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Jul 16 05:24

Footage of Catastrophic flooding in Germany: Wuppertal, Aachen, Hagen,... Hochwasser 2021

Jul 15 09:02

Lithuania Concludes It's Subject To "Hybrid Aggression", Deploys Military To Protect Its Border

On July 13th, the Lithuanian parliament adopted a resolution calling the recent spike in irregular migration via Belarus “hybrid aggression”.

The document states that the organised movement of migrants is aimed at destabilising the situation in Lithuania.

According to the ruling conservative Homeland Union (TS-LKD), the resolution was initiated by the ruling majority in the parliament in cooperation with leaders of the majority of opposition groups and was backed by 56 lawmakers, with two votes against and 24 abstentions.

The adopted resolution states that “countries hostile towards Lithuania are carrying out hybrid aggression against the Republic of Lithuania” by organizing irregular migration.

It also expressed concern that “this hybrid aggression can be further developed and exploited and can even be used as a basis for threats of new nature in the context of the large-scale military exercise Zapad”, due to be held in Russia and Belarus in the autumn.

Jul 15 07:35

Plan to vaccinate teenagers triggers large protests in Greece

Thousands of anti-vaccine demonstrators protested in Greece’s two largest cities Wednesday against plans to make coronavirus vaccines available to children 15 and older.

The protests took place outside parliament in central Athens and in the northern city of Thessaloniki.

Greek authorities have blamed a recent increase in confirmed virus cases on crowded entertainment venues. Under new restrictions, leisure facilities will only be open to people who are vaccinated. A mandatory vaccination policy is planned for workers at care facilities and hospitals.

Jul 15 06:57

NATO’s activities near border pose nuclear threat to Russia – official

NATO’s activities near border pose nuclear threat to Russia – official

“All that shows that the West has actually set a course for military, strategic, political and psychological pressure on the Russian Federation, as well as the deliberate escalation of military tensions near the borders with Russia, which does not contribute to strategic stability.”

The Russian government news agency TASS reported on July 14 on stern warnings issued by the deputy secretary of the Russian Security Council, Mikhail Popov, in regard to NATO’s threat to his country. In an interview with the daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta, he said that recent Western activities demonstrate that the U.S. and its NATO allies have launched a campaign of military, political and psychological pressure against Russia and are escalating a dangerous military buildup on and near its borders.

Jul 15 06:56

War on Cash: EU steps up the fight

Jul 15 06:54

WATCH mass protests erupt in Greece after government bans unvaccinated from indoor public spaces & allows teens to receive jab

Thousands took to the streets in two of Greece’s largest cities to protest new health mandates, which bar the unvaccinated from many public spaces and require medical staff to take the shot, as well as plans to immunize teenagers.

Large crowds of demonstrators were seen in Athens and Thessaloniki on Wednesday, numbered in the thousands according to the Associated Press, some reportedly chanting “Hands off our kids!” while others hoisted banners reading “We say no to vaccine poison.”

Jul 15 06:36

Brexit takes revenge: British and Norwegians are fighting over herrings

Jul 14 08:58

EU unveils sweeping climate change plan

The European Union has announced a raft of climate change legislation aimed at pushing it towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

A dozen draft proposals, which still need to be approved by the bloc's 27 member states and the EU parliament, were announced on Wednesday.

They include plans to tax jet fuel and effectively ban the sale of petrol and diesel powered cars within 20 years.

Jul 14 07:24

Poland passes a law limiting WWII property restitution claims. A war of words ensues between Poland and Israel.

On Thursday, June 24th, the Sejm of the Republic of Poland passed an amendment to the Code of Administrative Procedure, according to which, inter alia, after the lapse of 30 years from the issuance of an administrative decision, it will not be possible to challenge it. In the vote in the Sejm, 309 deputies supported the amendment, no one was against it, and 120 abstained.

The amendment results from the necessity to introduce the judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal into the system of applicable law. “On May 12, 2015, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled that there must be a deadline set, after which faulty administrative decisions could no longer be challenged. It assessed that a situation where an administrative decision issued in gross violation of the law could be annulled without any time limits was inconsistent with the principle of the rule of law in a democratic state.”

Jul 14 07:22

EU on brink as looming court showdowns could see bloc collapse THIS WEEK

A trio of rulings in Warsaw and Luxembourg could have far-reaching consequences for the future of the bloc. The rulings could bring into question Poland’s EU membership as the battle between its eurosceptic government and Brussels set to reach a climax. Today, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal, its top court, will consider whether provisions in EU law are compatible with the country’s constitution.

Tomorrow the same court will consider a separate case on whether the European Court of Justice can force Warsaw to suspend its judicial reforms.

And on Thursday, the ECJ, the EU’s top court, will rule on whether a new disciplinary regime for judges set up by the Polish government is in breach of the country’s EU treaty obligations.

The mechanism allows judges to be punished by Warsaw for a number of reasons, including the content of their rulings.

Jul 14 07:12

Europe should break away from destructive Washington’s control and serve European interests

European governments do not realize their potential to save the world from Washington’s aggression, because the western Europeans are accustomed to being Washington’s vassal states since the end of World War 2.

The eastern and central Europeans have accepted Washington’s vassalage since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Vassalage pays well if all the costs are not counted. Because of Europe’s subservience to Washington, Washington is unlikely to learn this lesson before Washington marches on Russia.

Europe must take the lead, especially the central Europeans. These are peoples who were liberated from the Nazis by the Russians and who have in the 21st century experienced far more aggression from Washington’s pursuit of its hegemony than they have experienced from Moscow.

Jul 13 07:32

NATO Chief Meets with Egyptian, Israeli Foreign Ministers at Alliance Headquarters

NATO chief meets with Egyptian, Israeli foreign ministers at alliance headquarters

On June 12 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Israeli Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid at the military bloc’s headquarters in Brussels.

Stoltenberg praised Israel as “one of NATO’s most engaged and capable partners,” one of over twenty years’ standing, and a member of the bloc’s Mediterranean Dialogue military partnership.

He chose the occasion to hold Iran to account over its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and its agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and demanded it “refrain from all activities which are inconsistent with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (on endorsing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).

Jul 13 07:31

European Union Launches Military Mission in Mozambique

The European Union on Monday formally established a military mission for Mozambique to help train its armed forces battling jihadists in the north of the country.

A deadly insurgency by militants linked to the Islamic State group has ravaged the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province since late 2017, claiming some 3,000 lives and displacing 800,000 people.

Former colonial master Portugal is already providing training for Mozambican troops.

Lisbon’s military instructors on the ground are expected to make up some half of the new EU mission, which will be headed by a Portuguese commander.

“The aim of the mission is to train and support the Mozambican armed forces in protecting the civilian population and restoring safety and security in the Cabo Delgado province,” an EU statement said, without giving details on the overall size of the deployment.

Jul 13 06:56

Alternative for Germany Party Leader Wants Exit From EU, More Cooperation With Moscow

The popularity of the nationalist Alternative for Germany (Alternative fur Deutschland – AfD) party shot up dramatically from a state of virtual obscurity in the mid-2010s as Germans struggled to deal with the migrant crisis of 2015-2016, with the party winning 94 seats and becoming the third largest party in the Bundestag in the 2017 elections.

Germany has no choice but to leave the European Union and to create a “new European space” in which Russia will also have a place, AfD parliamentary group co-chair Tino Chrupalla has said.

“Germany should exit today’s European Union, which simply cannot be reformed, and establish a new European economic and interest group,” Chrupalla said in an interview with Welt published on Sunday.

Jul 13 06:54

Merkel's EU 'empire' dream for the Balkans

Jul 12 09:46

Poland in Talks to Purchase 250 US-Made Abrams Tanks

Poland’s Defence Ministry is reportedly preparing to buy about 250 M1 Abrams tanks from the United States, two months after it announced plans to buy 24 Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones.

Two sources close to the deal told Polish news site Gazeta.pl that the ministry is negotiating the potential contract terms.

“It has been rumored that something like this [acquisition] is possible. Now it’s more than just that. Details are being worked out, although a final decision has not yet been taken,” one of the sources said.

Asked about the potential tank acquisition and its status, a spokesperson for the Polish Defence Ministry told Defense News that “as part of the ongoing analyses related to the operational needs, we have identified the necessity to provide [Polish] armored military units with modern tanks that would comply with the requirements of the modern battlefield.”

Jul 12 08:26

Soldiers from Senegal and North Macedonia to train in Vermont

Vermont Business Magazine North Macedonian and Senegalese Soldiers will join Vermont National Guard members for training starting next week.

North Macedonia and Senegal are both partnered with Vermont through the National Guard State Partnership Program.

Soldiers from the Senegalese Fire Brigade will spend a week with various Vermont National Guard, State and local disaster response organizations participating in multiple demonstrations and training events. The Fire Brigade is a unique asset for Senegal that focuses on various aspects of disaster response.

Meanwhile, a team of soldiers from North Macedonia will be participating from Camp Johnson in Cyber Shield 2021, a 14-day resident course designed to provide students hands-on Defense Cyberspace Operations Element training.

Jul 10 17:03

European Data Protection Supervisor and Board Demand Total Ban on Automatic Recognition via A.I. Technology

By B.N. Frank

It’s overwhelming to think about how much we are all being watched and tracked. This happens often without our knowledge or consent. A few years ago, the term “Surveillance Capitalism” was introduced. It’s the perfect name for a perfectly creepy practice.

Despite opposition, “Surveillance Capitalism” is only increasing since a growing number of businesses and other entities insist on tracking us for targeted advertising and other purposes. Artificial Intelligence and other technologies are being used for this.

Complaints about A.I. inaccuracies and misuse are reported frequently – there’s even a “Hall of Shame”. In Europe, data protection experts and agencies are endorsing bold steps to better protect citizens...

Jul 09 08:01

Turkish F-16s Deployed to Poland for NATO Operations near Russian Border

NATO announced that four Turkish F-16s fighter jets have flown from the 6th Main Jet Base (Bandirma Base Command) to Malbork, Poland as part of NATO’s permanent patrols conducted by rotating multinational combat aircraft.

Air policing as NATO delicately phrases it. Somehow one suspects that if Russia were to fly Sukhoi Su-57s continuously near the U.S. Atlantic seaboard or over the Great Lakes the Pentagon’s concerns would not be assuaged by being assured the deployments were merely a matter of policing.

The patrols began at the Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania immediately after the nation was inducted into NATO in 2004. A decade latter NATO also deployed them to the Ämari Air Base in Estonia. Now Poland has been added to the growing list of NATO bases in nations bordering Russia’s northwest.

Jul 09 07:59

Watch: NATO Press Conference Interrupted As Jets Scrambled Over Inbound Russian Fighter 'Alert'

Dramatic video shows the moment a press conference at a NATO airbase in Lithuania was cut short over an emergency alert due to reportedly inbound Russian jets. Lithuania's president Gitanas Nauseda and Spain's prime minister Pedro Sánchez had been speaking at a high level briefing when the very NATO jets that served as their backdrop had to be scrambled in order to monitor the Russian jets' movements in the area.

The Associated Press described of the unusual interruption: "Nauseda and Sánchez were speaking with two Eurofighter Typhoons behind them at the base in the town of Siauliai when security officials suddenly interrupted the leaders as crews scrambled to get on the fighter jets, live footage from the press c

Jul 09 06:32

Border Wall To Be Built With Little Backlash In Europe

Lithuania wants to construct a wall along its border with Belarus in an effort to stop migrants and refugees.

The step, announced by Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte on Wednesday, comes as officials from the Baltic country have attacked Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for purposefully propelling migrant flows across the border as part of a “hybrid attack,” according to Al Jazeera.

Jul 09 05:21

How the Hungarian LGBTQI+ are instrumentalized by the European Union

On June 15, the Hungarian Parliament adopted a law prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality among minors.

At the meeting of EU home affairs ministers on June 21, 2021, it was decided to launch a procedure against Hungary not for "clear risk of violation of the rule of law" but for "clear risk of violation of the values on which the Union is founded" (12266/1/18REV 1 COR 1).

17 out of 27 member states asked the president of the Council of European Heads of State and Government, Charles Michel, to put the issue of LGBTQI+ rights in Hungary on the agenda of the June 24-25 summit. At this meeting, the 17 accused Hungary of homophobia.

On the 25th, Commission President Ursula von der Layen strongly condemned the Hungarian law and asked her commissioners, Belgium’s Didier Reynders (Justice) and France’s Thierry Breton (Internal Market), to write to the Hungarian government to "enforce the law. This they did without delay (Ares S(2021) 4587976).

Jul 08 11:42

Letting filthy private jets go tax-free shows how the EU prioritises the mega-rich over the masses

Despite being hugely damaging for the environment, private planes operated by millionaires are to be given carbon tax exemption by hypocritical bureaucrats who tirelessly push a green agenda. It’s Brussels hypocrisy at its finest.

Before many seriously thought about Brexit, and before Boris Johnson and the Leave brigade had even dared hope for a referendum on quitting the European Union, the party that went on to cause a political earthquake by winning the 2014 European elections came up with a brilliant campaign billboard that resonated across the country.

The large poster from the outliers at UKIP juxtaposed two images: one of a miserable and crowded commute on a bus and the other of a Brussels bureaucrat sitting comfortably in the back of a chauffeur-driven limousine, smug smile plastered across his face and the flags adorning the facade of the European Commission’s headquarters visible through the rear window.

Jul 08 06:24

EU’s Von der Leyen condemns Hungary’s anti-LGBTQ law in Hungary as it comes in force, threatens punishment

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has slammed Hungary’s anti-LGBTQ law as a ‘disgrace’ and has implored the country to reverse it or face punishment.

Von der Leyen strongly condemned Hungary for its decision to proceed with enforcing the controversial anti-LGBTQ law, as it came into force on Wednesday. Speaking in Strasbourg’s European Parliament, she said it used “the protection of children…to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation,” which she called a “disgrace.”

The president of the European Commission also took to Twitter to further criticize Hungary’s law, confirming that “Europe will never allow parts of our society to be stigmatized.”

Jul 07 07:53

Spain proposes “national security law” to allow government seizure of private property during any declared health “crisis”

The central government of Spain is calling for a new “security law” that would force citizens to “temporarily” give up their rights and property in the event of another public health “crisis” like the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

Though still in the proposal stage, the matter is a cause for concern among Spanish citizens who already had their rights trampled due to the Chinese Virus. Next time, they say, the tyranny will be that much worse.

“Any person of legal age shall be obliged to carry out the ‘personal obligations’ required by the competent authorities, following the guidelines of the National Security Council, when a state of crisis is declared in Spain,” reported the Spanish newspaper El País.

“In this case, all citizens without exception must comply with the orders and instructions issued by the authorities.”

Jul 07 07:24

Poland's Kaczynski Slams Israel for Criticism Over War Restitution Law

Poland's ruling party leader on Tuesday condemned comments from Israel regarding a new law that could have an impact on the restitution of Jewish property after World War Two and said the country did not owe anything to anyone.

Poland had one of the world's biggest Jewish communities until it was almost entirely wiped out by the Nazis. Former property owners and their descendants have been campaigning for compensation since the fall of communism in 1989.

Jul 07 07:06

Spain proposes “national security law” to allow government seizure of private property during any declared health “crisis”

The central government of Spain is calling for a new “security law” that would force citizens to “temporarily” give up their rights and property in the event of another public health “crisis” like the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

Though still in the proposal stage, the matter is a cause for concern among Spanish citizens who already had their rights trampled due to the Chinese Virus. Next time, they say, the tyranny will be that much worse.

“Any person of legal age shall be obliged to carry out the ‘personal obligations’ required by the competent authorities, following the guidelines of the National Security Council, when a state of crisis is declared in Spain,” reported the Spanish newspaper El País.

“In this case, all citizens without exception must comply with the orders and instructions issued by the authorities.”

Jul 07 06:03

Slovenian PM backs Hungary over law banning LGBT content in schools

Another political leader from central Europe is supporting Hungary’s dedication to traditional family values.

Slovenian prime minister Janez Janša, 62, backed his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban, 58, last week after the latter faced heavy criticism from fellow EU leaders regarding a law that bans LGBT promotion in school education material and TV content for people under 18.

During a joint press conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Janša emphasized the importance of respecting the differences and national sovereignty of each member state.

“There are differences that need to be taken into account and respected and I think there’s a clear division between national and European competences,” he said.

Jul 07 06:00

Dutch Servitude to the US Explained

"I will not participate in a meeting with Vladimir Putin", Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in response to a proposal by France and Germany to hold a summit with the Russian president.

No surprise there. "The Dutch serve as a vital anchor in Europe", an American ambassador to The Hague once put it. "They counter Franco-German efforts to steer Europe off a transatlantic course".

Last week, European Union leaders failed to agree on a proposal by France and Germany to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was reported in the media that the main opponents of this summit were Poland and the Baltic countries - Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

But The Netherlands was among them too. Although Dutch Prime Minister Rutte said he would not mind if the German and French leaders met with Putin, he sent out a strong signal by saying he would not participate in such a meeting.

Jul 04 19:27

300 Italian Health Workers Challenge Vaccine Obligation

By AFP – Agence France Presse

Three hundred healthcare workers in Italy have lodged a legal challenge against the requirement that they get vaccinated against coronavirus, according to media reports Saturday.

The case, brought by professionals throughout northern Italy, will be heard on July 14.

“This isn’t a battle by anti-vaxxers but a democratic battle,” constitutional lawyer Daniele Granara, who helped build up the case, was cited as saying in the Giornale di Brescia newspaper...

Jul 04 08:36

The Palestinian Nakba and the Polish law

“During the 1948 war and shortly after, young Israel wiped out Palestinian cities and villages. It then used legislation to prevent Palestinians from returning to their homes and applied all possible means to plunder their properties, dispossessing those few Palestinians who clung to their land…

“The Israeli and Zionist institutions that were responsible for the 1948 crimes have never ceased to exist. They have never owned up to their crimes, let alone repented...” >>

Jul 02 06:20

As Hungary Enjoys Resurgence in Marriages and Births, Will Brussels (Finally) Give Viktor Orbán Some Credit?

Viktor Orbán continues to show Brussels that there are better ways of managing the EU than simply taking the “one suit fits all” approach.

Rather than opening his nation’s border to offset population decline, Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian Prime Minister, looked to the nuclear family as a way to spur national growth, an investment that is now reaping handsome rewards. So why is the leader of the national conservative Fidesz party still chastised by his European peers?

What sort of madness is it that induces so many EU leaders to place their respective nations on the path to eventual ruin? Case in point: the opening of the European landmass to massive migration, which continues to invade the shores of European continent.

Jul 01 12:22

NATO Practices Sinking Russian Submarines in the Arctic

NATO began its annual Dynamic Mongoose anti-submarine warfare exercise on June 28 off the coast of Norway in what the military bloc deems the High North: the Arctic region, which it has identified as its domain since 2009. (As it has the Mediterranean Sea, Baltic Sea and Black Sea.)

The code name for the war games may seem puzzling; there’s a noticeable incongruity with the name of an animal primarily associated with South Asia and Africa used for maneuvers on the top of the world. It’s less baffling when one recalls the mongoose is used to kill snakes. Russian submarines are the snakes.

This year’s iteration includes warships, warplanes and submarines from NATO member states Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway and the U.S. Five of those states – Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and the U.S. – are Arctic coastal nations. The others are Finland and Sweden, both NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partners, and Russia. Isolated Russia. Targeted Russia.

Jul 01 12:21

NATO Tests Integration of Fourth and Fifth Generation Combat Aircraft Over Baltic

On June 29-30 NATO members and partners conducted air exercises over the Baltic Sea and the Baltic states. Twenty aircraft from NATO members Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey and NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner Finland participated in second iteration of the Ramstein Alloy exercise. The alliance gave its account of the event the headline of Allies and Partners Test 4th and 5th Generation Interoperability in Baltic Region.

The fifth-generation aircraft involved was an Italian F-35 stealth multirole combat aircraft, the first time a fifth-generation aircraft has been deployed for NATO Air Policing. Italy, the U.S., Britain and Israel recently conducted joint F-35 maneuvers in Italy.

Jul 01 05:45

The NATO-Ukraine Sea Breeze exercise could ultimately help create the circumstances for real conflict with Russia in the Black Sea

NATO and Ukraine have carried out joint naval exercises for 24 years, but the current drill comes at a time when NATO expansion and Russian pushback looks like it might escalate.

The question is: do some elements within the military alliance want it?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is upholding a 24-year tradition by engaging in a joint naval exercise with Ukraine. The exercise, known as Sea Breeze 21, runs from June 28 through July and will be conducted exclusively in the Black Sea region. It consists of various amphibious warfare, land maneuver warfare, diving operations, maritime interdiction operations, air defense, special operations integration, anti-submarine warfare, and search and rescue operations.

Jul 01 05:17

A Sea Painted NATO Black

Welcome to the latest NATO show: Sea Breeze starts today and goes all the way to July 23. The co-hosts are the US Sixth Fleet and the Ukrainian Navy. The main protagonist is Standing NATO Maritime Group 2.

The show, in NATOspeak, is just an innocent display of “strenghtening deterrence and defense”. NATO spin tells us the exercise is “growing in popularity” and now features more than 30 nations “from six continents” deploying 5,000 troops, 32 ships, 40 aircraft and “18 special operations and dive teams”. All committed to implement and improve that magical NATO concept: “interoperability”.

Jul 01 05:03

Joe Biden to 'anger EU' by shutting Brussels out of US trade plan

US President Joe Biden's "Buy American" plan could deal a huge blow to the EU's hopes of a trade deal with Washington. When he signed the flagship policy in January, Mr Biden declared: “The US Government should, whenever possible, procure goods, products, materials, and services from sources that will help American businesses compete in strategic industries and help America’s workers thrive.” With international trade low on the priority list, the EU's ambitions of strengthening trading ties with the US may have to wait.

Erik Brattberg, the Europe programme director at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told Vox in January that the EU "are not keen on following the US” in a more protectionist route.

He added: “Just because Biden is being nice and he’s not Trump doesn’t change that calculus.”

Vox reported this policy, which could shut the EU out of US trade plans, will "anger" Brussels.

Jun 29 12:33

Warmongering British Actions in the Black Sea

The pre-positioning of the BBC correspondent on HMS Defender shatters the pretence that the BBC is something different to a state propaganda broadcaster. It also makes plain that this propaganda exercise to provoke the Russian military was calculated and deliberate. Indeed that was confirmed by that BBC correspondent’s TV news report last night when he broadcast that the Defender’s route “had been approved at the very highest levels of the British government.”

Jun 29 08:21

Czech President Zeman calls transgender people ‘disgusting’ & says heterosexuals should hold their own Pride march in Prague

Sex-change operations are a form of self-mutilation and heterosexuals should hold a rally in Prague to illustrate the absurdity of Pride parades, Czech President Milos Zeman has said, amid EU infighting over LGBTQ issues.

The outspoken Czech leader wasn’t shy about sharing his views on gender-identity issues during an interview on Sunday.

“I can understand gays, lesbians, and so on. But do you know who I don’t understand at all? The transgender,” Zeman said. “If someone undergoes a sex-change operation, he commits a crime of self-harm. Every operation is a risk. And these transgender people are really disgusting to me.”

He also railed against the #MeToo movement and expressed frustration with Prague’s annual Pride parade. He said that if he were a “little younger,” he would organize a massive demonstration of “millions” of heterosexuals in the Czech capital.

Jun 29 08:05

Lisbon Court Rules That Only 0.9% of ‘Verified Cases’ Died of Covid-19 – Not 17,000 As Portuguese Government Claimed

The Lisbon court has ruled that only 0.9% of ‘verified cases’ died of Covid-19, totaling 152, instead of the 17,000 claimed by the faked government Covid death statistics.

Following a petition started by a citizen, a court in Lisbon was forced to provide verified data on Covid-19 mortalities.

The documents revealed that the number of verified Covid-19 deaths from January 2020 to April 2021 is only 152, a drastically lesser number than the 17,000 deaths claimed by the government.

The data is from the Sistema de Informação dos Certificados de Óbito (Death Certificate Information System – SICO) in Portugal.

All the other deaths appear to be as a result of unrelated reasons, with many of those listed having tested positive on PCR tests, again, suggesting that the tests are completely unreliable.

Jun 29 07:12

HUNGARY TOLD TO REPEAL LAW BANNING LGBT PROMOTION TO CHILDREN "OR ELSE LEAVE EU"

EU leadership is now fanatically dictating that Hungary and its 'defiant' prime minister Vickor Orban must bow the knee to the Pride Flag or else "must leave" the European Union.

Quoting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, The Telegraph describes massive pushback against a new Hungarian law which seeks to prevent the public promotion of homosexuality and transgenderism in front of children and minors:

Mark Rutte, the prime minister of the Netherlands, said Hungary either "must leave" the EU or repeal the law, which bans TV shows and other content seen as championing LGBT lifestyles for the under-18s.

However, some eastern European governments refused to join 17 of the bloc’s 27 countries in a rare joint statement condemning a fellow member state.

Jun 29 06:13

As Belarus ends partnership with EU, Minsk plans to merge tax system with Russia & establish common markets for energy, transport

Neighbors Russia and Belarus plan to further deepen their close economic ties by creating multiple integrated markets and working together to unify vital tax and customs legislation, Minsk’s representative in Moscow has revealed.

Vladimir Semashko, the Belarusian ambassador to Russia, explained on Monday that the pair were working towards uniting their energy and transport sectors, and would also be making plans to transition to a joint industrial and agricultural policy. The two nations expect to have concluded this by January 1, 2022, he said.

The move came on the same day that Belarus announced it would be withdrawing from the European Union’s ‘Eastern Partnership’, a scheme designed to pull former Soviet states into Brussels’ orbit and away from Russia.

Jun 28 16:25

Greek government "freedom pass"

Jun 28 12:56

NATO Leaders Fear Biden Will Let Putin Overtake Europe

In a May virtual meeting with President Joe Biden, a collection of nine Eastern European NATO nations led by Romania called for a bigger allied military presence on the Eastern Bloc. The group, recognized as the Bucharest Nine, saw an imminent threat from Russia’s troop increase of 100,000 soldiers on the border with Ukraine. Romania wants more American troops to stop Russia, and they are making investments to ensure it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin still thinks the Bucharest Nine nations to be within his circle of influence, and he is using hybrid warfare to inject misinformation and divide NATO members. Romania is pushing back through its relationship with the United States, investing heavily in defense infrastructure, multi-lateral exercises, and American military hardware.

Jun 26 06:06

Interceptor Missiles in Poland Cause Concern in Russia

Sergey Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister (who the day before said NATO ships in the Black Sea could be directly bombed next time), was cited by TASS today stating his country would reconsider its military plans if the Pentagon goes ahead with stationing Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptors in Poland.

The so-called missile defense interceptors will be a complement to the estimated twelve SM-3 Block IIA missiles that were deployed to Romania five years ago.

Part of what is called Aegis Ashore or European Phased Adaptive Approach, the SM-3s are to be based in the Polish city of Redzikowo by next year.

Aegis Ashore was introduced by the Barack Obama administration in 2009 as a substitute for an earlier plan to deploy a Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system with missiles in Poland and a forward-based X-band radar in the Czech Republic.

Jun 25 10:03

Polish Parliament Passes Bill to Limit WW2 Property Restitution Claims

Poland's parliament late on Thursday passed a draft bill which is expected to make it harder for Jews to recover property seized by Nazi German occupiers and kept by postwar communist rulers, in a move set to fuel tensions with Israel and the United States.

Poland was home to one of the world's biggest Jewish communities until it was almost entirely wiped out by the Nazis during World War Two. Jewish former property owners and their descendants have been campaigning for compensation since the fall of communism in 1989.

In 2015, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled that there must be a deadline set, after which faulty administrative decisions can no longer be challenged. In March, a parliamentary committee proposed a bill to implement that ruling with deadlines ranging from 10-30 years.

Critics say that would put a time limit on requests for restitution.

Jun 24 08:06

Germany, France, Austria Back Idea of Russia-EU Summit, Say 'Direct' Dialogue is Needed

Diplomatic sources told the Financial Times this week that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were willing to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to a summit of European leaders.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the European Union had to create a "format for dialogue" with Russia and its President Vladimir Putin to settle differences.

"In my opinion, we as the European Union must also seek direct contact with Russia and the Russian president", Merkel told the Bundestang. Climate and security were among the EU's common strategic interests with Russia, the chancellor argued.

She added that it was "not enough for the American president to talk to the Russian president".

Jun 24 05:35

Some European countries seek escalation of conflict with Russia — defense minister

Some European countries are interested in escalating conflict with Moscow, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told the IX Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

"Some European countries are interested in escalating conflict with Russia," Shoigu said. As an example, the minister cited the steps of Ukraine, which had triggered another crisis in Donbass ahead of NATO’s summit in Brussels.

According to Shoigu, the tendency in Europe towards increased military confrontation has consolidated.

Jun 23 11:43

Antonov Airlines transports five Black Hawk helicopters from Poland to the Philippines on a single flight

Antonov Airlines safely transported five Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk utility-helicopters on a single AN-124-100 flight from Poland to the Philippines.

The AN-124 completed the second consignment of the Polish-built helicopter under a government-to-government agreement from Rzeszów, Poland, to Angeles, the Philippines.

Each of these utility helicopters weighed 5.6 tonnes, and the overall cargo weighted 35 tonnes in total as loading equipment was also loaded.

[The AN-124 can carry upto 33 tonnes of fuel and cargo upto 150 tonnes]

Jun 23 09:38

Merkel, Macron Reportedly Want to Invite Putin to Summit of European Leaders

The Russian president held his first face-to-face talks with Joe Biden in the latter's capacity as President last week, with European and world leaders watching closely for any signs that the current icy relationship between Russia and the US might thaw.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Emmanuel Macron of France are privately calling for a summit meeting of European leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin in a bid to steer the European Union toward "closer engagement with Russia," the Financial Times reports, citing people said to be familiar with the diplomatic discussions.

Diplomats told the business newspaper Wednesday that the summit proposal is being spearheaded by Merkel, with Macron expressing support for the idea.

Jun 23 09:37

Blinken Says Nord Stream 2 'Undermines Security of Ukraine, Europe', Can Be Used as 'Coercive Tool'

Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated the Joe Biden administration’s stance regarding the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline currently nearing completion, pleading that it was “ultimately in contradiction to the EU’s own security goals”.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has underscored Berlin’s determination to seek an acceptable solution to the Nord Stream 2 project for all sides involved.

Speaking after a meeting with US State Secretary Antony Blinken, he said Germany was ready to contribute to ensuring that the 745-mile-long pipeline, set to bring Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea, is not used against the interests of Ukraine.

Jun 23 07:54

400,000 EU citizens living in the UK given 28-day warning to apply for post-Brexit right to remain

The UK Home Office has announced that EU citizens who fail to apply under the settlement scheme will be given a 28-day warning by immigration enforcement officials, with 400,000 cases still outstanding a week before the deadline.

Speaking on Wednesday, Britain’s immigration minister, Kevin Foster, said that individuals who fail to apple for settled status by the June 30 deadline will not immediately lose their rights, which are protected by law.

Instead, immigration officials will begin to issue 28-day warnings to those who are eligible for the scheme, advising them to submit their application, which gives them security of residence, travel, employment, and access to the healthcare and benefits system.

Jun 23 07:33

Situation in Europe is explosive and requires de-escalation, says Russian defense chief

The situation in Europe is explosive and requires decisions to de-escalate it, Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergey Shoigu said at the Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

"As a whole, the situation in Europe is explosive and requires specific steps to de-escalate it. The Russian side has proposed a number of measures. For example, it put forward a proposal to move the areas of drills away from the contact line," the defense chief said.

Another proposal is stipulated in Russia’s statement on a moratorium on the deployment of intermediate- and shorter-range missiles in Europe, Shoigu pointed out.

"These missiles pose a special danger for the population of European countries as they can be outfitted both with conventional and nuclear warheads. Their deployment in Europe will return the situation, when the Europeans were hostage to the confrontation between the USSR and the USA," the Russian defense minister stressed.

Jun 23 07:32

Black Sea: US, Ukraine To Lead Naval Exercise With 32 Nations From Six Continents

The annual U.S.-led multinational naval exercise in the Black Sea, Sea Breeze, will begin on June 28 and continue until July 10. As with previous iterations this year’s exercise will be co-hosted by the U.S. and Ukraine.

Though as the name indicates primarily a series of maritime drills, Sea Breeze also includes air and land components.

Currently there are three warships from NATO nations in the Black Sea: the U.S. interceptor missile/guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon, the British destroyer HMS Defender and Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen. The first is part of the carrier strike group attached to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier and the latter two to the new HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier.

Jun 23 07:11

Putin Pens Op-Ed Encouraging "Partnership" With Europe, Urges Openness "Despite The Past"

On June 22, 1941, exactly 80 years ago, the Nazis, having conquered practically the whole of Europe, attacked the USSR. For the Soviet people the Great Patriotic War – the bloodiest one in the history of our country – began. Tens of millions of people lost their lives, the economic potential of the country and its cultural property were severely damaged.

Jun 23 06:08

Soviets worked with West to bring down Nazi legacy – but now NATO expansion risks tearing Europe apart once again, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that a new arms race is underway in Europe, driven by instability and tension, while insisting his country stands ready to rebuild friendly relations with nations across the continent.

Writing in Hamburg’s Die Zeit newspaper on Tuesday, Putin emphasized the role the Soviets played in liberating European nations from Nazi occupation. The president paid tribute to the soldiers of the Red Army, “who not only defended the independence and dignity of our homeland, but also saved Europe and the world from enslavement.”

He went on to add that the defeat of the Third Reich was also down to “our allies in the anti-Hitler coalition, participants in the Resistance movement, and German anti-fascists who brought our common victory closer.”

Jun 22 08:21

The Hungarian Air Force female Mi-24 pilot who scored two simulated gun kills against US Air National Guard F-15C Eagle fighter jets - The Aviation Geek Club

In 1978/79 US Army and US Air Force conducted a joint experiment called Joint Countering Attack Helicopter (J-CATCH). J-CATCH focused on dissimilar air combat between jet fighters and attack helicopters. As already explained, to the surprise of many involved in the program, the helicopters proved extremely dangerous to the fighters when they were properly employed, racking up a 5-to-1 kill ratio over the fighters when fighting at close ranges with guns.

Something similar happened 30 years later during Load Diffuser Exercise in 2008.

Jun 21 12:40

Italy: Green pass model testing

Jun 21 06:58

Swedish Government Toppled After Prime Minister Lofven Loses Confidence Vote

The vote marked the first time a Swedish prime minister has lost a confidence vote. The outcome of the vote means the head of the government could either step down or trigger a snap election.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has lost a no-confidence vote in parliament after a total of 181 lawmakers voted to oust him.

Majority in Swedish Parliament Set to Support Monday's No-Confidence Vote Against Government

Löfven, a Social Democrat who has headed the government since 2014, said that he would make a decision on whether he should resign or call a snap vote within a week.
The parties that voted him out are unable to offer an alternative government, he complained after the vote that made him the first prime minister to be ousted by such a motion.

Jun 20 06:29

EU to Commit 'Suicide' if it Obeys Biden's Plan to Take on China & Russia, Warn Scholars

The Biden administration's attempt to compete with a re-emerging part of the world appears doomed, as the so-called "unipolar moment" can no longer be restored, say European observers commenting on the US president's commitment to NATO and Build Back Better World pledges.

On Monday, President Joe Biden met with NATO leaders at the 2021 Brussels summit, where he described the US commitment to the military alliance as "a sacred obligation". A final statement of the meeting emphasised the "threat" posed by Russia as well as the "challenges" caused by China.

Earlier, on Saturday, the US president and G7 member states announced the Build Back Better World (B3W) partnership – an apparent competitor to China's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. Both announcements were made as the White House seeks to reaffirm to its allies that "America is back" at the helm of global politics.

Jun 18 11:57

Gurney Davey, 67, demolished his Spain home he lived in since 2004 on Friday Demolition comes after being told his house was illegal and a long legal battle It transpired that a former Spanish mayor had given illegal planning permission Mr Davey, from S

  • Gurney Davey, 67, demolished his Spain home he lived in since 2004 on Friday
  • Demolition comes after being told his house was illegal and a long legal battle
  • It transpired that a former Spanish mayor had given illegal planning permission
  • Mr Davey, from Suffolk in the UK, was told he would have to demolish his house just months after his wife, Diana, died from bowel cancer at the age of 71
  • He says he is relieved to an extent that the long fight with Spanish authorities is over, and will continue to live on the land that he owns with his five dogs

A British ex-pat has been forced to knock down his £130,000 Spanish home two months after his wife died from cancer.

But the situation for 67-year-old Gurney Davey, from Suffolk, could get worse because he is facing six months in prison after a mayor illegally gave him planning permission for the house.

Jun 18 07:03

Beijing Retaliates After EU Excludes China-Made Vaccines From Digital COVID 'Passpor

The European Union will start its “EU Digital Covid Certificate” program on July 1, after the tool to streamline information about a traveler’s COVID-19 status was approved by the EU Parliament on June 9. China-made vaccines are not recognized by the program, as is the case with the Russia-made vaccines. The Chinese regime’s embassy in France responded by saying that it would retaliate with reciprocal treatment of French travelers in China.

Jun 17 08:09

Greenpeace parachutist's stunt could have turned deadly: 'Snipers already had him in their sights

Only two fans suffered minor injuries during the Euro 2020 stunt
A Greenpeace parachutist who flew onto the field during a Euro 2020 match on Tuesday between France and Germany could have had his stunt turn deadly.

"The snipers already had him in their sights," Bavaria’s interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, said in a statement Wednesday, via AFP. "If the police had come to the conclusion that it was a terrorist attack, he would have paid for it with his life."

The stunt left at least two people injured on approach. The man was identified only as a 38-year-old from the southwestern state of Baden Wurttemberg. He was unharmed.

Jun 17 07:12

FireFox Gold Drills 93.88 g/t Gold over 1.35 Metres at Mustajärvi Project, Finland

SODANKYLÄ, Finland, June 17, 2021 /CNW/ - FireFox Gold Corp. (TSXV:FFOX) (OTCQB:FFOXF) ("FireFox" or the "Company") has completed the expanded 11 hole Phase 4 diamond drill program (2,364 metres) at its 100%-owned Mustajärvi Project in the Central Lapland Greenstone Belt of Finland. Today the Company reports assay results for the first three holes of the program. Hole 21MJ001 is a significant highlight yielding 1.35m averaging 93.88 g/t gold, including 0.65m at 129.5 g/t gold. This interval was previously reported to host visible gold in a quartz-carbonate-tourmaline (QCT) vein with abundant pyrite (see Company news release dated April. 15, 2021). With the two additional high-grade gold intervals of 5.27 g/t and 26.9 g/t, this drill hole included a total of more than 150 gram – metres of gold.

Jun 17 05:25

Why fed-up Belgians are backing heavily armed ‘Flemish Rambo’ fugitive as a symbol of anti-establishment frustration

As police continue to hunt for ex-soldier Jürgen Conings, Euro MP Tom Vandendriessche explains to RT why he’s struck a chord with unhappy voters who share his anti-establishment sentiment and are tuning into Flemish nationalism.

As the manhunt for a heavily-armed Flemish Rambo continues into its second month and with police seemingly no closer to finding the elusive former corporal, the saga has exposed Belgium’s deeply flawed political system that has left millions, just like the fugitive, feeling disaffected and ignored, and facing a democratic deficit.

As long as career soldier Jürgen Conings, 46, remains at large – and alive – the authorities fear he might come through with the threats he made in a note he left behind against Belgian virologist Marc Van Ranst, who remains in hiding with his family.

Jun 16 11:26

Biden wants NATO to project the strength it doesn’t have

Joe Biden travelled to Brussels riding the wave of his “America is back” mantra. Far from rebuilding the US-NATO relationship, he used NATO as a prop to help set the stage for his upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Jun 16 10:51

Biden's NATO Warning To Putin: If You Don't Cooperate, 'We Will Respond'

Mainstream media is positively giddy with excitement that "tough on Russia" Joe Biden will finally "confront" Putin during their highly anticipated summit in Geneva on Wednesday. Though any level of diplomatic "check mate" won't come publicly as Biden will give a solo press conference, ensuring that he can give his version of events to a pliant press pool, which one admin official earlier described as communicating "with the free press" (...the implication being that Putin's presence would somehow make it not a "free press").

During Biden's Monday press conference at the end of the one-day NATO summit in Brussels, the US president vowed: "But I will tell you this: I’m going to make clear to President Putin that there are areas where we can cooperate, if he chooses. And if he chooses not to cooperate and acts in a way that he has in the past, relative to cybersecurity and some other activities, then we will respond. We will respond in kind."

Jun 16 08:24

Europe officially launches covid “vaccine passports” after clueless media dismissed the idea as a “conspiracy theory”

As of now, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland and Spain have adopted and deployed the system. The remaining of the 27 total EU member nations will likely join the others on July 1.

Jun 16 04:57

Hungary moves to prohibit promotion of homosexuality, transgenderism to children

The Hungarian parliament has prepared a bill that would prohibit showing pornographic content or material that encourages homosexuality and transgenderism to minors under 18.

The measure, proposed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party, explicitly bans “content that depicts sexuality for its own sake, or promotes or displays deviations from the identity of the sex of birth, gender reassignment or homosexuality.”

The legal amendment was added to sweeping legislation against pedophilia that is set for a vote on Tuesday. Fidesz holds a super-majority in the Hungarian legislature.

LGBT ideology in schools, as well as in advertisements and other mass media, effectively would be banned under the anti-pedophilia bill, which also creates new provisions for sexual education, such as a list of approved sex-ed organizations.

Jun 15 13:22

Spot The Odd One Out - NATO 'Defense' Expenditure

Back in 2018, Trump criticized a number of NATO member states for not meeting the 2 percent of GDP spending threshold agreed upon at the 2014 summit in Wales. Trump focused much of his criticism on Germany and he ordered 12,000 U.S. troops to be withdrawn from the country, a decision Biden later reversed. Nevertheless, his threats, coupled with increased military spending in both Russia and China, have seen a number of states up their defense spending to meet or exceed that 2 percent threshold.

Jun 15 10:51

Hot topics put on back burner as G7 is sucked into interminable Brexit row and summit descends into simmering row over sausages

Tempers flare over Brexit and a beach barbecue dominates the sidelines, as UK officials target the ‘offensive’ EU while the rest of the world mulls how to outspend China’s Belt and Road Initiative and save the planet.

Many onlookers expected the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall to be a big reset for the West. A chance to show that, after the tumultuous period of Brexit, Trump and the devastating coronavirus pandemic, the leaders of the biggest democracies on the planet had put all that behind them and were ready to take on the climate, vaccines for the world and an increasingly troublesome China.

And while those issues were addressed, what dominated the summit was the weeping sore of Brexit, the ridiculous ‘sausage wars’ that bedevil the chances of the UK and the European Union ever reaching final agreement on the British decision to leave the trading bloc.

Jun 15 07:44

The next Serbia? Belarus concerned over NATO’s threatening statements.

Yesterday the foreign minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, expressed alarm over recent statements by NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about his nation, ones that were openly hostile and implicitly threatening. He’s quoted by the Belarusian Telegraph Agency voicing these concerns:

“We are absolutely concerned over these recent statements by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Just a few days ago, he expressed concern over deeper ties between Minsk and Moscow, saying that they see it as a threat to the alliance’s eastern flank. They are also concerned about closer cooperation between Moscow and Beijing. They also see it as a threat.”

Jun 15 07:44

NATO summit: confronting China, Russia and the world

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization ended its summit in Brussels on June 14 and issued a communiqué listing achievements since the last summit and a blueprint to take the military bloc to its next one in 2022. The representatives of the thirty-nation alliance also endorsed the 67-page document used to prepare the summit’s discussions and decisions, NATO 2030: United for a New Era. In turn the summit tasked NATO with elaborating a new Strategic Concept to replace that adopted at the Lisbon summit in 2010.

The communiqué is an extensive document consisting of 79 sections; any attempt to systematically examine and analyze those points would be a book-length endeavor.

Instead, the major themes and major points of the summit report will be listed.

Jun 15 07:32

EU to Commit 'Suicide' if it Obeys Biden's Plan to Take on China & Russia, Warn Scholars

The Biden administration's attempt to compete with a re-emerging part of the world appears doomed, as the so-called "unipolar moment" can no longer be restored, say European observers commenting on the US president's commitment to NATO and Build Back Better World pledges.

On Monday, President Joe Biden met with NATO leaders at the 2021 Brussels summit, where he described the US commitment to the military alliance as "a sacred obligation". A final statement of the meeting emphasised the "threat" posed by Russia as well as the "challenges" caused by China.

Earlier, on Saturday, the US president and G7 member states announced the Build Back Better World (B3W) partnership – an apparent competitor to China's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. Both announcements were made as the White House seeks to reaffirm to its allies that "America is back" at the helm of global politics.

Jun 14 11:15

Vodafone Chooses Partners To Build First European RAN Network

Mobile and broadband operator Vodafone has chosen six partners to build Europe’s first commercial Radio Access Network (RAN).

Vodafone has selected Dell Technologies, NEC, Samsung, Wind River, Capgemini Engineering and Keysight Technologies to help it build one of the largest Open RAN networks in the world.

Vodafone said the partnerships would build on its new Open RAN lab in Newbury, England and its planned digital skills hubs in Spain and Germany.

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Mobile operators and governments want to encourage the development of Open RAN technology to help more vendors enter a market dominated by Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia.

Jun 14 07:00

Secretary General: NATO Won’t ‘Mirror’ Russia, Will Exponentially Outspend, Surround It With Battle Groups

Just hours ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels on June 14, the military bloc’s secretary general, Norway’s Jens Stoltenberg, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble that NATO will continue to expand its military capabilities but will not “mirror” its arch-adversary Russia. And indeed without meaning in the least to do so he spoke the truth.

For while disingenuously stating the alliance he heads is pursuing a “dual track approach” to the nation whose government he routinely accuses of (his precise terminology) authoritarian push-back against the rules-based international order – an approach of defense and dialogue (note the sequence) – he immediately segued into boasting:

“And that’s exactly what we do when we now have implemented the biggest reinforcements of our collective defense since the end of the Cold War, and will continue to strengthen our collective defense with high readiness, more troops, and increased investment in our defense.”

Jun 11 11:07

Israeli officials snubbed EU peace envoy during recent visit — report

Israeli officials snubbed the European Union’s Middle East peace envoy during his recent visit to the region, turning down all of his requests to meet with them, the Walla news site reported Wednesday.

Quoting unnamed senior Israeli officials, the report said the decision to blackball Sven Koopmans was taken over what Israel saw as EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell’s lack of support during the recent fighting against Gaza terror groups.

Koopmans, a Dutch politician and diplomat, was appointed the EU’s Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process on May 1.

Two weeks ago, Koopmans told Israel’s ambassador to the EU, Ronnie Lashno-Yaar, that he wanted to visit Israel and meet with Israeli officials, according to the news site. While Lashno-Yaar backed the idea, officials at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem had reservations about the timing and told Koopmans to plan his trip for a later date.

Jun 11 08:59

G-7 leaders to discuss Covid, global minimum tax rate at first day of summit

President Joe Biden and other world leaders are expected to focus on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic Friday, the first day of the G-7 meeting in Cornwall, England, while making the case for democratic institutions' unique ability to respond to economic crises and disparities, senior administration officials said.

The Group of Seven, an organization of the world's leading industrial countries — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S. — is expected to announce they will provide at least 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to the world.

The group will also endorse a global minimum tax of at least 15 percent for companies, the White House said.

If one is enacted, an established global tax rate — which companies would have to pay regardless of where they are based — could reverse what the White House called a "race to the bottom" on international rates that has been a source of tension among countries for years.

Jun 11 08:33

Poland regrets Biden not meeting east European leaders during trip

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau has criticised U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision not to meet eastern European leaders on his first trip abroad.

In an interview published by Rzeczpospolita newspaper on Friday, Rau also regretted Washington had waived sanctions on the company behind the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that is being built to carry natural gas from Russia to Germany.

Biden’s eight-day trip to Europe includes a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies in England, talks in Brussels with leaders of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance, and a summit in Geneva with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Jun 11 07:46

European fighter jets are making a diplomatic statement with their tiger print

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … tiger? Aviation fans may have noticed an image of an F-16 painted in brilliant orange, black and white posted to the U.S. Air Force Facebook page over the weekend. The photo shows a Portuguese Air Force F-16 flying alongside an American B-52H Stratofortress bomber during a mission over Spain on June 2.

We at Task & Purpose love a good fighter jet paint job, and there are plenty more tiger schemes where that one came from. In fact, painting tigers on fighter jets is part of a decades-long tradition among North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries dating back to the early 1960s. There’s even a NATO Tiger Association, which is not officially a part of NATO, but exists to promote solidarity and teamwork between NATO fighter squadrons, according to the association website.

Jun 10 07:41

Blinken Props Up Biden In European Charade For New Cold War

It’s a big ask for a frail 78-year-old U.S. president to rally the world around a series of myths and falsehoods. Biden flies to Europe this week to galvanize allies under strong American leadership of supposed shared “democratic values” in a “historic confrontation” with the “autocracies” of China and Russia.

President Joe Biden’s worldview is so disconnected from reality that it is going to prove difficult mentally for him to consistently and coherently make the case over a series of summits in the next week.

That’s why he has his more youthful Secretary of State Antony Blinken (59) tagging along when Biden meets G7 leaders in England on June 11-13, followed by a NATO summit on June 14 in Brussels as well as top-level discussions with European Union leaders. After all that, Blinken is “to participate” in the face-to-face meeting between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16 in Geneva, according to the U.S. State Department.

Jun 10 07:05

Blinken Props Up Biden In European Charade For New Cold War

Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Blinken is staying close to his boss during the whirlwind tour, because Biden is liable to spin out of control and reap an embarrassing collapse.

It’s a big ask for a frail 78-year-old U.S. president to rally the world around a series of myths and falsehoods. Biden flies to Europe this week to galvanize allies under strong American leadership of supposed shared “democratic values” in a “historic confrontation” with the “autocracies” of China and Russia.

President Joe Biden’s worldview is so disconnected from reality that it is going to prove difficult mentally for him to consistently and coherently make the case over a series of summits in the next week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is of deepest concern to me, watching this charade unfolding, which would be hysterically funny, if not for the potentially deadly consequences, is that it is imminently possible, that Blinken will not be able to manage keeping the wanted "cold wars" against Russia and China, from turning "hot".

The intelligence operatives in both countries are no slouches, and have
probably very much "twigged on" to the reality, that the Unhinged Surveilled State of Amerika, is "woke, broke, dystopian, and at war with itself."

Can a country dealing with these realities succeed in a war against both Russia and China, which would probably be the case, if the US aggravates both or either enough?!?

Folks, the short answer here is, "HELL, no!!"

So, since those in power in this country give not a flying frisbee about what happens to its citizens, should war ensure from their idiotic foreign policies, because they have taken measures to protect themselves from most unpleasantness, we have to take care of ourselves and each other the best we can.

Please make sure that you have potable water; storable food; and extra medications for yourselves and your pets, should the excrement hit the fan.
Flashlights; batteries; basic first aid equipment are also of the highest importance. Find people you know with whom you can create a community, where you can share services and barter.

We could very well be going back to a 19th century life style in a moment's notice, should a series of EMPs take out the electrical grid in this county, in light of the reality that our power grids are woefully unprotected.

Jun 09 10:48

Biden heads to Europe at difficult moment for his domestic agenda

President Biden is headed to Europe on Wednesday, an inopportune time for his first foreign trip as president as his domestic priorities hit the rocks.

The president cut off infrastructure negotiations on Tuesday with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), who was the top GOP negotiator in the Senate on the issue, after their discussion on Friday left the sides far apart on key issues.

He instead will move forward on discussions with a bipartisan group of senators, who are separately preparing another infrastructure proposal of around roughly $880 billion, less than the top-line figure being discussed by Capito and below what the White House wants.

Jun 09 09:00

More European Firms Onshoring In China Than Offshoring, Complicates Biden's Decoupling Plan

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China published a new survey titled "European Business in China Business Confidence Survey 2021," which stated European businesses are onshoring some of their supply chains and investing more in China.

Out of the 585 European Chamber member companies operating in China, about 60% were expected to expand operations in the country, up from 51% last year. Half of the respondents reported profit margins in China were higher than their global average, increasing from 38% a year prior.

Jun 08 10:48

Swedish Populist Leader Claims Country Is In ‘War-Like State’

Leader of the populist Sweden Democrats (SD) Jimmie Åkesson has claimed Sweden is in a “war-like state” and that the socialist government has “imported” crime and unemployment.

Åkesson blames the Swedish government’s immigration policy for the surge in crime just over a week after a report was published by the Crime Prevention Council, Brå, which noted Sweden topped 22 other European countries for fatal gun violence.

“Parts of Sweden are currently in a war-like state. Streets and squares have been left in the hands of criminal gangs. Shootings, murders and revenge are dictated by clan leaders,” Åkesson said in an opinion article for news website Nyheter Idag.

Jun 08 06:00

Germany, exasperated by Hungary’s Mr No, seeks to end individual nations having a veto over EU foreign policy

The frustrated German foreign minister rages about being held ‘hostage’ by smaller, troublesome countries like Viktor Orban’s. But he needs to remember why the veto exists: for democracy’s sake.

The Germans, we must honestly believe, do try to rein in their exuberance for ensuring order, a treasured national characteristic that when exposed to wary foreigners can sometimes land the unfortunate Deutschlanders in die Scheiße.

But German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, speaking at this year’s conference of Germany’s ambassadors in Berlin (now there’s a hot Zoom ticket), was clearly so incensed that any attempt to deploy such caution went out the window.

Jun 07 08:53

French set to replace English as EU’s ‘working language’

Emmanuel Macron’s governmen is drawing up plans for French to replace English as the official “working language” of the EU when it takes over the European Council presidency in 2022, a diplomat has revealed.

France planning to use its first presidency since Brexit to push its native tongue as the “lingua franca” of Brussels, according to a report in Politico.

Jun 07 05:27

NATO calls for crunch talks with Russia as Moscow unveils armed forces shakeup in response to military bloc’s activity on borders

Russian army chiefs have been asked to join Western counterparts for discussions on how to de-escalate the tense standoffs on the country’s borders, with NATO’s general secretary calling on Moscow to meet as a matter of urgency.

Jens Stoltenberg told Berlin’s Die Welt that he felt there is a desperate need for constructive dialogue as part of the NATO-Russia Council. The body has not met for 19 months, with Moscow saying it sees little point in talks given current tensions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO has brought these tensions upon itself, and Russia has not been doing anything other than matching NATO forces, massing on Russia's borders.

Jun 07 04:13

NATO Summit: West To Move China to Back Burner, Russia and Belarus to the Front

The secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, gave an online address entitled ”NATO 2030: a transatlantic agenda for the future” at an event co-sponsored by the Brookings Institution and German Council on Foreign Relations on June 4.

As the title of the presentation would indicate, his comments, addressed to organizations to which he and NATO are really beholden (as distinct from transitory, ephemeral entities like governments), were apropos the NATO summit in Brussels which will begin on June 14.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing on wanting to drop China as "bad guy in chief", after the Wuhan debacle, was thoroughly predictable, in order to attempt to make people forget the suffering of the last year, both geopolitically induced, and medical, they, or their loved ones, may have endured.

But the reality is, Russia has done absolutely nothing.... to earn these accusations, and NATO leadership knows it.

Jun 07 03:40

US SPYING ON "ALLIES" SPOILS BIDEN'S SET-PIECE VISIT TO EUROPE

SOURCE: STRATEGIC-CULTURE.ORG
American President Joe Biden flies to Europe next week for a series of major summits in what was being billed as a happy revival for the transatlantic alliance. Four years of bitter and divisive chaos under Trump were supposed to be sutured by the new president declaring the importance of a strong U.S.-European partnership and “shared values”.

Unfortunately for Biden, the scandal over U.S. spying on European governments looks like casting a shadow on the “happy family reunion”. What’s more, this American president is fully implicated in the illicit snooping.

The timing also upsets Biden’s attempt to burnish America’s image as a defender of “rules-based order” and “shared Western values” when he meets Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Geneva for their first face-to-face presidential summit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely amazing!!!

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