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  • EU unveils vast plan to merge 28 energy markets

    02/25/2015 6:15:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2015 8:18 AM EST | Lorne Cook
    The European Union’s executive has unveiled a vast plan to boost coordination between the EU’s 28 national energy markets to wean Europe off unstable Russian gas supplies and provide cheaper energy for consumers. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič on Wednesday called it “undoubtedly the most ambitious energy project” since the inception of the EU over half a century ago. He believes that improving links across borders in Europe’s energy grid could save businesses and consumers up to €40 billion ($45.4 billion) a year. A more energy-independent Europe will also increase the EU’s political options in eastern Europe. […] “Our...
  • Its Germany vs. Greece, And The Very Survival Of The Eurozone Is At Stake

    02/24/2015 3:17:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/23/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Is this the beginning of the end for the eurozone? On Thursday, Germany rejected a Greek request for a six-month loan extension. The Germans insisted that the Greek proposal did not require the Greeks to adhere to the austerity restrictions which previous agreements had forced upon them. But Greek voters have already very clearly rejected the status quo, and the new Greek government has stated unequivocally that it will not be bound by the current bailout arrangement. So can Germany and Greece find some sort of compromise that will be acceptable to both of them? It certainly does not help...
  • Ash Carter warns Russia on nukes

    02/24/2015 10:58:41 AM PST · by McGruff · 38 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 2/23/15 | Philip Ewing
    Ash Carter has quietly thrown down the gauntlet in a lingering dispute with Russia: If President Vladimir Putin continues to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the U.S. could respond in kind. The range of options we should look at from the Defense Department could include active defenses to counter intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missiles; counter-force capabilities to prevent intermediate-range ground-launched cruise missile attacks; and countervailing strike capabilities to enhance U.S. or allied forces, Carter told senators in little-noticed written answers to follow-up questions from his confirmation hearing. The defense secretarys bottom line: U.S. responses must make clear to Russia that...
  • The Eternal Love of The Father

    02/24/2015 8:15:54 AM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    bible , ^ | Jedediah
    THE Eternal Love of The Father Virtue upon virtue , line upon line of My Word is truly a River of Life as you walk in My Love and not your own for as your Father in Heaven I AM with you always even onto forever but it is My desire you carry My Heart and not your own for your love can be injured But My Love for you ,in you and through you is an unstoppable Truth that sheds off the lies of the enemy and before which all condemnation Must Fall! For My Love is Sovereign and...
  • Secrets in the Scroll of Esther

    02/22/2015 9:25:03 PM PST · by Phinneous · 40 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/3/2013 | Rabbi Mordechai Kraft
    A video class (in English y'all) about the history of "Amalek" and a seemingly superfluous verse in the Scroll of Esther. In short (if you don't have 48 minutes to listen to a fascinating class) -The nation of Amalek in the Bible is the modern nation of Germany (the Rabbi lists Jewish Rabbinical sources stating it will be such-- even before the Midevil kingdoms of Germany emerged) -Esther asks King Achashverosh to (Es 9:13) Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto...
  • Hey Merkel and Other Appeasers, Your Idiot 'Peace Deal' with Putin is Going Just Great...

    02/20/2015 7:16:40 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 February 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Perhaps we can try another once he's in Kiev... or Riga As previously noted here, thinking all at the table are negotiating in good-faith (when dealing with serially-dishonest former KGB agents who want to take things from you) is probably not a very good idea- when what we ought to be doing is arming the Ukrainians to the teeth and putting troops in Poland to exhibit (residual) NATO resolve. The Russians' completely ignoring thelatest Minsk accord and continuing to slaughter Ukrainian citizens in the name of 'Novorossiya' without pause should be all the evidence any thinking person would need to...
  • In November 1938 Homes and Gardens Visited Hitlers Home in the Bavarian Alps

    02/20/2015 6:49:44 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 34 replies
    Flashbak ^ | 2/18/15 | David Irving via Rob Baker
    On the evening of 10 November 1938 many people all over Britain would have sat down, taken a sip of their Bournevita, and with a comfortable sigh, opened their latest issue of Homes and Gardens. Meanwhile in Germany, seven months after the country had invaded Austria, Kristallnacht began the Night of Broken Glass, when with sickening violence, the Nazis burnt over 1000 synagogues and destroyed 7,000 Jewish businesses throughout Germany and Austria. Ninety-one people were killed by the Stormtroopers and for the first time Jews were arrested on a massive scale and about 30,000 Jewish men were sent to...
  • Japan, France, Germany invited to compete for subs contract

    02/19/2015 6:27:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2015 11:03AM | Sarah Martin
    TONY Abbott says the nations $50 billion submarine project will create at least 500 new jobs in South Australia, as the government reveals a shortlist of foreign partners to design and build the new fleet. The Prime Minister has moved to end months of uncertainty over the project in a visit to Adelaide this morning, saying government-owned shipbuilder ASC would be guaranteed more work under any possible scenario. There will be at least 500 new jobs in South Australia, he said. Mr Abbott said the government would select a foreign contractor by the end of the year, but has narrowed...
  • Germanys army is so under-equipped that it used broomsticks instead of machine guns

    02/19/2015 8:44:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2015 | Rick Noack
    The German army has faced a shortage of equipment for years, but the situation has recently become so precarious that some soldiers took matters into their own hands. On Tuesday, German broadcaster ARD revealed that German soldiers tried to hide the lack of arms by replacing heavy machine guns with broomsticks during a NATO exercise last year. After painting the wooden sticks black, the German soldiers swiftly attached them to the top of armored vehicles, according to a confidential army report which was leaked to ARD.
  • Germany rejects Greek loan request

    02/19/2015 8:27:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | February 19, 2015 | Staff
    Germany has rejected a Greek request for a six-month extension to its eurozone loan programme. The rejection came despite the European Commission calling the Greek request "positive" only minutes earlier. Greece had sought a new six-month assistance package, rather than a renewal of the existing deal that comes with tough austerity conditions. However, a German finance ministry spokesman said it was "not a substantial proposal for a solution".
  • Egypt strikes back, but how far will ISIS fight go?

    02/18/2015 8:29:24 PM PST · by Randall_S · 10 replies
    Voice of the Copts ^ | February 18, 2015 | Eman El-Shenawi
    Vowing to avenge Egyptian blood, Egypts military forces on Monday unleashed abrupt-yet-foreseeable airstrikes on ISIS targets in Libya. The early-morning bombing came as a rapid response to ISIS release of a gruesome video showing the execution of 21 Coptic Christian hostages, who had reportedly been held hostage since January. Egypt is currently not part of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition striking militant targets in Iraq and Syria since August 2014, but events in Libya and a militant insurgency in the Sinai may force President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to ramp up his plan of action. Is Egypts aerial campaign a quick, jabbing...
  • Why the U.S. will have to bail out Greece

    02/18/2015 11:21:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 18, 2015 | Matthew Lynn
    Fighting has flared up again in the Ukraine. The Egyptians are sending soldiers into Libya as another North African state collapses into chaos. The militants of Islamic State are spreading their influence across the region. Youd think Barack Obama might have bigger foreign policy issues to worry about than a small state of 10 million people on the eastern edges of the Mediterranean. But Greece may be about to turn from a European into an American problem. As the game of brinkmanship between the radical Syriza government elected last month and the European Union gets played out, it has become...
  • All Bubbles Burst: China's Real Estate Market Crashing, Eurogroup Prepare For Grexit & Default...

    02/18/2015 10:23:39 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 6 replies
    China's Real Estate Market Crashing... Real Estate is the single biggest domestic lending segment in China. Combined with deflation in Iron Ore, Steel, Copper, and other industrial metals China's collateral quality is looking very very shaky compared to loan volume... SNIP While the world's attention is glued to events in Greece, the real action continues to evolve quietly thousands of kilometers east, in China, where the near record surge in new loans remains unable to offset the dramatic slowdown in shadow banking issuance. And while China's bubble-chasing, animal spirits have recently reoriented themselves from real estate to the stock market,...
  • EU officials confirm Israel not fully briefed on Iran talks

    02/18/2015 5:23:17 AM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 18, 2015, 3:08 pm | Avi Lewis
    US State Department reported to say Israelis would twist details to undermine negotiations European officials have confirmed that the US State Department cautioned them against providing Israel with sensitive information on the current round of negotiations with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The account came amid vehement denials by the White House and State Department that they had stopped updating Jerusalem on the progress in the talks, even though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted Monday that Israel was indeed being kept in the dark. The report quoted an unnamed European official involved...
  • White House: Israel 'cherry-picking' intel that distorts Iran talks

    02/18/2015 12:26:29 PM PST · by Dave346 · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/18/15 02:34 PM EST | Martin Matishak
    The White House is accusing Israel of "cherry-picking" information that distorts the U.S. position in nuclear talks with Iran. There's no question that some of the things that the Israelis have said in characterizing our negotiating position have not been accurate. There's no question about that, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Wednesday. "We've also been very clear about the fact that the United States is not going to be in a position of negotiating this agreement in public, particularly when we see that there is a continued practice of cherry-picking specific pieces of...
  • Is Israel the Problem, or Are Jews the Problem?

    02/18/2015 5:38:49 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 18, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    In the aftermath of the killing of a man at a Copenhagen synagogue by a member of the Religion of Peace, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, This wave of attacks is expected to continue. Jews deserve security in every country, but we say to our Jewish brothers and sisters, Israel is your home. Russian emigre Natan Sharansky echoed Netanyahus call, stating, There is no future for Jews in western Europe. In response, European leaders shouted down Netanyahu. We know there are doubts, questions across the community, said French President Francois Hollande, who was elected with in excess of 93...
  • German rapper-turned ISIS extremist who starred in sick beheading video 'was married to FBI agent'

    02/17/2015 12:09:01 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 February 2015 | Jack Crone for MailOnline
    A German rapper-turned ISIS extremist who starred in the group's grisly beheading videos was being spied on for the FBI by a woman he thought was his wife. Denis Cuspert, 39, who now calls himself Abu Talha al-Amani, embraced radical Islam and travelled to Syria to fight with militants before becoming the group's main propagandist. The spy transmitted critical information about the rapper and his ISIS colleagues before escaping to Turkey - where she was arrested and then turned over to the US, according to the German newspaper Bild. The paper said German and American intelligence sources confirmed the existence...
  • Tories open four point lead over Labour

    02/16/2015 10:02:06 AM PST · by NRx · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 16 Feb 2015 | Steven Swinford
    The Conservatives have opened up a four-point lead over Labour after the biggest surge in their support for two years, a poll has suggested. A Guardian/ ICM poll showed that the Tories are six points up to 36 per cent, only one point short of their result in the 2010 General Election. Labour support fell one point to 32 per cent, while the Liberal Democrats were also down a point to 10 per cent.
  • After Attacks, Europe Fights Call for Mass Migration of Jews

    02/16/2015 12:51:43 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 16, 2015 | LORI HINNANT
    ~snip~ "We know there are doubts, questions across the community," French President Francois Hollande said Monday. "I will not just let what was said in Israel pass, leading people to believe that Jews no longer have a place in Europe and in France in particular." French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Monday the government would defend French Jews against what he described as "Islamo-fascism." "A Jew who leaves France is a piece of France that is gone," Valls told RTL radio ~snip~ German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that her government will do everything possible to make sure Jewish sites...
  • US and Greece helping to save the euro

    02/16/2015 12:03:14 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | 15 February 2015 | Michael Ivanovitch
    Greece's pleas to stop the "fiscal waterboarding" of its devastated economy are substantively no different from President Obama's repeated warnings to Germany to stop bleeding the euro area economy with excessive fiscal austerity. Sadly, the president's reportedly more than a dozen phone calls to the German Chancellor Merkel in 2011 and 2012 urging supportive economic policies in the euro area fell on deaf ears. These calls were not just brushed aside; they were plainly ridiculed as Chancellor Merkel kept telling the media that "it made no sense to be adding new debt to old debt." But -- worrying about one-fifth...
  • Braunschweig Carnival parade canceled over 'Islamist' terror alert

    02/15/2015 5:03:48 PM PST · by NCjim · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | February 15, 2015
    Northern Germany's largest Carnival parade in the city of Braunschweig has been called off following a terror alert. Authorities have reported a threat of of an attack with an "Islamist background." Braunschweig Mayor Ulrich Markurth (SPD) and parade marshal Gerhard Baller canceled the parade at short notice shortly before 11.a.m. (1000UTC) on Sunday. The spectacle had been due to begin at 12.20 p.m. local time. Local Braunschweig police said the Karneval parade had been called off after reliable state sources became aware of a "concrete threat" of an attack with an "Islamist background." Police asked all visitors to not visit...
  • Russia may condemn annexation of German Democratic Republic

    02/15/2015 8:25:54 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Pravda.Ru ^ | 28.01.2015 | Pravda,ru
    Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin entrusted the Committee for Foreign Affairs to study the proposal from Communist Party deputy Nikolai Ivanov. It goes about the possible adoption of the statement from the Russian parliament condemning "the annexation of the German Democratic Republic by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1989," IA REGNUM reports.
  • 'Islamist terror threat' shuts down largest festival in northern Germany

    02/15/2015 8:07:26 AM PST · by wtd · 30 replies
    NBCNews ^ | 02/15/2015
    p<> 'Islamist terror threat' shuts down largest festival in northern GermanyPolice cancel carnival that was expected draw 250,000 to Braunschweig over 'concrete danger' of attack. BERLIN, Germany A carnival parade in the northern German town of Braunschweig was cancelled at short notice Sunday due to a "concrete threat" of an Islamist attack, police said. "Reliable state security sources have made it known that a concrete threat of attack with an Islamist background exists," authorities in Braunschweig said in a statement. Police called on all visitors to refrain from visiting the planned route of the carnival parade and avoid travelling...
  • Germany: Braunschweig parade halted over terror alert

    02/15/2015 6:33:52 AM PST · by LSUfan · 39 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 Feb 15 | Unattributed
    A carnival parade has been called off at short notice in Braunschweig, northern Germany, due to the threat of an Islamist attack, police said. A "specific threat of an Islamist attack" was identified by state security sources, they said in a statement. Police urged people planning to attend to stay at home. The parade - a well-known regional attraction - was cancelled only 90 minutes before it was due to start. "Many people arriving at the train station were already dressed up and very disappointed - but we didn't want to take any risks," police spokesman Thomas Geese was quoted...
  • White House Warns Europe On Greek Showdown ["Warns" Syria, Israel, ISIS, Russia, Egypt, Libya...]

    02/14/2015 10:18:19 AM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | February 15, 2015
    White House Warns Europe On Greek Showdown Washington blames Europe for the lack of global recovery and is losing its patience with EMU creditor states that fail to pull their weight By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard 13 Feb 2015 The Obama administration has leapt to the defence of Greece, warning Germany and Europes creditor powers that they must meet Athens half-way to avert a potentially dangerous rupture and a euro break-up. Caroline Atkinson, the US deputy-national security adviser, said the eurozone authorities had imposed the main burden of adjustment on the weaker deficit states and should do more to accept their share...
  • When a black German woman discovered her grandfather was the Nazi villain of 'Schindler's List'

    02/14/2015 5:29:43 AM PST · by randita · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 2/6/15 | Avner Shapira
    When a black German woman discovered her grandfather was the Nazi villain of 'Schindler's List' An odd series of events led Jennifer Teege to discover that her grandfather was none other than the notorious Nazi Amon Goeth. By Avner Shapira| Feb. 6, 2015 | 7:05 PM In the mid-1990s, near the end of the period during which she lived in Israel, Jennifer Teege watched Steven Spielbergs film Schindlers List. She hadnt seen the film in a movie theater, and watched it in her rented room in Tel Aviv when it was broadcast on television. It was a moving experience for...
  • As church-goers wane, Germany's controversial tax prompts unease

    02/13/2015 2:50:14 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | February 12, 2014 | Jan Bentz
    Credit: fsecart via Flickr (CC BY 2.0). Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While church attendees dwindle in Germany, questions have arisen once again over the controversial state-imposed church tax – and whether it's time for the country's bishops to address concerns around it. “We are in a time when more and more people realize that the financial apparatus Church works well, that the facade is optimal but what is behind it? Where is the true faith?” asked Martin Lohmann, Catholic publicist, author and spokesperson of the advocacy group Christian Action in Germany. “While we have...
  • CDU angers Muslims with opposition to Koran (Germany)

    02/12/2015 8:59:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Feb 2015 16:45 GMT+01:00 | Tom Barfield
    The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Essen will distribute the German Constitution in response to Salafists plans to give out free copies of the Koran in the city on Saturday. But Muslim residents say theyre creating a false opposition. In a time when the threat from Islamist criminals is greater than ever, we have to combat the Salafists with all democratic means., president of the local CDU chapter Franz Joseph Britz told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. But some Muslim residents of Essen were dismayed by the way the CDU had chosen to counter the Salafists.
  • Greek Gambit Succeeds As Germany Said To Ease Bailout Terms

    02/12/2015 12:03:09 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 02/12/2015 | Tyler Durden
    With tax receipts tumbling and ELA funding hitting its limit, the Greeks are up against it. On the other side, the Greek strength in the face of EU's demands (and Eurogroup's realization of the uncertainty this could lead to) has apparently led to the start of compromise. As Bloomberg reports, *GERMAN, GREEK OFFICIALS SIGNAL COMMON GROUND ON AID DEAL *GERMANY SAID NOT TO INSIST ALL PARTS OF CURRENT BAILOUT STAY *GREECE SAID TO BE OPEN TO SURPLUS, PRIVATIZATION DEBATE As Merkel noted earlier, "Europe is always about finding a compromise," and it appears they are getting closer - as long...
  • Nigel Farage says other parties 'fear' UKIP

    02/12/2015 6:36:56 AM PST · by Nextrush · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/12/2015 | BBC
    Nigel Farage has said the Conservatives and Labour both "fear" a UKIP breakthrough at May's general election giving it the balance of power. In his first major speech of 2015, Mr. Farage said believed no party would secure a majority after May's poll. But UKIP would not "prop up" a government led by another party without an "immediate" EU referendum. The UKIP leader also claimed his party was now the only "truly national politics party" in the UK. He dismissed the Conservatives as a "regional party for the South of England" and Labour as a similar party for the North,...
  • German Bling Bishop lands new Vatican job

    02/10/2015 7:30:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Feb 2015 17:37 GMT+01:00
    Reports that the former Bishop of Limburg has received a new job at the Vatican, despite being ousted from his post for a 31-million spending spree, sparked bafflement on Tuesday. [] After several months living in an upscale 180-square-metre apartment in Regensburg, (Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst) is believed to have already relocated to Rome to take up a specially created post preparing catechetical materials for bishops conferences. The post was created for Tebartz-van Elst and has the hallmarks of a make-work job because the Vatican couldnt figure out what else to do with the prelate, the RNS Religion News Service wrote...
  • Greek Revolt Long Overdue

    02/10/2015 12:00:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | Peter Morici
    Germany has been sacking Greece and other Mediterranean economies for years, and the Hellenic revolt against austerity is overdue. When the euro was established in 1999, prices were translated from the mark, franc and other currencies into euro at prevailing exchange rates. (Greece joined the Eurozone in 2001, giving up the drachma.) National prices reflected differences in labor costs and efficiency across countries, but owing to a variety of social and demographic conditions, productivity improved more rapidly in Germany and other northern countries. Making goods in the South became too expensive, and Greece and others could no longer export enough...
  • EU Ready to Strike Israel with Sanctions One Day After Elections

    02/10/2015 7:27:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 2/10/2015, 1:38 PM | Tova Dvorin
    EU member states have been readying themselves to enforce sanctions on Israel for Jewish communities in Judea-Samaria, diplomats revealed Tuesdayand will strike hours after the March 17 elections. Israeli officials in recent weeks met with Europes most important foreign ministries at the EU headquarters in Brussels, an Israeli official told Walla! News on condition of anonymity, and said that the planned measures in Europe will be focused on the illegality of the settlements under international lawwithout any distinction between settlement blocs generally agreed upon to remain in Israel and isolated communities. The guiding principle is their deepening and emphasizing the...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu on Facebook "I'm determined to speak before Congress to stop Iran." (Yeh!!)

    02/10/2015 7:33:52 AM PST · by God luvs America · 23 replies
    Bibi's Facebook Page ^ | 2/10/2015 | Benjamin Netanyahu
    Posted one hour ago. Granted its only a Facebook post but a good one I'm sure we all applaud!!
  • Greek defense minister says Greece has Plan B if EU rigid on deal

    02/10/2015 7:19:10 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/10/2015 | Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis
    Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said that if Greece failed to get a new debt agreement with the euro zone, it could always look elsewhere for help. "What we want is a deal. But if there is no deal - hopefully (there will be) - and if we see that Germany remains rigid and wants to blow apart Europe, then we have the obligation to go to Plan B. Plan B is to get funding from another source," he told Greek television show that ran in to early Tuesday. "It could the United States at best, it could be Russia,...
  • The Anti-Zionist Guide to Burning Synagogues-Synagogue burnings are as progressive as it gets

    02/10/2015 5:29:44 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 10, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Anti-Zionist Guide to Burning SynagoguesPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 10, 2015 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments Wuppertal’s synagogues had been destroyed on Kristallnacht. By the time the war was over, the 3,000 Jews living in this German city had been reduced to a community of 60. 75 years after Kristallnacht, the Bergische Synagogue began to burn after three Muslim men had thrown six Molotov cocktails at it.The Jews of Wuppertal however have nothing to worry about. Judge Jörg Sturm found that the attack was not anti-Semitic, but had only been a way of...
  • Obama to Netanyahu: Merkel Wouldnt Do This to Me

    02/09/2015 10:55:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 09 Feb 2015 07:26 PM | Joel Himelfarb
    President Barack Obama had a message for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday: German Chancellor Angela Merkel would not have accepted an invitation to speak before Congress without first notifying him. As much as I love Angela, if she was two weeks away from an election, she probably would not have received an invitation to the White House, and I suspect she wouldnt have asked for one, Obama said at a Monday press conference after meeting the German leader in Washington. Obamas comments are said to reflect his anger over the fact that Netanyahu accepted an invitation from House Speaker...
  • Greece's leaders stun Europe with escalating defiance

    02/09/2015 10:26:07 PM PST · by NRx · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09-02-2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Greeces finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has spelled out the negotiating strategy of the Syriza government with crystal clarity. Exit from the euro does not even enter into our plans, quite simply because the euro is fragile. It is like a house of cards. If you pull away the Greek card, they all come down, he said. Do we really want Europe to break apart? Anybody who is tempted to think it possible to amputate Greece strategically from Europe should be careful. It is very dangerous. Who would be hit after us? Portugal? What would happen to Italy when it discovers...
  • The Dark Side of the Moon

    02/09/2015 10:21:11 AM PST · by No One Special · 46 replies
    JRNyquist.com ^ | February 9, 2015 | JR Nyquist
    Bluff 1. To engage in a false display of confidence or aggression in order to deceive or intimidate someone. 2. To make a display of aggression, as by charging or baring the teeth, as means of intimidating another animal.                                 - The Free DictionaryNuclear Blackmail is a form of nuclear strategy in which an aggressor uses the threat of use of nuclear weapons to force an adversary to perform some action or make some concessions. It is a type of extortion.                                - Wikipedia During the Munich Security Conference on Friday, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told Reuters of a three-fold concern....
  • Greece has 'moral obligation' to claim German WWII reparations: PM

    02/09/2015 6:02:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    AFP ^ | February 8, 2015 | Staff
    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday the country had a "moral obligation" to claim reparations from Germany for the damages wrought by the Nazis during World War II. Greece had "a moral obligation to our people, to history, to all European peoples who fought and gave their blood against Nazism," he said in a key address to parliament.
  • After Announcing Netanyahu Boycott, VP Biden & Kerry Meet With Herzog (Major Bibi Opponent)

    02/08/2015 2:30:32 PM PST · by xzins · 93 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 8 Feb 15 | Jacob Kornbluh
    After announcing he will be skipping Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus speech to Congress for a trip abroad, US Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry both met on Saturday with Labor leader Isaac Herzog on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich, Germany. The two sides insisted that the meetings were informal. But it reportedly revolved around security matters and the Zionist Unions defense strategy, Israeli media reported. On Friday, Biden announced hell miss Netanyahus speech to Congress due to a pre-scheduled overseas trip, yet unnamed. Both Kerry and President Barack Obama said last month...
  • The View From NATOs Russian Front

    02/08/2015 11:07:13 AM PST · by tlozo · 136 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Feb. 6, 2015 | Sohrab Ahmari
    I believe the Russians are mobilizing right now for a war that they think is going to happen in five or six years... with somebody within the next five or six years. So says Lt. Gen. Frederick Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe... "American engagement is essential if the West is to deter a revanchist Russia that has set out to redraw the boundaries of Europe, Gen. Hodges says... Russian President Vladimir Putin has done in Ukraine, he says, is a manifestation of a strategic view of the world... This level of assistance suggests Ukraine is not a foray,...
  • URGENT Update: French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.Ukraine

    02/08/2015 10:51:06 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 12 replies
    INVESTMENT WATCH BLOG ^ | Worker Ant #11
    URGENT: French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.#Ukraine http://t.co/mTc6gAoI9J pic.twitter.com/bs4f105GjR RT (@RT_com) February 7, 2015 Progress in solving Ukrainian crisis impossible to achieve through arms supplies - Merkel http://t.co/ULTe0it5p0 pic.twitter.com/6bgYJnGoRx RT (@RT_com) February 7, 2015 French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.Ukraine French President Francois Hollande called for quite strong autonomy for Ukraines eastern regions while speaking on France 2 TV. He also revealed part of the joint plan discussed in Moscow on the conflicts solution. On Saturday, Hollande said that the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk need rather strong autonomy from...
  • Europe Fractures:France Pivots To Putin, Germany-US Splinter On Ukraine

    02/08/2015 10:52:44 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-8-2015 | Durden
    Following yesterday's summary of the utter farce that the Minsk Summit/Ukraine "peace" deal talks have become, the various parties involved appear to be fracturing even faster today. The headlines are coming thick and fast but most prescient appears to be: Despite John Kerry's denial of any split between Germany and US over arms deliveries to Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Steinmeier slammed Washington's strategy for being "not just risky but counterproductive." But perhaps most significantly is France's continued apparent pivot towards Russia. Following Francois Hollande's call for greater autonomy for Eastern Ukraine, former French Pres Nicolas Sarkozy has come out in...
  • Cyprus to offer military facilities to Russia: President

    02/08/2015 8:33:24 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 1-7-2015 | Xinhua
    Cyprus will offer Russia military facilities on its soil, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday. In an interview with a local newspaper, Anastasiades said that a pact strengthening defense relations between the two countries will be signed when he visits Moscow on Feb. 25. "There is an old (defense) agreement which is to be renewed as it is. At the same time, some additional facilities will be provided just like we do with other countries - France and Germany for example," Anastasiades said. Cyprus is currently providing facilities to French planes, such as refueling and maintenance at an air force...
  • Nazism Was Not Christian and Galloway Is Ignorant or Lying

    02/07/2015 10:21:02 AM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 24 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 7 February 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    Two days ago's Question Time on BBC1 was one of the worst I've ever seen, beating its own record of mendacious and appalling programmes. The panellist George Galloway described fascism as a "Christian phenomenon", whereas it's a well-established historical fact that Nazism was neo-pagan, tried to destroy Christianity in Germany and persecuted Christian clergy and churches. The very symbol of the SS, the SS bolts or Runic "SS" (), consisted of runes, signs popular in Germanic neopaganism. Nazism wanted to replace Christianity with a "vlkisch" (folkish or racial) cult, a moral doctrine derived from the pre-Christian, pagan Germanic heritage....
  • Likud Incensed After Biden Meets Herzog in Munich

    02/07/2015 5:33:17 PM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/8/2015, 2:27 AM | Elad Benari
    Despite essentially boycotting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahus speech to Congress by planning to be abroad when it takes place, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday met with another Israeli official. Biden and Opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog, head of the Labor party, met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. The Likud party was incensed at the meeting between Herzog and Biden, which also came as leaders from the left, including Herzog himself, were busy attacking Netanyahu and blaming him for Bidens boycott of the speech. Bujis behavior in Munich is an irresponsible crossing of red lines, the party...
  • No 10 rejects 'bit player' claim over Ukraine crisis

    02/07/2015 1:44:44 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 6 February 2015 | bbc
    ...Sir Richard - who stepped down as deputy Nato commander in Europe last year - has said the UK should be taking a more active role in diplomatic efforts. "Where is Britain?" he was reported as saying by The Times. "Where is Cameron? "He is clearly a bit player. Nobody is taking any notice of him. He is now a foreign policy irrelevance."
  • UKRAINE: Russia, EU Leaders Agree to Work on Ukraine Cease-fire

    02/06/2015 7:48:29 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    The leaders of France, Germany, and Russia have failed to reach a breakthrough peace deal on Ukraine during talks in Moscow. But they agreed to work on a shaky September cease-fire. The agreement came a day after the European leaders met Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv and follows a renewed assault by Russia-backed rebels. Ukrainians are hopeful for a lasting peace though many remain skeptical. A Kremlin spokesman described Ukraine peace talks Friday between French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Russian President Vladimir Putin as constructive and substantive. Dmitry Peskov indicated no new deal was reached...
  • US threats to arm Ukraine a 'bluff', say EU diplomats

    02/06/2015 2:36:13 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2-6-2015 | Bruno Waterfield
    American threats to arm Ukraine are a "bluff" aimed at making Russia blink as the crisis in east Ukraine deepens, according to senior EU diplomats. Angela Merkel and Franois Hollandes mission to Moscow comes following a radical deterioration and Western intelligence showing beyond doubt that thousands of Russian are fighting in Ukraine, senior diplomats said. The general consensus among Western diplomats, including Nato, is that there is no military solution to the Ukraine crisis although attitudes are hardening in Washington as fears grow that Kiev is on the edge of military and economic collapse. One European diplomat said that reports...