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Dec 14 07:29

EU Mulls New Russia Sanctions Over Crimea, Denmark Says

The European Union is considering stepping up its restrictions on business with Crimea to make clear that the bloc doesn’t accept Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula, Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Crimean people voted to separate from the unelected Junta in Kiev (the latter being the product of a US/EU-backed coup a year ago), then voted to ask to join Russia. Russia agreed. What's the matter, Denmark? Don't you believe in Democracy?

Dec 14 07:01

Reports reveal UK hacking of Belgian telecoms firm

New reports indicate that a British spy agency has hacked into the computers of Belgian telecoms firm, Belgacom, on a larger scale than previously thought.

Belgian newspaper De Standaard and The Intercept website on Saturday published detailed accounts of how the British surveillance agency, GCHQ, intruded into Belgacom’s networks.

The hacking first came to light in 2013 when Belgium asked Britain to respond to the espionage allegations.

Dec 14 06:53

Thousands of protestors flood Polish opposition demo

Tens of thousands of Polish opposition supporters marched in the capital Warsaw on Saturday to denounce alleged irregularities in last month's local elections.

Dec 13 15:07

Israel’s Jews NOT Palestinians who are trapped in their public narrative

The only threat to Israel’s very existence is its on-going colonization of the occupied West Bank (ethnic cleansing slowly and by stealth) and the sickening Zionist self-righteousness that justifies it.

It’s Israel’s Jews not the Palestinians who have got to make the first major move if there is ever to be peace based on justice for the Palestinians and security for all. And what does that first major move have to be?

AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT A TERRIBLE WRONG WAS DONE TO THE PALESTINIANS BY ZIONISM IN THE NAME OF ALL JEWS AND THAT THIS WRONG MUST BE RIGHTED

Dec 13 06:34

Spain passes tough new 'anti-protest' law

Spain on Thursday finally passed its new controversial Citizen Security Law which opponents say will severely limit civil liberties in the country.

The unpopular law contains retains existing fines of up to €600,000 ($746,000) for unauthorized protests outside buildings "which provide basic services to the community", a definition that encompasses everything from hospitals to universities and the Spanish parliament.

The new law, which the government argues will ensure public security, also forbids the photographing or filming of police officers in situations where doing so could put them in danger. This could result in a fine of up to €30,000. Showing a "lack of respect" to those in uniform, meanwhile, could lead to a fine of €600.

The law has been dubbed the 'ley mordaza' or 'gag law' by opposition groups and the Spanish media, many of whom believe the law will curtail individual rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Spain's government appears to be re-embracing its fascist past, just as the US government is embracing its fascist present, and future.

Dec 12 13:56

Italy comes to standstill amid boisterous protests

Tens of thousands of Italians took to the streets on Friday in boisterous protests against government policies that are struggling to haul the recession-bound country out of the economic mire.

Dec 12 12:48

The New Cold War Policy Has Backfired

What is occurring is a radical shift in U.S.-European diplomacy – in a way that according to textbook theory is inherently unstable and unworkable.

In following U.S. New Cold War confrontation, Europe has been acting against its own economic interests. Its neoliberal Third Energy law has effectively blocked Russia from having any economic gain in selling more gas to Europe.

The world’s geopolitics, major trade patterns and military alliances have changed radically in the past month. Russia has re-oriented its gas and oil trade, and also its trade in military technology, away from Europe toward Eurasia.

Dec 12 12:44

The United States of Torture

Want to abolish torture by US government agents? Then abolish the American empire.

There’s no shortcut, no way to ensure that “national security” won’t trump elementary ethics in the future – not unless we permanently ditch our imperial ambitions and restore our old republic. Until then we’ll remain the United States of Torture.

Dianne Feinstein was the canary in the coalmine. If even the senior Senator from California, as stalwart an ally of the CIA and the National Security State as one is likely to find, was upset enough to make such a fuss about the Senate torture report then it had to be pretty awful. The release of the 600-page report summary confirmed our worst suspicions.

Dec 12 09:21

Israel threatens to review cooperation with Swiss over Geneva debate on PA territories

Switzerland has riled Israel over its decision to host a meeting of signatory states to the Geneva Conventions, expected to slam Israel for its actions in the "occupied territories." Israel pledged to reconsider its future cooperation with the Swiss.

Dec 12 09:06

Pentagon Considering Deployment of Nuclear Missiles in Europe

The Pentagon is considering the re-deployment of nuclear cruise missiles in Europe in response to a new Russian cruise missile that the United States has charged violates a 1987 nuclear treaty, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Wednesday.

Dec 12 07:20

Germany, Stuck with Massive Bill for Ukraine, Asks Russia for Help

The last two paragraphs in the article show that the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble has been obliged to telephone Anton Siluanov, Russia’s Finance Minister, to ask him not to call in Russia’s $3 billion loan, which becomes automatically repayable when Ukraine’s debt exceeds 60% of its GDP, something which everybody knows has now happened.

It also says that “George Osborne, the UK finance minister, expressed surprise at the request, attendees said, saying the EU was now asking for help from Russia at the same time it was sanctioning the Kremlin for its actions in Ukraine.”

In other words in order to “save” Ukraine (and their own political reputations) the European leadership is now being forced to turn to Russia for help - the same country they accuse of invading and destabilising Ukraine and which they have sanctioned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Russia will step in to help, pulling the rug out from under US meddling in Europe.

Dec 12 07:12

Zionists Want Multi Cultural Europe And Jewish Only Israel

They do. They believe they have a right to their own country, regardless if they choose to live there or not. Whites however, have no choice and will never have freedom of association again. No vote or say, just manipulation and propaganda into submission.

Zionists - They are not White. White is not a skin color. White is a shortened term for European, Australian, South African and American people that provided the civilization you currently live in.

Zionists - They believe in the Anti White Proposition. What is the Anti White Proposition? There can be no all white countries anywhere on the planet and there can be no all white areas in those formerly all white countries. Its a scam. Its genocide.

Dec 11 23:36

Russia and Turkey’s Gas Deal can Save Europe and the World

The status of South Stream and the newly announced Russia-Turkey gas deal is much more than it seems. It is primarily about putting the brakes on what has slowly been developing into the next world war.

Dec 11 15:01

US Army and French Gendarmes Prepare for Mass Unrest

Molotov cocktails explode and tear gas fill the streets as U.S. Marines from SPMAGTF Crisis Response – Africa and French gendarmes with Mobile Gendarmerie Armored Group try to control a crowd of rioters in a city street.

Dec 11 11:36

Imagine Hillary exposed as the neocon she is

HOW THE MEDIA FEEDS AND MAINTAINS PARTISANSHIP AS IT HIDES THE TRUTH

If real evidence of Hillary’s malfeasance was produced, it would gore the ox of the Neocon agenda as well.

Allegations of creating a Mideast arms bazaar with a pipeline from Libya to Syria is not only a Democratic party tar baby, but shows all of Washington to be engaged in reckless weapons-peddling, where any militant group in the Mideast could seize the day along with the weapons and come out on top.

Dec 11 11:06

‘We Won’t Pay’: Tens of Thousands Protest Water Privatization in Ireland

“We can’t pay! We won’t pay!” was the call of tens of thousands who took to the streets of Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday to protest a controversial water fee—the latest in a series of unpopular austerity measures imposed on the country’s citizens in recent years.

The demonstration is timed to coincide with the International Day of Human Rights, which marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The United Nations officially recognizes water and sanitation as a human right.

Participants in the massive march are calling for an abolition of the water charges—which are in step with a larger move to privatize the country’s water system as part of a bailout deal with the International Monetary Fund.

Dec 11 09:58

European banks are stuck in a severe crisis

Big banks in Europe are riskier than anywhere else in the world.

They have higher non-performing loans, greater asset shrinkage, larger losses and higher debt-to-equity ratios. And European banks are bracing for even worse loan losses.

It’s the combination of those characteristics that lead to a crisis, and the eurozone essentially is in one today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The root cause of all these problems is that eleventh marble!

Dec 11 09:49

Ireland and France approve Palestinian state recognition

Ireland’s lower house of parliament has unanimously approved a non-binding resolution calling on the government to recognize the state of Palestine formally, on the basis of the 1967 borders. French senators also backed the symbolic resolution.

The motion was immediately slammed by Israel. Emmanuel Nahson, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry accused the Irish parliament of “statements of hatred and anti-Semitism directed at Israel in a way which we have not heard before.”

Dec 11 09:04

Did Juncker offer vital assistance to Amazon? Firm's former head of tax claims current EU president acted like 'business partner' while he was PM of Luxembourg

EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker acted like a ‘business partner’ to web giant Amazon when he was prime minister of Luxembourg, a former company boss claimed last night.

Bob Comfort, the firm’s former head of tax, reportedly said the Luxembourg government ‘helped solve problems’ for the business.

In comments reported by the Guardian newspaper, Mr Comfort said: ‘The Luxembourg government presents itself as a business partner and I think it’s an accurate description. It helps to solve problems.’

He said Mr Juncker’s message was: ‘if you encounter problems which you don’t seem to be able to resolve, please come back and tell me. I’ll try to help.’

Amazon’s tax deal with the Duchy is under investigation by the European Commission over the tax arrangements granted to the firm in 2003.

Dec 11 07:26

CIA Cited Israeli Court Rulings to Justify Torture

The report revealed that the Agency’s lawyers used the rulings from Israel's Supreme Court to construct a legal case to justify the illegal interrogation methods.

The controversial report published Tuesday by the United States Senate Intelligence Committee on the torture methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) revealed that the Agency’s lawyers used the rulings from Israel’s Supreme Court to construct a legal case to justify the illegal interrogation methods.

Dec 11 06:42

Shielding Israel’s Secret Nukes

You know something doesn’t wash when the contrary views are as overwhelmingly held as on this matter. The resolution passed on a vote of 161-5.

Neither Israel nor the United States says publicly that Israel has nuclear weapons, but just about everyone else in the world takes it as a given that it does, which would make it the only state in the Middle East that does.

The stated rationale for the United States casting last Tuesday one of the very lonely votes it sometimes casts at the United Nations General Assembly, on matters on which almost the entire world sees things differently, warrants some reflection.

The resolution in question this time endorsed the creation of a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East and called on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, to renounce any possession of nuclear weapons, and to put its nuclear facilities under the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Dec 11 06:14

Symbolic European gestures of state recognition won’t advance the Palestinian cause

If George Washington could revisit us today he would say that America's passionate attachment for Israel has produced the variety of evils he described in his 1796 address.

At the time of writing there is a French initiative underway. Its purpose is, it seems, to get a new Security Council resolution in which the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 would be a key component…

Will Obama administration veto this new peace initiative ?

Dec 10 17:11

Disney and Microsoft dragged into Luxembourg tax avoidance scandal engulfing EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker

Giant US businesses Disney and Microsoft have been dragged into the Luxembourg tax avoidance scandal engulfing Brussels chief Jean-Claude Juncker after a slew of confidential documents were leaked.

The Grand Duchy is accused of allowing multinational firms to pay virtually no tax on massive profits – draining resources from countries forced to make drastic cuts to reduce their deficits.

The scandal has dragged in Mr Juncker - Luxembourg’s former Prime Minister. The new president of the European Commission, Brussels' most powerful official, is under mounting pressure to explain the complicated tax deals struck while he was leader.

Dec 10 15:57

Symbolic European gestures of state recognition won't advance the Palestinian cause

Alan Hart says Europe needs to go beyond gestures towards Palestine and submit a Security Council resolution with an ultimatum for Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories or face international sanctions.

Dec 10 14:54

Trade ministers beg Brussels to remove more national sovereignty

Prime Ministers blame Brussels for, well, everything, But trade ministers have just written to EU President Juncker insisting he removes more of their national sovereignty through secret corporate courts.

Conflict rages in Brussels between those seeking to salvage the embattled EU/US trade pact (TTIP) by dropping ISDS as its most controversial aspect, and those who still want to push through the whole project in the face of mounting public opposition.

The ‘investor-state dispute settlement system’ (ISDS) would allow investors and corporations to sue governments in private international tribunals for any policy they deem “unfair” or which could affect their “legitimate profit expectations”.

Dec 10 13:51

EU Demands Russia Bail Out EU & Ukraine

Mark Adomanis of Forbes is the clearest and most honest writer in the West about Ukraine’s financial situation, though he propagandizes constantly against Russia just like all the rest of the West’s aristocracy-paid ‘reporters’ do (and must do in order to keep their jobs). He wrote on 15 April 2014, that, “when it bought $3 billion worth of [Ukrainian Government] bonds at the end of 2013 Russia inserted a clause that stipulates that the total volume of Ukrainian state-guaranteed debt cannot exceed 60% of its annual GDP. If that threshold is breached, Russia can legally demand repayments on an accelerated schedule. Given the parlous state of the Ukrainian economy and its government’s extremely weak finances, this essentially means that if Ukraine’s debt exceeds 60% of its GDP Russia can legally force it to default.”

Dec 10 13:38

Serbia dismantles human trafficking ring

Serbian authorities have arrested nearly 50 people allegedly involved in a human trafficking ring that took immigrants from Asian countries to the European Union.

Dec 10 11:26

Saban confronts Bennet: “Are you willing to cut commercial ties with Europe?”

are these threats or hypothetical questions?

Dec 10 10:25

OFF THE GRID: NINE CIA ‘BLACK SITES’ WHERE DETAINEES WERE TORTURED

Six days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, President George W. Bush issued a directive allowing the CIA to secretly detain and interrogate prisoners at clandestine sites located around the world, cut off from communication with legal counsel, family, and everyone else. The locations of eight of these sites, along with descriptions of some of the deeply disturbing practices there, were included in today’s release of the so-called “torture report” — the heavily redacted executive summary of a senate committee study of the CIA’s Bush-era interrogation program.

Dec 09 15:03

The train with tanks of army of the USA passed across Latvia

Dec 09 14:54

Italians flock abroad in record numbers

Emigration has hit a ten-year high as Italians abandon their home country for better prospects abroad, with the UK the top destination.

Dec 09 14:42

Fed up with austerity, Irish mobilize against water charges

Ireland, whose private banks gambled (and lost) more per capita than any other European country, was disproportionately affected by the economic crisis. The tiny country is paying almost 42 percent of the total European banking debt, despite making up only 1 percent of its population, according to Eurostat.

Dec 09 13:38

Germany Does Something the U.S. Hasn’t for Peace

On December 5, the renowned weekly newspaper Die Zeit published the letter “Another War in Europe? Not in our name!” The more than 60 personalities from politics, business, culture and media certainly do not sound like the typical voices for peace, and indeed they are not. Nevertheless they came together to demand de-escalatory politics between the United States and the European Union, on one side, and Russia. They appeal to the German federal government, its representatives and the media to assume their responsibility for peace in Europe. The desire for a world without war is one shared far beyond the peace movement choir.

Dec 09 11:26

CrossTalk: Arab Spring Mirage

With the judicial exoneration of Egypt’s former President Mubarak, we are forced to consider the condition of the so-called Arab Spring. Or even ponder if there was even such a thing. And whether Washington actually prefers dictators and monarchs in the region, notes Peter Lavelle.

CrossTalking with David Ottaway, Wael Eskandar and Hafsa Kara-Mustapha.

Interesting that they are only just beginning to wake up to the farce. Its like calling the Kiev coup a revolution. This is what analyst Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich told RT almost four years ago about the uprisings “wrong to call it Arab Spring, that was a term used by Western journalists to justify the Iraq invasion and imply ‘democracy’ would spread!”

Dec 09 11:20

Russia, Turkey pivot across Eurasia

This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about.

The latest, spectacular “Exit South Stream, Enter Turk Stream” Pipelinistan gambit will be sending big geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time. This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about.

In a nutshell, a few years ago Russia devised North Stream – fully operational – and South Stream – still a project – to bypass unreliable Ukraine as a gas transit nation. Now Russia devises a new sweet deal with Turkey to bypass the “non-constructive” (Putin’s words) approach of the European Commission (EC) concerning the European “Third Energy Package”, which prohibits one company from controlling the full cycle of extraction, transportation and sale of energy resources.

Dec 09 11:17

UN Reveals Israeli Links With Syrian Rebels

Why is Israel supporting Syrian Rebels?

Reports by UN observers in the Golan submitted to 15 members of Security Council detail regular contact between IDF officers and armed Syrian opposition figures at the border.

Reports by UN observers in the Golan Heights over the past 18 months reveal the type and extent of cooperation between Israel and Syrian opposition figures. The reports, submitted to the 15 members of the UN Security Council and available on the UN’s website, detail regular contacts held on the border between IDF officers and soldiers and Syrian rebels.

Dec 09 11:13

Don’t Risk War With Russia

Washington rushes to court open conflict with Moscow against every rational interest.It is not wise to provoke a powerful enemy unless a vital national interest is at stake, which is not the case with Ukraine and Crimea.

Today, more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there are many indications that Washington is slipping into a new and completely unnecessary confrontation with Moscow, only this time it is not being run largely out of sight by the CIA. Much of the new conflict is being conducted openly, with sanctions and resolutions by Congress, regular appearances in unstable regions overseas by senior state department officials and politicians, and trainings in new media political organizing funded by quasi non-governmental organizations like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Dec 09 09:31

Greece Post Mortem: Worst Day Since 1987 Crash, Banks Destroyed, Bond Yields At Post-Bailout Highs

As the sun sets in Athens, we thought a moment of reflection was worthwhile. Greek stocks are now down 13% - the biggest single-day drop since (drum roll please) the crash of 1987... led by total carnage in Greek banks (down 15-25% on the day). Greek bond yields exploded, 3YR +183bps to a new post-bailout high at 8.32% (and inverted to 10Y).

Dec 09 09:19

Greek stocks crash, yields spike on political strife

Greece's stock market plunged 13 percent on Tuesday and bond yields spiked after the country's government surprised investors by announcing a snap presidential vote.

The election was originally scheduled for the new year, but will now take place next week. The news, announced late Monday, caused the Athens Stock Exchange to fall 13 percent by Tuesday afternoon, and the yield on Greek 10-year government debt to rise to 8.08 percent.

Greece's banks were among the worst hit, with the National Bank of Greece trading down around 20 percent and Attica bank down 26 percent.

Dec 09 08:44

‘German govt acts like masters of the universe within the EU’

Despite the German economy facing a crisis it is still the strongest in Europe. That is why Germany keeps dictating the EU path and asserts itself as the dominant power within the Union, Ernst Wolff, journalist and author, told RT.

A French member of the European Parliament, Jean-Luc Melenchon, has advised German Chancellor Angela Merkel to “shut up.” This Sunday using his twitter feed the founder of a French left party and former education minister responded angrily to Merkel’s call for France to introduce more economic reform. He said she should concentrate on Germany’s own problems.

Dec 09 08:29

Alternative Media and the MH17 JIT Reversal

After weeks of protests and growing suspicion, Dutch authorities overseeing the investigation of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 have finally included Malaysia as a member of its Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Malaysia had made it clear it was immensely displeased with its inexplicable exclusion from JIT formed after the downing of MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Including NATO members (Belgium and the Netherlands), a defacto NATO collaborator (Australia) and a potential culprit in the air disaster (Ukraine), Malaysia’s exclusion looked to be a part of an ongoing cover-up amid a larger attempt to use the disaster to frame Russia and advance NATO’s agenda in Eastern Europe.

Dec 09 07:51

Europe should decide its fate without using US ‘disservices’ – Russian Duma speaker

State Duma chairman, Sergey Naryshkin, has reiterated his advice to European countries to rule themselves and stop heeding meddlesome US advice that does more harm than good.

Dec 09 07:49

US Expands Military Presence at Spanish Naval Base

The US Defense Department has announced the addition of two more ballistic missile ships to its base in Europe, with up to 3,000 more servicemen being deployed.

Dec 09 07:17

28 Israelis arrested so far over ‘undisclosed’ UBS bank accounts

Four Israelis have been released on bail in recent days, bringing to 28 the number of people arrested so far in an investigation into Israelis allegedly holding undisclosed bank accounts with the Swiss bank UBS, the Tax Authority said on Monday.

Dec 08 13:26

Russia to stay away from EU meeting on South Stream on December 9 — Energy Minister

Russia will stay away from an EU meeting on the South Stream project on December 9, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told journalists on Monday.

“We are not members of the European Union, and we are not planning to take part in that meeting,” Novak said.

Dec 08 12:38

CrossTalk: Arab Spring Mirage

With the judicial exoneration of Egypt’s former President Mubarak, we are forced to consider the condition of the so-called Arab Spring. Or even ponder if there was even such a thing. And whether Washington actually prefers dictators and monarchs in the region, notes Peter Lavelle.

CrossTalking with David Ottaway, Wael Eskandar and Hafsa Kara-Mustapha.

Dec 08 11:43

The Rise of German Imperialism and the Phony “Russian Threat”

The annexation of East Germany and the overthrow of the Communist governments in the East allowed German capitalists to dominate markets in the former Eastern bloc .As the major trading partner, it seized control of major industrial enterprises via corrupt privatizations decreed by the newly installed pro-capitalist client regimes. As the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgarian, the Baltic States “privatized” and “de-nationalized” strategic economic, trade, media and social service sectors, ‘unified’ Germany was able to resume a privileged place. As Russia fell into the hands of gangsters, emerging oligarchs and political proxies of western capitalists, its entire industrial infrastructure was decimated and Russia was converted into a giant raw-material export region.

Germany converted its trade relations with Russia from one between equals into a ‘colonial’ pattern: Germany exported high value industrial products and imported gas, oil and raw materials from Russia.

Dec 08 09:11

VIDEO: HUNDREDS OF ANARCHISTS ARRESTED AFTER GREEK RIOTS

Greek police have rounded up 296 anarchists in connection with violent riots that ripped through the Greek capital and five other cities across the country overnight.

The violence - among the worst witnessed in years - erupted from what initially looked like a peaceful protest march marking the sixth anniversary of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager, Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

Black-clad anarchists penetrated the march, launching attacks against riot police and going on a rampage in the centre of Athens.

Dec 08 08:46

Israel attempts to undermine EU vote on Palestine Statehood

Israeli foreign ministry has been working to undermine a vote on recognising Palestinian statehood in the European parliament, Anadolu Agency stated on Friday.

Israeli Radio was quoted by Anadolu as saying that the Israeli Ambassador to the EU in Brussels David Walzer stated, "I have been contacting the different parliamentarian blocs of the EU ahead of the vote to recognise the Palestine State this month."

The EU parliament postponed the vote, which was due to take place on November 24, to December 18. The EU members were to vote on the recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Dec 08 08:40

U.S. Arms Deal Will Increase Israel’s Kill Power

Whether the Defense chief is Hagel or Carter, the military industrial power center goes forward.

What exactly, we must ask, is the rationale for adding this air power expense to the Israeli budget?

In October of this year, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon came to Washington to visit with his counterpart,U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

He and Hagel finalized a weapons deal that they say benefited the U.S. and Israel.

The weapons deal was not even reported until Friday of this past week.

Dec 08 08:36

Kissinger Geopolitics

During his Washington years, Kissinger was part eminence grise/eminence noir. Manipulating events for his own self-interest.

At age 91, maybe senility set in. Or a time of reflection. At the same time, trying to have things both ways.

Unwilling to atone. Even late in life. Once a war criminal. Always one.

Dec 08 08:21

EU will have to transport Russian gas from Turkey on its own – Gazprom chief

With the end of the South Stream project, Russia will have to adapt to a new market where it will not provide gas delivery to end users, Aleksey Miller, the head of Gazprom said in an interview confirming South Stream will not be resumed.

Russia’s Gazprom energy giant has given up the long-cherished South Stream gas pipeline to Europe because of the EU blocking its realization with the Third Energy Package, which prohibits one company to do the full cycle: extraction, transportation and sale of energy resources.

Now Gazprom is going to use already constructed South Stream infrastructure on the Russian territory to build a new gas pipeline across the Black Sea to Turkey, with an annual capacity of 63 billion cubic meters.

Dec 08 06:29

ECB's Nowotny says euro zone economy weakening massively

Dec 8 (Reuters) - The euro zone is experiencing a massive weakening in its economy not least due to a slowdown in its biggest member, Germany, a senior ECB policy maker said on Monday.

"We see a massive weakening in the euro zone economy," Ewald Nowotny, a member of the ECB's Governing Council, told a conference in Frankfurt.

Dec 07 22:58

Putin's "Taming" of Europe

Putin's model of handling the internal and external partners, competitors and even enemies have long been known to all who are willing to look at things rationally. At the first stage, Putin offers a very good compromise. It is taken as a sign of weakness and rejected. At the second stage, the situation for those who rejected the compromise is rapidly deteriorating and a new compromise is offered, but significantly less profitable. And this continues up until there is no more compromise, or until a forever inflexible partner will "choke on a polonium scarf" in London. For example, in the situation with South Stream, we are observing phase two: the deterioration of EU's position with a hint of a new compromise in the form of an extended "Blue Stream" and a gas hub on a border with Greece.

Dec 07 20:05

Italian protesters, police clash near Milan’s La Scala

Clashes between Italian riot police and demonstrators protesting against austerity and labor reforms in the recession-hit country have left two people wounded at the opening night of Milan’s La Scala opera house.

The Sunday protest rally turned violent after hundreds of protesters threw flares and Molotov cocktails at baton-wielding police in front of La Scala.

The protesters, including students and activists, chanted anti-government slogans, while carrying banners reading "fight the power," and "we resist."

The demonstrators also demanded more social housing and funds for schools and culture. The protest came following a series of squat evictions by authorities.

The opening night of La Scala is one of the most glittering events on Europe's cultural calendar, attended by leading figures of Italian industry, fashion, and politics.

Dec 07 17:21

Chlorine chicken, hormone beef? European fears that TTIP deal brings American 'Frankenfood' imports

On a velvety green patch of the French countryside, organic farmer Jean Cabaret gives a little shudder. A looming trade deal with the United States, he fears, may make his worst culinary nightmare come true: an invasion of Europe by American “Frankenfoods”. “Hormone-boosted beef. Chlorine-washed chicken. Genetically altered vegetables. This is what they want for us,” warned Cabaret, standing before his majestic herd of free-range cows.

Dec 07 14:29

FLASHBACK 2013 - Hungary Sheds Bankers’ Shackles

Not since the 1930s in Germany has a major European country dared to escape from the clutches of the Rothschild-controlled international banking cartels. This is stupendous news that should encourage nationalist patriots worldwide to increase the fight for freedom from financial tyranny. - See more at: http://americanfreepress.net/?p=12418#sthash.PnIai0bn.dpuf

Dec 07 12:10

Fuel crisis forced shut down of biggest nuclear power plant in Ukraine

Kiev Regime – a Disaster Awaiting Meltdown

Was the forced shutdown of the biggest nuclear power plant in Ukraine last week a result of the country’s fuel crisis? That crisis is itself a product to the political crisis that the Western sponsors have engendered in the country with the illegal coup in Kiev earlier this year.

The Zaporozhiya nuclear power station, which was forced to shut down on November 28, is located on the Dneiper River in southeast Ukraine. It is not only the biggest in the country, it is also the largest operating facility in Europe, with an output of 6,000 megawatts. Ukraine relies on four nuclear power plants for the supply of about half of all its electricity requirements.

Dec 07 12:06

Ukraine’s Made-in-USA Finance Minister

Though it’s difficult for an outsider to ascertain the relative merits of these insider deals, they could reflect negatively on Jaresko’s role as Ukraine’s new finance minister given the country’s reputation for corruption and cronyism, a principal argument for the U.S.-backed “regime change” that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych last February.

The substantial U.S. government sum invested in Jaresko’s WNISEF-based equity fund also sheds new light on how it was possible for Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland to tally up U.S. spending on Ukraine since it became independent in 1991 and reach the astounding figure of “more than $5 billion,” which she announced to a meeting of U.S.-Ukrainian business leaders last December as she was pushing for “regime change” in Kiev.

Dec 07 09:18

EU Disintegration - Mass Migration - US Poodle - Joaquin

EU Can Survive by Bucking the US - The Left has it completely wrong in Europe.

Dec 07 02:24

West's action in Libya in 2011 was a 'mistake' - Italy's foreign ministry

Western countries made a 'mistake' three years ago, when they intervened in Libya to overthrow the Gaddafi regime, according to Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The statement came amid reports of the US discussing airstrikes on Libya's territory.

Dec 06 08:05

Hungary summons US envoy over McCain remarks

Hungary has summoned the United States top diplomat in Budapest after Republican Senator John McCain described the country's prime minster as a “neo-fascist dictator.”

Dec 04 09:31

ECB 'steps up' plans for more stimulus measures

The European Central Bank (ECB) has "stepped up" plans for more stimulus measures aimed at revitalising the eurozone economy, bank president Mario Draghi has said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meaning they will print up more money to give to the banks to lend to the people at interest!

Dec 02 16:05

EU Puppet Bulgaria Kills Russian Pipeline

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said South Stream, a major project to deliver natural gas to Europe, would be redirected through Turkey after pressure from the European Union.

Dec 02 09:30

Europe May Face 'Disaster' Due to South Stream Cancellation: Czech Company

Cancellation of the South Stream gas pipeline project spells a disaster for the Baltic States, as well as Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Austria, the marketing director of Czech gas company said.

Dec 01 09:29

As many as 300 Swedes believed to have joined ISIS

There are fears that up to 300 Swedes have travelled to the Middle East to join Islamic State, according to the Scandinavian country’s intelligence chief.

Anders Thornberg explained that they have already confirmed around a hundred cases of Swedes who have left the country to join the insurgency, but then they must take into account the presumed cases and those which have yet to be counted. This, he said, brings the overall number to between 250 and 300 people.

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Sweden recognized Palestine as a state only a month ago and now ISIS (nudge nudge wink wink) is going to attack? The next false-flag?

Nov 30 11:53

Portugal supports Palestinian rights

The Portuguese parliament has confirmed its support for the inalienable rights of the Palestinians, including the right for self-determination. According to Quds.net, which reported the news, a parliamentary statement called on Israel to comply with international law for a solution based on two states and relevant UN resolutions.

Nov 30 11:51

Swiss Gold Referendum Fails: 78% Vote Against "Protecting The Country's Wealth"

Whether as a result of an unprecedented scare campaign by the Swiss National Bank (most recently reinforced by Citigroup), or due to confidence that Swiss gold is as safe abroad as it is at home, or simply due to good old-fashioned "hanging chads", today's most awaited event has come and gone and the result - according to early projections by Swiss television SRF - is that the Swiss population overwhelmingly rejected a referendum to force the Swiss National Bank to hold some 20% of its reserves in gold in a landslide vote, with about 78% voting against what AP politely termed "protecting the country's wealth by investing in gold."

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Whether the results of a slick ad campaigns, or an incredible hack job, the executives of the Bank of Switzerland can collectively breathe a sign of relief that this referendum didn't pass.

Nov 28 08:05

Netherlands government says closure of mosques unacceptable

Netherlands Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher has said any closure of mosques in the country would be "unacceptable" after a Party for Freedom lawmaker proposed that all mosques there be shut.

Nov 28 08:03

Swiss, French call to bring home gold reserves as Dutch move 122 tons out of US

The financial crisis in Europe is prompting some nations to repatriate their gold reserves to national vaults. The Netherlands has moved $5 billion worth of gold from New York, and some are calling for similar action from France, Switzerland, and Germany.

An unmatched pace of money printing by major central banks has boosted concerns in European countries over the safety of their gold reserves abroad.

Nov 27 08:50

EU Parliament: Palestinian recognition can be delivered through EU common position

A coordinated EU "common position" could deliver the recognition of a Palestinian state, the European Parliament was told on Wednesday 26 November in a debate called by the Socialist and Democrat (S & D) Group of MEPs.

Nov 26 07:38

An Israeli argument for the E.U. to recognize Palestine

On Thursday, the European Parliament will convene in Strasbourg, France, and hold a vote on whether to recognize Palestine as an independent state. The deliberation comes with a considerable amount of momentum: In recent weeks, a number of European governments have taken steps on their own to recognize Palestine as an independent state. Sweden formally recognized Palestine in October, becoming the most prominent European country to do so. Symbolic votes in the main legislatures of Britain, Spain and Ireland have followed since. France's parliament is set to vote on the issue on Dec. 2.

Nov 25 08:54

Here Comes France: Right-Wing Leader Marine Le Pen Demands Central Bank Repatriate French Gold

First Germany, then the Netherlands, perhaps Switzerland this weekend, and now the French right-wing Front National, which shockingly came first in May's European parliament elections, and whose leader Marine Le Pen is currently polling in first place in a hypothetical presidential election (in both a first and run off round), ahead of president Hollande, has sent a letter to the governor of the French Central Bank, the Banque de France, demanding that France join the list of nations which have repatriated, or at least tried to, their gold.

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Nov 23 07:26

Russia-Europe: Sanctions Losing Steam

The foreign ministers of the European Union discussed the situation in Ukraine and their turbulent relations with Moscow agreeing that there is no point to enhance sanctions against Russia.

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"You can't do that! I hereby sanction Europe! I sanction the whole world! You will miss us, I promise!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 21 08:30

Swiss Gold Initiative Leader Banned From Televised Debate

Today King World News was stunned to learn that the Swiss politician who launched the Swiss Gold Initiative was actually banned from participating in the televised debate. Luzi Stamm, who was one of the primary architects of the Swiss Gold Initiative, spoke with KWN about why he was banned from the televised debate and why “It is not possible (to continue) what’s (currently) going on in the Western world.” Below is his remarkable interview.

Nov 21 08:19

Serbia won’t join anti-Russian sanctions club despite EU pressure - Nikolic

Serbia is not planning to impose sanctions on Russia, said its President Tomislav Nikolic after meeting EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn. The latter said the EU expects Serbia to bring its policy in line with the European one if it seeks to enter the union.

Nov 20 07:50

‘Blackmail’: EU trying to force Serbia into Russia sanctions club, says senior MP

The EU’s attempts to coerce Serbia into joining anti-Russian sanctions are nothing but blackmail, says the head of the State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee.

Nov 20 07:32

This Is What Is Really Taking Place Behind The Scenes Of The Second US-Russian Cold War

It appears John Kerry is at it again. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the US Secretary of State called on him to "pay no mind" to a statement by President Obama, in which Russia was included to a list of top global threats. Seeking Russia's cooperation in Iran and on the Korean Peninsula, Kerry told Lavrov to "forget about" what Obama said. As US foreign policy credibility dissolves, we leave it to Lavrov to conclude, "it is flippant," he jabs, "it’s not appropriate for a powerful country to have such a consumer attitude to its partners - where you’re needed, help us; where you’re not, obey us."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is the result of a lack of a coherent foreign policy. The White House is purely reactive at this point, driven by events and lured on by goals which are often contradictory to each other. There is no real leadership in DC. It's just a town of opportunists carving out the largest slice possible for themselves and their backers.

Nov 19 08:21

Israel blasts Spain's symbolic vote on Palestine independence

Israel has censured the Spanish parliament over a symbolic vote, which calls on the Madrid government to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.

"The declaration of the Spanish parliament only distances the chance of reaching an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, because it encourages the Palestinians to become more extreme in their positions," Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Extreme. You know, like thinking they have a right to their own country?

Nov 19 08:17

First Snow of Season for Parts of Poland, Eastern Europe

A slow-moving storm will bring the first accumulating snowfall to areas from eastern Poland and western Ukraine into Belarus and the Baltic states this week.

Nov 19 07:11

Here's What Really Happened at the G20 in Australia

So what did in fact happen at the G20 summit?

The short answer is that it was a shriller rerun of the ASEM summit in Milan.

The same line up of European leaders joined this time by the Australians and the Canadians (Obama and Putin barely met) tried once again to bully Putin into doing what they wanted in the Ukraine, believing on this occasion that the fall in oil prices and in the rouble would make him more amenable.

In order to drive the point home a media blitz of quite extraordinary intensity was also orchestrated.

To their collective bafflement and anger, Putin refused to move an inch.

Nov 18 09:54

Senator Averil Power on Israeli Bombing of Palastine

Nov 18 08:45

Spanish parliament to call for recognising Palestine state

The moves reflect mounting frustration in the European Union at Israel's expanding settlement programme on land the Palestinians want for a state following the collapse of U.S.-sponsored peace talks.

Nov 18 07:10

Greeks march against austerity to mark 1973 uprising

About 40,000 students, workers and pensioners waving red flags and chanting "EU, IMF out!" marched near parliament to the embassy of the United States

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Greeks know who the real source of their problems is!

Nov 17 09:36

What did the Brisbane G-20 summit accomplish?

President Barack Obama was equally effusive, saying the gathering was not a “chinwag,” an Australian word for meaningless talk. Rather, he said, “it has been a good week for American leadership.” At a press conference, Obama listed expanding trade, a visa accord with China, and “a big advance on climate change” as tangible achievements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the headline accomplishment is a deal to take seriously a problem that was made up in the first place. Left unsaid in this article is the agreement by the G20 to consider bank savings accounts as investments in the bank, subject to loss if the bank gets into trouble.

Nov 17 08:54

Army Convoy Belgium


We don't see those so much here in Belgium. I think we are also gearing up regarding the escalation in Ukraine. (We are a NATO Member) For me it was in fact the first time that I saw this in my country.

Nov 17 08:47

Swedish Armed Forces Deny Russian Aircraft Violated National Airspace

The Swedish Armed Forces denied Monday reports that a Russian aircraft allegedly violated its national airspace on Saturday.

“[The JAS fighter aircraft] were launched because of a French plane. We do not provide any further details as the incident is now being studied,” the Head of Press at the Swedish Armed Forces, Philip Simon said on-air at Radio Sweden.

Nov 17 07:19

Israel may face EU sanctions for hampering 2-state solution – secret document

Israel could soon find itself in trouble and face the wrath of Brussels: any further attempts to pose obstacles to a two-state solution with occupied Palestine could result in sanctions, Haaretz revealed, citing a 'confidential' EU document.

The classified paper was originally intended for internal circulation among the 28 member states, but word of its existence reached Israel after some of its diplomats in the EU leaked the fact to the Foreign Ministry back home.

Although the Israelis could not secure the full text of the document, some important details have come out, thanks to three EU diplomats and two senior Israeli officials.

Nov 17 06:17

G20 Retrospective and Doubts

While the Australian government was pampering and welcoming global leaders – the homeless were NOT welcome. Scoot. Away with you beggars and bludgers.

There was no shirt-fronting, but a lot of snubbing of President Putin who is still being blamed for MH17 – based on mainstream propaganda (The leaders and their lackeys haven’t bothered with the facts).

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"Facts? WE don't need no stink' facts! We have ... good intentions!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 14 11:57

Sweden releases sonar image confirming 'foreign submarine'

The grainy image shows underwater tracks allegedly left by the vessel.

Several sightings of an unidentified object near Stockholm sparked a huge search and Sweden's biggest military operation in years.

Naval vessels and planes searched waters near the capital but were unable to identify any intruding vessel or say which country was responsible.

Suspicion fell on Russia, but its defence ministry denied any of its ships were involved.

"The military can confirm that a small U-boat breached Sweden's territorial waters," the head of Sweden's armed forces, Gen Sverker Goransson, told a news conference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Submarines generally avoid hitting the bottom let alone dragging along it. In Dr. John Craven's book "The Silent War" he relates a story of a US submarine, specially equipped for espionage work, getting literally stuck in the mud at one point on a mission, then uncontrollably bobbing to the surface when it finally freed itself, leading to a serious chase by anti-submarine forces from the nation being spied on.

In this case, looking at the image, I wonder if the US was running a test of the new underwater drones they are developing and somehow the depth system was off the mark, leading the drone to try to sail through the mud rather than the water.

Nov 14 11:21

Italy's Grillo: "We Are Not At War With ISIS Or Russia, We Are At War With The ECB"

Nov 13 11:32

NATO 1949: The Origin of an Offensive, Expansionist, Imperialist Military Alliance

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, was launched sixty five years ago following the signature of the Atlantic Pact in 1949. The original member states that came together under US tutelage claimed that their alliance was dedicated to the preservation of peace and to the defence of Western Europe against the supposed threat of military aggression. It is noteworthy that the launch of NATO coincided with the intensification of the Cold War, the political division of Germany and the first tentative steps by the US and Britain to rearm the new West German state.

Nov 13 07:58

EU must cease "material support" for Israel’s crimes, say leading trade unions

More than 300 political parties, trade unions and campaign groups have called for the suspension of a key agreement between Israel and the European Union.

The appeal urges the EU to freeze the “association agreement” with Israel. That deal, which entered into force in 2000, facilitates largely unrestricted trade between the EU and Israel and allows Israel to participate in a wide range of the Union’s programs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the EU is as much a sell-out to Israel as the US is. Imagine my shock.

Nov 11 13:27

Catalan Vote: Disturbance in the Farce

The smiles did not extend to Madrid, where until the very moment the ballots opened there were still thinking the Catalans would not have the collons to defy god, king and country. In fact, on Sunday morning at 9AM the crypto fascist party UPyD requested the Barcelona weekend judge to stop the vote, confiscate the ballots and arrest the table officers and political instigators using force if necessary. The judge delicately told them to shove off, saying that the proposed measures were disproportionate to the situation. And so the vote was held in peace, with the only exception of Girona, where a group of skinheads bumrushed a voting point, kicked the ballot box to the ground and, in a textbook case of instant karma, were smote by the violent gentlemen of a local rugby team which just happened to be there voting. Never had a gaggle of skinheads been happier to see the police arrive to arrest them.

Nov 10 09:15

Government Has "Trampled On Us Too Much"; Over 2 Million Catalans Vote In Symbolic Referendum For Independence

With well over 1 million Catalonians already voted by the middle of the day, Catalonia's 'illegal-in-the-eyes-of-the-Spanish-government' vote for secession appears to have garnered more relative public support than Americans who voted for real this week. As threats from Rajoy and the Spanish government grow louder, the Catalan president Artur Mas rather sarcastically noted "we're running a high-quality democracy here," adding that "it has been difficult to get to this point... which is incredible in a democracy."

Nov 06 15:05

Clashes, water cannon, tear gas in EU’s ‘capital’: Anti-austerity anger in Brussels

Nov 06 10:56

Demonstration gone wrong [RIOT]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The face of European "democracy" in action.

Nov 06 08:21

Clashes, water cannon as 100,000 march in Brussels against austerity (PHOTOS)

Violent clashes broke out in Belgium as more than 100,000 protesters marched in Brussels against the government’s austerity measures. Police deployed water cannon and tear gas as the protesters started upturning cars.

The violence flared up at the end of an otherwise peaceful protest, with tear gas deployed as some radical demonstrators hurled objects at riot police and launched attacks with metal barriers against officials. Some set off colored smoke flares.

Nov 06 08:06

Norway is TOO WHITE… According to the President of Jewish Communities in Oslo…

“The Norwegian people have very little experience dealing with minorities… So we have a BIG “job to do” in bringing minorities to them, according to Ervin Kohn.

Kohn is the President of The Jewish Community in Oslo and the Deputy Director at the Norwegian Center Against Racism.

The question is, since when did Norwegians decide they needed an organization to solve the “problem” of racism in their country? After all, isn’t Norway a homogenous country?

Not for long, if Kohn has his way…

Nov 05 14:31

Spain Moves Military Assets Into Catalonia Ahead Of Weekend's 'Illegal' Secession Vote

"Everything is all set for Nov. 9," says a senior Catalan regional government official as the region prepares to defy both the central government and the country's highest court and proceed with a much-disputed weekend vote on whether to secede from Spain. And while the Spanish government has not specified what legal consequences Catalan leaders, poll workers or voters might face Sunday, when they go to vote, The LA Times reports that Madrid has reportedly readied thousands of Civil Guard police officers to travel to Catalonia this weekend if needed.

Nov 05 09:17

Germany’s Third Largest Political Party Sells €1.6 Million Of Gold In Two Weeks

Disillusionment with Europe’s single currency continues to grow with the cracks beginning to show in it’s heartland, Germany, where the third largest political party is now selling gold coins and bars to raise funds.

Nov 04 12:21

It begins: German bank charging NEGATIVE interest to its customers

Central bankers today have an equally delusional view of the world. Just three months ago, Mario Draghi (President of the European Central Bank) embarked on his own Quixotic folly by taking certain interest rates into NEGATIVE territory.

Draghi convinced himself that he was saving Europe from disaster. And like Don Quixote, everyone else has had to pay the price for his delusions.

On November 1st, the first European bank has passed along these negative interest rates to its retail customers.

Nov 04 11:25

NATO asks US for more troops in Baltic states, Poland to counter ‘Russia threat’

The North Atlantic bloc has asked the Pentagon to send more troops to Eastern Europe to counter the perceived threat of Russia. There are currently 750 US soldiers in Poland and the Baltic states, but the organization believes that this is not enough.

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Nov 04 07:10

Witness: foreign military pointed weapon at cars

One driver got in touch with Swedish Radio P4 Jönköping to report witnessing soldiers in a foreign military vehicle pointing an automatic weapon at cars on the 47/48 highway between Mullsjö and Jönköping.

Nov 03 13:51

How The Petrodollar Quietly Died, And Nobody Noticed

Two years ago, in hushed tones at first, then ever louder, the financial world began discussing that which shall never be discussed in polite company - the end of the system that according to many has framed and facilitated the US Dollar's reserve currency status: the Petrodollar, or the world in which oil export countries would recycle the dollars they received in exchange for their oil exports, by purchasing more USD-denominated assets, boosting the financial strength of the reserve currency, leading to even higher asset prices and even more USD-denominated purchases, and so forth, in a virtuous (especially if one held US-denominated assets and printed US currency) loop.

Nov 03 08:51

How the fall of France could cement the rise of Ukip

“I wouldn’t hold French shares,” said Nigel Farage with a wink, belying his previous life as a stockbroker. “The country is in real trouble,” the Ukip leader told me at an investment conference in London last week. “As someone who loves France, it gives me no pleasure to say that.”

While Mr Farage casually dishes out advice to sell French stocks, he knows only too well that, for all his admiration of Gallic gastronomy and tabacs, the singular weakness of the French economy, and related political fall-out, is playing into his hands.

Nov 03 08:50

Germany says UK could leave EU if David Cameron insists on migrant quotas

David Cameron's bid to overhaul freedom of movement rules to restrict immigration from within the European Union could take Britain to a "point of no return", German government sources have reportedly warned

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good!

Nov 03 08:37

Mandatory Mandarin: Portuguese kids take compulsory Chinese class

A town in northern Portugal has made Chinese obligatory for 8- and 9-year old school children, in order to boost the kids’ abilities for future competition in the thriving Chinese market.

Nov 01 09:08

Israeli left-wingers urge Spanish parliament to recognize Palestinian state

Hundreds of prominent left-wing figures from politics, academia, the arts, the media, and the military signed a letter on Friday urging the Spanish parliament to vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state.

Just one day after the Swedish government followed through on its symbolic pledge to accord recognition to Palestine, Israeli leftists sought to bring their influence to bear on the parliament in Madrid, which is expected to hold another symbolic discussion regarding recognition of a Palestinian state.

Oct 30 11:08

Nato jets intercept Russian warplanes following 'unusual level of air activity'

Nato aircraft have been scrambled to shadow Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic and Black Sea and fighter planes over the Baltic in what the western alliance called an unusual burst of activity as tensions remain elevated because of the situation in Ukraine.

In all, Nato said, its jets intercepted four groups of Russian aircraft in about 24 hours since Tuesday and some were still on manoeuvres late on Wednesday afternoon.

“These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European air space,” the alliance said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If I were Putin and knew the US was trying to start a war, I would probably call for some additional training.

Oct 30 10:07

SPOOF ON SWEDEN’S RECOGNITION OF A PALESTINIAN STATE

Image created by our new Associate Artist, Gianluca Costantini.

Oct 30 10:02

Sweden officially recognizes Palestinian state, Israel recalls ambassador

Sweden has recognized the occupied state of Palestine officially, according to its foreign ministry. The Scandinavian has become the first West-European EU state to recognize the territories. Israel has recalled its ambassador in Sweden in protest.

The news follows an earlier hint by Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen in his Social Democrat manifesto, during his inaugural address in October, that this would happen. The idea was quickly met with criticism from the United States and Israel.

"Our decision comes at a critical time because over the last year we have seen how the peace talks have stalled, how decisions over new settlements on occupied Palestinian land have complicated a two-state solution and how violence has returned to Gaza," Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told reporters.

"By making our decision we want to bring a new dynamic to the stalled peace process."

Oct 30 09:28

The Wrath of Draghi: First German Bank Hits Savers with Negative Interest Rate

Deutsche Skatbank, a division of VR-Bank Altenburger Land, which was founded in 1859, is not the biggest bank in Germany, but it’s the first bank to confirm what German savers have been dreading for a while: the wrath of Draghi.

Retail and business customers with over €500,000 on deposit as of November 1 will earn a “negative interest rate” of 0.25%. In less euphemistic terms, they have to pay0.25% per annum to the bank for the privilege of handing the bank their hard-earned money or their business cash.

“There will be no direct impact on your savings,” the ECB announced five months ago. “Only banks that deposit money in certain accounts at the ECB have to pay.” But it added ominously, “Commercial banks may of course choose to lower interest rates for savers.”

And that would be good for savers:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To those of you in the US who say, "That CANNOT possibly happen in the US", please think again.

Have no more money in your checking account than is needed to pay your bills. Place all the rest of your money under your personal control. Think about getting small, untraceable amounts of gold and silver to add to your personal portfolio.

Inflation in the US has already catastrophically destroyed whatever you have saved; the suppression of gold and silver value will not continue forever.

Oct 30 08:16

Why Sweden recognized the Palestinian state

Sweden joins Malta and Cyprus, as the third European nation officially recognizing a Palestinian state. The British Parliament also voted to recognize the Palestinian state earlier this month, in a symbolic vote.

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Oct 28 15:18

EU funding row sparks huge surge in UKIP support – poll

Support for Britain’s anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) has reached a record high following Brussels’ recent effort to levy a mammoth £1.7 billion extra charge on Britain, a new poll reveals.

The results of The Independent’s ComRes survey, published on Tuesday, are a welcome development for Nigel Farage’s Eurosceptic party, which is aiming to secure its second seat in the House of Commons in November.

UKIP is also hopeful its first ever Police and Crime Commissioner will be elected later this week.

Oct 28 15:17

UK economy stronger than first thought after drugs and prostitution boost GDP figures

Figures show that the UK economy shrank by 6% at the height of the recession in 2008-09, lower than the previous estimate of 7.2%.

This is because the ONS's GDP calculations now include contributions to the economy from prostitution and sales of illegal drugs. In total, the new inclusions contributed £10bn to the UK in 2009 alone.

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Desperation on the cusp of madness.

Oct 28 06:59

Canada stands to lose plenty in European free trade deal

Just as the Ottawa celebrations were beginning, a German cabinet minister announced that Germany wouldn't sign the deal unless the clause that allowed companies to sue governments was deleted. This key issue had previously been the lost cause of leftist researchers. No more.

Oct 27 13:47

In Historic Shift, NATO-Member Poland Is Moving Thousands Of Troops To Its Eastern Border

In the first sign that, just in time for winter, the tentative European jawboning alliance against Russia is collapsing (since the "costs", sanctions and other economic means inflicted upon the Kremlin ended up backfiring and pushing Europe into a triple-dip recession instead), earlier today Poland announced that it will move thousands of troops toward its eastern borders, i.e., Ukraine, in what AP dubbed a "historic realignment of a military structure built in the Cold War."

Oct 27 10:45

Foreign Interference In The Yugoslav Elections

Before as well as during the electoral process conducted so far, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and its citizens have been incessantly exposed to systematic and brutal pressure by some influential international factors, primarily the United States Administration and NATO countries, with an undisguised aim of directly interfering in the electoral process in the FR of Yugoslavia and of bringing an inadmissible pressure to bear on the electoral will of its population.

Oct 27 10:00

No "distress signal" to Kaliningrad

The military underwater hunt has ended with no concrete evidence of what caused the alert.

But during the search newspaper Svenska Dagbladet had reported sources which claimed the hunt took place in the context of an encrypted distress signal between a point in the Stockholm archipelago and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, between Poland and Lithuania.

Dagens Nyheter requested the documents concerning the signal's interception.

The military usually replies that the documents are classified. This time they were not even able to do that.

"Nothing like that exists, the report is false," says one of Dagens Nyheter's own anonymous sources, within naval intelligence.

Oct 26 07:41

13 European Banks Don't Have Enough Money To Survive A Financial Crisis

The European Central Bank said on Sunday that 25 eurozone banks showed a capital shortfall, after a year-long review of finances for 130 of the largest banks in the euro area.

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"No problem; we'll just print a whole bunch more out of thin air and loan it to them at interest!" -- Money Junkies

Oct 24 10:25

"We won't pay," furious Cameron tells EU over surprise budget

In a vivid display of public fury at European Union technocrats, British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to pay a surprise 2.1-billion-euro bill on Friday as EU leaders ordered an urgent review of how the budget figures were arrived at.

As Eurosceptics at home leapt on news that the EU executive -- branded a "thirsty vampire" -- had demanded a sum worth about one seventh of London's annual payment after a major statistical review of national incomes, Cameron demanded action from fellow leaders at a summit calling the bill "completely unacceptable".

He found some sympathy - a visibly furious Cameron told a news conference that Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had also lambasted "bureaucrats without a heart", who made it harder to persuade citizens of the Union's value.

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If England refuses to pay, the whole pyramid will collapse, triggering an estimated $95 trillion in credit default swaps sold my Wall Street, for which they do not have the cash to pay. So, will Obama now declare war on Great Britain to force them back into the obedience of the private central bankers?

Oct 24 09:32

Hands off our hookers' and dope dealers' money, U.K. tells E.U.

The European Union has ordered the U.K. to pay an extra €2.1 billion ($2.65% billion) into its central budget by December, once again inflaming the British sense of grievance at the perceived machinations of unelected Eurocrats in Brussels.

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Cameron himself tweeted that he was “angry at the sudden presentation of a €2 billion bill,” adding: “It’s an appalling way to behave and I won’t be paying it on Dec. 1.”

In one sense, at least, they are right. It is unfair, because one thing is for sure: whatever happens, it won’t be U.K.’s coke dealers and hookers who end up paying that €2.1 billion.

Oct 22 12:48

Denmark's central bank to stop producing money

With more and more people paying with credit cards and their smartphones, Denmark’s central bank Nationalbanken says it no longer pays to print banknotes or mint coins.

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And how do they pay when the cloud goes down (again)?

Oct 22 07:05

EU seeks talks with Israel over ‘red lines’ in West Bank

The European Union is interested in opening negotiations with Israel with the aim of preventing a series of Israeli moves in the West Bank deemed “red lines” which may jeopardize the possibility of a future Palestinian state alongside Israel, an internal EU document obtained by Haaretz reveals. Officials in the Israeli Foreign Ministry are concerned the negotiations are a prelude to further European sanctions against Israel.

Oct 21 15:20

Moldova commits economic suicide for Brussels

During the last CIS summit in Minsk, an unpleasant incident occurred. The journalists, who could hardly hear what the presidents of Moldova and Russia were talking about, assumed that, at some point, the presidents were going to have a verbal fight with each other. The presidents were talking about the Association of Moldova with the EU and the introduction of Russia's sanctions in response.

The unpleasant incident with the verbal fight, which Moldovan President Timofti started at the summit in Minsk, was not incidental.

Oct 21 10:03

Greece Is In Full-Blown Stock Market Collapse

As if the world didn't have enough to be worried about (ISIS, Ebola, slowing China, Ukraine, slowing Germany, Fed tightening, etc.) now look what's back: Greece. And in a big way.

The stock market is down over 9% on Wednesday, which is about as big as crashes come.

Oct 21 08:15

Italian police uncover €1.7bn corporate fraud

Italian police have uncovered a fraud which they say has cost Italian taxpayers €1.7bn (£1.3bn; $2.2bn).

Two businessmen are accused of setting up the scheme, which used false invoices to bill the state for non-existent security, cleaning and other services.

The fraud, which dates back to 2001, involved 62 people, the police say.

Oct 21 07:52

Swedish Forces Admit Failure, Issuing False Information on Alleged Foreign Submarine Location

On Sunday, Sweden's Armed Forces released a photograph of an object, suspected to be a foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago and a map, allegedly showing where the photo was taken. The area of the sighting was reported to be Jungfrufjärden, a fjard near the settlement of Dalarö south of Stockholm.

However, an investigation carried out by Sweden's public broadcaster SVT showed that no locations in the area matched the photograph. After being confronted by the SVT's journalists, Swedish forces admitted issuing false information to avoid "helping foreign powers".

Oct 21 07:48

Israel excluded from war games in Italy following protests

The Israeli air force has been removed from the list of armed forces now taking part in multinational military training exercises on the Italian island of Sardinia following a campaign by anti-war activists.

Oct 21 07:36

An American Warden Visited A Norwegian Prison, And He Couldn't Believe What He Saw

In an excerpt from a made-for-TV documentary called "The Norden," Jan Stromnes, deputy head of the prison, takes Conway on a tour of the premises — and he couldn't believe what he saw.

"I'm having a hard time believing that I'm in a prison," Conway said in the documentary, reported on by the blog Finansakrobat.

Oct 21 07:18

Counterfeit Euro bank notes in circulation in Gothenburg, Sweden

Police in Gothenburg have been about twenty cases involving counterfeit notes in shops and exchange offices in September. Now go out and Gothenburg Police warn of fraud.

Oct 21 07:10

Swedish banks question customers to comply with US tax rule

All Swedish bank customers will soon be required to prove that they do not owe taxes in the United States according to a new agreement between the countries, and some critics claim it may break EU rules.

Oct 20 14:46

Sweden Admits the 'Russian' Was a Dutch Submarine

Oct 20 14:32

Mysterious ‘Russian sub’ off Sweden may be Dutch – Defense Ministry source

Swedish authorities reportedly searching for a Russian submarine in its waters are probably looking in the wrong direction. The sub is probably Dutch, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told RT.

Earlier Swedish media reported that the nation’s navy is looking for a submarine in the Baltic Sea, possibly belonging to Russia.

Russia said there was no substance in reports of the Russian connection in the story.

“On Sunday the Russian Defense Ministry provided whatever aid it could to the Swedes in their futile search,” the source commented.

The source added that if the Swedish Navy wanted to spare taxpayers’ money and nerves, they should turn to The Netherlands.

The country’s Walrus-class diesel-electric submarine Bruinvis was in the Baltic Sea last week, not far from Stockholm.

Oct 20 07:55

Military orders civilians to keep their distance

The hunt for foreign underwater activity near Stockholm entered its fourth day on Monday as Sweden’s armed forces vowed to keep searching “day and night” for what media reports suggest may be a damaged Russian vessel.

“The operation is continuing day and night with undiminished resource,” said military spokesman Dag Enander.

In the morning, the armed forces deployed military vessels and land troops in the Stockholm archipelago, from Möja in the north to Ornö in the south.

By midday, the HMS Stockholm corvette had made its way further south to Nåttarö. The military ordered civilian boats to stay at least ten kilometres away from the warship. It did not give a reason.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One good reason might be if this is a repeat of the Kursk incident where the Russian submarine was accidentally rammed and sunk by a US sub.

Oct 19 11:15

Sweden hunts damaged Russian sub

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

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

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

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

Oct 19 11:14

Sweden on alert, deploys troops in alleged underwater threat

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 18 08:27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 18 07:59

Putin urges Europe to help Kiev cover gas debts

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

Oct 15 09:22

Italy lifts out of recession thanks to hookers, drugs

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

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Oct 14 09:13

EU TO WAGE DIPLOMATIC WAR AGAINST ISRAEL

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

Oct 14 07:10

Swiss Gold Referendum “Propaganda War” Begins

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Oct 14 07:02

Greece plans early exit from largest IMF rescue package in history

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

Oct 13 10:01

Saudi Arabia's "Oil-Weapon" Hits Europe

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

This bothers me tremendously, both morally and legally.

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

And why?!?

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

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

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

Oct 11 07:58

Fracking Setback in Poland Dims Hope for Less Russian Gas

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

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

Oct 10 07:56

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

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

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

Oct 10 06:38

EU bans dairy products from Israeli settlements

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

Oct 10 06:29

Palestinian Christian Leaders: Europe Must Recognize the State of Palestine

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

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

Oct 09 09:45

EU Court Orders End to Sanctions on Iran Oil Shipping Company

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

Oct 09 09:44

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

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

Oct 09 06:37

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

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

Oct 09 06:32

Spain - Three new patients isolated over Ebola fears

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

Oct 09 06:30

Serious Financial Trouble Is Erupting In Germany And Japan

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

Oct 08 07:26

Swiss Move to Back Franc with Gold for Real?

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

Oct 07 10:55

Poland urges NATO to push ahead with missle shield

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Russia has done nothing wrong here.

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

Oct 07 07:14

Ebola Contracted in Madrid Hospital Could Spread in Europe

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

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