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Why the UK Said Bye Bye to the EU

By Pepe Escobar

So what started as a gamble by David Cameron on an outlet for domestic British discontent, to be used as a lever to bargain with Brussels for a few more favors, has metastasized into an astonishing political earthquake about the dis-integration of the European Union.

The irrepressibly mediocre Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, posing as a “historian”, had warned that Brexit, “could be the beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but Western political civilization in its entirety”.

That’s foolish. Brexit proved that it’s immigration, stupid. And once again, it’s the economy, stupid (although the British neoliberal establishment never paid attention). But serious bets can be made the EU system in Brussels won’t learn anything from the shock therapy – and won’t reform itself. There will be rationalizations that after all the UK was always classically whiny, obtrusive and demanding special privileges when dealing with the EU. As for “Western political c…

Mass Shooting at German Cinema, At Least 25 Injured

Mass Shooting at German Cinema, At Least 25 Injured
An armed man has opened fire at a cinema complex in western Germany, injuring at least 25 people.

Local media reported that between 20 and 50 people were wounded after the armed man opened fire and then barricaded himself inside the Kinoplex cinema in Viernheim town, near Frankfurt.

German Special Forces teams arrived at the scene of the incident.

German police are heading to the scene of a mass shooting in Viernheim town, near Frankfurt, on June 23, 2016.

Germany's interior minister has been quoted by local media as saying that the gunman was shot and killed during the commando operation to arrest him, British daily The Telegraph reported.

Faz newsaper said that the hostage situation has now ended and that there is "no further danger," citing police sources.

Earlier, Christiane Kobus, a German police spokesman, confirmed that a "threat situation" was underway but did not give further details.

Police in Germany are ye…

600 Terrorists Killed in joint operations with SAA in Aleppo in June: Nasrallah

600 Terrorists Killed in joint operations with SAA in Aleppo in June: Nasrallah
Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah referred to Arab media reports that Hezbollah fighters were about to be defeated in the Syrian city of Aleppo as “lies”, adding that over 600 terrorists were killed and some 80 tanks and military vehicles were destroyed in joint operations with Syrian army forces in the northwestern city in June alone.

Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah hails the movement's military commander Mustafa Badreddine, who was slain at the hands of Takfiri groups in Syria last month.

In a speech to mark 40 days since the killing of the commander, Nasrallah hailed him as a “strong and courageous commander” who never gave up defending the cause of the Lebanese resistance movement.

He said Badreddine believed Hezbollah had a big role to play in Syria and Iraq in defending the countries against the Takfiri militants.

The 55-year-old Hezbollah commander led Hezbollah's military wing, which is helping the Syrian governm…