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Dec 13 09:43

The Pathetic, Uber-Conformish Northern Europe Is Possibly the Saddest, Most-Brainwashed Place on Earth

Headlines often don’t reflect the content of stories. Editors know that it’s the headlines that gather readers, and so they do their best to jazz them up so as to make the stories sound far more important or controversial than they really are. In the current frenzy of Russia-related fearmongering, this has meant that followers of the media have been subjected to a deluge of scary-sounding headlines making it seem as if Russians and their agents are spreading chaos everywhere, only to find on reading the stories that it’s a massive fuss about nothing and that substantive evidence supporting the headlines is almost entirely lacking.

Dec 13 09:15

European MPs who oppose Nord Stream-2 possibly pin hopes on firewood, says Moscow

"Opposing energy cooperation and its diversification and measures to adjust it to modern trends is madness for Europe," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said

Dec 13 09:14

Thousands Riot In Hungary Over EU’s Backing For Orban – ‘We’ll SHOW THEM’

Protests by workers and unions spread through the Hungarian capital, where demonstrators shouted “free country!” while stopping traffic and hurling obscenities before they reached the the headquarters of Mr Orban’s ruling Fidesz party to demand he scrap the controversial labour laws of the EU nation. Slamming the new legislation as a “slave law”, they blocked a major bridge while waving flags and placards with shackled farm animals on. The new law triggered furious letters to EU figureheads Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Antonio Tajani, all in the same EPP coalition in the European Parliament with Mr Obran, demanding they intervene.

One read: “We call on you, as prominent figures in the European People’s Party, to demand that the party’s leaders take immediate action to uphold the fundamental principles on which both the EPP and the EU itself are based and make it clear that there is no room in the EPP for parties like Fidesz.”

Dec 13 08:29

Belgrade Hits Back At Croatia’s Ridiculous Claims Of Serbian-Perpetrated Genocide

It would be better for Croatia to first face its own past and stop relativizing the genocide against Serbs, Jews and Roma committed during the Second World War in Croatia and Bosnia, as well as celebrating the persecution of Serbs in “Operation Storm”, Foreign Minister Ivica Da?i? said.

Da?i? reacted to the statement by Croatian Foreign Minister Marija Pej?inovi? Buri?, who said that Serbia was unwilling to face issues from the past.

Dec 13 08:28

Sweden Shuts Down Controversial Equality Body Run Exclusively by Women

The authority disparagingly dubbed "Feminism Ministry" has attracted massive criticism over its feminist slant, being led entirely by women despite its commitment to gender equality and, last but not least, controversial projects involving periods.

The Swedish Gender Equality Agency, proudly unveiled by the government in January, will close down as a result of the parliament adopting a new budget by centre-right Moderates and Christian Democrats.

"We will reduce the allocations to the agency by SEK 40 million in 2019 and grant no funds at all in 2020. This means they will be given one year to wind up the business", Moderate MP Hans Rothenberg told Swedish Radio.

Lena Ag, the Director General of the Authority, hesitated to make conclusions, yet stressed that it "has been demanded by various actors, political parties, and organisations for many years" in order to "streamline and follow up on the policy of gender equality".

Dec 13 08:21

Italy’s Salvini Slams E.U. for ‘Unbalanced’ Approach to Israel

The European Union has done nothing to support the continued existence of Israel, Italy Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said Tuesday in Jerusalem, adding that the Jewish state can rely on the backing of Rome.

“The EU has in recent years been entirely unbalanced, it has condemned and sanctioned Israel left and right, for every step it took,” he told reporters.

The head of the Liga Party is on a 48-hour trip to Israel which includes a visit the Western Wall, the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, AFP reports.

Dec 13 08:20

Migrant Transport NGO Announces Plans for New Vessel to Resume Operations in 2019

Only days after ending migrant transport operations, NGO SOS Méditerranée has announced they will be replacing their current vessel with a new one to resume operations in the New Year.

The group released a statement this week saying that they had not entirely given up on their commitment to picking up migrants off the Libyan coast despite the announcement from their partner Doctors Without Borders (MSF) that the Aquarius would be ending operations last week.

The NGO blamed European governments for the shut down of operations saying, “This is the result of a sustained campaign, spearheaded by the Italian government and backed by other European states, to delegitimise, slander and obstruct aid organisations providing assistance to vulnerable people.”

Dec 13 08:18

Polish Parl't Expresses Confidence to Gov't of Prime Minister - Vote Results

The Polish parliament, by a majority vote on Wednesday, expressed confidence in the country's government led by Mateusz Morawiecki, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Earlier in the day, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki addressed the country's parliament, the Sejm, requesting a vote of confidence to maintain the current political course.

Polish PM to Call for Confidence Vote in Gov’t Ahead of EU Leaders' Summit
The prime minister clarified that he needed the ballot so that the government "could continue its reforms."

Dec 13 08:18

Finnish MP Triggers Debate by Saying EU Creating 'a new Nazi Germany'

Despite criticism from fellow politicians, including Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, Ville Tavio's party, the Finns, has refused to disavow the statement about the "fascist" nature of European federalism.

Finnish MP Ville Tavio from the right-wing nationalistic Finns party has stirred a major uproar in his country by comparing the European Union with Nazi Germany during a parliamentary debate.

"Federalists are threatening the people of Europe and the nation state. They create a new kind of Soviet Union, they create a new Nazi Germany", Tavio said, as quoted by Finnish national broadcaster Yle. Tavio went on to suggest that the EU;s globalisation was a "new form of fascism", which the Finns were unaware of when they voted to join the EU in the 1990s.

Tavio's statement sparked a major debate, with politicians on both sides of the political spectrum reacting strongly.

Dec 12 14:51

Why Are the 'Yellow Vests' Protesting

Dec 12 09:42

Sometimes, Rioting Is All That's Left

Dec 12 09:18

Polish PM to Call for Confidence Vote in Gov’t Ahead of EU Leaders' Summit

Following the recent call for a vote of confidence for UK Prime Minister Theresa May in her leadership of the Conservative Party, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said he would call for a vote of confidence in the Law and Justice (PiS) government to ensure it has a mandate for its reforms ahead of this week's summit of EU leaders.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has addressed the parliament requesting a vote of confidence amid a slight fall in the party's ratings following a corruption scandal regarding a financial regulator.

"I appeal to the marshal (chairman) of the Sejm with a proposal for a vote of confidence in the government so that the upper house can express an opinion about the need to continue the reform programme", Polish radio quoted the prime minister as saying.

Dec 12 09:06

European Commission to give Switzerland 6 months to agree new treaty

The European Commission decided on Tuesday to offer Switzerland six additional months to agree on a new treaty that will govern the country’s future relations with the EU, Reuters reported, citing two EU sources. The political decision is to be formalized after talks with EU leaders in Brussels this week.

Dec 12 08:59

Greece MPs to vote on canceling further pension cuts

Greek lawmakers are debating legislation canceling a major round of pension cuts which were to take effect on January 1. Athens earlier secured the agreement of bailout lenders that the cuts were no longer necessary for a balanced budget. Parliament is to vote on Tuesday on whether to cancel articles in a law passed last year that would impose cuts worth 1 percent of GDP, AP reported.

Dec 12 08:54

Spanish govt to send national police to Catalonia if region fails to stop ‘highways disruptions’

Spain’s central government has warned it will send in national police to ensure security in Catalonia if regional authorities fail to stop recent disruptions to major highways by pro-independence protesters.

Dec 11 16:19

Who’s destroying England and Western Europe?

Dec 11 11:57

Europe holds its breath as Macron scrambles to quell protests

Not just France but Europe should hope the tax concessions and minimum wage rise Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday will prove sufficient to quell more than a month of violent and destabilising anti-government protests.

With more than 1,250 people arrested, 400 injured and an economic cost running into billions, the gilets jaunes revolt represents a formidable challenge to the authority of the centrist president, widely seen by his critics as arrogant and out of touch. If he flunks the test, he will not be alone in paying a price.

Dec 11 11:41

Polish border guards detaining targeted human-trafficking ring

Seven suspects of a human-trafficking ring have been arrested near Warsaw in a targeted human-trafficking probe.

The Vietnamese-Polish gang is suspected to have illegally transported at least 100 Vietnamese citizens to Western Europe, PAP news agency reveals.

The illegally smuggled people were taken through Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine to Poland and from there to Germany, France and Belgium, the PAP report states.

Further arrests are potential according to prosecutors.

Dec 11 11:41

Anti-globalist yellow vests movement ‘conquers’ Europe and spreads to fifth country

The yellow vests movement has spread to its fifth country, Sweden. Starting in France on 17 November, protests of the anti-globalist movement have been seen in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Now yellow vest demonstrations against the UN Migration Agreement have been announced in Sweden on Saturday and Sunday.

Last Sunday around 1,000 Swedes gathered outside Parliament in Stockholm to demonstrate against Sweden’s signing of the UN Migration Agreement. This weekend, even larger events with more speakers will be held in the same place.

Dec 11 11:40

While Macron’s Paris is on fire, Salvini’s Rome shines as he puts Italians first

To celebrate six months in power Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds an ‘Italians first’ rally in Rome. Around the same time Paris was on fire as thousands of protesters want Macron to leave office.

In his speech to 80,000 supporters, the Deputy Prime Minister and populist said in regards to the neighbouring “Yellow Vests” protests: “Those who sow poverty reap protests, those who sow false promises reap the response of those on the margins and the countryside”.

Dec 11 11:03

The Macron Implosion – Will it Spread to Other EU Members?

The Yellow Vest Movement – weekend 8 and 9 December – Round 4. Some say, they are the worst riots in France since the student-driven mini-Revolution of May 1968. Over the four weekends, hundreds of thousands were in the streets, middle class people, from students to workers to outright employees and housewives. The police force increases by every new Round – and so do the demonstrators. Today – more than 8,000 police, a considerable increase from last weekend’s 5,000-plus. Tens of thousands Yellow Vests demonstrated; police reported more than 1,600 arrests.

Dec 11 10:24

Mario’s Hell

Dec 10 15:30

How to piss off 99% of the people

Dec 10 10:43

EU will soon establish alternative payment channel allowing Iran to bypass US sanctions – Mogherini

Brussels will create an alternative payment channel to facilitate financial transactions between the European Union and Iran in the near future to bypass US sanctions, the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has announced.

Dec 10 10:35

CIA sending ship full of arms to Kosovo army

A ship with a container full of the latest weaponry for the needs of (a future) Kosovo army is on its way across the Atlantic to the port of Durres in Alabania.

According to the newspaper, the dangerous cargo will be from there taken to Kosovo Security Forces bases. The daily further cites the data received by the Serbian security services, to report that “this conspirative arrangement is part of Pristina’s scenario to take control of the northern (Serb) part of the province.”

Dec 10 08:54

Belgian City Votes to Ban Contracts with Companies that Violate Human Rights

Last month, the City Council in Ghent, Belgium voted to ban companies involved in human rights violations from doing business with the the city.

Palestinian solidarity activists with the group Ghent Action Platform Palestine (GAPP) were the driving force behind this vote.

Similar votes have also been passed in response to Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights in dozens of cities, including Barcelona, Valencia, Dublin and Trondheim.

Dec 10 08:20

EU will soon establish alternative payment channel allowing Iran to bypass US sanctions - Mogherini

Brussels will create an alternative payment channel to facilitate financial transactions between the European Union and Iran in the nearest future to bypass US sanctions, the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has announced.

The 28-nation bloc has been considering ways to continue doing business with Tehran and bypass US economic restrictions after Washington pulled out from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed economic sanctions.

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Dec 09 20:27

DOMINIC LAWSON: The 'Norway Option' has as much life in it as Monty Python's dead Norwegian parrot

Norway, like its fellow EEA members not in the EU (Liechtenstein and Iceland), is a full member of the EU's Single Market. As a result, it must accept the directives of the Single Market.

These rules are decided upon by representatives of the EU member states in Brussels, having been set in train by the legislative machine of the European Commission.

But, being outside the EU, Norway has no say in them and no vote.

This point was made most forcibly by the former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg as a Remain campaigner in the 2016 referendum. He ridiculed the so-called 'Norway' option as 'fax democracy'.

Norway, he explained, is part of the Single Market 'but they have to wait by the fax machine for Brussels to send them the rules … we would be left powerless and voiceless, waiting, like the Norwegians, by the fax machine'.

Dec 09 10:19

If US Quits INF Treaty, Europe Loses

The statement issued by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on December 4 regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty following the meeting of the foreign ministers of the alliance in Brussels puts the seal on the US decision to withdraw from the pact.

Washington has successfully rallied its European allies. Armed with NATO solidarity, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave Russia a 60-day ultimatum to return to compliance with the Treaty. Pompeo hopes to make Russia the culpable party.

However, quite some time ago, the US had already made up it mind to scrap the treaty. The Congress even made provision in the Pentagon budget for R&D relating to intermediate missiles. But an alibi was needed. In 2002, the US unilaterally withdrew from the ABM Treaty and dealt a body blow to international security without bothering to explain. On the contrary, INF Treaty is vital to European security and an alibi is necessary.

Dec 09 09:51

'Slave Law' Overtime Rules Send Hungarian Workers Into the Street in Protest

On Saturday, Hungarian trade unions protested a change in the country's labor code in Budapest, increasing a workers’ allowable overtime from 250 to 400 hours a year in a move union leaders have dubbed as a “slave law.”

Union workers claim that the law, which was proposed by the right-wing Fidesz party, headed by Prime Minister Victor Orban, is a way to increase Hungarian companies' profit at the expense of workers by adding an extra workday per week.

Dec 09 09:24

Trump Challenges Macron: EU Army 'Didn't Work Too Well' in WWII

Emmanuel Macron earlier voiced the idea of building a European military so that fellow EU nations could defend themselves from wide-ranging threats. The French leader subsequently came under fire from the White House, which called on him to pay his fair share of NATO membership.

Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to deliver a rebuke to Emmanuel Macron, chastising the French president's ideas of a pan-European army and divisive environmental policies.

Trump scolded Macron for his proposal to create a single European army so that Europe would have a greater military autonomy. The 45th POTUS has repeatedly claimed that many NATO members have not been dishing out enough cash for the alliance's needs.

"The idea of a European Military didn't work out too well in WWI or WWII. But the US was there for you, and always will be. All we ask is that you pay your fair share of NATO," he added.

Dec 09 09:13

Theresa May is warned by Cabinet ministers that she will have to quit if her Brexit deal is defeated in Commons vote and she fails to renegotiate better terms with the EU

The Prime Minister is being warned she will have to resign should her crunch Brexit vote end in disaster next week, it has emerged.

Several Cabinet ministers have warned her she is heading for a heavy defeat and urged her to seek fresh concessions from Brussels.

They fear if Mrs May goes ahead with Tuesday's vote and loses by a large margin it will prove fatal for her leadership – and open the door to a softer 'Norway-style' Brexit.

Dec 09 09:11

Armoured vehicles bearing EU flag STORM Paris in sign European Army ALREADY created

Riots have been raging across the city for the last few weeks as anger about the high cost of living and increased fuel taxes threaten to topple Emmanuel Macron’s Government.

Shocking scenes today saw riot cops confronting the so-called Gilet Jaunes – after the high-vis yellow vests they have worn.

But one particular video has caused a stir after it was posted on social media.

Dec 08 22:38

JEREMY PAXMAN: My dog could have won a better Brexit deal than those forelock tugging drones we sent out to battle Brussels

The outcome of the 2016 referendum was clear.

By a margin of more than one million votes, the British people said they wanted to leave the EU. Yet more than two years later we are in paralysis, faced with a piece of paper that no one wants – and with seemingly no way forward other than to take the Prime Minister’s Deal.

When Mrs May says it is ‘far from perfect’ she is not exaggerating.

Can you imagine Winston Churchill allowing his negotiators to dance the hokey-cokey with a bunch of foreign bureaucrats and then expecting the British Parliament to agree to a half-in, half-out arrangement which continues EU control until the organisation feels inclined to give it up? And which, by the way, makes it impossible for the UK to strike its own trade deals?

Dec 08 10:09

European Union: Why Norway and Switzerland Never Signed the Treaty of Lisbon.

An overview of the Treaty of Lisbon in order to understand the consequences of being an EU member, the consequences of leaving decisions in economic policy, monetary policy, foreign policy, budget policy and defense policy to outsiders’ decision-makers.

Dec 08 10:08

Swiss govt brushes off EU deadline for backing new treaty

The Swiss government will seek more political consultations on a draft treaty setting out ties with the EU, it said on Friday, ignoring an ultimatum to sign off by Friday or face punishment. The EU is Switzerland’s biggest trading partner. The cabinet said in a statement that much of the draft – negotiated over more than four years – was in Swiss interests but it would refrain from initialing the pact for now given some differences that remain. It would revisit the subject in spring 2019, it said. EU sources have said Brussels will ban EU-based banks and brokers from trading on Swiss stock exchanges beyond the end of 2018 as a punitive measure should Bern not clearly back the deal by Friday, Reuters reports. That would prompt Swiss retaliation.

Dec 08 09:53

NATO Is COMPLETELY VULNERABLE To Russian Electronic Warfare Systems

NATO experts acknowledged the vulnerability of their communications and digital infrastructure to Russian electronic warfare systems and therefore plan to develop a concept of protection against such systems by 2019.

“The recent exercises on the eastern border of NATO, the presence in the Baltic States and the war in Ukraine have demonstrated the success of the Russian strategy of electronic warfare (EW). Both the potential of electronic attacks (for example, suppression) and electronic support (for example, target detection) show that the existing NATO tactical communications infrastructure is vulnerable to EW and will face serious threats,” the document for research of the NATO Scientific and Technical Organization says.

Dec 08 09:52

Israel Signs Pipe Deal to Rival Russia as Gas Supplier to Europe

Following two years of negotiations, Israel has signed an agreement with Italy, Greece, and Cyprus to lay the longest gas pipeline in history, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Saturday night.

The pipeline will traverse a distance of 1,242 miles and lie at a depth of between 1.8-to-3 miles. It will provide gas to Europe from Israel’s offshore fields.

Dec 08 09:51

NATO Should be Disbanded, and the West Should Work with Russia for a Common Defense

"The U.S. needs to keep, not Russians, but Islamic radicals out of Europe. The Germans do not need to be kept down, but the Turks and Chinese most certainly do. And it’s debatable whether America needs to be in Europe at all."

Dec 07 20:40

Merkel Says Goodbye as Leader of CDU

Dec 07 13:36

PUTIN ANNOUNCED: Soon the end of negotiations with Serbia

Russian President Vladimir Putin expects the negotiations of the Eurasian Economic Union with Serbia on the Agreement on Trade Preferences soon to be completed.

"We expect that negotiations on preferential trade agreements with Singapore, Israel, Serbia and in the future with India and Egypt will soon be completed," Putin said at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, according to the Russian agency Tass.

Speaking about EEU member states, Putin said that they should consider the idea of creating a common payment infrastructure, which, he said, would improve the stability of the national payment systems of the EEA countries, enabling them to be less dependent on dollars and other foreign currencies.

Dec 07 08:59

Irish Senate Approves Boycott of Goods Made in Settlements

The Irish Senate voted, on Wednesday, to pass a bill to boycott the trade and importing of goods originating from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The bill was submitted to the Senate by independent Senator Francis Black who hopes that, with support, the vital bill will become law. Palestinian ambassador Ahmed Abdelrazek, along with lawyers who worked on drafting the bill and the legislation’s sponsoring organisations Trócaire, Christian Aid and Ictu (Irish Congress of Trade Unions) all applauded the passing of the bill.

Dec 07 08:27

Neo-Nazis push Israel’s bogus anti-Semitism definition at EU

A new European Union declaration could make it harder to criticize Israel as a racist state without being dubbed an anti-Semite.

Politicians in Brussels on Thursday rubber-stamped the document.

The declaration asks all EU governments to “endorse the non-legally binding working definition of anti-Semitism employed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.”

The move, passed by EU member states’ home affairs ministers, has already been condemned by a number of Israeli and French academics.

Dec 07 07:49

FINALLY merkel is FINISHED in Germany

Dec 07 01:07

Russia regrets EU stance on non-deployment of weapons in space - foreign ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it regretted that members of the European Union had abstained from the UN General Assembly vote on two Russian-led resolutions regarding non-deployment of weapons in space. The documents, headlined ‘No first placement of weapons in outer space’ and ‘Further practical measures for the prevention of an arms race in outer space,’ were passed by the UN General Assembly earlier in the day. The assembly also voted to support another Russian-led document on space, headlined ‘Transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities.’ "Once again, we are disappointed by the stance of European Union countries regarding both documents. They were again unable to express their own opinion and preferred to abstain," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The resolution on non-deployment of weapons in space was supported by 128 UN members.

Dec 06 12:16

Israel discovers Europe's soft underbelly - the Balkans

Israel has been pursuing a more proactive foreign policy in the Balkans, in part aiming to weaken the EU’s stance on the Palestinian issue

Dec 06 10:52

Independent EU Mediation Needed to Solve Incidents Like Kerch Strait Clash - MEP

Situations like the incident with the detention of Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait could be solved with the help of independent European mediation, but the policies of EU member states lack common interests to act as one, Mario Borghezio, a member of the EP's Europe of Nations and Freedom Group, told Sputnik.

'A truly independent and authoritative European mediation would be very important in situations like this, but to date, there is no real common European Union foreign policy, based on values and interests that are truly shared by all member states. It is a shame', Borghezio said.

Dec 06 10:51

State Dept Says Kerch Incident Should Remind EU Why Nord Stream 2 'a Bad Idea'

The recent conflict between Russia and Ukraine in the Kerch Strait should serve as a reminder to European allies of the United States why the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project is a "bad idea," a senior State Department official told reporters in a press briefing on Tuesday.

"I would say the Kerch incident is a reminder that the less infrastructure you have, the less gas infrastructure you have bypassing Ukraine because of Nord Stream 2, the weaker the deterrent – deterrence is to Russian acts of military aggression," the official said in Brussels.

Dec 06 10:49

Orban hopes the European elections will result in politicians who understand that ‘we are in a different era’

He said that the commission needs “new members who will redirect this institution from an ill-advised political path to where it belongs; it is up to member states to set directions rather than the commission,” and added that “we don’t need a politburo”.

Dec 06 10:47

EU to offer to ‘extend Article 50’

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the EU will offer to extend Article 50 beyond March next year if Theresa May loses the Parliamentary vote on the Withdrawal Agreement.

May is due to travel to Brussels on December 13th, two days after the Parliamentary vote on the 11th. The report quotes ‘EU Sources’ saying EU leaders “would be open to the idea of extending the Article 50 process if it meant avoiding a no-deal Brexit.”

Dec 06 10:24

EU ON BRINK: Germany unleashes Brexit burden WARNING as migration row erupts

EU ambassadors held long talks over the bloc’s subsequent seven-year price range because it appears to prop-up the in poor health Union within the wake of the United Kingdom’s departure. However issues became nerve-racking when German Ambassador Michael Clauss reminded his fellow EU opposite numbers Germany was once ready to dig deep to fund the Brexit shortfall however demanded member states must be ready to step as much as the plate over the migration factor. Mr Clauss advised the EU Council Germany’s price range contributions may just upward push to about one-quarter of the entire EU price range following Britain’s go out.

Dec 06 10:08

CAUGHT OUT: NATO Soldiers Discovered In Donbass Near The Front Lines

An unidentified detachment of soldiers wearing NATO uniforms was seen by the People’s Militia of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk (RPL) in Donbass territory controlled by Kiev, the head of the press entity Yakov Osadchy told reporters on Tuesday.

“In the area of ??responsibility of the 72nd brigade in the village of Svetlodarsk came a detachment of 28 men equipped with NATO uniforms,” ??Osadchy said.

He added that “the situation in the area of ??responsibility of the People’s Militia of RPL has a tendency to aggravate.”

Dec 06 10:06

In a Letter To The EU, European Film Companies and Sports Leagues Disavow Article 13, Say It Will Make Big Tech Stronger

By Cory Doctorow

A coalition of some of Europe’s largest film companies and sports leagues have published an open letter to the European Union officials negotiating the final stage of the new Copyright Directive; in their letter, the companies condemn “Article 13,” the rule requiring all but the smallest online platforms to censor their users’ videos, text-messages, photos and audio if they appear to match anything in a crowdsourced copyrighted works database...

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