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Oct 16 06:36

US-Greek Bases Pact Signals Bid to Pressure Turkey, Dominate East Mediterranean

The new expanded US-Greece defence pact shows that Washington wants to pressure Turkey while securing a strategic position to counter threats from the Middle East and control the Eastern Mediterranean, analysts said.

The United States and Greece on Thursday signed an amendment to their existing mutual defense agreement that allows US forces to train and operate from additional locations inside the country.

Strategic Positioning

Tensions between Turkey and Greece have been on the rise over maritime and airspace claims while Ankara has taken exception to a new defence agreement Athens signed with France. On Friday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price, when commenting on the renewed deal, said Washington supports efforts to de-escalate tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. However, some experts think Washington has broader aspirations.

Oct 15 10:30

Desperate migrants trapped between Belarus, Poland amid geopolitical row

Neda and her husband Abozar sit under a tree in a remote field in Poland, freezing, starving and losing hope.

"I tumbled six days ago and fell down," Neda tells DW. "I bled and now I am no longer pregnant."

The Iranian couple left the Belarusian capital of Minsk 10 days ago and say they have now been pushed back and forth by border guards in the region multiple times.

"The Belarusian police took all the money we gave them to buy us food and to activate our prepaid SIM cards — but they never brought us anything," Abozar says.

"They emptied our pockets and at night they took us by force to the border. We have now spent three days in the forest."

DW found the couple through local activists in eastern Poland who have created a network that asylum-seekers can contact for help if they are in need.

Oct 15 10:22

Italy Rocked by Nationwide Protests as Resistance Against Vaccine Passport Scheme Explodes

Italy has seen an explosion of protests against the introduction of its vaccine passport scheme, with dockers in numerous towns and cities vowing to block ports until the government scraps the ‘green pass’ law.

The ‘green pass’ – which is a mandatory vaccination scheme in all but name, forces workers in both the public and private sector to take the jab in order to be paid.

Workers who try to do their jobs without taking the vaccine will be suspended without pay and face a fine of up to 1,500 euros.

The system is also mandatory for anyone wishing to enter a number of venues, including schools, universities, museums, stadiums, theaters, gyms, and indoor seating spaces at bars and restaurants.

Although Reuters erroneously describes today’s protests against the scheme as “scattered,” they are in fact large and widespread.

Oct 15 09:41

Greece underscores 'threat of war' with Turkey at signing of defense pact with US

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias underscored the persistent “threat of war” with Turkey in a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the signing of a deal to upgrade defense cooperation between Athens and Washington.

“Greece is facing a casus belli, a threat with war if it exercises its sovereign rights and, I have to say, Greece is facing daily provocation,” Dendias said Thursday at the State Department. “Greece is committed to resolve disputes with diplomacy and always in accordance with international law.”

Turkey and Greece have competing economic claims in the eastern Mediterranean, the danger of which was dramatized in a “mini-collision” between two frigates attempting to enforce the claims of the capitals. NATO officials established a “deconfliction” mechanism to avoid an outright conflict between the two countries, which went on to maintain “a quiet summer,” to the gratification of U.S. officials.

Oct 14 09:34

Nuclear Weapons and Europe

On October 5 the U.S. State Department announced that the U.S. military’s arsenal of nuclear weapons numbered 3,750 as of September 30, 2020. It was stated with satisfaction that “This number represents an approximate 88 percent reduction in the stockpile from its maximum (31,255) at the end of fiscal year 1967”, although it wasn’t mentioned that the reduction since 2018 was only 35.

Oct 14 08:28

Hundreds of Miners Protest as EU Moves to Kill Coal Jobs in Name of Green Agenda

Hundreds of Bulgarian coal miners and energy workers staged a protest on Wednesday to demand government guarantees for their jobs amid bids by the European Union to close mines and reduce carbon emissions.

Buses carried protesters from across Bulgaria for the rally in downtown Sofia, where demonstrators chanted “We want jobs” as they marched to the headquarters of the government.

Bulgarian miners say the EU’s timeframe for closing coal mining and coal extraction is too short and argue it shouldn’t come at the expense of the bloc’s poorest and most carbon-dependent regions.

Oct 14 07:56

Is Decarbonization Threatening Europe's Energy Security?

Later this month about 25,000 people are headed to Glasgow for the 26th annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known as COP26. The UK, this year’s host of the Conference of the Parties, has asked participants to submit more ambitious targets for emissions reductions by 2030 in order to enable the possibility of achieving global net-zero emissions by mid-century. Conference leaders have also asked for increased monetary contribution to climate adaptation and mitigation funds, and have the stated goal of finalizing the regulatory framework for implementing and enforcing the pledges made in the 2015 Paris agreement.

Oct 14 07:53

Finland Will Lobby The EU To Give Nuclear Power "Sustainable" Status

It looks as though Finland is starting to come back around to the idea of nuclear power - and that they plan on taking their advocacy for the clean energy to the European Union. The country will now lobby the EU for a "sustainable" label on nuclear power.

The EU's decision on whether or not nuclear is "sustainable" has yet to be made. Despite the fact that plants are emission free, "nuclear is currently considered only a low-carbon energy source due to emissions caused by mining and transport," Euractive wrote this week.

Finland's fifth nuclear plant is nearing completing after years of delays, the report notes. Nuclear remains an important energy source for the country, which has a target of being carbon neutral by 2035. Nuclear currently accounts for 30% of the country's power.

Oct 14 07:48

Spanish Government Admits Chemtrails are Real

Oct 14 07:09

Sweden moves to criminalize support for Palestine

In 2016, Sweden distinguished itself among European states by affirming that the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign is a legitimate political movement that should be protected from repression.

But now, the government of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is moving towards criminalizing criticism of Israel and its racist state ideology Zionism under the guise of combating anti-Jewish bigotry.

This week, Sweden is hosting the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism.

It is being attended by Israel lobbyists and EU officials committed to muzzling criticism of Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.

High-profile speakers include UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Isaac Herzog, Israel’s new president who has long dehumanized Palestinians and Muslims and promoted violence against them.

Oct 14 07:05

A Solution to the Bow-and-Arrow Attack Riddle?

Killing a bunch of people in Norway doesn’t sound very Norwegian, but doing it with a bow and arrow doesn’t sound very non-Norwegian.

We now apparently have an answer to this conundrum. From the Daily Mail:

Danish bow-and-arrow attacker who killed five people and injured several more during terrifying 30-minute rampage through Norwegian town ‘is a Muslim convert known to police’

Five people killed and two wounded after man went on a half-hour rampage with a bow and arrow in Norway

Oct 14 05:50

Norway Police Treating Kongsberg Bow Shooting as Terror Attack

The deadly archery attack in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg appears to be a terrorist act but it does not change the national threat picture, the Norwegian Police Security Service said on Thursday.

"The events in Kongsberg appear at the present time to be an act of terrorism, but the investigation, which is led by South-East police district, will clarify further what events were motivated by. The threat level in Norway is still assessed as moderate," the service said in a statement.

Norwegian Police Security Service added that police continuously assesses the threat picture in Norway, and its assessment is that what happened in Kongsberg does not change the national threat picture.

Oct 14 05:12

Nuclear-Powered France Has Electricity Prices Nearly Half That Of "Green"-Powered Germany

France went all-in on nuclear power back in the 1970s and it's paying dividends.

Oct 13 10:09

[Video] Austrian MP collapses in Parliament. Vaxxxed - Confirmed

MP Holzleitner (SPÖ party) in #Austria collapses unconscious during her speech.

vaxxx confirmed... https://twitter.com/BasedParalegal/status/1448010109616001027

Oct 13 08:23

Polexit!? Polish Court Overrules EU's European Court Of Justice

Poland and the EU are increasingly at odds. Let's take a look at events to see where this is headed...

After the top Polish court overruled the ECJ, Fears Rose the Court Ruling Points to EU Exit.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Warsaw and other Polish cities late Sunday to oppose a court ruling that European Union legal judgments have become incompatible with the Polish constitution, a decision protesters fear could prompt Poland to follow the U.K. out of the bloc.

Waving EU and Polish flags, demonstrators held banners reading “I’m Staying in Europe” and “No Polexit!”

Unlike in the U.K., an overwhelming majority of Poles wish to stay members of the EU—as do Hungarians, another Central European country whose government is in regular conflict with the bloc over where the EU’s powers end and national sovereignty begins.

Oct 13 08:01

Serbia’s leader defends right to buy weapons where he wants

Serbia will continue arming itself with Russian, Chinese and other weapons, its president has said, despite fears in the region and the West that the Balkan country’s recent military build-up could lead to more tensions in a part of Europe that is still reeling from wars fought in the 1990s.

Opening an arms fair on Tuesday that coincided with a two-day summit marking the 60th anniversary of the first conference of non-aligned nations, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Serbia was a “free and independent nation” that would not seek outside opinions about where it sources weapons.

Oct 12 07:49

Rome is popping off…

Police use water cannons and clubs to beat back Vaccine Freedom Fighters.

Oct 12 07:22

Financial Times Says Europeans Should 'Prepare for Demographic Replenishment by Arabs and Asians'

The Financial Times has published an article which asserts that people living in European countries should “prepare for demographic replenishment by Arabs and Asians.”

Yes, really.

Parag Khanna, the writer of the article also authored a book called ‘Move: How Mass Migration Will Reshape the World — and What It Means For You’.

Unsurprisingly, he also has close ties with the World Economic Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations and was a ‘Global Governance Fellow’ at the Brookings Institution.

Khanna ludicrously claims that large swathes of the planet will become “uninhabitable” due to climate change, causing “millions, if not billions of people…to relocate to terrain in the latitudes best suited to survival.”

He then asserts that “labour shortages” in North America and Europe will necessitate these regions “to open the immigration taps accordingly.”

Oct 10 08:27

Austria's Kurz steps down over corruption probe to save coalition

Austria's conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigned on Saturday to pull his coalition government back from the brink of collapse after the junior party demanded his head because he has been placed under investigation on suspicion of corruption.

The move by Kurz, who denies wrongdoing, satisfied his coalition partner, the Greens, and came just three days before a special session of parliament at which they were preparing to back a motion of no-confidence that would have forced him out. read more

At the same time, his resignation is more a matter of form than substance in terms of policy. He plans to stay on as his party's leader and become its top lawmaker in parliament, and he is likely to continue to call the shots in the coalition.

Oct 10 07:33

Serbs Say They Will Pull Their Region Out of Bosnia's Army, Judiciary, Tax System

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, who advocates the secession of the Serb-dominated region from Bosnia, said on Friday that the Serb Republic will pull out of the Balkan country's armed forces, top judiciary body and tax administration.

The three institutions represent key pillars of joint security, rule of law and the economic system in Bosnia, which was divided into two autonomous regions - the Serb Republic and the Federation dominated by Croats and Bosniaks - after its 1992-1995 war in which 100,000 died and nearly 2 million left their homes.

Dodik, who currently serves as the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite inter-ethnic presidency, has spearheaded measures to obstruct the central government after a former peace envoy imposed a law criminalising the denial of genocide and war crimes in end-July.

Oct 10 06:38

Fears of UK-EU Trade War Grow as Brexit Minister Expected to Reject Brussels' Offers on NI Protocol

At the heart of the row is the Northern Ireland Protocol, a provision of the Brexit deal that aims to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. London has called on Brussels to renegotiate the agreement, something the EU has vowed not to do.

Fears of a trade war between the United Kingdom and the European Union have grown as Brexit Minister Lord Frost is expected to reject offers made by the European Union, local media reported.

European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, who is in charge of the bloc’s post-Brexit relations with Britain, is set to submit four papers on 13 October on how the ongoing row over the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) can be resolved, with the official describing the proposals as "very far reaching".

Among the offers is a "national identity" exemption for British sausages and other chilled meats from the European Union’s ban.

Oct 09 07:37

Financial Times Says Europeans Should "Prepare For Demographic Replenishment By Arabs And Asians"

The Financial Times has published an article which asserts that people living in European countries should “prepare for demographic replenishment by Arabs and Asians.”

Yes, really.

Parag Khanna, the writer of the article also authored a book called ‘Move: How Mass Migration Will Reshape the World — and What It Means For You’.

Unsurprisingly, he also has close ties with the World Economic Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations and was a ‘Global Governance Fellow’ at the Brookings Institution.

Khanna ludicrously claims that large swathes of the planet will become “uninhabitable” due to climate change, causing “millions, if not billions of people…to relocate to terrain in the latitudes best suited to survival.”

He then asserts that “labour shortages” in North America and Europe will necessitate these regions “to open the immigration taps accordingly.”

Oct 08 08:28

Luongo: Is Europe's Entire "Energy Crisis" Manufactured?

The European Gas Crisis keeps hitting new high after new high as gas prices around the world go ballistic.

While this isn’t just a European problem, if you read the MSM, that’s all they seem to care about.

You know, it snows in Japan as well folks, and China.

Prices keep skyrocketing in Europe because there is no shortage of idiocy at the top of the European power structure. The confluence of the pressurizing of Nordstream 2 with the release of the “Pandora Papers” and the beginnings of German coalition talks just after the beginning of Q4 should have everyone’s Spidey-Sense shutting down like your adrenals do after a long period of self-inflicted stress.

And honestly, whose adrenals aren’t on the verge of collapse after eighteen months of ‘flatten the curve,’ ‘follow the science,’ and ‘just roll over to the Communism, already, you disgusting plebe!’ that we’ve been going through.

Oct 08 08:27

In Stunning Rebuke, Poland's Top Court Rules Polish Law Takes Presedence Over The EU

In a stinging rebuke to Europe's unelected bureaucrats, and a major escalation in the rule of law crisis between Warsaw and Brussels, Poland's constitutional court ruled on Thursday that Polish law can take precedence over EU law amid an ongoing dispute between the European bloc and the eastern European member state. The decision by the Constitutional Tribunal came after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki requested a review of a decision by the EU's Court of Justice (ECJ) that gave the bloc's law primacy. Two out of 14 judges on the panel dissented from the majority opinion.

"The attempt by the European Court of Justice to involve itself with Polish legal mechanisms violates ... the rules that give priority to the constitution and rules that respect sovereignty amid the process of European integration," the ruling said, in an outcome that could have wide-reaching consequences for Europe when the next crisis hits.

Oct 08 08:23

Sweden suspends Moderna vaccine for those 30 and under

Swedish health authorities on Wednesday suspended the use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 30 and under, saying the move was done out of precaution.

The reason for the pausing is “signals of an increased risk of side effects such as inflammation of the heart muscle or the pericardium” — the double-walled sac containing the heart and the roots of the main vessels, Sweden’s Public Health Agency said in a statement. “The risk of being affected is very small.”

Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, said they “follow the situation closely and act quickly to ensure that vaccinations against COVID-19 are always as safe as possible and at the same time provide effective protection” against the disease.

In July, the European Medicines Agency recommended authorizing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 17, the first time the shot has been authorized for people under 18.

Oct 07 13:20

Sweden, Denmark halt use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups

Sweden and Denmark announced on Wednesday, Oct. 6, that they will pause the use of Moderna’s Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – also known as Spikevax – for younger age groups following reports of possible cardiovascular side effects.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden says it will stop using the vaccine for people born in 1991 and later as data points to an increase of myocarditis and pericarditis cases among vaccinated youths and young adults.

Oct 07 05:13

SHOCKING: Soros-Funded Scout Troop Pushes Underage Girls and Boys to Strip and Perform Sexually Explicit “Games” in Macedonia

We are talking about 16 year old children, some not even that old. They were asked to name how many types of condoms they can identify. Then, they were asked about the number of their sexual partners. It was taken that a “correct answer” will be more than two sexual partners at 16 years of age. A bizzare “game” had them soak female hygiene products in red paint and then drain them. The children were then asked to put paint on a part of their body and leave an impression on paper – an imprint of a hand was ranked 10 points, the buttocks were valued 40 points, the breasts at 60 and the genitals – 80 points, the enraged father of one of the children told Sloboden Pecat in an interview. The father remained anonymous to protect his daughter.

Oct 07 05:01

Moderna Vaccine Paused in Sweden, Denmark for Under the Age of 30

Oct 07 04:42

Putin Faults EU for Energy Crunch, Says Gas Can’t Be Stored Like ‘Watches, Underwear or Neckties’

Natural gas prices in Europe have risen sharply, with futures approaching $2,000 per 1,000 cubic metres on Wednesday trading before dropping off. Shortages have been blamed on factors ranging from cold weather to competition for supplies with Asia, as well as a premature attempt to switch to "green" \alternative sources of energy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed the current supply crunch in Europe's gas market to European Union policymakers favouring short-term contracts with suppliers, suggesting that the curtailing of long-term supply agreements and dependence on gas exchanges has proven an "obvious mistake."

Oct 06 10:57

Without Lockdowns, Sweden Had Fewer Excess Deaths Than Most Of Europe

It’s now been more than eighteen months since governments began the new social experiment now known as “lockdowns.”

Prior to 2020, forced “social distancing” was generally considered to be too costly in societal terms to justify such a risky experiment.

Yet in 2020, led by health technocrats at the World Health Organization, nearly all national governments in the world suddenly and without precedent embraced the idea of lockdowns.

On the other hand, the Swedish regime rejected the idea.

For this act of iconoclasm, the Swedish government was pilloried by media organizations and non-Swedish government officials worldwide. The predictions of doom and of a widespread Swedish bloodbath were ubiquitous. Months later, even when it became clear Sweden was not the death-addled outlier many assumed it would be, it was common to see articles declaring Swedish covid policy to be a “disaster.”

Oct 06 10:52

Poland Central Bank To Buy 100 Tons Of Gold In 2022

In a time when institutions are increasingly shifting away from fiat currency and looking toward cryptos, it is worth recalling that at least when it comes to central banks, there is no digital gold. There is just gold.

To be sure, in a time of unprecedented economic and social turmoil, central bankers’ appetite for gold continues to grow, providing a bright spot for the traditional haven as investor interest ebbs. According to the World Gold Council, global reserves expanded 333.2 tons in the first half of 2021, 39% higher than the five-year average for the period. Strong purchases by Thailand, Hungary and Brazil stood out, with WGC analyst Louise Street predicting that If central banks continue to buy at the levels seen recently, it will provide a supportive element for the market.

Oct 06 10:46

“Historic Moment”: EU Approves Call for Sweeping Ban on Facial Recognition Surveillance

By Andrea Germanos

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a call to ban facial recognition surveillance—a development heralded by the technology’s foes as a “big win for human rights.”

The vote on the resolution was 377-248. While the measure is nonbinding, the EUObserver reported Wednesday that its passsage means “Parliament now has for the first time an official position advocating for a ban on biometric mass surveillance, which sends a strong signal for negotiations of the first-ever EU rules on AI systems.”

“Fundamental rights are unconditional,” MEP Petar Vitanov, a member of the Bulgarian Socialist Party who backed the resolution, said in a statement...

Oct 06 08:59

Lithuania wants to be the new Eastern outpost for US empire

Think the number of U.S. bases around the world are naturally decreasing during so-called peace time? Think again.

An article in Defense One today illustrates “mission creep” in its purest form a la Field of Dreams: Lithuania builds a military base in hopes Americans will come.

And no doubt they will — they are already there, albeit temporarily. According to the reporting by Jacqueline Feldscher, “hundreds” of U.S. service members are already at the new €7 million facility called Camp Herkus. She describes it thusly:

(Camp Herkus) includes a gym stocked with state-of-the art treadmills and weight racks, rubber-turf basketball courts surrounded by container housing stuffed with bunk beds and gear, a PX selling cigarettes and candy, and a game hall where soldiers were playing first-person-shooter video games.

Oct 06 08:31

European Parliament Debates Pandora Papers' Release

The Pandora Papers, released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, has revealed a vast network of offshore banking among the world's elite.
Live from Strasbourg as the European Parliament convenes for a plenary session to debate the Pandora Papers leak.

Members of the European Parliament are expected to discuss the consequences on the efforts to fight money laundering, tax evasion and avoidance.

The Pandora Papers revealed a network of offshore banking among the world's richest and most powerful, including 35 incumbent and former global leaders and more than 330 officials worldwide involved in tax haven practices to hide vast wealth and property. The investigation was based on more than 11.9 million leaked financial documents.

Oct 05 05:49

‘Green Deal’ Farming Cuts Food, Cuts Population

The European Commission (EC), executive arm of the European Union, released its “Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies” in May 2020. Those so-called strategies are the core part of its new EU Green Deal, whose consequences will directly result in significantly less food output, and more hunger and hardship for millions of people. Farmers have taken to the streets with their tractors over 2019-2020 in Germany, the Netherlands, and elsewhere to oppose the EU dictates, which technically are to be imposed nation by nation over the next 10 years, with an EC review session scheduled for 2023.

Oct 05 05:48

Will the Green Deal cause food shortages?

A report by an American institute showed that the Green Deal will result in 12% less agricultural production in the EU in 2030. According to the MEP, the bill for this will mainly be paid by the poorest, followed by the rapidly growing middle class. European farmers are the most sustainable in the world. A shift of EU food production abroad will lead to more global climate emissions and damage nature.

Oct 05 05:36

Siberia set for extreme winter deep freeze, Russian experts predict, as Europe faces energy shortages with cooler weather on way

One of Russia’s top forecasters has warned that extreme weather is predicted to hit the Northern Hemisphere later this year, sparking concerns that it could worsen a deepening energy crisis setting in across parts of Europe.

Harsh conditions are predicted to hit Russia in early January, with snow in Siberia estimated to reach levels twice as severe as the average. On Monday, the meteorological center Phobos also reported that “snowdrifts almost a quarter larger than the norm” could sweep across Moscow.

In recent weeks, much of Western Europe has seen a rapidly growing energy crisis, with some parts of the continent experiencing a 250% increase in the price of gas for the heating and fuelling industry. Petrol stations in the UK running dry faster than they can secure new deliveries have caused severe delays and fights breaking out at refill forecourts.

Oct 05 05:33

Italy increasingly armed

Today in La Spezia the Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini inaugurates SeaFuture 2021, the military-naval exhibition sponsored by the main war industries. In the lead Fincantieri ("strategic sponsor"), Leonardo ("platinum sponsor") and Mbda (European joint venture in which Leonardo has 25%) which participates as "gold sponsor".

The "Future" has already been outlined in the "Directive for the industrial policy of Defense", issued by Guerini on July 29: Italy must "have a military instrument capable of expressing the advanced military capabilities that the country needs to protect its national interests", which ensures "its membership in the circle of technologically and economically advanced countries". The Directive, overturning Article 11 and other constitutional principles with the silent consent of Parliament, establishes that Italy must increasingly arm itself.

Oct 04 10:06

This Is Not the Joe Biden Europe Was Hoping For

Most Europeans regarded Joe Biden as a conquering hero when he overcame Donald Trump, hailing him as the calm, cool child who knocked the big-mouthed bully out of the schoolyard.

What EU leaders anticipated was the Biden they had met on his several trips abroad and who participated in the annual Munich Security Conference on a regular basis. The Biden who was multilateralist, Europhile, and keen on transatlantic relations.

When Biden announced “America is back” at a special virtual Munich Security Conference to commemorate the start of his administration, European leaders did not imagine it was actually a return to the arrogant exceptionalism that has long characterized Washington’s attitude to the EU and NATO.

Oct 04 09:51

Vaccine Passport Slovenia Says Family of Woman Who Died After Jab Can’t Sue Because Vaccination Is “Voluntary”

Without a vaccine/test passport you can’t get pump gas in Slovenia except in select gas stations where they have payment via a mobile application set up. You also can’t work or attend school.

It was precisely to get around these limitations that a 20-year old Slovenian woman “Katja” went for a vaccination last month and died of complications two weeks later. She wanted to “get her freedom” as her father explained. (Testing every 48 hours isn’t tenable which is just as the government wants it.)

It was also for this reason that she chose the one-dose J&J vaccine, so she could have her vax passport right away, rather than having to wait for another two weeks.

This is a person who never would have gotten the vaccine if not for government coercion and who would thus still be alive.

Oct 04 07:13

US, British Surveillance Planes Circle Kaliningrad

Spying activity is often driving tensions between NATO and Russia. This is the case in the Baltic right now, where US and British surveillance planes are very visibly active around the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

The surveillance is being conducted by RC-135W, planes that conduct electronic surveillance, surveying the electromagnetic spectrum in the area to gather intelligence.

Kaliningrad was historically Ostpreußen, a part of Germany, and before that Prussia. The Soviet Union took the land in 1946 after WW2. The exclave loomed large around the start of WW2, as the lack of a land connection between Ostpreußen and the rest of Germany was the source of a lot of tension with Poland. Germans were expelled by the Soviets, and Soviet citizens were moved in in the late 1940s.

Oct 04 06:44

Is This the Next US Military Base in Europe?

American soldiers have found gracious hosts in Lithuania.

At this remote base, which opened in August and is now the temporary home of hundreds of American troops, government officials excitedly showed off the new 7-million-euro facility, which includes a gym stocked with state-of-the art treadmills and weight racks, rubber-turf basketball courts surrounded by container housing stuffed with bunk beds and gear, a PX selling cigarettes and candy, and a game hall where soldiers were playing first-person-shooter video games.

But for Vilnius, these comforts aren’t just about making their guests feel at home. They aim to entice Washington to turn its rotational deployments of U.S. troops into a permanent stay, and deter the Russian forces that frequently deploy and exercise in Belarus, less than 10 miles away.

Oct 04 05:49

Thousands Gather in Amsterdam to Protest COVID-19 Restrictions - Videos

Thousands of people took to the streets of Amsterdam on Sunday to protest mandatory COVID-19 passes, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

The demonstrators gathered at Dam Square and began marching through the city.
The protest was organised by the Together for the Netherlands group, which expects to see more than 10,000 participants. However, the number of protesters has not been confirmed yet.

People chanted "freedom" and "how many times do we have to get vaccinated to end the lie about the coronavirus?" The protesters ask the government to lift the requirements, saying they divide society and interfere with everyday life.

Oct 04 05:49

This week’s elections could pave way for Prague to Czech out of EU

The elections in the Czech Republic later this week have largely been ignored, but the political situation in the country is not only compelling, it could have ramifications for the rest of Europe, and in particular for the EU.

Czechs go to the polls on Friday and Saturday in legislative elections that will determine who will lead the country for the next four years. These elections have been getting little attention in the international press, mainly because the focus has been on the elections taking place in Germany.

The Czech Republic has been led by a coalition government since 2017. The senior partner in the coalition is the ANO 2011 party, and its leader is the current Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

Oct 03 08:58

EUROPE ENERGY AND INFLATION CRISIS EXPLAINED

Oct 03 07:31

“Don’t Buy Into Occupation” Coaltion: Billions in European Financial Support to Companies in Illegal Israeli Settlements. Report

672 European financial institutions have financial relationships with 50 businesses that are actively involved with illegal Israeli settlements. These financial institutions provided US$ 114 billion in the form of loans and underwritings and held investments to the amount of US$ 141 billion in shares and bonds of these companies. This is the key finding of a new research report published today by a cross-regional coalition of Palestinian and European NGOs, which looked at financial flows between January 2018 and May 2021.
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Oct 01 13:53

Lithuania boosts number of border troops & orders them to build barbed-wire fence as migrant crisis worsens on Belarusian frontier

Lithuania has deployed extra troops to its state frontier with Belarus, the country’s Ministry of National Defence revealed on Thursday, noting that there are now 1,200 servicemen on the border trying to prevent illegal migration.

Arvydas Anušauskas also noted that the troops had been tasked with building a concertina barbed wire fence to stop asylum seekers illegally crossing the border.

On 21 September, Lithuania revealed that 2,800 migrants from across the Belarusian border had applied for asylum in the country since the start of August – significantly more than in the entire year of 2020. There have also been reports of deaths at the frontier.

Oct 01 10:31

BepiColombo: Europe's Mercury space mission in final stretch

Europe's first mission to Mercury arrives at its destination in the coming hours.

It'll be the briefest of visits, however.

The BepiColombo probe is moving too fast to go into orbit and will fly straight by the planet.

But the diminutive world's gravity will have slowed the craft just a little, and further passes in the coming years will eventually see Bepi take up a stable station around Mercury.

That'll be late 2025; patience is required.

Oct 01 05:27

Life under the EU’s first strictly-enforced Covid Pass regime covering all society: Lithuania.

Without a Pass, you’re banned: shopping, work, eating out...

This is the future facing countries that impose a Covid Pass: EU, US, UK,Australia,Canada...

Is this the world you want?

Oct 01 04:58

Western fears over Balkan states could spell the end of the EU’s dream of an ever-expanding empire

The accession of six Eastern European states would change the complexion of the European Union and likely spark an exodus from east to west. It’s no wonder, then, that some Western countries have got cold feet about the idea.

A number of Western European countries have aired their concerns about the European Union’s ambitions to invite six Balkan states to join the bloc.

Indeed, there seems to be a fissure developing between Brussels and a number of EU member states regarding the Balkans.

Whereas Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, hopes to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia before the end of the year, some European governments are more reticent.

Oct 01 04:57

US military equipment shipments to Moldova complicate Transnistrian settlement — diplomat

Shipments of US military equipment to Moldova additionally complicate the settlement of the Transnistria conflict, Russian Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Alexey Zaytsev said Thursday.

"We believe that such steps that fit in the general line of Washington and Brussels of pulling Moldova in Euro-Atlantic structures are unlikely to improve the trust between the two shores of Dniester, and will additionally complicate the already stalling settlement process," he said.

The diplomat noted that the shipped equipment was worth $5 million total, and several more shipments are planned before the end of this year. He explained that the equipment includes small arms, communication devices, light artillery systems and armored cars.

"The stated goal is the improvement of Moldovan Armed Forces’ potential and their operational compatibility for participation in international peacekeeping operations," Zaytsev said.

Oct 01 04:48

Tucker is joined by Polish president for 'bombshell' exclusive interview

Sep 30 10:13

Slovenia suspends Johnson & Johnson vaccine after young woman’s death

Slovenia will stop administering Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine while it investigates the death of a 20-year-old woman which could have been related to the jab, the country’s health minister has said.

A young woman who was inoculated with the J&J jab two weeks ago died on Tuesday after developing “blood clots and bleeding in the brain at the same time,” according to medics.

The tragic news prompted the Slovenian authorities to temporarily suspend the use of the Janssen vaccine, Health Minister Janez Poklukar announced during a press conference on Wednesday.

The J&J shots will remain frozen until the probe into the possible link between the woman’s death and the jab is completed, he added.

Some 120,000 people in Slovenia have already been injected with the vaccine, and this is the second case of adverse effects following inoculation, Poklukar said. He insisted, however, that “the benefits of vaccination outweigh the potential complications from it.”

Sep 30 07:27

Backlash as Students Reportedly Told Wearing Second-Hand Clothes Can Be ‘Example Of White Privilege’ in Mandatory Diversity Test

British university students are being mandated to take a diversity course and test which forces them to agree with several notions concerning race, including that wearing second-hand clothes can be “an example of white privilege.” -- Students at the University of Kent will receive a gold star should they correctly answer 13 questions concerning race and white privilege. If they answer incorrectly, they are redirected to take the course again, The Telegraph reports.

Sep 29 08:02

Standoff over Kosovo 'going from bad to worse,' Russia warns, calling on NATO to step up & prevent military conflict with Serbia

As tense relations between Serbia and the breakaway region of Kosovo worsen, Moscow has said the West is failing to step up to the mark in order to prevent all-out conflict breaking out and avoid a return to bloody fighting.

In an official statement issued on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that growing tensions between the two sides are going "from bad to worse." The top official also emphasized that NATO has taken it on itself to keep peace in the disputed region and cautioned that failure to cool the situation could lead to a dangerous escalation.

"NATO's Forces for Kosovo and the EU's Rule of Law Mission have their mandates to prevent lawlessness, and therefore they bear full responsibility for protecting civilians, ensuring peace and security," Zakharova said.

Sep 29 07:17

Hungary summons Ukrainian ambassador & blasts Kiev for 'interfering’ in its internal affairs as row over Russian gas deal heats up

The Hungarian Foreign Ministry has summoned Ukraine's ambassador over Kiev's reaction to Budapest's new deal with Russia's Gazprom energy giant, Hungary's top diplomat revealed in a statement published on Facebook on Tuesday.

Peter Szijjarto wrote that "The Ukrainian government's actions aimed against the deal, through the European Commission, are extremely outrageous," adding "Ukraine has nothing to do with those we make deals with." He stated that Budapest viewed such steps by Kiev as "a violation of [Hungary's] sovereignty and national security interests."

Budapest has accused Ukraine of meddling in its sovereign political decisions after Kiev decried the arrangement as a decision made only to serve the interests of Moscow.

It will see around half of the country’s annual gas supply transported via the Balkans and Austria. Effective from Friday, the new arrangement will cost Kiev millions in transit fees.

Sep 29 06:39

Estonian defense forces rehearse tackling hybrid threats in Sweden

Estonian defense personnel and civilian experts rehearsed tackling hybrid threats at Joint Protector, a command post exercise of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), last week.

Participants in the exercise held in Sweden included over 600 defense personnel and civilian experts from the Baltic and Nordic states, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, according to the headquarters of the Estonian defense forces.

According to the scenario of the exercise, participants had to fend off hybrid attacks against the energy infrastructure and information space as well as attacks containing economic elements. They also needed to resolve situations regarding illegal immigration and conventional military threats.

Sep 28 14:28

ECONOMIC TERRORISM: Italy tells companies to stop paying “unvaccinated” workers

To help “save lives,” the government of Italy has issued a decree ordering all employers both in the public and private sectors to stop paying workers who refuse to take Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines.” -- In order to keep their jobs, Italians are now being told that they must get a vaccination “green pass” proving that they took the “Operation Warp Speed” injections in obedience to the government and the Vatican.

Sep 28 08:14

NATO patrols Kosovo-Serbia border as tensions soar

NATO forces in Kosovo have increased their patrols on the northern border near Serbia.

It comes after Serbia deployed armored vehicles by a border crossing and ethnic Serbs in Kosovo protested a decision by Kosovo's government concerning license plates.

What is the row about license plates about?

Serbia does not recognize Kosovo nor its license plates and has required drivers from Kosovo to remove them and purchase temporary ones while driving through Serbia.

Likewise, Kosovo opted to impose a similar measure, demanding that Serbian drivers in Kosovo pay €5 ($5.85) for a temporary license plate good in Kosovo for two months.

Ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo reacted with fury last week, blocking roads and the two border crossings to Serbia while Serbia deployed armored vehicles and military aircraft flew over the border. The result has been the worst regional tensions in a decade.

Sep 28 07:39

Scandinavian Governments Announce “Covid Is Over,” Israel Announces the Vaccine Doesn’t Protect

I have had confirmation of my report last Saturday that Norway has terminated all Covid restrictions ( https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/09/25/norway-has-the-opposite-co... ). I am uncertain whether it is an immediate termination or the beginning of a phase out. Norway’s equivalent to the CDC has downgraded Covid-19 to a strong flu. There will be no Covid passport. In Sweden Covid restrictions are scheduled to end this Wednesday September 29. The Danish government decided two weeks ago to end Covid restrictions. The President of Croatia has also declared: “We will not be vaccinated anymore.” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXTGgup_Yto ) Have you heard any of this on CNN, NPR, MSNBC or read it in The NY Times?

How do we explain Scandinavia and Croatia going the opposite direction to the EU?

Sep 28 06:50

Patrick J. Buchanan: The Eclipse of Europe

For centuries up to and including the 20th, Europe seemed the central pivot of world history.

Then came the Great Civil War of the West, our Thirty Years' War (1914–1945), where all of the great European powers—Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia—along with almost all of the rest, fought some of history's greatest battles.

Result: Europe's greatest nations were all bloodied. All of Europe's empires fell. The colonial peoples were all largely liberated and began the great migration to the mother countries. And Europe was split between a U.S.-led West and a Moscow-dominated Soviet bloc.

Yet, even during that four-decade Cold War, Europe was viewed as the prize in the struggle.

By the time that Cold War ended in triumph for the Free World, a European Union modeled on the American Union was rising, and almost all of Europe's newly freed nations began to join the NATO alliance.

Sep 28 06:04

Dutch PM receives extra security on high alert over fears of Moroccan Mafia kidnapping plot – media

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has reportedly received extra security after the appearance of “spotters” in his vicinity sparked fears of a potential Moroccan Mafia kidnapping plot.

Citing “well-informed sources” on Monday, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that suspicious “spotters” who are believed to be affiliated with the Moroccan Mafia, also known as the Mocro Mafia, were observed near Rutte and that he has subsequently been receiving extra security on high alert.

De Telegraaf also reported that such spotters are commonly deployed by the mafia before an attack is set to take place, which could include kidnapping or even assassination. Spotters were deployed before the 2019 murder of lawyer Derk Wiersum, who was shot to death while working for a client who was a witness against the Moroccan Mafia, and the July 2021 murder of crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, according to the newspaper.

Sep 28 05:47

Hungary Accuses Ukraine of Meddling Amid Budapest's 15-Year Contract for Gas Supplies With Russia

Earlier in the day, the Russian gas giant Gazprom and the Hungarian government signed a contract for gas supplies until the end of 2036.
Hungary has accused Ukraine of meddling in its internal affairs after Kiev criticised it over the signing of a new 15-year natural gas supply deal with Russia's Gazprom.

"(European) gas consumption will not decline, and Gazprom's role will not decline either...For Hungary, energy safety is a matter of security, sovereignty and economy rather than a political matter...You cannot heat homes with political statements."
Peter Szijjarto
Hungarian Foreign Minister

Sep 27 09:19

IN ITALIË

Sep 27 08:26

President of Croatia exposes media for LYING and spreading panic about covid, says NO MORE vaccination allowed in his country

President Zoran Milanovi? of Croatia is done with the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccine” scam.

In a scathing indictment of the medical establishment, Milanovi? announced that Croatians have been “vaccinated enough” and that “we will not be vaccinated anymore in Croatia.”

“The media spread panic and nonsense,” Milanovi? boldly proclaimed. “I start every day with CNN and those few channels and I wonder if I am normal or are they crazy. They spread panic. They do it from the beginning.”

Sep 27 08:06

Norway Has the Opposite Covid Policy to the US, UK, and EU

Earlier today I reported on freedom’s departure from the Western world, but Norway has made an independent and different decision. Norway’s Prime Minister said “the time has come to return to a normal daily life.” The Assistant Director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said, “We are now in a new phase where we must look at the coronavirus as one of several respiratory diseases with seasonal variation.” In other words, it is just another flu. As of today September 25, Norway ends all Covid-19 restrictions.

Sweden announced that its restrictions on public venues such as restaurants, theaters, and stadiums will be removed on September 29.

What explains a Scandinavian policy so different from the US and Europe?

Norway has 67% of its population vaccinated and regards this as sufficient protection. Why is the vaccine providing protection in Norway when it does not in the US, necessitating, according to public health authorities, booster shots?

Sep 27 07:50

Italy Orders Companies Not to Pay Unvaccinated Workers

The Italian government has passed a decree applying to both the private and public sector ordering companies to withhold pay from workers who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

The decree mandates that all employees get the vaccine ‘green pass’, which led to questions about what would happen to the millions of Italians who remain unvaccinated.

The government is attempting to avoid potential legal action by directing companies not to fire the unvaccinated, but simply to not pay them while telling employees not to show up to work under threat of being fined if they do so.

“Instead, they should be considered to be on an unjustified absence and have their wages or salaries withheld,” writes Ken Macon.

Sep 27 07:49

Dutch protest against COVID-19 vaccine pass to enter bars, restaurants

Hundreds of protesters marched against the introduction of a "corona pass" in the Netherlands on Saturday, as proof of COVID-19 vaccination became compulsory to get into bars, restaurants, theatres and other venues.

Sep 27 06:27

Austria Denies Social Programs to Non-Vaccinated. “Loose All Benefits”. The Gates Agenda

Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, who was inaugurated as the Federal President of the Republic of Austria on January 26, 2017, has taken another undemocratic, authoritarian position that anyone unemployed because of the state’s lockdowns who refuses the vaccine will lose ALL benefits. This is absolute tyranny and a disgrace to any country that pretends to be free. It has been reported:

“Unusual measure: Austria’s Minister of Labor Martin Kocher (ÖVP) has decided to block unemployment benefits for job seekers if they do not apply for a reasonable position because a vaccination is required there or simply not accepting an offered position.”

Something is seriously wrong. The vaccination was supposed to protect you, but now the unvaccinated threaten the vaccinated. Does that then prove that the vaccinations do not work? If the death rate is less than 1%, then why are governments forcing such vaccines?

Sep 27 05:59

The mess Merkel leaves behind could eventually lead to the collapse of the EU. Now that would be a legacy to be proud of

What legacy does Merkel leave behind for the European Union? It’s one of resentment, border fences, anti-EU parties on the rise, a cultural divide between east and west, and who knows how many would-be jihadists on our streets.

One thing is for certain, Germany will have a new chancellor next week. This is important, not only for Germany, but also for Europe, and, indeed, the world.

The German chancellor is not only the highest ranking politician in Germany – the president is largely ceremonial – it also comes with the title of being the most powerful politician in the European Union.

Indeed, when it comes to European politics, what the German chancellor wants, they almost always get. It has ever been so.

This means that the German chancellor has the ability to frame European policy, and what they decide or do has a knock-on effect for everybody else.

Sep 27 05:55

Defiant Clinton tells Twitter to call her ‘Madam Chancellor,’ as fans fantasize of her being POTUS & critics call her ‘Palpatine’

After a not-so-hearty reception from a crowd outside Queen’s University in Belfast as it honored her with the title of its first-ever female chancellor, ex-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton flaunted caped pics on Twitter.

Clinton became the chancellor of Queen’s University on Friday to the cries of “war criminal” from a small crowd of hecklers outside, but reactions to her visit and social media mockery of the images of her wardrobe have done little to deter her from celebrating the newly acquired title.

“Just call me Madam Chancellor,” Clinton tweeted on Saturday, attaching images of her in a large gown at Friday’s ceremony, while a child carried her cape behind her.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, is Hillary now living in Ireland? And if so, has she separated from Bill?

Sep 27 05:32

Serbia’s president blasts world’s ‘thunderous silence’ over ‘occupation’ of northern Kosovo as tensions in breakaway region soar

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says foreign partners are turning a blind eye to a security crackdown in Serb-majority areas of Kosovo, where the breakaway region’s forces have brought essential cross-border traffic to a halt.

“The complete occupation of northern Kosovo and Metohija with armored vehicles by Pristina has been going on for the past seven days, and everyone in the international community stays thunderously silent,” Vucic said on Sunday, referring to the region by its Serbian name.

The statement refers to the ongoing crisis in northern Kosovo, involving several crossings into inner Serbia, which have been effectively blocked by the partially recognized authorities of Kosovo after the government in Pristina banned cars with Serbian license plates from entering the region.

Sep 27 05:27

Headed to Georgia, Turkey: NATO ships return to Black Sea

Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey are full NATO members, Georgia and Ukraine are NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partners. The only littoral state not a NATO member or advanced partner is Russia. Non-recognized Abkhazia also is on the Black Sea. It would be an immediate target in NATO’s plans for the “liberation of occupied territories.” Moldova is also near the Black Sea, so a coordinated assault in the region would include Abkhazia, Crimea, Donetsk, South Ossetia and Transdniester.

Sep 26 07:19

Norway reclassifies Covid-19: No more dangerous than ordinary flu

Covid-19 is treated in the mass media as a very dangerous disease in the face of which mass vaccination and severe restrictions for the whole society are applauded despite few deaths beyond the risk groups. But in Norway, it has now been decided to treat it like other respiratory diseases, such as influenza or the cold virus, because according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health it is no longer more dangerous than these.

Sep 26 07:18

Norway Has the Opposite Covid Policy to the US, UK, and EU

Earlier today I reported on freedom’s departure from the Western world, but Norway has made an independent and different decision. Norway’s Prime Minister said “the time has come to return to a normal daily life.” The Assistant Director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said, “We are now in a new phase where we must look at the coronavirus as one of several respiratory diseases with seasonal variation.” In other words, it is just another flu. As of today September 25, Norway ends all Covid-19 restrictions.

Sweden announced that its restrictions on public venues such as restaurants, theaters, and stadiums will be removed on September 29.

What explains a Scandinavian policy so different from the US and Europe?

Norway has 67% of its population vaccinated and regards this as sufficient protection. Why is the vaccine providing protection in Norway when it does not in the US, necessitating, according to public health authorities, booster shots?

Sep 26 06:34

Inquiry Launched Into Secret Talks Between Pfizer And EU Commission Chief For Sale Of Vaccines

Earlier this year GreatGameIndia reported how the pharma giant Pfizer has been holding sovereign governments to ransom making bizarre demands asking for bank reserves, embassy buildings and military bases as collateral in return for COVID-19 vaccines.

Pfizer even wanted India to order its COVID-19 vaccines without any local trials.

Moreover, governments have signed secret agreements with coronavirus vaccine manufacturers as per which the pharma companies cannot be held legally in case of an adverse reaction to the vaccine or in worst case if a patient dies from the vaccine.

In contrast, the US government paid over $57 million in compensation for vaccine injuries and deaths till March 2020 alone.

Sep 26 06:32

Dutch junior minister SACKED after criticizing ‘illogical’ vaccine passports

Junior Economic Affairs Minister Mona Keijzer has been fired by Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Her crime? Suggesting that the country’s vaccine passport scheme is “illogical” and the Netherlands should “go back to the old normal.”

As of Sunday, people hoping to visit bars, cafés, restaurants, and other venues will have to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or the results of a recent negative test. The pass system was introduced despite recent mass protests in Amsterdam, and demonstrations against the now-compulsory vaccine passports took place again on Sunday.

Sep 26 06:29

Lavrov says EU foreign policy head told him to STAY OUT of ‘our’ Africa, as he denies Moscow’s role in mercenaries invited to Mali

With the terrorist-fighting government of Mali in talks with a private Russian military firm, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov to bluntly stay out of Africa, allegedly calling it “our place.”

The modern EU bureaucracy may seem light years away from the rapacious colonial powers of olden Europe, but geopolitics seemingly still reigns in Brussels, with the fight this time over influence in the troubled West African nation of Mali. With Mali’s military-ruled government struggling to quell a wave of jihadism, and France on the cusp of withdrawing its forces from the region, the country is now reportedly looking to hire as many as 1,000 private mercenaries from the controversial Russian Wagner Group to bolster its own forces.

Sep 25 05:38

WATCH: Swiss police use rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to disperse Bern protest against Covid passports

Police in Switzerland’s de facto capital of Bern fortified the parliament building and used water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets to forcibly disperse a crowd protesting against government-mandated Covid-19 passports.

Thursday’s rally against the coronavirus measures was officially canceled by organizers and banned by the authorities, but a large number of people still turned up and marched through the city, chanting “freedom” and booing the police.

Sep 25 05:38

‘Back to normal everyday life’: Norwegian PM announces end of Covid restrictions

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg, stated that the country will reopen the country on Saturday, ending Covid restrictions on businesses and social interactions.

The decision to remove the strict Covid measures comes 561 days after they were first introduced to reduce the spread of the virus, with Norwegian health authorities also giving the green light for other restrictions, such as those on sports venues and travel to end in the coming weeks.

“Now we are going back to a normal everyday life,” Solberg stated, as she announced that, from 4pm (3pm GMT) on Saturday, the country will “remove most of the infection control measures,” giving “a big thank you” to citizens for complying.

Celebrating the removal of restrictions, Solberg hugged Health Minister Bent Hoie at the press conference, which the two said was acceptable as they are both fully vaccinated.

Sep 24 09:02

Can Biden's short-lived honeymoon with Europe be salvaged?

When President Biden stood before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday urging global coordination in battling crises like climate change and COVID while touting U.S. efforts to restore an “era of relentless diplomacy,” the words rang hollow in Europe, particularly in France.

The government of French President Emmanuel Macron has been lambasting the Biden administration over its undiplomatic behavior ever since last week’s announcement that the U.S., U.K. and Australia had formed a new Indo-Pacific security pact called AUKUS, in which Australia will buy $66 billion of U.S.-made nuclear submarines. That alliance, which Macron learned about only hours before being made public, effectively torpedoed a $37 billion Australian order with France for a submarine fleet.

Sep 24 03:24

IEA Demands Russia Deliver More Gas To A Reeling Europe

Over the weekend, Morgan Stanley's global energy head Martijn Rats shared comprehensive yet streamlined analysis of what happened in 2021 that has sent many commodity prices, including Europe's nat gas and electricity prices, surging to never before seen levels.

For those who missed it, Rats explained that A common set of factors has tied all these commodity rallies together. As often happens, the story starts in China.

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Demands?!? It's Russia's gas. They get to do with it whatever they want!

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