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Jun 09 05:41

NAZI SYMPATHISER AND FORMER KING THE DUKE OF WINDSOR ‘WANTED ENGLAND TO BE BOMBED’, INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES REVEAL

Correspondence kept in the Royal Archives between the British royal family and their German relatives in the run up to WWII remains confidential. However, information pieced together from open archives across 30 countries, including Germany, Spain and Russia, has revealed the close relationship some members of the European aristocracy had with the Nazis.

Jun 08 14:46

Why Is The EU Forcing European Nations To Adopt ‘Bail-In’ Legislation By The End Of The Summer?

Are they expecting something to happen? As you will read about below, the European Union says that any nation within the EU that does not enact “bail-in” legislation within the next two months will face legal action. The countries that are being threatened in this manner include Italy and France. If you fast forward two months from this moment, that puts us in early August. So clearly the European Union wants everything to be squared away by the end of the summer. Is there a reason for this? Are they anticipating that something really bad will happen in September or thereafter? Why such a rush?

We all remember what happened when major banks were “bailed out” during the last financial crisis. A tremendous amount of taxpayer money was given to the big banks to help prop them up so they wouldn’t fail. This greatly upset a lot of people.

Jun 08 14:32

Czech FM attacks West Bank construction

Years of steadfast political support from the Czech Republic appeared to be changing Monday during Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek's visit to Israel, during which he unexpectedly attacked Israeli construction in West Bank settlements, saying that the policy, "reinforces the atmosphere of hate."

Jun 08 14:07

Greece officially starts using term ‘Palestine’

Palestine is ‘in our hearts,’ FM Kotzias says, hailing ‘centuries-old’ political ties,’ but stopping short of full recognition.

Jun 08 13:44

Obama Pushes for Fast-Track TTIP Deal as EU Opposition Grows

President Barack Obama is using side-meetings at the G7 talks in Germany to push his trade agenda to speed up the already slow negotiations over the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in the face of increasing opposition on both sides of the Atlantic.

Jun 08 13:35

Greece told to strike a deal or face 'dramatic consequences'

Greece's creditors are losing patience with the country's uncompromising stance on its debt obligations, with the heads of the European Parliament and Commission calling on Alexis Tsipras's government to find common ground for a deal or face "dramatic consequences".

Jun 08 13:28

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary to attend Bilderberg conference

The Bilderberg conclave at Telfs-Buchen takes place only 50 kilometres from where the Group of Seven summit concludes today over the German border at Elmau Castle, Bavaria.

Jun 08 12:02

White House Admits Economies Of European Allies Crippled By Russian Sanctions

Just over a year ago when the Obama administration first introduced the vague, scary-sounding, all encompassing concept of "costs" when it explained how US sanctions would cripple the Russian economy, we mocked this latest bout of amateurism by the US State Department, noting that ig anything it would instead crush Europe's dominant, and far more intertwined with the Russian economy, powers such as Germany.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So of course Obama must continue this failed policy, because he can never admit he is a failure!

Jun 08 12:02

Obama Vows More Possible Anti-Russia Sanctions After G7 Summit

The Group of Seven (G7) discussed enacting possible additional sanctions against Russia over its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis, US President Barack Obama said in a press conference on Monday.

Jun 08 11:25

Cameron trips up over Europe at G7 summit, denies U-turn

British Prime Minister David Cameron tripped up over Europe at a summit of the Group of Seven Industrial nations (G7), appearing to issue an ultimatum to his own ministers over the EU only to swiftly withdraw it, saying he had been misunderstood.

The debacle was Cameron's first serious setback since he was re-elected a month ago and was all the more awkward because it concerned his flagship policy of renegotiating Britain's EU ties before holding an in-out EU membership referendum.

His uncertain handling of such an important issue is likely to be interpreted as a sign of how nervous he is to keep his fractious Conservative Party united to avoid a re-run of past splits which helped topple his two immediate predecessors.

Jun 08 11:24

Back me on European Union referendum or quit: Cameron tells ministers

British Prime Minister David Cameron sought to quell fresh signs of rebellion in his Conservative Party over Europe, warning ministers they will have to back his European Union strategy or leave his government.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting in Germany of the Group of Seven Industrial nations (G7), Cameron, who has pledged to renegotiate Britain's EU ties before offering an in-out membership referendum, signalled he would not tolerate dissent.

Jun 08 10:38

Barcelona Mayor Calls for Public Banks, Basic Income Gains Momentum, True Fiscal Responsibility, and more

A longtime anti-eviction activist has just been elected mayor of Barcelona, becoming the city’s first female mayor. Ada Colau co-founded the anti-eviction group Platform for People Affected by Mortgages and was an active member of the Indignados, or 15-M Movement.

Colau has vowed to fine banks with empty homes on their books, stop evictions, expand public housing, set a minimum monthly wage of $670, force utility companies to lower prices, and slash the mayoral salary. She enjoyed support from the Podemos party, which grew out of the indignados movement that began occupying squares in Spain four years ago.

Jun 08 07:29

Obama: G7 Agrees Sanctions on Russia to Stay in Place

U.S. President Barack Obama says Russia's actions in Ukraine are hurting Moscow and the Russian people. He said leaders at the G7 summit agree that sanctions on Russia will remain in place as long as the Minsk cease-fire agreement is being violated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is bogus since it is Kiev that has openly violated the cease fire! Obama's speech (still ongoing) also touched on FIFA! As if that was a world-changing event. Obama has stated Europe's commitment to end fossil fuel use without providing a safe and reliable alternative or explaining why the US is still trying to conquer and control the world's oil-producing regions. And of course he tossed global warming and why it is okay for him to amnesty the illegals without Congress into the mix as well!

In short, there is an obvious disconnect between what Obama is saying at the G7 and what is really going on.

Jun 07 22:00

US Warmongering: Will Germans Again Claim ‘They Didn’t Know’?

This weekend, the German public were similarly applauding Obama as he foisted a pile of ludicrous lies and propaganda in their midst. And yet, all the while, American war crimes and crimes against humanity were being committed unabated all around the world. Germany has an onerous responsibility in Europe to call a halt to Washington’s war machine. Are Germans once again going to tell us someday in the future: "We did not know"?

Jun 07 21:47

Field McConnell: Germanwings 9525 shot down

Ralph T. Niemeyer interviews retired US Airforce captain Field McConnell who testifies how Germanwings 4U9525 was brought down over the French Alps on 24 March 2015.

Jun 07 19:33

Greece told to strike a deal or face 'dramatic consequences'

Greece's creditors are losing patience with the country's uncompromising stance on its debt obligations, with the heads of the European Parliament and Commission calling on Alexis Tsipras's government to find common ground for a deal or face "dramatic consequences".

Jun 07 16:32

Leaders at G7 in Bavaria in call to uphold Russia sanctions

The two-day G7 summit has kicked off in Bavaria as its leaders gathered to discuss hot-button issues such as Ukrainian crisis, with some voicing support for tougher Russia sanctions despite the economic difficulties they bring to the EU.

Jun 07 09:42

Greece Explores BRICS Development Bank Membership

Athens is mulling over the position of a member of the BRICS New Development Bank.

Jun 07 06:33

EU's Juncker snubs Greek PM after 'absurd' debt deal rebuff

The European Union's chief executive declined to speak to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Saturday after the leftist leader rejected as "absurd" international creditors' terms for a cash-for-reform deal to keep his country from default.

Jun 07 06:27

Why Is The EU Forcing European Nations To Adopt ‘Bail-In’ Legislation By The End Of The Summer?

Are they expecting something to happen? The European Union says that any nation within the EU that does not enact “bail-in” legislation within the next two months will face legal action. The countries that are being threatened in this manner include Italy and France. If you fast forward two months from this moment, that puts us in early August. So clearly the European Union wants everything to be squared away by the end of the summer. Is there a reason for this? Are they anticipating that something really bad will happen in September or thereafter? Why such a rush?

Jun 07 04:48

Hungary becomes 1st EU nation to join China’s Silk Road network

Hungary has signed an agreement with China officially joining Beijing’s ambitious Silk Road network, a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement said.

Jun 07 02:28

Breaking the Promise to Russia

The Russian European dreamers have included Pushkin, Lenin, Gorbachev and, until relatively recently, President Vladimir Putin. They have all seen their country’s future as part of the “European house”.

But history and events have not been kind to Russia. Napoleon’s invasion, revolution, two world wars, Stalin’s communism and, most recently, the expansion of NATO, have shattered the dream again and again.

Jun 07 02:26

Congratulations Tony Blair

The 21st century’s greatest war criminal is called to lead the campaign against ‘extremism’ which he himself instigated. Truth be told, it only makes sense to appoint a mass murderer to such a delicate job because only a genocidal character could be intimately familiar with the nitty gritty of institutional hatred and intolerance.

Jun 06 08:41

The Politics of Anti-Austerity: The Spanish Elections and Participatory Democracy

The anti-austerity movement received another shot in the arm towards the end of May, with local elections in Spain following the Greek tune set by Syriza. The notable casualties of the night were the ruling Popular Party (PP) and the socialist PSOE, necessitating the construction of previously unseen coalitions. In an even more significant way, the gauntlet is being laid down towards traditionalists insistent on following the belt tightening approach that is strangling growth and encouraging continent-wide estrangement.

Jun 06 08:39

Europe turning against vaccines

“Europeans are turning away from vaccines, amid rising distrust of immunization for infectious diseases,” begins an article earlier this year in EurActiv, the journal of record for the European Community, published in over a dozen languages and widely read by journalists as a go-to-source for emerging policy debates in Europe.

As evidence for its claim, the article cites the French National Institute for Prevention and Health Education, which found that “distrust of vaccination has risen from 10% in 2005 to 40% in 2010,” as well as pointing to a major conference held in Italy last year, The State of Health of Vaccination in the EU.

Jun 06 08:38

Macedonia: Patriots Defeat the “Color Revolution”

We are publishing the exclusive English translation of the interview given by our regular correspondent Andrew Korybko to the Macedonian edition “NetPress” on the threat of Macedonia division, political background of Kumanovo incident and baseless ambitions of the Western-funded opposition leader Zoran Zaev:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Covert overthrow of a nation only works when it stays covert. Now that the world is onto the US games, the tactic is failing.

Jun 06 08:09

Anti-G7 demonstrators prepare for summit protest

Thousands of people have begun arriving in the Bavarian alpine town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen to rally against the summit of the Group of Seven. Leaders from the world’s largest economic powers meet nearby on Sunday.

Jun 06 07:33

Why Is The EU Forcing European Nations To Adopt ‘Bail-In’ Legislation By The End Of The Summer?

Are they expecting something to happen? As you will read about below, the European Union says that any nation within the EU that does not enact “bail-in” legislation within the next two months will face legal action. The countries that are being threatened in this manner include Italy and France. If you fast forward two months from this moment, that puts us in early August. So clearly the European Union wants everything to be squared away by the end of the summer. Is there a reason for this? Are they anticipating that something really bad will happen in September or thereafter? Why such a rush?

Jun 06 01:42

The Politics of Anti-Austerity: The Spanish Elections and Participatory Democracy

The anti-austerity movement received another shot in the arm towards the end of May, with local elections in Spain following the Greek tune set by Syriza. The notable casualties of the night were the ruling Popular Party (PP) and the socialist PSOE, necessitating the construction of previously unseen coalitions. In an even more significant way, the gauntlet is being laid down towards traditionalists insistent on following the belt tightening approach that is strangling growth and encouraging continent-wide estrangement.

Jun 06 01:33

Brinkmanship on Display as Greece Rejects 'Irrational' IMF Proposals

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday rejected the financial aid proposal of introduced by foreign creditors overseeing the country's bailout, saying the Syriza government cannot accept "irrational" proposals that call for additional austerity measures while offering nothing in the way of debt relief.

Jun 05 12:49

GREEK BANKS ON VERGE OF TOTAL COLLAPSE: BANK RUN SURGES "MASSIVELY" AS DEPOSITORS YANK €700 MILLION TODAY ALONE

While the Greek government believes it may have won the battle, if not the war with Europe, the reality is that every additional day in which Athens does not have a funding backstop, be it the ECB (or the BRIC bank), is a day which brings the local banking system to total collapse. As a reminder, Greek banks already depends on the ECB for some €80.7 billion in Emergency Liquidity Assistance which was about 60% of total deposits in the Greek financial system as of April 30. In other words, they are woefully insolvent and only the day to day generosity of the ECB prevents a roughly 40% forced "bail in" deposit haircut a la Cyprus.

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Jun 05 11:11

US Deployment of Missiles in Europe May Lead to Russia’s Exit From INF

Russia is fully complying with commitments made under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and does not want to withdraw from it, Viktor Ozerov, the Chairman of the Federation Council on Defense and Security, told RIA Novosti.
However, if the United States decides to put its missiles in Eastern Europe, Russia will seriously consider pulling out of the agreement, Ozerov said.

Earlier, AP reported that the Obama Administration plans to deploy land-based missiles in Eastern Europe that "could pre-emptively destroy the Russian weapons" in response to Moscow's alleged violation of the INF treaty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely the outcome the US government wants to see happen, if in fact they place missiles in Eastern Europe, as though Russia has no right to be upset by this move.

I would almost be willing to bet real money that it is not a question of if these US missiles are placed in Eastern Europe, but when.

Jun 05 11:01

Greece delays IMF payment as cash runs short

The heavily indebted country has postponed a payment to the International Monetary Fund, underlining how urgently it needs its creditors to release more bailout funds to avoid default and possible exit from the eurozone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They are calling it a "delay" so that the credit-default swaps do not activate!

Jun 05 09:10

Moscow 'closely looks' into reported US plans to return medium-range missiles to Europe

The Pentagon is considering scrapping a Cold War-era treaty and deploying nuclear-capable intermediate-range cruise missiles in Europe over Moscow’s alleged treaty violations, AP reported. The Kremlin says it is looking closely into the report.

Jun 05 08:14

Greece crisis live: PM to address parliament as stocks slide and Athens looks to Moscow

Alexis Tsipras to face his MPs in parliament this evening as shares in Greek banks tumble
• Greek PM and Vladimir Putin chatted on the phone "in a friendly atmosphere"
• Rumours fly that Germany's Angela Merkel and her powerful finance minister have fallen out over Greece
• RBS puts probability of Grexit at 20pc and William Hill puts odds of Grexit at 1/3

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Greece appeals to Putin to save economy...

Jun 05 08:11

Germany's forgotten victims

More than half a century on, the allied bombing of Germany's cities during the second world war remains a controversial topic.

On Wednesday, Britain's ambassador to Germany, Sir Peter Torry, travelled to the city of Kassel to mark the 60th anniversary of its destruction by British warplanes. Around 10,000 people died on the night of October 22 1943, when an immense firestorm swept the city.

"In the peaceful Europe which we live in today, it is hard for those who did not experience the second world war to understand the bitter emotions to which it gave rise," the ambassador said.

There is nothing new about senior British officials touring German cities that were destroyed by British bombs: the Queen and Prince Charles have visited Dresden and Hamburg in recent years.

However, Sir Peter's speech comes at a time when the role of the RAF during the second world war is being debated afresh.

Jun 05 07:31

Dark Day For Democracy: LEAKED TISA DOCS EXPOSE CORPORATE PLAN FOR RESHAPING GLOBAL ECONOMY

“It’s a dark day for democracy when we are dependent on leaks like this for the general public to be informed of the radical restructuring of regulatory frameworks that our governments are proposing,” said Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now.

Jun 05 07:27

AMERICA PIVOTS TO BRZEZINSKI’S DELUSION OF EURASIAN CONQUEST

Brzezinski’s obsession derives from British geographer Sir Halford Mackinder’s 1904 definition of the Central-Eastern nations of Europe as the “Pivot Area”, whose geographic position made them “the vital springboards for the attainment of continental domination.” Whether anyone realizes it, the Obama administration’s current campaign against Russia in Ukraine is of Mackinder’s design brought forward by Brzezinski.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Of course we have a right to mistreat the Palestinians. But you don't have a right to say anything about it. Go make fun of the Muslims. THAT is free speech!" -- Nodding Yahoo

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.

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