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Mass migration nightmare: "Refugee" squats coming to a town near you!

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Since the last massive migrant waves in 2015 and the creation of the so-called migrant “hotspots” all over Greece, which merely serve as processing reception centers for mass migration towards the EU, we have seen the development of the interesting case regarding the City Plaza Hotel in central Athens.
The owner of the City Plaza Hotel, a lady by the name of Aliki Papachelas, had previously made appearances in the media defending and supporting migrants and SYRIZA. Today though, she alleges that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) took over her abandoned hotel literally overnight and started using it as a base to house migrants. The hotel was not in use when this occurred, but it was still in her name and the occupation occurred without her permission. At the time, there were many rumors that hotels would be requisitioned and if they were empty. If these hotels did not provide accommodation to migrants, then the state would penalize the hotel owners.
Everybody knows to a lesser or greater extent the Greek state. It’s not famous for paying its commitments on time. When it comes to migrants, two may turn up for a room but behind them could be another 10, as “subletting” is all the rage. There have been countless cases of apartments being rented and then mattresses appearing to cover all floors and dozens of people appearing to be living in a single three bedroom flat.
The hotel City Plaza became an international status symbol of ‘refugee squats’ ie migrant displacement and economic warfare inaugurated by global corporations. It appeared all over the worlds media and was presented as a lively modern version of what migration should look like. Any buildings that are derelict on not functioning should be taken over. City Plaza was closed in 2010 and the owner after having supported Syriza suddenly started to criticize the occupation of her hotel.
The Greek state, in the era of the economic memorandums (IMF-EU economic genocide against the Greek people), started to charge all owners of property the so-called ENFIA ‘haratsi’ (property tax) whether the property was in use or not. By 2016, Aliki Papachela alleges she had accrued debts of €135,000, which had accumulated for all the properties she owned. The largest percentage of this amount came from the closed hotel. Now, according to reports, the Greek government has received near €1 billion for the mass migrant waves. The NGO’s, which are too many and too varied to keep track of, also receive tons of money. The issue here is that once the migrants are processed, then money can be claimed from the NGO’s, the United Nations, and the Greek government for provisional accommodation. Newspapers such as The Guardian obviously invert reality when alleging that “[s]quats like City Plaza accomplish their work without a cent of government or NGO funding.” In contrast, despite the $803m euros that have flowed to the Greek government and NGOs since 2015 to help them deal with the refugee crisis, refugees froze to death in camps last winter. Yet we are supposed to believe that despite large sums of money swishing around, the City Plaza has been taken over by destitute refugees all on their own without NGO help or government backing.
So is the City Plaza is a real squat independent of the owner Aliki Papachela, or is it perhaps operating in agreement with her? What is the actual purpose of this “squat” in central Athens? In the aforementioned article, The Guardian is once again illuminating:

Perhaps the squats’ real crime is breaking this barrier, and bringing refugees from the urban periphery to its heart. City Plaza is just one prominent member of a network of squats, festivals, social centers, bars, solidarity kitchens and community assemblies that form the multi-ethnic, politically radical fabric of several Athens neighborhoods.”

So is this its real purpose? In your face migration at will, wherever we want, whenever we want, accompanied by a parallel propaganda blitz by the owner that the hotel has been taken over and nothing can be done? So far so good as the story goes, but is there something else behind it all?
Aliki Papachelas has gone on the record to state that an agreement was made with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to rent the hotel to them and for her to collect income. Specifically, she has said:

“I would like to thank the crooks and criminals in the government the biggest scumbag functionaries who intervened just after an agreement had been reached with the UNHCR for the renting of my hotel to refugees. If it had been rented I would not now have lost my ancestral home and would not now be facing eviction to end up on the street or in jail.”

Papachela then goes on to name various individuals who profit from the migrant flows. These individuals have been in business for decades, tapping money from various sources. First of all is the illustrious Nikos Giannopoulos from an NGO by the name of “Diktio” (“Liaison Group for Political and Social Rights”) who was a defense witness in the pseudo-terrorist trials of “17 November” and in particular on behalf of the infamous Dimitris Koufontinas.
The second individual is Olga Lafazani, the daughter of Panagiotis Lafazanis, currently the leader of SYRIZA breakaway party “Popular Unity” (LAE). Notably, Lafazanis served as Minister of Development in the first SYRIZA government, elected January 2015. Thirdly, the political formation ANTARSYA, which encompasses a motley crew of the globalist faux-far left, is mentioned.

The occupied Hotel Oniro in Lesvos, used as a squat for refugees and migrants.


There are technically no squatting rights in Greece and there never have been, so it’s a tall order to believe that Aliki Papachela is being billed for ENFIA and all her properties are slated for repossessions whilst she cannot evict the illegal squatters. Giannopoulos has been close to SYRIZA since time immemorial, having been promoted on SYRIZA-owned media platforms such as left.gr. Why would Giannopoulos all of a sudden, with SYRIZA in power, illegally aid a squat when the government in all its pronouncements and in all its practice since coming to power has shown that it supports sustained illegal mass migration and bends over backwards to accommodate all newcomers to the detriment of its own electoral base? Why would Lafazanis, via his daughter, want to be exposed as supporting an illegal occupation? Something doesn’t quite fit.
Is this a case of the owner Aliki Papachelas actually being instructed to go against the occupation of City Plaza? Why is this being surmised? Almost a decade prior, there was another squat in central Athens, but this time it looked real and it had no media attention nor was it a darling of the global pro-migrant propaganda movement. It was in a derelict building which housed tens of thousands of migrants and was a living hellhole. Rubbish and excrement were piled everywhere, as were intravenous needles, while migrant women openly engaged in prostitution either outside of the squat or a few meters from the nearby central police station, located just a block away from Omonoia Square.
As quoted in national Greek daily Kathimerini, the mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis claims that 3,000 migrants are squatting in empty hotels in central Athens. The owners of these many properties, who don’t actually receive any media attention or interviews, unlike Aliki Papahela, are ordered to pay for electricity, water and taxes as the NGO’s turn on all the utilities without their knowledge but as their name is registered as owners they are held liable! Within the Athens city council, Petros Konstantinou of KEERFA fame (KEERFA is the main anti-racist lobby group in Greece) alleges all the fundraising ANTARSYA has performed was intended to pay the previous employees of City Plaza hotel who are owed back wages. Aliki Papachela responded by stating her hotel was rented out and they aren’t her liabilities, and that she was also owed back rent.

Occupied building in central Athens with banner which reads “Ministry of Housing Refugees.”


Via social media campaigns and posters plastered throughout Athens, “solidarity” groups — perhaps better known as the “open border brigades” — circulate endless amounts of propaganda. If anyone nearby complains or states anything that jeopardizes these squats, they are immediately labelled “fascists” or “racists” so as to silence critics and ensure nothing is questioned. One also observes constant demands for resources from the Greek population, but hardly any passion to aid destitute Greeks who are in the same dire situation.

Picture of leaflet posted on Facebook, advertising a list of needs of the occupied Hotel Oniro in Lesvos.


A June 2017 report on the City Plaza sage reads:

The City Plaza building had been empty from 2010 to 2016, when activists occupied the building and repurposed it as a building with living spaces, healthcare, education and dining for migrants and refugees.

Over 1,500 people migrants and refugees have lived in City Plaza, many of them using the building as a temporary home while they find other accommodation in Greece or another European country.

However, City Plaza owner Aliki Papahela filed appeals for its evacuation that resulted in the court decision.”

Yet, after going to court and securing an eviction, still no eviction has taken place even as we now find ourselves in 2018.

A poster picturing another squat, located on Notaras Street in central Athens.


A posting on the Facebook page for the above pictured squat on Notaras Street in the center of Athens reads as follows:
Those who manage to enter Fortress Europe come face to face with states who profit from the migrant-refugee flow and the emergence of cheap labor, paying no interest to human life and dignity. They are confronted with xenophobia and racism, institutional or not.
In this suffocating context, we are squatting an empty public building in Athens, 26 Notara St., in order to territorialize our solidarity towards refugees/immigrants to cover their immediate needs (shelter, food, medical help). This project doesn’t stand for philanthropy, state or private, but rather for a self-organized solidarity project, wherein locals and refugees-immigrants decide together. The decisive body is the squat’s open assembly where everyone is welcome to participate with no exclusions.”
Thousands of properties have been left derelict due to the economic crash in Greece and now they are being taken over with or without the owners’ consent. Activists state that there are around 4,000 empty buildings in Athens that could be used as temporary homes for refugees and migrants.
Once this situation is stabilized, pro-migrant activists will then aim for apartments for migrants and refugees. Under the current SYRIZA-led government, tens of thousands of homes are slated to be repossessed, as per troika (European Union, European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund) demands (Editor’s note: As part of the latest demands from the troika, the SYRIZA-led government has pledged to go forward with electronic repossessions of homes. These repossessions take place at the heavily-guarded offices of notaries, outside of public view, instead of at the public courthouses which had become the site of a major campaign against home repossessions and seizures). So even if you were to go bankrupt and couldn’t pay your bills, more expenses and suffering will be piled on, leading you become an internal refugee in your own country, just like what happened to the Serbs who overnight became citizens of newly-invented foreign “nations, such as Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia.
The reality is that mass migration sold as a “refugee” movement aims, in actuality, to displace the populations and workforce of the EU. Clever NGO marketing, alongside absolute promotion by the corporate media, seals the deal. Yet, as with many other issues, such activities are localized and most people do not pay attention to what is happening even in a neighboring area. However, when such realities come knocking on the door in one’s own locality, people inevitably wake up and smell the coffee.
As for the latest mass migration nightmare? It is only just now beginning to unfold…
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European Court of Justice rules Britain free to revoke Brexit unilaterally

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Britain can reverse Article 50.

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The UK is free to unilaterally revoke a notification to depart from the EU, the European Court has ruled. The judicial body said this could be done without changing the terms of London’s membership in the bloc.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) opined in a document issued on Monday that Britain can reverse Article 50, which stipulates the way a member state leaves the bloc. The potentially important ruling comes only one day before the House of Commons votes on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the EU.

“When a Member State has notified the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the European Union, as the UK has done, that Member State is free to revoke unilaterally that notification,” the court’s decision reads.

By doing so, the respective state “reflects a sovereign decision to retain its status as a Member State of the European Union.”

That said, this possibility remains in place “as long as a withdrawal agreement concluded between the EU and that Member State has not entered into force.” Another condition is: “If no such agreement has been concluded, for as long as the two-year period from the date of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU.”

The case was opened when a cross-party group of British politicians asked the court whether an EU member such as the UK can decide on its own to revoke the withdrawal process. It included Labour MEPs Catherine Stihler and David Martin, Scottish MPs Joanna Cherry Alyn Smith, along with Green MSPs Andy Wightman and Ross Greer.

They argued that unilateral revocation is possible and believe it could provide an opening to an alternative to Brexit, namely holding another popular vote to allow the UK to remain in the EU.

“If the UK chooses to change their minds on Brexit, then revoking Article 50 is an option and the European side should make every effort to welcome the UK back with open arms,” Smith, the SNP member, was quoted by Reuters.

However, May’s environment minister, Michael Gove, a staunch Brexit supporter, denounced the ECJ ruling, insisting the cabinet will not reverse its decision to leave. “We will leave on March 29, [2019]” he said, referring to the date set out in the UK-EU Brexit deal.

In the wake of the landmark vote on the Brexit deal, a group of senior ministers threatened to step down en masse if May does not try to negotiate a better deal in Brussels, according to the Telegraph. The ministers demanded that an alternative deal does not leave the UK trapped within the EU customs union indefinitely.

On Sunday, Will Quince resigned as parliamentary private secretary in the Ministry of Defense, saying in a Telegraph editorial that “I do not want to be explaining to my constituents why Brexit is still not over and we are still obeying EU rules in the early 2020s or beyond.”

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Seven Days of Failures for the American Empire

The American-led world system is experiencing setbacks at every turn.

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On November 25, two artillery boats of the Gyurza-M class, the Berdiansk and Nikopol, one tugboat, the Yany Kapu, as well as 24 crew members of the Ukrainian Navy, including two SBU counterintelligence officers, were detained by Russian border forces. In the incident, the Russian Federation employed Sobol-class patrol boats Izumrud and Don, as  well as two Ka-52, two Su-25 and one Su-30 aircraft.

Ukraine’s provocation follows the advice of several American think-tanks like the Atlantic Council, which have been calling for NATO involvement in the Sea of Azov for months. The area is strategically important for Moscow, which views its southern borders, above all the Sea of Azov, as a potential flash point for conflict due to the Kiev’s NATO-backed provocations.

To deter such adventurism, Moscow has deployed to the Kerch Strait and the surrounding coastal area S-400 batteries, modernized S-300s, anti-ship Bal missile systems, as well as numerous electronic-warfare systems, not to mention the Russian assets and personnel arrayed in the military districts abutting Ukraine. Such provocations, egged on by NATO and American policy makers, are meant to provide a pretext for further sanctions against Moscow and further sabotage Russia’s relations with European countries like Germany, France and Italy, as well as, quite naturally, to frustrate any personal interaction between Trump and Putin.

This last objective seems to have been achieved, with the planned meeting between Trump and Putin at the G20 in Buenos Aires being cancelled. As to the the other objectives, they seem to have failed miserably, with Berlin, Paris and Rome showing no intention of imposing additional sanctions against Russia, recognizing the Ukrainian provocation fow what it is. The intention to further isolate Moscow by the neocons, neoliberals and most of the Anglo-Saxon establishment seems to have failed, demonstrated in Buenos Aires with the meeting between the BRICS countries on the sidelines and the bilateral meetings between Putin and Merkel.

On November 30, following almost two-and-a-half months of silence, the Israeli air force bombed Syria with three waves of cruise missiles. The first and second waves were repulsed over southern Syria, and the third, composed of surface-to-surface missiles, were also downed. At the same time, a loud explosion was heard in al-Kiswah, resulting in the blackout of Israeli positions in the area.

The Israeli attack was fully repulsed, with possibly two IDF drones being downed as well. This effectiveness of Syria’s air defenses corresponds with Russia’s integration of Syria’s air defenses with its own systems, manifestly improving the Syrians’ kill ratios even without employing the new S-300 systems delivered to Damascus, let alone Russia’s own S-400s. The Pantsirs and S-200s are enough for the moment, confirming my hypothesis more than two months ago that the modernized S-300 in the hands of the Syrian army is a potentially lethal weapon even for the F-35, forbidding the Israelis from employing their F-35s.

With the failed Israeli attack testifying to effectiveness of Russian air-defense measures recently deployed to the country, even the United States is finding it difficult to operate in the country. As the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War confirms:

“Russia has finished an advanced anti-access/area denial (A2AD) network in Syria that combines its own air defense and electronic warfare systems with modernized equipment. Russia can use these capabilities to mount the long-term strategic challenge of the US and NATO in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East, significantly widen the geographic reach of Russia’s air defense network. Russia stands to gain a long-term strategic advantage over NATO through its new capabilities in Syria. The US and NATO must now account for the risk of a dangerous escalation in the Middle East amidst any confrontation with Russia in Eastern Europe.”

The final blow in a decidedly negative week for Washington’s ambitions came in Buenos Aires during the G20, where Xi Jinping was clearly the most awaited guest, bringing in his wake investments and opportunities for cooperation and mutual benefit, as opposed to Washington’s sanctions and tariffs for its own benefit to the detriment of others. The key event of the summit was the dinner between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump that signalled Washington’s defeat in the trade war with Beijing. Donald Trump fired the first shot of the economic war, only to succumb just 12 months later with GM closing five plants and leaving 14,000 unemployed at home as Trump tweeted about his economic achievements.

Trump was forced to suspend any new tariffs for a period of ninety days, with his Chinese counterpart intent on demonstrating how an economic war between the two greatest commercial powers had always been a pointless propagandistic exercise. Trump’s backtracking highlights Washington’s vulnerability to de-dollarization, the Achilles’ heel of US hegemony.

The American-led world system is experiencing setbacks at every turn. The struggle between the Western elites seems to be reaching a boil, with Frau Merkel ever more isolated and seeing her 14-year political dominance as chancellor petering out. Macron seems to be vying for the honor of being the most unpopular French leader in history, provoking violent protests that have lasted now for weeks, involving every sector of the population. Macron will probably be able to survive this political storm, but his political future looks dire.

The neocons/neoliberals have played one of the last cards available to them using the Ukrainian provocation, with Kiev only useful as the West’s cannon fodder against Russia. In Syria, with the conflict coming to a close and Turkey only able to look on even as it maintains a strong foothold in Idlib, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States are similarly unable to affect the course of the conflict. The latest Israeli aggression proved to be a humiliation for Tel Aviv and may have signalled a clear, possibly definitive warning from Moscow, Tehran and Damascus to all the forces in the region. The message seems to be that there is no longer any possibility of changing the course of the conflict in Syria, and every provocation from here on will be decisively slapped down. Idlib is going to be liberated and America’s illegal presence in the north of Syria will have to be dealt with at the right time.

Ukraine’s provocation has only strengthened Russia’s military footprint in Crimea and reinforced Russia’s sovereign control over the region. Israel’s recent failure in Syria only highlights how the various interventions of the US, the UK, France and Turkey over the years have only obliged the imposition of an almost unparalleled A2AD space that severely limits the range of options available to Damascus’s opponents.

The G20 also served to confirm Washington’s economic diminution commensurate with its military one in the face of an encroaching multipolar environment. The constant attempts to delegitimize the Trump administration by America’s elites, also declared an enemy by the European establishment, creates a picture of confusion in the West that benefits capitals like New Delhi, Moscow, Beijing and Tehran who offer instead stability, cooperation and dialogue.

As stated in previous articles, the confusion reigning amongst the Western elites only accelerates the transition to a multipolar world, progressively eroding the military and economic power of the US.

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Is Silicon Valley Morphing Into The Morality Police?

Who gets to define what words and phrases protected under the First Amendment constitute hate — a catchall word that is often ascribed to any offensive speech someone simply doesn’t like?

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Silicon Valley used to be technology companies. But it has become the “morality police,” controlling free speech on its platforms.

What could go wrong?

In a speech Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said:

“Hate tries to make its headquarters in the digital world. At Apple, we believe that technology needs to have a clear point of view on this challenge. There is no time to get tied up in knots. That’s why we only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence: You have no place on our platforms.”

Here’s the goliath problem:

Who gets to define what words and phrases protected under the First Amendment constitute hate — a catchall word that is often ascribed to any offensive speech someone simply doesn’t like?

Will Christians who don’t support abortion rights or having their tax dollars go toward Planned Parenthood be considered purveyors of hate for denying women the right to choose? Will millions of Americans who support legal immigration, as opposed to illegal immigration, be labeled xenophobes or racists and be banned from the digital world?

Yes and yes. How do we know? It’s already happening, as scores of conservatives nationwide are being shadow banned and/or censored on social media, YouTube, Google and beyond.

Their crime?

Running afoul of leftist Silicon Valley executives who demand conformity of thought and simply won’t tolerate any viewpoint that strays from their rigid political orthodoxy.

For context, consider that in oppressive Islamist regimes throughout the Middle East, the “morality police” take it upon themselves to judge women’s appearance, and if a woman doesn’t conform with their mandatory and highly restrictive dress code — e.g., wearing an identity-cloaking burqa — she could be publicly shamed, arrested or even stoned in the town square.

In modern-day America, powerful technology companies are actively taking the role of the de facto morality police — not when it comes to dress but when it comes to speech — affecting millions. Yes, to date, those affected are not getting stoned, but they are being blocked in the digital town square, where billions around the globe do their business, cultivate their livelihoods, connect with others and get news.

That is a powerful cudgel to levy against individuals and groups of people. Wouldn’t you say?

Right now, unelected tech billionaires living in a bubble in Palo Alto — when they’re not flying private to cushy climate summits in Davos — are deciding who gets to enjoy the freedom of speech enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and who does not based on whether they agree with people’s political views and opinions or not.

You see how dangerous this can get — real fast — as partisan liberal elites running Twitter, Facebook, Google (including YouTube), Apple and the like are now dictating to Americans what they can and cannot say online.

In communist regimes, these types of folks are known as central planners.

The election of Donald Trump was supposed to safeguard our freedoms, especially regarding speech — a foundational pillar of a democracy. It’s disappointing that hasn’t happened, as the censorship of conservative thought online has gotten so extreme and out of control many are simply logging off for good.

A failure to address this mammoth issue could cost Trump in 2020. If his supporters are blocked online — where most voters get their news — he’ll be a one-term president.

It’s time for Congress to act before the morality police use political correctness as a Trojan horse to decide our next election.

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