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Mar 18 08:39

Germany riot targets new ECB headquarters in Frankfurt

Dozens of people have been hurt and some 350 people arrested as anti-austerity demonstrators clashed with police in the German city of Frankfurt.

Police cars were set alight and stones were thrown in a protest against the opening of a new base for the European Central Bank (ECB).

Violence broke out close to the city's Alte Oper concert hall hours before the ECB building's official opening.

"Blockupy" activists are expected to attend a rally later on Wednesday.

Mar 18 08:28

EU-US Power Play Behind Regime Change in Russia

With “friends” like European Council President Donald Tusk and top NATO commander Gen. Philip Breedlove, the EU certainly doesn’t need enemies.

Gen. Breedhate has been spewing out his best Dr. Strangelove impersonation, warning that evil Russia is invading Ukraine on an everyday basis. The German political establishment is not amused.

Tusk, while meeting with US President Barack Obama, got Divide and Rule backwards; he insisted, “foreign adversaries” were trying to divide the US and the EU – when it’s actually the US that is trying to divide the EU from Russia. And right on cue, he blamed Russia — side by side with the fake Caliphate of ISIS/ISIL/Daesh.

Mar 18 08:15

China's Finance Ministry Welcomes New AIIB Members

The governments of France, Italy and Germany all say they will submit their confirmation letters as soon as possible.

Mar 18 08:14

Liveblog: Blockupy anti-ECB demo in Frankfurt

Frankfurt remains on alert after a morning of violence, burned cars and hundreds of arrests gave way to what is hoped to be an afternoon of peaceful protest. Organizers of the "Blockupy" demonstration against the new European Central Bank (ECB) building said they distanced themselves from the violence. Follow the latest updates here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More than likely those committing the violence are agents provocateurs to give the police an excuse to protect the most holy and sacrosanct bankers form those mean and evil people!

Mar 18 06:52

What the weak euro and strong dollar mean for the global economy

A weaker euro is engineered to get the European economy back on track. As with all monetary policy, this is good for some, bad for others. RT takes you through the winners and losers.

The euro has been sinking since the European Central Bank kicked off its €1.1 trillion asset buying program on March 9. The bank plans to print €60 billion per month to buy debt until inflation hits the target rate of 2 percent. The expected date for this is September 2016, but it could be prolonged.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When money becomes weaponized, the whole world becomes a body count!

Mar 18 05:55

Against US Strategy: Spain Calls for End to Confronting Russia

Madrid has recently joined the growing club of EU nations objecting to anti-Russian sanctions

Mar 18 05:42

EU calls for tracking computers in all vehicles to monitor, regulate travel

The controlling surveillance state is deepening, prying further into people's lives like a chisel carving its way through skin and bone. Governments have become opportunistic control freaks, centralizing their micromanagement powers whenever possible. Now the European Union is rolling out plans to monitor travel on all European roads, tracking drivers' mileages and time traveled per vehicle. This controlling scheme is not for surveillance alone; it's essentially a plan to tax every driver for the for the distance they travel on European roads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, people in Europe (and the US) are already taxed for the miles they drive with taxes on gasoline and tires. The more you drive the more you pay in those existing taxes. Adding another mileage tax (along with more surveillance) means people will be less likely to go shopping, or go to a restaurant, or theater, or sporting event, or tourist destination, meaning more of those businesses will be shut down. In the long term, adding more taxes will mean less tax revenue overall.

Mar 17 18:08

Greek PM To Meet With Putin Amid Cash Crunch

News of an upcoming meeting between Tsipras and Putin comes just days ahead of EU Summit and a €2 billion debt repayment, suggesting Athens may be playing one of its few remaining cards.

Mar 17 14:32

US Should Move Military Bases Closer to the Kremlin – General

Fox News military analyst Gen. Jack Keane believes that economic sanctions and NATO drills close to the Russian border are not enough to ensure European security, and so the US should move its air and ground bases further into Eastern Europe.

Mar 17 13:52

The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools

Today’s high school textbooks continue to largely ignore the famine, despite the fact that it was responsible for unimaginable suffering and the deaths of more than a million Irish peasants, and that it triggered the greatest wave of Irish immigration in U.S. history. Nor do textbooks make any attempt to help students link famines past and present.

Mar 17 12:43

Irish Ministers Use Taxpayer Pot of Gold to Travel in Style

The bill for Ministerial trips abroad between 2011 and 2014 has been exposed by The Journal in Ireland. Flying in jets, hiring limousines and staying in hotels across America to celebrate St. Patrick's Day has cost the Irish tax payer €705,050.

Mar 17 10:20

Germany faces paying billions to Greece in compensation for wartime atrocities after Merkel's senior advisers warn her Athens DOES HAVE a valid claim to reparations

Senior figures in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partner in government - the SPD - have united with the Green Party to declare Germany should compensate Greece to the tune of billions of pounds for wartime Nazi atrocities.

The demands come as parliamentary lawyers warned her cabinet that Greece may have a valid claim which Germany might lose if it chose to fight it all the way to the European Court of Justice.

The solidarity move threatens the united front Berlin has presented to Athens as it tries to keep the struggling country both in the eurozone and the EU. Now high-profile politicians from the SPD and the Greens have thrown their weight behind Greece to say they deserve reparations money 70 years after the end of the conflict.

Mar 17 09:12

ITALY, SPAIN TO FOLLOW IF GREECE EXITS EUROZONE, SAYS GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER

Panos Kammenos, Greece’s defense minister, spoke to German newspaper “Bild” on Saturday, saying his country’s leaving the euro could precede an exit by Italy and Spain, followed by Germany in the future. “If Greece explodes, Spain and Italy will be next and then at some point, Germany. We therefore need to find a way within the eurozone, but this way cannot be that the Greeks keep on having to pay,” Kammenos told Bild.

Mar 17 08:15

Spanish Bank Seeks Creditor Protection After Withdrawals

Banco de Madrid SA stopped operations and is seeking protection from creditors after the U.S. accused its parent, Banca Privada d’Andorra, of money laundering.

Customers of the Spanish bank withdrew significant amounts of funds, leading to a “strong deterioration” of its financial situation, according an e-mailed statement Monday from Banco of Spain, the central bank. Client deposits of up to 100,000 euros ($105,000) are guaranteed by Spain’s deposit-guarantee fund, the central bank said.

Mar 17 07:09

Italy, Spain to follow if Greece exits eurozone, says Greek defense minister

Panos Kammenos, Greece's defense minister, spoke to German newspaper "Bild" on Saturday, saying his country's leaving the euro could precede an exit by Italy and Spain, followed by Germany in the future.

Mar 17 06:55

Defying U.S., European allies say they'll join China-led bank

Germany, France and Italy said on Tuesday they had agreed to join a new China-led Asian investment bank after close ally Britain defied U.S. pressure to become a founder member of a venture seen in Washington as a rival to the World Bank.

Mar 17 05:45

STRATFOR: US AIMS TO PREVENT A GERMAN-RUSSIAN ALLIANCE

The head of the private intelligence agency Stratfor has for the first time publicly said that the US government considers to be its overriding strategic objective the prevention of a German-Russian alliance. Blocking that alliance is the only way to prevent an alternative world power capable of challenging extension of the American position of being the world’s lone superpower.

Mar 17 03:20

The Origin of the ‘New Cold War’

The ‘new Cold War,’ against Russia, is something of a misnomer, because it differs from the original version, against the U.S.S.R., in that it’s already a hot war, which started in Ukraine as being the key proxy-state for the American Government’s chief foreign-policy aim, of defeating Russia; and it’s a war that is very bloody, and widely lied-about in both the U.S. and Europe, but that is discussed in Russia as if it were somehow the result of mere errors by Western powers, when in fact all of the Western leaders knew from the get-go that this was intended to be a lynching of Russia by Uncle Sam, and when the EU have been going along with this aim because the U.S. aristocracy supposedly have the interests of European aristocrats in mind and not only their own: it’s ‘the Western Alliance,’ after all.

Mar 16 23:40

Bibi and 47 Senators Strike Dark Discordant Note

Newly-elected Senator Cotton and neocon leader Bill Kristol are now doing the work of AIPAC, and their pro-Israel, anti-Iran funders are standing with a foreign leader on a foreign policy issue against their own president.

It could be Netanyahu again, even if he runs second in the final results. If the Herzog-Livni coalition is successful, they have already announced that they will rotate the office of Prime Minister.

Whatever the final outcome, AIPAC will be standing by, awaiting its marching orders.

Mar 16 15:50

Irish economy was wrecked by 50 tycoons who cost taxpayer €64bn, study claims

An elite group of around 50 men ran up massive debts that brought the country to the brink and cost the taxpayer more than €64billion.

Mar 16 14:55

Making NATO defunct: Is EU Army intended to reduce US influence in Europe?

An EU military force is being justified as protection from Russia, but it may also be a way of reducing US influence as the EU and Germany come to loggerheads with the US and NATO over Ukraine.

Mar 16 14:29

West losing up to €40bn from sanctions war– leading Russian MP

Western countries are experiencing loses of up to €40 billion as the sanctions imposed by them on Russia impede productive cooperation, claims Aleksey Pushkov, Chairman of Russian State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Mar 16 14:17

Slovakia Opposes Immediate Extension of Anti-Russian Sanctions

Slovakia opposes an immediate extension of economic sanctions against Russia, Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajcak told reporters after the meeting of EU foreign ministers, replying to the question of when economic sanctions against Russia should be extended.

Mar 16 13:51

Sweden's Jews still face threat says Obama team

The situation for Jews in Sweden has improved, but there is still cause for concern, said President Obama's special envoy against anti-Semitism, Ira Forman, during a high profile visit to Malmö on Monday.

Mar 16 13:27

Italian police: 'Isis flag' turned out to be jacket in tree

Police called to investigate an alleged Isis flag hanging outside an apartment building in Italy made a surprise discovery, finding what they feared may be extremist propaganda was, in fact, a resident’s washing put out to dry.

Mar 16 13:13

Italy: Appeal for calm after murder by immigrant

The murder has caused a surge in anti-immigrant sentiment, led by far-right Northern League leader Matteo Salvini. The politician has called for a class action against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his deputy Angelino Alfano for the government’s immigrant rescue programme, Mare Nostrum.

Mar 16 13:08

BEX Alert: Jihadi cell threat to Spanish royal family

A jihadist cell that was ready to launch an attack on Spain before being dismantled by police last week had plans to target King Felipe VI, it has emerged.

Mar 16 13:02

Greek exit mooted by German finance minister

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Friday a disorderly Greek exit from the eurozone could not be excluded if Athens fails to reach a deal with its international creditors.

Mar 16 10:29

Euro Crash

Mar 16 06:25

In its Desperation, Scandal-Riddled Spanish Government Criminalizes Solidarity Among Citizens

On Tuesday, March 10, 19 Spanish citizens were rounded up in dawn raids by the Madrid police. They are accused of committing a crime against the Spanish state. That crime? Trying to prevent, through passive, non-violent resistance, the forced eviction of a local resident. If found guilty, the suspects could face crippling fines.

Welcome to Rajoy’s Spain, where helping out your neighbor in his or her hour of need is now an administrative crime.

Mar 16 05:55

Shock: Germany Mulls Cyprus Solution to Solve Grexit?

Dominant Social Theme: Banks need to be bailed out? Take the funds from their depositors. Simple enough ...

Free-Market Analysis: Now the Cyprus episode begins to become clearer. What the EU needed was a precedent, and apparently Cyprus sufficed.

Mar 16 02:23

Europe’s Debt: Lies and Myths

Myths are dangerous precisely because they rely more on cultural memory and prejudice than facts, and behind the current crisis between Greece and the European Union (EU) lays a fable that bears little relationship to why Athens and a number of other countries in the 28-member organization find themselves in deep distress.

Mar 15 17:30

The Austrian Black Swan Claims Its First Foreign Casualty: German Duesselhyp Collapses, To Be Bailed Out

Moments ago we got confirmation that the next domino from the appearance of the Austrian black swan has tipped over, following a Reuters report that Germany's deposit protection fund will take over the property lender Duesseldorfer Hypothekenbank AG (DuesselHyp), which has "run into problems" due to its exposure to Austrian lender Hypo Alpe Adria's "bad bank" Heta.

Mar 15 16:12

An EU Army to face Russia? Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Juncker?

Nigel Farage speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s plans for an EU army, 11 March 2015.

Mar 15 14:20

Russians Have Had Enough of the West

The post-modernist west is unable to comprehend a self-confident modern Russia.

Mar 15 11:42

The BAD War: Chronology of Events, from 1848 - WWII

Mike King is a private investigative journalist and researcher based in the New York City area. A 1987 graduate of Rutgers University, King's subsequent 27 year career in Marketing & Advertising has equipped him with a unique perspective when it comes to understanding how "public opinion" is scientifically manufactured.

Mar 15 09:42

'Mistrust Is Growing': European Leaders Blast GOP Senators for Letter to Iran

An open letter to Iranian leaders from 47 Republican senators has provoked sharp rebuke from European countries that are party to the nuclear talks.

Germany's foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier blasted the U.S. GOP senators on Thursday, telling journalists, "This is not just an issue of American domestic politics, but it affects the negotiations we are holding in Geneva."

"Obviously mistrust is growing," he added.

Mar 15 09:41

Ukraine plans joint military exercises with U.S., Poland for 2015

President Petro Poroshenko has introduced a bill to parliament to let foreign armed forces into Ukraine to take part in five joint exercises with Ukrainian forces.

According to the draft law, Ukraine plans three Ukrainian-American command post exercises, Fearless Guardian 2015, Sea Breeze 2015 and Saber Guardian/Rapid Trident 2015, and two Ukrainian-Polish exercises, Secure Skies 2015, and Law and Order 2015, for this year.

Mar 15 08:12

In its Desperation, Scandal-Riddled Spanish Government Criminalizes Solidarity Among Citizens

On Tuesday, March 10, 19 Spanish citizens were rounded up in dawn raids by the Madrid police. They are accused of committing a crime against the Spanish state. That crime? Trying to prevent, through passive, non-violent resistance, the forced eviction of a local resident. If found guilty, the suspects could face crippling fines.

Welcome to Rajoy’s Spain, where helping out your neighbor in his or her hour of need is now an administrative crime.

A Not-So-Silent Tragedy

In most countries that have experienced foreclosure epidemics, the eviction of neighbors and local residents is usually a quiet, if not silent, tragedy. Often people don’t realize that their neighbors have gone until hours, days or even weeks have passed. Some may never even notice.

Mar 14 22:53

Poroshenko: 11 EU states struck deal with Ukraine to deliver weapons, including lethal

Ukraine has concluded deals with eleven countries of the EU on delivery of weapons, including lethal, President Petro Poroshenko told the country’s TV. He, however, didn’t mention which countries will provide ‘defensive aid’ to Kiev.

“The Head of State has informed that Ukraine had contracts with a series of the EU countries on the supply of armament, inter alia, lethal one. He has reminded that official embargo of the EU on the supply of weapons to Ukraine had been abolished,” said a statement on Poroshenko’s official website, citing his interview to the TV channel "1+1".

According to Poroshenko’s statement, he is confident that EU and USA will support Ukraine with weapons if needed.

Mar 14 10:32

Guns on Parade: U.S. Army sending armored convoy 1,100 miles through Europe

The convoy is "a highly visible demonstration of U.S, commitment to its NATO allies and demonstrating NATO's ability to move military forces freely across allied borders in close cooperation," U.S. Army Europe spokesman Lt. Col. Craig Childs, said in a statement, according to the Stripes report. The troops and vehicles involved will be moving from training exercises conducted as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland, the report said. They'll move through Latvia and the Czech Republic as they make their way to Vilseck, Germany, about a 40 miles drive from the Czech border.

Mar 14 09:31

Officials deny report that EU blocked nuclear fuel deal

Russian, Hungarian and EU officials on Friday denied a Financial Times report that claimed that the EU blocked a multibillion deal under which Hungary is to buy nuclear fuel rods from Russia for its Paks nuclear power plant.

Mar 14 09:04

Greece: what now?

The arrogant outcry of many anti-euro people about a “great betrayal” concerning to the agreement signed by Tsipras government is irritating and risible.

They just take as valid the narration of pro-euro mass media which in their turn repeat and amplify the German version, that is intended to prove that the Greek government signed the terms of unilateral surrender. But it is not just that! It’s evident that they are so much blind with their conceit to point the finger at the victims and not at the torturers. The moral of the story is that, in their opinion, Euro-Germany scored a massive victory and, furthermore, the Greek matter would be closed, deleted.

Probably things are not like that.

Mar 14 08:26

Italy, Spain to follow if Greece exits eurozone, says Greek Defense Minister

Greece's Defence Minister Panos Kammenos has said his country's exit from the eurozone could be followed by Italy, Spain and even Germany. Kammenos' interview comes amid lack of progress in Greece's bailout plan.

Mar 14 08:19

US, UK, and China battle over which bank gets to exploit Third World

US officials are currently in an uproar over the United Kingdom’s decision to become a founding member of the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. This is a decision that forecasts a massive change in the world economy. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is setting itself up to be direct competition to the World Bank and IMF. These two little known institutions truly cement the West as the dominant powers in the world. The policies of the new bank will be in direct opposition to those of the World Bank.

Mar 14 06:58

Currency Wars: UK support for China-backed Asia bank prompts US concern

The US has expressed concern over the UK's bid to become a founding member of a Chinese-backed development bank. The UK is the first big Western economy to apply for membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Mar 13 15:14

NATO's Massive Show of Force in Latvia - What's the Endgame?

The end goal of the EU/NATO saber-rattling targeting Russia, he said, is to "reinforce the existing supranational institutions of the West – the European Union, on the one hand, and the transatlantic bond on the other." Russia as the enemy will give some meaning and legitimacy to the ongoing maintenance of the European Union and NATO. The EU leadership is firmly behind this project, he added, but it remains to be seen how much of the population supports such a gambit.

Mar 13 13:58

Majority of Germans in favour of 'Grexit'

In a survey conducted by the Politbarometer of the Mannheim Research Group, 52% of respondents said that Greece shouldn’t stay in the eurozone, 40% said Greece should, and 8% weren’t sure.

Mar 13 13:16

Entire board of Spanish bank resigns amid money laundering probe

The entire board of Spain’s Banco de Madrid has resigned after its Andorran owner was accused by the US of money laundering for clients from China, Russia and Venezuela.

Mar 13 13:05

Kiev Admits Existence of Contracts on Delivery of Lethal Weapons From EU

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that Ukraine has contracts with a range of EU countries on delivery of weaponry, including lethal.

Mar 13 07:40

Europe Has A Modest Proposal For Greece; "Don't Pay Wages For One Or Two Months"

The Greek media is ablaze with just what Europe's proposed solution to this issue may be. As Protothema and Capital report, the Troika proposed that Athens halt the payment of salaries and pensions for one to two months. This, according to Europe, would promptly tackle the problem of liquidity and find a solution to Greek problem of how to pay back bailout loan tranches to creditors when suffering from liquidity problems.

Mar 13 07:38

Germany says Greece may face exit from eurozone

Germany’s finance minister says Greece may leave the 19-member eurozone if the administration in Athens fails to clinch a final agreement with its international creditors.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with German-language Austrian public broadcaster, ORF, on Friday, Wolfgang Schaeuble said the possibility of Greece’s departure from the European Union’s monetary bloc cannot be excluded.

“To the extent that Greece is solely responsible and decides what is to happen, and we don’t know exactly what Greek leaders are doing, we can’t exclude it,” he said in reference to an exit from the eurozone by the Greek government.

“Europe is ready to help Greece, but Greece must let itself be helped,” Schaeuble stated.

Mar 13 07:06

Nordics close Russia hub over 'spying' claim

After accusations from Russia that its offices in Saint Petersburg and Kaliningrad were filled with ‘foreign agents’, the Nordic Council of Ministers decided on Wednesday to shut its offices down in protest.

Mar 13 06:56

How Iran and the US intersect in “Syraq”

The self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration, with its rambling foreign policy, is driving the real Masters of the Universe who control the current world system absolutely crazy.

A cliffhanger debate will take place this Wednesday at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Picture Secretary of State John Kerry, new Pentagon supremo Ashton Carter, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey all testifying in the same room.

The meat of the matter: the House of Cards, sorry, US Congress mulling over what’s the real deal behind the Obama administration’s proposal to use “military force” in Syria, and whether to impose a no-fly zone to protect Syrian “rebels”.

Mar 13 06:24

Iceland drops application to join European Union

Iceland says it has informed the European Union (EU) that it is no longer interested in pursuing a bid to join the 28-nation bloc.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Well then, we'll just overthrow your government and MAKE you join like we did Ukraine!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 13 06:02

European Central Bank ‘asphyxiating’ Greece - Varoufakis

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said the European Central Bank is holding cash-strapped Athens in a choke-hold in order to push through negotiations on the country’s bailout program.

The European Central Bank has essentially cut Greece off from short-term lending, which makes borrowing more expensive for the already heavily-indebted nation. If Athens doesn’t strike a deal with Brussels, they will lose emergency assistance funding from the ECB.

Mar 13 05:44

Spain puts 'gag' on freedom of expression as senate approves security law

The Spanish senate has voted to push forward with controversial changes to the country’s public security laws, cracking down on Spaniards’ rights of freedom of assembly and expression despite opposition from activists and human rights groups.

Mar 13 05:40

EU Member States Struggle to Agree on Renewing Sanctions in Russia

The European Union's 28 governments have not reached an agreement on renewing economic sanctions on Russia that expire in July, a senior EU official said Friday.

Mar 13 04:19

NATO’s Shadow of Nazi Operation Barbarossa

Russia can perceive, rightly, the continuum of aggression.

NATO’s Operation Atlantic Resolve paced ahead this week with the latest arrival of more US military forces in the Baltic region.

Under the guise of defending eastern Europe from «Russian aggression», more than 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley armoured personnel carriers rolled into Latvia. Last month, a similar motorised display of military support was deployed in Estonia – in the town of Narva – with American flags flown by the US Army’s Second Calvary Regiment just 300 metres from the Russian border.

Mar 13 02:21

NATO’s Shadow of Nazi Operation Barbarossa

For Russia, the menacing military encirclement of Operation Atlantic Resolve has profoundly bad resonance with the past, and for good reasoning. Operation Barbarossa – only 74 years ago – is seared into Russian consciousness through immense human suffering. Russia was then on the brink of extirpation and was only saved by the heroic sacrifice of millions of its people; any nation would never allow such a danger to ever come close again.

Mar 13 02:16

EU moves to block €12bn Russia-Hungary nuclear deal

The European Union is opposing a multibillion deal under which Hungary is to buy nuclear fuel rods from Russia for its old Paks nuclear power plant. Some media claim the deal has been blocked, though Budapest denies the reports.

Mar 12 17:04

Iceland Drops Bid For EU Membership

Mar 12 17:03

Germans Furious After Varoufakis/Tsipras Admit "Greece Will Never Repay Its Debts"

The Greco-Germanic war of words continues... Having pissed off The Greeks with his "Troika" remarks, Germany's Schaeuble went on today to more ad hominum attacks by reportedly calling the Greek FinMin "foolishly naive." The Greek ambassador has 'officially' complained to "friend and ally" Germany about the personal insult. But The Greeks had the last laugh, as first Varoufakis and then Tsipras explained respectively that "Greece would never pay back its debts," and "Greece cannot pretend its debt burden is sustainable." The German response, via tabloid Bild, "there must be an end to this madness. Europe must not be made to look stupid."

Mar 12 15:23

How Central Banks Harness Governments - The ECB’s Noose Around Greece

Remember when the infamous Goldman Sachs delivered a thinly-veiled threat to the Greek Parliament in December, warning them to elect a pro-austerity prime minister or risk having central bank liquidity cut off to their banks? It seems the European Central Bank (headed by Mario Draghi, former managing director of Goldman Sachs International) has now made good on the threat.

Mar 12 14:17

Iceland announces it is dropping bid to join EU

Iceland has dropped its bid to join the European Union, the Foreign Ministry in Reykjavik says. The announcement follows pledges made by the country’s euro-skeptic government since winning the 2013 election.

Mar 12 12:03

EU leaders unlikely to tighten Russia sanctions at meeting next week: diplomats

European Union leaders are unlikely to tighten sanctions on Russia when they meet next week but will haggle over whether they need to act now to prolong economic sanctions on Russia expiring in July, diplomats said on Thursday.

Mar 12 11:10

Are Alarm Bells Ringing Over Greece's Pivot To Russia?

While this Russian pivot meme was the stuff of conspiracy theorists just weeks ago, The BBC is now asking directly, "could Europe lose Greece to Russia?" and with more Greeks positive on Russia (61%) than Europe (23%), it should not shock anyone.

Mar 12 10:07

The last great run for the U.S. dollar, death of the Euro and $74T in currency derivatives at risk

Are we on the verge of an unprecedented global currency crisis?

Mar 12 07:53

Greece threatens to seize property, land and businesses belonging to Germany if Angela Merkel does not agree to pay compensation for WWII occupation

Greece is threatening to seize property, land and businesses belonging to Germany if Berlin does not agree to compensate it for the Nazi occupation of the Second World War.

Prime minister Alexis Tsipras has demanded Germany pay more than £112billion in reparations.

He said previous payments did not cover demands for destroyed infrastructure, compensation for war crimes and the return of a forced loan to the Nazis.

Mar 12 07:01

Israel demolishes EU-funded shelter in East Jerusalem

28-nation bloc condemns bulldozing of structure for Bedouin community near Issawiya, which was empty at the time.

Mar 12 06:44

Sweden offers the Kiev junta a $100 million loan

This is, of course, over and above the four-year aid package which would see the Kiev regime receive $40 billion in loans from western sources, $17.5 billion of which will come from the ever-charitable IMF.

Mar 12 05:24

Removing Israel from American politics

It is writing such as this, which illustrates and illuminates the extent of Zionist infiltration in the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave," which will drive home to the "American" public what has happened to their "dream, which may eventually stir them to action of some sort to bring it to an end... if anything will!

It is certainly past time to push back against an organization that is brazenly promoting the interests of a foreign government at the expense of the American people.

Shutting Down AIPAC

I would like to concentrate on two issues. First is the nature of the special relationship between Israel and the United States and second is the role of the Israel Lobby and most particularly AIPAC in shaping that relationship.

Mar 12 05:19

Iran Foreign Minister: We Believe We Are ‘Very Close’ to Nuke Deal

Ian’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, spoke with NBC News’ Ann Curry Wednesday (March 5th 2015).

Iran's FM: I read the American constitution, I believe the– executive has the prerogative over foreign policy and for any foreign government, it has to lead with the executive. That’s the only way you can have international affairs. So I will accept the commitment of the U.S. government, the U.S. administration, about what– going to do. And I will– I mean if they have an agreement, I will hold them accountable.

ANN CURRY: Where’s the area of the major stumbling block?

Mar 12 05:15

Nuland’s Mastery of Ukraine Propaganda

So, did Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland mislead Congress or just play a propaganda game, asks Robert Parry.

An early skill learned by Official Washington’s neoconservatives, when they were cutting their teeth inside the U.S. government in the 1980s, was how to frame their arguments in the most propagandistic way, so anyone who dared to disagree with any aspect of the presentation seemed unpatriotic or crazy.

During my years at The Associated Press and Newsweek, I dealt with a number of now prominent neocons who were just starting out and mastering these techniques at the knee of top CIA psychological warfare specialist Walter Raymond Jr., who had been transferred to President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council staff where Raymond oversaw inter-agency task forces that pushed Reagan’s hard-line agenda in Central America and elsewhere.

Mar 11 18:08

Saving World Heritage – the West’s New R2P Pretext

The ideological arsenal of pretexts for US military interventions are depleted, redundant, spent or thoroughly disgraced.

Is the defence of world heritage sites in Iraq the new «responsibility to protect» (R2P) doctrine to justify Western intervention in the geo-strategically important region? The timing coincides with renewed admonitions from the United States and Saudi Arabia for a coalition of ground forces to defeat the Islamic State network in Iraq and Syria – and just when Iraqi and Syrian forces appear to be decisively pushing back the extremists in both countries.

The US and its Western allies have long used the doctrine of «responsibility to protect» or «R2P» as a flimsy pretext for military intervention.They found success with various tropes, including the «War on Terror», the elimination of «weapons of mass destruction», and the Responsibility to Protect» human rights.

Mar 11 18:03

Getting Past the Issue of Being Jewish

In the United States we may be approaching a tipping point in the struggle against Zionist racism and Israeli oppression.

The struggle is against racism, discrimination, oppression, occupation and illegal colonization because they are evils no matter who perpetrates them.

The Israeli case has to be prioritized because Israel and its Zionist allies have bought and bullied our own government and political parties in a corrupting manner.

Mar 11 17:52

Nigel Farage Rages At Juncker's "European Army" Proposal

"We ourselves in the European Union provoked the conflict through our territorial expansionism in the Ukraine. We poked the Russian bear with a stick, and unsurprisingly, Putin reacted. But this now is to be used as an opportunity to build a European army... And Mr. Juncker said, we must convey to Russia that we are serious. Who do you think you are kidding, Mr. Juncker?"

Mar 11 17:05

Grexit Guaranteed!

Mar 11 16:40

The Italian village buried under EIGHT FEET of snow in one day (and it's not even in the mountains)

A record has been set for the most snowfall in a day after a tiny Italian village was dumped with 100 inches in 18 hours - forcing residents to ski between houses and climb out of second-floor windows.

The village of Capracotta, located in central Italy around 125 miles east of Rome, was hit with the polar blast on March 5 in a remarkable blizzard aggravated by powerful wind gusts.

Breaking a 1921 record set in Silver Lake, Colorado, of 76 inches, incredible photos from inside the village show walls of snow carved out from the fronts of doors and shops.

Mar 11 16:35

EU to lift ban on importing chicken from the U.S. which has been washed in controversial acid disinfectant

The EU is set to lift a ban on imports of chicken from the United States which are washed with a suspect acid disinfectant.

American producers routinely wash raw chicken following slaughter with a substance called peroxyacetic acid (PAA) to remove harmful bacteria.

The practice has been banned in Britain and Europe for many years because of a determination to remove harmful bugs at source, rather than using disinfectants to clean up carcasses.

There are also concerns that reliance on these washes could put consumers at risk by playing a part in the creation of superbugs.

However, the European Commission has signalled that it plans to lift the ban following pressure from the American government and US chicken producers.

Mar 11 15:28

The Last, Great Run For The U.S. Dollar, The Death Of The Euro And 74 Trillion In Currency Derivatives At Risk

Are we on the verge of an unprecedented global currency crisis? On Tuesday, the euro briefly fell below $1.07 for the first time in almost a dozen years. And the U.S. dollar continues to surge against almost every other major global currency. The U.S. dollar index has now risen an astounding 23 percent in just the last eight months. That is the fastest pace that the U.S. dollar has risen since 1981. You might be tempted to think that a stronger U.S. dollar is good news, but it isn’t. A strong U.S. dollar hurts U.S. exports, thus harming our economy. In addition, a weak U.S. dollar has fueled tremendous expansion in emerging markets around the planet over the past decade or so. When the dollar becomes a lot stronger, it becomes much more difficult for those countries to borrow more money and repay old debts. In other words, the emerging market “boom” is about to become a bust...

Mar 11 12:06

Traders at Barclays and Deutsche Bank questioned over Euribor rigging

The UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is questioning former traders from Barclays and Deutsche Bank over possible Euribor rigging.

Mar 11 10:50

E.C.B. Bond-Buying Program Is ‘Pointing in the Right Direction,’ Draghi Says

FRANKFURT — The president of the European Central Bank defended its fledgling asset purchase program before a skeptical audience on Wednesday, saying the benefits were filtering down to consumers and businesses while protecting the rest of the eurozone from the political turmoil in Greece.

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Mar 11 09:15

Greece threatens to seize property, land and businesses belonging to Germany if Angela Merkel does not agree to pay compensation for WWII occupation

Greece is threatening to seize property, land and businesses belonging to Germany if Berlin does not agree to compensation for Nazi wartime occupation.

The threat is seen as the latest stake-raising in the standoff between Athens and the EU over renegotiating Greek debt because of the euro crisis.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that Germany owes his country war compensation worth hundreds of billions of euros.

Mar 11 07:53

The euro’s tumbling _ here’s why

The main reason is the European Central Bank has not only cut interest rates but also started creating more euros to put into the financial system.

The ECB had been reluctant to do so for years, but in 2014 it changed course. As policymakers faced the prospect of minimal growth and falling prices, which can further weigh on an economy, it cut its main interest rate in September to 0.05 percent. The move hit the euro by reducing the potential returns on investments in the eurozone.

As that proved insufficient to turn the eurozone around, the ECB has started buying government bonds in the markets with newly-created money.

Mar 11 06:41

Troops and hardware from 3rd Infantry Division heading to Eastern Europe

Thousands of troops and major hardware from the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division are heading to the Baltic region to reassure NATO allies fearful of Russian aggression, according to the Pentagon.

Mar 11 05:17

High for a day: Ecstasy, other drugs now legal in Ireland – until MPs close loophole

WEBMASTER ADDITION: "Leprechauns! I see Leprechauns!!"

Mar 11 02:49

Slash-and-Burn to Oblivion - The Technocorporate Empire State Strikes Back

Now-failed states like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Libya are the blueprint for a world order modeled on the principles of a slash-and-burn corporate structure that seeks to eliminate “non-performers” from its vast portfolio. Surplus labor worldwide has been given the pink slip in the form of an order of execution, and condemned to live out its numbered days warehoused in squalor. Israel’s once refined methods of incremental genocide has now evolved into a more efficient method of mass extermination for its one-time cheap labor force, now permanently confined in the world’s largest prison on land coveted for an emerging class of settler-property developers. Whether these “non-performers” reside in the Gaza strip, housed in some US immigration detention center, or “loitering” on some pre-gentrified patch of concrete, the memo from HQ is explicit in its downsizing imperatives worldwide.

Mar 11 02:40

Obama’s Iran Policy Close to Failure

The realization that the termination of years long process of seeking diplomatic solution of the Iranian problem may be close at hand has exacerbated the confrontation between the Congress and the President to the extent where lawmakers appear to be ready to deviate from the Constitution.

Mar 10 19:41

The Last, Great Run For The U.S. Dollar, The Death Of The Euro And 74 Trillion In Currency Derivatives At Risk

Are we on the verge of an unprecedented global currency crisis?  On Tuesday, the euro briefly fell below $1.07 for the first time in almost a dozen years.  And the U.S. dollar continues to surge against almost every other major global currency.  The U.S. dollar index has now risen an astounding 23 percent in just the last eight months.  That is the fastest pace that the U.S. dollar has risen since 1981. 

Mar 10 17:23

U.S. Military Moves To Russian Borders For First Time Ever

RIGA, Latvia: Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division offload an M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank from the transportation vessel “Liberty Promise” March 9 at the Riga Universal Terminal docks. More than 100 pieces of equipment, including the tanks, M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and assorted military cargo, will move on to sites in other areas of Latvia as well as Estonia and Lithuania in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Mar 10 15:58

The ECB’s Noose Around Greece: How Central Banks Harness Governments

Remember when the infamous Goldman Sachs delivered a thinly-veiled threat to the Greek Parliament in December, warning them to elect a pro-austerity prime minister or risk having central bank liquidity cut off to their banks? (See January 6th post here.) It seems the European Central Bank (headed by Mario Draghi, former managing director of Goldman Sachs International) has now made good on the threat.

Mar 10 15:49

Putin Signs Law on Loan Restructuring for Cyprus

President Vladimir Putin endorsed the restructuring of an intergovernmental agreement on a state financial loan for Cyprus, signed in December 2011. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law to ratify a protocol on the restructuring of a loan to Cyprus, according to a document published on Russia's official website for legal information Monday.

Mar 10 14:43

US Applies Pressure to States Opposing Anti-Russian Sanctions - Nuland

US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland said the US put pressure on Hungary, Greece, and Cyprus, whose leaders have opposed anti-Russian sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"JUST DO IT. DO YOU HEAR ME? JUST @#$%ING DO IT!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 10 14:40

Why Is the West Spoiling for a Fight with Russia?

A conflict over Ukraine would be catastrophic.

Mar 10 14:18

Russian experts: common EU army idea unviable

The idea of creating a common European army cannot be implemented in the foreseeable future as the United States is not interested in this proposal while the EU budgets have their limits, experts polled by TASS said on Tuesday.
"A single European army, if it is created, will not pose a potential threat to Russia. This is just an attempt and not the first attempt by Europeans to give up the US military diktat" the defense analyst told TASS.
"The idea of creating a common European army doesn’t look realistic at the current stage over the unwillingness of EU countries to finance new projects. The United States has repeatedly turned to its allies with a demand to increase security expenditures as NATO members. It would be unaffordable even for the UK, which has an army of just 140,000 servicemen, to finance another military structure, military expert Alexander Golts told TASS.

Mar 10 14:18

Estonian government re-elected because Russian minority can't vote

Estonia's ruling Reform Party won the election over the Centrist Party favored by the country's ethnic Russian minority by just 16,000 votes. However, nearly 100,000 ethnic Russians in Estonia have no right to vote.

Mar 10 13:54

Splitting the Atlantic Alliance - NATO Lies and Provocations

The fabrications of NATO’s top commander in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, have driven a wedge between Germany and the United States that could lead to a collapse of the Atlantic Alliance. According to the German news magazine, Der Spiegel, Breedlove has repeatedly sabotaged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempts to find a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine by spreading “dangerous propaganda” that is misleading the public about Russian “troop advances on the border, (and) the amassing of munitions and alleged columns of Russian tanks.” But while the unusually critical article singles out Breedlove for his hyperbolic exaggerations of so-called Russian aggression, the real purpose of the Spiegel piece is to warn Washington that EU leaders will not support a policy of military confrontation with Moscow.

Mar 10 13:16

Ideological and Geopolitical Origins of the EU, Part I: Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi's Pan-Europa

In order to understand the current crisis in Europe created by the cultural Marxist practices and policies of immigration and multiculturalism there is a need to understand the ideological roots of parallel yet intersecting movements. One such movement has been a geopolitical effort, undertaken by various leading statesmen, aimed at creating a pan-European economic order that essentially suppresses ethnic European bonds in favour of cosmopolitan ideals.

Mar 10 12:54

Germany’s biggest “anti-racism” crusader pleads guilty to child porn

Edathy was Germany’s Morris Dees. He made a lucrative career hyping fictional “right-wing threats.

Mar 10 08:12

Euro Nears Parity With U.S. Dollar

The euro is nearing parity with the U.S. dollar as the common currency sank to a 12-year low of €1.0735 versus the greenback on Tuesday. The euro’s fall is fueled by falling European bond yields, concerns about Greece, and the overall grim outlook for the global economy.

There is no fuss, no sense of urgency, just a matter-of-fact move lower for the single unit that is now backed by a quantitative easing (QE) program. The onset of large-scale European Central Bank (ECB) QE is also weighing heavily on the EUR. This is allowing the mighty USD to continue to rack up multiyear highs across a number of currency fronts; supported by stronger U.S. fundamental data (strong U.S. jobs and full employment) and some hawkish Federal Reserve talk.

(*ie. bull$#!^
we're at war with the whole world)

Mar 10 07:12

The Origin of the ‘New Cold War’

To start with: the ‘new Cold War,’ against Russia, is something of a misnomer, because it differs from the original version, against the U.S.S.R., in that it’s already a hot war, which started in Ukraine as being the key proxy-state for the American Government’s chief foreign-policy aim, of defeating Russia; and it’s a war that is very bloody, and widely lied-about in both the U.S. and Europe, but that is discussed in Russia as if it were somehow the result of mere errors by Western powers, when in fact all of the Western leaders knew from the get-go that this was intended to be a lynching of Russia by Uncle Sam, and when the EU have been going along with this aim because the U.S. aristocracy supposedly have the interests of European aristocrats in mind and not only their own: it’s ’the Western Alliance,’ after all.

Mar 10 06:59

Defiant Greece at daggers drawn with EU creditors

If Greeks are forced to choose between a restoration of their dignity or continued Troika humiliation, they will choose dignity, says the Greek prime minister

Mar 10 06:05

The Power of Israel over the United States

There is much idle chatter from liberals, leftists and progressives, claiming that Netanyahu’s ‘brazen intervention’would backfire;

There have been times when history has played tricks with man and…has magnified the features of essentially small persons into a parody of greatness--Rabindranath Tagore(on Benito Mussolini)

How is it that the ruler (Benjamin Netanyahu) of a puny country (Israel) of 8.2 million (6.2 million Jews) with the 37th biggest economy (GDP in current prices) in the world dictates war policy and secures the willing submission of the legislature of the largest economy and most powerful military empire in the world?

What significance does Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress have, beyond the fact that he uses it as a platform to attack the elected President of the US, to denounce US peace negotiations and to demand that Congress adopt policies designed to precipitate a war with Iran?

Mar 09 22:05

Despite Positive Spin, Is Greece Still Under Troika's Thumb?

While Greece's left-leaning new government attempted to put a positive spin on Monday's continued talks with European finance ministers, conflicting reports indicate that Syriza's plan to distance the country from its austerity-imposing creditors, the so-called Troika, may be dashed for now.

Mar 09 17:14

European Commission Chief Wants to Create New EU Army

The European Union is unique among the nations of history. Most governing bodies are built around a culture and language that is shared amongst the people they rule, which is then followed by a shared system of laws, courts, defense forces, currency etc. Or in the case of an empire, the system hinges upon military dominance, which then enforces those conditions on every culture it can gobble up.

But the European Union is the only nation (to my knowledge) that attempted to use monetary and economic policy (the Euro) to unite a diverse set of culture, before turning into a real government in its own right. The only thing missing from the EU, is its own standing army. While each EU nation has a military, they still exercise some degree of sovereignty over their defense forces (at least on paper).

Mar 09 15:40

From Libya to Italy in search of freedom

Graham Peebles decries the intolerance, paranoia and hate that greets people from Africa and the Middle East who risk life and limb to flee the hell that has become their wracked countries.

Mar 09 12:42

US Acts as Terrorist State Waging Finance War Against Russia – Magazine

The United States is waging a finance war against Moscow in a bid to weaken Russia to a point of economic and social destruction, the Austrian Contra magazine said, adding that this campaign goes against international law, WTO rules and bilateral agreements.

Mar 09 12:25

OVER 100 US ARMORED VEHICLES ROLL INTO LATVIA, NATO FLEXES MUSCLES IN EUROPE

Latvia has confirmed more than 120 armored units, including tanks, have been delivered by the US. According to the Latvian Ministry of Defense, these include M1A2 Abrams tanks and M2A3 Bradley armored vehicles.

The move to deploy yet more tanks and armored vehicles was welcomed by Latvian Minister of Defense Raymond Vejonis.“The presence of our allies (US and NATO) in Latvia is a confirmation of solidarity and security in the region,” Vejonis said in a statement on Twitter.

Mar 09 12:12

Proposed European Army: Good Idea or Bad?

For sure what the world needs now is less militarism, not more. World peace depends on demilitarization - especially eliminating all radiological, chemical, biological and other banned weapons.

Mar 09 11:33

‘F—k the EU,’ Revisited

When Victoria Nuland, the neoconservative éminence grise of the Obama administration, uttered her now infamous "F—k the EU!" in a phone call with US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, it was a supremely embarrassing moment for Washington. Aside from the scandal of a top US official in referring to our European allies in such vulgar terms, not to mention the ease with which Russian intelligence tapped into presumably secure phone lines, the revelation of growing hostility between the US and the EU was akin to having the ugly domestic disputes of a supposedly happily married couple made public.

Uncle Sam – a wife-abuser? Could this formerly private dispute wind up in Divorce Court?

Mar 09 11:30

US Puts Ukraine Training Operation on Hold Because of Ceasefire

Having spent the last several months hyping their intended military training operation in Ukraine, US military officials in Europe are now confirming the plan is indefinitely on hold.

“The US government would like to see the Minsk agreement fulfilled,” a Pentagon statement said by way of an explanation, adding that the military “is prepared to carry out the mission if and when our government decides to move forward.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the White House finally got the message that Europe does not want a new World War in their front yard, and as usual, is trying to make it look like this is all Obama's idea!

Mar 09 10:32

European Central Bank Launches Trillion-Euro Stimulus

The European Central Bank has hit the launch button on its 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus program by starting to buy government bonds.

The chief monetary authority for the 19 countries that use the euro confirmed Monday it had begun the purchases, which aim to make credit cheaper, boost growth and raise inflation. ECB President Mario Draghi had announced the start date last week, sending stocks higher and the euro lower.

The bonds are bought from banks and other financial institutions using newly printed money.

One key effect of the program is expected to be a weaker euro, which would help eurozone exporters. More euros in circulation help drive down the currency's value, as expressed by its exchange rate. Low or negative interest rates encourage investors to invest in a currency where rates are higher, such as the U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is Europe's version ofthe US's QE (Quantitative Easing).

A weaker Euro may be great for large corporations, but lousy for the individuals who have to use it in trade, because it will take far more euros to purchase staples than it did before.

Mar 09 09:36

This Was Not Supposed To Happen

As Mario Draghi unleashes his trillion euro bond buying program - aimed from what we are told, at lowering risk premia in credit markets to stimulate the eurozone's economy from utter stagnation - things are not going according to plan. Away from Greece, peripheral bond spreads are all up 8bps on the day and stock indices are mixed on this first day of DOMO (Draghi Open Market Operations) Of course, the other reason for Q€ is to implicitly (because one would never explicitly admit to joining the currency wars) devalue the currency - thus improving competitiveness and exports for the EU; but that's not working out so well as Germany's exports dropped and missed by the most since August... this was not supposed to happen.

Mar 09 08:18

Bulgarians stage demonstration against NATO

Bulgarians have held a protest rally to express their anger at military operations conducted by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the East European country.

Mar 09 08:16

5,000 Military Servicemen to Take Part in Norway Drills Near Russian Border

About 5,000 servicemen and 400 units of military equipment will be involved in the "Joint Viking" exercises that kick off on Monday in the north of Norway, not far from the Russian border.

Mar 09 08:14

NATO's Not Enough! President Juncker Calls For Creation Of European Army To "React Credibly" To Russia

No lessor official than European Commission President (and liar-when-it's-serious) Jean-Claude Juncker has called for the creation of an EU army... in order to show Russia "that [The EU is] serious about defending European values." Juncker explained an EU army would "help us fulfil Europe's responsibilities in the world," arguing that NATO was not enough since not all EU members are part of the alliance. As one stunned euro-skeptic exclaimed, "we have all seen the utter mess the EU has made of the economy, so how can we even think of trusting them with its defence."

Mar 09 07:17

ECB begins economic stimulus program

The European Central Bank is beginning a trillion-euro program to stimulate growth and ward off deflation. The bank will start creating 60 billion fresh euros each month, using it to buy up private, and sovereign bonds.

Mar 09 07:13

Viktor Orban on Multiculturalism, Immigration, and National Sovereignty

"Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gave his State of the Nation address recently. It is a remarkable text by the standards of our time. The average Western leader will obsess about gross domestic product, free trade, “European integration,” competitiveness,” supposed Russian and Iranian threats, gender and racial “equality,” ad nauseum, making endless moralistic calls as good in and of themselves."

While it may all be political opportunism - Orban at least SOUNDS like he cares about the nation he is leading instead of globalism and Zionism or starting wars with Iran like most of the rest of European leaders.

Mar 09 04:47

Berlin Rumbles Washington’s Hidden War Agenda

Berlin and the rest of Europe need to move fast to underpin diplomacy with Russia and to head off Washington’s death-wish plunge into the abyss.

Washington’s reckless attempts to scuttle the shaky ceasefire in Ukraine are unnerving Germany. The German government feels, with good reason, that the Americans are trying to undermine its recent efforts to mediate a political solution to the nearly year-old conflict, which has caused at least 6,000 deaths and up to one million refugees. Not only that but the violence between the ultranationalist regime in Kiev and the pro-Russian separatists in the east is threatening to spillover into a wider war that could involve Russia and the rest of Europe.

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