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Apr 03 14:31

Brexit Talks Turn Ugly on Gibraltar: UK Prepared to “Go to War With Spain”? Former Tory Leader

Britain has said Spain can have no new powers over Gibraltar, as Brexit prompts hard talk on sovereignty, security, and borders.

“We will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their freely and democratically expressed wishes”, the British prime minister’s office said in a statement on Sunday (2 April).

The British defence minister, foreign minister, and the chief minister of Gibraltar issued similar comments in a debate prompted by the start of Brexit talks last week.

“Gibraltar is going to be protected all the way,” Michael Fallon, the defence chief, told the BBC on Sunday.

Boris Johnson, the foreign minister, said on Facebook:

“The UK remains implacable and rock-like in our support for Gibraltar.”

Apr 03 09:15

'Being cash-free puts us at risk of attack': Swedes turn against cashlessness

No system based on technology is invulnerable to glitches and fraud, says Mattias Skarec, 29, a digital security consultant. Yet Sweden is divided into two camps: the first says “we love the new technology”, while the other just can’t be bothered, Skarec says. “We are naive to think we can abandon cash completely and rely on technology instead.”

Skarec points to problems with card payments experienced by two Swedish banks just during the past year, and by Bank ID, the digital authorisation system that allows people to identify themselves for payment purposes using their phones.

Fraudsters have already learned to exploit the system’s idiosyncrasies to trick people out of large sums of money, even their pensions.

The best case scenario is that we are not as secure as we think, Skarec says – the worst is that IT infrastructure is systemically vulnerable.

Apr 03 09:04

'Being cash-free puts us at risk of attack': Swedes turn against cashlessness

Sweden’s central bank governor has called for public control over its payment system. Others say a fully digital system is vulnerable to fraud and attack

Apr 03 07:58

GALLOWAY: Blair’s still calling the shots, we’re heading towards Brexit in name only

I despise Tony Blair more with every beat of my heart, but I never underestimated him.

I have been saying for well over a year that he would mastermind the come-back of the EU camp in Britain, that he would marshal the financial resources (including his own considerable fortune), he would manipulate the Fifth Column within the Labour Party (which is bigger than any other column in the PLP) he would seduce the Europhile Tories and that he would, as he did for so long, choreograph the commanding heights of the media market. And he has. Moreover, in an interview last week he finally claimed the credit, revealing officially for the first time how deeply and incessantly he has been at work. With demonic energy and fiendish sure-footedness given his cloven hooves he now stands, he thinks, upon the mountaintop.

Apr 03 07:47

US air defense artillery brigade begins new European mission for first time since Cold War

In an echo of the Cold War, a U.S. Army air defense artillery unit is once again deployed to Europe.

Soldiers from the 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, South Carolina National Guard, officially uncased their unit’s flag and colors in a ceremony at the U.S. Army garrison based in Ansbach, Germany, on March 27.

The brigade’s commander, Col. Richard Wholey, said the deployment marked the first time an American air defense artillery brigade had deployed to Europe since the end of the Cold War.

Apr 03 06:13

Serbian opposition urges Belgrade to join post-Soviet security bloc

The opposition Serbian Radical Party called on Belgrade last week to give up military neutrality and join the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a post-Soviet security bloc, one of the party’s leaders Alexander Seselj told Izvestia. The call came in the wake of an arrest of a high-ranking Serb official in Kosovo and mounting tensions in the region. According to Seselj, only the CSTO can ensure Serbia’s security. The party has drawn up a special resolution on the issue, which will be sent to all of the country’s political forces soon. "The Serbs must not allow deepening cooperation between Belgrade and NATO, an organization, which destroyed the former Yugoslavia and is behind the death of more than 2,500 civilians during the bombing in 1999. We do not want to follow the path of Montenegro, which has been drawn into the alliance despite the opinion of local citizens," he stressed.

Apr 03 05:45

Opposing “Attila III” In Cyprus: Nicosia And Athens To Change Strategy

Cyprus and Hellenism are faced with “Attila III “, as Turkey is determined to succeed in the policy of threats and extortion, that it did not succeed in 1964, 1974, 1983, 2004 – control of the Republic of Cyprus. Turkey threatens that if there is no voluntary allegiance, it will attempt to demolish the Republic of Cyprus with a new “invasion.” Although the challenges in the Aegean must not be downgraded, of course, nor will they, it is rather attributed to the pre-election needs of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey and Erdogan, if they fail to reach a settlement soon, will use every means they have in order to prevent the Republic of Cyprus from exploiting its natural resources in the Mediterranean Sea, especially with Plan B ready and in this context threatens the abolition of the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus through Turkish drilling in Cypriot waters.

Apr 03 05:42

Is Kosovo A Protectorate Of Turkey In The Balkans? The Puppets Of Erdogan

Strong reactions have been sparked in the Kosovo Parliament following the recent incident with the kidnapping of the six Turkish teachers of the Mehmet Akif college, funded by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s sworn enemy, Fetoulah Gullen. In particular, the Turkish secret services, MIT (Milli Istihbarat Teshkilat), in cooperation with the state secret services of Kosovo, organized the arrest and subsequent illegal export of the 6 in Turkey. The teachers stayed legally in Kosovo where they taught. They were not given the opportunity neither to defend their rights nor to seek asylum. Their luck is prescribed. Life-long ties and torture. Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj hastened to state that the whole operation took place without his knowledge, and for that reason the Interior Minister and the head of the secret service of the country ceased to be responsible for their duties.

Apr 03 05:26

Serbia States Britain Putting Pressure To Expel Russian Diplomats From Belgrade

“Serbia will not expel Russian diplomats, we want good relations with Russia, it is true that during the events in Kosovo last week the UK demanded from us to decide on the attitude towards the Russians and to expel Russian diplomats, which shows that they were only concerned about this, other issues did not bother them, “- quotes the Serbian diplomat. The Foreign Minister stressed that Belgrade should take care of its interests, weigh them up well, and “it is absolutely certain that Serbia will not expel Russian diplomats.” Serbia is isolated in terms of not being part of the EU- but Austria is one of the only EU countries who refused to expel the Foreign Ministry staff of Russia from their country.

Apr 02 08:16

Macron hit with THREE MONTHS of strikes in FURY at French President bowing to EU law

EMMANUEL Macron has been slapped with THREE MONTHS of punishing strikes from tomorrow in retaliation of the French President bowing down to the EU.

The relentless strikes begin tomorrow and will run for a gruelling 12 weeks in successive waves of two days bringing France to a standstill and completely paralysing the country.

The four main unions representing exasperated rail workers have called the revolt against opening the national SNCF rail monopoly up to competition as required by EU law.

The militant unions have been up in arms over Macron’s plot to scrap jobs for life for 260,000 workers of the debt-ridden, state-owned SNCF rail and their right to retire in their 50s in an attempt to whip them into line wit the public sector.

Apr 02 07:48

Hungary elections 2018: Fears over migration fuels Viktor Orban as he SOARS in polls

DESPITE Brussels’ disgust for Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán is gaining popularity in the polls just one week ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections.

Apr 02 07:48

Donald Tusk to QUIT EU: European boss hints at return to DOMESTIC politics in Poland

The European Council President and former Polish Prime Minister flirted with the move, which he claimed would prevent his home country losing out on EU cash after its bitter row with the bloc.

In an interview with Polish news channel TVN24 he said “I’m not going to retire”.

He quipped: “In 2019 I will be back in Poland and let no one think that I will only watch TV.”

When pressed, Tusk refused to elaborate on his plans.

He said: “I will not formulate scenarios for the moment and I hope there will be no emergency scenarios.

Apr 01 07:01

"I've Never Seen Anything Like It" - Russia Declares 'Unusual' Missile Drill, Just Miles From Sweden

Rather than exercising caution after the nerve gas attack in the United Kingdom and a tidal wave of Russian diplomatic expulsions from Washington, Eurozone, and other countries, Moscow is upping the ante which has surprised the Eurozone and the West on Thursday. Besides the tit-for-tat expulsions of Russian and American diplomats, President Vladimir Putin has chosen to flex his war muscles next week with an unusual missile exercise in international waters, but close enough to Sweden and Latvia that it will shut down commercial airspace.

Mar 31 10:47

Algerian Illegal Migrant Arrested After Italian Church Attempted Terror Attack

A 22-year-old illegal Algerian immigrant was arrested on a charge of attempted terrorism after trying to drive a stolen car into a crowd in front of the Shrine of Pompeii Basilica, only to be stopped by concrete bollards.
The attempted attacker, 22-year-old migrant Othman Jridi, told police his motivation for the failed attack saying, “I did it in the name of Allah,” Corriere del Mezzogiorno reports.

Jridi came to Italy after being expelled from France and was also told to the leave the country by the police chief of Cagliari, yet remained in in the country.

Judge Fernanda Iannone, an expert on international terrorism, agreed to allow prosecution against the failed asylum seeker to go ahead and ordered him to be put in pre-trial detention due to the severity of the crime.

Mar 31 10:43

EU rift deepens as Bulgaria says it will NOT kick out Russian diplomats

BULGARIA will not expel any Russian diplomats as EU tensions continue to escalate following the nerve agent attack in England that the British government has blamed on Moscow.

Mar 31 10:42

No reason for Ireland to believe UK on Skripal, MPs & locals say

Mar 31 08:00

Syrian Army Increases Its Presence In Deir ez-Zor Preparing For An Attack On US-led Coalition

The Syrian Army is amassing the troops on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in preparation to attack the US-led coalition and retake the oil and gas fields which are under the control of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) , reports Syrian journalist Eyad Al-Hosain.

(*"the spoiler" . we're just going to have to stay , now .)

Mar 30 16:14

Dutch voters say 'no' to new spy law

More than 6 million voters rejected a planned law that would have granted security services sweeping powers to spy on people's emails and other online data, the Dutch electoral council announced Thursday.

Some 13 million were eligible to vote in the referendum, which is non-binding, but Prime Minister Mark Rutte vowed to take the results seriously despite being a proponent of the proposed law. Vice Prime Minister Kajsa Ollongren, however, said the government would take its time to consider the results, the ANP news agency said.

Mar 30 09:24

Amsterdam Shooting Reportedly Leaves 1 Person Dead

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

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

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

Mar 30 09:24

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

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

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

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

Mar 30 09:15

EU funds Israel’s war industry

Propaganda does not always go according to plan.

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

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

Mar 29 20:20

Swedish Government Releases Brochure For Migrants Legitimizing Child Marriage

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

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

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

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

Mar 29 12:45

Diplomat reminds that NATO inherited Czechoslovakia’s chemical industry potential

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

Mar 29 09:08

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

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

Mar 29 07:50

Georgia expels one Russian diplomat in solidarity with UK

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

Mar 29 07:46

Slovenia recalling its ambassador to Russia for consultations

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

Mar 29 07:14

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

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

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

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

Mar 29 06:37

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

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

Mar 29 06:36

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

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

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

Mar 29 06:27

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

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

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

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

Mar 29 06:09

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

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

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

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

Mar 29 02:25

Russia Readies For ‘OPENING STRIKE’ In NATO War

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

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

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

Mar 29 02:17

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

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

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

Mar 28 16:31

EU confirms UK will lose Netflix 'portability' following Brexit

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

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

Mar 28 11:58

Kremlin lambasts Pristina’s provocation in Kosovo Mitrovica

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

Mar 28 11:55

President tells Putin Serbia will not expel Russian diplomats

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

Mar 28 11:54

Portugal recalls ambassador to Russia for consultations

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

Mar 28 10:25

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

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

Mar 28 06:37

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

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

Mar 28 06:19

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

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

Mar 28 06:13

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

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

Mar 27 19:07

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 27 11:59

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

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

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

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

Mar 27 10:56

Viennese Teacher Who Warned About Sharia Resigns From the Union

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

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

Mar 27 10:53

Poland Detains Official On Russian Spying Allegations

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

Mar 27 10:03

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

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

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

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

Mar 27 10:02

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

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

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

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

Mar 27 09:49

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 27 09:48

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

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

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

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

Mar 27 09:22

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

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

Mar 26 14:08

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

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

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

Mar 26 12:21

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

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

“Unfriendly” action won’t be left unanswered.

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 26 11:39

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 26 11:24

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

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

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

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

Mar 26 11:12

Pressure grows on PM over Brexit Cambridge Analytica scandal

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

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

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

Mar 26 11:01

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

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

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

Mar 26 11:00

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

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

Mar 26 10:58

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

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

Mar 26 05:41

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

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

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

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

Mar 25 09:27

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

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

Mar 25 09:27

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

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

Mar 25 09:26

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

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

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

Mar 25 09:22

WATCH Taxi Drivers March in Protest Against Uber Returning to Barcelona

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

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

Mar 25 09:08

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

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

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

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

Mar 25 09:03

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

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

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

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

Mar 24 11:11

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

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

Mar 24 11:10

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

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

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