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Jun 18 22:02

Hungary closes border with Serbia and starts building fence to bar migrants

Hungary has ordered the closure of the EU country’s border with Serbia and the construction of a fence along the frontier to keep out migrants, the foreign minister said.

Jun 18 21:51

Audit Committee: Greece’s Debt ‘Illegal, Illegitimate and Odious’

The debt imposed on Greece and its residents by creditors directly infringes the human rights of Greeks and is “illegal, illegitimate and odious,” according to the preliminary report issued on Wednesday by the Audit Committee on Public Debt.

Jun 18 21:48

Secret Death Squads Backed by Thatcher Government Killed Hundreds in N. Ireland

In 1974, a coordinated attack was launched in the Irish cities of Dublin and Monaghan. On May 17, three car bombs were detonated during rush hour in the nation’s capital. Only 90 minutes later, a fourth explosion went off in Monaghan, just south of the border with Northern Ireland. Thirty-three people were killed. An estimated 300 were injured.

The loyalist paramilitary group Ulster Volunteer Force claimed responsibility for the attack, and in a recent Irish documentary, “Collusion,” a member of the group claims that the bombings were conducted under direction from the British Army. The goal: to implement a civil war.

Jun 18 21:06

Deposit withdrawals surge at Greek banks as debt noose tightens

The 2 billion euros taken out between Monday and Wednesday represent about 1.5 percent of total household and corporate deposits of 133.6 billion euros held by Greek banks as of end-April. Prior to this week, withdrawals had been running at 200-300 million euros a day.

Jun 18 21:04

Greek banks could be shut within days as citizens rush to withdraw money: Two billion euros taken out in three days as fears grow country will leave eurozone

Greek banks could be unable to open next week as the country’s citizens rush to withdraw cash, European Central Bank officials said last night.

Worried Greeks took out around 2billion euros (£1.4billion) from accounts between Monday and Wednesday, amid fears that the country will soon have to leave the eurozone.

Yesterday’s warning is likely to accelerate the process – leading to a run on the banks this morning.

Jun 18 15:46

Greek Situation Looking Increasingly Bleak

Jun 18 14:30

US Prepared to 'Increase Costs' on Russia With Further Sanctions

Director of the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control John Smith says that the United States is prepared to heighten economic pressure on Russia if conditions in Ukraine continue to deteriorate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Russian sanctions have caused more harm to Europe, South America, Canada, and the US, than to Russia, so by all MEANS let us do more of the same thing!!!!!

Jun 18 14:20

Tsipras to meet Putin over bailout loan as fears of Greek exit from EU mount

Alexis Tsipras will travel to Russia again on Friday to meet Vladimir Putin as questions swirl over whether Moscow could extend credit lines to bail out the Greek prime minister’s embattled economy.

Jun 18 12:42

Starvation Is The Price Greeks Will Pay For Remaining In The EU

Syriza, the new Greek government that intended to rescue Greece from austerity, has come a cropper. The government relied on the good will of its EU “partners,” only to find that its “partners” had no good will. The Greek government did not understand that the only concern was the bottom line, or profits, of those who held the Greek debt.

Jun 18 12:09

The Economic Depression In Greece Deepens As Tsipras Prepares To Deliver ‘The Great No’

As Greece plunges even deeper into economic chaos, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says that his government is prepared to respond to the demands of the EU and the IMF with “the great no” and that his party will accept responsibility for whatever consequences follow. Despite years of intervention from the rest of Europe, Greece is a bigger economic mess today than ever.

Jun 18 09:12

Greek Parliament Calls It: Now Act On It

Several legal arguments permit a State to unilaterally repudiate its illegal, odious, and illegitimate debt. In the Greek case, such a unilateral act may be based on the following arguments: the bad faith of the creditors that pushed Greece to violate national law and international obligations related to human rights; preeminence of human rights over agreements such as those signed by previous governments with creditors or the Troika; coercion; unfair terms flagrantly violating Greek sovereignty and violating the Constitution; and finally, the right recognized in international law for a State to take countermeasures against illegal acts by its creditors , which purposefully damage its fiscal sovereignty, oblige it to assume odious, illegal and illegitimate debt, violate economic self-determination and fundamental human rights.

Jun 18 08:53

Greece's Odious Debt

Jun 18 07:31

The Economic Depression In Greece Deepens As Tsipras Prepares To Deliver ‘The Great No’

As Greece plunges even deeper into economic chaos, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says that his government is prepared to respond to the demands of the EU and the IMF with “the great no” and that his party will accept responsibility for whatever consequences follow. Despite years of intervention from the rest of Europe, Greece is a bigger economic mess today than ever.

Jun 17 13:01

EU threatens to push Greece into bankruptcy after collapse of debt talks

Prospects of a deal between the European Union (EU) and Greece to avert a Greek government default on its debt continued to fade yesterday, as European officials threatened to tip Greece into bankruptcy and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras publicly attacked the EU.

Jun 17 12:15

GREEK DEBT: How the EU Tory Denial Humbug wrote a Telegraph column about it, and failed to miss only twenty key facts

Webmaster addition: The headline is badly written and does not say what the author intended to say, but the article is worth reading.

Jun 17 12:05

Shanghai Containerized Freight Index Totally Collapses, Top Carriers Wage Price War to Form Global Shipping Oligopoly

This is what two unnamed container shipping executives, one from an Asian carrier, the other from a European carrier, told the Wall Street Journal about the containerized-freight fiasco on the China-Europe route:

“We are now shipping at an absolute loss. With the bunker-adjustment-factor surcharge at $300 for Asia-Europe, we are losing more than $50 per box.”

“Unless by a miracle demand grows, we are up for heavy losses in the next quarter and maybe the rest of 2015.”

The rate for shipping a container on that route, after plunging for months, is now below even the cost of fuel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Europeans (and Americans) don't have the money to buy imported goods from China any more.

Jun 17 11:51

Moscow Warns US Not to Store Military Hardware Near Russian Border

Washington was planning to store some 1,200 pieces of heavy military equipment in Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Estonia and, possibly, in Hungary, according to media reports.

Jun 17 10:18

IMF bears criminal responsibility for Greece economic crisis: Tsipras

Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras has strongly criticized the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s policies toward his country, saying the international institution bears “criminal responsibility” for Greece’s debt crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us not let Goldman Sachs or Papandreou off of the hook! They created half of the mess all by themselves!

Jun 17 10:16

How The IMF Really Works

That’s how the IMF works. It loans billions to countries who it knows can’t pay back.

It’s a Jewish scam to ‘foreclose’ on a country’s assets.

Jun 17 09:14

Starvation Is the Price Greeks Will Pay for Remaining in the EU

Syriza, the new Greek government that intended to rescue Greece from austerity, has come a cropper. The government relied on the good will of its EU "partners," only to find that its "partners" had no good will. The Greek government did not understand that the only concern was the bottom line, or profits, of those who held the Greek debt.

The Greek people are as out to lunch as their government. The majority of Greeks want to remain in the EU even though it means that their pensions, their wages, their social services and their employment opportunities will be reduced. Apparently for Greeks, being a part of Europe is worth being driven into the ground.

Jun 17 08:59

Greek Debt Committee Just Declared All Debt To The Troika "Illegal, Illegitimate, And Odious"

"Greece not only does not have the ability to pay this debt, but also should not pay this debt first and foremost because the debt emerging from the Troika’s arrangements is a direct infringement on the fundamental human rights of the residents of Greece. Hence, we came to the conclusion that Greece should not pay this debt because it is illegal, illegitimate, and odious."

Jun 17 08:53

Belarus concerned over NATO’s growing presence near its borders — defense minister

"Along with strengthening the aviation component of NATO member-countries in the Baltics States and Poland that perform the functions of hoarding the airspace, the Alliance is gradually concentrating additional military contingents equipped with heavy weaponry near the Belarusian borders," Ravkov said.
The defense minister noted that "the end of 2014 was marked by increasing military activity of neighboring countries, intensifying activities of operational and combat training." "Regardless of geopolitical prerequisites for such decisions made by our foreign partners, Belarus cannot ignore changes in the military-political situation in the region, that bear additional risks, challenges and threats to the country’s military security," Ravkov added.

Jun 17 08:42

NATO accuses Moscow of dangerous 'sabre-rattling'

NATO's chief Jens Stoltenberg has said Russia's President Vladmir Putin was engaging in destabilizing and provocative activities. Moscow has announced it would add dozens more missiles to its nuclear Arsenal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO and the US pour offensive weapons into Europe, and Russia is the provocateur?!?

Jun 17 08:15

Kristiina Ojuland - EU to Force Mass Immigration on Estonia

Kristiina Ojuland studied law and politology at University of Tartu. She is the founder and leader of the People’s Unity Party 2014. Ms. Ojuland was once the Foreign Minister of Estonia, a member of Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament), and served on the European Parliament in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group. Kristiina is with us to talk about the increasingly troublesome issue of mass immigration in Estonia and Europe in general.

Jun 17 07:50

China Rising — Pepe Escobar

Americans have to eventually share their preeminent position with China.”

As intellectual acumen and cross-cultural expertise go, it would be hopeless to expect self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration foreign policy advisers — as well as Pentagon functionaries/hacks — to understand the complexities of China.

For instance, they would be incapable of evaluating all the myriad ramifications included in Professor Alfred McCoy’s masterful deconstruction of US-China geopolitics.

“The US cannot stop China’s rise. It just has to live with a bigger China, which will be completely novel for the US, as no country has ever been big enough to challenge its position. China will be able to do so in 20 to 30 years.” (Lee said that at the Future China Global Forum in Singapore, in 2011. Under Xi, China is already challenging the U.S.’s position.)

Jun 17 07:45

Russia Said to Extend EU Food Ban to Retaliate for Sanctions

Russia plans to mirror the European Union’s decision to extend sanctions by prolonging its food-import ban for six months, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

The issue was discussed by government officials in Moscow on Tuesday, one of the people said. Both of them asked not to be identified because the information isn’t yet public.

The conclusion was that Russia has already adjusted to the embargo and can maintain it as long as needed, according to the person.

Jun 17 07:42

Savers face 10pc hit to shares if Greece exits euro

British savers can expect at least 10 per cent to be wiped off the value of pensions and Isas if Greece exits the euro, economists have warned as the crisis in southern Europe escalates.

With Greece on the brink of bankruptcy, it has emerged that no talks to find a resolution have taken place since negotiations broke down on Sunday.

Jun 17 07:42

Welcome to Sweden - Refugee Goes Off on Sweden's Globalist Establishment

What is life like in Sweden? "The politicians are participating in a chicken race of “goodness” where everybody tries to one-up each other in caring for the citizens of OTHER countries while Swedish retirees, school children, handicapped and other vulnerable categories of people are thoroughly ignored."

Jun 17 07:35

Syriza: Plunder, Pillage and Prostration

How the ‘Hard Left’ embraces the policies of the Hard Right

Greece has been in the headlines of the world’s financial press for the past five months, as a newly elected leftist party, ‘Syriza’, which ostensibly opposes so-called ‘austerity measures’, faces off against the “Troika” (International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and European Central Bank).

Early on, the Syriza leadership, headed by Alexis Tsipras, adopted several strategic positions with fatal consequences – in terms of implementing their electoral promises to raise living standards, end vassalage to the ‘Troika’ and pursue an independent foreign policy.

We will proceed by outlining the initial systemic failures of Syriza and the subsequent concessions further eroding Greek living standards and deepening Greece’s role as an active collaborator of US and Israeli imperialism.

Winning Elections and Surrendering Power

Jun 17 07:32

American dreaming, from G1 to Bilderberg

G1 plus junior partners? Bilderberg? Get a job; you’re not the only show in town, any town.

What’s the connection between the G7 summit in Germany, President Putin’s visit to Italy, the Bilderberg club meeting in Austria, and the TTIP – the US-EU free trade deal – negotiations in Washington?

We start at the G7 in the Bavarian Alps – rather G1 with an added bunch of “junior partners” – as US President Barack Obama gloated about his neo-con induced feat; regiment the EU to soon extend sanctions on Russia even as the austerity-ravaged EU is arguably hurting even more than Russia.

The “civilized” G1 + junior partners could not possibly argue whether they would collectively risk a nuclear war on European soil over a Kiev-installed ‘Banderastan’, sorry, “Russian aggression.”

Jun 17 07:28

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich Interview with Al Etejah Iraqi TV: U.S. Manufactured Crisis in Iraq

The Iraqi government is calling for more foreign international assistance to help fight the Daesh terror group.

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich says.the United States created ISIL, aka Da esh, so why would they want to fight them. Every effort is being made to divide the Iraqis.

Also see:
Back to Iraq: The First 450 Soldiers Are on Their Way

Jun 16 22:01

Slovakia does not rule out connecting its power network to Turkish Stream — Foreign Minister

Slovakia is interested in keeping gas transit via Ukraine but does not rule out connecting its power network to the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Laichak said Tuesday.

Jun 16 15:30

Campaign against EU ‘Link Tax’

A costly new EU ‘link tax’ could be on the way, threatening the future of popular websites including reddit and Google News. A similar Link Tax already exists in Germany, and in Spain, and is being considered in Austria right now. Tomorrow, the EU Parliament will vote on a draft report on the harmonization of copyright, prepared by German MEP Julia Reda.

This report includes a provision that would encourage the implementation of ancillary copyright for press publishers–a ‘link tax’ that requires aggregators and search engines to pay for snippets of text to link to news articles. The Save The Link network is calling upon MEPs on the Legal Affairs committee, in particular Vice-Chair Jean-Marie Cavada, to reject this proposal, and any others that would restrict the right to link, or implement fees simply for linking.

Jun 16 14:04

Not a single Russia-NATO cooperation program works — Russian diplomat

Not a single Russia-NATO cooperation program is functioning for the moment, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov told TASS on Tuesday.

"None of the Russia-NATO programs that used to be at work are functioning at a working level," he said.

Jun 16 13:18

NATO hands over emergency contact numbers to Russian side — diplomat

NATO has handed Russia a list of telephone numbers to be used in emergency situations but no other contacts have taken place so far, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov said on Tuesday.

"Everything looks very brief. Telephone numbers that you can call in emergency situations have been handed over to the Russian side. That’s all," Meshkov told TASS.

Jun 16 13:17

Putin rather sees threat in US missile defense system than weapons deployment in Europe

"I’d refrain from whipping up emotions. Of course, we will analyze everything but so far I see nothing that might prompt us to do that [take response measures]," he told a news conference. "It’s rather all about political signals to Russia, in its relations with the European Union."

"We are more worried over the deployment of the missile defence system," he said.

Putin said Russia has all the grounds to take response measures. "If anyone threatens Russia’s territory, it must aim its weapons at those countries the threat is coming from," he said. "It is NATO that is approaching our borders, not vice versa."

Jun 16 10:15

Rioting Migrants Attempt to Hijack Trucks Heading for UK

Shocking footage filmed in the French port town of Calais shows desperate migrants attempting to break into delivery trucks heading to the United Kingdom in another illustration of how the country's generous welfare system acts as a beacon for illegal aliens.

The clip shows huge gangs of migrants roaming around on a highway attempting to attack vehicles.

Jun 16 10:04

Can the Ossis save Europe? (From Globalism, NWO, Immigration)

Today, over 25 years after the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain which split Europe asunder, profound social and cultural differences persist between the two halves of the continent. In the West, the ideology of “anti-racism” is largely hegemonic. The idea that indigenous Europeans should defend their culture and interests in general, and should oppose Africanization or Islamization in particular, is considered heresy — grounds for excommunication from civilized humanity.

Jun 16 09:54

Ursula Haverbeck: The End of the Jewish Century

The historian, Yuri Slezkine, Russian-Jewish origin, calls the twentieth century the Jewish century. This is correct!

Jun 16 09:16

US House of Reps: Europe Can't Boycott Israel

The United States House of Representatives has fast-tracked a bill regarding a free trade agreement between the US and Europe which would include a section barring EU countries from any form of commercial boycott against Israel and Israeli goods.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are all Palestinians now!

Jun 16 08:50

Russia: NATO provoking us into arms race

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year and a defence official accused NATO of provoking a new arms race.

Putin made his announcement a day after Russian officials denounced a U.S. plan to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia's border as the most aggressive U.S. act since the Cold War.

Jun 16 08:49

Russian Pivot: Greek PM Schedules Putin Meeting Ahead Of "Lehman Weekend"

With his back against the wall, and with Syriza party hardliners apparently no closer to backing concessions, Alexis Tsipras looks set to once again play the ‘Russian pivot” card, as the Kremlin says a “working meeting” between the Greek PM and Russian President Vladimir Putin is now scheduled for Friday in St. Petersburg.

Jun 16 08:45

"Lehman Weekend" Looms For Greece As Europe Readies "Emergency" Sunday Meeting

Tsipras had effectively resubmitted Greece’s previous proposal (i.e. a proposal that did not include concessions on a VAT hike or pension cuts) only this time, he included a second document that outlined how Athens hoped to tap leftover bank recap funds from the EFSF and bailout money from the ESM. Greece took that same proposal to Brussels over the weekend and it didn’t fly there either, leaving Europe to wonder just how far Tsipras was willing to go with the brinksmanship.

Jun 15 22:05

Italy Threatens to Issue Migrants EU Visas as Talks Break Down

The moves come in response to a chronic influx of tens of thousands of refugees crossing the deadly Mediterranean sea in the hope of a better life in Europe.

Jun 15 18:00

Grexit vs. Iceland and Merkel on Markets

Jun 15 15:06

'Back to the Future': US Military Preparing Mobilization to Russian Border States

In a move observers say is sure to exacerbate military tensions with Russia, the Pentagon is poised to send enough tanks and heavy artillery for as many as 5,000 U.S. troops to the Eastern Bloc and Baltic States, the Polish Defense Ministry confirmed on Sunday.

Citing anonymous senior officials briefed on the Pentagon proposal, the New York Timesreports that such approval is likely to come from Defense Sectary Ashton Carter and the White House before the NATO defense ministers’ meeting in Brussels, Belgium later this month.

Jun 15 14:18

Obituary Tariq Aziz

Tariq Aziz, former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq has passed away. Twelve years of suffering in Iraqi jails have ended and he can finally rest in peace.

Jun 15 13:40

NATO demonstrating increased activity at Belarusian border — Belarusian defense minister

Belarusian Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov, who met with President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday, drew attention to NATO’s increased activities at the Belarusian borders.
Pavkov informed the president about measures "of adequate response to what is going on at the southern border." "We are keeping a close eye on the situation in Ukraine and the state of affairs at our borders stemming from it," the minister said.
He pointed to NATO’s increased activities at the border. According to Lukashenko’s press service, the North Atlantic Alliance "has increased its activity in conducting military exercises, including large-scale drills, at the Belarusian borders by 1.5 times" as compared with the previous year.

Jun 15 13:05

Eurozone To Impose Capital Controls On Greece If No Deal By Weekend: German Press

Just as we hinted earlier when we reported that the ECB may use the "nuclear option" on Wednesday and yank Greek ELA, here comes German Suddeutsche Zeiting with a report that Eurozone countries have reached a Greek emergency plan (yay)... which calls for the imposition of capital controls on Greece if no deal is concluded by the weekend (oh no).

Jun 15 13:05

China Mocks G7 As "Gathering Of Debtors", Warns "Confrontation Will Be A Disaster For Europe"

Vladimir Putin didn’t get an invite to the Angela Merkel-hosted G7 Summit in Bavaria last week, which means the Russian President not only missed out on two days at the scenic Castle Elmau, but also on lederhosen shopping with US President Barack Obama who, judging from eyewitness accounts and a variety of amusing photo ops, channeled his inner Clark Griswold upon touching down in the Bavarian town of Krun. The G7 isn’t pleased with Russia’s ‘behavior’ in Eastern Europe and so, Moscow has been expelled from the cool kids club until such a time as the Kremlin agrees to uphold Western democratic values.

Jun 15 09:42

German daily says IMF 'torpedoed' European Commission proposal on Greece debt

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has “torpedoed” a recent bailout deal proposed by the European Commission to Greece which was made in an attempt to avoid a potential default by the cash-strapped country, a report says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the IMF will go on funding Kiev's wars even though Kiev cannot repay any of the money it currently owes!

Jun 15 09:36

CrossTalk: NATO vs Russia

Jun 15 09:30

Russia secures military deal to use Cyprus' ports despite EU concerns

Russian navy ships will keep having access to stop off at Cyprus' ports in Mediterranean as the two countries have agreed to prolong the pre-existing deal on military cooperation.

The agreement, which applies to Russian vessels involved in counter-terrorism and anti-piracy efforts, was signed by President Vladimir Putin and his Cypriot counterpart, Nicos Anastasiades, in Moscow.

Jun 15 09:27

A Grexit looks more and more likely

Jun 15 08:52

WikiLeaks cables reveal secret Nato plans to defend Baltics from Russia

Washington and its western allies have for the first time since the end of the cold war drawn up classified military plans to defend the most vulnerable parts of eastern Europe against Russian threats, according to confidential US diplomatic cables.

The US state department ordered an information blackout when the decision was taken earlier this year. Since January the blueprint has been refined.

Jun 15 08:11

Belgian privacy watchdog sues Facebook

Belgium's national privacy watchdog is taking US internet company Facebook to court, arguing that the way the social network website tracks the behaviour of both members and non-members is illegal under Belgian and European law.
“Facebook's behaviour is unacceptable”, Willem Debeuckelaere, president of Belgium's Commission for the protection of privacy, said.

It is the first time a national privacy watchdog in Europe sues Facebook for not complying to privacy law.

Jun 15 06:31

EU PREPARING FOR ‘STATE OF EMERGENCY’ AFTER GREEK TALKS COLLAPSE

Germany’s EU commissioner said on Monday it was time to prepare for a “state of emergency” after talks collapsed at the weekend to rescue Greece from default and ejection from the euro.

Jun 14 21:46

Greece fails to 'bridge gaps' in EU bailout talks: European Commission

Bailout talks between Greece and its international creditors have failed, leaving the matter in the hands of eurozone finance ministers, a European Commission spokesman says.

Jun 14 20:05

Hawkish Hillary Clinton and Her Israel-First Political Sugar Daddy Haim Saban

Considerable attention has been devoted to the millions of dollars Bill and Hillary Clinton have received from wealthy individuals and corporations for their foundation and for themselves.

Hillary Clinton’s greatest billionaire backer has been Haim Saban, a dual United States-Israel citizen and hardline supporter of Israel, who has openly commented, “I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”

It would not be beyond the realm of possibility that those who handed over tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation (some of which took place while Hillary was Secretary of State) or to the couple themselves for speaker fees expected favors in return.

Jun 14 14:01

Ukrainians Dispossessed, Americans are next — Paul Craig Roberts

Americans are already dispossessed of their livelihoods and careers and their pensions are next. Wherever we look, the fate of populations under Western influence are the same. The Ukrainians are exploited, the Greeks, the British, the Americans.

Apologists for exploitation claim that the rich are richer because they are smarter. But the stupidity of the rich is everywhere visible. The greedy fools have destroyed their domestic US market. Really, how stupid can you be? How do Americans buy when they are forced by offshoring out of well paid manufacturing and software engineering jobs into being waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and part-time Walmart workers in order that corporate bottom lines improve? Who buys the stuff that sustains the profits? Not Americans who no longer have the incomes to do so.

Jun 14 13:39

Believe it or not, it is still a crime to insult Italy's president

The Italian Senate has moved to scrap a jail term of up to five years for insulting the president. But don't go making derogatory remarks just yet, as the bizarre fascist-era law has not been completely abolished.

Jun 14 10:41

'Back to the Future': US Military Preparing Mobilization to Russian Border States

In a move observers say is sure to exacerbate military tensions with Russia, the Pentagon is poised to send enough tanks and heavy artillery for as many as 5,000 U.S. troops to the Eastern Bloc and Baltic States, the Polish Defense Ministry confirmed on Sunday.

Citing anonymous senior officials briefed on the Pentagon proposal, the New York Times reports that such approval is likely to come from Defense Sectary Ashton Carter and the White House before the NATO defense ministers’ meeting in Brussels, Belgium later this month.

Jun 14 10:18

MY FAMILY’S JOURNEY FROM BARCELONA TO AUSCHWITZ ~~ AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PARLIAMENT OF SPAIN

Allow me to fill you in on the ‘journey’ of my own family after the expulsion; Rather than going to one of the Muslim countries in North Africa, as many others did, they chose to go to Turkey. Those that went to North Africa received a much warmer welcome, which resulted in my family eventually going on to a new situation in Holland.

They found there that in order to succeed economically they would have to assimilate with the Eastern European Jewish Community (Ashkenazim), a fate much less severe than the forced conversions to Catholicism for those who remained in Spain.

Again, after a number of years they once again moved on, this time splitting up, some going to Slovakia, the others to Hungary. Many of those in Hungary pursued their Jewish educations and became prominent members of the rabbinical community, included was Rabbi Shlomo Gantzfried, co-author of The Code of Jewish Law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As long as we are wandering through the family tree here, my own ancestors left Judea for Madrid about 70AD, because the Romans were being jerks. We became noble...



... and joined in the crusades to try to win back the old homestead in the holy lands. (That didn't work out.)

Then in 1492, Queen Isabella was a jerk and (after getting those heavy metal torture devices untangled from our naughty bits) the family fled to Portugal. Things settled down until 1758 and the failed attempt to assassinate King Joseph I. There is no evidence the Riveros were involved, but during the upheaval that follows such an event, old scores get settled and once again the family found themselves in dark rooms with heavy metal torture devices clamped onto delicate portions of their anatomy. After their release, the family joined the European migration to the orient, settling in Shanghai, until the start of WW2 which brought my father to the US as an MIT student.

Jun 14 09:30

Now Labour is rocked by anti-EU rebellion: MPs call for an end to its 'love in' with Brussels and vote 'out' in referendum unless David Cameron wins reforms

Labour MPs are mounting a rebellion against their party’s traditionally pro-Brussels line by forming a new anti-EU group.

The MPs hope Labour for Britain (UK), which is expected to be launched on Tuesday, will give voice to the rarely publicised Eurosceptic wing of the party.

Backed by the party’s largest individual donor, it will call for Labour to end its ‘love-in’ with Brussels and call for an ‘out’ vote in the referendum on Britain’s EU membership unless David Cameron wins radical reforms.

Jun 14 09:01

IMF Says It Will Continue Lending To Ukraine Even After A Default, And Why This Is Bad News For Greek Gold

So as we enter Sunday and what may well be the last possibility to get deal done before the "accidental" Grexit scenario is put in play, we thought our Greek readers would be interested to learn that while Lagarde's "apolitical" IMF is digging in tooth and nail against giving Greece even the smallest amount of breathing room, the equivalent of half an our of a typical daily Fed POMO notional amount, yesterday the same Lagarde said that the IMF "could lend to Ukraine even if Ukraine determines it cannot service its debt."

Jun 14 08:18

MI6 Recalls Secret Agents From Abroad for Fear of Uncover by Russia, China

The British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, has withdrawn its agents out of live operations in foreign countries as they could allegedly be identified by Russia and China with the help of files stolen by former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, The Sunday Times reports. The newspaper claimed on Sunday citing senior British officials that Moscow has gained access to over 1 million classified files that contain details of secret intelligence techniques and information that could be used to identify British and American spies.

Jun 14 07:41

Greece is literally dying to leave the Euro

Jun 13 12:15

Athens homeless tops 17,000

A study carried out by the University of Crete estimated the number of homeless in Athens alone at 17,720 people, many of them sleeping on the street or in their cars.

Jun 13 08:41

Norwegian pension fund divests from Israeli occupation

Norway's largest pension fund has excluded two companies "on the grounds of their exploitation of natural resources in occupied territory on the West Bank."

KLP, which manages a US$70 billion investment portfolio, formally excluded Heidelberg Cement and Cemex on June 1, following a period of investigation and engagement. The combined worth of KLP's shareholdings in both HeidelbergCement and Cemex was approximately $5 million.

Heidelberg Cement and Cemex, leading global suppliers of building materials, operate quarries in the West Bank through their respective Israeli subsidiaries. According to KLP, "the companies pay licence fees and royalties to the state of Israel" while "the products deriving from the quarries are sold primarily for use in Israel's domestic construction market."

Jun 13 04:05

EU Court of Justice opens door for lawsuits against Greece

Judges at the EU Court of Justice said there was nothing to indicate the lawsuits by Germany-based investors were “manifestly outside” the scope of EU law. “The road is free and we can now go ahead and sue,” said Olaf Hoepner, a lawyer who represents at least 260 claimants in pending cases.

Jun 13 03:48

Spanish government to tax consumers who store their own renewable energy

The Spanish government is planning to tax homes that produce their own energy through solar power and store some of it using batteries.

Jun 13 03:37

German, Mexican firms blacklisted by Norway pension fund over Israeli occupation roles

The Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement can chalk up another success this week, as a $65 billion Norwegian public sector pension fund announced it would not invest in two firms linked to the Israeli occupation.

Jun 12 14:45

Obama’s Stupid Propaganda Stuff

Obama spouts stupid propaganda stuff that is ultimately damaging to the American Republic.

President Barack Obama must know better regarding the crisis in Ukraine, but he insists on reciting the propaganda lines drafted by his neoconservative and “liberal interventionist” advisers blaming everything on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Watching his behavior in the White House over the past six-plus years, I’ve come to suspect that – if he had been a national politician amid the Iraq War fever – he would have gotten in line just like ambitious Sens. Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Joe Biden did. Even as President, a position that gives him enormous power to push back against Official Washington’s “group think,” he won’t.

Jun 12 14:42

WPost Plays Ukraine’s Lapdog

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Finance Minister Jaresko are on a U.S. trip to drum up weapons and money to crush the ethnic Russian resistance in the east – and they are finding a lapdog U.S. press that won’t ask them tough questions.

There once was a time when the U.S. news media investigated U.S. imperial adventures overseas, such as Washington-sponsored coups. Journalists also asked tough questions to officials implicated in corruption even if those queries were inconvenient to the desired propaganda themes. But those days are long gone, as the Washington Post demonstrated again this week.

Jun 12 14:16

Updated: Several killed, many injured in separate explosions in Swedish cities Malmö and Gothenburg

Several people have been killed and many more injured in a car explosion in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

Yesterday evening, a newspaper deliverer, 35, and a man in his 40s have been injured in an explosion in the southern Swedish city of Malmö.

Jun 12 13:06

Never Too Late? NATO Finally Apologizes for Bombing Yugoslavia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he deeply regretted the loss of all lives during NATO's bombing campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which he described as "a tragedy," Serbian media reported on Thursday.

Jun 12 09:58

Spain to grant citizenship to descendants of Jews it persecuted in 1492

The Spanish government is correcting “a historic mistake,” as the nation passes a new law looking to become home to the descendants of many Jews, who were exiled, burned at the stake or forcefully converted in 1492, during the Spanish Inquisition.

The bill, which comes into force in October, will give citizenship to thousands across the globe with Jewish ancestry, known as Sephardic Jews, provided they can prove their ancestry.

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Which would include me! :)

I wonder if there are any good computer animation shops in Spain looking for some experienced management?

Jun 12 08:41

Italian Lawmaker Put on Putin T-Shirt at EU Parliament Session

The leader of Italy’s northern regional party Lega Nord caused a commotion ahead of the European Parliament session in Strasbourg when he turned up for the meeting wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the profile of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Jun 12 07:35

U.S. House panel undecided on aid levels for the Caucasus

U.S. House Appropriators prioritized aid for Syrian relief, but remained largely silent on specific Fiscal Year 2016 (FY2016) aid levels for the Caucasus, underscoring the pivotal role that pending Senate consideration of this measure will play in addressing Armenian American concerns, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

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