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  • Hollande and Merkel deliver blow to Cameron (EUSSR in action)

    05/26/2015 11:19:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 May 2015 09:34 GMT+02:00 | Ben McPartland
    Germany and France have agreed to forge closer Eurozone ties without reopening the bloc’s treaties, a report in France has claimed. The move is seemingly designed to undermine UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempts to renegotiate his country’s ties to the EU. France’s Le Monde newspaper revealed this week that French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed to forge a tighter political union among those countries in the single currency. […] It comes as the UK Prime Minister is due in Paris and Berlin later this week as part of his charm offensive to convince the...
  • Ireland vote builds gay marriage momentum (in Germany)

    05/26/2015 11:06:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 May 2015 08:44 GMT+02:00
    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is feeling the pressure from opposition MPs, its own gay supporters and its Social Democratic Party (SPD) allies to look again at allowing gay marriage after Ireland’s popular “yes” vote on Friday. Linke (Left) party leader Gregor Gysi told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that the Irish decision came at a time of “cultural revolution” that would have been “unimaginable” just a short time ago. “There can’t be any more delays,” Gysi said. “It’s up to us to catch up.” He was joined in his call by Green party leader Simone Peter, who said...
  • Berlin jumps ahead on new rent control law (Germany)

    05/26/2015 10:57:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 May 2015 09:02 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Berlin is to be the only state in Germany to introduce rent controls immediately after the law allowing them comes into effect on June 1st. While other states have said that they’re interested in the law, none of them have set a firm deadline for when they will introduce controls. The new measures allow state governments to define areas with high upwards pressure on rents and set limits on year-to-year increases. Landlords won’t be allowed to charge rent more than 10 percent higher than the local average in the region. …
  • That time Ukraine tried to join NATO — and NATO said no

    09/04/2014 5:10:11 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 4 at 3:37 PM | http://www.washingtonpost.com/people/adam-taylor
    ...During NATO's 2008 summit in Bucharest, Romania, the issue was discussed and, after opposition from France and Germany, a decision was made to offer neither Ukraine nor Georgia a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) — essentially a path for Ukraine to receive membership — at that moment. Vague promises of NATO membership in the future were made, but the United States later appeared to drop its support for NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia. Russia's brief war with Georgia in August 2008 helped underscore the decision's importance, but NATO and Ukraine held further talks in December. Again, however, no specific...
  • France and Germany agree closer eurozone ties without EU treaty change

    05/26/2015 12:42:03 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 26 May 2015 | Ian Traynor, Frances Perraudin
    Germany and France have forged a pact to integrate the eurozone without reopening the EU’s treaties, in a blow to David Cameron’s referendum campaign. Sidestepping Britain’s demands to renegotiate the Lisbon treaty and Britain’s place in the EU, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the French president, François Hollande, have sealed an agreement aimed at fashioning a tighter political union among the single-currency countries while operating within the confines of the existing treaty.
  • Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch have never forgotten.

    05/24/2015 6:09:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 62 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-24-2015 | Ian Shapira
    MARGRATEN, Netherlands — They haven’t forgotten. For 70 years, the Dutch have come to a verdant U.S. cemetery outside this small village to care for the graves of Americans killed in World War II. On Sunday, they came again, bearing Memorial Day bouquets for men and women they never knew, but whose 8,300 headstones the people of the Netherlands have adopted as their own. For the American relatives of the fallen, it was an outpouring of gratitude almost as stunning as the rows of white marble crosses and Jewish Stars of David at the Netherlands American Cemetery. Each grave has...
  • Army chief calls for ‘massive’ funding boost (German Bundeswehr)

    05/24/2015 3:49:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 May 2015 10:03 GMT+02:00
    The Bundeswehr (German army) Chief of Staff Bruno Kasdorf claimed on Wednesday that he faces a funding shortage of €4 billion. “The financing situation today is clearly insufficient,” the army's most senior soldier told the Süddeutsche Zeitung, complaining that the army had been under-financed since 1990. With an eye on continuing fighting in Ukraine and threats to other Eastern European Nato members, Kasdof said that “restocking our munitions is not sufficient, we are way behind on modernising our equipment; it is also imperative that we add to our munitions stocks.” …
  • Op-Ed: "Complicit": FDR's Refusal to Save the Jews on the MS St. Louis

    04/20/2015 8:05:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 189 replies
    INN ^ | Sunday, April 19, 2015 7:04 PM | Prof. Phyllis Chesler
    The more we learn about the Holocaust, even as it recedes into the “mists of time,” the more my blood boils, the closer I come to tears. Last night, I traveled far out into Syrian-Jewish Brooklyn, where there are not only Syrian shuls but Egyptian, Lebanese, and Iraqi shuls as well—sometimes two or three on a single block. […] Retired lawyer and filmmaker Robert Krakow was screening his film Complicit, which is about America’s and FDR’s refusal, in 1939, to allow the Jewish passengers on the German ship, the MS St. Louis, to enter the country. More than 900 Jews...
  • WHY THEY QUIT BEING LEFTISTS

    05/24/2015 7:46:26 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 11 replies
    The Independent Institute ^ | Nov 17, 2008 | By Carlos Alberto Montaner
    WHY THEY QUIT BEING LEFTISTS By Carlos Alberto Montaner The Independent Institute November 17, 2008 What led these people (along with Octavio Paz, Vargas Llosa, Ernesto Sábato, Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, and so many other valuable intellectuals) to abandon communism and begin to defend the values of liberty? In the first place, the painful realization that the communist governments, without exception, built societies that were very poor and brutal, from which people invariably tried to flee in desperation. All the communist experiments failed, regardless of the substrata on which they tried to erect their systems. The Germans, the Slavs, the Latin...
  • German Woman, 65, Gives Birth to Quadruplets

    05/24/2015 4:45:57 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 23, 2015 | FRANK JORDANS
    A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticized by medical professionals because of her age, RTL television said Saturday. Annegret Raunigk, gave birth to a girl — Neeta — and three boys — Dries, Bence and Fjonn — by cesarean section at a Berlin hospital Tuesday, RTL said. The newborns weighed between 655 grams (1 lb., 7 ounces) and 960 grams (2 lbs., 2 ounces) each. A spokeswoman for RTL said the babies stood a strong chance of survival but possible complications couldn't yet be ruled out, because they were born...
  • Germany, France to jointly develop 'Leopard 3' tank

    05/23/2015 3:50:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    dpa, Reuters ^ | 22.05.2015
    The German Defense Ministry announced its plans for the "Leo 3" (as it's likely to be nicknamed in Germany) in a report on Friday to the Bundestag, which was obtained by multiple media outlets. "Technologies and concepts will be investigated between 2015 and 2018 in joint studies also involving German industry," Markus Grübel, a deputy minister in the German Defense Ministry told his parliamentary colleagues. He cited the Leopard 2's long years of service as the reason that a new battle tank was required. The Leopard 2's 50-year service life is set to expire in 2030. The tank, which came...
  • The state of Palestine? Still mired in Jew hatred

    05/22/2015 11:43:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-22-2015 | GIL TROY
    Palestinian rhetoric and behavior reflect their honest intentions: their official organs and most of their leaders seek Israel’s destruction. State of Palestine A Palestinian supporter wears Palestinian and Union Jack flags outside the Parliament in London during October's vote on recognizing a state of Palestine. (photo credit:REUTERS) dShare on Facebook hShare on Twitter With the Palestinians taking Israel to the International Criminal Court and trying to kick Israel out of the international soccer league, FIFA, while still boycotting normal, constructive, personal, economic or cultural ties with Israel, their war against the Jews continues. Even if Pope Francis – whom I...
  • Buried Truths About Nazi Mass Murder and the Allied Victory

    05/21/2015 10:47:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 21, 2015 | Roger Cohen
    A very important movie about the Holocaust made its way to New York City for the first time this week at the end of a tortuous journey that began 70 years ago when Allied forces and newsreel cameramen stumbled into Nazi concentration camps. Called “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey,” it is as unadorned as its title, a document shot in the moment to capture forever evidence of the unimaginable. Made under the auspices of the British Ministry of Information, produced by Sidney Bernstein, the founder of Granada Television, assembled with advice from Alfred Hitchcock, the movie was meant to ram...
  • Minimum wage threatens Germany’s fave pickles

    05/21/2015 6:46:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 May 2015 14:32 CET
    Vegetable farmers in Brandenburg are worried about the future of the famous Spreewald gherkins, as the new national minimum wage has driven prices up.Spreewald gherkins aren’t just any old gherkins. They hold a certain status in Germany, to the extent that they are designated by the EU as a Protected Geographical Indication, designed to protect local specialties. And yet the greatest threat to their survival isn’t coming from international competitors, but from German politicians. Producers say that the national minimum wage introduced by the Social Democratic Party (SPD) as part of the coalition agreement is forcing prices up. “More than...
  • The Brutal Nazi Massacre of a Cretan Village in Pictures

    05/21/2015 8:13:40 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 43 replies
    The Pappas Post ^ | May 28, 2014 | Gregory Pappas
    On June 2, 1941 a brutal massacre took place in the village of Kondomari, just west of the city of Hania. The Battle of Crete had just completed and the Allied forces surrendered the island to the invading Nazis. Despite the outcome, the battle changed the course of World War II history and was epic on so many levels, including the fierce resistance that the Nazis encountered from the local Cretan population. The Nazis were dumbfounded by the resistance, never having experienced such ferocious fighting from civilians anywhere else in Europe. As retribution for so many German losses, General Kurt...
  • Dunkirk flotilla sets sail for 75th anniversary events

    05/21/2015 5:53:06 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21st May 2015 | BBC News
    'About 50 small boats involved in the evacuation of allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in World War Two have set sail from Kent to mark the 75th anniversary of the rescue. The craft, escorted by RNLI and Royal Navy vessels, are heading to the French town for official commemorative events. Operation Dynamo between 26 May and 4 June 1940 saw hundreds of boats of all types rescue 338,000 troops after they retreated from Nazi forces. A return takes place every five years. The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (ADLS) has organised sailings across the English Channel since 1970...
  • Russia to Close Stealth Corvette Project Over Lack of Foreign Components

    05/20/2015 6:23:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The first two vessels of the Project 20385 class, which is a derivative of the Steregushchy class (Project 20380) corvette featuring better electronics, air defenses and extended operational range, are the Gremyashchy and the Provorny corvettes. “Foreign-made equipment was installed on Project 20385 corvettes, and certain problems have emerged due to present-day events,” said Leonid Kuzmin, the marketing director of the Severnaya Verf shipyard. The two vessels are in various stages of completion and will be equipped with domestically-produced substitutes of foreign-made spare parts. According to earlier reports, a German contractor terminated a deal to supply engines...
  • Germany backs ‘Euro-drone’ to challenge US

    05/18/2015 5:32:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 May 2015 14:11 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    A European project to build a military drone by 2025 took wing on Monday as Germany, France and Italy signed a deal to start technical work and end their reliance on US- and Israeli-made models. The scheme for a pilotless aircraft built by the three EU powers could be worth up to €1 billion ($1.2 billion) if it gets airborne, officials said after the deal was signed in Brussels. “The goal of the Euro-drone is that we can decide by ourselves in Europe on what we use it, where we deploy the Euro-drone and how we use it,” German Defense...
  • 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...
  • FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF US DEBT RISES; CHINA RECLAIMS TOP SPOT

    05/16/2015 5:28:04 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 16 replies
    AP ^ | May 15, 4:26 PM EDT | BY CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foreign holdings of U.S. debt rose in March as China ramped up its purchases and displaced Japan as the leading owner of U.S. Treasury securities. The Treasury Department says overseas ownership of U.S. debt rose 2.1 percent in March to $6.18 trillion. That is below January's record of $6.22 trillion. China added $37.3 billion ... bringing its stockpile to $1.26 trillion... ahead of Japan, which added just $2.5 billion...to $1.23 trillion. ... The U.S. deficit topped $1 trillion from 2009 through 2012. Foreign governments...account for two-thirds of the foreign holdings...rose 1 percent from the previous month to...
  • China Retakes Top Spot as the Biggest Foreign Owner of U.S. Debt

    05/16/2015 7:45:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | May 16, 2015 | IAN TALLEY
    China Retakes Top Spot as the Biggest Foreign Owner of U.S. Debt By IAN TALLEY It was a short-lived domination. After just a month of being the top holder of U.S. Treasury debt, Japan has once again been pushed into the No.2 slot as China bulked up on Uncle Sam’s bonds and notes. As we noted last month – and several times before that – Treasury’s data is a rough guesstimate. That makes it hard for analysts sifting through the obscure sheaves of digital data to glean anything but rough trends. It also makes it difficult to draw precise conclusions....
  • 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.
  • Vatican to Sign First Treaty With “State of Palestine” -

    05/16/2015 4:50:30 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 53 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 5/11/2015 | Pamela Geller
    This is a massive betrayal of Israel and all free people, and an endorsement of the genocidal “Palestinian” jihad against the Jews. A “State of Palestine” will no more bring peace than did the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza: just as with Gaza, a “State of Palestine” will just become another jihad base. The Vatican has every reason to know that. The “Palestinians” on their official media outlets make no secret of their goal of wiping out Israel and killing Jews wholesale. Now the Vatican has signed on to that. —The Vatican said it would soon sign its first treaty with...
  • Nato's 'Dynamic Mongoose': Hunting for submarines

    05/15/2015 6:26:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14 May 2015 | Jonathan Beale
    In the North Sea, off the coast of Norway, Nato has been conducting its largest ever anti-submarine warfare exercise. It is seen as a response to the growing threat from Russian submarines which have stepped up their own patrols in these very same waters. It has also highlighted a gaping hole in Britain's own defences. For now though it is the hunt for U33, not Red October. The German U-boat is acting as the unseen enemy below the waves. 'Important training' U33's commander Kai Nicklesdorf and his 28 crew, who live in cramped conditions, are trying to avoid detection by...
  • 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...
  • British Election: Repercussions for America

    05/14/2015 11:57:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2015 | John Browne
    The British General Election, on May 7th, was an epic in two respects. First, in spite of polls forecasting a hung parliament, David Cameron's Conservative Party was given unexpectedly large support, winning 331 seats, or 51 % for an overall majority of four, and showing once again the failure of left wing parties to make traction in Europe. Second, Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish Nationalists Party (SNP) swept the Labour Party aside in Scotland to achieve an unexpected landslide and rekindle Scottish pressure for independence and, with it, a threat to the continued cohesion of the United Kingdom. Likely there will be...
  • Today in History

    05/14/2015 5:38:24 AM PDT · by Phlap · 4 replies
    UPI ^ | 05/14/2015
    In 1948, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years.
  • Greens, conservatives want weed legalized [Germany]

    05/13/2015 11:22:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 May 2015 08:40 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    MPs from the Green Party and Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have joined forces to say that cannabis should be regulated and legalized. Economic policy spokespeople Joachim Pfeiffer of the CDU and Dieter Janecek of the Greens told broadcaster ARD that they thought it no longer made sense to criminalize possession of or trading in the drug. “Every year we spend between one and two billion euros to punish consumers, although real organized crime should be the focus of our efforts,” they wrote in a position paper. The pair believe that a state-regulated cannabis market would bring in between...
  • Speaking to WWII veterans, Netanyahu compares Iran to Nazis

    05/13/2015 8:58:43 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 10:05 AM EDT
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Wednesday that Israel would defend itself against Iran, calling an emerging nuclear pact “a mistake that will cost dearly.” Speaking at the Knesset during a discussion devoted to the victory of the Allied forces in World War II 70 years ago, Netanyahu said world powers should learn a lesson from the rise of Nazi Germany and not go ahead with an agreement that would allow Tehran to continue enriching uranium and lift sanctions. “The lesson of history is never to make concessions to a radical regime which waves the banner of genocide and expansionism,” he...
  • Germany’s Green-Power Program Crushes the Poor

    05/13/2015 6:34:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/12/2015 | Robert Zubrin
    On May 7, Tom Friedman published an op-ed in the New York Times filled with praise for Germany’s green-power program. “What the Germans have done in converting almost 30 percent of their electric grid to solar and wind energy from near zero in about 15 years has been a great contribution to the stability of our planet and its climate,” gushed Friedman. “ . . . This is a world-saving achievement.” Friedman is not alone in his admiration for the German energy program. President Obama has hailed it too, saying that the world should “look to Berlin” as the model...
  • 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...
  • Netanyahu: Iran leading a campaign of 'conquest and subversion' around Israel's borders (Video)

    05/12/2015 10:00:50 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/12/2015 17:26
    PM meets with Germany defense minister visiting Israel to mark 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Netanyahu: Iran leading campaign of 'conquest and subversion' around Israel's borders Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday asserted that the threat emanating from the "imperial and theological ambitions" of Iran's "ayatollah regime" poses the greatest threat to the region. Speaking in Jerusalem with German Defense Minister Ursula Von Der Leyen, the prime minister said that Israel views Iran's quest to create an "empire" coupled with its nuclear ambitions as the greatest security challenge to the Middle East. "They are leading a...
  • Putin defends notorious Nazi-Soviet pact [Ezekiel 38]

    05/11/2015 12:45:06 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/10/2015 | Staff
    Moscow (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the infamous pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that agreed to divide up eastern Europe during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. On August 23, 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed to carve up eastern Europe between them in a secret clause of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact on non-aggression. "When the USSR realised that it was left facing Hitler's Germany alone, it took steps so as to not permit a direct collision and this Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was signed," Putin said at a news conference in response to...
  • Germany subsidizes sale of four warships to Israel

    05/11/2015 6:26:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2015
    May 11 Israel bought four German-made corvette warships on Monday to help secure its Mediterranean gas rigs, with Berlin heavily subsidizing the deal, Israel's Defence Ministry said on Monday. The ships, worth 430 million euros ($480 million), will be built by Thyssen Krupp and delivered within five years, providing significantly more fire power to Israel's navy. The German government will pay 115 million euros towards the cost. As part of its atonement for the Nazi Holocaust, Germany is committed to Israel's security and has often helped pay in the past for the cost of military equipment such as submarines. Thyssen...
  • FDR UNMASKED New book exposes how he lied us into war – and kowtowed to Stalin

    08/30/2002 7:36:01 AM PDT · by rightwing2 · 126 replies · 1,691+ views
    Antiwar.com ^ | June 25, 2001 | Justin Raimondo
    FDR UNMASKED New book exposes how he lied us into war – and kowtowed to Stalin Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com June 25, 2001 This year has been set aside by the Powers That Be for a "celebration" of America's role in World War II: America's political and cultural elites are looking back on that historical moment, sixty years later, with unabashed nostalgia. It was the necessary prelude to yet another "unipolar moment," as Charles Krauthammer describes the present post-cold war position of US global dominance, the moment when America stepped out onto the world stage with both feet and buried...
  • World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together

    05/10/2015 1:08:52 PM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 87 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05.12.134:45 AM ET | Andrew Roberts
    The most extraordinary things about Stephen Harding's The Last Battle, a truly incredible tale of World War II, are that it hasn’t been told before in English, and that it hasn’t already been made into a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945—five days after Hitler’s suicide—three Sherman tanks from the 23rd Tank Battalion of the U.S. 12th Armored Division under the command of Capt. John C. ‘Jack’ Lee Jr., liberated an Austrian castle called Schloss Itter in the Tyrol, a special prison that housed various French VIPs, including the ex-prime ministers Paul Reynaud and...
  • Inside Fidel Castro’s luxurious life on his secret island getaway

    05/10/2015 10:51:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 10, 2015 | Juan Reinaldo Sanchez
    For 17 years, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez served as bodyguard to Fidel Castro. But when he became disillusioned with the Cuban dictator’s hypocrisy and tried to retire in 1994, Castro had him thrown in prison. Sanchez made 10 attempts to escape the island, finally making it to the US in 2008. Now he reveals all in his new book, “The Double Life of Fidel Castro.” In this excerpt, Sanchez exposes “El Jefe’s” privileged life. To Cubans, Fidel Castro presents himself as a man of the people, claiming to make only 900 pesos a month (about $38) and owning no property other...
  • Elizabeth Warren Targets Clinton Foundation Donors

    05/09/2015 3:57:37 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/8/2015 | Brent Scher
    A new blog post written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) may appear to be an attempt to align with Hillary Clinton, but it takes direct aim at multiple Clinton Foundation donors. Warren’s post, “I agree with Hillary Clinton,” details her concerns with a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that she says “would let foreign companies challenge American laws outside of American courts.” “The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision isn’t a one-time, hypothetical problem—we’ve seen it in past trade agreements,” Warren wrote. Three of the five companies Warren uses as examples of companies that have abused similar...
  • Cameron’s triumph may weaken movement for Britain’s EU exit

    05/08/2015 6:18:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2015 12:01 PM ET | Raf Casert
    It might seem logical that triumph for David Cameron’s traditionally Euro-skeptic Tories would boost the likelihood of Britain splitting from the European Union in a referendum the prime minister has promised to call by 2017. But things are rarely so simple in European politics. Victory has given Cameron his best chance yet to push through enough reform within the EU to avoid “Brexit.” And the poor showing of the UK Independence Party—whose iconic leader Nigel Farage resigned after failing to win his seat—greatly frees up the British leader to seek a compromise with his EU counterparts. Cameron’s Conservatives also represent...
  • Humiliation for Obama's election guru in his last campaign: David Axelrod sees Labour shellacked

    05/08/2015 10:24:12 AM PDT · by mojito · 44 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5/8/2015 | Francesca Chambers
    President Obama's campaign mastermind suffered a humiliating end to his political career today as the British Labour party he was paid almost $500,000 to help to victory plunged to a catastrophic defeat. David Axelrod had been touted as the man to get Labour's Ed Miliband into - and the Conservative prime minister David Cameron out of - Downing Street. Instead he slunk out of Britain early, as his former Obama campaign colleague Jim Messina, who advised the winning Conservatives, crowed over a victory which had 'stunned the world'. Axelrod had already vowed that he was 'done with campaigns' after complaining...
  • Election 2015: Conservatives Big Winners Across England

    05/08/2015 10:12:20 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 05/08/2015 | BBC News
    The Conservatives have emerged as the dominant force in English politics after a string of surprising wins in key constituencies. Significant gains in the marginal "killing fields" helped the party to a comfortable majority. In a night of upheaval, seats previously considered Labour and Lib Dem strongholds turned blue as results trickled in. Several high-profile names including Ed Balls and Vince Cable lost their seats. Failure to win key marginals, combined with Labour losses in Scotland, prompted Ed Miliband to stand down. Meanwhile, Nick Clegg resigned as Liberal Democrat leader after his party suffered heavy losses and UKIP leader Nigel...
  • Ukip: The chart that shows how the electoral system is biased against Ukip

    05/08/2015 9:38:22 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 16 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 5/8/2015 | Martin Belam, Anna Leach
    Ukip supporters have woken up this morning to find that the party retains only 1 MP, but they will surely feel cheated by an election system that has handed the SNP over 56 MPs for a much smaller number of votes. Despite bringing in almost 4 million votes, making Ukip the third biggest party by vote share, this election has seen the fall of their leader Nigel Farage and second MP Mark Reckless. The spectacular success of the SNP in Scotland throws into sharp relief the unfairness of the first-past-the-post system on smaller parties. By the time Farage lost his...
  • The Political Map Of The UK (2015 Election)

    05/08/2015 9:27:37 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 39 replies
  • One Political Party Increased Its Seats in the British Parliament By 800 Percent!

    05/08/2015 9:04:27 AM PDT · by pinochet · 27 replies
    The election results in Britain has given the Conservative Party a majority in the UK parliament. But the most interesting story in the election, is the events in Scotland. The Labor Party has been wiped out in Scotland. The Scottish National Party (SNP) increased their seats in the British Parliament by 833 percent, the greatest increase seen by any party in the post World War Two era. Scotland has 59 seats in the British Parliament. The list below shows the distribution of Scottish UK Parliament seats from the 2010 election to the 2015 election. 2010 - Labor (41), Liberal Democrats...
  • Inquiry to examine (UK) Election Polls Major Failure

    05/08/2015 8:21:54 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    Newstalk ^ | 5-8-2015 | Newstalk
    Polls had the race neck and neck until the last moment An independent inquiry is to be carried out into the accuracy of election polls after underestimates of the Conservatives' lead over Labour. Predictions of a neck-and-neck race, a near-balanced parliament, and a potential constitutional crisis following the General Election put forward by all major pollsters during the campaign were proved drastically wrong. In the end, David Cameron's party secured an overall majority, something even the exit poll of 22,000 voters at 141 polling stations did not detect. The British Polling Council (BPC), which acts as the association for opinion...
  • Conservatives win as Miliband and Clegg face political extinction

    05/08/2015 7:03:00 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 07 May 2015
    David Cameron today vowed to make Great Britain 'greater still' as he set out how he will use his shock outright Tory majority to ensure the 'good life is in reach for everyone who's willing to work and do the right thing'. The Prime Minister used a statement outside Number 10 to pay tribute to both Labour's Ed Miliband and his former Lib Dem deputy Nick Clegg who have both resigned after suffering heavy losses in one of the most unpredictable election results for a generation. Mr Cameron returned to Number 10 with his wife Samantha after making the short...
  • End of the road for Red Ed: Labour leader admits defeat and quits after leading party to [tr]

    05/08/2015 6:36:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 8, 2015 | Matt Chorley
    Ed Miliband today announced he was quitting as Labour leader after calling David Cameron to congratulate him on his extraordinary election victory. He insisted he took full responsibility for the dreadful night of results, which saw big names including Ed Balls, Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy swept out by the Tories and the SNP. He thanked his supporters for their backing, selfies and the 'most unlikely cult ever' Milifandom, as he confirmed Harriet Harman will take over as acting leader. 'I am truly sorry I did not succeed. I did my best for five years,' he said. 'We've come back...
  • Vanity: UKIP Takes Third Place in Total Votes

    05/08/2015 5:53:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/8/2015 | Me
    UKIP only one parliamentary seat and Nigel Farage resigned after failing to win in the constituency he ran in. But UKIP came in third place with 3.9 MM votes or 12.7% gaining 9.6% easily beating the Liberal-Democrats. The problem is their votes are spread all over England so they only one seat in a first-past-the-post voting system.
  • Surprise: Super-Lib Sachs Criticizes Krugman, Praises UK Conservatives

    05/08/2015 5:30:28 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 3 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It was enough to make a blogger in mom's basement spit out his Cheetos in surprise. On today's Morning Joe income redistributionist and global climate kvetcher Prof. Jeffrey Sachs praised the UK Conservatives for creating jobs via an austerity budget. In a second surprise, Sachs criticized fellow lefty traveler Paul Krugman. Said Sachs of the Conservatives: "they governed well . . . they got the economy going again. They got it stabilized, they got the debt crisis Britain was facing under control and they created a lot of jobs and they got rewarded last night." And a bit later, the...