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  • Mixing oil and terrorism: Apparent Moscow-Riyadh rapprochement is paper thin

    09/27/2003 2:10:53 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 3 replies · 167+ views
    Russia challenging Saudi Arabia’s dominance in world energy market Oil will be high on the agenda at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s weekend summit meeting with George W. Bush at Camp David ­ Russian oil for US consumers, to reduce dependence on Saudi Arabia. Across the globe in Beijing, Putin’s prime minister, Mikhail Kasyanov, this week haggled with his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jaibao, on building a 2,400-kilometer, $2.5 billion oil pipeline from Siberia to China, which is crying out for energy to fuel its burgeoning economy. Saudi oil may be far cheaper to produce, but a steady supply from Russia is...
  • Pictured: The blond Norwegian, 32, arrested over 'holiday island massacre'...

    07/22/2011 5:21:37 PM PDT · by Justaham · 67 replies
    The 32-year-old Norwegian man arrested for gunning down children on the holiday island of Utoya has been named locally as Anders Behring Breivik. Described as 6ft tall and blond, he is reported to have arrived on the island of Utoya and opened fire after beckoning several young people over in his native Norwegian tongue. Reports suggest he was also seen loitering around the site of the bomb blast in Oslo two hours before the island incident. More than 30 are believed to have been killed - seven in Oslo and between 25 to 30 on Utoya Island, 50 miles north...
  • The Super-Lux Super Max

    07/27/2011 1:22:19 PM PDT · by Immerito · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | July 26, 2011 | Alex Masi
    The man allegedly behind Norway's devastating terror attacks, Anders Behring Breivik, is now under arrest. And he should count himself lucky for—if entirely undeserving of—a penal system in that country that is among the cushiest in the world. There's no capital punishment, and the longest jail term allowed is 21 years (a caveat: if a prisoner is deemed to still be a threat, his sentence can be extended in five-year blocks indefinitely, though it's highly unlikely, according to Norwegian officials). In Norway, rehabilitation is the guiding principle, not punishment—a somewhat difficult notion to swallow given the gravity and callousness of...
  • Swedish professor links Israel to Norway massacre

    12/15/2011 8:34:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 12/15/11 | Staff
    A Swedish professor suggested Israel was behind the bloody terror attacks committed by Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik this past July, stirring up controversy in the country. Research professor Ola Tunander of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) published an article in the Norwegian academic journal Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift in which he called to further examine Brevik's motives. According to Tunander, it is possible that some country was behind the terror attacks, hinting that Israel might be that country.
  • Oslo killer met LTTE activists in Norway?

    08/03/2011 9:33:41 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    island.lk ^ | August 2, 2011 | Shamindra Ferdinando
    Could there be a link between Norway-based LTTE operatives and Anders Behring Breivik, who bombed the Norwegian government headquarters in Oslo and wiped out a youth group on a nearby island on July 22 killing over 80 civilians? Responding to a query by The Island, informed sources said that the Norwegian could have had a link with the LTTEactivists in Norway. Breivik, in his 1,518 manifesto, which was released hours before he carried out the massacre, said had felt that Europe should follow the LTTE example of expelling the Muslims from Sri Lanka. He had interpreted the expulsion of Muslims...
  • Olso attacks suspect profiled

    07/22/2011 8:36:36 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 156 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 22, 2011
    Anders Behring Breivik is a conservative Christian who enjoys classical music and the video game World of Warcraft. Breivik has been named by several Norwegian media outlets as the suspected shooter at a youth camp in Oslo, where 10 people were killed Friday and he may be linked to a bombing near the prime minister's residence that killed seven others. On his Facebook page, which appears to only have been started July 17, Breivik mostly posted music videos and said his interests include hunting and bodybuilding. Under education, Breivik wrote he studied independently, noting he has "approximately 14,500 hours of...
  • Obama’s Ambassador to Norway Knows Nothing About Norway

    01/26/2014 5:27:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Norwegians are not happy about the next U.S. ambassador to their country—and for good reason; he’s a top Obama bundler that knows absolutely nothing about Norway, a country he admitted he's never even visited. Asked by Senator John McCain what he thought it was about the "anti-immigration" Progress Party that appealed to Norwegian voters, Greek American businessman George Tsunis seemed unaware of the party's role in the ruling coalition. "You get some fringe elements that have a microphone and spew their hatred," he said in the pre-appointment hearing. "And I will tell you Norway has been very quick to denounce...
  • US diplomats ask Senate to reject Norway nominee

    03/30/2014 4:56:33 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 18 replies
    The Local (Norway) ^ | 27 Mar 2014 22:40 GMT+01:00
    George Tsunis speaking to the US senate in January - Source: Screen Grab Senior members of a professional body representing US diplomats have called on the country's Senate to reject George Tsunis, the nominee ambassador for Norway. Tsunis committed a serious of embarrassing blunders in his January pre-appointment hearing, which led one Norwegian politician to call for a public apology from Barack Obama, the US President. On March 7, fifteen former presidents of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) wrote a letter to key US Senators including former Presidential candidate John McCain, urging them to reject President Obama's nominee...
  • Sweden Becomes First Western Nation to Reject Low-fat Diet Dogma

    11/24/2013 6:50:06 PM PST · by bkopto · 54 replies
    Health Impact News ^ | Nov 24, 2013 | Brian Shilhavy
    Sweden has become the first Western nation to develop national dietary guidelines that reject the popular low-fat diet dogma in favor of low-carb high-fat nutrition advice. The switch in dietary advice followed the publication of a two-year study by the independent Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment. The committee reviewed 16,000 studies published through May 31, 2013. Butter, olive oil, heavy cream, and bacon are not harmful foods. Quite the opposite. Fat is the best thing for those who want to lose weight. And there are no connections between a high fat intake and cardiovascular disease. On Monday, SBU, the...
  • Norwegian army placed on strict vegetarian diet

    11/21/2013 4:30:11 AM PST · by Renfield · 46 replies
    Oslo — The Norwegian military said Tuesday it plans to put its troops on a vegetarian diet once a week in a bid to fight a new kind of enemy -- climate change. The army said its new meatless Mondays are meant to cut its consumption of ecologically unfriendly foods whose production contributes heavily to global warming. "It's a step to protect our climate. The idea is to serve food that's respectful of the environment," spokesman Eystein Kvarving told AFP. The diet has already been introduced at one of Norway's main bases and will soon be rolled out to all...
  • French school carries out DNA dragnet in rape case (testing all 527 males in high school)

    04/14/2014 3:50:11 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 14, 2014
    PARIS — French investigators began taking DNA samples Monday from 527 male students and staff at a high school — including boys as young as 14 — as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus. Testing began Monday at Fenelon-Notre Dame high school in western France. All those who received summonses last week were warned that any refusal could land them in police custody, and no one rejected the sweeping request to test the high school's male population. The testing of students, faculty and staff at the school is expected to last through...
  • George Soros about Europe, Russia and Ukraine (Euromaidan PR interview of Soros

    04/14/2014 12:55:16 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 65 replies
    EuroMaidan PR ^ | 4/12/2014 | Vitali Usenko
    In an interesting interview [link at URL] to the New York Review of Books, George Soros shared his ideas on many topics including Europe, Russia and the Ukranian crisis. He also presented his new book [link at URL] The tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival? Whether one agrees or disagrees with Soro's interpretations and arguments, it is hard to deny that the interview is extremely insightful and gives a lot of food for thought. I offer a discussion of the part of the interview devoted to Ukraine. George Soros emphasized the necessity of a large-scale technical and financial...
  • Huge poll boost for UKIP as a fifth of voters say they will back anti-Europe party in wake of…

    04/14/2014 2:03:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:47 EST, 13 April 2014 | Chris Pleasance and Gerri Peev
    The Conservatives could be pushed into third place at the European elections after the party’s poll ratings plunged in the wake of the Maria Miller expenses scandal. A poll has put the Tories on 23 percent, behind Labour (31 percent) and UKIP (28 percent) just days after the Culture Secretary was forced to resign in an expenses row. The Liberal Democrats were on a dismal 9 percent, according to analysis of recent polling by Professor Curtice of Strathclyde University. Levels of support for UKIP are now at a record high as they were the only party to gain popularity in...
  • Ukraine crisis could unite US, EU: Schäuble (Germany’s foreign minister)

    04/12/2014 10:03:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Apr 2014 08:51 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Friday portrayed the Ukraine crisis as an opportunity for the European Union and the United States to revamp their relationship after the fallout of the NSA spying scandal. “I am confident that the Ukraine crisis will help us to strengthen transatlantic ties and rediscover our common interests,” Schäuble said in a speech on the sidelines of the annual IMF/World Bank spring meetings. Moscow’s “backslide into patterns from the previous century” has caused both sides of the Atlantic to move closer together, he said. “Like no two actors on the global stage, the United States...
  • Car bomb detonated outside Bank of Greece in Athens

    04/10/2014 3:38:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AFP/Telegraph ^ | 4/10/2014
    A booby-trapped car exploded outside the Bank of Greece in central Athens on Thursday, though no one was injured in the blast, police said, as Greece was set to return to the debt markets after a four-year absence. The car which was parked on the pavement facing the central bank building blew up around 0255 GMT. The building is close to the office of Greece's international lenders. Police said the car, a Nissan, had been stolen and was fitted with 165 pounds of explosives. Internet news website Zougla and the Efymerida ton Syndakton newspaper had been informed of the planned...
  • Native French under Attack in Muslim Areas

    04/11/2014 5:09:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 4/11/14 | Pamela Geller
    Like I said on a previous post yesterday regarding similar Islamic insurgencies in Sweden and across Europe, we see a continuing escalation of this low-grade civil war in Europe. What next, walled off city-states? One thing is for certain. Europe is going to explode. But what is paramount and top priority is — the silencing of critics of Islam. That is the obsession of the EU and member states. Sharia compliance. “Native French under Attack in Muslim Areas,” By Dale Hurd, CBN, April 10, 2014
  • Tim Burton's Trial Pronouncements: Good on Taqiyya and Harassment, Bad on Race

    04/11/2014 5:10:20 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 4 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 10 April 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Overall, the acquittal of Tim Burton and the judge's rulings on the case were a victory on two fronts and maybe not so much on a third. The judge ruled that a few tweets, even intemperate and even relating to a Muslim person, cannot be construed as harassment. He clearly said that the Harassment Act was intended for entirely different situations from this one, like stalking somebody or shouting through his letterbox. He also, if not explicitly accepted, took into account the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya. This can be a turning point for the counterjihad movement. Muslims are generally...
  • David Cameron's religious adviser is descended from founders of the 'terrorist' Muslim Brotherhood

    04/09/2014 12:49:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 April 2014 | Martin Beckford
    PM facing embarrassment over links between adviser and Islamist group. Adviser Tariq Ramadan is grandson of Muslim Brotherhood's founder . ... Tariq Ramadan is one of 14 members of the Foreign Office’s Advisory Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief, chaired by Tory peer Baroness Warsi. He is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and was a member of a taskforce set up by Tony Blair after 7/7. But Prof Ramadan, 51, is grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder Hassan al-Banna and his father Said Ramadan was a leading light. ... He was kept out of France in...
  • A Nightmare Presidency

    04/09/2014 2:26:35 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 20 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/9/2014 | Ben Stein
    This is a bad morning. I was greeted by a headline in the New York Times that said Defense Secretary “Chuck Mullet” Hagel was planning to submit a budget to Congress to cut the size of the military to a level not seen since 1940, before the U.S. entered World War II. The article went on to say that the Pentagon realized that this would be an inadequate force for even very small wars and certainly would not allow the U.S. to police the world and keep control of contingencies like a North Korean attack on the South or a...
  • Eli Lake Exclusive: U.S. Won’t Share Invasion Intel With Ukraine

    04/08/2014 5:19:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Monday, April 8, 2014 | Eli Lake
    American spies have spotted all the signs of an all-out Russian invasion of Ukraine. Why won’t they tell the Ukrainians about the forces on their border? U.S. intelligence agencies now have detailed information that Russia has amassed the kind of forces needed for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. But the Obama administration hasn’t shared with Ukraine the imagery, intercepts, and analysis that pinpont (sic) the location of the Russian troops ready to seize more Ukrainian land, The Daily Beast has learned. President Obama has repeatedly and publicly expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people—and warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin that there...
  • Briton wins prize for UK exit plan from EU, says economy could benefit

    04/08/2014 5:08:39 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8 Apr 2014
    (Reuters) - Britain's economy could grow by 1.3 billion pounds if it left the European Union due to less regulation and more trade with emerging economies, a British diplomat who dreamt up a prize-winning blueprint for the country's EU exit said on Tuesday. Britain's free market Institute of Economic Affairs on Tuesday awarded a 100,000-euro prize to Iain Mansfield, a British diplomat based in the Philippines, who it decided had come up with the best blueprint for a 'Brexit,' a British departure from the EU. Amid widespread public disenchantment in Britain about the EU's perceived over-bearing role in everyday life...
  • Russia, Ukraine Reach Agreement On Crimea Forces Return

    04/08/2014 2:05:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Interpretermag Ukraine Live Blog ^ | 4-8-2014 | Interpreter mag
    UkrInform.ua reports that the deputy head of Ukraine’s Presidential Administration, Andriy Senchenko, has announced that an agreement has been reached on the return of Ukraine’s ships from Russian-held Crimea. The first ships to return will be the corvette Ternopil, the missile boat Priluki and the tanker, Fastov, all of which are currently in Sevastopol. Simultaneously, the head of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Crimean media centre, Vladislav Seleznev, announced that an agreement had been made on the return of Ukrainian aircraft from Crimea, adding that: One plane will fly home under its own power following maintenance, several more will be transported...
  • Conservative Merkel ally criticizes German foreign minister over Russia

    04/08/2014 12:20:55 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 8, 2014
    A senior Christian Democrat criticized German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's stance on Ukraine and Russia in a signal of a possible rift appearing within Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition over relations with Moscow. Conservative leader Merkel and Steinmeier, who is a senior member of the Social Democrats (SPD), have been at pains to stress how closely they are coordinating on policy since the Ukraine crisis began, despite the traditionally warmer ties to Moscow maintained by the leftist SPD.
  • Estonia becomes self-sufficient on shale gas boom

    09/02/2013 9:28:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | August 25, 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Baltic tiger of Estonia is the world’s first country to meet all its power needs from shale, with enough left over for neighbours and fuel exports for the shipping industry. “We are the most energy independent country in the European Union, and we will not compromise our energy security. We have a large neighbour,” said Juhan Parts, the economy minister. It is the same story wherever you go across Eastern Europe: the fuel debate comes down to Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and Gazprom’s stranglehold on gas supplies. Global warming inevitably plays second fiddle. “Estonia is not rich enough to experiment...
  • Germany seeks to curb union power over strikes

    04/07/2014 10:35:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 06 Apr 2014 09:04 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    A pilots’ strike in Germany last week has highlighted the power comparatively small groups of employees have to lay low key areas of the economy in pursuit of their own interests. And the German government is looking to draw up legislation later this year to prevent this from happening again. “One company, one wage agreement” is the motto behind a proposed “Tarifeinheit” or unified wage-bargaining mechanism masterminded by Labour Minister Andrea Nahles. Over three days last week, the cockpit pilots’ union effectively grounded the country’s biggest airline Lufthansa in a dispute over pay and early retirement entitlements. …
  • Get ready to quit the EU now, Davis tells the Tories as he tears into Cameron and predicts…

    04/07/2014 12:53:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:52 EST, 5 April 2014 | Simon Walters
    The Tory revolt over Europe took a dramatic turn last night after senior Conservative David Davis called on the Government to open talks with Brussels on quitting the EU. Former Tory chairman Mr. Davis tore into David Cameron, accusing him of making a mess of his pledge to win back powers from the EU. “Scaremongers” who said Britain would collapse if it decided to go it alone were talking nonsense, said Mr Davis. Quitting the EU would be like a “revolution” and would boost UK jobs, wages, world power, arts and prestige, he added. Significantly, his intervention comes days after...
  • 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...
  • Latvia, Lithuania ban Russian state TV broadcasts

    04/07/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | April 7, 2014 | AP
    VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Latvia is joining Lithuania in banning Russian state television broadcasts because it found that several programs about the Ukraine crisis were tendentious and not in the Baltic nation's security interests. Latvian media council spokeswoman Sanita Blomniece told the AP on Monday that a three-month suspension of RTR Rossiya broadcasts will begin April 8.
  • Taqiyya and Blasphemy Laws in the UK: Chilling move to classify Islam criticism as “racism.”

    04/07/2014 8:22:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/07/2014 | Enza Ferreri
    In British law, race and religion are increasingly becoming deliberately confused for the purpose of accusing critics of Islam of racism. A soccer fan was recently arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after allegedly ripping up pages of the Qur’an and throwing them at a match. While on bail, he was also banned from attending any football games, visiting St Andrew’s – the stadium of the incident -, and going to any city where his team Middlesbrough was playing.Insults against Islam are taken very seriously in Britain, and the world of soccer is particularly sensitive to them. After the...
  • Putin's Russia caught in US and Chinese double-pincer

    04/03/2014 5:42:29 AM PDT · by Ivan Mazepa · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 26 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Russia's Vladimir Putin has committed a grave strategic blunder by tearing up the international rule book without a green light from China. Any hope of recruiting Beijing as an ally to blunt Western sanctions looks doomed, and with it the Kremlin's chances of a painless victory, or any worthwhile victory at all. Mr Putin was careful to thank China's Politburo for its alleged support in his victory speech on Crimea. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has been claiming with his usual elasticity that “Russia and China have coinciding views on the situation in Ukraine.” This is of course a desperate lie....
  • CEO Of Liechtenstein Bank Frick Murdered In Broad Daylight

    04/07/2014 7:11:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/7/14 | Tyler Durden
    Over the weekend the world was gripped by the drama surrounding the mysterious murder-homicide of the former CEO of Dutch bank ABN Amro and members of his family, and whether there is more foul play than meets the eye. However, that is nothing compared to what just happened in the tiny, and all too quiet Principality of Lichtenstein, where moments ago the CEO of local financial institution Bank Frick & Co. AG, Juergen Frick, was shot dead in the underground garage of the bank located in the city of Balzers.
  • Czech leader says NATO could offer troops to Ukraine if Russia goes beyond Crimea

    The West should take strong action, possibly including sending NATO forces to Ukraine, if Russia tries to annex the eastern part of the country, Czech President Milos Zeman said on Sunday. "The moment Russia decides to widen its territorial expansion to the eastern part of Ukraine, that is where the fun ends," Zeman said in a broadcast on Czech public radio. "There I would plead not only for the strictest EU sanctions, but even for military readiness of the North Atlantic Alliance, like for example NATO forces entering Ukrainian territory," Zeman said. Pro-Russian protesters seized state buildings in three east...
  • Nigel Farage: Here It Comes Your 19th Euro Breakdown

    07/04/2012 9:49:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    The always humorous Nigel Farage blasted European council president Herman Van Rompuy along with José Barroso in European parliament today, mocking the alleged "breakthrough". Link if video does not play: Nigel Farage on Euro Breakdown Select Quotes: ESM is doomed before it starts Legal Challenges in Ireland and Germany Estonia Justice Says it will not fit their constitution Finns and Dutch have broken agreement made in the middle of the night Perhaps the little countries do not have a say at all anymore Crisis is insolvable Euro Crisis Breakthrough Breakdown - Nigel FarageFarage sarcastically commented to Herman Van Rompuy ......
  • UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage speaks on gay marriage.

    01/09/2013 4:28:40 AM PST · by expat1000 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 16, 2012 | Nigel Farange
    Video link - 4 minutes or so. This is how to handle an aggressive and biased interviewer. Politicians that are not fast on their feet don't last long in a parliamentary system. The reference to a "whopping 14%" in the last elections - that's up from 7% so, in fact, it's a dramatic increase, which could interpreted as 25% of Conservative supporters switching their allegiance to the UKIP.
  • 'Muslim Brotherhood in UK warns of attacks in response to government probe'

    04/06/2014 9:16:39 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/06/2014 | JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
    Speaking to The Sunday Times, Ibrahim Mounir, the Brotherhood’s most senior official in the UK, said that the government’s designation of his organization as a terrorist entity could be interpreted by its followers that violence was an option. Related: • Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group • Egyptian court sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death, lawyer says “If this [ban] happened, this would make a lot of people in Muslim communities think that [peaceful] Muslim Brotherhood values . . . didn’t work and now they are designated a terrorist group, which would make the doors open for...
  • Village of Stilton BANNED from making cheese which bears its name…officials refuse to bend EU rules

    10/22/2013 9:31:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:59 EST, 22 October 2013 | Mia De Graaf
    The village of Stilton has been banned from making its namesake cheese after EU officials ruled it originated in another part of England. Under European law, the renowned blue cheese can only be produced in Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Controversy arose when the Bells Inn in Stilton, Cambridgeshire, announced it wished to name their own blue-veined cheese after the village—rather than “Bells Blue”, which they have been forced to do. However, in a landmark decision that the pub has branded unfair, an application submitted by the Original Cheese Company to amend the EU Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) ruling has...
  • Video: Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Obama with … Sarah Palin?

    04/03/2014 8:35:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Maybe Jimmy Fallon really does want to follow Jay Leno’s tradition of full-political-spectrum comedy. Earlier this week, Fallon ripped Barack Obama for his victory lap on ObamaCare, and last night he invited Sarah Palin to join him in this four-minute mockfest of Obama’s foreign-policy acumen. Palin is a good sport here, joking about the unusual names of her children at one point, but the subtext throughout this is that Palin was smart enough to see through Vladimir Putin — and Obama wasn’t. Watch for a cameo from “Obama” near the end (via Katie Pavlich): CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE...
  • US ambassador to India Nancy Powell resigns

    03/31/2014 10:31:58 AM PDT · by IndianChief · 3 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | March 31, 2014 10:18 pm | Press Trust of India
    In a sudden development, US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell on Monday resigned in the midst of general elections in India in which Narendra Modi is perceived to be a front runner for the post of Prime Minister. The announcement of her resignation to her colleagues in the US mission here today came a week after media reports here that she may be shipped out by the Obama Administration to “clean the state” with India. Powell has been in India for less than three years. “US Ambassador to India Nancy J Powell announced in a US Mission Town Hall meeting...
  • Secret EU lawmaking: the triumph of the trialogue

    04/04/2014 5:52:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 04.04.14 @ 09:29 | Benjamin Fox
    The setting could not be less spectacular—one of the more nondescript rooms in the European Parliament’s glass towers overlooking Place Luxembourg in Brussels, where a handful of officials gather with armfuls of papers. At intervals, members of the Parliament’s catering staff silently walk round the room offering tea and coffee. Unless you were involved, you wouldn’t know that the meeting—one of around 1,000 so-called “trialogue” meetings to take place in 2013—was actually happening. […] Around 80 percent of EU laws are now agreed at first reading, with research by the parliament estimating that the average law agreed at first reading...
  • Conservative party descends into civil war as 100 Tory rebels prepare to defy Cameron on EU

    04/04/2014 11:27:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:37 EST, 29 March 2014 | Simon Walters
    The fragile Tory truce over Europe disintegrated last night after it emerged that more than 100 Conservative MPs and candidates are set to defy David Cameron at the General Election next year by vowing to leave the EU. The Prime Minister has promised the Tory manifesto will spell out his pledge for a referendum by 2017 on Britain’s links with Europe after trying to win back key powers from Brussels. But Tory rebels will go further and make their own personal manifesto vows to campaign to withdraw from the EU—regardless of any concessions by Brussels. …
  • Soviet Sweden? Model Nation Sliding to Third World

    04/02/2014 4:21:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 23 replies
    CBN News Asia ^ | Wednesday, April 02, 2014 | Dale Hurd
    Soviet Sweden? Model Nation Sliding to Third World By Dale Hurd CBN News Sr. Reporter Wednesday, April 02, 2014 STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- When President Barack Obama visited Sweden last year, he expressed his deep admiration for the Swedish model. But that should make Americans a little nervous. One U.N. report says Sweden will be a third-world nation in about 15 years, below Libya and Bulgaria. Sweden is a society that believes it is racing into the future, but critics warn that it is racing to the bottom. It has been a laboratory for all kinds of social experiments: Swedish leaders...
  • Amid Economy Disaster, French Socialists Get Crushed in Election

    04/02/2014 4:16:17 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 2 replies
    The New American ^ | 02 April 2014 | Alex Newman
    Amid Economy Disaster, French Socialists Get Crushed in Election 02 April 2014 With France's economy falling apart under Socialist President Francois Hollande, the French voted this weekend for change — real change — in massive numbers. ... Full Article:http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/17964-amid-economy-disaster-french-socialists-get-crushed-in-election
  • 52% of Brits would vote to leave EU tomorrow

    01/20/2014 11:19:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20 January 2014 | (EurActiv.com with Reuters)
    The latest Opinium/Observer poll published on Sunday (19 January) suggested 52% of the British public aged over 18 would vote to leave the EU tomorrow, a small increase since last November when 50% said they would vote to leave. Sunday’s poll, carried out by Comres for the Independent on Sunday newspaper, also suggests the anti-EU and anti-immigration policies of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) remain popular, even though Cameron has already deployed tougher rhetoric on both issues. […] The poll came as UKIP was battling to restore party discipline after one of its local councillors in England caused it embarrassment...
  • Tory blow as tycoon Paul Sykes gives Ukip millions - get out of EU and self-govern

    11/18/2013 6:36:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | November 18, 2013 | Philip Johnston
    The UK Independence Party will receive a multi-million pound boost before next year’s European elections after winning support from one of Britain’s wealthiest businessmen. Paul Sykes, a self-made tycoon and veteran of the campaign to keep the pound 15 years ago, has promised to do “whatever it takes” to help Ukip top the polls in May. His move deals a big blow to the Conservatives as they fight to contain Nigel Farage’s party. Mr Sykes supported the Tories under Margaret Thatcher and Michael Howard, but has backed Ukip in the past, giving the party £1.5 million in 2004. His latest investment...
  • Britain's version of Tea Party rocks political system across the pond

    01/05/2014 4:59:25 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 52 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 04, 2014 | Adam Shaw
    The often stale British political system is being rocked by its very own Tea Party. The UK Independence Party (UKIP), formed in 1993 opposing Britain’s entry into the European Union, failed to make an electoral dent for a long time. However UKIP has built up steam in recent years and is spearheading a seismic shift in the British political spectrum. In this year’s local elections – the British version of midterms -- UKIP took a stunning 23 percent of the vote, up from the 3.1 percent they won in the 2010 national election. Their leader, Nigel Farage, is buoyed by...
  • Britain's version of Tea Party rocks political system across the pond

    01/05/2014 6:14:49 AM PST · by managusta · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/05/2014 | Adam Shaw
    The often stale British political system is being rocked by its very own Tea Party. The UK Independence Party (UKIP), formed in 1993 opposing Britain’s entry into the European Union, failed to make an electoral dent for a long time. Their leader, Nigel Farage, is buoyed by their recent success. “We want to take back our country, we want to take back our government, and we want to take back our birthright,” Farage told FoxNews.com in forthright language rarely seen in British politics.Capitalizing on dissatisfaction with the Conservative Party’s shift to the center under current Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron...
  • UKIP Leader Accepts Clegg's Challenge for EU Membership Debate

    02/21/2014 7:32:20 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal (World) ^ | 2/21/2014 | Nicholas Winning
    Nigel Farage and Deputy Prime Minister Represent Opposite Ends of In/Out Argument LONDON— Nigel Farage, the leader of the small United Kingdom Independence Party, on Friday accepted a challenge from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to debate Britain's membership of the European Union, paving the way for the most ardent advocates of each side of the in/out argument to lock horns. Britain's future in the EU has become an increasingly open question after Prime Minister David Cameron pledged that if he wins a second term next year he will renegotiate Britain's ties with the bloc and then hold a national...
  • Mass immigration has left Britain 'unrecognisable', says Nigel Farage

    03/01/2014 8:22:46 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 46 replies
    Mass immigration has left Britain an "unrecognisable" country that many people would not want to leave to their children and grandchildren, Nigel Farage has said. In one of his strongest attacks on immigration policy, he said the arrival of migrants has some British people feeling that parts of the country are now alien to them. The UK Independence Party leader said parts of the country had been "taken over" by foreigners and told how he caught a recent commuter train from London to Kent and had to wait for several stops before he heard English being spoken.
  • POLL: UKIP SET TO WIN EURO ELECTIONS

    03/16/2014 3:27:14 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 10 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 16 Mar 2014 | NICK HALLETT
    The UK Independence Party is on course to win the largest share of the vote in May's European Elections, according to a new poll. The party is currently on 30 percent, with Labour in second place on 28. The ComRes poll for the Independent on Sunday, which bases its European voting figures on the 38 percent of respondents who said they are "absolutely certain" to vote, is the first poll for some time to ask a question specifically about the European elections. The Conservatives, who maintain that they are the only party who can offer a referendum on the EU,...
  • Treat UKIP as a major party, Ofcom orders TV channels: Regulator says success in previous…

    03/03/2014 9:53:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:42 EST, 3 March 2014 | Jason Groves
    ITV has been ordered to treat UKIP as a “major party” in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in May. In a landmark ruling, broadcasting regulator Ofcom last night said the anti-EU party’s success in previous Euro elections meant it should be put on a par with the other main parties. ITV and Channel 5, which are regulated by Ofcom, were ordered to grant UKIP “major party status” in the run-up to May’s elections, guaranteeing it increased coverage. …