EUROPE

Oct 19 22:05

Sweden: Patient in isolation after airport Ebola alert

A male passenger who landed at Stockholm's Arlanda airport has been transferred to an isolation unit amid fears he may be suffering from the Ebola virus. But a specialist was keen to play down concerns.

Oct 19 13:09

Israel is losing its friends in the world

Israel has lost its international audience. When Netanyahu warns about the nuclear threat from Iran, even those who worry deeply about Tehran’s intentions respond with a weary shrug. The warnings are seen as a diversion — an effort to distract from his refusal to accept a Palestinian state rather than a clear-headed assessment of a present danger. This cannot be good for Israel.

Such was the backdrop to last week’s vote in the House of Commons. The occasion added lustre to the reputation of the politicians — something too rare these days. The hyperbole and rancour of everyday partisanship made way for reasoned argument. Israel had lobbied hard against the motion. It was soon obvious it had lost its best friends.

Oct 19 11:15

Sweden hunts damaged Russian sub

Swedish signals intelligence officials first heard an emergency call on Thursday evening, the newspaper said. Fourteen hours later, at around midday on Friday, a foreign vessel was spotted in the Stockholm archipelago.

Sweden intercepted further communications after it began its military operation in the waters off Stockholm, as encrypted messages were relayed between transmitters in the Stockholm archipelago and the Russian enclave Kaliningrad, SvD said.

The Swedish military said it could neither confirm nor deny the report.

An underwater craft in distress can be difficult to manoeuvre, which might explain why it was spotted above the waterline, the newspaper said.

Oct 19 11:14

Sweden on alert, deploys troops in alleged underwater threat

Sweden intensified its search for a suspected submarine in the waters east of Stockholm Sunday, after an operation was launched due to a report of 'foreign underwater activity.' The search was initiated following a tip-off from what Swedish authorities have called a "credible source."

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In other words, this is the staged provocation to really kick off a new European war.

Oct 19 10:24

Sweden deploys troops near Stockholm due to alleged underwater threat

Sweden’s armed forces have deployed planes and ships in the waters near the country’s capital due to possible “foreign underwater activity” in the Stockholm archipelago, said the country’s military.

Oct 19 04:59

EU science chief promised to be "flexible" towards Israel’s war crimes

By displaying flexibility towards Israel’s crimes, Geoghegan-Quinn has disgraced her nation.

Oct 18 20:07

U.S. Debt Held by Foreigners Hits Record $6.07 Trillion

This is not going to end well. Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities hit a record high $6.07 trillion in August. Japan added more than $11 billion to its stockpile,while China and Belgium, a proxy trader for Beijing, added a net $12 billion to its holdings. If foreign countries stop buying US debt, never mind selling any off, it is going to be a disaster for US bond markets.

Oct 18 11:58

Tables turned — Israel on the run

With support for the BDS Movement growing globally from organized labour, the potential economic threat to the Zionist regime is staggering

Last month saw the extraordinary possibility of a change in the power dynamic between Palestine and Israel. It confirmed the fact that a heretofore almost unnoticed, nonviolent campaign called Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement has Israel on the run.

Oct 18 11:48

Washington Admits: FSA Equals Fictitious Syrian Army

US President Barack Obama hosted a top-level war council this past week in Washington with the military leaders from 21 countries in attendance – under the official remit of coordinating tactics to defeat the Islamic State extremist group in Syria and Iraq.

Hold on a minute. Congress has approved $500 million to train a new cohort of the supposedly moderate and secular Free Syrian Army; and Saudi Arabia and Turkey are providing bases for that undertaking. But at Obama’s seminal war council on «coordinating» plans there was not one representative from the much-vaunted moderate rebels who are assigned this crucial military role.

Oct 18 11:45

Terror-scaremongering designed to erode freedoms, stamp out dissent

As expected, the recent fabricated ISIS terror scare that swept the headlines of Canada’s Zionist-owned media is being used by the neocon regime in Ottawa to give Canada’s spy agency CSIS more sweeping powers to spy on citizens and protect the identities of informants.

“The federal government will face intense scrutiny – perhaps even a constitutional challenge – when it introduces legislation to give its spies more legal powers,” reported the Ottawa Citizen.

Oct 18 11:42

Illan Pappe & Miko Peled on Zionist Israel

Below are a couple of compelling presentations by brave and bold, historian Illan Pappe, and peace activist Miko Peled respectively.

I salute both men, for having the courage to move outside the Zionist narrative they grew up on, to stand up when their principles called for it, to give us an honest appraisal of where Israel as a society stands today, which most Israelis would prefer to remain in denial of, because, to acknowledge the truth, would destroy all of their sustaining myths and leave them bereft of all of the lies which have sustained and justified their existence.

Miko is absolutely right in his disclaimer, of course… you cannot expect a balance presentation on this topic, because the issue itself is not balanced. There is no balance therefore there cannot be a balanced presentation on this topic, Miko correctly reiterates.

Oct 18 08:27

It's Starting: Russians and Chinese Are Ditching the Dollar and Europeans Are Using Renminbi in Their Reserves

At present, US dollar accounts for roughly 61% of the world's foreign exchange reserves.

It's still a safe bet for most, not because the currency is actually strong, but because so many others are already so reliant on it.

Between those with reserves in and pegs to the US dollar, many countries have given their allegiance, and now have a vested interest in the health of the currency.

Due to this common interest, a sort of unofficial, involuntary alliance has been formed between them all.

Together, they’re all playing along, pretending that everything is fine. If the dollar collapses, they're all screwed, so they've got to get each other’s backs.

From the throne of the world’s reserve currency, the Federal Reserve, with the power to print the US dollar, feels dangerously omnipotent.

They can get away with just about anything. For now.

Oct 18 07:59

Putin urges Europe to help Kiev cover gas debts

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Europe to provide Ukraine with a loan so that Kiev can cover its gas debts.

Oct 18 07:12

German journalist and editor Udo Ulfkotte says he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, adding that noncompliance ran the risk of being fired.

German journalist and editor Udo Ulfkotte says he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, adding that noncompliance ran the risk of being fired. Ulfkotte made the revelations during interviews with RT and Russia Insider.

“I ended up publishing articles under my own name written by agents of the CIA and other intelligence services, especially the German secret service,” Ulfkotte told Russia Insider. He made similar comments to RT in an exclusive interview at the beginning of October.

“One day the BND (German foreign intelligence agency) came to my office at the Frankfurter Allgemeine in Frankfurt. They wanted me to write an article about Libya and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi...They gave me all this secret information and they just wanted me to sign the article with my name,” Ulfkotte told RT.

Oct 18 06:54

European media writing pro-US stories under CIA pressure

German journalist and editor Udo Ulfkotte says he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, adding that noncompliance ran the risk of being fired.

Oct 17 12:35

A selection of utterly fascist and repressive “revenue generation” lunacy from Sunny Spain

Thinking of holidaying in or moving to Spain? Think again, if you play ludo, or are prone to looking at paintings, helping accident victims, attempting to aid those you believe are drowning or talking to the passengers in your car. And if photographing, insulting or showing any disrespect to those who see themselves as being positions of authority is your thing, Spain is not for you, even if those you are insulting are thoroughly deserving of your abuse and/or suitable subjects for photography.

Oct 17 10:18

Illan Pappe & Miko Peled on Zionist Israel

The most brutal occupation by the Zionist Israeli regime, known to the world in this 21st century, capable of far worse than the Gaddafi or Assad regimes, is allowed to continue the blatant daily oppression and colonization of a people unimpeded.

Below are a couple of compelling presentations by brave and bold, historian Illan Pappe, and peace activist Miko Peled respectively. I salute both men, for having the courage to move outside the Zionist narrative they grew up on, to stand up when their principles called for it, to give us an honest appraisal of where Israel as a society stands today, which most Israelis would prefer to remain in denial of, because, to acknowledge the truth, would destroy all of their sustaining myths and leave them bereft of all of the lies which have sustained and justified their existence.

Oct 17 10:04

Obama Knew Arming Rebels Was Useless, But Did It Anyway

As it happens, Syria is hardly the first or most significant place Obama has used his power as Commander-in-Chief in ways that get people slaughtered, even though he knew better, primarily for political purposes.

Obama’s biggest such decision killed a lot of American servicemembers who he sent to fight and die in Afghanistan.

Oct 17 06:50

World braces as deflation tremors hit Eurozone bond markets

Eurozone fears have returned with a vengeance as deepening deflation across Southern Europe and fresh turmoil in Greece set off wild moves on the European bond markets.

Yields on 10-year German Bund plummeted to an all-time low on 0.72pc on flight to safety, touching levels never seen before in any major European country in recorded history. “This is not going to stop until the European Central Bank steps up to the plate. If it does not act in the next few days, this could snowball,” said Andrew Roberts, credit chief at RBS.

“The forces of monetary deflation are gathering,” said CrossBorderCapital. “Global liquidity is declining and central banks are not doing enough, either in the West or the East to offset the decline. This may not be a repeat of 2007/2008, but it is starting to look more and more like another 1997/1998 episode." This is a reference to the East Asia crisis and Russian default triggered by withdrawal of dollar liquidity.

Oct 16 13:22

CRASH2: BACK ON THE FRONT PAGES

Oct 16 11:36

Fateful week for US-Iran talks

High expectations have been raised by world statesmen — one Iranian and the other two American — on the eve of the ‘trilateral’ meeting in Vienna today between the US secretary of state John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday expressed optimism about a resolution of the nuclear problem in terms that haven’t been articulated before. He said Iran has the “political will” to clinch a deal. Interestingly, he said this in a national address telecast alive.

The signs are that Iran’s Supreme Leader has authorized the Iranian negotiators to clinch a deal. The Iran Daily newspaper, which is identified with the Supreme leader’s office has showered fulsome praise on Rouhani’s policies seeking detente with the West.

Oct 16 10:01

Emergency in Madrid airport over patient with Ebola symptoms on flight from Paris

An Air France plane carrying 183 passengers has been quarantined in Madrid’s Barajas Airport over a passenger showing Ebola-like symptoms. The airport activated the emergency protocol.

Oct 16 08:48

Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods

Businesses should not need to notify consumers that their personal data has been lost or stolen if the data has been encrypted, EU ministers have said.

Ministers in the Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the EU's Council of Ministers backed the plans as part of a wider partial agreement reached last week on reforms to EU data protection laws.

Oct 16 08:11

Putin: If Ukraine siphons gas from pipeline, Russia will reduce Europe supplies

Moscow will reduce gas supplies if Kiev starts siphoning deliveries destined for Europe, said Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Serbia.

“There are large transit risks. If we see that our Ukrainian partners start illegally taking our gas from the export pipeline as it was in 2008, we will equally reduce the amount of supply as happened in 2008,” warned Putin on Thursday at a news conference in Belgrade, stressing he was "hopeful" it would not come to that.

However, the Russian president pledged that Moscow will supply enough gas to Europe this winter.

Oct 16 07:59

Markets in turmoil as growth fears deepen: live

European Central Bank fires starting gun on "QE4" as markets tumble in another day of turmoil

Time for QE4?

15.45 The European Central Bank has give its clearest indication yet of when it intends to buy private securities under its Asset Backed Securities program (ABS).

Until now, the ECB has refrained from providing too many details about the size and timing of its 'QE-lite' but now governing council member Ewald Nowotny has hinted at the end of the year as the start of what's being dubbed as "QE4".

Oct 16 06:58

Israel Losing Support In UK Says Ambassador

‘Britain’s ambassador to Israel has warned that the Jewish state is losing support in the UK, blaming the summer offensive in Gaza and increased settlement construction in the Occupied West Bank. His remarks came as a former Conservative minister described the situation in one Palestinian city as “apartheid”.

The ambassador, Matthew Gould, issued the warning hours after MPs backed a motion to recognize the state of Palestine, albeit in a non-binding vote. Speaking to Israel Radio, the ambassador said the vote in the Commons showed that public sentiment was moving away from Israel.’

Oct 16 06:56

A Shift toward Recognizing Palestine

On Oct. 3, the new Swedish prime minister had announced his government’s intention to recognize the State of Palestine, thereby joining the 134 other UN member states, encompassing the vast majority of mankind, which have already done so.

Europe should not stop there.Imagine that all of the 20 European Union states which have not yet recognized the State of Palestine were to do so and that the EU were then to announce that, if Israel did not comply with international law and relevant UN resolutions by withdrawing fully from the occupied State of Palestine by a specified date, it would impose economic sanctions on Israel and intensify them until Israel did so.

Oct 16 06:51

Putin calling, is Obama hearing?

Big things sometimes happen innocuously in politics.

Reading the transcript of Russian Foreign MInister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Channel Five in Moscow a fortnight ago, one did feel intrigued that almost innocuously, after some scathing criticism of the West’s containment policies toward Moscow, Lavrov switched tack abruptly, toward the end, with some loud thinking that there could still be “something else like reset No. 2 or reset 2.0? between Russia and the US. He left the intriguing thought hanging in the air.

Oct 15 22:53

What is Zionism?

- its history and role over the past 150 years

Today, Zionism has become the most dominant ideology in the western world and is the most significant expression of Anglo-American imperialism, and reached a new stage by ”Project for a New American Century”.

Zionism is, according to its own prominent figures, a religious/political movement the aim of which is to create a socialistic model state for Jews in the land of Palestine where Mount Zion is located. Its roots are found in Judaism and in the middle of the nineteenth century Moses Hess, Karl Marx’s mentor in socialism, developed it into a political movement.

Oct 15 12:45

The Disturbing Expansion of the Military-Industrial Complex

snip: Unfortunately instead of putting more energy into providing help for E.U. citizens and others, we are witnessing the growing militarisation of Europe, its role as a driving force for armament and its dangerous path, under the leadership of the United States/NATO, towards a new ‘cold’ war and military aggression.

The European Union and many of its countries, which used to take initiatives in the United Nations for peaceful settlements of conflict, are now one of the most important war assets of the U.S./NATO front. Many countries have also been drawn into complicity in breaking international law through U.S./U.K./NATO wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and so on.

It is for this reason that I believe NATO should be abolished and that steps be taken towards disarmament through non-violent action and civil resistance.

Oct 15 10:43

You have to laugh to keep from crying…

Golem XIV On European Banks

Oct 15 10:43

US asks Spain to use its military bases in Ebola mission

The US has asked Spain for the usage of two military bases in its south as ‘stopover points’ in the 3,000-strong American mission to control the Ebola outbreak sweeping through West Africa.

Oct 15 10:37

Italy’s opposition party leader urges EU to resume dialogue with Russia

The European Union should immediately resume its dialogue with Russia in the interests of peace and freedom, Matteo Salvini, a European deputy and the leader of Italy’s opposition Northern League party, said on Wednesday.

Oct 15 09:22

Italy lifts out of recession thanks to hookers, drugs

Italy learnt it was no longer in a recession on Wednesday thanks to a change in data calculations across the European Union which includes illegal economic activities such as prostitution and drugs in the GDP measure.

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Oct 15 07:26

The HPV vaccine: injuries and treatment

by Stig Gerdes

The HPV vaccine Gardasil was introduced into the childhood vaccination program in Denmark in 2009. The decision was made already in 2006 by the former Minister of Health Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

In the spring of 2013 there came reports in the Danish press and on Facebook that young girls/women had developed some symptoms characterized by damage to the skin, nervous system, immune system, etc. These symptoms were associated to the Gardasil vaccine.

It was claimed that the vaccination was stopped in Denmark and that the injured were diagnosed and treated for all the many serious damages which were described. The problem is that many did not know and still do not know, the strange symptoms they experienced after Gardasil injections are vaccine injuries...

Oct 14 15:08

Madrid slams Catalonia's 'phoney' vote plans

A spokesperson for Spain's ruling Popular Party has described the Catalan government's new plans for a "participatory" vote on independence as "nonsense" and "legal fraud", while the party's regional leader dismissed the poll as a "big survey".

Oct 14 15:06

New Horizon Conference: Meeting of Minds in Tehran

The 2nd conference “New Horizon: the International Conference of Independent Thinkers” was held in Tehran, September 29–October 1 2014, including over 30 journalists, writers and academics from around the world presenting papers and arguing issues of world geopolitics, with a focus on the Middle East.

Contrary to the shrill cries in the western media that the conference was anti-Semitic, it was unique in my experience in addressing Zionism and US imperialism forthrightly and intelligently, without a hint of racism. The issue of anti-Semitism was addressed and dismissed, as “There is no issue with Jewish people or the Jewish religion,” explained Darya-Bandari, “but rather with Zionism, that secular distortion of Judaism that itself is racist, and has been used as a pretext to dispossess and kill Palestinians.”

Oct 14 15:05

Plane diverts to Rome after Ebola scare

A Pisa-bound plane from Istanbul was forced to divert to Rome after two suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus during the flight.

Oct 14 15:02

France feels heat from EU over 2015 budget

French MPs will begin debating the country's 2015 budget on 2015 under the shadow of pressure from Brussels to make further cuts to reign back spending. Paris has demanded more "respect".

Oct 14 15:02

Pepe Escobar: What’s the deal between Iran and the US?

I’ve just spent a frantic week in Tehran as a guest of the New Horizon conference of Independent Thinkers. Here is some of what I’ve witnessed.
Three overarching themes monopolize all important discussions in Tehran at this critical historical juncture:

1) the real possibility of a nuclear deal with the P5+1 on November 24;
2) the end of sanctions and the possibility of Iran soon starting to supply the EU with loads of natural gas;
3) the fight against ISIS/ISIL, which Iranians, as much as the Arab street, refer to as Daesh.

I was quite moved by the profound respect shown to Gareth’s investigative work in Tehran, in contrast to the thunderous wall of silence that greeted his book in the US. Call it yet another reflection of the 35-year old “wilderness of mirrors” – or Wall of Mistrust – opposing Washington to Tehran.

Oct 14 12:46

Italian nurse arrested over killing 38 patients who irritated her

Italian police have arrested a nurse suspected of killing at least 38 of her patients because they, or their relatives, were irritating her. The officials also found a selfie, with the nurse giving a thumbs-up in front of a recently deceased patient. Daniela Poggiali,

Oct 14 09:13

EU TO WAGE DIPLOMATIC WAR AGAINST ISRAEL

Sweden recognized “Palestine” on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, and on Monday the UK followed suit in a non-binding vote – now “frustrated” European officials reveal that they are ready to take their diplomatic war on Israel to the next stage.

Oct 14 07:10

Swiss Gold Referendum “Propaganda War” Begins

The referendum for the Swiss Gold Initiative is scheduled for November 30th and the propaganda war - between the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and the Swiss Parliament on one side and the Swiss People's Party (SVP) on the other - has begun and we expect it to escalate as the day draws nearer.

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Three guesses who opposes the measure! And the first two don't count. :)

Oct 14 07:02

Greece plans early exit from largest IMF rescue package in history

Athens has informed the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that it will end its obligations to the unpopular rescue program, which placed crippling austerity measures on the country, more than a year early.

Oct 14 05:09

Italy loses billions in economic standoff with Russia, opposition leader says

The EU sanctions imposed on Russia have already cost Italy alone two billion euro due to Moscow’s retaliatory food embargo, the leader of Italian opposition party Matteo Salvini says.

Western sanctions on Russia are a “great foolishness" and the EU agricultural sector has already lost five billion euro, said European Parliament deputy and the leader of the Northern League opposition party Matteo Salvini.

He added that Brussels is only ready to provide 200 million in compensation.

Oct 14 05:02

Two years of sanctions against Russia to cost Europe €90 billion - Lavrov

Europe will lose €90 billion from sanctions imposed on Russia in 2014 to 2015, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with European business people in Moscow on Tuesday.

Oct 14 03:19

Ireland’s Right2water Demonstration 11 October 2014

There are days when history is made, days after which things will never be the same. This was one of those days. The day the people of Ireland said we will be silent no longer. You are not getting any more blood. We have paid and we are not going to pay twice.

Oct 13 15:28

Dublin gridlocked as 50,000 Irish protesters oppose ‘Ministry of Thirst’ water charges

Some 50,000 people packed Dublin’s streets to oppose a government plan for a new water tax. The anti-austerity protest came on the same day as a shock by-election victory for an anti-water charges campaigner, and was Ireland’s largest demo in years.

Oct 13 12:54

ISIS flag flies at Vatican in propaganda pic

Islamic State (Isis) has published a photo of its black flag superimposed on the obelisk in St Peter’s square in the latest edition of its online propaganda magazine, ‘Dabiq’.

Oct 13 12:02

Ted Rall: Obama a “Reluctant Warrior,” My Ass

From Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya to now Iraq all over again, Barack Obama is as much of a “reluctant warrior” as Genghis Khan.

David Ignatius is to The Washington Post what Thomas Friedman is to The New York Times, the 50-yard line of the world as seen by political elites. Like Friedman (but minus the Mustachioed One’s tortured syntax and penchant for airport-to-Four-Seasons taxicab policy briefings), Ignatius mirrors the views of our wealthy, powerful and oblivious leaders at any given hour of the day.

Oct 13 11:30

Surgeon at leading Irish children’s hospital ‘unable to write notes’ and ‘had difficulty putting on surgical gloves’

A paediatric surgeon employed at the country’s leading children’s hospital had difficulty scrubbing up for theatre, and putting on a gown and surgical gloves, it was claimed.

Oct 13 10:01

Saudi Arabia's "Oil-Weapon" Hits Europe

We first exposed the "secret" US-Saudi deal in September which led to the inevitable bombing of Syria. We then progressed to explain the quid pro quo of the deal in lower oil prices (benefiting US consumers into an election and crushing Russian revenues). In today's Wall Street Journal we get the final piece of the puzzle as it is clear that what Saudi Arabia loses in 'price' it will make up in 'volume' as The Kingdom is taking the unusual step of asking buyers to commit to maximum shipments if they want to get its crude. Simply put, "they are threatening [European] buyers" to discontinue sales if they don't agree with the full fixed deliveries. The 'oil weapon' grows stronger...

Days after slashing prices in Asia, Saudi Arabia is now making an aggressive push in the European oil market, traders say.

The kingdom is taking the unusual step of asking buyers to commit to maximum shipments if they want to get its crude.

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So, the quid pro quo for slashing its prices was that the US was going to accomplish regime change in Damascus, ousting Al-Assad once and for all.

This bothers me tremendously, both morally and legally.

We are bombing a sovereign nation which has done absolutely nothing against the United States; we are destroying its oil infrastructure; its food infrastructure; and its civilian infrastructure (by bombing residential areas).

And why?!?

Ultimately, to force regime change in Teheran, something Tel Aviv and certain elements in DC want to see happen.

The P5+1 meetings regarding Iran's nuclear energy program are just for show, and I would almost bet real money that by the end of next month, there will be neither a viable agreement will be reached, nor a desperately-needed extension of these talks.

And again, members of our American military will fight, be killed outright, or maimed for live; all in the service of private, corporate, profit.

Oct 13 08:49

Nuland Lands in Kiev as US-backed Regime Tools Up for War

The long overdue visit to Kiev this week by Victoria Nuland – Washington’s Ukraine hawk – carries the foreboding imprimatur of US-backed war escalation.

Kiev President Petro Poroshenko has flipped to a strident war rhetoric. In a televised appearance this week, the former industry tycoon had swapped his tie and suit for military uniform, and was warning that forces under his command were ready to use «modern fighting techniques».

Oct 13 07:07

Catalonia’s flag burned as 40,000 march for Spanish unity in Barcelona

Pro-Spanish unity supporters set Catalonia’s flag ablaze as thousands marched in Barcelona on Spain’s national day to oppose the region’s decision to hold an independence referendum. The march took place less than a month before the Nov. 9 vote.

At least 40,000 people took part in the rally, according to police.

Some of the right-wing ultras were burning the “Estelada”, the Catalan unofficial flag of those who want independence from Madrid, Ruptly’s video shows. “I am Spanish," the protesters were singing. They were waving banners, saying "unionists always."

"In Catalonia there are a lot of people who don't want independence but there is fear," a pro-Spain supporter told Ruptly.

Oct 12 22:51

A Historic Vote on Palestine in the British Parliament

The idea of Israel is changing in the minds of its allies. It is no longer a cause. It is becoming heavy baggage.

This is not the effect of a larger Muslim community. All Britons today are more likely to be aware of the 14,000 settlements Israel approved during its nine month peace talks with the Palestinians; to wonder where a Palestinian state is going to go , with more than 600,000 settlers in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank; to acknowledge the insouciant racism of Israeli discourse about non-Jews; to recoil at the cost in Palestinian civilian lives of Israel’s definition of its own security.

Oct 12 22:27

Two Types of Virulent Anti-Semitism

Israel has long devoted major funding and great effort to deflecting blame for its policies and practices by raising the black flag of anti-Semitism to discredit responsible and deserved criticism.

As the Palestinian solidarity movement grows across the world, it is obvious that this form of hasbara (propaganda) is failing.

Oct 12 15:25

‘Ditch euro, defend Italy’s sovereignty!’ Eurosceptic leader calls for referendum

The leader of an influential Italian Eurosceptic political party, the Five Star Movement (M5S), says he will collect one million signatures required to petition the Parliament to conduct a referendum on Italy leaving the Eurozone as soon as possible.

Oct 12 10:04

Jim Rickards: China Wants The SDR

Oct 12 08:40

Tens of thousands take to the streets of Dublin to protest against water charges

Thousands of protestors took to the the streets of Dublin today to protest against the water charges.

Ed note: The Irish media are doing their level best to downplay the attendance at these protests. The protest march was over 3.4km long, which does not equate to tens of thousands but rather hundreds of thousands. Many people attended the march not because they don't only want to pay for water... they already do, through taxation and don't want to pay twice... but also to voice their opposition to the stealth privatisation of what is a vital resource and natural monopoly.

Oct 11 15:26

Kiev secretly received data from MH17 crash investigators

Ukrainian CyberBerkut hacktivists claim that they have penetrated the internal network of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and found proof that Kiev is getting secret data from MH17 crash investigators, including information which implies its involvement.

A document, posted on the website cyber-berkut.net, and allegedly downloaded from Ukraine’s Defense Ministry network, dates back to August 7 and appears to be signed by Colonel Igor Zorin, the chief of Ukraine’s air defense forces. It is a report which maintains that a fragment of a projectile found together with the debris of the crashed flight MH17 is in fact a damage agent of a 9M38 surface-to-air guided missile belonging to the mobile air defense complex Buk or Buk M1.
(a type Russia doesn't use)

Oct 11 14:16

Judeo-American imperium manipulates Canada into farcical ISIS quagmire

Like a blind mule,Canada has been led by the nose into nearly all of America’s militarist incursions in the Middle East and everywhere else the US imperium decides to plant its seed of destruction. Canadian troops, like their American and European counterparts, are essentially globalist cannon fodder, shipped halfway across the planet to fight unwinnable wars against bogus enemies manufactured in the propaganda caverns of the Pentagon.

On October 7 the Canadian parliament, effectively operating under the Stalinist dictatorship of Stephen Harper’s Neoconservative Party, voted to join the farcical US-led anti-ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria.

Oct 11 13:38

THE TRAGEDY OF MODERN DEMOCRACY

Once in power, modern democratic governments behave little differently than many authoritarian states do. Wars are started without consent and for purposes not in the public interest. Secret services carry out acts government would be ashamed to be seen openly doing. Armies for needless wars are conscripted or bribed into existence. Rights people regarded as basic may be suspended at any time. Injustices abound. Many “democratic” states practice illegal arrest, torture, assassination, and, above all, secrecy. Secrecy is so much a part of things today that when citizens do vote, they haven’t the least idea what they are voting for.

Oct 11 07:58

Fracking Setback in Poland Dims Hope for Less Russian Gas

Poland’s ambition to achieve energy independence from Russia is being undermined by drillers giving up on the nation’s shale wells after disappointing results.

The highest test flows during the country’s five-year search for unconventional gas were just 30 percent of what’s needed for commercial production, said Pawel Poprawa, a geologist at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. The number of active shale permits has fallen 43 percent from a high in January 2013 and explorers probably won’t extend all those expiring this year, according to Slawomir Brodzinski, the nation’s deputy environment minister.

Oct 10 22:19

Is this Palestine’s last chance?

Ever since I began taking an interest in the Palestinians’ struggle – nearly ten years ago – those brave people have been cursed with rubbish leadership that has taken them steadily backwards instead of forwards… leadership that studiously ignores Palestine’s friends outside, fails its people inside and allows its territory and resources to dwindle.

The words “unity government” are on everyone’s lips. But is it really a good idea for Palestinians to unite under the likes of Abbas and his cockeyed, lazy PLO? Where are the alternative leaders hiding?

Please don’t tell us there aren’t any.

Oct 10 15:30

The myth of Assad, ISIL and extremism

Joe Biden’s comments last week linking US Mideast allies to the funding and arming of ISIL, Al Nusra & Al Qaeda were preceded by a surprising number of similar comments by current and former western officials in the past month. This is unusual notes Middle East geopolitical analyst Sharmine Narwani, because the West’s narrative for years has been to blame Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies for the proliferation of extremism in the region.

In her latest offering at RT’s Op-Edge, Ms. Narwani examines two secret US documents that tell a different story altogether.

Oct 10 15:10

Is Obama Being Threatened by US Hawks with ‘Security Risks’?

Is there something more significant to the rash of disclosures than mere incompetence among the president’s security detail? Are powerful people within the US government perhaps trying to send Obama a grim warning?

We should bear in mind that the US-led military intervention in Iraq and Syria and the growing confrontation with Russia over Ukraine seem to have entered a critical phase. The US military-industrial complex is pushing for a full-scale and relentless intervention in the Middle East, as well as ever-increasing tensions over Ukraine by goading the reactionary Kiev regime into antagonizing Russia.

With billions of dollars at stake from arms sales, business reports have noted that America’s top weapons companies, such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, are soaring in their stock market values. Every fighter jet sortie in Iraq and Syria, every missile launched, every warship despatched to the Black Sea is rallying stupendous profits for these companies.

Oct 10 07:56

An Election In A Tiny English Town Is An Ominous Sign That Europe Is Coming Apart

Last night, a small British nationalist party won its first seat in England's parliament.

In the tiny seaside town of Clacton, UKIP (The UK Independence Party) — a rising anti-EU party — scored a decisive win.

Oct 10 06:38

EU bans dairy products from Israeli settlements

The European Union (EU) has decided to ban imports of dairy products made in Israeli settlements of the occupied West Bank as of January.

Oct 10 06:29

Palestinian Christian Leaders: Europe Must Recognize the State of Palestine

In a Middle East region that continues to suffer from the consequences of violence, the people of Palestine continue to live under occupation and in exile. Palestinian Christians, the descendants of the first Christians, are an integral part of the Palestinian people, continue to suffer, just like our Palestinian Muslim and Samaritan brothers and sisters, we have been denied of our national and human rights for almost a century Heads of churches and Christian clergy in Jerusalem wrote in a letter send to European Union officials.

They said in the letter:"From Jerusalem, our occupied capital, we send our urgent message to the whole world and particularly to Europe: We are yearning for justice and peace. Recognizing Palestine and defining Israel's borders is a first step towards that goal".

Oct 09 15:18

BREAKING: Spanish Nurse dies, 60 people quarantined in Paris! Turkish #EBOLA CASE!

WEBMASTER ADDITION: This report that the nurse in Spain had died appears to be premature. As of the most recent report she is still alive, although not expected to survive much longer.

Oct 09 11:59

Oil platform evacuated as ship carrying radioactive waste drifts towards it

An oil platform has been evacuated off the coast of Scotland after a cargo vessel carrying radioactive waste from Scotland to Belgium began drifting towards it.

Oct 09 10:15

IMF chief: eurozone showing symptoms of Japan’s chronic economic ills

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has warned that the eurozone is displaying the symptoms of Japan’s long-standing economic problems and needs fresh moves to avert the threat of recession.

With the IMF’s annual meeting in Washington likely to be dominated by the failure of Europe to emerge from the financial crisis of six years ago, Lagarde dropped a broad hint that she expected Germany to run down its budget surplus to boost growth.

Oct 09 09:48

George Galloway: EU is locked in a crazy policy of aggression against Russia

When it comes to economic sanctions there are no winners... A reality that's becoming increasingly clear in Europe, where several member states are taking a financial hit from trade restrictions against Russia. This week we heard from German, French and Czech officials - saying they'd prefer the sanctions to be scrapped. For more on this, let's go live to the British MP George Galloway.

Oct 09 09:45

EU Court Orders End to Sanctions on Iran Oil Shipping Company

After the deadline for appeal to a July ruling lapsed, the General Court of the European Union has once again ordered that the block immediately lift all sanctions on the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).

Oct 09 09:44

EU set to reassess ties if Israel doesn’t move on peace

Fed up with settlement expansion, officials in Brussels are working on punitive measures to be implemented as soon as the political leadership wants to do so

Oct 09 06:37

EU approves Hinkley Point nuclear power station as costs raise by £8bn

The European commission on Wednesday gave Britain the green light for a huge government subsidy that will open the way for the first atomic power stations to be built for nearly 20 years.

Oct 09 06:32

Spain - Three new patients isolated over Ebola fears

Three more health workers in Spain have been admitted to hospital for monitoring for Ebola on Wednesday night, including two doctors who had contact with a nurse who has been infected with the disease.

Oct 09 06:30

Serious Financial Trouble Is Erupting In Germany And Japan

There are some who believe that the next great financial crash will not begin in the United States. Instead, they are convinced that a financial crisis that begins in Europe or in Japan (or both) will end up spreading across the globe and take down the U.S. too. Time will tell if they are ultimately correct, but even now there are signs that financial trouble is already starting to erupt in both Germany and Japan. German stocks have declined 10 percent since July, and that puts them in "correction" territory. In Japan, the economy is a total mess right now. According to figures that were just released, Japanese GDP contracted at a 7.1 percent annualized rate during the second quarter and private consumption contracted at a 19 percent annualized rate. Could a financial collapse in either of those nations be the catalyst that sets off financial dominoes all over the planet?

Oct 08 15:48

Whoa...What's This About EIGHT Confirmed Ebola Cases in Europe?

This bit of information was buried within a CNN article about Thomas Duncan's death from Ebola earlier today...

Meanwhile, Frederic Vincent, a spokesman for the European Commission, told CNN on Wednesday that there have been eight confirmed cases of Ebola in European countries. There is one case in the United Kingdom that has been treated and the person has recovered; one case in France like that; two cases in Germany in which patients are receiving treatment; and three cases in Spain: two deceased Spanish missionaries and a nurse's assistant who is being treated.

Oct 08 13:38

UK anti-EU anti-immigrant party garners support

The UK Independence Party is on the verge of having its first MP in the British parliament. The party claims the traditional political clans which have dominated British politics for generations have had their day.A by-election in eastern England was caused by the defection of an MP from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party to UKIP.The party wants Britain to pull out of the EU and it wants stricter controls on immigration.

Oct 08 07:26

Swiss Move to Back Franc with Gold for Real?

Asking the Swiss National Bank to hold a fixed portion of its assets in gold would hinder monetary policy, the government said today. Switzerland will vote on the initiative "Save Our Swiss Gold" on Nov. 30 that would force the central bank to hold at least twenty percent of its assets in gold. It would also forbid the sale of any such holdings and require all the gold be held in Switzerland. – Bloomberg

Oct 08 07:24

The Question of State Legitimacy - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

Zionist lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz,finds “imperative” is that drone attacks and the like be made legal by, for instance, allowing someone in the government to obtain a warrant that allows an assassination (and its “collateral damage”) to take place.

Oct 07 14:01

Dublin city councillors vote against fluoride

City Councillors in Dublin, Ireland passed a motion last night against the addition of fluoride to Ireland’s water supply.

Oct 07 11:27

Washington Is Destroying The World — Paul Craig Roberts

The arrogant fools in Washington, wallowing in their hubris as “the indispensable nation,” have provoked Moscow to the point that Russia now has more deployed nuclear weapons than the US. As a result of Washington breaking its word and putting ABM missile bases on Russia’s border, Russia has developed supersonic ICBMs that can rapidly change their trajectory and cannot be shot down by any missile defense system. Of course, the US corporations making billions of dollars selling Washington a useless ABM system will deny this.

Moreover, those countries, such as Poland, whose governments are sufficiently stupid to accept US ABM bases, would be obliterated before the bases could function. The utter stupidity of Eastern Europe’s bought-and-paid-for governments to put trust in Washington is likely to be the main cause of WW III.

Oct 07 10:55

Poland urges NATO to push ahead with missle shield

Poland on Monday urged NATO's new secretary general to push ahead with a missile shield system amid the West's worst standoff with Russia since the Cold War.

"We firmly support the creation of this (missile shield) system as a pan-NATO one because only this makes deep sense both politically and in terms of defence," Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The Western defence alliance insists the role of the planned shield is a "purely defensive" response to external threats, notably from so-called "rogue states", and is in no way directed against Russia.

But Moscow has taken a dim view of the project, seeing it as a security threat on its very doorstep.

The escalation of tensions with Russia since January over its role in the Ukraine crisis has sounded the alarm on NATO's eastern flank in countries that were under Moscow's thumb during the Soviet era.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Excuse me, but WHAT Russian "...role in the Ukraine crisis..." are we talking about here?!?

The duly elected government of Ukraine was overthrown in a Western, ECB, EU, US-manufactured putsch, and thrown under a bus, at a cost of over 5 billion US dollars (while homeless Vets sleep in our streets, and US infrastructure crumbles.) As reported at hangthebankers.com in February of 2014:

The problem that has arisen between the US and EU with regard to Ukraine is that Europeans have realized that the takeover of Ukraine is a direct threat to Russia, which can cut Europe off from oil and natural gas, and if there is war completely destroy Europe. Consequently, the EU became willing to stop provoking the Ukraine protests. The response of the neoconservative, Victoria Nuland, appointed Assistant Secretary of State by the duplicitous Obama, was “fuck the EU,” as she proceeded to describe the members of the Ukraine government that Washington tended to impose on a people so unaware as to believe that they are achieving independence by rushing into Washington’s arms. I once thought that no population could be as unaware as the US population. But I was wrong. Western Ukrainians are more unaware than Americans. The orchestration of the “crisis” in Ukraine is easy. The neoconservative Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland told the National Press Club in Washington on December 13, 2013, that the US has “invested” $5 billion in agitation in Ukraine. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37599.htm The crisis essentially resides in western Ukraine where romantic ideas about Russian oppression are strong and the population is less Russian than in the eastern Ukraine.

After this happened, Crimea, in what was considered a free and fair election, with observers, decided to join the Russian Federation.

Russia has done nothing wrong here.

What the EU and US here has been wrong, period, end of discussion.

Oct 07 07:14

Ebola Contracted in Madrid Hospital Could Spread in Europe

A Spanish nurse treating Ebola patients in one of Madrid’s best hospitals came down with the disease – and exhibited symptoms for days before seeking treatment.

Oct 07 06:50

Europe's Triple-Dip Recession Arrives: German Industrial Production Crashes Most Since February 2009

Yesterday it was German manufacturing orders which cratered 5.7% in August following a freak, 4.9% rebound in July, prompting Goldman to warn that "the underlying dynamic has weakened further at the end of Q3" ...

... And then a few hours ago we finally got undeniable confirmation that Europe is once again in recession, its third since Lehman, only this one is worse: it is led by the "core" countries, with Germany in the forefront, a Germany which just reported industrial output which suffered its biggest monthly decline in more than five years in August.

Oct 06 12:49

NATO Does Not Confirm Statement Attributed to Secretary General on Deploying Troops

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has not confirmed that NATO's Secretary General told the Polish TVP Info TV Channel that the alliance can deploy its troops wherever it wants, a spokesperson for NATO told RIA Novosti Monday.

"We don't have a record of him saying that in English - and we're not responsible for the Polish interpretation of the live interview," a spokesperson said, adding that Stoltenberg was referring to NATO forces in general, "which of course can be deployed on the territory of the Alliance as Allies decide."

Oct 06 12:33

'US won’t decide our policies' – Sweden on Palestinian state recognition

Washington will not be the one to decide Sweden’s policies, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said after the US criticized Stockholm’s plans to officially recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.

Oct 06 11:31

Ebola in Spain: Nurse infected in Madrid

A Spanish nurse who treated an Ebola victim in Madrid has contracted the virus herself in the first case of contagion outside Africa, health officials say.

The nurse tested positive for Ebola in two separate tests, according to reports.

Oct 06 09:42

Netanyahu slams Swedish counterpart over Palestine initiative

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hit out on Sweden for a decision to recognize Palestine as a state.

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Oct 06 09:39

NATO can put troops wherever it wants, new secretary-general says

New NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that the Western alliance could deploy its forces wherever it wants, apparently calling into question post-Cold War agreements that have been shaken by Russia's actions in Crimea and Ukraine.

Stoltenberg was visiting NATO member Poland to reassure it that NATO would provide the protection it sought against its former communist master, Russia, which in recent months has annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, and been accused by the West of sending troops and equipment to back pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Oct 06 09:03

Biden's Speech Might Backfire on Washington: Former Assistant Secretary of Treasury

Speech of the US Vice President Joe Biden can backfire on Washington, as it embarrasses the European Union members and demonstrates the US has intimidated them, Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, believes.

"One of the possible consequences is that his speech embarrasses European governments by showing that Europe is Washington's vassal," Roberts told RIA Novosti on Friday. "The other is that by pressing Europeans to act against their own interests, Washington might have been too much of a bully and hurt its future influence in Europe."

US Vice President said Thursday that the United States and US President Barack Obama, in particular, had forced the European Union members to "take economic hits to impose cost" on Russia.

Oct 06 06:25

New NATO Chief: We Can Put Troops Wherever We Want

New NATO chief Jens Stollenberg insisted today on a mission to Poland that he doesn’t believe Cold War agreements on troop limitations in Eastern Europe apply any longer.

Stollenberg insisted that NATO can put troops wherever it wants and no treaties would be used to limit its decisions on deployments, which hyping a planned “spearhead” force to be deployed along the Russian frontier. He talked up the idea of sending more troops to Poland above and beyond the planned spearhead force, though he spurned pushes for permanent bases in the Baltic states, citing the enormous cost of such operations.

Oct 05 17:21

NATO can put troops wherever it wants, new secretary-general says

New NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that the Western alliance could deploy its forces wherever it wants, apparently calling into question post-Cold War agreements that have been shaken by Russia's actions in Crimea and Ukraine.

Oct 05 16:14

New Silk Roads and an Alternate Eurasian Century

A specter haunts the fast-aging “New American Century”: the possibility of a future Beijing-Moscow-Berlin strategic trade and commercial alliance. Let’s call it the BMB. Its likelihood is being seriously discussed at the highest levels in Beijing and Moscow, and viewed with interest in Berlin, New Delhi, and Tehran. But don’t mention it inside Washington’s Beltway or at NATO headquarters in Brussels. There, the star of the show today and tomorrow is the new Osama bin Laden: Caliph Ibrahim, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive, self-appointed beheading prophet of a new mini-state and movement that has provided an acronym feast -- ISIS/ISIL/IS -- for hysterics in Washington and elsewhere.

Oct 05 07:11

Scrapping human rights law is an act of displaced fury

It’s the spelling mistake that gives the game away. Like a twist in a fine legal thriller, a single misplaced letter in the Conservatives’ newest policy document, announcing a plan to scrap the Human Rights Act, reveals the true nature of the exercise. It confirms that, for all the legal veneer, this is strictly politics – not law. More than that, it is the latest example of a kind of displaced fury fast becoming the defining motif of politics – in Britain and beyond.

Oct 05 07:10

Scottish Police Investigate Referendum Fraud After 'Hundreds of Uncounted Yes Votes' Found

Scottish police are investigating a case of electoral fraud in last month’s independence referendum after a video emerged online today of a man claiming to have found a bag of “hundreds” of voting ballots marked ‘Yes’ in a bin in Glasgow.

Oct 05 07:08

FLASHBACK - Belgium: 45 Litres of Concentrated Live Polio Virus Solution Released Into the Environment

As reported to ECDC by Belgian authorities, on 2 September 2014, following a human error, 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution were released into the environment by the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in Rixensart city, Belgium. The liquid was conducted directly to a water-treatment plant (Rosieres) and released after treatment in river Lasne affluent of river Dyle which is affluent of the Escaut/Scheldt river. Belgium’s High Council of Public Health conducted a risk assessment that concluded that the risk of infection for the population exposed to the contaminated water is extremely low due to the high level of dilution and the high vaccination coverage (95%) in Belgium.

Oct 04 06:24

Biden says US 'embarrassed' EU into sanctioning Russia over Ukraine

“We’ve given Putin a simple choice: Respect Ukraine’s sovereignty or face increasing consequences,” Biden told a gathering at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard University's Institute of Politics on Thursday.

The consequences were the sanctions which the EU imposed on Russia, first targeting individual politicians and businessmen deemed responsible for the crisis in Ukraine, then switching to the energy, defense, and economic sectors.

“It is true they did not want to do that,” Biden admitted.

“It was America’s leadership and the president of the United States insisting, oft times almost having to embarrass Europe to stand up and take economic hits to impose costs,” the US vice president declared.

Oct 04 00:42

Spinning in the Grave: Western Media Dig Dirt to Cover Kiev’s Atrocities

Yes, there certainly has been «blatantly false reporting» in Ukraine – by Western mainstream news media, which have consistently failed to convey the extent of violence perpetrated by the Kiev regime against the Russian-speaking population in eastern Ukraine.

The Western media went into supercilious mode this week over evidence of atrocities and mass graves in eastern Ukraine committed by the Kiev regime.
Rather than dealing with disturbing facts that point to the Western-backed regime’s culpability in war crimes, Western media tried instead to divert the focus by claiming that «pro-Kremlin» Russian news outlets were guilty of crude propaganda.

Oct 03 23:16

From Sykes-Picot to “Degrade and Destroy”

The history of the Middle East from the day the Sykes-Picot agreement was signed, until the day the U.S. began bombing ISIS, is filled with lies and half-lies.

The current conflict between the U.S. and its allies is a conflict that can only be understood by a look back to the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the 1919 document that allowed Great Britain and France to carve up the Ottoman Empire for their own selfish colonial purposes.

Oct 03 21:13

Biden: Turks, Saudis, UAE funded and armed Al Nusra and Al Qaeda

Washington’s partners in fighting extremism – and trampling all over international laws to do it – are the same ones who have fueled it. The Vice President of the United States just said so. And Americans are snickering over the B-word. Leaders of the free world indeed.

Oct 03 21:12

Joe Biden’s latest foot in mouth

Middle East geopolitical analyst, Sharmine Narwani, examines the breathtaking admission by US Vice President Joe Biden that America’s Sunni coalition partners have funded and armed ISIL & Co. None of the major US networks have reported this story yet – that scoop was left to Russia Today and Al Manar. Less mentioned are Biden’s comments that there are no “moderates” among Syria’s opposition fighters. The only moderates inside that country, he stresses, are “shopkeepers, not soldiers.”

Biden may be known to often put his foot in his mouth, but this time he has done the world a favor, notes Ms. Narwani.

Oct 03 14:32

German Push to Accelerate Bank Bail-Ins Joined by Dutch

Germany, the Netherlands and Finland want to speed up European Union plans to force losses on senior bondholders of failing banks, three European government officials said.

The three AAA rated euro-area states last week called for regulators across the EU to gain so-called bail-in powers as soon as 2015, rather than in 2018 as currently proposed, said the officials, who declined to be identified because the talks are private. The European Central Bank has warned that 2018 is “far too far away” for the new rules, which seek to insulate taxpayers and the euro area’s firewall fund from rescue costs.

Oct 03 07:56

Sweden Will Recognize State of Palestine

Sweden’s new center-left government will recognize the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday.

Oct 03 07:11

Pierre Sprey: They have stunning lobbying power

Russia Today: Defense contractors are reportedly eyeing lucrative contracts now that the military campaign in Iraq and Syria has been launched. Do you expect them to lobby for greater involvement?

Pierre Sprey: They have stunning lobbying power. That has been true for decades and it is increasing. Year by year their lobbies are thriving, they are getting more and more of their own way.

There has been essentially little change since the Bush administration into the Obama administration.If anything, they are more powerful under the Obama administration than they were before.

And this present attack on ISIL has them ecstatic, they’re euphoric.

Oct 03 06:06

Gazprom accuses Poland, Hungary, Slovakia of rerouting Russian gas to Ukraine

Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia have together re-exported 1.7 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to Ukraine, Gazprom, Russia’s biggest gas exporter said Friday, questioning the legality of the practice.

“There is every reason to believe that Russian gas is being delivered to Ukraine that isn’t intended for them, but for other European customers. This is generally done under the ‘virtual reverse gas flow’ scheme, but we have seen gas movements across the Ukrainian border,” as TASS quotes Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Aleksandr Medvedev.

Oct 02 13:58

Transitional times or the end times?

Amid violence and destruction raging in many corners of the world, Graham Peebles detect signs of hope in the growing movement that seeks to build an alternative to the neo-liberal paradigm.

Oct 02 08:25

A Poison Pill for the Iran-Nuke Deal

Many in Congress continue to march in lockstep with the dictates of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu who wants endless hostility toward Iran even if that torpedoes a deal to constrain Iran’s nuclear program. That includes a pointless demand for a past confession, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Oct 02 08:17

Palestine’s Moral Force Needs Diplomatic Power

The Palestinian leadership should have turned to international legal forums years ago in order to pressure Israel by harnessing the power of international public opinion through sanctions and boycotts, just as was the case with Apartheid South Africa decades ago.

The Palestine cause is just and compelling, but on its own moral and legal merits it has no power to leverage global diplomacy in order to achieve Palestinian rights and a lasting peace agreement that responds to Israeli and Palestinian needs alike. One of the unfortunate weaknesses that has left the Palestine issue unresolved for so long has been the incompetence of the Palestinian leadership...

Oct 02 08:11

Christian Evangelicals Increasingly Support Palestinian Human Rights

While evangelical support for Israel has often been attributed to their theology, Brog’s article indicates that the significant factor in the shift is learning the true situation in Israel-Palestine.

This trend is even more pronounced among youth, according to an article by David Brog, Jewish-American executive director of “Christians United For Israel (CUFI), a major pro-Israel organization. Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu has called CUFI “a vital part of Israel’s national security” and columnist Charles Kauthammer has said, “I do not know of an organization in the world more important to Israel than CUFI.”

Oct 02 08:07

The End of Evangelical Support for Israel? The Jewish State’s International Standing

How quickly things change. The days of taking evangelical support for Israel for granted are over. As they are increasingly confronted with an evangelical-friendly, anti-Israel narrative, more and more of these Christians are turning against the Jewish state.[1]

A mere decade ago, Christian Zionism was seen as an emerging force in American politics. As if out of nowhere, a block of fifty to one hundred million friends of Israel were poised to enter the national debate and safeguard the U.S.-Israel relationship for generations to come. Evangelical love for Israel appeared so solid that the only debate within the Jewish community was whether or not to “accept” it.

Oct 01 22:47

EU Ignores Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine, Blames Russia: UK’s PACE Member

British member of the PACE Mike Hancock on Wednesday accused the EU of manufacturing the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, which it then blamed on Russia.

Oct 01 12:06

Fracking company warns Dutch citizens to expect more "serious earthquakes"

People living in Groningen province will have to expect more and possibly more severe earthquakes because of natural gas extraction, the head of gas company NAM has told the NRC.

Oct 01 11:55

German ex-leader criticizes EU Russia sanctions

Germany’s former chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, has called for an end to spiraling sanctions between the European Union and Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Oct 01 11:34

Specter of Russian Capital Controls Puts Market on Edge

Holders of Russia’s ruble-denominated bonds, stung by the worst losses in emerging markets in the third quarter, are weighing the consequences of possible capital controls as the currency sinks.

“It would be very negative for your investments in the local currency,” Peter Schottmueller, who helps manage $17 billion as head of emerging-market fixed income at Deka Investment GmbH in Frankfurt, said by e-mail yesterday. Foreign ownership of ruble bonds has dropped and any curbs on capital flows would further “increase the investment risk,” he said.

Russia removed its last restrictions eight years ago after imposing them in 1998, when the ruble’s drop led to a default on sovereign local-currency debt. Implementing the curbs again risks further damaging President Vladimir Putin’s ambition of turning Moscow into a financial hub at a time when escalating U.S. and European Union sanctions over the Ukraine crisis are already limiting access to global capital markets.

Oct 01 10:58

Proposed EU climate chief under pressure ahead of grilling by MEPs

Street protests, petitions and a row over undeclared financial interests heralded the start of parliamentary hearings into the suitability of former oil mogul Miguel Arias Cañete to be the EU’s next climate and energy commissioner.

Hundreds of protestors – some dressed in Cañete face masks – gathered outside the European Parliament, while the online activist group Avaaz, which has collected 300,000 signatures against Cañete’s candidacy, claimed that thousands of angry constituents had been phoning in complaints to their MEPs.

Oct 01 06:15

‘No military value’ in US Syria targets

The US airstrikes in Syria target militants with “no military value” hitting the infrastructures, says Dr. Alan Sabrosky, a ten-year US Marine Corps veteran and a 1986 graduate of the US Army War College.

Washington intends to inflict “such damage to the economic and industrial infrastructure within Syria that any Syrian government after the fighting will be so weakened that it will be vulnerable to further attacks.”

Sep 30 21:47

EU Failed Again to Break 'Vicious' Sanctions Circle: Russia's EU Envoy

The European Union has failed again to break the vicious circle of sanction mentality by refusing to lift the current sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, Russia's Ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said Tuesday.

Sep 30 10:04

Did The Winter War Just Begin? Russian Gas Supplies To Europe Plunge 15%, Ukraine Transit Slashed 54%

Just a week ago, the Russian energy minister made the first public 'threat' of gas supply "throttling" disruptions to Europe but judging by the data that has just been released, it appears the 'throttling' has begun. Bloomberg reports that Russian gas supplies to Europe fell 15% year-over-year in Q3 - the most in over two years - as natural gas transit through Ukraine plunged 54% year-over-year. In 2013, Gazprom sent 60% of its supply via Ukraine pipelines, in August that dropped to 39%, and in September only 34%. Of course, Europe remains confident its storage efforts will buffer any "Winter War" disruptions, as we noted here, but as Citi warned previously, "if colder weather arrives, storage levels will be drained," and then there is the Spring (and German industry needs).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The corporate media is spinning this as an evil plot on the part of the Russians, but fails to mention that Kiev has not fully paid for the gas they get from Russia since the Junta and is arrears in the bill. Russia has every right to shut off the valves just as your gas company will do if you do not pay the bill.

Sep 30 09:21

Catalan separatists call street protests over referendum ruling

Just hours after the Constitutional Court accepted the government’s appeal of the Catalan referendum on self-rule, the northeastern Spanish region registered its first protests.

Around 300 people congregated in front of the government delegation in Barcelona to express support for the plebiscite, which is scheduled for November 9, and to condemn Madrid’s attempt to get it ruled illegal by a top Spanish court.

This early protest was the beginning of a series of region-wide demonstrations planned for Tuesday by a pro-independence group called National Catalan Assembly (ANC).

Sep 30 08:28

Dutch FM threatens sanctions against Israel

Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard has threatened sanctions against Israel if the country doesn’t go along with the proposed terms in the peace talks taking place in Egypt this week.

In the talks, which will get underway in Cairo on Tuesday, Lidegaard wants to see Israel commit to ending its eight-year blockade of Gaza and stop its “illegal settlements”. The foreign minister is also calling on Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza to lay down their weapons.

If the talks fail to reach any long-term concessions from both sides, Lidegaard said that Denmark and the EU should adopt a tougher approach to Israel.

Sep 30 04:50

Spot The Total Logic Fail

It appears the leadership in Spain has reached its panic-point. Following Catalonia's President Artur Mas signing of a decree calling for an ultimately democratic referendum on independence for the region, Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy uttered this mind-numbing phrase:

CATALAN VOTE PROFOUNDLY ANTI-DEMOCRATIC, RAJOY SAYS

It appears Rajoy's perspective on democracy and the will of the people is a little different as the situation has become serious enough that he has gone full-Juncker.

Sep 29 14:56

Here's Why Moldova Could be the Next Ukraine

Lost among the talk of Ukraine’s Civil War and the ISIL threat is the coming Russia vs. West clash in Moldova.

Sep 29 14:08

The Russian response to a double declaration of war

Listening to Poroshenko a few days ago and then to Obama at the UNGA can leave no doubt whatsoever about the fact that the AngloZionist Empire is at war with Russia. Yet many believe that the Russian response to this reality is inadequate. Likewise, there is a steady stream of accusations made against Putin about Russia's policy towards the crisis in the Ukraine. What I propose to do here is to offer a few basic reminders about Putin, his obligations and his options.

Sep 29 13:23

The Gaza medical aid scandal

Stuart Littlewood views British and European inaction towards Gaza, with comprehensive failure to fulfil pledges to help the sick, wounded and destitute a month after Israel ended its 50-day onslaught.

Sep 29 13:16

Italians offered €30 a day to host a migrant

Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino has given his backing to a plan to pay Italian families €30 a day to host migrants, as the country’s immigration centres struggle to cope with the influx of arrivals.

Sep 29 12:01

US-led coalition against ISIL: Front for regime change

Listening to American and British leaders this week one would think that Barack Obama and David Cameron are knights in shining armor on an epic crusade to defeat global evil.

The campaign against IS is a front for the criminal agenda of regime change in Syria and the region. This real, criminal agenda should be exposed and condemned at every opportunity. To consort with this mob is to corrupt international law and morality.

Unbelievably, too many states seem to be going along with this ridiculous charade, as can be gleaned from the way Obama and Cameron’s posturing was indulged this week at the United Nations General Assembly.

Our final conclusion is this: Obama and Cameron are using simplistic moralizing rhetoric about “defeating evil” in order to: 1) conceal their own criminal legacy; 2) pressure the rest of the world into endorsing their presumed but ill-deserved authority; and 3) promote their criminal agenda of regime change under a moral cover.

Sep 29 08:58

KRUGMAN: Mario Draghi Probably Can't Save Europe On His Own

In an interview, Paul Krugman explains why Mario Draghi — despite his recent stimulus measures — probably can't save Europe's economy on his own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Europe's economy (nor the US) cannot and will not be saved until people are ready to confront the fact that private central banks, which by design create more debt than money to pay that debt, are the cause of the problem.

Sep 29 07:17

Vaclav Klaus: the West’s lies about Russia are monstrous

Whatever we decide to call the current system, he adds, it clearly isn’t working for Europe. ‘I am really shocked to see leading EU and European politicians pretending that everything is OK, which is ridiculous and funny,’ Klaus says. ‘I recently read an article by a well-known German economist, Professor Sinn, who has studied the situation in Italy. He presented statistical data which showed that GDP in Italy has declined by 9 per cent since 2000. It’s unimaginable! I don’t think communist Czechoslovakia would have survived such a long-term decline. At the same time, industrial output declined in the same period by 25 per cent! One quarter of the economy simply disappeared.’

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