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Paris Bataclan Theater attack: 4 terrorists use suicide vests - siege leaves 100 hostages dead

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French police with protective shields walk in line near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 14, 2015.
Once the Paris police decided to storm the Bataclan theater, where four terrorists were holding dozens of people hostage, the assailants decided to detonate the suicide belts they were wearing, according to local media reports, who added that over 110 people died as a result of the siege.

Three of the attackers were killed after letting off their explosive devices, while the fourth died after being shot by police. The exact number of hostages killed is still unknown. The Le Parisien newspaper claims over 100 people died, with at least a dozen suffering injuries.

People evacuated from the theatre have been rushed to hospitals. Both witnesses and police sources describe the scene as "real carnage," with dead bodies all over place.

The exact number of people taken hostage at the Bataclan concert hall remains unknown. The media has reported varying figures, ranging from 60 to 100 people.

Arrow Down

Paul Craig Roberts: Is this another false flag attack in Paris?

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A general view of the scene that shows rescue services personnel working near the covered bodies outside a restaurant following a shooting incident in Paris, France, November 13, 2015.
At 7pm on Friday 13th we do not have much information about the "terrorist attacks" in Paris other than that Paris is closed down like Boston was after the "Boston Marathon Bombing," also a suspected false flag event.

Possibly believable evidence will be presented that the Paris attacks were real terrorist attacks. However, what do refugees have to gain from making themselves unwelcome with acts of violence committed against the host country, and where do refugees in France obtain automatic weapons and bombs? Indeed, where would the French themselves obtain them?


Comment: "Refugees" are not one homogenous group. Yes, ordinary people have nothing to gain from this sort of violence. But it is not certain that all the refugees are ordinary people. It is quite possible that a relatively small number are radicalized. It is up to Western nations to keep cool heads, not paint all Muslims and refugees with the same brush, and react and respond appropriately and with reason.


The millions of refugees from Washington's wars who are overrunning Europe are bringing to the forefront of European politics the anti-EU nationalists parties, such as Pegida in Germany, Nigel Farage's UK Independence Party, and Marine Le Pen's National Front Party in France. These anti-EU political parties are also anti-immigrant political parties.

The latest French poll shows that, as a result of the refugees from Washington's wars, Marine Le Pen has come out on top of the candidates for the next French presidential election.

Comment: It is too early to label the terrorists as false flag actors; we need to understand that the U.S. is 100% responsible for creating the global mess we experience today by destabilizing and destroying much of the Middle East. For all we know, terrorists came to France hidden amongst refugees. And if that is the case, remember: the blame for the refugee crisis, and the creation and success of tens of thousands of terrorists all over the Middle East, falls squarely on the shoulders of the U.S. France is now paying a tragic price for the mess the U.S. made.




Laptop

Feds can't tweet that: New rules limit political posts for gov't workers

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Federal workers can't interact with Facebook pages like this one when they are on duty or in a government building.
The rules barring federal employees from engaging in political activities at work have received a 21st-century facelift for the 2016 election cycle. The new regulations cover how government workers can ‒ and can't ‒ get political on social media.

"Social media and email — and the ease of accessing those accounts at work, either on computers or smartphones — have made it easier for federal employees to violate the Hatch Act. Yet there are many activities employees can do on social media and email that do not violate the law," the guide issued by the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency in charge of enforcing that law, said.

Pistol

French president Hollande declares state of emergency, closes borders due to Paris shootings

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France's President Francois Hollande
Amid the "unprecedented terrorist attacks" that have resulted in dozens of deaths, French President Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency and announced that France will close its borders.

Dozens of people have lost their lives in a series of apparently coordinated attacks in the French capital on Friday evening. Addressing the nation, President Francois Hollande called on everyone to remain strong and show "compassion and unity."

"There is much to fear, but we must face these fears as a nation that knows how to muster its forces and will confront the terrorists," the president said.

Comment: This is a tragic turn of events. France is paying for the problems the U.S. started. Their mad vision to destroy Libya and now Syria has left hundreds of thousands dead and even more without homes. Now, refugees have come to Europe in large numbers. A small number of those refugees are probably radical militants. Perhaps Hollande should be asking Obama, "Do you see what you have done?" Because whoever these nutjobs were who carried out the attacks, the chain of responsibility goes straight back to the U.S.

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Alarm Clock

Paris terror attack: at least 126 killed - "ISIS" likely to be blamed

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Bodies litter the streets of a Paris alley after a series of coordinated terror attacks in the French capital on Friday, November 13th, 2015
A mass shooting took place tonight inside a Paris restaurant on the Rue Bichat and at the Paris Bataclan concert hall where terrorists killed at least 100 people according to police reports.

In what appears to be a direct message to the French and German governments, two explosions also occurred near the Stade de France sports stadium (one in a Quik fast food restaurant) where France and Germany were playing in an international friendly match, President Hollande was in attendance.

Gold Bar

Grandmaster Putin's trap part 2

In December of last year we published an intriguing article by Dmitry Kalinichenko, "Grandmaster Putin's Trap," which has drawn far more attention from readers than we ever expected. It continues to be cited by many international political and economic experts. That article addressed Russia's latent strategy to get rid of US bonds and use its petrodollars to buy monetary gold. It seemed for a while that the ruble's nosedive late last year, coupled with the Kremlin's reduced fiscal space, has left Moscow unable to pursue its plan to permanently diversify the international financial system. Nevertheless, taking a look at 2015, it turned out that Putin's strategy is working quite well.

Due to invisible market's hand the gold-to-oil price ratio has more than doubled in the past two years. While in May 2014 it cost 12 barrels of oil to buy one ounce of gold, this ratio rose to 26 barrels/ounce in January 2015 (where it currently remains). By lowering the price of oil relative to gold, it looks like Wall Street & London's City are trying to hamper Russian tactic of buying gold in exchange for oil and natural gas (gas prices are linked to oil via BTU). However, these actions fell short of their goals. Declining oil prices and a depreciating national currency have not led to a slowdown in the Bank of Russia's gold purchases on the domestic market for rubles. Despite threats and sanctions, Russia has continued to add to its gold reserves. Bank of Russia bought a record 171 tons of gold in 2014 and another 120 tons in the first ten months of 2015. Consequently, by Nov. 1, 2015 the Bank of Russia had accumulated a total of 1,200 tons of gold in its reserves, which are officially the fifth largest in the world, although in reality Russia is actually in 4th place, as Germany is allowed to store only one-third of its reserves at home. In fairness it should be noted that China has not provided updated data on its gold reserves since 2009, when it officially possessed 1,054 tons. According to some estimates, Chinese reserves may have tripled since than.


Comment: China released figures in July; the central bank said its gold reserves were 1,658 tonnes (53.31 million fine troy ounces) as of the end of June.


Propaganda

How StratCom East was established to counter RT and Sputnik in 'information war' - and fell flat

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The primary target of StratCom East, a new European Union information initiative, and its project Mythbusters, was supposed to be RT.


Yet, when it comes to finding fault with the Russian broadcaster's reporting, the EU's 'Disinformation Review' seems to be coming up short. In their first report, RT gets two bizarre and unrefuted mentions and in the 2nd, the network isn't cited at all.

Russian foreign media services are a drop in the ocean compared to their Western competitors. There are literally thousands of them across NATO's 28 member nations. State-funded and their private equivalents. Available on TV, in print, on radio and online. They are broadcasters, think tanks, bloggers, NGOs and so-called 'citizen journalists.' Some of them are extremely well-paid and others do it voluntarily. All of them united in a desire to expose "propaganda" - the catch-all phrase used to describe anything that contradicts the NATO narrative.

Comment: See also: By targeting RT the Western 'elite' expose their deep loathing of real journalism

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Cards

What the media won't share about the new NDAA

The annual military budget has been approved by U.S. lawmakers and is expected to be signed by President Obama, but what are we not being told?

On Tuesday the U.S. Senate approved the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016. Voting 91 to 3 last week, the Senate approved the revised bill, which includes $607 billion in defense spending as well as $5 billion in cuts. The bill then passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

Obama vetoed the previous version of the bill because it would have limited the transfer of detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States. However, the new version of the bill retained provisions which will likely prevent Obama from keeping his promise to close Guantanamo.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he expects the president to sign the bill, stating, "That certainly does not reflect a change in our position, or the intensity of our position, about the need to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay."

Comment: Business, as usual, in the ongoing spread of freedom and democracy.


Syringe

Another anti-Russian story: Media reports of Russian athletes' drug abuse about politics and propaganda, not sports equality

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When Western news media react in unison to purvey some negative story about Russia - as they have done again this week - it has the telltale hallmark of a Pavlovian response. Somebody rings a bell and suddenly the Western media are salivating like well-trained hounds.

This week the "story" was of alleged systematic drug abuse in Russia's sports. And the Western media are full of howling headlines impugning Russia for running a "state-sponsored" doping program among its athletes.

The unverified findings have swiftly led to predictable calls for the Russian authorities to be sanctioned and even for its athletes to be banned from next year's Olympic Games in Brazil.

This is trial-by-media with an unmistakable political agenda. A veritable show trial by the Western media based on no evidence, stacked up on allegations and prejudice.

Comment: As Finian notes, taking drugs to enhance athletic performance is rampant around the world. This is not about a country going rogue and doping their athletes. Every country has that problem, and probably none more so than the hypocritical US. This is clearly a political witch-hunt just like the FIFA corruption was, a bunch of propaganda aimed at demonizing and undermining Russia with the public.


War Whore

No-fly zones and surface-to-air missiles: The US looks to be getting ready for war with Russia in Syria

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As US Secretary of State John Kerry convenes with diplomats from Russia and other nations for a second round of political talks on the Syrian conflict in Vienna this weekend, it is becoming clear that Washington is gambling on a two-prong strategy. But the US gamble carries a grave risk of blowing up into a war with Russia.

The New York Times reported this week: «For the first time in the four-year Syrian civil war, President Obama is beginning to execute a combined diplomatic and military approach to force President Bashar al-Assad to leave office and end the carnage».

Forcing Syria's leader Assad «to leave office» is the key objective. That is, regime change. While «ending the carnage» is only a bit of public relations window-dressing.

The NY Times explains further what this combined diplomatic and military approach entails. «As 50 Special Operations [American] troops arrive in Syria to bolster the most effective opposition groups, the [Obama] administration is gambling that Secretary of State John Kerry will have more leverage to push Russia, Iran and other players toward two objectives: a cease-fire to limit the cycle of killing and the establishment of a timeline for a transition of power».