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Nov 17 10:28

Thousands Of Officers, Tear Gas Used To Disperse Large Gatherings And Protests In Greece

November 17,2020 9:26am EST
Protesters in Greece were sprayed with tear gas while others were detained during scuffles Tuesday in Athens as hundreds took to the streets to defy a ban on large gatherings and commemorate the anniversary of the crushing of the 1973 student uprising against the military leaders then ruling Greece.

Typically Nov. 17 is commemorated with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Athens Polytechnic to remember those who died there, according to the Associated Press (AP). Marchers then head to the U.S. Embassy because the U.S. backed the dictators that ruled Greece.

Nov 17 08:36

European Vega Rocket Suffers 'Major Failure', $400 Million In Satellites Destroyed 

A European Vega rocket suffered a cataphoric failure shortly after launch on Monday evening, leading to the loss of $400 million in satellites for Spain and France, reported Space News.

Around 2053 ET Monday, the Vega rocket blasted off from the spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana. The rocket's initial phases appeared to go well, but something went wrong eight minutes into the flight.

Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël said the rocket appeared to diverge from its planned trajectory during the first burn of its Avum upper stage.

Nov 17 07:40

European police in coordinated raids against online hate speech

European police launched coordinated raids in seven countries on Tuesday as part of a clampdown on online hatred and incitement to violence, the European Union law enforcement agency Europol and German prosecutors said.

In Germany, police searched 83 apartments and other buildings to seize evidence like smart phones and laptops. Prosecutors said 96 suspects are being questioned about hateful posts they made online.

One of the suspects is accused of making anti-Semitic comments while another insulted a female politician online, prosecutors in the German region of Rheinland Palatinate said in a statement.

Nov 17 07:13

'Impossible to Prove Crime': Swedish Prosecution Decides Quran Burning Not Illegal

Earlier this year, a video of a smouldering Quran set afire in Malmö, Sweden, by Danish Hard Line party members sparked violent Islamic riots, which led to dozens of arrests and several convictions. This act was followed by several similar torchings.

Setting a copy of the Quran on fire in August didn't constitute incitement against an ethnic group, the Swedish prosecution has ruled, deciding to drop a preliminary investigation into the matter.

"It is not possible to prove that a crime has been committed, burning a Quran in itself is not illegal", chamber prosecutor Sofia Syrén told national broadcaster SVT.

Nov 17 06:56

Izvestia: Russia retaliates against EU restrictions with new sanctions

Moscow has imposed new sanctions in response to the EU’s punitive measures over the alleged Navalny poisoning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference. These sanctions are aimed at members of the French and German administrations. The Russian-imposed sanctions in response to Europe’s restrictions is a logical step, the Federation Council told Izvestia.

The upper house said the story might not end here. New measures from the European Union could be expected. At the same time, Russia is making claims about the role that the OPCW has been playing in the Navalny case. Moscow has long accused the organization of being biased.

Nov 17 06:54

Populist Govts of Hungary, Poland Veto EU’s Globalist Power Grab Budget

EU member states Hungary and Poland have followed through on their threat to block the continental power bloc’s seven-year budget, after Brussels attempted to push it through with conditions the populist nations said were akin to “political enslavement”.

European Union rules mean that many significant decisions — including whether to approve the bloc’s seven-yearly funding programmes — must be taken unanimously, with any single member state able to veto decisions. This safeguard was triggered on Monday by conservative-led Hungary and Poland, who blocked the progress of the €1.8 trillion (£1.6 trillion, $2.1 trillion) ‘Multiannual Financial Framework’ (MFF) as an attack on national sovereignty.

Nov 16 05:40

Austria's New Hate Speech Law

The Austrian government has presented a draft online hate speech law, the Communication Platforms Act, which, if passed, will limit free speech in the country. The Austrian government writes in the introduction to its proposed law:

"The main reason for the development of this draft Act is the worrying development that the Internet and social media, in addition to the advantages that these new technologies and communication channels provide, have also established a new form of violence, and hate on the Internet is increasing in the form of insults, humiliation, false information and even threats of violence and death. The attacks are predominantly based on racist, xenophobic, misogynistic and homophobic motives. A comprehensive strategy and a set of measures are required that range from prevention to sanctions. This strategy is based on the two pillars of platform responsibility and victim protection, with the present draft Act relating to ensuring platform responsibility".

Nov 14 07:31

‘Second Soviet Union’ – Hungary’s Orban rips into EU’s plans to make access to Brussels funds conditional

Hungary’s prime minister has labeled the EU’s plan to make access to funding conditional on the maintenance of the rule of law as “blackmail.” He then likened Brussels to the Soviet Union.

Viktor Orban, the Hungarian PM, told state radio on Friday that his country cannot accept EU plans to link access to European funds with the rule of law criteria.

On November 5, European leaders agreed that the next seven-year budget cycle would be conditional on the rule of law. Meaning that if the budget as a whole is accepted by a member state, the EU will be able to cut funding to governments that don’t respect the rule of law.

Nov 13 09:02

Second lockdown in Europe

Nov 13 07:28

Austria To Ban "Political Islam" After Terror Attack

In response to a jihadist terror attack in Vienna last week, the government of Austria will pass a law making it illegal to spread “political Islam” in the country.

The European nation’s capital was shook when a lone gunman killed four people and injured 23 others during a rampage that began in the city’s historic quarter. The culprit, 20-year-old Kujtim Fejzullai, was an ISIS sympathizer.

In response, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced new measures that would make preaching “political Islam” a criminal offense.

Nov 12 06:25

Second Fire Breaks Out at Migrant Camp on Greece's Samos Over Past 10 Days, Reports Say

A fire has broken out at a migrant camp on the Greek island of Samos, the second blaze to hit such a facility over the last 10 days, Greece's Kathimerini newspaper reports on Wednesday.

Citing the local fire department, the newspaper said that the blaze was quickly extinguished as 18 firefighters responded to the incident on Wednesday morning.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, the newspaper said, adding that there was also no information on the number of migrant tents that had been destroyed by the blaze.

Nov 11 11:17

Danish PM apologizes after illegal cull order of entire mink population over Covid outbreaks

The decision to cull Denmark’s entire population of mink after a mutated strain of Covid-19 was found to have no legal basis, the country’s prime minister has admitted, days after ordering the move to hinder its spread to humans.

PM Mette Frederiksen last week ordered the culling of the country’s 15-17 million-strong mink population, after the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was looking into reports that the virus was jumping from animals to people.

“Even if we were in a rush, it should have been completely clear to us that new legislation was required, and it was not. I apologize for that,” Frederiksen told parliament on Tuesday.

Nov 11 06:21

US to expand sanctions against Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

Washington has reached an agreement to include additional sanctions against Russia’s natural gas pipeline to Germany in a must-pass defense bill, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the issue.

According to the report, the fresh sanctions against Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline would target insurance and certification companies working with Russian vessels on the completion of the project. They would be included as part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which must be passed by the end of the year.

The US will now have to notify its allies before imposing the new sanctions. This provision was added after House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel of New York expressed concern that the sanctions would hurt Germany and European countries, while letting Russia “off the hook.”

Nov 10 08:33

NATO Declares Biden White House Will Finally Confront "Assertive Russia"

With Joe Biden declared president-elect by a chorus of major networks in unison on Saturday, the same mainstream media has suddenly dropped any notion of 'Russian interference' in the election which for years had received wall to wall coverage.

Over the weekend an MSNBC host went so far as to declare without evidence "This might be the cleanest election we have ever had." And conveniently apart from the 'sudden' unprecedented leap in vaccine development and with markets soaring on the news, the foreign policy "wins" are conveniently pouring in even before Biden enters the White House on January 20.

As a case in point NATO's official message of congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris underscored that a Biden White House will finally be able to confront "assertive Russia" according to a statement by Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Nov 10 08:32

Illegal immigration into Europe continues #alwaysandeverywhere

Nov 10 07:44

Sweden Halts 5G Auction After Court Allows Huawei to Build 5G Network

While a report estimated the maximum price tag to totally exclude Huawei at $4 billion, Swedish Digitalisation Minister Anders Ygeman argued that the cost of building the 5G network on an uncertain basis would be significantly higher.

Following a ruling by a Swedish administrative court to allow Chinese firm Huawei to participate in the expansion of the country's 5G network, Swedish telecoms regulator PTS halted the upcoming 5G spectrum auctions.

Earlier on Monday, the administrative court of Stockholm temporarily lifted the ban on the Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE to participate in the expansion of the 5G network in Sweden, which Swedish Radio reporter Sven Carlsson described as a "partial victory" for Huawei.

Nov 10 07:26

‘Together against ISIS’: Protesters denounce Islamic extremism & right-wing racism following terrorist attack in Vienna (VIDEO)

A group of activists has marched through the streets of Vienna, protesting against terrorism and racism. The Austrian capital suffered a deadly jihadist attack last week.

The demonstrators carried Antifa flags and banners saying “Together against terrorism” and “Together against ISIS” as they marched from the city’s opera building to the scene of the attack that occurred on November 2. They decried both Islamist extremism and hatred towards religious and ethnic minorities.

“In my opinion, religions are peaceful, even though some people spread hate. It’s important to be reminded that we should act in solidarity,” a student attending the march told Russia’s Ruptly video news agency.

“In Vienna, and in many other parts of the world, we have got a big problem with very right-wing politics at the moment. So, there have been fascist marches in Vienna some months ago,” Axel Magnus, a trade union activist, said.

Nov 10 07:25

Globalists Salute: Angela Merkel, EU President Hail Future ‘Cooperation’ With Joe Biden

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the President of the European Union Commission, Ursula von der Leyen offered their hands in cooperation to former Vice President Joe Biden after the mainstream media projected him as the winner of the presidential election.

On Monday, the German chancellor praised the ageing Democrat, saying that Biden “knows Germany and Europe well”.

“I warmly congratulate Joe Biden on his election as the 46th President of the United States. Joe Biden brings decades of experience in both domestic and foreign policy,” Merkel said before reporters in Berlin.

“I have fond memories of good encounters and conversations with him,” she added.

Nov 10 07:05

Austrian Police Reportedly Detain 30 People Over Links to Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas

Austrian police on Monday conducted searches at 60 premises and detained 30 people for questioning as part of a counterterrorism operation, which has no links to a recent deadly attack in Vienna, media reported.

"We oppose this criminal, extremist and inhuman organisations with all the firmness and all the capabilities of the rule of law," Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said, as quoted by Kronen Zeitung.

According to the media outlet, police raided apartments, houses, businesses and association premises in the provinces of Styria, Carinthia, Vienna and Lower Austria. The operation targeted people suspected of belonging to or supporting the Palestinian Hamas movement, which is recognised as a terrorist organization in Austria and the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group*, the news outlet said, citing the prosecutors' office in the southern city of Graz.

Nov 10 07:02

‘One step at a time’: EU welcomes Biden’s ‘victory’, but says it’s too early to discuss cooperation

The EU has cautiously welcomed what it called the election “victory” of Joe Biden. Still, any cooperation prospects will be discussed no sooner than he takes office, the bloc added.

The European Union has expressed tacit support for what it described as “the victory in the election of Joe Biden” while stopping short of officially congratulating him on his projected win. Still, it appeared to be in no rush to comment on any future plans on cooperation with its allies across the pond, until at least the presumed winner takes office.

Nov 09 07:33

Jean-Claude Juncker intervenes in US election and warns against celebrating early

FORMER EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has urged European heads of state and governments not to express clear preferences in the US election.

Today, US citizens head to the polls to vote on who will become the next President of the United States. During the campaign trail, Donald Trump has been lagging behind Democrat rival Joe Biden.

Nov 09 07:33

Migration Watch: Number of Freed Foreign Criminals Has Doubled Since 2012

A report from a mass migration sceptic think tank has revealed that the number of convicted foreign criminals freed to roam the streets of Britain has doubled since 2012, and warned that the increase poses a growing risk to families.

The Migration Watch UK analysis found that some 9,400 foreign national offenders (FNOs) are living free in communities across the United Kingdom, up from under 4,000 in 2012.

But despite the increasing numbers of foreign criminals, the number of deportations has fallen, with 1,000 fewer returns since 2016.

Non-EU foreign criminals make up the majority of those still residing in the country, representing 57 per cent (5,100) compared to 3,900 from European Union countries. While non-EU criminals made up the majority, they only represented one-third of all removals in 2019.

Nov 09 07:27

Austria: Mosques Dissolved, Raided After Radical Islamic Terror Attack

Following the terrorist attack in Vienna earlier this week, the Austrian government has raided and dissolved two radical mosques linked to radical Islam.

Culture Minister Susanne Raab and Interior Minister Karl Nehammer announced the closure of the mosques on Friday, one of which is said to have contributed to the radicalisation of the Vienna gunman who killed four people on Monday.

Minister Raab defended the closures stating, “It is not an attack against the members of a religious community, but it is a common fight against the abuse of a religion by radicals.”

According to a report from newspaper Kronen Zeitung, the gunman was active in two mosques in the Austrian capital.

Nov 08 05:52

Greek police clash with anti-lockdown protesters just before stay-at-home order comes into force (VIDEO)

An anti-lockdown rally in Greece’s Thessaloniki turned violent as protesters pelted riot police with projectiles, injuring two officers. The police made 11 arrests amid the clashes.

Several hundred protesters showed up in the center of the Greek city on Friday evening to take part in a protest against Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the government.

Nov 07 07:27

Greece Arrests Islamic State Migrant Helped by Pro-Migration NGOs

Police have arrested a migrant from Tajikistan, wanted for being a member of Islamic State, who had been living in Greece for three years in a house given to him by an NGO.

The 27-year-old had been living in the Greek city of Tripoli where he had been helped by NGOs, although there is no evidence the groups knew his extremist background.

According to a report from Greek newspaper Proto Thema, the man was living in Tripoli with his wife and children. His wife is allegedly a known dissident in their native Tajikistan. The man was wanted on an international arrest warrant.

Nov 06 10:26

EU backs France’s war on Islam

It’s usually easy to ignore the turgid blog posts of EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

But the one published Tuesday, with the title “We need to fight Islamist terrorism together,” could not be overlooked.

It comes in the wake of recent deadly attacks by lone young men in France and Austria.

Borrell writes that this “wave of terrorism” has “targeted the foundations of our secular and democratic societies.”

Nov 06 06:38

Right-wing activists hold TORCH-LIT protest in Vienna, Austria after deadly terrorist attack (VIDEO)

A group of right-wing protesters has held a rally in Vienna, condemning recent terror attacks and urging the government to act against Islamist radicals. They were met by counterprotesters, who condemned the activists as ‘Nazis’.
Dozens of right-wing activists protested in central Vienna overnight, decrying “Islamic terrorism” and “population exchange” with other countries.

The demonstrators held a large banner reading “Stop Islamic terrorism” and chanted such slogans as “Home, freedom, tradition.” Some of them were packing lit torches, footage from the scene published by Ruptly, RT’s video agency, shows.

Nov 06 06:30

Streamlining sanctions against ‘rogue’ EU nations, European Commission bullies them into surrendering their sovereignty for money

Having suffered humiliation from the UK, Poland and Hungary, the EU is scrapping its own voting rules in favour of measures to strip funding from member states that choose to follow their own path, not the one decreed by Brussels.
In the mother of all ironies, as the clock ticks down to Brexit, it’s not the Palace of Westminster hit by a bombshell this Guy Fawkes Night, but the European Parliament which has been metaphorically blown out of the water.

On a day that should now forever be remembered for the death of any semblance of democracy across the EU, the unelected European Commission, packed with chauffeur-driven, pampered establishment lifers and their cronies from across the bloc is scrapping the unanimity required to block budget payments to what it alone will determine are “rogue” governments.

That’s a euphemism for Poland and Hungary in case you weren’t paying attention. The most ill-behaved of all, the British, are out the door already… almost.

Nov 06 06:25

Italy Imposing Night Curfew, Other Coronavirus Restrictions

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has signed off on new pandemic rules that include a nationwide overnight curfew and tighter restrictions on the country’s regions where infections are surging and hospitals risk running out of beds for COVID-19 patients.

The decree is to take effect Thursday. Regions to be hit with the strictest limits are to be announced Wednesday. Those restrictions include at least a two-week ban on entering or leaving the region’s territory and closure of all shops except essential ones like food stores.

One of those areas is expected to be the northern region of Lombardy. It bore the brunt of the pandemic earlier this year, and it is reeling again under a new surge, especially in its financial capital, Milan.

Nov 06 06:23

Hungary to Start Importing Russian COVID-19 Vaccine in December, Foreign Minister Says

Hungary will begin purchasing a Russian coronavirus vaccine in December in small doses so that it could complete clinical trials and licensing on its soil, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday.

The minister expressed hope that Budapest would import more doses in late January and possibly launch domestic production of the Russian vaccine.

"Russia will start delivering small doses of the vaccine in December to complete clinical trials, test the vaccine here and finalize the licensing process. They said they would be able to start large-scale deliveries from the second or third week of January," Szijjarto said in a video message published on Facebook.

Nov 05 08:34

After Vienna shooting, European rabbis want ‘much more’ government control of mosques

Following a suspected terrorist attack that left four dead in Vienna by a shooter who reportedly shouted “Allah,” European rabbis made an unusual appeal for more “control and transparency” over what goes on at mosques across the continent.

“It is important to know what is being preached in mosques and other places of worship over here, by whom they are financed, what foreign influences are promoting such terrible deeds and how social media serve as a vehicle for this,” Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, wrote in a statement, which also spoke of shock and sadness at “this cowardly act of terror.”

Nov 05 06:01

Europe Preparing to Cancel all Paper Money

Nov 04 16:30

Denmark Will Kill All Farmed Mink, Citing Coronavirus Infections

The Danish government will slaughter millions of mink at more than 1,000 farms, citing concerns that a mutation in the novel coronavirus that has infected the mink could possibly interfere with the effectiveness of a vaccine for humans.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday. There are 15 million or more mink in Denmark, which is one of the world’s major exporters of mink furs. She said the armed forces would be involved in the culling of mink.

Nov 04 07:49

'No Time for Grief and Forgiveness': Sweden Democrats Want to Close Down Terror-Supporting Mosques

Amid a wave of Islamist terrorism that has swept Europe, national-conservative Sweden Democrat leader Jimme Åkesson has called for the throttling of grant money, the closure of mosques that support terror, and that the Swedish citizenship of those involved be revoked whenever possible.

Following the Islamist terrorist attack in the Austrian capital of Vienna, Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson has demanded harsh measures against Islamists expressing extreme views in Sweden.

In a video he published on social media, Åkesson lamented the recent terrorist act, but called for forceful action against Islamism. Åkesson emphasised that his party already a decade ago warned that Islamist was the biggest threat to decmoracy.

Nov 04 07:48

Why Is Europe Courting Revolution?

All eyes remain on the U.S. election, and on fathoming its consequences. But in the shadow of ‘The Election’, there are other ‘moving parts’: Germany just offered Washington ‘a sweetheart deal’ in which, Europe – with Germany leading – accepts to leverage America’s full-spectrum strategy of isolating and weakening Russia and China. And in return it is asking the U.S. to acquiesce to German leadership of a ‘power-political’, European entity that is raised to parity with the U.S. That, bluntly, is to say, Germany is angling for ‘superpower’ status, atop an EU ‘empire’ for the new era. Putin recognised such a possibility (Germany aspiring to be a superpower) during his recent speech to Valdai.

Nov 04 07:34

EU 'doesn't serve the people' and 'doomed to failure' – French MEP issues scathing verdict

Nicolas Bay, the general secretary of the right-wing National Rally party led by Marine Le Pen, believes his countrymen retain an emotional but irrational attachment to the EU as an institution - but also realise it will eventually fall apart. And he also suggested French people are largely obliviousness to the economic threat posed by Brexit.

Nov 04 07:18

Sweden: A Beacon Of Light Against A World Gone Mad

And so it was time again.

Tightened restrictions, mandatory limits on public life, curfews, orders to stay-at-home, travel bans with invasive hoops, and all the other anti-corona policies that ostensibly aren’t lookdowns: they look like lockdowns, they quack like lockdowns, but in these euphemism-prone times we call them by any other names than lockdowns.

Maddeningly, the goalpost keeps shifting, updating life and language faster and better than George Orwell himself could have done.

Nov 04 06:51

Vienna terrorist likely acted alone, ‘fooled’ de-radicalization program

Austrian police have arrested 14 people in raids linked to Monday’s deadly terror attack in Vienna and have found no evidence that a second shooter was involved, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said Tuesday.

“There have been 18 raids in Vienna and Lower Austria and 14 people have been detained,” Nehammer told a televised press conference.

Nov 04 06:40

Vienna shooting: Terrorist released early from jail to slaughter four pledged allegiance to ISIS on Instagram

A TERRORIST shot dead in Vienna after opening fire on drinkers near a synagogue had announced his attack on Instagram and pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Terror gunman Kujtim Fejzulai was revealed as a 20-year-old dual citizen of Austria and North Macedonia who had previously been jailed for trying to travel to Syria.

Nov 04 06:31

‘End to misunderstood tolerance’: Austria’s Kurz doubles down on vow to fight ‘political Islam’ following Vienna attack

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said he expects Europe to abandon what he called “misunderstood tolerance” in the wake of a terrorist attack in Vienna while calling for an EU-wide effort to combat “political Islam.”

“I expect an end to the wrongly understood tolerance … in all European countries,” Kurz told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper, adding that the ideology of “political Islam” endangers “our freedom” as well as the very “European model of life.”

The chancellor maintained that the issue is grave enough to require a Europe-wide response, adding that he already raised this topic in phone calls with many European leaders and also plans to make a fight against “political Islam” an issue on the agenda at the upcoming EU summits.

Nov 04 06:29

'No Time for Grief and Forgiveness': Sweden Democrats Want to Close Down Terror-Supporting Mosques

Amid a wave of Islamist terrorism that has swept Europe, national-conservative Sweden Democrat leader Jimme Åkesson has called for the throttling of grant money, the closure of mosques that support terror, and that the Swedish citizenship of those involved be revoked whenever possible.

Following the Islamist terrorist attack in the Austrian capital of Vienna, Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson has demanded harsh measures against Islamists expressing extreme views in Sweden.

In a video he published on social media, Åkesson lamented the recent terrorist act, but called for forceful action against Islamism. Åkesson emphasised that his party already a decade ago warned that Islamist was the biggest threat to decmoracy.

Nov 03 16:01

EU Polices on Farming will Create a Famine

Nov 03 11:07

Belarus cranks up 1st nuclear plant; Lithuania is fearful

November 2, 5:36:56PM ET
MOSCOW -- Belarus' first nuclear power plant began operating Tuesday, a project that has spooked its neighbor Lithuania, which immediately cut off importing electricity from Belarus at the news.

The Russian-built Astravyets nuclear power plant, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, has been connected to Belarus' power grid and has started producing electricity, according to Belarusian electricity operator Belenergo.

Lithuanian authorities long have opposed the plant's construction, arguing that the project has been plagued by accidents, stolen materials and the mistreatment of workers. In line with the country's law banning electricity imports from Belarus once the plant starts, Lithuania's Litgrid power operator cut the inflow of electricity from Belarus upon receiving data that the Astravyets nuclear reactor had started producing energy.

Nov 03 10:57

Suspect In Vienna Shooting Tried To Join ISIS, Was Released From Prison Early After Terrorism Charges

The suspected gunman in an attack in Vienna on Monday was an Austrian man with dual citizenship who had previously attempted to join ISIS in Syria, numerous sources reported.

Kujtim Fejzulai, 20, was shot dead by police after the beginning of the attack that left four dead 14 injured Monday evening, according to the Wall Street Journal. Fejzulai was sentenced to 22 months in prison in April 2019 after trying to join ISIS in Syria, but was released early in December, according to the Associated Press. He also had North Macedonian citizenship and was born to ethnic Albanians, the Journal reported.

Nov 03 08:10

EU chaos: Macron on alert as violent riots over economic crisis spread across Europe

LEADERS across the EU are on alert as violent protests erupt across major European capitals, following fears concerning the economic impact of severe and lengthy coronavirus lockdowns.

Emmanuel Macron imposed a second national lockdown in France last night, declaring that a sudden and “brutal brake” on virus transmission was needed. However, the French President acknowledged the threat of violence and riots exploding on French streets against the lockdown measures, saying that he would take "full responsibility for the reactions this the lockdown will cause". There are growing fears that the number of violent anti-lockdown protests recently seen in Italy and Spain will follow in France.

Nov 03 07:30

'Conflict Between Civilisation & Barbarism': Sebastian Kurz Vows to Fight Terror After Vienna Attack

The shooting on Monday evening has claimed four lives, one of the suspected attackers was killed, authorities confirmed. Earlier in the day, it was reported that two people had been arrested in the city of St Poelten in connection with the Vienna attacks.

It's been confirmed that the attack in Vienna had an Islamist motive, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said, adding that his country will find the people behind the attack.

"It is not about a dispute between Christians and Muslims or between Austrians and migrants. It is about a struggle between civilisation and barbarism," Kurz added.

Nov 03 06:50

Live Updates: Austrian Interior Minister Confirms That 4 Civilians Died in Vienna Attack

On Monday evening, Austrian media reported that shots were fired at a synagogue in the center of Vienna, leaving several people injured and, according to conflicting reports, either one or seven people dead. Vienna police confirmed that the shooting took place and "there are persons injured", however, without providing additional details.

Vienna police confirmed on Monday that the shooting took place "in the Inner City district" and added that "there are persons injured" without, however, providing additional details.

Police called on people to "KEEP AWAY from all public places or public Transport".

Nov 03 06:48

‘Heavily armed and dangerous’ terrorists on the loose after Vienna attack – Austrian interior minister

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer has said that special forces have been on a hunt for “presumed terrorists” who wrought havoc in Vienna, killing at least one, describing the attackers as “heavily armed” and “mobile.”
“We have brought several special forces units together that are now searching for the presumed terrorists,” Nehammer told Austrian broadcaster ORF.

He added that the manhunt is no longer limited to the area around the Stadttempel, Vienna’s Jewish synagogue dating back to the 1820s, near which multiple attacks unfolded on Monday evening.

Nov 02 16:30

'Seven dead' and several injured in Austrian terror attack: Police launch huge manhunt for 'multiple suspects' as gunman rampages through streets near synagogue and 'another blows himself up'

At least seven people are thought to have been killed with several others injured in multiple gun and suspected suicide attacks near a synagogue in Vienna.

A huge manhunt is currently underway for several attackers armed with rifles with police confirming shootings at six different locations, starting near the synagogue at 8pm local time.

One attacker is thought to have 'blown themselves up' during the rampage with another arrested and one shot dead by police. A police officer is also thought to have been shot and seriously injured.

Nov 02 08:41

Japan's Nidec Plans $2 Billion EV Motor Factory in Europe

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Nov. 1, 2020 NIDEC Corp will spend 200 billion yen ($1.9 billion) on a new plant in Serbia to build motors for electric vehicles as it seeks to win more business from automakers turning away from internal combustion engines, the Nikkei newspaper reported.

Nidec founder Shigenobu Nagamori has said he wants a 35% market share for energy-saving electric motor technology know as e-axle or e-drive by 2030, which is expected to have grown ten times by then to as much as $30 billion a year.

Nov 02 08:01

Faced with the reality of a winter surge, Sweden is finally bringing in some harsher restrictions after months of being one of the few countries with no lockdown

November 2,2020, 2 hours ago
Sweden has introduced new guidelines for regions as its coronavirus cases surge in line with other European countries. The country famously didn't introduce much of a lockdown during its first wave, and its death rate surged to one of the world's highest. The new guidelines, which include the capital city Stockholm, represent a change in approach, but it's still less strict than many European countries and it has also eased some of its earlier rules. The county's state epidemiologist, warned last month that Sweden was approaching a "critical point" as the number of new cases reported a day rose by 70% in a week. Some Swedes worry the new changes won't have much of an effect.

Nov 02 06:21

Afghan Muslim Arrested After Shouting ‘Islamic Slogans’ in Vienna Catholic Cathedral

A young Muslim man burst into Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna on Saturday morning shouting “Islamic slogans” until he was subdued and arrested by police.

Security officials cordoned off the cathedral and the surrounding area after the incident in preparation for Sunday’s Christian feast of All Saints’ Day.

Vienna City Police Command reported that the 25-year-old Afghan man made a “confused impression” on the police but that no weapons or questionable objects were found on his person or in the church building during a search. Nonetheless, the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Combating Terrorism was alerted and is carrying out an investigation of the case.

Saturday’s incident followed a disturbance on Thursday at Vienna’s St. Anthony of Padua church, when a mob of nearly 50 young Turkish Muslims entered the church and began kicking the pews and confessionals.

Nov 01 16:39

September 2020 Least Deadly Month Ever In Sweden

According to the state authority Statistics Sweden (SCB) data, september 2020 was the least deadly month per capita ever in Swedish history.

So far the year 2020 has been the third least deadly year per capita ever in the country, despite the [alleged] tragic and global Covid-19 pandemic.

September 2020 was the least deadly month ever in Sweden, at least so far back as the data from SCB:s public database provides data.

There were 63.07 deaths per 100 000 people in September 2020, and the previous record low was 64.24 in June 2019, and before that 65.13 in June 2018.

Nov 01 08:03

Barricades in Madrid, clashes in Barcelona, looting in Logrono as anti-lockdown protests grip Spain

Spain has been gripped by violence as anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in multiple cities, including Madrid and Barcelona, over the state and regional governments’ move to toughen Covid-19 restrictions.

Protesters torched garbage containers and erected makeshift barricades on Gran Via, and reportedly smashed several store fronts elsewhere in central Madrid on Saturday night.

Nov 01 07:19

Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania find out real reasons for closure of Belarusian borders

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, together with colleagues from Poland and Lithuania, is investigating the real reason for the closure of the borders by Belarus. This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba on the air of Freedom of Speech show, reports RBC Ukraine.

"They did not close it (the border. - 112 International) with Russia. We are now consulting with Poland and Lithuania. If it turns out that the reason was not Covid, but big politics, we will react. We are now looking into this decision," Kuleba said.

The Minister recalled that Belarus announced closure of the border with three neighboring countries - Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania. In Minsk, the official reason for this decision was referred to "the current epidemic situation in neighboring countries."

Oct 31 07:04

'We will destroy this revolution' – Polish patriots and right-wing groups create 'National Guard' to defend churches

Since the weekend, Poland saw several vicious attacks against churches and harassment of Catholics attending mass, but now Polish patriots and right-wing groups have created a defense group to defend Catholics against left-wing aggression.

At a press conference organized in front of Warsaw’s Holy Cross Church, Robert B?kiewicz, the head of the Independence March Association, announced that Poland is currently facing a neo-Bolshevik revolution, according to Interia.pl.

He stated that patriotic groups will not allow those "against civilization" to attack Catholics. He said he and groups he is aligned with were establishing a "Catholic and civic" self-defense group which will be known as the “National Guard”.

Oct 31 06:58

Swedish Democrat Leader After Beheadings in France: 'Liberal Left Have Blood on Their Hands'

As France was described as the eye of the storm in the confrontation between secular societies and Islamist terrorism in the wake of recent attacks, Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson accused the liberal left of allowing Islamism to grow and flourish across Europe.

In a scathing commentary on the latest terrorist attack in Nice, France, where three churchgoers were brutally murdered on Thursday, Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson has accused the liberal left leaders of the West of treacherous behaviour, incompetence, and unrealistic worldview, which, according to him, led to the rise of Islamist terror.

"Terrorism is on the rise in Europe again. We must fight back against this with force. We must protect our communities and citizens", Åkesson said in a Twitter clip.

Oct 31 06:57

Some 50 Young People With Turkish Background Rampage in Catholic Church in Vienna – Reports

Some 50 young people with a Turkish background have rushed into the St Anthony of Padua Church in the Austrian capital of Vienna and staged a rampage there, Austrian media reported.

According to the Kurier newspaper, the incident took place on late Thursday, with the young Turks kicking benches and a confessional, as well as shouting "Allahu Akbar!"

A priest called the police but the assaulters had left the site before the officers arrived. The regional department of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counterterrorism believes that the group of radical Turkish extremists, which is operating in the area, is behind the incident.

Both Interior Minister Karl Nehammer and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz have condemned the incident.

Oct 31 06:38

Germany is sure of a Trump victory as Merkel calls for US and EU to unite against China

Oct 29 06:06

After 4 years of chaos, many Euro leaders want rid of Trump… but President Biden could make life very difficult for some

Having dumped treaties, insulted leaders and formed unlikely alliances, Donald Trump has upset many in Europe as US president. But a Joe Biden election win could present its own issues, in particular for Britain’s Boris Johnson.

If Joe Biden does overcome Donald Trump in the US election, then from Wednesday next week until the moment he’s handed the keys to the Oval Office on January 20, 2021, he’d better hit the phones hard – because there are a few bruised egos out there that need to feel loved.

For a Biden victory would not only mean a tremendous pivot in the US, where clearly there are a lot of fences – and the issue of one big wall – to mend, but a complete reboot on the relationships with key historical allies across the Atlantic.

Oct 28 09:39

BT signs 5G deal with Ericsson to help phase out Huawei equipment - Wed, Oct 28 2020 7:50 AM EDT

LONDON — Sweden’s Ericsson on Wednesday announced it had been selected to supply BT with 5G radio equipment in London and other major cities in the U.K.

It comes after the British government decided to block Huawei from its fifth-generation mobile networks. The move — a reversal from a previous decision to allow “non-core” equipment from the Chinese technology giant — means U.K. carriers will have to strip out Huawei gear from their infrastructure entirely by 2027.

Ericsson is one of Huawei’s fiercest rivals in the race to develop 5G network infrastructure. The rollout of 5G has been a key issue in a technology spat between the U.S. and China, with Washington pressuring its allies to remove Huawei from their 5G networks over espionage concerns.

Huawei has frequently denied its network kit could allow China to spy on sensitive communications, insisting it is independent from the government in Beijing.

Oct 28 09:01

The ECB has found itself pushing on a string

Oct 27 09:15

Sweden Refuses to Impose New Lockdown Measures, Saying People Have Suffered Enough

Health authorities in Sweden have refused to follow the rest of Europe by imposing new coronavirus lockdown measures on their population, arguing that those beset by loneliness and misery of being isolated have suffered enough.

Oct 27 05:53

RUSSIA WALKING AWAY FROM THE EU

I don't think anyone questions that there are major realignments under way in the globe, from the emergence of "The Quad" or what I've been calling the "Quadruple Entente", to BREXIT, the increased tensions between the USA and China, and now, between Russia and the E.U., and for the latter, one may conveniently substitute "Germany" for the E.U., that is, at least according to this article by Tom Luongo shared by V.T.(a big thank you for doing so):

Oct 26 09:13

Sweden Refuses to Impose New Lockdown Measures, Saying People Have Suffered Enough

Health authorities in Sweden have refused to follow the rest of Europe by imposing new coronavirus lockdown measures on their population, arguing that those beset by loneliness and misery of being isolated have suffered enough.

Despite Sweden mirroring other countries on the continent with rising coronavirus infections, the government has held firm in refusing to lockdown its population, weighing the untold misery and health impacts of isolation against the threat of COVID-19.

Oct 26 05:22

The More The EU Tightens Its Grip, The More Countries Slip Through Its Fingers

It finally looks like the four-and-a-half-year saga of Brexit is coming to an ignominious end. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the final bluff of the incompetent bureaucrats in Brussels, walking away from trade talks while leaving the door open.

But that door is only open if the EU is willing to crawl in on its knees and give the UK what it wants, a minimal free trade deal, Canada-style, which was offered by then President of the European Council Donald Tusk.

The EU played hardball giving zero ground for four years while undermining the UK from within its own political and bureaucratic structures. It was as transparent as it was cynical, but it couldn’t sway the British people and that gave Johnson the political will to just say no.

Oct 25 07:05

Europe: Banks Now Canceling Accounts of Racial-Nationalists

THIS WEEK the British-based bank HSBC closed down two accounts linked to the new racial nationalist political party Patriotic Alternative — a personal account belonging to one of PA’s leaders Laura Towler, and the party’s official business account.

H&D understands complaints are being made to the relevant banking oversight authorities.

HSBC is the sixth largest bank in the world and the largest in Europe. It was founded in 1865 as the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, making its initial fortune from opium trading.

Oct 25 07:00

Anti-lockdown protesters smash police cars in Naples after new Covid-19 restrictions announced (VIDEOS)

Protesters defied curfew and attacked police vehicles in Italy’s third-largest city of Naples. The anger was sparked by the governor’s call for a new lockdown after the spread of Covid-19 hit a new daily record.

Chanting “Freedom!” the angry crowds marched through the city streets on Friday night, with some hurling bottles, smoke bombs and other projectiles at the officers. Others attempted to erect barricades using garbage containers and set some of them on fire. Police deployed tear gas as they tried to disperse the rioters.

Videos posted on social media show groups of people attacking police vehicles, forcing the officers to leave the scene.

Oct 25 06:38

Southern Italy Declares Lockdown, Curfew. People Pour Out in Protest, Clash With Police, Instead

The Campania region, which includes Naples, announced it would go into lockdown on Friday as the number of COVID-19 cases [test positives] soared.

Demonstrators threw flares and other missiles at police who responded with tear gas.

There were unconfirmed reports protestors stormed local government offices.

Jakub Wondreys posted a video of the disorder on Twitter with the caption: “Big anti-regional government COVID-19 restrictions protests are happening right now in Naples, Italy.

Oct 25 06:32

Ex-Rosneft CEO Says Rothschild Drained His Funds Via Kickbacks

A former chief executive of Russian oil company Rosneft has accused one of Europe’s oldest banks of conspiring with New York brokers in a kickback scheme that caused him to lose more than half of his $150 million investment portfolio.

Sergei Bogdanchikov accused banking group Edmond de Rothschild of steering his funds to a pair of New York firms that he says lost money on bad investments and charged inflated fees to kick commissions back to the bank. The bank also used the now-defunct Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca to form shell companies to hide the scheme, according to a lawsuit Bogdanchikov filed in New York state court on Wednesday.

Oct 25 06:16

Escobar: 'Business As Usual' Is Over Between Russia & The EU

When the European Union speaks as a superior, Russia wants to know: Can we do any business with the EU?"

Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, is the world’s foremost diplomat. The son of an Armenian father and a Russian mother, he’s just on another level altogether. Here, once again, we may be able to see why.

Let’s start with the annual meeting of the Valdai Club, Russia’s premier think tank. Here we may follow the must-watch presentation of the Valdai annual report on “The Utopia of a Diverse World”, featuring, among others, Lavrov, John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, Dominic Lieven of the University of Cambridge and Yuri Slezkine of UCLA/Berkeley.

Oct 24 07:59

Barnier Claims UK and EU Have ‘Huge Common Responsibility’ to Stop Full Brexit

Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has claimed that it is the UK’s and the EU’s “common responsibility” to agree on a deal and stop a clean-break, no-deal Brexit.

Just last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had declared that negotiations with the EU had failed over the bloc’s intransigence on issues like anti-competition rules and fishing, and that the UK should prepare for a no deal.

However, Mr Johnson did not officially withdraw from trade talks, instead his proxies stating in the following days that negotiations could restart if Europe were willing to compromise. EU insiders interpreted the prime minister’s threat of no deal as mere bluster, with one saying that “if the UK would really not care about having a new deal, it would have left the table long ago”.

Talks recommenced in London on Thursday, with Mr Barnier telling Reuters: “I think it’s very important to be back at the table.”

Oct 24 06:30

Violence erupts on Poland’s streets as people protest near total abortion ban

Police fired pepper spray at hundreds of demonstrators in Warsaw as they opposed a court ruling almost completely banning abortion in the country.

Several hundred people gathered in front of Poland’s Constitutional Court and marched towards the residence of the Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the country’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), to protest a court decision that essentially outlaws abortion.

Police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd. In response, the protesters threw rocks and attempted to break through the cordon around the house.

Oct 23 06:49

Iron Curtain still separates Russia and the EU

Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, is the world’s foremost diplomat. The son of an Armenian father and a Russian mother, he’s just on another level altogether. Here, once again, we may be able to see why.

Let’s start with the annual meeting of the Valdai Club, Russia’s premier think tank. Here we may follow the must-watch presentation of the Valdai annual report on “The Utopia of a Diverse World”, featuring, among others, Lavrov, John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, Dominic Lieven of the University of Cambridge and Yuri Slezkine of UCLA/Berkeley.

It’s a rarity to be able to share what amounts to a Himalayan peak in terms of serious political debate. We have, for instance, Lieven – who, half in jest, defined the Valdai report as “Tolstoyian, a little anarchical” – focusing on the current top two, great interlocking challenges: climate change and the fact that “350 years of Western and 250 years of Anglo-American predominance are coming to an end.”

Oct 23 06:11

Trump Regime Threatens New Sanctions on Firms Involved in Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Construction

Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany will be completed and become operational in early 2021.

On Wednesday, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak announced the following:

“Nord Stream 2 will go operational by the end of 2020.”

“One of the ships that can be used to finalize it is now in the Far East. Some time will be required for extra preparations.”

Earlier after the Swiss-based pipe-laying firm Allseas pulled out of the project in response to threatened US sanctions, Novak said Russia is able to complete pipeline construction on its own — without help from foreign contractors.

When operational, it’ll deliver 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually to Germany and other European countries annually.

Oct 22 11:02

GOOGLE MOBILITY DATA SUGGESTS SWEDEN "SOCIALLY DISTANCED" LESS THAN OTHER COUNTRIES

As is often pointed out by prolockdown publications like the New York Times, Sweden has experienced covid-19 deaths at a rate above that of some of its neighbors that imposed relatively strict lockdowns, such as Denmark.

What is rarely mentioned, however, is that Sweden's deaths per million are also similar to or lower than many countries that did impose harsh lockdowns. For example, as of October 18, the deaths per million in the United Kingdom were 643 in the UK for only 585 in Sweden. Meanwhile, Belgium's death rate was 897 per million, and Italy's rate was 606. Moreover, while cases and deaths are increasing in the UK, Spain, Italy, and Belgium, deaths are apparently flatlining in Sweden. Sweden has reported fewer than ten deaths in the past week.

Clearly, this trend calls into question the official narrative, which is that any country without harsh lockdowns will experience far higher death rates than the countries that lock down.

Oct 22 10:27

Moldova could be the next target of Western-backed color revolution to pressurize Russia

Washington could be organizing a color revolution and mass protests in Moldova like the ones that have already gripped Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. The Moldovan elections are scheduled for November 1 and have eight presidential candidates participating. The main rivals however are current President Igor Dodon, considered “pro-Russian,” and former Prime Minister Maia Sandu, considered “pro-European.”

There is a combination of internal and external factors at play in Moldova, something that has come to typically define the post-Soviet space. There is constant internal instability when considering the breakaway region of Transnistria, weak statehood, many conflicting ideological interest groups, and active attempts to get Moldova into the NATO and EU sphere of influence. This is what makes Moldova at high risk of experiencing a color revolution after the upcoming presidential elections if Dodon is re-elected.

Oct 22 06:01

Europe Gears Up For Another Military Intervention In Libya

The story is very apocryphal now, but it holds that in 146 BC, Rome capped off the Third Punic War by sacking Carthage and salting the earth so that nothing would ever grow there again. It probably never happened, which is sort of a shame, because it’s an excellent metaphor for European activity on Africa’s Mediterranean Coast.

Wherever Europe’s attention turns in northern Africa, that region is the worse for it. In recent years, this has meant Libya, where the destruction of the Libyan government during the 2011 NATO intervention there is now set to give way to direct European Union intervention.

NATO was quite pleased with its 2011 handiwork, which saw Moammar Gaddafi removed from power and quickly killed. The assumption was that this would lead to an orderly transition of power. Instead it led to a civil war that’s continued to tear the country apart ever since.

Oct 21 17:28

Germany's health minister tests positive for Covid-19 and has 'cold-like symptoms,' but no other Cabinet members will be isolated

German Health Minister Jens Spahn has developed “cold-like symptoms” after testing positive for coronavirus, but no other members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet will be isolated to avoid spreading the virus.

Spahn was immediately moved into self-isolation after testing positive for the virus on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, he met with other cabinet members, but a government spokesman reportedly said the German ministers gathered “in compliance with hygiene and distance rules, which aim to ensure that even if a person who later tests positive were to participate, quarantining of other or even all participants would not be necessary.”

Oct 21 07:05

Russia’s Dialogue With the EU Is Coming to an End

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dropped a bombshell on Tuesday, warning that Russia might halt all dialogue with the European Union. Mr. Lavrov offered no explanation for what was probably the most severe public statement on the EU of his career. Perhaps he was reacting to extended talks he recently held with EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell — talks that, by all appearances, did not go well.

Naturally, the EU will respond to his statement with great displeasure and indignation, but Lavrov’s comment was actually rooted in a process that began long before the current crisis, all the way back to when Russian-EU relations looked positively upbeat and promising.

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