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Oct 25 10:44

Kamala Going On Eurotrip Amid Border Assignment

Vice President Kamala Harris does not plan to return to the U.S.-Mexico border region anytime soon, she announced Friday in New York City – but she will be jetting off to Europe next month.

Harris has plans to travel to Paris in November to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, deliver a speech at the annual Paris Peace Forum and attend the Paris Conference on Libya, the White House reported Friday, according to The Associated Press.

Oct 25 10:43

BREAKING : EU PARLIAMENT OPPOSES VACCINE MANDATE AGENDA (22ND OCTOBER, 2021)

Oct 25 06:54

Pentagon chief in Romania: should deterrence fail, U.S. and NATO positioned for war in Black Sea. Video and text.

As President Biden affirmed at the Bucharest Nine Summit in May, this Administration is committed to strengthening our Euro-Atlantic bonds and to ensuring a secure Eastern Flank.

I also wanted to be here to honor the Romanian service members who served side by side with us in Afghanistan over the past 20 years… including the 27 Romanian troops who died in Afghanistan.

Now, as most of you know, Romania is one of a handful of NATO Allies that hosts a significant number of U.S. rotational forces….

Oct 25 06:52

US Forces Prepare for Largest-Ever Military Landing in Greece

US forces are preparing for what is described as the largest-ever military landing in Greece, which is scheduled for November at Alexandroupolis.

A large number of helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), tanks, cannons, and artillery are expected to reach the Greek port near the border with Turkey in the weeks to come as part of an extensive military shipment that is of unprecedented scale.

The shipment, according to Greek media, will be part of a military drill that will take place in Romania, Bulgaria, the Balkans, and central Europe.

The same warship of the USNS Yuma Spearhead class that will carry out the mission did so during a similar military drill last year. The Yuma is high-speed, shallow draft vessel intended for rapid intratheater transport of medium-sized cargo payloads. It is able to transport U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps company-sized units with their vehicles, or it can be reconfigured to become a troop transport for an infantry battalion.

Oct 25 06:52

Germany, Others to Launch EU-Wide Military Force

Under a new initiative to expand the EU’s alliance-wide military force, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Portugal, and Slovenia will establish a rapid-reaction force, aimed to act within EU territory.

Some in the EU have been very interested in the idea of building up a military, though the existing battle groups are fairly small. Restricting these additional troops to the EU territory likely is meant to avoid public criticism of the plan.

The nations that decided to get involved said that the recent war in Afghanistan led to the decision, convincing them that the EU needs to be able to react quickly with special forces.

German officials expressed optimism on the idea. Opposition figures, however, said that the EU is meant to be a civilian alliance, and doesn’t need to create a new intervention force.

Oct 23 06:19

‘Germany is your friend now’: Outgoing US ambassador insults Serbia at memorial for schoolboys executed by Nazis

Seeking to honor schoolboys and other Serbian civilians murdered in a mass execution by Germans in 1941, the US ambassador in Belgrade spoke about progress towards a peaceful, united Europe – just like the Nazis did back then.

On Thursday, Ambassador Anthony Godfrey visited the monument in Kragujevac, dedicated to some 2,800 civilians the Nazi occupiers executed on October 21, 1941. Bowing to the “tragic victims” and even referencing a poem memorializing the massacre of an entire class of schoolboys, Godfrey then pivoted to milking the event for political purposes.

“Germany today stands with Serbia as a great friend, which speaks of the strength of reconciliation and the need to walk forward together towards a united Europe, ruled by peace and unity,” he tweeted.

Oct 22 05:49

US Seals Agreement To End European Digital Taxes

The United States has resolved a key point of trade friction with Europe after inking a deal to end controversial digital services taxes on American tech giants.

Washington said Thursday it will remove punitive tariffs on products from Austria, France, Italy, Spain and Britain as part of the deal -- a critical step in improving frayed relations even though the duties were never imposed.

Under the joint agreement, those countries will end taxes on Big Tech companies once a global minimum corporate tax deal takes effect, which is expected in 2023.

Any levies paid for the DSTs in the interim will be credited to future tax bills, according to the deal.

Oct 22 05:45

‘Not in treaty’: Hungary’s Orban sides with Poland, rejects EU law primacy ahead of bloc’s summit

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has once again challenged the idea of the primacy of EU law, accusing Brussels of attempts to infringe upon the rights of the national governments as he arrived at an EU summit on Thursday.

Orban dismissed the idea of imposing sanctions against Poland over its decision to make EU law subordinate to its national legislation by calling such measures ridiculous. He also praised Poland as “one of the best European countries,” adding that “there is no need for any sanctions.”

Earlier, the EU Commission head, Ursula von der Leyen, warned Warsaw it would face penalties over the move. She said Poland encroached upon the “foundations” of the union. Orban, however, believes that EU law primacy has nothing to do with any EU foundations in the first place.

Oct 20 06:48

Evil Tyranny Suffocates All of Europe

Oct 20 06:15

Italian Senate Bans Parliamentarians From Working Without Green Pass

The Senate leadership of the Italian parliament has banned senators from working without a green pass - the COVID-19 vaccination certificate - after a lawmaker refused to present her COVID-19 certificate, the Italian media reported on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, member of parliament Laura Granato refused to show the green pass at the entrance to the parliament building and went to a meeting of the Commission on Constitutional Affairs.

After the leadership of the Senate was informed about the situation, the speaker of the upper house of parliament, Elisabetta Casellati, confirmed at a general meeting that the rules for presenting a green pass when coming to work also apply to the members of parliament.

Granato, who was then sanctioned with a ban on participation in parliamentary activities for 10 days, called the decision a "unilateral government action" and "distortion" of the regulatory principles.

Oct 20 06:12

There is No Getting off Europe’s Elevator to Hell

The European Union has been, in the immortal words of Private Hudson from Aliens, “… on an express elevator to hell, going down,” for a long time now.

From the day of then ECB President Mario Draghi’s “We will do whatever it takes” speech in July 2012 to today, the EU has chosen a path of fiscal, foreign and monetary policy insanity that has lead it directly to where it is today, the sick man at the geopolitical table.

The most recent missive from the great Alistair Crooke over at Strategic Culture Foundation has some very choice words for Europe as well as his always trenchant analysis.

Oct 19 14:59

Russia chooses not to raise natural gas supplies to Europe despite Putin’s pledge to help

Russia has opted against sending more natural gas supplies to Europe, curbing hopes that Moscow may ease its grip on the market shortly after President Vladimir Putin said the country would be prepared to help.

Highly anticipated auction results on Monday showed Russia’s state gas giant Gazprom had not booked additional gas transit capacity for November either through the Ukrainian pipeline system or lines into western Europe via Poland.

Gazprom booked only 30 million cubic meters per day on the Yamal-Europe route of 86.5 million cubic meters per day available for November, an amount comparable to that booked in September, and has not booked any volumes via Ukraine.

Oct 19 10:34

Italians Against the Green Pass

Oct 19 09:39

Case IH-New Holland Parent Company Forced to Idle Production in EU Due to Shortage of Semiconductors

From John Deere workers going on strike, to agricultural equipment manufacturers idling manufacturing sites, the supply chain issues are intensifying within agriculture.

CNH Industrial, an Italian-American tractor and vehicle maker, announced this week its temporarily shutting several of its European manufacturing plants that produce agricultural equipment. The idling of plants is also also cutting off production of commercial vehicles and powertrain facilities. CNH manufacturers Case IH, Steyer, New Holland and IVECO equipment.

CNH says it plans to shut down the facilities for eight days this month. The company indicated the shutdowns are driven by getting components to build and construct the machines, including semiconductors.

The supply chain issues are crippling manufacturers. CNH Industrial's CEO Scott Wine called the situation "brutal" during an interview with Farm Journal this month.

Oct 19 09:37

Poland will bow to EU’s demands and dissolve Supreme Court disciplinary chamber, country’s prime minister announces

Poland’s prime minister has announced that his government will dissolve the disciplinary chamber of the country’s Supreme Court after the EU condemned the chamber for threatening the “unity of the European legal order.”

Speaking to EU officials at the European Parliament, Polish leader Mateusz Morawiecki accepted that the chamber “did not meet our expectations,” agreeing to dissolve the “mechanisms that were introduced.”

There was a question about the disciplinary chamber of the Supreme Court. Yes. We intend to dissolve it.

Oct 19 07:43

Ireland town that’s 99.7% “fully vaccinated” seeing massive covid “outbreak”

n the last seven days, Waterford has seen 408 new cases of the Chinese Flu. This translates to an incidence rate of 351.2 infections per 100,000 people. Over the past two weeks, Waterford has seen 719 new cases, or 618.9 cases per 100,000 people.

“County Waterford has the highest adult vaccination rates in Ireland at 99%+,” tweeted someone familiar with the new data. “Followed by County Carlow in second place at 98%+.”

“County Waterford also has the highest Covid incidence rates in Ireland, followed by County Carlow in second place,” this same person added. “What is going on?”

This sounds a whole lot like the current situation in Vermont. Despite nearly 90 percent of the state now being “fully vaccinated,” Chinese Virus hospitalizations are soaring.

Oct 19 06:54

Feminism is Destroying the Western World

Oct 19 05:49

Europe’s Elites Respond To Immigration Backlash. But Our Ruling Class Won’t Listen

European leaders learned an important lesson from the 2015 “migrant” crisis: People hate Open Borders. In response to the current crisis, the Euro Establishment has reacted much differently. Leaders are calling for fortified walls, expulsions, and a firm no to “migrant” incursions. Even European Leftists don’t want to repeat the same mistake. Contrast that with our Ruling Class. They see hordes pouring across the border—and demand we make things easier for them. Republicans have shown some improvement on immigration over the previous decade (although even Republicans agreed with importing unvetted Afghan “refugees) but they’re not in charge. The Democrats are, and they’re fanatically committed to Electing A New People.

Oct 19 05:27

EU risks becoming ‘centrally managed’ as ‘dangerous phenomenon’ of institutional action threatens bloc’s future, Polish PM warns

Poland’s prime minister has penned a letter to the European Union warning that the bloc is at risk of becoming a “centrally managed organism, run by institutions deprived of democratic control”.

PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday wrote to EU leaders, institutions and member state governments claiming that “unfortunately, today we are dealing with a very dangerous phenomenon whereby various European Union institutions usurp powers they do not have under the Treaties and impose their will on Member States”.

We ought to be anxious about the gradual transformation of the Union into an entity that would cease to be an alliance of free, equal and sovereign states, and instead become a single, centrally managed organism, run by institutions deprived of democratic control by the citizens of European countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Central control was always the ultimate goal of the EU.

Oct 19 05:04

US signs military pact with Georgia, condemns Russia

The United States has signed a military pact with Georgia which will last for six years, and condemned “Russia's ongoing occupation of Georgia.”

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin signed the agreement with Georgian Defense Minister Junasher Burchuladze on Monday, a move that is likely to increase tensions between Washington and Moscow.

The deal will replace a similar bilateral military pact which is set to expire at the end of the year.

“This represents an important new phase in security cooperation between our two countries," Austin said while speaking at the Ministry of Defense in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.

The pact is meant to help Georgia, a former Soviet state, “further develop its defense capacity and advance its Euro-Atlantic aspirations,” a Defense Department statement said which was released after the signing ceremony.

Oct 19 05:02

Italian riot police fire tear gas, water cannon at anti-Covid health pass protesters blocking Trieste port

Police in northeastern Italy deployed tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters staging a sit-in at Trieste port in opposition to the introduction of the country’s ‘Green Pass’ Covid health document.

The Italian government approved a law in September requiring all workers to show a Covid Green Pass, which provides proof of their vaccination status, negative test result or recent recovery from the virus. The move, some of the strictest Covid rules in the world, was a first for Europe.

Four days after the demonstration kicked off at the port, police demanded protesters leave the area “in the name of the law,” before firing tear gas and using water cannon. The gathered crowd of demonstrators were heard chanting “liberty! liberty!” and “people like us never give up!”

Oct 18 08:42

Slovenia’s presidency has been a DISASTER for the EU, shining a light on the ‘West v the rest’ cultural divide like never before

Western European countries are counting the days until Janez Janša’s reign as Council of EU president comes to an end. His time in the role has perfectly illustrated the massive differences that exist between the member states.

Since June, Slovenia has held the six-month presidency of the Council of the EU, which is fitting – or one could say ironic – because it coincides with the 30-year anniversary of the country’s independence.

The rotating nature of the presidency is meant to project a sense of unity and altruism; a statement that the European Union is a shared venture between willing and cooperating member states who hold the same values.

Oct 18 08:08

Poland on her way out of EU

Oct 17 08:22

Nuclear Weapons And Europe

On October 5 the U.S. State Department announced that the U.S. military’s arsenal of nuclear weapons numbered 3,750 as of September 30, 2020. It was stated with satisfaction that “This number represents an approximate 88 percent reduction in the stockpile from its maximum (31,255) at the end of fiscal year 1967”, although it wasn’t mentioned that the reduction since 2018 was only 35.

Oct 16 06:36

US-Greek Bases Pact Signals Bid to Pressure Turkey, Dominate East Mediterranean

The new expanded US-Greece defence pact shows that Washington wants to pressure Turkey while securing a strategic position to counter threats from the Middle East and control the Eastern Mediterranean, analysts said.

The United States and Greece on Thursday signed an amendment to their existing mutual defense agreement that allows US forces to train and operate from additional locations inside the country.

Strategic Positioning

Tensions between Turkey and Greece have been on the rise over maritime and airspace claims while Ankara has taken exception to a new defence agreement Athens signed with France. On Friday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price, when commenting on the renewed deal, said Washington supports efforts to de-escalate tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. However, some experts think Washington has broader aspirations.

Oct 15 10:30

Desperate migrants trapped between Belarus, Poland amid geopolitical row

Neda and her husband Abozar sit under a tree in a remote field in Poland, freezing, starving and losing hope.

"I tumbled six days ago and fell down," Neda tells DW. "I bled and now I am no longer pregnant."

The Iranian couple left the Belarusian capital of Minsk 10 days ago and say they have now been pushed back and forth by border guards in the region multiple times.

"The Belarusian police took all the money we gave them to buy us food and to activate our prepaid SIM cards — but they never brought us anything," Abozar says.

"They emptied our pockets and at night they took us by force to the border. We have now spent three days in the forest."

DW found the couple through local activists in eastern Poland who have created a network that asylum-seekers can contact for help if they are in need.

Oct 15 10:22

Italy Rocked by Nationwide Protests as Resistance Against Vaccine Passport Scheme Explodes

Italy has seen an explosion of protests against the introduction of its vaccine passport scheme, with dockers in numerous towns and cities vowing to block ports until the government scraps the ‘green pass’ law.

The ‘green pass’ – which is a mandatory vaccination scheme in all but name, forces workers in both the public and private sector to take the jab in order to be paid.

Workers who try to do their jobs without taking the vaccine will be suspended without pay and face a fine of up to 1,500 euros.

The system is also mandatory for anyone wishing to enter a number of venues, including schools, universities, museums, stadiums, theaters, gyms, and indoor seating spaces at bars and restaurants.

Although Reuters erroneously describes today’s protests against the scheme as “scattered,” they are in fact large and widespread.

Oct 15 09:41

Greece underscores 'threat of war' with Turkey at signing of defense pact with US

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias underscored the persistent “threat of war” with Turkey in a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the signing of a deal to upgrade defense cooperation between Athens and Washington.

“Greece is facing a casus belli, a threat with war if it exercises its sovereign rights and, I have to say, Greece is facing daily provocation,” Dendias said Thursday at the State Department. “Greece is committed to resolve disputes with diplomacy and always in accordance with international law.”

Turkey and Greece have competing economic claims in the eastern Mediterranean, the danger of which was dramatized in a “mini-collision” between two frigates attempting to enforce the claims of the capitals. NATO officials established a “deconfliction” mechanism to avoid an outright conflict between the two countries, which went on to maintain “a quiet summer,” to the gratification of U.S. officials.

Oct 14 09:34

Nuclear Weapons and Europe

On October 5 the U.S. State Department announced that the U.S. military’s arsenal of nuclear weapons numbered 3,750 as of September 30, 2020. It was stated with satisfaction that “This number represents an approximate 88 percent reduction in the stockpile from its maximum (31,255) at the end of fiscal year 1967”, although it wasn’t mentioned that the reduction since 2018 was only 35.

Oct 14 08:28

Hundreds of Miners Protest as EU Moves to Kill Coal Jobs in Name of Green Agenda

Hundreds of Bulgarian coal miners and energy workers staged a protest on Wednesday to demand government guarantees for their jobs amid bids by the European Union to close mines and reduce carbon emissions.

Buses carried protesters from across Bulgaria for the rally in downtown Sofia, where demonstrators chanted “We want jobs” as they marched to the headquarters of the government.

Bulgarian miners say the EU’s timeframe for closing coal mining and coal extraction is too short and argue it shouldn’t come at the expense of the bloc’s poorest and most carbon-dependent regions.

Oct 14 07:56

Is Decarbonization Threatening Europe's Energy Security?

Later this month about 25,000 people are headed to Glasgow for the 26th annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known as COP26. The UK, this year’s host of the Conference of the Parties, has asked participants to submit more ambitious targets for emissions reductions by 2030 in order to enable the possibility of achieving global net-zero emissions by mid-century. Conference leaders have also asked for increased monetary contribution to climate adaptation and mitigation funds, and have the stated goal of finalizing the regulatory framework for implementing and enforcing the pledges made in the 2015 Paris agreement.

Oct 14 07:53

Finland Will Lobby The EU To Give Nuclear Power "Sustainable" Status

It looks as though Finland is starting to come back around to the idea of nuclear power - and that they plan on taking their advocacy for the clean energy to the European Union. The country will now lobby the EU for a "sustainable" label on nuclear power.

The EU's decision on whether or not nuclear is "sustainable" has yet to be made. Despite the fact that plants are emission free, "nuclear is currently considered only a low-carbon energy source due to emissions caused by mining and transport," Euractive wrote this week.

Finland's fifth nuclear plant is nearing completing after years of delays, the report notes. Nuclear remains an important energy source for the country, which has a target of being carbon neutral by 2035. Nuclear currently accounts for 30% of the country's power.

Oct 14 07:48

Spanish Government Admits Chemtrails are Real

Oct 14 07:09

Sweden moves to criminalize support for Palestine

In 2016, Sweden distinguished itself among European states by affirming that the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign is a legitimate political movement that should be protected from repression.

But now, the government of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is moving towards criminalizing criticism of Israel and its racist state ideology Zionism under the guise of combating anti-Jewish bigotry.

This week, Sweden is hosting the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism.

It is being attended by Israel lobbyists and EU officials committed to muzzling criticism of Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.

High-profile speakers include UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Isaac Herzog, Israel’s new president who has long dehumanized Palestinians and Muslims and promoted violence against them.

Oct 14 07:05

A Solution to the Bow-and-Arrow Attack Riddle?

Killing a bunch of people in Norway doesn’t sound very Norwegian, but doing it with a bow and arrow doesn’t sound very non-Norwegian.

We now apparently have an answer to this conundrum. From the Daily Mail:

Danish bow-and-arrow attacker who killed five people and injured several more during terrifying 30-minute rampage through Norwegian town ‘is a Muslim convert known to police’

Five people killed and two wounded after man went on a half-hour rampage with a bow and arrow in Norway

Oct 14 05:50

Norway Police Treating Kongsberg Bow Shooting as Terror Attack

The deadly archery attack in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg appears to be a terrorist act but it does not change the national threat picture, the Norwegian Police Security Service said on Thursday.

"The events in Kongsberg appear at the present time to be an act of terrorism, but the investigation, which is led by South-East police district, will clarify further what events were motivated by. The threat level in Norway is still assessed as moderate," the service said in a statement.

Norwegian Police Security Service added that police continuously assesses the threat picture in Norway, and its assessment is that what happened in Kongsberg does not change the national threat picture.

Oct 14 05:12

Nuclear-Powered France Has Electricity Prices Nearly Half That Of "Green"-Powered Germany

France went all-in on nuclear power back in the 1970s and it's paying dividends.

Oct 13 10:09

[Video] Austrian MP collapses in Parliament. Vaxxxed - Confirmed

MP Holzleitner (SPÖ party) in #Austria collapses unconscious during her speech.

vaxxx confirmed... https://twitter.com/BasedParalegal/status/1448010109616001027

Oct 13 08:23

Polexit!? Polish Court Overrules EU's European Court Of Justice

Poland and the EU are increasingly at odds. Let's take a look at events to see where this is headed...

After the top Polish court overruled the ECJ, Fears Rose the Court Ruling Points to EU Exit.

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Warsaw and other Polish cities late Sunday to oppose a court ruling that European Union legal judgments have become incompatible with the Polish constitution, a decision protesters fear could prompt Poland to follow the U.K. out of the bloc.

Waving EU and Polish flags, demonstrators held banners reading “I’m Staying in Europe” and “No Polexit!”

Unlike in the U.K., an overwhelming majority of Poles wish to stay members of the EU—as do Hungarians, another Central European country whose government is in regular conflict with the bloc over where the EU’s powers end and national sovereignty begins.

Oct 13 08:01

Serbia’s leader defends right to buy weapons where he wants

Serbia will continue arming itself with Russian, Chinese and other weapons, its president has said, despite fears in the region and the West that the Balkan country’s recent military build-up could lead to more tensions in a part of Europe that is still reeling from wars fought in the 1990s.

Opening an arms fair on Tuesday that coincided with a two-day summit marking the 60th anniversary of the first conference of non-aligned nations, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Serbia was a “free and independent nation” that would not seek outside opinions about where it sources weapons.

Oct 12 07:49

Rome is popping off…

Police use water cannons and clubs to beat back Vaccine Freedom Fighters.

Oct 12 07:22

Financial Times Says Europeans Should 'Prepare for Demographic Replenishment by Arabs and Asians'

The Financial Times has published an article which asserts that people living in European countries should “prepare for demographic replenishment by Arabs and Asians.”

Yes, really.

Parag Khanna, the writer of the article also authored a book called ‘Move: How Mass Migration Will Reshape the World — and What It Means For You’.

Unsurprisingly, he also has close ties with the World Economic Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations and was a ‘Global Governance Fellow’ at the Brookings Institution.

Khanna ludicrously claims that large swathes of the planet will become “uninhabitable” due to climate change, causing “millions, if not billions of people…to relocate to terrain in the latitudes best suited to survival.”

He then asserts that “labour shortages” in North America and Europe will necessitate these regions “to open the immigration taps accordingly.”

Oct 10 08:27

Austria's Kurz steps down over corruption probe to save coalition

Austria's conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz resigned on Saturday to pull his coalition government back from the brink of collapse after the junior party demanded his head because he has been placed under investigation on suspicion of corruption.

The move by Kurz, who denies wrongdoing, satisfied his coalition partner, the Greens, and came just three days before a special session of parliament at which they were preparing to back a motion of no-confidence that would have forced him out. read more

At the same time, his resignation is more a matter of form than substance in terms of policy. He plans to stay on as his party's leader and become its top lawmaker in parliament, and he is likely to continue to call the shots in the coalition.

Oct 10 07:33

Serbs Say They Will Pull Their Region Out of Bosnia's Army, Judiciary, Tax System

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, who advocates the secession of the Serb-dominated region from Bosnia, said on Friday that the Serb Republic will pull out of the Balkan country's armed forces, top judiciary body and tax administration.

The three institutions represent key pillars of joint security, rule of law and the economic system in Bosnia, which was divided into two autonomous regions - the Serb Republic and the Federation dominated by Croats and Bosniaks - after its 1992-1995 war in which 100,000 died and nearly 2 million left their homes.

Dodik, who currently serves as the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite inter-ethnic presidency, has spearheaded measures to obstruct the central government after a former peace envoy imposed a law criminalising the denial of genocide and war crimes in end-July.

Oct 10 06:38

Fears of UK-EU Trade War Grow as Brexit Minister Expected to Reject Brussels' Offers on NI Protocol

At the heart of the row is the Northern Ireland Protocol, a provision of the Brexit deal that aims to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. London has called on Brussels to renegotiate the agreement, something the EU has vowed not to do.

Fears of a trade war between the United Kingdom and the European Union have grown as Brexit Minister Lord Frost is expected to reject offers made by the European Union, local media reported.

European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, who is in charge of the bloc’s post-Brexit relations with Britain, is set to submit four papers on 13 October on how the ongoing row over the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) can be resolved, with the official describing the proposals as "very far reaching".

Among the offers is a "national identity" exemption for British sausages and other chilled meats from the European Union’s ban.

Oct 09 07:37

Financial Times Says Europeans Should "Prepare For Demographic Replenishment By Arabs And Asians"

The Financial Times has published an article which asserts that people living in European countries should “prepare for demographic replenishment by Arabs and Asians.”

Yes, really.

Parag Khanna, the writer of the article also authored a book called ‘Move: How Mass Migration Will Reshape the World — and What It Means For You’.

Unsurprisingly, he also has close ties with the World Economic Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations and was a ‘Global Governance Fellow’ at the Brookings Institution.

Khanna ludicrously claims that large swathes of the planet will become “uninhabitable” due to climate change, causing “millions, if not billions of people…to relocate to terrain in the latitudes best suited to survival.”

He then asserts that “labour shortages” in North America and Europe will necessitate these regions “to open the immigration taps accordingly.”

Oct 08 08:28

Luongo: Is Europe's Entire "Energy Crisis" Manufactured?

The European Gas Crisis keeps hitting new high after new high as gas prices around the world go ballistic.

While this isn’t just a European problem, if you read the MSM, that’s all they seem to care about.

You know, it snows in Japan as well folks, and China.

Prices keep skyrocketing in Europe because there is no shortage of idiocy at the top of the European power structure. The confluence of the pressurizing of Nordstream 2 with the release of the “Pandora Papers” and the beginnings of German coalition talks just after the beginning of Q4 should have everyone’s Spidey-Sense shutting down like your adrenals do after a long period of self-inflicted stress.

And honestly, whose adrenals aren’t on the verge of collapse after eighteen months of ‘flatten the curve,’ ‘follow the science,’ and ‘just roll over to the Communism, already, you disgusting plebe!’ that we’ve been going through.

Oct 08 08:27

In Stunning Rebuke, Poland's Top Court Rules Polish Law Takes Presedence Over The EU

In a stinging rebuke to Europe's unelected bureaucrats, and a major escalation in the rule of law crisis between Warsaw and Brussels, Poland's constitutional court ruled on Thursday that Polish law can take precedence over EU law amid an ongoing dispute between the European bloc and the eastern European member state. The decision by the Constitutional Tribunal came after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki requested a review of a decision by the EU's Court of Justice (ECJ) that gave the bloc's law primacy. Two out of 14 judges on the panel dissented from the majority opinion.

"The attempt by the European Court of Justice to involve itself with Polish legal mechanisms violates ... the rules that give priority to the constitution and rules that respect sovereignty amid the process of European integration," the ruling said, in an outcome that could have wide-reaching consequences for Europe when the next crisis hits.

Oct 08 08:23

Sweden suspends Moderna vaccine for those 30 and under

Swedish health authorities on Wednesday suspended the use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 30 and under, saying the move was done out of precaution.

The reason for the pausing is “signals of an increased risk of side effects such as inflammation of the heart muscle or the pericardium” — the double-walled sac containing the heart and the roots of the main vessels, Sweden’s Public Health Agency said in a statement. “The risk of being affected is very small.”

Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, said they “follow the situation closely and act quickly to ensure that vaccinations against COVID-19 are always as safe as possible and at the same time provide effective protection” against the disease.

In July, the European Medicines Agency recommended authorizing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 17, the first time the shot has been authorized for people under 18.

Oct 07 13:20

Sweden, Denmark halt use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups

Sweden and Denmark announced on Wednesday, Oct. 6, that they will pause the use of Moderna’s Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – also known as Spikevax – for younger age groups following reports of possible cardiovascular side effects.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden says it will stop using the vaccine for people born in 1991 and later as data points to an increase of myocarditis and pericarditis cases among vaccinated youths and young adults.

Oct 07 05:13

SHOCKING: Soros-Funded Scout Troop Pushes Underage Girls and Boys to Strip and Perform Sexually Explicit “Games” in Macedonia

We are talking about 16 year old children, some not even that old. They were asked to name how many types of condoms they can identify. Then, they were asked about the number of their sexual partners. It was taken that a “correct answer” will be more than two sexual partners at 16 years of age. A bizzare “game” had them soak female hygiene products in red paint and then drain them. The children were then asked to put paint on a part of their body and leave an impression on paper – an imprint of a hand was ranked 10 points, the buttocks were valued 40 points, the breasts at 60 and the genitals – 80 points, the enraged father of one of the children told Sloboden Pecat in an interview. The father remained anonymous to protect his daughter.

Oct 07 05:01

Moderna Vaccine Paused in Sweden, Denmark for Under the Age of 30

Oct 07 04:42

Putin Faults EU for Energy Crunch, Says Gas Can’t Be Stored Like ‘Watches, Underwear or Neckties’

Natural gas prices in Europe have risen sharply, with futures approaching $2,000 per 1,000 cubic metres on Wednesday trading before dropping off. Shortages have been blamed on factors ranging from cold weather to competition for supplies with Asia, as well as a premature attempt to switch to "green" \alternative sources of energy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed the current supply crunch in Europe's gas market to European Union policymakers favouring short-term contracts with suppliers, suggesting that the curtailing of long-term supply agreements and dependence on gas exchanges has proven an "obvious mistake."

Oct 06 10:57

Without Lockdowns, Sweden Had Fewer Excess Deaths Than Most Of Europe

It’s now been more than eighteen months since governments began the new social experiment now known as “lockdowns.”

Prior to 2020, forced “social distancing” was generally considered to be too costly in societal terms to justify such a risky experiment.

Yet in 2020, led by health technocrats at the World Health Organization, nearly all national governments in the world suddenly and without precedent embraced the idea of lockdowns.

On the other hand, the Swedish regime rejected the idea.

For this act of iconoclasm, the Swedish government was pilloried by media organizations and non-Swedish government officials worldwide. The predictions of doom and of a widespread Swedish bloodbath were ubiquitous. Months later, even when it became clear Sweden was not the death-addled outlier many assumed it would be, it was common to see articles declaring Swedish covid policy to be a “disaster.”

Oct 06 10:52

Poland Central Bank To Buy 100 Tons Of Gold In 2022

In a time when institutions are increasingly shifting away from fiat currency and looking toward cryptos, it is worth recalling that at least when it comes to central banks, there is no digital gold. There is just gold.

To be sure, in a time of unprecedented economic and social turmoil, central bankers’ appetite for gold continues to grow, providing a bright spot for the traditional haven as investor interest ebbs. According to the World Gold Council, global reserves expanded 333.2 tons in the first half of 2021, 39% higher than the five-year average for the period. Strong purchases by Thailand, Hungary and Brazil stood out, with WGC analyst Louise Street predicting that If central banks continue to buy at the levels seen recently, it will provide a supportive element for the market.

Oct 06 10:46

“Historic Moment”: EU Approves Call for Sweeping Ban on Facial Recognition Surveillance

By Andrea Germanos

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a call to ban facial recognition surveillance—a development heralded by the technology’s foes as a “big win for human rights.”

The vote on the resolution was 377-248. While the measure is nonbinding, the EUObserver reported Wednesday that its passsage means “Parliament now has for the first time an official position advocating for a ban on biometric mass surveillance, which sends a strong signal for negotiations of the first-ever EU rules on AI systems.”

“Fundamental rights are unconditional,” MEP Petar Vitanov, a member of the Bulgarian Socialist Party who backed the resolution, said in a statement...

Oct 06 08:59

Lithuania wants to be the new Eastern outpost for US empire

Think the number of U.S. bases around the world are naturally decreasing during so-called peace time? Think again.

An article in Defense One today illustrates “mission creep” in its purest form a la Field of Dreams: Lithuania builds a military base in hopes Americans will come.

And no doubt they will — they are already there, albeit temporarily. According to the reporting by Jacqueline Feldscher, “hundreds” of U.S. service members are already at the new €7 million facility called Camp Herkus. She describes it thusly:

(Camp Herkus) includes a gym stocked with state-of-the art treadmills and weight racks, rubber-turf basketball courts surrounded by container housing stuffed with bunk beds and gear, a PX selling cigarettes and candy, and a game hall where soldiers were playing first-person-shooter video games.

Oct 06 08:31

European Parliament Debates Pandora Papers' Release

The Pandora Papers, released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, has revealed a vast network of offshore banking among the world's elite.
Live from Strasbourg as the European Parliament convenes for a plenary session to debate the Pandora Papers leak.

Members of the European Parliament are expected to discuss the consequences on the efforts to fight money laundering, tax evasion and avoidance.

The Pandora Papers revealed a network of offshore banking among the world's richest and most powerful, including 35 incumbent and former global leaders and more than 330 officials worldwide involved in tax haven practices to hide vast wealth and property. The investigation was based on more than 11.9 million leaked financial documents.

Oct 05 05:49

‘Green Deal’ Farming Cuts Food, Cuts Population

The European Commission (EC), executive arm of the European Union, released its “Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies” in May 2020. Those so-called strategies are the core part of its new EU Green Deal, whose consequences will directly result in significantly less food output, and more hunger and hardship for millions of people. Farmers have taken to the streets with their tractors over 2019-2020 in Germany, the Netherlands, and elsewhere to oppose the EU dictates, which technically are to be imposed nation by nation over the next 10 years, with an EC review session scheduled for 2023.

Oct 05 05:48

Will the Green Deal cause food shortages?

A report by an American institute showed that the Green Deal will result in 12% less agricultural production in the EU in 2030. According to the MEP, the bill for this will mainly be paid by the poorest, followed by the rapidly growing middle class. European farmers are the most sustainable in the world. A shift of EU food production abroad will lead to more global climate emissions and damage nature.

Oct 05 05:36

Siberia set for extreme winter deep freeze, Russian experts predict, as Europe faces energy shortages with cooler weather on way

One of Russia’s top forecasters has warned that extreme weather is predicted to hit the Northern Hemisphere later this year, sparking concerns that it could worsen a deepening energy crisis setting in across parts of Europe.

Harsh conditions are predicted to hit Russia in early January, with snow in Siberia estimated to reach levels twice as severe as the average. On Monday, the meteorological center Phobos also reported that “snowdrifts almost a quarter larger than the norm” could sweep across Moscow.

In recent weeks, much of Western Europe has seen a rapidly growing energy crisis, with some parts of the continent experiencing a 250% increase in the price of gas for the heating and fuelling industry. Petrol stations in the UK running dry faster than they can secure new deliveries have caused severe delays and fights breaking out at refill forecourts.

Oct 05 05:33

Italy increasingly armed

Today in La Spezia the Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini inaugurates SeaFuture 2021, the military-naval exhibition sponsored by the main war industries. In the lead Fincantieri ("strategic sponsor"), Leonardo ("platinum sponsor") and Mbda (European joint venture in which Leonardo has 25%) which participates as "gold sponsor".

The "Future" has already been outlined in the "Directive for the industrial policy of Defense", issued by Guerini on July 29: Italy must "have a military instrument capable of expressing the advanced military capabilities that the country needs to protect its national interests", which ensures "its membership in the circle of technologically and economically advanced countries". The Directive, overturning Article 11 and other constitutional principles with the silent consent of Parliament, establishes that Italy must increasingly arm itself.

Oct 04 10:06

This Is Not the Joe Biden Europe Was Hoping For

Most Europeans regarded Joe Biden as a conquering hero when he overcame Donald Trump, hailing him as the calm, cool child who knocked the big-mouthed bully out of the schoolyard.

What EU leaders anticipated was the Biden they had met on his several trips abroad and who participated in the annual Munich Security Conference on a regular basis. The Biden who was multilateralist, Europhile, and keen on transatlantic relations.

When Biden announced “America is back” at a special virtual Munich Security Conference to commemorate the start of his administration, European leaders did not imagine it was actually a return to the arrogant exceptionalism that has long characterized Washington’s attitude to the EU and NATO.

Oct 04 09:51

Vaccine Passport Slovenia Says Family of Woman Who Died After Jab Can’t Sue Because Vaccination Is “Voluntary”

Without a vaccine/test passport you can’t get pump gas in Slovenia except in select gas stations where they have payment via a mobile application set up. You also can’t work or attend school.

It was precisely to get around these limitations that a 20-year old Slovenian woman “Katja” went for a vaccination last month and died of complications two weeks later. She wanted to “get her freedom” as her father explained. (Testing every 48 hours isn’t tenable which is just as the government wants it.)

It was also for this reason that she chose the one-dose J&J vaccine, so she could have her vax passport right away, rather than having to wait for another two weeks.

This is a person who never would have gotten the vaccine if not for government coercion and who would thus still be alive.

Oct 04 07:13

US, British Surveillance Planes Circle Kaliningrad

Spying activity is often driving tensions between NATO and Russia. This is the case in the Baltic right now, where US and British surveillance planes are very visibly active around the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

The surveillance is being conducted by RC-135W, planes that conduct electronic surveillance, surveying the electromagnetic spectrum in the area to gather intelligence.

Kaliningrad was historically Ostpreußen, a part of Germany, and before that Prussia. The Soviet Union took the land in 1946 after WW2. The exclave loomed large around the start of WW2, as the lack of a land connection between Ostpreußen and the rest of Germany was the source of a lot of tension with Poland. Germans were expelled by the Soviets, and Soviet citizens were moved in in the late 1940s.

Oct 04 06:44

Is This the Next US Military Base in Europe?

American soldiers have found gracious hosts in Lithuania.

At this remote base, which opened in August and is now the temporary home of hundreds of American troops, government officials excitedly showed off the new 7-million-euro facility, which includes a gym stocked with state-of-the art treadmills and weight racks, rubber-turf basketball courts surrounded by container housing stuffed with bunk beds and gear, a PX selling cigarettes and candy, and a game hall where soldiers were playing first-person-shooter video games.

But for Vilnius, these comforts aren’t just about making their guests feel at home. They aim to entice Washington to turn its rotational deployments of U.S. troops into a permanent stay, and deter the Russian forces that frequently deploy and exercise in Belarus, less than 10 miles away.

Oct 04 05:49

Thousands Gather in Amsterdam to Protest COVID-19 Restrictions - Videos

Thousands of people took to the streets of Amsterdam on Sunday to protest mandatory COVID-19 passes, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

The demonstrators gathered at Dam Square and began marching through the city.
The protest was organised by the Together for the Netherlands group, which expects to see more than 10,000 participants. However, the number of protesters has not been confirmed yet.

People chanted "freedom" and "how many times do we have to get vaccinated to end the lie about the coronavirus?" The protesters ask the government to lift the requirements, saying they divide society and interfere with everyday life.

Oct 04 05:49

This week’s elections could pave way for Prague to Czech out of EU

The elections in the Czech Republic later this week have largely been ignored, but the political situation in the country is not only compelling, it could have ramifications for the rest of Europe, and in particular for the EU.

Czechs go to the polls on Friday and Saturday in legislative elections that will determine who will lead the country for the next four years. These elections have been getting little attention in the international press, mainly because the focus has been on the elections taking place in Germany.

The Czech Republic has been led by a coalition government since 2017. The senior partner in the coalition is the ANO 2011 party, and its leader is the current Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

Oct 03 08:58

EUROPE ENERGY AND INFLATION CRISIS EXPLAINED

Oct 03 07:31

“Don’t Buy Into Occupation” Coaltion: Billions in European Financial Support to Companies in Illegal Israeli Settlements. Report

672 European financial institutions have financial relationships with 50 businesses that are actively involved with illegal Israeli settlements. These financial institutions provided US$ 114 billion in the form of loans and underwritings and held investments to the amount of US$ 141 billion in shares and bonds of these companies. This is the key finding of a new research report published today by a cross-regional coalition of Palestinian and European NGOs, which looked at financial flows between January 2018 and May 2021.
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Oct 01 13:53

Lithuania boosts number of border troops & orders them to build barbed-wire fence as migrant crisis worsens on Belarusian frontier

Lithuania has deployed extra troops to its state frontier with Belarus, the country’s Ministry of National Defence revealed on Thursday, noting that there are now 1,200 servicemen on the border trying to prevent illegal migration.

Arvydas Anušauskas also noted that the troops had been tasked with building a concertina barbed wire fence to stop asylum seekers illegally crossing the border.

On 21 September, Lithuania revealed that 2,800 migrants from across the Belarusian border had applied for asylum in the country since the start of August – significantly more than in the entire year of 2020. There have also been reports of deaths at the frontier.

Oct 01 10:31

BepiColombo: Europe's Mercury space mission in final stretch

Europe's first mission to Mercury arrives at its destination in the coming hours.

It'll be the briefest of visits, however.

The BepiColombo probe is moving too fast to go into orbit and will fly straight by the planet.

But the diminutive world's gravity will have slowed the craft just a little, and further passes in the coming years will eventually see Bepi take up a stable station around Mercury.

That'll be late 2025; patience is required.

Oct 01 05:27

Life under the EU’s first strictly-enforced Covid Pass regime covering all society: Lithuania.

Without a Pass, you’re banned: shopping, work, eating out...

This is the future facing countries that impose a Covid Pass: EU, US, UK,Australia,Canada...

Is this the world you want?

Oct 01 04:58

Western fears over Balkan states could spell the end of the EU’s dream of an ever-expanding empire

The accession of six Eastern European states would change the complexion of the European Union and likely spark an exodus from east to west. It’s no wonder, then, that some Western countries have got cold feet about the idea.

A number of Western European countries have aired their concerns about the European Union’s ambitions to invite six Balkan states to join the bloc.

Indeed, there seems to be a fissure developing between Brussels and a number of EU member states regarding the Balkans.

Whereas Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, hopes to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia before the end of the year, some European governments are more reticent.

Oct 01 04:57

US military equipment shipments to Moldova complicate Transnistrian settlement — diplomat

Shipments of US military equipment to Moldova additionally complicate the settlement of the Transnistria conflict, Russian Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Alexey Zaytsev said Thursday.

"We believe that such steps that fit in the general line of Washington and Brussels of pulling Moldova in Euro-Atlantic structures are unlikely to improve the trust between the two shores of Dniester, and will additionally complicate the already stalling settlement process," he said.

The diplomat noted that the shipped equipment was worth $5 million total, and several more shipments are planned before the end of this year. He explained that the equipment includes small arms, communication devices, light artillery systems and armored cars.

"The stated goal is the improvement of Moldovan Armed Forces’ potential and their operational compatibility for participation in international peacekeeping operations," Zaytsev said.

Oct 01 04:48

Tucker is joined by Polish president for 'bombshell' exclusive interview

Sep 30 10:13

Slovenia suspends Johnson & Johnson vaccine after young woman’s death

Slovenia will stop administering Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine while it investigates the death of a 20-year-old woman which could have been related to the jab, the country’s health minister has said.

A young woman who was inoculated with the J&J jab two weeks ago died on Tuesday after developing “blood clots and bleeding in the brain at the same time,” according to medics.

The tragic news prompted the Slovenian authorities to temporarily suspend the use of the Janssen vaccine, Health Minister Janez Poklukar announced during a press conference on Wednesday.

The J&J shots will remain frozen until the probe into the possible link between the woman’s death and the jab is completed, he added.

Some 120,000 people in Slovenia have already been injected with the vaccine, and this is the second case of adverse effects following inoculation, Poklukar said. He insisted, however, that “the benefits of vaccination outweigh the potential complications from it.”

Sep 30 07:27

Backlash as Students Reportedly Told Wearing Second-Hand Clothes Can Be ‘Example Of White Privilege’ in Mandatory Diversity Test

British university students are being mandated to take a diversity course and test which forces them to agree with several notions concerning race, including that wearing second-hand clothes can be “an example of white privilege.” -- Students at the University of Kent will receive a gold star should they correctly answer 13 questions concerning race and white privilege. If they answer incorrectly, they are redirected to take the course again, The Telegraph reports.

Sep 29 08:02

Standoff over Kosovo 'going from bad to worse,' Russia warns, calling on NATO to step up & prevent military conflict with Serbia

As tense relations between Serbia and the breakaway region of Kosovo worsen, Moscow has said the West is failing to step up to the mark in order to prevent all-out conflict breaking out and avoid a return to bloody fighting.

In an official statement issued on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that growing tensions between the two sides are going "from bad to worse." The top official also emphasized that NATO has taken it on itself to keep peace in the disputed region and cautioned that failure to cool the situation could lead to a dangerous escalation.

"NATO's Forces for Kosovo and the EU's Rule of Law Mission have their mandates to prevent lawlessness, and therefore they bear full responsibility for protecting civilians, ensuring peace and security," Zakharova said.

Sep 29 07:17

Hungary summons Ukrainian ambassador & blasts Kiev for 'interfering’ in its internal affairs as row over Russian gas deal heats up

The Hungarian Foreign Ministry has summoned Ukraine's ambassador over Kiev's reaction to Budapest's new deal with Russia's Gazprom energy giant, Hungary's top diplomat revealed in a statement published on Facebook on Tuesday.

Peter Szijjarto wrote that "The Ukrainian government's actions aimed against the deal, through the European Commission, are extremely outrageous," adding "Ukraine has nothing to do with those we make deals with." He stated that Budapest viewed such steps by Kiev as "a violation of [Hungary's] sovereignty and national security interests."

Budapest has accused Ukraine of meddling in its sovereign political decisions after Kiev decried the arrangement as a decision made only to serve the interests of Moscow.

It will see around half of the country’s annual gas supply transported via the Balkans and Austria. Effective from Friday, the new arrangement will cost Kiev millions in transit fees.

Sep 29 06:39

Estonian defense forces rehearse tackling hybrid threats in Sweden

Estonian defense personnel and civilian experts rehearsed tackling hybrid threats at Joint Protector, a command post exercise of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), last week.

Participants in the exercise held in Sweden included over 600 defense personnel and civilian experts from the Baltic and Nordic states, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, according to the headquarters of the Estonian defense forces.

According to the scenario of the exercise, participants had to fend off hybrid attacks against the energy infrastructure and information space as well as attacks containing economic elements. They also needed to resolve situations regarding illegal immigration and conventional military threats.

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