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Jan 16 07:39

These investments could get creamed in the Swiss avalanche

Now brace for everything you ever could have wanted to know about the country’s impact on global markets, but were afraid to ask. The whiz kids have had a few sleepless hours to think yesterday’s bombshell over, and some are worried about the after shocks.

Jan 16 07:33

Swiss National Bank Tells the World – “We’re Gettin’ Off This Train!”

Since 2008 the entire financial world has been turned upside down. In late 2011 the Swiss decided to peg their currency to the Euro, in essences giving up their national currency for the debt soaked Euro experiment.

When the Swiss pegged the Franc to the Euro, the Swiss people sold their sovereignty to the European Union. Approximately 22% of the people wanted their sovereignty back and voted on November 30, 2014 to repatriate their gold and reclaim their nation. Unfortunately, the other 78% (less the people that did not vote) said they were perfectly happy being debt slaves to their overlords at the European Central Bank. Thomas Jordan, the President of SNB, was actually campaigning AGAINST the gold repatriation movement, which in light of today’s announcement seems to be a contrarian move!! Why would a person vote against reclaiming their gold and then do a complete 180 degree turn against your own policy!!! This seems like it is going to have an ugly ending.

Jan 15 21:05

Moscow... Or Geneva?

A month ago, when the Russian Ruble was crashing, developed nations were delighted to poke fun of Russians who lined up in front of currency exchange kiosks, supposedly to convert their rapidly devaluing Rubles into Dollars or other rising fiat.

Today, those same developed nation hecklers are deathly silent after what may be the biggest western central bank faux pas in recent history, and which in addition to sending the Swiss Franc soaring has - perhaps for the first time in history - manifested in lines of people in front of currency exchange bureaus nowhere else, but in that bastion of capitalism: Geneva.

Jan 15 21:00

The Greek Bank Runs Have Begun: Two Greek Banks Request Emergency Liquidity Assistance

The first time the phrase Emergency Liquidity Assistance, or ELA, was used in the context of Greece was in August 2011, when Greece was imploding, when its banking sector was on the verge of collapse, and just before the ECB had to unleash a global coordinate bailout with other central banks including global central bank liquidity swap to preserve the Eurozone.

Jan 15 18:54

Today vs. Soros' Black Wednesday

Jan 15 18:17

JE NE SUIS PAS CHARLIE

There are more doubts and questions in the Charlie Hebdo affair than there will ever be answers. In part this is because the French security forces silenced witnesses, killing three assumed perpetrators in a display which seems to say that Dirty Harry movies are now part of French training programs.

And then we have the sudden death by apparent suicide of a police commissioner in charge of the investigation just as he was writing his report alone at night, an event which received little mainline press coverage. A man in his forties in the midst of likely the biggest case of his career just decides to kill himself?

Jan 15 16:08

Sweden's cancelled Israel trip stirs debate

Sweden’s foreign minister cancelled a trip to Israel last week because no Israeli official was willing to meet her, it has been claimed. On Thursday the country's opposition parties criticized her approach to relations with the Middle East.

Jan 15 15:54

Italian woman among ISIS fighters

A woman is among the four Italians to have joined the ranks of the Isis militant group, according to Italian media reports.

Jan 15 15:39

German jihadist says ISIS 'will conquer Europe'

A German Muslim convert fighting with Isis has warned his compatriots that Germans should “brace themselves” for terrorist attacks.

Jan 15 15:34

Spain arrests immigrants over massacre on the high seas

Two Cameroonian men have been arrested for allegedly throwing as many as ten people overboard while travelling on a makeshift boat from Morocco in a bid to reach Spain in December.

Jan 15 15:04

Hungary: Ukrainian Syndrome

A wave of street protests hit Hungary in 2015. Over 5 thousand people protested the policy of Prime Minister Victor Orban on January 2. The government has taken steps to strengthen ties with Russia recently. The 2014 Hungarian parliamentary election took place on 6 April 2014. The result was a victory for Fidesz with Victor Orban remaining Prime Minister. The party got 14% more votes to win the majority needed to amend the country’s constitution. In October 2014 Hungary's governing Fidesz party won the lion's share of local elections, winning most mayoral slots including the coveted Budapest mayoral post as well as majorities on all county assemblies. Fidesz won 20 seats on the 33-seat Budapest assembly. No doubt, the government enjoys popular support.

Jan 15 11:17

Déjà vu in France

I’m getting a big déjà vu feeling in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo killings in France.

The French government is declaring war on terrorism. It’s militarizing French society. It’s proposing a Patriot Act. It’s supporting a mass surveillance scheme. It’s advocating killing more people in the Middle East. There is even talk of using military tribunals to try terrorism cases.

Hey, those were all things that U.S. officials did after the 9/11 attacks. No wonder I’m getting a déjà vu feeling!

I’ll bet the German people are getting a bit of déjà vu too. That’s because their former president, Adolf Hitler, took the same sort of measures after the terrorist attack on the Reichstag. That’s what the Enabling Act was all about.

Jan 15 10:28

Europe’s Leading Rabbi: Jews Must Begin Carrying Guns

The European Jewish Association (EJA), which represents Jewish communities across Europe, says that gun license laws must be altered following a string of deadly attacks on Jews in France and other European countries, where anti-Semitism has been growing at an alarming rate.

Jan 15 10:00

Swiss mess could make oil plunge seem like minor hiccup

While you were sleeping, all hell broke loose in Switzerland, as the central bank ditched its currency cap against the euro after four years and slashed interest rates to negative 0.75%. The Swiss franc is rallying wildly, while the Swiss stock market is cratering and U.S. stock futures are mostly on the losing side as investors figure out this latest shock to the markets

Jan 15 09:51

Dying ‘good career move’ for French hate-mag

As ever, the Muslim world is responding with restraint and dignity to the latest vile conduct by Western so-called free-speech secularism.

The French so-called satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo – more accurately a hate-inciting, racist rag – has published its first post-massacre edition this week, with print sales going through the roof.

The magazine has abused the principle of free speech as a cynical cover to promote hate speech and in particular to foment prejudice against the Muslim population of France and Europe more generally.

Muslims have become the most vulnerable community in Europe and around the world for persecution by Western state and non-state bigots. Over the past week, Muslim communities and places of worship have been attacked by mobs in Germany and France amid the climate of hatred that the likes of Charlie Hebdo and its state benefactors have been responsible for.

Jan 15 09:46

Lawsuit says Caltech Provost and others ignored Israeli spying

Dr. Troian’s allegations describe subversion of one of America’s most important scientific institutions and provide a potential case study of how U.S. taxpayer funded scientific technology is stolen by Israel.

Following is a deeply disturbing excerpt from a civil lawsuit filed by a Caltech professor against Caltech, often named the world’s top research university. Caltech’s official name is the California Institute of Technology.

According to the lawsuit, a small coterie of Caltech professors and administrators ignored Israeli spying and theft of taxpayer-funded U.S. technology and then retaliated against the professor for reporting it.

Jan 15 09:42

Bob Carr: Australia’s UN vote on Palestine does a disservice to all sides

A true friend of Israel should be able to send a message about what Australians think.

More Australians winced than applauded when they learned of their country’s very last vote at the end of its two year term on the security council.

It was a lousy way to wrap up a two year term on the security council, given the intense competition to win the seat.

Jan 15 08:02

Crude, Gold Jump After Goldman Says SNB Action Hints At "Massive ECB QE"

"This is a massive message from SNB to the market : ECB is going to do QE, and it’s going to be big..." notes Goldman Sachs and it appears Gold and Crude Oil are starting to get on that bandwagon.

Jan 15 07:59

Swiss franc surges after scrapping euro peg

The Swiss franc has risen by almost 30pc against the euro after the central bank shocked global markets by abandoning its long-standing peg to the euro.

The Swiss National Bank's (SNB) move to scrap the exchange rate control - which has imposed a maximum value on the Swiss franc of just over €0.83 since 2011 - has driven the franc to parity with the euro.

Swiss stock markets plunged by more than 10pc after the announcement, while the euro-franc currency market descended into disarray. The SNB's move was especially staggering since its president Thomas Jordan had vowed to "defend [the peg] with utmost determination" as recently as last month.

Jan 15 07:18

Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries

Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian state energy giant Gazprom to cut supplies to and through Ukraine amid accusations, according to The Daily Mail, that its neighbor has been siphoning off and stealing Russian gas. Due to these "transit risks for European consumers in the territory of Ukraine," Gazprom cut gas exports to Europe by 60%, plunging the continent into an energy crisis "within hours." Perhaps explaining the explosion higher in NatGas prices (and oil) today, gas companies in Ukraine confirmed that Russia had cut off supply; and six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas. The EU raged that the sudden cut-off to some of its member countries was "completely unacceptable," but Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller later added that Russia plans to shift all its natural gas flows crossing Ukraine to a route via Turkey; and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak stated unequivocally, "the decision has been made."

Jan 14 19:52

PATHETIC SPIN - Russia Is Losing Control Over The European Gas Market

Oil isn't Russia's only problem.

The energy exporter is losing its dominance over the European gas market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia isn't losing anything. They shut off the valves today for non-payment of the bill!

Jan 14 16:32

Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine

The European Union in Brussels called the sudden cut-off to some of its member countries 'completely unacceptable'.

Jan 14 15:16

Gazprom warns EU to link to Turkey pipeline or lose Russian gas

Russia's Gazprom giant on Wednesday urged the European Union to link up to its planned energy pipeline to Turkey or lose the gas that now transits Ukraine.

Jan 14 15:12

Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine

Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 per cent today, plunging the continent into an energy crisis 'within hours' as a dispute with Ukraine escalated.

This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply.

Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in.

Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine.

Croatia said it was temporarily reducing supplies to industrial customers while Bulgaria said it had enough gas for only 'for a few days' and was in a 'crisis situation'.

Jan 14 13:46

Watch your language! (even when speaking the undeniable truth)

Willcox: “Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

Poor Tim Willcox, now terrorized for doing a professional job at the Paris anti-terror march.

In a live TV report the BBC’s Willcox was interviewing people in the crowd and talking to a Jewish woman about her fears of persecution.

She said: “The situation is going back to the days of the 1930s in Europe.”

Willcox replied: “Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

She countered: “We can’t do an amalgam.”

Willcox said: “You understand everything is seen from different perspectives.”

The reporter’s remarks were widely criticized by viewers, with some calling for his resignation.

Jan 14 13:20

Russia President Not Welcome at Auschwitz Liberation Anniversary

The standard practice for an event such as this would be for the host country to send out formal invitations.

However, specifically to avoid having to send a formal invitation to Russia president Poland did not send out invitations to anyone.

Instead she sent out mere notifications that event is going to take place.

After asking for a clarification whether it is invited or not Russia correctly concluded it is not welcome by the host country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I rather suspect that Putin is perfectly happy not to have to sit through this nonsense one more time.

Jan 14 11:10

The Majdanek Gas Chamber Myth

The Majdanek Gas Chamber Myth debunks the “Gas Chambers Disguised as Shower Rooms” propaganda coup.

Majdanek was the first major concentration camp liberated by the victorious Allies. Upon capture by the Soviet Union, original propaganda claimed that 2 million were murdered in a “factory of death” which included seven homicidal gas chambers. . .

. . . The Majdanek Gas Chamber Myth demolishes the Holocaust exterminationist “Gas Chambers Disguised as Shower Rooms” propaganda hoax and shows how Majdanek is a microcosm of the larger Holocaust Hoax.

Watch The Majdanek Gas Chamber Myth, a new documentary from the filmmaker of "The Last Days Of The Big Lie" and "The Treblinka Archaeology Hoax"

Jan 14 09:41

Gazprom announces final nail in the South Stream coffin

Europe will have to get gas via Turkey or Ukraine, there will be no direct transcontinental pipeline to Europe, Gazprom has confirmed. It is disappointing news for Bulgaria, which was hoping to get gas directly from Russia, and not via Ukraine.

Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller made it clear that Turkey, and not Bulgaria, will become the main gas valve between Russia and Europe.

“South Stream is dead. For Europe there will be no other gas transit options to risky Ukraine other than the new ‘Turkish Stream’ pipeline,” Miller said Wednesday, as reported by RIA Novosti.

Jan 14 09:05

Charlie Hebdo attacks raise fears of a European Patriot Act

Rights groups fear expanded surveillance as French prime minister calls for 'exceptional' responses to terrorist attack

Jan 14 08:00

The Cultural Narrative in Europe Falls Apart

After days of flailing around, Europe’s elites have agreed on a line – free speech is sacrosanct, but only when it comes to mocking Christianity and Islam. The Holocaust is off-limits as is any questioning of immigration or multiculturalism.

Jan 14 07:54

Spielberg’s Hoax – The Last Days of The Big Lie – Debunking ‘The Last Days’

The Last Days of the Big Lie uses Spielberg’s Oscar winning hoax as a jumping off point to debunk Spielberg’s USC Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation as well as the greater Holocaust Hoax.

Jan 14 07:52

Jews See Netanyahu’s Rude Behavior in Paris as Archetypically Israeli

Following last weekend’s mass rally in Paris, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s behavior in the French capital has raised many Jewish eyebrows. After having been told by the French President that he was NOT invited, Netanyahu went anyway, pushed a female French cabinet minister out of the way in order to get on the VIP bus to the rally, and then elbowed his way to the front line in order to be prominent in any picture of the event.

Jan 14 07:23

Netanyahu gatecrashes Paris rally

Gatecrashing Netanyahu's latest offense. Showing up where not wanted.

French President Francois Hollande’s national security advisor, Jacques Audibert, asked him not to come, through his Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen. Saying Sunday’s event wanted to demonstrate solidarity with France. Avoid divisive issues. Like Israeli/Palestinian relations.

“(S)everal hours after (he said) he would not be traveling to Paris, his office issued a statement stating that he would in fact be at the march.”

“Hollande’s anger at Netanyahu was evident during (Sunday evening’s) ceremony,” said Haaretz. Held at Paris’ Grand Synagogue. “(A)ttended by hundreds of members of the local Jewish community. Hollande sat through most of the ceremony, but when Netanyahu’s turn at the podium arrived,” he walked out. A snub easily noticed.

Jan 13 16:37

EU Parliament Votes ‘Yes’ on GMO Opt-Out for Member States

New legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory, even if this is allowed at EU level, was passed by MEPs on Tuesday. The legislation, informally agreed by Parliament and Council in December, was originally tabled in 2010 but was then deadlocked for four years due to disagreement between pro- and anti-GMO member states...

Jan 13 15:53

Beyond the Banlieues - The Vulnerability of French Jewry

The main impediments to the security of French Jewry are two-fold. First, Israel.

Israel needs Islamic extremism, for two reasons – one ideological and one substantive. One cannot over-emphasize: Israel is existentially dependent on Islamic extremism.

The second impediment to the security of French Jewry is France’s utterly unprincipled and myopic foreign policy.

Jan 13 14:48

I think we got all covered...

Jan 13 14:20

Dan Hannan: The Euro project is built on lies

Jan 13 12:45

Flashback 2009 - "French cartoonist Sine on trial on charges of anti-Semitism over Sarkozy jibe "

A Left-wing cartoonist is to go on trial on Tuesday on charges of anti-Semitism for suggesting Jean Sarkozy, the son of the French president, was converting to Judaism for financial reasons.

Maurice Sinet, 80, who works under the pen name Sine, faces charges of "inciting racial hatred" for a column he wrote last July in the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The piece sparked a summer slanging match among the Parisian intelligentsia and ended in his dismissal from the magazine.

Jan 13 11:05

Italy’s President Napolitano Set to Resign in Renzi Dilemma

Giorgio Napolitano, Italy’s longest-serving president, is set to resign as soon as tomorrow, after citing fatigue and his advanced age among the reasons that convinced him to step down before the end of his second seven-year term.

Matteo Renzi, the 40-year-old local politician picked by Napolitano to become prime minister, said today the president would resign “within hours.” Corriere della Sera newspaper said Napolitano would take the official step mid-morning tomorrow.

Jan 13 09:21

Wealthiest Americans say the poor have it easy: "A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 54% of those with the greatest financial security believe that 'poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything

The nation's wealthiest think that the poor have it pretty easy.
A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 54% of those with the greatest financial security believe that "poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return."

Jan 13 09:06

“Je suis Ali Abbas”: The Forgotten Victims of State Terrorism

Dr. Halpin’s summary in this case, encapsulates the terror of state origin – the US and the UK in particular.The UK almost always manages to present a beatific face – at first glance.

Massive terrorist attacks were hatched soon after the pretext of cinematographic ‘terrorist’ attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on September 9th 2001.

A splinter of this terror came to Ali Abbas, then 12 years of age and formerly of the village of Zafaraniya, near Baghdad about 10 days after the shocking and ‘aweing’ started.

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Jan 13 08:45

CHARLIE HEBDO OUTCOME: MORE STATE POWER, NOT FREEDOM OF SPEECH

How does that make Saudi Arabia substantively different from the Charlie Hebdo attackers? Is it merely a matter of scale and method?? Well, everyone must at least feel better now, having chanted and declared for days that we're all Charlie. It was, or it seemed, a cry for freedom of speech, ringing outward from one of the world's first secular democracies.

Jan 13 05:39

FALSE FLAG 101: From Gladio to Hebdo — Micro-documentary _Video_

Was the Charlie Hebdo shooting a false flag operation to assert NATO control?

Jan 12 16:13

Detroit Water Brigade reflects on Ireland trip, looks forward to 2015

Last year, a global spotlight shined upon Detroit’s financial woes with the utmost attention paid to the city’s massive municipal bankruptcy. Perhaps an equal amount of focus was paid to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s (DWSD) ramped up campaign to shut-off water service to delinquent customers.

Jan 12 15:43

The ECB exploring QE options

Jan 12 15:43

EU Q4 Earnings Estimate Magic

Jan 12 14:55

The Farce of Western Free Speech

Speaking outside Elysée Palace in the aftermath of this week's terror killings in France, former President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned the violence as "an attack on civilization." Coiffured, sun-tanned and nattily dressed, Sarkozy's solemn words made him appear like the embodiment of civility.

Jan 12 14:04

War crimes suspects lead Paris anti-terror march

Stuart Littlewood voices incredulity at the appearance of war criminals Binyamin Netanyahu and Tzipi Livni, and Jewish squatter leader Naftali Bennett, at the Pars march marking the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack.

Jan 12 12:55

Taking the mickey: war crimes suspects led Paris anti-terror march

They should have been arrested as soon as they landed in Paris, clapped in irons and dragged to The Hague

I sat down to watch the Paris march commemorating Charlie with curiosity, for this important outpouring of ordinary people’s fears and resolve had been hi-jacked by the French government in a nauseating attempt to de-odorise some of its terror-dealing friends by hosting and parading them at the head of the march.

Jan 12 08:59

EU response to free speech killings? More internet censorship

In the wake of this week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, which began with the killing of 12 people at the offices of satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, the interior ministers of 12 EU countries have called for a limited increase in internet censorship.

The interior ministers of France, Germany, Latvia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the U.K. said in a statement (PDF) that, while the internet must remain “in scrupulous observance of fundamental freedoms, a forum for free expression, in full respect of the law,” ISPs need to help “create the conditions of a swift reporting of material that aims to incite hatred and terror and the condition of its removing, where appropriate/possible.”

Jan 11 21:09

BEX Alert - " Richard Perle: World Can't Cope With Terrorism, but Must Learn"

Perle, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board under President Ronald Reagan, said part of the issue is a failure to face reality.

"The reality is that within the community of people who believe in Islam, there is a group, a small group but nevertheless a group, whose numbers are in the thousands and maybe tens or hundreds of thousands," he said.

"[They] have a vision of Islam that entails the use of violence to bring about the triumph of Islam over the rest of the world.

"Until we face that fact and design strategies built on that recognition, these things will continue to happen."

Jan 11 17:16

Central Bank Governor salaries in Euro Area

Jan 11 14:45

Charlie Hebdo Massacre: Another Staged Event to Incite War and Destroy Freedom?

Many analysts are questioning the dubious timing and nature of all of these incidents, which come at just the right moment to lend credence to the US-led coalition against ISIS.It is nothing short of miraculous that just as various Western countries gear up for military strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, ‘terror incidents’ hit their respective homelands right on cue to give the politicians their belated ‘casus belli’ for joining the campaign to be rid of ISIS.

French politicians and other Western leaders have been pontificating about Western ‘values’ and have selectively invoked ‘freedom of speech.’ “We live in a free and open democracy which has freedom of speech,” the West’s dishonest leaders say.

“Radical Muslims don’t believe in ‘our values,’ hence the necessity to fight them overseas” is the standard establishment talking point, trotted out time and again by the professional script readers fronting as presidents and prime ministers.

Jan 11 09:49

US to boost European contingent with 3,000 troops, 150 tanks in 2015 – report

The US plans to send 3,000 more troops and over 150 tanks to Europe by the end of ear to bolster its presence on the region, a top commander announced.

Jan 11 09:45

NATO expansion in E. Europe ‘destroys EU security order’ – Gorbachev

The expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe has destroyed the European security order, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev told Der Spiegel, adding that the Ukraine crisis could easily lead to nuclear war.

Jan 11 08:50

‘Anyone but Bibi’: Israeli PM popularity slumps before elections

More than 230,000 dollars has come in from various donors in the United States. It makes up almost 90% of Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election funds, most of it coming from just three American families.

But even all that money can’t buy popularity – Bibi’s ratings are languishing, as voters look to alternatives, Paula Slier reports.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Yet another reason for Israel to stage a flood of false-flag terror attacks!

Jan 11 08:44

Israel Big Winners at ICC: Palestinians and US Taxpayers Too!

Turn on Your Smart Phone! Justice Calling! See You in Court!

This past week the International Criminal Court at the Hague accepted the application of Palestine to join the court. This so-called risky move by Palestinian President Abbas was both applauded by the world and sadly panned by the USA and Israel as being provocative and an obstacle to the “peace process”.Strange the USA and Israeli governments attempt to argue against a day in civil court right? Talk about being on the wrong side of humanity! Ouch!

I mean there is NO better way to behave in a civil society with our fellow man than going to court.

Going to court is the most excellent non-violent way to seek justice when injustice exists unchecked. It exposes our bad behavior to objective peers for a judgment that help us all better live together under commonly held values. Yet here we are watching the lost USA and Israel stand-alone against justice! Sad really!

Jan 11 08:40

The farce of Western free speech

Western free speech is nothing but a cynical charade by those in power to maintain their unlawful positions of power.

Speaking outside Elysée Palace in the aftermath of this week’s terror killings in France, former President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned the violence as “an attack on civilization.” Coiffured, sun-tanned and nattily dressed, Sarkozy’s solemn words made him appear like the embodiment of civility.

That’s a quaint turn in etiquette by a politician who is mired in allegations of sleaze and corruption, as well as war crimes.

Sarkozy wasn’t too concerned about “civilization” when he and his British allies launched the NATO bombing campaign of Libya in March 2011 in stark violation of a UN mandate. That seven-month onslaught led to the murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi – from whom Sarkozy had gladly received hush-hush political donations in the past, before stabbing him in the back.

Jan 11 08:37

French dropped surveillance of terrorist brothers six months before Charlie Hebdo attack

Surveillance of the Kouachi brothers behind the Charlie Hebdo massacre had been called off only six months before the attack because they were deemed low risk, French media reported on Saturday. Cherif and Said Kouachi were under intense surveillance from 2009 to July last year, Le Parisen magazine reported, but telephone, internet and physical monitoring turned up no evidence they were connected to any radical Islamist movement, a judicial source told the publication.

Jan 11 08:05

Charlie Hebdo Massacre: Another Staged Event to Incite War and Destroy Freedom?

In Hollande’s Orwellian France, “free speech” is reserved only for those who defame Islam, whereas critics of Zionism and Jewish exceptionalism are first stigmatized and then criminalized – a tribute to the real power behind the throne of that once-free country.

Jan 10 18:28

Who ordered the attack against Charlie Hebdo?

While many French react to the attack against Charlie Hebdo denouncing Islam and demonstrating in the streets, Thierry Meyssan points out that the jihadist interpretation is impossible. While it would be tempting for him to see it as an Al Qaeda or Daesh operation, he envisages another, much more dangerous hypothesis.

Jan 10 15:47

The Weight of Chains – Real Story of the Breakup of Yugoslavia

If you thought you knew why Yugoslavia broke up, get ready for 2 hours of shocking facts that will shed a different light on Western intervention in the Balkans. Nicknamed the “Serbian Michael Moore” by the oldest daily newspaper in the Balkans, Malagurski will expose the root causes of the Yugoslav wars and explain that the goal was for the West to create economic and geopolitical colonies in that part of the world.

Jan 10 14:10

The farce of Western free speech

Western free speech is nothing but a cynical charade by those in power to maintain their unlawful positions of power.

A satirical magazine championed by Western war criminals for its “free speech” to dehumanize Muslims is hailed as “heroic?” While an informative, serious news channel like Press TV is banned. Now that is farcical cartoon.

Evidently, it’s acceptable to insult Islam, according to Western select use of free speech because it suits political agendas of demonizing Muslim countries so that they can be attacked with Western warplanes or covert terrorist proxies. But it is not acceptable to satirize Zionism or Western ruling classes.

Jan 10 12:00

BEX ALERT - Paris terror attacks: Ireland warned it is an Al Qaeda target for letting US jets use Shannon

A radical Muslim has said Ireland is viewed as a legitimate target for attack because we let US planes refuel at Shannon Airport.

For the record, Ireland is one of the countries that, like France, have recently voted to recognise Palestine.

Jan 10 08:07

History proves that Western governments have already used food as a weapon of genocide

British government forced suffering Irish people into starvation

Jan 10 07:40

There Are None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See

President Obama fancies himself the leader of the “free world” yet he heads a nation that until recently organized black site prisons for torturing suspects and which continues to use armed drones to kill innocent and guilty alike.

Jan 10 06:41

Paris attack becomes Political Football in Israel and Palestine

France has recently supported the Palestinian people and their cause at the UN Security Council, causing panic among Israeli officials in Tel Aviv who have said on several occasions that they fear they have lost the entire European continent as a result. They have also expressed worries that the European position, led by France, is turning against the Israeli occupation and in favor of the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, independence, and statehood.

Many Israeli analysts have urged authorities in their country to work to regain European support, fearing that losing France would mean losing Europe as a whole. The response to these fears has been an unprecedented campaign of Israeli incitement against Muslim immigrants in Europe.

Europe is still capable of differentiating between a bunch of crazy terrorists, a crazy occupation, and an innocent citizen living under occupation seeking help.

Jan 10 06:35

NATO Trips on Own Lies with U-Turn on ‘Russian Aggressor’

With the flip of a coin, it seems, all this grave anti-Russian bombast is suddenly redundant, with the US-led NATO alliance, through its European civilian cypher Stoltenberg, apparently stretching out the hand of co-operation to Russia.

NATO’s civilian figurehead Jens Stoltenberg this week urged Russia to be a partner against terrorism. He was speaking the day after the deadly gun attack on a magazine in Paris where 12 people, including three police officers, were killed by assailants purporting to be affiliated with radical Islamists.

During a visit to Germany, the NATO general secretary called upon Moscow to be “an ally in the fight against terrorism” – adding: “We think it is important that Russia, which is our biggest neighbor in Europe, and NATO are working together on important issues like fighting terror.”

Jan 10 06:26

A review of David Smith-Ferri’s “Where Days Are Stones”

Notwithstanding, the worlds of journalism and the Arts are seldom bridged. Universities endow “chairs” for poets who eschew the ugly side of human existence, so that those “honored few” may focus on their own cerebral delectations. The prose of modern journalists seldom, if ever, rises to the loftiest levels of observers like Shakespeare, Euripides, Dante, Hemingway or Edna Millay. And yet, as journalists or artists, many strive to weave ourselves into the fabric of our times; to capture the Zeitgeist—to make it knowable; to join the conversation. David Smith-Ferri is one such weaver, one such poet-journalist, who proves his value again in his third collection of poems, Where Days Are Stones (143 pp; Haley’s, Athol, MA; 2014).

“Now there is nowhere to hide
from their message
and the question it implies:
War is a horror. Always.
What am I doing to stop
and prevent it?”

Jan 09 18:19

Paris attack becomes Political Football in Israel and Palestine

Despite Paris’ wounds, it has not — and it will not — lose its mind.
Europe is still the continent which can boast of widespread freedoms in all aspects of life, including freedom of expression as well as culture, education, and civilization.
Europe is still capable of differentiating between a bunch of crazy terrorists, a crazy occupation, and an innocent citizen living under occupation seeking help.

Jan 09 17:08

Muslim leader warns Irish media against publishing Mohammed cartoon

Irish media outlets have been warned by a Dublin-based Muslim leader against tweeting a satirical cartoon of Mohammed that appeared in the Paris-based paper Charlie Hebdo, target of the terrorist attack on Wednesday, which resulted in the execution of 12, including 10 members of the paper’s staff and two police officers.

Jan 09 16:36

Top Israeli minister: Ireland has abandoned us

The Government has responded to comments from the Israeli foreign minister who claimed Ireland is among the European countries to have “abandoned” Israel and drew comparisons with the fate of Czechoslovakia prior to the Second World War.

Jan 09 16:33

More Swedes show support for NATO

The proportion of Swedes supporting NATO membership has leapt up five percentage points, a new survey has revealed.

Jan 09 15:17

Top Russian, American and Polish Leaders Warn that Continued Fighting In Ukraine Could Lead to Nuclear War

Former Soviet leader and Nobel price winner Mikhail Gorbachev warned today that the battle in Ukraine could result in a nuclear war.

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"That's okay; we got plenty of bombs! And I have a bunker!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 09 15:13

WSJ Praises the "Triumph of Austerity" in Greece

Bill Black questions the authenticity of the coverage in the NYT and WSJ about the impact of austerity measures in Greece.

Jan 09 14:29

Italian PM Renzi to join Paris rally on Sunday

Italy's (unelected) Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he would go to Paris on Sunday, when a mass rally will be held in the wake of the massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Jan 09 14:22

Nuclear war possible between Europe and Russia over Ukraine, Mikhail Gorbachev warns

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned that tensions between Russia and European powers over the Ukraine crisis could result in a major conflict or even nuclear war, in an interview to appear in a German news magazine on Saturday.

Jan 09 11:24

Russia and China: The Dawning of a New Monetary System?

China, leading member of the BRICS, is lining up the bloc of the BRICS and that of the SCO – and their currencies – to support Russia in need. Currency swaps between Russia (ruble) and China (yuan) for an initial US$ 25 billion equivalent have already been implemented, to allow direct transactions between the two countries. Similar swaps are under way between China and Russia with other countries, primarily the BRICS and the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) members – including the soon to become new members – Iran, Pakistan, India (also a BRICS member) and Mongolia – and possibly in some not too distant future also strategically located NATO member Turkey.

Jan 09 10:34

West’s sickening moral hijack of Paris massacre

The Western reaction to the massacre at a French magazine this week is sickening. Western leaders, from US President Barack Obama to Pope Francis, from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth to United Nation Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, have all come out in force to issue statements of condemnation and condolences over the mass killing of 12 people by two gunmen at a Parisienne office.

But let’s put the slaughter of the French journalists and two policemen in perspective.

We should not allow the ultimate authors of international violence to hide behind the selective mourning for victims of terrorism.

Jan 09 10:31

Questions, doubts as France grieves

The Wednesday attack at a Paris office of Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine indeed was a tragic incident. The police say they have launched a manhunt for two suspects in the case and that a third has already surrendered. With France now in a high state of alert, things look set for the case to be over soon. Nevertheless, serious doubts still exist over what prompted the massacre and who will eventually benefit from Paris’ most violent attack in many years.

Sepahpour-Ulrich further expressed regret that in order to demonize Islam, every act committed or presumed to be committed by a national from the Islamic faith is automatically dubbed terrorism “whereas heinous terrorist acts by others is not considered terrorism”.

Jan 09 10:27

“Wait!” Says Dennis Ross. “No Need for a UN Resolution”

Dennis Ross, writing in The New York Times, criticizes Mahmoud Abbas for using international institutions to put pressure on Israel.

Ross's accusation reminds me of the The Israel Project's training manual designed to help the worldwide Zionist movement win the propaganda war.

Dennis Ross co-founded the (pro-Israel Lobby) AIPAC-sponsored Washington Institute for Near East Policy and has been described as more pro-Israel than the Israelis.

The State Department seems stuffed to the gunwales with people like him and the consequences are worrying.

Jan 09 09:52

Euro sinks to fresh nine-year low

The euro has hit a fresh nine-year low against the dollar, in part after a surprise decrease in German manufacturing.

Jan 09 09:51

Gilad Atzmon - "Another false-flag operation?"

While every anti terror expert has agreed that the attack on Charlie Hebdo yesterday was a professional job, it seems pretty amateurish for a ‘highly trained terrorist’ to leave his ID behind. And since when does a terrorist take his ID on an operation? One possible explanation is that the so-called terrorists needed a few extra hours to leave France or disappear. They had to fool the French police and intelligence into searching the wrong places and the wrong people. Is it possible that they simply planted a stolen or forged ID card in the car they left behind?

If this was the scenario, it is possible that the attack yesterday had nothing to do with ‘Jihadi terrorism.’ It is quite probable that this was another false flag operation. Who could be behind it? Use your imagination.

Jan 09 08:04

How Goldman Sachs May Provoke Yet Another Major Financial Crisis

Greece and the troika (the International Monetary Fund, the EU, and the European Central Bank) are in a dangerous game of chicken. The Greeks have been threatened with a “Cyprus-Style prolonged bank holiday”if they “vote wrong.” But they have been bullied for too long and are saying “no more.”

Jan 09 07:50

Pentagon cutting expenses, consolidating bases in Europe

The United States Department of Defense has announced a restructuring of operations in Europe, including the closure of 15 American bases that will be offered over to host nations.

Jan 09 07:49

"Europe Can't Afford A Greek Exit" German Opposition Warns Merkel Is "Playing With Fire"

The mainstream media narrative - that Germany is ready and prepared for Grexit and that it is no longer a threat to financial stability - is all hype, according to German opposition finance minister Joachim Poss. As Bloomberg reports, all that is mostly posturing for an electorate tired of the aid and angst Greece has demanded since 2010. Simply put, the potential for Euro instability from a Grexit is a detriment to Germany's massive benefits from the single currency - "Europe can’t afford a Greek exit," Poss concludes, complacency by Merkel is "playing with fire."

Jan 09 07:46

NATO calls Russia anti-terror ally after Paris attack

NATO, which was at loggerheads with Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, will be seeking ‘a more cooperative and constructive relationship’ with Moscow in the fight against terror, the block’s chief said after Wednesday’s deadly attack in Paris.

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"No, wait ... that wasn't supposed to happen! You're supposed to hate the 'terrorists' AND Russia!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 09 07:25

‘I can fix EU problem’: Cameron in Merkel reform talks

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he is “convinced” he can mend the relationship between Britain and the EU, as pressure grows to call a referendum on UK membership.

Jan 09 04:26

ECB To Greece: Sell The Last Remains of Your Country And Institute Permanent Austerity

Why is the ECB sounding and acting like common thugs? They are heavily leaning on Greece like old school loan sharks. Europe is in a desperate situation which calls for desperate measures. They cannot allow Greece to get out from underneath their heels. Greeks are on the verge of a very important election that could mean they walk away from previous ECB and IMF commitments. There are talks of throwing Greece under the bus if necessary. Europe will cut off Greece from further stimulus and make use of their debt they bought up to damage them as an example to others.

Jan 09 00:12

SWEDISH ARTIST DAN PARK ASSAULTED BY SIX MEN IN ‘ANTI-FASCIST’ MASKS IN COPENHAGEN, CALLED A F’N NAZI…….

The Swedish provocative artist Dan Park was New Year’s Day assaulted by six men on Jagtvej in Nørrebro in Copenhagen, he wrote on his facebook profile.

Here the artist put a picture of his battered face up with the following text:

“The new year started very well, was attacked by six pieces masked” antifacister “on Jagtvej, Nørrebro in Copenhagen. All in Denmark seems clearly not about my art, “he writes.

A lot of his cartoons deal with the Holohaux, Israel, and Jews, and everyone else. See this site for his works: http://vitnet.no/dan-park-sveriges-zyklon-b-kunstner/
I believe it was Jews or Israeli's that did the attacking. Just like in Paris.

Jan 08 14:33

Who profits from killing Charlie?

And yes, I am Charlie. Not only because they made us laugh; but because they were sacrificial lambs in a much nastier, gruesome, never-ending shadowplay.

Cui bono?

Careful planning and preparation; Kalashnikovs; rocket-propelled grenade launcher; balaclavas; sand-colored ammunition vest stuffed with spare magazines; army boots; piece of cake escape in a black Citroen. And the icing on the lethal cake; faultless Paris-based logistical support to pull that off.

They might have spoken perfect French; others said it was broken French. Anyway, what matters is that they uttered the magic word; “We’re al-Qaeda.”

And just to make sure everyone had the perpetrators implanted on their brain, the killers also said, “Allahu Akbar”; “We have killed Charlie Hebdo”; and “We have avenged the Prophet.”

Jan 08 13:33

BEX Alert!!! - "Michael Hayden: NSA Metadata May Be Key to Solving Paris Attack"

The Islamic terrorist attack at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo underscores the importance of national surveillance programs, specifically the collection of metadata, former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden said Thursday on Newsmax TV's “America’s Forum.”

“One of the things the French will come to us almost certainly and ask as they continue their investigation, they're going to come across different communications devices and they know that NSA does magnificently collecting metadata in a variety of areas around the world,” Hayden said.

“A lot of people were hyperventilating about that six, 12 or 18 months ago. The French are going to come to us and ask us in that ocean of metadata, do these new numbers that we've just associated with these people, do these new numbers show up and what have they been doing and with whom have they been in contact? We did that stuff for a reason. We did it to keep you safe, not to invade your privacy.”

Jan 08 12:18

OPERATION ATLANTIC RESOLVE

Persistent presence land forces assurance exercises are the first in a series of expanded U.S. land force training activities in Poland and the Baltic region taking place for the next few months and beyond. The exercises, conducted by U.S. Army Europe Soldiers and host nation forces, are a demonstration of U.S. commitment to NATO and to our collective defense responsibilities through increased ground, air, and naval force presence.

The intent of the supplementary exercises is to reassure NATO allies that the U.S. commitment to meeting our nation’s Article 5 obligations is unwavering. Accordingly, U.S. Army Europe has deployed a company-sized contingent of U.S. paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia, roughly 600 Soldiers in all, to conduct the expanded land force training. This action comes at the request of the host nation governments.

Jan 08 10:58

All EU Data Retention Laws May be Dodgy

Back in April last year, I reported on a hugely important judgment handed down from Europe's highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, which declared the entire Data Retention Direction invalid. That was because the court found that the Directive was a "particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that interference being limited to what is strictly necessary."

Jan 08 10:47

Europe's Largest Bank Stock Suspended, Admits Need For $8.9 Billion Capital Raise

All is clearly not well below the surface. Europe's largest bank (by market value) has admitted in a regulatory filing that it needs to raise capital. As WSJ reports, Banco Santander SA said it would raise up to €7.5 billion ($8.88 billion) in a capital hike, a bid to address long-running concerns among investors and analysts that its financial cushion was weaker than peers. European banking stocks are up over 2% today as Italian banks surge limit up (BMPS +13%) on speculation that they will be purchased by Santander (who 'pumpers' believe are raising this capital to go on a spending spree) and 'old' Draghi headlines.

Jan 08 10:21

Brother Nathanael - "Paris Attack Smacks Of False Flag"

HOW MANY MOSSAD AGENTS does it take to pull off a false flag? . . .

. . . Cui bono? Jews…to further inflame Islamophobia, specifically in this case with the French establishment which has been putting forth pro-Palestinian overtures of late…greatly “disappointing” Tel Aviv.

Right on cue, Netanyahu chimed in, “The heinous acts in Paris today won’t be the last.”

By way of deception wage war, goes the Mossad motto.

And yet another Jewish deception fools the Goyim once again.

Jan 08 09:37

BEX Alert!!! - "Alan Dershowitz: France Reaped What It Sowed in Paris Attack"

While France is reeling from the terrorist massacre of 12 people at the Paris offices of a satirical magazine, the country is also "one of the worst … when it comes to rewarding terrorism," lawyer and author Alan Dershowitz told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Wednesday.

"They play with everybody. They reward every terrorist," Dershowitz said of the French.

"They've never been part of the international campaign against terrorism. They are part of the problem, not part of the solution." . . .

. . . "Not tens, hundreds or thousands," he said, "but millions will be supporting what happened today. It's very, very big problem. The reason it has so many supporters is because it works. Terrorism works. It achieves the goals and results. Palestinians would not be getting a state today if it wasn't for their terrorists."

Jan 08 09:14

Eurozone Falls Into Deflation; ECB About to Do Something Stupid

Economists are in shock over what should be a welcome event. Deflation is exactly what consumers need. Some say this increases the likelihood the ECB will act on January 22.

Actually, it does nothing of the kind. The ECB is already 100% certain to do something counterproductive, and odds cannot exceed 100%.

Jan 08 08:24

Follow-Up Open Letter to New York Times Editors

Using its global reach irresponsibly. Betraying its readers in the process. Why don't Times editors tell readers about Obama's Ukrainian friends? Abhorrent ones.

January 2013 open letter to New York Times editors was this writer’s most widely ever read article.

Touching a raw nerve. Showing increasing numbers of people fed up with managed news misinformation rubbish.

Wanting what Times and other MSM scoundrels don’t deliver. Real news, information and analysis.

On issues mattering most. Domestic and geopolitical. Things affecting ordinary people’s lives and welfare directly. At the most perilous time in world history.

Out-of-control US policies make global war possible. Madness if happens. The role of the media is to inform. Fully and accurately.

Telling people what they need to know. Especially on issues mattering most. What’s more important than war and peace?

Jan 08 08:20

‘Obama is Extremely Successful for Powerful Interest Groups’ – Paul Craig Roberts

PCR interviewed by Sputnik: Has President Obama delivered on his pledges? Whose interest has Obama served?

He has achieved the agenda of the neoconservatives and the military security complex. He has demonized Russia and its President. He has broken up the economic and political relationships between Russia and Europe. He has secured the agenda of the Wall Street, by establishing through the Department of Justice that there would be no prosecution of the criminal gangsters that dislocated the American financial system and ripped off millions of people. He has achieved the agenda of the lawlessness of the US, having determined that the people who tortured detainees will not be prosecuted, even though torture is a felony under the US law and is also prohibited under the international law.

Jan 08 08:01

2015—The Year of the Sheep(le) has arrived

We sheep’ll take you down, Harper!

It’s hard to feel any optimism about end-of-year reflections when the Isramerican military-industrial-corporate-media empire, which controls our reality, is going through its death throes and taking the planet down with it. If the empire ain’t killin’, it’s dyin’! The need to keep the world in a heightened state of panic means that rational decision-making must be sabotaged, which is why the same crises persist or get worse from year to year while omnipresent solutions to them are actively ignored. In other words, human time, the time associated with progress, stands still, and so every December 31 we reflect on a year that is morally, politically and economically worse than the one previous.

Jan 07 10:33

Ukraine preparing for war despite peace talks

In the face of ongoing ceasefire talks in Berlin and a summit next week in Kazakhstan, Ukraine is arming its military for war. European leaders are becoming less optimistic about the Kazakhstan plan.

Germany and France cast doubt on next week's planned peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan on Monday. At a four-way meeting attended by top diplomats from the two EU nations as well as Russia and Ukraine, officials said a new summit only makes sense if "real progress" is made in implementing the Minsk peace accord.

Despite these talks, Ukraine has beefed up its heavy weaponry, German news agency DPA reported. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko himself was on hand to deliver fighter jets, howitzers, and armored cars to the military in Zhytomyr in the north of the country.

"I am convinced that 2015 will be the year of our victory," Poroshenko said. "In order to achieve that, we need a strong, patriotic, and well-equipped army."

Jan 07 09:08

EU Showdown: Greece Takes on the Vampire Squid

Greece and the troika (the International Monetary Fund, the EU, and the European Central Bank) are in a dangerous game of chicken. The Greeks have been threatened with a “Cyprus-Style prolonged bank holiday” if they “vote wrong.” But they have been bullied for too long and are saying “no more.”

A return to the polls was triggered in December, when the Parliament rejected Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ pro-austerity candidate for president. In a general election, now set for January 25th, the EU-skeptic, anti-austerity, leftist Syriza party is likely to prevail. Syriza captured a 3% lead in the polls following mass public discontent over the harsh austerity measures Athens was forced to accept in return for a €240 billion bailout.

Austerity has plunged the economy into conditions worse than in the Great Depression. As Professor Bill Black observes, the question is not why the Greek people are rising up to reject the barbarous measures but what took them so long.

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I just hope that the head of this opposition party, Alexis Tsipras, is wearing his Kevlar undies these days.

The real danger here is not Greece pulling out of the EU, but the way in which it will trigger credit default swaps, which could have a global impact, crashing the Euro.

Jan 07 09:04

EU Showdown: Greece Takes on the Vampire Squid

Greece and the troika (the International Monetary Fund, the EU, and the European Central Bank) are in a dangerous game of chicken. The Greeks have been threatened with a “Cyprus-Style prolonged bank holiday” if they “vote wrong.” But they have been bullied for too long and are saying “no more.”

A return to the polls was triggered in December, when the Parliament rejected Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ pro-austerity candidate for president. In a general election, now set for January 25th, the EU-skeptic, anti-austerity, leftist Syriza party is likely to prevail. Syriza captured a 3% lead in the polls following mass public discontent over the harsh austerity measures Athens was forced to accept in return for a €240 billion bailout.

Austerity has plunged the economy into conditions worse than in the Great Depression. As Professor Bill Black observes, the question is not why the Greek people are rising up to reject the barbarous measures but what took them so long.

Jan 06 12:56

Greek Bonds Tumble As Report Sees "Decisive Victory" For Syriza

As The FT reports, forecasting group Oxford Economics says it has carried out an "in-depth" analysis of opinion polls ahead of Greece's snap general election on January 25, which shows that the radical Syriza party is on course to win a "clear mandate" to push through anti-austerity policies. Will German worry now?

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EVERYONE will worry. Syriza's majority is too large to defeat with election fraud. There may even be assassination attempts on their candidates. But when Syriza wins, Greece will follow Iceland's example and simply write off that portion of Greek debt attributable to fraud, which is about half of it. Greece may even leave the EU. And either case will start to trigger those credit default swaps, and while the bankers are in a position to deny the faults, doing so will collapse the derivatives market.

Jan 06 12:44

US Army Plans to Send Abrams Tanks and Bradleys to Eastern Europe

The new Army commander in Europe plans to bolster the U.S. armored presence in Poland and the Baltic states and keep rotations of U.S. troops there through next year and possibly beyond to counter Russia.

Jan 06 12:42

Ukraine preparing for war despite peace talks

In the face of ongoing ceasefire talks in Berlin and a summit next week in Kazakhstan, Ukraine is arming its military for war. European leaders are becoming less optimistic about the Kazakhstan plan.

Jan 06 10:26

Germany, France Pushing for End to Russia Sanctions

The US is keen to keep imposing new sanctions on Russia ad infinitum, and German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel warned that there are forces in the European Union who are keen to do the same to “cripple Russia.”

With the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine holding, Germany and France are both increasingly pushing back against those sanctions, however, with French President Francois Hollande calling for sanctions to be ended outright.

Jan 06 09:08

Libyan warplane bombs Greek-operated oil tanker at port, two dead

A Libyan warplane from forces loyal to the internationally recognised government bombed a Greek-operated oil tanker anchored off the coast, killing two crewmen in an escalation of hostilities between factions vying to rule the country.

Jan 06 08:18

CETA should have a GMO warning label on it in Europe

Genetically modified (GM) food is more strictly regulated in the European Union than it is in Canada or the United States. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will increase the risk of GM food entering Europe.

Jan 06 07:25

Oil Falls Below 50 As Global Financial Markets Begin To Unravel

On Monday, the price of oil fell below $50 for the first time since April 2009, and the Dow dropped 331 points. Meanwhile, the stock market declines over in Europe were even larger on a percentage basis, and the euro sank to a fresh nine year low on concerns that the anti-austerity Syriza party will be victorious in the upcoming election in Greece. These are precisely the kinds of things that we would expect to see happen if a global financial crash was coming in 2015.

Jan 05 19:48

Iceland to Withdraw EU Application: Prime Minister

Iceland is expected to withdraw its application to become a member of the European Union, the Reykjavik Grapevine reported Monday, citing the country's prime minister.

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That European Union isn't looking so attractive these days!

Jan 05 14:18

Soros: EU must take on new debt for a war against Russia.

The US investor George Soros urges Europe to a “war effort,” higher budget deficits to prepare for a war against Russia. Soros also calls for $ 20 billion in new loans from EU taxpayers for Ukraine.

Jan 05 08:40

The Chinese are Coming: Beijing in the Balkans and Eastern Europe

The chatter about Beijing’s economic surge coincided well with its Balkans drive, yet another means by which the Chinese business juggernaut is seeking satiation. Chinese diplomats and figures are not strangers to the region.

Last month, Beijing exerted its already noted muscle in the southern European, Balkans region, holding discussions with Serbian counterparts on further financial involvement. The point of convergence was the Central and Eastern European-China summit, continuing last years 16+1 initiative begun in Bucharest.

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To minimize the time goods get from China and Asia to Europe will also make those goods more attractive, from a price point perspective, to potential European companies.

Jan 05 08:09

Russia's "Startling" Proposal To Europe: Dump The US, Join The Eurasian Economic Union

In other words, just as slowly, the world is starting to grasp the bottom line: it is not the financial exposure to Russia, or the threat of financial contagion should Russia suffer a major recession or worse: it is something far simpler that will lead to the biggest harm for Europe's countries. The lack of trade. Because while central banks can monetize everything, leading to an unprecedented asset bubble which if only for the time being boosts investor and consumer confidence, they can't print trade - that all important driver of growth in a globalized world long before central banks were set to monetize over $1 trillion in bonds each and every year to mask the fact that the world is deep in a global depression.

Jan 05 07:44

‘Political manipulation’: Germany wants new Greek govt to obey forced administration

The German government insists it wants Greece to stay in the eurozone and isn’t drafting any contingency plans in case of ‘Grexit’. This shows Germany is adamant about keeping Greece under the domination of the 'troika', journalist Ernst Wolff told RT.

“The goal of the German government, the European Union and even the government in Athens itself is to keep Greece in the euro zone," German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview on Sunday.

"There were no, and there are no, other plans to the contrary," he added, without directly refuting Der Spiegel’s report that a common belief in the German government was that the eurozone is stable enough to cope with potential Greece exit.

"That's why we can't be blackmailed and why we expect the Greece government, no matter who leads it, to abide by the agreements made with the EU," Gabriel added, echoing an earlier statement by a high-ranking member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, Michael Fuchs.

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So if Greece defaults on its EU debt, what is Germany going to do, INVADE?!?

I think not.

Jan 05 07:17

Greek euro exit would be ‘Lehman Brothers squared’: economist

A decision by a new Greek government to leave the eurozone would set off devastating turmoil in financial markets even worse than the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, a leading international economist warned Saturday.

A Greek exit would likely spark runs on Greek banks and the country’s stock market and end with the imposition of severe capital controls, said Barry Eichengreen, an economic historian at the University of California at Berkeley. He spoke as part of a panel discussion on the euro EURUSD, -0.77% crisis at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting.

The exit would also spill into other countries as investors speculate about which might be next to leave the currency union, he said.

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The real problem here, should Greece leave the Euro, and default on their debt, there is a potential crash of credit default markets, which could well go global.

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