France’s Bling-Bling Sarkozy Haunted by Ghost of Gaddafi By Finian Cunningham

26 March 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is now under formal investigation over corruption charges that could see him end up behind bars for five years if found guilty. After 48 hours of police questioning last week, Sarkozy said the scandal was “making his life hell”. Critics would say it’s a fate deserved.

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Libya: How Many Dirty Western Hands? By Felicity Arbuthnot

1 October, 2012 — Global Research

Oh what a tangled web they weave
When first they practice to invade
A sovereign nation and deceive
The world about their dark crusade.

(Michael Leunig, Poet, Cartoonist, 1945:)

This weekend a detailed article (i) suggested that a: “French secret serviceman, acting on the express orders of the then President Sarkozy, is suspected of ”the murder of Colonel Quaddafi”, on 20th October last year.

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Libya Reprise: Former Mideast Colonial Powers France, Britain Plot Syria Takeover

17 February, 2012 — RT

Friendly advice: France, UK to command ousting of Assad?

Britain and France may send military advisors to teach the Syrian insurgents combat tactics, communication and other skills needed to attack governmental forces. Earlier unconfirmed reports said that British military are already on the ground in the besieged city Homs doing the job. Continue reading

Did the UK just leave the EU? Bilderberg decided six months ago that she’s in forever By Richard Cottrell

21 December 2011 — End the Lie

[I see from my log that this essay, written in 2011, is getting some readership. He didn’t get it right, did he? WB, 25/6/16]

One of the things that one learns from any deep immersion in the affairs of the European Union is the power of theatrics.

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Silence and fear return to the streets of Tripoli — RT

15 September 2011 — RT

A month on from Tripoli’s fall to rebel forces, the leaders of France and Britain are traveling to the city in a show of support for the regime their warplanes helped put in power, while those who backed Colonel Gaddafi remain defiant but fearful.

­On the eve of the visit of French President Nicholas Sarkozy and British PM David Cameron, the head of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, has asked for more weapons to fight pockets of Colonel Gaddafi’s loyalists and remove them from their remaining strongholds.

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Silence and fear return to the streets of Tripoli — RT

15 September 2011 — RT

A month on from Tripoli’s fall to rebel forces, the leaders of France and Britain are traveling to the city in a show of support for the regime their warplanes helped put in power, while those who backed Colonel Gaddafi remain defiant but fearful.

­On the eve of the visit of French President Nicholas Sarkozy and British PM David Cameron, the head of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, has asked for more weapons to fight pockets of Colonel Gaddafi’s loyalists and remove them from their remaining strongholds.

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Sarkozy between a Libyan ‘rock’ and a French ‘hard place’ — RT

8 April 2011 — RT

For a France that was pushing for a military solution in Libya three weeks ago, the possibility of a stalemate looks likely to bring some grand ambitions crashing down, with watchers already questioning the noble sentiments voiced by the country.

­A NATO friendly-fire air strike incident has killed at least five anti-Gaddafi rebel fighters in Libya, while some sources suggest it may have been dozens.

This only adds to the criticism coming from the opposition, who say the Alliance is not doing enough to help them.

‘France wants to get in on the imperial condominium of reconquest of Africa,’ slams author Diana Johnstone.

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Libya : Oil, Banks, the United Nations and America’s Holy Crusade by Felicity Arbuthnot

5 April 2011 — Global Research

“America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam.” (President Barack Hussein Obama, Al-Azar University, Cairo, 4th June 2009.)

crusaders.jpgGeorge W. Bush embarked on the casual snuffing out of uncounted, unique, human lives in majority Muslim populations, chillingly called it a “Crusade.” President Barack Hussein Nobel Obama did not go that far, he left that to the French Minister of the Interior, Claude Gueant who, on 21st March, praised President Nicholas Sarkozy for having: “headed the Crusade …”

For the “change we can believe in” President, reducing another ancient land of eye watering archeological gems, massive oil and water resources and a population of six million – little more than Scotland – it is, reportedly, a “turd sandwich.”

Humanity is not “at the crossroads.” It is on the Cross, scourged, nailed (in all senses) and utterly inconsequential, in face of murdering, marauding, looting Empire.

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Reasons and False Pretexts: Why are They Making War on Libya? By Diana Johnstone

27 March 2011 — Global ResearchCounterpunch – 2011-03-24

Reason Number One: Regime change.

This was announced as the real objective the moment French president Nicolas Sarkozy took the extraordinary step of recognizing the rebels in Benghazi as “the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people”. This recognition was an extraordinary violation of all diplomatic practice and principles. It meant non-recognition of the existing Libyan government and its institutions, which, contrary to the magical notions surrounding the word “dictator”, cannot be reduced to the personality of one strongman. A major European nation, France, swept aside all those institutions to proclaim that an obscure group of rebels in a traditionally rebellious part of Libya constituted the North African nation’s legitimate government.

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Libyan War And Control Of The Mediterranean By Rick Rozoff

25 March 2011 — Stop NATO

A year after assuming the post of president of the French Republic in 2007, and while his nation held the rotating European Union presidency, Nicolas Sarkozy invited the heads of state of the EU’s 27 members and those of 17 non-EU Mediterranean countries to attend a conference in Paris to launch a Mediterranean Union.

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Wikileaks Newslinks for 22 February, 2011

22 February, 2011 — creative-i.info

WikiLeaks: Japan’s New Spy Agency Targets North Korea And China
Culture Clash Daily
Yet yesterday WikiLeaks released a cable issued by the US State Department
acknowledging the existence of an agency with espionage capabilities and
it’s purpose. With tensions mounting between North and South Korea it may
be no surprise that Japan is …
www.cultureclashdaily.com/page1111457.php

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French lessons

27 October, 2010 — SocialistWorker.org

The lessons of the struggle against Sarkozy’s pension ‘reform’ apply beyond France.

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On the march in Paris against Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reform law (Rafael Lopez)

THE FRENCH revolt against austerity has transformed politics in France–and it has the potential to do the same across Europe and beyond.

The relentless international drive to force down working-class living standards has run smack into a united and determined working class with one of the most militant traditions in the world.

For weeks, France has been roiled by strikes, street protests, road blockades and student walkouts organized against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s proposal for pension ‘reform.’ Even after the legislation passed its final vote in the French parliament, the demonstrations continued, and the country’s unions were backing two further nationwide days of strikes and action, on October 28 and November 6.

Sarkozy’s popularity has plunged to an all-time low for a French president of 29 percent, and the protest movement against pension ‘reform’ has been steadily supported by around 70 percent of the population.

A few months ago, Sarkozy was bolstering his standing with a mass deportation of Roma immigrants and a law banning the wearing of the hiqab or burqa by Muslim women. But in a matter of several weeks, the rebellion of French workers and students has halted Sarkozy’s momentum and replaced the ugly rightward drift in French politics with a message of working-class power, unity and solidarity.

These developments hold lessons for workers and the left across Europe and in other countries–including the U.S., where the pressure on working class living standards is severe, and the right wing and its campaigns against Muslims, immigrants and LGBT rights have rapidly come to dominate national politics.

As France shows, a united working-class struggle can counter the politics of austerity and scapegoating just as rapidly.

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Thank God for France By Mike Whitney

21 October, 2010 — Information Clearing House

Thank God for France. While American liberals tremble at the idea of sending an angry e mail to congress for fear that their name will appear on the State Department’s list of terrorists, French workers are on the front lines choking on tear gas and fending off billyclubs in hand-to-hand combat with Sarkozy’s Gendarmerie. That’s because the French haven’t forgotten their class roots. When the government gets too big for its britches, people pour out onto to the streets and Paris becomes a warzone replete with overturned Mercedes Benzs, smashed storefront windows, and stacks of smoldering tires issuing pillars of black smoke. This is what democracy looks like when it hasn’t been emasculated by decades of propaganda and consumerism. Here’s a blurp from the trenches:

Headline: ‘French Energy Sector Crippled by Nationwide Strike… French energy facilities are close to total disruption in the wake of nationwide strike against the raise of the retirement age…..France has been hit by numerous protests across the country against a controversial pension reform that would rise the retirement age to 62 from 60….On October 22 morning 80 protesters blockaded Grandpuits oil refinery outside Paris, key supplier for Charles de Gaulle and Orly international airport.’ (The Financial)

They’re shutting ’em down.

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France shows the way

18 October, 2010 — New Left Project

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‘Hundreds of thousands of people marched in cities across France on Saturday in the latest protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s flagship pension reform.

Government estimates put the total number of protesters at around 850,000, while unions said between 2.5 million and 3 million had taken to the streets.

The French president is determined to stand firm on his plans to raise the retirement age, but unions have staged weeks of nationwide demonstrations to try to force him to back down. Five-day-old rail and refinery strikes are piling pressure on the government by disrupting travel.

Public and private sector employees and students marched in dozens of cities, with the biggest crowd assembling in Paris. The mood was upbeat, with disco music blaring, horns honking and chants of ‘All Together.”

The above comes via France24

It’s obvious the outcome of the struggles in France hangs in the balance. The current situation is a severe test of leadership for the main trade unions in particular. It will be essential in coming days to sustain the momentum and avoid compromise.

This is a huge issue over which to fight, drawing extraordinary numbers on to the streets, and victory is possible. Such a victory will be decisive for the anti-cuts movement and turn the tide against Sarkozy’s government, something recognised by the latter (hence the stubborn determination to press ahead despite mass opposition).

A number of things stand out in the magnificent example the French people are currently providing. One is the unity between workers and students, including high school students as well as those in the universities; another is the combined action of public and private sector workers. It is crucial, too, that the movement combines industrial action with mass protest. One without the other would be insufficient in confronting such a major national political issue.

In this country the action in France, while so geographically close, appears very distant. It does, however, indicate the possibilities for large-scale resistance to austerity measures.

Although it would be facile to simply assert ‘Turn Britain into France’, without thinking through the precise tactics we need now, it would also be wrong to either assume it can never happen here or think there’s nothing we can learn.

A good first step is to bring together at least the beginnings of the mass, broad-based coalition we need to stop our own version of Sarkozy. See HERE for more on this Wednesday’s Coalition of Resistance protest at Downing Street.

Immanuel Wallerstein, “The New World Geopolitical Order: End of Act I”

Monthly Review MRzine

by Immanuel Wallerstein

It would be a mistake to underestimate the importance of the agreement on September 8 between Nicolas Sarkozy of France in his capacity as current president of the European Union (EU) and Dmitri Medvedev, President of Russia. It marks the definitive end of Act I of the new world geopolitical order.

What was decided? The Russians agreed to withdraw all their troops from what are called ‘central Georgian areas’ or ‘Georgia proper,’ that is, those parts of Georgia the Russians recognize as Georgia. These troops are being replaced by 200 monitors from the EU. This is done on guarantees by the EU that there will be no use of force against South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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‘Ex-Georgian Defense Minister Blames Saakashvili for War With Russia in Russified South Ossetia'

TMPress International Newswire
TMPress ™ – United News & Press Features

(TMPress International – New York – September 14, 2008) – As the picture becomes clearer to the EU/West despite the Russophobic media and the White House chastising of Russian intentions in the North Caucuses and the reality of newly Independent Republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia … it now appears very certain that Georgian President Saakashvili had long planned a military strike against the Russian Autonomous Regions to seize back the breakaway territory starting with South Ossetia, but executed it very poorly. This made it quite easy for Russia to retaliate and claim the ‘moral high ground’ … according to Saakashvili’s former defense minister until 2007.

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Georgia: The West's Phantom Pains By Elena Ponomareva

Source: Strategic Culture Foundation

New talks on the settlement of the conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia opened in Moscow on September 8, exactly one month after the massacre perpetrated by Georgian President M. Saakashvili, whom former German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Joschka Fischer had described as “the irresponsible fool from the Tbilisi presidential palace”. As decided at the snap EU Summit a week ago, the EU was represented by French President N. Sarkozy, French Foreign Minister B. Kouchner, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana. Russia was represented by Russian President D. Medvedev, Foreign Minister S. Lavrov, First Vice Prime Minister I. Shuvalov, and Aide to the President Sergey Prikhodko.

The agenda, though broadly known, reflected a surprisingly narrow-minded and biased thinking. The EU politicians with their unsophisticated vision seem unable even to identify – least to condemn – the actual aggressor. They cannot admit that the mad Tbilisi ruler who has sent Georgia’s NATO-sponsored army to South Ossetia and thus inflicted unprecedented disgrace on his country is in fact their creature.

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MEDIA LENS ALERT: SELLING THE FIREBALL – GEORGE BUSH AND IRAN June 25, 2008

MEDIA ALERT: SELLING THE FIREBALLGEORGE BUSH AND IRAN June 25, 2008

MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

When George Bush arrived in Britain last week as part of his “farewell tour”, the real reasons for the visit were buried well out of sight. The tour was not, as the Guardian suggested, a mere “continental au revoir”. The purpose was to coerce Gordon Brown into raising troop levels in Afghanistan and to support toughened sanctions on Iran. Bush said pressure on Iran was necessary to “solve this problem diplomatically”, but warned: “Iranians must understand, however, that all options are on the table.” (news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7456081.stm)

The remarks raised fears in London that Bush is “determined to take action against Iran before he leaves office in January,” the Independent reported.

Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), warned that any attack on Iran would transform the region into a “ball of fire.” Even from the West’s point of view an attack would be disastrous:

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