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Mar 07 09:36

Europe Blocks U.S. from Racing to War Against Russia

On Friday, 6 March, President Obama placed temporarily on ice his planned increase in weapons and soldiers to help the Ukrainian Government to ‘defend’ Ukraine against the ‘terrorists’ in Donbass, which is the Ukrainian region that had voted 90% for the President whom the Obama Administration overthrew in February 2014. (Here is where the EU first learned, on 26 February 2014, that the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovych had been a coup instead of a genuine popular revolution.) Obama replaced that Government with a racist-fascist anti-Russian regime, which quickly set about exterminating as many residents of Donbass as possible, as quickly as possible (calling them ‘terrorists,’ for their refusal to be ruled by the new Obama-imposed, anti-Russian, Government).

Mar 07 09:29

Austerity Ireland: Thousands to protest national broadcaster’s ‘biased reporting’

Thousands of anti-austerity campaigners are expected to gather outside the headquarters of RTÉ, Ireland's national broadcaster, on Saturday to protest against what they say is biased reporting that represents the interests of a marginal elite.

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Mar 07 06:58

German Recovery? Don't Bet on It

For those impatient to proclaim a Western recovery, this Reuters article is for you. It tries to make the case that the numbers are finally turning favorable for Germany and perhaps for parts of Europe as well.

We can't help recall the talks of green shoots some four years ago, or the constant din of recovery predictions that have been proffered in the mainstream media since then. We observed around that time that there likely would be no real recovery, only an upward surge of securities mart averages in the US and abroad as central banks pumped money into the financial sector while pretending that its Keynesian stimulation would benefit the working class.

Mar 07 06:26

Kerry Re-writes History of U.S. Support for Color Revolutions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry either has a blind spot when it comes to the last 15 years of U.S. foreign policy or he told a big whopping lie in Geneva. Kerry, in defining U.S. action in Ukraine, said that «We [the United States] are not involved in multiple color revolutions». Someone in Kerry’s position should know better. After all, he is not only the chief foreign policy officer of the United States but he served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2009 to 2013 and was a member of the committee from the very outset of America’s «themed» or «color» revolutions, beginning with the October 5th Revolution, which overthrew Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic in 2000.

Mar 07 05:52

Washington Yanks British Bulldog into Line

The gross interference by Washington in Britain’s forthcoming election on the vital issue of budgetary priorities clearly demonstrates that British «democracy» is but an appendage to an American leash. And the leash is being yanked to pull the snarling bulldog into line.

In a brazen show of bringing-to-heel in their «special relationship», American political and Pentagon chiefs are openly rebuking the British government to maintain its huge military spend on the NATO alliance – to the possible detriment of already withering public services in austerity-clobbered Britain. The imposition by Washington raises serious questions about the nature of democracy in Britain – the self-proclaimed «Mother of all Parliaments».

Mar 07 05:44

Bibi Joffrey and the Flower of Zion

The walls are thick and strong beyond imagining, but the elders who sleep in the bowels of Zion know that this rumbling at their foundation marks well their inevitable fall.

The first great stone has hit the ramparts of Zion. The elders within the walls, down in the bowels of the fortress, have sat bolt upright, as they have felt the unmistakable rumbling vibration. Their eyes, which are usually narrow with the self-regard of the power of their own devious cunning, have suddenly gone wide with fear, as instantly they know that the inevitable has arrived upon them.

As another great stone finds the wall, and shakes the very air, these elders fly from their beds with great alarm.
The walls are thick and strong beyond imagining, but the elders who sleep in the bowels of Zion know that this rumbling at their foundation marks well their inevitable fall.

Mar 07 03:26

France, Belgium condemn Mali restaurant attack that kills 5

(*AP) Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said one Beligan was among the victims of the “cowardly act of terror.”

Hollande said he “condemns with the greatest force the cowardly attack” against La Terrasse restaurant, located in a district of expatriates. Hollande said that he will meet with Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to show his support, much as the Malian leader had come to Paris to show his support in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.

Mar 06 16:28

Quantitative easing imminent as ECB boss Mario Draghi fires €1.1trn starting gun

The European Central Bank boss Mario Draghi declared an end in sight to the eurozone’s economic woes yesterday as he prepared to fire the starting gun on a €1.1trn (£798bn) quantitative easing programme within days.

Mar 06 16:21

Greece Proposes To Become A Tax-Collecting Police State: Will "Wire" Tourists And Unleash Them As "Tax Inspectors"

"We propose the following: that large numbers of non-professional inspectors are hired on a strictly short-term, casual basis (no longer than two months, and without any prospect of being rehired) to pose, after some basic The very 'news' that thousands of casual "onlookers" are everywhere, bearing audio and video recording equipment on behalf of the tax authorities, has the capacity to shift attitudes very quickly, spreading a sense of justice across society and engendering a new tax compliance culture - especially if combined with the appropriate communication of the simple message that the time has come for everyone to share the burden of public services and goods."

- Yanis Varoufakis

Mar 06 16:19

Ukraine Energy Minister: EU Should Share Transit Risks, Help Pay for Gas Storage

Ukrainian Minister of Energy and the Coal Industry Vladimir Demchishin has suggested the EU should partly pay the costs for filling underground gas storage facilities in his country to cut the risk of possible interruptions in transit to Europe.

Translation: Pay our bills for us, as we are incapable of doing so ourselves!

Mar 06 15:11

As Hawks Urge Obama to Send Weaponry to Ukraine, EU Officials Push for Peace

Even as some U.S. and European officials urged the Obama administration not to provide weaponry and further military assistance to Ukraine—among the options being weighed by the White House—the second-highest ranking U.S. diplomat warned on Friday that pressure to arm Kiev-backed government forces would increase if aggression from pro-Russian separatists persisted.

Mar 06 14:36

Spain - Scandal as 40 to stand trial in Popular Party corruption case

A Spanish judge on Thursday ordered 40 people, including three former treasurers of the ruling Popular Party, to stand trial over an alleged kickback scheme at the heart of the party.

Mar 06 10:26

GREECE: IS THIS THE SYRIZA GAME PLAN?

Mar 06 08:56

Russia invites NATO Members to Security Conference: Experts warn about Risk of unwanted Nuclear War

Russia has invited all NATO member States and the NATO leadership to attend a security conference in mid-April, said the Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov. The invitation comes against the backdrop of deteriorating relations between members of the Atlantic Alliance and Russia. Meanwhile, during a recent symposium, experts warned about the risk of a military escalation that includes the use of nuclear weapons, whether it be wanted or unwanted.

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Mar 06 08:05

Spain judge orders trial of 40 officials over graft

A Spanish judge has ordered the trial of 40 individuals, including former mayors and businessmen affiliated to the ruling Popular Party (PP), on charges of involvement in a kickback scheme and alleged corruption crimes.

Mar 06 07:59

Almost 100 families evicted daily in Spain – statistics

At least 95 families were evicted every day in Spain in 2014, fresh statistics say as Spaniards struggle to meet mortgage payments. Home foreclosures have become a stark symbol of the 7-year economic crisis, with 2014 seeing a further rise in numbers.

Mar 05 16:32

Pound now buys more than €1.38 as ECB's bond-buying plan weakens euro - and sterling 'could reach €1.50 this year'

The euro has fallen to new seven-year lows against the pound and 11-year lows versus the dollar after the European Central Bank said its new government bond-buying programme will kick-off next week and last until at least September 2016.

The ECB's attempt to kickstart the ailing eurozone economy by spending €60billion a month on buying sovereign bonds saw the euro tumble today. Against the dollar it came within a sliver of $1.10 - its lowest since early September 2003.

Against the pound the euro fell to 72.3p, or €1.384 to the pound - a level last seen in December 2008. And analysts suggested the euro has even further to fall and could hit 65p by the end of the year. That would get British holidaymakers €1.50 to the pound - an exchange rate that has not been seen since February 2007.

Mar 05 15:19

Moscow condemns EU attempts to use Victory Day anniversary for attacks on Russia

Attempts to distort the truth about World War II are an insult to the memory of the victims of Nazism and millions of Soviet soldiers who died for the liberation of Europe, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told a briefing on Thursday.

"We condemn the desire of the European Union to use the upcoming VE-Day anniversary for new attacks on Russia," he said. "We call on the EU to stop playing along with the openly revanchist sentiments of some of its members used in an opportunistic attempt to revise the results of World War II and the decisions of the Nuremberg Tribunal."

Mar 05 15:18

Russia can play key role in resolving Libya crisis — Italian PM

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has said that Russia can play a decisive role in resolving the Libya crisis and in the fight against terrorism.

Speaking to reporters after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Renzi said that the Libya crisis and a threat of the spread of terrorism and extremism were on the table among other issues.

"We agreed that our countries should help boost efforts in that direction," Renzi said adding that "Russia’s role in the UN Security Council is of crucial importance and besides, Russia’s ties with Egypt could help."

Mar 05 11:37

US Army Official: Atlantic Resolve May Expand

The US military's plans to send troops into Romania and Bulgaria as a deterrence to Russian aggression could expand to include Hungary, the Czech Republic and Russia's southern neighbor, Georgia, according to a US Army official spearheading the effort.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is troubling. coming as it does with the story about 6 NATO warships now in the Black Sea for military drills. Anyone wishing to get WW# really cranked up could launch an attack against one of the ships and frame Russia for it.

Mar 05 11:20

Rothschild warns of 'chaos, extremism' and 'horrendous' problems in Europe

Jacob Rothschild, the 78 year-old banker and chairman of RIT Capital Partners, has delivered savers in the £2.3bn trust a stark warning about global instability and the fragility of future returns.

Mar 05 11:08

ECB ready to start printing money next week

E.C.B. to Begin Bond-Buying Program on Monday

Bond buying is a way for the European Central Bank to effectively print money and inject it into the economy. But confidence in the central bank’s ability to rekindle inflation could suffer if the market is so tight that it is unable to meet its goal of buying €60 billion of debt a month.

Mar 05 10:01

ECB Will Cut Rates To Minus 3%: JP Morgan

Should a tail event such a deflationary spiral or Grexit occur, limits on ECB asset purchases will put Mario Draghi at a disadvantage as other central banks race to the bottom. JP Morgan says this will force the ECB to cut interest rates for cash deposits to minus 3% while the dollar will appreciate by 20%, reaching parity with euro in 2015.

Mar 05 07:54

Council of Europe Extends Sanctions Against Former Ukraine President

The Council of Europe extended EU restrictive measures against Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych and members of his entourage.

Mar 05 07:22

The CIA Secret Prisons in Europe. Political Camouflage in the EU. Washington’s “European Partners in Crime”

It is common knowledge that at end-January 2015 the global movement Amnesty International published a report, titled “Breaking the conspiracy of silence: USA’s European “partners in crime” must act after Senate torture report”, which throws further light upon the information gathered within the US Senate investigation into torture methods, applied by the Central Intelligence Agency, by referring to media reports on the way CIA-operated secret detention sites were run in Europe – in particular, on the territory of Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

Mar 05 07:16

IMF’s Director Batista: Greek bailout was ‘to save German & French banks’

‘This was never said officially before! “They gave money to save German and French banks, not Greece,” Paolo Batista, one of the Executive Directors of International Monetary Fund told Greek private Alpha TV on Tuesday. Batista strongly criticized not only the euro zone and the European Central Bank but also the IMF and the Fund’s managing Director Christine Lagarde for defending Europe much too much..

He urged Greece to directly negotiate with the IMF and favored the restructuring of the Greek debt that is been hold by the European partners.’

Mar 05 06:46

Europe to start €1.14trn ‘easy money’ program on March 9 - ECB President

The European Central Bank will kick off its monthly €60 billion purchases of government bonds and private sector assets next Monday, said the head of the ECB Mario Draghi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because after all, look how well it worked in the US!

Mar 05 06:42

ECB Will Cut Rates To Minus 3%: JP Morgan

...the ECB is now close to running out of ammunition. The true constraints on further ECB intervention lie in the 25 per cent issue limit and 33 per cent issuer limit on its sovereign bond purchases.

Except for Greek debt, the 25 per cent and 33 per cent caps should not prove binding in a scenario where the ECB keeps its monthly asset purchase pace of €60bn. However, the limits could be reached in worst-case scenarios where the ECB would have to boost the size of its QE programme or implement OMTs targeted on specific sovereigns.

Mar 05 06:38

Anti-austerity protest held in Cyprus

Several thousand Cypriots have staged a protest rally in the capital, calling on the government to end austerity policies they say have driven many in the bailed-out country to poverty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Austerity: Steal from the poor to give to the rich!

Mar 04 16:57

The CIA Secret Prisons in Europe. Political Camouflage in the EU. Washington’s “European Partners in Crime”

It is common knowledge that at end-January 2015 the global movement Amnesty International published a report, titled “Breaking the conspiracy of silence: USA’s European “partners in crime” must act after Senate torture report”, which throws further light upon the information gathered within the US Senate investigation into torture methods, applied by the Central Intelligence Agency, by referring to media reports on the way CIA-operated secret detention sites were run in Europe – in particular, on the territory of Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

Mar 04 16:39

IMF Director Admits: Greek Bailout Was "To Save German & French Banks"

For the first time in public, though practically the entire world assumed it, an official from The IMF has admitted that the various Greek bailouts were not for The Greeks at all... "They gave money to save German and French banks, not Greece,” Paolo Batista, one of the Executive Directors of International Monetary Fund told Greek private Alpha TV on Tuesday. As KeepTalkingGreece reports, Batista then went on to strongly criticized not only the euro zone and the European Central Bank but also the IMF and the Fund’s managing Director Christine Lagarde for defending Europe much too much...

Mar 04 14:30

Recession is getting worse, not better, says Irish homeless charity

The recession is not ending — it is getting worse, according to one of the biggest providers of hot meals for homeless people in Dublin.

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Mar 04 10:34

US TO DEPLOY SIX NATIONAL GUARD COMPANIES TO UKRAINE THIS WEEK

US 173rd Airborne Brigade Commander Michael Foster said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC said the US would deploy personnel by the end of this week to train the Ukrainian national guard.

Mar 04 10:06

Europe's Reusable Spaceplane Completes First Test Flight

A splashdown in the Pacific Ocean concluded the first successful test flight of Europe’s reusable spacecraft technology yesterday. The car-size Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) could pave the way for a full-size reusable spaceplane. This would launch on Europe’s Vega rocket and eventually return to Earth by landing like an aircraft on a runway.

Mar 04 06:38

Azerbaijan should be very afraid of Nuland

The US’ Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, visited Baku on 16 February as part of her trip to the Caucasus, which also saw her paying stops in Georgia and Armenia. While Azerbaijan has had positive relations with the US since independence, they’ve lately been complicated by Washington’s ‘pro-democracy’ rhetoric and subversive actions in the country. Nuland’s visit, despite her warm words of friendship, must be look at with maximum suspicion, since it’s not known what larger ulterior motives she represents on behalf of the US government.

Mar 03 22:21

Fifty Years of Imperial Wars: Results and Perspectives

Over the past 50 years the US and European powers have engaged in countless imperial wars throughout the world. The drive for world supremacy has been clothed in the rhetoric of “world leadership”, the consequences have been devastating for the peoples targeted. The biggest, longest and most numerous wars have been carried out by the United States. Presidents from both parties direct and preside over this quest for world power. The ideology which informs imperialism varies from “anti-communism” in the past to “anti-terrorism” today.

Mar 03 11:13

Netanyahu’s Big Gamble

In pursuing the strategy of preserving the perception of the Iranian threat in order to maintain the special relationship with the United States, Netanyahu is pursuing strategies that sabotage America’s own foreign policy interests...

By going over President Obama’s head to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is taking a big gamble, apparently hoping that he can block any U.S. rapprochement with Iran and heighten tensions in the Middle East, a strategy that lacks both facts and logic, says Ted Snider.

Mar 03 07:20

What Is the EU's Game in the Caucasus Separatist Territories?

The European Union is making a push to raise its profile in two trouble spots in the South Caucasus, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Brussels insists its forays in the region are nothing more than routine diplomacy. But some observers believe the EU is hoping to push back against Russia's troublemaking in Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, right, "Russia's" trouble-making!

Mar 03 07:19

Russia will explore ways of softening food embargo for Greece and Hungary — minister

Russia will explore ways of softening food embargo for Greece and Hungary consistent with WTO norms, minister of economic development Alexey Ulyukayev said on Monday.

"We need to find a decision consistent with WTO norms. It is impossible to simply make exceptions for countries," the minister said.

Mar 03 07:07

Ukraine parliament begins IMF reform package debate

Ukraine’s parliament has commenced debating a reforms package required by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a prerequisite for a multi-billion-dollar aid package.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here comes the Austerity! Wealth for the bankers and poverty for the Ukrainian people!

Mar 03 06:41

Gardasil Vaccine: Spain Joins Growing List of Countries to File Criminal Complaints

Spain now joins a growing list of countries where criminal lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of the HPV vaccine, which includes France, India, Japan, and many more.

In the United States, however, you cannot sue the manufacturers of vaccines, as they are protected from civil criminal prosecution. As a result, marketing efforts to increase the sale and distribution of the HPV vaccine are increasing.

Mar 03 06:24

Austria stops payments on Hypo 'bad bank' debts

Austria has announced it is halting payments on more than €11 billion ($12.28 billion) in debts of the failed Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International AG until it has found a way of winding down the bank without imposing more costs on taxpayers.

Mar 02 15:00

Bulgarian companies proceed with South Stream gas pipeline project — ambassador

Bulgarian companies continue their work on Russia’s South Stream natural gas pipeline project fulfilling all their contractual obligations although Russia announced last year the suspension of its project, Bulgarian diplomat said on Monday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on December 1 that the project to build the South Stream gas pipeline was closed due to the European Union’s unconstructive approach to cooperation in that sphere, including Bulgaria’s decision to suspend the construction of the pipeline’s stretch on its territory.

Mar 02 13:27

NATO rolls out 'Russian threat' in budget battle

NATO member-states unwilling or unable to help boost the military spending are being accused of ignoring the “Russian threat,” that has re-emerged as the core of the alliance’s agenda to boost arms sales.

A report saying one of major NATO funding contributors, the UK, could fail to fulfil the commitment to spend 2 percent of its GDP on the alliance in 2015 came as a bombshell for some of the West’s military elite.

Mar 02 13:24

As Greek Default Fears Return, Government Considers "Borrowing" Pensions To Repay IMF

Greek short-term default risk jumped over 300bps today putting the odds of a restructuring at 50-50 within the next year as the warnings we issued last week with regard Greece's imminent default on its IMF loan loom. Seeking to reassure its lenders (and avoid yet more capital flight), Reuters reports the Greek government said it was "exploring solutions," including delaying payments to suppliers or try to raise up to 3 billion euros by borrowing from state entities such as pension funds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds like an interesting idea, until you realize the US Government did just that back during the Clinton years, "borrowing" from the Social Security trust fund ... and they have never been able to pay it back!

Mar 02 07:52

Hundreds of Farmers Block Roads in Protest of Monsanto’s GMO Crops

Poland’s largest farmer uprising ever has occurred as convoys of tractors took to the roads recently in protest of GMO infiltration and land grabs by biotech and Big Ag corporations.

Mar 01 10:50

Sweden calls Nemtsov killing 'an execution'

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has described the killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov of further evidence of "Putin's reign of terror with regards to security, human rights and democracy".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The strongest reason to doubt that Putin had anything to do with the assassination of Nemtsov is the manner in which it was done, a shooting in public near the Kremlin; circumstances clearly intended to generate the maximum publicity.

Here in the United States the government gets rid of its enemies in small plane crashes, single car accidents, or by means of staged suicides. Putin, being former KGB, is just as knowledgeable about such sophisticated means of covering a murderer's tracks. Had Putin wanted Nemtsov dead, we would have heard that Nemtosov had suddenly become very depressed over his failing political fortunes, and decided to kill himself.

Thus, Nemtsov's assassination, as public as it was, was done by others to frame on Putin, to destabilize Russia, not unlike the Kiev snipers who fired on both sides, then framed Yanukovich for it, to drive him from his elected office a year ago.

Mar 01 08:23

US to Send Arms to Ukraine Using Private Contractors - Hacker Group

Washington plans to use Western private military contractors to deliver weapons to Ukraine. Once arms are delivered, these companies will send their “volunteers” who will come to make good use of these weapons.

Mar 01 08:12

Greenspan says shattering of European Union will begin with imminent Greek implosion

The former chief of the U.S. Federal Reserve says it is just a matter of time before the European Union implodes, along with its currency, following what he believes will be a "Grexit" -- a Greek exit -- from the EU.

Feb 28 09:15

Russia Could Make China King of the South China Sea

America should think twice about arming Ukraine as Russia could easily help China achieve its dreams in the South China Sea.

Feb 28 09:14

Will 'Mistress Europe' Show the American the Door?

It's an age-old, tragic relationship. The mistress and her gadfly, selfish male-benefactor, who is really not a benefactor, but instead is more like her jealous, despotic jailer. Oh yeah, sure, he festoons her with cute presents now and again, chocolates, stockings, perfumes and the like. He also professes ardent devotion and vows to protect her. In return she gratifies his basic needs. But when it gets down to it, the mistress is dispensable, a plaything that is brutally discarded when he is done.

Feb 28 08:38

What the BRICS plus Germany are really up to?

Winston Churchill once said, “I feel lonely without a war.” He also badly missed the loss of empire. Churchill’s successor – the ‘Empire of Chaos’ – now faces the same quandary. Some wars – as in Ukraine, by proxy – are not going so well.

And the loss of empire increasingly manifests itself in myriad moves by selected players aiming towards a multipolar world.

So no wonder US ‘Think Tankland’ is going bonkers, releasing wacky CIA-tinted “forecasts” where Russia is bound to disintegrate, and China is turning into a communist dictatorship. So much (imperial) wishful thinking, so little time to prolong hegemony.

Feb 28 08:04

The Scourge of US-Installed Fascism in Europe's Heartland

Obama bears full responsibility for replacing Ukraine's democratically elected government with Nazi lunatics.

Russia's lower house State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said "(t)he guilt of the United States of America for (what happened) is considerable and obvious to the entire world."

Ukraine's crisis "poses a risk to international security, first of all to European security."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey was clear and unequivocal saying:

"For a quarter of century, the key principles of the United Nations had been systematically violated."

Feb 28 07:57

Greek PM says 'forget about third bailout'

Greece won’t be seeking a third international bailout after the four-month extension of its current program expires, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said.

In a televised speech to his government, Tsipras also said the country has requested a reduction of its debt, despite European creditors demanding that Greece pay it in full.

Feb 28 07:56

Italian MPs vote for Palestinian state, but conditions ‘disappoint’ PLO

The Italian parliament has become the latest major European legislative assembly to push for the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, after a decisive vote Friday. However, deputies nixed a motion for the immediate recognition of Palestine.

Proposed by the ruling center-left Democratic Party, the motion vowed to “unconditionally support the goal of establishing a Palestinian state living side by side in peace, security and prosperity next to the state of Israel, on the basis of mutual recognition and total assumption of common commitment to ensure citizens to live safely and protected from all violence and acts of terrorism.”

The proposal suggested the two countries should return to the pre-1967 borders, and share Jerusalem as the capital.

Feb 27 11:46

Moscow threatens Washington painful countermeasures in case of new sanctions

Google translate: As informs "Interfax", said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergei Ryabkov.

"We leave for all options, including used and, if necessary, will be applied fairly painful countermeasures," - said a senior diplomat.

On the eve of the US State Department spokesman Jen Psak said that the United States continues to consider the possibility of imposing sanctions on Russia in the case of deterioration of the situation in Ukraine.

Feb 27 10:25

NATO Eyes Air Defenses Over Fears Putin Will Target Baltics

NATO's newest members are nervous.

Troops are being trained up and reinforced. A new "spearhead force" is in the works. Fighter jets are scrambling. Military maneuvering is ramping up amid mounting concerns that Russian President Vladimir Putin will broaden his gaze beyond Crimea and Ukraine to the Baltic nations.

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Valdis Dombrovskis, vice president of the European Commission, warned that Russia was redrawing the map of Europe by force. Britain's Defense Secretary Michael Fallon last week said there was a "real and present danger" Russia's president would seek to destabilize Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — all small NATO members with enough legitimate issues of disenfranchisement among their Russian minorities to make them prime potential targets for any Putin push.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Valdis Dombrovskis: sir, have you gone absolutely foaming-at-the-mouth, barking MAD, to make these accusations in public?!?

It is disturbing to me that NATO could come to this conclusion only on the basis of trumped-up accusations with no basis in fact whatsoever. And just in case you are having a bad case of SMD (selective memory disorder) regarding Russia, let me gently acquaint you with the facts of the matter here.

1. The legitimately elected President of Ukraine was deposed in a European/US/ECB-sponsored coup. Poroshenko was then imposed on the people of Ukraine in an election more crooked than a dog's hind leg.

2. Crimea, which had been a part of Russia, and is Russian- speaking, was annexed by Kruschev, himself a native Ukrainian, in the 50s. When the government of Crimea realized that the legitimate government of Ukraine had been done away with, they requested, in what was characterized as a free and fair referendum, to join the Russian Federation.

3. Russia did not "annex" Crimea: Crimea asked to joinn the Russian Federation, because the legitimate government of Ukraine was destroyed in the putsch.

4. The Russia bashing I am seeing, both here in the US and abroad, coupled with the sanctions against it for no earthly rational reason, appear to be a prelude to some huge false flag, to be blamed upon it, as a pretext for war against it, to prevent the US dollar from losing its position as the world's primary currency.

5. NATO's ability to fight, and win, a war against Russia is tricky proposition at best; look how horrificically NATO has failed and flailed in Afghanistan, against a people with only relative primitive weapons.

ANY QUESTIONS, EU COMMISSION VICE PRESIDENT DOMBROVSKIS?!?

Feb 27 09:36

NATO ready to advise Libya on security, eyes more drones

NATO's chief said Thursday the alliance was ready to advise Libya's government on defense and security issues, saying the deteriorating situation in the country is posing new security threats for Europe that require a more robust defense.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also told a news conference in Rome that the alliance plans to bolster its surveillance of the region by using drones based at the air station in Sigonella, Sicily, starting next year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to NATO'S Secretary-General Stoltenberg: you do not have the luxury of waiting until "....next year." militarily.

The only option NATO has is another invasion of Libya, followed by a despotic NATO occupation of Libya.

And we all know just how well that works, with the "Afghanistan model", fresh in our minds.

Feb 27 07:50

Is fascist America ready for total war against Russia and China?

The debate to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over fascism and the adoption of the UN Charter has recently taken part in New York. Yet, fascism as the destruction of a certain category of humans for the sake of exceptionalism of another category of humans has become the state ideology of the United States. To make matters worse, the UN does not fulfill its functions of a peacemaker.

Feb 26 12:07

Russia Signs Military Deal With EU Member State

Russian navy ships will now have access to stop off at ports in Cyprus, while Moscow will continue to provide the Mediterranean country with debt relief, following an agreement by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades.

Feb 26 11:31

Billboard campaign launched in Ireland to recognize Palestine

A Palestine solidarity group in Ireland on Wednesday launched a billboard campaign to urge the Irish government to support the recognition of Palestine.

Feb 26 07:48

European court rules environmental groups can't legally oppose EU institutions; only corporations get a say

In a recent decision, the European Court of Justice ruled that environmental non-governmental organizations and other NGOs possess no right to file actions with the court, meaning they cannot legally oppose any European Union institution -- though profiteering global corporations have had, and will continue to have, access to court.

As noted in a press release from the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), the ruling has serious implications in that groups opposed to GMO crops, for example, now appear to have been shut out of the judicial process.

Feb 25 16:05

Poland likely to send military advisers to help Ukraine – defense aid

Poland may follow the UK’s lead and send military advisers to Ukraine to help train the country’s troops. An aid to the Polish defense minister says a final decision will be made in March with the number expected to be under a hundred.

Feb 25 09:54

Cyprus signs military deal with Russia

Cyprus on Wednesday signed a deal with Russia allowing its navy ships to make regular port calls on the island.

The deal with European Union member Cyprus, which also hosts British military bases, comes amid Russia-West tensions over Ukraine, the worst since the Cold War times.

Feb 25 08:56

Spanish prime minister warns against populist rhetoric

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned that populism and demagoguery would be no option out of the country’s economic situation.

In his last annual state of the nation debate on Tuesday, Rajoy warned against what he called demagoguery in politics, which according to him, would risk Spain’s plans for economic recovery and reaching welfare.

“It is not with demagoguery that we can maintain the welfare state,” Rajoy said.

The Spanish leader was clearly alluding to some emerging political parties’ continued use of populist slogans in the run-up to a series of elections in the country which could end in a huge loss for the ruling government.

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In other words, what happened in Greece may happen in Spain.

Feb 25 08:55

The Troika’s Message to the New Greek Government: We Don’t Care About Humanitarian Issues

Since 2010 the troika, consisting of the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Union’s commission, has forced different governments in Athens to implement six consecutive austerity programs which have severely lowered the living standards of working people, devastated Greece’s social systems and plunged millions into poverty. This is why on 25 January, the majority of the Greek population decided to vote for a party that raised their hopes for a better future by promising an end to austerity.

Four weeks later this dream has been shattered. In last week’s negotiations the troika left no doubt that it will not deviate from its path of insisting on the unrestricted continuation of austerity politics. In other words: The working people of Greece will have to keep filling the gaps in the state budget generated by the bank bailout in the beginning stages of the Euro crisis.

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Hey Greece; look at how Russia just handled Cyprus!

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