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Oct 04 09:08

Tony Blair could step into Catalonia crisis as he’s tipped to be MEDIATOR for Spain

The former British Labour Prime Minister is believed to be in the running to mediate talks between the Catalan administration led by Carles Puigdemont and the conservative leadership of Mariano Rajoy on Madrid.

Oct 04 08:57

The Violent Face of the EU is Revealed in Catalonia

Despite the best efforts of the European establishment, the Catalonia referendum finally went ahead as scheduled. Violence ensued. Spain’s central government believes its laws are primary.

And that they have the right to suppress dissent based on that belief.

Because that is always what happens when a government’s authority is directly threatened by the people’s desire for something else. Violent suppression.

Oct 04 08:28

EU’s Catalonia response branded ‘best example of hypocrisy in world politics

THE European Union (EU) has been accused of “hypocrisy” and “double standards” after it declared the Catalan independence referendum illegal.

Oct 04 08:19

Macron sparks FURY as he backs SPAIN in Catalonia independence row

EMMANUEL Macron expressed his support for Spain’s “constitutional unity” on Monday to Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy, according to a French presidential source.

Oct 04 08:18

Catalonia Referendum: Spain's King Felipe calls independence vote illegal and undemocratic

KING Felipe VI has attacked the Catalonia independence referendum organisers for their "lack of loyalty to the Spanish government" in an unprecedented televised address to the nation.

Oct 04 08:18

Spain sends in ARMY to Catalonia as it pushes region to brink over referendum

SPAIN has sent two convoys of troops into Catalonia in a move that is likely to anger the regional parliament.

Oct 03 17:37

Catalonia's leader says region will declare independence within days after Spain's King Felipe VI slammed vote as 'irresponsible'

The leader of Catalonia has announced that the region will declare independence in a matter of days.

Carles Puigdemont said that his government would 'act at the end of this week or the beginning of next'.

When asked what Puigdemont would do if the Spanish government were to intervene and take control of Catalonia's government, he said it would be 'an error which changes everything'.

Oct 03 16:35

King Of Spain Enraged At ‘Disloyal’ Catalonians Who ‘Systematically Undermined’ Rules

King Felipe of Spain lashed out against Catalan authorities on Tuesday in a rare televised statement, following the protest of a police crackdown on citizens following a hotly contested independence referendum. “With their decisions, they have systematically undermined the rules approved legally and legitimately, showing an unacceptable disloyalty towards the powers of the state — a state that represents Catalan interests,” Felipe said.

Oct 03 11:43

Erdogan Says Turkey No Longer Needs EU Membership, Son Slams European "Infidels"

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey no longer needs EU membership.

His son Bilal who plays an important role in Turkey’s politics went even further and described the Europeans as “gavur” (indifels).

The comments come after 12-year-long accession talks with Brussels grind to a halt.

“The EU failed us in a fight against terrorism,” Erdogan said on Sunday, though he also suggested the bloc still needed Turkey.

“If the EU is going to leap forward, there is only one way to do so. And it is to grant Turkey membership and start an action of cultural and economic growth,” Erdogan said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an election debate last month it was clear Turkey should not join the EU and entry talks should end, despite it being a crucial NATO ally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, Edrogan certainly made his position abundantly clear regarding the this screed against the EU!!

Oct 03 11:37

Escobar: The Future Of The EU Is At Stake In Catalonia

Nano-Franco is Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose heroic shock troops were redeployed from a serious nationwide terrorist alert to hammer with batons and fire rubber bullets not against jihadis but … voters.

At least six schools became the terrain of what was correctly called The Battle of Barcelona.

Extreme right-wingers even held a demonstration inside Barcelona. Yet this was not shown on Spanish TV because it contradicted the official Madrid narrative.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How Spain, and the rest of Europe define, and work with, the Catalonian referendum, in a peaceful, responsible, adult way, is definitely going to define the future of the EU itself.

Oct 03 09:26

Catalan Leaders Seek to Make Referendum Binding

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has submitted the results of the the October 1 referendum to the Cataloina parliament, looking to make the vote official. It was a decisive “yes,” with an impressive turnout made doubly impressive by the violent Spanish police crackdown throughout the region.

The more immediate concern is to do something about that crackdown, however. Puigdemont is seeking international mediation following the vote, saying he wants to reach an understanding with the Spanish government, and avoid a “traumatic break.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The level of violence visited upon the Catalans by the Spanish police during this referendum very much reminds one of the level of violence inflicted by Franco's fascist police upon the demonstrators of his era.

And in this age of instant video and communications, there was no way for Rajoy to suppress what the world saw on Sunday:

Images:
Spanish police beating Catalonians on Sunday, for wanting to vote for independence from Spain

Oct 03 08:25

Catalan Students Protest Against Police Brutality After Referendum

Students have gathered for a rally in one of the largest Barcelona's squares, Placa de Catalunya, or the Square of Catalonia, to voice their protest against the violence of the Spanish law enforcers who attempted to thwart Catalonia's recently held independence referendum, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the site on Monday.

Oct 03 08:18

‘Not a dickie-bird!’ Farage SKEWERS Juncker over deafening silence on Catalonia violence

NIGEL Farage today skewered EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker over the bloc’s deafening silence on the shocking violence in Catalonia, telling him: “Thank God we’re leaving.”

Oct 03 08:18

Maduro to Spanish PM Rajoy: Who's the Dictator Now?

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has attacked the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, for the violent crackdown on the banned Independence referendum in Catalonia.

"Who is the dictator now?" Maduro said, on a broadcast on state media network, VTV.

"Mariano Rajoy has chosen blood, sticks, blows, and repression against a noble people. Our hand goes out to the people of Catalonia. Resist, Catalonia! Latin America admires you," the president added.

Oct 03 08:03

People crave national identity: STEPHEN GLOVER on the truth that Brussels cannot bear

What happened in Catalonia on Sunday was shaming and shocking in a modern European state. Spanish police bludgeoned and assaulted defenceless civilians who were simply trying to exercise their democratic right.

First and foremost, this is a terrible crisis for the wrong-headed, bully-boy government in Madrid. After the unedifying spectacle of police attacking blameless voters, the chances must surely have increased of Catalonia – Spain’s most prosperous region with some 7.5million inhabitants – seceding.

Oct 03 07:59

Catalonia: What’s Next?

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.

Oct 03 07:55

Don't bash Britain over Brexit: 'Schadenfreude' is DEVASTATING the EU, warns German paper

BRITAIN has become a laughing stock among European leaders who are lining up to criticise the country’s vote for Brexit, according to a German newspaper.

Oct 03 07:53

'Emperor' Macron exploiting Merkel's election shock to become next EU leader

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron has abused Angela Merkel’s underwhelming election result by pushing for France to lead a European Empire, a Paris-based journalist has claimed.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Sep 27 14:44

JEWISH LEAD DESTRUCTION OF EUROPE IN MULTICULTURAL PUSH

Sep 27 09:38

WORLD NEWSSpanish Police to Take Over Catalan Polling Stations to Thwart Independence Vote

Spain's government said on Tuesday police would take control of voting booths in Catalonia to help thwart the region's planned independence referendum that Madrid has declared illegal.

The dispute has plunged Spain into one of its biggest political crises since the restoration of democracy in the 1970s after decades of military dictatorship.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said the referendum is against the law and the constitutional court has ordered it be halted while its legality is determined. Catalonia's separatist government, however, remains committed to holding it on Sunday.

Rajoy, speaking on Tuesday alongside U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, said it would be "ridiculous" if the affluent northeastern region declared independence from Spain.

Trump said he opposed the referendum and wanted a united Spain. "I really think the people of Catalonia would stay with Spain. I think it would be foolish not to," he told reporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, a word, please; as a country which is a signatory to the UN, for which the concept of peaceful self-determination is enshrined in its charter, does the Spanish government have any possible clue about how geopolitically lousy the optics are of these moves against the Catalonian referendum?!?

I am having a double Picard facepalm, at warp speed, upon reading this!!!

Not allowing this referendum may well place Spain in the peril of having a civil war; and that, sir, is something no sane Spaniard would want to see happen!!!

Sep 27 09:18

¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to silence Catalan independence vote sites

As a controversial referendum on the independence of Catalonia draws near, the Spanish government has expanded efforts to shut it down, even blocking access to some websites.

After a number of .cat websites covering the referendum were aggressively shut down by the authorities, pro-independence groups set up new websites at different addresses, including referendum.party and ref1Oct.eu.

Now it appears that those websites are being partly blocked within Spain – putting informational websites on a par with copyright infringing sites like The Pirate Bay and extremist Islamic websites.

Sep 27 08:25

Spain to deploy police to prevent Catalan independence vote

Police will be deployed at polling stations to prevent people from voting in the Catalan independence referendum, the Spanish government has confirmed.

Although the Catalonia regional government has insisted the unilateral poll will go ahead on Sunday, the Spanish government has vowed to stop the vote, which it says is a clear violation of the constitution. Spain’s constitutional court has suspended the legislation underpinning the referendum while it rules on its legality.

Sep 27 08:23

Left Behind

Sep 27 07:39

Brexit was an ‘ABROGATION of democracy’ David Attenborough attacks EU referendum vote

LEADING Brexiteer Michael Gove “probably didn’t understand” the arguments for remaining in the EU, Sir David Attenborough has claimed.

Sep 27 07:38

'You have to pay us!' Guy Verhofstadt DEMANDS UK pay Brexit bill to the European Union

ARCH-FEDERALIST MEP Guy Verhofstadt ordered the United Kingdom to take "financial responsibility" over Brexit and pay a divorce bill to Brussels.

Sep 27 07:38

'German vote shows federalism has FAILED' Yanis Varoufakis warns of 4 years of EU collapse

FORMER Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has predicted the disintegration of the European Union in the wake of he German election results.

Sep 27 07:37

Macron threatens to launch BREAKAWAY EU group warning France and Germany will be DECISIVE

EMMANUEL Macron today outlined his aims to take the reigns of the European Union (EU) with a "decisive" Franco-German partnership as he revealed his plans to launch a breakaway group dedicated to the "re-foundation of Europe".

Sep 27 07:32

WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON IN CATALONIA?

Whatever the reasons for so many in Catalonia wanting secession from the rest of Spain, and whatever the reasons for Madrid's apparently heavy-handed response, I cannot help but note the hypocrisy of certain segments of the west. Self-determination for all peoples has been a mantra since President Wilson enunciated it on his flower-strewn march to Versailles, which promptly negated the principle when some Austrians expressed a desire to unite with Germany. Woops. Better tone down the freedom and democracy rhetoric, Woodrow, lest it blow up in everyone's faces. The Versailles "freedom and self-determination for (officially approved) peoples" didn't stop with the post-World War One Austrians. We've seen it again in the Crimea.

Sep 27 07:20

Train Collides With Tank During Largest Swedish Military Exercise 'in Decades'

A train has collided with a tank and derailed near the town of Trosa, south of Stockholm, marring the Aurora 17 military exercise, which Sweden proudly advertised as the largest since the end of the Cold War era as well as the first one to feature US tanks on Swedish soil.

Sep 27 07:19

Why Austria's 'wonder boy' Sebastian Kurz is on course to win election

Tall, tanned and only 31, Austria's rising political star Sebastian Kurz oozed confidence as he strode to blaring pop music into Graz's main square -- seemingly with good reason.
"October 15 is our chance for change in this country," Kurz told the recent election rally in Austria's second city, white-shirted and tieless in his trademark slim-fit suit.

"And dear friends, to be honest, it is time for change."

Kurz looks on course to become the European Union's youngest head of government when this wealthy but increasingly disgruntled Alpine country of 8.75 million people votes in a month's time.

Sep 27 06:42

Voter Fraud detected in the German election

They are stating that the AFD party got 0.0% of the votes in a district, in which the districts next to it voted 18% and 24% respectively for AFD. They are stating how very strange it is.

Only a fool would think that vote fraud was not a big part of the last election in Germany. It also happened in the last USA election but Trump’s landslide overcame it.

Sep 27 04:53

Trump: Catalan Secession ‘Foolish,’

Despite long-standing assurances from the State Department that the US would take no stance on the upcoming Catalonia referendum, President Trump couldn’t help himself while hosting Spain’s Prime Minister, loudly endorsing Spanish unity.

Trump attacked the referendum effort in Catalonia as “foolish,” saying the people of Catalonia should accept a united Spain. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy insisted the vote wouldn’t count anyhow.

Catalonia’s referendum on independence is scheduled for Sunday

Sep 26 15:23

How The Mafia Helps Fight Jihadis In Italy

Interesting clip from Sharyl Attkisson's show...

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Sep 26 14:06

Trump, Rajoy united against North Korea actions, Catalonia referendum

Sept. 26 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy held a joint press conference Tuesday and during it condemned threats from North Korea and a planned independence referendum in Catalonia.

Sep 26 10:14

Migrant Ikea Killer Demands Permission to Leave Prison So He Can Visit McDonald’s

Failed Eritrean asylum seeker Abraham Ukbagabir, who murdered a woman and her son in an Ikea in Västerås, Sweden, is now demanding he be let out of prison temporarily so he can visit McDonald’s and do some shopping.

Sep 26 10:09

SPANISH SUPPRESSION OF CATALAN INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO ESCALATE

Disobedient Media previously reported on the suppression of the Catalan independence movement in Spain. Since our first coverage of the issue, repressive tactics in Spain have continued to escalate. Disobedient Media’s report on the issue was also disingenuously smeared by Spanish media outlet El País. The press outlet also heavily criticized Edward Snowden and Julian Assange for having expressed concern on the matter.

That El País would perceive an independent news source like Disobedient Media as damaging enough to warrant such a response illustrates the deep insecurity the Catalan independence movement has stirred in Spain. El Paísdevoted a large, inaccurate chart to our coverage of the events:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Disgusting on the part of the Spanish media and government, but thoroughly predictable.

And by the way, does the incumbent Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy, want his country to remain in the UN?!?

And I say this, because he, at the moment, is having a "SMD" moment, (selelctive memory disorder moment) because he needs, and right the heck now ,to remember, that as a signatory to the UN, and an alleged advocate of its charter, the concept of "peaceful self-determination" is a value which is thoroughly enshrined in that charter.

Sep 26 09:48

AfD win is wake up call for Merkel and EU warns William Hague

WILLIAM Hague has called the Alternative for Germany (AfD) shock election results "a wake up call to a complacent Europe" and warned the bloc's super powers now had to think seriously about how to tackle immigration.

Sep 26 09:47

Catalan farmers drive 1,000 tractors through town center in protest

A thousand members of the Young Farmers and Ranchers of Catalonia (JARC) union drove their tractors through the streets of the Catalonian town of Lleida on Saturday, protesting against an alleged recent crackdown on Catalan democracy by the Spanish government.

Sep 26 08:30

SPANISH SUPPRESSION OF CATALAN INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO ESCALATE

Disobedient Media previously reported on the suppression of the Catalan independence movement in Spain. Since our first coverage of the issue, repressive tactics in Spain have continued to escalate. Disobedient Media’s report on the issue was also disingenuously smeared by Spanish media outlet El País. The press outlet also heavily criticized Edward Snowden and Julian Assange for having expressed concern on the matter.

Sep 25 21:14

Trillions of pounds at risk without Brexit deal on derivatives, warns Bank of England

The Bank of England has called for special arrangements to be made in order to protect the UK derivatives market when it leaves the European Union.

In today's statement from the central bank's Financial Policy Committee (FPC), the BoE said that it was essential to ensure the protection of the £20 trillion currently held in derivatives contracts between the UK and other EU country members.

Seeking to mitigate any likely risks of disruption to financial markets following Brexit, the FPC said it was assessing the derivatives situation, and "exploring actions" that could be taken where it believed that it might be too “complex and difficult” for financial firms to offset risks arising from the continuity of contracts between UK and EU27 counterparties, themselves.

Sep 25 09:58

NATO's Dragon-17 Drills: 'Dangerous Dreamers Dreaming of Real War With Russia'

Some 17,500 troops and 3,500 vehicles kicked off five days of drilling in Poland on Monday, the exercise coming on the heels of the Russian-Belarusian Zapad-2017 drills, which Polish officials and media described as preparations for an invasion of Europe. Speaking to Sputnik, political analyst Konrad Rekas said the hypocrisy was delicious.
The NATO drills, whose active phase runs until Friday, involve troops from Poland and NATO allies the US, Lithuania, Latvia, the UK, Germany, Slovakia, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, as well as NATO hopefuls Georgia and Ukraine. Ahead of the exercises, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said the drills would carry a "very aggressive" character, and involve 122,000 troops, rather than the aforementioned 17,500.

Sep 25 09:24

Rajoy asks Catalan leaders to admit referendum 'won't happen'

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asked Catalan separatist leaders on Saturday to own up that they can't hold an outlawed independence referendum after a crackdown dealt them a serious blow this week.

Sep 25 09:23

FRANCE’S COUNTERTERRORISM BILL NORMALIZES POLICE STATE

France’s draft counterterrorism bill is now in its final stretch before becoming law. The fast-tracked bill is widely expected to pass a vote in an extraordinary session of the National Assembly on October 3 – despite concerns that it encroaches on people’s rights. The bill doesn’t prolong France’s two-year-long state of emergency, which will formally be over when it becomes law.

Sep 25 09:23

Largest Newspaper in Spain Blames Russia and Antiwar.com for Catalonia Pro-Independence News

Providing still more graphic proof of its pathetic and truly cringeworthy descent from the status of a great liberal paper to that of a shameless corporatist rag dominated by baseless Atlanticist talking points, Madrid’s El País has recently suggested that behind the current drive for a vote on independence in Catalonia there there can be found the diabolical hand of Putin’s Russia.

Sep 25 09:10

Europe Steps Up to Try to Undermine Catalonia Independence Vote

Initially loathe to talk publicly about what is very much an internal matter of the Kingdom of Spain and the autonomous community of Catalonia, the European Union is increasingly stepping up to speak against Catalan secession, and against allowing the vote in general.

Sep 25 09:02

Nigel Farage 'to form new political party after Tory disaster' to continue Brexit fight

BREXIT champion Nigel Farage is planning to announce a new political party to oppose Theresa May if an anti-Islam campaigner wins the Ukip leadership this week, it has been reported.

Sep 25 08:46

Catalan independence: Demonstrators take to the streets ahead of referendum

DEMONSTRATORS calling for Catalan independence gathered in hundreds of towns across the region on Sunday following Madrid’s actions last week to try to block a referendum on self rule that it considers illegal.

Sep 25 08:40

EUROZONE WARNING: Crisis looming as German election KILLS Macron's federal Europe dream

EMMANUEL Macron and Jean-Claude Juncker’s dream for a federal Europe complete with its own eurozone budget and finance minister was hanging by a thread today after Angela Merkel’s underwhelming German election performance.

Experts said the chancellor’s weakened authority, combined with the expected entry of the free market supporting Free Democratic Party (FDP) into the Berlin administration, meant the plans are in severe peril.

Sep 25 08:22

McDonnell joins Umunna in shock plot to have UK stay inside single market 'permanently'

JOHN McDonnell has thrown Labour's position on Brexit yet again into disarray, on the day that the left-wing party's conference kicks off in Brighton.

Sep 24 09:28

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

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

Sep 24 08:21

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

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

Sep 23 12:11

Catalonia Closes Ranks as Outrage over Crackdown Grows

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Sep 23 10:36

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

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

Sep 23 09:18

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

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

Sep 23 08:26

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

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

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