EUROPE

Jun 15 06:16

Irish to expel Israeli diplomat over Hamas killing

Jun 15 05:50

Nightmare vision for Europe as EU chief warns 'democracy could disappear' in Greece, Spain and Portugal

Democracy could ‘collapse’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal unless urgent action is taken to tackle the debt crisis, the head of the European Commission has warned.

In an extraordinary briefing to trade union chiefs last week, Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso set out an ‘apocalyptic’ vision in which crisis-hit countries in southern Europe could fall victim to military coups or popular uprisings as interest rates soar and public services collapse because their governments run out of money.

Jun 14 18:59

GORDON DUFF: “DANCING ISRAELI” FILM STUDIOS PRESENT: FAKED ATTACK VIDEOS

ANOTHER “DANCING ISRAELI” FILM PRODUCTION

..SEE PEOPLE WALK THROUGH STEEL LIKE GHOSTS

BUSTED! I didn’t believe they would be that stupid. You could see the cursor moving in the picture. I saw a man handed a metal bar. Then he walked through, just like a ghost, a solid steel protrusion from the deck, the size of an ashcan. This thing would have stopped a truck but the Fox News “fighters” on the Mavi Marmara were like ghosts. In fact, the “steel bar thugs” were exactly that, or more appropriately, cartoons.

Jun 14 07:05

'Act two' of crisis begins: Soros

Billionaire investor George Soros says ''we have just entered Act II'' of the crisis as Europe’s fiscal woes worsen and governments are pressured to curb budget deficits that may push the global economy back into recession.

''The collapse of the financial system as we know it is real, and the crisis is far from over,'' Mr Soros said at a conference in Vienna. ''Indeed, we have just entered Act II of the drama.''

Jun 13 20:09

Nader Says Reinstate Helen Thomas on THE REAL NEWS

In an interview with Paul Jay of The Real News

Former Presidential candidate Ralph Nader launched a scathing critique of US media and politicians for what he said was “Professional Execution,” over the sudden retirement of senior White House correspondent Helen Thomas after she made remarks critical of Israel that were considered offensive to Jews.

Nader said American pundits had gotten away with much worse comments about Muslims and Arabs. “antisemitism against arabs is rife in politics today,” he said.

“How about Ann Coulter? she didn’t lose a 30,000 dollar speech? She didn’t lose her column, and she said horrific things about going over there and slaughtering Muslims, if they can’t be converted to christianity, she added.”

Jun 13 18:53

Is there no limit to international duplicity and hypocrisy?

By Aijaz Zaka Syed
Opinion Editor - Khaleej Times- Dubai

Can we have a new UN ?

Given the intensity of global outrage over the assault on the Gaza aid flotilla, some of us were beginning to hope that the world might finally confront Israel. We were obviously mistaken — once again.

Jun 13 06:01

Obama As Moral Dupe – Will Erdogan Blink?

By FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Former military analyst for the Pentagon

A recent article by Patrick Cockburn, one of the ablest reporters covering the Middle East, provides an excellent character portrait of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. It is certainly consistent with what little I have been able to learn about this fascinating politician. Regardless of what you may think of Erdogan, and he has many detractors (I am not one), he is certainly establishing himself as an influential world leader who must be reckoned with in an emerging multi-polar world.

Cockburn’s report is must reading, because Erdogan has maneuvered himself onto the moral high ground in a very serious crisis he did not create. Consider please the following:

Jun 12 18:26

FLOTILLA ACTIVISTS:US Congress out of touch with World on Israel Policy[VIDEO]

American activists who supported, organized, or were on the flotilla headed to Gaza with humanitarian aid stormed the office of U.S. Congressmen Brad Sherman and turned themselves in for their “crimes.” The stunt was in response to Sherman’s call for Americans on the flotilla to be arrested for helping “terrorists.”

It illustrates the disconnect between a U.S. Congress who supports Israel unrelentingly, a White House that calls policies in Gaza unsustainable, and an international community condemning Israel’s raid of the flotilla.

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Jun 12 18:15

Gilad Atzmon: Shocking Testimonials from the Mavi Marmara Survivors. And one Israeli Fembot by Lauren Booth

Editors Note: See more smuggled Raw Video Footage by Lara Lee "what happened that day" below.

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One of the most striking trends following the flotilla attack has been how quickly Israeli hasbara is being exposed by internet journalists.

Jun 12 15:35

Drugs for Europe: Protected by Powerful Western Interests, Afghanistan Heroin Transits Through Kosovo

Two years ago a joke was being circulated on the Runet that a heroin producer has recognized its distributor’s independence. It was about Afghanistan, which was to the first to recognize the independence of the Serbian province of Kosovo which had illegally separated from Yugoslavia.

Kosovo has since become a transit point for drugs, channelled from Asia to Europe.

According to a Canadian detective, the Albanian drug mafia operates with the connivance of the United States, and that US diplomats prevent the detention in Kosovo of notorious drug traffickers. The Canadian detective also confirmed that Kosovo’s current Prime Minister Hashim Thaci leads the biggest Albanian mafia clan.

Jun 11 23:52

Alison Weir: As Israel Kills and Maims, Outrage is Directed at Helen Thomas

Whenever Israel commits yet another atrocity, its defenders are quick to redirect public attention away from the grisly crime scene.

Currently, there are headlines about allegedly anti-Semitic comments made by senior White House correspondent Helen Thomas. Pundits across the land evince outrage at her off-the-cuff 25-second statement made to a man who appears to be holding a camera right in her face.

Thomas issued a public apology for her words, but this was insufficient to assuage the wounded feelings of powerful antagonists, and she has now retired from a long and distinguished career.

Before we examine her comments and evaluate their possible validity, let’s look at other recent events having to do with Israel.

Jun 11 23:46

Israel: Strategic Ally or Liability?

The claim that Israel serves as a valuable ally for the United States is made by both pro-Zionists and much of the anti-war and anti-Zionist Left that is influenced by Noam Chomsky. As a result of the Gaza flotilla massacre, which has caused a world-wide uproar against Israel, the value of Israel to the United States is being publicly questioned in more mainstream foreign policy forums.

Writing shortly before the massacre, the always astute Philip Giraldi critically analyzed the claim of Israel’s value to the United States in “The Strategic Ally Myth,” which focuses on a recent article by Israel Firster Mort Zuckerman entitled, “Israel Is a Key Ally and Deserves U.S. Support.”

Jun 11 21:53

Unite votes to boycott Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus

Britain’s largest union, Unite, has unanimously passed a motion to boycott Israeli companies at its first policy conference in Manchester on Wednesday.

The motion, which passed unanimously, called the union “to vigorously promote a policy of divestment from Israeli companies”, while a boycott of Israeli goods and services will be “similar to the boycott of South African goods during the era of apartheid”.

Reflecting the University and College Union’s call at their Manchester conference earlier in the week, Unite will similarly host a “Palestine conference” to support trade union action against Israel.

Jun 11 21:44

UN Special Rapporteur Calls for Full Flotilla Inquiry, All Records

From the Project on ExtraJudicialExecutions

Jun 11 21:38

A Global Civil Society Campaign to De-Legitimise Israel?

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 4, 2010 (IPS) – If, as expected, the U.N. Security Council remains politically impotent and refuses to penalize Israel for the killings of nine pro-Palestinian civilians on a ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, what is the next course of action?

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Jun 11 11:01

BP Oil Disaster Could Hit Europe Via the Powerful Gulf Stream Current

A cursory look at a map of the Gulf Stream shows that the oil is not just going to cover the beaches in the Gulf, it will spread to the Atlantic coasts up through North Carolina then on to the North Sea and Iceland. And beyond the damage to the beaches, sea life and water supplies, the Gulf stream has a very distinct chemistry, composition (marine organisms), density, temperature. What happens if the oil and the dispersants and all the toxic compounds they create actually change the nature of the Gulf Stream? No one can rule out potential changes including changes in the path of the Gulf Stream, and even small changes could have huge impacts. Europe, including England, is not an icy wasteland due to the warming from the Gulf Stream.

Jun 11 10:55

Hypocrisy Reigns

Things internationally are so dispiriting there's nothing left to do but fantasize. I picture Turkey, as a member of NATO, demanding that the alliance come to its defense after being attacked by Israel. Under Article 5 of the NATO charter an armed attack on one member is deemed to constitute an armed attack on all members. That is the ostensible reason NATO is fighting in Afghanistan — the attack against the United States on September 11, 2001 is regarded as an attack on all NATO members (disregarding the awkward fact that Afghanistan as a country had nothing to do with the attack). The Israeli attack on a Turkish-flagged ship, operated by a Turkish humanitarian organization, killing nine Turkish nationals and wounding many more can certainly constitute an attack upon a NATO member.

Jun 11 09:24

Germany retires more than half of its subs

The German navy surprisingly decommissioned more than half of its submarines, a move observers say is part of a larger effort to cut costs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not giving Israel any more freebie subs could save Germany a bundle!

Jun 10 20:10

Video Shows Israeli Commando Executing American

Original posting:

The Israeli military attempted to confiscate and erase the photographic and video evidence of its brutal asault on the Mavi Marmara aid ship on Memorial Day. But it turns out that digital images can often be recovered after erasure, and can be put on small memory sticks that can be hidden in nooks and crannies of luggage. So some images are in fact surfacing.

The most damaging is a film of an Israeli soldier kicking an American citizen while the latter is on the ground,and then executing him. This film completely refutes the rightwing Israeli government’s narrative of besieged lightly armed troops haplessly fending off naked aggression on the part of the aid workers. The video, which has not been confirmed, is now at Youtube:

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Jun 10 16:50

The American People are Under Occupation

Johnny Punish in Veterans Today

The US Government is Occupied by an Elite Global Force that No Longer has the Interests of the American people
Will Americans Revolt and Take Back the Country?

Obama is NOT a Mahatma Gandhi Savior
Is the USA now the land of Marginalized Mediocrity?

In response to yesterday’s worldwide condemnation of the Gaza Flotilla Massacre, our US government has decided NOT to stand for justice and has again chosen a path outlined and led by a Global Elite Political Movement that is willing to put the interests of their agenda far ahead of interest of the American people and even the lives of American servicemen and women.

Jun 10 09:06

Jews in Germany to send aid fleet to Gaza

Jews of Germany prepare a boat of humanitarian aid to Gaza, that it has predicted to leave at the end of the month of July, according to has indicated east Thursday a person in charge of the initiative in Berlin. " The list of the passengers still has not been made, but we have very many requests of all parts of mundo" , he has declared to the radio Deutschlandfunk, Edith Lutz, that is in charge of this project, organized by the German section of the network ' European Jews by a peace justa' in Near East. Between the interested people they appear " several israelíes" , aside from which they have received " numerous messages of support coming from Israel".

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Note that we have to go to the foreign press to learn this.

Jun 10 04:35

The Campaign to Vilify Turkey Has Begun

By Daniel Larison

Mr. Erodogan’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, is a proponent of a philosophy which calls on Turkey to loosen Western ties to the U.S., NATO and the European Union and seek its own sphere of influence to the east. ~Robert Pollock

If we actually take seriously what Davutoglu has said, this is a gross distortion at best and dishonest at worst. Just last month, Davutoglu said this:

Jun 10 04:31

Ilan Pappé: The deadly closing of the Israeli mind

The decline in Israel’s reputation since the brutal attack on the Gaza flotilla is unlikely to influence the country’s leaders.

At the top of Israel’s political and military systems stand two men, Ehud Barak and Benjamin Netanyahu, who are behind the brutal attack on the Gaza flotilla that shocked the world but that seemed to be hailed as a pure act of self-defence by the Israeli public.

Although they come from the left (Defence minister Barak from the Labour Party) and the right (Prime Minister Netanyahu from Likkud) of Israeli politics, their thinking on Gaza in general and on the flotilla in particular is informed by the same history and identical worldview.

Jun 09 22:30

HELICOPTER OF LOVE FROM ISRAEL – IT’S NOT FUNNY!

Feeling the Heat in Tel Aviv: By Max Blumenthal

On June 1, 2010, thousands of Israelis gathered spontaneously in front of the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv to demonstrate in support of the Israeli Naval commando unit that killed nine passengers on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish-backed boat from the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Egged on by the Israeli government and media, the demonstrators lashed out at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his support of the Marmara, accusing him and passengers on the ship of terrorist ties. Besides with the massacre of Turkish aid workers, the spectacle of massive Israeli protests against Turkey threatens to permanently rupture Israel’s ties to its closest Muslim ally and further isolate the country on the world stage.

Jun 09 09:17

Swiss vessel to join “Fleet of Freedom 2”

The European campaign to End the Siege on Gaza announced that preparations are being conducted on a Swiss vessel to participate in the "fleet of Freedom 2," which is being prepared by the "fleet of freedom" coalition, and expected to launch into the Gaza Strip in the up-coming weeks.

Jun 08 19:14

Are the defenders of ‘Antisemitism’ losing their edge ?

By DEBBIE MENON

A year ago, Americans were reluctant to discuss Zionism or anti-Zionism or read the stuff, even “moderate Arabs and Muslims” (whatever that means) , shied away from the communities around these two camps and lacked the strength to support the few that might have had, the guts to stand up and confront real controversy.

Jun 08 11:21

Genocide is okey: Bildt rejects Israel boycott calls

Sweden will not boycott Israeli goods or break its relations to Israel, foreign minister Carl Bildt has said in a response to opposition demands in a parliamentary debate on the Israeli boarding of the Ship to Gaza aid convoy.

Genocide is our way of life:

Lundin oil sauce...

Jun 08 08:43

PRESS TV: International Lawyer Franklin Lamb on Gaza Peace Flotilla Legal Rights

Dr. Franklin Lamb says that the Gaza flotilla survivors can certainly take legal action in their own countries. The family of the American who was murdered can sue Israel under the Federal Tort Claims Act – this will allow the family to use American Federal Court.
He added, cases may be brought against Israel for murder,

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Jun 08 07:07

EUMM Concerned over Gali Incidents

EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) said it was "concerned" about reports of recent incidents in the Gali district of Abkhazia, which had resulted in the deaths of three local officials, injuries to others, various detentions and reports of some homes being set on fire.

"This is a rapidly changing situation and the details remain unclear," EUMM said in a statement on June 7. "Restraint is needed to ensure that the confidence of the local population is not harmed and stability not endangered."

Jun 07 07:26

France, Britain want int’l Israel probe

The foreign ministers of France and Britain have urged an international investigation into a recent Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy, which left nine people dead.

Speaking at a joint press conference with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner late on Sunday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague stressed the need for “a credible and transparent investigation.”

“There should be an international presence at minimum,” AFP quoted Hague as saying.

Meanwhile, Kouchner noted that an international investigation was needed as several countries were involved in the fatal incident.

The French minister also offered to defuse the crisis by monitoring cargo on board the aid ships heading to Gaza.

Jun 07 06:31

Every Google search to be logged and saved for two years under new Euro MP plan

Every Google web search could be stored for up to two years under a controversial new EU plan that has the backing of more than 300 Euro-MEPs.

'Written Declaration 29' is intended to be used as an early warning system to stop paedophiles by logging what they look for using search engines.

But civil liberty groups have hit out at the proposal which they say is a 'completely unjustifiable' intrusion into citizens' privacy.

And they claim that there is no evidence that it would even be effective in trapping paedophiles who would never use search engines like Google to look for child pornography.

Jun 07 05:49

British PM: Country Facing 'Decades' Of Cutbacks

Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that Britain’s financial situation was “even worse than we thought” and that the country would have to make savage spending cuts to bring its swelling deficit under control...

Jun 06 22:59

Press TV interviews it’s Reporter Hassan Ghani – Survivor of Gaza Flotilla

Press TV correspondent, Hassan Ghani, was aboard one of the Freedom Flotilla ship that came under the Israeli attack and in this 3-part video interview, he gives a most credible and measured account of the events of that tragic night, despite the horrors he had witnessed. He mentions in Part 3, a friend Ken O’Keefe who was severely beaten by the Israelis and a picture of Ken in a shocking condition is provided below. Also provided is Ken’s statement given in Istanbul after being deported by Israel.

Hassan Ghani was released from Israeli captivity and went to Turkey to attend the funerals before visiting Iran.

The following is a rush transcript of Press TV’s interview with Hassan.

Press TV: Tell us about your ordeal Hassan, What happened on the day of the attack?

Jun 06 10:03

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters take to streets across Europe

'We want justice for our comrades killed!' says Berlin protester. 'We insist on an end to the insane blockade of Gaza and freedom for our brother Palestinians.'

Jun 06 09:56

Germany: Tens of thousands protest as Israel hijacks another aid ship

Protesters across Europe on Saturday marched against the deadly Israeli raid on an aid fleet earlier this week. Earlier Saturday, Israeli troops peacefully intercepted and seized another aid ship headed to Gaza.

Tens of thousands protested across Europe on Saturday, marching against Israel's three-year-old blockade of the Gaza Strip and its deadly interception of a Turkish aid ship earlier in the week, as Israeli troops peacefully intercepted another aid ship headed to Gaza earlier in the day.

Jun 06 07:58

Euro 'will be dead in five years'

The euro will have broken up before the end of this Parliamentary term, according to the bulk of economists taking part in a wide-ranging economic survey for The Sunday Telegraph.

The single currency is in its death throes and may not survive in its current membership for a week, let alone the next five years, according to a selection of responses to the survey – the first major wide-ranging litmus test of economic opinion in the City since the election.

Jun 06 02:10

The Flotilla Gaza Activists Shot in Head at Close Range by IDF

by Robert Booth – The Guardian.co.uk

Nine Turkish men on board Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times, autopsy results reveal

Israel was tonight under pressure to allow an independent inquiry into its assault on the Gaza aid flotilla after autopsy results on the bodies of those killed, obtained by the Guardian, revealed they were peppered with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range.

Nine Turkish men on board the Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times and five were killed by gunshot wounds to the head, according to the vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine, which carried out the autopsies for the Turkish ministry of justice today.

Jun 05 20:14

GORDON DUFF: Is Israel Planning Act of Desperation ?

It still holds two stolen nukes for possible port attack

Jun 05 20:10

Gordon Duff: Pakistan’s Role In Afghanistan

THE KEY TO PAKISTAN’S SECURITY IS AFGHANISTAN

THE KEY TO AFGHANISTAN’S SECURITY IS PAKISTAN

US policy in Afghanistan hasn’t so much failed as it hasn’t even materialized. With the original rationale for overthrowing the Taliban their relationship with Osama bin Laden now long forgotten, buried with, not only the death of bin Laden many years ago but much more. No ties between bin Laden and 9/11 have ever been established, none of the training camps seen in the online videos existed anywhere but in fiction, truth is such a delicate thing. Children in Afghanistan are taught to be fighters from birth. Training an Afghan to fight is like training a fish to swim.

Jun 05 20:05

JEFF GATES: How Israel Wages War on the U.S.—By Way of Deception

The Manipulation of U.S. General Colin Powell and Pakistani Cricket Star Imran Khan

Mass media and popular culture are powerful tools of manipulation when wielded by those skilled at waging way by way of deception. When shaping the opinion of an unsuspecting public, the star power of military leaders and sports heroes is routinely appropriated.

That duplicity was on display in February 2003 when Colin Powell gave false testimony to the U.N. Security Council that helped launch the U.S.-led invasion of a Muslim nation. Similar duplicity was deployed in May 2005 when Pakistani cricket icon Imran Khan launched from Islamabad a false story that provoked outrage at the U.S. in Muslim nations.

Jun 05 05:13

JOIN US AS A WITNESS IN GAZA

Join WitnessGaza.com as they travel to Gaza. Witness what happens on board the Flotilla. Watch their videos.

Just before 9am this morning, the Israeli military forcibly siezed the Irish-owned humanitarian relief ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, from delivering over 1000 tons of medical and construction
supplies to besieged Gaza. For the second time in less then a week, Israeli naval commandos stormed an unarmed aid ship, brutally taking its
passengers hostage and towing the ship toward Ashdod port in SouthernIsrael. It is not yet known whether any of the Rachel Corrie’s passengers
were killed or injured during the attack, but they are believed to beunharmed.

Jun 05 04:52

GORDON DUFF: WHAT ISRAEL’S EXECUTION OF AN AMERICAN TEEN MEANS

WE CAN KILL ANYONE, ANYWHERE

NO REASON NEEDED, WE ARE TERRORISTS

LINK TO USS LIBERTY RADIO WITH GUESTS JEFF GATES AND GORDON DUFF
Report: Autopsy shows Gaza activists were shot 30 times
Nine Turkish activists killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship, including one with U.S. citizenship, were shot a total of 30 times and five died of gunshot wounds to the head, Britain’s Guardian newspaper says.

ISRAELI “COMMANDOS” EXECUTED PEACE ACTIVISTS, MOSTLY WITH SHOTS TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD AT POINT BLANK RANGE, WHILE PRISONERS WERE KNEELING, ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM AN ISRAELI PAPER, BASED ON AUTOPOSY RESULTS

Jun 05 00:55

Abkhaz Local Official Killed in Gali

The head of the local administration of the village of Rep in the Gali district of Abkhazia, Dmitry Katsia, was shot dead late on Thursday evening. Katsia’s car was reportedly attacked by 3 armed men.

Two days earlier before this murder, one Abkhaz customs officer was killed and two others were wounded when their car was attacked close to the village of Saberio in the Gali district.

Abkhaz leader, Sergey Bagapsh, who summoned a national security council session on June 4, said "the Georgian trace in quite obvious" in both of these incidents.

Jun 04 22:49

JAMES PETRAS: Israeli War Crimes: From the U.S.S. Liberty to the Humanitarian Flotilla

This is dedicated to the brave Turkish martyrs on the Mavi Marmara, May 31, 2010, and to the 34 murdered American sailors on the USS Liberty, June 8, 1967 – all victims of an unrepentant criminal state – Israel.

Introduction: Israel Crimes on the High Seas

Jun 04 22:37

JOIN US AS A WITNESS IN GAZA

Join WitnessGaza.com as they travel to Gaza. Witness what happens on board the Flotilla. Watch their videos.

Stay tuned for news about MV Rachel Corrie as she makes her way to Gaza. About 10 minutes ago, they have been trying every two minutes to contact passengers onboard MV Rache Corrie. No answer.

Email information about worldwide protests and demonstrations to protests at Freegaza.org

WITNESS HERE:

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Jun 04 03:37

The Legal Framework of International Law The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla by Israeli Navy Commandos on May 31, 2010

By Lynda Bray

Crimes against Peace and
Crimes against Humanity

During the pre-dawn hours of May 31, 2010, the Israeli Navy attacked the six civilian vessels of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. The attack took place in international waters against ships flying under national flags of countries with which Israel is not at war, namely Turkey, Greece and the United States. The ships were carrying civilians from more than sixteen countries.

Salient points:

Since no state of war existed at the time, the attack on these vessels constitutes an act of war against those governments under whose flags the vessels were sailing. [...]

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Jun 04 03:31

Justin Raimondo : This Says It All

Israelis kill American – Joe Biden says: “What’s the big deal?”

What is US foreign policy in the Middle East all about – and for whose benefit is it being conducted? In two short paragraphs, this news story says it all:

“The U.S. confirmed that an American citizen, identified as 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, was killed by multiple gunshots during the Israeli raid on a flotilla carrying activists attempting to run a blockade of the Gaza Strip.

“State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said the U.S. has made no decision on a response to Dogan’s death.”

Apparently official Washington is torn between issuing a mild protest, and thanking them. [...]

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Jun 04 03:27

Erdogan: Israel in danger of losing its “best friend” in the Region NATO HQ Seething

By Juan Cole

As funerals were held in Turkey on Thursday for 7 Turks and 1 US citizen, a new wave of anger swept over Turkey at Israel. The popular emotions have potential implications for Turkey and NATO in the Middle East, and therefore for the United States and the Obama administration.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara on Thursday that Israel must review its policies lest it lose its best friend in the region, i.e. Turkey. [...]

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Jun 04 03:21

Review of Zionism, Militarism And The Decline Of US Power by James Petras

December 2009 issue of Culture Wars magazine – Ken Freeland

The hegemonic influence of Zionist-Israeli forces over America’s foreign policy, particularly Middle East policy, is a phenomenon without historical precedent. While right-wing radicals, with their focus on patriotism and constitutional values, set off early alarms about this perceived foreign domination,the Left pretty much slept through its insidious ascent to power. [...]
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Jun 03 12:54

The Looting of Greece begins!

Now that the Greek debt crisis has been solved with
even more debt--the bankers are now moving in for
the kill--the final takedown of infrastructure,
public utilities and natural resources.

Greece begins to sell off the National Post Office, Utilities,
Casinos, Natural Gas Pipelines, Ports, Water Works, Airports,
and Railroads...

Jun 03 02:38

CNN removed the video. of Huwaida Arraf's Account

Here's GRTV's video of the same interview but not with the same clarity as was CNN's.

Richard Falk, Huwaida Arraf & Norman Finkelstein on the Freedom Flotilla. Huwaida Arraf, US. activist released from Israeli custody recounts raid on the phone from Ramallah.

Please Listen :

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/06/richard-falk-huwaida-arraf-norman-fin...

Jun 03 02:32

GORDON DUFF: ISRAEL SAYS GAZA ATTACK “A SILLY MISUNDERSTANDING”

GAZA FLOTILLA AND USS LIBERTY SURVIVORS APOLOGIZE TO ISRAEL

ISRAEL CLAIMS ATTACK AUTHORIZED PERSONALLY BY LORD BALFOUR

This week “religious commandos” from Israel attacked the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters. Seven Israelis were injured during the attack with one member of the “Israeli Secret Police” thrown overboard by an 81 year old woman. Jerusalem papers report that Israel is holding the woman for attempted sexual assault.

Is it illegal to rape a pirate on the high seas? We are waiting for a ruling from the International Criminal Court at the Hague on this.

Jun 03 02:27

Letter From Israel:The Flotilla in the Israeli Press

By Ran Ha Cohen

Not many atrocities can be less controversial than Israel’s attack on the Turkish-based flotilla heading to Gaza yesterday. Like Somali pirates, Israel attacked the boats in international waters. Like the darkest regimes, Israeli forces opened fire on unarmed civilians who had not posed a threat to anybody, except to the siege that Israel (with Egyptian co-operation and U.S. backing) imposes on Gaza. Condemnation of what the Turkish prime minister rightly termed “an act of state terrorism” has been global, except for the shameful mumbling of the American government (but what can you expect from the complicit?).

Jun 02 21:37

SUPERB! DEMOCRACY NOW:Global Condemnation

Amy Goodman

Global Condemnation of Israeli Armed Attack on Gaza-Bound Freedom Flotilla: At Least 10 Dead, Hundreds Remain in Detention.

Jun 02 21:18

Obama’s Timidity and Deaths at Sea

By Ray McGovern

A chief lesson to learn from President Barack Obama’s recent unwillingness to stand up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Lobby is that such timidity can get people killed.

Casualty figures are still arriving in the wake of Israel’s Sunday night-Monday morning commando attack on an unarmed flotilla trying to bring relief supplies to the 1.5 million Palestinians crowded into Gaza. Already, at least nine civilian passengers are reported killed, and dozens wounded.

Jun 02 21:13

Full Text of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Speech! (English, Turkish)

By Mary Rizzo

Today I do not only want to speak to my dear people but to all of humanity.

I want to call to the conscience and hearts and minds of the whole of humanity, I would like to share courageously my feelings.

Yesterday, in the darkest moment of the night two bloody attacks occurred.

The first of them was the terrorist attack against our military troop at the Iskenderun Naval Base. In this malicious, vicious attack six of our soldiers died, and they have become martyrs. Seven of our soldiers have been injured.

The second, at dawn in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the heart of humanity has taken one of her heaviest wounds in history. The aid ships, from the humanitarian heart, these flowing aid ships have been hindered with guns, by violence, despotism.

Jun 02 11:01

Mood of resistance sweeps continent

The British protests against cuts on 22 June will be part of a cross?European fightback. There are moves towards a day of coordinated strikes and demonstrations across the continent.

Jun 02 11:01

Lisbon: Massive Demonstration Against Government

Over three hundred thousand people (more than three per cent of the Portuguese population) marched today in central Lisbon in a mega-demonstration against the socially insulting policies of the conservative, right-wing Government provided by the Socialist Party, an insult to Socialism, an insult to Government and the epitome of laboratory politics practised by professional politicians who have never had a real job.

Jun 02 07:23

LOWKEY PROTEST IN LONDON – LONG LIVE PALESTINE !

Rapper and Poet Lowkey rightly says, “We are sick of it”, “We are sick of it”, as he leads a demonstration at London’s Downing Street, on 31st, May, to protest yet another massacre by Israel, this time of 9-16 ( numbers and names not yet confirmed) human rights activists onboard the Flotilla sailing to Gaza , with humanitarian aid for Gazans. He says, “We need the names now… this is not a crime against the Palestinian people, this not a crime against the Turkish people, this is not a crime against the British people, this is a crime against Humanity… We were not there, it is our tax dollars that went into the bullets that killed those humanitarian activists….”

Lowkey has demonstrated huge support and love for the people of Palestine .

Must watch. He is Amazing!

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Jun 02 05:44

FORMER US ARMY COL. ANN WRIGHT SEEN ARRESTED BY ISRAELI COMMANDOS

Former United States Army Colonel, Foreign Diplomat, Peace Advocat, Ann Wright is seen in this video being arrested by Israeli commandos onboard the humanitarian aid flotilla “Marmara”, reports Dick Allgire from Honolulu.

“Israel has been allowed to get away with anything they want to, any criminal act they want to, any violation of international law, America protects them” says Ann Wright.

DEMONSTRATORS VOICE THEIR OPINIONS AT PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS IN NEW YORK

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Jun 02 02:06

Leader: West to blame for Gaza aid attack

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States, Britain and France must be held accountable for an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy.

The Leader said the attack on the international convoy was an act of lunacy, adding that the attack brings Israel closer to its end.

"Zionism is a new and more aggressive face of fascism which is this time supported by governments claiming to be advocates of freedom and human rights with the US above all," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Jun 02 01:56

Greta Berlin: Marbles, paint balls and nukes [Videos]

The Israeli military (IDF), has been busy spinning the story of their attack on a civilian convoy trying to deliver aid to the besieged people of Gaza. They’ve had a head start, sending out edited videos, posting ’supposed’ military footage of the passengers attacking them, saying that they confiscated ‘weapons’ which apparently turned out to be marbles, sling shots, kitchen knives and aluminum chairs.

More will be revealed as passengers are released. We already know that Israel shot the captain of the Marmara and the European Campaign boat, maybe hoping that we would no longer be able to hire captains. Several activists have spoken to their respective Consulates and informed of being kicked, beaten, dragged along the ground, tear gassed and bags thrown over their heads.

Jun 01 18:18

Letter to UK Minister Henry Bellingham: the rogue state of Israel’s foulest crime

Stuart Littlewood has emailed his UK Member of Parliament, Henry Bellingham, a newly appointed Foreign Office minister in the coalition government, asking him to spell out the actions the British governments intends to take in response to Israel’s murder on the high seas of Gaza-bound international aid workers.

Jun 01 06:40

Dead: 19. Injured: 60. This is Israel. Appeal of the BRussells Tribunal

Israel’s killing of 19 innocents with 60 more injured must have maximal consequences. Israel impunity is a threat to all

Jun 01 03:28

One Dies in Gali Shooting (Abkhazia-Georgia border)

One Abkhaz customs officer was killed and two others wounded when their car came under fire.

Chief of Abkhazia's customs office said "It was a subversive act carried out by the Georgian special services".

Georgian officials claimed that the shootout occurred between the Russian servicemen and Abkhaz customs officers.

Jun 01 02:12

Wall Street Operative Geithner Rebuffed in Berlin on Mission to Make World Safe for Derivatives

Geithner’s true intentions can be read from his systematic sabotage and gutting of the financial reform bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate. The most important feature of this bill was the ban on derivatives speculation by commercial banks proposed by Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. This would have partially restored the blanket ban on most types of derivatives which was in force under the New Deal from 1936 through 1982 thank to the Commodities Exchange Act signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Geithner has attacked this provision, and is teaming up with Obama handler Rahm Emanuel to remove it during the upcoming House-Senate reconciliation process.

May 31 22:04

JAMES PETRAS : Israeli’s Nuclear Policy: From South Africa to Iran

On May 24, 2010, the Guardian (U.K.) published a highly confidential document released by the South African government. The 1975 document reveals a secret military agreement signed by Shimon Peres, Israel’s Foreign Minister at the time (and today Israel’s President) and South Africa’s Defense Minister P. W. Botha. Israel offered to sell the apartheid regime, weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical and conventional weaponry to destroy and defeat the million person African resistance movement.

May 31 17:23

Israeli butchery at sea

Gilad Atzmon argues that Israel’s murder in international waters of aid workers bound for Gaza was a premeditated act of savagery and that the international community, foremost NATO and the European Union, must respond decisively by cutting all relations with the rogue Jewish state.

May 31 17:22

Criminal pirate Israel makes a fool of the OECD only days after it clasped the viper to its bosom

Stuart Littlewood argues that the West, which has traditionally rewarded Israel for its crimes against Palestinians, most recently by admitting it as a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, must be held directly responsible for the latest Israeli outrage – the murder in international waters of aid workers bound for Gaza.

May 31 17:20

The concentration camp that is Gaza: only a one-state Palestine is possible

Christopher King looks beyond Israel’s latest crime against humanity, its murder in international waters of aid workers bound for Gaza. He argues that it is high time to accept the fact that Israel is a fundamentally illegitimate entity and that the only chance for peace lies in a one-state Palestine shared among Palestinian Arabs and Jews.

May 31 15:40

German President's Resignation Tied to Telling Truth About Afghan War

German President Horst Koehler resigned Monday in a surprise move after being criticized for reportedly linking military deployments abroad with the country's economic interests -- creating a new headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

May 31 12:24

The U.S., Brazil and Turkey: how to lose friends and estrange allies

But where are the tough sanctions of yester-week? Where’s Hillary, the iron-brained lady, for whose sake Barack, I ween, Lost his principles and went all shady?(Apud François Villon’s “Ballade des femmes des temps jadis”)

May 31 12:18

German President Horst Köhler Resigns

German President Horst Köhler, under fire for controversial comments he made about Germany's mission in Afghanistan, resigned with immediate effect on Monday in a shock announcement that comes as the latest in a series of blows to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

May 30 07:24

Second firm withdraws drugs from Greece over cuts

Another Danish pharmaceutical company has withdrawn products from Greece in protest at the government's decision to cut the prices of medicines by 25%.

The Leo Pharma company says it is suspending sales of two popular drugs because the price reductions will cause job losses across Europe.

The Greek government is struggling with a debt crisis.

It has condemned as unfair the action of Leo Pharma, and another Danish company, Novo Nordisk.

May 30 02:50

Geithner Rushes To Sabotage German Derivatives Ban

Tiny Tim Geithner's US Treasury is attempting, but not succeeding, to conceal its apoplectic hysteria over the German ban. Geithner announced that he was flying from China to Europe in order to confer with George Osborne, the new Bilderberger Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Bank of England boss Mervyn King in London, followed by consultations with European Central Bank chief Trichet and Bundesbank leader Axel Weber in Frankfurt, followed then by a meeting with Schäuble in Berlin. There was no doubt that the overriding purpose of Geithner's mission was to sabotage the German moves against derivatives in particular and speculation in general.

May 30 02:44

Freedom Flotilla : ‘A battle for the high seas. And the high ground’

If you’re hoping to see news about the extraordinary events taking place in the Med sea around Cyprus on either the BBC or Sky this weekend. Forget it. For now. Despite the fact that almost three dozen Brits are amongst the 700 brave souls heading to Gaza on a fleet of ships laden with essential aid. Or the incredible military and political manoeverings surrounding Israels response to the peaceful attempt, major news channels in the West remain silent. This despite the fact their news editors have the direct numbers of spokespeopleon board and access to the live news feed.

May 28 16:02

Volcanic and Political ashes in Iceland and the maybe anarchist and possible mayor of Reykjavik

“We have to show responsibility now.”

………..Says who?

the same people who irresponsibly supported and took money from the bankers who gambled away our children´s future?
Or the ones who sold out the rest of the economy and our national resources and infrastructure to foreign “investors”, committed us to debt-slavery forever and told us that our votes in a national referendum were irrelevant and therefor the people shouldn´t go voting at all?
This just about covers the whole political spectrum of “real” parties from right to left and middle and up and down, the pre-collapse government and the one we have now, the one Icelanders had put in office after their pots and pans revolution, just to be sold out by them to the British government and their banking overlords.

May 28 10:58

CALL FOR ACTION: To all EU readers of WRH; sign this petition against GMO in Europe.

To the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso:
We call on you to put a moratorium on the introduction of GM crops into Europe and set up an independent, ethical, scientific body to research the impact of GM crops and determine regulation.

May 27 07:18

Serbia asks IMF to unfreeze wages

Faced with possible social unrest, Serbia asked the International Monetary Fund on Monday to allow an increase in state salaries and pensions that were frozen as part of a bailout loan deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hell, NO! You forget the golden rule; starve the people to give gold to the bankers. Starve the people to give gold to the bankers. Starve the people to give gold to the bankers!!!" -- The Bankers

May 26 23:05

Poland welcomes US soldiers, Patriot missiles

Polish and U.S. officials hailed the arrival in Poland of an American Patriot missile battery, saying Wednesday that the hardware and soldiers close to the Russian border enhance Polish security but pose no threat to Russia.

The Patriot battery arrived Sunday at a base in Morag, a town in northeastern Poland 37 miles (60 kilometers) from Russia's westernmost point, the Kaliningrad exclave.

May 26 20:44

China eyes cut in euro exposure

China, which boasts the world's largest foreign exchange reserves, is reviewing its holdings of eurozone debt in the wake of the crisis that has swept through the region's bond markets.

Representatives of China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange, or Safe, which manages the reserves under the country's central bank, has been meeting foreign bankers in Beijing in recent days to discuss the issue.

The meetings were arranged amid growing speculation that Safe is considering reducing its exposure to the eurozone bond markets because of the deepening crisis in Europe.

May 26 14:15

IMF praises Italy's cuts, points to wage bill

The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday welcomed Italy's commitment to reduce its fiscal deficit and said containing the public wage bill should be the focus of cost-cutting measures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers. Starve the people to feed the bankers.

May 26 14:12

IMF raises fresh concerns about the Spanish economy

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised fresh concerns about Spain's economy, saying "far-reaching" reforms are needed to ensure its recovery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"far-reaching reforms" is IMF-speak for "starve the people to feed the bankers!

May 26 08:29

Germany 'to extend short-selling ban'

Germany is considering widening a ban on "naked" short-selling on some financial stocks to cover all German-listed stocks, proposals have shown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Germans

May 25 09:46

Spain must make wide ranging reforms, weak recovery-IMF

Spain must make far reaching, comprehensive reforms, including to the labour market, while its economic recovery remains fragile, The International Monetary Fund said on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In every monetary system where a private central bank issues the public currency at interest, there can never be a recovery because debt always outstrips the money supply. What the IMF is saying is what bankers have said throughout history; "You must make do with less so that we may have more. You must make do with less so that we may have more. You must make do with less so that we may have more."

May 25 09:36

Latvia Says I.M.F. Is Imposing Fresh Conditions on Rescue Package

Latvia said Wednesday that the International Monetary Fund had imposed fresh conditions for it to qualify for rescue funds, exacerbating an emerging split with the European Union over a €7.5 billion bailout last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"All your base are belong to us!"

May 24 09:12

Italy suspends mark-to-market accounting on eurozone bonds

The Bank of Italy Tuesday said Italian lenders holding European government bonds in their available-for-sale portfolio don’t have to take into account possible capital gains or losses on them, in a move to safeguard capital ratios.

The decision came after volatility on European government bonds skyrocketed in recent weeks following several rating agencies downgrades, temporarily affecting the capital ratios of Italian, as well as other European, banks.

According to Italian securities laws Italian banks must deduct all the losses linked to the value of those bonds, but can only partially book capital gains.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mark-to-market accounting was what allowed ENRON to post profits that did not actually exist in order to run up their stock prices.

May 24 09:08

Burden of Irish debt could yet eclipse that of Greece

What will sink us, unfortunately but inevitably, are the huge costs of the September 2008 bank bailout, writes MORGAN KELLY

May 24 09:07

European bank jitters as Spain steps in to save Cajasur

Investors are braced for fresh turbulence in European bank shares after Spain's authorities stepped in to rescue Cajasur, one of the country's largest regional lenders.

May 23 21:28

Georgian Deputy FM: ‘New Stage in Georgia-Iran Relations’

Bilateral relations between Iran and Georgia are entering [a] "new stage" and Tbilisi hopes ties will further deepen, Nino Kalandadze, the Georgian deputy foreign minister, said on May 22.

"Georgia is highly grateful to the Iranian authorities’ policy towards Georgia, which we deem as very reasonable and which involves unconditional support to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity," the Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister said.

Georgia and Iran are getting all "pally-pally" all of a sudden. Nothing to do with Georgia getting the cold shoulder from the Obama administration, I suppose?

May 23 17:55

Israelis asked to visit passport plant here before Dubai killing

By Sam Smyth

Three fraudulent Australian passports, four French, 12 British, one German and eight Irish passports were used in the killing.

ISRAELI officials asked to inspect the Dublin plant where security-enhanced passports are made — just a month before a Middle East assassination by agents using forged Irish documents.

A serious diplomatic incident was looming last night after a top-level report concluded that an Israeli intelligence agency forged the Irish passports used in the murder of a Hamas operative in Dubai in January.

The Department of Foreign Affairs believes that an Israeli state agency provided the eight forged Irish passports used by agents involved in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

May 23 05:44

The Israeli Role In The Plunder Of Iceland

The looting of much of the wealth of Iceland is one such mega-crime in which we find Israelis involved at the highest level. The First Lady of Iceland, Dorrit Moussaieff, is an Israeli Jew, which adds a significant wrinkle to the whole plot.

May 22 03:00

Whatever Germany does, the euro as we know it is dead

Angela Merkel's ban on short-selling is just a distraction from the horror to come

May 22 00:39

GERMANY'S PARLIAMENT VOTES TO GIVE 66% OF COUNTRY'S ANNUAL INCOME TAX REVENUE TO BANKS

The Merkel government has just announced a raft of deep cuts and tax hikes, which will increase the proportion of the country’s income flowing to the banks and accelerate an economic collapse that could be much more severe than the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The transfer of almost the country’s entire tax revenues to the banks shows that the politicians in Germany are working hand in glove with banks to loot the people on an unprecedented scale under the smokescreen created by the mainstream media.

Though sold by the controlled media as “aid for Greece”, none of the money will go to the people of Greece.

May 21 10:31

Germany Acts Alone to Protect the Euro and Big Banks Against Speculators

If Germany’s efforts to rein in speculation in European markets were meant to surprise investors, they succeeded — just not quite in the way officials in Berlin might have intended.
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Axel Weber, right, president of Germany's central bank, and Jochen Sanio, head of BaFin, which regulates its financial markets. BaFin banned the naked short-selling of some stocks and bonds.

On Wednesday, the government’s partial ban on so-called naked short-selling took effect, as part of Berlin’s effort to protect its biggest financial institutions and the euro currency from investors who have been betting against them.

May 21 03:44

Austerity regime in Europe

May 19 06:56

Britain on its own if markets strike: French official

Britain may find itself on its own if it comes under pressure from the markets, France's chief financial regulator warned on Tuesday, after London refused to join Europe's trillion-dollar rescue package.

May 18 16:46

The German Government Has Had Enough

If you thought the German government was going to be a lapdog for Sarcozy, or worse, was going to fellate Brussels and the ECB, you got a rude shock today.

It appears that the German Government has just plain had enough of the crap that the banksters have tried to pull, and has decided to do what Barack Obama should have done in early 2009.

That is:

* No more naked credit crap, especially against sovereigns but not only against sovereigns. No insurable interest, no CDS - period.

* Naked shorting will now be actually stopped in 10 leading financial institutions.

* Germany has had it with naked shorting of Gold, and specifically noted bank manipulation of gold prices via naked shorts beyond intent or ability to deliver.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Mommie; Germany is being mean to us! PLease go kill them!" -- Gold in my Sacks

May 18 12:44

French Pension-Reform Plan Stirs Union Ire

The government said it plans to introduce a bill to raise the retirement age from the current minimum of 60—though it didn't say to what age—and create a new tax on high earners, to try to fix the nation's debt-choked pension system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Our new policy, suggested by the Americans, is that we work the slaves until they drop!"

May 17 08:43

Germans turn against the EU as eurozone meltdown heaps misery on Angela Merkel

German fury at paying for Greek extravagence is turning into anger against the European Union, the euro, and Angela Merkel

May 15 10:53

Israel’s Intimidation Tactics Won’t Stop Us: First Ship Sets Sail for Gaza!

By Huwaida Arraf

London – 14 May 2010 – At 22:45 local time tonight, the MV Rachel Corrie, a 1200-ton cargo ship, part of the eight-vessel Freedom Flotilla, set sail from Ireland on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. Three, ships from Turkey and Greece will join her, then sail to Gaza.

This past week reports from Israel have indicated that the Israeli authorities will not allow the Freedom Flotilla to reach Gaza with its cargo of much-needed reconstruction material, medical equipment, and school supplies. According to Israeli news sources, clear orders have been issued to prevent the ships from reaching Gaza, even if this necessitates military violence.

May 15 07:42

The Fed Currency Swaps Begin

The Federal Reserve provided $9.205 billion of liquidity to foreign central banks since reopening foreign exchange swap lines this last week, the New York Fed reports.

The European Central Bank was the only institution todraw on the swap lines this week, swapping the full $9.205 billion amount.

May 15 00:57

Will The U.K. Be The Next European Nation To Experience A Massive Debt Crisis?

As we wrote about yesterday, the sad truth is that the governments of the world are rapidly running out of money and are drowning in debt. It is a gigantic mess, and the term "sovereign debt crisis" is going to pop up in the news very regularly from now on.

When it does all start coming apart and the dominoes do start falling, it is going to be a complete and total nightmare. Paper currencies around the globe will lose value at breathtaking speeds as central banks flood economies with cash in an attempt to stop the madness.

But more debt and more paper never solves anything. All it does is make the long-term problems even worse.

When the tipping point comes, things are going to move fast. Let's just hope that we all have a good bit more time to prepare before that happens.

May 14 08:20

Antoine Raffoul : Dear Elton John

If you do go ahead with this performance, please make sure that, when you sing in that stadium, you sing loud enough for the Gazans to hear you in their open air prison only 40 miles away.

Some of the Gazans may not even hear you no matter how loud you sing, because they have been made deaf and dumb as a result of Israel’s deadly ” Operation Cast Lead.”

The following letter was sent recorded delivery to Elton John via the following contacts:

Read More: http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/05/dear-elton-john/

May 13 14:31

Are the bombers in Iraq Al-Qaeda, the CIA or Israel?

Christopher King argues that it is likely that the American CIA – or Israel acting on its behalf – is responsible for recent atrocities in Iraq, in order to extend and consolidate the occupation, just as it is probable that the Times Square bomber was, wittingly or otherwise, acting for the CIA or Israel, to justify the US military intervention in South Asia.

May 13 14:27

INSTANT CLASSIC: Irish Parliament Bailout Video -- Paul Gogarty & Emmet Stagg (WATCH -- NSFW)

Watch Paul Gogarty battle the tyranny of the Irish bailout machine.

May 13 08:29

David McWilliams: Forget bailouts, it's time for a two-speed Europe

Having rallied on Monday, the value of the euro has fallen back. One implication of this is that the financial markets are not convinced that the huge EU/IMF/ECB bailout will be enough. Maybe the markets think that the extraordinary web of borrowing between the European countries is just too big to manage, even with such guarantees in place.

May 13 08:28

Party threatens DK’s EU contribution

The Danish People’s Party is threatening to veto the Danish tranche of the EU’s emergency fund, which was agreed at the weekend to stabilise markets, in protest against EU commission plans to require national budgets to pass through Brussels before presentation in national Parliaments.

May 13 06:51

David Icke on the 2010 British Elections

May 12 09:47

Protestors attempt to storm Dáil

An attempt was made last night to storm the Dáil but protestors failed to breach security measures at the gate.

Around 100 people marched to Kildare Street in protest at the Government's plans to inject billions of euro into the country's banks.

May 12 08:44

Spain cuts salaries as Europe faces up to crisis

This is another case of the general population being screwed by their own governments to enrich the bankers.

May 12 02:07

John Greyson : Hey Elton Cancel Your Concert in Israel

HEY ELTON Cancel Your Concert in Israel

by Canadian filmmaker John Greyson

Palestinian civil society has called on Elton John to respect their boycott
call and cancel his June 17th concert in Tel Aviv. If he does so, he’ll be
joining Santana and Gil-Scott Heron, who recently cancelled their spring
concerts in Israel. This video suggests six reasons why Elton should join
the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement.

PLEASE WATCH HERE: http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/05/john-greyson-hey-elton/

May 11 09:52

Euro falls as market doubts rescue package

The euro fell on Tuesday as the relief rally unleashed by an emergency aid package to prevent the spread of a euro zone debt crisis dissipated and the focus switched back to structural problems plaguing the bloc.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Global Economy is a boat with ten holes in the bottom and only five corks, and all the bailouts accomplish is to yank a cork from one hole and pound it into another in front of the press cameras while the wielder of the hammer proclaims, "I am doing something about the problem!"

May 11 08:41

$1 Trillion Was Not Enough

Zero Hedge notes that European banks are betting against the beleaguered euro. “Zero Hedge has received confirmation that several of the largest French banks are now actively shorting the euro to take advantage of globalized moral hazard, which with every ensuing bailout does nothing but make the bonuses of French FX traders surge.”

In other words, the very banks the EU plans to bailout in part with U.S. taxpayer money (or tax payer long term debt) via the IMF are placing bets against the survival of Europe.

May 11 08:22

The European Bailout: Not a Very Promising Start

Of course, the myriad fraudulent schemes (using derivatives and other means) to hide the problems of Greece, Italy and other countries are still continuing to some extent. And the size of the too big to fails means they can take down companies or nations using high-frequency trading, short-selling, credit default swaps and other means. Indeed, Jim Rickards argues that the bailout won't really help because "Goldman can create shorts faster than Europe can print money".

Therefore, without fundamental reform of the financial system, there can be no true and lasting European recovery.

May 11 08:13

The volcano in Iceland continues to spew a huge ash cloud, causing flight disruptions in Europe

The volcano in Iceland continues to spew a huge ash cloud, causing flight disruptions in Europe
The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland closed down airports in Spain, the Canary Islands and parts of Morocco, and looks set to spread further to southwestern France

May 10 09:40

Angela Merkel punished by voters for dithering over Greek bailout

The German chancellor's Christian Democrats (CDU) dropped more than 10% in the election in North Rhine Westphalia, according to exit polls. The CDU, which polled 34.5%, and its coalition partner, the Free Democratic party (FDP) – which secured 6.5% – no longer have an outright majority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The media spin is that she should have acted sooner to save Greece, but in reality the polling is showing that the German voters were angry that Merkel was sending Germans' money to foreign nations at a time when Germany is suffering.

May 09 22:24

brussels: euro monster bailout nears $1 trillion

Europe on Monday agreed a package of crisis aid for troubled eurozone countries that Spanish finance minister Elena Salgado said could hit 750 billion euros with IMF involvement.

May 09 22:01

EU approves $560B crisis fund for Europe

Europe's finance ministers approved in an emergency meeting late Sunday a "stabilization mechanism" that could provide at least 440 billion euros (US $560 billion) for a crisis aid package aimed at ensuring financial stability across Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's another bailout. Europe's banks will be saved and the Europeans will be plunged further into debt.

May 09 16:39

Has the Power Elite Over-Reached?

The hysteria of the mainstream media over the plight of the EU and the necessity to salvage it is misplaced. As is the perception of some in the alternative media that the elite has planned the current unraveling in detail and is on top of the situation. We think, in fact, that the EU, in various ways, is verging on becoming yet another failed elite promotion and, as we have written before, it couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch.

May 09 10:23

Disgruntled Germans go to polls with Merkel's coalition under threat

The UK has been so immersed in political fever that another highly significant election has gone almost unnoticed. When Germans go to the polls in state elections today, at stake will be not only the future of Angela Merkel's ruling coalition in Berlin, but also the direction of Europe's biggest economy.

May 09 10:09

Voting underway in crucial German state election

Germans are casting ballots on Sunday in the country's most populous state. The vote is seen as a test for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s federal government and polls suggest the ruling coalition is in trouble.

May 09 08:53

Britain says it will not back European bailout fund

BRUSSELS — Britain said on Sunday that it will refuse to underwrite a European Union bailout fund worth some 60 billion euros that finance ministers want to agree at emergency talks in Brussels.

"We wouldn't participate in a European bailout fund," a British diplomat told AFP of moves for all 27 EU member states to guarantee borrowings destined to bailout troubled economies in the crisis-hit 16-nation eurozone.

May 09 07:45

Americans Have Been Bailing Out Foreign Banks for Years ... And We're Getting Ready To Do It Again

So not only are Americans bailing out our own too big to fail banks, but we're bailing out foreign mega-banks as well.

Even though bailing out Europe might make sense if America was flush with cash, things are different now. As Congressmen Kucinich and Filner wrote last June:

Our country and this body cannot afford to spend American tax payer dollars to bail out private European banks.

In addition, the U.S. is - of course - also contributing tens of billions of dollars towards the Greek bailout through its contributions to the International Monetary Fund. Some allege that the U.S. will secretly help bailout of all of Europe. See this and this.

May 08 18:38

British taxpayers ordered to bail out euro

Britain faces paying out billions of pounds under a European Union deal intended to prevent another financial crisis like the one in Greece.

All 27 EU finance ministers have been summoned to Brussels on Sunday to sign up to a “European stabilisation mechanism. Britain will be unable to veto this as it will be put through under the “qualified majority voting” system.

The deal, effectively to shore up the euro, was denounced as a “stitch-up” last night after it emerged Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President and Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, had devised it behind closed doors and were attempting to push it through at a time when there is no clear government in Britain.

May 08 08:03

Huge National Debts Could Push Euro Zone into Bankruptcy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One more time; when a private central bank issues the public currency at interest, the system is a pyramid that lasts only as long as ever-larger pools of new borrowers can be found to allow the creation of new money with which to pay the interest on the old money. When new borrowers cannot be found, the pyramid collapses. When everyone in the nation (or planet) is already in debt and cannot be persuaded to borrow any more, collapse is inevitable because it is designed into the system from its inception.

Do you get it yet? The bankers designed a system that would eventually place all the wealth into their hands, but never planned what to do when they actually succeeded and society stopped operating.

And these same greedy bastard bozos want to run the world?

May 08 07:15

Merkel urged to put struggling Germans first

Mrs Merkel has reasons to fear voters' anger. A deeply unpopular rescue package for Greece, which critics say she tried to delay until after the vote, is being rushed through parliament this week.

Meanwhile, cities like Wuppertal in NRW are on the brink of bankruptcy.

May 06 11:25

Paul Krugman: most likely scenario is for Greece to “leave the Euro”

To put it another way, Greece will become essentially a Third World country. How did this happen? It happened because central banks around the world engaged in Keynesian “expansion” by creating Dollars, Euros, you name it. Keynesians believe that such action can go on forever without creating any consequences. As you can see, that simply is not true.

May 06 08:26

ECB Recommends Tight Limits on Greek Cash Transactions

While promoting the Euro as a safe store of value the ECB opts for tight limits on cash transactions in Greece, limiting the role of cash Euros as a medium of exchange, one of the fundamental functions of a currency.

May 06 08:09

Are France and Germany In Trouble?

You know that Greece, Portugal and Spain are in trouble.

You probably know that the UK is threatened by the falling dominoes.

But as the following Reuters chart shows (based on information provided by BIS), France and Germany are the largest holder of Greek debt:

May 05 07:01

Three dead as Greece protest turns violent

At least three people have been killed in the Greek capital as protesters set fire to a bank during a general strike over planned austerity measures.

The fire brigade said three bodies were found inside the Marfin Bank in Athens. Two other buildings are also on fire.

Petrol bombs were thrown at police who responded with pepper spray, tear gas and stun grenades.

May 05 03:23

Greece brought to halt by general strike over cuts

Greece is braced for mass protests as angry workers stage a general strike over planned austerity measures.

Measures include wage freezes, pension cuts and tax rises.

Flights in and out of Greece stopped at midnight, and trains and ferries were not running early on Wednesday.

Now that's what you call a strike - things are coming to a head there now

May 03 09:36

Unconditional support for Israel 'is dangerous', say leading European Jews

More than 3,000 European Jews, including prominent intellectuals, have signed a petition speaking out against Israeli settlement policies and warning that systematic support for the Israeli government is dangerous.

The petition's signatories include French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a Greens leader in the European Parliament.

May 03 06:34

Great European rail journeys: Your carriage awaits

I'd just finished a tasty ham omelette in the restaurant car and was nursing a second glass of equally delicious Croatian red wine, when the Zagreb-Vienna EuroCity train burst out of the Semmering Tunnel, high in the Austrian Alps. The view took my breath away. The railway clung to the mountainside, the summits towered above and the valley floor was a Toy Town vision thousands of feet below. The wheels beneath me screeched against the rails as the train curved first one way then the other among the fir trees, the waiter bracing himself expertly as he made his way to my table with my Zagreb schnitzel. We reached Vienna right on time, just after lunch.

May 01 07:32

Greek police and protesters clash as fury over economic chaos spills on to streets

Tens of thousands of protesters are gathering in central Athens and other Greek cities today for May Day rallies fuelled by anger at austerity measures needed to secure rescue loans for the near-bankrupt country.

Apr 30 08:08

Wild Wonders of Europe: a new book featuring pictures of European wildlife and landscape

European bison (Bison bonasus) in the Bialowieza Forest National Park, Poland. This is Europe's largest herbivore, weighing in at over 1,000 kilos. It was once hunted as close to extinction as any animal can be - at one time there were only 13 of them left. Now, there are around 2,000 European bison back roaming in the wild, and another 2,000 in captivity. The Bialowieza forest, straddling the border between Poland and Belarus, is the area where the bison, or Wisent, clung on and survived. Bialowieza is one of the very few remaining European old-growth broadleaf forests, and it is constantly threatened by logging interests. There are plans to expand the protected areas on the Polish side

Apr 28 09:56

ECB may have to turn to 'nuclear option' to prevent Southern European debt collapse

The European Central Bank may soon have to invoke emergency powers to prevent the disintegration of southern European bond markets, with ominous signs of investor flight from Spain and Italy.

Apr 28 09:42

S&P has just downgraded Spain debt from AA+ to AA, Outlook Negative

Apr 27 10:02

S&P on Greek Debt Downgrade to Junk Status: Options Are Narrowing

There is no way this stops with Greece. The PIIGS, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain, are about to become bacon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As long as people allow themselves to accept pretty printed pieces of paper that cost the bankers pennies as actual money, only to return the full face value of that paper as labor plus interest back to the bankers then the people of the world will always live as slaves to the purveyors of pretty printed pieces of paper. The trap of the Reserve system of banking, in which all public currency is the result of a loan from a private central bank is that the moment that first pretty printed piece of paper goes into circulation, more money is owed to the bank than is actually in existence. Debt enslavement is built into the system.

From the bankers' point of view the solution to the debt is to squeeze the peasants harder; to flog them into accepting that they must make do with less so that the bankers may have more.

But from the point of view of the people, who have nothing left to be squeezed out, the more obvious solution is to start hanging the crooks who created the system in the first place, along with the government that sold out the people to the Federal Reserve's machinations almost 100 years ago.

Apr 25 09:47

Greek domino topples; Rest of the “PIIGS” next!

But in the bond market, it’s been anything BUT quiet. In fact, the first major sovereign debt domino toppled this past week — in Greece.

The Mediterranean nation is buried under a massive load of debts and deficits, and the numbers are shocking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Greece should serve as warning to the rest of the world that the push for globalism only benefits the globalists and will subject the people of planet Earth to perpetual debt slavery so long as they believe they should pay for the reckless behavior of government and business.

Clearly the people of Greece (and Iceland) are too smart to fall for that hoax. I hope Americans are just as smart.

Apr 25 09:28

Greece hit by new riots as pressure grows to quit euro

Apr 24 06:33

Hungary Financial Authority Fines Deutsche Bank For Swap Deals

Hungary's financial market authority PSZAF fined Deutsche Bank AG (DB) for weakening the Hungarian forint significantly Oct. 15 2008, when Hungary was hit hardest by the global credit crunch

Apr 24 06:16

Watch the Euro for Important Clues on Global Markets

If you’re looking for clues on where stocks, commodities and global economies are headed, you might be better served keeping a close eye on the euro, rather than on the incoming stream of corporate earnings reports.

That’s because the ongoing crisis in the euro zone, and the respective threat that Greece and the other weak spots in Europe are posing to the lifespan of the euro, has very significant implications for global markets.

Apr 24 06:15

Cover-up investigation bishop Vangheluwe

Cover-up investigation bishop Vangheluwe

The Roman-Catholic Church in Belgium is investigating whether bishop Vangheluwe, who resigned yesterday, covered up cases of sexual abuse concerning his collegues as well.
The bishop stepped down after confessing having abused his little nephew for years.

Now reports surface Vangheluwe knew about sexual abuse by other clergy, without acting.

Possibly he even consecrated a deacon into office whom he knew abused a boy. The deacon's victim by then had already committed suicide.

Apr 23 16:25

Trouble is brewing in Georgia

Relations between Russia and Georgia have turned even more frosty than they already were, over the past few months.

Apr 23 10:18

Greece calls on EU-IMF rescue loans

Greece has formally asked for the activation of an EU-IMF financial rescue package to help pull the debt-ridden economy out of its crisis.

It had hoped that just the promise of EU support, agreed last month, would have been be enough to reassure markets and help its recovery.

But Greece's problems have continued to hit investor confidence in the euro and other European economies.

Eurozone countries will now provide tens of billions of euros in loans.

Apr 23 08:48

Escalating Greek default fears rock Europe's debt markets

Goldman Sachs said it is expecting Greece to offer some sort of “voluntary debt-restructuring” to creditors over coming months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, Greece needs to sue Goldman Sachs out of existence!

Apr 22 21:37

US Rules Out Removing Its Nukes From Europe

Despite increased calls from European officials to remove them, the United States today ruled out moving its hundreds of “battlefield nukes” from Europe, insisting that they must remain to ensure that Europe shares the “nuclear risks and responsibilities.”

Apr 20 12:06

POLAND: TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY

The crash on 10 April of an airliner carrying Poland’s president, Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 of the nation’s political, military and economic leaders, was a heart-rending tragedy.

But for Poles, tragedy is a constant. Poland’s epic, thousand-year history has always alternated between extremes of tragedy and triumph.

The accident was especially bitter because President Kaczynski and his delegation were flying into the Russian city of Smolensk to attend the 70th anniversary of the notorious Katyn massacre.

Apr 17 17:40

Volcanic invisible (?) plume of grit closes Euorpean airspace

Volcanic ash causes air traffic chaos in Europe
14:57, April 17, 2010
The volcano in southern Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air Friday, April 16, 2010. Thick drifts of volcanic ash blanketed parts of rural Iceland on Friday as a vast, invisible plume of grit drifted over Europe, emptying the skies of planes and sending hundreds of thousands in search of hotel rooms, train tickets or rental cars. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
After at least nine countries announced the closure of airspaces as a preventive measure on Thursday, Switzerland on Friday announced the closure of its airspace as the ash cloud approached, the official Swissinfo.ch news website reported.

Apr 16 06:56

Morgan Stanley fears German exit from EMU

Morgan Stanley has warned that the Greek debt crisis is setting off a chain of events that may prompt German withdrawal from the eurozone, with grim implications for investors caught off-guard.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And a major kneecapping for the globalists.

Apr 15 05:08

Britain turns into no fly zone due to volcanic ash cloud

British airspace has been turned into a no-fly zone as all flights from and to the UK were suspended due to a massive volcanic ash cloud caused by an eruption in Iceland.

Apr 14 12:30

Cache less society have a look at crime.


The head of the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket) has raised the prospect of a ban on cash in Sweden's retail stores to help tackle the growing problem of robbery.

Same old script... Problem, action, solution.
At the same time here in sweden the crime is at a record low. But that wont stop the state own TV to send a documentary about how cache drives crimes and criminals. Do you also feel the foul smell of a coordinated PR drive?
But no one talks about the growing problem of robbery done by the government.

Apr 13 11:33

Did The Fed Just (Surreptitiously) Bail Out Europe?

Apr 10 08:25

Global Markets Giving Three More Warning Signals for the Euro

It’s been two weeks since the bailout speculation surrounding the Achilles’ heel of the euro zone, Greece, has had some closure.

European officials kept the balls in the air as long as they could in an attempt to distract speculators … to manage fears of a Greek and euro-zone crisis. It was a carefully orchestrated game of confusion.

The objective of the game: Tamp down negative sentiment toward Greece’s debt problems and the potential knock-on effect of other weak euro nations, and the resulting selling pressure against the shared currency of those nations — the euro.

Apr 06 15:58

Israel and the question of legitimacy

As the world wakes up to the reality of the colonial implant in the Middle East known as Israel, the hitherto unthinkable question of that implant’s legitimacy is on more people’s lips than ever before.

Thanks to the internet, which is allowing a growing number of ordinary people to learn the truth about Israel, and thanks to the brutality and barbarousness of the Zionist entity itself, the previously taboo question of how an essentially illegitimate and lawless rogue state came to acquire so much power and support in the United Stated and in the former imperialist powers of Europe is begging to be answered.

Apr 06 07:09

Why Greece Will Default

Bottom line: The EU may continue to throw sweet nothing kisses (and maybe some pocket money)to Greece, but the financial end is near. Greece may survive a year, until the intrest rate paymnets swallow the country up, but it may only have hours if traders say, "enough".

Mar 30 11:36

Europe unlikely to join any new yuan offensive

If Washington picks a fight with China over the weakness of the state-managed currency, it will do so without European reinforcement, not least because the euro has weakened in tandem with Greece's debt crisis.

Mar 30 10:14

Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla arrive in New York

Amid blogger reports of strains in their marriage, Mr Sarkozy and his former supermodel wife made every effort to appear the happy couple, walking closely together and clasping hands as they mounted a staircase into an auditorium packed with students, faculty and other spectators.

The French first lady, elegant in a swept-up chignon and form-fitting black top with grey skirt, at times threatened to upstage her husband, who scolded his American hosts about health care and for not paying enough attention to the rest of the world.

Mar 29 10:03

How the European Parliament is spending your taxes

Here are highlights of the draft budget proposed by the European Parliament for its own building programme:

* €40 million for new office space in Brussels to accommodate the 150 new staff members and 66 contract staff
* €586 million to renovate and extend the European Parliament building in Luxembourg (you didn’t know that the European Parliament had a building in Luxembourg as well as Brussels and Strasbourg, did you?)
* €80 million to provide an additional office for each MEP for the accommodation of a third or fourth assistant
* €10 million for a second creche in Brussels
* €20 million for a “House of European History”

Mar 29 07:44

New EU Gestapo Spies On Britons

MILLIONS of Britons face being snooped on by a new European intelligence agency which has been handed frightening powers to pry into our lives.

Europol can access personal information on anyone – including their political opinions and sexual preferences – if it suspects, rightly or wrongly, that they may be involved in any “preparatory act” which could lead to criminal activity.

The vagueness of the Hague-based force’s remit sparked furious protests yesterday with critics warning that the EU snoopers threaten our right to free speech.

Mar 27 06:16

CIA paper reveals plans to manipulate European opinion on Afghanistan

Out-of-the-box' CIA think tank proposes concerns over women's rights, fear of terrorism as ways to boost support for Afghan war

Evidently spooked by the collapse of the Dutch government over the country's involvement in Afghanistan, the CIA has put together a strategy proposal to prevent what it fears could be a "precipitous" collapse of support for the war in Afghanistan among European allies.

A document marked "confidential / not for foreign eyes," posted to the Wikileaks Web site, suggests strategies to manipulate European public opinion on the war, particularly in France and Germany.

Mar 26 07:20

EU draws up plans for single 'economic government' to prevent crisis

They have put Herman Van Rompuy, the EU President, in charge of a special task force to examine "all options possible" to prevent another crisis like the one caused by the Greek meltdown.

His mission will be to draw up a master-plan for the best way to oversee and enforce economic targets set in Brussels as a key part of a bail-out package for Greece.

The options he will consider include the creation of an "economic government" by the by the end of the year.

Mar 25 14:28

EU must die: Farage on Euro plunge, Wilders ban and slagging the president

The collapse of the Euro would benefit the European economy. That's the view of Nigel Farage, a British politician and former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party. He also claims that immigration in the UK is out of control. He shared his views with RT's Laura Emmett - that's coming up next.

Mar 24 16:32

U.S. Is Riskier Than Euro Zone; So Says CDS Market

Something troubling has occurred in the market for default protection on the debt of the world's biggest borrower.

As the folks at Standard Poor's Valuation and Risk Strategies division noted in a research note Monday, the difference between the spread on U.S. sovereign credit default swaps and an equivalent benchmark for AAA-rated euro-zone sovereigns flipped into positive territory March 12. As U.S. CDS spreads expanded to their widest levels in two years, that cross-region gap blew out to 5.7 basis points last Friday before narrowing to 4.7 Tuesday.

Mar 23 07:45

How Sovereign is Europe? Washington has Murdered Privacy Rights at Home And Abroad

The American sheeple quietly accepted the complete destruction of their right to privacy. Encouraged by success in smiting the American people, Washington has now destroyed the privacy of Europeans.

Indeed, the "freedom and democracy" government spies on the entire world and sends drones into foreign countries to murder people disapproved by Washington.

Washington denounces other governments for human rights violations while itself violating human rights every day.

Washington puts foreign leaders on trial for war crimes, while committing war crimes every day.

What happens when the dollar goes and Washington no longer has the money to bribe compliance with its demands? When that day arrives, freedom will reemerge.

Mar 20 07:23

Greece - Bomb hits Pakistani leader's home in Athens

A bomb has exploded outside the home of a Pakistani community leader in the Greek capital Athens - the second blast in the area in less than 24 hours.

Mar 20 07:17

Next Leg for the Euro: Down

In the first act of the euro-zone sovereign debt shock, shaky Greek government finances exposed the structural flaws of the euro. And as the lens of scrutiny widened, the potential domino effect of weak euro-zone countries combined to represent a viable threat to the future existence of the euro.

Mar 19 16:32

Markets spooked as Greek rescue plan crumbles

Europe’s rescue plan for Greece appears to be crumbling after the country threatened to call in the International Monetary Fund unless Brussels comes up with real money on acceptable terms within a week.

Mar 19 16:19

Markets spooked as Greek rescue plan crumbles

Europe’s rescue plan for Greece appears to be crumbling after the country threatened to call in the International Monetary Fund unless Brussels comes up with real money on acceptable terms within a week.

Mar 19 10:19

Latvia government collapses amid economic crisis

Latvia's coalition government has collapsed after failing to tackle a crippling economic crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How many more governments will have to collapse before the United Nations steps in and offers to set up a new global financial system "for our own good."

After all, the other two pillars on which the UN hoped to build a foundation for global dictatorship, the global pandemic and global warming, have both collapsed. Global financial melt-down is the only card they have left to play!

Mar 19 08:55

EU MEDDLING WITH HEALTH FOOD STORES PUTS 4,000 JOBS AT RISK

Mar 19 08:52

Silvio Berlusconi caught out trying to stifle media

Wiretaps of Silvio Berlusconi haranguing a broadcasting official over what he saw as politically hostile programming have prompted new criticism of the Italian premier for attempting to stifle the media.

Mar 19 08:00

Douglas Christie: Thoughts on the Release of Ernst Zündel

Mar 18 09:50

Judge orders banks to trial over Milan bond deals

A judge in Milan ordered banks JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Depfa, UBS and 13 people to stand trial for alleged fraud in the sale of derivative instruments, the prosecutor told AFP on Wednesday.

Mar 18 09:39

Should the EU subsidise Israeli security?

The inclusion of Israel in the European Security Research Programme undermines the EU's commitment to even-handedness in the Middle East.

Mar 17 14:58

Greek police brutality against photographers

Flickr photos from march 10.

Mar 17 11:04

Euro Crisis - Latvia And The PIGS

Two million people took to the streets of Athens last week in the country's second general strike this month, protesting the austerity measures proposed by their socialist government. All of Greece came to a 24-hour standstill and the airport was closed as a result of the action. The only public transport was the commuter train so that protesters could reach the demonstration.

Mar 16 18:41

EU money spent on skiing trips and 'TV propaganda'

The European Parliament has come under fire for spending millions of pounds of taxpayers' money on a "propaganda" television service, ski trips and language lessons for staff.

Mar 16 07:12

UK taxpayer 'WILL pay tens of billions of euros for Greek rescue'

The UK taxpayer could still end up forking out for the bailout of debt-stricken Greece despite Treasury assurances, politicians warned last night.

The fears come as eurozone finance ministers are today expected to discuss a package of aid worth tens of billions of euros for the ailing country.

Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley, last night said it would be 'unacceptable' for UK taxpayers to be asked to pay any money to help Athens.

Mar 15 08:13

Survey: 31% of Europeans blame economic crisis on Jews

Anti-Defamation League poll conducted in seven European countries shows almost half of Europeans believe Jews more loyal to Israel than countries they live in, 40% say Jews have too much power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anti-Semitism is hating Jews just because they are Jews. And that is indeed wrong, just as it is wrong to hate Blacks just for being Blacks, or the French for being French.

But it is perfectly correct to hate people who do hateful things. I am certain that the thousands of people whose lives were ruined by Bernie Madoff-with-the-loot hate him, and his race has nothing to do with it. It is his ACTIONS that are the issue. And the actions of all people are judged by all other people. Nobody should be above criticism for their actions simply because they are Jewish or support Israel!

Likewise, it is Israel's ACTIONS, in particular the continuing theft of Palestinian lands, that are the source of negative publicity about Israel. If Israel were to draw its borders like any other nation and live within them, most of the problems in the Mideast would vanish. If Israel would grant to the Palestinians the same right to exist Israel demands for itself, most of the problems in the Mideast would vanish. Criticism of Israel is not based on their race or religion but on a continuing attitude that the rules under which other nations live do not and should not apply to Israel. Case in point; Israel's nuclear arsenal, which Israel will not allow the IAEA to inspect. Israel also refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, yet Israel is always the first to point accusing (and wrong) fingers at other nations developing power plants such as Iraq and Iran and on the case of the former, to bomb them. Any nation that acts is such a belligerent fashion, regardless of their religion or race, is deserving of sharp criticism from the rest of the world.

Dismissing the actions of people like Bernie Madoff as hate for the Jews makes as much sense as dismissing the actions of people like Adolf Hitler as hate for the Germans!

Mar 15 07:49

The GM war in Europe starts here

Brussels bureaucrats want to spread GM crops throughout Europe, against the will of most of its people, says Geoffrey Lean.

Not just a spud, this is likely to prove a very hot political potato indeed. It is living, knobbly proof of the determination of Brussels bureaucrats to spread GM crops throughout Europe, against the will of most of its people.

Mar 14 18:47

Bailout deal for Greece? Just rumors!!!

It looks like these FALSE RUMORS of a bailout are being driven by speculators - and particularly Goldman Sachs - in an effort to PROP UP THE EURO against the US dollar. Greece has said they don’t want or need a bailout. Germany has said that Greece needs to take care of its own problems and Germany won’t jump in and give them any money. Nothing has changed in the positions of Greece or Germany throughout this whole matter.

Mar 14 16:48

Anti-Semitism – Zionist myth vs truth and reality

Alan Hart views the myth and reality of anti-Semitism and argues that the myth, created and propagated by Israel and Zionism, is the single biggest potential threat to Jews the world over.

Mar 14 10:32

Anti-Berlusconi strike paralyzes Italy

Italy has been hit by a nationwide worker strike following a call by the country's largest trade union, which has protested at Rome's economic and immigration policies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DON'T FORGET THE NATIONAL STRIKE HERE IN THE US APRIL 15-TH THROUGH APRIL 18TH (Tomorrow is a dress rehearsal for those who can make it!)

Mar 14 05:29

Iceland, the Mouse that Roared

We as a society need to start producing again. We need to start competing with others who wish to produce. This is how wealth is created. The more wealth we create, the more prosperous we all become. For a few decades now, we have tried to maintain our lifestyles with a service economy. It didn´t work. Now the economy is collapsing worldwide. Now the banks are hoarding that which they created and are trying to claim the real wealth that should be owned by private sovereigns. We need to ask ourselves, can we be proactive and stop this before we wake up and find ourselves in the same boat as Iceland? If not, will we simply say no and refuse to pay as they did, or will we allow our society to break down and resort to violence as the Greeks?

Mar 13 07:04

Call girl ring ‘of 350 women’ linked to alleged corruption over Rome G8 contracts

A prostitution ring linked to alleged corruption in the awarding of public works contracts for the G8 summit in Italy involved as many as 350 women, investigating magistrates said yesterday.

The apparent scale of the “sex for favours” affair, which was previously said to involve three or four women, is a further blow to the centre-Right Government of Silvio Berlusconi.

Mar 12 09:06

Greece rocked by riots as up to 60,000 people take to streets to protest against government

Street clashes broke out between rioting youths and police in central Athens today as tens of thousands demonstrated during a nationwide strike against the cash-strapped government.

Mar 12 06:05

Israeli historian: Israel could find itself forced to wipe out Europe

“We have hundreds of nuclear warheads and missiles that can reach different targets in the heart of the European continent, including beyond the borders of Rome, the Italian capital,” Karfeld said, adding that most of the European capitals would become preferred targets for the Israeli air force.

The Israeli historian reiterated Israel’s ability to destroy the whole world whenever it felt its existence would be doomed to extinction.

Mar 11 11:32

CIA got town high on LSD, says writer

I n 1951, a quiet, picturesque village in southern France was suddenly and mysteriously struck down with mass insanity and hallucinations. At least five people died, dozens were committed to asylums and hundreds afflicted.

Mar 10 14:20

The Icelandic People Scored a Victory in the Struggle for Democracy

Until the last minute the government had tried to discourage the voters from voting. The Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance both said they would not participate in the referendum. They saw it as a “waste of money” and a “farce”.
This disregard for the very people who had put them into office angered just about everybody who is the slightest bit interested in politics here.

Mar 10 11:47

Riots in Athens as thousands protest against cutbacks

Mar 08 19:01

Afghanistan: NATO's Graveyard? Is the Transatlantic Alliance Doomed?

Celebrating its 60th birthday this year, NATO is looking peaked and significantly worse for wear. Aggressive and ineffectual, the organization shows signs of premature senility. Despite the smiles and reassuring rhetoric at its annual summits, its internal politics have become fractious to the point of dysfunction. Perhaps like any sexagenarian in this age of health-care crises and economic malaise, the transatlantic alliance is simply anxious about its future.

Frankly, it should be.

Mar 08 18:05

GREEK POLICE TURN ON THE GOVERNMENT???????

In Athens, Greek Ministry of Internal Affairs officers stormed the state printing office. It is reported by TV channel "Russia 24".

Greek police want to prevent the publication of government paper with the text of the law of the new stringent economy measures of the federal budget. According to the law of the country, passed a law can come into force only after publication in the official newspaper of the Government of Greece.

The bill, which caused such a reaction, provides a significant reduction in salaries, bonuses and holiday pay, the growth of other taxes and excise taxes.

Mar 08 15:01

Is Europe planning seal of approval for Israeli settlers?

Jonathan Cook reports that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is set to accept Israel as a member – thus conferring legitimacy on its illegal occupation of Arab lands – despite Israel’s failure to meet a number of OECD criteria, including on corruption, copyright and wealth disparity.

Mar 08 09:09

UK promises flexibility after Iceland shouts 'no'

Britain is "prepared to be flexible" to reach a deal with Iceland over the £2.3bn debt owed since the collapse of the online savings bank Icesave, the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, said yesterday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Britain is trying to make nice here because they realize that if the people of Iceland flat-out refuse to cover the bank losses there is little that Britain can do. Under the legal principle of Odious Debt, the people of Iceland are only obligated for debts incurred by the government for the betterment of the people of Iceland, such as schools, hospitals, and civil infrastructure. Clearly, saving a private corporation from their own reckless folly does not fall into that category!

Yes, Britain could invade and easily take control of Iceland, but the political costs of such an invasion would be high. Gone forever would be the myth that modern wars are fought for high ideals like freedom and democracy. An invasion of Iceland would show to all the world that Britain had returned to the days of enslavement by military force.

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