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  • France passes contentious budget, heavy on taxes

    12/20/2012 3:30:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 6:01 AM EST
    France’s parliament has passed a contentious budget for next year that includes a raft of new taxes aimed slashing the country’s deficit and putting it on the path to economic recovery. …
  • WWII Veteran Returns Wedding Photos of Dead German Soldier 68 Years Later

    12/19/2012 2:08:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Dec 7, 2012 | Cheryl Hurd
    Even though he is 92, Howard Hensleigh remembers 1944 like it was yesterday. Even though he is 92, Howard Hensleigh of Menlo Park remembers 1944 like it was yesterday. That was the year the Army World War II veteran killed a German soldier during a gun battle in Southern France. “The sergeant that I chose to fire the first shot fired and of course they hit the dirt. Firing going back and forth all the time," Hensleigh said. Hensleigh, who was an intelligence officer and assistant platoon leader, says he knew the German soldiers were not going to give up...
  • Israel approves new settlement between Jerusalem and Bethlehem

    12/19/2012 6:02:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 December 2012 | Harriet Sherwood
    Israel's spate of settlement expansion around Jerusalem has increased again with the approval of 2,612 homes in a move likely to further inflame international criticism of Binyamin Netanyahu's government. Givat Hamatos, across the pre-1967 Green Line between southern Jerusalem and Bethlehem, will be the first new discrete settlement created since 1997. Critics say it will become part of a chain of settlements in the area, further impeding access between the two biblical cities. European diplomats in Jerusalem have warned that the construction of Givat Hamatos is a "game-changer" which could destroy the chance of a viable Palestinian state with East...
  • France Opens the Door to Medically-Assisted Suicide

    12/19/2012 11:59:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 12/19/12
    A report commissioned by French President François Hollande has started the ball rolling towards possible legislation that would allow for medically-assisted suicide in France.A government-commissioned report released on Tuesday has recommended that France allow doctors to “accelerate death” for terminally-ill patients who want to end their lives. French people overwhelmingly support medically-assisted suicide, with an October poll showing 89% in favour. Examining the case for medically-assisted suicide was a campaign pledge made by French President François Hollande ahead of his election in May 2012. Hollande pledged to act on the recommendations of the government-commissioned report, which will be referred to...
  • Can The Last Taxpayer Leaving France Please Turn Out The Lights?

    12/19/2012 7:25:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/29/2012 | Jean-Philippe Delsol
    The fiscal frenzy that has seized French socialists is not only grinding France’s economy to a halt; it is also attacking the very foundations of French society by destroying entrepreneurship and responsibility. Taxes are raining down on French citizens, and the promised shelters often disappear before they have even been introduced. The French government’s 2013 finance bill has announced confiscatory tax rates on incomes and capital gains, and payroll taxes will be increased as well. But the socialists are shooting themselves in the foot, as such tax rates will destroy wealth and drive out entrepreneurs, capital, businesses, and young people....
  • France’s new monitoring policy deemed religious liberty threat

    12/17/2012 11:29:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Dec 14, 2012 / 10:21 am
    Religious freedom experts are decrying a recent announcement by the French government that it will deport and dissolve groups that are labeled extreme and appear to suffer from “religious pathology.” … At a Dec. 11 conference, French interior minister Manuel Valls announced that new government surveillance policies will be aimed at shutting down religious groups including traditionalist Catholics if they show signs of a “religious pathology” that could lead to violence, reported Reuters. The conference was held two days after French president François Hollande announced the creation of a new agency, the “National Observatory of Secularism,” to observe and promote...
  • Popular Actor Gérard Depardieu says he will give up French passport over tax rises

    12/16/2012 7:23:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/16/2012
    Gérard Depardieu has said he is handing back his French passport and social security card, lambasting the French government for punishing "success, creation, talent" in his homeland. A popular and colourful figure in France, the 63-year-old actor is the latest wealthy Frenchman to seek shelter outside his native country by buying a house just over the border in Belgium in response to tax increases by the Socialist president, François Hollande. The prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, described Depardieu's behaviour as pathetic and unpatriotic at a time when the French are being asked to pay higher taxes to reduce a bloated national...
  • Depardieu 'to give up passport' in tax exile row

    12/16/2012 4:51:20 PM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 12-16-12 | BBC
    French actor Gerard Depardieu says he is handing back his French passport after the prime minister criticised him for moving to Belgium to avoid taxes. In a letter to a newspaper he lambasted the French government for punishing "success, creation and talent". Last week the 63-year-old actor announced he was moving to the small Belgian town of Nechin just over the French border. French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault described the decision as "shabby". Next year, the top rate of income tax in France is due to become 75% on earnings above 1m euros. It is currently 50% in Belgium. "I...
  • Will this village be the only place to survive the end of the world next Friday?(alien rescue?)

    12/16/2012 3:09:41 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 December 2012 | Jane Fryer
    Will this village be the only place to survive the end of the world next Friday? French village Bugarach said to be only place that will survive Armageddon Mayan calendar suggests world will end on December 21 Pic de Bugarach mountain overlooking village said to be an alien lair Prophecy suggests aliens will emerge to pluck 'future survivors' to safety The village of Bugarach in southern France doesn’t feel as if it’s braced for the end of the world. Christmas decorations are twinkling, the birds are singing and an alarming number of garden gnomes are gleaming in the December sun....
  • EU leaders back Monti against Berlusconi

    12/15/2012 5:53:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 13.12.12 @ 18:35 (Dec. 13) | Honor Mahony and Valentina Pop
    Germany’s Angela Merkel and other center-right leaders have indicated they would like to see Mario Monti to keep on running Italy instead of Silvio Berlusconi. The center-right leaders—as well as the two Italian political adversaries—met in Brussels ahead of an EU summit on Thursday (13 December) in an event designed to prevent Italy’s political turmoil from stirring up the euro crisis once again. The center-right European People’s Party (EPP) chief Hans Martens admitted to journalists he stage-managed the whole thing so that neither Monti nor Berlusconi knew the other would be there until the last minute to make sure that...
  • Hollande’s World: French in Denial as Crisis Deepens

    12/13/2012 6:23:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/13/2012 | Romain Leick
    In the midst of the economic crisis, France’s Socialists are denying reality. The minister of industrial renewal is calling for nationalization of some industries, while the president shies away from necessary structural reforms. Business leaders fear the clock has been turned back 30 years. … France’s business leaders felt as if they had been set back 30 years, to a time when the first Socialist president of the Fifth Republic, François Mitterrand, began his term with a wave of nationalizations and, after two years, was forced to reverse his policy. Some even drew a comparison with 1945, when the government...
  • France Steps up Struggle Against Religious Radicals [Moslems & "hardline, traditionalist Catholics"]

    12/12/2012 9:49:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/12/12 | Tom Heneghan
    (Reuters) - France will deport foreign-born imams and disband radical faith-based groups, including hardline traditionalist Catholics, if a new surveillance policy signals they suffer a "religious pathology" and could become violent. A French Islamist shooting spree last March that killed three soldiers and four Jews showed how quickly religiously radicalized people could turn to force, Interior Minister Manuel Valls told a conference on the official policy of secularism. His warning came two days after President Francois Hollande announced the creation of an agency to track how the separation of church and state is upheld in this traditionally Catholic country with...
  • French Greens look to ban all future shale drilling with new draft law

    12/12/2012 10:22:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Platts ^ | December 12, 2012 | Robin Sayles
    France's Green party has proposed to parliament a law which extends the nation's ban on shale oil and gas exploration to all drilling methods, Green party MP Francois-Michel Lambert said in a statement Wednesday. The question of whether France should mine its significant shale gas potential is high on the agenda of a national debate on energy which will frame 2013 policy decisions. "It is time to definitively close the door on non-conventional hydrocarbon [drilling]" said Lambert, proponent of the draft law. This is something the Socialist government has not been willing to do, instead choosing to outlaw hydraulic fracturing,...
  • Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage

    12/12/2012 5:21:40 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 February 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    This article analyzes the history of labor union violence, and how Rep. Capuano's comments are a perfect continuation of this historical truth. Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage The New American 28 February 2011 The raging union-led protests in Wisconsin have resulted in many Americans taking a closer, more critical look at labor unions and their political clout and influence in shaping policy. With the ubiquitous announcement from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka that he is granted an audience at the White House “nearly every day,” the American people have become more skeptical of unions and the role...
  • French actor Depardieu seeks Belgian residency - mayor

    12/09/2012 2:00:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/9/12 | Vicky Buffery | Reuters
    PARIS (Reuters) - Actor Gerard Depardieu has become the latest Frenchman to look for shelter outside his native country after a series of tax hikes by Socialist President Francois Hollande on the wealthy. The "Cyrano de Bergerac" star has bought a house in the Belgian village of Nechin near the French border, local mayor Daniel Senesael told French media on Sunday, adding he had also enquired about procedures for acquiring Belgian residency. ... "I think he wanted to enjoy the atmosphere in Belgium, our identity, the rural, bucolic setting," Senesael told RTL radio. For Depardieu, best known for his roles...
  • In France's Welfare State Status Quo, Are We Seeing America's Future?

    12/12/2012 6:41:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/12/2012 | Sylvain Charat
    Welfare has become a characteristic of President Obama’s domestic policies. There has been a surge in American citizens on welfare over the last four years, including a 50-percent increase in people on food stamps (from 32 to 47 million). It is a form of welfareship. As a citizen of France, I know such a society very well. France has 60 years of experience with entrenched welfare policies, beholden to a kind of “welfareship.” It is a democratic society based heavily on welfare, and distrusting the values of free markets. In 2009, 11.2 million French persons received welfare payments, out a...
  • France's Jean-Marc Ayrault slams flight of the 'greedy rich' (Another liberal great idea fails!)

    12/11/2012 8:42:01 PM PST · by Route395 · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/11/12 | Henry Samuel
    Jean-Marc Ayrault's outburst came after France's best-known actor, Gerard Dépardieu, took up legal residence in a small village just over the border in Belgium, alongside hundreds of other wealthy French nationals seeking lower taxes. "Those who are seeking exile abroad are not those who are scared of becoming poor," the prime minister declared after unveiling sweeping anti-poverty measures to help those hit by the economic crisis. These individuals are leaving "because they want to get even richer," he said. "We cannot fight poverty if those with the most, and sometimes with a lot, do not show solidarity and a bit...
  • Generation Identity wages war on France's Islamization

    12/10/2012 12:43:37 PM PST · by Bon mots · 10 replies
    CBN viaLiveLeak ^ | December 10, 2012 | CBN
    Encouraging... We need a similar movement in the USA to fight back against the 68'ers who are messing everything up. Check out the video: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a3b_1355162592
  • Actor Depardieu bids ‘adieu’ to France to avoid taxes

    12/10/2012 11:05:26 AM PST · by Perdogg · 20 replies
    French cinema's leading man Gérard Depardieu has set up his home in a Belgian town straddling the French border to avoid paying taxes in his home country, a local mayor has confirmed.
  • So you’ve decided to run away and join the French Foreign Legion? Here’s how.

    12/08/2012 1:18:07 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    IO9 ^ | Dec 7, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    So you’ve decided to run away and join the French Foreign Legion? Here’s how. It's Earth's version of taking the Black and heading for the Wall, the way Jon Snow does in Game of Thrones. Joining the French Foreign Legion granted men a safe haven for many for decades. But what does it actually take to join the French Foreign Legion? • Joining the Legion The Foreign Legion, unfortunately, is portrayed in pop culture as packed mercenaries and vagrants — even Jean-Claude Van Damme takes up the cause in one film. A safe haven for men looking for a new...
  • France joins the stealth drone club

    12/04/2012 10:57:28 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 14 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 3, 2012 | John Reed
    To kick this week off we thought we'd bring you these pictures showing that France has become the second nation in the world to (publicly) fly a stealth UAV. These images show Dassault's nEUROn (yes, it's really written that way) making its maiden flight in Istres on Dec. 1. nEUROn is a technology demonstrator; basically it's a plane used to prove that all the tech Dassault has designed for a stealth, unmanned strike jet will actually work. Here are some stats about nEUROn from Dassault: "With a length of 10 meters, a wingspan of 12.5 meters and an empty weight...
  • President's Girfriend to Attend Gay Wedding

    12/04/2012 2:21:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Dec 2012
    Valérie Trierweiler, the girlfriend of French President François Hollande, has given plans to legalise gay marriage her personal seal of approval by announcing she will be a witness at one of the first ceremonies. While her partner's commitment to proposed legislation allowing same-sex marriages has been questioned in recent weeks, Trierweiler revealed she had accepted an invitation to participate in the wedding of gay friends. "I'm delighted that I'm going to be a witness at one of the very first marriages for all," Trierweiler said. A law providing for same sex couples to wed and adopt children is expected to...
  • France and Britain Reportedly Considering Pulling Ambassadors from Israel

    12/03/2012 8:32:42 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 12/2/12 | Adam Clark Estes
    Everybody knew that Israel's move to build new settlements in the previously off-limits area outside Jerusalem known as E1 would anger friends and enemies alike. But few probably guessed that it would send European ambassadors fleeing the country. According to a new report from Haaretz, that's exactly what the diplomats from France and Britain are thinking. More specifically, the Haaretz report cites senior European diplomats who say that the two countries are considering "the unprecedented step of recalling their ambassadors." One told the paper, "This time it won't just be a condemnation, there will be real action taken against Israel."
  • UK, France Summon Israeli Envoys in Wake of Housing Approvals

    12/03/2012 8:06:57 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    Britain and France have summoned their Israeli ambassadors to protest Israel's decision to authorize housing construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. The ambassadors were summoned Monday amid reports that the two countries would recall their envoys in Israel for consultations. Sweden also has summoned its Israel ambassador, according to reports. "We deplore the recent Israeli government decision to build 3,000 new housing units and unfreeze development in the E1 block," the British Foreign Office said in a statement, threatening a "strong reaction" if construction goes ahead. "This threatens the viability of the two-state solution." The E1 corridor, which...
  • Mum set for trial after sending son named ‘jihad’ to nursery with ‘I am a bomb’ jumper

    12/02/2012 12:31:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    sun ^ | 12.2.2012 | sun
    A MUM who sent her three-year-old son named "Jihad" to nursery school wearing a top bearing the words "I am a bomb" is to go on trial in France. Beneath the boy’s name on the back of the jumper were the words "Born on the 11 September" - the date of the 9/11 terror attacks on New York’s twin towers. The muslim mum was reported to police by the boy’s outraged teacher and has now been charged with supporting a terrorist act. Thierry Lagneau, the mayor of the southern French town of Sorgues, said: “We fully support charges being brought...
  • U.S. Moves Toward Recognizing Syria’s Opposition

    12/01/2012 1:13:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29, 2012 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and MARK LANDLER
    Bryan Denton for The New York Times Rebels in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, in August. The opposition to the Syrian government is developing a political structureWASHINGTON — The United States is moving toward recognizing the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people as soon as it fully develops its political structure, American officials said Thursday. A decision to recognize the group could be announced at a so-called Friends of Syria meeting that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to attend in Morocco on Dec. 12. It is the most immediate decision facing the Obama administration...
  • Strauss-Kahn Said to Reach Deal to Settle With Hotel Housekeeper

    11/30/2012 1:45:37 PM PST · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29,2012 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year have quietly reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit she brought against him stemming from the case, which made international headlines.  French media reported Friday that Strauss-Kahn, 63, former head of the International Monetary Fund, would pay $6 million to Nafissatou Diallo, who accused him of attacking her at a Manhattan hotel.   The parties are scheduled to appear next week before Justice Douglas E. McKeon in State Supreme Court in the Bronx. Mr. Strauss-Kahn, was arrested in May 2011 after Ms. Diallo, an immigrant from...
  • French Center-Right Party Declares Sarkozy Protégé as Leader

    11/27/2012 2:20:15 PM PST · by Cincinna · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 26, 2012 | NICOLA CLARK
     After more than a week of wrangling over the outcome of its hotly contested party election, the leadership of France’s center-right opposition party on Monday confirmed Jean-François Copé, a right-leaning protégé of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, as the party’s new chief, staring down a last-minute legal challenge from his centrist rival, François Fillon.  The disputed election has sown confusion and embarrassment across France and in particular within the already bruised party, known as the U.M.P. The drawn-out battle, which has played out on live television and via social media networks, follows Mr. Sarkozy’s loss in the presidential race in May,...
  • France Surrenders Again!(Agrees to Recognize Palestinian State)

    11/27/2012 10:03:15 AM PST · by muleskinner · 4 replies
    Mike Huckabee Show/J.D. Hayworth
    France to U.N.: I'm shocked, shocked to find the nonsense going on in here! [ a member of Hamas hands France a pile of money] Abdul: Your winnings, sir.
  • Europeans to Hezbullah: Just not in my backyard

    11/25/2012 11:12:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 11/25/12 | Carl In Jerusalem
    Some of you may remember the picture above and the post that went with it. The picture was taken at the train station in Bologna, Italy on August 2, 1980. I missed being there by a couple of days. Italy thought it had a deal with the PLO not to carry out terror attacks on its soil. It was wrong. The European Union is about to repeat the mistake. The EU may declare Hezbullah a designated terror organization, but only if they reach the conclusion that Hezbullah was behind the terror attack at a Bulgarian airport a few months ago....
  • Choose Jesus and no other and you "shall" walk in his fullness ![Charistmatic caucus]

    11/22/2012 10:58:09 AM PST · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 11-22-12 | Jedediah
    Many of my children have stepped backword into a precipice of darkness "yeah" into a revelation not of Me for I desire for my children to walk in the fullness of my glory and goodness each day. I came to stand in the road to Damascus to deliver Paul out of just this thing for truly though he knew My word he had yet to meet me and it is these "Sauls" of disaster I am after in these last days . So "GO" My church and declare the wonders of my fullness for there is no one thing or...
  • MUST SEE – French Youth Declare War on Multiculturalism and Collapse of Western Society (Video)

    11/20/2012 10:39:46 AM PST · by kabar · 91 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 20, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    In October, 70 members of the French youth group Génération Identitaire occupied the Poiters mosque to protest against the influence of Islam in France. The youths climbed to the roof and unfurled a banner with the name of their movement. Now the movement is back with a powerful video—
  • German soldiers 'ready to defend Turkish-Syrian border'

    11/19/2012 3:06:00 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 17 Nov 12 09:58 CET
    German soldiers and missiles seem likely to be posted to Turkey’s border with Syria soon. One report suggested the government was checking the legality of such a posting, ahead of a Turkish request expected on Monday. The Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Saturday that government officials were discussing whether a parliamentary mandate would be needed to send the 170 soldiers which would be needed to staff two Patriot missile units as part of a NATO mission. The Turkish government said ten days ago it wanted the air defence missiles for its border with Syria, where rockets from the civil-war-wracked country...
  • Several EU leaders opt out of Nobel peace bash

    11/19/2012 3:10:47 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    The Local (Norway) ^ | 14 Nov 2012 16:57 GMT+01:00
    Fewer than a dozen European leaders have so far accepted an invitation to attend next month's Oslo ceremony to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union, this year's controversial winner, the Nobel Institute said on Wednesday. "Between eight and 10 have said they would come and and somewhat fewer have responded in the negative," the director of the institute, Geir Lundestad, told AFP. After the unexpected awarding of the peace prize to a crisis-stricken EU on October 12th the bloc's President Herman Van Rompuy invited all the leaders of the 27 member states to attend the ceremony, which...
  • Moody's strips France of triple-A rating; a notch lower (Aa1)

    11/19/2012 5:27:01 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 19, 2012
    Moody's strips France of triple-A rating; a notch lower Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:05pm EST (Reuters) - Moody's Investors Service downgraded France's sovereign rating by one notch to Aa1 from Aaa, the agency said on Monday, citing the country's uncertain fiscal outlook as a result of "deteriorating economic prospects." Moody's said it is maintaining a negative outlook on the country due to structural challenges and a "sustained loss of competitiveness" in the country. Standard & Poor's has a AA-plus rating and negative outlook on France, which it downgraded by one notch in January from AAA. Fitch Ratings has France at...
  • French Right descends into farce with bitter battle to become Sarkozy's heir

    11/19/2012 12:02:48 AM PST · by Cincinna · 12 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 11/19/2012 | Henry Samuel
    A bitter election battle to succeed Nicolas Sarkozy as new leader of France’s main centre-Right party, UMP, has gone down to the wire in a contest that could decide whether or not the group swings farther Right. Jean-Francois Cope, the party’s firebrand secretary-general, was more than 3,000 votes ahead of the moderate Francois Fillon, with some 155,000 ballots counted from the election among the party’s 300,000 members. With the outcome still unclear, the surprise of the night was the higher-than-expected score of Mr Copé, 48, who was expected to finish well behind Mr Fillon, 58. Last night members of the...
  • Fillon and Cope claim win in French UMP vote

    11/18/2012 6:51:12 PM PST · by Cincinna · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | Staff
    Both candidates have claimed victory in the race to become France's next opposition leader, in a contest marred by allegations of vote-rigging. Hundreds of votes are said to separate right-wing candidate Jean-Francois Cope and ex-PM Francois Fillon. As the neck-and-neck result emerged, supporters of both UMP candidates made accusations of vote fraud. The party has been without a leader since Nicolas Sarkozy was defeated in the May presidential election. Mr Cope has been secretary general of the conservative UMP since 2010 while his rival was prime minister for five years during Mr Sarkozy's presidency. More than 50% of the party's...
  • Anti-gay marriage protesters rally in Paris

    11/18/2012 3:02:14 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | November 18, 2012 | Valentin BONTEMPS
    PARIS — Thousands of Catholics and other opponents of French government plans to legalise gay marriage and same-sex adoption marched in Paris on Sunday, a day after more than 100,000 turned out across France for the cause.The rally, organised by conservative Catholic group Civitas, was marred by accusations that protesters had roughed up journalists and topless counter-protesters partially dressed as nuns.Police said some 9,000 people had joined the protest, rallying behind slogans such as one large banner reading: "France needs children, not homosexuals."Civitas official Alain Escada said gay marriage was "a Pandora's box" that would let others demand extended marriage...
  • Vive la famille! The French rally against gay marriage

    11/18/2012 7:05:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/17/2012 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    American conservatives must take a close look at themselves and consider the sad state of our traditional mores: The French are doing a better job making the case for traditional marriage than is the American right. This piece from Libération tells it all. With three simple letters - PME, or "père, mère, enfant" - the protestors stated the no-nonsense, no-beating-around-the-bush reason not to legalize same-sex marriage. "Father, mother, child." Here's a snippet with my admittedly amateurish translation (send complaints to my old high school teachers from Williamsville South High School, circa 1985): ************** A huge wave. Of Catholics? "No, citizens!"...
  • U.N. attack helicopters hit rebels in eastern Congo

    11/17/2012 1:51:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/17/12 | Jonny Hogg | Reuters
    KINSHASA (Reuters) - United Nations attack helicopters hit rebel positions in eastern Congo on Saturday after insurgents gained ground in heavy fighting with government troops, the U.N. said. The clashes to the south of the town Kibumba mean the rebels have advanced to within 30 km (18 miles) of Goma, the closest they have been to North Kivu's provincial capital since a rebellion exploded in the eastern provinces eight months ago. North Kivu governor Julien Paluku said the army retreated to the southern outskirts of the town after M23 rebels - a group of soldiers who mutinied in April -...
  • US-backed Syrian “rebels” in disarray at Qatar conference

    11/13/2012 10:54:14 AM PST · by Pete · 8 replies
    World Socialist Web Site ^ | November 6, 2012 | Bill Van Auken
    Four days of meetings in Doha, the capital of Qatar, of Western-backed elements backing the overthrow of the Syrian government began in disarray Sunday, following last week’s demand by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for a shakeup within the so-called rebel leadership. Clinton gave the Syrian oppositionists their marching orders last Wednesday, declaring that the Syrian National Council (SNC), formed barely a year ago and recognized by Washington as the “legitimate representative” of the Syrian people, had lost US backing. She dismissed the leadership that the US had previously supported as a gang of irrelevant exiles who had not...
  • US, France Throw Support to Syrian Rebel Coalition

    11/13/2012 4:17:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/11/12 | David Lev
    The United States on Tuesday recognized the newly formed coalition of Syrian rebel groups as the “legitimate representative” of the Syrian people. Speaking to reporters, State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters that as far as the U.S. was concerned, the rebel coalition group “does reflect the Syrian people... that diverse group of Syrian people. We now have a structure in place that can prepare for a political transition, but... we're looking for it to still establish the types of technical committees that will allow us to make sure our assistance gets to the right places.” With that, Toner...
  • EU: Economist 'time-bomb' cover sparks French ire

    11/16/2012 9:34:18 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/16/2012 | Telegraph Staff, and agencies
    French officials angrily rejected a charge by The Economist on Friday that France was the "time-bomb at the heart of Europe", accusing the magazine of sensationalist journalism. The Economist's front cover showed seven loaves of "baguette" bread held together by a French tricolour with a lit fuse protruding from the centre. Its main article raised concerns that President Francois Hollande's economic reforms are not ambitious enough and so could jeopardise the future of the euro currency. "Unless Mr Hollande shows that he is genuinely committed to changing the path his country has been on for the past 30 years, France...
  • The time-bomb at the heart of Europe. Why France could become the biggest danger to the Euro.

    11/16/2012 1:47:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Economist ^ | 11/16/2012
    THE threat of the euro’s collapse has abated for the moment, but putting the single currency right will involve years of pain. The pressure for reform and budget cuts is fiercest in Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy, which all saw mass strikes and clashes with police this week (see article). But ahead looms a bigger problem that could dwarf any of these: France. The country has always been at the heart of the euro, as of the European Union. President François Mitterrand argued for the single currency because he hoped to bolster French influence in an EU that would otherwise...
  • 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...