Ukraine crisis: House of Lords criticises EU and Britain for ‘sleepwalking into crisis’ as Moscow and Nato remain on diplomatic collision course

France and Germany, which had brokered the Minsk accord last week, were yesterday trying to hold together the increasingly fragile ceasefire in Ukraine amid reports that fighting was spreading once again. Kremlin-backed separatists and Cossack fighters triumphantly paraded through the shattered town of Debaltseve, a strategic point they had captured in the past 48 hours. Continue reading

Russian Bomber Over Channel Was Carrying Nukes

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Tensions between Russia and the UK have heightened after it was revealed that the Russian bomber intercepted by RAF fighter jets was carrying a nuclear missile designed to destroy Trident submarines.

The TU-95 aircraft were spotted on long range radar flying down from Scotland towards the English Channel, where they were close to entering British airspace, the Sunday Express report.

Ministry of Defence sources revealed the ‘seek and find’ nuclear warhead missile which can destroy the British Vanguard submarines which form the country’s nuclear deterrent.

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Britain First Party Launches ‘Christian Patrols’ to Oppose ‘Muslim Gangs’

As often said here, Europe as a whole is one major terrorist attack away from turning into an extreme right-wing continent — and right now the pot is being stirred.

 

MOSCOW, January 20 (Sputnik) — UK nationalist political party and movement Britain First has launched “Christian patrols” across the country to oppose “Muslim gangs”, the party’s leader Paul Golding has said.

“We’ve received new information that Muslim gangs are trying to enforce certain parts of Sharia law, and, quite frankly, we’re not having this. We’ve got activist teams out across the country tonight carrying out similar Christian patrols in heavily Muslim areas,” Golding said in a video posted by the movement on its Facebook page on Monday. Continue reading

Ministry of Defence orders £228m of super missiles to protect the Falklands as Argentina strengthens its air force

  • MoD could be set to order £228million super missiles to protect Falklands
  • They would replace ageing Rapier missile batteries stationed on the island
  • New missiles would be able to travel at 1,000 metres per second
  • Comes after reports Argentina is looking to strengthen its air force
  • MoD say they remain vigilant and committed to the Falkland Islands

The Ministry of Defence are to order £228million of super missiles to protect the Falklands as Argentina seeks to bolster its air force, it has been reported.

The British territory in the South Atlantic is currently protected by ageing Rapier missile batteries.

Last month, it was reported that Argentina was looking to strengthen its air force by leasing attack jets from Russia. Continue reading

‘We can’t stop terror attacks’ MI5 chief’s chilling warning about jihadi threat to Britain

BRITAIN faces a growing threat from terrorists at home and abroad and “cannot hope to stop” every plot, the boss of MI5 has warned.

Andrew Parker said Al Qaeda terrorists in Syria were trying to direct atrocities here and planning “mass casualty attacks” against the West.

His chilling warning came as French police continued the hunt for brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, chief suspects in the Paris magazine massacre in which 12 people were shot dead.

Mr Parker, 52, warned that the terrorist threat was growing at the same time as MI5’s ability to track terrorists was being reduced.

Extremists are finding more secretive ways of communicating online and avoiding being tracked by the security services.

Mr Parker said: “If we are to have the best chance of preventing such harm, we need the capability to shine a light into the activities of the worst individuals who pose the gravest threats.

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North Sea oil industry ‘close to collapse’

This is exactly what was mentioned was going happen when it was said the West was shooting itself in the foot to punish Russia. The neo-Soviets are laughing themselves to the bank because they know they will endure longer as they are more shielded from the repercussions. Their turning to China and Turkey as new customers are evidence enough.

 

The UK’s oil industry is in “crisis” as prices drop, a senior industry leader has told the BBC.

Oil companies and service providers are cutting staff and investment to save money.

Robin Allan, chairman of the independent explorers’ association Brindex, told the BBC that the industry was “close to collapse”.

Almost no new projects in the North Sea are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel, he claims.

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The eurozone crisis – history is repeating itself … again

It’s funny how history repeats itself. The inconclusive general election in 2010 took place when the economy appeared to be on the mend and against the backdrop of a crisis in the eurozone prompted by Greece. As things stand, we could be in for a repeat performance in May 2015.

Be in no doubt, what’s happening in Europe matters to Britain. The eurozone is perhaps one crisis and one deep recession away from splintering. The more TV pictures of rioting on the streets of Athens or general strikes in Italy between now and the election, the better support for Nigel Farage’s UK Independence party will hold up.

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The experts who expect bonds funds to crash in 2015

Concerns have been rumbling for some time that bonds – whether issued by companies or governments – are due for a sharp crash.

At the start of 2014 many wrote off bonds and said that private investors should sell their bond funds and move into shares or other assets.

But those who ignored this advice and kept their bonds investments have done well over the past year.

In fact, as a whole, bonds have beaten equities so far in 2014.

So what does 2015 hold? Again, opinion is divided.

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Islamic State May Possesss Nuclear Material Stolen From Iraq: Report

London:  Islamic State terror group may have developed a nuclear device by using radioactive uranium stolen from Iraq’s Mosul University after seizing control of the city last June, according to a British media report.

Militants boasted of the device on social media, with one even commenting on the destruction such a bomb would wreak in London, four months after the chemical went missing from Mosul University, Mirror newspaper reported.

One of the extremists making online threats to the West is British explosives expert Hamayun Tariq, who fled his home in the UK for the Middle East in 2012. Continue reading

Average UK family just ‘2 weeks away from breadline’ – report

The average UK household is just days away from an emergency situation in the event of sudden financial hardship, according to a new report to be released this week. Meanwhile, one food bank has reported a surge in new participants.

The consequences of severe economic fallout would present a real challenge for many people, considering that more than one-third of households (36 percent) in the UK have “no strategy in place to cope with financial hardship,” according to a report from Legal & General, citing data from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

The survey of some 5,000 people in the UK, analyzed in The Independent, shows marked contrast among people around the UK to be able to make ends meet following the loss of a job or other economic crisis, like a lengthy illness. In Wales, for example, most people would only be able to survive for seven days in the event of an economic setback, compared with Londoners, who would be able to keep going for 83 days before their funds ran out, according to the poll. Continue reading

EU to Israel: If you want to get along with us, make peace

Forcing this will only bring about war. Another important note is to know, which was also mentioned in another post, what happens to those who attempt to divide or split Israel.

 

The EU warned on Monday that continued growth of its bilateral ties with Israel and the Palestinian Authority was directly linked to their actions with regard to the peace process.

“The EU recalls that the future development of the relations with both the Israeli and Palestinian partners will also depend on their engagement towards a lasting peace based on a two-state solution,” the EU’s foreign ministers said after a council meeting in Brussels.

The meeting of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council comes amid increasing tension between Israel and the EU over settlement activity.

On Sunday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said that it was a mistake for the EU to link its ties with Israel to the peace process. Continue reading

David Cameron warns that second global crash is looming

PM says ‘red warning lights are flashing’ against a backdrop of instability and uncertainty, as G20 summit draws to a close

David Cameron has issued a stark message that “red warning lights are flashing on the dashboard of the global economy” in the same way as when the financial crash brought the world to its knees six years ago.

Writing in the Guardian at the close of the G20 summit in Brisbane, Cameron says there is now “a dangerous backdrop of instability and uncertainty” that presents a real risk to the UK recovery, adding that the eurozone slowdown is already having an impact on British exports and manufacturing. Continue reading

EU Tyranny: New Law against Democratically Dismantling EU from Within

Further proof that Germany runs and directs the European show, with this article highlighting its leadership positions on the continent, once again.

 

Two years ago, the European Commission proposed a law that would authorize an “independent authority” within the European Parliament [EP] to decide whether EP parties would receive an official legal status as EP parties. This legal status is needed for a party to obtain EP party subsidy, which is designed to cover 85% of party expenditures.Despite a British and Dutch lobby against the law, it was passed by the EP on September 29, 2014.

Among the demands parties have to meet are that of “internal party democracy” and that they must “respect the values on which the European Union is based.” Among these values are: “pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men.” In addition, the parties must be active in at least 7 out of 28 EU member-state countries. Continue reading

Fears of triple-dip eurozone recession as Germany cuts growth forecasts

Anti-austerity movement gains confidence as largest economy suffers from falling industrial output and geopolitical crises

Germany has slashed its growth forecasts for this year and 2015, sparking calls for a public spending boost to prevent the eurozone falling into a triple-dip recession.

Berlin now expects growth of just 1.2% this year and the same in 2015, it said on Tuesday, down from 1.8% and 2%, in the face of slowing export growth.

It came as official Eurostat figures showed that industrial production across the eurozone slumped in August by an alarming 1.8% month-on-month, meaning it was 1.9% lower than a year ago.

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Baghdad Priest: ‘Christianity Could Be at an End Here’

(CNSNews.com) – Rev. Andrew White, vicar of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, said Tuesday that he believes Christianity may be at an end in Iraq.

“The future’s very bleak,” Father White said in an interview with CNSNews.com. “For the first time, I’ve had to consider the very real fact that Christianity could be at an end here.”

“We don’t know if it will survive,” he said by phone from Baghdad. “Nobody wants to stay here. Everybody wants to get out of here.”

When asked to describe the current situation in Baghdad, White said, it “is basically the worst it’s ever been. People are very fearful … with what has happened.” Continue reading