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  • Obama Aide Says Impeachment Threat Taken Seriously

    07/25/2014 7:15:31 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 40 replies
    AP ^ | July 25, 2014 | AP
    One of President Barack Obama's top advisers says the White House takes seriously the possibility that House Republicans could pursue impeachment of the president. Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters Friday that the GOP has already "opened the door for impeachment" by contemplating suing the president over his use of executive authority. He says that any further executive action Obama may sign this year on immigration will "up the likelihood" of Republicans pursuing that path.
  • Eurozone economy dead in the water, with crisis expected to carry on 'a long time'

    07/24/2014 8:13:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 22 July 2014 | Jeremy Warner
    It's taken a long time, but the International Monetary Fund finally seems to be talking some sense about the beleaguered deficit economies of the eurozone. In a new analysis of continuing imbalances within the single currency area, it pretty much concludes that the situation is hopeless without the sort of eurozone-wide macro economic policies – monetary as well as fiscal – which are specifically rejected by the high command in Berlin. OK, so it doesn't quite say that, but even so, this will make deeply depressing reading for the struggling economies of Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
  • UKRAINE: EU threatens to opt out of helping to extract oil

    07/24/2014 6:15:26 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    The Times Today ^ | 24/07/2014 13:33
    Günther Oettinger Reuters Reuters EU threatens to refuse to help Russia extract oil More details here: http://tsn.ua/svit/yes-pogrozhuye-vidmovitisya-dopomagati-rosiyi-dobuvati-naftu-the-times-360415.html If the Kremlin does not change its position on Ukraine, the EU will cease to provide technical support in the extraction of oil. EU threatens to abandon support of the European Union threatens oil extract of refuse help to extract oil in the Arctic if the Kremlin does not change its position on Ukraine and begins to work on de-escalation. According to British newspaper The Times, it said European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger. In particular, the provision of technical assistance. The...
  • MH17: By defying the West, bully-boy Vladimir Putin could lead Russia to ruin

    07/23/2014 11:57:11 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 48 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | July 22, 2014 | Con Coughlin
    The most important thing for European ministers to remember during this crisis is how little they actually have to fear from Mr Putin – for Russia needs the West far more than the West needs Russia. Indeed, there is every possibility that denying Moscow access to the global capital markets, which is the strategy at the heart of Washington’s latest sanctions initiative, could ultimately result in Mr Putin’s downfall. For a start, thanks to the mismanagement and corruption that have dogged Russia’s economy since Mr Putin came to power, the country has nothing much else to offer other than its...
  • European Union: Hamas, other Gaza terror groups must disarm [Israel]

    07/22/2014 6:24:00 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 20 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Barack Ravid
    <p>In a dramatic statement issued Tuesday evening, the 28 foreign ministers of EU member states called for the disarmament of Hamas and other militant groups in the Gaza Strip.</p> <p>The statement, which was issued at the end of the monthly meeting of the Council of the European Union, included a ...</p>
  • EU calls on Hamas to disarm, condemns use of civilians as shields [Israel]

    07/22/2014 12:07:05 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 14 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Herb Keinon
    Jerusalem hails European condemnation of Hamas violence; EU condemns rocket fire, calls for renunciation of violence. Israel received a strong back-wind from an unlikely source on Tuesday, when the EU issued a statement strongly denouncing Hamas and condemning their use of civilians as human shields. The EU's foreign ministers, following a monthly meeting in Brussels, issued a statement on the Middle East condemning “the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, directly harming civilians. These are criminal and unjustifiable acts.” The statement also called on Hamas to immediately put an end to...
  • MH17: Pinning Everything on Putin Is Too Easy

    07/22/2014 2:04:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Breitbart's London ^ | July 21, 2014 | M.E. Synon
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The British newspapers, like the British government, are pinning the blame for the Malaysian Airlines disaster on Putin. Most Americans, whether Democrats or Republicans, would see things the way these UK headlines do: "Putin is a pariah – he must be treated as such" "Britain and America implicate Russia in Flight MH17 missile attack" "Two British families killed by 'Putin the terrorist'" And over a column written by Prime Minister David Cameron, this headline: "This is an outrage made in Moscow" However, some well-informed conservatives in Britain are pointing the finger for the war in Ukraine not at Putin, but...
  • Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia (Is it Re-Reset Button time already?)

    07/21/2014 8:06:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/21/14 | Ken Thomas - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet that was shot down last week over Ukraine. Clinton said in a Facebook chat from the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, that tougher sanctions would make clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin "that there is a price to pay for this kind of behavior." The former secretary of state said she agreed with Obama's comments earlier Monday urging "immediate and full access"...
  • Russian Media on Downed Airliner: The CIA Did It

    07/21/2014 1:16:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 79 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | July 21, 2014
    Just one day after the horrific tragedy that left 298 people dead, Russia's Channel One ran a package telling its audience that the entire incident was orchestrated by the United States, specifically by the CIA. A document was broadcast purportedly showing that the U.S. was planning to do the same thing during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Viewers learned that the "U.S. orchestrated this because Ukrainian government is not sophisticated enough to orchestrate this," according to the broadcast, which was translated from the original Russian by CNBC. According to Channel One, Russia's swift economic growth has inspired the United States...
  • Human rights court: Europe cannot be forced to redefine marriage

    07/18/2014 11:17:17 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Adelaide Mena
    Strasbourg, France, Jul 18, 2014 / 02:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the refusal to recognize same-sex “marriages” does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights. In a July 16 ruling, the human rights court explained that while “some Contracting States have extended marriage to same-sex partners,” European laws establishing the right of men and women to freely marry “cannot be construed as imposing an obligation on the Contracting States to grant access to marriage to same-sex couples.” The applicant to the high European human rights court brought his petition after Finland refused...
  • Malaysia Airlines Crash: UN Security Council Sets Urgent Meeting on Ukraine

    07/17/2014 11:30:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 117 replies
    NDTV ^ | 6-18-2014 | NDTV
    United Nations: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today morning on Ukraine. Britain's UN Mission said yesterday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10 am today. The request follows Wednesday's downing of a Ukrainian air force fighter and yesterday's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people over eastern Ukraine. Britain has proposed a Security Council press statement calling for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident." The statement, obtained by The Associated Press, was circulated to all 15 council members, who must approve it before...
  • Where Did Ukraine's Rebels Get Missile Launcher That Allegedly Shot Down Malaysia Airlines Plane?

    07/17/2014 10:54:40 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 47 replies
    newrepublic.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Jessica Schulberg and Josh Kovensky
    A Ukrainian official said Thursday that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a passenger jet traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down near Snizhe today, a town close to the Ukrainian-Russian border. The plane was carrying 295 people and crashed early evening, local time. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but immediate reports say that the airplane was grounded by a BUK surface-to-air missile system. The BUK, developed by the Soviet Union in 1979, has remained widely in use throughout the former Soviet states, including Ukraine. General Philip Breedlove, the commander of the U.S. European Command, said that...
  • UKRAINE: WE DID NOT SHOOT AT ANY PLANE

    07/17/2014 9:29:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 17, 2014 | Peter Leonard
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's president says his country's armed forces did not shoot at any airborne targets, after reports that a Malaysian Airlines plane went down over Ukraine.
  • Obama’s Latest Executive Order Slapping Russia With Sanctions Could Affect Some AK-47-Owning

    07/17/2014 10:06:49 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | july 16, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    In response to Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine, the U.S. government has issued a number of new sanctions against Russian companies. Among the companies targeted is Kalashnikov Concern, the arms manufacturing company that makes AK-47s. Under the new sanctions, Americans who own a Kalashnikov Concern product, like an AK-47, that was “bought and fully paid for prior to the date of designation (i.e., no payment remains due to Kalashnikov Concern), then that product is not blocked and OFAC sanctions would not prohibit the U.S. person from keeping or selling the product in the secondary market, so long as Kalashnikov Concern...
  • Bulgaria to allow its fourth-biggest bank to collapse

    07/13/2014 9:52:24 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    CNBC/Reuters ^ | 11 July 2014
    Bulgaria is to allow its fourth-biggest lender to collapse and will hive off its healthy activities into a separate bank as it moves to clear up the mess from the country's worst financial scandal since the 1990s. The central bank said it was removing Corporate Commercial Bank's (Corpbank) license and alerting prosecutors to the possibility that its main shareholder stole money from the bank just before the central bank took over its operations. The scandal broke last month when Corpbank clients unnerved by media reports accusing top shareholder Tsvetan Vassilev of shady business deals dashed to withdraw their savings. The...
  • Europe Takes Rehab Approach to Islamic Extremists

    07/07/2014 4:35:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 7, 2014 | By FRANK JORDANS and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER
    BERLIN - Chris Boudreau's son Damian told her over dinner on a November evening in 2012 that he was going to Egypt to study Arabic, the language of Islam. She never saw him again. "He flew to Seattle, then Amsterdam, then into Istanbul," said Boudreau. "There was a training camp just outside the city where radicals train prior to crossing the border into Syria." Fourteen months later, the 22-year-old Canadian convert to Islam was dead, apparently killed in fighting between rival groups of Islamic militants in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Boudreau was left to wonder what she could have...
  • Euro, Technocrats and Media Role in the Undoing of Italy

    07/04/2014 12:23:18 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 1 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 27 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is the fourth and final part of the article by Italian journalist Alessandra Nucci. Here are the first three parts: The Looting of ItalyHow the EU and the Left Ruined ItalyEU-Imposed Immigration Is Destroying Italy's EconomyAlso read Italy Invented Banks by Enza Ferreri ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Attack Begins In Earnest2011 is when they began in earnest to train their guns on us, with the military aggression that started with the Nato attack on Libya culminating in half-truths calculated to stampede investors away from Italy in the direction of presumably safe bonds. And what bonds can be safer than Germany’s?...
  • What happened when we tested Google's 'right to be forgotten' tool

    07/04/2014 9:25:45 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    expert reviews ^ | 7-4-2014 | James Temperton
    Google's right to be forgotten system is woefully inadequate and censoring things it shouldn't. We decided to make a number of right to be forgotten claims to see what would happen. One request was to remove search listings for an automated online profile page that contained someone's name and Twitter handle. There are loads of websites that collate information about people and spew out automated profiles – 192.com and Peekyou.com being two examples. These websites might be annoying, but should they ever be censored from search results if all they are doing is collating publicly available information? None of the information...
  • Juncker is galling for Britain, but life-threatening for France and Italy (EU)

    07/03/2014 4:44:33 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 02 July 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Cromwellian method by which Jean-Claude Juncker was foisted upon the nation states is a breach of the Treaties ___ The sovereign parliaments of Europe are victims of a constitutional sleight of hand, though some acquiesce more easily than others. The Cromwellian method by which Jean-Claude Juncker was foisted upon the nation states is a breach of the Treaties. The episode clarifies the need for British withdrawal from the Union, or the withdrawal of France or any other country that wishes to remain self-governing under a rule of law.
  • Google Is Being Forced To Censor The History Of Merrill Lynch — And That Should Terrify You

    07/03/2014 7:10:15 AM PDT · by EBH · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/3/2014 | Jim Edwards
    The European Union's new law giving people a "right to be forgotten," which requires Google to remove links to information about them, is having exactly the effect its critics predicted: It is censoring the internet, giving new tools that help the rich and powerful (and ordinary folk) hide negative information about them, and letting criminals make their histories disappear. Exhibit A: Google was required to delete a link to this BBC article about Stan O'Neal, the former CEO of Merrill Lynch. O'Neal led the bank in the mid-2000s, a period when it became dangerously over-exposed to the looming mortgage crisis....
  • EU-Imposed Immigration Is Destroying Italy's Economy

    07/02/2014 12:41:44 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 4 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 25 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is the third part of the article by Italian journalist Alessandra Nucci. Here are the first two parts: The Looting of ItalyHow the EU and the Left Ruined Italy ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Never-ending Flow of Illegal Immigrants Overburdens Italian WelfareVery little is ever said about the immigration load, which together with bureaucracy is largely responsible for the burgeoning debt. It is routinely downplayed, while Italy gets lectured to for supposedly not living up to impossible standards that are provably not expected of any other country. The Italian Coastguard and Carabinieri have saved countless lives and generous Italian welfare, including...
  • Obama Advisor John Podesta: ‘Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line’

    07/01/2014 4:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 30, 2014 – 02:30 PM | Susanne Koelbl and Marcel Rosenbach
    Instead of a no-spy deal, the US has begun a Cyber Dialogue with Germany. In a Spiegel interview, John Podesta, a special advisor to President Barack Obama, speaks of the balance between alliances and security and says that changes are being made to NSA espionage practices. […] “(W)ith respect to what German citizens think, the United States has a pretty good track record of standing up for values of global democracy, of free expression, of protecting the rights of individuals, of trying to ensure that people are not discriminated against, of not suppressing free speech. Every country has a history...
  • Fighting Google: Europe Eyes Digital Agenda to Better Compete with the US

    07/01/2014 4:11:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 01, 2014 – 05:51 PM | Frank Dohmen and Christoph Pauly
    Jean-Claude Juncker, the next head of the European Commission, plans to implement a new digital strategy for the Continent. Europe, he believes, needs to become better equipped to defend itself from the US and Asia. […] Part of Juncker’s agenda will be to ensure that Europe challenges market abuse by American Internet giants with greater self-confidence. More important, however, will be for the EU to start cleaning up its own backyard. Juncker wants to take advantage of a broad consensus among European politicians to put enough muscle in the EU’s digital market that European companies can stand up to competition...
  • How the EU and the Left Ruined Italy

    07/01/2014 12:43:38 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 24 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is the second part of the article "The Looting of Italy" by Italian journalist Alessandra Nucci. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How the Looting WorksI will venture to suggest that there must be a blue-print out there on how to manage a country after a revolutionary takeover, such as what has been done to Italy (and to Venezuela? Cuba? China? Russia?) I would say that basically, after A) overwhelming the system (the Cloward-Piven strategy), the revolutionary leader will aim at B) impoverishing the middle class in order to prevent its every chance of rebelling. This can be done in various ways, which...
  • The Looting of Italy

    06/30/2014 12:05:45 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 10 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 23 June 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    This is an article that was written and sent to me by Alessandra Nucci, an Italian journalist and friend. It describes what the European Union has done to Italy. Since it's a very long article, I've broken it down in 4 parts. Here is the first part. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How would you feel if for years you had been picking up shipwrecked penniless migrants from Africa, dumped by criminal agents all over the Mediterranean, ferrying them to your shores and taking them in by the thousands, only to see yourself made the butt of sarcasm, reproaches and even pecuniary fines...
  • UKRAINE: Poroshemko states terms of the EU

    06/28/2014 3:31:29 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    svobodaslova.in.ua ^ | 29 JUNE, 2014
    [TRANSLATION] POROSHENKO STATES TERMS OF EU CONDITIONS FOREIGN PRESS ON POROSHENKO According to Western observers, Peter Porošenku with his knowledge of English helped in dialogue with world leaders. The circumstances of the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and EU and the historical parallels with the first world war - overview of the foreign press on June 28. POROSHENKO AND RUSSIA The probability of zaprovaždennâ sanctions against Russia increased after President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko accused Russia in promoting separatists, who are waging a war in the east of the country, wrote the British Guardian. "Freely communicating in English...
  • Ukraine signs EU economic pact that first ignited crisis (Georgia and Moldova also sign)

    06/27/2014 5:25:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Ukraine on Friday finalized a European Union trade agreement, the deal that led to the ouster of former President Viktor Yanukovych and a Russia-fueled national crisis earlier this year. President Petro Poreshenko, elected in May, called the agreement a huge step forward for the country. "This is one of the most important days in the time since Ukraine won independence. We use this possibility to modernize the country," he said, according to reports. "But we need only one thing — peace and security." The deal would allow free trade between the Ukraine and the European Union and would require Ukraine...
  • Ukraine, EU sign Association Agreement

    06/27/2014 5:24:11 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 27.06.2014 11:08 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, June 27 /Ukrinform/. Ukraine and the EU have completed the signing of the Association Agreement, particularly its economic part, which foresees the creation of a deep and comprehensive free trade area, a Ukrinform correspondent in Brussels has reported.
  • EU signs Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine (live Feed)

    06/27/2014 12:05:26 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    European Council ^ | 6-27-2014 | European Council
    Signing ceremony of the Association Agreements with Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine EU leaders sign Association Agreements with the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Iurie Leanca, and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The political part of the agreement with Ukraine was signed in March.
  • U.S. will allow EU citizens to sue over data privacy

    06/25/2014 7:40:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 25, 2014 | by Renee Maltezou
    The United States will enact legislation giving European Union citizens the right to sue in the United States if they think their private data was released or misused, the U.S attorney general said on Wednesday. "The Obama administration is committed to seeking legislation that would ensure that ... EU citizens would have the same right to seek judicial redress for intentional or wilful disclosures of protected information and for refusal to grant access or to rectify any errors in that information, as would a U.S citizen," Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters. "This commitment - which has long been sought...
  • EU to send security mission to Ukraine

    06/23/2014 11:05:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 23.06.2014 17:58 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, June 23 /Ukrinform/. The European Union will send a civilian security mission to Ukraine. [....] "The Council agrees to establish a Common Security and Defense Policy mission to assist Ukraine in the field of civilian security sector reform, including police and rule of law," the foreign ministers of EU member states said.
  • White House: Election boosts immigration (Jarrett plotting with Rupert Murdoch, Business Roundtable)

    06/20/2014 10:21:04 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/20/14 | Justin Sink
    The White House believes that the election of a new House leadership team has opened up an opportunity to pass immigration reform this summer, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett said Friday. Jarrett said the change necessitated by Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) surprising primary loss gives new life to immigration reform. -snip- But Jarrett said in discussions with business leaders in recent days that “nobody has said to me they thought his defeat was because of immigration reform.” In recent days, Jarrett shared a dinner with News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and a breakfast with the Business Roundtable to discuss the topic....
  • Russia’s top 40 lies about Ukraine

    06/20/2014 10:35:39 AM PDT · by Agog · 15 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 06/18/2014 | Julia Davis
    Russia’s aggressive propaganda machine keeps churning out falsehoods, provocations and outright lies about the situation in Ukraine. In spite of being repeatedly exposed, it shows no signs of slowing down. Disinformation is being laid on thick and poured out in a variety of forums: streaming down from the Kremlin, to Russia’s mainstream media, on to bloggers, down to useful idiots and hordes of paid trolls, who plague comment sections of articles about Ukraine and spread vitriol, hatred and blatant lies all over the social media.
  • Rise in Female Genital Mutilation, Inspectors Find Entire School Classes Victims ( Sweden )

    06/20/2014 9:44:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Jun 2014 | M.E. Synon
    School health services in the small Swedish city of Norrköping have found 60 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) among schoolgirls since March, with evidence of mutilation found in all 30 girls in one class, 28 of the most severe form. In Sweden, where the EU’s Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) says that FGM “is considered to be a serious problem,” the law enables genital examination of children to be carried out without parents’ consent. ... FGM became widespread in Sweden in the early and mid-1990s with the influx of Somali migrants
  • Greece sues for 7 billion euros over German submarines that have never sailed

    06/18/2014 4:41:47 PM PDT · by Renfield · 7 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 6-12-2014 | Holly Watt
    Greece has launched a multi-billion euro claim against one of Germany’s biggest defence firms who sold the financially-beleaguered country four submarines in a complicated deal which has become symbolic of the country’s economic woes. The controversial deal has threatened Greece’s position in Nato, according to well-placed sources, led to the criminal prosecution of the country’s defence minister and the resignation of a senior Naval figure. The Telegraph today publishes photographs of the four submarines, which are still unfinished in a Greek shipyard almost 15 years after they were first ordered. It can now be disclosed that the Greek Government has...
  • The Bankers Want Putin’s Head

    06/18/2014 10:37:05 AM PDT · by Renfield · 16 replies
    Fig Trees and Vineyards ^ | 5-24-2014 | Ariadna Theokopoulos
    The international bankers want Putin’s head and they have $20,000,000,000 painful reasons. A recent revelation by a French source details Putin’s incredible double coup that made Russia gain $20 billion in a few days and recover most of the shares owned by West European and American investors in Russia’s largest energy companies. The foreign (American and European) ownership of a large portion of shares in the energy industry meant that almost half of the revenues of the gas and oil industry did not go into the coffers of the Russian Federation, but into the pockets of Western financial ‘sharks,’ as...
  • Blowback! U.S. trained ISIS at secret Jordan base

    06/17/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT · by detective · 108 replies
    WND ^ | 6/16/2014 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials. The officials said dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq. The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any...
  • Is Spain Regaining Its Faith?

    06/13/2014 9:48:24 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | 6 . 11 . 14 | Filip Mazurczak
    Like Quebec, Ireland, or Boston, Spain has epitomized the fading of Catholic faith. In the twentieth century, religious practice in Spain fell sharply, especially as the country transitioned to democracy and resentment of the Church’s support for Franco’s dictatorship surfaced.Recently, however, the downward trend has stopped and is recovering. According to Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS), the proportion of Spaniards attending Mass has increased from 12.1 to 15 percent between 2011 and 2012. In absolute terms, the number of Spanish Catholics attending Mass weekly grew by an astonishing further 23 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to CIS. Meanwhile, between...
  • The European Union -- Coming to a state near you?

    06/05/2014 12:35:35 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | June 5, 2014 | Dan Miller
    How far down the rabbit hole will we have to follow the mad hare before we realize that we are in a lunatic asylum?On May 12th, I posted an article titled Bureaucratic supremacy, the U.S. and the European Union, suggesting that even though the United States of Obama is not a member of the European Union (EU) it is becoming increasingly similar. Unelected bureaucrats already "enact" more laws than does the Congress, which has transferred much of its legislative power to them. How much further can we fall down the hole before we begin the difficult climb back up? The following video was...
  • ECB hurls cash at sluggish EU economy, seeks to force bank lending [Banks charge for deposits]

    06/05/2014 7:11:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/05/2014 | BY JOHN O'DONNELL AND EVA TAYLOR
    The European Central Bank launched a raft of measures on Thursday to fight low inflation and boost the euro zone economy, cutting rates, imposing negative interest rates on its overnight depositors and offering banks new long-term funds. The ECB cut all its main rates to record lows in a drive to fight off the risk of Japan-like deflation and bring down the euro's exchange rate. For the first time, it will charge banks 0.10 percent for parking funds at the central bank overnight. It stopped short of large-scale asset purchases known as quantitative easing for now, but ECB President Mario...
  • UN, EU back Palestinian unity government

    06/04/2014 12:21:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    The European Union and United Nations on Tuesday offered public backing for the Palestinian unity government sworn in a day earlier in Ramallah. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, said during a meeting with PM Rami Hamdallah that the UN backs the unity government and hopes it will meet the needs of Palestinians in the West Bank Gaza and East Jerusalem. Hamdallah assured Serry that the government would commit to all previous agreements signed by the PLO. The office of the EU High Representative said in a statement that the government was an “important step in...
  • Italy Meets EU Standards by Including Drugs and Prostitution to GDP

    05/31/2014 10:33:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/31/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Just when you thought that Italy’s crazy government couldn’t get any more insane, it hit on a gimmick for improving the international perception of its economy. Just include the black market in its GDP. Never mind that the black market isn’t taxable, difficult to estimate and not exactly a good thing. Italy is changing how it calculates its gross domestic product, a measurement of the overall economy, to include black market activity — everything from prostitution to illegal drug sales to smuggling and arms trafficking. Economists predict illegal sales will add 1.3 percentage points to GDP this year.Hey, it’s one...
  • Cameron's Conservatives Flirt With EU hard-right to Block UKIP's EU Funding

    05/30/2014 10:28:48 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 15 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 28 May 2014 | M.E. Synon
    Conservative Party Leader David Cameron is trying to sabotage UKIP’s influence at the European Parliament, just days after trying to appear sympathetic to euroscepticism by telling the British people that their message at the polls was “received and understood.” Instead of accepting UKIP's victory, Cameron has started a drive to cut off the legs of “the people’s army” in Brussels and Strasbourg. He has assigned Conservative Party fixers to do deals with hard-right and populist parties which, until now, the Conservatives claimed were “unacceptable.” The Tories are trying to stop Nigel Farage from forming a political group in the parliament...
  • Eurosceptic 'earthquake' rocks EU elections

    05/26/2014 8:44:39 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 May 2014
    Eurosceptic and far-right parties have seized ground in elections to the European parliament, in what France's PM called a "political earthquake". UK Independence Party and French National Front both performed strongly. The three big centrist blocs all lost seats, though still hold the majority. The outcome means a greater say for those who want to cut back the EU's powers, or abolish it completely. UK PM David Cameron said the public was "disillusioned" with the EU. Mr Cameron said their message was "received and understood". French President Francois Hollande has called an urgent meeting of his cabinet, as Prime Minister...
  • Anti-EU Parties Soar in "Political Earthquake" Elections

    05/26/2014 7:01:03 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 78 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 May 2014 | Alex Newman
    In elections to the European "Parliament," political parties opposed to the ongoing EU takeover made massive gains. Anti-EU Parties Soar in "Political Earthquake" Elections The New American 26 May 2014 With European Union bosses working overtime to finish crushing what remains of national sovereignty and self-government in Europe, the public across much of the bloc appears to have had enough. In elections to the European “Parliament” — not a true legislative body in the traditionally understood sense of the word, but the only elected outfit in Brussels nonetheless — political parties opposed to the ongoing EU takeover made massive...
  • Anti-establishment parties claim big wins in European parliamentary vote

    05/25/2014 6:01:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/25/2014 | By Griff Witte and Anthony Faiola
    Voters across Europe delivered a stinging rebuke to the political establishment in parliamentary elections Sunday, boosting formerly fringe parties to key wins and giving some of the European Union’s staunchest critics a prominent voice in the body’s future. Parties from the center-left and the center-right managed to maintain their majority in the 751-member European Parliament and will continue to hold sway for the next five years. But the strong showing by anti-E.U. parties reflected widespread anger toward mainstream politicians and the appeal of populists at either end of the spectrum, particularly the far right. Parties hostile toward the European Union...
  • Far-Right National Front Wins EU Vote in France: exit polls

    05/25/2014 11:36:22 AM PDT · by docbnj · 97 replies
    New York Times ^ | 25 May 2014 | Reuters
    France's far-right National Front was projected to win European Parliament elections in France on Sunday with 25 percent of the vote, with exit polls putting Francois Hollande's Socialists in a lowly third place behind the center-right UMP.
  • Election Results: European Parliament Elections In Uk (Ukip In First Place?)

    05/25/2014 9:21:09 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 57 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/25/2014 | BBC
    The election results for the European Parliament will start coming in at 5pm Eastern Time (22:00 British Summer Time). Many voters all over Europe are making their choices today, in the UK the voting was on Thursday. Polling shows the United Kingdom Independence Party at about 30 percent popular support in spite of an intense campaign to discredit it by the major parties and the media. Everything from the race card to the employment of UKIP leader Nigel Farage's wife as his secretary has been thrown on the wall in hopes of something sticking. The immigration police just happened to...
  • 'We were WRONG, we are SORRY' Senior Labour MP pens open letter to Ukip voters

    05/25/2014 9:50:45 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | 5-25-2014 | Owen Bennett
    ONE of Labour's most senior figures has written an open letter to Ukip supporters today, apologising for the party's previous views on immigration concerns and urging them to "keep an open mind". Shadow Justice Minister Sadiq Khan concedes Labour has been "too quick to dismiss concerns about immigration, or even worse - accused people of prejudice" in the letter, which was sent exclusively to Express.co.uk. Mr Khan lists a range of policies designed to entice former Labour voters thinking of voting for Ukip back to his party. The letter comes just days after Ukip saw its number of councillors across...
  • British elections dismay establishment leftists: Voters turning conservative all over Europe

    05/24/2014 11:01:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/24/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    All over Europe, voters are turning in a conservative direction, and against the autocratic European Union and its big government enablers. New York Times reporters Steven Erlanger and Stephen Castle write a dripping-with-disdain account of local election results in the UK, which will be followed tomorrow by results for the European Parliament. To them, conservatgives are “right wingers” or “far-right” and those who object to EU takeover of sovereignty are “anti-Europe.” Voters in Britain sent a forceful message of discontent to established political parties on Friday, as returns from local elections showed an even stronger following than expected for the...