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  • Mali conflict: French ransom cash 'funded militants'

    02/08/2013 6:00:31 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 February 2013 Last updated at 17:48 ET
    A former US ambassador to Mali has told the BBC that France that paid ransom money to free hostages and the funds ended up bolstering Islamist groups it is now fighting. Vicki Huddleston said France paid $17m (£10.75m) to free hostages seized from a uranium mine in Niger in 2010. She said other European countries, including Germany, had also paid ransoms amounting to nearly $90m. France has always denied that it pays ransoms for the release of hostages. ... Ms Huddleston said the hostages kidnapped at the Niger mine in 2010 were only released because money had changed hands. "All...
  • Valérie Trierweiler 'succumbs to Marie-Antoinette syndrome of life of luxury'

    02/08/2013 5:43:18 AM PST · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    President François Hollande's 47-year old partner was slammed for eschewing her Left-wing principles in favour of unabashed champagne Socialism despite the threat of "thousands of job losses in the coming weeks" in companies ranging from Renault to Air France. VSD, the weekly magazine, trained its ire on the 47-year-old divorcee's decision to attend the haute couture shows of Paris fashion week
  • Why We Must Defend Our Founding Documents

    02/06/2013 12:29:30 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 4, 2013 | David Tucker
    A law professor from Georgetown University, Louis Michael Seidman, went on CBS TV and said we should give up on the Constitution: I’ve got a simple idea: Let’s give up on the Constitution. . . . This is our country. We live in it, and we have a right to the kind of country we want. We would not allow the French or the United Nations to rule us, and neither should we allow people who died over two centuries ago and knew nothing of our country as it exists today. If we are to take back our own country,...
  • France: Hundreds of Islamist militants killed in Mali

    02/05/2013 6:07:31 PM PST · by the scotsman · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6th February 2013 | BBC News
    '"Several hundred" Islamist militants have been killed since France launched an offensive in Mali last month, the French defence minister has said. Jean-Yves Le Drian said they had been killed in airstrikes and direct combat with French troops. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said that France may begin pulling out of Mali as early as March. In a newspaper interview, he said that "if everything goes as planned, the number of troops should diminish". France has an estimated 4,000 troops in Mali and officials from multilateral institutions and dozens of countries have been meeting in Brussels to discuss how...
  • France 'totally bankrupt', says labour minister Michel Sapin

    02/05/2013 5:10:53 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 28 January 2013 | Graham Ruddick
    Michel Sapin made the gaffe in a radio interview, which left French President Francois Hollande battling to undo the potential reputational damage. “There is a state but it is a totally bankrupt state,” Mr Sapin said. “That is why we had to put a deficit reduction plan in place, and nothing should make us turn away from that objective.” The comments came as President Hollande attempts to improve the image of the French economy after pledging to reduce the country’s deficit by cutting spending by €60bn (£51.5bn) over the next five years and increasing taxes by €20bn.
  • France to start pulling troops from Mali in March

    02/05/2013 3:25:30 PM PST · by Pan_Yan
    CNN ^ | February 5, 2013 -- Updated 2302 GMT (0702 HKT) | CNN Staff
    (CNN) -- France expects to begin pulling its troops out of Mali in March, the French foreign minister told the Metro newspaper. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said troops will continue operations in northern Mali, where he said "some terrorist havens remain." ... France has 2,150 soldiers in Mali and 1,000 more troops supporting the operation from elsewhere.
  • More in France Are Turning to Islam, Challenging a Nation’s Idea of Itself

    02/05/2013 10:22:37 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 3, 2013 | MAÏA de la BAUME
    While the number of converts remains relatively small in France, yearly conversions to Islam have doubled in the past 25 years, experts say, presenting a growing challenge for France, where government and public attitudes toward Islam are awkward and sometimes hostile. French antiterrorism officials have been warning for years that converts represent a critical element of the terrorist threat in Europe, because they have Western passports and do not stand out. In October, the French police conducted a series of antiterrorism raids across France, resulting in the arrests of 12 people, including at least three French citizens who had recently...
  • Irish attitudes to neutrality “narcissistic” (per European Affairs Minister)

    02/04/2013 10:20:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Monday, February 4, 2013 | Ruadhán Mac Cormaic in Paris
    Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has described Ireland’s position on military neutrality as “narcissistic”, but conceded it would be difficult for Fine Gael to win public support for a major shift in defense policy. A report on Ireland by one of France’s main EU think tanks, due to be published today, quotes Creighton saying she is “very supportive” of Ireland joining common European defense, but doesn’t believe her party could gain “political traction for that in the short term”. … The report by Notre Europe (Institut Jacques Delors), published to mark the 40th anniversary of Ireland’s EU accession, concludes...
  • Parisian women finally 'allowed' to wear trousers

    02/04/2013 9:28:23 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    France 24 ^ | 04/02/2013
    An archaic by-law banning Parisian women from wearing trousers has finally been repealed 214 years after it was originally introduced. The November 1799 decree stipulated that any woman wishing to wear men’s clothing in the French capital had to seek official permission from the city authorities. It was amended two times a century later, when women were given the freedom to don “pantalons” [trousers] if they were “holding the handlebars of a bicycle or the reins of a horse.” The decree was passed when the working class fashion of wearing long trousers (as opposed to the aristocratic knee-length “culottes”) became...
  • EU's grand ambitions threatened by budget dispute

    02/03/2013 7:40:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | Monday, February 4, 2013 | unattributed
    The European Union's massive spending on farm subsidies and infrastructure projects will be in the spotlight at difficult talks this week to set the bloc's next longterm budget. Sources at both the European Commission and the European Parliament say EU leaders will be looking to trim a further 20 to 25 billion euros ($30-$35 billion) off the almost trillion-euro ($1.36 trillion) budget for 2014-2020 at a February 7-8 summit... The summit will be the second attempt by the 27 leaders to reach a deal on the budget after a November summit collapsed in acrimony. The Commission had originally sought 1.047...
  • EU to set up euro-election “troll patrol” to tackle Euroskeptic surge

    02/03/2013 6:32:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:33PM GMT 03 Feb 2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    The Daily Telegraph has seen confidential spending proposals and internal documents planning an unprecedented propaganda blitz ahead of and during European elections in June 2014. Key to a new strategy will be “public opinion monitoring tools” to “identify at an early stage whether debates of political nature among followers in social media and blogs have the potential to attract media and citizens’ interest”. Spending on “qualitative media analysis” is to be increased by £1.7 million ($2.7 million), and while most of the money is to be found in existing budgets, an additional £787,000 ($1.24 million) will be need to be...
  • Game of Thrones: Gold, Germany, France, Taxes and the Debt Ceiling

    01/15/2013 8:53:48 AM PST · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/15/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    With Washington DC alight with the buzz of the approaching debt ceiling, Germany wants its gold back from the NY Fed and other central banks. Here is a country-by-country list of country gold reserves. (I hope the Germans find more gold in the New York Fed than we would find in Ft. Knox!) Of course, Germany looks at the USA and wonders how we can borrow SO much money and generate SO little economic growth. 113% increase in Federal Debt held by public since Q2 2008 and a measly 2.57% growth in real GDP. This comes at a time when...
  • Bundesbank to pull gold from New York and Paris in watershed moment

    01/15/2013 9:23:43 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 99 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 15, 2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Germany’s Bundesbank is to repatriate gold reserves held abroad to tighten control and combat currency crises in the future, pulling a chunk of its holdings from New York and all its bullion from Paris. The move marks an extraodinary breakdown in trust between leading central banks and has set off ferment among gold enthusiasts, with some comparing it with France’s withdrawal of gold from the US under President Charles de Gaulle as the Bretton Woods currency system crumbled in the early 1970s. Handelsblatt said the Bundesbank will announce on Wednesday that it intends to relocate the gold to vaults in...
  • French planes pound Islamist camps in north Mali desert

    02/03/2013 12:45:13 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 3, 2013 3:11pm EST | Elena Berton and Tiemoko Diallo
    (Reuters) - French warplanes pounded Islamist rebel camps in the far north of Mali on Sunday, military sources said, a day after French President Francois Hollande was hailed as a savior during a visit to the West African country. Thierry Burkhard, spokesman for the French army in Paris, said the overnight raids targeted logistics bases and training camps used by the al Qaeda-linked rebels near the town of Tessalit, close to the Algerian border. ... France says the rebels are also holding hostage in these mountains seven of its citizens, seized in recent years in the Sahara region. Malian military...
  • Teams from a US Army brigade heading to 35 African nations to beef up anti-terror training

    01/12/2013 11:39:32 AM PST · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Fox/AP ^ | 24 December 2012 (convenient time to report this)
    A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists. The teams will be limited to training and equipping efforts, and won't be permitted to conduct military operations without specific, additional approval from the secretary of defense. The sharper focus on Africa by the U.S. comes against a backdrop of widespread insurgent violence across North Africa, and as the African Union and other nations discuss military intervention in northern Mali.
  • Al Qaeda reportedly carving out its own 'country' in Mali (Hussein retreats)

    12/31/2012 6:54:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/31/12
    **SNIP** The catalyst for the Islamic fighters was a military coup nine months ago that transformed Mali from a once-stable nation to the failed state it is today. On March 21, disgruntled soldiers invaded the presidential palace. The fall of the nation's democratically elected government at the hands of junior officers destroyed the military's command-and-control structure, creating the vacuum which allowed a mix of rebel groups to move in. With no clear instructions from their higher-ups, the humiliated soldiers left to defend those towns tore off their uniforms, piled into trucks and beat a retreat as far as Mopti, roughly...
  • Out with colour: Islamists force Timbuktu women to wear black veils

    10/13/2012 9:49:21 AM PDT · by WVKayaker · 16 replies
    France24 ^ | 9/24/2012 | Mahaman Dedeou
    To avoid being whipped, mutilated, and jailed, women in Timbuktu now have to wear black veils and loose-fitting clothing. Radical Islamists, who took control of the city months ago, are laying down their law – Sharia law – and for the first time since they’ve arrived, they’re specifically targeting women. Over the past few weeks, Islamists from two armed groups – Ansar Dine and Mujao, who took over northern Mali in April – have increasingly made use of corporal punishment against the local population. This includes whipping, amputations, and even stoning people to death who do not obey Sharia law....
  • In Timbuktu, Harsh Change Under Islamists

    06/03/2012 1:50:35 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 6/2/12 | ADAM NOSSITER
    BAMAKO, Mali — Isolated for centuries by the harsh desert that surrounds it, Timbuktu now finds itself even more cut off from the rest of the world. Rebels who captured the city in northern Mali in April have imposed a form of hard-edged Islamic rule, prompting many residents to flee in fear and changing the face of what had been a tolerant and easygoing destination that drew tourists from around the world. Women are now forced to wear full, face-covering veils. Music is banned from the radio. Cigarettes are snatched from the mouths of pedestrians. And the look of the...
  • Ethno-religious violence in Islamic Mali

    04/25/2012 4:19:59 AM PDT · by Milagros · 3 replies
    Ethno-religious violence in Islamic MaliBackground: Mali is 90% Muslim, the ethnic Manding are in the majority.[1] ... Mandinka by ethnicity. King Keita (1210-1260 A.D) introduced Islam in the Malian Empire, and by the turn of the 13th century, Mali was one of the first African states (South of the Sahara) to embrace Islam. King Keita was later succeeded by his grand nephew Mansa Musa (1312-1337). King Musa was a devout Mandingo Muslim, and it was under his rule that Mali became the first country in Africa to make Islam a state religion. He built several mosques as well as Islamic...
  • Khan made trips to Niger, Sudan

    02/23/2004 8:27:58 PM PST · by piasa · 14 replies · 1,072+ views
    The Times of India ^ | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2004 | CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
    WASHINGTON: The famous African explorer Dr David Livingstone might have been impressed, even if the agenda was suspect. Pakistan’s disgraced nuclear proliferator-hero Abdul Qadeer Khan traversed the breadth of Africa in his hey day as a nuclear salesman , going to as romantic a getaway as Casablanca in Morocco and as remote an outpost as Timbuktu in Mali.   US officials might dearly like to get hold of Khan’s travel agent, or simply his itinerary, since he seems to have pretty much charted his own course during his profligate proliferating days. According to accounts now surfacing in the Pakistani media,...