Confused by Shadows POITOU, FRANCE – This week, we are talking about theperishable nature of gods. Yesterday, the city fathers of our hometown of Baltimore let it be known that it was time to toss out the old deities. Reports the Associated Press: ‘After violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend in response to the city’s plan to remove a Robert E. Lee statue from a park there, Mayor Catherine Pugh has renewed efforts to remove similar Confederate imagery from Baltimore. […] On Monday, Pugh released a statement saying that it is her intention to remove all of Baltimore’s Confederate-era monuments – Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue, the Confederate Women’s Monument on West University Parkway, the Roger B. Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place, and the Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell.’ All across the country, the old gods become devils. New, gluten-free gods take their places. The statue of Taney (pronounced Tawney) will be particularly missed. Roger Taney, like your correspondent, comes from the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
This post was published at Acting-Man on August 18, 2017.
Those in favor of the burkini argue that women should be allowed to wear whatever they choose. Critics of the garment say it is an Islamic religious and political symbol which impedes integration and is incompatible with the liberal principles of secularism and gender equality. In recent months, the debate has added another dimension: public health and hygiene. “Secularism and religion are irrelevant here. The burkini is not a Koranic prescription, but another manifestation of political Islam, militant, destructive, seeking to question our way of life, our culture, our civilization.” – French commentator Yves Thrard in Le Figaro. Europe’s burkini debate has now spread to the Middle East. In Algeria, thousands of women have joined a “bikini revolt” to reclaim the public space from Islamists who oppose the bikini as a symbol of Western values. A woman who wore a burkini to swim in a pool in southern France has been charged 490 ($580) to pay for cleaning costs at the facility. The incident, which sparked accusations of Islamophobia, is the latest salvo in an ongoing debate over Islamic dress codes in France and other secular European states. Those in favor of the burkini argue that women should be allowed to wear whatever they choose. Critics of the garment say it is a religious and political symbol which impedes integration and is incompatible with the liberal principles of secularism and gender equality. In recent months, the debate has added another dimension: public health and hygiene.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 14, 2017.
In the latest car-ramming terrorist attack in France, at least six French soldiers were injured, three of them seriously, after being rammed by what was described as a black BMW in a Paris suburb, French Armed forces confirmed, adding that the police were searching for the driver in what prosecutors are treating as the latest act of terrorism. Patrick Balkany, the local mayor for the suburb of Levallois-Perret, said on French television that it was ‘without a doubt a deliberate act.’ Quoted by the WSJ, he said the vehicle involved was a black BMW. The driver waited in an alley near the local city hall before driving his car into the men as they walked out of a building toward their vehicle around 8 a.m. local time, Mr. Balkany added. He also said that the incident took place not far from the town hall.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 9, 2017.
In the last 30 years, more mosques and Muslim prayer centers have been built in France than all the Catholic churches built in the last century. The Church of Santa Rita used to stand in the fifteenth arrondissement of Paris. A few weeks after Father Hamel was murdered by Islamic terrorists, the French police cleared the church. It is now a parking lot. Police dragged the priests out by their legs as a Mass was being celebrated. In France there are laws protecting old trees. But the state is free to flatten old Christian churches. The vacuums created in the French landscape are already being filled by the booming mosques. Cowardly French authorities would never treat Islam as they are now treating Christianity. “France is not a random space… fifteen centuries of history and geography determined its personality. Inscribed in the depths of our landscape, the churches, the cathedrals and other places of pilgrimage give meaning and form to our patriotism. Let us demand our civil authorities to respect it”. Two years ago, the French journalist Denis Tillinac promoted this appeal, signed by dozens of French personalities, after some French imams requested the conversion of abandoned churches into mosques. A year later, terrorists who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State assaulted the Catholic parishioners in the church of Saint-tienne-du-Rouvray, murdering an elderly priest, Father Jacques Hamel, at the foot of the altar. An outpouring of great emotion followed the most serious attack on a Christian symbol in Europe since the Second World War.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 7, 2017.
President Trump, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal last Thursday, said he expects Iran to be non-compliant with the terms of the JCPOA nuclear deal by next September, despite his admission that the Islamic Republic has not violated the deal to date. ‘We’ve been extremely nice to them in saying they were compliant,’ Trump told the Journal. ‘Personally, I have great respect for my people, but if it was up to me, I would have had them noncompliant 180 days ago,’ adding ‘We’ll talk about the subject in 90 days but I would be surprised if they were in compliance.’ The nuclear deal, signed by the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the U. S., plus Germany) in Vienna in July 2015, put Iran’s civilian nuclear energy program under the strictest inspections and safeguards regime to ever exist, cut Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98 percent and reduced the number of Iranian gas centrifuges by about two-thirds, among many other things. Those Iranian concessions were supposed to be met with the waiving of American, European Union and UN sanctions and the recovery of about $100 billion in Iranian assets. Every 90 days, the U. S. must declare whether or not Iran is abiding by the terms of the agreement and determine if waived sanctions should be reimposed or remain lifted.
Some historians believe that the cause of WW2 was UK prime minister Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler’s recovery of German territory given to other countries via the Versailles Treaty in contravention of US President Woodrow Wilson’s promise to Germany that there would be no reparations and no loss of territory if Germany agreed to an armistance ending WW1. I do not agree. The facts seem clear. The cause of WW2 was the gratuitous and unenforceable guarantee to the Polish military government given by Chamberlain that if Poland refused to hand German lands and populations back to Germany, Great Britain would be there to support Poland. When Germany and the Soviet Union made the deal to split Poland between them and attacked, Britain due to its stupid ‘guarantee’ declared war on Germany, but not on the Soviet Union. As France was aligned by treaty with Britain, France, too, had to declare war. Because of the reign of propaganda in the West, hardly anyone knows this, but WW2 was started by the British and French declaration of war on Germany. Yet, it was the surviving members of the German regime who were put on trial by the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in Nuremberg for initiating aggressive war. Nevertheless, as the general opinion is that Chamberlain encouraged Hitler to ever more aggressive actions by the British failure to respond, why has no one pointed out that the Russian government’s lack of response to Washington’s aggressive actions toward Russia encourages Washington to become more aggressive. This also is leading to war.
One week after the latest Ifop poll showed that French president Macron’s approval rating tumbled by 10 points in his third month, with only Jacques Chirac sliding more from his May 1995 election to July of that year according to Journal du Dimanche… *** … the young president’s troubles are spilling outside France’s borders, and as VoA reports, even as Merkel’s political infatuation with Macron grows by the day, Italy is quickly falling out of love with Macron as irritation with France’s president is mounting in Rome. At the center of the rising tensions is Italy displeasure with how Europe is handling the country’s refugee crisis: tensions have crept into diplomatic relations between France and the government of Paolo Gentiloni, prompted by Macron’s response to Italian pleas for more European assistance with the mainly sub-Saharan migrants crossing the Mediterranean in record numbers and his largely uncoordinated diplomatic intervention in the past week over the Libya crisis.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 30, 2017.
21st Century Wire says… This week the US House of Representatives voted to impose new sanctions on Russia which will ultimately force the hand of President Donald Trump to either veto the bill, or be required to court Congress to obtain lawmakers’ permission before any move to ease sanctions against Russia is initiated. As a result of this, and previous aggressive moves by President Obama, the Kremlin has begun the process of ‘tit for tat’ retaliation. Moscow believes that US-led sanctions are unwarranted and unfriendly in diplomatic terms. Surprisingly, the EU, including leading member states France and Germany have also weighed-in to criticise punitive US sanctions – believing that such sanctions will damage Europe’s trade with Russia and overall EU economic interests. The US sanctions bill against Russia also targets Washington-designated ‘axis of evil’ nations Iran and North Korea. Despite Trump’s willingness to reach out to Russia – the DC swamp keeps winding-up the tension with Moscow. According to House Speaker, Paul Ryan, the bill ‘tightens the screws on our most dangerous adversaries in order to keep Americans safe.’
When most people consider how many migrants have entered Europe in recent years, they probably assume that the whole continent is a beacon of tolerance and love for foreigners who are seeking a better way of life. But a more accurate picture of Europe would suggest that the only thing most Europeans are tolerant of, is their corrupt governments who aren’t willing to close the borders. That tolerance is quickly wearing thin however, as most Westerners reject the migrants, who are burdening the social fabric of their communities. Which would explain a recent incident in the French town of Smac, where the government recently bought a hotel in the hopes of turning it into a migrant shelter. Protesters in a town in southwest France have built a nearly-two-metre-high wall around the entrance to a disused hotel to try to prevent it being turned into a migrant shelter.
This post was published at shtfplan on July 26th, 2017.
The following video was published by X22Report on Jul 24, 2017 The corporate media is pushing their agenda on Russian collusion, the problem there is no facts for evidence for this. The real story is the Clinton email scandal, the DNC server and the crushed hard drives the FBI confiscated from the democrats. Trump is now dismantling everything the globalists wanted to do by bringing in refugees into Europe and the US. Duterte will no longer allow minerals to be mined in the Philippines and then ship them off to be processed, he wants it done in the Philippines. France wants to legitimize Haftar to get the fake government in place. Iraq moving closer to Russia. US coalition does not want to leave Syria even when the IS is defeated.
Authored by Drieu Godefridi via The Gatestone Institute, The vast majority of these European courts — whether the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) or the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) — in their attempt to be moral and just, have dismissed the sovereign laws of Italy as irrelevant, and trampled the rights of the Italian state and ordinary Italians to approve who enters their country. In Europe, Amnesty International and the like are, it seems, a new source of law. Those who gave the Statue of Liberty to America in 1886 “to commemorate the perseverance of freedom and democracy in the United States” are willingly trampling their own people’s liberties today through courts of appointed, unelected, unaccountable ideologues. The danger is that, with the help of many doubtless well-intentioned, international NGOs, the EU will not stop at its shores. Europe is the worst enemy of the US? You cannot be serious. Islamism, Russia, illegal immigrants… whatever, but surely not Europe! Are we not still together in NATO? Do we not conduct huge amounts of trade every day? Do we not share the same cultural roots, the same civilization, the same vision of the future? Did France not give the US her famous Statue of Liberty – “Liberty Enlightening the World?” Not anymore. In a sense, Europe looks like a continent where American Democrats have been in power for 30 years, not only in the European states, but also at the level of the European Union. In the US, the political spectrum still spans a vast range of views between Democrats and Republicans, globalists and nationalists, pro-lifers and pro-choicers, pro-government control and pro-individuals’ control, and pro-whatever. Even today with a president and a Supreme Court clearly on the political “Right” these divisions, and the all-important separation of powers, allow for and encourage vigorous debate. By contrast, in Europe, at the “official” level, such a spectrum of views no longer exists.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 21, 2017.
‘The National Health Service is the closest thing the English have to a religion,’ Margaret Thatcher’s Chancellor Nigel Lawson famously once observed. However, given the swivel-eyed fanaticism with which its supporters will defend it, even from the overwhelming evidence of its shortcomings, at this point it might be more accurate to describe the NHS as Britain’s national cult. The utterly unparalleled degree of moral outrage which greets any criticism of the NHS bespeaks the decades of propaganda – in the state’s schools, from the state’s politicians, and on the state’s news and media outlets – which have taught the British people to believe that the only alternative to a state-controlled healthcare monopoly is for the poor to die in the streets. So pervasive has this myth become that the Labour party has been able to base its entire electoral strategy, for decades, on painting themselves as the only party that truly cares about ‘our NHS’, and a recent survey found that, when asked ‘What makes you proud to be British’, the NHS was the nation’s most common answer by a considerable margin. All this has led to a situation wherein the desperately needed reforms to Britain’s healthcare system cannot even be discussed, due to the irrational overflowing of blind rage and uncomprehending contempt that greets any criticism of Britain’s ultimate sacred cow. This baseless self-satisfaction and refusal to consider change is in no way helped by studies such as one which has recently made headlines across the British press, which placed the NHS as ‘the number one health system’. The study in question ranked the healthcare systems of 11 countries, and found that Britain’s NHS fulfilled the study’s criteria of success most adequately, followed by Australia and the Netherlands, with Canada, France, and the United States languishing at the bottom of its rankings. This positive result might come as a surprise even to those who usually accept the mainstream narrative surrounding the NHS. Indeed, even at the bottom of the BBC’s own triumphalist article on the study in question, they link to related stories with headlines such as ‘NHS rationing leaves patients in pain’, and ‘Long waits for surgery have tripled in four years’!
This week’s podcast is in two parts concerning Trump’s efforts for dtente in the face of stupendous Russiagate opposition at home. Batchelor’s introduction relates to this and takes us back to the Truman presidency when he first met Stalin at the Potsdam Conference after the end of WW2, and he notes the new President Truman was warned by his advisors not to trust Stalin. Have things really changed? Cohen itemizes the differences but emphases that although the summit meeting in Hamburg with Putin was speculated about by the Western MSM, a meeting with the Russian leader for an hour over dinner that same evening has just now been discovered and has inflamed the media. Not surprising the press found this sinister. Cohen thinks this may indicate something happened at the summit that needed to be discussed more. More about this later…. Cohen then launches a discussion about three very serious examples where the media has been irresponsible in leaving out important facts about the New Cold War that are dangerous to the peace process. The first one discussed was the Trump Junior meeting with the Russian lawyer who was allegedly bringing information about Hillary Clinton funding ‘The Dossier’ transgression. The spin-doctors had a field day with the story and there were serious omissions in its treatment. The second event was the Magnitsky Act of 2012 passed by Congress to punish Russia for the alleged murder of Russian accountant, Sergie Magnitski, in a Moscow prison in 2009. The final act was over the Russian orphan adoption process with the United States – never popular with Russians – that Putin cancelled over a death of a child in the United States – a death that was due to criminal neglect. Cohen still maintains that this is an opportunity for dtente that should be reinitiated. Cohen explains the importance of these events in great detail in the podcast. All of these events resulted in sanctions levied against Russia and were added to with the Crimea amalgamation* with Russia and the shoot down of the MH17 airliner over Ukraine. Batchelor questions the negative impact for dtente in the Trump administration. Cohen returns that sanctions are ‘normal’ during the cold wars with Russia. It never mattered if the so-called crimes were real or not, but nevertheless they are “difficult to remove once imposed”. The ‘sanctions’ are now being expanded in Russia to potentially include large numbers of U.S. diplomats – and that is demonstratively more serious. Putin may be forced to do it to avoid looking weak to his critics. Cohen thinks this may have been the topic of discussion over dinner with Trump. The conversation then shifts to ‘the idiotic sanctions bill of the Senate’ which stupidly attempts to curb Russian gas flows to Europe. (To put this into perspective we might recall that that sort of lunacy started a war with Japan in 1942, but this time the E.U. would be at similar odds with Washington! Larry) Cohen’s comments are in a similar vein. Batchelor wonders if this would create a split with the U.S. in Europe, and Cohen in answer compares what Trump is accused of in that topic compared with what the Senate has done. He further compared Trump to France’s President Macron and suggested that France may have elected another DeGaulle (and that is not a bad thing either). It is human nature to choose the main causes of events, like the top contenders in a contest, but when assessing the damage of systemic efforts like the roll of a dysfunctional press in shaping history we should probably think more in terms of cumulative impacts. When the Fourth Estate ceases to be the tool of journalists who keep citizens honestly informed and hence a curb to illegalities and government dishonesty, then governments can cease to serve the citizen and become a threat to all. We are seeing that in the U.S. MSM, and that narrative is mutually supported throughout the West. This condition has evolved very rapidly these past fifteen plus years. One could even say it was a necessary thing for the Deep State to maintain the myths of the government position around 9/11, and to hide the hideous misdeeds of recent presidents and a certain presidential candidate. It is also vital to present other untruths to support Washington war policies in Washington and beyond. As a result the American MSM now ascribes to Putin and Russia the crimes of which its own country is guilty.
In Islamic symbolism, Crdoba is the lost Caliphate. Political authorities in Crdoba dealt a blow to the Catholic Church’s claim of ownership of cathedral by declaring that “religious consecration is not the way to acquire property”. But this is how history works, especially in the lands where Christianity and Islam fought hard for dominion. Why are secularists not pressing Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to give Christians back the Hagia Sophia? No one has raised an eyebrow that “Christendom’s greatest cathedral has become a mosque”. The Spanish left, governing the region, would like to convert the church into “a place for the meeting of faiths”. Nice ecumenical words, but a death trap for the Islamic domination over other faiths. If these Islamists, supported by the militant secularists, will be able to bring Allah back inside the Cathedral of Crdoba, a tsunami of Islamic supremacism will submerge Europe’s decaying Christianity. There are thousands of empty churches just waiting to be filled by the voices of muezzins. The Western attempt to free Jerusalem in the Middle Ages has been condemned as Christian imperialism, while the Muslim campaigns to colonize and Islamize the Byzantine Empire, North Africa, the Balkans, Egypt, the Middle East and most of Spain, to name but a few, are celebrated as a season of enlightenment. Muslim supremacists seem to have fantasies — as well as a long history — of converting Christian sites to Islamic ones. Take, for example, Saint-Denis, the Gothic cathedral named for the first Christian bishop of Paris who was buried there in 250, and the burial place of Charles Martel, whose victory stopped the Muslim invasion of France in 732. Now, according to the scholar Gilles Kepel, this burial place of most of France’s kings and queens is “the Mecca in Islam of France”. The French Islamists are dreaming of taking it over and replacing the church bells with the call of the muezzin.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 19, 2017.
France’s armed forces chief resigned on Wednesday, culminating a dramatic dispute with president Emmanuel Macron over defense budget cuts, in what Reuters called “an early test of the newly elected president’s mettle and the tough presidential style he is cultivating.” Last week, General Pierre de Villiers publicly lashed out about Macron’s proposed 850 million cuts to the military’s budget, when in an outburst before a parliament committee he said he “won’t let myself be fucked like that,” adding that “I may be stupid, but I know when I am being had.” In a statement released on Wednesday, the 60-year-old De Villers said that “in the current circumstances I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defense force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the French people, today and tomorrow, and to sustain the aims of our country,” noting he had tried to keep the armed forces fit for an ever more difficult task within the financial constraints imposed on it, but was no longer able to sustain that. He added that Macron had accepted his resignation.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 19, 2017.
Via GEFIRA.org, The following article is based on Francesca Totolo’s research published on lucadonadel.it. Open Borders, Media Censorship Why is there a migrant crisis in the Mediterranean? Why are NGOs involved? Because there is an extensive network of open borders activists and organizations behind it; many of them are directly funded by or cooperated with George Soros’ Open Society. Is it illegal? Not really. Political activism is an essential part of democratic societies. However, sometimes it goes too far, or the promoted causes prove to be either unrealistic or unsustainable. The network of the ‘immigration lobby” in Italy is made up of International NGOs financed by the Open Society Foundation (green), Italian NGOs financed by OSF (blue), and organizations with shared projects with OSF (purple).
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 17, 2017.
Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan on Saturday celebrated the one year anniversary of the “failed coup” that aimed to oust him from power on Saturday in typical fashion, by threatening to “chop off the heads” of traitors. Addressing hundreds of thousands of supporters gathered at the bridge over the Bosphorus in Istanbul that saw some of the fiercest fighting on the night of the July 15, 2016 attempted coup Erdogan said ‘first of all, we will chop off the heads of those traitors,’ France24 reported, prompting cries from the crowds demanding that capital punishment should be restored in Turkey. In response, the Turkish president vowed again to sign any bill passed by parliament to restore capital punishment in Turkey, a decision that would put an end to Ankara’s European Union membership ambitions. “We are a state governed by rule of law. If it comes to me after parliament, I will sign it,” he said.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 16, 2017.
Some people seem like they never learn how to play the game. At the top of the list in the European Union these days is Hungary and her stubborn Prime Minister, Viktor Orbn. He just doesn’t seem to get it. He doesn’t understand that it’s not ‘European’ to defend the sovereign rights of your citizens and your nation. No matter how the EU faceless technocrats hovering around the dubious Luxembourg EU President Jean-Claude Juncker try to educate Orbn and his government, he doesn’t seem to get it. The past year has been a tough one for the Brussels’ EU political correctness Supremos. First Mr Orbn insisted on going through with a national referendum. How anti-European! Letting citizens vote on issues affecting their lives in their own countries! What a dangerous idea if that ever spreads. Next thing you know women might demand genuine equality and to be taken seriously as human beings. Horror! Last October 2016 Viktor Orbn’s government organized a referendum vote on whether to let the faceless, unelected EU Commission of President Jean-Claude Juncker (or his successors) dictate the number of refugees from North Africa and the Middle East Hungary would be forced to welcome, including to pay for and more. The Hungarian voters voted with over a whopping 98% in agreement with their Prime Minister that Brussels should have no such right. In matter of fact it was Germany and France in September 2015 who convinced EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to turn to using a ‘qualified majority’ vote, a sly way under the EU Lisbon Treaty to ram through decisions of the more powerful states against the smaller EU member wishes. Instead of the EU practice of using unanimity to decide such sensitive matters as forced taking of refugees, Germany and France forced through a relocation plan for 120,000 refugees using a qualified majority vote in an area where it has no legal competence to act according to EU legal scholars.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 10, 2017.
It’s no secret that the governments of the US, UK and France, along with other EU member states, have been involved in training and equipping what used to be known as ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria. We now know that the bulk of the arms that get into opposition areas in Syria have gone to terrorist groups, much of which has been paid for by their wealthy benefactors in the Gulf, namely Saudi Arabia and Qatar. What we didn’t know however, was the method of delivery, until now…
Back in April, 21WIRE reported how Trude Newspaper, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, broke the story of a ship called ‘Marianne Danica’ arrived the biggest port of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah under the flag of Denmark, after it left the port of Burgas on March 28th – loaded with tons of weapons heading for conflict zones. This was part of a trail that led Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhievato East Aleppo in December 2016 where she discovered a massive Bulgarian arms cache that had made it into the hands of western and gulf-backed terrorists groups operating in Syria.