Haya El Ali, 26, the young woman who secretly filmed life in Raqqa, Syria under ISIS has fled to France. “When she was recognised by the Islamic extremists, Haya received death threats and had to flee, by way of Turkey, to Europe. Today, she is a refugee in France.” France24
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has been the most vocally critical of the state of talks in recent days.
“Contrary to what many think, that we are only discussing one issue, it is not correct,” the diplomat told reporters. “We are discussing many issues and nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”
He said research and development on centrifuges is one of many issues still log-jamming the talks.
“Research and development currently has become the most critical and difficult issue, and there won’t be an accord if the Iranians don’t back down,” he said, adding that political issues, not just technical, are slowing progress.
US Secretary of State John Kerry was more measured and conciliatory in his remarks.
“We are pushing some tough issues, but we made progress,” Kerry told traveling press here. He declined to comment on Israel’s elections.
Online: JPost: French throw cold water on Iran’s optimism in nuclear talks
“France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve told French lawmakers that the interior ministry had identified close to 300 individuals who had left France to wage jihad in Iraq or Syria, sharing their names with social welfare agencies.
The minister said that thanks to the government’s platform allowing people to report suspected cases of Islamic radicalisation “instances in which persons have travelled outside the national territory are immediately indicated to officials in charge of disbursing social benefits”.
Cazeneuve was answering a question from an opposition lawmaker who expressed concern over French citizens collecting welfare checks while fighting alongside Islamic extremist groups in the Middle East. France24
“These loopholes … are not numerous,” Cazeneuve said.
In 2013, the Flemish cities of Antwerp and Vilvoorde deleted 29 presumed jihadists from lists of individuals receiving social benefits from the state.
Western governments need to wise up to the risks of funding jihadists through social welfare programs. Tamerlan Tsarnaev received Massachusetts welfare benefits while traveling to the country of Georgia for terrorist seminars and training. Tsarnaev’s name was included on two U.S. terror-watch databases in 2011.
In 2013 in the U.K., Anjem Choudary who is aligned and linked to a number of Islamic groups and praised the murderers of British solider Lee Rigby told fanatics to copy him by going on benefits — urging: “Claim your Jihad Seeker’s Allowance.”
France is on a new terror alert after five drones were spotted flying during the night over landmarks and the U.S. Embassy in Paris. The drones appeared over Paris in five locations in the city between midnight and 6 AM.
The first drone sighting was near the US embassy in the French capital. The Eiffel Tower, the Place de la Concorde and the Invalides military museum [where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried] “were also flown over” in the early hours of Tuesday, the source said.
“It could be a coordinated action but we don’t know for now,” the source, who asked not to be identified, said. “We did everything to try and catch the operators but they were not found,” another source close to the investigation said.
France has experienced a series of mysterious drone appearances in the last few months. On January 20, a pilotless aircraft briefly went over the presidential palace in Paris, while around 20 drones were earlier seen flying above nuclear power plants.
However until Tuesday “there have never been so many drones appearing in one night,” the security source said.
French law bans small, civilian drones from areas such as nuclear facilities, which are protected by a no-fly zone that spans a 2.5-kilometre (1.6-mile) radius and a height of 1,000 metres.
Despite a heightened security alert over the risk of Islamist attacks in France, police so far have been unable to identify who is behind the drone activity.
Earlier this month France unveiled its latest weapon against drones flying through their nation’s skies: another drone with a net.
Brigitte Bardot, Frances bombshell actress from the 50s and 60s, has been charged and found guilty five separate times of insulting Muslims and inciting racial hatred. Although Muslim is not a race it is a religion.
Bardot wrote: “I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country.”
The prosecutor in her fifth trial, Anne de Fontette, wants a heftier fine and a tougher sentence: the equivalent of $24,000 and a two month (hopefully) suspended jail term.
What crimes has Bardot committed in the land without a First Amendment, in the land of Hate Speech laws that are being slickly exploited by non-persecuted Muslims?
Brigitte is an avid advocate of animals rights and a vocal defender of her French homeland.
Journalist Zvika Klean from NRG, silently walked the streets of Paris for 10 hours wearing a yarmulke. The hidden camera footage shows antisemitism is rife in Paris, France.
For 10 hours I quietly walked down the streets and suburbs of Paris, with photographer Dov Belhassen documenting the day using a GoPro camera hidden in his backpack. Given the tensions in Paris, which is still reeling from a wave of terrorist attacks (including the murder of Charlie Hebdo magazine journalists), I was assigned a bodyguard.
Areas known as tourist attractions were relatively calm, but the further from them we walked, the more anxious I became over the hateful stares, the belligerent remarks, and the hostile body language. The Blaze
How does France respond after the Charlie Hebdo massacre?
An art installation called ‘Silence’ showing high-heeled shoes on Islamic prayer mats at an exhibition near Paris has been removed after a Muslim group warned of possible violence.
“Silence”, which has already been shown in Paris, Berlin, New York and Madrid, was supposed to go on display in Clichy La Garenne, which is just north of the capital, in a woman-themed art show.
But French-Algerian artist Zoulikha Bouabdellah decided to replace the work after a local Muslim group told the town hall last week that “uncontrollable, irresponsible incidents could result” if the installation was shown there.
Bouabdellah said she was surprised by the “incomprehension” her work has met, but added she believes it is tied to emotions stirred by the jihadist attacks in France earlier this month that left 17 people dead.
“I’m left wondering by the reasons that push a certain fringe among French Muslims to see this work as blasphemous,” she said, adding that she didn’t intend it to shock or provoke.
Bouabdellah decided to replace “Silence” with a video installation titled “Dansons” that shows belly dancing to the French national anthem…
French artist Orlan condemned the decision on Facebook, “I protest against all pressures and/or threats that would result in a peaceful art work being pulled from an exhibition, be it due to a Christian group, a Muslim group, or a group of other beliefs. Two weeks after the march on January 11th freedom of expression is still being ridiculed.”
“It opens up doors to all sorts of insidious restrictions on our freedom of speech, risking that we consciously or unconsciously move from self-censorship to prevention, from prevention to inhibition created by threat and fear.”
Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi died in a gun battle at the printworks near Paris. Amedy Coulibaly , a suspect in the killing of a police woman, with his girlfriend Hayat was holding hostages in a kosher market, he also died when police raided the the market in eastern Paris. Four hostages were killed in the kosher market before French police went in.
France24 reported, Coulibaly “is thought to have converted to Islam and become radicalised while in jail, where he met Cherif Kouachi between 2005 and 2006.” The girlfriend of Couibay, Hayat Boumeddiene, described as armed and dangerous, is still on the run. Four hostages were killed at the kosher market. All three dead terrorist were born in France.
For too long European leaders increasingly have succumbed to the idea of multiculturalism, certain that their Muslim populations would assimilate into European society. That they have not and have turned hostile to their host countries is an indictment of the failure of multicultural polices.
If the attacks in Paris “have nothing to do with the Muslim religion” then why won’t Muslim leaders say so too?
Even if mainstream Muslims disagree with the means used by terrorist and would not carry out such an attack, they usually agree, with the ideology behind it and support and applaud the attacks. That is the problem. The hostility against the West, equality, women, freedom of speech, tolerance, Christianity, Judaism, Democracy, and Israel is the root of the problem. The root leads back to the ideology of Islam.
Terrorist attacks on the West and Israel are celebrated and the terrorist held as heroes in Islamic regions. The Muslim mainstream needs to stand up and stop accepting and celebrating killers the horrific Islamic violence will continue and spread.
Bill Maher on Terrorism and the Charlie Hebdo Attack-P****y Nation
Update: The French police officer Ahmed Merabet , whose murder by the Paris jihadist was caught on camera, was a married 42-year-old Muslim.
Update: Seven people have been arrested over the Charlie Hebdo massacre as two ‘armed and dangerous’ brothers with links to terrorist groups going back at least a decade today remained on the run. Hamyd Mourad, 18, turned himself in to police.
A huge manhunt is under way in Paris for masked and hooded armed with AK-47s who stormed the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, injuring many people and killing 12 people – including two policemen and eight journalists – before escaping in a car. Witnesses described hearing cries of “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) during the attack.
The three suspects in the attacks on French magazine Charlie Hebdo have been identified as two brothers and a third man. French police say the brothers are Said and Cherif Kouachi. The brothers are in their early 30s, are of French nationality, and reside in Paris…The third man, Hamyd Mourad, is reportedly homeless and 18 years old from Reims. The two brothers trained in Yeman.
Five killed in the Paris terrorist attack have been named: editor Stéphane Charbonnier and cartoonists Jean Cabut, Georges Wolinski and Bernard Verlhac. Also killed, Bernard Maris,an economist and writer who contributed to the magazine.
Charlie Hebdo in 2006 reprinted cartoons of the prophet Mohammad originally published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. The magazine Charlie Hebdo satirized religious people, politicians, and current events; receiving threats for years from Islamic’s. The White House slammed Charlie Hebdo in 2012 for publishing cartoons with a “figure resembling the prophet Muhammad”.
In 2012, Charbonnier, also known as “Charb,” told Le Monde he was “not afraid of retaliation. I have no kids, no wife, no car, no mortgage. It may come off as a bit arrogant but I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.”
Charlie Hebdo highlights freedom of expression to explain his editorial choices. “If we begin to ask the question whether we have the right to draw or not Mohammed, if it’s dangerous or not to do, the question will be from” are we can represent Muslims in the newspaper? “and” are we human beings can be in the paper? ‘”says RTL Charb, publishing director. “At the end, it will represent nothing, and the handful of extremists who are agitated in the world and France will have won. I do not call them Muslim purists to read Charlie Hebdo, as I would not go to a mosque to listen to speeches that violate what I believe,” said Charb”. Google translation of the (French publication) La Figaro’s
Last tweet from Charlie Hebdo mocking ISIS leader al-Baghdadi (Best wishes, above all for health!). Continue reading “Paris Terror Attack: 12 Killed At Offices Of Magazine Charlie Hebdo”
France’s 75 percent super tax expires at the end of this month and unsurprisingly it will not be renewed. In 2012, President Francois Hollande imposed a 75 percent “super tax” on earnings over 1 million euros ($1.2 million) in France. It was not a popular move.
The tax actually raised little extra money and did little to offset France’s 84.7 billion euro budget deficit.
The Finance Ministry estimates the proceeds from the tax amounted to 260 million euros in its first year and 160 million in the second. That’s broadly in line with expectations, but tiny compared with a budget deficit which had reached 84.7 billion euros by the end of October.
This calculation does not include lost revenue from individuals and companies that left France for the U.K. Belgium, and Russia (actor Gerard Depardieu moved to Russia). It also does not include the lost revenue from those that did not locate businesses in France due to the high tax rate.
Under high taxes France has an unemployment rate of over 10 percent and an economy that has been described as ‘sickly.’
Hollande and his government have since sought to relieve business of around 40 billion euros of taxes and other charges, as unemployment at over 10 percent drives home the urgent need to attract investment to the sickly French economy.
Rich individuals and companies have alternatives for their capital. Capital goes where it is wanted and stays where it is treated well. A lesson France’s President Hollande has learned.
Online: France waves discreet goodbye to 75 percent super-tax
French journalist Nicolas Henin identified Mehdi Nimmouch, the French Islamist, who killed four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in May, as one of his captors while he was held hostage in Syria.
Nemmouche is believed to have spent more than a year in Syria fighting alongside Islamist militants before the Brussels shooting. He may have been one of the guards holding four French journalists – Hénin as well as Didier François, Edouard Elias and Pierre Torres – who were taken hostage by militants from the Islamic State (IS) group in June 2013. Continue reading “Suspect In Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting was ISIS Member”
President Hollande pledged “support” for Kurdish forces battling ISIS terrorist in Iraq after speaking Massud Barzani, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government.
The president confirmed that France was available to support forces engaged in this battle,” President François Hollande’s office said in a statement, after the French leader spoke about Iraq by telephone with the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Massud Barzani.
Hollande did not specify what form the “support” could take. However, a French diplomatic source said the country was prepared to offer technical support to the forces of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, but would stop short of military assistance.
“France envisages support of a technical nature and no military assistance properly speaking is on the agenda,” the source told Reuters.