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  • Breaking: Largest European Refinery Catches on Fire – Happens to Be in Russia

    03/04/2014 7:32:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/4/14 | Jim Hoft
    The largest European refinery caught on fire today. The refinery happens to be in Russia. It will take months to get production back up. Jalopnik reported: Amazingly, no one was injured when Europe’s largest oil refinery, like, totally burned with the force of a thousand suns yesterday. And obviously it’s in Russia.P The refinery is OJSC TANECO, formerly known as the Nizhnekamsk refinery, in Tartarstan. If you get into your Lada and drive due East from Moscow, you’ll get there in about 14 hours.P Reuters reports that the fire was put out the same evening it started and there were...
  • European Banks Boycott Israeli Banks Because of 'Settlements'

    02/01/2014 6:57:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    inn ^ | 2/1/14 | Elad Benari
    Two of the largest banks in northern Europe have announced they will boycott Israeli banks because they operate in “occupied territories”, the Walla! Hebrew-language news website reported on Saturday. The two banks in question are the Swedish Nordea Bank, which is the largest bank in Scandinavia, and the Norwegian Danske Bank, which is the largest bank in Denmark. Danske Bank, which serves five ​​million customers in Denmark and Northern Europe , publishes on its website a list of companies which are boycotted for legal and ethical reasons. Two weeks ago the list was updated and, according to Walla!, for the...
  • Ancient DNA Links Native Americans to Europe

    11/07/2013 8:52:57 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 45 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 11/5/13 | Michael Balter
    SANTA FE—Where did the first Americans come from? Most researchers agree that Paleoamericans moved across the Bering Land Bridge from Asia sometime before 15,000 years ago, suggesting roots in East Asia. But just where the source populations arose has long been a mystery. Now comes a surprising twist, from the complete nuclear genome of a Siberian boy who died 24,000 years ago—the oldest complete genome of a modern human sequenced to date. His DNA shows close ties to those of today's Native Americans. Yet he apparently descended not from East Asians, but from people who had lived in Europe or...
  • Al-Qaeda 'targeting European rail network': report

    08/19/2013 5:06:51 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 5 replies
    France 24 ^ | 19 August 2013
    AFP - Al-Qaeda is plotting attacks on Europe's high-speed rail network, German mass circulation daily Bild reported on Monday, citing intelligence sources. The extremist group could plant explosives on trains and tunnels or sabotage tracks and electrical cabling, said Bild, Europe's most widely read daily. Bild said the information came from the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States, which had listened in to a conference call involving top Al-Qaeda operatives. The attacks on Europe's rail network was a "central topic" of this call, Bild said.
  • #3844 - Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: The European Races Are Barbaric Races

    06/08/2013 3:21:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 43 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 10/5/13
    http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/3844.htm
  • Hundreds of European Muslims fighting Assad

    04/25/2013 9:23:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 4/25/13 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    European intelligence agencies are worried that European Muslims fighting in Syria will return to carry out terrorist attacks because of their contacts built with al-Qaida, the BBC reported on Wednesday. The UK, Ireland and France are the Western countries believed to have the most fighters in Syria, according to the report, which quotes EU anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove as saying that about 500 Muslims from Europe are fighting with the rebels. However, according to Soeren Kern, a senior fellow for the New York-based Gatestone Institute, and a longtime observer of Islam in Europe, more than 1,000 European Muslims are...
  • EU lifts Syria oil embargo to bolster rebels

    04/22/2013 6:14:13 PM PDT · by haffast · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4-22-2013 | Juergen Baetz
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- The European Union on Monday lifted its oil embargo on Syria to provide more economic support to the forces fighting to oust President Bashar Assad's regime. The decision will allow for crude exports from rebel-held territory, the import of oil and gas production technology, and investments in the Syrian oil industry, the EU said in a statement. Any export or investment initiatives will be taken in close coordination with the leaders of the Syrian opposition, the bloc's 27 foreign ministers decided at a meeting in Luxembourg. The move marks the first relaxing of EU sanctions on Syria...
  • EU's Rehn: Big depositors could suffer in future bank bailouts under new law

    04/07/2013 2:27:26 PM PDT · by haffast · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 06, 2013 | Reuters
    HELSINKI – Big bank depositors could take a hit under planned European Union law if a bank fails, the EU's economic affairs chief Olli Rehn said on Saturday, but noted that Cyprus's bailout model was exceptional. "Cyprus was a special case ... but the upcoming directive assumes that investor and depositor liability will be carried out in case of a bank restructuring or a wind-down," Rehn, the European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner, said in a TV interview with Finland's national broadcaster YLE. "But there is a very clear hierarchy, at first the shareholders, then possibly the unprotected investments and...
  • Roberts Holes Up In European Fortress For 4th Of July

    07/04/2012 8:28:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 7/4/12 | Pat Dollard
    No, this can’t be indicative of anything material, now can it? At the very least, it’s appropriate. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives for a lecture on the history of the US Supreme Court at the University of Malta today. Last week, Roberts’ cast the key vote to uphold President Obama’s health care law. (AP)
  • Sometimes, Size is Everything! (that new 39-meter European telescope)

    06/13/2012 9:56:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    Starts with a Bang ^ | 6/12/12 | Ethan Siegel
    Artist's impression of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) at night whilst observations are in progress. The 39.3-metre E-ELT will be the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world — the world's biggest eye on the sky. Operations are planned to start early in the next decade, and the E-ELT will tackle some of the biggest scientific challenges of our time. “I went into a clothing store, and the lady asked me what size I was. I said, ‘Actual’. I’m not to scale.” -Demitri Martin When you look out at the Universe, what you can see is limited, at the most...
  • EU tells defiant Iran it "must" suspend atom activity

    05/07/2012 5:19:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 7, 2012 2:29pm EDT | Fredrik Dahl and Justyna Pawlak
    The European Union told Iran on Monday it must suspend uranium enrichment, a few days after the Islamic state ruled out doing just that, as Tehran and the West engaged in diplomatic shadow-boxing ahead of nuclear talks this month. The United States called on Iran to take "urgent practical steps" to build confidence during negotiations with world powers on Tehran's nuclear program, which Washington and its allies suspect is a bid to develop an atomic bomb capability. Iran, attending an international conference in Vienna alongside its Western foes, for its part accused the United States of supporting Israel's atomic activities....
  • Did Obama try to Destroy America, or Cover Up his Failed Economic Record by Starting Class Warfare?

    02/09/2012 7:13:19 PM PST · by Graewoulf · 23 replies
    Graewoulf | February 9, 2012 | Graewoulf
    Obama began to increase his divide-and-conquer Class Warfare rhetoric as his financial losses began to increase sharply. Obama has had a lifelong, consistent hatred of America, and class warfare was merely a means to his end of Destroying America, in 4 years. Unable to accept responsibility for his financial failures, Obama has consistently blamed men who have demonstrated strong support for the core values of America, such as President George W. Bush, as well as men who have made profits, such as JPM CEO Jamie Dimon. This week Obama blamed America's Founding Fathers for making it difficult for Obama to...
  • WARNING: GOP SELLOUT ON TAXES?

    11/20/2011 4:20:05 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    Dick Morris.Com ^ | November 20,2011 | Dick Morris
    By Wednesday, November 23rd, the Deficit Reduction Panel has to report on ways to cut the federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over ten years. Democrats refuse to support spending cuts unless Republicans agree to tax increases. And there is an increasing chance that the Republican members of the Commission – or at least some of them – will cave in to the Democratic demands. When Obama took office and embarked on his spending spree, he calculated that by raising spending and borrowing the money, he could force Republicans to raise taxes. Higher taxes on the rich is not...
  • EU: Water does NOT hydrate

    11/19/2011 4:36:52 PM PST · by Cato in PA · 68 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/18/11 | Victoria Ward and Nick Collins
    EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact. Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month. Last night, critics claimed the EU was at odds with both science and common sense. Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: “This is stupidity writ large. “The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are: highly-paid, highly-pensioned officials worrying about the obvious qualities of...
  • European stocks plunge on debt concerns

    09/05/2011 1:46:36 PM PDT · by Signalman · 5 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 9/5/2011 | CNN Money Staff
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- European stocks fell sharply on Monday on renewed fears of a eurozone debt crisis and concerns about the global economy. London's FTSE 100 (UKX) index finished its trading session down 3.2%, while France's CAC 40 (CAC40) dropped 4%. In Germany, the DAX (DAX) shed 5.3%. The move followed more moderate drops in Asia's stock markets. Japan's Nikkei 225 (N225) index finished Monday trading down 1.9%, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng (HSI) index shed 3% for the day. "Europe's faltering management of its crisis is starting to blur the line between a banking crisis and a euro...
  • Never Fight a Land War in Asia

    09/01/2011 5:43:07 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Stratfor ^ | George Friedman
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, speaking at West Point, said last week that “Any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should have his head examined.” In saying this, Gates was repeating a dictum laid down by Douglas MacArthur after the Korean War, who urged the United States to avoid land wars in Asia. Given that the United States has fought four major land wars in Asia since World War II — Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq — none of which had...
  • Wealthy Europeans back Warren Buffett's call for higher taxes on the rich

    08/30/2011 5:12:23 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 26 replies
    pMSNBC ^ | 8/30/11 | Staff
    Wealthy people across Europe are following in billionaire Warren Buffett's footsteps by calling for higher taxes on the rich. In Germany, a group of 50 people, called "The Wealthy for a Capital Levy," have urged Chancellor Angela Merkel to make people like them pay more in taxes and "stop the gap between rich and poor getting even bigger," The Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday. In France, 16 of the country's wealthiest people, including billionaire L'Oreal heiress Lilliane Bettencourt and oil company Total's chief executive Christophe de Margerie signed a petition calling for wealthy people to make a "special contribution" to the...
  • Less educated Americans turning their backs on religion

    08/20/2011 10:40:22 PM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies
    American Sociological Association ^ | August 21, 2011 | Unknown
    LAS VEGAS — While religious service attendance has decreased for all white Americans since the early 1970s, the rate of decline has been more than twice as high for those without college degrees compared to those who graduated from college, according to new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. "Our study suggests that the less educated are dropping out of the American religious sector, similarly to the way in which they have dropped out of the American labor market," said lead researcher W. Bradford Wilcox, a professor of sociology at the University...
  • Nouriel Roubini warns of Global Recession Risk

    08/17/2011 3:59:40 PM PDT · by fortress · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/11/2011 6:42:02 PM | Big Interview (Video)
    Roubini Warns of Global Recession Risk Economist Nouriel Roubini says the risk of a global recession is greater than 50 percent, and the next two to three months will reveal the economy's direction. In an interview with WSJ's Simon Constable, Roubini also says he's putting his money in cash. "This is not the time to be in risky assets," he says.
  • Belgium, France, Italy, Spain Overrule European Regulator, To Impose Standalone Short-Selling Bans

    08/11/2011 4:34:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-11-11 | Tyler Durden
    Stop the presses. Barely did we have time to report that European regulators failed to impose a coordinated short selling ban, that Bloomberg reports that the countries most impact by the market plunge are about to impose standalone short-selling bans. These are Belgium, Italy, Spain and France. In other words, it really is on and the 2008 Lehman PTSD flashbacks may now resume. Until we get a headline that says it isn't. The rescue of the Borsa Italian is now more schizophrenic than that of Greece. As a reminder, in the previous post the FT quoted Abraham Lioui, a professor...
  • Obama Has Nearly Achieved His European Welfare State, But we cannot pay for it

    08/05/2011 11:19:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Forbes ^ | 8/5/11 | Paul Roderick Gregory,
    The debt-ceiling brouhaha diverts attention from the most fundamental economic issue we face: Do we want a European-style welfare state? If we do, how in the world are we going to pay for it? Presidential candidate Barack Obama called for "hope and change," but he was deliberately vague on the "fundamental change" part. In speeches as president both at home and abroad, he appeared to reject American exceptionalism and intimated we have much to learn from Europe, especially its cradle-to-grave welfare state. Obama's juggernaut passage of universal health care, despite severe budget and employment problems and the loss of his...
  • EU: Italy, the last battleground

    07/12/2011 9:31:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    La Repubblica, Rome ^ | 7/12/2011 | Maurizio Ricci
    Although Italy’s economic indicators are better than other countries', hedge funds have chosen to attack it because of the country’s huge public debt andThe last battleground stagnant growth. The fall of the eurozone’s third largest economy would deal a fatal blow to the common currency while providing enormous profit opportunities to speculators. At the Milan stock exchange, 11 July 2011 by Maurizio Ricci The Battle of the Euro has truly begun. Edward Altman, analyst for Classis Capital, forecast a month ago already that: “The final battle for the survival of the euro will be held, not in Spain but on...
  • Is the British roundabout conquering the US?

    07/01/2011 9:59:00 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 138 replies
    BBC News ^ | 30th June 2011 | Tom Geoghegan
    'A roundabout revolution is slowly sweeping the US. The land of the car, where the stop sign and traffic light have ruled for decades, has started to embrace the free-flowing British circular. A few moments after entering Carmel, it's clear why the city has been described as the Milton Keynes of the US. As the sat-nav loudly and regularly points out, there's often a roundabout up ahead. But unlike in the English town famous for them, driving into this pretty city on the outskirts of Indianapolis also involves passing several more under construction. The city is at the forefront of...
  • Berlin unwilling to accept refugees

    04/11/2011 9:58:14 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 4/11/2011
    "Refugees ought not to come to Germany," announces Die Welt. The position that Berlin is expected to adopt when European interior ministers meet to discuss immigration on 11 April is unlikely to be welcomed by Italy which has called for solidarity in the drive to cope with thousands of immigrants who have recently arrived from North Africa. “Italy’s dirty tricks amount to unacceptable blackmail," remarks the conservative daily, which nonetheless acknowledges that "it is inadmissible that Italy and Malta pay the price for changes that are in all of Europe’s interest." For Die Welt, Europe should come together to invest...
  • China vehicle maker to open plant in Kenya

    04/10/2011 7:31:58 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 21 replies
    China’s vehicle manufacturer Foton is setting up an assembly plant in Kenya in what is set to heighten the battle between China and Western nations for business in Kenya. The Sh1.2 billion assembly plant is expected to churn out 10,000 units of prime movers, tippers, buses, pick-ups, and light commercial trucks per year, making it one of the biggest foreign direct investments by a Chinese company. Foton said it is setting up the plant to avoid paying a 25 per cent import duty on cars to allow in its low cost products putting it in a head-to-head battle with Japanese...
  • European Left Applying Libya Precedent to Israel, Calling for Military Action

    03/27/2011 12:38:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 3/27/11 | Omri Ceren
    This could not have been more predictable: The junior partner in the Norwegian government, the Socialist Left Party of Kristin Halvorsen, (Sosialistisk Venstreparti), plans to vote on a measure calling for military action against Israel if it decides to act against the Hamas in Gaza… Here is the less than lucid reasoning behind the motion: The credibility of the world community in its confrontation with the Gadafi regime is undermined when there is no reaction against other states in the region who commit injustices against civil population.
  • New European Union school calendar omits Christian holidays

    01/16/2011 7:56:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies · 1+ views
    CNA ^ | 1/16/11 | CNA
    Strasbourg, France, Jan 14, 2011 / 02:11 pm (CNA).- A 2011-2012 school calendar published by the European Union has omitted Christian holidays, while continuing to note important Jewish and Muslim celebrations. The European Union has printed three million copies of the calendar which will be distributed free-of-charge to students who request them. Former French politician and government minister, Christine Boutin, wrote in her blog Jan. 11 that the calendar leaves out Christianity, “the religion practiced or recognized as forming the cultural assembly of our ‘old’ continent.” Boutin is a consultant for the Pontifical Council for the Family, as well as...
  • More than half of European adults overweight: study

    12/07/2010 2:34:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/10 | AFP
    BRUSSELS (AFP) – More than half of European adults are now overweight and too many children smoke or are obese, raising the risk of cancer or heart attacks, a European health report showed Tuesday. Just over 15 percent of adults in the European Union are obese, a rate that has more than doubled over the past 20 years in most EU states, the study found. The obesity rate ranges from less than 10 percent in Romania and Italy to more than 20 percent in Britain, Ireland and Malta, said the report issued by the European Commission and the Organisation for...
  • The European 'dream’ has finally collided with reality

    11/20/2010 10:31:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    telegraph.uk ^ | 11/20/10 | Christopher Booker
    The drive towards a European superstate has had its flaws exposed at last, says Christopher Booker. The collapse of the euro: The most obvious place for disintegration to begin was the single currency Twelve years ago, I stood on the plinth of Nelson’s Column in the pouring rain, addressing a crowd of 10,000 people. We had marched through central London in the biggest ever demonstration against Britain joining the euro, a course then being daily urged on us by the BBC, with the aid of such Euro-zealots as Michael Heseltine, Chris Patten, Kenneth Clarke and Sir Leon Brittan. At the...
  • 'The US Has Lived on Borrowed Money for Too Long'

    11/09/2010 8:51:54 AM PST · by skimbell · 26 replies
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | 11/08/2010 | Interview With German Finance Minister Schäuble
    In an interview with SPIEGEL, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, 68, criticizes US calls for Germany to reduce exports, outlines his plans for an insolvency framework for indebted European nations and the emphasizes the significance of the German-French axis for Europe...
  • European Modeling (A much-maligned region is far more heterogeneous than you might think)

    11/05/2010 6:48:22 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/05/2010 | Duncan Currie
    France has been convulsed by violent demonstrations against modest pension reforms. Britain is imposing a tough fiscal “austerity” regime to plug a cavernous budget gap. Crisis-torn Greece is struggling to avoid a sovereign-debt default. Ireland, Portugal, and Spain are grappling with their own major-league financial woes. Is it fair to say that the much-ballyhooed European model is crumbling? That depends on which “European model” you’re referring to. Though Western Europe is often lazily portrayed as a monolithic bastion of welfare-state sclerosis, it is in fact robustly heterogeneous. France has a brittle pension system and rigid labor markets, but the Dutch,...
  • A View From Europe: An Italian Jurist’s Observations About The New Black Panther Case

    10/31/2010 2:06:30 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 29 replies
    The Bulletin ^ | 10-31-10 | Rosa Anna Tremoglie
    The controversy surrounding the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case is disconcerting. The allegations that the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is not enforcing civil rights laws in a race-neutral manner is disturbing on several levels - as a European, an Italian, a woman and a judge. The accusations made by two Justice Department attorneys who worked in the Civil Rights Division ...
  • NAACP and It's "Usefulness"

    10/29/2010 12:57:42 PM PDT · by Meggers · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Flagged For Removal ^ | 10/29/2010 | Meg Kelso
    If I weren't getting so used to the inequity of political correctness, I would be stunned at this: http://www.blackpeoplemeet.com/index.cfm The Fresh Prince happened to be on TV while I was surfing the Internet and of course, the commercials are aimed toward the largest audience for such programming, black people. For a moment my jaw dropped as I watched the commercial that caught my attention as soon as I heard "black people meet" in the background. To be sure, I checked http://www.whitepeoplemeet.com/ and was redirected to a dating site for Generation X'ers that never once mentioned race. I don't know why...
  • Planned Mosque Sparks Controversy in Russia

    10/21/2010 1:47:58 PM PDT · by FromLori · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 10/19/10 | Maxim Kireev
    The leaders of Moscow's 1.5 million strong Muslim community say they desperately need more places of worship. But a plan to build a new mosque has run into local opposition which is being fuelled by nationalists calling for a "clean Moscow" without Muslims and foreigners. Small trees are supposed to be keeping the Muslims out of Tekstilshchiki, a district in south eastern Moscow. A young man sets to work with his shovel, pushing it into the earth with a determined kick. Then he places a seedling into the hole and sprinkles earth over it. Using her watering can, Maria Sotova...
  • Prominent European Islamic Terrorist Renounces Extremism

    10/19/2010 8:48:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Atlantic ^ | 10/19/10 | Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
    A key figure in one of Europe's most infamous Islamic extremist networks has written a public letter renouncing whole swathes of the ideology that led him to try to murder non-believers. On Saturday a Dutch newspaper published what Jason Walters, an imprisoned member of the Netherlands-based "Hofstad Group," calls a "review document." The letter offers a window into the mind of a man who dedicated his life to spreading a militant version of Islam, by force when he deemed it necessary. It joins a small but important list of similar recantations, which have become a tool for counterterrorism officials seeking
  • Italy to become next European country to ban burka

    10/07/2010 3:07:57 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:41 PM on 7th October 2010 | By Nick Pisa
    Italy is set to become the next European country to ban the burka after a government report ruled in favour of the proposed legislation. MPs from the anti-immigration Northern League party, a member of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s ruling right wing coalition, have presented the proposal in a bill.
  • Fed, ECB throwing world into chaos: Stiglitz

    10/06/2010 8:55:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 5, 2010 | Walter Brandimarte
    Ultra-loose monetary policies by the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank are throwing the world into "chaos" rather than helping the global economic recovery, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said on Tuesday. A "flood of liquidity" from the Fed and the ECB is bringing instability to foreign-exchange markets, forcing countries such as Japan and Brazil to defend its exporters... "The irony is that the Fed is creating all this liquidity with the hope that it will revive the American economy," Stiglitz said. "It's doing nothing for the American economy, but it's causing chaos over the rest of the world....
  • Airport Lobbies Possible Terror Targets in European Plot, Official Says

    10/04/2010 5:32:30 AM PDT · by facedodge · 68 replies
    abcnews.com ^ | RICHARD ESPOSITO, RHONDA SCHWARTZ and MEGAN CHUCHMACH
    Airport Lobbies Possible Terror Targets in European Plot, Official Says Mounting 'Chatter' by Jihadi Extremists Has Law Enforcement Nervous Among the possible targets in the suspected European terror plot are pre-security areas in at least five major European airports, a law enforcement official told ABC News. Authorities believe terror teams are preparing to mount a commando like attack featuring small units and small firearms modeled after the Mumbai attack two years ago. The State Department issued a highly unusual "Travel Alert" Sunday for "potential terrorist attacks in Europe," saying U.S. citizens are "reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack...
  • Mystery trader buys all Europe's cocoa

    07/17/2010 1:00:51 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 78 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/17/2010 | Jonathan Sibun and Harry Wallop
    Even Willy Wonka might struggle to use this much chocolate. Yesterday, somebody bought 241,000 tonnes of cocoa beans. The purchase was enough to move the entire global cocoa market, sending the price to the highest level since 1977, and triggering rumours and intrigue in the City. It is unclear which person, or group of traders, was behind the deal, but it was the largest single cocoa trade for 14 years. The cocoa beans, which are sitting in warehouses either in The Netherlands, Hamburg, or closer to home in London, Liverpool or Humberside is equivalent to the entire supply of the...
  • ANOTHER AID VESSEL TO ARRIVE FROM LEBANON

    06/05/2010 11:22:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 45 replies · 789+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 06.06.10, 07:44 / Israel News | Roee Nahmias
    SNIPPET: "Free Palestine Movement, Reporters with Borders say plan to send ship carrying dozens of activists, European MPs to Gaza as early as next weekend" SNIPPET: "The Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara ship and the Irish-owned Rachel Corrie ship are not alone: Two non-governmental Lebanese organizations announced Saturday that the plan to send an aid vessel of their own to the Gaza Strip as early as next weekend. In a press conference in Beirut, the Free Palestine Movement and Reporters without Borders organization announced that the ship, which will be carrying humanitarian aid, will include passengers interested in expressing their solidarity, as...
  • Clarke and Dawe ask the million dollar questions

    06/04/2010 9:39:30 PM PDT · by Maurice Tift · 5 replies · 398+ views
    KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: Time for John Clarke and Bryan Dawe with a few reflections on Europe's financial woes. BRYAN DAWE: Your name is Roger yes? JOHN CLARKE: Roger. BRYAN DAWE: Ah, that's your name? JOHN CLARKE: Roger. BRYAN DAWE: Good. And what do you do Roger? JOHN CLARKE: I'm a financial consultant. BRYAN DAWE: Ah, financial consultant, eh? JOHN CLARKE: Roger, yes. BRYAN DAWE: Terrific and Roger how is business at the moment? JOHN CLARKE: Not bad thank you. Been a bit quiet lately. BRYAN DAWE: How do you mean lately? JOHN CLARKE: Since the war. Been a bit quiet....
  • ‘Brussels, Capital of the Free World!’: Joe Biden at the European Parliament

    05/19/2010 1:30:56 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 11 replies · 508+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 19 | John Rosethal
    Joe Biden’s May 6 speech to the European Parliament appears to have been largely ignored by the American media, both old and new. The full performance can be viewed below. The video comes complete with images (at 0:18 of the clip) of Biden puffing out his chest as Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” the unofficial EU anthem, is played. ----click on link for amazing video and analysis
  • Europeans Fear Crisis Threatens Liberal Benefits

    05/23/2010 3:58:51 PM PDT · by Leisler · 21 replies · 847+ views
    PARIS — Across Western Europe, the “lifestyle superpower,” the assumptions and gains of a lifetime are suddenly in doubt. The deficit crisis that threatens the euro has also undermined the sustainability of the European standard of social welfare, built by left-leaning governments since the end of World War II. Europeans have boasted about their social model, with its generous vacations and early retirements, its national health care systems and extensive welfare benefits, contrasting it with the comparative harshness of American capitalism. Europeans have benefited from low military spending, protected by NATO and the American nuclear umbrella. They have also translated...
  • Crisis Imperils Liberal Benefits Long Expected by Europeans [Keep Importing More Third World!]

    05/22/2010 5:23:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 595+ views
    NYTimes ^ | May 22nd 2010 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    Crisis Imperils Liberal Benefits Long Expected by Europeans By STEVEN ERLANGER May 22, 2010 PARIS — Across Western Europe, the “lifestyle superpower,” the assumptions and gains of a lifetime are suddenly in doubt. The deficit crisis that threatens the euro has also undermined the sustainability of the European standard of social welfare, built by left-leaning governments since the end of World War II. Europeans have boasted about their social model, with its generous vacations and early retirements, its national health care systems and extensive welfare benefits, contrasting it with the comparative harshness of American capitalism. Europeans have benefited from low...
  • Republicans introduce bill to prevent Euro bailout

    05/14/2010 10:10:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 2,071+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 05/14/2010 | David Weigel
    After a week of preemptive attacks on a possible IMF bailout of Greece, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) introduces the European Bailout Protection Act, aimed at preventing taxpayer dollars from going to a rescue plan. "This legislation would require that countries like Greece cut spending and put their own fiscal house in order," says Pence, backed up by other members of the House GOP, "instead of looking to the United States for a bailout. We face record unemployment and a debt crisis of our own, and American taxpayers should not be forced to bear the risk for nations that have avoided...
  • Europe Crisis Deepens As Chaos Grips Greece

    05/05/2010 4:36:30 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 79 replies · 3,686+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/05/2010 | Wall Street Journal
    ATHENS—Greece's fiscal crisis took a new turn to violence Wednesday when three people died in a firebomb attack amid a paralyzing national strike, while governments from Spain to the U.S. took steps to prevent the widening financial damage from hitting their own economies. U.S. Treasury officials have been quietly urging their European and International Monetary Fund counterparts to put together a Greek rescue plan more quickly to contain the damage, it emerged Wednesday, as U.S. policy makers worry the continent's problems could undermine a U.S. recovery much as U.S. housing woes hammered Europe in 2008. In Spain, rival political leaders...
  • JCall and the Distress of European Jewry

    05/05/2010 10:09:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 154+ views
    commentary ^ | 5/5/10 | Evelyn Gordon
    The new European group JCall raises a disturbing question: how could pro-Israel intellectuals like Alain Finkielkraut and Bernard-Henri Levy support a venture that is simultaneously anti-Israel and intellectually incoherent? JCall presented a petition to the European Parliament this week that asserted that Israel’s future “depends upon” peace with the Palestinians, so the European Union must “put pressure on both parties.” Then, abandoning the pretense of even-handedness, it added: “Systematic support of Israeli government policy is dangerous and does not serve the true interests of the state of Israel.” There was no comparable warning against supporting Palestinian Authority policies, some of...
  • 3,000 European Jewish intellectuals urge end to Israeli settlements

    05/01/2010 11:08:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 598+ views
    haaretz ^ | 5/2/10 | staff
    A new leftist European Jewish group, JCall, has written a letter to be delivered Sunday to the European Parliament calling for a cessation of what it calls systematic support for Israeli government decisions. JCall, which describes itself as "the European J Street" and is to be officially launched Sunday with the presentation of the letter, has raised a storm with its call to stop construction in West Bank settlements and East Jerusalem.
  • Vacationing a human right, EU chief says

    04/19/2010 2:02:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies · 969+ views
    National Post ^ | April 19, 2010 | Katherine Laidlaw
    The European Union has declared travelling a human right, and is launching a scheme to subsidize vacations with taxpayers' dollars for those too poor to afford their own trips. Antonio Tajani, the European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry, proposed a strategy that could cost European taxpayers hundreds of millions of euros a year.
  • European airlines test skies, press to end ban (no damage found on test flights)

    04/18/2010 3:02:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 956+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/18/10 | Arthur Max - ap
    AMSTERDAM – Major airlines that sent test flights into European air space found no damage Sunday from the volcanic ash that has paralyzed aviation over the continent, raising pressure on governments to ease restrictions that have thrown global travel and commerce into chaos. Is it safe to fly yet? Airline officials and some pilots say the passengerless test flights show that it is. Meteorologists warn that the skies over Europe remain unstable from an Icelandic volcano that continues to spew ash capable of knocking out jet engines. European Union officials said air traffic could return to half its normal level...