Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tag: France

EU summit lines up against Russia

On Thursday, the 28 leaders of the European Union gathered in Brussels at their final summit of the year. The EU is in deep crisis. Following the British decision to leave the EU, the election of Donald Trump as US president, and the rise of right-wing nationalist forces in...

More Special Operations forces are headed to Syria. Here’s what they’re going to do.

As Syrian fighters push toward the Islamic State’s de-facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced Saturday that additional U.S. Special Operations forces will head into the country to help the fledgling offensive. The additional 200 troops will bolster the 300 or so already in...

Lagarde Says Globalization Needs to Have a More Inclusive Face

Supporters of globalization need to develop a new way to promote open markets that relies on smaller trade deals and helps people who are feeling left out, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said. “I certainly hope there is not a move toward deglobalization,” Lagarde said Friday in an...
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Mark Blyth: Global Trumpism and The Revolt Against The Creditor Class

Mark Blyth is a Scottish political scientist and a professor of international political economy at Brown University. At an event on November 9 at Brown's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, he spoke about "Global Trumpism" -- a worldwide working-class backlash against harmful macroeconomic trends. "What we have everywhere...

Germany Can Protect the Liberal Order

As U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Berlin for a farewell visit on Wednesday, German policymakers were scrambling to develop a road map for dealing with the presidency of his successor, Donald Trump. Last week, in a congratulatory note to the president-elect, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gently conditioned Germany's...

Global Trumpism: Why Trump’s Victory Was 30 Years in the Making and Why It...

Trump's victory was predictable, and was predicted, but not by looking at polls. Polling has taken a beating recently having failed to predict the victory of David Cameron's Conservative Party in the British general elections, then Brexit, and now the election of Donald Trump. One can argue about what’s...

Trump And Iran: What The Next Administration Can Do

The United States’ relationship with Iran tops the list of foreign policy issues that will confront President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office in January. Like many of the other Republican presidential candidates, Trump was an early and staunch opponent of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the...

Trump Hasn’t Mastered the Art of Killing the Iran Deal

The presidency-elect can’t kill the agreement directly – but he could undermine it from within. America has never known so little about a president-elect. After Trump ran a campaign almost completely void of substance, speculation about his positions regarding key national security issues is doomed to be based on nothing...

Intelligence agencies are running al-Qaeda camps in North Africa  –  UN consultant

New evidence points to a Western cover-up of Algerian state sponsorship of Islamist jihadists, to protect oil and gas interests. An unpublished report by a government advisor and UN consultant, obtained exclusively by INSURGE intelligence, accuses Western and Algerian security services of complicity in al-Qaeda terrorist activity across North Africa. The...

Iranian politicians hail election of Lebanon’s new president

Iranian politicians from across the spectrum have praised the election of a new president in Lebanon. The Lebanese parliament elected Michel Aoun Oct. 31, ending a more than two-year presidential vacuum in the country. In Tehran, the move was warmly welcomed. President Hassan Rouhani called Aoun and congratulated him on...

Russia and France’s Right

How Moscow Is Playing in the French Presidential Elections. The United States is not the only Western country in which Russia is featuring prominently in electoral politics. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, Russia is also a hot topic in the French presidential campaign. In...

Inside the invisible Government: War, Propaganda, Clinton & Trump

The American journalist, Edward Bernays, is often described as the man who invented modern propaganda. The nephew of Sigmund Freud, the pioneer of psycho-analysis, it was Bernays who coined the term "public relations" as a euphemism for spin and its deceptions. In 1929, he persuaded feminists to promote cigarettes for women...

Europe Wishes to Inform You That the Refugee Crisis Is Over

Greece - Skala Sikaminias is a little beach town on the northern coast of the Greek island of Lesbos. A year ago, rickety wooden boats and dinghies packed with Syrian refugees began plowing into the narrow stretch of beach next to the taverna in the town square. Within days, the flotilla had swelled to vast proportions; as many as 7,000 Syrian refugees were landing on Lesbos every day.

Euro house of cards to collapse, warns ECB prophet

The European Central Bank is becoming dangerously over-extended and the whole euro project is unworkable in its current form, the founding architect of the monetary union has warned. "One day, the house of cards will collapse,” said Professor Otmar Issing, the ECB's first chief economist and a towering figure in...

Do We Really Want A War With Russia?

Because we're in danger of getting exactly that. I wish I could say things were improving between the US and Russia but they aren't. They're rapidly worsening. There’s so much happening right now, I can only provide a summary of a few of the more interesting and worrying developments. This report builds...

The Dreadful Chronology of Gaddafi’s Murder

Jean-Paul Pougala’s April 14, 2011 piece in Pambazuka News titled “The Lies Behind the West’s War on Libya” describes how Africa first developed its own transcontinental communications system by purchasing a telecommunications satellite on December 26, 2007: the African Development Bank ponied up $50 million toward the nearly $400...

Russia sends S-300 advanced missile system to Syria, U.S. runs out of options

As US struggles to respond to Syrian army advances, reports circulate of Russia deploying advanced S-300 VM Antey-2500 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria. Shortly before the US announcement of its decision to suspend talks with Russia on the ‘cessation of hostilities’ agreement reached by US Secretary State Kerry and Russian Foreign...

The US is your know-it-all friend who should just keep his mouth shut

When makers of American foreign policy dream of an ideal world, they fixate on one word: primacy. It used to be called “full-spectrum dominance.” On the street, it comes out as “Don’t even think about it.” Tough guys in Western movies put it differently: “This town ain’t big enough...

The Deutsche Bank crisis could take Angela Merkel down – and the Euro

There are some words that make such an unlikely pairing that we find it hard to put them together. Italy and efficiency, for example. Or Bake Off and Channel 4. And 'Germany' and 'banking crisis' is another one. Our image of German banks, and the German economy, as completely rock...

UK Parliament report details how NATO’s 2011 war in Libya was based on lies

British investigation: Gaddafi was not going to massacre civilians; Western bombing made Islamist extremism worse. A new report by the British Parliament shows that the 2011 NATO war in Libya was based on an array of lies. “Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK's future policy options,” an investigation...

The End of the G-20: Has the Group Outlived Its Purpose?

Over Labor Day weekend, the leaders of the G-20 countries gathered in Hangzhou, China, for their annual summit. Their goal this year: save the good name of globalization, which has recently taken a beating. In the wake of Brexit, the U.S. Republican presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, the rise...

The Transatlantic Trade Deal TTIP May Be Dead – Something Even Worse Is Coming

Is it over? Can it be true? If so, it’s a victory for a campaign that once looked hopeless, pitched against a fortress of political, corporate and bureaucratic power. TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – appears to be dead. The German economy minister, Sigmar Gabriel, says that...

McKinsey Study Shows 81% of US Worse off Than in 2005, France 63%, Italy...

The McKinsey study Poorer than Their Parents? offers a new perspective on income inequality over the period 2005-2014. Based on market income from wages and capital, the study shows 81% of US citizens are worse off now than a decade ago. In France the figure is 63%, Italy 97%, and...

Britain is now the second biggest arms dealer in the world

Two-thirds of UK weapons have been sold to Middle Eastern countries since 2010. Britain is now the second biggest arms dealer in the world, official government figures show – with most of the weapons fuelling deadly conflicts in the Middle East. Since 2010 Britain has also sold arms to 39 of...

Euro zone monthly economic sentiment falls more than expected

Economic sentiment in the 19 countries sharing the euro fell in August to its lowest level since March, a further indication that morale is weakening after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The European Commission's euro zone Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) fell to 103.5 in August from 104.5 in...

Soros Hack Reveals Plot Behind Europe’s Refugee Crisis; Media Manipulation; Cash For Social Justice

In the two days since the Soros Open Society Foundation hack by the DCLeaks collective, several notable revelations have emerged among the data dump of over 2,500 documents exposing the internal strategy of the organization, which expose some of Soros' tactics to influence and benefit from Europe's refugee crisis,...

Leaked Isis documents reveal recruits have poor grasp of Islamic faith

Recruits ordered 'The Koran for Dummies' and 'Islam for Dummies' to prepare for jihad. The jihadi employment form asked the recruits, on a scale of one to three, to rate their knowledge of Islam. And the Isis applicants, herded into a hangar somewhere at the Syria-Turkey border, turned out to be...

Russia announces war games after accusing Ukraine of terrorist plot

Vladimir Putin summoned his security council and the Russian Navy announced war games in the Black Sea a day after the Russian president accused Ukraine of trying to provoke a conflict over Crimea, which Moscow seized and annexed in 2014. The belligerent posture heightened worries in Ukraine that Russia may...

The problem with Europe is the euro

In this extract from his new book, the Nobel prize-winning economist argues that if the euro is not radically rethought, Europe could be condemned to decades of broken dreams. Europe, the source of the Enlightenment, the birthplace of modern science, is in crisis. This part of the world, which hosted...

Brexit: EU considers migration emergency brake for UK for up to seven years

Diplomats working on deal to give Theresa May greater concessions than those won by David Cameron, despite French doubts. Plans to allow the United Kingdom an exemption from EU rules on freedom of movement for up to seven years while retaining access to the single market are being considered in...

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