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In story: Trump Meets Putin [Updated]

Dutch Education: Russia Devouring Ukraine
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Anti-Russian propaganda appearing in Dutch school textbooks | Sott | and | RT |  

A Dutch parent posted two images from his daughter's school workbook on his facebook page. The schoolbook is "Themes in Social Studies 1 for VMBO-KGT", VMBO standing for "preparatory middle-level vocational education", and is a school track in the Netherlands, which is similar to high school. The schoolbook is provided to VMBO students (aging approx. 15-16 y/o) during the last two years of this school track.

Part of the description of the workbook reads, "The workbook is updated on an annual basis and contains many current and diverse sources with assignments." The workbook has certainly been updated, as Russia has been painted as quite an unfriendly country, clearly in line with the ongoing Western anti-Russia propaganda.

The following two images were found on page 67 of the workbook, Chapter 7: countries without democracy. The first image shows Russia as the 'evil' country trying to take Ukraine, while Europe is pictured lending a 'helping' hand. One of the questions students are asked, is: "What is Russia doing, and what is Europe doing in this picture?" Well, that isn't difficult to answer: Evil-looking Russia is obviously trying to devour poor Ukraine, while friendly Europe is looking on concerned!



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In story: Trump Meets Putin [Updated]

Re: Trump Meets Putin [Updated]
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My best friend [Jewish roots] send me this link to a "world class" analysis of the true spirit heading into the treasonous Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki.

In five shocking days the world order falls apart | NRC Rotterdam - Dutch |

In five days the American president Trump has put five post-war teachings into the old dirt, concludes Hubert Smeets.

Perhaps due to old age, but this is the second time he shoved a piece of trash written by Hubert Smeets through an e-mail under my doorstep. This was the previous occasion ... I send him the link @EuroTrib to refresh his memory.

Re: Dutch Fake News, Warmongering, Anti-Russia Pro  (none / 0)

Hilarious ... after reading an article in NRC written by Hubert Smeets, I needed to find out what was behind his "Knowledge center and Window on Russia." I'm baffled of course. Wasn't that a rock 'n roll dance: twisting and turning.  ;-)

Reading through some links the coordination becomes obvious ...  

Hubert Smeets publishes at Window to Russia:

Mission statement Window to Russia [RaamopRusland]

Little is left of the hope for harmonious cooperation between Russia and the West. Euphoria about the end of the Cold War, a quarter of a century ago, has been replaced by disappointment and lack of interest.

We have taken our eye off Russia. This explains why the European Union was caught completely off guard when Russian president Vladimir Putin deemed the Association Agreement with Ukraine unacceptable. Pro-European protests in Kiev led to president Yanukovych fleeing the country. Russia responded by annexing Crimea and supporting a war in the Donbass region.

Europe and Russia have diametrically opposite views about cause and effect of the conflict over Ukraine. These competing interpretations lead to confusion and growing mistrust, not only in light of the conflict on Ukraine, but also of Russia's unexpected involvement in the war in Syria and other international affairs.

All the more reason to ramp up the thought, analysis and debate about East-West relations.

'Window to Russia' collects all relevant information needed to understand the current situation. Our aim is to reinvigorate the debate and provide a forum for analyses and expertise. Apart from Dutch and European viewpoints, this platform will give ample room to Russian and Ukrainian voices. Our platform also bundles the expertise available at Dutch universities and institutions, to give policy makers, politicians, journalists, entrepreneurs and the public easy access to essential information about Russia and relations between East and West in Europe.

'Window to Russia' aims to separate fact from fiction and encourage dialogue.

Sounds too good to be true ... believe me, IT IS! SMEETS and ANTI-RUSSIA PROPAGANDA.

More from the Dutch Government recently ... is PM Mark Rutte (VVD) an US/UK agent?  ;)

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iirc, this outfit doesn't serve display ads. Maybe they're into pixel leasing?

buh-bye.

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In story: 16 - 22 July 2018

opportunity knocks on IE's door!
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In story: 16 - 22 July 2018

low-hanging fruit of BREXIT
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UK to warn public every week over `no-deal Brexit'

The information will be distributed as "bundles" to consumers and companies as Britain counts down to its departure from the European Union on 29 March 2019, said the newspaper.
UK Detains Two Dutch Nationals for Importing 1.6 Tons of Cocaine - Reports © AP Photo / Arnulfo Franco
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Liberal Icon, New Democratic Star Wade Into GOP-Heavy Kansas
"Their combined messages sought to unite not just the diverse group in the hall, but restless liberals around the country."

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In story: A victory for European justice

Re: A victory for European justice
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Which is to re-iterate, ES will not challenge --or appeal DE's high court's decision-- the ECJ either. Not any time soon. There is a bigger fish to fry, as Chief Justice John Marshall was overheard to say in the outhouse.

Lee el auto de Llarena para rechazar la entrega de Puigdemont solo por malversación

Pablo Llarena, magistrado del Tribunal Supremo, ha rechazado la entrega por parte de Alemania de Carles Puigdemont, expresidente catalán, solo por el delito de malversación y retira la euroorden dictada contra el expresidente catalán y el resto de los huidos.

annals of affirmed in part/reversed in part
Extradition for embezzlement, rebellion, or both?
funding a state function with treasury monies. hmmm.

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"unbridgeable" and irreconcilable differences.

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In story: A victory for European justice

Re: A victory for European justice
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Brits thrown post-Brexit EU citizenship lifeline by Commission
The Permanent EU citizenship initiative is the latest example of the participatory democracy instrument that allows citizens to suggest legal changes in any field where the Commission has power to propose legislation. It was introduced in the Lisbon Treaty.
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In a press release on Wednesday, the Commission confirmed that "the registration of this initiative will take place on 23 July 2018, starting a one-year process of collection of signatures of support by its organisers".
What a poison pill!
< wipes tears >

archived
watch this space
"The British Supreme Court asked the European Court of Justice for help in interpreting EU law."
19 March Draft Highlights
"frontier workers"

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In story: Brexit and inequality

Re: Far away by comparison
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to Vanauatu?

I see. Y'all have something in common.

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In story: Brexit and inequality

Far away by comparison
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Most trade in the world takes place between geographical contiguous regions...

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In story: Brexit and inequality

"natural trading partner "
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o rly.

What are the other 26 EU-member states and 160-odd nations in the world?

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In story: A victory for European justice

Re: A victory for European justice
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o, yes. You haven't heard?
Spain's Majority-Female Cabinet Embodies Women's Global Rise to PowerIt's a "thing" seeking a "movement". Keeps running into dread quota metrics and, yanno, status quo.

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In story: Brexit and inequality

Re: image repertoir
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That is already happening. The UK used to represent 70% of our external trade prior to joining the EU, and a main reason for us joining the EU was to reduce that dependency. Trade with the UK is now down to about 14% of our total trade and still declining - as witnessed by our most recent trade figures for this year - a 5% rise in overall exports despite an 8% decline in exports to the UK.

However, the UK as our nearest neighbour is always going to represent a natural trading partner for us with many similar consumer preferences and retail/wholesale networks. Trade with N. Ireland has actually been increasing, and this should be encouraged. Quite how the N. Ireland economy has managed to shrink while it's southern neighbour is growing by 7% gives you an idea of the scale of governmental mismanagement there.

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In story: Barnier Reply: Dismisses Chequers White Paper

Re: Barnier Reply: Dismisses Chequers White Paper
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What tripe won't the pubic intellectuals print to keep that "secret" Trump-May treasonous dinner summit out of the headlines?

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In story: Brexit and inequality

De-colonize your minds
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and the rest will follow.

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blitz o'er Dover and London. May reportedly stated:
The economical and constitutional dislocation of a formal third country [wtf] customs border in our own country is something I will never accept and I believe no prime minister could ever accept.
So. If there were ever a time to diversify IE trade --rather than repair letters of credit with petty bourgeois merchants in the Midlands-- now would be it.

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In story: Brexit and inequality

Re: Brexit and inequality
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Well said, constructive critique of the "state of play" for IE.

I note with interest, too, that independent.ie carried a clip of Varadker's "rainy day" public finance PR. In contrast to prepper PR in the UK tabloids, the proverbial" --wrapped in customs surveillance at the ports-- relates imminent catastrophe to the Panic of '08, subtext reviving the property "bubble," or "irrational exuberance," which preceded the credit crash.

Not glamorous but more pertinent agenda than blitz o'er over by a "third country" invader.

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In story: Barnier Reply: Dismisses Chequers White Paper

Re: Ollie Robbins: May's Man In the Dark
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Who is leading?

David Davis 'demanded private RAF plane for Brexit talks' | The Independent - Nov. 20, 2017 |

The episode is said to have triggered his falling out with his most senior civil servant, Oliver Robbins, after he kept blocking Mr David Davis' flight requests.

Mr Robbins, the government's chief Brexit negotiator, then raised eyebrows when he left the Brexit department to work for Theresa May in a new Cabinet Office unit.

Since No 10 gave way, Mr Davis has repeatedly used RAF planes to fly to EU capitals, which are said to cost up to five times as much.

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David Davis snubbed: Fears Brexit chief being forced OUT of EU talks | Express - April 2018 |  
'Am I bovvered?' EU shrugs its shoulders at Davis resignation

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In story: Barnier Reply: Dismisses Chequers White Paper

Ollie Robbins: May's Man In the Dark
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PM approved bonus of £15,000 to £20,000 for Oliver Robbins - a key adviser behind her softer Brexit strategy | The Guardian |

Robbins worked for David Davis at DExEU until September, before switching to work directly for May as her chief Europe adviser as the prime minister cut out Davis and took direct control of the Brexit negotiating strategy.

He was the key adviser behind May's new softer Brexit strategy, first unveiled at Chequers, which led to the resignations of Davis and Boris Johnson. Davis had been working on his own strategy white paper only to discover that May and Robbins had developed their own approach and only consulted him at the last minute.

The civil servant has become a lightning rod for Brexiters' frustration with the direction of May's Brexit policy. Stewart Jackson, a former MP who was Davis's chief of staff, accused Robbins of "blocking the publication" of the DExEU white paper from March and wanting a "Hotel California Brexit" in which the UK checks out but never leaves.

Immediately after Davis quit, 50 DExEU staff were seconded to work for Robbins in his team at the Cabinet Office as May tries to step up the pace of the Brexit negotiations in the runup to a critical meeting of EU leaders in October.

A career civil servant, Robbins has been at the heart of the political establishment. He worked in Number 10 under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and his career was championed by the cabinet secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood.



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In story: Europe is not a market, it is the will to live together

Re: Varadker the EU toady, airhead and fool
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That's inexcusably factually wrong. Varadker said nothing about over-flying - merely that landing rights are governed by membership of EU open skies agreement. But perhaps Varadker knew how it would be played and used it as a headline grabbing "hard line" riposte to May's DUP courting. Still, the BBC used to be mostly factually accurate if very selective in its facts.

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In story: Europe is not a market, it is the will to live together

Re: Varadker the EU toady, airhead and fool
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More Fake News from the Tabloid BBC

The BBC yesterday and this morning are reporting Varadkar's comments as banning overflying Ireland by UK aircraft. Presumably that is how the Sun and certain factions of the Conservative party have chosen to report it. [I don't read the Sun !]

BBC is not emaphasing the legal problems for all UK flights, maintenance staff and maintenance operations, if UK drops out of EASA agreements on March 29th, though this morning one of their interviewees (rather weakly in my opinion) turned the report to that aspect.

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Rees-Mogg's ERG Now Running Theresa May
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'Forces of darkness have taken over': Soubry accuses May of capitulating to hardline Brexiters | The Guardian |

The Conservative rebel Anna Soubry has accused Theresa May of capitulating to "the forces of darkness" in her party and warned that, as a result, she and her fellow soft Brexiters may not back the final deal the prime minister obtains from Brussels.

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Soubry's intervention followed a dramatic week at Westminster in which Conservative factions have openly battled for control while May tried desperately to keep her job and negotiate Brexit.

On Monday, the Broxtowe MP gave a barnstorming speech during the debate on the customs bill, voicing anger at May's decision to do a deal with Rees-Mogg's European Research Group to head off a damaging rebellion. Until then Soubry had supported the prime minister's new softer Brexit strategy that was signed off at Chequers a fortnight ago.

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The MP said she believed the ERG were "ruthless bastards" who would stop at nothing because they believed their cause was "bigger than anything else". She added: "Now that the forces of darkness have got the prize in sight, they are going for it. I'm afraid that Theresa has embraced these people, they are now running Theresa."

ERG members and supporters include a range of Tory backbenchers, from veteran anti-Europe campaigners, such as John Redwood and Bill Cash, through to former ministers David Jones and Steve Baker, and young MPs including Andrea Jenkyns, who want to force out May. Rees-Mogg is its chair.

Did The Bad Boys of Brexit Break America? | Vanity Fair - July 2018 |

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In story: Barnier Reply: Dismisses Chequers White Paper

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Have you got ten minutes?

Today's BBC Newsnight interview with Tony Blair.

The British version of US Democrats, centrism and Clintonite. Can't get it in a more compact statement. Covers the policies of 2000 to the present ... with some sense of historical content of events and how politicians failed to keep in touch with a changing electorate.

We all are aware Tony Blair has lost it a long time ago ... creating the opening for Brexit - Conservatives in power - election of Donald Trump. Tony Blair has NO CLUE! What a pitiful figure he has become. Read the transcript. Tony at a loss for words to respond on Labour and which party wing he stands behind.

Backing the ugly attack of Labour MP Hodge on Jeremy Corbyn. Hypocrite!

@ET -  Jewish Cheques and Balances.

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In story: Jewish Cheques and Balances [Updated]

Re: Jewish Cheques and Balances [Updated]
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Have you got ten minutes?

Today's BBC Newsnight interview with Tony Blair.

The British version of US Democrats, centrism and Clintonite. Can't get it in a more compact statement. Covers the policies of 2000 to the present ... with some sense of historical content of events and how politicians failed to keep in touch with a changing electorate.

We all are aware Tony Blair has lost it a long time ago ... creating the opening for Brexit - Conservatives in power - election of Donald Trump. Tony Blair has NO CLUE! What a pitiful figure he has become. Read the transcript. Tony at a loss for words to respond on Labour and which party wing he stands behind.

Backing the ugly attack of Labour MP Hodge on Jeremy Corbyn. Hypocrite!

@ET -  Jewish Cheques and Balances.

Ooops ... the opinion piece written by MP Hodge got serious traction in a Jewish publication ... some well done coordination IMO. :(

UK Labour MP calls Jeremy Corbyn 'racist' and 'anti-semite' | Jewish Chronicle and Jerusalem Post !! |

Cross-posted from Booman Tribune ...

Re: Must We Repeat the Mistakes ...

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In story: Russia, Iran Prevail - Syrian Rebellion Ends

Russia-France Join Forces In Aid to Syria's Ghouta
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UK spend hundreds of millions the "sell" the Syrian uprising to the home front ... how to advance regime change when colonialism is shaded/archaic.

White Helmets to be flown out of Syria to loyal nations: US - UK - France - The Netherlands ... hmmm. Medical group of and for Syrians to received better security from the West than the rebels who are transferred to Idlib province.

Syria Accuses US, UK, France of Backing Terror Through Support for White Helmets

France and Russia to jointly deliver humanitarian aid to Syria | France24 |

France and Russia will jointly deliver humanitarian aid to the former Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, the French Presidency announced Friday, while it was also revealed that Moscow has offered to work with the US on returning Syrian refugees.

A Russian cargo plane arrived late Friday in Chateauroux in central France to load 50 tons of medical equipment and essential goods provided by France, said an AFP videographer at the scene, to be transported to the former rebel area which was recaptured by Syrian troops this spring.

Undertaken as part of a UN Security Council resolution, "the aim of this project is to enable civilian populations better access to aid", the joint statement said.

The French foreign ministry said that the cargo plane would take off from Chateauroux later in the evening and head towards Russia's Hmeimim air base in the west of Syria.

It will be the first joint humanitarian aid operation between Russia and a western country. The aid will be distributed on Saturday under the supervision of the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA).

"Humanitarian assistance is an absolute priority and must be distributed in accordance with principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence across all Syrian territory without exception, where international humanitarian law must be fully respected," the joint statement said.

France had secured "guarantees" from Russia that the Syrian regime would not obstruct the distribution of the aid, and that it would not be misappropriated or diverted for political purposes, the foreign ministry said.  

France agrees with Russia to send medical aid for Syria's eastern Ghouta | DW |

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In story: A victory for European justice

Re: A victory for European justice
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Has Sanchez taking over from Rajoy made any difference?

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<tears in my eyes> slicing onion :)

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In story: 16 - 22 July 2018

Re: Economy &amp; Finance
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Trump says he's 'ready' to put tariffs on all $505 billion of Chinese goods imported to the US

If he's truly dumb enough, he'll submit all his orders before the new year, leaving the electorate nearly two years to relish collapse of The Economy. This will put them in the proper frame of mind in 2020 to vote Anyone-But-Trump to claim the unitary executive office.

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News and Views

 16 - 22 July 2018

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Your take on this week's news

 9 - 15 July 2018

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Your take on this week's news

 July Open Thread

by Bjinse - Jul 16, 6 comments

He who cannot put his thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of an open thread.

 June Open Thread

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Whatever thread you make makes you. Thread wisely.

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