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Aug 12 08:09

Pope Francis Proposes ‘Europe First’ Against Populist Nationalism

Pope Francis said that citizens of European nations should put the good of Europe before that of their own countries in a remarkably frank interview Friday.

Aug 12 08:08

Swedish Minister Attacks Polish MEP Who Claimed People Fleeing Sweden

Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson criticised a Polish Member of the European Parliament who suggested Swedes were fleeing to Poland due to mass migration.

Polish MEP Beata Mazurek, a member of the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS), criticised Sweden’s migration policy, saying: “Assassinations, increased crime, rape, fear, and sharia zones. These are the consequences of multiculturalism and open doors for immigrants. Swedes are fleeing their country to find peace and normality in Poland.”

Aug 12 07:50

Spain: Far Left Extremists Vandalising Tourist Attractions on the Rise

Far-left groups have been accused of targetting and attacking tourist areas in Spain, including a recent attack on cars hired by tourists on the island of Mallorca.

Marxist youth group Arran took credit for the attack, posting a video on them painting Communist hammer and sickle symbols on the vehicles before smashing the windows and slashing the vehicles’ tyres, Il Giornale reports.

Aug 12 07:47

End of EU? Farage reveals the shock leader inside Europe that will soon topple Brussels

BREXIT PARTY leader Nigel Farage has predicted “a massive rupture” inside Europe following Britain’s no deal departure - and revealed which EU leader he thinks will bring down the Brussels project.

Aug 11 10:09

US Renews Threat to Withdraw Its Troops From Germany, Send Them to Poland Instead

The American envoy to Germany recently came under fire for his numerous statements criticising the German government's actions with respect to the Nord Stream 2 project and reluctance to participate in US military endeavours.

US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has harshly criticised German military spending in an interview with German news agency DPA, claiming that Berlin abuses its friendship with Washington.

"It is really insulting to expect that the US taxpayer pays for more than 50,000 Americans in Germany, but the Germans use their trade surplus for domestic purposes", he said.

Aug 10 09:11

When in Rome, get Italian citizenship

Aug 09 16:07

‘Don’t go out alone’: Swedish police warn women after four rapes in four days

Police in the Swedish city of Uppsala have warned women to walk in groups and to “think how to behave,” after four women were raped in as many days.

A sleepy college town of 170,000 people, Uppsala is more usually known for its universities and cathedral than for violent crime. However, police are investigating a series of sex crimes in recent days.

Two “completed rapes” took place last weekend, with another attempted rape on Saturday night, and another sexual attack in the early hours of Wednesday morning. All four attacks took place at night, and all four victims were walking alone. Police are treating the incidents as unconnected and no descriptions of the suspects have been released.

Aug 09 09:47

German Media Reveals Perfect New Way for US to Sabotage Nord Stream 2

Last week, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee moved forward with legislation to sanction the Western European energy concerns involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, with a German business association complaining that Washington was trying to “turn European energy policy into a plaything of the United States.”

EastMed, a mixed offshore/onshore Israeli, Cypriot and Greek natural gas pipeline designed to connect gas resources in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to continental Europe via Greece may be the perfect US response to claims that the sanctions legislation currently making its way through Congress would deprive Europe of much-needed energy resources, Junge Welt has reported.

Aug 09 09:46

Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 Would ‘Turn EU Energy Policy Into US's Plaything’ – German Businessman

Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved new ‘Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act’ legislation which if passed, would sanction companies involved in Nord Stream 2– a major energy infrastructure project designed to facilitate the delivery of up to 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year to Western Europe from Russia.

US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 would amount to an intolerable interference in European energy policy, Wolfgang Buechele, veteran German business executive and chairman of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, has said.

“The latest US sanctions proposals would primarily harm companies from US-friendly countries like Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland, and turn European energy policy into a plaything of the United States,” Buechele said, speaking to the German Press Agency.

Aug 08 09:12

ITALY TO IMPOSE $1.12M FINES ON NGOS RESCUING DROWNING REFUGEES

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

The Italian government has progressed a law to impose fines of up to €1 million ($1.12 million) for organisations and groups who rescue drowning refugees.

The law has been heavily promoted by far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

The Italian Senate passed the law earlier this week with 160 votes in favour and 57 against.

The controversial law was passed by Italy’s lower house earlier this year, and it is waiting to be ratified by Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Captains bringing in “unauthorised” rescued refugees will face arrest, and a fine of between €150,000 and €1 million ($167,988-$1.12 million).

The UN’s refugee agency UNHCR has expressed concern about this hardline approach, saying it could hinder or even prevent rescue efforts at sea.

Charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Italy condemned the move, saying it will inflict suffering and risk the lives of vulnerable people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps Italian lawmakers would prefer shooting illegal migrants in the head... for sport; and of course, the little ones, the children, here would be the prize targets, because in panicking before their assassination, they would be the ones with the capabilities of moving about the most, and make the worst fuss, before they are gunned down, "with extreme prejudice" by Italian lawmakers.

So, Italian lawmakers, if you don't like the above very sarcastic scenario, something has to change about the way in which refugees are treated by your country.

I am no bleeding heart liberal, but what this law proposes, is cruel and unusual punishment of these people, who are already traumatized.

The UN needs to come up with a mechanism to save these people, if possible.

Italy, and their brother and sister EU countries, have neither the money, nor the talent, for dealing with a massive over-run of illegal immigrants, hence, this legislation. They look at what has happened in Germany and Sweden, with the societal changes, and violence, that unvetted immigration has brought to these countries, and do not want the situation in their country, to devolve any further than it already has, by its acceptance of undocumented aliens.

Good governance attracts; lousy governance repels. And while I feel a great deal of sympathy for those who get caught in the economic/social realities of a visibly repressive government, the world, as a whole, needs to find a better, more enlightened way to deal with these issues.

Aug 08 08:59

Netanyahu: Concern for Palestinian Rights Is “Crazy”

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, was caught on tape on Wednesday urging four European leaders to help him undermine a provision of a European Union trade agreement that imposes an obligation on Israel to respect the rights of the millions of Palestinians it rules in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In private remarks to the leaders of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia that were accidentally broadcast to members of the Israeli media outside the room, Netanyahu was overheard calling it “crazy” for the E.U. to insist that Israel honor Article 2 of an association agreement signed in 1995 which makes trade with the bloc conditional on Israel’s “respect for human rights and democratic principles.”

Aug 07 09:54

Russia, Turkey, Iran: Adversaries Of The West's NATO Alliance

Germany's point-blank refusal to support Washington's proposal for a maritime protection force in the Arabian Gulf to protect shipping from attacks by Iran is yet another example of Berlin's diplomatic and economic sabotage of the Western alliance.

Following the recent upsurge in Iranian aggression in the all-important Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf shipping artery through which flows one-fifth of the world's energy needs, Washington has sought international backing for Operation Sentinel, its naval operation to protect shipping in the region.

This search follows a series of Iranian attacks, including the shooting down of a US Navy drone operating in international waters in the Strait of Hormuz, as well as a number of attacks against merchant shipping, such as last month's seizure of the British-registered oil tanker Stena Impero.

Aug 05 15:46

Sites using Facebook ‘Like’ button liable for data, EU court rules

According to the European Court of Justice ruling, a site that embeds the Facebook “like” icon and link on its pages also sends user data to the US web giant.

“It seems that that transmission occurs without that visitor being aware of it and regardless of whether or not he or she is a member of the social network Facebook or has clicked on the ‘Like’ button,” it said.

Under EU data protection law, therefore, a European retailer and the US platform are jointly responsible for gathering the data and sending it to Facebook’s Irish subsidiary.

Users should therefore be warned and asked to consent to their data being gathered, although the retailer is not responsible for what Facebook does with it later.

“As a result of this case, companies that embed this ‘like’ button on their website cannot hide behind Facebook any longer,” said Monique Goyens, of the European Consumer Organisation.

Aug 05 10:30

EU now funds Israel’s war ministry

Two years ago, Benjamin Netanyahu was heard complaining that the European Union was “crazy” for attaching “political conditions” to its relations with Israel. By the prime minister’s yardstick, matters have become less “crazy” since then: the EU has quietly expanded the financial support it gives to Israeli government bodies directly responsible for oppressing Palestinians.

Aug 05 08:31

What Are You Doing On Hiroshima Day?

It’s old news that the US has A-bombs in Europe, but last month when a Canadian Senator accidentally spilled the beans about where they are, the locals got upset.

Aug 04 08:59

France Is Slowly Sinking Into Chaos

Aug 03 10:18

Swedish Municipality That Took Too Many Migrants Faces Bankruptcy

The Swedish municipality of Bengtsfors has petitioned the national government for aid due to massive costs incurred taking in more migrants than the municipality could afford.

Local Moderate Party politician Stig Bertilsson said the multi-page letter was clear in identifying the cause of the budget deficit as being related to the large number of “new Swedes” taken in and requested aid to cover the costs, SVT reports.

“Costs in municipalities that have received new arrivals have continued to be substantial even when government revenues have stopped. This creates a large negative hole in the municipal cash register,” Bertilsson said.

When asked about tax revenues from new migrants that could bridge the deficit gap, Bertilsson said that in the long run he hoped there would be a rise in revenues but so far there has not been one, adding that the Swedish labour market “has a long way to go”.

Aug 03 10:00

Catholic archbishop warns of ‘rainbow plague’ threatening Poland

The archbishop of Krakow in southern Poland is facing backlash for comparing the “red plague” of Communism to the gay rights movement, describing the latter as a “rainbow plague” brainwashing his countrymen.

"Our land is no longer affected by the red plague, which does not mean that there is no new one that wants to control our souls, hearts and minds," Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said on Thursday, delivering a mass to mark the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising against the Nazi occupation.

Jedraszewski argued that the communist ideology and the LGTB-championed ideas of equal rights for sexual minorities are effectively rooted in the same source.

Aug 03 09:50

Poland Scraps Income Tax for Under-26s to Encourage Young to Stay Home, Emigrants to Return

Poland is abolishing income tax for millions of young people, in order to discourage “brain drain” and encourage young emigrants who have abandoned the country for other EU member-states under the Free Movement migration regime to come home.

Aug 02 11:03

Trump to Europe: Take back your Daesh fighters or they will be released

US President Donald Trump has threatened Europe that if the 28-member bloc fails to repatriate European Daesh members captured in Syria and Iraq, he may release the terrorists to return to the place where they came from.

Aug 02 10:59

French Farmers Protesting EU-Canada Trade Deal Dump Manure Outside Office of Macron Party MP

French lawmakers approved a controversial free trade pact with Canada last week that will remove tariffs on nearly all goods and services between Ottawa and the European Union - a decision that has fuelled fears it will bring unfair competition to French farmers.

Aug 02 10:39

Mario Draghi Lays Out Plan For A Dangerous Round Of Stimulus

Authored by Hans-Werner Sinn, op-ed via The Guardian,

The outgoing ECB chief is locking his successor into a new phase of expansionary monetary policy...

We should remember that the Maastricht treaty assigned the ECB the single, non-negotiable goal of maintaining stable prices, which, if taken literally, would mean an inflation rate of zero.

Then came the euro crisis. With inflation plummeting, the ECB turned the still-tolerable upper limit for the inflation rate into its target. Suddenly, it was argued, the bank would seek to achieve inflation of “close to, but below 2%”. Draghi even went before the television cameras to claim in all seriousness that this was the ECB’s mandate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was a really nasty "economic trap" which Draghi has laid for LaGarde; one has to wonder how she will able to maneuver around it, to prevent a further economic worsening in Europe.

Aug 02 09:55

Here Is What Trump's Mysterious "European Trade Announcement" Will Be About

Global markets are reeling Friday morning after President Trump announced his plan to slap 10% tariffs on the remaining ~$300 billion in Chinese imports, sparking fears that the world's two largest economies would hunker down for a prolonged and destabilizing trade war. But adding to the market's anxieties, journalists noticed an entry on President Trump's itinerary ominously titled "announcement on European trade" slated for 1:45 pm ET.

Of course, it's difficult to imagine that a president as obsessed with the stock market as Trump would delivery such a brutal one-two punch to investor confidence by, say, slapping tariffs on European autos. But without any clarification, the worst fears of analysts were left to fester.

But in a report that nearly slipped under the radar, Bloomberg has apparently learned the purpose of Friday afternoon's trade announcement. And it's far less exciting than many had feared.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suggest that European beef eaters, and buyers of beef for various outlets, take great heed of information in the following articles:

5 Dangerous Substances Big Ag Pumps Into Your Meat

Harmful Chemicals in the meat you eat

What You Need to Know About The Beef Industry

These American Meat Products Are Banned Abroad

I would imagine that this is intended for the poorest of the poor, who are always considered replaceable, and irrelevant, by their respective governments; however, thinking people in Europe are going to going to providers of organic beef, and guess who is Johnny-on-the Spot to fulfill this need?!? Russia.

Russia to ramp up global organic meat market

Aug 01 09:37

HACKERS SEIZE CONTROL OF BULGARIAN TAX AGENCY, SPRINKLER SYSTEM

SOURCE: FUTURISM.COM
WET AND WILD

The Bulgarian government is stuck in an unusually comical cybersecurity crisis.

A hacker broke into servers of the National Revenue Agency, according to the Bulgarian language newsroom Media Pool, but also seized control over a city sprinkler system, dousing government officials when they tried to leave the Parliament Building. The government has accused and arrested 20-year-old cybersecurity developer Kristian Boykov, according to Reuters, though Boykov denies the allegations.

While it’s funny to imagine, the hack illustrates how unprepared world governments are to deal with cybersecurity threats.

Jul 31 12:04

UK Fighters Scramble to Intercept Russian Military Air Transport Near Estonia

UK fighter jets based in Estonia were scrambled over the weekend to intercept a Russian IL-76 military transport plane flying close to the Baltic nation’s airspace, the UK Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We continued to escort the transport aircraft as it transited in a north direction, away from Estonian airspace”, a Typhoon pilot from the squadron involved was quoted as saying in the statement.

The ministry said this was a routine mission for Typhoon fighters from the Amari Air Base, meant to provide “reassurance that the UK is here to work in partnership with Estonia.”

Jul 31 11:04

Brexit bombshell: Boris Johnson hints UK may extend EU exit transition for two more years

BORIS JOHNSON has claimed the UK may remain in the customs union and single market until 2021 as the Prime Minister discussed what his revised withdrawal agreement might look like.

Jul 31 09:26

Economic growth is fading in France

Jul 31 02:13

Remembering Dresden: 70 Years After the Firebombing

In the last months of World War II, Allied bombers from the British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force conducted several major bombing raids on the eastern German city of Dresden. Beginning on the night of February 13, 1945, more than 1,200 heavy bombers dropped nearly 4,000 tons of high-explosive and incendiary bombs on the city in four successive raids. An estimated 25,000 people were killed in the bombings and the firestorm that raged afterward. More than 75,000 dwellings were destroyed, along with unique monuments of Baroque architecture in the historic city center. With photographs.
Note: God bless America, God bless our brave troops, same today and the churches stay silent!

Jul 30 09:33

With criticism crushed in the West, Israel can enjoy its impunity

Jonathan Cook argues that just as Israel, emboldened by Donald Trump, has unleashed new waves of brutality against the Palestinians, Western states have not only turned a blind eye to these outrages, but are actively assisting in silencing anyone who dares to speak out.>>

Jul 26 16:59

The Obama worm invades Spain

Jul 24 11:31

EU to Hit US With 35 Billion-Euro Duties If US Tariffs Cars, Says Trade Chief

Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, the US government has followed a policy of attempting to reverse the alleged disproportionate levels of trade towards partners such as China, Japan, and the European Union.

The European Union has revealed its counter-plan to potential tariffs on EU cars put up by the United States; an imposition of extra duties of up to 35 billion euros ($39.1 billion) worth of US goods.

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told a committee of the European Parliament on Tuesday that “we will not accept any managed trade, quotas or voluntary export restraints and, if there were to be tariffs, we would have a rebalancing list.”

Jul 24 10:42

Israel Attempts to Censor European Parliament amid Growing Support for Khaled Barakat, Palestinian Rights

Palestinian writer Khaled Barakat is continuing to fight back against a political ban imposed on him by Germany, while Israeli officials are attempting to pressure the European Parliament over inviting Palestinian speakers to discuss the repression they face in Europe as well as under Israeli occupation. Barakat, who has filed an urgent appeal in German courts against the ban on his participation in political events and activities on Palestine, spoke in the European Parliament on 10 July about the repression faced by Palestinian activists, along with Samidoun international coordinator Charlotte Kates and European coordinator Mohammed Khatib.

Jul 24 10:01

Danish prime minister break her promise, and will now liberalize immigration policies

The Social Democrats became the biggest party in the Danish election last month, and the populist Danish People’s Party plummeted, much because the Danish Social Democrats had adopted some of the Danish People’s Party’s popular and relativley strict immigration policies.

But now when Mette Frederiksen from the Social Democrats have become the new prime minister, she and the other in her party have started to liberalize immigration polices, much because of pressure from three far left parties who also did a good election.

Jul 24 10:00

Merkel accuses Italy’s Lega party of criminal collusion with Russia – “Ridiculous fantasy” says Salvini

Relations between Moscow and EU’s right-wing political parties are a cause for concern, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a press conference in Berlin last week.

“Some questions arise here”, she stated. “We have constantly monitored the very strong support that right-leaning parties have received from Russia in one way or the other.”

Jul 24 08:19

Europe Bans Natural Gas in New Homes

Jul 23 11:08

Army training, weapons money aimed at countering Russia in North Macedonia

As North Macedonia inches closer to joining NATO, the U.S. Army is already training with their military in a large-scale exercise known as Decisive Strike.

Soldiers with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division were part of a two-month exercise at Krivolak Military Training Centre in Krivolak, North Macedonia, according to an Army release.

The partner forces saw urban training, live fires, special reconnaissance missions and simulated medical evacuations, according to the release.

Jul 23 11:07

UK calls for EU-led armada in Persian Gulf over tanker tensions with Iran

The once-mighty sea power Britain has called for an “European-led maritime protection” mission in the Persian Gulf, after London and Tehran escalated tensions by seizing each other’s oil tankers.

Speaking before the Parliament on Monday, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called for a multinational fleet to “support safe passage of crew and cargo” in and out of the Gulf. He offered no details on how many ships and which countries would be involved, or how the mission would relate to Operation Sentinel, announced by US Central Command last week with the exact same objective.

Hunt’s announcement followed Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz citing violation of maritime traffic rules, two weeks after UK forces confiscated a tanker carrying Iranian oil off Gibraltar.

Jul 22 10:00

Italian priest in his 70s beaten by a gang of migrant youths in Venice

A 70-year-old priest from Venice claims to have been attacked and threatened by a group of young migrants who became physically aggressive toward him after he confronted them about their bad behavior.

Don Roberto Trevisol, the parish priest of San Giorgio Martire di Chirignago, outlined his experiences in a church newsletter where he recounts how the migrant youths had constantly vandalized areas in and around the church, Il Giornale reports.

Jul 22 10:00

Dangerous “Swedes” wanted for kidnapping and torture arrested by Spanish police in Málaga

Two of Sweden’s “most wanted” have been arrested in a shopping centre in Málaga, Andalusia, Southern Spain.

The brothers, aged 35 and 37, were apprehended on Sunday at around 2pm in a complex next to Malaga train station.

Jul 21 10:24

US TO LAUNCH PLAN FOR 'FREE PASSAGE' OF SHIPS IN IRAN'S WATERWAY

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM

Aspen, Colorado - The United States is concerned that a "miscalculation" by Iran could cause an "unintended conflict" in the Gulf, as it prepares to launch a new surveillance and intelligence initiative with its allies to ensure "free and open passage" for ships.

"We are starting a concept called Sentinel in which we will have a series of countries engaged to preserve the free and open passage of commerce in the Strait of Hormuz and in the Persian Gulf," US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood said at the Aspen Security Forum on Saturday.

The US has had discussions with NATO allies, some "partners in the Gulf" and others to join the effort to keep the "vital waterway" open, said Rood, adding that the new operation would "come into being over the coming days and weeks".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please excuse me, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood; but which of our "partners" have stepped forward to create "a coalition of the willing" here?!?

Back in May of this year, Europe told the US to "count them out" as tensions between the US and Iran started to simmer.

War With Iran? Count Us Out, Europe Says

Apparently, you "did not get the memo", from a story breaking just this last Friday, about the US's allies not wanting to create a naval force against Iran, because it might well worsen tensions: Allies resist US call for anti-Iran naval force, fearing it would worsen tensions.

And just one day ago, we had the following story break: A War with Iran Would Wreck the American Energy Market.

The Trump administration needs to do some serious soul-searching as it relates to how it thinks about energy as a whole.
by Connor Sutherland

What seems to be happening here, is that the US has become pathologically incapable, in large part due to Israel's continued (false) accusations of Iran being an existential threat, rather than an economic threat, of making credible, sensible long-term commitments to the energy sector of its economy.

And unless, and until that happens, President Trump is very contentedly putting the US on the keening edge of a war against Iran.

I mean, whatever Israel wants, Israel gets, right, Mr. President?!?

Even if this means a war with Russia, right, Mr. President?!?

And I do not know if any of your aides told you this, but back last month, toward the end of June, a top Russian diplomat made the following statement.
Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The guy's name, just in case no one happened to mention it, is Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, and he said this, at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

You're welcome, Mr. President.

And please, for the zillionth time: the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money, to create a positive outcome to a war against Iran.

You need some people around you, who do not say, "Yes, Mr. President" when you happen, or any of your advisors, like Bolton, or Pompeo, go off half-cocked, in declaring which countries we are going to fight next, or decide that a war against this or that entity, would be "a good thing", because you have been prevailed upon to not think of the costs of war, even if the US does prevail, which, in most cases, would be both difficult and financially costly, to a nation already drowning in $+/- 23 trillion in debt.

Mr. President, you really need some people around you who will tell you the dark, ugly truth about new potential wars in the Middle East and beyond; and I will guarantee you, that two of those people are NOT your "BFFs in the Middle East, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen or Israel's Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza, who desperately needs to distract Israel's voters from the corruption charges via a massive US/Saudi invasion of Iran,due to a snap election in September.

I would politely suggest, that you need to contact some Veterans, who have participated in the US wars against Afghanistan, and Iraq; And sir, what I am thinking, is that you will better be able to separate "the grain from the chaff", after these private, one-on- one conversations are held.

And again, you are welcome. Mr. President.

Jul 19 10:11

Italy Seizes Missile from Far Right Activists

Jul 19 09:08

A Bank With 49 Trillion Dollars In Exposure To Derivatives Is Melting Down Right In Front Of Our Eyes

By Michael Snyder

Could it be possible that we are on the verge of the next “Lehman Brothers moment”? Deutsche Bank is the most important bank in all of Europe, it has 49 trillion dollars in exposure to derivatives, and most of the largest “too big to fail banks” in the United States have very deep financial connections to the bank. In other words, the global financial system simply cannot afford for Deutsche Bank to fail, and right now it is literally melting down right in front of our eyes...

Jul 19 07:16

Brexit: Merkel says if solution is found on Irish border, backstop could be overwritten

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that if Brexit negotiators found a solution on the Irish border in the declaration on future ties between Britain and the EU, the backstop would effectively be overwritten.

The backstop is contested by leading British politicians who want it changed or scrapped, and requires Britain to adopt some EU rules unless a future arrangement is found to keep open the land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Merkel also said on Friday that Britain would remain a partner even if it is no longer a member of the EU in the future.

Jul 18 07:44

England: Knife Crime Hits New Record High

Jul 17 15:42

Wider and wider still: The holocaust alliance’s solicited "anti-Semitism" as a reaction to insufficient supply of "anti-Semitism"

Fernando Guevara says the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s description of all resistance to Zionism as “anti-Semitism” is intended to fulfil the Zionist need for conflict in order to occupy territories, minds and assets.>>

Jul 17 09:32

The American dark money behind Europe’s far right

Five years ago, Matteo Salvini stripped and posed half-naked for a series of “sexy” photos that were auctioned on eBay. At the time, he was a senior official of Italy’s separatist Lega Nord party. His bizarre photoshoot took place on the sidelines of a National Front conference in France. Beneficiaries of the auction included part of an Italian anti-abortion network that claims to be “inspired” by the “heritage of Christian culture” and responds to a “conspiracy against life.”

Today, Salvini’s party has transformed itself into one of the most prominent nationalist movements in Europe (now known only as Lega). Salvini himself has become Italy’s interior minister and the country’s most recognizable politician, emboldened by stunning results in the recent European Parliament elections, in which his party won a third of Italian votes (about five times more than the 6 percent it received in 2014).

Jul 17 08:41

Data of 'nearly all adults' in Bulgaria stolen

Personal data belonging to millions of Bulgarians has been stolen in a cyber-attack on the country's tax agency.

According to a local cyber-security researcher, most adults in the country of seven million people are likely to have had some data compromised.

Bulgarian authorities have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the attack.

Among the stolen data were names, addresses and even some details of personal income, local media reported.

Jul 17 08:32

TURKEY WILL GET A CHUNK OF SYRIA, AN ADVANTAGE OF BEING IN NATO

ERIC ZUESSE, ORIGINALLY POSTED AT THE SAKER
The success of Turkey’s takeover of Syria’s most pro-jihadist province, Idlib, is making less and less likely that Syria will be able to continue maintaining Idlib as being a part of Syria. (This is something I had predicted, back on 14 September 2018, to be possible or even likely, and now it is actually happening.) On July 10th, Reuters headlined “Assad hits a wall in Syrian war as front lines harden”, and reported that, “More than two months of Russian-backed operations in and around Idlib province have yielded little or nothing for Assad’s side. It marks a rare case of a military campaign that has not gone his way since Russia intervened in 2015. While resisting government attacks, the insurgents have managed to carve out small advances of their own, drawing on ample stocks of guided anti-tank missiles that opposition and diplomatic sources say have been supplied by Turkey.” It continues:

Jul 15 15:53

“Technical Incident” Puts Europe’s GPS System Fully Offline For Days

By RT

A major technical error has caused Europe’s satellite navigation system to be fully offline since Friday, with most satellites powering the Galileo system broken, the EU’s space agency has said.

Europe’s Galileo system was built to replace the US’ GPS system but, since the outage, users are automatically being switched back to the US positioning system. The Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GNSS) said in a statement on Sunday that “a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure” had caused the problem...

Jul 15 10:45

"Sweden Is At War"

In 2018, Sweden experienced a record number of lethal shootings, 306 in all. Forty-five people were killed and 135 injured nationwide, most deaths occurring in Region South, where Malmö is located. In March, the Swedish National Forensic Centre estimated that since 2012, the number of shootings classified as murder or attempted murder has increased by almost 100 percent. The Centre also found that the most popular weapon used in the shootings is the Kalashnikov assault rifle. "It is one of the world's most manufactured weapons and used in many wars," said the Centre's team manager, Mikael Högfors. "When they are no longer needed... they are smuggled into Sweden".

Jul 14 10:00

Swedes getting spied on

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