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  • R2PAQ (‘Responsibility to Protect Al-Qaeda’)

    03/29/2011 12:36:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 28, 2011 | John Rosenthal
    The supposed “responsibility to protect” has taken America into a war on the side of the ultimate killers of innocents. (See also "Rebel Libya: ‘Brothers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, now is the time to defend your land!" on the Tatler.) In the absence of any evident national interest justification for bombing Libya, the Obama administration is said to have been motivated by the so-called responsibility to protect — or “R2P” per the wonkish English acronym. In American discussions, “R2P” has quickly come to be associated with Obama advisor Samantha Power. But “R2P” did not emerge full-grown from the...
  • Wikileaks: Kouchner warns 'prepare for war' with Iran

    12/09/2010 9:03:25 AM PST · by FromLori · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/9/2010 | JP Post Staff
    Sarkozy, then-French FM say the choice is "between an Iranian bomb and a bombing of Iran;" France pressed EU to impose sanctions. French then-foreign minister Bernard Kouchner warned that there could be a war against Iran, according to a US diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks this week. The cable, dated September 18, 2007, explains that "three weeks after [French President Nicolas] Sarkozy publicly warned about the 'catastrophic choice between an Iranian bomb and a bombing of Iran'...Kouchner publicly observed that given Iran's behavior 'we must prepare for the worst, in other words, war,' and called for EU sanctions against Teheran."
  • Sarkozy announces Israel trip over Gaza violence

    12/31/2008 1:58:10 PM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 18 replies · 773+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 31 December 2008 | Associated Press
    President Nicolas Sarkozy will travel to the Middle East next week, his office announced, as France kept up the pressure on Israel to end fighting in Gaza despite Israel's rejection of a temporary truce. Sarkozy will meet Monday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah before dining with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem. Continuing his whirlwind tour, the French president to travel to Syria and Lebanon the following day, Tuesday, for further talks with regional leaders, the president's office said in a statement late Wednesday.
  • Georgia: Europe unites to condemn Kremlin

    08/27/2008 9:14:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies · 123+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/2008 | Con Coughlin in Kiev, Adrian Blomfield in Tbilisi and Harry de Quetteville in Berlin
    David Miliband joined a chorus of Western leaders to condemn Russia, accusing the Kremlin of jeopardising European security by recognising Georgia's two breakaway regions. Speaking in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, the Foreign Secretary said that Russia was "more isolated, less trusted and less respected" as a result of its actions in Georgia. These breached a United Nations Resolution, approved by Moscow last April, which reaffirmed Georgia's sovereignty over Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Mr Miliband placed the onus for avoiding a new Cold War firmly on President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia. "The Russian President says he is not afraid of a new...
  • BACKSTORY Billionaire George Soros says he didn't have insider knowledge in Societe Generale case

    01/09/2004 12:02:56 PM PST · by Liz · 40 replies · 911+ views
    AP Worldstream | 11/08/2002 | VERENA VON DERSCHAU
    BACKSTORY 11-08-2002 Dateline: PARIS American billionaire investor George Soros, on trial in a 14-year-old insider trading case, told a court Friday that he didn't have privileged information when he bought shares in French bank Societe Generale. Soros and two other businessmen are on trial at the Paris Criminal Court, accused of benefiting from insider knowledge when they bought the bank's stock in 1988 before a failed takeover that pushed up the price. "I have been in business all my life and I think I know what is insider trading and what isn't," said the president of Soros Fund Management, in...
  • You said 'war', Mr Kouchner (French FM), and you were not mistaken... (Iran)

    09/29/2007 7:20:47 AM PDT · by Republicain · 14 replies · 166+ views
    Le Figaro ^ | 09/25/2007 | Andre Glucksmann
    Commentary by philosopher Andre Glucksmann A word is enough to raise a storm. Commentators' inkwells began to boil over and the West European governments declared their disapproval in a very undiplomatic manner. By citing the risk of war entailed by Iran's desire to build the bomb, and the need to prepare for this in order to avert it, did [French Foreign Minister] Bernard Kouchner commit blasphemy, displaying his naivety and lack of professionalism? He was promptly admonished by his counterparts, Sergey Lavrov in Moscow and [Massimo] D'Alema in Rome ("we must not talk about war now.") It was the same...
  • Sarkozy's Seismic Shift Has Given New Life To Bush's Mideast Policy

    09/27/2007 6:43:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 99+ views
    IBD ^ | September 27, 2007 | Charles Krauthammer
    Ahmadinejad at Columbia provided the entertainment, but Sarkozy at the U.N. provided the substance. On the largest possible stage — the U.N. General Assembly — President Nicolas Sarkozy put Iran on notice. His predecessor, Jacques Chirac, had said that France could live with an Iranian nuclear bomb. Sarkozy said that France cannot. He declared Iran's nuclear ambitions "an unacceptable risk to stability in the region and in the world." His foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, had earlier said that the world faces two choices — successful diplomacy to stop Iran's nuclear program or war. And Sarkozy himself has no great hopes...
  • You said 'war', Mr Kouchner, and you were not mistaken...

    09/25/2007 6:12:17 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 105+ views
    LeFigaro ^ | Sept, 25, 2007 | Andre Glucksmann
    You said 'war', Mr Kouchner, and you were not mistaken... Commentary by philosopher Andre Glucksmann Sept. 25, 2007 A word is enough to raise a storm. Commentators' inkwells began to boil over and the West European governments declared their disapproval in a very undiplomatic manner. By citing the risk of war entailed by Iran's desire to build the bomb, and the need to prepare for this in order to avert it, did [French Foreign Minister] Bernard Kouchner commit blasphemy, displaying his naivety and lack of professionalism? He was promptly admonished by his counterparts, Sergey Lavrov in Moscow and [Massimo] D'Alema...
  • New French Foreign Policy Takes Shape

    09/23/2007 4:01:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 95+ views
    Asharq alAwsat ^ | September 22, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    New French Foreign Policy Takes Shape September 22, 2007 Asharq alAwsat Amir Taheri Earlier this week, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner set the cat among the pigeons by announcing that the Western democracies had to prepare for war to stop the Islamic Republic in Tehran from developing a nuclear arsenal. To be sure, Kouchner, always a man of peace, did not present war as the only option. In fact, he went out of his way to insist that every effort should be made to resolve the crisis through peaceful means. What was refreshing in Kouchner's comment was the fact that...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 September 2007

    09/23/2007 4:57:33 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 520 replies · 1,790+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 23 September 2007 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, September 23rd, 2007 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and filmmaker Ken Burns.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Mrs. Clinton and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Mrs. Clinton. THIS WEEK (ABC): Mrs. Clinton and Burns. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Mrs. Clinton; Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt; French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner; Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.; former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski; former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
  • Kouchner, French foreign minister, draws antiwar protesters in Washington

    09/22/2007 2:29:21 PM PDT · by Republicain · 2 replies · 207+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 09/21/2007 | Brian Knowlton
    WASHINGTON: For anyone still doubting the striking turnabout in U.S.-French relations, it was enough to see the reception Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner got during a speech here before his meetings Friday with top Bush cabinet officials. Kouchner, who made news this week by warning that a failure to resolve mounting tensions with Iran could mean war, had barely begun speaking Thursday in a crowded hotel ballroom when several antiwar protesters jumped up and unfurled pink banners that read: "Bush + Kouchner = Warmongers!" One woman tried to climb onto the stage. Guards escorted the protesters away as they shouted, "No...
  • France Warns Iran of Sanctions

    09/17/2007 11:08:42 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 7 replies · 246+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 17, | KATRIN BENNHOLD
    MOSCOW, Sept. 17 — France sent another strong message to Iran on Monday, announcing that it would work to set up European sanctions modeled on those by the United States if the United Nations Security Council failed to agree on tougher measures. Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner of France, en route to Moscow for his first meeting with his Russian counterpart on Tuesday, emphasized “credible” sanctions as the best tool that the West has to resolve the standoff diplomatically. He had caused some alarm Sunday by discussing the prospect of war with Iran; he later softened his tone somewhat, but not...
  • France: Prepare for war over Iran

    09/17/2007 10:31:54 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 15 replies · 236+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 17, 2007
    France's foreign minister warned Sunday that the world should prepare for war if Iran obtains nuclear weapons and said European leaders were considering their own economic sanctions against the Islamic country. Negotiations and two sets of U.N. Security Council sanctions have failed to persuade Iran to stop its uranium enrichment program, a process that can produce fuel for nuclear power plants as well as material used in atomic weapons. Iran insists its atomic activities are aimed only at producing energy, but the U.S., its European allies and other world powers suspect Iranian authorities of seeking nuclear weapons. Foreign Minister Bernard...
  • Europe discussing Iran sanctions

    09/16/2007 4:32:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 206+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/16/07 | AP
    PARIS - European leaders are considering their own economic sanctions against Iran over its refusal to forgo parts of its nuclear program, France's foreign minister said Sunday, indicating that U.N.-imposed penalties have not been effective. Bernard Kouchner, speaking on RTL radio, also warned that the international community should be prepared for the possibility of war in the event that Iran obtains atomic weapons. The U.S., its European allies and other world powers suspect Iranian authorities of seeking nuclear weapons, although Tehran insists its atomic activities are aimed only at producing energy. Negotiations and two sets of U.N. Security Council sanctions...
  • World should brace for possible war over Iran: France

    09/16/2007 12:07:28 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 104 replies · 2,627+ views
    World should brace for possible war over Iran: France Sep 16 02:44 PM US/Eastern The world should brace for a possible war over the Iranian nuclear crisis but seeking a solution through talks should take priority, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Sunday. "We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war," he said in an interview broadcast on French television and radio. "We must negotiate right to the end," with Iran, he said, but underlined that if Tehran possessed an atomic weapon, it would represent "a real danger for the whole world." "We are trying...
  • French FM Kouchner: 'We must prepare for war against Iran'

    09/16/2007 11:48:49 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 48 replies · 1,408+ views
    The nuclear Iranian crisis forces the world "to prepare for the worst" which "is war," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Sunday evening, while emphasizing that negotiations should still be the preferred course of action. Kouchner, quoted by French daily Le Figaro, added that "Iran does whatever it pleases in Iraq ... one cannot find in the entire world a crisis greater than this one."
  • France shifts its stance on the conflict in Iraq

    08/21/2007 5:12:04 PM PDT · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 70 replies · 1,420+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | August 21, 2007 | Katrin Bennhold
    PARIS: After years of shunning involvement in a war it said was wrong, France now believes it may hold the key to peace in Iraq, proposing itself as an "honest broker" between the Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish factions. The shift was one of the most concrete consequences yet of the thaw in French-American relations following the election in May of President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose administration no longer feels bound by the adamant refusal to take a role in Iraq that characterized the reign of his predecessor, Jacques Chirac.
  • Kouchner(French Foreign Minister under Sarkozy )pays unexpected visit to Iraq

    08/19/2007 4:00:19 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 22 replies · 497+ views
    Daily Star ( Lebanon) ^ | Monday, August 20, 2007 | staff
    ...Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner arrived in Baghdad on Sunday becoming the first senior French official to visit Iraq since the beginning of the US-led war in 2003 which France vigorously opposed. Kouchner's visit could be seen as a sign of warming relations between the US and the French government, under newly-elected President Nicolas Sarkozy. "At the invitation of Mr. Jalal Talabani, president of Iraq, the foreign minister has just begun an official visit to Baghdad," the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "Bernard Kouchner is in Baghdad to express a French message of solidarity with the Iraqi people and...
  • France: old or new?

    06/24/2007 7:32:29 AM PDT · by qlangley · 2 replies · 173+ views
    QuentinLangley.net ^ | 24 June 2007 | Quentin Langley
    It was Donald Rumsfeld who divided Europe into “old Europe” and “new Europe”. Old Europe means the hardcore of countries which comprise the European Union. Of those, France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg were hardline opponents of the Iraq war. New Europe incorporated the swathe of ex-communist countries which entered the European Union in 2005 and 2007. Where Britain, and Spain – longstanding EU nations which joined the Iraq War Coalition – or Italy and Holland, founder members which did the same, fit on this analysis is unclear. Europe, of course, has never accepted any such division. Though Jacques Chirac told...
  • French Foreign Minister Kouchner welcomes Zoellick for World Bank

    05/30/2007 11:36:57 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 8 replies · 672+ views
    EXPATICA ^ | May 30, 2007 | staff
    French Foreign Minister Kouchner welcomes Zoellick for World Bank POTSDAM, Germany- French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Wednesday welcomed the US choice of former diplomat and trade chief Robert Zoellick to head the World Bank after the "dark chapter" with outgoing chief Paul Wolfowitz. "Mr Zoellick is certainly the right man for the job," Kouchner told reporters ahead of a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Eight most industrialised countries in the eastern German city of Potsdam. He said Zoellick would have to win back the trust of the international community after the favoritism scandal that forced Wolfowitz...
  • The French Correction: Principled new foreign minister shows how much France has changed of late

    05/28/2007 7:03:02 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 35 replies · 1,236+ views
    Slate Magazine ^ | May 28, 2007 | Christopher Hitchens
    During the early debates over the Iraq war, one was constantly being challenged to contrast the "unilateralism" of the Bush administration with the more mature and "European" approach of Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schröder and Vladimir Putin, the gleesome threesome who (along with the Chinese dictatorship) protected Saddam Hussein at the United Nations. What a difference a couple of years has made. Tony Blair may be stepping down as prime minister of the United Kingdom, but for the first time in a very long time, the heads of state in Paris and Berlin are both "Atlanticist" in their outlook. One might...
  • Lebanese army attack on extremists would be 'fair' : french FM

    05/26/2007 12:52:16 AM PDT · by Republicain · 4 replies · 585+ views
    BEIRUT, May 25, 2007 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Friday that a Lebanese army decision to crush armed Islamist extremists holed in a camp in northern Lebanon in a military action would be "fair." "We back the government and the army, let them take their decision. The decision is up to them, and if they take such a decision it would be fair," he said at a press conference before ending a two-day trip to Lebanon. But he warned that "the consequences are always difficult to calculate." "I hope that if they take this decision, to...