French government ‘begs’ for a terrorist attack

Alleged jihadist terrorist group threatens France after Hollande orders invasion of Mali

By LUIS MIRANDA MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | JANUARY 15, 2013

The ‘most urgent’ problem for France has been solved, it seems, after French troops invaded Mali last Friday. In another example of Western interventionism, France followed American steps in other African countries by putting boots on the ground to supposedly help liberate Mali from the advance of terrorists.

With its military intervention, Hollande apparently stopped an offensive led by three alleged radical groups while legitimizing their future attacks in the African country and on the French mainland. The former French colony is now ripe to become another Afghanistan in the heart of Africa.

A suspected North African branch of Al Qaeda (AQIM), the Tuareg, mobilized to northern Mali, which it allegedly controls since March. Seventy two hours after the French landed, the group moved south on two different axes to regroup in Segou.

France’s bombings were determined to stop a supposed take over led by the Tuareg. France intended to stop its advance to help the weak Mali Army to recover. The French fire spread north to, for example, Gao a city of 90,000 inhabitants, the largest Islamist jihadist power center, to destroy the bases.

The French operation seeks to create a sort of buffer zone in southern Mali protected from the ravages of the North. By sending hundreds of troops to Bamako, is an attempt by Hollande to supposedly hold on to one  of the weakest “democratic institutions in Africa”. The dissension of its political and the coup led by its military in March weakened the country even more.

“The operation will last long enough,” Hollande said on Friday, which means that the French must remain there for months, at least until they start the reconquest of the north.

More Bombardments, more troops

French President François Hollande, announced Tuesday morning that he will reinforce the French military operation in Mali, pending the arrival of troops from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that fight against Islamist rebels for the control of the north African country since last March.

The UN backed military intervention again called for a political solution and for national reconciliation to resolve the conflict, which the UN says has left 150,000 refugees in neighboring countries like Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria, as well as 230,000 people displaced inland.

“Currently, there are 750 men and the number will increase so we can make room for African soldiers as quickly as possible,” said Hollande during his visit to a French naval base in Abu Dhabi. This figure will reach 2,500 soldiers, according to sources close to the French government.

Hollande, who believes that the deployment of African troops will still take “a long time” stated that “new attacks have reached their goals tonight.” According to a Malian military source quoted by AFP, the French air force has bombed the town of Diabali today, a place that the Salafists had taken over just 48 hours ago.

Without an open declaration of war, French war planes pounded Diabali, which is located 400 kilometers from the capital, Bamako. At least five people died and several other were injured in the attack, ” Hollande said. A local resident said he saw armed rebels fleeing the city.

Another Malian military source said, that jihadi fighters are still in Diabali and that several have kidnapped local politician as bargaining chips. The French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, who travels with Hollande, said he was confident that the Gulf states support the action of the African troops to fight Islamist Ansar Dine, the North African branch of Al Qaeda (AQIM ) and the Movement for the Union of Jihadism in West Africa (MUYAO), who supposedly control northern Mali.

U.S. to assist France in its reconquering of Mali

U.S. Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, said Monday that his country will provide “limited logistical support” and intelligence to the French Government in its military invasion in Mali.

“I’ve talked to the French Defense Minister,” said Panetta. Our aid will provide limited logistical and intelligence support where possible to assist them in their effort,” Panetta told reporters on the plane that took him to Lisbon.

Meanwhile, neither Panetta nor the State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, confirmed that the Obama administration has granted telecommunications and transportation assistance to France, said French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius.

However, Panetta admitted that the Pentagon considers sending transport planes to carry French troops or military equipment. “There are some areas where airlift will be used to assist the operation,” he said.

The Defense Secretary did not say whether U.S. drones will be sent to Mali, as requested by the Government of François Hollande. “I will not go into details about the assistance beyond saying that we will assist in the area of ​​intelligence,” he reiterated. That of course means the U.S. will indeed send drones for intelligence gathering at the very least, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the drones are also used to strike targets as the U.S. did in Pakistan and Afghanistan throughout 2012.

“We have a responsibility to pursue Al Qaeda wherever they are,” said Panetta. “We’re chasing them in Yemen and Somalia, and we have a responsibility to ensure that al Qaeda does not establish a base of operations in North Africa, in Mali.” Panetta, who last year announced he takes military orders from NATO, not from the U.S. Congress did not consult American representatives in Washington about this new intervention in Mali.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) “may have no specific plans to attack the United States and Europe, but that is a goal that they still have over all and that is why we must take steps now,” he added. As it has been publicly revealed by Hillary Clinton, al-Qaeda is a terrorist group created by the United States back in the 1970s to fight the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The U.S. government trained and financed al-Qaeda to carry out its dirty deeds all over the Middle East and now in Africa.

Al-Qaeda is the gift that keeps on giving for the United States. It was used as an excuse to attack Libya and later praised for its murderous campaign in Syria, where the U.S. recognizes the rebel opposition groups as ‘heroes’ for attacking innocent civilians while they try to destabilize the Assad regime. Now, Panetta warns that the American intervention in Mali is a preventive move to impede al-Qaeda related groups from establishing their bases on Mali.

Back in 2001, al-Qaeda was blamed by the Bush administration for the 9/11 attacks, which prompted the invasion of Afghanistan.

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François Hollande asks French people to embrace his plan for perpetual slavery

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | NOVEMBER 14, 2012

Convinced that his economic policy is “fair, consistent and effective,” and noting that his top priorities are growth and employment, François Hollande, called on Tuesday for social partners and the French people to seal a “historic commitment” to “reconquer the future.” It is not uncommon to hear failed politicians promising fake hope and change. U.S. president Barack Obama did it in 2008. What is rare is to see a failed politician doing it again, even after his plans showed how untrue they were.

In his first press conference this semester, Hollande spent two hours answering all kinds of questions. The French president told Europe that France will meet its deficit target of 3% next year, and sent a message to economists, analysts, mutual funds and countries warning that France will be the next country to get sick of the European Union: “Some would like it a lot if the markets attacked us, but we will do our utmost to avoid it,” he joked.

Addressing more than 250 journalists and the entire Government, Hollande was loose and confident on economic issues, and tried to reassure the French, who have rejected his policies in polls, that his supposed “strategy” will bear fruit at the end of his mandate. That is a typical talking point used by unaccountable politicians who always plan to get the “results” of all of their magic policies once they are out of office. As history shows, those results never arrive. What president wouldn’t like to be in office when his magic plans turn into real benefits? Only a liar would say he wouldn’t. Or perhaps Mr. Hollande will try to stay in office for another term, in case his “results” don’t arrive as soon as he expects.

During the event Hollande said that the country is a process of social dialogue to change the rules under which the French labor market works. He also ridiculed other ideologies and political groups, while saying that his solution may be the only one that would work given the intricacies of the French situation. As many politicians do it today, Hollande spoke about making France a more competitive nation, which means, he said, that there will be consensus and progress.

“We need more security, more protection, less redundancies, fewer relocations, more industry.” He then tried to swindle the French people by implying that for his plan to work as he crafted it, the people of the country need to accept a compromise to follow his commandments. He said that a social consensus would be historical and would allow the economy to find a new spirit, a new collaboration between all the productive forces. Then he played the leader card by saying that “I am responsible for the future of France, and I am not acting to prepare the next election but the next generation. That is my duty, the French nation should do, do block to reconquer the future. ”

As many other European politicians have done, Hollande spoke against austerity, saying that this policy needs to be accompanied by growth. He said that France will be able to meet the deficit and debt targets, and explained that “if France does not grow is because there is a recession in Italy and Spain”, and that this situation is due, he said, “to the policies of a single direction.”

Perhaps one of the points that Hollande emphasize the most is the idea that Europe needs a strong France in order to move ahead. This message attempts to divert attention from the country’s growing distrust, high unemployment and trade deficit, which the French president intends to pin on those who do not follow his recommendations. “We live, rather than a crisis, in a changing world. The recovery will take time, but we’ll get there.”

In a time when Berlin doubts Hollande capacity to carry out the reforms requested by the European bankers, France’s Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is set to visit Angela Merkel tomorrow in an attempt to explain in detail what has the French government accomplish and what it intends to accomplish in the near future. “The reality is that the Chancellor and I have a responsibility to move Europe forward. And, therefore, not to do anything will weaken this relationship. What matters is not what is said, but what we say. ” That is also a typical strategy to make people believe that only the politicians who occupy high office are capable of solving a problem they themselves let happen.

On the future of Europe, Hollande was not shy about his support for the News World Order scheme that seeks to unite both financially and politically all the nations in the old continent. He said that after the banking union is in place, the continent will have to prepare for what comes ahead. “After the banking union there will be another big step: to give life to the political Europe “. The French president took the opportunity to make it clear that he will provide complete support to the newly formed Syrian opposition movement that was formed during a meeting in Qatar and which is now recognize by most Western oppressors as the only legitimate transition government in that country.

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European Union Sets Banking Takeover for 2013

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | OCTOBER 19, 2012

The Heads of State and the Government of the European Union (EU) agreed Thursday to create a single banking supervisor. The entity should be ready next December and it will gradually begin its takeover of the banking system during 2013.

The EU leaders confirmed their commitment last June to create a bank union, which would work under the political framework of an agreement adopted back in late 2012. The announcement was made by EU spokesman Olivier Bailly, who posted a message on the social network Twitter.

Diplomatic sources explained that in practice this means that the complete takeover of the financial system by the European Central Bank (ECB) will only be completed in 2014.

With this agreement, the so-called European leaders solved the ‘differences’ regarding how to create and manage a banking supervisor. The disagreement between France and Germany stemmed from details related to the creation of the entity itself as well as the power it would have to manage all banking institutions in the old continent. While French president François Hollande pushed for its creation and effective activation for next January, German Chancellor Angela Merkel argued for delaying its implementation given the deterioration of her image at home and the coming German election.

Other diplomatic sources indicated that “Holland’s demands and proposals were simply unrealistic.” They added that even if the leaders reached an agreement by December, the process of creating such an entity  would not be completed before the end of the first semester of 2013, which means that the ECB would still require a minimum of 6 more months to fully implement its directives.

A few weeks ago, Merkel’s government questioned the schedule proposed by Hollande, while the president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, added that the European Parliament would need a period of one year to adapt its structures to take on the task of supervising banks in the eurozone.

According to the European Commission’s plan, the centralized banking supervision mechanism will take effect in stages. The new system would only begin to be implemented on the first of January 2013 and initially affect banks that had requested or received public aid. The plan is to include all 6,000 banks that operate in the euro area.

The German delegation did not support the idea that the new supervising entity had the power to manage  all banks, especially regional banks.

Sources said that “the effective establishment of a Europe-wide monitoring system will take several months” from formal approval, as the ECB will have to hire some 1,600 “experts”, which in turn would further delay the possibility that the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) directly recapitalizes troubled banks.

France, Italy and Spain went to the summit with the intention to push for a quick implementation of the banking supervising entity as it was proposed by the ECB, while Germany, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden advocated delaying its implementation.

Some countries that have not adopted the common currency said that the proposal issued by the EU needed changes because in its current form it creates a competitive disadvantage compared to banks in the euro zone.

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France announces tax increases to collect € 33,000 million

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

The President of France, François Hollande, announced at last night a new plan to increase government revenue by 33,000 million euros, the highest increase of the last decades. Most of the money the government intends to collect will come from taxes increases, which will render between 15,000 and 20,000 million. Hollande spoke last week about his plan to “reduce the deficit to 3 percent by the end of 2013”. During his talk, the leader described the plan announced last night as “the largest tax effort of the last thirty years.”

Last night, Hollande explained that the so-called adjustments to the French population. The French President explained last week some of the main points of his plan, which does not provide — according to him — for a general increase but a “rational and consistent with the ability of each individual,” he said. “Everybody will contribute according to their means,” Hollande added without providing further details and argued that “having future generations pay today’s deficit sounds like an anomaly.” He also stressed that the crisis does not justify everything. Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? The unreasonable part is that the government should not be financing its gargantuan budget or deficit by stealing money from people who have worked hard to earn it.

Although Hollande had announced a 75% increase in taxes on the wealthiest, some french media outlets have announced that Hollande may backtrack on that initiative. It was almost predictable that the French president would make the poorest pay for government expenses and that his plan to tax the richest was just a smoke screen to gain confidence from the gullible population. The so-called exceptional tax of 75% on large fortunes, would have soften the burden on the poorest taxpayers, focusing mainly on large companies, as in the tax levy, which could be 67%.

According to Le Figaro, the proposal presented by Hollande during the election campaign, which raised the possibility to impose a tax of 75% for taxpayers with incomes above one million euros, would be “reduced to a minimum.” This proposal has become particularly relevant after news that the richest man in France, Bernald Arnault, announced his intention to apply for dual Franco-Belgian nationality.

Arnault, who leads companies such as Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Moët & Chandon, has a personal fortune of 41,000 million euros. Specifically, the Government has decided that the exceptional tax only includes the gross income from work, leaving out capital gains and properties. Also, in the case of couples, the threshold would be raised to two million euros.

Once again, the French people have been duped by the supposed socialist leader whose socialist skills only work in favor of the wealthiest people in France.

Hollande Blesses Attack on Syria

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | AUGUST 28, 2012

French President François Hollande has said that if the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, resorted to chemical weapons, it would be enough to justify an intervention by the international community.

In early August, rumors of Assad moving chemical weapons to undisclosed locations surged on the main stream media, but no facts to support such assertion were provided. This is the same kind of rhetoric presented on the media before the United States attacked Iraq. Back then, the US government and the intelligence community assured the world that Saddam Hussein was hiding and was prepared to use chemical weapons, which he transported continuously in mobile truck labs. Expect some western intelligence agency or supposed Syrian defector to “show proof” that Assad is using chemical weapons on the Syrian population, a move that will most likely mean an attack on that country.

“We remain very vigilant with our allies to prevent the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, which for the international community would be a legitimate cause for a direct intervention,” said Hollande in his opening speech of the twentieth annual conference of French ambassadors.

Hollande said he is aware of “the difficulty of the work” and the risks involved, but felt that the situation is beyond the scope Syrian security concerns in the Middle East, and “in particular the independence and stability of Lebanon”. While the US supported militias are going around Syria causing mayhem and death, Mr. Hollande has publicly given his support for war against Syria, but said nothing about the US and Turkey stirring conflict against the people of Syria.

“Assad must go. Continues with unusual violence massacring the population, destroying cities, killing women and children. It’s intolerable and unacceptable and against all human consciousness for the security and stability in the region,” he said in that speech.

Hollande also considered to be a recourse of the International Criminal Tribunal to try the perpetrators of crimes in Syria. Needless to say he wasn’t referring to the United States or its terrorist organization Al-Qaeda. He then said that Syrian people must overcome obstacles within the Security Council of the UN, whose capacity is weakened in its view blocking by Russia and China. Both countries have opposed every single unjustified attempt to approve an attack on both Syria and Iran.

“We will press as long as necessary at the Council to reach a consensus in the international community. But immediately, we must act,” he added.

Hollande went on to say that France called on the Syrian opposition to constitute a provisional and representative government, that could eventually become the legitimate government of the new Syria. He urged France’s Arab partners to help them in that way. Hollande said that France would recognize when that government was formed. Mr. Hollande again shows his lack of respect for the will of the Syrian people, even though he says the goal of a military intervention would be their benefit. As we have reported, most of the Syrians are in favor of the current government, and not the other way around. But even if that wasn’t the case, the logical way to take Assad out of office would not include the intervention of foreign invaders.

Hollande said his country also supports those who work on the field for a Free, democratic Syria, which is respectful of human rights and that guarantees the safety of all communities. Unfortunately, that is exactly what he is trying to destroy by supporting the western-led rebel groups who are killing hundreds of Syrians in the name of the country’s liberation.