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Apr 16 07:00

‘End ECB dick-tatorship!’ Protester attacks Draghi during keynote speech

A protester, associated with the FEMEN movement, interrupted a televised speech by European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, when she jumped onto the table and showered him with confetti, while shouting “End ECB dictatorship!”

21-year-old Josephine Witt, who was also wearing a t-shirt with the punning slogan "End ECB dick-tatorship" also left several fliers with a oblique small-print rant against the financial body which regulates the Eurozone monetary policy.

Apr 16 06:57

German Yields Tumble Toward Zero Amid ECB Stimulus, Greece Jitters

“Draghi pledged to continue to metaphorically stand on the roof of the ECB building and shower euro bank notes down upon passersby.”

(*Oh Christ!)

Apr 16 03:26

Greek 3-year gets a taste of 28%. UGLY!

Apr 15 14:45

Another escalation of the situation in Kosovska Mitrovica

During the last seven days in the Northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica have been a number of incidents that threaten to further aggravate the already tense situation in the city, separated by the river IBR Serbian North and Albanian South.
On the evening of April 9 in Kosovska Mitrovica, near the bridge over the IDB 17-year-old Serbian teenager was attacked by a group of seven Albanians. With knife wound of a thorax Serb hospitalized.

Apr 15 14:18

Moldovan farmers barricade roads, demanding compensations for loss of Russian market

Thousands of Moldovan farmers have launched mass protest acts on Wednesday, demanding increases of state subsidies and compensations from the Moldovan government for the loss of the Russian market. The farmers have been barricading roads with their agricultural machinery, TASS was told by Alexandru Slusari, Chairman of the all-republican UniAgroProtect Association of Agricultural Producers.
"Many farms in Moldova are on the verge of bankruptcy, while our appeals to the government were to no avail," Slusari said. The situation in the Moldovan agrarian sector worsened after Russia imposed a ban of fruit imports last year; the collapse of the Moldovan national currency in January 2015 was the last straw.

Apr 15 13:17

Greece in new downgrade by S&P for "unsustainable" commitments

Ratings agency S&P has downgraded Greece's credit rating again, saying it expects its debt and other financial commitments will be "unsustainable".

Apr 15 11:18

Russia bashers eat crow as Putin wins Time Magazine poll

Vladimir Putin steals the show in TIME 100 reader’s poll

Western media did their best to hide Putin’s stratospheric popularity in their assigned propaganda task of demonizing Russia and Putin over the Ukrainian Western coup , replacing the Iran nuclear weapons threat hoax with the new Russian Bear threat one.

The biggest threat to our national security comes from treasonous cliques within our own ranks and their recent marriage over that last decade into the international corporate crime syndicates.

We are not really biased here at VT. It is just a simple observation to us… it is Putin and Lavrov all the way. No one can touch them and they own this piece of history, something that the spinmeisters cannot lay a glove on.

Apr 15 11:13

TIME Magazine Invaded by Kremlin Troll Army

Western media campaign to demonize Putin has failed to convince its target audience. The Western public are not buying the hysterical political agenda.
The iconic current affairs TIME magazine follows this week’s news that Russian President Vladimir Putin came top of the TIME 100 readers’ poll.

Western publics have now alternative media sources, ranging from foreign-based professional news services to a plethora of Western-based internet sites. The alternative scope is often critical of Western government policies and capable of ably exposing ulterior, hidden political agenda. In other words, the alternative news sources are often doing the proper job of journalism that is neglected by Western mainstream media who seem to be preoccupied with advancing the political objectives of their governments – no matter how unethical those objectives are.

Apr 15 08:46

EU set to file antitrust lawsuit against Google for unfair practices

Google is facing formal antitrust charges in the EU after years of investigation and three attempted settlements. The announcement will be made at the European Commission meeting on Wednesday, EU officials told the media.

Apr 15 07:58

The European Union Accused Google Of Abusing Its Dominant Position

The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google affirming the organization has mishandled its prevailing position in the businesses for general web hunt benefits in the European Economic Area (EEA) by methodically supporting its own correlation shopping item in its general query items pages. The Commission’s preparatory perspective is that such direct encroaches EU antitrust principles in light of the fact that it smothers rivalry and damages shoppers. Sending a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the result of the examination.

http://whatisusa.info/the-european-union-accused-google-of-abusing-its...

Apr 15 07:15

On the border between Serbia and Croatian Czech declared a new "country" - Liberland

Google Translate: Founder Vid Jedlicka invited all who respect the principle of "live and let live", and are not extremists, to move into a country area seven square kilometers

Subotica - In no man's land between Serbian and Croatian was named the "smallest independent sovereign state" in the Balkans - Liberland, founded by Czech Vid Jedlicka, who is also its president, said on Wednesday Vojvodina media in columns "policy" or "interesting" .

Apr 15 07:01

Top Israeli recipient of EU grants is based in occupied East Jerusalem

A college in occupied East Jerusalem is the top Israeli recipient of European Union science grants.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem took part in 237 projects under an EU multi-annual scientific research program, which ran from 2007 to 2013.

Apr 14 14:58

Putin knows about the historical Polish lands more than Poles

In an interview to the Polish newspaper Do Things a former Polish journalist regrets that it was Vladimir Putin who speaks the loudest about the Polish history of Vilnius and Lviv, notes portal kresy.pl.
Also Mariusz Max Kolonko warned against over-confidence with respect to Germany. "To count on the help of Europe is the same, as to count on the help of Germany, and we have no good historical memories associated with it," he said.
The journalist stressed that Germany has a special reason to be interested in Poland. And that Poland should be afraid of it, said the Polish portal. "Moreover, Germany has the land (in Poland) that may be their historically - as well as Poland has its (land) in Ukraine and Russia in Crimea or in Eastern Ukraine," listed Kolonko.
Therefore, according to the journalist, Poland desired weak and wild Ukraine - strong Ukraine is not in the interests of Poland, sums up the portal kresy.pl.

Apr 14 14:16

Israel Lobby Conference: How big is the Lobby ?

Any lawyers willing to do it? Support the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) movement, on American university campuses across the nation.

It is high time to engage the enemy with weaponry with which they are not only familiar, but weaponry which can penetrate their defenses and do damage. ‘Know thy Enemy’, learn from his successes.

Ahmad Saadaldin on Panel 3 (Overcoming obstacles: SJP – Student for Justice in Palestine successes) stood out as an especially inspiring representative of … a younger generation of activists.

The US administration and the US Congress have succumbed to the demands of the Zionists and the Zionist regime. American politicians and media have fallen captive to the Zionist network. This is a lethal ailment that afflicts the US.

Regrettably little is being done to cure this fatal disease.

Apr 14 14:06

Gideon Levy: A Prophetic Voice from Israel

The few prophetic voices we have, like Gideon Levy, will continue to remind us of the false prophets who have led us into the darkness.

As part of his mission, Levy came to Washington last week to speak at the National Press Club.

Levy came to Washington with the simple message that change in the situation between Israel and it neighbors will have to come from the U.S. He feels that Israel is a “lost case”. Change will not come from an Israeli society which “has surrounded itself with shields, with walls, not just physical walls but also mental walls.”

He sees three principles which allow “Israelis to live easily with the brutal tyranny that is the occupation”.

Apr 14 13:59

Hillary Clinton – the ‘Liberal’ Puppet for War

Hillary Clinton this week launched her bid for the US presidential elections in 2016.

Clinton’s Republican rivals or would-be rivals immediately fired the brickbats, accusing the 67-year-old former First Lady of being a «Washington insider» and the «embodiment of all that is wrong» in US politics.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is lambasted by Republicans as a «liberal».

Whether described as «liberal», «conservative» or «hawk» – all American presidential candidates are the same in practice. Puppets for sale.

The unintended irony of Clinton’s Republican detractors, who include rabid rightwing Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, as well as the maverick Senator Rand Paul, is that every single one of them will have to spend similar amounts of cash in their anticipated presidential campaigns.

Apr 14 13:50

Bomb Iran? Not now: bomb Yemen

“Operation Decisive Storm” – yet another Pentagon-style illegal war – has already plunged Yemen into the twin plagues of civil war and humanitarian disaster.

So what we have is the ‘Empire of Chaos’ ‘leading from behind’ in the war on Yemen and also de facto ‘leading from behind’ in the fight against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh; the ones doing the heavy lifting are Iraqi militias supported by Tehran. The hidden agenda is always – what else –chaos; be it across “Syraq” or inside Yemen. With an extra bonus; while Washington is engaged on striking a nuclear deal with Tehran, it also turbo-charges an alliance against Tehran using the House of Saud.

Apr 14 12:37

Europe will feel influence of Asian market on European gas prices in nearest future

Europe will feel the influence of the Asian market on European natural gas prices in the nearest future, head of Gazprom Alexey Miller said on Tuesday.
The influence is particularly realized through swap operations, Miller added. For example, Gazprom is supplying pipeline gas to Europe where it is swapped for LNG directed to other markets, Gazprom CEO said.

Apr 14 09:14

IMF close to giving up on Greece after official admits bail-out negotiations are ‘not working’ and the country ‘prepares to default on next debt repayment’

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is close to giving up its role in Greece's economic resuscitation, with one senior official admitting bail-out negotiations are not working.

The comments came as some voices in Athens seemed to be preparing themselves to default on their next debt repayment.

Poul Thomsen, the IMF's Europe Director has been quoted by the Greek media as saying he could not see a successful conclusion to the country's current bail out.

Apr 14 06:28

Kosovo Serbs have celebrated the Passover at gunpoint

Orthodox Serbs in Kosovo celebrated in this year's Easter under heavy police guard. Even under the protection of UN and other international organizations, the Serbs do not feel safe.
Albanians not only pollute and plunder churches and monasteries, but constantly threatened by people of faith, who are afraid for their lives. Especially in the days of the big Church holidays. And this is repeated from year to year for 16 years, since the U.S. and its NATO allies almost occupied the southern part of Serbia - Kosovo and Metohija. The colonizers did not want Orthodox culture and people who walk in their ancient temples and honor the traditions of their glorious ancestors.

After 16 years of "democracy on the American model" in Kosovo destroyed more than 20 temples and monasteries.

Apr 13 15:54

Israel Lobby Conference: How big is the Lobby ? VIDEO

American politicians and media have fallen captive to the Zionist network. This is a lethal ailment that afflicts the US.

C-Span refused to cover the conference? Speak of “Silencing voices of TRUTH” or any exposure of even the most legitimate and reasonable discourse about Israel — Apparently, “The invisible dictatorship (to borrow a phrase) J.I.D., which controls America certainly saw to it!”

Whether it is not already too late to do much about it, we shall see.

Let us get it out on as many Websites as possible, Twitter and Facebook it, as well. We should not underestimate the power of the internet.

Distribution! Distribution! Distribution!

Apr 13 13:58

Ireland ‘should consider’ no jab-no pay vaccination policy

The Government should consider introducing a “no jab, no pay” policy on vaccinations similar to that planned in Australia, according to the Irish Patients’ Association.

Apr 13 13:01

"We Have Come To The End Of The Road" - Greece Prepares For Default, FT Reports

as always is the case in Europe, nothing is confirmed until it is officially denied by officials, so here you go: GREEK GOVT OFFICIAL DENIES FT REPORT GREECE PLANNING DEFAULT

There was no explanation from the government official where Greece would get the €2.5 billion it needs to fund upcoming IMF interest and principal payments.

Apr 13 11:30

Long-Term Isolation of Russia Lies Outside German Interests – Steinmeier

Germany is unwilling to keep Russia in longstanding isolation, but a possible regain of G8 membership by Moscow depends on implementation of the ceasefire in Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US anti-Russia coalition starts to crumble!

Apr 13 09:55

How the GOP Became the Israel Party

Bill Kristol and John McCain have replaced Robert Novak and Pat Buchanan in Republican foreign policy influence.

When the unexpectedly detailed P5+1 framework agreement with Iran was announced last Thursday, Illinois Republican Mark Kirk made a bizarre comment. “We all know” said the senator, that this is going to end with “a mushroom cloud somewhere near Tehran”—a result of Israel having to go to war to “clean up the mess” made by American and European negotiators. A few days earlier John McCain had expressed the wish that Israel “go rogue” and attack Iran in order to upend the Iran negotiations.

Apr 13 09:22

Moscow hits out as Finland and Sweden seek closer ties with NATO

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has expressed its “special concern” after Finland and Sweden stated they want closer cooperation with NATO. Both Nordic countries are not members of the alliance and Moscow says the move could destabilize the region.

Russia said it is not opposed to the countries trying to solve issues concerning security and defense themselves, saying it is “undoubtedly a sovereign right of every state.” However, Moscow sees their decision as a threat aimed against Russia.

Apr 13 06:01

Bundesbank Warns German Banks To Expect At Least 50% Losses On Austrian "Black Swan"

"German banks should expect to lose at least half of their investments in bonds of Austrian bad bank Heta Asset Resolution AG and make the appropriate provisions... I think this situation has to be taken seriously by the German banks... if I were to put a number on this I would say it should be a minimum of a 50 percent provision for potential losses."

Apr 13 02:49

Sweden confirms mystery ‘Russian sub’…was in fact a workboat

The massive hunt was used by the Swedish Defense Ministry to justify a six billion kronor ($696 million) hike in defense spending between 2016 and 2020.

The drama started after an amateur photograph of an alleged underwater vessel of unidentified origin was sent to the ministry. The man who took the photo raised the alarm because he thought he saw the object surface and disappear again.

Apr 12 23:15

Poets’ Talk: “Why Is This World So Sad?” And, “The Armor of God”

GC: Why is this world so sad? Do you have a religious answer? A faith-based answer?

CO: Life is suffering, and the ancient story of John the Baptist and Herod belongs to modern history…. Our “Herod” (POTUS) stands militarily above all other nations, and only Russia seems to stop the U.S. from cutting off (bombing) any head(s) our Controllers desire.

They intimidate the Vatican, and instead of “putting on the armor of God,” (St. Paul), the Roman Catholic Church often acquiesces, and by the “sin of omission,” helps hasten the making of a Rich Man & Lazarus world, an inevitable War of Civilizations.

At any rate, how will that “Ole Time Religion” square with this basically unimaginable world towards which we are racing?

Apr 12 13:56

Anti-Russia Economic Sanctions Prove Western Banking System to Be Nothing but House of Cards

The European banking system is on its last legs. It’s enough for Russian to introduce a moratorium on debt payments. If Greece joins in – the collapse is inevitable. It should be taken into account that in the world of international finances such situations normally give rise to domino effect. If the European system collapses, the banks of the United States will be next.

Apr 12 09:50

Ukraine: The Truth Becomes Increasingly Apparent

Moscow’s official line on Ukraine–and it should not be dismissed just because that’s what it is–is that the U.S. spent about $5 billion backing “regime change” in that sad, bankrupt country, resulting in a coup d’etat (or putsch) in Kiev in February 2014 in which neo-fascists played a key role. The coup occurred because the U.S. State Department and Pentagon hoped to replace the democratically elected administration with one that would push for Ukraine’s entry into NATO, a military alliance designed from its inception in 1949 to challenge Russia. The ultimate intent was to evict the Russian Black Sea Fleet from the bases it’s maintained on the Crimean Peninsula for over 230 years.

Apr 12 08:38

46 Ukrainian banks declare insolvency

Dozens of Ukrainian banks have reportedly gone bankrupt over the course of one year, with Kiev having to rely on external funding from the European Union (EU) amid insufficient insurance funds.

Managing Director of the Ukrainian Deposit Insurance Fund Konstantin Woruschilin said 46 banks in the country have declared insolvency, pointing to a number of contributing factors to the high number of bankruptcy, Russia-based Sputnik news agency reported on Saturday.

Woruschilin said the main factor is “the immoral behavior of bank managers,” with a number of cases involving bank employees stealing money for personal purposes.

Other factors were a drop in the country’s exports, a decline in consumption and high production costs, according to the director.

Apr 12 08:35

German court shuts down anti-Israel exhibition

A German court has shut down a long-standing anti-Israel exhibition in the western city of Cologne, accusing its organizer of anti-Semitism and glorification of violence.

The German municipal court said the permanent exhibit, which displayed numerous pictures of the Palestinian children who were killed and injured during the Israeli regime’s bloody offensive against Gaza last summer, violates a law designed to protect minors.

Walter Hermann, the organizer of the exhibit, has protested for years against Israel with his exhibit dubbed the “Cologne Wailing Wall.”

Hermann, 76, whose anti-Israel campaign is named “Peace Demonstration,” told the German Express newspaper that the wanted to draw public attention to Israeli policies against Palestinian people.

Apr 11 06:30

First Hologram Protest in History Held Against Spain’s Gag Law

Spanish citizens held the first hologram protest in history in order to protest without violating the new draconian guidelines of the National Security Act, the new amendments to the Penal Code and the Anti-terror law.

Apr 11 06:12

Anti-EU Forum Athens

Call for an International Forum (Athens 26-28/6/2015) and the establishment of a European Co-ordination of Left political parties, popular organisations and social movements fighting for exit from the European Union, the euro and NATO.

?n all European Union (EU) countries and especially those belonging to the Eurozone, vicious anti-popular policies are pursued relentlessly by the EU and its member governments: massive cuts in social spending and wages, increasing taxation for the working people and decreasing that for the rich, shameless subsidies to large corporations supposedly to create jobs that never materialize or are short-lived, privatizations and dismantling of public services and social security. The result is an exponential increase in poverty, social inequality, mass unemployment and lack of job security.

Apr 11 06:11

"Odious Debt" Has Finally Arrived: Greece To Write Off "Illegal" Debt

As a reminder, this is what Odious Debt is: In international law, odious debt is a legal theory which holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interests of the nation, should not be enforceable. Such debts are thus considered by this doctrine to be personal debts of the regime that incurred them and not debts of the state. In some respects, the concept is analogous to the invalidity of contracts signed under coercion.

Apr 10 23:04

Why Alexis Tsipras is not Popular in EU

No matter how hard the European political beau monde tried to prevent it, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras did visit Moscow. Neither Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, nor Hungarian leader Victor Urban, who have also recently met Russian President Vladimir Putin, had received so many warnings and admonitions as the Greek PM.

Apr 10 22:57

Partner or Pariah? Kerry Calls Lavrov for Help

Naming and shaming over the Iranian nuclear debacle will call out who just is the real pariah and who is the real partner to world peace.

Reading the Western news media is like swimming in a goldfish bowl. News one day gives way to some other transient story the next, and so on and on. With the result that if one were to rely on the Western media for understanding on any particular issue, there is faint chance of proper assimilation. This is because there is typically negligible context, perspective or continuity – as well as, of course, misleading spin and outright disinformation.

To illustrate: one of the most bizarre – unwittingly bizarre – recent news reports was how US Secretary of State John Kerry made an urgent call to Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Kerry reportedly needed Lavrov for help in clinching a breakthrough in the deadlocked nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Apr 10 22:53

Poets’ Talk: “Why Is This World So Sad?” And, “The Armor of God”

At any rate, how will that “Ole Time Religion” square with this basically unimaginable world towards which we are racing?

Why is this world so sad? Do you have a religious answer? A faith-based answer?

CO: Life is suffering, and the ancient story of John the Baptist and Herod belongs to modern history…. Our “Herod” (POTUS) stands militarily above all other nations, and only Russia seems to stop the U.S. from cutting off (bombing) any head(s) our Controllers desire.

They intimidate the Vatican, and instead of “putting on the armor of God,” (St. Paul), the Roman Catholic Church often acquiesces, and by the “sin of omission,” helps hasten the making of a Rich Man & Lazarus world, an inevitable War of Civilizations.

GC: I agree. And I’m thinking these are threads we can address in a future “Poets Talk.” I don’t think we’ve dealt with religion at all (?!). Tough subject, but very necessary. Given your qualms, I wonder: how do you remain in the Church?

Apr 10 13:48

Czech government plans to register citizens for military service

The Czech government plans to create a register of citizens who could be called up for military service, in response to growing concerns over threats from Islamic State and insecurity in Ukraine, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Thursday.

Sobotka said the move would not amount to the reintroduction of compulsory military service, but would be a precaution.

"Should the country be in danger in the future, it would be too late for this step," he said after a late night cabinet meeting that agreed the plan.

Other NATO members and countries across central and eastern Europe, worried about the military and political crisis in Ukraine, have made moves to bolster defenses in recent months after years of massive military spending cuts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With things heating up in Eastern Ukraine, we will probably see more Eastern European countries decide to do this.

Apr 10 13:26

Israel Lobby conference too hot for C-SPAN. So watch it online!

Watch the Israel Lobby conference live from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! Spread the word!
The “Israel Lobby” conference is too hot for C-SPAN! So watch it from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! – Begins at 9AM EST – April 10, live from the National Press Club! Tweet in your questions for speakers to @IsraelLobbyUS or email conference@IsraelLobbyUS.org. Be a part of this important event!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1IIrHsO4fw#t=12344

The Israel Lobby conference is unprecedented, with the finest speakers on the subject gathered for a day of panels, Q&A and disscusions.

Israel lobby watchdogs like the ADL were outraged at last year’s National Summit. Today C-SPAN refused to broadcast it, choosing instead to show re-runs of innocuous content.

So forget C-SPAN! Watch the entire conference from your favorite YouTube device! No cable subscription, no gatekeepers! Then watch the archived video and share it with your friends!

Apr 10 13:18

Germany Orders 100 Tanks To "Ensure Troops Are Ready To Respond To Russian Assertiveness"

With Jean-Claude Juncker demanding a Unified European Army, it appears Germany is wasting no time in simultaneously boosting its own economy with warfare spending and comforting a 'fearful populace' with more military might. As Reuters reports, Germany plans to procure more than 100 additional Leopard 2 tanks, increasing its total Leopard 2 tank inventory by a whopping 45% a government spokesman said on Friday, as it seeks to ensure its "troops are ready for action in response to concerns over recent Russian assertiveness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is a German company which manufactures this tank, so this spending will support the German economy, for certain.

But I have to wonder; how soon is the delivery date for these tanks?!? Because, if I were a betting woman that shortly after the tanks are delivered, that we will looking at some false flag to set off a military action against Russia.

The more rapid the delivery, the more quickly we may see military action against Russia.

Apr 10 09:17

NATO Conducts First Test Of "Russia Rapid Response Force"

As Russia decries Washington’s “anti-Russian” foreign policy and alleged efforts by the US to undermine the global nuclear power balance — and as Congress and NATO do their best to confirm Moscow’s fears by voting to provide lethal aid to Kiev and by conducting military exercises along the Russian border, respectively — NATO is now set to test a new “Very High Readiness Joint Task Force,” which will see soldiers from the Czech army ready for deployment within two days. The latest NATO sabre rattling also involves German and Dutch forces and, as AP reports, is set to ramp up in the coming months:

Apr 10 07:53

GREEK DEBT REPUDIATION: Is Varoufakis about to make a distinction between borrowing obligations and odious debt?

Some of you may remember a Slogpost here three years ago in which strong (but also very odd) allegations were made about how Berlin actually encouraged the Papandreou regime in 2009 to exaggerate the size of Greece’s debt hole. To quote the piece:

‘Somewhere in the midst of these talks, Berlin requested a smaller meeting with the Greeks. At this meeting, three sources (two Greek and one German) allege, the small German delegation made an astonishing observation: the situation would “have to look more desperate” in order to justify a bailout to the other eurozone members. That is to say, only widespread fear of the entire eurozone being damaged would get the member States to pile in with bailout monies.’

Although several German (and French) motives were involved at the time, in the light of Syriza’s recent election to power in Greece, the rationale behind this strange request is becoming a little more clear.

Apr 10 06:18

More Pressure on Ukrainian Oligarchs, Russia Tightens Conditions for Migrants

Plus, Moldovan authorities seek more than $1 billion in missing bank loans and a Dutch museum challenges Crimea’s claim on Scythian gold artifacts.

1. Kyiv announces new moves against oligarch assets
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2. Banking scandal rocks Moldova
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3. Corruption watchdog named as foreign agent in Russia
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4. Legal dispute strands Crimean treasures in Amsterdam
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5. Tougher questions in store for would-be migrants in Russia

Apr 10 05:11

Deutsche Bank on brink of biggest ever Libor-rigging fine

German financial giant set to exceed $1.5bn paid by UBS over rigging of interest rate benchmark

Deutsche Bank is close to agreeing a record fine of more than $1.5bn (£1bn) over manipulating Libor, with the German financial giant also expected to plead guilty to fraud in the UK.

The bank will be one of the last to pay out in the Libor-rigging scandal, which emerged almost three years ago when Barclays blew the whistle on rigging rates.

The Financial Conduct Authority in London, as well as US regulators, are close to agreeing a fine with Deutsche Bank, which will be the biggest-ever bill for Libor.
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Banks have also been fined by Dutch, Swiss, and EU regulators for manipulating benchmarks. For years, traders colluded to manipulate Libor - a benchmark that sets the interest rates for billions in financial products.

Apr 10 00:55

Israel Lobby conference too hot for C-SPAN. So watch it online!

Watch the Israel Lobby conference live from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! Spread the word!

The “Israel Lobby” conference is too hot for C-SPAN! So watch it from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! – Begins at 9AM EST – April 10, live from the National Press Club! Tweet in your questions for speakers to @IsraelLobbyUS or email conference@IsraelLobbyUS.org. Be a part of this important event!

The Israel Lobby conference is unprecedented, with the finest speakers on the subject gathered for a day of panels, Q&A and discussions.

Israel lobby watchdogs like the ADL were outraged at last year’s National Summit. Today C-SPAN refused to broadcast it, choosing instead to show re-runs of innocuous content.

So forget C-SPAN! Watch the entire conference from your favorite YouTube device! No cable subscription, no gatekeepers! Then watch the archived video and share it with your friends!

Apr 09 15:39

Iran – The Story behind the Story

Allowing a country like Iran destroying the US hegemon’s power base by taking a sovereign decision to abandon the dollar for oil and gas trading – no way.

It would have meant the end of the dollar as the world’s chief reserve currency, and giving up the instrument of coercing the world into accepting Washington’s dictate, the tool that serves to dish out sanctions left and right – no way!

Washington’s seemingly blind and preposterous arrogance drives the closest allies into the ‘adversary’s camp. The FED (Federal Reserve Bank) announced on 2 April 2015 that it fined the German Commerz bank with 1.7 billion US dollars for dealing with Cuba, Sudan and Iran – Washington sanctioned countries.

When even the staunchest stooges of empire seek alliances in the East, the writing is on the wall, that the economic winds are shifting, that a tectonic sea-change is in the offing and that the Iran nuclear deal, one way or another, doesn’t really matter in the foreseeable future.

Apr 09 15:30

Israel attacked America on 9-11-01! – Shout it from the rooftops (Part II)

It’s time for those Americans who assisted the Israelis with 9-11-01 and who covered it up to be indicted, arrested, tried and convicted for their various roles in the attack on America on 9-11-01 by Israel and its coverup.

This of course means that both of the massive American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were based on the big lies, false-narratives and propaganda dispensed to the American masses by the Controlled Major Mass Media (CMMM) and were completely illegal under international law and thereby constitute abject war crimes for which those.

Numerous former top USG Officials and Members of Congress will someday soon be made accountable for committing espionage against America related to 9-11-01, its coverup and for all their war crimes based on lying about it and falsely blaming Islamics in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Apr 09 14:06

Helpless lies and corruption of miserable Polish elite

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski arrived in Kiev. He will visit the Bykivnia Grave memorial - the burial ground for about 3,500 Polish citizens, who fell victims to the NKVD, the website of the Polish president says. It turns out that "the Ukrainians liberated Auschwitz, but the Ukrainians did not shoot the Poles?" The Polish foreign minister says nothing on the subject, because he is just as corrupt as the rest of the Polish elite are.
A few years ago, Komorowski laid flowers to the memorial plate on the building of the former NKVD prison in Kharkov, Ukraine, where Polish prisoners had been shot in the spring of 1940.
By that state of things, one shall assume that it was the Ukrainian NKVD officers, who shot Poles in Kharkiv and Bykivnia, was it not, Mr. Schetyna? The Polish elite brag their historical memory, which they also sell willingly, depending on situation.

Apr 09 13:19

The Czech President has charged the Obama ultimatum

In an interview with radio station "the Pulse" Director of foreign policy Department of the presidential administration of the Czech Republic Hynek Kmoní?ek reported that Zeman will meet with the American Ambassador in Prague Andrew Shapiro only after U.S. President Barack Obama will host the head of the Czech diplomatic mission in Washington Peter Gandalovic.

Apr 09 12:29

Diego Garcia: UK stalls release of CIA black site ‘torture flight’ records

The UK government continues to delay the publication of flight records which could prove Diego Garcia was used by the CIA for “torture flights"

Apr 09 08:28

GERMANWINGS - WILD TALES - UPDATED 9 APRIL (Mike Rivero's Commentary)

Last week they were insisting that Lubitz was NOT being treated for depression (but wouldn't say what he was treated for).

At this point, Lubitz' medical condition is a moot point.

The official story is laced with lie after lie after lie.

Apr 09 07:23

Greece urges halt to Western sanctions against Russia

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has criticized the sanctions against Russia, urging an end to the measures taken by the West over the crisis in Ukraine.

“To get out of this profound crisis we need to leave behind this vicious cycle of sanctions,” Tsipras said following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday.

Moscow has been targeted by a series of sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union over allegations of having a role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin says the accusation is “groundless.”

In a tit-for-tat move, Russia has also enforced restrictions on certain food imports from the United States, the EU, Canada, Australia and Norway.

Apr 09 06:35

EU reinstates sanctions on Iranian bank and 32 shipping companies

Iranian Bank Tejarat and 32 Iranian shipping companies will be subject to EU sanctions with immediate effect, after measures were thrown out by a European court, Reuters reports.

The EU's second-highest court annulled a EU asset freeze on Bank Tejarat and 40 Iranian shipping companies in January, finding fault with the legal grounds given by the EU. As with previous cases, the EU responded by re-listing the sanctioned Iranian companies, including Hamburg-based Ocean Capital Administration GmbH, on the basis of new legal grounds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With Iran insisting that sanctions be lifted when the final deal is signed, this adding of sanctions is designed to derail the deal and open a path to war.

Apr 08 15:05

Thirty-two Indicted Over Kickbacks for German Submarines Contract

Another 32 individuals were indicted to stand trial before a Criminal Appeals Court on Thursday for kickbacks given in exchange for Greek Defense Ministry contracts.

The case, concerning a deal for the purchase of German submarines, was uncovered during a major and ongoing corruption investigation into the period when the now jailed Greek former Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos was at the helm of the Defense Ministry.

Apr 08 15:04

Swiss Banker Involved in Bribery Scandals in Greek Custody

A Swiss senior banker who was among the key suspects in the so-called Siemens scandal as well as in armament programs scandals is currently being held in custody in Greece, as the country’s media pressed earlier today.

An international arrest warrant as been issued for the banker, identified as Jean-Claude Oswald, for some time but he was only recently arrested in Abu Dhabi. The Swiss authorities, though, have initially denied the expatriation of the former executive at BNP Paribas and Dresdner Bank to Greece. According to the same sources, the Swiss national, has already faced a prosecutor in Athens and has been given time to prepare his deposition.

Apr 08 14:43

Russian Foreign Ministry says Romania turning into US,NATO bridgehead near Russia’s border

Romania’s leadership is turning the country into a US and NATO bridgehead close to Russia’s border and is ready for timeserving reasons "to sacrifice the interests of maintaining stability" in the Black Sea region, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Wednesday.

Apr 08 14:18

Turkish Stream will make Greece Europe’s energy hub- Putin

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said he is hopeful Greece will play a big role in the Turkish Stream pipeline project, making it a hub between Turkey and the European gas market, after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday.

Apr 08 14:13

West Must Scare Russia With Nukes – Lech Walesa

In an interview with the Ukrainian edition of Economic Truth Lech Walesa, who also happens to be the proud holder of the Nobel Peace Prize, said the West should demonstrate to Moscow it has nuclear weapons and that these weapons are better than Russia’s.

Apr 08 12:49

Unraveling at the Seams: EU on Verge of Collapse

Greece’s exit from the European Union (EU) and its rapprochement with Russia would have serious geopolitical implications for Europe, French journalist Coralie Delaume said in an interview with Le Figaro.

The Eurozone is getting weaker every day, said Delaume, adding that Greece’s withdrawal from the monetary union is highly probable, especially after Greece’s intention to introduce a “dual currency.” The so-called “Greek euro”, a currency that would be used in Greece only, would be in fact another step towards leaving the European monetary union.

Apr 08 12:49

"Odious Debt" Has Finally Arrived: Greece To Write Off "Illegal" Debt

In international law, odious debt is a legal theory which holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interests of the nation, should not be enforceable. Such debts are thus considered by this doctrine to be personal debts of the regime that incurred them and not debts of the state. In some respects, the concept is analogous to the invalidity of contracts signed under coercion.

Today, nearly four years later, Odious Debt is now a reality in Greece, where Zoi Konstantopoulou, the head of the Greek parliament and a SYRIZA member, released two videos which have promptly gone viral, designed to promote the investigative parliamentary committee to look into the circumstances surrounding the signing of the country’s two bailout agreements that led Greece to implement its austerity measures.

Apr 08 12:18

5 MYTHS ABOUT GREECE THE BANKSTERS NEED YOU TO BELIEVE

Greece’s Prime Minister Alex Tsipras will be heading to Moscow tomorow, and the legacy media that is the de facto public relations wing of the IMF and World Bank are in overdrive to continue to advance the narrative that Greeks are irresponsible, indolent, the visit is an amateurish attempt to blackmail Germany, and further evidence that the Syriza government is out of its depth.

Apr 08 09:35

Eurasian Emporium or Nuclear War?

A high-level European diplomatic source has confirmed to Asia Times that German chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has vigorously approached Beijing in an effort to disrupt its multi-front strategic partnership with Russia.

Beijing won’t necessarily listen to this political gesture from Berlin, as China is tuning the strings on its pan-Eurasian New Silk Road project, which implies close trade/commerce/business ties with both Germany and Russia.

The German gambit reveals yet more pressure by hawkish sectors of the U.S. government who are intent on targeting and encircling Russia. For all the talk about Merkel’s outrage over the U.S. National Security Agency’s tapping shenanigans, the chancellor walks Washington’s walk. Real “outrage” means nothing unless she unilaterally ends sanctions on Russia. In the absence of such a response by Merkel, we’re in the realm of good guy-bad guy negotiating tactics.

Apr 08 08:24

Here is what you need to know about Putin's meeting with Tsipras

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Greece could ask Moscow to bankroll a bailout, Gazprom could agree to a gas discount, or the two sides could talk about how to sidestep EU sanctions.

Apr 08 07:24

Greece hasn’t applied for economic help from Russia – Putin

Athens has not formally asked Moscow for financial help to pay off its debt, Russian President Putin said after he met with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Moscow on Wednesday.

“The Greek side did not contact us with any requests for help,” the Russian president said, when asked by a journalist whether Russia could help Greece with its debt burden.

Apr 08 06:34

THIS COULD SINK BANKS IN GREECE, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, AND ITALY

The European Commission is now contemplating pulling the rug out from under the banking miracles in Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Italy.

In total, there are €40 billion in deferred tax assets dressed up as core capital in the banks of these four countries. That’s how precarious these banks are. At one unnamed bank in Greece, these deferred tax assets account for 30% to 40% of its core capital. Without Greece’s special state guarantee, these deferred tax assets could not be part of the core capital, and without this additional “capital,” the bank would be toast.

But on paper, these crummy sorts of assets do a nice job of propping up these banks. And that’s why these four countries have bent over backwards to make it happen. Why bail out rotten banks with real money when fake assets can accomplish the same?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More taxpayer bailouts coming in Europe in the not too distant future, I see.

Apr 07 12:48

Authentic Journalism that Challenges Empire and Its Centers of Power

Exposing Lies of the Empire is a monumental work.

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

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

Apr 07 12:43

Top Donor to Clinton Foundation (jewish) Oligarch in Ukraine

Follow the Money

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

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

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

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

Apr 07 12:37

RAP NEWS 24: ISRAEL & PALESTINE

“America’s last taboo” Edward Said.

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

Apr 07 11:21

Eastern European civilians undergo military training amid Russia threat

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

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

Apr 07 10:51

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

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

Apr 07 10:50

Czechoslovak Reservists Issue Memorandum against NATO

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

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

Apr 07 10:47

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

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

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

Apr 07 09:24

Greece offers 5 key points for consensus with intl creditors

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

Apr 07 08:56

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 07 05:01

Decrypted new record fragments of the crash side Kaczynski

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

Apr 06 21:59

The Iran deal and the big game in Eurasia

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

Apr 06 14:08

Plans for the Ukrainization of Moldova

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

Apr 06 11:27

Greece plans return to drachma and nationalization of banks

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

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

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

Apr 06 11:24

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich: Iran Nuclear Deal Differences

U.S and Tehran disagree over Sanctions lift.

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

Iran was never in violation of the NPT.

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

International treaties are being held hostage by the west.

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

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

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

Apr 06 11:21

Devil is in Western Interpretation of Iran Nuclear Deal

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

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

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

Apr 06 08:12

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

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

Apr 06 08:01

All the key dates in Greece's April debt drama

Apr 05 14:17

Yemen – the Big Picture

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

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

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

Apr 05 12:34

US Ambassador to Czech Republic Frozen Out for Undiplomatic Advice

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

Apr 05 12:23

Raimondo: The Iran Deal

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

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

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

Apr 05 08:26

Germany Generously Offers To Freeze The Bank Accounts Of Wealthy Greeks

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

Apr 04 17:15

Polish airport used by CIA obtains millions in EU funds

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

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

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

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

Apr 04 14:28

GREEK CRISIS: literal error of the Year so far

Apr 04 13:29

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

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

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

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

Apr 04 13:24

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

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

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

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

Apr 04 13:19

Menendez is Israel lobby’s asset in US Senate

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

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

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

Apr 04 13:15

Shattered — Nothing is Right in the Middle East

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

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

Apr 04 10:39

NATO Trains New 'High Readiness' Task Force

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great NATO propaganda.

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

Apr 04 09:34

Warnings: Sweden is Heading Toward a Cliff

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

Apr 04 08:53

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

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

Apr 04 08:52

NATO: Iran Deal or Not, Missile Shield Will Stay

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 04 08:29

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

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

Apr 04 08:04

‘EU has already collapsed’– Beppe Grillo to RT

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

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

Apr 03 20:30

Ukrainian lawmakers set to remove premier

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

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

Apr 03 17:41

Greece preparing for Grexit, own currency – media

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

Apr 03 15:37

Greece considering nationalising its banks and issuing new currency

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

Apr 03 15:21

Unpatentable Vegetables Are Now Patentable In Europe

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

Apr 03 15:00

The Troika in a Greek tavern

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

Apr 03 14:01

Greece preparing for Grexit, own currency

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

Apr 03 13:31

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

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

Apr 03 11:00

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Only time will tell how this will play out.

Apr 03 09:33

Second black box shows co-pilot accelerated during descent

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

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

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

Apr 03 08:31

Austria Expresses Concern Over Their Gold At BOE

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

Apr 03 08:30

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a PR stunt, this has backfired big time!

Apr 03 08:29

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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