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May 07 13:29

Russia is ready to restore partnership with NATO - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow is ready to renew its strategic partnership with NATO and has been receiving appropriate signals from the Alliance.

Lavrov told a media conference on Thursday that Russia will welcome a revived partnership:“I want to say with all honesty: we are receiving signals from our NATO partners that it wouldn't hurt to renew cooperation between our military departments. If there are any specific proposals to that end, we will certainly react in a constructive way,”he assured.

May 07 09:34

Denmark moves closer to a cashless society

Denmark has moved one step closer to becoming the world's first cashless society, as the government proposes scrapping the obligation for retailers to accept cash as payment.

The Danish government has said that as of next year, business such as clothing retailers, restaurants and petrol stations should no longer be legally bound to accept cash payments.

May 07 08:29

Lithuania Launches Provocative War Games Simulating Russian Attack

The latest in a series of provocative military exercises conducted by Baltic nations, Lithuania began a new drill on Wednesday. Modeled directly on the West’s imagined "invasion" of Crimea, the exercise is meant as a show of Vilnius flexing its muscles at Moscow, the Lithuanian president said.

May 07 08:28

US Aims to Block Russia, China from Vetoing Renewal of Iranian

That so-called “snapback” is a major sticking point for US and European negotiators, who want to be able to automatically reverse the easing of any UN sanctions if Iran reneges on the deal, sources told Reuters.

At the same time, Washington does not want to risk vetoes from Russia and China, which oppose such a snapback.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said Washington wanted to block Russia and China from issuing such vetoes in an Iran nuclear agreement.

May 07 08:26

Finland Sends Letters To Reservists

The Finnish military has begun sending letters to some 900,000 reservists amid increased tensions between the Nordic states and Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

May 07 08:08

Espionage affaire: Austria files complaint against German & US intelligence

Austria has filed a legal complaint against Germany’s BND and the United States’ NSA intelligence services alleging activities targeting its authorities and companies, the country’s interior minister said.

May 07 06:36

Greece on the Brink, Again

May 06 21:56

US Air Force sends warplanes to Estonia amid tensions with Russia

The United States has deployed four more warplanes to Estonia amid increasing tensions with Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

May 06 17:14

EU unveils plans for global investor court

The EU’s trade chief has unveiled plans to set up a global court to decide on disputes between investors and governments in a bid to defuse one of the main controversies in the ongoing EU-US trade talks. A "concept paper" published on Tuesday (May 5), drafted for trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, stated that the EU should “pursue the creation of one permanent court,” to rule on so-called investor state dispute settlement (ISDS).

May 06 15:47

John Kerry 'Issuing a Warning' to EU on Russia Sanctions

John Kerry admitted the EU and the US have disagreements by issuing a warning and letting them know that if Europe doesn’t keep the sanctions against Russia “there is going to be something to pay,” Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Peace Institute told RT.

May 06 13:01

Nobel Prize Winning Economist Joe Stiglitz Fails Economic History.

My colleague Dan Mitchell and I have long been baffled by the Quixotic efforts of such prominent economists Paul Krugman and Joe Stiglitz to blame economic stagnation in the eurozone on insufficient government spending.

Government spending in the euro countries rose from 45.3% of GDP in 2007 to 49.5% in 2013, according to Eurostat, with particularly huge increases in Greece, France, Italy and Portugal. The table below shows how little austerity there has been in euro public sectors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These economists are paid to ignore that 11th marble!

May 06 11:05

NATO’s ‘Largest Ever’ Sub Wargames Add to Tensions With Russia

While griping about tensions with Russia, NATO is once again dramatically ratcheting up the sense of unease along the Russian frontier, with what they are calling their “largest ever” submarine wargames just off Russian waters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you start playing around with weapons on someone's borders, tensions with that nation are going to go up!

May 06 10:38

Australian sports commentator fired for anti-war tweets

Australia’s SBS channel sacked one of its top football commentators, Scott McIntyre, for a series of tweets on Anzac Day doubting the wisdom of glorifying Aussie troops in any theater of war.

McIntyre was one of SBS’s leading football commentators, covering two FIFA World Cups and four Asian Cups. He has over 30,000 followers on Twitter.

May 06 08:52

Chaos – not Victory – is Empire’s Name of the Game

“Once again a country “liberated” by the West is sinking deeper and deeper into chaos.”

This could be anyone of the countries in conflict, where Washington and its Western and Middle Eastern stooges sow war – eternal chaos, misery, death – and submission.

This is precisely the point: The Washington / NATO strategy is not to ‘win’ a war or conflict, but to create ongoing – endless chaos. That’s the way (i) to control people, nations and their resources; (ii) to assure the west is in continuous need for military – troops and equipment – remember more than 50% of the US GDP depends on the military industrial complex, related industries and services; and (iii) finally, a country in disarray or chaos, is broke and needs money – money with hardship conditions, ‘austerity’ money from the notorious IMF, World Bank and other associated nefarious ‘development institutions’ and money lenders; money that equals enslavement, especially with corrupt leaders that do not care for their people.

May 06 08:51

Greece Floats Surcharge On Withdrawals As ECB Considers Cuts To Liquidity Lifeline

Greece is set to introduce a surcharge on withdrawals and financial transactions in an effort to raise cash amid fractious negotiations with creditors. Meanwhile, the ECB is considering measures that will tighten the screws on the country's cash-strapped banking sector.

May 06 08:51

Swiss Stock Market Collapses Instantaneously On 5th Anniversary Of Flash-Crash

The "event" halted the entire Swiss Market for 3 minutes. And this was followed by an outage in Stoxx exchange data delivery this morning.

May 06 08:49

UK General Election: Democracy hits the bottom

Neither Cameron nor Miliband look like getting an overall majority...

We are forced to choose between dubious pledges by low-calibre leaders nobody wants

It’s polling day and Britain faces a miserable choice. Whichever way it goes it’ll be disastrous.

The two main parties, Conservatives (Tories) and Labour, are neck and neck with a passel of smaller parties snapping at their heels with increasing support.

The economy is still in a deep hole. The much trumpeted recovery is half-baked and fragile. It is based on an increasingly low-wage economy while the fat cats at the other end of the scale keep getting fatter.

May 06 08:21

Poverty returns to Europe by leaps and bounds

The news about the economic situation in the EU reminds frontline reports. Head of Unilever in Western Europe, Ian Zeyderveld, from the pages of the Financial Times Deutschland said that poverty is returning to Europe. The main reason for the increasingly lower income of the residents of the Old World is a full-blown crisis in the euro area that is still far from complete.

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May 06 08:04

McDonald's 'has avoided paying £658million tax in Europe after moving European headquarters to Switzerland': Fast food giant risks millions in back payments

Fast food giant McDonald's could be the latest American blue-chip company to face allegations it avoiding paying taxes in Europe.

Trade unions have complained to the EU competition commissioner that the burger chain avoided paying more than £658million in corporate taxes between 2009 and 2013.

If proven the claims are set to spark another furious backlash against large US companies which rake in millions of pounds of sales in Britain and Europe without paying the same level of taxes as home-grown rivals.

May 06 05:14

Why the euro-dollar rally won't last:

May 06 01:07

Greece to tax cash withdrawals

May 05 21:53

The Choice Before Europe

Washington continues to drive Europe toward one or the other of the two most likely outcomes of the orchestrated conflict with Russia. Either Europe or some European Union member government will break from Washington over the issue of Russian sanctions, thereby forcing the EU off of the path of conflict with Russia, or Europe will be pushed into military conflict with Russia.

May 05 18:04

Greece's staggering six-year depression

May 05 13:57

Secret record revealed in Austrian Court - Yanukovich pressured into union with EU by Nuland

A Vienna, Austria, court has ruled that Victoria Nuland (right), the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, attempted to pressure the President of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovich (left), into accepting Ukrainian association with the European Union (EU) by threatening Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash with arrest, extradition to the US, and imprisonment on allegations of bribery several years ago in India.

May 05 13:19

The Choice Before Europe — Paul Craig Roberts

Washington continues to drive Europe toward one or the other of the two most likely outcomes of the orchestrated conflict with Russia. Either Europe or some European Union member government will break from Washington over the issue of Russian sanctions, thereby forcing the EU off of the path of conflict with Russia, or Europe will be pushed into military conflict with Russia.

May 05 13:18

Danish anti-Israeli settlements bus ads halted

The Danish Palestinian Friendship Association said Monday it would expand its anti-settlement advertising campaign after Copenhagen bus operator Movia said it was dropping their ads from buses in the city.

May 05 10:30

NATO & ALLIES STAGE THOUSANDS-STRONG DRILLS ACROSS EUROPE

Three sets of military exercises kicked off in Europe on Monday, involving thousands of servicemen from a variety of NATO nations and their allies, amid a wave of similar action across the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Without American and/or NATO boots on the ground here, actively involved in combat, there is no way the Ukrainian military can take back the breakaway provinces.

One has to wonder if this is just want these exercises are ultimately engineered toward doing just that; and at that point, Putin will have no choice other than reluctantly order military action.

We might well expect to see a "false flag" in Ukraine soon, to be blamed on Russia as the pretext for staging NATO and US military in Ukraine to fight Russia.

Such an attack would be an absolute fool's errand, and in light of the reality that the US doesn't have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to win a conventional war against Russia, the prospects for a military victory are bleak in the extreme, even with NATO's assistance.

I would like to remind our readers that a bill still lingers, in the House Armed Service Committee, two years after its being submitted by Charlie Rangel, to reinstate the draft, and include our young women, as well as our young men.

May 04 15:11

No Breakthrough in Greek Talks

May 04 14:49

How the EU Association Agreement Makes Existing Ukraine-Russia Trade Links Impossible

Negotiations to preserve trade links between Ukraine and Russia are in deadlock because the EU and Ukraine reject all changes to an Association Agreement whose purpose is to make Ukraine an EU economic colony.

May 04 14:30

Poland approves joint force with Ukraine & Lithuania, calls on EU to spend more on defense

Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski has signed a resolution approving the organization of a joint Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade, whose creation has been in the works since 2007.

May 04 14:14

Techno-Financial Capital and Genocide of the Poorest of the Poor

It is no coincidence that the most violent assaults and invasions by the Euro-American powers have taken place against the poorest countries in each region of the world. In the Western hemisphere, the Euro-US regimes have repeatedly invaded the absolutely poorest country, Haiti, overthrowing the popularly elected Aristide government, decimating the population via a cholera epidemic spread by UN mercenary ‘peace-keepers’, killing tens of thousands of poor Haitians and rounding up thousands of protestors. The occupation continues. Honduras, the second poorest country in the region, experienced a US-backed coup d’état deposed their recently elected president and imposed a terrorist puppet regime, which regularly assassinates dissidents and landless rural workers. Peasants are dispossessed; the economy and society are in shambles with tens of thousands of Hondurans (especially children) fleeing the violence.

May 04 13:30

Norway Starts NATO 'Dynamic Mongoose' Sub-Hunt Exercise

Military forces from ten NATO member countries and Sweden are taking part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off Norway’s coast.

May 04 13:18

FLASHBACK 2013 - Hungary Sheds Bankers’ Shackles

Hungary is making history of the first order.

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.

Already in 2011, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán promised to serve justice on his socialist predecessors, who sold the nation’s people into unending debt slavery under the lash of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the terrorist state of Israel. Those earlier administrations were riddled with Israelis in high places, to the fury of the masses, who finally elected Orbán’s Fidesz party in response.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I assume Hungary is now on the US Government's Special High Interest Targets list!

May 04 09:32

Greek Default to Trigger Global Meltdown

May 04 08:59

NATO & allies stage thousands-strong drills across Europe

Three sets of military exercises kicked off in Europe on Monday, involving thousands of servicemen from a variety of NATO nations and their allies, amid a wave of similar action across the area.

May 04 08:47

Italy's Giant Oil Firm Eni Eager to Return to Iran's Lucrative Market

A visiting Eni delegation made the announcement in a meeting with Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh in Tehran on Monday.

The delegation members said that the Italian group will be profoundly keen on returning to Iran once the western sanctions are lifted, adding that they are specially interested in production-sharing contracts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the rest of the world is already dropping the US sanctions against Iran.

May 04 08:25

And Another One Bites The Dust: Mass Surveillance Ruled Unconstitutional In Slovak Republic

As we noted a few weeks ago, data retention laws continue to fall in Europe. Then it was Bulgaria, following in the wake of Netherlands. Now we learn that the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic has similarly struck down the country's data retention provisions, as reported by the European Information Society Institute:

May 04 08:01

NATO & allies stage thousands-strong drills across Europe

Three sets of military exercises kicked off in Europe on Monday, involving thousands of servicemen from a variety of NATO nations and their allies, amid a wave of similar action across the area.

Estonia is holding its largest-ever military drills. Named Siil-2015 (Hedgehog), the maneuvers involve about 13,000 personnel. The number includes about 7,000 reservists, along with members of the volunteer Estonian Defense League.

May 04 01:13

Greek pensioners start bank runs after payments delayed

Panic descended in Athens on Thursday as Greece’s 2 million pensioners were hit with delays to their monthly state stipend. Pensioners raided their accounts and broke into a board meeting, according to reports.

May 03 11:16

Gaza Crisis “Unsustainable and Intolerable”

Carter and Brandtland are two of The Elders, “independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity”.

In her statement following the visit, Brundtland, who is currently the Deputy Chair of The Elders, said:

We came here to visit Gaza, the West Bank and Israel. "As you know, we were unable to go to Gaza...."

The two of them, a 90 year old former U.S. president, and his much younger colleague from Norway, have become a crusading international dynamic duo determined to end the immediate Gaza suffering that is both “unsustainable and intolerable”.

May 03 08:11

Greece Is Going to Go Bankrupt: Patterson

May 03 08:06

Hellstorm – Exposing the Real Genocide of Nazi Germany

This documentary tells the tale that the victors still do not want you to know. Learn the terrible truth about the rape, torture, slavery, and mass murder inflicted upon the German people by the Allied victors of World Word II. This is the biggest cover-up in world history.

May 03 07:20

Ukraine: A US-Supported Fascist Cancer in Europe's Heartland

As Russia and leaders from dozens of other countries prepare to celebrate Victory in Europe on May 9 in Moscow, the defeated scourge again threatens regional peace and stability - courtesy of US-installed and supported Ukrainian Nazi thugs.

They celebrated May 2 as Victory Day - the infamous year ago day when Kiev-unleashed Right Sector Nazi thugs murdered hundreds of anti-regime Odessans wanting to live free from the scourge of fascism.

May 02 08:02

Disturbing issues raised as banker is acquitted in Irish student rape trial

The young woman, just 20 at the time and under the legal drinking age, ended up drinking in a Hamptons night club, returning to the nearby home of a stranger, swimming in her underwear in his swimming pool while Lee swam naked and then alleging rape subsequently in his bathroom.

It must have been a soul-destroying exercise to return to the US to testify in the trial and have her evidence of rape found not convincing by the judge who stated emphatically it did not pass the burden of proof.

At the very least, former Goldman Sachs executive Lee was a creep on the night, a married man out hunting for women, leaving his wife behind in Manhattan on his birthday.

He picked up a doubtless naive and likely inebriated young Irish girl and took her back to his $32,000 a month rented mansion. To say this was a matchup of unequals was putting it mildly.

May 02 08:00

Masked rioters turn Milan into battleground

Police fired tear gas at demonstrators on Friday as protests overshadowed the start of the Milan Expo, a global fair the government had been hoped would help to put a new face on Italy after years of economic decline.

Thick clouds of smoke from burning cars filled parts of central Milan, where groups of protesters, their faces masked against the fumes, threw stones and faced off against lines of police in riot gear.

May 02 07:57

NSA Used German Intelligence to Spy on Offices of French President and other EU Allies

Intelligence spying involving the United States and Germany is once again in the news, only this time the rift isn’t between the two allies. Unlike the 2013 revelation that the National Security Agency had spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the latest snooping hoopla has the NSA using Germany’s electronic listening technology to spy on other European allies, including the leader of France. The American-German cooperation went on for at least a decade, according to a parliamentary investigation in Berlin

May 01 20:41

White House: US Is Considering The Possibility Of Increasing The Pressure On The Russian Federation

US continues to cooperate with European partners in order to exert economic pressure on Moscow in connection with the situation around Ukraine, said White House spokesman Josh Ernest.

http://whatisusa.info/white-house-us-is-considering-the-possibility-of...

May 01 20:29

The Day After Damascus Falls

The Saudi-Israeli alliance has gone on the offensive, ramping up a “regime change” war in Syria and, in effect, promoting a military victory for Al-Qaeda or its spinoff, the Islamic State. But the consequences of that victory could toll the final bell for the American Republic, writes Robert Parry.

If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets the same fate as Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi or Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, much of Official Washington would rush out to some chic watering hole to celebrate – one more “bad guy” down, one more “regime change” notch on the belt. But the day after Damascus falls could mark the beginning of the end for the American Republic.

May 01 16:41

Spain Grows Faster Than the US

May 01 15:13

Is Merkel a CIA Asset ?

Is Merkel an asset for American intelligence, serving the geopolitical interests of Washington rather than the good of her own nation, or the wider good of Europe?

The claims that Merkel’s government knew about German state intelligence spying on behalf of the Americans against the country’s own industrial interests raise disturbing questions about the integrity of German government leaders.

The apparent betrayal of German national interests by Chancellor Angela Merkel is not only evident over the recent industrial spying scandal on behalf of America, the slavish pursuit by Merkel of Washington’s anti-Russian policy over Ukraine — in contradistinction to her country’s national interests — also cogently suggests that the chancellor is serving a foreign master.

May 01 11:33

Independence Supporters in South East Ukraine Follow Russian Orders - NATO

NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove claims that independence fighters of the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DPR and LPR) in southeastern Ukraine are under Russian command.

The United States, the European Union and NATO have repeatedly accused Russia of being involved in the Ukrainian conflict, going as far as to claim that Russia has been sending troops and weapons to aid DPR and LPR in countering the attacks of Kiev forces that launched a special military operation in Ukraine's southeast in April, 2014.

Russia has repeatedly denied the West's accusations, which have not been supported with any factual evidence, also expressing concern over the recent build-up of NATO forces along its borders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove; sir, where, precisely, is your irrefutable proof that this is happening?!?

It appears that because you have none, you can present none, is this not the reality here?!?

The American people now fully expect those in power to lie us into serial wars, which are generally excellent for those corporations forming the US/NATO military industrial complex, but generally lousy for We the People.

We remember, very clearly:

1. The "Gulf of Tonkin" incident, which was used to inflame the war in Vietnam.
2. The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, for which the US government has never made it take responsibility, with many killed and gravely wounded.
3. The charge that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
4. The charge that we had to use the RPT (responsibility to protect principal) to cause regime change in Libya, and we can see how well the overthrow of Qaddafi has gone there.
5. The claim that Iran already has a nuclear bomb
6. Al Basshar was gassing his own Alawite people.
7. The propping up of a US puppet in Yemen, until the Yemenite people had had quite enough, and ran the guy out of town on a rail

So sir, if Americans, and Europeans, are skeptical about this charge, please understand that particularly on the American side, we are tired of being lied to in order to muster up support for more wars. You do not, and will not, have it, in order to declare a war on Russia.

And you have to know this: the US and NATO, even with combined strength, do not have the money, the manufacturing, and the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Oh, and by the way, just a note about what the US legislature is doing to fan the flames of war in Ukraine, as reported this morning at RT.com:

Citing an anti-Russia policy brief, US lawmakers approved $200 million for providing “lethal weapons of a defensive nature” to the Ukrainian government as part of the $600 billion Pentagon budget proposal for the fiscal year 2016. The House Armed Services Committee passed its proposal for the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with a bipartisan vote of 60 to 2, in what Defense News described as a “marathon” session that ended around 4:30am on Thursday. Section 1532 of the 498-page document calls for the US to provide assistance, “including training, equipment, lethal weapons of a defensive nature, logistics support, supplies and services, and sustainment to the military and national security forces of Ukraine” through the end of September 2016. In addition to the $200 million allocated for the program, the proposal also authorizes the Pentagon to “accept and retain contributions, including in-kind contributions, from foreign governments.” Read more US House urges Obama to send arms to Ukraine The bill says the purpose of the assistance is to back the government of Ukraine in “protecting and defending the Ukrainian people from attacks posed by Russian-backed separatists,” as well as “securing its sovereign territory against foreign aggressors” and “promoting the conditions for a negotiated settlement to end the conflict.”

Sir, I will attest to you that this is pure madness, and setting the US on a path toward war with Russia. I understand about having a strong defense. But as a Christian pacifist, well into her 60s, I believe very strongly that the art of negotiation and win/win are tools which the US government needs to relearn, and very quickly.

The last thing ANYONE on this planet needs is a 3rd world war; the unintended consequences of such a war may well be both horrific...and irreversible.

May 01 08:07

Europe's debt mountain just got bigger

It's official. The eurozone is drowning in debt.

According to the latest figures from the bloc's official statistical authority, government debt in the eurozone reached nearly 92pc of GDP last year - the highest level since the single currency was introduced in 1999.

Unsurprisingly, debt-stricken Greece is the worst offender, with its public debt topping 177pc of national economic output. Italy is not far behind at 132pc of GDP, with bailed-out Cyprus at 107pc.

The figures also show that only five of the eurozone's 19 countries are below the Maastricht Treaty's 60pc debt limit. Across Europe as a whole, 16 of out the 26 member states are officially in breach of the debt criteria.

May 01 07:56

Airbus goes to court over reports of NSA/BND espionage

European aviation consortium Airbus said it would file criminal charges over industrial espionage, following reports that US and German foreign intelligence spied on the industry giant.

May 01 07:09

Greek Pensioners Crash Pension Fund Board Meeting, Form Lines At Bank

Earlier this week, Greek pensioners discovered that a "technical glitch" caused the delay of some €2 hundred million in pension payments. Apparently, Athens ran out of money. Exhausted, exasperated, and short on cash, restless retirees have now taken to storming pension fund meetings and forming lines at banks.

Apr 30 14:32

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis ‘attacked’ by protesters in Athens restaurant

The Syriza party got elected in Greece promising to end austerity and stop job losses – but some groups are already angry at the new government.

Dozens of recently-hired tax workers protested outside the finance ministry in Athens complaining that they receive less pay than their colleagues.

Apr 30 14:31

Russia building a nuclear powerplant in Finland

Finnish company Fenovoima has announced that it has made contracts with a Russian corporation Titan-2 to build nuclear powerplants on the west of Finland.

Fenovoima stated that the contract to build a nuclear power plant was signed in January with Russian state company Rosatom Atomic Energy , which is a subsidiary of Titan.

Finnish Parliament approved in December to the Branch Rosatom to build a nuclear power plant , which would begin to produce electricity in 2024 .

Apr 30 14:17

Greece "Scrambles"To Make Full Monthly Pension Payments: "Still Missing Several Hundred Million Euros"

Greece was forced to delay pension payments by 8 hours on Tuesday while Athens scrambled to find cash. Although the government claims there was a "technical glitch," officials with knowledge of the matter offered a far more elegant explanation: there wasn't enough money.

Apr 30 12:16

The next tranche: Europe will pay the funds into the sarcophagus for Chernobyl

The new figure of half a billion euros — came exactly on the day when Chernobyl erupted.
The new figure of half a billion euros — came exactly on the day when Chernobyl erupted. By a strange coincidence, the fire near the reactor began on April 26, the anniversary of the accident at the nuclear power plant and immediately after, to honour the memory of the victims, Chernobyl has left the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
News briefly becomes the main in the European Union: the fear of nuclear collapse, for which the Europeans are paying for 29 years, good for official Kiev coincidence flared up again. In Europe well remember Chernobyl wind has covered 17 countries of the European Union. President of the European Commission two days after the fire approves next tranche.

Apr 30 12:02

With Friends Like These: German Spy Agency 'Helped US Target France'

Germany’s national intelligence agency, the BND, spied on top French officials and the EU’s headquarters on behalf of US intelligence, German media report.
The leaks from a secret BND report suggest that its monitoring station at Bad Aibling spied on France’s presidential palace and foreign ministry, and the European Commission.
The US National Security Agency also allegedly spied on some European firms.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere denies claims of a cover-up.
The BND reportedly collected information on European firms at Washington’s behest to check if they were breaking trade embargos.
According to the reports, the BND did not target German or US officials in the surveillance, as they are protected by a BND-NSA agreement signed in 2002.
However, it has emerged that the German government knew about NSA spying on European arms businesses as early as 2008. The government found “shortcomings” in the BND’s operations, German TV reports.

Apr 30 07:08

EU Parliament Conservatives: We Are Ready for War with Russia

Deranged European MEP’s declaration that the EU is ready for war with Russia deemed ‘tough’ and ‘realistic’ policy

"Time of talk and persuasion [vis-à-vis Russia] is over," MEP and Vice-President of the EPP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski said at the meeting.

"Now it's time for a tough policy, a realistic policy, and concentration on defense and security, because the eastern flank of the EU feels vitally, existentially threatened."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Apr 30 06:43

U.S. and UK GDP Fall Heralds Recession – ZIRP to Continue

– U.S. first quarter GDP grew 0.2%, down from 2.2% last quarter
– U.K. GDP for first quarter was 0.3%, last than half the previous quarter’s figure
– Large inventory build up in the U.S. may mask deep recession
– Zero percent interest policies (ZIRP) to continue despite suggestions to contrary
– Global economy vulnerable to recession and depression

Apr 29 22:06

Kiev Starts to Get Frustrated With Europe

The April 27 Ukraine-EU summit in Kiev frustrated the hosts. The joint declaration was turgid enough praising bold plans for reforms and condemning Russia’s "aggressive actions" on Ukrainian soil. It is clear that Brussels has no real intention to shoulder any serious responsibility. So Ukraine got nothing but promises, no matter the whole political philosophy and strategy of Kiev regime is centered on "European prospects".

Apr 29 13:22

Negative interest rates put world on course for biggest mass default in history

Here’s an astonishing statistic; more than 30pc of all government debt in the eurozone – around €2 trillion of securities in total – is trading on a negative interest rate.

Apr 29 12:40

Will The Real WWII Hero Please Stand Up?

Only 13 percent of Europeans believe that the Soviet Red Army played a key role in liberating Europe from Nazism during the Second World War, an ICM Research poll for Sputnik news agency has found.

Apr 29 10:17

Norway treats maximum security prisoners better than the US treats law abiding citizens

It’s dubbed the most humane prison on earth – a maximum security prison, in Halden, Norway, where the inmates live better than American citizens can even hope to live on the streets of Baltimore, MD, Detroit, MI, or Philadelphia, PA.

Apr 29 08:46

Google officially doubles EU lobbying – but true figure is surely higher

Google doubled its EU lobbying efforts last year – but the real figure is likely to be much higher than it has declared, as it doesn’t include money spent on ongoing disputes.

Apr 28 21:50

Insanity Grips The Western World

The crazed vice-president of the European People’s Party, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski revealed who the real aggressor is when he declared: “Time of talk and persuasion with Russia is over. Now it’s time for a tough policy.”

Clearly, the European Parliament is a great danger to life on the planet. Is it realistic to think that Russia will allow herself to become a concubine of Washington?

Apr 28 19:31

What Makes Brussels More Equal Than Others

Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad ran a little article recently that we’re surprised no other news organization picked up. It concerned a proposal in the European Parliament in which the parliamentarians got to vote on raising their own paycheck (always a good idea). The best thing about the story is that not everyone voted in favor.

Most did though. It much amused me to see that apparently it was Angela Merkel’s party, the German Christian Democrats, which was behind the proposal. Initially, they had even wanted double what they actually got. Here’s some numbers and details – and please forgive me for not being a math wizard -.

Apr 28 17:12

Insight - A New Stockholm To Be Built Within 6 Years

The Swedish political elite have plans to build a new city, funded entirely by Swedish taxpayers, to accommodate the massive wave of incoming immigrants. This radical plan also proposes the confiscation of summer homes and the conversion of old historical buildings and churches in order to facilitate the arrival of new immigrants. Meanwhile, Sweden's welfare system is plummeting as politicians suffer from Stockholm syndrome, trying to be a "humanitarian superpower." Native Swedes have been chosen to carry the weight of the world, sacrificing themselves on the altar of multiculturalism.

Apr 28 14:13

Greece: Built to last or ready to crumble?

Apr 28 12:38

Embracing the Saudi War on Yemen

Saudis have been helped by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has relied on the powerful Israel Lobby and his own rhetoric to divert the U.S. Congress from a focus on Al-Qaeda and its hyper-brutal spinoff, the Islamic State, to Iran, which both Saudi Arabia and Israel have designated their primary regional enemy.

Fearful of further offending the powerful Saudi-Israeli alliance, President Obama is deploying the U.S. Navy to seal off poverty-stricken Yemen so the Saudi air force has free rein to pummel its regional rivals from the air while the population faces a humanitarian crisis on the ground, reports Robert Parry.

Apr 28 12:34

Argentina: A Case Study of Israel’s Zionist-Wall Street Destabilization Campaign

Israel’s widespread practice of recruiting Jewish citizens and officials of other countries to serve as vehicles of Israeli policies has the potential to foment a new and possibly violent backlash, once the greater population has been made aware of such treasonous activities.

Apr 28 10:28

Finnish Official: Jews Control Money, Impede US Neutrality

Finnish official asserts on state television that Jews hold vast control over wealth, media, thus impeding neutrality in US Mideast stance.

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Apr 28 07:53

Greece €400 Million Short For Wage And Pension Payments, Rushes To Pass Troika-Friendly Laws

There was a brief bout of Greek risk-on euphoria following yesterday's latest twist in the winding road to the Greek insolvency, in which the Greek finance minister Varoufakis became the latest sacrificial scapegoat to be "Nav Sarao-ed" to the angry gods of the Troika, and has been henceforth kicked out of any negotiations with the Greek "institution" creditors.

The core problem for Greece, however, remains: namely that it is still completely out of money, and as we learned yesterday, the local municipalities have mutinied, and told the government they would not hand over their cash to the central bank without their own conditions being met first, and certainly not before May 7 which may well be too late for Greece.

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Apr 27 12:59

The Transatlantic Partnership and the Monetary Sovereignty of Europe

On 20 April, the ninth round of negotiations between US and EU representatives on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) began in New York. Officials on both sides of the Atlantic are referring to the figure of $100 billion as the main argument in favour of the agreement. Apparently, this is the amount that the combined GDP of the US and the 28 EU member countries will increase by. So far, nobody has given any clear explanations as to where this estimate has come from. Even if it was true, $100 billion in relation to the combined GDP of the US and the EU in 2014 ($17.4 trillion + $18.5 trillion) is less than 0.3 per cent. In other words, the magnitude of the expected effect is at the level of a technical error. It would seem that the Transatlantic vegetable garden is being fenced off for entirely different reasons.

Apr 27 12:24

EU won't send armed force to Ukraine despite clashes

EU leaders have told Ukraine they are worried about ceasefire violations in the east of the country but will not send armed peacekeepers there.

Apr 26 22:03

Israeli settlement boycott will not be sufficient

Labelling might give conscientious consumers useful information to target settlements goods but, in the unlikely event a significant number of shoppers chose to act, it would barely dent Israel’s economy.

Apr 26 22:01

Washington Choreographing All-Out War with Russia?

The provocation to Russia has to be seen in the wider even more troubling context of American-led NATO build-up of troops, warplanes, warships and missiles across Eastern Europe – and all pointed at Russia.

The reckless American leaders are putting in place incendiary elements that heighten the risk of all-out war with Russia.

With the reported arrival of 300 American paratroopers in Ukraine collaborating with Kiev’s Neo-Nazi National Guard brigades – the worst offenders over the past year’s fighting in eastern Ukraine – that development is an alarming harbinger of imminent conflict.

Of utmost concern is that the US military forces have reportedly moved into the Donetsk region near the conflict zone.

Apr 26 21:56

Declaring Independence from Israel — It’s Way Overdue!

I am convinced that a new Declaration of Independence will be good both for the United States and for Israel.

As a prologue to the injuries suffered by the United States, I cannot put it any better than did America’s Founders:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation:”

Apr 25 14:05

Europe’s feeble efforts to “punish” Israel

Jonathan Cook contrasts the European Union’s feebleness towards the exponential expansion of Jewish squatter colonies with the Israeli political institutions – from the Supreme Court to the far right – uniting behind the colonies.

Apr 25 13:18

Mexico Police – Trained to Kill

This is an outrage!

Sixteen people killed in cold blood by the Mexican Federal Police; unarmed people of an auto-defense movement – in January 2015; just discovered by a team of investigative journalists.

Mexicans well remember the mass killing of 43 Ayotzinapa students of last September, unarmed students of a college that caters to the rural poor, who were protesting the government’s education reform which would make school unaffordable for the poor. Their killing was provoked by the police in connivance with drug cartels.

They train armies and police in their 'client' states to assure oppression whenever there is a chance that people may claim their civil rights. This is what empire does.

Apr 25 13:12

UK election: What the parties say about Palestine

“Law” and “justice” are words that seldom if ever pass the lips of our politicians when discussing the ‘Palestine Question’ — or shouldn’t that be properly called the ‘Israel Question’? In the UK there is still no rush, it seems, to deliver law or justice to the situation after 100 years of betrayal.

Britain’s ferocious warmongering in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, and efforts to destabilize Syria, caused havoc in those countries and earned us a reputation for human misery making. This week our misbegotten chickens came home to roost in an unbearably distressing way as desperate refugee-migrants drowned at sea hundreds at a time.

Apr 25 13:05

Galeano Died — Revolution Goes On!

In Latin America, Eduardo Galeano was revered as a giant of letters, as a symbol of rebellion, of revolution, and of the fight for justice.

“Utopia is on the horizon,” Galeano once wrote. “I move two steps closer; it moves two steps further away. I walk another ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps further away. As much as I may walk, I’ll never reach it. So what’s the point of utopia? The point is this: to keep walking.”

Galeano told me that he was in love with two ladies, both splendid, both fragile, both tremendously desirable. One was called Utopia, the other, Reality.

Both are dangerous to the masters of the world, to Empire, because one gathers dreams, including dreams for a better world, while the other one bravely tells the truth.

Apr 25 12:46

Will Washington Kill Us All? — Paul Craig Roberts

The demonization of Russia and its leader by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, and the rest of the American Propaganda Ministry, by almost the entirety of the House and Senate, and by the White House makes reducing the threat of nuclear war impossible.

How much confidence do you have in Washington? How many times has Washington–especially the crazed neocons–been wrong?

Did you know that Washington keeps 450 nuclear ICBMs on “hair-trigger alert”? Washington thinks that this makes us “safe.” The reasoning, if it can be called reason, is that by being able to launch in a few minutes, no one will try to attack the US with nuclear weapons. US missiles are able to get on their way before the enemy’s missiles can reach the US to destroy ours.

If this makes you feel safe, you need to read Eric Schlosser’s book, Command and Control.

Apr 25 09:16

Approval of GMO Imports Moves EU 'Closer to Monsanto'

Environmental advocates say authorization indication of further industry-friendly policies pending trade deal will usher in

Apr 25 03:25

West and Soros Rely on "Extreme Balkanization" to Prevent Turkish Stream Pipeline

The Obama administration interventionists, content in the knowledge that they have, at least, another year-and-a-half remaining in power, have decided to resort to extreme ethnic-based Balkanization to throw up a road block to the Russian "Turkish Stream" pipeline that is to bring natural gas from Russia through Turkey and into Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, and Hungary. The Obama administration has set about to foment another "color revolution", this time in Macedonia.

Apr 24 19:26

Arms maker BAE Systems takes control of failing school

Europe’s largest arms manufacture BAE Systems has become the main sponsor of an under-performing school in the North West of England

Apr 24 11:21

Inside Ukraine's Little-Known EU-Funded Prison Network

A new video has emerged of a mysterious half-completed prison complex in the town of Zhdanovka in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in Ukraine's Donetsk region. Built on a grant from the European Union's ENPI program, construction halted when the Ukraine's civil war began and DPR militias took control of the area.
Local residents believe that the facility was built to house dissidents in case of internal conflict, although documents suggest that the construction was part of a 2011, 30 million euro ($42 million in 2011) project for housing asylum seekers deported from EU countries.
The project is part of a system in which asylum seekers in Europe who entered through Ukraine are sent to back Ukraine, where they are charged with illegally crossing the border and arrested.

Apr 24 11:07

Euro zone warns Greece no cash till full reform deal

Euro zone finance ministers warned Greece on Friday that its leftist government will get no more aid until it agrees a complete economic reform plan, as Athens lurches closer to bankruptcy.

Apr 24 10:40

Warsaw bans Russian bikers from crossing Polish territory in Moscow-Berlin motocross

The decision comes in spite of Thursday’s remarks of Poland’s former Prime Minister Leszek Miller who called the step "a political paranoia."
The Polish Interior Ministry sent a note to the Russian Embassy in Poland "containing information on refusing entry to the territory of Poland to an organized group of motorcyclists, including representatives of the ‘Night Wolves’ club."
On April 25, Russian motorcyclists plan to start Moscow-Berlin motocross which will pass through Minsk, Brest, Wroclaw, Brno, Bratislava, Vienna, Munich and Prague.

Apr 24 10:30

Armenian president thanks Putin for his warm speech at genocide remembrance ceremony

You found the words, which touched the heart of every Armenian," Sargsyan said. "According to my own assessment and the assessment of our citizens, those words were said by the leader of an allied state and a fraternal country," Sargsyan stressed.
In his speech at the Remembrance ceremony, Putin said that Russia’s stance on genocide remained unchanged: it cannot be justified. He said that Russia was genuinely sympathizing with the Armenian people who lived through one of the most terrible tragedies in human history. "The events of 1915 shook the whole world. Russia perceived them as its own grief. Hundreds of thousands of helpless and homeless Armenians found shelter in the territory of Russia and were saved," Putin stressed noting that it was Russian diplomats who made the whole world condemn the violence against the Armenian population.

Apr 24 09:27

EU Steps Up Police and Military Operations against Refugees after Special Summit

Following an official moment of silence “in remembrance of the dead in the Mediterranean,” the leaders of the EU member states reached an agreement on the “ten point plan on migration” that the foreign and interior ministers had prepared on Monday. Its chief aims are to escalate police and military operations against refugees while laying the foundations for a massive military intervention in Africa.

The strategy of the EU is murderous in two respects. After the European powers, in league with Washington’s war policy in Africa and the Middle East, destroyed entire societies, they made the conscious decision to let refugees drown to keep them out of Europe.

The war against refugees will now be intensified. The European elite has responded to the chaos in Africa, which they themselves created, and the mass deaths in the Mediterranean exclusively with police and military means. This underscores the reactionary character of the EU and its institutions.

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Europe and the US have created the conditions in Africa where dangerous, life-threatening immigration may be the only way out; and yet, these Africans have no way out, courtesy of the EU's response.

Of course, there is one other way of curbing the African population rather than immigration: the forced sterilization of African women via vaccine jabs, as has happened with women in Kenya As reported at globalresearch.ca, 16 April 2015:

Tetanus vaccines given to millions of young women in Kenya have been confirmed by laboratories to contain a sterilization chemical that causes miscarriages, reports the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, a pro-vaccine organization. A whopping 2.3 million young girls and women are in the process of being given the vaccine, pushed by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. “We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen,” Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi told LifeSiteNews. “They were all laced with HCG.” Chemical causes a woman’s body to destroy its own fetus with vaccine-induced antibodies HCG is a chemical developed by the World Health Organization for sterilization purposes. When injected into the body of a young woman, it causes a pregnancy to be destroyed by the body’s own antibody response to the HCG, resulting in a spontaneous abortion. Its effectiveness lasts for years, causing abortions in women up to three years after the injections. Dr. Ngare explained “…this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine.”

I am almost willing to bet that in other countries in Africa, which contain a great embarrassment of riches the US and Europe are working to rapidly exploit, this has been, or will be, tried.

However, that being said, is painfully obvious that to come to this decision at the EU, every single contributor to this policy has had their conscience surgically removed.

Apr 24 09:26

Ukraine’s Membership in NATO is Impossible – German Media

Ukraine’s membership in NATO is impossible under current conditions, Bundestag deputy Roder Kiesewetter told Deutsche Welle.

According to him, Ukraine's entry into NATO would automatically “activate” the article on collective defense, taking into account the military operations in the eastern regions of the country and "the annexation of Crimea".

Apr 24 08:31

With Israel’s help, EU seeks new ways of being cruel to refugees

European Union leaders have responded in a callous manner to the mass drowning of migrants in the Mediterranean.

Rather than investing in a system that would save lives and guarantee protection to people fleeing oppression and poverty, the EU’s governments have put themselves on a war footing. Their proposals to attack boats used to transport asylum-seekers look eerily similar to what far-right parties and tabloid pundits have been advocating.

Such plans have not emerged out of nowhere. For some time, the EU has been discussing migration as if it is a military threat. One recurring theme is the possibility that drones could be deployed in border surveillance operations.

Apr 24 04:01

MEAGA BEX Alert!!! - "Auschwitz guard offers Germans something rare: A Nazi who admits what he did"

BERLIN — On the opening day of his trial on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, the man known as the "accountant of Auschwitz" told of the moment he lost his "euphoria for Adolf Hitler."

He was standing on a train platform after Hungarian Jews had been unloaded at the Nazi death camp. The unwitting condemned already had been sent to the gas chambers. The newly arrived slave laborers had been sent in a different direction.

Left behind on the platform was a crying infant. As the child cried, one of the now 93-year-old Oskar Groening's fellow SS officers approached it, grabbed it by the leg, dashed its head against a nearby truck, then tossed the lifeless body into the truck.

As horrific as that story is, what might have been more shocking was Groening's next observation.

"I don't know what else I could have expected the guard to do with the baby," he mused. "I suppose he could have shot it, though."

Apr 23 14:32

EU’s Israel-Palestine policy is out of touch with reality

In a letter calling on European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini to promote and implement a 2012 plan to mark produce and products for the European marketplace from the Israeli-occupied West Bank, 16 EU foreign ministers stated that what they are requesting is “an important step in the full implementation of EU longstanding policy in relation to the preservation of the two-state solution”.

Apr 23 14:17

Cranking Up The Rhetoric – Weaponizing Information

In mid-April, hundreds of U.S. paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade arrived in western Ukraine to provide training for government troops. The UK had already started its troop-training mission there, sending 75 troops to Kiev in March. [1] On April 14, the Canadian government announced that Canada will send 200 soldiers to Kiev, contributing to a military build-up on Russia’s doorstep while a fragile truce is in place in eastern Ukraine.

Apr 23 13:37

EPP: EU should tell Russia we are ready to go to war

Hawkish language was heard at a hearing organised by the centre-right EPP political group in the European Parliament Tuesday (21 April), with lawmakers arguing that the best deterrence was to be ready for war.

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