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Oct 02 16:27

Photos From Catalonia's Independence Vote

Oct 02 10:18

SPAIN MOVES TO SUPPRESS VOTE WHICH ‘RUNS COUNTER TO GOALS AND IDEAL OF THE EU’

The Catalans, who have their own regional government based in Barcelona, have a troubled relationship with Spain, which violently stripped away their autonomy and attempted to stamp out their language during the Franco years, as well as settling hundreds of thousands of outsiders in the region to try and dilute its sense of national identity during the Franco years.

Oct 02 09:13

'One inch from CIVIL WAR' Spanish officers ATTACK Catalan police amid explosive unrest

SPANISH police have attacked local Catalan police as violence erupts in the controversial independence referendum.

Oct 01 17:05

90% of voters said ‘Yes’ to independence from Spain – Catalan government

Over two million Catalans, or 90.9 percent of those who voted said ‘Yes’ in Sunday's referendum, regional authorities said. Only 7,87 percent, or 176,565 voters said ‘No’ when asked if they want to attain independence from Madrid.

The Catalan government said the result reflects only the ballots that “were not seized” during police raids on polling stations throughout the day.

“What kind of a democracy steals ballot boxes?” asked Vice President Oriol Junqueras, standing next to government representatives, Raul Romeva and Jordi Turull.

“We will be consistent with the democratic mandate that citizens have given us today,” he added. “Catalonia has won its right to be a new Republic, if this is what the Parliament decides.”

Oct 01 16:47

KATIE HOPKINS: I never thought I'd find myself on the same side of an argument as Nicola Sturgeon but the sickening sight of Spain's bully-boys in black trying to beat independence out of the Catalans has achieved the impossible

I have never felt more ashamed to be sat navel-gazing here in the UK. It is telling that these shocking images didn't even make the lead item on the BBC news and voters were described as protesters. Sky News went full Big Brother with their headline: The Catalans are finding out what happens when an illegal referendum is held.

Are 844 injured enough? Or do they need to be beaten some more?

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If democracy matters, even if this vote is illegal, would it be such a bad thing if the people were allowed to vote and have their voices heard. What harm is there in a ballot box if its contents are not supported constitutionally? Must the people be beaten simply for trying?

And as I watched the men in black with their helmets and batons smashing their way through the crowds I wondered about Merkel and her European Army. What would policing mean under a more centralised EU, if you dared to challenge the approved line? Is this the future of the EU. Approved group-think, or else?

Oct 01 16:44

Catalonia: What’s Next?

Spain’s repression has failed

by Justin Raimondo Posted on October 01, 2017
As the Spanish government reveals the true nature of its “democratic” pretensions, injuring hundreds in an effort to stop Catalans from voting, one thing is clear: Catalonia is no longer Spanish. In the very effort to prevent the referendum Madrid has handed the victory to the separatists: this is what the sight of Spanish police clubbing people at the polls means. While previous polls showed that the advocates of Catalan independence were neck-and-neck with those opposed, there is every reason to believe that now the overwhelming majority are for secession. The government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has lost whatever legitimacy it once had.

Oct 01 16:43

EU faces Brexit chaos as £20 TRILLION worth of finance contracts hang in the balance

Banks are gearing up for complex negotiations across the European Union over the uncertain future of about £20 trillion of crucial finance contracts.

Valuable derivatives traded between EU and UK banks will have no legal basis after Britain leaves the bloc – unless a deal can be reached.

Oct 01 14:11

Catalan referendum: 'Hundreds hurt' as police try to stop voters

Catalan emergency officials say 761 people have been injured as police used force to try to block voting in Catalonia's independence referendum.

Oct 01 14:10

Catalonia independence referendum: Spain DENIES police brutality

THE Spanish government has denied the Guardia Civil and the national police used excess force in their attempts to stop the referendum from going ahead in Catalonia.

Oct 01 14:08

‘There was NO independence referendum’ Rajoy blasts ‘repugnant’ actions in Catalonia

SPAIN’S Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said that there was not an independence referendum in Catalonia today.

Oct 01 11:10

Catalan Independence: 5 Things to Think About

Headlines and commentary across both Eastern and Western media have mainly focused on the Catalan independence referendum and the actions of Spanish police and the Spanish government's attempts to disrupt polls.

Oct 01 10:09

Catalonia referendum: WATCH - Catalan firefighters BLOCK Spanish police from voters

CATALAN firefighters stood in front of voters in the face of Spanish police during ugly scenes in the region.

Voters can be seen arms raised as the firefighters in high vis form a line in front of them.

In the footage, posted on Twitter, the firefighters, arm-in-arm, move walk towards the police who raise shields and hold batons.

Oct 01 10:03

‘Not European anymore’ Furious Catalans slam EU for silence over police violence in Spain

Catalonia is a critical contributor to the Spanish economy and accounts for 20 per cent of the nations GDP. If it became independent the region would no longer be part of the EU and could potentially unleash a major financial crisis across Spain.

But the EU has remained tight-lipped amid fury the bloc should condemn Madrid.

Voters were left livid, asking Jean Claude Junkcer - European Commission President - why he was keeping quiet.

One man wrote on Twitter: “What has Tusk, Juncker said? I can't believe the silence from the EU on this. Disappointment doesn't come close!”

John Michael Murray said: “Prediction - Catalan within 48 hours announces independence. Bigger headache for the EU than #Brexit.”

Dan Sanderson tweeted: “The EU want a fascist United states of Europe. viva Catalan.”

Others said they will no longer see themselves as European.

Oct 01 08:44

Nuclear secrets-spiller Vanunu invited to live in Norway with his wife

Norway has granted Israeli nuclear secret-spiller Mordechai Vanunu permission to immigrate so he can be united with his Norwegian wife.

Oct 01 08:42

HOW A DUBIOUS CIA DOCUMENT IS FUELING TENSIONS IN CATALONIA

Last month, as the referendum fervor was heating up, leading Spanish daily newspaper El Periódico published a document alleging that the CIA had warned the Catalan police about a potential attack in Barcelona. The document stated that three months before the attack, the CIA had warned the Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, of “unsubstantiated information of unknown veracity“ pointing to a summer attack in Barcelona. The document (pictured below) named Las Ramblas as a potential target.

Oct 01 07:35

Catalan government: '337 injured by Spanish police violence' during referendum

Catalonia’s government says 337 people have been injured, some seriously, during a police crackdown on the independence referendum this Sunday.

Nine police officers and 2 members of the Guardia Civil have been injured in the disorder, according to the Spanish interior ministry.

The voting has been marred by a brutal police crackdown in which several instances of violence against voters have been recorded. Videos show police dragging voters from polling stations by their hair, unprovoked attacks on protesters and Spanish police attacking Catalan firefighters.

There have been several calls for Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy to resign over the police response from Catalan politicians and opposition MPs.

Sep 30 18:26

Czexit next? Brussels set for collision course as anti-EU party looks to take power

CZEXIT could be on the cards as the Czech Republic looks to elect a populist leader who opposes further EU integration and links Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy to terrorism.

Billionaire former finance minister Andrej Babis is heading up a campaign steered towards Czechs who feel forgotten by the Brussels club, and his anti-EU rhetoric is gathering momentum, as polls predict he will seize power in the October elections.

His anti-establishment party ANO (Yes) boasts a list of policies, which outline plans to stamp out Brussels authority, including the rejection of the euro because it would “be another issue that Brussels would be meddling with”.

Sep 30 18:17

Catalonia referendum: Spain’s crackdown FAILS as undecided Catalans vote FOR independence

Last week Spanish national police stormed Catalan government offices and arrested officials backing the referendum.

But the clampdown may have backfired and instead fuelled support for the independence movement from moderate Catalans.

One Catalan said the sight of police storming government buildings convinced him that the region needs to be an independent state.

Jordi Herrera, on the sidelines of a rally on Friday, told the FT: “I was never sure we needed to be independent until then.

“It made me so angry. I realised that Spain really owns us and can do what they like with us.”

Sep 30 09:45

Denmark deploys soldiers to border with Germany

People crossing into Denmark from Germany will now be greeted with the sight of armed soldiers. And a new European Union proposal means border controls could be extended.

The soldiers are meant to reinforce the police checks that are still in place on the border with the German state of Schleswig Holstein near the city of Flensburg. Border controls were introduced in January 2016 in the wake of the refugee influx into Europe.

Danish officials said the new soldiers would only work in the background and would not directly check cars. Their main role was to help transport suspects and perform guard duty, Brian Fussing of the southern Jutland special border police unit told reporters. The soldiers would initially be deployed for three months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like that "cultural enrichment", courtesy of uncontrolled immigration into Denmark, just hasn't worked out so well for them.....and for most of the rest of Europe, due to the overwhelming number of immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa they have accepted:

Denmark's "no go" zones threatening postal workers

Facts about migration and crime in Sweden

Sharia "no go " zones in Europe


'No-go zone' for women? How street harassment in Paris boiled over

And the reality of the problems are, for far too many of them, that they generally have no competitive job skills; they don't want to assimilate; cannot speak, and refuse to learn, the local languages; and want the European countries which have accepted them, to become horrific copies of the failed states from which they have fled.

Please remember that for many of the cultures represented by these immigrants, the rape of women; female genital mutilation; and the forbidding of anything remotely approximating an education for women is the absolute norm.

I would therefore suggest to the native born women of Europe that becoming skilled with whatever weapons allowed by your country, should be something you immediately need to undertake.

And remember: traveling in groups give you the advantage of better safety.

Once groups of immigrant mauraders understand that there are boundaries past which their behaviour cannot be tolerated, and steep prices to be paid for grossly inappropriate behaviour, these attacks will most likely cease.

Sep 30 09:05

Catalans occupy voting stations to defy Madrid's order to stop referendum

Supporters of Catalan independence began occupying polling stations on Friday, setting up a possible confrontation with police who have been ordered to clear them out by Sunday morning to ensure a referendum cannot go ahead.

The central government, which has sent thousands of police reinforcements to stop people voting and has attempted to dismantle the infrastructure needed to conduct the referendum it says is illegal, insisted it would not go ahead.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont told Reuters in an interview, however: “Everything is prepared at the more than 2,000 voting points so they have ballot boxes and voting slips, and have everything people need to express their opinion.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the government of Spain; as a country which is part of the UN, for which the tenent of peaceful self-determination is enshrined in its charter, do you have any possible clue as to how lousy the optics of these moves look to the rest of the world?!?!?

The intelligent, rational thing to do would be to develop a dialogue with a soon to be independent Catalonia, and create a workable economic partnership here.

Of course, that... would be both pragmatic and intelligent.

Sep 30 07:42

BEX ALERT - Catalonia referendum: Protestors 'using Russian hackers' to maintain electoral websites

CATALONIA’s protestors are allegedly being helped by Russia as part of Putin’s plot to ruin the European Union, Spain’s elite law enforcement agency claimed.

Sep 30 07:41

‘We love Great Britain!’ Merkel targeted in angry protest outside EU summit

DEMONSTRATORS voiced anger at Angela Merkel and waved placards praising Britain in a protest outside the EU summit in Estonia.

Sep 30 07:27

US embassy issues warning about neo-Nazi demonstration in Gothenburg, Sweden

The US embassy in Sweden has issued a warning to its citizens ahead of a planned neo-Nazi march in Gothenburg on Saturday. The diplomats said the event could turn violent. The demonstration has been organized by the Nazi group Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) in Sweden’s second largest city on Saturday afternoon, the Local reports. Several counter-demonstrations had been planned. The US embassy advised American citizens to avoid the area where the march will take place.

Sep 30 07:05

How To Ensure Honest Elections


Hundreds of tractors roll into Barcelona to protect polling stations ahead of Catalan's 'banned' independence referendum on Sunday after police seized more than 2.5 million ballots
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Sep 29 14:13

Spain Says "Referendum Won't Happen", To Shut Barcelona Airspace After Catalan Separatists Unveil Ballot Boxes

The Spanish government reiterated its angry rhetoric this morning that the "Catalan referendum won't happen" with Íñigo Méndez de Vigo saying "organizers will be held responsible," after they unveiled the ballot boxes and discussed the 2,315 polling stations to be used.

In a sign that large crowds are again expected on the streets on Sunday, department store chain El Corte Ingles said it would shut three stores in central Barcelona. The central government said airspace above the city would be partly restricted.

Lines of tractors draped in the red-and-yellow striped Catalan flag left provincial towns on Friday, planning to converge on Barcelona in a sign of support for the referendum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does Prime Minister Rajoy have a clue of what this is looking like to other UN nations, the charter of which embraces the principal of peaceful self-determination?!?

The optics are absolutely breathtakingly horrific; that he cannot or will not see them, may push Spain into yet another civil war.

Sep 29 14:03

Spanish Government Orders Google To Delete App Used For Catalan Independence Vote

Catalonia’s High Court on Friday ordered Google to delete an application that it said Catalan separatists were using to spread information about a disputed independence vote this Sunday, Reuters reported. The court also ordered Google to block any future applications developed by the gmail address “Onvotar1oct@gmail.com”, according to a written ruling.

The app, which was available on Google Play until just before 7 p.m. on Friday, helps people to find their polling station via their address and shows the closest polling stations on Google Maps via GPS, the name of the town or keywords. It also allows users to share links to polling station locations, according to The Spain Report.

Google told The Spain Report that: "we remove content from our platforms when we receive a court order or when it violates our terms and conditions". The app no longer appears to be available from Spain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ever ready to please their governmental Masters, Google folds again, just as it did with censorship in China.

Sep 29 09:56

Monsanto banned from European parliament amid allegations it interfered with regulations

The European parliament has banned Monsanto lobbyists after the chemical company refused to attend a hearing into allegations that it interfered with safety studies.

Monsanto representatives are now banned from meeting MEPs and attending parliamentary inquiries. It is the first time MEPs have used powers to block access for companies that ignore summons to give evidence.

“One has to assume it is effective immediately,” a spokesman for the parliament’s president Antonio Tajani told the Guardian.

Sep 29 09:55

Thousands of students take to Barcelona's streets in defence of Catalan vote

Thousands of striking students have taken to the streets of Barcelona and other Catalan cities to defend the region's right to hold an independence referendum deemed unconstitutional by Madrid.

Sep 29 09:55

Spanish curbs on Catalan referendum 'appear to violate fundamental rights': UN experts

United Nations experts on the right to freedom of expression and the promotion of democratic order have urged Spain to make sure measures they are taking ahead of the referendum in Catalonia do not hamper fundamental rights.

Sep 29 09:48

Denmark under migrants’ siege: Copenhagen out of control; military deployed

10 News, a self-described “conservative” European news site, reports on Sept. 28, 2017 that “Rule of law in Denmark is imploding as the police run out of resources” to deal with rampant crimes by “migrants,” almost all of whom are from Muslim-majority MENAP (Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan) countries.

The situation in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is out of control.

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Sep 29 09:42

EU acts like Third Reich says Czech official after Brussels mulls ban of local rum

The spokesman for Czech President Milos Zeman has hit out at a decision by the European Union to potentially ban a key chemical in a popular local spirit, comparing the move to that of the Nazis during their World War II occupation.

“The Empire has decided that there will be no ‘tuzemak’ (Czech rum) to drink in the protectorate,” Jiri Ovcacek wrote on his Facebook page. Following the 1939 annexation of Czechoslovakia it became a protectorate, while Adolf Hitler-ruled Berlin was informally referred to as the “Empire.”

Sep 29 09:30

Drug-smuggling Libyan and Somali asylum seekers causing police headaches, court told

A large number of Libyan and Somali nationals, seeking asylum in Malta, are involved in the drugs trade, stated a police inspector

Sep 29 09:23

Switzerland: The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Jihad

At a September 11 conference, Switzerland's Federal Commission against Racism (FCR) issued an explicit alert: "hostility toward Muslims," it warned, was rising – and was "fed by facts that have nothing to do with Muslims themselves."

Conference organizers blamed this "hostility" on online "propaganda"; Interior Minister Alain Berset accused Swiss citizens of erroneously holding "Islam responsible for all the extremist acts committed in its name."

What you would never know, from all this hand-wringing about "Islamophobia," is that only a few weeks before the conference, the country's media had reported on a popular imam in Biel who, in his sermons, "asked Allah to destroy the enemies of Islam -- Jews, Christians, Hindus, Russians, and Shiites." The imam in question, Abu Ramadan, preached that Muslims who befriended infidels were "cursed until the Day of Judgment" -- which, of course, is not radical at all, but is straight out of the Koran.

Sep 29 09:03

Official: Austrian Firms Eyeing Iran's Projects

A senior Austrian financial official underlined that his country's medium- and small-sized companies are ready to invest in Iran's development projects.

Sep 28 18:36

Not Enough Progress On Brexit To Open Trade Talks: EU

The European Union and Britain have not made enough progress to move to the next phase of Brexit discussions about a transition period or a future trade deal, according to EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

Sep 28 16:40

EU ARMY: Guy Verhofstadt admits Brussels NEEDS joint military - 'Finally!'

BRUSSELS has once again called for a joint EU Army, with Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt claiming it was the “way forward” for the bloc.

The European Union (EU) heavyweight said a joint army was essential for the bloc during a speech in London this evening.

Speaking at an event entitled ‘The Future of Europe Post-Brexit’, he told a crowd of several hundred people the long-rumoured army was inevitable.

He said: “It was Jean-Claude Juncker who said at the state of the union address a few weeks ago ‘by 2025 we need a full-fledged European defence union - we need it and NATO wants it’.

“That was what he said - and I said: ‘finally!’”

Sep 28 09:44

EU to resettle 50,000 refugees from North Africa

The European Union is planning to resettle 50,000 refugees directly from war-torn countries into Europe in its latest bid to stabilise migration to the bloc, it announced on Wednesday.

The European Commission said that it has set aside €500m (£440) to fund the resettlement of refugees from Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Chad and Ethiopa in order to deter illegal migration and reduce the attraction of people-smugglers.

Sep 28 09:39

Budapest announces official blockade of Ukraine to EU integration

The Hungarian government decided to block all further decisions of the European Union aimed at bringing the EU closer to Ukraine, in connection with the signing by of the law on education, the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The new law makes it illegal for education to be delivered in any other language but Ukrainian, despite sizeable European minorities who do so in the current day.

"We can guarantee that this will hurt the future of Ukraine," the Hungarian Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó, said.

Sep 28 09:38

China casually leaves Ukraine out of New Silk Road initiative

In the new transport concept promoted by China, there is no place for Ukraine to move cargo and passengers to the European Union.

The president of the Ukrainian Analytical Center, Okhrimenko, said at a press conference in Kiev, that Ukraine is absent from the Chinese project The New Silk Road, although earlier the option of transit through Ukraine was considered.

Sep 28 09:26

ECB President Admits Central Banks Have No Power To Regulate Bitcoin “It’s Outside Of Our Jurisdiction”

The president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, admitted that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies used worldwide do not fall under the regulatory powers of the ECB.

“It Would Not Be Within Our Power to Prohibit or Regulate Bitcoin,” Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank said.

Draghi made the statement following a question from the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs regarding whether or not the ECB plans to develop regulations pertaining to Bitcoin, and what risks cryptocurrencies may pose to the European economy...

Sep 28 09:08

Switzerland, Iran to Fortify Bilateral Ties

A head of a trip by a private sector delegation to Switzerland, the head of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture met with the newly-appointed ambassador of the Central European nation to Iran to discuss ways of strengthening bilateral ties, mainly by resolving banking issues inside and outside Iran.

TCCIM chief, Masoud Khansari, said that in addition to furthering its own diplomatic affairs with Iran, the Swiss Embassy is tasked with preserving other nations' interests and therefore plays a significant role in this area.

Sep 28 08:50

Sweden Facing New Challenges as Acid Throwing Plague Reaches Scandinavia

The UK has recently achieved the dubious honor of becoming the "world capital of acid attacks," which have more than tripled in six years. Now, this deadly trend appears to have reached Scandinavia, as two people were attacked with a caustic liquid in Greater Stockholm earlier this week.
Two people were taken to hospital in Upplands Väsby north of Stockholm after being attacked with some sort of caustic liquid. The offender is believed to have escaped in a car after spilling the noxious liquid into his victim's faces.

"A person, a man, left the scene in a car and is currently wanted by the authorities," Anna Westberg of the Stockholm Police told the Swedish newspaper Expressen.

While the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported the liquid to be ammonia, the police have not commented on the incident.

"I cannot say exactly what kind of liquid it was," Anna Westberg told Expressen.

Acid Gaining Popularity Over Knives as Preferred Weapon of British Gangs

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome, Sweden, to the "wonderful world of cultural enrichment", courtesy of your immigration policy.

Sep 28 08:38

What Can Be Done? Paul Craig Roberts on the US drive to global war

Despite clear evidence that Washington has chosen the path to conflict with Russia and China, European governments have not objected. Poland, Ukraine, and the Baltics even seem to demand more conflict or a quicker path to conflict. The European peoples themselves have not elected leadership that is willing to repudiate vassalage to Washington and conduct a rational foreign policy toward Russia.

Sep 28 06:01

Raimondo: Propaganda and the Catalonian Referendum

The laziness of journalists is legendary. Especially these days, when the line between journalist and propagandist has been blurred, the many ways in which these scribblers take shortcuts and otherwise seek to make their jobs less strenuous have been greatly increased. While outright plagiarism used to be the favored method, with the advance of technology this has become much easier to detect, and so the self-indulgent scribe has moved on other, less obvious shortcuts. The substitution of opinion for the reporting of facts is one way to fill up a page, and, in tandem with this, the adoption of a formula is now a mainstay of “mainstream” journalism. This is unashamedly borrowed from those writers of pure fiction who labor in the fields of various sub-literate genres – say, pornography – and must churn out large quantities of product in order to pay the rent. >>>

Sep 28 02:55

How to Bring Down the Elephant in the Room

First, a painful, but needed, clarification:

Basement crazies. Neocons. Zionists. Israel Lobbyists. Judaics. Jews. Somewhere along this list we bump into the proverbial “elephant in the room”. For some this bumping will happen earlier in the list, for others a little later down the list, but the list will be more or less the same for everybody. Proper etiquette, atleast in the West, would want to make us run away from this topic. I won’t. Why? Well, for one thing I am constantly accused of not discussing this elephant. Furthermore, I am afraid that the role this elephant is playing is particularly toxic right now. So let me try to deal with this beast, but first I have to begin with some caveats.

Sep 28 02:51

Very Dangerous Escalation in Syria

By now many of you must have heard the news: a Russian Lieutenant-General, Valery Asapov, and two Colonels have been killed in what appears to be a very precisely targeted mortar attack. Just as in the case of the Russian military police unit recently attacked near Deir ez-Zor, the Russians are accusing the Americans of being behind this attack. To make things even worse, the Russians are now also officially accusing the Americans of actively collaborating with ISIS:

Sep 27 14:51

American activist Barbara Lerner Spectre calls for destruction of European ethnic societies

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