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  • PMW: PA Adopts ‘One State Solution’ as Official Policy (i.e. Palestinian Authority)

    05/21/2015 3:40:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 5/21/2015, 1:55 PM | Shimon Cohen
    While Israeli politicians continue to debate the merits of the “two-state solution,” their Palestinian interlocutors have long moved beyond that model for the solution of the Middle East conflict. For Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the idea of a “greater Palestine”—that would stretch from “the river to the sea”—is now an official policy. If this policy had until now been elucidated verbally in Arabic, by “minor” government officials—allowing the PA to say that they had been speaking out of turn or voicing personal opinions—it has now taken on a much more official persona. In a series of videos and images...
  • Stockholm municipality voted for a program to help returning ISIS-warriors back into society

    05/19/2015 2:51:37 PM PDT · by ConfusedSwede · 17 replies
    SVT - Swedish Television ^ | Rebecca Randhawa Bergmark
    On Tuesday, clubbed the City of Stockholm through a strategy against extremism. The goal is to prevent terrorist travel, but also to deal with returning the IS-fighters using different types of support. But the strategy may be severely criticized by the opposition.
  • The Fairest Referendum Money Can Buy

    05/19/2015 1:37:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Mercator.net ^ | 5/19/15 | Michael Cook
    As Friday’s referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland approaches, attention has turned to the funding behind the Yes campaign. A petition has been launched which says that “this push for same-sex marriage in Ireland has not at all been a ‘home-grown’ phenomenon, but, rather, a carefully-orchestrated and massively well-funded assault on the natural family, coming from private American funding”. In most countries funding local politics with overseas money would be as popular with voters as barbecuing puppydogs at a school fair. But not, apparently, in Ireland. A charity founded by Irish-American businessman Chuck Feeney, Atlantic Philanthropies, cheerfully acknowledges that it...
  • I Wish The Obama Admin Were as Concerned With Death Sentences Against Iranian Bloggers...

    05/17/2015 8:45:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    I Wish The Obama Admin Were as Concerned With Death Sentences Against Iranian Bloggers As They Are With Ex-Egyptian PresidentsThe State Department has expressed deep concern with the death sentence handed out against former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for his role in the 2011 Muslim Brotherhood prison break. Of course, an argument can be made that a death sentence against Morsi would turn him into a martyr not only for the Muslim Brotherhood, but for human rights activists. Not that Morsi was overly concerned with human rights when he was in power, but Morsi was democratically elected and disposed of...
  • NGO Monitor Unveils EU’s Biased Role in the Peace Process (Israel)

    05/19/2015 9:38:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 5/20/2015, 12:15 AM | Elad Benari
    The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, will arrive for a visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday, and in advance of that visit, the NGO Monitor group has published an analysis of a key EU policy paper, showing the EU’s flawed assessment and understanding of Israeli society. The EU’s External Action Service 2014 Israel ENP Progress report, published in March and addressing the EU-Israel relationship as part of the “European Neighborhood Policy,” uncritically relies on the claims of political NGOs and all but ignores violence against Israelis, the organization noted. “It is astonishing to...
  • Russia Bans NATO Military Transit To Afghanistan

    05/19/2015 4:00:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | 5-19-2015 | MINA
    Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has revoked a decree that allowed delivery of NATO military equipment to Afghanistan through Russian territory. According to the official document, signed by Medvedev and published on Monday, all previous decisions on NATO cargo transit to Afghanistan have now been revoked. This includes an act allowing delivery of military hardware and equipment via rail, motor vehicles, or through Russian airspace. The Russian Foreign Ministry has been ordered to inform all the countries involved.
  • Citizens of Ireland: Vote 'No' on Friday's Marriage Referendum

    05/19/2015 9:17:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | May 19, 2015 | Fran Griffin - press release
    WASHINGTON, May 19, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- This following op-ed by columnist, Craig Turner, is being issued by the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation. Mr. Turner, a widely-published writer, is the author of "Words of Faith" and "Words of Hope."On Friday, May 22, Ireland will vote upon an issue that has vexed both the United States and Europe: same-sex "marriage." While many Irish may believe that following the path already taken by some countries would be correct, the logic behind same-sex marriage is lacking. For example, proponents of same-sex marriage have labeled those who adhere to traditional marriage as bigots and haters....
  • Muslim Rape Gangs, Terrorists as 'Pop-Idols,' and the Trafficking of Children

    05/18/2015 12:10:52 PM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    Right Side News ^ | May 17, 2015 | Soeren Kern
    A Month of Islam in Britain: April 2015 • "The boys want to be like them [jihadists] and the girls want to be with them. That's what they used to say about the Beatles... [Muslim teenagers] see their own lives as poor by comparison, and don't realize they are being used." — Nazir Afzal, Britain's leading Muslim prosecutor. •"The extreme views of a 'racist, homophobe and anti-Semite' who supports killing non-Muslims and 'stoning adulterers' are being made available to prison imams and prisoners...with the blessing of [prison] authorities." — Newsweek magazine. •"Mohammed was selling me for Ł250 to paedophiles from...
  • French Mayor Pushes for New Law to Ban Islam: “We must ban the Muslim faith in France.”

    05/18/2015 12:09:48 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 33 replies
    Tea Party ^ | 5/16/2015 | Theodore Shoebat
    A French mayor, Robert Chardon, is calling for governmental legislation that will ban Islam. He said in a recent statement: We must ban the Muslim faith in France. He also stated, “It’s the only solution for most of France’s problems,” and, “We also need a Marshall Plan to send Muslims to countries where the religion is practiced.” This man is the mayor of Venelles, a French town with a population of about 8,000 people, and he is more righteous than any of the politicians in Paris. It is amazing how small town people have a better understanding of how to...
  • Jihadi John Tells Terrorists to Wage War on UK Streets

    05/18/2015 12:33:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 17th May 2015 | Joe Hinton
    JIHADI John has told UK-based followers to wage a bloody war on Britain’s streets.The Isis executioner, who has been unmasked as British national Mohammed Emwazi, has sent dozens of secret messages to Islamic State supporters. He urges them to carry out attacks in revenge for RAF strikes in Syria. In one encrypted message he calls on fellow Muslims to make Britain pay for killing “brothers” in Syria. In another, the killer – who was filmed beheading hostages including Brits Alan Henning and David Haines – uses the phrase “behead the infidel”. The messages were intercepted by codebreakers who hacked into...
  • EU Denounces Morsi Death Sentence

    05/17/2015 8:14:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 5/18/2015, 5:13 AM | Ben Ariel
    The European Union (EU) on Sunday denounced the death sentence handed down to Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi and at least 100 others, noting the penalty stemmed from a flawed trial, according to AFP. “The court decision to seek the death penalty… was taken at the end of a mass trial that was not in line with Egypt’s obligations under international law,” the EU’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini said in a statement. She added that Egypt has to guarantee defendants’ rights to a fair trial and to an independent investigation, noting the EU believes the sentence will be revised upon...
  • Fearing Russian expansion, Baltic nations step up military exercises

    05/16/2015 3:09:43 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2015 | Michael Birnbaum
    TAPA, Estonia — A year ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin seized Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula because he said he feared NATO’s expansion. This week, U.S. tanks were cutting up the Estonian countryside just 65 miles from the Russian border in response to local fears about Russia’s expansionism. From destroyers in the Baltic Sea to paratroopers over Georgia’s skies to camouflaged reservists in Estonia’s birch forests, drills across the former Eastern Bloc this past week were a stark new sign of worries about Kremlin aggression. Estonia in recent days held its biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War, and...
  • Baltic countries to ask NATO for thousands of permanent troops

    05/16/2015 6:41:25 PM PDT · by robowombat · 39 replies
    The three Baltic states have written a letter to NATO asking for hundreds of soliders to be stationed in each country. They have expressed fears of possible aggression from Moscow. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia announced on Thursday that they would petition NATO to permanently station troops throughout the Baltic region as Russia has done little to allay concerns that it may pose a threat to its three small neighbors. "Russia sees NATO as its main nemesis and this has put the Baltic countries on the front line, so to say," said Roland Murof, speaking for the Estonian defense ministry. "Hence,...
  • Jewish Groups Deplore Greek Demand to Remove Star of David From Holocaust Memorial

    05/17/2015 1:26:18 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    The Algermeiner ^ | May 15, 2015
    Jewish groups expressed “shock” on Friday over news that the unveiling of a Holocaust monument in Kavala, Greece was delayed because locals reportedly sought the removal of a Jewish star. -snip- The monument in question memorializes the 1,484 Jews of Kavala who were exterminated during the Nazi occupation of Greece in World War II. The monument was set to be unveiled when, just two days before, the mayor and a majority at the city council insisted on the removal of the image of a Star of David from the memorial. Meanwhile, Greek Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture, Education,...
  • Church of Scotland Votes To Let Deacons And Ministers Have Same Sex Civil Partnerships

    05/16/2015 5:25:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | May 16, 2015 | Nicola Harley
    Church of Scotland Votes To Let Deacons And Ministers Have Same Sex Civil Partnerships Vote maintains Church's traditional view of marriage between a man and woman, but allows individual congregations to "opt out" By Nicola Harley 16 May 2015 The Church of Scotland has voted in favour of allowing people in same sex civil partnerships to be called as ministers and deacons. The decision was made by the General Assembly on the Mound in Edinburgh on Saturday, where the motion was passed by 309 votes in favour and 182 against. The outcome is the culmination of years of deliberation within...
  • Greek PM warned lenders of not repaying IMF debt in May: report

    05/16/2015 3:14:58 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had at one stage warned foreign creditors that Athens would not repay 750 million euros due to the IMF in May unless they provided it with immediate liquidity, the Kathimerini newspaper reported on Saturday.
  • EU targets Syrian middleman it says bought oil from ISIS

    03/10/2015 5:18:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    ynet news.com ^ | 03.08.15 | Reuters
    The European Union has imposed sanctions on a Syrian businessman who it says has bought oil for Syria from ISIS that the government in Damascus has declared to be its enemy.
  • Shortsighted Vatican--The Vatican channels war against Israel

    05/15/2015 11:47:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Jpost editorial: Shortsighted Vatican By JPOST EDITORIAL BOARD 05/14/2015 The Vatican announced this week that it was poised to sign a treaty with the Palestinian political leadership. The Vatican announced this week that it was poised to sign a treaty with the Palestinian political leadership, representing what was referred to in official Holy See documents as the “State of Palestine.” News media played up the announcement, with The New York Times calling the specific mention of a “State of Palestine” a “significant symbolic weight to an intensifying Palestinian push for international support for sovereignty that bypasses the paralyzed negotiations with...
  • Hamas Wants Reparations from UK for Israel

    05/16/2015 9:10:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/16/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]Also Hitler’s corpse would like reparations for not being allowed to conquer London.Considering that British rule helped bring in Muslim illegal aliens into the historical Jewish homeland, who then refused to leave and began killing people, Israel can then demand reparations from the UK for Hamas.Or maybe the UK can just resettle Hamas in Tower Hamlets. No one would notice the difference [2]. Hamas official Essam Adwan stated Friday that Britain “paved the way” for a “Zionist takeover” by preventing Palestinians from establishing an armed resistance against Jews in 1947 and by weakening the local economy and education system.The...
  • German firms eager to access Japan’s defense market

    05/14/2015 9:26:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 14.05.2015 | Julian Ryall
    Japan is hosting its first ever international defense industry trade exhibition and conference, further emphasizing the government’s sharp departure from a 70-year self-imposed ban on the export of defense-related equipment by Japanese firms as well as collaborations with foreign defense companies. […] Firms from the United States are much in evidence, inevitable given Japan’s close security alliance with its Pacific partner, but a number of German companies are testing the waters of a new and potentially lucrative market. […] Not all of Japan’s neighbors have welcomed what they claim is a return to the aggressive nationalism of the early decades...
  • Visit to Germany: Gov. Walker says world will be better with trade agreement

    05/14/2015 9:03:37 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Fox6Now.com ^ | April 14, 2015
    MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tells a German audience that young people around the world will be stronger if a new trade agreement between the United States and the European Union can be reached.Walker made his comments Tuesday at the Hannover Messe trade show.A recording of his comments provided to The Associated Press shows the likely Republican presidential candidate voiced his support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. Negotiations between the U.S. and EU began on it in 2013 but many Europeans remain skeptical over concerns about environmental protections, labor security and other issues.Walker referenced...
  • Russia to Help Palestine Become Independent State – Putin [Ezekiel 38]

    05/13/2015 9:57:53 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 3/28/2015 | Staff
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia will help Palestine in achieving its goal of becoming an independent state with the capital in East Jerusalem, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday in his address to the Arab League summit participants. “Russia will continue contributing to the attainment of this goal [Palestine’s independence], working through bilateral channels and through multilateral channels, including in the ‘Quartet’ of international mediators,” Putin said. The Quartet comprising Russia, the United States, the United Nations and the European Union, was established in 2002, aiming to reach a long-term peace agreement between Israel and Palestinians. The Russian president stressed on...
  • Germany eyes modest tax cut next year

    05/09/2015 4:49:38 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    expatica.com ^ | 7th May 2015 | AFP
    ... In January, the German government said that in 2014 it had managed to balance its books for the first time since 1969, a year ahead of target.
  • NATO reportedly expels dozens of alleged Russian spies from Brussels headquarters

    05/12/2015 3:15:59 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    NATO reportedly has moved to expel dozens of suspected Russian spies from its headquarters in Brussels in the latest sign of a renewal of tensions between the western military alliance and Moscow. The Guardian reported that NATO decided last month to mandate that all non-member state delegations reduce their staff to no more than 30 people. The new rule only affected Russia, though estimates of the exact number of Russian delegates vary. The Kremlin says it has only 37 people accredited to work in Brussels. However, a diplomat from a NATO member state told The Guardian that in fact 61...
  • EU institutions use ‘data privacy’ to stymie transparency

    05/12/2015 6:22:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11 May 2015 17:16 | Honor Mahony
    EU ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has accused the EU insitutions of being too ready to use the data protection “shield” as an argument against being more transparent. “Data protection is viewed as a major shield against transparency in these institutions. I see it on so many levels,” she said at a public discussion on Brussels lobbying on Wednesday (11 May). She noted that while in some member states a distinction is made between an official acting in their private capacity and acting as a public servant, “that distinction is far too blurred” in Brussels. Her remarks were directed at EU commissioner...
  • Alexandre Lamfalussy, helped found euro currency, dies at 86

    05/11/2015 9:08:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 11, 2015 11:50 AM EDT
    Belgian economist Alexandre Lamfalussy, who headed the institution that became the European Central Bank and was credited as one of the founders of the shared euro currency, has died at age 86. […] Lamfalussy headed the Frankfurt-based European Monetary Institute from 1994-97. The institute laid the groundwork for the creation of a supranational central bank to manage the new currency. The institute became the European Central Bank in July 1998, under its first president, Wim Duisenberg. The euro was introduced on Jan. 1, 1999, with 11 member countries. …
  • Gunmen in Macedonia had planned many attacks, leader says

    05/10/2015 3:27:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    An armed group battling Macedonian police over the weekend left 22 people dead and aimed to destabilize the country with terror attacks, the country's president declared Sunday in a nationwide television address. ... "Police have prevented coordinated terrorist attacks at different locations in the country that would cause serious destabilization, chaos and fear," Ivanov said. "The members of the group are extremists and criminals with remarkable military training and skills. That's why we have paid such a high price with the loss of lives." The attacks left at least 22 people dead, including eight police and 14 attackers Interior Ministry...
  • Switzerland shooting: Several killed in Swiss canton of Aargau, police say

    05/10/2015 1:35:32 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 26 replies
    Several people have been killed in a shooting in the Swiss canton of Aargau, police say.
  • Germany’s Dilemma: Critics Want Tougher Berlin Stance Against Israel (barf)

    05/07/2015 7:20:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | May 06, 2015 – 07:42 PM | Nicola Abé, Christiane Hoffmann, Horand Knaup, René Pfister and Christoph Schult
    Relations between Germany and Israel are at a crossroads. Is it possible for the German government to continue to steadfastly support the country even as Jerusalem continues to refuse to allow the Palestinians to establish their own state? […] In Berlin a debate is unfolding over whether the old rules still apply in dealing with Israel, only this time it is not being led by right-wing firebrands or errant left-wingers, who have always viewed Israel as a satellite of American imperialism. Instead, these issues are being raised by outspoken friends of Israel. […] Nearly all Palestinian construction projects are turned...
  • British Artists Boycott Israel As One Million British Girls Are Raped by Muslim Gangs

    02/14/2015 10:16:17 PM PST · by juliosevero · 17 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    British Artists Boycott Israel As One Million British Girls Are Raped by Muslim Gangs By Julio Severo In an initiative called “Artists for Palestine,” some 700 British artists, including Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach and Richard Ashcroft, made a pledge, February 14, to boycott Israel in reaction to what they termed “the Palestinian catastrophe,” according to the Jerusalem Post. Catastrophe? It is what is happening around Israel. Syria, Iraq and other Islamic nations around Israel are suffering: Muslims are killing Christians. In all the Muslim nations in the Middle East, the same pattern has repeated itself...
  • Rotherham Victim: We Were ‘Sacrificed’ by British Left

    02/13/2015 8:19:47 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/13/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    How child rape gangs were allowed to flourish to protect the leftist political establishment The horrific story of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, England, has taken another tawdry turn. “Jessica,” who was victimized as a child, insists local politicians “buried the truth to suit their own ends.” “I’ve said all along that this has been about two things—money and power,” she explained. “Girls like me were sacrificed because no one wanted the boat rocked because they knew it’d cost them votes if the finger of blame was pointed and because they thought we were worthless.” The votes to which Jessica...
  • One Million Child Victims of Muslim Rape Gangs in the U.K.?

    02/09/2015 8:42:30 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/09/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    A national disaster sweeps Britain In a gut-wrenching development, it may turn out that last year’s report detailing a decade-and-a-half of sexual exploitation inflicted on at least 1,400 children from Rotherham, England—and the PC-driven effort to cover it up—may represent the proverbial tip of the iceberg. The city’s Labor MP Sarah Champion believes as many as one million children may have been victimized, describing it as a “national disaster” that requires the establishment of a task force to deal with the “horror.” Champion picks up the story following the release of a report, titled “The Independent Inquiry Into Child Exploitation...
  • Child sex abuse gangs could have assaulted ONE MILLION youngsters in the UK

    02/07/2015 10:19:25 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 10 replies
    Rotherham’s Labour MP Sarah Champion describes it as a “national disaster” and is demanding a taskforce to fight the “horror"
  • UK: Hundreds more Muslim rape gang cases discovered; authorities still hiding them

    02/04/2015 1:39:50 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 25 replies
    Jihad Watch citing sky news ^ | February 4, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    “Six months on we’ve had no arrests, we’ve had no charges, evidence is still being lost….It’s still going on if not worse, because now they’re having to hide it more. I’m still seeing my abusers driving young girls in their car. They’re untouchable.” And they’re untouchable because the British authorities have yet to tackle, and may never tackle, what really makes them untouchable. What makes these rapists and sex traffickers untouchable is the prevailing culture — not just in Britain, but in the U.S. also, and all over the West — that consigns all concerns about the activity of Muslims,...
  • Danes about life in Muslim ghetto: “One is spat upon, thrown stones at or beaten”

    05/06/2015 3:06:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    10 News ^ | 5/4/2015
    “Aarhus (2nd biggest city in Denmark) has a master plan for changing the ghetto. The price for the plan is several billion kroner. It aims to transform the city’s major ghetto Gellerupparken into an attractive town which the Danes will like to live in.Gellerupparken has for decades been notorious as a lawless area where gang crime and disorderly conduct with vandalism and arson are wide spread.Gellerupparken is also increasingly being populated by devout Muslims who work to shape the region toward a parallel society where norms and social behavior is increasingly shaped by Islamic law, Sharia.Just 10 years ago there...
  • NATO starts anti submarine exercise in North Sea as tension with Russia rise

    05/04/2015 3:02:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    reuters.com ^ | May 4, 2015 | Balazs Koranyi
    NATO launched one of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea on Monday, inviting non-member Sweden for the first time, amid increasing tensions between Russia and its northern neighbors. More than a dozen vessels from 11 countries are participating in the "Dynamic Mongoose" exercise. NATO will simulate detecting and attacking submarines in one of the most hostile seas, with rugged but shallow underwater canyons, rapid currents and unusually high sound pollution from freshwater pouring in from Norway's fjords. Tensions have run high since Russia annexed part of Ukraine last year, with the three small Baltic states, who also rely...
  • Finland Contacts 900,000 Military Reservists In Case Of Crisis Situation

    05/04/2015 2:54:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | April 5, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    The Finnish Defense Forces is preparing to inform its 900,000 military reservists of their role in the event of mobilization, all the while maintaining the communication has no connection to threats posed by Russia. However, according to journalist Peter Iiskola, this is the first time a letter of this sort has even been sent out in Finland, Newsweek reports. Finland has a small army of around 16,000. In the event of war, this number can swell up to 230,000, drawing from former conscripts. The announcement of the letter, which reservists between ages 20-60 will receive, follows on the heels of...
  • Russia: Massive Capital Flight Continues

    05/03/2015 11:40:01 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    EurasiaNet ^ | April 30, 2015 - 11:52am | EurasiaNet
    Amid Russia’s economic woes, billions of dollars continue to disappear in offshore havens. The net outflow of capital from Russia reached $32.6 billion during the first quarter of 2015, according to the nation’s Central Bank. The bank is now forecasting that capital flight may reach $131 billion by the end of the year. In reporting first quarter numbers, the Central Bank also upwardly revised the 2014 figure for net capital outflow to $154.1 billion from the previously reported $151.5 billion. That figure marks the highest annual total of capital flight since the Central Bank started tracking the trend back in...
  • Labour takes three-point lead over Conservatives ahead of UK election - Survation

    05/04/2015 1:53:15 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Reuters
    The poll showed Labour support was on 34 percent, Conservative support on 31 percent and support for the anti-European Union UK Independence Party was at 17 percent.
  • In Photos: Milan's May Day 'No Expo' Riots

    05/03/2015 5:07:57 PM PDT · by familyop · 8 replies
    Vice.com, Vice Media ^ | May 3, 2015 | Photos by Stefano Santangelo, words by Leonardo Bianchi
    [Photos behind link.] This article originally appeared on VICE Italy Clashes broke out between police and anti-Expo 2015 demonstrators in the northern Italian city of Milan, on May 1st. Expo – a six-month food-themed world fair – has come under fire from protesters, who are angered by a corruption scandal involving senior government and Expo officials. When it secured the rights to host the Expo seven years ago, the Italian government set aside €1.3 billion for that purpose. Now many fear the investment will go directly into the pockets of the corporations involved in the fair, instead of benefiting their...
  • Rioters in Milan smash shopfronts, throw smoke bombs as Expo opens

    05/03/2015 1:00:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 40 replies
    CNBC ^ | 01 May 2015 | Phil Han
    Milan has been waiting since 2008 for this day and now it has finally come—but takeoff for the World Expo 2015 looks to be overshadowed by violent protests. The turnstiles and doors officially opened on Friday in Italy's commercial and fashion capital. But opening day excitement for the six-month-long commercial event wasn't necessarily present among the crowds on Friday. The wet weather may have dampened the number of visitors to the event on its first day—with noticeably empty entrances and security checkpoints. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Milan behind a banner reading "No Expo, Eat the...
  • Greek talks stall over 'red lines' as country fights to remain in eurozone

    05/03/2015 12:13:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Sunday, May 3, 2015 | Szu Ping Chan, and agencies
    Reports claimed the government was prepared to reduce at least three different VAT rates to one, and limit exemptions. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras had opposed the move, claiming that the change would hit poorer people. The country will also press-on with privatisations it had also previously vowed to block, according to reports. However, Syriza has said that demands by creditors to reverse an increase in the minimum wage and cut pensions remain "red lines" that the leftist leadership is unwilling to cross... Mr Sakellaridis said that failure to reach an "honest compromise" with creditors would most likely lead to a...
  • Stunned Greeks React To Initial Capital Controls And The "Decree To Confiscate Reserves

    04/20/2015 7:07:12 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 48 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 04/20/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier today, following weeks of speculation, Greece finally launched the first shot across the bow of capital controls, when it decreed that due to an "extremely urgent and unforeseen need" (ironically the need was quite foreseen since about 2010, but that is a different story), it would be "obliged" to transfer - as in confiscate - "idle cash reserves" located across the country's local governments (i.e., various cities and municipalities) to the Greek central bank. Several hours later the decree which was posted in the government gazette has finally percolated among the population, and the response to what even ordinary...
  • Greece prepares for debt default if talks with creditors fail

    04/14/2015 6:22:37 AM PDT · by mykroar · 7 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 4/13/15 | Kerin Hope and Tony Barber
    Greece is preparing to take the dramatic step of declaring a debt default unless it can reach a deal with its international creditors by the end of April, according to people briefed on the radical leftist government’s thinking. The government, which is rapidly running out of funds to pay public sector salaries and state pensions, has decided to withhold €2.5bn of payments due to the International Monetary Fund in May and June if no agreement is struck, they said. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste...
  • German economy minister calls Greek war reparations request 'stupid'

    04/07/2015 11:45:24 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 7 April 2015 | Reuters in Berlin
    ...Germany has honoured its obligations, including a 115-million deutschmark payment made to Greece in 1960.
  • Greece Nazi occupation: Athens asks Germany for 279bn euros

    04/07/2015 4:29:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 7, 2015
    The Greek government says Germany owes Greece nearly €279bn (Ł204bn; $303bn) in war reparations for the Nazi occupation during World War Two. It is the first time Greece has officially calculated what Germany allegedly owes it for Nazi atrocities and looting during the 1940s. However, the German government says the issue was resolved legally years ago. The new figure given by Greek Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas includes €10.3bn for an occupation loan that the Nazis forced the Bank of Greece to pay. "According to our calculations, the debt linked to German reparations is 278.7bn euros," Mr Mardas told a...
  • Tsipras raises Nazi war reparations claim at Berlin press conference with Merkel

    03/24/2015 5:54:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 23, 2015 | Ian Traynor
    Greece’s leftwing prime minister Alexis Tsipras stood beside German leader Angela Merkel and demanded war reparations over Nazi atrocities in Greece on Monday night, even as the two leaders sought to bury the hatchet following weeks of worsening friction and mud-slinging. “It’s not a material matter, it’s a moral issue,” said Tsipras, unusually insisting on raising the “shadows of the past” at the heart of German power in the gleaming new chancellery in Berlin. It was believed to be the first time a foreign leader had gone to the capital of the reunified Germany to make such a demand.
  • SNP on course to win EVERY seat in Scotland after surging to 54% in the polls as [tr]

    04/29/2015 6:47:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 29, 2015 | Tom McTague
    The SNP could win every single seat in Scotland in next week's General Election, a bombshell poll revealed this morning. Nicola Sturgeon's party has moved 34 points ahead of Labour, according to the pollsters Ipsos MORI, sparking a stark warning from David Cameron that Britain faces being brought to a 'shuddering halt'. If the SNP repeat the result on May 7, it would win all 59 of Scotland's seats – up from just six today. The Prime Minister, speaking in Birmingham today, said the SNP surge risked giving the balance of power to a party which saw Britain as the...
  • Muslim vote could decide 25% of seats [in England]

    04/30/2015 9:50:49 AM PDT · by pabianice · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/30/15 | Slack, et al
    British Muslims could have the decisive vote in a quarter of constituencies, analysis shows. In 159 of the 632 seats, the number of Muslims is greater than the margin of victory in 2010. And this is true among almost half the 193 marginal seats, according to the Henry Jackson Society, which has carried out the first study of the religious breakdown of each seat. There are also 51 constituencies where the number of Hindus is larger than the winning majority five years ago. In addition, there are 15 constituencies, all marginal, where the number of Buddhists is greater than the...
  • Apple says EU probe of Irish tax policy could be ‘material’

    05/01/2015 5:26:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:44pm EDT | Devika Krishna Kumar
    Apple Inc. said the European Commission’s investigation into Ireland’s tax treatment of multinationals could have a “material” impact if it was determined that Dublin’s tax policies represented unfair state aid. Apple said that if the EU’s investigations concluded against Ireland, the company could be required to pay past taxes for up to 10 years “reflective of the disallowed state aid.” The EU began a formal investigation against Ireland in June last year for alleged state aid to Apple. …