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France approves legislation to create a National Guard to combat terrorism threat

France has approved legislation to create a National Guard as the government struggles to battle the terrorist threat. The guard is expected to include up to 85,000 service personnel by 2018.

The law was approved by the Council of Ministers, a powerful executive body composed of senior officials, on Wednesday.

"The National Guard, these volunteers, both men and women, have decided, in parallel to their civilian lives, to join the military service for the protection of the French people," said a statement on the government website.

Those who apply for the National Guard will be able to choose between army activities, serving in the gendarmerie (the police force that is part of the French Army), or working in the French police.

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Soros funded research: Migrants bring Italy nearly as much money as Fiat

© Antonio Parrinello / Reuters
The contribution of migrant workers to the Italian economy almost equals that of the country's automobile giant, Fiat, a new study reveals.

On Tuesday, the annual report entitled "The economic impact of immigration" by the Leone Moressa Foundation was presented to the Interior Ministry.

According to the paper, the total contribution of migrant workers to Italy's GDP in 2015 stood at 8.8 percent, or €126 billion ($139 billion), which is €3 billion more than last year.

Car maker Fiat, one of the country's biggest companies, generates around €136 billion each year.

Comment: Bear in mind the Leone Moressa Foundation is partially funded by Soros' Open Society Foundation so the research has a specific purpose to show how good it is to have migrants in Europe: Soros looks to gain from investments with European 'forced migration'


Vader

US and UK continue to enable Saudi war crimes, inflicting brutal atrocities on Yemeni civilians

© Osamah Abdulrhman/AP
From the start of the hideous Saudi bombing campaign against Yemen 18 months ago, two countries have played active, vital roles in enabling the carnage: the U.S. and U.K. The atrocities committed by the Saudis would have been impossible without their steadfast, aggressive support.

The Obama administration "has offered to sell $115 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia over its eight years in office, more than any previous U.S. administration," as The Guardian reported this week, and also provides extensive surveillance technology. As The Intercept documented in April, "In his first five years as president, Obama sold $30 billion more in weapons than President Bush did during his entire eight years as commander in chief."

Most important, according to the Saudi foreign minister, although it is the Saudis who have ultimate authority to choose targets, "British and American military officials are in the command and control center for Saudi airstrikes on Yemen" and "have access to lists of targets." In sum, while this bombing campaign is invariably described in Western media outlets as "Saudi-led," the U.S. and U.K. are both central, indispensable participants. As the New York Times editorial page put it in August: "The United States is complicit in this carnage," while The Guardian editorialized that "Britain bears much responsibility for this suffering."

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Heart - Black

Western economic sanctions have inflicted years of suffering on Syrian citizens

© Abd Doumany/Agence France-Presse
A Syrian Red Crescent truck, part of a convoy carrying humanitarian aid, is seen in Kafr Batna on the outskirts of Damascus on Feb. 23, 2016, during an operation in cooperation with the U.N. to deliver aid to thousands of besieged Syrians.
The US and EU economic sanctions on Syria are causing huge suffering among ordinary Syrians and preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid, according to a leaked UN internal report. The embargo was supposed to target President Bashar al-Assad and contribute to his removal from power. Instead it is making it more difficult for foodstuffs, fuel and healthcare to reach the mass of the people.

Aid agencies cited in the report say they cannot procure basic medicines or medical equipment for hospitals because sanctions are preventing foreign commercial companies and banks having anything to do with Syria. A European doctor working in Syria says that "the indirect effect of sanctions... makes the import of medical instruments and other medical supplies immensely difficult, nearly impossible."

The revelations in the internal UN assessment of the effect of sanctions on aid delivery, entitled Humanitarian Impact of Syria-Related Unilateral Restrictive Measures and leaked by the investigative publication The Intercept, open up the US and EU to the charge of hypocrisy, after criticising Syria and Russia for impeding the delivery of UN aid supplies to besieged cities in Syria.


The Intercept quotes an internal UN email from a senior official saying that sanctions have been a "principal factor" in degrading the Syrian health system and have contributed to a 300 per cent rise in the price of wheat flour and 650 per cent rise for rice, following a doubling of fuel prices in the last 18 months.

Comment: Further reading:

The storm of lies surrounding Syria's humanitarian crisis: Aleppo Is Burning campaign calls for Syria no-fly zone


Bullseye

The Battles of Aleppo, Dresden, Masada and Bosworth Field - Who lies, lies longest

In war it's a commonplace to say it's the winner who tells the story. It's less well understood that the story doesn't win the war. In other words, war is won on the field by force. Info-war decides what people, who don't fight, don't vote, and don't count, think afterwards. Afterwards is always a long time.

What happened at the Battle of Aleppo (lead image, 1) is that Russian and Syrian forces, fighting for the Syrian government in Damascus, defeated the forces of the US and the NATO alliance, fighting with mercenaries they hired to overthrow the government in Damascus. This is the most decisive defeat of US strategy and arms since 1973, when Vietnamese forces won the second Battle of Saigon.

US Government propaganda - whether published in the US or through English, Canadian, Turkish or Dutch paid proxies - is attempting to explain their defeat on the field of battle in Syria by alleging war crimes on the part of the winning forces against women and children. The propaganda ignores the war crimes of those who started the war in Syria and occupation of Aleppo in the first place. Like the rewriting of the history of the US wars which have destroyed, and continue destroying, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Georgia, Ukraine, etc., defeat is one thing on the ground; another thing on the page where it doesn't count.

In counting like this, the slaughter of innocents isn't new. By the way, fomenting and broadcasting hatred of Russians as child-murderers, like hatred of Jews as child-sacrificers, or of Afro-Americans as child rapists,is a crime too.

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Russia set to stage military exercises with Egypt within days, eyes renovation of Sidi Barani base

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Russia and Egypt will hold joint military drills involving airborne troops on Egyptian territory for the first time within days, the Russian defense ministry said on Tuesday.

"The joint Russian-Egyptian drills will happen in mid-October 2016 on the territory of Egypt," it said, without specifying their start date.

The drills, called "Protectors of Friendship-2016", will include 500 troops, 15 planes and helicopters and 10 military hardware units, the ministry said, describing the exercises as "anti-terrorist".

"The airborne delivery by parachute of several Russian airborne troops' сombat vehicles to the desert climate of Egypt will occur for the first time in history," the ministry said.

The Soviet Union, led by Russia, did post hundreds of "military advisers" in Egypt during the Cold War.


Comment: More on possible Russian foreign bases expansion: A superpower returns: Is Russia setting its sights on foreign bases?


Flashlight

American CIA arms dealer: 'Obama admin threw me under the bus to protect Hillary over illegal Libya arms deals' - story could expose other covert ops


Marc Turi (right).
American arms dealer Marc Turi, in his first television interview since criminal charges against him were dropped, told Fox News that the Obama administration -- with the cooperation of Hillary Clinton's State Department -- tried and failed to make him the scapegoat for a 2011 covert weapons program to arm Libyan rebels that spun out of control.

"I would say, 100 percent, I was victimized...to somehow discredit me, to throw me under the bus, to do whatever it took to protect their next presidential candidate," he told Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge.

The 48-year-old Arizona resident has been at the epicenter of a failed federal investigation led by the Justice Department spanning five years and costing the government an estimated $10 million or more, Turi says.

Turi says the Justice Department abruptly dropped the case to avoid public disclosure of the weapons program, that was designed to force the ouster of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi during the 2011 Arab Spring.

Comment: See also: Obama and DOJ drops charges against Libyan weapons arms dealer. It sounds like Turi knows a lot about what was really going on in Benghazi. Jim and Joann Moriarty gave SOTT the scoop on that one: Behind the Headlines: NATO Slaughter - James and Joanne Moriarty expose the truth about what happened in Libya


Propaganda

Some guy in Coventry claims Russia killed 8 civilians in 'resumed heavy bombardment' of Aleppo

© RFE/RL
Russian warplanes resumed heavy bombardment of rebel-held eastern Aleppo after several days of relative calm.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least eight civilians were killed in the Bustan al-Qasr and Fardos districts in the besieged city of Aleppo, where around 250,000 remained trapped.

"This is the heaviest Russian bombardment since the Syrian regime announced it would reduce the bombardment" on October 5, said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the London-based monitoring group.

Comment: This can't be said often enough about this US/UK funded propaganda outlet: Propaganda spin cycle: 'Syrian Observatory for Human Rights' is funded by US and UK governments


MIB

Election board commissioner caught on tape confirming systemic voter fraud

© Project Veritas
New York City Board of Elections Commissioner Alan Schulkin, a Democrat, on tape explaining voter fraud
A Democratic Party election board representative from Manhattan was caught on camera confirming what a lot of people already suspect. It's easy to commit voter fraud, and it's made easier by New York's lax voter identification measures, which really don't exist.

Alan Schulkin, the Democrat Party representative serving on Manhattan's election board, admitted groups of interested voters get on buses and travel from polling station to polling station casting multiple ballots for their candidates or their issues. Schulkin said, "You know, I don't think it's too much to ask somebody to show some kind of an ID...Like I say, people don't realize, certain neighborhoods, in particular, they bus people around to vote."

Breaking from his political party's traditional stance against voter Identification of any kind, Schulkin said, "Yeah, they should ask for your ID. I think there is a lot of voter fraud." Going further, Shulkin explained the conundrum New York faces. "You can't ask for ID," he said. He said mayor Bill Di Blasio's attempt to issue voter ID's is fraught with even more controversy. "He gave out ID cards. De Blasio. That's in lieu of a driver's license, but you can use it for anything. But, they didn't vet people to see who they really are. Anybody can go in there and say I am Joe Smith, I want an ID card. It's absurd. There's a lot of fraud. Not just voter fraud, all kinds of fraud," Schulkin explained.

The election board representative's comments were secretly recorded on a hidden camera by Project Veritas, the same group responsible for catching Planned Parenthood executives on video engaging in business transactions peddling aborted baby body parts for money. Activist, founder, and proponent of the Free Press movement, James O'Keefe was immediately targeted by the mainstream media and branded by liberals as a phony journalist. But without his pioneering work, the world may never have known about Planned Parenthood's profiting from the sale of aborted body parts.


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Downing Street aide: British MPs denied vote to trigger Brexit

© Neil Hall / Reuters
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.
Parliament will not be granted a vote on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, a Downing Street aide has said, just a day after UK Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to agree to a 'full and transparent' debate on the launch of Brexit negotiations.

The sterling dropped a quarter of a US cent on Wednesday's announcement, but remains a percent stronger than the previous day when the Government accepted a Labour Party motion calling for MPs to "properly scrutinize" May's strategy for leaving the EU.

The concession has been characterized as a U-turn in the wake of mounting cross-party pressure for greater transparency and accountability in the government's Brexit plan.