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  • Russian Roulette: The Invasion of Ukraine (Dispatch Nineteen)

    04/13/2014 8:10:17 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 2 replies
    Vice News via Youtube ^ | April 6, 2014 | Collier Moose
    Earlier this week, Ukraine's government finally grasped reality and ordered its troops out of Crimea. But by the time of the evacuation order, Russia's military had already started booting Ukrainian troops from their bases or getting them to switch sides. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky met with Ukrainian Marines in Feodosia as they decided whether to remain loyal to their country or break their oath of allegiance to stay with their families in Crimea.
  • Eastern Ukraine erupts. Should we be surprised?

    04/10/2014 10:05:48 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 9 replies
    CSM via Yahoo! ^ | April 9, 2014 | Mike Eckel
    For many, the sudden seizure of buildings in Donetsk was as unexpected as the arrival of masked, armed soldiers in Crimea six weeks ago. In eastern Ukraine, as in Crimea, a majority of the population is ethnically Russian. In many regions, such as Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Dnipropetrovsk, loyalties to Russia also run strong, and distrust of the new government in Kiev runs deep. And as in Crimea, many ethnic Russians voice fears – exaggerated or not – of discrimination at the hands of Ukrainian nationalists who helped topple the previous government. However, until this weekend, eastern Ukraine had appeared calm....
  • Ukraine crisis: Is Russia ready to move into eastern Ukraine?

    04/10/2014 1:16:29 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    BBC Europe ^ | April 8, 2014 | Jonathan Marcus
    With Nato assessments that there are some 40,000 Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border ready to move at a few hours' notice, the heightening war of words between Moscow and Kiev raises a genuine prospect of conflict. If Russia requires a pretext to move into eastern Ukraine, then many of the elements of that narrative are already in place. But what of the Russian military's capabilities? What can be deduced from what we have seen so far of Russian operations in Crimea? Keir Giles, director of the Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC), a group specialising in Russian military affairs,...
  • Ukraine Crisis: SBU Arrests 'Russian Female Spy' who Updated Social Media Followers..

    04/10/2014 12:03:28 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 7 replies
    IBT via Yahoo! ^ | Umberto Bacchi
    Ukraine's state security service (SBU) said they arrested a Russian woman accused of being a saboteur sent by the Kremlin to stir up unrest and violence across the border. Maria Koleda, 22, was detained in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, from where she was overseeing the setup of armed subversive groups and spying on Ukraine's defence forces deployed at the border with Crimea, the SBU said. Koleda was also allegedly involved in this week's clashes in the city of Mykolaiv, during which pro-Russian protesters stormed the regional administration offices. The SBU said the woman, who visited Ukraine nine times...
  • Should America Fight World War Three in Order to Defend Estonia?

    04/08/2014 8:57:52 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 173 replies
    Estonia is a little nation of 1.3 million people, which was made a member of NATO in 2004. Estonia was once a province of the Soviet Union. It has a Russian minority that is 25 percent of the population, and Russia has vowed to protect ethnic Russians if they are subjected to mass violence by the Estonian majority. Did NATO make a wise decision to bring in itty-bitty baltic nations that were once part of the Soviet Union? I can understand the importance of preventing the Soviet Union from being brought back into existence. But the lives of American troops...
  • Expenses scandal roils Cameron ahead of European elections

    04/07/2014 6:40:23 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 11 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | Mon Apr 7, 2014 6:17pm BST | By Andrew Osborn
    (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron's handling of an expenses scandal engulfing one of his ministers has put him under pressure before European elections, threatening his Conservative party's already clouded electoral outlook. Cameron, whose party risks being beaten into third place in next month's European Parliament elections behind the anti-EU UK Independence party (UKIP), has stood by Maria Miller, Britain's minister for culture, since a parliamentary report ordered her to pay back wrongly claimed expenses last week. But the media and public backlash against Miller shows no sign of abating despite Cameron's efforts to end it. Many of his own...
  • Why Poland Loves Ukraine ... For Now

    04/01/2014 10:50:27 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 28, 2014 | Slawomir Sierakowski
    Why Poland Loves Ukraine ... For Now MARCH 28, 2014 Slawomir Sierakowski Eastern Europe, which beginning with Poland is celebrating its 25th anniversary of freedom from Communism, has suddenly awakened from a beautiful dream about the end of history. No less an authority than Adam Michnik, the legendary Polish anti-Communist dissident, recently announced that 2014 marks the end of the best period in Poland’s history in three centuries. We are entering uncertain times: In contrast to Eastern Europe’s foray into independence after World War I, no close intraregional alliances were formed in the aftermath of 1989; rather, each country placed...
  • Copenhagen Zoo Kills Four Healthy Staff Members To Make Space For New Employees

    03/31/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    COPENHAGEN (The Global Edition) – The Copenhagen Zoo has killed several of its staff members early this morning in order to create four new job openings, the Zoo public relations sector reported. Officials of the Zoo say that the four members of the staff were humanely executed after being put to sleep with a lethal injection, and then skinned and chopped up while visitors crowded around and the meat was fed to the lion population.
  • 'It's not Cheap to be a Jew in Europe' Rabbi explains that security worries mean high costs

    03/30/2014 7:27:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 3/30/14 | Yoni Kempinski, Gil Ronen
    In an Arutz Sheva interview Sunday, Rabbi Michoel Rosenblum, Director of EU Jewish Buildings, summed up the financial effects of the newly emergent European anti-Semitism by saying that “it's not cheap to be a Jew in Europe.” "The exorbitant costs of security, besides the regular functions of a Jewish organization today – you're taxed with another 30-40% of just wasting time with security and financing and all of that,” Rabbi Rosenblum explained. The rabbi spoke to Arutz Sheva at the Rabbinical Center of Europe conference in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Europe Begins to Rethink Cuts to Military Spending

    03/29/2014 2:44:30 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 March 14 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    LONDON — President Obama spent Wednesday in Brussels talking up the importance of the security relationship between Europe and the United States, but it is considered unlikely that Russia’s seizure of Crimea will prompt increased European military spending at a time of economic anemia and budget cuts. NATO and the European Union regard the Russian move in Ukraine as a wake-up call, a reminder that hard power can easily trump 21st-century assumptions about Europe as a sphere of trade, international law and cooperation. Despite the newly militant tone, NATO members will continue to spend paltry amounts on defense, experts say....
  • 1.3 Percent Doctrine, 98.7 Percent Delusion: Why Obama can’t convince Europe to spend on defense

    03/29/2014 11:02:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/29/2013 | Tom Rogan
    Going forward, every NATO member state must step up and carry its share of the burden. — President Barack Obama, March 26, 2014 On Wednesday, addressing an assembly of young Europeans, President Obama issued a challenge. Faced with a resurgent Russia, he said, and in view of the shaky global economy, Europeans must spend more on defense. His sentiment is well founded. Let’s be clear: EU defense spending is woefully inadequate. Excluding Britain, France, Germany, and perhaps Italy, the EU states are fundamentally incapable of full-spectrum operations. And the military of America’s greatest ally, the British, is being forced...
  • Obama Makes Two Major Foreign Policy Gaffes on Europe Trip

    03/27/2014 4:31:51 PM PDT · by Nachum
    Breitbart ^ | 3/27/14 | Raheem Kassam and Andre Walker
    President Obama has made two major gaffes so far during his Europe trip. After falsely claimed that Kosovo held a UN-assisted referendum on self-determination, he then wrongly said that Georgia was not being considered for NATO membership. Speaking on Kosovo yesterday, Obama said : "...Kosovo only left Serbia after a referendum was organised not outside the boundaries of international law, but in careful cooperation with the United Nations and with Kosovo’s neighbours. None of that even came close to happening in Crimea." But none of it came close to happening in Kosovo either, as Milos Subotic, the International Relations Officer...
  • Obama Makes Two Major Foreign Policy Gaffes on Europe Trip

    03/27/2014 11:53:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/27/14 | Raheem Kassam and Andre Walker
    Speaking at the press conference after the EU-US summit yesterday the US President wrongly suggested that Georgia "is not currently on a path to NATO membership". In fact the country has been on the path to membership since 2008. At the North Atlantic Council in Bucharest that year the attending Heads of State and Government agreed the following statement: "NATO welcomes Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO. We agreed today that they will become members of NATO." Former Georgian Ambassador to London Giorgi Badridze, told Breitbart London: "President Obama's remarks could hardly have come at a worse time –...
  • For The New Emperors

    03/27/2014 10:34:52 AM PDT · by OddLane
    National Review ^ | Kevin Williamson
    here’s an old joke about what the newspaper you read — remember reading newspapers? — said about you: The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country, the New York Times is read by the people who think they run the country, the Washington Post is read by people who think they should run the country, the Boston Globe is read by people whose grandparents used to do a damned fine job of running the country, the San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure whether there is a country or if anybody’s running...
  • Hilarious: Only one person slow claps after Obama speaks in Netherlands

    03/27/2014 6:41:17 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Mar 27, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The magic is gone, and the adoring crowds in Berlin 2008 must seem only a distant memory. While spring has arrived for everyone else in the Northern Hemisphere, Barack Obama is entering his winter. As his presidency implodes in a cloud of Obamacare incompetence and foreign policy blunders, even the Europeans who once adored him have caught on to what an empty suit Barack Obama is.
  • Obama: Well, that's embarrasing.

    03/25/2014 9:00:33 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/25/2014 | Mary Greeley
    Holy cow, folks! SMH!!!!!! This is sooooo unbelieavable. He has NO credibility!!
  • UKRAINE-WAS BARACK OBAMA ACCIDENTALLY RIGHT?

    03/25/2014 11:56:41 AM PDT · by TomAdkinsCC · 14 replies
    Tommy's Garage | 3/22/14 | Tom Adkins
    UKRAINE-WAS BARACK OBAMA ACCIDENTALLY RIGHT? By Tom Adkins Not again! World nasty boy Vladimir Putin waltzed into the Ukraine, waded through a war of words and snatched Crimea. But where is America? No anger? No troops on the ground? No saber rattling? The world is shocked! Where's the USA? When thugs attack, America always rides to the rescue. Doesn't President Obama know the script? Instead, Barack Obama has that impotent deer-in-the-headlights look, as another nasty dictator drives a stake into his tattered foreign policy. It’s Obama’s fault! Right???? No. Not this time. Sure, Obama’s ankle-grabbing geopolitical diplomacy has entered legendary...
  • Of Pre- and Postmodern Poseurs [Zero and Putin]

    03/25/2014 8:27:02 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 24, 2014 | Victor David Hanson
    [SNIP]...Putin, as the entire administration keeps reminding us, is premodern. He should be, but is not, shamed when John Kerry, Joe Biden, Susan Rice, and Barack Obama variously proclaim that he is a 19th century dinosaur, or has lost the good will of the enlightened West. Again, we are told Putin worries about this; but I think he is about as concerned as were Norsemen like Eric Bloodaxe, who lost all the respect of the monks along the English coast that he so freely raided. While Putin was making a premodern fool out of himself, blustering and bullying, and lying...
  • Is Europe Cracking Up?

    03/25/2014 7:37:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    A week ago, in the St. George's Hall in the Kremlin, Russia's elite cheered and wept as Vladimir Putin announced the re-annexation of Crimea. Seven in 10 Russians approve of Putin's rule. In Crimea, the Russian majority has not ceased celebrating. The re-conquest nears completion. In Eastern Ukraine, Russians have now begun to agitate for annexation by Moscow. Ukrainian nationalism, manifest in the anti-Russia coup in Kiev, has produced its inevitable reaction among Russians. While praising the Ukrainians who came out to Maidan to protest peacefully, Putin said that those behind the decisive events "resorted to terror, murder and riots....
  • The Dead Continent (Vanity Commentary on Europe)

    03/24/2014 1:15:20 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 6 replies
    Conservative Beacon USA ^ | 3/24/2014 | Me
    Today, it has been reported that British state-run hospitals, under the direction of the National Health Service, incinerated dead children lost in abortions and miscarriages in order to heat hospitals. The babies were discarded like so much clinical waste, to be burned. http://townhall.com/tipsheet/christinerousselle/2014/03/24/nhs-horror-aborted-babies-incinerated-as-clinical-waste-in-uksome-used-to-heat-hospitals-n1813630?utm_source=TopBreakingNewsCarousel&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=BreakingNewsCarousel Ladies and gentlemen, this is satanic. This is lower than the practices of most Third World countries. They kill children with abandon in Sudan, where government-funded militiamen use guns and slashing weapons to slaughter non-Arabs in the Darfur region. Yet even in Sudan, they do not incinerate the children as fuel. You see, even radical Muslim fanatics...
  • Expert Says Anti-Semitism ‘Part and Parcel of European Culture’

    03/23/2014 8:13:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 3/23/2014, 10:59 AM | Moshe Cohen
    Europe hasn’t changed all that much, at least in regards to its feelings about Jews, according to Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, former head of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. “They don't like to hear that,” Gersetenfeld told a Haifa audience last week. […] Gerstenfeld, a historian with an expertise in European Jewish history, along with Itay Reuveni of NGO Monitor, was discussing the issue of anti-Semitism at the Midrasha Leumit in Haifa. That Europe hates Jews even now, decades after the Holocaust, he said, as is clear from the many anti-Semitic caricatures appearing in European newspapers, the ongoing anti-Semitic attacks...
  • Overqualified and Underpaid: Europe's Educated Unemployed Youth Flee the Continent

    03/22/2014 6:41:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The European ^ | 03/22/2014 | Daniel Tkatch
    Europe’s unemployed youth do not mind a little economic insecurity. What they can’t stand is a chronic atmosphere of political hopelessness. No wonder they are fleeing the continent. Young people appear to be the social group most affected by the lingering economic crisis of the EU. Around a quarter of them is unemployed. As expected, the situation is the most dramatic in the countries on the European periphery: In Spain 57 per cent of the population below 30 is unable to find a job, according to the most recent Eurostat figures. The worrying list also includes Greece with 58 per...
  • Putin the Great vs. Obama the Weak

    03/22/2014 4:45:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    But at three o’clock in the morning, a forgotten package has the same tragic importance as a death sentence, and the cure doesn’t work—and in a real dark night of the soul it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald It’s 3 am all around the world today. And it has been for six years, even as some are just waking up to that fact. As the Obama administration tries to tell the rest of us “All is well, remain calm, there is no new Cold War,” I’m wondering if Obama will try...
  • Biden Heads to Europe to Send Signal to Putin

    03/17/2014 9:11:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/17/14 | Josh Lederman
    Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Europe to send a clear signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO´-tihn) about his intervention in Ukraine. Biden leaves Monday evening for Warsaw, where he´ll meet Tuesday with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and President Bronislaw Komorowski. He´ll meet separately with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. In Lithuania, Biden plans to meet with President Dalia Grybauskaite and Latvia´s President Andris Berzins. The meetings with the NATO allies are part of a broader U.S. campaign to persuade Putin to back off in Ukraine. As Biden was preparing to leave for Europe, Putin recognized Crimea´s...
  • McCain Blasts Obama For 'Timid' Response to Russia

    03/17/2014 10:36:45 AM PDT · by McGruff · 76 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 17th 2014 | Carrie Dann
    Sen. John McCain blasted the "timidity" of the Obama administration’s sanctions on Russian officials Monday, saying that the White House needs a "fundamental reassessment" of the relationship between the United States and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "This president’s response – I don’t know how it could have been weaker, besides doing nothing," McCain said during an appearance on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports. The Arizona Republican said that Putin is likely "encouraged by the absolute timidity" of the U.S. reaction to Russia's incursion into Crimea. "I don’t know when the president and his advisers are going to wake up to what...
  • Farewell to A Superpower

    03/12/2014 2:36:00 PM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 13 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | March 11, 2014 | Lord Monckton
    Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, high priest of climate skepticism, advised Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, wrote leaders for the Yorkshire Post, was editor of the Catholic paper The Universe, managing editor of the Telegraph Sunday Magazine, assistant editor of Today, and consulting editor of the Evening Standard. He invented the million-selling "Eternity Puzzles," "Sudoku X" and a promising treatment for infections. See, the Science & Public Policy Institute.
  • Al-Qaeda Unveils New Magazine Aimed at Western Jihadis

    03/12/2014 2:49:05 AM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | 10:06AM GMT 10 Mar 2014 | By Rob Crilly, Islamabad
    "Al-Qaeda unveils new magazine aimed at Western jihadis Advert for 'Resurgence' magazine uses words of Malcolm X in appeal to disaffected Muslims in US and Europe, as it turns focus away from Middle East" SNIPPET: "Al-Qaeda is starting an English language magazine as part of a fresh effort to recruit and inspire Western jihadis to launch attacks in their own countries, according to security analysts. A video posted on YouTube uses the words of Malcolm X to justify violent struggle, before announcing the name of the magazine, Resurgence." SNIPPET: "However, the new magazine appears to be the first English language...
  • Green party leaks confidential TTIP paper (trans-Atlantic free trade treaty)

    03/11/2014 11:05:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 11 March 2014
    On Friday (7 March), high-ranking German MEPs from the European Greens leaked a confidential document from the Council of Ministers regarding the ongoing TTIP negotiations. “TTIP threatens to take away democracy’s means for social and environmental management of the internal market,” Green MEP Sven Giegold warned, defending the decision to publish the document. It is not the first time that the Greens have criticized the planned free trade agreement between the EU and US. But last week’s leak has added fuel to the fire. …
  • Bin Laden son-in-law seized, held by U.S.

    03/07/2013 10:44:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    cnn ^ | 3/7/13 | Barbara Starr
    Osama bin Laden´s son-in-law has been captured and is in the hands of the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI, two administration officials said on Thursday. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, was captured within the last week in Jordan, according to a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York. The lawmaker had been told of the capture by law enforcement officials. Congress was notified when Ghaith was taken into U.S. custody, the officials said.
  • European countries to America: Give us your gas

    03/10/2014 6:19:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/09/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    In light of the recent crisis instigated by Russia, lawmakers have lately been pushing the Obama administration to expedite the more than twenty outstanding applications from energy companies for permission to export more natural gas into the world market — and a handful of central European countries are decidedly for it. They have recently developed infrastructure advancements that have made it possible for gas that normally flows through Ukraine to the EU to also flow in the other direction, meaning that the EU can and in fact has been shipping gas to the Ukraine, and these ambassadors are hoping that...
  • Stolen European passports on missing plane

    03/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST · by bryan999 · 47 replies
    <p>MILAN (AP) — Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.</p> <p>Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.</p>
  • Putin’s long game? Meet the Eurasian Union

    03/08/2014 5:12:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 9, 2014 | Leon Neyfakh
    What is Vladimir Putin up to? The crisis in Ukraine, brought to a boil when Russia’s president sent troops into the Crimean peninsula, has created almost a cottage industry of guessing at the autocratic leader’s intentions from one day to the next. When it comes to Putin’s long-term strategy, however, there is at least one concrete plan that offers some insight, and one specific date that Russia observers are looking ahead to. That date, Jan. 1, 2015, is expected to mark the birth of an important new organization linking Russia with an as-yet-undetermined constellation of its neighboring countries—an alliance Putin...
  • Estonia confirms authenticity of Paet-Ashton conversation on Kiev snipers (Hired by pro-EU leaders)

    03/05/2014 10:24:39 AM PST · by kronos77 · 43 replies
    "It is extremely unfortunate that this wiretapping was conducted. It’s not an accident that this conversation was posted (on the Internet) today," Paet said. Earlier, he said that the conversation with Ashton took place last week, immediately after the head of the MFA’s return from Ukraine to Estonia. "My conversation with Ashton took place last week directly after my visit to Ukraine. At that time, I was in Estonia already," he said. The diplomat refrained from more detailed comments until he "sees the recording". Paet says he used the ministry’s mobile phone for talks and has no idea how information...
  • Europe Tells U.S. To Lay Off Brie And Get Its Own Cheese Names

    03/04/2014 3:03:59 PM PST · by Theoria · 36 replies
    NPR ^ | 04 Mar 2014 | Latoya Dennis
    What's in a name? It's an age-old question Juliet once asked Romeo in Shakespeare's famed play.Today, it's a serious question between the U.S. and the European Union, which has said it wants U.S. food makers to stop using European names.But depending on what food you're talking about, a name could be a lot, says Kyle Cherek, the producer and host of a TV show called Wisconsin Foodie.Cherek argues that certain products are so unique that only one country or region should be allowed to lay claim. So, for example, he says only onions from Vidalia, Ga., should be called American...
  • The Crimea War

    03/03/2014 8:40:33 PM PST · by GilGil · 16 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2013 | Rick H.
    The Crimean War (October 1853 - February 1856) was a conflict between the Russian Empire and an alliance of the French Empire, the British Empire, the Ottoman Empire. The war was part of a long-running contest between major European powers for influence over territories of the declining Ottoman Empire.
  • France Becoming Increasingly Euroskeptic: Poll Shows 52% of Workers Want to Leave the Euro...,

    03/02/2014 11:25:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The following bullet points are from the French Ipos Poll: New French fractures, results and analysis of the Ipsos/Steria. Although a huge majority of French want to stay on the Euro, a majority of "workers" don't. Poll Conclusions 79% distrust the outside world72% have no confidence in the French National Assembly74% think journalists do not write about the real problems66% think there are too many foreigners in France63% say Islam is not compatible with values of French society84% think politicians act for personal reasons70% Want strengthening of national power away from EU (up 5 percentage points from last poll)33% want...
  • Eurozone in Deflation; Monetarist Mouthpieces Will Scream

    03/01/2014 11:36:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Forget all the talk about CPI or as they call it in Europe HIPC (harmonized index of consumer prices) floating just under 1%. The true measure of inflation is credit expansion. And for the second month, credit contracted in the Eurozone. Reuters reports Euro zone lending contraction compounds ECB headache. Lending to households and firms in the euro zone fell again in January and money supply growth remained subdued, adding to pressure on the European Central Bank to take action next week to support the economy. The ECB has cut interest rates to a record low, pumped extra liquidity into...
  • As Africans Surge to Europe’s Door, Spain Locks Down

    02/28/2014 7:16:01 PM PST · by dennisw · 10 replies
    nytimes ^ | FEB 27, 2014 | By SUZANNE DALEY
    .MELILLA, Spain — It is easy to pick out the new arrivals at the shelter for immigrants here on this tiny patch of Spain in North Africa. One man limps by on crutches with a plaster cast on his ankle. Another has a bandaged arm in a sling. Abbdol Cisse, 19, had stitches on his face. Ten years ago Spain spent 30 million euros building up barriers around Melilla and Ceuta, its two enclaves surrounded by Morocco on the northern coast of Africa, which offer the only land borders between the promise of Europe and the despair of Africa. But...
  • Zarif: Iran will address atomic activities, but nuclear program to stay 'intact'

    02/27/2014 2:05:14 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | February 27, 2014 | Reuters
    Remarks made by Iranian foreign minister signal Tehran won't agree to dismantle atomic facilities in talks with world powers on final settlement of decade-old dispute over its nuclear activity.By ReutersNEW DELHI - Iran is willing to address international concerns about its atomic activities but will keep its nuclear program "intact", not close it down, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday. His remarks signaled that Tehran will not agree to dismantle any of its atomic facilities in talks with six world powers on a final settlement of the decade-old dispute over its nuclear activity. Related: Those negotiations got under...
  • Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism

    02/25/2014 3:44:02 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 52 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 25th, 2014 | Daniel Hannan
    On 16 June 1941, as Hitler readied his forces for Operation Barbarossa, Josef Goebbels looked forward to the new order that the Nazis would impose on a conquered Russia. There would be no come-back, he wrote, for capitalists nor priests nor Tsars. Rather, in the place of debased, Jewish Bolshevism, the Wehrmacht would deliver “der echte Sozialismus”: real socialism. Goebbels never doubted that he was a socialist. He understood Nazism to be a better and more plausible form of socialism than that propagated by Lenin. Instead of spreading itself across different nations, it would operate within the unit of the...
  • An Amazing Village Designed Just For People With Dementia

    02/24/2014 6:08:59 AM PST · by Makana · 23 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | February 24, 2014 | Kelsey Campbell
    Centuries after Shakespeare wrote about King Lear's symptoms, there's still no perfect way to care for sufferers of dementia and Alzheimer's. In the Netherlands, however, a radical idea is being tested: Self-contained "villages" where people with dementia shop, cook, and live together—safely. We, as a population, are aging rapidly. According to the Alzheimer's Association, one in three seniors today dies with dementia. The process of finding—and paying for—long-term care can be very confusing, unfortunately, and difficult for both loved ones and patients. Most caretakers are underpaid, overworked, and must drive far distances to their jobs—giving away some 17 billion unpaid...
  • Why the eruption in Kiev could set off a tsunami that will engulf us all...

    02/23/2014 12:29:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 127 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 22, 2014 | Mark Almond
    Television pictures of revolutions can make them seem like a spectator sport. Having Vitali Klitschko, the world heavyweight boxing champion, playing a starring role in the events in Kiev reinforces that impression. But the implosion of the Ukrainian state in the last 48 hours is a political earthquake. Chaos in Kiev could set off a tsunami that will toss Western Europe from its moorings too. It is a mistake to think we are watching from a safe distance. Maybe Ukraine is as foreign to the British people today as it was when an obscure crisis on its southern coast in...
  • Russia’s Gazprom market share in Europe rises to 30% in 2013

    02/18/2014 5:51:38 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior
    1prime ^ | 02/17/14
    MOSCOW, Feb 17 (PRIME) -- The European market share of Russian gas giant Gazprom increased to 29.9% in 2013 from about 26.0% in 2012, the company said in a statement seen by PRIME on Monday. The consumption in the region fell 1% to 541 billion cubic meters while Gazprom’s supplies grew 16.3% to 161.5 billion cubic meters. European countries’ gas imports fell 0.6% to 253 billion cubic meters and their own output fell 1.4% to 288.1 billion cubic meters. Gazprom expects to keep the amount of exports flat at 161.5 billion cubic meters or at least at 150 billion cubic...
  • Ukraine Isn’t a “Prize,” And No One Is “Winning” Anything

    02/11/2014 3:30:29 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 32 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | February 10, 2014 | Daniel Larison
    Rod Dreher asks in the wake of Assistant Secretary Nuland’s leaked phone call: But is Ukraine really so important a prize as to risk our relationship with Russia, and with the EU? A point that Mark Adomanis made very early on when the protests in Kiev began last year was that Ukraine is not a prize of any kind. It’s a huge liability for whichever patron has the “fortune” to “win” it. Indeed, thanks to the ongoing upheaval and Russia’s suspension of the aid that it had offered, Ukraine is on the verge of default and may soon become even...
  • Swiss vote to limit foreign workers captures growing European fears about immigration

    02/10/2014 4:08:25 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 10, 2014 | By Anthony Faiola
    BERLIN — A tightly contested vote in Switzerland to limit workers from European Union countries brought threats of retaliation Monday from leaders across the continent. The vote also stoked fears that Swiss citizens were reflecting the zeitgeist across Europe, where right-wing populists increasingly are seizing the spotlight with an anti-immigration political agenda. Amid claims of an idyllic Swiss lifestyle being trampled by hordes of foreign newcomers, voters narrowly passed a referendum Sunday to curb Switzerland’s open-borders treaty with the 28-nation E.U. bloc.
  • Faith Rising in East, Setting in West? Europe and Christianity

    02/09/2014 5:48:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/08/2014 | Eric Metaxas
    If I asked you to describe the state of Christianity in Europe, you'd probably answer "not good." And there'd be ample reason to do so. Most of us are familiar with the depressing statistics regarding church attendance in Western Europe and Scandinavia. But there is more to Europe than Britain, France, and Sweden. And in Central and Eastern Europe, a different story is being written. This story was the subject of a recent First Things article by Filip Mazurczak. In it, Mazurczak reveals to readers what is going on in former communist societies such as Hungary and Croatia. For instance,...
  • "**** The EU" - US State Department Blasts Europe; Revealed As Alleged Mastermind Behind Ukraine

    02/06/2014 10:01:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/6/14 | Tyler Durden
    <p>A leaked recording of a telephone conversation allegedly between US assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland and the US envoy to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt discussing who should be in Ukraine's next government has, according to The FT, threatened to fuel east-west tensions over the troubled nation's future. In apparent frustration with the EU – which has failed to join the US in threatening sanctions against Ukraine’s leaders if they violently crush the protests – the voice resembling Ms Nuland at one point exclaims "Fuck the EU". As the two US diplomats decide whether "Klitsch" or "Yats" should be 'in' or 'out', listeners will be reminded (uncomfortably) that the governments of Ukraine and Russia previously alleged that the protests are being funded and orchestrated by the US. The authenticity of the recording has not been confirmed (though comparisons to Nuland's recent media appearances provide some confidence).</p>
  • Amid protests, Ukraine more divided than ever

    02/05/2014 5:11:40 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 29 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | February 5, 2014 | Maria Danilova
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The mayor of a western city warned that his police would fight any troops sent in by the president. The governor of an eastern region posted an image of an opposition lawmaker beaten bloody, saying he couldn't contain his laughter. Two months into Ukraine's anti-government protests, the two sides are only moving further apart. To be sure, Ukraine has never been monolithic. Russia and Europe have vied for dominance for centuries, fostering deep cultural differences between the mostly Ukrainian-speaking western and central regions that yearn for ties with the West, and the Russian-speaking east and south...
  • Corruption across EU 'breathtaking' - EU Commission

    02/03/2014 9:58:17 AM PST · by knighthawk · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | February 3 2014
    The extent of corruption in Europe is "breathtaking" and it costs the EU economy at least 120bn euros (£99bn) annually, the European Commission says. EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem has presented a full report on the problem. She said the true cost of corruption was "probably much higher" than 120bn.
  • Europe Dumps Global Warming Efforts; Good Idea?

    01/29/2014 9:42:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Regarding the religious debate over global warming, I am pleased to report Green Fade-Out: Europe to Ditch Climate Protection Goals. The EU's reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking -- jeopardizing Germany's touted energy revolution in the process. The climate between Brussels and Berlin is polluted, something European Commission officials attribute, among other things, to the "reckless" way German Chancellor Angela Merkel blocked stricter exhaust emissions during her re-election campaign to placate domestic automotive manufacturers like Daimler and BMW. This...