Sep 01 08:09

Why Iran Won’t Double-cross Russia

Some speculation is weaving through the airwaves that once its US-imposed sanctions are lifted in several months, Iran will shift its existing allegiance with Russia and instead double-cross the Great Russian Bear by doing gas and oil export deals that directly undercut Russia, especially Gazprom’s Turkish Stream gas pipeline aimed at the southern EU states. Were that to occur, perhaps at the same time a Pentagon and CIA backed rearming of the Ukrainian army and supply of massive heavy artillery to launch a far more effective military assault on the eastern Ukraine self-proclaimed republics, the Washington calculation would be a devastating blow to Putin and Russia’s economic stability. No matter what dreams may be floating around the Pentagon however, for many reasons an Iranian double-cross is highly unlikely.

Aug 31 13:42

German interior minister plans further attacks on refugees

After a number of fires at refugee camps over recent weeks, and the intimidation of asylum seekers by neo-Nazis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck belatedly issued an official statement last Wednesday.

Aug 31 12:21

As tragedies shock Europe, a bigger refugee crisis looms in the Middle East

While the world’s attention is fixed on the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees swarming into Europe, a potentially far more profound crisis is unfolding in the countries of the Middle East that have borne the brunt of the world’s failure to resolve the Syrian war.

Those reaching Europe represent a small percentage of the 4 million Syrians who have fled into Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, making Syria the biggest single source of refugees in the world and the worst humanitarian emergency in more than four decades.

As the fighting grinds into a fifth year, the realization is dawning on aid agencies, the countries hosting the refugees and the Syrians themselves that most won’t be going home anytime soon, presenting the international community with a long-term crisis that it is ill-equipped to address and that could prove deeply destabilizing, for the region and the wider world.

Aug 31 11:01

‘Without Britain there’s no EU,’ says Finnish finance minister

Finland’s Finance Minister Alex Stubb has backed the British government’s agenda of reforming the UK’s relationship with Europe, calling the Conservative Party’s demands deliverable and constructive.

Speaking after a meeting in Helsinki with British Chancellor George Osborne on Monday, Stubb said eurozone states must be stopped from distorting the EU’s single market in pursuit of their own interests.

Aug 31 10:40

Growing Migrant Crisis Prompts Call for Urgent Meeting of E.U. Officials

With increasing public consternation about the flow of migrants and asylum seekers to Europe and the dangers of their passage, Germany, France and Britain made a joint call on Sunday for an urgent meeting of European Union interior and justice ministers to find “concrete” measures to cope with the escalating crisis.

In a quick response, Luxembourg — which holds the revolving presidency of the European Union — called such a meeting for Sept. 14 in Brussels.

What is most urgent, the interior ministers of the three countries said, is agreement on the establishment of welcome centers in Greece and Italy to house, feed and screen migrants and asylum seekers, and to decide who should be allowed to remain as a legal refugee and who should be sent back home.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

European governments' hubris on this issue, apparently, knows no bounds.

How in the name of heaven, and all that is just, can European
leaders even THINK about sending fleeing refugees back to Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq,Yemen, Somalia, and Libya?!?

Are these people simply "collateral damage", to be discarded as quickly as possible, or human beings, caught in the snares of the barbarism which is war?!?

These horrific wars without end, have been generally started by the US government, or by US proxies, ultimately for private financial corporate gain.

Therefore, from my perspective, the US government should be aiding European governments tasked with dealing with the refugee problems engendered by these wars of conquest. From a national moral perspective, this issue cannot be just "Europe's problem" with which to deal.

Aug 31 10:22

U.S. Publicly Splits v. EU on Ukraine War

There now is open disagreement between three Western leaders regarding how to move forward with regard to Ukraine: Barack Obama of the United States, versus Francois Hollande of France, and Angela Merkel of Germany.

Aug 31 10:08

‘Critical mass’ of dead migrants in Europe fast approaching – HRW Refugee Prog Director

Europe is facing the largest migration crisis since World War II. But while the EU struggles to formulate a policy to address the influx of people, thousands are dying en route and many are being violently pushed back at borders. Is the EU living up to its obligations toward asylum seekers, and how will it cope with the intake of refugees, given rising xenophobia across the continent? Oksana is joined by Bill Frelick, the Director of the Refugee Program at Human Rights Watch, to analyse these issues.

Aug 31 09:44

Swiss Envoy to Iran Shows Anti-Netanyahu Cartoon, Urges Iranian Investment

The Swiss envoy to Iran showed a cartoon depicting two doves defecating on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s head during an event promoting Iranian business opportunities.

Aug 31 09:38

Spanish Activists Call for Anti-NATO Public Assembly Before Massive Drills

The Anti-NATO Platform in the Spanish city of Zaragoza will launch a convention on Thursday for those against the alliance and the Trident Juncture exercises it is conducting in the city, a member of the group told Sputnik.

Aug 31 09:35

Czech President Miloš Zeman suggests European army to halt African invasion

The president of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, has suggested that troops should be used to secure the European Union’s borders against immigration and that a common European army could be formed to achieve this objective. He correctly notes that the failure to repulse the ongoing migrant invasion is due to a lack of will on behalf of European leaders.

Aug 31 08:44

West About to Surrender to Barbarian Invasions of Our Age

"Day and night, hordes of people with fake IDs (or no IDs whatsoever) storm Europe’s undefended borders. Back in the day, they would’ve been stopped and forced to go back by the police, army or border control. Now, however, European warships are used to safely escort the migrants to safe harbors, where they are provided with food, shelter and are allowed to obtain refugee status," says the professor.

Mr. Jensen points out that while there were many migrations in the past, like the migrations of Europeans to the US, Canada and Australia, as well as migrations within Europe itself, things were quite different as migrants had no welfare system to rely on and had to fend for themselves.

Aug 30 18:16

Youth unemployment in EU

Aug 30 10:26

The European Migrant Crisis

Aug 30 06:48

EU plans extra billion euros to pay African countries to take back migrants

The European Commission wants to offer an additional 1 billion euro (£726 million) to African countries if they agree to take back migrants arriving with no legitimate claims to asylum. The measure is designed as an incentive to encourage African countries to repatriate their citizens whose asylum applications are rejected by EU states, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel.

Aug 30 01:59

Cover Up? TTIP Negotiators Outed for Secret Talks With Big Tobacco About [Redacted]

European Union officials face charges of evasion and cover up after concealing basic information about their negotiations with tobacco companies over a pair of pending "trade" deals, including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), in response to a freedom of information request from a corporate watchdog organization.

Aug 30 01:47

Modern Greek Drama Plot Twist

To be able to follow the twists and turns in the Greek drama, we need to remember that after the 2008 crisis, the Troika of creditors (the ECB, the IMF and the European Commission) imposed external economic governance on Greece, calling it "assistance" and "escape from default". The Troika was not saving Greece, but the money of Greek government bond holders – German, French and American banks – by cutting social expenditure and selling state-owned property (first and foremost to Germans).

Aug 29 12:24

NATO holds biggest airborne drill in Europe since Cold War’s end

The largest NATO airborne drills in Europe since the end of the Cold War aim to reassure allies against external aggression threat, American generals.

Aug 29 09:27

NATO stages huge airborne drill in Europe, says 'acting in purely defensive manner' (VIDEO)

The largest NATO airborne drills in Europe since the end of the Cold War aim to reassure allies against external aggression threat, American generals said, adding that paratroopers landing in Germany are acting in a “purely defensive” manner.
Parachutists of the US-based 82nd Airborne Division began a NATO exercise in Hohenfels near Nuremberg on Wednesday, where joint multinational training command of 1,100 soldiers from seven NATO countries are holding exercise under the command of the US 7th Army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...Completely defensive", MY ASTROLABE!!

Aug 29 09:21

Syriza leading opinion polls ahead of new Greek elections despite rebellion and Alexis Tsipras stepping down

A poll in the leftist newspaper Efimerida ton Syntakton gave Syriza a slim 3.5 point lead over the conservative party New Democracy.

The survey, conducted by ProRata, said 23 per cent of voters would support Syriza, while 19.5 per cent would vote for New Democracy.

A previous ProRata poll in July showed a wider gap in Syriza’s favour, putting the party at 26 per cent compared to 15 per cent for New Democracy.

Popular Unity, the party of ex-Syriza dissidents, were supported by 3.5 per cent of voters. A party must win at least 3 per cent of the vote to enter the Greek Parliament.

Aug 28 15:30

‘Only response EU can think of is trying to sink refugee boats’ – political analyst

Thousands of refugees are trying to reach EU countries fleeing war and instability. Independent political analyst Dan Glazebrook comments on the issue.

Aug 28 11:15

Europe in free fall

Europe is in free fall. Nobody can doubt that any more. In fact, the is EU simultaneous suffering from several crucial problems and any one of them could potentially become catastrophic. Let’s look at them one by one.

Aug 28 10:49

Employers skeptical about Russia sanctions

A German-Russian trade organization has called for sanctions against Moscow to be ended, calling them politically ineffective. Business leaders had complained about shrinking trade and investment opportunities.

Aug 28 08:29

Spain’s Orwellian Gag Law: Woman Fined €800 for Posting Pic of Police Car in Handicapped Spot on Facebook

If you think our First Amendment rights are being trampled here in America left and right, check out what’s going on in Spain.

This woman posted the following picture of a police car parked in a handicapped spot on her Facebook page with the caption “Park where you bloody well please and you won’t even be fined.”

Now, because of Spain’s Orwellian “Citizens Security Law” which went into effect July 1st, they have fined her €800 or nearly $900 USD simply for sharing the picture on social media. Police were reportedly able to track her down within 48 hours.

That’s because the so-called “Citizens Security Law,” which the people in Spain lovingly refer to as the “gagging law,” has a clause that says, “the unauthorised use of images of police officers that might jeopardise their or their family’s safety or that of protected facilities or police operations”. The fines for this can go up to an astounding €30,000 (nearly $33,700 USD).

Aug 27 15:02

What Would Happen to the Eurozone if Greece Leaves?

Economist Gerard Dumenil argues the Eurozone will face minimal impact and its leaders are already preparing for a possible Grexit.

Aug 27 08:26

Migration of peoples underway: Rising Africa, declining Europe

The UN has strongly criticised Europe's handling of the growing migrant crisis, calling it ineffective. The numbers of desperate migrants heading to Europe has surged ... and so far, EU leaders have been unable to present a plan to tackle the crisis.Hugh Bronson, vice chairman of the Berlin branch of the Alternative for Germany party, says Germany is simply not ready to cope with increasing influx of migrants.

Aug 27 08:19

Love is Gone: Germans Rapidly Lose Trust in NATO

German Research Centre Prognosis Media analyzed the views of social network users on NATO and found out that the number of Germans who negatively assess activities of the alliance has increased by 10 percent over last few months.

Aug 27 01:18

Greek Elections: January and September 2015 - From Hope to Fear and Despair

Eight months will have passed since the election of Syriza on January 25 up to the snap elections in September. During that time Syriza’s leaders play-acted their ‘opposition to austerity’ and then knelt down in submission to the ‘Troika’.

Aug 27 00:38

The Catastrophic International Consequences of the Capitulation of Syriza and the Criminal Responsibility of Mr. Tsipras

The present capitulation of Syriza and its government will have the same or even worse consequences in Greece than those resulting from the betrayal of the SPD in Germany in that fateful August of 1914.

Aug 26 08:35

NATO Military Buildup on Russia’s Doorstep: Who Is Doing the Saber-Rattling in Eastern Europe?

Over the past year and a half, NATO armed forces have almost doubled the number of military exercises they have staged near the Russian border: between 2012 and 2013 they conducted an average of 95 such training events per year, but there have already been 150 so far in 2015, and flights by reconnaissance aircraft along the Russian frontier have increased tenfold.

But in an attempt to unfairly place the blame on Russia for such exercises, the London-based European Leadership Network issued a report on Aug. 12 that uses a flawed methodology to compare one type of exercise held in Russia in 2015 with another kind of military drill organized by NATO this year. Criticism was only leveled at the large number of troops involved in the Russian exercise, because the alliance’s drill was smaller on that scale. The report’s purpose was obvious: to shift the entirety of the West’s own culpability for war preparations in Europe onto the Russians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg; every time you accuse Russia of being the "aggressor", but can offer absolutely no tangible proof of these allegedly "aggressive actions", you lose any degree of credibility you might have ever once had.

I would strongly counsel restraint regarding any possible military conflict against Russia.

And if you think Afghanistan has been a debacle for NATO (and there is no other nice way to put it, sir), a war with Russia may well be a classic, horrific epic fail for NATO.

I would strongly and politely suggest that you may want to assist in getting Europe's own house in order, and work with those European nations overrun with desperate and displaced refugees, fleeing from wars of the US's and the West's making, to offer some humanity and dignity to those people who cannot ever go home again.

Perhaps, in this manner, NATO may redeem its reputation.

Aug 26 07:33

Shouldn't Estonia take to feudalism?

International conference in Tallinn will initiate international trial to investigate "crimes of the communist regime". Despite the all-encompassing rhetoric, the claims are certainly lodged against the Soviet "communism". Thus, Urmas Reinsalu, the Justice Minister of Estonia, and initiator of the "absurdity fair" should answer some questions.
The first question to the Minister is: why do you hold the SS marches in your country and call the Nazis (at the state level) to be "champions of liberty"? Don't you know that the Waffen-SS "legion" was under the command of the German Wehrmacht? Why don't you investigate the "Omakaitse" ('home guard') pro-fascist organization activity, which cooperated with the fascist Germany?

Aug 26 07:29

Among the four American destroyers and coastal Syria hitch the Russian armada Mediterranean

Twentieth of August it became known that a group of three missile destroyers RM USA, which is based at the naval military base "Rota" in the Spanish province of Cadiz soon amend the fourth ship.

All of these destroyers are equipped with modern PRO sea basing "Idžis" ( Aegis ), which is one of the most important parts of the global PRO, which is distributed around the world, despite existing agreements with Russia. The official reason for reinforcing the Mediterranean grouping is - withdrawal from combat duty PRO missiles "Patriot" ( Patriot ), which are deployed on the territory of Turkey.

Aug 26 07:23

Meanwhile In Greece, Pension Funds Tap Emergency Loans

"Greece’s state insurance funds are resorting to external loans to cover their needs as fears grow that the measures of the third bailout will not be enough to cover the rest of 2015’s liquidity needs."

Aug 25 09:32

CAPTAIN ABANDONS SHIP: Has Tsipras Just Resigned Himself To The Dust Bin of History?

Tsipras and his party Syriza came to power on a wave on anti-austerity rhetoric that had the West shaking in their boots. Western mainstream media even called the country a ‘hub for terrorism’ the very DAY after they came to power! Their demands were seen as the main reason for their colossal victory just a few short months ago.

When it came to zero-hour Syriza and Tsipras held firm for a while, imposing capital controls and shutting down banks, yet ultimately they ended up giving in to what some saw as act of treason committed against their own people.

Tsipras plans to stage an early ‘snap’ election, and said in a live TV address that, “the political mandate of the January 25 elections has exhausted its limits and now the Greek people have to have their say.”

Aug 25 09:31

Wave of desperate migrants board trains toward EU as Hungary builds razor wire fence to keep them out

Thousands of beleaguered migrants — mostly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans fleeing bloody conflicts — crammed into trains and buses in Macedonia that brought them one step closer to the European Union on Sunday, a day after they stormed past police trying to block them from entering the country from Greece.

On Saturday, about 2,000 rain-soaked migrants rushed past baton-wielding Macedonian officers, who had been sealing the border for three days. Police fired stun grenades and dozens of people were injured as the migrants leapt over barbed wire or ran across a field not protected by the fence to enter Macedonia.

Aug 25 09:21

U.S. to deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe

The United States will deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe very soon as part of a broader effort to support eastern European members of the NATO alliance unnerved by Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Monday.

James did not give details about the specific number of planes, date or location of the deployment, but said it was in line with Defense Secretary Ash Carter's recent call for a strong and balanced approach to Russia.

The first deployment of the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-22 to Europe outside air shows is seen as a move to address growing concerns among NATO allies about Russian military aggression. The Air Force has also been using radar-evading F-22 fighter jets to carry out some its attacks against Islamic State, the first real combat air strikes by the jets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks: I would like to ask the writer of this piece of codswallop of documented cases of alleged Russian aggression which are incontrovertible.

She does have some, doesn't she?!? Or, is she still "dancing to her Master's voice", that is, of corporate America, urgently trying to gin up a war against Russia for no damned good reason whatsoever, to masque, at least temporarily, an American economy in meltdown?!?

Let's go back to the situation in Ukraine last year, shall we, when the legally elected government was overturned in a US/ECB/NATO-sponsored putsch against it.

Crimea, looking at the way Poroshenko was "elected" realized that they had no legitimate government in Kiev whatsoever. And please remember: Crimea was a part of Russia until it was annexed in the 50's by the Ukrainian, Nikita Khrushchev.

At that point, in a free and fair referendum, crawling with international observers, Crimea voted to petition Russia to join the Russian Federation, and Russia accepted the will of the Crimean people.

So, will SOMEBODY please, tell me: what did Russia do wrong here, in light of the fact that peaceful self-determination is a cornerstone of UN policy?!?

The short answer is "Nothing, Nada, Zip!!"

So, right now, with absolutely no embarrassment whatsoever, Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, is desperately trying to poke the Russian bear with ludicrous charges which carry no weight in fact whatsoever. Her fiasco in Ukraine, bringing about regime change, which has led to martial law, economic collapse, conscription, and an horrific return of ultra-right nationalists, doesn't seem to bother her one whit. As reported earlier this year at

Victoria Nuland’s Lies Make War Inevitable March 7, 2015 | Categories: Guest Contributions | Tags: | Print This Article Print This Article Victoria Nuland’s Lies Make War Inevitable Washington’s politics has sunk to the bottom of the cesspool. An Assistant Secretary of State can now appear in testimony before the US Congress and lie endlessly without being held to account. Congress has abjured its responsibility. Nuland’s lies are the kind that lead to war. Unless a meteorite lands on Washington, war is inevitable. Victoria Nuland Lied to US Congress about Phantom Russian Hoards in Ukraine By Stephen Lendman Global Research, March 07, 2015 Url of this article: On March 4, Nuland addressed House Foreign Affairs Committee members. She called murdered US-funded, Boris Nemtsov a “freedom fighter, Russian patriot and friend.” She absurdly called Ukraine “central to our 25 year Transatlantic quest for a ‘Europe whole, free and at peace.’ ” Fact: Washington wants Ukraine used as a dagger against Russia’s heartland – with menacing US bases on its borders threatening is sovereign independence. Nuland called US planned and implements year ago Maidan violence using well-trained Nazi thugs “peaceful protest(s) by ordinary Ukrainians.” “They braved frigid temperatures, brutal beatings and sniper bullets…Ukraine began to forge a new nation…holding free and fair election…and undertaking deep and comprehensive economic and political reforms.” Fact: US-deposed President Viktor Yanukovych’s police showed remarkable restraint. Fact: Washington-supported Nazi thugs bore full responsibility for beatings, sniper killings and other violence. Fact: Ukrainian parliamentary and presidential elections were farcical – with no legitimacy whatever. Fact: So-called economic reforms involve crushing hardships on already impoverished Ukrainians in return for loan-shark-of-last-resort IMF blood money. Fact: No responsible political reforms exist. None are planned. It bears repeating. Ukraine is a US-installed fascist dictatorship. Nuland lied claiming “enhance(d) (Ukrainian) transparency in public procurement, reduce(d) government inefficiency and corruption, (laws) making the banking system more transparent, and measures to improve the climate for business and…foreign investment.” Ukrainian banking is a black hole of grand theft. State farmland and enterprises are being sold to Western predators at fire sale prices. Corruption is worse than ever. Government and military officials are stealing everything they can get their dirty hands on – at the expense of imposing crushing austerity on deeply impoverished millions. Hyperinflation grips the country. The “breadbasket” of Europe can’t feed its people. Rationing was imposed. Energy prices skyrocketed to unaffordable levels. Ukraine symbolizes humanitarian disastrous conditions wherever America shows up. Nuland recited a litany of Big Lies about the “new Ukraine,” – a Nazified menace to its people Claiming it’s “building a peaceful, democratic, independent” nation is polar opposite truth. She aimed the worst of her rant at Russia and Donbass freedom fighters. She lied about Crimea “under illegal occupation” – ignoring near Crimean unanimity to reverse a historic mistake and rejoin Russia. She turned truth on its head claiming“(i)n eastern Ukraine, Russia and its separatist puppets unleashed unspeakable violence and pillage.” “MH17 was shot down. Hundreds of Russian heavy weapons and troops poured across the border, fueling the conflict.” “Sixteen Russian uninspected ‘humanitarian convoys’ entered Ukraine in violation of agreements with the Ukrainian government, the ICRC and the international community.” “Donetsk airport was obliterated…Debaltseve, a key rail hub beyond the ceasefire lines, fell to separatist and Russian forces six days after Minsk was signed…” “This is a manufactured conflict controlled by the Kremlin, fueled by Russian tanks and heavy weapons; financed at Russian taxpayers’ expense and costing the lives of young Russians…” Fact: Kiev collaboratively with Washington launched naked aggression against Donbass residents wanting democratic rights everyone deserves – wanting to live free from the scourge of fascism. Fact: No Russian hoards “poured across (Ukraine’s) border.” Kiev’s own military chief said so. No evidence whatever shows Russian involvement. None exists except photos exposed as fakes. Fact: Washington and Kiev bear full responsibility for unleashing unspeakable violence against Donbass residents. Fact: One or more Ukrainian warplanes downed MH17- a US/Kiev false flag. Russia and rebels had nothing to do with it. Fact: Russia is the only nation delivering vitally needed humanitarian aid – inspected by ICRC representatives. Fact: Minsk ceasefire terms included nothing about Debastseve. Fact: Washington and Kiev “manufactured” Donbass’ conflict – not Moscow or rebels. Not a single House Foreign Affairs Committee member challenged Nuland’s obvious and outrageous Big Lies. They accepted them as gospel. They let an unindicted war criminal insult them. Russia and rebels are consistently and wrongfully blamed for US/Kiev crimes. Obama wants war, not peace. He wants unchallenged control over America’s newest colony. He wants it pillaged for profit. He wants it as a stepping-stone toward long sought regime change in Russia – replacing its sovereign independence with pro-Western puppet governance.

So there you have it, folks: Reuters lies because it cannot help itself; it too is a tool of those who profit intensely from wars.

And THAT is reason never, ever trust this outlet again.

Aug 25 08:43

Dear NATO: Are You Lying about Russia or Simply Incompetent?

On 14 April 2014 NATO issued a “fact sheet” titled, “Russia’s Accusations – setting the record straight.” In the course of setting the record straight, the NATO fact sheet made the following false assertion: “Russian officials claim that US and German officials promised in 1990 that NATO would not expand into Eastern and Central Europe, build military infrastructure near Russia’s borders or permanently deploy troops there.”

“No such pledge was made, and no evidence to back up Russia’s claims has ever been produced.” (My emphasis.)

Aug 25 07:39

Europe risks becoming 'rescue boat that sinks beneath the weight of those clinging onto it'

Hungary has called for the European Union to do more to assist with the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, as a record number of migrants crossed its borders on Monday to enter the EU.

Police in the central European country – on the boundary of the EU – registered 2,093 migrants, the highest daily tally so far this year.

Aug 25 07:39

Privatization Is at the Core of Fascism

Privatizations are increasingly fashionable, such as in Greece, Ukraine, the U.S., and UK — and privatizations are a central feature of fascism.

Aug 25 01:14

Greece to leave euro after all? MPs in bid to cut from Brussels and return to Drachma

A group of Greek MPs who want to take the debt-ridden country out of the eurozone and bring back the former drachma currency could form a Government within three days.

The Popular Unity party is a breakaway group from current ruling party Syriza and is led by former energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis.

Aug 24 14:15

Thousands of Syrian refugees trek through Macedonia en route to Hungary, an EU member state

Thousands of migrants, mostly Syrian refugees, travelled through Macedonia and Serbia on Sunday towards the EU.

More than 7,000 men, women and children crossed into southern Serbia from Macedonia overnight Saturday to Sunday alone, the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) said, with many more still expected to arrive.

Aug 24 14:05

Estonian Prime Minister Calls for Anti-Russia Sanctions Extension

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas called for extension of anti-Russian sanctions during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda, the country’s cabinet’s press service said.

Aug 24 13:45

Asylum seekers in Italy protest over living conditions

About 150 asylum seekers protested on Monday over poor living conditions at a Red Cross refugee centre in the outskirts of Milan as Europe grapples with an unprecedented influx of migrants.

Aug 24 10:36

“Breaking the Fear Factor”: Opposing War, Financial Fraud and State Terrorism, Dismantling Propaganda

We are living in a (western) world dominated by neoliberal dictators, criminals and crooks. And many of us, impregnated with the human idiocy, as so well described by Andre Vltcheck (The West Spreads Intellectual Idiocy) are every day deeper and deeper immersed into fear – fear of action, fear of what’s next – fear of losing our comfort zone. The western propaganda machine paid for by the corporate and financial oligarchy through the presstitute media is constantly indoctrinating the little we have left of our free-thinking brains.

Aug 24 08:42

Greece: Chaos and Squalid Conditions Face Record Number of Refugees on Lesvos

Weak coordination and severe shortages in facilities and staffing are creating dreadful conditions for the hundreds of refugees and migrants arriving every day on the Greek island of Lesvos, which is seeing the highest number of arrivals in Greece, Amnesty International said after a research team returned from the island.

Aug 24 08:21

Jeremy Corbyn will 'sack' Bank of England governor if they refuse to print free money

Richard Murphy, who is seen as the architect of Mr Corbyn's economic agenda, the so-called 'Corbynomics', warned that there was "no such thing" as an independent Bank of England.

He said that if Mr Corbyn's government wanted to use the cheap money from the Bank any governor who refused to carry out the plan for "people's quantitative easing" should be "on the next plane" out of Britain.

Under the proposal, Mr Corbyn would create a national investment bank to fund infrastructure projects which would issue debt to be bought by the Bank of England - effectively meaning the Bank would fund government spending on housing, energy, transport and other projects.

Mr Murphy said current governor Mark Carney has said it would be possible but other experts have warned the Labour leadership frontrunner’s plans would fall foul of EU laws intended to avoid runaway inflation.

Aug 24 03:02

Misinformation Hides Real Dimension of Greek “Bailout”

The long saga on Greece is apparently over – European institutions have given Athens a third bailout of 86 billion euros which, combined with the previous two, makes a grand total of 240 billion euros.

There is no doubt that the large majority of European citizens are convinced that this is a great example of solidarity, and that if Greece is not now able to walk on its own feet, the responsibility will lie solely with Greek citizens and their government.

But this is only due to the fact that the media system has, by and large, ceased to provide alternative views … and some people even ignore that the bailout is a loan, and therefore increases the country’s debt.

Aug 24 02:44

Is the Schengen Agreement nearing its end?

Most of the migrants crossing the Mediterranean arrive in Greece and Italy first. Their governments say they cannot cope with the numbers. Under Schengen, many migrants then head north, hoping for asylum elsewhere in the EU. The officials in Brussels say this is the worst refugee crisis since WWII.

Germany considers the possibility of introducing border controls to reduce the number of migrants coming to the country. Besides, Berlin is preparing amendments to the Schengen Agreement. The German Minister says he supports free movement but new solutions are needed because other states don’t adhere to the law and the principles enshrined in the Dublin System are not observed. The Dublin accords proclaim the principle that responsibility for processing claims lies with the country that played the biggest part in the applicant's entry to the EU. Often that is the first EU country that the migrant reached.

Aug 23 13:31

Greece repays ECB debt with new bailout money

Repaying debt with more debt!Major Brain malfunction.

Greece made a crucial 3.2 billion euro debt repayment on Thursday using newly released bailout funds, a government source said, as a senior minister argued for rapid elections following a rebellion in the ruling party.

Aug 23 09:42

Migrants Break Through Macedonian Border, Police Use Stun Grenades

Thousands of migrants broke through police lines and entered Macedonia from the Greek territory on Saturday, local media reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look at these people driven from their homes and lands. This is the true cost of the money-junkies' greed!

Aug 23 04:05

The Age of Imperial Wars - From Regional War, "Regime Change" to Global Warfare

2015 has become a year of living dangerously.

Wars are spreading across the globe.

Wars are escalating as new countries are bombed and the old are ravaged with ever greater intensity.

Countries, where relatively peaceful changes had taken place through recent elections, are now on the verge of civil wars.

These are wars without victors, but plenty of losers; wars that don’t end; wars where imperial occupations are faced with prolonged resistance.

Aug 22 09:26

After the Bailout: The Spoils of Greece Are Bound for Germany

The 'Asset Development Plan' for Greece is out and it's all go for the privatization of the country. Hellenic sea ports, air ports, motorways, petroleum companies, water and gas supply, real estate, holiday resorts - it's all for sale.

Aug 22 02:30

Macedonia Resort to Using Military to Deal With Migrants on Greek Border

Macedonian authorities have reportedly announced a state of emergency at its southern border with Greece due to the influx of migrants into the country.

Aug 22 02:23

Czech Government Says Ready to Use Army to Protect Border From Refugees

The Czech government is set, in the event of an emergency situation, to send 2,600 servicemen to strengthen border patrols intended to counter a large-scale influx of refugees, Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky said Thursday.

Aug 21 17:50

Sen. Bernie Sanders: From Greece to Puerto Rico, the Financial Rules Are Rigged to Favor the 1%

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders recently convened a panel of economists in Washington to discuss the debt crisis in Greece and throughout the world. In his opening statement, Sanders talked about the debt crisis in Greece as well as in Puerto Rico. "It is time for creditors to sit down with the governments of Greece and Puerto Rico and work out a debt repayment plan that is fair to both sides," Sanders said. "The people of Greece and the children of Puerto Rico deserve nothing less."

Aug 21 15:06

Blood On The Streets Of Europe - Stocks Crash By Most In 4 Years, Bond Risk Surges

Carnage - everywhere. A surging EUR - as CNH carry traders unwind en masse - has led to an unwind across most risky assets in Europe. This week saw EuroStoxx 600 - the broad index - crash almost 6%, its biggest drop since September 2011. Perhaps most stunningly, Germany's DAX was the biggest loser - collapsing 7.4% on the week. European bonds are are also seeing risk increase dramatically with Portugal and Italy worst (aside from Greece's blowout). Europe's VIX topped 30 this week, as US VIX surges.

Aug 21 14:42

‘EU should settle refugees in countries like Germany and Britain’

Macedonian police have used tear gas and stun grenades against large crowds of migrants trying to enter the country from Greece. Refugees were injured in clashes, including children. Political analyst Chris Bambery believes the richest states of Europe should support the migrants.

Aug 21 12:39

In bid to ram through austerity package, Tsipras calls snap elections in Greece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras used a nationally televised address yesterday evening to announce his resignation and the calling of snap elections. While Tsipras defended his government’s imposition of a European Union (EU) package of deep austerity measures, government sources said the elections would most likely be set for September 20, before these measures begin to go into effect in October.

Aug 21 09:32

Greece crisis: Syriza rebels form new party

Greek media reports say 25 rebel Syriza MPs will join the new party, called Laiki Enotita (Popular Unity).

The party will be led by former energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, who was strongly opposed to the bailout deal.

Aug 21 08:33

Macedonia declares state of emergency at Greece border over surge in migrants & refugees

Macedonia has declared a state of emergency on its southern and northern borders over a surge in migrants and refugees, the Interior Ministry has announced. The country said it would involve the army in confronting the crisis.

Aug 21 08:24


A German intelligence officer, who is accused of spying for the United States Central Intelligence Agency, has been officially charged with treason by authorities in Berlin. The 32-year-old man, identified in court papers only as “Markus R.”, worked as a clerk at the Bundesnachrichtendienst, or BND, Germany’s external intelligence agency. He was arrested in July 2014 on suspicion of having spied for the CIA for approximately two years. German prosecutors say they have evidence that shows Markus R. supplied the American spy agency with around 200 classified German government documents in exchange for around €25,000 —approximately $30,000.

Aug 21 08:19

In bid to ram through austerity package, Tsipras calls snap elections in Greece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras used a nationally televised address yesterday evening to announce his resignation and the calling of snap elections. While Tsipras defended his government’s imposition of a European Union (EU) package of deep austerity measures, government sources said the elections would most likely be set for September 20, before these measures begin to go into effect in October.

Aug 21 07:18

Far left splits from Tsipras as Greece heads to elections

Rebels opposed to Greece's international bailout walked out of the leftist Syriza party on Friday, formalising a split after its leader Alexis Tsipras resigned as prime minister and paved the way for early elections.

Greece's president gave the conservative opposition a chance to form a new government following Tsipras's resignation on Thursday, but the country appears almost certain to be heading for its third election in as many years next month.

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You have to question the sanity of anyone who wants the job at this late stage!

Aug 21 07:05

Is Sweden taking in too many refugees?

Sweden takes in more refugees per capita than any other EU nation, and this week's headlines cut to the heart of the divisive debate over how to handle the ongoing influx of foreigners. While the head of Sweden's migration board called on municipalities to prioritize their resources to help find homes for child asylum seekers, the country's anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party topped a national opinion poll for the first time.

Aug 21 06:58

Macedonian police teargas thousands of refugees crossing from Greece - reports

Macedonian police fired tear gas at crowds of thousands of migrants and refugees trying to cross the border from Greece, Reuters reported. The country declared a state of emergency on Thursday over the migrant crisis.

Police fired tear gas from behind barbed wire as an angry crowd demanded passage through Macedonia.

Aug 21 02:40

Greek Prime Minister To Resign, Announce Snap Elections

Resignation seen as attempt to forestall political revolt following approval of new bailout package and austerity measures in economically-battered nation.

Aug 21 02:33

Germany and France: Leading Actors in Greek Drama - Part II

Germany wants to play the leading role when it comes to financial and economic issues regarding other states of eurozone. It meets the immediate interests of its big business which uses the debt situation to its advantage by accumulating assets abroad. The European Commission, which in some cases resists the pressure from Berlin, directed attention to the fact.

Aug 20 16:09

Greece's Tsipras steps down, calls elections after tough battle on bailout

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced his resignation Thursday and called for elections in the wake of a bruising political battle over austerity measures demanded by the nation’s creditors.

The president of the nation's supreme court, Vasiliki Thanou-Christophilou, will take over as prime minister in a caretaker government until the elections, in keeping with the constitution. She will be Greece’s first female prime minister.

Aug 20 11:47

U.K. Police Stripped Of Stop and Search Powers For Persistent Abuse

United Kingdom — The Northamptonshire police force has announced it will strip officers of the right to stop and search individuals if officers are deemed to have abused the law enforcement tactic. Police officers will be given “three strikes” on stop and search “errors” before their powers are withdrawn, according to the Northampton Chronicle. The panel has already stripped the power from three special constables, two regular constables, and three sergeants since last October. Six of the nine have since had their powers reinstated after further training.

Aug 20 11:34

"This Country Is Destroyed": 26 countries, 35 days in Europe During the Economic Collapse of 2015

Many discerning people are expecting an economic collapse at any moment, yet it's still possible to travel without spending a lot of money. My wife and I took off July 10th & went to Europe for 35 days. We hit 26 countries, at a pretty fast pace. I'm a notorious cheapskate, & the main point I would like people to know is that travelling to Europe is not as nearly expensive as most people are led to believe. We bought the EuroRail pass & travelled throughout Europe by train. From Copenhagen to Istanbul, Norway to Bosnia, this was quite a trip. We met all sorts of interesting people including several in Athens, Greece, who told me "this country is destroyed."

Aug 20 11:26

Georgos Galeos: Tsipras Surrendered the Greek Flag to the Germans

Aug 20 10:26

Exarchia, The Town In Athens Greece That Is Keeping The Government Out And Starting Anew

As the economic and political systems continue to crumble and collapse in Greece, a district in Athens is growing in strength and independence after large numbers of individuals began to keep the government out and empower their own community.

Aug 20 09:52

Greek debt crisis: Alexis Tsipras 'to resign' and call snap election for September

Greek leader Alexis Tsipras will make an announcement on 20 August where he will call snap elections towards the end of September and unconfirmed reports say he will resign to re-establish confidence in his Syriza party.

Aug 20 08:02

Nato launches largest airborne drills in Europe since end of Cold War

The US said Tuesday it has launched the biggest allied airborne drills in Europe since the Cold War ended, as fighting involving pro-Russian separatists escalated in eastern Ukraine.

Nearly 5,000 soldiers from 11 Nato allies are taking part in four weeks of "simultaneous multinational airborne operations" across Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania that began on Saturday, the US army said in a statement.

"Swift Response 15 is the largest Allied airborne training event on the continent since the end of the Cold War," according to the statement from the US army in Grafenwohr in southern Germany.

Aug 20 04:05

26 countries, 35 days in Europe: How my wife & I took this interesting train trip, on the cheap

Many discerning people are waiting for an economic collapse at any moment, yet it's still possible to travel without wasting a lot of money. My wife and I took off July 10th & went to Europe for 35 days. We hit 26 countries, at a pretty fast pace, and spent very little money. My wife's passion is travelling, and we aren't the materialistic types. We're both frugal. & I am a notorious cheapskate. The main point I would like people to know is that travelling to Europe is not as nearly expensive as most people are led to believe. We bought the EuroRail pass & traveled throughout Europe by train. We met all sorts of interesting people and navigated train travel, lodging, staying safe, and having an enriching fun experience.

Aug 19 23:15

Greece is for Sale – and Everything Must Go

Piraeus and Thessaloniki ports are up for sale – the former case has caused the chief executive to resign and industrial action has begun. A gas transmission system looks likely to be sold to the government of Azerbaijan, but there’s still a power and electricity company, the postal service, a transport utility which allows trains and buses to run, the country’s main telecommunications company, a 648 km motorway, and a significant holding in the leading oil refiner, which covers approximately two-thirds of the country’s refining capacity.

Holdings in Thessaloniki and Athens water are both on sale – though public protest has ensured that 50% plus 1 share remains in state hands. Nonetheless, the sale will mean that market logic will dictate the future of these water and sewerage monopolies. Finally there are pockets of land, including tourist and sports developments, throughout Greece.

Aug 19 21:52

Germany and France: Leading Actors in Greek Drama

The debates about the future of Greece are acquiring a political-geographical dimension. The interests and opinions are divided between two leading European power centers – the northern one led by Germany and the Mediterranean headed by France. The arguments and conclusions are opposing. The widening gap directly threatens the ability of the European Union to act as one economic and political entity.

Aug 19 13:04

German parliament approves third Greek bailout in landslide vote

Germany’s parliament overwhelmingly approved a third bailout for Greece on Wednesday, removing a key hurdle to providing new loans to the country and keeping it from defaulting on its debts in as little as 24 hours.

Aug 19 11:22

US Army to Pass Through Slovakia Before NATO Drills in Hungary

A military convoy of US military vehicles and servicemen will drive across Slovakia in September, according to the chief of the Defense Staff of Slovakia’s Armed Forces.

Aug 18 18:39

Who Wins in a Currency Devaluation War?

The paradox in the question of who wins in a currency war presupposes that any participating combatant can actually claim victory. If winning means ending up with the most cash, when the value of the money as a store of tangible wealth is debased, it is doubtful anyone can be declared the victor. The absurdity of lowering the purchasing power of a countries currency to enable exports to be more competitive is economic sacrilege that the heretical “Free Trade” mythos is based upon. Without a reliable standard of objective comparison, floating currencies maneuver their exchange rates to disguise internal imbalances in their own political and economic expenditures.

Aug 18 14:58

Full Alex Jones Show – Alex Debates David Duke on Jewish/Zionist Power!

Breakthrough interview, highly entertaining to watch Alex Jones squirm when David Duke talks about Zionists controlling banks, media, and government and killing innocent Palestinians.

Aug 18 13:04

Greek PM Tsipras to Move Parliamentary Vote on Reforms to House Summer Sessions

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is considering closing down the Greek Parliament plenary in order for the new reform bills to be voted during the parliamentary summer sessions, according to sources from the Maximos Mansion.

By closing down the House plenary, Tsipras avoids the vote of confidence option and subsequent early elections in September. Analysts say that the prime minister is aware that it is very unlikely that he would get the House vote of confidence. All opposition parties are against his decision to sign the third bailout and almost one third of his own party MPs have announced that they will not back him and the austerity memorandum he brought.

Aug 18 08:15

What the Latest Currency ‘War’ is All About

When the US embarks on perennial quantitative easing, that’s OK. When the EU does QE as well, that’s OK. But when the Bank of China decides it’s in the best interest of the nation to let the yuan go down a bit instead of infinitely up, that’s Armageddon.

An internationalized yuan established as a global reserve currency implies a "market-determined" exchange rate policy.

It took the Bank of China to devaluate the yuan on two consecutive days — moving within the 2 percent band that it’s allowed to — for the proverbial global financial banshees to go completely bonkers.

Forget the hysteria. The heart of the matter is that Beijing has stepped on the gas in a quite complex long game; to liberalize the yuan exchange rate; allow it to free float against the US dollar; and establish the yuan as a global reserve currency.

Aug 18 08:11

The Social Costs of Capitalism

The public subsidies provided to miners, loggers, and ranchers are as extravagant and as harmful to the public interest as the subsidies that the Federal Reserve and Treasury provide to the "banks too big to fail."

Few, if any, corporations absorb the full cost of their operations. Corporations shove many of their costs onto the environment, the public sector, and distant third parties.

Economists call these costs “external costs” or “social costs.” The mine made its profits by creating pollutants, the cost of which is borne by those who had no share in the profits.

Aug 18 08:07

British petition calls for Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes

The petition, filed on the U.K. parliament petition website, was apparently inspired by an upcoming visit to London by Netanyahu for meetings with the government.

Thousands of U.K. residents have signed a petitiondemanding the arrest of Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu for his war crimes against Gaza during last summer’s brutal offensive.

Given the large scale of support and attention, the U.K. government may be forced to publicly respond in the near future.

Aug 17 12:28

? Is US Policy Toward Russia and Ukraine Falling Apart?

? Growing signs that Europe is no longer united in following DC’s hawkish policies.

Aug 17 12:06

NATO Denies Preparing for War With Russia

Last week, the European Leadership Network (ELN) published a report claiming that NATO and Russia are both making active preparations for full-scale war, citing massive military exercises on the border, and US war-gaming on “sustained” wars in Eastern Europe.

NATO is officially “denying” this, but the rest of their statement reads less like a denial than like an attempt to shift the blame to Russia, insisting all their preparations are response to “Russian aggression,” and that the exercises actually “enhance security in response to growing Russian aggression.”

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"Really, we don;t want war. They are MAKING us do it! Honest!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 17 10:00

"One can no longer talk about, the contact line 'ALREADY ON - Front"

Russia is concerned about the aggravation of the situation in Donbass, because it looks like a sharpening preparations for broad military actions - said Sergey Lavrov.

Russian Foreign Minister said this at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif. It is pointed out:

"We are concerned about the situation on the fronts. Because he can no longer speak of the line of contact but on the front, unfortunately. "

The Russian minister pointed out that the conflicting parties had long since negotiate the demilitarization Širokina (settlement between Donetsk and Novoazovsk) and the deposition of the "line of contact" weapons with a caliber of 100 millimeters, but that this did not happen "because of the position of Kiev."

"We are very concerned about the development of the situation in recent days because everything looks very much like preparing for a new war activities".