France Is About To Plunge Into Deflation

Business Insider, By Mike Bird, December 11

French inflation just sank to another five-year low, down at 0.4% in November, compared to the same month last year, leaving France even further away from the European Central Bank’s 2% inflation target.. Analysts were expecting a 0.5% figure.

But it’s even worse than that. France’s core inflation […]

Hundreds Of Anarchists Held After Greek Riots

Police arrests nearly 300 people after a night of violent protests to mark the anniversary of the police shooting of a teenager.

Sky News, By Anthee Carassava, December 7

Athens – Greek police have rounded up 296 anarchists in connection with violent riots that ripped through the Greek capital and five other cities across the […]

Anger in France over city’s plan for ‘Nazi style’ badges for the homeless

The Telegraph, By Henry Samuel, December 5

The southern French city of Marseille has been forced to scrap a system of yellow triangles intended to help spot homeless people after it was accused of employing Nazi-style tactics.

The cards, which were given to homeless people, detail their health issues and are yellow in order to […]

France: ‘Major’ anti-ISIS raid taking place in Iraq

AFP, December 5

France said Friday its fighter jets were conducting a “major” raid in Iraq as part of the U.S.-led coalition offensive against the Islamic State group, days after members said the strikes were having effect.

“At the moment, a major raid is taking place,” Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFMTV, refusing to […]

Catalan leader to step up independence push as 80% vote to split from Spain

Artur Mas says symbolic poll is a ‘lesson in democracy’ and calls for a binding referendum on independence

The Guardian, By Ashifa Kassam, November 10

Barcelona – Catalan leader Artur Mas vowed to step up the push for independence after early results from Sunday’s symbolic vote showed that four out of five voters in the […]

Finland warns of new cold war over failure to grasp situation in Russia

Finnish PM Alexander Stubb set to meet David Cameron and other northern European leaders at conference in Helsinki.

Western countries are at the gates of a new cold war with Russia, sparked by the Ukraine crisis and a continuing failure to grasp the depth and seriousness of Vladimir Putin’s grievances with the US and EU, […]

Germany warns of British exit from EU over immigration limits

German Chancellor Merkel warns Britain over plans to try curbing EU immigration from other member states

Al Jazeera, November 3

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned British Prime Minister David Cameron that putting limits on immigration from other European Union nations would be a “point of no return” that could sharply increase the risk of […]

Omidyar-funded candidate takes seat in new Ukraine parliament

Pando, By Mark Ames, October 30

Ukraine just held its first post-revolution parliamentary elections, and amid all of the oligarchs, EU enthusiasts, neo-Nazis, nepotism babies, and death squad commanders, there is one newly-elected parliamentarian’s name that stands out for her connection to Silicon Valley: Svitlana Zalishchuk, from the billionaire president’s Poroshenko Bloc party.

Zalishchuk was […]

Evil clown phenomenon sparks police Halloween warning

French authorities warn against trick-or-treaters carrying weapons as fancy dress shops refuse to sell clown costumes to teenagers

The Independent, By Henry Samuel, October 31

Paris – French police fearing “evil” clown attacks on Halloween have issued warnings of prosecution for any threatening clown behaviour on social networks after a spate of incidents across the […]

Sweden Gives Recognition to Palestinians

New York Times, By Isabel Kershner, October 30

Jerusalem — The Swedish government on Thursday officially recognized a state of Palestine, as the new prime minister, Stefan Lofven, ignored Israeli protests and followed through on a pledge he made at his inauguration this month.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry posted a message on Twitter on Thursday […]

EU reaches deal on CO2 emissions cut

European Union leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and set renewable energy targets.

Al Jazeera, October 24

European Union leaders have reached what they described as the world’s most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new UN-backed global treaty next year.

The 28 leaders […]

Dmitri Orlov: How to start a war and lose an empire

I somewhat infrequently read Dmitri Orlov. He’s Russian born, but moved to the US as a child, was educated here and wrote a book called Reinventing Collapse which I found illuminating. He recently penned a piece about our indelicate handling of the rest of the world, taken from his Russian perspective. I don’t necessarily share […]

Fascists and Army Head for Kiev-Maidan

“The best laid schemes o’ mice and men (and US/EU warmongers) gang aft a-gley”.

Looks like events are outpacing plans. Expect a lot of Faux News in the coming days.

I suspect it’s happening too fast for the US/EU to do anything except bitch and moan. I think Putin’s response will be the chief unanswered […]

Russian troops have entered Ukraine, Ukraine president says

AP, August 28

Ukraine’s president called an emergency meeting of the nation’s security council and cancelled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that “Russian troops were actually brought into Ukraine,” as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict.

President Petro Poroshenko summoned the council as the strategic southeastern Ukraine town of […]

For Nuncio Accused of Abuse, Dominicans Want Justice at Home, Not Abroad

New York Times, By Laurie Goodstein, August 23

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — He was a familiar figure to the skinny shoeshine boys who work along the oceanfront promenade here. Wearing black track pants and a baseball cap pulled low over his balding head, they say, he would stroll along in the late afternoon and […]

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