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Feb 11 04:33

Saudi invasion of Syria: The bluff that could ignite World War III

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem gave a categorical response, saying the move would be seen as an act of aggression and that any invasion force regardless of its stated reasons for entering Syria will be sent back in “wooden coffins”.

Feb 10 21:41

Greece 0 Turkey 3 for the refugee crisis

snip: The EU’s refugee strategy du jour gets dumber and dumber by the day. The EU’s latest effort is to put pressure on Greece to improve its accommodations so that Germany can send refugees back to Greece.

Excuse me for asking the obvious, but where the hell is Greece supposed to come up with the money to treat refugees better when it has no money for its own citizens?

Feb 10 12:08

Calais Native Reveals Migrants Attack Children, Rape, Steal: ‘It Is Unimaginable What We Suffer’

A video has emerged claiming to show a Calais native detailing a life filled with “iron bars and… Molotov cocktails” in the besieged port town, now home to one of Europe’s most notorious migrant camps.

Filmed at the ‘Save Our Country’ conference just outside Paris, the video was released by the Secular Riposte campaign group, a movement working to halt the influence of political Islam in officially secular France. Featuring “native Calaisienne” Simone Héricourt, the meeting took place outside of Paris, after the group was banned from demonstrating in the city.

Speaking the day after she stood alongside French General Piquemal, who was arrested for protesting, the woman told the assembled how the people of Calais feel abandoned by the government. Ms. Héricourt said locals live in fear of the thousands of migrants who are in a state of permanent flux through the port as they are smuggled, or attempt to smuggle themselves from France into the United Kingdom. She said:

Feb 10 11:22

Russia and China kill European metallurgy

Seven countries, including France, Britain and Germany urged the European Union to take measures to save choking metallurgical industry, which has suffered from falling prices and cheap imports from China and Russia. The Ministers of the three countries, together with the Ministers from Italy, Poland, Belgium and Luxembourg, on Friday sent a letter to the European Commission and the head of the European Council of Ministers... The European Union cannot stand aside when there is a growing reduction in the number of jobs and more and more plants are closed, which means that there is a serious and imminent risk of the collapse of the European steel sector. The European Union is the second largest steel producer in the world after China. It produces over 177 million tonnes a year, equivalent to 11% of global production, according to EU data.

Feb 10 10:15

LONDON'S DIRTY SECRET: UK CAPITAL 'GLOBAL CENTER' FOR MONEY LAUNDERING

London offers every possible service to individuals wanting to launder money, Peter Lilley, author of 'Dirty Dealing: The Untold Truth About Global Money Laundering,' told Sputnik. London and New York are both popular destinations for money laundering because they are major international financial centers that offer sophisticated financial products and well-versed legal and accountancy services, Peter Lilley, author of 'Dirty Dealing: The Untold Truth About Global Money Laundering,' told Sputnik.

Feb 10 10:13

Turkish Aircraft Violate Greek Airspace - Reports

Turkish aircraft entered Greek airspace in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea without Athens' permission, the Ekathimerini newspaper reported Tuesday, citing country's military authorities.

At least two of the six fighter jets were armed, the newspaper added.

Feb 10 09:49

Part of Schengen agreements cancelled de facto - Chizhov

"There is also an opinion that the [Schengen] agreement was drawn up incorrectly straight from start and therefore should be re-written... The Schengen system is not just an agreement but a package of subsequent decisions, including the Dublin Regulation, which vests the first country of entry with the right to grant asylum". According to Chizhov, it looks a bit strange when refugees swim into Greece, which is part of the Schengen zone, from Turkey. "Then, they cross the country and head further for, say, Macedonia, which is neither an EU member nor a signatory to the Schengen agreement. After Macedonia they go to Serbia and it’s only from there that they get into Hungary and return to the Schengen zone. In short, the migrants cross this barrier several times. So, the Dublin Regulation is no longer applied in practice and for the moment has been cancelled de facto. Though nothing else has been invented to replace it so far, they have started pondering the issue already...

Feb 10 09:04

‘End of Europe’: Trump slams Merkel’s refugee policy, wants good relations with Russia

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has lambasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel for admitting hundreds of thousands of migrants, saying this could be “the end of Europe.” He also said America could have “very good relations” with Russia.

Feb 10 08:55

Opposite of Transparency: Germany's TTIP Room 'Smacks of Totalitarianism'

With concerns over the controversial TTIP trade deal between the EU and US, a select number of German MPs have been granted limited access to view the agreement in its current form. Despite this initiative, lawmaker Katja Kipping has raised serious concerns about the transparency of the deal.

Feb 10 08:45

Why Washington Fears Britain Quitting EU

The countdown begins this week for the momentous question facing Britain: whether to exit the European Union – the so-called Brexit. While the issue seems to be primarily one for British national interests, lurking in the background is a crucial geopolitical concern for the United States. The outcome of the British referendum on Europe could severely undermine Washington’s global hegemonic ambitions and in particular its adversarial agenda towards Russia.

Feb 09 15:34

Italy hit by banking crisis

Sharp turbulence on the Milan stock exchange in January focused attention on Italy’s deep economic and financial crisis. At the same time, the conflict between the Italian government and the European Union (EU) Commission has intensified. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (Democratic Party–PD) has responded with new, stepped-up attacks on the working class.

Feb 09 14:37

Dutch Voters: No Thanks, We Don't Want Ukraine

An upcoming referendum should prove that the people of the Netherlands don't want anything to do with Ukraine's mess, but the Dutch government has all but said it doesn't care what's its people want... A referendum is scheduled in the Netherlands for April 6th on the question of the EU's association agreement with Ukraine. An overwhelming majority of Dutch say they will vote no, reports Politico... There is revolution brewing in Europe. The native European population is tired of being ignored. From PEGIDA to the surge of anti-establishment parties like Front National, anti-EU feeling is higher than ever.

Feb 09 14:30

Hillary, Baltics Screaming 'The Russians Are Coming!' - Actually They're Leaving

Russia has absolutely zero soft power in the Baltics. If the bulk of humanity there is waving foreign flags, it’s the stars and stripes, not the red, white and blue of the Russian Federation by a long shot. Yet, we are told that the Russians are coming... I was in Lithuania for a week in September. People between the ages of 25 and 70 all had something lousy to say about the Russian government. They didn’t like it. The older ones believed Russia could invade, just like Americans believed the Russians would do in the 1980s. They never came into Alaska. I’m betting they never make it to Riga, either. Using the largest and most populous of the threesome, Lithuania, I can tell you there is no RT influencing the populous to Putin’s world view. RT is merely a program on ViaSat, the Swedish owned satellite TV provider. Lithuania cable does not allow for RT. I don’t know if that is true in Latvia or Estonia...

Feb 09 14:13

Russian community in Latvia erodes

Do the Latvian authorities intend to close all Russian schools in the country? Who can defend the rights of the Russian-speaking population in the Baltic country? Today, the Russian language has the status of a foreign language in Latvia, even though 37.2 percent of the population speak Russian at home, a population census said. Yet, there are incidents when doctors, for example, refuse to speak Russian to patients... Ultranationalists aim to completely eliminate education in the Russian language by 2018. To date, the language proportion in the country is 60x40, in which 60 percent stands for education in Latvian, and 40 - for education in Russian. For the Russian-speaking people, Latvia's incorporation in the EU has led to bigger problems. The Baltic ethnocrats received immunity for violating the rights of the Russian-speaking population.

Feb 09 13:17

Latvia’s new government to reject additional migrants, says PM candidate

A new government formed in Latvia will not accept additional refugees, candidate for prime minister, Maris Kucinskis, said on Monday. "The declaration will say that the new government will comply with the earlier assumed obligations on accepting refugees, but it believes that at the present moment Latvia cannot accept additional refugees with the exception of the cases when we agree to this voluntarily," the candidate said. Earlier, Latvia agreed to accept before the end of 2017 531 refugees from countries of the Middle East and Africa. The first six migrants arrived last week and were accommodated at the center for illegal migrants Mucenieki, 20 kilometers from capital Riga.

Feb 09 13:12

Austria - Asylum seekers given priority for hospital visits

An admission by Austrian health officials that asylum seekers have been given priority for hospital visits has been greeted by angry reaction.

Feb 09 12:57

Protesters in Moldova prevent reelection of head of Supreme Court of Justice

Moldova’s opposition has prevented reelection of Chairman of the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) Mihai Poalelungi whom it accuses of corruption. "We believe that Poalelungi is a tool of influence of oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc who brought the country’s justice under his control," said leader of the DA platform Andrei Nastase. He recalled that the resignation of the Supreme Court of Justice head was on the list of the opposition’s demands that had earlier been handed over to the authorities. For his part, the chairman of the Supreme Magistrate Council noted that Poalelungi was the only candidate on the list...
Moldova’s opposition determined to disrupt government meeting February 10 http://tass.ru/en/world/855462

Feb 09 12:54

Russia fighting against IS complying with UN SC resolutions — Spanish foreign ministry

"We are also aware of the fact that Russia is too involved in the fight against Daesh, ISIS (the names of IS) complying with the UN Security Council’s resolutions in this regard," Director General for Foreign Affairs at the Spanish Foreign Ministry Ignacio Ibanez said at a meeting with Chairman of Russia’s Federation Council upper house International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev. Ibanez noted that both Russia and Spain were jointly fighting against international terrorism, in particular, IS. "We never joined the anti-Assad coalition, but we are part of the coalition against Daesh, against ISIS," he said.

Feb 09 11:15

WAR GAMES IN MIDDLE EAST COULD PREPARE UK FOR ‘POTENTIAL’ RUSSIAN WAR WITH NATO – REPORT

The British Army is to deploy 1,600 troops in Jordan to take part in war games as preparation for a potential ‘confrontation’ between Russia and NATO member countries in Eastern Europe, the Daily Telegraph has reported citing sources.
Army sources told the paper that the exercise, which will simulate an Iraq invasion for the first time in over a decade, is not a prelude to sending ground troops to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), rather Exercise Shamal Storm could be seen as a practice routine to fight off any potential Russian invasion of Ukraine or Eastern Europe.
“This isn’t a counter-Isil exercise. If anything, this is much more about us being prepared to join the US in Ukraine than it is in Syria,”
a source said as cited by the Daily Telegraph, adding, “This is not the sort of kind of force you expect to roll into Aleppo to take on a bunch of jihadists.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Has the leadership of NATO, the US, and the UK collectively gone absolutely, thoroughly, barking mad?!?

Russia is not going to invade either Eastern Europe, or Ukraine.

And Ukraine is so economically ruined, courtesy of the recent putsch, and the rampant corruption which followed, that it might be forced to get down on its knees and beg Russia for some economic help.

But unfortunately, as the great American comic, Ron White, says in his act so frequently, "You can't fix stupid".

And we have a lot of stupidity going on in the bowels of power in the US, NATO, and Europe.

The US economy is on the ropes, as is the economy of Europe.

And the civilian and military leadership of both of those entities have imbibed enough of their own "koolaid" to believe that a war with Russia will solve all if their economic problems.

After all, it worked for the US in World Wars I and II, right?!?!?

But there is one small problem with this grotesque "groupthink": The US and NATO do not have the troop strength, the weapons, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia; this is what makes the military scenario here so dangerously scary.

Were I in the bowels of power in NATO, the US, or Europe, I would be looking at trust and trade building actions relative to Russia; not warmongering and threatening.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Feb 09 10:09

‘A way to frighten people’: Cameron to warn Brexit will bring Calais ‘Jungle’ to UK

The front page of Britain’s Telegraph newspaper carries the headline .. “leaving the EU will bring the Calais Jungle to Kent.”

Feb 09 10:07

BORIS & BREXIT: Does he detect the wind is changing in favour of Vote Leave?

I wonder how many of you noticed, sitting at the back of the assembled Commons clonoids last Wednesday, the engrossed figure of London Mayor and Uxbridge MP at one & the same time, Boris Jobsdone. He was watching the Prime Minister bringing home the most inedible cut of faux bacon offered to the House since Neville Chamberlain became a hero by getting Hitler’s autograph in 1938.

Feb 09 09:03

Turkey's Erdogan threatened EU with flood of refugees: Leaked report

A newly leaked report has revealed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had threatened EU leaders with a flood of refugees unless Ankara was offered better funding to deal with the ongoing crisis.

Feb 09 08:53

CODE 291: SWEDISH POLICE COVER-UP THOUSANDS OF CRIMES INVOLVING “REFUGEES”

Rapes, assaults, terror threats kept secret

Feb 09 08:47

Swiss use tear gas, rubber bullets to break up Kurdish rally

Zurich police used tear gas and rubber bullets to try to break up a group of around 100 Kurdish activists holding an unauthorized demonstration outside the Turkish consulate in Switzerland's financial capital on Monday.

Police said the crowd threw stones, flags and other objects at the building, forcing authorities to seal off the area. One person was detained in the incident, which followed a largely peaceful march by demonstrators through downtown Zurich in the morning.

Feb 09 08:45

War games in Middle East could prepare UK for ‘potential’ Russian war with NATO – report

The British Army is to deploy 1,600 troops in Jordan to take part in war games which could be preparation for a potential ‘confrontation’ between Russia and NATO member countries in Eastern Europe, the Daily Telegraph has reported, citing sources.

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Feb 09 08:35

Seventy years of harassing political establishment and people of Europe

Contrary to appearances, the decision of the United States to investigate a possible Russian aid to anti-European parties is not intended to protect Europeans from foreign interference. This is quite the opposite. For 70 years, Washington controls the West European politics prohibiting all forms of genuine democracy.

Feb 09 08:35

Austrian Vice Chancellor, Head of Raiffeisen Decry Sanctions in Moscow

Fresh on the heals of the controversial visit of Bavaria's prime minister, who opposes sanctions, to meet with Putin, the Vice Chancellor of Austria and Head of Austria's major bank, Raiffeisen, have come to Moscow with the same message

Feb 09 08:26

Europe lacks independent will in face of US: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says European countries have no independent will in the face of the United States.

“This criticism applies to Europe that contrary to the past, it has no independent will vis-à-vis the US,” the Leader said in a meeting with visiting Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Tehran on Monday.

He added that the European countries should address this "weak point."

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Feb 08 14:19

The Neocons Do Not Want Peace In The World:Paul Craig Roberts

endless wars and endless reaping to benefit the banksters

Feb 08 13:40

U.S. to Increase Defense Spending by 400% Eastern Europe

The new budget proposal reveals that the U.S. military plans to quadruple its resources to confront “Russian aggression” and to strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe. “We’re reinforcing our posture in Europe to support our NATO allies in the face of Russia’s aggression,” commented Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

Feb 08 12:05

Saudi Arabia, NATO to discuss Syria troop deployment: Reports

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Saudi Arabia are reportedly set to discuss Riyadh’s proposal for troop deployment to Syria under the pretext of fighting Takfiri Daesh terrorists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another week and Assad and Putin will have finished kicking ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh/whatever out of Syria!

Feb 08 10:12

NATO to Mass Troops Along Russia Frontier; Biggest Buildup Since Cold War

In a move sparked by the latest Pentagon plans for a major increase in US military spending, NATO defense ministers are preparing to meet later this week to work out the details of a massive new deployment along the Russian border, with plans to up to 40,000 NATO personnel to head to the area

The Baltic states and some other NATO members have been playing up the idea of a Russian invasion of Europe for over a year now, and while nothing ever came of it, they keep adding troops to the area, with the latest deployment to be the largest NATO deployment since the Cold War.

The Pentagon’s spending hike itself came on the pretext of “Russian aggression,” though the US of course outspends Russia on its military by roughly a factor of 10. Several other NATO members have spending only a bit lower than Russia’s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO is very obviously preparing for a war against Russia; a war that it will, most likely lose, because like the US military, it doesn't have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

There is also the factor of the development of its weaponry.

When Russia's weapons developers have their products field deployed, they either work as advertised, or better than advertised.

Unfortunately in the West, weapons tend not to be up to spec when field deployed, do not work as advertised, are delivered late and way over budget.

A great case in point is the F-35, which still has massive problems, is hideously over-budget, and the schedule for which is slipping monumentally.

Feb 08 09:53

NIGEL FARAGE: It costs £55 MILLION a day to be an EU member – and for what?

Nick went with the line that we hear from the pro-EU establishment, including David Cameron, that Britain isn’t big enough to survive on the world stage as a self-governing, independent country. That how could we possibly hope to negotiate our own trade deals?

I responded to Nick that this pessimistic mindset was absolutely ridiculous. I pointed out that we are the fifth largest economy in the world and that Iceland, with a population of 320,000, had just signed a trade deal with China. I said if they were big enough to do this and if Switzerland had more free trade agreements than we did as EU members, I was absolutely certain that we too were big enough to strike these kind of exciting global trade deals outside of the EU.

Feb 08 09:52

Next time it’ll be 100,000: UK and EU cities see day of co-ordinated anti-Islamic rallies

UK PEGIDA has warned there will be "100,000 Britons marching on the streets against Islam" by the end of the year after a day of sometimes violent anti-Islamic migrant protests were staged across Europe.

Feb 08 09:48

EUROPEAN BANK BLOODBATH CRASHES BOND, STOCK MARKETS

Just as we warned, not only is it time to panic but the panic is 'contagion'-ing over into the sovereign risk market. European banks are in freefall, down over 4.3% broadly, crashing to 2012's "whatever it takes" lows.

European bank risk has gone vertical... Today's spike is the largest since April 2010.

So since Europe unleashed their "Bail-In" regulations, European banks have utterly imploded with Deustche most systemically affected as it seems more than one person is betting that Deutsche will be unable to raise enough capital and will be forced to haircut depositors on up in the capital structure.

Finally - for those desperate dip-buyers hoping for another move from Draghi - don't hold your breath... As Deutsche Bank itself warned, any more easing by The ECB or BOJ will only hurt banks (and certainly Deutsche). In other words, they are all officially trapped now.

Feb 08 09:34

EU Sanctions Against Russia Are Crumbling — But They're Likely to Remain

Though there is mounting opposition in Europe to the sanctions, the US is committed to keeping them. Opposition to the sanctions in Europe is still not strong enough to make sure they are lifted.

Feb 08 09:24

REMEMBER THAT GERMAN GOLD REPATRIATION? WELL, YOU MAY NOT HAVE HEARD ...

Now, when one puts those two statements together, one ends up with the idea that Germany stored its gold in the USA to keep it safe from the prospect of an invasion by the Warsaw Pact, and that it now wants its gold back from the USA because that trust in its ally is evaoprating under the solar flare of American-sponsored sanctions against Russia. Russia has no plans of invading Germany, and just about everybody knows this except the neocons in the American Pentagon and State department. To put it country simple: Germans want their country's gold on German soil because the USA is no longer to be trusted.

Feb 08 08:27

Iran, Greece sign economic MoUs to further bilateral ties

Tehran and Athens signed three political and economical MoUs on Monday.
Iran’s first Vice President Es’hagh Jahangiri officially welcomed Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at S'adabad Palace on Monday and discussed bilateral issues and cooperation between the two countries.

The two sides inked three momernda of understaning for political cooperation, memorandum of development to cancel visa regime and bilateral cooperation roadmap.

Feb 07 10:04

Cameron is sowing the seeds of fascism

Cameron emerged seemingly triumphant from this week’s meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk. As expected, three of his four criteria for supporting Britain’s continued membership in the EU – that is, the three largely meaningless ones – were more or less agreed. But Cameron also claimed victory over the one that was expected to be the sticking point: a four-year ban on in-work benefits for new EU migrants. Under existing treaties, EU nationals working in the UK are entitled to be treated the same as British citizens. However, Tusk has now agreed that Britain should be allowed to apply an “emergency brake,” which would block benefits to EU workers in Britain in certain ‘emergency’ circumstances. As yet, exactly what circumstances would qualify as ‘emergencies’ remains undefined, but according to Reuters, what Cameron and Tusk have in mind is the country’s “welfare system [being] under excessive strain”.

Feb 07 09:47

Violent clashes break out across the globe as thousands take to the streets in anti-Islam protests organised by far-right group PEGIDA

Violent scuffles broke out across Europe today as thousands of people taking part in far-right anti-Islam protests clashed with pro-immigration groups and riot control police.

Police in Dresden, Germany, saw about 2,000 protesters at a rally organised by the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West, making it the biggest of a coordinated series of demonstrations across European cities.

Known by its German acronym PEGIDA, the group emerged in Dresden two years ago and has become a magnet for far-right and anti-immigrant sentiment.

Feb 07 09:46

Thousands take part in anti-Islam Pegida protests across Europe

In Birmingham, protesters held signs saying 'Trump is right'

Feb 06 14:18

EU calls on Israel to halt demolition of Palestinian housing

The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the demolition of Palestinian housing, some of which was EU-funded, and reiterated its opposition to expanding Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Note: But we were holocau$$$ted!

Feb 06 11:02

Iran Restarts Relationships With European Oil Clients

Iran will start sending 300,000 barrels a day of crude to Europe, 54 percent of the total it shipped before authorities on the continent put an embargo in place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That will put more downward pressure on oil prices. Worse (for the US) Iran wants Europe to pay for the oil in Euros!

Feb 06 10:49

'If the Brits want to leave, let them' says President of the European Parliament

THE PRESIDENT of the European Parliament Martin Schulz has said that the British should be allowed to leave the EU if they want to, in an astonishing intervention which reveals that EU leaders expect a Brexit vote.

Feb 06 10:39

A Badly Wounded Deutsche Bank Lashes Out At Central Bankers: Stop Easing, You Are Crushing Us

"We have reached that fork in the road within the monetary twilight zone, where Europe's largest bank is openly defying central bank policy and demanding an end to easy money. Alas, since tighter monetary policy assures just as much if not more pain, one can't help but wonder just how the central banks get themselves out of this particular trap they set up for themselves."

Feb 06 10:09

Not the Promised Land: Migrants Leave Austria and Return to Middle East

Refugees and migrants in Austria are having second thoughts and making plans to return home to the Middle East, Deutsche Welle reported.

Feb 06 08:50

Here’s how this bus driver handled a young refugee punk

Despite what official government mouthpieces may be spouting, the people are not going to put up with violent behavior and assault from any so-called refugees, hailing from Syria or anywhere else.

Feb 06 01:05

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Feb 05 18:35

European Parliament's resolution on Crimea leaving no space for dialogue — lawmaker

European parliament's resolution on Crimea does not leave space for dialogue with Russia, Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of foreign policy committee in the upper house of Russian parliament said on Thursday.

"The European Parliament has passed a resolution on Crimea and naturally the one marked by categorical overtones that leave no space for dialogue," he wrote on his page in Facebook on Thursday.

Feb 05 16:08

‘EU not going to change’: France calls UK’s demands non-negotiable

A draft deal over Britain’s future membership of the European Union is driving a wedge between leaders.

Feb 05 14:43

Athens in flames: Protesters hurl Molotov cocktails at police as tens of thousands take to the streets during general strike over Greek pension reforms

Protesters clashed with riot police in Athens today as protests against pension reforms during a general strike turned into violent chaos.

Some 40,000 people had joined anti-government protests in the Greek capital, and although initially peaceful, sporadic clashes between anarchist protesters and police outside Parliament and in other parts of the city centre soon escalated.

Police used tear gas and stun grenades against the dozens of hooded anarchists, while street vendors, tourists, and onlookers ran to safety as the violence broke out.

Feb 05 10:29

IN SPAIN, THEY’RE GOING AFTER THE BANKSTERS

To Put Bankers Behind Bars, Spanish Citizens Take the 1% to Court

Feb 05 10:02

Russian menace pushes Sweden towards Nato

In the middle of the Baltic Sea, a chilly east wind blows across a former Cold War frontier.
After more than 20 years of strategic irrelevance, and thanks to increasingly unpredictable Russian behaviour, Gotland is back in the spotlight.
It is the latest chapter in the island's long military history, and one returning soldier is thrilled.
"It's almost a dream come true," says Lt Col Stefan Pettersson.
After a decade in civilian life, Pettersson is back in uniform, preparing to take command of the Swedish island's defences.
As he scans the snowy landscape where he and his colleagues used to train, he is still pinching himself.
"I always had a dream to come back as an officer and to do it here on Gotland and establish a new unit, it's perfect," he tells me.
The new Gotland battle group, expected to take shape by the end of next year, will number 300 full- and part-time soldiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Russian menace"?!?!?

Forgive me, but have the folks at BBC collectively lost their minds, gone barking mad, and conveniently forgotten of what real journalism consists, in order to vomit up this codswallop?!?

And how the hell are they going to convince anyone of alleged "...increasingly unpredictable Russian behaviour..." without any provable allegations thereof?!?!?

These wild-ass allegations, which cannot be substantiated in fact, appear to be a further demonisation of Russia, and is the kind of smear tactic which is most generally a prelude to war.

And lastly, will someone please politely remind whoever wrote this more than insane headline, with allegations which they cannot prove in fact (because otherwise, why wouldn't they?!?) that in the age of the internet, "the big lie" went out with the dribble glass and whoopee cushion?!?

Now, that would be a kindness!!

Webmaster addition: They are just recycling the same bovine excrement they used in the 1950s!

Feb 05 09:09

UKRAINE GOVERNMENT IN CHAOS AS DEALS WITH OLIGARCHS, NEO-FASCISTS FRAY

The deal was pretty simple: in exchange for aligning with the Western-backed, post-coup government in Kiev against Russia, the corrupt oligarch class of Ukraine could keep their economic power and the wealth they made looting the country. The arrangement had the value of helping to temporarily secure the government in Kiev from a second coup and providing a funding source for the far-right militias sent to fight Russian-backed separatists in the east. The oligarchs largely went along for fear of losing their positions, or even their lives, as the government in Kiev had come to power through violence and vocal opponents of the new regime began disappearing.

Feb 05 09:04

UK, Sweden reject UN panel ruling in favor of Julian Assange

Britain says it rejects a UN panel ruling that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the victim of arbitrary detention at the Ecuadorian embassy in London and insists he will still be extradited to Sweden if arrested in the UK.

“This changes nothing,” a British government spokesman responded to the UN decision, adding that London will formally contest the ruling.

The UK insists that Assange is voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest by staying at the Ecuadorian mission in the British capital and Whitehall is “deeply frustrated that this unacceptable situation is still being allowed to continue.”

Feb 05 08:51

Exposed: The EU’s shocking plan to criminalise people who help refugees

The Council of the European Union has proposed legislation that could criminalise volunteers trying to help refugees arriving into Europe.

Feb 05 08:21

UN panel rules Julian Assange arbitrarily detained, entitled to liberty & compensation

A UN panel has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been ‘arbitrarily detained’ in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, calling upon the UK and Sweden to end Assange’s deprivation of liberty.

"The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) … considered that Mr. Julian Assange was arbitrarily detained by the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” the statement said.

The group concluded that the WikiLeaks founder “is entitled to his freedom of movement and to compensation.”

Feb 05 08:05

Tear gas fired at 50,000 protesters, terror police raiding refugee centres and call for a rethink of the Geneva Convention... Chaos, crisis and just another day in the EU

Too many migrants are using the ‘outdated’ Geneva Convention to enter Europe when they are not in genuine need, Finland’s president has warned.

Sauli Niinisto called for a rethink of the 1951 UN treaty that obliges signatories – including Britain – to offer sanctuary to those fleeing danger.

He said it was not right that anyone could say the word ‘asylum’ on arrival and have the right to cross into Europe.

Feb 05 08:02

Swedish Minister vows to curb refugee flows in 2016

Sweden's Migration Agency said on Thursday it expected up to 140,000 asylum seekers in 2016 but the government said it would not allow numbers to get anywhere near that, and vowed to introduce further measures to curb the influx if needed.

Feb 05 07:51

Sweden: Death By Immigration

The atmosphere on Swedish social media is now almost revolutionary. People post videos of themselves accusing the government of murder, of filling Sweden with violent people.

When Alexandra Mezher was murdered, she was alone in the residence with ten asylum seekers. She was stabbed by one of the "children" she cared for.

When National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson appeared on the "Good Morning Sweden" TV show, the day after Mezher's murder, he expressed sympathy for the murderer, but barely mentioned the victim. This sparked frenzied outrage on social media.

Feb 04 13:29

'It's you who created Daesh!’ shouts woman at John Kerry as press conference winds up.

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Italy was disrupted by a cry of protest at his joint press conference with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, when a woman in the audience shouted, “it’s you who created Daesh!”

The press conference was coming to an end, when the woman stood up from the public, her head covered up by a black veil.

“It’s you who created Daesh!” she shouted at the two ministers, using another name for the terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), reported the Italian state-owned television channel RAI.

Feb 04 11:04

Border controls and passport checks would cost Europe up to €100bn, report claims

The return of border checks across the 26 members of the Schengen passport-free travel zone would reduce GDP by 0.8%, according to the French Government

Feb 04 10:52

Provocative’ NATO Build-Up Threatens Remaining US-Russia Ties

The decision by the US Department of Defense to boost spending on confronting Russia in Europe and fighting the Islamic State elsewhere will provide no military benefit whatsoever, former US Chief of Naval Operations science and policy advisor Theodore Postol told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The proposed boost in NATO-related spending is "a provocation that builds on the ‘original sin’ of NATO expansion, which led to the predictable breakdown of relations between Russia and the West," Postol stated on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the Defense Department will spend 50 percent more in fiscal year 2017 on its fight against the Islamic State and will request $3.4 billion in its fiscal year 2017 budget to support NATO allies in Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The narrative here, which this analyst has not yet grasped, is the reality that the US government is spoiling for an actual military confrontation against Russia, to prevent the rise of the Russian economy and the ruble.

Look at the Russian demonisation in the West right now, coupled with a massive pre-positioning of arms, material, and troops in Europe, and particularly in Eastern Europe.

Just because a move may well be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the American government can do is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it will not do it.

The problem here is that the US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia, and that is what makes a military option here so scarily dangerous.

Feb 04 10:38

DAX Plunges To 1 Year Lows As Deutsche Bank CoCos Crash, Italian Bank Stocks Slide

The collapse of Deutsche Bank continues to not just accelerate but to contagiously spread...

Deutsche Bank's CDS continues to push higher...smashing European bank risk to its highest since 2013...

And now Deutsche Bank's Contingent Capital securities are crashing - these are among the lowest securities on DB's capital structure and are screaming that problems loom.

Feb 04 09:55

David Cameron prompts anger by telling MPs to ignore the views of eurosceptic grassroots members

The Prime Minister warned backbenchers not to take a view on the vote “because of what your constituency association might say”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cameron is essentially saying that the desires of the British people are to be ignored at all costs.

Feb 04 09:10

Poland extends deadline for considering creating Nord Stream-2 joint venture to 4 months

According to the statement, the management has recognized the need to continue considering the issue and that it is still necessary to examine the impact of the deal on the Polish market of gas supply. Earlier the Polish government has repeatedly criticized plans to build the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, calling the project "a geopolitical project of Russia". "Poland does not agree with the project North Stream-2," Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlow explained the government’s position on the pipeline.

Feb 04 09:03

Swedish feminists: “Please don’t protect us if we get raped by immigrants”

Feminists in Sweden have launched a new campaign against men that wants to protect women from being raped.

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Feb 04 08:20

Farage: It's people power that will win this referendum

Feb 04 08:12

Tear gas, Molotov cocktails deployed during general strike in Greece (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Tear gas and Molotov cocktails have been deployed during a demonstration in Syntagma Square, Athens, where around 50,000 Greeks marched on parliament during a general strike.

Groups of youths then broke away from the crowd and began hurling stones and petrol bombs at police on Thursday. Officers responded with rounds of tear gas and stun grenades, witnesses told Reuters.

Feb 04 07:45

Why I Use the Term ‘AngloZionist’, and Why It’s Important

"How long are we going to continue to allow the top 1% of Jews enjoy a bizarre form of political immunity because they hide behind the memory of Jews murdered during WWII..."

"We need to start talking freely about the “elephant in the room” and stop fearing reprisal..."

Feb 03 17:33

EX-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn joins Ukraine bank

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been appointed to the supervisory board of a bank owned by Ukraine's second richest businessman Viktor Pinchuk. Kiev's Kredit-Dnipro Bank said the decision to accept Strauss-Kahn and five others to the advisory body was taken on Monday and goes into immediate effect. It added that Strauss-Kahn would serve as an independent committee member who does not represent shareholders' interests.

Feb 03 16:22

‘Possible victims of sex, slavery’: Over 10,000 migrant kids missing in EU

Human traffickers are taking advantage of Europe’s refugee crisis to find sex and labor slaves, particularly children, Europol says.

Feb 03 13:58

The mechanics of globalism – Migration as a weapon of war and ethno-engineering

It is this ‘humanitarian’ narrative EU officials have volunteered to both their constituents and the media – this idea that Western nations hold a duty of care and protection over the millions displaced by war.

Indeed, Western powers are responsible. Actually no … their role far exceeds the responsibility since the Mid-East has burnt under their fire. Let us remember which powers in fact engineered and purposely exported destabilization to the MENA over the past decade. From Iraq, to Syria, Libya and Yemen, military pyres have lit up many skies, engulfing all in their wake.

I would argue that Western powers stand guilty of crimes against humanity; responsibility is not strong enough of a word to define what in fact they have inflicted onto several continents.

Feb 03 13:53

Not About Security: Pentagon Spending in Europe Lines Washington's Pockets

The Obama administration's plan to quadruple US military spending in Europe "has nothing to do with defending or protecting the United States," a defense policy expert told Radio Sputnik’s Brian Becker.

Feb 03 12:34

NATO WELCOMES US PLAN TO STRENGTHEN ITS MILITARY PRESENCE IN EUROPE

As Xinhua reports, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the United States’ announcement it would increase significantly its military presence in Europe. The US Secretary of defense Ash Carter on Tuesday announced that the US plans to strengthen its military presence in Europe. «I strongly welcome this proposal», – said Stoltenberg, adding the budget request, if approved, will lead to a quadrupling of funding to 3.4 billion US dollars in 2017 for the US force posture in Europe. This will enhance the rotation of US forses and intensify military training and exercises.

Feb 03 11:13

Ford To Cut Hundreds Of Jobs In UK And Germany

Car maker Ford is to shed hundreds of jobs in the UK and Germany as part of a programme to save $200m (£138m) a year.

The group said it was launching a voluntary redundancy programme as it looked to slash costs across its European business, in the face of mounting regulatory costs.

Feb 03 11:13

In bid to counter Putin, Obama seeks to quadruple military spending in Europe

President Barack Obama's administration said Tuesday it was seeking to expand U.S. military spending in Europe four-fold in a bid to reassure allies still unsettled by Russia's incursion into Ukraine.

The new spending would increase to $3.4 billion under the new plan, which is set to be formally unveiled next week as part of Obama's final presidential budget.

The Pentagon also said Tuesday it was ramping up spending for the battle against ISIS, doubling last year's request to $7 billion.

The White House said that figure would allow for "continuous U.S. armored brigade rotations" through stations in central and eastern Europe, as well as ramped-up U.S. participation in NATO military exercises and the deployment of additional combat vehicles and supplies to the region.

Obama has sought to affirm the U.S. commitment to NATO ever since Russia annexed sections of Ukraine in 2014, causing alarm in other neighboring countries, some of which belong to the military alliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia is not the problem here; it is the warmongers in the Administration and Congress who never met a good faith attempt at real-world negotiations they did not utterly despise.

The ugly truth of the business is, this money will be earmarked for pre-positioning troops and weapons into Europe, ultimately for a war against Russia.

Feb 03 09:09

Austrian Vice-Chancellor: Nord Stream 2 will ensure more stable gas supplies to Europe

The Nord Stream 2 project will ensure more stable gas supplies to Europe, Austrian Vice-Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner said at a meeting with Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday. "We should ask ourselves whether we can jointly implement the Nord Stream 2 project in order to ensure more stable gas supplies to Europe and deepen our contacts," he said. According to Vice-Chancellor, he has already discussed the project with Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak and spoke about it with Chairman of Gazprom's management committee Alexey Miller on Tuesday. "And here we’ve achieved very positive results," he said.

Feb 03 08:54

New financial MELTDOWN set to sink EU as German banks lose £14,292,610,000.00 in 90 DAYS

EUROPE'S biggest economy was plunged into fresh chaos tonight amid warnings a new financial crisis in Germany could destroy the EU.

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The US markets are not doing well, either! The DOW is back in the 15000s.

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