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  • How the French Fight Terror

    11/13/2012 1:15:51 PM PST · by BBell · 8 replies
    www.foreignpolicy.com ^ | JANUARY 19, 2006 | BY MARC PERELMAN
    Could Paris teach Washington a thing or two about protecting civil liberties while tracking down terrorists at home? In the United States, revelations that the Bush administration mandated domestic spying have caused a political uproar. France, however, has been spying on its citizens for years, as part of its effective, albeit controversial, counterterrorist system.In 1988, the FBI invited Alain Marsaud, then Frances top antiterrorist magistrate, to speak about terrorism to the bureaus new recruits at its academy in Quantico, Virginia. Marsaud, now a conservative lawmaker, told the audience of would-be feds of the deadly threat that radical Islamist terrorist networks...
  • Twelve EU countries likely to back Palestine’s UN bid

    11/10/2012 8:34:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09.11.12 @ 09:27 (November 9) | Andrew Rettman
    Palestine can count on about 12 Yes votes by EU countries when it tries to upgrade its UN status, in a move expected later this month. … A senior EU diplomat told this website the Union remains divided on the question, however. He noted that member states’ votes “will probably follow the same pattern as with UNESCO,” referring to a decision by the UN’s Paris-based cultural wing to admit Palestine as a member last year. At the time, 11 countries—Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovenia and Spain—backed Palestine’s UNESCO bid. Another 11—Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Italy,...
  • France to Become 12th Country in the World to Legalize Gay Marriage

    11/10/2012 8:45:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/10/2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    France is next in line to legalize same-sex marriage, according to a disputed bill pushed by President Francois Hollande on Wednesday, which would defy opposition from the country's Roman Catholic and conservative leadership. Currently, less than a dozen countries in the world have legalized gay marriage, although most of them are in Europe. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Iceland and Belgium have all moved away from the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman, and with Hollande's bill, France is set to join them early next year. The top ministers in France have already approved the...
  • EU Budget Battle: Berlin and Brussels Demand More from London and Paris

    11/10/2012 1:28:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/09/2012 | Philipp Wittrock and Roland Nelles/cgh with wire reports
    The European Commission and top German politicians are becoming increasingly exasperated with both France and Britain as the summit in Brussels to determine the EU budget for the seven-year period from 2014 to 2020 approaches. Both countries have been insistent on getting their way as member states position themselves for what promise to be difficult talks—and both London and Paris have threatened to veto the budget if it doesn't meet their expectations. In response, European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Germany's representative on the EU's executive body, has harshly criticized the two countries. …
  • Outsiders can’t inflict changes in regime

    11/09/2012 7:57:46 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, November 9, 2012 | G. Parthasarathy
    The Bashar al-Assad rule in Syria has come under heavy fire from people who believe that the regime must quit over its atrocities. But any attempt by the US-led West to impose a replacement will backfire soon India’s oil-rich western neighbourhood, extending from the Arabian Sea to the Bosporus, is engulfed in conflicts arising from sectarian and civilisational rivalries, aggravated by the meddling of external powers. With an arsenal of over 100 nuclear weapons, Pakistan is today witnessing a period of internal strife, largely arising from the pernicious role of its military establishment and tensions across its disputed borders with...
  • NAZIS, COMMUNISTS, ARAB NATIONALIST TERRORISTS: ONE CAMP, ONE KAMPF

    02/15/2005 8:40:00 PM PST · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 721+ views
    Various ^ | Aug 11 2004 | Elliott A Green
    The most striking proof that the Arab anti-Israel cause is a common meeting ground for both Nazis and Communists --and that the Arabs welcomed supporters of both ilks-- lies in the friendship of Carlos, the notorious master terrorist who served the PLO, with Fran*ois Genoud, an old Nazi, one of the leading Nazis in pre-War Switzerland, later a financier who provided funds for Habash's faction of the PLO. "Carlos" (his nom de guerre) was what is called a "red diaper baby." His fabulously rich father, a Venezuelan lawyer and owner of estates, gave "Carlos" the name Ilich, Lenin's patronymic, as...
  • 10 Observations (For your review) from a globe-trotting Freeper Jew.

    11/07/2012 4:34:44 AM PST · by golux · 7 replies
    11.07.12 | Golux
    1. Not long ago, big business was praised and only a select group of leftist radicals saw America’s businessmen the way Soviet propagandists (Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Alexandrov) painted them: as cigar-munching fat-cat high-hat capitalists with their boots in the faces of the Workers and Peasants. A presidency has now been won largely on mass internalization of this cartoon image. 2. In a time of record job-loss our citizens have decided to kill (soak, attack) the rich, yet I know of no American who has ever been hired by a poor man. 3. Business taxes are lower in Canada than they are...
  • EU: Francois Hollande lurches Right in historic U-Turn to save French economy

    11/06/2012 4:00:22 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/6/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    French president François Hollande has bowed to massive pressure for business tax cuts to pull France’s economy out of slump and stave off industrial decline, ditching a core element of his socialist platform. Francois Hollande Company taxes will fall by €20bn a year equal to 1pc of GDP, to be phased in gradually by 2015 under a convoluted system of rebates. Premier Jean-Marc Ayrault said it amounted to a 6pc cut in unit labour costs, enough to close the gap with eurozone rivals. "France is not condemned to a spiral of decline, but we need a national jolt to regain...
  • Jewish Family Attacked in Marseille, France

    11/06/2012 5:33:29 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 10 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 5NOV2012 | Chana Ya'ar
    The father of a Jewish family was badly beaten and the family home was completely trashed on Sunday by local youths in Marseille, France. Residents in their Jewish neighborhood are stunned following the incident. Marseilles is home to some 80,000 Jews – 10 percent of the general population but a small fraction compared to the 250,000 Muslims with whom they also live. It has been relatively quiet France's second-largest city this year, compared to other areas in the country where violent anti-Semitism has been on the rise.
  • Jacques Bond’ foiled: Bulgarian peasants outwit French special agents.

    11/05/2012 6:05:38 PM PST · by tarator · 11 replies
    The Sunday Times ^ | 11/04/2012 | John Follain
    FRENCH spymasters are hanging their heads in shame after a team of undercover agents proved no match for a couple of wary Bulgarian peasants. In an exploit worthy of Inspector Clouseau, five officers on a training mission for the elite action service commando of the DGSE — the French equivalent of MI6 — came across the brothers Slavi and Vasko Tsonev watching over their alfalfa crop near the border with Romania. Two of the officers had been parachuted into Romania and had travelled 25 miles to their rendezvous near the village of Koilvotsi. Their fake target was three other French...
  • EU: IMF warns over-taxed France risks slipping behind Italy and Spain

    11/05/2012 5:32:00 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/5/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The International Monetary Fund has told France to take urgent measures to head off national economic decline, warning that the country risks being left behind as southern Europe embraces reform. François Hollande Throwing the guantlet at the feet of the Socialist president Francois Hollande, the IMF said rising tax rates are undermining France as a place "to work and invest" and leading to a "significant loss of competitiveness". "There is a risk it will get worse if France does not adapt at the same pace as its trading partners in Europe, notably Italy and Spain," it said. The IMF challenge...
  • London, Paris, Jerusalem Line Up For Post-US Vote Action On Syria, Iran

    11/03/2012 9:48:17 AM PDT · by drewh · 3 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | November 3, 2012, 11:14 AM (GMT+02:00)
    The UK , France and Israel showed signs this week of lining up for military action with regard to Syria and Iran as soon as America’s presidential election was out of the way Tuesday, Nov. 6, military sources report. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spent two days (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) talking to President Francois Holland. As the Defense Minister Ehud Barak landed in London the next day, Prime Minister David Cameron was reported on standby for the dispatch of RAF fighter-bombers to the Persian Gulf. Barak flew to London after US Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of...
  • Survey exposes French anxieties over Islam

    10/29/2012 2:08:24 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 15 replies
    France 24 ^ | 26/10/2012 | France 24
    he role of Islam in France was once again under the spotlight on Thursday after right-wing daily Le Figaro published the results of an opinion poll that suggested 43 percent of French people believe the religion is a “threat” to national identity. By FRANCE 24 (text) Six out of ten French people believe the influence of Islam in France is “too big” and 43 percent see the religion as a “threat” to national identity, according to the results of an opinion poll published on Thursday. The sensitive poll, which will likely cause ripples in a country home to Europe’s largest...
  • Lesbian kiss steals spotlight at French anti-gay parenting protest

    10/28/2012 9:53:04 AM PDT · by Salman · 17 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/25/2012 | France 24 staff writer
    Anti-gay parenting activists in Marseille were left irked on Wednesday after two women trumped their protest against same-sex parenting with a lesbian kiss, which was captured by a photographer and promptly went viral. A demonstration against same-sex parenting was interrupted Wednesday by its very target, when two women interrupted the event by sharing a kiss. The “Un papa une maman" ("one dad one mum") demonstration featured a performer sporting a spandex suit and wings, fluttering between “mamas” and “papas” before gaining steam from the cheers of both. The performance was supposed to demonstrate that a child needs both a mother...
  • French Prime Minister: I want Obama to win

    10/24/2012 7:00:27 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 50 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 24 Oct 2012 17:48 GMT+02:00
    French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has broken with diplomatic protocol by openly expressing his hope that Barack Obama wins the upcoming US presidential election. "If I was an American citizen I wouldn't hesitate to vote for Obama," he told a radio interviewer on Wednesday. While it is hardly surprising that Ayrault, a Socialist, would support the Democrat candidate in a US election, prudence normally restricts politicians from making such remarks given the possibility they will end up having to deal with their Republican rivals. Ayrault is not however the first French minister to offer public support for Obama in his...
  • French leader urges UN to back African force for Mali

    09/27/2012 7:09:33 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 1 replies
    AP ^ | September 27, 2012 | Herve Asquin
    French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday urged the global community to help defuse a crisis in Mali by giving United Nations backing to a West African-led military intervention. Hollande, making his first speech to the UN General Assembly, said Mali needs help to seize back territory from Islamist rebels, who captured the north and east of the country after a coup created a power vacuum in March. France has offered to supply logistical support for any military force, in what is a delicate situation for the former colonial power, with six French hostages held in the area by AQIM. The...
  • Yes, Atlas Will “Shrug,” Eventually

    10/21/2012 6:38:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2012 | Austin Hill
    “People call this the ‘new normal.’ Let me assure you there is nothing normal about this at all. It’s the new ‘abnormal,’ and it won’t last, because as free people we won’t stand for it…”With those remarks, business magnate and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes drew thunderous applause from his audience last Wednesday. Headlining the “Power Up!” business and motivational seminar with Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani, and Indian-born Zig Ziglar protégé Krish Dhanam, Mr. Forbes was speaking before a crowd of ten thousand at the Idaho Center indoor sporting complex. Forbes had just finished explaining why a confluence of...
  • Could French victim of the Alpine massacre have been the main target?

    10/21/2012 1:55:29 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 Sept 2012 | Peter Allen
    It had been thought that Mr Mollier was killed because he witnessed the shootings as he cycled past. But Lt Colonel Benedict Vinnemann, who is leading the gendarme inquiry, revealed he was considering other possibilities. He said: ‘Was the al-Hilli family the main target? Was it not the cyclist? Only ongoing work on the scene can answer this question clearly. ‘We’re talking about someone whom everybody says was a gentleman, but who’s to say he did not lead a double life?’ Mr Mollier worked for Cezus, a subsidiary of the Areva Group, specialising in zirconium metalworking for nuclear fuel containers....
  • French Nationalists occupy Mosque, demand end to Muslim Immigration

    10/20/2012 5:00:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 51 replies
    live leak ^ | 10.20.2012 | live leak
    One hundred young men entered the Great Mosque of Poitiers and occupied its roofs, demanding an end to Muslim Immigration in France Video at link.
  • After lawsuit threat, Twitter to pull racist posts

    10/20/2012 1:00:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 19 Oct. 2012 10:52 AM ET | Lori Hinnant
    Twitter agreed to pull racist and anti-Semitic tweets under a pair of French hash tags after a Jewish group threatened to sue the social network for running afoul of national laws against hate speech, the organization said. The decision came a day after Twitter bowed to German law and blocked an account of a banned neo-Nazi group there. … The French Union of Jewish Students, which planned to supply Twitter with a list of the offensive tweets to be pulled, said it would still file a formal complaint against the social network to bring the tweeters to justice. The union...