April 30, 2011


Eamon de Valera spoke out over 50 years ago about the dangers of becoming entangled in a European Union

April 19, 2009 by Desmond O'Shea

It came in a speech to the Dail on July 12, 1955 – almost 53 years to the day before the vote on the Lisbon Treaty in 2008- when he had returned from a meeting in Strasbourg.

devalera1De Valera had been to a council of Europe meeting at a time when Ireland was being courted as a member of a new European alliance. In a speech to a packed chamber, the then Taoiseach warned Ireland could lose its independence, control of the economy and become subject to laws that were not in our interests. He also warned about the dangers of a European Constitution and getting entangled in European-led military adventures, over which we would have no control.

We have always realised that we are one nation and that, as far as physical resources were concerned, our resources were not great.

We also realise that, small as were our physical resources, there were spiritual ones which were of great value; and we never doubted that our nation, though a small one, in the material sense, could play a very important part in international affairs.”

“In a Council of Europe it would have been most unwise for our people to enter into a political federation which would mean that you had a European parliament deciding the economic circumstances, for example, of our life here.

For economic and other reasons we had refused to be satisfied with a representative of, say, one in six, as was our representative in the British parliament. 

Our representative in the European Assembly was, I think, something like four out of 120 or some number of that magnitude. 

That is, instead of being out-voted on matters that we would have regarded as important interests to us by five or six to one, we would have been out-voted by 30 or 40 to one.

We did not strive to get out of that domination [British] of our affairs by outside force, or we did not get out of that position to get into a worse one.

One of the things that made me unhappy at Strasbourg was that I saw that at the first meeting of the Assembly, instead of trying to provide organs for co-operation, there was an attempt to provide a full-blooded political constitution, there were members who were actually dividing themselves into socialists parties, and so on.

Regarding neutrality:

In every war fought, those who are fighting will always find good and moral causes for the fight…if the world does not learn wisdom and if there are to be future wars, there will be no dearth of good causes which war will be supposed to further. 

A small nation has to be extremely cautious when it enters into alliances which bring it, willy nilly, into those wars…we would not be consulted in how a war would be started – the great powers would do that – and when it ended, no matter who won…we would not be consulted as to the terms on which it should end.”
Eamon De Valera


The Week in Review
April 29, 2011 | From theTrumpet.com
Syrian death toll at 450, Hamas and Fatah come together, Jiabao’s busy week, 281 dead in the South, and a strong dollar policy?

Middle East 

More than 450 people have now been killed in Syria since the wave of protests began about six weeks ago, with 120 dead last weekend. The protests seem to be reaching a tipping point, with demonstrators taking on a much more anti-regime tone despite concessions made by President Bashar al-Assad. Also, more than 200 members of the ruling Baath party have resigned in Deraa, the southern province where the unrest is centered, and surrounding regions. Rights groups said the members resigned on Wednesday after the government sent in tanks to crush resistance in the city of Deraa. Diplomats said there were also signs of discontent within the army. “The largest funerals in Syria so far have been for soldiers who have refused to obey orders to shoot protesters and were summarily executed on the spot,” a senior diplomat said. The great fear for the regime is that protests will break out in central Damascus. However, unlike in Egypt and to a lesser extent Libya, there is no organized opposition in Syria. Most of the protests are uncoordinated, which has allowed Assad to better hold on to power, despite the fact that his Alawite tribe makes up only a small minority within the nation. Another factor working against the protesters is regional power broker Iran, which is investing heavily to support the ruling regime. With the Iranians backing Assad, any revolution in Syria won’t be quick and won’t be clean. However, the Bible says that a political revolution is coming there. For more information, read Gerald Flurry’s May/June Trumpet article “A Mysterious Prophecy.”

Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah have agreed to form an interim unity government and hold general elections in eight months. Officials said the deal was brokered by Egypt following secret negotiations between the two sides. A senior Hamas leader who took part in the talks told Al Jazeera television that the agreement covered five areas, including forming a government made up of “nationalist” figures, combining security forces, and releasing prisoners held by each side. An official signing ceremony is expected to be held in Cairo in early May. While relations between Fatah and Hamas have been tense since Hamas violently took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, both groups recognize that together they can achieve more in pursuing their common goals. As Hamas’s political chief, Khaled Meshaal, said back in September 2009, spelling out Hamas’s motive for Palestinian reconciliation, “We extend our hands to our brothers in Fatah movement and the rest of Palestinian factions to counter the Israeli enemy.” While the accord is yet to be implemented, this new unity between Hamas and Fatah will undoubtedly help the Palestinians’ push for a state and compound the threat to Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to reports of the deal by calling on Abbas to “choose between peace with Israel or peace with Hamas.” Events are building toward a clash between Palestinians and Jews.

April 29, 2011


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Obama's Father A Chicago-Based Communist

The hospital wasn't called that in 1961!

"Kenya (listed as Obama's father's nation of birth) wasn't called Kenya in 1961. It was the British East Africa Protectorate. It was not known as "Kenya" until 1963.

"In 1961, the hospital Obama was born in was NOT named the Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital , as shown on the above certificate. In 1961, the hospital Obama was born in was named the Kauaikeolani Children's Hospital. It did not change its name to the Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until it merged with the Kapiolani hospital system in 1978."

Frank Marshall Davis, to the right, Obama's real father

From www.aangirfan.com

I am going to toss out a theory here; a theory that explains why even though Obama was born here in Hawaii why there has been obfuscation over the birth certificate. The theory involves a minor scandal Obama needed hidden, yet was too trivial to be of use to either Hillary Clinton or John McCain during the 2008 campaign.

That is the real issue here. If there was anything at all to this claim that Obama is not a natural born citizen, both Hillary and McCain would not have hesitated to use it to remove Obama and win the White House. So there must be another explanation.

My theory is that the true original birth certificate for Barack Obama has a different name for the father than Barack Hussein Obama, Sr.The theory is that the original birth certificate lists one Frank Marshall Davis as the father and that the young Obama was born out of wedlock (a common enough occurrence during the 60s).

If true, this connects all the facts together in a reasonable manner.
Obama grew up pretending that the man married to his mother was his biological father, and took the Obama name into politics. The revelation that mom had had an affair and that Obama was illegitimate is an embarrassment, and in a tightly contested election race might be a small liability given Davis' support for Communism. 

But given that Davis was from Chicago, there is no question that Obama, in this scenario, is still a naturally born US citizen. McCain and Hillary could not have used the scandal of Obama being illigitimate without making Obama look like a victim of dirty politics. After all, Obama can hardly be blamed for the circumstances of his conception. But his deception regarding his last name is intentional on Obama's part and reason enough for Kagen to block the birther lawsuits to keep the original certificate hidden.

This scenario also explains the statement Obama made in the video about how his father served in WW2, because while Obama Sr. and later Soetero were too young to serve in WW2, the far older Frank Marshall Davis did in fact serve in WW2.
This seems to make the most sense to me.

Obama as a Communist loyal to his real father's politics would stack up nicely with his loyalty to the One World Government.  That's what being covered up, not so much his illegitimacy, as the political information as to who the President really is.   A believer in the programmes of the United Nations to end all nation states, all private property and collectivise humanity.  The cap fits.  

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There is more.  Many of Obama's relatives have connections to intelligence agencies.  His grandmother has an interesting history, as does his grandfather.  His mother, and his Kenyan father too.  CIA activities everywhere.  His father seemed keen to introduce Obama's mother to various political leaders around the world, a honey-trap queen.  The intelligence connections are endless.  Obama is CIA.  

Wayne Madsen explains some of the details...


Plans for EU-wide electoral list condemned as 'nonsense'

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By Martin Banks
- 27th April 2011

I am confident that the British government would veto this proposal
Ashley Fox

Eurosceptic MEPs have condemned plans for a major shake-up of the European elections.

Under the plans, 25 MEPs would be elected to represent a single constituency of Europe.

The proposals, put forward by UK ALDE deputy Andrew Duff, have been approved by parliament's constitutional affairs committee.

Duff, a federalist, says the move is necessary in order to help boost turnout at the elections, which are held every five years.

UK Labour and Liberal Democrat MEPs were among those who voted for the proposals.

The proposals for electoral reform at the next European elections in 2014 would see 25 people, selected by pan-European political parties rather than national ones, standing to represent one transnational European constituency.

The pan-European parties' lists would have to be gender balanced and the candidates must be from at least one third of EU member states.

The plans would also see the creation of a pan-European electoral authority to oversee the new arrangement.

The proposals will now go to a vote of the full parliament, and then to the European council.

But UK Tory MEP Ashley Fox is among those who have condemned the measure which needs approval by member states.

Fox, European conservatives and reformists group constitutional affairs spokesman, said, "Once again federalist MEPs from Labour and the Liberal Democrats are trying to force a European identity onto us. This kind of nonsense is the reason why people are turning against the EU.

"At a time of economic austerity the last thing the taxpayer wants to pay for is an extra 25 MEPs elected across Europe plus the cost of a European electoral authority to oversee the process. European elections are complicated enough without an additional ballot paper.

"I am confident that the British government would veto this proposal if it ever came to the European council.

"It does though demonstrate how completely out of touch with the real world Labour and Liberal democrat MEPs are. I cannot remember a single person on the doorstep who has told me they would ever support such a move.

Further reaction came from UK UKIP deputy Stuart Agnew who dismissed it as a "bogus attempt to create a European identity".

He said it would create a European Super League of MEPs."


April 28, 2011

Press Summary Archive

Commission to review EU free movement rules at France and Italy’s request; Cavendish: EU’s failure to reform the CAP is written on the faces of migrants arriving in Europe

Thursday, April 28, 2011

El País notes that the European Commission is due to present a review of the Schengen agreement on the 4 May which will reportedly take account of French and Italian demands that member states be temporarily allowed to re-introduce border controls in exceptional circumstances. However, EUbusiness quotes German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle saying, “free movement in Europe is such an important achievement that it should not be up for renegotiation”.

Camilla Cavendish writes in the Times that, “Ten years ago, the EU could have reformed the Common Agricultural Policy to end the disgraceful subsidies to farmers that have kept African goods out of the market and contributed to North Africa’s grinding poverty. The EU’s failure to reform the CAP is written on the face of every single leather-jacketed hopeful arriving in Lampedusa. Now, it is too late. Youth unemployment is 18 per cent in Morocco, and 30 per cent in Tunisia.”

Cavendish adds, “The Schengen accord, which lets people travel between 25 EU nations without passport checks, is regarded in Brussels as one of the two great pillars of the European Union. The other is the euro. Both are looking increasingly shaky, with Eurocitizens wondering why their governments have so readily given away power over vital questions of economic management and immigration.”
El País EUbusiness Mail Mail: Glover Times: Cavendish

Irish banks continue to issue bonds to themselves in order to gain ECB loansThe Irish Independent reports that Irish banks’ controversial issuance of ‘own-use’ bonds is set to continue. ‘Own-use’ bonds are issued by the banks to themselves, but are guaranteed by the Irish state, and then posted as collateral to take cheap loans from the ECB. In the past few days Irish banks have issued €12bn of these bonds in order to roll over the original ‘own-use’ bonds until August, highlighting ongoing problems in the Irish banking sector.

Meanwhile, the FT reports that the Spanish government has urged its regional governments to work harder to meet their deficit targets, amid fears that it could be dragged further into the peripheral eurozone crisis. Separately, German inflation reached a new high of 2.6% in April, further increasing pressure on the ECB to raise interest rates more quickly. Most economists now expect another two rate increases this year, and one early next year.

Writing on Conservative Home, Andrew Bridgen MP argues that the bailout of Portugal would be throwing “good money after bad” and that the series of eurozone bailouts are ultimately wasted as they fail to “address the fundamental flaws in the Eurozone currency model”. For these reasons, Bridgen argues that the UK’s participation in the Portuguese bailout should be brought before Parliament for “an urgent debate”.
Irish Independent FT WSJ Conservative Home CityAM FT: Milne Irish Times Irish Times 2 El País: Vidal-Folch

EU’s Court of Justice set to ban patents on discoveries that involve stem cells
Leading scientists have warned that Europe’s bio-engineering industry will be “wiped out” if the EU’s Court of Justice follows the advice of its Advocate General, Yves Bot, and imposes a ban on research using human embryonic stem cells, on the grounds that it represents an immoral "industrial" use of human embryos.
Independent Guardian Times Mirror Mail Express BBC NewScientist

An opinion piece in El País notes that Spain has refused the co-presidency of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), suggesting that it should be taken over by the EU institutions. However, the article notes that if this were to happen, control “would end in the hands of [EU Foreign Minister] Catherine Ashton…the person who seems to have been appointed to send to sleep…European diplomacy created by Javier Solana.”El País

The FT reports that Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, is set to approve Mario Draghi, President of the Italian Central Bank, as the next President of the ECB. However, Merkel is not expected to announce her support for sometime as she is hoping to gauge public reaction to Draghi following the French government’s announcement in support of his candidacy. FT FT: Editorial WSJ: Smith

ECHR warned not to interfere in asylum and immigration cases
The Council of Europe, which represents 47 European states and oversees the European Court of Human Rights, has issued a statement relating to asylum and immigration cases, which urges the ECHR to “take full account of the effectiveness of domestic procedures and… to avoid intervening except in the most exceptional circumstances”. In the Mail, UK Justice Secretary Ken Clarke argues that: “I believe that it is primarily for national parliaments and courts to protect the rights contained in the Convention”.
Mail Council of Europe Declaration

Writing in the WSJ Dutch MEP, Derk Jan Eppink, argues that the EU seems to be “on a different planet” given its request for a 4.9% increase in the EU budget at a time when most countries are cutting their spending. Eppink notes that, not only does the EU not properly document expenditures, but “billions of euros remain unspent every year”. Eppink concludes that the EU should focus on “levelling the playing field for entrepreneurial activity”, rather than increasing spending or finding new ways to tax EU member states. WSJ: Eppink

Following the escalating violence in Syria, the EU summoned Syrian ambassadors from around Europe to discuss the situation and warn them over potential EU reactions, including sanctions and visa restrictions. Senior EU diplomats will meet tomorrow to discuss the nature and possibility of potential sanctions on Syria.WSJ European Voice

Austria and Germany will, over the weekend, fully open their labour markets to include those member states of central Europe that joined the EU in 2004, however Romania and Bulgaria will face continued restrictions. The UK is also set to keep restrictions on workers from Romania and Bulgaria in place. The Netherlands is still calling for higher restrictions on workers from new member states, reports Dagens Nyheter.Dagens Nyheter European Voice EurActiv

Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Commissioner Maria Damanaki has put forward a plan to reform the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, which allows fisherman to trade their assigned portion of the quota and scraps the controversial discards policy.
European Voice

European Voice reports that a study into the EU’s biofuels policy has concluded that changes in land use caused by biofuel production may cause more emissions than previously realised and called into question the EU’s target to derive 10% of transport fuel from renewable sources by 2020.European Voice European Voice 2

The FT reports that at least 10 of the 27 EU member states have refused to relax their regulations on liquids at airports despite being instructed to by the EU, meaning that confusion looks set to increase for travellers around the EU.FT WSJ

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Up, up and away…Peripheral Europe’s debt and deficits continue to soar.Open Europe blog
EU Continues to Provoke Britain
April 27, 2011 | From theTrumpet.com
How far can the European Union push Britain before it says, “Enough!”?
« Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne believes the budget increase is “completely unacceptable.”
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The European Union continues to provoke Britain with demands for more money and power.
At a time when Britain faces painful cuts and austerity measures, the European Commission wants to increase the EU’s budget by 4.9 percent, according to a draft proposal released on April 20. Britain’s bill would rise by £682 million to over £10 billion.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne called the budget increase “completely unacceptable.”
The Telegraph newspaper quoted an anonymous government source as saying: “The Commission has come up with a ludicrous figure. We see this is an opening salvo, but we have already begun reviving the group of leading nations to combat it and demand a lower figure.”

This comes just weeks after a British press report that the nation may have to pay over £4 billion toward Portugal’s bailout.

And then news emerged that in 2012, EU workers’ pensions will rise by 4 percent—despite the fact that inflation across the EU is at 2.6 percent. The average EU official will have an annual income of over £60,000 when they retire, according to Britain’s Daily Mail.
At around the same time, the EU began talking about tinkering with Britain’s pension laws, making life harder for British pensioners. Their changes to the law would force employers to pay off deficits in their pension fund more quickly. The Daily Express, an anti-European tabloid paper, concluded, “The folly of remaining in Europe becomes clearer by the day along with the sheer outrageousness of having to follow laws made up in a foreign land.”

The EU is also trying to grab more power to tax EU nations. In March, the European Parliament called for the introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax. It is talking of raising taxes on diesel, and even abolishing red diesel—diesel available for a much lower tax rate that cannot be used in cars or trucks.

It is also discussing harmonizing Value Added Tax (vat) across the EU. Britain doesn’t charge vat on non-luxury foods, children’s clothing or books, but that could end if the EU gets its way. The EU’s proposals would mean Britain would lose control over its own taxation policies, as EU taxation decisions would be made by majority voting, according to the Daily Express.
The European Parliament is also riddled with scandal. Members of the European Parliament have been accused of offering to support amendments in the Parliament in return for cash. An investigation by the Sunday Times found four meps introduced legislative changes in return for promises of money.
And, of course, auditors have refused to sign off on the EU’s annual accounts for 16 years.
All of these issues are generating headlines and outrage across Britain.

Although not an EU institution, the European Court of Human Rights (echr) is also fueling the outrage. The court has given Britain six months to change its laws and allow prisoners the vote—despite the fact that Britain’s Parliament voted 234 votes to 22 to keep the ban.

The echr is fueling the outrage against the EU partly because many closely associate the two, and partly because it cements opposition against any organization that tries to overrule Britain’s Parliament.

Together, what all these news items mean is a growing resentment of the EU in Britain. They mean reoccurring headlines galvanizing British public opinion against Europe. They mean more pressure on British Prime Minister David Cameron to refuse to give in to Europe.

The Trumpet has long forecast that Britain will quit or be forced out of the EU. Watch this trend closely.

April 27, 2011



White House releases
Obama 'birth certificate'

Cites Kapiolani as location,
father's race as 'African'



Obama 'bemused and puzzled' by controversy Breaking News
'We do not have time for this kind of silliness ... I have better stuff to do'
--Real Clear Politics

See copy of long-form birth certificate Breaking News
Document cites hospital, includes signature of attending doctor

Trump: 'I'm taking great credit' Breaking News
'Why didn't he do this a long time ago? It's shocking, it's shocking'
--Real Clear Politics

White House: Myth resurfaced 'recently'
Request 1st made for Obama's 'long-form' certificate on April 22

GOP pivots away from 'birthers'
'Campaign politics and talk about birth certificates distracting from economy'

Buchanan to Matthews: 'You're supposed to be a journalist'
Pat says MSNBC, other media helping Obama 'conceal' records
--Real Clear Politics

Trump: 'Press very protective' of Obama Breaking News
Real-estate tycoon wonders why president won't release college records
--Real Clear Politics

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Fox News proclaims Obama 'a citizen, period'  Breaking News
Shepard Smith declares president 'has produced a birth certificate'

We distort, you decide
What do you think of Fox News' Shepard Smith declaring Obama is 'a citizen'?

Shock poll: Only 38% believe Obama's birth story Breaking News
USA Today/Gallup says 1 in 4 Americans suspect overseas nativity

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Lt. Col. Lakin free in less than 3 weeks
You can join welcome home for Army doc jailed over Obama's hidden birth certificate

Verdict: Birthers are (mainly) right
'Sufficient evidence to reasonably conclude' Obama probably not eligibile
--Investors Business Daily

If Obama is natural-born, why suppress evidence?
'Evidence mounts that he has executed the most brilliant coup in world history'
--Investors Business Daily

Obama and Harvard: Is Donald Trump right?
Exclusive: Jack Cashill looks at charge BHO actually was a 'terrible student'

White House: Obama birth 'settled issue'
'It's the same birth certificate you get to get a driver's license'
--USA Today

Carney: CNN proved Obama born in U.S.
'It's an unfortunate distraction from the issues that I think most Americans care about'
--Real Clear Politics

CNN investigation: 'Birther' claims have no merit
Ex-Hawaii health official tells network 'no doubt' Obama born in Honolulu

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Obama's day of reckoning could end his presidency
Free, landmark summary explains eligibility issue clearly, suggests what you should do

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Did terrorist Ayers really write Obama's book?
Emmy-winner Jack Cashill's latest blockbuster exposes the unthinkable

'The Case for Impeachment'
New indictment argues Obama can and should be removed from office


De Gaulle sur les journalistes : « le parti de l’étranger, contre le parti de la nation »

De Gaulle, cité par Peyrefitte

« Peyrefitte, je vous supplie de ne pas traiter les journalistes avec trop de considération. Quand une difficulté surgit, il faut absolument que cette faune prenne le parti de l’étranger, contre le parti de la nation dont ils se prétendent pourtant les porte-parole. Impossible d’imaginer une pareille bassesse – et en même temps une pareille inconscience de la bassesse.

Vos journalistes ont en commun avec la bourgeoisie française d’avoir perdu tout sentiment de fierté nationale. Pour pouvoir continuer à dîner en ville, la bourgeoisie accepterait n’importe quel abaissement de la nation. Déjà en 40, elle était derrière Pétain, car il lui permettait de continuer à dîner en ville malgré le désastre national. Quel émerveillement ! Pétain était un grand homme. Pas besoin d’austérité ni d’effort ! Pétain avait trouvé l’arrangement. Tout allait se combiner à merveille avec les Allemands. Les bonnes affaires allaient reprendre. Bien sûr, cela représente 5% de la nation, mais 5% qui, jusqu’à moi, ont dominé. La Révolution française n’a pas appelé au pouvoir le peuple français, mais cette classe artificielle qu’est la bourgeoisie. Cette classe qui s’est de plus en plus abâtardie, jusqu’à devenir traîtresse à son propre pays.

Bien entendu, le populo ne partage pas du tout ce sentiment. Le populo a des réflexes sains. Le populo sent où est l’intérêt du pays. Il ne s’y trompe pas souvent. En réalité, il y a deux bourgeoisies. La bourgeoisie d’argent, celle qui lit Le Figaro, et la bourgeoisie intellectuelle, qui lit Le Monde. Les deux font la paire. Elles s’entendent pour se partager le pouvoir. Cela m’est complètement égal que vos journalistes soient contre moi. Cela m’ennuierait même qu’ils ne le soient pas. J’en serais navré, vous m’entendez ! Le jour où Le Figaro et l’Immonde me soutiendraient, je considérerais que c’est une catastrophe nationale ! »


Lisbon Treaty: Governments to Accept EU Commission´s Decisions Per Automaticity, EU Arrest Warrant Violating Human Rights, EU-KGB

Posted By Anders On April 27, 2011 @ 00:06 In English, Euromed | No Comments

Summary: Europe can say that Europe has delivered its part of the agreement on global governance, says EU President Jose Barroso, who boasts of having achieved all his requirements in the EU’s competitiveness pact - and even managed to have leaders from outside of the euro-zone coming rushing to deliver the last remnant of their sovereignty to Brussels. Not only that: The Heads of State and Government have unanimously accepted that in the future, they will have to accept, without discussion, what Barroso and van Rompusy submit to them on economic policy - and presumably other policies. This is the “Führer Befiehl. Wir Folger” disaster once again! And the first decree the EU leaders will make is a financial transaction tax for EU and UN revenues. It will affect us all, banks sending us the bill. The EU´s economic governance deprives the countries of their right to make their own budgets. For acc. to the “European Semester” they will first have to submit their financial bills for EU Commission approval before they submit them to the national parliaments. Should a country be so presumptuous as to ignore Brussels’ decrees, it must pay a non-interest-bearing deposit of 0.2% of its GDP - and on repetition 0.5% of its GDP. If a country does not fall into line, that sum is confiscated as a fine by the EU. The European Central Bank considers this too slack.
Such monitoring, which has profound influence on the lives of hundreds of millions of people, would be nearly impossible to track by citizens, journalists or civil society, being supervised by experts and lawyers in the Commission and Council working behind closed doors. Sony Kapoor, Director of Re-Define, adviser to the German Finance Ministry, warned that the new rules are not addressing the roots of the crisis. EU finance ministers set the size of the European Stability regime to be in place from 2013 at 700 billion €.

The unprecedented shift in power to the EU bloc from the national parliaments have strongly curtailed the ability of countries to write their own laws and was welcomed by the EU’s economy chief Olli Rehn. Ministers supported a half dozen new far-reaching laws which the Commissioner said “will lead to a quantum leap in terms of economic surveillance in Europe.” This discussion has been buried in the back pages of financial newspapers! But in the heart of the EU, they are in no doubt that a profound transformation of the EU bloc is about to take place.

Denmark´s politicians have shown a shameful pandering to the EU by throwing themselves in the dust before Barroso / van Rompuy, although the Danes have rejected the euro. For me, this must be unconstitutional. Prime Minister Lökke Rasmussen has guaranteed the parties that the contents of the Pact: states keeping wages tied to productivity, reducing the public sector; limiting government borrowing and moving away from labor-based taxation towards consumption-based taxation, have no impact on Denmark Policy or the Danish “no to the euro” - which appears to be a giant lie. By joining the euro pact, Copenhagen will have access to the euro-zone summits, where much of the future of a more profoundly integrated euro zone will be decided. The prime minister is also keen on being seen as a model European pupil ahead of Denmark´s time as the EU’s six-month rotating presidency in the first half of 2012. One might be tempted to speak of treason for the second time for the Lisbon Treaty, which allows for this.

It is now apparent that the European Arrest Warrant, which requires more than 1,000 victims a month, means gross violation of human rights, which the EU hypocritically boasts about promoting and in the name of which the EU inflicts war on countries like Libya, even threatening both Syria, Bahrain and Yemen with similar treatments if they do not respect the human rights which the EU so seriously breaches. Now the EU is about to ensure that human rights are respected under EU interpretation, merging the Europol, CEPOL, Frontex, Eurojust and COSI into a super organization that insightful people think will be a new KGB, which also has the Eurogendfor Gendarmerie at its disposal. This is something that fits old Maoist José Barroso. “What is happening is a silent revolution in the form of stronger economic governance in small steps,” he said in June last year. “Member States have accepted - and I hope they understand it precisely - very important powers of EU institutions in monitoring, and a much tighter control over public finances.” The inspection involves a decree that bankrupt countries with a debt of over 60 percent of GDPare are now expected to improve this situation by five percent a year over a period of three years. So social chaos as well as EU Commission and the IMF administration of such countries are impending.

Syrian protesters gain anti-tank guns. Iranian officers direct Assad's troops

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 27, 2011, 8:54 AM (GMT+02:00)

Syrian T-72 tank
For the first time in the anti-Assad uprising, elements of Syria's popular protest movement are turning to armed revolt on lines similar to those marking the Libyan conflict. Wednesday, April 27, armed civilians were seen for the first time, some openly carrying anti-tank weapons, in the Daraa district of the South and Banias and Jableh on the coast, the primary targets of the regime's armored-backed offensive on the six-week old protest movement.
debkafile's military sources report that these dissidents resorted openly to arms after discovering that Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) officers were masterminding the brutal crackdown against them, lending the Assad regime the experience they had gained in crushing the 2009 anti-regime opposition in Tehran.
At the UN Security Council Tuesday night, US ambassador Susan Rice directly accused President Bashar Assad of mustering Iranian assistance to repress Syrian citizens "through the same brutal tactics that have been used by the Iranian regime."
Our Washington sources report that the US, Britain, France and other European countries are not waiting for the Security Council to condemn Syria. As an American official put it, "in the near future," the US plans to issue a series of sanctions against heads of the Assad regime and its security agencies. There is also talk of war crimes charges against the president's brother Maher Assad who is in command of the military assault on the protesters.
In Syria meanwhile, Western military sources predict that the next stage of the Syrian crisis will see protesters-turned-rebels shooting at the military tanks and armored vehicles spearheading the assaults by commando units on foot in the towns under siege, while snipers pick off demonstrators or ordinary passers-by from the rooftops.
In the first two days of the military operation, the tanks have been rolling through the streets sowing panic and fear in targeted cities and providing cover for the soldiers shooting civilians at random. Disabling the tanks, the protesters believe, will disarm that tactic, which has been directed first against the million inhabitants of Daraa and its outlying towns in the Horon province Tuesday, April 26.
There, under tank cover, small elements of the 132nd Brigade of the Fourth Division commanded by Mahar Asasad are holding Daraa under virtual lockdown, having cut off essential supplies of food and water, electricity and external communications.
Still, the town refuses to be broken or starved into submission.
Tuesday night, small units of foot soldiers protected by tanks were on standby night outside Banias and Jableh and Wednesday morning, elements of the 47th Brigade of the Fourth Division were poised to follow a tank charge into Hama.
If Assad loses his tanks, he will need to deploy many more soldiers to shoot the protesters off the streets and carry out mass arrests and so increase the hazards of defections, mutiny and the army's breakup.
For Damascus, the Syrian ruler is pursuing a different tactic. To conceal the massive military involvement in the crackdown from the capital's population, thousands of undercover soldiers were told to remove their uniforms and issued with black coveralls without insignia for raids on the Damascus suburb of Duma and protest centers elsewhere in the capital. They are intended to look like policemen.


Press Summary Archive

France and Italy propose revising Schengen Treaty following immigration row

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi will meet today to discuss revising the Schengen Treaty in light of recent tensions over immigration. Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, has said that Italy will accept a review of Schengen, in return for extra EU funds to help it deal with migrants, reports the Telegraph. The revised agreement is expected to propose that border controls can be reinstated between EU member states in exceptional circumstances when external EU borders have been breached. Italian daily La Stampa reports that the joint proposal could also call for a burden sharing agreement with a redistribution of migrants.

French Europe Minister Laurent Wauquiez is quoted in the Journal du Dimanche saying, "Europe is not the free movement of illegal immigrants". The Italian authorities are accused of buying train tickets for migrants issued with temporary visit permits and encouraging them to travel to France, reports the Telegraph. On his BBC blog, Europe Editor Gavin Hewitt notes, “The real tension here is that EU principles are increasingly seen as at odds with economic reality and the wishes of a majority of the people. Appeals to solidarity do not sit well with the voters. The dilemma is similar to that of the bail-outs. In order to keep the euro together Brussels is supporting policies that alienate many voters”.
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Cameron says proposed 4.9% EU budget increase is “not going to happen”;
UK has no veto as decision is taken by QMV
Friday’s Mail reported that David Cameron has said that he will veto the European Commission’s proposal for a 4.9% EU budget increase for 2012. Cameron was quoted saying, “It’s not going to happen. It must be stopped.” However, the decision on the EU annual budget is taken by qualified majority voting, which means that the UK cannot veto any increase alone but must find other governments to support it. The article featured Open Europe’s report on wasteful EU spending, while the BBC quoted Open Europe’s calculations that a 4.9% rise would increase UK contributions to the EU by £680m. The draft budget proposes a 4% increase for EU officials’ pension schemes - 1.4% above the EU’s overall rate of inflation - which would take Britain’s total yearly contribution to the scheme to £170 million, reports the Telegraph.

Writing in Saturday’s Mail, Iain Martin asked “Was Cameron ever really a Eurosceptic?”, adding “the long list of retreats in the face of Brussels’ continued assault on what is left of British sovereignty is shameful.”
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Commission responds to criticism of its aid spending
In a letter to the Sunday Times, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs responded to the paper’s article on EU aid spending, which featured Open Europe’s recent report on the subject. Piebalgs argued that, “The EU has been contributing to fighting poverty for decades” and noted, “Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) said recently that ‘the European Development Fund (EDF) is one of the best performing funds as far as poverty alleviation is concerned’”.

Open Europe’s report argues, as does DFID, that the €3.6bn a year EDF performs better on poverty reduction because national contributions to it are voluntary and therefore more accountable to member state’s priorities, whereas the rest of the EU’s €7bn a year aid spending, which relies on mandatory contributions, is poorly targeted at reducing poverty. Open Europe has therefore called for all contributions to EU aid spending to be made voluntary.
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April 26, 2011


Spotlight on Sovereignty

Global Law Firm Provides Guidance on UN's CSR Principles

April 25, 2011
 Attorneys for the law firm of Allens Arthur Robinson recently published a briefing on the UN's pending corporate social responsibility principles and suggested that global businesses can draw significant assistance from the principles on appropriate internal policy and procedure changes to minimize the risk of human rights breaches. To read more, click here.

IMF Plans Increased Role in Economic Global Governance

April 25, 2011
 After the recent Spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, the IMF announced that it will strengthen its global economic monitoring role to help countries anticipate looming problems and require them to take early action to avoid future crises. To read more, click here

UNFCCC States Parties Select Members of Climate Fund

April 25, 2011
 The States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have selected the forty members who will design the Green Climate Fund, which is the new institution that will manage the money committed by industrialized countries (up to USD 100 billion per year by 2020) to help developing countries mitigate the effects of climate change. To read more, click here.

Kelly Explains Moral Principles for a Free Economy

April 21, 2011
 In a recent speech delivered in Bratislava, Slovakia, Jim Kelly, President of Solidarity Center for Law and Justice, discussed the importance of liberty, solidarity, and subsidiarity in building the moral foundation of a free economy. To read more, click here.