And remember how they supported unions, the (informed) workers supported unions, and hell, most of America wanted to see those plants opening up here because, jobs? And it was only a small handful of conservative morons who were all Socialism!!!!!, which of course neglects the fact that the same “socialism” was expanding production into [...]
Secret police files reveal six-figure payments to Ceausescu’s henchmen, as retailer denies knowingly paying Securitate.
The Guardian, By Matei Rosca, July 4
Bucharest – Romania’s brutal communist-era secret police received covert six-figure payments from Ikea as part of the Swedish group’s deals with a local furniture manufacturer in the 1980s, according to documents obtained by [...]
The regime has repeatedly carried out artillery and air attacks on city centers, creating a humanitarian catastrophe—which is all but ignored by the US political-media establishment.
The Nation, By Stephen F. Cohen, June 30
For weeks, the US-backed regime in Kiev has been committing atrocities against its own citizens in southeastern Ukraine, regions heavily populated [...]
AFP, June 30
Brussels – A Belgian court on Monday barred a renowned pimp from naming his latest venture “DSK”, the initials of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn who filed the suit.
The pimp, Dominique Alderweireld or “Dodo la Saumure”, is linked to sex parties attended by Strauss-Kahn and dubbed his latest brothel [...]
Appalling conditions force exodus from Slavyansk as daily shelling disrupts food supply.
The Guardian, By Alec Luhn, June 12
Slavyansk – Fighting between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian militia is fuelling a worsening humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine. Tens of thousands of people are fleeing combat, most of them from the rebel capital of Slavyansk, [...]
The Telegraph, By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, June 4
The way we are going, the whole world will end up with zero interest rates or some variant of quantitative easing before long. Such is the overwhelming power of deflation in countries with burst credit bubbles. Such too is the implication of a global savings rate that has [...]
New York Times, By Sabrina Tavernise, June 3
Luhansk, Ukraine — Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs said Tuesday that the central government’s security forces had begun a new phase of the campaign against separatist fighters in the city of Slovyansk, destroying rebel checkpoints and equipment and engaging in firefights.
The minister, Arsen Avakov, said in [...]
AP, By Nedra Pickler, June 3
Warsaw – The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1-billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine.
Standing with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Obama said the U.S. [...]
CNN, By Al Goodman and Jethro Mullen, June 2
Madrid – After nearly 40 years on the throne, King Juan Carlos I of Spain will be stepping down, he said Monday.
It is “time to hand over to a new generation — younger, with a lot of energy — that can, with determination, take on [...]
Ian Welsh wrote, and we’ve commented, because while Ian provides penetrating analysis, there is no suggestion of solutions, for example those on which Marine Le Pen campaigns, which seem cogent: Restore the Franc, Restore Sovereignty, and Control Multiculturalism.
Al Jazeera, May 25
Only a fraction of voting stations in the east working, with pro-Russian rebels seizing stations, intimidating voters
Long lines snaked around polling stations in Kiev on Sunday for Ukraine’s critical presidential election, a stark contrast to the troubled east where heavily armed pro-Russian rebels intimidated voters by smashing ballot boxes and [...]
BBC, May 25
Eurosceptic and far-right parties have seized ground in elections to the European parliament, in what France’s PM called a “political earthquake”.
While the French National Front and UK Independence Party both appear headed for first place, the three big centrist blocs in parliament all lost seats.
The outcome means a greater say [...]
Polls show Petro Poroshenko ahead of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Sunday’s election.
The Nation, By Alec Luhn, May 23
The Euromaidan protesters in Kiev who ousted former president Viktor Yanukovich sought an end to the corruption, selective justice and crony capitalism that had plagued the country since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Reuters, By Fedja Grulovic, May 16
Obrac, Serbia – Boats sailed through the streets of a Serbian town on Friday on a mission to rescue people trapped by rising waters as the worst floods ever recorded swept Serbia and Bosnia.
Some residents of Obrenovac, 30 km (20 miles) southwest of the capital Belgrade, were stranded [...]
German press (Bild am Sonntag) reports that the German secret service BND provided information about US mercenaries operating in the Eastern Ukraine. Purportedly the German government has been briefed on this almost two weeks ago (April 29th). The company that provided these soldiers for hire is identified as Academi, the latest name of the outfit [...]