18:39 [offGuardian] (E)
Europe is crumbling, & Britain’s elite desperately want to be part of the wreckage. Brexit isn’t going to happen. Left or Right – Lexit or Rexit – it’s over. It’s time to make peace with that idea. Penned in by the absurd Benn Act, No Deal is off the table, which means Britain will be forced to either remain or accept a deal that’s Remain by another name. The Letwin Ammendment and Johnson’s unsigned extension request are just morbid theatre. Unneccasary nails in a well-sealed coffin.
19:10 [Consortium News] (E)
As Catalans are imprisoned for democratic efforts guaranteed by the UN, the EU should be condemned for ignoring an obvious breach of human rights, says Craig Murray. The vicious jail sentences handed down today by the fascists (I used the word with care and correctly) of the Spanish Supreme Court to the Catalan political prisoners represent a stark symbol of the nadir of liberalism within the EU. That an attempt to organize a democratic vote for the Catalan people in pursuit of the right of self-determination guaranteed in the UN Charter, can lead to such lengthy imprisonment, is a plain abuse of the most basic of human rights.
18:29 [The Conversation] (E)
Against seemingly all the odds, we have a new Brexit deal. As an apparent vindication of UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s strategy to ramp up the threat of a no-deal departure from the EU and to force concessions from Brussels, one would imagine that Number 10 is rather happy right now. But that happiness will be tempered with caution, because some major issues lie ahead.
19:29 [Press TV] (E)
In an extraordinary session of the House of Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just been forced to request a delay to Brexit by 322 votes to 306.
8:50 [Oriental Review] (E)
India has a claim over the cordial Senhor Costa, whose father Orlando da Costa was a writer from the former Portuguese colony of Goa and a communist activist who fought against the dictatorship in Portugal, was harassed by the secret service and thrown in prison several times; his books were banned. António Costa’s politics has contemporary relevance for India insofar as he has bucked the trend of declining fortunes for Europe’s centre-left. While on campaign trail, Costa toured through Portugal, traveling along National Road 2, which cuts across the country from the mountainous north on the border with Spain and ended up in the south in Faro, 700 kilometers away on the beaches of the Algarve. It was a masterstroke. The trip gave voters and Costa the possibility to communicate with each other their concerns directly
3:58 [Mint Press News] (E)
Eva Bartlett traveled to the besieged Donetsk People’s Republic to see firsthand how residents are faring amidst a western-backed Ukrainian incursion. On September 2, I left the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don via minibus heading northwest to the border of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and on into Donetsk. For my first few days there, I rented an inexpensive apartment in the heart of the city. Walking on a long tree-lined and cafe-filled pedestrian walkway, life seemed normal. But I would soon find that for the people living in Donetsk, it is anything but.
2:59 [The American Conservative] (E)
They bleat about a hard Irish border, but they`re the ones who could be risking the return of paramilitary violence. This week will be crucial for the Brexit process. On Thursday and Friday, the European Council (which gathers the 28 heads of state/government of the European Union member states) will meet in Brussels. The hottest topic on the agenda will be whether the EU will be able to strike a deal with the UK, which is set to leave the bloc on October 31. This deadline has already been postponed twice since it was initially supposed to take place on March 29.
18:55 [RT] (E)
By sentencing nine Catalan politicians to a total 100 years in prison for “sedition” over nonviolent resistance, Madrid has made them martyrs and signed its death warrant, former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond told RT.
23:48 [Stalker Zone] (E)
The “Moldavian Vedomosti” newspaper continues to monitor the strengthening of relations between Moldova and NATO. “Next week in Chisinau a group of English servicemen from the British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT) will arrive there. In Moldova they will give classes for younger officer and non-commissioned officers in the Alexandru cel Bun Military Academy and also at the Bulboaca training ground, which is in close proximity to Transnistria,” reports the newspaper. According to the agency, 30 Moldovan soldiers were selected for training with English instructors. The selection was very strict – it is necessary to be fluent in English, not to have relatives in Russia (a mandatory requirement from the British side), and to have experience in participating in peacekeeping operations or in international military exercises.
20:13 [TASS] (E)
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky declared on Thursday that his mission as the head of state was to put an end to the war in Donbass. "My key goal is that I want to stop the war, I believe this is my mission," Zelensky told reporters in Kiev. Zelensky stated that he understood that some citizens living in the uncontrolled territories in Donbass could feel that they are Ukrainians, while some of them might not.
20:12 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says his country will "happily" investigate whether Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US elections - telling reporters on Thursday that "we can`t say yes or no" without first looking into the matter. Zelensky said that it was in Ukraine`s best interest to determine what happened, according to the Associated Press.
17:53 [The Electronic Intifada] (E)
For nearly four years, Katharina von Schnurbein has been posing as a champion of Europe’s Jews. If taken at face value, her speeches at numerous conferences suggest she is a conscientious civil servant motivated by a desire to halt persecution. A more detailed examination reveals she has been following an agenda set by Israel and its supporters. The real objective of this agenda has been to muzzle the Palestine solidarity movement. Von Schnurbein was appointed the European Union’s first coordinator against anti-Semitism in December 2015. The idea for such a post did not originate within the Brussels bureaucracy.
19:42 [RT] (E)
As Democrats clamor to impeach President Donald Trump for allegedly pressuring Ukraine into probing the Biden family, Kiev’s top prosecutor announced that he will reopen the investigation.
9:45 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
The joint statement issued by the ‘European superpowers’ known as the E3 explicitly declared Iran responsible for attacks on Saudi oil facilities, ignoring completely the claims that the Houthis have been making about these very attacks. Certainly, the position taken by the E3 is a setback for Iran in as much as it signals a fast-changing European position vis-à-vis Iran and the Iran nuclear deal and an increasing agreement with the US and Saudia over casting Iran as a ‘terrorist state.’
14:42 [Brave New Europe] (E)
Some of the candidates put forward to become the new European Commissioners are of concern due to potential conflicts of interest – from share ownership in fossil fuels and finance to overly close relationships with business – and corruption probes, while MEPs complain of a lack of a robust transparency process to properly scrutinise the interests of the Commissioners-designate. Corporate Europe Observatory is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.
13:39 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Brexit and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered yet another setback after the Supreme Court ruled his proroguing of Parliament illegal. I’m no British legal scholar, and I certainly don’t want to be, but from what I understand the arguments used seem incredibly dangerous. In effect, the plaintiffs argued that if the Prime Minister can suspend Parliament for any length of time, say three days, it would be legally no different then him suspending Parliament for a year or, even, indefinitely.
10:32 [Jacobin] (E)
The European Parliament has condemned communism as equivalent to Nazism. Based on a fantasy reading of history, the motion smears all “radicalism” as “totalitarian” — and dismisses the moral superiority of those who fought fascism.
15:52 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The last time parliament met it made a law that prohibits the government to leave the EU without a specific agreement that regulates the various details. The law also directed the government to ask the EU to move the Brexit date from October 31 further into the future. Johnson wants a Brexit without a deal. He can easily sabotage the new law`s intent by adding conditions or asking the EU for a time frame it would not be willing to concede.
19:29 [RT] (E)
The UK Supreme Court ruling that Boris Johnson acted “unlawfully’ when he suspended parliament has divided analysts over whether the British PM should quit and whether the judgement amounts to “constitutional vandalism.”
14:47 [RT] (E)
Yellow Vest protesters seeking respite from tear gas in a Paris train station were accompanied by an unexpected live soundtrack as a talented pianist played on nearby, undeterred by the melée around him.
13:43 [Tom Luongo] (E)
Brexit has destroyed British politics. That was the goal of the EU’s non-negotiating strategy. And it has succeeded brilliantly.
Understand that the mindset of The Davos Crowd and their quislings across Europe is that the EU is inevitable. The EU is the future and nothing the people say or want will change that course. And they will do everything they can to implement it. While watching another two hours of pathetic virtue signaling and strident desperation known as British Parliament I came to the only conclusion any rational person could come to. The Remain coalition in the U.K. parliament have become vandals.
8:10 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
In all the hullabaloo of Brexit and its associated parliamentary infighting, little noticed has been how Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson are attempting to change the very nature of the UK political landscape. Of course, the Brexit angst is making the attempt to leverage a strategic political shift much more visible, and more acute. Yet, actually the changes are not wholly, or even predominantly Brexit related, but reflect underlying tectonic plates clashing.
8:14 [Press TV] (E)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will find a way to take Britain out of the European Union (EU) on Oct. 31.
7:33 [TASS] (E)
The legal acts will be published in the Official Journal on September 13. The European Union has prolonged for six months individual restrictive measures against 170 citizens and 44 legal entities of Russia and Ukraine, the Council of the European Union said in a statement released in Brussels on Thursday. "The Council has extended the restrictive measures over actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine for a further six months, until 15 March 2020," the statement says. "They currently apply to 170 persons and 44 entities."
6:57 [Sputnik] (E)
The UK House of Commons early on Tuesday rejected the request of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to hold a snap parliamentary election for the second time.
7:27 [Counterpunch] (E)
Bluff was a central feature of British power even when the British empire covered a large part of the globe. A story illustrating this tells of a royal navy captain who was sent with a small ship to the far east to force a defiant local ruler to obey some orders issued by the British authorities.
16:07 [RT] (E)
The stern warning comes just days after the UK Parliament passed a bill that obliges Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek an extension of the October 31 deadline from Brussels if no Brexit deal has by then been negotiated with the EU. If the bloc proposes a different divorce date, then Downing Street still has to accept it within two days.
But that’s unlikely to be the case. “In the current circumstances, it’s no!” French Foreign Minister Jean Yves le Drian said, as cited by AFP.
14:47 [The Unz Review] (E)
Bulldogs are notorious for their tenacity or “cool persistency of purpose”, as Honest Abe said of General Grant, “He has the grip of a bulldog; when he once gets his teeth in, nothing can shake him off.” The EU master class could give the doggies a lockjaw master-class. Many European states have tried to free themselves from the Prison of the European Nations; all failed.
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