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Aug 20 12:08

Iran Defends Eurasia Integration By Unveiling New Fighter Jet

Iran served as a critical bridge in the ancient Silk Road, connecting the East and the West. It also has enormous potential to play a significant role in the new Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

With the threat of hot war almost a monthly occurrence, the Trump administration has unleashed economic warfare on Iran, as it has become clear: Iran is a significant piece of the BRI.

The assault of sanctions, launched after Washington’s unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, “should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies in China’s New Silk Road–arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century—and overall Eurasia integration,” said Pepe Escobar, a Brazilian journalist with focus on Central Asia and the Middle East.

The Trump administration’s economic warfare on Iran is evidence of how China’s New Silk Road, or BRI, threatens the American global hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I type this, I am taking a peak at my calendar; it is 20 August, 2018.

The world (according to President Donald Trump), has only 75 days before his international and unilateral imposition of a ban against the buying of Iranian oil, which is Sunday, 4 November. Tuesday, 6 November, are the mid-term elections in the US.

Some countries, like China and Turkey, have already scoffed publicly at his threats of punitive sanctions, and other "or else!" language to which he turns his tongue, and are working their way around those threats.

I am seeing a major uptick in US articles demonizing Iran, claiming, for example, that it has "sleeper cells" in the US to wage the kind of mayhem which would make the horrors of 9/11 seem minor, in comparison.

Of course, when you trace those stories back to their origins, they generally have been concocted by none other than "Memri", a division of Mossad which is dedicated to mistranslations, or outright fantastical inventions, concerning what various Iranian leaders are allegedly supposed to have said.

I am deeply concerned about a potential US/Mossad "false flag" to be blamed upon Iran, as a justification for a major military action against it, right around that time, with a complete US Naval blockade of the Persian Gulf, preventing Iranian oil from getting shipped anywhere.Choke Points: Persian Gulf and East Asia, 2017

I understand that a quarter of the oil the world uses is shipped from this area.

I hope President Trump is cogent enough to realize that a war against Iran will most probably lead to wars with Russia and China as well, with them on Iran's side, and the US, NATO, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on the other.

This will be attempted to regime change Tehran (Israel and Saudi Arabia's alleged "existential threat"); to make sure Iran's oil is only sold for US dollars, and to insure that Belt and Road Initiative, so critical to Eurasian integration, and in which China has become so heavily invested, cannot take place.

I would like to quietly and politely suggest to President Trump, that the needs and desires of the governments of Saudi Arabia and Israel, are at times, not at all in sync of those of We the People; the potential costs, in blood and money, completely outweigh the alleged "benefits" of such a war.

Aug 20 09:57

Putin to Europe: Help Rebuild Syria so all “Refugees” Can Go Home

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute financially to the estimated $250 billion needed to rebuild Syria so that the millions of “refugees” elsewhere can go home—because they are “huge burden for Europe.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin has a good idea. It will cost Europe a lot less to rebuild Syria than to care for those Syrian refugees over the long term.

Aug 20 09:28

Putin turns screw on EU and demands Brussels PAYS UP to rebuild Syria

RUSSIA President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute to the rebuilding of Syria to allow the millions of people forced out of the country by the civil war to return to their homes.

The Russian leader said “everything must be done” to help displaced Syrians come home after more than seven years of brutal conflict.

“We must reinforce the humanitarian dimension of the Syrian conflict, and by that I mean boost humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population, and help the regions where refugees living abroad can return to,” Mr Putin said during a weekend meeting with Angela Merkel at the German government’s Meseburg castle outside Berlin.

Aug 20 08:15

Kosovo at Delicate Crossroads Between East and West

The people of Kosovo were and still are cheering for joy. The European Commission (EC) recently decided that Kosovars won’t need visas any more to visit EU countries. Up to now, getting such visas was a horrendously complicated and bureaucratic procedure, especially hurtful, since Kosovo, with a population of about 1.8 million Kosovars living in Kosovo, has a diaspora estimated at 800,000 to a million, most of them in western Europe. For Kosovars, with close-knit families, 90+ percent Albanian Muslims, being able to visit their relatives and friends is a priority. So, this sudden EU opening up, was a great “gift” and a tremendous relief. – But, at what price? What happened? Why did it happen this turnabout by the treacherous EU?

Let’s go back to a bit of history.

Aug 19 20:29

'The country hasn't changed its mind': Downing Street communications chief dismisses calls for second EU referendum as he points to poll showing more Remain voters have now changed to Leave

Theresa May's spin doctor has hit out at calls for a second referendum on Twitter saying 'the country hasn't changed its mind'.

Robbie Gibb, the Director of Communications for Number 10, quoted a poll commissioned by the Sun on Sunday in the Twitter outburst on Sunday morning.

'1.9 million Leave voters say they would now vote to Remain. But 2.4 million Remain voters would now vote to Leave. The country hasn't changed its mind. (Deltapoll, Sun on Sunday) #RoadtoBrexit,' Mr Gibb tweeted.

According to the poll, carried out by survey company Deltapoll, 62 per cent of those questioned said they would vote the same way as they did in the 2016 EU referendum.

While only 15 per cent of people said they wanted a final vote on whether Britain leaves the EU.

Aug 19 17:46

Genoa bridge collapse: Italy will ‘IGNORE EU controls’ to rebuild crumbling infrastructure

THE POPULIST government in Italy is planning to ignore budget rules imposed by the European Union to rebuild the country’s ailing infrastructure following the Genoa bridge collapse, in what has been dubbed a ‘Marshall Plan’, according to reports.

Aug 19 17:41

Even Remainer says she is NOT happy with millionaires 'DRIVING DEMOCRACY' in Britain

Ms Alibhai-Brown told Sky News: “I’m not at all happy about these millionaires driving our democracy.

“Although I’m on his side, our democracy has been totally corrupted by the influence of various millionaires who choose which way the country should be going.

“So, yes, I’m sure some people would be very happy to receive the money because I am on the side where I think we should have a three question decision made by the population on what kind of deal they want, or no deal at all, or stay in the EU. You know that.

“But I really don’t think it’s a good idea for millionaires to start throwing their money around.”

Aug 19 09:42

Populist Swedish Leader Doubles Down on Wanting Out of European Union

Populist Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson has reinforced his stance on wanting to see Sweden leave the European Union, saying that no supranational body should have authority over the Swedish parliament.
Only weeks away from the Swedish national election in September, the Sweden Democrats leader slammed the European Union, saying: “for me, the EU is not the way for cooperation in Europe,” Sveriges Radio reports.

“The EU is a supranational political union where other countries’ politicians, for which we cannot vote… have greater influence over Swedish legislation than I have in Sweden’s parliament,” Akesson said, adding: “I find it very difficult to accept that situation.”

Aug 18 13:25

Fate Of Key Gas Pipeline In The Balance As Putin, Merkel Begin Meeting

“Russian influence will flow through that pipeline right into Europe, and that is what we are going to prevent,” an unnamed U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal just as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel meet outside of Berlin on Saturday centered on the two countries moving forward with the controversial Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, but also involving issues from the Iran nuclear deal to ending the war in Syria.

Intense pressure from Washington is overshadowing the project, construction of which is already in advanced stages, as the WSJ cites current and former US officials who say sanctions are under discussion and could be mobilized in a mere matter of weeks.

These potential sanctions, ostensibly being discussed in response to US intelligence claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election, could target companies and financial firms involved in the massive pipeline's construction.

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Aug 18 08:48

Huge crowds BOO and yell 'clown' at officials during state funeral for 18 of 38 Genoa bridge victims after discovery of year-old report warning it could collapse - but they cheer Italy's new populist rulers

The funerals are being held as the battle of who to blame for the incident continues after Italian media revealed that an engineering study commissioned by Italian highway operator Autostrade last year warned about the state of the concrete-encased cable stays that held up the bridge.

The newspaper reports said the university study had found that the stays of the section of the bridge that later collapsed reacted to vibration 'in a way that does not entirely conform with expectations and requires further investigation.'

The study said the anomaly in the stays' reaction may have been linked to corrosion of metal in some cables.

Aug 17 10:46

NATO Repeats The Great Mistake Of The Warsaw Pact

Through the 1990s, during the terms of US President Bill Clinton, NATO relentlessly and inexorably expanded through Central Europe. Today, the expansion of that alliance eastward – encircling Russia with fiercely Russo-phobic regimes in one tiny country after another and in Ukraine, which is not tiny at all – continues.

Aug 17 10:19

Far-Left Anarchist Extremists Take Credit For Bombing Italian Populist Party Office

Italian far left extremists have taken credit for the bombing of an office of the populist Lega party, with police finding and disarming a second explosive device.

The office, located in the city of Treviso near Venice, was targetted by a rudimentary explosive device on Sunday which did some damage to the door at the entrance of the building but failed to harm anyone, Corriere Della Sera reports.

A second bomb was found at the scene by authorities following the first explosion. The second device is believed to have been intended as the main explosion, the first being used to attract authorities and others into the area to be harmed by a second blast containing nails and other metal fragments.

In reaction to the bombing, Lega leader and current Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini commented, “They try to stop us, but violent delinquents do not scare us. Let’s go forward, stronger than before.”

Aug 17 10:18

Soros Foundations to Withdraw From Hungary By End of August

The foundation run by US billionaire George Soros said Thursday that the last of its operations in Hungary would cease by August 31, with its activities being transferred to Berlin.

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) announced in May that it was leaving Hungary, citing what it called the “repressive” policies of nationalist firebrand Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

“There are still some colleagues working here in the office, but we will have closed for good by 31 August,” the OSF spokesman in Budapest Daniel Makonnen told AFP.

Aug 17 10:11

Austrian Populist Interior Minister: Criminalise Sharia Law Advocacy

Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) Interior Minister Herbert Kickl has floated the idea of charging radical Islamic adherents if they advocate for Sharia law over the constitutional law of Austria.
The populist Interior Minister laid out the proposal as part of a programme to fight against the spread of radical Islamic extremism in Austria, Kronen Zeitung reports.

“Those who want to pass the Sharia law over the Austrian laws and want to bring upon us a theocracy in place of our democracy belong in court!” Kickl, who has been long known for his fierce firebrand rhetoric, said.

The move also follows campaign promises made by FPÖ leader and current Vice-Chancellor Heinz Christian Strache who vowed to ban Islamism in January of last year arguing it was, “antagonistic to women, antiliberal and corresponds to a fascist worldview.”

Aug 17 07:58

Italy earthquake video: Fears for Mount Vesuvius VOLCANIC ERUPTION after Naples SHAKEN

ITALY has been struck by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake in the central region of Molise, a popular holiday hotspot on the eastern Italian coast, sparking fears from residents over a volcano in the southern city of Naples where the shock was also felt.

Aug 17 02:39

'Surprise Guest' Putin Ruffles Feathers With Plan to Attend Euroskeptic Austrian FM Wedding

From security arrangements to choice of present to geopolitical implications, Western media is fascinated (and alarmed) by Vladimir Putin's decision to drop in on the wedding of Karin Kneissl – and some have demanded she resign. Above all else, it appears that in almost two decades as an international political figure, this is the first time the Russian president has publicized his intention to go to a wedding party, much less one abroad... Other Russian officials are also downplaying the significance of Putin's Saturday morning detour en-route to talks with Angela Merkel later the same day. The president's aide Yuri Ushakov said that Putin would "drop in to offer his congratulations," while Peskov presented the whole affair as a matter of common courtesy: Kneissl invited the Russian leader during his official visit in June, and Putin simply accepted. But for the German-language press, the announcement of the "surprise guest" has been a bombshell.

Aug 17 02:31

Europe Is Undergoing a Conservative Christian Revival

We came across Turley recently and find him interesting because his basic argument is that there is a worldwide turn to conservative values, traditionalism, and nationalism, in the US, Eastern Europe, the EU, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, South America, in fact, all continents, and that this change is being driven by the loosening of the liberal, globalist grip on information flow due to technology. Turley is a theology, Greek, and rhetoric teacher in the booming classical education movement, which is predominantly conservative. He is a former Protestant from Connecticut who converted to Orthodoxy. He speaks about the Russian Orthodox Christian revival in this video. Turley hosts a rapidly growing YouTube broadcast where he discusses these trends and political events generally from a conservative viewpoint. In this video he discusses a groundbreaking March article in the Federalist by John D. Martin: Reports Of Christianity’s Death In Europe Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.

Aug 16 14:31

US to Send More Marines to Norway, Angering Russia

In a move Russian officials immediately labeled as “unfriendly,” the Norwegian Defense Ministry has announced that the US will be more than doubling the number of Marines stationed inside Norway, bringing yet more combat troops to Russia’s northern border.

Officially, the US says the troops are there only for “training purposes.” Initially this was presented as a chance for the Marines to learn how to ski, in the event they are at some point doing alpine conflict. Norway’s officials similarly say this is not intended to target Russia.

Yet the US has, for years, been adding more and more troops to countries all along Russia’s frontier, and these deployments to Norway are expected to last at least five years, a long time to learn how to ski if they don’t figure that might include skiing into Russia for a war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Uh.... to teach US marines skiing?!?

This doesn't pass the "smell test"; sorry, Pentagon.

Aug 16 12:23

PEPE ESCOBAR: ECONOMIC WAR ON IRAN IS WAR ON EURASIAN INTEGRATION

Hysteria reigned supreme after the first round of US sanctions were reinstated against Iran over the past week. War scenarios abound, and yet the key aspect of the economic war unleashed by the Trump administration has been overlooked: Iran is a major piece in a much larger chessboard.

The US sanctions offensive, launched after Washington’s unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies China’s New Silk Road – arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century — and overall Eurasia integration.

The Trump administration’s maneuvers are a testament to how China’s New Silk Road, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), threaten the US establishment.

Aug 16 10:40

"I'm Not A Racist, But I'm A Nationalist": Why Sweden Faces A Historic Election Upset

“Trains and hospitals don’t work, but immigration continues,” Roger Mathson, a retired vegetable oil factory worker in Sweden, told Bloomberg on the same day as the violent, coordinated rampage by masked gangs of youths across five Swedish cities.

We noted earlier that Swedish politicians were quick to react with anti-immigrant party 'Sweden Democrats' seeing a surge in the polls ahead of the September 9th election.

“I’m not a racist, but I’m a nationalist,” Mathson said. “I don’t like seeing the town square full of Niqab-clad ladies and people fighting with each other.”

Is Sweden set to have its own political earthquake in September, where general elections could end a century of Social Democratic dominance and bring to power a little known (on the world stage), but the now hugely popular nationalist party often dubbed far-right and right-wing populist, called Sweden Democrats?

Aug 16 10:12

Sweden Is Burning: Migrant Gangs Unleash Coordinated Fire-Bomb Rampage Across Multiple Cities

Many Swedes were horrified in early 2017 when U.S. President Donald Trump linked immigration to rising crime in Sweden, but an increasing number now agree with him.

Amid soaring crime rates, gang violence, complaints about education, and pregnant mothers even being turned away from maternity wards due to a lack of capacity, resentment in Sweden has built over the influx of more than 600,000 immigrants over the past five years.

And tonight is one of the worst night for violence in recent history as police report multiple gangs of masked youths rampaging across three major Swedish cities, setting cars on fire in what seems like a coordinated action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The liberals are blaming nationalists ... which makes no sense at all.

Aug 16 08:55

Art of the Deal Russian-Style: Massive Win for Eurasian Integration as Moscow Resolves Status of Caspian Sea With Neighbors

The five states surrounding the sea – Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan – have reached difficult compromises on sovereign and exclusive rights as well as freedom of navigation

The long-awaited deal on the legal status of the Caspian Sea signed on Sunday in the Kazakh port of Aktau is a defining moment in the ongoing, massive drive towards Eurasia integration.

Aug 16 08:04

Feign outrage, act surprised, accuse Russia: How Sweden reacts every time after mass car firebombing

Like many others, the article believes that the torchings happen in high-crime areas with a significant proportion of immigrants is a coincidental irrelevance, even if it crops up again and again, and is inevitably the first comment below articles on the subject (albeit not in Swedish media, which doesn’t tend to allow comment sections).

Wait, wait, we’ve solved it, it’s the Russians
From the same NYT article.

“Residents cite disparate theories to explain the attacks, including blaming them on Russians trying to foment unrest before the election.”

Not only is it interesting that an article that has studiously avoided conclusions might suddenly get so specific, but some might find it hard to believe that among the “disparate theories” propounded by locals, sneaky Russian arsonists came out top. Still, as always, a reassuring use of anonymous and non-specific sources from that publication.

Aug 15 11:25

Italy Blocks New NGO Migrant Ship After Malta, Spain Refuse To Take

Italy on Monday denied entry to 141 migrants aboard an NGO transport ship, maintaining the country's hard-line stance against human trafficking into the country.

The migrants were picked up off the coast of Libya last week by The Aquarius, a rescue vessel run by Franco-German charity SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders (MSF). Also aboard Aquarius is Reuters journalist Antonio Denti, who reports that both Malta and Spain have denied docking as well, with Spain telling the NGO in a statement "At the moment, Spain is not the safest port because it is not the nearest one."

“It can go where it wants, not in Italy!” said Italy's new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini on Monday, suggesting that France, Germany, Britain or Malta as possible destinations.

“Stop human traffickers and their accomplices,” he added.

Aug 15 10:26

Afghan asylum seeker stabs 4 people in France, one in serious condition

The Afghan went searching for a knife in the house of his cousin, also an asylum seeker, and stabbed the two men in the head and neck.

Aug 15 10:22

'No way was this felled by lightning': Engineers say 'wobbly' Genoa bridge that collapsed during a storm was a deathtrap with a 'huge flaw that maintenance missed'

Witnesses said the bridge was hit by lightning seconds before it collapsed and was seen 'wobbling', but engineers rubbished the idea that a bolt from above had anything to do with the disaster.

'It couldn't have been lightning. I don't see how that would be possible as it's reinforced concrete and it's certainly never happened before,' Agathoklis Giaralis, deputy director of the University of London's Civil Engineering Structures Research Centre, told MailOnline.

He said the bridge, which was completed in 1967, must have been flawed in its construction, likely in the foundations, or suffered from extensive corrosion in its metallic parts.

Aug 15 10:18

Italy's deputy prime minister is blaming the EU for the deadly bridge collapse, even though nobody knows what caused it yet

Italy's deputy prime minister has blamed the deadly collapse of a highway bridge on the European Union, even though officials have yet to establish the cause of the disaster.

Matteo Salvini, the leader of the eurosceptic Lega Nord party, suggested on Tuesday that EU fiscal rules had prevented Italy from spending on infrastructure safety.

Though not explicit, his suggestion was that this could have contributed to the disaster in Genoa, northern Italy.

Aug 15 08:06

US to double number of Marines stationed in Norway, move ‘closer to Russia’

The US will more than double the number of Marines stationed in Norway, in line with plans first outlined in June, the Norwegian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. Moscow has described as “clearly unfriendly” the plans to increase the number of Marines in Norway to 700 from 330 and move some of them closer to the border with Russia. The government in Oslo insists the increased US presence is only for training purposes, Reuters said.

Aug 15 07:40

Paris introduces sidewalk urinals

Aug 15 07:12

Shocking photo shows Genoa bridge 'crumbling' and 'caving in' just a few weeks before it collapsed killing at least 39 people

A photograph taken of the bridge in Genoa, Italy, which collapsed yesterday, killing at least 39 people shows the dilapidated state of the overpass just weeks before the tragedy.

The photo, allegedly taken not long before yesterday's accident, appears to show cables hanging from the sides of the Morandi bridge.

Aug 15 01:39

Big EU companies not ready to oppose US sanctions on Iran

Big EU companies are not ready to oppose US sanctions on Iran despite the European Union’s decision to neutralize the extraterritorial effects of US sanctions, Russian Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told reporters on Wednesday... "I have information about at least a hundred such companies coming from EU member states," the Russian envoy said. "Their choice is easy to understand in a quantitative sense as their business in the US is larger than in Iran," he added. "This is why their interests concerning financing and production are more closely linked with the US market and - which is the most important thing - the global financial system based on the US dollar," Chizhov said. He pointed out that the EU’s moves could help small and middle-sized European companies not depending on the US market and the dollar.

Aug 14 15:21

Revealed: Experts warned two years ago that 50-year-old 'uneven' Genoa bridge should be demolished because no one would pay for its 'exorbitant' maintenance - as Transport Minister says those responsible for 35 deaths 'will have to pay'

The motorway bridge which collapsed in Genoa, Italy, killing at least 35 people had been the subject of a series of 'exorbitant' maintenance works and had been causing issues for decades, it has emerged.

Engineering experts had warned that it would have been more cost effective to knock the bridge down than to continue to repair the 'uneven' construction.

The Morandi Bridge, built in 1967, was a main thoroughfare connecting the A10 and A7 highways and had therefore been heavily trafficked for more than 50 years.

Tuesday morning was no different, and dozens of cars fell several hundred feet when a 260ft section of the concrete bridge collapsed shortly after 11.30am.

Aug 14 13:00

Bayer Stock Nosedives After Jury Finds Monsanto Guilty of Covering Up Cancer Risks

For those who’ve for years been fighting Monsanto, affectionately known as the world’s most evil corporation, a San Francisco jury’s decision last Friday to fine the company $289 million is earth-shattering news. Apparently financial markets and analysts agree.

Aug 14 11:51

The UN gives an unconditional green light for shifting “rescued” to Europe

The global establishment goes out of its way to increase the number of immigrants in Europe. If the governments of particular states such as Hungary, Poland or now Italy oppose these activities, they are internationally marginalized. And if an action goes counter to the plans of international organizations, they are trying to come up with new legal interpretations that will be binding on the parties concerned. All of which is only possible because the EU member countries have relinquished their sovereignty and transferred it to international institutions.

Aug 14 11:37

Italian debt; a financial disaster waiting to happen

The new Italian government will increase public spending and public debt. It promised to reduce taxes, introduce basic security and reform pensions. Italy’s Northern League’s leader Mateo Salvini surged in the polls and the party is now the strongest in Italy. A couple of years ago it was inconceivable that this regional group could become Italy’s leading political party. We should expect more to come. As the saying goes, it just could not happen till it happened. The financial establishments in North European countries like Germany and the Netherlands assume that the politicians of M5S and Lega Nord will follow the Greek script and will backtrack on their promises. But Mateo Salvini and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte know that if they do not live up to the expectation of the voters, they will be voted out of office.

Aug 14 11:36

The NGOs challenge the Italian government

Giuseppe Conte’s new government and his policy towards the influx of migrants have been defied by the German NGOs whose ships – the Sea Watch and the Sea-Eye – have purposefully ignored the rules that are to be binding in the Mediterranean: the body of water has been divided into areas for which respective – Italian, Maltese and Libyan – maritime authorities are responsible. Hence, NGOs have no business to operate there.

Yet NGOs are above law, and so they are on their mission irrespective of everything and anything. Two recent events with the Sea Watch and the Sea-Eye are case in point.

Aug 14 11:35

Masked hoodlums firebombed hundreds of vehicles in Swedish cities overnight

Masked attackers firebombed hundreds of cars in dozens of cities in Sweden overnight in what appeared to be a highly organized military-style operation

Aug 14 10:07

Swedish PM to Firebombers: 'What The Heck Are You Doing?'

Sweden's Prime Minster Stefan Lofven on Tuesday had an embarrassing response to migrant gangs' coordinated firebombing campaign carried out across multiple cities late Monday night.

Aug 14 09:50

Lithuania Builds NATO Polygon 60 Km From Russian Border

In the Lithuanian city of Kazlu Ruda, the construction of the first NATO-standardized air force training polygon in the Baltic region is nearing completion, the press service of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has announced.

The polygon will be located about 60 kilometers from the border with Russia and has the explicit mission of “contributing to the NATO policy of deterring Russia.” In it, military aircraft will be able to practice attacks against land targets. In addition, the structure will be used for the training of military pilots.

The construction of the polygon began in 2017 and its end is scheduled for the last quarter of this year. The project is being developed with the help of the US Air Force engineering unit, RED HORSE. Construction funding comes from the European Security Guarantees Initiative (ERI).

Aug 14 09:46

EU Steps Up Legal Action Against Poland Over Supreme Court Reform

Earlier this summer, the EU harshly criticized Warsaw, initiating a new case over Poland’s 2017 judicial reforms. The legislation lowered the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65, thus forcing 27 out of 72 judges to retire. According to Brussels, the changes will violate judicial independence in the country.

On Tuesday the European Union took the next step in the legal action against Poland, giving Warsaw one month to comply with the EU laws.

"The response of the Polish authorities does not alleviate the Commission's legal concerns," said the European Commission, which launched so-called infringement proceedings against Warsaw on July 2.

Aug 14 09:31

EU Banks Exposed To Turkey

Aug 14 09:17

3 MINUTE VIDEO – DUTCH POLITICIAN COMMITS SUICIDE AFTER BEING KIDNAPPED & GANG RAPED BY MUSLIM THUGS – HEY, HOW’S THAT IMMIGRATION MULTICULTURALISM WORKING OUT?

This video speaks for itself – Muslims think they’re doing Allah’s work. If Allah is God, then they are destroying his creation for their own pleasure and not for Allah’s.

Aug 14 08:00

Swedish PM ‘pissed off’ as masked youths set scores of cars on fire across country (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Youths have vandalized Swedish cities unhindered overnight, setting fire to dozens of cars in what are believed to be coordinated acts of arson. The attacks infuriated officials, with a minister demanding “the thugs” be punished.

Masked youths went on the rampage in various Swedish cities on Monday evening, setting ablaze around 80 vehicles, according to police. Cars in parking lots were seen burning in dramatic footage taken in Gothenburg, Trollhättan, Lysekil and Falkenberg, as well as in Stockholm and Uppsala, where an additional 13 vehicles were attacked, according to the Expressen tabloid.

Aug 13 18:01

Sweden Is Burning: Migrant Gangs Unleash Coordinated Fire-Bomb Rampage Across Multiple Cities

Many Swedes were horrified in early 2017 when U.S. President Donald Trump linked immigration to rising crime in Sweden, but an increasing number now agree with him.

Amid soaring crime rates, gang violence, complaints about education, and pregnant mothers even being turned away from maternity wards due to a lack of capacity, resentment in Sweden has built over the influx of more than 600,000 immigrants over the past five years.

And tonight is one of the worst night for violence in recent history as police report multiple gangs of masked youths rampaging across three major Swedish cities, setting cars on fire in what seems like a coordinated action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prayers for the Swedish people, dealing with this violence; but also, prayers - and votes - that Swedish legislators get the message, and never, ever again allow unvetted immigration, which is turning Sweden into a massive funeral pyre for the Swedish people.

Aug 13 16:29

Inferno in Sweden as youth gangs make coordinated arson attacks at three locations

On Monday evening police received multiple calls from concerned witnesses to the arson of at least 15 cars having been torched by youths in Frölunda square in Gothenburg and in Hjällbo, Expressen reports.

Young people have thrown stones against the police who came to ensure the scheme. They have been masked with hoodies and with cap over the face so you can not easily identify them.

Aug 13 13:38

Over 10,000 People Gather at Anti-Government Rally in Romania - Reports

Over 10,000 people on Sunday are taking part in a yet another anti-government protest in the centre of the Romanian capital, local media reported.

According to the Agerpres news agency, the protesters gathered at the Victory square in Bucharest carrying the national flags of Romania, the United States, NATO, the United Kingdom and Canada as they call for closer ties with the West.

Aug 13 11:04

COMING SOON TO THE USA=> A Month Before Election Sweden’s Leftist Govt. Obtains Right to Silence Critics on Facebook

Sweden’s government has been given a direct hotline to Facebook to remove “unreasonable things” and “problematic campaigns”, news outlet Samhällsnytt reports, and this is just in time to silence their opponents in the upcoming elections.

“The call has been made”. Infrastructure Minister Peter Eriksson MP has described the cooperation between Facebook and the government to delete unwanted content in a candid interview.

The politician commends the willing cooperation of the social media company. At the same time, more and more of the opposition are leaving social media.

Aug 13 11:02

More than 300 revellers are injured at an urban musical festival in Spain as pier collapses into the sea 'moments after rapper told the crowd to jump'

More than 300 have been injured after a pier collapsed into the sea during an urban music festival in Spain.

At least five are said to be in a serious condition having suffered broken arms or legs and head injuries after the wooden structure gave way during the 'O Marisquiño' event in Vigo on's northwest coast.

Local media said the pier collapsed moments after rapper Rels B had told revellers to jump at the beginning of his set.

There were scenes of panic as people tumbled into the sea and fell on top of each other in a domino-like effect.

Aug 13 09:40

The Greek Tragedy Is Far From Over

Aug 12 08:34

Is Merkel saving face? Controversial Germany-Spain deal on migrants comes into force

As a Berlin-Madrid deal to send back migrants coming though Spain comes into force, critics call it a "symbolic" gesture aimed to calm the political storm in Germany but that will not solve the migrant crisis.

Germany reached a deal on Wednesday for Spain to take back previously registered migrants who show up at the German border. The move is seen as the first step towards implementing a deal which Merkel earlier reached within the ruling coalition to defuse the political dispute in Germany over migration.

Aug 11 08:37

Dutch anti-immigrant politician takes own life after claiming rape by ‘Muslim gang’

A city councilor in The Hague and member of the anti-immigrant Freedom Party has taken her own life, hours after posting a video on Facebook in which she claimed she was gang-raped by Muslims as part of an intimidation campaign.

Willie Dille, 53, reportedly ended her own life on Wednesday, two days after sharing a video on social media in which she claimed to have been kidnapped and raped by a Muslim gang over a year ago.

Dille served as an MP for the anti-immigrant Freedom Party from 2010-2012 before returning to her seat on The Hague city council. The party’s leader, Geert Wilders, is an outspoken critic of Islam. The suicide was confirmed by local Freedom Party leader Karen Gerbrands who said Dille “could no longer bear what had happened to her and the reactions she had had.”

Aug 11 08:26

Italy: Support for Salvini Rockets as African Invasion Drops over 95%—and Trickling to Complete Halt

Italy’s Lega leader Matteo Salvini is now that country’s most popular politician as news emerged that his anti-invasion policies have brought the African invasion down by more than 95 percent—and seems set to halt completely within a short while.

Aug 11 08:25

WESTERN EUROPE: Dutch politician commits suicide after revealing she was ‘gang raped by Muslims’

Willie Dille, city councillor in The Hague and member of the anti-immigrant Freedom Party, has taken her own life on Wednesday. She had just posted a video on Facebook describing her gang-rape as being part of an intimidation campaign over a year ago.

Mrs. Dillie was an MP for the anti-immigrant Freedom Party from 2010-2012 before returning to her seat on The Hague city council. Geert Wilders, the party’s leader, is an outspoken critic of Islam.

Local Freedom Party leader, Karen Gerbrands said, Dille “could no longer bear what had happened to her and the reactions she had had”, when confirming the suicide.

In the video, she stated how the gang demanded her silence during council debates and had recently had her life threatened and that “we will soon cut your throat and let you bleed to death.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, tell me again, Holland: how's that "cultural enrichment/immigration thing working out for you?!?

Aug 11 08:14

FACEBOOK TEAMS UP WITH NATO TO CENSOR NEWS (VIDEO)

A new Reuters report confirms that social media censorship is taking a chilling geopolitical effect, as Facebook has been revealed as a top donor to the Atlantic Council, alongside Western governments, Gulf autocratic regimes, NATO, various branches of the US military, and a number of major defense contractors and corporations.

In May Facebook announced that it was outsourcing much of its political “fact-checking” to the Atlantic Council, the PR arm of NATO, and more specifically, four individuals within the Atlantic Council will form a “Digital Forensic Lab (DFR Lab)” so as to help the billion dollar tech giant spot those pesky Russian election meddling trolls…because God knows, Facebook simply does not have the money or know-how to hire its own team of “fact checkers”, something that a publisher platform of Facebook’s size would naturally do in house as it formulates its editorial position.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet another compelling set of reasons to make "Facebook"... irrelevant, by not using it again, ever.

Aug 11 07:12

440 INJURED IN CLASHES BETWEEN ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTERS & RIOT POLICE IN ROMANIA (PHOTOS)

Hundreds of people have been injured after a massive anti-corruption rally in Bucharest, spearheaded by expats calling on the government to resign, turned violent, forcing riot police to use water cannons and tear gas.
Bucharest’s Victoriei Square became a scene of violent clashes with police warning the protesters in advance that they would not tolerate disorder. Despite the warnings, several groups of protesters calling for the resignation of the Social Democrat Party-led government tried to break through a security line. Police responded by firing tear gas and deployed water cannons against the crowd.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Post-Chauchescu era, the Romania people have taken their freedom - and their distain for government corruption, very seriously.

I would politely remind the current Romanian government that those who cannot learn from this country's history...unfortunately, may well be doomed to repeat it.

Aug 10 14:59

What Would a Monsanto-Bayer Merger Really Grow?

A megamerger between two of the world’s biggest agricultural corporations looms on the horizon. The seed and pesticide giant Monsanto is inching closer to uniting with the German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer—a consolidation that could spell disaster for farmers, pollinators, and affordable, healthy food. Here’s why the Monsanto-Bayer merger is a toxic relationship.

Aug 10 09:59

Bulgaria Turned Down, Sabotaged South Stream Pipeline, Now Hurriedly Laying Pipe to Connect to Turk Stream

Bulgaria opened a new looping section of its transit gas pipeline to Turkey on Friday, expanding its capacity and adding the possibility of two-way flows as the Balkan country bids to transport Russian gas from the TurkStream pipeline to Europe.

The new 20-km looping link in southeastern Bulgaria will boost the Transbalkan pipeline’s capacity to 15.7 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas per year from its current 14 bcm, and will help increase security of gas supplies, officials said.

Aug 10 09:49

Migrant Crisis: Over Half of Criminal Suspects in Vienna Are Foreigners, Rape and Murder Up

Despite an average decline in crime across Austria, foreigners now make up nearly half of the suspects in criminal cases, and more than half of suspects in the capital city of Vienna.

In the first six months of 2018, overall crime has declined by ten percent under the conservative-populist coalition government of the Austrian People’s Party and the Freedom Party.

What has become alarming to some is that foreigners now make up 40 percent of all criminal suspects in Austria, with the city of Vienna having the most foreign suspects at some 51.4 percent, reports Kronen Zeitung.

The number of reported murder cases has also risen from 33 last year to 34 during the same period in 2018.

Another crime that has gone up significantly has been the number of reported rapes. In the first six months of 2017, 261 rape cases were reported, compared to 374 this year — an increase of 43.3 percent.

Aug 10 09:34

Israel Stamps Approval on Europe’s Largest Post-WWII Ethnic Cleansing

Back in February, we warned about the prospect of Israel selling F-16s to Croatia, a state in which WWII revisionism and Holocaust denial are running rampant, and memories of the Nazi puppet Independent State of Croatia are routinely glorified. In the meantime, that has become a done deal. But there is more. Not only will Israel sell half a billion dollars worth of fighter jets to Croatia, but on August 5, three Israeli F-16s, crewed by Israeli pilots, took part in a parade to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the “Operation Storm,” in which more than 2,300 Serbs were killed, including more than 1,200 civilians, among which more than 500 women and 12 children, and which forced the exodus of a quarter million Serbs from their ancestral homes in this former Yugoslav republic, reducing their numbers from the pre-war 600,000 to fewer than 190,000 today.

Aug 10 09:07

Whoops! MSM Data Poll Finds Public Back Boris: Burqa Comments Not Racist, Garb Should Be Banned

The mainstream media has been embarrassed by a data poll which shows a large majority of the British public do not believe criticising the burqa is “racist” and would support banning the garment.

The poll was conducted for Sky News using a nationally representative sample of 1,649 Sky customers on August 8th 2018, using data weighted to the profile of the population.

It found that some 60 percent of respondents did not believe Johnson was “racist” to compare the appearance of women in burqas to “bank robbers” or “letterboxes”, and, moreover, that 60 percent of people would support following Austria, France, Denmark, and several other European countries in actually banning the oppressive garments — something Johnson himself said was a step too far.

Aug 10 09:06

Italian Soldiers Forced to Intervene as Migrants Brawl on Naples Streets

Italian soldiers were forced to intervene in three separate brawls over a period of only a few hours, including violence between migrants in which one soldier was attacked.

The three bouts of violence took place in Naples’ Vasto district during the middle of the night as acts of violence have become more and more common in the area, Il Giornale reports.

As part of Operation Strade Sicure, or “secure streets”, several military personnel were also on hand in the area and were forced to intervene in two of the brawls.

Aug 10 08:27

Atkinson: We must secure the borders

If we import the third world we get third world problems,” British independent MEP Janice Atkinson told Hungarian daily Magyar Hirlap, adding that “rapes, gang rape, violent crime have increased exponentially and that our prisons are proportionally overburdened with foreign criminals in comparison to the citizens of our states”.

According to the vice-chair of the European Parliament’s Europe of Freedom and Nations (ENF) group,

“We have to close our individual nation state borders, abandon the failed ideological policy of Schengen, close the EU’s external borders and start speeding up the extradition of migrants, as Salvini is doing in Italy.”

Aug 10 07:38

AfD local leader takes heat after calling ‘hero’ who tried to kill Hitler ‘traitor & coward’

An AfD local leader was lambasted on social media - and by his own party - after calling Claus von Stauffenberg, a man who lead a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler a "coward" and a "traitor." ... In modern Germany, many regard Von Stauffenberg, one of the central figures of the German Resistance, as a hero. Yet Lars Steinke, the head of the youth wing of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Lower Saxony, countered that view in a blunt statement, saying for him the officer was "an enemy of the German nation" ... Steinke suggested that von Stauffenberg's actions actually represented "a shameful attempt of a coward" ... "Stauffenberg was a traitor who was ready to sacrifice millions of lives without any notable benefit for the German nation."

Aug 09 10:49

Migrant Surge Taxing Mental Health Facilities, Says Finnish Officials

Finland’s Immigration Service (Migri) is calling for more mental health care facilities to accommodate the increasing number of migrant patients.

The southern city of Lahti houses Migri’s only unit with 20 beds; it’s constantly full, and has an annual budget of 1.3 million euros.

"There is a constant queue at the facility,” said a Migri official to Finland’s Yle in a Wednesday interview.

Migri’s reception center chief, Kimmo Lehto, appealed to the Ministry of Interior for the funding of an additional unit.

Aug 09 10:21

EU impotence against US sanctions on Iran expose bloc as bumbling old fool of international politics

The sight of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stumbling at the NATO summit in Brussels last month, when he had to be held up by others, is a powerful symbol of the EU’s status on the world stage.

Donald Trump’s decision to activate sanctions against European companies that trade with Iran, and the EU’s response to it, demonstrate that the 28-nation bloc is little but a bumbling old fool in international politics.

Aug 09 09:03

Korybko: An EU-Africa Free Trade Agreement Is An Awful Idea

The German Development Minister’s proposal for what essentially amounts to a one-way EU-Africa free trade agreement is an awful idea that would trigger a massive outflow of transnational capital from the bloc, decimate its remaining middle class alongside its medium-sized economies, and accordingly provoke serious tensions between the newly impoverished European natives and the foreign migrants in their countries that they’ll have to more fiercely competing against for jobs.

Aug 09 09:03

France Wants The Future To Be Eurasia vs. Eurafrica

A former French Prime Minister unveiled a detailed and very ambitious plan to form a Eurafrican Axis in the New Cold War as a means of “balancing” between East and West, but what he’s really calling for is a policy of ‘controlled’ ‘replacement migration’ coupled with refined neo-imperial political and economic models for making France the ‘missing’ African hegemon.

Dominique de Villepin, a career diplomat and France’s former Prime Minister from 2005-2007, unveiled a detailed and very ambitious plan to form a Eurafrican Axis while speaking at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) at the beginning of the week. His strategic proposal deserves to be examined in depth because of the overall significance that it holds in the context of the New Cold War, especially in regards to what he says are his larger motivations in suggesting it.

Aug 09 09:02

Germany And US Playing War In Georgia

German soldiers with the 391st Mechanized Infantry Battalion provided fire support during a combined Georgian Special Forces Exercise in Waziani Training Area, Georgia August 5, 2018.

Germany joined 12 other nations participating in Operation Noble Partner 18, an exercise where both should enhance the ability of participating nations to conduct multinational mission leadership, integration, execution and synchronization.

Aug 09 08:28

DEFY TRUMP: EU orders firms to IGNORE America and carry on trading with Iran

RELATIONS between President Trump and the European Union collapsed to a new low after EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged business to ignore US sanctions and increase trade with Iran.

Aug 09 08:13

Israel rejects EU plan to link Gaza to the West Bank

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said his government rejected an EU plan to link the Gaza Strip with the West Bank by train, the Anadolu Agency reported yesterday.

“I made it clear that Gaza will not be linked to Judea and Samaria [the West Bank],” Katz told Israel Broadcasting Corporation, according to Anadolu. “Their plan will remain on paper and it is completely rejected.”

Israeli media said the EU had prepared a plan for transport in the occupied West Bank which included “the establishment of an airport, a port and a railway to link the Gaza Strip with the West Bank”. The EU did not officially inform the Israeli government of the plan.

Aug 08 12:57

'Good Advice on Gang Rape': Danish Comedy Sketch Lampoons Sweden

A Danish comedian, who has already earned an impressive reputation for mocking Sweden and its political correctness gone too far, has made a staggering comeback that left some Swedes applauding and others crying in anger.

Danish comedian Jonatan Spang has made another devastating sketch about Sweden. This time he directed his poignant sarcasm at "Information for you who are married to a child," a brochure launched and subsequently withdrawn by Sweden's National Board of Health.

In the sketch, Jonatan pretends to interview a Swedish official named "Hjalmar Johanson," who presents a list of brochures developed by the Swedish authorities, including titles such as "Good advice in connection with gang rape" and "Tips for mass murderers" and, last but not least, "Information for you who are married to a cat."

Aug 08 12:55

Deliver Me: Parts of Multicultural Malmö 'Too Dangerous' for Postal Service

According to Sweden's state-owned post operator PostNord, parts of Sweden's third-largest city are so dangerous that allowing staff to work there would be a violation of the employer's responsibilities. By contrast, locals, who have had no packages delivered in no fewer than seven years, complain of a violation of their basic rights.

Scandinavian post operator PostNord has stopped delivering mail to parts of Malmö, often dubbed "Sweden's most multicultural city," due to the high risk of "robbery and assault" against personnel, the Swedish national broadcaster SVT reported.

One of the "no-go zones" for the company's employees is Augustenborg, adjacent to the blighted area of Seved, which is on Sweden's list of "vulnerable areas" rife with unemployment, crime and violence.

Aug 08 12:47

'Red Alarm' Over Stockholm Metro Becoming 'No-Go Zones' for Personnel

Contrary to Swedish politicians repeatedly denying the very existence of "no-go zones," four stations in Stockholm Metro have reportedly become extremely dangerous for personnel, who only are able to perform their duties with the help of extra police. A local guard admitted to being "outnumbered" and "exposed to threats and stones."

As of today, four stations in Stockholm Metro (Rinkeby, Tensta, Rissne and Hjulsta, all located in blighted urban areas) are marked with a code symbolizing the highest danger, the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported.

The Security Center of SL, Stockholm County traffic company, generally divides stations by color ranging from green (usual security measures) to yellow (elevated risk) to red (reinforced security needed). At the four stations, personnel can only perform their jobs with supervision from a police officer for their own safety.

Aug 08 12:43

Swedish Party Scolds 'Destructive Multiculturalism', Pledges Mass Deportations

In a bid to restore the "natural right" of Swedish people to their country, the new right-wing Alternative for Sweden party wants to send back "hundreds of thousands of immigrants" in a matter of several years.

Swedish MP Jeff Ahl of the Alternative for Sweden (AfS) party has attacked "destructive multiculturalist society," pledging to reconsider the bulk of citizenships and residence permits granted to immigrants from the 2000s onwards.

?Only we Swedes have a natural and honorable right to our country. We are the host people and the indigenous people, and they are guests," Ahl said during a parliamentary debate on the relationship between Swedes and immigrants. Ahl also promised that immigrants would be "sent home in quantities and effectively" when Alternative for Sweden rises to power.

Aug 08 12:34

200 People Posing 'Security Threat' Enter Sweden Amid Migration Crisis

The recent wave of asylum immigration from Muslim countries to Sweden has coincided with a tenfold increase in Islamist extremists identified by the country's security forces.

Sweden's Security Police SÄPO have so far identified 200 people among "new arrivals" who can pose a threat to the Scandinavian country. This discovery is based on automatic data obtained from the Swedish Migration Board, Swedish Radio reported.

Since July 2017, the Swedish Migration Board has been automatically forwarding certain data, including names, citizenship and date of birth, on all immigrants seeking residence permits in Sweden to SÄPO. The idea of this automatic procedure is to find individuals who could pose a threat to the country. By the end of May 2018, SÄPO had received data on 190,000 individuals.

Aug 08 09:52

Police Station Attacked In Stockholm 'No-Go Zone'

The construction site of a new police station in the 'no-go zone' of Rinkeby, Stockholm, was attacked by "masked offenders" in a fiery siege, police say.

A car containing low-grade explosives was used to ram the gates of the station and then set on fire by its occupants, who also launched stones and fireworks at responding officers.

Aug 08 09:52

A Month of Multiculturalism In Spain

At least 7,142 illegal migrants arrived in Spain during the month, more than twice the number of arrivals in Italy (3,101) and three times as many as in Greece (2,157). By way of comparison, 2,682 illegal migrants arrived in Spain in June 2017. In all, 17,781 illegal migrants arrived in Spain during the first six months of 2018, almost double the 9,581 migrants who arrived in Spain during the same period in 2017.

Aug 08 09:51

Ten Years After Short But Costly War, Russian PM Warns of ‘Terrible Conflict’ if NATO Admits Georgia

As Georgia and its supporters mark the tenth anniversary of Russia’s invasion, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Tuesday that any move by NATO to admit the former Soviet republic “could provoke a terrible conflict.”

Medvedev told the Kommersant daily that NATO leaders’ recent decision reaffirming that Georgia will someday become a member of the transatlantic security alliance was “an absolutely irresponsible position and a threat to peace.”

Aug 08 08:21

NATO fighter jet ‘accidentally’ fires live missile near Russian border

Spanish fighter jets taking part in a NATO Air policing mission over Estonia have been temporarily suspended from completing their duties, after one of the pilots erroneously fired an armed missile during a training flight.

A group of two Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon 2000 jets and two French Mirage 2000 jets were taking part in a training exercise over southwestern Estonia on Tuesday when one of the Spanish planes accidentally launched an air-to-air missile, the Spanish Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that the projectile “did not hit any aircraft.”

All the jets then safely returned to their Saiuliai air base in Lithuania, the ministry said, adding that it has opened an investigation into the incident. Meanwhile, the Estonian authorities decided to ban the Spanish aircraft from taking part in the air policing missions over its territory for a while.

Aug 08 07:48

Europe Seeking to Boost Ties With Russia, Turkey Apart From the US – Analysts

Turkey is seeking to host a new Syria summit without the US, which indicates the beginning of the end of Washington's influence in Syria, Turkish analysts told Sputnik, further suggesting that France and Germany are also interested in expanding ties with Russia and Turkey.

The upcoming Istanbul summit on the Syrian crisis will leave Washington out in the cold, Turkish analysts told Sputnik Turkey.

According to Can Unver, a Turkish security analyst, the summit that will take place on September 7 will become "one of the most important diplomatic and political steps of the last period of time, carried out without the participation of the United States."

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