EUROPE

Sep 21 09:50

Russia warns West over 'foolish' sanctions

Russia has described as “foolish” the Western sanctions imposed on the country, warning that European countries won’t be able to return to the Russian market once the sanctions are removed.

“These foolish sanctions will pass, but international relations will continue. And currency markets will open up,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Vesti 24 TV channel.

“The niches in our [Russian] economy, which will by then be occupied by local produces or other foreign producers... our European counterparts wouldn’t be able to come back,” he added.

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"Look, I know people in Europe are suffering from the sanctions, but no price is too great to pay to GET THOSE @#$%ING ROOSKIES!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 21 08:22

Obama Launches His War, Finally

Obama’s presidency has come full circle by reinventing the neocon dogmas it once professed to reject. On the pretext of fighting the IS, which the US and its allies created in the first instance, what is unfolding is a massive neocon project to remold the Muslim Middle East to suit the US’ geopolitical objectives. Call it by whatever name, it is an imperial war – albeit with a Nobel as commander-in-chief.

The US will pit Muslims against Muslims in a grim war through the deployment of ‘smart power’, which would ensure that American casualties are avoided.

The strategy is built on three pillars – firstly, setting well-defined limits to the actual American intervention in military terms, secondly, resuscitating the ‘regime change’ agenda in Syria and, thirdly, dispensing with any mandate from the United Nations. In essence, it becomes a repackaged version of the crudely unilateralist US intervention in the Middle East by the George W. Bush administration.

Sep 21 02:41

Italy's unelected Prime Minister under fire as father faces fraud probe

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came under increasing scrutiny Saturday as media interest grew in a bankruptcy fraud probe of his father, who has spoken out to defend his innocence.

Sep 21 02:36

Switzerland set for Ebola vaccine clinical trials

Clinical trials of two experimental vaccines against the deadly Ebola virus are due to begin soon in Switzerland, the country's Tropical and Public Health Institute said on Thursday.

Sep 20 18:38

EU Official after referendum: "A Europe driven by self-determination of peoples … is ungovernable ”

The quote of the day today must be this one from Belgian EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht in the aftermath of the Scottish rejection of independence: “A Europe driven by self-determination of peoples … is ungovernable … ”

I don’t think he understands the implications of what he says, and I’m quite sure he completely misses out on the mastodont sized problem he – quite accurately despite himself- describes.

Which is something along the lines of ‘Europeans should stop wanting to make their own decisions, because that makes it hard for us in Brussels to make those decisions for them’.

Sep 20 09:03

These 8 places in Europe could be the next to try for independence

Given Europe's complicated history and cultural diversity, the existence of independence-minded groups and regions is understandable. Even so, the sheer number of separatist movements in Europe may surprise you.

Sep 19 23:22

Scots Independents Lose Vote but Win the Fight

The centuries-old UK may have been spared for now from imminent dissolution – at least on paper – but sweeping changes are nevertheless on the way, thanks to Scotland’s pro-independence movement.

Indeed, it could be said, the issues raised by the Scots of democratic accountability, more equitable economic policies, and more independence in international relations as opposed to subservience for example to NATO group think, all such issues resonate not just with “separatists” but to many ordinary citizens right across the EU.

The Spanish government in Madrid even threatened to veto an application to the European Union from an independent Scotland. That’s a measure of how concerned Madrid was taking the Scottish “contagion” spreading to its own borders.

Sep 19 19:50

Clashes Erupt in Glasgow Square Following Pro-UK Vote

As Scotland voted against independence from the United Kingdom, rival supporters crowded into Glasgow's George Square on Friday in what became a contentious gathering quickly broken up by police officers.

Sep 19 15:56

CIA puts on hold all spying operations in Western Europe

The CIA’s European Division has halted its operations in Western Europe in response to several spying scandals in Germany and the continent’s negative reaction to the revelations of spying by the National Security Agency on European leaders and citizens.

And if you believe that, I've a bridge to sell you, only used once!

Sep 19 10:24

Scots kiss goodbye to independence

Wallace and the Bruce left spinning in their graves

In a panicky move just 3 days before the Referendum the main party leaders in Westminster published a pledge on the front page of the Daily Record, a high-circulation Scottish tabloid based in Glasgow, in a last-throw bid to persuade Scots to vote ‘No’. This “vow” was signed by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. It promised “extensive new powers” for the Scottish Parliament delivered by a process starting immediately, i.e. today, and “opportunity and security for all by sharing our resources equitably”. The trio “categorically” promised that Scotland would have the final say on funding for the National Health Service, and the Barnett allocation for resources would continue.

Sep 19 05:31

Russia has no plans to punish West with retaliatory sanctions — Putin

MOSCOW, September 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia will not pressure the West with sanctions but will pursue its own interests, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. The introduction of protective measures is not caused by the striving to punish our partners, Putin said. "First of all, we are thinking about our own interests and development goals," he added.

Putin believes that the Western countries that adopted sanctions against Russia in fact defied the principles of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

“The sanctions imposed on Russia are nothing but a departure from the basic WTO principles by some of our partners,” Putin said at a meeting of the State Council on Thursday. “They violate the principle of all countries’ equal access to the markets of goods and services. They ignore the most favored nation status in trade and the principle of fair and free competition.”

Sep 19 01:54

Ceasefire? A hollow victory indeed

There was more bad news for Israel. The IDF launched a major air and ground military offensives and did not come close to destroying its adversaries’ leadership, organization, military capabilities and alliances. During the seven weeks of brutal attacks against the densely-populated civilian centers, Israel managed to put the Palestinian issue back on the Arab map, draw unprecedented global censure, and give wings to the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) campaign to undermine Israel’s economy. Israel also managed to unify Palestinian political parties across the board – a minor miracle – and make regional heroes out of the “Palestinian Resistance.” With every lash of Israel’s whip, Palestinians found new determination to break the siege of Gaza and end Israel’s occupation.

Sep 18 14:40

Ireland leaves eurozone behind as exports boom

Ireland's economy is growing at an explosive pace not seen since the glory days of the Celtic Tiger, setting off a scramble for Dublin property.

Finance minister Michael Noonan said GDP surged 7.7pc in the year to June as rising exports to the US, Britain and China transform the former crisis-state into the eurozone’s star economy, reaching “escape velocity” as the rest of the currency bloc languishes in a slump.

Gross national product — a better gauge of Ireland’s internal economy – grew by 9pc, an astonishing pace for a mature industrial state. The turnaround comes less than a year after Ireland regained economic sovereignty, the first of the eurozone bail-out countries to emerge from its EU-IMF Troika regime.

Sep 18 12:28

Put on trial American officials loyal to Israel for treason

“It’s time for the United States people to rise up and purge these Israeli loyalists out of our government and put them on trial for treason because they’re betraying their oath of office, they’re betraying their oath to the constitution and it’s time to eliminate them from our presence and have an independent US free of Israeli and Zionist control,” said Mike Harris

American officials “take their orders from Tel Aviv; they have no loyalty to the American people, they have no loyalty to the American military and it’s their goal to have the US fight wars to the benefit of Israel at the expense of our treasure and lives of our young men and women in order to advance Israel’s goals,” Harris said.

Sep 18 10:18

NATO Overstep Their Charter Again, Running Guns and Weapons to the Ukraine

The single biggest threat to peace and prosperity in Europe and Eurasia today is NATO. Their insistence to further inflame the Ukraine crisis by directly arming the non-NATO member Ukrainian military, is not actually allowed in NATO’s charter. Rather, it’s a move designed to escalate tensions between NATO and Russia.

The North Atlantic Treat Organisation (NATO) was originally formed after WWII in order to offer some binding framework for mutual security in Western Europe in the face of Soviet expansion. It advertises to be a collective, but in reality, it is run and mostly financed by the United States and serves an extension arm to enforce American interests overseas. After the fall of of the Iron Curtain and the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, instead of rolling back its activities, NATO began to expand eastward and become hyper-active in its political and military activities.

Sep 18 10:15

Scotland’s Independence Vote Shows a Global Crisis of the Elites

It is a crisis of the elites. Scotland’s push for independence is driven by a conviction — one not ungrounded in reality — that the British ruling class has blundered through the last couple of decades. The same discontent applies to varying degrees in the United States and, especially, the eurozone. It is, in many ways, a defining feature of our time.

Sep 18 07:12

That finger of Rand Paul’s is always in the wind

Rand Paul has trouble admitting that he’s changed his mind. This could be a serious problem if he runs for president observes Chris Moody: Why won’t Rand Paul admit he’s changed his mind?

Back in Washington after a long break last week, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul was stepping off the escalator in the Capitol basement on his way to lunch, when a reporter approached him with a straightforward question.

Sep 18 07:04

9/11 After 13 years Paul Craig Roberts

The corrupt Bush and Obama regimes used 9/11 to kill, maim, dispossess and displace millions of Muslims in seven countries, none of whom had anything whatsoever to do with 9/11.

The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who died in the towers and the deaths of firefighters and first responders who succumbed to illnesses caused by inhalation of toxic dust. For thirteen years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare/police state.

Watching the twin towers and WTC 7 come down, it was obvious to me that the buildings were not falling down as a result of structural damage. When it became clear that the White House had blocked an independent investigation of the only three steel skyscrapers in world history to collapse as a result of low temperature office fires, it was apparent that there was a coverup.

Sep 18 06:50

What draws Modi to China

Modi has gleefully inherited the two key anchor sheets of India’s foreign policy – primacy on economic diplomacy and strategic autonomy.

On the other hand, under him, there has been a discernible shift in deploying strategic autonomy no longer as a ‘stand-alone’ pillar but as purposive underpinning for economic diplomacy.

Second, Modi has sifted the locus of economic diplomacy – and India’s leanings toward the Western world that went under that rubric through the past decade in foreign policy domain – away from the West to Asia.

Modi is due to visit the US in exactly twelve days from now. But there is nothing of the American rhetoric that used to mark a Manmohan Singh visit to the White House.

An idea was thought of initially to propitiate Modi by granting him the privilege of addressing the US Congress. But it has been quietly shelved.

All this certainly needs some explanation.

Sep 18 06:39

Jewish State and Islamic State, Like Breeds Like

When the US and its allies say they are doing what is right by humanity, and by their values, the question begging to be asked is where is their humanity and values in regard to the Palestinian people, and why are they not equally doing what is right by humanity, and by their values towards “the Jewish State” and its aggression, crimes and gross violations of human rights, international law and resolutions? — Ali Kazak(former Palestinian ambassador to Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, East Timor and the South Pacific region)

The US behaves like a lion and a superpower with Russia, China and other countries but like a pussy cat and a banana republic when dealing with Israel.

US President Barack Obama said in his recent speech broadcast live to the nation “This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom. And we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.” He should try saying this to the Palestinian people.

Sep 18 06:33

World shares Scotland’s ‘freedom’ call

Scots go to a battle today to win their freedom. Generations of Scottish people have waited for this day. Nearly three years ago, Scottish nationalists won the right to finally have a referendum to vote on their country’s independence from London.

But the right to freedom for the Scots has been an historic battle going back more than eight centuries to break from the dominance of English rulers.

Arrayed against Scots is a formidable army of opponents. The British monarch, the Bank of England, all of the Westminster political establishment, the oil companies, the London-centered, biased media, and even British military intelligence and its allies in Washington and NATO.

So, Scotland the Brave, strike hard, strike true; for the good people of the world stand with you.

Sep 17 20:59

American Establishment Combats Resurgent ‘Isolationist’ Threat

“With communism gone, the conservative coalition should have fractured long ago. This was delayed by Sept. 11 and the rise of radical Islam. But now, 12 years into that era — after Afghanistan and Iraq, after drone wars and the NSA revelations — the natural tension between isolationist and internationalist tendencies has resurfaced.”

In 2013 it became apparent that the American people had grown averse to America’s involvement in wars, and that received empirical confirmation in a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in November 2013, which revealed that 51 percent of Americans believed that their country’s military involvement was excessive. [1] Once again the bugaboo of isolationism entered the mainstream spotlight, the derogatory label being attached to those who would like to cut back America’s global Intervention.

Sep 17 20:52

ISIS Beheadings on Cue from Washington and London?

The question is this: are these shocking executions, with their highly stylized graphic videos, being used to manipulate public consent for Western military intervention in Syria? In that case, ISIS is not acting in some apparent rogue fashion, turning on its Western intelligence masters, but rather it is obeying orders as usual as part of a macabre charade to facilitate Western military intervention.

A meeting this week in Paris will allegedly firm up military tactics on how the US-led coalition will carry out its putative strikes. So far, Washington has said that it will not be committing ground troops as in the previous Iraq War (2003-2012) and the ongoing US-led campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Obama said the modus operandi against ISIS would be like its “counter-terror operations in Yemen and Somalia”, where US air power is assisted by “partners on the ground”.

Sep 17 16:59

Catalan Demonstration for Independence

Sep 17 09:07

'PROJECT PANIC': BRITISH LEADERS MAKE LAST-DITCH OFFERS TO SPOIL SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE

With less than 48 hours before historic vote, pro-independence leader calls promise of extra powers a "last minute desperate offer of nothing"

Sep 17 08:29

Ron Paul Asks: Will The Swiss Vote to Get Their Gold Back?

On November 30th, voters in Switzerland will head to the polls to vote in a referendum on gold.

On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB’s assets.

Arising from popular sentiment similar to movements in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, this referendum is an attempt to bring more oversight and accountability to the SNB, Switzerland’s central bank.

Will the Swiss throw a wrench into Western Central Banks’ plans by voting to get their gold back??

Sep 16 22:47

Stop playing wargames in Ukraine - Nigel Farage

Amongst the long list of foreign policy failures and contradictions in the last few years including, of course, the bombing of Libya, the desire to arm the rebels in Syria, has been the unnecessary provocation of Vladimir Putin.

Sep 16 18:03

Ice Age Columbus – Solutreans (Europeans) Are Indigenous Americans

Contrary to the Ice Age Columbus, traditional history tells us that European settlers discovered America about the time of the Renaissance. But revolutionary new archaeological data and the latest DNA research reveal that Europeans visited our shores far earlier — some 17,000 years before Columbus was even born.

Sep 16 17:28

Ukraine Grants Limited Self-Rule to Eastern Regions

Ukrainian legislators on Tuesday passed a law granting broader autonomy to the Donetsk and Luhansk eastern regions, with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declaring the move protects the "sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence" of Ukraine while advancing decentralization.

Sep 16 16:01

Only a monetary 'nuclear bomb' can save Italy now, says Mediobanca

The OECD has drastically cut its growth forecast for Italy. The depression will drag on though most of 2015.

The economy will contract by 0.4pc this year. It will remain stuck in the doldrums next year with growth of just 0.1pc.

If so, Italy’s public debt will spiral to dangerous levels next year, ever further beyond the point of no return for a country without its own sovereign currency and central bank.

“This is catastrophic for the finances of the country. We’re heading for a debt ratio of 145pc next year,” said Antonio Guglielmi, global strategist for Mediobanca.

Sep 15 18:00

Run, Scotland, Run

Westminster has been a serial abuser of Scotland – like some drunk and manipulative bully, spending all his wife’s hard-earned income and then blaming her for not having enough money at the end of the week.

Sep 15 17:00

Dutch throw tomatoes in fruity protest against Russian boycott

Around 2000 people gathered at the main square in Amsterdam on Sunday (September 14) to join a massive tomato fight in support of the Dutch vegetable growers who are being affected by a Russian boycott of the EU agricultural products.

The popular Spanish La Tomatina festival in Buñol inspired a few young Dutch entrepreneurs to organize Amsterdam's version of the tomato fight, drawing attention to the situation of Dutch tomato farmers affected by Russian sanctions.

In the fight that lasted for one hour the participants used about 10,000 kilograms of tomatoes.

To avoid completely wasting the food, the remaining pulp will be used as a source for making biogas, according to one of the organisers, Joep Verbunt.

Sep 15 16:54

Louis-Vincent Gave: Euro Crisis 2.0

Sep 15 15:30

Finland to continue with Rosatom nuclear project, despite sanctions - Prime Minister

Finland will not drop its plans to construct a nuclear power plant with Russia’s Rosatom. The project “will not shake Finland’s reputation” and “shouldn’t be mixed with politics,” Prime Minister Alexander Strubb told Radio Suomi.

Sep 15 15:20

Bank Of America Has A Message For Its European Depositors: "We May Charge You"

Because Mario Draghi wasn't joking about that whole NIRP thing. And yes, negative deposit rates mean just that.

Sep 15 13:40

Israel warns its citizens against traveling to Europe

The Israeli government warned on Monday its citizens against traveling to Europe for fear of “hostile attacks”, according to Israeli radio.

Sep 15 13:34

Philomena author on scandal of Ireland's 60,000 babies 'sold' by nuns to rich American families

Selling babies was illegal but the adoptions were followed by sizeable payments, disguised as “donations”, from the grateful adopters.

Sep 15 10:43

Ron Paul: Will The Swiss Vote to Get Their Gold Back?

On November 30th, voters in Switzerland will head to the polls to vote in a referendum on gold. On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB’s assets.

Arising from popular sentiment similar to movements in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, this referendum is an attempt to bring more oversight and accountability to the SNB, Switzerland’s central bank.

The Swiss referendum is driven by an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the conduct not only of Swiss monetary policy, but also of Swiss banking policy. Switzerland may be a small nation, but it is a nation proud of its independence and its history of standing up to tyranny.

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The Swiss are about to find out that their Swiss Central Bank is not "theirs" at all, but part of a global enslavement cartel that owes no allegiance or loyalty to the nations in which they do their nefarious business.

Sep 15 07:00

Europe Has Lost Its Monetary Mind?

Europe's Weak Because It's Uncompetitive ... In the long-running debate over Europe's feeble economic recovery, monetary policy has taken center stage as if printing money to spur demand can solve Europe's troubles. According to two newly released competitiveness reports, the real problem lies elsewhere: labor costs, which have been growing faster than productivity, and underinvestment.

Sep 15 06:35

Five German Telecom Companies Hacked by The NSA and The GCHQ

We knew already that Germany was a prime target for electronic espionage orchestrated by the American National Security Agency (NSA) and its British equivalent, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). According to the German Magazine, Der Spiegel, based on documents provided by Edward Snowden, 500 million communications (telephone, email, SMS) were being intercepted every month before the scandal broke out.

However, a new investigation published on Saturday, September 13, by the German magazine, seems to provide additional details on the technicalities of the espionage which was, apparently, organized with the complicity of the German secret services. Der Spiegel ensures that the NSA and the GCHQ have clandestine access to the networks of at least five German companies: Deutsche Telekom, Netcologne, Stellar, and Cetel IABG. These companies, in fact, operate much of the German telecommunications infrastructure.

Sep 14 14:39

Listening to Lavrov giving up on the West

Again, the prevailing sense is one of disgust, bewilderment, and fatigue. Though somebody as diplomatic as Lavrov will never say the, the general reaction is clearly "you guys are both hopeless and in decline; we don't need, you, goodbye". This is said without anger, mostly with sadness, really.

I don't think that Russian diplomats will make a big anti-western statement at the UN or anywhere else. The opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference. And Russian officials will continue to speak of "our partners" or even "our friends", but while this nice sounding rhetoric will continue, relations with the West will gradually cease to be a priority for the Russian diplomacy, business community and even general public. In fact, Russia is already building a multi-polar world and if the West wants no part of it - tough. The Russians know that the West cannot prevent the emergence of this new world, and they don't really care if they refuse accept this reality or play by the new rules.

Sep 14 10:47

NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: defense minister

Ukraine's defense minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sep 14 09:50

Is This Alexander the Great's Tomb?

Sep 14 08:30

Fresh sanctions will freeze big foreign oil projects in Russia

Fresh U.S. and EU sanctions imposed on Moscow will bring an abrupt halt to exploration of Russia's huge Arctic and shale oil reserves and complicate financing of existing Russian projects from the Caspian Sea to Iraq and Ghana.

Sep 14 07:29

NSA, GCHQ have secret access to German telecom networks

US and UK intelligence services have secret access points for German telecom companies’ internal networks, Der Spiegel reports, citing slides created in the NSA’s ‘Treasure Map’ program used to get near-real-time visualization of the global internet. The latest scandal continues to evolve around the US’ NSA and the British GCHQ, both of which appear to be able to eavesdrop on German giants such as Deutsche Telekom, Netcologne, Stellar, Cetel and IABG network operators, according to Der Spiegel’s report based on material disclosed by Edward Snowden.

Sep 13 17:00

The Swiss Gold Initiative

Later this year, on November 30, the good people of Switzerland will finally get an opportunity to make their voices heard. The Swiss Gold Initiative can be roughly stated in three parts:

1 - The halting of all Swiss gold sales
2 - The repatriation of all Swiss gold that is held in foreign vaults
3 - Resume backing the Swiss Franc with gold, at a minimum level of 20%

Of course, the politicians and bankers of Switzerland are squarely against this initiative as it greatly diminishes their hold on power and restricts their ability to continue to debase the Franc.

Sep 12 17:43

The Undeclared "Economic" War on Russia Sanctions or War?

It's long overdue we label sanctions for what they really are: war. If you prefer, call them "economic war".

Today, president Obama took the undeclared war another step forward by targeting Lukoil, a private Russian company.

Sep 12 12:44

Russian oil giants, Kalashnikov top new EU sanctions list

The Russian targets in the latest EU sanctions which have now come to light. The latest restrictions tighten the screws on 5 Russian state-owned banks already under sanctions. The length of loans they now can get from Europe has been reduced to 30 days.

Sep 12 10:17

1.8mn people, 11km line: Catalonians stage their biggest independence rally

Europe saw one of the largest demonstrations in recent years: at least 1.8 million people formed an 11km red-yellow line to show their support for the upcoming independence referendum. A mosaic was made in the form of a 'V' for 'vote'.

Sep 12 09:50

Putin looks to Asia as EU announces new sanctions

"I believe it is necessary to further improve the efficiency of our interaction to meet the challenges of the time," Putin said at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Sep 12 09:39

Poroshenko to sign Association Agreement with the EU and send it to parliament on Monday

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is planning to sign the Association Agreement with the EU and send it to parliament on Monday, September 15.

Sep 11 20:01

U.S. Fear/War Mongers Win This Round

The fear/war mongers got to the New York Times editorial board between May 23, 2013 and September 10, 2014. The Times and President Obama both gave in to the wrong people.

The American public doesn’t want to go to war unless there is something out there that frightens them.

This explains why all of our wars have been preceded by dire warnings of what will happen if we don’t militarily engage the enemy.
In President Obama’s Wednesday night speech, he repudiated his own caution and prudence by falling in line with those who think there is no fear out there that war cannot overcome.

The New York Times editorial board sonorously endorsed the President’s decision under a headline that informs the nation that the drums of war have had their effect: “The Attack on ISIS Expands to Syria,”

Sep 11 19:57

Obama takes hypocrisy to new high levels

In laying out his plans to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS, President Obama said this: “America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From Europe to Asia, from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East, we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding.”

There’s an old English, somewhat vulgar, four-letter word which in my view sums up that statement. CRAP. (The dictionary definition of it is “excrement, rubbish, dirt, worthless nonsense.”)

An informed visitor from another planet who listened to Obama would scratch his head and say, “Has the president not heard about the occupied and oppressed Palestinians and their long struggle for freedom, justice and dignity?”

Sep 11 12:53

Illusioned by the Economic “Recovery”

To further encourage credit supply in the continent, the ECB also mentioned it will launch its targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTROs), an enhanced and improved bank lending mechanism (excluding mortgage lending). Auctions are scheduled for September and December this year. An initial USD400 billion will be up for grabs! But the biggest revelation was that the ECB would start a US-style bond-buying facility by purchasing asset-backed securities (ABS) from banks.

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The only way a credit-based economy works is if there are borrowers, and people tend to avoid borrowing when they are less than certain they can pay the loans back.

So now the EU is launching their version of Quantitative Easing. Like the US it is being billed as a temporary measure and like the US, the EU will coon realize it must be permanent.

Sep 11 11:28

Israel committed genocide in Gaza: EU delegation

An official European Parliament delegation that visited the besieged Gaza Strip after the recent Israeli onslaught on the blockaded area says Israel has committed “genocide” against the defenseless Palestinians, Press TV reports.

The delegation, which includes 13 members of the European Parliament, has called on the EU to break diplomatic ties with Israel and implement sanctions against Tel Aviv because of the war crimes it has committed against the Palestinian people.

“I don’t think it is too strong a word, not when you think of how genocide is described; it’s described as the partial or the whole destruction of people; and what we are seeing happen in Gaza, in Palestine, is the destruction of Palestinians,” Martina Anderson, an Irish member of the European Parliament, told Press TV.

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Sep 11 08:23

UKIP’s Farage: ‘Scots won’t get independence from EU with Yes vote’

Farage, who described PM David Cameron as epitomizing “all that the Scottish people viscerally loathe about England,” said he “has walked straight into a long-planned ambush.” In an article for the Telegraph, Farage described the Scottish National Party as “the voice of anti-Englishness” and claimed that the “Scottish electorate has been sold ‘a pig in a poke.’”

Sep 11 07:37

Billions Withdrawn From Scotland’s Banks Ahead Of Independence Vote

Asset managers, investors and pension savers are moving billions of pounds out of Scotland, according to industry executives, amid rising concerns about the financial consequences of a Yes vote in next week’s independence referendum.

Sep 11 06:08

Catalans to demonstrate and demand right to hold referendum

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans will take to the streets on Thursday, the National Day of Catalonia, to demand the right to hold a referendum on their future, with some hoping that the sudden surge in support for Scottish independence might boost their cause.

Sep 11 05:08

Poland says Russia's gas deliveries cut by half

Poland's PGNiG gas utility on Thursday said its gas deliveries from Russia's Gazprom had now been cut by half, against a background of tension over the Ukraine crisis.

"The decline in deliveries was at 45 percent" on Wednesday, PGNiG said in a statement a day after announcing gas had been cut by 24 percent, a claim Gazprom rejected as "incorrect."

Tensions are running high between the countries over the escalating Ukraine conflict, where Poland has backed the government forces battling separatists in the country's east. The head of Ukraine's main gas utility Ukrtransgaz, Igor Prokopiv, said the reduction was made with "the goal of cutting the reverse flow we are receiving" from EU states.

Several eastern EU states are supplying Kiev with gas after Russia stopped deliveries in mid-June after a pro-Western government took power, accusing Ukraine of not paying its bills.

Sep 11 03:22

PLEASE READ: If People Were Countries.....

If People Were Countries.....
(or, how to avert nuclear war, public or private)

remember, everyone, when things get heated, to CALM DOWN.

there is a point in any conflictual communication where one feels one absolutely must raise one's (virtual) voice, lose one's cool; where not to do so is a detriment to oneself and the meaning in one's life.

soon as the emotional barbs are answered in kind, one might as well give up. 'Innocent until proven guilty' -- how one feels and where one draws the line of acceptable stretching of the truth is not as important.

-- 'to protect my honor' or to 'back up my principles' or 'to protect' others -- worse, to 'not lose face' --

these are the game changers, the seemingly unique and rare set of events that will suddenly convince a large number of people to get involved, people who steadfastly opposed getting involved up to that point.

sound familiar?

Sep 10 22:24

9/11: The Mother of All Big Lies

Growing numbers of Americans and others worldwide reject the official 9/11 myth.They do so for good reason. It’s a bald-faced lie. It’s by far the most harmful one in living memory.

The focus is on the distinction between MYTH & REALITY

and

Face to Face with Elizabeth Woodworth and 9/11 Consensus

Sep 10 16:38

Poland stops reverse gas flow to Ukraine, Kiev blames Russia

Ukraine’s state-controlled gas transit company says Poland cut off reverse flows to Ukraine, alleging that a quarter of Russian gas imports to Poland went missing. Gazprom said it continues to supply the same amount of gas as previously.

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So, it looks like Poroshenko is indeed dipping into Russian gas flowing to Europe and blaming Russia!

Sep 10 15:20

Busted: Spanish soldiers and cops in huge drug ring

Three soldiers, one Civil Guard officer and a policeman have been arrested in connection with a highly sophisticated cocaine and hash smuggling ring busted on Tuesday in different parts of mainland Spain.

Sep 10 15:12

French favour booting Brits from EU: Poll

A new poll says a majority of French people believe Britain should be booted out of the European Union, rather than have its concerns taken into account by Brussels. It's a question sparked by a possible referendum on Britain's membership in the EU.

If they did, they'd be doing them a big favour. While they are at it, could they boot Ireland out too? Come to think of it, I'm sure quite a few Italians, Spanish and Greeks wouldn't mind being on the receiving end of the same treatment.

Sep 10 14:44

Who told you that Europe's problems are over?

Sep 10 14:43

Russia's Gazprom 'limiting gas supplies to Poland'

Poland has said the volume of gas it has received so far this week from Russian gas monopoly Gazprom is down by at least 20%.

Sep 10 10:06

Putin, not Ukraine, is Vexing America

It is not about Russian aggression.

It is about Putin being an independent world leader who is not bowing down to American imperial dictate.

Forget about alleged Russian aggression and land grabbing in Ukraine – the real problem for the United States is Vladimir Putin. To be more precise, the real problem is a strong, independent Russia under the leadership of President Putin, a Russia that stands up for its national rights, respect for international norms and which is not prepared to simply roll over to placate American hegemonic selfish interests...

Sep 10 10:02

The 9/11 Triple Cross

Three major thesis are in competition concerning the culprit of the 9/11 attacks:

1. Islam Job: the official conclusion of the 9/11 Commission, blaming Muslim terrorists in general, and Osama bin Laden in particular;
2. Inside Job: the dominant thesis within the so-called 9/11 Truth movement, which accuses the American government, or a faction within the American Deep State;
3. Mossad Job: the rising alternative thesis within the community of truth seekers, which claim that the masterminds were a Zionist network close to the Israeli Likud.
There are variations on each thesis and middle grounds between them, but three camps can clearly be distinguished: Acknowledging this reality, by renouncing the bipolar vision of an information warfare between official liars and 9/11 truthers, and paying attention to the debate (or absence of the debate) between Inside-jobbers and Mossad-jobbers, is the first step toward a paradigm shift in “9/11ology”.

Sep 10 09:53

Theres A Polish Bitcoin Embassy?

Sep 10 08:30

Massive explosion rocks German chemical plant (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A powerful explosion heard from kilometers away has rocked a chemical plant near Bremen, in northern Germany. At least one person has reportedly been injured while the plant buildings sustained “serious damage,” first responders say.

Sep 10 08:24

Austria opposes to EU’s military support for Kiev

Austria is opposed to EU’s military support for the Kiev government but is ready to face the consequences of all political decisions, Austria’s Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann said at a meeting of Austrian government members with representatives of trade unions and other ‘social partners’ of the Austrian state on Wednesday.

"As far as political leverage is concerned, we are going to support all measures. But we are categorically against any kind of military support such as weapons supplies or participation in military operations,” Chancellor Faymann told the meeting devoted to the impact of the Ukraine crisis on Austria’s economy.

Sep 10 07:25

NATO intends to prohibit Russia’s and China’s Development

The glitzy NATO summit in Newport has not publicly announced major decisions but it is likely that they were taken in secret. To prevent Russia and China - but also India - from continuing their development, NATO can count on Terrorism from the Islamic Emirate which it pretends to condemn and fight.

Moreover, contrary to its name, NATO is not an alliance of equals, but a subjugation of partner armies by the United States and the United Kingdom. Indeed, all member armies of this supposed "alliance" are under the command of a single US officer who is also commander of American forces in Europe-while the secret service of NATO, the "Gladio", under the joint authority of Washington and London, ensures that the anti-imperialists never come to power in the other Member States [2]. To do this, NATO has not skimped on political killings, nor even coups (in France [3], Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey).

Sep 10 05:54

Spain Bond Yields Spike Most In Over A Decade As "Referendum Risk" Spreads

As we warned earlier, there is the potential for broad risk premium re-pricing across European nations on the back of Scotland's independence referendum decision; and nowhere is that more evident in the last 2 days than in Spanish bonds. So-called "referendum risk" - in this case related to Catalan independence - has sent Spanish bond yields up over 17bps (over 8.1% - the biggest single day jump since before the EU was formed) and risk spreads are 12-15bps wider as the UK experience (with growing support for UKIP alongside faster economic growth) raises the issue that economic recovery alone may not be enough to reverse the rise in anti-elite, anti-establishment sentiment across Europe.

Sep 10 05:50

Russian Retaliation Begins: Gazprom "Limiting EU Gas", Cuts Poland Supplies By 24% In Past Two Days

Over the weekend, we commented that in response to Europe's latest, and most serious, sanction round which would finally impact Russian energy giants Rosenft, Gazprom Neft (but not Gazprom) and Transneft, "suddenly the stakes for Russia, and thus Europe, just got all too real, as Putin will now have no choice but to really ramp up the retaliatory escalation, which following the food ban can only mean one thing: a staggered reduction in gas flow to Europe."

Sep 10 05:44

Russian Retaliation Begins: Gazprom "Limiting EU Gas", Cuts Poland Supplies By 24% In Past Two Days

While Europe appears to have blown it load prematurely, with the latest round of Russian sanctions leaked before Europe actually has the consensus to implement them, Russia has no such moral quandaries and three days following our forecast, here comes Gazprom confirming once again that it is perfectly happy to play the "mutual defection" strategy in the ongoing and ever escalating game theory between Europe and Russia. From Bloomberg:

RUSSIA LIMITING EU GAS TO RESTRICT REVERSE SUPPLY TO UKRAINE

This follows news earlier today from Poland’s PGNiG which said Gazprom lowered supply by 20%-24% in past 2 days.

Sep 10 04:25

German Businesses Hurt by Sanctions Imposed Against Russia

September 10 (RIA Novosti) – German medium-size businesses are starting to feel the negative impact of Western sanctions imposed against Moscow, as Russia is turning towards Asia-Pacific nations for high-tech machinery and engineering systems.

"The innovative German machinery makers and engineering companies, mostly medium and small businesses, are being hit the hardest," Volker Treier, deputy managing director of the German Chambers of Commerce (DIHK) said, as quoted by the Business Insider Tuesday.

Treier said he expects German exports to Russia to fall by about 20 percent in 2014.

Sep 09 21:54

Debt-ridden Spain to spend €1mn on riot gear

The Spanish government intends to spend about 1 million euro on police riot gear, despite the country’s debt rising by 58 billion euro over the last year. Authorities worry about widespread protests they believe will grip the nation in the autumn.

Sep 09 21:48

Ex-CIA Analyst: Ukraine, Malaysia, Netherlands Conspiring to Hide Truth on MH17 Crash

Ukraine, Malaysia and the Netherlands could secretly agree not to reveal the facts about the mid-July crash of the Malaysian Boeing in eastern Ukraine, ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern told Rossiya-24 news channel on Tuesday.

Sep 09 15:12

Bluster and Bluff in the Baltic

When did the independence of the Baltic republics, miraculous and welcome as it is, become so critical to us that if Russia intrudes into Estonia, we will treat it as an attack on our homeland?

Sep 09 14:47

A degree is worth less in Spain than in rest of EU

More young people in Spain are NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) than anywhere else in the EU, with graduate unemployment also tripling the OECD average, a new report shows.

Sep 09 14:23

Video: Why America needs a major war in Europe

If you don't see the English subtitles, turn them on once the video has started playing by clicking on the rectangular CC box to the left of the little gearwheel icon in the bottom right of the youtube video.

Sep 09 14:10

EU maintains 'radio silence' over Italy migrant crisis

So far this year the Italian government has saved more than 106,000 boat migrants, as part of its “Mare Nostrum” (“Our Sea”) operation, costing the country millions of euros every month.

Sep 09 14:00

Libya is becoming a terror hub at EU's door

French leaders have called on the world to take action in Libya over worries the chaos there is turning the country into a "terrorist hub" that's a short flight or boat ride from Europe.

Sep 09 13:50

Italy’s Berlusconi accuses Western leaders of irresponsible policy towards Russia

Italy’s former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition party Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday accused NATO and Western leaders of irresponsible attitudes towards Russia.

Sep 09 13:48

'Target started falling apart' MH17 radio transcript released

The report on MH17 Boeing 777 crash provides a transcript of communications between the pilots and ground control minutes before the crash.

Sep 09 10:28

EU Popular Opposition to Israel Stronger Than Ever

The dispossession of the Palestinian people has been and remains an internationalized endeavor. With the European Union as its largest trading partner and the United States as its largest backer militarily and politically, Israel has no reason to reconsider its denial of Palestinian self-determination.

Albeit both the EU and the United States have been and remain Israel's global patrons, the prospects for change toward Israel appear quite different in the EU than they do in the United States. Compared to the EU, the United States lags behind in terms of the level of knowledge of, and intensity of opposition to, Israel's conduct.

Sep 09 08:27

Finland reluctant to impose new Russia sanctions

Finland’s Prime Minister has said he wants the EU to wait before imposing new economic sanctions on Russia that will target state-owned energy companies.

"Finland in general isn't of the opinion that now is the right time [for the sanctions]," Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told reporters Monday night in Helsinki after the EU adopted new sanctions against Russia, which could come into force in the next couple days, depending on ceasefire progress in Ukraine.

Finland reportedly objected to more sanctions against Russia, asking for the ability to suspend the new economic restrictions if the ceasefire in Ukraine is kept in good faith.

Sep 09 04:54

Merkel Ally Slams Draghi's Plan To "Buy Junk Paper"

While Italian and Spanish political (and business) leaders are lauding Mario Draghi's plan to buy more assets and print more money, it appears not everyone is so excited. As Reuters reports, Christian Social Union chairman and Bavaria state premier Horst Seehofer (who is well known as an ally of Angela Merkel), blasted the ECB's plan: "It's only going to frighten a lot of people when ECB chief Mario Draghi opens up the central bank's money tap and at the same time buys junk paper," somewhat breaking the political taboo of criticizing the potential independence of the central bank.

Sep 08 22:40

EU adopts new sanctions against Russia to come into force in 'next few days'

A new package of sanctions against Russia has been adopted by the EU. Previous reports said the "further restrictive measures" were aimed at targeting three major oil companies, as well as the defense sector.

Sep 08 22:37

Preliminary report on causes of MH17 disaster to be published in Netherlands

The Safety Board of the Netherlands is expected to publish a preliminary report of the causes of the MH17 flight crash in Eastern Ukraine.

Sep 08 19:26

Please Scotland, Blow Up The EU

You know they’re desperate when they play the royal card and announce a new baby on the way. Britain, and especially Downing Street 10, got a huge scare last week when a poll showed the Scottish independence movement is now favorite to win the September 18 referendum. It’s not entirely clear, but I don’t think Cameron and his crew would be able to stay on if Scotland secedes from the UK.

So who would do the negotiations for what remains united under the Queen? That’s the first bit of confusion and mayhem I very much hope will turn into an absolute mess that will break the EU and the eurozone as they presently exist. Simply because something needs to be the catalyst that makes it happen.

Sep 08 14:54

Europe's Russian Sanctions In Jeopardy As "One Country" Holds Out

As 'rumors' of European sanctions against Russia's major oil energy firms are leaked strawman-like to the market and expected to be enacted as soon as tomorrow, it appears there is a 'glitch' in the union. The FT's Peter Spiegel reports that one country is holding out on EU sanctions and that is the reason for an emergency unscheduled meeting of EU diplomats this evening. While it is unclear which country it is, something tells us its name begins with an 'A' and ends in 'ustria'...

Sep 08 11:00

Here Is Why Europe Just Launched The "Nuclear Option" Against Russia

Europe's leaders, we assume under pressure from Washington, appear to be making a big weather-related bet with their taxpayers' lives this winter. As they unleash funding sanctions on Russia's big energy producers, Europe has pumped a record volume of natural gas into underground inventories in an effort to 'outlast' Russia and mitigate any Napoleonic "Winter War" scenario. The plan appears to be to starve Russian energy firms of cashflow - as flows to Europe are already plunging - and remove their funding ability, potentially forcing severe hardship on Russia's key economic drivers. There appears to be 3 potential problems with this plan...

1) What if the weather is considerably colder than normal this winter?

Sep 08 08:17

Ukraine crisis: EU to adopt new Russia sanctions soon

The EU says new sanctions against Russia should be adopted shortly and take effect on Tuesday, despite a Kremlin warning of retaliation.

But an EU spokeswoman said the sanctions would be "reversible", depending on the situation in Ukraine.

Sep 07 18:34

Europe Goes "All In": Will Sanction Rosneft, Gazprom Neft And Transneft

This is what is known in game theory terms as a major defection round.

It also means that suddenly the stakes for Russia, and thus Europe, just got all too real, as Putin will now have no choice but to really ramp up the retaliatory escalation, which following the food ban can only mean one thing: a staggered reduction in gas flow to Europe.

It also means something else: recall that it was just ten days ago when we reported that Gazprom would begins accepting payment for oil in Ruble and Yuan.

Sep 07 15:36

Suppression of the innocent inside Ethiopia

Graham Peebles argues that donor-country indifference to the Ethiopian regime’s human rights violations begs the question what price is too high for the illusion of stability in the Horn of Africa.

Sep 07 09:12

US to supply arms to Ukraine, hold joint military drills in Black Sea

The Ukrainian and US navies will take part in a joint exercise called “Sea Breeze 2014” on September 8-10 in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense said.

READ MORE: ‘Promoting peace and stability’: NATO warships enter Black Sea

Around 280 US servicemen will participate in the drills, according to a statement by US European Command spokesman Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, director of Communication and Engagement.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient. This exercise starts...tomorrow.

That means that right at the critical moment when the cease-fire between Eastern Ukraine, and Ukraine proper, is under tremendous stress, the US government is sending weapons and military "advisers" to Ukraine.

Were I a betting woman, I would bet that the US and NATO have engineered this cease fire to fail.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are on this, but right now, I would not bet against this possibility.

Just because a shooting war with Russia would be the most ham-fistedly, pigheadedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do at this moment, unfortunately, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government will not do it.

Sep 07 08:51

NATO Attacks!

Ukraine is all about Germany now. Berlin wants a political solution. Fast. Berlin wants Russian gas flowing via Ukraine again. Fast. Berlin does not want US missile defense in Eastern Europe – no matter what the Baltic states scream. That’s why Poroshenko’s latest “Invasion! Invasion! Invasion!” craze is nothing but pure desperation by a lowly, bankrupt vassal of the Empire of Chaos. Of course that does not prevent Fogh of War – who got the NATO job because he was an enthusiastic cheerleader of the rape of Iraq – to keep crying “Invasion!” till all Danish retrievers come home.

The Ukraine battleground at least has the merit of showing the alliance is naked. For the Full Spectrum Dominance Pentagon, what really matters above all is something that’s been actually happening since the fall of the Soviet Union; unlimited NATO expansion to the westernmost borders of Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pablo Escobar is entirely correct about needing to look at next week's SCO meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. We will do our best to cover it at WRH, because some of the decisions made at this conference may have epic geopolitical consequences on the world's future, regardless of how the issues in Ukraine play out.

Sep 07 08:35

Farmers go hungry as Russian agricultural import ban begins to bite

The tit-for-tat sanctions between Russia and the EU and US is beginning to hurt farmers and the fishing industry. Russia’s ban on most agricultural imports is having knock on effects across Europe.

Sep 07 08:25

NATO stages massive military drills in Latvia (PHOTOS)

As seven-day NATO military exercises continue to take place in Latvia, the organization says the drills are aimed at showing its commitment to Baltic member states in the face of an “assertive” Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They made me start WW3, mommy!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 07 03:10

French ex-hostage identifies abductor in Syria

A French journalist held hostage for months by extremists in Syria says one of his abductors was a Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum earlier this year.

Sep 06 14:27

Putin, not Ukraine, is Vexing America

And it is more than a coincidence that America’s rulers have stepped up their aggression towards Russia since President Putin has embarked on a raft of regional trade and development alliances with Eurasian countries, Iran, China, and other BRICS nations, as well as Latin America. Putin’s declared moves to replace the US dollar with bilateral currencies for transactions in energy trade has also marked him out as a threat to US hegemonic interests.

Sep 06 09:12

My Stumbling Days Are About Over!

Stumble has turned off my account it would appear. The last 6 weeks have been really difficult getting stuff up.
I put up the Make sure your Congressman see's this before November of the father holding his child with a brainless open skull plus the article about the IDF bombing an orphanage and the dairy that supports it. A couple of minutes after that I can't get into my account or post anymore!
Stumble has been turning off sites and individual webpages left and right and it has really gotten bad since Gaza and Ukraine.
If I can get back up I will but if not I hope I directed some traffic to WRH and all the bloggers who post here and we woke some more people up!
DRIP! DRIP! DRIP!as we slowly wash this mountain of hate,injustice and inequity into the oceans!

Sep 06 07:42

EU under pressure to allow GM food imports from US and Canada

Britain and other European Union member states are under increasing pressure from North American business groups to open their borders to imports of genetically modified food as part of negotiations for a new Transatlantic trade deal, environmental campaigners have warned.

Sep 06 06:42

Greek workers stage anti-austerity demonstration in Thessaloniki

Hundreds of people have held a peaceful demonstration in northern Greece to denounce austerity measures that the government has imposed to appease foreign creditors to help cap the country’s deepening debt crisis.

On Friday, about 2,000 police officers, firefighters and coast guards took to streets in the city of Thessaloniki to voice their anger at pay cuts and government plans to merge their pension funds under a major pension reform.

The protest came on the eve of Thessaloniki Trade Fair opening.

Other labor and political groups are planning to hold demonstrations in the city on Saturday.

Debt-laden Greece hopes to exit a six-year recession this year. The country nearly went bankrupt in 2010, only to survive on international rescue packages.

Sep 05 15:19

Additional EU sanctions against Russia might hurt Slovenian economy

Additional European Union’s sanctions against Russia might have an extremely detrimental effect on the national economy of Slovenia, Ales Cantarutti, the chairman of the Slovenian Trade and Industry Chamber, said on Thursday.

Sep 05 15:11

Serbian Foreign Minister: The European Union Will Try to Make Serbia to Sanction Russia

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that he expects the EU to increase pressure on Serbia to introduce sanctions against Russia as the Ukrainian conflict grows more violent, adding that he believes that Serbia will build the same relationship of understanding and partnership with the new High EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini as with her predecessor Catherine Ashton.

Sep 05 15:07

EU admits Putin’s comment on ‘storming Kiev’ taken out of context

The EU has admitted that Vladimir Putin’s words about “taking Kiev in two weeks” had been “made public out of context,” said a spokeswoman for the European Commission President in a written response to The Wall Street Journal.

Sep 05 14:11

ECB resists Irish plan to repay IMF bailout loans early

Ireland’s plan to repay its IMF loans early is facing resistance from the European Central Bank amid continuing concerns that last year’s promissory note deal was bordering on monetary financing.

Sep 05 09:47

'Losing momentum': ECB cuts interest rate to new record low of 0.05%

The European Central Bank unexpectedly cut interest rates to 0.05% from 0.15% in a strong response to combat deflation. The move comes as the EU is struggling to boost its stagnating economy.

Sep 05 08:32

War Bucks: NATO Leaders to Vow to Lift Military Spending

Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will pledge at a summit here to lift their military spending to 2% of each country's gross domestic product over the next 10 years, according to three officials familiar with the negotiations over the summit communiqué.

Sep 05 08:29

NATO approves new force aimed at deterring Russia

Seeking to counter Russian aggression, NATO leaders approved plans Friday to create a rapid response force with a headquarters in Eastern Europe that could quickly mobilize if an alliance country in the region were to come under attack.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said a command headquarters would be set up in Eastern Europe with supplies and equipment stockpiled there, enabling the "spearhead" force to mobilize and deploy quickly.

"It sends a clear message to any potential aggressor: Should you even think of attacking one ally, you will be facing the whole alliance," Rasmussen declared as a two-day NATO summit in southern Wales drew to a close.

NATO air patrol flights over the Baltic and other air, land and naval measures already in place will be extended indefinitely, Rasmussen said, as part of a readiness package that also calls for upgraded intelligence-sharing and more short-term military exercises.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting timing; just when there has been a cease-fire signed between entities in Eastern Ukraine and the Ukrainian government.

One has to wonder if Poroshenko and Moscow came to some kind of "understanding" that he had to back off, because one way or another, either by losing this war, or the October elections, he was going to be out of power in very rapid order.

Sep 05 07:05

NATO Dead, King Dollar Wrecked

the USDollar is under siege despite its rising exchange rate

a Global Paradigm Shift is underway

the Ukraine War has brought about a heightened urgency

Europe must make a decision to preserve its economy, or to support the USD

the European nations will work to install the Gold Standard, and thus will preserve their economies and industry and jobs

Special Forces professional troops from Germany, France, Netherlands, and England are fighting against NATO forces in Ukraine

easy conclusion: NATO IS DEAD

Sep 05 05:00

Market reaction to the ECB announcement

Sep 04 19:53

Saker's update on Ukraine situation Sep 4, 23:53 UTC

Military situation:

I think that there is a second expression which now can be used without exaggeration: all the signs are that the JRF have reached their breaking point: this is the moment when a military force suddenly and completely collapses, like a damn which blows out under the pressure of water. The JRF is not retreating on one, two or even three directions, it is retreating everywhere (except north of Lugansk). Entire battalions are leaving the front under orders of their battalion commanders and without the approval of the Junta leaders. At least one such battalion commander is already being judged for desertion. The entire Ukie leadership seems to be in a panic mode, especially Iatseniuk and Kolomoiski, while the Nazis are mad as hell at the Poroshenko administration. There are constant rumors of an anti-Poroshenko coup by outraged Nazi nationalists. And then, there are the absolutely staggering Ukrainian losses. There is one such list which I reader sent me who, according to my reader, was published on Zero Hedge, but I could not find it there. I did find it here though:

Sep 04 17:47

Our Cold War With Russia Could Turn Hot

As the NATO summit approaches, and Ukraine’s ruthless war on its eastern provinces sets off an exodus of nearly a million refugees to Russia, war hysteria in the West is reaching epic proportions. The pundits are up in arms: miffed that the long-awaited Russia invasion has failed to materialize, they are now declaring it happened anyway – it’s a "stealth" invasion, i.e. the kind only a neocon can see. There has to have been a Russian invasion, because, after all, the Ukrainians are losing, and it can’t be because their soldiers are deserting in droves or turning tail and running at the prospect of having to shoot their fellow countrymen.

Sep 04 13:57

US Boots in Iraq and Baltics, Authorization to Attack Syria…and US Troops in Ukraine!

As the NATO summit in Wales kicks off today, with an expected agreement to create a “spearhead” force of up to 5,000 troops to rapidly deploy to any “hotspot” in eastern Europe, we learn that the US will also send several hundred troops to participate in NATO military exercises in Ukraine later this month. The exercises, provocatively named “Rapid Trident,” are said to be “a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member Ukraine…”

Sep 04 13:50

MEPs barred from entering Gaza during trip to Palestine

The group was told their visit was “not directly concerned with humanitarian assistance.”

Sep 04 13:47

Ireland is losing another generation and will only be worse for it

What’s going on with Ireland’s young people? They’re leaving at a higher rate than ever before.

Sep 04 13:43

US, EU preparing new round of economic sanctions against Russia

The United States is planning a new round of sanctions aimed at the Russian Federation over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the White House said on Thursday, and the European Union is reportedly on the verge of doing the same.

Sep 04 13:28

Kiev Coup is Collapsing

Kiev’s casualties have been high, and the stories we have about the Ukrainian army field care are just horrible — like amputations without anesthetic, and wounded soldiers being exploited to pay for supplies and care. Those fortunate enough to have families that could come to get them have brought the stories of corruption and incompetency back to the rear areas. The result was the big protests we saw in Kiev this week. We even have reports of masses of women lying down in the streets to block convoys.

In the middle of all of this, Poroshenko invented a new democracy tactic, dismissing Parliament to eliminate his opposition. This also killed any official calls for investigations into the ongoing strategy debacle. Entire brigades have started to desert now, with the Palace Guard special forces (who have not been fighting) being sent out to try to round them up. That is a precursor to a real civil war, if those units can get to a supply base.

Sep 04 11:25

Euro QE Is Here...

The European Central Bank just slashed interest rates and announced a new "economic stimulus program." (READ: money-printing campaign)

Sep 04 07:59

Monetary policy decisions

At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB took the following monetary policy decisions:

The interest rate on the main refinancing operations of the Eurosystem will be decreased by 10 basis points to 0.05%, starting from the operation to be settled on 10 September 2014.

The interest rate on the marginal lending facility will be decreased by 10 basis points to 0.30%, with effect from 10 September 2014.

The interest rate on the deposit facility will be decreased by 10 basis points to -0.20%, with effect from 10 September 2014.

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