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Apr 04 12:01

NATO: SEVEN DECADES OF LIES, WAR AND BLOOD

To mark the significance of NATO’s 70th anniversary perhaps it would be enough to look at the 18-year war that devastates Afghanistan, or the chaos in which Libya remains plunged, or the violations of international law sponsored by the organization in the Balkans, notably the terrifying dismemberment of Yugoslavia.

Maybe that would be enough … But we would be far from doing justice to the breadth and longevity of an increasingly global and essentially gangster behavior such as that which characterizes the alliance. The flood of epic considerations around the myths that support it is so threatening nowadays that no opportunities will be never be enough to plumb the contradiction. It is not surprising that NATO is what it is.

Apr 04 11:36

NATO Sec Gen Stoltenberg Says Hitler, Stalin and Daesh Were Enemies of Freedom

Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), addressed a joint session of Congress Wednesday morning right after a meeting with US President Trump.

Stoltenberg emphasised NATO's importance in preserving peace during the post-World War II era. Stoltenberg also noted that “questions are being asked on both sides of the Atlantic about the strengthening of our [NATO] partnership” and urged members to increase defence spending.

“In an ideal world, we would not need to spend any money on defence, but we do not live in an ideal world,” he said. “Hitler could not have been stopped with peaceful protest. Stalin could not have been deterred with words. ISIS* could not have been defeated with dialogue.”

Apr 04 11:35

EU to deploy customs controls immediately after no-deal Brexit – Moscovici

The European Union’s top economics and tax official said on Wednesday the risk of a no-deal Brexit on April 12 is increasing. “The EU customs code would apply to all goods arriving from the UK,” Reuters quoted the EU’s Economic Affairs and Tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici as saying. “If there is a no-deal scenario, new customs controls would have to be introduced,” the official said. “That does not mean we would systematically check every single… lorry,” according to Moscovici. “We would be controlling goods on the basis of risk analysis.”

Apr 04 11:33

Humanitarian ship with 64 migrants on board is stuck in the Mediterranean after Italy's Matteo Salvini says: 'Take them to Germany!'

A humanitarian vessel with 64 rescued migrants was left stuck in the Mediterranean after Italy's Matteo Salvini said it could 'go to Hamburg.'

Malta refused the ship entry to their waters as it sailed close to the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday after the migrants were hauled from the sea on Wednesday.

The Maltese and Italian refusal sets the stage for another Mediterranean stand-off that will only be resolved if European governments agree to accept the asylum-seekers.

Apr 04 10:21

Belt-And-Road Initiative In Full Swing In Europe

Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The multipolar transformation that is occurring across the Eurasian continent confirms the industrial and diplomatic cooperation between China and the European continent in spite of strong opposition from the United States.

Xi Jinping's visit to Europe confirms what many of us have been writing about over the past few months and years, namely, the reality of an ongoing global transformation of a world dominated by the United States to a pluralistic one composed of different powers collectively shaping a multipolar world.

Europe therefore finds itself in fortuitous position, balanced as it is between its old world links to the United States on the one side and the fledgling Eurasian one being ushered in by Russia and China on the other.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, when it comes to global economics, and the advantages of cooperating with such economic evolutions, it appears that President Trump cannot see the forest for the trees; hence, there will be more financial pain for American sellers of goods and services (particularly our farmers, who have been doubly devastated by tariffs, and the monumental storm damage in the Central part of the country, which is prime farming country).

Unfortunately, President Trump's "vision" on his financial path for this country, will inevitably lead to financial ruin, be it from economic collapse, or more wars.

Apr 04 09:07

China, The Accidental European Power – get used to it

The past three years have seen increasingly vocal European criticism of China’s involvement in the continent. This culminated in March with the European Commission’s designation of China as a systemic rival

What is behind such hostility? Is it China’s growing global footprint through its gargantuan “Belt and Road Initiative”? Is it Beijing’s bonhomie with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe?

Of all the factors that explain European wariness, the underlying one is the realisation that China is here to stay. What is peculiar, however, is that China’s rise as a power in Europe came by accident, rather than design.

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Apr 04 08:10

MEPs get scrappy over Brexit deadlock

Apr 03 08:35

Trump: Great Strides Made in ‘Ridiculous’ Afghan War

Whenever President Trump is dealing with NATO issues, there is always the question of whether Trump is going to praise NATO as the greatest thing since sliced bread, mock them as a relic of the past, or somehow manage to do both at once.

Meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday, Trump played up the pledges for increased military spending, while pushing for even more. He also cheered the “great strides” made in Afghanistan militarily by NATO, while terming the war ‘ridiculous.’

Trump is well known to be weary of the Afghan War, and hopeful of making a negotiated deal with the Taliban to withdraw from the nation. It’s a good thing this was known beforehand, as he did not elaborate beyond calling the war “unfortunate” and “ridiculous.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, one can not have this both ways; this war cannot have been both critically important, and "ridiculous" simultaneously.

You know as well as I do, that the war against Afghanistan had utterly nothing to do with Usama Bin Laden, and everything to do with controlling the oil pipelines, the rare earth minerals, and the opium poppy trade.

I hope and pray that a good negotiated settlement can happen; there have been far too many American military members who have been killed, or maimed for life here, in pursuit of that control of the oil pipelines, the rare earth minerals, and the opium poppy control.

Apr 02 12:55

Buchanan: Trump Should Close NATO Membership Rolls

Authored by Patrick Buchanan, op-ed via Townhall.com,

When Donald Trump meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today, the president should give him a direct message:

The roster of NATO membership is closed. For good. The United States will not hand out any more war guarantees to fight Russia to secure borders deep in Eastern Europe, when our own southern border is bleeding profusely.

And no one needs to hear this message more than Stoltenberg.

In Tblisi, Georgia, on March 25, Stoltenberg declared to the world:

"The 29 allies have clearly stated that Georgia will become a member of NATO."

As for Moscow's objection to Georgia joining NATO, Stoltenberg gave Vladimir Putin the wet mitten across the face:

"We are not accepting that Russia, or any other power, can decide what (NATO) members can do."

Yet what would it mean for Georgia to be brought into NATO?

Apr 02 09:40

"The Lamps Are Going Out All Over Europe"

“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime,” commented British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey on the eve of his country’s entry in World War I. Something similar came to mind when I heard that American Renaissance Editor Jared Taylor has been banned from Europe until 2021.

Apr 02 09:20

HERE COMES THE SPLINTERNET: HOW THE EU IS HELPING BREAK APART THE INTERNET

...this latest effort is hamfisted in the extreme, and may have the effect of splintering the internet beyond what seemed possible even a few years ago. In the wake of GDPR’s passage, Europeans couldn’t visit the websites of some US publishers for months as new privacy frameworks were put into place. That sort of thing may be about to become a lot more common. The time has now come to speak of the internets, plural. And to get around, you might just need a passport.

Basically, as Newton notes, it just might not be worth it for many sites to serve EU visitors:

Apr 01 10:11

Why Did Europe Just Deport and Ban American Author Jared Taylor?

I am sorry to have to tell you that I cannot attend the Scandza Forum in Stockholm or the Awakening Conference in Turku, Finland, where I had been invited to give talks. Today, when I landed in Zurich for a connecting flight to Stockholm, Swiss border authorities told me I have been banned from Europe until 2021. I will spend the night at the airport, and tomorrow I will be deported.

The officer at passport control in Zurich airport had already stamped my passport and waved me through to my Stockholm flight when she called after me to come back. She stared at her computer screen and told me I had to wait. She didn’t say why. In a few minutes, a policeman arrived and told me there was an order from Poland that barred me from all 26 countries in the Schengen Zone.

He said the Poles did not give a reason for the ban, and he asked me what I had done. I said I give talks on immigration, and someone in Poland must not like them. “That makes me a political criminal,” I said.

Apr 01 09:46

IRELAND VOTES TO BAN ISRAELI GOODS

Ireland votes to ban Israeli goods by an overwhelming majority of their legislature.

Jimmy Dore explains why.

In contrast: The US wants to ban the *banning* of Israeli goods.

Israel fascist government whines: “You’re picking on us.”

Apr 01 09:32

NATO’s Unrelenting Expansion Could Trigger a Major Nuclear War

One can guess that some within the Donald Trump administration would have taken due care in pinpointing Montenegro on their European maps, with its population of 600,000 people. The Montenegrin landmass, situated in south-eastern Europe and for decades part of Yugoslavia, is a fraction the size of neighbouring Bosnia.

In July 2018, president Trump complained live on air regarding the Balkan country’s membership of NATO, saying the Montenegrins are “very aggressive people. They may get aggressive and, congratulations, you’re in World War III”. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s Secretary General, had insisted that Montenegro “would have an equal voice in shaping our alliance, and its independence guaranteed”.

Apr 01 09:05

Hungary Govt Says Suspected ISIS Beheader Had Pre-Paid Debit Card from EU

The Hungarian government claims a suspected Islamic State terrorist who entered Europe posing as a refugee was in possession of a pre-paid debit card from the European Union, and that the EU has issued 64,000 such cards to migrants.

“A Syrian national by the name of F. Hassan was detained in Budapest by the officers of the Counter-terrorism Centre (TEK) on suspicion of acts of terror, including involvement in explosive attacks and carrying out multiple executions in his homeland in 2016,” reported Dr Zoltán Kovács, Hungary’s Secretary of State for International Communications international spokesman for the Cabinet Office of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Apr 01 07:57

Eurozone CRISIS: Manufacturing activity SLIDES across eurozone with Germany WORST hit

Factories in the eurozone recorded their worst month for almost six years in March, declining for an eight month and slipping deeper into contraction territory. IHS Markit’s March final manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) reading dropped to 47.5 for the month, down from 49.3 in February, marking its lowest reading since April 2013. An index measuring output change, which feeds into a composite PMI due on Wednesday and is seen as a good gauge of economic health, sank to 47.2 from 49.4. This marks its lowest since April 2013 and the second straight month it has come in below the 50 level.

Mar 31 09:22

What Article 13 Means for the Cryptocurrency Industry

By Kai Sedgwick

First they came for our privacy. Then our data. Finally they took our memes. If the more hyperbolic headlines are to be believed, the EU’s ratification of the controversial Article 13 copyright law will have repercussions for purveyors of highly shareable online content. The reality is less draconian. Nevertheless, Article 13, coupled with last year’s GDPR laws, has ramifications for all tech companies, blockchain projects included...

Mar 30 09:35

Mandatory speed limiters for all cars: Europe just agreed to change driving forever

The European Commission is onboard with new road-safety regulations that will mandate that vehicles are equipped with life-saving tech, which it says could have as much impact as laws forcing car makers to install seat belts.

The new laws would require auto-makers to equip new vehicles with cameras and sensors to control speed, assist drivers with lane keeping and reversing, and monitor drowsiness and distractions from smartphones.

The laws would also mandate that cars, vans, trucks and buses are equipped with an aircraft-like 'blackbox' to retain data about accidents after they occur.

Safety features covered under the proposal are already available in many luxury models from the likes of Tesla and BMW, but the rules would force manufacturers to include them in cheaper vehicles, too.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what happens when a quick acceleration is the only way out of a potentially deadly crash, and all these "safety features" cannot mitigate against it?!?

I am sorry, but the EU is setting itself up for being sued out of existence with enough class action lawsuits when humans need to act, and are forbidden to do this because of mandated technology.

Mar 30 08:57

RUSSIAN WARSHIPS ARE SHADOWING NATO MARITIME GROUP THAT ENTERED BLACK SEA

RIA Novosti repoted that the Netherlands Navy destroyer Evertsen, the Canadian frigate Toronto, and the Spanish frigate Santa Maria entered the Black Sea. On the way they were accompanied by a Turkish frigate “Gelibolu”.

In addition, the French tanker Var arrived in Istanbul with a group of warships but did not enter the Black Sea.

The ships are planning to carry out the operation Sea Shield together with the Ukrainian and Georgian military.

Mar 30 08:31

Pompeo wants NATO to take ‘actions’ to help Ukraine

Marines from the U.S. and Ukraine standing together after a company-level attack during the land portion of Exercise Sea Breeze, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said NATO allies could take additional steps when allies convene next week to help Ukraine defend against Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What on earth is Pompeo speaking about, and what "concrete steps" from NATO is he expecting?!?

That NATO will go to war against Russia in behalf of Ukraine, which is not
yet a NATO signatory?!?

I would like to hope (and pray) that NATO will not fall for any foolishness from this guy.

Having said that, however, if military exercises are supposed to start next week involving Ukraine, we may well be looking at some kind of " false flag"against it, to attempt to ratchet up support for Ukraine against the allegedly "evil empire" of Russia.

Mar 30 08:18

EU extends anti-migrant smuggler mission, won’t deploy ships amid dispute with Italy

The EU has officially extended the mandate of a naval mission hunting migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean. However, the bloc, cannot deploy any ships amid a dispute with Italy’s anti-migrant government.

Mar 30 08:11

Lega May Become 2nd Biggest Party in EU Par't After Upcoming Election – Polls

The Italian party Lega may become the second biggest party represented in the European Parliament after the EU election scheduled for 23-26 May, the Parliament’s Public Opinion Monitoring Unit said in a report based on polls conducted in EU member states.

According to the report, as of Wednesday, the Europe of Nations and Freedom political group – which is represented in Italy only by Lega – may count on 27 out of 705 seats in the European Parliament.

Mar 29 09:30

The EU bows to ‘systemic rival’ China

Let’s start with the essential background for the meeting in Paris on Tuesday between Chinese President Xi Jinping and three EU heavyweights – French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker.

As imperfect as these figures may be, economic growth for the past 10 years after the 2008 financial crisis – which was a made in the West phenomenon – do tell an enlightening story.

China’s growth: 139%. India’s growth: 96%. the US’ growth: 34%. EU growth: a negative 2%.

Mar 29 09:22

Ireland and EU Countries Must Seek ECB Approval to Manage Gold Reserves – Draghi

The European Central Bank needs to approve any operation in the foreign reserves of euro zone countries, including gold and large foreign currency holdings, the ECB’s President Mario Draghi said on Thursday.

“The ECB shall approve both the operations in foreign reserve assets remaining with the NCBs (national central banks)…and Member States’ transactions with their foreign exchange working balances above a certain threshold,” Draghi told two Italian members of the European Parliament.

“The purpose of this competence is to ensure consistency with the exchange rate and monetary policy of the Union.”

Mar 29 09:04

European parliament passes watershed resolution calling for reparations for crimes against Africa during European colonialism

The European parliament has overwhelmingly backed a watershed resolution calling for reparations for crimes committed in Africa during European colonialism.

The bill urges European member states to introduce a series of sweeping reforms aimed at tackling 'structural racism' facing millions of Afro-Europeans.

It calls on the countries to implement nation-wide strategies to deal with discrimination in education, health, housing, policing, the justice system and politics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There has been evil throughout history. But why force people who were not even alive back then to make amends to other people who were not alive back then?

Our various governments have stopped looking forward and are looking back.

Mar 29 09:00

EU Says Europe ‘Ideal Refuge’ for Migrants Fleeing ‘Poverty, Climate Change’

Europe will be an “ideal refuge for asylum seekers and migrants” in a world where “climate change and global poverty” will drive increasing numbers of poor people to seek better lives elsewhere, according to an EU policy briefing.
The “unprecedented arrival of refugees and irregular migrants” seen during the crisis of 2015 exposed a need for Brussels to reform the bloc’s policies on “asylum, external borders and migration”, according to the EU Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS).

In a ‘policy podcast’ titled “Delivering For Citizens: The Migration Issue”, the EPRS said Brussels has set out on “a process of reform aimed at rebuilding … [these] policies based on four pillars”, which include “addressing the root causes” of illegal — referred to as ‘irregular’ — migration and “dismantling smuggling and trafficking networks”.

Mar 29 08:59

Europhile Verhofstadt Smashes Border Fence With Own Head in Bizarre New EU Election Ad

European Parliament’s Liberals have promised to tear down walls, in an EU election campaign video depicting the group’s leader smashing through a border fence with his head.

“Europe’s future” rests on this May’s EU Parliament elections, and the choice voters will be given of either between “destroying” the bloc or “reforming” it, according to a new Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) campaign video.

Declaring the elections a battle between“destroying” the bloc or “reforming” it, ALDE says “the choice is clear”, before graphics depicting the group’s leader, Guy Verhofstadt, breaking through a barbed wire-topped border wall with an enormous representation of his head, bursting onto the screen accompanying a promise to ‘tear walls down’ rather than build them.

Mar 29 08:34

Spanish government trying to ban acupuncture plus other forms of ‘alternative’ medicine

Is it P.C. culture? Is it pushback from big pharma and their powerful lobbyists? Who really knows why the attempt to stifle alternative medicine is so strong. But, the simple reality is that, this is a growing problem the global community must contend with.

To be clear: just because something is marketed as ‘alternative’ (or natural) medicine doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe or effective. But, governmental attempts to block public access to services like acupuncture is an enormously unwise overstep – something that the Spanish government recently enacted.

Mar 29 08:20

The EU’s censorious copyright directive will create two internets

The European Parliament’s approval of the Copyright Directive today is the end of the internet as we know it. This new regulation creates substantial new controls on what we can share online which threaten freedom of expression, undermine creativity, and cement the dominance of technology giants.

The Copyright Directive will create two internets. The first, a heavily censored version for European users, including filters to prevent you from uploading content. The second, a free internet where creativity is encouraged, for everyone else.

The directive represents everything that’s wrong with the EU’s policymaking process. It was written at a substantial distance from Europeans, heavily influenced by lobbyists and national compromises. There is a serious lack of accountability.

Mar 29 08:13

The End of All That's Good and Pure About the Internet

We regret to inform you that the internet is on red alert once again. On Wednesday, the EU’s Legislative Committee voted to adopt sweeping measures that will upend the web in every way that we know it. Memes, news, Wikipedia, art, privacy, and the creative side of fandom are all at risk of being destroyed or kneecapped.

By the time Americans woke up on Wednesday, the Legislative Committee had voted on the final form of the EU Copyright Directive—the first major update to European copyright law since 2001. Much of what’s in the legislation has been met with approval, but Article 11 and Article 13 are considered disastrous by some of the foremost tech experts in the world.

Mar 29 08:08

Can The EU Survive Its Own Censorship?

The EU’s new, comprehensive new Copyright Directive passed the European Parliament ensuring the way we use the Internet will change in the future.

And not for the better.

The controversial parts are Articles 11 and 13, the “link tax” and the “upload filter” requirements. For a good run down of how terrible these new rules are look anywhere on the internet but this article at Gizmodo (who I hope doesn’t charge me a link tax for doing so!) will do.

I would also watch this video from Dave Cullen, a resident of Ireland, i.e. the EU, as to what he thinks this means.

Mar 29 08:05

EU States Embracing China's Silk Road, Nord Stream 2, Defying US – Journo

European states are seeking independence from both Washington and Brussels, Daniele Pozzati, a Munich-based Italian journalist has told Sputnik, commenting on Italy's decision to join China's Belt and Road initiative, amid Berlin’s spat with Washington over the Nord Stream 2 project.

"With its decision to join China's One Belt and One Road (OBOR) project, Italy aims at making up several years of lost economic opportunities", says Daniele Pozzati, a Munich-based Italian journalist and economic observer.

On 23 March, China and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding in support of Beijing's New Silk Road initiative that aims to link Asia to Africa and Europe.

Mar 29 08:01

‘Just jealous’: Italy responds to criticism for joining China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Europe and the US should take care of their own debts to China before advising Italy about the risks of joining Beijing’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative,’ said Michele Geraci, undersecretary of state at the Italian Economy Ministry.

Italy has become the first G7 nation to join China’s ambitious plan to revolutionize global trade, making other eurozone majors “jealous” of the move, according to Geraci.

Mar 29 08:00

MEPS “TRICKED” INTO VOTING WRONG WAY OVER ARTICLE 13

The EU’s internet-killing new Copyright Directive has become mired in a fresh layer of controversy after it emerged that multiple MEPs were “tricked” into voting the wrong way on it. Guido understands that an extra vote was inserted into the voting list at the last minute which threw most MEPs’ voting lists out of sync. Unlike the Commons where MPs have to physically make the decision to walk through lobbies, MEPs just robotically press buttons according to a long voting list handed out to them. A clear warning of the dangers of electronic voting…

At least 13 MEPs have told the European Parliament they accidentally voted the wrong way. Now the EU has modified their individual voting records but has refused to revisit the result of the vote, despite the fact there was a majority of just 5 MEPs. The EU also rejected a direct request from MEPs to stage the entire vote again. This blocked MEPs from voting on any amendments, including on the meme-banning Article 13…

Mar 28 07:34

Pompeo hints at new NATO actions against Russia over Ukraine

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Washington together with its allies at NATO would unveil a fresh series of actions against Russia next week in response to Moscow's involvement in Ukraine and, in particular, in the Kerch Strait standoff. "When the Russians captured sailors in the Sea of Azov, we've done a great deal of work to try to push against that. We need to do more," Pompeo said on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Mike...

Mar 28 07:15

The EU Just Destroyed The Internet #Article11 #Article13

This directive is about promoting the interests of multinational corporations and maximizing their profits. It is also about controlling and shutting down free speech and dissent not approved of by the media and political establishments. Dissenting voices are already being de-platformed and de-monitzed and this will institutionalize censorship.

Mar 27 01:39

US expansion of global gag rule will 'punish women' worldwide

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Mar 26 12:28

The European Copyright Directive: What Is It, and Why Has It Drawn More Controversy Than Any Other Directive In EU History?

Following Article 11 + 13, Facebook & YouTube and the like are legally and financially liable for the content we upload. So basically content creators of all kinds could fraudulently re-upload their own material and sue YouTube for allowing it to happen, because the user who did it is now essentially anonymous and off the hook, and YouTube and others are now essentially the fall guy for this terrible and ridiculous DRM experiment; they open the floodgates wide for all kinds of people to commit fraud in epic proportions, at the expense of their fellows; And this is just the tip of the Iceburg.

This is why YouTube Ceo's have claimed it could destroy YouTube's platform. All these social media platforms have 2 years to move any content that originates from within the EU to servers elsewhere.

Mar 26 09:19

‘No Deal’ Brexit Risk Impacting UK and Irish Economies – Gold Gains On Recession Concerns

Gold rose to 4 week highs overnight prior to profit taking saw the yellow metal give up some of those gains. Gold marched higher yesterday, extending it’s recent rally due to growing, if belated, concerns over slowing economic growth and the Federal Reserve’s move to looser monetary policies again.

Gold rose 0.8% yesterday to $1,323.40 per ounce which was it’s highest level in a month. Investors have diversified into safe haven gold following news the Fed expects to suspend interest rate rises in 2019. This was something we wrote and spoke about (podcast and video interviews) as inevitable given the fragile nature of the economic recovery.

Even greater uncertainty around Brexit, just three days before Britain’s scheduled departure from the EU on March 29th may impact sterling and markets and should support gold, especially in sterling which has risen to the £1,000/oz level again.

Mar 26 09:16

Germany wants Europe to join China's new Silk Road after criticizing Italy for doing the same

The Chinese “Belt and Road” initiative is an important project, which European states would be glad to join, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who stressed that cooperation should be based on reciprocity from Beijing.
“We, as Europeans, want to play an active part and that must lead to certain reciprocity and we are still wrangling over that a bit,” Merkel said, as quoted by Reuters.

The comment comes shortly after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is currently paying a state visit to France.

Mar 26 08:33

EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?

By Danny O’Brien

In a stunning rejection of the will of five million online petitioners, and over 100,000 protesters this weekend, the European Parliament has abandoned common-sense and the advice of academics, technologists, and UN human rights experts, and approved the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive in its entirety...

Mar 26 07:52

China's Xi and Italy's Conte sign New Silk Road agreement

Mar 25 21:29

SCANDAL: Today, Europe Votes On A Law That Could Change The Internet -- Sold Out For A Russian Pipeline

By Aaron Kesel

European MEPs meet inside the European Parliament today to vote on a law that will forever change the World Wide Web ... and that vote was bribed for access to an oil pipeline, Tech Dirt reported.

If the numerous blatant mafioso tricks by EPP Group and other political parties involved in the copyright directive or ACTA 2, such as attempting to change the voting date, intimidating politicians by threatening them, and changing the article numbers wasn't enough, a report by a German publication has revealed that the real reason Germany caved to France in February is because the country was bribed in negotiations to get approval for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia...

Mar 25 11:41

Belgrade protestors demand president, premier to resign

Another rally, during which protesters demanded the resignation of President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic ended without major incidents on Saturday evening, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene.

"For four months, we have been campaigning for three major things: firstly, the resignation of president Vucic and Prime Minister Brnabic; secondly, the dismissal of the Regulatory Authority of Electronic Media’s council; and, thirdly, the resignation of Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic," Serbian actor and politician Branislav Lecic told the crowd.

He vowed that the protestors would take "resolute practical steps" if those demands are not met and if a transitional government, charged with holding early elections within six months, is not formed.

"Thousands will gather for a rally on April 13, and they will go all the way," Lecic said.

Mar 25 08:06

MAJOR (BEX) : ISIS Plans To Attack European Targets Revealed, Says British Media

English media claims to have exposed that the terrorist group “Islamic State”, or ISIS, as they are losing control over Syria, have planned terrorist attacks in Europe. This much is said to be revealed in documents found in the territories liberated from the militants, The Sunday Times reported .

According to the publication, the plan involves the use dormant cells located in the West, also known as sleeper cells, to carry out the attacks. In the last number of years, there have been a number of terrorist attacks in Europe.

Mar 24 09:18

Killing for Credibility: A Look Back at the 1999 NATO Air War on Serbia

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Operation Allied Force, NATO’s 78-day air war against Yugoslavia. It was a war waged as much against Serbian civilians – hundreds of whom perished – as it was against Slobodan Miloševi?’s forces, and it was a campaign of breathtaking hypocrisy and selective outrage. More than anything, it was a war that by President Bill Clinton’s own admission was fought for the sake of NATO’s credibility.

Mar 24 09:16

Italy Defies West As It Officially Joins China's "Neocolonial Project"

With Brussels and Washington helplessly looking on, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Italian Prime Minister signed a historic memorandum of understanding Saturday morning in Rome that made Italy the first founding EU member, and the first G-7 nation, to officially sign on to Beijing's "One Belt, One Road" economic development initiative - one of President Xi Jinping's signature ventures which many have called China's shadow project to re-colonize the world's poorer nations.

Along with the MoU, the two leaders signed development deals covering everything from port management, to science and technology, to e-commerce to soccer that were reportedly worth up to $20 billion.

Though OBOR (or BRI) has promised to strengthen trade links between the West and East, it has been derided in Washington and Europe as "debt trap diplomacy" and a neocolonial project by Vice President Mike Pence, and others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What else could they do, bomb Italy to the ground for having defied the US and Brussels?!?

I think that the government of Italy has read the economic tealeaves reasonably correctly, and see this as a far better deal than the one they are getting from the EU

Mar 24 09:15

EU holds position on Golan Heights despite Trump - Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday the EU was holding its line on the Golan Heights despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war.

“The EU’s position is well known and has not changed,” Tusk told a news conference when asked to comment on Trump’s comments. The European Union does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the area.

Mar 24 09:11

Hard to Accept Cooperation With NATO After 1999 Bombing - Serbian Col. Gen.

It is difficult for Serbian military veterans who took part in the conflict with NATO back in 1999 to accept that Serbia is currently cooperating with the US-led military alliance, Serbian Col. Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic told Sputnik in an interview, adding that Belgrade’s cooperation with NATO was a "political decision."

Mar 23 09:42

A suicide at Juncker's court

"Laura Pignataro committed suicide on December 17th. This senior official of the European Commission's legal service had been forced to defend the unprepared appointment of Martin Selmayr, former chief of staff to Jean-Claude Junker, as secretary general of the institution."

This is followed by a Renaissance court story, poisons and daggers, which the European Commission immediately denied with fury. The trouble is that the author of the scoop is Jean Quatremer, a reporter of renown and undisputed prestige, already in the past, author of scandalous revelations about the Court (of the Miracles) in Brussels, denied just as furiously and then confirmed by the facts.

Laura Pignataro, a 50-year-old Italian jurist, was someone who counted on the "European bubble". Brilliant jurist, daughter of a magistrate, trained in Italy, USA, France and Spain, she was part of the very closed group of top management.

Mar 23 09:31

PM Orbán: ‘If we lose our Christian culture, we are going to lose our freedom’

“Without the protection of our Christian culture, we are going to lose Europe, and Europe will no longer belong to the Europeans,” Prime Minister Orbán said earlier today. In his remarks honoring the 171st anniversary of Hungary’s 1848-49 revolution, the PM also talked about Hungarian national unity and a “Central European renaissance”.

Mar 23 09:29

BREXIT: May’s Magnificent Seven

Mar 23 08:59

Vienna Museum Cancels Palestine Event with South African Anti-apartheid Leader

A Vienna museum, Volkskundemuseum, has cancelled an event on Palestinian rights where former minister in Nelson Mandela’s government Ronnie Kasrils was scheduled to speak (Video by Ronnie Kasrils). Kasrils is a renowned South African anti-apartheid activist of Jewish descent, and his address was scheduled for the March 29 event as part of the annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). Human rights advocates immediately condemned the cancellation, and called for the event to be reinstated.

The museum caved to pressure from Austria’s Israel lobby. The cancellation comes amid Israel’s ongoing repression of the peaceful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. Two IAW events scheduled in France this week were also canceled.

Mar 23 08:47

Italy Officially Becomes First G7 Country to Join China's Belt and Road Project

The signing of the agreement comes during Chinese President Xi Jinping's three-day visit to Italy in an attempt to improve relations with Rome as China is currently engaged in a trade war with Washington.

Italy approved on Saturday China's Belt and Road (BRI) industrial initiative — this move makes the European country the first member of the Group of Seven (G7) powerful economies to join the Chinese project.

Mar 23 08:41

'RIOTS, DEATH, EVACUATION': Wild No-Deal Brexit Headlines Amid UK Media Frenzy

With Brexit negotiations drawing to a close and the possibility of crashing out from the European Union without a deal dawning on the UK, the variety of eerie UK media news stories by professing doomsday has been quite remarkable.

Theresa May's government has been battling the UK Parliament and the EU chiefs across the English Channel to settle on a Brexit strategy suitable for all. The consensus among Downing Street, MPs and businesses alike has largely been against a no-deal Brexit, with the mainstream media in the UK fuelling or perpetuating fear of what would happen if Theresa May fails to bring a Brexit deal across the line.

In the recent headlines by The Times and the Mirror Online, reported that the Queen and other senior royals will be evacuated from London in the event of a no-deal, which would also see riots erupting on the streets.

Mar 22 13:49

This Could Be It: Key Polish Political Party Comes Out Against Article 13

By Cory Doctorow

With only days to go before the final EU debate and vote on the new Copyright Directive (we’re told the debate will be at 0900h CET on Tuesday, 27 March, and the vote will happen at 1200h CET), things could not be more urgent and fraught. That’s why today’s announcement by Poland’s Platformy Obywatelska—the second-largest party in the European People’s Party (EPP) bloc—is so important...

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