Fracking Comes to the Arctic in a New Alaska Oil Boom

Alaska’s North Slope region, including the National Petroleum Reserve (NPRA), Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAPS). US Geological Survey/Wikipedia

 

Arctic lands and waters hold irresistible allure for global oil companies. Despite opposition from environmental groups and President Obama’s 2016 ban on drilling in federal Arctic waters, exploration in Alaska has revealed massive new volumes of oil. The Conversation

This comes at a time of low oil prices, when many observers felt the Arctic would remain off limits. Alaska has proved precisely the opposite. Although it has gone largely unnoticed outside the industry, foreign firms are partnering with American companies to pursue these new possibilities. I expect this new wave of Arctic development will help increase US oil production and influence in world oil markets for at least the next several decades. Continue reading

Brexit talks turn ugly over Gibraltar

As previously discussed a few times, bitter over Brexit, the EU will now find ways to punish Great Britain and gun for Gibraltar and even the Falkland Islands. In regards to Gibralter, it will go on the offensive and support a separation, whereas with the Falkland Islands it will turn a blind eye.

 

Royal Gibraltar Regiment on parade outside Buckingham Palace in London (Photo: Defence Images)

 

Britain has said Spain can have no new powers over Gibraltar, as Brexit prompts hard talk on sovereignty, security, and borders.

“We will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their freely and democratically expressed wishes”, the British prime minister’s office said in a statement on Sunday (2 April).

The British defence minister, foreign minister, and the chief minister of Gibraltar issued similar comments in a debate prompted by the start of Brexit talks last week. Continue reading

Divide and Rule

BERLIN/PARIS (Own report) – With today’s special summit of four heads of state, Berlin is preparing the EU’s transformation in response to the Brexit. The German chancellor will meet in Versailles this afternoon with France’s president and the prime ministers of Italy and Spain. Selected southern EU members have been included in alleged leadership meetings with the German chancellor to prevent a southern European bloc from emerging, which could possibly, in the future, put an end to German austerity dictates. With Great Britain’s exit, the neo-liberal oriented EU countries are loosing the necessary quorum for a veto in EU bodies. Berlin could also encounter problems with the Eastern European “Visegrád Group,” which does not want to support the emergence of a powerful integrated core around a German hub, because it would consolidate a two or even three-class EU. Reinforcement of the EU’s anti-refugee border-management and particularly its resolute militarization are emerging as the common denominators for the Union’s transformation. Continue reading

U.S. Air Force deploys WC-135 nuclear sniffer aircraft to UK as spike of radioactive Iodine levels is detected in Europe

A follow-up from yesterday’s post:

 

 

The USAF WC-135C Constant Phoenix might be investigating a spike in radioactive levels in Norway. Someone speculates the release of this radionuclide could be the effect of a Russian nuclear test.

On Feb. 17, 2017, U.S. Air Force WC-135C Constant Phoenix Nuclear explosion “sniffer,” serial number 62-3582, using radio callsign “Cobra 55” deployed to RAF Mildenhall, UK.

As we have already reported the WC-135 is a derivative of the Boeing C-135 transport and support plane. Two of these aircraft are in service today out of the ten examples operated since 1963. The aircraft are flown by flight crews from the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron from Offutt Air Force Base while mission crews are staffed by Detachment 1 from the Air Force Technical Applications Center. Continue reading

From Russia with Love? Dangerous radioactive particles have been spotted across Europe and no-one knows where they came from

This map shows where the particles have been detected

 

Traces of Iodine-131 were spotted in Norway, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain in January, but the public were not immediately alerted.

These radioactive particles are produced by atomic bomb explosions or nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl or Fukushima.

They appear to be emanating from Eastern Europe, but experts have not been able to say exactly what produced them. Continue reading

‘The EU will COLLAPSE’ Le Pen blasts Germany for using the euro as a ‘POLITICAL WEAPON’

For years already, Global Geopolitics has warned that Europe would swing to the right politically and socially. For years already, Global Geopolitics has warned about Germany’s Fourth Reich and how it dominates the European continent once again. We’re now see this come to fruition.

What’s next? In the short-term, a likely breakup of the EU and consolidation of those who toe the German line into a new power bloc, the United States of Europe.

 

Marine Le Pen has blasted Germany for championing the euro [GETTY]

 

MARINE Le Pen has called the euro a “political weapon” used by Germany – and that the moment France quits the bloc the shared currency will be the point of “collapse”.

The eurosceptic MEP has been outspoken in her criticism of the , claiming the currency has been used by Merkel as a way to manipulate other European nations and bring them to their knees for its own profit.

The Front National leader said: “The euro is a potent tool used by Germany to engage in permanent monetary dumping. Continue reading

EURO COLLAPSE: Italy to QUIT EUROZONE in final nail of coffin for EU, warns top economist

As corrupt as Varoufakis is, he’s right that the German-led EU wants to crush its own member states. Its aim is to make vassal states out of them.

 

Yanis Varoufakis and Italy

Yanis Varoufakis has warned Italy is about to quit the union

 

ITALY could be set to pull out of the Eurozone in what would be the final nail in the European Union’s (EU) coffin, Greece’s former finance minister has warned.

Yanis Varoufakis said there was an “epidemic” among countries using the single currency, with Italy the next to fall foul of Brussels’ economic malaise.

He also said Brexit would “speed up” the break-down of the bloc – before making a dig at Jeremy Corbyn.  Continue reading

In the Name of Europe

BERLIN (Own report) – The first telephone call between the German chancellor and the US president was flanked by appeals for the EU to close ranks. Following Saturday’s call, both parties declared that they would “deepen” their bilateral relations. However, Berlin is preparing to assert its own interests offensively vis-à-vis Russia – also with the EU’s help. This is why the EU must finally “close ranks,” as German politicians are demanding. On Saturday, on his first foreign visit as German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel met his Parisian counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault. His vigorous insistence “that Germany and France demonstrate they have common positions on nearly all issues” was also aimed at closing the EU’s ranks. While Gabriel was visiting France, the seven southern European countries’ heads of states and governments – including the French president – were meeting in Lisbon to determine their own positions, also regarding their economic policy. In view of British Prime Minster Theresa May’s recent visit to the USA, observers note that the Brexit is creating “a second geopolitical pole in Europe,” and “for Germany, which has become accustomed to speak in the name of Europe, […] this is not a favorable development.” Continue reading

Draghi Admits EU May Breakup For First Time

For the first time, the head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, has conceded the possibility that the EU may fall apart. Draghi came out and said that any member leaving the Eurozone would need to settle its claims or debts with the bloc’s payments system before severing ties. This statement reveals the heated discussion at Davos and the rift that is beginning to spread. This statement, released on Friday, was made in a letter to two Italian lawmakers in the European Parliament. Continue reading

Gunman screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ opens fire in Spanish supermarket

A GUNMAN has opened fire in a Spanish supermarket while shouting “Allahu Akbar”, police have said.

The man was reportedly carrying gasoline and gunpowder in his pockets as he entered the Mercadona shop, in As Lagoas, Ourense.

Numerous shoppers were inside making their purchases when the assailant, who was armed with a shotgun, entered and fired several shots. Continue reading

Spain NEEDS Gibraltar to be BRITISH – Rock leader REJECTS Brexit grab for sovereignty

GIBRALTAR has dismissed threats from Spanish politicians trying to scupper a Brexit deal and vowed to stand alongside Britain as it leaves the European Union (EU).

Standing in for Andrew Marr, Nick Robinson quizzed Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar’s chief minister, on whether Spain might try to scupper a Brexit deal “at one minute to midnight” as a last-minute tactic to push for joint sovereignty over the Rock.

The chief minister replied that Spain’s former foreign minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo had “played that card” ever since Briton’s voted to leave the bloc in June, and thanked him for showing his hand so early. Continue reading

Donald Trump and the Return of European Anti-Americanism

In Germany, Der Spiegel, one of the largest-circulation publications in Europe, published a cover, after Donald Trump’s election victory, with an image of a giant meteor in the shape of Trump’s head hurtling towards the earth. The headline reads: “The End of the World (As We Know It)”.

 

  • European criticism of Trump goes far beyond a simple displeasure with the man who will be the next president. The condemnation reveals a deep-seated contempt for the United States, and for American voters who democratically elected a candidate committed to restoring American economic and military strength.
  • The primary cause of the global disorder is the lack of American leadership at home and abroad. A series of feckless decisions by Obama to reduce American military influence abroad have created geopolitical power vacuums that are being filled by countries and ideologies that are innately hostile to Western interests and values.
  • For the past seven decades, the U.S. has spent hundreds of millions of dollars annually to guarantee German security, although Germany steadfastly refuses to honor a NATO pledge to spend 2% of GDP on defense spending. Germans are now offended that Trump is asking them to pay their fair share for their own defense.
  • Although President Obama’s foreign policy missteps have made Europe much less safe than it was eight years ago, European elites have overlooked Obama’s mistakes because he is a “globalist” who seems to favor recreating the U.S. in the European image. Trump, by contrast, is a nationalist who wants to rebuild the U.S. in the American, not the European, image.
  • European anti-Americanism is certain to escalate in the years ahead, not because of Trump or his policies, but because “globalists” appear desperate to save the failing European Union, an untransparent, unaccountable, anti-democratic, sovereignty-grabbing alternative to the nation state.

European anti-Americanism — which was on the wane during the presidency of Barack Obama, who steered the United States on a course of globalism rather than nationalism — is back with a vengeance. Continue reading

GIBRALTAR TENSIONS: Royal Navy fires warning flare at Spanish ship in British waters

Gibraltar

Gibraltar has been at the heart of a territory dispute between the UK and Spain for years

 

A ROYAL Navy patrol boat has fired three flares at a research vessel from Spain amid increasing tensions over the Rock.

Spanish oceanographers onboard research vessel Angeles Alvariño anchored in British waters as they attempted to drop a sonar buoy.

A Gibraltar Squadron speedboat was scrambled to stop them after radio contact failed.

Royal Navy ship the HMS Sabre then fired three warning flares, eventually forcing the research ship to leave. Continue reading

WAR GAMES: Panic as two Russian bombers blast across Europe – causing FOUR countries to scramble fighter jets to intercept them

The UK, Norway, France and Spain all intercepted the TU-160 planes

FOUR European countries were forced to scramble fighter jets after two Russian Blackjack bombers blasted across the continent, it has been revealed.

The UK, Norway, France and Spain all intercepted the TU-160 planes as they made a daring flight from Norway to northern Spain and back. Continue reading

Juncker issues WARNING SHOT to Spain: There will be NO MORE funds if debt isn’t controlled

SPAIN has been warned by Brussels it could be refused a huge amount of financial support if it fails to get its budget deficit under control.

The European Commission has to re-rule on the possible freezing of funds for Spain, after consulting the European Parliament later this month or in early October.

It’s thought president Jean Claude Juncker is in favour of applying the first sanction if the Spanish government fails to fulfil its commitments to start taking measures to reduce the deficit in the second half of 2016 and in their draft budgets for 2017. Continue reading