BREAKING: Russia threatens US with Nuclear attack
Russia Warning in St Petersburg against interference in third-party global conflicts, Medvedev said: “At some moment such actions, which undermine sovereignty Syria, Iran, North Korea, can end with a full-fledged regional war, or even, and I don’t want to scare anybody, the use of nuclear weapons
NATO Missile Defense Forcing Russia To Take Countermeasures
February 2013 The lack of agreement on missile defense may negatively affect Russia-NATO cooperation in other areas, too, because Russian relations to the Western alliance rely on strategic stability, Russian Ambassador to NATO Alexander Grushko said in Brussels yesterday. As reported on Voice of Russia radio this morning, Grushko warned that if the nuclear balance is upset by the realization of NATO-supported U.S. plans for a stage-by-stage deployment of a missile defense system, this would strongly affect the entire range of cooperation in the framework of the Russia-NATO Council.
Russia”s probable retaliation measures to the missile defense system also were on the agenda of talks which Speaker of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin had with French members of parliament in Paris Naryshkin stressed that Russia needs “guarantees backed by objective technical parameters that this system will not be targeted against Russia…. When someone tells us in words that this system is not targeted against Russia but refuses to sign a legally binding agreement in deeds, this certainly raises doubts in us,” he said, insisting that security should be equal for all countries and indivisible. Naryshkin warned that Moscow “cannot twiddle its thumbs while its U.S. partners make decisions on deploying missile defense elements in Europe and putting them into practice…. But this is surely not our choice.” Naryshkin said Russia will have to take measures in response to the missile defense system’s deployment.
The plans differ; the planners are all alike…
France: ‘Our goal is the total reconquest of Mali’
January 21, 2013
Cite terrorism, bomb, fuel terrorism, repeat.
While blowback from Libya is felt in Mali, and from Mali in Algeria, recent comments from British and French leaders lay bare western powers’ perception of conflict in Islamic lands through the lense of the war on terror that sees “terrorists” that must be stopped through military force with little thought given to the price that will be paid for the involvement.
“The goal is the total reconquest of Mali. We will not leave any pockets” of resistance, Le Drian said Sunday on France 5 television.
France in Direct Combat in Mali ‘Within Hours’
LORI HINNANT and RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
January 16, 2013
French troops pressed northward in Mali toward territory occupied by radical Islamists on Wednesday, military officials said, announcing the start of a land assault that will put soldiers in direct combat “within hours.”
French ground operations began overnight in Mali, Adm. Edouard Guillaud, the French military chief of staff, said on Europe 1 television. France’s Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on RTL radio that soldiers were headed away from the relative safety of the capital toward the rebel strongholds in the north.
French tourists among world’s worst: survey
An international survey asking people to rank the world’s worst tourists has placed the French just behind Americans and Chinese.
The survey, conducted by American travel website Living Social, asked 5,600 people their views about the behaviour of tourists from around the world.
Americans finished top of the survey, even among the Americans who were taking part.
20 percent of those surveyed ranked tourists from the US as the worst.
Chinese tourists were named by 15 percent of those asked and the French were just behind at 14 percent.
The tourists likely to be most welcome were from Australia, Switzerland and Ireland, all being named by just 2 percent of people. (via The Local)
French Senate disapproves of new rules on foreign graduate jobseekers
The French government recently announced it would modify rules on work visas for foreign graduates after uproar over a controversial memo in May which meant hundreds of highly-qualified non-EU students faced deportation. But critics say under the new rules power to grant work permits lies entirely in the hands of police authorities. This week the Senate backed a Socialist resolution to get the memo withdrawn. (via RFI)
The European Commission is to crack down on French farmers found guilty of mistreating battery hens. Legal action will be launched against France and 13 other countries in the next few days, according to health commissioner John Dalli.
“We will have zero tolerance for those who do not respect the law,” Dalli declared at a press conference in Brussels.
France’s name has been added to an already existing list of 13 European Union member states who have failed to enforce a 1999 ban on detaining hens in battery cages, which are often no larger than a piece of A4 paper.
The deadline for compliance expired on 1 January 2012 and Dalli has promised to get tough on countries that have failed to enforce the law. (via RFI)
The Paris-based actress left Iran last year in protest against restrictive Islamic codes that the Iranian cinema industry has to follow under Ahmadinejad’s conservative cultural policies.
Now she said the government has sent a communication telling her not to travel back to her homeland.
“I was told by a Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guide official that Iran does not need any actors or artists. You may offer your artistic services somewhere else”, Farahani said.
Amnesty International activists, dressed in orange jumpsuits similar to those worn by prisoners at the US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, demonstrate next to a scale model of the Statue of Liberty. The protest was held on the 10th anniversary of the opening of the prison, which US President Barack Obama vowed to shut down in one of his first acts in office. (via Telegraph)