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Oct 22 09:03

Spain's Catalonia Crisis Just Got A Lot Worse

Oct 19 16:31

The House of Fools: Britain could have begun to heal today after the end of our Brexit purgatory but MPs instead subjected us to more agonising delay

It was the moment an exasperated nation let out a collective howl of frustration.

At precisely 2.50pm today, when Britain might finally have hoped to move ahead with Brexit, Commons Speaker John Bercow announced that MPs had again voted – by 322 to 306 – for more delays to the seemingly interminable process.

But a defiant Boris Johnson immediately vowed not to be beaten by the 'wreckers', saying any further delays to his October 31 deadline would be 'pointless, expensive and corrosive of public trust'.

And last night his ploy to outmanoeuvre the Brexit blockers was revealed, as he sent not just one letter to the EU, but three – one asking for an extension, as Parliament had compelled him to do, and two more making it clear it was not the Government's wish.

Oct 19 16:17

Wealthy eurocrats enjoy huge tax breaks as hardworking Belgians pay 50% to taxman

EUROPEAN UNION officials enjoy lavish tax breaks while locals in Belgium are forced handover almost half of their monthly paycheck.

Oct 19 06:15

Secret NATO Military Exercises in Germany Drill Nuclear War Scenario – Report

The reported war games are being held a few months after the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between Russia and the US, which was prompted by Washington’s move to withdraw from the accord on 2 August.

NATO allies are holding secret military exercises in Germany, which aim to drill a nuclear war scenario, the German newspaper Kronen Zeitung reports.

During the drills, codenamed “Steadfast Noon”, the military personnel utilise warplanes which could be equipped with nuclear weapons in the event of a war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why in the name of heaven are the US political classes planning Armageddon for the rest of us, who do not have "panic bunkers", rather than attempting to ratchet down tensions with Russia, which could mean peace and prosperity for a lot of people around the world?!?

Because, in a few words, we are completely expendable to them, other than as cannon fodder.

Russia understands what happens when war is on their doorstep; most Americans have absolutely zero connection with the American Civil War, so their only connection to war are the "sanitized" bits of footage and soundbites they get from their television, if it ever gets discussed by the talking head/Corporatistas at all.

And for me, all wars represent "a catastrophic failure of imagination" when other modalities for conflict resolution are not employed.

Oct 19 03:43

Military Police Deployed As 500,000 Catalan Independence Protesters Shut Down Barcelona

Central Barcelona has reportedly been paralyzed as mass protests which international reports estimate to number over a half-million people are driven by outrage at harsh prison sentences for pro-independence leaders handed down by the top Spanish court.

Protest leaders are vowing "the streets will be ours" as they push for Catalan independence, and as riot police have begun clashing with stone-throwing activists, who are also in some places of the city setting makeshift roadblocks ablaze.

With night fall, reporters on the ground are describing what's beginning to resemble a war zone, with increasing violence against police, as also both far-left and far-right agitators are said to be infiltrating the crowd and engaged in increasing violence and vandalism.

The turmoil began Monday after Spain’s Supreme Court handed out extreme prison sentences to nine politicians who spearheaded the referendum on Catalonia’s independence in 2017.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that the current government of Spain.... may just have extincted itself, in the way these sentences were carried out for simply spearheading the referendum on Catalonia's independence.

I understand that a "snap election" is to be held this year on 10 November;
Spain to hold fourth election in four years on Nov. 10

I would be phenomenally surprised, if those elements in the current Spanish government which wanted those sentences as "intense punishment" for the perpetrators, get voted back into office.

Oct 18 18:13

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Russia is considering a plan to build a superhighway from Eurasia to North America.

Oct 18 17:59

'A grave historic error': Juncker hits out as North Macedonia and Albania have EU bids blocked

Albania is the collateral damage of an intra-EU power struggle, its prime minister told Euronews, after the country's bid to open accession talks was blocked

France, Denmark and the Netherlands opposed beginning EU membership discussions with Albania and North Macedonia, according to an EU diplomat.

The blocking of accession talks was made during the two-day European Council summit, which ends today.

Oct 18 16:58

Brexit history made today: 1,212 days since referendum MPs to pass deal by just TWO votes

Calculations by the Daily Express show that Mr Johnson could get the deal over the line by just two votes after Labour MP Melanie Onn offered her support last night.

She urged fellow Labour MPs to "use this unique chance to help us move on and get back to helping our constituents".

"The risk of letting this final shot at a deal slip through our fingers is too great.

"Our collective hope rests on brave Labour MPs, and indeed others, who can see that," she said.

Ms Onn is one of several Labour MPs who have signalled they will back the PM.

So far 15 MPs have said they would switch to backing Mr Johnson’s new deal having voted against Theresa May’s doomed withdrawal agreement earlier this year.

Oct 18 11:13

Trump Claims European Nations Will Take Back ISIS Prisoners

Following reports that several high-value ISIS prisoners and their families had escaped Kurdish detention facilities during the chaos that has dominated northeastern Syria over the past week, President Trump tweeted Friday afternoon that he had convinced several of his European partners to accept responsibility for ISIS members in the custody of Syria's Kurds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, but I cannot for a moment believe this, until President Trump has named names of European leadership who have committed to this, and it is then confirmed by their individual press offices.

Oct 18 06:55

Russian naval ship heads to Syrian waters for new deployment

A nice reminder to Greece as to how Russia has had their back against Turkey and a slap in Erdogan's face.

The Black Sea Fleet’s patrol ship Vasily Bykov is passing through the Bosporus and Dardanelles Straits in its long-distance deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday.

During its visit, the Russian ship’s crew will take part in the festivities devoted to the 192nd anniversary of the Naval Battle of Navarino. The united squadrons of Russia, Britain and France fought the Ottoman fleet in the Navarino Bay (now Pylos) on October 20, 1827. The allied forces’ victory in the naval battle played a decisive role in the rise of the Greek people’s national struggle for its independence.

Oct 17 15:49

Hardline PM Viktor Orban warns Hungary will 'use force' to fend off a new wave of migrants if Turkey delivers on its threat to allow refugees to flood into Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has warned he will 'use force' to fend off migrants if Turkey delivered on its threat to allow 3.6million refugees to flood into Europe.

Orban built a steel fence on Hungary's border with Serbia to seal off the Balkans route of migration, where hundreds of thousands of people marched through from the Middle East to Western Europe at the peak of the crisis in 2015.

'If Turkey sets off further hundreds of thousands (on top of those it has already), then we will need to use force to protect the Hungarian border and the Serbian-Hungarian frontier and I do not wish for anyone that we should need to resort to that,' Orban said Wednesday night.

Oct 16 08:24

Protesters battle police as tens of thousands take to streets of Catalonia with flights at Barcelona airport disrupted after Spanish court jails nine independence leaders for total of almost 100 years

Riot police charged at protesters outside Barcelona's airport today after the Supreme Court sentenced 12 prominent Catalan separatists to lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2017 push for the wealthy Spanish region's independence.

Police used batons against the demonstrators who moved on El Prat airport after a call by the grassroots group Democratic Tsunami, which supports Catalan secession.

Activists fought pitched battles with police tonight at the taxi rank outside terminal one, with officers responding by firing foam bullets and using batons to disperse them.

In chaotic scenes, tourists were forced to get out of taxis hundreds of yards away and walk to the departures building.

Oct 16 07:27

Voters back getting Brexit done: Major poll finds 54% believe the UK should honour the 2016 referendum - but younger people and Scots would still rather stay in the EU

Some 54 per cent of the public still believe the verdict from the national ballot three years ago should be honoured, according to a major poll.

That compares to 32 per cent who said they opposed fulfilling the democratic mandate, and 14 per cent who said they did not know.

Oct 16 07:19

DUP pulls the rug on Brexit deal: Boris Johnson's hopes of agreement at EU summit crumble as unionists condemn Northern Ireland 'consent' plan - with the PM now looking doomed to miss his 'do or die' October 31 deadline

Boris Johnson's hopes of honouring his 'do or die' vow to deliver Brexit by Halloween look to be crumbling today after the DUP pulled the rug.

UK and EU negotiators are frantically trying to find a way through the deadlock in time for tomorrow's Brussels summit.

But the delicate process has been derailed by objections from the DUP, who complained that the mechanism for getting 'consent' from the people of Northern Ireland breaks the Good Friday Agreement - saying unionists should have a veto.

Oct 16 05:29

EU Court Rules in Favor of Global Censorship!

Oct 13 14:06

Thomas Cook collapse a big threat to Spain's tourist industry

"We have the hotels here, open and waiting - but the customers can't get here," says Ramón Estalella, head of Spain's leading hotelier association.

The sudden collapse last month of one of Europe's biggest travel groups, Thomas Cook, ruined the holidays of 600,000 stranded tourists.

Hundreds of thousands more had trips booked when the news was announced.

But for parts of Spain's tourist sector, Thomas Cook's demise is also an existential threat.

The economic future of industry workers and staff at Thomas Cook's local suppliers and subsidiaries is at stake.

Oct 12 20:40

Cannabis: A Lost History

Cannabis, better known as marijuana, has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Historical remnants from all around the world reveal the importance of cannabis in medicine and spirituality
The earliest written references to cannabis are found in the Chinese Materia Medica, written by Shen Nung around 2800 B.C. Nung documented 100 conditions that responded well to cannabis, including gout and rheumatism
For thousands of years, cannabis remained one of the 50 essential plants used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Vedas, the sacred text of India, also lists cannabis as one of five sacred plants
The ancient Egyptians, Persians and Greeks also used cannabis in a variety of ways, including medicinally and for spiritual upliftment

Oct 11 17:22

Drazha Mikhailovich: the man upon which the future Serbia will be rebuilt!

This is a very special day for me, because the topics I will be covering are all very dear to my heart and to my entire family. Following the Bolshevik revolution my family and another 1.5 million Russians fled their beloved motherland at the end of the civil war. All our so-called European “allies” immediately betrayed us (what else is new?), organized an intervention and backed the russophobic Bolshevik regime (yes, helping both side in turn, like the Empire today in, say, the Kurdish areas of Iraq and Syria). All except one: the Serbs which, at the time, were triumphant (WWI) but also had to rebuild a war ravaged Serbia, with most of its infrastructure destroyed, and coping with the death of nearly 30% of its entire population.

Oct 11 15:34

EU civil war breaks out as Austria spearheads rebellion against post-Brexit budget hike

AUSTRIA is on a collision course with incoming president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen after reiterating its vehement opposition to the EU’s insistence that each of the EU27 should pay a minimum annual contribution of 1.1 percent of GDP.

And Austrian finance minister Eduard Muller said the EU would need to tighten its belt after Britain, which makes an annual contribution of more than £13billon, leaves the bloc, rather than simply expecting everyone else to pay more. The Commission affirmed the figure at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, relating to the amount each member state is expected to pay into the EU’s multi-annual budget, which runs from 2021 to 2027.

Speaking prior to the meeting, Mr Muller warned: “A smaller EU has to manage with a smaller budget.

Oct 11 12:08

Russia, US veto European statement on Turkey's Syria action

Russian and the United States have used their veto power at the United Nations Security Council to vote down a European statement against Turkey's invasion of northern Syria.

The council held a closed meeting on Thursday to discuss Ankara's military incursion, which began on Wednesday despite widespread warnings by world leaders.

Moscow and Washington had their own reasons to veto the statement by five European members — France, Germany, Belgium, Britain and Poland — who had called the meeting to end the bilateral military action.

In a joint statement after the discussions, the European called on Ankara "to cease the unilateral military action," warning that the offensive threatens progress.

Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said his country would only support UNSC motions that address broader issues, including the presence of foreign forces in Syria.

Oct 11 07:19

New plot for second referendum revealed: Tory and Labour Remainers plan to unite to ambush Boris Johnson and force a 'public vote' through Parliament when Commons meets for special Saturday sitting

Opposition MPs and Brexit rebels are planning to ambush Boris Johnson and force him to hold a second referendum on EU membership.

Labour's Hilary Benn said he was looking at ways to get MPs to support a 'people's vote' when the Commons returns for a special Saturday sitting on October 19.

Those behind the plan want a lengthy Brexit extension and a new referendum by the end of March next year – with a general election only following afterwards.

Oct 10 21:35

Return to Russia: Crimeans Tell the Real Story of the 2014 Referendum and Their Lives Since

IMFEROPOL, CRIMEA — In early August I traveled to Russia for the first time, partly out of interest in seeing some of the vast country with a tourist’s eyes, partly to do some journalism in the region. It also transpired that while in Moscow I was able to interview Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry.

High on my travel list, however, was to visit Crimea and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) — the former a part of Russia, the latter an autonomous republic in the east of Ukraine, neither accurately depicted in Western reporting. Or at least that was my sense looking at independent journalists’ reports and those in Russian media.

Oct 10 11:27

Turkey Threatens to Send 3.6 Million 'Refugees' to Europe If EU Frames Syria Op As An 'Invasion'

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europe against criticizing his country's newly-launched military incursion into Syria, claiming he could allow millions of refugees to pour into the EU if he so chooses.

In a speech to lawmakers from his AK party, Erdogan warned that there would be repercussions if Europe viewed Turkey’s operation in Syria as an invasion.
Hey EU, wake up. I say it again: if you try to frame our operation there as an invasion, our task is simple: we will open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants to you.

Oct 10 09:29

EU to launch ‘Ministry of Truth’ to ensure citizens receive ‘correct’ news

BRUSSELS has been accused of attempting to "dictate the truth" after announcing plans for a taxpayer-funded Big Brother style EU news correction squad - an unprecedented crackdown on information.

Fact-checkers, academics and researchers will be handed a multi-million euro platform to challenge what they deem to be incorrect news reporting. While technical details remain sketchy, the EU says the so-called European Digital Media Observatory will act as a platform “available to everyone to deal with the exchange of disinformation”.

Oct 10 06:46

Germany economy is crashing

Oct 09 18:41

EU considers major climbdown to hand Boris Brexit deal victory in last minute panic

EUROPEAN UNION leaders could be about to offer Boris Johnson a major concession in a desperate bid to revive Brexit talks ahead of next week’s crunch summit.

EU capitals are considering a unilateral exit clause from the controversial Northern Ireland backstop after a set number of years. Under the plans, the Northern Ireland Assembly would be handed a vote on whether to continue with or revoke the measure, as long as both communities in the province agree to it. This could essentially set a five-year time-limit to the backstop, which would be seen as a huge victory for the Prime Minister.

Oct 09 09:21

Sweden’s hunt for Russian sub 5 years ago got its military more cash, but was based on faulty intelligence, new report says

The Swedish Navy’s fruitless hunt for a Russian sub was reportedly based on an inconclusive analysis of intelligence which was overstated under pressure from the government. MPs only learned of it after boosting defense spending.

In October 2014, Sweden was gripped by spy fever. People were watching relentlessly as its military was hunting for an elusive Russian mini-sub off Stockholm. The hunters returned empty-handed, but top brass assured the public that it was not for lack of a foreign intrusion. It took months for Swedish officials to acknowledge that the intercepted “Russian submarine distress signal” that triggered the hunt actually came from a local civilian boat. Though some of the failed hunters insisted otherwise.

Oct 08 14:57

‘Overwhelmingly unlikely’: BoJo’s Brexit plan in tatters as Merkel reportedly dismisses chances of a deal

German Chancellor Merkel has reportedly warned UK PM Boris Johnson that unless he is willing to accept Northern Ireland staying in the Customs Union, then the chances of a Brexit deal being agreed are “overwhelmingly unlikely.”

Oct 07 10:02

China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Vision Revealed

The Xinhua series promises the clearest look so far at China’s vision for its Silk Road Economic Belt as well as the Maritime Silk Road. One of the most intriguing pieces released Thursday was a map showing China’s ambitious visions for the “New Silk Road” and “New Maritime Silk Road.” It’s the clearest vision to date of the scope of China’s Silk Road plan.

According to the map, the land-based “New Silk Road” will begin in Xi’an in central China before stretching west through Lanzhou (Gansu province), Urumqi (Xinjiang), and Khorgas (Xinjiang), which is near the border with Kazakhstan.

Oct 07 09:16

The Washington Tyranny destroys Democracy - Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Herland Report TV

Herland Report Podcast: "If there is a war, Europe is going to disappear. The Russians have already said that they will not fight another war on their territory. There are no independent governments in Europe, Washington owns them," states Dr. Paul Craig Roberts.

Oct 02 08:36

Swedish Women Experience Mass Rape By Immigrant Invaders

The mass rape of German Women in the aftermath of WW II is now the plight of Swedish women

Remember: the same Swedish authorities who do not want to hear rape charges against immigrant invaders made by white Swedish women are the authorities who launched accusations of rape against Julian Assange for consensual relations with two eager groupies.

The Chairman of Sweden’s automobile production Company, Volvo, says that immigrant crime imported into Sweden by the Swedish government is so high that Volvo might have to move out of Sweden in order to conduct its business.

His factual acknowledgement of the crime that the treasonous Swedish government, a collection of some of the most evil and stupid people on earth, has committed against Sweden could lead to the indictment of the Swedish Chairman of Volvo as a “racist.”

Oct 02 07:38

Construction of US’s INF-Violating Missile Shield Site in Poland Almost Complete – Report

Moscow has repeatedly voiced concerns over the deployment of US missile defence system components in Poland and Romania, alleging that the MK-41 interceptor launchers could easily be used to fire offensive nuclear-tipped Tomahawk cruise missiles at targets inside Russia.

Construction of the Aegis Ashore facility in Redzikowo, northern Poland is nearing completion, with US Missile Defence Agency director Vice Adm. Jon Hill carrying out an inspection tour of the facility late last week, Defense Blog has reported.

Hill reportedly inspected multiple sites on the base, including the multipurpose and housing unit, galley, and the inside of the Aegis Ashore deckhouse structure, which contains the system’s command and control system.

Oct 01 10:45

Pro-Independence Catalans Rally on Anniversary of Referendum - Video

On 1 October 2017 Catalans went to the polls to cast their votes in an independence referendum that was initiated by the autonomous region’s government. The referendum which ended with 92% of voters supporting secession from Spain was later proclaimed illegal by Madrid.

A rally called by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) to commemorate the second anniversary of Catalonia's unauthorised independence referendum is taking place in Barcelona.

In 2017, the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia held a referendum on self-determination which was not recognised by Madrid. This led to a political crisis in Spain and to the dissolution of the Catalan parliament by the Spanish government.

Sep 30 11:32

How Israel lobby set EU anti-Semitism agenda

For nearly four years, Katharina von Schnurbein has been posing as a champion of Europe’s Jews.

If taken at face value, her speeches at numerous conferences suggest she is a conscientious civil servant motivated by a desire to halt persecution. A more detailed examination reveals she has been following an agenda set by Israel and its supporters.

The real objective of this agenda has been to muzzle the Palestine solidarity movement.

Sep 30 11:16

Italy Declares Emergency as Mont Blanc Glacier About to Collapse

Tourists are not allowed near the Grandes Jorasses mountain citing the impending collapse of 250,000 cubic meters of ice. The issue was brought up by Italy’s Prime Minister at UN General Assembly debate.

Italy’s authorities ordered the closure of roads and the evacuation of huts on its side of Mont Blanc, saying the Planpincieux glacier at Grandes Jorasses mountain is about to collapse, CNN reported Wednesday.

According to the report, a slab of some 250,000 cubic meters of ice is about to break off the rest of the glacier, as the ice moves at a speed of 50 to 60 centimeters each day.

Sep 29 07:40

The Untold Story of the Trump-Ukraine ‘Scandal’: The Routine Corruption of US Foreign Policy

The most crucial aspects of the Trump-Ukraine “scandal,” which has led to impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, are not being told, even by Republicans.
But what’s not being talked about in the mainstream is the context of this story, which shows that, politics aside, Biden should indeed be investigated in both Ukraine and in the United States.

That’s the biggest crime in this story that isn’t being told. The illegal overthrow of a sovereign government.
As booty from the coup, the sitting vice president’s son, Hunter Biden, soon got a seat on the board of Ukraine’s biggest gas producer, Burisma Holdings.

Sep 29 07:35

Another Day, Another Scandal. What the ‘Trump-Ukraine Collusion’ Is Really About

This is soooooo boring.

For nearly a week, Washington has been consumed by reports that Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up dirt on Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden.

To briefly recap: in February 2014, a US-backed coup spearheaded by ultra-rightists sent Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych fleeing and installed billionaire Petro Poroshenko in his place. This was bad news for a wealthy Yanukovych supporter named Mykola Zlochevsky who was widely accused of corruption and was in danger of losing all or some of his holdings. In an attempt to smooth things over with the Americans, Zlochevsky appointed Hunter Biden to a lucrative post with Burisma Holdings, a natural-gas company he founded in 2002. Hunter had just been discharged from the US Navy after testing positive for cocaine. He had no experience in the natural-gas business and knew nothing about the Ukraine. But he got the job anyway along with a salary of $50,000 a month.

Sep 26 03:40

Why Is Iceland The Focus Of Washington's New Trade Strategy?

Authored by John Owens via SafeHaven.com,

Less than a month after his failed attempt to buy Greenland, Trump is now shifting attention to another Nordic nation—Iceland—but rather than offering to acquire the country, the U.S. administration is considering a sweet deal in free trade.

As it stands, the U.S. and Iceland have no bilateral investment treaties or Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), though they do have a bilateral taxation treaty and a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).

Iceland currently ranks as the 94th country in total trade value with the US with a monthly total of $666. In July, US exports to the country totaled $383.71 million and Imports totaled $282.44 million, a surplus of $101.26 million.

In June, the US Department of Defense said it planned to invest some $60 million in military construction in Iceland in 2020.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are, on a number of occasions, a moment when the Trump Administration's goals seem a lot more realistic when they are spelled out, as this article has done.

Sep 25 18:25

Labour Votes To Dissolve Britain.

Sep 25 03:26

The September Airline Massacre in Europe

Sep 24 05:49

Swedish 'Sustainable Food' Project Teaches Kids to Eat Insects, Garbage

Swedish bugballs?
A new Swedish project aimed at cultivating a taste for climate-friendly food among little children includes such dubious delicacies as Algae Ball, Bug Mac, and Tasty Waste.

The Swedish company WIN WIN has launched a new project aimed at paving the way for the “food of the future” in order to enable a “switch from high-carbon beef to low-carbon bugs”, the newspaper Veckans Affärer reported.

Sep 23 16:14

Thousands of Anti-5G Swiss Protest At Their Capital

By B.N. Frank

Swiss opposition to 5G has been ongoing. In 2017, Swiss doctor Bertrand Buchs launched a petition asking for a moratorium on 5G installation and since then hundreds of doctors and scientists worldwide have signed it. This is not surprising since research has determined that exposure is harmful.

Earlier this year, Vaud Switzerland adopted a 5G moratorium. Regardless, 5G was installed in Geneva where some residents immediately started suffering from exposure.

On Saturday, September 21, thousands of Swiss attended the second major 5G protest in the country. This was covered by many news sources...

Sep 23 07:39

The Invention Of Guns

The invention of guns followed the development of the explosive black powder in China. The first guns were simple tubes from which to shoot explosive charges, but gradually they were made easier to load, aim, and fire. Guns revolutionized warfare and effectively ended the age of the armored knight and the castle stronghold. They have had a profound effect on human history.

Sep 22 02:27

Doubting Iran Link, Macron Sends French Experts to Investigate Saudi Oil Attack

French President Emmanuel Macron is deploying experts to Saudi Arabia to investigate the origin of the attacks on major oil facilities that Washington and Riyadh blame on Iran, Paris said Wednesday.
France’s presidential palace announced Macron’s decision to send the experts after the French leader held a phone conversation with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency reports.

The United States and Saudi Arabia have accused Iran of carrying out Saturday’s devastating attacks on two facilities operated by the Sunni kingdom’s state-run Aramco. Macron’s administration appears to doubt Iran’s involvement in the debilitating attacks. Iran also denies involvement in the assault on the two plants, which include the top petroleum processing facility in the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Macron is doing the logical thing here, and precisely what Russia's President Putin called for a couple of days ago; a fully unbiased examination of the results, to understand what actually happened here.

Sep 19 10:26

The Yellow Vests are spreading to Ireland....

Sep 19 06:19

EU condemns new Israel settlement, but no action taken

The European Union (EU) yesterday condemned the Israeli government’s decision to establish a new settlement in the Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet voted to back a proposal that would see unauthorised outpost Mevo’ot Yeriho retroactively “legalised”, thus becoming an official statement.

Israel distinguishes between official and unapproved settlements (the latter often referred to as outposts), while under international law, all settlements are illegal.

The Jordan Valley is a key region of the occupied West Bank, and the target of long-standing Israeli settlement activity, in parallel to the displacement of local Palestinians.

Sep 18 10:11

Will the US use Greece to block Russia in the Black Sea?

The Trump administration last week made its first major step to create a Greek-centric NATO corridor following United States Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, announcement that his country intends to acquire the strategic port of Alexandroupoli. If Athens is to accept such a proposal, the country would be contributing to a geopolitical escalation. The US is attempting to push Greece, a traditional rival to Turkey, closer to them at a time when Ankara continues to defy NATO by strengthening its relations with Russia.

Sep 18 08:19

Will the US Use Greece to Block Russia in the Black Sea?

The port of Alexandroupoli is of particular importance to US policy in not only the Balkans, but especially to Russia. It is also an important energy route as the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) pipeline and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is in the region. The port is also important for transportation as it is strategically located close to the Turkish-controlled Dardanelles that connects the Aegean/Mediterranean Seas with the Black Sea, and therefore Russia.

With the acquisition of this port, NATO and US forces may be in the Balkans in only a few hours and can easily stop Russian trade with the world via the Black Sea by blockading the Dardanelles. With Turkey increasingly defying NATO – in which Greece is also a member state of – by improving relations with Russia and buying the S-400, the US can make Greece more aligned with it under the guise of ensuring Greece’s security.

Sep 17 10:36

BREXIT: The power of surrender

Sep 16 12:02

The Coming Economic Crisis in Spanish

Sep 15 16:15

Lib Dems pledge to cancel Brexit if they win general election

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to cancel Brexit if they come to power at the next general election.

Members voted for the new policy at their party conference in Bournemouth by an overwhelming majority.

Previously, the party has backed another referendum or "People's Vote", saying they would campaign to Remain.

After the vote, their leader Jo Swinson, said: "We will do all we can to fight for our place in Europe, and to stop Brexit altogether."

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