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  • Three young Jews severely attacked by Muslim mob in France

    10/03/2012 9:25:49 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | October 2, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    Obama say, "respect it!" Islamic Jew-hatred -- it's in the quran. Holy evil. The article is written in enemedia speak -- "immigrant," "north African," "Asian," and "youth" are all euphemisms for "muslim." Where is the worldwide outcry? No, only my ads elicit that kind of condemnation. Three young Jews wearing skullcaps severely attacked in France EJP LYON (EJP)---Three young Jews wearing skullcaps have been severely attacked Saturday night in Villeurbanne, near Lyon, by ten people, described as being of North-African origin, who beat them with hammers and iron bars, an act denounced as "extremely serious" by French Interior Minister Manuel...
  • Thousands protest against French austerity budget

    10/02/2012 12:00:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 01.10.12 @ 09:51 (October 1) | Benjamin Fox
    French President François Hollande faced his first serious public backlash after up to 50,000 lined the streets of Paris on Sunday (30 September) in protest against his €37 billion austerity budget. Organizers of the event, which brought together around 60 left-wing groups, claimed that 50,000 protesters took to the streets to denounce the cuts program. "Today is the day the French people launch a movement against the politics of austerity," said the Front de Gauche president, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who finished fourth in the Presidential elections. …
  • France to cover 100 percent of abortion costs

    10/01/2012 4:07:09 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 20 replies
    France24.com ^ | 10/1/12 | Staff
    France on Monday unveiled a package of reforms designed to increase access to abortion, including 100 percent reimbursement of medical costs by the state social security system. At present French women are only able to claim back between 70 and 80 percent of the costs, which average between 200 and 450 euros depending on whether the abortion is induced by medication taken at home or carried out by surgical procedure in a clinic. The change to full reimbursement was included in the 2013 social security budget unveiled on Monday. In a statement the government said the move was "necessary to...
  • EU: Another domino falls as Hollande pushes France into depression

    09/30/2012 1:44:36 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 29 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/30/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    If French President François Hollande thinks he can assuage the bond markets by dishing out tax-heavy austerity instead of genuine reform, he has been given very bad advice. His tragically-misguided budget offers no strategic plan to reverse -- or even to stop -- thirty years of slow national decline. He offers no worthwhile measures to slim the Leviathan state, now a Nordic-sized 55pc of GDP, without Nordic labour flexibility or Nordic free markets. He does not tell us how he will stem the slide in France’s share of eurozone exports over the last decade, down from 17pc to 13pc, or...
  • We're Getting Close To A Real Freakout About France...

    10/01/2012 4:29:50 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-1-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    We're Getting Close To A Real Freakout About France... Joe WeisenthalOct. 1, 2012, 4:19 AM In the last several days, the chatter about the dismal situation in France has grown much louder. Today's PMI reading doesn't help. In case you missed it, it was a cliff dive. See the blue line. Then of course there was Hollande's new soak-the-rich austerity budget that has people wondering whether all the rich will flee, undermining the whole thing. In fairness to Hollande, the "cut benefits to the poor" austerity budgets of other countries haven't exactly worked wonders either. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard declares: Another domino...
  • France’s Socialist 75 percent tax rate is economic suicide

    10/01/2012 12:38:49 AM PDT · by UnapologeticConservative · 32 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | September 28, 2012 | Nile Gardiner
    Back in May I wrote a piece describing Francois Hollande’s election victory as emblematic of the EU’s decline, noting that “his government promises to be a symbol of everything that is wrong with Europe today.” True to his election campaign promise, the new French president, together with his prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, has outlined his plans for a 75 percent marginal income tax rate tax on anyone earning more than €1 million Euros a year. This is economic suicide for the second biggest economy in Europe, a supreme act of financial har-kiri for a country whose public debt has now...
  • France adopts 'combat budget' for 2013

    09/29/2012 3:15:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.09.12 @ 17:36 | Valentina Pop
    France's Socialist government on Friday (28 September) unveiled €30 billion ($38.6 billion) worth of tax hikes and spending cuts in a bid to bring the public deficit in line with EU rules next year. Dubbed a "combat budget" by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, the fiscal plan is based on sharp tax increases for the rich (75% on millionaires) and for companies expected to bring in €20 billion ($25.7 billion).The budget is based on the assumption the economy will grow by 0.8 percent.This may prove difficult, as France's growth was zero this year and the continuing eurozone crisis is worsening the...
  • France’s “No Limit” Tax Perfect for Zero

    09/29/2012 4:51:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2012 | John Ransom
    If you ever wondered what Obama would do in a reprise of America’s Got President, the Next Term, you only have to look at Obama’s European hero, French President Francois Hollande. The guy’s becoming a Taxinator: half man, half machine, all taxes, all the time.  As a result France is becoming the juggernaut of worldwide taxation.  While it stinks to be a producer of tax revenues in France, man if you want to leach off the rest of the European economy- or what’s left of it- France is the place for you.  Hollande not only wants to the tax the...
  • Marseille residents force out Roma, burn their camp

    09/28/2012 11:52:49 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 30 replies
    By FRANCE 24 ^ | 28/09/2012
    Residents of a housing estate in the southern French city of Marseille forced a group of Roma (Gypsy) families that had installed themselves nearby to move on, before burning all that remained of their encampment, local press reported on Thursday. According to La Provence newspaper, police were called to separate dozens of the residents from the Roma families, who left the site in Marseille’s 15th arrondissement (district) “without violence”, police said. Everything that was left behind was gathered up and burned. Police said no arrests were made and that there had been no violence. The locals, according to La Provence,...
  • France taxes rich and business to slash deficit

    09/28/2012 7:22:20 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/28/2012 | Daniel Flynn and Leigh Thomas
    President Francois Hollande's Socialist government unveiled sharp tax hikes on business and the rich on Friday in a 2013 budget aimed at showing France has the fiscal rigor to remain at the core of the euro zone. The package will recoup 30 billion euros ($39 billion) for the public purse with a goal of narrowing the deficit to 3.0 percent of national output next year from 4.5 percent this year - France's toughest single belt-tightening in 30 years. But with record unemployment and a barrage of data pointing to economic stagnation, there are fears the deficit target will slip as...
  • Mali: France pointed against al-Qaeda

    09/26/2012 9:55:01 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Le Figaro ^ | September 24, 2012 | Isabelle Lasserre
    Paris and its allies are working on an intervention to rid the region of the terrorist threat. The principle of military action against AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) is now established. The capitals of numerous countries are actively working to develop a politico-military strategy intended to rid the region of the terrorist threat. Because it is targeted by AQIM, France is at the forefront of future operation, which will be composed of the backbone forces of ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West Africa. Bogged down in Afghanistan for over ten years, their budget strained, the French army were warned...
  • FRENCH SOCIALIST LEADER JOKINGLY MULLS BACKING ROMNEY

    09/25/2012 4:39:34 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 11 replies
    BREITBART.com ^ | 9/25/12 | Staff
    France's President Francois Hollande showed a fine understanding of American politics Tuesday when he refused to endorse a US presidential candidate.  Asked by a reporter at the UN General Assembly in New York whether he backed Democratic incumbent Barack Obama or his Republican rival Mitt Romney for the White House, a smiling Hollande shot back: "Who do you think?" "Are you aware that Mitt Romney never ceases to attack socialist Europe at his campaign rallies?" asked Hollande, Europe's most powerful socialist leader. "Yes, that's why I'll be careful not to say anything at all on this subject because, as you'd...
  • US plan to sell 'chateau' wine in EU angers France

    09/24/2012 11:44:41 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/24/2012
    The US has angered vineyard owners across France with a plan to sell some of its wines in the European Union with a "chateau" or "clos" label. "What is at stake is the respect for tradition and quality," Laurent Gapenne of Chateau de Laville and president of the Federation des Grand Vins de Bordeaux told the Associated Press. For American vintners it is a question of selling more wine in their top export market, unshackled by historic language or restrictive terms in the world of 21st century globalization. "People use words in different ways," WineAmerica chief operation officer Cary Greene...
  • The New Great Dictators Are Gaining Momentum In Europe

    09/24/2012 8:41:46 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 13 replies
    TESTOSTERONE PIT ^ | Sept 24, 2012 | Jan Bennink
    Contributed by Jan Bennink, a Dutch advertising guy and a columnist for the leading newspaper De Volkskrant. He is @superjan on twitter. This column was first published in Dutch on Volkskrant Opinie.As far as I can remember I’ve never been afraid of the government. When I was a young upstart protesting military parades with safety pins through my ears, I wasn’t afraid. Even if the place was swarming with soldiers. When I was the bass player in a punk band, the P.A. Splashing Tovs, screaming at all kinds of government injustice, I did not feel unsafe. And in protest...
  • France set to ban the words 'mother' and 'father' from official documents

    09/24/2012 5:07:12 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 34 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 9/24/12 | Staff
    France is set to ban the words "mother" and "father" from all official documents under controversial plans to legalise gay marriage. The move, which has outraged Catholics, means only the word "parents" would be used in identical marriage ceremonies for all heterosexual and same-sex couples. The draft law states that "marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender". It says all references to "mothers and fathers" in the civil code – which enshrines French law – will be swapped for simply "parents". Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told France's Catholic newspaper La Croix: "Who is to...
  • France's Hollande hits new low in popularity poll

    09/22/2012 3:37:03 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 22, 2012
    (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande's approval ratings have tumbled to their lowest level since he first took office in May, a new poll showed on Sunday, as France's grinding economic stagnation and record unemployment show little sign of easing. According to the Ifop poll for Sunday newspaper JDD, Hollande now has a 43 percent positive rating, down from 54 percent in August - one of the sharpest drops in over a decade.
  • French Islamist Arrested After Calling For Beheading Of Editors Behind Mohammed Cartoons

    09/22/2012 2:20:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 22, 2012
    This is the second Muslim arrested in France for threatening to kill the editors of Charlie Hebdo.Via Times Live: French police arrested a man for apparently calling on a jihadi website for the decapitation of the editor of a magazine that published cartoons mocking Mohammed, a judicial source said.The man was detained in the western city of La Rochelle for calling on the radical website for the head of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which on Wednesday published cartoons of a naked Prophet.“The essential thing is not to let him live in peace,” the man allegedly wrote.Police have opened a preliminary...
  • Dog shoots man [France]

    09/22/2012 10:12:54 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 17 Sep 2012 17:53 GMT+02:00
    A 55-year-old French hunter who had to have his right hand amputated after his dog accidentally shot him said Monday he didn't blame the pet, which he still considered "adorable". The hunter, identified only as René, told France Bleu radio the dog accidentally pulled the trigger of his shotgun when he jumped on him while they were hunting Sunday in the Dordogne region. René said he was hunting with three dogs when two of them ran off after a deer while the youngest stayed behind. "He jumped on top of me for a cuddle" and accidentally fired the gun, shooting...
  • France To Close Embassies In Fear Of Cartoon Backlash

    09/19/2012 5:26:51 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 58 replies
    http://www.france24.com/ ^ | September 19, 2012 | France 24
    France announced Wednesday it will close 20 embassies across the Muslim world on Friday after French weekly Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed naked, amid growing unrest over an anti-Islamic film that has left dozens dead.
  • Monsanto's GM Corn And Cancer In Rats: Real Scientists Deeply Unimpressed.

    09/21/2012 5:47:59 AM PDT · by Aussiebabe · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/20/2012 | Tim Worstall
    Experts not involved in the study were skeptical, with one accusing the French scientists of going on a "statistical fishing trip" and others describing its methods as well below standard. The animals on the genetically modified (GM) diet suffered mammary tumors, as well as severe liver and kidney damage, according to the peer-reviewed study which was published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology and presented at a news conference in London. The researchers said 50 percent of male and 70 percent of female rats died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group.
  • France: Right-wing politician advocates kippa ban (MARINE LE PEN)

    09/21/2012 1:09:44 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | September 21, 2012 | YIFA YAAKOV
    Leading rabbi makes Vichy comparisons after Marine Le Pen, of the third-largest French political party, suggests giving ‘headscarf ban’ a Jewish twist  French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen on Friday suggested Jews should be banned from wearing the kippa, or ritual head-covering for Jewish males, in public places. Le Pen heads the nationalist Front National (FN) party, the third-largest in France. She is the youngest daughter of French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, formerly the party’s president. Her suggestion comes less than two years after France banned the wearing of full Muslim veils in public. In response to Le Pen’s suggestion,...
  • FRANCE BANS ALL MUSLIM PROTESTS

    09/21/2012 4:09:32 AM PDT · by blam · 140 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-21-2012 | Gus Lubin
    FRANCE BANS ALL MUSLIM PROTESTS Gus LubinSeptember 21,2012 French interior minister Manuel Valls just confirmed that no protests would be allowed over the Mohammed cartoons, according to Reuters. "There will be strictly no exceptions. Demonstrations will be banned and broken up," he said. Think that'll pacify the 10 percent of France who are Muslims?France has already closed 20 embassies around the world in fear of backlash. Too bad it cannot outlaw protests in these countries.
  • France Arrests Man For Planning Revenge Attack On Magazine For Publishing Mohammed Cartoons

    09/20/2012 1:38:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 20, 2012
    That didn’t take long. PARIS/MARSEILLE, France Sept 20 (Reuters) – Police detained a young man in southern France on Thursday on suspicion that he was planning a revenge attack on the staff of a satirical magazine which published cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammad.Anti-terrorism magistrates near the Mediterranean port city of Toulon questioned the 18-year-old after he threatened in a message on Facebook to cut the throats of anyone he could find at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a judicial source said.The magazine’s publication of cartoons ridiculing Mohammad added to the anger of Muslims already outraged over an anti-Islam film produced...
  • The Louvre’s New Islamic Galleries Bring Riches to Light

    09/19/2012 3:26:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 19, 2012 | Carol Vogel
    PARIS — When I. M. Pei’s glass pyramid opened at the Louvre more than 20 years ago, many argued that this 70-foot-tall structure had destroyed the classical beauty of one of the world’s great museums. But today, as crowds wait on long lines outside the pyramid, which serves as the Louvre’s main entrance, what once seemed audacious has become as accepted a part of the city’s visual landscape as the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe. Now the museum is again risking the public’s wrath as it introduces the most radical architectural intervention since the pyramid in 1989. Designed...
  • Pic Of The Day: French Magazine’s Naked Mohammed Cartoons… (click to enlarge)

    09/19/2012 2:58:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 19, 2012
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  • Blasphemy Riots: France reacts to publication of nude Muhammed cartoon (video)

    09/19/2012 1:39:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9.19.2012
    The editor of French satirical magazine Charles Hebdo stands by his decision to print a cartoon of a nude Muhammed after global protests against an anti-Islamic film. Riot police have been posted outside the magazine's offices in Paris and the French government will close its embassies in 20 countries on Friday in case of attack.
  • France: Firebomb Attack on Jewish Supermarket in Sarcelles

    09/19/2012 9:01:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    inn ^ | 9/19/12 | Hana Levi Julian
    Two unknown attackers hurled firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at a Jewish supermarket in Sarcelles, near Paris, France on Wednesday. According to JSS News, only one of the homemade firebombs actually exploded; the second proved to be a dud. "It happened around noon,” Moshe Cohen-Sabban, president of the Jewish communities of Val d'Oise, told the AFP news agency. But the incident appears to have been even more serious, according to the description by Sammy Ghozlan, president of the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitic Acts (BNVCAA). Ghozlan said the two attackers threw “a grenade into the supermarket.” Both had their faces covered,...
  • France to close embassies in fear of cartoon backlash

    09/19/2012 4:27:19 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 13 replies
    France24.com ^ | September 19, 2012
    France announced Wednesday it will close 20 embassies across the Muslim world on Friday after French weekly Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed naked, amid growing unrest over an anti-Islamic film that has left dozens dead. The French foreign ministry announced Wednesday that France will close 20 of its embassies in Muslim countries this Friday following the publication of controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoons by satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Major protests in the Muslim world generally take place after Friday prayers. The illustrations, which show the Prophet Mohammed naked and refer to the incendiary US-made film which has been...
  • French Mag to Publish Cartoons of Prophet Mohammed

    09/18/2012 3:44:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 18, 2012 | Jean-Nicholas Fievet
    A French satirical magazine is set to publish several cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday, a move that is likely to inflame the Islamic faithful and militants who have already rioted in more than 20 countries over a movie mocking the prophet. Depictions of the prophet are strictly prohibited and considered blasphemous by Muslims. Cartoons of Muhammad published in Denmark in 2005 and then reproduced in newspapers across Europe triggered riots throughout the Mideast and Africa. Churches and embassies were torched and at least 100 people died in the outbreaks and police crackdowns. The magazine “Charlie Hebdo” has confirmed...
  • The French Magazine Firebombed Last Year Is Planning To Anger Hardline Islamists Again Tomorrow

    09/18/2012 2:27:30 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-18-2012 | Adam Taylor
    The French Magazine Firebombed Last Year Is Planning To Anger Hardline Islamists Again Tomorrow Adam TaylorSep. 18, 2012, 2:05 PMCharlie Hebdo, a long-running French satirical magazine, angered hardline Islamic groups last year with a magazine guest-edited by "Mohammad", the Islamic prophet. For their efforts, the magazine eventually found that their offices firebombed. Luckily no-one was injured, and the magazine went on to put up another shocking issue, with a cover that showed a traditionally-dressed Muslim man (perhaps Mohammed?) sloppily kissing a male Charlie Hebdo cartoonist. Now, according to Le Monde, the editors of Charlie Hebdo are preparing to cause controversy...
  • Round 2: French Magazine Charlie Hebdo To Publish Mohammed Cartoons…

    09/18/2012 2:10:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 18, 2012
    The last time Charlie Hebdo mocked Mohammed their Paris offices were firebombed. (AFP) — Fears that a wave of anger in the Islamic world could spread to Europe mounted as it emerged a French magazine was planning to publish cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammed.Satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo confirmed that its latest edition contains several cartoons featuring Mohammed that the publication’s editor said would “shock those who will want to be shocked.”The magazine is due to hit the streets today against a background of protests across the Islamic world over a crude US-made film that mocks Mohammed and portrays Muslims as...
  • Hollande deals setback to nuclear, shale gas industries

    09/17/2012 9:37:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 17 September 2012 | (EurActiv.com with Reuters)
    French President François Hollande has vowed to shut down the country’s oldest nuclear power station by 2016, and in a wide-ranging speech on the environment, says his government would reject development of shale gas using a controversial extraction method known as ‘fracking’. Hollande, who took office in May, announced on Friday (14 September) he would shut the Fessenheim nuclear station in Alsace, near the German border, by the end of 2016, sticking to his election pledge to halt its operations by the end of his mandate in 2017. … France derives 75% of its electricity from nuclear production, more than...
  • Palace to file criminal complaint over Kate pics

    09/16/2012 2:06:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | September 16, 2012 | Jill Lawless
    Lawyers for Britain's royal family will make a criminal complaint against the photographer who took pictures of Prince William's wife Kate sunbathing topless in the south of France, William's office said Sunday.
  • Roman military camp dating back to the conquest of Gaul throws light on a part of world history

    09/15/2012 7:36:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Institute of Pre- and Protohistory ^ | Friday, September 14, 2012 | Dr. Sabine Hornung
    In the vicinity of Hermeskeil, a small town some 30 kilometers southeast of the city of Trier in the Hunsrueck region in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, archaeologists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have confirmed the location of the oldest Roman military fortification known in Germany to date. These findings shed new light on the Roman conquest of Gaul. The camp was presumably built during Julius Caesars’ Gallic War in the late 50s B.C. Nearby lies a late Celtic settlement with monumental fortifications known as the "Hunnenring" or "Circle of the Huns," which functioned as one of the...
  • Dozens protest at U.S. Embassy in Paris

    09/15/2012 3:31:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    PARIS - A French police official said a few dozen people protested in front of the U.S. Embassy in Paris before police broke up the demonstration. Television images showed Muslim protesters praying on the wide sidewalks in front of the embassy....
  • Mali's Islamist warlord declares war on the West

    08/20/2012 1:03:05 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 15 replies
    channel4.com ^ | 20AUG12 | Lindsey Hilsum
    A militant Islamist leader whose forces have just conquered two-thirds of the West African state of Mali vows to launch holy war against the West. Omar Ould Hamaha, the military commander of Ansar Dine, or "Defenders of the Faith", which has scored a stunning victory in Mali against the failed state's armed forces, now controls a region larger than France which includes three paved runways that could be used to fly in weapons or drugs. He said: "Even if they (western forces) don't come here, when we have finished conquering France, we will come to the USA, we will come...
  • O'Malley and Hollande: Trans-Atlantic Tax Hikers

    09/13/2012 10:05:24 AM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-09-11 | Chris Buki
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and French President Francois Hollande are trans-Atlantic kindred spirits when it comes to fiscal policy. Unfortunately for French government coffers, Hollande is making the same mistake in Paris as O’Malley did in Annapolis three years ago. Hollande made raising taxes on upper income households a central component of his platform, and Hollande is now moving forward on his campaign promise to raise tax rates on those who earn over $1.2 million a year, taking the rate from 46.8% to a whopping 75%. Not surprisingly, it looks like we are starting to see results in France that...
  • An Assassination of International Proportions (Botched Qaddafi assassination)

    09/13/2012 6:08:52 AM PDT · by Renfield · 12 replies
    Counter Psy Ops ^ | 8-25-2012 | Thomas Van Hare
    --Aftermath and Cover Up of the Shootdown-- Qaddafi had escaped clean and clear from the aerial assassination attempt. He would live on, the penultimate survivor, until Libya’s “Arab Spring” of 2011. France would never speak publicly about the events of that night. Italy too would choose a policy of silence [...] The Dark Story of Itavia Flight 870 On the night of June 27, 1980, Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 (a DC-9 registered as I-TIGI) departed Bologna, Italy, en route to Palermo, Sicily. On board were 77 passengers, two pilots and two flight attendants. Of those, 64 were adult passengers, 11...
  • Prehistoric Animated Cave Drawings Discovered In France

    09/12/2012 5:47:16 AM PDT · by Renfield · 21 replies
    Web Pro News ^ | 6-14-2012 | Amanda Crum
    News out of France concerning Prehistoric cave drawings that were animated by torch-light is taking the art history world by storm, and has overwhelmed this artist to the point of awe. The cave drawings were found by archaeologist Marc Azema and French artist Florent Rivere, who suggest that Paleolithic artists who lived as long as 30,000 years ago used animation effects on cave walls, which explains the multiple heads and limbs on animals in the drawings. The images look superimposed until flickering torch-light is passed over them, giving them movement and creating a brief animation. “Lascaux is the cave with...
  • Clegg brands those seeking to reform the EU 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues'

    11/15/2011 11:34:28 AM PST · by wolfman23601 · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/15/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Nick Clegg clashed with the Prime Minister today after criticising plans to claw back powers from the EU. The Deputy Prime Minister said that only 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues' could benefit from a treaty negotiation, even though David Cameron yesterday re-affirmed his intention to repatriate powers. Mr Clegg warned that European politicians should focus on 'jobs and growth' rather than attempting to reform EU institutions. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2061798/EU-treaty-change-Nick-Clegg-clashes-David-Cameron-reform.html#ixzz1dnt5E4wa
  • In France, New Chapter in Saga of All the President’s Women

    09/11/2012 12:29:16 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 10 2012 | MAĎA de la BAUME and STEVEN ERLANGER
     Valérie Trierweiler once called Ségolčne Royal “the crazy woman of Poitou” and asked members of her partner’s communication team to keep them at arm’s length.    Ms. Trierweiler is the current partner of President François Hollande, and Ms. Royal is his former partner and mother of his four children  are depicted in recently published books as fierce rivals, and their animosity has been at the center of extensive media attention in France. Since 2007, when Nicolas Sarkozy took office in the middle of a marital breakdown, French politics has taken on aspects of a soap opera, complete with shifting couples...
  • September 2001 - September 2012

    09/01/2012 1:56:13 AM PDT · by Cindy · 46 replies
    TRUTHUSA.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | n/a
    Brief thoughts/quotes from the last 11 years. "Looking away, not caring, or hoping for the best are not viable options in fighting terrorism (in general) and the global jihad (specifically). Terrorism must be fought head on 24/7 and preventing terrorism is far better than just reacting to one terror-related event after another." -Cindy (July 1, 2011) ~ "WHAT DID I LEARN from the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001? OPINION: I have learned that more Americans love America than the lame-stream media will ever let on. I have learned that America's military is the finest in the world. I have...
  • Turkey court tries 44 pro-Kurd journalists in biggest media case

    09/10/2012 3:22:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    in.Reuters.com ^ | Monday September 10, 2012 | Ayla Jean Yackley
    Forty-four pro-Kurdish journalists went on trial in Turkey on Monday, charged with belonging to an armed rebellion in the country's largest media case, intensifying concerns about press and political freedoms. Thousands of pro-Kurdish trade unionists, politicians, academics and journalists have been jailed since 2009, accused of links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a 28-year campaign against Turkey. "The clampdown on the Kurdish press ... raises major concerns about the treatment of minorities and minority opinion," said Emma Sinclair-Webb, Turkey researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW). "Even when those views are offensive, they must be protected,"...
  • France's richest man applies to be a Belgian

    09/09/2012 9:33:36 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9 September 2012
    French president Francois Hollande says there will be no exceptions to his plan to impose a 75 per cent tax rate on millionaires. Mr Hollande's comments came after France's richest man, businessman Bernard Arnault, announced he was applying for Belgian citizenship. Announcing the start of a two-year plan to fire up France's faltering economy, Mr Hollande stood by his plans for the top tax bracket, which would be the highest marginal rate in the industrialised world. "I am in a battle and will not look back," he said. "I am setting up a calendar... two years to create a policy...
  • Report: Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, seeks Belgian passport

    09/09/2012 3:00:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/08/2012
    PARIS — A Belgian newspaper says Bernard Arnault, France’s wealthiest businessman and boss of the LVMH luxury house, has applied for Belgian citizenship. La Libre Belgique newspaper reported Saturday that Arnault’s citizenship application was confirmed by the head of Belgium’s naturalization office. French media drew a connection to French President Francois Hollande’s plan to raise the tax rate on France’s highest earners to 75 percent. But tax experts said obtaining Belgian citizenship would not change Arnault’s tax situation, which is determined by residence, not citizenship. Arnault has been critical of the tax plan and many in France’s right-wing UMP opposition...
  • Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, seeks Belgian passport

    09/08/2012 8:30:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07 September 2012 | Pierre Verdy
    A Belgian newspaper says Bernard Arnault, France’s wealthiest businessman and boss of the LVMH luxury house, has applied for Belgian citizenship. La Libre Belgique newspaper reported Saturday that Arnault’s citizenship application was confirmed by the head of Belgium’s naturalization office. French media drew a connection to French President Francois Hollande’s plan to raise the tax rate on France’s highest earners to 75 percent. But tax experts said obtaining Belgian citizenship would not change Arnault’s tax situation, which is determined by residence, not citizenship.
  • Portugal PM Sets New Austerity Measures

    09/08/2012 5:49:58 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 9/7/2012
    --PM says measures will help tackle high unemployment --Portugal must cut budget deficit to 4.5% this year, 3% next --Opposition parties criticize more austerity LISBON--Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho announced late Friday new measures he will impose next year to meet budget-deficit targets and tackle a sharp rise in unemployment. In a televised statement, Mr. Passos Coelho said he will increase the social-security contribution from employees to 18% from 11%, while cutting the same payment companies make to the state to 18% from 23.75%. "We will reduce substantially the costs of labor, providing incentives to investment and job creation,"...
  • Shipwreck in 'exceptional' condition discovered by archaeologists in France

    09/08/2012 9:36:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Le Monde via Guardian Weekly ^ | Tuesday 4 September 2012 | Stéphane Foucart
    It looks like the rib cage of a large marine mammal, whose bones turned black as it was fossilised. The wreck was discovered in May during a dig in Antibes, on the French Riviera, prior to construction of a car park on the site of the Roman port of Antipolis. Archaeologists have gradually uncovered a 15-metre length of hull and structural timbers, in "exceptional" condition, according to Giulia Boetto, a specialist in ship design at Aix-Marseille University who is involved in the dig. Saw and adze marks are still visible on the wood. Luckily the ground in which it was...
  • French Catholic Church pro-marriage prayer provokes gay rights row

    09/07/2012 8:20:44 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 15 August 2012 | Tom Henegen
    Roman Catholic congregations in churches across France prayed for traditional marriage on Wednesday, provoking accusations of homophobia from gay rights groups as Paris prepares to legalize same-sex matrimony. The rare clerical foray into political debate, on the Assumption Day holiday observed in traditionally Catholic countries in Europe, referred only indirectly to the new marriage law the government plans to pass next yearBut the carefully worded text, first published earlier this month, dominated the news headlines in France, where the media have presented it as a strong attack on the reform. Church leaders insisted their aim was to launch an open...
  • Girl spent 8 hours beneath bodies in French Alps (update to yesterday's story)

    09/06/2012 3:43:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 37 replies
    Immobilized with fear, a 4-year-old British girl huddled for eight hours beneath the legs of her slain mother in the back of a car filled with corpses on a remote Alpine road — all while French investigators stood nearby, unaware the girl was there.