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Nov 08 12:35

Helge Ingstad: Norway's warship collides with tanker in fjord

Norway has evacuated all 137 crew from one of its warships after it collided in a fjord with a Maltese oil tanker.

Eight people were lightly injured in the collision in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen. The KNM Helge Ingstad frigate has been listing dangerously.

The warship had been returning from Nato military exercises. The tanker, the Sola TS, was slightly damaged and it appears that it did not spill oil.

The incident led to the shutdown of a major oil terminal and a gas plant.

Nov 08 12:33

'S****y Job': Norwegians Grumble Over Defecating NATO Soldiers During Mega Drill

The mess left by foreign soldiers during NATO's Cold War-style exercise on Norwegian soil includes arable land damaged by tracks and piles of human excrement.

A total of 442 complaints have been filed with the Norwegian Armed Forces during Joint Trident 2018, a NATO drill said to be the largest in decades. Some have drawn attention to foreign soldiers relieving themselves near kindergartens, schools and sports facilities, national broadcaster NRK reported.

Most of the complaints are from farmers whose plots and pastures have suffered damage from vehicles during the drill. Others, by contrast, lament the unsanitary conditions left by NATO soldiers.

"This is terrible, it's about having common decency. We have to clean up after soldiers who have relieved themselves. It's literally a s****y job", Major Marianne Bø responsible for damages and environmental

Nov 06 14:51

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:49

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 10:49

Russian MoD to Receive Drones Capable of Reaching Continental Europe

Russia is finishing the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capable of reaching any point in continental Europe if they start from the Kaliningrad region, or Canada if they fly from Chukotka, the Russian Armed Forces' official newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda ("Red Star") reported on Tuesday.

The new UAV systems will be capable of performing tasks to a range of up to 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles), the newspaper said.

Over the past six years, almost 40 "unmanned" military units and subunits have been formed within the Russian army, they received over 1,800 vehicles capable of conducting reconnaissance at a distance of up to 500 kilometers, the publication said.

Nov 06 09:05

BORIS JOHNSON £40billion Brexit divorce bill means we’ll effectively become a non-voting EU colony

Our country is preparing to hand over a huge amount of money for absolutely nothing in return

Nov 06 07:29

Over 100,000 migrants arrive in Europe by Mediterranean route this year – IOM

More than 100,000 people arrived in Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea, since the beginning of 2018, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). “As of November 4, 100,630 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe by sea,” TASS quoted spokesman Joel Millman as saying in Geneva on Tuesday. For the fifth consecutive year, the number of arrivals exceeds the 100,000 mark, he said, adding that in previous years this threshold was reached much earlier in the year. At least 1989 people died or were missing in the Mediterranean Sea this year, he said. Since the beginning of the year, Spain received 49,013 migrants and refugees. It is followed by Greece with 27,715 arrivals, Italy (22,167), Malta (989) and Cyprus (746).

Nov 05 12:03

Russian Bomber Makes Provocative Flyover Of U.S. Command Ship During NATO War Games

Russia is flexing its muscle or is at least engaged in some serious trolling just as Trident Juncture 18 is underway in Norway — NATO’s largest drills in decades with some 50,000 troops, 10,000 combat vehicles, 65 ships, and 250 aircraft.

On Friday a Russian Tupolev Tu-142 bomber unexpectedly flew close to the USS Mount Whitney at the very moment Marines on board were gathered for a group photo during the NATO military games.

Russian media confirmed the incident, describing the U.S. Sixth fleet's flagship (the command and control ship for the fleet) as being "blindsided" while the military and aircraft analysis site The Aviationist described the provocative flyover as "more or less overhead".

Nov 05 12:00

Beware Turkey's Dangerous New Refugee Role

Turkey, thanks to the United Nations, will now officially be in charge of deciding not only who is a refugee but also where he or she will be placed or transferred. Turkish state authorities have repeatedly threatened to flood Europe with refugees, such as President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's message to Europe in 2016:

"You cried out when 50,000 refugees were at the Kapikule border. You started asking what you would do if Turkey would open the gates. Look at me -- if you go further, those border gates will be open. You should know that."

Given the Turkish threats, this new official position for Turkey should be of concern.

Nov 04 19:34

Europe prepares for US Iran sanctions hit

European governments are locked in negotiations over a special purpose vehicle to safeguard trade with Iran as they prepare for a long-awaited US crackdown on Tehran’s oil and finance sectors to come into force.

Hours before Monday’s launch of a US squeeze on Iran’s energy industry and central bank, European diplomats said a planned special channel to safeguard non-US trade with Iran would not be ready in time. Agreement has yet to be reached on crucial details, including where to locate it as countries fear triggering a political and economic backlash from Washington if they play host. European states have not put a formal deadline on when the launch will be, but some diplomats had hoped to have the channel ready in time for the reimposed US sanctions.

Nov 02 23:15

Heavy snowfalls open ski resorts a month early

While much of Europe has been basking in the warm afterglow of summer, winter has arrived unexpectedly early in the Alps in this year of freakish weather. Thanks to two giant snowstorms, the tills are already ringing merrily in some ski resorts, more than a month ahead of schedule.

Yesterday Verbier in Switzerland was able to open a handful of slopes for ardent skiers in what is believed to be the earliest start to the season. More than three metres of snow has fallen in parts of the southern Swiss Alps and northern Italian Alps this week.

More than 60cm fell in Verbier. “The Indian summer has ended and [given] way to winter,” Téléverbier, the ski lift company, said.

Nov 02 11:37

Netanyahu admits Israel behind Europe’s row with Iran over murder plot allegations

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has admitted that Israel is behind what Iran calls "false flags" in Europe where Tehran has been accused of assassination plans.

Netanyahu on Thursday claimed that Israel had recently revealed a number of “Iranian plots to carry out attacks on European soil.”

Speaking to reporters after talks with his Bulgarian counterpart in Sofia, Netanyahu said he had “warned” Europe of what he called “possible Iranian attacks on its soil.”

He did not provide further details, but his comments could be a sign that the accusations recently raised by Belgium and Denmark against Iran had been triggered by the Israeli regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Did Netanyahu use his cute cartoon bomb?

Nov 02 11:35

'There's No One Else to Fight': Russian Analysts Not Fooled by NATO Drill Jargon

Trident Juncture 18, NATO's largest Arctic drills since the Cold War, kicked off last week in central Scandinavia, with 50,000 troops, 140 aircraft and 70 ships including a US carrier group simulating a response to an attack "from the north." Speaking to Sputnik, military observers said that it's obvious who this "northern threat" is meant to be.

On Wednesday, the Russian defense ministry confirmed that two Tu-160 strategic bombers had performed a 10 hour flight over neutral waters in the Barents and Norwegian Seas, prompting the UK to scramble jets to accompany them amid the massive NATO drills in the area. The same day, Russia announced it would be holding naval rocket firing drills near Finnmark, northern Norway, several hundred kilometers from the NATO exercises, starting next week.

Nov 02 08:35

'We'll KNEEL no longer!' Italy-EU clash BOILS over as Salvini dismisses 'THREAT' letter

ITALY Interior Minister Matteo Salvini hit back at the European Union for "threatening" the country to change its 2019 budget proposal, urging Italians to take to the streets to signal Rome "will kneel no longer."

The Italian Deputy Prime Minister dismissed calls from the EU for "clarifications" on Italy's new budget proposal.

Matteo Salvini lashed out at Brussels, calling on Italians to march down the streets on December 8 to signal their unity and support for their ministers' economic policy.

Nov 02 08:22

EU warned Italy has 'no choice but to LEAVE' bloc and trigger HUGE CRISIS

Rome and Brussels have been engaged in a blistering battle of words since Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovivi rejected Italy's 2019 budget proposals in October.

Mr Mellon suggested the European Central Bank (ECB) could soon stop being able to "contain" unnerved markets and lead to Italy leaving the euro.

Speaking to CNBC, he said: "There is no way the ECB can contain the Italian situation if it carries on as it is. We know if the BTPs got above 4 percent and yield – and they’re not that far away from it – then Italy has really no option but to leave the euro and take some drastic action.

"The omens are quite good for the Italians and, of course, it’s not going to be announced in advance that they will leave the euro but leave the euro I think they will do. And it will be in their interest to do so."

Nov 01 11:10

Nato says Norway exercises will go ahead despite Russian missile tests off the coast

Nato has said it will continue its military manoeuvres in Norway as planned despite Russian missile tests announced off the coast.

More than 50,000 Nato troops, 250 aircraft, 65 ships and 10,000 vehicles are exercising in Norway, Iceland and Finland as part of Trident Juncture, the biggest Nato drills since the Cold War.

But it has emerged that Russia will hold missile tests from ships off the Western coast of Norway from Thursday to Saturday. Moscow has called the Nato exercises “anti-Russian” and disputed that they are defensive in nature.

While the bulk of the war games will take place in central Norway, some operations will take place on the coast and in the Norwegian Sea.

Nov 01 10:20

Belgium accused of handing Libya's frozen cash to militants as 'BILLIONS goes missing'

Prosecutors are investigating whether Belgian banks paid out interest and dividends on accounts frozen under United Nations sanctions during the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi’s Libyan dictatorship, according to public broadcaster RTBF.

During the Libyan revolution in 2011, the UN Security Council froze Libya’s sovereign assets abroad., which included accounts at four Belgian banks.

BNP Paribas Fortis held €43 million, while ING, KBC and Euroclear Bank held €376 million, €869 million and €12.8 billion respectively in Libyan assets.

According to RTBF, interest and dividends of between three and five billion euros had left the accounts since 2012 despite the UN freezing the assets.

While it is not known how the profits were used, an expert believes there is overwhelming evidence to suggest the funds were used in arms and human trafficking crimes.

Nov 01 10:10

COMING TO A CHECKPOINT NEAR EU: TRIALS OF AI LIE-DETECTOR BORDER GUARD UNDERWAY IN THREE EU STATES

Trials are underway of an EU-funded scheme where AI lie-detector systems will be used to scan potentially dodgy travelers coming from outside the bloc. Too Orwellian? Or just the latest step towards smoother travel?

Commencing from November 1, the iBorderCtrl system will be in place at four border crossing points in Hungary, Latvia and Greece with countries outside EU. It aims to facilitate faster border crossings for travelers while weeding out potential criminals or illegal crossings.

Like all AI technologies in their infancy, the system is still highly experimental and with a current success rate of 76 percent, it won’t be actually preventing anyone from crossing the border during its six month trial. But developers of the system are “quite confident” that accuracy can be boosted to 85 percent with the fresh data.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but how in heaven's name can a 98% "false positive rating" ever possibly be interpreted as "a good thing" for London police?!?

Nov 01 09:50

Will Europe use Israeli drones against refugees?

Europe’s coastal guards are examining whether Israel’s warplanes would be helpful tools in repressing refugees.

In September, the EU’s border management agency Frontex announced the start of trial flights for drones in Italy, Greece and Portugal. There was a major omission in the Frontex statement: the type of drones being tested have been used previously to attack Gaza.

Some details of the companies involved in these trials were published earlier this year. A “contract award notice” revealed that Israel Aerospace Industries was one of two bidders selected.

Israel Aerospace Industries is being paid $5.5 million for up to 600 hours of trial flights.

Nov 01 09:31

Czech PM Babis plans to back out of UN migration deal – report

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Thursday he wanted to pull out of a United Nations migration pact, Reuters reported. Babis will discuss the plan with his ruling coalition partner, according to idnes.cz. On Wednesday, Austria said it would follow the United States and Hungary in backing out of the pact. Vienna said the decision was made over concerns that it would blur the line between legal and illegal migration. The Global Compact for Safety, Orderly and Regular Migration, which isn’t legally binding, is due to be formally approved at a meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, in December.

Nov 01 08:14

MPs WILL approve May's Brexit deal because they are 'terrified' of crashing out of the EU, David Davis admits

MPs will approve Theresa May's Brexit deal because they are 'terrified' of crashing out of the EU, David Davis has admitted.

The former Brexit secretary said 'irrational fear' would win out in Parliament if the PM manages to get any kind of agreement with Brussels.

Mr Davis tried to backpedal today by insisting no package based on Mrs May's Chequers plan would get passed.

But the comments, from a vehement critics of Mrs May's stance, will encourage Downing Street.

The premier is engaged in a desperate scramble to break the deadlock with the EU, with a 'backstop' for the Irish border still the main sticking point.

Nov 01 08:14

Sweden's Largest Party Mulls Stopping Its Youth Wing's Funding Amid Islamization

Members of the Social Democrat Youth, once a talent pool that produced many prominent Social Democrat politicians, have called Islam a "universal solution," expressed homophobic and anti-Semitic sentiments, and substituted the traditional Internationale anthem played at a party conference with an Islamic song.

The Social Democrats, Sweden's largest party, whose motto once was "Everyone belongs here," have announced a package of measures to stop the Islamization of its youth organization in Skåne County, which it claims has gone too far. Removing sponsorship has been is considered, Swedish Radio reported.

For several years, the Social Democrat Youth Skåne (SSU Skåne) has been ruled by a group of people spreading Islamic fundamentalist beliefs that contradict both the party's own platform and Swedish values, the daily newspaper Expressen reported.

Nov 01 08:11

'Uncontrolled Collapse' of Eurozone Looking Increasingly Likely - Campaigner

The anti-EU campaigner issued the warning amid the Italian government’s standoff with Brussels over its proposed fiscal budget, with the bloc threatening hefty fines against Rome if it defies them.

Francesco Donato, director of Eurexit – a group campaigning for Italy’s withdrawal from the eurozone – has claimed the monetary union is looking more and more likely to collapse, urging Italy and others to pull out in an organized fashion to avoid the subsequent economic fallout.

Speaking to The Express on Wednesday, Donato said the “probability that sooner or later there will be an uncontrolled collapse of the eurozone is higher and higher,” highlighting mounting opposition to the union.

Nov 01 07:52

Austria Follows Trump and Withdraws from UN Migration Treaty to Preserve Sovereignty

The so-called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which has been much criticised by anti-mass migration politicians as being massively disadvantageous to first world migration-target nations, is made up of 23 goals which states worldwide are expected to sign up to. Some 17 of those goals are unacceptable to the Austrian government, reports best-selling national newspaper Kronen Zeitung, which is “seriously concerned about the content and objectives of the UN Migration Compact.”

Speaking earlier this month, conservative Austrian Chancellor Kurz said: “We view some of the points in this agreement very critically. We will, therefore, do everything to maintain the sovereignty of our country and ensure that we as the Republic of Austria can decide for ourselves on migration issues.”

Oct 31 09:59

Hurricane-force winds, widespread floods hit Italy

At least 11 people have been killed and many injured after severe storms produced heavy rain and strong winds across Italy on October 29 and 30, 2018, causing widespread floods and damage. Some of the worst affected areas are on the west coast, particularly in Liguria. Many people were evacuated due to increased river levels across the country.

Winds up to 180 km/h (112 mph) were reported in parts of Italy on October 29, 2018, and blamed for the deaths of at least 6 of the 11 killed people. Trees were downed from the country's north down to capital Rome and further south to Naples.

Oct 31 09:35

Why Poland wants a permanent US military base, and is willing to pay $2 billion for it

Poland’s government is interested in establishing a permanent U.S. military presence in their country and they’re willing to pay for it.

The Polish defense ministry said there is a “clear and present need for a permanent U.S. armored division deployed in Poland,” and is willing to provide financial backing to host the soldiers that could reach $2 billion, according to a copy of the proposal obtained by Polish news outlet Onet.

The ”clear and present need” outlined in the document appeared to be sparked by Russia.

“Establishing such a force is necessary to present an unequivocal challenge and deterrence to Russia’s increasingly emboldened and dangerous posture that threatens Europe,” the proposal reads.

Oct 30 13:06

Russia Plans Missile-Firing Exercise Off Norway Amid NATO Drills

The Russian Navy plans to test missiles in international waters off Norway's coast this week, Norwegian and NATO officials say, as the Western military alliance conducts its largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on October 29 the alliance was informed last week about the planned tests.

"Russia has a sizable presence in the north, also off Norway," Stoltenberg told the Norwegian news agency NTB.

"Large [Russian] forces take part in maneuvers and they practice regularly," he added.

Russian officials did not immediately comment on the planned missile tests, which come amid persistent tension between NATO and Russia, which seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and backs separatists in an ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine but accuses the alliance of provocative behavior near its borders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing indicates that Russia is simply warning NATO not to do something which could potentially go so far wrong, as to initiate an accidental clash, and create the outbreak of hostilities.

Oct 30 11:00

Four US Soldiers Injured in Vehicle Pile-up in Norway Ahead of NATO Exercise

Three vehicles crashed one into another, while the fourth attempted to evade the pile-up, but slid from the road.

Four US soldiers were injured in an accident involving four vehicles in Norway, according to a statement by the US military.

"The accident occurred when three vehicles collided and a fourth vehicle slid off the pavement and overturned while trying to avoid the three vehicles that had collided," US officials said, according to Reuters.

Three of the soldiers remain hospitalized and under observations, but their condition is stable, the report says. The fourth soldier was released after a short hospitalization.

Oct 30 08:55

Military Escalation In Europe Is Like Runaway Train: It's Time To Slow It Down

Much has been said about the Trident Juncture 2018 NATO exercise being held in the immediate vicinity of Russia’s borders. This is the largest training event since the Cold War, but it’s only part of a broader picture, in which military war preparations targeting Russia are in full swing. Exercises are being coordinated, along with infrastructure facilities that are being built, expanded, and modernized. For instance, last week the construction of an aircraft maintenance hangar at Estonia’s Amari Air Base, the first military project fully funded by the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI), was completed.

Oct 29 14:23

Mattis Attempts to Sell US Exit From INF Treaty to EU Allies

US President Donald Trump earlier announced that Washington would be withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing alleged violations by Moscow. Russia has firmly denied the accusations and expressed regret at the decision.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the US is currently in talks with its EU partners over Washington's decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty.

"We are in consultations with our European counterparts, I was speaking about it the day before with the German defense minister, and so as I said the consultations continue," Mattis said.

Oct 29 10:00

Europe Will Become a Battlefield: Putin Bluntly Explains What Discarding INF Treaty Means

Oct 27 10:35

US delivers largest ammunition shipment to Europe since bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999

Ramstein Air Base in Germany has received around 100 containers of ammunition in the largest delivery of ordnance to the US forces in Europe since the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999.

The US Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa said that “a variety of munitions rolled into Ramstein during the month of October.” The delivery is intended to support NATO’s European Deterrence Initiative and pump up the resources available to US Air Force in Europe.

Oct 27 10:31

Merkel: EU May Make Joint Decision to Halt Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The leaders of Russia, France, Germany, and Turkey met in Istanbul on October 27 to discuss issues of the Syrian peace settlement. They also discussed the case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the European Union might make a collective decision to halt all arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. At the same time, she agreed with her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that the decision should be made after more is known about those responsible for his death.

Oct 26 10:25

European Parliament Bans Single-Use Plastics in Historic Vote

In a historic vote, the European Parliament has just approved, by a huge margin of 571 to 53, a complete ban on a range of single use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans. One member of the parliament said if no action was taken, “by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.” The MEPs backed a ban on plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink stirrers and balloons sticks. The proposal also calls for a reduction in single use plastic for food and drink containers like plastic cups.

Oct 26 10:06

TURKISH SURVEILLANCE UAVS OVER THE GREEK NAVY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION – GREECE’S MILITARY DILEMMA

As Turkey escalates in the Eastern Mediterranean the real question is how determined Greece is to respond.

Greece is confronting a huge diplomatic and military dilemma after Turkey sent a seismic vessel to the eastern Mediterranean to allegedly explore the existence of natural gas deposits.

The vessel began investigating on Tuesday night (16.10.2018) before withdrawing temporarily after the Greek Navy sent a strict radio alert.

After the incident, Turkey sent three frigates and two patrol ships there to protect the movements of their own seismographic ship.

Turkey, however, seems to be pushing tension by sending Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa vessel to explore in an area that includes part of the continental shelf of Greece.

Oct 26 10:05

FREE SPEECH IN FINNISH: PRISON FOR RUSSOPHILES

On October 18, the Helsinki District Court sentenced the founder and editor-in-chief of the network publications MV-lehti and Uber Uutiset Ilya Yanichkin to 22 months in prison, and another person involved - human rights activist, lawyer and journalist Johan Beckman - to a year of probation. In addition, the convicts will have to pay 136,000 and 10,000 euros, respectively, to journalist Jessica Aro, the principal snitch who initiated the process.

Oct 26 09:46

Israel’s $72m war chest to fight BDS comes to Brussels

In its ongoing battle against the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign Israel is pushing for European political parties to declare the movement “fundamentally anti-Semitic”. The latest drive saw Israel’s Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Ze’ev Elkin, attending a conference in Brussels backed by the Israeli government which proposed a text for prospective MEPs and political parties to sign up to before European elections in May next year.

The text, the Guardian reported, urges European parties to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) “working definition of anti-Semitism” and exclude from government any politicians or parties that breach it.

Most controversially, one of the red lines – based on a resolution adopted by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union in Germany in 2016 – calls on “all political parties to pass a binding resolution rejecting BDS activities as fundamentally anti-Semitic”.

Oct 26 09:45

Brexit FURY: Petition to STOP People's Vote gains TENS OF THOUSANDS of supporters in days

TENS OF THOUSANDS of people have signed an online Government petition to stop a second Brexit referendum after mass protests in London last weekend saw Remainers demand a “People’s Vote”.

Oct 26 09:09

Three Migrant Men Arrested in Connection with Murder of Italian Teen

Italian police have arrested three migrant men, two Senegalese and one Nigerian, in connection with the alleged drugging, rape, and murder of 16-year-old Desirée Mariottini.

The three migrants, along with a fourth suspect who remains at large, are suspected of having drugged the 16-year-old to the point of unconsciousness and then raped her before she died of a drug overdose. She was abandoned in a known drug den in Rome’s San Lorenzo area, Il Giornale reports.

Prosecutors say they believe the arrested men fed Desirée drugs, starting at around 6 pm on the night of her death, and she was asleep during the acts of rape. It is also alleged that the migrants gave her a cocktail of drugs that they knew would lead to not only an overdose but would be fatal.

Oct 25 11:10

For the first time in the United Kingdom, babies have received spinal surgery while still in the womb

To treat a development defect known as Spina bifida, for the first time two babies have received spinal surgery while still in the womb.

Oct 24 12:33

NATO Sends 50,000 Troops To Largest Exercise Since Cold War

US Marines are landing in Iceland and warplanes are flying overhead in Scandinavia, just days ahead of the kickoff of Trident Juncture. The annual exercise, focused on the Arctic Circle and Scandinavia, is set to be the largest operation since the Cold War.

Oct 24 10:39

Fury as Germany must pay BILLIONS more to the EU after Brexit

GERMANY will be forced to pay an extra £13.2billion a year to the EU after Brexit, in a move that has sparked fury among Germans who are already the bloc’s biggest contributors.

Germany must find the extra cash to make up the EU’s budget shortfall after the UK leaves the bloc.

The amount will increase Germany’s gross annual contribution to Brussels to a massive £40 billion.

Oct 24 10:39

US Seeks Advantage Over Russia by Deploying Missiles in Eastern Europe

Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the INF treaty will have a multilateral negative impact. Earlier, Trump committed to withdraw from the accord citing violations on the part of Moscow.

Sputnik discussed whether President Trump will actually go through with his plan to pull out the US from the treaty with Dr. George Szamuely, political analyst and author of "Bombs for Peace: NATO's Humanitarian War on Yugoslavia."

Oct 24 08:45

Police Use Tear Gas, Batons to Block Migrants‘ Entrance to Croatia from Bosnia

Thousands of migrants are stuck in Bosnia and are now trying to enter the European Union as temperatures are dropping. It is believed that Croatia isn't their main interest, with their final destination being the wealthier countries of Western and Northern Europe.

Croatian riot police have clashed with migrants seeking to enter the country from across the Bosnian border, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of migrants broke a Bosnian police cordon and blocked the Maljevac border checkpoint in northwestern Bosnia in a bid to pressure Croatian authorities into allowing them clear path towards Western EU countries through Croatia.

Oct 24 08:10

: 'A US Air Strike Killed All Of My Family'

From Mosul to Moria: 'A US air strike killed all of my family'
An Iraqi refugee remembers the day when 12 of his relatives, including a six-month-old, died in the Battle for Mosul.

(Well _od _amn it son , you were supposed to 'get it' too , in that same dispatch !
whitehorse souce )

Oct 24 06:10

Stossel: Sweden is not a socialist success

Oct 23 12:46

NATO Sends 50,000 Troops to Largest Exercise Since Cold War

US Marines are landing in Iceland and warplanes are flying overhead in Scandinavia, just days ahead of the kickoff of Trident Juncture. The annual exercise, focused on the Arctic Circle and Scandinavia, is set to be the largest operation since the Cold War.

31 countries are involved, 29 NATO members and Finland and Sweden. They will overall be sending 50,000 troops, 10,000 vehicles, 150 warplanes and 65 ships. Starting Thursday, the exercise will last a month.

And while officials insist it’s not strictly along the Russian border, Russian military officials say it is close enough, and clearly targeted at growing Russian interests in the Arctic Circle, as warmer temperatures open up new route.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF EVER, in its history, this country needed a Department of Peace, to determine how peaceful, hard won negotiations could win the day, rather than through war, it needs such a department right NOW!!

Oct 23 12:41

Poking the Russian Bear With the NATO Umbrella

Some terrible foreign policy ideas seem to have eternal life. One example is the proposal to expand NATO yet again by offering membership to Georgia and Ukraine. That campaign has gone on for more than a decade and is a significant factor in the West’s deteriorating relations with Russia.

Despite the intra-Alliance resistance to the Bush administration’s campaign to offer MAPs to Kiev and Tbilisi, though, the outcome of the Bucharest summit was not a total defeat for U.S. ambitions. The summit’s final declaration stated that “NATO welcomes Ukraine’s and Georgia’s Euro Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO. We agreed today that these countries will become members of NATO.” There was no timetable but the ultimate outcome seemed clear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pushing NATO into a war with Russia, and particularly at this juncture in history, is a terrible, terrible mistake.

Unfortunately for the US, just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is utterly no guarantee that the US will not do it.

Oct 23 08:39

Sweden Not a Socialist Success

Oct 23 08:17

Thousands of Swedes are getting microchip IDs inserted into their hands to swipe into homes, offices, concerts and even to access social media

More than 4,000 Swedes are being implanted with a microchip that contains details about their identity.

Oct 23 06:49

UN says over 45,000 migrants reached Spain this year

Spain has received more migrants via the Mediterranean Sea so far this year than it did in the previous three years combined, according to the UN migration agency. The Geneva-based International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday that 45,145 men, women and children entered Spain through the western Mediterranean route through October 21. That was almost half of the more than 94,000 migrants who have this year entered Europe by sea from North Africa, AP reports.

Oct 22 11:39

Italy Responds To EU Commission, Admits Deficit Breach But Refuses To Budge

Initial relief over a favorable Moody's downgrade of Italy, which pushed the rating just one notch above junk but kept the outlook stable (which in turn prompted the following sarcastic remark from Deutsche Bank's Jim Reid "If there’s one thing the outlook isn’t for Italy at the moment it’s stable but rating agencies are unlikely to want to create a vicious circle") faded after Italy’s populist government promised it won’t let its budget deficit widen further than currently planned and called for dialogue with the European Union to address their differences.

In its letter response to the European Commission published Monday and seen by Bloomberg, Italy acknowledged Europe's concerns about the budget, but refused to change the proposed plan.

Oct 22 09:03

US orchestrated unfair vote in Macedonian parliament on name change - Russian FM

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that the US orchestrated an “unfair vote” in the Macedonian parliament which approved the country’s name change, despite a failed popular referendum.

The Macedonian parliament last weekend narrowly greenlighted the name change which signals a “brighter future” with NATO, but Macedonian voters by-and-large boycotted the referendum, with only 36.9 percent of eligible voters participating.

Earlier, the US State Department had urged the Macedonian opposition to vote for the name change despite the failed referendum, which was rendered invalid due to the low turnout.

Oct 22 07:36

DOMINIC SANDBROOK: As a remainer, I’m convinced a ‘people’s vote’ would be a terrible idea

A second referendum would be a disgraceful betrayal of democracy and an insult to the 17.4 million people who voted in 2016 – and I write that as somebody who voted Remain.

Almost everything about the so-called People’s Vote effort is bogus. It claims to be a ‘grassroots campaign’, yet its headquarters are in Millbank Tower, the architectural embodiment of the Westminster establishment.

Far from being organised from the bottom up, it is actually a front for the lobby group Open Britain, a direct successor of the Remain campaign. It is backed by such ‘grassroots’ Britons as Lord Mandelson, Sir Vince Cable and Sir Nick Clegg, while its online adverts rely heavily on millionaire celebrities such as Gary Lineker, Patrick Stewart and Steve Coogan.

The very name People’s Vote is, of course, pure spin. We already had a people’s vote in 2016 – the biggest in history.

Oct 21 18:13

Germany sees Russia as stable energy partner as US demands Europe dump Nord Stream 2 pipeline

The pipe will go through the territorial waters of Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The project, led by the subsidiary of Russian energy giant Gazprom, is being implemented in cooperation with German energy firms Wintershall and Uniper, French multinational Engie, British-Dutch oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell, and Austrian energy company OMV.

The White House has repeatedly slammed the pipeline, threatening to impose sanctions on the European corporations that are participating in the project. Nord Stream 2 has also been opposed by some Eastern European nations, including Ukraine and Poland.

However, construction work is well underway with Nord Stream 2 AG, the company in charge of the project, receiving the final permits from Germany, Finland and Sweden.

Germany, which currently gets around 60 percent of its natural gas imports from Russia, is not planning to give up on the project, which is set to boost the country’s energy security.

Oct 21 09:41

The European Financial Establishment Just Declared War On Italy

This week in a CNBC interview Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the former Dutch minister of finance who served as the President of the Eurogroup, declared war on the Italian government.

The European financial establishment is prepared to destroy the banking system and cause the Italian economy to implode. Like a Mafia boss, Dijsselbloem warned that Italy could run into trouble if it does not comply with Brussels’ directives. Of course, his statement was cloaked in diplomatic language:

“If the Italian crisis becomes a major crisis, it will mainly implode into the Italian economy … as opposed to spreading around Europe,” he said.

“Because of the way that the Italian economy and the Italian banks are financed, it’s going to be an implosion rather than an explosion.”

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