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Aug 20 11:34

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

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

Aug 20 11:26

Georgos Galeos: Tsipras Surrendered the Greek Flag to the Germans

Aug 20 10:26

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

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

Aug 20 09:52

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

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

Aug 20 08:02

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

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

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

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

Aug 20 04:05

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

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

Aug 19 23:15

Greece is for Sale – and Everything Must Go

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

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

Aug 19 21:52

Germany and France: Leading Actors in Greek Drama

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

Aug 19 13:04

German parliament approves third Greek bailout in landslide vote

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

Aug 19 11:22

US Army to Pass Through Slovakia Before NATO Drills in Hungary

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

Aug 18 18:39

Who Wins in a Currency Devaluation War?

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

Aug 18 14:58

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

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

Aug 18 13:04

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

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

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

Aug 18 08:15

What the Latest Currency ‘War’ is All About

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

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

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

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

Aug 18 08:11

The Social Costs of Capitalism

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

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

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

Aug 18 08:07

British petition calls for Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes

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

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

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

Aug 17 12:28

? Is US Policy Toward Russia and Ukraine Falling Apart?

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

Aug 17 12:06

NATO Denies Preparing for War With Russia

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

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

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

Aug 17 10:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 17 09:16

German Company Set to Take Over Operations of 14 Greek Airports

Following the finalization of the third Greek bailout, privatizations and operation takeovers of Greek public assets are expected to recommence.

Greek newspaper “Kathimerini” reported that German Fraport AG and Slentel Ltd will soon complete the takeover of the operation of 14 Greek airports.

The agreement with the Greek state had been signed back in November 2014 under the previous Greek government. However the deal is yet to be finalized.

Aug 17 09:15

German Citizens Seek to Stop West-Russia Confrontation due Threat of WWIII

German Civil Rights Movement ‘Solidarität’ (Solidarity) has launched an online petition against the Third World War on its website. According to the activists, the US military provocations against Russia and China pose a serious threat to humanity.

Aug 17 07:23

Greek government on its 'last legs' while Angela Merkel faces growing rebellion in Berlin

Lawmakers voted to ratify a 30-page "Memorandum of Understanding" to keep the country in the eurozone for the next three years on Friday. But the terms of the deal, which roll back a number of key pledges from the anti-austerity government, have split the ruling party. Mr Tsipras failed to get the backing of at least 120 of his own MPs, a constitutional threshold that could oblige him to trigger a vote in his leadership.

In a detailed evisceration of the austerity measures demanded of Athens, former rebel finance minister Yanis Varoufakis denounced the MoU as reflecting "the Greek government’s humiliating capitulation".

"Greek sovereignty is being forfeited wholesale" he said.

Aug 16 04:37

Poles Oppose Flood of Ukrainians into their Country

The German media is reporting that Poles are outraged at the arrogance of the Ukrainians who continue to flood into their country, viewing Poland as the "reachable West". The Pole’s dissatisfaction is being extended to their government, "which is supporting total outsiders at the expense of Polish taxpayers ..."

Aug 16 03:48

After Contentious All-Nighter, Greece Bailout Approval Spurs Rebellion

In a development spurring calls for a new "anti-bailout movement," the Greek Parliament early Friday approved a controversial €85 billion financial rescue package—the country's third such bailout from foreign creditors in five years, and one that will require the Greek people to endure further cuts and austerity.

Aug 15 11:34

The Buried Canadian State Connection to ISIS

Brandon Martinez of Non-Aligned Media revisits a March 2015 scandal which exposed the direct connection between the pro-Zionist Harper regime in Ottawa and ISIS, and how the mainstream media refused to follow up on it.

He shines the spotlight on a curious incident which happened in Turkey and Canadian Government & Intelligence collaboration with ISIS.

Aug 15 10:47

‘Deal or war’: Is doomed dollar really behind Obama’s Iran warning?

This is not just about Iran. It is about other major world economies moving away from holding the US dollar as a means of doing business.

In his drastic prediction of war, one might assume that Obama is referring to Israel launching a preemptive military strike on Iran with the backing of US Republicans. Or that he is insinuating that Iran will walk from self-imposed restraints on its nuclear program to build a bomb, thus triggering a war.

But what could really be behind Obama’s dire warning of “deal or war” is another scenario – the collapse of the US dollar, and with that the implosion of the US economy.

That scenario was hinted at this week by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Speaking in New York on August 11, Kerry made the candid admission that failure to seal the nuclear deal could result in the US dollar losing its status as the top international reserve currency.

Aug 15 09:17

Sweden warns travellers against use of Iraqi Airways

The Swedish Transport Authority warned travellers not to use the Iraqi Airways after suspending its license to enter its airports for "not meeting safety demands," Alkhaleejonline.net reported on Friday.

Aug 14 19:52

Video: Nazi Roots Of The EU Revealed

Lord Christopher Monckton talks about the nazi roots of the EU and how the UN is getting ready to introduce world govt in france this december.

Aug 14 15:01

Greek parliament approves austerity filled bailout deal from creditors

The Greek parliament has approved a draft law enacting a third bailout plan. The votes of opposition MPs were crucial for the legislation to pass after the debate dragged out through the night and well into the morning.

Aug 14 14:37

Will the Germans Derail the Tentative Greek Third Bailout?

As a result of my suffering from a case of Greek deal burnout, you are getting a short assessment of the state of play. But in the spirit of the saying attributed to Pascal, that he wrote a long letter because he didn't have time to make it shorter, my uncharacteristic brevity on this topic will hopefully be a boon.

Aug 14 13:35

Moldova 2015: from Government to Government

As far as attention is concerned, in 2014-2015 the Ukrainian crisis has overshadowed many other critical events in the post-Soviet space. Nevertheless, the events in Moldova have kept analysts glued to the country, not only in the context of Ukraine and Transnistria but also because of the country’s dramatic domestic politics.
Until recently, Moldova was seen as the frontrunner in the race to the European Union, among other things within the Eastern Partnership program, having demonstrated the top results in the integration contest. In fact, Chisinau was the first country to be granted a visa-free regime – a major achievement in its quest for Europe.

Aug 14 10:25

Polish EP Member Plans Crimea Visit, Calls for More Trade With Russia

Polish EP member Janusz Ryszard Korwin-Mikke reportedly is following in the footsteps of a French delegation that visited the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Polish member of the European Parliament Janusz Ryszard Korwin-Mikke is following in the footsteps of a French delegation that visited the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea last month, the Russian Izvestia newspaper reports.

"I consider the French parliamentarians’ trip to Crimea the right step because it recognizes the current legal status of Crimea, since the peninsula has indeed become part of the Russian Federation. I am all for such a trip and I will try to carry it out," Korwin-Mikke told Izvestiya on Friday.

Aug 14 10:16

As Greek Bailout Deal Passes, Alexis Tsipras Faces Rebellion

The Greek Parliament approved an international loan deal early Friday that the government needs to avoid defaulting on a debt payment next week. But the all-night debate and a growing rebellion within Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s leftist Syriza party seemed to have pushed his coalition closer to spinning apart.

The dissent may force Mr. Tsipras to soon call for a vote of confidence in his government.

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Which he will not survive.

Aug 14 08:48

The Refugees Are Coming!!!

Palaces, theatres, railroads, hospitals and parks in that rich country are built on broken skeletons and restless specters, on lakes of blood and shameless theft.

Then, when one looted country after another begins to sink, when there is nothing left there, when children begin dying from hunger and when men commence fighting each other over tiny boulders and dirty pieces of turf, pathetic boats, or dinghies, begin crossing the waterways, bringing half starved, half-mad refugees to the European sea-fronts decorated with marble.

What a horrifying sight! As if a woman, her hair waving in disarray, her lips broken, comes begging a man who raped her after killing her husband – begging for shelter and at least some work and piece of bread. She decided to abandon all her pride, because her children are sick and starving, because it is either this, or death.

That is what you reduced the world to, Europe – you, and your huge, insatiable offspring – North America!

Aug 14 07:47

Greek Parliament Approves Third Bailout As Tsipras Support Tumbles, Snap Elections Imminent

In terms of numbers, the rebel faction within Syriza is now up to 42, with 43 being seen as the threshold beyond which Tsipras has no choice but to call elections. In other words the Tsipras government now hangs in the fate of just one person.

Aug 14 05:25

Jimmy Carter Has Cancer

“In ‘A Full Life,’ Jimmy Carter at 90 remains a wise truth teller”.

His announcement was candid and truthful.

The cancer first identified in his liver, has “spread to other parts of his body”. He expects to hang around for a while; his travel schedule is only cut back, not canceled. How long will a “while” last? We will just have to wait and see.

The pending freedom of both Israelis and Palestinians from the bondage of conflict, owes a great deal to this man.

Aug 13 15:51

‘We don’t want to be a mere buffer zone’: New polish president calls for more NATO troops

Andrzej Duda, new Polish president, has called on the NATO countries to deploy more troops as well as create new permanent military bases in his country and other Central Europe saying Poland does not want to be a “buffer zone.”

Duda, elected in May, criticized the alliance for not effectively adjusting itself to the recent Russia’s “imperialist actions” in Georgia and Ukraine as well as for treating his country as a “buffer zone” rather than an equal NATO member.

“We do not want to be the buffer zone. We want to be the real eastern flank of the alliance … Today, when we look at the dispersion of bases …?then the borderline is Germany,” the conservative Polish President told The Financial Times.

Aug 13 13:04

Greek lawmakers discuss bailout bill, aiming for vote ahead of Friday eurozone meeting

The Greek government defended its new bailout program in tumultuous parliamentary sessions Thursday, as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced a rebellion in his governing Syriza party ahead of a vote on the deal.

Aug 13 12:51

US Holds Secret Talks With Russia on Middle East Behind EU’s Back

High-ranking Russian and US military officials are holding “secret negotiations” to reduce tensions between Russia and NATO, Spanish news website Mil21.es reported, citing anonymous European intelligence sources.

Aug 13 12:40

Ukraine is bringing reinforcements, announced that it has no intention of withdrawing heavy weapons

UKRAINE Army announced: no withdrawal of heavy artillery from the dividing line for "tightening world situation along the line of contact."

This had to be expected. Even the fact that Kiev has not even tried to even explain his no?ešnje attacks "along the line of contact." Or: "escalation" that I planned, provoked and carried out.

This is a sure sign that Kiev intends to continue fighting the war.

Despite last night's mass-market applications howitzers, heavy mortars and multiple rocket launchers lasted "only" up to 3 hours after midnight and had no offensive Morning extension on either side.

Reference will be a night to come. It will show whether Kiev, which has behind the Americans andNATO , decided for right or escalation will take another day "night artillery preparation". Only at a higher level than in recent weeks.

Aug 13 12:23

The True Cause Of Greece’s Economic Failure——An Omnivorous State, Not Lazy Workers

In the course of the Greek crisis, animosities between creditor countries like Germany and Greece didn’t take long to surface. They were fired up in the tabloid press, which was quick to revive various stereotypes. In Greece, Germans soon found themselves compared to their Nazi predecessors, while German tabloids inter alia complained sotto voce about those allegedly “lazy Southerners”.

Aug 13 10:01

Clarke and Dawe - Understanding Grexit

Aug 13 09:53

Women's urinals spark controversy in Austria

In Salzburg, Austria, women will soon be able to learn how to use urinals in public restrooms.
The first few urinals for women were installed in 2002, but in 13 years, women have hardly ever used them. Now local officials and urinal makers are going to install new ones, the cost of which goes up to 21,000 euros, The Local reports.
The manufacturers of alternative toilets said that they were disappointed with the reaction of the female population to their products. According to them, women do not need to contact the urinals when using them.
In addition, urinals use less water than conventional toilet bowls. Nevertheless, Salzburg women said that they were not going to use urinals in public toilets. The devices force women take an uncomfortable position, whereas some women take them for men's rooms and do not go to the ladies' rooms where women's urinals are installed.

Aug 13 08:54

British Government Racism - Europe's Shame?

Britain's top "diplomat", Foreign Office Minister Philip Hammond has accused "marauding" migrants - the desperate, dispossessed, bereaved, orphaned children even, attempting to reach the UK, where many have relatives, contacts or speak the language - of threatening Britain and Europe's "standard of living."
In a racist rant he told the BBC: "Europe can't protect itself and preserve its standard of living and social structure if it has to absorb millions of migrants from Africa." Ironically, Hammond before becoming an MP was an advisor to the government of Malawi. Since he clearly holds Africa in such contempt, perhaps Malawi should consider asking for a refund.
Hammond spoke just days after Prime Minister David Cameron described those seeking safety and succour not as a humanitarian catastrophe but as "swarms."

Aug 13 08:00

Europe in crisis: everyone from Putin to ordinary savers is stockpiling gold

European investors snapped up gold bars and coins at a rapid pace in the second quarter as turmoil in Greece threatened to push the country out of the eurozone.

The World Gold Council (WGC) said demand in Europe for the precious metal rose sharply in the three months to June compared with the same quarter last year amid rapid buying of bullion, even as global demand fell by 12pc to a six-year low of 915 tonnes.

The increase in Europe was led by Germany, where sales of bars and coins rose 24pc to 24.1 tonnes in the second quarter. Demand in Austria and Switzerland also rose sharply, according to the WGC's quarterly trends report.

Aug 13 06:18

Greeks Ditch Euro For Alternative Currencies As Parliament Votes On Bailout

The Greek parliament is expected to meet on Thursday for a final vote on the country's new €86 billion aid package. PM Alexis Tsipras, with the help of opposition lawmakers, will likely succeed in passing the draft, which includes some 40 new laws. Meanwhile, Greeks are increasingly staging Grexits of their own by eschewing the euro in favor of alternative payments systems.

Aug 12 17:19

Global Justice Now statement on Greek Bailout

Social justice group Global Justice Now have slammed the conditions imposed on Greece as part of its latest ‘bailout’ package. Campaigners say the programme is not simply misguided, but an attempt to ‘create a corporate paradise in the Mediterranean’, regardless of the level of suffering that entails.

Aug 12 15:10

Italian Bond Futures Flash-Crash Into Close

Aug 12 13:28

Representatives of Chisinau, Tiraspol to meet on August 13 to intensify talks

Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Osipov will try to intensify the talks on the resolution of the Transdniestrian conflict during a meeting with Transdniestria’s Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister Nina Shtanski. The press service of the Bureau of Reintegration of the Moldovan government said on Wednesday that the meeting would take place on August 3 at the representative office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Tiraspol.
Participants in the "five plus two" negotiation format (Moldova, Transdniestria, the OSCE, Russia, Ukraine and observers from the EU and the United States) have been invited to the meeting as well.
"The Moldovan delegation hopes that the meeting organized after a long lapse will demonstrate the prospects for intensifying the dialogue," the press service said.

Aug 12 12:17

WikiLeaks Announces €100,000 Bounty For Secret TTIP Documents

By Star Fox

Wikileaks on Tuesday launched a crowd-funded campaign to raise €100,000 to be used to reward the person or group that leaks the secretive documents that make up the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

As of Wednesday afternoon (ET) the campaign has already raised 47% of its goal...

Aug 12 10:34

NATO Braces for Possible Military Conflict With Russia - Think-Tank

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Russia are bracing for a possible military confrontation, a European defense think-tank policy analysis revealed Wednesday.

“Russia is preparing for a conflict with NATO, and NATO is preparing for a possible confrontation with Russia,” the European Leadership Network (ELN) brief stated.

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"It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 12 10:15

NATO, Russia war games fuel risk of war, think tank warns

The increase in the scale and number of military exercises being undertaken by NATO and Russia is raising the danger of armed conflict in Europe, a think tank warned Wednesday.

Ian Kearns, director of the London-based European Leadership Network, told The Associated Press that the war games "are contributing to a climate of mistrust."

Kearns is one of the co-authors of an ELN study which looked in detail at two military exercises held this year by Russia and NATO and found signs that "Russia is preparing for a conflict with NATO, and NATO is preparing for a possible confrontation with Russia."

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GEE, YA THINK?!?!?

Of course, the purpose of these games is to provoke Russia, but Putin is too intelligent a leader to fall for this.

So in the next escalation, watch for NATO or the US to create some kind of false flag action to be blamed upon Russia, and the war will be on.

However, those in the US military and NATO may be in real denial about the current state of the Russian military, its tools, and its training.

The US government should think very carefully about engaging Russia militarily right now, because the US military doesn't have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to ensure a positive outcome to a military strike against Russia.

Just because we outspend Russia on weaponry is utterly zero guarantee that these weapons will live up to they hype in real-world combat, and there 's, as Will Shakespeare said, the rub. Take a look at the F-35, if you want a cautionary tale about US military spending versus combat worthiness.

Aug 12 10:00

Israeli Banks flipping out over looming European boycott

The Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv (Hebrew) has a splashing headline today warning that Israeli banks are preparing for a “political-economic tsunami” due to the possibility of an impending European boycott. Unsurprisingly, the banks – Israel’s largest – have been holding meetings amongst themselves to prepare for this tsunami, albeit “quietly and under the radar”.

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Aug 12 09:53

John Kerry voices concerns Washington might lose EU support for anti-Russia sanctions

Aug 12 07:32

First victim of Spain’s 'gag law' fined for criticising 'lazy' police

The first known individual to fall foul of Spain’s controversial new “gag law” has spoken out against what he sees as the repression of free speech after he received a fine for describing his local police force as "slackers" on Facebook.

Eduardo Díaz, a 27-year-old salesman from Tenerife, told the newspaper El Mundo that the comment he posted on his mayor’s Facebook page about the decision to provide the local police force with a new and larger headquarters was “just a criticism, not an insult. I get the impression that they are trying to silence the voice of critical citizens”.

Aug 12 07:25

52 Presidents, US-Iran Nuclear Agreement, and the Centerpiece of US Foreign Policy Struggle

Israeli power over the making and implementing of US Middle East policy has led to the US invasions of Iraq, Syria and Libya; the current economic boycott and blockade of Iran; the breakup of Sudan; and the bombing of Somalia.

Aug 12 06:28

Greece: Raped, Humiliated, Frightened But Standing!

Greece is now obviously on the same hit list of the Empire, as are countless other nations, from Ecuador and Venezuela, to Russia, China and Iran.

Has it been a warning or an act of desperation? A reaction to recent humiliation, to a rape that Greece once again suffered at the hands of Germany, its politicians and banks, and in the paws of the rest of the European Union?

In Greece, it all feels like a calm before a huge storm.

Aug 12 06:13

The Centerpiece of US Foreign Policy Struggle

The basic question for all Americans is whether we will act as an independent, sovereign country pursuing peace through diplomacy, as we currently see unfolding with Iran and Cuba, or a submissive military instrument, directed by Israel’s proxies hell-bent on destroying America for Israel.

While many US intellectuals, liberals, progressives and leftists support the US-Iran agreement (see the Scientists’ Letter to Obama on Iran Nuclear Deal, Aug. 8, 2015 with 29 top scholars and Nobel laureates support diplomacy), few would dare to identify and attack Israel’s US proxies as they promote Tel Aviv’s agenda pushing the US to war with Iran. A brief glance through the sectarian left press, for example, The Socialist Register, New Politics, New Left Review, finds no discussion of the powerful, well-financed, highly organized, elite-driven Israeli proxies and their role in determining US wars in the Middle East, and more specifically the war agenda toward Iran.

Aug 11 23:42

Wikileaks Raising €100K Reward for Secret Text of TTIP

The full text of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP) now has a bounty on its head.

Launched publicly on Tuesday, the media outlet Wikileaks announced its creation of a crowd-sourcing effort that aims to raise a €100,000 reward for the full text of the the TTIP, the corporate-friendly trade pact currently being negotiated in secret by the United States and member countries of the European Union.

Aug 11 23:34

Is It Really "New Cold War"?

It seems like every week some western journalist proclaims the beginning of a "new cold war" between the United States and the Russian Federation. As proof of this, they point to the US/EU-backed fascist putsch in Kiev, NATO military gesticulations on Russia’s western frontiers, the continued US escalation of hostilities against Russian ally Syria, US objections to BRICS, among other items on a long list.

The Russophobia nourishing US and western belligerence is not a "new cold war". It’s an older pre-1914 type of conflict, and we all know where that led.

Aug 11 20:06

Scotland Announces Ban On Growing GMO Crops

Waking Times

Scotland’s secretary of rural affairs, Richard Lochhead, announced a ban on growing genetically modified crops.

Aug 11 11:25

Netanyahu and His Marionettes

Benjamin Netanyahu is laying siege to the Congress of the United States, not for the first time. He has thrown his voice and channeled his influence into the arena of American legislative politics, to abort the P5+1 nuclear settlement with Iran, which was signed on July 14 by the US, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia. The Israeli strong man’s latest intervention is in keeping with the rest of his political career. Netanyahu owes all his importance and his success to actions that have been purely destructive.

Aug 11 11:20

Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal

President Obama's singular achievement is the effort he has pursued to break the stranglehold the Zionist and NeoCons have exerted over American policy.

“Top diplomats from Russia and China joined a rare meeting of world powers’ envoys on Capitol Hill this week with roughly 30 Senate Democrats to tamp down concerns over the nuclear agreement.

“The prospect of the rejection of a deal makes us nervous,” Philipp Ackermann, the acting German ambassador to the United States, said Thursday. “It would be a nightmare for every European country if this is rejected.”

Aug 11 10:41

Greek Dockworkers Against the Troika

Dockworker and Union Leader, Giorgos Gogos, who is also a member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA says the workers are very ready for the struggle against privatization and austerity in the Memorandum

Aug 11 09:33

German Violations of Eurozone Rules Initiated Euro Crises – German Media

The chief analyst of Baader Bank Robert Halver said that the basic problem in the Eurozone is the constant violation of stability rules. Five years in a row, Germany was among those countries violating those rules, but has not yet received any punishment, DWN reported.

Aug 11 09:19

Video: ‘Harder and harder for EU hawks to bully nations into extending sanctions on Russia’

'Already in the summer, when [the sanctions] were prolonged...there were a lot of countries who did not want to do it...I think each time, it will become harder and harder to bully the countries who want to lift the sanctions,' said Westman, a founding Partner at Prosperity Capital Management Ltd.

Aug 11 08:43

"France has been treated like a doormat!" Why De Gaulle defied the US overlord

About the landing of June 6, 1944, here is what de Gaulle declares to Alain Peyrefitte* in 1964: "France has been treated like a doormat! Churchill called me from Algiers to London on June 4, called me into a train where he had established his headquarters, like a squire summoning his butler. And he announced the landing, with no French units scheduled to participate. We clashed sharply. I reproached him for submitting to orders from Roosevelt, instead of imposing the European will on him. "

Aug 10 12:13

Greece: Raped, Humiliated, Frightened But Standing!

Distomo was not the only place where German troops performed despicable crimes against humanity. During the WWII, Greece lost around 8% of its population.

But Distomo became one of the symbols of Fascist madness on European soil, not unlike Guernica or Lidice.

Aug 10 12:13

Germany made €100bn profit on Greek crisis – study

Greece’s biggest creditor Germany has made a huge profit on the country’s debt crisis over the last 5 years as it saved through lower interest payments on funds borrowed amid investor "flights to safety."

Each time investors got bad news about Greece, they rushed to the ‘safe haven’ of Germany, with the interest rates on German government bonds falling, according to the study from the private, non-profit Leibniz Institute of Economic Research, Agence France-Presse reported Monday.

Aug 10 10:22

Greece – A Dramatic Appeal by Mikis Theodorakis

The signatories are calling “all the peoples of the world, to realize that the struggle of the Greek people is also their struggle”.

Friends of Greece,

On 3 August 2015, MikisTheodorakis, the Greek world famous music composer and Resistance figure, called upon the Greek people – and the peoples of the world – to respect Democracy – the very Democracy, born in Greece some 2500 years ago and given to the world as a set of values for respect for each other, for humanity – for equal rights and for free expression.

The following text summarizes MikisTheodorakis’ appeal to stop the Syriza Government from selling out the Greek people’s country and stop the currently – almost in secret – ongoing negotiations with the troika on the modalities of the € 86 billion loan and the details of the new austerity measures – “negotiations” to be concluded by about 20 August 2015.

Aug 10 10:17

Trump trumps them all in Republican debates — Pepe Escobar

"Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t win anymore..." Donald Trump

Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz has said that the US, on the financial front, is “on the wrong side of history.” As for the Republican candidates chasing the nomination for the 2016 US presidential race, well, they may qualify only for the ‘wrong’ side of the bargain, as they hardly know what ‘history’ means.
And that brings us to a mammoth specimen of entertainment/reality TV; the first Republican debate, no less than a seemingly-eternal 15 months before the actual US presidential election.

It definitely started with a – what else? – celebrity TV bang. Would anybody raise their hands if they were mulling running as a third-party candidate, and ignore the eventual Republican nominee?

Aug 10 06:16

Hijacking the Rhetoric

Holocaust could be countered, neutralized and nullified with 100 million African slave victims of Jewish slave traders, 60 million Christian Russian victims of Jewish Communism, 8 million Holodomor, 1.5 million Armenian genocide, 15 million burnt German victims, and the still on-going Palestinian and Middle Eastern genocide.

Aug 09 18:28

NATO Uses German Soldiers to Intimidate Russia – Austrian Magazine

Germany is sending soldiers and military equipment to Latvia and Poland as a part of a NATO Response Force. With this symbolic act, the military alliance demonstrates to Russia its military “strength” that can be used at any moment, the Austrian Contra Magazin wrote.

Aug 09 12:51

Greece – A Dramatic Appeal by Mikis Theodorakis

MikisTheodorakis, the Greek world famous music composer and Resistance figure, called upon the Greek people – and the peoples of the world – to respect Democracy – the very Democracy, born in Greece some 2500 years ago and given to the world as a set of values for respect for each other, for humanity – for equal rights and for free expression.

He referred in particular to the Greek referendum in which the Greek people on 5 July 2015 voted with an overwhelming 61% against the continuation of the economic and financial strangulation of Greece by the infamous troika – the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Commission (EC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Aug 09 12:46

A Cold Summer for Europe

In the whole modern history of Europe, there was not such a shameful surrender, or even treason. ‘Alexis Tsipras’ is a Greek translation of ‘Vidkun Quisling’ or of ‘Maréchal Pétain’.

After the Syriza debacle of Greece, there is a very little trust for left-wing rhetoric. In the whole modern history of Europe, there was not such a shameful surrender, or even treason. ‘Alexis Tsipras’ is a Greek translation of ‘Vidkun Quisling’ or of ‘Maréchal Pétain’. The man received the full support of his people, and chickened out. (The first step of Syriza after the fiasco was to enter into military cooperation with Israel.) Now only the far-right Golden Dawn speaks loudly against surrender to the bankers, but this is a party in opposition, and it risks nothing by speaking out.

Aug 09 10:56

US Waging Financial War Against Russia, Europe – German Newspaper

The US Department of Justice recently launched an investigation into the activities of Deutsche Bank on the suspicion of money laundering and violation of anti-Russian sanctions, DWN wrote.
This case is different from similar cases in the past, primarily because of the extraordinary amounts of money transferred abroad through laundered transactions. The sum is reported to reach 5.5 billion euros.
US authorities accuse Deutsche Bank of not checking the origin of the money and violating the sanction policy.
In recent years, the US repeatedly has imposed huge fines against European companies and financial institutions, DWN reported. This caused criticism among European officials and negatively affected EU-US relations.
The EU officials claim that the US deliberately “hunted down” European institutions to promote its foreign policy objectives and contributed to capital shifting away from Europe,, DWN reported.

Aug 08 15:07

The Liberation of US Foreign Policy

Once we defeat the Israeli-directed attempt to derail the Iran deal in Congress we can safely go out into the streets declaiming: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we’re free at last!

The Iran deal is a turning point in US foreign policy, and its approval by Congress will represent a sea change in American politics: it will mark nothing less than a day of liberation which future generations might dub “VI Day” – victory over Israel day.

The signing of the Iran deal, and its probable approval by Congress – it doesn’t look like the War Party has the votes to overturn it – heralds the victory of the countercoup, i.e. the overthrow of the Lobby’s stranglehold and the eventual restoration of a pro-American foreign policy. This was evident in practically every line of President Obama’s recent speech at American University, and the text deserves closer examination than it has so far gotten.

Aug 08 12:47

Greece's tax revenues collapse as debt crisis continues

As talks continue over proposed €86bn third bailout, Greek treasury says tax revenues fell 8.5% in a year, and public spending fell 12.3%.

Aug 08 12:26

The Liberation of US Foreign Policy

The Iran deal is a turning point in US foreign policy, and its approval by Congress will represent a sea change in American politics: it will mark nothing less than a day of liberation which future generations might dub “VI Day” – victory over Israel day.

The signing of the Iran deal, and its probable approval by Congress – it doesn’t look like the War Party has the votes to overturn it – heralds the victory of the countercoup, i.e. the overthrow of the Lobby’s stranglehold and the eventual restoration of a pro-American foreign policy. This was evident in practically every line of President Obama’s recent speech at American University, and the text deserves closer examination than it has so far gotten.

Aug 08 10:44

Greece – the Refugee Crisis and the Fate of a little Iraqi Boy

May a story like Mohammad Ali’s, of which there are surely countless others not known to the common citizen at large – bring back compassion, solidarity and consideration for our brothers and sisters at large into the mindset of peoples’ values of our western society --

Mohammad Ali’s destiny is not known, but he is on a positive track – and more importantly he is in good and caring hands. May he be testimony and symbol throughout Europe and the rest of the world for Greece’s compassion for refugees and their fate, for Greece’s generosity and thriving sense of solidarity – a sense of kindness that has been gravely devastated in the rest of the western world!

Aug 08 10:41

International Courts and the Mystery of the Malaysian Airliner

People are not equal in death, either. Some deaths are more newsworthy than others. The media and politicians love spectacular acts of terror, fires, disaster, the death of the wealthy and privileged, a death conducive to a cause. Such is the death of 300 passengers and crew of the Malaysian airliner flight 17 in the crash in Donbass, near Russian-Ukrainian border. Their deaths, regrettable as they were, are deemed to be of much greater importance, or at least newsworthiness than those of some ten thousand local people killed by the indiscriminate shelling of Donbass towns by Kiev regime troops, or that of a million Arabs. It is conducive to the cause of pushing Russia into a corner.

Aug 08 10:38

House Members In Israel for Obama-Bashing

Should Congress prevail in undermining “this strong, principled policy diplomacy”, we would have reached a shameful moment in U.S. foreign policy.

While President Barack Obama was speaking about the people’s business, and his Kennedy-like preference for diplomacy over war, freshman members of the U.S. House of Representatives were either 5,000 plus miles away in Israel, or preparing to go there to be feted and educated by a foreign power which opposes the nuclear agreement the U.S. has reached with Iran and major European powers.

Democratic freshman congress members who may or may not have heard the Obama speech, are traveling in Israel (all expenses paid) courtesy of an educational nonprofit “affiliated with” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the American Israel Education Foundation, AIPAC’s charitable arm.

What “affiliated with” means is that AIPAC runs the trip while its “education foundation” pays the bills.

Aug 08 10:14

Italy's anti-establishment party 'ready to govern'

Italy's anti-establishment Five Star party, founded in 2009 by former comedian Beppe Grillo, is itching to govern and has a man primed for the top job.

The movement celebrated a shock success in 2013's general election when it snapped up a whopping 25.5 percent of the votes, becoming the second biggest political force behind the centre-left Democratic Party.

Aug 08 08:24

I'm Sure He Hates Being Right

Aug 08 07:58

After Greece Spain Comes Next – Ex-Greek Finance Minister

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's outspoken former finance minister, said the financial bailout from the country’s international creditors was really meant to drown Greece in debt to divert attention from other EU problems.

Aug 08 03:39

U.S. is Destroying Europe

In Libya, Syria, Ukraine, and other countries at the periphery or edges of Europe, U.S. President Barack Obama has been pursuing a policy of destabilization, and even of bombings and other military assistance, that drives millions of refugees out of those peripheral areas and into Europe, thereby adding fuel to the far-rightwing fires of anti-immigrant rejectionism, and of resultant political destabilization, throughout Europe, not only on its peripheries, but even as far away as in northern Europe.

Aug 06 10:39

Swedish anti-begging posters taken down

Aug 05 21:48

The “Srebrenica Massacre” Turns 20 Years Old

The “Srebrenica massacre” is repeatedly referred to in the Western media as “the largest massacre in Europe since World War II,”1 and its alleged Bosnian Serb perpetrators have been relentlessly pursued by the International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) from 1995 up to the present time (the former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic and General Ratko Mladic are even now on trial for this and other purported crimes). The massacre took place in the vicinity of the small town of Srebrenica in the former Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina beginning on July 11, 1995 and for some days thereafter, as a small force of the Bosnian Serb army took over the town which a much larger Bosnian Muslim force simultaneously abandoned and fled.

Aug 05 21:39

Life on the Layaway Plan: We’re All Greek Now

Is modern economics one big Ponzi game, where the debt of today is continuously postponed beyond any ultimate day of reckoning? The European debt crisis may have been temporarily managed with a quick-fix German bailout of Greek insolvency, but does anyone really think that a country with a GNP of $X can repay almost $2X after its economy has shrunk by 25% (insert current value of X = 240 billion for Greece)? I have some swamp land in Florida if you do.

Aug 05 12:08

Sanctions against Iran crumble as America wrangles over the nuclear deal

EU government ministers and business leaders are racing to begin new era of cooperation with Tehran – regardless of what US and Israeli sceptics say

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