Submitted by Jeff Berwick:

In other words, Spain is going to make cash transactions even more difficult. As of presstime, from what we can tell, this has yet to be reported anywhere in English media except here now at TDV.

As you can see, the chaos is increasing. Combine cash bans with attacks on fake news (more on that tomorrow), and you end up disturbing a significant amount of people as we wrote here recently.

Nov 27 14:07

Hit by Global Turmoil, Banks in Spain Get Jittery (Again)

Banking stocks in Europe continue to benefit from the gravitational pull exerted by the so-called Trump effect. But the effects have not been felt universally.

Nov 27 13:12

Refugees Still Raping Women in Europe

The European protests against the rapes by refugees continue to unfold.

Nov 27 08:13

Blair CONSPIRING with Brussels? Europhile 'plotting with EU' to stop Brexit, Lord says

Norman Lamont said it would not surprise him if the former prime minister had been in contact with Brussels to plot out a plan to keep Britain from leaving the European Union.

The former Tory MP for Kingston-upon-Thames argued as it was a Brussels tactic to have new referendums until they got the answer they wanted, the bloc would be a natural ally for Mr Blair.

Speaking to LBC, Lord Lamont said: “But you know, this suggestion that there should be a second referendum is the classic Brussels tactic.

Nov 27 08:09

Juncker says there is no security architecture in Europe without Russia

"I would like to have an agreement with Russia that goes beyond the ordinary framework, bearing in mind that without Russia, there is no security architecture in Europe," he said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is the EU about to pivot to Russia?!?

Nov 27 08:08

EU has links with 'odious regimes' like Saudi Arabia – EC head Juncker

When asked whether the EU should still have dialogue with a “more and more authoritarian” Turkish president, the head of the European Commission responded by asking why nobody has been questioning him about EU relations with Saudi Arabia. He spoke of a necessity to have links with “odious regimes”.

Nov 26 18:00

The Iran-Russia-China Strategic Triangle

21 November 2016
By F. William Engdahl

The developing economic, political and military links binding Iran, China and Russia in what I see as an emerging Golden Triangle in Eurasia, are continuing to deepen insignificant areas. This, while it seems to be US geopolitical strategy in a prospective Trump Administration to distance Washington from both Iran and from China, while dangling the carrot of lessened confrontation between Washington and Moscow–classic Halford Mackinder or Kissinger geopolitics of avoiding a two-front war that was colossally backfiring on Washington by trying to shift the power balance. At present, the dynamic of the past several years of closer cooperation by the three pivotal states of the Eurasian Heartland is gaining strategic momentum. The latest is the visit of China’s Minister of Defense and of Russian senior officials to Teheran

Nov 26 14:15

The Hidden Communist History of the Neo-Conservatives (“Neo Cons”)

Neo-conservatism fully began to rear its ugly head in the 1990’s when they thoroughly infiltrated the once patriotic and pro-America Republican party.

At the helm of this nightmarish and Frankenstein-like transformation of the USA into something more akin to the former USSR and/or NAZI Germany, is the “National Security State/Military Industrial Complex,” spearheaded by the Deep State Plutocrat/Oligarch Elite, using their most effective “useful idiot” agents, the Neo-Conservative (“Neo-Con”) movement.

Nov 26 13:06

Britons Could Pay To Keep EU Citizenship After Brexit, MEP Says

Following the British referendum to exit the European Union, UK citizens could pay to retain their EU citizenship under plans being considered by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

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