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Sep 21 15:32

NATO Slitting Wrists After Russian Exercise Ends Without Anticipated Invasion of Europe

Poor NATO and associated media will have to wait another 4 years before they can again pretend they fear the Zapad drills may be a cover for invasion of Poland.

Sep 21 14:30

Listening to the Donald at the UN – The Saker

No matter how bad things look now, Hillary President would have been infinitely worse!

In conclusion, what I take away from Trump's UN speech is a sense of relief for the rest of the planet and a sense of real worry for the US. Ever since the Neocons overthrew Trump and made him what is colloquially referred to as their “bitch” the US foreign policy has come to a virtual standstill.

Sure, the Americans talk a lot, but at least they are doing nothing. That paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the internal infighting, is a blessing for the rest of the planet

Sep 21 13:22

Iran Signs €500 Million Finance Deal with Denmark

Denmark's Danske Bank signed a €500 million finance contract with 10 Iranian banks on Thursday, becoming the second European lender to ink such an agreement with Iran.

Saman Bank, Bank Mellat, Tejarat Bank, Bank Melli Iran, Bank of Industry and Mine, Bank Sepah, Bank Pasargad Iran, EN Bank, Bank Keshavarzi, and Parsian Bank will act as the agent banks, providing civil projects in Iran with the Danish fund, Central Bank of Iran website reported.

At the Iranian ambassador's residence in a in Vienna attended by Ahmad Araqchi, CBI's deputy for foreign exchange affairs and Mohammad Khazaei, deputy minister of economy.

Sep 21 12:07

To Prevent Rebellion, Spain Docks Cruise Ship Housing 16,000 Riot Police In Barcelona Port

Efforts by Madrid to stop a Catalonia independence vote, currently slated for October 1st, seem to be growing more hostile by the day. Earlier this week Spanish police seized control of Catalonia’s finances, seeking to ensure that separatist politicians could not spend further public funds on the referendum, and conducted raids across Catalonia to confiscate ballots and campaign materials from printing shops and delivery companies.

Now, as the New York Times notes this morning, Spanish police have detained 14 people during operations conducted yesterday which included the secretary general of economic affairs, Josep Maria Jové.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those 16000 police just became a target!

Sep 21 09:30

Russia begins troop withdrawal from Belarus after end of Zapad 2017 drills – MoD

Russian troops have started to routinely return to their home bases after the end of the joint Russia-Belarus Zapad 2017 exercises that earlier provoked large-scale hysteria in the West over their nature, numbers and purpose.

Units of the Russian Air Force were first to set off for home following the end of the drills, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Sep 21 08:43

E.U. to Trump: ‘We’re Not Renegotiating Iran Nuclear Deal’ – Israel Not Happy

Now Israel has a problem. What’s good for Washington is not necessarily good for Europe…

RT International reports today…

All parties to Iran’s nuclear agreement remain in full compliance with the deal, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said after the Wednesday P5+1 powers’ meeting. She emphasized that the deal had potentially averted a military incursion into Iran.

“This is an agreement that prevented a nuclear program and potentially prevented a military intervention,” Mogherini said, following a meeting of ministers representing the six world powers and Iran on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Calling the negotiations a “frank” discussion, Mogherini said that it boiled down to all sides agreeing that no country has breached the terms of the deal. “We all agreed on the fact that there is no violation, that the nuclear program-related aspects, which is all the agreement, are being fulfilled,” she said.

Sep 21 08:12

'Pipe Dream': Mariano Rajoy Rules Out Catalonia Independence Referendum

Spanish Prime Minister said that the referendum on the independence of Catalonia cannot be held, adding that the government of the autonomous region should give up this dream.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to end up as a civil war.

Sep 21 07:56

Brussels faces rebellion over South America trade deal that will 'devastate' EU farmers

BRUSSELS was today facing serious questions about its proposed trade deal with a group of South American countries after Irish farmers warned it would have a “devastating impact” the EU cattle industry.

Sep 20 14:52

"We Are In A State Of Siege": Spanish Police Arrest Top Catalan Officials In Referendum Raids

Spanish police arrested top-ranking Catalan officials including the region’s junior economy minister Josep Maria Jove, as Madrid launched a crackdown on Catalonia over the upcoming Independence referendum Reuters reported. Jove, who is a senior member of the Republican Left of Catalonia political party, was detained following a Wednesday morning raid carried out by Spain’s Civil Guard, which has the authority of both the Interior and the Defence ministries.

At least a dozen high-ranking local officials were arrested, La Vanguardia newspaper said. Among those detained are Josue Sallent Rivas from the Centre of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Xavier Puig Farré from the Office of Social Affairs and Josep Maria Salvat Tenesa from the Ministry of Economics and Finance.

Sep 20 12:17

How the UN Covers for US Aggression

UN is not out to get the U.S. Rather, it has largely been America’s tool since its inception, it has repeatedly covered Uncle Sam’s overly-exposed butt as he (a.k.a. “the royal we”) has gone around the world on a three decade-long military bender since the end of the Cold War.

And therein lies the truly pernicious part of the Trumped-up case against the U.N. … because, like so much of America’s growing cult of grievance, it reflects an ever-widening gap between America’s stated ideals and its self-serving behavior around the world.

Sep 20 12:10

Trump’s Embarrassing UN Speech

The arrogance conveyed by Trump’s speech is unprecedented.

I wonder if whoever wrote the deplorable speech intended to embarrass Trump and inadvertently embarrassed America as well, or whether the speechwriter(s) is so imbued with the neoconservative arrogance and hubris of our time that the speechwriter was simply blind to the extraordinary contradictions that stood out like sore thumbs all through the speech.

Sep 20 07:01

Free Muslim Immigration to Europe 1

Abstract from the Barcelona - Euro Mediterranean Declaration of 1995:

The Euro Mediterranean Declaration was agreed upon by the EU, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel and comprises:

Comprehensive political partnership, among other things about:

Establishing a free trade area and economic integration to begin in the year of 2010
Considerably more money for the partners
Cultural partnership.
Respect for Islam Is Guaranteed by the EU

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, apparently the plan to flood Europe with Muslim refugees goes all the way back to 1995!

Sep 20 06:52

Israel and Saudi Arabia Loved Trump’s Nuke-Happy U.N. Speech

Trump's controversial United Nations speech—in which he threatened to "destroy" North Korea—was condemned by European allies and cheered by hardliners in the Mideast.

Sep 20 06:50

Hamas bends over backwards yet EU retains snub

As for Hanegbi, he recently threatened Palestinians with a “third Nakba” – a reference to Israel’s previous bouts of mass ethnic cleansing in 1948 and 1967.

He’s only one in a parade of top Israeli officials to make genocidal statements that the EU has failed or refused to condemn.

The EU continues to reward Israel as it builds its settlements in the occupied West Bank at a rapid pace, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces openly they will never be removed.

Sep 19 09:59

‘GM seed choice shouldn’t be dictated’: Italian farmers question EU court ruling on Monsanto corn

Not all Italian farmers welcome a European court ruling this week allowing growers to cultivate genetically-modified corn in Italy. Some farmers told RT that the majority reject GM seeds and question the EU interfering in national laws.

The European Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled in favor of Giorgio Fidenato, an Italian activist farmer who faces fines for growing genetically-modified maize MON 810 on his land in 2014, despite a 2013 government decree banning its cultivation.

In 2013, Italy asked the European Commission to adopt emergency measures prohibiting the planting of the Monsanto-produced seeds in light of new scientific studies carried out by Italian scientists.

Sep 19 09:57

Hungary set for fresh anti-Soros blitz

Hungary is set to launch another state "national consultation" about US financier and philanthropist George Soros, the government said Tuesday, six months before expected general elections.

The campaign would be to investigate public views on the "Soros plan", and would likely be launched next month, government spokesman Bence Tuzson told public radio, without giving further details.

Last week a top official in the ruling Fidesz party, Lajos Kosa, said that this "Soros plan" includes Europe accepting a million migrants per year and the demolition of Hungary's anti-migrant border fences.

Sep 19 09:23

Experts say it would be 'foolish' to expand eurozone because single currency has been 'divisive'

Jean-Claude Juncker's plans to expand the eurozone came under fresh attack last night as critics warned that the single currency has been 'disastrous' for the region.

In his annual State of the Union speech last week, the European Commission president said those members of the EU that have not adopted the euro should do so.

Sep 18 15:29

TRUMP JUST WALKED INTO THE U.N. AND SAID ONE WORD LEFT THEM ALL SPEECHLESS

President Trump told the U.N. that no country shall “shoulder a disproportionate share of the burden and that’s military or financially.”

Sep 18 14:58

Video: ‘Back To Normal’? EU Migrant Chief Calls To Abandon Extra Checks On Schengen Borders

It seems that EU is unable and unwilling to protect EU borders.

Sep 18 13:46

In Catalonia: A Spanish Tiananmen Square?

One of those crises that no one saw coming is about to rear its head in a very unlikely locale: Catalonia, Spain’s richest province, where the local government has scheduled an independence referendum on October 1.

Catalonia has long been a cash cow for the Madrid regime: the province is by far the richest in the country, and contributes much more to the national budget than it receives. With 16 percent of Spain’s population, the region produces 25 percent of the nation’s exports, hosts 23 percent of industry – and receives 11 percent of government expenditures. This essentially parasitic relationship perhaps accounts for the fierce resistance to the secession movement by the rather shaky regime of conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Sep 18 12:37

Removing Offensive Monuments

The eyesore presidential libraries

The social justice warrior charge to purge the United States of all monuments relating in any way to the Confederacy has been rapidly expanding to include the scourge represented by all white people all through history.

Now, I would suggest that turnabout is fair play so if we are all agreeing that monuments must be destroyed to right historic wrongs, I am interested in making up my own little list based on the things that I disapprove of. As readers of this site are aware, I am a critic of illegal behavior by the United States government, to include torture, targeted assassinations by drone and starting wars without any reason to do so, so that would be a good place to start.

Sep 18 12:33

Russia Emerges As Victor in Syrian War

The war is almost over; reconstruction and nation-building are coming to the fore.

A new UN-brokered round of negotiations on Syria will kick off in October. The participants will have to live with new reality – the West has lost in Syria, Russia and its allies have won

Sep 18 12:30

Trump’s Bonfire of Washington Politics

So, is it inside-out politics that is taking place here?

President Trump shocked the political world and his own “base” when he struck a budget deal with Democrats to get emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey victims, reports ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

Last week, President Trump threw a grenade into the U.S. political structure.

Sep 18 12:27

A Letter to My American Friends

What would it take for you to switch sides and join the rest of mankind in what is a struggle for the survival of our species?

I asked you to name me a single successful US military intervention since WWII and you could name none. Good!

Did you notice that there was no Islamic State in Iraq before the US invasion?

I don’t think that millions of murdered people, including hundreds of thousands of children, are “mistakes” (how would you react it somebody conceded to you that Hitler and Stalin made “mistakes”?). But there is something even more insidious in this notion of “mistake”.

Sep 18 09:25

Algeria Officially Launches Helicopter Money Amid Sliding Oil Revenue, Budget Crisis

On Sunday, Algeria’s prime minister unveiled a plan to plug the country's budget deficit as the the OPEC member state looks to offset lower oil revenue by directly borrowing from the central bank, while avoiding international debt markets. In other words, direct monetization of debt, which bypasses commercial banks as a monetary intermediate, and is better known as "helicopter money."

Sep 18 08:15

‘A mistake we WON’T make again’ German election could KILL Macron-Juncker eurozone dream

FEDERALIST dreams of a more deeply integrated eurozone stand on a knife-edge this week as eurocrats nervously await the outcome of a German election which could determine the future of the bloc.

Sep 18 08:08

NATO ex-Secretary General: "Russia is trembling, let's finish it off with force"

Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to the deployment of the UN contingent to the Donbass, because he was frightened by the US leadership's statements about the provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine. This was announced by the former NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen in Kiev at the "Yalta European Strategy" conference.

"Putin understands that the price of continuing destabilization in Ukraine has become higher. Very often, political and diplomatic processes can be conducted through a clearly articulated threat of the use of force. I am confident that further pressure on Russia will help this process, " Rasmussen said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Sep 18 08:06

Trump better stop encouraging EU secession or kiss Texas goodbye, warns Juncker

The EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has called on US President Donald Trump to stop applauding Brexit and become more supportive of the block. He threatened to hit back if Trump does not change his tune.

“Brexit isn’t the end. A lot of people would like it that way, even people on another continent where the newly elected US president was happy that Brexit was taking place and has asked other countries to do the same,” Juncker said on Thursday during a conference of the center-right European People’s Party in Malta.

Sep 18 08:06

Saving Their Bacon: Donetsk Republic Bans Iconic Ukrainian Pork Delicacy

The disease has plagued Eastern Europe since 2007, when it hit Georgia, and then spread into the Caucasus, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

Ukraine, which has a special reputation for its pork products, has been hit particularly hard, and the situation has recently worsened. Poland's Ministry of Agriculture has announced that Warsaw would build a €30 million, 729 km fence on the border with Ukraine to protect itself from Ukrainian wild boars infected with ASF from entering Poland.

Sep 18 08:05

Catalonia’s Defiance of Spanish Authority Turns into Rebellion

“Do not underestimate the power of Spanish democracy.”

Sep 18 08:00

Merkel faces MORE pressure to PAY: Poland has RIGHT to war reparations from Germany

The research bureau at the country’s parliament have published a 40-page document looking at the devastation of the country as well as the millions of deaths caused when Nazi Germany invaded its neighbour on September 1, 1939, sparking World War Two.

The researchers wrote: “It is legitimate to claim the Republic of Poland is entitled to compensation claims against the Federal Republic of Germany, and the contention those claims have expired is unfounded.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No! Only WE get reparations!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Sep 18 07:56

EU EXPOSED: How Brussels uses YOUR cash to fund people smugglers in £260 MILLION scheme

BRITISH taxpayers cash is being handed to people claiming to be former people smugglers in Africa to help set up new businesses in an European Union aid project, an investigation has revealed.

Sep 17 09:01

‘Playing with fire’: Upper House speaker blasts Washington’s attempts to dominate foreign nations

The head of the Russian Upper House has warned the US “export of democracy” is merely a disguised attempt to maintain its dominant position in the world that can only bring chaos, wars and disasters to other nations.

In a major interview published by the Parlamentskaya Gazeta daily on International Democracy Day – September 15 – Valentina Matviyenko said that in her opinion numerous extant conflicts across the globe were caused mainly by the interference of leading western nations into internal affairs of other countries.

Sep 17 09:00

FLASHBACK - Juncker: No Matter How Bad Migrant Crisis, Terrorism Gets, We’ll Never Give Up On Open Borders

ean-Claude Juncker has vowed that no matter how bad terrorism or the migrant crisis gets, the European Union (EU) will never give up on open borders. The European Commission president said terrorism could be countered with better intelligence-sharing between member states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rape, robbery, no-go zones, infectious diseases; small price to pay for the New World Order!

Sep 17 08:42

Barnier and Juncker's Brexit threats HURT eurozone NOT UK economy, Wetherspoon's boss says

BREXIT threats from unelected European Union (EU) "oligarchs" will hurt long-suffering eurozone states far more than UK companies, according to Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin, as he savaged the negotiation tactics of Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier.

Sep 17 08:41

'You want another euro crisis?' Merkel ally rips into Juncker's plan to expand eurozone

A KEY ally of Angela Merkel has hit out at the European Commission's plan to speed up eurozone accession talks for Bulgaria and Romania.

Sep 17 08:41

‘One powerful president for WHOLE of EU’ Fury at Juncker plot to merge major roles

EUROPEAN Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has sparked anger by unveiling plans to merge the Commission and Council leaders creating “one powerful president”.

Sep 17 08:40

Revolt against EU: Farage warns Europe must stand up to ‘Brussels bully boys’

NIGEL Farage hinted there will be a revolt against the European Union as he praised the eastern bloc for continuing to stand up to Brussels’ “bully boys”.

Sep 17 08:16

Hungary Builds a Wall, Cuts Illegal Immigration by Over 99 Per Cent

Hungary has slashed illegal immigration by over 99 per cent after rolling out a series of powerful border fences in response to the European migrant crisis, possibly providing a lesson as to the potential impact of constructing President Trump’s much-discussed southern wall in the U.S.

Sep 17 08:14

GERMANY: Two Muslim freeloaders say they don’t have to work because they have “brought culture to the country”

Well, I guess they have, if you consider the rape culture and the culture of lifelong welfare for their multiple wives and oversized families to be contributions to society. The AFD they call “Nazis” is the ‘Alternative for Germany’ party that wants to stop Muslim immigration.

Sep 17 08:13

‘Dual Food’: Same Western Branding But Low-Quality Goods for Eastern Europe

Many multinational food companies have been to shown to be cheating consumers in eastern Europe by selling inferior products under known and respected brand names, according to V?ra Jourová, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.

When buying a bottle of Coca-Cola in Prague, one would normally expect it to be the same Coca-Cola for sale in London. But V?ra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, stated that multinational food companies are selling vastly different products to different countries, but use identical branding on their packaging.

According to Jourova, the quality of many foodstuffs sold in Eastern Europe by Western multinationals is significantly inferior to the same branded product sold in Western Europe.

Sep 17 08:12

‘Don’t underestimate Catalan strength’: Mayors march in defiance of Madrid

Hundreds of mayors from the Spanish region of Catalonia marched through the streets of Barcelona in an act of defiance to the central government’s crackdown on the upcoming separatist referendum.
More than 700 mayors gathered in Barcelona Saturday to march through the streets of Catalonia’s cosmopolitan capital.

Sep 16 10:53

The Whistleblower, A Must see movie exposing United Nations Cover-Up and Involvement of Sex Trafficking

A little late to write a review since the movie came out in 2010. Still reflects what is going on today with human trafficking.

Sep 16 09:43

Catalonia referendum: Spain sends ARMED POLICE to hunt for ballot boxes to BLOCK vote

ARMED police in Catalonia are on the hunt for voting papers, ballot boxes and leaflets as part of a desperate Spanish government bid to quash the upcoming independence referendum.

On Friday, police confiscated more than 100,000 campaign leaflets and raided several print works and newspapers offices.

Sep 16 08:41

Sweden never wanted NATO membership, but 'now we have US-led military drills on our land’

Despite Swedish people not wanting an agreement with NATO, it was pushed through parliament; working closely with the US will mean nuclear weapons in the country which Swedes are definitely against, says Marilyn Barden, a member of the 'No to NATO' group.

While the US is building up its presence in Poland with more than a thousand military vehicles, including nearly 200 tanks and an entire infantry division as part of the existing NATO force in Eastern Europe, American troops are now involved in Sweden's biggest military exercises in more than 20 years.

Sweden is a signatory of the so-called host nation agreement that enables foreign units, specifically NATO, to operate within Swedish borders for exercises, crises or military operations.

Sep 16 08:01

‘Rape, robberies & murder: Swedish police lack resources to combat migrant crime wave’

Swedish police say they “cannot cope” with the growing number of rape cases in the country. That is what one journalist was told who wanted to know why a man suspected of raping a 12-year-old girl two months ago has not yet been questioned.

Sep 16 07:47

European Court of Justice Says Member States Can't Ban GMOs Unless Risks Proven

The European Court of Justice has ruled EU Member States cannot adopt emergency measures to ban genetically modified organisms and/or foods without evidence they pose a "serious risk" - although it only serves to make EU rules on GMOs all the more opaque and confusing.

The European Court of Justice ruled September 13 that Member States cannot adopt emergency measures banning genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without evidence of a "serious risk to health or the environment" — although the ruling contradicts European Union legislation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rulings like this can be bought and paid for; I wonder how much this cost companies like Monsanto!!

Sep 15 09:28

Migrant Rape Attacks Up 91 Per Cent in Bavaria This Year

The number of rape attacks in the German region of Bavaria has increased by 48 per cent, and the number attributable to migrants has increased by 91 per cent.

Sep 15 07:14

'Juncker's Brexit's BEST recruiter!' Rees-Mogg ridicules EU boss over superstate plans

JACOB REES-MOGG pilloried EU leader Jean-Claude Juncker for proposing to expand European Union powers to create a new United States of Europe.

Sep 15 07:13

Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán Launches New Campaign Against Soros

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has launched a new campaign against left-wing billionaire financier George Soros by distributing a questionnaire to allow Hungarians to give their opinions on Soros’s mass migration plans.

Sep 15 07:12

'A consequence of European history' Juncker's outrageous excuse for wasting taxpayer money

JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER offered up an outrageous excuse when grilled over the huge cost and environmental damage caused by the European Union when moving its entire operation between Brussels and Strasbourg once a month.

Sep 15 06:59

EU's hopes of restoring Schengen zone dashed as member states find way to sideline Juncker

BRUSSELS’ hopes of restoring the troubled Schengen borderless zone by the end of the year have been dashed after rebellious member states found a new way to skirt around eurocrats’ orders.

Sep 15 06:53

EU refuses to condemn Israeli genocide plan

A party with members in Israel’s government has just endorsed a plan to force Palestinians out of their homeland.

A prominent Holocaust scholar previously called the plan potentially genocidal and likened the values of its chief proponent to those of the Nazi SS.

Yet the European Union, which claims a moral mission to combat extremism, racism and xenophobia, is refusing to condemn it.

The National Union faction, which has members in Israel’s parliament as part of the Jewish Home party, approved the plan at a conference this week.

Sep 15 05:58

The Only Real Europe is Greece

Sep 14 10:32

George Osborne says he won’t rest till Theresa May is ‘chopped up in his freezer’

Former Tory Chancellor George Osborne has reportedly said he will not rest until he has Prime Minister Theresa May “chopped up in bags in his freezer”.

It was reported in an Esquire magazine profile piece of Osborne – who in March became editor of the Evening Standard newspaper – that the graphic comment was made to more than one person.

Sep 14 10:23

EU MP Slams New Website Against Kremlin 'Disinformation' as Step Toward Cold War

By creating a website intended for tackling the Russian media's alleged dissemination of fake news, the European Union is wasting its resources and further ratchets up tensions between Moscow and Brussels that may lead to a new Cold War, a member of the European Parliament told Sputnik on Wednesday.

Sep 14 10:01

Catalonia independence referendum: Spain threatens to ARREST mayors in favour of vote

SPAIN’S public prosecutor has summoned all 700-plus Catalan mayors who have backed an independence referendum, as Madrid seeks to block the separatist vote it has declared illegal.

Sep 14 10:01

'We doubt him!' EU leader savages Juncker for his 'undeliverable' EU masterplan

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker's plans for the EU have been attacked by a senior euro MP who says the EU chief cannot deliver what he promises after outlining his future plan for the bloc.

Sep 14 10:00

Jean-Claude Juncker's 'tragic' EU vision needs to be stopped 'now', rages German MEP

JEAN-CLAUDE JUNKER’S vision for the European Union is "frightening" and an attempt to save the “exploding” Brussels bloc, a German MEP has said.

Sep 14 10:00

'Europe doesn't work' MEP rages at Juncker and demands member states get sovereignty back

AN AUSTRIAN MEP has slammed the European Union and Jean-Claude Juncker prompting the president to walk out mid-speech.

Sep 14 09:28

Spain threatens to arrest over 700 Catalan pro-referendum mayors

- Spain's public prosecutor on Wednesday ordered a criminal probe of over 700 Catalan mayors who are cooperating with an October 1 independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid.

The move increases the pressure on Catalan officials just one day before the pro-separatist camp officially kicks off its referendum campaign in the Mediterranean port of Tarragona.

Furious at the decision to instigate a probe, Catalan municipal associations called on all the region's mayors to protest in Barcelona on Saturday to show their "rejection of a Spanish judicial system that goes after the media, ballot papers, ballot boxes... and now mayors".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Spanish government believes that such actions are going to stop the "Catalexit" from Spain, there are seriously underestimating the Catalonians.

Sep 13 09:35

Catalan independence: Police told to seize ballot boxes

Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended the law that was to become Catalonia's transitional constitution if it declared independence. Prosecutors in Barcelona have ordered police to seize election resources.

The Madrid-based court preventatively suspended a second law relating to Catalonian independence on Tuesday, news agencies quoting unnamed Spanish court sources reported, adding another legal hurdle for separatists.

Prosecutors in Catalonia also on Tuesday ordered police to seize ballot boxes, election fliers or other items that could be used in the banned referendum, news agency AFP reported.

The court, Spain's highest authority on such matters, had already suspended the law and decree calling for a referendum on Catalonia's independence to be held on October 1.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, THAT is really going to go over well with the Catalonian people!!

Sep 13 08:12

Hospital Staff Fear for Their Lives Amid Sweden's 'Bloody Summer'

Gone are the days when Sweden was considered one of the world's safest countries. The everyday situation in Sweden has become so dangerous that even personnel at Swedish hospitals have to fear for their lives.

Gang members barging in with guns, knife-fighting in the waiting rooms and shooting victims dumped near entrances have all become the harsh reality of the emergency department at Malmö Hospital, Swedish national broadcaster SVT reported.

Sep 13 08:12

Juncker Says 'All But Two Member States' Are 'Duty Bound' to Join Eurozone

The chief of the European Commission proposed to create the post of a Europe-wide economy and finance minister to boost the eurozone. Moreover, Juncker suggested that states that are set to join the Schengen zone, are also "duty bound" to join the eurozone as well.

Sep 13 08:11

'You'll regret it!' EU Parliament erupts as Juncker SWIPES at UK 'Brexit isn't everything'

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has lashed out at the UK’s decision to leave the European Union as he addressed MEPs this morning, insisting Britain would “regret” Brexit.

Sep 13 08:11

'Thank God we're leaving!' Nigel Farage TERRIFIED at Juncker's plan for UNDEMOCRATIC EU

NIGEL Farage demolished the EU's State of the Union address today using just a handful of sentences to expose the bloc as an in increasingly undemocratic, and Soviet-esque, sham.

Sep 13 08:10

Merkel's war on Hungary: German Chancellor threatens to KICK Budapest OUT of EU

ANGELA Merkel has threatened Hungary with expulsion form the EU over its refusal to adhere to Brussels' refugee allocation scheme.

Sep 13 07:18

REVEALED: The reason why Germany will do ANYTHING to STOP a hard Brexit

Brexit is already damaging Germany’s trade with the UK and it is set to get worse, according to the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

But new research from the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) has now revealed the drastic extent to which Germany could face economic disaster following Brexit.

According to the study, many German manufacturers are dependent on the production of goods abroad – with many partners being based in Britain.

In 2014 alone, the British supplied intermediate goods worth EUR 200 billion to the EU, of which 36 billion went to Germany.

Sep 12 15:27

May's Landmark EU Withdrawal Bill Passes First Parliamentary Hurdle

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s landmark legislation to end the United Kingdom’s membership in the EU has passed its first parliamentary hurdle.

MPs passed the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill by 326 votes to 290 on Monday, giving the Conservative government a majority of 36 and paving the way for greater powers to be handed to government ministers.

Sep 12 09:25

EU accepts Brexit talks could BREAK DOWN and starts contingency planning

BRUSSELS has started taking steps to ensure contingency plans are in place in case Brexit talks collapse without agreement.

Sep 12 09:12

1mn Catalans mark national day with massive pro-independence march in Barcelona

Just weeks ahead of a regional independence referendum, nearly one million Catalans staged a massive rally in Barcelona to support the independence vote from Madrid.

On Catalonia's national day, the ‘Diada’, nearly one million people marched to support the upcoming independence referendum planned for October 1, police said on Twitter.

Sep 12 09:03

1 million people attend pro-independence rally

1 million people from all over Catalonia gathered today in Barcelona for the annual September 11 pro-independence protest, according to police figures.

The city’s streets began filling up early in the afternoon as the thousands of people registered to take part in the September 11 pro-independence demonstration, organised by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural, prepared themselves for the big moment.

Sep 11 12:10

MASSIVE RUSSIAN, NATO WARGAMES SET TO BEGIN AMID MUTUAL ACCUSATIONS OF PROVOCATION

As the two old, cold war adversaries, Russia and NATO, prepare to begin massive war games to show off their respective military strengths, it was the UK's turn to accuse Russia first of "testing the West" by conducting war games on NATO’s eastern flank in its biggest military exercise in four years. Speaking on BBC's “The Andrew Marr Show” on Sunday, U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that Russia's exercise "is designed to provoke us, it’s designed to test our defenses, and that’s why we have to be strong. Russia is testing us and testing us now at every opportunity. We’re seeing a more aggressive Russia. We have to deal with that."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO, having outlived its usefulness, post World War II, seems to have had to conjure up a bogeyman to justify its existence in the 21st century, and seems to have settled upon Russia as the "villain du jour" right now.

But looking at troop movements recently, in which NATO troops literally have Russia surrounded, any stupid miscalculation, any miscommunication, could trigger a shooting war which thinking people in Europe or Russia wants at all.

Let's collectively cross our fingers that things go precisely as planned, and that there is no "volatility" as a result of these Russian war games.

Sep 11 07:07

Facebook is fined £1.1m by Spanish watchdog for failing to stop its users' data being tapped by advertisers

Spain's data protection watchdog said Monday it has slapped Facebook with a fine of £1.1 million (1.2 million euros/$1.44 million) for failing to prevent its users' data being accessed by advertisers.

Facebook has collected personal data from its users in Spain without obtaining their 'unequivocal consent' and without informing them how such information would be used, the Spanish Data Protection Agency said in a statement.

'Facebook collects data on ideology, sex, religious beliefs, personal tastes or navigation without clearly informing about the use and purpose that it will give them,' the statement said.

Sep 10 08:33

Sane EU states close their doors to refugees as they are more ominous than sanctions

The countries of Eastern Europe refused to comply with the decision of the EU Court on the admission of migrants. This is a mutiny on board the European Union. Will Brussels suppress it?

The European Court rejected the claims from Hungary and Slovakia, which demanded quotas for the admission of migrants be abolished, even though they are mandatory for all EU countries. The highest court of the European Union confirmed the decision of the European Commission: each member of the European Union is obliged to accept a certain number of refugees who temporarily stay on the territory of Greece and Italy. The position of governments or parliaments does not matter - the rule is mandatory to all.

Sep 10 08:25

Firemen Abandon House Blaze After Being Attacked in Swedish No-Go Zone

Firefighters in the southern Swedish city of Malmö were forced to let a building burn to the ground after they were violently attacked by locals who threw glass bottles at them.

Sep 10 08:19

China questions German minister's 'one Europe' comments

China expressed dismay Thursday after Germany's foreign minister said Beijing should not "attempt to divide us" following complaints China uses its status as an investor to influence European Union decisions

Sep 09 05:48

Open Arms: Finland Indulging Daesh Defectors With Increased Social Benefits

Like its Nordic neighbors, Finland has "exported" its fair share of jihadists to the Middle East, who are now returning "home" after a streak of Daesh defeats. To tackle this problem, Finnish officials are considering providing apartments and social services to Daesh returnees out of turn.

Sep 09 05:44

'UK has POISONED diplomatic well' EU Brexit negotiator Verhofstadt in astonishing attack

Papers were leaked showing the Government was considering scrapping the EU’s freedom of labour policies once Britain leaves the bloc.

The proposal would see British workers put first and cut the number of low-skilled migrants entering from the EU by offering a maximum two-year residency.

Mr Verhofstadt tweeted: “UK's leaked immigration plans have poisoned the diplomatic well.

Sep 09 05:43

Belgium still haunted by paedophile scandal

He stands accused of committing the vilest of crimes - of raping, torturing and murdering young girls as young as eight for his own sexual gratification. And yet Marc Dutroux, already a convicted paedophile, has still not been brought to justice.

Dutroux, Belgium's public enemy number one without equal, has been incarcerated since 1996 and yet still there is no trial date. It might be this year it might be next - who can say, officials shrug.

His alleged crimes brought 350,000 people onto the streets of Brussels in 1996, the largest public march of its kind in this small country's history and yet still nothing has been done.

The entire criminal justice and police system have been shaken up and reformed in the wake of revelations about the hideously incompetent way in which his case has been handled and yet still there is no movement.

Sep 08 11:54

Germany disputes size of Russian wargames, predicts 100,000 troops

Germany said on Thursday that Russia was planning to send more than 100,000 troops to war games on NATO’s eastern flank this month, disputing Moscow’s version that only 13,000 Russian and Belarussian servicemen would participate.

The Sept. 14-20 exercises known as Zapad, or “West” in Belarus, the Baltic Sea, western Russia and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, are stirring unease in NATO despite Moscow’s assurances troops would rehearse a purely defensive scenario.

“It is undisputed that we are seeing a demonstration of capabilities and power of the Russians,” German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen told reporters at an EU defense ministers’ meeting in Tallinn.

“Anyone who doubts that only has to look at the high numbers of participating forces in the Zapad exercise: more than one hundred thousand,” she said in a joint news conference with her French counterpart Florence Parly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Methinks Germany protests too much; and where in the world did she get that number of 100,000?!?

These Zapad exercises have been carried on by the Russians for a number of years; why the big panic now?!?

And BTW, why has NATO seen fit to envelop Russia's borders with NATO troops over the last several years?!?

Sep 08 08:44

VIDEO: Migrants Storm The Beaches Of Sicily

Police are searching for dozens of migrants who landed on a Sicilian beach via boat. The alarm was raised by sunbathers after the migrants rushed past them on the beach in Giallonardo.

Dozens of migrants were filmed disembarking the boat on Wednesday before rushing across the sand. Beachgoers can be seen running towards them. Discarded clothing, reportedly left by the migrants, is visible.

Sep 08 08:13

The real battle is only just beginning

In Budapest on Wednesday, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said that “The position of the Hungarian government is that the ruling issued by the European Court of Justice in the migrant quota case is outrageous and irresponsible”.

Sep 08 08:13

Hungary: EU Forcing Countries to Take Migrants is ‘Political Rape’

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has vowed “the real battle is only just beginning”, as the Court of Justice of the European Union demands that Budapest allow Brussels to settle migrants in Central Europe.

Sep 08 08:12

Hungary FURY at 'politically motivated' MEPs 'interfering' in NATIONAL affairs

HUNGARY has hit out at meddling European Union politicians who they claim are visiting the country for a “politically motivated” trip to interfere in next year’s election.

Sep 08 08:10

Poland PM: EU Ruling Won’t Affect Country’s Migrant Stand

Poland’s prime minister says her country will stick by its refusal to take in refugees even though the European Union’s top court is reasserting its right to force member states to accept asylum-seekers.

Sep 08 08:09

'We're under their skin!' Fury over Juncker's personal attack on Brexit secretary Davis

BRUSSELS has resorted to launching personal attacks on David Davis because he has “got under eurocrats’ skin” with his tough approach to the talks, senior eurosceptics said today.

Sep 08 07:51

European Court Orders EU Countries To Take Migrants

The European Union's highest court has rejected a complaint by Hungary and Slovakia over the legality of the bloc's mandatory refugee quota program, which requires EU member states to admit tens of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the European Commission, the powerful executive arm of the European Union, has the legal right to order EU member states to take in so-called asylum seekers, and, conversely, that EU member states have no legal right to resist those orders.

Sep 07 12:31

Catalonia parliament votes for Oct. 1 referendum on split from Spain

Catalonia’s parliament voted on Wednesday to hold an independence referendum on Oct. 1, setting up a clash with the Spanish government that has vowed to stop what it says would be an illegal vote.

After 12 hours of often chaotic debate in the Barcelona parliament, a majority voted for the referendum and the legal framework to set up a new state, under which the assembly would declare independence within 48 hours of a “yes” vote.

Lawmakers who opposed independence abandoned the chamber before the vote, with some leaving Catalan flags in their empty seats. The winners, led by regional head Carles Puigdemont, sang the Catalan national anthem once the votes were counted.

“Committed to freedom and democracy! We push on!” Catalonia’s deputy governor, Oriol Junqueras, tweeted after the vote.

Polls in the northeastern region show support for self-rule waning as Spain’s economy improves. But the majority of Catalans do want the opportunity to vote on whether to split from Spain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the government of Spain, a word please.

You are signatories to the UN Charter, in which is embedded and enshrined the principal of peaceful self-determination, which is precisely what the Catalonians are attempting to do with this referendum.

To attempt to nullify the results of this referendum, is to, essentially, nullify your position as a member of the UN.

One cannot declare a country in complete accord with the UN Charter, when it is attempting to abrogate certain parts of it not to their liking, and this is precisely what Spain will appear to be doing, in light of its threatened actions against the Catalonia Referendum.

Sep 07 11:43

EU Orders Sweden To Shut Down Border Checks

The European Union has ordered Sweden to end its border controls by mid-November, saying the reasons for putting them into place don’t exist anymore.

At a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday, the EU’s migrant commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said it will not allow the Nordic country to extend its border controls between Sweden and Denmark.

Sep 07 10:11

EU orders Sweden to shut down border checks

The European Union has ordered Sweden to end its border controls by mid-November, saying the reasons for putting them into place don't exist anymore.

At a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday, the EU’s migrant commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said it will not allow the Nordic country to extend its border controls between Sweden and Denmark.

“There won’t be an extension. The border controls are coming to an end in two months. The prerequisites for granting [the extensions] don’t exist anymore.”

Sep 07 09:57

EU Court Rules Against Hungary, Slovakia ‘Refugee Resettlement’ Challenge

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rejected Hungary and Slovakia in their challenge of ‘refugee resettlement’ quotas being imposed by Brussels, prompting a stern response from both governments who appear intent to continue the battle.

Sep 07 09:27

Catalan Parliament Passes Law to Hold Independence Referendum October 1

In spite of protests from Madrid, the Catalan Parliament has passed a law to hold an independence referendum at the beginning of October. The referendum will ask Catalonians whether or not they want the Spanish province to become "an independent country in the form of a republic."

Sep 06 09:22

Poland demands TRILLION dollars in damages from Germany over 'terrible' WW2 crimes

Witold Waszczykowski, Poland's foreign minister, said "serious talks" were needed with Berlin to discuss "unresolved issues" over the conflict.

The country has received "no compensation" for the war crimes committed by the Nazi regime between 1939 and 1945, he added.

Mr Waszczykowski estimated the country's material losses at £766bn, but said the figure could be even higher.

Sep 06 08:36

Manfred Weber urges EU to support Hungary to block millions of migrants

A SENIOR European politician has urged the European Commission to support Hungary to secure its borders against a deluge of millions of refugees.

Sep 06 08:14

French president Emmanuel Macron backs EU policy to halt Eurosceptic tide after Brexit

EMMANUEL Macron has backed radical new plans which could stop more Eurosceptic politicians joining the European Parliament.

The French president came out in favour of introducing pan-European MEPs to the parliament when Britain leaves.

Brexit in 2019 will leave 73 seats up for grabs in EU elections taking place later that year.

And desperate Mr Macron hopes the proposal will stop the vacant seats being filled by scores of Eurosceptic politicians.

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