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Apr 22 12:02

Ex-NATO Chief Calls for Holy Crusade Against Russia in the Name of “Democracy”

In his op-ed in Project Syndicate, ex-NATO chief and former Danish PM Anders “Fog of War” Rasmussen calls for war against Russia in the name of democracy and the ever so elusive “Western values”.

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Here's your rifle ...

Apr 22 11:59

Time to Wake up to some Realities on the Iran Deal

Too many cooks spoil the broth, and that appears to be precisely what the Senate had in mind.

Evidently Obama has concluded that a veto-proof majority in both Houses stood behind the Foreign Relations Committee bill, and reluctantly conceded. But that wrests control of the process out of the hands of the Administration. The Iran deal may have died this afternoon.

To make sense of the events that have led to the current negotiations over Iran’s so-called nuclear ambitions, certain elemental realities should be highlighted:

Apr 22 09:49

Could massive EU-US trade deal be extended to Israel?

There are many reasons to oppose the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

It is designed to make capitalism the only permissible system in both the US and the European Union. It is being negotiated in a secretive and anti-democratic fashion. The groundwork for it has been laid by an unholy alliance of banks and the manufacturers of cigarettes, cars and chemicals.

And it may be extended to Israel.

Apr 22 09:11

The World Has Slipped Into A “Twilight Zone” Of Economic Insanity And Lost Touch With Real Assets.

Swiss Interest yields out to 10 years are currently negative. German yields are negative. What rational person will “invest” euros with a guarantee of negative earnings for 10 years in an unstable currency that might not even exist in a few years? This bond market insanity arose from weak economies, bad management, corrupt banking, and controlled markets.

Apr 22 08:52

France Sends Battle Tanks to Poland

Apr 22 07:50

European Rights Body Again Rejects Mass Surveillance

Europe’s top rights body, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has crystalized its censure of mass surveillance as a threat to fundamental human rights and to democracy itself by adopting a draft resolution in which it reiterates deep concerns over the practice of intelligence agencies systematically harvesting untargeted communications data, without adequate legal regulation or technical protection.

“Mass surveillance does not appear to have contributed to the prevention of terrorist attacks, contrary to earlier assertions made by senior intelligence officials. Instead, resources that might prevent attacks are diverted to mass surveillance, leaving potentially dangerous persons free to act,” PACE warned yesterday.

“These powerful structures risk escaping democratic control and accountability and they threaten the free and open character of our societies,” it added.

Apr 22 06:53

Hundreds of children brain damaged by the swine flu vaccine to receive $90 million in financial compensation from UK government

The swine flu vaccine caused severe brain damage in over 800 children across Europe, and the UK government has now agreed to pay $90 million in compensation to those victims

Apr 21 21:58

Eurasian emporium or nuclear war?

Move over, Cold War 2.0. The real story, now and for the foreseeable future, in its myriad declinations, and of course, ruling out too many bumps in the road, is a new, integrated Eurasia forging ahead.

Apr 21 17:23

Grexit: Remaining In The Eurozone Is No Longer ‘The Base Case’ For Greece

According to the Wall Street Journal, Greece staying in the eurozone is no longer “the base case” for European officials, and one even told the Journal that “literally nothing has been achieved” in negotiations with the new Greek government since the Greek election almost three months ago. In other words, you can take all of that stuff you heard about how the Greek crisis was fixed and throw it out the window. Over the next few months, a big chunk of Greek government bonds held by the IMF and the European Central Bank will mature.

Apr 21 11:31

EU readiness for compromise on Paks nuclear project with Russia, Hungary confirmed

The European Commission confirms a compromise decision made by the EU’s nuclear watchdog Euroatom on Russian nuclear fuel supplies for two reactors of the Hungarian Paks NPP, EC spokesperson Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said on Tuesday.
Hungary earlier awarded a contract on the construction of two power units of the Paks nuclear power plant to Russian civilian nuclear power corporation Rosatom. The problem of fuel supplies was a major problem impeding the contract fulfillment.

Apr 21 11:24

Gazprom: participation in Turkish Stream will guarantee Greece 47 bcm of gas transit

Russian gas giant Gazprom guarantees up to 47 bln cubic meters of natural gas will be supplied by transit over the territory of Greece after construction of the gas pipeline from the Greek-Turkish border, Gazprom’s Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller said on Tuesday after talks with Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras.
"The government of Greece will support the project of creating new gas transport facilities downstream of the border with Turkey," Gazprom’s CEO said. "The project can be implemented by a Russian-European consortium and European companies showing their interest to participate already appear," he added.
"The project will be implemented according to European laws," Miller said. "This never was a problem for the Russian side," he added.
http://tass.ru/en/economy/790842

Apr 21 10:54

Hungary, Greece, Cyprus to Restart Food Trade With Russia Ignoring US-EU Sanctions

Hungary, Greece and Cyprus may soon be allowed to export fruit and vegetables to the Russian market, according to a report in the newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta

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"You can't DO that! I decide who you do and do not do business with! I decide what currency you will use! I do! Me! ME, DAMMIT!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 21 10:44

Greek anger over state cash grab from public entities

Greek local authorities were on the brink of revolt Tuesday against the central government's move to use cash reserves from state agencies — including hospitals and kindergartens — to help the country make ends meet.

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Apr 21 10:13

EU creating "mass graves" in Mediterannean

European countries are the ones to blame for the latest Mediterranean migrants tragedy in which more than 700 people died on Sunday, according to global medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

The head of MSF in Italy, Loris De Filippi, said on Monday that Europe is not willing to address the "Mediterranean humanitarian tragedy."

"A mass grave is being created in the Mediterranean Sea and European policies are responsible," said De Filippi, accusing EU countries of closing their borders which forces people seeking protection to risk their lives and die at sea.

De Filippi urged EU countries to urgently launch large-scale search-and-rescue activities in order to avoid more deaths at sea.

Apr 21 09:37

European Banks Are Paid To Borrow For First Time Ever As Euribor Goes Negative

Mario Draghi said this week that the transmission channels for European Q€ were opening up and crowed how well his cunning plan was working (by well we assume he means stocks are up). Today we get the ultimate test of that 'transmission' as 3-Month EURIBOR fell below 0.00% for the first time ever (likely wreaking havoc on European derivative pricing models). In English that means banks are being paid to borrow from one another in the interbank money-markets (which sounds a lot like a 'glut' of excess cash) seemingly confirming ICMA's de Vidts fears: "We are scared about the [repo] market freezing," as the ECB is "driving without headlights in the dark." Of course this is yet another disturbing distortion on the heels of homeowners being paid to take out mortgages...

Apr 21 09:29

STUNNED GREEKS REACT TO INITIAL CAPITAL CONTROLS AND THE “DECREE TO CONFISCATE RESERVES”, AND THEY ARE NOT HAPPY

Earlier today, following weeks of speculation, Greece finally launched the first shot across the bow of capital controls, when it decreed that due to an “extremely urgent and unforeseen need” (ironically the need was quite foreseen since about 2010, but that is a different story), it would be “obliged” to transfer – as in confiscate - “idle cash reserves”located across the country’s local governments (i.e., various cities and municipalities) to the Greek central bank.

Bloomberg reports, that “as Greece struggles to find cash to stay afloat, local authorities say they oppose a government decision to use their reserves for short-term financing.”

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So now, to fulfill their obligations to the IMF, Greeks are going to be robbed of the money they have earned?!?

IF I were a Greek citizen, with my account wiped out to pay the country's IMF obligations, I would be very, very, very angry right now.

Apr 21 09:19

Thanks For The Investment Advice, Mario!

Apr 20 22:55

Newly Leaked TTIP Draft Reveals Far-Reaching Assault on US/EU Democracy

Mammoth deal an even greater boon to corporate power than previously known, warn analysts.

Apr 20 19:45

Stunned Greeks React To Initial Capital Controls And The "Decree To Confiscate Reserves", And They Are Not Happy

Several hours after the Greek government decreed the confiscation of local government reserves, this order has finally percolated among the population, and the response to what even ordinary Greeks realize is now the endgame, is less than exuberant. Bloomberg reports, that "as Greece struggles to find cash to stay afloat, local authorities say they oppose a government decision to use their reserves for short-term financing." “The government’s decision to seize our reserves not only raises legal and constitutional issues, but also a moral one,” said George Papanikolaou, mayor of Glyfada, the third-largest municipality in the metropolitan region of Attica after Athens and Piraeus. “We have a responsibility to serve our citizens."

Apr 20 13:14

Good War...Better Peace

Soon after the Allied victory in Europe, the purge of Nazi Party members from government, business, industry, science, education, and all other walks of German life commenced. While a surprising number of Nazis were allowed—even compelled—to man their posts temporarily to enable a smooth transition, all party members, high and low, were sooner or later excised from German daily life. In theory, “de-Nazification” was a simple transplanting of Nazi officials with those of democratic, socialist or communist underpinnings. In practice, the purge became little more than a cloak for an orgy of rape, torture and death.

Apr 20 11:37

As Gazprom CEO Arrives In Athens, EU (Coincidentally) Files Anti-Trust Charges Against Russian Giant

As the head of Russian gas giant Gazprom, Alexei Miller, arrives in Athens tomorrow (for talks with Greek PM Tsipras about "current energy issues of interest," which we suspect will include finalizing the "Turkish Stream" pipeline heralded by many as Greece's potential get-out-of-Troika-jail-card), he will face an increasingly anxious European Union. Fresh from its suit against Google, the WSJ reports, the EU's competition regulator plans to file formal antitrust charges against Russia’s state-owned gas company OAO Gazprom on Wednesday. This re-opens a suit from 2012 saying that it suspected the company of abusing its dominant position in those countries’ natural-gas supply. It appears Europe is getting nervous...

Having realized that a potential Greco-Russian pipeline deal could, according to one senior official "turn the tide"for the debt-stricken country, it appears the imminent arrival of Gazprom's CEO (as Reuters reports):

Apr 20 11:24

Sweden Most Atheist Country in The World

Apr 20 10:40

Did NBC Cover Up Role of U.S.-Backed Free Syrian Army in 2012 Kidnapping of Richard Engel?

American MSM Faking Stories Again?

In an article published on Wednesday, Engel said the kidnappers had “put on an elaborate ruse to convince us they were Shiite shabiha militiamen.” According to the Times investigation, NBC knew more than it let on about the kidnappers.

Apr 20 10:33

EU may convene emergency summit on migration on April 24 — source

The European Union may convene an emergency summit on the issues of migration from North Africa to the 28-member bloc already on April 24, a European source said on Monday.
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and European Council President Donald Tusk have earlier called for holding such a meeting after a disaster on Sunday when a vessel with 700 migrants onboard capsized some 200 kilometers to the south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.
The EU needs to revise several policies to ensure an efficient response to the challenges of the Mediterranean migration and carry out measures to save people in the sea, the source told TASS.
The 28-member bloc could allocate additional funds to organize the maritime and air patrol of the Mediterranean Sea, the source said. "The solution to these issues is far beyond the competence of ministers and may demand a political decision of the heads of states," he explained.

Apr 20 09:54

NATO Increasingly Surrounds the “Russian Threat”. “War is Good for Business”

On Saturday, April 18th, the Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, Ben Hodges, told Britain’s Telegraph that “There is a Russian threat,” and that “The best insurance we have against a showdown is that NATO stands together.”

Ever since the Soviet Union’s military alliance, the Warsaw Pact, dissolved in 1991, NATO has expanded eastward to Russia’s borders, and now it is preparing to admit yet another nation on Russia’s border: Ukraine. This eastward expansion broke (and breaks, since it’s continuing) a verbal agreement which had produced the termination of the Warsaw Pact (the Soviet Union’s equivalent of America’s NATO alliance).

Apr 20 09:47

TTIP leak: EU Proposal Undermines Democratic Values

According to a leaked European Commission proposal in the ongoing EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, EU member state legislative initiatives will have to be vetted for potential impacts on private business interests.

Apr 20 09:21

Greece Orders Public Entities to Store Cash in Central Bank

Greece’s government issued a decree Monday requiring public bodies such as state-owned companies and public pension funds to transfer their cash reserves to the central bank.

Apr 20 09:16

Europe braces for messy Greek endgame

It’s still possible that Greece can remain in the eurozone — though that is no longer the base case for many policy makers. At the very least, most fear the situation is going to get much, worse before it gets any better.

No one now expects a deal to unlock Greek bailout funding at this week’s meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Riga — originally set as the final deadline for a deal. The new final, final deadline is now said to be a summit on May 11.

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Apr 20 08:36

Greece orders raid on government coffers as cash dwindles

Government issues a decree forcing all state bodies to transfer funds to the central bank

Apr 20 08:31

''Stop TTIP'': Thousands of Activists Gather in Germany to Protest Corporate Trade Deal

Activists gathered across Germany on Saturday to protest the upcoming trade deal between Europe and the United States. Critics fear the deal will erode sovereignty and endanger multiple industries, including health and technology. Supporters of the deal say it would bring $100 billion annually for both sides of the deal.

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The only way any deal bring billions to the signers of the deal is to take it away from someone else, someone smaller.

Apr 20 08:30

No walls to save eurozone from ‘Greece amputation’ domino effect – Varoufakis

Those in the EU who want Greece to leave the eurozone are playing with fire, country’s Finance Minister said, claiming that no “fence” could possibly exist that would protect the union from a domino effect should Greece or any other member leave.

“Anyone who toys with the idea of cutting off bits of the eurozone, hoping the rest will survive is playing with fire,” Yanis Varoufakis told La Sexta, a Spanish TV channel. In an interview, recorded 10 days ago but broadcast on Sunday, Varoufakis warned that those in the EU who think they have been “ring-fenced” from the Greek struggle are mistaken.

Apr 19 22:31

Iran urges India, China & Russia to counter NATO missile system

Iran has announced its readiness to cooperate with Russia, China and India on the issue of NATO’s missile shield and related threats from the military bloc, the head of its defense ministry said in Moscow.

“I’d like to support the idea of developing multifaceted defense cooperation between China, Iran, India and Russia to counter NATO eastwards expansion and installing a missile shield in Europe,” Hossein Dehghan said on Thursday, at an international security conference in Moscow.

Hours later Dehghan was cited by RIA Novosti as saying that Russia, China and Iran may hold tri-party defense talks.

“We discussed certain aspects of regional security. It was proposed to hold a trilateral meeting of Russia, Iran and China,” Dehghan said after meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

Apr 19 22:26

Conference on the Israel Lobby—Press Blackout at the Press Club

So, where were the reporters of the mainstream media? Where was C-SPAN during a week when Congress was on a holiday and their cameras were not preoccupied by Capitol Hill activities—its foremost priority? Apparently, the American people were only to see and hear the extreme views of AIPAC that do not even command the support of a majority of American Jews who do favor a two-state solution, along with a majority of Arab-Americans.

Organized by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, which was launched about thirty years ago by a British Army Officer who served in World War II and two retired U.S. Ambassadors to countries in the Middle East (wrmea.org), the day-long program at the prestigious National Press Club should have been intriguing to reporters. After all, are they not interested in important, taboo-challenging presentations on a critical dimension of U.S. foreign and military policy?

Apr 19 22:13

UK General Elections: Breakaway SNP strikes fear into Westminster parties

… but notions of independence are flawed

The SNP (Scottish National Party), under feisty new leader Nicola Sturgeon, is scaring the daylights out of Labour and Conservatives with the prospect of a strong squad of MPs marching south headed by fearsome former leader and political bruiser Alex Salmond.

Cameron or Miliband for prime minister – warmongering toff or socialist nonentity? And with whose coalition help? That’s the bleak choice for British voters.

Apr 19 22:02

Anti-NATO parties grab top spots in Finland general election

The Prime Minister of Finland has acknowledged the victory of the opposition Centre Party in Sunday’s general election. With all votes counted, Centre has 21.1 percent support, which translates to 49 seats in the country's parliament.

Apr 19 19:55

The Greek "White Knight" Emerges: Putin To Give Athens €5 Billion For Advance Gas Pipeline Fees

With Greece teetering on the edge of insolvency and forced to raid pension and most other public funds, ahead of another month of heavy IMF repayments which has prompted even the ECB to speculate Greece should introduce a parallel "IOU" currency, a white knight has appeared out of nowhere for Greece, one who may offer $5 billion in urgently needed cash. The white knight is none other than Vladimir Putin.

Apr 19 14:47

Americans paying for NATO’s ammunition stocks: US journalist

Europeans don't want to pay for America's phony war with Russia.

Apr 19 13:59

UN: Slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians is not genocide

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rejected the Pope’s categorization of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I as genocide.

Apr 19 13:51

So TTIP won’t stop public services being run in the interests of ordinary people? Tell that to Argentina

Another week, another victory for big business over a government in a secret pseudo-court. This time it’s the turn of private water giant Suez, who successfully sued Argentina for reversing the privatisation of Buenos Aires's water supply.

Apr 19 13:16

Former IMF chief hits out at ECB treatment of Ireland

Chopra has said the pressure placed on Ireland to accept a bailout in 2010 was "outrageous".

Apr 19 11:21

So you want to get out of the USSA — or EU?

For some time I have been warning of the threat of catastrophic warfare

Apr 19 10:40

IMF urges EU to slim down its demands on Greece

The International Monetary Fund has urged EU negotiators to slim down their list of demands in debt talks with Greece amid fears that time is running out to reach a deal.

Apr 19 09:53

Increased Soros Destabilization through the Appearance of "Micro-nations"

The appearance of a micro-nation called "Liberland" on the Croatian-Serbian border may indicate that the provocation and destabilization specialists funded by billionaire global troublemaker George Soros have discovered that the concept of micro-nations may serve as the latest tool for the further "Balkanization" of an overly-segmented Balkan peninsula.

Apr 19 06:22

Greece and Germany in high-stakes poker game.

Apr 19 05:12

Greece appears to be in big trouble:

Apr 18 07:36

Greece in negotiations to obtain Russian S-300 air defense systems

Turns out it's not just Iran that's interested in the S-300--Greece, a NATO member, is looking into obtaining them too. The subject was on the agenda of Greece's Defense Minister Panos Kammenos (who, incidentally, is not a member of the leftist Syriza party but rather of a right euroskeptic Independent Greeks party allied with Syriza) during his visit to Moscow and talks with RF Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu.

Considering that Greece is under EU/ECB/IMF-imposed budgetary austerity, one has to wonder how these rather expensive weapons might be paid for. Other than cash, what might Greece have that Russia might want?

Apr 18 06:49

Former IMF President, Bank-Bailout-Fiasco President, and VP of Spain, Long Untouchable by the Law – Suddenly Gets Crushed

The week has not been kind to Rodrigo Rato, the embattled former vice-president of Spain, former president of the IMF, and former president of ongoing bank-bailout-fiasco Bankia. First the Spanish news website Voz Populi reported that he was under police investigation for tax fraud, money laundering and embezzlement. That was on Tuesday.

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