Jul 29 21:43

Chechen girls swindle ISIS fighters for travel money

Chechen police have detained three female con artists who talked fighters of the terrorist group Islamic State into sending them money for traveling to Syria.

The young women turned the tables on Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) by using their primary recruitment tool, social media, against them. Russia’s predominantly Muslim Chechen Republic is a prime target for Islamic State propagandists, who call on young men and women to join their cause and travel to the Middle East to become join their jihadist campaign.

Jul 29 12:18

Latvia Negotiating With US on Deployment of Heavy Military Equipment

Latvia has started formal negotiations with the US on the deployment of heavy military equipment at the Adazi base in the country, the press service of Latvian Defense Ministry reported.

Jul 29 08:16

Greek crisis: Lagarde calls for 'significant' debt relief as Tsipras issues early election warning - live updates

The issue of Greece’s unsustainable debt burden has moved back up the agenda, as top officials from the country’s creditors prepare to begin talks on a third bailout.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has reiterated the Fund’s position, that “significant” debt relief is needed, as part of a new aid deal.

Lagarde also wants to see “sensible fiscal targets” (which must take account of the recent economic turmoil), “structural measures” to reform the Greek economy, and enough funding to cover Athens’ medium-term financing needs.

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"Maybe, we could try ... a twelfth marble?" -- International Mother F***ers

Jul 28 12:54

Putin: It’s strange when we have to deal with the US in order to discuss issues with Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an interview to a Swiss news channel, sharing his perspective on the current situation in Europe.

Jul 28 09:40

U.S. Army engineers building roads and training facilities in Eastern Europe

Army engineers are spread across Eastern Europe this summer building roads and constructing training facilities as part of the United States’ efforts to assure its allies in the face of Russian aggression.

Jul 28 09:32


In all the euphoria surrounding the “deal” that temporarily kept Greece in the eurozone, I think that people have forgotten that the economic and financial fundamentals in Europe have continued to deteriorate. Whether Greece ultimately leaves the eurozone or not, a great financial crisis is inevitably coming to Europe. It is just a matter of time.
In many ways, the economy of Europe is in significantly worse shape than the U.S. economy. Just recently, the IMF issued a report which warned that the eurozone is “susceptible to negative shocks” and could be facing very tough economic times in the near future. The following comes from the Guardian…

The International Monetary Fund has warned the eurozone faces a gloomy economic outlook thanks to lingering worries over Greece, high unemployment and a banking sector still battling to shake off the financial crisis.

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It is not a matter of if, but when, Europe's economic shocks start to have a profound effect on the American economy as well.

Jul 28 09:12

Army engineers build roads, reassure European allies

Army engineers are spread across Eastern Europe this summer building roads and constructing training facilities as part of the United States' efforts to assure its allies in the face of Russian aggression.

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Too bad they can't repair the roads in THIS country!

Jul 28 09:11

Swiss army makes incursion into France for water for cattle

Swiss army helicopters have crossed the Franco-Swiss border in an unexpected incursion — to help thirsty Swiss cows.

The aerial operation to scoop up water caught authorities responsible for Rousses Lake in the Jura mountains by surprise last Thursday. The helicopters also startled swimmers and fishermen enjoying the beaches of the lake in eastern France.

Christophe Mathez, deputy mayor of the Les Rousses commune, said officials had "no idea this operation would occur" — and that the Swiss neither requested authorization or nor warned before descending.

Jul 28 09:10

Daily Telegraph Scaremongering: Putin Waving 'NUCLEAR Sabre' at NATO

Accusing Russia of warmongering, while portraying Putin as someone worse than Hitler, or surrounding Russia with dodgy ABM shields and tanks, is nothing new.

Indeed, bashing Russia for having re-incorporated Crimea into itself after a popular vote, while being busily engaged in funding, aiding and abetting a mob-led putsch against an elected government, is the sort of thing the ‘West’ does too. However, it would be difficult to sink any lower than a recent Daily Telegraph article, which takes the demonisation of Putin and Russia to a whole new level.

We are told that Putin has become so “unpredictable”’ that not even the ‘geniuses’ from NATO could understand his “increasingly aggressive rhetoric”. By “aggressive rhetoric” refers to statements made by Putin and some Russian ambassadors, whose aim was to remind NATO that Russia was no Iraq, Lybia, Serbia or Afghanistan, but a nuclear-armed Great Power, prepared to defend her borders and interests.

Jul 28 08:52

Several injured in Barcelona’s La Rambla shooting, police kill 1 suspect - reports

Several people have been injured in a shootout in Barcelona’s main tourist district, La Rambla, according to local media. During the manhunt for the attackers, police reportedly killed one of the two gunmen.

La Vanguardia newspaper said at least one person sustained serious injuries, while several people received bullet and stab wounds.

The incident took place on the intersection between the La Rambla and Pinto Fortuny streets, causing panic among tourists and locals, according to El Pais.

Jul 27 17:31

HPV vaccine investigation leaves crucial questions unasked

By Norma Erickson

The SaneVax team believes the narrow scope of the current investigation regarding the safety profile of HPV vaccines being conducted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), will leave parents and medical professionals without answers to questions which may help them solve the mystery surrounding new medical conditions being reported not only in Denmark, but around the globe, after the administration of HPV vaccines.

Has the EMA put POTS and CRPS under an investigative microscope in order to blur the overall picture regarding the safety profile of HPV vaccines? Have those in charge never heard the expression, “you can’t see the forest for the trees?” ...

Jul 27 14:54

Poland, Czech Republic Won't Join "Burning" Euro

"You shouldn’t rush when there is still smoke coming from a house that was burning. It is simply not safe to do so."

Jul 27 10:35

If Syriza Ruptures, Will Greece's Left Unite to Oppose Austerity?

Dr. Panagiotis Sotiris, Member of Antarsya, talks to Dimitri Lascaris about Syriza's failure to implement its anti-austerity program and the political options that are now available to the left in Greece

Jul 27 09:46

Sweden’s 3rd largest city hit by multiple blasts, police plead for help to tackle violence spike

Four grenade attacks this week have rocked Malmo, the third largest city in Sweden, prompting police to sound an alarm over the increasing violence. Multiple explosions, shootings and arson struck the city, which has a large migrant population.

Jul 27 09:06

Russia bans import of flowers from the Netherlands

Russia has banned the import of cut flowers from the Netherlands, the country's hygiene watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said, claiming the presence of quarantine organisms on the products.

Jul 27 08:31

Beppe Grillo - Nationalize the Banks to Throw Off ‘Anti-Democratic Straitjacket’ of Eurozone

Longtime critic of the Eurozone’s destructive commitment to austerity, Italian comedian-turned-political activist Beppe Grillo has launched what one news outlet called a “full-throated attack” on the single currency, saying his country should throw off that “anti-democratic straitjacket” by nationalizing its banks and taking a stronger stance against the demands of elite financial interests.

Grillo, who the Guardian says ”transformed Italian politics when he launched his anti-establishment Five Star Movement in 2009,” called for Italy to exit the Euro in order to guard against the threat of bankruptcy and German-imposed austerity.

In comments written at his blog, Grillo criticized Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras while comparing Germany’s conduct during recent bailout negotiations to “explicit Nazism.” He said that in the wake of the Greek crisis, Italy should be prepared to use its whopping debt as a weapon against foreign creditors.

Jul 27 08:07

Greece rocked by reports of secret plan to raid banks for drachma return

Some members of Greece’s leftist-led government wanted to raid central bank reserves and hack taxpayer accounts to prepare a return to the drachma, according to reports that highlighted the chaos in the ruling Syriza party.

It is not clear how seriously the government considered the plans, attributed to former energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis and ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. Lafazanis was sacked from his post and Varoufakis resigned earlier this month. However, the revelations have been seized on by opposition parties who are demanding an explanation.

The reports on Sunday came at the end of a week of fevered speculation over what Syriza hardliners had in mind as an alternative to the tough bailout terms Tsipras has reluctantly accepted to keep Greece in the eurozone.

Jul 26 19:38

Greek Capital Controls To Remain For Months As Germany Pushes For Bail-In Of Large Greek Depositors

With every passing day that Greece maintains its capital controls, the already dire funding situations is getting even worse, as Greek bank NPLs are rising with every day in which there is no normal flow of credit within the economy. This has led to a massive bank funding catch-22: the longer capital controls persist, the less confidence in local banks there is, the longer the bank run (capped by the ECB's weekly ELA allotment), the greater the ultimate bail out cost, and the greater the haircut of not only equity and debt stakeholders but also depositors.

Jul 26 15:48

Forbes: Return to Drachma

Jul 26 14:10

Turkey’s new “war on terror” mainly targeting Kurd

What was at first announced as a new Turkish turn toward attacks on Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) on Friday has quickly become largely a campaign against Kurds instead. It is being alleged that the Turkish Air Force launched dozens of strikes against bases of the Kurdistan Workers Party over the border in Iraq on Saturday, and just 4 against Daesh positions in Syria.

Jul 26 12:39

Education: time for a new purpose

Graham Peebles says inhibiting ideological patterns of thought must be dismantled in all areas of education if we are to discover the answers to our social, economic and environmental problems, and create harmony.

Jul 26 09:59

Greece Signs Military Deal With Israel

Jul 26 09:59

IMF Receives Greek Request for New Loan

The International Monetary Fund stated on Friday that it had received a letter containing Greece’s request for a new loan. “We will discuss with the Greek authorities and with our European partners the timing and the modalities for the discussions,” the IMF noted in its official statement.

Jul 26 08:27

FLASHBACK - China Mocks G7 As "Gathering Of Debtors", Warns "Confrontation Will Be A Disaster For Europe"

But the G7 is an equal opportunity exclusionist which means it’s not just former superpowers that aren’t welcome, but rising superpowers as well, which means you won’t be seeing Xi Jinping at the table either.

But “Big Uncle Xi” (as he is affectionately known in China) likely isn’t losing any sleep because in the eyes of Beijing, the G7 — much like the IMF and the ADB — is a relic of a global economic and political order that is well on its way to obsolescence if it isn’t there already.

Jul 26 02:37

Dutch Journalist, MH17 Expert: 'UN Tribunal a Desperate Attempt to Hide Kiev's Responsibility'

The proposed UN-backed MH17 tribunal is a “desperate attempt to hide Kiev’s responsibility”, Dutch journalist and blogger Joost Niemoller argues in his post “How Chess Player Putin Wins the MH17 Game”.

Niemoller is no layman. In October 2014 he published a book on the MH17 disaster whose title De Doofpotdeal (“The Cover Up Deal”) summarizes its key argument.

Jul 26 02:09

Greek Austerity and its Resemblance to African Debt Peonage

Only 10 days after the Greeks voted ‘No’ by a substantial majority against the Troika’s demands, Tsipras went further and put $55 billion of Greece’s national assets into a privatization ‘trust’ fund under EU supervision. This comes from Tsipras who had pledged to halt privatization in January’s election campaign. The deal is so harsh that even the IMF has criticized it.

It would be missing the point to say that Tsipras was hostile to the Troika. International finance institutions like it best when seemingly ‘radical’ figures do the dirty work for them rather than the professed neo-liberals. They would actually spin and portray the ‘reforms’ as ‘good for the people’. Even better so if the ‘radicals’ do not wear a tie.

Jul 25 13:01

Peter Beinart’s Fantasy – Raimondo

Does Beinart really believe the media complex that gives the War Party a guaranteed platform suffers from amnesia? I hardly think so.

Peter Beinart asks some pretty good questions: he wants to know why the same crowd that lied us into war in Iraq isn’t completely discredited when it comes to their opposition to the recently concluded deal with Iran. No, he doesn’t put it quite that way, in part because, by his own admission, he was one of the most enthusiastic cheerleaders for what he now describes as “one of the most important, and damaging, episodes in the history of U.S. foreign policy.” He frames his question this way:

“I have a fantasy. It’s that every politician and pundit who goes on TV to discuss the Iran deal is asked this question first: ‘Did you support the Iraq War, and how has that experience informed your position?’”

Beinart is right to regard this as a fantasy, because it will never happen. Yet he fails to ask why that is.

Jul 25 11:53

The War on Conspiracy Realists Continues

British government under Cameron's watch has been an active and willing partner in the Machiavellian strategy of divide and rule in the Middle East spearheaded by the US and Israel.

Obama picked up where Bush left off, flooding Syrian and Libyan insurgent groups with untold largesse and arms, using the corrupted Arab Gulf kingdoms as conduits for weapons transfers for the sake of plausible deniability.

ISIS themselves have mostly eschewed hostility towards Israel, posting an official statement on social media in July 2014 saying that they’re more interested in fighting “Muslim infidels” than the Zionist state.[6]

Israeli officials have expressed similar sentiments, with Israel’s former envoy to the US,Michael Oren, stating in a September 2013 interview that Tel Aviv “prefers” ISIS and al-Qaeda over the “bad guys backed by Iran,” namely Syria’s Assad and Hezbollah.

Jul 25 11:34

Thirteen Senators Who Could Make History

Thirteen U.S. Senators is all President Obama needs to ensure that the nuclear deal with Iran does not get derailed by Congress

Voters in their states still have time to communicate to Senate offices locally or in Washington.

Do the math:

There are currently 54 Republican senators, all of whom are expected to oppose the deal. The Republicans will need only 13 Democrats to cross party lines and vote against the deal to reach the 67 votes required for an override.

Jul 25 08:04

On Iran Congress Risks Alienating Europe

Members of Congress opposing the Iranian nuclear deal don’t seem to care that it’s a multilateral agreement their longest-serving European allies support. Europeans are far from impressed that the US legislature has taken hostage the diplomatic roadmap on the nuclear file that they played a critical role in negotiating. GOP Republicans have clearly attempted to shift the debate from a vote on the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) announced last week to one on the US presidential legacy and US-Iran relations. If Congress derails the JCPOA before it’s even had a chance to be implemented, it will likely have troubling ramifications for US relations with a long-term ally, Europe, particularly on future sanctions.

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"To hell with Europe; we have to please Israel, first, foremost, and always!!!!!" -- Every member of congress who is a whore for Israel.

Jul 25 08:00

Swedish far-right politician ‘implicated in bomb raid’

AN elected member of Sweden’s far-right Sweden Democrat party has been implicated in a plot to obtain large amounts of high explosives with the potential for use in terror attacks.

The local politician, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was detained along with three other men over the weekend in the Swedish province of Halland.

Jul 25 07:53

“You? A Tax Evader?”

It’s no secret that governments worldwide are broke. One country after another is cutting social benefits and taking other measures to reduce government spending.

Take France, for instance. It’s under pressure from the EU to reduce its budget deficit to 3% of GDP. That’s the maximum permitted under the Maastricht Treaty, the agreement underpinning the EU. Currently, it’s at about 4%.

To comply with these rules, France cut family allowances and reduced grants to local authorities. It’s also started a renewed crackdown against tax evasion. It even laid off 7,500 soldiers.

But that’s not all. France also recently expanded incentives for new residents. The incentives exempt from tax some forms of income generated outside France.

That policy will reduce tax collections in the short term. But in the long-term, French decision-makers believe an influx of well-heeled foreigners will help lower the country’s budget deficit.

Jul 25 02:43

Italy's unelected prime minister says BDS is "stupid and futile" and Greece's Syriza signs military deal with Israel

Activists in Italy are hitting back at Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who declared during a visit to the Israeli parliament this week that “Italy will always be in the front line against all forms of boycott, which are futile and stupid.”

Meanwhile, Greece’s government, led by the left-wing Syriza party, signed a “status of forces” agreement with Israel which offers legal immunities to military forces from both countries while they train in each other’s territories.

Jul 25 02:06

Capitalism, Engineered Dependencies and the Eurozone

Near-term technological considerations aside, the question that the Greeks and other peoples of the West may wish to ask is why banks and bankers whose livelihoods derive from the public grant to create and allocate money should be allowed to use it to rule the world? The quote from economist Joan Robinson that ‘The only thing worse than being exploited by capitalism is not being exploited by capitalism’ refers to precisely this type of engineered dependency, not to a natural state of the world. Was the intent of the European Union a partnership of equals then Syriza would have been granted a distinctive voice. With its mandate to remain within the union it is but another set of bodies warming the chairs at ‘negotiation’ tables listening to the dictates of the Troika.

Jul 25 01:49

Italy's Beppe Grillo: Nationalize Banks to Throw Off 'Anti-Democratic Straitjacket' of Eurozone

Longtime critic of the Eurozone's destructive commitment to austerity, Italian comedian-turned-political activist Beppe Grillo has launched what one news outlet called a "full-throated attack" on the single currency, saying his country should throw off that "anti-democratic straitjacket" by nationalizing its banks and taking a stronger stance against the demands of elite financial interests.

Jul 24 18:05

The War on Conspiracy Realists Continues

David Cameron himself inadvertently identified whom some of these wealthy string-pullers are: Jewish Zionists committed to overturning every regime in the Middle East that is not yet subordinated to Tel Aviv.,/STRONG>

Jul 24 15:33

“F” the EU Nuland Uses Doctored Wiretaps To Pull-Off Another Regime Change, This One In Macedonia

Macedonia’s political leaders have reached agreement on an interim government and an independent investigation into allegations of illegal wiretapping, electoral fraud and state-backed corruption in the former Yugoslav republic.Political leaders said the deal brought to an end a poisonous political dispute in the EU candidate country, which had been gripped by mass demonstrations and deadly clashes that echoed the country’s 2001 violent inter-ethnic conflict. Johannes Hahn, the EU enlargement commissioner who mediated the talks, told local reporters on Wednesday that the country’s leaders had brought Macedonia closer to its ambition of EU membership by reaching a deal.

Jul 24 08:40

US Neoconservatives: Seeking War to the End of the World

If the neoconservatives have their way again, U.S. ground troops will reoccupy Iraq, the U.S. military will take out Syria’s secular government (likely helping Al Qaeda and the Islamic State take over), and the U.S. Congress will not only kill the Iran nuclear deal but follow that with a massive increase in military spending.

Like spraying lighter fluid on a roaring barbecue, the neocons also want a military escalation in Ukraine to burn the ethnic Russians out of the east, and the neocons dream of spreading the blaze to Moscow with the goal of forcing Russian President Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin. In other words, more and more fires of Imperial “regime change” abroad even as the last embers of the American Republic die at home.

Jul 24 08:36

Russians Think the EU Is a Moral Sewer. Child Molesters on the Evening News

Jul 24 07:56

Greece’s Parliament Cannot Override the NO Vote. The Agreement with the Creditors is Illegal

While the result of a referendum is not always legally binding, it nonetheless provides an explicit political mandate to the government which has to be followed. A referendum cannot be based on an a priori deception. The results cannot be ignored in a democracy.

The referendum was held while the Tsipras government had already decided to cave in to the creditors.

Neither the Parliament nor the government can rescind the VOTE of the Greek people on the July 5 2015.

Under a democracy, the government has a responsibility to implement the NO vote in the Referendum, which was sponsored by the Syriza government in the first place.

If it is not willing to respond to the demands of the Greek people it must resign.

Jul 23 20:11

EU Visa-Slams Ukrainians After February 2014 Ukrainian Coup

Although the coup in Ukraine in February 2014 was allegedly done in order to get Ukraine into the European Union (because the overthrown President Viktor Yanukovych had just before declined the EU’s offer for Ukraine to join the EU), European countries are now denying Ukrainians visas even more than they had been doing before the coup and its follow-on Association Agreement with the EU.

Jul 23 12:37

Clashes at large-scale Greek protest against bailout deal in Athens PHOTOS

Jul 23 12:22

Greece’s Parliament Cannot Override the NO Vote. The Agreement with the Creditors is Illegal

Neither the Parliament nor the government can rescind the VOTE of the Greek people on the July 5 2015.

Under a democracy, the government has a responsibility to implement the NO vote in the Referendum, which was sponsored by the Syriza government in the first place.

If it is not willing to respond to the demands of the Greek people it must resign.

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Or be fired.

Jul 23 11:39

Iran nuclear-free, but U.S. sends A-bombs to Italy

“Today is a historic day and it is a great honor for us to announce that we have reached an accord on the Iranian nuclear solution, to make our world safer.” Federica Mogherini, European Union high representative for foreign and security policy, said this in Vienna on July 14.

Almost simultaneously, another announcement arrived from the United States: “The U.S. Air Force and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have conducted the first flight test of the jointly developed B61-12 guided nuclear bomb from a Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.” (, July 10) This weapon will soon replace the U.S. nuclear bomb called B61, with between 70 and 90 of them stored in Aviano and Ghedi Torre, part of an arsenal of at least 200 nuclear weapons stored in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Turkey.

Jul 23 11:11

Poland: We Won't Pay a Penny for Greece

In the latest sign of friction in the European Union over the Greek debt crisis, Poland’s prime minister has reiterated assurances that any bailouts given to Athens will have to be funded entirely by the Eurozone, without any burden on Polish taxpayers.

Jul 23 11:11

Anti-austerity protest in Athens as MPs vote for second bailout reform package (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Several thousand anti-austerity protesters staged a rally in Syntagma Square in central Athens as the MPs in the nearby parliament building were voting on a second package of reforms required to secure a third international bailout from EU-IMF creditors.

Police presence was heavy in the area after last week’s much larger, 12,000-strong protest concluded with clashes, with police using tear gas against Molotov cocktail-throwing youths.

The rally on Wednesday was peaceful for the most part, with the only isolated incidents of violence reported as protesters were leaving the square.

Journalists at Syntagma reported that someone detonated a petrol bomb near the police ranks, but order was quickly restored in the Greek capital.

Jul 23 10:12

Why Are They Hosting a Weird Occultic Dance Opera Inside CERN?

Many have already pointed out how strange (or absolutely fitting but in a chilling way) it is that they decided to put up a statue of Nataraj, the dancing form of the Lord Shiva that some have called the "dance of destruction," outside of the large hadron collider CERN.

Now ask yourself why they are allowing bizarre dance opera performances inside the collider itself.

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Jul 23 08:24

No permanent NATO bases for Poland

NATO summit planned for July 2016 in Warsaw will not take the decision to establish permanent NATO bases in Poland, John A.Heffern, the Deputy Head of European Affairs for the US State Department told newspaper Rzeczpospolita. The decision was made in spite of Polish diplomats' efforts to establish such bases.

Jul 23 08:01

“F” the EU Nuland Uses Doctored Wiretaps To Pull-Off Another Regime Change, This One In Macedonia

Reinhard Priebe, author of the EU report, said the tapes suggested senior government officials appeared to be directly involved in “electoral fraud, corruption, abuse of power and authority, conflict of interest, blackmail, extortion, criminal damage.”

The government in turn accused opposition leaders of treason and espionage and said the tapes had been manufactured by foreign intelligence services.

Jul 22 22:05

The Tragicomedy Performed at the Greek Parliament

Watching lawmakers in the Greek parliament speak about the required reforms they have to vote for in order for Greece to start negotiations for the third bailout package is like watching an absurd tragicomedy. It would have been hilarious if it was performed at a time of normality.

Jul 22 21:59

Protesters throw Molotov cocktails at riot police in front of Greek parliament

An anti-austerity protest was held outside the Greek Parliament in Athens ahead of the vote on the implementation of further austerity measures, Wednesday, resulting in protesters throwing Molotov cocktails at police.

Jul 22 21:48

Germany, the Troika and the EU: Who rules Europe?

From the outbreak of Europe's debt crisis in 2010, Germany and the Troika institutions of the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF have come to wield immense influence over the continent and the populations within it. This video examines the individuals and institutions of power in Europe.

Jul 22 12:47

The Fine or the Crude Art of Window Dressing – Hypocrisy at its Best

It is simply tit for tat and it is part of the window dressing routine that both sides have to engage in for a long while.

In the meantime, again we are being told by the Administration officials and the mass media that Iran continues to be the world’s biggest supporter of terrorism and is busy destabilizing the region by backing the Assad regime in Syria, the Shi’a militia in Iraq, and the Houthis in Yemen.

An exchange between US Ambassador to the UN and her Iranian counterpart is another example of the post-nuclear-agreement Cold War between the United States and the Islamic Republic:

The Iranian administration, reading and hearing the foregoing rhetoric on a daily basis, is certainly not going to take all the allegations and insults without reacting in kind. Both sides must remain actively engaged in window dressing and face saving charade for some time.

Jul 22 12:41

One Way to Handle the Crisis in US-Russia Relations

What we are witnessing is the rise of a new wave of the most dangerous arms race with totally unpredictable consequences.

At the moment it is unrealistic to expect a speedy improvement in US – Russia relations. This is to be regretted, but it is a fact: these relations have reached perhaps the lowest point and are even worse than during Soviet times – a really disturbing development.

The general public is aware that both nations are facing off on the political, economic, and informational fronts. However, they also confront each other in yet another area which is only followed by a narrow circle of experts, though it bears directly on the most important security issues facing the whole planet.

The reference is, of course, to major arms control treaties. These took many years and tremendous efforts to negotiate, and yet they now dissolve one after another.

Jul 22 08:41

Israeli college in East Jerusalem bags $15 million of EU funds

The “earthquake” claim was made by an unnamed official who was widely quoted in the press. The official had voiced displeasure at new EU “guidelines” stating that the Union would not award subsidies to Israeli firms or institutions based in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem).

I was skeptical of these guidelines. While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu depicted them as an existential threat to Israel, my feeling was that they did little more than reiterate the EU’s official policies.

Because they did not seem to be accompanied by a proper monitoring system, I also felt that it would be easy for Israeli institutions or companies active in the West Bank to circumvent them.

The latest available data on Horizon 2020, the EU’s scientific research program, proves that my skepticism was well-founded.

Jul 21 23:01

Greece: The Courage of Hopelessness

Greece is not being asked to swallow many bitter pills in exchange for a realistic plan of economic revival, they are asked to suffer so that others in the European Union can go on dreaming their dream undisturbed.

Jul 21 13:38

International Nuclear Hypocrisy

Iran vs Israel: NPT non-signatory nuclear armed Israel is the global threat. Shouldn’t the world impose on Israel harsher financial and economic sanctions, boycott and political seclusion than they had imposed on the NPT signatory peaceful nuclear Iran???

Jul 21 11:23

UNSC resolution endorses Iran’s nuclear program: Analysts

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich : The United States has not changed its attitude towards Iran. Tactics change but goals don’t. Iran has negotiated in good faith but must expect mischief from the U.S.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal and paving the way to lifting longstanding sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

– UNSC unanimously votes in favor of lifting Iran sanctions

– All 15 members of UNSC vote in favor of lifting sanctions against Iran

– All UN nuclear-related sanctions against Iran will be removed in 90 days from UNSC approval.

– Any P5+1 country can raise what it considers violation of conclusion.

Jul 21 09:17

Greeks Laugh As Bankers Implore Depositors Return Money - "Banks Are Trustworthy"

President of Greek Banks Association Louka Katseli appealed at the citizens to return their money to the banks. “Banks are absolutely trustworthy,” Katseli told Mega TV “as guaranteed by the ECB and the Bank Association, but they would have been even more powerful if 40 billion euros had not been withdrawn in the last months. Katseli, a former PASOK Minister, appealed to citizens to return their deposits to the banks “now that the banks are open” after a three-week holiday and capital controls.

Jul 21 08:29

WikiLeaks: NSA spied on German FM for years, ‘helped CIA to kidnap and torture’

A leaked NSA intercept shows that German FM Steinmeier was relieved to have “not received any definitive response” from the US on its rendition program at the time of the scandal, which exempted him from the need to act on the matter, WikiLeaks claims. The WikiLeaks publication intercept of the German FM’s communications, which was undertaken after his official visit to the US in November, 2005. The intercept revealed that Steinmeier “seemed relieved that he had not received any definitive response from the US Secretary of State [Condoleezza Rice] regarding press reports of CIA flights through Germany to secret prisons in Eastern Europe allegedly used for interrogating terrorism suspects,” the website claimed.

Jul 21 08:20

Greece to confirm construction of natural gas pipeline jointly with Russia — minister

Greece supports the plan of building a natural gas pipeline jointly with Russia to be an extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, new Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy of Greece Panos Skourletis said on Monday at the ceremony of responsibilities’ handover from the former minister Panagiotis Lafazanis. Skourletis said the plan of building a new Greek-Russian gas pipeline in the territory of Greece is supported. It opens new opportunities to be used, the minister said.

Jul 21 08:18

Russia warns US-led military exercises may have 'explosive consequences' as 1,800 troops from 18 countries begin 'morale-boosting' training drills in western Ukraine

Moscow has warned that US-led military exercises in western Ukraine that began today may have 'explosive consequences' and threaten to derail the peace process in the separatist east. Ukrainian and U.S. troops launched fresh drills involving 1,800 soldiers from 18 countries, aimed at bolstering the morale of the armed forces involved in the ongoing 15-month conflict with pro-Russian separatists.

Jul 21 07:38

Buffett, Johnny Depp Snap Up “Cheap” Greek Islands

ANA-mpa reported that American actor Johnny Depp also purchased a Greek island late last week for €4.2m. The island of Stroggilo is located in the Aegean Sea near the popular Marathos island.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are also reported to have expressed interest in the Greek islands.

Jul 20 22:02

Lords and Vassals: A quick update on America's Empire

America's relationship with its "allies" can in fact be characterized as a collection of feudal relationships, with the nature of the relationship being very much dependent on the power of the vassals. There are in fact several categories of vassals. Category I includes countries like UK and Israel which actually enjoy a pretty privileged relationship.

Jul 20 21:58

Greece – Harbinger of Global Financial Collapse

The Greek debt crisis is on the radar screen today. It’s a pity that 99% of publications are devoted only to the implications for Greece and eurozone. This issue should be considered in a broader context. The implications should be analyzed at global scale.

Jul 20 19:27

Massive VAT hike sends prices soaring for Greeks and tourists as banks finally reopen after three-week closure

Restaurants and supermarkets were hurriedly re-pricing their products to account for a near-doubling of Value Added Tax from 13 per cent to 23 per cent.

Jul 20 12:09

Your Piece of Greece: Warren Buffett Reportedly Buys Greek Island

American business magnate, one of the world’s most successful investors, Warren Buffett has reportedly bought the Greek island of Agios Thomas for 15 mln euro, according to the website of the Greek newspaper Proto Thema and became yet another celebrity with his own piece of Greece.

Jul 20 11:10

FLASHBACK - Israeli Professor: 'We Could Destroy All European Capitals'

An Israeli professor and military historian hinted that Israel could avenge the holocaust by annihilating millions of Germans and other Europeans.

Speaking during an interview which was published in Jerusalem Friday, Professor Martin Van Crevel said Israel had the capability of hitting most European capitals with nuclear weapons.

"We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets of our air force."

Jul 20 11:04

Europe Has Had Enough of Benjamin Netanyahu

Europe and Israel don’t see eye-to-eye on Iran — and maybe never will.

Netanyahu believes that any deal with Iran should tie its behavior to sanctions relief. It’s a good argument to make, when you consider the history of Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism and its tendency to say one thing but mean another. And yet, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom did not heed Netanyahu’s case during the talks. Why not?

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Maybe that is because everyone is tired of Israel, a nuclear-armed state that tried to sell nuclear weapons to the former government of South Africa, continues to pretend to be a helpless victim in need of monumental amounts of financial and military assistance. Maybe it is because the reality is that Iran has not launched a war of aggression against another country in over 200 years while Israel cannot seem to go six months without stirring up trouble somewhere. Maybe it is because behind all of Israel's screaming that Iran is a sponsor of terror we find that it was actually Israel behind the Lavon Affair, Reagan's attack on Libya, the USS Liberty, the USS Cole, 9-11, etc. etc. etc. etc. And maybe it is because we are all sick and tired of constant references to something that may or may not have happened before we were all born as the reason we should all turn a blind eye to Israel's war crimes committed today right before our very eyes.

It isn't just Europe that is sick and tired of Netanyahu.

Jul 20 10:50

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn slams new Greek deal as ‘deadly blow’

The former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has decried the latest deal reached on a new Greek bailout as “profoundly damaging.”

While admitting that the deal removed the risk of a Grexit, he stressed that “the conditions of the agreement, however, are positively alarming for those who still believe in the future of Europe.”

Jul 20 09:35

Greek Banks Reopen After Three-Week Shutdown

Greek banks have reopened their branches across the country after a three-week shutdown, but many restrictions, including cash withdrawals, will remain, officials said.

Jul 20 09:12

Agency to Enslave Greeks Is Established

Late on Thursday, July 16th, German Economic News headlined “Greece: Debt Restructuring Through the Back Door,” and reported that, “The majority of Greece’s national debt is to be moved in the next three years gradually to the euro bailout fund ESM [European Stability Mechanism], so that the IMF will continue to remain as a lender. The euro zone countries will thereby provide Athens a longer grace period [a temporary postponement of payments, while the 18% annual interest-rate soars Greece’s debt even higher], and longer repayment periods.”

Jul 20 08:05

Thousands of Refugees Flee Northward from Greece

The precarious situation in Greece means that thousands of refugees are making their way to northern Europe. There, the reaction is increasingly panicked: The Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer has announced plans to fend off refugees with “rigorous measures.” In Germany, there have been several attacks on asylum facilities. In Italy and the Czech Republic, there were demonstrations and riots.