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Mar 29 08:34

Spanish government trying to ban acupuncture plus other forms of ‘alternative’ medicine

Is it P.C. culture? Is it pushback from big pharma and their powerful lobbyists? Who really knows why the attempt to stifle alternative medicine is so strong. But, the simple reality is that, this is a growing problem the global community must contend with.

To be clear: just because something is marketed as ‘alternative’ (or natural) medicine doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe or effective. But, governmental attempts to block public access to services like acupuncture is an enormously unwise overstep – something that the Spanish government recently enacted.

Mar 29 08:20

The EU’s censorious copyright directive will create two internets

The European Parliament’s approval of the Copyright Directive today is the end of the internet as we know it. This new regulation creates substantial new controls on what we can share online which threaten freedom of expression, undermine creativity, and cement the dominance of technology giants.

The Copyright Directive will create two internets. The first, a heavily censored version for European users, including filters to prevent you from uploading content. The second, a free internet where creativity is encouraged, for everyone else.

The directive represents everything that’s wrong with the EU’s policymaking process. It was written at a substantial distance from Europeans, heavily influenced by lobbyists and national compromises. There is a serious lack of accountability.

Mar 29 08:13

The End of All That's Good and Pure About the Internet

We regret to inform you that the internet is on red alert once again. On Wednesday, the EU’s Legislative Committee voted to adopt sweeping measures that will upend the web in every way that we know it. Memes, news, Wikipedia, art, privacy, and the creative side of fandom are all at risk of being destroyed or kneecapped.

By the time Americans woke up on Wednesday, the Legislative Committee had voted on the final form of the EU Copyright Directive—the first major update to European copyright law since 2001. Much of what’s in the legislation has been met with approval, but Article 11 and Article 13 are considered disastrous by some of the foremost tech experts in the world.

Mar 29 08:08

Can The EU Survive Its Own Censorship?

The EU’s new, comprehensive new Copyright Directive passed the European Parliament ensuring the way we use the Internet will change in the future.

And not for the better.

The controversial parts are Articles 11 and 13, the “link tax” and the “upload filter” requirements. For a good run down of how terrible these new rules are look anywhere on the internet but this article at Gizmodo (who I hope doesn’t charge me a link tax for doing so!) will do.

I would also watch this video from Dave Cullen, a resident of Ireland, i.e. the EU, as to what he thinks this means.

Mar 29 08:05

EU States Embracing China's Silk Road, Nord Stream 2, Defying US – Journo

European states are seeking independence from both Washington and Brussels, Daniele Pozzati, a Munich-based Italian journalist has told Sputnik, commenting on Italy's decision to join China's Belt and Road initiative, amid Berlin’s spat with Washington over the Nord Stream 2 project.

"With its decision to join China's One Belt and One Road (OBOR) project, Italy aims at making up several years of lost economic opportunities", says Daniele Pozzati, a Munich-based Italian journalist and economic observer.

On 23 March, China and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding in support of Beijing's New Silk Road initiative that aims to link Asia to Africa and Europe.

Mar 29 08:01

‘Just jealous’: Italy responds to criticism for joining China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Europe and the US should take care of their own debts to China before advising Italy about the risks of joining Beijing’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative,’ said Michele Geraci, undersecretary of state at the Italian Economy Ministry.

Italy has become the first G7 nation to join China’s ambitious plan to revolutionize global trade, making other eurozone majors “jealous” of the move, according to Geraci.

Mar 29 08:00

MEPS “TRICKED” INTO VOTING WRONG WAY OVER ARTICLE 13

The EU’s internet-killing new Copyright Directive has become mired in a fresh layer of controversy after it emerged that multiple MEPs were “tricked” into voting the wrong way on it. Guido understands that an extra vote was inserted into the voting list at the last minute which threw most MEPs’ voting lists out of sync. Unlike the Commons where MPs have to physically make the decision to walk through lobbies, MEPs just robotically press buttons according to a long voting list handed out to them. A clear warning of the dangers of electronic voting…

At least 13 MEPs have told the European Parliament they accidentally voted the wrong way. Now the EU has modified their individual voting records but has refused to revisit the result of the vote, despite the fact there was a majority of just 5 MEPs. The EU also rejected a direct request from MEPs to stage the entire vote again. This blocked MEPs from voting on any amendments, including on the meme-banning Article 13…

Mar 28 07:34

Pompeo hints at new NATO actions against Russia over Ukraine

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Washington together with its allies at NATO would unveil a fresh series of actions against Russia next week in response to Moscow's involvement in Ukraine and, in particular, in the Kerch Strait standoff. "When the Russians captured sailors in the Sea of Azov, we've done a great deal of work to try to push against that. We need to do more," Pompeo said on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Mike...

Mar 28 07:15

The EU Just Destroyed The Internet #Article11 #Article13

This directive is about promoting the interests of multinational corporations and maximizing their profits. It is also about controlling and shutting down free speech and dissent not approved of by the media and political establishments. Dissenting voices are already being de-platformed and de-monitzed and this will institutionalize censorship.

Mar 27 01:39

US expansion of global gag rule will 'punish women' worldwide

(*Get Into That Kitchen and
Rattle Those pots And Pans
Well, roll my breakfast
Cause I'm a hungry man !
Shake Rattle and Roll
Bill Haley & The Comets
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T*R*U*M*P
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Mar 26 12:28

The European Copyright Directive: What Is It, and Why Has It Drawn More Controversy Than Any Other Directive In EU History?

Following Article 11 + 13, Facebook & YouTube and the like are legally and financially liable for the content we upload. So basically content creators of all kinds could fraudulently re-upload their own material and sue YouTube for allowing it to happen, because the user who did it is now essentially anonymous and off the hook, and YouTube and others are now essentially the fall guy for this terrible and ridiculous DRM experiment; they open the floodgates wide for all kinds of people to commit fraud in epic proportions, at the expense of their fellows; And this is just the tip of the Iceburg.

This is why YouTube Ceo's have claimed it could destroy YouTube's platform. All these social media platforms have 2 years to move any content that originates from within the EU to servers elsewhere.

Mar 26 09:19

‘No Deal’ Brexit Risk Impacting UK and Irish Economies – Gold Gains On Recession Concerns

Gold rose to 4 week highs overnight prior to profit taking saw the yellow metal give up some of those gains. Gold marched higher yesterday, extending it’s recent rally due to growing, if belated, concerns over slowing economic growth and the Federal Reserve’s move to looser monetary policies again.

Gold rose 0.8% yesterday to $1,323.40 per ounce which was it’s highest level in a month. Investors have diversified into safe haven gold following news the Fed expects to suspend interest rate rises in 2019. This was something we wrote and spoke about (podcast and video interviews) as inevitable given the fragile nature of the economic recovery.

Even greater uncertainty around Brexit, just three days before Britain’s scheduled departure from the EU on March 29th may impact sterling and markets and should support gold, especially in sterling which has risen to the £1,000/oz level again.

Mar 26 09:16

Germany wants Europe to join China's new Silk Road after criticizing Italy for doing the same

The Chinese “Belt and Road” initiative is an important project, which European states would be glad to join, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who stressed that cooperation should be based on reciprocity from Beijing.
“We, as Europeans, want to play an active part and that must lead to certain reciprocity and we are still wrangling over that a bit,” Merkel said, as quoted by Reuters.

The comment comes shortly after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is currently paying a state visit to France.

Mar 26 08:33

EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?

By Danny O’Brien

In a stunning rejection of the will of five million online petitioners, and over 100,000 protesters this weekend, the European Parliament has abandoned common-sense and the advice of academics, technologists, and UN human rights experts, and approved the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive in its entirety...

Mar 26 07:52

China's Xi and Italy's Conte sign New Silk Road agreement

Mar 25 21:29

SCANDAL: Today, Europe Votes On A Law That Could Change The Internet -- Sold Out For A Russian Pipeline

By Aaron Kesel

European MEPs meet inside the European Parliament today to vote on a law that will forever change the World Wide Web ... and that vote was bribed for access to an oil pipeline, Tech Dirt reported.

If the numerous blatant mafioso tricks by EPP Group and other political parties involved in the copyright directive or ACTA 2, such as attempting to change the voting date, intimidating politicians by threatening them, and changing the article numbers wasn't enough, a report by a German publication has revealed that the real reason Germany caved to France in February is because the country was bribed in negotiations to get approval for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia...

Mar 25 11:41

Belgrade protestors demand president, premier to resign

Another rally, during which protesters demanded the resignation of President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic ended without major incidents on Saturday evening, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene.

"For four months, we have been campaigning for three major things: firstly, the resignation of president Vucic and Prime Minister Brnabic; secondly, the dismissal of the Regulatory Authority of Electronic Media’s council; and, thirdly, the resignation of Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic," Serbian actor and politician Branislav Lecic told the crowd.

He vowed that the protestors would take "resolute practical steps" if those demands are not met and if a transitional government, charged with holding early elections within six months, is not formed.

"Thousands will gather for a rally on April 13, and they will go all the way," Lecic said.

Mar 25 08:06

MAJOR (BEX) : ISIS Plans To Attack European Targets Revealed, Says British Media

English media claims to have exposed that the terrorist group “Islamic State”, or ISIS, as they are losing control over Syria, have planned terrorist attacks in Europe. This much is said to be revealed in documents found in the territories liberated from the militants, The Sunday Times reported .

According to the publication, the plan involves the use dormant cells located in the West, also known as sleeper cells, to carry out the attacks. In the last number of years, there have been a number of terrorist attacks in Europe.

Mar 24 09:18

Killing for Credibility: A Look Back at the 1999 NATO Air War on Serbia

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Operation Allied Force, NATO’s 78-day air war against Yugoslavia. It was a war waged as much against Serbian civilians – hundreds of whom perished – as it was against Slobodan Miloševi?’s forces, and it was a campaign of breathtaking hypocrisy and selective outrage. More than anything, it was a war that by President Bill Clinton’s own admission was fought for the sake of NATO’s credibility.

Mar 24 09:16

Italy Defies West As It Officially Joins China's "Neocolonial Project"

With Brussels and Washington helplessly looking on, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Italian Prime Minister signed a historic memorandum of understanding Saturday morning in Rome that made Italy the first founding EU member, and the first G-7 nation, to officially sign on to Beijing's "One Belt, One Road" economic development initiative - one of President Xi Jinping's signature ventures which many have called China's shadow project to re-colonize the world's poorer nations.

Along with the MoU, the two leaders signed development deals covering everything from port management, to science and technology, to e-commerce to soccer that were reportedly worth up to $20 billion.

Though OBOR (or BRI) has promised to strengthen trade links between the West and East, it has been derided in Washington and Europe as "debt trap diplomacy" and a neocolonial project by Vice President Mike Pence, and others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What else could they do, bomb Italy to the ground for having defied the US and Brussels?!?

I think that the government of Italy has read the economic tealeaves reasonably correctly, and see this as a far better deal than the one they are getting from the EU

Mar 24 09:15

EU holds position on Golan Heights despite Trump - Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday the EU was holding its line on the Golan Heights despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war.

“The EU’s position is well known and has not changed,” Tusk told a news conference when asked to comment on Trump’s comments. The European Union does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the area.

Mar 24 09:11

Hard to Accept Cooperation With NATO After 1999 Bombing - Serbian Col. Gen.

It is difficult for Serbian military veterans who took part in the conflict with NATO back in 1999 to accept that Serbia is currently cooperating with the US-led military alliance, Serbian Col. Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic told Sputnik in an interview, adding that Belgrade’s cooperation with NATO was a "political decision."

Mar 23 09:42

A suicide at Juncker's court

"Laura Pignataro committed suicide on December 17th. This senior official of the European Commission's legal service had been forced to defend the unprepared appointment of Martin Selmayr, former chief of staff to Jean-Claude Junker, as secretary general of the institution."

This is followed by a Renaissance court story, poisons and daggers, which the European Commission immediately denied with fury. The trouble is that the author of the scoop is Jean Quatremer, a reporter of renown and undisputed prestige, already in the past, author of scandalous revelations about the Court (of the Miracles) in Brussels, denied just as furiously and then confirmed by the facts.

Laura Pignataro, a 50-year-old Italian jurist, was someone who counted on the "European bubble". Brilliant jurist, daughter of a magistrate, trained in Italy, USA, France and Spain, she was part of the very closed group of top management.

Mar 23 09:31

PM Orbán: ‘If we lose our Christian culture, we are going to lose our freedom’

“Without the protection of our Christian culture, we are going to lose Europe, and Europe will no longer belong to the Europeans,” Prime Minister Orbán said earlier today. In his remarks honoring the 171st anniversary of Hungary’s 1848-49 revolution, the PM also talked about Hungarian national unity and a “Central European renaissance”.

Mar 23 09:29

BREXIT: May’s Magnificent Seven

Mar 23 08:59

Vienna Museum Cancels Palestine Event with South African Anti-apartheid Leader

A Vienna museum, Volkskundemuseum, has cancelled an event on Palestinian rights where former minister in Nelson Mandela’s government Ronnie Kasrils was scheduled to speak (Video by Ronnie Kasrils). Kasrils is a renowned South African anti-apartheid activist of Jewish descent, and his address was scheduled for the March 29 event as part of the annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). Human rights advocates immediately condemned the cancellation, and called for the event to be reinstated.

The museum caved to pressure from Austria’s Israel lobby. The cancellation comes amid Israel’s ongoing repression of the peaceful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. Two IAW events scheduled in France this week were also canceled.

Mar 23 08:47

Italy Officially Becomes First G7 Country to Join China's Belt and Road Project

The signing of the agreement comes during Chinese President Xi Jinping's three-day visit to Italy in an attempt to improve relations with Rome as China is currently engaged in a trade war with Washington.

Italy approved on Saturday China's Belt and Road (BRI) industrial initiative — this move makes the European country the first member of the Group of Seven (G7) powerful economies to join the Chinese project.

Mar 23 08:41

'RIOTS, DEATH, EVACUATION': Wild No-Deal Brexit Headlines Amid UK Media Frenzy

With Brexit negotiations drawing to a close and the possibility of crashing out from the European Union without a deal dawning on the UK, the variety of eerie UK media news stories by professing doomsday has been quite remarkable.

Theresa May's government has been battling the UK Parliament and the EU chiefs across the English Channel to settle on a Brexit strategy suitable for all. The consensus among Downing Street, MPs and businesses alike has largely been against a no-deal Brexit, with the mainstream media in the UK fuelling or perpetuating fear of what would happen if Theresa May fails to bring a Brexit deal across the line.

In the recent headlines by The Times and the Mirror Online, reported that the Queen and other senior royals will be evacuated from London in the event of a no-deal, which would also see riots erupting on the streets.

Mar 22 13:49

This Could Be It: Key Polish Political Party Comes Out Against Article 13

By Cory Doctorow

With only days to go before the final EU debate and vote on the new Copyright Directive (we’re told the debate will be at 0900h CET on Tuesday, 27 March, and the vote will happen at 1200h CET), things could not be more urgent and fraught. That’s why today’s announcement by Poland’s Platformy Obywatelska—the second-largest party in the European People’s Party (EPP) bloc—is so important...

Mar 22 10:57

Israel to hold referendum on replacing Britain in EU

Benjamin Netanyahu has promised the Israeli people a referendum on joining the European Union, after Brussels said a space was up for grabs after Britain leaves.

The prime minister, fighting corruption allegations during an election countdown, made the comment during a press conference about the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Israel in May.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Last time I looked at a map, Israel was nowhere near Europe!

Mar 22 08:21

Dutch Voters Make 'Forum for Democracy' Party Number One in the Netherlands

Euroscepticism, conservative values and opposition to current immigration policies have put Holland's Forum for Democracy, a newcomer in Dutch politics, at the top of the country's political Mount Olympus during this week's provincial elections.

It's almost midnight on Wednesday, 20 March, and the crowd inside a small hotel in central Holland's Zeist is glued to the TV screens. Every once in a while, the room explodes with applause as exit poll results from provincial council elections come in.

Mar 22 08:17

Brexit uncertainty forces European company to stockpile toilet paper

German-owned paper company Wepa has hoarded 600 tons of toilet paper in its UK warehouses to avoid disruption of supplies in the case of a no-deal Brexit scenario.

Wepa has also opted to charter ship deliveries for importing raw materials into Britain instead of using trucks, according to the company’s managing director Mike Docker, as quoted by the BBC.

The tissue-maker reportedly owns production facilities in Bridgend, in South Wales. Wepa is said to lease extra premises of nearly 20,000 kilometers to store finished product and raw material. The firm also shipped in extra cardboard and tissue.

Mar 22 08:12

300 US soldiers arrive in Germany as Washington tests rapid-deployment strategy in Europe

More than 300 US soldiers arrived in Germany on Thursday from their base in Texas in the first test of a new American strategy to rapidly deploy US-based troops to Europe, AP reported. The soldiers, from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division, based in Fort Bliss, were part of a group of 1,500 to arrive this week in Berlin via charter aircraft.

Mar 21 18:18

‘No deal’ Brexit set for April 12, unless May unites British MPs to win extension for 40 more days

The UK will have to leave the European Union on April 12 unless British MPs agree on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. If the exit deal is passed by next week, EU leaders have agreed to grant an extension to May 22.

“If the Withdrawal Agreement is not approved by the House of Commons next week, the European Council agrees to an extension until 12 April 2019 and expects the United Kingdom to indicate a way forward before this date for consideration by the European Council,” the communiqué reads. “The European Council agrees to an extension until 22 May 2019, provided the Withdrawal Agreement is approved by the House of Commons next week.”

Mar 21 12:55

The Ex-Model Who Claimed Silvio Berlusconi Hosted Satanic Rituals in His House Died From “Apparent Poisoning”

Imane Fadil was a Moroccan ex-model who became a celebrity after becoming a key witness in the 2013 “Rubygate” trials which accused the media mogul and ex-Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi of “child prostitution”. Fadil was also looking to be a witness in a related investigation (dubbed “Ruby ter”) that is still ongoing.

In 2018, Fadil claimed in an interview that Berlusconi’s infamous “parties” lead to dark, satanic rituals. She was also in the process of writing a tell-all book about Rubygate and the dark secrets of Berlusconi. The name of the projected book was quite evocative: I Met the Devil.

Mar 21 11:54

Hard Brexit SHOCK: EU facing ‘VERY SIGNIFICANT’ damage with Germany losing £10BN a year

A NO DEAL Brexit would “very significantly” harm the European Union, Barclays’ chairman said in a chilling warning to Brussels just hours before Theresa May issues her request to extend Article 50 for three months to the EU27.

John Thomas McFarlane OBE, Barclays’ chairman, said a no deal Brexit would cause serious damage to the EU. Speaking at a Brexit conference, he said: "In the event of a no-deal Brexit, it would hurt the EU very significantly." And in a bid to quash the worries of the financial sector in London, which has historically spoken out against leaving the bloc without an agreement securing the future relationship between Brussels and the UK, the Barclays’ boss added the EU is likely to strike a deal with London's financial services whatever form Brexit takes.

Mar 21 11:45

You’ve got 54 more days! Leaked document shows EU will give UK until May 22 to sort Brexit

EUROPEAN Union leaders will restrict Theresa May’s Brexit delay to just 54 days, draft conclusions from the crunch Brussels summit have revealed.

The EU27, in “draft conclusions still under consideration”, will limit the Prime Minister’s delay because of her refusal to consider European Parliament elections in Britain. Conclusions written by top European Council officials were presented to leaders in an envelope after they were addressed by Mrs May. They note reads: “The European Council commits to agreeing to an extension until May 22 2019, provided the withdrawal agreement is approved by the House of Commons next week.

“Given that the UK does not intend to hold elections to the European Parliament, no extension is possible beyond that date.”

Mar 21 09:48

Google hit with another EU antitrust fine: The grand total now comes to €8.2B

This morning, the European Union slapped Google with a €1.5 billion fine, which comes to a little over $1.7 billion. This latest fine was over its antitrust practices with its advertising business.

Essentially, for years Google didn’t allow its AdSense customers to feature rival search engines on their sites. Over the years, the company eased up on these rules, but European officials still decided the practice amounted to illegal behavior. This may be an especially tough blow for Google, since AdSense’s contribution to the company’s overall revenue has been steadily decreasing over the last six-plus years, according to Bloomberg.

Mar 21 09:21

African Bus Driver Kidnaps 51 White Italian Students and Threatens to Carry Out Massacre to Force Italian Government to Admit More African Migrants

If you don’t let Africans flood indiscriminately into your country, an African already in your country will attempt to murder white children as payback. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 21st century.

An attempted mass murder of 51 white Italian children so the Italian government would be forced to stop blocking boats carrying African migrants set on colonizing Western Europe… [Senegalese-Born Bus Driver Charged With Kidnapping 51 Italian Students; Threatened To “Carry Out A Massacre”, Zero Hedge, March 20, 2019]:

Mar 21 08:24

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT: Furious Merkel says this is the ONLY Brexit deal on offer

ANGELA Merkel has expressed her frustration over the Brexit delay with the German Chancellor warning Theresa May the EU will only agree an extension if her deal is passed through Parliament.

Mar 21 08:14

Euroskeptic newcomers unseat Dutch PM’s conservative Senate majority in wake of Utrecht shooting

Euroskeptic party, Forum for Democracy, is set to become one of the two largest groups in the Dutch Senate, stripping the ruling coalition of its majority after winning provincial elections on Wednesday.

Forum voor Democratie (FvD) has scored a major victory and is set to win 12 seats in the upper house of parliament – as many as Prime Minister Mark Rutte's conservative VVD Party, Dutch broadcaster NOS reported after the majority of the votes were counted. The outcome also means the loss of its Senate majority for the ruling coalition, which comprises four center-right parties led by the VVD.

Mar 21 08:12

Italy Ready to Sign Trade Deal With China; Trump, Merkel Blindsided

Next week’s visit to Italy by Chinese Premier Xi Jinping has nearly everyone jittery. The recent announcement by Five Star Movement Leader Luigi Di Maio that his country is prepared to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with China to be a part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative has set off a firestorm of response from Donald Trump to Angela Merkel to Di Maio’s own coalition partner, Lega leader Matteo Salvini.

But, don’t let the wrapper fool you on this. Di Maio’s announcement I don’t think it ‘blindsided’ Salvini as this Reuters article suggests, as much as Merkel and Trump.

Mar 21 08:10

Italy’s Plan to Join BRI Aims to Build Multiple Asia-Europe Gateways

Italy is set to sign a memorandum of understanding with China on cooperation within the framework of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The move will have profound impact and be of great significance to both countries.

Mar 21 07:42

Brexit News: Germany Must EXIT THE EURO!’ Brexit Is A DISASTER But ‘Not For UK’

Holger Schmitz, CEO of Schmitz & Partner AG, said the British “should be happy to have turned their backs” on the Brussels club, while for German savers Brexit is a disaster. He also hit out at EU chiefs for “overlooking the impact of Brexit on the EU’s” strongest economies, which could enable EU member states heavily in debt to “govern undisturbed in the future”, meaning the bloc would instead become a “transfer union”.

As the EU’s strongest economy, Germany would become the “cash cow” to the Union, he warned.

Mar 21 07:41

Merkel ready to fight for orderly Brexit until UK’s planned departure from EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will fight for an orderly Brexit right up until Britain’s planned departure from the European Union on March 29. Merkel said on Tuesday that she “noted with interest” a ruling by the speaker of the British parliament that UK Prime Minister Theresa May must change her twice-defeated divorce deal to put it to a third vote.

Mar 21 07:37

Germany says it will abandon its NATO spending commitments and invest even less than promised, sparking US anger after Trump criticised European allies for expecting a free ride

Germany's military spending is set to fall below its NATO targets, in the latest flashpoint in Berlin's long-running row with Washington.

The latest German budget plans, revealed on Monday, will see defence spending drop well below the two per cent of GDP expected from NATO members.

U.S. ambassador Richard Grenell said the cuts were a 'worrisome signal', while President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused Germany of freeloading on U.S. military might.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the U.S. criticism, saying Germany will not cut foreign aid to raise military spending.

Mar 20 23:36

Brexit BOMBSHELL: Parliament could CANCEL EU exit next week warns William Hague

Mr Hague commented: “It looks like the choice comes down, in the next week, to do you want the deal or a no deal Brexit or to revoke Article 50, linking that to a general election or a second referendum.

“It does lead to this choice in the next week of the deal, or no deal, or no Brexit.”

Mar 20 15:22

Recipe for civil war? 17.4 million voted for Brexit & are being denied it (by G. Galloway)

I’ve known Speaker Bercow since he was a young man, wore a ‘Hang Nelson Mandela’ t-shirt, and was a secretary of the Monday Club – a conservative group so conservative that they’re probably wearing ‘Hang Bercow’ t-shirts today.

By all objective standards Bercow has been a poor speaker of the Commons. What you perhaps don’t know is that is testimony to the chilling effect of laid back liberalism.

Bercow has had an easy ride because he’s biased against a government so incompetent that if it were a “Carry-On” film you wouldn’t want it to end. But it isn’t and most people want it to end as swiftly as possible.

Mar 20 15:20

Orban’s party suspended from European parliament bloc over ongoing feud with Brussels

Hungary’s ruling right-wing party Fidesz has been suspended from the center-right 'European People’s Party' bloc (EPP), as growing confrontation between Viktor Orban and EU leadership comes to a head in the European Parliament.

After serious debate over Fidesz’ fate in the transnational EU bloc, the EPP has voted to suspend the party rather than kicking them out altogether as some had called for.

Mar 20 09:49

KARADZIC SENTENCE INCREASED TO LIFE FOR BOSNIA GENOCIDE: UN

United Nations judges have ordered former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to spend the rest of his life in prison for genocide and war crimes, increasing his original sentence of 40 years.

Karadzic, 73, was convicted in 2016 for the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces. He was also found guilty of leading a campaign of ethnic cleansing that drove Croats and Muslims out of Serb-claimed areas of Bosnia.

A panel of appeals judges in The Hague "imposes a sentence of life imprisonment" after rejecting Karadzic's appeal against his original 2016 conviction, head judge Vagn Joensen said on Wednesday.

Judges at the original trial "underestimated the extreme gravity of Karadzic's responsibility for the most grave crimes committed during the period of conflict, noted for their sheer scale and systematic cruelty", Vagn Joensen said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that the man understands how lucky he was, in light of the reality that the UN court judges do not ever use the death penalty. The Death Penalty and International Law

Mar 20 08:31

WTO NO DEAL: Is it time for the Italian Job?

Mar 20 07:39

No new Brexit negotiations, no additional guarantees, Juncker says before summit

The European Union has done a lot to accommodate the UK over Brexit and can go no further, European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday. He also played down hopes of a breakthrough at this week’s EU summit, Reuters said. With just nine days to go before the March 29 exit date, uncertainty surrounds Brexit with options including leaving with British Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal, a short or longer delay, a disruptive exit or another referendum. “There will be no re-negotiations, no new negotiations, no additional guarantees in addition to those already given,” Juncker told Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio.

Mar 20 07:36

Italy: Matteo Salvini’s League Party Doubles Popularity

Italy’s Lega (League) party has doubled in popularity since its election victory a year ago, according to a nationwide poll Monday.

At the time of national elections on March 4, 2018, fewer than one in five (17 percent) voters said they favored the League over any other party, whereas that figure today has nearly exactly doubled to 33.9 percent, making the League Italy’s favorite party by a significant margin.

In a distant second and third place are the Democratic Party (PD) and the League’s governing partner, the Five Star Movement (M5S), who command allegiance from 21.1 percent and 21 percent of Italians respectively. Monday marked the first time since the elections that the PD has polled higher than M5S, even if they did so by only a tenth of a percentage point.

Mar 20 07:34

Spain CHAOS: Majorca and Ibiza airports will COLLAPSE after Brexit – shock warning

AIRPORTS in Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza would COLLAPSE once Britain leads the European Union, officials have claimed. Worried officials say the baggage system for non-EU residents won't be able to cope with the huge influx of Britons heading to the islands for their holidays.

Mar 20 07:33

Brexit LIVE: Theresa May’s plea for Brexit delay REJECTED by EU, PM faces two new choices

THERESA May has requested a three-month delay to Brexit after her failure to get her deal through Parliament plunged Britain’s planned departure from the European Union into chaos but it looks like Brussels has different ideas.

Mar 20 07:31

EU WARNS UK to Prepare for No-Deal Brexit as May Reportedly Seeks Delay

The talks continue after Speaker of the UK House of Commons John Bercow barred May's government from submitting the Brexit agreement in the Parliament once more, stating that the deal must be fundamentally changed.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has stated that Brussels was ready for a no-deal Brexit, also urging Britons to "finalise all the preparations" for the issue.

He also noted that the EU had now approved nearly all foreseen contingency measures, however, European institutions are still working on the issues of short-term visas and the EU budget for 2019.

Mar 20 07:09

Remembering NATO's Ruthless Bombing Campaign in Serbia

Today, March 24th marks the 16th anniversary since NATO began its 78-day bombing campaign of Serbia. The alliance bypassed the UN under a “humanitarian” pretext, launching aggression that claimed thousands of civilian. Years on, Serbia still bears deep scars of the NATO bombings which, as the alliance put it, were aimed at “preventing instability spreading” in Kosovo.

Mar 20 07:06

UN court increases Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic’s sentence to life in jail for ‘Srebrenica genocide’

A UN court has increased to life the sentence, which former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will spend in prison over what it says were mass killings in Srebrenica during the 1990s Bosnian wars.

Karadzic had served as the Serb’s leader in Bosnia during the civil war in the 1990s. In 2016 International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted him for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre by Bosnian Serb forces.It found him guilty on 10 out of 11 charges and he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Mar 20 07:05

Turkish hate club spreads tentacles to Utrecht

Two older brothers of Gökmen T. have focused on the faith, say local residents. "They are both very strict on the doctrine. You can see that from their clothing, their women are also wearing strong veils. The oldest also sat on his knees in the middle of the city to pray when it was time, ”they say. According to various local residents, the eldest brother in Chechnya has trained or fought and he has links with the radical Turkish movement Caliphate.

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

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I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 19 09:18

Polish president says Israel must make first move to resolve crisis

His comments came a month after tensions flared between Poland and Israel over comments reportedly made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a conference on the Middle East in Warsaw.

After a briefing with reporters, Netanyahu was quoted as saying that “the Poles cooperated with the Nazis” to kill Jews during the Holocaust, The Jerusalem Post reported on its website on Friday.

Netanyahu’s reported comments were seen as suggesting Polish complicity in the Holocaust.

But Netanyahu’s office said at the time that the Israeli prime minister “spoke of Poles and not the Polish people or the country of Poland. This was misquoted and misrepresented in press reports and was subsequently corrected by the journalist who issued the initial misstatement.”

The spat escalated when days later Israel’s interim foreign minister claimed that Poles “imbibed anti-Semitism with their mother’s milk.”

Mar 19 09:09

‘NATO solidarity clause is called Article 5, not article F-35’ – French defense minister

Europe must move away from full dependency on American weapon supplies, the French defense minister stressed, slamming President Donald Trump’s “conditional” approach towards NATO and his European allies.

Expressing concern that Trump’s idea of NATO’s solidarity is “conditional on allies buying this or that equipment,” the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, wondered if the US commitment to the military block will continue to be “perennial.”

The alliance should be unconditional, otherwise, it is not an alliance. NATO’s solidarity clause is called Article 5, not article F-35.

Mar 19 08:22

FLASHBACK - Hungary’s New Border Wall Called A ‘Spectacular Success’

Hungary just finished their new border wall to stop illegal immigration and it dropped the crossings from 6,000 a day to 40.

Mar 18 13:59

Russia deploys Tu-22M3 bombers & Iskanders to Crimea in response to US missile launchers in Romania

Russia has deployed strategic bombers and Iskander missile systems in Crimea to counter US anti-missile elements in Romania, a top senator said. It will allow the country to respond to any threat coming from European territory.
The installation of the American MK-41 missile defense launch systems in Romania became a “serious challenge” for Russia, Viktor Bondarev, the head of the Russian Federation Council’s Defense and Security Committee, said.

But the proper response has now been formulated, with “Russia’s Defense Ministry making a decision to deploy squadrons of Tu-22M3 long-range missile-carrying bombers in Crimea, at the airbase in the town of Gvardeysk.”

Russia’s state-of-the-art missile systems, including S-300 and S-400, Buk-M2, Pantsir-S1 and two modifications of [nuclear capable] Iskander, have also been stationed at the peninsula, he added.

Mar 18 09:03

Italy to BLOCK Brexit delay: Salvini plans eurosceptic favour to Farage, warns Merkel ally

Mr Brok, a close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, insisted there were “very different views” across the EU over Theresa May's request to extend the bloc’s Article 50 exit clause. Any Brexit delay will require a unanimous decision by all leaders at the European Council summit on Thursday afternoon. Mr Brok has begged for a short delay until May 23 to avoid new British MEPs having to be elected to the European Parliament.

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