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May 11 08:52

EU IS DYING: Macron’s shocking admission European dream is nearing its demise

Mr Macron’s plans are seemingly at odds with EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker who admit there is no future in the “United States of Europe” vision being chased by the Frenchman.

Before accepting his prize, Mr Macron wrote on Twitter: “The European dream is now gnawed by doubt.

“It’s up to us to decide whether we want to live it or let it die.”

His comments will come as a blow to Ms Merkel, who heaped praise on her French counterpart during her own speech at the prize-giving ceremony in Aachen, Germany.

May 11 07:20

‘Are we America’s vassals?’ France vows to trade with Iran in defiance of US ‘economic policeman’

On the heels of Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal, France’s economy minister has urged Europe to stop acting like “US vassals” and continue trading with Tehran in defiance of what “the global economic policeman” has in store.

“Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their trousers?” Bruno le Maire asked in an emotional interview with Europe 1.

“Do we want the United States to be the economic policeman of the planet? Or do we Europeans say that we have economic interests, we want to continue to trade with Iran as part of a strategic agreement?” he asked, adding: “It's time for all European states to open their eyes.”

May 09 08:12

Macron and Rouhani agree to seek 'continued implementation of nuclear deal': Elysee

May 09 08:10

Europeans Warn US Not to Block Them From Staying in Iran Deal

Britain, France, and Germany have issued statements following President Trump’s withdrawal from the P5+1 nuclear deal, warning the US that they must “avoid taking action which obstructs” the rest of the signatories from continuing with the deal.

Iran plans to stay in the deal, as do the other P4+1 nations. This involves substantial sanction relief for Iran and allowing Western businesses to trade with Iran. Though the US never really complied with this, European nations have tried to allow such deals, and don’t want the US to stop them.

May 09 07:11

Remembering May '68: Why France needs a new de Gaulle more than ever

This month is the 50th anniversary of student-led riots against Charles de Gaulle. Today France is also wracked by unrest but there are genuine reasons to protest as Macron, unlike de Gaulle, is a real enemy of the working-class.

In many ways you could say it was the first attempt at a 'color-coded' regime-change. Charles de Gaulle was the honest soldier who had helped save his country three times, playing a heroic role in two world wars and coming to its rescue again in 1958 when the Fourth Republic hit the rocks.

While labelled 'right-wing' on account of his conservative stance on social issues, he nevertheless had a view on the economy that was a million miles away from that of Margaret Thatcher or Ronald Reagan. In fact you could say that on bread-and-butter issues de Gaulle was way to the left of most social democratic politicians. "He was a man who did not care for those who owned wealth; he despised the bourgeois and hated capitalism," wrote his biographer Jean Lacouture.

May 08 12:43

French Forces Planning to Evacuate ISIL Terrorists from Deir Ezzur

The French military forces have held talks with the ISIL to pave the ground for their evacuation from Deir Ezzur to Hasaka only a week after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) allegedly started anti-ISIL operation in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, a news website reported on Tuesday.

The Arabic-language al-Ahd news website reported that the French military troops, deployed in Syria, have held talks with the ISIL to move them from Deir Ezzur to Southeastern Hasaka near the Syria-Iraq border.

May 08 09:14

FURY and BACKLASH as Emmanuel Macron’s spokesman refers to French President as a 'king'

But the article drew sharp criticism on social media in the historically republican nation for comparing the President to a monarch.

One twitter user mocked the article, stating: “If he could for starters heal empty wallets.”

Another tweeted: "I don't know if King Emmanuel Macron cures everything he touches, but his courtesan counsellors have a fever!”

Other commentators criticised Le Monde for showing bias in publishing an article which was manifestly pro-Macron.

One individual noted: "I thought for a moment that I was reading a propaganda article. And then I pulled myself together.”

May 08 09:10

End of special relationship: Macron and Trump row erupts over Paris attack comments

US President Donald Trump angered France and Britain after he suggested looser gun laws could have helped prevent deadly attacks in Paris in 2015 and said the knife crime in London could be connected to a ban on handguns.

May 07 09:54

France, UK, Germany to Stick to Iran Deal Irrespective of US Decision

The foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement, assuring that the EU would maintain the Iran nuclear deal, calling it the best way to avoid nuclear proliferation.

"We are determined to save this deal because this accord safeguards against nuclear proliferation and is the right way to stop Iran getting a nuclear weapon," French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in Berlin.

The corresponding position has been voiced by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas:

"We continue to believe that this agreement makes the world safer and without this agreement, the world would be less safe," Maas stated during a joint news conference with his French counterpart, adding that "a failure would result in an escalation."

May 07 09:20

France Backing Down on Its Assad Unconditional Resignation Demands

France does not demand the unconditional ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad anymore as the country is mainly focused on fight against terrorism in the conflict torn country, French Ambassador to Russia Sylvie Bermann told Kommersant newspaper in an interview released on Sunday.

When asked about French goals in Syria, Bermann said that "first of all, it is fight against terrorism," adding that in this regards France is in solidarity with Russia. The second main problem is the issue of refugees, according to the ambassador.

"It is unacceptable that someone simply managed to win back the territory of the country from militants and Bashar Assad remained in power, as before… We will not decide for the Syrian people, but we are not talking about the demand for unconditional ouster of Bashar Assad," Bermann said.

May 06 15:01

Macron says he's not an 'interventionist'... less than a month after bombing Syria

French President Emmanuel Macron says he has convinced Vladimir Putin he’s no “interventionist or neo-conservative,” and that the recent Western strike on Syria was a “legitimate” response to a “red line being crossed.”

May 06 10:17

'Pandora's Box': Macron Warns US Exit From Iran Nuclear Deal Might Mean War

A May 12 deadline is looming for US President Donald Trump to decide whether to scrap an internationally-brokered nuclear deal with Iran and re-impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

A potential US withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is fraught with the most negative scenarios and is hardly something to look forward to, French President Emmanuel Macron told the German weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel.

“This means that we would open Pandora’s Box, which is tantamount to war. I don’t think [US President] Donald Trump wants war,” Macron said in an interview which appeared in Friday’s issue of the magazine.

During his visit to Washington last month President Macron tried to dissuade Donald Trump from walking away from the Iran nuclear agreement.

Even though Trump has threatened to quit the 2015 accord, he still said that he might go along with a European proposal to broker an add-on deal to cover Washington’s concerns about the agreement.

May 06 09:55

Chaos in Paris as THOUSANDS march against Macron - riot police deployed in capital

THOUSANDS of furious protestors took to the streets of Paris today to protest controversial reforms put forward by Emmanuel Macron, with clashes breaking out with heavily armed police.

May 06 09:32

Hollande Slams Trump's 'Shameful Remarks, Fake Grief' Over Paris Terror Attacks

Speaking before the National Rifle Association in Dallas, US President Donald Trump said that due to France’s strict gun control laws, Daesh terrorists were able to kill hundreds of people during the November 2015 attacks in Paris.

Reacting to Trump’s controversial speech, former French President Francois Hollande tweeted: “Donald Trump’s shameful remarks and obscene fake grief tell a great deal about what he thinks about France and its values. The friendship between our two peoples will not be tainted by disrespect and outrage. All my thoughts are with the victims of November 13th.”

May 05 10:37

Donald Trump doesn't take Britain, France or Germany seriously

Barack Obama wasn't very interested in Europe. Something which was made clear in 2010, when he didn't even show up for an EU-US summit in Madrid. Instead, at least in the early part of his presidency, Obama focused on Asia. Leaving the old continent to dwell on its diminished importance in Washington.

Yet, despite this snub, Obama generally went through the motions and treated its leaders with respect. Indeed, he belatedly realized that the likes of Angela Merkel and David Cameron were liberal bedfellows useful for his issues-driven presidency. Nevertheless, there's a lingering feeling that the Democrat darling never really got Europe.

By contrast, his successor Trump, with his family roots in Germany and Scotland, arguably understands the place better than any US president since John F. Kennedy. He's married into both Czechia and Slovenia and spent decades crisscrossing the continent, pursing business deals from County Clare in Ireland to the Russian capital of Moscow.

May 05 10:35

Sarkozy's crocodile tears (and his last dream is broken)

Nicolas Sarkozy, a political bulimic, as Libération called him. And he remained even after political defeats and judicial processes. It was also in these hours, in a cage in the judicial police offices of Nanterre, questioned about the suspicions of Libyan funding in the 2007 presidential campaign.
See more at http://www.pravdareport.com/news/world/29-03-2018/140543-sarkozy_tears-0/

May 05 05:46

The Incredibly Sharp Tweet By Charlie Hebdo Three Years After The Attack

“We went back to the network, under your applause and your prompting to go and fuck our manes.” With this post, the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo returned today to twitter after the terrorist attacks of January 2015.

“After a technical malfunction, beyond our control in January 2015, our presence on Twitter was temporarily discontinued,” the newspaper said, accompanied by a sketch, in which a dove of the same color as the bird logo of the social networking tool, with excrement coming out and landing on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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May 04 08:09

Rejecting EU attempts to keep Iran deal + staying in Syria = more regime changes on the US mind?

French President Emmanuel “Little Macro” Macron and German Chancellor Angela “Mutti” Merkel might just as well have stayed home and saved the carbon emissions spewed out during their flights to Washington.

Both came with the same task – to convince President Donald Trump not to pull the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. It was a fool’s errand.

Macron, in every way the junior representative of the Franco-German partnership at the heart of the European Union (EU), was the guest of honor at Trump’s first formal state dinner. He exploited his improbable “bromance” with Trump and his participation in last month’s strike on Syria for all he was worth – which, in the end, wasn’t much. Merkel, whose dislike for Trump is notorious and mutual, fared no better.

May 03 08:36

The CIA Got Macron Elected - It Looks Like They Wrote His Big US Speech Too

In this essay, I offer a detailed textual analysis of the speech which French President Emmanuel Macron delivered before the Joint Session of Congress, Washington, D.C. on 25 April 2018, in line with the kind of textual analysis which I performed on major political documents signed by heroic East European freedom fighters in 2007 and 2009, which were in fact authored by US intelligence operatives.

I maintain here that a substantial part of Macron’s speech was either written by or coordinated closely with these same intelligence services for the purpose of exerting maximum influence on domestic US politics by reinforcement of centrist American predispositions from respected foreign actors. It is also essential to explain how M. Macron became president of France in 2017 with the connivance of these same intelligence services. I will attempt to do that in the second part of the essay.

May 02 11:33

More American, French Military Convoys Arrive in Northern Syria

The US and France have dispatched new military convoys to the town of Manbij, North-East of Aleppo province as tensions go high in the region, a media outlet reported on Tuesday.

Orient news website reported that the American and French forces have deployed near Sajour River Northwest of the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo.

Also, other sources reported that the Kurdish militias have been put on alert in the town of Manbij and have started to set up more checkpoints in and outside the town.

In the meantime, local sources in the town of al-Bab reported that the US and French forces have deployed in a region between the Kurdish positions and the regions held by the Turkey-led Euphrates Shield forces.

In a similar development last week, several units of France's Special Forces arrived in the Kurdish-controlled areas in Hasaka province in Northeastern Syria as foreign military troops are intensifying their movements in the region.

May 02 11:23

May Day riot in Paris: Masked protesters torch cars as police deploy tear gas & arrest 200+

Police in Paris have used water cannons to break up a tumultuous rally, arresting over 200 rioters. Amid May Day demonstrations, hooded individuals threw smoke bombs and set vehicles on fire in the French capital.

Live feeds from Paris showed chaotic scenes, as police attempt to disperse violent protesters while redirecting crowds of peaceful marchers to side streets. Loud bangs are heard in the background as smoke and tear gas billow down the streets.

Police pushed back against the rioters, peppering the crowd with tear gas grenades from behind riot shields and hitting the crowd with water cannon. Protesters lobbed firecrackers at the advancing force, as well as picking up and throwing back some of the gas canisters. Armored police vans and fire trucks are backed up advance.

May 02 10:04

'What more can you lose?'

Hassan Diab spent 3 years in a French prison for a 1980 bombing despite little evidence he committed the crime. Now, the Ottawa resident is trying to piece his fractured life back together

May 01 10:23

Trump tree snub: Tree planted by US president and Macron GONE from White House lawn

A COMMEMORATIVE tree planted by Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron to mark the French President’s state visit to the USA has been dug up and placed in QUARANTINE because it broke American import laws.

May 01 10:19

Putin, Macron Back Preservation of Iran Nuclear Deal

French President Emmanuel Macron and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani held phone talks and agreed to work together on maintaining Iran's nuclear deal.

In a telephone conversation, which took place at the initiative of the French side, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron called for the preservation of the nuclear agreement with Iran, as well as stressed the necessity of its strict implementation, the Kremlin said in a statement.

According to the Kremlin, Macron informed Putin about the results of his visit to the United States with an emphasis on his talks regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), dubbed the Iran nuclear deal, with US President Donald Trump.

The Elysee Palace said in a separate statement that president Macron expressed hope during phone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that Moscow would play a significant role in the settlement of a number of challenging issues in the Middle East.

Apr 30 10:39

Macron, Rouhani Agree to Work on Preserving Iran's Nuclear Deal - Elysee Palace

ouhani spent more than an hour in telephone talks on Sunday and agreed to work together on preserving Iran's nuclear deal, the French presidential office said in a statement.

"The French president and the Iranian president have agreed to work mainly in the next few weeks on the preservation of the content of the 2015 deal, with all of its elements," the statement read.

Macron has expressed his wish to preserve the existing nuclear agreement and to launch discussions on additional aspects, such as control of nuclear activities after 2025, Iran's missile program and main regional crises.

The statement contradicts the previous stance of French President Emmanuel Macron, expressed after his visit to the US, saying that he wanted to preserve the deal, but adding several new provisions to it.

Apr 29 09:25

'TOO MANY ARABS' AND 'TOO FEW JEWS' IN FRENCH CITY, POLITICIAN SAYS

Toulouse's Jewish deputy mayor said in a recent interview that the southern French city is home to "too many Arabs" and "too few Jews."

Aviv Zonabend, who is the charge d'affaires for Toulouse's relations with its twin cities - including Tel Aviv - made the comments while giving an interview in Hebrew to an Israeli radio station.

Apr 28 10:02

French troops enter SYRIA from Iraq 'in support of Kurdish forces'

FRENCH troops have entered Syria to a US base in the Kurdish-controlled northeastern town of Remelan from their former positions in Iraq, Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency reported.

Apr 28 10:00

Bonding and bombing – Trump and Macron kiss, hold hands and reminisce about Syria

There was a heartwarming display of affection in Washington as Emmanuel Macron visited his best buddy Donald Trump, and the two couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

Geopolitics’ very own odd couple nauseated the world, and possibly their onlooking wives, as the French and US presidents celebrated becoming brothers in arms after an airstrike against some empty warehouses in Syria.

Apr 27 21:34

The fiasco of the bombing raid on Syria

The Inhibitor!
However, the Russian army observed the shots and transmitted the coordinates of the Allied missiles to the Syrian Arab Army in real time, in order to allow the Syrians to destroy them. Besides this, when the Syrians became swamped by the number of allied missiles, the Russian army deployed its system for inhibiting the commands and controls of NATO, which paralysed most of their launchers.

The most that we know for certain is that a French plane was unable to fire one of its missiles, and was obliged to jettison it out to sea without triggering it [9], and that two French multi-mission frigates suffered a computer failure and were unable to fire their naval Cruise missiles [10] — these are symptoms that are well known by anyone who has had to face up to the Russian inhibitor weapon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvDAHmQ1_tw

Apr 27 12:52

Popular Mechanics Weighs In: What Happens to a Cruise Missile Captured by the Russians

A fate worse than death awaits military hardware recovered intact on the battlefield.

The debris shown is far from conclusive evidence, so we can't take Rudskoy's claim at face value. But for the sake of argument, let’s assume the Russians did capture significant parts of a long-range cruise missile including Tomahawks. What could its engineers do with the remains?

Reverse Engineering
Any missile fired at an enemy is, by definition, considered expendable and designed to not reveal too many secrets if it malfunctions and lands intact. But there are some pieces of hardware within a modern missile that a clever enemy could exploit.

Apr 27 09:59

‘Stop bombing planet A’: Macron’s climate change speech slammed online

French President Emmanuel Macron defiantly told US Congress, Wednesday, “there is no planet B,” generally amassing gushing praise from the MSM. Others, however, took Macron to task, pointing out his alleged hypocrisy.
The statement was made as Macron addressed Congress on climate change, taking aim at Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement.

However, some social media users offered a more skeptical reception to the speech and were quick to draw attention to the French president’s hypocrisy.

“So stop bombing Planet A,” was the hard-hitting rebuke from one Twitter user. Earlier this month France joined the US and the UK in launching airstrikes on Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma. Macron said at the time he had proof that the Syrian government was responsible for the alleged attack.

Apr 27 09:53

Trump ‘Running Washington into a Hole’ If He Cancels Iran Deal

French President Emmanuel Macron wrapped up his three-day visit to the United States with a ominous forecast: that US President Donald Trump will rescind his country’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear was joined by Catherine Shakdam, a Middle East analyst, Thursday to talk about what the move could mean.

Macron and Trump agreed that any deal with Iran should control Iran's influence in the Middle East and and should prevent Iran from engaging in nuclear activities in the longer term, but the French leader still wasn't able to convince Trump to keep the deal, reportedly a top priority of his visit.

"My view is… that he will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons," Macron said of the Obama-era pact with the Islamic Republic that was also signed by Germany, the UK China and Russia, plus France.

Apr 27 06:54

Tomahawk Missiles Failure Tactical Defeat for US

A Russian expert underlined that the US missiles which didn’t operate during the recent strikes against Syria has turned into a tactical defeat for Washington.
"As (only) between 10 to 15 missiles fired by the US hit the Syrian soil and left less than 20 percent of damage, the attack brought about a heavy tactical defeat for the US," the Arabic-language service of Russia Today quoted Deputy Head of Russia's Missile Sciences Academy Constantin Syokov as saying.
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The expert reiterated that given the limited damage by the missiles which were not intercepted as the Russian defense minister put their number at 32, only some 10 to 15 percent of the missiles hit their targets.

Syokov pointed to the good performance of the Syrian army's air defense system which dates back to the former Soviet Union era>>>

Apr 27 05:32

P.C.Roberts: Where Is The Shame?

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How can other governments accept the US, UK, and French governments that intentionally lied about a Russian chemical attack on the Skripals and about a Syrian chemical attack on Douma, risking a third world war, and then themselves attacking Syria on the basis of a transparent lie unsupported by any evidence? How exactly do you conduct diplomatic relations with war criminals?

You don’t. You put them on trial. Why aren’t Trump, May, and Macron on trial?

The reason is that the world has been conditioned, like Pavlov’s dogs, to expect and accept the West’s war crimes as ordinary common features of life.>>>

Apr 26 10:34

Macron's Dangerous Trump Bromance

All the handshakes, hugs and smooching between Trump and Macron this week made for cringing viewing. Not because two males were being cordial and affectionate.

No, the embarrassment stems from the French leader being such a pathetic poodle to the White House bully.

The "dandruff moment" was perhaps the most revealing. At one point in the Oval Office, the American president interrupted himself mid-sentence to lean over to his French counterpart and he began grooming his collar, saying he was removing "dandruff". Macron seemed unfazed and continued smiling.

Apr 26 09:32

Where Is The Shame?

Now that the Trump, May, and Macron regimes have proven beyond all doubt that they are lawless war criminal regimes, what is next?

Will the Russian president and foreign minister continue to speak of “our Western partners” and seek common ground with proven lawless war criminals? What would that common ground be?

How can other governments accept the US, UK, and French governments that intentionally lied about a Russian chemical attack on the Skripals and about a Syrian chemical attack on Douma, risking a third world war, and then themselves attacking Syria on the basis of a transparent lie unsupported by any evidence? How exactly do you conduct diplomatic relations with war criminals?

Apr 25 15:05

Macron: 'We must create a new world order based on Globalism we must not fear change"

Emmanuel Macron breaks record, promotes New World Order 7 times during speech while denouncing Nationalism inside our own congress.

Apr 25 10:31

Where Is the Shame? Why is the World Silent? Acceptance of the West’s War Crimes is the “New Normal”

Will the Russian president and foreign minister continue to speak of “our Western partners” and seek common ground with proven lawless war criminals? What would that common ground be?

How can other governments accept the US, UK, and French governments that intentionally lied about a Russian chemical attack on the Skripals and about a Syrian chemical attack on Douma, risking a third world war, and then themselves attacking Syria on the basis of a transparent lie unsupported by any evidence? How exactly do you conduct diplomatic relations with war criminals?

You don’t. You put them on trial. Why aren’t Trump, May, and Macron on trial?

The reason is that the world has been conditioned, like Pavlov’s dogs, to expect and accept the West’s war crimes as ordinary common features of life. The West’s crimes are protected by precedents established by decades of failing to hold the West accountable. The West has squatters rights in committing unaccountable war crimes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is only a matter of time before the US will find itself in a military confrontation with Russia; that is being engineered by those in the US Deep State as I type this.

Apr 25 09:58

Trump Again Backtracks on Syria Pullout, Vows ‘Strong and Lasting Footprint’

Just a month after another brief public flirtation with the idea of withdrawing from Syria, President Trump once again said he wants US troops out of Syria, promising “big decisions” very soon. His first talk of a pullout was scrapped days later. This time, he backtracked almost instantly.

With French President Emmanuel Macron in tow, Trump told reporters that he and his allies are taking a long-term approach to Syria, and that this would involve leaving “a strong and lasting footprint” within Syria. He said talk of the long-term issues in Syria was “a very big part” of his discussions with Macron.

The idea that Macron is driving Trump’s decision-making was a big issue last week. Macron claimed credit for Trump agreeing to stay in Syria, but quickly reversed course, and insisted the two had always agreed on the issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My sense is that the US involvement with Syria is not over by a long shot; and there is a grave concern that the US will wind up making a "military miscalculation", and involving Russia in a shooting war here.

Apr 25 08:57

'New WAR of Independence' Nigel Farage BLASTS 'clever' Macron for uniting Trump AGAINST UK

WORRIED Nigel Farage fears the budding “bromance” between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron has similarities to the “War of Independence” when the French sided with the US against the UK.

Apr 25 08:56

Iran rejects Trump and Macron's latest nuclear deal proposals

Iran’s president has rejected a proposal to change the international deal regulating the country’s nuclear programme, mocking the suggestion outlined by Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump and dismissing the US leader as “a tradesman”.

Speaking in Washington, during a three-day state visit, Mr Macron proposed a new deal that he hoped answered concerns raised by the US president and ensured Washington did not pull out. “This is the only way to bring about stability,” he had said.

But the following day, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed the two leaders had no right to renegotiate the the terms of the 2015 accord, brokered by seven parties. He also poured scorn on Mr Trump as a tradesman who was not qualified to comment on international affairs.

Apr 25 08:54

Macron: France Will Not Leave Iran Nuclear Deal

Speaking before the US Congress, Emmanuel Macron said that France is not going to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal — also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — which was signed in 2015.

The comment comes after statements from the US State Department and EU foreign police chief Federica Mogherini, who reiterated their commitment to the agreement.

Apr 25 08:09

Macron to Leverage ‘Strange Friendship’ with Trump to Protect Iran Deal

On Monday, US President Donald Trump welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, to the White House, making them the Trump administration’s first state visitors.

Gilbert Mercier, editor-in-chief of News Junkie Post and author of "The Orwellian Empire," told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear that Macron believes he can "influence" Trump on global matters without behaving as his "poodle," in the fashion of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair when he first visited former US President George W Bush in 2001.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As of today, Macron is now saying he thinks the Iran deal should be changed.

Apr 25 07:42

Hybrid War In Reverse: Why The SDF Can’t Hold The Euphrates

This hybrid war, with multiple and difficult to distinguish sides against the Syrian state, is practically over and isolated now only to Idlib and part of Dara province with no perspective for the future. NATO’s humiliation with its failed cruise missiles strikes proved that NATO’s humiliation with its failed cruise missiles strikes proved that NATO is incapable to win any war without full air supremacy.

So what is left? The only option is prolonging the war, forcing Damascus to liberate all the territory at a cost and not in a quick manner. The meeting between Putin, Rohani and Erdogan was established to put together a statement that they are against any US zone in Syria. But what does that mean in perspective, how will they crush US zone of influence?

The US established the SDF forces in the period of the war which was its last hope for a footprint in Syria.>>>

Apr 24 09:31

MACRON TO TELL TRUMP THERE IS NO ‘PLAN B’ TO REPLACE IRAN DEAL

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Washington on Monday to make a concerted effort at convincing US President Donald Trump to keep intact the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the US, UK, Russia, France, China and Germany.

Trump has given European powers until May 12 to offer new, stricter terms to the deal that they would together enforce with the US, or else he will reimpose nuclear sanctions on Tehran, effectively withdrawing the US from the accord and risking its collapse.

Apr 24 07:56

Lavrov Calls French President Stance on Syria ‘Colonial’

The Russian and Chinese foreign ministers have held a joint press conference after talks in Beijing, which were dedicated to the situation on the Korean peninsula in the wake of North Korea's decision to halt nuclear and missile tests, as well as the situation in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has lashed out at the missile strikes carried out by the US, France and the UK on Syria, saying that they were aimed at hindering the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigation into the alleged use of poisonous substances in Douma, Eastern Ghouta.

"Both sides gave an extremely negative assessment of the missile attack of the United States and its allies on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. This is a gross violation of international law," Lavrov said at a press conference following a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

Apr 24 07:55

‘Putin is a strong leader, we should never be weak with him’ – Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron says Russian President Vladimir Putin is a clever ‘strongman’ who exploits his opponents’ weaknesses, and who has a completely different view on democracy than his Western counterparts.

“I think he’s a very strong man. He’s a strong president. He wants a great Russia. People are proud with his policy,” the French leader said in an interview to Fox on Sunday. However, Macron cautioned that “we should never be weak with President Putin. When you are weak, he uses it.”

Noting Russian-French disagreements on a number of issues, Macron then pulled no punches on Russia’s alleged wrongdoings against foreign democracies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Apr 24 07:37

Rothschild Groomed Macron’s Approval Rating Plummeting Faster Than Trump’s Rating

Marine Le Pen was the unofficial front-runner in the French Presidential elections for over a year, when out of nowhere, a young, business savvy Rothschild groomed “protege” swooped in an became president. Well now there’s a problem…

Apr 24 07:35

Germany attacks Macron for having NO IDEAS to boost eurozone - ‘this could get messy’

EMMANUEL Macron’s time as the European Union’s golden boy has well and truly passed with even Germany losing patience with the struggling French president.

Apr 24 05:24

Did the West Just Lose World War III by Forfeit?

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There was even some speculation that the whole thing was a charade worked out in cooperation with the Russians. Even if true (and it’s unlikely) the mere fact that Trump would have to engage in such a ruse speaks volumes about the weakness of his position. “Whatever Trump says, America is not coming out of Syria,” writes Patrick Buchanan. “We are going deeper in. Trump's commitment to extricate us from these bankrupting and blood-soaked Middle East wars and to seek a new rapprochement with Russia is ‘inoperative’.”

That’s clear from the comments of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. She states that America won’t disengage until three objectives have been met: that ISIS has been defeated (a pretext, since ISIS is on the ropes and remains alive only because of hostile actions taken by the US and others against Syria); Damascus is finally deterred from using chemical weapons (a falsehood, since they don’t have any); and Iran’s regional influence is blocked (which means we’re staying in effect permanently in preparation for a larger war against Iran and perhaps eventually Russia).

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Apr 23 11:10

French president to call for American ‘militarism’

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday he will call for continued U.S. military intervention in Syria before a joint session of Congress this week.

“I will advocate for militarism in front of the Congress,” Macron said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Macron is scheduled to visit Washington this week in the first official state visit of the Trump presidency. In an interview with Chris Wallace at the presidential palace in Paris, Macron said he has a “special relationship” with President Donald Trump, describing them both as political outsiders.

“Both of us are probably the maverick of the systems on both sides,” Macron said. “President Trump’s election was unexpected in your country, and probably my election was unexpected in my country.”

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Here's your rifle...

Apr 23 10:49

FRANCE’S PRESIDENT SAYS HE WANTS TO BUILD “NEW SYRIA” WITH U.S.

On April 22, France’s President Emmanuel Macron said during an interview with Fox News TV that France, the US and their allies should stay in Syria after the defeat of ISIS in order to build what he called “a new Syria.”

“We will have to build the new Syria afterward, and that’s why I think the U.S. hold is very important,” Macron said answering to a question on the US decision to withdraw from Syria.

The French President added that the US and its allies, including France, should also counter the influence of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and Iran. Macron even suggested that Russia and Turkey should play a role in his plans for “a new Syria.”

Apr 23 10:33

French, German leaders will bring Trump the same message: Save the Iran nuclear deal

President Trump faces a European double bill this week as a crucial deadline looms for a decision on whether to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arriving back to back, will bring a unified message: Save the deal.

"I don't have any Plan B for nuclear [protections] against Iran," Macron said Sunday on Fox News. "Let's preserve the framework because it is better than a sort of North Korea-type situation."

Iran's foreign minister made the point more dramatically, warning that if Trump quits the 2015 accord, Tehran may respond by relaunching and intensifying its now-blocked nuclear program.

Apr 23 09:44

At least 55% of French ‘dissatisfied’ with President Macron – poll

Over half of the French people broadly disapprove of President Emmanuel Macron's job performance, according to a new poll that took place around the time Paris joined US-led airstrikes on Syria, and amid protests over reforms.

As many as 55 percent of the respondents said they are “dissatisfied” with the president’s performance, says Ifop poll, published by Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

The study was conducted online and by telephone, from April 12 to 21, with a sample of nearly 2,000 people polled.

Apr 23 08:22

'Territorialization' - Activist Details Real Reasons for Toulouse Unrest

Disturbances erupted on April 15 in the Le Mirail area of the southern French city of Toulouse. Activist accuses local gangs of aligning with Islamists.

Rioting is still underway in Le Mirail, the home neighborhood of Mohammed Mera, who committed a series of gun attacks in 2012, targeting first French Army soldiers and later children and a teacher from a Jewish school in the cities of Montauban and Toulouse, killing seven people and wounding five.

While mainstream media blames social woes, Fatiha Boudjahla, a teacher and activist from Toulouse, told Sputnik in an interview that gang leaders in an isolated community have concluded an alliance of convenience with Islamists in order to oust local police from the districts and remind everyone that French laws do not apply to this territory.

Apr 23 08:21

France's Participation in Syria Strikes to Have Bad Legacy - National Front

YALTA (Sputnik) - France's participation in the recent missile strike on Syria was a very "reckless" decision that will only have negative consequences for Syria in terms of escalating the situation in the war-ravaged country that is still battling terrorists, National Front Secretary-General Nicolas Bay said in an interview with Sputnik.

"Military escalation is always to be feared. I had the opportunity to tell President Macron on Tuesday, because he was at the European Parliament that this operation he launched was very incautious… It could only have a negative consequence," Bay said on the sidelines of the IV Yalta International Economic Forum in Crimea.

Bay believes that "it would be the honor of France" to fight against terrorism along with the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Russia.

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Any time a leader starts talking about "honor", LOOK OUT!

Apr 23 05:40

Russian FM: Missile Attacks on Syria Aiming to Hinder OPCW Probe into "Chem Attack"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lashed out at the missile strikes carried out by the US, France and the UK on Syria, saying that they were aimed at hindering the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigation into the alleged use of poisonous substances in Douma in Eastern Ghouta.

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Apr 21 18:22

'France is a SLAVE to the US!' Syria's Assad RAGES as he hands back French award

SYRIAN president Bashar al-Assad sent back a prestigious French medal in the post and branded the country a “slave to the regime of the United States” as tensions continue to soar in the wake of the suspected chemical gas attack in Douma.

Apr 20 09:29

Trump Puts his Logo on the Military-Industrial Complex, Sets Up US Arms Sales with Syria Demo

Trump’s bid to increase U.S. arms sales, by using the Syria strikes as a PR blitz to show the effectiveness of U.S.-made weapons, is just the latest action taken by the president to cement his role as America’s top arms dealer

WASHINGTON – The week after the U.S., along with the U.K. and France, launched unilateral strikes against the Syrian government, the Trump administration is rolling out a “Buy American” weapons-selling initiative aimed at allowing other nations to buy even more weapons from U.S.-based arms manufacturers. According to Reuters, the initiative, set to be announced today, will speed up the approval of arms deals to U.S. allies and will call for members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, as well as the president himself, to act as “closers” in major arms deals and salesmen for U.S. weapons companies at international air shows and weapons showcases.

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Apr 20 08:39

Don’t be fooled by Emmanuel Macron the ‘moderate’

The French president is hailed as a centrist saviour, a bulwark against extremes – even as he cuts taxes for the wealthy, attacks workers’ rights and demonises refugees

Apr 20 08:32

France in CHAOS: Macron to be brought to his knees as strikes CRIPPLE French nation

FRANCE is in chaos with a fresh wave of strikes set to bring Emmanuel Macron’s liberal regime to its knees.

Apr 20 08:17

The Truth About Macron

Apr 19 09:18

France turns to plan B when missile launch fails during Syria airstrikes

When a French multimission frigate failed to fire its salvo of three naval cruise missiles during last weekend’s joint airstrike on Syria, the military drew on a backup plan.

The frigate’s sister ship, the Languedoc, instead launched its naval cruise missiles at the three Syrian targets. The mission was the first time France fired its naval cruise missile, a weapon which up until then only the British and U.S. had fired against a threat.

“The first salvo did not fire,” Army Col. Patrick Steiger, spokesman for the French Joint Chief of Staff, told Defense News on April 18.

The launch by a backup ship is part of France’s standard “redundancy” approach, the spokesman said.

“All the targets were hit,” he added. “The military effect was obtained.” That effectiveness led the commanders to decide there was no need for a second strike of naval cruise weapons, he explained.

It is unknown what caused the technical problem, but the misfire will be investigated, the spokesman said.

Apr 19 08:44

Protesters Damage Property at Rally Against Macron's Reforms in France

French police used tear gas against Paris protesters taking part in a joint rally of public sector workers organized across France by the CGT and Solidaires trade unions on Thursday, local media reported.

The Franceinfo media outlet reported that the peaceful march that started at 3 p.m. local time (13:00 GMT) resulted in clashes with police after they blocked demonstrators marching from Montparnasse train station toward Place d'Italie.

Apr 19 03:45

Bomb First Ask Questions Later:

US-UK-France Bomb First Ask Questions Later: A Timeline of Events in Syria
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As the dust settles in Syria after the recent strikes, the investigators of the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now set to begin their work. The Syrian government, which immediately granted OPCW investigators visas despite U.S. claims to the contrary, has stated that these investigators will be able to move freely, as the area, having been recently secured by the Syrian Arab Army, is now free of armed insurgents. However, concerns have been raised as the OPCW has been influenced by political forces in the past, particularly regarding events in Syria. One of the first sites investigators will visit will be Douma Hospital, where they will likely question the doctors and staff regarding what they saw on April 7, 2018.
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Apr 19 00:00

Strikes in Syria Successful, No Allied Casualties, DoD Officials Say

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The operation was carefully orchestrated and methodically planned to lessen chances of civilian casualties, the spokesperson said. The missiles hit targets during the Syrian pre-dawn hours, and planners, weaponeers and aircrew were careful to ensure little collateral damage. “We successfully hit every target,” White said.

Missiles hit three distinct military chemical weapons targets. “The three facilities are – or more appropriately, were – the fundamental components of the regime’s chemical weapons warfare infrastructure,” McKenzie said.

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(*also:Pentagon Caught Lying as Russia Details US Missile Humiliation )

Apr 18 09:25

Twitter Users Mock French President Over Claim He Is 'Equal to Putin'

Twitter users are trying to outshine each other as they mock French President Emmanuel Macron over his reported remark that he is "an equal" to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

On Sunday, Macron was interviewed on the results of his first year in office by RMC radio host Jean-Jacques Bourdin and Edwy Plenel of the website Mediapart.

After the interview, Macron reportedly drew a parallel between himself and Putin as he shared a drink with the journalists. According to Bourdin, the French president said he was "an equal to Putin" while commenting on his and France's position on the situation in Syria.

Apr 18 09:23

Marine Le Pen Questions French Strike on Syria, Recalls Colin Powell's Tube

In an interview with BFMTV, the leader of the right-wing National Front has cast doubt on the credibility of the claims made by French authorities in relation to missile strikes on Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta.

“First of all, the question is whether he [French President Emmanuel Macron] really bombed the factory, where chemical weapons had been produced and stored. I may not know much about it, but I go by national wisdom and common sense; when they bomb a factory where chemical weapons are stored, they run the risk of killing thousands of people living in the neighborhood,” Marine Le Pen told the broadcaster.

Apr 18 09:19

Is Macron’s vanity presidency already falling apart?

The French president’s embarrassing attempts to reinvent himself as the new Tony Blair are not working

Apr 18 09:19

Bragging, moi? Macron delivers embarrassing snub to Theresa May by claiming he's closest to Donald Trump and has a 'very personal relationship' with the US President

Emmanuel Macron has delivered an embarrassing snub to Theresa May by claiming that he is the closest world leader to Donald Trump.

The French president, the first foreign premier to be given a state visit to Washington, bragged in an interview that he had a 'very personal relationship' with the US President.

Ignoring the 'special relationship' between Britain and America, Mr Macron said: 'France is the United States' oldest ally. We will always stand side by side.'

Apr 18 08:40

Toulouse riots: Police attacked as woman arrested for refusing to remove Islamic face veil

A deprived district of Toulouse, France has been rocked by two nights of furious riots, triggered by the arrest of a woman who refused to remove her Islamic full-face veil for police. Some 18 people were arrested.

Hundreds of police units were deployed after young residents threw stones, torched cars and set fire to garbage cans, police told the AFP. The clashes began on Sunday afternoon in the Toulouse district of Bellefontaine after a woman wearing a full-face veil – which is illegal in France – was stopped by the police for an identity check.

Apr 18 08:39

'I am the EQUAL of Putin' – Emmanuel Macron BOASTS over Syria airstrikes

EMMANUEL Macron seemed to boast he was the “equal of” Vladimir Putin and the airstrike against Syria was a way to show “part of this”, the French President declared after a revealing three-hour-long interview.

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Whom the gods would destroy they first make proud!

Apr 18 08:05

Macron: Syria strikes ‘solve nothing’ but defend ‘honor’ of intl community

French President Emmanuel Macron admitted Tuesday that airstrikes in Syria “solve nothing,” adding that France, Britain and the US had been forced to step up and defend the “honor” of the international community. Addressing the European Parliament, Macron said the Western allies acted to defend global rules and accused Syrian leader Bashar Assad of being “at war with his people,” AFP said. “These strikes will resolve nothing but they will end a system… which is that, somehow, the right side has become the weak side,” Macron said. He insisted that the strikes were conducted “within a legitimate, multilateral framework, and in a very targeted way without any human victim, not a single human victim, to destroy three sites where chemical weapons were being produced or processed.” A group of MEPs held placards reading “Hands off Syria!” during Macron’s address.

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Honor?!?

Apr 18 08:05

MEPs protest Syria strikes during Macron’s call for EU unity

A group of MEPs held placards reading “Hands off Syria!” during Emmanuel Macron’s address before the European parliament on Tuesday, overshadowing the French president’s call for greater European unity on security issues.

In his speech, Macron laid out his vision for a “profound transformation” within the EU, by which member states would abandon their “selfishness and negativity” for “what brings us together.” He characterized the current political climate in the EU as a “civil war,” and called for greater unity in the face of emerging “authoritarian powers,” which seek to undermine the bloc.

However, Macron’s impassioned appeal for unity was coldly received by more than a dozen MEPs, who displayed signs that read “Hands off Syria!” and “Stop the War in Syria” in protest at joint missile strikes carried out by the US, Britain and France against Damascus on Saturday.

Apr 18 05:45

Macron under fire from French Parliament over Syria strikes

French President Emmanuel Macron said that the US-led strike on Syria was legitimate, but "history will judge" whether the operation was justified". The military action has put President Emmanuel Macron under pressure in French Parliament.

Macron is still working for the Rothschilds, it's a lifetime position.

Apr 18 05:07

Gassing is bad, but OK for some: US complicity in past chemical attacks

US hypocrisy over its self-righteous military attack on Syria over a recent alleged use of not-yet-verified chemical weapons in Douma raises the question: Is gassing bad, but OK for some countries?

US hypocrisy over its self-righteous military attack on Syria over a recent alleged use of not-yet-verified chemical weapons in Douma raises the question: Is gassing bad, but OK for some countries?
The reason for asking is the rush to judgment by the United States, Britain and France to bomb selected military locations in Syria, which these countries claim research and develop, manufacture and store chemical weapons.

Yet, the United States and some of its Western allies, including Great Britain, have a history of being complicit in a country's – namely Iraq's – use of chemical weapons if it suited their national interest.

So, where's the outrage?

Apr 17 13:55

Defense Contractors Saw $10 Billion Stock Boost Following Syria Airstrikes

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For Raytheon (RTN), the company which manufactures the Tomahawk cruise missiles used against Syria, nearly $2.5 billion has been added to the company’s market value. Add together the gains from other top weapons makers Lockheed Martin (LMT), General Dynamics (GD), Boeing (BA), and Northrop Grumman (NOC), and it becomes apparent just how profitable a business war can be.

Lockheed Martin makes the tactical control system, another of the required components of the Tomahawk launch apparatus. General Dynamics, meanwhile, manufactures the missile’s firing system. Boeing builds the B-1 bombers used in the strikes as well as its own variety of cruise missiles, while Northrop Grumman produces radar systems and other bombers, like the B-2 Stealth.

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Apr 17 11:22

Macron Reversal: Didn’t Change Trump’s Mind on Syria Troops

French President Emmanuel Macron is feverishly backpedaling Monday on his claims only a day prior that he had personally convinced President Trump to keep US troops in Syria. The White House has already denied this claim.

Now Macron is claiming he never meant to suggest he’d changed US policy, but rather that he and President Trump had seen eye-to-eye on Syria all along. He added that they both agree that US troops need to stay in Syria for “the long term.”

This isn’t a good story either. President Trump is still reported to want to withdraw the troops from Syria, even if he’s become resigned to keeping them in the country for the time being. Trump is said to have only agreed because of intense Pentagon pressure.

Apr 17 10:39

Activist Explains How French Weapons End up in Saudi Hands Warring in Yemen

Yemeni human rights activists have charged Mohammad bin Salman, accusing him of aiding in “acts of torture” during the campaign in Yemen. Paris is being put under pressure, due to the fact that French weaponry is used in the conflict by the coalition. Tony Fortin, member of the board of the Observatory for Arms told Sputnik how this happened.

Fortin said that one of the most controversial deals is the selling of French arms on the DONAS contract. According to it, Saudi Arabia paid for weapons that must have been delivered to Lebanon.

Apr 17 10:22

Merkel under fire: Germany RESTRICTS Chancellor’s eurozone reforms in Macron snub

ANGELA Merkel’s joint eurozone reforms with Emmanuel Macron are being restricted by German conservatives in a major blow to the European powers, documents have revealed.

Apr 17 09:50

‘When you’re in a hole, STOP DIGGING!’ MEPs round on Macron’s plan for MORE EU integration

EMMANUEL MACRON has provoked fury across the European Union with the French President due to push for a series of reforms as he debates the “future of Europe” with the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Apr 17 09:50

Seven years after war broke out, France moves to strip Assad of Legion d'Honneur

The French government plans to strip Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of his Legion d'Honneur, France's most prestigious award, days after participating in air strikes against suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria.

"The Elysee confirms that a disciplinary procedure for withdrawing the Legion d'Honneur (Legion of Honour) is underway," President Emmanuel Macron's office said late on Monday, seven years after a civil uprising against Assad’s government turned into a brutal civil war.

Assad was decorated with the Legion's highest rank of Grand Croix (Great Cross) by former president Jacques Chirac in 2001, shortly after taking power following the death of his father Hafez al-Assad.

Only a French president, who by tradition is the top-ranking Legion member, can decide to withdraw the distinction from a foreigner.

Apr 17 09:46

First Dublin, Now Gennevilliers: Israel Blocks Entry to French Mayor, Claiming He Supports BDS

Mayor Leclerc Patrice prevented from entering Israel from Jordan; Israeli officials note he sought to visit jailed Palestinian lawmaker Barghouti in the past

Apr 17 09:45

Turkey says France's Macron won't break its Russia alliance

Ankara, Turkey: Turkey on Monday said French President Emmanuel Macron will not be able to break its partnership with Russia, after he argued the weekend's air strikes against the Syrian regime had driven a wedge between Ankara and Moscow.

"We can think differently but they (our relations with Russia) are not so weak that the French president can break them," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"We have strong relations with Russia," Cavusoglu added. "But our relations with Russia are not an alternative to NATO relations or our allies."

There have been growing signs of Western discomfort over the alliance of Turkey -- a key NATO member since 1952 -- with Iran and Russia over Syria.

Apr 17 08:28

France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

Yes, this is the same France that wants not-backdoors for the rest of us

Apr 17 06:58

Roger Waters Takes on Syrian White Helmets, Thought-Control

“What we should do is go and persuade our governments not to go and drop bombs on people. And certainly not until we have done all the research that is necessary so that we would have a clear idea of what is really going on.”
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Waters, who has long been outspoken in his support for Palestinian resistance, brought up the White Helmets after someone had asked him to speak about the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma that led the U.S., U.K. and France to bomb Syria last Friday. That chemical weapons attack — which was most likely staged, based on newly released evidence — was publicized chiefly by the White Helmets, as well as by the USAID-funded Syrian American Medical Society.

Though the audience member had asked Waters to speak up about the chemical weapons attack and condemn the Syrian government for its alleged complicity, Waters stated that he had a very different perspective on the situation in Syria and on the White Helmets group:

"The White Helmets is a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists. That’s my belief"

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Apr 17 06:54

The Neocons’ Real Plan for Syria Emerges from the Lack of Rubble

I told you over the weekend that Trump’s presidency was over. As a practical matter it is. His yielding to his ‘advisors’ on every foreign policy issue makes it clear that he can’t or won’t stand up to the relentless pressure to do what his instincts tell him.

This morning’s article at the Deep State Washington Post paints a very clear picture of what the situation is. The advisors whose loyalties are dubious run the show. Their thinking has not evolved one whit from previous administrations.

Remember what Russian President Vladimir Putin always says, “Presidents change. Policies do not.”

Apr 17 05:06

Durden: Trump Was Presented With 3 Options on Syria, Picked the Least Expansive One

"Mr. Bolton knew the respect Mr. Trump had for Mr. Mattis, and he may have decided that it
was wise to defer initially to the Pentagon chief after he started the job"

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White House meetings, the president and his advisers agreed on one of the most restrained of the military-strike options crafted by the Pentagon: a powerful missile attack aimed at three targets meant to hobble the Syrian regime’s ability to use chemical weapons and deter President Bashar al-Assad from using them again.
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The second option proposed strikes on a broader set of Syrian regime targets, including suspected chemical-weapons research facilities and military command centers.
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Trump pressed his team to also consider strikes on Russian and Iranian targets in Syria if necessary following reports that Assad had moved planes to Russian facilities to help protect them. But Mattis pushed back, those familiar with the decision-making said. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley joined Trump in advocating for a forceful response, while Mattis warned about the risks that a more expansive strike could trigger a dangerous response from Moscow and Tehran.

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Apr 17 03:38

STONE USES THE "N" WORD TO DESCRIBE PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

Trump Is Naive About the Neocons Surrounding Him - Roger Stone

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(*and what do you know , It's Tuesday !)

Apr 17 01:47

BEX ALERT - US suggests Russia and Syria may tamper with Douma evidence

THE HAGUE: The United States accused Russia on Monday of blocking international inspectors from reaching the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said Russians or Syrians may have tampered with evidence on the ground. Moscow denied the charge and blamed delays on retaliatory US-led missile strikes on Syria at the weekend. In the fraught aftermath of the suspected attack in Douma and the West’s response, Washington>>>

Apr 16 08:39

‘Unpredictable path’: Le Pen slams Macron’s order to bomb Syria

France’s involvement in coalition strikes against the Syrian government have been denounced by former presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who said the bombings set her country on an “unpredictable” path.

The National Front leader, who lost out on the French presidency to Emmanuel Macron in 2017, criticized her former rival’s decision last night to order French aircraft to back coalition airstrikes.

“These strikes against Syria bring us on a path with unpredictable and potentially damaging consequences. France again loses an opportunity to appear on the international stage as an independent and balanced power in the world,” Le Pen said on Twitter.

Apr 16 07:45

Pentagon’s video: The “Ax of War” strikes Syria

Following the rocket attacks from the United States, France and Britain in Syria, the Pentagon has published photos and videos of the company.

A total of 105 missiles were launched against three facilities in Syria.

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Apr 16 07:37

'We convinced him' on Syria: Macron says he steered Trump on strikes

French president Emmanuel Macron has claimed that he convinced Donald Trump to keep troops in Syria for the long term and limit Saturday’s joint strikes to chemical weapons facilities.

Macron said in an interview on Sunday that restricting the missile strikes to specific targets was not necessarily Trump’s initial plan. “We also persuaded him that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons [sites], after things got a little carried away over tweets,” he said.

The French president also said: “Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should withdraw from Syria’. We convinced him it was necessary to stay. We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term.”

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