EUROPE

Mar 31 10:15

Latvia, Estonia Seek ‘Boots on the Ground’ from NATO

The secession and annexation of Crimea has been used as a catch-all excuse for myriad officials across the region to try to push their own pet agendas on the international community. Today, it’s Latvia and Estonia’s turn.

Mar 30 21:02

Syria’s Victory Is Turning Point For Western Global Hegemony

It was in Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s 2007 article, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” that prophetically stated (emphasis added):

“To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”

Mar 30 20:13

The Story of PFC John Needham & Iraq War Truth

Marking the eleven year anniversary of the illegal, and immoral invasion of Iraq, you will bare witness to three different pieces of evidence that prove the official narrative to be false. First is the story of PFC John Needham, who witnessed war crimes being committed, and was locked up and tortured by his own command for not partaking in them himself. His story is an example of what happens when we “embrace the dark-side” as Dick Cheney put it in the push for the invasion. Next up is a clip called THE VIDEO THE PENTAGON DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE. It exposes the reality of the invasion, from Depleted Uranium to indiscriminate killing of civilians, as well as other crimes; including the rape, murder, and cover-up of PFC LaVena Johnson. Finishing up is a clip called JUST WHO WERE WE FIGHTING IN IRAQ? After hearing it you will ask the same question yourself.

Mar 30 19:43

NATO Wages Desperate Last Battle in Northern Syria

The small northwestern Syrian town of Kassab, located directly on the Syrian-Turkish border, has turned into a pivotal battleground between Syrian security forces and armed militants backed by the Turkish military. The clashes grabbed headlines last Sunday when Turkey shot down a Syrian warplane conducting airstrikes along the border as the militants crossed over into Syrian territory

Mar 30 10:47

Is Finland next? Putin wants to 'conquer other countries' in Europe, says top adviser (and CATO Institute staffer)

After annexing Crimea and with troops massed on the border of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin will not stop trying to expand Russia until he has “conquered” Belarus, the Baltic States and Finland, one of his closest former advisers has said.

Mar 30 09:36

The new ‘silk road’, a rail link from China’s factories to heart of Europe

It is one of the world’s longest railways — an approximately 11,000-kilometre “modern-day silk road” that traverses Russia and Kazakhstan to link a megacity in the heart of China with a key commercial hub in western Germany.

On Saturday, as part of his landmark visit to Germany, Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit the last stop on the “Yuxinou” rail line, an industrial feat that promises to revolutionise transport between Europe and Asia.

Duisburg is a steel-making town of around half a million on the confluence of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers that boasts the world’s biggest inland port and is one of Germany’s most important transport and commercial hubs.

Despite the vast distances between them, it takes just 16 days for trains crammed with laptops and electronics to travel to Duisburg from Chongqing, a sprawling metropolitan symbol of rising China with a population of more than 30 million.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chinese leadership has the capacity to think long-term; unfortunately, US leadership can barely think past the next election cycle, if even for that long.

Mar 30 07:56

US military in no shape to face the grandsons of Red Army

Years of terrorizing farmers with AK-47's and their wives and children and killing several million of them will not tune up an Army,like fighting real soldiers!
Remember how Hezbollah handed the IDF it's head back in 2006. Years of shooting Palestinian kids did not prepare them to fight a real military.
We are headed for a major military defeat and disaster!

The West is suffering from a bad case of Cold War chills.

Not only are the Western powers worried, they are discovering that they likely lack the means to stop possible Russian incursions into what was the former Soviet Empire.

They should not be at all surprised that Russia is again showing signs of life.

Frederick the Great, the renowned Prussian warrior-king, warned: “he who tried to defend everything, defends nothing.”

Mar 30 05:02

Adelson Wooed by Republican Presidential Prospects at Vegas Meet

The chance to curry favor with Adelson has helped draw some of the Republican Party's major figures to RJC (Republican Jewish Coalition) gatherings.

The governors met one-on-one with Adelson, 80, and addressed a conference of the Republican Jewish Coalition, an advocacy group that counts him as a board member and benefactor. More than 400 of the coalition’s top donors and those seeking support from them gathered this weekend at Adelson’s convention center-hotel-casino complex, part of his international Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS).

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Mar 30 02:06

Broken Country: Charities step up to help feed Greek children

Greece's economy has shrunk by a quarter in the past four years - and relentless spending cuts have left their mark on the most vulnerable in society. Many unemployed parents now have to rely on charity handouts to feed their children and keep them in school.

Mar 30 02:03

Cyprus scraps post-bailout limits on cash withdrawals

Cyprus on Friday abolished restrictions on cash withdrawals imposed a year ago to avoid a run on the banks during bailout negotiations in 2013.

Mar 30 01:16

We're very worried by rise of Nazis in Europe

Jews in Italy have seen walls smeared with swastikas and had pig's heads delivered to their doors in recent months, but the head of the Jewish Community, Riccardo Pacifici, insists Italy remains a much better place to be Jewish than many other European countries.

Mar 30 00:51

NSA carried out 300 reports on Merkel

The US National Security Agency's vast eavesdropping programmes amassed more than 300 reports on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Der Spiegel has reported, citing information leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Mar 29 15:59

From Merkel to Tymoshenko: NSA spied on 122 world leaders, Snowden docs reveal

The NSA’s data base contains information obtained during the surveillance of over a hundred world leaders, new leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed.

Der Spiegel has looked through a top secret presentation by NSA's Center for Content Extraction, which is responsible for automated analysis of all types of text data.

According to the document, the leaders of 122 states were among the high-ranked targets of the US intelligence.

Mar 29 15:51

Catalan Independence Push Gains Steam Amid Spain's Financial Woes

Since 2008, Spain has been one of the poster children for Europe’s financial crisis as it grapples with a massive debt, an unemployment rate hovering around 26 percent, a downgrading from financial services across the globe and now a strong separatist movement from the country’s influential Catalonia region.

Mar 29 13:31

*Shocking video* World leaders wear pyramid symbol at major international meeting

During the Nuclear Security Summit, which was held on March 24th and 25th in the Netherlands, Reuters captured video of presidents and prime ministers from all over the world wearing a very peculiar pyramid-shaped pin

Mar 29 11:34

RT EU now is against the NeoNazis they supported before

Mar 29 10:15

Venice votes to split from Italy as 89% of the city's residents opt to form a new independent state

Venetians have voted overwhelmingly for their own sovereign state in a ‘referendum’ on independence from Italy.

Inspired by Scotland’s separatist ambitions, 89 per cent of the residents of the lagoon city and its surrounding area, opted to break away from Italy in an unofficial ballot.

The proposed ‘Repubblica Veneta’ would include the five million inhabitants of the Veneto region and could later expand to include parts of Lombardy, Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

Mar 29 10:03

Obama delivers his, perhaps, stupidest speech in Brussels

In Brussels, Barack Obama summed up the results of the US-EU summit. Obama spoke more about Ukraine, rather than about the USA's relations with Europe.

The key event of Obama's European tour was his speech in the Brussels Palace of Fine Arts in front of 2,000 people. His lengthy discourse on the history and common values ??with Europeans was very quickly replaced with anti-Russian rhetoric.

The speech turned out to be a dispute with Russian authorities, entirely devoted to the situation in Ukraine. Obama stated that the United States fully supported the new government in Kiev and promised to help them financially. He then said that it was absurd to assume that the U.S. colluded with nationalists in Kiev, Vesti.ru reports.

Mar 29 08:50

Is NATO expansion to blame for Crimean crisis?

The West's relations with Russia are at an historic low. This comes after years of NATO's enlargement policy in Eastern Europe. Should the military alliance have acted more cautiously?

Mar 29 08:46

THE E.C.B. FIDDLES WHILE ROME BURNS

“To some people, the European Central Bank seems like a fire department that is letting the house burn down to teach the children not to play with matches.”

Mar 29 06:00

Belgian Prime Minister called a pedophile

Independent MP Belgian parliament Laurent Louis, famous for scandals in the House of Representatives, publicly named Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo country pedophile.

[Di Rupo is indeed a known pedophile. In 1989 he was caught by 2 policemen while having sex with 2 boys aged 11 and 13 in his car; in December 1996 a report was published describing his relations with boys aged 16 to 18. In both cases, the report was classified 'because the person involved had high standing']

Mar 28 13:02

German energy minister: No alternative to Russian gas

Germany has no other sensible source of gas and oil other than Russia, the country's energy minister said on Thursday. His statement came hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel said she foresaw an energy overhaul.

Mar 28 13:00

184 Spaniards a day kicked out of their homes

The full scope of Spain's evictions epidemic has been revealed in figures from the General Council of the Judiciary which show that 67,189 people lost their homes in 2013.

Mar 28 08:01

Lawmakers rush to pass bill to aid Ukraine

The Internet Post
"Gotta fund those Blackwater mercenaries, somehow. Too bad the US highway system isn’t in Kiev. Then, maybe, we could get a pothole fixed. The Koch suckers in Congress *always* vote to spend US tax dollars in any country run by an unelected dictator. That’s why deficits soared under Bush, btw".

Lawmakers are rushing to get a bill to the president’s desk that would provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine and sanction those who had a hand in Russia’s takeover reunification of Crimea. The House and Senate were poised to pass versions of the legislation Thursday. Both sides said they want to get one bill to President Barack Obama’s desk before the end of the week, but it was unclear whether the work would be finished by then.

Mar 27 21:30

IMF and EU capture of Ukraine

It should be obvious that the recent putsch and regime change in the Ukraine inspired and backed by the U.S. shadow government, benefits the international banksters. For the average EU resident, only further economic displacement and diminished prospects can be expected from any inclusion of Ukraine into the EU dictatorial structure. Not so, for the corporatists who expects expanded opportunities as Consortium News analyzes agricultural and energy companies recent involvement within the Ukraine.

Mar 27 18:02

IMF “Shock Treatment” for Ukraine: Collapse of the Standard of Living

On March 27, Ukraine’s interim coalition government announced concrete policy measures as part of its agreement with the IMF: a 50 percent increase of the retail price of gas coupled with the deregulation of the foreign exchange market.

In surrendering to the IMF, Yatsenyuk was fully aware that the proposed reforms would brutally impoverish millions of people, including those who protested in Maidan.

Mar 27 13:42

Ukrainian nationalists surround parliament after leader killing, threaten to storm

Hundreds of nationalists from the Right Sector have circled the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev and threatened to storm it. The protesters demand the resignation of the interior minister after their leader Muzychko was killed in a police operation.

Some 1,500 members of the Right Sector, which recently was revamped into a political party, have flooded the square in front of Verkhovna Rada in the Ukrainian capital on Thursday night. The radicals, who brought car tires to burn with them, are banging on the Parliament’s doors, smashing the glass parts in them.

Wearing masks and brandishing bats, they are shouting "Avakov, get out!"

Mar 27 13:28

Russia antagonist Tymoshenko will run for Ukraine presidency

Yulia V. Tymoshenko, the former prime minister of Ukraine who led her nation's "Orange Revolution," declared her intention to run for the presidency, pledging Thursday to lead her nation out of economic and political turmoil and "return" Crimea to Ukraine sovereignty after its annexation by Russia.

Shouldn't that headline read "Russia antagonist and wannabe genocidal maniac Tymoshenko will run for Ukraine presidency"?

Mar 27 13:19

OSCE media supervisor says restrictions on mass media justified if serving basic values

Removal of broadcasters from the air is justified if the ultimate goal is to defend fundamental values, Dunja Mijatovic, a representative on freedom of the media at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Thursday in a comment on suspending the broadcasts of Russian TV channels in Ukraine.

Mar 27 13:14

Rome workers lament Obama visit

US President Barack Obama has been given a warm welcome by Italy's leaders and Pope Francis, but The Local discovers that not everyone is impressed by the state visit - especially business owners forced to close ahead of his trip to the Colosseum.

Mar 27 13:10

Merkel hopes Russia sanctions are enough

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that she hoped the threat of further sanctions would be enough to keep Russia in check in the Ukraine crisis. But she added Europe was prepared to act if necessary.

Mar 27 10:37

Do it for Denmark! Hilarious video calls on couples to travel and have more sex to boost the country's population

Couples in Denmark are being encouraged to travel to help boost the country’s falling birth rate in a hilarious new advert.

The Do It For Denmark! clip explains how getting away from it all boosts men and woman's libidos – with a therapist claiming nearly half of couples have more sex when on holiday.

And the tongue-in-cheek video says 10 per cent of all Danish children are conceived while abroad – with the producers Spies Travel offering a free holiday to anyone who conceives on one of its ‘ovulation discount’ trips.

Mar 27 10:04

Ukraine Crisis Highlights Ugly Global Energy Truths

Ukraine, a semi-failed state due to energy debt and corruption, merely illustrates the new energy politics now unsettling governments from the United States to Crimea. It represents our collective global future, should governments and citizens continue to ignore energy flows and budgets.

The story should be familiar to most North Americans. In U.S. political lingo, Ukraine is a blue state dependent on energy imports from Russia, the powerful red state next door. They share a tense master-slave relationship.

The West, including the fantastically indebted G7 club, thinks it has some moral authority in this dispute, but has its own shackles to worry about. It doesn't export much energy these days, and it is singing the economic stagnation blues because cheap energy is disappearing.

Mar 27 09:57

US Presses EU Nations to Hike Military Spending to ‘Confront Russia’

Economic struggles and budget shortfalls have had many European member nations of NATO cutting back military spending, something US officials have been railed about for years. Russia has given them an excuse for another pushback on those cuts.

The reality is that many NATO member nations, particularly those in the Mediterranean, simply can’t afford the dramatic increases President Obama wants, and have credit ratings that don’t allow them to deficit finance runaway military spending.

And while the US couches this as a “counter” to Russia, there is similarly no reason to think a 10 to 1 or 11 to 1 ratio of NATO to Russia spending isn’t sufficient for “defensive” purposes. The unspoken assumption here is that the US, by far the world’s largest exporter of weapons systems, would see considerable benefit from increased spending by nations like Spain and the Netherlands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

America's weaponry systems were about the only things people in other
countries wanted any more; but even those are becoming less and less attractive, because they are hideously expensive, and don't work as advertised.

Mar 27 09:16

Western Unity against Russia a Masterpiece of Illusion

Britain’s David Cameron and his German and French counterparts, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande, issued warnings of imposing economic penalties on Russian businesses and industries. Lots of bombast and melodrama were on cue, but there was a distinct lack of guts to follow.

Mar 27 06:58

Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan to further discuss excise duty harmonisation

Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan can further discuss harmonisation of excise duties after they sign a treaty to create the Eurasian Economic Union in May, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov says.

"At the moment, several issues on trade remain unresolved in especially sensitive goods such as crude, petroleum products, gas, medicines, medical devices, alcohol and tobacco," he told a session at the upper house of parliament on Wednesday.

Mar 27 06:57

Why the EU can't 'isolate' Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel could teach US President Barack Obama one or two things about how to establish a dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As if Obama would listen. He'd rather boost his constitutional law professor self, and pompously lecture an elite eurocrat audience in the glittering Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, like he did this Wednesday, on how Putin is the greatest threat to the US-administered global order since World War II. Well, it didn't go that well; most eurocrats were busy taking selfies or twittering.

Mar 27 06:41

France Is Not Sick – Europe Is

France is the sick man of Europe according to this article, because its manufacturing and service sectors are contracting.

But in reality, France is no sicker than any other country in Europe. They all suffer from the same problems: monetary over-stimulation, over-regulation, over-taxation and a cradle-to-grave socialist mentality.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is amazing to see how hard financial writers will work to NOT look at the root cause of the economic problems afflicting the west, which is that when you allow a privately-owned central bank to issue all of the nation's currency as a loan at interest, by design this system creates more debt than money with which to pay that debt. Once this pyramid scheme is started, the total debt owed to that central bank will grow faster than the available money supply until the system approaches collapse, at which point the people are enslaved to "austerity", meaning they must work harder and live with less so the bankers can have more, or in the worst case, government's are forced to resort to wars of conquest to try to balance the books.

Until that root cause is recognized and corrected, there is nothing the people or governments can do that will improve the economy, once it is in the control of those private central banks.

The United States fought a revolution to break free of this very system of private central banking, only to be sold back into that form of slavery 100 years ago by a corrupt Congress and a corrupt President.

Mar 27 04:47

'Europe has blood on its hands in Ukraine': Farage faces angry backlash after siding with Vladimir Putin in TV debate

Nigel Farage was branded ‘extreme’ today for ‘siding with Vladimir Putin’ in claiming the European Union has ‘blood on its hands’ over the crisis in Ukraine.

Nick Clegg said the Ukip leader’s ‘shocking’ claims in last night’s live TV debate were ‘insulting’ to the democracy campaigners in the Kiev uprising.

The two men went head-to-head on Britain’s membership of the European Union, but the most controversial point came when Mr Farage said the British Government had encouraged the EU to pursue an ‘imperialist, expansionist’ agenda.

Mar 27 04:37

Clegg v Farage: snap poll suggests firm Ukip win in head-to-head over Europe

Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, the two British politicians with the most passionately held but conflicting views on Europe, traded blow after blow in a debate over Britain's future EU membership – with the first opinion poll suggesting a decisive win for the Ukip leader.

A snap YouGov poll for the Sun of people who had seen the debate suggested a firm Farage win with 57% to Clegg's 36%. Another 7% said they did not know.

The Ukip victory was even more decisive among Conservative voters, by 70% to 26% in favour of Farage, a result that will bolster Ukip's argument that it has become the leader of the Eurosceptic movement in the UK.

Mar 27 03:43

Western Unity Against Russia a Masterpiece of Illusion

European political figures of increasingly low caliber are indulging this American parody of reality by appearing to unite around Obama’s call for tougher sanctions against Russia. Britain’s David Cameron and his German and French counterparts, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande, issued warnings of imposing economic penalties on Russian businesses and industries. Lots of bombast and melodrama were on cue, but there was a distinct lack of guts to follow.

The crisis in legitimacy for Washington and its coterie of allies stems from the fact that these countries are no longer the economic powers that they once were. The centre of global economic gravity is shifting to the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, among other emerging economies. Asia, Africa and Latin America are the future; North America and Europe are the past.

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Mar 26 17:10

How To Cripple the European Economy

The EU sanctions against Russia would cripple the European economy instead, Euro MP Pino Arlacchi. “The position of the European Union should be different from the US position. Europe should not insist on the extension of sanctions. These sanctions are unwise. In fact, they are directed against us,” he said.

Mar 26 15:24

Swiss decide against Russian sanctions

"The position of our country is independent of the UN," Swiss president Didier Burkhalter told a press conference in Bern, saying Switzerland can only use sanctions when they are based upon "international law and the interests of the Swiss".

Mar 26 14:12

Joseph Massad: The Dahlan factor

The recent resurrection of Mohammad Dahlan by Israel, the U.S. and several Arab governments is a most important development for the future of the Palestinian cause, Palestinian Authority (PA)-Israel negotiations, and Hamas-ruled Gaza.

For the Israelis, Mohammad Dahlan is a ruthless, corrupt, power-grubbing man who would do their bidding obediently were he to come to power in Gaza or the West Bank. Both the Americans and the Israelis see him as especially willing to sign on an American-sponsored Netanyahu deal without equivocation. For the Egyptians and the Gulf monarchies, he would look after their interests and obey their orders by eliminating any resistance to a US-imposed Palestinian final surrender to Israel and by eliminating Hamas once and for all.

But the Israeli and U.S. betting on the Dahlan horse will only increase the resolve of the Palestinian people and their supporters.

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Mar 26 13:18

Erdogan’s bluff and poker games

One week before the local elections in Turkey, March 30th, a Turkish F16 shot down a Syrian Mig 23 accusing the Syrian side of penetrating Turkish airspace while the Syrian jet came down in Syrian territory and, luckily, the surviving pilot clearly stated that he was shot down on the Syrian side of the border.
Even when hypothetically the Syrian jet crossed for seconds Turkish airspace the Turkish jets could easily escort him out as from a military point of view there is and was not a single reason to shoot the jet down.
So if there is no military reason, the hostile act of bringing a Syrian jet down must be looked at from a political angle.

Mar 26 13:10

Siemens to invest long-term in Russia

German industrial giant Siemens will be pouring long-term investment into Russia despite outcry over Crimea, the company reportedly told President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Mar 26 13:06

More sanctions coming due to Crimea crisis, Obama warns Russia

US President Barack Obama has called on Russia to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine or face the consequences of more sanctions, claiming that the Western world is united against Moscow's actions in Crimea.

Mar 26 13:04

Push in Sardinia for online vote on independence from Italy

The island of Sardinia plans to hold an online referendum on independence from Italy, following in the footsteps of country’s northeastern Veneto region, where a similar vote revealed high separatist moods.

Mar 26 12:48

Ukraine agrees to 50% gas price hike amid IMF talks

Ukraine's interim government says it will raise gas prices for domestic consumers by 50% in an effort to secure an International Monetary Fund (IMF) aid package.
An official at Ukraine's Naftogaz state energy company said the price rise would come in on 1 May, and further rises would be scheduled until 2018.
Ukrainians are accustomed to buying gas at heavily subsidised rates.
But the IMF has made subsidy reform a condition of its deal.

Mar 26 12:02

Push in Sardinia for online vote on independence from Italy

The island of Sardinia plans to hold an online referendum on independence from Italy, following in the footsteps of country’s northeastern Veneto region, where a similar vote revealed high separatist moods.

Mar 26 10:47

Why Europe Shies from Ukraine Showdown

The crisis over Ukraine and Crimea threatens to touch off a new version of the Cold War’s “mutual assured destruction” – or MAD – not from nuclear warfare but from the economic damage that the two sides, particularly Russia and the European Union, could inflict on each other, with fallout reaching the United States.

Mar 26 09:59

Lithuania pleads for US gas exports to counter Russia

Lithuania's energy minister has called on the US Senate to speed up the export of natural gas to Europe.

Mar 26 09:58

World leaders play ‘nuclear war game’ during Netherlands summit to test attack response

During the G7 nuclear summit in the Netherlands this week, heads of government played an interactive nuclear war game that was designed to test their response to a terrorist plan to set off a “dirty bomb” in a western metropolis

Mar 26 09:38

Obama says Russia's energy sector could be target of new sanctions

President Obama threatened a new round of sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, this time aimed at the country’s energy sector.

Obama, speaking at a news conference at the Council of the European Union, said the crisis in Ukraine underscored Europe’s need to become less dependent on Russia’s rich energy sources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Really; you should buy all of your oil and gas from the United States! and, and, and, pay for it ONLY in US dollars! That is the way it is supposed to be!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 26 07:33

Reconnaissance drone downed in Transnistria

A reconnaissance drone which came from Ukraine was shot down in Transnistria, a Transnistrian state security institution said, cited by ITAR-TASS.

A statement of the same institution also says that on the basis of preliminary data it was established the aircraft came from the territory of Ukraine and was set into motion by a group of individuals who [probably] were connected with the Ukrainian security service, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry or followers of Right Sector aiming at intelligence activities on the territory of Transnistria.

Mar 26 06:20

On Guard: Poland Calls-Up Army Reserves

The former Soviet-held nations are understandably a bit anxious and concerned over Russia’s recent activities in Crimea and Ukraine, not to mention the previous invasion of Georgia several years ago. This report comes out of Great Britian where Polish workers have told employers about the recent move in their home country…

Mar 26 06:15

Fastrack LNG Deliveries to Europe Unlikely

Expedited regulatory approval of proposed US liquefied natural gas export terminals would not lead to their immediate construction nor to near-term deliveries of US gas into Europe, panelists at a Senate hearing have said, reports Platts.?

Mar 25 23:36

Regime Change in Ukraine and the IMF’s Bitter "Economic Medicine"

In the days following the Ukraine coup d’Etat of February 23, leading to the ousting of a duly elected president, Wall Street and the IMF–in liaison with the US Treasury and the European Commission in Brussels– had already set the stage for the outright takeover of Ukraine’s monetary system. The EuroMaidan protests leading up to “regime change” and the formation of an interim government were followed by purges within key ministries and government bodies.

Mar 25 23:24

Ukrainian court bans Russian TV broadcast

The majority of Ukrainian providers have stopped broadcasting four main Russian TV channels in a move the Russian Foreign Ministry calls a violation of international obligations and an attack on media freedom.

Mar 25 08:27

EU Completes "Single Resolution Mechanism" for Suicidal Bail-out and Bail-in of Bankrupt Banking System

The SRM will have a Euro 55 billion bail-out fund, supposedly to be contributed by the banks over 8 years, but backed by governments in the meantime, to be used together with bail-in to carry out the EU's intention of shutting down a significant number of the 120 largest banks, bail out and/or bail-in the bad debt, and absorb these failed banks into the Too Big To Fail banks. This assumes that the coming bank crisis will be relatively small and one-by-one, rather than the reality of the pending systemic collapse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It does not matter how obfuscated they make it; it still comes down to looting the people to prop up that Ponzi scheme private central bank.

Mar 25 08:15

Spanish 'Anti-Austerity' Protesters "Sick Of This System They Call Democracy"

"I'm here to fight for my children's future," exclaims one father as Spaniards rallied in Madrid against poverty and EU-imposed austerity. As Reuters reports, the largely peaceful protest later marred by violent clashes in which police fired rubber bullets. The so-called "Dignity Marches" brought hundreds of thousands to the capital with banners making it clear what their feelings about record 26% unemployment were - "Bread, jobs and housing for everyone" and "Corruption and robbery, Spain's trademark." One protester summed up the people's views of the government, "I'm sick of this system they call democracy... I want things to change."

Mar 25 07:27

Poland Is Quietly Mobilizing Its Army Reservists

It seems the words of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warning that “the world stands on the brink of conflict, the consequences of which are not foreseen... Not everyone in Europe is aware of this situation," are a little more real than some (US equity buyers) might suspect. As The Week's Crispin Black reports, at least 7,000 Polish workers in Europe have received call-up papers as army reservists in the last few weeks. Polish authorities dismiss it as "routine" but the men note this has never happened before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact these reports are true, this is a very alarming development.

Mar 24 06:59

Ukraine fiasco marks end of the EU’s imperial dream

The EU, dedicated to eliminating national identity, has finally run up against the rock of a national interest that will not give way

Mar 24 06:52

The Mist begins to clear

With the appointment by the new "government" of oligarchs to key positions throughout the country, the motivation for the coup becomes a lot clearer. The oligarchs in Ukraine got their paws on the loot just like their comrades did in Russia. With funds provided by "international bankers" (nudge, wink), these vultures bought for buttons all major enterprises previously owned by the state. In fact they acquired entire sectors of the newly "privatised" national economy.

When reading the following, bear in mind that, according to the 2001
Ukrainian census, there are only 103,000 Jews in Ukraine, which is 0.2% of the total population.

Now who are these "Ukrainian" oligarchs?

Mar 24 06:19

Why are Polish men in London getting military call-up papers?

NEXT time you take a tray of tea and custard creams to the nice gang of Polish builders renovating your semi, they may seem a little distracted and anxious. Ask them why, and they will answer that some of them have in the last few weeks received call-up papers as army reservists.

This happened to a friend of mine in London at the end of last week. At least 7,000 reservists have been recalled to the colours for immediate exercises lasting between 10 and 30 days.

Mar 23 09:45

EU-Ukraine trade pact paves way for brutal austerity

Amid intensifying US and European Union sanctions and military provocations against Russia, the EU and the Western-backed government in Ukraine yesterday signed a pact that paves the way for brutal austerity measures and free market “reforms.”

The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is based on the deal that former President Viktor Yanukovych’s Ukrainian government rejected, leading to the US- and EU-instigated protests and violence that ousted him last month.

The pact, signed in Brussels, declares that the Ukrainian government must “embark swiftly on an ambitious program of structural reforms” and submit to “an agreement with the [International Monetary Fund].” The plans being drawn up are based on the “Greek model”—the savage cuts imposed on Greece by the IMF and the EU that have produced a massive growth in unemployment and poverty.

Mar 23 09:00

Putin to Put Russian Bases in Latin America – Western Hemisphere Left Wide Open By Obama’s Weakening Policies

Russia and Iran have stated their increased presence is also in response to U.S. military deployments near their countries, including the eastward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization up to Russia’s borders.

Mar 23 08:40

Ukraine's National Bank may get rid of hryvna to stuff regime coffers

It seems like the National Bank of Ukraine, guided by Arseniy Yatseniuk’s self-styled government to the radiant future, has come to a decision to do away with the country's national currency hryvna.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... to be replaced by a bank note you will borrow at interest from a privately-owned central bank!

Mar 23 08:38

Ukraine fiasco marks end of the EU’s imperial dream

The EU, dedicated to eliminating national identity, has finally run up against the rock of a national interest that will not give way.

Mar 23 08:11

Clashes as Spanish anti-austerity rally draws to close

The "March for Dignity" rally was held with the slogan "Bread, work and a roof for each and everyone," in opposition to cuts introduced by the ruling center-right People's Party.

"They are causing suffering, poverty, hunger and even deaths, and all so that banks and the economic powers can hold onto their great benefits at the expense of our lives," read one statement from the protesters.

As the speech took place, a group of protesters was reported to have tried to break through police barriers to gain access to the headquarters of the party. Riot police were said to have charged the protesters, who then threw bottles and other objects.

Police said that six officers were injured and 12 people arrested.

Mar 23 07:42

Russian sanctions as war and farce

The oh-so democratic EU has punished the democratic Crimea referendum by sanctioning 33 Russians and Crimeans with asset freezes and travel bans, according to that Magritte-style walking fiction, European Council President Van Rompuy. The EU also canceled the EU-Russia summit in Sochi on June 3. And the vast, Kafkaesque bureaucracy of the European Commission (EC) has taken time out from subsidizing European cows to prepare for "possible economic sanctions", according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The EU is irretrievably split on what to do. Whatever it does, Moscow's capacity to make the EU badly hurt is stronger. There may be another meek set of sanctions next week, as Merkel advertised. But that's it.

Mar 22 08:03

Honeymoon With E.U.’s Propaganda In Ukraine Is Over: E.U. To Stun Citizens With 40% Gas Price Hike!

A few hours ago, Interfax reported that Ukraine expects to increase domestic gas prices by 40% once discounted import prices from Russia expire, the country’s Energy Minister Yury Prodan told journalists in the European Parliament on Thursday.

Raising Gas Prices Results In Higher Food Costs, With E.U. Calling The Shots, Expect To Try GMOs In Europe’s Breadbasket As Ukraine Feeds Them All.

Mar 22 07:37

Venice votes in online poll to split from Italy

People in Venice and its surrounding region have voted in an online poll to split from the rest of Italy and establish their own independent state.

More than two million residents of the Veneto region participated in the week-long survey, with 89 percent voting in favor of secession from Italy.

Mar 22 07:36

Greek teachers protest job cuts

Greek teachers have held demonstrations against an imminent cut of thousands of jobs in the education sector, Press TV reports.

Mar 21 09:40

F-35 News. Spending frozen on the troubled jet.

Italy has frozen spending on its F-35 jet fighters program, pending a parliamentary review of military spending, says Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti.

Mar 21 09:22

Recent social unrests in Bosnia and Herzegovinia

Since February 7, Bosnia and Herzegovina has experienced its largest social unrest in the post-Dayton period. Thousands of Bosnians, mainly Bosniaks, have come to the streets protesting and asking for complete resignation of all political elites at all levels of government. High rate of unemployment, poverty, corruption and nepotism are only few among main factors that have deteriorated lives of Bosnians. Most of Bosnians, especially in areas such as Tuzla and Zenica regions where people used to live on working in huge factories which do not work anymore are barely able to meet the life needs. People were not able to stand it anymore and therefore have asked for a change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every people on the face of this earth deserve the right to peaceful self-determination, period, end of discussion.

Mar 21 08:43

NATO Chief Says Ukraine Events May Affect European Tactical Nuclear Reductions

The head of NATO says Russia’s incursion into Ukraine may affect the prospects for nuclear arms control in Europe, which already faced political challenges.

“Of course I cannot exclude that the events we have witnessed in Crimea will also have an impact on the thinking about arms control, including nuclear policies,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Wednesday remarks at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

The alliance leader did not say whether he was referring to potential changes in NATO’s or Russia’s positions on the potential for pull-backs of tactical nuclear arms in Europe, or both.
Even before the events this month in eastern Ukraine, the increasingly frosty relationship between Moscow and Washington had dampened prospects for a new round of bilateral arms reductions that might include U.S. nonstrategic nuclear weapons dedicated to NATO defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the new Cold War, with arms races going amok everywhere.

Mar 21 07:08

Dutch politician Geert Wilders takes aim at Moroccans and sparks outrage

Outspoken Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders faced an unprecedented storm of protest on Thursday after he told supporters he would ensure there were "fewer Moroccans" in the country.

Hundreds filed complaints with the police, and an MP from his anti-Islam PVV party left his grouping in parliament the day after a jovial Wilders promised his chanting supporters he would arrange for there to be fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands. "The PVV is on a slippery slope," former party member Roland van Vliet wrote in a letter to Wilders, a copy of which he sent to the national news agency ANP.

"The time has come that I have to address my conscience about what's happening with the PVV. Your statement yesterday about the Moroccan community has led me to cancel my membership of the PVV and sit as an independent in parliament," ANP reported.

Mar 21 06:37

Ukraine crisis: EU signs association deal

EU leaders have signed an agreement on closer relations with Ukraine, in a show of support following Russia's annexation of Crimea.

The EU signed the deal hours after announcing further targeted sanctions.

Pro-Moscow leader Viktor Yanukovych's abandonment of the deal in November had led to deadly protests, his removal and Russia taking over Crimea.

Mar 20 11:32

US, EU Escalate War Threats Against Russia over Crimea Annexation

Continuing its well-prepared campaign to exploit the Ukrainian crisis as a pretext for a vast expansion of imperialist operations in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Washington and its European Union (EU) allies responded yesterday to Russia’s official annexation of Crimea by calling for a military buildup that would put NATO on a perpetual war footing against Moscow.

Mar 20 08:30

Russia censures unilateral US, EU sanctions over Crimea

Russia has condemned as illegal the unilateral sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union (EU) against Moscow over Ukrainian breakaway region of Crimea.

"Unilateral sanctions have never done any good. They are not legal. And, they do not have international legal grounds," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.

The remarks come as the EU is poised to impose more sanctions on Russia following its decision to annex Crimea.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that a discussion of financial sanctions -- what the EU is referring to as phase three of its response -- would take place at the EU summit in Brussels later in the day, but no agreement on it is expected.

Mar 20 07:06

Sweden offers loan package for Ukraine

Sweden wants to help stabilise the Ukrainian economy by offering a bilateral loan to the country together with other Nordic and Baltic nations, Minister of Finance Anders Borg said.

Mar 20 07:00

A New Cold War: U.S., allies have all but kicked Russia out of Group of 8

Russia’s relatively brief foray into the world’s most exclusive club of rich nations has been undone in just a few weeks, and Moscow increasingly finds itself in Cold War-style isolation.

The U.S. and its allies have all but kicked Russia out of the vaunted Group of Eight, comprised of the world’s top economic powerhouses with origins dating back to the early 1970s. The G-8 has, at least temporarily, reverted to its incarnation before Russia joined in 1998.

Mar 20 06:33

US, UK military to stage NATO exercises in Ukraine

Ukraine will play host, but the US military will call the shots, in an upcoming military exercise called Rapid Trident that will bring together some 1,300 international forces in Ukraine for a long-planned exercise.

Although the United States canceled Atlas Vision 2014, which was scheduled to take place in July in the northeastern Russian city of Chelyabinsk, the Pentagon says it will go ahead with plans for a multinational military exercise this summer in Ukraine.

Rapid Trident 2014 is designed to “promote regional stability and security, strengthen partnership capacity and foster trust while improving interoperability between the land forces of Ukraine, and NATO and partner nations,” according to the US forces in Europe website.

Mar 19 08:27

Spain’s Rescued Banks Seen Facing Claims on $4 Billion Debts

Independent assessors including KPMG and Ernst & Young are examining the possible mis-selling of products such as preferred shares and have agreed to consider compensation requests from 269,204 customers, according to a government report sent to parliament on March 14 that was seen by Bloomberg News. The requests being reviewed represent 45 percent of the 6.8 billion euros of securities subject to the claims, the report said.

Mar 19 08:26

Britain to push for 'tougher sanctions' against Russia

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday he will push for tougher EU sanctions against Russia at a forthcoming European leaders' meeting.

"I will push European leaders to agree further EU measures when we meet on Thursday," Cameron said in a statement, warning that "Russia will face more serious consequences."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey; what happened to the gas?!?"

Mar 18 10:34

EU aid destroyed Portugal

Portugal, a member of the EU since 1986, is rapidly losing its population due to significant emigration. In terms of the economic indicators Portugal is approaching the level of the least developed countries in the Eastern Europe. The decline became particularly rapid three years ago, when Portugal began to receive financial assistance from the EU. Isn't it an odd coincidence?

The country is deteriorating politically, economically, and morally. Public debt and unemployment are on the rise, and increasingly more able-bodied people of reproductive age are leaving the country. According to the data by Observatório da Emigração, since 2008 about 400,000 people left Portugal, it terms of the percentage of the total population (10.6 million people) this is the second maximum rate in Europe after Malta with a population of just under one million. The country has lost a fifth of its resources in the skilled labor segment.

Mar 17 08:21

Right Sector leader: Kiev should be ready to sabotage Russian pipelines in Ukraine

The leader of ultranationalist group Right Sector, Dmitry Yarosh, has threatened to destroy Russian pipelines on Ukrainian territory if a diplomatic solution is not reached with Moscow.

In a fiery address loaded warmongering rhetoric, Yarosh told his followers they should be ready to resist the Russian “occupiers.” The leader of the Right Sector made his address to the coup-appointed government in Kiev, as Crimeans made their way to ballots Sunday to vote to join with Russia or to remain within Ukraine.

“We cannot allow the enemy to carry out a blitzkrieg attack on Ukrainian territory. We mustn’t forget that Russia makes money sending its oil through our pipelines to the West. We will destroy these pipelines and deprive our enemy of its source of income,” Yarosh said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which will harm Europe and Kiev a lot more than it harms Russia.

Mar 17 08:01

EU foreign ministers levy sanctions after Crimean referendum

The EU and US have announced sanctions against individuals involved in the current crisis engulfing Ukraine and Russia. EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels said they wanted to send a strong signal to Moscow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The signal they sent is that they know that in the event of wide-ranging sanctions such as those applied to Iran, Russia's retaliation would cripple both the US and EU economies. So the EU, like Obama, has to look like they are doing something and wrist-slap a few individuals, who in all probability delinked their wealth from the west last week.

Mar 17 07:24

Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela and beyond: Beware the Wars of March

In the 1930s it was a notorious fact the German government of Adolf Hitler chose the month 0f March ( Ides of Mars), to perpetrate its most daring moves in reasserting the nation as a continental power, culminating in the most deadly war in history.

For example:

March 1933: German federal election brings Hitler to power as chancellor

March 1936: Germany remilitarizes the Rhineland in contravention of the Treaty of Versailles

March 1937: The Third Reich’s Condor Legion bombs and attacks Durango, Spain and the next month bombs Guernica

March 1938: Germany absorbs Austria

Over the past fifteen years a not dissimilar pattern has emerged.

Mar 17 07:09

As Predicted, Ukraine Crisis Used to Argue for a Centralized Europe

George Soros Predicts Ukraine Could Ruin The EU ... The billionaire financier says in its tepid response to Russia's Crimea land grab, the EU flubbed a key chance to breathe new life into the stale union. George Soros, one of the world's leading investors, has warned that the European Union is in danger of falling apart if it fails to confront Vladimir Putin's naked aggression in Ukraine. The billionaire financier told The Daily Beast that European governments should have seized on Russia's land grab in Crimea to breathe new life into a union that is disintegrating and stumbling towards oblivion. Instead, he argued, squabbling European nations have failed to meet the challenge and continued to act in their own narrow self-interest. – Daily Beast

Mar 17 07:04

Germans and Frenchmen dont want to see Ukraine in EU, oppose financial aidRead more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_16/Germans-and-Frenchmen-dont-want-to-see-Ukraine-in-EU-oppose-financial-aid-0161/

The majority of citizens of France and Germany oppose Ukraine’s integration into the European Union and financial aid to the so-called Ukrainian democracy. A survey conducted by France's IFOP polling agency for the Le Figaro daily shows that more than 71 percent of respondents in France do not want to see Ukraine in the EU and 29 percent wouldn't mind if it happened.

Mar 16 08:05

Crimea vote may trigger domino effect in east Ukraine amid stagnation – expert

The people of Crimea go to crucial referendum polls today to vote on the future of the break-away republic. Bogdan Bezpalko, Deputy Director at the Center of Ukrainian and Belarusian Studies with the Moscow State University, believes that a successful vote may snowball into more independence bids from Russia-leaning regions in Ukraine’s east as the power crisis threatens to perpetuate the country’s economic stagnation.

Mar 14 07:47

China warns of dangerous Russia sanctions 'spiral'

China's top envoy to Germany has warned the West against punishing Russia with sanctions for its intervention in Ukraine, saying such measures could lead to a dangerous chain reaction that would be difficult to control.

Mar 13 09:32

Riot police clear migrants camp

Local police have cleared a camp belonging to EU migrants in Sollentuna, north of Stockholm.

Mar 12 08:19

Chairman Of Joint Chiefs: US Ready For "Military Response" In Ukraine

And now, as Bloomberg just reported, the US has escalated even further, citing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, who "has claimed that in the case of an escalation of unrest in Crimea, the U.S. Army is ready to back up Ukraine and its allies in Europe with military actions."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mar 11 17:05

Spring fails in Ukrainian plunderland

Here's the US's exceptionalist promotion of "democracy" in action; Washington has recognized a coup d'etat in Ukraine that regime-changed a - for all its glaring faults - democratically elected government.

And here is Russian President Vladimir Putin, already last year, talking about how Russia and China decided to trade in roubles and yuan, and stressing how Russia needs to quit the "excessive monopoly" of the US dollar. He had to be aware the Empire would strike back.

Now there's more; Russian presidential adviser Sergey Glazyev told RIA Novosti, "Russia will abandon the US dollar as a reserve currency if the United States initiates sanctions against the Russian Federation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the German representative to the EU has threatened sanctions against Russia by Monday, if the referendum on Crimea is held on Sunday.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: "When it comes to sanctions on Russia, a decision has in fact already been made, especially on the procedure of introducing sanctions. The consequence of this will be the start of sanctions on Monday."

The US government has absolutely no game on this whatsoever, other than starting a shooting war against Russia, which would be the most idiotic thing it could do, given the circumstances.

Unfortunately, however, just because something is so outlandishly stupid that it should be avoided like the proverbial plague is absolutely no guarantee that the US government will not do it.

The reality is that the US government doesn't have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional military clash with Russia; and that is what makes such a scenario so scarily dangerous.

Mar 11 16:27

EU Gives Russia a Deadline to Yield on Crimea or Face Sanctions

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with his Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, by phone Tuesday — as the European Union set a deadline to preparing more responses against Moscow's occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

The Kerry-Lavrov call came after Russia responded to list of questions posed by the United States over the weekend to assess Moscow’s support for a de-escalation of the crisis. The U.S. called the response insufficient and said the environment for diplomacy was not there yet.

"If the weekend passes without a visible change in Russia's conduct then on Monday in the European (foreign affairs) council we will have to discuss a next stage of measures," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said during a visit to the Estonian capital Tallinn.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, a memo to German Foreign Minster Steinmeier:

What, precisely, do you intend to do? IF Russia shuts off the large amounts of natural gas going to various EU countries, the EU is very much going to be in a world of hurt, economically.

Sir, were I you, I would be profoundly careful about what you wish for as an outcome of EU sanctions against Russia: Russia, right now, appears to hold all the cards.

The referendum vote in Crimea will be held on Sunday: you can almost bet real money on it.

Mar 11 10:04

Swiss Government Freezes Assets of Nine More Ukrainians

Switzerland froze the assets and bank accounts of nine more Ukrainians, including another son of ousted president Viktor Yanukovich and the son of a former prime minister, all of whom are suspected of human rights abuses and misuse of state funds.

The European Union, Britain, Switzerland and others have already frozen assets of Ukrainians suspected of misappropriating state funds, after Yanukovich was toppled following months of demonstrations against a decision to spurn a free trade deal with the EU for closer ties with Russia.

Mar 11 07:33

EU prepares Russia sanctions, NATO sends planes to monitor Ukraine

The European Union is preparing fresh sanctions against Russia in response to the ongoing crisis in Crimea. This comes as NATO announced it was to deploy reconnaissance aircraft in Poland to monitor events in Ukraine.

Mar 11 07:00

EU Parliament Elections Become Explosive

With European Parliament elections scheduled for May, the European Commission is set to get a new president. Some member states have growing concerns about the frontrunners -- and now tempers are getting heated.

Mar 10 13:25

Crimea invites OSCE mission to observe referendum on region’s future

The parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has sent an official invitation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to send a mission to observe the referendum on the region’s future, slated for March 16.

The Supreme Council has handed over the invitation to Switzerland, the country that holds the rotating presidency of the OSCE. Crimean authorities invited observers from both individual OSCE member-countries and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to come to Crimea.

"I am confident that the parliament of Crimea will make it possible for them to be present at polling stations. This process is underway now and the referendum itself will be as transparent as possible," Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov said, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A brilliant chess move, on Putin's part!!

Mar 10 13:25

Crimea invites OSCE mission to observe referendum on region’s future

The parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has sent an official invitation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to send a mission to observe the referendum on the region’s future, slated for March 16.

The Supreme Council has handed over the invitation to Switzerland, the country that holds the rotating presidency of the OSCE. Crimean authorities invited observers from both individual OSCE member-countries and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to come to Crimea.

"I am confident that the parliament of Crimea will make it possible for them to be present at polling stations. This process is underway now and the referendum itself will be as transparent as possible," Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov said, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A brilliant chess move, on Putin's part!!

Mar 10 12:39

Europe faces 'shooting conflict' if Russia enters east Ukraine, says Hague

Europe would face the "great danger of a real shooting conflict" if Russian forces moved beyond Crimea to enter the main part of eastern Ukraine, William Hague has said as he accused Vladimir Putin of a major miscalculation.

As the foreign secretary warned of another "frozen conflict" in Europe, the energy secretary, Ed Davey, said gas prices could increase if the Ukraine crisis escalated into a military conflict.

But the foreign secretary, who said Putin had implemented carefully prepared plans to assume control of Crimea, acknowledged none of the options on the table – diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions – would be able to remove Russian forces from the Black Sea peninsula.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seriously doubt that Russia will go further than the Crimea.

However, that being said, there may well be those elements in various countries who want to see some kind of military action against Russia who may be very open to a false flag, and particularly before the Crimean Referendum about succeeding from the Ukraine.

Mar 10 06:43

Greece fails to secure next bailout tranche in talks with intl creditors

The Greek government and the international creditors – the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund – have failed to agree on a bailout loan tranche ahead of the Eurogroup meeting on Monday, local media say.

Mar 07 10:37

Nigel Farage: I hope taxpayers all over Europe listen to this...

Mar 06 08:56

Who will threatened sanctions hit most? US-EU-Russia trade in numbers

One of Russia’s most valuable exports to Europe is something factories and households run on every day: natural gas. Europe imports one-third of its natural gas from Russia, with Germany being the biggest client importing nearly 30 billion euro annually. In 2012, 75 percent of all European imports from Russia were energy.

Many countries in Europe have strategic partnerships with Russia’s state-owned gas giants, Rosneft and Gazprom.

According to Eurostat data, Russia accounts for 7 percent of total imports and 12 percent of total exports in the 28 European Union bloc, making it the regions third most important trading partner, behind the USA and China.

Mar 06 08:24

This Is The Gas Pipeline Map That Shows Why The Crisis In Ukraine Affects All Of Europe

If you question the strategic location of Ukraine, check out this map that Agence France-Presse made last in December — two months before protesters in Kiev forced President Viktor Yanukovych out of office.

Russia has now invaded the strategic Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, and markets are spooked at the possibility that Russian troops that are being built up on the border could enter eastern Ukraine.

As the international tug-of-war for Ukraine continues, the tension involving economic relations in the region — especially regarding gas flow from Russia to both Ukraine and Europe — will increase.

Germany is perhaps the best example of this, as described by Noah Barkin of Reuters: "Heavily dependent on Russian gas and closer to Moscow than any other leading western nation, Germany faces a major policy dilemma as the Ukraine crisis descends into a Cold War-style confrontation of tit-for-tat threats and ultimatums."

Mar 05 08:26

President Roosevelt's Campaign To Incite War in Europe:The Secret Polish Documents

Much has already been written about Roosevelt's campaign of deception and outright lies in getting the United States to intervene in the Second World War prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Roosevelt's aid to Britain and the Soviet Union in violation of American neutrality and international law, his acts of war against Germany in the Atlantic in an effort to provoke a German declaration of war against the United States, his authorization of a vast "dirty tricks" campaign against U.S. citizens by British intelligence agents in violation of the Constitution, and his provocations and ultimatums against Japan which brought on the attack against Pearl Harbor -- all this is extensively documented and reasonably well known.[1]

Mar 05 07:55

EU Plans No Sanctions on Russia for Now – Russian Envoy

The European Union has no plans to impose sanctions on Russia over the recent events in Ukraine, Russia’s EU envoy said Tuesday, commenting on a statement a day earlier by European foreign ministers.

Mar 04 09:46

As US Threatens, EU Pushes for Mediation in Crimea

The Obama Administration’s response to the Crimean secession crisis has been threats and more threats, but while they present the world as united against Russia, the reality is that the EU is very uncomfortable with the US bellicosity.

The European Union’s foreign ministers have met on the issue, and they’re counseling restraint, urging mediation by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to settle the territorial dispute.

The reason is simple: Russia is an important business partner for much of Europe. London is a key hub for Russian investment, and Russia is about the only nearby source of oil and gas that isn’t already closed by sanctions (Syria and Iran), or a complete disaster (Libya).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The EU is wise to counsel restraint: the US government has absolutely no business in getting into this mess, and has precious few options that won't hurt it more than it will hurt Russia.

Mar 04 09:29

EU summit called for Thursday in Brussels

European leaders, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, will convene in Brussels on Thursday for an emergency summit, after foreign ministers refrained from imposing immediate sanctions on Russia yesterday.

The decision effectively imposes a deadline by which Russia must “de-escalate” the situation in Crimea, before targeted sanctions will be imposed.

Following yesterday’s meeting, foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton clarified that the EU was demanding that Russia move its troops back to its military bases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Europe has absolutely no game on this, and may wind up worse off economically than it was before Russia took over the Crimea, if they decide to impose sanctions against Russia.

If Gazprom either closes the taps (and Gazprom supplies over 25% of Europe's oil), or ups the price on this oil drastically, this could lead to incredible spikes in prices, and severe economic pain for all of Europe.

Mar 04 08:56

largest oil refinery in Europe on fire!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting timing!

Mar 04 08:45

Largest Oil Refinery in Europe is on Fire

Neftekamskneftehim" is the largest in Europe oil refinery. It is located in Tatarstan, Russia. Today at 7.00pm Moscow Time, tens of firemen were urgently summoned as the oil giant was on fire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Accident or sabotage?!?

I would tend to think the latter.

Mar 03 10:20

Trade War: Gazprom Threatens to Disrupt Gas Supplies to Europe

Russian-controlled natural gas giant Gazprom has threatened to disrupt gas supplies to Europe following warnings by John Kerry and others that harsh economic sanctions could be imposed on Moscow, as the Ukraine crisis threatens to spiral into a trade war.

Mar 03 09:23

Stop the bluster. We should hit Putin in the wallet - it's the most sensitive part of his anatomy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are too many people talking tough about Russia without thinking it through. Europe is heavily dependent on Russian oil and natural gas flowing through those Ukrainian pipelines. Sanctions against Russia by the west will likely result in an embargo of those products or at least a major price increase. And given that the United States has lost its ability to fly our astronauts into orbit, NASA depends on Russia to ferry our crews to the International Space Station and back, a ride that would likely vanish if sanctions are imposed.

Mar 02 21:12

EU to discuss freezing Russian assets

European foreign ministers will consider imposing targeted asset freezes on Russia at

an emergency meeting in Brussels today. With the crisis in Crimea escalating, on Saturday EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton convened an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers, the second such emergency meeting in 10 days.

Mar 02 21:10

Poland Moves Military Assets Towards Ukraine Border, Local Social Media Reports

Mar 02 08:37

Polish PM: 'It's time to show Ukrainians who their real friends are'

Poland's prime minister called for a strong response internationally following the Russian parliament agreeing to President Putin's request for powers to send armed forces into Ukraine.

Mar 02 08:37

FLASHBACK last September - A global elite gathering in the Crimea

NEARLY seventy years ago Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt sat at the round table in Yalta’s Livadia’s palace (pictured) and carved up the map of Europe. Last weekend, their ghosts must have been disturbed by the pow-wow of politicians, thinkers and businessmen who gathered in the same palace for the annual meeting of Yalta European Strategy, trying to reshape Europe one more time.

Mar 02 08:34

Polish farmers protest land sales to foreigners

Nationwide protests were launched by Polish farmers on Wednesday amid claims that the government is 'preferential' to foreigners in its sales of agricultural land to foreigners.

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

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