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Club bouncers and FBI spies keep us safe from the terrorists

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The post-9/11 hysteria over terrorist threats continues to the day, taking many forms. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is poised to give final approval tomorrow (Tues/20) to limitations on the SFPD's participation in the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, legislation that ever-vigilant Mayor Ed Lee may veto.

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Baroness Ashton and Jewish Sensitivities

The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy was criticised yesterday for comparing the killing of three children and a rabbi in a shooting attack in France to the situation in Gaza.

At the "Palestine refugees in the changing Middle East" conference in Brussels, Baroness Ashton, described the murders in Toulouse as a "terrible tragedy", but she then added: "When we see what is happening in Gaza and in different parts of the world - we remember young people and children who lose their lives."

Comment: "We remember young people who have been killed in all sorts of terrible circumstances - the Belgian children having lost their lives in a terrible tragedy and when we think of what happened in Toulouse today, when we remember what happened in Norway a year ago, when we know what is happening in Syria, when we see what is happening in Gaza and in different parts of the world - we remember young people and children who lose their lives."

Seemingly some prominent Jewish and Israeli leaders couldn't agree less. For them Jewish suffering exceeds all other suffering and Palestinian's in particular.

The London Jewish Chronicle quoted some of the outraged critics. "Even when read in context, Ashton's words are beyond unacceptable," said Oliver Worth, the British chairman of the World Union of Jewish Students. He said they were "truly outrageous and revolting" and called for her to resign because she had "lost all credibility". And yet, Mr Worth fails to explain why is it "outrageous and revolting" to equate Jewish suffering with Palestinian one.


Israel to receive 6th nuclear-capable submarine from Germany

© ReutersAn Israeli Dolphin-class submarine docs
Self-proclaimed Jewish state signs agreement with Germany for sixth Dolphin-class submarine, capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak signed an agreement with Germany on Wednesday to supply Israel with a sixth Dolphin-class submarine.

Radio Israel said the submarines were capable of carrying cruise missiles equipped with nuclear warheads.

The Israeli army boasts three German-built Dolphin-class subs, two of which were bought in 1991, and will receive another two as part of a 2006 purchase agreement. When exactly the sixth Dolphin will be delivered remains unknown.

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Toulouse 'gunman' contacts France 24 to give Sarkozy election windfall

Someone claiming to be the Toulouse shooter called and spoke to FRANCE 24 editor Ebba Kalondo.

Comment: Sarkozy's Backers To Use Toulouse Attacks To Steal French Election

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Perception Management: UN reaches agreement over crisis in Syria

The U.N. Security Council, including Russia, agreed on Wednesday to a statement endorsing efforts by Kofi Annan to end the Syrian uprising, providing a rare moment of global unity in the face of the year-long crisis.

The statement, which threatens Syria with unspecified "further steps" if it fails to comply with a six-point peace plan drawn up by Annan, will be formally adopted in New York later in the day, diplomats said.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday praised the move as a "positive step".

"To President Assad and his regime we say, along with the rest of the international community: take this path, commit to it, or face increasing pressure and isolation," Clinton told reporters after a meeting with Afghanistan's foreign minister.

Comment: Another Libya in the making?

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Wake Up and Smell the Hypocrisy, Mrs Clinton

A few words from someone who is there in Syria.


French SWAT unit 'finds' explosives in Toulouse suspect brother's car

Abdelkader Merah, brother of French motorcycle mayhem suspect Mohamed Merah, was arrested during a raid by officers of the Police Judiciaire. They later 'found' explosives in his car.
French police said Wednesday they had found explosives in the car of the brother of a man cornered by police who is suspected of carrying out seven gun murders.

Police said earlier they had detained the mother and brother of the suspect, self-declared Islamist Mohamed Merah, along with the brother's girlfriend.

Police did not provide any details of the explosives found in the car.

They said they had carried out searches of the homes of the mother and brother.

Speaking to reporters, Interior Minister Claude Gueant said they had been placed under "precautionary detention."

A source close to the investigation said Merah's brother was a sympathiser with radical Islamists.

Source: Agence France-Presse


Bomb blast shakes Paris as 'gas cylinder package' explodes outside Indonesian embassy

A bomb blast shattered the windows of the Indonesian embassy in Paris this morning
Bomb was initially INSIDE the building but removed by eagle-eyed staff
No-one injured in blast that shattered windows and damaged cars

A bomb blast shattered the windows of the Indonesian embassy in Paris this morning.

The gas cylinder package had originally been inside the elegant Rue Cortambert building but was removed by an observant member of staff.

No-one was injured in the explosion in the French capital that also damaged several cars.

Chief Political and Security Minister Djoko Suyanto said: 'Indonesia's embassy in Paris has reported an explosion in one intersection near the embassy at 5.20am local (Paris) time.

'It is not certain what the target of the bomb was. The Indonesian ambassador is in the location but couldn't go near. Windows at the embassy are broken.


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Toulouse Shootings Gifts Sarko the Avenger Climb in Election Opinion Polls

© Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty ImagesNicolas Sarkozy, flanked by his yes-men and women, speaks in front of the Jewish school where four people were killed in Toulouse.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is burnishing his crisis-fighting credentials as he seeks to catch up to Francois Hollande in an election campaign upended by the hunt for a man who shot dead seven people in nine days.

Having vowed to find the shooter who killed three children and a rabbi outside a Jewish school and three soldiers of Arab descent, Sarkozy's role as France's leader in a national emergency may bolster him just a month before the first round of the presidential election, especially if security jumps up the list of voter concerns, analysts and pollsters say.

The case is enabling "the re-presidentialization of Sarkozy's image," said Eric Bonnet, a pollster at BVA Institute in Paris. "It can help him be seen as more of a unifier than he normally would be."


Flashback Sarko's mind: Capitalising on spectacular criminal events

No normal French citizen could be happy with appalling images of the following kind, which reoccur sadly every New Year's Eve, when certain individuals get a kick out of burning automobiles, forcing firemen to risk their lives extinguishing these absurd blazes:
This year, some 1,147 went up in flames in this crazy fashion. It's easy for mindless vandals to get away with such acts, since an automobile can be torched almost as easily and rapidly as lighting a cigarette. The victims of this madness are the innocent owners of destroyed vehicles, who might even be prevented from earning their living as a result of the loss of their automobile.

While everybody is surely reassured to discover that no less a man than Nicolas Sarkozy himself is disgusted with this plague, and determined to eradicate it, the means suggested by the president are somewhat bizarre. What he suggests is a weird kind of indirect punishment for young vandals who burn automobiles. A condemned youth would be prohibited from passing his test, in the hope of obtaining a driver's license, for as long as he hasn't reimbursed the cost of the automobile(s) he happened to burn.