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  • Greek banks 'to stay shut on Monday'

    06/28/2015 10:10:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 144 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6-28-2015 | BBC News
    Greece banks to stay closed on Monday, Piraeus Bank chief says, after emergency meeting in Athens This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly
  • Gay pride guy gets taken out by a hose

    06/28/2015 1:55:54 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 44 replies
    Bodybuilding.com ^ | June 28, 2015
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  • The Coming Muslim Conquest of Italy: Will We Have to Ransom the Treasures of the Vatican...

    06/27/2015 9:39:35 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 27, 2015 | Virgil
    FULL TITLE - The Coming Muslim Conquest of Italy: Will We Have to Ransom the Treasures of the Vatican from ISIS-Type Vandals? The news about illegal immigration into Italy and Southern Europe is stunning. Here are some illustrative headlines from recent news accounts: “Welcome to Italy: this is what a real immigration crisis looks like,” declares the British Spectator magazine, which adds that Italy is being “invaded.” And here’s another scary story: “How the migration crisis is shaking Europe at its core.” After all, it’s only 100 miles or so from Tunisia, in Africa, to the Italian island of Sicily—an easy...
  • In Testy Debate, E.U. Leaders Fail to Agree on Quotas to Spread Migrants Across Bloc

    06/26/2015 3:56:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 26, 2015 | By ANDREW HIGGINS
    BRUSSELS — Facing a migration crisis that has infused Europe’s usually arid and consensual decision-making with angry passions, European leaders ended an ill-tempered discussion early Friday about what to do with a vague pledge to spread 40,000 migrants around the Continent. But they ditched what had been the heart of a plan to share a burden now borne largely by Greece and Italy — a system of mandatory quotas to spread the tens of thousands of migrants in the two countries across the European Union. The intersection of the Greek debt crisis and the migration issue also underscored the dangers...
  • Why Greece Won't Pay

    06/25/2015 5:24:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    For almost six years Greece has been on the cusp of financial disaster. Its Northern European and international creditors have extended loans, suspended interest payments and forgiven some debt. But European lenders have also stubbornly kept to the old-fashioned principle that debtors freely borrowed their money from lenders, and therefore most borrowed money must be paid back, regardless of the current financial status of the debtors. Greece counters that after all sorts of austerity budgets, it simply can no longer inflict the necessary pain on its relatively tiny population to squeeze out enough cash to pay its well-off creditors. In...
  • Irish truck drivers under threat from Calais migrants, haulage group says

    06/24/2015 8:19:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    irishtimes.com ^ | Finnian Curran
    Long tailbacks ensued as migrants tried to gain access to the vehicles. Television footage showed migrants entering the back of vehicles. Truck drivers were previously told not to stop within a 60-mile (97km) radius of the port town. President of the IRHA, Verona Murphy, said urgent action is needed to protect the safety of Irish truck drivers. “We feel that it will be the death of one of our drivers before action is taken. The level of policing at Calais is appalling and nobody is taking control of the situation,” she said. “We’re calling on the Government to make robust...
  • Running Out Of Cash, Greece Returns To Coal

    06/23/2015 9:36:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 22, 2015 | Dr. Benny Peiser
    Greece’s energy minister Lafazanis said that [the coal-fired power plant] Ptolemaida V is required since renewable power plants are intermittent and endanger the country’s energy security. In May, Lafazanis sent a letter to the European Commission asking permission to operate the Ptolemaida III, a separate coal plant that is shut down due to its very old technology that pollutes the environment enormously. One of Lafazanis arguments was “the economic crisis in Greece, which makes the need for keeping the cost of energy for households’ heating as low as possible.”—.. Poland’s leading opposition party is seeking to negotiate exemptions from the...
  • Middle Eastern Christian Refugees in Europe Are Bullied, Threatened by Muslim Refugees

    06/23/2015 7:49:22 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06-23-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    A Pakistani Christian, who has fled to the Netherlands, has made a video of life in a refugee center and uploaded it to YouTube. The video has received national attention in the Netherlands because the refugee says he’s regularly bullied and threatened by other refugees, most of whom are Muslim. VIDEO He explains: "I am a refugee and live in the refugee center at Gilze en Rijen. There are a lot of Syrian Muslims here who fled the war in their own country. These Muslims have made life impossible for us [red.: for Christian refugees]. I fled from my own...
  • Austere brand of Islam on rise in Europe, stirring concerns

    06/21/2015 2:15:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 06/21/2015 | ELAINE GANLEY
    PARIS (AP) — Its imams preach austere piety, its tenets demand strict separation of sexes — and some of its most radical adherents are heeding the call of jihad. Salafism, an Islamic movement based on a literal reading of the Quran, is on the rise in France, Germany and Britain, security officials say, with Salafis sharply increasing their influence in mosques and on the streets. The trend worries European authorities, who see Salafism as one of the inspirational forces for young Europeans heading to Syria or Iraq to do battle for the Islamic State group. Experts, however, point out that...
  • Alert: Freedom of Panorama Under Threat in Europe

    06/20/2015 11:43:29 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 3 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | JUNE 20/2015 | Michael Zhang
    Should photographers be able to include copyrighted public building and sculptures in photos without having to worry about payment or permissions? The concept is called “freedom of panorama,” and it’s currently under attack over in Europe.
  • Danish election: Opposition bloc (anti-immigration) wins

    06/18/2015 10:33:25 PM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | June 19, 2015 | BBC
    Denmark's opposition parties have beaten the ruling coalition after a close general election. With all mainland votes counted, the centre-right group led by ex-PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen beat PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt's centre-left coalition, although her party is the largest. Ms Thorning-Schmidt has now stood down as Social Democratic Party leader. The right-wing, anti-immigration Danish People's Party will become the second-largest in parliament. In a victory speech just before 01:30 local time (23:30 GMT), Mr Rasmussen - who led the country between 2009 and 2011 - said: "Four years ago, we returned the keys to the PM's office. I said that...
  • Why Waterloo still fascinates us

    06/17/2015 6:31:08 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/18/15 | Andrew Roberts
    ... Waterloo lit the slow fuse of the horrifying force of German hypernationalism, the defeat of which required the sacrifice of the British Empire 130 years later. Although at the time the battle seemed merely like the last of a series of traditional dynastic and territorial struggles, in fact Waterloo ushered in the modern world. And as Winston Churchill predicted at the end of the 19th century: "The wars of peoples will be more terrible than the wars of kings."
  • Asia just overtook Europe in wealth for the first time in centuries — and North America is next

    06/15/2015 9:30:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/15/2015 | Mike Bird
    The Asia-Pacific region steamed past Europe in terms of private financial wealth in 2014, according to estimates released by Boston Consulting Group on Monday. In 2014, BCG estimates that eastern and western Europe combined had a private wealth of $42.5 trillion, beaten by Asia-Pacific's rapidly growing pile, now worth $47.3 trillion. The Asia-Pacific figures exclude Japan, which gets its own estimate.BCG doesn't provide a long-run estimate for when the last time Asia-Pacific was likely wealthier than Europe. The report has been produced for 15 years, but given the performance of the two continents throughout history, it's likely to have been...
  • Rioting migrants yesterday- Calais to Dover port (Illegals getting into UK from France)

    06/14/2015 5:05:41 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 8, 2015 | Jenny NZ
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  • Water park bans bikinis on women-only 'Muslims night' (must wear 'Islamically appropriate attire')

    06/14/2015 8:11:32 AM PDT · by dead · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/14/15
    Visitors to women-only night told to only wear 'Islamically appropriate' attire Only female lifeguards will be on duty and the park will provide a prayer room Park says 'female-only' event is not specific to any ethnic or religious group' A water park has been accused of stirring up religious tension by holding a women-only night aimed at Muslims where bikinis are banned. Visitors to WaterWorld have been told they must cover up with ‘Islamically appropriate’ attire, and that the venue’s windows will be blacked out to protect their modesty. Female-only lifeguards will patrol the pool and the centre will...
  • Europe’s economic war on Israel [Zechariah 5]

    06/12/2015 12:11:59 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/11/2015 | Benjamin Weinthal
    When it comes to dealing with the increasing calls to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel, the United States and Europe are moving in two opposite directions. Last week, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law legislation that bars public entities from conducting business with companies that discriminate against Israel. It’s the first of its kind, though other states are likely to follow suit. Meanwhile, growing displeasure with the frozen Israeli-Palestinian peace process has led European Union countries to call to label products from settlements in disputed territories in the West Bank and the Golan Heights, as well in...
  • The Dollar Joins the Currency Wars

    06/12/2015 8:13:51 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski
    Project Syndicate ^ | MAY 1, 2015 | Nouriel Roubini
    NEW YORK – In a world of weak domestic demand in many advanced economies and emerging markets, policymakers have been tempted to boost economic growth and employment by going for export led-growth. This requires a weak currency and conventional and unconventional monetary policies to bring about the required depreciation. Since the beginning of the year, more than 20 central banks around the world have eased monetary policy, following the lead of the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan. In the eurozone, countries on the periphery needed currency weakness to reduce their external deficits and jump-start growth. But the...
  • Migrants gather at Italian train stations on journey north

    06/11/2015 2:14:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 11, 2015 | BY STEVE SCHERER AND EMILIO PARODI
    Hundreds of migrants brought to Italy after being rescued at sea camped on streets near Rome's Tiburtina train station and gathered in Milan's main terminal on Thursday, making a brief stop on their journey to northern Europe. At Tiburtina, migrants from Syria, Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia were among those resting in the shade under olive and fig trees. Children played in the supermarket nearby, and dozens napped on cardboard under an overpass. Italy is struggling to handle the summertime surge in migrants, with thousands rescued at sea each week and more than 50,000 so far this year. Almost 2,000 have...
  • DNA Deciphers Roots of Modern Europeans

    06/10/2015 3:20:13 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 10, 2015 | By Carl Zimmer
    For centuries, archaeologists have reconstructed the early history of Europe by digging up ancient settlements and examining the items that their inhabitants left behind. More recently, researchers have been scrutinizing something even more revealing than pots, chariots and swords: DNA. On Wednesday in the journal Nature, two teams of scientists — one based at the University of Copenhagen and one based at Harvard University — presented the largest studies to date of ancient European DNA, extracted from 170 skeletons found in countries from Spain to Russia. Both studies indicate that today’s Europeans descend from three groups who moved into Europe...
  • Welfare Jihad in Europe

    06/08/2015 7:24:44 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | May 31 2015 | Soeren Kern
    - Social welfare fraud of the kind perpetrated in Denmark is being repeated throughout Europe. - Because Anjem Choudary's welfare payments are not taxed, his income is equivalent to a £32,500 ($50,000) salary. By comparison, the average annual earnings of full-time workers in Britain was £26,936 ($41,000) in 2014. - A Swedish soldier deployed in Afghanistan said that he was likely to get less help when he came back to Sweden than returning jihadists were. More than 30 Danish jihadists have collected unemployment benefits totaling 379,000 Danish krone (€51,000; $55,000) while fighting with the Islamic State in Syria, according to...
  • Europe’s Refugee Amnesia [Psalms 2 - Importing Jihad]

    06/04/2015 12:40:02 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 1 replies
    Project Syndicate ^ | 5/28/2015 | JAVIER SOLANA
    BARCELONA – After World War I, when millions of European civilians were made refugees, forced out of their homelands by enemy occupation or deportation, an international regime was developed to coordinate effective responses and ease the suffering of those who had been uprooted. A century later, another refugee crisis is underway, and this time, it is Europe that has the power to provide safe haven to desperate people. Yet it has not risen to the occasion, with many of its responses failing to match the urgency of the situation. In just the first few months of 2015, more than 38,000...
  • 'No shale gas revolution in Europe'

    06/03/2015 1:58:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 3, 2015 | Richard Anderson, business reporter
    There will be no US-style shale gas revolution in Europe, the president of the International Gas Union (IGU) has told the BBC."You cannot duplicate [the US experience] in Europe," said Jerome Ferrier. "Politicians are hesitating to accept shale development." Abundant shale gas in the US has helped domestic energy prices fall. As a result some European governments, not least the UK, are keen to develop their own shale resources. Mr Ferrier's comments come a day after a number of major energy firms called for a working price of carbon. Carbon pricing The IGU president, talking to the BBC at the...
  • TV host Larysa Switlyk kills and cooks baby deer during hunt with controversial Czech 'sexy hunter'

    06/01/2015 7:54:35 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 June 2015 | Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com
    A 'sexy' Czech hunter who has been widely criticized for posting photos of her big game trophies and an American TV host paired up for a controversial outing in Slovakia. Michaela Fialova and Larysa Switlyk documented their trip as they hunted roe deer in Europe together, filming as they went in search of the animals. The ladies documented not just the kill, but also the aftermath as they cooked and ate the animals. Fiavola, 27, who is from Litomerice, Czech Republic, spends the rest of her time working as a personal trainer, kick-boxer and guide for other hunters in Africa...
  • Europe’s War on Christian Ethics (pressure from Western nations to abandon traditional values)

    05/30/2015 2:42:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 28, 2015 | Alessandra Nucci
    Girls throw flower petals during a procession celebrating the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ in Minsk, Belarus, in May 2011. (CNS photo/Vladimir Nikolsky, Reuters) There is a place in Slovakia called Bardejovska Nova Ves where pro-lifers have erected a poignant monument to the Unborn Child. It portrays a weeping mother, on her knees before a translucent child figure, depicted extending its hand towards the mother’s head in a gesture of forgiveness.   The heartbreaking scene, placed at the geographical center of the European continent, brings home to observers the common cultural ground the remains at the end...
  • Most European men descend from a handful of Bronze Age forefathers

    05/27/2015 10:33:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 05/27/2015 | University of Leicester
    Geneticists from the University of Leicester have discovered that most European men descend from just a handful of Bronze Age forefathers, due to a 'population explosion' several thousand years ago. The project, which was funded by the Wellcome Trust, was led by Professor Mark Jobling from the University of Leicester's Department of Genetics and the study is published in the journal Nature Communications. The research team determined the DNA sequences of a large part of the Y chromosome, passed exclusively from fathers to sons, in 334 men from 17 European and Middle Eastern populations. This research used new methods for...
  • EU referendum: Staying in 'will be Yes campaign'

    05/27/2015 5:36:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 27, 2015
    Prime Minister David Cameron has said the in/out referendum will take place by 2017. A bill paving the way for the referendum was included in the Queen's Speech. BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins said the precise wording of the question had not been confirmed. But it is expected to allow those who want Britain to remain in the EU to style themselves as the Yes campaign, with the question expected to be along the lines of: "Should the UK remain a member of the EU?"
  • Convert to Islam or Die! Mayor of Antwerp Given Ultimatum by Extremists [Daniel 8]

    05/25/2015 2:34:41 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 28 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 5/25/2015 | Staff
    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – Islamic extremists in Belgium have publicly threatened to kill the mayor of the Belgian city of Antwerp, Bart De Wever, if he does not convert to Islam, local media reported Monday. A sign written in French stating threats against de Wever, who is also the head of the nationalist political party the New Flemish Alliance, was placed on one of the main squares of Antwerp. Experts are currently assessing the seriousness of the action and the message. “I always warned that we will not get rid of the threat from Islamic extremists in the near future. This...
  • Polish president concedes election defeat to conservative challenger

    05/24/2015 5:45:07 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/24/2015 | Pawel Sobczak and Agnieszka Barteczko
    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat to conservative challenger Andrzej Duda in Sunday's presidential election, a result that will set alarm bells ringing for the government, which faces its own election race later this year. Komorowski had originally been seen as a shoo-in for another term in office, and his defeat reflected a desire among voters for new faces, and a sense that Poland's new-found prosperity was not being shared out equally. The outgoing president, an ally of Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, announced he was conceding defeat after an exit poll showed he had won 47 percent to 53 percent...
  • America, Please Don’t Become Spain

    05/24/2015 6:42:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    Regular readers of my column know that after tax season is over my wife and I take off for a while and typically travel the world. We do not do tours or cruises as we want to be in amongst the locals to touch and feel what is going on wherever we are visiting. This year our trip was to Spain and Croatia with short stops in Milan and London. We also spent some time in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. We started in Spain, a wonderful country we had not visited since 1987. There are many areas to visit...
  • Top United Nations official says Europe must open its borders to Syrian refugees

    05/24/2015 12:50:56 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 20 replies
    The China Post ^ | May 24, 2015 | By Karin Laub
    SOUTHERN SHUNEH Jordan--Borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, to help ease the burden of Middle Eastern countries that have absorbed close to 4 million Syrian refugees, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Saturday. Antonio Guterres also appealed to the international community to boost development aid to refugee host countries such as Jordan and Lebanon. "They are the first line of defense for global collective security and they are pillars, essential pillars, for regional security," Guterres told The Associated Press at a regional World Economic Forum conference. "If they fall, the consequences will be dramatic...
  • A Counter Proposal For European Immigration

    05/22/2015 7:58:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/22/2015 | Mike Konrad
    Europe is now being flooded with immigrants, chiefly from Africa or the Arab world, those least likely to assimilate well. As Europe confronts rapidly escalating migration crisis driven by war, persecution and poverty in an arc of strife from West Africa to Afghanistan, even high-level European officials are beginning to admit the obvious. -- The Washington Post Europe is being overrun. Now, this would not necessarily be a disaster, if the immigrants were assimilable en masse. As one who scours old history books, there was a massive scare around 1900 that the United States was accepting too many non-Anglo-Saxons. Chinese...
  • A first in Europe: French Navy FREMM Frigate Aquitaine fires MBDA's Naval Cruise Missile

    05/21/2015 6:26:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 20 May 2015
    The frigate Aquitaine, the first unit in the multi-mission frigate program (FREMM), has successfully fired its first naval cruise missile on May 19 on the firing ranges of the DGA missile testing centre off Levant Island. This is the first time that a European surface ship has fired a cruise missile. On May 12, the frigate also successfully fired its first Exocet MM40 surface-to-surface missile. The French Navy launches an MBDA Naval Cruise Missile from FREMM Frigate Aquitaine for the first time. Picture: L.Bernardin©Marine Nationale The two synthesis firings prepared by the crew of the French Navy, the DGA teams...
  • How the Civil War Changed the World

    05/19/2015 10:33:26 PM PDT · by iowamark · 258 replies
    New York Times Disunion ^ | May 19, 2015 | Don Doyle
    Even while the Civil War raged, slaves in Cuba could be heard singing, “Avanza, Lincoln, avanza! Tu eres nuestra esperanza!” (Onward, Lincoln, Onward! You are our hope!) – as if they knew, even before the soldiers fighting the war far to the North and long before most politicians understood, that the war in America would change their lives, and the world. The secession crisis of 1860-1861 threatened to be a major setback to the world antislavery movement, and it imperiled the whole experiment in democracy. If slavery was allowed to exist, and if the world’s leading democracy could fall apart...
  • Europe plans military response to migrant crisis

    05/19/2015 12:12:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/19/2015 | By Griff Witte
    <p>LONDON — The European Union on Monday approved the use of military force to take on migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean, significantly escalating Europe’s response to a crisis that has left at least 1,800 people dead this year.</p> <p>The decision allows European governments to move ahead with plans for a naval operation that has been taking shape for weeks and that officials say is crucial to any attempt to confront the burgeoning tide of smuggler vessels ferrying migrants from North ­Africa to Europe.</p>
  • Luxembourg Prime Minister Becomes First EU Leader To Marry Same-Sex Partner

    05/15/2015 12:48:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | May 15, 2015 | Sharer Peralta
    Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel married his partner Gauthier Destenay on Friday, becoming the first European Union leader to enter a gay marriage. Teri Schultz tells our Newscast unit that Bettel becomes the second world leader to do so. Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir married her partner five years ago. The interesting part about this development is that gay marriage is a relatively new thing in Luxembourg. As The Guardian reports, Bettel's party won a prominent spot in the ruling coalition after campaigning for same-sex marriage The Guardian adds: "[Same-sex marriage] was previously knocked down in 2007 by the then...
  • Europe Rapidly Becoming Fertile Recruiting Field For Islamic State

    05/14/2015 10:25:38 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/14/15 | David Singer
    Europe remains a sitting duck whilst it passively sits on the sidelines uttering pious platitudes Islamic State now has the potential to break out of Syria and Iraq and into the heart of Europe without a shot being fired in anger by the Europeans to repel Islamic State’s stated aims of re-establishing the Caliphate and with it the supremacy of Islam world-wide. This previously dismissed possibility has become an emerging reality with the record flow of hundreds of thousands of Moslems into Europe by boat in 2014 - seeking asylum as their homes and lives in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan,Yemen...
  • European officials sing "We Are the World" at NATO meeting

    05/14/2015 7:28:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Yahoo News via AP ^ | 05/14/2015
    ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — In a distinctly different note for a military alliance meeting, European officials ended a NATO meeting with a spirited rendition of "We Are The World." Taking a break from issues such as the war in Ukraine and instability in the Middle East, NATO and other officials accepted an invitation by a Turkish band to sing a "last song for peace" at a dinner Wednesday hosted by Turkey as the alliance's foreign ministers met near the Mediterranean city of Antalya.
  • 'Gay sailor' to deter Russian subs from Swedish waters

    05/13/2015 5:35:41 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 31 replies
    Stockholm (AFP) - A Swedish peace group said Tuesday it has lowered a sonar device into the Baltic Sea off Stockholm to deter Russian submarines, emitting the message "This Way if You Are Gay". The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society's (SPAS) cheeky device emits the message in Morse code and is designed to scare off subs from Russia, which does not share Sweden's acceptance of homosexuality. The so-called Singing Sailor also features a flashing pink neon outline of a seaman clad only in white underpants and a boater's hat, gyrating his hips above the text "Welcome to Sweden -- Gay...
  • New laws to target radicalisation

    05/13/2015 6:19:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 13, 2015
    David Cameron is to set out a string of new powers to tackle radicalisation, saying the UK has been a "passively tolerant society" for too long. The PM will tell the National Security Council a counter-extremism bill will be in the Queen's Speech on 27 May. The bill will include new immigration rules, powers to close down premises used by extremists and "extremism disruption orders". Mr Cameron will say a "poisonous" extremist ideology must be confronted.
  • European Antisemitism Driving Jews Away From Jewish Life, Says Leading Rabbi

    05/12/2015 5:13:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | MAY 12, 2015 3:16 PM | Eliezer Sherman
    The recent string of attacks against Jews in Europe has driven many Jews away from an active Jewish life, said the president of one of Europe’s leading Orthodox Jewish networks on Tuesday. “We’re dealing with a large number of Jews who because of the risk involved, and terrorist attacks, have stopped coming to Jewish events,” Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt told the Algemeiner. “It’s more important [for these Jews] to stay alive than to stay Jewish.” The 51-year-old Swiss-born Conference of European Rabbis (CER) president, who is also Chief Rabbi of Moscow, said apathy was a greater risk to the Jews in...
  • Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden calls Mediterranean refugee crises the 'Auschwitz of our time'

    05/10/2015 6:54:35 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 20 replies
    Twitter.com/carlbildt ^ | 05/10/2015 | Carl Bildt, former Foreign minister of Sweden
    Sweden Deputy PM Åsa Romsom says that what's happening in the Mediterranean is same as Auschwitz. Slightly over the top. Mildly speaking.
  • Switzerland shooting: Several killed in Swiss canton of Aargau, police say

    05/10/2015 1:35:32 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 26 replies
    Several people have been killed in a shooting in the Swiss canton of Aargau, police say.
  • Our goal is an EU army says Germany's defence chief:

    05/08/2015 1:11:33 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 4 May 2015 | Jack Doyle
    An EU army is Germany’s ‘long term goal’ according to one of its ministers. Ursula von der Leyen called for defence cooperation to be strengthened so that the continent can respond quickly to international crises.
  • Schools feeding and clothing pupils, say heads

    05/01/2015 4:22:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 1, 2015
    Head teachers are warning that schools are having to act like "mini-welfare states" in having to provide food, spare uniform and even to wash clothes and provide showers for some pupils. The National Association of Head Teachers says such welfare support is costing £43.5m from school budgets. Heads' leader Russell Hobby said it was a "hidden national scandal". A Conservative spokesman said "the number of children living in poverty has fallen by 300,000". The warning from members of the NAHT, as they gather for their annual conference in Liverpool, is that schools are having to step in with welfare support...
  • Soon, new cars in Europe will automatically call police in a crash

    04/30/2015 12:44:10 PM PDT · by bt_dooftlook · 25 replies
    Road & Track ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jordan Valinsky
    Beginning March 31, 2018, all new vehicles sold in the European Union will be required to carry an emergency call system that automatically dispatches assistance to the scene of a crash. The "auto SOS" system, dubbed eCall, was approved by European Parliament yesterday after two years of debate over privacy concerns, reports BBC News. In the event of a crash, the device calls the E.U.'s 911 equivalent (112) and transmits to authorities important information including location, time, and number of passengers in the vehicle. An in-car button will also be installed in all vehicles. The eCall requirement will add an...
  • Negative interest rates put world on course for biggest mass default in history

    04/29/2015 5:13:17 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 April 2015 | Jeremy Warner
    Here’s an astonishing statistic; more than 30pc of all government debt in the eurozone – around €2 trillion of securities in total – is trading on a negative interest rate. With the advent of European Central Bank quantitative easing, what began four months ago when 10-year Swiss yields turned negative for the first time has snowballed into a veritable avalanche of negative rates across European government bond markets. In the hunt for apparently “safe assets”, investors have thrown caution to the wind, and collectively determined to pay governments for the privilege of lending to them. On a country by country...
  • Europe is eyeing Iran's massive gas reserves

    04/27/2015 5:57:51 AM PDT · by McGruff · 4 replies
    BUSINESS INSIDER ^ | 4/27/2015 | TARA SHIRVANI
    The annexation of Crimea and the consequent threats of gas supply cuts by Russia have been a reminder of an inconvenient truth: when it comes to politics, Europe will always be influenced by its dependency on Russian gas. According to the European Parliament, in 2013 Russia provided 43.2% of the European Union’s gas imports, 31.38% of its oil imports, and 26.7% of its coal imports. But the dependency runs both ways.
  • Admiral Warns: Potential for Islamist Raids on European Islands

    04/24/2015 3:54:28 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 24, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    The security situation in the Mediterranean will continue to deteriorate to the point where we can expect Islamist raids on European islands, a recently retired Royal Navy Admiral has told Breitbart London. [snip] Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE, the straight-talking former Director General of the Ministry of Defence Development, Concepts, and Doctrine Centre, ... made the comments in an interview this week as European nations gathered to discuss the sudden migrant crisis gripping the Mediterranean. THE THREAT OF ISLAM Parry, who warned in a government paper in 1990 that Islam would replace Communism as the main threat against the West...
  • Areva’s nuclear reactor vessel flaws may be “costly”

    04/24/2015 5:26:25 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 04/17/2015 | Power Engineering
    The French nuclear regulator says anomalies found in Areva’s nuclear reactor technology are “very serious” and may be costly to fix. Areva announced April 7 that it found weak spots in the bottom and lid of the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) vessel, which could reduce the resistance of the metal. Areva said it discovered the flaw during mechanical and chemical tests of a representative model and reported the findings to the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN). The ASN told Reuters that a similar Areva forging technique had been used in five EPRs currently in the planning stage or under construction....
  • Former SS guard: 'I couldn't imagine' Jews leaving Auschwitz alive [Deut 28, Matt 24]

    04/23/2015 7:42:28 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 51 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 4/23/2015 | Staff
    A former Auschwitz guard being tried on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder has testified that it was clear to him Jews were not expected to leave the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland alive. "I couldn't imagine that" happening, former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening told the Lueneburg state court on Thursday during the third day of his trial, the DPA news agency reported. The 93-year-old's answer came in response to a question from attorneys representing Auschwitz survivors who have joined the trial as co-plaintiffs, as allowed under German law...