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May 27 15:50

Elections watchdog budgets £829,000 taxpayers money to plan for EU Parliament polls in 2019 despite them being due weeks AFTER Brexit

The Electoral Commission has earmarked more than £800,000 to run elections to the European Parliament next year despite Brexit.

The election watchdog admitted it was unlikely to ever run the polls because Britain is not supposed to ever elect MEPs again.

But it insisted that it had to prepare for the possibility of polls, which would have been due next spring if Britain had not voted for Brexit.

May 27 10:25

Massive fire rips through Europe’s 2nd largest theme park

A huge fire has broken out at Europa-Park in the German town of Rust, the second most visited theme park in Europe after Disneyland. The inferno prompted the visitors to evacuate as many lamented their favorite attraction online.

A huge plume of black smoke has risen hundreds of meters in sky as a warehouse near the attraction called “The Pirates of Batavia” caught fire on Saturday, the emergencies services said.

May 27 04:59

Dresden was a civilian town with no military significance. Why did we burn its people?

From 13 to 15 February 1945, British (and some American) heavy bombers dropped 2,400 tons of high explosives and 1,500 tons of incendiary bombs onto the ancient cathedral city of Dresden. In just a few hours, around 25,000 to 35,000 civilians were blown up or incinerated ... Churchill wrote that he wanted "absolutely devastating, exterminating attacks by very heavy bombers from this country upon the Nazi homeland". In another letter he called it "terror bombing". His aim was to demoralise the Germans to catalyse regime change ... Records show that the first intentional "area bombing" of civilians in the Second World War took place at Monchengladbach on 11 May 1940 at Churchill's orders

May 27 04:50

Eastern European Laws on World War II History Spark Congressional Reaction

What countries in Eastern Europe might have once assumed were domestic debates over World War II history are spilling over into major international disputes and causing problems for their relations with the United States. Last month, more than 50 members of Congress sent a letter to the State Department that expressed concerns about "state-sponsored Holocaust distortion and denial." The lawmakers note that both Poland and Ukraine recently passed laws relating to World War II history and claim these are connected to rising incidents of anti-Semitism. The April 23 letter has drawn ire and sparked debate in Poland, Ukraine, and certain academic and political circles in the United States ... At issue for lawmakers are pieces of legislation passed in Poland and Ukraine relating to World War II history.
Note: There are laws about the holocau$t incident that if not obeyed you will be put in jail.

May 26 09:40

Major Tory Party Donor Says UK PM Should Resign Over Brexit 'Greek Tragedy'

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been widely criticized by politicians and others in Britain for her poor handling of Brexit negotiations. Her proposal for a customs union partnership with the EU has been the main source of criticism in recent weeks.

A major donor to the ruling UK Conservative Party called on PM May to resign today, insisting that she needs to be “replaced as soon as possible,” according to the Telegraph newspaper.

May 26 09:12

Israel calls on EU to end funding to pro-boycott groups

Israel called on the European Union on Friday to halt funding to more than a dozen European and Palestinian non-governmental organizations that it says promote boycotts against Israel, saying the financial support violates the EU's stated policy that it opposes boycotts against the Jewish state.

May 25 09:25

UK threatens to demand money from EU in Brexit feud over European GPS

Britain told the European Union on Thursday it will demand the repayment of up to 1 billion pounds if the bloc restricts its access to the Galileo satellite navigation system, Europe’s version of GPS.

May 24 15:30

Europe could spend up to £440 million on KILLER ROBOTS that can go to war without human help

The European Union could spend up to £440 million ($590 million) on killer robots that wage warfare without the need for human assistance.

Officially known as Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWs), the robots use artificial intelligence to target and kill enemies without human involvement.

Brussels has decided to allow bankrolling of the controversial machines through the EU defence fund despite MEPs' attempts to bar LAWs from the kitty.

The parliament had wanted to block EU subsidies of the weapons but conceded in talks on Tuesday in order to strike a compromise, two sources who were in the room told the EUObserver.

May 24 13:05

Russia Finance Minister: We Are Ready To Ditch The Dollar In Favor Of The Euro

The common theme here is that Trump's sanctions against Russia - with which he is supposedly colluding - not only work, but are very effective in achieving their goal. And they do so though the biggest weapon the US has: access to the world's reserve currency, because with one phone call to SWIFT, Trump can lock out an entire nation.

So what alternatives is Russia planning, aside of course from increasingly closer trade, financial and monetary ties to China, which renminbi many speculate is only a matter of time before it replaces the USD as the world's reserve currency?

Addressing precisely this issue, Russia's Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that settlements in US currency could be dropped by Russia in favor of the euro. That said, Russia would only engage in such an unprecedented transition under one condition: if the EU takes a stand against the latest US sanctions on Moscow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is playing this beautifully!!

May 24 12:35

IRAN LISTS 7 CONDITIONS TO REMAIN IN NUCLEAR DEAL

In his first statement since Pompeo's Wednesday speech, Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei set 7 conditions for the European nations if they want Tehran to remain in the agreement.

Khamenei laid out the full list on Twitter on Trump's favorite social media network, remainder of continued on twitter where in a brief tweetstorm, he unveiled the following demands of Europe:

Over the course of 2 years, US violated #JCPOA, several times, while the Europeans remained silent. These 3 European countries should prove that they won’t be as dishonest & untrustworthy as they were during nuclear talks in 2004-2005. Europe needs to compensate for it:
The US has violated Resolution 2231. Europe must issue a resolution against US’s violation [of it].
Europe must guarantee it will not raise the issue of the Islamic Republic's missiles and regional affairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; Europe will not be allowed to acceed to Iran's demands by the US government, meaning that the Iranians will shortly go back to uranium enrichment, which will then be used as the "justification" for a war against it by the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.

But this will not happen until Israel uncorks in Lebanon against Hezbullah, and accomplishes "regime change" there, to achieve a more "Israeli-centric" government in Beirut.

So we have, maybe, a couple of months or more, before that happens, and then, the major world war against Iran happens. Look at the attack against Lebanon to come either right before, or right after, the High Holy days in Israel, Rosh Hashana, and Yom Kippur, which are celebrated in September of this year.

June 1st is already upon us week; So watch for 3 months of intense demonisation of Lebanon; Iran, and Russia in the next three months, leading up to an Israeli first strike on Lebanon.

But the big issue in all of this, with Russia having historically claimed that it will defend Iran should it be attacked militarily, is, when Iran is attacked, what will Russia's Putin actually be willing to do to defend it?!?

And lastly, here is a link to Ynetnews.com, with an article which is more than a little unsettling:


Israeli Security Cabinet now authorized to declare war

What makes this chilling, is the reality that now, only a handful of Israeli politicians have the power to wage war, in which the Knesset has utterly no voice whatsoever.

May 24 10:32

NATO Chief Worried About Fissures Between United States and Europe

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during a visit to Washington this week he is worried about the significant gaps between the United States and Europe on some of the world’s most important issues, from climate change to America’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement.

His comments, in an interview with Foreign Policy, were the latest in a series of remarks by European officials highlighting the rift between Brussels and Washington under the presidency of Donald Trump.

“There are serious differences on serious issues, as we now see on trade, the Iran nuclear deal, climate, and also in other areas,” Stoltenberg said.

May 24 09:58

Why are US drones being based in Greece for the first time?

For the first time, American military drones are operating from a Greek airfield. But don’t expect a permanent stay.

The U.S. Air Force has begun using MQ-9 Reaper drones out of Larisa Air Force Base, located halfway down Greece’s eastern side, near the Aegean Sea.

In response to an inquiry from Defense News, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said the aircraft are being temporarily stationed at Larisa while their usual base in Africa undergoes repairs. The news was first reported locally by the To Vima newspaper in Greece.

May 24 09:58

US Army flows fresh tanks, troops into Europe

The U.S. Army Europe has notified German states about a massive movement of heavy military vehicles on their way to strategic locations in eastern Europe and the Baltics under the banner of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

All told, 3,300 troops of the 1st Armored Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, will bring 2,500 pieces of equipment across the Atlantic Ocean. The formation will relieve the 2nd Armored Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division, which will return to Fort Riley, Kansas.

The equipment arrived by ship in Antwerp, Belgium, over the weekend, where it is still being prepared for onward transport within Europe. Military officials said they treat the deployment as a large-scale exercise meant to stress logistics skills that would be needed in case of a war on the continent.

May 24 09:22

Italian parents who named their daughter Blu must change it to a 'traditional girl's name' – or have one imposed by the court

Blu's mother Vittoria, who met her partner Luca three years ago, said: 'Since the first day Luca told me he wanted to call his daughter Blu and I chose Blu because It is the colour of the fifth chakra.'

For the girl's dad Luca, Blu stands for 'bella luminosa unica', which in English means beautiful, vibrant and unique.

He told Il Giorno: 'If we don't show up with an alternative, a judge will decide our daughter's name for us.'

The bizarre case came about because of a presidential decree that all newborns should have gender appropriate names.

May 24 09:10

Sweden: Anti-Immigration Sweden Democrats Hit Record High Support In Latest Poll

The right-wing, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats are surging in the polls as the backlash continues to grow over their nation's suicidal open borders policies.

May 24 09:07

NETHERLANDS DOESN'T RECOGNIZE RESULTS OF VENEZUELA ELECTIONS

The Netherlands does not recognize the outcome of the elections held in Venezuela over the weekend, in which leftist president Nicolas Maduro was re-elected. "They were not free and independent elections", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, RTL Nieuws reports.

May 24 07:00

Israel Says Europe Can ‘Go to a Thousand, Thousand Hells’ for Criticizing Violence Against Protesters

"Let them go to a thousand thousand hells," Steinitz told a local radio station, calling the EU hypocritical, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. "The EU is now sucking up to Iran and will help [Tehran] against U.S. sanctions."
Note: That attitude explains a multitude of actions and attitudes. Does Israel have a right to exist? (on Palestinian land)

May 23 11:21

EU calls on Israel to reinstate visa for Human Rights Watch head

Omar Shakir's visa was revoked after Israel accused him of supporting boycotts against it, but EU notes if not reinstated, 'Israel would join a very short list of countries' which have barred HRW staff.

May 23 11:08

EU agrees to start Australia, New Zealand trade talks

European Union countries cleared the way on Tuesday for the bloc to begin free trade talks with Australia and New Zealand in a drive to forge new alliances as trade tensions with the United States increase.

The European Commission, which negotiates on behalf of the 28 EU members, said EU trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom would visit both countries to open talks in June before negotiators convene in Brussels in July for a first round of discussions.

The EU forecasts that ambitious and comprehensive agreements could boost its exports to the two countries by a third in the long term, although there are caveats about opening up EU markets to farm produce such as butter and beef.

May 23 10:59

European Lawmakers Disappointed at Facebook CEO's Testimony

The testimony of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg before the European Parliament was insufficient, as the social network founder was able to avoid uncomfortable questions, several members of the parliament pointed out.

Zuckerberg's hour-long interview took place on Tuesday. The format of the hearing allowed the Facebook CEO only several minutes at the end of the session to answer questions. However, he promised to provide written answers to all inquiries.

"Today's pre-cooked format was inappropriate & ensured #Zuckerberg could avoid our questions. I trust that written answers from Facebook will be forthcoming. If these are not accurately answered in detail, the EU competition authorities must be activated & legislation sharpened," Guy Verhofstadt, the president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), wrote on his Twitter.

May 23 10:50

Iran in the crosshairs as the Empire enters its mad dog days

Mike Pompeo’s bellicose rhetoric against Tehran leaves no doubt that Washington has embraced the status of international renegade.
Pompeo’s speech, delivered in his capacity as secretary of state, evinced a blatant disregard for the integrity of international treaties and respect for international law. It also ensures that the last vestiges of credibility enjoyed by the US has now been shredded in the eyes of a world grown weary – weary of a Trump administration which, in its caprice and continual threats, is more redolent of a New York mafia crime family than a respectable and responsible government.

May 23 10:47

Italy latest: Lega leader tells France to ‘mind its own business’ amid euro warning

THE leader of Italy’s far-right Lega party told Paris to stop “poking its nose” into Rome’s internal affairs after French economy minister Bruno Le Maire called on the country’s new eurosceptic government to maintain its efforts to reduce its giant public debt in line with European Union fiscal rules.

May 23 10:47

Top EU Official Warns Israel 'Not to Disparage Europe' – Reports

With relations between Tel Aviv and Washington at one of their highest points in history after the controversial opening of the US Embassy in the disputed city of Jerusalem, a high-ranking European official has predicted that President Trump's legacy may be scrapped.

During a recent visit to Israel, an unnamed senior EU official warned that Tel Aviv should not underestimate Europe, according to Israel Television News Company's Hadashot TV news bulletin.

"You shouldn't disparage Europe. Look at the numbers: We are still your biggest trade partners. You don't understand that we are under immense public pressure against Israel," the official reportedly said.

May 23 10:46

EU Turns Toward Russia as Trans-Atlantic Union Bursting at Seams

European countries are turning to Russia as an ally in their confrontation with Washington over Donald Trump's tariff measures and sanctions spree against Moscow and Tehran. In this context German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit has marked a potential thaw in EU-Russia relations.

Russia has apparently emerged as a potential EU strategic partner, as the bloc is seeking ways to resist US President Donald Trump's trade policies and Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's May 18 meeting with President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi has come as a signal of a potential thaw in relations between Moscow and the EU following the bloc's introduction of anti-Russia sanctions over Crimea's reunification with the state in 2014.

May 23 10:43

Italy’s president approves Euroskeptic coalition's proposed PM candidate Conte

Law professor and lawyer Giuseppe Conte, proposed by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and its right-wing coalition ally Lega Nord for the post of Prime Minister, has been approved by the president.

Both parties rolled out their proposal for PM on Monday after lengthy negotiations the previous day. Lega Nord leader Matteo Salvini and Five Star Movement chief Luigi Di Maio later presented their pick to Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Salvini described Conte as “a professional who contributed to the drafting of the contract” between both parties, while Di Maio called him “the Five Star Movement in a nutshell – he won't burden the Italian public."

Reports in the Italian media suggest that Conte will likely have both Five Star and Lega Nord leaders in his government, with Di Maio reportedly gunning for the Economic Development Ministry and the Salvini heading the Interior Ministry.

May 23 10:29

'Beautiful Missile Launch:' Israel Lashes Out at Eurovision Song Parody

Israel’s victory in the Eurovision final on May 12 has been mirrored not only online, but by official mass media outlets, and a number of parallels have most naturally been drawn with the nation’s latest moves in the Gaza standoff.

The Israeli Embassy in Holland has issued an official letter condemning a parody involving the Israeli Eurovision winner’s hit as anti-Semitic in its essence, Israel’s Haaretz reported. Following the news report, some Twitter users rushed to claim that Israel lacks a sense of humor, while others reiterated their "disgust" with what they billed an "anti-Semitic" Dutch spoof.

May 23 10:12

Israeli govt minister tells EU: ‘Go to a thousand, thousand hells’

Unhappy about EU calls to probe alleged Israeli police brutality against activists protesting the bloodshed on the Gaza border, Israel's Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said the EU could go "to a thousand thousand hells."

Steinitz was giving an interview to a local radio station when he said of the EU, "Let them go to a thousand thousand hells," as cited by Haaretz. His response followed the EU’s call for a “swift investigation” into the Israeli police’s violent crackdown on protesters in Haifa last Friday. They had been criticising the State of Israel for the high death toll at the border with Gaza.

May 22 12:13

Italy’s incoming government wants to lift Russia sanctions and rewrite EU rules

The power-sharing agreement between Italy's two populist parties is likely to raise concerns for officials at the European Union.

The left-wing Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right Lega are on the brink of clinching power in the southern European nation, forming a coalition after neither party gained enough seats to govern alone at March elections. They released their plans for the next executive Friday morning which would potentially end more than two months of political instability in the third largest euro zone economy. The plan will be voted on by their members over the weekend and, if approved, could bring further problems for the EU.

Their plan aims for a "necessary" re-discussion over European treaties, a "reduction" of the powers coming from Brussels, and a return to a pre-Maastricht setting.

May 22 12:12

US 'has bigger stick' to hold EU hostage over Iran sanctions – ex-EU Commissioner to RT

As Brussels aims to circumnavigate US sanctions against EU companies doing business with Iran, former European Commission Vice President Guenter Verheugen told RT that America still "has the bigger stick."

Verheugen told RT's Sophie Shevardnadze on the SophieCo show that European companies are essentially backed into a corner when they consider the economic benefits they receive by doing business with the US, versus Iran.

"I’m afraid that the Americans have the bigger stick here,” said Verheugen. “If you were a European company or a German carmaker, for instance, and if you look at the figures, what kind of business you do in Iran, what kind of business you do in the United States, you have not much choice, and you will decide not to invest in Iran, you will continue to invest and make business in the US."

May 22 11:57

Iran Deal: Why EU is Likely to Give in and Play by Trump's Rules

Despite the fact that European leaders strongly oppose Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, the bloc has a substantial surplus in trade with the US, which remains the largest destination for the EU's exports of goods and services.

EU businesses are bending to Washington's will regardless of vocal displeasure from Brussels and major European capitals' over the resumption of anti-Iran sanctions by Donald Trump.

"Looking at latest decisions of Donald Trump someone could even think: with friends like that who needs enemies. But frankly, EU should be grateful. Thanks to him we got rid of all illusions. We realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm," European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted on May 16, following Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

May 22 11:48

New ‘Italy First’ coalition wants to deport 500,000 migrants

On the 18th of May, the Five Star-Movement and the League struck a deal to form a populist government. One of their government’s pledges is to deport half-a-million migrants.

A few days before the deal, EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos stated that he wished Italy would “not change its migratory policy”.

The government deal not only changes the migratory policy of Italy, it revolutionises it. The programme calls for the deportation of the 500,000 migrants present in Italy.

“Today, there are around 500,000 illegal migrants in Italy (…) expulsion orders are not enough: those who don’t have the right to stay must return to their home countries”, the document said.

May 22 10:02

Sweden distributes 'be prepared for war' leaflet to all 4.8m homes

The Swedish government has begun sending all 4.8m of the country’s households a public information leaflet telling the population, for the first time in more than half a century, what to do in the event of a war.

Om krisen eller kriget kommer (If crisis or war comes) explains how people can secure basic needs such as food, water and heat, what warning signals mean, where to find bomb shelters and how to contribute to Sweden’s “total defence”.

The 20-page pamphlet, illustrated with pictures of sirens, warplanes and families fleeing their homes, also prepares the population for dangers such as cyber and terror attacks and climate change, and includes a page on identifying fake news.

The publication comes as the debate on security – and the possibility of joining Nato – has intensified in Sweden in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and recent incursions into Swedish airspace and territorial waters by Russian planes and submarines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question I need to ask here is, why now?!?

You have to love the irony of this story, written by John Henley, as the Swedish officials talk about how to spot fake news, then in a couple of paragraphs down, Henley makes the false claim that Russia "annexed" Crimea, which never happened.

In 2014, after the coup threw the duly elected Ukrainian President Yanukovich under the proverbial bus, and replaced him with Poroshenko, Crimean officials realized that there was no true rule of law in Ukraine at that point.

What they did was a two-step referendum, first asking their people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine of leave it (the people voted overwhelmingly to leave, due to Ukraine's massive corruption), and secondly, petition the Russian Federation to join it, and Russia accepted that petition. These are the facts on the ground which cannot be erased, period, end of discussion.

And John, for having included that codswallop "bit" about Russia having annexed Crimea, because that is the American And European narrative, and you have been given your "marching orders" not to stray from it, even though you know it never happened, shame on you, sir.

May 22 04:31

The Microsoft cyber attack

A fascinating documentary exploring how the WannaCry exploit effected the EU, why Windows remains the dominant OS in European Governments, and the shady (slightly illegal) politics surrounding its use.

May 22 03:09

US Hostility Good Opportunity For Europe, Iran To Abandon USD

The re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran and Washington’s threat to punish European companies for doing business there provides a good opportunity for ditching the dollar, according to RT’s Keiser Report host, Max Keiser

The US uses the dollar as a weapon to promote US dollar hegemony and the US Empire. The world now sees clearly that the US dollar is a Ponzi scheme in the hands of the Central Bank, backed by the extraordinarily violent Pentagon whose multi-trillion- dollar budget can only be justified via wars of convenience, torture, and election meddling around the world,” Keiser wrote.

Unfortunately, European corporations are defying the EU and EC by threatening to abide by the preposterous US sanctions and financially censor Iran in ways that will boost the fortunes of these CEOs, but endanger millions of Europeans and people around the world,” he added.

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May 21 15:34

EURO ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE?

May 21 13:59

Draghi Opened Pandora's Box: Now Debt-Deflation Looms For Italy

First, we heard Banque de France Governor Villeroy de Galhau confirm that the European Central Bank intends to continue reinvesting its portfolio of securities indefinitely. This means continued low interest rates in Europe and, significantly, increasing monetary policy divergence between the EU and the US.

Second and following from the first point, the banking system in Europe remains extremely fragile, this despite happy talk from various bankers we met during the trip. The fact of sustained quantitative easing by the ECB, however, is a tacit admission that the state must continue to tax savings in order to transfer value to debtors such as banks. Overall, the ECB clearly does not believe that economic growth has reached sufficiently robust levels such that extraordinary policy steps should end.

May 21 11:21

Brussels Rises In Revolt Against Washington: A Turning Point In US-European Relations

The May 16-17 EU-Western Balkans summit did address the problems of integration, but it was eclipsed by another issue. The meeting turned out to be a landmark event that will go down in history as the day Europe united to openly defy the US. The EU will neither review the Iran nuclear deal (JPCOA) nor join the sanctions against Tehran that have been reintroduced and even intensified by America. Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the JPCOA was the last straw, forcing the collapse of Western unity. The Europeans found themselves up against a wall. There is no point in discussing further integration or any other matter if the EU cannot protect its own members. But now it can.

May 21 11:20

Italy Is Forming The Epicenter Of The EU's Fateful Shift

Five-year Italian debt blew out over 1%, CDS spreads have moved over 20 basis points in a week. The markets are trying to scare these outsiders now in charge in Italy to soften their stances on reform and maintain a status quo which is destroying a great country and culture.

The League and Five Star Movement leaked demands for $250 billion in debt relief from the ECB. There was also a demand for developing a mechanism for countries to leave the euro, according to a, now discredited, report from Reuters.

The final proposal doesn’t have any of this inflammatory language, but don’t think the leak wasn’t part of their negotiating strategy or part of where they are ultimately going to push things.

Because the rest of the proposal is already hostile enough to Brussels (see below). And with ECB President Mario Draghi now signaling the need to consolidate European sovereign debt under its umbrella, it isn’t necessary at the moment.

May 21 11:09

EU on ‘ALERT’ - Italy president expect to confirm new Eurosceptic government TODAY

ITALY’s President is expected to confirm a coalition between the League and the Five-Star Movement (M5S) today, cementing the nation as having one of the most Eurosceptic governments on the continent.

May 21 10:55

EU, Russia, and China in Talks on New Iran Nuclear Deal

While previous reports have indicated that there was little interest in talking about a new nuclear deal with Iran, the withdrawal of the US from the existing deal appears to have changed things. Now, Russia, China, and the European Union are to hold talks on a major revision of the deal later this week.

This new deal would keep Iran’s requirements the same as the existing deal, but would increase the incentives guaranteed by the other powers. This is an attempt to keep Iran complying with the deal as the US ratchets up sanctions.

While the US was the one pushing for a “new” deal in the first place, the other nations have kept the US completely sidelined in these new talks. This is unsurprising, as many see the US trying to undermine any such deals.

May 21 10:30

Russia's Navy Establishes Permanent Presence In Mediterranean Sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin said a naval standing force, including warships with Kalibr long-range land attack cruise missiles, will be permanently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. The statement was made at a meeting with top military officials and defense industry leaders that took place in Sochi on May 16. One of the missions is delivering strikes against terrorist targets in Syria.

102 expeditions of ships and submarines are planned in 2018. The force will go through intensive training.

May 21 10:25

'Italians come first!' Italy's shock plan to rip up EU rules and CUT payments to Brussels

ONE of the leaders of the expected Italian coalition has warned he will go to Brussels backed by "political weight" in the country to renegotiate EU rules in order to put Italians first.

Luigi Di Maio sent a stark warning shot to Brussels yesterday in a set of remarks that could set a hostile tone between the two powers for months to come.

The leader of the 5 Star Movement (M5S) was speaking to the press about Italy's new approach to the European Union as he voted on the deal for a new coalition.

Mr Di Maio and Matteo Salvini, the leader of potential coalition partners the League, have offered the Italians an informal vote on a 58-page policy document that will hand them the mandate to govern.

May 21 10:18

EU Approves ‘Historic’ Ban on Bee Killing Pesticides

In light of growing scientific evidence linking certain insecticides known as neonicotinoid insecticides or neonics to rapidly collapsing bee populations, the European Union voted to place a permanent ban on virtually all use of these bee-killing toxins.

May 21 10:18

EU could compensate firms hit by U.S. sanctions over Iran: French minister

France is looking to see if the European Union could compensate European companies that might face U.S. sanctions for doing business with Iran, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday.

Le Maire referred to EU rules dating back to 1996 which he said could allow the EU to intervene to protect European firms against any sanctions imposed by the United States, adding that France wanted the EU to toughen its stance in this area.

In 1996, when the United States tried to penalize foreign companies trading with Cuba, the EU forced Washington to back down by threatening retaliatory sanctions.

May 21 09:37

Greece: Leftist Mayor Attacked In The Street And Called A 'Traitor'

A far-left Greek mayor was attacked in the streets and called a "traitor" on Saturday at a ceremony marking the killing of Greeks by Turks in the Pontic Genocide during WWI.

May 20 09:46

BREXIT: As May backs down, the EU’s broader crisis hots up

All Theresa May needs to do at the moment is hold her nerve and prove the EUnatics wrong. If she continues to water down British independence, she will go down as the Prime Minister who snatched EU defeat from the jaws of Brexit victory…as, to all intents and purposes, a traitor. This is strong but appropriate language.

May 20 09:22

Hungarian Prime Minister Accuses George Soros Of Spreading Anti-Semitism Across Europe

In a written response to Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, Orban said of Soros, who is Jewish, that:

“I would respectfully call your attention... to the fact that the Foundation and its founder bear personal responsibility for the growth of anti-Semitism in Europe.

They have brought people to Europe - among migrants - whose political and religious views have dramatically increased the vulnerability of our Jewish communities.

In contrast, Hungary and its government protects European Jewish communities when it prevents the uncontrolled entry of migrants into the European Union.

...

Our policy has moral and theoretical reasons, and also serves the idea of Jewish-Christian coexistence, in which we continue to believe with conviction. For this we do not expect any recognition, or gratitude from the World Jewish Congress, of course."

May 20 08:44

Draghi Calls for Consolidation of Debts?

May 19 16:36

TURKISH PRESIDENT VISITS UK TO REMIND EVERYONE HE STILL WANTS TO PUNISH CRITICAL SPEECH

I'm not sure why any nation with at least a passing respect for civil liberties would continue treating Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a world leader worth discussing ideas with. Erdogan rolled into the United States with his entourage of thugs and thought he could have critics beaten and unfriendly journalists tossed from press conferences. He continually petitions other countriesto punish their own citizens for insulting him.

May 19 12:34

Europe & Iran now have the perfect excuse to drop the US dollar – Max Keiser

The re-imposition of US sanctions on Iran and Washington’s threat to punish European companies for doing business there provides a good opportunity for ditching the dollar, according to RT’s Keiser Report host, Max Keiser.

“The US uses the dollar as a weapon to promote US dollar hegemony and the US Empire. The world now sees clearly that the US dollar is a Central Bank enabled Ponzi scheme backed by the extraordinarily violent Pentagon whose multi-trillion dollar budget can only be justified via wars of convenience, torture, and election meddling around the world,” Keiser wrote.

May 19 12:33

Protests continue for third day in southern Iran city as Pompeo tweets support for demonstrators

As protests continued for a third day in the southern Iranian city of Kazerun, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted his support for the protesters in that country.

Pompeo, who is due to give his first major policy speech on Iran next Monday, tweeted, “We support the Iranian people who are demonstrating against an oppressive government. 3 deaths & Internet interruption show the regime’s true nature."

Following Pompeo’s tweet, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio followed suit.

May 19 11:20

22,000 Icelandic citizens sign petition against next year's Eurovision in Israel

Icelandic citizens sign petition to boycott next year's Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Israel, following Gaza border riots; Iceland's national public broadcasting organization convenes to discuss issue; Icelandic human rights organization attempts harnessing other European countries to boycott next year's contest.

May 19 11:09

'I hope it'll be REVERSED!' German banker claims NOT one person in Europe wants Brexit

A GERMAN banker claimed “not a single person” in Europe wants Brexit to happen as he called for the referendum result to be reversed.

Stefan Hoops, head of global markets at Deutsche Bank in Germany, said “it’s a waste of time” for Europeans to focus on Brexit.

Speaking on CNBC, Mr Hoops said: “My personal perspective is that I sincerely hope that Brexit will be reversed, which I think is an interesting statement to make.

“But I think it’s important for everybody to understand that there is not a single person on the continent that wants Brexit to happen.”

May 19 11:07

Brexit WARNING: EU could REJECT May’s ‘backstop’ customs union plan

THE EUROPEAN Union is poised to refuse Theresa May’s plan to keep Britain tied to the bloc’s customs union beyond 2021 with the Prime Minister expected to propose extending a last-resort solution for the Irish border to the whole of the UK.

May 19 11:06

Trump uses NATO to police 'disloyal' Europeans

The growing rift in the transatlantic alliance is set to blow wide open after US President Trump used a top-level meeting with NATO this week to blast Germany and other European members for being “disloyal”.
Sounding like a Mafia don, Trump warned that such NATO members “will be dealt with”.

May 19 10:55

EU Gives Trump The Middle Finger, Will Stay In Iran Deal And Protect EU Companies From US Sanctions

May 18 13:04

Sweden In Free Fall

May 18 12:13

EU Will Block US Sanctions Against Iran Starting Friday

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has confirmed that beginning Friday, a 1996 “blocking statute” aimed at preventing the enforcement of the US sanctions against Iran will be brought back into effect. The law was initially passed to prevent the US blocking EU companies from trading with Cuba.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister Theresa May
EU officials have been negotiating the matter all week, as an attempt to try to save the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran after the US withdrew, and started re implementing sanctions. EU leaders have agreed that the entire union will work together in protecting the deal.

The blocking statute explicitly forbids European companies from complying with any nuclear-related US sanctions against Iran. It also mandates that the EU states will not recognize any foreign court rulings trying to enforce the sanctions against those companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what is President Trump going to do now, declare war on the EU?!?

That he and his team got so utterly caught like a deer in the headlights on this, and had no idea that his decision to pull the US out of the P5+1 deal was going to have these kinds of ramifcations, is not precisely a stellar endorsement of their understanding of the EU relationship with Iran, nor the fallout this decision would have.

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, yet perfectly predictable from this Administration.

May 18 09:55

Russian stock market brushes off US sanctions, trading near all-time high

The Russian economy is proving to be resilient and showing a strong recovery from the initial shock of the latest round of US sanctions targeting the business sector.

The ruble-traded MOEX reached 2,358 points this week, which is very close to an all-time high of 2,376.96 seen in February. The dollar-traded RTS index is still over 10 percent down from the February highs, but has also been recovering.

Analysts are pointing at the good signs in the Russian economy and growing price in crude oil. “The victorious march in the market goes on. In my opinion, this happens because of the influx of new investors in shares following the good situation in commodities and stable macroeconomic indicators,” said Freedom Finance analyst Georgy Vashchenko in a note. “If the trend does not break, MOEX can reach record high 2,400 points.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia's President Putin is laughing his head off right about now, and for good reasons; he knows that Europe, and the Middle East, are going to ignore US sanctions, or work around them, because of his country's oil production, and the production of non-GMO food. These commodities are vauable to every country in the world doing business.

And unless President Trump is willing to go to war with every country ignoring the sanctions, these sanctions will be toothless, at the end of the day.

May 18 09:51

Donald Trump warns Nato members will be ‘dealt with’ if they refuse to pay more for military alliance

Donald Trump singled out Germany in renewing his criticism of Nato members he accuses of not contributing enough, saying laggards would be “dealt with”.

Speaking alongside Nato’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, at the White House, Mr Trump reiterated a longstanding charge that America bears a disproportionate share of supporting the military alliance’s activities.

Germany “has not contributed what it should be contributing and it’s a very big beneficiary”, said the president, who has long had a frosty relationship with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.

May 18 09:22

Italy's 5-Star Movement, Lega Nord strike government coalition deal

Two Italian anti-establishment parties on Friday agreed on a joint government program that includes the mass deportation of immigrants and slashing taxes, according to the leader of one of the parties.

Luigi Di Maio, leader of the populist, eurosceptic Five-Star Movement (M5S), said in a video posted to his Facebook account that an agreement had been reached with the far-right, anti-immigrant and regionalist Lega Nord (LN), headed by Matteo Salvini.

"Today, the contract for the government of change has finally been defined in all its parts," Di Maio said. "I'm really happy. It has been 70 very intense days, so many things have happened, but in the end we managed to achieve what we announced during the campaign."

Di Maio said he was satisfied with what had been done and encouraged all M5S members to vote online to ratify the pact.

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