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The Paris Attacks, the War on Syria, and the West's Collaboration with Terrorism

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Eric Draitser appears on Press TV (Nov. 13, 2015) in the hours after the terrorist attacks in Paris to provide his commentary on the latest developments, and what it means for Syria and the Western agenda in the Middle East. Draitser notes the importance of questioning the role of Western intelligence agencies and their documented collaboration with terrorists around the world. Draitser appears alongside author and journalist Pepe Escobar.


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Coincidence? France announced it would close borders for UN Climate Change Conference one week before Paris attacks

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French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve with his boss
France will impose tighter controls on its borders ahead of next month's U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Friday.

France's move to "close its borders for several weeks," as Cazeneuve called it, does not mean that people cannot come into France from other European countries during this period. Rather they can enter the country after being subjected to stricter border control measures.

The interior minister explained the action in the "context of a terrorist threat or risk of disruption to public order."

The Schengen Area agreement mandates open borders around Europe for 26 European Union nations, but Cazeneuve told CNN affiliate BFMTV that France won't be violating the treaty because countries that have signed it can take such measures for "particular circumstances."

The more stringent border control measures aren't the first time a European country has temporarily suspended the Schengen treaty. In 2002, Italy did so ahead of a massive anti-war rally in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

Comment: Interesting coincidence, given that this plan has now been brought forward by the attacks in Paris.

See also:

Je ne suis pas Charlie? French government fires TV weatherman for publishing book critical of man-made global warming ahead of COP21 in Paris


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WHO head Margaret Chan joins chorus denouncing TPP's blow to public health & boon to big pharma

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Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, speaking at the launching of the World Report on Aging and Health in September.
There are 'some very serious concerns' regarding the 12-nation trade pact, Margaret Chan said.

Adding to the chorus of voices sounding alarm on the impacts of the pending TransPacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that there were "some very serious concerns" regarding the 12-nation pact.

Speaking to a conference in Geneva, Margaret Chan mentioned concern "about interference by powerful economic operators," and said, "I have been hearing some serious concerns that the TransPacific Partnership, the biggest trade agreement ever, may adversely affect the market for generics and biosimilars and increase the cost of medicines."

Comment: US Bullying at TPP Negotiations fights for Big Pharma profits, intellectual property rights and restricting the sale of generic drugs
It also means that countries like Japan, Australia and New Zealand that have national health care systems will see the cost of healthcare rise to a breaking point, undermining some of the best health systems in the world.



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Washington demands all other countries accept its dominance — or else

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Washington can't bear the thought of other powers rising and challenging its global hegemony, US author Stephen Lendman notes; how far will US neocons go to maintain dominance?

It seems that Washington is unable to reconcile itself with the thought that the so-called American Century is over now.

"Russia, China and the vast majority of other countries support a multi-polar world, nations working cooperatively with each other in peace for the betterment of all. Washington wants none of it, demands all other countries accept its dominance, obey its diktats, pay homage to the master of the universe — or else," Lendman writes in his latest piece for Global Research.

Comment: It's safe to say that the 'elite' in the West are willing to sacrifice literally everyone to pursue their dominance - that's how these authoritarians operate. See: The great global change game: Our civilization is headed for the fate of the Bronze Age - destruction


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The Truth Perspective: Has the US become the Global Fourth Reich?

Broadcasting from deep in the heart of the American Empire, join your host Elan Martin, and fellow Sott.net editors, as they discuss everything from current events and the latest machinations and manipulations of the global elite to history, science, and religion, and how it all fits together.

Since 911, the U.S.'s covert and overt aggression towards the world, and the laws it has enacted domestically point to a remarkable resemblance to what occurred in Germany leading up to the events of WWII. But how has this occurred in the land of freedom and democracy? What were the influences and thinking involved to create such an evil apparatus - and that would that would make such a thing possible in the institutions of U.S. Government?

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U.S. demands there be no democracy in Syria

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All of the available polling that has been done by Western polling firms in Syria has indicated strongly that the current President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, would easily win any free and fair election in that country. In fact when the question was directly put to Syrians by a Western polling organization, Assad got 55%, which wouldn't leave much for each of the opposing candidates in any election, the candidates who would be splitting the residual 45%. And this poll was taken shortly after the Arab Spring demonstrations against him — those demonstrators actually possessed little support from most Syrians.

So, the United States Government demands that Assad be simply removed from office, and not allowed on the ballot, if an election for President is to be held at all in Syria.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have repeatedly stated that the ouster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is a prerequisite for stopping the invasion of Syria by U.S. bombers, and by other forces from the U.S. coalition. That's a coalition of (besides the U.S.) Sunni Islamic regimes (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey) that are likewise demanding removal of the Shiite President Assad of Syria, before they will cease their invasions of Syrian territory, and their supplies of weapons to the jihadist fighters who are trying to take over Syria.

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Syria's President Assad condemned savage Paris attacks, similar to what his country has endured for over five years

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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar al Assad condemned Friday's attacks in Paris and said that such acts of terror were similar to what his people had faced in years of violent civil war.

"What France suffered from savage terror is what the Syrian people have been enduring for over five years," the Syrian President was quoted as saying on state media and Lebanese TV station al Mayadeen.


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Reaping the whirlwind of western support for extremist violence

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People rest on a bench after being evacuated from the Bataclan theater after a shooting in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.
We, the West, overthrew Saddam by violence. We overthrew Ghadafy by violence. We are trying to overthrow Assad by violence. Harsh regimes all — but far less draconian than our Saudi allies, and other tyrannies around the world. What has been the result of these interventions? A hell on earth, one that grows wider and more virulent year after year.

Without the American crime of aggressive war against Iraq — which, by the measurements used by Western governments themselves, left more than a million innocent people dead — there would be no ISIS, no "Al Qaeda in Iraq."Without the Saudi and Western funding and arming of an amalgam of extremist Sunni groups across the Middle East, used as proxies to strike at Iran and its allies, there would be no ISIS. Let's go back further.Without the direct, extensive and deliberate creation by the United States and its Saudi ally of a world-wide movement of armed Sunni extremists during the Carter and Reagan administrations (in order to draw the Soviets into a quagmire in Afghanistan), there would have been no "War on Terror" — and no terrorist attacks in Paris tonight.

Again, let's be as clear as possible: the hellish world we live in today is the result of deliberate policies and actions undertaken by the United States and its allies over the past decades. It was Washington that led and/or supported the quashing of secular political resistance across the Middle East, in order to bring recalcitrant leaders like Nasser to heel and to back corrupt and brutal dictators who would advance the US agenda of political domination and resource exploitation.

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South Front: Preliminary Paris attacks report (plus Ukraine, 'Syraq' and Ukraine updates)

First look at the NOV 13 Paris Attacks


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Anonymous security officials claim: 'Three of the eight Paris attackers came to France from Brussels'

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Belgian authorities made several arrests in Brussels after witnesses said a car with Belgian license plates was seen close to the Bataclan theater in Paris, scene of the Friday night terrorist attacks.

Three of eight terrorists responsible for the Friday night attacks in Paris came to France from Brussels, officials said Saturday.

They are likely to be from St. Jans Molenbeek neighborhood in Brussels, an area with a substantial Muslim community.

Comment: 8 attackers? Do we even know it was 8? Depending on which 'anonymous security official' is speaking, it's anything from 7-15...