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  • Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam network targeted NATO radar base in Turkey

    03/03/2015 2:11:05 AM PST · by piasa · 5 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | August 22, 2014 | BAYRAM KAYA
    Operatives of a secretive Iran-backed terrorist network in Turkey scouted the area hosting a radar site in Malatya's Kürecik district that is part of a NATO early warning radar system, an ongoing investigation has revealed. According to an 854-page police investigation on the Tawhid-Salam terror network obtained by Today's Zaman, witness testimony provided to the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office on March 22, 2013 indicated that suspects tied to Iranian intelligence had collected information about Kürecik. The witness said many front companies with the cover of legitimate businesses such as real estate agencies or bookstores had been established in Malatya by...
  • Tesla should stop accepting subsidies says WSJ

    03/01/2015 6:40:39 PM PST · by thackney · 43 replies
    ecomento.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | STEVE HANLEY
    The European edition of The Wall Street Journal has said in an editorial that Tesla Motors should stop accepting federal and state subsidies. “Last year Tesla made a roughly $150 million killing from selling ZEV credits. That’s up from $130 million in 2013, $32 million in 2012, and $3 million in 2011. All told in 2014 Tesla sold about $216 million in credits,” the newspaper said. It goes on to say, Capitalism needs visionaries, but its reputation suffers when companies worth billions soak middle-class taxpayers for profits. Turn off the taxpayer tap, Mr Musk. It would earn you more friends...
  • UKRAINE: 'Better The Brits Than NATO:' Security Analyst Plays Down U.K. Troops In Ukraine

    03/01/2015 6:20:40 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty ^ | Monday, March 02, 2015
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced on February 24 that Britain would send military personnel to Ukraine soon to help train its army. RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak spoke to Judy Dempsey, senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor-in-chief of the blog Strategic Europe about the significance of the move. RFE/RL: British Prime Minister David Cameron announced this week that his country will send 75 military personnel to Ukraine. Do you think this might be a game changer in the Ukraine conflict? Judy Dempsey: No. They are sending them for training, for civilian-military relations, for sorting how the military on some levels...
  • McDonald’s accused of avoiding €1bn in taxes (by European trade unions)

    03/01/2015 12:46:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 26 Feb 2015, 09:24 | Benjamin Fox
    Fast-food giant McDonald’s has avoided paying €1 billion in tax across the EU, and should be included in the EU’s probe on “sweetheart” tax deals, according to a report published Wednesday (25 February). The report, published by the European Federation of Public Service Unions, its US Counterpart and the charity War on Want, accuses McDonald’s of “aggressive and potentially abusive optimization of its structure which has led to the avoidance of significant amounts of tax across the continent”. It concludes that “it is likely that the company reached a secret tax deal with Luxembourg”. In July 2009, the Happy-Meal maker...
  • [Ireland ambassador to UK] Dan Mulhall: Ireland will do ‘all we can’ to keep the UK in the EU

    03/01/2015 12:25:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Published: 27/02/2015 - 14:33 | Updated: 27/02/2015 - 14:37 | Mark Briggs
    UK membership of the EU was in “fundamental Irish national interest”, and would adversely affect the whole EU, the Irish Ambassdor in London told EurActiv. Ireland will do “all that we can” to ensure the UK remains in the EU, stated Dan Mulhall. “A British exit would inevitably weaken the Union, which is something that cannot be in Ireland’s interests,” said the diplomat. […] Mulhall said Ireland would back reforms that make the European Union “work better”, but warned now was not the time to engage in “radical treaty change”. “I don’t think full blown treaty reform is appropriate or...
  • Ed Miliband: Leaving EU not in Britain’s interest

    03/01/2015 12:03:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 27/02/2015 - 16:27 | Mark Briggs
    Speaking at the EEF National Manufacturing Conference in London, Miliband said yesterday (26 February) that “(t)here is no greater threat to the long-term stability and prosperity of Britain and British business than leaving the European Union.” Leaving the European Union is not in Britain’s national interest, the UK opposition leader added. Taking aim at the Conservatives, Miliband said it was, “wrong to play fast and loose with our membership of the European Union.” …
  • Bulgarian President says Putin wants to ‘blow (up) the EU from inside’

    03/01/2015 12:00:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Published: 27/02/2015 - 17:09 | Updated: 27/02/2015 - 17:51
    During a visit to Brussels, the President of Bulgaria, a country that depends on Russia for over 90 percent of its gas supplies, accused Vladimir Putin of planning to destroy the EU from the inside. Speaking at a conference organized by the Center of European Policy Studies (CEPS), Bulgaria’s Rossen Plevneliev said that Putin’s propaganda machine was attempting to split the member states of the European Union. The leaders who rule by force across the world have one thing in common—breaking the rules, Plevneliev said, as quoted by Vesselin Zhelev, the correspondent of ClubZ. “See how Mr. Putin today is...
  • ('Profound f****** socialist') Emma Thompson to evade paying tax until other evaders are jailed

    03/01/2015 6:55:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    3 News ^ | 2/26/15
    **SNIP** The British couple is hoping to launch a protest movement in the aftermath of a recent tax scandal in the UK, during which it was alleged staff at the Swiss arm of the bank HSBC helped clients avoid hefty bills in Britain. Thompson and Wise hope a mass tax boycott will convince bosses at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the government department responsible for collecting the money, to penalise wealthy citizens and companies who avoid paying their fair share. Wise tells London's Evening Standard newspaper, "I want to stop paying tax, until everyone pays tax... I have actively...
  • Farage To Get Hero's Welcome From US Group (UK Independence Party [UKIP] Leader)

    02/25/2015 8:51:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Sky News ^ | February 25, 2015 | Dominic Waghorn, US Correspondent
    The UKIP leader will share a stage with high-profile US conservatives including Sarah Palin and NRA gun lobbyists.UKIP leader Nigel Farage is expected to get a celebrity reception in Washington when he addresses America's most high-profile right-wing conference this week. Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and the National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby will be sharing a stage with the British politician after he was invited to address the Conservative Political Action Committee in the US capital. Aides told Sky News his philosophy has much in common with his republican hosts, who also focus on "the battle for smaller...
  • U.S. Intelligence-Sharing Leaves Ukraine in the Dark

    02/28/2015 12:21:40 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 17 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 2/27/2015 | ADAM ENTOUS and JULIAN E. BARNES
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. is providing spy-satellite imagery to Ukraine to help in its fight against Russia-backed rebels, but with a catch: the images are significantly degraded to avoid provoking Russia or compromising U.S. secrets. The White House agreed last year to Ukraine’s request to provide the photos and other intelligence. But before delivering them, U.S. officials black out military staging areas on Russian territory and reduce the resolution so that enemy formations can’t be clearly made out, making them less useful to Ukrainian military commanders. Those steps, which delay the delivery of the images by at least 24 hours, are designed...
  • It’s Germany vs. Greece, And The Very Survival Of The Eurozone Is At Stake

    02/24/2015 3:17:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/23/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Is this the beginning of the end for the eurozone? On Thursday, Germany rejected a Greek request for a six-month loan extension. The Germans insisted that the Greek proposal did not require the Greeks to adhere to the austerity restrictions which previous agreements had forced upon them. But Greek voters have already very clearly rejected the status quo, and the new Greek government has stated unequivocally that it will not be bound by the current bailout arrangement. So can Germany and Greece find some sort of compromise that will be acceptable to both of them? It certainly does not help...
  • Full Circle: The First Anti-Government Protest In Greece Turns Ugly

    02/26/2015 2:41:47 PM PST · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2/26/15 | Tyler Durden
    The first anti-government rally in Athens turned ugly as anti-authoritarian protesters started to smash the windows of a pastry shop and two jewelry shops and put two vehicles and several garbage bins on fire.
  • 'It's treason!' Greek anger at government u-turn

    02/24/2015 7:45:36 PM PST · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | 23 February 2015 | Holly Ellyatt
    European equity markets might be cheering a deal to extend Greece's aid by four months, but many ordinary Greeks feel their government has backtracked from its grand promises to strike out the bailout. Greece's left-wing government, led by Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras, was given a lifeline Friday when the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers reached a deal to extend the country's bailout by four months. Greece is now scrambling to present a list of reform proposals in order to secure the financial lifeline. However some Greek people have accused the new government of back-tracking from election promises that it...
  • Greece Suffers Biggest Bank Run In History: January Deposits Plunge To 2005 Levels

    02/26/2015 7:31:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/26/2015 | Tyler Durden
    One of the biggest question marks surrounding the Greek negotiation and ultimately, bailout extension, was just how panicked was the Greek population and domestic corporations. Recall that as explained previously, the tension boiled down to this: the Troika did everything in its power to accelerate the bank run in order to crush any negotiating leverage Varoufakis may have; Greece on the other hand was desperate to make its cash drain appear far better than rumored. Moments ago the Bank of Greece presented its latest, January, deposit data. And it's a doozy: following a record €12.2 billion monthly outflow, greater...
  • Why the Globalist Wants Assad of Syria Gone [Vanity]

    02/25/2015 11:31:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    The reason Assad has been vilified is because Qatar wants a natural gas pipeline to run through the Arabian peninsula, through Jordan, through SYRIA, to Turkey. From Turkey, it can connect with existing pipelines to Europe, in order to supply Europe with natural gas. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-16/mystery-sponsor-weapons-and-money-syrian-rebels-revealed This proposed pipeline would threaten Russia economically, as Russia currently supplies Europe with natural gas. Syria and Russia are allies. Thus, Assad said "No" to the proposed Qatar-Turkey pipeline that would run through Syria. Next thing you know, there's an "uprising" in Syria, and Assad is public enemy number one. And when it became clear...
  • Putin threatens Ukraine with gas cutoff

    02/25/2015 8:43:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2015 11:14 AM EST
    President Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia will cut gas supplies to Ukraine if it fails to pay in advance for future deliveries. Putin said Wednesday that Ukraine’s latest payment would only be good for another three to four days, warning that the cutoff may disrupt transit to Europe. …
  • EU to Probe Christian Schools After Humanist Complaint

    02/25/2015 6:37:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    British Christian schools could face a European Commission investigation, following complaints from a humanist campaign group. The British Humanist Association (BHA) claims that faith schools breach European Union (EU) equality rules when hiring staff, because they say religious adherence is a “desirable” quality. EU rules state that schools must prove there is a “genuine occupational requirement” in preferring to recruit teachers of faith. IntolerantSpokesman for The Christian Institute, Simon Calvert, said church schools are “hugely popular”, and their ethos is why “they do such a good job of preparing children for life in 21st-century Britain”. “It’s disappointing that humanists seem...
  • EU unveils vast plan to merge 28 energy markets

    02/25/2015 6:15:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2015 8:18 AM EST | Lorne Cook
    The European Union’s executive has unveiled a vast plan to boost coordination between the EU’s 28 national energy markets to wean Europe off unstable Russian gas supplies and provide cheaper energy for consumers. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič on Wednesday called it “undoubtedly the most ambitious energy project” since the inception of the EU over half a century ago. He believes that improving links across borders in Europe’s energy grid could save businesses and consumers up to €40 billion ($45.4 billion) a year. A more energy-independent Europe will also increase the EU’s political options in eastern Europe. […] “Our...
  • Yanis Varoufakis: How I became an erratic Marxist (Greece)

    02/19/2015 7:29:27 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 18 February 2015 | Yanis Varoufakis
    Before he entered politics, Yanis Varoufakis, the iconoclastic Greek finance minister at the centre of the latest eurozone standoff, wrote this searing account of European capitalism and and how the left can learn from Marx’s mistakes ___ In 2008, capitalism had its second global spasm. The financial crisis set off a chain reaction that pushed Europe into a downward spiral that continues to this day. Europe’s present situation is not merely a threat for workers, for the dispossessed, for the bankers, for social classes or, indeed, nations. No, Europe’s current posture poses a threat to civilisation as we know it....
  • Ash Carter warns Russia on nukes

    02/24/2015 10:58:41 AM PST · by McGruff · 38 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 2/23/15 | Philip Ewing
    Ash Carter has quietly thrown down the gauntlet in a lingering dispute with Russia: If President Vladimir Putin continues to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the U.S. could respond in kind. “The range of options we should look at from the Defense Department could include active defenses to counter intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missiles; counter-force capabilities to prevent intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missile attacks; and countervailing strike capabilities to enhance U.S. or allied forces,” Carter told senators in little-noticed written answers to follow-up questions from his confirmation hearing. The defense secretary’s bottom line: “U.S. responses must make clear to Russia that...
  • NATO commanders give green light to creation of rapid-response force bases in Baltics

    02/24/2015 7:54:33 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-02-05 | TBT staff and newswires
    RIGA - NATO commanders have given the green-light for the creation of rapid-response force command and control centres in the Baltics and three other countries, National Armed Forces Commander Raimonds Graube confirmed to Latvian Radio. According to the portal lsm.lv, this means that a new unit will be set up in Latvia, and this unit will man and operate the new command and control centre. The unit will be responsible for logistics and organisational exercises, as well as receiving rapid-response forces in crisis situations. NATO already has a rapid-response force model in place, however, after Russia’s aggression in Ukraine —...
  • Apple to invest €1.7 billion to build two new european data centers

    02/23/2015 10:20:09 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 2 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, February 23, 2015 · 8:25 am
    Apple today announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe. “We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating...
  • Bill Nye on Europe's Jews: If Only They Were More Neighborly

    02/22/2015 2:20:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 100 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 2/22/15 | Jack Coleman
    Heck, who cares if the "neighbors" in question have a knife to your throat. Bill Nye, foppish self-proclaimed Science Guy, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher this past Friday night and demonstrated why he ought to stick with his true vocation as a global-warming bedwetter. During a panel discussion on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's suggestion that European Jews fearful for their lives should come "home" to Israel, Nye mocked the idea and blamed Jews for not being friendlier to predators who consider it a holy rite to slaughter them
  • NORWAY: New right wing government is kicking out foreign criminals, most of them Muslims

    02/22/2015 2:26:08 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    Jews News ^ | 02/22/15 | Jews News
    See what happens when you kick the leftists out of government and replace them with a real conservative. Erna Solberg, leader of Norway’s Conservative Party, took office as new prime minister in October, and introduced a new cabinet that ‘represents the entire country.’ The Local (h/t Marina) Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg – nicknamed “Iron Erna” – as Norway’s new prime minister is the leader of a centre-right coalition government that includes an an anti-immigration party.
  • Greek doubts, Israel’s Sarah Palin, and more

    02/19/2015 8:22:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 18, 2015 | Ellen Clegg
    Check out five opinions trending online, from Google’s black box to Hillary’s men. Voting with their euros: In a proxy no-confidence vote, Greeks are sending their money abroad as creditors try to reach an agreement with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board writes. “Fleeing deposits represent a resounding vote of no confidence in the new government, and no wonder. Mr. Tsipras’s hard-left Syriza party keeps digging in against reforms that would be necessary for Greece to stay in the euro.” Read more. Israel’s Sarah Palin: Writing for the Daily Beast, Ricky Ben-David and Nira Yadin analyze...
  • US travelers set for EU biometric dragnet

    02/20/2015 1:06:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 19 Feb, 2015, 18:02 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    US citizens and other non-EU nationals who enter Europe will be asked to have their faces image-captured and fingerprints scanned upon arrival at a half-dozen major airports. The biometric dragnet is part of a pilot test of the EU’s so-called “smart borders” package. Passengers can refuse to give the data for now, but there are plans to eventually make it obligatory.A draft internal EU document dated Wednesday (18 February) and seen by this website says the “proof of concept” is set to start in March and will run until September this year. “Should traveler participation be lower than expected, there...
  • Romanian spy chief warns of ‘threat for EU from Hungary’

    02/20/2015 12:53:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20/02/2015 - 15:39 | Georgi Gotev
    Eduard Hellvig, currently a conservative MEP who has been chosen by President Klaus Iohannis to be the next chief of the Romanian foreign intelligence service, has published an article in which he warns of the “threat for the EU” from the rapprochement of Hungary with Moscow. In an article published in his blog and republished by Hotnews, Hellvig, who is a politician from Romania’s German minority, writes that Romania and the EU face an unprecedented case—“the blatant prejudice against liberal democratic values by the regime of Victor Orbán”, the Hungarian Prime Minister. “Hungary tends to be a threat to European...
  • Urban planning can help curb violence (Marie Harf isn't the only idiot)

    02/19/2015 6:45:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 20, 2015 | Renée Loth
    Can better urban planning help prevent terrorist attacks? The idea sounds fanciful, even disrespectful to victims of extremist violence. But officials in Paris, still reeling from last month’s deadly terrorist attacks on a satirical magazine and a kosher deli, are putting some hope in a plan to re-zone the city and annex the notorious inner suburbs, or banlieues, where the terror plot was born. In what would be perhaps the greatest redesign of Paris since Baron Haussmann laid out its famed boulevards in the mid-19th Century, the “Métropole du Grand Paris” would attempt to bring the poor, heavily immigrant neighborhoods...
  • ISIS threatens to send 500,000 migrants from Libya to Europe as a 'psychological weapon'

    02/19/2015 11:06:13 AM PST · by dennisw · 40 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 18 February 2015 | By Hannah Roberts In Rome For Mailonline
    Separately, the militants hope to cement their control of Libya then cross the Mediterranean disguised as refugees, according to letters seen by Quilliam the anti-terror group ISIS threatens sending 500,000 migrants to Europe as a 'psychological weapon' in chilling echo of Gaddafi's prophecy that the Mediterranean 'will become a sea of chaos' Italian press today published claims that ISIS has threatened to release the huge wave of migrants to cause chaos in Europe if they are attacked And letters from jihadists show plans to hide terrorists among refugees In 2011, Muammar Gaddafi ominously predicted war would come to Libya He...
  • Charity finds most Germans ever in poverty

    02/19/2015 12:08:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Feb 2015 16:53 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Poverty levels in Germany have reached an all-time high, with 15.5 percent of the population—or 12.5 million people—affected. Single parents and unemployed people were the hardest hit, according to a report from a welfare association. Over 40 percent of single parents and almost 60 percent of the unemployed are poor, according to the Paritätische Gesamtverband, an umbrella organization for associations focusing on social services. Older people and retirees, around 15 percent of whom are considered poor, are the fastest growing demographic group in terms of poverty, according to the report released on Thursday. One of the report authors, Christian Woltering,...
  • New Report Reveals the Depth of German Poverty (Really?! In the Worker's Paradise?!)

    05/25/2009 12:11:12 PM PDT · by AlaskaErik · 32 replies · 1,486+ views
    TIME via Yahoo ^ | May 25, 2009 | TRISTANA MOORE
    To many on the outside, Germany looks like a big, rich country enjoying the benefits of being Europe's largest economy. Inside, Germans know that looks can be deceiving. As in any nation, parts of Germany suffer from poverty, and Germans have always assumed they knew which parts: the west is rich and the east is poor. But a new report reveals the truth isn't that simple. The wealth imbalance in Germany isn't just between east and west; there are also large regional differences between the country's north and south. And across the country there are pockets of poverty more crushing...
  • Turkey to go ahead with non-NATO-integrated Chinese missile defence

    02/19/2015 5:23:48 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    <p>ANKARA, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Turkey will go ahead with plans to order a $3.4-billion missile defence system from China, Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz said, despite U.S. and NATO concerns over security and compatibility of weaponry.</p>
  • Harriet Yeo, former Labour NEC chairwoman, backs UKIP

    02/18/2015 5:21:19 AM PST · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/18/2015 | BBC
    A former chairwoman of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee says she has left the party to support UKIP at the general election. Harriet Yeo, a councillor in Kent, said she had become "disillusioned" with Labour's stance on Europe. She said she only trusted UKIP to offer a choice on the UK's membership of the EU. But she will not join the party. Labour said it was united on Europe and than an EU exit would "cost British jobs and influence". Ms. Yeo claimed the majority of Labour's shadow cabinet wanted a referendum on the EU, but "are being told to...
  • Why the U.S. will have to bail out Greece

    02/18/2015 11:21:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 18, 2015 | Matthew Lynn
    Fighting has flared up again in the Ukraine. The Egyptians are sending soldiers into Libya as another North African state collapses into chaos. The militants of Islamic State are spreading their influence across the region. You’d think Barack Obama might have bigger foreign policy issues to worry about than a small state of 10 million people on the eastern edges of the Mediterranean. But Greece may be about to turn from a European into an American problem. As the game of brinkmanship between the radical Syriza government elected last month and the European Union gets played out, it has become...
  • All Bubbles Burst: China's Real Estate Market Crashing, Eurogroup Prepare For Grexit & Default...

    02/18/2015 10:23:39 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 6 replies
    China's Real Estate Market Crashing... Real Estate is the single biggest domestic lending segment in China. Combined with deflation in Iron Ore, Steel, Copper, and other industrial metals China's collateral quality is looking very very shaky compared to loan volume... SNIP While the world's attention is glued to events in Greece, the real action continues to evolve quietly thousands of kilometers east, in China, where the near record surge in new loans remains unable to offset the dramatic slowdown in shadow banking issuance. And while China's bubble-chasing, animal spirits have recently reoriented themselves from real estate to the stock market,...
  • White House: Israel 'cherry-picking' intel that distorts Iran talks

    02/18/2015 12:26:29 PM PST · by Dave346 · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/18/15 02:34 PM EST | Martin Matishak
    The White House is accusing Israel of "cherry-picking" information that distorts the U.S. position in nuclear talks with Iran. “There's no question that some of the things that the Israelis have said in characterizing our negotiating position have not been accurate. There's no question about that,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Wednesday. "We've also been very clear about the fact that the United States is not going to be in a position of negotiating this agreement in public, particularly when we see that there is a continued practice of cherry-picking specific pieces of...
  • EU officials confirm Israel not fully briefed on Iran talks

    02/18/2015 5:23:17 AM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 18, 2015, 3:08 pm | Avi Lewis
    US State Department reported to say Israelis would ‘twist details’ to undermine negotiations European officials have confirmed that the US State Department cautioned them against providing Israel with sensitive information on the current round of negotiations with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The account came amid vehement denials by the White House and State Department that they had stopped updating Jerusalem on the progress in the talks, even though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted Monday that Israel was indeed being kept in the dark. The report quoted an unnamed European official involved...
  • Is Israel the Problem, or Are Jews the Problem?

    02/18/2015 5:38:49 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 18, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    In the aftermath of the killing of a man at a Copenhagen synagogue by a member of the Religion of Peace, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “This wave of attacks is expected to continue. Jews deserve security in every country, but we say to our Jewish brothers and sisters, Israel is your home.” Russian emigre Natan Sharansky echoed Netanyahu’s call, stating, “There is no future for Jews in western Europe.” In response, European leaders shouted down Netanyahu. “We know there are doubts, questions across the community,” said French President Francois Hollande, who was elected with in excess of 93...
  • Putin Paranoia

    02/18/2015 7:33:02 AM PST · by duckln · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2-17/2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Yet of all of the secessionist movements from the Atlantic to the Urals, none imperils a vital interest of the United States. None is really our business. And none justifies a war with Russia. Indeed, what is it about this generation of Americans that makes us such compulsive meddlers in the affairs of nations we could not find on a map? Consider if you will our particular affliction: Putin paranoia.
  • Top Labour figure dumps Ed Miliband for UKIP

    02/17/2015 11:31:26 AM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Feb 17 2015 | Steven Swinford
    One of Labour's most senior figures has resigned from the party and will be supporting Ukip because of Ed Miliband's failure to offer a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union. Harriet Yeo, who was chairman of Labour's ruling body between 2012 and 2013, is so disillusioned with Mr Miliband's refusal to offer a vote that she will be throwing her support behind Nigel Farage's party. She represents the most senior Labour figure to switch allegiances to Ukip to date, although there are suggestions that several Labour MPs are considering defecting.
  • Get Ready for $10 Oil

    02/17/2015 10:29:59 AM PST · by Duke C. · 65 replies
    Bloomberg | A. Gary Shilling
    At about $50 a barrel, crude oil prices are down by more than half from their June 2014 peak of $107. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20. Here’s why.
  • Greek Bailout Talks Collapse Within 4 Hours

    02/17/2015 8:36:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17. 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    Greece Says Extension is "Absurd" Talks between Greece and eurozone officials were expected to last through the night. Instead Greece Bailout Talks Collapsed in Acrimony after four hours. A crucial meeting of eurozone finance ministers over the future of Greece’s bailout broke down in acrimony after Athens angrily rejected the bloc’s insistence that it extend its current €172bn rescue as “absurd” and “unacceptable”. It is the second time in five days that negotiations between the new anti-austerity Greek government and its eurozone creditors have collapsed and it means Athens, whose public finances are deteriorating fast, could soon be left with...
  • Greece Bailout Talks Break Down After Athens Rejects 'Unacceptable' Eurozone Demands [O: "Warns"?]

    02/16/2015 8:18:54 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | February 16, 2015 | Jennifer Rankin
    Greece Bailout Talks Break Down After Athens Rejects 'Unacceptable' Eurozone Demands Creditors present ultimatum as finance minister insists other members must water down austerity conditions if country is to reach ‘honourable agreement’ Jennifer Rankin 16 February 2015 Talks between Greece and its eurozone creditors collapsed in disarray on Monday night, heightening concerns that the country is edging closer to a disruptive exit from the single currency. The breakdown of discussions in Brussels over the Greek bailout programme appeared to leave both sides as far apart as ever, although eurozone finance ministers said a last-ditch summit could be held on Friday....
  • European Union Causes Peace Process And Quartet Meltdown

    02/16/2015 5:16:07 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/16/15 | David Singer
    Quartet has been totally compromised--the peace process and its intricate negotiating structure irretrievably ended. Back to the drawing board for yet another new proposal Revelations that the European Union (EU) has been acting illegally in funding and facilitating the construction of more than 400 unauthorised buildings in areas in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) under exclusive Israeli control—signals the end of: negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation under the 1993 Oslo Accords and the 2003 Bush Roadmap and the role of the Quartet - America, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union - as mediator in...
  • Greek crisis talks collapse in acrimony as Syriza defies EMU

    02/16/2015 2:05:21 PM PST · by NRx · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 16 Feb 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Greece is on a collision course with the eurozone’s creditor powers after emergency talks ended in acrimony on Monday night, triggering the most serious political crisis since the launch of the euro. The Leftist Syriza government reacted with fury to eurozone demands that it must stick to the country’s discredited austerity plan, describing the draft text as “absurd and unacceptable”.
  • Tories open four point lead over Labour

    02/16/2015 10:02:06 AM PST · by NRx · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 16 Feb 2015 | Steven Swinford
    The Conservatives have opened up a four-point lead over Labour after the biggest surge in their support for two years, a poll has suggested. A Guardian/ ICM poll showed that the Tories are six points up to 36 per cent, only one point short of their result in the 2010 General Election. Labour support fell one point to 32 per cent, while the Liberal Democrats were also down a point to 10 per cent.
  • Netanyahu: 'Hypocritical' War on Terror Will Fail

    01/14/2015 10:50:34 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/14/2014 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday met with leaders of the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), and spoke about the renewed global awareness of the need to fight Islamist terrorism following last weeks attacks in Paris. "I think the war against terror will not succeed if it’s founded on hypocrisy, and I’ve yet to hear any world leader condemn the comments by (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, not one," said Netanyahu...
  • After Attacks, Europe Fights Call for Mass Migration of Jews

    02/16/2015 12:51:43 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 16, 2015 | LORI HINNANT
    ~snip~ "We know there are doubts, questions across the community," French President Francois Hollande said Monday. "I will not just let what was said in Israel pass, leading people to believe that Jews no longer have a place in Europe and in France in particular." French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Monday the government would defend French Jews against what he described as "Islamo-fascism." "A Jew who leaves France is a piece of France that is gone," Valls told RTL radio ~snip~ German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that her government will do everything possible to make sure Jewish sites...
  • US and Greece helping to save the euro

    02/16/2015 12:03:14 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | 15 February 2015 | Michael Ivanovitch
    Greece's pleas to stop the "fiscal waterboarding" of its devastated economy are substantively no different from President Obama's repeated warnings to Germany to stop bleeding the euro area economy with excessive fiscal austerity. Sadly, the president's reportedly more than a dozen phone calls to the German Chancellor Merkel in 2011 and 2012 urging supportive economic policies in the euro area fell on deaf ears. These calls were not just brushed aside; they were plainly ridiculed as Chancellor Merkel kept telling the media that "it made no sense to be adding new debt to old debt." But -- worrying about one-fifth...
  • Rafale proposal 'effectively dead' as Dassault bid not cheapest

    02/16/2015 2:39:23 AM PST · by IndianChief · 11 replies
    Business Standard ^ | February 16, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Even as three Rafale fighters line up in Bengaluru for eye-popping aerobatics displays at the Aero India 2015 exhibition this week, senior ministry of defence (MoD) sources say the proposal to buy the French fighter is "effectively dead".The reason: During three years of negotiations between Dassault and MoD officials in the so-called "contract negotiation committee" (CNC), it has emerged that Dassault's bid was actually higher than that of the Eurofighter Typhoon, not lower as the MoD had announced on January 31, 2012. Dassault had submitted a sketchy commercial bid, and when the CNC obtained details from the French company to...