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France's Socialists Win Parliament: What Next?

France's Socialist Party has won an absolute majority in the second round of parliamentary voting, exit polls suggest. But Hollande, who now controls the entire parliament, is unlikely to deliver on his promises, says former Belgian MP Lode Vanoost.

­The Socialist Party (PF) has won 300 seats, surpassing the 289 seats required for total control of the 577-member National Assembly after Sunday's run-off. Nicolas Sarkozy's center-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) secured 207 seats.

France's far-right National Front has returned to parliament for the first time since 1998, according to AFP reports, but its anti-immigrant and anti-EU leader Marine Le Pen has lost her bid for a seat by a handful of votes.

The outcome of both rounds of France's parliamentary elections suggests that President Francois Hollande will now be able to implement his tax-and-spend policy with relative ease. But how likely is that he can achieve economic growth instead of belt-tightening? RT discussed the issue with an international consultant and former deputy speaker of the Belgian Parliament.


Muslim Brotherhood Declares Morsi Egypt's President

Mohamed Morsy
© Reuters / Amr DalshMuslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate Mohamed Morsy talks during a news conference in Cairo June 18, 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood declares its candidate, Mohamed Morsi, has won Egypt's presidential run-off. The victory over Mubarak's former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, is claimed ahead of the official announcement of the ballot results on Thursday.

­The party claims to have won 52.5 per cent of votes cast, based on a count of 97.6 per cent of the country's 13,100 polling stations. Khaled Qazzaz, a Muslim Brotherhood official, said Shafik had 47.5 per cent of the votes counted.

"There is no way Shafik can win," Qazzaz said, speaking at the headquarters of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party. The party's website says it will shortly announce "the first statement of the first elected Egyptian president."

Approximately 50 million Egyptians are eligible to vote, but the turnout appears to be lower than in the first round, when 46 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots. Over 20 million votes have been counted so far, Qazzaz said, with around 10.5 million going to Mursi, compared to 9.5 million for Shafiq.


The Insects Are Watching: The Future of Government Surveillance Technology

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In June of 2011, the US military admitted to having drone technology so sophisticated that it could be the size of a bug.
In what is referred to as the "microaviary" on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, drones are in development and design to replicate the flight patterns of moths, hawks and other air-borne creatures of the natural world.

Greg Parker, aerospace engineer, explains: "We're looking at how you hide in plain sight" for the purpose of carrying out espionage or kill missions.
Cessna-sized Predator drones, used to carry out unmanned attacks, are known around the world. The US Pentagon has an estimated 7,000 aerial drones in their arsenal.

Arrow Down

Greek vote to keep tensions high on Wall Street

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In addition to backyard barbecues and beer, this Father's Day could see many investors with their minds on Greece.

The Greek election - the Sunday event that has the attention of the world's financial markets - is expected to create volatility in the new trading week, in particular, for U.S. stocks, according to analysts and investors.

"I think the S&P futures will see their high or low depending on the outcome within one hour of the futures' opening on Sunday night at 6 p.m. Eastern time," said Elliot Spar, an options market strategist at Stifel Nicolaus & Co.

Analysts have viewed the Greek election as a potential turning point for Greece, with all eyes on whether voters will favor the leftist Syriza party opposed to the austerity measures that are part and parcel of Greece's international bailout package, or the conservative New Democracy, which is committed to upholding terms of that agreement.

Comment: If Greeks go to polls and it shakes the World Economy, do you think the United States will have to go in and blow them up for not voting in someone who stabilizes the World Economy? It's total nincompoopery. The World Economy is an illusion based on puppeteering that masks the complete depletion of resources. It's held together by the dull humdrum of our chemical lobotomized selves going back and forth, reacting with fear, being good consumers, holding up the illusion that all is well.

The closing few lines in this (3:48) video pretty much sum it up:

The article title says it all really: "to keep tensions high", which is exactly the anxiety those pulling the strings want you to feel.

Top Secret

Toulouse patsy Mohamed Merah worked for French Intelligence

Translated by SOTT

The DCRI has been charged with the investigation into the Toulouse and Montauban murders, whereas its legitimacy is being challenged.

© Mehdi Fedouach / AFPThe family of Imad Ibn Ziaten, killed during the Toulouse false flag, was received by the antiterrorist judges on the 14th of May
On the 18th of October 2007, Mohamed Merah underwent a road police check near a Toulouse suburbs. Driving a BMW, the driver and his passenger caught the attention of law enforcement officers Laurent S. and Agnès B. and of security assistant Anthony C. Mohamed Merah's name appeared in bold in the file of people wanted by the police. On the note, 50600980 RG, it was mentioned: "DO NOT DRAW ATTENTION. SECURITY OF THE STATE." The three officers looked at each other, stunned, but went on with their control check. "In such cases, orders are clear: we act like nothing happened", explains a public official.

Comment: Mohamed Merah did not kill anybody - he was a patsy, and just like 911, the official version of the Toulouse attacks and of Mohamed Merah's death is a lie

Eye 1

Ottawa Airport Wired with Microphones as Border Services Prepares to Record Travellers' Conversations

© Mike Carroccetto /The Ottawa CitizenSophisticated cameras and microphones will put passengers at the Ottawa airport under greater scrutiny than ever before.
Canada, Ottawa - Sections of the Ottawa airport are now wired with microphones that can eavesdrop on travellers' conversations.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is nearing completion of a $500,000 upgrade of old video cameras used to monitor its new "customs controlled areas," including the primary inspection area for arriving international passengers.

As part of the work, the agency is introducing audio-monitoring equipment as well.

"It is important to note that even though audio technology is installed, no audio is recorded at this time. It will become functional at a later date," CBSA spokesman Chris Kealey said in a written statement.

But whenever that occurs, the technology, "will record conversations," the agency said in a separate statement in response to Citizen questions.

Meanwhile, as many as 88 of the new high-definition video cameras are to be ready this summer.

Once the Ottawa equipment is activated, signs will be posted referring passersby to a "privacy notice" that will be posted on the CBSA website, and to a separate help line explaining how the recordings will be used, stored, disclosed and retained.


25 Killed, Over 45 Injured as Bomb Hits Market in North West Pakistan

© Xinhua/Umar QayyumPeople transfer a blast victim to a hospital in northwest Pakistan's Peshawar on June 16, 2012.
Islamabad -- At least 25 people were killed and over 45 others injured when a bomb ripped through a busy market in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Khyber Agency on Saturday, local media reported.

The blast took place at about 11:00 a.m. local time near a bus stop at a market area in Landi Kotal, a town in Kyber Agency, which is only some five kilometers away from Torkham, a border checkpost along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, said local Urdu TV channel Express.

The bomb was hidden inside a car parked at the market and was detonated by a remote-controlled device, said police, adding that several shops and vehicles near the blast site were also destroyed.

Security forces and rescue team quickly arrived at the scene after the blast.

Comment: Whenever you read that "no group claimed responsibility" or "a previously unknown group claimed responsibility", note that this is the hallmark of state terrorist activities:

The British Empire - A Lesson In State Terrorism


Bad Boys Exposed: Secret Service's 229-Page Log Reveals Agents' Porn, Wiretap, Embezzlement and Drunken Misdeeds

© Kevin Lamarque/ReutersPresident Obama walks, with Secret Service agents by his side
It went way beyond hookers.

Secret Service agents and officers have been accused of leaking sensitive information, publishing porn, sexual assaults, illegal wiretaps, embezzlement and drunkenness on duty, according to a 229-page log released yesterday.

After a prostitution scandal in April, when agents consorted with hookers while preparing for President Obama's arrival in Colombia, Service Director Mark Sullivan apologized. But he said it was an isolated case, not a "systemic issue."

However, the log, which the Service Service released yesterday after news organizations requested it under the Freedom of Information Act, shows a pattern of misdeeds dating back to 2003.


Sheldon Adelson Tops Romney Donor List That Now Includes 32 Billionaires

Sheldon Adelson
© Agence France-Presse/Getty Images/Aaron TamSheldon Adelson, billionaire #32 to give to Romney-backing super PAC.
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has reportedly donated $10 million to a super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, as he hinted he would after a recent Las Vegas meeting with the GOP candidate.

Adelson's $10 million check is by far the biggest gift to date to Restore Our Future, a group that's attracted five new billionaire donors in as many weeks.

As my colleague Steve Bertoni pointed out, having spoken at length to Adelson for a Forbes cover story, $10 million may just be the start of the Las Vegas Sands chief's generosity. He may well give $100 million, as he'd planned to donate to Newt Gingrich's now-defunct campaign.


Julian Assange: After Sweden Will He End Up Like Manning?

Now that Julian Assange's appeal against extradition has failed, fears are that he will then be shipped on from Sweden to the U.S.A.

Digital Journal reported on June 14 that Assange's appeal to the U.K. Supreme Court to reopen his extradition case had been denied.

He is due to be extradited to Sweden in two weeks, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault and rape. It is feared that once in Sweden, he is likely to then be sent on to the U.S.A.