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Apr 20 09:36

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 09:31

''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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 09:30

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 23:31

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 23:26

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 23:13

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 23:02

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 20:55

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 15:47

Americans paying for NATO’s ammunition stocks: US journalist

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

Apr 19 14:59

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 14:51

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 14:16

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 12:21

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 11:40

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 10:53

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 07:22

Greece and Germany in high-stakes poker game.

Apr 19 06:12

Greece appears to be in big trouble:

Apr 18 08:36

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 07:49

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.

Apr 18 06:51

Britain’s Foreign Office refuses to comment on journalist murders in Ukraine

A Foreign Office spokesperson told TASS on Friday the Foreign Office typically did not comment on situations unless they were linked with British subjects.
Earlier on Friday, Britain’s embassy in Moscow said it was a "disgrace" of London to keep silent about the murders. "Journalist killings in Ukraine [are] appalling. But not a word of condemnation from Britain. What a disgrace," the embassy said on its Twitter account.

Apr 17 17:23

Greece starts assets sales with horse racing gambling license

Greece's privatization agency (HRADF) has invited OPAP to sign a deal next week to acquire the country's sole license for horse racing betting, the first state asset sale to be completed by the new leftist-led coalition government.

The agency announced in March it would proceed with the sale of the exclusive betting rights to OPAP, the country's dominant gambling firm, which won the license last year after offering 40 million euros ($43.26 million).

Apr 17 17:18

Gartman: Grexit chances exponentially higher

Apr 17 16:34

Ex-IMF Chief Under Investigation For Money Laundering

Spanish judicial officials reported that the home and office of former International Monetary Fund chief were searched on Thursday as part of a tax and money laundering investigation. The former IMF head is already under investigation for alleged fraud and misusing company credit cards.

Apr 17 16:11

The ECB Is Considering A Parallel Greek Currency

Today, to our dismay, we find that the ECB has not only considered a "parallel currency" alterantive but for Greece this may be a reality before long. According to Reuters, the ECB "has analyzed a scenario in which Greece runs out of money and starts paying civil servants with IOUs, creating a virtual second currency within the euro bloc, people with knowledge of the exercise told Reuters." "The fact is we are not seeing any progress... So we have to look at these scenarios."

Apr 17 13:35

So You Want To Get Out Of The USSA -- Or EU?

Unfortunately, the USSA and other NATO countries continue to ratchet up the military pressure. USSA regular military forces have now begun to arrive in the Ukraine. Canadian troops are also being sent to the Ukraine. As the Russians watch the foreign military build-up on their border, they may very well decide at some point that enough is enough, and retaliate. If they do the risk of a nuclear war surges dramatically.

This is not an academic question. The USSA and NATO are very openly targeting the Russian government and the Russians recognize that. The USSA and NATO are the aggressors in this conflict, the violent powers behind the neo-fascist regime in the Ukraine that has unleashed a war of aggression against its own Russian-speaking population in the eastern provinces of the Ukraine.

Apr 17 10:13

NATO activity near Russian borders increased by 80% – General Staff

There was a sharp increase the intensity of the training of NATO troops near the borders of Russia last year, Russian General Staff said.

“In 2014, the intensity of NATO’s operational and combat training activities has grown by 80 percent,” said Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Main Operation Directorate of General Staff.

The leadership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization made no effort to hide the clear anti-Russian orientation of these activities, he added.

Apr 17 10:04

10,000 migrants enter Italy in last week alone

The wave of migrants arriving at Italy’s ports is showing no sign of let up, as hundreds more arrived in Pozzalo on Friday morning.

Ten thousand people have entered the country in the last week alone, after risking the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean in overcrowded boats.

Apr 17 10:03

Greece: See anarchists fling FIREWORKS at police as Athens erupts

Clashes erupted between anarchists and riot police in the district of Exarcheia in Athens, Thursday. The clashes follow a demonstration by around 4,000 workers from a Canadian-run gold mine in northern Greece over fears of job losses, after the Greek government revoked the company's license to develop the mine.

Apr 17 09:48

The Minister of defense of Greece Panos Kammenos on the reunification of Crimea with Russia: it was necessary to protect the Greeks from the fascist government of Ukraine

- Greece for many years the friend and ally of Russia. Together we confess the Orthodox faith, and we have a common history. In Russia there are more than 300 thousand Greeks. Russia supported us in difficult times, including during the Cyprus crisis.
- In service with Greece's worth of Russian weapons, including the famous s-300...
- Yes, except that there is still a system of "Thor" (tactical anti-aircraft missile complex "Kornet" anti-tank missile system) and many other systems. They will emphasize integrated into the NATO system. So, of course, we can't end the relationship with Russia.
It is widely known that we have with Cyprus General system security, and their defensive system is one hundred percent from Russia, therefore, to suspend relations with Russia in this area, we will cease to defend and Cyprus, and it is crucial for Greece.

Apr 17 09:30

Ukraine a Vector for GMO Poison’s Spread Through EU

Ulson Gunnar
Activist Post

When the Washington Post chooses to pen an insulting, condescending editorial targeting entire nations speaking up against Western impropriety, one can just as well assume the precise opposite of whatever narrative the Post is trying to push forward is true.

Regarding American biotech companies and their attempts to infest the planet with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and in particular their attempts to corrupt the whole of Europe with their unwanted poison through a backdoor (Ukraine), has prompted Russia to speak up for their Eastern European neighbor. Up until the armed coup in 2013-2014, also known as the “Euromaidan,” Ukraine had adamantly rejected GMOs.

With an obedient client regime now installed in Kiev, a series of political, economic and military decisions have been made that have more or less extinguished Ukraine as a sovereign nation state...

Apr 17 08:34

U.S. stocks stage selloff as global jitters take hold

U.S. stocks tanked on Friday as news of stock market regulation from China triggered a selloff in global equity markets, where investors were already on the edge due to fears that Greece may default on its international debt.

Apr 17 08:30

EU CLEARS PATH FOR 17 NEW GM FOODS

Europe currently imports around 58 GM products from abroad, mostly US maize, cotton, soy bean and sugar beet.? Seventeen new genetically modified food products will be authorised for import to Europe before the end of May in a significant acceleration of biotech trade, the Guardian has learned.

Apr 17 08:22

Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program; The Former Soviet Union As America’s New Frontier

Since Hillary Clinton announced without any surprise that she was running for president, it is worth taking a look at her record. As U.S. Secretary of State during the conflict between Russia and Georgia, Clinton claimed that the U.S. was committed to “Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” and that the “United States does not recognize spheres of influence.”

In the meantime she was pushing for the military integration of countries from the former Soviet Union with NATO. Rick Rozoff commented at the time: “Despite Clinton’s claim to the contrary, the United States most decidedly recognizes spheres of influence. In its own hemisphere – the entirety of it – in the South Caucasus and everywhere else on the planet.”

Also in the double standard category, Washington is applying sanctions on Iran for its non existent nuclear weapons, even though the Pentagon has “officially” recognized that Israel is a nuclear power.

Apr 17 07:47

The Moving Line in the Sand for Greece

Apr 17 05:54

Is Mario Draghi Stupid, Crooked Or What?

Apr 16 15:48

IMF's Lagarde says Greece should not delay payments

The head of the International Monetary Fund on Thursday signalled that the IMF would not agree to let Greece delay a scheduled bailout payment, saying the Fund needed to protect its sterling reputation as a global lender.

Greece is fast running out of cash and its euro zone and IMF lenders have frozen bailout aid until the new leftist-led government in Athens reaches agreement on a package of reforms.

That has raised fears the Greek government will not be able to make its next payments to the IMF, which total some $1 billion (0.67 billion pounds) over the next month.

Apr 16 15:36

?1,000 British soldiers given psychiatric help after consuming ‘zombie drug’ – new figures

The British military is accused of failing to protect its soldier’s mental health

Apr 16 15:11

6.1 Earthquake Strikes Off the Coast of Greece

Apr 16 15:04

Kosovo’s foreign minister to be arrested if he visits Belgrade — Serbian Interior Ministry

Serbia will arrest the vice-premier and foreign minister of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, on war crimes charges if he arrives in Belgrade, Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic told journalists on Thursday.
"If Thaci arrives in Belgrade, police will act according to the law and will bring him to justice," he said.
Kosovo’s Deputy Foreign Minister Petrit Selimi said earlier that Thaci was planning to visit Belgrade to attend a conference organized by the Ambassadors of Peace non-governmental public organization.
Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic said that the arrest warrant for Thaci was still valid and that Kosovo’s foreign minister could be arrested in Belgrade.
Serbia considers Thaci, a leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army, to be a war criminal.

Apr 16 13:03

Bankrupt? Greece to Buy Russian Missiles

Just days after Russia lifted sanctions on providing anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, Reuters reports that The Greeks are in talks with Russia to purchase missiles for the S-300 defense system. Greece, a NATO member, has been in possession of the advanced Russian-made systems since the late 1990s and in a defiant show of independence towards Troika, is now negotiating with Russia for the purchase of additional missiles and for their maintenance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia may be giving Greece the additional missiles as foreign aid, to deter Europe from outright invasion or the US from a covert overthrow to keep Greece from defaulting and leaving the EU.

Apr 16 11:13

Greece Will Have to Leave the EU: Brough

Apr 16 10:20

EU clears path for 17 new GM foods

Seventeen new genetically modified food products will be authorised for import to Europe before the end of May in a significant acceleration of biotech trade, the Guardian has learned.

An announcement could be made as early as next week, sources said, when a meeting of EU commissioners has been pencilled in to review adoption of new rules for approving GM imports.

Europe currently imports around 58 GM products from abroad, mostly US maize, cotton, soy bean and sugar beet.

Apr 16 08:20

European Parliament members demand “pressure” on Israel to free Palestinian lawmakers

Fifty-eight members of the European Parliament have called on the EU to put “pressure” on Israel to release Khalida Jarrar and other members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) from its prisons.

Jarrar was today indicted by Israel’s military court while another prominent Palestinian detainee, former hunger striker Khader Adnan, has reportedly been placed in punitive solitary confinement.

Apr 16 08:00

‘End ECB dick-tatorship!’ Protester attacks Draghi during keynote speech

A protester, associated with the FEMEN movement, interrupted a televised speech by European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, when she jumped onto the table and showered him with confetti, while shouting “End ECB dictatorship!”

21-year-old Josephine Witt, who was also wearing a t-shirt with the punning slogan "End ECB dick-tatorship" also left several fliers with a oblique small-print rant against the financial body which regulates the Eurozone monetary policy.

Apr 16 07:57

German Yields Tumble Toward Zero Amid ECB Stimulus, Greece Jitters

“Draghi pledged to continue to metaphorically stand on the roof of the ECB building and shower euro bank notes down upon passersby.”

(*Oh Christ!)

Apr 16 04:26

Greek 3-year gets a taste of 28%. UGLY!

Apr 15 15:45

Another escalation of the situation in Kosovska Mitrovica

During the last seven days in the Northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica have been a number of incidents that threaten to further aggravate the already tense situation in the city, separated by the river IBR Serbian North and Albanian South.
On the evening of April 9 in Kosovska Mitrovica, near the bridge over the IDB 17-year-old Serbian teenager was attacked by a group of seven Albanians. With knife wound of a thorax Serb hospitalized.

Apr 15 15:18

Moldovan farmers barricade roads, demanding compensations for loss of Russian market

Thousands of Moldovan farmers have launched mass protest acts on Wednesday, demanding increases of state subsidies and compensations from the Moldovan government for the loss of the Russian market. The farmers have been barricading roads with their agricultural machinery, TASS was told by Alexandru Slusari, Chairman of the all-republican UniAgroProtect Association of Agricultural Producers.
"Many farms in Moldova are on the verge of bankruptcy, while our appeals to the government were to no avail," Slusari said. The situation in the Moldovan agrarian sector worsened after Russia imposed a ban of fruit imports last year; the collapse of the Moldovan national currency in January 2015 was the last straw.

Apr 15 14:17

Greece in new downgrade by S&P for "unsustainable" commitments

Ratings agency S&P has downgraded Greece's credit rating again, saying it expects its debt and other financial commitments will be "unsustainable".

Apr 15 12:18

Russia bashers eat crow as Putin wins Time Magazine poll

Vladimir Putin steals the show in TIME 100 reader’s poll

Western media did their best to hide Putin’s stratospheric popularity in their assigned propaganda task of demonizing Russia and Putin over the Ukrainian Western coup , replacing the Iran nuclear weapons threat hoax with the new Russian Bear threat one.

The biggest threat to our national security comes from treasonous cliques within our own ranks and their recent marriage over that last decade into the international corporate crime syndicates.

We are not really biased here at VT. It is just a simple observation to us… it is Putin and Lavrov all the way. No one can touch them and they own this piece of history, something that the spinmeisters cannot lay a glove on.

Apr 15 12:13

TIME Magazine Invaded by Kremlin Troll Army

Western media campaign to demonize Putin has failed to convince its target audience. The Western public are not buying the hysterical political agenda.
The iconic current affairs TIME magazine follows this week’s news that Russian President Vladimir Putin came top of the TIME 100 readers’ poll.

Western publics have now alternative media sources, ranging from foreign-based professional news services to a plethora of Western-based internet sites. The alternative scope is often critical of Western government policies and capable of ably exposing ulterior, hidden political agenda. In other words, the alternative news sources are often doing the proper job of journalism that is neglected by Western mainstream media who seem to be preoccupied with advancing the political objectives of their governments – no matter how unethical those objectives are.

Apr 15 09:46

EU set to file antitrust lawsuit against Google for unfair practices

Google is facing formal antitrust charges in the EU after years of investigation and three attempted settlements. The announcement will be made at the European Commission meeting on Wednesday, EU officials told the media.

Apr 15 08:58

The European Union Accused Google Of Abusing Its Dominant Position

The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google affirming the organization has mishandled its prevailing position in the businesses for general web hunt benefits in the European Economic Area (EEA) by methodically supporting its own correlation shopping item in its general query items pages. The Commission’s preparatory perspective is that such direct encroaches EU antitrust principles in light of the fact that it smothers rivalry and damages shoppers. Sending a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the result of the examination.

http://whatisusa.info/the-european-union-accused-google-of-abusing-its...

Apr 15 08:15

On the border between Serbia and Croatian Czech declared a new "country" - Liberland

Google Translate: Founder Vid Jedlicka invited all who respect the principle of "live and let live", and are not extremists, to move into a country area seven square kilometers

Subotica - In no man's land between Serbian and Croatian was named the "smallest independent sovereign state" in the Balkans - Liberland, founded by Czech Vid Jedlicka, who is also its president, said on Wednesday Vojvodina media in columns "policy" or "interesting" .

Apr 15 08:01

Top Israeli recipient of EU grants is based in occupied East Jerusalem

A college in occupied East Jerusalem is the top Israeli recipient of European Union science grants.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem took part in 237 projects under an EU multi-annual scientific research program, which ran from 2007 to 2013.

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