Rio athletes just voted Yelena Isinbayeva onto IOC Athletes Committee.

 

In a massive snub to WADA and IAAF, Russian pole vault champion and Olympic star Yelena Isinbayeva was elected to the IOC Athletes Committee despite being banned from competing in Rio Olympic by WADA instigated IAAF collective ban on Russian track and field athletes.

What the athletes competing in the Rio Olympic Games think of the doping scandal was made clear on 18th August 2016 during the elections to the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Committee.

Twenty three candidates stood for four vacant places on the Athletes’ Committee.  The four elected are German fencer Britta Heidemann (1,603 votes), South Korean table tennis player Ryu Seung-min (1,544 votes), Hungarian swimmer Daniel Gyurta (1,469 votes) and – in a massive snub to WADA and the IAAF which banned her from competing in Rio – Russia’s two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva (1,365 votes).

Isinbayeva is Russia’s most famous current athlete.  She has a completely clean record, and was a strong prospect for another gold medal in her sport.  She was however banned from competing in Rio at WADA’s instigation as a result of the collective ban imposed on Russia’s track and field athletes by the IAAF.

Isinbayeva’s election to the IOC’s Athletes’ Committee is therefore an act of high symbolism, showing the extent to which outside the Western world the whole doping scandal is seen for what it is: a politicised lynching of Russian athletes and of the Russian Olympic  Team by WADA and its backers in the West.

The Russians are already saying as much.  TASS reports that Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov told journalists that Isinbayeva’s election

“……is a serious lesson to the IAAF leadership, who doubted that she was ‘clean’. It is a response of athletes from all parts of the world who voted for Lena. This is a victory for Lena and a victory for Russia. Under the current circumstances, the athletes of the world, in fact, voted for Russia.  We had looked forward to the decision and hoped for the victory. Today, it is extremely important for her and for her country that the Olympians had elected her at a time when she was banned from competing in the Olympics for some far-fetched reasons.”

What this episode underlines is the extent to which the West – and in particular the English speaking part of the West – deludes itself when it supposes that it speaks for the whole world.

On the contrary the world outside the West sees the present confrontation between the West and Russia in a completely different way from the way the Western media presents it.

Far from seeing Russian athletes as cheats many people in the world outside the West sees them for what they are really are: victims of the West in this affair.  Enough athletes at Rio obviously share this view and feel sufficiently strongly about it to ensure that Isinbayeva got elected.

Operation Crossroads 70 Years Later

Seventy years ago this month a joint U.S Army-Navy task force staged two atomic weapons tests at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the first atomic explosions since the bombings of Japan in August 1945. The first test, Able, took place on 1 July 1946. The second test, Baker, on 25 July 1946, was the most dangerous, contaminating nearby ships with radioactive fallout and producing iconic images of nuclear explosions later used in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove. Documents posted today by the National Security Archive, shed light on Operation Crossroads, as does a gallery of videos and photographs.

The Navy, worried about its survival in an atomic war, sought the Bikini tests in order to measure the effects of atomic explosions on warships and other military targets. Named Operation Crossroads by the task force’s director, Rear Admiral William Blandy, the tests involved a fleet of 96 target ships, including captured Japanese and German warships. Both tests gave the U.S. military what it sought: more immediate knowledge of the deadly effects of nuclear weapons.

The U.S. Navy’s early March 1946 removal of 167 Pacific islanders from Bikini, their ancestral home, so that the Navy and the Army could prepare for the tests, is also documented with film footage. The Bikinians received the impression that the relocation would be temporary, but subsequent nuclear testing in the atoll rendered the islands virtually uninhabitable.

Observers from the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission, including two from the Soviet Union, viewed the Crossroads tests from a safe distance. Recently declassified documents shed light on the emerging Cold War atmosphere; one of the observers, Simon Peter Alexandrov, who was in charge of uranium for the Soviet nuclear project, told a U.S. scientist, Paul S. Galtsoff, that while the purpose of the Bikini test was “to frighten the Soviets,” they were “not afraid,” and that the Soviet Union had “wonderful planes” which could easily bomb U.S. cities.

Today’s posting contains a number of primary source documents on the planning of Operation Crossroads and assessments of the two tests, including:

  • An estimate from Los Alamos Laboratory of the planned underwater atomic test: “There will probably be enough plutonium near the surface to poison the combined armed forces of the United States at their highest wartime strength.”
  • A report by an Army officer on the Able test, which exploded in mid-air above an array of warships, conveyed Army-Navy tensions: Noting that Admiral Blandy had painted a “very optimistic picture from the Navy point of view” of the damage done to the ships, “when we examined the target fleet through our field glasses [we saw] that even on the major capital ship, superstructures had been severely damaged.” “The target fleet had indeed suffered a staggering blow.”
  • The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Evaluation Board noted in a message sent after the Baker test that because of the radioactive water the Baker test spewed upon the ships, the “contaminated ships became radioactive stoves, and would have burned all living things aboard with invisible and painless but deadly radiation.”
  • According to a Navy observer’s report, the two tests were “spectacular and awe-inspiring,” but the “radiological contamination of the target vessels which followed the underwater burst was the most startling and threatening aspect.”
  • The contamination of the target ships caused by the Baker test led Stafford Warren, the task force’s radiation safety adviser, to warn Admiral Blandy of the danger of continuing decontamination work to salvage the ships: the ships were “in the main extensively contaminated with dangerous amounts of radioactivity.” It was not possible to achieve “quick decontamination without exposing personnel seriously to radiation.” These warnings eventually led Blandy to halt the cleanup effort.
  • The Joint Chiefs of Staff Evaluation Board’s final report on the Crossroads tests called for U.S. superiority in atomic weaponry and Congressional action to give the U.S. Presidents license to wage preventive war against adversaries which were acquiring nuclear weapons. The Crossroads report was suppressed for years until it was declassified in 1975.

Rothschild about the monetary policy:

We are witnessing the greatest experiment in history

The investment banker Lord Rothschild is not sure how the biggest experiment of the history of monetary policy will end. So far his company has earned big money. Rothschild sees the greatest risks in the West.

A luminary in the financial sector, Jacob Rothschild – head of investment company RIT Capital Partners – warns against the negative consequences of the expansive monetary policy of central banks. Low interest rates, negative returns on some government bonds and bond-buying programs by some central banks are part of the largest monetary experiment in world history. The long-term consequences of these policies, as Rothschild, are completely unpredictable.

In the semi-annual report of RIT Rothschild looks at the current situation: “In the past six months, the central bankers have continued the biggest experiment of monetary policy in the world’s history. We are in unfamiliar territory and it is therefore impossible to estimate the unconsidered consequences of very low interest rates, the fact that around one third of all government debt has a negative return, as well as the massive bond-buying programs.

Concerning risks writes Rothschild: “Meanwhile remains weak growth, with weak demand and deflation in many parts of the developed world. Many of the risks to which I referred last year, remain: In fact, the geopolitical situation has continued to deteriorate. The United Kingdom has withdrawn from the EU, the presidential elections in the US in November will be unusually tense, whereas the situation in China remains unclear and the growth of the world economy is slowing. remain the Middle East conflicts exist and are unlikely to be resolved in the coming years. Their consequences we have felt already during the terrorist attacks in France, Germany and the USA.

RIT has given this risk adjusted its portfolio with gold again play a greater role: “In times like these the preservation of the assets remains the fundamental objective. In equities, we have lowered our commitment of 55 percent to 44 percent. Our commitment to Sterling has been shut down in the past six months, at 34 percent, with currency accounting for about 25 percent of the total portfolio. We have increased gold and precious metals to the end of June to 8 percent. ”

Since inception of RIT in 1988 Rothschild was able to achieve a total return of about 2,000 percent.

India and Pakistan join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Away from the distractions caused by the British Brexit vote the process of Eurasian construction has just taken another big step forward with the agreement of India and Pakistan to join the Chinese and Russian led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as full members.

Iran is expected to follow shortly, leaving the whole of Eurasia united under the umbrella of this organisation apart from a few small countries and the states of Europe which are part of the Western alliance.  Even countries like Turkey and Azerbaijan, which are aligned with the West, now have have relations with it.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is not an “eastern NATO” – a sort of Warsaw Pact of eastern and central Eurasia – but neither is it the empty talking-shop Western commentators sometimes pretend it is.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation has a constitution and structure, and it most definitely does have a security dimension even if it is one which in theory is focused on anti-terrorism in Central Asia rather than in meeting any conventional security threat from the West.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is closely linked to the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (“CSTO”), which most definitely is a military alliance bringing together Russia and its closest partners with the former USSR.

Most importantly, at the core of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is the military-strategic relationship between China and Russia.  These two countries, despite attempts in the West to deny the fact, most definitely are military allies.  Putin recently actually admitted as much.  Moreover, he also disclosed something which was already obvious to anyone who follows their respective actions on the world stage closely, which is that the two countries’ leaderships are in constant communication with each other.  As reported Putin’s precise words were as follows:

“We are in constant contact and we consult on global and regional issues. Since we consider each other close allies, naturally, we always listen to our partners and take into account each other’s interests”.

To get a sense of how close military cooperation between China and Russia has become, consider that the two countries recently conducted a joint command exercise in Moscow involving joint planned use of their anti-ballistic missile defences.  The US would never do such a thing with any of its allies and if it did it would certainly not make the fact public.

When military relations between two countries are so close as to conduct exercises like this, it is a certainty that a web of security, intelligence and defence related agreements exist between them.  The fact that we do not know about them does not mean that they do not exist.  It means that the leaderships of the two countries – Russia’s Security Council and China’s Politburo – have decided not to make them public.  The reason for that is because disclosing their existence would reveal the extent of their countries’ military alliance, something which neither country for the moment wants to do.

The fact that at the core of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is the alliance of China and Russia means that it cannot be just a talking shop.  Rather it is part of a web of organisations – the Eurasian Economic Union, the Silk Road, the BRICS group and the CSTO – that the two allies are weaving around themselves in order to extend the regional and global influence of their alliance.

The Pakistanis and Indians understand this very well.  By joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Pakistanis and the Indians are not allying themselves with the Chinese and the Russians against the US and the West.  The reason the Chinese and the Russians prefer to keep the fact of their alliance secret is precisely so that they do not have to present countries like Pakistan and India with such a binary choice.  Rather it enables the Pakistanis and the Indians – two countries traditionally at odds with each other – to maintain their traditional links with their old allies – China in the case of Pakistan, Russia in the case of India – whilst enhancing their formal links with one of the two major alliances of today’s world, which is gradually reshaping the world around it.

It is clear that the economic power of the world is moving to the Asian continent. This will put even more and more pressure on the European Union. How will the US react to this? Will it tell their allies to stop trading whit countries who belong to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation The European Union will have to make decisions, which will not allways please the Americans. EU has to reorganise their trade policy toward those countries in the future, if Europe will have a chance to compete on the world market in the future. The negotiations regarding the trade agreements between Canada America and EU, as TTIP and CETA, have already lost their power, if this agreement in the Shanghai groups is developing.

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Moscow and Beijing to join hands to offset the growing threat posed by the deployment of a US anti-missile defence system in South Korea and a possible deployment in Japan.

“It is only a matter of time before Japan has THAAD on its soil,” an editorial in the Global Times warned.

“Washington is ambitious to build a global anti-missile system so missile activities in China and Russia can be put under close surveillance, which will disable China and Russia’s strategic nuclear deterrence against the US,” it said.

Beijing has said Washington’s decision last month to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system would only worsen tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Both Russian and Chinese Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov and Wang Yi have criticised the US move.

On Friday, Beijing newspaper Global Times, known for its strident editorials, questioned why the US was deploying new anti-ballistic missile stronghold in Northeast Asia with an excuse of dealing with threats of the North Korean nuclear and missile programs.

“As THAAD is approaching its doorstep, China must speed up the upgrading of its offensive weaponry to offset the threat caused by the US global anti-missile system,” the editorial of the influential Chinese daily published by the ruling Communist Party argued on Friday.

A US-Japan-South Korea coterie linked by THAAD is forming in Asia that could threaten peace in the region, the state-run paper warned.

“China and Russia should cooperate on the joint work of developing strategic offensive weaponry, and acquire an overwhelming advantage against the US anti-missile system. Both countries can conduct military simulations, which can include strategic nuclear weapons, against THAAD,” it added.

Editorials of state-owned media in China, like Global Times, generally reflect the Communist Party viewpoint.

After a UN Security Council meeting last week, US envoy to the UN, Samantha Power, rejected suggestions the decision to deploy the anti-missile defence system in South Korea had provoked ballistic missile tests by North Korea.

China and Russia have increased their security, economic and diplomatic relationship in recent years.

Even as the US continues with what it calls “freedom of navigation” exercises in the South China Sea, China has got support from Moscow on the dispute.

Attempts to internationalize the issue must be stopped, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said repeatedly in the last few weeks.

“I am convinced that they (attempts to internationalize the issue) are completely counterproductive,” said Lavrov. “Only negotiations, which China and the ASEAN are pursuing can bring the desired result, namely, mutually acceptable agreements.”

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Eastern Europe: weapons for mercenaries in Syria, no to refugees

The attitude of the Eastern European countries on the refugee issue can be a new study, qualified as morally questionable. The arms trade is booming. Many weapons end up with mercenaries selling the Syrians. But the reception of refugees reject the Eastern Europeans – from religious and cultural reasons.

A study by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) According since 2012 were weapons from Croatia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro totaling $ 1.2 billion exported via various Gulf States to Syria. The Force flights have all gone in the direction of the US Air Force bases in the Middle East. The weapons receiver should have been the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which al-Nusra Front and other Western-backed mercenary troops.
The terrorist militia ISIS allegedly received weapons from Eastern Europe. When the arms are not just about Kalashnikovs, machine guns and rocket launchers, but also tanks, anti-aircraft guns and missile systems. Robert Stephen Ford, US ambassador to Syria 2011-2014, BIRN and OCCRP said that trade is coordinated by the CIA. Reported Balkan Insight. The arms transfer from Eastern Europe to the Middle East is legally illegal. “The evidence points towards systematic diversion of weapons to armed groups who are accused of committing serious human rights violations. If this is the case, the transfers from the perspective of the UN Arms Trade Treaty and in accordance with international law are illegal and should therefore be stopped immediately, “says Patrick Wilcken, an arms control researcher from Amnesty International, who has reviewed the evidence of BIRN and OCCRP ,
Weapons from Central and Eastern Europe came with cargo flights and ships. By identifying the aircraft and ships reporters were able to track the flow of weapons in real time. A detailed analysis of airport plans, cargo aviation history, flight tracking data and air traffic control could identify in the past 13 months 68 arms flights, which were intended for the Syria conflict.
The arms shipments from Eastern European countries to mercenaries in Syria conflict have contributed a significant share to the fact that were killed in Syria conflict hundreds of thousands of people and had to flee millions more in neighboring countries of Syria and to Europe. The refugee crisis could not have reached the current extent without these supplies. Although very many weapons were provided by the Czech Republic for the Syria conflict, would not absorb Syrian refugees the government in Prague. Even two-thirds of the Czech population are opposed to the admission of refugees, reports the Heinrich Boell Foundation.
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek does not see the weapons flights One country as one of the causes of the refugee crisis, but Russia. “The Russians are actively going to send via the northern route and by air to us refugees,” citing the Prague Daily Monitor Zaoralek.
Czech President Milos Zeman refuses admitting refugees on the grounds that it was Muslims and thus to an “organized Muslim invasion” is among the Syrians, from, the Guardian reports. Instead, the refugees should stay in their countries, to fight against ISIS.
Also Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico says his country will not record “Muslim refugees” from Syria, reports the Independent.
Czech Republic has so far delivered weapons worth of 302 million dollars and Slovakia weapons worth 192 million dollars for the Syria conflict, which ended up in the hands of Islamist mercenaries and ISIS.

German Economic News | Published: 30/07/16 23:01

†ranslated by Alfons

The 1 Percent’s Useful Idiots

By Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges

PHILADELPHIA—The parade of useful idiots, the bankrupt liberal class that long ago sold its soul to corporate power, is now led by Sen. Bernie Sanders. His final capitulation, symbolized by his pathetic motion to suspend the roll call, giving Hillary Clinton the Democratic nomination by acclamation, is an abject betrayal of millions of his supporters and his call for a political revolution.

No doubt the Democrats will continue to let Sanders be a member of the Democratic Caucus. No doubt the Democrats will continue to agree not to run a serious candidate against him in Vermont. No doubt Sanders will be given an ample platform and media opportunities to shill for Clinton and the corporate machine. No doubt he will remain a member of the political establishment.

Sanders squandered his most important historical moment. He had a chance, one chance, to take the energy, anger and momentum, walk out the doors of the Wells Fargo Center and into the streets to help build a third-party movement. His call to his delegates to face “reality” and support Clinton was an insulting repudiation of the reality his supporters, mostly young men and young women, had overcome by lifting him from an obscure candidate polling at 12 percent into a serious contender for the nomination. Sanders not only sold out his base, he mocked it. This was a spiritual wound, not a political one. For this he must ask forgiveness.

 

Whatever resistance happens will happen without him. Whatever political revolution happens will happen without him. Whatever hope we have for a sustainable future will happen without him. Sanders, who once lifted up the yearnings of millions, has become an impediment to change. He took his 30 pieces of silver and joined with a bankrupt liberal establishment on behalf of a candidate who is a tool of Wall Street, a proponent of endless war and an enemy of the working class.

Sanders, like all of the self-identified liberals who are whoring themselves out for the Democrats, will use fear as the primary reason to remain enslaved by the neoliberal assault. And, in return, the corporate state will allow him and the other useful idiots among the 1 percent to have their careers and construct pathetic monuments to themselves.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be pushed through whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. The fracking industry, fossil fuel industry and animal agriculture industry will ravage the ecosystem whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. The predatory financial institutions on Wall Street will trash the economy and loot the U.S. Treasury on the way to another economic collapse whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. Poor, unarmed people of color will be gunned down in the streets of our cities whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. The system of neoslavery in our prisons, where we keep poor men and poor women of color in cages because we have taken from them the possibility of employment, education and dignity, will be maintained whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. Millions of undocumented people will be deported whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. Austerity programs will cut or abolish public services, further decay the infrastructure and curtail social programs whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. Money will replace the vote whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. And half the country, which now lives in poverty, will remain in misery whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton becomes president.

This is not speculation. We know this because there has been total continuity on every issue, from trade agreements to war to mass deportations, between the Bush administration and the administration of Barack Obama. The problem is not Donald Trump. The problem is capitalism. And this is the beast we are called to fight and slay. Until that is done, nothing of substance will change.

To reduce the political debate, as Sanders and others are doing, to political personalities is political infantilism. We have undergone a corporate coup. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will not reverse this coup. They, like Barack Obama, know where the centers of power lie. They serve these centers of power.

Change will come when we have the tenacity, as many Sanders delegates did, to refuse to cooperate, to say no, to no longer participate in the political charade. Change will come when we begin acts of sustained mass civil disobedience. Change will come when the fear the corporate state uses to paralyze us is used by us to paralyze the corporate state.

The Russian writer Alexander Herzen, speaking a century ago to a group of anarchists about how to overthrow the czar, reminded his listeners that it was not their job to save a dying system but to replace it: “We think we are the doctors. We are the disease.”

We are here not to reform the system. We are here to overthrow it. And that is the only possibility left to restore our democracy and save our planet. If we fail in this task, if this system of corporate capitalism and globalization is not dismantled, we are doomed. And this is the reality no one wants to speak about.

We will have to be in the political wilderness, perhaps for a decade. But a decade ago Syriza, the party now ruling Greece, was polling at only 4 percent. This is what the Green Party is polling today. We will not bring about systematic change in one or two election cycles. But we can begin to build a counterweight to the corporate state. We can begin to push back.

We must find the courage not to be afraid. We must find the courage to follow our conscience. We must find the courage to defy the corporate forces of death in order to affirm the forces of life.

This will not be easy. The corporate state—once its vast systems of indoctrination and propaganda do not work to keep us passive, once we are no longer afraid, once we make our own reality rather than accommodating ourselves to the reality imposed upon us—will employ more direct and coercive forms of control. The reign of terror, the revocation of civil liberties, the indiscriminant violence by the state will no longer be exercised only against poor people of color. The reality endured by our poor sisters and brothers of color, a reality we did not do enough to fight against, will become our own.

To allow the ideological forces of neoliberalism to crush our ideals and our values is to fall into a deadly cynicism and despair. To allow the consumer culture and the cult of the self, which lies at the heart of capitalism, to seduce us is to kill our souls. Happiness does not come with the accumulation of wealth. Happiness does not come from possessions or power. These are narcotics. They numb and kill all that is noble and good within us. Happiness comes when you reach out in solidarity to your neighbor, when you lend your hand to the stranger or the outcast, when you are willing to lose your life to save it. Happiness comes when you have the capacity to love.

Our span of life, in the vastness of the universe, is insignificant. I will be 60 soon. The arch of my own life is beginning to draw to a close. We all will die. How do we use the miracle of this flash of light that is called life?

Albert Camus wrote, “One of the only coherent philosophical positions is revolt. It is a constant confrontation between [human beings] and [their] obscurity. It is not aspiration, for it is devoid of hope. That revolt is the certainty of a crushing fate, without the resignation that ought to accompany it.”

He said further, “A living [person] can be enslaved and reduced to the historic condition of an object. But if he [or she] dies in refusing to be enslaved, he [or she] reaffirms the existence of another kind of human nature which refuses to be classified as an object.”

There is only one way to rebel. You fight for all of the oppressed or none of the oppressed. You understand that there is no country. Our country is the earth. We are citizens of the world. Nationalism is a disease. It is a disease we must purge. As long as a Muslim family suffers in a refugee camp in Syria or an LGBT person suffers from the bigotry imposed by the Christian heretics in the Christian right, we all suffer.

There are desperate single mothers struggling to raise children on less than $10,000 a year in some Philadelphia neighborhoods. Many of these children go to bed hungry. There are unemployed workers desperate to find a job and restore their dignity. There are mentally ill and homeless we have abandoned to the streets. There are Iraqi and Afghan families living in terror, a terror we have inflicted on them, in the futile and endless wars waged to enrich the arms industry. There are men and women being tortured in our worldwide archipelago of secret detention centers. There are undocumented workers whose families we have ripped apart, separating children from parents, or imprisoned.

This is reality. It is the only reality that matters. It is a reality we must and will change. Because, as the great socialist Eugene V. Debs, who upon being sentenced in 1918 for violating the Sedition Act by defying the madness of World War I, said, “I recognized my kinship with all living beings. I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”

Augustine wrote that hope has two beautiful daughters, anger and courage—anger at the way things are and the courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.

The fight before us will be hard and difficult. It will require love and self-sacrifice. It will require anger and courage. This struggle is the greatest moral imperative before us. Those who do not defy this evil become its accomplice. We may not succeed. But we must be among those of whom future generations will say: They tried. They dared to dream. They dared to care. They dared to struggle. They dared to love. They enabled those who came after them to take up the fight.

President Hollande is under pressure

After an interview with the French President Francois Hollande, where he was defending his proposal on changes to the labor laws, occurred on Thursday evening in Paris, serious riots, reports the AFP news agency. After Hollande defended his controversial labor market reforms on television, demonstrated about 300 young people in the French capital, according to police data. Around 20 people were arrested. Movement “Nuit Debout” had gathered and protested all night, to protest against the proposed amendment to the Labour Law.

For nearly two weeks, hundreds of people came to the Place de la République, in the evening under the motto “Nuit Debout” together. Some of those interviewed by French television. The protesters believe that the French president is pursuing a policy that impair workers’ conditions.

After the demonstration, hundreds of protesters left the square together, and marched, according to a journalist from AFP, the Elysee Palace, the seat of the French President. Police cordoned off the road, after which the demonstrators marched in a different direction, and proceeded to the northern and eastern parts of Paris.

Protesters smashed shop windows, looted shops and damaged cars. Police put up large forces. After a time, the demonstration was dissolved, and continued to demonstrate in smaller groups. On Thursday afternoon, the police announced that the 1700 activists gathered at the Place de la République. This led to clashes, when masked protesters threw chairs, tables and bottles at police. Police used tear gas. According to police injured four protesters and seven police officers. Six protesters were arrested.

In the evening, infant also protesters near the TV building, where there was an interview with the president. In two weeks, hundreds of demonstrators protested it every night on the Place de la République, to protest against the planned relaxation of labor law as the means at the same time greater social injustice. In the whole of France has already attracted hundreds of thousands of people on the streets. President Holding defended the plan on Thursday night in the television channel France 2

Hollande says he has modernized the country over the past four years, and at the same time preserved the French social model. He will work until his last day as president to reform. The president says that: “It has improved, the growth is higher, the French finansielle deficit is smaller, taxes are lower, margins for the companies is higher, workers have greater purchasing power, said the president.” Therefore, I will continue to pursue these reforms to the end . ”

Since President Hollande took office in 2012, the number of unemployed has increased by almost 650,000 and reached a historic peak of almost 3.6 million. Hollande has presented a new budget against unemployment again for next year, to be with success combating unemployment. In the interview, he announced at the end of this year to decide whether he will return to stand in the presidential election in 2017, for a second term. The socialist president is so unpopular that no other president before him in France’s recent history, with the weak economic growth and record unemployment. It remains about a year before the presidential election, and in a very negative opinions survey, is the president’s chances mighty low for a re-election. Three-quarters of French people want to Hollande renounced his candidacy in the spring of 2017. A daily Le Parisien on Thursday published a poll that showed very low numbers. In another survey of the TV channel BFMTV, voted 87 percent of respondents, the Hollande’s chances were minimal.

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France is at a distance to al-Nusra in Syria

France distances itself now from the Al-Nusra Front. President Francois Hollande fears that after the withdrawal of ISIS the radical Al-Nusra Front could use the resulting power vacuum. He calls on US to crack down on the Islamists troupe.

French President Francois Hollande called on Russia and the US, although the terrorist militia ISIS to fight, but to the same time prevent terrorist groups fill the vacuum created by the withdrawal of ISIS. Hollande fears that after the withdrawal of ISIS from Rakka and Deir al-Zor, the al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, which could fill the power vacuum, cited i24 News Hollande.

France was attacked in the past by both ISIS and al Qaeda. The call by French President is primarily aimed at the US, which secretly supports the de facto ally of Al Qaeda. This strategy goes back to the CIA. The CIA had armed the Islamists in Syria for years.

In the fight against the terrorist militia ISIS France sends again its aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle”. The warship should be used again in the autumn, President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday the Ministry of Defense in Paris. “For those who have attacked us in January and November 2015, we need to make and destroy”, quoted L’Obs Hollande. In addition, more French military advisors should be deployed in support of the Iraqi army. France wants to help the Iraqi army in retaking the city of Mosul.

Even the Pentagon sharp criticism of the US intelligence is now practiced. Because the Russian air raids concentrate anyway largely on the al-Nusra Front in the west of Syria. Hollande calls on US, decided to take action against the al-Nusra Front, reported L’Expression. However, Syrian President Bashar Assad had said last year in an interview with France 2 television that “France spearheading in supporting terrorism” in Syria fancy. “The spearhead against Syria, the spearhead, which supports terrorism in Syria, is first, France, secondly, the United Kingdom and this time the United States. Obama acknowledged that the moderate opposition is illusory (..) He said this is a fantasy, “said Assad.

A Liberation offensive Islamist mercenaries in Aleppo has failed. The mercenaries suffering huge losses. In addition, heavy equipment of mercenaries …

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The inquiry on the Iraq war

The British commission of inquiry on the Iraq war, has criticized the decision of the government at that time to participate in the US-led invasion in 2003 to be premature. The marching orders had been given before all “peaceful options” had been exhausted.

The British decision for the Iraq war was premature. This is the conclusion a commission of inquiry of the country, which has seven years interviewed participants and evaluated secret documents. The marching orders to the US-led invasion in 2003 had given the former government of Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The political decision was made before all the “peaceful options for disarmament” of Iraq leader Saddam Hussein had been exhausted, the committee chairman John Chilcot said at the launch of the final report in London. The preparation of the war had been completely inadequate, as the plans for the post-war period, criticized the former diplomat.

Another criticism of the Commission: The thesis that leader Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, had been presented with an unjustified security. As early as 2004 a British report came to the conclusion that Blair had hyping the “evidence” of secret for alleged weapons of mass destruction in Parliament.

Despite the sharp criticism, the Commission does not specify in its report, however, whether the invasion was legal or illegal at the time.

Hundreds of thousands of war dead

The then US President George W. Bush had attacked Iraq under Saddam Hussein in power for alleged weapons of mass destruction and suspected linkages with the terrorist network Al Qaeda and Saddam toppled. British Prime Minister Blair supported the US military. The invasion of Iraq was highly controversial because it was not covered by a clear UN Security Council mandate. There were ultimately found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Until the withdrawal of British troops quota 2009 179 British soldiers lost their lives. The Americans complain 4500 deaths. On the Iraqi side were to trigger more than 100,000 deaths. The country sank then in grave fighting between Shiites and Sunnis, who also favored the rise of terrorist militia “Islamic State”.

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