Tag Archive: Brussels


European Parliament, American Embassy And Brussels Court House In Bomb Scare

 

 

 

 

” Brussels was the scene of 3 different bomb alerts on Monday. One involved the American embassy, another the European Parliament and a third one the Brussels Court House dubbed the Palace of Justice. One suspect has been apprehended after the bomb threat at the European Parliament; he had a chain saw and a gun in his car. All 3 bomb alerts turned out be false alarm. Belgian police have had to make dozens of interventions since the terror alert level was raised two weeks ago. Police warn that those found guilty of a bomb hoax will face harsh punishment.

  3 European Parliament buildings were evacuated around noon due to a bomb threat. Nearby Montoyer Street was closed for all traffic. The evacuation was mostly a precaution, police say, after a suspicious-looking man had been spotted in the area. The alert was lifted shortly after 1pm.

  One suspect was apprehended, a man wearing a military uniform and acting suspiciously. The suspect was also carrying car keys, which fitted a nearby car. This vehicle was searched using a sniffer dog. The bomb disposal unit DOVO was also called to the scene. No explosives were discovered, but police did find a gun and a chain saw inside the vehicle.

  The 32-year-old man, who hails from Slovakia, apparently told the police he wanted to meet the European President. An examining magistrate will have to decide whether he will remain in custody. The Brussels public prosecutor demands his arrest for possessing weapons without a license and for threatening with an attack.

  The American embassy also had a bomb scare. According to Francophone sources, a man had parked a car in front of the building in order to flee the area immediately after. The area was closed due to safety reasons by the police. One hour later, the ban to enter the area was lifted again. “

 

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Belgium Police Release Video Of Deadly Jewish Museum Attack

 

 

 

 

 

” Belgium police on Sunday released video footage of the gunman who shot and killed four people a day earlier in what appeared to be a premeditated attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

  In the video, the suspect can be seen entering the museum carrying two heavy black bags from which he then pulls a Kalashnikov automatic rifle and opens fire. The man’s face is not clear in the footage as his head is covered by a gray cap.

  An Israeli couple, a French woman and a Belgian man died in the deadly shooting, which has revived fears of a fresh wave of anti-Semitism in Europe. The Belgian national died of his wounds in hospital on Sunday.

  Speaking at a press conference in Brussels on Sunday, deputy prosecutor Ine Van Wymersch said security officials were looking for a lone suspect in the lethal shooting. The suspect, she added, was “armed and well prepared.”

 

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Rebellion Is Brewing Against The Political Elite That Has Ruined Europe

 

 

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” The EU has always been at heart an elite project. It has been defined by rule from above, made deliberately unintelligible to the average citizen. Its first architects, having lived through the fascism of the Thirties and the horrors of the Second World War, indeed had excellent reasons for distrusting democracy and the popular will.

  This helps to explain the most unlikely feature of the European system: the absence of opposition. Next month’s elections will see a surge of support for anti-European parties, but for the most part they articulate national concerns and do not walk together. Mr Farage’s Ukip, for example will have nothing to do with Mme Le Pen’s National Front. There is no common anti-European agenda – which is an important reason why the established parties will continue to dominate the European Parliament after next month’s elections.”

 

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Barack Obama’s First Visit To Brussels To Cost Belgium More Than €10m

 

 

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” As Belgium’s capital and host to the EU and Nato, Brussels is used to deploying heavy security when big names pop by. But US President Barack Obama‘s visit on Tuesday will strain the city like never before with €10m ($10.4m, £8.4m) of Belgian money being spent to cover his 24 hours in the country.

   The president will arrive on Tuesday night with a 900-strong entourage, including 45 vehicles and three cargo planes. Advance security teams orchestrating every last detail have combed Brussels already, checking the sewers and the major hospitals, while American military helicopters were last week given the green light for overflights. The city hosts at least four EU summits a year, with each of these gatherings costing €500,000 in extra police, military and transport expenses. “But this time round, you can multiply that figure by 20,” said Brussels mayor, Yvan Mayeur.”

 

The Guardian has more on the cost for Brussels , but what of the cost to American taxpayers ? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

European Far-Right Parties Team Up Against Islam And Brussels

 

 

 

” Six European far-right parties joined forces Thursday to combat immigration and European bureaucracy ahead of 2014 elections, French newspaper Liberation reported.

The parties, which include France’s Front National, are teaming up against two common enemies: Brussels and Islam, the newspaper said. The Netherlands’ PVV, Belgium’s Vlaams Belang, Italy’s Liga Norte, Swedish democrats and Austria’s Freedom Party met at a hotel in Vienna to discuss the outlines of their collaboration.

The meeting happened in secret so as not to attract the attention of possible demonstrators, the paper said, and to be able to devote their time to strategizing about the future of the far-right in Europe.

But Andreas Molzer, the organizer of the meeting and an Austrian member of the European Parliament, confirmed the meeting took place. “The points that unite us are more important than those that separate us,” he told Liberation.”

 

   The “extreme right” of Europe seems to be very similar to the Tea Party on this side of the pond . In typical leftist controlled media fashion those with a divergent viewpoint must be “extreme” . More power to the nationalists . Who really wants their country to be turned into Islamic slums even as the original citizens are forced top foot the bill ?

 

 

 

 

 

US Bugged Offices And Spied On Internal Networks Of European Union

 

 

” The United States has bugged European Union offices and gained access to EU internal computer networks, according to secret documents cited in a German magazine on Saturday, the latest in a series of exposures of alleged U.S. spy programs.

Der Spiegel quoted from a September 2010 “top secret” U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) document that it said fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had taken with him, and the weekly’s journalists had seen in part.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Most Badass Swimming Pools In The World [SLIDESHOW]

 

The Ubud Hanging Gardens pools in Bali are amazing. The multi-level infinity pool overlooking the jungle is designed to mimc the surrounding environment. (Photo: Freshome)

” The Ubud Hanging Gardens pools in Bali are amazing. The multi-level infinity pool overlooking the jungle is designed to mimc the surrounding environment. (Photo: Freshome)”

 

 

Need another sample ? Well Here you are .

 

 

The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is the longest elevated swimming pool in the world. It is 492 feet long and actually stretches across three separate buildings. (Photo: Sunday Times UK)

” The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is the longest elevated swimming pool in the world. It is 492 feet long and actually stretches across the top of 3 separate buildings. (Photo: Sunday Times UK)”

 

 

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Brussels Diamond Heist Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quite A Payday 

 

   The estimate of the value of the diamonds stolen earlier this week from Brussels Airport has been revised from $50 Million To perhaps as much as $ 350 Million .

 

 

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$50 Million Diamond Heist

Armed Robbers Snatch $50m In Uncut Diamonds From Brussels Airport

 

 

 

” Eight heavily armed robbers have stolen a consignment of diamonds worth up to £32 million from a Brinks van on the runway of Brussels airport.

The gang, wearing masks, hooded tops and armed with automatic weapons equipped with laser sights, struck just before 7.50pm on Monday night in a raid that lasted just three minutes.

Their target was a Brink’s diamond and jewelry services truck that was loading the 8.05pm Helvetic airlines flight bound for Zurich.

The robbers used two vehicles, using a Mercedes van to break through a security fence and escaping in an Audi disguised with a blue flashing light as a police car.

The first vehicle was later recovered burned out in a Brussels suburb, the second car disappeared without trace.”