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  • When an Army of Artists Fooled Hitler

    05/21/2013 4:54:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | May 21, 2013 | Leah Binkovitz
    <p>Mixing real tanks alongside the inflatable ones, the troops appeared to be assembling a massive attack. Their fake observation planes were so convincing, American pilots tried to land in the field next to them. When the offensive finally made its move across the Rhine, with General Dwight Eisenhower and Prime Minister Winston Churchill watching, they were met with little German resistance. The riverbanks were left for the taking and the Ghost Army earned a commendation for its success.</p>
  • France in talks with US, Israel to buy drones

    05/21/2013 3:17:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/19/2013
    France in talks with US, Israel to buy drones Paris looks to modernize fleet, seeks to purchase drones from Washington, J'lem "straight away," says French defense minister. PARIS - France is in talks with the United States and Israel to buy intelligence-gathering drones to build up a modern fleet, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday. France's existing hardware is outdated and its military intervention in Mali this year has exposed its shortage of surveillance drones suitable for modern warfare. The United States provided French commanders with intelligence from its drones based in Niger. "We need this capacity in...
  • Right-wing historian shoots himself in Notre Dame cathedral 'in protest at gay marriage'

    05/21/2013 10:32:00 AM PDT · by LonelyCon · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2013 | Sam Webb
    A right-wing historian shot himself dead in front of hundreds of tourists at the altar of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris today, apparently in protest at France's legalisation of gay marriage. Dominique Venner, who had recently been campaigning against gay marriage in France, is said to have calmly walked past the crowds milling around the 850-year-old Cathedral, one of the most popular tourist sites in the world, before taking out a Herstal automatic pistol. The 78-year-old put the gun in his mouth and fired before collapsing on to the altar, according to French media reports.
  • U.S. flies more than 200 air refuel missions to Mali

    05/21/2013 9:51:55 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, May 20, 2013 | Shaun Waterman
    U.S. aerial tankers have flown more than 200 missions this year to fuel French airpower supporting Paris’ intervention against al Qaeda linked extremists in Mali. The aid underscores NATO’s reliance on U.S. military capabilities to stage even their own unilateral operations. Air Force Times reported the U.S. Air Force’s 351st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, forward deployed to Morón Air Base, Spain, from RAF Mildenhall, in Suffolk, England, has offloaded more than eight million pounds of fuel in 204 separate missions in support of the French Air Force as of May 15. ... But French forces could not have gotten to...
  • Doctor: Report Affirms Al-Dura Story Was a Hoax

    05/20/2013 5:22:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/5/13 | David Lev
    Dr. Yehuda David, who was sued for libel by the father of Muhammad al-Dura – and eventually won his case – expressed great satisfaction at the issuing of a report by a special report by a government panel that revisited the infamous incident, in which IDF soldiers were accused of killing the 12 year old Arab boy at the start of the second intifada. The committee determined that not only were the allegations – and a report by French television purporting to show IDF soldiers shooting and killing the boy – a lie, but that the al-Dura is not even...
  • French tests ease fears of coronavirus transmission

    05/11/2013 10:41:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Reuters) - ^ | May 11, 2013 6:42am EDT
    Three people who came into contact with France's only confirmed case of coronavirus have tested negative for the SARS-like disease, with results pending on two others, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on Saturday. Lab results were expected later in the day on a friend or family member of the infected man, who remains in serious condition, and another patient who shared his hospital room, the minister and doctors told reporters in Lille, northern France. A doctor, a nurse and a third health professional who had come into contact with the 65-year-old confirmed to have coronavirus are in the clear
  • Taxes on some wealthy French top 100 pct of income

    05/19/2013 6:36:17 AM PDT · by mkmensinger · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-18-13
    "More than 8,000 French households' tax bills topped 100 percent of their income last year, the business newspaper Les Echos reported on Saturday, citing Finance Ministry data."
  • Dangerous Price Manipulation Rocks Energy Markets (Natural Gas)

    05/18/2013 5:46:53 PM PDT · by haffast · 37 replies
    Wall Street Daily ^ | Friday, May 3, 2013 | BUSINESS WIRES
    A new investigation released by Wall Street Daily just revealed a disturbing pattern of price manipulation in the energy markets. The six-month investigation, conducted by renowned energy analyst, Karim Rahemtulla, was triggered by the incredible disparity in gas prices between the United States and Europe. The price of natural gas in the United States is presently about $4/mcf. Yet the price in Europe is upwards of $15/mcf. “Such mispricing simply cannot occur in an efficient market,” says Rahemtulla. For the global economy to function properly, the energy markets must be priced efficiently. It can be no other way. Any malfeasance...
  • Hollande Asks ECB to Engage in Japanese Style Currency Debasement

    05/18/2013 10:28:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    French president Francois has had enough of austerity but claims he "cannot do it alone". The Financial Times reports François Hollande goes on ‘offensive’ over stalled EU economy. François Hollande promised an “offensive” to bring “more growth and less austerity” to Europe as he launched a bid to resurrect his presidency. Mr Hollande said the first priority of his second-year “offensive” was a four-point plan to “get Europe out of its torpor” – concentrating on combating youth unemployment and a strategy of investment. “The number one objective is changing Europe’s direction to have more growth and less austerity,” he said....
  • The French elite: where it went wrong

    05/18/2013 4:57:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Financial Times ^ | Simon Kuper
    France’s “énarques” weren’t trained to succeed in the world but in central Paris ___ High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/d76b5fcc-b83f-11e2-bd62-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2Tgx8Ik00 The French Stalinist Maurice Thorez spent the second world war in Moscow, where he called himself “Ivanov”. When France was liberated, he came home and entered government. After Charles de Gaulle stepped down as French leader in 1946, Thorez picked up one of the general’s pet projects:...
  • Taxes on some wealthy French top 100 pct of income: paper

    05/18/2013 5:14:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/18/2013 | Leigh Thomas
    More than 8,000 French households' tax bills topped 100 percent of their income last year, the business newspaper Les Echos reported on Saturday, citing Finance Ministry data. The newspaper said that the exceptionally high level of taxation was due to a one-off levy last year on 2011 incomes for households with assets of more than 1.3 million euros ($1.67 million). President Francois Hollande's Socialist government imposed the tax surcharge last year, shortly after taking office, to offset the impact of a rebate scheme created by its conservative predecessor to cap an individual's overall taxation at 50 percent of income. The...
  • EU to ban olive oil jugs from restaurants

    05/17/2013 9:57:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:52PM BST 17 May 2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    The European Union is to ban olive oil jugs and dipping bowls from restaurant tables in a move described by one of Britain’s top cooks as authoritarian and damaging to artisan food makers. The small glass jugs filled with green- or gold-colored extra virgin olive oil are familiar and traditional for restaurant goers across Europe, but they will be banned from 1 January 2014 after a decision taken in an obscure Brussels committee earlier this week. From next year, olive oil “presented at a restaurant table” must be in prepackaged factory bottles with a tamper-proof dispensing nozzle and labeling in...
  • Let’s Go Crazy! France Double-Dips, Empire State Goes Negative And Mortgage Apps Fall 7.3%

    05/15/2013 6:32:11 AM PDT · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/15/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    This is not one of those “everything is beautiful” economic news days. First, France experienced a double dip in real GDP. This is France’s second recession in four years with a 0.2 percent contraction. And France is helping to drag down the Euro-area into its sixth quarterly decline. The Shadow Economy is former Soviet-bloc countries remains high along with Greece, Cyprus and Malta. Hmm. The further away countries are from Brussels and Luxembourg, the greater the Shadow economies (I don’t think this would surprise Nigel Farage!) Second, the Empire State Manufacturing Survey General Business Conditions SA contracted -1.43%, the first...
  • Carlos the Jackal appeals French life term (Marxist militant/killer)

    05/13/2013 4:23:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/13/13
    PARIS (Reuters) - Carlos the Jackal, the Marxist militant once ranked among the world's most wanted criminals, launched an appeal on Monday against a life sentence for bomb attacks that killed 11 people three decades ago. The Venezuelan defendant, 63, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, has been locked up in France for almost 20 years serving an initial life sentence in a separate case for killing two police officers and an informant in Paris in 1975. The Paris hearing was suspended as Ramirez demanded new lawyers and accused the Venezuelan state of seeking to sabotage his defense by...
  • Scoot and Shoot “à la Française:” Caesar SP Gun Transforms French Artillery

    05/13/2013 3:42:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    www.defense-aerospace.com ^ | May 7, 2013 | Giovanni de Briganti
    Scoot and Shoot “à la Française:” Caesar SP Gun Transforms French Artillery (Source: defense-aerospace.com; published May 7, 2013) By Giovanni de Briganti DRAGUIGNAN, France --- The French army has almost completed the wholesale transformation of its artillery, a process which has seen the merger of its air-defense and field artillery units and the gradual replacement of its towed (TRF1) and self-propelled (AUF1) 155mm howitzers by the Caesar truck-mounted, air-transportable gun of the same caliber but with substantially longer range. In terms of units, the reorganization will be completed this summer with the disbandment of the 8th Artillery Regiment, the fourth...
  • The New European Revolt

    05/11/2013 8:44:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11 May 2013 | Tyler Durden
    President Hollande of France recently got a whiff of what is coming from an open letter addressed to him by a 20-year old student named Clara G. “This will probably shock you, but it is mainly for fiscal reasons,… simply because I do not feel like working all my life to pay taxes, a large part of which will only service the 1.9 trillion Euros of debt that your generation has kindly left us. If these borrowings had at least been invested to prepare the future of the country, if I was getting a small benefit from them, it would...
  • French minister wants land for slaves’ descendants

    05/12/2013 7:40:37 AM PDT · by csvset · 34 replies
    France24 ^ | 12/05/2013 | Joseph BAMAT
    France’s justice minister has said she supports land reform in the country’s overseas territories to help the descendents of slaves, two days after President Hollande declared reparations for slavery were impossible. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has called on the French government to consider ways to redistribute land in its Caribbean overseas territories to favour the descendants of slaves, just two days after President François Hollande ruled out reparations for France’s role in the colonial-era slave trade. “In the overseas territories there was a land grab, the general result was that the descendents of slaves were left without access to land....
  • French voters have had enough of François Hollande and his government

    05/12/2013 6:26:34 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Monday 6 May 2013 08.39 EDT | Philippe Marlière
    On Sunday, an estimated 150,000 people marched in Paris and gathered in the Place de la Bastille to listen to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the Left Front. Afterwards , the Socialist Party officials were prompt to call the event highly divisive for the left. Accusations of populism and gauchisme (unrealistic policies) also rapidly surfaced from Solférino, the Socialist headquarters. To paraphrase Bertolt Brecht: would it not be easier for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?
  • Dangerous Times: Milton Friedman just won his euro bet

    05/11/2013 7:13:12 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 5/11/2013 | James Lewis
    Even as President Obama is following in Eurosocialist footsteps, the 14-year utopian experiment on a single currency is collapsing. The architect of the euro just ran up the white flag on the biggest policy mistakes in history. Former German Finance Minister Oskar Lafontaine called his own brainchild a "catastrophe". "The economic situation is worsening from month to month," he wrote on his Left party blog. "unemployment has reached a level that puts democratic structures ever more in doubt." "Catastrophe" is the right word. Today Greece is suffering more than 50% unemployment. That's worse than the Great Depression in the US....
  • Vultures eat woman's body in 50 minutes after fall off cliff [protected species in France]

    05/09/2013 9:16:06 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 67 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2013 | Enrique Calvo
    Major Didier Pericou told The Times of Europe, "When we first went out in the helicopter looking for the body, we saw numerous vultures without realizing what they were doing." Pericou added that the incident has reignited calls from local farmers to allow hunting of the birds. The Times reported that Pyrénéan farmers have been demanding the right to shoot the birds, known as Griffon Vultures, because they've been attacking sheep and cows. But the species is protected in France and has lost access to its normal diet of carcasses due to European health and safety regulations.
  • First case of deadly SARS-like virus in France

    05/08/2013 10:26:15 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 08 May 2013 12:01 GMT+02:00
    France's health ministry on Wednesday reported the country's first case of a SARS-like virus that has killed 18 people so far, mostly in Saudi Arabia. An unidentified person who came back to France from a trip to the United Arab Emirates was diagnosed with the deadly novel coronavirus, the ministry said. "This is the first and only confirmed case in France to date," it added. The patient is currently in intensive care in hospital and has been placed in isolation. The virus, known in medical jargon as nCoV-EMC, was first detected in September 2012 and since then more than 30...
  • {French Pres} Hollande anniversary marked by protests and record popularity slump

    05/06/2013 10:35:40 PM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    RT.com ^ | 6 May 2013 | Yulia Shapolavova
    As Francois Hollande marks one year in office, he may go down in history for the sharpest popularity loss. His approval ratings have sunk to less than 25 per cent - the biggest fall for any French president in the past 50 years. To express their discontent with Hollande’s policies, tens of thousands of leftists marched through Paris on Sunday. Police put the number of leftwing rally participants at 30,000, while the organizers claim the crowd was six times that figure.A major source of public anger is skyrocketing unemployment, the worst in years, with 3.2 million French now looking for...
  • UKIP will cause political earthquake in European elections, says Nigel Farage

    05/05/2013 11:06:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Sunday, May 5, 2013 | Nicholas Watt
    Amid growing calls from Tory MPs for David Cameron to respond to the Ukip threat by bringing forward legislation on an EU referendum, Farage warned that his party would not go away even if No 10 "starts singing the same song". William Hague, who famously suffered a major defeat in the 2001 election after tacking to the right, called for a cautious response to Ukip as he warned of the dangers of "quick fixes". Philip Hammond, the defence secretary, said many Ukip voters were "frustrated Conservatives". As the Tories work out their response to Ukip, which won nearly a quarter...
  • Vultures Eat French Tourist Killed in Fatal Pyrenees Cliff Plunge

    05/04/2013 2:55:04 PM PDT · by Third Person · 61 replies
    IBT ^ | May 4th, 2013 | Fiona Keating
    A campaign against Griffon vultures is gathering pace in France after it was revealed that the carrion eaters had devoured the body of a 52-year-old woman who fell to her death in the Pyrenees. Major Didier Pericou of the gendarmerie said the woman had fallen down a 300-metre slope while taking a short cut walking with two friends. "There were only bones, clothes and shoes left," he told The Times. "They took 45 to 50 minutes to eat the body." French farmers are now demanding the right to shoot the protected birds after attacks on sheep and cows. The birds...
  • India likely to vote with U.S. on Iran in IAEA

    09/17/2005 7:35:01 PM PDT · by Abbas Razza Khan · 58 replies · 1,183+ views
    India likely to vote with U.S. on Iran in IAEA URL: http://www.india-defence.com/reports/377 Date: 17/9/2005 Agency: The Hindu India will vote with the United States, France, Britain and Germany in the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) board of governors if forced to make a choice on referring the question of Iran's nuclear intentions to the United Nations' Security Council. Highly-placed South Block sources told The Hindu that such a decision to vote with the U.S. in a crunch situation was taken even before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh went into a meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush in New York. At...
  • EU: Italy should use its gold reserves to force a change in EMU policy

    05/03/2013 11:41:22 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/2/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The World Gold Council has advised Italy to deploy its 2,000 tonnes of gold to break free of EMU austerity dictates. By using the reserves – the world's fourth largest – to collateralise the first chunk of any losses for bondholders, Italy could raise €400bn or so on the capital markets and determine its own future for a while. Italy did this in 1974 when it borrowed $2bn from the Bundesbank, using gold as collateral. Portugal did the same thing to borrow $1bn from the BIS in the 1975-1977, and India used its gold to borrow from Japan in 1991....
  • "Different and Threatening": Most Germans See Islam as a Threat

    05/03/2013 10:06:16 PM PDT · by cutty · 9 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | May 3, 2013 | Soeren Kern
    Muslim men in Germany take advantage of the social welfare system by bringing two, three, four women from across the Muslim world and then marrying them in front of an imam. Although polygamous marriages are not officially recognized -- and are technically illegal and punishable by fines and imprisonment -- government agencies are reluctant to take action. Once in Germany, the women request social welfare benefits, including the cost of a separate home for themselves and their children, on the claim of being a "single parent with children." ... Rather than asking Muslims to take responsibility for their "image problem"...
  • Germany will think twice before saving France next time

    04/30/2013 2:02:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/30/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Franco-German axis that has driven EU affairs ever since Schuman and Adenauer in the early 1950s is collapsing before our eyes. This was inevitable. Their interests have become incompatible under monetary union. The currency that was supposed to bind them is turning them into enemies, as this newspaper long warned. The latest argument gaining traction – advanced by Prof Bernd Lücke and the German eurosceptic party AfD among others – is that the only way to save the Franco-German relationship and therefore the EU is to break up the euro before it does more damage. Interesting twist. In the...
  • Islamist Screaming Allahu Akbar Attacks Rabbi & Son Outside Synagogue … Police Say Motive Is Unclear

    04/30/2013 5:08:01 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 30, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    An Iranian man screaming “Allahu Akbar!” attacked a rabbi and his son outside a synagogue in Paris with a box-cutter. The father and son were wearing kippahs. An escapee from a psychiatric institution slashed a rabbi and his son with a box-cutter on Tuesday, prompting witnesses to tackle and subdue the attacker after a chase through a Paris synagogue, officials said. The rabbi, who is in his late 40s, was recovering from surgery for a neck injury and his 18-year-old son sustained lesser injuries in the attack north of a touristic shopping area near Paris’ gilded Opera Garnier, according to...
  • Migrants strangle France alive [French government cuts immigrants welfare by 83%]

    04/29/2013 4:52:36 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Pravda/RU ^ | 28 December 2012
    It seems that migration policies of a leading country in Europe, France, are seriously changing. The country is no longer able to hold back the crowd of migrants, many of whom do not want to integrate into the social and economic life of their new home country. The upcoming radical changes for migrants were announced by French Interior Minister Manuel Valls. After a meeting on the National Immigration and Integration, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced significant changes in the country’s migration policy. The government will reduce financial assistance to immigrants, and this reduction will be substantial. Starting March 1...
  • Why France’s gay marriage debate has started to look like a revolution

    04/28/2013 11:12:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    The Spectator (UK) ^ | 27 April 2013 | John Laughland
    Revolutions are often sparked by an unexpected shock to an already-weakened regime. As commentators in France remark not only on the crisis engulfing François Hollande’s government but also on the apparent death rattle of the country’s entire political system, it could be that his flagship policy of legalizing gay marriage—or rather, the gigantic public reaction against it, unique in Europe—will be the last straw that breaks the Fifth Republic’s back. … (T)he deeper explanation for the strength of feeling lies in the fact that, in French law, marriage is indissociable from the right to start a family. There is currently...
  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/ He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • Nigeria's Boko Haram 'got $3m ransom' to free hostages

    04/26/2013 6:09:33 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 April 2013 Last updated at 19:26 ET
    Islamist militant group Boko Haram was paid more than $3m (£2m) before releasing a French family of seven, a Nigerian government report says. The confidential report, seen by Reuters news agency, does not say who paid the money. Both France and Cameroon deny paying a ransom while Nigeria has not commented on the issue. The French family, including four children, were captured in Cameroon in February and freed last week. The were handed over to the Cameroon authorities last Thursday. The Nigerian report also says that Cameroon freed some Boko Haram detainees as part of the deal, according to Reuters....
  • ‘France has never had so many unemployed’

    04/26/2013 1:36:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    PressEurop ^ | 26 April 2013 | (Le Figaro)
    The number of jobless reached 3.224 million in March, the equivalent of 10.2 percent of the workforce. Unemployment has increased by 11.5 percent in a year, exceeding the record set in 1997. “Moreover, although it cannot admit it, the government does not really believe in the presidential cant about a reduction in unemployment this year,” notes Le Figaro. …
  • China, France vow to promote 'multipolar' world

    04/25/2013 12:51:57 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 4-25-2013
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's President Xi Jinping and France's President Francois Hollande pledged to push for a world free of domination by any superpower Thursday as the French leader visited the Chinese capital on a mission to boost trade amid his country's worsening economic woes. Both leaders stressed their desire for a "multipolar" world that would dilute Washington's influence - though they did not mention the U.S. in their comments. "China and France are both great countries with a strong sense of independence," Xi said at a news conference, adding that the two countries would "actively promote a multipolar world...
  • Escapee from psychiatric hospital slashes rabbi, son with box-cutter outside Paris synagogue

    04/25/2013 10:17:44 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 6 replies
    AP Via Washington Post ^ | April 25, 2013
    PARIS — An escapee from a psychiatric institution slashed a rabbi and his son with a box-cutter on Tuesday, prompting witnesses to tackle and subdue the attacker after a chase through a Paris synagogue, officials said. --snip-- The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which monitors anti-Semitic incidents worldwide, said in a statement that the assailant screamed “Allah-u-Akbar” — or “God is great” — during the attack.
  • Justice files suit against Lance Armstrong

    04/23/2013 5:36:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 23, 2013 | Justin Sink
    The Department of Justice said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that cyclist Lance Armstrong was "unjustly enriched" while he used steroids to win multiple Tour de France titles. In the formal complaint, the Justice Department said they would seek triple damages against Armstrong, who admitted earlier this year that he doped to win his seven straight titles. The U.S. Postal Service paid some $40 million to appear as the title sponsor of Armstrong's team during six of those seven races. "Defendants were unjustly enriched to the extent of the payments and other benefits they received from the USPS, either directly...
  • French Embassy in Libya Targeted by Car Bomb

    04/23/2013 5:26:04 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 6 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | April, 23rd, 2013 | Timothy Knight
    The French Embassy in Tripoli was attacked early this morning by a car bomb that left the scene, located in a residential area, one of destruction with the embassy's ground-floor reception area and neighboring homes badly damaged. Two guards and a few civilians were injured, but no fatalities were reported. Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel Aziz quickly condemned the attack, while the French President called on the Libyan government to "shed the fullest light on this unacceptable attack" and deployed his own foreign minister to Tripoli who said officials from both nations would work together to find those responsible. No...
  • Injuries As French Embassy Attacked In Libya

    04/22/2013 11:25:08 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 18 replies
    Sky News ^ | Tuesday 23 April 2013
    The French embassy in Libya has been attacked and two guards have been injured. The attack took place in the country's capital, Tripoli. "There was an attack on the embassy. We think it was a booby-trapped car," the official told Reuters. "There was a lot of damage and there are two guards wounded." A Libyan source said the blast caused serious damage to the building.
  • EU lifts Syria oil embargo to bolster rebels

    04/22/2013 6:14:13 PM PDT · by haffast · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4-22-2013 | Juergen Baetz
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- The European Union on Monday lifted its oil embargo on Syria to provide more economic support to the forces fighting to oust President Bashar Assad's regime. The decision will allow for crude exports from rebel-held territory, the import of oil and gas production technology, and investments in the Syrian oil industry, the EU said in a statement. Any export or investment initiatives will be taken in close coordination with the leaders of the Syrian opposition, the bloc's 27 foreign ministers decided at a meeting in Luxembourg. The move marks the first relaxing of EU sanctions on Syria...
  • Islamicized Sweden Has Declared War on the Jews

    04/22/2013 4:20:02 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 27 replies
    Violence dominates the streets and a Jew in Sweden today feels like a Jew in Berlin in the '20s. In 2003, Azzam Tamimi, a Hamas member from Hevron, delivered a sermon at the Great Mosque in Stockholm, expressing support for suicide attacks against Israeli civilians. Outside the mosque, militants distributed leaflets containing calls to "liquidate the Jews in Palestine in the name of Allah". Why did the Swedish authorities allow this Arab anti-Semite to deliver a homicidal sermon in their capital's main mosque if not to help foment a new war against the Jewish people? Ten years later, and Sweden,...
  • Too close for comfort? French bus drivers striking over new skintight uniforms

    04/22/2013 11:18:36 AM PDT · by billorites · 18 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 22, 2013 | Lee Moran
    Their pants are just too tight. Bus drivers in France are going on strike because of their new close-fitting uniforms. Some 1,600 workers for RTM in Marseille are angry about not being consulted on the updated garments - and are now planning a 24-hour walkout in June in protest. "I won't be wearing them. They make us look like we work for the Speedy! car repair company. The shirts are alright, but these trousers are far too tight," one bus driver told La Provence. Union bosses are also mad about the new lavender color, and perceived lower quality of the...
  • EU pours millions into groups seeking state control of press

    04/19/2013 4:55:42 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | april 14, 2013 | Andrew Gilligan
    Angered by the British media’s coverage of Brussels, the European Commission says it wants to be a “moral compass” against press misconduct, seeking new national and Europe-wide regulatory powers over journalists. The EU has spent £2.3 million on the previously unpublicised “Mediadem” project to “reclaim a free and independent media”. In a “policy brief” co-authored by its lead British researcher, Rachael Craufurd Smith, Mediadem says it is “simplistic” to “see state influence [over the press] as inherently stifling”. Dr Craufurd Smith, an Edinburgh University academic, said that it was also “simplistic” to believe that “market-driven media” were now “free and independent”....
  • I "AM" THE WORD(Jesus) THE BATTLE IS MINE Says The Lord!

    04/21/2013 2:34:33 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 4-21-13 | Jedediah
    You are subject to none Conquerer of all for My Presence "IN" you "IS" Holy and True ! Do you see My children the enemy would attempt to convince you of your unholiness but My Righteousness STANDS ETERNAL and is " subject to none " ! Thererfore wear the garments of Righteousness that I have given you and walk in My ways for I HAVE finished the fight you are in against darkness ! Merely APPLY MY WORD to each situation you are in and I will shut the mouth of the lions for you for THE BATTLE IS MINE...
  • Nearly 15,000 French mayors will refuse to marry gay couples

    04/20/2013 7:29:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    A group of at least 14,900 French mayors has said it will not perform “gay marriages,” even if the government moves ahead with plans to legalize the practice. The administration of French President Francois Hollande has put forth a measure that would legalize “gay marriage,” allow gay couples to receive medical treatment for artificial procreation and to adopt children. “It is foolish to think that the mobilization of the elected mayors would stop if the law is passed,” said Franck Meyer, spokesman for the association Mayors for Children. “As citizens, we elected officials will not give up,” he emphasized in...
  • Israel: The Happy Little Country

    04/20/2013 6:53:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2013 | Caroline Glick
    As Independence Day celebrations were winding down Tuesday night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a guest appearance on Channel 2's left-wing satire show Eretz Nehederet. One of the final questions that the show's host Eyal Kitzis asked the premier was how he would like to be remembered after he leaves office. Netanyahu thought a moment and said, "I'd like to be remembered as the leader who preserved Israel's security." On the face of it, Netanyahu's stated aspiration might seem dull. In a year he'll be the longest-serving prime minister in the state's history, and all he wants is to...
  • French Offer FREMM Class Frigate For Canadian Surface Combatant

    04/18/2013 11:01:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | April 18, 2013 | David Pugliese
    French Offer FREMM Class Frigate For Canadian Surface Combatant By David Pugliese Defence Watch Defence Minister Peter MacKay will tour the visiting French Navy frigate Aquitaine at Canadian Forces Base Halifax on Saturday. The French are European shipbuilder DCNS is offering the FREMM Class frigate to Canada as a choice for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program. The ship is at the port until April 23. French Navy representatives will visit with Canadian Naval officials and provide the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian industry with the opportunity to tour the FREMM. The CSC program is part of Canada’s NSPS. Irving...
  • Al-Qaeda Propagandist Called For Attacks On Sports Events

    04/16/2013 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 141 replies
    http://cnsnews.com/ ^ | April 16, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Although no group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s deadly bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, a leading al-Qaeda ideologue last year recommended that jihadists in America include sporting events in their list of prospective terror targets.
  • New discovery: Egypt's oldest harbor, collection of papyrus uncovered

    04/17/2013 1:56:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | April 16, 2013
    LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Dating back to the days of the Pharaoh Khufu, or Cheops in the Fourth Dynasty, the harbor dates back 4,500 years. The Great Pyramid of Giza serves as the tomb of Khufu, who died around 2566 B.C. The harbor was built on the Red Sea shore in the Wadi al-Jarf area, 112 miles south of Suez. The harbor was discovered by a French-Egyptian mission from the French Institute for Archaeological Studies. The site "predates by more than 1,000 years any other port structure known in the world," according to the mission's director, Pierre...
  • French Mimolette: The Hardest Cheese to Get Your Hands On(FDA bullies)

    04/17/2013 12:57:13 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/16/13 | Beth Greenfield
    An FDA crackdown on the import of the French cheese mimolette has foodies crying foul. “Isigny was alerted by importers that the cheese was being put on “FDA hold,” meaning it could not be moved from its arrival warehouse until further inspection. After that, he said, the cheese received the more damning label of “detained,” meaning it could not be sold in the U.S. The reason given was that the inspectors found cheese mites in the rind, which can cause allergies, and which made the product “adulterated,” and consists of a “decomposed substance otherwise unfit for food.” (Mites, related to...