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  • Macron urges French police to make full use of draconian anti-terror powers

    10/19/2017 11:39:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 19 October 2017 09:31 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    French president Emmanuel ignored controversy and criticism surrounding France’s new draconian anti-terror bill and urged police forces around the country to “fully utilize” their new powers. The French parliament on Wednesday adopted a controversial anti-terror bill that gives the authorities permanent new powers to search homes, shut places of worship and restrict freedom of movement. The new law, which will replace the state of emergency imposed after the 2015 Paris attacks, was approved by the Senate on its second reading, despite campaigners warning of a threat to civil liberties. […] Under the bill, the authorities will have the power to...
  • Macron Shows Courage by Tacking to the Right

    10/18/2017 3:24:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | October 18, 2017 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- After visiting France as a guest of honor at the Bastille Day parade earlier this year, U.S. President Donald Trump said of French President Emmanuel Macron, "He's a great guy -- smart, strong, loves holding my hand." A couple of months later, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Macron repaid the compliment during a press conference with Trump: "I have to say just for the American people, that our people in France were very proud to have you and your wife, Melania, in Paris ... for Bastille Day." Macron's compliment was bold in light of...
  • French military head de Villiers quits over cuts

    07/19/2017 6:32:34 PM PDT · by Spiridon · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/19/2017 | BBC
    The head of the French armed forces has quit after a clash with President Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts. Gen Pierre de Villers said in a statement that he could no longer "guarantee the durability of the army model" that he considered necessary to ensure France's protection. France's government last week revealed major cuts to bring its budget below the level of an EU cap...... Analysis: Like a humiliation Hugh Schofield, BBC News, Paris There are plenty of tributes being paid to the just-resigned chief of general staff Pierre de Villiers. Plenty of important people seem to be taking his...
  • Trump Campaign Officials Rebuffed Volunteer’s Attempts To Broker Meeting With Russian Government

    08/15/2017 5:35:31 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 37 replies ^ | Chuck Ross
    Top officials on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign rebuffed requests from a lower level volunteer seeking meetings between the then-real estate mogul and Russian government, according to email exchanges leaked to The Washington Post. According to The Post, George Papadopoulos, an energy consultant, sent a half-dozen emails to Trump campaign officials suggesting and requesting meetings between Trump and members of the Russian government, including Vladimir Putin. The campaign emails, which were read to The Post by an unidentified source, reveal a previously-undisclosed connection between a member of the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Papadopoulos indicated in some of the emails...
  • Radical-in-Chief

    02/23/2015 8:08:47 AM PST · by Ray76 · 13 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | January 13, 2011 | Stanley Kurtz
    [I begin] with the story of a series of Socialist scholars conferences that Barack Obama attended when he lived in New York City between the years 1983 and 1985. And when I finally reconstructed what had gone on at these Socialist conferences that Barack Obama attended, I truly was amazed because what I saw was a kind of map of Barack Obama’s entire subsequent political career. It was at this Socialist conferences in New York in the mid-’80s that Barack Obama encountered the groups, the strategies, and the mentors who would guide him throughout his entire political career. [T]hese Socialist...
  • Warship designers scramble to assemble boatload of supporting documents for bids (Canada)

    10/11/2017 10:21:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    CBC News ^ | October 11, 2017 | Murray Brewster
    Companies bidding to design Canada's new warships have to throw in specifications for everything — including the kitchen sink and the paperwork to prove it works. That is one of about 600 technical requirements in the design stage of the $60-billion frigate replacement program — the myriad tiny details that some of the 12 companies in the competition say are excessive. One section of the bid documents, obtained by CBC News, lists the appliances and expectations for the ship's galley. It is an extensive list, including a 40-litre mixing machine, one four-rack convection oven, a single two-compartment steamer cooker, two...
  • NATO chief: 'We don't want a new Cold War' with Russia

    10/09/2017 2:55:07 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    Yahoo Fake News and Propaganda ^ | October 9, 2017 | ALISON MUTLER, Associated Presstitute
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — NATO doesn't want a "new Cold War" with Russia despite members' concerns about the Russian military buildup close to NATO's border, the alliance's secretary general said Monday. Jens Stoltenberg was speaking at the end of a four-day NATO parliamentary assembly in the Romanian capital, Bucharest. "We are concerned by .... (Russia's) lack of transparency when it comes to military exercises," he said.
  • Turkey Now Targeting Academic Freedom in Europe

    10/09/2017 5:11:57 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    P J Media ^ | 2017-10-09T11:02:51 | Uzay Bulut
    Turkey’s targeting of dissident academics seems to have crossed the borders of the country. Academic freedom in Europe and in the U.S. is being stymied by the Turkish government and nationalist groups. Most recently, Turkey targeted a conference held September 15 to 18 at the European Academy Berlin entitled “Past in the Present: European Approaches to the Armenian Genocide.” It was part of the “Workshop on Armenian Turkish Scholarship (WATS),” a series founded by the University of Michigan in 2000. It was co-organized by the University of Michigan, the Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies of the University of Southern California...
  • Exclusive: Author/Expert – ‘Putin Is More Dangerous Than Radical Islam’

    10/03/2017 9:31:00 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/15/17 | Penny Starr
    JERUSALEM, Israel — As Russian forces conduct a major military exercise this week in northwestern Belarus, one man has ominous words to describe the latest global aggression directed by President Vladimir Putin. “After 16 years of writing about radical Islam I’m personally convinced that Vladimir Putin is more dangerous than radical Islam, “ Joel Rosenberg, bestselling author of numerous books on radical Islam and the Islamic State, told Breitbart News. “Dubbed Zapad — or ‘West’ — 2017, it’s the latest edition of a quadrennial large-scale drill that was once a key mobilization for the Soviet Union and its allies in...
  • Russia might be about to invade Europe. Here's how America should respond

    09/22/2017 8:05:33 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 133 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug 31, 2017, 9:37 AM | Tom Rogan
    Between Sept. 14-20, the Russian armed forces will conduct a major exercise, ZAPAD 2017. Employing forces from various Russian commands, the exercise will test the military's ability to conduct a combined arms offensive. That's exactly the kind of operation Russia would use to invade Europe. While there's nothing new in the Russians carrying out a military exercise, this situation is different due to the scale and location of the forces involved. Russia claims under 10,000 personnel will be involved but as many as 100,000 Russian soldiers are actually expected to deploy. Their number will include armored and artillery units, and...
  • NPR's Deborah Amos reports BBC is declaring "clashes between Russia and NATO" - fake news?

    09/19/2017 10:15:30 AM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 19 replies
    Deborah Amos' verified twitter account ^ | 19 Sept. 2017 | Deborah Amos
    Crowd sourcing please. I was listening to a BBc news feed in a ny cab about clashes with Russia and NATO - now I see nothing. Weird BBC reports Vilnius declares state of emergency. Bbc reporting clashes between NATO and Russia. "Something Major underway"
  • Macron Gives In To Pressure From Trump On Defense Spending

    09/08/2017 8:10:27 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies ^ | Jacob Bojesson
    France will increase its defense budget by nearly $2 billion next year, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Thursday. The increase of 1.6 billion euros ($1.93 billion) will continue over the next few years and President Emmanuel Macron has set a goal to meet NATO’s target to spend 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2025. “This will be continued in 2019 and 2020 because the world we are living in is dangerous,” Philippe told broadcaster BFM. The increase comes less than two months after Pierre de Villiers, the head of France’s armed forces, resigned in protest of an 850 million...
  • Royal Navy Complete first firing Test of a New Air Defence System

    09/04/2017 11:00:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Sep 4, 2017 | Tamir Eshel
    The CAMM missile is seen on its first flight from HMS Argyll. The missile’s clean aerodynamic design provides it with improved performance in the air, while also making it highly compact for installation onboard ship. Photo: MBDA The Sea Ceptor weapon system recently completed its first successfully firings from HMS Argyll. The frigate is one of three Royal Navy Type 23 frigates being modified with the Sea Ceptor system, replacing the older Sea Wolf. The test is a major milestone for the life-extension program of Type 23 frigates. HMS Argyll is the first Type 23 to undergo the life-extension program....
  • Turkey's Choice: Past or Future

    09/02/2017 5:14:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | September 2, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    ISTANBUL -- Coming from the airport into this city of about 15 million people and 5 million cars, as my driver describes it, I pass ancient Roman ruins and blocks of upscale shops; an old hotel where Agatha Christie penned "Murder on the Orient Express," smoke shops and modest restaurants, and luxury car dealers. It is a metaphor for the choices Turks are being forced to make under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: forward to a better future and a recapture of their secular state, or back to a nostalgic past when Islam was the official religion of the Ottoman Empire....
  • Merkel: Germany won't necessarily take US side in potential Korea war

    08/24/2017 7:54:45 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 69 replies
    Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has warned the United States that Berlin would not necessarily take the side of Washington in a potential war against North Korea, saying the two sides of the conflict on the Korean Peninsula had better seek a diplomatic solution and avoid direct military confrontation. If a military conflict erupts between the United States and North Korea, Merkel said on Wednesday, Germany would not automatically take the side of Washington. Berlin and other members of the European Union are in favor of a peaceful solution, she added. Merkel said resorting to military action to overcome the...
  • Germany welcomes US troop boost in Afghanistan, but won’t follow suit

    08/22/2017 10:08:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies ^ | 22 August 2017 17:19 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    The German government said on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump’s decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan was “the right thing to do.” “It is the right thing to do, and we have been requesting for some time that the end of operations there be based on realities on the ground,” a government spokeswoman said. “It is our common goal that no more terror attacks are planned on Afghan soil.” […] Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen also welcomed the decision, but said that Germany would not follow suit by further raising its troop numbers. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel...
  • Does Donald Trump deserve a chance?

    08/02/2017 10:09:12 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies ^ | Thursday, August 3, 2017 | B. S. Raghavan  » News » Does Donald Trump deserve a chance? Does Donald Trump deserve a chance? August 03, 2017 08:35 IST While political observers are unable to make head or tail of the US President, those moving in high business and industry circles tell B S Raghavan that Trump's style is exactly that of an aggressive and successful businessman.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.comUnited States President Donald J Trump, both during his campaign and after assuming office, has stood on their head all the canons held sacrosanct by students of leadership, management, public administration and governance.He has, in fact, set at naught a whole...
  • Germany to pause all armament projects with Turkey

    07/21/2017 4:48:33 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, 21 Jul 2017, 09:39 | ANF Berlin
    The Berlin administration is reportedly going to suspend military cooperation with the Turkish state on top of the sanctions announced by the German Foreign Minister. According to an article in Bild, one of the best selling daily newspapers in Germany, the Merkel administration is suspending all armament projects with Turkey. The newspaper cites government sources for the article. This will be the first time a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member country suspends military cooperation with another member. Several German arms manufacturers have factories in Turkey. In the previous months, the German government had barred arms sales deals with Turkey,...
  • French Army Chief of Staff Resigns After Budget Cut Fight With President Macron

    07/19/2017 11:35:50 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07-19-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    If this doesn't convince you that Donald Trump was absolutely right to criticize European leaders for not sufficiently investing in defense, I don't know what will: "General Pierre de Villiers, the French army’s chief of staff, resigned on Wednesday after an increasingly bitter public feud with President Emmanuel Macron over proposed budget cuts to the military." "In the current circumstances I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defense force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the French people, today and tomorrow, and to sustain the aims of our country," the general...
  • Turkey edges towards S400 missile deal with Russia despite US plea

    07/14/2017 6:37:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    Washington Hatti US ^ | July 13, 2017 | none stated
    Turkey is inching closer to buying Russian-made S400 missiles, despite a recent flurry of entreaties from the US for it to remain reliant on its Nato ally for air defence, according to two officials familiar with the matter told Financial Times. Turkey and Russia have agreed a price of as much as $3bn for four missile battery systems and a number of missiles, a senior Turkish official told the FT. Bloomberg earlier reported the price as $2.5bn, which included a requirement that two of the batteries be manufactured or assembled in Turkey as part of a “technology transfer” agreement. A...