European Union

Silicon Valley Censorship

Google's latest project is an application called Perspective, which, as Wired reports, brings the tech company "a step closer to its goal of helping to foster troll-free discussion online, and filtering out the abusive comments that silence vulnerable voices." In other words, Google is teaching computers how to censor.

Frontrunning: July 27

  • Healthcare showdown (Reuters)
  • Tax Overhaul in Doubt With House Stuck on Budget Disagreements (BBG)
  • Dollar steadies after Fed skid, shares hit new highs (Reuters)
  • Samsung Is Closing In on Apple as World’s Most Profitable Tech Firm (WSJ)
  • Sweden's PM Refuses to Resign After Cyber-Security Scandal (BBG)

EU To Force Poland, Hungary And Czech Republic To Accept Refugees

One month after the EU's executive Commission launched legal cases against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for "defaulting on their legal obligations" by refusing to accept migrants, on Wednesday the three Central European nations suffered another blow after Brussels mounted a legal fightback to force them to comply with EU refugee quotas.

EU Gives Poland One Month Ultimatum, Threatens With "Article 7 Procedure"

The European Commission escalated the diplomatic row between Brussels and Warsaw when it announced that the EU was launching legal infringement proceedings and giving Warsaw a one month ultimatum over one of the recently passed reforms to Poland's court system, threatening that the country's voting rights could be suspended

Frontrunning: July 26

  • Oil bounce, results keep stocks on high (Reuters)
  • Healthcare brawl returns to Senate floor (Reuters); Senate Sets Up Health Votes for Chaotic Obamacare Debate (BBG); Health Debate Rolls On After First Option Fails (WSJ)
  • Who Will Blink First in the Sessions Standoff? (BBG)
  • Iran Says ‘Hostile’ U.S. Sanctions Vote Undermines Nuclear Deal (BBG)
  • Russia Warns of ‘Painful’ Response If Trump Backs U.S. Sanctions (BBG)

EU Faces Dilemma: To Stand Tall Or Kneel

"Until now Europe has failed to resist American pressure. This is another opportunity to take a stand and defy Washington. The European Commission will discuss next steps today... The outcome will be a litmus test for Europe's unity to show whether the bloc is really a powerful alliance of the countries ready to protect their interests or it is nothing more than a puppet on a string dancing to the US tune."

The Current Big Lie Is...

"The Big Lie today is this: that the reason for the economic sanctions against Russia, is that 'Putin' or Russia 'stole' or 'conquered' or 'seized' the Crimea region of Ukraine. The Big Truth, about the matter, is that US President Obama conquered Ukraine itself (all of it), via a February 2014 CIA coup that he had secretly started planning by no later than 2011..."

Frontrunning: July 24

  • Kushner, Russian Ambassador Had Undisclosed Contact (WSJ)
  • Democrats take aim at big companies in economic blueprint (Reuters)
  • Trump open to signing Russia sanctions legislation (Reuters)
  • Senate GOP Unsure of What Health-Care Measure They Will Vote On (WSJ)
  • Japan PM Abe denies favors for friend amid falling support (Reuters)

Protecting The Cheaters: EU Regulators In Bed With German Auto Industry Regarding Diesel

"We can debate at length what pollution standards should be. What’s not debatable is German auto corporations lied and cheated their way to good results and now they are caught with their pants down, at least twice. Either way, diesel is on the way out. And with that pending change, Germany’s vaunted lead in auto technology has turned into ashes. Meanwhile, EU regulators are prepared to look the other way in an attempt to give German manufacturers time to catch up."

A Coup In The House Of Saud?

The secret is out: the ascension of Mohammad bin Salman, displacing CIA favorite Mohammad bin Nayef as Crown Prince, was in fact a white coup...

EU "Sounds Alarm" Over New US Sanctions On Russia; Germany Threatens Retaliation

The European Union "sounded an alarm on Saturday" about moves in the U.S. Congress to step up U.S. sanctions on Russia, urging Washington to keep coordinating with its G7 partners. In a statement by a spokeswoman after Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress reached a deal that could see new legislation pass, the European Commission warned of possibly "wide and indiscriminate" "unintended consequences."