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  • 8 countries warn Israel against demolishing Bedouin outpost

    09/20/2018 5:03:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 09/21/18 01:07 | Elad Benari
    Eight European countries at the United Nations, including five Security Council members, on Thursday called on Israel to reverse its decision to demolish the illegal Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, AFP reported. Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands warned that the demolition of the village “would severely threaten the viability of the two-state solution”. “We therefore call upon the Israeli authorities to reconsider their decision to demolish Khan al-Ahmar,” the countries said in a joint statement released ahead of a council meeting on the Middle East. Khan al-Ahmar was built in the 1990s on land belonging...
  • Polish president proposes permanent US base called 'Fort Trump,' despite NATO restriction

    09/18/2018 3:42:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    Fox ^ | 9-18-2018 | gregg Re
    President Trump's name appears on dozens of buildings worldwide, but if the leader of Poland has his way, properties like Trump Tower and Trump International Hotel may soon be joined by a conspicuously named military installation: Fort Trump. Speaking with Trump and reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Poland's president, Andrzej Duda, told Trump that he'd like the U.S. to create a permanent military base with that name in Poland -- and that Poland would pay more than $2 billion for the project. Duda emphasized that his country was "willing to make a very major contribution to the United...
  • Marine Le Pen furious after being ordered to undergo psychiatric tests

    09/20/2018 7:55:07 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 42 replies
    The Local (Fr) ^ | 20 September 2018 | Ben.Mcpartland
    Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French far right has been left shocked and furious after a court ordered her to be examined by a psychiatrist to determine if she "is capable of understanding remarks and answering questions". *snip* The unusual summoning is in relation to Le Pen having tweeted out gruesome propaganda images from terror group Isis that showed the bodies of people having been executed by the so-called Islamic State.
  • German Auto Giant Volkswagen is Pulling Out of Iran, Says US Ambassador

    09/20/2018 7:57:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 20, 2018 | 7:23 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    In a significant symbolic blow to the Iranian regime, the Volkswagen Group — the world’s biggest selling car manufacturer last year — has reportedly agreed to end almost all of its operations in Iran, in line with the restoration of U.S. sanctions on Tehran. The news was disclosed by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who since taking up his Berlin posting in May — he presented his credentials on the same day President Trump announced the U.S. was exiting the Iran nuclear deal — has been encouraging the host government to isolate Iran and urging German companies to stop...
  • Coca-Cola, IBM, Citi, Allstate Push for Gay Marriage in Northern Ireland

    09/18/2018 9:53:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 18, 2018 | 3:35 PM EDT | Michael W. Chapman
    A number of U.S. multinational companies, including Coca-Cola, IBM, and Citi, have signed onto an open letter that calls on the British Government to legalize homosexual “marriage” in Northern Ireland. The companies claim this is necessary “to attract the best talent to Northern Ireland” and because the multinationals want LGBT employees “to be themselves.” The open letter was created by Amnesty International and it is headlined “Businesses for Love Equality,” and has the Twitter hashtag #Businesses4LoveEquality. […] Some of the U.S.-based multinationals that signed the letter include Coca-Cola, IBM, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Citi, Allstate Northern Ireland, Santander Bank, and Baker...
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to visit Ireland [barf]

    09/16/2018 8:45:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | Sunday, September 16, 2018 04:13 PM | Digital Desk
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Ireland next weekend accompanied by a high-level delegation, it has been announced. The stopover will come on President Abbas’s journey to the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York. President Abbas will pay a courtesy call on President Higgins before holding a formal meeting and working dinner with the Tánaiste Simon Coveney at Farmleigh. Among the topics expected to be discussed are the humanitarian and security situation in Gaza and the West Bank, the funding crisis for UNRWA, and the future of the Middle East Peace Process.
  • U.S. authorities to scrutinize Danske Bank over money laundering scandal: report

    09/16/2018 6:48:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 14 September 2018 19:00 CEST+02:00
    A multi-million kroner money laundering case at Danske Bank’s Estonian branch could be investigated by US authorities. The Justice Department, Treasury Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are each examining Danske Bank over the allegations of money laundering flows, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The investigations are the result of a complaint made by a confidential whistleblower to US authorities more than two years ago, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by the WSJ, the newspaper writes. In early August, the Danish state prosecutor’s office for serious economic and international crime...
  • Mass brawl, stabbings in southeast English town: police [Luton]

    09/16/2018 12:44:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 16, 2018 3:25 PM | Rishika Chatterjee
    Several people have been taken to hospital with stab wounds after a reported mass brawl in a residential street in the southeastern English town of Luton on Sunday, police said. …
  • London mayor calls for second Brexit referendum

    09/16/2018 11:07:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | September 15, 2018 4:53 PM | Paul Sandle
    London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for another referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, saying the prime minister’s handling of Brexit negotiations had become “mired in confusion and deadlock” and was leading the country down a damaging path. […] The backing of Khan, a member of the main opposition Labour party, for a second referendum will put more pressure on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to change his opposition to the idea when the party meets for its annual conference in a week’s time. A second referendum, dubbed a “people’s vote” by its proponents, is not Labour party policy, although finance...
  • State in firing line if ban on Israeli settlement imports passes [Ireland]

    09/14/2018 8:12:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Sat, Sep 15, 2018 | Simon Carswell, Public Affairs Editor
    The State could face infringement proceedings by the EU or a third party if a Bill that would ban imports from Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories is passed, the European Commission has warned. A Government official privately sought the advice of the Commission’s trade directorate last week on the proposed legislation, which is sponsored by Independent Senator Frances Black and passed its first vote in the Seanad in July with the support of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Labour and some independents. Fine Gael opposes the passage of the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018 on the basis...
  • Germany says closure of Washington PLO office undermines two-state solution

    09/14/2018 3:42:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | September 14, 2018 7:28 AM | Michelle Martin and Riham Alkousaa
    The United States’ decision to close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in Washington will make it harder to reach a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, a spokeswoman for the German foreign ministry said on Friday. […] The U.S. administration on Monday said the PLO’s office in Washington would be closed out of concern about Palestinian attempts to prompt an International Criminal Court investigation of Israel. …
  • Germany and Russia's secret war against America

    09/14/2018 12:08:05 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    The Trumpet ^ | Aug 2018 | Gerald Flurry
    President Donald Trump publicly rebuked German Chancellor Angela Merkel on July 11 for Germany’s decision to buy a massive amount of gas from Russia. “I think it’s very sad,” he said. "Germany is totally controlled by Russia,” he later said, “I think it’s a very bad thing for nato and I don’t think it should have happened.” Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 are key components of Putin’s plan to tighten his grip on nations in Eastern Europe that used to be part of the Soviet Empire. Since these pipelines travel directly from Russia to Germany, they enable Putin to...
  • Macron's party neck-and-neck with far right in 2019 EU election poll

    09/13/2018 6:49:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 13, 2018 2:19 PM | Geert De Clercq and Elizabeth Pineau
    French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist LREM party is neck-and-neck with the far-right Rassemblement National, formerly the National Front, for the May 2019 European Parliament elections, according to poll results published on Thursday. The two parties scored 21.5 percent and 21 percent of voting intentions respectively in the survey by Odoxa-Dentsu Consulting. The conservative Les Republicains party came in third place with 14 percent of voting intentions, followed by far-left La France Insoumise with 12.5 percent. The Socialist Party of previous president François Hollande won just 4.5 percent, fewer than green party Europe Écologie Les Verts with five percent. …
  • Bannon plan for Europe-wide populist 'supergroup' sparks alarm (July flashback)

    09/13/2018 12:13:27 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 July 2018 | BBC
    Populists and right-wingers have a grip on power in Italy, Hungary and Austria, and now Donald Trump's one-time adviser has designs on increasing their spread across Europe. Steve Bannon dreams of a right-wing "supergroup" gaining a populist foothold in the European Parliament after next year's European elections. But his plans have provoked a sharp response from across the political spectrum.
  • Spanish PM denies plagiarism as degree scandal deepens

    09/13/2018 12:34:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 13 September 2018 14:04 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Thursday denied allegations he plagiarized his doctoral thesis as he battles a raft of problems in a week that has seen him lose his health minister over similar reports of academic irregularities. “The information appearing in certain media claiming the existence of plagiarism in my doctoral thesis is absolutely FALSE,” Socialist Sánchez tweeted just two days after Carmen Montón quit as health minister amid reports of irregularities in how she obtained her degree. Spanish media said Montón had been awarded grades without attending classes and that her final project contained plagiarized passages — charges...
  • Most French people no longer consider US a trusted ally [fake polls again: IFOP]

    09/13/2018 12:03:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 13 September 2018 08:49 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    France is famously America’s oldest ally, but more than half of French people no longer consider the United States a reliable partner, according to a survey released Wednesday. Just 44 percent said the US was a “trusted ally” under President Donald Trump — a 33-point plunge since the same survey was done in May 2014, when Barack Obama was in the White House. Only 17 percent said they had a positive opinion of Trump in the IFOP poll, commissioned by the American Jewish Committee advocacy group, France’s Foundation for Political Innovation and the Sursaut think-tank collective. Some 54 percent said...
  • ‘Catastrophic’: EU Passes Copyright Directive Including Internet ‘Link Tax’ and ‘Upload Filter’

    09/12/2018 2:38:01 PM PDT · by PFW · 32 replies
    The European Parliment has passed a controversial copyright directive that contains provisions which force tech giants to install content filters and sets in place a potential tax on hyperlinking. The bill was passed in a final vote of 438 – 226 and will need to be implemented by individual EU member states. Critics of the directive have been laser-focused on two key provisions: Articles 11 and 13, which they have dubbed the “link tax” and “upload filter.” "The most important parts of this are Articles 11 and 13. Article 11 is intended to give publishers and papers a way to...
  • EU Copyright Directive Passed: Is This How It Ends? [End of fair use / Link taxes ]

    09/12/2018 7:50:46 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 9 replies
    Computing Forever via YouTube ^ | 9/12/2018 | Computing Forever
    Video at link.
  • Irexit Freedom to Prosper to field candidates in European elections

    09/09/2018 9:54:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Sat, Sep 8, 2018, 18:15 | Kitty Holland
    A new political party, Irexit Freedom to Prosper, campaigning for Ireland to leave the EU will field candidates in next year’s European elections, its founder Herman Kelly has said. Speaking at the founding AGM of the party at a hotel in Dublin on Saturday, he said: “Today is about fulfilling the legal requirements to register, to sign up 300 people, and to have an AGM to elect national officers. We will be running candidates in the European elections.” The elections are due to take place alongside local elections, in May 2019. Before the conference got under way, Mr. Kelly said,...
  • Swedish PM calls far-right party racist on election eve

    09/08/2018 9:44:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 08, 2018 9:59 AM EDT | Jeffrey Schaeffer and Vanessa Gera
    Sweden’s prime minister denounced an increasingly popular far-right party as racist and a threat to the nation’s European values Saturday as political candidates made their final pre-election pitches to voters. The parliamentary election being held Sunday will be Sweden’s first since the government in 2015 allowed 163,000 migrants into the country of 10 million. While far less than what Germany took in that year, it was the most per capita of any European nation. […] The Sweden Democrats, a party rooted in a neo-Nazi movement that has worked to soften its image, has played a role in breaking down longstanding...