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Theresa May to use powers dating back to Henry VIII to convert EU laws without parliamentary scrutiny

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A day after invoking Article 50, setting Brexit negotiations in motion, the government will set out plans to convert European laws into domestic legislation. Up to 1,000 will be passed without parliamentary scrutiny, using powers dating back to Henry VIII.

Prime Minister Theresa May will on Thursday publish a white paper detailing the Great Repeal Bill.

The bill will repeal the European Communities Act, which says EU law is supreme over Britain's, repatriating more than 40 years of powers back to Westminster from Brussels.

It will transpose existing EU legislation into domestic UK law and ensure the UK leaves the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. This, the government says, will avoid a "black hole in our statute book" and will mean the "UK will be an independent sovereign nation."

Comment: May has also been accused of using the threat of terrorism as leverage during Brexit negotiations:
In a letter handed to the President of the EU Council Donald Tusk by the UK's ambassador to the EU Tim Barron, May stressed the UK's primary intent is to maintain a "deep and special partnership" EU members.

However, the letter's positive vibes soon took a more threatening tone.

"In security terms, a failure to reach agreement would mean our cooperation in the fight against crime and terrorism would be weakened," the PM said.

The European Parliament's Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt told MEPs it is unacceptable for the UK to use its strength in intelligence and security services as leverage to secure a good trade deal from EU negotiations.

When asked if he thought May's suggestion amounted to blackmail, Verhofstadt said: "I tried to be a gentleman towards a lady, so I didn't even use or think about the use of the word blackmail.

"I think the security of our citizens is far too important to start a trade-off of one and the other," he said.

"Both are absolutely necessary in the future partnership without bargaining this one against the other."

May shrugged off accusations in the House Commons of using security cooperation as a "bargaining chip" to obtain a good deal for the UK.

"We will not be trading the security of our country, but we have a relationship with the EU," she said.


RT covered both of this week's big protests, guess what Fake News CNN did

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If you are relying on CNN for your news, you are probably only getting half the story. Especially if two major European stories of recent days are anything to go by.

On Sunday, as protests took place across Russia, I found myself far from the action. In a Balkan hotel room, to be precise, where the only channel available in either English, Russian or German was CNN. And it's fair to say they offered tremendous coverage of the rallies, even if they exaggerated their importance. In fact, you might suggest they appeared to revel in them.

And, you know what? If marches were held in America, against a top US official, there's little doubt RT would be on hand to document them too. Because that's what international news outlets should do. Hence, why RT viewers and readers on Sunday were kept well informed of events. Indeed, I was able to pair up CNN's TV output with RT's live online feed to follow everything more carefully.

Bad Guys

'Civilians bombed every day': US to launch formal investigation into Mosul airstrikes

© Zohra Bensemra / Reuters
Displaced Iraqis flee their homes, while Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul
The US military has elevated the level of inquiry into the suspected Mosul airstrike that allegedly killed dozens of civilians from a "credibility assessment" to a full formal investigation, the head of the US Central Command has said at a Congress briefing.

"It will be a more formalized approach to really look into the details of this as much as we can to establish what happened, establish what the facts are, identify accountability and then certainly identify the lessons learned out of that," Army General Joseph Votel, the US CENTCOM commander, saidduring a House Armed Services Committee hearing, referring to the incident on March 17.

Dozens of civilians died as a residential building in western Mosul collapsed after a suspected airstrike carried out by the US-led coalition.


Putin announces he's 'ready to meet Trump' at upcoming Arctic summit in Finland

© Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech at a session of the International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia March 30, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he would be ready to meet with US President Donald Trump at the upcoming summit of Arctic countries in Finland, if the talks are properly prepared.

"I believe Finland suits this purpose well, and Helsinki is a very convenient platform to organize an event like this," Putin said, when asked if he thought a meeting between him and Trump was possible in Finland.

However, he added that the event should be well prepared "by both sides."


El Salvador says no to gold to become first country to ban metal mining

© David Mercado / Reuters
The smallest country in Central America - El Salvador - has approved a law prohibiting all metal mining in an attempt to protect the environment and natural resources. It is the first country in the world to do so.

The new law, supported by 70 lawmakers, bans all exploration, extraction, and processing of metals both in open pits and mines.

"It's a historic day in El Salvador. It's a historic day for the whole world,", Environment Minister Lina Pohl told reporters after a vote in Congress, as quoted by the Financial Times.

"This is a brave step, an extraordinary step, and an enormous step toward reversing the environmental degradation in this country," she added.

Георгиевская ленточка

What if Putin is telling the truth? Then what?

© RIA Novosti/Sergey Guneev
On April 26 Russia's main national TV station, Rossiya 1, featured President Vladimir Putin in a documentary to the Russian people on the events of the recent period including the annexation of Crimea, the US coup d'etat in Ukraine, and the general state of relations with the United States and the EU. His words were frank. And in the middle of his remarks the Russian former KGB chief dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago.

Putin stated bluntly that in his view the West would only be content in having a Russia weak, suffering and begging from the West, something clearly the Russian character is not disposed to. Then a short way into his remarks, the Russian President stated for the first time publicly something that Russian intelligence has known for almost two decades but kept silent until now, most probably in hopes of an era of better normalized Russia-US relations.

Putin stated that the terror in Chechnya and in the Russian Caucasus in the early 1990's was actively backed by the CIA and western Intelligence services to deliberately weaken Russia. He noted that the Russian FSB foreign intelligence had documentation of the US covert role without giving details.

What Putin, an intelligence professional of the highest order, only hinted at in his remarks, I have documented in detail from non-Russian sources. The report has enormous implications to reveal to the world the long-standing hidden agenda of influential circles in Washington to destroy Russia as a functioning sovereign state, an agenda which includes the neo-nazi coup d'etat in Ukraine and severe financial sanction warfare against Moscow. The following is drawn on my book, Amerikas' Heilige Krieg.

Comment: And so it goes in The Great Game.


Foundation to assist Palmyra restoration to be set up in Russia

© Sputnik/ Mikhail Alayeddin
As Syrian Palmyra lies in ruins after liberation from Daesh extremists, a foundation to bring together construction, restoration and financing organizations to accelerate the reconstruction of the ancient city is planned to be established in Russia.

A foundation to bring together various interested organizations and to help collect the funds required to restore the Syrian city of Palmyra will be established in Russia, Mikhail Piotrovsky, the director of the Russian State Hermitage Museum, said on Wednesday.

"UNESCO will coordinate the project, but it will not fund the restoration of Palmyra... We will have to look for funding. Which is why we are establishing a foundation that will bring together Russian construction, restoration and financing organizations and, hopefully, will collect the money," Piotrovsky told Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper.

Mr. Potato

This Democrat lawmaker has "damning evidence" Russia meddled in US elections. His smoking gun is John McCain

© Fox News
Tucker Carlson asks this Democrat nutcase to show evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

How many lies can a politician say in one 5 minute TV segment.

Wisconsin Democrat Mark Pocan says he's read classified reports and there's "damning evidence" of Trump-Russia collusion and that reporters will be breaking stories.

We are eight months into this complete liberal left scam, and we have exactly zero evidence from anyone.


Destroy Daesh? No consensus yet

Anti-Daesh coalition
While Washington multiplies the signals confirming its intention to destroy Daesh, the British and the French, followed by the rest of the Europeans, are contemplating going their own way. London and Paris may have coordinated the attacks on Damascus and Hama in order to force the Syrian Arab Army to move out to defend them, and consequently, to weaken their presence around Raqqa. The Europeans are hoping to organise the flight of the jihadists towards the Turkish frontier.

The meeting of the anti-Daesh Coalition in Washington, on 22-23 March, went very badly. Although in appearance, the 68 members reasserted their will to fight this organisation, in reality, they only displayed their differences.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reminded the Congress of President Trump's commitment to destroy Daesh, and no longer simply to reduce it, as the Obama administration had stated. By doing so, he placed before the members of the Coalition a fait accompli - without discussion.

First problem - how can the Europeans in general, and the British in particular, save their own jihadists, if it's no longer a question of displacing them, but eliminating them.


Bill to audit the FED passes House Committee, and could become law

For decades, the Federal Reserve of the United States Government has been ignoring Freedom of Information requests (FOIA), even finding and using loopholes to get around such requests from citizens, in regards as to how the world's most powerful financial institution conducts its business. Nearly everything about the Federal Reserve remains a carefully and closely guarded secret. Yet, despite repeated requests from officials aware of its unscrupulous nature, the FED refuses to open its doors, let alone its financial books, to those stakeholders who dutifully claim the rights to know more: the U.S. citizenry.

For years, proponents of transparency have made repeated attempts to force the FED to operate with at least the same level of transparency with which the Congress operates to no avail. However, that could soon change.

The latest bill to hold the FED accountable was approved by the Republican-controlled Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Tuesday. This bill began under former Congressman Ron Paul's term and is being pushed through by his son.

As Market Watch reports, analysts said the measure has a better chance to become law now that Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House. Paul's son, Rand, the Republican senator from Kentucky, has introduced a similar measure in the Senate.

Proponents of auditing the FED say the central bank wields too much power, operates in near total secrecy, and is accountable to no one. Only an "outside auditor" employed by the FED is allowed to audit the FED's books, not the government itself.