EUROPE

Aug 09 09:36

Bildt troubled by Russian food sanctions

Putin is aiming the sanctions at those who imposed sanctions against Russia, namely the 28 EU members, plus Norway, the US, Canada and Australia. The sanctions are against such food items as meat, fish, poultry, dairy, fruit and vegetables.

According to news agency Reuters, the food items Russia imported last year but which are now included in the sanctions amounted to about US$ 23.5 billion, of which about US $32 million came from Sweden.

Putin's decision surprised many because, according to the newspaper European Voice, almost 40 percent of Russia's food imports come from EU countries.

Aug 08 13:55

Russian food embargo could cost Italy €700m

Russia's decision to ban all EU food imports will have a negative impact across Italy, costing the industry as much as €700 million if it lasts a full year, a farmers' association told The Local.

Aug 08 08:33

"Stop Putin" Coalition Cracking: Greece Laments "Blind Obedience To Cold War Strategies Of Brussels And Washington"

It was all fun and games while the grand western "Pariah Putin is evil" alliance was calling the shots, lobbing one sanctions after another, and Russia was quietly sitting there and taking it all. But once Europe realized that suddenly its food exporters are about to see their revenues plunge (and ostensibly lead to even more domestic deflation as all the excess produce floods domestic markets) and lead to gaping trade deficits, suddenly cries that Putin's retaliation is "unfair" have filled the air. What's worse, the moment Russia retaliated, the grand alliance started to crack. Enter Greece which has hundreds of millions in food exports to Russia, and which was the first country to hint that it may splinter from the western "pro-sanctions" alliance.

Aug 08 08:21

Ten Years Later: The Greek Olympic Wasteland In Photos

In total, Greece spent over $10 billion on the Games. "The Games were a lost opportunity, no doubt about it," admits former Athens 2004 spokesman Stratos Safioleas.

Sadly for the broke country, that is an understatement. Here, ten years later, is the wasteland which is all that's left of the 2004 summer Olympics.

Aug 08 07:53

Farmers 'will need EU aid after sanctions'

Minister for Agriculture Andrä Rupprechter (People's Party/ÖVP) has said the European Union should help Austrian farmers who suffer financial losses due to EU sanctions over Russia.

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"No problem, we'll just get the US Government to take a bunch of money from the American people again!"

Aug 08 07:19

Russia “already turning away trucks at border”

Catalan producer association Afrucat is urging its members not to send lorries to Russia until the situation regarding the ban on EU imports has been fully clarified, following reports that trucks laden with fruits and vegetables are already being refused entry at border crossings.

Aug 07 22:52

Victim of 2004 Madrid bombing rails against Obama for support of Gaza slaughter

The president of the association for victims of Madrid's 2004 terrorist bombings has racially attacked US President Barack Obama and his wife on Twitter over their handling of the Gaza conflict, saying it could lead to future terrorist attacks.

Aug 07 14:39

EFSA rejects French attempt to ban GMO corn crops in EU

Following a request from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected attempts by France to prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified maize MON 810 in the EU.

On 25 March 2014, the European Commission requested the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to assess the supporting documentation submitted by France to notify an emergency measure under Article 34 of Regulation (EC) 1829/2003, prohibiting the cultivation of genetically modified maize MON 810 in the EU.

(Considering the composition of the EFSA members, the title of this article should be: Monsanto rejects French attempt to ban GMO Monsanto corn crops in EU)

Aug 07 14:24

Debt Rattle Aug 7 2014: Europe Teeters On The Edge

What did I call yesterday’s article again? Oh, that’s right, I called it Europe’s Tumbling, Who’s To Blame?. Well, I’m not a seer, or clairvoyant, but I might as well have used that exact same title again today. Because the same theme plays out again. In an piece initially called Europe’s Recovery Menaced by Putin as Ukraine Crisis Bites, later renamed Draghi Outlook Menaced by Putin as Ukraine Crisis Bites (what’s not to love), Bloomberg spills it all:

The crisis in eastern Europe is showing signs of disrupting Mario Draghi’s economic outlook. Evidence is building that the conflict in Ukraine and European Union sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s Russia are undermining a euro-area recovery that the European Central Bank president already describes as weak. With the ECB expected to keep interest rates on hold near zero today and refrain from any new policy measures, Draghi is likely to face questions on how he plans to keep the economy on track.

The ECB may have few tools left to mitigate the impact of political turmoil that European companies from Anheuser-Busch InBev to Siemens say is hurting their business.

Aug 07 14:17

European stocks fall on Russia

Europe's main stock markets fell, weighed down by concerns of escalating tensions between the West and Russia, after the ECB left its monetary policy unchanged.

Frankfurt's main DAX index dropped 1.0 per cent to 9,038.97 points, while in Paris the CAC 40 tumbled 1.36 per cent at 4,149.83 points, compared with Wednesday's close.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index shed 0.58 per cent to 6,597.37 points after the Bank of England also chose to hold its key interest rate at a record low.

Aug 07 11:58

Suggestion to Rotterdam city council: Don't allow Israeli Jihadists into the city.

ROTTERDAM - Rotterdam must do everything to keep "Israeli Jihadists" out of the city, NIDA and SP argue in written questions to the college. Political parties indicate that more and more Dutch persons go to Israel to fight with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The SP and NIDA also believe that the organizations that support this, such as Sar-El and the CIDI should be boycotted by the municipality.
According to the group's chairmen Leo de Kleijn (SP) and Nourdin El Ouali (NIDA) these 'Jihadists' are committing warcrimes by helping the IDF to massacre the inhabitants of Gaza.

Aug 07 11:50

Israel-Gaza: Whose side are people in Britain, France and the US on?

People in Britain are more likely to sympathise with Palestinians during the Israel-Gaza conflict than people in the US and France, a poll has shown.

Aug 07 10:03

Sanctions Against Russia: U.S. and EU Shoot Themselves In the Foot

Sanctions Against Russia Are Hurting the West

We noted last month that major American business groups are opposed to sanctions against Russia, as they hurt U.S. businesses.

Aug 07 07:20

Ebola death toll hits 932 as 1,711 cases confirmed, WHO says

Also on Wednesday, Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin denied reports circulating on the Internet that migrants have brought Ebola to Italy.

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With a ten to twenty one day incubation period, Lorenzin cannot know that for a fact, and with Italy's government seen by the Italians as no more trustworthy that the US Government is seen by Americans, official denials only add to the suspicions surrounding that story earlier this year that several migrants had been quarantined in Italy with Ebola symptoms.

Aug 07 05:58

Europe Furious That Putin Dares To Retaliate To Sanctions, Blames Economic Slide On Kremlin

Either Europe is run by a bunch of unelected idiots, or... well, that's about it.

After blindly doing the US' bidding over all propaganda matters Ukraine-related, and following just as blindly into round after round of US-inspired sanctions, sanctions to whose retaliation Europe would be on the frontline unlike the largely insulated US, Europe appears to be absolutely shocked and is apoplectic that after several rounds of sanction escalations, Russia finally unleashed its own round of sanctions and yesterday announced a 1 year ban on all European food imports, something which will further push Europe into a triple-dip recession as already hinted by Italy yesterday.

Aug 06 17:00

The Metamorphosis of Bashar al-Assad

Since the retirement of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez’s death and the interdiction of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to nominate a candidate in Iran’s presidential election, the revolutionary movement is absent a world leader. Or rather, was absent a world leader. However, the incredible tenacity and composure of Bashar al-Assad has made him the only chief executive in the world surviving a concerted attack by a vast colonial coalition led by Washington and beening largely re-elected by his people.

Aug 06 09:58

IMF: Bulgaria is among the worst affected countries by sanctions against Russia

The report pointed out that Bulgaria is among the countries that may be affected the most by sanctions against Russia. Direct foreign investments from Russia in the banking sector, energy, metallurgy, etc exceed 5% of the GDP of Bulgaria, as well as Belarus, Moldova and Montenegro.?
Due to problems with the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Serbia may be left without investments, a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated, Duma daily writes.

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SMOOTH MOVE, US GOVERNMENT!!

Forgive me, but is a pathological inability to think things through to their logical conclusion now a prerequisite for working for the federal government?!?

Aug 06 09:43

Online petition urges ‘Nuremberg for Israel’ over ‘genocide of Palestinians’

Hundreds of Italians have signed an online petition slamming Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip as a “slow genocide” of the Palestinians and demanding a "Nuremberg trial" for Israel over the “destruction” of Palestine.

The petition was signed by 525 Italians, mainly academics, Haaretz reported. The signees say they are dismayed by the events in Gaza and accuse Israel of pursuing colonial policies and "ethnic cleansing" of the Palestinians.

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"Yes, Israel is pursuing colonial policies and 'ethnic cleansing' of the Palestinians. That is what we do! But is is anti-Semitic and hate of the Jews for you to mention it!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Aug 06 06:35

The War between Gaza and the Zionists

This war belongs to Obama as much as to anyone because it emerged in the vacuum created by Obama’s laziness and lack of courage in standing up to Netanyahu and the Zionist supporters in the US and in Congress.

Hamas’s fight, which is mainly a struggle to lift the siege of Gaza, is an honorable one. Hamas’s fight possess the dignity which the Israeli brutalizers cannot even imagine. In fact, the Zionists gave up any hope of dignity long before they ethnically cleansed Palestine of most of its indigenous population in 1948.

More thoughtful and better informed observer than Obama and Kerry have more correctly noted that the present waves of Hamas rockets was preceded by a sequence of events which left Hamas with little choice except to resist with their only available means, which is firing rockets into Israel.

Aug 06 05:09

What the hell is an Israeli-American?

Mr. Raimondo in a recent article at antiwar.com, in mentioning the Times of Israel article, conveniently now removed from public view, added this comment from the writer of the article when referring to Hamas…..

“Anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian.” This was written by an “Israeli-American”.

One is tempted to ask, what the hell is an Israeli-American, where is his allegiance, his loyalty, his respect? Surely such shared allegiances are half of the US problems.

Whereas what was said above may be seen on the surface as a reasonable comment in the Times of Israel, compare the situation in reverse, in or around the vicinity of a Palestinian’s home……………

Aug 05 11:33

Ebola: 'All African Migrants Should Be Quarantined ' Says Italian Councillor

An Italian politician has suggested migrants who reach the Mediterranean country from northern Africa should be put under quarantine over the risk of Ebola contagion.

Fabio Rolfi, a councillor with the xenophobic, anti-immigration Northern League party, urged health authorities in Milan's Lombardy region to apply the preventive measure to the thousands of migrants who travel to the industrialised north of Italy after arriving in the south via boat.

The suggestion sparked widespread criticism and was labelled as "racist" and "useless" by other councillors.

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An apparent victory of political agenda over common sense!

Aug 04 07:38

G-20 Revolt? France Gets "Positive Reception" To Challenge US Bank Fines

In recent weeks France has defied US demands not to build Mistrals for Russia, has questioned dollar imperialism and the Petrodollar, and has blasted the US banking regulator's fines as "accelerating the decline of the dollar." So it is likely not a huge surprise that ahead of the G-20 meeting of world leaders later in the year, The FT reports, France has gathered support to challenge US regulators imposing heavy penalties on foreign banks.

Aug 04 07:36

NATO exerting pressure, not interested in MH17 investigation – Russia’s mission

Without waiting for MH17 crash investigators’ conclusions, NATO chief is eager to blame anti-Kiev forces, thus “exerting pressure” on the international team while providing no evidence to back the claims, Russia’s mission to NATO said.

The Russian mission to NATO has said that the bloc's Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen “decided not to wait until the end of #MH17 investigation” to blame the anti-Kiev forces for shooting down the plane, referring to Rasmussen's comments in Sunday's interview with the French Midi Libre.

Aug 03 07:22

Ukraine May Soon Acquire High-Precision Weapons – Russian Senator

EU's decision to lift ban on exports of military technology and equipment to Ukraine may soon result in Kiev acquiring high-precision weapons to be used in the country’s east and also in Russia, a member of the Russian Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Valery Shnyakin, said.

“Ukraine may get high-precision weapons that may be used against militia and against Russia,” Shnyakin said, adding that during the operation the Ukrainian army “may cross the Russian state border.”

Aug 02 11:02

UK Parliamentary Defense Committee demands NATO Prepare for Confrontation with Russia

The UK’s parliamentary Defence Committee has demanded that Western military powers strengthen NATO to prepare for confrontation with Russia.

The report by the cross-party group of Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs complains that the “NATO alliance has not considered Russia as an adversary or a potential territorial threat to its Member States for twenty years” and has now only been “forced to do so as a result of Russia’s recent actions” in eastern Ukraine.

In the interim, NATO alliance has been weakened as member states have cut their defence budgets leaving it “ill-prepared” to face up to Russian “aggression” and potentially lacking the “collective political will to take concerted action…”

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Forgive me, but has the UK's Parliamentary Defense Committee gone collectively barking mad, or are they suffering from SMD (Selective Memory Disorder)?!?

Let's take a look at the timeline here.

1. Ukraine's duly elected government was sacked in a putsch, and a Western/European/Central European Bank-enabled junta was installed.

2. Without a duly elected government in Kiev, Crimea had a free and fair referendum enabling to become attached to the Russia Federation.
Please remember: Russia did not ANNEX Crimea: the people of Crimea voted to rejoin Russia, a country to which it had always been attached until the mid-50s when it was annexed to Ukraine by Nikita Khrushchev.
3. Russia has done absolutely nothing wrong in this case; it cannot possibly be seen as the aggressor. There is no gathering of troops or equipment on the Ukrainian/Russian border, and OCSE officials are saying that there are no violations of the border from the Russian side.
4. The Western-backed Poroschenko, however, has been lobbing bombs on areas of Eastern Ukraine, and killing civilians. This is a war crime. He refuses to negotiate, or even hear their grievances. His military also has been lobbbing bombs into Russian territory.

The only "threats" Russia (and ultimately, China) present is economic. This is about preventing more trade the the ruble and the yuan, period, end of discussion.

A shooting war against Russia would be absolute, utter madness.

And if you want any evidence of "how well" NATO is doing militarily, all you have to do is look at their performance in Afghanistan, over the last 13 years and counting, and that should give you a clue as to how well they would do against Russia, which is to say, terribly badly.

Aug 01 09:56

Citing Holocaust, Israel Demands ‘Strict Regulation’ of Antiwar Protests in Europe

A new Holocaust is imminent, if one is to believe Israeli MPs, who spent the afternoon berating European officials about the growing antiwar protests across their countries, centered on criticizing the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Officials blamed “one-sided” media reports on the large number of dead civilians in Israel’s attack, and demanded the European Union impose “strict regulations on the format and content” of antiwar demonstrations going forward.

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Aug 01 08:49

Putin Explains That Russian Sovereignty Under Attack By The Global Elite

Any nation that is part of an alliance gives up part of its sovereignty. This does not always meet the national interests of a given country, but this is their sovereign decision. We expect our national legal interests to be respected, while any controversies that always exist, to be resolved only through diplomatic efforts, by means of negotiations. Nobody should interfere in our internal affairs.

However, ever more frequently today we hear of ultimatums and sanctions. The very notion of state sovereignty is being washed out. Undesirable regimes, countries that conduct an independent policy or that simply stand in the way of somebody’s interests get destabilised. Tools used for this purpose are the so-called colour revolutions, or, in simple terms – takeovers instigated and financed from the outside.

Jul 31 09:11

EU sanctions some of Russia's biggest banks, including #1 Sberbank

The European Union has imposed sectorial sanctions on five Russian banks, including the country’s biggest, Sberbank, as part of economic steps that Europe, along with the US, have taken against Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

The list, published Thursday, includes Sberbank, VTB Bank, Gazprombank, Vnesheconombank (VEB) and Russian Agriculture Bank (Rosselkhozbank).

These financial entities will be banned from raising capital on the EU’s capital markets.

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Jul 31 08:58

US aircraft 'violates' Swedish airspace

A mystery airplane that passed over Swedish airspace recently has been revealed as an American aircraft, sources revealed on Thursday.

Jul 30 06:10

Swedish banks walk tightrope with sanctions

News agency Reuters reports that the EU has agreed on a sanctions package against Russia, over its role in Ukraine, on Tuesday. The details of the sanctions package will be finalized and released on Wednesday. The sanctions target the finance, defence and energy sectors.

The sanctions are initially set to last one year but a review will take place after three months, to judge their effectiveness. The sanctions were decided to only target future contracts, leaving existing contracts intact, like France's delivery of helicopter carrier warships to Russia.

According to Reuters, one of the sanction with the most impact will ban Europeans from buying new bonds or shares issued by banks owned 50 percent or more by the Russian state.

Jul 30 05:51

Crime (Israel) and punishment (Russia)

So Obama, Merkel, Cameron, Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi - let's call them the Fab Five - get on a video conference call to muster their courage and "increase pressure" asking for a cease-fire in Gaza. Later in the day, Israel's Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu delivers his answer, in plain language: he remains dead set on achieving his version of a Final Solution to Gaza. [1] With or without "pressure".

So what's left for the Fab Five after having their illustrious Western collective behinds solemnly kicked? They decide to dump Gaza and instead sanction Russia - again! How brilliant is that as an exit strategy?

Jul 29 13:33

Obama: ‘Not a new Cold War,’ but new Russia sanctions announced

President Obama announced a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday, saying Russia must pay an increasingly high price for its military aggression in Ukraine and the downing of a passenger jet.

The penalties follow tougher sanctions agreed to by European Union leaders earlier in the day.

“Today is a reminder that the United States means what it says,” Mr. Obama said in a statement on the South Lawn of the White House. “It didn’t have to come to this. There continues to be a better choice.”

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Jul 25 06:42

European Central Bank hacked, personal data stolen

Hackers have stolen personal information from the European Central Bank (ECB) in what seems to be a blackmail scheme. The stolen data includes email addresses and contact information taken from the organization's database.

“There had been a breach of the security protecting a database serving its public website,” ECB said in astatement on Thursday. “This led to the theft of email addresses and other contact data left by people registering for events at the ECB.”

Around 20,000 email addresses were stolen, according to media reports.

The hacked database serves the public website and gathers registrations for conferences and other visits. It is “physically separate from any internal ECB systems.”

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And the NSA can't find these guys either!

Jul 22 08:40

EU to present extended Russian sanctions on Thursday – Ashton

Last week, before Malaysia flight MH17 crashed, Europe declined to follow the US move and expand sanctions.

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And there is a motive for the US to help Kiev shoot down flight 17 and lay the blame on Russia!

Jul 21 09:39

JIM WILLIE BOMBSHELL: IT HAS BEGUN- GERMANY TO BREAK FROM US/UK, JOIN RUSSIA/CHINA ALLIANCE! . . . remember where you first heard this — yesterday, actually :)

The Germans have had enough, fed up with destructive US activities of all kinds. For the last few months, they have been laying out their indictment, their justification, their reasons to abandon the corrupt US-UK crowd. The bank wreckage, the market rigging, the endless wars, the sanctions which backfire, the sham monetary policy, the economic sabotage, the spying, the gold gimmicks, it has finally reached a critical level.

Germany has begun to move East in full view. Only the deaf dumb and blind cannot notice, and they will probably never notice. They are fodder.
The awaited signals seen by the Jackass have finally arrived.

Berlin is outraged by clear USGovt spying, and in process of conducting a Gold audit among their population. Germany is building motives to split from the Euro Monetary Union (common Euro currency) by forging stronger open ties with Russia & China. The justification is becoming plainly laid out, in four perceived indictment charges.

Jul 21 09:27

Norwegian MP calls for boycott of Israel over its Gaza offensive

Sunday, 20 July 2014 12:41Norwegian labor parties supported a call by a member of parliament to boycott Israeli products against the backdrop of the deadly Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip, Anadolu agency reported Sunday.

Labor Party MP and chairwoman of the defence and foreign affairs committee in the Norwegian parliament, Anniken Huitfeldt, has earlier called for boycotting Israeli products which Israel manufactures on occupied territories.

Huitfeldt demanded the government to implement the boycott as soon as possible "without wasting time." Six other parties endorsed Huitfeldt's call.

Jul 18 10:06

Jim Willie BOMBSHELL: It Has Begun- Germany to Break From US/UK, Join Russia/China Alliance!

Berlin is outraged by clear USGovt spying, and in process of conducting a Gold audit among their population. Germany is building motives to split from the Euro Monetary Union (common Euro currency) by forging stronger open ties with Russia & China.

Jul 18 08:15

Killing Russian Journalists in Ukraine is Organized Effort – Willy Wimmer

There is fear spreading through Europe of the specter of war, fuelled by aggressive war propaganda by the West in their attempt to demonize Russia. In Germany, for the first time, people do not trust their mass media. All over Europe appearing strange fascist parties. The blind drive by the US in pursuit of their geopolitical objectives in Europe and in Ukraine has placed the entire European continent in an unstable and extremely dangerous position.

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There is a good reason for the US to focus their war-making efforts on Europe. During WW2, the United States was the only industrialized nation to escape bombing. For twenty years after WW2, the rest of the world had to come to the United States to purchase the machine tools to rebuild their own industry, and of course, during that time, consumers in other countries had to buy industrially-produced goods from the United States as well. Together with the Breton-Woods agreement forcing the use of the dollar for all global trade, the United States made out like a bandit economically. But over the last 30 years, manufacturing in the United States has declined. At the end of WW2 there were thirty American companies manufacturing TV sets. Today there are none. Asian electronics rule the world. Asian and European cars outclass those produced in America.

The goal for the US Government in WW3 is not only to force the world back to the US dollar but to trigger wars in industrial regions that compete with US industries, to smash them and force the world back into a period of dependence on American manufacturing.

Jul 15 21:14

9 EU countries ready to block economic sanctions against Russia

France, Germany, and Italy are among EU members who don’t want to follow the US lead and impose trade sanctions on Russia. US sanctions are seen as a push to promote its own multibillion free-trade pact with Europe.

“France, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia, and EU President Italy see no reason in the current environment for the introduction of sectorial trade and economic sanctions against Russia and at the summit, will block the measure,” a diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS.

In order for a new wave of sanctions to pass, all 28 EU members must unanimously vote in favor. EU ministers plan to discuss new sanctions against Russia at their summit in Brussels on Wednesday, July 16. Even if only one country vetoed, sanctions would not be imposed. With heavyweights like France and Germany opposed to more sanctions the measure will likely again be stalled, the source said.

Jul 15 09:01

NATO estimates Russia has 10,000-12,000 troops near Ukraine border

Russia has been building up its forces again along the Ukrainian border and now has an estimated 10,000-12,000 troops in the area, a NATO military officer said on Monday.

Russia withdrew most of the 40,000 troops it had close to the border earlier this year, reducing them to fewer than 1,000 by mid-June. But since then, it has been building up its forces again, the officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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IF, in fact, this report is accurate, why was the person giving this information hiding behind the cloak of anonymity?!?

So far, NATO has been absolutely incapable of coming up with credible information as to what the Russian troop strength is on their side of the Ukrainian border.

Jul 15 07:03

Portugal Contagion Spreads: Espirito Santo To Default On Portugal Telecom Loan, Business Lending Drops Most On Record

Despite reassurances from US asset-gatherers and TV 'personalities' that Portugal must be fixed (because US equities are up), it is anything but. Today's triple whammy from the 'recovered' Portugal starts with Banco Espirito Santo bonds and stocks hitting new record lows (down over 10% more on the day). The contagion has rippled across to Rioforte, which controls Grupo Espirito Santo's non-financial arm - and is likely to default on a EUR 847 million payment to Portugal Telecom. And just to add further salt to that wound, Portuguese business lending in May collapsed at a record pace (down 8.23%). But apart from that, yeash Portugal is all fixed and their sovereign bonds are worth every penny...

Jul 15 06:18

The Real Purpose Of The IMF

The International Monetary Fund was set up in 1945, describing itself as an “organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.”

This all sounds very laudable, but in reality the IMF has a very different purpose from that which is stated. If you look at the history of the IMF’s intervention in countries around the world you will see a trail of disaster and looting that repeats time and time again wherever they go.

Jul 14 08:26

Robbing Peter

On 16th March 2013, the banks of Cyprus, with the approval of the Cyprus Government, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, confiscated private savings of accounts exceeding €100,000.

At the time, there were two readings of the unanimous approval by four bodies. As the confiscation was presented to the public, the unanimous approval implied that the confiscation was above board. To those who looked a bit deeper, however, the unanimous approval meant that, not only had the four bodies clearly been working on the plan for some time, behind closed doors, but it also demonstrated that all four bodies colluded to steal a significant amount of privately owned money.

Jul 12 09:06

Have Polish mercenaries been hired by Ukraine-USA Government to kill Eastern Ukraine civilians ???

Defence Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Igor Strelkov (real name Igor Girkin) summed up the latest military situation in the Donetsk region during a press briefing in Donetsk, Saturday.

He said troops manning a pro-Kiev checkpoint located between Ilovaisk and Amvrosiyevka could have been Polish mercenaries, since, he said, “they were wearing insignia of the Polish Army.”

Jul 11 08:46

Bulgaria's Central Bank Revokes License of Corporate Commercial Bank

The Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) is to suspend the license of troubled Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB) and to nationalize its subsidiary, Credit Agricole Bulgaria.

BNB is also to transfer citizens' and companies' assets held in KTB into Credit Agricole Bulgaria, where money from Bulgaria's Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF), which protects personal and corporate deposits up to EUR 100 000.

At the same time, some BGN 3.5 B (EUR 1.75 B) seem to be "missing" from the bank, public broadcaster BNR quoted the central bank's Governor Ivan Iskrov as saying.

It is the 3.5-billion-worth gap that changed BNB's "initial plans" to help KTB to recuperate after stepping into its management to avoid a further crisis, he explained.

Jul 10 09:29

Germany clears path for EU to directly fund ailing banks

he EU’s bailout fund has moved closer to being able to directly pump money into troubled banks after the German government introduced a bill allowing direct bank recapitalisation.

The German government has introduced a bill allowing the EU’s bailout fund to directly fund struggling banks

The draft law will now require approval in the Bundestag, but is planned to enter into force in November.

“This is an important step to stabilise our financial sector … and to increase further the trust in our common European currency,” said finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Wednesday (9 July).

He added that the law would help “rule out the risk that the taxpayer would have to accept liability, as in the financial crisis”.

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The question has to be asked: how many EU banks are in deep financial trouble, and by how much?!?

Jul 10 07:47

Germany Blesses “Bail-In” Deposit Confiscation Plan For Failing EU Banks

One year earlier than required, the German government approved plans to force creditors into propping up struggling banks across Europe. As WSJ reports, Germany “leads the way” in Europe by implementing European rules quickly and “creates instruments that allow the winding-down of big systemically relevant institutions without putting the financial stability at risk.” What this means is that taxpayers (theoretically) will not be on the hook (though in reality we are sure the mutually assured destruction defense will be played – especially if Deutsche runs into problems) but as German authorities explain, “This ensures that in times of crisis mainly owners and creditors will contribute to solving the crisis, and not taxpayers.” As a gentle reminder – creditors includes depositors… remember Cyprus?

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"Hey, if the FED can take our gold, then the banks can take your savings accounts! Fair is fair!!"

Jul 09 08:47

NATO Chief Warns of Duplicity by Putin on Ukraine

The secretary general of the NATO alliance warned on Tuesday that Russia was playing a “double game” in Ukraine, issuing conciliatory public statements while massing its forces along the border and smuggling arms and equipment to separatists inside eastern Ukraine.

“There’s no doubt that Russia is heavily engaged in destabilizing eastern Ukraine, and they continue their activities,” said the secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in an interview shortly after meeting with President Obama at the White House.

Speaking in unusually blunt terms, Mr. Rasmussen, whose term ends in October, warned the West not to be fooled by moderate statements by President Vladimir V. Putin, who he said was trying to fend off another round of economic sanctions.

“Don’t make any mistake, it’s pure tactics,” Mr. Rasmussen said. “He keeps open the option to intervene if necessary.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Having absolutely zero credible evidence to support his claims doesn't seem to bother this guy at all.

And he appears to be blissfully in the throes of SMD (selective memory disorder), as he appears to not at all remember that the duly elected government of Ukraine was thrown out via a Western/US/EU putsch, and Poroshenko was installed as President.

When that happened, the Crimean Parliament decided to have a referendum (considered free and fair by international observers, BTW) through which they decided to rejoin Russia.

They had always been a part of Russia, historically, until the 50s, when Nikita Khrushchev, himself an ethnic Ukrainian by birth, annexed Crimea to be part of Ukraine.

Russia did absolutely nothing wrong here.

But Poroshenko has been playing picador against Russia, just as hard and fast as he dares, and it is obvious that he is goading Russia almost to its breaking point.

So far, Putin has been very reserved in his response.

However, there may be a day coming when Putin will feel he has no other response than a military one against Ukraine, which will pit the US/Europe/NATO/Ukraine against Russia.

I would like to politely point out to those precious few adults in the bowels of power in Europe, NATO, and the US that this combination does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia. Moreover, instead of spending globs of money on programs that promise much, but don't deliver (let's say,as in the case of the F-35), Russia has spent more wisely on its weapons systems.

I can almost smell the fog of war coming to this region; a bitter, acrid, foul smell of discharged weapons, co-mingled with that of blood, ultimately shed for which pretty little printed piece of paper becomes the world's primary fiat currency.

Jul 09 07:18

Portugal's Largest Bank Misses Bond Payment; Bonds Collapse

Brussels, we have a problem. As we warned 6 weeks ago, Espirito Santo International SA - is in a "serious financial condition" according to a central bank driven external audit by KPMG identified "irregularities in its accounts." Sure enough, the 'ponzi-like' maneuvers have left the bank unable to pay its bonds as Bloomberg reports bonds plunged to record lows after a parent company delayed payments on short-term notes.

Jul 08 08:22

Currency Wars - Europe Seeks Alternative To 'Dollar Imperialism'

Today in Brussels the French Finance Minister, Michel Sapin, will start a debate with his EU counterparts on how the European Union can reduce its dependency on the U.S. dollar. Should the discussion find traction it may contribute to the ongoing monumental shift in global monetary economics with the gradual decline of the dollar as the global reserve currency.

Mr Sapin said in an interview with The Financial Times, “We [Europeans] are selling to ourselves in dollars, for instance when we sell planes. Is that necessary? I don’t think so. I think a rebalancing is possible and necessary, not just regarding the euro but also for the big currencies of the emerging countries, which account for more and more of global trade.”

The U.S. dollar has enjoyed reserve currency status for most of the past 70 years. This status confers enormous power to the dollar and allows the U.S. government to fund its trade deficits at very low cost.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Today's meeting could put the US dollar into an industrial-strength world of hurt.

The DOW and NASDAC appear to be on a strong downward spiral at this point in the morning.

Jul 07 08:25

Austria audits off-shore gold reserves

After growing public pressure among Austrians who have been sceptical about the continued existence of their country's gold reserves at the London bank, Austrian National Bank governor Ewald Nowotny confirmed at the end of May that an audit would take place.

"I acknowledge the request. Any grocery store is obliged to do inventory once a year. It is the only way of getting rid of these unreasonable allegations,” said Nowotny.

The web site Goldreporter.de states that Austria officially owns 280 metric tonnes of gold, of which 17 percent are kept in the country. Of the remainder, some 150 tonnes are believed to be stored in London.

In recent years, a rising number of sceptics have expressed concern about the continued existence of European gold deposits, especially those belonging to Germany that were being held by the US Federal Reserve.

Jul 07 07:00

Spain Issues Retroactive 0.03% Tax on Bank Deposits to "Boost Economic Growth and Job Creation"

Via translation from Libre Mercado, Spain will retroactively tax bank deposits to January 1, 2014 stating the move will boost growth and job creation.

Jul 05 09:49

NATO to set up Strategic Communications Center in Latvian capitalRead more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07_02/NATO-to-set-up-Strategic-Communications-Center-in-Latvian-capital-3040/

Officials of Latvia, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Britain, and Germany have signed a memorandum on setting up NATO’s center for strategic communications in Riga, the capital of Latvia, TASS reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, NATO is setting up its "Ministry of Propaganda" in Latvia, ahead of....what?!? A military attack against Russia?!?

Please, dear God, NO!!

And after all the governmental lies about the last US/NATO FLUSTERCLUCK in Afghanistan, the codswallop emanating from such a military propaganda outlet will not believed at all, fact checked, and questioned constantly by the Independent Media.

It will be a complete, total waste of money; money which could be much more honorably spent by fixing the broken bodies and lives of those people (particularly kids) who have been maimed for life in the 13 year old occupation of Afghanistan.

Jul 05 09:34

Largest Austrian Bank Crashes After “Revealing” 40% Surge In Bad Debt Provisions, Record Loss

Austria’s largest bank by assets, and the third biggest bank in Eastern Europe after UniCredit and Raiffeisen, announced that, oops, its earlier forecast about the amount of bad loans on its books is wrong, and will have to rise by a massive 40%, leading to what will be a record $2.2 billion loss, and triggering writedowns.

Shareholders, not used to being told the truth and instead preferring sweet, little lies, promptly took the stock to the woodshed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder just how badly the rest of the European economy will react to this next week, and the American economy as well; the dealings of large private banks are very inter-related, and yesterday was a holiday for the US stock markets.

Jul 04 17:48

Largest Austrian Bank Crashes After “Revealing” 40% Surge In Bad Debt Provisions, Record Loss

Austria’s largest bank by assets, and the third biggest bank in Eastern Europe after UniCredit and Raiffeisen, announced that, oops, its earlier forecast about the amount of bad loans on its books is wrong, and will have to rise by a massive 40%, leading to what will be a record $2.2 billion loss, and triggering writedowns.

Shareholders, not used to being told the truth and instead preferring sweet, little lies, promptly took the stock to the woodshed.

Jul 01 10:36

NATO chief to move forces from U.S. to Europe to respond to Russia in Ukraine

NATO’s top military commander said Monday that American troops from the United States will be dispatched to Europe starting in October to help respond to Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, supreme allied commander of the Western military alliance, said the U.S.-based troops will buttress American forces that have already been moved in recent months from Germany, Italy and elsewhere in Europe for stepped-up ground and air patrols in the three Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, plus Poland and Romania.

“It’s a very momentous time in Europe, probably the most since the end of the Cold War, especially because of the recent changes wrought by Russia,” Breedlove told reporters at the Pentagon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to General Breedlove; sir, forgive me, but are you suffering from SMD? (Selective Memory Disorder)?

IF so, I am very sorry to hear it, but permit me, please, to lay down a little timeline for you.

On February 22nd, the duly elected President of Ukraine, Viktor Yankovych, was thrown out of office in a western/US sponsored putsch.

On the 6th of March, 20134, the Crimean Parliament requested to become part of the Russian Federation, and that was confirmed by a vote in what observers characterized as a clear and fair election. And sir, it is obvious that, as in the Sam Cooke song that starts, "don't know much about history...", you do not have a clue as to the history of this region. It was annexed by Khrushchev, himself an ethnic Ukrainian in the mid-50s, but always had strong historical ties to Russia before that. This was a choice made by the people of Crimea: Russia did not "annex" this territory.

3. In May of 2014, Petro Poroshenko, a pro-European, pro-ECB supported was elected President of Ukraine. He continues to slaughter his own people as I type this in Eastern Ukraine, and will not negotiate with any of the groups looking for more autonomy. The picture to the right of this article documents just how wonderfully this is going for the innocent people whose homes have been bombed to smithereens by Poroshenko's "scorched earth" policy. General, please take a good, hard look at this woman, probably in her late 50s or early 60s; she will never, ever get her life back, ever again, for the rest of her lifetime. This is Poroshenko's doing.

Russia has done absolutely nothing which at all deserves to be demonized, when it is the US and the West which supported the coup which drove the last duly elected president of Ukraine and replaced him with "one of their own."

And lastly, sir, please be aware; in the age of a 24/7 news cycle, in the new era of the bloggers, the "big lie" technique no longer works; one can time the destruction of such a lie with a stop watch these days.

So please, stop lying to the American people and the world about who started this mess, and about unprovable numbers of Russian forces allegedly massing on their side of the Russian/Ukrainian border, particularly when Putin has invited OCSE observers to watch what is happening from the Russian side.

Sorry sir; this dodo-bird is pure lead, in terms of completely non-factual, and will not fly.

Jun 30 12:32

US creates time bomb situation in Russia: Analyst

The decades-old eastward expansion of the US-led NATO is a provocative act as it infringes upon Russia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, an analyst writes for Press TV.

Jun 30 09:39

The European Union prepares the ‘solidarity clause’ framework for military use against citizens

The use of the “European Gendarmerie Force” (EUROGENDFOR) is made ??possible by the “solidarity clause” as Heise reported. At the unit, headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, all EU Member States are involved, the Gendarmerien, so police forces with military status are used. One of the founding countries of the EUROGENDFOR include Portugal, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands. We provide our services to the police unit of the EU, NATO or the UN.

“The ‘solidarity clause’ is redundant, since the EU already has mechanisms for mutual assistance in case of disasters. Secondly, the clause amplifies the course to a militarization of domestic politics, since upon request military can be used in another Member State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If I were a citizen of any EU country where these laws apply, I would be contemplating a very quick migration elsewhere, particularly if I had children and skills.

Dictatorship arrives softly, generally in small, stealthy increments, before you even know it is there. And by the time you realize what has happened, it is too late to change things, or to run.

Jun 30 09:18

Mini Tax Havens: How Europe’s 1% Gets To Pay Only 1%

Something completely out of the ordinary happened in Spain this week: a politician resigned. His name is Willy Meyer and he was, until Wednesday morning at least, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and European Parliamentary leader for Spain’s ostensibly far-left party “Izquierda Union.”

The reason for Meyer’s resignation is that he was caught funneling his parliamentary pension contributions into an EU-sponsored investment fund commonly referred to as a SICAV (standing for Société d’Investissement à Capital Variable) – an investment vehicle that Meyer’s own party has long pledged to ban.

Jun 30 07:17

Watch Out for that Banana Peel

Recently, the EU announced that it is looking into legislation to allow the savings of EU citizens to "be used to fund long-term investments to boost the economy and help plug the gap left by banks since the financial crisis."

Sounds reasonable enough. But why would legislation be needed? It's perfectly legal for people to invest their savings in such ventures now, should they choose to do so.

Let's see what else the EU have to say: They are considering a law "to mobilize more personal pension savings for long-term financing." Mobilise? An odd term to use when discussing privately held savings. It could mean "encourage investment," or it could just as easily mean "confiscate." The former might be okay, but the latter would clearly not.

Jun 29 15:21

Greece Riot 29/06/2014

Jun 29 09:47

EU Gives Russia Three Days to De-Escalate Ukraine Crisis, Threatens Sanctions

The European Council on Friday said it would give Moscow three days to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine, or it will impose new sanctions against Russia, according to a statement published Friday.

The European Council also set conditions for the de-escalation.

"The European Council expects that by Monday 30 June the following steps will be taken: Agreement on a verification mechanism, monitored by the OSCE, for the ceasefire and for the effective control of the border; return to the Ukrainian authorities of the three border checkpoints (Izvarino, Dolzhanskiy, Krasnopartizansk); release of hostages including all of the OSCE observers; launch of substantial negotiations on the implementation of President [Petro] Poroshenko's peace plan," the statement reads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia cannot de-escalate the situation, because it is not involved in the situation between Ukraine and Eastern Ukraine in the first place!

The US and the EU escalated the situation by overthowing the legally elected President in Ukraine and replacing him in a political putsch.

And President Poroshenko, "the chocolate king"?

Please.

This guy is so crooked that he has to screw his socks on in the morning.

It appears to me that the logical conclusion to all of this will be a shooting war between the US, EU, and NATO on one side, and Russia (and perhaps China) on the other. Unfortunately, I see this situation escalating rapidly.

Yesterday, Moody's cut Russia's outlook to "negative", and economic sanctions have cut Russia's access to global financial capital, which may prove a strain on the country's economy.

And this will most probably go nuclear very quickly, because the EU/NATO/US alliance doesn't have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Jun 29 08:23

The European Union prepares the ‘solidarity clause’ framework for military use against citizens

The EU creates a legal framework for Europe-wide deployment of police and military units . At the same time, the EU Commission is working intensively on the creation of a single EU police unit as well as an EU public prosecutor (more here ).

The use of the “European Gendarmerie Force” (EUROGENDFOR) is made ??possible by the “solidarity clause” as Heise reported. At the unit, headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, all EU Member States are involved, the Gendarmerien, so police forces with military status are used. One of the founding countries of the EUROGENDFOR include Portugal, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands. We provide our services to the police unit of the EU, NATO or the UN.

“The ‘solidarity clause’ is redundant, since the EU already has mechanisms for mutual assistance in case of disasters. Secondly, the clause amplifies the course to a militarization of domestic politics, since upon request military can be used in another Member State.

Jun 29 08:22

US pressured Denmark to close Kurdish TV so Rasmussen would become NATO chief – lawyer

The US put pressure on Danish authorities to close the Kurdish Roj TV channel in order to appease Turkey. This was done so Anders Fogh Rasmussen's position as NATO secretary general would be secure, the station's lawyer told RT amid WikiLeaks revelations.

WikiLeaks documents released back in March suggest Rasmussen abused his powers during his time as Denmark's prime minister, in order to secure his future job.

Jun 27 11:04

EU Gives Russia Three Days to De-Escalate Ukraine Crisis, Threatens Sanctions

The European Council on Friday said it would give Moscow three days to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine, or it will impose new sanctions against Russia, according to a statement published Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and EU created this mess, but want to blame it all on Russia!

Jun 27 08:21

Spain, Italy warn citizens against doing business with settlements

Nations join France, U.K. and Germany in advising against legal and financial risks.

Jun 26 08:40

Sweden probes Ship to Gaza boardings

A Swedish prosecutor has launched an investigation into whether international laws were broken when Israeli soldiers boarded Gaza-bound ships operated by the Sweden-based activist group Ship to Gaza.

Jun 26 08:40

Sweden looks into Israeli boarding of Ship to Gaza

Henrik Attorps is to investigate what happened, reports news agency TT. The crimes suspected are grevious bodily harm, serious threat, serious robbery and also crimes against international law.

The last crime relates to Geneva Convention rules on protecting civilians during armed conflict. The prosecutor says no individuals have been tied to any of the suspected crimes.

Eleven Swedes were present during each boarding, which happened in international waters.

Jun 26 05:49

Spanish mayor charged for setting town ablaze

A Spanish mayor has been charged for setting a town on fire after ignoring a fireworks ban. The illegal pyrotechnics resulted in a massive hillside blaze, which forced some residents of the town to evacuate from their homes.

Despite a ban, which had been implemented because of an extremely high risk of forest fires, Mayor Ernesto Sanjuan gave the go ahead for a fireworks display on April 26 in the town of Cullera in southeastern Spain. Sanjuan was charged along with the display’s organizer, Andreu Piqueras, who are both members of Spain’s ruling People’s Party.

Jun 26 05:38

Bank Runs in Bulgaria

Now we have bank runs in Bulgaria. The entire fabric is coming undone and this is part of the fuel that sends everything into chaos and the risk of war as tensions rise and people blame someone else be it rich, foreigners, bankers, or corporations. This is the time where clear reasonable thinking and solutions become impossible.

The IMF is now urging the ECB to start buying government bonds of the member states. They have no solutions but the same old bad of tricks. There is nobody even capable of thinking out of the box in a position of power. We are plagued by lawyer-politicians in the total absence of anyone with experience in international money management – the void of experience and statesmanship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ECB is buying up bonds the same way the FED is buying Treasury bills; with money created out of thin air, which may make the books look balanced but drives the people deeper into poverty as the value of the currency they are paid plunges from the hyperinflation.

Jun 25 09:56

EU wants stronger military industry

The European Commission on Tuesday (24 June) laid out plans on how to boost the EU’s military and defence industries.

It wants to create a single market on defence, make it more profitable, and intensify and merge research with the civil sector.

Antonio Tajani, the EU industry commissioner, said greater defence collaboration is needed between member states to enable the EU to “adequately face its security challenges”.

Tajani described the plan in terms of helping the EU pull itself out of the economic crisis.

“It is vital that the European defence industry remains a world-leading centre for manufacturing and innovation, creating highly qualified jobs and growth,” he said in a statement.

The commission says budget cuts, the crisis, and a fragmented internal market are threats to the industry and the EU’s overall defence capabilities.

It notes the sector in 2012 employed 400,000 people and generated a €96 billion turnover.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the EU is working toward a perpetual war model of its economy; to say that this is more than somewhat alarming is like saying the Titanic took on a little ice!!

Jun 24 07:10

Polish MPs ridicule Cameron's 'stupid propaganda' aimed at Eurosceptics

The Polish foreign minister believes David Cameron has "fucked up" his handling of the EU by resorting to "stupid propaganda" to appease Eurosceptics, according to an expletive-laden transcript of secretly taped conversations.

Radoslaw Sikorski, who is close to many senior Tories and as an Oxford University student was a member of the Bullingdon Club at the same time as Boris Johnson, made the comments in a conversation with the former Polish finance minister Jacek Rostowski.

Jun 24 06:31

EU decision to ban imports from Crimea made under US influence

"It is a dead-end stance to punish citizens for the opinion on what country they should be in," he said.

The EU decision to ban imports from Crimea was made under US influence, Aksyonov said. "General agitation over Crimea's accession to Russia has calmed down in the EU. As far as I understand in this case the US authorities push this stance," he said.

Crimea's accession to Russia is irreversible, he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I can reverse it. I will reverse it. I am omnipotent!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 23 13:30

Russia Today reports on Polish FM's "blowjob" comment.

Jun 23 09:33

Import the law: EU to send Kosovo-style mission to Ukraine

“A political decision has been taken today to send a two-year mission. It will be created immediately and deployed in a short time,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told journalists on Monday on the sideline of an EU ministerial meeting in Luxemburg.

The minister didn’t offer any detail on the number of European specialists to be sent to Ukraine or the scope of their authority.

The EU has experience with sending its officials to have an input on governance practices and reforms in places like Somalia, Congo or Mali. The biggest is the EULEX Kosovo mission, which is second only to Brussels in the number of EU civil servants serving in one place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the EU... is going to do to Ukraine what they have done in Kosovo?!?

Let's look at those results, shall we, as reported at refworld.org, and originally published by Human Rights Watch:

Human rights protection remains weak in Kosovo. Despite reforms, the justice system continues to have a large backlog. Ethnic minority communities, Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptians in particular, continue to suffer discrimination. Journalists and human rights defenders were subjected to threats and attacks during 2013. Justice system reform enacted in January restructured the courts in an attempt to address the years-long case backlog. A new criminal code also entered into force in January, without three contested provisions deemed to restrict media freedom. In the first nine months, EULEX judges handed down five war crimes judgments, reaching acquittals in all but one case. The September acquittal of Fatmir Limaj and nine others in a case concerning the 1998 mass murder of Serb and Albanian civilians in Klecka by Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) forces illustrates weaknesses in Kosovo's witness protection program and challenges to prosecute crimes committed during and after the war. Testimony from a key witness, found dead in a park in Germany in December 2012, in what police called a suicide, was first ruled inadmissible and then, in the retrial, contradictory and unreliable. In June, three men were sentenced to six, four, and three years respectively for beating and torturing Kosovo Albanian civilians illegally detained in the KLA Llapashtica detention center between 1998 and 1999. In October, the EULEX special prosecutor charged 15 people with war crimes against civilians and prisoners in 1998 at a KLA detention center in Likovac. Hundreds of cases are pending before the Kosovo Special Prosecution Office, the War Crimes Investigative Unit of the Kosovo Police, and EULEX. At time of writing, 13 arrest warrants were outstanding concerning Serbs who are believed to reside outside Kosovo. EULEX continues to investigate 94 war crimes cases from the 1998-1999 Kosovo war, including massacres in Meja, Dubrava, and Krusha thought to involve more than 1,000 victims. At the end of August, the Human Rights Review Panel (HRRP), an independent body set up in 2009 to review allegations of human rights violations by EULEX staff, handed down 15 decisions, finding violations in 5 cases. In the case concerning attacks by Kosovo Police and ethnic Albanians against Serbs during the 2012 Vidovdan Serbian religious holiday, the HRRP found that EULEX had failed to allocate adequate resources to provide protection or to conduct an effective investigation into allegations of human rights abuse. Freedom of Media Journalists continue to face a hostile environment. In May, a gas bomb was thrown into the house of the editor-in-chief of Radio Television of Kosovo, the public service broadcaster, causing damage but no injuries. Kosovo authorities condemned the attack and police were investigating. At time of writing, no arrests had been made. In June, a mixed panel of Kosovo and EULEX judges acquitted former Mayor of Skenderaj Sami Lushtaku; the former owner of Infopress, Rexhep Hoti; its former editor-in-chief, Avni Azemi; and two other journalists of threats against Jeta Xharra, the director of BIRN, a regional news group. The court held that the 12 news items where Infopress referred to Xharra as "a Serbian spy," and "embassy slut," in response to a BIRN TV program dealing with alleged mismanagement in Skenderaj where Lushtaku was mayor at the time, did not pose a threat to Xharra.

Oh yes, EULEX will do a grand job here in Ukraine; just as they have done in Kosovo!!

Jun 23 06:45

Leaked tape has Polish FM comparing ties with US to giving oral sex

The Polish Foreign Minister believes his country’s alliance with the US is worth nothing and compared his government’s stance to giving oral sex and receiving nothing in return, a Polish magazine said, citing a leaked recording of a private conversation.

Jun 22 06:37

Cameron faces defeat in bid to thwart Juncker European presidency

David Cameron is to demand that fellow EU leaders explain their decision to back Jean-Claude Juncker as the next European Commission president this week after they appeared to give up on finding an alternative.

Downing Street made clear last night that the prime minister, angry at attempts to push a decision through in the face of UK opposition, will force an unprecedented vote at an EU summit on Friday and ask heads of government to explain why they are not willing to consider other names.

Jun 22 06:36

Report: Polish minister says US ties worthless

A Polish magazine says it has obtained recordings of a conversation in which Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski says the country's strong alliance with the U.S. "isn't worth anything" and is "even harmful because it creates a false sense of security."

Jun 22 06:07

Establishment is Afraid of End The Fed Movement in Germany

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Check out 4:40 where they report that the German media is declaring anyone opposed to private central banking is an anti-Semite! This is a repeat of an editorial we saw here in the US a few weeks back that claimed a desire to live free of debt was anti-Semitism, and a very angry email I received that "reminded" me that the Talmud says Hod gave the Jews all the money on Earth and the Goyim may only borrow it at interest!

Jun 20 07:43

IMF ready to ask ECB to begin quantitative easing

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund is expected to launch an appeal to the European Central Bank on Thursday, urging it to deal with deflationary risks by beginning a form of quantitative easing, the Financial Times newspaper reported.

That would include large purchases of sovereign bonds to stimulate growth, the newspaper said Wednesday, citing a draft of a statement from the IMF based on its annual evaluation of the eurozone’s economic health.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After all, look how well it worked in the US!

Jun 19 08:13

Russia can switch to payments with India, China in national currencies crushing dollar amid sanctions - experts

The European economy, experts point out, still remains in the grip of a crisis, while China, for example, is prosperous. The West, including the US, has begun to curtail the profitable relations with Russia on the background of Ukrainian problems, which has nothing to do with the East. And business always develops in the environment of stability and mutual interest. It is reasonable that at present the Russian economy – that is investments, exports, imports and technology – is speeding up its advance in the eastern direction, President of the Centre of Strategic Communications Dmitry Abzalov says. Instead of America and Europe, our target is South-East Asia now.

Jun 19 07:58

Europe Bracing Itself for Worst-Case Gas Scenario

In the wake of Russia's decision to switch Ukraine to prepayment for gas starting Monday, the European Union is planning a new round of negotiations as the danger of supply disruptions to Europe heightens.

European officials say, however, that the bloc is currently far better prepared to cope with shortages than it was back in 2009, when a dispute between Ukraine and Russia disrupted gas supplies to Europe.

"Much has changed [since 2009]. We did a lot to improve the security of gas supplies. There are interconnections between member states; we have more reverse flow options. It is easier to help each other if necessary," European Commission spokeswoman Sabine Berger said.

Europe on average depends on Russia to supply a third of its gas, half of which goes through Ukraine, so only 15 percent of EU supplies are endangered.

Jun 19 07:36

Protests banned as 120 snipers line up to protect Spanish crown

As Prince Felipe gets ready to be crowned the new King of Spain, two demonstrations and two concentrations planned for Thursday have been banned, thousands of extra police officers brought in and 120 snipers prepped to protect the ceremonial event.

It seems Spanish authorities are a tad nervous of demonstrations against the monarchy Thursday, when the new King Felipe VI is set to be crowned.

Having declared it illegal to hold any form of anti-monarchy protest or demonstration, the government will be deploying more than 6,700 police and civil guard officers in and around the area during the proceedings. They even had to import around 4,000 officers from around Spain to swell the ranks including the said 120 snipers.

Jun 19 06:35

Banks may have to raise new capital

The possibility of the domestic banks having to raise new capital following the ECB stress tests "cannot be precluded" even though AIB, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB all passed the Central Bank’s Balance Sheet Assessment (BSA) at the end of 2013, according to the IMF in its latest review of the Irish economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Well, gee; just look at all that cash sitting in those savings accounts!"

Jun 19 06:33

Crown Prince Felipe of Spain takes the throne

Crown Prince Felipe of Spain took the throne at midnight (2 am, Moscow time), becoming King Felipe VI and facing the challenge to save the image of Spain’s royals and settle problems facing the nation.

Jun 18 07:31

Obama’s pledge to boost US military in E Europe a provocative move: James Jatras

President Barack Obama’s pledge of providing $1 billion to boost the US military presence in Eastern Europe is an “unnecessary and provocative action,” an American political commentator says.

“I think this is a very pointless move. There is no threat to any of the NATO members in the Eastern Europe. This I think is an unnecessary and provocative action, James Jatras said during a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday.

Jun 17 09:28

REVOLUTION IN POLAND! The police attacked anti-government demonstration!

Manifestation of growing in strength, are organized in many cities: Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Szczecin, Poznan, Katowice, Rzeszow, Lublin, Bydgoszcz, Torun, Opole and many other cities.
People have had enough of the rule of Prime Minister Tusk.
Country and nation is robbed . recent days leaked to the press recordings from hidden microphone.Leading ministers talk with the president of the Polish National Bank on the aid of the party ruling, ''PO'' in exchange for the head of the finance minister, and promised to introduce laws dictated by the President of the National Bank .
From the recordings we learn that the Minister for Infrastructure, Mr. Nowak cheating office to revenue and lowers income. It's only a few threads and they are many.

Jun 15 07:19

EU presidential hopeful blind drunk on Europhilia?

The European Parliament is having a hissy fit about the new president of the European Commission. That job is currently held by Jose Manuel Barroso, the one-time Maoist who had a brief stint as Portuguese prime minister, delivering precisely none of the reforms the nation needed before its spectacular economic failure required a bailout. However, by that stage Barroso was one of the presidential crew on a handy US$30,000 per month. Provided he never says a bad word against the EU so long as he lives, he stands to get a rich pension too. Not bad for a career overseeing failure.

Jun 14 07:25

Italy's Five-Star Movement joins UKIP

Jun 13 10:14

‘Pastafarians’ fail to win official religious recognition in Austria

Pastafarianism, a movement set up partly to ridicule organised religion, has failed to win official recognition from Austria's religious authority.

The Kultusamt authority ruled Wednesday that the "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster" was not a proper "Church" because it is not a Christian religious community.

The organisation was founded in the United States to poke fun at religious dogma and to campaign against the teaching of creationism in schools, and now has chapters in several other countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The tomato sauce of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was shed for your sins!

UPDATE: Scandal engulfs the Pastafarians! The remains of 800 meat balls have been discovered in an unmarked mass grave outside one of the Pastafaraian homes for unmarried cooks!

Jun 13 09:49

US quietly sending in elite military units to train former Soviet bloc states amid annexation of Crimea

As the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) refocuses on its eastern borders after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the US is quietly deploying more troops to train special forces in former Soviet bloc states anxious about Moscow’s intentions.

Major exercises began last month in Poland, Slovakia and the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia involving several hundred personnel from US special forces, the US European Command (Eucom) said.

Long-term plans include further training drills that will consistently keep about 100 US elite troops on the ground at any one time in Nato states close to Russia, with teams working in several countries, US officials said.

The events in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-speaking insurgents using sophisticated weapons threaten to split the country, have put the whole former Soviet bloc region on alert and eager for Nato reassurance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, for the umpteenth time: Russia did not annex Crimea; Crimea voted to rejoin to Russia, in what was characterized by international observers, as a a free and fair election. They did this after the legitimately elected government of Ukraine was thrown out by a Western-sponsored putsch.

The word "annexation" is disingenuous in the extreme here.

What NATO and the West are attempting to do is to provoke Russia militarily, in order to start a hot war, not a cold war, against it. The reasons are to insure the supremacy of the US petrodollar (which is already crumbling against a reasonably mre stable ruble and yuan).

I would like to politely point out that when it has come to Afghanistan, the US and NATO have been impotent to stop the violence, and Afghanistan is a very poorly developed country, and that war has been 13 years in duration.

What deeply concerns me about the "thinking" generating these actions is that neither the US nor NATO have the capability of insuring a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia; and that is where the military scenario gets scarily dangerous.

I would very strongly caution the leadership in both NATO and DC to be very, very careful about what they wish for as an outcome here; the unintended consequences could be both horrific...and impossible to correct.

Jun 13 06:26

GMO floodgate to open? EU ministers back deal to let nations decide fate of crops

European Union governments have decided to let member states go their own way when it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs), allowing EU nations to either ban the crops or grow them as they see fit. The move ends years of legislative deadlock.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a major set-back for Monsanto which hoped that bribing Brussels would be enough to force their creations on the European public. Now they have to go country-by-country.

Jun 11 10:20

US commandos get permanent Eastern European foothold

American special operations units permanently deployed in Eastern Europe are no longer just on the Pentagon’s wish list. About 100 instructors are set to train spec ops teams in former Soviet bloc states to ‘message’ Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine.

Russia launches Baltic drills alongside NATO Saber Strike war games

Tanks, troops, jets: NATO countries launch full-scale war games in Baltic

The latest statements from the US European Command (EUCOM) once again prove that Washington is using the crisis in Ukraine to revitalize the NATO alliance and bolster its military presence in Europe in order to tie it to the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, Russia's President Putin is about 12 chess-games ahead of the thinking of the Obama administration on this.

Russia doesn't need to do anything militarily to destroy the US.

All that has to happen is for Russia, China, and the BRIC nations to simultaneously drop the dollar for any of their business transactions, and the big, fat, sucking sound you would be hearing would be that of the American economy going right down the proverbial tubes.

And any thinking in DC that we could win a conventional war against Russia (which is what the US government appears to want to provoke by its actions), needs to be met with some very grave assessments of precisely where the US military is in this part of the 21st century. And the cold, hard reality here is, the US doesn't have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia; and this is what makes the military scenario here so scarily dangerous.

Jun 11 08:24

Defying Russian warnings, Moldova and Georgia head for EU pact

Undeterred by the conflict triggered by Ukraine’s swing towards Europe, the former Soviet republics of Moldova and Georgia will sign a trade and political pact with the European Union this month with Russia warning both countries against the move.

The two small countries – Moldova has a population of just over 3.5 million and Georgia 4.5 million – see the signing of an association agreement as the crucial step towards mainstream Europe, leading to eventual membership of the powerful EU trading bloc.

But, as has been shown by their regional neighbour Ukraine, Russia sees their westward move further away from Moscow’s sphere of influence as a geo-political setback that could threaten its markets too.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, guys: let's get this straight: Russia did not annex Crimea. Crimea requested to be reunited with Russia when the duly elected Ukrainian government was thrown out in a putsch, and this was done in a referendum which was considered free and fair: Russia did absolutely nothing wrong here.

And a short memo to whoever characterized Russia in this manner with this article: the big lie no longer works. Just please ask Colin Powell about Saddam's "weapons of mass destruction."

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Only days ago it was reported that the US sent "foreign aid" to (meaning a bribe to the leaders of) Moldova ($8 million) and Georgia ($5 million).

Jun 11 06:42

Trouble for Merkel: Berlin Divided in Spat over EU Commmission

The appointment of the next leaders of the EU Commission has divided Europe, raising the specter that Britain could leave the bloc. London is an important ally to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and it is likely she will seek to broker a deal.

Jun 10 10:20

Austria close to ban of GMO products

Austria's struggle for a national ban on GMO (genetically modified organisms) appears to have paid off, with European ministers supporting the "opt-out" option.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't do that!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 09 09:10

Secret European Cash Limits in Place

Some of you might remember the recent scandal where #HSBC tried to impose cash withdraw limits on their accounts:

Well it turns out that was just a trial balloon, to see how the public might react to withdraw limits being public knowledge. Limits that are already in place!

Let me tell you what my sources are telling me.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the ECB announced their negative interest rates, I predicted there would have to be some form of capital controls to prevent people from emptying their accounts.

Jun 08 05:58

New head of European conservatives dismisses Cameron's EU demands

The new head of the biggest group of conservatives in the European Parliament dismissed on Saturday demands by British Prime Minister David Cameron to put the brakes on European integration.

Manfred Weber, the new chairman of the European People's Party (EPP), also told a German paper that the group still backed its candidate Jean-Claude Juncker to be the next Commission president despite opposition from Britain.

Jun 06 12:33

Gazprom still remains best option for Europe

According to the Oxfam charity organization, strained relations between Russia and the West because of the situation in Ukraine highlighted the need for Europe to reassess its energy priorities, and speaking at the G7 summit in Brussels yesterday, US President Barack Obama announced that the G7 is going to strenghthen energy security in Central and Eastern Europe. Pepe Escobar, Asia Times roving correspondent, shared his opinion about this development with Radio VR.

Jun 06 08:13

NATO using Ukraine to syphon more money from EU

In the end of the day, it’s all business.

NATO’s Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen wants European leaders to spend more on defense, but Germany, France and the UK are keeping their grip tight, Deutsche Welle reads.

“We live in a different world than we did less than a month ago,” Fogh Rasmussen told a Brookings Institution forum in March.

“Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine is in blatant breach of its international commitments and it is a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This is a wakeup call for the Euro-Atlantic community, for NATO, and for all those committed to a Europe whole, free and at peace.”

What he wanted was to make the NATO member states reconsider their defense budgets, as there have been gloomy warnings that the Alliance is unprepared for Russian ‘aggression’.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the end of the day, this looks like a NATO shake-down of Europe for more money.

And that concept of "Russian aggression"?!?!?

Please, give me a break!!

Ukraine was taken over by an illegal putsch against the legally elected government; yes, a government so collectively crooked, that it had to screw its socks on in the morning, BUT legally elected.

Crimea, a traditionally Russian-centric area which had been taken over by Ukraine under the time of Khrushchev, had what was considered by all observers, a free and fair election, in order to realign with Russia.

Russia did nothing wrong: the people of Crimea exercised peaceful self-determination in this election.

You cannot have this both ways. Isn't peaceful self-determination supposed to be a value that we are supposed to respect and applaud?!?

I mean, I am just asking, folks!!!!

Jun 06 06:55

Stockman - The Military Industrial Complex & Total Collapse

Eric King: "If the fighting continues in Ukraine, is it just going to continue to be a stalemate over there?"

Stockman: "It could well devolve into a full-fledged civil war, and that would be really unfortunate for the people. ... That is the result of the constitutional and political crisis that was provoked last November and December, not by Putin and the Russians, but by the (U.S.) State Department and the CIA and the so-called non-governmental organizations that are swarming all over eastern Europe trying to stir up trouble. It’s an indication that what I call the military-industrial complex, this warfare state with all the spy agencies and this massive war machine that we have, is a dangerous thing to keep in being. We don’t need it. It should be demobilized. It should be dramatically reduced so that the people who operate it aren’t tempted to start stirring up trouble."

Jun 05 08:54

American gas won't save us, say EU leaders

Jun 05 08:33

More jets and warships: US increasing military presence in Black Sea

Following President Obama’s commitment of $1 billion to expand NATO’s role in Eastern Europe, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Thursday that the United States will be bolstering its presence in the Black Sea region.

Hagel is currently swinging through Romania, a NATO member that has urged the US to increase its presence in Eastern Europe in the wake of the Ukraine conflict and Russia’s accession of Crimea. Since then, the country has been a part of joint military exercises with American forces and has promised to increase its own defense spending.

While the plan earned the praise of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Russia criticized NATO for boosting its presence near its borders and argued the group is also responsible for unrest in Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bruschko is absolutely correct here; and it appears that the US and NATO want to goad Russia into making the first move.

Putin is waaay to smart to do this, but don't discount the possibility of a NATO/US false flag to be blamed on Russia as the "excuse" to kick off the war here.

Jun 05 07:28

NATO’s Military Encirclement of Russia: Obama escalates NATO Confrontation with Russia

President Barack Obama unveiled in Poland Tuesday a new $1 billion initiative aimed at ratcheting up NATO’s military encirclement of Russia and preparing for a direct armed conflict between the two nuclear-armed powers.

In other words, the Obama administration is embarking on a reckless drive to encircle and militarily intimidate Russia and China simultaneously.

Speaking in Warsaw’s Belweder Palace Tuesday, Obama also said that the $1 billion program would be used by the US to “preposition more equipment in Europe” in preparation for military conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama's threats of NATO military conflict against Russia has his resources, in terms of troop strength, manufacturing, and money, writing checks he cannot cash.

The last thing the US needs right now is a war with either Russia and/or China; unfortunately, this Administration has this country running, at warp speed, to war with both countries.

Putin and Xi-Ping understand, however, that there is a way to avoid this war, and crash the US economy: and that would be for the BRIC nations do a full dropping of any of their dollar holdings, and not doing any transactions using the US dollar at all.

Jun 05 07:26

ECB cuts deposit rate below zero in historic move

The European Central Bank lowered its deposit rate to -0.10% as the continent battles deflation after many failed monetary policy attempts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you have money in a bank savings account, and the interest paid on that account is lower than the rate of inflation, you are losing real value and purchasing power even if the balance seems to be growing. Many people are seduced by the growing numbers and keep their money in that savings account even though they are suffering real economic losses.

Now things have changed. The longer you keep your money in those European savings accounts, the smaller the balance will be. The EU will likely impose capital controls to prevent bank runs as savers close their accounts and convert the funds into physical silver and gold.

The reason there are so many "failed monetary policy attempts" is that nobody wants to acknowledge the deep dark secret of private central banking. Which is that when you allow a privately-owned central bank to issue all of the public currency as a loan at interest, the debt grows faster than the available money supply. More money is owed to that privately-owned central bank than actually exists. This is a deliberately designed system to trap a nation and its people in unpayable debt, to enslave them to the will of the bankers, and over time, through the process of defaults, transfer the hard assets of the nation and the people into the pockets of the bankers through "Austerity" and "privatization." And all the bankers needed to pull off this scam was paper, ink, and typing numbers into a computer keyboard! But no government dares admit to their people that the banking system they are forced to use is a deliberate tool of enslavement. So they attempt "policies" to make it look like they are trying to fix the problem, but without addressing the root cause.

Jun 05 06:30

Britain offers tanks and 1,000 troops for Nato show of strength against Putin

Britain has offered NATO an armoured battle group including up to 25 tanks to join exercises in Poland as a show of force against Vladimir Putin.

The deployment would see as many as 1,000 British soldiers join Nato forces for war games across the border from Ukraine later this year.

The offer was disclosed as David Cameron prepares to meet the Russian president on Thursday and wrangling over the Ukraine crisis seems certain to dominate world leaders’ visits to the D-Day anniversary events.

The diplomatic storm over Ukraine continued as Barack Obama condemned Moscow’s “dark tactics”, while Mr Putin hit back against American aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These "war games" by NATO appear to be the prelude to a shooting war against Russia.

Just because a war against Russia would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly wrong thing to do to in response to Putin's accepting Crimea's request to align with Russia after the Ukrainian putsch, is absolutely no guarantee that NATO, Europe, and the US won't do it.

NATO, the US, and the West, is encircling Russia in a geopolitical/military vice-grip. And if, once there are US and NATO troops on the ground in Ukraine (and I wouldn't bet against it even right right now), Moscow may feel compelled to respond militarily in kind.

It would not take much to get the fires of war stoked here; one tiny miscommunication; one tiny misperception, and things could escalate completely out of control.

I would like to hope that the adults in the room in Europe, the US, and NATO think very soberly about what their next move should be.

Apr 05 12:16

Poland Announces Complete Ban on Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Maize

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

Following the anti-Monsanto activism launched by nations like France and Hungary, Poland has announced that it will launch a complete ban on growing Monsanto’s genetically modified strain MON810.

The announcement, made by Agriculture Minister, Marek Sawicki, sets yet another international standard against Monsanto’s genetically modified creations...

Apr 05 07:18

IMF CRIMES Result in 77-Year Old Gov’t Pensioner Commiting Suicide In Town Square – In Response Greeks Riot

The 77-year old Greek man who ended his life in the Town Square on Wednesday left the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Bankers, which includes Goldman Sachs (Mario Monti, their agent atop the Greek government), the Rothschilds and their criminal organization the IMF. The man left a heart-wrenching suicide note which read in part:

“The government has annihilated any hope for my survival and I could not get any justice… I cannot find any other form of struggle except a dignified end before I have to start scrounging for food from the rubbish.”

Apr 05 06:25

Guenter Grass, German Nobel Winner, Criticizes Israel Over Iran Tensions

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," Grass wrote in his poem titled:

"What must be said"

The 84-year-old Grass said he had been prompted to put pen to paper by Berlin's recent decision to sell Israel a submarine able to "send all-destroying warheads where the existence of a single nuclear bomb is unproven."

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," he wrote. His poem specifically criticized Israel's "claim to the right of a first strike" against Iran.

Apr 05 04:51

Beggared by Banks: 'Greeks forced to kill themselves'


The recent suicide of a cash-strapped Greek pensioner is a sign of the dire situation Greece finds itself in. It can be solved only by extreme measures such as default and giving up the euro, believes financial advisor Patrick Young.

Apr 04 23:23

Surprise Video Changes Syria “Timeline”

Al Jazeera’s Shaping of the Syrian Story

Of all the myths obstructing the honest portrayal of events in Syria this past year, none has been more fiercely guarded by regime-change advocates than this one stark falsehood:

Myth – the Syrian regime has only been shooting unarmed, peaceful protestors until very recently when opposition groups finally decided to arm themselves in self-defense.

Apr 04 19:36

Britain’s Mad-House Foreign Policy

The best and cheapest way of protecting our national security is simply to eject the madmen from the Foreign Office and stop pimping for the US and its mad-dog protegé.

Let’s see how quickly the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with Mr Bellingham’s help, can get their skates on and straighten out the simple matter of Palestine’s status so that Israel’s strutting psychopaths can finally be brought to book.

Apr 04 19:11

In Defense of Helen Thomas: What’s Wrong With History?

Helen Thomas’s recent request to purchase a table at the upcoming White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) annual dinner has been rejected.

In a comment on that story I said, “It’s hard to imagine anything more wrong than this.”

I base my opinion on the fact that the 91-year-old Thomas, a former WHCA president, is unique among American journalists, having covered 10 different presidential administrations in a career stretching back to Dwight Eisenhower.

It is because of Thomas as much as anyone else that women were first included at the WHCA dinner since, as the WHCA’s website mentions:

Mar 13 16:58

European Commission Blames Social Networks For ACTA Failure; Worried About Its Imminent Directive On Copyright Enforcement

He noted that opposition had increased in the run-up to January’s planned vote in the US Congress on two legislative initiatives -- the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) -- aimed at increasing the protection of intellectual property rights on the Internet; in the end the vote had not been held, following a hostile campaign by social networks and the loss of White House support.
It's interesting to see De Gucht linking the growing hostility to ACTA with the storm generated by SOPA/PIPA, and giving the credit for stopping those US bills to a "hostile campaign" waged by social networks. You can tell this really worries him, because he says something similar about social networks and ACTA immediately afterwards:

Feb 23 20:12

WALL STREET'S MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITY FRAUD DESTROYED BOTH THE US AND EU ECONOMIES!

Deutsche Bank, a German lender, has sold the Fed more than $290 billion worth of mortgage securities, Fed data through July shows. Credit Suisse, a Swiss bank, sold the Fed more than $287 billion in mortgage bonds.

The data had previously been secret. It was released Wednesday per the recently-enacted law overhauling the federal financial regulation. The Fed, ferociously backed by the Obama administration, fought lawmakers' desire for full disclosure throughout the financial reform debate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BUMP BACK TO THE TOP

As detailed in "Bankers Gone Wild", mortgages were cranked out by unscrupulous mortgage brokers, then bundled together into mortgage securities, which were in turn re-sold to investors as triple-A investments, even though the bundles included sub-prime mortgages already defaulting as US jobs were shipped overseas.

These mortgage-backed securities are a Wall Street invention! And at first they appeared to be immensely profitable, so not only were US financial corporations, investment houses, and pension funds buying them, but so too were non financial corporations and major foreign banks including Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse.

But those early profits were a fiction, and we now know that many of the sellers of mortgage backed securities were engaging in Ponzi scheme activity, using proceeds from sales of mortgage backed securities to pay "earnings" to earlier investors, while the same SEC that had turned a blind eye to Bernie Madoff's $65 billion swindle looked the other way!

Worse, we now know that individual mortgages were pledged as collateral to multiple security bundles, which is illegal! This is briefly mentioned at 3:48 in the next video.

The criminal fraud even went further than that! In the case of Countrywide (now part of Bank of America) the actual titles were never really transferred, leaving the investment bundles entirely unsecured!

What appears to have happened is that the European banks realized that the American investment firms selling those mortgage-backed securities were engaging in fraud! Greenspan has admitted to such.

As the banks of Europe began to feel the major losses from the fraud, they turned to their local governments for financial assistance. In turn, those governments were forced to apply for loans from the International Monetary Fund, plunging their people deeper into debt, and the governments under the control of the private bankers! Indeed one must wonder if this multinational financial fraud had as its ultimate objective the forcing of the entire western world under the control of a giant private bank!.

Obviously, the people of Europe are refusing to be chained to a global bank and seem far more worried about their freedoms than their American counterparts. Yet a quick Google search shows the media encouraging the nations hit with this massive financial fraud to apply to the IMF for more loans, never mentioning that in their indebtedness lies the end of their national sovereignty!

Ultimately the European banks are never going to sit still for fraud, even from Wall Street, and even from the USA! In order to reduce their losses and avoid more IMF entanglements, the European banks demanded a refund on those fraudulent investment packages. No doubt the Wall Street mortgage fraudsters refused, suggesting that the bankers of Europe dump their losses on their populations just as the American banks were being forced to do. That some European banks did so explains why so many European nations are in financial trouble. However, the larger European banks may have decided to "get tough" with the Americans, and this may explain the mysterious electronic run on the US financial system on September 18th, 2008, which almost crashed the US economy. Strangely, the American people were never informed who had initiated the financial transfers, even though obviously this information is recorded in the transactions on the computer systems.

This "attack" may have been a warning from the European main banks to the US to make good on the bad investments, or risk full public exposure for the mortgage backed securities fraud!

Soon after, we learned that the Federal Reserve was handing out trillions and trillions of dollars, loans which the American people are expected to repay, only the Federal Reserve refused to say who was getting the money, and even implied that exposure of the recipients of these trillions of dollars might pose a threat to the US economy. Now, nearly two years later, we find out that the Federal Reserve was buying back the mortgage-backed securities from European banks including Deutsche Bank and Credit Suiss. The reason this was kept secret was that the American people were being told that all these "bailouts" would be repaid, yet common sense tells us that profit cannot be made from an exposed fraud! The Fed could not admit to owning all those mortage-backed securities without being forced to answer the question of just exactly why they were not producing any earnings, with the usual "it was all the borrowers' fault" excuses wearing thin even then! As cash left the nations financial system to cover the repurchase of the fraudulent mortgage backed securities, banks found their balance sheets slipping into the red. The banks were being driven into insolvency making good on the bad paper and this is what triggered the epidemic of fraudulent foreclosures. Banks needed real assets on their balance sheets as quickly as they could to get their balance in the black and their banks out of insolvency. So shortcuts were taken which became known as "foreclosuregate". For some banks, it was too late. Hundreds of banks either dragged down by the fraudulent mortgage securities or made insolvent buying back the bad paper, have been shut down. For other major banks and financial institutions, the tactic worked and they stayed afloat, for which making millions of Americans homeless seemed a small price to pay! Indeed one might explain the hitherto unexplained reluctance by the Federal Government to stem the offshoring of American jobs as a deliberate policy of setting up Americans to lose their homes in order to preserve the capital structure of the banks!

In other words, the American people were looted to make good on the fraud perpetrated by Wall Street not only against American financial institutions, but bankers in the Eurozone as well.

The Wall Street Fraudsters should have gone to jail. But they walk free and clear, saved from the FDIC and prison, heading into a wonderful holiday with record-setting bonuses to spend while ordinary Americans have been made jobless, homeless, and hungry to keep the criminals out of prison.

The Mortgage Backed Securities fraud is the biggest fraud in the history of the United States, and as today's revelations make clear, we still do not know the full scale of the financial rape this nation has suffered.

Jan 16 11:22

Cruise disaster: Perfect storm of events caused Costa Concordia crash

The first official inquiry into how one of the world’s most modern and best-equipped cruise liners could capsize began last night as the Italian coastguard recovered the Costa Concordia’s “black box”.

Jan 16 10:33

Timing the End of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy

Neither German Chancellor Angela Merkel nor French President Nicolas Sarkozy is likely to survive the European sovereign debt crisis.

The timing of the demise of Sarkozy is easy to predict. Polls suggest he will be not win the May 6 election and he might not even survive the first round of voting on April 22

Jan 15 08:34

Hungarians hold anti-EU demonstration

Thousands of Hungarians have protested against the European Union, urging their country to pull out from the bloc while Budapest seeks EU's backing to evade insolvency.

Oct 20 15:17

Sedan again as Germany imposes terms

There is an "unequivocal commitment" that haircuts will be confined to Greece alone. If you believe that, I have some ocean-front property to sell you in Alsace.

Fresh details soon.

Oct 20 15:14

EU Considers Temporary Bans on Sovereign Ratings

The European Commission is leaning toward proposing a ban on the issuing of sovereign credit ratings for countries in bailout talks, a top official said on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, this is like asking for a credit card but refusing to turn over your credit scores, and the EU us not doing this because the numbers are good!

Apr 18 19:31

FLASHBACK - The Hackett Group: Acceleration of Offshoring Trend Driving Loss of Millions of Finance and IT Jobs in U.S. and Europe

There's no end in sight for the jobless recovery in business functions such as corporate finance and IT, in large part due to the accelerated movement of work to India and other offshore locations, according to new research from The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT). The dramatic job losses seen by U.S. and European companies in 2008 and 2009 are expected to continue through 2014, according to The Hackett Group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government took your jobs, so that the bankers could take your homes, and make you think it was all your own fault! Here we are in 2011 with a 46% employment rate and a 60 year low in tax revenues while the government scratches their head, wonders what the hell happened, and goes right back to showering money all over Wall Street, Israel, and the Military-Security-Industrial complex.!

Dec 11 10:48

White House Intensifies Military Buildup In Poland

Immediately on the heels of reports in the Guardian and other Western news media that the U.S.-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization has crafted a strategy to intervene with nine army divisions in the Baltic Sea area, President Barack Obama met with his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski at the White House and confirmed plans to increase U.S. military hardware and troops in the latter’s country.

The two heads of state agreed on expanding bilateral military relations "in the spirit of the 2008 U.S.-Polish Declaration on Strategic Cooperation," [1] including the stationing of 16 U.S. F-16 jet fighters and four C-130 Hercules military transport planes on Polish air bases beginning in 2013.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia cannot possibly be pleased with these developments, and these actions on the ground by the US in Poland cannot be interpreted as peaceful toward Russia.

Dec 11 10:23

Crisis of the European Monetary System: The Euro Zone is on the Edge of Collapse

The bailout packages arranged for Greece and Ireland are not to bail out those two countries, but to bail out the European banks that lent to them and bought their bonds when it was imprudent to do so. The IMF has its nose under the blanket. It will lend and participate, so that it can serve its masters by keeping these wayward states completely in austerity and bondage for the next 50 years and in that process relieve them of their sovereignty. As all of Europe belatedly understands, one interest rate can never fit all.

Dec 10 08:39

FORMER EUROPEAN LEADERS: SANCTION ISRAEL OVER SETTLEMENT BUILDING

6 former top EU officials, including ex EU chief Solana and former German President Richard von Weizsacker, urge world powers to confront Jerusalem over its refusal to obey international law.

Dec 10 07:51

BAILED-OUT IRISH BANKERS GET £34M BONUS

FURY was mounting last night as it emerged that Irish bankers will pocket multi-million pound bonuses after being bailed out by British taxpayers.

Dec 10 07:20

Anarchy in UK: Video of Prince Charles's car bottled in London's protests

Total Kudos to RT for this footage :)

Dec 10 07:18

'They were lucky not to be shot': Police chief says armed officers showed 'enormous restraint' as mob attacked Charles and Camilla

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1337088/ROYAL-CAR-ATTACK-Mob-a...

* Prince's Rolls Royce set upon on way to Palladium
* Camilla cowers in fear as car is hit with paint bombs
* Met chief hails armed officers 'restraint' during attack
* Scotland Yard to hold major inquiry into security lapse
* Cameron: Rioters must be arrested and punished
* Anarchists boast of success and plan more disruption
* Student has surgery for blood clot on brain after riot

Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson today mounted an extraordinary defence of armed protection officers after the worst Royal security blunder in a generation.

Dec 09 20:38

Ireland proposes 90% bank bonus tax

Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said on Thursday he would impose a 90 per cent tax on bankers’ bonuses, in a move to try to silence critics who have said the banking sector drove Ireland into the ground.

“As far as the future is concerned I do propose to introduce the amendment to the finance bill to put this matter beyond any doubt and provide a high rate, a 90 per cent rate of charge on any ... bankers’ bonuses,” Mr. Lenihan told local radio.

Dec 09 09:08

VIDEO - And A Child Shall Lead Them...

A 15 year-old tells the establishment to shove it...

Education gets cut while the war machine devours the budget. End the wars, cut the military-industrial killing machine by 50%, and then you can ask us for sacrifice. Until then, kindly shut the fuck up.

BRILLIANT CLIP - MUST SEE

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Dec 08 12:09

Sentenced to Debt: 'EU bosses, not people must pay for Euro Fail'

RT interview ends with Ron Paul interview preview!!

Dec 08 09:13

Hapless Eurozone Emergency Meetings on How Big To Make New Bail-Out Funding? It Won't Matter!

In reality, discussions about "bailout" and "reassuring markets" are exercises in farce. Despite all the quacking, supposedly to calm the "bond markets," the bailout approach guarantees doom. Only financial reorganization through the Glass-Steagall principle can work.

Dec 08 08:33

Italian cuts spark fight at the opera for La Scala

Scuffles have erupted outside Italy's famous La Scala opera house in Milan during a protest against proposed funding cuts to the arts and education.

Opera house workers from across Italy were rallying peacefully ahead of a protest speech by conductor Daniel Barenboim when trouble broke out.

Students clashed with police wielding truncheons and using teargas, and 14 officers suffered minor injuries.

The audience inside applauded Barenboim for his impassioned defence of culture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The globalists wanted global government and global economy, and to get it, they needed global poverty. But now the plan is understood by the people of the world, and the plotters may just have set the stage for a truly global revolution.

Every half century or so, it seems the world is cursed with a few individuals who want to stand atop a pyramid built to their own glory and scream how they are the rulers of the world, and that no sacrifice of other peoples' lives and money is too great a price to pay for the attainment of that dream. It is happening again right now with a clique of sociopaths who want to bring about a global government through lies, deceptions, and enforced mass poverty, because they believe that whatever gods they sacrifice to want the world to be that way. Such true believers will never admit they are wrong, indeed history shows they cannot ever admit they are wrong, and the long train of revolutions stretching back to the dawn of time illustrates just what happens when such fanatical self-indulgence meets the real world.

Dec 08 08:22

IMF chief due in Athens, protests planned

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πίσσα και πούπουλα

Dec 08 08:20

Transport strike brings Athens to halt

Public transport has come to a halt in Athens as union workers slap the Greek capital with crippling strikes in protest to the government's austerity measures.

Dec 08 04:45

France 'will recognize' Palestinian state

France has declared that it will recognize a free and independent Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 war, becoming the first European nation to do so.

Dec 08 00:47

A DISGRACE : BRITISH MINISTERS DISCREDIT RULE OF LAW

The UK, like all other countries that think themselves civilized, is under an obligation to enact legislation.
If that is not done then double standards become very manifest;

By Stuart Littlewood

Professor Richard Falk put it most eloquently:

“The idea of Nuremberg after World War Two was that crimes against the peace, crimes against humanity and war crimes are also offenses against the whole of international society…”

Dec 07 20:23

ALAN SABROSKY : WIKILEAKS REPRISED — A WHIFF OF…WHAT?

From what the press is reporting about this Wikileaks “dump,” perhaps 10% are Secret or Confidential, the rest Unclassified, and nothing is Top Secret or above.

The one striking exception in all of this global tour de farce is the Middle East. Certainly, even aside from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s fulsome praise of Binyamin Netanyahu, what is said and what is not represent the message Israel and its partisans in the US Government (itself heavily Zionist and “Israel First” in orientation) want the world to hear, believe and accept. The message coming across in the US diplomatic cables could have been designed and drafted by Avigdor Lieberman, and who knows? It may have been….

Dec 07 20:23

Jim Rogers: 'Britain is totally insolvent'

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=519495&in...

US speculator Jim Rogers is known for his outspoken views but today went further than usual suggesting Britain is 'totally insolvent'.

In an interview on business TV channel CNBC, Rogers, who made his name making millions while partnered with legendary financier George Soros, suggested Britain was the true sick man of Europe.

He said: 'Greece is insolvent, Portugal has a liquidity problem, Spain has a liquidity problem, Belgium has been cooking the books for a long time, Italy has been cooking the books for a long time and the UK is totally insolvent.'

Dec 07 17:11

Irish lawmakers offer initial OK for brutal budget

Shawn Pogatchnik
Associated Press

DUBLIN (AP) -- Lawmakers narrowly approved tax hikes as part of Ireland's most brutal budget in history, a euro6 billion ($8 billion) slash-and-tax plan imposed as a key condition of the nation's international bailout . . .

Dec 07 12:30

Irish people owe nothing to banks & billionaires - refuse to pay now!

Ireland faces the most severe welfare cuts and tax hikes in its history - the high price it has to pay for receiving an international bailout. The budget is about to face a parliamentary vote, with protesters gathered outside the Parliament building. But Socialist Party MEP, Joe Higgins believes the Irish financial system is already broken beyond repair.

Dec 07 11:17

Rage Against Cash Machine: Bank Run Day take-away to trash financial terror?

French bankers have a nervous day ahead. They're waiting to see whether a campaign calling on depositors to withdraw all their money will really catch on. It's been organized by a former French football star against what he calls the 'corrupt and criminal' financial system.

Dec 07 09:44

Cantona's call for run on the banks causes French alarm

FRENCH ministers and bankers have issued warnings that an appeal by Eric Cantona, the former Manchester United footballer, for people to withdraw all their money from banks could propel France into economic chaos.

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It is already in chaos, because a private central bank issuing the public currency at interest is a pyramid scheme that eventually must collapse. The chaos we see is not the fault of the people, who have an inherent right to withdraw their money from the banks any time they wish. The chaos is the fault of the bankers who profit from the pyramid, then when it collapses, demand the people pay for the bankers' failure.

Dec 07 09:41

BoI phone, online and ATM services disrupted by technical fault

Bank of Ireland customers are being affected by a technical fault, which is disrupting access to the bank's telephone and online services.

There is also a restricted cash service at the bank's ATMs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A GOOD DOSE OF IRISH BLARNEY!
ATM machines are either working or not working due to technical issues. If they are limiting cash withdrawals it is because they are terrified that Eric Cantona's call for a "Bank Out" protest will reach Ireland. So we get a huge double-shot of 100% Irish Banker-Blarney to explain why the Irish People are not allowed to get their own money back from the bank.

Dec 07 09:37

Bank of Ireland's cash systems limited by "technical glitch" just in time for Europe "Bank Out" protest!

Bank of Ireland confirms that an unforeseen technical issue has impacted some of our operating systems this morning and our telephone and online banking services are currently unavailable. However, all branches are open and operating as normal but with a temporary restricted cash service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BLARNEY!

Dec 07 08:55

Eric Cantona: "Kill The Banks!" - Banque Stop! - European Bank Run TODAY

VIDEO - Eric Cantona

"We have to change the way we do things nowadays. Talking of revolution, I don't mean we are going to pick up guns and go out to kill people. Revolution is very simple to do nowadays"

"What's the system? The system revolves around banks. The system is built on the banks' power. So it can be destroyed by the banks. Instead of having three million people going out to demonstrate with a placard, those three million people go to their bank branch, they withdraw their money and the banks crumble." He directed people: "You go to your bank in your village and you withdraw your money."

TODAY IS THE DAY - LET'S GO EUROPE

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Dec 07 08:52

FLASHBACK - French Letter Revolution on December 7 2010

I have few means and I cannot participate in this spontaneous and peaceful citizen initiative while depriving you of the my finances, but know that to count of this day some citizens decided to take their destinies in hand while withdrawing their liquidités, by closing their current accounts and save of your damned private banks, one knows it, under the stateless and selfish yoke of an elite.

This first act will be can be marginal, but it will amplify himself. The citizen that I am desires that the transmission of the change no longer is under "checks" private but comes back to the nation, sovereign, that she rediscovers the essential and basic right the transmission of his changes and of the "management" his inflation…

Dec 07 08:36

WikiLeaks: Nato allies have secret plan for defending eastern Europe from Russia

The plan, which is code-named Eagle Guardian, was secretly agreed in January and covers the defence of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania by troops from the US, Britain, Germany and Poland.

It expands an existing plan to cover the Baltic states and was initiated by Germany after years of diplomatic wrangling within the western alliance over the defence of the region.

Dec 06 11:50

The choice is made: banks over people

Banks are really what this is about; it's the reason for the Irish bailout and bilateral assistance from the UK (and non Eurozone countries Sweden and Denmark, who have also chipped in). The banks cannot be allowed to fail, if they do a catastrophe of Biblical proportions will be unleashed. But in doing this, the citizens are to suffer; society can crumble, but the banks must be steadfast. “The purpose of the external financial support is to return our economy to sustainable growth and to ensure that we have a properly functioning healthy banking system”, an Irish government statement read. They made the choice; of the total bailout fund, €35 billion will go towards bank recapitalisation.

Dec 06 05:29

WikiLeaks: Obama administration shocked by Europe banking transactions rebuke

In a leaked cable from the US embassy in Berlin, diplomats wrote: "Paranoia runs deep especially about US intelligence agencies."

It added that the embassy was "astonished" to learn how quickly rumours about alleged US economic espionage had taken root among German politicians.

The scheme was created amid much secrecy by the George W Bush administration after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Dec 06 04:47

GORDON DUFF: “AIPAC ORDERED BUSH TO ATTACK IRAN”

A LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN

In a unique interview with an official at the highest policy levels of the Pentagon, White House and, eventually, CIA, we are offered a unique “behind the curtains” look at areas of policy making during the period between 1999 and 2007. Extensive notes have been taken of meetings with President Bush and all his top policy advisers. This is only a teaser.

A highly placed source within the White House and CIA confirmed, in an interview, that the invasion of Iran was scheduled for 2006 but planned in 1999. We have heard some of this before but not with so many pieces and, I am told, more to come.

Dec 06 04:40

WAYNE MADSEN : THE ISRAELI LOBBY OWNS THE CONGRESS, HOLLYWOOD AND THE WHITEHOUSE

INTERVIEW BY KOUROSH ZIABARI

Kourosh Ziabari: There are many unanswered questions regarding the catastrophic attacks of September 11, 2001 about which you’ve written extensively. Several investigative journalists believe that the attacks were an inside job planned by the FBI and perpetrated by Israel or elements connected to Mossad. Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga has categorically expressed that the 9/11 attacks were a joint operation of FBI and Mossad. General Hamid Gul, the former head of Pakistan’s Intelligence Service believes that Israel was behind the attacks, too. What’s your estimation of these theories, their veracity and reliability? Is it demonstrable that the 9/11 attacks were a false flag operation or an inside job?

Dec 05 16:34

WIKILEAKS EXPOSES ISRAELI MAFIA’S GROWING INFLUENCE

Cable reveals Mafia-government connection — But US media don’t care to dig for the story

By Justin Raimondo

I love how the pundits are yawning over the latest WikiLeaks revelations: oh, there’s nothing to see here, it’s all so boring, no “smoking gun,” so let’s just move right along. These people are just plain lazy: they want “scoops” delivered to their front doors, all neatly packaged and labeled as such. In short, they don’t want to have to do any work, beyond the usual cut-and-paste. Which is why a lot of the really juicy stuff coming out of WikiLeaks continues to elude them.

Dec 05 07:41

PAUL BALLES : CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST

Why is the American public generally unaware of Israel’s theft of U S military secrets?

The Western media adamantly refuses to report anything critical of Israel.

Gordon Duff, Senior Editor at Veterans Today, observed that “America learned, long ago with the infamous Jonathan Pollard case, that secrets going to Israel end up in the hands of America’s enemies.”

According to Duff, “America’s most vital Cold War defence information, nuclear technology, air defence systems, classified weapons and even NATO defence plans in case of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe, all went to Russia as part of an arrangement between the Soviets and Israel. Pollard is doing life in prison for this.”

Dec 05 07:24

RICHARD FALK : Ahmet Davutoglu — Turkey’s Foreign Minister

Given the flow of recent events I felt it might be helpful to make my appreciation of Davutoglu’s approach and achievements available to an American voice.

Over a year ago I published a short profile of the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, in the Turkish daily newspaper, The New Zaman. After the May 31, 2010 flortilla incident involving an Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla led by the Turkish passenger ship, Mavi Marmara, Mr. Davutoglu demanded an apology from Israel as the basis for the restoration of normal relations. Along with other Turkish leaders, Davutoglu questioned the Israeli narrative and criticized Israel for its brutal tactics that defied international law and morality.

Dec 04 08:50

DR. LAWRENCE DAVIDSON: ON THE HISTORICAL NECESSITY OF WIKILEAKS

“But what about democracies? Well, the truth is that they too are run by political and economic elites whose interests are rarely the same as the general public. That is why, when the government uses the term “national interest,” one should always be suspicious’....by Dr. Lawrence Davidson

Dec 04 03:11

FRANKLIN LAMB : BELLEMARE’S STL ‘PROCEDURAL’ PROBLEMS

Indict, Quit and Blame the system!

Based on phone and internet discussions with international lawyers at the London School of Economics, the International Court of Justice in the Hague, and colleagues who work in the area of Public International Law an emerging consensus is developing concerning perhaps fatal procedural issues that continue to arise at the STL. Such problems, which make it unlikely that the Hariri Assassination case will ever go to trial. Some international lawyers who have worked on international tribunals, are familiar with Rules of Procedures at the ICJ and the ICC and are following the STL are increasingly concluding that there will not be a Trial.

Franklin Lamb’s Saturday Mideast Report –- Al Manar
PRESS TV — ‘Tribunal is Israel’s 6th war on Lebanon’

Dec 04 00:25

WIKILEAKS SHOCKER: Did Abbas know in advance about the devastating blitz on his countrymen in Gaza?

By Stuart Littlewood

One of the most grotesque Wikileaks revelations so far is the disclosure that Palestinian top dog (Fatah section), Mahmoud Abbas, was told in advance about the murderous assault on his countrymen in Gaza two years ago.

Some claim that the Wikileaks reye-openers are a ‘dirty tricks’ operation by people with a large axe to grind. It is certainly odd that ‘evidence’ is selected to portray Arab states as eager to see Iran zapped for an unproven nuclear threat when, actually, the Middle East is far more anxious about the very real and present nuclear threat from Israel.

Dec 04 00:22

JEFF GATES: WIKILEAKS AND THE SOUND OF SILENCE

The facts suggest that WikiLeaks is less about the right to know than the right to deceive.

Jeff Gates

The scope and scale of WikiLeaks is a marvel to behold. Some praise it as the ultimate form of democracy. Others as the epitome of the most sacred of liberty’s principles: the right to know.

Yet the real story here is not what’s revealed but what’s withheld. The marvel is not what we now know but what is already known that is left unsaid. And what is given an interpretive spin by those newspapers granted priority access.

Dec 03 00:52

Press TV's with Max Keiser, FED balance sheet is "Destabilising"

*Banking system is broken
*Social unrest will continue
*Wealth goes to the top 1%, they're not creating jobs
*FED balance sheet is "Destabilising"
*How bad can it get?
*Next 6-9 months the backlash will start

Dec 03 00:42

Keiser Report 100: Centurion Nails Bankster’s Coffin

This time Max Keiser and co-host Stacy Herbert look at Crash JP Morgan Buy Silver video contributors being mobbed by fans after appearing on the Keiser Report. We also look at the scandals of Hillary Clinton stealing credit card numbers and senior bondholders taking no haircut. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to Gonzalo Lira about the Irish debt crisis.

Dec 02 19:23

US Dollar rises: Thanks a bunch Europe!


Critics who worried that QE2 would crush the dollar have been silenced.

Not that we should create glory out of a very bad global situation , (*but we are really living large now , aren't we , gang ? )

Dec 02 18:42

Europe’s hidden billions:

Europe’s hidden billions: Cohesion for a reason

Dec 02 18:12

How to resign from the club

Breaking up the euro area
How to resign from the club
The barriers to leaving are high but could still be crawled over by a country determined to leave

The idea of breaking up the currency zone raises at least three questions. First, why would a country choose to leave? Second, how would a country manage the switch to a new currency? Third—and perhaps most important—would leavers be better off outside the euro than inside it?

The main reason why a country might choose to leave the euro is to regain the monetary independence it sacrificed on joining and to set monetary policy to suit its own economic conditions.

Dec 02 10:55

IRELAND: Does 'Protocol 20' sound familiar?

How much coincidence can intelligence reasonably bear?

Read below and ask yourself......Is it not clear that Ireland's 'venal ministers' (verse 33) have sacrificed their country on an altar of destruction?

Is it not also clear that this is the fate intended for all nations in order to bring us under the absolute control of some single authority?

You can guess the nature of that 'authority' for yourself.

Here are some extracts from just one chapter of 'the Protocols of Zion'.

Protocols of Zion, Chapter 20

Dec 02 10:17

Brrritain: snow causes travel chaos in the UK as the cold snap continues

Brrritain: snow causes travel chaos in the UK as the cold snap continues
This satellite image shows a snow-covered Britain on 2 December 2010. The image was taken by NASA's Terra satellite and released by the University of Dundee.

Dec 02 09:16

UK banks borrowed more than $1 trillion from US Federal Reserve

British banks borrowed more than $1 trillion (£640bn) from the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis, led by Barclays following its swoop on the US business of Lehman Brothers.

The disclosures came because the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act forced the Fed to reveal which banks and companies it lent money to in an effort to shore up the financial system from the end of December 2007 onwards.

Dec 02 09:03

Economic Hitmen Strike Again: Spain Planning to Privatize Airports

MADRID -(Dow Jones)- The Spanish government plans to privatize the country's top two airports, as part of a series of measures seeking to jumpstart anemic economic growth, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Wednesday.

Zapatero told legislators in Parliament that Madrid's Barajas and Barcelona's El Prat airports will be run by private operators under a licensing, or concession system. Both airports have been recently remodeled and expanded to absorb increased passenger traffic in coming years.

Dec 02 08:55

Students Occupy Colosseum, Mole Antonelliana and Leaning Tower of Pisa

Police clashed with demonstrators in Florence as protesting students stormed the Colosseum, the Mole Antonelliana and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Up and down Italy, another day of protests against university reform came to an end after a government defeat in the Chamber of Deputies over a Future and Liberty (FLI) amendment. The final vote has been postponed until Tuesday 30.

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Good for the Italians!

Dec 02 08:00

The Fed has been Busted - EU mortage security buy-back scandal goes viral!

Dec 01 23:16

THE UNITED STATES HAS LONG SUPPORTED BRUTAL REGIMES AROUND THE WORLD: PROF. ROBERT JENSEN

There is nothing unusual about the U.S. government backing nations that engage in crimes and abuses of power; the United States has long supported corrupt and brutal regimes around the world. U.S. policymakers don’t make decisions based on humanitarian grounds. They want to extend and deepen, or at least maintain U.S. power, and those policymakers believe Israel is useful in that regard......Prof. Robert Jensen

Dec 01 18:07

Kiruna, Northern Sweden: The Town That Moved

Kiruna: The Town That Moved

This January, Sweden's northernmost town of Kiruna, 145 kilometres (90 USA Miles) into the Artic Circle has decided to move itself 4km in order to save itself from sinking into cracks created by the worlds largest iron ore mine. Kiruna grew thanks to the mine but the industry that created the town threatened to eventually consume it.

Most houses in the affected area will be loaded onto large trailers and driven to a new location nearby.
Moving the city hall, however, may require more effort.

http://www.strangeharvest.com/mt/archive/the_harvest/kiruna_the_town.php

Dec 01 12:04

ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI : WHO IS REALLY LEAKING TO WIKILEAKS?

Judy Woodruff speaks to former national security advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski and Stephen Hadley about the impact of the release of confidential diplomatic documents by WikiLeaks.

Zbigniew Brzezinski doesn’t think all the leaked information coming out of Wikileaks is a result of Army PFC Bradley Manning, as a matter of fact he suspects a foreign intelligence service may be providing the more embarrassing leaks.

Dec 01 11:56

Europe Falls Toward Enlightenment?

Conclusion: Is history in fact repeating itself? Is it retracing, in a sense, the events to which the Gutenberg press seems to have given rise: the Renaissance, the Reformation and even the populating of the New World? In Iceland, they are writing that tortured country's first constitution; we have a feeling it will be far more radical than the one the EU tried (and failed) to pass. In Britain, Ireland and Greece, students and union workers take to the streets to show their dissatisfaction with the "austerity" that the Euro-elites are trying with increasing desperation to establish. In the dank bowels of the EU parliament itself, UK's UKIP leader Nigel Farage – a dapper man now quite recovered from his unfortunate, private plane crash – rises and speaks to the assembled Eurocrats:

Dec 01 10:10

Nigel Farage: Euro Empire Collapsing, Bailout River Dry

9.45 min with Nigel Farrage, on debts in Ireland, collapse of various countries, the scale of the problem.

Dec 01 08:10

Euro crisis worries spread, U.S. to send envoy

Global concern about the debt crisis rocking the euro zone mounted on Wednesday, with Washington sending a top U.S. Treasury envoy to Europe and G20 officials discussing the turmoil in a conference call.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So, what you are telling me is that you don't have a few trillion you could loan us, is that it?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 01 08:07

PIMCO's El-Erian: "European Debt Crisis Will Be Slow Motion Wreck" - Default! Say The People Of Ireland

LINK - A SUBSTANTIAL majority of the Irish people wants the State to default on debts to bondholders in the country's stricken banks, according to a Sunday Independent/Quantum Research poll.

VIDEO - El-Erian on Squawk Box with Joe Kernen - Aired yesterday

EXCELLENT CHART - European Government Deficits As % OF GDP

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Nov 30 12:03

CHART - European Government Deficits As % Of GDP

EXCELLENT CHART - JUST ANOTHER DATA POINT ON THE PATH TO BANKRUPTCY FOR THE U.S. AND EUROPE

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Nov 30 09:59

THOUGHTS ON GERMANY AND PALESTINE

In visiting Germany one cannot help but reflect on history. The thoughts are transported to periods before I was born, periods in history and facts I have read and verified and contrast it with myths that are taught daily to unsuspecting publics. Germany lives in the modern presence but the mist of a heavy and dark past moves all around sometimes getting thick and blurring visions. Some people pump such smoke trying to convince Germans and themselves that this is that mist emanating from a relevant past. We think and speak of how best to explain to Germans that guilt feelings are misdirected. How do we explain the Nazi-Zionist collaborations and the horrors that happened because of a misunderstanding of what really happened nearly seven decades ago (2).

Nov 30 08:42

Bailout Contagion Hits Europe As Pensions Seized In France, Hungary & Ireland To Pay Banks

European governments are now seizing retirement accounts and pension assets.

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Nov 30 07:30

Ireland is Bankrupt...a letter from an Irish citizen

A letter sent from Ireland (updated):

For less than what the US spent to save AIG, a corporation, with relatively easy terms; a country sinks below the financial waves. TBTF reaches across the ocean. As posted by Zeus-boy, his comments on his homeland of Ireland.

Ireland is Bankrupt

Nov 30 06:57

IMF and EU Hammer Ireland: "We're all Screwed"

This is nothing but extortion. If Ireland wants to put its banks on solid footing, there's a way to do it that doesn't involve years of debt-slavery for its people. The government can underwrite the banks with a €10 billion loan from the Pension Reserve Fund that will guarantee deposits while the banks are nationalized and restructured. It is an excruciating process, but it's been done many times before. Ireland does not have to accept indentured servitude if it chooses not to.

And why would the government even consider paying an interest rate of 5.8% per annum? Interest rates should be the same as they are for the banks; 1 percent. Should a sovereign nation get a worse interest rate than a crooked banker who ripped off millions of investors?

Nov 30 04:19

Belgium's survival at stake

Belgium's political drama has largely sailed under investor radar screens. But this fractious country of 10.8 million known for its Flemish painters, waffles, French fries and beer, potentially faces a profound political crisis that could see an end to the unified state, something which has substantial implications for the management of its debt. It tends to be forgotten, but Belgium has one of the higher levels of debt to gross domestic product in the EU with French banks having the largest exposure.

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