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Nov 22 10:38

Merkel Urges EU to Give up Sovereignty to Brussels 'in Orderly Manner' - Reports

Earlier, Chancellor Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to continue supporting Franco-German efforts to strengthen a "sovereign Europe" amid concerns that the European Union was at a "crossroads" regarding its future role in the world.

Angela Merkel has urged European Union members to give up more of their sovereignty to EU institutions, Die Welt has reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Doing this will not benefit the people of Europe, or Germany, in any possible tangible way; it will simply give Brussels the "ammo" it needs to hold true to its dictatorial ways.

Nov 21 11:47

May’s greatest delusion: ending EU jurisdiction

Theresa May’s most outrageous lie is that she is ending European jurisdiction over Britain.

You don’t need to read the nearly 600 pages of the draft agreement to work out that she is lying: just remember that she promises also that she will keep Britain tied to EU laws on customs, the environment, labour standards, social standards, and the fiscal costs thereof.

Ask her this: how can she keep Britain tied to EU laws without being subject to EU jurisdiction?

Please ask her, because journalists don’t ask her. Most journalists seem too lazy, ignorant, or biased to compare May’s lies against her draft agreement.

So please allow me to reveal her agreement’s dirty secrets. In fact, the whole agreement, and every EU law, agency, programme, activity, in which Britain remains, and every aspect of the customs union itself, are subject to the European Commission (the unelected part of the EU’s executive) and the European Court of Justice or ECJ.

Nov 21 11:37

‘Obvious threat’: Russian officials warn Poland not to proceed with permanent US military base

Moscow will have to respond if Warsaw pushes through a plan to build a permanent US base on its soil, top Russian officials have warned, as the Polish defense chief said construction of the so-called Fort Trump was a done deal.

Poland’s Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak confirmed that a permanent US military installation will be “undoubtedly” created on the country’s territory. While bolstering US military presence is not a matter for negotiation, the exact mechanism and select units to be deployed are still being discussed, Blaszczak told Polish Radio on Tuesday.

However, he did not reveal any details citing the need to protect a “strong negotiating position.”

The idea of building a permanent US military installation is wholeheartedly supported by top Polish officials, who are even ready to pay a hefty sum of $2 billion for it.

Nov 21 11:07

Borders & barriers: Could Spain derail Brexit because of Gibraltar?

As Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez threatens to reject the draft Brexit deal unless it clarifies the state of future talks on Gibraltar, Birmingham City University lecturer Dr. Arantza Gomez Arana speaks to RT about that possibility.

Prime Minister Sánchez underlined Spain's position when it comes to the draft agreement on Tuesday, stating that it must be modified to make clear that Gibraltar's future will rely solely on talks between Madrid and London.

"As of today, if there are no changes with respect to Gibraltar, Spain will vote no to the agreement on Brexit," Sanchez said. He also drove that message home on Twitter.

But what exactly would a "no" vote from Spain really mean for Brexit? Dr. Arantza Gomez Arana, a lecturer from Birmingham City University's School of Social Sciences and a member of its Centre for Brexit Studies broke down the situation for RT.

Nov 20 10:56

Labour leader Corbyn calls for general election and tells business to reject May's 'blindfold Brexit'

UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Monday urged business leaders to reject the government’s “botched, worst-of-all-worlds deal” on Brexit and called for a general election.

Corbyn, leader of the opposition and long-term critic of the EU, closed the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in London on Monday. The CBI represents 190,000 British businesses, who employ a combined 7 million staff.

Corbyn told the 1,500-strong audience that UK prime minister Theresa May’s draft Brexit deal, which was announced last week, is a “blindfold Brexit” and will “leave the country in an indefinite halfway house without a real say over our future.”

Labour will vote down the deal in Parliament, Corbyn said, and he argued that a general election is now the “only sensible course of action.”

Nov 20 10:14

RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: So this is what a very British coup looks like - a bid to overturn the will of the British people

Some of you will recall the novel A Very British Coup, subsequently made into an award-winning television series by Channel 4.

It was written by Labour MP Chris Mullin, published in 1982, and revolved around a conspiracy by the military, the media, big business and MI5 to bring down a Left-wing government.

At the time, the plot was entirely credible, since Britain was riven by strikes and revolution was in the air. I read the book as a young labour and industrial correspondent, and it made sense to me.

The Bennites were in the ascendancy, Margaret Thatcher was horribly unpopular and it looked as if the wizened Hampstead Leftie Michael Foot — Worzel Gummidge, as Private Eye dubbed him — would be our next Prime Minister.

Nov 20 10:11

Italy Throws Down The Gauntlet To Challenge The Brussels Establishment

The EU has had a lot of trouble on its hands, as its members, such as Poland and Hungary, are openly challenging the established order. This time it’s a very serious situation, because Brussels is facing defiance from Italy, the 3rd largest national economy in the eurozone and the 8th largest global economy in terms of nominal GDP. It has a population of over 60 million. It is also a Europhile country and the bloc’s founding member.

Nov 19 12:45

NATO’s Greatest Enemy is Itself: NATO is a Cancer, Not a Shield

Accidents happen. For Norway at the conclusion of NATO’s Trident Juncture 2018 military exercises, such an accident occurred with its Lockheed Martin Aegis-equipped frigate, HNoMS Helge Ingstad. After a collision with an oil tanker, the frigate’s captain ordered the ship aground to prevent a total loss. The quick thinking may have saved the lives of Norwegian sailors and made salvaging operations easier. Thankfully no lives were lost and only eight injuries are being reported by the Western media. The NATO exercises the Helge Ingstad was participating in simulated an invasion of Norway. As the Council on Foreign Relations made clear in their article, “NATO’s Trident Juncture Exercises: What to Know,” the imaginary invaders were obvious stand-ins for Russia. The CFR piece would claim: "The aggressor in the simulation is fictitious, but the setting and the scale of the exercises point clearly in one direction.

Nov 19 12:42

On the Geo-politics of “European Army”

French president Macron’s call for the creation of a “European Army” and the implicit end of NATO alliance reflects the changing global order, the credit for which must, in the first place, go to the US president Trump, who, through his series of actions, has unwittingly done enough damage to the alliance to force the EU to wean away from the so-called western alliance and project itself as an independent player in the international arena. On the one hand, the concept of a “European army” affirms the growing distance between the US and its allies in Europe, and on the other, it also emphasises how Europe, despite Brexit, intends to stay as one bloc in the international arena and how the creation of a “European army” will only reinforce their existence as a regional bloc. To quote Macron, “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America.

Nov 19 10:40

Finland provides no evidence to prove Russia’s role in ‘GPS disruption’ during NATO drills

Helsinki has provided no evidence proving that the jamming source which caused a GPS failure during NATO’s Trident Juncture exercise was located in Russia, the Russian embassy in Finland said in a Monday statement following a meeting between Russian Ambassador to Finland Pavel Kuznetsov and the Finnish Foreign Ministry’s Permanent State Secretary Matti Anttonen. According to the statement, the ambassador "stressed that aviation safety was as important for Russia as it was for Finland." He also pointed out that "we received no information proving that the jamming source was located in Russia. In this regard, we believe that a thorough expert dialogue, involving the relevant agencies from the countries of the region, is necessary for the consideration of such situations," the embassy said.

Nov 19 10:19

Finland rattled over GPS jamming during NATO exercises, summons Russian ambassador

The Finnish Foreign Ministry on Monday raised its concern to Russian Ambassador to Finland, Pavel Kuznetsov, over what Helsinki calls a "GPS disruption" during NATO’s Exercise Trident Juncture, which both Finland and Norway accuse Moscow of causing, the press service of the Finnish Foreign Ministry said. "Concern has been expressed to the Russian Ambassador, summoned to the Foreign Ministry, over a GPS disruption which consequently endangered civil aviation. We expect additional information and responsible behavior from Russia," according to the statement. Finland’s top diplomat Timo Soini had previously talked about summoning the Russian envoy. Additionally, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry raised the issue of the GPS ‘disruption’ with the Russian Embassy on Friday. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Russia had disturbed GPS signals during NATO’s war games.

Nov 19 09:18

‘Long live Europe?’ Macron says only Franco-German union may stop global ‘chaos’

French President Emmanuel Macron has embarked on a charm offensive at the German parliament, hailing cooperation between Paris and Berlin as a protective force against global chaos and foes beyond Europe’s borders.

France and Germany are facing the task of making Europe more “resilient” in these times of a renewed rise of nationalism and “opening a new chapter in European history,” Macron told German MPs on Sunday, adding that the two countries “owe this to Europe.” He then apparently decided to think big, proclaiming that “Europe and the Franco-German pair within it” have to do no less than “not let the world slip into chaos.”

Nov 19 09:16

Surprise, Surprise: UK May Have to Stay in EU Until December 2022 – Barnier

After many months of tense negotiations over the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, it looks like Brussels has realised that the originally set withdrawal deadline of 29 March 2019 can hardly be met.

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has proposed extending the period during which Britain will stay in the EU Single Market and Customs Union by a maximum of two years, The Sun reported.

Nov 19 09:16

The 40 "Hidden Horrors" Of Theresa May's Brexit Deal

After a chaotic week that saw seven of Theresa May's senior cabinet ministers resign (including her second Brexit commissioner in six months), London business leaders poured salt in the prime minister's wounds late Friday by leaking the text of a letter they will reportedly be sending to MPs next week urging them to reject May's 'best of all possible deals' and instead advocate for a "no deal" Brexit where the UK and EU fall back on WTO rules, according to the Telegraph.

After more than a year of increasingly fraught negotiations, May has pulled off an incredible feat - she and her cabinet have produced a deal that is hated by both Brexiteers and remainers alike.

Nov 19 09:12

At least 12,000 protesters take to the streets in Greece to mark 45th anniversary of the 1973 student revolt against US-backed junta which saw 24 killed in military crackdown

At least 12,000 Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Saturday during an annual demonstration marking the 45th anniversary of a 1973 student revolt against a US-backed junta.

The march was held amid tight security with more than 5,000 officers deployed and drones and a police helicopter hovering over the central Syntagma Square, which has often become a battleground in previous demonstrations.

Some marchers held banners with slogans denouncing fascism, imperialism, NATO and US foreign wars as well as austerity.

Nov 19 07:10

UK could ask for Brexit transition beyond 2020 – business minister

The UK could ask for an even longer Brexit transition period. Business Secretary Greg Clark told BBC radio that it could now stretch until 2022 – two years after it was supposed to finish.

The UK is set to formally leave the bloc on March 29, 2019; although a planned transition period means that London will remain a member until 2020.

Clark, upon being questioned by the BBC about an extension, revealed that “it would be at our request.”

Nov 19 06:00

BREXIT v EU

Nov 18 02:17

The Nefarious Reasons Behind the US and UK’s Sudden Concern for Civilians in Yemen

American, British and French military support for the murderous operations in Yemen should have stopped months, even years ago, if official humanitarian concerns were genuine.

At first glance, it may seem like a positive move. The Trump administration and London are both putting pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire in Yemen’s atrocious war.

What’s wrong with that, you may ask? Well, as Houthi rebels who took over Yemen at the end of 2014 are saying, the country has been under aggression for the past three years from a Saudi-led coalition supported militarily by the US, Britain and France. The unrelenting war on the poorest country in the Middle East has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades, with over half of the population – some 14 million people – at risk of starvation, according to the UN
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Last week, Washington announced that it was suspending mid-air refueling flights for Saudi and Emirati warplanes that have been pounding Yemen since March 2015, which has resulted in a horrendous death toll among civilians. The indiscriminate killing of the Saudis and Emirati air strikes has been amply documented, albeit downplayed by Western media. The latter keep repeating a figure of 10,000 dead in Yemen – a figure which has bizarrely remained unchanged for at least the past two years. The real death toll from air strikes is unknown but likely to be near 50,000.

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Nov 17 10:48

EU army: Will it be easy for Europe to get rid of American political diktat?

The creation of a European army would be a boon for Russia-EU relations, various military experts have told RT. It would mean getting rid of the US political diktat – and that's why Washington will not allow it.

Were the European Union to create an army of its own, as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have recently suggested, the friction with NATO would be enormous, several military and political analysts predict. At the same time, an EU army would be a tremendous tool for normalizing relations with Russia.

Nov 17 08:22

CRISIS BREWING IN ITALY AND HARD BREXIT

Nov 17 06:17

US Continues Imports of Russian Gas Which It Insists Europe Should Stop Buying

Several cargo ships carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia’s Yamal LNG plant have arrived in the US, Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova announced, highlighting the obvious weirdness of the situation.

“Oddly enough, with all this visible public flow of negative rhetoric from Washington, Russian liquefied natural gas is successfully being supplied to the US,” Zakharova said>>>

Nov 16 17:25

Hungary PM: 'The Culture of Patriotism Should Be Promoted & The Culture of Self-Hatred Suppressed'

The nation of Hungary is actively battling against the Suicide of the West.

Nov 16 12:22

Another day another gang rape: Woman raped in Swedish playground by three Africans

A 25-year-old woman has been gang raped by Africans in a playground in central Stockholm. The woman contacted the police herself on Friday, who then arrested the three men the same evening.

The arrest warrants show that the men are 18, 20 and 29 years old. Two are citizens of Somalia and the third in Eritrea. One of them needs interpreting in Somali and another in Arabic. Which means that they most likely are newly arrived migrants.

Two of them are previously convicted. The 18-year-old has committed assaults and drug offences. The 20-year-old is convicted of several cases of theft and drug offences.

One of them is also suspected of a rape that took place in February. After the gang rape, they robbed the woman of her belongings, for which they were also arrested.

Nov 16 11:12

Sweden: Green Party Suggests Confiscating Citizens’ Homes to Give Them to Migrants

The Green Party in Sweden has suggested confiscating the homes of citizens and giving them to migrants if the property is deemed to be too large or if the owner has more than one residence.

Blogger Katerina Janouch reveals how the party wanted to introduce a new law which would allow “Municipalities to seize housing to give them refugees.”

Under the proposal, authorities would be able to “evacuate people who have too large housing,” for example “couples where the children moved home or cohabited where the partner has a residence elsewhere.”

Nov 16 11:08

Swedish Politician Who Fought for Equality and Open Borders Is Beheaded in Congo

Zaida Catalan was a Swedish Green Party politician who believed in open borders.

Zaida was pro-immigration and supported migrant rights.
She was the former leader of the Young Greens of Sweden.

In March of 2017 Zaida Catalan was beheaded in Congo.

Nov 16 10:39

Analyst on Brexit Situation: Only Reason We're in This Mess Is Because of May

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been hit by a flurry of resignations in response to her Brexit deal. Sputnik spoke about it with Political commentator Jon Gaunt, Former Scottish MP and Sputnik columnist Tommy Sheridan and Jim Sillars, the Former Deputy Leader of the SNP.

Sputnik: Should Theresa May resign?

Nov 16 10:37

Macron's European Army Idea: The View From Poland

French President Emmanuel Macron has sparked a continental debate after calling for the creation of a pan-European army to defend against Russia, China and even the United States. Speaking to Sputnik, Krzysztof Podgorski, a Polish political and military observer, explained why the proposal, while an interesting one, is Western European-centric.

Speaking ahead of Remembrance Day commemorations last week, French President Macron announced that Europe needs a "real army" to reduce the continent's military dependence on the United States, and to strengthen continental defence against would-be aggressors.

Nov 16 10:23

Double middle finger…to EU? Top Romanian official slams union, makes ‘offensive gestures’

Things got obscene at the Romanian parliament as its deputy speaker vowed to resist pressure from the EU and go on with a controversial judiciary reform. The politician reinforced his statement by producing a double middle finger.

The fiery speech from the top official came in response to a damning report from the bloc, which accused the country of backsliding in the fight against corruption. Deputy Speaker Florin Iordache, who also leads the parliamentary commission discussing the judiciary reform, said that the government will carry on with its plans despite the mounting external pressure.

Nov 16 10:15

Nigel Farage: "We have voted twice to leave the EU. Not leaving betrays trust"

Nov 16 10:14

Nigel Farage Appalled - EU Control May Linger Until 2030

Nov 16 08:22

The Truth About Brexit (2018)

Nov 16 08:05

The truth about Brexit

Nov 16 07:51

EU BLUNDER: Michel Barnier made THIS serious 'strategic error' in Brexit talks

Mr Portillo said the European Union “humiliated” Britain in its Withdrawal Agreement which has been ridiculed by both Brexiteer and Remainer politicians.

Speaking on BBC This Week, Mr Portillo said: “I think the European Union has made a strategic error, short of marching Mrs May into a railway carriage in Compiègne Forest, they could not have produced a more humiliating surrender.

“And all of history tells us that when you humiliate countries with a surrender, it doesn’t go well thereafter.”

Nov 16 07:31

May is either ‘completely useless’ or ‘plots’ to keep UK in EU – UKIP leader to RT

Speaking to RT, Gerard Batten ridiculed the very idea that May was allowed to head the withdrawal process as she has always been a hardline remainer, who nevertheless “does not satisfy” either side. He claims she has negotiated a deal under which the UK doesn’t really leave the EU.

“She is completely useless. Either this is a deliberate plot to actually not take us out of the European Union or she is completely useless. You can’t have it either way, she’s certainly not done a competent job,” Batten told RT.

The politician also accused May of having utter disrespect for UK interests, saying that the situation over Brexit is “unparalleled in British history,” as it is ruled over by a leader “prepared to sell out the country to a foreign power, which is precisely what she’s done.”

Nov 16 03:32

US Will Defeat EU Army

The testy slap-down by US President Donald Trump to the idea of a European army was telling. Any notion of the Europeans stepping away from American "protection" would be anathema to Washington.

That's because American power is not about "protecting" Europe. That's just the vainglorious, propaganda mythology. In reality, it's all about Washington maintaining a lucrative protection racket in Europe, imperial control over supposed "allies", and militarily targeting Russia as the main objective.

The idea for a European army was floated again last week by French President Emmanuel Macron.>>>

Nov 15 15:04

SWEDEN: GREEN PARTY SUGGESTS CONFISCATING CITIZENS’ HOMES TO GIVE THEM TO MIGRANTS

The Green Party in Sweden has suggested confiscating the homes of citizens and giving them to migrants if the property is deemed to be too large or if the owner has more than one residence.

Blogger Katerina Janouch reveals how the party wanted to introduce a new law which would allow “Municipalities to seize housing to give them refugees.”

Under the proposal, authorities would be able to “evacuate people who have too large housing,” for example “couples where the children moved home or cohabited where the partner has a residence elsewhere.”

Under any such legislation, homeowners wouldn’t even be compensated, whereas before the government would have had to pay them at least 125% market value

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Taking a page out of the South Africa's, and Zimbabwe's play-book, are you, Sweden?!?

Should this insane notion get passed, expect massive, public protests to occur with a strength and ferocity that will astonish the current government.

Oh, and it will also be the last time that any Swedish politicians who supported this, will be ever be elected... again.

You're welcome, Sweden!

Nov 15 09:44

No volunteers: EU countries bow to US pressure over alternative payment channel for Iran

Plans by Brussels to create a special payment channel to continue doing business with Iran and bypass US economic sanctions against the country, are now in tatters, as no EU country has agreed to support the idea.

All the members of the 28-nation bloc are reportedly scared by the punitive measures that Washington may potentially introduce against them for such an act of disobedience.

Nov 15 09:43

4* resignations and counting: May loses top cabinet members over Brexit deal

Nov 14 16:01

‘Dishonesty… shameful… betrayal’: Brexit backers angry at May’s ‘deal’ with EU

The agreement reached by the government of Prime Minister Theresa May to take the UK out of the EU has angered many supporters of Brexit, who are calling it a shameful surrender and betrayal of the 2016 referendum.

After 10 Downing Street announced that most of May’s cabinet backed the deal she hammered out with Brussels and published the nearly 600-page document, advocates of a negotiated split from the EU were furious.

Nigel Farage, former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader called it“the worst deal in history” and urged any genuine Brexiteers in the cabinet to “resign or never be trusted again.”Other reactions posted on social media were no kinder.

“May must be an imbecile if she thinks people will accept this is leaving. Nothing has changed. We've just lost 40 billion pounds,” wrote Twitter user John DeVries.

Nov 14 13:47

Norway Becomes World’s First Country to Ban Deforestation

Deforestation is estimated to contribute around 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Nov 14 10:29

Russia jammed GPS during major NATO military exercise with US troops

The Russian military jammed GPS signals during a major NATO military exercise in Norway that involved thousands of US and NATO troops, the alliance said Wednesday, citing the Norwegian government.

The NATO exercise, Trident Juncture, concluded Sunday and involved some 50,000 personnel. It was labeled the alliance's largest exercise since the Cold War. Non-NATO members Finland and Sweden also participated in the exercise.
A spokesperson for the Norwegian ministry of defense acknowledged the jamming to CNN, which it said took place between October 16 and November 7, and said it would defer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on further questions to Russian authorities.

"Norway has determined that Russia was responsible for jamming GPS signals in the Kola Peninsula during Exercise Trident Juncture. Finland has expressed concern over possible jamming in Lapland," NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu told CNN Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, all we have is an allegation.

Where, please, is the irrefutable truth that this happened?!?

The short answer, right now... is nowhere.

A "determination", without hard evidence, is just that; sound and fury, ultimately signifying... nothing.

Nov 14 09:37

Merkel joins Macron in call for ‘real, true’ European army after Trump slams idea

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a “real, true” European army to be created, just days after French President Emmanuel Macron did the same – and received backlash from Donald Trump for doing so.

“We should work on a vision of one day establishing a real European army,” Merkel said during an address to MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday.

That statement was an apparent nod of support to Macron, who last week said that Europe has to “protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia, and even the United States of America.” Europe cannot do so, he said, “unless we decide to have a true European army.”

Nov 14 09:25

Boris: Brexit Deal "Utterly Unacceptable"

Nov 14 09:25

May’s battle for Brexit: PM’s fate hangs in the balance as Cabinet holds showdown on draft deal – while Tories and DUP rage that she is ‘betraying’ voters by 'swallowing' EU demands

Theresa May's fate is hanging in the balance today as she tries to force her Brexit deal through a restive Cabinet.

The PM is facing the threat of resignations senior ministers over the draft plan thrashed out with Brussels - with a mass exodus almost certain to evict her from Downing Street.

Aid Secretary Penny Mordaunt, one of those closest to the edge, was among the first arrivals for the meeting this afternoon.

And Scottish Secretary David Mundell has emerged as a potential risk after he signed a letter warning the PM against giving away fishing rights as part of the agreement.

Nov 14 09:24

Brexit deal ‘agreed’ with EU: UK ministers set to arrive at No 10. for May meeting

Prime Minister Theresa May is to chair a special cabinet meeting, Wednesday, after a draft deal was reportedly agreed between UK and EU negotiators following intensive talks in Brussels.

According to an unnamed cabinet source, cited in the BBC, the text has been agreed upon at a technical level.

Nov 13 17:09

Poland to Break with EU by 2020?

Nov 13 13:03

Israel Proposes Forming Int'l Coalition in Paris to Push Iran out of Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held Sunday a series of meetings in Paris in the framework of his intensive efforts to combat Iranian activity in Syria and Lebanon and work on “recruiting the world behind the demand to expel Iranians completely from Syrian territory.”

Netanyahu arrived in Paris and met the French President, Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of the commemorations marking 100 years since the end of World War I. He urged Macron to use his influence in Lebanon to put more pressure on Lebanese President Michel Aoun and PM Saad Hariri’s government in regards to Iran's advanced weapons factories on Lebanese soil as well as against Iranian activity in Syria.

Nov 13 13:02

EU countries approve arms sales to Saudi, UAE worth 55 times aid to Yemen

Europe's arms sector is unaccountable and highly influential in the corridors of power, with $86.7bn in approved sales to the Gulf since 2015

Nov 13 12:47

Finnish PM: Russia Suspected Of Massive GPS Blackout In Finland During War Games 

On Sunday, Prime Minister Juha Sipila told Yleisradio Oy (Yle), Finland's national public broadcasting company, that large-scale GPS blackouts over northern Finland during Nato war exercises over the past few weeks were intentional and the culprit could be Russia.

Air Navigation Services Finland (ANS Finland) issued a warning last week for all air traffic due to massive GPS interruption in the northern region of the country. Norway also posted a similar notice about GPS disruption for air traffic during the NATO exercise.

Here is the announcement on Eurocontrol's website:

Nov 13 10:37

Dutch Govt Agency Warns Against Fake ‘Piracy’ Fines

The Dutch Government's Telecom Agency is alerting the public that its name is being abused by scammers to demand piracy fines. In a warning issued today, it recommends recipients not to respond to these emails. It appears that scammers are capitalizing on the news that rightsholders may soon start sending 'fines' to alleged pirates.

Nov 12 12:13

European Parliament ‘shocked’ at amount of EU-made weapons in hands of terrorists

A draft report on arms exports, which will be tabled at the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg later this week, suggests launching an investigation into how EU-made weapons end up in the possession of terrorists in the Middle East.

One provision of the document, presented by German MEP Sabine Lösing, says that the European Parliament is “shocked at the amount of EU-made weapons and ammunition found in the hands of Daesh* in Syria and Iraq.”

Nov 12 10:53

France, Germany Could Host Iranian Payment Vehicle to Side-Step US Sanctions

Despite the rumors that no one is willing to host the trade mechanism over fears of US sanctions, France or Germany have been named as the most viable options.

Either France or Germany might become the host nation for the European clearing house, usually referred to as a "special purpose vehicle" (SPV) — a payment mechanism that would allow European companies to bypass US-imposed sanctions on Iran.

The establishment of this mechanism is widely viewed as the moment of truth on whether the EU is genuinely ready to live up to its promise to keep the so-called Iranian nuclear deal. And, as US sanctions kicked in on November 5, Tehran is becoming more restless regarding the establishment of the SPV, the Guardian notes.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Kazem Sajjadpour has already expressed his frustration at the pace with which the SPV is being set up, saying: "What is lacking is both speed and efficiency."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what happens when all of these countries adopt a payment mechanism which completely bypass US sanctions on Iran?!?

Is President Trump prepared to go to war with all of them, for ignoring US sanctions, and buying Iranian crude?!?

Nov 12 10:49

GPS signals jammed: Norway, Finland warn pilots Russia may blind their navigation systems

In recent weeks, NATO conducted its largest military exercises in decades in the frigid waters and icy mountains of Norway. But something odd happened. The GPS signals guiding ships, aircraft, tanks, trucks and troops started to fail.

Civilian airliners, cars, trucks, cargo ships and smart phones operating in and around Norway and Finland experienced similar disruptions.

Why?

Russia is the chief suspect.

It was riled by the scale and location of NATO’s Trident Juncture manoeuvres — despite having itself conducted several massive military exercises in the Baltics recently.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More Russia demonization, and absolutely no hard proof that Russia is, in fact, culpable here.

Nov 12 10:15

WATCH thousands of far-right marchers light a SEA OF FLARES in Poland as police look on

The ultra-nationalist crowds that flocked to Poland for its independence day march were seen performing Nazi salutes and burning flares at the event attended by staggering 200,000 people. Police, however, stood idly by.

Crowds of people, including various far-right groups, unleashed a sea of fire and smoke on the streets and squares of the Polish capital of Warsaw during an event marking a centenary of Poland's independence on Sunday. Videos posted on social media show a Warsaw square being lit with thousands of red flares burnt by the marchers.

Nov 11 09:18

Britain's Armed Forces Making Plans for 'No Deal' Brexit - Defence Official

Addressing the issue, chief of Britain's defence staff General Sir Nicholas Carter noted earlier that the British Armed Forces were making "sensible" contingency plans for Brexit and other matters.

"There are contingency plans being made, there are discussions being held behind the scenes as to what support our armed forces will do," British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said on the 'Ridge on Sunday' TV show. "With the transition from Brexit, if there is a requirement to provide assistance we're looking right across the full spectrum of requirements to make sure that we are prepared," he added.

Nov 11 09:01

Donald Tusk's elephant in the room

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, was questioned on Monday in Poland as part of a parliamentary investigation into a pyramid scheme that swindled thousands of Poles during his time as prime minister.

The Amber Gold scandal, which came to light in 2012, was one of the biggest business affairs in Poland since the fall of communism in 1989.

The case is being investigated by the Polish government, led by the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, which set up a special multi-party commission that has questioned dozens of state officials.

Nov 11 09:00

Donald Tusk Again Lashes out at Donald Trump as US-EU Row Deepens

European Council President Donald Tusk lashed out at US President Donald Trump after the latter expressed opposition to the idea of a European army, and also warned against the rise of right-wing nationalist movements within the EU.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, criticized Trump on Saturday, accusing the latter of being against "strong and united" Europe, following the US president's criticism of the idea of a European army.

"For the first time in history we have an American administration that is, to put it mildly, not enthusiastic about a united and strong Europe," Tusk said in a speech on the eve of celebrations to mark Poland's 100th anniversary of independence.

Nov 09 10:33

FRANCE SUPPORTING IRAN AGAINST US ‘TRADE POLICEMAN’

France has vowed to fulfill plans to defy the US’ sanctions on Iran while increasing the international role of the euro in order to prevent Washington from acting as the world’s “trade policeman”.

France’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, told the British newspaper Financial Times that Europe is planning the formation of a special financial channel to Iran in order to keep trade flowing with the country and assure its own “economic sovereignty”, with the aim of making the euro as powerful as the dollar.

“Europe refuses to allow the US to be the trade policeman of the world,” Le Maire stated in an interview in Brussels, emphasising that Europe must “affirm our sovereignty” in regards to the US sanctions on Iran and its wider economic hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions placed by the US, are beginning to blow up in President Trump's face, somewhat akin to the actions of a bad trick cigar.

So, what does President Trump intend to do with those countries who will not observe the sanctions, go to war against them?!?

In withdrawing from the P5 +1 agreement, plus his never-ending sanctions against Russia and China, President Trump has set this country up for some really intense economic challenges, for which I do not believe he has any clue as to how to alleviate.

Just ask any American soybean farmer as China has stopped buy American soybeans:

Their Soybeans Piling Up, Farmers Hope Trade War Ends Before Beans Rot

Rather than punishing Iran, Russia and China, President Trump should be engaging the leadership of all three countries in a positive, constructive way, because if human civilization is going to survive on this planet, that has to come from universal cooperation, one country with the other, and the elimination of war as "the only way" in which DC resolves its geopolitical and financial issues.

Nov 09 09:03

'Crawl back under your rock,’ Swedish FM tells anti-PC academic Jordan Peterson

Sweden’s Foreign Minister has issued a rather undiplomatic request to Canadian academic and internet sensation Jordan B. Peterson, thrilling a Stockholm audience by expressing her desire to see him fade from the public eye.

Speaking on a “pro-women” panel in Sweden’s capital on Wednesday, Margot Wallström said that Peterson should "crawl back under the rock he came from,” adding that she "can't grasp why people waste so much time on that man." The snide remarks were reported by local media that covered the event.

Peterson recently visited Sweden to promote the international release of his new book, '12 Rules For Life, an Antidote to Chaos.’ The book has been slammed by the left as conservative snake oil and an affront to feminism.

Nov 09 08:56

DYSON DEFEATS EU’S DAFT DUST DIRECTIVE

After a five-year legal battle, James Dyson has finally succeeded in his long-running legal battle to get the EU’s top court to strike down their absurd regulation that vacuum cleaners should be tested… without dust. The regulation enabled Dyson’s German competitors to market their vacuum cleaners with superior energy labelling, despite the fact that their performance dropped significantly as soon as their bags contained dust. That is, as soon as they were used…

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