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Jun 14 14:01

Ukrainians Dispossessed, Americans are next — Paul Craig Roberts

Americans are already dispossessed of their livelihoods and careers and their pensions are next. Wherever we look, the fate of populations under Western influence are the same. The Ukrainians are exploited, the Greeks, the British, the Americans.

Apologists for exploitation claim that the rich are richer because they are smarter. But the stupidity of the rich is everywhere visible. The greedy fools have destroyed their domestic US market. Really, how stupid can you be? How do Americans buy when they are forced by offshoring out of well paid manufacturing and software engineering jobs into being waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and part-time Walmart workers in order that corporate bottom lines improve? Who buys the stuff that sustains the profits? Not Americans who no longer have the incomes to do so.

Jun 14 13:39

Believe it or not, it is still a crime to insult Italy's president

The Italian Senate has moved to scrap a jail term of up to five years for insulting the president. But don't go making derogatory remarks just yet, as the bizarre fascist-era law has not been completely abolished.

Jun 14 10:41

'Back to the Future': US Military Preparing Mobilization to Russian Border States

In a move observers say is sure to exacerbate military tensions with Russia, the Pentagon is poised to send enough tanks and heavy artillery for as many as 5,000 U.S. troops to the Eastern Bloc and Baltic States, the Polish Defense Ministry confirmed on Sunday.

Citing anonymous senior officials briefed on the Pentagon proposal, the New York Times reports that such approval is likely to come from Defense Sectary Ashton Carter and the White House before the NATO defense ministers’ meeting in Brussels, Belgium later this month.

Jun 14 10:18

MY FAMILY’S JOURNEY FROM BARCELONA TO AUSCHWITZ ~~ AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PARLIAMENT OF SPAIN

Allow me to fill you in on the ‘journey’ of my own family after the expulsion; Rather than going to one of the Muslim countries in North Africa, as many others did, they chose to go to Turkey. Those that went to North Africa received a much warmer welcome, which resulted in my family eventually going on to a new situation in Holland.

They found there that in order to succeed economically they would have to assimilate with the Eastern European Jewish Community (Ashkenazim), a fate much less severe than the forced conversions to Catholicism for those who remained in Spain.

Again, after a number of years they once again moved on, this time splitting up, some going to Slovakia, the others to Hungary. Many of those in Hungary pursued their Jewish educations and became prominent members of the rabbinical community, included was Rabbi Shlomo Gantzfried, co-author of The Code of Jewish Law.

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As long as we are wandering through the family tree here, my own ancestors left Judea for Madrid about 70AD, because the Romans were being jerks. We became noble...



... and joined in the crusades to try to win back the old homestead in the holy lands. (That didn't work out.)

Then in 1492, Queen Isabella was a jerk and (after getting those heavy metal torture devices untangled from our naughty bits) the family fled to Portugal. Things settled down until 1758 and the failed attempt to assassinate King Joseph I. There is no evidence the Riveros were involved, but during the upheaval that follows such an event, old scores get settled and once again the family found themselves in dark rooms with heavy metal torture devices clamped onto delicate portions of their anatomy. After their release, the family joined the European migration to the orient, settling in Shanghai, until the start of WW2 which brought my father to the US as an MIT student.

Jun 14 09:30

Now Labour is rocked by anti-EU rebellion: MPs call for an end to its 'love in' with Brussels and vote 'out' in referendum unless David Cameron wins reforms

Labour MPs are mounting a rebellion against their party’s traditionally pro-Brussels line by forming a new anti-EU group.

The MPs hope Labour for Britain (UK), which is expected to be launched on Tuesday, will give voice to the rarely publicised Eurosceptic wing of the party.

Backed by the party’s largest individual donor, it will call for Labour to end its ‘love-in’ with Brussels and call for an ‘out’ vote in the referendum on Britain’s EU membership unless David Cameron wins radical reforms.

Jun 14 09:01

IMF Says It Will Continue Lending To Ukraine Even After A Default, And Why This Is Bad News For Greek Gold

So as we enter Sunday and what may well be the last possibility to get deal done before the "accidental" Grexit scenario is put in play, we thought our Greek readers would be interested to learn that while Lagarde's "apolitical" IMF is digging in tooth and nail against giving Greece even the smallest amount of breathing room, the equivalent of half an our of a typical daily Fed POMO notional amount, yesterday the same Lagarde said that the IMF "could lend to Ukraine even if Ukraine determines it cannot service its debt."

Jun 14 08:18

MI6 Recalls Secret Agents From Abroad for Fear of Uncover by Russia, China

The British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, has withdrawn its agents out of live operations in foreign countries as they could allegedly be identified by Russia and China with the help of files stolen by former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, The Sunday Times reports. The newspaper claimed on Sunday citing senior British officials that Moscow has gained access to over 1 million classified files that contain details of secret intelligence techniques and information that could be used to identify British and American spies.

Jun 14 07:41

Greece is literally dying to leave the Euro

Jun 13 12:15

Athens homeless tops 17,000

A study carried out by the University of Crete estimated the number of homeless in Athens alone at 17,720 people, many of them sleeping on the street or in their cars.

Jun 13 08:41

Norwegian pension fund divests from Israeli occupation

Norway's largest pension fund has excluded two companies "on the grounds of their exploitation of natural resources in occupied territory on the West Bank."

KLP, which manages a US$70 billion investment portfolio, formally excluded Heidelberg Cement and Cemex on June 1, following a period of investigation and engagement. The combined worth of KLP's shareholdings in both HeidelbergCement and Cemex was approximately $5 million.

Heidelberg Cement and Cemex, leading global suppliers of building materials, operate quarries in the West Bank through their respective Israeli subsidiaries. According to KLP, "the companies pay licence fees and royalties to the state of Israel" while "the products deriving from the quarries are sold primarily for use in Israel's domestic construction market."

Jun 13 04:05

EU Court of Justice opens door for lawsuits against Greece

Judges at the EU Court of Justice said there was nothing to indicate the lawsuits by Germany-based investors were “manifestly outside” the scope of EU law. “The road is free and we can now go ahead and sue,” said Olaf Hoepner, a lawyer who represents at least 260 claimants in pending cases.

Jun 13 03:48

Spanish government to tax consumers who store their own renewable energy

The Spanish government is planning to tax homes that produce their own energy through solar power and store some of it using batteries.

Jun 13 03:37

German, Mexican firms blacklisted by Norway pension fund over Israeli occupation roles

The Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement can chalk up another success this week, as a $65 billion Norwegian public sector pension fund announced it would not invest in two firms linked to the Israeli occupation.

Jun 12 14:45

Obama’s Stupid Propaganda Stuff

Obama spouts stupid propaganda stuff that is ultimately damaging to the American Republic.

President Barack Obama must know better regarding the crisis in Ukraine, but he insists on reciting the propaganda lines drafted by his neoconservative and “liberal interventionist” advisers blaming everything on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Watching his behavior in the White House over the past six-plus years, I’ve come to suspect that – if he had been a national politician amid the Iraq War fever – he would have gotten in line just like ambitious Sens. Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Joe Biden did. Even as President, a position that gives him enormous power to push back against Official Washington’s “group think,” he won’t.

Jun 12 14:42

WPost Plays Ukraine’s Lapdog

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Finance Minister Jaresko are on a U.S. trip to drum up weapons and money to crush the ethnic Russian resistance in the east – and they are finding a lapdog U.S. press that won’t ask them tough questions.

There once was a time when the U.S. news media investigated U.S. imperial adventures overseas, such as Washington-sponsored coups. Journalists also asked tough questions to officials implicated in corruption even if those queries were inconvenient to the desired propaganda themes. But those days are long gone, as the Washington Post demonstrated again this week.

Jun 12 14:16

Updated: Several killed, many injured in separate explosions in Swedish cities Malmö and Gothenburg

Several people have been killed and many more injured in a car explosion in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

Yesterday evening, a newspaper deliverer, 35, and a man in his 40s have been injured in an explosion in the southern Swedish city of Malmö.

Jun 12 13:06

Never Too Late? NATO Finally Apologizes for Bombing Yugoslavia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he deeply regretted the loss of all lives during NATO's bombing campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which he described as "a tragedy," Serbian media reported on Thursday.

Jun 12 09:58

Spain to grant citizenship to descendants of Jews it persecuted in 1492

The Spanish government is correcting “a historic mistake,” as the nation passes a new law looking to become home to the descendants of many Jews, who were exiled, burned at the stake or forcefully converted in 1492, during the Spanish Inquisition.

The bill, which comes into force in October, will give citizenship to thousands across the globe with Jewish ancestry, known as Sephardic Jews, provided they can prove their ancestry.

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Which would include me! :)

I wonder if there are any good computer animation shops in Spain looking for some experienced management?

Jun 12 08:41

Italian Lawmaker Put on Putin T-Shirt at EU Parliament Session

The leader of Italy’s northern regional party Lega Nord caused a commotion ahead of the European Parliament session in Strasbourg when he turned up for the meeting wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the profile of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Jun 12 07:35

U.S. House panel undecided on aid levels for the Caucasus

U.S. House Appropriators prioritized aid for Syrian relief, but remained largely silent on specific Fiscal Year 2016 (FY2016) aid levels for the Caucasus, underscoring the pivotal role that pending Senate consideration of this measure will play in addressing Armenian American concerns, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Jun 11 21:57

Varoufakis: Greece's creditors have turned negotiations into a war

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has criticised Greece's creditors for making "no concessions" and turning the negotiations "into a war". In an interview with Germany's Tagesspiegel he explains why a plan for debt restructuring is a Greek prerequisite for an agreement.

Jun 11 21:46

Shocking words of Israeli leaders read aloud in Irish parliament

Irish lawmaker Richard Boyd Barrett reads out some of the more shocking, violent and racist statements recently made by Israeli ministers and military officials.

Jun 11 15:00

Ireland's "bad bank" writes off massive debts of up to 40 fat cats in deals costing taxpayer €1billion

The full scale of debt write-downs approved by the former Anglo Irish Bank could even be as high as €1.2 billion.

Jun 11 13:58

IMF data shows Iceland's economy recovered after it imprisoned bankers and let banks go bust - instead of bailing them out

Iceland achieved economic recovery 'without compromising its welfare model' of universal healthcare and education.

Jun 11 13:48

Austerity policies work, claim ECB economists

Economists at the European Central Bank have claimed that government austerity works, saying policies of the sort imposed by the troika on weaker euro-area member states lessen the longer-term pain associated with high levels of government debt.

Jun 11 13:44

IMF withdraws team from Brussels, criticises Greece. Stock markets hit by IMF withdrawal

Serious news from Washington. The International Monetary Fund has announced that its negotiating team in Brussels is heading home!

Jun 11 13:39

Adelson’s Anti-BDS Event Links Money To Action

The “secret” Vegas weekend focused on planning for, and funding, a campaign to kill BDS in its academic cradle.

With U.S. billionaires both funding and setting up its top down strategy with Israeli-inspired organizations on American campuses, Israel’s successful invasion of U.S. institutions takes another major step toward “occupying” American institutions.

Four days after the Salon posting appeared, The New York Times buried two paragraphs about the Vegas event inside a longer story which featured the success Israel was enjoying in gaining anti-BDS support in state legislatures in South Carolina and Illinois.

This campaign against American supporters of Palestinian freedom, was prompted by the alarmed awareness among Israeli leaders, and their U.S. allies, that the BDS movement is rapidly gaining ground.

Jun 11 13:17

A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

Iranian people have no problem with a rapprochement with the United States...…?Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

While Mr. Obama had, realistically speaking, no better alternative in choosing the timing for his administration’s foreign policy reorientation, a meaningful follow-through to implement his vision after his term in office expires would need a new Chief Executive with similar convictions; and, as things appear now, that prospect seems somewhat in doubt.

The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

Jun 11 12:16

The IMF Won’t Save Ukraine

Jun 11 10:40

TTIP vote in European Parliament descends into chaos after Ukip MEPs spark protest

Ukip MEPs sparked a protest that sent the European Parliament into chaos today after a crucial vote and debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was suspended.

Nigel Farage marched to the front of the room after MEPs narrowly voted in favour of a a last-minute delay in the latest debate on the free trade agreement with the United States. The Ukip leader claimed this was proof the EU was "running scared" of the strength of opposition to TTIP.

Jun 11 10:31

Polish parliament speaker, 3 ministers resign over taping scandal

Three Polish ministers and the parliament speaker submitted their resignations in connection with a taping scandal, Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz announced on Wednesday. Secret recordings of government ministers' conversations were leaked this week.

The PM announced that the three ministers who decided to quit their positions are the health, treasury and sports ministers. Several other politicians, including the Speaker of the Parliament, Radoslaw Sikorski, as well as a chief adviser to the Prime Minister and a special services coordinator, also resigned.

Jun 11 10:21

German Banker: Obama Is Destroying Europe

Interviewed on June 6th by German Economic News, the chief economist at Bremer Landesbank, Folker Hellmeyer, says that because of Obama’s sanctions against Russia, German exports declined year-over-year by 18% in 2014, and by 34% in the first two months of 2015 (no later figures), but he asserts that “The damage is much more comprehensive than these statistics show,” because those are only the “primary losses,” and there are in addition “secondary effects,” which get even worse over time.

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"No price is too great for others to pay if I can get those darned ROOOSKIES!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 11 10:16

'Controversial & contested': TTIP free trade agreement faces criticism across Europe

Jun 11 09:51

Greek Economy In "Doomsday" Tailspin: 59 Businesses, 613 Jobs Lost Each Day, Suppliers Demand Cash Up Front

While the Greek government has wasted the past 4 months experiment with game (and hope) theory-based negotiations with the Troika, debating what reforms it should implement, what the budget surplus should be, and how much of a pension and wage haircut the local workforce should undergo just to keep the trickle of European money flowing and "allow" the IMF to repay Greek IMF obligations and the ESM to repay the ECB, the Greek economy has slammed into a brick wall because according to Greece's retailers association, about 59 businesses close down and some 613 jobs are being lost each day.

Jun 11 08:18

'Controversial & contested': TTIP free trade agreement faces criticism across Europe

The EU parliament has postponed a vote on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between Europe and America.

Jun 11 07:00

Ocean off Iceland Unusually Cold, No Mackerel

The Icelandic Marine Research Institute’s annual spring expedition from May 18 to 30 concluded that the ocean temperature off Iceland has not been lower in 18 years, or since 1997. The number of krill is below average and not a single mackerel was caught.

“In the past years we have always caught some mackerel, and especially last year. But now we didn’t see any,” Guðmundur J. Óskarsson, one of the institution’s specialists, who took part in the expedition, told Fréttablaðið.

Guðmundur stated that the ocean temperature from Southeast Iceland to the West Fjords has dropped by one to one-and-a-half degree Celsius. However, it can quickly increase if the air temperature increases substantially, he added.

Last month was the coldest May in Iceland in decades.

Jun 11 06:40

Left wingers stage anti-austerity protest at Greek finance ministry, as bailout talks continue

Greek left-wing demonstrators are staging a sit-in at the finance ministry building in central Athens, in a protest against the radical, left-led government, which they accuse of planning new austerity measures.

The Communist Party-affiliated protesters draped a large banner over the facade of the building, which is opposite Parliament, reading "We have bled enough, we have paid enough."

Jun 11 05:02

TOP SECRET DOCUMENTS DETAILING INVESTIGATION INTO POLAND’S SECRET TAPES AFFAIR ARE PUBLISHED ON FACEBOOK

Thousands of pages of confidential reports from an investigation into Poland’s secret tapes affair – including top secret information about the personal details of state security officers – have been published online, in what the head of the office of the prime minister has called ‘the biggest leak in history’.

Jun 10 22:55

Mysterious Military Vehicles Spotted on Hungarian-Ukrainian Border

Hungarian news site Karpathir.com published several photos Tuesday of what appeared to be a NATO convoy concentrated on the Hungarian-Ukrainian border.

Jun 10 15:20

Fatal A400M crash linked to data-wipe mistake

A military plane crash in Spain was probably caused by computer files being accidentally wiped from three of its engines, according to investigators.

Plane-maker Airbus discovered anomalies in the A400M's data logs after the crash, suggesting a software fault.

And it has now emerged that Spanish investigators suspect files needed to interpret its engine readings had been deleted by mistake.

This would have caused the affected propellers to spin too slowly.

Jun 10 14:44

Mood darkens in Greece bailout talks

Jun 10 14:43

A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

Jun 10 13:31

Will Poland Train Organization of Ukraine Militants?

Poland's Defense Ministry says it plans to train about 60 Ukrainian army instructors this year, including NCOs of OUN battalion (OUN-the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists). The training sessions would take place in Poland in June, September and October. Several other NATO members are also joining the NATO program known as the Defense Education Enhancement Program - DEEP. Its aim is to bring Ukraine's forces up to the standards of the Western alliance.

Jun 10 08:54

NATO starts ‘very high readiness’ force drills in Poland

NATO’s newly formed rapid response force; designed to strengthen the “defensive” alliance’s eastern borders against the perceived Russian threat, has launched its first full deployment military drills in Poland.

Jun 10 08:00

British parliament votes in favor EU exit referendum

British parliament members have overwhelmingly voted in favor of plans to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership in the European Union.

Jun 10 07:58

Despite G7 propaganda, it's clear Russia has better things to do than start WW3

Instead of a real G7, we have a farce. An American dominated talking shop where the US President allows 'friendly' foreign leaders to tickle his belly for a couple of days. There is no dissent. Washington's dominance goes unquestioned and everyone has a jolly time. Especially since they kicked out Russia last year - Vladimir Putin was the only guest who challenged the consensus.

Jun 09 20:19

"Refugee" Invasion is European Suicide

Decent video, but the best part is that it reveals that Gaddafi's demise has lead to much more suffering and death. Zionist policy blowback, again! Plus, look at the photos, these aren't "refugees," these are predominantly healthy young men. More Zionist propaganda to make Europeans feel "guilty" about the plight of an overpopulated Africa. All part of a Zionist "divide and conquer" strategy. Societies are much easier to control if they are diverse and the only cohesive group is Zionist.

Jun 09 15:24

Tomorrow's EU Parliament TTIP vote cancelled

The cancellation of tomorrow’s crucial vote on TTIP in the Plenary session of the European Parliament represents a small but significant victory for those of us opposed to this monster deal (in every sense of that phrase) but that’s all it was, a small victory.

Jun 09 15:07

Obama’s ‘G-1-plus-6?

As much as President Obama needs President Putin’s help on Syria, Iran and other global hotspots, he has fallen in line behind U.S. hardliners in seeking to ratchet up the confrontation over Ukraine and now is trying to bring the Europeans along at the G-7.

Jun 09 14:58

Alexis Tsipras - Let’s not be fooled

After five years, we need a definitive solution, both for Greece and for Europe. A solution that will put an end to the policy of unrealistic surpluses and austerity and which will ensure the sustainability of the Greek debt.

Jun 09 14:34

Venezuela Rejects Felipe Gonzalez Visit as Former Spanish PM Touches Down in Caracas

Former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez arrived in Caracas on Sunday in an alleged bid to help with the legal defence of jailed opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez, Daniel Ceballos and Antonio Ledezma.

His controversial visit has sparked a negative backlash from the country’s institutions and citizens, who have branded it as an unacceptable interference into Venezuela’s national affairs, as well as a stunt for the international media. Venezuelans gathered in public squares across Venezuela on Sunday to publicly reject the former PM’s presence.

Jun 09 14:28

German Banker: Obama Is Destroying Europe

Interviewed on June 6th by German Economic News, the chief economist at Bremer Landesbank, Folker Hellmeyer, says that because of Obama’s sanctions against Russia, German exports declined year-over-year by 18% in 2014, and by 34% in the first two months of 2015 (no later figures), but he asserts that “The damage is much more comprehensive than these statistics show,” because those are only the “primary losses,” and there are in addition “secondary effects,” which get even worse over time.

Jun 09 11:28

Cameron backpedals on threat against anti-EU ministers

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has withdrawn his threat to sack ministers over an ongoing dispute on Britain’s stay in the European Union.

Jun 09 11:09

Disgusting!! Anti-Russian propaganda appearing in Dutch school textbooks

The following two images were found on page 67 of the workbook, Chapter 7: countries without democracy. The first image shows Russia as the 'evil' country trying to take Ukraine, while Europe is pictured lending a 'helping' hand. One of the questions students are asked, is: "What is Russia doing, and what is Europe doing in this picture?" Well, that isn't difficult to answer: Evil-looking Russia is obviously trying to devour poor Ukraine, while friendly Europe is looking on concerned!

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This reminds me of the overt commie-bashing crap that was in my grade school textbooks back in the fifties!

Jun 09 09:54

The Safe Bet May Be Greece Joining the BRICS

Demands for more austerity for Greeks at the G7 may have just pushed Athens to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

Jun 09 08:38

Bilderbergers hit Austria June 11 – 14 to decide your future

Another annual Bilderberg Group meeting is set to take place June 11 – 14 that will include a plethora of the world’s most elite, powerful, and influential people.

Jun 09 08:22

Obama, Merkel present united front for more austerity in Greece

On Sunday, in a bilateral meeting ahead of Group of Seven (G7) talks, US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the Greek crisis. Reuters, reporting the comments of Obama’s spokesman, said:

“The two leaders agreed Greece must reform and return to sustainable long-term growth, with Obama hopeful Athens and its partners can chart that course without causing volatility in financial markets. …”

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