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Mar 05 05:54

Erdogan's Gamble Backfires As EU Gives Iron-Willed Greeks $780M to Secure Their Border

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thought that by sending tens of thousands of "crying refugees" to invade Greece it would cause Europeans to cave and throw open their borders as happened in 2015 -- instead he ran into the army of Sparta.

Mar 04 22:21

Greek army deployed at Turkish border

Huge numbers of migrants and refugees have been heading to Turkey's European borders since Thursday, after announcements by Turkish officials that they would no longer try to prevent migrants and refugees from reaching Europe.

Mar 04 07:16

Assad Joins Forces With Libya’s Hafter to Combat Turkey: East Libya govt will open embassy in Damascus

While recent generations have shown them reluctant to expand far beyond their borders, in the past few months Turkey has shown interest in overseas military engagements. Forces have been active in northern Syria with an eye toward regime change, and Turkey has also committed to military involvement in Libya.

That’s given Turkey two potential enemies to worry about, and given them each a potential new ally. The Syrian government and Libya’s self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) or Gen. Khalifa Haftar have agreed to cooperation, and a memorandum of understanding to confront Turkish aggression.

The LNA’s adjoining government, the eastern-based Tobruk Parliament, has confirmed it will be opening an embassy in Damascus. This will be the first Libyan embassy in Syria since the 2012 NATO-imposed regime change in Libya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one of the most significant developments regarding Libya, that you will almost never hear about, courtesy of the Corporate Presstitutes.

A very very curious, but astute, article appeared in mid-January of this year,from fp, and titled: Russia’s Role in the Libyan Civil War Gives It Leverage Over Europe

It then states that "recent joint Russian-Turkish summit in Moscow aimed at forging a cease-fire in Libya broke down after the Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar left without signing the proposed truce agreement. One of Haftar’s main backers is Russia, and his unwillingness to sign on to the deal raises important questions about not only the degree of influence Russia actually has in Libya, but also how serious it is about bringing an end to the conflict.

Russia first rose to prominence in Libya in September 2019 after it deployed mercenaries to the front lines of Tripoli to back Haftar, sparking concern in the United States and Europe that the Kremlin had finally thrown its hat into Libya’s civil war. Its presence in Libya was strikingly reminiscent of the decisive role it played in Syria, where it backed the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to brutal effect and essentially saved the regime from collapse."

but if Syria (and Russia) are bringing force to bear against the current UN/proxy military government in Tripoli, which Erdogan is claiming he is fighting to defend, we have a couple of potential outcomes, both lousy, for US involvement here.

The first is a triumphant Haftar, after taking Tripoli, and the rest of the country, calling for new elections, and throwing the delegitimized UN government out, and the question has to be asked; what is the US government actually willing to do to prevent this, in light of the fact that Russia is siding with Haftar?!?

The second is a prolonged US/NATO-led military against Haftar and the Russians, which could well turn Libya into another US Vietnam, with the same ultimate outcome as this war had.

And what concerns me, is that those in the Bowels of Power in this country appear to be sleepwalking into this trap, just as blissfully as did the US government in World War I.

One of the most brilliant films about war ever to have been made, is the 2nd Robert Downey Jr./Jude Law film about Sherlock Holmes; the title is "A Game of Shadows", and if you have not seen it, I urge you to do so, because it talks in very plain language, about just how regional wars like this get fanned, until they become world wars; this is the potential impact of Al Assad throwing his geopolitical fortunes with Russia, in supporting Haftar in Libya.

Mar 04 06:51

Standing up to Turkey: Austria’s chancellor is the only EU leader prepared to call out President Erdogan over weaponizing refugees

A poorly-considered fix to prevent Syrian refugees flooding Europe has come undone for the EU as Erdogan opens Turkey’s border to the west, with only Austrian Chancellor Kurz exposing Brussels’ migration policy failure.
If the EU had not been so distracted with the whole prolonged Brexit fiasco or its inability to staff up its Commission with acceptable new faces, then it might have noticed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had weaponised thousands of Syrian refugees.

While Brussels has taken its eye off the ball, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was paying attention and rightly accused Erdogan’s opening of Turkey’s border with western Europe as “an attack on the EU.”

Mar 04 06:44

Erdogan’s Dance of Death With NATO

Although the evidence is murky, it appears that both Russian and Syrian jet fighters took part in the Feb. 27 attack on a Turkish mechanized infantry battalion consisting of roughly 400 soldiers. According to an account in Al-Monitor, two Syrian Sukhoi SU-22 pounded the convoy, forcing the troops to take cover. But then a pair of Russian Sukhoi SU-34s dropped advanced laser-guided bunker-buster bombs on two roadside buildings where Turkish forces had taken shelter, burying them in the rubble.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the US government has responded accordingly, according to an article in msn.com, datelined today:U.S. promises Turkey ammunition for Syria's Idlib battle

The article goes on to state:

U.S. promises Turkey ammunition for Syria's Idlib battle

The United States is willing to give NATO ally Turkey ammunition alongside humanitarian assistance in northwestern Syria where Ankara is in a deepening standoff with Russia, the U.S. special representative for the region said on Tuesday. Lucy Fielder reports."

As I have mentioned on this site many times before, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government can do, is no guarantee that it will not do it; I am very concerned that President Trump may well rue the day he and his Cabinet decided that this was the "right way" of handling Erdogan's "military misadventures" in Syria.

Mar 04 06:07

Hungary will protect its borders “under all circumstances“

Hungary will protect its borders “under all circumstances” and will not let in any illegal migrants, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said after talks with Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic in Belgrade on Monday. Meanwhile, Austria sends police units to the Hungarian-Serbian border and Hungary sends police units to North Macedonia and Serbia.

Mar 03 11:33

EU chief vows 'We will hold the line' as Greek police prevent 24,000 attempts to illegally enter the country following Turkey's decision to open their European borders

Ursula von der Leyen said the EU would provide 'all the support needed' to defend the 'Greek external border, which is also the European border'.

'Those who seek to test Europe's unity will be disappointed. We will hold the line and our unity will prevail,' the European Commission president said.

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz has meanwhile accused Turkey of 'blackmail' and launching an 'attack' on the EU using migrants as leverage.

Mar 03 09:48

Erdogan Using Humans as ‘Weapon’ Against EU, Austria’s Kurz Says

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of using migrants who are amassed on the Greek border as a “weapon” against the European Union.

“This rush is not an accident, it’s organized,” Kurz told journalists in Vienna. “Those people are used by Erdogan as a playball, as a weapon, to apply pressure on the European Union.”

The European Union must stand united behind Greece, and protect the borders as well as provide humanitarian help, Kurz said.

Mar 03 05:15

Greek Forces Boldly Defend EU's Borders As Erdogan Accused of Freeing Prisoners to Aid Migrant 'Invasion'

"We will protect our borders. Europe's borders. Period."

Mar 03 04:48

Erdogan warns Europe to expect ‘millions’ of migrants after Turkey opens borders

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Monday that "millions" of migrants would soon head for Europe, drawing accusations from EU leaders that he is trying to pressure them into backing his incursions into Syria.

Turkey gave the green light to refugees and migrants on Friday to leave for the European Union and thousands have since massed at the Greek border, triggering fears of an influx like that which poisoned European politics in 2015.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described Turkey's move as "unacceptable" and EU migration commissioner Margaritis Schinas said nobody could "blackmail or intimidate the EU".

But Turkey, which hosts roughly four million refugees, is trying to hold off another mass influx from Syria – where government forces backed by Russian air power are advancing into the last rebel stronghold of Idlib.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Europe is singularly unprepared for this flood of immigrants, and has no cohesive way to stop them, save assassination at the borders, which is hardly likely.

But the real problem here, is the reality that Russia and Turkey are closer to war over Syria, than they have ever been before; ad US and European/NATO fire-power to the mix, and we have a recipe for disaster.

As NATO is a partner with Turkey, this makes the possibility of an intense US/NATO incursion into Syria, a lot more real than it has been before.
And we also have a companion piece, also from antiwar.com, with the following headline: Threat of a US and Russian Nuclear War Is Now at Its Greatest Since 1983
The article goes on to state: "When the Commander of NATO says he is a fan of flexible first strike at the same time that NATO is flexing its military muscle on Russia’s border, the risk of inadvertent nuclear war is real.

US Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters told the Senate this week he “is a fan of flexible first strike” regarding NATO’s nuclear weapons, thereby exposing the fatal fallacy of the alliance’s embrace of American nuclear deterrence policy.

It was one of the most remarkable yet underreported exchanges in recent Senate history. Earlier this week, during the testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee of General Tod Wolters, the commander of US European Command and, concurrently, as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe (SACEUR) also the military head of all NATO armed forces, General Wolters engaged in a short yet informative exchange with Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican from the state of Nebraska.

Following some initial questions and answers focused on the alignment of NATO’s military strategy with the 2018 National Defense Strategy of the US, which codified what Wolters called “the malign influence on behalf of Russia” toward European security, Senator Fischer asked about the growing recognition on the part of NATO of the important role of US nuclear deterrence in keeping the peace. “We all understand that our deterrent, the TRIAD, is the bedrock of the security of this country,” Fischer noted. “Can you tell us about what you are hearing…from our NATO partners about this deterrent?”

Wolters responded by linking the deterrence provided to Europe by the US nuclear TRIAD with the peace enjoyed on the European continent over the past seven decades. Fischer asked if the US nuclear umbrella was “vital in the freedom of NATO members”; Wolters agreed. Remarkably, Wolters linked the role of nuclear deterrence with the NATO missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere outside the European continent. NATO’s mission, he said, was to “proliferate deterrence to the max extent practical to achieve greater peace.”

Then came the piece de resistance of the hearing. “What are your views, Sir,” Senator Fischer asked, “of adopting a so-called no-first-use policy. Do you believe that that would strengthen deterrence?”

General Wolters’ response was straight to the point. “Senator, I’m a fan of flexible first-use policy.”

I don't know if that statement scares any one of you as much as it does me, but right now, my hair is standing straight up in the back... and breakdancing,

Mar 03 04:13

Greece has no right to stop accepting asylum requests – UN

The UN’s refugee agency said on Monday that Greece had no right to stop accepting asylum applications as Athens struggles with a sudden increase in arrivals of Middle East refugees and migrants from Turkey at its border.

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday his country would not be accepting any new asylum requests for a month after two days of clashes between border police and thousands of people seeking to enter the EU from Turkey, Reuters reported.

“It is important that the authorities refrain from any measures that might increase the suffering of vulnerable people,” the UNHCR said in a statement. “All states have a right to control their borders and manage irregular movements, but at the same time should refrain from the use of excessive or disproportionate force and maintain systems for handling asylum requests in an orderly manner.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would then politely suggest, that this UN Committee, and all of its members, insist that all immigrants straining Greece's immigration system, immediately (and gently) be air-dropped on the homes of all members of this Committee, and their Committee Head; happy "cultural enrichment", guys!!

Mar 03 04:01

NIKE CLOSES EUROPE HEADQUARTERS AFTER EMPLOYEE CONTRACTS CORONAVIRUS

SOURCE: DAN LYMAN
Nike has temporarily closed its European headquarters in the Netherlands due to an employee contracting coronavirus.

Approximately 2,000 employees from 80 different countries work at the massive facility in Hilversum, North Holland.

"We are aware of an employee coronavirus case," Nike told Reuters in a statement.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we are conducting a deep cleaning of the campus."

Nike also closed its worldwide headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, after the state's first presumed coronavirus case was discovered in nearby Lake Oswego.

"While we have no information indicating any exposure to Nike employees, out of an abundance of caution, we are conducting a deep cleaning of campus," a company spokesperson told local media.

"All WHQ buildings and facilities, including fitness centers, will be closed over the weekend."

There are 18 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands, at the time of this writing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are most likely about to see a crushing upsurge, world wide, of this pandemic.

Mar 02 20:21

Report: Greek Orthodox Church in Lesvos Vandalized by Refugees, Police Stoned

"Images are emerging of a Greek Orthodox church in Lesvos which was vandalised by refugees," The Greek City Times reports.

Mar 02 16:00

Greek Orthodox church in Lesvos vandalised by refugees

Images are emerging of a Greek Orthodox church in Lesvos which was vandalised by refugees.

On Monday, more than 500 refugees grouped together to head down to the port of Mytilini from Moria camp.

The group were confronted by members of MAT (Tactical Police) along the way, and resorted to stoning the Greek authorities in order to continue in their journey, only to be met with chemical and flash grenades.

Residents on Lesvos remain united and are trying to maintain a strong front against the situation unfolding on their island.

Mar 02 13:03

Greek Military Shoots Dead Migrant Attempting to Enter Country

Earlier in the day, Greek police fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons against illegal migrants who have been waiting at the Pazarkule border gate to cross into Europe, an eyewitness said.

Turkish state media on Monday claimed that one illegal migrant died when he was hit by a gunshot fired by Greek security forces in Turkey's border gate with Greece.

Feb 28 14:54

Even NATO is unwilling to touch Turkey’s Idlib mess with a ten-foot pole

Scott Ritter
is a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer. He served in the Soviet Union as an inspector implementing the INF Treaty, in General Schwarzkopf’s staff during the Gulf War, and from 1991-1998 as a UN weapons inspector. Follow him on Twitter @RealScottRitter

Having been hit by the Syrian Air Force in Idlib, Turkey has called on NATO’s protection, but as much as the alliance would like a fight with Assad and his ally Russia, it’s refused to back Ankara’s questionable adventure.
Turkey engaged NATO in Article 4 consultations, seeking help regarding the crisis in Syria. The meeting produced a statement from NATO condemning the actions of Russia and Syria and advocating for humanitarian assistance, but denying Turkey the assistance it sought.

A failed gamble

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully obvious, that Erdogan did not due his "due dilligence" with NATO, of which Turkey is a member, to sound out potential support for this military misadventure, which is on track to be one of the most miserable epic fails in Turkey's contemporary history, before he decided to send in troops.

The next Turkish Parliamentary elections are scheduled in about 3 years from now. Turkish General Elections Scheduled for 2023.

IF Edrogan keeps writing geopolitical checks his military is unable to cash, this pathologically "bad behaviour" on his part may well sour the Turkish electorate on him; cause the voting public to go back to a Parliamentary system of elections; and find someone else who will care enough about the Turkish people and its military to not put them in harm's way like this.

And now, we have a related story, from rt.com, with the following headline:
Turkey & Syria on brink of WAR in Idlib: How did it come to this?

I am hoping (and praying) that Russia's collective general level head will continue to prevail, but it all depends on how hard Erdogan, and his military, are willing to push back here.

Erdogan has been very much behaving like the human version of a loose cannon, ever since the 2016 attempted coup in Turkey; I am seriously hoping that there has got to be a point, where he has to realize what harm he is bringing to both his people, and his military; but in looking at his current behaviour, relative to Syria, I am not so certain that we are going to see a change in the behaviour which brought Turkey into Syria in the first place.

Feb 28 14:12

Hundreds of Refugees Reportedly Move Towards European Borders Amid Escalation in Idlib

Ankara has linked a new refugee crisis with renewed hostilities in Syria’s Idlib Province, where the Syrian Army has been repelling militant attacks, some of which began under the cover of Turkish artillery fire, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.

Hundreds of refugees coming from Syria, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq are currently moving towards Turkey’s borders with Europe following reports that Ankara will no longer prevent migrants from crossing them, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported. According to the media outlet, these refugees have been moving in large groups on foot and using vehicles via the cities of Istanbul, Edirne, Izmir, and Aydin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact these reports are true (and Sputnik is not known for pulling punches), the impact on an already immigrant over-saturated Europe, may well be devastating.

Feb 28 12:31

Apple could be forced to sell iPhones with user-removable batteries in Europe under new EU proposals, leaked documents reveal

The leaked draft plans have been reported on by Dutch business website Het Financieele Dagblad but have not yet been agreed by the EU or officially announced.

If introduced they would apply to any technology company that doesn't already include a removable battery in its phones, tablets or even wireless earphones.

Feb 28 08:37

USA is pulling nukes out of Turkey

As reported earlier, Air Mobility Command’s C-17A Globemaster III arrived at Incerlik AB, Turkey from Sicily, Italy on February, 20 as part of US-led exercise Defender Europe 2020, Air Mobility Command officials said.

Feb 28 07:37

Theory: Coronavirus is already all over Europe

Feb 28 07:23

Turkey to open Idlib border and allow Syrian refugees free passage to Europe

Stupidity on top of insanity or is it the other way around. Erdogan had bitten off way more than Turkey can chew and now he has no doubt aggravated the Europeans too! He may well be on his way out.

Turkey will open its southwestern border with Syria for 72 hours to allow Syrians fleeing the pro-government forces' assault free passage to Europe, Turkish official sources have told Middle East Eye.

Feb 28 03:51

Erdogan 'Opens The Gates' And Begins Flooding EU With Migrants After Syrian Army Airstrike Kills 33 Turks

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan "opened the gates" and began flooding Europe with migrants on Friday after a Syrian government airstrike killed 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria's northwestern Idlib province.

Feb 27 11:00

The EU keeps digging its own grave.

Feb 27 08:51

Coronavirus: Italy Region Head Says ‘Discriminatory’ Nations Shouldn’t Be in EU

The populist League president of Lombardy, Italy’s region with the largest number of Coronavirus cases, has slammed European Union states for discriminating against his region.

Feb 26 12:23

Protesters clash with police for a second day at site of planned migrant detention camp intended to hold 7,000 people on Lesbos

Riot police on the Greek island of Lesbos today fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters against the creation of a new detention centre for migrants as the latest outburst of unrest entered a second day.

The Athens government infuriated residents of five Aegean islands - all straddling a key route to Europe used by thousands of migrants - by announcing two weeks ago that it would expedite the construction of secured detention centres to replace open-access, severely overcrowded camps.

Locals residents - who are are concerned such an arrangement could become permanent - tried to approach a site earmarked for a new migrant centre and clashed with police on a road winding through a forest.

Feb 26 07:15

EU Officials Refuse To Implement Border Controls To Stop Coronavirus

Even as the coronavirus begins to spread around the continent, EU officials have steadfastly refuse to implement border controls, insisting that the sanctity of open borders is more important.

The number of confirmed cases in Italy has soared from 3 to 322 in the space of just five days, with 10 deaths, but authorities insist that the Schengen Area, which abolishes passport checks and border controls between 26 European states, must not be compromised.

Feb 26 03:21

Europe keeps Schengen zone open despite coronavirus

European countries have no plans to suspend the Schengen free travel zone despite the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, Brussels has said, as it cautioned against a “panic” response.

The EU’s health security committee was due to meet on Monday for talks on the Italian crisis as the European Commission announced a €232m package for the global fight against the disease’s spread. 

An emergency assessment mission of the World Health Organization and the EU’s European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is due to arrive in Italy, where 229 have tested positive for the virus and six people have died, on Tuesday as authorities there battle to contain the largest outbreak outside Asia.

“We need to take this situation extremely seriously — but we must not give in to panic and of course to disinformation,” Stella Kyriakides, EU health commissioner, told reporters in Brussels on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When politics trump hard science, bad things happen; of course, with hubris the size of Texas, the Eurocrats are sitting safe in their bunkers, believing, with an absolutely stunning amount of "magical thinking" that this disease is never going to hit the EU, as it has China.

Feb 26 02:55

Overt Trump Regime Support for Al-Qaeda Offshoots in Syria, ISIS-Daesh Et Al are Pentagon/CIA Proxies

Both right wings of the US war party support ISIS, Al-Qaeda, its offshoots, and likeminded terrorist groups in Syria and other countries where their fighters are deployed as Pentagon/CIA proxy troops.

Instead of explaining reality on the ground in US war theaters, establishment media blame nations victimized by its aggression for high crimes committed against them.

Syria is Exhibit A, US aggression ignored, government forces, greatly aided by Russian airpower, vilified for liberating cities, towns and villages from US-supported “jihadists” — what’s currently ongoing in Idlib province, the last stronghold in the country of these elements.

On Monday, Trump’s envoy for regime change in Syria James Jeffrey indirectly expressed support for Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — the al-Qaeda offshoot al-Nusra by another name.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once you realize that this is all about fossil fuel; the control of it, and the selling of it only in American dollars, does the American position of utilizing terrorists to further their objectives in the region become crystal clear.

Feb 25 08:36

Musical Chairs in the White House

On the job training in the intelligence community.

Donald Trump’s latest appointment, guided purely by malevolence, is, however, in another category completely, even in an administration where bullheaded ignorance is considered a virtue. Rick Grenell, currently the United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, is completely unqualified to be Director of National Intelligence (DNI), where he would be the nominal head of the entire intelligence community (IC), 17 organizations including the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and National Reconnaissance Office.

Feb 24 14:17

Panic Buying Hits Italy

Feb 24 12:59

Is 5g the Real Culprit?

There sure is a lot of Gorilla Dust flying around. Is she on to something or just more Gorilla Dust. I don't know what to believe anymore!

My work now backed up on Brighteon.com. (more below) Is this truly Viral or is to do with the fact that F.I.V.E.-G? C.H.I.N.A has unleashed 60 Ghz all throughout the country with WU-HAN as the PILOT CITY. Unbelievable comparisons to symptoms 'showing' as a V-Irus compared vs what happens when one is hit with 60GHz waves, and it's impact on the uptake of oxygen via the hemoglobin. This specific frequency is absorbed by oxygen. 60GHz causes the rotation of the electrons around the oxygen molecule to spin, thus inhibiting the ability of hemoglobin to properly uptake these oxygen molecules. What would be the ultimate 'solution' to such a problem as this "V.I.Rus"?

Feb 24 08:32

Coronavirus Could Be on the Verge of Worldwide Breakout

Paul Craig Roberts

It is difficult to get reliable information about coronavirus. The information difficulty is further complicated by interest groups using the outbreak for their own agendas. For example, many both inside and outside China are using the spread of the virus to criticize the Chinese government. Others, both inside and outside China, claim the virus is a bioweapon unleashed on China by the US. Still others say the global elite has decided to implement a program to reduce the world population and that Bill Gates, one of the global elite, said some months ago that a global pandemic would break out at this time. Some Internet sites attract traffic by posting reports of massive numbers of Chinese deaths and crematoriums running 24/7. The official Chinese story has been that the virus originated in a market that sold wild animal meat. The fact remains that Wuhan, apparently a city larger than any in the US, has been locked down for a month.

Feb 24 08:24

Italy Reports Sixth Coronavirus Death, China's NHC Says Situation In Wuhan "Still Grim And Complex": Live Updates

Summary:

First cases reported in Oman, Bahrain
Italy reports sixth death; confirmed cases >200
WHO kowtows to China in statement
Wuhan issues order to loosen lockdown, then U-turns
NHC says outbreak is fading, though situation remains "grim"
Iranian lawmaker says more than 50 deaths in Qom; officials say 12
Hong Kong bars South Koreans
more cases reported in SK
* * *

Update (0910ET): The coronavirus is already forcing Iranians to tweak certain practices, including their daily greetings.

As we reported over the weekend, more than a dozen towns in Lombardy - the hardest hit region with 167 confirmed cases and 4 deaths - are on complete lockdown. According to the latest update, there are now 219 confirmed cases in Italy, as well as five deaths.

Angelo Borrelli, head of the country's civil protection agency, said Monday during a press briefing that another 91 people are currently in isolation inside their homes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a companion piece to this, dateline today, also from zerohedge.com, with the following title: 'What Coverup?': WHO Refuses To Acknowledge China's Early Censorship Of Outbreak

The article then goes on to state: "Update (0816ET): For the most part, the WHO briefing on its visit was everything we feared it would be: Nothing revelatory, just long, boring droning and lukewarm praise about China's response to the outbreak, without once mentioning any kind of coverup.

One reporter apparently felt empowered to challenge the Chinese censors and ask about the cover-up, to which the WHO responded: 'What coverup?' "

Outstanding work, gentlemen.

Feb 24 05:45

Coronavirus LIVE: EU's Schengen Zone on the brink as deadly virus spreads across Europe

FREEDOM of movement across the European Union's borderless Schengen Zone could be suspended amid growing fears of a coronavirus pandemic.

Feb 24 05:38

Northern Italy in Lock-down (around 10 towns)

The number of people in Italy infected with the new virus from China more than quadrupled Friday due to an emerging cluster of cases in the country's north that prompted officials to order schools, restaurants and businesses to close.

Many of the 14 new cases represented the first infections in Italy acquired through secondary contagion and brought the country's total to 17. The cluster was located in a handful of tiny towns around Lodi, in the Lombardy region, said the Lombardy regional health chief Giulio Gallera.

The first to fall ill was a 38-year-old Italian who met with someone who had returned from China on Jan. 21 without presenting any symptoms of the new virus, health authorities said. That person was being kept in isolation and appears to present antibodies to the virus.

Feb 24 05:37

Coronavirus: Italy takes ‘drastic’ action as four die, infections surge

Deaths and steadily rising number of cases have prompted a series of security measures

Spread of virus has disrupted high profile events including Milan fashion Week and the Venice Carnival

Feb 23 08:33

The Coming French Revolution

Feb 23 02:53

Italy becomes Europe’s largest coronavirus hot spot with 2 deaths & 79 cases across 5 regions

The number of confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases has soared to at least 79 in Italy, forcing authorities to introduce increasingly strict containment and quarantine measures in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto.
A 78-year-old man died near Padua in the Veneto region on Friday night, becoming the second victim of the virus in Italy, after a 76-year-old woman was found dead on Thursday 50km south of Milan.

At least 17 people have been confirmed infected in Veneto so far, including the latest victim’s wife and daughter, as authorities are still mulling whether the Carnival of Venice events should be cancelled. In neighboring Lombardy, there are 54 cases, including one in Milan – a city with a population of 1.4 million, where Women’s Fashion Week is currently taking place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prayers for the families and friends of those affected; but again, China's scientists, and the world's scientists, need to work together, with complete transparency, to determine what the hell happened; develop and fast-track a vaccine; and figure out how to prevent such a slate-wiper from ever rearing its ugly head again.

As to whether this will happen, is anyone's guess; but logically, this is what should happen.

Feb 22 10:42

2/7/20 Danny Sjursen on America’s Coming Battle for Eurasia

Danny Sjursen is back for part two of his conversation with Scott about America’s foreign policy disasters, this time focusing on what Sjursen calls “the coming battle for Eurasia.” According to an old theory of geopolitics, the power that controls central Eurasia—that is, eastern Europe and parts of the Middle East, with all its natural resources and strategic position—will be the dominant global hegemon. Obviously, certain figures in the American government would like to be in that position. The problem, Sjursen points out, is that America is way too far away to have any business trying to do this, especially while countries like Russia and China might have an interest in trying to stop us. He says that based on his experience in the military, people seem to think the U.S. could wage a conventional war with tanks, infantry, and aircraft carriers against other world powers, without resorting to nuclear weapons.

Feb 22 06:16

Italian Town of Codogno on Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Fears - Video

Fourteen cases of the new COVID-19 infection have been confirmed in Italy.

Feb 21 17:22

Breaking : Schools, public buildings, restaurants and coffee shops in ten towns in Italy have been ordered to close after a cluster of 14 new #coronavirus cases emerged.

Feb 20 10:00

Thunberg Was Manufactured by Green Tech Industry

This comment by "Terry" section under this article:
Greta Thunberg Adds Fuel to Blockade Fire

(FACEBOOK wouldn't allow me to post this.)

Subject: You Might Find This Interesting:...

? Thought you might be interested...This was sent by someone who was interested in knowing what's what, dug around, and found the following....

"Having stumbled across an interview with Greta Thunberg's captain of the sailing vessel that brought her across to New York, I was very surprised at what he said. He was flying back to Europe from New York and 3 others were flying from Europe to New York to sail the vessel back. So that is four flights to save her one flight. Obviously a PR stunt. But it got me curious as to who the heck was paying for these flights? This is a quick synopsis of what I found out.

Feb 20 07:00

NATO Top Military Officer: 'Defender 20' Is Facing Problems

Defender 20 is a large-scale military exercise that has gotten under way in recent weeks. This year in February Americans will deploy 37,000 soldiers to Germany, Poland and the Baltic States. U.S. Army Europe’s Chief of Staff German Brig. Gen. Hartmut Renk gives a few remarks for DW.

“Defender-Europe 20 is slated to be the largest deployment of U.S.-based soldiers for an exercise to Europe in 25 years. This will be a massive exercise that will send U.S. soldiers to the continent next spring to conduct force projection and readiness training to deter potential adversaries,” stressed the German general.

Defender 20 is a US-led multinational exercise that involves 19 countries.

Feb 20 06:59

EU Will Deploy Warships Off Libya's Coast To Enforce UN Arms Embargo

Just after the EU’s foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell urged Europe to "develop an appetite for power" to better chart its own independent course in solving various international crises impacting Europe, the EU has agreed to deploy warships in order to enforce a United Nations arms embargo on the war-torn country.

The EU has stressed, however, that this is not an extension of its prior controversial mission to rescue migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean:

Josep Borrell, the EU’s chief diplomat, announced that 27 foreign ministers had agreed to launch a new operation with naval ships, planes and satellites in order to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya.

Feb 20 06:59

EU Auto Registrations Plunge In Dismal Pre-Coronavirus January Numbers

For months we have been commenting about how the global auto market is mired in recession. Most recently, we have been highlighting how China, one of the world's largest economies and auto markets, has been exacerbating things with terrible sales numbers, failed subsidy ideas, disconnect from Beijing and, obviously, the coronavirus.

Many of the new numbers out of China, including a dismal January sales number and expectations for an awful February, are being blamed on the coronavirus (despite the fact that January's number doesn't really even include the virus impact yet).

Now, the numbers out of Europe - where they can't just turn around and place the blame on the coronavirus, are looking equally as awful and are sounding a much bigger alarm about the global automotive industry.

Feb 19 10:27

European Gas Prices Set To Slump

Feb 19 08:31

Europe’s Nuclear Weapons and the Arms Reduction Treaty

© Photo: Flickr / EU2018BG
It is intriguing but almost inevitable that examination of so many European policies must begin with reference to the United States. The reason is that the US is majestically (and the word is used advisedly) important to Europe, and no matter what opinions may be held of Washington’s policies under the erratic Trump, these will always have influence in Europe’s capitals.

One major Europe-US consideration is the Trump administration’s decisions on nuclear strategy which have an enormous impact that will be likely to shape international relations indefinitely.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As an American, I do not feel at all safter, in light of the Trump Administration's seeming to want to ignore this treaty completely, and Macron is absolutely correct to bring it up in this address.

Feb 19 06:26

EU THREATEN TO MAKE TRADE WURST

In scenes first brought to life by Yes Minister, the EU are now threatening the very existence of the Great British banger. To avoid confusion, Boris is safe…

The salaming news comes as farmers say they will have no legal basis to slip their sausages into European markets after the end of the transition period in December.

At the moment the EU has no health certificate for goods such as fresh sausages or mince, as it has never imported the goods from third countries. Boris better be prepared to start lobbying for our frankfurters in Frankfurt…

Feb 18 13:13

US openly paves way for INF-banned missiles to be placed in Europe & Asia – Lavrov

Just out of a milestone nuclear missile accord, the US is about to deploy short- and intermediate-range missiles in Europe and Asia, prompting Moscow to engage France and other partners to preserve security on the continent.

"In order to agree on specific solutions, we need multilateral talks and multilateral consultations involving, of course, the United States, who destroyed the treaty," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday, referring to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Feb 18 13:04

‘Sinister Menaces’: Hungarian PM Orban Attacks EU Economic Policies and George Soros

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has never been a fan of George Soros, the Hungarian-American billionaire and founder of the Open Society Foundations, often attacking the renowned philanthropist for allegedly meddling in Hungary’s internal affairs, as well as for supporting increased migration to Europe.

Feb 18 13:03

European court reinstates order for Russia to pay $50 billion for oligarch's lost oil assets

A Dutch appeals court has reinstated an international arbitration panel's ruling that Russia should pay $50 billion in compensation to ex-shareholders of the defunct Russian oil giant, Yukos, overturning a previous court decision.
The Hague Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday that the 2016 ruling cancelling the arbitration decision "was not correct," meaning that "the arbitration order is in force again."

The Russian Justice Ministry said immediately after the ruling that it would appeal the court's decision. The Ministry of Justice said the court had ignored the fact that the former Yukos shareholders were not "bona fide investors."

Feb 18 06:59

Belarus’ Lukashenko Threatens to Ape Ukraine, Siphon Off Oil Russia Sends to West

Pompeo has offered to sell all the oil Belarus might need but guess siphoning off Russian is cheaper

Feb 18 03:12

European Union rejects Mark Zuckerberg's offer on regulating online content

The European Union (EU) has rejected Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's offer on online content regulation, saying the social networking platform must take responsibility for harmful, fake and illegal content.

On Monday, Zuckerberg had proposed reforms regarding the regulation of Facebook's online content with the slogan "charting a way forward: online content regulation".

After meeting the Facebook CEO in Brussels, EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton said the proposed Internet rules are insufficient and it was for Facebook to adapt and adherer to Europe's standards, not the other way round.

Also read: Facebook CEO Zuckerberg meets top EU officials ahead of proposals regulating AI

Breton who is tasked with overseeing the bloc's data strategy, said Facebook "was being slow in coming forward with ideas on how to remove illegal content and warning that the EU was preparing to act."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me deeply here, is the rush to censor allegedly "illegal content", without first actually defining it; this is a very slippery slope when it comes to outlawing certain language, which may anger us, or make us feel bad relative to what is being said.

But don't most humans have the "horse sense" to differentiate between what is merely offensive, and that which is just plain bad information on line?!?

Apparently, Neither Zuckerberg nor Breton believe that people do; now, I find that very offensive, myself!! :-)

Feb 18 03:01

In Munich, Zelensky calls for repair of European security, starting with Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on world leaders to repair the system of regional security in Europe by ending Russia’s war in the east of Ukraine and returning the Crimean peninsula from Russian occupation at the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 15.

“It’s not entirely correct to say ‘the war in Ukraine.’ This is the war in Europe. And along with the annexation of Crimea, it has lasted as long as World War II. Imagine that,” Zelensky said in a speech at the “Townhall on Ukraine” panel at the conference.

Emphasizing that a new security architecture should be based solely on the norms and principles of international law, Zelensky said that the current international treaties do not protect any nation from the rule of the strongest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Ukrainian President Zelensky, instead of "sipping the Koolaid" on Crimea, has decided "chug it", somewhat akin to what a drunken, pledging University frat member would do, in order to join a powerful fraternity.

Right now, tht "powerful fraternity" consists of the United States of America, which pathologically refuses to recognise that the Crimean people had a right to peaceful self-determination, as stated in the UN Charter of the Rights of Man, to which the United States is, ironically, a signatory.

So President Zelensky, since you seem to be suffering from a profoundly intense case of SMD (Selective Memory Disorder), let me disabuse you of the collective fantasies and utter untruths to which you have been clinging on this issue, and replace those fantasies with facts.

FACT: Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”;
US Sticks to Tried and True Policy of Supporting Coups

What happened was that the duly elected Ukrainian President, Yanukovich, was thrown under the proverbial bus, because he was considered "not pro-Western enough, and way too Russia-Centric" to fit the US's and Europe's "new World Order Profile; so exit Yanukovich, and in an election more crooked than is a dog's hind leg, Poroshenko was "anointed" as Ukraine's next President.

When this happened, the people of Crimea understood that there would be no rule of law in Kiev; so what did they do?!?

President Zelensky, you know this coming bit, but are terrified to actually acknowledge it, as it would compromise your utterly false position, that Russia "annexed" Crimea.

The Crimeans held a full and fair referendum, asking their people if they wanted to remain with Ukraine, post-putsch, or petition Russia to become a part of the Russian Federation.

And the result, President Selensky?!? You know that also.

In the Crimean Status Refgerndum, Crimeans voted overwhelmingly - at a total of nearly 97%, to petition the Russian Federation to become a member.

The Russian Federation responded, by accepting Crimea as a member.

Sir, I would like to strongly caution you, that a foreign policy based on lies and attempted deceit, is like attempting to build a house on sand; the foundation will not stand.

I would therefore politely suggest to your American handlers, that you and the US come up with a Ukrainian position on Crimean's Referendum which reflects the truth, and starts righting US/Russian relations over Crimea, and starts righting Ukrainian/Russian relations over Crimea; it is well past time, sir, that such reconciliation began.

Peace here can only begin... when responsibility for dealing the truth of history is accepted, rather than attempting to embrace a narrative which is horrifically false, and flies in the face of all known facts.

Sir, I sense that you are a very bright man, who truly, sincerely, wants the best for his country; so let's dispense with falsehoods which can only lead to more bitter conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which could result in a protracted, armed confrontation between these two countries.

I do not believe, for one moment, that this is where you want to go with the Crimea issue, even though the US government is most probably applying the maximum amount of pressure it dares, to get you to go along with their narrative on this issue, as another way to say "Gotcha!!" to Russia.

Feb 17 06:08

North Macedonia Is Being Used by NATO To Target Serbia & Russia

The North Macedonian House of Representatives this week unanimously approved for their country to accept the NATO Accession Protocol, taking the former Yugoslav Republic a step closer towards accession into NATO which is expected to be completed and finalized in the spring.

North Macedonia’s rapid accession into NATO is only possible because of the Prespa Agreement signed between Athens and Skopje in June 2018, bringing an end to the name dispute between the two countries that emerged in 1991 with the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Feb 15 13:02

‘Change course before it's too late’: Lavrov calls on Europe to reject false notion of ‘Russian threat’ in Munich speech

NATO’s eastward expansion and large-scale drills near Russian borders may lead to unpredictable consequences and it's time for Europe to change course, Russia's FM Sergey Lavrov told the Munich Security Conference.

Europe is where the "crisis of confidence" in international relations is felt the most, Foreign Minister Lavrov said as he took to the stage, explaining that "the structure of the Cold War rivalry is being recreated" on the continent.

"Escalating tensions, NATO's military infrastructure advancing to the East, exercises of unprecedented scope near the Russian borders, the pumping of defense budgets beyond measure – all this generates unpredictability," he added.

He then called on Europe to focus on security cooperation and helping to uphold international treaties, instead of following a policy of confrontation.

Feb 14 07:38

KABOOM! SWITZERLAND HALTS 5G ROLLOUT OVER HEALTH CONCERNS

SOURCE: TECHNOCRACY.NEWS
It’s a gloomy day for Technocrats in Switzerland, which has imposed a nationwide ban on new 5G installation while demanding a thorough study on the health effects of millimeter waves on humans. Until produced, the ban will not be lifted. ? TN Editor
VIA FT

Switzerland, one of the world’s leaders in the rollout of 5G mobile technology, has placed an indefinite moratorium on the use of its new network because of health concerns.

The move comes as countries elsewhere around Europe race to upgrade their networks to 5G standards amid a furious rearguard diplomatic campaign by the US to stop them using Chinese technology provided by Huawei. Washington says the company, which is fundamental to most European networks’ upgrade plans, presents a grave security risk.

Feb 14 06:11

Italy’s Salvini faces 15 years in jail following Trump-style legal circus aimed at killing off his popularity

Having voted to lift his immunity from prosecution, the Italian Senate has cynically followed the US Democrats’ playbook by creating a legal sideshow to combat the growing popularity of the League’s Matteo Salvini.

Salvini’s 14-month term as Italy’s interior minister was a rollercoaster ride, as he ruled the national political agenda and built a massive power base – much to the chagrin of his former political allies, who are now exacting their revenge.

Feb 13 17:48

Switzerland Stops 5G

Feb 12 17:28

Russia & EU on path to cut out the dollar by boosting settlements in national currencies

With the number of non-dollar deals rising, Moscow and Brussels are discussing ways to boost the volume of settlements in euros or rubles, says Russia's envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov.

Feb 11 13:22

Switzerland Votes to Criminalize 'Homophobia,' Spain Moves to Criminalize 'Glorifying' Franco Dictatorship

Modern-day liberalism is held together by an ever-growing list of politically incorrect taboos which mustn't be uttered lest they undermine our vibrant multicultural democracies.

Feb 11 13:13

Paris France - CoV is here...

Feb 10 17:54

More than 200 tons of British rubbish is on its way back to the UK at taxpayers' expense after being found dumped in Polish warehouse

Shocking photos show mountains of waste dumped in the Polish village of Bogaczewo, including Pedigree dog food, Kenco coffee packets and crisp packets sold in the UK.

Locals sources claim the rubbish came from recycling bins in England so has demanded the UK Government pay for it to be returned to Britain.

The Environment Agency confirmed it was working with Polish authorities to investigate how it got there.

Feb 09 03:56

Beyond Ukraine: America's Coming (Losing) Battle For Eurasia

Authored by US Army Major Danny Sjursen (ret.) via AntiWar.com,

Academic historians reject anything smacking of inevitably. Instead they emphasize the contingency of events as manifested through the inherent agency of human beings and the countless decisions they make. On the merits, such scholars are basically correct. That said, there was something – if not inevitable – highly probable, almost (forgive me) deterministic about the two cataclysmic world wars of the 20th century. Both, in retrospect, were driven, in large part, by collective – particularly Western – nations’ adherence to a series of geopolitical philosophies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What bothers me about the US government, is its collective inability to think an issue through to its logical conclusion; and it doesn't seem to matter who is in power, Democrats or Republicans; this insanity is entrenched to the point of its being nearly pathological with the US government.

And that's when grave mistakes in geopolitical relationships can take place, leading to massive geopolitical tensions, and sometimes, horrific, senseless wars, in which this country has found itself enmeshed since 9/11

Do you realize that no 19 year old kid in this country has ever lived through a time when the US was not at war with something, or someone, far away, to affect regime change, and expropriate a foreign country's resources, to which the US has no moral right?!?

Please chew on that, intellectually, for a moment, please.

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