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Apr 17 10:22

Merkel under fire: Germany RESTRICTS Chancellor’s eurozone reforms in Macron snub

ANGELA Merkel’s joint eurozone reforms with Emmanuel Macron are being restricted by German conservatives in a major blow to the European powers, documents have revealed.

Apr 17 09:50

‘When you’re in a hole, STOP DIGGING!’ MEPs round on Macron’s plan for MORE EU integration

EMMANUEL MACRON has provoked fury across the European Union with the French President due to push for a series of reforms as he debates the “future of Europe” with the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Apr 17 09:43

EU threatens new sanctions against Syria but not Russia

European Union foreign ministers on Monday threatened new sanctions against Syria over its alleged chemical attacks, but held off from joining expected new punitive U.S. measures against Russia.

Apr 17 09:39

EU fails to agree new Iran sanctions as Trump deadline nears

The European Union failed to agree new sanctions against Iran on Monday amid Italy’s opposition and fears that punishing Tehran for its missile programme and regional role would not stop U.S. President Donald Trump from abandoning a separate nuclear deal.

Apr 17 09:13

Israel summons Irish Ambassador over 'campaign of hatred and discrimination'

THE Israeli government accused Dublin City Council of “waging a campaign of hatred and discrimination” during a meeting with the Irish Ambassador in Jerusalem.

Ambassador Alison Kelly was summoned to a meeting with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a move that follows a row over the participation of Dublin Lord Mayor’s in an event in the disputed West Bank territory.

Tensions between the two countries are growing, with the Ministry this evening issuing a statement accusing the City Council of “two hostile decisions”.

This is a reference to motions passed by councillors on Monday. One proposed expelling the Israeli ambassador to Ireland, while the other supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.

Apr 16 16:23

Syria bombing protest erupts into RIOT as activists try to topple US President statue

SYRIA bombing protesters clashed with riot police as demonstrations against the airstrike attack by US, UK and French forces saw furious activists try to pull down a statue of former US President Harry Truman.

Protesters used a metal grinder to try to cut off the statue’s feet and tug it down with ropes before riot police intervened and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

At least three protesters from the Greek Communist Party were injured, with blood trickling from their heads, according to reports.

The statue suffered minor damage following the riots on the streets of Athens.

Apr 16 08:22

‘Massive Backsliding’: Turkey Bid to Join EU Bloc Doomed Says New Evaluation

The European Commission in Brussels will soon give some pointedly negative updates to Turkey’s progress in joining the European Union in its country report.

In a draft version of the upcoming report, the EU Commission noted that "Turkey has made big steps away from the EU" and that there is a "serious relapse in the areas of justice, public administration reform, fundamental rights and freedom of expression." The Commission also predicted additional relapses "in an increasing number of other areas," according to Politico.

The draft report also urges Turkey to "end the state of emergency without any delay," referring to "disproportionate measures" used by its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his administration, including layoffs and arrests following a July 15, 2016, coup attempt.

Apr 16 08:06

BBC backlash! Fury as Patrick Stewart handed prime slot for 'DESPERATE' Remain campaign

Sir Patrick Stewart was invited onto the Andrew Marr show to promote a controversial new campaign backed by some MPs and celebrities to demand a public vote on the final Brexit deal.

Fellow Tory MP Philip Davies raged: “I have no idea why the politically correct metropolitan luvvies like Patrick Stewart and his chums at the BBC think their personal views should trump the 17 million people who voted to leave in the EU referendum.

"The result has been decided whether they like it or not.”

Apr 16 07:35

WITH BRITAIN, ONE MORE COUNTRY WILL LEAVE THE EUFacebook VK Blogger LiveJournal Twitter Google+ Email Print Share

When Brexit becomes a reality, the European Union will lose two members at once: Britain and Gibraltar, a member of the European Union that is part of its overseas territory. This decision is final, Michel Barnier said in Brussels. All disputable issues will be discussed in the future bilaterally by London and Madrid, which has never recognized the legality of this British enclave on its territory.

Apr 15 08:37

NATO Attempts To Convince The World That It Is The Good Guy

NATO calls on all members of the UN Security Council to confirm their duty in finding a political solution to the conflict in Syria, said Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg after a session in Brussels. At this meeting, the United States, Britain and France informed the allies on the military operations against Syria. Russia and all those who support the Syrian regime, called for constructive participation in the Geneva process.

In addition, Stoltenberg confirmed that Britain, the United States and France provided NATO with much information on chemical weapons in Syria, the alliance has no reason to doubt their assessment.

France together with the United Kingdom and the United States intends to submit a draft resolution of the UN Security Council to ensure a political transition in Syria, said France’s Permanent Representative to the Organization, Francois Delatra.

Apr 15 08:35

Special Blacklist in Hungary Exposes 'Soros Stooges'

After Viktor Orban secured a new term in office in the parliamentary elections, a pro-government magazine published a list of “mercenaries” working for the pro-immigration billionaire. Further disclosures are to come.

The Hungarian magazine Figyelo, led by one of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s allies, has published 200 names of scholars, journalists and human rights activists from a local NGO (the Helsinki Committee, the Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International), branding them "mercenaries" of the US billionaire of Hungarian origin George Soros. According to the media, these people work within a network run by the financial tycoon, who reportedly funds pro-immigrant organizations and civic movements in different countries for his personal benefit.

The magazine announced that more names are to be published.

Apr 14 16:55

How a Single Swedish Submarine Defeated the US Navy

Interesting use of the Stirling Engine (video).

Apr 14 09:33

From Legal EU Resident to Outlaw in Turkey: More Syrians Flee Germany–Report

Germany has been puzzled with the growing number of Syrian refugees who were granted asylum there but reportedly travel back to Turkey illegally rather than staying in the EU.

The increase in cases of the “reversed escape” of Syrian refugees with residence permit has been reported by the north German broadcaster NDR. In their investigation, many Syrians named difficulties with family reunions in Germany as one of the main reasons for their leaving the European Union despite holding a valid residence permit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I don't want to live in Europe. It's full of those @#$% immigrants!"

Apr 14 09:01

Syria latest: US 'locked and loaded' if chemical weapons used again

In Brussels, where officials have been watching developments closely, all eyes are on Russia’s possible reaction. One senior minister, who preferred to remain unnamed, said while it thought Moscow would pursue diplomatic channels in the coming days, a more strident response could not be ruled out.

“There is definitely concern over what Russia will do but for the moment it seems they will not react militarily,” said the official who holds a post at the highest levels of the European Commission.

“We’ve been meeting this afternoon to discuss reaction and the feeling is Moscow will definitely do something beyond the diplomatic although what no one knows. It can turn off gas [supplies to Europe] or ratchet up tensions in the Ukraine again.”

Apr 13 15:00

EU Committee Demands Sanctions Against Viktor Orban's Hungary For 'Breaching EU Values'

The EU's feminist bureaucrats are demanding the nation of Hungary be sanctioned for standing against the neo-liberal world order.

Apr 13 14:37

Sweden's Super Stealth Submarines Are So Lethal They 'Sank' a U.S. Aircraft Carrier

In 2005, USS Ronald Reagan, a newly constructed $6.2 billion dollar aircraft carrier, sank after being hit by multiple torpedoes.

Fortunately, this did not occur in actual combat, but was simulated as part of a war game pitting a carrier task force including numerous antisubmarine escorts against HSMS Gotland, a small Swedish diesel-powered submarine displacing 1,600 tons. Yet despite making multiple attacks runs on the Reagan, the Gotland was never detected.

This outcome was replicated time and time again over two years of war games, with opposing destroyers and nuclear attack submarines succumbing to the stealthy Swedish sub. Naval analyst Norman Polmar said the Gotland “ran rings” around the American carrier task force. Another source claimed U.S. antisubmarine specialists were “demoralized” by the experience.

Apr 13 10:02

March of the Ghouls (“The Holocaust will never be forgotten,” Rabbi Lau told the crowd, “so long as we can still milk it”)

ISRAELI, POLISH PRESIDENTS FAIL TO RESOLVE POLISH ‘HOLOCAUST LAW’ CRISIS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You Poles HAVE to give us money! We've totally drained the Americans!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Apr 13 07:26

Italy will not take part in any military action in Syria: statement

Italy will not have any direct role in an eventual Western military attack against the Syrian government, but it will provide logistical support to its allies, the prime minister's office said Thursday.

Caretaker Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni had numerous "international" contacts Thursday, including with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the statement said.

"Italy will not participate in Syrian military actions," Gentiloni told allies according to the statement. "Based on current international and bilateral accords, Italy will continue to offer logistical support to allied forces."

Apr 13 07:16

Spain to Deliver 5 Warships Worth $2.5Bln to Saudi Arabia - Defense Ministry

Spanish Defense Minister Maria Dolores Cospedal and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday signed an agreement, under which Madrid will deliver five Avante 2200 corvette patrol vessels worth $2.47 billion to the Middle Eastern country, the Spanish Defense Ministry said.

The warships will be build by firm Navantia at its shipyard in San Fernando, Southern Spain, according to the ministry.

Apr 13 06:52

'Time for warnings has passed': EU committee demands sanctions against Viktor Orban's Hungary

The European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee will ask MEPs to vote for Hungary to be sanctioned over alleged violations of the rule of law, just days after Viktor Orban's decisive re-election.

"Time and time again, Viktor Orbán's government has undermined the independence of the judiciary, freedom of the press and the fundamental rights of its citizens," said the motion, authored by Dutch Green Party MEP Judith Sargentini, who has led an investigation on whether Budapest is in breach of "EU values."

With Orban set for a third consecutive term, after the Eurosceptic, anti-immigrant Fidesz party took the vast majority of parliament seats on April 8, the EU committee proposed invoking Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union. The statute would force Hungarian officials to defend their country before the European Council, and could eventually see Budapest's voting rights in the EU suspended.

Apr 13 06:47

Is the Eurozone in a Dead End?

Ten years into the greatest financial meltdown in the history of finance, triggered by the USA sub-prime real estate bubble collapse in 2007, the Euro and its 19 member central banks are at a dangerous crossroad. It’s clear from her recent address to the German Parliament that Chancellor Merkel intends to lure Germany into what she and Macron intend to become a “transfer union.” In plain English that would mean the strong surplus economies of Germany and northern Europe including Holland, would have to “transfer” hundreds of billions of Euros to subsidize the deficit countries of Italy, Spain and southern Europe. The ultimate winner would be the shaky French and Southern Eurozone banks. It’s not surprising that Merkel, a close ally of former banker Marcon of France, is not being open with her people on what is at stake.

Apr 12 11:14

Fox offices in London raided by European Commission investigators

European Commission investigators raided Twenty-First Century Fox's London office on Tuesday, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Sources at the location told the newspaper that authorities were trying to be discreet and had been told to keep details of their mission confidential. The Telegraph reported that investigators will be on site through Wednesday and maybe Thursday.

Shares of Fox fell more than 1 percent in extended trading.

The raid comes amid Fox's drawn out takeover of Sky, which has fallen under intense scrutiny by regulators at the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority.

Earlier this year, the agency provisionally found Fox's bid would not be in the public interest. It said there are concerns that the deal may lead to the Murdoch Family Trust wielding too much influence over public opinion and the political agenda.

Fox Networks Group said in a statement to CNBC that it is "cooperating fully with the EC inspection."

Apr 12 10:00

Russian gas pipeline to Europe gets thumbs up from Finland

Finland has issued the second and final permit for the construction and operation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline through the Nordic country’s waters, the company in charge of the project said in a statement.

“This is an important day for our project: following a very thorough analysis and extensive engagement, the Finnish authorities have approved our detailed plans to construct and operate the 374km Finnish section of the 1,230km Nord Stream 2 Pipeline,” Permitting Manager Finland at Nord Stream 2 AG Tore Granskog said.

Apr 12 07:48

Eastern Ghouta: Terrorists Hand over Modern Arms Made in Israeli, Europe to Syrian Army

Jeish al-Islam militants delivered their advanced Israel and European-made weapons to the Syrian Army within the framework of an evacuation agreement in the town of Douma, a media outlet reported on Wednesday.
The Arabic-language website of Sputnik reported that a sum of 1,384 militants and their family members with a total number of 3,792 left Douma for the town of Jarabulus in Northeastern Aleppo on 85 buses.

It went on to say that the evacuation process will continue for the next two days due to logistical reasons, adding that Jeish al-Islam has handed over its light and semi-heavy arms to the army.

The Arabic Sputnik further said that Israeli sniper rifles and Belgian-made RPG rockets and PKC machineguns were among the arms.

People in the town of Douma on Tuesday took control of a number of warehouses used by Jeish al-Islam for hoarding food stuff after the terrorist group started retreating from the town under an evacuation plan agreed with the Syrian Army.

Apr 12 07:32

EU and Euro Exposed To Risks Including Trade Wars and War With Russia In Middle East

– EU and euro face growing risks including trade wars, energy independence and war with Russia in Middle East
– Middle East war involving Russia may badly impact energy dependent & fragile EU
– Trade and actual wars on European doorstep show the strategic weakness of the EU
– Toxic combination due to growing anti-EU and anti-Euro sentiment in many EU nations
– Investors should diversify to hedge investment, currency and systemic risk

Apr 12 07:02

Builder of apartheid wall gets EU funding

I have been following Europe’s policy on Palestine for almost 20 years. Throughout that time, I cannot recall an official EU statement more obscene than the one issued after Israel killed nine people in Gaza last Friday.

Rather than condemn the killings, the EU merely claimed that they raise “serious questions about the proportionate use of force.”

Zoom in on those words: proportionate use of force.

The underlying message is that Israel may resort to violence against Palestinians living under siege and occupation. EU representatives would just prefer it if Israel doesn’t go too far.

The same kind of thinking can be discerned within Israel’s elite.

Apr 11 18:06

The Approved Monsanto-Bayer Merger Could Spell Disaster for a Budding Cannabis Industry

After selling off enough assets to win anti-trust approval, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved a mega-merger between Monsanto and Bayer, two of the world’s leading chemical/biotech companies.

Apr 11 15:44

NATO: We don’t want war with Russia, but must believe the UK and are forced to react

(*and THAT'S what's known by some as Leadership With Backbone ?)

Apr 11 13:20

EASA confirms to TASS that it made recommendations to airlines on possible Syria strikes

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has confirmed that it made recommendations to airline companies on a possible military action in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. "We informed EASA member states and Eurocontrol Nework Manager yesterday that due to the possible launch of airstrikes into Syria with air-to-ground and / or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours as of yesterday, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, due consideration needs to be taken when planning flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean / Nicosia Flight Information Region area," EASA told TASS on Wednesday. A source in a Russian aircraft company told TASS about this warning earlier.

Apr 11 10:53

Israel Wanted to Bar Entry to Dublin's Mayor Over BDS Ties – but Got His Name Wrong

Israel announced on Tuesday it had barred Dublin Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha from entering the country – while he was already in the West Bank city of Ramallah after having flown in through Tel Aviv.

Apr 11 10:40

'We categorically want to avoid confrontation with Russia' – NATO deputy chief

Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller says that the Alliance does not wish to face military conflict with Russia, but still blames it for a "troubling pattern of behavior," from Ukraine to Salisbury.

"We would categorically want to avoid a situation where confrontation with Russia is inevitable. And that's exactly what our decision-making is governed by," Gottemoeller told Russian daily Kommersant in an interview published in Russian on Tuesday. However, her message was far from reconciliatory as she went on: "But we can't leave without reply Russia's illegal acts: from the annexation of Crimea, to destabilization in Donbass, to election meddling, or the latest events in the UK."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nato Deputy Secretary Gottemoeller, you are lying about the Skribal poisoning; alleged election tampering in the US; destabilization in Donbass; and the alleged annexation of Crimea.

And what is worse, the world knows you are lying with a straight face.

But I can promise you one thing; should President Trump move forward with this insane rush to war in Syria, there will most likely no way for NATO to escape a military confrontation with Russia, and you know it.

So what will NATO and the EU do in that case, institute a European draft?!?

Oh, I would so like to see you try that!! :-)

Apr 11 08:12

New Swedish Anti-Migrant Party: 'At Least' Hundreds of Thousands Will Have to Go

The newly founded party seeking to dethrone the Sweden Democrats as the mouthpiece for right-wing beliefs is appealing to anti-immigrant voters by pledging mass deportations. Being the only one to suggest such a thing in the Nordic country, the party has seen a major influx of members in the past few weeks alone.

Alternative for Sweden (AfS), which models itself as a "repatriation party" is determined to send as many immigrants as possible back to their respective home countries. This was explained by party leader Gustav Kasselstrand in an interview with the Swedish channel TV4.

The interview was arranged in connection with the transition of Mikael Jansson, who in the decade from 1995-2005 led the Sweden Democrats, previously known as the most right-wing party in the country's political landscape, to AfS.

Apr 11 07:59

Dutch dish out £2500 ‘Brexit vouchers’ to help firms AVOID trading with UK

THE Netherlands Enterprise Agency has launched a new ‘Brexit voucher’ scheme aimed at helping businesses with economic interests in the UK find “alternative markets and map out the consequences of the Brexit for their company”.

Apr 11 07:59

‘No United States of Europe’: Hungary’s Orban vows to strengthen his sovereign policies

Hungary will continue its anti-immigrant stance and will pursue a vision of the EU as a union of nations instead of the “United States of Europe,” PM Viktor Orban said after his party’s parliamentary elections victory.

Orban believes the re-election triumph has given him a “strong mandate” to tackle the problems that concern Hungarians the most, he said on Tuesday.

“The Hungarian people have defined the most important issues: these are the questions of immigration and national sovereignty,” the prime minister said. “It is entirely clear...from the election result that Hungarians have decided that only they can decide with whom they want to live in Hungary, and the government will stick to this position.”

Apr 11 07:58

'We categorically want to avoid confrontation with Russia' – NATO deputy chief

Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller says that the Alliance does not wish to face military conflict with Russia, but still blames it for a "troubling pattern of behavior," from Ukraine to Salisbury.

"We would categorically want to avoid a situation where confrontation with Russia is inevitable. And that's exactly what our decision-making is governed by," Gottemoeller told Russian daily Kommersant in an interview published in Russian on Tuesday. However, her message was far from reconciliatory as she went on: "But we can't leave without reply Russia's illegal acts: from the annexation of Crimea, to destabilization in Donbass, to election meddling, or the latest events in the UK."

Apr 11 07:31

Thousands Rally in Czech Republic Against Incumbent PM Andrej Babis - Reports

Protests against the policy of the Czech prime minister Andrej Babis were held on Monday evening in more than 20 cities of the country. The Major Rally was reportedly held in Prague with more than 10,000 participants.

"We protest against the government of our country headed by a person suspected of fraud, and also accused of cooperation with security agencies during the period of socialism. We want the president to appoint another politician from the ANO movement as prime minister, otherwise the Cabinet will be formed endlessly. The ministers must work rather than think whether they would retain their posts in a week or three months," One of the rally's organizers Mikulas Mynarz told reporters.

Apr 11 07:27

REVEALED: What Trump's new Security Advisor really thinks about Brexit

DONALD Trump’s new Security Advisor celebrated the Brexit result and praised Theresa May’s ability to “rid the UK of the sclerotic over-regulation” by Brussels bureaucrats while slamming the “failure” of the EU project, during an interview on the night of the result.

Apr 11 07:15

Dublin City Council votes for Israel boycott

Dublin City Council passed a motion Monday night endorsing the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel.

And on Tuesday, Israel claimed to have barred Dublin’s mayor from entering territory it controls, but a short time later the mayor appeared to be tweeting from Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

“Since its violent establishment in 1948 through the ethnic cleansing of more than half of the indigenous people of Palestine, the state of Israel has denied Palestinians their fundamental rights and has refused to comply with international law,” the motion states.

It adds that: “Israel continues to illegally occupy and colonize Palestinian land, discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel, imposes an inhumane blockade and siege of Gaza and denies Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes.”

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Apr 10 21:52

THE FULL LIST OF U.S. MILITARY – WARS AND INTERVENTIONS FROM WOUNDED KNEE TO SYRIA: A CENTURY OF U.S. MILITARY INTERVENTIONS

by Dr. Zoltan Grossman

The following is a partial list of U.S. military interventions from 1890 to 2014.

Below the list is a Briefing on the History of U.S. Military Interventions.

The list and briefing are also available as a powerpoint presentation.

COUNTRY OR STATE Dates of intervention Forces Comments
SOUTH DAKOTA 1890 (-?) Troops 300 Lakota Indians massacred at Wounded Knee.
ARGENTINA 1890 Troops Buenos Aires interests protected.
CHILE 1891 Troops Marines clash with nationalist rebels.
HAITI 1891 Troops Black revolt on Navassa defeated.
IDAHO 1892 Troops Army suppresses silver miners’ strike.
HAWAII 1893 (-?) Naval, troops Independent kingdom overthrown, annexed.
CHICAGO 1894 Troops Breaking of rail strike, 34 killed.

Apr 10 14:59

UN unable to independently verify the allegations of chemical attack in Douma

What I will tell you once again is that there is absolutely zero reason that Assad would do this.

What I will also tell you once again is that even if he did do it, it is none of our business as Americans.

Apr 10 14:46

Time to safeguard global free trade

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Over a year ago at Davos, President Xi Jinping stressed the need for global cooperation to sustain the global recovery. In a trade war, he said, “no one will emerge as a winner.”

In the White House, that wisdom got lost in translation. Now the only question is how costly that policy mistake will prove.
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As US sovereign debt now exceeds $20.7 trillion, 107 percent of GDP, and Trump’s infrastructure initiative is fueled by record-high leverage, the trade dispute is undermining critical sources of US revenue.

Trump’s trade gambit is escalating at a time when even rising interest rates can no longer ensure a strong dollar. Moreover, with $1.2 trillion of US debt, China remains the largest foreign holder of US Treasuries.

>>>

Apr 10 09:10

Despacito bounce back and Comes again after hacked by hackers in YouTube

Despacito video is hacked and deleted from YouTube. It’s the most viewed video on youtube and this is the first youtube video have got 5bn views in the history.

Apr 10 08:44

Macron and Verhofstadt in NEW EUROPE PLOT: Pair to meet over future of EU

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron is to meet with Guy Verhofstadt just days after the Belgian MEP called for a “new, dynamic, centralist Europe”.

The two men will discuss Mr Macron’s speech at the upcoming plenary session in Strasbourg next week.

The French PM will be discussing the “future of Europe” amid his plans to further integrate the EU, reform the election system and introduce a eurozone finance minister.

Last year, the French President set out his desire for a common budget, a finance minister, coordination on issues like tax and a parliament for the 19 members of the eurozone.

The French president has said that 2018 will be “decisive” for Europe as he pushes forward plans for EU integration.

Apr 10 08:43

'You're positively TOXIC!' Humphrys hits out at Tony Blair on calls for NEW centrist party

The former Prime Minister shut down claims he is looking to start a new centrist party in Britain but was caught out by the BBC host over his campaign for global change, which promotes centrist policies.

Tony Blair claimed there is a blank space for a centrist party in Britain as the Tory Party becomes “defined by Brexit” and engages in “narrow-minded nationalism” while Labour becomes increasingly engulfed in “far left” politics.

Mr Blair said he would like to make clear that he is not “advocating or involved” in a centrist party but John Humphrys hit back and asked whether the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is putting together the infrastructure for a new political party.

Apr 10 08:43

‘Enormous setback!’ Meddling Hillary Clinton wades into Brexit row with Northern Ireland

HILLARY Clinton has waded into the Brexit debate by warning Government officials against agreeing to any deal which would see a return of a hard border on the island of Ireland, branding the prospect “an enormous setback”.

Apr 10 08:10

Ukraine To Attend G7 For The First Time

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavel Klimkin, will attend the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) in Canada.

According to the Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko, this will be the first time that officially Kiev participates in the G7 event.

“The time has come for serious, strategic decisions on Ukraine and Russia, and how to appeal to the world on the international agenda. We are glad that Ukraine will be able to join the difficult but critically needed conversation and look forward to making a valuable contribution to future joint decisions ” , – he said.

Apr 10 07:59

EU election observers deploy across Lebanon

The European Union Election Observation Mission Tuesday deployed 24 long-term observers to 12 different locations in Lebanon, to begin their efforts to support credible, transparent and inclusive parliamentary elections.

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Funny how observers are only sent to elections whose outcome may go against the observers' agenda.

Apr 09 11:11

Russian official claims NATO has crossed the red line

Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Alexander Grushko, said on the sidelines of Valdai Discussion Club that NATO had crossed the red line by increasing its military presence near Russian borders. According to him, security in Europe was based on measures of restraint for many years, but "now, thanks to NATO, we have a military dimension, it was their choice, they crossed the red line." There is no justification for NATO's military building up near the borders of Russia, Grushko said. At the same time, Moscow will always be able to defend its borders. "We have preserved the military-industrial complex, which gives us a possibility to respond asymmetrically when necessary." As for the situation with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, Grushko said that the West was trying to find an excuse for colossal spending.

Apr 09 09:09

In Latest Humiliation For Brussels, Viktor Orban Wins Hungary Elections In Landslide Victory

In the latest embarrassment for Europe's establishment, the ostracized - by Brussels - Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán, who has waged a relentless vendetta against George Soros in the past year, just won a landslide victory in Hunary's parliamentary elections.

Earlier on Sunday, 8 million Hungarians went to the polls to elect a 199-seat parliament in the 2018 general elections, which many expected would see the incumbent Prime Minister Viktor Orbán- and his right-wing Fidesz party - win his third consecutive term. And, as covered here on numerous prior occasions, Orban's campaign had been centered around anti-immigration policies, an especially sensitive topic not only in Hungary and Central Europe, but across the old continent.

Apr 08 07:40

Irish students, teachers vote for solidarity with Palestine

Condemning Israel’s “brutal” military occupation and grave human rights abuses, the Union of Students in Ireland voted to join the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian rights.

The union, which represents approximately 374,000 students in higher education across the country, resolved to boycott Israeli institutions which are “complicit in normalizing, providing intellectual cover for and supporting settler-colonialism” and to lobby Irish universities to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s rights violations.

It also affirmed the right of return for Palestinian refugees expelled by Israel and declared that the BDS campaign “is a strategy for effective solidarity, not a dogma or ideology and certainly not an attack upon Jewish communities or individuals.”

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Apr 07 06:17

Belgian Islamic Party Announces ‘100 Per Cent Islamic State’ as End Goal

The Belgian Islamic party Partij Islam is set to run candidates in 28 municipalities in the upcoming Belgian municipal elections, and have declared their intention to create an Islamic State in which women and men have to ride in separate buses.

Apr 07 06:16

The Salisbury Incident. Manipulating Fear, Heightening Hysteria of a Russian Threat. The Need for a Genuine Anti-war Movement

There is no doubt that Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Amber Rudd, et al, have worked hard to achieve a consensus amongst NATO and EU states, and has had some success in persuading other leaders to condemn and react to the unproven Russian involvement.

Many of these leaders, perhaps, have reasons of their own for latching on to such a flimsy agreement. France, Germany, Italy, and Holland are among a number of nations reeling from their own domestic political turbulence. Collapsing centrist parties have watched their traditional voter bases divide and file off to the left and right, as all over Europe the political polarisation hardens. Being seen to be part of a new unified front will, they hope, strengthen their domestic positions. It is a familiar response from desperate neoliberal administrations; instead of taking responsibility for the declining interest in their policies, they would rather fall back on the policy of fear in a dangerous attempt to appear ‘strong and stable’.

Apr 07 06:13

UNHRC Has Sided With George Soros Against Hungarian People – Foreign Minister

The Hungarian government has clashed with the European Union on a number of occasions over their differing approaches to immigration and how to handle the migrant crisis. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held this weekend, on April 8, and the candidates' stances on immigration is a key differentiating factor.

Hungary’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has sided with George Soros and pro-Soros parties in the upcoming election.

“The Committee [UNHRC] has clearly taken sides with George Soros and migrants against the Hungarian people. It is unacceptable that the rights of migrants are more important for the Committee than the right of the Hungarian people to security,” the minister said on April 6 according to a government press release.

Apr 07 05:56

Majority of Bulgarians Back Gov't Refusal to Copy West Over Skripal Case – Poll

The overwhelming majority (88 percent) of Bulgarian citizens supported their government's decision to not expel Russian diplomats over the poisoning of former GRU agent Sergei Skripal on UK soil due to lack of evidence of Russia's involvement in the incident, according to a poll conducted by the Gallup International Institute.

Apr 06 16:00

'The Russians are coming!' Faulty warning siren sparks fears of 'invasion' in sleepy Norwegian town near border

A faulty warning siren sparked fears of a late-night Russian invasion in a sleepy Norwegian town just miles from the border.

Frightened locals called the police when the Civil Defence alarm went off in Vadso.

Anxious residents feared a war had broken out when the wailing siren sparked panic just before midnight on Wednesday, the local police force revealed.

Russian troops weren't flooding across the border, but it remained unclear what caused the alarm to go off.

Apr 06 13:05

Video: “The Art of Warfare”: US-NATO Military Occupation of the EU. The Shengen Area Taken Over by NATO Forces

The European Commission presented the Action Plan on Military Mobility on 28 March. “By facilitating military mobility within the EU, – explains the foreign representative of the Union, Federica Mogherini – we can be more effective in reacting when challenges arise”. Even if she does not say so, the reference to “Russian aggression” is evident.

The Action Plan was actually decided not by the EU, but by the Pentagon and NATO. In 2015, General Ben Hodges, commander of US gound forces in Europe (US Army Europe), called for the establishment of a “military Schengen Area” so that, to face “Russian aggression”, US forces could move quickly from one European country to another, without being slowed down by national regulations and customs procedures. (Manlio Denucci)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although the narrative is in Italian, with subtitles in English, it is painfully obvious that we are seeing more demonization of Russia, by this plan for a "Military shengen" in Europe.

I would like to be able to say that a potential meeting between Putin and Trump might de-escalate the preparations for war in Europe, but looking at this video, I am vary unsure that it will.

Apr 06 11:32

Welcome to Brussels - one of Europe's most polluted cities

It's the de-facto capital of Europe, but also one of the most polluted cities in Europe. Brussels' unenviable pollution record is down, in part, to a high percentage of diesel cars on its roads.

People who live in the city are trying to help themselves.

Armed with an app and detection device, one group is taking to the streets to measure the quality of the city's air.

"People who live here in Brussels near the main roads, when they have children between two and five years-old will experience more bronchiolitis, a chronic irritation of bronchitis," said Lieving Chemin from the 'BRAL' association.

"Children under six years who grow up in the city will be more likely to develop asthma and a lung disability that will stay a long time."

Over 600 premature deaths

Apr 06 09:20

Turkey hands out 'warnings' to US, Iraq, Kurds, Cyprus, and Greece

Turkey’s National Security Council headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday threatened that Ankara would “take action” to drive out Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq if the United States and Baghdad failed to do so.

The council’s monthly meeting in Ankara, comprised of civilian and military Turkish leadership, lasted four hours.

“Turkey will not hesitate to use initiative if terrorists in Manbij are not driven away,” a statement on Erdogan’s presidential website read, warning the US whose special forces there in the northern Syrian town continue to work with Kurdish-led groups.

Manbij has become a new flashpoint after Turkey’s Russian-approved invasion of Afrin westward.

Apr 06 09:03

Refugee Mosque Plans on Small Scottish Island ‘Threat’ to Liberty, ‘Unwelcome’, Says Christian Community

Church leaders of the staunchly-Christian community on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, have called plans to build a mosque for just six Syrian refugee families a “threat” to “religious and civil liberties”.

Leeds businessman Aihtsham Rashid, who lives more than 500 miles away from the small Outer Hebrides settlement, has already raised more than £20,000 of the £50,000 target to convert a derelict building into a mosque, reports The Herald.

Crowdfunding after Western Isles Council approved a planning application for the first mosque on the Isle of Lewis, which has just 8,000 inhabitants, Mr. Rashid said that he had been “personally requested” to help the “Syrian refugee community”.

“I am aiming to get this mosque up and running by Ramadhan to enable the local Muslims to read their first tarawee prayers,” he wrote on the crowdfunding page.

Apr 06 09:02

The Army needs more trained armor units for Europe. This one’s getting ready

The Army wanted more armor so a former infantry unit is now training with tanks.

Soldiers with Delta Tank Company, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division began initial training with upgraded M1A1 tanks at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

“The Abrams is the most lethal land warfare platform, battle-tested in both Desert Storm and Iraq,” Capt. Freddy Mitchell, the Delta commander, said in a Defense Department release. “This tank brings another long-range, direct-fire weapons system to our brigade.”

Apr 06 09:02

Turkey Accused of Allowing Migrants to ‘Surge’ into Europe as Europol Tracks 65,000 People-Smugglers

Turkey has been accused of allowing migrants to “surge” into Greece amid a dispute over EU funding, as Europol reveals they are tracking some 65,000 people-smugglers.

Greece was on the frontline at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, with over 800,000 arriving from Turkey by sea over the course of the year.

The influx was reduced dramatically after the European Union agreed to transfer some 3 billion euros to the Turkish government to stem the influx, but Ankara has been accused of loosening its borders again and allowing over 5,000 migrants to enter Greece over the first two months of 2018.

Apr 06 08:31

'Stupid Decision': Italian Ruling Parties Outraged Over Skripal Case Expulsions

The coalition of center-right and right-wing parties, who won the majority in the new Italian government, lambasted the decision of the outbound Cabinet to expel Russian diplomats amid political uncertainty

The anti-immigrant eurosceptic Lega Nord as well as the center-right Forza Italia and Brothers of Italy parties have condemned the decision of the outgoing government to follow the UK lead and get in a diplomatic row with Russia. According to them, the step can possibly entail grave consequences for the new ministers.

Apr 06 08:29

Russia SHOCK CLAIM: 17 countries were PRESSURED by USA and UK to stand against Putin

RUSSIAN Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko claimed the international community has shown a clear intention to disassociate itself from the UK and the US over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal following the failed Russian proposal of a new joint investigation of the case.

Apr 06 07:48

EU Unwilling to Change, Expand Existing Iran Nuclear Deal – Diplomatic Source

The European Union has no plans to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran despite calls from the Trump administration, a diplomatic source in Washington said.

Asked how EU nations felt about US efforts to reach an additional pact on Iran with UK, German and French negotiators, the diplomat told RIA Novosti, "This is not a European position."

The three EU powers have been in talks with the US administration on how to persuade President Donald Trump to extend sanction waivers for Iran past the May 12 deadline after he threatened to pull his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if it is not fixed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed at the meeting in Ankara that both countries shared the belief in the importance of preserving the nuclear deal with Iran, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Sputnik.

Apr 06 07:43

Czech ex-President Klaus condemns expulsion of diplomats, extradition of a Russian to US

Ex-President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus has condemned the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Prague and the extradition of the alleged Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin to the US. Klaus, the president in 2003-2013, considers the expulsion of three diplomats over the Skripal case and the extradition as a mistake by the current authorities, TASS reports. “A political decision was made to [extradite Nikulin] and, in my opinion, it was made fatally bad,” Klaus told the Mlada Fronta Dnes newspaper.

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