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Mar 30 09:24

Amsterdam Shooting Reportedly Leaves 1 Person Dead

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

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

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

Mar 30 09:24

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

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

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

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

Mar 30 09:15

EU funds Israel’s war industry

Propaganda does not always go according to plan.

The Israeli military opted to remove a video depicting it as a feminist organization from Facebook earlier this month.

Some less than liberal Zionists were upset by the video’s implicit message that women soldiers are just as capable of killing Palestinians as their male counterparts.

Mar 29 20:20

Swedish Government Releases Brochure For Migrants Legitimizing Child Marriage

Swedish social services have released a brochure aimed at migrants which legitimizes child marriage, despite a vote in Parliament this week to explicitly ban the practice.

The brochure is a guide to “those who are married to children in Sweden” and has caused uproar in the Scandinavian country.

According to commentator the Angry Foreigner, a Bosnian immigrant who lives in Sweden, the brochure acknowledges child marriage but recommends migrants don’t live with or have sex with anyone under the age of 15.

“There’s no threats with prison though, or any info on consequences,” he tweeted, adding, “Ironically migrants would be punished harder for this in their home country. The sentence in Syria is 9 years in prison. In Sweden it’s just welfare.”

Mar 29 12:45

Diplomat reminds that NATO inherited Czechoslovakia’s chemical industry potential

NATO countries are using the chemical industry potential of the Czech Republic and its developments in the sphere of protection from chemical warfare agents, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. "The work codenamed Novichyok was conducted in Great Britain, the US, the Czech Republic and Sweden. The results achieved by these countries to create new chemical agents of this type are reflected in more than 200 open sources of NATO countries," the spokeswoman said, noting that Czechia had been carrying out research into chemical protection within the Warsaw Treaty Organization. "In all media outlets, there are publications on this theme, which say that after the organization’s dissolution, the Czech scientific potential in this field was sought by its new western partners and inherited by NATO," Zakharova said.

Mar 29 09:08

No fear of reprisal, but need for dialogue: Austria on not expelling Russian diplomats

Vienna refused to expel Russian diplomats not because it feared reprisal, but because it stands for open dialogue, Austria’s foreign minister said, decrying the UK’s attempts to lure the country into taking “certain measures.”

Mar 29 07:50

Georgia expels one Russian diplomat in solidarity with UK

Georgia has decided to expel one Russian diplomat, a staff member of the Russian Interests Section at Switzerland’s Embassy in Tbilisi, the country’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. "The Foreign Ministry expresses solidarity with the United Kingdom, and shares the stance of the UK and international community on this issue and therefore declares undesirable the presence in Georgia of one staff member of the Russian Interests Section at Switzerland’s Embassy in Tbilisi," it said in a statement. The Georgian Foreign Ministry has ordered the Russian diplomat to leave the country within seven days.

Mar 29 07:46

Slovenia recalling its ambassador to Russia for consultations

Slovenia is recalling its ambassador to Russia for consultations over the Skripal case, Prime Minister Miro Cerar tweeted on Thursday. "In connection with the recent event in Britain Slovenia will recall its ambassador to Russia for consultations in Ljubljana," he wrote.

Mar 29 07:14

Why US is Trying to Deprive Europe of Cheap Russian Natural Gas

Signaling its adherence to the "America First" strategy, the Trump administration is seeking to weaken European countries that pose a challenge to the US economy, Sputnik contributor Dmitry Lekukh writes, explaining why the US will try to bring an end to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

After Donald Trump's win, Washington has started viewing Europe not as a partner but as a competitor, Sputnik contributor Dmitry Lekukh writes, adding that the best way to pull the rug out from under the EU economy is to deprive it of cheap pipeline gas.

"From an economic point of view, the 'old' industrialized continental Europe is now seen more as a competitor rather than as a partner," the journalist noted. "And in this situation, the issue of supplying Europe with US LNG was overshadowed by the need to deprive the economies of the subcontinent of any cheap energy resources. I underline, any — Russian, Algerian, Libyan, or Qatari [natural] gas."

Mar 29 06:37

Brzezinski's Heritage: West Wants Total Partition and Defeat of Russia - Analyst

The second important and discouraging aspect is that continental European countries have followed the Anglo-American lead in Russophobia and this represents a further trial of the Atlanticist domination over Europe. It is indeed remarkable when both Germany and France, the putative leaders of independent European foreign policy, have been reduced to the status of automatic followers of the lead supported by Washington especially when we bear in mind that the initial round of sanctions in 2014 against Russia was dictated by the United States which had nothing to lose in the proceedings and to the detriments of Europeans’ interests.

Mar 29 06:36

Luxembourg Not to Expel Russian Diplomats Over Skripal Case – Foreign Minister

Luxembourg has no intention of expelling Russian diplomats over Moscow's alleged involvement in the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK city of Salisbury, Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said on Tuesday.

"As for Luxembourg, we have a very limited number of Russian diplomats and, despite all our efforts, we could not prove that any of them were spies or persons working against Luxembourg interests," the minister told the RTL radio.

Mar 29 06:27

Czech President: Where is Britain's Evidence in Skripal Case?

On Monday, the Czech Republic alongside some other EU countries decided to remove three Russian diplomats. The country's President Milos Zeman said he hadn't contributed to this move, stressing that expulsion is "not an effective tool."

Zeman said in an interview with the Blesk broadcaster that proof for the accusations of Russian involvement in the poisoning of ex-Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the UK is insufficient.

"I want to know the facts. I will certainly welcome if the United Kingdom presents some evidence that the Russians wanted to kill agent Skripal," the president emphasized.

Mar 29 06:09

SLOVENIA "REFUSES OBEDIENCE": It's bizarre, we will not go against the Russians

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia Karl Erjavec stated that the government will not propose the application of diplomatic measures of solidarity with Great Britain.
The government should discuss tomorrow on the case of an attack by a nervous poison to former Russian agent Sergei Skripal in the English city of Salisbury.

Hina recalls that Slovenia is one of the eight members of the European Union who have not opted for diplomatic measures to express solidarity with London.

"At the moment, I think it is necessary first to clarify what happened in Salisbury, it is a very vague and bizarre case," Erjavec told reporters ahead of a regular coalition meeting that sets the agenda for a regular government session.

Mar 29 02:25

Russia Readies For ‘OPENING STRIKE’ In NATO War

Thousands of Russian soldiers along with tanks, warplanes, and missiles are now on alert in Russia’s western frontier with Europe amid heightened tensions with the West. Newest reports claim Russia is readying the “opening strike” in a war against NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

According to The Daily Star, Russia is said to be positioning its armies in such a way as to ensure a quick decisive victory over NATO in the event that a war breaks out. Russia appears to want to be prepared to make an opening attack should the talks fall through.

Fears of another world war have spiked on both sides, with each blaming the other for failing relations – such as Britain and Russia’s war of words over the poisoning Sergei Skripal. Defense experts at the Atlantic Council have now laid out the “significant threat” from Russia on the edge of Europe.

Mar 29 02:17

West seeking to avoid collapse by antagonizing Russia, says veteran nationalist

Western nations need the current conflict with Russia to consolidate the region in the face of the migrant crisis and looming collapse of the European Union, the leader of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party has said.

“The European Union is falling apart. How can they prevent this without an external threat? They need some fear factor,” Vladimir Zhirinovsky wrote in his Telegram messenger on Tuesday.

Mar 28 16:31

EU confirms UK will lose Netflix 'portability' following Brexit

Thanks to Brexit, UK residents won't be able to access BBC iPlayer or native Netflix programming when traveling around the EU. Rules just passed to let customers "carry" their copyrights with them while traveling, but that will end next year, as spotted by Politico. Currently, if you live in the UK and visit France, you can only access the French version of Netflix. New EU legislation, however, will allow you to access the library that you would normally find in your home market. Brexit, though, means Brits will lose out on these benefits starting March 29th, 2019.

Broadcast TV will be affected too. UK-based networks will have to "clear rights" with every member state of the EU where the signal lands, if they're to serve viewers. That goes both ways, and will affect EU broadcasters as well. Music streaming will be affected too. That's in addition to recent news that the UK will potentially be excluded from the Galileo GPS satellite program.

Mar 28 11:58

Kremlin lambasts Pristina’s provocation in Kosovo Mitrovica

Russia vehemently condemns the provocation put up by Pristina against Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija at the Government of the Republic of Serbia Marko Duric on March 25 in the town of Kosovo Mitrovica, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a phone conversation with Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic. The two presidents "discussed solutions to the Kosovo crisis in the context of Pristina’s provocation against Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija at the Government of the Republic of Serbia Marko Duric in Kosovo Mitrovica," the Kremlin press service said on Wednesday. "The Russian side strongly condemns those steps which grossly violate Resolution 1244 of the United Nations Security Council," it said. Putin and Vucic "pointed out that the Kosovo settlement should be based on rigorous implementation of the above mentioned resolution," the Kremlin added.

Mar 28 11:55

President tells Putin Serbia will not expel Russian diplomats

Serbia has no plans to join other regional countries in expelling Russian diplomats, President Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday during a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin. "President Vucic told President Putin that Serbia will not take part in whatever measures against the Russian Federation and will not send the Russian diplomats away, contrary to what almost all other countries of the region have done," Vucic's press service quoted him in a report.

Mar 28 11:54

Portugal recalls ambassador to Russia for consultations

The Portuguese authorities have decided to recall the country’s ambassador for consultations, Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told Radio e Televisao de Portugal. According to the top diplomat, Lisbon decided "to recall the Portuguese ambassador in Moscow for consultations." Portugal initially stated that it just took note of its allies’ decisions and will not expel the embassy’s staff members. Washington announced its decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats, including 48 embassy staff and 12 members of Russia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. Apart from that, it said Russia’s Consulate General in Seattle would be closed. Another 24 European countries, along with Canada and Australia, likewise decided to expel Russian diplomats (a total of 62 people). NATO has reduced the staff of Russia’s mission from 30 to 20 people, while the European Union recalled its ambassador to Russia for consultations. Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia and now Portugal have followed suit.

Mar 28 10:25

Deep Crisis In The Balkans: Serbia Has Withdrawn From The Kosovo Government

PRISTINA, Serbia – The withdrawal of the Serbs from the Kosovo government is a reaction to the arrest and deportation, in Mitrovica, of Serbian government official Marko Juric. The Serbian President described the arrest of Juric as an attempt to terrorize the Serb population. The Serbian List in the Haradinaj government was attended by a vice-president, three ministers and six deputy ministers. Their withdrawal may cause a governmental crisis in Kosovo if Ramos Haradinaj can not find other political allies to maintain power. The political representatives of the Serbs, at a press conference following their meeting with Al. Vujic, also announced that they will unilaterally initiate the process for the establishment of the Union of Serbian Municipalities from April 20. The creation of this institution representing the Serb minority in Kosovo was a commitment of Pristina stemming from the Brussels 2013 agreement, but it never materialized.

Mar 28 06:37

Press review: NATO expels Russian diplomats. Military provocations cannot be not ruled out at the next stage

"NATO's actions did not come as a surprise for us. It is hard to imagine that NATO would have been left out of this mayhem," Russia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Grushko, who until January had headed the Russian embassy to NATO, told Kommersant. "It is also clear that recently the Russia demonization campaign is apparently losing steam and new ‘fuel’ is needed as the NATO summit is coming, where it will be necessary to justify decisions to strengthen the eastern flank, increase military spending, and purchases of weapons," he added. According to Grushko, the decision to expel Russian diplomats "is built on an absolutely absurd basis". Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO Yuri Gorlach currently heads the Russian diplomatic mission in the organization. At the same time, there are no plans to appoint a new permanent representative from Russia, a high-ranking source in Russian diplomatic circles told Izvestia.

Mar 28 06:19

Montenegro to expel Russian diplomat, withdraw consent to honorary consul’s work

Montenegro’s government will expel one Russian diplomat and withdraw its consent to the activities of Russia’s honorary consul in the country, the Cabinet said in a statement. "The Montenegrin government has decided to declare a diplomatic agent accredited at the Russian Embassy persona non grata and withdraw its consent to the activities of Russia’s Honorary Consul in Montenegro," the statement reads. It also noted that the expelled diplomat would have to leave the country within seven days. According to the statement, Montenegro made this decision in coordination with its allies and in accordance with the measures taken by the EU and NATO member-countries over the nerve gas attack in the UK. The decision was made despite the opposition’s statements, which warned against such moves. On Tuesday, the Democratic Front called on the government to "try to preserve the country’s honor and dignity and refrain from expelling Russian diplomats."

Mar 28 06:13

Austria fends off London’s pressure over its refusal to expel Russian diplomats

The UK Ambassador to Austria has repeatedly voiced his country’s official displeasure at Vienna’s refusal to expel Russian diplomats over the Skripal saga, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said, according to the Austria Press Agency. The Austrian top diplomat confirmed that the British ambassador had started expressing disapproval ahead of the European Union’s summit last Wednesday "to force us to take certain measures," and he reiterated his call on Saturday. On Monday, the Austrian foreign minister and the Chancellor announced that Vienna would not kick out Russian diplomats. According to the minister, Vienna’s refusal to expel Russian diplomats is not linked to possible Moscow’s countermeasures. Austria’s decision showed a principled position, which very rarely uses the tool of expelling diplomats, she said.

Mar 27 19:07

WEIRD: Preschool Tries To Erase Gender Norms By Forcing Children To Massage Feet, Walk In Snow

Preschools in Sweden are now trying to train children to be "gender neutral" by exposing them to a series of bizarre, gender-specific tasks they say help diminish natural gender-specific tendencies.

The New York Times glowingly reported on this new phenomenon, which Swedish educators say is effective at erasing "gender lines," and reinforcing the idea that there are no "traditional gender roles," only societal pressures that classify young children as either "boys" or "girls."

To "deconstruct" gender, and "counteract traditional gender roles and gender patterns," teachers in Sweden avoid using terms like "boys" and "girls," and instead say, simply, "friend," or use a nationally-approved "gender neutral" pronoun, "hen."

Teachers also force children to engage in opposite-gender "training events" that, were they performed in an American school, might prompt parents to file lawsuits.

Mar 27 11:59

US Would Fight Without Air Support for Weeks if War With Russia Began

Senior U.S. Army officials on Monday mapped out a plan to dramatically increase the range of the service's artillery and missile systems to counter a Russian threat that would leave ground forces without air support in the "first few weeks" of a war in Europe.

The Army has named long-range precision fires as its top modernization priority in a reform effort aimed at replacing the service's major weapons platforms.

"We've got to push the maximum range of all systems under development for close, deep and strategic, and we have got to outgun the enemy," Gen. Robert Brown, commanding general of United States Army Pacific Command, told an audience during a panel discussion on "improving long-range precision fires" at the Association of the United States Army's Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama.

Mar 27 10:56

Viennese Teacher Who Warned About Sharia Resigns From the Union

As reported here previously, Susanne Wiesinger is a middle school teacher in Vienna who courageously decided to speak out in public about the encroaching Islamization of Viennese schools.

Now Ms. Wiesinger has paid the price for being a whistle-blower: she has been forced to resign her position in the teachers’ union.

Mar 27 10:53

Poland Detains Official On Russian Spying Allegations

The Polish secret services have detained a government official on allegations he had been spying for Russia, informing Moscow about Poland’s plans on how to put the brakes on the Nord Stream 2 gas project.

Mar 27 10:03

‘Yield to No Pressure’: Slovakia Explains Why It Won’t Expel Russian Diplomats

Commenting on why his country hasn’t joined the expulsion parade of EU countries induced by the UK, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini has expressed his intolerance towards “theatrical gestures.”

The Russian Embassy in Bratislava has announced Slovakia will not take steps to expel Russian diplomats before the investigation into Skripal’s case ends. The Russian ambassador to Slovakia Aleksei Fedotov met with one of the top officials of the country’s foreign ministry, who informed him about the position.

The Russian envoy stated during the meeting that the attempts to besmirch Russia, which began long before the investigation came to an end, are unsubstantiated. Later the Prime Minister publicly announced that his country would act responsibly.

Mar 27 10:02

Athens Yet Undecided on Expelling Russian Diplomats as Greeks Value Russia Ties

Greece has not yet taken the decision to expel Russian diplomats over the Skripal case despite London's pressure, as the Greek people are against aggravation of relations with Russia, a diplomatic source told Sputnik on Tuesday.

"For the moment, Greece has not announced or taken any decisions on the expulsion of Russian diplomats. The leadership of the country is in a difficult situation, as the Greek public perceives any steps that could lead to aggravation of relations with Russia negatively," the source said.

"On the other hand, the EU-Turkey summit was held yesterday in Varna. This issue is of high concern for Greece amid the worsening of relations between Athens and Ankara. Diplomatic circles are making it clear that London's emissaries are trying hard to make all EU countries officially support London's position," the source added.

Mar 27 09:49

Scale of anti-Russia frenzy proves Skripal case was only pretext – Russia’s US embassy

The smoothly coordinated and broad effort that led to the biggest collective expulsion of Russian diplomats in history was likely premeditated, the Russian ambassador to the US has said. The Salisbury incident was just a trigger.

Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, has his doubts about Washington's justification behind the expulsion of dozens of the Russian diplomatic staff.

The US alone accounted for over half of all the diplomats that have been forced to leave for Russia. In addition, Washington closed the Russian Consulate in Seattle, citing its proximity to a US naval base and Boeing facilities.

Pointing out that such an explanation leaves no room for the Skripals, Antonov argued that the decision was waiting for a convenient pretext to materialize.

“The scale of inflicted damage and the preceding information campaign speak of the fact that it had been planned beforehand – simply postponed for the right moment,” Antonov told media on Tuesday.

Mar 27 09:48

Austria refuses to expel Russian diplomats as EU countries jump on UK-led bandwagon

Vienna chose not to expel Russian diplomats as a response to the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal, saying it wants to keep dialogue with Moscow open. Some European opposition figures say the move will only create problems.

Despite more than a dozen European nations expelling Russian diplomats over the Skripal case, not every nation or politician is on board. Dissenting voices are starting to be heard, including that of the Austrian government.

Speaking to Sputnik following the announcements by various EU and other European countries, Austrian government spokesman Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal said that Vienna "will not take any measures at the national level, we will not expel diplomats.

Mar 27 09:22

BREXIT BOMBSHELL: EU insiders claim Brussels will TRAP UK into transition deal for DECADES

A LEADING British MEP has revealed the European Union is "delighted" by the transition deal Brssels has struck with Britain because the agreement means the UK will be tied to the bloc's rules and payments for decades to come.

Mar 26 14:08

‘Against common sense and intl law’: Russia to retaliate over diplomats’ expulsion by UK allies

Moscow won’t leave the provocative acts against Russian diplomats unanswered, the Foreign Ministry said, adding that several countries blindly copied the UK’s “hypocritical” stance on the Skripal case in the absence of evidence.

The decision of a number of NATO and other European countries to expel Russian diplomats over the poisoning of the former double-agent Sergei Skripal amounts to a “provocative act” and only harms international relations and the investigation of the incident, the Ministry said in a statement.

Mar 26 12:21

Russia Vows Imminent Response: "The US Only Understands Force"

Update: RIA Novosti reports an unnamed foreign ministry official protested the decision by EU, NATO nations to expel envoys, and confirmed that Russia will respond to each country expelling diplomats, warning that the "expulsions won't go unanswered."

“Unfriendly” action won’t be left unanswered.

U.K.’s allies are “blindly following” principle of Euro-Atlantic unity at the expense of common sense.

Additionally, Russia's ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, said that, with regard to the US response, "US only understand force."

"I mentioned in my statement in the State Department that I consider these actions counterproductive," Antonov said.

"I said that the United States took a very bad step by cutting what very little still remains in terms of Russian-American relations."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ambassador Anatoly Antonov is correct in his assessment about the US having taken "...a very bad step by cutting what very little still remains in terms of Russian-American relations."

I do not remember the attribution, but it really applies right now in the Skribal case: "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, ultimately leaves everyone blind and toothless."

Less diplomatic communication leaves world leaders open for making a case for war when absolutely none exists; this is where we are headed right now.

We can hear the acceleration of war drums beating against both Russia and Iran. Both countries are being demonized for things they have not done, and are being sanctioned because of lies; we need a critically-thinking nation to even begin to avert these potential catastrophes, and need to advocate for a calm, logical, and moral approach to our diplomatic negotiations internationally.

Unfortuntately, however, I fear that we do not have enough time for such an approach to work, and prevent these wars.

And saying that, it is important that people reading this understand that it is because I care about my country, and her people, deeply, that I feel moved to criticize my country's leadership when I am certain that it is making to wrong moves, and praising it for when it makes what I feel are correct moves, both domestically and internationally.

The good moves so far in the Trump Administration: cutting back illegal immigration, and being open to negotiation with North Korea's Kim Jung Un.

The bad moves: doubling down on accusations against Russia in the Skribal case; expelling Russian diplomats; and making preparations for war against Iran, again premised on lies.

The men and women of the IAEA, who have consistently stated that Iran is complying with the P5+1 Agreement, are all very bright and distinguished scientists; when they say that Iran is in compliance with this deal, my tendency would be, based upon the premise that they are using science to make their evaluations, to believe them.

My "canaries in the coalmine" right now, in terms of what foreign websites in English, are allowed to be read by Americans, are: Sputnik International News; Russia Today; Press TV; and Fars News in English, the last two being Iranian websites. I encourage our readers to read them, while we still can, because even if you do not agree with the articles you may be reading, you can at least understand what foreign leadership is thinking, and doing.

Mar 26 11:39

14 EU STATES ANNOUNCE MASS CO-ORDINATED EXPULSION OF RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS OVER SKRIPAL CASE

Fourteen members of the EU have decided to expel Russian diplomats over the Sergei Skripal case, European Council president Donald Tusk has confirmed. It comes despite zero evidence proving that Moscow was responsible.
Donald Tusk stated that further action could be taken.

Germany, France and Poland have expelled four diplomats each, respective foreign ministries confirmed on Monday. The Netherlands and Denmark will expel two diplomats each, their foreign ministries said.

Italy is expelling two Russian diplomats, while Lithuania has expelled three, according to that country’s foreign minister. The Czech Republic will expel the same number.

Meanwhile, Latvia is expelling one diplomat and an Aeroflot employee, and Estonia’s foreign minister has confirmed the country is expelling a military attaché at the Russian embassy. Finland is expelling one diplomat.

Ukraine has also jumped on board and announced it is expelling as many as 13 diplomats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely remind the leaders of those 14 EU countries that such actions are frequently preludes to shooting wars.

And the other issue to question, greatly, is the reality that the UK has refused to send samples of the nerve agent allegedly used in this case to Russia; why not?!?!?

Something is going on here which absolutely stinks to high heaven, and it will not be resolved until all elements in this drama are examined with absolutely truth, logic, and the scientific method; of course, that is the polar opposite of what the UK's Prime Minister May wants to happen.

Villifying Russia for something it most probably did not do, is a big, tacky, hairy geopolitical "no-no", so one one has to wonder what final outcome is desired by #10 Downing Street and DC here; a war against Russia, for something it most probably didn't do, just like Suddam Hussein's didn't have the weapons of mass destruction he was accused by President Bush to have had?!?

And a short memo to both President Trump and Prime Mnister May; the people of both your countries have come to trust the independent media, when they want real news, and in the process, have becomeboth war-cynical and war weary; they collectively do not want another war based on lies; We the People (and our British cousins) have had our stomach-wrenching fill of that, thank you very much.

Mar 26 11:24

16 EU states announce coordinated expulsion of Russian diplomats over Skripal case

Half of the European Union's member states have decided to expel Russian diplomats over the Sergei Skripal case, European Council president Donald Tusk confirmed. It comes despite zero evidence that Moscow was responsible.

Germany, France, and Poland topped the charts of EU countries making expulsions, announcing they would each be sending four Russians out of their respective countries.

Lithuania and the Czech Republic both announced they would be expelling three diplomats. Meanwhile the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, and Spain jumped on board with two expelled diplomats per country.

Mar 26 11:12

Pressure grows on PM over Brexit Cambridge Analytica scandal

The Cambridge Analytica scandal engulfing the official Brexit campaign reached No 10 on Sunday, as campaigners wrote to Theresa May demanding an investigation into what members of her cabinet and her own staff knew.

The letter from the anti-Brexit group Best for Britain came after a whistleblower told the Observer that Vote Leave channelled money through another campaign to a firm linked to the controversial data company Cambridge Analytica in a potential breach of electoral law.

The allegations immediately put pressure on the foreign and environment secretaries, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, who were leading members of Vote Leave.

Mar 26 11:01

Death knell tolls for the euro as more European nations repatriate gold – expert to RT

The latest trend among European countries of bringing home their gold reserves has been raising concerns in Brussels. RT talked to Claudio Grass of Precious Metal Advisory Switzerland to understand what’s behind that trend.
According to Grass, the process means disintegration, which usually comes with instability, unrest, more government intervention and control.

“The central banks started the repatriation already a few years ago, meaning before we had Brexit, Catalonia, Trump, AFD or the rising tensions between the Politburo in Brussels and the nations of Eastern Europe,” he said.

Mar 26 11:00

End of the EU: Member states are BREAKING away from Brussels over Brexit

BREXIT Secretary David Davis suggested EU member states are now starting to break off from the European Union's common withdrawal strategy to protect their economies from a hard exit.

Mar 26 10:58

‘Britain is a security risk’: EU bosses to ban UK from hi-tech military project WE FUNDED

THE EUROPEAN Union is planning to exclude the UK from a vital £2.3billion GPS security system that it helped to fund after stating that Brexit was a “security risk”, it has been reported.

Mar 26 05:41

80+ injured as violent clashes erupt across Catalonia after ex-leader Puigdemont’s arrest (VIDEOS)

Over 80 people have been injured in clashes with riot police in Barcelona and elsewhere across Catalonia, as angry protesters denounced the arrest of former separatist leader Carles Puigdemont in Germany earlier on Sunday.

Armed with batons, riot police officers faced-off with an angry crowd as they attempted to prevent the protesters from marching on the office of the central Spanish government’s representative in Barcelona.

Police reportedly fired warning shots and bludgeoned protesters as eggs, cans and glass bottles were thrown from the crowd at the officers.

Mar 25 09:27

EU official REVEALS what Juncker REALLY tells Theresa May behind closed door

EU OFFICIAL Emily O'Reilly revealed Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker warned the bloc would strip the United Kingdom of all benefits of membership to punish the country for voting Brexit.

Mar 25 09:27

THIS Brexit tactic from Theresa May will destroy EU unity and set off Brussels infighting

THE appearance of EU unity looks set to crack in the next few weeks as Britain's carefully-managed strategy in talking directly to nation-states is set to pay off when Brexit talks move onto trade, according to the BBC's European correspondent.

Mar 25 09:26

‘We may forgive, but won’t forget’: Serbia’s commemoration of NATO bombing victims ignored by West

Thousands of Serbs honored the victims of the 1999 NATO bombings with a commemoration on Saturday, attended by Serbian president and many officials, including the Russian envoy, but with a glaring absence of Western diplomats.
The main commemorative event, held under the slogan “We will forgive, if we can, we will not forget while alive,” took place in the Southern town of Aleksinac which suffered heavily in the 1999 US-led NATO campaign.

Darkness and silence fell over the entire city center as the ceremony, attended by President Aleksandar Vucic and his cabinet ministers, opened with deafening sounds of air alarm sirens. At least 3,000 people gathered in front of the stage and the ruins of a building destroyed in NATO bombing, according to Sputnik’s correspondent.

Mar 25 09:22

WATCH Taxi Drivers March in Protest Against Uber Returning to Barcelona

In December 2014, US-based Uber was suspended in Spain after numerous protests and complaints from the country's taxi sector and now the company plans to make a comeback to Barcelona, the Catalan capital with a great tourist influx.

Barcelona's taxi drivers took to the streets to protest against plans of Uber, a company which links drivers to people via a smartphone app, to restore its service in the city. Taxi drivers fear that Uber services are threaten their jobs, as such ride-hailing companies create unfair competition in the sector.

Mar 25 09:08

Hungary Warns of ‘Global Government’ That Will ‘Strip People of Religious, National, Family Identities’

Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly László Kövér has warned in a conference speech that “both ethnic majorities and minorities” are facing the same threat: the possibility of “global government”.
In his address at a conference Monday, the founding member of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s conservative Fidesz party stated that “the new technique and ideology of government is aimed at creating (societies) without an identity”.

Referring to proponents of global governance as “potential colonists”, Mr. Kövér said: “They want to strip people of their religious, national, family, and even sexual identities so that they are no longer able to recognise, express or enforce their own interests.”

Hungary has been at the forefront of the battle against the erosion of the nation-state and conservative values with Prime Minister Orbán, vowing last month to put “Hungary first” and fight those within the European Union who “want to change the Christian identity of Hungary and Europe”.

Mar 25 09:03

Group Think? US Will Expel Russian Diplomats – If The EU Does First

American President Donald Trump is ready to expel Russian diplomats from the United States because of the Skripal poisoning, reports Bloomerg.

According to sources, Trump agreed with the recommendations of his advisers. The expulsion of diplomats is likely to be announced on Monday, March 26. At the same time, the interlocutors of the agency fear that the president’s decision is not final.

According to sources, before sending diplomats home, Trump wants to make sure that the European allies of the United States will do the same.

Mar 24 11:11

Russia is a 'THREAT TO EUROPE' and we must stand together against Putin, May tells EU

THERESA May will tonight warn EU leaders that Vladimir Putin's Russia poses a long-term security threat to the whole of Europe. At a summit in Brussels, the Prime Minister is to issue a plea for unity across the bloc in the face of the Russian aggression demonstrated by the nerve agent outrage in Salisbury.

Mar 24 11:10

Germany’s Bundesbank tells banks to QUIT UK as Brexit transition deal 'not guaranteed'

EU regulators have told banks to prepare to QUIT the UK as the Brexit countdown begins.

Mar 24 11:09

BREXIT WARNING: EU threatens May ANY attempt to trade with USA will be 'UNACCEPTABLE'

THE EUROPEAN UNION has issued a stern warning to Britain that any attempt to strike a separate trade deal with Donald Trump's America could scupper a EU-UK agreed.

Mar 24 11:09

Hungary Warns of ‘Global Government’ That Will ‘Strip People of Religious, National, Family Identities’

Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly László Kövér has warned in a conference speech that “both ethnic majorities and minorities” are facing the same threat: the possibility of “global government”.
In his address at a conference Monday, the founding member of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s conservative Fidesz party stated that “the new technique and ideology of government is aimed at creating (societies) without an identity”.

Referring to proponents of global governance as “potential colonists”, Mr. Kövér said: “They want to strip people of their religious, national, family, and even sexual identities so that they are no longer able to recognise, express or enforce their own interests.”

Hungary has been at the forefront of the battle against the erosion of the nation-state and conservative values with Prime Minister Orbán, vowing last month to put “Hungary first” and fight those within the European Union who “want to change the Christian identity of Hungary and Europe”.

Mar 24 11:08

Berlusconi Proposes Coalition Between Right-Wingers and 5-Star Which Could ‘Pierce Brussels Through the Heart’

Four-time prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has suggested Italy’s centre-right coalition team up with the populist Five-Star Movement (M5S) to form a government which would send shockwaves through the European Union.
The 81-year-old Forza Italia leader last held office himself in 2011, when he was forced out by an EU-directed coup for failing to co-operate with the bloc’s leading figures on the Eurozone crisis.

His party formed a coalition with Matteo Salvini’s nationalist Lega party — formerly Lega Nord, or the Northern League — and the smaller Brothers of Italy party ahead of the Italian elections in early March, and came in first place, with Salvini’s outfit leading the pack.

However, the alliance did not win a large enough share of the vote to form a majority government, and Berlusconi is seeking to establish whether a programme of government can be arranged with the anti-establishment M5S — now Italy’s single-largest party by far.

Mar 24 08:14

U.S. steel tariffs meet barrage of criticism at WTO

- U.S. President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs met a barrage of criticism at a World Trade Organization meeting on Friday, as the European Union, Japan, Australia and others joined a debate started by China and Russia.

The EU representative dismissed U.S. assertions that the steps were needed to protect national security, saying Washington was just trying to support its industry, a Geneva trade official said.

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said it was positive to see the discussion happening within the WTO’s walls, since taking disputes outside greatly increased “the risk of escalation in a confrontation that will have no winners”.

“Disrupting trade flows will jeopardize the global economy at a time when economic recovery, though fragile, has been increasingly evident around the world,” he said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me deeply here is the ability of trade wars to escalate into actual shooting wars; I am hoping like heck that this doesn't happen wit either Russia or China.

Mar 23 09:27

Despite Supporting UK in Skripal Case, EU Didn't Hurry to See 'Smoking Gun'

While UK Prime Minister Theresa May has urged EU leaders to recognize Russia as the perpetrator in the alleged attack on former spy Sergei Skripal, her allies in Brussels appear to be reluctant to judge the matter before receiving the evidence.

It seems that even European allies realize that the United Kingdom was quick to accuse Russia of Skripal’s poisoning, albeit they did approve May’s statement that it was “highly likely” Russia was responsible for the attack and said that there was no "plausible alternative explanation."

The EU has also recalled its ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer for consultations in Brussels. Speaking on the envoy's recall at a summit in Brussels on Friday, President of EU Commission Donald Tusk said it was an "extraordinary measure," which had never been taken before.

Mar 23 09:27

'Part of Society': Giant Mosque Gets Green Light in 'Turbulent' Swedish Town

While local Muslims see it as a confirmation of being part of Swedish society, long-time residents launched a petition to prevent the construction in a quiet residential area as a countermeasure, but failed.

A large mosque with space for 500 worshippers has been given the green light in the Swedish township of Alvesta with only about 8,000 inhabitants, despite protests from the locals, the national broadcaster SVT reported.

The organization Alliance Caucasus, which is behind the SEK 15 million ($1.85 million) project bought the plot of land in 2016. This week, after a long debate, involving petitions from protesting locals, the organization received a building permit.

Mar 23 09:26

Austria Not Expelling Russian Diplomats Over Skripal Case - Chancellor Kurz

Austria will not expel Russian diplomats amid the international scandal over the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Friday.

"The Russian diplomats will not be expelled from Austria," Kurz said upon arrival at the EU summit in Brussels.

Mar 23 09:25

Hungarian Gov't: Soros Has Employed 2,000 People to Meddle in Our Elections

The Hungarian government has repeatedly clashed with the EU over their contrasting stances on migration and the resettlement of refugees within the union. Businessman and philanthropist George Soros has also locked horns with Hungary, and the government once again accused him of meddling in the country’s affairs to suit his pro-migrant agenda.

Government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács warned that Soros is using his vast resources to meddle in the upcoming Hungarian parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to run on April 8, 2018.

He insisted that Soros wants to remove the ruling anti-immigrant Fidesz party and its satellite party — the Christian Democratic People's Party – which it formed a coalition with in 2014.

Mar 23 09:18

Can the trans-Atlantic relationship survive Donald Trump?

From nationalism to NATO spending, the trans-Atlantic relationship under US President Donald Trump is worse than it has been in decades. But, note practitioners and scholars, it doesn't have to stay that way.

Mar 23 09:16

EU recalls Russia envoy, backs UK belief Moscow ‘highly likely’ responsible for Skripal poisoning

EU leaders see “no plausible alternative explanation” for the Skripal poisoning and are set to recall their ambassador to Russia for consultations, pressured by the UK to hold the Kremlin responsible for it without due process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great Britain and the EU are trying to "Iraq" Russia, building a case that Russia has chemical weapons of mass destruction and must be attacked now to stop Russia from using chemical weapons on ... someone.

My concern here is that for this to succeed, there will have to be a false-flag chemical weapons attack on a wide scale, to be blamed on Russia.

Mar 23 08:59

Austria SCRAPS smoking ban in bars and restaurants to defend 'freedom of choice'

Austrian Parliament yesterday voted to scrap an impending ban on smoking on bars and restaurants across the country.

During a turbulent session in parliament, opposition MPs accused the government of 'voting for death' and betraying Austrian children.

The blanket ban, enforced by the previous government, was due to come into effect in May and would bring Austria more into line with the UK and fellow European Union countries, which have far stricter smoke-free legislation.

But the decision, championed by the coalition government, means Austria will remain one of the few dwindling number of countries where smoking in public spaces is legal.

Mar 22 17:56

'Highly likely' Russia behind attack - EU leaders

EU leaders have agreed with the UK government that it is "highly likely" Russia is responsible for the nerve agent attack in the UK.

In a statement, the European Council of EU leaders agreed "there is no plausible alternative explanation".

Mar 22 14:00

EU Bad-Loan-Fiasco-Reform Loses Teeth, Adds Sweeteners for Banks (Funded by Taxpayers)

After much lobbying, guidelines for banks become “non-binding expectations,” says the ECB.

Mar 22 11:26

RAW VIDEO | Tear Gas Released Into Parliament To Prevent Vote

Here's the video. I couldn't help but laugh...

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Mar 22 09:40

'We DON'T need them!' Italian eurosceptic leader SAVAGES Merkel and Macron for Italy jibe

EUROSCEPTIC leader Matteo Salvini hit back at the leaders of France and Germany after they expressed concerns over the success of Italian populism during Italy's latest elections.

Mar 22 09:39

EU president Jean-Claude Juncker congratulates Putin on re-election and calls for positive relations with Russia

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has wished Vladimir Putin “every success” and congratulated him on his re-election, breaking ranks as other countries call for answers following the Salisbury poisoning.

In a letter to the Russian president Mr Juncker said he had always argued that “positive relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation are crucial to the security of our continent”.

The EU chief’s warm message comes a day after EU leaders at the European Council called on Russia to hand over details of its alleged nerve agent programme to help with the investigation into the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, which the British government says it is certain Russia was behind.

Mar 22 09:31

The Euro Area's Deepening Political Divide

Two European elections – in Germany on 24 September 2017 and Italy on 4 March 2018 – warn that the peoples of Europe are drifting apart. Much of the recent deepening of these divisions can be traced to Europe’s single currency, the euro. This column argues that the political divide in Europe may now be hard to roll back absent a shift in focus to national priorities that pay urgent attention to the needs of those being left behind.

Mar 21 11:57

Stay focused Brexiters – Russia is not the enemy

Better to live free for a day in a Britain full of rogue killers than to live a thousand years as the slaves of Brussels

Mar 21 10:02

Deutsche Bank Plunges To 16-Month Lows, Bank Credit Risk Spikes

Deutsche Bank shares are down 6%, at their lowest since Nov 2016 (near post-crisis lows), after warning that euro strength and higher funding costs will weigh on revenue in the securities unit this quarter (just a week after the lender voiced optimism about the outlook for the year).

Mar 21 09:41

Sweden Unveils Plans For 'Total Societal Mobilization' Against Russia

In yet another sign of what Russia expert Stephen Cohen has described as the escalating New Cold War, non-NATO aligned Sweden is initiating detailed plans to ready itself for total societal mobilization in response to military attack from a major external power. As Aaron Mehta points out in his exclusive for Defense News entitled Fortress Sweden: Inside the plan to mobilize Swedish society against Russia, that major external power is none other than Russia, whose heavily militarized port of Kaliningrad lies a little over 220 miles across the ocean from Sweden.

Mar 21 09:04

US threatens to sanction European firms involved in Russian gas project

The US State Department has issued a warning over probable penalties against corporations engaged in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, claiming that the Russian project undermines energy security in Europe.

Mar 21 08:34

Trump launches WAR on WTO - Brussels panic as EU admits ‘we need a plan B’

DONALD Trump’s controversial new tariffs could be the start of an all-out war on the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a prospect causing officials in Brussels to lose sleep and scramble for a response.

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