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Pay very close attention because the same thing is happening here with the push towards a North American Union. EU lawmakers in member states don’t have a say in what happens in their own countries anymore. What is left of their national sovereignty is gone. Member countries of the EU have lost their Constitutions.

The proposed EU Constitution was met with fierce opposition but the global elites pulled a dirty trick and simply renamed the failed Constitution to RIGHTS CHARTER, and passed in Parliament, WITHOUT national referendum! Lawmakers are livid! The people are more powerless than ever.

BBC
EU leaders have signed a treaty in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, that is expected to greatly alter the way the 27-nation body operates.

The treaty creates an EU president and a more powerful foreign policy chief.

The document, signed at a ceremony at the city’s historic Jeronimos Monastery, also scraps veto powers in many policy areas.

It is a replacement for the EU constitution, which was abandoned following French and Dutch opposition.

EU leaders insist that the two texts are in no way equivalent.

But the Lisbon treaty incorporates some of the draft constitution’s key reforms, and several governments face domestic pressure over the document.

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Daily Mail

British Euro MPs led a noisy protest yesterday at a signing ceremony for a new EU rights charter. Around 100 heckling Eurosceptics from Britain, France, Poland and Italy wrecked what was supposed to be a solemn event at the Strasbourg Parliament.

They waved placards and banners, stamped, booed and chanted “referendum”. Opponents called them “hooligans” who shamed Britain.

The 50-article charter of fundamental rights will be attached to the EU’s new Reform Treaty, to be signed in Portugal today. The protesters were demanding a public vote on the treaty.

The ceremony marked the signing of the charter by the EU’s three institutions, the Parliament, Commission and the European Council.

Wearing black t-shirts and holding placards demanding referendums on the treaty, the lawmakers from countries - including Britain, France, Poland and Italy - shouted down Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates, whose country currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, as he delivered his speech.

The treaty retains key parts of a doomed EU constitution, including provisions to boost EU foreign policy and make the rights charter legally binding - except in Britain and Poland, which won opt-outs.

Ireland is due to be the only country to hold a referendum on the issue. The other 26 nations will ratify the document through parliament, much to the anger of opponents.

“Referendum, we want a referendum. The people of Europe deserve to decide for themselves,” Nigel Farage, leader of Britain’s UK Independence Party, shouted from his seat.

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World Net Daily

EuroMoney PLC, the UK-based company that arranges dozens of financial conferences around the world each year, has refused to allow WND staff reporter Jerome Corsi to attend next week’s “North American PPP (Public-Private Partnership) & Infrastructure Finance Conference” in New York, even though WND offered to pay the $1,999 conference fee required to attend.

“When government officials want to go behind closed doors with investment bankers and lawyers to discuss selling our public infrastructure to foreign investment leaders, investigative reporters need to be there to tell the public what is really going on,” Corsi said.

“Why is it that all these PPP and SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership) meetings are behind closed doors,” Corsi asked, “and government officials and their supporters think that’s normal? But when investigative reporters want to attend and report on what is being said, we are the ones who get accused of being the conspiracy theorists?”

“By refusing to allow WND to attend as a paying customer,” Corsi argued, “EuroMoney is telling the American public that they intend to conduct a secret meeting designed to teach government officials how to sell out U.S. public infrastructure to foreign investment concerns.

“I’m sure we will all be told that EuroMoney seminars and PPP structures are really for our ’security and prosperity,’ just as President Bush asserts for the SPP itself,” Corsi continued. “Evidently we are just supposed to close our eyes and trust government officials, investment bankers and international lawyers, putting aside national security concerns and other economic issues which we believe may be of concern to our readers.”

According to the conference brochure, the purpose of the EuroMoney seminar is to teach state and local government officials in the U.S. how to lease a wide range of public assets to international and foreign private investment groups.

“Your online news service is known for its political rather than business content,” EuroMoney’s Joanna Johnson explained yesterday to WND in an e-mail, while refusing to allow Corsi permission to attend the conference. “We don’t feel it’s appropriate for a business conference.”


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â??Generosity is not opening wide the borders without thought for how people will integrate, how they will subsist,â? says French Prime Minister Francois Fillon. Immigration Minister Hortefeux adds, â??undocumented immigrants have no authority to stay in France…â? French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner elaborates: â??Even though I understand the reasons for this illegal immigration, I donâ??t approve it…Returns (i.e. deportations) must be expected…France cannot accept all the worldâ??s poor.â?

Immigration Crackdown
Our future is Europe.
National Review Online
June 25, 2007

In a move that will surprise â?? maybe even shock â?? Americaâ??s conservatives, the president has apparently decided to put deportation at the forefront of his immigration policy. This is not window-dressing, but a serious and sweeping national crackdown on illegal immigration. The president has set tough numerical goals for yearly expulsions, and quotas for questioning suspected illegal aliens.

The only drawback here is that Iâ??m talking about the president of France.

Even so, the emerging crackdown on illegal immigration goes well beyond France. The European Union has just proposed a tough new plan, featuring sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants. Under the proposed new policy, ten percent of Europeâ??s companies would be inspected every year, employers would be required to run identity checks, fines would be levied on business violators, and employers who repeatedly or egregiously breach hiring laws would be subject to severe economic penalties or imprisonment.

Thatâ??s not all. The European Union as a whole, many of its individual states, and even immigrant destinations outside the EU (such as Russia) are moving to negotiate â??readmission accordsâ? with African and Asian nations. In return for financial help and the creation of well-monitored guest-worker programs, the EU hopes to obtain agreement from third-world nations to accept deported illegal migrants.

In short, Europe as a whole is moving toward a sharp crackdown on illegal immigration â?? with a plan built around deportation and tough employer sanctions.

Media Silence
Funny how thereâ??s been little more than a whisper about any of this in Americaâ??s mainstream media. True, some papers ran a story last week â?? about a group of leftist artists and academics protesting French President Sarkozyâ??s new Ministry of Immigration and National Identity. The story was little more than a press release for these anti-Sarko radicals â?? presenting no opposing views, and creating the impression that only far-right followers of Jean-Marie Le Pen support Sarkozyâ??s tough new immigration policy. Actually, the French favor Sarkozyâ??s new immigration ministry by a margin of three-to-one.

Despite limited media discussion of Europeâ??s tough new immigration stance, this story has everything to do with our own immigration dilemma. There are certainly conflicting political currents on immigration in Europe, and the final policy outcome is by no means certain. Still, the overall trend toward toughness is clear, as is the European publicâ??s deep disenchantment with uncontrolled immigration.

The Europeans are moving toward a â??comprehensiveâ? immigration policy of their own, and that certainly includes expanded opportunities for legal immigration. Yet bitter experience with uncontrolled immigration from the Muslim world has apparently taught Europeans that reform needs to focus on tough sanctions against illegal immigration, cultural assimilation, a paring back of family reunification, greater language competence and job skills, and temporary-worker programs that are truly temporary.

Returns Expected

Franceâ??s newfound status as Europeâ??s leading opponent of uncontrolled immigration has everything to do with the suburban riots around Paris in the fall of 2005. France has more Muslims than any other European country, and broadly speaking immigrant integration has worked out somewhat better in parts of France than elsewhere in Europe. Nevertheless, the large numbers of embittered and poorly integrated Muslim immigrants and their descendants concentrated in the suburbs around Paris have convinced the French public that uncontrolled immigration, and a cavalier attitude toward assimilation, are no longer acceptable. That conviction has much to do with Sarkozyâ??s recent victory.

Back when president Sarkozy was minister of the Interior, he doubled the number of deportations to 24,000 annually. Now heâ??s raised the target for 2007 to 25,000 expulsions. With somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000 illegal immigrants in France, several years of expulsions at that level are bound to make a serious dent in the total. According to Brice Hortefeux, who heads the new â??Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Co-Development,â? the number of illegals in France has already started to drop. The tough expulsion policy has also discouraged new illegals from entering. Christopher Caldwell recently reported that even French-speaking illegal immigrants from Africa now prefer Spain as a destination, avoiding France because of its rigid labor markets, but also because of Sarkozyâ??s tough immigration stance……

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Newsday

Edinburgh, Scotland (AP) — A U.S. citizen who moved to Scotland at the start of the Great Depression said Friday that she could be deported from Britain as an illegal immigrant and was scared of returning to an America she didn’t remember.

Marguerite Grimmond, 80, was born in Detroit, but at the age of two she moved to Arbroath in northeast Scotland with her Scottish mother.

In May, she traveled outside of Britain for first time since 1929 on a family vacation to Australia. But when she returned, immigration officials at London’s Heathrow Airport said she did not have the necessary permit to remain in Britain, Grimmond said.

‘My mother was Scottish, my husband is Scottish and my children are Scottish, so I never even realized I was not,’ she said. ‘It’s a horrible feeling to think I may be deported.’

The Home Office said it could not comment on individual cases.

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Maybe George W. Bush will become the President of the North American Union some day.

FT.com

Tony Blair, the British prime minister, could end up swapping Downing Street for a job as the first full-time European Union president, under a plan being actively touted by Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president.

Mr Sarkozy is understood to have discussed the idea with other EU leaders ahead of next weekâ??s European summit, Mr Blairâ??s last major international event as prime minister.

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They have no skills, so they can’t find work. Now they are lashing out against the country that took them in. Sweden’s liberal asylum laws have turned the country’s demographic makeup upside down. They are now 25% Muslim and the muslim population is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

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American Chronicle

The global government movement was designed by the wealthiest men in our world. It was designed to support their corporations, their foundations, their opinions, and the continuance of their family dynasties. It was designed to merge their corporate powers with and into governmental powers. It was designed to hand themselves total control of the worldâ??s wealth, which means land.

They achieved their missions, first and foremost, by capturing financial control of research and development, and they did so by funding research and development via their corporate foundations.

They also created the United Nations. They created private clubs that could operate in secret, like the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, etc., and they also created training grounds for future comrades via the secret societies inside of their Ivy League universities.

The lives and perks of such people are beyond what commoners can imagine. The power and the money at their disposal are, frankly, beyond our comprehension. It is, in fact, mostly impossible for commoners to believe. Hence, the current state of their global affairs exists. Our â??freedomâ? is no more than a figment of our imaginations and truly an untruth. We have no freedom. It is, in fact, nonexistent.

Politicians are no longer politicians. They work for the worldâ??s elite and represent no common man or country. They are highly paid brainwashers, visioning facilitators, deceivers, liars, and thieves. We are forced to pay their salaries. We are forced to fund all global governance initiatives, which literally stole the wealth, property, savings, and security of every commoner on the planet. The wealth that was amassed in the last 3 decades by these criminals truly is beyond comprehension â?? literally beyond the comprehension of common people. We live in unfathomable states of ignorance. We have been robbed blind, yet we still canâ??t acknowledge the theft of our money, livelihoods, children, potential, nation, and future.

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NewsMax.com

Contrary to Mr. Kenneth Timmerman’s commentary on the French election, “French Elect Thatcherite as President,” Nicolas Sarkozy’s core issues were not “free trade” and getting along with the U.S. or cutting taxes and ending welfare.

Those things might be in his agenda somewhere, but they are not what got him elected. Mr. Timmerman barely referred to the real reasons right of center Sarkozy won the presidency of France this weekend.

Luckily Mr. Sarkozy is not mealy mouthed wishy washy on immigration as are the majority of American politicians. Nor is he an open borders, amnesty, guest-worker program activist as is George W. Bush and his administration.

Certainly Sarkozy is more interested in French nationhood than some U.S. neocon open borders big government/big business groupie who sees things almost entirely in global economic terms and what is best for the “private-public” partnership that has evolved between the U.S. government and multinational corporations.

Sarkozy got elected because of his stand on immigration, national identity and patriotism â?? simple as that.

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“The group is working to meet a mid-May deadline. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, has set aside the last two weeks of the month for the Senate to debate immigration legislation.”

Senators push for immigration compromise
Washington Post
April 29, 2007

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of a bipartisan group of U.S. senators are pushing to reach agreement on immigration reform that would offer some illegal immigrants a chance to become citizens, and the coming month will prove critical to their efforts.

Lawmakers have been struggling to come up with a formula providing tougher border and workplace enforcement while addressing the status of some 11 million illegal immigrants who live and work in the shadows.

“I am really hopeful we can come up with something we can all live with,” said Sen. Mel Martinez, a Florida Republican, who is among a bipartisan group that has been participating in the discussions.

The group is working to meet a mid-May deadline. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, has set aside the last two weeks of the month for the Senate to debate immigration legislation.

President George W. Bush backs a comprehensive approach but legislation last year that would have created a guest worker program and offered many illegal immigrants a shot at citizenship failed in the face of stiff opposition by a group of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This year lawmakers are engaging in a delicate balancing act to write a law supported by majority Democrats, who want a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, while satisfying conservative Republicans, like Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, who do not want amnesty and say they do not want to reward illegal immigrants by giving them an easy path to citizenship.

“Legislative language is being drafted,” said Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican. “No one has agreed to anything because we really haven’t seen anything in writing.”

An aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat who is a leading player in the negotiations, said progress was being made although there was no agreement yet.

A Senate Republican leadership aide said there were still major sticking points. “The agreement is much further away than has been suggested,” the aide said.

COMMON GROUND

Whether a liberal like Kennedy and a conservative like Kyl can agree is unclear. Negotiators have offered few details on the talks and analysts say common ground likely remains elusive.

“There are people in both parties who are not really going to be for the deal,” said Tamar Jacoby, an immigration expert with the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research……

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President George W. Bush stands with European Union leaders Monday, June 20, 2005, in the Oval Office. From left are: Javier Solana, Foreign Policy Chief of the European Union; Jean-Claude Juncker, European Union President; President Bush, and EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Yahoo.news

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Tuesday criticized U.S. plans to extend barriers along its border with Mexico, saying immigrants should not be treated like criminals.

“A wall that separates one country from another is not something that I like or that the European Union members like,” Solana said at a news conference in Mexico City. “We don’t think walls are reasonable instruments to stop people from crossing into a country.”

The EU believes immigrants should be treated “like people, not like criminals,” he said.

In October, President Bush signed a bill calling for 680 miles of new fencing (an amnesty con-job) to be built along the border, despite objections from the Mexican government.

Mexico has lobbied for comprehensive immigration reform that would let more migrants enter the United States legally.

Here’s an excerpt from an interesting article on world government, and Javier Solana called THE END OF TIMES.

NewsWithViews

As previously indicated, Rhodes scholars Bill Clinton, Strobe Talbott, and Richard Gardner were largely responsible for Solana’s appointment as head of NATO in 1995. Currently, he is Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union (EU), and responsible for coordinating its military and foreign policy as well. On November 20, 1999, he also became Secretary-General of the Council of the Western European Union (WEU).

According to attorney Constance Cumbey, an expert on Solana, the EU was pushed by the World Federalists beginning in the late 1940s as part of a movement toward regionalization leading to a world government. President Clinton in 1993 wrote a letter to the World Federalist Association supporting world government (see letter here). And on October 17, 1997, he stated to reporters in Buenos Aires: “What I’m trying to do is to promote a process of reorganization of the world so that human beings are organized in a way that takes advantage of the new opportunities of this era….If we can prove that you can merge integrated economies and integrated democracies, then we’ll be more likely to build a global system of this kind.”

This “integration” of nations and their economies is an important part of Cecil Rhodes’ plan “to take the government of the whole world,” and Javier Solana has played a key role regarding European integration.

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The same thing will happen here with the formation of a North American Union. We loose our our sovereignty, our constitution and our rights. We are living in dangerous times.

IHT.com

LONDON: Europe does not need a constitution, Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain said Monday, but should opt for a less ambitious new treaty that would not require a referendum.

After talks with the Dutch prime minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, Blair said the two countries’ positions on how to break the logjam over the European constitution were very close.

“What the Dutch and the British are saying is that it is important we go back to the idea of a conventional treaty, where the idea is to make Europe work more effectively, because we now have 27 countries rather than 15,” Blair said during a news conference with Balkenende, “rather than a treaty with the characteristics of a constitution.”

In 2005, French and Dutch voters rejected a European constitution in referendums, halting reform of the European Union’s decision-making procedures and institutions.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, which holds the EU’s six-month presidency, wants to resuscitate the treaty and the subject will be a main topic of debate at an EU leaders meeting in June.

Balkenende said that during the referendum campaign in the Netherlands voters had voiced fears about Brussels becoming a superstate, showing that the constitution was seen as not belonging “to the hearts and minds of people.”

Blair’s spokesman said an amending treaty would not require a referendum “in the same way that for the last 50 years other treaties of the kind that we’re envisaging haven’t needed a referendum.”

Blair suspended plans for a British referendum on the EU constitution after the French and Dutch votes. Given widespread Euro-skepticism in Britain, the government fears it could lose such a vote.

Balkenende said debate on any amendment treaty should focus on explaining the responsibility of Brussels, strengthening the role of national parliaments and deciding whether rules for future enlargement of the bloc could be incorporated into it.

The foreign affairs spokesman for Britain’s Conservative Party, William Hague, accused Blair of doing a U-turn on the EU constitution and said this left Blair with very little credibility. “It is not enough to change the title,” he said.

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