Archives 18th May 2017

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The European Union single currency will only survive through even GREATER integrations, analysts have warned.

Eurozone nations will have to find ways of working more closely together despite growing anti-EU sentiment in some countries and the fallout from Brexit.

Analyst Antonio Barroso, managing director at Teneo Intelligence, told CNBC: “I think further integration is inevitable, especially if member states want to make the euro zone sustainable in the long term.

Read More: EU integration INEVITABLE: Macron will be forced to federal EU or eurozone will DIE

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‘Remember “Saydnaya Military Prison”? It was the subject of enormous media attention a while back on the basis of a “report” from Amnesty International that turned out to have been fabricated in the UK by a virtual reality company “using 3D models, animations, and audio software, based on the admittedly baseless accounts of alleged witnesses who claim to have been in or otherwise associated with the prison.”

Well, the totally imaginary interior of Saydnaya now – according to US State Dept – has a totally imaginary “crematorium” added to it in which to dispose of all the totally theoretical corpses being generated by the completely unsubstantiated mass-murders. Here is the impressive and plausible Stuart Jones telling us all about it.

Yes, he lies about the “well-documented” chemical attacks. Yes, he manipulates and exaggerates and omits to the point of fraudulence in his summary of the “civil war.” Yes almost every detail of his claims about the goings-on in Saydnaya is based on Amnesty’s invented “report” and the completely unverified testimony of alleged inmates…’

Read more: Imaginary Interior of Saydnaya Now Has Imaginary Crematorium – US State Department

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‘The Helsinki Commission has gotten creative on the notorious “Russian threat,” pinning the blame for the death of an OSCE observer in Ukraine on Moscow and claiming it threatened to use “tactical nuclear weapons” – all while calling for more arms and troops on the Russian border.

Members of the US government commission, officially known as the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), on Wednesday sat down in Washington, DC for a hearing aptly named “The Growing Russian Military Threat in Europe: Assessing and Addressing the Challenge.”

The hearing focused around claims that Moscow “flagrantly violated commitments enshrined in the Helsinki Final Act relating to refraining from the threat or use of force against other states; refraining from violating other states’ sovereignty, territorial integrity, or political independence; and respecting the right of every state to choose its own security alliances.”’

Read more: Russia threatened to use nukes? US commission produces wildest claims in push for military buildup

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‘Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been appointed special counsel by the US Department of Justice to lead the investigation into purported Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. As Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself after coming under fire for not disclosing to the US Senate a meeting he had with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak as well as due to his connection to the Trump campaign, Rosenstein was in the position to grant what Democrats have long demanded, that an independent special counsel take the lead in the criminal investigation.

Mueller, a former DOJ prosecutor and FBI director, got the nod.’

Read more: Ex-FBI head Mueller appointed special counsel to investigate alleged Russian meddling in US election

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‘At least 23 civilians, including six children, were “mistakenly” killed in Yemen in a suspected Saudi-led coalition airstrike, according to media reports.

A vehicle carrying civilians, including women and children, was struck in a suspected airstrike in the Yemeni town of Mawzaa, southwest of Taiz, on Wednesday, AFP reports.

An unnamed coalition military source confirmed the raid on the Houthi rebel-held area, claiming that the civilian casualties were the result of a “mistake.”

At least six children were killed in the incident, while the bodies of six other victims were charred beyond recognition, the Houthi rebel-controlled Saba news agency reported.

There was no immediate response available from the Saudi-led coalition.’

Read more: 23 civilians killed in suspected Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen – report

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‘Sudan’s foreign minister says President Omar al-Bashir will attend a summit in Saudi Arabia, where US President Donald Trump will also be present, despite arrest warrants for war crimes and genocide issued by the International Criminal Court against the Sudanese leader.

“I can confirm President Bashir will go … to Saudi Arabia,” Ibrahim Ghandour told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.

“We look forward (to) normalization of our relations with the US,” he added.

Trump will start his first ever foreign tour as the president of the United States by visiting Saudi Arabia. He is scheduled to arrive in the kingdom on Saturday.

The summit of Arab and Muslim leaders is expected to include top-level talks the next day.’

Read more: Sudan’s Bashir, Trump to attend same summit in Saudi Arabia

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‘“I, Michael Richard Pence, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States…” It’s not so outlandish a vista, is it? Especially now.

Every Vice President, no matter how modest or unlikely a figure, knows that he is “only a heartbeat away” from the highest office, as the phrase goes, should some tragedy overtake the chief executive. In the case of Mike Pence, he might feel that he is only a tweet away from assuming the presidency, such have been the mishaps, missteps and much worse of what we should probably call the Trump Maladministration.’

Read more: We’re edging closer to the inauguration of President Mike Pence

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‘Ivanka Trump led a roundtable about human trafficking with members of Congress at the White House, while her father Donald Trump delivered a commencement address to cadets graduating from the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.

The meeting, attended by several Democrats and Republicans – including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy – seems to be another sign of Ms Trump’s quickly growing role in the administration.

According to the White House pool report, Mr Trump’s eldest daughter spoke for two minutes about the Trump administration’s efforts to combat human trafficking in the US and worldwide. “She noted that next week is Combatting Trafficking and Child Protection Week in Congress, during which lawmakers will present legislation tailored to this issue,” the report said.’

Read more: Ivanka Trump leads meeting at White House in father’s absence

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‘Donald Trump has praised Turkey’s “leadership” and partnership with the US amid international alarm over an intensifying crackdown on dissent in the country.

The President made no mention of human rights concerns during a friendly press conference with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying: “We’ve had a great relationship and we will make it even better.”

Mr Trump described Turkey as “friends and allies” in the fight against terror and said he discussed reinvigorating trade ties with his counterpart, as well as military sales.’

Read more: Donald Trump fails to raise human rights with Turkey’s President Erdogan despite intensifying crackdown


Trump Humiliates Himself in Front of Turkish President

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