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Sep 27 10:18

War criminal promoted to chief of Israel lobby group

War criminals are seldom out of work. The shrewdest can turn a bloodstained history to their advantage.

The career of Israeli military strategist Michael Herzog is a good case in point.

Herzog has been sued by human rights activists over his role in a 2002 attack on Gaza. Despite – or perhaps because of – his association with state violence, Herzog’s analysis has been much in demand.

Without fanfare, Herzog has been promoted lately. He is now heading the Forum of Strategic Dialogue, a group which arranges confabs between Israel and Europe’s movers and shakers.

Sep 27 03:59

Bannon Declares ‘War Rooms’ to Win European Elections

Bannon Declares ‘War Rooms’ to Win European Elections – and That’s Not Meddling?

One trait of imperial decadence is untrammeled hubris. Given the increasingly arrant arrogance on display by United States’ officials, public figures and news media we can safely conclude that this empire is accelerating into decadence.

A recent spectacular example comes with separate visits to Europe by US defense secretary James Mattis and Steve Bannon, the former aide to President Trump.

Bannon was addressing a rightwing forum in Italy at the weekend in which he declared that he would be devoting “80 per cent” of his time to help anti-European Union parties win seats in the next European parliamentary elections due in May 2019.

Bannon said he was setting up a coordinating committee, called “The Movement”, in Brussels, from where his political project would direct “war rooms” across Europe to ensure that anti-EU and anti-immigrant parties would succeed in gaining up to a third of the total seats in the 27-nation member bloc’s parliamentary elections. In short, a declaration of political warfare. Unapologetic. Brazen. Arrogant.

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Sep 26 12:34

Pompeo Slams EU Plan to Circumvent US Sanctions on Iran

On Monday night, EU officials unveiled a planned clearing house that would allow international companies, including all of Europe, Russia, and China, to continue trading with Iran while circumventing US banking sanctions.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was “deeply disappointing” to hear that the plan existed, and that he considers it an attempt to bolster Iran’s “ranking as the number one state sponsor of terror,” and counterproductive to US goals.

Not complying with US goals is very much the point. The US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, and has been trying to impose trading sanctions since then. All other nations remain in the nuclear deal, and are trying to save the deal by letting trade continue to flow.

Sep 26 10:56

Europe Unveils “Special Purpose Vehicle” With Russia and China To Bypass SWIFT, Jeopardizing Dollar’s Reserve Status

In the latest sign of the growing divide between Washington and its allies, the European Union’s foreign policy chief announced Monday that the bloc was creating a new payment mechanism to allow countries to transact with Iran while avoiding U.S. sanctions.

Called the “special purpose vehicle” (SPV), this mechanism would aim to “assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran,” according to a joint statement released by the remaining members of the Iran nuclear deal — France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China.

“This will mean that EU member states will set up a legal entity to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran and this will allow European companies to continue to trade with Iran in accordance with European Union law and could be open to other partners in the world,” Federica Mogherini, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

Sep 26 10:41

EU and Iran agree on new payment system to skirt US sanctions

In a major snub to the United States, the European Union has decided to set up a new mechanism to enable legal trade with Iran without encountering US sanctions.

The EU will create new payment channels to preserve oil and other business deals with Iran, Federica Mogherini, the bloc's foreign policy chief said late on Monday, in a bid to evade US punitive measures.

US President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal in May and re-imposed sanctions on the country.

Sep 26 09:48

Europe Unveils “Special Purpose Vehicle” To Bypass SWIFT, Jeopardizing Dollar’s Reserve Status

In a stunning vote of “no confidence” in the US monopoly over global payment infrastructure, one month ago Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas called for the creation of a new payments system independent of the US that would allow Brussels to be independent in its financial operations from Washington and as a means of rescuing the nuclear deal between Iran and the west.

Writing in the German daily Handelsblatt, Maas said “Europe should not allow the US to act over our heads and at our expense. For that reason it’s essential that we strengthen European autonomy by establishing payment channels that are independent of the US, creating a European Monetary Fund and building up an independent Swift system,” he wrote.

Sep 26 07:22

Washington cannot dictate who Europeans should and shouldn't trade with - Belgian PM

The United States has no right to tell European companies who they can trade and develop economic relations with, according to the Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.

“We cannot accept that the US decided the regions with which European companies can or cannot do business,” Michel said in an interview with Belgian French-language broadcaster RTBF shortly after meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York.

Sep 26 04:38

Seven Years after NATO Overthrew Gaddafi in Libya, Western-Backed Gov Begs for Another Intervention

A month of violent in-fighting in Libya’s capital has prompted the “official” government of Libya to call for UN intervention, just seven years after the 2011 NATO intervention laid waste to the country and plunged it into a state of chaos from which it has never recovered.

In late August, the Libyan capital of Tripoli became gripped by in-fighting between rival militant factions, factions that all technically operate under Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). The fighting allegedly began when one of the armed groups, the Kaniyat, launched an attack on Tripoli after media reports had emerged detailing the lavish lifestyles of other GNA armed groups, like the Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigade.

Local media reports have indicated that the warring groups have used heavy weapons, including artillery, to gain the upper hand and that residential areas have been targeted. In addition, the chaos in the capital also resulted in one of the largest prison breaks in Libya’s history, resulting in the escape of around 400 detainees, some of whom joined the fight.

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Sep 24 10:42

Hungary passes ‘Stop Soros’ law banning help for migrants

The Hungarian parliament has passed new legislation that criminalises lawyers and activists who help asylum seekers.

Anyone “facilitating illegal immigration” will face a year in jail.

Viktor Orban’s government has dubbed the legislation the “Stop Soros law”, after the billionaire philanthropist it accuses of supporting Muslim migrants.

The vote in Budapest came hours after a number of European Union leaders agreed to hold crisis talks on how to overhaul asylum rules.

Hungary says immigration threatens its national security, but its hardline stance and new law have faced widespread international criticism.

Sep 24 06:26

Talking about biological differences between men and women now gets you FIRED from academia

A professor of neuroscience at Lund University in Sweden is on the verge of being fired simply for stating that there are fundamental differences between males and females that are “biologically founded,” and that aren’t based on “social constructs alone.”

According to Academic Rights Watch, a Swedish publication that publishes its articles in Swedish, toxic feminists are rabidly demanding that Germund Hesslow, who holds dual Ph.D.s in philosophy and neurophysiology, be fired for expressing what they claim is “anti-feminism” and “transphobia” – again, all for merely pointing out that men are different than women.

Sep 23 05:53

Hitler 'stopped advancing on British troops at Dunkirk for a PEACE treaty' author claims

A British writer believes he may have uncovered the mystery behind Hitler's decision to stop German troops advancing on Allied Forces at Dunkirk - despite having them almost surrounded ... Hitler's attempt at a peace treaty with Britain was rejected by the Prime Minister on Oct. 10, 1939 ... but Mr Davis claims the dictator may have tried again during the Battle of Dunkirk. He added: "What is known is that on the day Hitler stopped the troops advancing his generals reported in their diaries that he was in very good humour and told them the war would be over within days or weeks. Ten days after the German tanks began to attack France, General Jodl wrote in his diary that the Führer was 'beside himself with joy,' adding that he was 'working on the peace treaty.' After which he [Hitler] told them he would make a 'just peace' settlement with Britain."

Sep 22 22:03

Brexit: Labour 'would back members' on new vote, says leadership

Labour's leader and deputy leader say they would be ready to back another EU referendum if party members want one.

Leader Jeremy Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror he was not calling for a new vote but would "adhere to" any decision made at this week's party conference.

And deputy leader Tom Watson, speaking to the Observer, said the view of party members must be respected.

It comes as a poll for the newspaper suggests 86% of members want a vote on the outcome of Brexit negotiations.

Sep 22 10:53

MAJOR: EU FURTHER CLAMPS-DOWN ON IMMIGRATION, ENDS POLICY OF FORCED RELOCATION

In a major development meant to stave off the socio-political collapse of the EU in the face of rising Euroscepticism in ‘Tier II and III’ EU countries, the Union has confirmed its abandonment of the policy of mandatory migrant relocation. Under the former program, Brussels made decisions about where ‘excess’ immigrants would be relocated within the EU. This placed an undue burden on countries in the EU which do not have the economic basis, employment figures, GDP growth, or social-framework to take on an inflow of migrants from ‘crisis zones’ in Africa and the Middle-east. It should also be noted that, politically and militarily, ‘Tier III’ EU countries such as Poland do not have an imperialist economic or military history with regions where migrant flows stem from. This fact turns the standard left-wing argument for open-borders on its head, within the now abandoned framework.

Sep 21 10:06

Poland's Wish to Host US Base Shows Country 'Lives in Illusion' - EU MP

Poland's wish to host a US military base shows that the country, possessed by its resentment toward Russia, still "lives in illusion," Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, a member of the European Parliament and of French party National Rally (RN), told Sputnik.

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday in a meeting with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda that the United States was "considering" an establishment of a military base in Poland.

"The Poles live in an illusion, which has several times led them to positions detrimental to their nation… We must tell our Polish friends that this is enough and that Europe is not there to stir up conflicts and settle their past resentments or, even more seriously, their hatred of Russians," Schaffhauser said.

Sep 20 12:53

Palestine: The testbed for Trump’s plan to tear up the rules-based international order

Jonathan Cook says by liquidating the Palestinian cause and letting Israel rampage unhindered, Trump hopes to destroy the rules-based international system that has prevented World War II and thereby free up America’s hand elsewhere in the world. >>

Sep 20 11:10

Montenegro To Join NATO Baltic Battle Group In Latvia

Under Secretary Shannon Accepts Montenegro’s Instrument of Accession to NATO From Montenegro’s Foreign Minister Darmanovi?

The newest member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance is Montenegro and the tiny nation is wasting no time getting involved in showing its support for collective defense.

Montenegro also plans to join the NATO battle group deployed in Latvia, General James Everard, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told journalists in Riga.

Sep 20 10:49

‘Fort Trump’ would be the second US site in Poland

On Tuesday, during a meeting between Polish President Andrzej Duda and President Donald Trump, Duda said Poland was willing to provide $2 billion for a separate, permanent U.S. base in Poland, which he offered to call “Fort Trump."

“We’re looking at it. We’re looking at it from the standpoint of, No. 1, military protection for both countries, and also cost,” Trump said. “That’s the way it has to be.”

Sep 20 10:40

‘Immigration is not a human right’: Hungary slams ‘pro-migrant’ UN officials for ‘spreading lies’

Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has accused the UN human rights watchdog of “spreading lies” about his country, saying that immigration was not a “fundamental human right.”

The official took aim at the “independent experts” with the UN Human Rights Council, stating they “should not be independent from the truth.”

“Recently, unfortunately, some UN officials started to spread lies against and about my country,” Szijjarto told the UN body’s meeting on Wednesday.

Sep 20 10:29

European leaders pour scorn on British PM's Brexit plan

Brexit rhetoric heats up with EU leaders denouncing UK's plan, and France's Macron calling its proponents 'liars'.

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Sep 20 09:27

Sweden gives permanent residency to an Afghan murderer for ‘humanitarian reasons’

The Swedish Migration Court has overturned a 2015 decision, granting permanent residency to an Afghan migrant murderer, Aftonbladet reports.

The 25-year-old man had a dispute over land and money in Afghanistan with his cousin. He killed him with a rock.

He then fled to Iran where he lived with his family, but out of fear his relatives would take revenge, he decided to flee the country with his wife and two children.

Sep 20 09:23

MAY UNDER FIRE David Davis accuses Theresa May of being a ‘bigger menace to British voters’ than EU and says Chequers plan is ‘devoid of democracy’

DAVID Davis will accuse Theresa May of being “devoid of democracy” in his most blistering attack on her Chequers plan yet.

Speaking in Munich,he will say the Prime Minister is a bigger menace to voters than Brussels by trying to railroad her compromise plan through the Cabinet and Commons.

Sep 20 09:18

Source: EU summit in Salzburg not to adopt new anti-Russia sanctions over Skripal case

Heads of state and government of the 28 EU states will not adopt new sanctions against Russia over Russia’s alleged involvement in poisoning of the former Russian military intelligence officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, a source in the EU Council told TASS.

"Introduction of new restrictions at the summit is not expected. At the moment no additional sanctions against Russia are planned," the source said.

Sep 20 09:14

European airports warn of 'major disruption and safety risks' for British passengers if Brexit deal isn't reached

European airports have warned Brussels they face ‘major disruption and heightened safety risks’ if a Brexit deal is not agreed.

More than 6 million passengers a year who change flights in Europe after setting off from the UK face extra security and screening if the country is excluded from an EU scheme.

At present, travellers do not have to undergo extra checks before embarking on the second leg of the journey because the UK is part of the ‘one-stop’ security regime.

Airports Council International (Europe) has warned the European Commission that under a ‘no deal’ scenario, passengers would have to be re-screened at the airport where they change flights.

Sep 19 18:35

‘Immigration is not a human right’: Hungary slams ‘pro-migrant’ UN officials for ‘spreading lies’

Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has accused the UN human rights watchdog of “spreading lies” about his country, saying that immigration was not a “fundamental human right.”

The official took aim at the “independent experts” with the UN Human Rights Council, stating they “should not be independent from the truth.”

“Recently, unfortunately, some UN officials started to spread lies against and about my country,” Szijjarto told the UN body’s meeting on Wednesday.

Such officials would like to “force on us impossible things,” namely allowing illegal migrants into the country, Szijjarto stated. “They say that migration is a fundamental human right, which is a lie,” he stressed.

Sep 19 12:38

Sweden: Anti-Immigration Party Becomes Kingmaker

Swedish police received more than 2,300 reports of potential crimes linked to this year's election, including voter intimidation and threats of violence against property or persons. An international team of observers found irregularities in 46% of the polling stations visited. The team expressed particular concern over the lack of secrecy in voting. Swedish authorities allow more than one voter (normally from the same family) to enter the polling booth together, ostensibly to ensure that the more literate family member can assist the less literate ones to correctly fill in the ballot paper.

"We are concerned about the significant level of family voting where women, older voters and the infirm can be guided or even instructed how to vote by another family member... We feel this may be a way of suppressing some voters from freely choosing their own choice." - Statement on the Swedish election from Democracy Volunteers,election observers.

Sep 19 11:24

‘UK must SUFFER!’ Angela Merkel makes shocking Brexit attack

ANGELA Merkel was quoted as saying “the UK must suffer a little bit” in the Brexit negotiations, the same day Theresa May warned MPs that if her Chequers proposal is not supported in the House of Commons the UK will face a "no deal" Brexit.

Sep 19 09:20

Spain Becomes Migrant Hotspot | Border Wall Stormed | Socialist Government Encouragement

Sep 19 09:13

Poland Offers US $2 Billion to Establish a Permanent Military Base

Visiting the White House on Tuesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda reiterated Poland’s offer to pay $2 billion to the US if President Trump establishes a permanent military base inside Poland. Duda argues it is needed as a bulwark against Russia.

This is not a new offer, though Duda’s visit gives it a lot more attention. Polish Defense Ministry officials announced the offer back in May, saying they want a US armored division and are willing to defray some of the construction costs of the base.

In reality, the cost putting a US armored base in Poland on a permanent basis is going to be several hundred million dollars per year, and while Poland’s cash may make the initial move into the country cheaper, it will quickly be another costly mission for the US with no end in sight.

Sep 19 05:59

‘Hell on Earth’: MSF doctor tells RT of rape, violence, inhumane conditions in Lesbos refugee camp

One toilet for over 70 people, rape, and mental health issues – a doctor from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and an aid worker told RT about the dire conditions in the overcrowded Moria refugee camp in Greece.

The overcrowded camp on the island of Lesbos, built to accommodate 3,100, houses around 9,000 people. "It's a kind of hell on Earth in Europe," Dr. Alessandro Barberio, an MSF clinical psychiatrist, said, adding that people in the camp suffer from lack of water and medical care. "It is impossible to stay there," he said.

According to Barberio, asylum seekers are subjected to violence "during night and day.""There is also sexual violence" which leads to "mental health issues," he said, adding that all categories of people at the camp may be subjected to it. "There is rape against men, women and children," and the victims of sexual violence in the camp often have nightmares and hallucinations, Barberio told RT.

Sep 19 05:09

NATO's 5,000 warplanes ready to bomb Russia, Chinese media say

The United States of America is used to exercising control over the Russian Federation in cooperation with Europe. However, EU countries have had a plethora of problems lately, and the US will have to count on its own forces in the event of an open military confrontation with Russia. A recent article published on Chinese publication Jinri Toutiao said that the Russian government is confident and correct in its actions. The Kremlin does not even think to obey Washington, nor does it follow the path of aggression. Russia acts solely in its own interests and in the interests of national security, the Chinese publication said. However, the United States follows a completely different path of behaviour. The number of NATO bases in countries of Eastern Europe, such as Poland or the Baltic States, has been growing during the recent years. According to official data, there are several thousands of NATO soldiers and more than 100 tanks in Eastern European countries.

Sep 19 04:52

Russian peacekeepers should stay in Transnistria until conflict settled — Moldovan leader

Russian peacekeepers should not be withdrawn from the unrecognized republic of Transnistria until the conflict is ultimately settled, Moldova President Igor Dodon said on Tuesday. "I stand for keeping the current peacekeeping operation on the Dniester banks in place until a lasting and viable political solution to the Transnistrian problem is reached," he said in an interview with the Moldova-1 television channel. "Peace in the region was restored thanks to this peacekeeping operation," he recalled and voiced criticism of those politicians "who come out with statements on the need to withdraw Russian peacekeepers in a bid to please certain people across the Atlantic." Transnistria, a largely Russian-speaking region, broke away from Moldova following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Its relations with Moldova’s central government in Chisinau have been highly mixed and extremely tense at times ever since then.

Sep 19 04:47

Moldovan president calls on government to resign

Moldovan President Igor Dodon has called on Pavel Filip’s government, formed by the ruling Democratic Party of Moldova, to resign in order to call an early election to the parliament, he wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, commenting on the reshuffling in the cabinet of ministers declared yesterday. "I don’t understand why changes should be introduced to the composition of the government with just months left before the election. The people want this government and the parliamentary majority to leave for good. If the Democrats did hear the citizens, they would have dissolved the parliament long ago and declared an early election in order not to drag feet until February," the Moldovan president noted. "I’m waiting for the entire government to resign, the parliamentary election to be held and a new parliamentary majority and a new government to be formed," he concluded...

Sep 19 04:43

Trump can stop Nord Stream 2 project, says Polish president

Polish President Andrzej Duda told the Polish TV on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump can make a decision that would bring the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project to a halt. "The decision is in the US president’s hands," Duda said when asked whether an opportunity existed to stop the implementation of the Russian project. "I hope that the president will make this decision." The Polish leader, who met with his US counterpart earlier in the day, said the Nord Stream 2 project would not benefit the United States, because large volumes of Russian gas on the European market would pose a threat to the sales of US liquefied natural gas there.

Sep 18 15:37

European Union Ready To Break Up

Sep 18 15:27

EU encourages migration by offering large social benefits, why would the flow stop? – Putin

The flow of migrants arriving in European countries is unlikely to stop until the EU itself addresses the issue and reviews its policies, which effectively “encourage” immigration, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

The European Union should address immigration and should not expect the problem to somehow fix itself, Putin said on Tuesday, following talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Moscow.

“If one encourages migration with large social benefits and other bonuses, why should this flow ever stop?” the Russian president said. “Yet it’s up to our colleagues in Europe to decide for themselves what is better for Europe and Europeans.”

Sep 18 15:26

Trump mulls idea of permanent US military base in Poland, says Warsaw ‘likes it very much’

US President Donald Trump is eyeing a permanent military presence in Poland, saying the country “likes the idea very much.” Warsaw had stated earlier it was ready to pay up to $2 billion to have a US military base on its soil.

“Poland is willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland, and certainly it's something we'll discuss,” Trump said on Tuesday while speaking at the White House before meeting his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.

Poland “likes the idea very much,” according to Trump, who has been looking at the prospect of putting a permanent military base in Poland “very seriously.” Duda’s statements at the Tuesday briefing indicate Warsaw is indeed more than eager to have a permanent US base on their soil.

Sep 18 09:39

Orban’s Moscow visit a middle finger gesture to EU after last week’s humiliation

Russian President Vladimir Putin is reviled as an enemy of the West in general, and of the EU in particular, and yet Hungarian Prime Minister Orban continues to conduct “business as usual” with the master of the Kremlin.

The “salon des refusés” of political dissidents in the EU is getting bigger by the day. Less than a week after his government was condemned in a vote in the European parliament, Orban is in Moscow for talks about energy with Putin. His visit to Russia is the political equivalent of giving the EU the finger following last week’s humiliation.

Sep 18 09:38

Hungary wants Russia's Turkish Stream pipeline to be extended into Europe – Orban

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has asked Russia to extend the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline to his country and further into Europe.
Orban, who is on a visit to Moscow, broached this potential project during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. "It's no secret that Hungary wants the pipeline that's being built near the south of the country, to go through Hungary,” Orban said. The countries have also agreed a gas delivery service from Russia to Hungary for 2020.

Sep 18 09:31

A European Court Just Ruled NSA Surveillance Practices Violate Human Rights

A European Court Just Ruled NSA Surveillance Practices Violate Human Rights
The suit was brought by Amnesty International, Big Brother Watch, the ACLU, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and other civil liberties groups.

Sep 18 09:19

Disobedient Hungary: From the Soviet to the European Union

CNN recently discovered a paradox. How was it possible, they asked, that in 1989, Viktor Orban, at the time a Western-acclaimed liberal opposition leader, was calling for Soviet troops to leave Hungary, and now that he is Prime Minister, he is cozying up to Vladimir Putin?

For the same reason, dummy.

Orban wanted his country to be independent then, and he wants it to be independent now.

In 1989, Hungary was a satellite of the Soviet Union. Whatever Hungarians wanted, they had to follow directives from Moscow and adhere to Soviet communist ideology.

Today, Hungary is ordered to follow directives from Brussels and adhere to the EU ideology, a k a “our common values”.

Sep 18 08:26

Even The Exiled Dalai Lama Agrees: "Europe Belongs To Europeans"

"Is the Buddhist spiritual leader a white supremacist, an inveterate racist or even a closet Nazi? Only a very misinformed person would suggest such a thing..."

Sep 17 10:15

Jean Cloude Juncker na szczycie NATO 2018

Sep 17 09:27

CREDIT SUISSE LAMBASTED BY FINANCIAL WATCHDOG OVER FIFA MONEY LAUNDERING

Switzerland’s financial supervisor FINMA says one of the country’s largest banks, Credit Suisse, failed to properly oversee its anti-money laundering procedures for FIFA, as well as Brazil’s and Venezuela’s state oil companies.
According to the regulator, the banking multinational showed serious “deficiencies” in its attempts to counter illegal financial activities when dealing with soccer’s ruling body FIFA, Brazilian oil corporation Petrobras, and Venezuela's state energy company PDVSA.

“To combat money laundering effectively, every relevant department within the bank must be able to see all the client's relationships with the bank instantly and automatically,” FINMA said, adding that some progress had been made so far.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from most financial institutions.

Sep 16 18:15

Animated Map: 2,400 Years of European History

Sep 16 12:19

No Chance Berlin Will Buy US LNG, Regardless of Trump’s Efforts – German Media

The US president has criticized European nations, specifically Germany, for continuing to buy Russian natural gas and supporting the construction of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline. Trump suggested that the EU should buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US, despite it being more expensive.

Germany is unlikely to buy the LNG that Washington has offered it as an alternative to Russian gas as Berlin doesn't need it, the German business newspaper Handelsblatt wrote on September 13. The newspaper wrote that the only reason that the German chancellor would be interested in US LNG would be to appease US President Donald Trump ahead of crucial trade talks between the US and the EU.

Sep 16 12:19

Finnish President Tells German Media That He Does Not See Russia as a Threat

President Vladimir Putin has praised Finland’s security policy for providing the “optimum model for guaranteed and sustainable good relations for nonaligned countries.”

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto does not consider Russia a threat. In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine, he said that Russia has no reason whatsoever to attack Finland, that’s why he has no desire to join NATO.

“I don’t think Russia will invade the Baltic States. Neither has it any intention to attack Finland,” Niinisto noted.

Sep 16 09:59

Russian Embassy in Bern Slams Newspaper for Anti-Russia Reports Devoid of Facts

The new article published in the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger with allegations against Russian diplomats again lacks facts, just as it was with its previous two publications about Russians, the Russian Embassy in Switzerland said Sunday.

"We regret to note that groundless and unsubstantiated attacks against Russia continue to emerge from the tireless Swiss journalists from Tages Anzeiger. As with the two previous publications by the authors, the Sunday article on Russian diplomats in Switzerland is characterized by the absence of any facts, as well references to secret documents that no one saw and probably no one wrote," the Russian diplomatic mission in Bern said in a statement on Facebook.

Such publications undermine Russian-Swiss relations, the embassy noted.

Sep 16 09:53

Hungarian FM responds to slander from the European Union

Sep 16 00:46

Georgian official dismisses reports of experiments on humans in Georgian lab

Georgian Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze dismissed as "absurd" reports of experiments on humans in the Richard Lugar Public Health Research Center near the Georgian capital Tbilisi. "The reports about secret tests on humans in the [Lugar] center are baseless and absurd. The laboratory works in the regime of transparency, its doors are open for foreign scientists and experts," Abashidze said in an interview with the Georgian Public Television. "In order to ensure the center’s transparency, the laboratory will host an international seminar with the participation of experts and specialists from almost 20 countries," the Georgian official added.

Sep 15 11:43

EU Nations Consider Clearing House to Avoid Iran Sanctions

The big stumbling block with EU companies continuing to trade with Iran is financing. US threats to punish companies involved in such trade have scared away a lot of banks, despite EU assurances that they will protect companies.

This clearing house would aim to avoid banks, and money changing hands across borders, entirely. One European company could pay the clearing house for imported Iranian oil, and the clearing house would give that money to another EU company providing goods or services to Iran.

While the US theoretically wants to sanction all trade with Iran, particularly oil imports, they have limited options to punish a European company whose business is to buy Iranian oil, or European industrial firms with projects inside Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This attempt to deprive Iran it's oil revenue.... was never fully thought through.

So what is President Trump going to do when he realizes that the EU is not going to comply with sanctions, declare war on them?!?

Given his proclivity for preferring war over negotiations, I have to wonder.

Sep 15 10:59

It's Unclear Whether EU Will Fall Apart, But Change is Coming – US Investor

Change is coming, Charles Ortel, a Wall Street analyst, told Sputnik, commenting on the growing discontent with Brussels policies among Europeans and the increasing popularity of nationalist conservative parties. According to the analyst, the EU's swollen bureaucratic apparatus remains a stumbling block in the way of Europe's development.

Sep 15 10:39

Why is Europe still funding occupation profiteer Ahava?

The European Union has broken its commitment to cease funding firms based in Israel’s illegal settlements.

Five years ago, the EU issued a policy paper stating that Israeli companies were not eligible to draw down subsidies if they had been set up in the occupied West Bank.

One such company, the cosmetics maker Ahava, has nonetheless managed to participate in Horizon 2020, the Union’s latest program for scientific research. It is benefitting from a $4.5 million EU-funded scheme on using nanotechnology to develop new skin care products.

Ahava is headquartered in the settlement of Mitzpe Shalem. Like all Israel’s settlements in the West Bank, Mitzpe Shalem has been constructed in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

There can be no doubt that Ahava is based there.

Sep 14 11:08

UK Mass Surveillance Ruled Unlawful in Landmark Judgment

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) today ruled that the UK’s mass interception programmes breached the Article 8 right to privacy enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.

Sep 14 10:39

EU Increasing Size of Military by 700 Percent

Sep 14 09:44

Four Belgian Political Parties Call for Banning of Pro-Sharia Islamist Party

Four political parties are pushing forward laws that could prohibit the pro-sharia Partij Islam ahead of Belgium’s upcoming municipal elections.

The Independent Federal Democrat Party (DEFI), the right-wing Reform Movement (MR), the Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH), and the Socialist Party (PS) have announced a proposal to ban parties “whose aim is to threaten public liberties”, which may include the Islamist party, Le Point reports.

The party gained notoriety earlier this year after its founder, Anderlecht municipal councillor Redouane Ahrouch, declared: “Our goal is a one hundred percent Islamic state.”

Sep 14 09:43

Hungary: EU Sanctions Vote is ‘Petty Revenge’ for Proving Migration Can Be Stopped

Hungary has received the backing of its anti-mass migration allies in Poland and the Czech Republic following a vote of censure in the European Parliament, which the Central European country’s foreign minister has denounced as “petty revenge”.

“Today’s [European Parliament] decision is the petty revenge of pro-migration politicians,” declared Péter Szijjártó.

The Hungarian suggested that the EU establishment was seeking to make an example of Hungary, which was subject to an Article 7 vote, which could see the country stripped of its voting rights.

This is because Viktor Orbán’s government “proved that there is no need for migration and migration can be stopped” and this angered pro-migration politicians, in Szijjártó’s estimation.

Sep 14 09:43

'Little Mussolinis': EU chief angers Italy with comment on rise of far right

The EU’s top economic official has voiced fears that “little Mussolinis” might be emerging in Europe, drawing a furious response from Italy’s far-right interior minister who accused him of insulting his country and Italians.

Pierre Moscovici, a Frenchman who is the European Union’s economics affairs commissioner, said the current political situation, with populist, far-right forces on the rise in many nations, resembled the 1930s when Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Italian fascist chief Benito Mussolini were in power.

Sep 14 09:33

Nigel Farage destroys Eurocrats at the 'show trial' of Viktor Orban

Sep 14 09:30

Hungary Attacked by the EU and 1 Evil Woman

Hungary Attacked by the EU and 1 Evil Woman

Judith and the EU take aim and Hungary and Viktor Orban with article 7 sanctions.

Sep 13 17:54

Bulk Data Collection By NSA and GCHQ Violated Human Rights Charter, European Court Rules

By Aaron Kesel

GCHQ surveillance revealed by Snowden breached privacy rights, according to Strasbourg judges.

GCHQ’s methods for bulk interception of various online communications violated privacy rights and failed to provide sufficient surveillance safeguards, the European court of human rights ruled in a 5-2 ruling

The court found that GCHQ’s “bulk interception” violated article 8 of the European convention on human rights, which guarantees privacy due to “insufficient safeguards” relating to the “communications data.”...

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 12:00

Turkey's Latest Power Grab: A Naval Base In Cyprus?

The possibility of a Turkish naval base on Cyprus does not bode well for the chances of a Cyprus reunification deal, particularly after the breakdown of the July 2017 peace talks, which were suspended when "Turkey had refused to relinquish its intervention rights on Cyprus or the presence of troops on the island."

Turkey has 30,000 soldiers stationed on Cyprus, the northern part of which it has illegally occupied since 1974.

"If Greek-Turkish tensions escalate, the possibility of another ill-timed military provocation could escalate with them... Moreover, such a conflict might open up an even greater opportunity for Russian interference." - Lawrence A. Franklin.

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