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Feb 22 09:08

Gorbachev Says War With Russia Is Imminent

Ex Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev has said that he believes the United States is attempting to drag Russia into a war and is pulling the European Union into the situation too.

Feb 22 09:04

Anti What? The Fallacy of Rising Anti-Semitism by URI AVNERY

An Israeli viewpoint Snip: When Binyamin Netanyahu does not miss an opportunity to declare that he represents all the Jews in the world, he makes all the world’s Jews responsible for Israeli policies and actions.

When Jewish institutions in France, the US and everywhere totally and uncritically identify with the policies and operations of Israel, such as the recent Gaza war, they turn themselves voluntarily into potential victims of revenge actions. The French Jewish leadership, CRIF, did so just now.

Neither of these reasons has anything to do with anti-Semitism.

Feb 22 08:14

Obama to Congress: Rubber-Stamp My Perpetual War By Marjorie Cohn

The most important question is: how can more bloodshed justify past bloodshed? Perpetual war is perpetual murder

Feb 22 07:32

Evil Assad, Evil Gaddafi, Now Evil Putin: How the West Sells War (and Makes a Killing)

Distraction politics and the economic variables in Ukraine and the parallels with Syria, Libya and Iraq.

Feb 22 07:29

NATO invents Russian threats in the Baltic - but Putin's next big play is Greece

While mainstream media promulgate a fictitious message of Russian threats in the Baltic, Vladimir Putin's next big play lies far to the south. The gross intransigence of the EU, the IMF, the European Central Bank and Germany are forcing Greece into a powerful new economic and energy alliance with Russia that will reshape Europe - and for the better.

Feb 22 07:27

Kagan + Nuland: Liberal Interventionists Michael S. Rozeff

snip: Kagan stands for the liberal values that came out of the Enlightenment and characterize the Western states. But he also believes that these states are pansies who need to be muscular in defense of these values. “Muscular” means interventionist and ever-willing to insert force and arms in foreign lands; not in classic self-defense but on a pro-active, preemptive basis. In other words, to maintain liberal values and promote liberalism worldwide, the liberal states have to behave illiberally. They have to attack other countries that they deem threatening. They have to be provocative toward any country that doesn’t meet their standards of liberality.

Feb 22 03:00

A Soros "Trojan Horse" inside the New Greek Government?

Greece, which pioneered the Trojan horse weapon used against Troy, must be on guard against Trojan horses like Varoufakis who have been implanted in the new Greek government.

Feb 21 21:08

"Prepare for Full-Scale War" says Ukraine Deputy Foreign Minister

I have been sitting on close to a dozen videos describing the massive damage in military equipment in the latest separatist surge. For a description, but no videos, please see Debaltsevsky Under Rebel Control, Boiler Remains; What's Next?

Feb 21 17:07

Alarming report reveals rampant poverty across Europe

More than a third of the population in Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Latvia and Hungary are at risk of poverty and social exclusion, according to a new report. In half of the EU's 28 member states, at least one in three children live in poverty.

Feb 21 15:54

How to defeat violent Islamic fundamentalism

Alan Hart says Western foreign policy and repressive Arab and Muslim regimes are at the core of violent Islamic fundamentalism, and that Western leaders could change both, but they will not.

Feb 21 15:08

The Assassination of Greece

The strangulation of Syriza is part and parcel of the decade long process of the EU’s assassination of Greece.

A savage response to a heroic attempt by an entire people, hurled into destitution, condemned to be ruled by kleptocratic conservatives and social democrats.

Empires do not surrender their colonies through reasonable arguments or by the bankruptcy of their regressive “reforms”.

If in fact, EU dogmatism and intransigence forecloses even the most favorable deals, Tsipras and Syriza, (against their desires) may be forced to exit the Euro Empire and face the challenge of carving out a new truly radical policy and economy as a free and independent country.

Feb 21 15:04

At War With Those “Who Have Perverted Islam”

The latest ISIL political ally to surface is Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, and an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2008.

During a speech at this week’s White House conference on countering violent extremism,President Obama described the enemy that calls itself ISIL:

“We are not at war with Islam; we are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”

That statement is sensible and it is clear. It represents the President’s careful separation of ISIL (initially self-designated as the Islamic State in the Levant) from the world’s Muslim population.

ISIL is not remotely representative of Islam. It steals its language the way extremists out of Jewish and Christian backgrounds pervert those religious communities.

Feb 21 14:57

How, to contain and defeat perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism

American foreign policy and authoritarian Muslim regimes, cause/provoke Muslim hurt, humiliation, anger and the despair of no hope.

If perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism (PVIF) in all of its manifestations is to be contained and defeated there’s one thing above all others that must happen – Western leaders, starting with President Obama, must open their minds to the fact that consequences have causes and then address the causes.

There are two main and related causes of PVIF (Perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism):

(1) American-led Western foreign policy for the Arab and wider Muslim world including its double standard as demonstrated by refusal to call and hold Israel to account for its defiance of international law and rejection of the Palestinian claim for justice.

(2) The corruption, authoritarianism and repression of most if not all Arab and other Muslim regimes. In most cases they are regimes supported/endorsed by American-led Western foreign policy.

Feb 21 13:12

Spain’s Podemos denies Latin American financing

A founder of Spanish anti-establishment party Podemos on Friday rejected claims the party was financed by left-wing Latin American governments and said he had been the victim of a "witch hunt."

Feb 21 10:13

It’s Germany vs. Greece, and the very survival of the Eurozone is at stake

Is this the beginning of the end for the eurozone?

Feb 21 09:37

Shots Fired: Schauble Says "Greeks Certainly Will Have A Difficult Time To Explain The Deal To Their Voters"

Did anyone honestly not think the German finance minister would not have the final word?

GERMAN FINMIN SCHAEUBLE SAYS AS LONG AS THE PROGRAMME FOR GREECE ISN'T SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDED THERE WILL BE NO PAYOUT
GERMAN FINMIN SCHAEUBLE SAYS 'THE GREEKS CERTAINLY WILL HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME TO EXPLAIN THE DEAL TO THEIR VOTERS'

He's right.

Feb 21 09:14

ECB can't print earnings (yet?) #Italy

Feb 21 08:37

'Guantanamo of the East': Ukraine Locks Up Refugees at EU's Behest

Brussels is doing all it can to prevent refugees from reaching Fortress Europe, with initiatives like funding the construction of internment centers in Ukraine. Asylum seekers who have spent time there report miserable conditions and abuse.

Feb 21 08:37

Brussels makes moves to bring 'Europe's last dictator' in from the cold

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko’s hosting of Ukraine peace talks may be having a side effect – thawing relations between the European Union and a man the west calls “Europe’s last dictator”.

Feb 21 08:36

Victoria Nuland Shocks, Irritates Germany for the Second Time

According to the report, Nuland called Chancellor Merkel’s trip to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin “Merkel’s Moscow stuff.” The atmosphere heated up; one of the senators was to have ridiculed the German Defense Minister (the “Defeatism Minister”); a reference to the Europeans’ “Moscow bullshit” was probably also made.

The top diplomat Nuland is considered conservative. In case of an electoral victory by the Republicans in the coming year, she will be considered a potential new Secretary of State. She is married to Robert Kagan, a [Ed: neo-]conservative thinker. Last year he published a text, why America must remain the undisputed leader of the world.

In the Ukraine crisis Nuland is a hardliner and a supporter of delivering weapons – unlike her President Barack Obama, she has a clear opinion on what needs to be done.

Feb 21 06:06

Syriza capitulates to the EU

The Greek government has repudiated its election pledges, agreeing Friday to a four-month extension of the existing loans and austerity programme dictated by “troika” of the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Feb 21 03:57

'Gun to Greece's Head Pulled Away' As Tentative Deal Struck in Brussels

The newly-elected Syriza government of Greece and its creditors from the 19-nation Eurozone have reportedly reached a draft deal for a loan extension to the country for another four months.

Feb 20 15:40

Full Eurogroup Statement On Greece - Redline Comparison With Previously Rejected Statement

Just out from the Eurogroup, the final statement. Bottom line: Greece caves on pretty much everything, however it has two semantics successes: the dreaded "Troika" words has been replaced with "institutions" and "current programme" has been changed to "current arrangement" - surely nobody will notice. Sarcasm aside, Greece has just kicked the can for four months. Why four months? Because that's just ahead of the big Greek debt maturity.

Feb 20 15:39

Germany Gives Greece Just Enough Rope: Varoufakis Says If Troika Rejects Reforms "The Deal Is Dead And Buried"

Here is what Schauble meant when he said that the "Greeks Certainly Will Have A Difficult Time To Explain The Deal To Their Voters": under the conditionality of the Troika's approval, the Tsipras government now has to walk back essentially all the promises it made to the Greek people - promises which by some accounts amount to over €20 billion in additional spending - or the Troika, pardon Institutions, will yank the entire deal and the Grexit can then commence. And that's the bottom line. It's also the reason Schauble was gloating: because he gave the Greek government just enough rope with which to hang itself.

Feb 20 15:25

The Newest Country to Defy the Banksters

Under Orban’s leadership, Hungary has not only managed to pay down their near $26 billion IMF loan, but did so early. In 2013, with just $2 billion in payments left to go, he actually requested, via the central bank, that IMF officials should pack their bags and leave, noting that their “services” were no longer needed!

What really irritates DC though, is that Orban seems to have the overwhelming backing of his people! Time after time, the Fidesz party has not only won re-election, but they’ve won by a landslide. In 2014, his party rode back into power, with over 2/3 of the vote! Many Hungarians finally seemed to have found a nationalist champion. This has made it difficult to claim that Orban is simply acting alone, or without the consent of Hungary.

From beating down austerity, to ridding Hungary of the IMF, Viktor Orban’s actions and reforms continue to cause the gnashing of teeth in the Anglo-American banking camps.

Feb 20 14:58

The myth of rising anti-Semitism in Europe

Uri Avnery debunks the flurry of Israeli and other Zionist propaganda which claims that European anti-Semitism is rising, blaming instead local historical baggage and Israeli behaviour for recent attacks on Jews.

Feb 20 14:42

Latest Update on STOXX 600 Q4 EPS Trend

Feb 20 13:34

US TRAVELLERS SET FOR EU BIOMETRIC DRAGNET

US citizens and other non-EU nationals who enter Europe will be asked to have their faces image-captured and fingerprints scanned upon arrival at a half-dozen major airports. The biometric dragnet is part of a pilot test of the EU’s so-called ‘smart borders’ package. Passengers can refuse to give the data for now but there are plans to eventually make it obligatory.

Feb 20 13:34

Greece, eurozone officials agree to extend bailout by 4 months

Greece and eurozone finance ministers have struck a deal to extend the Greek bailout by another four months with Greece given till Monday to present a list of reform measures for the creditors to review.

Feb 20 13:20

Full Eurogroup Statement On Greece

Just out from the Eurogroup, the final statement. Bottom line: Greece caves on pretty much everything, however the dreaded "Troika" words has been replaced with "institutions." Sarcasm aside, Greece has just kicked the can for four months. Why four months? Because that's just ahead of the big Greek debt maturity.

Feb 20 13:03

Greece, euro zone creditors reach accord on loan

Euro zone finance ministers reached an agreement on Friday to extend heavily indebted Greece's financial rescue by four months, officials on both sides said.

"It's done. For four months," one said.

An agreement removes the immediate risk of Greece running out of money next month and possibly being forced out of the single currency area. It provides a breathing space for the new leftist-led Athens government to try to negotiate longer-term debt relief with its official creditors.

Feb 20 09:11

Russia’s Antimonopoly Agency Launches Antitrust Probe Against Google

Yandex said Google prevents manufacturers of phones and tablets working on the US company's Android operation system from preinstalling services by Google's competitors.

Yandex is a party to another antitrust investigation against Google, led by the European Commission.

Feb 20 08:53

Dutch Government Releases Heavily Redacted MH17 Documents

The Dutch government released dozens of documents Tuesday about the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but much of the information was redacted in order to safeguard "the interests of the Netherlands' relationship with other states"

Feb 20 08:52

Thousands of Polish Farmers Protest in Warsaw

Activist Post

6000 farmers marched in Warsaw to protest the Polish government’s failure to address their long-standing demands. After failed talks between Union leaders and the prime minister during the afternoon, farmers built an occupation camp outside the prime minister's palace and have vowed to remain until their demands are met...

Feb 20 08:50

Germany and its allies declared their consent to the exit of Greece from the eurozone

Google Translate: Block eurozone countries led by Germany agree on a Greek exit from the currency bloc if agreement on Greek debt and extend the program of financial aid to the country will not be reached, said Finance Minister of Malta, Edward Scicluna.

Feb 20 08:40

How Germany Is Blowing Up The European Union

As Germany is set to reject a Greek loan extension request (and no, international press, that is not the same as an extension of the bailout program), Steve Keen uses proprietary numbers issued by the OECD – which is supposed to be on Germany’s side?! – to show how dramatically austerity has failed in Europe- that is, if the recovery of the Greek and Spanish economies was ever the real target. It certainly failed the populations of the countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Austerity was never meant to improve the lives of the people. It was designed to loot the people to make the private central bankers richer than they already are!

Feb 20 08:38

Germany Slams Greek Bailout Extension Proposal As "Trojan Horse" - Full Text

As leaked by Reuters moments ago, here is the text of a document that describes Germany's position on Greece's letter requesting an extension of its bailout facility as nothing short of a Trojan Horse.

Feb 20 08:17

Greece Gives Europe A Counter-Ultimatum: Accept Or Reject Our Offer

UPDATE: *GREEK GOVT WON'T ACCEPT ULTIMATUMS, WON'T GIVE ANY: OFFICIAL

After days of repeated ultimata from The Eurogroup, as Germany (bad cop) and the rest (good cop) make optimistic sounds, this morning's rejection of Greece's latest plan (following Greek comparisons of Germany to Nazi surrender demands) has prompted something new:

*EU HAS 2 CHOICES, APPROVE OR REJECT GREEK REQUEST: OFFICIAL
*EUROGROUP MEETING TO SHOW WHO WANTS A SOLUTION: GREEK OFFICIAL

Feb 20 08:11

BANK RUNS: WORRIED DEPOSITORS RUSH TO PULL CASH OUT OF GREEK BANKS

In the midst of the dramatic showdown in Brussels between the new Greek government and its European creditors, many Greek depositors—spooked by the prospect of a Greek default or, worse, an exit from the euro zone and a possible return to the drachma—have been pulling euros out of the nation's banks in record amounts over the last few days.

Feb 20 07:15

Britain, Spain oppose lethal military assistance to Ukraine

The United Kingdom and Spain have expressed opposition to the provision of lethal military aid to Ukraine, highlighting that the settlement of hostilities between pro-Russia forces and the Ukrainian military has to come through dialogue.

Feb 20 00:21

Putin Should Just Take East Ukraine

Such a decisive move by Russia would definitely put an end to the Western-backed war of aggression on the pro-Russian people of east Ukraine.

Moscow has so far shown more than enough forbearance towards Washington and its puppet regime in Kiev. And yet this week, Washington’s allies in the European Union have seen it fit to impose fresh sanctions on Russia. Putin’s diplomatic efforts to end the conflict on a mutual basis between the Kiev regime and the separatist ethnic Russian people have been twisted and upended at every turn by Washington.

Feb 19 16:26

It’s Germany vs. Greece, And The Very Survival Of The Eurozone Is At Stake

Is this the beginning of the end for the eurozone?

Feb 19 15:46

Debt Fraud: Greece Actually Owes Nothing!

The Greek debt, as such, is mostly not Greek debt. The debt which Germany and other nations are demanding that they pay for, is money that the Greeks never got! So the Greeks don't owe that money. This was a swindle, because the Greeks didn't incur that debt.

Feb 19 14:52

NATO Prepares for War with Russia in Europe

Stars and Stripes reports that NATO’s Allied Land Command is using techniques used against the Taliban in Afghanistan to prepare its ground forces for a war with Russia in Europe.

Feb 19 13:21

State Department's Nuland Threw a Fit over Merkel-Hollande in Minsk

There are increasingly signs that Merkel and Hollande operated behind the backs of the Americans, when they traveled to Minsk last week, in an attempt to reach an agreement between the warring factions.

During a closed-door meeting at the Munich Security Summit, Nuland fumed that the Europeans needed to be fought:

Feb 19 12:05

NATO, not Russia, threatens Baltics: Moscow

Moscow has rejected the British defense secretary's allegation that Russia poses a threat to the Baltic countries, saying the real risk comes from NATO's increased activity.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said Thursday that British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon's remarks are beyond "diplomatic ethics."

"The comments of Mr. Fallon of course are already beyond diplomatic ethics and the characterization of Russia is completely intolerable," Lukashevich added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You wanna do something about it, Putin? Huh? HUH? I dare you to do something about it. I double-dog dare you!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 19 11:44

Greece Is Just the Beginning. ISIS and Ukraine Are Skirmishes: “The Real War is Economic and Currency Related”

Greece alone has the potential to unravel the Euro-zone and shatter the fragile dominoes across the global financial markets. And that’s just one area that is exploding.

Though Russia is taking a hit from the falling gas prices, and the combined effect of sanctions, it has also been furiously stockpiling gold and working with China and the BRICS nations to build a counter-balance to international development and currency manipulation, as SHTF has reported.

Something huge is happening with currencies on the global scene, but it is a quiet war – you won’t hear about it on the mainstream news. Just make sure it doesn’t sneak up on you; instead, be as prepared as you possibly can for whichever why the wind blows and the hammer falls. Have you considered your plan? Have you invested in gold, silver, storables or valuable barter items?

Feb 19 11:41

Germany and EU Look Set to Reject Greece’s Request for Six-month Loan Extension

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble denounced a new Greek proposal for a six-month loan extension with the naked ultimatum, “It’s not about an extension of the loan programme, it’s about whether this program is fulfilled, yes or no.”

He was reiterating Germany’s demand that Greece honour Greece’s commitment to impose savage austerity measures to the hilt, irrespective of the dire consequences for millions of working people.

A further indication of German opposition came Wednesday evening, with the decision of the European Central Bank (ECB) to grant a further extension of only €3.3 billion to Greek banks accessing the ECB’s Emergency Liquidity Assistance fund.

Feb 19 11:16

Germany rejects Greek proposal for bailout extension

Germany has rejected a Greek proposal for an extension of bailout funds. With funds rapidly dwindling, Greece is seeking additional financing, but without strict conditions likely to be imposed by the eurozone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Greece may be driven to consider Russian overtures.

Feb 19 11:14

Europe Will Implement Both Border and Capital Controls in the Coming Months

This is not some idle conjecture. We know that the political elite in Europe are only too happy to ignore the rule of law whenever the crisis gets too out of hand. Indeed, this won’t even be the first time that this happens in the EU.

Back in March of 2012, when the EU Crisis first began to spin out of control, then Prime Minister of France Nicolas Sarkozy openly called for the renegotiation of the Schengen Treaty: the treaty that established the 26-nation EU as a “borderless” entity in which individuals could move from one country to another with little difficulty and which also made trade among EU members easier.

France was not alone either. A few months later, both France and Germany proposed imposing border controls in June of that same year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the EU is a union only for the bankers.

Feb 19 11:10

Top German Media Continue to Discredit Themselves with Obviously False Headlines

The German media is between a rock and hard place. That it seems to be infiltrated by US and German intelligence services which enforce a rigid, propagandistic line, is widely recognized and openly discussed.

But it has little room for manoeuvre. Either it continues to push propaganda, and discredit itself, or it starts to be more objective, and risk swinging public opinion against US interests. The stakes couldn’t be higher, because Germany’s position on the Ukraine crisis is the deciding factor in EU policy on this crucial issue.

Feb 19 09:09

De-Dollarization Accelerates: Russia Launches SWIFT-Alternative Linking 91 Entities

Back in 2013, The NSA was first exposed for secretly 'monitoring' the SWIFT payments flows. This appears to have been among the last straws for Russia (and others) as far as both NSA spying and dollar domination.

Last year, following threats to remove Russia from SWIFT by the UK, (which SWIFT rapidly distanced its 'independent-self' from), Russia (and China) announced plans to create its own de-dollarized version. In November, Russia detailed the SWIFT-alternative's launch date around May 2015, and just last month, Medvedev warned of "unlimited reaction" if Russia was cut off from the SWIFT payments system.

So the news this week that Russia has launched its own 'SWIFT'-alternative, linking 91 credit institutions initially, suggests de-dollarization is considerably further along than many expected (especially as Russia dumps US Treasuries at a record pace).

Feb 19 07:34

Swiss prosecutors investigate HSBC for money laundering over claims it helped hide millions for arms dealers and blood diamond traders

The Geneva offices of HSBC were raided by Swiss prosecutors yesterday in an investigation into alleged money laundering.

Public prosecutors said they were searching for evidence of ‘aggravated money laundering’ after ‘the recent published revelations ’ about HSBC’s Swiss private bank.

It is the latest damaging twist for the banking giant embroiled in a scandal over claims staff helped rich clients dodge tax.

Feb 19 06:55

Israeli analyst warns European Jews not to migrate to Israel

Israeli analyst Zvi Bar'el has criticised Benjamin Netanyahu's suggestion that European Jews should migrate to Israel to escape what the prime minister claims is a "growing wave of anti-Semitism" and the "Islamic State threat". Bar'el pointed out that Israel is unable to fulfil Netanyahu's promises to new immigrants.

"Fear in Israel is greater, the crime level is higher and the terrorism threat is more real," wrote Bar'el in an article published by Haaretz newspaper. He pointed out that the real problem is not only that the Jews of Europe aren't safe. "The Jews of Israel have a hard time being convinced that their haven can face up to the threats in the region that Netanyahu warns them of daily," he claimed. "Let's assume that thousands of Jews do decide to abandon their businesses, studies, homes and livelihoods and board rescue flights to Ben-Gurion International Airport. What will they find here?"

Feb 19 06:53

Does the Russian Bear Smell Gold?

Is Russia Planning a Gold-Based Currency? ... The "perfect-storm" of geopolitical instability, diplomatic isolation, severe currency depreciation, and economic decline now confronting Russia has profoundly damaged Moscow's international standing, and possibly for the long-term. Yet, it is precisely such conditions that may push the country's leadership into taking the radical step that will secure its world-player status once and for all: the adoption of a gold-exchange standard.

Feb 19 06:31

Tony Blair to advise Serbia, having led NATO bombing of Belgrade

Tony Blair has signed a contract to advise Serbia’s prime minister, 16 years after the two were on opposite sides of the Balkan conflict. Former British PM Blair was instrumental in NATO airstrikes against Belgrade.

Blair will work for PM Aleksandar Vucic, Slobodan Milosevic’s information minister at the time of the Kosovo conflict.

Feb 19 06:02

RAF scrambles Typhoons to intercept giant ‘Russian Bear’ bombers off Cornwall

British RAF Typhoon fighter jets have been scrambled in response to two Russian Bear long-range bombers spotted off the coast of Cornwall, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said

Feb 18 18:34

Mass surveillance warning after European terror attacks

Europe’s human rights watchdog has issued a strong warning on the dangers of new mass surveillance counter-terrorism measures being adopted by governments in the aftermath of the Paris and Copenhagen terror attacks.

Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, says proposals such as banning encryption, as advocated by David Cameron, and giving the security services unfettered access to digital communications suggests “little has been learned from the Snowden affair about the danger to human rights”.

The human rights watchdog also warns that plans to make internet companies responsible for removing content that “incites terrorism” without any possibility of being challenged in court are “highly problematic”.

Feb 18 15:06

UK Police Forces Have Secret Facial Recognition Database Of 18 Million People, Many Innocent

The UK already has a pretty awful reputation when it comes to surveillance, what with millions of CCTV cameras, DRIPA and two recent attempts to shove the Snooper’s Charter through Parliament without scrutiny. So perhaps it should come as no surprise to discover that UK police forces have created a giant facial recognition database that includes hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

Feb 18 13:14

Kiev says troops withdrawn from Debaltsevo, rebels claim military ‘surrender en masse’

Kiev troops surrounded in the city of Debalstevo have started to surrender en masse, Ukrainian rebels have said. President Poroshenko announced a complete withdrawal from the contested city.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed in a video statement that he has given an order to withdraw troops from Debaltsevo on Wednesdsay.

“We stated and proved that Debaltsevo was under our control and that there was no encirclement. Our units withdrew according to plan in an organized manner. They took military hardware with them – tanks, APCs, artillery pieces, tow-tracks, cars,” the president said.

He added that some 80 percent of the troops have already left the city.

Feb 18 12:28

Victoria Nuland the F**k the EU spiritual mother of Nulandistan is in trouble

Der Spiegel attacked Victoria Nuland, President Obama’s Nazi-loving representative for Europe, as "America’s Riot Diplomat" — the sobriquet can mean both that Nuland acts disruptively, and that she creates riots (as on the Maidan in Ukraine).
The "Politics" column states that Nuland poses a threat to America’s allies, and that while she is supposed to solve the crisis of Ukraine and relations with Russia, "In the crisis, Nuland herself has become the problem."

EIR Founding Editor Lyndon LaRouche has called the immediate firing of Nuland, an indispensable step to avoid a plunge into thermonuclear war with Russia.

Feb 18 11:47

Obama Destroyed Libya

Bush committed this error in Iraq. Obama made it in Libya. And now he's doing it again in Syria.What he did to Libya is as bad as what Bush did to Iraq and Afghanistan. He doesn’t deserve a historical pass.

When Obama took office in 2009, Libya was under the clutches of longtime dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. But things were looking up.

Bush and Gaddafi had cut a deal to lift Western trade sanctions in exchange for Libya acknowledging and paying restitution for its role in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. In a rare triumph for Bush, Libya also agreed to give up its nuclear weapons research program. Libyan and Western analysts anticipated that Gaddafi’s dictatorship would be forced to accept liberal reforms, perhaps even free elections and rival political parties, in order to attract Western investment.

Feb 18 11:40

KHAMENEI: IRAN COULD CUT EUROPE’S ACCESS TO GAS IF SANCTIONS NOT LIFTED

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Wednesday that his country would resist global sanctions imposed over its nuclear program, saying that Iran might respond to international pressure by cutting back gas exports. "The enemy is using the lever of sanctions to the hilt and their goal is to stop our people's progress," Khamenei said in a public speech in Tehran, according to IRNA news agency.

Feb 18 10:25

American current bi-party system is bankrupt

It was Thucydides who warned us about slick tongued orators when he criticized the weakness and dangers of Democracy!

Obama and his administration have done, or achieved, none of the things which they claim to have done in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Palestine or at home in the U.S.

Many of the problems may have been inherited from the policies and tactics of the bent, crooked, broken and hijacked eight-year Administration of George Bush, but nothing has really changed. In fact, his pursuit of these very same methods and tactics as “resolutions” to these problems seems to have simply added more fuel to these disastrous fires.

Watch President Obama assist U.S. media propagandists on Russia, President Putin and Ukraine here:

Feb 18 07:59

Macedonia: Jewish Lobby wants regime change

Macedonian government has supported Russian’s position over Ukraine. Moscow has called a thorough investigation into the foreign powers agenda of an anti-Russian regime change in Macedonia.

After succeeding in making less than 1% of Jewish population as rulers in Ukraine, the American Jewish lobby is trying to play a similar trick to turn 500 Jews as rulers of Macedonia. Zionist Jew Victoria Nuland, John Kerry’s adviser for Eurasian Affairs assisted by Israel-Firsters Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and Jew billionaire George Soro recently carried a failed coup against the democratically elected government of Nikola Gruevski.

Feb 18 07:35

Hungarian prime minister gives Putin warm welcome in Budapest

Russian President Vladimir Putin started his visit to Budapest on Tuesday with the laying of wreaths at the memorial to Soviet soldiers before heading to a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

After several hours of talks, the leaders said they had reached an agreement to extend a gas supply contract with Russian energy giant Gazprom that was set to expire at the end of the year.

Hungary is heavily dependent on Moscow for its energy - about 60 percent of its gas supplies come from Russia.

Feb 18 07:26

ISIS plans to invade Europe through Libya – report

ISIS’ plans to conquer Europe via Libya have been revealed in letters seen by an anti-terrorism group

Feb 18 07:05

Complete Breakdown of ALL Economic Activity

In todays episode we revisit the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) for the simple reason that it has hit an all time low. Last week the BDI was in free fall and now it has dropped off a cliff. This combined with the falling oil prices – which have not bottomed yet – are one of the truest signs of global economic activity coming to a grinding halt. If people are not shipping goods, then shelves must be full of product. If shelves are full then product is not moving.

We take a look at the latest news out of Greece and the EU. An “ultimatum” was delivered to Varoufakis, to which he replied “There is no plan B…”. The question that I keep asking is – what does Varoufakis have as a wild card? We all know about Russia offering help, but what else does he have in his back pocket? Maybe silver backing the Drachma as Hugo Salinas Price suggested back in 2012! What other possibilities could Varoufakis have waiting in the wings?!

Feb 17 23:07

Greece and the Eurozone

Game theory expert, Varoufakis, denies that he is engaged in a game of chicken to win concessions from Brussels. What he wants is a deal that makes sense, that is, funding assistance with a component for economic growth so Greece can finally emerge from its long-term slump and put its people back to work.

Feb 17 22:55

Poland kicks off unprecedented military spending spree

Looking east to the bloody conflict gripping Ukraine, NATO-member Poland has kicked off an unprecedented military spending spree worth billions to overhaul its forces as Warsaw believes peace in Europe is no longer a given.

Feb 17 20:14

Iceland convicts bad bankers and says other nations can act

Parliament relaxed bank secrecy laws in Iceland to help the prosecutors investigate bank documents without court orders.

"Why should we have a part of our society that is not being policed or without responsibility?" Hauksson said. "It is dangerous that someone is too big to investigate - it gives a sense there is a safe haven."

Feb 17 16:47

Italy Mobilizes 5,000-Strong Military Force to Fight ISIS in Libya

The government of Italy appears to be taking seriously the threats posed by the Islamic State (ISIS) to its nation. Italian officials said on Monday that they are considering sending 5,000 troops into Libya to combat the country’s burgeoning jihadist presence.

Feb 17 16:46

Italy Fears ISIS Invasion From Libya

As ISIS makes inroads into Libya, officials in Rome are panicking about an Islamic State just across the sea—but have no idea how to combat the crisis.

Feb 17 14:13

Italian Senate moves to outlaw Holocaust denial

Italian senators on Wednesday voted in favour of a bill criminalizing Holocaust denial, following changes to the proposed law to protect freedom of speech.

Feb 17 14:12

Greece rejects bailout deal – Deadline to avoid financial chaos in Europe is March 1st

Europe is on the verge of a horrifying financial meltdown, and there are only a few short weeks left to avert total disaster

Feb 17 14:03

Breaking News: "Russian draft resolution on Ukraine passed by UN Security Council"

The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to approve a Russia-drafted resolution to support the Minsk agreements, reached by the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine last week.

“After the unprecedented diplomatic efforts last week, Ukraine has a chance to turn a dramatic page in its history,” said Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin, who expressed “gratitude” towards the other parties for endorsing the document.

Moscow would aid“in full”the realization of the agreement, he added.

Feb 17 13:39

Western "mediators" are biased toward Kiev putschists

Gone are the days when certain Western nations possessed bona fide credentials as impartial mediators of conflicts. Today, even the Swiss, long regarded as neutral, are anything but, judging from their cooperation agreements with such NATO contrivances the as Partnership for Peace (PfP) and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC).

Feb 17 11:57

EU Pessimism is once again the majority view

Feb 17 09:49

'If Greece exits eurozone, the immediate question will be - Who's next?'

The Eurozone and IMF were ready to extend the current bailout. But the new Greek government asked for a so-called bridge loan - to keep the country's finances afloat until summer.

Feb 17 09:01

Danish Jews refuse calls to emigrate to Israel

Danish Jews yesterday turned down an offer by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to emigrate to Israel following an attack on the main synagogue in Copenhagen, AFP reported.

"We are very grateful for Netanyahu's concern but having said that, we are Danish – we are Danish Jews but we are Danish – and it will not be terror that makes us go to Israel," the spokesman of the Jewish community in Denmark Jeppe Juhl.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Well, then there will be another terror attack, and another and another and another until you do what I TELL you to do!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Feb 17 08:00

Greece And Euroland's Crumbling McMansion Of Debt

Sometimes the best way to summarize a complex situation is with an analogy. The Greek debt crisis, for example, is very much like the subprime mortgage crisis of 2007-08.

As you might recall, service workers earning $25,000 annually got $500,000 mortgages to buy McMansions in subprime's go-go days. The applicant fudged a bit here and there on income and creditworthiness, and lenders reaping huge profits from originating and selling mortgages were delighted to ignore prudent underwriting standards and stamp "low-risk" on the mortgage because it was quickly sold to credulous investors.

The bank made its money in transaction and origination fees, and passed the risk of default on to investors who accepted the fraud that the loan was low-risk.

Feb 17 07:59

‘What part of no don’t you understand?’ TTIP critics target EU trade commissioner

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom’s visit to London to promote the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been met with protest, as MPs say more transparency is needed to address public concern.

Malmstrom’s meeting with business and political leaders Monday afternoon was an attempt to shore up more public support for the deal, which has been criticized for allowing large corporations to flourish at the expense of small businesses.

Business Secretary Vince Cable will tell the Commissioner there are many benefits for the US and the EU, but only if politicians are given access to TTIP as the treaty develops, so that they can ask questions on behalf of the public.

Protest group StopTTIP UK, however, say Monday’s meeting ignores the fact “people across the EU are loudly and clearly rejecting” TTIP, claiming the trade deal could jeopardize governments’ legal freedom and will lower trade standards.

Feb 17 07:54

Euro falls after Greece talks collapse

The euro slipped more than a full cent on Tuesday before recovering slightly after talks between Greece and eurozone finance ministers broke down. Global markets also retreated as a result of the impasse.

Feb 17 07:46

Greece’s game of chicken and a ‘final mania phase’ for Wall Street

Talks between Greece and eurozone finance ministers on Monday night lasted barely two hours, according to some reports. Sticking to his guns, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said his country wants a deal, but with concessions. He also said negotiators don’t have “the right to play games with the future of Europe,” and that a halfway meeting point may emerge during the next couple of days.

Feb 17 07:43

EUROSUMMIT BREAKDOWN: Who did what and why

Feb 17 07:31

Greece: What Happened Today, And What Happens Next

After today's second in one week Eurogroup fiasco, things for Greece are getting perilously close to the endgame. Either that, or Yanis Varoufakis, who earlier said he is "not bluffing", is conducting a master class in just that. So for all those confused what happened earlier, and more importantly, what may happen next, here is Deutsche Bank's George Saravelos with a handy summary of the next steps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We grasp at straws and pray for a miracle!"

Feb 17 07:06

Hungarian rhapsody: Will Putin’s visit to Viktor Orban give Russia a way into Europe?

Vladimir Putin has chosen Hungary for his first state visit to an EU state since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis a year ago. Energy issues are expected to top the agenda, yet the Russian leader usually has an ace up his sleeve.

The Russian president’s visit to Hungary is keeping EU officials in Brussels guessing about what sort of deals exactly are going to be signed in Budapest.

Feb 17 06:50

SocGen: Key dates for Greece

Feb 17 06:31

Putin Wins a Second Match

Has Russia’s Vladimir Putin pulled Barack Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire for a second time?

Will the shaky cease-fire in Ukraine that began this weekend hold up and end a conflict that was threatening a nuclear war between the United States and Russia?

The answer to the first question is yes. Remember back in 2013 when the Obama White House was threatening to attack Syria over allegations it was using poison gas?As it turned out, the UN found it was the US-backed Syrian rebels who were likely to have used chemical weapons rather than the Damascus regime.

Noble Peace Prize Winner Obama and his lady strategists almost got the US into a war in Syria that could have led to direct clashes with Russia, which was backing the Damascus government.Along came that unlikely man of peace, Russia’s Vlad Putin, who charted a diplomatic course out of the Syria mess for the bumbling White House which had talked itself into corner.

Feb 17 06:26

Hailed as a Model for Successful Intervention, Libya Proves to be the Exact Opposite

Once Gadaffi was brutally killed by a mob, advocates of intervention threw a giddy party for themselves, celebrating their own rightness and righteousness and declaring Libya a model for future western interventions. Upon Gadaffi’s fleeing, The New York Times, which editorially supported the war, published a front-page article declaring: “U.S. Tactics in Libya May be a Model for Other Efforts.”

Leading war advocates such as Anne-Marie Slaughter and Nick Kristof celebrated themselves as humanitarian visionaries and chided war opponents for being blinkered and overly cynical about the virtues of American force. British and French leaders descended upon Libya to strut around like some sort of conquering heroes, while American and Canadian officials held pompous war victory ceremonies. Hillary Clinton was downright sociopathic, gloating and cackling in an interview when told about Gadaffi’s death by mob: “We came, we saw, he died.”

Feb 17 06:20

Netanyahu Uses US Congress as Prop

By addressing the U.S. Congress for a third time, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will again demonstrate his mastery of the American political process, using the backdrop of repeated standing ovations to keep Israelis from thinking too much about economic troubles.

The speech itself enables Netanyahu to show the U.S. Congress again eating out of his hand, reassuring his voters that he has everything under control as far as U.S. politics are concerned, notwithstanding any unpleasantness with the current U.S. president.

Feb 16 16:06

This Is Not A Game,' Declares Greek Minister as Talks Collapse in Brussels

Without any apparent progress, talks in Brussels between the Syriza-led government of Greece and finance ministers of the Eurogroup collapsed on Monday just hours after negotiations began.

Feb 16 15:44

Ireland's Finance Minister believes Irish Parliament will have to agree to any deal on Greek debt

Something tells me that Yanis Varoufakis cares no more about what you and your government think, Mr. Noonan, than those protesters your colleagues are so desperate to label as "terrorists".

Oh, and no, it is not satire!

Feb 16 15:32

Greek crisis talks collapse in acrimony as Syriza defies EMU

'The only way to solve Greece is to treat us like equals; not a debt colony,' says Greek finance minister

Feb 16 14:17

Greece bailout talks break down after Athens rejects 'unacceptable' eurozone demands

Talks between Greece and its eurozone creditors collapsed in disarray on Monday night, heightening concerns that the country is edging closer to a disruptive exit from the eurozone.

Feb 16 12:10

Can Europe Recover From Its Easy-Money Obsession?

The announcement of the euro-QE was not the start of Europe’s monetary Dark Age. -- That started many years ago with Chancellor Kohl’s undermining of the “hard deutsche mark Bundesbank” in the late 1980s. The darkness further descended when the newly created European Central Bank (ECB) implemented monetary frameworks which essentially tied Europe into a global 2-percent-inflation standard, following the US Federal Reserve.

Feb 16 12:04

EU to Unveil New Targeted Anti-Russia Sanctions on Monday

Nothing is going to change in any positive way for the populations of this world until The Bankers and those in their employ, due to an aspiration for personal profit, blackmail or fear for their lives, or the lives of their families, are reined in by any means necessary.

Feb 16 11:51

After Conducting Navy Drills In East Mediterranean, Russia Puts Airborne Troops In Volgograd On Alert

While the latest Ukraine "ceasefire" is all but dead following such headlines as:

Kiev security forces open fire on DPR, LPR republics’ positions - Basurin
Fighting Strains Ukraine Truce; Russia Criticizes EU Blacklist
Battle rages for town where Ukraine rebels reject ceasefire

... perhaps a better question is what just what is Russia doing in the East Mediterranean (as in close by to both Greece and Cyprus) where as Interfax reported earlier, the Russian navy conducted tests. Bloomberg adds that the "Russian Navy vessels fire artillery rounds at sea, air training targets as part of tests in eastern part of Mediterranean, Interfax reports, citing statement by Defense Ministry."

This happens hours after Interfax also reported that the Russian Air Force conducted a practice bombing drill in the south of Russia, in which about 10 airplanes took part.

And finally, moments ago, Interfax (and Bloomberg) made it a trifecta when it reported that

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe Poroshenko is about to make a move on Crimea?

Feb 16 11:50

Eurogroup Meeting Over - Talks Have Broken Down; Risk Slides After Greece Says "Won't Take Orders On Bailout" - Live Feed

So the 10-day ultimatum was just extended by 40%? Clearly The EU is worried.

Feb 16 07:54

Denmark terror attack: Islamist shooting suspect profiled by Danish intel agency

The suspected Islamist gunman, who was hunted down and killed by Danish police after committing lone-wolf terror attacks against a journalism event in Copenhagen and in front of Jewish temple, was a 22-year-old who had an Arab background and a history of "running" with street gangs, according to statements made during a press conference on Sunday. Members of the Copenhagen police and intelligence agencies confirmed that the homegrown jihadist suspect was born in Denmark and possessed a lengthy criminal record that includes weapons offenses and assaults but they have not yet released the suspect's name.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, if we accept the official story at face value (which I do not) it tells us that all this NSA spying does not actually work to keep us all safe.

Feb 16 07:15

FALSE FLAG ATTACK ON COPENHAGEN

The February 2015 attack on Copenhagen looks like a false flag attack carried out by Mossad, the CIA, and agents of Danish security services?

"Denmark is a client state of the USA and is presently ruled by several American CIA generals residing at the Danish army intelligence headquarters at Sandagergaard 8 miles from the center of Copenhagen." - Steen Hjortsoe, Copenhagen.

Feb 16 07:14

Copenhagen/Charlie Hebdo false flag attacks designed to further Zionist quest for `greater Israel'

CIA-Mossad hands seem to be all over Copenhagen shootings, especially in light of the fact that Charlie Hebdo incident was a false flag attack, planned by Mossad-CIA and other European Intelligence forces.

Consider this:

Feb 16 07:14

Did Netanyahu And The Mossad Have The Arrogance To Do An EXACT DUPLICATE FALSE FLAG Like Charlie Hedbo In Copenhagen, Denmark?

Is Israel DARING anyone to do something about these obvious FALSE FLAG's?

Feb 16 07:11

Iceland reiterates that it will not be joining EU

Icelandic Foreign Minister Jon Hannibalsson has outlined the reasons why the North Atlantic nation will not be joining the EU.

Despite formal negotiations on the country’s accession into the EU starting back in 2010, citizens were widely split on whether it would be a positive move, and the ruling coalition government was voted into power in 2013 on the promise that it would abandon the talks.

Hannibalsson explained that the far left, the right and also the right of the centre were all against joining the bloc, noting that these were the parties that traditionally speak for Iceland’s farmers’ association and ship-owners’ lobby – the “special interest groups” with the most power in the country.

Feb 16 07:09

Chinese Firms Tiptoe Back Into Europe’s Battered Financial Sector

“Chinese financial institutions are thoughtfully evaluating their opportunities in Europe”

Feb 16 07:07

Greece: Yes to ‘national reform plan,’ no to strings attached

The Greek government has agreed to an EU proposal to introduce a ‘national reform plan’ to address economic issues that have been neglected for decades. But this time Greece won’t accept a bailout program on the same terms as before.

The new Syriza-led Greek authorities won’t agree to any eurozone bailouts under the same constraints as former governments did. However, a “national reform plan” to deal with decades-long economic issues is required, a government spokesperson told national media.

Feb 15 20:54

Chapel Hill Shooting and the ‘New Atheist’ Neocons

Beware the neocon ‘New Atheists.’ A terrible crime has happened in North Carolina – three young Muslim university students were shot dead ‘execution-style’ in their Chapel Hill apartment on Tuesday.

Police have arrested and charged 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks with the brutal murders, a man known for posting anti-religion comments online and whose Facebook page is riddled with pictures of and quotes from his ‘New Atheist’ heroes Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher.

The cops are conveniently saying that the Muslim students were not targeted because of their faith, but rather a “parking dispute.” How bizarre.

“It was execution style, a bullet in every head,” the father of the two deceased girls told the media, insisting that “this was not a dispute over a parking space, this was a hate crime.”

Feb 15 15:11

Iceland reiterates that it will not be joining EU

Icelandic Foreign Minister Jon Hannibalsson has outlined the reasons why the North Atlantic nation will not be joining the EU.

Feb 15 15:03

Spanish judge sets €800m civil bond for former chiefs at Bankia

A Spanish judge has set a bond of €800 million to cover potential civil liabilities for the former heads of savings bank Bankia, as part of an investigation into alleged wrongdoing during the creation and stock market debut of the lender.

Feb 15 15:01

Spaniards take to streets to protest ‘draconian’ new security laws

Protesters across Spain have been demonstrating against a government decision to stiffen penalties for unauthorized demos. Fines of up to 600,000 euros and prison sentences are set to be introduced for certain offenses and organizing illegal rallies.

Feb 15 13:59

Why We Need the International Criminal Court

Since law is one of the foundations of civilization, shouldn't we make sure that no one stands above it.

The adage that no one should be above the law is of particular importance here. The problem is that there are innumerable cases where some individual or group holds sufficient political power to defy the rule of law.

This issue has not yet been fully confronted because, until very recently, no one has actually brought the crimes of individuals representing large and powerful states, or their allies, to the attention of the Court.

How do you arrest the indicted person if he is Henry Kissinger, George W. Bush or any number of Israeli military and civilian leaders, all of whom may well warrant the Court’s attention.

However, this is about to change due to the decision of the Palestinian National Authority to join the ICC. This has resulted in an ICC preliminary investigation of Israeli war crimes during the 2014 invasion of the Gaza Strip.

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