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  • Notes From a French Anti-Semitic Heartland

    07/21/2004 8:26:56 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 12 replies · 577+ views
    Haaretz ^ | July 22, 2004 | Daniel Ben Simon
    "What do you want from my life," groused L., a top journalist with France 2 Television, during a meeting with French-speaking Israelis who visited its main studio last year. The morning of the visit, the French newspaper Liberacion published a Jewish Agency prediction of large-scale immigration of French Jews to Israel. The journalist had trouble keeping his composure. His parents immigrated to France from Algeria in the early 1960s, soon after its independence. Algerian Jews who had French citizenship immigrated to France and settled without much problem. L. is a case in point. As a leading correspondent for France 2,...
  • French Jews Wary of Motives Behind Treatment of Arafat

    11/04/2004 5:57:30 PM PST · by SJackson · 53 replies · 1,068+ views
    Forward ^ | November 5, 2004 | Brett Kline
    PARIS — Americans were busy electing the leader of the free world this week, but French Jews had a different foreign dignitary on their minds: Yasser Arafat. The Palestinian leader arrived in France last week, after President Jacques Chirac eagerly accepted Arafat's request for access to medical treatment. Chirac proudly framed the decision as an example of French humanitarianism, but local Jews were more cynical in their take on the situation. "This is another example of France sucking up to the Arab world," said Sonia Fellous, an expert on Hebrew manuscripts at the prestigious state-funded CNRS research center in Paris....
  • In shadow of anti-Semitic attack, French Jews meet to discuss future

    06/01/2003 4:22:46 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 5 replies · 26+ views
    JTA ^ | June 1, 2003 | Philip Carmel
    BEHIND THE HEADLINES In shadow of anti-Semitic attack, French Jews meet to discuss future By Philip Carmel PARIS, June 1 (JTA) — A little more than 100 yards from where French Jews had gathered to debate the community’s future lay the latest reminder of just how precarious that future is. Participants entering the main synagogue in Creteil, a southern Paris suburb with a large Jewish population, were greeted with news that has become all too familiar since the Palestinian intifada began in September 2000. At around 10 o’clock the previous night, a large Jewish grocery store literally a stone’s throw...
  • French President won't add Hezbollah to EU terror list

    07/29/2002 9:45:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 99+ views
    Ha'aretz Daily ^ | 7/29/02 | Aluf Benn
    French President Jacques Chirac rejected Monday Israel's request to add Hezbollah to the European Union's list of terror organizations. Chirac told Foreign Minister Shimon Peres that the Hezbollah had a political-social branch that fulfills a "social mission in Lebanon." Chirac said that it is not clear whether denouncing the organization will benefit Israel, because such a denouncement would strengthen Hezbollah and weaken the central government in Beirut. During his meeting with Peres, the president raised the "anti-France campaign" he says is being held in the United States, presenting France as an anti-Semitic country. Peres said that there has been a...
  • Chirac chairs anti-Semitism talks

    11/16/2003 1:22:47 PM PST · by nypokerface · 9 replies · 123+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/16/03
    France is to hold a top-level meeting on fighting anti-Semitism following the firebombing of a Jewish boys' school. President Jacques Chirac will meet Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and three of his top ministers on Monday before receiving Jewish leaders. Nobody was injured in the fire at the Merkaz Hatorah school in Gagny, north of Paris, early on Saturday. Attacks have been linked to Muslim youths angry about Israel's tough policies against Palestinian unrest. Highly vigilant "The French republic cannot tolerate any anti-Semitic act," Mr Chirac said in a statement. "More than anywhere else, school must be a place of tolerance...
  • Report: France Urged Israel to Hit Syria

    03/18/2007 2:34:12 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 24 replies · 1,072+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar. 18, 2007 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    French President Jacques Chirac told Israel at the start of the war in Lebanon that France would support an Israeli assault on Syria, it was reported on Sunday. Army Radio reported that in the message, which was delivered by Chirac to Israel via a secret channel, the French president suggested that Israel invade Damascus and topple the regime of Bashar Assad. In exchange, Chirac assured Israel full French support for the war. According to the message delivered from Paris, Syria was responsible for the flare up in the North and encouraged Hizbullah to attack. "Former prime minister Ariel Sharon had...
  • Chirac ends row over Sharon's call for Jews to flee France

    07/24/2004 4:43:15 AM PDT · by Clive · 10 replies · 579+ views
    Haaretz ^ | July 24, 2004
    French President Jacques Chirac sent a message to his Israeli counterpart Moshe Katsav in which he says he views the crisis over Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's call for French Jews to immigrate to Israel because of "wild anti-Semitism" as over, Israel Radio reported Saturday. The message was handed over to Katsav by a French cabinet minister, the radio said. The diplomatic crisis between France and Israel over Sharon's call erupted last week following Sharon's address to American Jewish leaders, in which he urged French Jews to move to Israel as soon as possible. "We see the spread of the wildest...
  • France is not anti-Semitic - Chirac

    04/08/2002 7:27:36 PM PDT · by Jean S · 34 replies · 171+ views
    PARIS, April 8 (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac on Monday condemned a wave of attacks on Jewish synagogues and other sites in France, saying the French were not anti-Semitic. His comments, made during a combined interview with four Jewish stations, were followed just hours later by the discovery of an attempted arson attack on a Jewish student union office at Paris's Jussieu University.Three Molotov cocktails were found near the UEJF office, a university official said, adding there had been no fire."There are undisputedly anti-Semitic acts that are unacceptable and totally contrary to the principles of our republic, and which,...
  • France: Sharon unwelcome after call on Jews to immigrate

    07/19/2004 12:05:04 PM PDT · by Nasty McPhilthy · 17 replies · 552+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/18/04 | HERB KEINON
    France informed Israel Monday that Prime Minister Sharon, whose office has been planning a visit to France, is not welcome in light of his call to French Jews to immigrate to Israel. Israeli diplomatic officials said that Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, French President Jacques Chirac's personal diplomatic advisor, spoke to Israeli diplomat Jacques Revah and informed him that as a result of Sharon's call to French Jewry to leave France, "there is no reason to see Sharon." Revah is filling in for vacationing ambassador Nissim Zvili. Israeli diplomatic officials said although no date had yet been set for a visit, such a...
  • French Jews fed up with anti-Semitism

    01/23/2002 8:28:51 AM PST · by loliput · 6 replies · 222+ views
    By Andrew Diamond PARIS, Jan. 21 (JTA) -- Jews in the Paris region have stepped up their drive against a wave of anti-Semitic aggression that many feel has reached epidemic proportions. On Sunday in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, more than 600 people attended a rally against anti-Semitic violence. Among them were representatives of Christian and Muslim communal organizations and high-ranking officials from all the major political parties in France. It was the third such demonstration in the Paris suburbs in the last three weeks. In staging these demonstrations, French Jewish organizations have adopted a more assertive approach as they ...
  • Muslims: We attacked Jewish facility: Previously unknown group claims responsibility for fire

    08/23/2004 11:12:48 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 720+ views ^ | Tuesday, August 24, 2004
    A previously unknown Islamic militant group, Jamaat Ansar Al-Jihad al-Islamiya, said yesterday it set fire to a Paris-based Jewish-run soup kitchen. Sunday's arson attack, in which nobody was killed or injured, was condemned by French President Jacques Chirac amid fears of a new wave of anti Semitic violence in France. "A group of young mujahedeen (fighters) ... have torched the Jewish temple in Paris at 04:00 Paris time," said Jamaat Ansar Al-Jihad al-Islamiya, whose claim could not be independently verified. The group said the attack was "in response to racist acts by Jews in France against Islam and the Muslims...
  • French hutzpa-In 2002, Chirac insisted there was no anti-Semitism in France.

    07/21/2004 5:51:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 790+ views
    Some of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's advisers and Israeli diplomats in Paris were at pains yesterday to try and temper Sharon's call on French Jews to come to Israel. They explained that it was only part of Sharon's regular call to the Jews of the Diaspora to make aliya and emphasized that he had praised the French governments' efforts in battling anti-Semitism. They should have saved their breath. Sharon was unequivocal. After being asked a question about attacks on French Jews at a meeting with the leadership of the United Jewish Communities, the prime minister said, "If I have to...
  • France Says It Must Not Be Arab-Jewish Battleground

    04/02/2002 9:10:54 AM PST · by RCW2001 · 105 replies · 172+ views
    France Says It Must Not Be Arab-Jewish Battleground Last Updated: April 02, 2002 12:10 PM ET By Rebecca Harrison PARIS (Reuters) - France must not become a battleground where Jews and Muslims re-enact the bloody Middle East violence, national leaders said Tuesday after a series of attacks on Jewish targets in the country. Unknown arsonists tried to burn down a building at a Jewish cemetery in Strasbourg Monday night, following attacks on synagogues and a Jewish butcher's shop over Easter weekend. Right-wing pro-Israeli activists clashed Tuesday with Palestinian supporters waiting at a Paris airport for militant French farmer Jose...
  • Chirac "King of the frogs" protects Arab anti-semites

    10/17/2003 9:05:51 AM PDT · by mhg1000 · 140+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/17/03 | mhg1000
    <p>Facing international condemnation, a senior Malaysian official Friday defended Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's assertion at an Islamic summit that Jews rule the world, but apologized for any misunderstandings or offense.</p> <p>At their own summit in Brussels, Belgium, European Union leaders had drafted a harshly worded statement condemning Mahathir's remarks, but French President Jacques Chirac blocked the wording from becoming a part of a final declaration.</p>
  • Jewish teenager stabbed in Paris suburb (Man crying "God is great" plunges knife into Jewish teen)

    06/05/2004 5:03:44 AM PDT · by Joel C · 30 replies · 563+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 5, 2004
    A man crying "God is great" stabbed a Jewish teenager in the chest on Friday, seriously injuring the victim, officials said. It was the second violent attack in a week on a young Jewish man. The 17-year-old victim, who was not identified by name, was attacked about 4 p.m. as he left a Yeshiva in Epinay-sur-Seine, north of Paris in the rough Seine-Saint-Denis district, officials of the local prefecture said. The victim was transferred to a hospital, and the attacker fled the scene. Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin visited the site where the attack occurred. Witnesses said a man shouted...
  • No Joke: Poland is our best friend in Europe

    01/24/2003 9:50:55 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 88 replies · 5,171+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 02/03/03 | Matthew Kaminski
    BrusselsWHEN EUROPE THREW a big party in Copenhagen in December, Poland nearly spoiled the fun. Unhappy with the membership terms offered by the European Union, the Poles held out for a few extra billion euros, knowing full well the "historic" enlargement jamboree couldn't take place without the biggest of the Central European candidates. The E.U. caved and put up extra cash, securing the claim to have "reunified Europe" and "buried Yalta." Polish prime minister Leszek Miller, a veteran of one of his country's last Communist governments, thanked native son Pope John Paul II for getting Poland into "Europe." The theatrics...
  • 1,000 Soldiers Deployed on French Streets to Combat Christmas Terror Attacks

    12/24/2014 7:23:22 AM PST · by PROCON · 6 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 24, 2014 | Oliver Lane
    More than 1,000 soldiers have been deployed on the streets of France for Christmas after a spate of suspected festive-season terrorist attacks across the nation have left many French citizens critical of the government’s denialism, and fearful of increasing violence. The move stands in contrast to the official line of the French government that the attacks, in which the assailants were reported in all cases to have shouted the Arabic salutation “Allahu Akbar” as they commenced their rampages, had nothing to do with terrorism, and were completely unrelated. The government has come under fire from opposition parties for its denial...
  • France’s Anti-Semitic Nightmare

    12/24/2014 4:29:07 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 24, 2014 | Stephen Brown
    The Land of Enlightenment is fast becoming the land of darkness for France’s Jewish citizens. And many in the French Jewish community have been aware of this sad situation for some time, a realization that was reinforced by the attack on two synagogues by Muslim rioters in Paris last summer during the Gaza conflict. But the latest shocking, anti-Semitic crime that occurred early in December in the same city has deepened the community’s feeling that the possibility of living peaceful lives with a Jewish identity in France is rapidly disappearing. The latest outrage produced by France’s growing anti-Semitic climate, found...
  • PM’s harsh reaction to EU initiatives may come back to haunt him

    12/23/2014 3:07:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 19/12/14 | Raphael Ahren
    When it became clear earlier this month that Israel was headed for early elections, some international policymakers were undecided as to whether to maintain their push for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement or take a hiatus of three-plus months. Some European officials figured that it wouldn’t make much sense to press ahead until Israel had a new government with a fresh mandate from the people to take the decisions required for an accord. Overt pressure on Jerusalem in the course of the campaign would also likely help the right-wing parties, these officials calculated, and they consequently urged their governments to refrain from...
  • 'This toy is sexist': French feminists plant warnings in children's Christmas presents

    12/23/2014 7:34:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 47 replies
    telegraph uk ^ | 23 Dec 2014 | Henry Samuel,
    Feminists in France say they have secretly inserted tracts inside children's toys from Barbie dolls to plastic guns issuing a warning that "this toy is sexist". Hundreds of French girls and boys will open Christmas presents at the foot of the tree to find an unexpected accompanying note resembling those found in Chinese "fortune cookies". Except in this case, the message will neither provide instructions nor predict the future. It will read: "Warning, this toy is sexist:" The operation was launched by feminist group FièrEs, which said that it had inserted "around 500" such tracts into a range of toys...
  • France to deploy soldiers after spate of attacks

    12/23/2014 6:02:33 AM PST · by Nextrush · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/23/2014 | BBC
    France is to step up police and military patrols in areas frequented by the public following recent attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said. He said up to 300 soliders would be deployed around the country to boost security over the Christmas period. The attacks, seemingly unrelated, in Nantes, Dijon and Tours have left more than 20 people injured. In the latest incident, 10 people were hurt when a van was driven into a Christmas market in Nantes on Monday. In Dijon on Sunday, driver shouting "God is great" in Arabic ploughed into pedestrians into pedestrians, injuring 13 people. On...
  • Islamic convert, 40, facing terrorism charges after he mows down 13 people in his car

    12/23/2014 3:20:59 AM PST · by Cronos · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21.Dec.2014 | Peter Allen
    Thirteen people have been injured after a known psychiatric patient drove into pedestrians shouting 'Allahu Akbar' in Arabic in a French city. Two of those hit by the driver, who was believed to be drunk, were in a ‘very serious’ condition in the city of Dijon after being struck shortly after 8pm on Sunday night. The 40-year-old was arrested by police at the scene and may face terrorism charges, authorities said. The incident comes days after a man was shot dead after entering a police station armed with a knife in another French town, slashing two officers while proclaiming his...
  • Dozens injured after man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' ploughs van into Christmas market

    12/23/2014 1:25:11 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | 22.Dec.2014 | Peter Allen
    Dozens of people were injured tonight when a man ploughed his white van into a Christmas market crowd while screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’, Five people were left seriously hurt when the vehicle drove into the pedestrianised Place Royale area of Nantes in France. Within seconds of running down as many people as he could, the driver stabbed himself nine times. It is the third incident of its kind in as many days in the country which have been linked to Islamic terrorism. The man, who is said to be aged 44 but otherwise unidentified, was tonight under armed guard in the...
  • Dozens Injured in 3 Separate Islamic Attacks in France

    12/22/2014 3:57:53 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/22/2014 | Associated Press
    PARIS — French authorities urged calm after a series of attacks across the country left dozens of people injured, and said there was no evidence the violent acts were connected by any terrorist motive. In the latest incident, 11 people were injured after a driver crashed his van into a crowded Christmas market in western France Monday evening. The driver then stabbed himself several times and is among five people hospitalized in serious condition, authorities said. The attack, in the town Nantes, came after a pair of weekend attacks: one in which another driver ran down 13 bystanders in the...
  • Mistral Deal in Doubt: France either delivers warships or give Moscow refund, says Russian official

    12/22/2014 3:25:51 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 21, 2014 | Ukraine Today
    Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov has told Interfax that France must decide by the end of the year if it will deliver two mistral class warships or give Moscow a refund. He also reportedly said that the second option of a refund "might even be preferable."
  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/21/2014 8:57:14 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 122 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/20/2014 | AARON KLEIN
    TEL AVIV – Russia is preparing a contingency plan to prompt Hezbollah and possibly the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad into a direct military conflict with Israel, according to a French official who has been apprised of the situation. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the contingency was meant to be used as a card against the West, particularly the U.S. and European Union, which has been engaged in efforts to isolate Moscow...
  • France: Driver Runs Over People 'for the Children of Palestine'

    12/21/2014 5:15:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/14 | Ben Ariel
    A driver shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he ploughed into groups of people in the eastern French city of Dijon on Sunday evening, AFP reports. 11 people were injured, two of them seriously, in the attack, a source close to the investigation said. "The man, born in 1974, is apparently imbalanced and had been in a psychiatric hospital," the source told AFP, adding that "for now his motives are still unclear". The driver was arrested by police after targeting passersby at five different places in the city on Sunday evening, a police source said. "Nine people were lightly injured and two...
  • Driver runs pedestrians over while screaming "Allah is great"

    12/21/2014 2:41:50 PM PST · by FrogBurger · 27 replies
    Le Figaro ^ | 12/21/2014 | J.M Leclerc
    Translated article of the French source. Translator notes between [brackets]. Dijon (France): A driver runs pedestrians over while screaming "Allah is great". A man driving a car ran over about ten pedestrians at the end of the day in Dijon, while screaming "Allah is great" in Arabic. He reportedly wounded elevenpeople, two seriouly. Dijon's Place Wilson [named after WWI US president!] was a scene of panic at the end of the afternoon. A man driving a Renault Clio [a mini compact car] ran over pedestrians while yelling "Allah Akhbar". According to police, he was also yelling "in the name of...
  • Dijon : un automobiliste renverse des passants en hurlant «Allah Akbar»

    12/21/2014 1:52:38 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 23 replies
    Le Figaro ^ | 21 December 2014 | Jean-Marc Leclerc
    INFO LE FIGARO - Un homme une voiture a renversé une dizaine de piétons en fin de journée à Dijon en criant «Allah Akbar» («Dieu est le plus grand», en arabe). Il y aurait onze blessés dont deux graves.
  • This Brilliant Graphic Shows You Which Country Discovered Every Element In The Periodic Table

    04/28/2014 5:10:34 AM PDT · by blam · 78 replies
    BI ^ | 4-28-2014 | , Business Insider Australia
    This Brilliant Graphic Shows You Which Country Discovered Every Element In The Periodic Table Alex Heber, Business Insider Australia April 28, 2014 When it comes to discovering elements the United Kingdom is at the top of the table. This periodic table graphic was posted by Google Science Fair on Sunday and shows which nations discovered each element on the periodic table. Leading the charge, the UK has discovered 24 elements, closely followed by the US with 21, Sweden with 20 and Germany with 19. A number of old favorites including gold, mercury and copper are listed as “ancient discovery” and...
  • The apocalyptic prophecies of Hildegard of Bingen, the next Doctor of the Church [Catholic Caucus]

    12/18/2011 10:50:36 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 28 replies ^ | 12/19/2011 | Brian Kopp
    Monday, December 19, 2011 The apocalyptic prophecies of Hildegard of Bingen, the next Doctor of the ChurchBy Brian Kopp Earlier this fall, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Venerable Elena Aiello, bringing to light her little known prophecies, which have strong parallels to those of both Our Lady of Akita as well as statements Pope JPII and Cardinal Ratzinger made in the past regarding the Third Secret of Fatima. (See this earlier blog post for a summary of the parallels: For fourth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope draws attention to little known prophecies of Venerable Elena Aiello) Now, Pope Benedict XVI is...
  • French Police shoot and kill man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' while stabbing three police officers

    12/21/2014 7:36:09 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 14 replies
    Liveleak,com ^ | December 21, 2014; 2 hours ago | unknown
    The attacker, a French citizen (Born in Burundi), injured the officers inside the police station at Joue-les-Tours near the city of Tours in central France before he was shot, the interior ministry said. According to the ministry, the man was around 20 years of age, and was "killed (by) police officers present using their issued firearms". The man was not on any watch lists maintained by France's main domestic intelligence service, the General Directorate for Internal Security said. But the source noted the man's brother was known to security agencies for his radical convictions and had at one point planned...
  • Russia prefers France pay refund instead of delivering warships it ordered

    12/21/2014 7:29:27 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 9 replies
    Liveleak,com ^ | December 21, 2014; 10 minutes ago | unknown Mistral Deal In Doubt: France Either Delivers Warships Or Give Moscow Refund, Says Russian Official Sounds like Russia realizes buying French warships is not a good idea, but France is now stuck in EU sanctions which prohibits it from delivering the warships. Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov has told Interfax that France must decide by the end of the year if it will deliver two mistral class warships or give Moscow a refund. He also reportedly said that the second option of a refund "might even be preferable."
  • Watch: Muslims in France

    12/21/2014 7:21:21 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 17 replies, CBN ^ | Sep-14-2014 | unknown
    Not much to say here. Shocking! Muslims in France soon all Europe!
  • 'Allahu Akbar' attacker shot by French police

    12/20/2014 5:56:17 PM PST · by VanShuyten · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 December 2014 Last updated at 17:56 ET | Unknown
    Police in central France have shot dead a man who attacked them with a knife while shouting "God is great!" in Arabic, French media report. The man injured three police officers at Joue-les-Tours police station near the city of Tours before he was shot.
  • French Journalist Banned for Remarks Against Muslims

    12/20/2014 4:17:11 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/14
    Prominent French journalist Eric Zemmour was back in the spotlight Saturday after being barred by a news channel for saying Muslims were elbowing French people out of the suburbs, AFP reports. The iTELE channel said late Friday that Zemmour would not be invited back to a chat show he has been appearing in since 2003 following an outcry over his latest remarks. Zemmour, who recently published a best-seller titled "The French Suicide," is no stranger to polemics and has been convicted of inciting racial hatred. The latest controversy erupted after he gave an interview to Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper...
  • World War I in Photos: A Century Later

    12/20/2014 8:40:23 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies ^ | June 29, 2014 | Alan Taylor
    Yesterday, June 28, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Assassin Gavrilo Princip fired the first shot in what was to become a horrific years-long bloodbath. However, after the sound of gunfire was silenced on Armistice Day, the deaths continued to mount. Revolutions spawned in Russia and Germany, arbitrary redrawing of national borders set the stage for decades of conflict, harsh reparation demands inspired the rise of Nazi Germany and the onset of World War II. The first World War continues to kill to this day - just this past March, two Belgian construction workers...
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Russian sailors leaving France without warship

    12/19/2014 1:22:02 PM PST · by MeatshieldActual · 19 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | December 18th, 2014 | SYLVIE CORBET and ANGELA CHARLTON
    PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of Russian sailors pulled out of a French port Thursday, bearing perfumes for their loved ones but lacking the controversial bounty they came for: a 1-billion-euro, French-built warship that has become a hostage to the biggest East-West conflict since the Cold War. The Vladivostok helicopter carrier is part of a strange and divisive arms deal now on hold — and perhaps on the verge of collapse — because of the conflict in Ukraine. France built it for Russia's navy but is now having second thoughts, notably amid heavy U.S. criticism of the deal. After months training...
  • Graham and Schumer: U.S. must veto any U.N. resolution imposing terms on Israel

    12/19/2014 5:17:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12-18-14 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Jerusalem Post reports: Secretary of State John Kerry would not guarantee the US will veto unilateral Palestinian actions at the United Nations, speaking to reporters on Tuesday. “We’ve made no determinations about language, approaches, specific resolutions, any of that,” the secretary told the press in London. “This isn’t the time to detail private conversations. or speculate on a UN Security Council resolution that hasn’t even been tabled.” Tabled yet or not, Jordan and France have publicly declared their intentions to move forward with resolutions that would set a UN-mandated timeline for Israel’s withdrawal from the West Bank, without approval...
  • Russians training on Mistral warship ‘to leave France’

    12/18/2014 12:29:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    FRANCE 24 ^ | 2014-12-17 | FRANCE 24
    Some 400 Russian sailors training on a Mistral-class warship France controversially built for their navy will be returning home for an unspecified amount of time, the ship’s French builder has said.
  • EU Parliament Backtracks on Resolution to Recognize Palestinian State

    12/17/2014 5:05:19 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | December 17, 2014 - European Parliament members on Tuesday declined to propose an initially planned motion that would have urged the European Union’s (EU) 28 member nations to recognize a unilaterally established Palestinian state. Instead, the EU Parliament’s lawmakers proposed a resolution asking for the continuation of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Negotiators for the European People’s Party and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, parties that together hold a majority of the EU Parliament seats, issued a resolution stating that the EU Parliament “supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these...
  • The World's Oldest Voice Recording Goes Online

    03/27/2008 7:30:43 PM PDT · by blam · 83 replies · 2,428+ views
    Physorg ^ | 3-28-2008
    World's oldest voice recording goes online It's no-one's idea of great music -- to some, it may sound like a dolphin with tonsilitis -- but the ghostly warbling of a French folk song nearly 148 years ago comprises the oldest recording of the human voice, France's Academy of Sciences says. The 10-second recording was made by a Parisian inventor, Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville on April 9 1860, when Emperor Napoleon III, the last monarch of France, was on the throne. It was made a whole 17 years before Thomas Edison made his historic message, "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on...
  • Your First Prerequisite is to Acquire My(Jesus) Presence

    12/16/2014 10:53:52 AM PST · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    Your prerequisite in all things is to first acquire My Presence for in My courts there are libraries of scrolls providing the wisdom and knowledge in first acquiring the understanding to decipher and illuminate My Word in Spirit and Truth and it is in the interpretation of your heavenly languages, "that exist even now in the alcoves of your wellspring" but these can only rise up into reality and understanding as you manifest and operate totally in the Menorah of light " The Manifold Wisdom of God " My very fullness indwelling you as "an eternal light of My Kingdom...
  • France bans rideshare apps like Uber

    12/15/2014 5:14:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 15.12.2014 | Jasper Niels Zimmermann [nz/sb (AFP, dpa)]
    French taxi drivers have succeeded in persuading the French government to ban rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft. A harsh new law takes effect in January. The move is good for taxi drivers, but will cost consumers money. […] Pierre-Henry Brandet, a spokesperson for the French Ministry of the Interior […] said that as of January 1, the operators of mobile apps like UberPOP that connect non-professional drivers and riders would face punishment of up to two years in prison and a fine of €300,000 if convicted. Those provisions were specified under a new law that had been passed earlier...
  • France to ban Uber's low-cost service in 2015

    12/15/2014 10:55:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    AP ^ | December 15, 2014 | Staff
    Uber's low-cost ride ride-hailing service will be banned in France from the start of next year, the government said Monday as hundreds of taxi drivers blocked roads around Paris to protest what they claim are its unfair business practices. A new law tightening regulations for chauffeured rides will effectively ban the UberPop service as of Jan. 1, said Pierre-Henry Brandet, spokesman for France's Interior Ministry.
  • Ten held as France smashes jihadist network

    12/15/2014 10:43:04 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    AFP. ^ | 15 Dec 2014
    French police launched raids across the country early on Monday, dismantling a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria ... anti-terror police units descended on around a dozen targets, mostly in the southern region of Toulouse, but also around Paris and in the northern region of Normandy. ... In recent months France, which has Europe's largest Muslim population, has been facing the fact that hundreds of its citizens have openly joined jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria and have even called for attacks on their homeland. The new reality was driven home in a video from the Islamic State group released...
  • Terminally ill allowed to be put into ‘deep sleep’ until death if French law passes

    12/14/2014 8:38:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    New plans unveiled Friday could allow French doctors to put terminally ill patients into a deep sleep until they die. The French parliament will debate the issue in a new draft law, according to The Telegraph. So far only Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland explicitly permit euthanasia or assisted suicide. A 2005 French law already allows “passive euthanasia,” where a person causes death by withholding or withdrawing treatment that is necessary to maintain life, but the new proposal takes the idea further. The proposals by two MPs — one from the ruling Socialists, the other from the opposition UMP —...
  • Turkey could scrap controversial Chinese missile purchase

    11/12/2014 5:52:36 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | November/12/2014
    Turkey could scrap a controversial plan to buy missile defense systems from China that alarmed the United States and its Western allies, Turkish and European sources said on Nov. 12. Key NATO member Turkey said in September last year that it was entering negotiations with the China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation (CPMIEC) to acquire its first long-range anti-missile systems. However, the plan has deeply concerned the United States, which has already imposed sanctions on the Chinese company for supplying arms to Iran and Syria in defiance of an embargo. "Several options are on the table, including a cancellation of the...
  • Putin Is Infiltrating European Politics With Shocking Effectiveness

    12/14/2014 12:26:28 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 14 Dec 14 | Jeremy Bender
    Putin has become shockingly effective at influencing European politics through a host of far-right parties. The following chart from the Center for Eurasian Strategic Intelligence (CESI) shows Russia's growing influence within six different European Union countries. The parties, located in the UK, France, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, and Hungary, are increasingly popular—and staunchly against giving more power to the EU. Each of the parties has also fostered a closer relationship with Russia, and has protested against sanctions on Moscow following its annexation of Ukraine.