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The Jehoshua Novels

“It’s not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine”

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov pens a “Comment is free”…

The Guardian – The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. [...]

We Don’t Even Have to Lift a Finger

Someone buy this poor destitute man a shirt, please!

The morons in Conservativeville have been braying their lust for President Putin, the overweight exhibitionist who shoots sedated tigers and calls himself a hunter (no wonder rightwingers love him: he shoots guns at defenseless animals then calls himself a man). In turn, they call Obama [...]

Back in the USSR

Well, it sure seems like things haven’t changed much in 25 years:


News Around the World

Cairo – Six people have been killed and some 100 others wounded in a series of explosions in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Ukraine – A Ukrainian Journalist Explains 10 Things The West Needs To Know About The Situation In Kiev

Poland – The hidden history of the CIA’s prison in Poland

The U.P. ;) [...]

Ukraine protests turn violent as more than 100,000 demonstrate

Protesters angry that leaders refuse to sign an EU trade agreement are calling their demonstration a ‘revolution’

Al Jazeera America, December 1

More than 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine’s capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over [...]

EU Immigration: Only the Rich Are Welcome

Spiegel Online – Hundreds of poverty-stricken refugees are drowning in the Mediterranean, while at the same time, many European Union member states issue residence permits to wealthy Chinese, Arabs and Russians. Anyone is welcome who can pay the asking price.

When the shutters come up inside Latvia’s immigration office at 8 a.m., they are waiting: [...]

As Germans Push Austerity, Greeks Press Nazi-Era Claims

NYT – AMIRAS, Greece — As they moved through the isolated villages in this region in 1943, systematically killing men in a reprisal for an attack on a small outpost, German soldiers dragged Giannis Syngelakis’s father from his home here and shot him in the head. Within two days, more than 400 men were dead [...]

Greeks protest against Golden Dawn attack on Communists

Guardian story here

ekathimerini story here

A-Z on how to turn a liberal democracy into a proto-fascist state-

just take away people’s food, lodging, and jobs to pay back the international bankers of the IMF.

Note the non-response by the ruling party in the linked stories.

(originally posted Sep 13)

Update1: Greece moves [...]

Greece: A week of strikes against IMF-imposed “austerity”

Guardian Online – Police fired tear gas at demonstrating school guards amassed outside the administrative reform ministry in Athens. Three protestors were subsequently rushed to hospital suffering respiratory problems. The decision of authorities to resort to using toxic chemicals so early in the day appears only to have reinforced the resolve of unions in [...]

Merkel’s European Failure: Germany Dozes on a Volcano

Jürgen Habermas

Angela Merkel’s government is forcing Southern Europe to undertake profound reforms while at the same time denying its own responsibility for the consequences of its crisis policies. Germany is risking a historic failure with its shortsighted wrangling. Spiegel Online – The fact is that the Merkel administration is forcing its controversial crisis agenda [...]

When the Rock becomes a hard place

From June 2012, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Tragic Decline of Gibraltar’s Spanish Neighbor.

Now things are getting worse. Anglo-Spanish relations deteriorate…


‘Earthquake’ for Israel: EU To Halt Support For Illegal Settlements

(The Real News) – Shir Hever: European Union announces restrictions for funding Israeli colonies; Israeli government in panic because every aspect of Israel’s economy and society could be affected by the EU decision

“Even the best things in life come to an end” – Juncker

So said Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker after finishing up as President of the Eurogroup. He was enthusiastic in the position from 1 January 2005 until his resignation on 21 January 2013, making him longest-serving head of the Eurogroup. His passion was the Euro. And that passion blinded him to matters at home.

He was [...]

New NSA leaks show how US is bugging its European allies

(The Guardian Exclusive): Edward Snowden papers reveal 38 targets including EU, France and Italy

US intelligence services are spying on the European Union mission in New York and its embassy in Washington, according to the latest top secret US National Security Agency documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

One document lists 38 embassies and [...]

EU recommends testing of US wheat after GM find

(AP) — The European Union is urging its 27 member states to test certain wheat shipments from the United States after unauthorized genetically modified grains were found on a U.S. farm, officials said Friday.

The move came after Japan halted imports Thursday of some types of wheat from the U.S. following the discovery of an [...]