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France bids to extend its influence through founding of Mediterranean Union

French President Nicolas Sarkozy presided over a conference of 44 leaders from Mediterranean and European states on Sunday, which founded the "Union for the Mediterranean." Most of the heads of state in attendance were invited to take part the following day in the traditional military parade and celebrations marking the July 14 Bastille Day holiday.

The new union is planned as an economic and political bridgehead between Western Europe and the major North African, Arab and Balkan states, which lie on the Mediterranean Sea. The union was originally planned by Sarkozy as an organization of Mediterranean states exclusively under French leadership, but vigorous opposition, particularly from the German government, led Sarkozy to accept a compromise allowing the 27 states of the European Union to also take part.

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Sarkozy - Hello NATO, Goodbye France

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That Sarkozy was always going to eviscerate France's tenuous military and political neutrality once he took office should have been obvious to all. Long before he somehow managed to win the 2007 French elections, he was already known as 'Sarko the American' not to mention 'President Bling Bling'. It seems it's just not possible for a French politician to truly admire the American empire builders (as Sarko seems to) and not grovel at their feet.

After all there are great personal advantages to be had from aligning oneself and one's nation (whether they like it or not) with the last great empire. There is the sense of being on the "winning side" (who now can stand up to the US juggernaut?). There is immediate access to the massive resources, influence and intelligence assets of the empire through which previously impossible goals become not just possible but a matter of policy.

Up until Sarkozy's nomination as President last year, France had a 40 year long history of staunch opposition to the type of US diplomacy that has brought us the ludicrous yet deadly "war on terror". As long as there was a major world power that was still relatively independent, there was still a third option - that if small yet strategically important nations weren't "with the US" they weren't by definition "with the terrorists". They could be "with France".

Comment: The above link contained within the text "those that so deftly shunted him into the Elysee Palace" has been removed from the original Quatar Penninsula site, but is still available on archive.org. In case it ever disappears completely from the web, here are two screen-shots of the article for a more secure archive experience:

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Straight from Gestapo's Book: Bush's Secret Army of Snoops and Snitches



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The full scale of Bush's assault on our civil liberties may not be known until years after he's left office. At the moment, all we can do is get glimpses here or there of what's going on.

And the latest one to come to my attention is the dispatching of police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and utility workers as so-called "terrorism liaison officers," according to a report by Bruce Finley in the Denver Post.

Attention

McCain jokes about killing Iranians with cigarettes

US Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who once sang in jest about bombing Iran, has reacted to a report of rising US cigarette exports to the country by saying it may be "a way of killing 'em."

Comment: Psychopaths are known for their inability to grasp the correct use of language (take Bush for but one example) and their inability, at a neurological level, to experience empathy for others.

So, Mr McCain, if the shoe fits....


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Condracula 'proud' of illegal Iraq invasion, over 1 million deaths



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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tells Judy Woodruff that she remains "proud" of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, although it has been "tougher than any of us really dreamed.''

Comment: In true fashion of the psychopath who creates her own reality, Rice "simply doesn't see" the violent deaths of millions wrought by Bush and his coterie of miscreants occupying the White House. The pure depravity of those without conscience to create paramoralisms is clear to see in her statement that "it's not so popular to be a suicide bomber", while at the same time coercing jobless youth in a crashing economy into joining a military machine to kill those who don't conform to their world view - and who live to kill again and again. Immoral. Disgusting. Repugnant.


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Seven civilians killed in US terror strike: Afghan Governor

An Afghan governor Monday said at least seven civilians have been killed in air strikes by the coalition troops against Taliban in a western Afghan province. The strike was carried out in Khashrod district of Afghanistan's western Nimroz province on Sunday.

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European Union: Brussels to sign away your private details to US

American authorities will be able to obtain greater access to private information such as credit card transactions, internet browsing habits and travel histories of people in Britain under a deal being finalised by European Union officials.

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Standing Up To The Banks: Legal Defense Against ForeClosure

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." - Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin (1802)

Arrow Up

Oil jumps above $140 on OPEC, Libya comments

Oil futures shot above $140 Thursday after OPEC's president said oil prices could rise well above $150 a barrel this year and Libya said it may cut oil production.

Light, sweet crude for August delivery rose as high as $140.05 in afternoon trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange before retreating slightly to trade up $5 at $139.55.

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IAEA Chief: Iran can't make nukes unless it leaves the NPT - will resign if Iran is attacked

The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Iran could create a nuclear weapon in six months.


Comment: This opening sentence is entirely misleading. Read on...


IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei spoke on Al-Arabiya television on June 20, discussing Iran's nuclear program, and the potential for the Middle Eastern country to produce a nuclear weapon.

"If Iran wants to turn to the production of nuclear weapons, it must leave the NPT, expel the IAEA inspectors, and then it would need at least, considering the number of centrifuges and the quantity of uranium Iran has...It would need at least six months to one year," ElBaradei said.


Comment: In other words, Iran couldn't make nuclear weapons unless it gave a clear signal that it intends to, which is exactly the opposite message of the opening sentence. CBS News has intentionally twisted his words to make it appear Iran is trying to produce nuclear weapons in six months. The rhetoric being broadcast in the US and Israeli media is the same propaganda in the lead up to the Iraq war.