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  • Femen Stages a 'Topless Jihad'

    04/04/2013 11:52:14 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 59 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 4, 2013 | Alan Taylor
    Earlier today, members of Ukrainian feminist group Femen staged protests across Europe as they called for a "topless jihad." The demonstrations were in support of a young Tunisian activist named Amina Tyler. Last month, Tyler posted naked images of herself online, with the words "I own my body; it's not the source of anyone's honor" written on her bare chest. The head of Tunisia's "Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice," reportedly called for Tyler to be stoned to death for her putatively obscene actions, lest they lead to an epidemic. Tyler has since gone quiet, leading...
  • France wants to keep 1,000 soldiers in Mali permanently

    04/05/2013 9:57:49 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 5, 2013 | Adama Diarra and John Irish
    BAMAKO/PARIS (Reuters) - France has proposed keeping a permanent force of 1,000 French troops in Mali to fight armed Islamist militants, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday. Fabius, on a visit to Bamako, said France was pushing ahead with plans to reduce its 4,000-strong military presence from the end of this month but planned to keep a combat force in Mali to support a future U.N. peacekeeping mission. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called last week for the deployment of a U.N. mission of 11,200 troops and 1,440 police in Mali once major combat ends. This would include thousands of...
  • Syrian president warns that if his regime falls, instability will spread across the region

    04/05/2013 2:05:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies ^ | April 5, 2013 | Associated Press
    Syrian President Bashar Assad warned in comments broadcast Friday that the fall of his regime or the breakup of his nation will cause a “domino effect” that will fuel Middle East instability for years, in his sharpest warning yet about the potential fallout of his country’s civil war on neighboring states.
  • French Government Spirals Elegantly Into Self-Destruction

    04/04/2013 8:48:15 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Testosterone Pit ^ | 03 April 2013 | Wolf Richter
    France might not even notice if the Eurozone fell apart—that’s how tangled up it is in the Jérôme Cahuzac fiasco that blew up with phenomenal effect on Tuesday and Wednesday. Former Presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy were and still are dogged by scandals, investigations, and trials that laid bare all manner of misdeeds they personally had been involved in. But it never caused this kind of ruckus. By contrast, the Cahuzac fiasco doesn’t implicate President François Hollande personally. Not yet. But it’s tearing up his government. In reality, not much changed on Tuesday, except that ex-budget minister Cahuzac admitted...
  • Tax havens are killing our democracies

    04/04/2013 12:04:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Le Monde via PressEurop ^ | 4 April 2013 | Natalie Nougayrčde
    The global financial convulsion of 2007-2008 was followed by the resounding announcement of new priorities: international finance was to be better regulated and there was to be no mercy in the fight against tax havens. In short, we were to put an end to the black holes in a system that was wide open to abuse—at least if the very virtuous conclusions of the G20 held in London were to be believed. … Revelations of individual cases, no matter how fascinating they are, should not be allowed to distract attention from the underlying problem: tax havens are a threat to...
  • France in turmoil over tax-dodging minister

    04/04/2013 1:21:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 04.04.13 @ 09:20 | Honor Mahony
    France’s ongoing scandal over its tax-evading budget minister is threatening to engulf François Hollande’s government, raising questions about who knew what and what it means for a President who came to power promising an “irreproachable republic.” Jerome Cahuzac, now resigned, dealt a body blow to the Socialist administration after admitting he lied to the president, to parliament and to the public about having an offshore account. It eventually turned out that Cahuzac, who had conducted a public campaign against tax dodgers, had foreign bank accounts for over 20 years. A Singapore bank account of his still has €600,000 ($776,220) in...
  • Total Dumps Canadian Oil Sands Project for $1.65bn Loss

    04/04/2013 10:44:31 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 31 March 2013 | Jen Alic
    France’s Total SA (NYSE: TOT) will sell its 49% stake in its Canadian oil sands project to Suncor Energy Inc. for $500 million, netting the French oil giant a $1.65 billion loss on the beleaguered project. Total would have had to spend another $5 billion (at least) on the Alberta oil sands Voyageur Upgrader project over the next five years—an investment that cannot be justified according to its executives. The project is beleaguered by increasing labor costs, a shortage of labor and the falling prices of Canadian heavy crude against rising US oil production. Profit margins have narrowed to the...
  • Terrorist Killed After Throwing Firebomb at IDF Soldiers

    04/03/2013 2:36:49 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/4/13 | Elad Benari
    IDF soldiers opened fire on Wednesday night at two terrorists who approached an IDF position near the community of Einav in northern Samaria. As the two terrorists approached the soldiers, they hurled a firebomb at them. The soldiers returned fire, killing one terrorist and wounding the other. PA officials told AFP that the killed terrorist was a 16-year-old teen, identified as Amer Nassar. The latest attack comes after two days of unrest in Judea and Samaria, as Palestinian Authority Arabs rioted over the death of an elderly terrorist who was serving time in an Israeli jail. The terrorist, 64-year-old Maissara...
  • France and Germany snub Cameron on EU law review

    04/03/2013 10:20:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02.04.13 @ 09:23 (April 2) | Honor Mahony
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempt to get other member states to participate in a general review of EU laws has suffered an embarrassing rebuff from Paris and Berlin. France and Germany have refused to take part in Cameron’s much-publicized examination of whether some EU powers should be returned to member states, reports the Financial Times. The paper notes that Paris and Berlin consulted with one another on the issue before concluding that the exercise—known as the “balance of competences”—was more to serve Britain’s domestic political interests. … The review is the cornerstone of London’s EU policy, as Cameron attempts...
  • West embargoes arms to Syrian rebels over their resale to al Qaeda

    03/30/2013 8:51:02 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 26 replies
    Debka File ^ | March 30th, 2013
    The Western arms pipeline to the Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad is starting to run dry since the discovery that some of the weapons are being resold and used by al Qaeda in its conquest of southern Syrian and takeover of positions on the Jordanian and Israel borders. French President Francois Hollande for this reason reversed his government’s policy. “We will not do it [send the Syrian rebel arms] as long as we cannot be certain that there is complete control of the situation by the opposition,” he said Friday, March 29. That day too, Ankara announced that Turkish authorities...
  • Free abortions come into force in France

    04/01/2013 4:02:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    France 24 ^ | 04/01/2013
    As of April 1, women in France will have access to free abortions, while teenage girls will be able to get free and anonymous contraception. The French state will now reimburse 100 percent of the cost of abortions, while girls aged between 15 and 18 have access to free and anonymous birth control. The change comes as a law voted in late 2012 comes into force. …
  • Amateur with metal detector finds 1,600-year-old royal ring

    03/30/2013 5:04:33 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | Mar 28, 2013
    <p>Did this intricate piece of sapphire, gold and glass belong to the King of France, some 1,600 years ago?</p> <p>A group of archaeologist met at the Yorkshire Museum in England last week to discuss the Escrick Ring, an intricately worked gold ring surrounding a brilliant blue sapphire discovered in 2009 by an amateur metal-detector enthusiast.</p>
  • 1,500 people evacuated from Eiffel Tower(short title)

    03/30/2013 8:32:46 PM PDT · by occamrzr06 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03/30/2013 | Peter Allen
    The Eiffel Tower was evacuated tonight following a telephoned terrorist bomb warning. Some 1,500 people, including tourists and staff, were escorted out of France's most famous landmark shortly after 7.30pm. It follows threats from Al-Qaeda pledging 'revenge' for the French intervention in the African state of Mali to fight Islamic terrorists. Read more:
  • Manuel Noriega questions 'suicide' of French lawyer Olivier Metzner

    03/29/2013 10:12:49 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 March 2013 | Henry Samuel
    The body of Olivier Metzner, who defended Noriega against money laundering charges in France, was found on Sunday floating off a Breton island he owned. Other celebrity clients of 63-year-old star of the French bar included the "rogue trader" Jérôme Kerviel and Continental Airlines, accused of causing the catastrophic Concorde crash in 2000. In other high-profile cases, he represented the former prime minister Dominique de Villepin in the Clearstream scandal, rock star Bertrand Cantat in the murder trial of his actress girlfriend, and Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, the daughter of the L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, in her bid to have her mother...
  • South Africa goes back to Uganda to fight rebels (prepares to invade Central African Republic)

    03/29/2013 11:03:35 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 19 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | Friday 29 March 2013 01:47 | ELIAS BIRYABAREMA
    South African soldiers have gathered in Uganda for a “new mission” to the Central African Republic (CAR), where 13 of their comrades were killed in a rebel coup at the weekend, South African media and a senior Ugandan officer have said. “The intention of the South Africans is to reorganise themselves and then redeploy massively in CAR and topple these rebels. They were humiliated and they want to avenge,” the ­officer said. The deaths were Pretoria’s heaviest military defeat since the end of apartheid in 1994 and president Jacob Zuma has drawn fierce criticism for reinforcing 26 military trainers in...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Horizon Rainbow in Paris

    03/27/2013 5:57:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | March 27, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why is this horizon so colorful? Because, opposite the Sun, it is raining. What is pictured above is actually just a common rainbow. It's uncommon appearance is caused by the Sun being unusually high in the sky during the rainbow's creation. Since every rainbow's center must be exactly opposite the Sun, a high Sun reflecting off of a distant rain will produce a low rainbow where only the very top is visible -- because the rest of the rainbow is below the horizon. Furthermore, no two observers can see exactly the same rainbow -- every person finds themselves exactly...
  • Come To Me ,let go and BE FREE !

    03/26/2013 11:12:26 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    bible,The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-26-13 | Jedediah
    COME TO ME LET GO AND BE FREE Just let go of the past and do not look back as Lot's wife for My mercies are new every morning. Take my hand I will show you My will for today and it is here you allow Me to free you of "all" the storms that were never yours , follow after Me for how can two walk together unless they agree . Let My will fulfill all your dreams and endevours effort free for My spirit is your guide and strength where My joy is constant and eternal and find...
  • Notre Dame gets new bells for her 850th birthday

    03/26/2013 8:41:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    History Blog ^ | March 26, 2013
    Notre Dame de Paris, the Gothic cathedral that is one of the most famous churches in the world, turns 850 years old this year and has gotten a new set of nine bells for a birthday present. The new bells range in size from 767 kilos (1691 lbs) to 1.91 tons. They were blessed in a ceremony at the cathedral on February 2nd (see this YouTube for the full ceremony; the top comment lists the times they were rung), but since they were lined up in the nave, their rings were only heard individually when their clappers were struck against...
  • Japan, EU agree to start free-trade negotiations

    03/25/2013 3:07:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2013 7:59 AM EDT | Yuri Kageyama
    Japan and the European Union agreed Monday to start negotiations for a free-trade pact encompassing nations that account for nearly a third of the world economy. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso spoke by telephone for 30 minutes late Monday, a Japanese government spokesman said. A Japan-EU summit set to begin Monday in Tokyo was shelved because of the financial crisis in Cyprus. The leaders agreed to launch the negotiations toward a “deep and comprehensive” free-trade deal, with the first meeting set for next month, both sides said...
  • 1.4 million march against gay ‘marriage’ in France, police tear gas crowd – children included

    03/25/2013 3:19:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 25, 2013 | JEANNE SMITS
    Analysis March 25, 2013 ( - According to organizers, nearly one and a half million people joined the third demonstration in five months against the legalization of same-sex “marriage” by the French government in Paris, on Sunday. Meanwhile, large numbers of demonstrators who were unable to join the main venue – which had filled up by 3 p.m. – or who headed straight to the largest and most prestigious Parisian thoroughfare, the Champs-Elysées, were sprayed with tear-gas and beaten as they neared the presidential palace. Victims included children as young as 6 years old, elderly gentlemen, women of all...