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Jun 12 08:41

Italian Lawmaker Put on Putin T-Shirt at EU Parliament Session

The leader of Italy’s northern regional party Lega Nord caused a commotion ahead of the European Parliament session in Strasbourg when he turned up for the meeting wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the profile of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Jun 12 07:35

U.S. House panel undecided on aid levels for the Caucasus

U.S. House Appropriators prioritized aid for Syrian relief, but remained largely silent on specific Fiscal Year 2016 (FY2016) aid levels for the Caucasus, underscoring the pivotal role that pending Senate consideration of this measure will play in addressing Armenian American concerns, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Jun 11 21:57

Varoufakis: Greece's creditors have turned negotiations into a war

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has criticised Greece's creditors for making "no concessions" and turning the negotiations "into a war". In an interview with Germany's Tagesspiegel he explains why a plan for debt restructuring is a Greek prerequisite for an agreement.

Jun 11 21:46

Shocking words of Israeli leaders read aloud in Irish parliament

Irish lawmaker Richard Boyd Barrett reads out some of the more shocking, violent and racist statements recently made by Israeli ministers and military officials.

Jun 11 15:00

Ireland's "bad bank" writes off massive debts of up to 40 fat cats in deals costing taxpayer €1billion

The full scale of debt write-downs approved by the former Anglo Irish Bank could even be as high as €1.2 billion.

Jun 11 13:58

IMF data shows Iceland's economy recovered after it imprisoned bankers and let banks go bust - instead of bailing them out

Iceland achieved economic recovery 'without compromising its welfare model' of universal healthcare and education.

Jun 11 13:48

Austerity policies work, claim ECB economists

Economists at the European Central Bank have claimed that government austerity works, saying policies of the sort imposed by the troika on weaker euro-area member states lessen the longer-term pain associated with high levels of government debt.

Jun 11 13:44

IMF withdraws team from Brussels, criticises Greece. Stock markets hit by IMF withdrawal

Serious news from Washington. The International Monetary Fund has announced that its negotiating team in Brussels is heading home!

Jun 11 13:39

Adelson’s Anti-BDS Event Links Money To Action

The “secret” Vegas weekend focused on planning for, and funding, a campaign to kill BDS in its academic cradle.

With U.S. billionaires both funding and setting up its top down strategy with Israeli-inspired organizations on American campuses, Israel’s successful invasion of U.S. institutions takes another major step toward “occupying” American institutions.

Four days after the Salon posting appeared, The New York Times buried two paragraphs about the Vegas event inside a longer story which featured the success Israel was enjoying in gaining anti-BDS support in state legislatures in South Carolina and Illinois.

This campaign against American supporters of Palestinian freedom, was prompted by the alarmed awareness among Israeli leaders, and their U.S. allies, that the BDS movement is rapidly gaining ground.

Jun 11 13:17

A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

Iranian people have no problem with a rapprochement with the United States...…?Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

While Mr. Obama had, realistically speaking, no better alternative in choosing the timing for his administration’s foreign policy reorientation, a meaningful follow-through to implement his vision after his term in office expires would need a new Chief Executive with similar convictions; and, as things appear now, that prospect seems somewhat in doubt.

The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

Jun 11 12:16

The IMF Won’t Save Ukraine

Jun 11 10:40

TTIP vote in European Parliament descends into chaos after Ukip MEPs spark protest

Ukip MEPs sparked a protest that sent the European Parliament into chaos today after a crucial vote and debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was suspended.

Nigel Farage marched to the front of the room after MEPs narrowly voted in favour of a a last-minute delay in the latest debate on the free trade agreement with the United States. The Ukip leader claimed this was proof the EU was "running scared" of the strength of opposition to TTIP.

Jun 11 10:31

Polish parliament speaker, 3 ministers resign over taping scandal

Three Polish ministers and the parliament speaker submitted their resignations in connection with a taping scandal, Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz announced on Wednesday. Secret recordings of government ministers' conversations were leaked this week.

The PM announced that the three ministers who decided to quit their positions are the health, treasury and sports ministers. Several other politicians, including the Speaker of the Parliament, Radoslaw Sikorski, as well as a chief adviser to the Prime Minister and a special services coordinator, also resigned.

Jun 11 10:21

German Banker: Obama Is Destroying Europe

Interviewed on June 6th by German Economic News, the chief economist at Bremer Landesbank, Folker Hellmeyer, says that because of Obama’s sanctions against Russia, German exports declined year-over-year by 18% in 2014, and by 34% in the first two months of 2015 (no later figures), but he asserts that “The damage is much more comprehensive than these statistics show,” because those are only the “primary losses,” and there are in addition “secondary effects,” which get even worse over time.

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"No price is too great for others to pay if I can get those darned ROOOSKIES!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 11 10:16

'Controversial & contested': TTIP free trade agreement faces criticism across Europe

Jun 11 09:51

Greek Economy In "Doomsday" Tailspin: 59 Businesses, 613 Jobs Lost Each Day, Suppliers Demand Cash Up Front

While the Greek government has wasted the past 4 months experiment with game (and hope) theory-based negotiations with the Troika, debating what reforms it should implement, what the budget surplus should be, and how much of a pension and wage haircut the local workforce should undergo just to keep the trickle of European money flowing and "allow" the IMF to repay Greek IMF obligations and the ESM to repay the ECB, the Greek economy has slammed into a brick wall because according to Greece's retailers association, about 59 businesses close down and some 613 jobs are being lost each day.

Jun 11 08:18

'Controversial & contested': TTIP free trade agreement faces criticism across Europe

The EU parliament has postponed a vote on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between Europe and America.

Jun 11 07:00

Ocean off Iceland Unusually Cold, No Mackerel

The Icelandic Marine Research Institute’s annual spring expedition from May 18 to 30 concluded that the ocean temperature off Iceland has not been lower in 18 years, or since 1997. The number of krill is below average and not a single mackerel was caught.

“In the past years we have always caught some mackerel, and especially last year. But now we didn’t see any,” Guðmundur J. Óskarsson, one of the institution’s specialists, who took part in the expedition, told Fréttablaðið.

Guðmundur stated that the ocean temperature from Southeast Iceland to the West Fjords has dropped by one to one-and-a-half degree Celsius. However, it can quickly increase if the air temperature increases substantially, he added.

Last month was the coldest May in Iceland in decades.

Jun 11 06:40

Left wingers stage anti-austerity protest at Greek finance ministry, as bailout talks continue

Greek left-wing demonstrators are staging a sit-in at the finance ministry building in central Athens, in a protest against the radical, left-led government, which they accuse of planning new austerity measures.

The Communist Party-affiliated protesters draped a large banner over the facade of the building, which is opposite Parliament, reading "We have bled enough, we have paid enough."

Jun 11 05:02

TOP SECRET DOCUMENTS DETAILING INVESTIGATION INTO POLAND’S SECRET TAPES AFFAIR ARE PUBLISHED ON FACEBOOK

Thousands of pages of confidential reports from an investigation into Poland’s secret tapes affair – including top secret information about the personal details of state security officers – have been published online, in what the head of the office of the prime minister has called ‘the biggest leak in history’.

Jun 10 22:55

Mysterious Military Vehicles Spotted on Hungarian-Ukrainian Border

Hungarian news site Karpathir.com published several photos Tuesday of what appeared to be a NATO convoy concentrated on the Hungarian-Ukrainian border.

Jun 10 15:20

Fatal A400M crash linked to data-wipe mistake

A military plane crash in Spain was probably caused by computer files being accidentally wiped from three of its engines, according to investigators.

Plane-maker Airbus discovered anomalies in the A400M's data logs after the crash, suggesting a software fault.

And it has now emerged that Spanish investigators suspect files needed to interpret its engine readings had been deleted by mistake.

This would have caused the affected propellers to spin too slowly.

Jun 10 14:44

Mood darkens in Greece bailout talks

Jun 10 14:43

A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

Jun 10 13:31

Will Poland Train Organization of Ukraine Militants?

Poland's Defense Ministry says it plans to train about 60 Ukrainian army instructors this year, including NCOs of OUN battalion (OUN-the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists). The training sessions would take place in Poland in June, September and October. Several other NATO members are also joining the NATO program known as the Defense Education Enhancement Program - DEEP. Its aim is to bring Ukraine's forces up to the standards of the Western alliance.

Jun 10 08:54

NATO starts ‘very high readiness’ force drills in Poland

NATO’s newly formed rapid response force; designed to strengthen the “defensive” alliance’s eastern borders against the perceived Russian threat, has launched its first full deployment military drills in Poland.

Jun 10 08:00

British parliament votes in favor EU exit referendum

British parliament members have overwhelmingly voted in favor of plans to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership in the European Union.

Jun 10 07:58

Despite G7 propaganda, it's clear Russia has better things to do than start WW3

Instead of a real G7, we have a farce. An American dominated talking shop where the US President allows 'friendly' foreign leaders to tickle his belly for a couple of days. There is no dissent. Washington's dominance goes unquestioned and everyone has a jolly time. Especially since they kicked out Russia last year - Vladimir Putin was the only guest who challenged the consensus.

Jun 09 20:19

"Refugee" Invasion is European Suicide

Decent video, but the best part is that it reveals that Gaddafi's demise has lead to much more suffering and death. Zionist policy blowback, again! Plus, look at the photos, these aren't "refugees," these are predominantly healthy young men. More Zionist propaganda to make Europeans feel "guilty" about the plight of an overpopulated Africa. All part of a Zionist "divide and conquer" strategy. Societies are much easier to control if they are diverse and the only cohesive group is Zionist.

Jun 09 15:24

Tomorrow's EU Parliament TTIP vote cancelled

The cancellation of tomorrow’s crucial vote on TTIP in the Plenary session of the European Parliament represents a small but significant victory for those of us opposed to this monster deal (in every sense of that phrase) but that’s all it was, a small victory.

Jun 09 15:07

Obama’s ‘G-1-plus-6?

As much as President Obama needs President Putin’s help on Syria, Iran and other global hotspots, he has fallen in line behind U.S. hardliners in seeking to ratchet up the confrontation over Ukraine and now is trying to bring the Europeans along at the G-7.

Jun 09 14:58

Alexis Tsipras - Let’s not be fooled

After five years, we need a definitive solution, both for Greece and for Europe. A solution that will put an end to the policy of unrealistic surpluses and austerity and which will ensure the sustainability of the Greek debt.

Jun 09 14:34

Venezuela Rejects Felipe Gonzalez Visit as Former Spanish PM Touches Down in Caracas

Former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez arrived in Caracas on Sunday in an alleged bid to help with the legal defence of jailed opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez, Daniel Ceballos and Antonio Ledezma.

His controversial visit has sparked a negative backlash from the country’s institutions and citizens, who have branded it as an unacceptable interference into Venezuela’s national affairs, as well as a stunt for the international media. Venezuelans gathered in public squares across Venezuela on Sunday to publicly reject the former PM’s presence.

Jun 09 14:28

German Banker: Obama Is Destroying Europe

Interviewed on June 6th by German Economic News, the chief economist at Bremer Landesbank, Folker Hellmeyer, says that because of Obama’s sanctions against Russia, German exports declined year-over-year by 18% in 2014, and by 34% in the first two months of 2015 (no later figures), but he asserts that “The damage is much more comprehensive than these statistics show,” because those are only the “primary losses,” and there are in addition “secondary effects,” which get even worse over time.

Jun 09 11:28

Cameron backpedals on threat against anti-EU ministers

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has withdrawn his threat to sack ministers over an ongoing dispute on Britain’s stay in the European Union.

Jun 09 11:09

Disgusting!! Anti-Russian propaganda appearing in Dutch school textbooks

The following two images were found on page 67 of the workbook, Chapter 7: countries without democracy. The first image shows Russia as the 'evil' country trying to take Ukraine, while Europe is pictured lending a 'helping' hand. One of the questions students are asked, is: "What is Russia doing, and what is Europe doing in this picture?" Well, that isn't difficult to answer: Evil-looking Russia is obviously trying to devour poor Ukraine, while friendly Europe is looking on concerned!

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This reminds me of the overt commie-bashing crap that was in my grade school textbooks back in the fifties!

Jun 09 09:54

The Safe Bet May Be Greece Joining the BRICS

Demands for more austerity for Greeks at the G7 may have just pushed Athens to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

Jun 09 08:38

Bilderbergers hit Austria June 11 – 14 to decide your future

Another annual Bilderberg Group meeting is set to take place June 11 – 14 that will include a plethora of the world’s most elite, powerful, and influential people.

Jun 09 08:22

Obama, Merkel present united front for more austerity in Greece

On Sunday, in a bilateral meeting ahead of Group of Seven (G7) talks, US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the Greek crisis. Reuters, reporting the comments of Obama’s spokesman, said:

“The two leaders agreed Greece must reform and return to sustainable long-term growth, with Obama hopeful Athens and its partners can chart that course without causing volatility in financial markets. …”

Jun 09 05:41

NAZI SYMPATHISER AND FORMER KING THE DUKE OF WINDSOR ‘WANTED ENGLAND TO BE BOMBED’, INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES REVEAL

Correspondence kept in the Royal Archives between the British royal family and their German relatives in the run up to WWII remains confidential. However, information pieced together from open archives across 30 countries, including Germany, Spain and Russia, has revealed the close relationship some members of the European aristocracy had with the Nazis.

Jun 08 14:46

Why Is The EU Forcing European Nations To Adopt ‘Bail-In’ Legislation By The End Of The Summer?

Are they expecting something to happen? As you will read about below, the European Union says that any nation within the EU that does not enact “bail-in” legislation within the next two months will face legal action. The countries that are being threatened in this manner include Italy and France. If you fast forward two months from this moment, that puts us in early August. So clearly the European Union wants everything to be squared away by the end of the summer. Is there a reason for this? Are they anticipating that something really bad will happen in September or thereafter? Why such a rush?

We all remember what happened when major banks were “bailed out” during the last financial crisis. A tremendous amount of taxpayer money was given to the big banks to help prop them up so they wouldn’t fail. This greatly upset a lot of people.

Jun 08 14:32

Czech FM attacks West Bank construction

Years of steadfast political support from the Czech Republic appeared to be changing Monday during Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek's visit to Israel, during which he unexpectedly attacked Israeli construction in West Bank settlements, saying that the policy, "reinforces the atmosphere of hate."

Jun 08 14:07

Greece officially starts using term ‘Palestine’

Palestine is ‘in our hearts,’ FM Kotzias says, hailing ‘centuries-old’ political ties,’ but stopping short of full recognition.

Jun 08 13:44

Obama Pushes for Fast-Track TTIP Deal as EU Opposition Grows

President Barack Obama is using side-meetings at the G7 talks in Germany to push his trade agenda to speed up the already slow negotiations over the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in the face of increasing opposition on both sides of the Atlantic.

Jun 08 13:35

Greece told to strike a deal or face 'dramatic consequences'

Greece's creditors are losing patience with the country's uncompromising stance on its debt obligations, with the heads of the European Parliament and Commission calling on Alexis Tsipras's government to find common ground for a deal or face "dramatic consequences".

Jun 08 13:28

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary to attend Bilderberg conference

The Bilderberg conclave at Telfs-Buchen takes place only 50 kilometres from where the Group of Seven summit concludes today over the German border at Elmau Castle, Bavaria.

Jun 08 12:02

White House Admits Economies Of European Allies Crippled By Russian Sanctions

Just over a year ago when the Obama administration first introduced the vague, scary-sounding, all encompassing concept of "costs" when it explained how US sanctions would cripple the Russian economy, we mocked this latest bout of amateurism by the US State Department, noting that ig anything it would instead crush Europe's dominant, and far more intertwined with the Russian economy, powers such as Germany.

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So of course Obama must continue this failed policy, because he can never admit he is a failure!

Jun 08 12:02

Obama Vows More Possible Anti-Russia Sanctions After G7 Summit

The Group of Seven (G7) discussed enacting possible additional sanctions against Russia over its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis, US President Barack Obama said in a press conference on Monday.

Jun 08 11:25

Cameron trips up over Europe at G7 summit, denies U-turn

British Prime Minister David Cameron tripped up over Europe at a summit of the Group of Seven Industrial nations (G7), appearing to issue an ultimatum to his own ministers over the EU only to swiftly withdraw it, saying he had been misunderstood.

The debacle was Cameron's first serious setback since he was re-elected a month ago and was all the more awkward because it concerned his flagship policy of renegotiating Britain's EU ties before holding an in-out EU membership referendum.

His uncertain handling of such an important issue is likely to be interpreted as a sign of how nervous he is to keep his fractious Conservative Party united to avoid a re-run of past splits which helped topple his two immediate predecessors.

Jun 08 11:24

Back me on European Union referendum or quit: Cameron tells ministers

British Prime Minister David Cameron sought to quell fresh signs of rebellion in his Conservative Party over Europe, warning ministers they will have to back his European Union strategy or leave his government.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting in Germany of the Group of Seven Industrial nations (G7), Cameron, who has pledged to renegotiate Britain's EU ties before offering an in-out membership referendum, signalled he would not tolerate dissent.

Jun 08 10:38

Barcelona Mayor Calls for Public Banks, Basic Income Gains Momentum, True Fiscal Responsibility, and more

A longtime anti-eviction activist has just been elected mayor of Barcelona, becoming the city’s first female mayor. Ada Colau co-founded the anti-eviction group Platform for People Affected by Mortgages and was an active member of the Indignados, or 15-M Movement.

Colau has vowed to fine banks with empty homes on their books, stop evictions, expand public housing, set a minimum monthly wage of $670, force utility companies to lower prices, and slash the mayoral salary. She enjoyed support from the Podemos party, which grew out of the indignados movement that began occupying squares in Spain four years ago.

Jun 08 07:29

Obama: G7 Agrees Sanctions on Russia to Stay in Place

U.S. President Barack Obama says Russia's actions in Ukraine are hurting Moscow and the Russian people. He said leaders at the G7 summit agree that sanctions on Russia will remain in place as long as the Minsk cease-fire agreement is being violated.

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Which is bogus since it is Kiev that has openly violated the cease fire! Obama's speech (still ongoing) also touched on FIFA! As if that was a world-changing event. Obama has stated Europe's commitment to end fossil fuel use without providing a safe and reliable alternative or explaining why the US is still trying to conquer and control the world's oil-producing regions. And of course he tossed global warming and why it is okay for him to amnesty the illegals without Congress into the mix as well!

In short, there is an obvious disconnect between what Obama is saying at the G7 and what is really going on.

Jun 07 22:00

US Warmongering: Will Germans Again Claim ‘They Didn’t Know’?

This weekend, the German public were similarly applauding Obama as he foisted a pile of ludicrous lies and propaganda in their midst. And yet, all the while, American war crimes and crimes against humanity were being committed unabated all around the world. Germany has an onerous responsibility in Europe to call a halt to Washington’s war machine. Are Germans once again going to tell us someday in the future: "We did not know"?

Jun 07 21:47

Field McConnell: Germanwings 9525 shot down

Ralph T. Niemeyer interviews retired US Airforce captain Field McConnell who testifies how Germanwings 4U9525 was brought down over the French Alps on 24 March 2015.

Jun 07 19:33

Greece told to strike a deal or face 'dramatic consequences'

Greece's creditors are losing patience with the country's uncompromising stance on its debt obligations, with the heads of the European Parliament and Commission calling on Alexis Tsipras's government to find common ground for a deal or face "dramatic consequences".

Jun 07 16:32

Leaders at G7 in Bavaria in call to uphold Russia sanctions

The two-day G7 summit has kicked off in Bavaria as its leaders gathered to discuss hot-button issues such as Ukrainian crisis, with some voicing support for tougher Russia sanctions despite the economic difficulties they bring to the EU.

Jun 07 09:42

Greece Explores BRICS Development Bank Membership

Athens is mulling over the position of a member of the BRICS New Development Bank.

Jun 07 06:33

EU's Juncker snubs Greek PM after 'absurd' debt deal rebuff

The European Union's chief executive declined to speak to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Saturday after the leftist leader rejected as "absurd" international creditors' terms for a cash-for-reform deal to keep his country from default.

Jun 07 06:27

Why Is The EU Forcing European Nations To Adopt ‘Bail-In’ Legislation By The End Of The Summer?

Are they expecting something to happen? The European Union says that any nation within the EU that does not enact “bail-in” legislation within the next two months will face legal action. The countries that are being threatened in this manner include Italy and France. If you fast forward two months from this moment, that puts us in early August. So clearly the European Union wants everything to be squared away by the end of the summer. Is there a reason for this? Are they anticipating that something really bad will happen in September or thereafter? Why such a rush?

Jun 07 04:48

Hungary becomes 1st EU nation to join China’s Silk Road network

Hungary has signed an agreement with China officially joining Beijing’s ambitious Silk Road network, a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement said.

Jun 07 02:28

Breaking the Promise to Russia

The Russian European dreamers have included Pushkin, Lenin, Gorbachev and, until relatively recently, President Vladimir Putin. They have all seen their country’s future as part of the “European house”.

But history and events have not been kind to Russia. Napoleon’s invasion, revolution, two world wars, Stalin’s communism and, most recently, the expansion of NATO, have shattered the dream again and again.

Jun 07 02:26

Congratulations Tony Blair

The 21st century’s greatest war criminal is called to lead the campaign against ‘extremism’ which he himself instigated. Truth be told, it only makes sense to appoint a mass murderer to such a delicate job because only a genocidal character could be intimately familiar with the nitty gritty of institutional hatred and intolerance.

Jun 06 08:41

The Politics of Anti-Austerity: The Spanish Elections and Participatory Democracy

The anti-austerity movement received another shot in the arm towards the end of May, with local elections in Spain following the Greek tune set by Syriza. The notable casualties of the night were the ruling Popular Party (PP) and the socialist PSOE, necessitating the construction of previously unseen coalitions. In an even more significant way, the gauntlet is being laid down towards traditionalists insistent on following the belt tightening approach that is strangling growth and encouraging continent-wide estrangement.

Jun 06 08:39

Europe turning against vaccines

“Europeans are turning away from vaccines, amid rising distrust of immunization for infectious diseases,” begins an article earlier this year in EurActiv, the journal of record for the European Community, published in over a dozen languages and widely read by journalists as a go-to-source for emerging policy debates in Europe.

As evidence for its claim, the article cites the French National Institute for Prevention and Health Education, which found that “distrust of vaccination has risen from 10% in 2005 to 40% in 2010,” as well as pointing to a major conference held in Italy last year, The State of Health of Vaccination in the EU.

Jun 06 08:38

Macedonia: Patriots Defeat the “Color Revolution”

We are publishing the exclusive English translation of the interview given by our regular correspondent Andrew Korybko to the Macedonian edition “NetPress” on the threat of Macedonia division, political background of Kumanovo incident and baseless ambitions of the Western-funded opposition leader Zoran Zaev:

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Covert overthrow of a nation only works when it stays covert. Now that the world is onto the US games, the tactic is failing.

Jun 06 08:09

Anti-G7 demonstrators prepare for summit protest

Thousands of people have begun arriving in the Bavarian alpine town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen to rally against the summit of the Group of Seven. Leaders from the world’s largest economic powers meet nearby on Sunday.

Jun 06 07:33

Why Is The EU Forcing European Nations To Adopt ‘Bail-In’ Legislation By The End Of The Summer?

Are they expecting something to happen? As you will read about below, the European Union says that any nation within the EU that does not enact “bail-in” legislation within the next two months will face legal action. The countries that are being threatened in this manner include Italy and France. If you fast forward two months from this moment, that puts us in early August. So clearly the European Union wants everything to be squared away by the end of the summer. Is there a reason for this? Are they anticipating that something really bad will happen in September or thereafter? Why such a rush?

Jun 06 01:42

The Politics of Anti-Austerity: The Spanish Elections and Participatory Democracy

The anti-austerity movement received another shot in the arm towards the end of May, with local elections in Spain following the Greek tune set by Syriza. The notable casualties of the night were the ruling Popular Party (PP) and the socialist PSOE, necessitating the construction of previously unseen coalitions. In an even more significant way, the gauntlet is being laid down towards traditionalists insistent on following the belt tightening approach that is strangling growth and encouraging continent-wide estrangement.

Jun 06 01:33

Brinkmanship on Display as Greece Rejects 'Irrational' IMF Proposals

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday rejected the financial aid proposal of introduced by foreign creditors overseeing the country's bailout, saying the Syriza government cannot accept "irrational" proposals that call for additional austerity measures while offering nothing in the way of debt relief.

Jun 05 12:49

GREEK BANKS ON VERGE OF TOTAL COLLAPSE: BANK RUN SURGES "MASSIVELY" AS DEPOSITORS YANK €700 MILLION TODAY ALONE

While the Greek government believes it may have won the battle, if not the war with Europe, the reality is that every additional day in which Athens does not have a funding backstop, be it the ECB (or the BRIC bank), is a day which brings the local banking system to total collapse. As a reminder, Greek banks already depends on the ECB for some €80.7 billion in Emergency Liquidity Assistance which was about 60% of total deposits in the Greek financial system as of April 30. In other words, they are woefully insolvent and only the day to day generosity of the ECB prevents a roughly 40% forced "bail in" deposit haircut a la Cyprus.

Jun 05 11:11

US Deployment of Missiles in Europe May Lead to Russia’s Exit From INF

Russia is fully complying with commitments made under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and does not want to withdraw from it, Viktor Ozerov, the Chairman of the Federation Council on Defense and Security, told RIA Novosti.
However, if the United States decides to put its missiles in Eastern Europe, Russia will seriously consider pulling out of the agreement, Ozerov said.

Earlier, AP reported that the Obama Administration plans to deploy land-based missiles in Eastern Europe that "could pre-emptively destroy the Russian weapons" in response to Moscow's alleged violation of the INF treaty.

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This is precisely the outcome the US government wants to see happen, if in fact they place missiles in Eastern Europe, as though Russia has no right to be upset by this move.

I would almost be willing to bet real money that it is not a question of if these US missiles are placed in Eastern Europe, but when.

Jun 05 11:01

Greece delays IMF payment as cash runs short

The heavily indebted country has postponed a payment to the International Monetary Fund, underlining how urgently it needs its creditors to release more bailout funds to avoid default and possible exit from the eurozone.

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They are calling it a "delay" so that the credit-default swaps do not activate!

Jun 05 09:10

Moscow 'closely looks' into reported US plans to return medium-range missiles to Europe

The Pentagon is considering scrapping a Cold War-era treaty and deploying nuclear-capable intermediate-range cruise missiles in Europe over Moscow’s alleged treaty violations, AP reported. The Kremlin says it is looking closely into the report.

Jun 05 08:14

Greece crisis live: PM to address parliament as stocks slide and Athens looks to Moscow

Alexis Tsipras to face his MPs in parliament this evening as shares in Greek banks tumble
• Greek PM and Vladimir Putin chatted on the phone "in a friendly atmosphere"
• Rumours fly that Germany's Angela Merkel and her powerful finance minister have fallen out over Greece
• RBS puts probability of Grexit at 20pc and William Hill puts odds of Grexit at 1/3

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Greece appeals to Putin to save economy...

Jun 05 08:11

Germany's forgotten victims

More than half a century on, the allied bombing of Germany's cities during the second world war remains a controversial topic.

On Wednesday, Britain's ambassador to Germany, Sir Peter Torry, travelled to the city of Kassel to mark the 60th anniversary of its destruction by British warplanes. Around 10,000 people died on the night of October 22 1943, when an immense firestorm swept the city.

"In the peaceful Europe which we live in today, it is hard for those who did not experience the second world war to understand the bitter emotions to which it gave rise," the ambassador said.

There is nothing new about senior British officials touring German cities that were destroyed by British bombs: the Queen and Prince Charles have visited Dresden and Hamburg in recent years.

However, Sir Peter's speech comes at a time when the role of the RAF during the second world war is being debated afresh.

Jun 05 07:31

Dark Day For Democracy: LEAKED TISA DOCS EXPOSE CORPORATE PLAN FOR RESHAPING GLOBAL ECONOMY

“It’s a dark day for democracy when we are dependent on leaks like this for the general public to be informed of the radical restructuring of regulatory frameworks that our governments are proposing,” said Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now.

Jun 05 07:27

AMERICA PIVOTS TO BRZEZINSKI’S DELUSION OF EURASIAN CONQUEST

Brzezinski’s obsession derives from British geographer Sir Halford Mackinder’s 1904 definition of the Central-Eastern nations of Europe as the “Pivot Area”, whose geographic position made them “the vital springboards for the attainment of continental domination.” Whether anyone realizes it, the Obama administration’s current campaign against Russia in Ukraine is of Mackinder’s design brought forward by Brzezinski.

Jun 05 07:15

TENS OF THOUSANDS MARCH AGAINST GLOBAL ELITES AHEAD OF G7

People demonstrating against the upcoming G7 summit gather for a protest march on June 4, 2015 in Munich, Germany. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty) As representatives of some of the most powerful countries in the world prepare to gather for their annual Group of Seven (G7) meeting, this time at a castle in the German town of Elmau, tens of thousands marched through nearby Munich on Thursday to protest the summit's politics of "neo-liberal economic policies, war and militarization, exploitation, poverty and hunger, environmental degradation, and the closing-off towards refugees."

Jun 05 06:54

Israel balks at Swiss gov’t funding for exhibit by Israeli leftist group

Israel has formally complained to the Swiss government over its funding for an exhibit by an Israeli NGO that alleges misconduct by Israeli soldiers in their dealings with Palestinians.

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Jun 05 06:35

Demonstration against the G7 summit in Munich (photo)

About 34 thousand people took part in demonstrations against the G7 summit in the Bavarian capital Munich on Thursday.

Jun 04 15:19

Germany angry over UK’s potential exit from EU

Former German Foreign Minister has warned the UK that Angela Merkel will not prioritize its potential exit from the EU and give in to demands on Britain’s relationship with the bloc.

Jun 04 14:40

The impact of austerity has fallen most heavily on those least able to bear it

Next week the Irish State will appear before a UN committee in Geneva to account for its record on economic, social and cultural rights. In 1989 Ireland ratified an international covenant to respect, protect and fulfil rights such as the right to health, education, social security, an adequate standard of living and fair working conditions.

Jun 04 13:26

The US Is Trying to Pry Armenia out of Russia's Orbit

The West is eager to poach Armenia out of Moscow’s sphere of influence, taking advantage of the vulnerable geographic fact that its territory is not contiguous to Russia or any of its official Eurasian Union or CSTO allies.

Jun 04 10:18

Kremlin: Timing of Kiev-provoked Donbass tensions linked with looming EU summit

The timing of the new tensions in Donbass, provoked by the Kiev forces, is connected with the upcoming EU summit, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. He added that Kiev has breached the Minsk deal and Moscow is waiting for the OSCE’s reaction.

Jun 04 04:16

Greece Raids Research Funds to Pay Salaries

Jun 03 21:47

The Podemos Phenomenon: Spain’s Best Hope for Democracy

The ideology of Podemos was incubated during the May 2011 protests in Madrid centered on the skyrocketing unemployment and austerity measures employed by the Zapatero-led government. Spain’s protests erupted nationwide and were centered in the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, led by social networks and citizen assemblies. Protesters were dubbed Indignados (“the outraged”, or “the angry ones”), for their rejection of Spain’s increasingly corrupt two-party system and the “austericide” measures strangling the economy and vitality of the nation. Spreading throughout the country, it is estimated that about 6.5-8 million participated. Protests have continued under the Rajoy regime.

Jun 03 14:32

Greece’s Creditors Take Tough Line: What Will it Lead to?

The government led by Alexis Tsipras has been holding talks with the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and other international lenders since Syriza came to power this January. The debt has reached 175% of GDP. The country is on the brink of default. The negotiations have failed to bring any result so far. This week the situation has exacerbated greatly. It will inevitably lead to important changes in Europe and inside Greece.

Jun 03 14:29

European leaders dictate terms for Greece

A Greek exit from the euro zone and a possible breakup of the Syriza-led government has come a step closer with Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras to be presented with what has been described as a take-it-or-leave-it offer on terms for the country’s debt repayments at a meeting in Brussels Wednesday.

Jun 03 13:08

European states boycott Israeli security exhibition

Several European states have decided to boycott an international Israeli security exhibition that opened on Tuesday 2 June in Tel Aviv, Israeli newspaper Maariv has revealed.

Jun 03 12:59

WikiLeaks releases secret TISA docs: The more evil sibling of TTIP and TPP

WikiLeaks has released 17 secret documents from the negotiations of the global Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), which have been taking place behind closed doors, largely unnoticed, since 2013. The main participants are the United States, the European Union, and 23 other countries including Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Taiwan and Israel, which together comprise two-thirds of global GDP.

Jun 03 12:29

Washington Politicizes Football

Washington’s attack on world soccer is following the script of Washington’s attack on the Russian-hosted Sochi Olympics. The difference is that Washington couldn’t stop the Olympics from being held in Sochi, and was limited to scaring off westerners with lies and propaganda. In the current scandal orchestrated by Washington, Washington intends to use its takeover of FIFA to renege on FIFA’s decision that Russia host the next World Cup.

Jun 03 12:27

Social Control in Europe: Virtual Jobs - The Corporate Treadmill Keeps a Lid on Things

As the economy in Europe festers the New York Times reports that the ranks of the Eurozone’s unemployed are finding solace in a curious parallel economy populated by thousands of counterfeit businesses known as “practice firms.” This alternate universe doesn’t actually produce tangible goods or services, rather it offers people with unpaid positions that foster a sense of routine, structure, and personal connection. And while participating in this bogus job market may offer some relief on a superficial level the tendrils of social control are visible to those who know where to look.

Jun 03 12:09

Never Mind FIFA, How about a Crackdown on the Banksters?

The belated focus of American and British authorities on the alleged wrongdoings at FIFA can be readily seen as both ludicrous and laughable when we compare that with the absolute dearth of interest by these same authorities in applying law enforcement where it ought to be applied – on the Wall Street and City of London banksters.

Both the timing of the US-launched corruption probe – in the week of FIFA’s annual conference and leadership election – plus the way that senior American and British officials, not to mention the publicity of Western news media, have weighed-in to rebuke FIFA suggests that it is all part of a coordinated political campaign authored at the highest level of government. That, in turn, suggests that there is an ulterior political agenda behind the supposed criminal crackdown on FIFA, and that the ulterior agenda is the Western objective to undermine Russia.

Jun 03 10:59

Greece Faces Moment Of Truth: Troika To Present Final Offer On Wednesday

By Tuesday morning it was clear that the troika was well on the way to drafting their own proposal. Fed up with Greece, the institutions had apparently decided to simply draft an agreement on their terms and place on X on the line where Tsipras needed to sign if he wanted to avert a default in three days.

Jun 03 10:58

Bill Clinton’s foundation cashed in as Sweden lobbied Hillary on sanctions

Bill Clinton’s foundation set up a fundraising arm in Sweden that collected $26 million in donations at the same time that country was lobbying Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened its thriving business with Iran, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times.

Jun 03 09:20

Why Merkel betrays Europe and Germany

One must understand the reasons of Angela Merkel's behaviour. She obeys America and her Israeli mentor ('Israel is Germany's raison d'être'???), she threatens and mistreats Europe; she attacks Russia and now she builds a new sanitary cordon (like in 1919) in order to deconstruct Eurasia and reinforce American agenda in our unlucky continent. Now Merkel advocates for the rapid adoption on the most infamous and perilous treaty of commerce in history, the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). Dr Roberts has recently explained the meaning of 'Fast Track' expression and a courageous Guardian, last 27th may, has exposed the corruption of American Congress on this incredible yet terrible matter. - See more at: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/03-06-2015/130867-merkel_b...

Jun 03 08:32

Default Nears in Greece

Jun 03 08:29

Medvedev promises symmetrical response if new anti-Russian sanctions are introduced

The Russian prime minister has warned EU officials that if they decide to tighten the regime of sanctions aimed against Russia, an equivalent reply would follow inevitably.

“Our partners from the European Union will gather in July to discuss a number of decisions. And if they pass decisions concerning new sanctions against Russia we would give a symmetrical reply. If they won’t, we are going to remain on the positions that we currently have,” Tass quoted Medvedev as saying on Tuesday.

Jun 03 01:39

Slovakia Wants In On Turkish Stream Pipeline

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico on Tuesday proposed that his country participate in a Russian natural gas pipeline that is being built to circumvent Ukraine. Mr. Fico offered to make Slovakia part of a traffic system for the pipeline project, along with Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, and with the approval of the European Union. In this scenario, Slovakia believes it will retain its important status as a transit point for Russian gas, and Moscow has promised to consider the offer.

Jun 02 14:42

Leaders of Macedonian political parties agree on early parliamentary elections

The leaders of Macedonian political parties have agreed to hold early parliamentary elections in 2016, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn said in Skopje on Tuesday.

Jun 02 13:34

Who, What, Where and When: UK Police Track Data Every Two Minutes

The words you type into Google, the websites you visit, the text messages you send, the people you call or email and your mobile phone GPS location – all that data is being asked for by UK police forces once every two minutes.

Jun 02 12:32

'Serious progress' in Berlin Greece debt talks

There has been "serious progress" in talks over Greece's debt crisis but much still needs to be achieved, the EU's commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs said on Tuesday.

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