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#182 Posted : Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:21:13 PM(UTC)
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#183 Posted : Thursday, January 24, 2013 11:59:50 AM(UTC)
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Can Iran make a difference in Syria? Russia says ‘yes’

Russia’s deputy foreign minister has called on the international community to give Tehran a chance to participate in ending the crisis in Syria.

­Moscow is confident that the Islamic Republic of Iran “can and must play a positive role” in finding a political way to reverse the conflict in Syria, Gennady Gatilov told reporters on Thursday.

"We think it unacceptable to ignore Tehran's potential,” he emphasized. “We spoke about [Iran’s participation] before the first meeting in Geneva.”

Since March 15, 2011, Syria has been involved in a civil war between forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and a militant political opposition. Russia has been advocating a diplomatic solution to the bloodshed in an effort to avoid another “Libyan scenario,” referring to the West’s military intervention in Libya, which Russia harshly criticized.

Despite a crippling economic sanctions regime against Iran over its failure to cooperate with UN nuclear inspectors, Moscow is convinced that Tehran, given its strong relationship with the Assad regime, may hold the key for a solution to the Syrian crisis.

Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the violence nearly two years ago.

To date, international mediators have been unable to get the warring sides to honor a ceasefire and enter into negotiations.

Russia is convinced Iran could play a constructive role in breaking the stalemate.

"We should involve the Iranians rather than isolate them; they are an important element in the architecture of regional security," Gatilov noted. "Moreover, we have a strong impression that Iran is ready to make a constructive contribution to resolving the crisis.”

Syria, which is often referred to as Iran’s closest ally, sided with Tehran in the eight-year Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), and the two countries have remained partners ever since.

It remains to be seen, however, how the international community will respond to any cooperation in Syria by Iran, which continues to attract suspicion over its alleged nuclear weapons program.

Tehran rejects the accusations, saying it is developing its nuclear potential in order to provide energy needs for its civilian sector.


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#184 Posted : Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:27:01 PM(UTC)
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#178 Posted : Thursday, January 24, 2013 4:53:09 PM(UTC)
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Hollande's Mali campaign seen as pretext to snatch resources !!!



France orders special forces to protect Niger uranium: source




PARIS (Reuters) - France has ordered special forces to protect uranium sites run by state-owned Areva in Niger as the threat of attacks on its interests rises after its intervention against rebels in Mali, a military source said on Thursday.


Paris launched air strikes and sent hundreds of soldiers into Niger's neighbor Mali this month to drive back al-Qaeda-linked rebels it said could turn the West African country into a base for international attacks.


The insurgents have threatened to hit French targets across the Sahel region in revenge and, days after the French assault, militants stormed a desert gas plant in Algeria and took hostages.


The military source confirmed a report in weekly magazine Le Point that special forces and equipment would be sent to Areva's uranium production sites in Imouraren and Arlit very quickly, but declined to go into further details.


Defense ministry officials declined to comment on the report and Areva said it did not talk about security issues.


Seven workers, including five French nationals, were kidnapped in Arlit by al Qaeda's north African arm AQIM in September 2010. It later released three of the hostages but four French citizens are still being held.


An official at the defense ministry said that for the moment Nigerien authorities had not yet approved the measure.


"It's true that the terrorist threat has increased today, but as far as I know there is no such agreement in place at the moment."


Areva, Niger's biggest single investor, has about 2,700 workers in Niger and is planning to start up a third mine in Imouraren.


The planned startup of production in Imouraren was delayed to 2013 or 2014 from 2012, following the kidnappings and a labor dispute.


A Niger army officer said that there were already security arrangements agreed with France since 2011 after the kidnappings in Arlit and they had been reinforced over time.


"We also have our counter-terrorism units in the Agadez region," he said. "For now, I don't know of a decision by the Nigerien government to allow French special forces to base themselves in the north."


An Areva spokeswoman said this month the French government had not asked the company to reduce staffing in Niger. She added Areva has an extensive security plan for its employees and that the plan has been reviewed by the French authorities.


Areva has been mining uranium in Niger for more than five decades and the country provides one third of the group's uranium supplies.


According to a parliamentary committee enquiring into France's supplies of uranium, about 18 percent of the raw material used to power France's 58 nuclear reactors came from Niger in 2008.


French utility EDF, that runs all of the country's power reactors declined to comment on the current share.



http://news.yahoo.com/france-orders-special-forces-protect-niger-uranium-source-143035941.html

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#185 Posted : Friday, January 25, 2013 9:26:58 AM(UTC)
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An older workman said in an interview with tears in his eyes "THIS IS CAPITALISM" and yes, goddamn IT IS !!!!


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#186 Posted : Friday, January 25, 2013 9:36:15 AM(UTC)
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Back to le future in Mali: French neo-colonialism looms over Africa? (YES...hush)...

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#187 Posted : Friday, January 25, 2013 9:41:53 AM(UTC)
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TAHRIR against Morsi & The Brothers; Maghreb-spring in reverse ? Foreign intervention?...



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#188 Posted : Friday, January 25, 2013 11:38:36 AM(UTC)
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Davos activists occupy Shell station to protest Arctic drilling, warn of environmental danger 


Police talks to Greenpeace activists who are demonstrating in a Shell petrol station on the sideline of the 43rd annual meeting of  the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Wolfgang near Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron) 


DAVOS, Switzerland - Activists with a big fake polar bear have occupied a Shell service station in the Swiss resort of Davos to protest Royal Dutch Shell PLC's oil drilling in the Arctic.



About 25 activists from around Europe chained gas pumps together Friday at the station near where the World Economic Forum was being held and hung a banner on the roof reading "Arctic Oil - Too Risky."



Greenpeace helped stage the protest, raising concerns about dangers to the environment from Shell's drilling in Alaska and urging forum organizers to reconsider Shell's participation. A Shell drill barge ran aground on a remote Alaska island on New Year's Eve.



Shell officials, among the 2,500 corporate and political leaders in Davos this week, did not immediately respond to phone calls about the protest.





 

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CROUCHING TIGER on 1/26/2013(UTC)
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#189 Posted : Saturday, January 26, 2013 7:26:43 AM(UTC)
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Anonymous threatens Justice Department over hacktivist death

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#190 Posted : Saturday, January 26, 2013 1:21:44 PM(UTC)
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OIL PROTEST in PORTLAND...



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#192 Posted : Saturday, January 26, 2013 4:17:52 PM(UTC)
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Idle No More Solidarity Action!






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CROUCHING TIGER on 1/27/2013(UTC)
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#191 Posted : Saturday, January 26, 2013 11:00:09 PM(UTC)
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OIL PROTEST in PORTLAND...


 


That is Portland, Maine BTW. More from the Northeast:


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CROUCHING TIGER on 1/27/2013(UTC)
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#193 Posted : Sunday, January 27, 2013 5:40:04 AM(UTC)
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Jill Stein about Obama...


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#194 Posted : Sunday, January 27, 2013 5:52:31 AM(UTC)
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French, Mali troops control Goa airport !

BAMAKO, Mali, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- French and Malian forces have taken control of the airport in Goa, one of three major cities in northern Mali controlled by militants, officials said Saturday.

In a statement, the French Defense Ministry said the troops also controlled a bridge over the Niger River, The New York Times reported.

Goa is the stronghold of one of the Islamic extremists groups that captured the region.

Earlier reports by witnesses had placed the troops in Hombori, about 155 miles southeast of Goa on Friday.

About 2,500 French troops are on the ground in Mali.

The apparent advancement into Gao came as an al-Qaida-linked group offered to negotiate for the release of a 61-year-old Frenchman kidnapped last year, Radio France Internationale reported.

Gilberto Rodriguez Leal was traveling through western Mali when he was abducted Nov. 20.

Responsibility for his kidnapping was claimed by the Movement for Openness and Jihad in West Africa.

West African military leaders were meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday to discuss how they could send more troops to Mali as soon as possible.
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#195 Posted : Monday, January 28, 2013 12:32:26 PM(UTC)
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http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/28/french-led-forces-in-mali-take-timbuktu-airport-enter-city/

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#196 Posted : Tuesday, January 29, 2013 7:05:17 AM(UTC)
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Britain to send forces to Mali as part of EU mission

http://rt.com/news/britain-troops-mali-eu-967/

ALL TOGETHER NOW...


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#197 Posted : Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:31:26 PM(UTC)
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Price of Progress: French Mali intervention 'success' to ignite more violence

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More troops; more war...


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#198 Posted : Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:40:46 PM(UTC)
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#199 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2013 1:59:07 AM(UTC)
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France To Deport Radical Imams

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30/france-to-deport-radical-imams_n_2582003.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003


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#200 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:01:56 AM(UTC)
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‘US has militarily coerced Middle Eastern political outcomes since the Cold War’

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