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Jun 05 07:15

TENS OF THOUSANDS MARCH AGAINST GLOBAL ELITES AHEAD OF G7

People demonstrating against the upcoming G7 summit gather for a protest march on June 4, 2015 in Munich, Germany. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty) As representatives of some of the most powerful countries in the world prepare to gather for their annual Group of Seven (G7) meeting, this time at a castle in the German town of Elmau, tens of thousands marched through nearby Munich on Thursday to protest the summit's politics of "neo-liberal economic policies, war and militarization, exploitation, poverty and hunger, environmental degradation, and the closing-off towards refugees."

Jun 05 06:54

Israel balks at Swiss gov’t funding for exhibit by Israeli leftist group

Israel has formally complained to the Swiss government over its funding for an exhibit by an Israeli NGO that alleges misconduct by Israeli soldiers in their dealings with Palestinians.

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Jun 05 06:35

Demonstration against the G7 summit in Munich (photo)

About 34 thousand people took part in demonstrations against the G7 summit in the Bavarian capital Munich on Thursday.

Jun 04 15:19

Germany angry over UK’s potential exit from EU

Former German Foreign Minister has warned the UK that Angela Merkel will not prioritize its potential exit from the EU and give in to demands on Britain’s relationship with the bloc.

Jun 04 14:40

The impact of austerity has fallen most heavily on those least able to bear it

Next week the Irish State will appear before a UN committee in Geneva to account for its record on economic, social and cultural rights. In 1989 Ireland ratified an international covenant to respect, protect and fulfil rights such as the right to health, education, social security, an adequate standard of living and fair working conditions.

Jun 04 13:26

The US Is Trying to Pry Armenia out of Russia's Orbit

The West is eager to poach Armenia out of Moscow’s sphere of influence, taking advantage of the vulnerable geographic fact that its territory is not contiguous to Russia or any of its official Eurasian Union or CSTO allies.

Jun 04 10:18

Kremlin: Timing of Kiev-provoked Donbass tensions linked with looming EU summit

The timing of the new tensions in Donbass, provoked by the Kiev forces, is connected with the upcoming EU summit, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. He added that Kiev has breached the Minsk deal and Moscow is waiting for the OSCE’s reaction.

Jun 04 04:16

Greece Raids Research Funds to Pay Salaries

Jun 03 21:47

The Podemos Phenomenon: Spain’s Best Hope for Democracy

The ideology of Podemos was incubated during the May 2011 protests in Madrid centered on the skyrocketing unemployment and austerity measures employed by the Zapatero-led government. Spain’s protests erupted nationwide and were centered in the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, led by social networks and citizen assemblies. Protesters were dubbed Indignados (“the outraged”, or “the angry ones”), for their rejection of Spain’s increasingly corrupt two-party system and the “austericide” measures strangling the economy and vitality of the nation. Spreading throughout the country, it is estimated that about 6.5-8 million participated. Protests have continued under the Rajoy regime.

Jun 03 14:32

Greece’s Creditors Take Tough Line: What Will it Lead to?

The government led by Alexis Tsipras has been holding talks with the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and other international lenders since Syriza came to power this January. The debt has reached 175% of GDP. The country is on the brink of default. The negotiations have failed to bring any result so far. This week the situation has exacerbated greatly. It will inevitably lead to important changes in Europe and inside Greece.

Jun 03 14:29

European leaders dictate terms for Greece

A Greek exit from the euro zone and a possible breakup of the Syriza-led government has come a step closer with Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras to be presented with what has been described as a take-it-or-leave-it offer on terms for the country’s debt repayments at a meeting in Brussels Wednesday.

Jun 03 13:08

European states boycott Israeli security exhibition

Several European states have decided to boycott an international Israeli security exhibition that opened on Tuesday 2 June in Tel Aviv, Israeli newspaper Maariv has revealed.

Jun 03 12:59

WikiLeaks releases secret TISA docs: The more evil sibling of TTIP and TPP

WikiLeaks has released 17 secret documents from the negotiations of the global Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), which have been taking place behind closed doors, largely unnoticed, since 2013. The main participants are the United States, the European Union, and 23 other countries including Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Taiwan and Israel, which together comprise two-thirds of global GDP.

Jun 03 12:29

Washington Politicizes Football

Washington’s attack on world soccer is following the script of Washington’s attack on the Russian-hosted Sochi Olympics. The difference is that Washington couldn’t stop the Olympics from being held in Sochi, and was limited to scaring off westerners with lies and propaganda. In the current scandal orchestrated by Washington, Washington intends to use its takeover of FIFA to renege on FIFA’s decision that Russia host the next World Cup.

Jun 03 12:27

Social Control in Europe: Virtual Jobs - The Corporate Treadmill Keeps a Lid on Things

As the economy in Europe festers the New York Times reports that the ranks of the Eurozone’s unemployed are finding solace in a curious parallel economy populated by thousands of counterfeit businesses known as “practice firms.” This alternate universe doesn’t actually produce tangible goods or services, rather it offers people with unpaid positions that foster a sense of routine, structure, and personal connection. And while participating in this bogus job market may offer some relief on a superficial level the tendrils of social control are visible to those who know where to look.

Jun 03 12:09

Never Mind FIFA, How about a Crackdown on the Banksters?

The belated focus of American and British authorities on the alleged wrongdoings at FIFA can be readily seen as both ludicrous and laughable when we compare that with the absolute dearth of interest by these same authorities in applying law enforcement where it ought to be applied – on the Wall Street and City of London banksters.

Both the timing of the US-launched corruption probe – in the week of FIFA’s annual conference and leadership election – plus the way that senior American and British officials, not to mention the publicity of Western news media, have weighed-in to rebuke FIFA suggests that it is all part of a coordinated political campaign authored at the highest level of government. That, in turn, suggests that there is an ulterior political agenda behind the supposed criminal crackdown on FIFA, and that the ulterior agenda is the Western objective to undermine Russia.

Jun 03 10:59

Greece Faces Moment Of Truth: Troika To Present Final Offer On Wednesday

By Tuesday morning it was clear that the troika was well on the way to drafting their own proposal. Fed up with Greece, the institutions had apparently decided to simply draft an agreement on their terms and place on X on the line where Tsipras needed to sign if he wanted to avert a default in three days.

Jun 03 10:58

Bill Clinton’s foundation cashed in as Sweden lobbied Hillary on sanctions

Bill Clinton’s foundation set up a fundraising arm in Sweden that collected $26 million in donations at the same time that country was lobbying Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened its thriving business with Iran, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times.

Jun 03 09:20

Why Merkel betrays Europe and Germany

One must understand the reasons of Angela Merkel's behaviour. She obeys America and her Israeli mentor ('Israel is Germany's raison d'être'???), she threatens and mistreats Europe; she attacks Russia and now she builds a new sanitary cordon (like in 1919) in order to deconstruct Eurasia and reinforce American agenda in our unlucky continent. Now Merkel advocates for the rapid adoption on the most infamous and perilous treaty of commerce in history, the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). Dr Roberts has recently explained the meaning of 'Fast Track' expression and a courageous Guardian, last 27th may, has exposed the corruption of American Congress on this incredible yet terrible matter. - See more at: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/03-06-2015/130867-merkel_b...

Jun 03 08:32

Default Nears in Greece

Jun 03 08:29

Medvedev promises symmetrical response if new anti-Russian sanctions are introduced

The Russian prime minister has warned EU officials that if they decide to tighten the regime of sanctions aimed against Russia, an equivalent reply would follow inevitably.

“Our partners from the European Union will gather in July to discuss a number of decisions. And if they pass decisions concerning new sanctions against Russia we would give a symmetrical reply. If they won’t, we are going to remain on the positions that we currently have,” Tass quoted Medvedev as saying on Tuesday.

Jun 03 01:39

Slovakia Wants In On Turkish Stream Pipeline

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico on Tuesday proposed that his country participate in a Russian natural gas pipeline that is being built to circumvent Ukraine. Mr. Fico offered to make Slovakia part of a traffic system for the pipeline project, along with Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, and with the approval of the European Union. In this scenario, Slovakia believes it will retain its important status as a transit point for Russian gas, and Moscow has promised to consider the offer.

Jun 02 14:42

Leaders of Macedonian political parties agree on early parliamentary elections

The leaders of Macedonian political parties have agreed to hold early parliamentary elections in 2016, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn said in Skopje on Tuesday.

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Jun 02 12:32

'Serious progress' in Berlin Greece debt talks

There has been "serious progress" in talks over Greece's debt crisis but much still needs to be achieved, the EU's commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs said on Tuesday.

Jun 02 10:16

The Myth That NATO Must Be in Europe

The U.S. and NATO are not spreading “democracy” to Saudi Arabia. Why is that? What about South Korea, Israel, or any other nation that plays by U.S., British, and ultimately NATO’s rules? All of these countries are guilty of massive human rights violations. Why is the MSM ignoring this reality? The truth regarding U.S. and Western “crimes against humanity” should also be exposed, because who makes the United States and the West arbitrators of morality?

Jun 02 10:13

Sepp Blatter quits as president of FIFA: Under-pressure president stands down amid corruption scandal

FIFA have called a press conference for 5pm amid fresh developments in the corruption saga at the top of world football.

Jun 02 07:09

Merkel aims to radically reform Euro

Jun 02 05:11

EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal

EU moves to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility were shelved following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal, newly released documents show.

Jun 01 15:33

Czechs Condemn General's Comments About Limited Nuclear Attack on Russia

Commenting on Czech General Petr Pavel's recent commentary that NATO may be forced to respond to hypothetical Russian aggression in the Baltic states with tactical nuclear strikes, popular Czech alternative media resource Nova Republika stated that the biggest threat to peace is really the NATO mantra that Russia is an aggressor state.

Jun 01 14:27

The Tyranny of Values: How Western Political Correctness Is Poisoning Relations With Russia

The issue of German political correctness is highly relevant to any discussion of the present East-West confrontation over Ukraine, because in practical terms Europe’s “universal values” provide justification in German mainstream thinking for cutting ties with Moscow.

Jun 01 13:11

Italy's unelected Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, suffers poll setback in elections

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was licking his wounds on Monday after suffering a setback in regional elections which saw both the right-wing Northern League and comeback kid Silvio Berlusconi celebrate key wins.

Jun 01 13:07

Putin to visit Milan as EU tensions rise

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Milan for meetings with Italian officials, the Kremlin said on Monday, as tensions over Ukraine continue to roil relations between Moscow and the EU.

Jun 01 11:54

Russian Foreign Intelligence chief: Russia is a target because it's a cradle of a new world paradigm

There is a community of some virtually unknown to the society people who not only install American presidents, but determine the rules of the "Big game" for everyone. These are, in particular, transnational financial corporations. But not only them..READ MORE

Jun 01 11:20

Ireland - Elderly care home patients given ‘chemical cosh’ drugs

Thousands of older people in nursing homes are being administered powerful sedatives to subdue challenging behaviour.

Jun 01 10:59

THE REAL REASON EUROPE IS CRUMBLING

Jun 01 09:00

Why The Netherlands Just Banned Monsanto’s Glyphosate-Based Herbicides

The Netherlands has just become the latest country, following Russia, Mexico, and many others, to say no to Monsanto. The sale and use of glyphosate-based herbicides (the most commonly used herbicides in the world) has just been banned for non-commercial use in the country, effective later this year. This means that people will no longer be able to spray RoundUp on their lawns and gardens and will instead have to find another (hopefully more natural) means of pest control.

Jun 01 08:40

Washington is Targeting Russian Pipelines Yet Again

Russia’s Gazprom has clearly demonstrated excessive optimism by starting the construction of the so-called Turkish Stream right off the bat. Apparently it is has not calculated the geopolitical situation around Russia properly, specifically where the US is applying unprecedented pressure on Turkey, Azerbaijan and Balkan to disrupt this project. Gazprom’s top management has made it clear that the company is not going to put the construction of the Turkish Stream on the back burner since it should have the ability to deliver gas to Europe while bypassing Ukraine. This project should be finalized by 2019, and Gazprom has already notified its European partners of its intentions of abandoning the pipeline in Ukraine by this date. Moscow has also renewed a contract on the supply of more than 150 thousand tons of pipes with Europipe, while lifting restrictions on the contract with the Italian Saipem.

Jun 01 07:19

For Greece, This Is What Hell Looks Like

So let's say that somehow Greece kicks every can left until the end of 2015. Surely Greece will be out of the woods then, right.

Wrong. Because for Europe's most devastated country, it is only then that the debt nightmare officially begins.

Below are all upcoming Greek debt payments until 2057, also known as the first, ninth and all circles of Greek hell inbetween.

Jun 01 07:11

A First-Hand Account Of The Greek Bank Run

"On the Wednesday and Thursday it was reported that Greeks withdrew 800 million Euro from checking accounts. Friday's number will dwarf that. Whe you go to a Greek bank you pull off a ticket and wait for your number to be called. The hall in my bank contains about 60 seats all of which were filled. There were folks standing behind the seats and in fact throughout the hall, all wanting to get their cash out before the bank closed at 2 PM."

Jun 01 02:53

Golden Silences in the Propaganda System

Propaganda shapes the flow of information in many different ways, including, obviously, the choice of the news fit to print, its placement, and the selection of authorities to make those facts credible. But equally important, and implicit in news choices, especially where there are political interests at stake and possible varying interpretations of the news, is omitting facts and ignoring sources that call the chosen (often official) perspective into question. Such Golden Silences and bypassing of inconvenient sources is incompatible with honest journalism but is standard operating procedure in mainstream journalism, with variations mainly in severity and depth of burial of the awkward facts. These latter are often not completely hidden but put so deep in an article and in such cautious or qualifying language as to be effectively buried or suppressed.

May 31 16:33

Israel Is A Discredit To America — Paul Craig Roberts

Jeffrey St. Clair, one of the few remaining Western journalists with a moral conscience, describes the latest Israeli horror to which we are all accomplices.

The Israel Lobby tries to prevent reports and criticism of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians by branding every critic of every policy of the extreme right-wing Israeli government an “anti-semite.” In other words, if you object to Israeli armed forces shooting down Palestinian children in the streets and then bombing the funerals of the kids the Israelis have already murdered, you hate Jews and are an anti-Semite.

The success that the Israel Lobby has enjoyed in imposing this twisted logic on Congress, the White House, the media, the universities and the insouciant American public is astonishing. As a consequence, Americans are no longer answerable to Christian morality but to the evil that the Israel Lobby represents.

May 31 15:04

Russia and China mock divide and rule

Divide et impera? It’s not working. And it’s bound to fail miserably.

As it stands, what we do know is that 2015 will be a hair-raising year in myriad aspects... we all still remain under the sign of a fearful, dangerous, rampantly irrational Empire of Chaos.

Russia could outmaneuver Western financial markets by cutting them off from its wealth of oil and natural gas. The markets would inevitably collapse – uncontrolled chaos for the Empire of Chaos (or “controlled chaos”, in Putin’s own words).

In a different vein of the “soft beds of the East” seducing Marcus Aurelius, the silky splendors of chic Beijing offer a glimpse of an extremely self-assured emerging power. After all, Europe is nothing but a catalogue of multiple sclerosis and Japan is under its sixth recession in 20 years.

May 31 14:59

US preparing for war with China and Russia to save the banks

“There’s a general recognition growing that the driving force for this war is the utter collapse of the entire Western banking system,” Billington said.

“And the view from London and Washington and New York is we have to go to war, we cannot allow this BRICS alliance between Russia, China, India, South Africa and most of Latin America creating new financial institutions to take away our ability to loot the resources in the developing sector,” Billington noted.

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