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Jul 21 07:38

Buffett, Johnny Depp Snap Up “Cheap” Greek Islands

ANA-mpa reported that American actor Johnny Depp also purchased a Greek island late last week for €4.2m. The island of Stroggilo is located in the Aegean Sea near the popular Marathos island.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are also reported to have expressed interest in the Greek islands.

Jul 20 22:02

Lords and Vassals: A quick update on America's Empire

America's relationship with its "allies" can in fact be characterized as a collection of feudal relationships, with the nature of the relationship being very much dependent on the power of the vassals. There are in fact several categories of vassals. Category I includes countries like UK and Israel which actually enjoy a pretty privileged relationship.

Jul 20 21:58

Greece – Harbinger of Global Financial Collapse

The Greek debt crisis is on the radar screen today. It’s a pity that 99% of publications are devoted only to the implications for Greece and eurozone. This issue should be considered in a broader context. The implications should be analyzed at global scale.

Jul 20 19:27

Massive VAT hike sends prices soaring for Greeks and tourists as banks finally reopen after three-week closure

Restaurants and supermarkets were hurriedly re-pricing their products to account for a near-doubling of Value Added Tax from 13 per cent to 23 per cent.

Jul 20 12:09

Your Piece of Greece: Warren Buffett Reportedly Buys Greek Island

American business magnate, one of the world’s most successful investors, Warren Buffett has reportedly bought the Greek island of Agios Thomas for 15 mln euro, according to the website of the Greek newspaper Proto Thema and became yet another celebrity with his own piece of Greece.

Jul 20 11:10

FLASHBACK - Israeli Professor: 'We Could Destroy All European Capitals'

An Israeli professor and military historian hinted that Israel could avenge the holocaust by annihilating millions of Germans and other Europeans.

Speaking during an interview which was published in Jerusalem Friday, Professor Martin Van Crevel said Israel had the capability of hitting most European capitals with nuclear weapons.

"We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets of our air force."

Jul 20 11:04

Europe Has Had Enough of Benjamin Netanyahu

Europe and Israel don’t see eye-to-eye on Iran — and maybe never will.

Netanyahu believes that any deal with Iran should tie its behavior to sanctions relief. It’s a good argument to make, when you consider the history of Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism and its tendency to say one thing but mean another. And yet, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom did not heed Netanyahu’s case during the talks. Why not?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe that is because everyone is tired of Israel, a nuclear-armed state that tried to sell nuclear weapons to the former government of South Africa, continues to pretend to be a helpless victim in need of monumental amounts of financial and military assistance. Maybe it is because the reality is that Iran has not launched a war of aggression against another country in over 200 years while Israel cannot seem to go six months without stirring up trouble somewhere. Maybe it is because behind all of Israel's screaming that Iran is a sponsor of terror we find that it was actually Israel behind the Lavon Affair, Reagan's attack on Libya, the USS Liberty, the USS Cole, 9-11, etc. etc. etc. etc. And maybe it is because we are all sick and tired of constant references to something that may or may not have happened before we were all born as the reason we should all turn a blind eye to Israel's war crimes committed today right before our very eyes.

It isn't just Europe that is sick and tired of Netanyahu.

Jul 20 10:50

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn slams new Greek deal as ‘deadly blow’

The former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has decried the latest deal reached on a new Greek bailout as “profoundly damaging.”

While admitting that the deal removed the risk of a Grexit, he stressed that “the conditions of the agreement, however, are positively alarming for those who still believe in the future of Europe.”

Jul 20 09:35

Greek Banks Reopen After Three-Week Shutdown

Greek banks have reopened their branches across the country after a three-week shutdown, but many restrictions, including cash withdrawals, will remain, officials said.

Jul 20 09:12

Agency to Enslave Greeks Is Established

Late on Thursday, July 16th, German Economic News headlined “Greece: Debt Restructuring Through the Back Door,” and reported that, “The majority of Greece’s national debt is to be moved in the next three years gradually to the euro bailout fund ESM [European Stability Mechanism], so that the IMF will continue to remain as a lender. The euro zone countries will thereby provide Athens a longer grace period [a temporary postponement of payments, while the 18% annual interest-rate soars Greece’s debt even higher], and longer repayment periods.”

Jul 20 08:05

Thousands of Refugees Flee Northward from Greece

The precarious situation in Greece means that thousands of refugees are making their way to northern Europe. There, the reaction is increasingly panicked: The Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer has announced plans to fend off refugees with “rigorous measures.” In Germany, there have been several attacks on asylum facilities. In Italy and the Czech Republic, there were demonstrations and riots.

Jul 19 19:03

British Royal Nazi Salute – a Sign of the Times

The British royal family is up in arms – excuse the pun – over old video footage that shows the young Queen Elizabeth giving a Heil Hitler salute. A photograph published on its front page by British tabloid newspaper The Sun has caused a storm of controversy, with the British monarchy denouncing it as an invasion of privacy. But the real significance is that the image shows how Western so-called democracies were – and still are – so close to embracing fascism.

There was a consensus among Britain’s ruling class during the 1930s that quietly but enthusiastically endorsed Hitler and fascism as a bulwark against democracy and socialism in particular.

Jul 19 15:34

Finland Prepares New Military Buildup at Russian Border

Finland's defense ministry has begun preparing new military units to be deployed at its border with Russia, and is pushing for more defense budget allocations.

Jul 19 14:58

The fund they want Greek assets transferred to is managed by … Schäuble

“Valuable Greek assets of [EUR 50 bn] shall be transferred to an existing external and independent fund like the Institution for Growth in Luxembourg, to be privatized and decrease debt.”

Jul 19 14:52

Germans Demonstrate in 14 Cities Against Merkel’s Tough Stance on Greece

Germans, angry at their government’s handling of Greek debt negotiations and what they perceive to be unfair treatment against Greece, have organized demonstrations in 14 German cities, including a large one outside the German finance ministry in Berlin— seat of Dr. Wolgang Schauble.

Jul 19 11:42

Odierno says U.S military is spread thin: ‘We’re going to have to say what we’re not going to do’

We are using 3 brigades based in eastern Europe to fight Russian rebels in Ukraine!
Now that is news!

Gen. Ordierno said decisions about cutting the size of the force from 570,000 to the current 490,000 were made several years ago when the Pentagon expected a peaceful Europe, a declining commitment in Afghanistan and no return in Iraq, Reutersreported.

Instead, the Army is regularly using three brigades in eastern Europe to combat Russian rebels in Ukraine and another three brigades in Afghanistan, a brigade in Iraq, one in Kuwait and another brigade will rotate to South Korea, Gen. Ordierno said.

Jul 19 11:16

Hillary’s secret war

Does she really think the American voters will overlook her criminal behavior and put her in the White House where she can pardon herself?

Recently, in conjunction with my colleagues Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne, I read the transcripts of an interview Ms. Browne did with a man named Marc Turi, and Ms. Herridge asked me to review emails to and from State Department and congressional officials during the years when Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state.

What I saw has persuaded me beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that Mrs. Clinton provided material assistance to terrorists and lied to Congress in a venue where the law required her to be truthful. Here is the backstory.

Mr. Turi is a lawfully licensed American arms dealer.

Jul 19 09:18

Which countries still need to approve a Greek bailout – and how will they vote?

Greece may have voted to authorise the deal but it also needs to be approved by other eurozone parliaments before any funds are released

Jul 19 02:45

Tsipras Boots Syriza's Left from Government

Former financial minister Yanis Varoufakis warns that new reforms will "go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever."

Jul 19 02:39

Sweden Ponders NATO Membership

Sweden is stepping up its military capabilities and exercises as an element of its anti-Russia policy. It will increase the number of training events with NATO, including those on Swedish NATO territory, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told Dagens Nyheter on June 26.

Jul 19 02:24

Russia Vetoes "Genocide"

I love Russia’s vetoes. Sparse, strong, hard hits, they mark the limits of the Empire’s power. They said “No”, and Zimbabwe remained at peace, its old maverick Robert Mugabe still alive and kicking and proposing Obama his hand in marriage. They said “No”, and Burma could grow at its own pace. They said “No”, and Syria… well, Syria still suffers immensely, but it was not destroyed by the Sixth Fleet. All US vetoes are similar, – usually for Israel; Russia’s vetoes are fewer and evenly spread. The recent Russian veto (last week) stopped misuse of this terrible cliché “genocide”, and this is a good thing. It would be good to ban this word altogether.

Jul 18 22:19

The Nuclear Agreement; Fantasies vs Facts

Iranians are celebrating the prospects of a long awaited relief from the economic pain that the sanctions had imposed upon the nation. While they blame the United States government for what they believe to have been an unjustified and unfair treatment, they are divided as to what the true motivating factors could have been behind America’s animosity toward Iran.

The majority opinion points to America’s insatiable appetite for a hegemonic control over the region and its energy resources. A much smaller segment of the population comprising of the more educated elites, believe that Israel and its Zionist supporters in the United States have been at the helm and steering America’s foreign policy in the Middle East toward Israel’s preferences, even at the expense of America’s own strategic interests.

Jul 18 15:43

Somali journalist living in Sweden: Politically-correct media makes Sweden "more dangerous than Mogadishu"

Amun, a journalist from Somalia describes the devastating effects of Sweden's love-affair with political correctness, its desire to become a "humanitarian superpower" and its journey into ever more frightening levels of denial.

Jul 18 14:53

Ukraine bans famous Balkan film director due to pro-Russian views

On July 15 Ukraine’s Culture Ministry asked the country’s Interior Ministry and Ukraine's Security Service to ban Serbian film director's concert in Kiev to avert possible mass riots.

The Love Saves the World concert, in which Serbian film director Emir Kusturica was supposed to take part, has been cancelled in Kiev following numerous requests by Ukrainian public activists and cultural workers, the administration of the Kiev Palace of Sport, the concert’s venue, said on Thursday.

Jul 18 14:37

Prime Minister Tsipras’ Bailout Reform Package: An Act of Treason against the Greek People

After having launched a Referendum to refute and refuse the debt bailout agreement put together by the Troika, Prime Minister Tsipras together with his newly instated Finance Minister, comes up four days latter with an austerity package broadly similar to the one which was turned down by the Greek government in June.

This about-turn had been carefully engineered. The Greek people were misled and deceived. The Referendum was an outright ”ritual of democracy”.

Tsipras had made a deal with the creditors. He was in favor of accepting the demands of the creditors all along.

Jul 18 11:44

Greece Deal is 'Inhumane and Colonialist' Says Uruguay's Mujica

“What we have seen in Greece is a brutal thing. It is as if Europe had established a protectorate or something like that,” said Mujica in an interview with a local radio station Tuesday.

The former president also added that this decision by the Eurogroup “reminds us yet again that basically this is a Europe that decides. It's an heir of colonialist Europe.”

Jul 18 11:30

Iran Deal: Ploy for Future Sabotage?

All in all, it is incontestable that the US and Israel are the foremost belligerents, aggressors and destabilizers throughout the world. These imperial forces relentlessly target countries like Iran that simply seeks to exercise its right to self-determination. This self-evident truth is plainly discernable and hidden in open view if one took the care to read through the hubristic musings of imperial-oriented think tanks that have set the West on an endless warpath towards Armageddon.

Jul 18 11:25

MH-17 Mystery One Year Later: A New Tonkin Gulf Case?

Like the Tonkin Gulf case, the evidence on the MH-17 case was shaky and contradictory from the start. But, in both cases, U.S. officials confidently pointed fingers at the “enemy.” President Lyndon Johnson blamed North Vietnam in 1964 and Secretary of State John Kerry implicated ethnic Russian rebels and their backers in Moscow in 2014. In both cases, analysts in the U.S. intelligence community were less certain and even reached contrary conclusions once more evidence was available.

In both cases, those divergent assessments appear to have been suppressed so as not to interfere with what was regarded as a national security priority – confronting “North Vietnamese aggression” in 1964 and “Russian aggression” in 2014. To put out the contrary information would have undermined the government’s policy and damaged “credibility.” So the facts – or at least the conflicting judgments – were hidden.

Jul 18 11:22

Clearing EU Hurdles, Greek Austerity Package Moves Forward

The German Parliament on Friday voted yes on entering a new round of negotiations for a Greek bailout, and the European Union formally approved a bridging loan—two steps that move the controversial €86 billion rescue package for debt-ridden Greece forward past a significant hurdle.

Parliament, or Bundestang, voted 439-119, with 40 lawmakers abstaining, in favor of beginning talks on a third bailout which, as Common Dreams reported on Thursday, "comes at a high political and social cost" through severe austerity measures—but which Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he was "forced to accept."

Jul 18 11:14

The Constitution of the EU’s Dictatorship

That’s the treaty establishing (which was originally done in 2012) the ultimate lending-fund for what the EU now officially considers to be a permanent economic crisis in Europe, of member-nations that are experiencing “severe financing problems,” and that are therefore continually ripe for asset-stripping by aristocrats.

It’s called the European Stability Mechanism.

Jul 18 07:21

GREEK BANKS WILL NOT RE-OPEN MONDAY EVEN AS LOAN TO REPAY ECB APPROVED

The timing could not be worse from a visual perspective but within minutes of the Eurogroup confirming that they approved the €7.16 billion bridge loan (which will merely be recycled back to The ECB to ensure the appearance of normalcy continues), local reports note that the Greek finance ministry says banks will not re-open on Monday (as promised).

The elites get their money...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Monday may well see massive unrest in the major cities in Greece.

And if there is unrest, it would not be beyond the IMF and European creditors to hire one of the private, global mercenary armies to put that unrest down, with extreme prejudice.

This tactic is certainly not new to the IMF. As reported at http://www.aloha.net/~stroble/mercs.html in 1997, regarding a hydra-headed corporate entity called "Executive Outcomes" or EO, for short:

Salaries for EO hires range anywhere from $2000-$13,000 per month depending on the worker's experience and area of expertise. Contract military instructors receive approximately $2500 each month, while pilots receive closer to $7,000 each month.(86) These salaries often quadruple the amount that can be earned in the most prestigious government armies of Africa. In addition to a high income, EO provides life insurance for its workers.(87) In Sierra Leone, International Monetary Fund (IMF) money was used to finance EO's contract fee. Western powers supported the IMF initiative, remembering the long protracted war in Liberia and its devastating effect on the economy.(88) EO and its affiliated companies reportedly reaped further financial benefits from the contracted diamond mining concessions.(89) The Kono diamond fields yield approximately $300 million dollars in diamonds annually.(90) One report asserts that, in total, EO reportedly acquired payments valued at around $100 million dollars for their services of less than a year.(91) EO's annual revenues are reportedly between $25 million and $40 million dollars.(92) According to EO its revenue for the last four years was $55 million (U.S. dollars).(93)

I would not be willing to bet against the IMF having relationships with multiple private mercenary armies of this kind.

The government, having capitulated fully, has completely lost the trust of the Greek people.

And were I a betting person, if there is massive unrest in Greece next week, you can trust that the whorespondents and presstitutes in the US have been given their marching orders by their producers to focus on ABG (anything but Greece!!)

Update: according to an article in Bloomberg.com:

Greek banks will reopen on Monday as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rebuilds his government to shore up support for a bailout agreed with the country’s creditors. The banks, which have remained closed since June 29, will open July 20, the government said on Saturday. Most capital controls concerning withdrawals and money transfers will remain, and while the daily limit was held at 60 euros ($65), a cumulative limit of 420 euros a week was set, it said. Lenders will reopen a week after Tsipras and creditors agreed to a bailout program and Greek lawmakers approved legislation needed to release funding for the country. Hours after the vote, the European Central Bank approved emergency financing for the country’s lenders and the European Union finalized a bridge loan on Friday to provide a stop-gap until a full three-year rescue program, worth as much as 86 billion euros, is settled.

Guess this will all be sorted, one way or the other, by Monday morning in Greece.

Jul 18 07:20

How bad are things for the people of Greece?

Faced with the prospect of dwindling incomes or unemployment, many Greeks have been forced to look for work elsewhere. In the last five years, Greece's population has declined, falling by about 400,000.

A 2013 study found that more than 120,000 professionals, including doctors, engineers and scientists, had left Greece since the start of the crisis in 2010.

A more recent European University Institute survey found that of those who emigrated, nine in 10 hold a university degree and more than 60% of those have a master's degree, while 11% hold a PhD.

Jul 18 03:30

Blaming the Victim: Greece is a Nation Under Occupation

In the early hours of Thursday morning, July 16, the Greek Parliament passed a host of austerity measures in order to begin talks on a potential third bailout of 86 billion euros. The austerity measures were pushed onto the Parliament by Greece’s six-month-old leftist government of Syriza, elected in late January with a single mandate to oppose austerity. So what exactly happened over the past six months that the first anti-austerity government elected in Europe has now passed a law implementing further austerity measures?

Jul 18 03:27

Greece’s Lesson For Russia

Greece’s lesson for Russia, and for China and Iran, is to avoid all financial relationships with the West. The West simply cannot be trusted. Washington is committed to economic and political hegemony over every other country and uses the Western financial system for asset freezes, confiscations, and sanctions. Countries that have independent foreign policies and also have assets in the West cannot expect Washington to respect their property rights or their ownership. Washington freezes or steals countries’ assets, or in the case of France imposes multi-billion dollar fines, in order to force compliance with Washington’s policies. Iran, for example, lost the use of $100 billion, approximately one-fourth of the Iranian GDP, for years simply because Iran insisted on its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Jul 18 03:21

Greece Surrendered: But to Whom Exactly?

On July 12, Greece surrendered abjectly and totally. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who had promised to combat the austerity measure that are driving the Greek people to ruin, poverty and suicide, betrayed all his promises, denied the will of the people expressed in the July 5 referendum, and led the Greek parliament to accept an agreement with the nation’s creditors even worse than all those that had already caused the economy to shrink and which further abandoned the last scraps of national sovereignty.

Jul 18 03:14

We Are All Greeks Now

The poor and the working class in the United States know what it is to be Greek. They know underemployment and unemployment. They know life without a pension. They know existence on a few dollars a day. They know gas and electricity being turned off because of unpaid bills. They know the crippling weight of debt. They know being sick and unable to afford medical care. They know the state seizing their meager assets, a process known in the United States as “civil asset forfeiture,” which has permitted American police agencies to confiscate more than $3 billion in cash and property. They know the profound despair and abandonment that come when schools, libraries, neighborhood health clinics, day care services, roads, bridges, public buildings and assistance programs are neglected or closed. They know the financial elites’ hijacking of democratic institutions to impose widespread misery in the name of austerity. They, like the Greeks, know what it is to be abandoned.

Jul 18 03:00

European Council President Tells Greeks That Russia, China Are Their Enemies

Didn't you know: It was actually Russia and China that just imposed an ‘austerity’ program on Greece days after the Greek people had rejected it.

Jul 17 20:08

Agency to Enslave Greeks Is Established

Late on Thursday, July 16th, German Economic News headlined “Greece: Debt Restructuring Through the Back Door,” and reported that, “The majority of Greece’s national debt is to be moved in the next three years gradually to the euro bailout fund ESM [European Stability Mechanism], so that the IMF will continue to remain as a lender. The euro zone countries will thereby provide Athens a longer grace period [a temporary postponement of payments, while the 18% annual interest-rate soars Greece’s debt even higher], and longer repayment periods.”

Jul 17 13:48

Greek Guilt and Syriza Perfidy

At this sad and very dangerous juncture of the unfolding events surrounding Greece and the crushing demands of the Troika, it becomes clear that all this would never have come to pass had the Greek people not felt guilty over their country’s debt situation. As a consequence of their feeling guilty since the crisis began in October 2009, the situation is rapidly turning into a human tragedy where an entire people are now faced with likely destruction.

Jul 17 13:40

Greek doctor describes the austerity regime imposed on his country as a "crime against humanity"

In an interview with the UK's Channel 4, a doctor whose hospital has had its budget slashed from €19 million to €7 million says the deal imposed on Greece is 'a crime against humanity'.

Jul 17 10:55

Syriza Leader Calls for Pan-European Anti-Austerity Movement

Marina Prentoulis spoke with teleSUR and said support for the Syriza-led government is more important than ever. Marina Prentoulis, spokesperson for Syriza in the U.K., told teleSUR in an exclusive interview Thursday that what is needed is a “pan-European movement” capable of confronting the power of European capital and the neoliberal agenda of European leaders. The Greek parliament voted Thursday in favor of reform measures required by a deal reached between the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Greece's creditors. Prentoulis argued the Greek government was under extraordinary pressure and that alone there was little it could do to resist the demands of European leaders.

Jul 17 10:55

Lapavitsas Calls for Exit as the Only Strategy for Greek People

In an intense speech in Athens, Costas Lapavitsas says the Syriza plan was to achieve radical change within the Eurozone - and that's impossible.

Jul 17 09:21

War on Twitter: #BoycottGermany trending over #BoycottGreece

Social media’s response to Germany’s hardline approach during the Greece bailout crisis wasn’t long in coming, as Twitter users called for a boycott of German products. A corresponding hashtag has been used more than 32,500 times.

The harsh conditions imposed on Greece as part of the third bailout proposal by European creditors has inspired Twitter users to start a #BoycottGermany campaign. According to web analytics service Topsy, the hashtag gained over 16,000 entries on Monday alone.

Jul 17 09:20

German lawmakers back starting talks on fresh Greek aid in test votes

Schaeuble says temporary Grexit may still be better option

* German lawmakers to vote on opening talks on Friday

* Conservatives, SPD back starting negotiations in test votes

* Merkel faces growing resistance from conservative bloc (Recasts with conservative and SPD test ballots)

Jul 17 08:41

Israeli-made air-to-air missile may have downed MH17 - report

A report on Malaysian Airlines MH17 air disaster in Ukraine last year by a group of old-hand aviation security experts maintains that the Boeing might have been downed by an Israeli Python air-to-air missile.

Jul 17 08:31

The Constitution of the EU’s Dictatorship

That’s the treaty establishing (which was originally done in 2012) the ultimate lending-fund for what the EU now officially considers to be a permanent economic crisis in Europe, of member-nations that are experiencing “severe financing problems,” and that are therefore continually ripe for asset-stripping by aristocrats.
It’s called the European Stability Mechanism.

Jul 17 07:54

LIVE from GREECE: Greek People Victims Of Political Games

In general, people describe the current economic situation as hopeless; there is no outlook for growth whatsoever. Everyone agrees that this crisis will go on for many years before the country can see any economic improvement.

If anything, people are extremely frustrated. That remains underexposed in the media. The frustration comes from the fact that the masses believe they are disadvantaged with the ongoing reforms. People understand they have to contribute (by paying taxes for instance) to fight the crisis, but it has to happen equally: the ones who benefited most during the years of excesses should contribute proportionately more. And that is not happening. Even with this extreme left government led by Syriza, it is simply not happening.

Jul 17 07:13

Rome is on the verge of collapse and needs urgent repair, leaders warn

It may boast the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the glories that were ancient Rome, but the city is now in chronic decline, its business leaders and inhabitants have warned.

The Eternal City is facing crisis, with its administration engulfed in corruption scandals and debt, its roads scarred by pot-holes, the main airport partially closed and a growing immigration crisis.

Jul 16 18:59

A Full-Blown Global Debt Crisis: The Bankruptcy Of The Planet Accelerates – 24 Nations Are Currently Facing A Debt Crisis And And There Are 14 More That Are Rapidly Heading Toward One

There has been so much attention on Greece in recent weeks, but the truth is that Greece represents only a very tiny fraction of an unprecedented global debt bomb which threatens to explode at any moment. As you are about to see, there are 24 nations that are currently facing a full-blown debt crisis, and there are 14 more that are rapidly heading toward one.

Jul 16 18:49

US, Europe consider ISIS major threat; for Israel it's Iran's nuclear program

Islamic State is terrorising the United States and European countries more than global climate change, reveals a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center on Tuesday.
In the survey, which was conducted in 40 countries, majority of the population in 19 nations cited climate change as their biggest concern. However, 68 percent respondents in US and 70 percent in Europe cited Islamic State as their top threat.

Jul 16 14:56

Metro delays, Pori panel, 2nd coldest summer and 6th place reputation

Next, the country’s leading daily Helsingin Sanomat reports that the summer of 2015 may just go down as the second-coldest summer on record, as Finland has only had four days where the temperature has reached more than 25 degrees Celsius so far. “If you measure the summer in terms of the number of very warm days, this summer is not quite the worst ever, however. In 1962, Finland only had three days over 25C all summer,” says the paper’s meteorologist Annina Törmä.

Many locations in Finland haven’t even made it past the 25 degree mark yet this summer. Even Oulu, which is known for its high summer temps, has only seen a high of 23. The temperature reached 30 degrees Celsius at nine observation stations in Finland on only one day this summer, July 3rd.

Jul 16 14:42

Greek Banks Just Became A "Strong Sell" At Any Price

Even as Greek banks, severely depleted of cash and eligible collateral they can post with the ECB, stand to fight another day (and potentially face more withdrawals as soon as the Greek banks reopen supposedly on Monday) thanks to another €900 million liquidity infusion, investors in Greek bank shares will be less lucky: "to ensure a new bailout, investors in the country’s banks faced the prospect of their holdings being "wiped out" under the terms of a €25 billion recapitalization plan."

Jul 16 14:38

European Agency to Investigate HPV Vaccines

By Norma Erickson

Sunday, July 12th Svenska Dagbladet (a Swedish newspaper) released a story giving hope to hundreds of Danish families whose lives turned upside-down when their daughters began to experience multiple new medical conditions after HPV vaccine injections. This newspaper announced the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was launching a probe into possible side effects of the highly controversial HPV vaccines. Finally, these families believed they might get some answers as to why their daughters had transformed from healthy athletic girls to mere shadows of their former selves...

Jul 16 14:35

Iran’s Long-Game Diplomatic Strategy

Iran has sought negotiations with the U.S. for two decades, but both Democratic and Republican administrations favored hostility demanded by Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Now that Iran nuclear deal is completed, the attention of Western news media and political commentators is predictably focused overwhelmingly on the opposition to the agreement within the U.S. Congress and from Israel and the Saudi-led Sunni Arab coalition.

That media lens misses the real significance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is that Iran succeeded in negotiating an agreement with the United States that upheld its national right to a nuclear program despite the obvious vast disparity in power between the two states. That power disparity between the global hegemon and a militarily weak but politically influential regional “middle power” has shaped not just the negotiating strategies of the two sides during the negotiations but, more importantly, how they came about in the first place.

Jul 16 14:31

Who’s Next for Berlin’s Financial Blitzkrieg?

The financial terms dictated to Athens over the latest so-called bailout is nothing less than the subjugation of a sovereign country to the dictate of German banks. The troubling question for several European states is: who’s next?

Jul 16 13:40

IMF - Greek Debt Untenable

Overwhelming Greek debt is a time bomb sure to explode. It's unsustainable. It's just a question of when the Hellenic Republic implodes - crushed under the weight of a deepening financial burden no nation can bear indefinitely - especially ones with no control over their monetaryIt's got most House and Senate members convinced. It's working on others directly and through its Lobby - applying their usual heavy-handed pressure.

Jul 16 12:59

The German Siege Of Greece Begins (No, This Is Not A Repeat From 1941)

Did you notice that Greece’s creditors are not rushing to offer the Greeks a new deal in the wake of the stunning referendum result on Sunday? In fact, it is being reported that the initial reaction to the “no” vote from top European politicians was “a thunderous silence“. Needless to say, the European elite were not pleased by how the Greek people voted, but they still have all of the leverage. In particular, it is the Germans that are holding all of the cards. If the Germans want to cave in and give the Greeks the kind of deal that they desire, everyone else would follow suit. And if the Germans want to maintain a hard line with Greece, they can block any deal from happening all by themselves. So in the final analysis, this is really an economic test of wills between Germany and Greece, and time is on Germany’s side. Germany doesn’t have to offer anything new.

Jul 16 11:57

Germany Wastes No Time, Puts Greece "For Sale" On Craigslist

Jul 16 11:27

Greece: PM Tsipras Banishing Ministers Opposing Sellout to Creditors, Syriza Sharply Divided

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned after being pushed out – replaced by Euclid Tsakalotos.

After leaving, he said he’s no longer under “incredible pressure to negotiate for a position I find difficult to defend…”

He cited the “complete lack of any democratic scruples (displayed by) the supposed defenders of Europe’s democracy. (V)ery powerful figures look you in the eye and say ‘(y)ou’re right in what you’re saying, but we’re going to crunch you anyway.”

Paying dominant bankers and large creditors like Germany alone matters – no matter the pain and suffering inflicted on millions of Greeks helpless against the war on their well-being.

Make no mistake. What’s happening in Greece signifies what’s ongoing throughout Europe, America, Canada, and other countries, heading for getting much worse – ending social justice to enrich monied interests more than ever, and at the same time, destroy what remains of democratic rights. Financial tyranny rules!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tsipras ran on a platform opposed to austerity, backed up by the recent referendum, sold out his party and his people to the money-junkies and is now executing a Stalinist purge against members of his own party still supporting those principles on which Tsipras campaigned!

This is why no politician can be trusted, ever, other than to do what they are paid to do by their masters in the banks.

During the French Revolution, the bankers went to the Guillotine long before King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

That was not merely by chance!


Jul 16 11:12

WHY THE US FED GOV JUST CAN NOT SAY NO TO WAR

I urge anyone who reads this to watch the video above called All Wars Are Bankers Wars that will reinforce my stance and opinion into a more digestible understanding of the how and why and greed and inhumanity, as there is far more going on here than I can put into this already over lengthy op-ed and I will now explain why and how we keep the wars going and in doing so make a small cartel of banksters richer… for here is the crux of it all and HERE is an example of exactly how I understand what happens…

Jul 16 10:47

Protests Erupt in Athens As Greece Approves Eurozone Bailout

TRNN's Jaisal Noor speaks to protestors in Athens, Greece about why they oppose the $96 billion dollar Eurozone bailout the Greek Parliament passed late Wednesday by a vote of 229 to 64

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Jul 16 10:23

Greek riots: Petrol bombs thrown in Athens as Greece votes through austerity reforms - live video stream

The bill fuelled anger in the governing Syriza party and led to a revolt by its members against the prime minister Alexis Tsipras, who has insisted the deal was the best he could do to prevent Greece from catastrophically crashing out of Europe's joint currency.

The vote came after an anti-austerity demonstration by about 12,000 protesters outside parliament degenerated into violence as the debate was getting under way on Wednesday night.

Riot police battled youths who hurled petrol bombs for about an hour before the clashes died down.

Demonstrations are continuing today as Greece seeks urgent relief from European lenders.

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Jul 16 10:22

Violence in Athens After Painful Bailout Deal Passed

Greece awoke with a political hangover on Thursday after parliament approved a stringent bailout program, thanks to the votes of the pro-European opposition, amid the worst protest violence this year.

The vote, vital to unlocking emergency financing from European partners as early as Thursday, left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras weakened by a revolt in his leftist Syriza party but clinging to power for now.

Jul 16 10:09

Greece Needs to Exit!

Jul 16 09:46

US Military Coup for Euro Meltdown?

The capitulation of the Greek government to Berlin-led finance capital is a daunting watershed moment. It marks the “disciplining” of the wider European electorate under corporatist financier rule. What is happening in Greece is a forerunner for other European Union states.

Jul 16 07:05

Brussels prepares to release emergency loan to get Greece through July

Alexis Tsipras's grip on power suffers a blow with 32 of his own MPs rebelling as the Greek parliament votes in favour of new austerity measure against a backdrop of violence on the streets of Athens

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Jul 16 04:39

The World Rebukes Netanyahu

In a rare rebuke to his bullying, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to stop the United States and five other world powers from reaching an agreement to constrain but not eliminate Iran’s nuclear program. Yet, Netanyahu still is dominating how the U.S. public and congressional debate is being framed, with Iran accused of regional “aggression” in four countries.

There is little truth and much exaggeration to Netanyahu’s depiction of what is going on in the Middle East. Yet, the U.S. mainstream media mindlessly reprises Netanyahu’s falsehoods...

Netanyahu’s reference to “Iran’s aggression,” which is now becoming a conventional-wisdom talking point in Official Washington, was curious since Iran has not invaded another country for centuries. In 1980, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq – at the urging of Saudi Arabia – invaded Iran. But Iran has not invaded any of the four countries that Netanyahu cited.

Jul 16 04:34

US/Israeli/Saudi ‘Behavior’ Problems

There is a madness in how the mainstream U.S. media presents the world to the American people, a delusional perspective that arguably creates an existential threat to humanity’s survival. We have seen this pattern in the biased depiction of the Ukraine crisis and now in how Official Washington is framing the debate over the Iranian nuclear agreement.

In this American land of make-believe, Iran is assailed as the chief instigator of instability in the Middle East. Yet, any sane and informed person would dispute that assessment, noting the far greater contributions made by Israel, Saudi Arabia and, indeed, the United States.

The larger issue for the American people is what to do with this insane political-media system that dominates Official Washington. Either these powers-that-be are detached from reality or they are deceitful propagandists who think they can manipulate us with lies and distortions.

Jul 16 04:27

A Review of GAZA WRITES BACK — Gary Corseri

I have sometimes thought that if wars could be shown in slow-motion, we could put an end to this barbarism that gives the lie to all claims of “civilization” and “humanity.”

GAZA WRITES BACK is one of those very rare books that depicts war in slow motion.

The 23 stories here, written by 15 young authors (from late teens to early 30s, all but three female) were compiled to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of “Operation Cast Lead”—the name Israel gave to its 2008-2009 campaign to once more (but not finally) “mow the lawn” in Occupied Palestine—mostly, in this case, in Gaza.

It is a book that vivifies and personalizes the horrors, but also adumbrates the gnawing losses, the indelible memories.

Jul 15 21:58

Greece as a Euro ‘Economic Protectorate’

With Greece having agreed late last week to virtually all the Euro finance ministers’ prior demands for concessions, Euro ministers meeting in Brussels over the weekend, July 11-12, were expected to focus on discussing the terms for Greece’s debt restructuring in exchange for the latest Greek concessions. That is what Greek negotiators apparently expected—i.e. before the ministers’ hardline German-led faction raised further demands on Greece and ‘moved the negotiating goalposts’ yet again, to use a sports analogy, by proposing even more onerous requirements for a deal at Saturday’s July 11 finance ministers meeting.

Jul 15 21:54

A Nation Torn: Greece Grapples With 'Humiliating' Austerity Deal

"The scene in Athens is explosive," King's College London professor and Syriza central committee member Stathis Kouvelakis wrote for Jacobin Wednesday afternoon.

Both in and outside of Greek Parliament, tensions are running high.

A largely peaceful anti-austerity rally was disrupted at one point by an hour-long clash between anti-austerity protesters and police, leading to about 50 arrests.

Jul 15 18:58

Europe a step closer to keeping records on all passengers flying in and out of the Continent

The European Parliament's civil liberties committee LIBE voted on Wednesday in favor of collecting and storing information about all air passengers traveling into or out of the EU.

The so-called Passenger Name Record (PNR) scheme requires the storage of all data collected by airlines about passengers – including sensitive and personal information such as email addresses, credit card details, phone numbers, and meal choices (halal, kosher, etc) – for use by security agencies. The committee approved the scheme by 32 votes to 27, and also agreed to start negotiations with national ministers with a view to agreeing on a new law by the end of the year.

However, civil rights groups have been outraged at some of the proposals, particularly after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled [PDF] the old Data Retention Directive illegal and disproportionate in April last year.

Jul 15 16:02

Greece debt crisis: Eurozone deal laws backed by MPs

Greek MPs have approved tough economic measures required to enable an €86bn eurozone bailout deal to go ahead.

The new legislation includes tax rises and an increase in the retirement age.

Jul 15 15:59

BREAKING: Greek Parliament Passes 3rd Bailout Agreement; Tsipras Successful in Securing Cross-Party Votes

The controversial third bailout agreement that was negotiated and agreed to– by force, according to Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras– was passed in the Greek parliament following a tense debate and all-night vote. The deal includes tough reforms and unpopular measures that European creditors have imposed on the people of Greece.

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There will be a run on pitchforks, kerosene, and hemp rope in the Greek hardware stores, I think.

Jul 15 15:52

Greeks Can’t Tap Cash, Gold, Silver In Bank Safety Deposit Boxes

What good is holding gold and silver in a safety deposit box if your bank won’t let you access it?

Jul 15 14:45

Germany Never Intended For Greece To Stay In The Euro

There never was going to be any deal. All along, Germany has been seeking to establish conditions that would never be met so that they could force Greece out of the eurozone. But the Germans had to do this subtly so that they would end up looking “reasonable” and would not turn the rest of the eurozone against them. So why does Germany want to get rid of Greece? Well, to be honest, it is because the Germans are sick and tired of paying for Greek mistakes. In Germany, there is an obsession with having a balanced budget.

Jul 15 12:52

Athens ablaze: Angry Greeks throw petrol bombs at riot police as MPs debate new EU bailout

Hooded protestors threw petrol bombs at helmet-clad riot police as the Greek people's seething anger against the European Union (EU) reached boiling point.

Police responded by hurling tear gas canisters at the huge mob, who have gathered outside the country's parliament in an enormous protest against its international creditors.

Inside, MPs have been locked in the commons chamber since midday, debating the punitive conditions of an EU bailout deal.

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Jul 15 12:41

US ‘Shot Itself in the Foot’ by Pushing Russia Toward China

Jim Rogers said that China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore are where all the money is, while the US and Europe have become the largest debtors.

Jul 15 11:44

Greek leader: 'A captain does not abandon ship'

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras scrambled to keep his party in line Tuesday ahead of a fateful parliamentary vote that will determine whether his country is able to apply for a massive international bailout or goes bankrupt.

Tsipras sought to contain a revolt by rank-and-file members of his left-wing Syriza party who vow to reject a deal he cut with European leaders to save Athens from a chaotic default and certain banishment from the group of 19 nations that use the euro currency.

Jul 15 11:36

Pepper spray, teargas employed as Greek protest against bailout deal marred by scuffles

An anti-austerity rally attended by thousands of protesters gathering outside of the Parliament in the Greek capital has spiraled into clashes with police, who are deploying pepper spray and tear gas against Molotov cocktails and rocks.

Jul 15 11:23

Greek deal poisons Europe as backlash mounts against 'neo-colonial servitude'

'It is now perfectly clear to a lot of people that the only way out of neo-colonial servitude is to break free of monetary union,' said one Syriza rebel

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Note how anyone who refuses the "blessing" of Private Central Banks is deemed a "rebel" by the presstitutes and whorespondents of the corporate media!

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