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  • Dozens arrested after climate protest blocks five London bridges

    11/17/2018 11:25:45 AM PST · by Simon Green · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/17/18 | Matthew Taylor
    Eighty-five people have been arrested as thousands of demonstrators occupied five bridges in central London to voice their concern over the looming climate crisis. Protesters, including families and pensioners, began massing on five of London’s main bridges from 10am on Saturday. An hour later, all the crossings had been blocked in one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades. Some people locked themselves together, while others linked arms and sang songs. By 2pm the blockade of Southwark Bridge had been abandoned and protesters moved from there to Blackfriars Bridge, where organisers said they were...
  • Jamal Khashoggi was a player, not a bleeding heart liberal

    11/17/2018 11:08:42 AM PST · by Pelham · 23 replies
    Financial Review ^ | November 4, 2018 | Alexander Downer
    So back to the tragic murder of Jamal Khashoggi. My intelligence sources tell me he had worked as an intelligence agent for the Saudi intelligence service, GID, for around 20 years. At one point he was sent by GID to Sudan to meet Osama bin Laden and to try to lure him away from terrorism. He failed. Khashoggi had always been close to the Muslim Brotherhood, the people who took over Egypt under Morsi following the so-called Arab Spring. The Muslim Brotherhood is a hard-line Islamist organisation dedicated to the introduction of Sharia and the creation of an Islamic caliphate....
  • Accept EU deal or face 'economic disaster', French minister warns Britain's Brexiteers

    11/16/2018 5:07:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies ^ | 16 November 2018 11:23 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said Friday that Brexit advocates must choose between accepting the deal negotiated by London and Brussels for leaving the EU or risk “economic disaster” and blasted “a number of lying politicians in Britain”. “The choice now faced by British political leaders who have advocated Brexit is to renounce their absurd political promise or face economic disaster, with the British people the main victims,” Le Maire said at a Paris forum on reforming the World Trade Organization. “What does Brexit demonstrate? It shows that leaving the common European market has an exorbitant economic cost,” he...
  • How to save Brexit

    11/16/2018 2:41:21 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Spiked ^ | 15th November 2018 | Brendan O'Neill, Editor
    We are witnessing a historic demoralisation of democracy. We must act.To grasp the magnitude of what has been done to Brexit, consider this: 17.4million Britons voted to take back control from Brussels, and yet according to a leaked memo written by one of the EU’s deputy negotiators, Brussels will ‘retain all the controls’ as part of the deal agreed by Theresa May. As part of May’s agreement to keep the whole of the UK inside a ‘customs union arrangement’ – ie, inside the customs union – Britain must ‘align their rules but the EU will retain all the controls’, the...
  • ‘No More Bargaining’ — Merkel Warns Offer Is Final as Brussels Chiefs Hope Brexit Will Be Called Off

    11/16/2018 12:35:10 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Nov 2018 | Virginia Hale
    There is “no question” of renegotiating the super-soft Brexit deal agreed with Theresa May, Angela Merkel has warned, as Eurocrats voiced hope that the divorce could be called off altogether. Speaking after a cabinet meeting in Potsdam, the German Chancellor said: “We have a document on the table that Britain and the remaining 27 EU states have agreed. There is, as far as I am concerned, no question of further bargaining at present.” With German industry bodies set to be hit particularly hard in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Merkel stated this would be the “worst and most chaotic...
  • Tony Blair claims Eurocrats gloated to him about defeating Britain during Brexit talks

    11/16/2018 12:28:12 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies ^ | 14th November 2018 | Harry Cole
    TONY Blair last night sparked fury by boasting EU officials privately gloated to him that they forced Britain to “cave” in divorce talks.
  • John Kerry: Europe must tackle climate change or face migration chaos

    11/16/2018 8:24:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 15, 2018 | by Patrick Wintour, Diplomatic editor
    Europe faces even deeper political turmoil and the possibility of mass migration from Africa unless the world urgently addresses the threat of climate change, the former US secretary of state John Kerry said on Thursday. In the discussion with the Observer Kerry said: “We are heading for catastrophe unless we respond to some life-threatening challenges very rapidly. We have a climate-denying president that pulls us out of the the Paris climate change agreement at a time when literally every day matters. “Europe is already crushed under this transformation that is taking place due to migration. In Germany Angela Merkel is...
  • Opinion: If celebrity victims of climate change can’t silence the deniers, who can?

    11/16/2018 8:13:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 14, 2018 | vy Zoe Williams
    "Wildfires don’t care about wealth or status,” began the New York Times this week, describing the celebrity homes obliterated by fire in California. But what the report didn’t add, leaving it instead to Neil Young’s website, was that climate change cares even less. As President Trump took time out of his busy schedule protecting his hair and insulting the French to blame poor forest management, Young laid it on the line: “As a matter of fact this is not a forest fire that rages on as I write this. We are vulnerable because of climate change.” Nothing brings the environment...
  • Red Britain Looms

    11/16/2018 5:34:58 AM PST · by Salman · 28 replies
    City Journal ^ | November 15, 2018 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Thanks to the current imbroglio over Brexit, Britain could soon be Venezuela without the oil or the warm weather. The stunning incompetence of the last two Tory prime ministers, David Cameron and Theresa May, might result in a Labour government, one led by Jeremy Corbyn, a man who has long admired Hugo Chavez for having reminded him—though not the people of Venezuela—what governments can do for the poor and the achievement of social justice. Corbyn’s second in command, John McDonnell, would, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, be in charge of the economy. Only five years ago, he said that the...
  • Live News Ccoverage of the British Gov't Crisis Over Brexit

    11/15/2018 9:38:36 AM PST · by NRx · 31 replies
    Sky News (live broadcast) ^ | 11-15-2018 | Sky News
    Live news coverage from Sky News. The British Government is in chaos with a string of high profile cabinet resignations over the proposed Brexit deal. May is holding onto power by her finger tips and there is open talk of a no confidence vote in parliament.
  • May vows Brexit will happen despite wave of resignations over her plan to exit E.U.

    11/15/2018 9:22:09 AM PST · by NRx · 14 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11-15-2018 | William Booth and Karla Adam
    LONDON — Following a string of devastating resignations from her cabinet over Brexit plans, Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament on Thursday that Britain will leave the European Union in March, deal or no deal. May faced a torrent of criticism in the chambers as members of Parliament, including those from her own Conservative Party, stood and denounced her Brexit plans as either a weak capitulation, an act of naive folly or a looming disaster. Some members pleaded with May to stage a second “People’s Vote” to give citizens another chance to rethink Brexit. Others decried her proposals as condemning...
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson hold emergency meeting of mutinous backbenchers

    11/15/2018 6:27:49 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies ^ | Hugo Gye, Natasha Clark, Tom Newton Dunn and Nick Gutteridge
    FURIOUS Tories led by Jacob Rees-Mogg are this afternoon pulling the trigger on a leadership challenge to Theresa May. Boris Johnson joined an emergency meeting of mutinous MPs this afternoon where plotters were set to launch a vote of confidence in the PM after a wave of resignations over her Brexit deal. Mr Rees-Mogg, who chairs the powerful European Research Group of pro-Brexit Tories, today called for Mrs May to resign - adding that a Brexiteer such as BoJo should replace her. His decision to send a letter backing a leadership challenge will encourage allies to do likewise - putting...
  • Theresa May reveals her Brexit deal: Draft keeps the UK in a customs union during an INDEFINITE [tr]

    11/15/2018 3:39:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 15, 2018 | James Tapfield, Tim Sculthorpe, and Jack Doyle
    Theresa May insisted the Brexit deal was the 'best that can be negotiated today' after the scale of the compromises made were exposed in the full text of the plan. The draft Withdrawal Agreement reveals that there will be more regulatory checks between Northern Ireland and Britain - a red line for the DUP which means she could lose their support in Parliament. The UK will also potentially be locked in a backstop to avoid a hard Irish border 'unless and until' another solution can be found, with no unilateral ability to exit.
  • May is hit by double bombshell as Dominic Raab dramatically quit Cabinet over EU 'blackmail [tr]

    11/15/2018 3:35:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 15, 2018 | James Tapfield and Martin Robinson
    Theresa May insisted her Brexit deal was not dead today after Dominic Raab and Esther McVey dramatically quit saying Britain was being 'blackmailed'. The Prime Minister vowed to push on with her controversial plan after the Brexit Secretary threw her into chaos by dropping the bombshell news. Ms McVey followed suit within minutes, accusing Mrs May of failing to 'honour the result of the referendum' following a bitter five-hour Cabinet debate last night. Other junior ministers have also quit as the situation threatens to spiral out of control. The premier was angrily berated by DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds in...
  • Birmingham [UK]: 400-strong vigilante mob forms to tackle crime "No trust in police"

    11/14/2018 7:46:55 PM PST · by NotaLowTBoomer · 44 replies
    Vigilante group of almost 400 people join forces to tackle crime in their area after spate of violent attacks left them with 'no trust in the police' 'We Stand Determined' is attempting to stop a wave of crime in Birmingham The group originally asked for more police officers but failed to get them Men and women are patrolling the streets after violent robberies and attacks
  • EU plan to enable non-dollar Iran trade, oil sales unraveling: diplomats

    11/14/2018 7:21:03 AM PST · by Java4Jay · 23 replies
    A special European Union initiative to protect trade with Iran against newly reimposed U.S. sanctions faces possible collapse with no EU country willing to host the operation for fear of provoking U.S. punishment.
  • Merkel calls for the creation of a 'real, true' European army in rebuke to Trump [tr]

    11/13/2018 7:47:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 107 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 13, 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    Angela Merkel called for the creation of a 'real, true' European army during a speech to EU ministers on Tuesday in a rebuke to President Trump. The German Chancellor also called for a European Security Council that would be responsible for coordinating defence policy on the continent. Merkel spoke out after French President Emmanuel Macron floated the same idea last week, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump.
  • Caroline Glick: A Desperate Emmanuel Macron Attacks Donald Trump

    11/13/2018 4:03:36 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Caroline Glick
    Upon landing in France over the weekend, Trump called Macron’s remarks about defending against America “insulting.” The President tweeted that instead of figuring out a way to fight the U.S., the Europeans should pay their share of NATO’s budget, which the U.S. has been underwriting. Macron’s anti-Americanism isn’t only fueled by domestic political concerns. He has two other – perhaps even more significant – causes for his hostility. First, and most fundamentally, Macron rightly views Trump’s presidency and his nationalist vision of America as an existential threat to the European Union. As political philosopher Yoram Hazony explains in his vital...
  • UN Demands Ban on Trump-style “Nationalist Populism”

    11/12/2018 6:56:20 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 59 replies
    the one american ^ | Monday, 12 November 2018 | Alex Newman
    BRINDISI, Italy — The United Nations is seriously stepping up its campaign to undermine free speech, online freedom, and a surge in opposition to globalism worldwide. Pointing to what it calls “international law” against racism and “intolerance,” the UN is demanding a global crackdown on fundamental human rights as well as what is described as “nationalist populism.” In particular, the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment must go. As part of the attack, political and economic ideas the UN hates — populism, concern about corrupt elites, nationalism, individual liberty, borders, and more — are also now officially in the UN’s crosshairs. Basically,...
  • UN nuclear watchdog says Iran abiding with 2015 deal limits [IAEA lies again]

    11/12/2018 9:38:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 12, 2018 | Kiyoko Metzler
    The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog said Monday that Iran is abiding by the deal reached in 2015 with major powers that aimed at preventing Tehran from building atomic weapons in exchange for economic incentives. In a confidential quarterly report distributed to member states and reviewed by The Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has been abiding with key limitations set in the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. The issue has grown more complicated since the U.S. withdrew unilaterally in May from the deal and then re-imposed sanctions. Iran’s economy has been struggling ever since and...