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Mar 26 09:13

U.S. Interfered In Macedonia’s Political Process, Documents Show

Lawmakers are currently looking into interference by a nation-state with another country’s political process.

This is not in reference to the House and Senate Intel Committees’ investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, though. Instead, several Republican senators and congressmen are inquiring about a partnership in Macedonia between the U.S. government and a foundation started by liberal mega-donor George Soros.

Mar 26 09:07

‘They SHAFTED us!’ Ireland will punish Brussels with shock EU exit, says Dublin think tank

THE EUROPEAN Union “shafted” Ireland and will pay the price with a shock ‘Irexit’, a think tank has warned.

Mar 26 09:06

'The EU experience is over' Protesters take the streets of Rome as leaders gather

THE eternal city became the city of protest with no fewer than SIX European Union rallies taking place on the streets of Rome.

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 25 17:30

'We will be united or not at all!' Tusk warns of EU obliteration if bloc remains divided

DONALD Tusk has blasted his fellow member states demanding they stay united during a summit in Rome today.

And he says member states should protect the legacy of the "founding fathers" as the EU celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

Mar 25 17:25

'EU anniversary is NOTHING to celebrate' Leading economist predicts bloc collapse by 2023

EX-Greek finance minister, who went head-to-head with the EU over his country's debt collapse, has claimed that the Treaty of Rome anniversary is "nothing to celebrate".

Yanis Varoufakis, the former finance minister of Greece, has claimed that the European Union is in an "advanced state of disintegration".

Mar 25 17:23

Now Brussels set to slap ANOTHER Brexit bill on UK with demands for €100BN for ‘EU army’

THE European Union is demanding members states spend an extra €100billion (£86billion) to fund its controversial army battlegroups.

And Brussels will attempt to force the UK taxpayer to contribute to the fund, which includes winding up failing operations in Africa, despite Britain preparing to leave the bloc.

Mar 25 17:20

EU set for ANOTHER political earthquake? Swedish party that wants referendum LEADS poll

SWEDEN is facing an electoral shock ahead of next year's elections as a eurosceptic party that wants a referendum on the EU has rocketed up the polls.

The Sweden Democrats are projected to take as much as 23.9 per cent of the vote as appetite for the traditionalist parties wanes.

The Swedish general election will be held on or before September 9 2018 to elect the members of the national law-making assembly - the Riksdag.

Mar 25 17:15

WHOA! DONALD TRUMP JR JUST SLAMMED THE LONDON MAYOR! LIKE FATHER LIKE SON!

Four people were killed this morning in a terror attack located on the Westminister Bridge. The attacker used a knife and his car to kill and injure innocent victims. Reports say the attack was ISIS inspired and left over 20 people injured.

Mar 25 10:12

Pope Francis Warns Against Other Countries Leaving The EU

Pope Francis warned world leaders on Friday that the European Union “risks dying” without a clear vision for the future.

The pontiff addressed European Union leaders at the Vatican ahead of the bloc’s 60th anniversary celebrations, scheduled to take place in Rome on Saturday.

“When a body loses its sense of direction and is no longer able to look ahead, it experiences a regression and, in the long run, risks dying,” Francis said.

Celebrations marking 60 years of Europe’s economic and political cohesion have been dampened by Britain’s impending departure from the union. EU leader Jean-Claude Juncker called the country’s 2016 decision to leave the bloc a “failure and a tragedy.”

“We are not in the best form and shape we could be in,” he admitted in an interview with the BBC on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pope Francis, a word please; you are supposed to be the Supreme Leader of your faith; but are you not venturing way out in the realm of geopolitics, and presenting yourself as a "globalista" in making these statements?!?

Both Italy and Greece have economic woes which will make future participation in the EU nearly financially impossible, And Deutsche Bank can barely hold itself together.

And Holy Father, one last, and very reasonable, question; how many of these immigrants has the Vatican taken in and absorbed within its city walls?!?

Would the short answer possibly be, NONE?!?

Thought so!!

Mar 25 08:32

No Turning Back: Belorussian security forces arrest Maidan provocateurs

According to reports from Belorussia, around 200 participants and organizers of the “Sponger Marches” have been arrested, plus 26 leaders and activists from Dmitry Dashkevich’s Young Front and the latter’s armed wing, the White Legion organization led by Miroslav Lozovsky.

White Legion has seized a significant number of firearms and bladed weapons, and also wields manuals on fighting in urban environments. Although White Legion has officially long since ceased to exist, it still holds training exercises. The famous Vayar paramilitary organization, which is close to Ukrainian neo-Nazis, also trains with weapons, and many of whose members have been through fighting in Donbass on the side of Ukrainian Nazi battalions, has been subjected to repression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The world has awakened to the US policy of covert regime change, and we will see more and more of these epic foreign policy failures!

Mar 25 08:27

Rest of EU must not be CONTAMINATED by Brexit, says Schauble

BRUSSELS does not want to punish Britain over Brexit but must look after the European Union’s remaining member states, according to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble.

Mar 25 08:26

Poland vows to veto plan for EU future unless it includes more power back from Brussels

STORM clouds are already gathering over the European Union’s planned 60th birthday celebrations after Poland said it would veto any plan for the bloc’s future which does not include repatriation of powers from Brussels.

Mar 24 12:56

Senator to Estonia: NATO Soldiers Are Perfect Gentlemen, But Russian Propaganda Will Grope You

Foreign soldiers stationed in faraway lands is always a recipe for disaster. So imagine our surprise when a U.S. Senator rebuked Estonians she met who were worried about NATO soldiers being above the law (which they are, in a certain respect)... Like any standard SOFA agreement, it appears that NATO troops would only be handed over to Estonian authorities if they were formally charged with a crime. This allows NATO an incredible amount of leeway to avoid any "embarrassments" should they arise... And Estonians have every right to be worried about NATO troops not respecting Estonian law. NATO soldiers certainly have made "mistakes" in the past: Last year, an international scandal broke in the Latvian port city Ventspils. During NATO drills, a brawl between locals and the NATO troops stationed in Ventspils prompted Mayor Aivars Lembergs to call the behavior of the NATO soldiers “piggish.” According to Mr.

Mar 24 12:18

Big ECB Cash Handout Today Floats all Markets – um, Briefly

Gusto for US stocks and bonds dies down quickly.

Mar 24 12:18

Will Washington Risk World War III to Block an Emerging EU-Russia Superstate?

The relentless demonization of Vladimir Putin is just one part of Washington’s multi-pronged strategy to roll-back Russian power in Central Asia and extinguish Putin’s dream of a “Greater Europe”. Along with the attempt to smear the Russian president as a “KGB thug” and “dictator”, the media has also alleged that Moscow intervened in the US presidential elections and that Russia is a serial aggressor that poses a growing threat to European and US national security. The media onslaught, which has greatly intensified since the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, has been accompanied by harsh economic sanctions, asymmetrical attacks on Russia’s markets and currency, the arming and training of Russian adversaries in Ukraine and Syria, the calculated suppression of oil prices, and a heavy-handed effort to sabotage Russia’s business relations in Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer to that rhetorical question at the top of this article is, HELL, yes!!

Mar 24 11:06

US offers Lukashenko to suffer Gaddafi’s fate?

The US has invited Aleksandr Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, to visit a ceremony dedicated to 100th Anniversary of the US joining WWI. It will take place on 6 April in Kansas City, Missouri. The US Embassy to Belarus has stated that Lukashenko was invited along with leaders of other states engaged in the WWI. Participants will commemorate those who served during the war. Belarus has not commented on the invitation yet. It should be noted that Gaddafi also visited the US joyfully some years ago, he tried to be friends with the West and even put up his own tent in America. But in 2009 the Bedouin tent of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in New York was taken down. The police even accused the Libyan leader of illegal construction. The Libyan authorities asserted that a tent, which serves as a cabinet for Gaddafi during his oversea trips, is a symbol of homeland. But the US did not appreciate this habit of the Libyan leader.

Mar 24 10:29

Belarus to stamp on any conflict unleashed as in Ukraine, president says

Belarus will stamp on any conflict unfolding in the worst-case scenario like in Ukraine, President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday. "The Ukrainian situation in Belarus is not mine," Lukashenko said, quoted by the BelTA news agency as saying. "I cannot allow that the Ukraine-like conflict could be staged in Belarus. Somebody wants to explode the situation and they are using our scums," he said. "They have come to digging pits, like guerilla fighters, and hiding weapons, bars, axes, knives, grenades and so on. They used to say, ‘We are teaching patriotism to children’. Do they teach children with live grenades?" The Belarussian president said, "somebody’s hands are itching." "Nevertheless, there exists a certain barrier which no-one must trespass to violate the law and constitution," he went on to say. "Given the authorities cannot see it, a chain reaction will follow that is hard to be stopped as millions of people will be drawn into."

Mar 24 10:24

Several foreign journalists detained in Minsk

Several journalists, including from foreign mass media, have been detained by the police in Belarus’ capital city Minsk, as follows from an online Facebook broadcast. Among those detained are journalists from France24 television channel, a correspondent from Ukraine’s Novoye Vremya (New Time) and reporters from Radio Liberty’s Belarusian desk. According to a police officer, the journalists were detained to "clarify circumstance" and "establish identity." At the moment of detention, the journalists were at the Minsk office of the Green Party which conducted a campaign to raise assistance to those detained in Minsk on March 15 after a rally in protest against an unpopular labor law. Alexander Lastivsky, a spokesman for the Minsk police, told TASS the journalists will be released soon. Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko signed a law, dubbed in the press as the "law against social parasites," in April 2015.

Mar 24 09:03

Ukraine's Hidden Agenda Behind 'Major non-NATO Ally' Bid

Earlier the Ukrainian parliament adopted a resolution urging Washington to grant Ukraine special status as a "major non-NATO ally" – the status granted by the US to countries that have strategic working relationships with the Pentagon but are not members of the North Atlantic Alliance.

It should be noted that in 2014 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had already made a similar appeal to the US, but his request was then flatly denied by the White House.

Mar 24 08:05

The London Terrorist Was British Born; But that Doesn’t Mean Mass Immigration Was Not a Factor

The MSM are engaged in a full on operation to defend mas immigration in light of Wednesday’s London terror attack.

Mar 24 07:46

SHOCK ADMISSION: Eurocrat says 'huge silent majority' of Europeans DON'T like EU policies

EU Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans said a “huge silent majority” across the continent was tired and frustrated with the direction Brussels is heading in in a jaw-dropping intervention.

Mar 24 05:11

Belarus opens case into plotting riots, 26 suspects detained

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Thursday the country’s authorities were not trying to silence any individuals or groups, but will crack down on all those who violate the law. Belarusian authorities have opened a criminal case into plotting mass riots and detained 26 suspects, the country’s STV channel said citing the state security service, the KGB. "The KGB launched a criminal case into training and preparations for taking part in mass riots. In total, 26 people were detained," the channel said in its Thursday broadcast, adding that all the detainees were members of the unregistered nationalist group White Legion and pro-Western Young Front organizations. According to earlier media reports, the riots were planned to take place on March 25 and coincide with the so-called Freedom Day, marking the anniversary of the 1918 creation of the Belarusian People's Republic under the German occupation. The date is honored by groups opposed to the current Belarusian government.

Mar 23 09:47

Is the Turkish President Working Directly With ISIS to Bring TERROR to Europe?

Turkish President, Recep Erdo?an on Wednesday, said that “If you continue to behave like this, not a single European, not a single Westerner will be able to take a step on the road safely anytime in the world,” to the European Union.

Mar 23 09:43

Turkish President’s Statements Prove Turkey Not Meant for EU – Czech President

Relations between the European Union and Turkey worsened after the cancellation of Turkish politicians' public appearances in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands by their respective regions’ authorities, ahead of Turkey's national referendum on constitutional reform. The referendum is slated to greatly expand the executive powers of Erdogan, who strongly criticized the EU for banning pro-referendum rallies and compared respective European governments to Nazis. His statements led to appearance of cartoons showing Europe as the land of Nazis.

Mar 23 09:28

London Weeps After Muslim Massacre But Theresa May Still Cannot Utter The Words ‘Islamic Terror Attack’

MPs almost unanimously agreed with the Prime Minister, lining up to warn against “demonising” and “stigmatising” Muslims, and to condemn “Islamophobia” and “racial and religious” discrimination.

Mar 23 08:52

Man held for 'driving at crowd' in Antwerp, Belgium

A French national of North African origin has been arrested in the Belgian city of Antwerp on suspicion of driving at a crowd, officials say.
A car was driven "at high speed" on De Meir, the northern city's main shopping street, before it was intercepted. There were no reports of any injuries.
Knives, a non-lethal gun and some unidentifiable liquid were found in the car, prosecutors say.

Belgian PM Charles Michel praised the authorities for an "outstanding job".
The attack comes a day after a car was driven at high speed along London's Westminster Bridge, hitting many people, before the driver got out and entered the grounds of Parliament. He was killed after fatally stabbing a police officer there. Two other people died and 40 were injured in the attack.
It was also the day Belgium marked the first anniversary of the twin bomb attacks in Brussels, that killed 32 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank God for how quickly the Antwerp police responded to this, to prevent any injuries.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of those slaughtered and wounded in yesterday's attack outside of London's Parliament; all of Europe must be very "nudgy" right now.

Mar 23 08:52

BREXIT BOOST: Michel Barnier drops bombshell as he vows EU will sign trade deal with UK

BREXIT negotiator Michel Barnier today dropped a bombshell as he said the EU was determined to seal a "unique" trade deal with an independent Britain as soon as possible.

Mar 23 08:49

Nine years later, Greece is still in a debt crisis…

Sometimes you have to marvel at the absurdity of the financial universe in which we live.

Mar 23 08:46

Austria doubles cash offer for migrants to leave country

As part of a campaign to speed up the repatriation of around 50,000 asylum seekers, Vienna said it would double the amount of money paid to migrants who voluntarily return home.

They would be paid €1,000 ($1,080) to leave the country instead of the €500 previously offered.

Mar 23 08:21

Currencies from a Central European’s Perspective (1917-2017)

Who is a Central European? It’s someone who’s got a German name, Hungarian heritage, was born in Czechoslovakia (dissolved in 1993), lives in Bratislava (Slovakia), but loves to spend time in Vienna (Austria). It’s a person who appreciates the constant flux of political and economic events happening in this part of the world.

Mar 23 06:11

London Terror Attack: 5 Dead and Dozens Injured

For the first time in a decade, the UK is again the site of a mass casualty terror attack.

Mar 22 15:10

Trump Kills UN Climate Change Initiative, Calls It An “Elaborate Hoax”

President Trump has slammed global warming as an elaborate hoax and forced the United Nations to stop making it compulsory for nations to contribute funding to global climate change programs.

Mar 22 12:56

Erdogan: Soon Europeans ‘Will Not Walk Safely on Their Streets’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has warned the European Union (EU) that if the diplomatic spat between Turkey and several European countries continues, Europeans won’t be able to walk their own streets safely.

Mar 22 12:53

Once The Eurozone Collapses, Will The EU Return to a “Normal Trading Union”

Peter Navarro, the head of President Trump’s National Trade Council, said in a recent interview in the Financial Times that the euro is “like an implicit Deutsche Mark” that gives Germany an advantage when it comes to exports over other members. Whilst he fails to understand that Germany has always had an export led economy, there is a lot of truth in what he says when it comes to other European economies trapped inside a frigid and inflexible currency system.

Due to flat economic performance that has required trillions in CPR in a vain attempt to resurrect the Euro’s dying moments the political elite continued with an ideologically driven austerity programme and did little about mass unemployment during a time of huge immigration. Many commentator’s in recent years have said this is the eurozone’s ‘lost decade’ but, in reality, they have now turned even more fatalistic and come to the conclusion that it is really the Eurozone’s last decade.

Mar 22 11:03

Erdogan Threatens Europeans: You 'Will Not Walk Safely On The Streets'

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan escalated his rhetoric tenfold Wednesday after he seemingly threatened to kill Europeans in "the streets" throughout "the world" if the current diplomatic row with Germany and the Netherlands continues.

Mar 22 10:49

EU Official: We’ll Force Members To Accept Refugees

The commissioner for the European Union’s “Common Immigration and Asylum Policy” said the bloc can force member states to accept refugees, the Associated Press reports.

The commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said that the bloc has the “tools, the means and the power,” to force member states to comply. Avramopoulos’s comments came during a visit to Poland, which has opposed EU efforts to resettle refugees. Poland argues that many of the refugees in Europe came to improve their economic prospects, rather than fleeing a dangerous war-zone.

Avramopoulos’s comments are the latest in a series of threats by EU officials to countries that refuse to accept refugees or challenge the EU’s quotas. “The Commission might start infraction procedures” against resistant nations, European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans declared in early February. He expressed his hope that “peer pressure” would force countries to comply.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the EU believes it can FORCE member nations to absorb thousands of violent young men into their countries?!?

These two have, by these statements, looking at all the horrific violence which has accompanied this unvetted immigration has created, spoken the death knell of the EU.

And I have a grand idea; why don't EU member nations FORCE their leadership in Brussels to accept these immigrants in their own homes, particularly if they have teenage girls in their homes?!?

Let the "cultural enrichment" of EU officials, and their families, begin, and right the heck now!!

Mar 22 10:00

Report: Sweden Re-Activates Cold War Bunkers Over Fears of Russian Invasion

Shelters on the Baltic Island of Gotland will be prioritized for comprehensive checks after it was identified as a likely target for Russian invasion last year. Sweden’s most populous island has been the site of a dramatic build-up of military training more than a decade after being demilitarized.

In light of the “special situation,” inspections of hundreds of underground shelters in Gotland will be stepped up, according to Swedish Radio.

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Mar 22 10:00

JEFTA: THE LATEST MASSIVE 'TRADE' DEAL YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF, NEGOTIATED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, WITH ZERO PUBLIC SCRUTINY

As Techdirt has reported, the election of Donald Trump has turned the world of US trade deals upside-down. The US officially pulled out of TPP, although some still hope it might come back in some form. TAFTA/TTIP seems to be on ice, but Trump's choice for US trade representative has just said he is open to resuming negotiations, so it's not clear what might happen there (or with TISA). Against that confusing backdrop, the European Union has been quick to emphasize that it is in favor of trade deals, and is keen to sign as many as possible, presumably hoping to fill the economic and political vacuum left by the US.

Mar 22 09:31

The Answer to Brexit? – Don’t Negotiate with the EU

The EU has proven itself to be hostile o Britain’s interests.

Mar 22 08:42

Trump and EU in Standoff Over TTIP Win-Win, Win-Lose 'Game'

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has said the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade deal between the EU and the US has hit the blocks because US President Donald Trump - who is against the deal - is one of those who treats such deals on an "I win, you lose" basis.

Malmstrom was speaking in Toronto, Canada, where she is promoting the recently signed — but not yet ratified — EU-Canada trade deal, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Mar 22 08:40

Trump to Take Part in NATO Summit in May

"The President looks forward to meeting with his NATO counterparts to reaffirm our strong commitment to NATO, and to discuss issues critical to the alliance, especially allied responsibility-sharing and NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism," the statement read.

Mar 22 08:23

ENOUGH OF EU: '50,000' Macedonians storm the streets against Brussels' domestic meddling

TENS of thousands of angry protestors took to the streets of Macedonia after EU officials allegedly tried to meddle in the nation’s domestic politics.

Demonstrators took to the capital of Skopje chanting “Macedonia! Macedonia!" after Johannes Hahn, the EU commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, reportedly rejected proposals to meet with nationalists.

Organisers of the protests claimed there were 42 rallies across the country, with one bitter group unravelling banners expressing their discontent with the EU chief along the route from the airport to the capital taken by Hahn.

Mar 21 19:29

Renewable Energy Reaches Record High In Europe

Almost 90% percent of all new power feeding into the European grid in 2016 came from renewable energy resources.

Mar 21 14:17

UK, Germany Prepare To Sign Post-Brexit Defense Pact

Britain and Germany are preparing to sign a new defense agreement which would see UK helicopters based on German ships and training shared in the post-Brexit era.

The deal is part of a drive by Prime Minister Theresa May to shore up Britain’s military alliances ahead of leaving the EU.

Mar 21 13:09

GERMAN car manufacturer OPEL running commercials to show that Muslims are a lot smarter than Germans

If OPEL sells cars in your country, you should tell them that because of these insulting commercials, you’ll make sure no one you know will ever buy their cars.

I had an Opel once, and I will never buy another!

Mar 21 12:50

Brexit Begins: Date Article 50 Will Be Triggered To Start Process Of UK Leaving EU Now Confirmed

Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on March 29, formally starting the process for Britain to leave the European Union.

May will write to the EU next Wednesday announcing the beginning of Brexit. It will start the clock on a two-year countdown to Brexit and allow negotiations between London and Brussels to begin.

Mar 21 11:42

Brexit Backlog: Govt Departments Plead For Extra Staff To Help EU Departure, Despite Cuts

Chancellor Phillip Hammond is being urged by ministers to allow more funding for departments facing “huge pressure” in Brexit negotiations.

Ministers have warned that “hundreds” of extra officials are needed to cope with Brexit operations, which are due to last for at least two years once Prime Minister Theresa May triggers Article 50 on March 29.

Mar 21 10:18

US Commander Announces New Deployment to Poland Starting in April

US Army Lt. Col Steven Gventer, today announced that the United States will be leading a battalion of NATO troops on a deployment into northeastern Poland, beginning in early April, as the latest in a string of NATO deployments “in response” to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jason Ditz, a word, please: I guess you did not get the memo that an attempt to promulgate "the big lie" to support a US governmental agenda, went out with the whoopie cushion and the dribble glass.

By making this claim, you are presenting a very strong case of SMD (selective memory disorder), so let us get to the facts of the situation with Crimea.

In 2014, the duly elected President of Ukraine, Yanukovych, got thrown under the proverbial bus in a US/IMF/Soros-orchestrated coup.

Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych 'kicked out' of party

And in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg,the western-centric Petro Poroshenko was "elected" as president of Ukraine.

Poroshenko elected as Ukraine's President

Mr. Ditz, do you NOT remember that President Obama admitted that the US played a part in the destabilization of Ukraine?!?

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

And do you NOT remember how much Victoria Nuland, Undersecretary of State, admitting how much money the US had spent to destabilize Ukraine?!?

Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine"

And do you, sir, NOT remember, post-putsch, that the Crimean people, understanding that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, held a referendum to determine whether to stay with Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to become a member state?

Tense Crimea votes over 90 percent to leave Ukraine for Russia

Do you NOT remember that Crimea petitioned Russia to become a part of the Russian Federation, after this referendum?!?

Crimea applies to be part of Russian Federation after vote to leave Ukraine

There is a principal enshrined in the UN Charter, Mr. Ditz, and that is the principal of peaceful self-determination, which is precisely what the Crimean people did, post-putsch; but because that self-determination angered the now western-centric Ukraine, and the US, Russia got accused, and summarily punished by sanctions, for something it absolutely did not do.

And it almost makes me laugh at the blatantly hypocritical attitude of the US government that, just like in George Orwell's "Animal Farm", "some acts of peaceful self-determination are more equal than others."

And in the US government's view, punishing a country, in this case, Russia, for something it absolutely did NOT do, is perfectly acceptable, if it suits the US government's geopolitical agenda.

But this placement of US and European troops on Russia's borders is very worrying indeed, and may well be a prelude to war against it.

Unfortunately, because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the American government could do, is utterly no guarantee that they will not do it.

A war between the US/NATO/Europe and Russia, over a lie (anyone out there remember "Saddam's weapons of mass destruction", which never existed, but served as the excuse to start a war against Iraq?!?)may well be a thorough military catastrophe for the US government, as our military is without cost-effective and militarily effective weaponry; without the necessary troop strength; without the money; and without the manufacturing (it's been offshored) to insure a positive result to a conventional war against Russia.

Which means this war is likely to go nuclear.

Mar 21 09:32

EUROZONE TURMOIL: Spain, Italy and Greece owe massive debt of €1 TRILLION to ECB

EURO states owe the European Central Bank (ECB) a staggering €1trillion as they teeter on the verge of bankruptcy amid warnings a debt bubble is on the horizon.

Analysts condemned the "flawed economics of this reckless [EU] experiment" and said the ECB faces a rude awakening as states crumble under the burden of debt.

Market conditions in Eurozone are showing signs of a return to the conditions that sparked the 2011 European debt crisis which first reared its head in 2009.

The ECB uses a system called Target2 to assess levels of debt and the bank's data appears to show it is only a matter of time before the current system breaks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not know how long that "matter of time" before the system breaks down completely; but I would imagine that this will come sooner rather than later.

Mar 21 09:07

No Other Choice: Greek Employees Agree to Get Paid With Coupons

In Greece, which currently has over one million unemployed citizens, firms have started paying workers in kind, mainly with supermarket coupons.

Mar 21 08:57

Stoltenberg to Baltics: No Russian attack coming, but we're alarmed at Russia's "possible intentions"

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Baltic countries are not subject to the threat of military attack. It follows from this statement that the calls of the heads of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to increase the presence of the North Atlantic alliance in their countries are unjustified, and the already existing NATO armed forces need to be withdrawn from the Baltics as unneeded.

"NATO sees concerns about terrorism and cyberattacks, but nothing points to the possibility of a conventional military attack on any of the NATO countries, including the Baltic countries," said Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg during his official visit to Denmark.

"We are alarmed by the actions of Russia and its possible intentions, but at the same time it is important that we do not overdramatize the situation," said Stoltenberg.

Mar 21 08:27

GREEK POLICE INTERCEPT 8 PARCEL BOMBS HEADED TO EU INSTITUTIONS & COMPANIES

Greek police have reported that they found and neutralized eight suspected parcel bombs at a postal sorting center in Athens on Monday. Last week, two such bombs targeted the German finance ministry and the IMF.

“Eight suspected packages which listed persons in European countries as recipients were located and confiscated today,” police said in a text message to the media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very relieved that these weapons were intercepted; unfortunately, however, with Greece in the throes of the agonising austerity into which the IMF has put it, I am very concerned that these bombs may not be the end of this problem.

As I have said many times before on this blog, as a Christian pacifist activist and witness, I abhor, and never advocate, violence; but I can understand how it can happens, when people get pushed against a wall.

And it appears that Greece's financial problems are about to get a whole lot worse this year:

IMF Warns Eurogroup Loan Measures Not Enough for Greek Debt

Mar 21 07:41

'Brexit’s not a problem, Turkey will join!' Germans RIDICULE UK for leaving EU

A GERMAN satire show has ridiculed the UK as it suggesting Brexit was not a problem because Turkey was lining up to replace Britain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Small difference. Refugees are trying to get IN to Great Britain. Refugees are trying to get OUT of Turkey!

Mar 20 16:01

‘We are being CRUCIFIED!’ Freedom of movement will DESTROY EU, warns top Czech diplomat

FREEDOM of movement could cause the break-up of the European Union (EU), the Czech Republic’s Foreign Minister warned today.

Lubomir Zaoralek said Brexit showed Europeans were tiring of unchecked migration - with the very existence of the bloc now at stake.

He said his country had long respected freedom of movement as one of the European Union’s fundamental freedoms but warned the union itself may not survive because of it.

And the diplomat flatly rejected calls for all EU states to accept some of the more than one million migrants who have arrived in the EU from outside the bloc in recent years.

Mar 20 15:58

Minister told to remind Germany of cancelled WW2 debt amid EU demand for £50bn Brexit fee

Sir Bill, speaking as chair of the House of Commons’ European Scrutiny Committee, urged Mr Jones to consider how Britain has been a “net contributor for many decades” to the EU budget and so “our accumulated liabilities are offset by the extent to which we've made these massive contributions”.

He added: “Perhaps also to bear in mind that back in 1953 there was a thing called the London Debt Agreement, where Germany - for all its malfeasance during the Second World War and its unprovoked aggression - found that in 1953, in circumstances which were quite remarkable, that we remitted one half of all German debt.

“Therefore if you compare that situation with what it is now and given Germany's extremely dominant role in the EU at the moment it might be worth tactfully - not one of my strongest points - but tactfully reminding people that there is a realistic position here that we really don't owe anything to the EU whether it's legal or political.”

Mar 20 11:26

EUROZONE TURMOIL: Spain, Italy and Greece owe massive debt of €1 TRILLION to ECB

Analysts condemned the "flawed economics of this reckless [EU] experiment" and said the ECB faces a rude awakening as states crumble under the burden of debt.

Mar 20 11:05

Businesses Think They Can Dictate to National Government on Immigration Measures

In yet another sign of impending Statism/Corporatism, businesses are appealing to national governments to relax immigration rules in an effort to increase their profits.

Mar 20 10:24

EUROZONE TURMOIL: Spain, Italy and Greece owe massive debt of €1 TRILLION to ECB

EURO states owe the European Central Bank (ECB) a staggering €1trillion as they teeter on the verge of bankruptcy amid warnings a debt bubble is on the horizon.

Analysts condemned the "flawed economics of this reckless [EU] experiment" and said the ECB faces a rude awakening as states crumble under the burden of debt.

Market conditions in Eurozone are showing signs of a return to the conditions that sparked the 2011 European debt crisis which first reared its head in 2009.

The ECB uses a system called Target2 to assess levels of debt and the bank's data appears to show it is only a matter of time before the current system breaks.

At the time several eurozone member states including Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Cyprus were unable to repay or refinance their government debt.

They were bailed out through assistance of third parties including Eurozone countries, the ECB, and the International Monetary Fund.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to get very economically ugly, and very quickly.

The UK had the absolute right idea with its "Brexit" of the EU, and may well have gotten out barely just in time. But as the following article indicates, Europeans may well have to pony up for EU countries' expenses they did not, themselves, sign off on, or create:

EU TAXPAYERS BRACE AS DEEPENING BANKING CRISIS MEANS EURO-TARP LOOMS

Mar 20 10:09

EUROZONE TURMOIL: Spain, Italy and Greece owe massive debt of €1 TRILLION to ECB

EURO states owe the European Central Bank (ECB) a staggering €1trillion as they teeter on the verge of bankruptcy amid warnings a debt bubble is on the horizon.

Analysts condemned the "flawed economics of this reckless [EU] experiment" and said the ECB faces a rude awakening as states crumble under the burden of debt.

Mar 20 07:49

MUSLIM GANG ATTACKS DANISH COUPLE FOR EATING HAM ON PIZZA

Danish police are looking for a gang who beat up a young couple over a pizza slice with ham. The woman now risks permanent damage to her hearing after being punched in the head.

Mar 20 07:20

The Global Famine Begins: UN Announces That The Worst Food Crisis Since World War II Is Happening Right Now

We always knew that this would start happening. Earlier this month, I wrote about the severe economic problems that are plaguing South America, but up to this point I have neglected to discuss the horrific famines that are breaking out all over Africa.

Mar 20 07:09

Ivanka Trump vs. Angela Merkel?

On Friday, President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a meeting in which vocational training matters were the subject of discussion. The two leaders conversed with American and German officials about various methods that companies can implement to train their workers more effectively. Also present at this meeting was First Daughter, Ivanka Trump.

Mar 19 16:04

UK Police: Nigel Farage Was Victim Of Election Fraud

Nigel Farage might not have lost the 2015 UK General Election, according to UK police, who claim the former UKIP leader may have been the victim of election fraud.

Mar 19 13:44

Germany Threaten Facebook With ‘Huge Fines’ If They Don’t Remove Alternative News

Germany will impose fines of up to 50 million euros if Facebook don’t remove alternative news content from their platform.

Mar 19 13:09

Italy: TV Crew Attacked After Catching Migrants Selling Counterfeit Goods At Illegal Street Market

Newly released video from Italy shows a TV film crew being viciously attacked by a gang of African migrants after catching them selling counterfeit goods at an illegal street market.

Mar 19 08:09

Blair admits he had no idea how many people would come to Britain when he allowed mass EU immigration and gets it WRONG when he tries to claim it happened years later 

Tony Blair has admitted he had no idea how many people would move to Britain when the EU expanded in 2004.

And the ex-Prime Minister appeared to get wrong the facts of what happened to immigration numbers in a major interview to launch his new policy institute.

He said the surge in immigration to Britain did not happen until after 2008 and that Britain could only have imposed controls for four years.

In fact, net immigration leapt in 2004 and other EU nations imposed transitional controls for up to seven years.

Mar 19 08:08

Period of ‘estrangement’: Juncker complains about Trump’s protectionism & chill in US-EU relations

EU-US relations are at historic lows because of the policies of the new US President Donald Trump, Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, has said in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

Interactions between the US and Europe “have entered a sort of a [period of] estrangement,” Juncker told the German publication, lamenting the cooling in relations between the two strategic partners.

Mar 19 08:07

Trump says Germany owes NATO 'vast sums'

US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused Germany of owing "vast sums of money" to NATO, and said Berlin should pay Washington more for defense, a day after meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The two leaders showed little common ground Friday over a host of thorny issues, including NATO and defense spending.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted: "Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!"

Mar 19 08:06

Marine Le Pen 'WILL NOT WIN' the French presidential election, Jean-Claude Juncker claims

The European Commission president, speaking in an interview ahead of the European Union’s 60th anniversary next week, said he was optimistic about the outcome of the race.

He said: “The European Union will survive Marine Le Pen because she won’t become President.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We screwed Scottish Independence. We really came close to screwing BREXIT! We screwed Geert Wilders. And WE ARE GONNA SCREW MARINE LE PEN SO BAD SHE WON'T BE ABLE TO SIT DOWN FOR A WEEK!!!!" -- JC Junked

Mar 19 07:49

Is Denmark On The Brink?

The Swedish media, which is quite pro-government and its leftwing policies, does not always report the full extent of the problems in their society. So it is hard to have a very accurate picture of what is going on. But we in Denmark have a good sense. We are very aware of the murders, rapes, riots, violence and the hand grenades that go on there. This does not often make the news but we know it is going on. And we don’t want to go down the same route.

This is the result of decades of policies promoting multiculturalism in Sweden. And what is left is this hollow house. You know, in the Bible it is said that if a house is left swept, tidied and unoccupied it eventually it will be taken over by evil. And I fear that this is what is happening in Sweden. Far from being a multicultural paradise, the problems can no longer remain hidden.

Mar 19 07:45

US landing ship with marines enters Black Sea for drills with Romanian navy

“The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in the Black Sea March 17, to participate in bilateral training exercise Spring Storm 17 with Romania,” the US 6th fleet said in a statement.

Mar 18 09:36

DEEPENING EU BANKING CRISIS MEETS EURO-TARP AND TAXPAYERS

Events are moving so fast in Europe these days, it’s almost impossible to keep up. While much of the attention is being hogged by political developments, including the election in the Netherlands, Reuters published a report warning that the European banking sector may face even higher bad loan risks if the ECB begins to scale back its monetary stimulus programs, something it has already begun, albeit extremely tentatively.

The total stock of non-performing loans (NPL) in the EU is estimated at over €1 trillion, or 5.4% of total loans, a ratio three times higher than in other major regions of the world.

On a country-by-country basis, things take look even scarier. Currently 10 (out of 28) EU countries have an NPL ratio above 10% (orders of magnitude higher than what is generally considered safe). And among Eurozone countries, where the ECB’s monetary policies have direct impact, there are these NPL stalwarts:

Ireland: 15.8%
Italy: 16.6%
Portugal: 19.2%
Slovenia: 19.7%

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, what happens when these toxic loans come due, and cannot be paid, nearly simultaneously?!? These numbers look like the beginning of the end for Europe's "Loanmageddon".

Mar 18 09:07

Deepening EU Banking Crisis Meets Euro-TARP and Taxpayers

Events are moving so fast in Europe these days, it’s almost impossible to keep up. While much of the attention is being hogged by political developments, including the election in the Netherlands, Reuters published a report warning that the European banking sector may face even higher bad loan risks if the ECB begins to scale back its monetary stimulus programs, something it has already begun, albeit extremely tentatively.

Mar 18 08:54

Erdogan Urges Turks in EU to Have More Children to Become 'Future of Europe'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkish nationals living in European countries to have five children, to enroll children in better schools, to open businesses in order to become "the future of Europe."

Mar 17 16:11

ECB Trapped in its Own “Doom Loop” as Inflation Surges

Trying to keep a financial system and a currency union from collapsing upon each other.

Mar 17 16:01

Shock new German poll: 8 in 10 want European Union to change

EIGHT out of every ten Germans polled in a survey believe the EU needs reforming.

Mar 17 15:53

Brussels plot to TORPEDO Brexit: Eurocrats insist on no trade talks before Britain leaves

BRUSSELS chiefs are plotting to torpedo Theresa May’s Brexit strategy in an extraordinary act of self-harm which will leave Britain unable to seal a trade deal with the bloc before its departure date.

In a bombshell move eurocrats want to seek a legal lock on discussions about the UK’s access to the single market, meaning that the issue cannot be brought up during the negotiations.

Instead they intend to ensure that the two-year period allowed for under Article 50 revolves around just two issues - their £50bn demand for an exit bill and the residency rights of EU citizens in the UK.

Mar 17 15:27

'You Are Europe's Future': Erdogan Tells Turks In EU To Have Minimum 5 Kids

Turkish President Recep Erdogan has urged all Turks living in Europe to have at least five children, saying they are the future of the continent and that it would be the best response to the "injustices" imposed on expatriates there.

Mar 17 15:01

‘Ireland Is Better Off As A United Country’: Growing Calls For N. Ireland Referendum

Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland’s largest Irish nationalist party, says independence referendum should be held ‘as soon as possible.’

Mar 17 10:48

SHOTS FIRED AT THE UN! REX TILLERSON JUST THREATENED TO DO SOMETHING THAT OBAMA WOULD NEVER DO!

The Trump administration is threatening to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Whew! Get us out of there. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned this week in a letter that he sent nine non-profit organizations.

Mar 17 10:29

Muslims Are Secretly Conquering France

A brave undercover camera man has been uploading footage in his community to let the rest of France know what is actually happening to their country. Media, police, and politicians are ignoring facts in the name political correctness. Le Pen might be the only hope left to save France's culture.

Mar 17 10:20

‘We’ll blow your minds’ Turkey threatens to allow through 15,000 migrants a MONTH to EU

TURKEY today upped its extraordinary war of words with the EU as it threatened to let 15,000 migrants a month into Europe.

Mar 17 10:09

Playing Refugee Roulette': EU-Turkey Migrant Deal Verges on Collapse

The 2016 refugee agreement between the European Union and Turkey, which the EU alleges has helped avert a migration crisis, is teetering on the brink - several damning reports on the damaging humanitarian impact of the deal have added further fuel to the growing inferno engulfing diplomatic relations between Ankara and Brussels.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (File)
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Why Erdogan is Likely to Put His Threat Into Action and Rip Refugee Deal Up
The deal was inked in March 2016, and obliged Turkey to stop the passage of undocumented migrants arriving in the EU through its territory, in exchange for the EU accommodating Syrian refugees in Turkey, on a one-for-one basis. In return, the EU pledged to introduce a visa-free regime and provide financial aid to Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is about to get singularly unpleasant in a heartbeat.

Europe can barely cope with the refugees it is already trying to absorb, who have had no education or language skills of their adoptive countries, and cannot find work, except for the most menial, which they take away from European nationals.

This will not end well, and unfortunately, we may see a call to arms by many nationals who feel that they have been completely marginalised, and their quality of life diminished intensely by this flood of refugees.

And unlike Holland, where I strongly suspect that there was intense vote-rigging deployed to keep Wilders out of office, there won't be enough vote riggers and electronic systems which can possibly squelch the rage of these people who feel they have been betrayed by their governments to have let this happen.

Mar 17 10:09

NATO Troops to Arrive in Estonia on Friday

A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) contingent consisting of 130 British servicemen will arrive in Estonia on Friday, the Estonian Defence Forces inform.

Mar 17 09:09

Shoring Up Defense? US to Deploy Stinger Missiles to Europe

The US is planning to deploy Stinger man portable air defense systems to Europe in support of maneuver units, US Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lieutenant General John Murray said in testimony to the US House Armed Services Committee.

Mar 17 08:10

‘Brexit is the last straw' EU has run out of patience with UK, says ex-EU official

Italian EU diplomat Corrado Pirzio-Biroli revealed his regret at trying to convince Britons to stay in the Brussels bloc during the 1975 referendum.

And the former Commission official attacked British governments for their constant ambivalence towards Europe - claiming attitudes towards the bloc have not changed since Winston Churchill was in charge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe Britain is still holding a grudge for all the times European countries like Spain, France, and Germany tried to invade!

Mar 17 08:08

‘Tear it down ASAP’: French minister issues warning over Dunkirk migrant camp

The news comes less than five months after the Jungle refugee camp in the neighbouring town of Calais was reduced to dust and rubble by the authorities.

The Grande-Synthe tent camp in Dunkirk is currently home to more than 1,500 UK-bound refugees – mostly from Iraq, Iran, Syria and Afghanistan – and is said to be dangerously overcrowded.

Addressing a Senate committee on Wednesday, Mr Le Roux said Grande-Synthe residents were behaving in an “unacceptable manner” and posed a “threat” to public order.

Mar 17 08:00

George Soros Fuels Riots In Macedonia Amid Gov Meltdown

Billionaire George Soros has spent millions of dollars funding violent protests and riots in Macedonia, in a move designed to incite civil war and create a military conflict with Russia.

Mar 17 07:15

Erdogan's blackmail could crash the EU once and for all

Turkey will soon hold a referendum that is very important for Erdogan. If he wins, he’ll gain virtually unlimited power over Turkey. But in order to win, he needs to enlist the support of the multi-million Turkish diaspora living in EU countries, a large part of whom have kept their Turkish passports, and therefore the right to vote.

Mar 16 15:40

'We may CANCEL it' Now Turkey threatens to PULL migrant deal with EU amid Netherlands row

A LANDMARK migration deal between Turkey and the European Union (EU) could be scrapped as tensions between Turkey and the bloc reach boiling point.

The one-for-one migrant deal which has allowed Greece and Italy to redirect illegal migrants back to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s country is being re-evaluated, foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Mar 16 15:11

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Reaches Out to North Korea, Telling Them They “Need Not Fear” The United States.

There are many in Washington who fear the silence of our new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. I just read an article about those in Washington who fear Tillerson will alienate us from the United Nations or the Human Rights Council.

Mar 16 13:04

10,000+ Arsenal Of Weapons Intended For Terrorists Seized By Europol

More than 10,000 assault rifles, 400 howitzer shells, grenades, and anti-aerial machine guns — likely intended for sale to terrorists and criminals — have been seized in a joint raid by Spanish police and Europol.

Mar 16 11:56

Greece: A Democracy In Crisis

The Greek people have just about reached the limits of their strength. The economic situation is tragic. Illegal immigration is out of control, criminality increases day by day. The political system is steeped in corruption and the media have stopped being the communication channel between citizens and the political system. The Greek media are functioning as the praetorian guard of the euro; they favor the massive admission of Muslim populations into Greece and they fiercely attack every voice that disagrees with them.

Bishop Ambrossios is urging people to revolt. He characterizes the illegal Muslim immigrants entering the country as conquerors. He also says that Christianity is under attack in Greece, while Islam is being daily reinforced. He says that Greek Orthodox churches are being desecrated, robbed and burned by Muslim immigrants while the state just sits by and looks on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Greek people are in IMF debt slavery through no fault of their own; they were placed there, through a complex swindle by Goldman Sachs. As reported at the sandiegofreepress.com in May of 2015:

It all started when Goldman Sachs assisted Greece in lying their way into the Eurozone in the first place. They really didn’t qualify for admission but Goldman hid that small detail under a heap of trompe l’oeil, sleight of hand and financial shananigans that got past the critical eyes of the European ministers. They manufactured a highly questionable derivative scheme involving a currency swap that used artificially high exchange rates to conceal Greek debt. Goldman then turned around and hedged its bets by shorting Greek debt just as they had done with the mortgage crisis in the US. Predictably, these derivative bets went very wrong for the less sophisticated of the two players, namely, Greece. A 2.8 billion loan to Greece in 2001 became a 5.1 billion debt by 2005. In the US mortgage fiasco they packaged subprime loans in portfolios, after having loaned money to people with questionable ability to pay back the loans, and then bet that they would default. Goldman made tons of money that way. Now this operation on the part of Goldman should come as no surprise to those familiar with Goldman’s shenanigans leading up to the debt crisis of 2008 in which they packaged a bunch of mortgages that were designed to fail into collateralized debt obligations, sold them off to unsuspecting investors and then turned around and placed bets against them. Such a deal was the Abacus fund designed by John Paulson who made billions on it. The American government then bailed out the too big to fail Wall Street banks while leaving the underwater mortgagees to dangle from a fiscal rope. They did the same thing with Greece. They loaned Greece big bucks for its 2004 Olympic Games. Greece also borrowed a lot of money for its military. In retrospect it was foolish of Greece to borrow all this money. It never got a return on its investment from the Olympic games which it thought would encourage tourism. The Olympic site essentially became a heap of trash and rubble.

What the Greek government should do is declare the debt odious, wipe it off the books, as did Iceland, and throw the existing politicians and bankers who signed off on this monstrosity in jail, and NOT the Greek version of the US's "Club Fed".

At this point, the Greek people may well be ripe for revolution against a governmental body in bed with corporations and banksters, the members of which have absolutely no regard for the immense suffering they have caused the Greek people, through the imposition of extreme austerity.

And also, at zerohedge.com, we see the following, and very disturbing, article related to Greece:

Explosives Mailed To German Finance Minister Were Sent By Militant Greek Group

Unfortunately, until things get very much better for the Greeks and Greek economy, we may continue to see acts like this happen.

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, I can never advocate physical violence; but I can see why it sometimes happens.

Mar 16 11:41

UK Government To Trigger Brexit Amid Calls For Second Scottish Independence Vote

Prime Minister Theresa May cleared the final hurdle to triggering Article 50 beginning Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) Monday. But she did so amid the crisis generated by Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon demanding a second referendum on Scotland’s independence from the UK.

Mar 16 10:01

Dutch Far-Right PVV Party's Leader Geert Wilders Says Ready to Enter Coalition

None of the parties are expected to get the 76 seats required for a majority in the Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives), so whoever comes first in the Wednesday national elections will still have to form a coalition.

All the main parties have said they would not go into a coalition with PVV.

According to The Guardian, after 28 percent of the votes were counted, the center-right ruling Dutch People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) was projected to get 32 seats, followed by the Christian Democrats with 20 seats, PVV with 19 seats and Democrats 66 with 18 seats.

Mar 16 09:51

Dear New York Times Editors: You just don’t get it, do you?

Do they mean, at what point will the union have the courage to take action against the government of Hungary for protecting the external border of Europe’s Schengen Area?

That’s the real question. And the answer is: they won’t because they see that it’s in the EU’s interest to protect the union’s external border. We’ll hear the usual howls from the liberal critics, but when reason prevails, Europeans understand that protecting the border must be a priority. And, by the way, it’s our obligation under the Schengen treaty.

Mar 16 09:37

COMMENT: Migrant crisis proves we are right to leave the EU

As a measure of how serious this problem is a new report from Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, also says that migrant smuggling is now comparable to the illegal drugs market.

Across the continent people are furious at the huge number of migrants who have arrived, the strain they have placed on resources and the deliberate reluctance of European leaders – not least unelected Eurocrats – to confront these issues.

It is no coincidence that in Holland, France and Germany anti-migrant parties are storming up the polls.

Mar 16 09:35

Udder chaos: Turkey deports Dutch cows in strange show of solidarity with Erdogan

The diplomatic spat between Turkey and the Netherlands has taken a bizarre turn with Istanbul sending a consignment of 40 cattle back to the Dutch.

Turkey's Association of Red Meat Producers has sent 40 prized Holstein cattle back to the Netherlands saying that it no longer wants them due to the ongoing diplomatic spat between the two nations.

Mar 16 08:58

Number of Swedish Children Wanting to Change Gender Doubling Each Year

Sweden’s health minister has promised more support for gender identity clinics as it emerged that the number of children claiming to be in the wrong body has risen 100 per cent each year.

Mar 16 08:33

EXPLOSION AFTER ENVELOPE OPENED AT IMF OFFICES IN PARIS, 1 INJURED – POLICE SOURCES

An envelope exploded after being opened at the offices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Paris on Thursday, according to media citing police sources. One person is reported injured.

The IMF building has not been damaged, French broadcaster BFM TV reported, adding that police are on site.

A police operation is underway, law enforcers said in a statement, adding that one person was left injured by a suspicious package with explosives inside.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, here, cui bono?!?

Who benefits?!?

Was this done, perhaps, to build "sympathy" for a tone-deaf and blind organisation, which does not care, or understand, what hardship it places on the people of member countries?!?

At the moment, a true motive cannot be established, and no group has claimed responsibility.

Mar 15 19:25

Today is E-Day! Queen to clear way for Brexit talks as she gives Royal Assent to the Article 50 Bill

The Queen will today give Royal Assent to the Article 50 Bill, clearing the way for Theresa May to trigger Brexit.

She is expected to formally sign off the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, clearing the way for Mrs May to begin the two-year process of leaving the EU.

Mar 15 18:50

J’Accuse! John McCain Slams Rand Paul for ‘Working For Vladimir Putin’ (WATCH)

The international treaty, which would annex Montenegro into NATO’s sphere and incorporate the state into the United Nations, was met with objection in December from Paul as well as Mike Lee of Utah. International treaties require a two-thirds majority to pass.

McCain asked the president of the Senate for permission to call up a resolution for the US to ratify the agreement. "I object," Paul said, before promptly leaving the floor of the Senate.

"That is really remarkable, that a senator blocking a treaty that is supported by the overwhelming number, perhaps 98 – at least – of his colleagues would come to the floor and object and walk away," McCain said.

"The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians. So I repeat again, the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin."

Mar 15 18:31

Dutch election: Rutte projected to take just 20% of seats as he LOSES a quarter of votes

According to analysts, Mr Rutte's centrist cum conservative People's Party for Freedom and Democracy party have taken 31 seats so far in this controversial election but this is a far cry from his 2012 numbers.

Mr Rutte's party took 41 seats at the last election securing him the role as the prime minister of the Netherlands.

But his party has lost as many as 10 seats or 24 per cent taking his actual vote share to just 20 per cent.

There are 150 seats in the Dutch parliament and Mr Rutte's party has taken just 31 of them so far, according to pollsters.

Mar 15 18:28

Swedish police launch manhunt for knifeman after two people stabbed near Stockholm

SWEDISH police have launched manhunt after two people were stabbed and a third was injured, on Wednesday evening.

Officials were called to Åkersberga, north of Stockholm, shortly after 21.34 local time after witnesses said they heard several gunshots.

A total of three people have been injured, two have stabbed and a third was dosed with pepper spray but no gunshot wounds have been reported according to police.

Mar 15 13:21

Dutch election: Mark Rutte's VVD party leads in main exit poll – live

If this exit poll is accurate this shows a disappointing night for Wilders’ PVV; it’s also a devastating night for the Labour party who recorded a record low.

Mar 15 10:14

Brexit DELAY: EU could force Theresa May to wait until JUNE to start talks

THE European Union (EU) could force Britain to wait until June to start formal Brexit talks, thwarting Theresa May’s efforts to secure a deal within two years.

EU officials say the 27 other member states are looking to June to officially open negotiations, despite Theresa May planning to trigger Article 50 by the end of March.

Mar 15 09:36

Facebook, Twitter could pay $53 mn for hate speech, fake news in Germany

German authorities have circulated further steps aimed at fighting hate speech and so-called fake news posts on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million).

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas announced plans to introduce a new law that would oblige social networks to publish quarterly accountability reports, which would include information on how effectively cases of hate speech and fake news reported by users on social networks are being considered, the German Justice Ministry reported on Tuesday.

Apart from that, social media companies would have to take down offensive posts within 24 hours after a complaint is submitted. As of today, it takes at least a week to delete these kind of posts.

Mar 15 09:24

“The Powers That Be Have Looted Everything.” Greek Farmers Fight Riot Police With Shepherd Crooks

The economic and social disintegration of Greece used to be big news. However it’s largely been overshadowed by the migrant crisis, and the American media hardly reports on Greece anymore. If you’ve been out of the loop, allow me to get you caught up on the financial situation in that country, by giving two answers to the questions you’re probably thinking. Yes, the Greek government still sucks. And yes, the people of Greece are still really pissed off.

Believe it or not, riots are still a common occurrence in that country. In fact there was an incident last week in Athens, after the government tried to increase taxes and social security contributions. In response, over a thousand farmers from Crete, who used to be immune from these taxes, took a ferry to Athens and proceeded to riot outside of the agriculture ministry building.

This however wasn’t an ordinary riot, not even by Greek standards. The farmers fought the riot police with shepherd crooks.

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