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EU Launches INSTEX To Facilitate Trade, Bypass US Sanctions on Iran

    EU Launches INSTEX To Facilitate Trade, Bypass US Sanctions on Iran

In a move sure to unleash fury from the Trump administration, the European Union has announced it has set up a transactions channel with Iran to bypass U.S. sanctions. The launch of INSTEX — or “Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges” — by France, Germany, and the UK will allow non-dollar trade with Iran and is being described as…

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Newsguard Turns to EU to Push Controversial Ratings System on Tech Companies, Smears MintPress as “Secretly Supported” by Russia

    Newsguard Turns to EU to Push Controversial Ratings System on Tech Companies, Smears MintPress as “Secretly Supported” by Russia

BRUSSELS —  The neoconservative-backed news rating upstart “Newsguard” is now lobbying the European Union to “force the hand” of major U.S.-based tech companies — including Facebook, Google, and Twitter — to integrate its controversial ratings system into the world’s most popular social media platforms and search engines, according to a recent statement made by Newsguard…

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Israel to Police European Coastlines – Protecting the Continent from Refugees?

    Israel to Police European Coastlines – Protecting the Continent from Refugees?

This sounds like a bad joke. It ain’t. Its real. One fascist government helps another fascist government. Yes, I have written about fascism invading the west before – warning that the European Union (non-union) is being gradually, but ever faster turned into a fascist dictatorship under the guise of democratic protection of ‘Democracy’; and this…

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As Venezuela Prepares to Dump Dollar, Caracas Moves to Repatriate Gold from Bank of England

    As Venezuela Prepares to Dump Dollar, Caracas Moves to Repatriate Gold from Bank of England

Venezuela is looking to repatriate 14 tonnes of gold from the Bank of England as US-led sanctions target their international assets, Reuters has reported. The move, which will bring around US $550 million of international reserves back under Caracas’ control, was initiated two months ago by the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV), according to an unnamed official…

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Tehran Slams Renewed “Cruel” Sanctions as US Split With EU Allies Remains Apparent

  Tehran Slams Renewed “Cruel” Sanctions as US Split With EU Allies Remains Apparent

On Monday, Washington re-imposed sanctions against Iran. Touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as the “strongest we’ve ever imposed,” the renewed sanctions expand the restrictions in effect prior to the 2015 nuclear deal. As the United States launches direct attacks on Iran’s economy through these increased sanctions, Iran is resisting by vowing to continue selling…

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Spain to Push EU to Recognize Independent Palestinian State

  Spain to Push EU to Recognize Independent Palestinian State

Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell said Thursday that the Spanish government will promote a motion in the European Parliament to recognize Palestine as an independent state. If the move fails, the Pedro Sánchez-led government will consider a Spain-only recognition. Left-wing parties in Spain are reportedly pressuring Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez to recognize the Palestinian…

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Eight Years After EU-IMF Bailout, Greece Sees Poverty, Suffering, and Want

  Eight Years After EU-IMF Bailout, Greece Sees Poverty, Suffering, and Want

ATHENS – It is a tale of two realities. Later this week, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will give his annual speech to the nation – Greece’s equivalent of the State of the Union address — at the 83rd Thessaloniki Trade Fair. Fresh off of a recent reshuffle of his cabinet, the main theme of…

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As Trump Takes His Sanctions Battle to Europe, Who Is More “Isolated”: Iran or US?

  As Trump Takes His Sanctions Battle to Europe, Who Is More “Isolated”: Iran or US?

BRUSSELS – The U.S. has made good on its threats to reimpose sanctions on Iran following Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the six-party nuclear deal. The new package of restrictions on the Iranian economy came despite widespread friction between Washington and its transatlantic allies who sought to do business with Iran. The sanctions were accompanied by…

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Mark Zuckerberg Makes a Sudden 180 on Privacy—Is It for Real?

  Mark Zuckerberg Makes a Sudden 180 on Privacy—Is It for Real?

The backlash against high-tech’s privacy-invading business model is growing—but one hard-hit Silicon Valley institution, Facebook, announced a potentially far-reaching reform late on Wednesday. Over a 24-hour period, it appears that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went from endorsing, “in spirit,” soon-to-take-effect European Union privacy rules, to committing that Facebook will implement the EU rules across its global…

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Sunday’s Athens Rally a Moment of Truth for Greeks under Thumb of EU-Imposed Austerity

  Sunday’s Athens Rally a Moment of Truth for Greeks under Thumb of EU-Imposed Austerity

ATHENS, GREECE (Analysis) – Hundreds of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, on Sunday, January 21, in a mass rally opposing a compromise on the part of the Greek government regarding the Macedonia name dispute with Greece’s northern neighbor, temporarily recognized by the United Nations as the “Former Yugoslav Republic…

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