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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
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 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: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301676/BREAKING-NEWS-1-500-people-evacuated-Eiffel-Tower-anonymous-phone-claimed-explosives-placed-landmark.html#ixzz2P5IbOcgI
  • 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 (LifeSiteNews.com) - 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...
  • Police tear-gas anti-gay marriage protesters in Paris

    03/25/2013 1:31:11 PM PDT · by white trash redneck · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 25 March 2013 | Staff
    Police in Paris used tear gas to disperse hundreds of thousands of protesters demonstrating against gay marriage on the Champs-Elysees.[snip]The opponents to gay marriage highlighted France's flagging economy, beset by mass layoffs and spiralling unemployment, and attacked Socialist President Francois Hollande's government for ignoring pressing issues while pushing ahead with his election pledge of "Marriage for All."
  • Rebels capture Central African Republic capital, president flees (France sends 300 more troops)

    03/25/2013 11:43:41 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:59pm EDT | Paul-Marin Ngoupana
    (Reuters) - Rebels in Central African Republic seized the riverside capital Bangui in fierce fighting on Sunday, forcing President Francois Bozize to flee and sowing confusion over who ruled the mineral-rich heart of Africa. At least nine South African soldiers were killed trying to prevent the rebels taking Bangui, a Reuters witness said, dealing a blow to Pretoria's attempt to stabilize the chaotic central African nation and assert its influence in the region. ... "The looting is bad. Both the population and Seleka are involved," said one senior U.N. official in Bangui. "We are not sure who is in charge....
  • Clashes at French anti-gay marriage protest

    03/24/2013 5:47:22 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 24 replies
    http://www.idahostatesman.com ^ | March 24, 2013 | By OLEG CETINIC and MICHEL EULER
    PARIS — Paris police used tear gas and batons to fight crowds who pushed their way onto the landmark Champs-Elysees avenue and toward the presidential palace as part of a huge protest against a draft law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. Hundreds of thousands of people - conservative activists, schoolchildren with their parents, retirees, priests - converged on the capital Sunday in a last-ditch bid to stop the bill, many bused in from the French provinces. The violence took protesters and police by surprise, and suggested that the anti-gay marriage protests have become outlets for anger and...
  • Gay marriage opponents mass in Paris for final rally (Hundreds of Thousands)

    03/24/2013 5:40:59 PM PDT · by Maelstorm
    http://www.bbc.co.uk ^ | 3-24-2013 | BBC News
    Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in central Paris for a final mass protest against a bill to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption. Demonstrators gathered along a major street up to the Arc de Triomphe. There were scuffles and police fired tear gas as the protest spilled over onto the Champs Elysees, the avenue which runs past the president's palace. France's Senate is due to debate the bill next month after it was passed by the lower house of parliament. President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party and its allies dominate both houses. Opinion polls suggest a majority of French people...
  • Gay marriage protesters take to the streets in Paris

    03/24/2013 2:13:35 PM PDT · by white trash redneck · 27 replies
    France 24 ^ | 24 March 2013 | Olivia SALAZAR WINSPEAR
    Tens of thousands opposed to French legislation allowing gay marriage protested Sunday on a route leading to the Champs Elysees after police banned them marching on the famed Paris avenue. The hugely controversial bill to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption has been comfortably adopted by the lower chamber of parliament and will go to the Senate for examination and approval in April. The upper house is unlikely to prevent the groundbreaking reform from becoming law by the summer. The protestors want the government to withdraw the project and put it to a referendum. The demonstrators highlighted France's flagging economy, beset...
  • President flees capital amid violence in Central African Republic

    03/24/2013 11:49:26 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/24/2013 | Holly Yan, Jennifer Z. Deaton and Nana Karikari-apau
    The president of the Central African Republic has fled the country's capital and rebels have seized control of the city, a government official said Sunday. President Francois Bozize crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo, said Jules Gautier Ngbapo, a spokesman for the government's territorial administration minister. He declined to disclose Bozize's location Sunday. "Central Africans are waiting for the new president to be named," Ngbapo said in a written statement. Word of Bozize's surprise departure came as violence erupted in the capital, Bangui. Witnesses reported hours of gunfire, and Ngbapo said at least seven civilians were killed as rebels...
  • Gay marriage opponents mass in Paris for final rally

    03/24/2013 1:13:44 PM PDT · by SMCC1 · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/24/13 | BBC
    "Tens of thousands of people have gathered in central Paris for a final mass protest against a bill to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption."
  • French mother on trial for son Jihad’s T-shirt

    03/24/2013 1:53:51 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 37 replies
    WaPo ^ | March 23 | Edward Cody
    SORGUES, France — A T-shirt worn by a 3-year-old nursery-schooler named Jihad has led to an unusual and politically charged criminal trial here that tests the limits of free speech — and common sense — in a France increasingly ill at ease with its growing Muslim population. “I am a bomb,” the shirt said on the front. The back read, “Jihad Born Sept. 11.”
  • Europe Has A Crisis — And It's Much Bigger Than Cyprus

    03/23/2013 11:49:39 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    Tbi ^ | 3-23-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Europe Has A Crisis — And It's Much Bigger Than Cyprus Joe WeisenthalMarch 23, 2013REUTERS/Christian Hartmann In a way, Europe should be thrilled by the week that was because financial markets barely batted an eye at the crisis in Cyprus. But Europe has a problem on its hands that's bigger than Cyprus: The economy stinks. This week we got fresh proof that things are bad or getting worse. In France, the Flash PMI report (which is a mid-month look at the combined services and manufacturing sectors of the economy) came in dismal, with the output index falling to a four...
  • France May Cap Purchases of Rafale Combat Jets -Report

    03/22/2013 1:28:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Dow Jones ^ | 03/22/2013|
    France May Cap Purchases of Rafale Combat Jets -Report 03/22/2013| 01:34pm US/Eastern The French government is considering limiting its purchases of Rafale multi-role combat aircraft, made by Dassault Aviation SA (>> DASSAULT AVIATION), to 225 from the 286 planned over the life of the program, according to a report Friday on financial information website latribune.fr. Such a move would be part of a general effort by the government to scale back public spending in the coming years, the website reported, without citing sources. The report said the government hasn't yet decided on the exact number of aircraft it will purchase....
  • IMF head Lagarde's flat searched in Bernard Tapie probe

    03/20/2013 11:28:37 AM PDT · by SpaceBar · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 March 2013
    French police have searched the Paris apartment of IMF chief Christine Lagarde, as they investigate her role in awarding financial compensation to businessman Bernard Tapie in 2008. As finance minister, she referred his long-running dispute with bank Credit Lyonnais to an arbitration panel, which awarded him 400m euros (Ł340m) damages. Mr Tapie was a supporter of ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy. Critics say she abused her authority but Ms Lagarde denies any wrongdoing. "This search will help uncover the truth, which will contribute to exonerating my client from any criminal wrongdoing," Ms Lagarde's lawyer, Yves Repiquet, told the Reuters news agency. The...
  • Muslim gang-rapes across Europe under-reported in press

    03/20/2013 1:25:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    dg ^ | Mar 20, 2013 | Katerina Nikolas
    High profile-gang rapes in India have been in the headlines since December. The phenomenon is growing across Europe too, but tends to be under reported due to the high incidence of Muslim perpetrators which makes it politically incorrect to mention. In December 2011 a Swedish mother-of-two was subjected to a brutal gang-rape by 12 Afghan immigrants in a refugee camp . ... The main perpetrator Rafi Bahaduri, 25, had already committed four other rapes in Sweden. The case is not unique. There is a growing trend of gang-rapes perpetrated against white women by Muslim rapists. In the U.K. there has...
  • Fifth French soldier killed in Mali fighting

    03/17/2013 12:07:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Times of India ^ | Sunday, March 17, 2013 | Reuters
    A fifth French soldier was killed in the nine-week-old military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, the French government said on Sunday. The corporal from the 1st Marine infantry regiment of Angouleme was killed in action, President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement, without giving details. Dozens of Islamist fighters linked to al-Qaida have been killed as French and African forces have fought to drive them out of the northern region of Mali they have controlled since last April. France launched a ground and air operation in January to break the Islamist rebels' hold on the region, saying militants...
  • Mali locals say al Qaeda commander dead, France cautious

    03/01/2013 8:35:26 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 1, 2013 | Cheick Diouara
    GAO, Mali (Reuters) - One of al Qaeda's most feared commanders in Africa has been killed by French air strikes in north Mali, sources close to Islamist militants and tribal elders said on Friday, but France said it could not confirm this. The local sources said Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, blamed for kidnapping at least 20 Western hostages in the Sahara desert in recent years, was among 40 militants killed four days ago in the foothills of the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains. About 1,200 French troops and 800 Chadian soldiers are hunting down pockets of al Qaeda-linked insurgents in the border...
  • Al-Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed by French forces in Mali mountains

    03/02/2013 1:27:55 PM PST · by the scotsman · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2nd March 2013 | Sara Malm
    'A prominent Al-Qaeda leader has been killed by French and Chadian troops in northern Mali, the President of Chad confirmed yesterday. Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, senior commander in Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), was killed among 40 other Islamist fighters three days ago in the foothills of the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains. A U.S. official said the reports of Abou Zeid's death appear credible and that Washington would view his death as a serious blow to Al-Qaeda's north Africa wing.'
  • U.S. Government Investigation Of Gold Price Manipulation

    03/16/2013 7:13:07 AM PDT · by blam · 17 replies
    TMO ^ | 3-16-2013 | Midas Letter
    U.S. Government Investigation Of Gold Price Manipulation Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013March 15, 2013 - 04:16 PM GMT By: Midas Letter Yesterday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the regulator who ostensibly regulates the banks and major financial institutions who participate in the futures and commodities trading business, announced they were going to examine whether prices are being manipulated in the “world’s largest gold market”, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. For long time observers of the gold price and the fundamental and not-so-fundamental influences on its price movements, the announcement might have elicited a gasp of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- PanSTARRS from France

    03/15/2013 10:14:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | March 16, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Still looking for that comet? Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) naked-eye appearance in the northern hemisphere is described by successful comet spotters as a dim star with faint a tail. If you want to catch it the next few days could be your best bet. Start looking low and almost due west about 45 minutes after sunset. Of course, clear skies and a pair of binoculars should help a lot. Sky photographer Jean-Luc Dauvergne found suitable weather and western horizon for this comet and crescent Moon portrait after a road trip on March 13. Seeing PanSTARRS for the first time,...
  • More Entrepreneurs Say “Au Revoir” as they Escape France’s Confiscatory Tax Regime

    03/14/2013 6:47:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    As a general rule, it’s not right to take pleasure at the misfortune of others.But I think we’re allowed an exception to that Schadenfreude rule when the “others” are greedy politicians pursuing spiteful policies. We want the political elite to suffer misfortune because of our desire to promote freedom and prosperity for ordinary people.With that in mind, I have a big smile on my face because Francois Hollande’s class-warfare tax policy in France is a bigger failure than even I predicted it would be.I’m particularly happy that the geese with the golden eggs are flying away. And the flock seems...
  • EU: Germany's anti-euro party is a nasty shock for Angela Merkel

    03/11/2013 12:27:48 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/10/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Political revolt against the euro construct has spread to Germany. A new party led by economists, jurists, and Christian Democrat rebels will kick off this week, calling for the break-up of monetary union before it can do any more damage. "An end to this euro," is the first line on the webpage of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). "The introduction of the euro has proved to be a fatal mistake, that threatens the welfare of us all. The old parties are used up. They stubbornly refuse to admit their mistakes." They propose German withdrawl from EMU and return to the D-Mark,...
  • World 'needs dictators like Chavez' says French minister

    03/11/2013 4:39:54 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/03/2013 | By Tony Todd
    The minister for France's overseas territories lamented the death of Hugo Chavez on Saturday, saying the world "needs more dictators" like him after attending the late Venezuelan leader's funeral a day earlier. Victorin Lurel described Chavez as a cross between French General Charles de Gaulle and reforming left-winger Léon Blum, who served three times as French prime minister. “De Gaulle because he profoundly changed his country’s institutions, and Blum because he fought relentlessly against injustice,” he told RTL radio. “I’ll be criticised for saying this, but the world needs more dictators like Hugo Chavez, if it’s a dictator that he...
  • Greenland warns EU may miss out on its mineral wealth

    03/09/2013 6:38:04 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, March 7, 2013 | Alistair Scrutton (Editing by Anthony Barker)
    Greenland's prime minister warned the European Union he could scrap a preliminary deal intended to safeguard the bloc's access to his country's huge mineral resources, saying Brussels has failed to follow through. "I don't understand the behavior of the (European) Commission," leftist Kuupik Kleist said on Wednesday in his office... Kleist's comments to Reuters signal Greenland may be increasingly willing to play off rival powers from Brussels to Beijing that are drawn by its minerals as global warming opens up sea routes and mining prospects. Kleist, who grew up harpooning whales from a remote village in northern Greenland, faces a...
  • British exit from EU would be catastrophic -- Schaeuble

    03/09/2013 6:14:47 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Reuters Indonesia ^ | March 9, 2013 | Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Alison Williams
    A British exit from the European Union would be a catastrophe despite disagreements over capping banker bonuses that have left London increasingly isolated, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told an Austrian newspaper. His comments are his strongest so far in trying to avoid a messy split that would send shock waves through politics and financial markets. Britain failed this week to secure backing to water down new EU rules limiting bonuses, a measure that could threaten London's dominance as a financial centre. Schaeuble acknowledged Britain's interest in the subject, given the major role its financial centre plays, but told Der...
  • MEPs to vote on EU 'ban on all forms of pornography'

    03/09/2013 5:05:58 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/08/2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    Controversy has erupted over next Tuesday's European Parliament resolution "on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU", meant to mark international women's day, after libertarian Swedish MEPs from the Pirate Party spotted the call for a ban in the small print. While not legally binding, the vote could be the first step towards European legislation as the EU's assembly increasingly flexes its political muscle within Europe's institutions.
  • Loyal Dog Foils French Woman's Suicide Bid

    03/08/2013 8:31:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    The Local ^ | 06 Mar 2013
    A French woman's loyal German Shepherd dog saved her from committing suicide by knocking aside a rifle she tried to fire into her heart, local police said. The 63-year-old woman had walked into her garden in the southern town of Sorgues in the Vaucluse region, fired several test shots of a 22-calibre rifle and then turned the gun on her chest. "At the moment she pulled the trigger, her dog jumped on her and diverted the shot," a local police officer told AFP, adding that the dog "probably sensed things and knocked into her to save her."
  • The sins of Secretary Clinton are falling on John Kerry

    03/06/2013 10:40:39 AM PST · by what's up · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 6, 2013 | Richard Grenell
    John Kerry is going to have a rough tenure as secretary of state. But let’s face it, whoever came after Hillary Clinton was going to have to deal with a foreign affairs press corps that has been sleeping for four years. From the moment Hillary entered Foggy Bottom, political reporters have treated their beloved secretary of state with kid gloves. Watching media outlets now play catch-up on just how dangerous the world really is makes you feel a bit sorry for Kerry. Suddenly the State Department reporters have realized that Iran is about to get a nuclear weapon, GITMO is...
  • France Will Be 40 Percent Muslim in 2030

    03/04/2013 2:22:46 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 17 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 4 March 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Liberally translated from the French from Muslim Immigration to France. You won't Be Able to Say You didn't Know: In 1968 the French population was 49.7 million people. Muslims in France were 610,000 or 1.23% of the population. In 1988 the French population was 56 million. Muslims in France were 2,000,000 or 3.6% of the population. In 2009 the French population was 67 million. Muslims in France were 8,000,000 or 11.94%. These are official figures, which are likely to underestimate the real number of Muslims. France's Muslim population has been multiplying by at least 3.5 every 20 years since 1968. If this growth is not...
  • AQAP releases 10th copy of Inspire; features Adam Gadahn

    03/02/2013 1:44:29 AM PST · by Cindy · 12 replies
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | March 1, 2013 | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has released the 10th edition of Inspire, its English language propaganda magazine that is marketed to Westerners. The magazine features an article by Adam Gadahn, the American traitor who works with al Qaeda's core leadership cadre in Pakistan." SNIPPET: "Gadahn also advises jihadists in the West to continue "direct engagement [attacks] at home and abroad with America and its NATO parents, particularly France and Britain."" SNIPPET: "Gadahn is believed to be based in Pakistan and is known to work with As Sahab, al Qaeda's primary propaganda production outfit. He also releases propaganda via...
  • EU 'Troika' rule in Ireland worse than British Empire

    02/27/2013 11:06:16 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/28/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Ireland's trade union chief has accused the EU-IMF troika in charge of Irish austerity policies of tipping the economy into downward spiral and acting as an imperial oppressor. "The Troika has done more damage to Ireland than Britain ever did in 800 years," said David Begg, head of the Irish Confederation of Trade Unions. David Begg said the image of Ireland as the poster-child of EU recovery was a myth culitivated by EU creditors whose only interest is to recoup their money Mr Begg said the image of Ireland as the poster-child of EU recovery was a myth culitivated by...
  • Slow-acting killer that was Saddam's favourite instrument of vengeance

    11/19/2006 11:31:47 PM PST · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Times ^ | November 20, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    On New Year’s Day in 1988, Abdullah Ali, an Iraqi businessman who had been living in London for eight years, joined three compatriots for dinner at a restaurant called Cleopatra in Notting Hill.The next morning, he was taken ill with flu-like symptoms and was admitted to hospital. There his condition rapidly deteriorated — his hair fell out, he developed excruciating skin and joint pain, and paralysis and respiratory failure began to set in. Fifteen days later he was dead — but not before he had begun to wonder whether something had been added to his vodka. He was right: the...
  • Jews of France flee to the U.K to escape anti Semitic attacks

    02/26/2013 6:32:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | 2/26/13 | Shifra Unger
    The number of new faces seen every Shabbat in the synagogues of England, rose sharply in 2012, as French Jews are escaping a surge of anti Jewish attacks, according to press reports in the United Kingdom. The number of French Jews crossing the Channel to find a safe haven in the U.K. has increased as figures released this week showed a 58 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in France for 2012. Last week, the Chief Rabbi of the U.K., Lord Sacks, warned: "the position of the Jews in Europe today is very difficult. There are threats now to ritual circumcision...