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  • New ‘Italy First’ Coalition Wants To Deport 500,000 Migrants

    05/21/2018 6:01:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    Voice of Europe ^ | 05/21/18 | Abdelhamid Kaddour
    On the 18th of May, the Five Star-Movement and the League struck a deal to form a populist government. One of their government’s pledges is to deport half-a-million migrants. A few days before the deal, EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos stated that he wished Italy would “not change its migratory policy”. The government deal not only changes the migratory policy of Italy, it revolutionises it. The programme calls for the deportation of the 500,000 migrants present in Italy. “Today, there are around 500,000 illegal migrants in Italy (…) expulsion orders are not enough: those who don’t have the right to...
  • What's next for Italy as populists take charge?

    05/21/2018 5:55:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    AFP/France 24 ^ | 21 May 2018
    ROME (AFP) - Italy's proposed coalition government has promised a mix of far-right, anti-establishment and eurosceptic policies, leaving the international community wondering what the future holds for the eurozone's third largest economy. Here are answers to five pressing questions as the League and Five Star Movement (M5S) prepare to take charge. - Could Italy leave the euro? - Despite outspoken criticism of the European Union from both parties, the final version of the M5S-League government programme does not mention a unilateral exit from the eurozone. M5S abandoned their idea of a referendum on the euro and while the League has...
  • Italy’s Five Star and League parties to unveil eurosceptic government

    05/21/2018 5:40:52 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2018-05-21
    The leader of Italy's far-right League party announced on Sunday that it had reached an agreement with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement on a nominee to be the country's next prime minister. Matteo Salvini said the two eurosceptic parties had also selected members of the cabinet after intense political wrangling. "We are agreed on the head and the ministers of the government and we hope that no-one will veto a choice that represents the will of the majority of Italians," Salvini said, adding that neither he nor Five Star Movement chief Luigi Di Maio would take the role of premier....
  • U.S. Imported More than 10M Immigrants in Last Decade, Exceeding the Population of NYC

    05/21/2018 5:36:30 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | May 20, 2018 | John Binder
    The United States has imported more than 10 million legal immigrants in the last ten years, federal data circulated by the White House reveals. Since 2008, the U.S. has admitted and permanently resettled close to 10.8 million legal immigrants, a foreign population that exceeds the entire population of New York City, New York — where more than 8 million residents live. Of those roughly 10.8 million legal immigrants resettled across the U.S., the majority derives from the process known as “chain migration,” where newly naturalized citizens are allowed to bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country. Nearly...
  • ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: A TALE OF TWO COUNTRIES (CANADA VS. U.S.)

    05/21/2018 5:12:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | May 21, 2018 | Michael Cutler
    Hypocrisy thrives in the immigration debate A sign has been posted on the border that separates the United States from one of its two geographical neighbors.  Its message is clear and unmistakeable.  It reads simply:   Stop   It is illegal to cross the border here or any place other than a Port of Entry.   You will be arrested and detained if your cross here.   That sign was not posted on the border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico on the southern U.S. border.   You may also be surprised to know that the sign was not...
  • Hillary trolls Trump with Russian hat during Yale commencement

    05/21/2018 5:05:55 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 21 replies
    nypost ^ | 05/20/2018 | Chris Perez
    Hillary Clinton says she’s “still” not over the 2016 election, and she showed it Sunday during a speech at Yale — cracking a joke about Kremlin interference and busting out a large Russian hat to boot. “If you can’t beat them, join them,” Clinton quipped. The jab came during her commencement speech at Yale’s Class Day. Keeping up with the university’s longstanding tradition of bringing an “over the top hat” to the ceremony, Clinton pulled out a black Ushanka and playfully went to put it on. “I see looking out at you that you are following the tradition of over-the-top...
  • Stephen Miller: Trump America’s ‘negotiator-in-chief,’ what voters wanted ‘times 10’

    05/21/2018 4:05:52 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 21, 2018 06:47 AM | Paul Bedard
    In a break from past administrations, President Trump is using brass knuckles to personally cut deals on trade, military burden sharing, diplomacy, domestic energy production and regulations that aides describe as unprecedented and propelling an economic boom. In several detailed to Secrets, Trump has confronted world leaders in Oval Office meetings to demand better treatment and pushed his Cabinet secretaries to weigh decisions in favor of taxpayers, according to officials. “Everything that the American people hoped for when they cast that ballot for change for a new kind of leadership in Washington, everything that they hoped they would get, I...
  • Syria war: Islamic State militants leave Damascus suburbs

    05/20/2018 10:24:39 PM PDT · by Cronos · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 May 2018 | BBC
    Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have been evacuated from an enclave in the southern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a temporary ceasefire had come into effect following heavy bombardment by the Syrian military. ...army operations in the area were nearing their end and insurgent lines were collapsing. Al-Ikhbariya TV said a new plan is underway to storm IS-held areas in Hajar al-Aswad, near Yarmouk. The channel’s area correspondent said the coming hours would be “decisive” for restoring government control in Hajar al-Aswad, but didn’t mention Yarmouk. President...
  • Venezuela election: Maduro wins second term amid claims of vote rigging

    05/20/2018 8:21:18 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/20/2018 | BBC
    Venezuela's electoral council says President Nicolas Maduro has won re-election, in a vote marred by an opposition boycott and claims of foul play. Early reports said turnout for the vote was unusually low-about 46% of the electorate. The main opposition candidate, Henri Falcon, rejected the result soon after the polls closed, calling it invalid....... Government officials said the polls were "free and fair" but most of the opposition boycotted the vote. The administration of the US President Donald Trump has said it will not recognize the results of the election. Posting on Twitter ahead of the vote, the US mission...
  • How the FBI and CIA Restarted the Cold War to Protect Themselves

    05/20/2018 8:17:25 PM PDT · by ColtMeadows · 16 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 20, 2018 | Thomas J. Farnan
    On December 29, 2016, the Obama Administration – with three weeks remaining in its term – issued harsh sanctions against Russia over supposed election interference. Two compounds in the United States were closed and 35 Russian diplomats were ordered to leave the country. Russia responded by calling the actions “Cold War déjà vu.” In the two years that have elapsed since, it has been learned that the “intelligence” that formed the basis for the sanctions was beyond dubious. A single unverified “dossier” compiled by an ex-British spy with no discernable connections to Russia was shopped to FISA judges and the...
  • The Nigel Farage Show: Is the new Italian Government a bigger threat than Brexit? 1/2 20th May 2018

    05/20/2018 8:04:39 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    You Tube ^ | 5/20/2018 | OrionPrime
    (Nigel Farage at :52)"...... but other things are going on and there's a, I really think very big story out there and you'd struggle if you went through today's newspapers to really find it, the 'Sunday Times' has done more on it than anybody else, but it's what's going on in Italy. Often we get the impression in this country from those that wish us to remain in the European Union and would like to force a second referendum on us that we're the ones with the problem that everything in Brussels and across the EU is hunky dory. Well...
  • EU on "Alert"-Italy president expect to confirm new Eurosceptic government today

    05/20/2018 6:48:15 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 21 replies
    The Express ^ | 5/21/2018 | Joseph Carey
    Italy's President is expected to confirm a coalition between the League and the Five-Star Movement (M5S) today, cementing the nation as having one of the most Eurosceptic governments on the continent. Sergio Mattarella will be asked to approve the formation of the coalition government today-the two parties have been in talks since March's election......... Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the Five Star Movement, sent a stern message to the EU yesterday by insisting that he will attempt to renegotiate EU rules as part of an effort to put Italians first.....
  • Donald Trump ‘offered to ease ZTE sanctions to persuade China to help with North Korea summit’

    05/20/2018 6:00:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    SCMP ^ | 21 May, 2018
    Donald Trump ‘offered to ease ZTE sanctions to persuade China to help with North Korea summit’ An inside source said that ‘it doesn’t look like [North Korea] wants to denuclearise at all’ as US officials worry about June 12 Trump-Kim summit PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 May, 2018, 3:21am UPDATED : Monday, 21 May, 2018, 3:26am The White House has been rattled by North Korea’s recent about-face in negotiations over its nuclear weapons programme, with US President Donald Trump calling South Korean President Moon Jae-in for his thoughts on the matter, an insider has revealed. Fearing that China has poisoned North...
  • 'Absurd and incomprehensible': France warns that US-China trade deal could cost Europe

    05/20/2018 3:45:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 20 May 2018 15:00 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Europe could end up rueing a potential new deal between China and the United States after the two sides stepped back from a trade war, France’s Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire warned on Sunday. “The United States and China risk entering an agreement at the expense of Europe if Europe is not capable of showing a firm hand,” Le Maire told CNEWS television. “The United States wants to make Europe and European countries pay for China’s bad behavior. All of that is totally absurd and incomprehensible for allies,” he said. His comments came after a joint statement issued in Washington...
  • Newsprint tariffs hit newspapers hard

    05/20/2018 12:51:14 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 20, 2018 | John Diaz
    Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel,” the saying goes. Yet the Trump administration is picking a fight with American newspapers over something they buy at even greater cost and quantity: newsprint.
  • Venezuela's Maduro eyes second term despite economic crisis

    05/20/2018 1:07:49 PM PDT · by RedMonqey · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | 20 MAY 2018 | Gianrigo Marletta
    Venezuelans, reeling under a devastating economic crisis, began voting Sunday in an election boycotted by the opposition and condemned by much of the international community but expected to hand deeply unpopular President Nicolas Maduro a new mandate. Maduro, the political heir to the late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez, has presided over an implosion of once wealthy oil producer Venezuela's economy since taking office in 2013. Hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages, rising crime and broken water, power and transportation networks have sparked violent unrest, and left Maduro with a 75-percent disapproval rating.
  • Democrats may be approaching a turning point on Israel

    05/20/2018 11:32:48 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 19 replies
    This year, 27% of Democrats said their sympathies lied with the Israel over the Palestinians in their conflict, while 25% said the Palestinians. The rest said both or neither. Just two years ago (when the Democrats adopted more pro-Palestinian positions in their plank), 43% of Democrats said their sympathies aligned with Israel compared with 29% who said the Palestinians. It's not just that Democrats are split, it's how they're split. Establishment Democrats have been fighting off an insurgent progressive wing, and it's not any different on this issue. Liberal Democrats who pushed for the more pro-Palestinian language are far more...
  • Editorial: Dishonest Dems, media ignore Trump’s triumphs

    05/20/2018 10:12:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | May 20, 2018 | Staff
    Anyone expecting President Trump supporters to soften up on their allegiance to the president heading into the November midterm elections is sadly mistaken. This past week, Democrats, the FBI and the liberal elite media gave Team Trump strong reasons to remain solidly behind the Republican commander in chief and his “drain the swamp” cause. One can also argue that women voters and independents are getting tired of the incessant Trump bashing — especially when the president and his supposedly short-staffed administration (excluding the “traitorous” leakers) are piling up significant victories in domestic and foreign affairs, i.e., tax reform, employment gains,...
  • Royal Wedding Emblematic of the Decline of the Church of England

    05/20/2018 9:46:25 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 127 replies
    https://pjmedia.com ^ | MAY 19, 2018 | BY PAULA BOLYARD
    The ceremony itself featured an African-American bishop who cited the American civil rights movement and quoted Martin Luther King Jr. as often as he did Jesus. The couple opted for a secular song, “Stand by Me,” performed by a predominantly black gospel choir—jaws literally dropped—in addition to old-school Christian hymns sung by the congregation. The traditional Anglican vows were altered slightly to allow the outspoken feminist Markle to opt out of the traditional promise to obey her husband. While the acceptance of people of color into the royal fold is a welcome and long-overdue change, the acceptance of divorce and...
  • The Latest: Venezuelans line up to vote in Sunday's election

    05/20/2018 7:13:09 AM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    The Latest on Sunday's presidential election in Venezuela (all times local): 9:22 a.m.The leafy streets in the opposition stronghold of eastern Caracas were largely empty on Sunday, but voters in other parts of the city headed to the polls.Near Petare, Caracas' biggest slum, festive revolutionary music played as a few dozen voters stood in a long line to flash their so-called "fatherland cards" to socialist party volunteers. A woman wearing a Sports Ministry jacket in the red, yellow and blue colors of Venezuela's flag scanned each card with her phone —a form of verifying that cardholders had done their patriotic...