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Apr 07 12:48

Authentic Journalism that Challenges Empire and Its Centers of Power

Exposing Lies of the Empire is a monumental work.

Some years back, I was approached to come up with a story that I’d really like to cover. There were many, but right away I was drawn to a story whose angle was completely marginalized in any media I had checked. I was interested to go to Zimbabwe and get a genuine impression from Zimbabweans of how they view the direction of their country under the government of Robert Mugabe. How they viewed the redistribution of land within the country.

In the case of theft, when the stolen property is recovered, the usually accepted, and rightful, custom is that the property be returned to its rightful owner(s).

Apr 07 12:43

Top Donor to Clinton Foundation (jewish) Oligarch in Ukraine

Follow the Money

Between 2009 and 2013, including when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, based in Kiev, Ukraine.

In 2008, Mr. Pinchuk made a five-year, $29 million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, a wing of the foundation that coordinates charitable projects and funding for them but doesn’t handle the money. The pledge was to fund a program to train future Ukrainian leaders and professionals “to modernize Ukraine,” according to the Clinton Foundation.

It said that if Mr. Pinchuk was lobbying the State Department about Ukraine, “this cannot be seen as anything but a good thing.”

Oh certainly, all you have to do is take a brief look at Ukraine to see what a wonderful thing it has been.

Apr 07 12:37

RAP NEWS 24: ISRAEL & PALESTINE

“America’s last taboo” Edward Said.

Decades of failed peace talks have led nowhere; but do not lose hope just yet. Join Robert Foster as he attempts to host the first ever Middle East Peace Raps, using rhyme and reason to bring together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and a representative of Hamas. The picture would not be complete however, without a discussion of “America’s last taboo” (as Edward Said once referred to it): the USA’s role as Israel’s best – and only – buddy in the world (Ok, together with Australia). Featuring special cameos from prominent American Jewish scholar, Dr. Norman Finkelstein, and Palestinian rap legends, DAM, this is an episode for the ages. Join us as we bravely (or perhaps stupidly) take on one of the most bitter, divisive and controversial conflicts of our times: Israel & Palestine.

Apr 07 11:21

Eastern European civilians undergo military training amid Russia threat

NATO aircraft scream across eastern European skies and American armored vehicles rumble near the border with Russia on a mission to reassure citizens that they're safe from Russian aggression.

But these days, ordinary people aren't taking any chances.

Apr 07 10:51

Donbass leaders to Germany, France: Make Kiev pay pensions approved by Minsk deal

Kiev is pocketing the money it has to transfer for social payments in war-torn areas, the rebel leaders said, calling on Germany and France to put pressure on President Poroshenko. Ukrainian officials claim they cannot transfer the pensions.

Apr 07 10:50

Czechoslovak Reservists Issue Memorandum against NATO

For the first time since the end of the 2nd World War we see a genuine threat of war yet again. Consequently, we consider it necessary to issue the following statement.

We, the Czechoslovak soldiers in reserve, unanimously reject any participation in battles that are geopolitical acts of aggression of the global elite by way of NATO and the support of our governments.

Apr 07 10:47

Land grab in Ukraine is Monsanto’s backdoor to the EU

The quest for Ukraine’s legendary black earth is almost complete. To the dismay of French, Polish, German farmers, the multinational agricultural corporation Monsanto, as well as DuPont Pioneer and John Deere, have all lobbied for access to the largest agricultural market in Eastern Europe. This will soon reshape the market for agricultural products in the EU and spell ruin for Europe’s farmers.

In Nov. 2013, the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation drafted a legal amendment that will benefit global ag producers by allowing the widespread use of genetically modified seeds. Taking a backseat to the dramatic political developments there, this turn of events went almost unnoticed, although Monsanto has been lobbying within Ukraine’s agricultural market for quite a while. Back in 2007 the US embassy in Kiev demanded that the Ukrainian government take action against sellers of “fake” seeds (i.e., producers competing with TNCs).

Apr 07 09:24

Greece offers 5 key points for consensus with intl creditors

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has unveiled his plan on reviving the Greek economy by both meeting the IMF requirements and circuiting the austerity measures. A preliminary agreement over proposal is expected on April 24.

Apr 07 08:56

Credit-Default Hypocrites - How Wall Street is gaming the Greek bailout.

Remember that back in the housing crisis of 2008, it was largely the inability of AIG to make payment on the credit-default swaps it had sold that triggered the cascade of incipient failures that required enormous government intervention. Remember the $182 billion investment taxpayers made in AIG—$12.9 billion of which went straight to Goldman Sachs?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So basically, how Wall Street is going to evade the Credit Default Swaps on Greece's (and eventually Europe's) default is they are going to simply vote not to honor those Credit Default Swaps, which means all those who bought those Credit Default Swaps are holding worthless paper! And now you know why Wall Street has armored defenses built right into the streets, for those occasions they screw their own customers.!

Apr 07 05:01

Decrypted new record fragments of the crash side Kaczynski

Polish experts have deciphered the new recordings from the cockpit of the crashed near Smolensk on 10 April 2010, the presidential Tu-154M, which confirm that in a moment of tragedy, air force commander of Poland put pressure on the crew, said on Tuesday the Polish radio station RMF FM.
In the crash near Smolensk total of 96 people died - eight crew members and 88 passengers, including the President of Poland Lech Kaczynski, his wife and part of the leadership of the country. The district military Prosecutor in Warsaw for almost five years investigating the causes and circumstances of the tragedy.
According to radio station, the new data decoding "black boxes" fully acknowledge that in the cockpit of the presidential plane to the moment of the crash was chief of the air force of the Polish General Andrzej Blasik who allegedly put pressure on the crew.

Apr 06 21:59

The Iran deal and the big game in Eurasia

Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, which overthrew the dictatorship of US-backed Shah in 1979, a constant in US foreign policy has been an unrelenting hostility to Iran. Washington supported Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein´s war against Iran (1980-1988). In 2003, the Bush administration prepared plans for war with Iran. Since 2011, the US and its European Union allies have subjected Iran to the toughest economic sanctions regime in history.

Apr 06 14:08

Plans for the Ukrainization of Moldova

The possible “unfreezing” of the Transnistrian conflict would mainly benefit the US and could create new problems for Russia.

Apr 06 11:27

Greece plans return to drachma and nationalization of banks

“We are a Left-wing government. If we have to choose between a default to the IMF or a default to our own people, it is a no-brainer,” said a senior official.

Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country’s banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands.

Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.

Apr 06 11:24

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich: Iran Nuclear Deal Differences

U.S and Tehran disagree over Sanctions lift.

Tehran accuses the U.S. of spinning the nuclear deal.

Iran was never in violation of the NPT.

Most importantly, we must think about (upholding) the International treaties.

International treaties are being held hostage by the west.

There has been a lot of interference inside Iran by Washington. The nuclear issue is just an excuse to undermine the Islamic Republic and has very little to do with anything else.

Russia is opposed to snap back inspections and phased out sanctions.

Russia is a UN Security Council member and is present in the negotiations.

Apr 06 11:21

Devil is in Western Interpretation of Iran Nuclear Deal

A closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

After investing so much political capital in achieving a nuclear deal, it is understandable that all sides of the stand-off would claim the Lausanne accord arrived at this week to be an “achievement”.

However, a closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

Apr 06 08:12

Poland to build WATCHTOWERS along border with Russian exclave of Kaliningrad amid heightened tensions with Moscow

The towers, costing the Polish government £2.5million, will range from 115ft to 164ft and help monitor the 124mile long border between the two countries using CCTV.

Apr 06 08:01

All the key dates in Greece's April debt drama

Apr 05 14:17

Yemen – the Big Picture

As usual, western media are deliberately confusing in communicating on the latest Mid-East conflict which eventually led to the recent atrocious bombing of Yemen by the US-directed Saudi alliance, including Qatar and other Gulf monarchies. They are proxies, to be sure, for their Washington masters. My heart is bleeding for Yemen, a country of warm and generous people I got to know well, working with them in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Yemen, like Ukraine, is just another square on the geopolitical chess board which the exceptional nation aims to dominate.

It is certainly true, where ever the US and its NATO cronies put their heavy boots, they create lasting misery and chaos

Apr 05 12:34

US Ambassador to Czech Republic Frozen Out for Undiplomatic Advice

The doors of the Czech presidential residence are now closed to US Ambassador in Prague after he advised Czech leader Milos Zeman against attending a Victory Day parade in Moscow.

Apr 05 12:23

Raimondo: The Iran Deal

It’s a good one – but can it survive the US Congress?

Israel has been threatening to attack Iran unilaterally for years, including during these negotiations, and they are not above launching a provocation – one that will ignite a conflict that would envelope the entire Middle East and much of the world.

As I said in my last column, the US Congress is the catch, the fly in the ointment that could nix this deal and lead us down the path to another war in the Middle East. Nothing has been signed. What we have is a framework, one that will lead to a fuller agreement in June – if Congress doesn’t step in and stop it.

Apr 05 08:26

Germany Generously Offers To Freeze The Bank Accounts Of Wealthy Greeks

Back in 2013, when one cuts through the rhetoric and posturing, what the Cyprus depositor bail-in and subsequent capital controls were all about, was an attempt to confiscate deposits of ultra-wealthy Russian billionaires held the banks of this beloved by the Russian oligarchy offshore tax haven. At least that was the theory: in practice the wealthiest Russians got advance notice of what the Greek government in collaboration with the Eurogroup was planning, and quietly moved their funds to even safer offshore venues, leaving the local population to pick up the pieces.

Apr 04 17:15

Polish airport used by CIA obtains millions in EU funds

A small airport in north-eastern Poland used by the CIA to fly in kidnapped detainees for torture at a nearby intelligence training camp has received over €30 million in EU funds.

The EU money is part of a larger €48.5 million sum to turn the former military airstrip into an international commercial airport known as Szymany.

The Brussels-executive has no oversight because the amounts taken from the European regional development fund are too small for it to have a direct stake.

It is instead administered and managed by regional authorities who diverted all the funds into a company they set up after obliging a local Polish-Israeli businessman, who had been instrumental in securing the EU grant, to hand over the airport’s lease.

Apr 04 14:28

GREEK CRISIS: literal error of the Year so far

Apr 04 13:29

University wimps buckle under Zionist pressure to kill ground-breaking conference

Southampton University, after giving permission to hold a ground-breaking academic conference on International Law and the State of Israel, has been bullied into cancelling.

“The University claims that it does not have enough resources to mitigate the risks despite a clear statement from the Police confirming that they are able to deal with the protest and ensure the security of the event...."

The university must fulfill its legal obligation to protect free speech and academic discussion...

Apr 04 13:24

The Global siege on Israel: a report from the World Social Forum

The closing of this multi-billion-dollar company can be one of the greatest BDS victories yet.

In June, 2010, when Israeli forces attacked unarmed aid ships of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, killing ten passengers (including one who died this year from injuries), dockworkers around the world refused to unload or load Israeli ships or cargo.

Based on the results in the US, we believe that if ten ports worldwide are closed to Zim, the company’s losses may cause it to close its doors. If Zim and the state of Israel are worried that this movement may become infectious, we can all be proud to spread the virus.

Apr 04 13:19

Menendez is Israel lobby’s asset in US Senate

The Senate panel is scheduled to vote on April 14 on the legislation he co-authored with Corker demanding congressional review of an Iran agreement.

Israel lobby influences “the United States’ foreign policy by intervention with certain of their assets within the Senate,”

Harris said if you look at the people who are opposed to normalizing relationships with Iran and lifting the sanctions against the Islamic Republic, “you’ll find that among the biggest campaign contributors are usually AIPAC and other assets that Israel lobby dictates and controls.”

Apr 04 13:15

Shattered — Nothing is Right in the Middle East

The West worked very hard to turn the Middle East into what it is now. It took centuries to transfigure this culturally deep and great part of the world into the horror show. But it is done!

There is nothing, absolutely nothing right in the Middle East these days. There seems to be no hope left, and no fervor. All that was pure was dragged through filth. All that was great here was stolen or smashed by the outsiders. Enthusiasm had been ridiculed, then drowned, or burned to ashes, or shattered by tanks and missiles.

Apr 04 10:39

NATO Trains New 'High Readiness' Task Force

With many countries in Eastern Europe on edge over increased military activity, NATO has decided to form a new fighting force designed to respond swiftly in the face of threats.

The Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) will include about 5,000 troops, primarily from France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain, with maritime, special operations and aviation units.

A US soldier greets the media as custom officers inspect an Abrams main battle tank, for U.S. troops deployed in the Baltics as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve.

At the Gates: NATO Says Its Military at Russian Border 'Below Substantial'
The “spearhead force,” as NATO describes it, is meant to give the rest of the 30,000 service members in the NATO Response Force (NRF) time to mobilize.

NATO Defense Ministers decided to create the high-readiness force “In light of the changing security environment to the east and south of the Alliance’s borders,” the coalition said on its website.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great NATO propaganda.

But looking at NATO'S performance in Afghanistan, 13 years on, I find myself very skeptical as to whether this JTF can actually achieve what it hopes to accomplish in combat.

Apr 04 09:34

Warnings: Sweden is Heading Toward a Cliff

Warnings: Sweden is Headed Toward "a Cliff" thanks to a crazy, unsustainable immigration policy. These are Interview excerpts with Swedish economic researcher Tino Sanandaji. Sanandaji has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is a contributor to National Review. He is a research fellow at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics in Stockholm. His family is Kurdish and came to Sweden from Iran.

Apr 04 08:53

Greece Drawing Up Contingency Plans To Nationalize Banks, Bring In Parallel Currency: Report

Greece's government is drawing up contingency plans to nationalize the country's banks and introduce a parallel currency, as the cash-strapped country teeters on the brink of defaulting on a key international loan.

Apr 04 08:52

NATO: Iran Deal or Not, Missile Shield Will Stay

NATO will go ahead with its plans to deploy a fully-fledged missile defense network in Europe despite the recent agreement with Tehran aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, spokeswoman Oana Lungescu told Sputnik on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because that missile shield was never about Iran, but about Russia!

Apr 04 08:29

Is Greece About to Play its Geopolitical Trump Card and Ignite a Chain Reaction Across Europe?

If the EMU powers persist mechanically with their stale demands – even reverting to terms that the previous pro-EMU government in Athens rejected in December – they risk setting off a political chain-reaction that can only eviscerate the EU Project as a motivating ideology in Europe.

Apr 04 08:04

‘EU has already collapsed’– Beppe Grillo to RT

The EU is an absolutely useless grouping; if it really was a community, European nations could have easily saved Greece and prevented it from being in the situation it is now, Beppe Grillo, an Italian comedian and the leader of Five Star Movement told RT.

In an exclusive interview with RT, Grillo, a comedian turned political activist shared his views on current events in Europe and what might be expected in the future, adding that the sooner Italy leaves the eurozone the better.

Apr 03 20:30

Ukrainian lawmakers set to remove premier

Ukrainian lawmakers are set to remove the embattled country’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk over corruption charges.

The legislators will remove Yatsenyuk from his post through voting next week after a temporary investigative anti-corruption commission is established, Sergei Kaplin, the representative of the largest faction in the Ukrainian parliament, Petro Poroshenko Bloc, said on Friday.

Apr 03 17:41

Greece preparing for Grexit, own currency – media

Athens is currently trying to negotiate a new bailout deal with its Troika of creditors

Apr 03 15:37

Greece considering nationalising its banks and issuing new currency

Greece’s government is prepared to nationalise the country’s banks and could create a new currency to pay its bills unless the eurozone nations back down over austerity, sources have reportedly said.

Apr 03 15:21

Unpatentable Vegetables Are Now Patentable In Europe

Of course, it's not so surprising that a specialist patent court at the EPO should hand down a judgment in favor of granting more patents, just as has occurred in the US. What's troubling is that if and when the completely independent Unified Patent Court system is introduced in Europe, there will be no way to rein in the patent courts as has finally started to happen in the US.

Apr 03 15:00

The Troika in a Greek tavern

A German TV programme uses comedy to depict the grim reality of the Troika-imposed Greek austerity programme.

Apr 03 14:01

Greece preparing for Grexit, own currency

Athens is currently trying to negotiate a new bailout deal with its Troika of creditors, but if that falls ‘Plan B’ could reportedly involve getting rid of the euro and cutting off its banking system from the European Central Bank.

Apr 03 13:31

EU Surprised About Kiev Plans to Spend Loan on Border Wall Construction

In early April, Ukraine plans to start wall building on the border with Russia. Brussels is not delighted about the fact that Kiev will spend a substantial part of the EU aid package for this purpose.

Apr 03 11:00

IS GREECE ABOUT TO PLAY ITS GEOPOLITICAL TRUMP CARD AND IGNITE A CHAIN REACTION ACROSS EUROPE?

If the EMU powers persist mechanically with their stale demands – even reverting to terms that the previous pro-EMU government in Athens rejected in December – they risk setting off a political chain-reaction that can only eviscerate the EU Project as a motivating ideology in Europe.

Forced Grexit would entrench a pervasive suspicion that EU bodies are ultimately agents of creditor enforcement. It would expose the Project’s post-war creed of solidarity as so much humbug.

Greece could not plausibly remain in NATO if ejected from EMU in acrimonious circumstances. It would drift into the Russian orbit, where Hungary’s Viktor Orban already lies. The southeastern flank of Europe’s security system would fall apart.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could well be the nail in the coffin of the Euro, and possibly sink NATO as well.

Only time will tell how this will play out.

Apr 03 09:33

Second black box shows co-pilot accelerated during descent

The data from the second black box has shown the co-pilot in the Germanwings plane sped up several times during the descent, according to the French air accidents investigative body.

The initial findings from the plane’s flight data recorder indicate 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz used the autopilot to direct the jet towards the ground.

“Several times during the descent, the pilot adjusted the automatic pilot so as to increase the speed of the plane as it descended,” the French air accidents investigation body BEA said in a statement.

Apr 03 08:31

Austria Expresses Concern Over Their Gold At BOE

The Austrian Court of Audit expresses great concern about the disproportionate amount of official gold reserves (229.6 tonnes) stored at the Bank Of England (BOE), which will be the Austrians excuse for repatriating, “the gold depository contract with the depository in England contained deficiencies” and, “gold reserves stored abroad, internal auditing measures were lacking”. They’re putting it blunt for an official source on a topic so sensitive as gold.

Apr 03 08:30

‘Army go, home!’: US military convoy confronted by more protests returning to German base

A US military convoy has completed its grand tour across Eastern Europe with over a hundred armored vehicles greeted by anti-war protesters at the gates of their base in the German city of Vilseck.

Since March 21, around 120 vehicles, mainly Stryker AFVs – which took part in the Baltic drills near the Russian border – drove 1770 kilometers through Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia and the Czech Republic.

The US military said that it was their longest road march across the territory of Europe since World War II.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a PR stunt, this has backfired big time!

Apr 03 08:29

Greece submits 26-page reform plan to get €7.2bn bailout

The Greek Finance Ministry has put together a 26-page list of policy reforms, which calls for €19 billion in funds this year. The reforms also plan to tackle tax evasion, and propose a €1.5 billion privatization plan.

Greece’s international creditors- the European Commission, International Monetary Fund, and European Central Bank- must OK the detailed reform plan before Greece can unlock its next €7.2 billion in bailout funds and avoid going bankrupt. The Greek government is still hesitant to push through the reforms, as they don't align with hardline promises made back in January.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"FUCK THE PEOPLE; GIVE US MORE MONEY!!!" -- The Money Junkies Credo

Apr 03 04:15

Average month salary in Switzerland:

Apr 03 02:35

Lithuania’s CIA prison investigation ‘small step’ after ‘years of foot-dragging’

Lithuanian prosecutors have reopened an investigation into secret CIA prisons – or ‘black sites’ – which the country hosted as part of the US Agency’s rendition and torture programme.

Apr 02 14:20

Greece Faces D-Day On April 9, Will Default Within 30 Days Of Missed Payment, BofAML Says

Greece officially runs out of cash on April 9 according to Reuters, citing Eurozone officials, and with interest payments due on the 17th and the 20th, and with €2.4 billion in t-bills coming due in two weeks, BofAML outlines the end game.

Apr 02 14:05

Merkel’s ‘Anti-Russian Front’ Falls Apart – German Newspaper

More and more European countries oppose an extension of anti-Russian sanctions and disagree with the German policy towards Russia.

Apr 02 10:18

Romania will host NATO heavy arms if asked, as they support ‘every venture’ – bloc chief

A decision on whether Romania will host NATO’s heavy military equipment will soon be made public, General Philip Breedlove announced on his visit to Bucharest as the alliance’s armed armada parades through E. Europe as a “message of reassurance.”

Apr 02 07:31

BEX Alert - "Belgium insurer refuses cover for Jewish kindergarten over anti-Semitic attack risk"

A Belgian insurance company has refused to renew the policy of a Jewish kindergarten in Brussels. They cited the recent growth of anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish organizations, adding that the risk of insuring the school was too high.

The European Jewish Kindergarten is located in the same Brussels district as the European Union headquarters and it normally enrolls around 20 to 30 children per year. The decision by the Belgian insurance firm not to renew the school’s insurance policy was taken in relation to a marked increase in the number of terrorist and anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish institutions over the last few years.

Apr 02 07:17

100s of Greek pensioners stage anti-austerity protests

Hundreds of Greek pensioners have taken to the streets in several cities across the country to show their anger at austerity measures in the debt-ridden nation.

Apr 02 07:14

EAEU Currency Union and De-dollarization

A currency union has become the logical conclusion of establishing a single integrated union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). It will move the Eurasian economy to a new level. The single currency, that will possibly be called altyn, will become the basis for the formation of a single market and perhaps even a single economy.

The Russian president Vladimir Putin came up with the proposal of creating the currency union during a working visit to Astana. The Russian leader believes that introduction of the new currency in the next year will help protect the economy of the EAEU.

Apr 02 06:50

Iceland Stuns Banks: Plans To Take Back The Power To Create Money

Who knew that the revolution would start with those radical Icelanders? It does, though. One Frosti Sigurjonsson, a lawmaker from the ruling Progress Party, issued a report today that suggests taking the power to create money away from commercial banks, and hand it to the central bank and, ultimately, Parliament.

Apr 01 21:27

Yemen Echoes of 1930s Aggression and Descent into Barbarism

The latest Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, overseen by Washington, has been condemned by Iran, Russia and China.

Both the Arab League and the United Nations have fully transformed themselves into the ill-fated League of Nations that more than 70 years ago disgraced itself into oblivion when it failed to condemn foreign aggressions that eventually led to the cataclysm of World War Two.

As delegates gathered in Egypt’s resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh for the Arab League last weekend, nearly half of its member states were at the same time openly engaged in an aerial blitz on one of the League’s weakest countries – Yemen.

Apr 01 21:24

In Yemen, and Middle East, U.S. Needs to Learn When to Quit

Author’s note: The New York Times’ Room For Debate poses the question “Is Yemen America’s fight?” and asks whether the United States should be involved in regional efforts to fight the Houthis in Yemen.

Here’s my short essay on why the US has no business being there – and why Washington needs to rein in the Saudis before they embroil us all in an even bigger mess.

At the rate the Saudis are escalating, any full-on war in Yemen will cripple the entire Arabian Peninsula, and that would be a disaster for all key U.S. policy interests in the region.

Apr 01 14:08

Raw Awakening: Prospects for Ukraine’s EU Integration Slipping Away to Vanish beyond the Horizon

The Maidan revolution involved grassroots into the process of power change. The integration with the European Union was promulgated as one of the main goals. The association agreement was a step on the way. It was signed on March 21, 2014. A year has passed, but there are no tangible results. The prospects for integration have become even murkier than they were back then.

Apr 01 09:49

World-famous scientist Jane Goodall condemns GMO food and fraudulent industry 'science'

If Europe weakens its standards to allow the cultivation and import of untested genetically modified organisms (GMOs), it will be making a monumental and irreversible mistake based on corporate lies and pseudoscience. This was the emphatic warning recently given by primate expert and world-renowned scientist Jane Goodall, who boldly came out in condemnation of efforts at the political level to usher more "Frankenstein Food" into Europe against the collective will of the European people.

Apr 01 09:36

Holocaust Denial Laws: Evidence Inadmissable, Defense Forbidden

In the speech, Stolz discusses her experiences as a defence lawyer for so-called Holocaust deniers in Germany, and describes the Orwellian system of state-enforced repression there which denies defendants (and their lawyers!) the right to explain themselves under threat of additional charges for the “repeat offence” of expressing a forbidden idea, even in their own defence in a court of law. Stolz further relates how the subject of the Holocaust itself has never been clearly or adequately defined by the German courts through the normal channel of judicial findings-of-fact in precedent decisions. Instead, the courts have relied on the arbitrary doctrine that the facts of the Holocaust are “self-evident” and thus in no need of proof, despite the obvious objection that the arguments of the “deniers” themselves clearly demonstrate that those facts are indeed contestable and thus cannot be “self-evident” by definition.

Apr 01 08:34

Greek FinMin: "Greece Will Adopt the Bitcoin If Eurogroup Doesn't Give Us A Deal"

While Greece’s lenders are pushing the Greek government to accept their terms in order to allocate funds so the country will not go bankrupt, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis seems to have another ace up his sleeve. The second top thinker in the world according to prospect magazine surprised even his closest aids at a secret meeting when he said “We ‘ve had enough, we ‘ll run on Bitcoin.”

Sources very closed to Greece’s minister of finance told Greek Reporter that today Yanis Varoufakis held a top secret meeting with high-ranking finance ministry officials to prepare them in case negotiations at the upcoming Eurogroup fail. The anonymous source noted that everybody in the room was staring at each other when Varoufakis – also a prominent blogger – said “We ‘ll go to Bitcoin, we will be ahead of all the world economies and although it may be painful in the beginning, Greece’s economy will thrive in the long term.”

WEBMASTER ADDITION: This is an April Fool's Day joke.

Apr 01 04:54

U.S. Asian, European "Allies" Pivot away from Washington

President Barack Obama’s much-heralded «Pivot to Asia» lies in tatters as European and Asian «allies» of the United States march away from the heavily U.S.-influenced Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as the American-led World Bank, to join China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Mar 31 14:01

Sixteenth Anniversary of the War Against Yugoslavia: Surdulica - A “Good Day” for NATO?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) proclaims its “commitment to maintaining international peace and security.” Mainstream media rarely, if ever, look beyond Western self-justifications and bland assurances of moral superiority, and little thought is given to what NATO’s wars of aggression might look like to those on the receiving end.

Mar 31 12:47

Catalan nationalists plan 2017 secession from Spain

Catalan nationalist parties and associations have signed a road map to secede from Spain in 2017 if independence movements win a September regional vote.

Mar 31 10:17

Who Spies for Israel in Washington’s Nuclear Negotiations?

All those Zionist ‘wise-guys’ of both genders, who think they have been so clever using their high office to serve Israel, are fooling themselves. More and more citizens are becoming aware that Israel’s espionage, its dictates to the US Congress and its manipulation of Executive powers are harming America. At the present, highly placed Zionist officials hold sway over the Obama Cabinet, but in the future they may find themselves facing charges of being agents of a foreign power, and a threat to US national security. They may find themselves sharing a cell block with Jonathan Pollard!

Mar 30 21:57

Thousands in Krakow to Protest Poland’s Support for Ukraine

Thousands of Poles will voice their disapproval of Warsaw’s support for Ukraine and draw attention to the issue of neo-Nazism at a protest scheduled next week in Krakow, protest organizer Mlodzi Malopolscy Patrioci told Sputnik on Monday.

Mar 30 15:12

U-drones: Britain to spend £17mn on unmanned underwater vehicles

UK Ministry of Defense will spend £17 million on a fleet of sea drones after signing a contract with French arms giant Thales

Mar 30 14:12

Greece and Germany in Open Hostility Over Bailout Program

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has admitted his country’s relations with Germany over its latest bailout have declined into a state of "open hostility."

Mar 30 13:53

Russia fears no sanctions, considers them economic, political blackmail — Duma Speaker

Russia fears no sanctions and qualifies them as economic and political blackmail, Speaker of Russia’s State Duma (the lower house of the country’s parliament) Sergey Naryshkin said during his visit to Yerevan on Monday.

Mar 30 13:27

An Industry of Misery - The Amanda Knox Case

It was set to take years, and it did. Italy’s highest judicial body, the Court of Cassation, had the final word on whether the US national Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were responsible for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. Having been first convicted in 2009, Knox and Sollecito were acquitted in 2011 on appeal.

Mar 30 11:01

Is This the End of the Euro?

Mar 30 09:55

Greek Energy Minister Slams "Unscrupulous, Imperialist" Germany, Will Seek "Bold Alternatives" In Russia

With fresh rumors springing late on Friday that "this" just may be the weekend Greece - with close to no funds left in either the financial or government sector - imposes capital controls, a precursor to a full-fledged Grexit, the situation in Athens is on a knife's edge. Yesterday is also when the Syriza government submitted its list of 18 proposed reforms to the Troika: a reform package which the Guardian dubs "reform-for-cash", as Greece hopes the roughly €3 billion in revenue generated from the reforms will unlock €7.2 billion in financial assistance.

Rather, make that promises of reforms to generate €3 billion in revenue. Because the question, and problem for Athens, is which comes first: does Greece implement the reforms and generate the revenue or does Europe disburse the funds. It is a problem because the reforms will be extremely unpopular if and when they pass.

Mar 30 09:55

Irish Government plan to deny human freedom to protect their revenue stream

A story of serious concern has finally hit the mainstream papers today involving the Gardai, your PPS numbers and the unlawful removal of your freedom.

RTE report (see below) that the Criminal Justice Working Group set up early last year have made a number of suggestions including giving Gardai access to PPS numbers of all drivers. This however is the tip of the iceberg as the plan is to use them to identify people to prevent them from traveling or trading.

We are seeing the construction of a system that will be used to curtail human rights in an attempt to maximise the revenue government generates form old and new legislation, through penalty charges and fines.

We have already experienced this, with the government preventing people selling their own homes until they pay back charges and fines lumped onto the household charge or property taxes, and even the cost of energy audits.

Mar 30 09:49

Skype Messages Show Former Spy Chief Verusevski Discussed about a Ukraine Scenario in Macedonia

Additional details from the investigation over Zoran Verusevski, the former head of the UBK State Security agency, reveal that he was discussing the possibility of a Ukrainian style protests that would bring down the Government in Macedonia and bring the opposition SDSM party in power. Verusevski, who held high positions in the security services appointed by SDSM, is charged, together with SDSM leader Zoran Zaev and several others, of trying to blackmail the Government to bring SDSM into the ruling coalition, and also of cooperating with foreign intelligence agencies.

Mar 30 09:46

Thousands protest against austerity in Brussels

Some 17,000 Belgians coming from various cities participated in the protest rally on Sunday, police sources said.

A number of the protesters shouted slogans like, "Yes, there is an alternative" to government savings. They also called for a fair tax system and a better distribution of government spending.

The demonstration came a day before a series of strikes which are scheduled to be staged across the country.

Mar 30 09:38

US National Guard sends 12 F-15 interceptor jets to Europe to guard against Russia

Florida Air Guard is to deploy 12 F-15C jets and about 200 airmen to Europe as part of Washington’s military build-up, which it claims is necessary to protect European NATO members from ‘Russian aggression.’

Mar 30 08:54

Fitch downgrades Greece’s rating to 'CCC'

International ratings agency Fitch has downgraded Greece’s sovereign rating from B to CCC ahead of the agency's next scheduled review, amid worries that the country is defaulting on its sovereign debt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know I keep saying this, but it bears repeating. Default is inevitable in any nation or alliance where a privately-owned central bank is allowed to issue all of the public currency as a loan at interest, because by design the debt always exceeds the available money supply. Debt grows until it crashes the system. And along the way, governments are forced into more and more confiscation from citizens, and when that fails, wars of conquest to try to delay the inevitable outcome. Private Central Banks are the common enemy of all mankind.

Mar 30 07:40

Germany Accuses NATO of “Dangerous Propaganda”. America’s Strategic Objective is to Prevent a German-Russian Alliance

Mr. Ganser, the German Chancellery accuses NATO chief Philip M. Breedlove, of “dangerous propaganda”. Breedlove exaggerates Russia’s military involvement in East Ukraine, for example. What is going on here? Is the German government just accusing NATO of war propaganda?

The German Chancellery is right with its critique. In my opinion, something dangerous is happening right now: US generals like Breedlove are trying to provoke a war, where Germans and Russians would kill each other in order to weaken both countries. This is a cynical, actually a diabolical plan. But this is exactly what US strategist like Georg Friedman, director of the Stratfor think tank, are suggesting. United, Germany and Russia are the only power that could threaten the US, Friedman said in a speech in February 2015 in Chicago.

“Our primordial interest [preventing a German-Russian alliance] is to ensure that will never happen,” said Friedman.

Mar 29 13:56

Italian police clash with anti-immigration protesters

Clashes have erupted between Italian police and the far right protesters who are against illegal immigration.

Mar 29 10:01

Eurozone can't survive in current form, says PIMCO

The eurozone is "untenable" in its current form and cannot survive unless countries are prepared to cede sovereignty and become a "United States of Europe", the manager of the world's biggest bond fund has warned.

Mar 29 09:13

Greek Energy Minister Slams "Unscrupulous, Imperialist" Germany, Will Seek "Bold Alternatives" In Russia

The Greek energy minister kicked the hornet's nest point blank earlier today when he said that "Greece is at more than breaking point; urgently needs big, bold alternatives to “German, incumbent Europe"and that "creditors behaving as unscrupulous imperialists towards distant colony, threatening submission or economic suffocation." More importantly, Lafazanis has some ideas where to find said "big, bold alternatives." In Moscow. Greece's Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis will meet his Russian counterpart and the CEO of energy giant Gazprom in Moscow on Monday, as he hit out at the EU and Germany for tightening a 'noose' around the Greek economy.

Mar 29 07:36

Risk of ‘World War’ between NATO and Russia on Ukraine Escalation as Yemen Bombed for Third Day

Geopolitical risk has escalated sharply this week after the Saudi bombing of Yemen and the U.S. House of Representatives voting overwhelmingly for the President to provide offensive weaponry to the Ukrainian army.

Both are likely to result in sharp escalation in tensions between NATO and Russia and see an intensification of war in Eastern Europe and the possibility of a regional war in the Middle East.

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Mar 28 15:57

Lies and Deceptions on the Left: The Politics of Self Destruction

Several explanations for these political betrayals come to mind. First, despite their popular or ‘workerist’ claims, these parties were run by middle class lawyers, professionals and trade union bureaucrats, who were organically disconnected from their mass base. During election campaigns, seeking votes, they briefly embraced workers and the poor, and then spent the rest of their time in pricey restaurants working out “deals” with bankers, business bribe granters and overseas investors to finance their next election, their children’s private school and their mistresses luxury apartments…

Mar 28 15:37

Spain: More than 6,600 cases of torture or ill-treatment by police since 2004

According to Amnesty International, Spain tortures. And not just a little. The practice of torture is not systematic but it is not only isolated cases either. In fact, in just the last 10 years the Committee for the Prevention of Torture has collected 6,621 complaints of ill-treatment or torture committed by the police. The figure contrasts with the low number of convictions handed down by the courts. Specifically 752, mostly for misdemeanors and not crimes. In addition, the European Court of Human Rights has condemned Spain in up to 6 cases for not sufficiently investigating these allegations and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture reprimanded the Spanish authorities for failing to investigate allegations of ill-treatment.

Mar 28 10:52

BEX Alert!!! - At Germanwings Crash Site - Chabad emissaries attend memorial service

Together with fellow Chabad emissary in Marseille Eliyahou Attia, Taubenblatt traveled to the scene of the crash. “There were hundreds of beds set up for the families of the victims,” he reported, “but they were empty.”

In accordance with Jewish tradition, which places a premium on bringing the remains of Jewish people to a proper burial, the men set out to see if they could be of any assistance.

While access to the actual crash site—which can be reached only by helicopter—is highly restricted, the two were able to speak to a number of officials and rescue workers.

(Note: Why would the Jewish Supremacist Organization Chabad Lubavitch be so interested in getting access to this crash site crime scene???)

Mar 28 09:00

EU keeps Hamas on ‘terror’ list despite court ruling

The European Union (EU) has kept Hamas on its terrorism blacklist despite a court ruling ordering the 28-member bloc to remove the Palestinian resistance movement from the register.

The measure comes as EU foreign ministers have lodged an appeal against the decision made by the union’s second highest court late last year. The appeal process is expected to take around a year and a half.

Mar 28 08:06

Greece aims to unlock bail-out cash with €3bn reform plan

The Greek government has handed its international creditors a list of reform measures in a bid to finally release the vital bail-out funds it needs to avoid going bankrupt.

According to local media reports, the anti-austerity government is planning to raise €3bn in revenues from measures including raising levies on alcohol and cigarettes, clamping down on tax evasion, and continuing with a controversial series of privatisations.

Mar 28 07:58

Polish MPs Finally Admit Ukraine Is Awash with Nationalist Forces

Is Poland finally starting to realise that the Ukraine putsch government they have championed from the start is in fact infested by an ideology that glorifies the actual extermination of Polish citizens in what were horrific war crimes carried out during WW2?

Mar 28 05:47

Germanwings jetliner catastrophe: The first antidepressant drug-induced mass murder of the skies?

It's not unusual for pilots to fly planes into terrain in flight simulators

Mar 27 13:42

Vasile Lupasc - The True Story of King Vlad Dracula

Prof. Vasile Lupasc is a historian and a writer who graduated from the Faculty of History at the University of Bucharest, Romania. He is also eight times world champion in karate and a member of the International Grandmaster Society. Vasile’s interest for both history and martial arts has lead him to recover and convey the world of ancient warriors in a clear, compelling and thrilling way. Prof. Lupasc joins us to speak about his writings on King Vlad Tepes, the subject of seven books he has authored, including Draculea, The Engraved Chest of Time - The True Story of King Vlad Dracula as Told by His Royal Knights. We begin with a look at the history of Europe, with a heritage often shrouded in tales of war and invented myths, and consider the origins of vampire folklore. Vasile gives an overview of factual accounts of King Vlad of Romania, who reigned during the mid-15th century and admirably protected his country from conquest by the Ottoman Empire.

Mar 27 10:43

Ron Paul: How Will the Yemeni Civil War End?

This idea that we can run an Empire with military threats, missiles, and economic sanctions is a fallacy.

The Civil War in Yemen is rapidly expanding. We have been forced to close our embassy and military base located there. It is now clear that Obama’s optimism for fighting terrorism in Yemen was misplaced. It hardly sets a standard for dealing with constant conflict and chaos throughout the Middle East.

So far the various factions that we have supported over the years have been poor choices, as usual.

Hopefully someday our government officials will wake up. The counterinsurgency doctrine that was supposed to be the answer to all our military shortcomings is a total failure.

Mar 27 09:47

Russia warns NATO drills a ‘problem’ as US attack planes buzz Poland

Four US A-10 Thunderbolt II attack planes are taking part in war games in Poland, as the nation expects about 10,000 NATO forces at drills this year. Moscow says the military build-up at Russia’s borders will have a negative long-term impact.

The A-10 aircraft are based in western Poland, at an airbase in Powidz, where they will be involved in a series of training missions until Friday, Polish army spokesman Artur Golawski said, as cited by Reuters.

The planes – designed to attack tanks, armored vehicles and other ground targets – arrived at the 33rd Powidz Transport Air Base on Tuesday, according to The Aviationist. They followed two C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft.

Mar 27 09:21

Why would a 28-year-old co-pilot intentionally crash his plane, killing 150 people?

In one of the most bizarre incidents regarding air travel since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Mar 27 09:19

The Russians Are Coming! Poland Strengthens Its Army with Militias

Poland's government plans to strengthen cooperation with volunteer militias and vigilante groups. The strange groups are being organized to help the Polish army against the threat that appears to the Poles to be coming from Russia. It is still unclear whether any right-wing extremists are part of these paramilitary troops.

Mar 27 07:53

Hookers and Blow Economy: 1 in 20 students in UK worked in sex trade to fund living cost

HOOKERS AND BLOW ECONOMY: 1 IN 20 STUDENTS IN UK WORKED IN SEX TRADE TO FUND LIVING COST
One in 20 students in the UK have worked in the sex industry while studying at the university to make ends meet, according to a new survey that shows more number of them are secretly turning to the profession. Men were more likely to be involved than women, and the sex work ranged from prostitution and escorting to stripping and internet work, the Student Sex Work Project report said.

Mar 27 07:23

Is It Time for the Jews to Nuke Europe?

There’s a threat lurking within Europe, waiting to rise and strike innocent people. It’s captured headlines and become an international concern. Panic is starting to build and many now wonder if they are safe to travel out in certain areas.

Are we talking about radical Islam? Not quite. Apparently Europe’s biggest problem isn’t Islamic terrorism or the terrifying consequences of mass immigration. . .it’s anti-Semitism!

Mar 27 06:20

US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel’s Nuclear Program

Smith, who heads the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy, reportedly said he thinks this is the first time the US government has officially confirmed that Israel is a nuclear power, a status that Israel has long been widely known to have despite being undeclared.

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

Mar 27 05:00

Suicidal/homicidal Flight 9525 co-pilot locks captain out of cockpit before crashing plane carrying 149 others full speed into mountainside

Officials work from black box 'transcript' containing dialogue from the flight's last 30 minutes

Mar 26 11:26

Moody’s downgrades Ukraine heralding imminent default

International rating agency Moody's has downgraded the long-term issuer rating of Ukraine to the second lowest Ca grade from Caa3, leaving the outlook negative and a high possibility of the country’s imminent default.

“Although negotiations over the specific details of the restructuring are only now getting underway, Moody's believes that the likelihood of a distressed exchange, and hence a default on government debt taking place, is virtually one hundred percent,” Moody’s said in a news release Tuesday.

Mar 26 10:52

“American Politicians are Fools”: Getting Russia Wrong All The Way To War

American politicians in particular and European politicians in general are some of the most ignorant fools when the issue comes to anything outside their own borders. When it comes to Russia, it is an engima wrapped in a mystery…but only because, no one has ever bothered to try to understand Russians, Russian history and the Russian world view.

Mar 26 09:05

PROTESTS AS SPAIN'S GAG LAW COMES INTO FORCE

The United Nations and Council of Europe have already warned Spain that legalizing the sending back of immigrants would contradict the European Court of Human Rights, which prohibits collective expulsions.?? The law, championed by the ruling Popular Party (PP) and fiercely opposed by rights groups and left-wing opposition, will be passed on Thursday, in what has been labelled "a bad day for democracy" according to Greenpeace, whose members staged a protest outside the Spanish parliament.

Mar 26 08:46

Greek Public Coffers Expected to Run Dry Next Month

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel, there were no concessions forthcoming, and ECB has placed significant and severe restraints on Greek banks causing capital flight, says Dimitri Lascaris

Mar 26 07:33

Westward Ho on China’s Eurasia BRIC Road

President Xi Jinping's Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives have attracted worldwide attention with some experts and media outlets calling them China's version of the Marshall Plan

Mar 26 06:03

Bibi Wins with Racism and Revoked Promise

Reality crashed down on those who had hoped the March 17 Knesset elections might lead to a more moderate future Israeli leadership.

The election returns brought the news, Benjamin Netanyahu had won again.

He won in large part by revoking his earlier pledge to support a Palestinian state, and by using last-hour racist warnings to bring out hard right voters.

“Something like scales” must be made to fall from the eyes of the American public which has been endorsing, funding and supporting a brutal military occupation for almost five decades. How will that be accomplished?

God works in mysterious ways, and sometimes She causes scales to fall and opens the eyes of those who do not yet see.

Mar 26 05:59

Conference Program to Scrutinize Israel Lobby on April 10 at National Press Club

Conference organizers are the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.

This unprecedented gathering will focus on the Israel lobby in America. How big is it? How fast has it grown? How interconnected are the organizations and individuals? How much revenue does it raise and where does the money go? What are the common objectives of the lobby? What laws apply to lobbying to benefit a foreign government and are they vigorously enforced? Do coordinated campaign contributions cause American policymakers to act more on behalf of Israel than the United States? What fallacies underlie the assertions that U.S. and Israeli interests are the same? What are the Israel lobby’s public and private, short-and-medium-term policy objectives? And what can Americans who do not believe pro-Israel slogans, activities and policy objectives do?

Mar 26 05:55

The Roots of Netanyahu’s Electoral Victory: Colonial Expansion and Fascist Ideology

Netanyahu has established the fact that Israel and its people embrace a racist ideology and receive the endorsement of most Western leaders, and mass media and the unconditional support of its overseas fifth column.

There is no question that the majority of Israeli Jewish leaders and parties support Netanyahu’s racist pronouncements and ‘no-state’ solution and joined him in a coalition government. But the larger issue is the positive mass response to Netanyahu’s call to action. Nearly three quarters of the electorate turned out (73%) to elect him. Moreover, Netanyahu has been elected prime minister for four terms: between 1996-99 and more recently 2009-20.

What is more, the opposition has not differed from the Netanyahu coalition regime’s Judeo-centric policies and pronouncements. In other words, ‘racist’ ideology per se is not what drives the Israeli majority to repeatedly support Netanyahu.

Mar 26 02:29

Events in Greece Could Follow the Cypriot or Argentine Scenario

It is possible to expect that one of two things will happen in the next few days (and in no more than a week): either Athens will have to recall the humanitarian crisis law, or the ‘big troika’ (the EC, the ECB and the IMF) will take punitive action against Greece. The cost of the law (€200 million a year) is not that big, but it is a precedent that could inspire Greece and other debtors to the ‘big troika’ in Europe to carry out new acts of disobedience.

Mar 25 15:41

Greece's Debt Problem Explained in Five Charts

Mar 25 12:13

Bibi Wins with Racism and Revoked Promise

He won in large part by revoking his earlier pledge to support a Palestinian state, and by using last-hour racist warnings to bring out hard right voters.

Because Netanyahu’s Likud party won the largest number of seats (30) in the new Israeli parliament (120 total), he will play the major role in organizing the next government.

Even liberal Zionist Thomas Friedman had to acknowledge that Netanyahu won with “dirty” politics and the use of “dog-whistle” language. Friedman wrote in his New York Times column that “You cannot win that dirty and just walk away like nothing has happened”.

God works in mysterious ways, and sometimes causes scales to fall and opens the eyes of those who do not yet see.

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