#AceNewsReport – Apr.22: Six warships, a helicopter and 400 people are involved in the search: Singapore and Malaysia have dispatched ships, and the US, Australia, France, and Germany have offered assistance:
BBC Asia‘Missing Indonesian submarine has 72 hours of oxygen left, navy says the KRI Nanggala-402 vessel is thought to have disappeared about 60 miles (100km) off the coast of Bali early on Wednesday morning’
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The German-built submarine had been conducting a drill but failed to report back and contact was lost, the navy said.
“We know the area but it’s quite deep,” First Admiral Julius Widjojono told the AFP news agency.
Some reports said contact was lost with the submarine after it was given clearance to dive into deeper waters.
Meanwhile, an oil spill found near where the submarine dived could point to fuel tank damage, or could also be a signal from the crew, the navy said.
The missing vessel is one of five submarines operated by Indonesia. It was made in the late 1970s, and underwent a two-year refit in South Korea that was completed in 2012.
A navy spokesman told the BBC the incident was the first time Indonesia had lost one of its submarines. But similar incidents have happened elsewhere. In 2017, an Argentine military submarine went missing in the southern Atlantic with 44 crew on board.
Its wreck was located a year later and officials said that the submarine had imploded.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.17: He added, “Syria and many other countries have acknowledged that the states which supported and funded armed terrorist groups in Syria, particularly the United States, France, Germany and Britain, will use the Syrian chemical file and the OPCW to achieve their hostile goals against Syria.”
FM Mekdad: US, allies have turned OPCW into a tool to pursue anti-Syria objectives: BUT Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Faisal Mekdad has categorically dismissed the new report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), stating that the United States and its allies have turned the international watchdog into a tool to pursue their political goals against Damascus’
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Mekdad noted that Syrian government forces continue to score remarkable victories in their battles against the Takfiri terrorist groups, emphasizing that the troops have never used chemical warfare even in toughest operations against the foreign-sponsored militants.
He went on to say that certain Western countries have established the OPCW’s so-called Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) in order to produce reports, which best suit their anti-Syria agenda.
“The French-Western draft resolution, which is to be presented at the 25th meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons later this year, is a new chapter in the series of conspiracies against Syria,” Mekdad pointed out.
The top Syrian diplomat finally called on the OPCW member states to support Damascus and counter the politicization of the organization’s activities by some Western countries.
A report by the OPCW’s so-called investigative arm claimed on Monday that Syria’s air force had dropped a chlorine bomb on a residential neighborhood in the terrorist-controlled Idlib region.
The report further asserted no one was killed when the cylinder of chlorine gas, delivered in a barrel bomb, hit the al-Talil neighborhood in the city of Saraqib in February 2018.
The Syrian foreign ministry, in a statement published on Wednesday, said the OPCW’s “misleading report,” written by “an illegitimate and incredible team,” fabricates “facts” to incriminate the Damascus government.
“This report has included false and fabricated conclusion which represents another scandal for the OPCW and the inquiry teams that will be added to the scandal of the reports of Douma incident in 2018, and Ltamenah in 2017,” it said.
Moscow and Damascus have on many occasions said members of the so-called White Helmets civil defense group stage gas attacks in a bid to falsely incriminate Syrian government forces and fabricate pretexts for military strikes by the US-led military coalition.
The group claims to be a humanitarian NGO but has long been accused of collaborating with anti-Damascus militants.
On April 14, 2018, the US, Britain and France carried out a string of airstrikes against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack on the city of Douma, located about 10 kilometers northeast of the capital Damascus.
Washington and its allies blamed Damascus for the Douma attack, a charge the Syrian government rejected.
Western governments and their allies have never stopped pointing the finger at Damascus whenever an apparent chemical attack takes place.
This is while Syria surrendered its stockpile of chemical weapons in 2014 to a joint mission led by the United States and the OPCW, which oversaw the destruction of the weaponry. It has consistently denied using chemical weapons.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: The French anti-terror prosecutors on April 8 said that they would seek charges against an 18-year-old woman accused of plotting a jihadist attack on a church over the Easter weekend. According to the Associated Press, the woman, identified as LB, was arrested over the weekend at her home in Beziers. She was arrested as part of an anti-terrorist investigation into a suspected attack plot targeting the city of Montpellier.
France: ‘As far as jihadis are concerned, showing the cartoon was an attack by Christians, as they consider all the French people to be despite French secularism and widespread atheism, against Islam’
An update on this story. “France To Charge 18-year-old Woman For Plotting Attack On Church On Easter Weekend,” by Bhavya Sukheja, Republic World, April 8, 2021:
On Thursday, the anti-terror prosecution unit PNAT said that the 18-year-old will now face an anti-terror magistrate on charges belonging to a criminal terrorist conspiracy and possession of explosive devices. In a statement, the unit said that the investigation had been opening following intelligence concerning the threat of an attack on a church over the Easter weekend. Further, PNAT added that during the raid on her home, police had even found an image of Samuel Paty, the schoolteacher who was killed in October 2020 after showing his class cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
PNAT said that they also seized documents describing “several plans for violent action”, others referring to the Islamic State group and nazism, and a map of a church near her home in the southern city of Beziers. Earlier this week, Mayor Robert Menard had even said that the 18-year-old had “boosted” [sic] to neighbours about watching Islamic State videos….
#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: They call it the “bunker”- a few windows, all screened, a flag on the roof. “It looks like a foreign embassy in a hostile country”. In July 2013, following a police check on a veiled woman, 400 residents stormed the building. The siege lasted several hours and required, from the police, 700 stun grenades and tear gas. A helicopter was mobilized.“It looked like a war scene,” a policeman said at the time.
France: ‘The attacks have continued since then. The latest dates back to Saturday 27 March. Eight mortar rounds with fireworks hit the front of the building’ What building? It is the police station of Trappes, a French town of 35,000 inhabitants, at the center of a long investigation by the weekly Valeurs Actuelles.
The future of France, and of Europe, in one town.
“In France there is a city with just one Jew,” by Giulio Meotti, Israel National News, April 6, 2021:
The “brigades” go around the city. Those so called are the followers of the Islamic fundamentalist movement Tabligh who, all dressed in white, enforce the religious prescriptions on the inhabitants. Sharia law, Islamic law. They intervene against those who drink, against a lightly veiled woman …
Hostility becomes palpable and very visible on certain occasions, such as September 11, 2001, the day of the attacks on the World Trade Center. A policeman recalls this chilling scene: “I was driving a scooter in the city center of Trappes. The residents cheered and shouted for joy”.
In February the town returned to the limelight for Didier Lemaire, professor of philosophy in a local high school, that of Plaine-de-Neauphle, who after denouncing the city’s Islamization found himself under guard and out of teaching due to threats . On February 5th, in the columns of Le Point, Didier Lemaire expresses in no uncertain terms: “I consider Trappes a decidedly lost city”.
“Behind the great mosque, three young people hurry to hide beers and cigarettes as the faithful pass by,” says Valeurs Actuelles. “Teenagers who have skipped prayers are scolded by a believer about their obligations as ‘good Muslims’”.
“Today Islam is the majority religion, much more than Christianity, which exists thanks to the influx of African and Indian immigrants. The church of Saint-Georges, with its millenary bell tower, can accommodate 500 faithful. The great mosque of Trappes, a few kilometers away, is home to 2,400, five times more ”. Every Friday, over a thousand Muslims go to collective prayer. Many of them wear the rigorist suit. An ostentatious religiosity that emerges in some young people and is shown with pride.
“The Jews who lived here have long since left the city, preferring Maurepas and Élancourt, a few kilometers away. O Israel … “. In the city remains only the son of the former president of the community of Trappes, Philippe Mimouni, and his old mother, in his eighties. “From the time of the fire in the synagogue, the Jews of Trappes understood that there was nothing more to do here”, explains Philippe Mimouni, who is thinking of making alya….
#AceNewsReport – Apr.06: The UK’s “conservative” Telegraph recently played right into the jihadist scheme. It published a glamor photoshoot of the highly dangerous jihadist Shamima Begum, which made her appear as if she has reformed. A week later, she was telling the sympathetic media that she joined the jihad because she didn’t feel loved as a child. But this is how Begum described how she felt about the first severed head she saw:
France: #IslamicState widow wants to go ‘home,’ sheds Islamic veil, flaunts baseball cap and sweats: ‘Emilie Konig is a jihadist, and is begging to be repatriated. It’s the same story repeatedly: dangerous jihadist brides of the Islamic State want to return “home” because their lives have turned into a living hell, due to the fallout of the dismantling of the Islamic State in the region’
“French IS widow in Syria camp, veil-free, wants to ‘go home,’” AFP, March 30, 2021 (thanks to Henry):
In a Syrian detention camp for people linked to the Islamic State group, French mother-of-five Emilie Konig has swapped her all-engulfing black robe for a sweatshirt and baseball cap.
The 36-year-old widow — who is on UN and US blacklists of dangerous militants, accused of recruiting IS fighters and inciting attacks in the West — says she’s now desperate to go home.
Joining IS “wrecked” her life, said Konig, who was captured in late 2017 by Kurdish forces battling the jihadists in the eastern Syrian town of Shadadi.
“I want to go home to France,” she told AFP. “I have my family there. I want to start my life over and right my mistakes.”
Konig — who frequently appeared in IS propaganda videos, including in a 2013 clip showing her training with a shotgun — now lives in the Kurdish-run Roj camp in northeast Syria.
Now sporting a hooded top, faux leather leggings and white hightop trainers, she said: “I’m already dressing … to get used to my returning”.
She said she hopes to work as an accountant back in France — even if Paris has been reluctant to repatriate citizens with IS links and would likely seek to try them on terror-related charges.
“When I do return, I won’t be able to wear” a veil, she said, her dark, blond-streaked hair braided into a plait under her Yankees cap. “In the job I want to do… you can’t wear it.”….
#AceNewsReport – Apr.04: In raids across southern Spain and in France, some 5,270kg of cannabis was found:
Spain drug bust: ‘Speedboat smugglers’ arrested: ‘The gang is known as Monparlet, the Civil Guard said in a statement.
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The suspects transported the drugs inland using Spain’s Guadalquivir River, then disguised them in fruit trucks to drive towards France.
They would then allegedly supply dealers across Europe.
Some 5,040kg of hashish (resin) and 230kg of marijuana (weed) were located.
Police said the extensive organised crime network had a “powerful infrastructure” to carry out criminal work “all over the Andalusia coast”, and there was even a dedicated team to ensure the speedboats were always fuelled up and ready to go.
“One branch of the organisation launched the boats down the Guadalquivir River, another sent drugs to Europe in trucks from a warehouse located in Dos Hermanas, and a third carried out refuelling tasks from marinas located between La Línea and Manilva,” the Civil Guard statement said.
The gang is also accused of supplying other criminal groups with boats, crews, food and fuel.
In the raids, officers also seized a fake rifle, a stun gun, navigation and communication equipment and vehicles they say were used to smuggle the drugs.
Spanish Civil GuardSpanish police say the suspects used fruit trucks to drive the drugs towards France to supply dealers across Europe
#AceHealthReport – Mar.28: The new requirement will not apply to truck drivers, cross-border workers, and people who live within 30km of the border.
#CoronavirusNewsDesk – ‘Spain introduces test rules for land arrivals from France: ‘Anyone arriving by land from risk areas will have to present a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that was taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival’
The order will take effect three days after its publication in the Official State Gazette and until the government declares the end of the health crisis situation caused by Covid-19,” the Health Ministry said in a statement.
The rate, which is measured over the preceding 14 days, rose yesterday to 138.6 per 100,000 people from 134 on Thursday, the Health Ministry said: It reported 7,586 new cases, bringing Spain’s overall tally to 3.26 million. The death toll rose by 590 to 75,010.
Many French people, weary of their own lockdown, have been flocking over the border to enjoy open bars and restaurants in areas such as Madrid.
But Spain’s coronavirus infection rate has continued to climb steadily over the past week, suggesting a long decline could be in danger of reversing.
The Health Ministry said risk areas were those classified by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The centre’s map shows that includes the whole of France
“Last night saw disgraceful attacks against police officers in Bristol. Our officers should not have to face having bricks, bottles and fireworks being thrown at them by a mob intent on violence and causing damage to property,” Mr Johnson said in a tweet.
“The police and the city have my full support.”
Police in riot gear beat back crowds of protesters with shields and batons.
Bristol has been a centre of protests against a bill that would give police new powers to restrict street protests.
Last Sunday, two police officers were seriously injured and at least two police vehicles set on fire in the city after a peaceful protest turned violent.
Local police said the disorder last night followed a protest involving more than 1,000 people. Large gatherings are currently not allowed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
“The majority of people acted peacefully, however there was a minority who showed hostility to officers,” said Bristol police commander Mark Runacres. He added that three of the ten people arrested were also detained in connection to last Sunday’s disorder.
“Officers repeatedly encouraged people to disperse but once the atmosphere changed and people became physical it was necessary to take action.”
Philippine to reimpose stricter curbs in capital after surge in cases
The Philippines will reimpose stricter quarantine measures in the capital Manila and nearby provinces, a senior official said, as the country battles to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases that put a bigger strain on hospitals.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the measures would be in effect from 29 March to 4 April.
The health ministry reported 9,595 new coronavirus cases, marking the second straight day the daily jump in infections remained above 9,000.
The country posted a record rise in three of the past five days.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.23: Zemor, an active advocate of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, was sued for “defamation” by Teva after she accused the company of complicity in apartheid and occupation:
‘Pro-Palestine activist stands trial after leading boycott against Israeli pharmaceutical company: ‘She appeared in court on March 16 over publishing a call by Collectif Palestine 69 on EuroPalestine website, urging readers to boycott Teva, the largest Israeli pharmaceutical corporation by market value’
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In comments to French newspaper Le Courrier de l’Atlas, she said, “Through its financial contribution to Israel, this pharmaceutical giant contributes to the financing of military operations in Gaza and to the development of colonization in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in defiance of the rights of the Palestinian people and of international resolutions.”
Therefore, she added, it is necessary to call for the company’s boycott.
Pro-Palestine activist Olivia Zemor is going on trial in France after leading a boycott campaign against Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva pic.twitter.com/ENtpjlLG2I— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) March 16, 2021
Zemor said Israel seeks the extinction of the Palestinian people and denies the Palestinian people’s human rights. She has been denied entry into Israel on several occasions.
However, Frédéric Jeannin, lawyer for the pharmaceutical company, denied the accusation, claiming that “Teva is not involved in a geopolitical, ethnic or religious conflict, and these actions hamper its economic activity.”
On the day of Zemor’s trial, activists gathered outside the courtroom to condemn the French government’s attempts to silence criticism of Israel and those who speak out against the oppression of Palestinians.
They argue that the European Court of Human Rights last year affirmed the right to boycott Israel and that this ruling invalidates the French prosecution of Zemor, who is the president of the EuroPalestine solidarity group.
French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti is accused of “a blatant violation of the decision” by distributing a circular to prosecutors urging them to take action against activists supporting the BDS campaign.
Teva, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of generic drugs, provides millions of pounds in tax revenue to the Israeli regime and its military.
The company is accused of “joining hands with the French state to aggressively seek to shut down and silence international voices of conscience for exposing corporate complicity and profiteering from the Israeli occupation regime.”
People have been asked to show solidarity with Zemor by writing to French embassies and consulates and holding protests outside them.
Palestinians have for decades called on civil campaigns against Israel, organized under the BDS umbrella.
The BDS movement was initiated in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations, unions, as well as cultural and rights groups, including all major political parties, trade and academic unions that were pushing for “various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law.”
Thousands of volunteers worldwide have since then joined the nonviolent campaign, which calls for people and groups across the world to cut economic, cultural and academic ties to Tel Aviv, to help promote the Palestinian cause.
Israel claims that the movement is a strategic threat and accuses it of anti-Semitism – a claim that activists firmly deny, calling it an attempt to discredit them.
The BDS, which adheres to peaceful resistance, intends to exert pressure on the Israeli regime to adhere to international law and human rights by lobbying various states, institutions and individuals to understand its oppression of Palestinians and take action as a result.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.22: Five months after the brutal murder of history teacher Samuel Paty, being accused of Islamophobia is not something that is taken lightly in France. Following a debate that sparked outrage at the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies, two professors are under police protection.
German professor under police protection for stance on Islamophobia: ‘Fascists in our lecture halls! Dismiss Professor Kinzler! Islamophobia kills,” read the large banners hanging at the University of Grenoble. Activists from the French student union Unef also posted the slogans online’
Here’s how it happened: 3 1/2 months ago, students and teachers at the university were discussing the title of a planned seminar on the topic of equality. Should “Islamophobia” be included alongside “anti-Semitism” and “racism”?
Kinzler is a professor who has been teaching at the Grenoble university for 25 years
Professor Klaus Kinzler, who teaches German language and culture at the university, felt that Islamophobia wasn’t comparable to anti-Semitism. Following his advice to not include the term “Islamophobia” in the title of the seminar, he was excluded from the email discussion.
Incidentally, the Stuttgart-born professor is married to a Muslim woman.
When another professor showed solidarity with Kinzler, the student union Unef also targeted him.
France’s interior minister for citizenship, Marlene Schiappa, reacted to the case: After the decapitation of the teacher Samuel Paty, the current hate campaign against the professors is “a particularly disgusting act,” said Schiappa in a TV interview. The Unef has actively “put the life of professors in mortal danger,” she added.
A reflection of France’s integration problem
Historian Philipp Blom
German historian and author Philipp Blom sees in France’s current discussions on Islamophobia a reflection of social issues related to the country’s position as a former colonial power, where strong “functional racism” rules.
The integration of immigrants from North Africa has failed blatantly, points out Blom. “In the banlieues on the outskirts of Paris, it doesn’t feel like you’re living in France. You don’t have the same opportunities as other people,” Blom told DW.
Experiencing marginalization and humiliation, an entire generation has come of age in milieus in which petty criminals and radical Islamists vie for domination. “I can understand that this creates anger, including murderous anger,” says Blom.
People were already calling for change in the ‘banlieues,’ or the outskirts of French cities, in 2005
But that is not a specifically French problem, adds the historian, who is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. Still, the experience of humiliation is “a very important political force.”
Identity politics and cancel culture
Klaus Kinzler told German newspaper Die Welt that there is a form of political activism in France that disguises itself as academia.
Similarly, political scientist Claus Leggewie points out that those activists aren’t fighting against the powerful, the establishment, the far-right or the real fascists, but against people whose views are seen as “not being pro-Islamic enough.”
Political scientist Claus Leggewie
Leggewie describes the case as being about “canceling” specific persons, silencing them, and “banning ideas and discussions.”
Social media has also become the echo chamber of social identity groups, which are increasingly excluding people with other ideas. By staging controversies online, members of these groups gain immediate media recognition, says Leggewie. “That is exactly what has happened in Grenoble, and with Samuel Paty basically too, and in his case it was fatal,” adds the political expert.
Islamophobia versus anti-Semitism
Klaus Kinzler has been a professor at the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies for 25 years now. He was “not surprised” by the slogans on the university building, since the student union Unef had already branded him as a right-wing extremist and Islamophobe in social networks.
Racism and anti-Semitism — which are both criminal offenses in secular France — have nothing to do with Islamophobia, in Kinzler’s view.”Anti-Semitism has resulted in millions of deaths. Genocide without end. Then there is racism, slavery. That, too, has led to tens of millions of deaths in history,” he told Die Welt. “But where are the millions of deaths linked to Islamophobia?” he asked, nevertheless clarifying: “I do not deny that people of Muslim faith are discriminated against. I just refuse to put it on the same level. I think this is an absurd deception.”
Kinzler was a “completely normal professor of German at a provincial institute” and had always enjoyed his work, he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Before the controversy, his students told him that they appreciated that he defended free, liberal positions. “The exchanges were always enriching,” he said.
In the end, he says, he is less offended by the students who launched the hate campaign than by his colleagues, researchers and professors — who have distanced themselves from him without searching for dialogue.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.11: Officers from the NCA and French illegal immigration unit OCRIEST, working together as part of the Anglo-French Joint Intelligence Cell (JIC), launched an investigation into the network last November:
Small boats people smuggling gang dismantled in joint Anglo-French operation: ‘This led to members of the network being placed under surveillance: Officers from the NCA-led Project Invigor organised immigration crime taskforce, which also includes Immigration Enforcement, Border Force and the CPS, worked with OCRIEST to link the group to crossings and boats that had arrived in the UK, sharing evidence and intelligence with the French’
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Last week French police made ten arrests in the Yvelines region, west of Paris.
Eight of those arrested were later charged with facilitating illegal immigration by a French magistrate. Three were remanded into custody, all suspected of being gang organisers.
The network are accused of buying second-hand boats from classified adverts placed online, then deflating them and burying them on beaches along the coast of the Pas-de-Calais region ready to be used.
Each boat could carry between 10 and 15 migrants, who would be charged between 2,500 and 3,000 euro each to get to the UK. The group are suspected of having been involved in at least six attempt to cross the Channel already, three of which were thwarted by the French authorities.
Miles Bonfield, head of organised immigration crime operations for the NCA said:
“Operations like these demonstrate the benefits of us working closely with our French counterparts. Through the Joint Intelligence Cell we now have NCA officers on the ground in France, sharing intelligence and working together, day in day out.
“These people smuggling networks are callous and show no care for the safety of the people they transport, putting them in small dinghies that are unfit for this type of crossing.
“Working with our law enforcement partners in France and elsewhere we are determined to do all we can to disrupt and dismantle these networks, who are putting lives at risk.”
In July 2021 the NCA established a Joint Intelligence Cell with the French police unit OCRIEST. This cell sees UK and French officers working side by side in Northern France to maximise impact against OCGs. Since the JIC began operation more than 180 suspected facilitators have been arrested by French law enforcement.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.10: The cannabis, you see, allegedly compromised Traoré’s “discernment.” The lower court judge “cited psychiatric evaluations saying Traoré’s consumption of marijuana before the incident led to a ‘delirious episode’ that made him not legally responsible for his actions.” The millions of Americans who have smoked marijuana might wonder how it is that they never got so stoned as to think that throwing a 65-year-old woman out of the window of her third-floor apartment was just the thing to do, but that is now a matter for the Court of Cassation to decide. Muriel Ouaknine Melki, who is a lawyer for the family of Traoré’s victim, Sarah Halimi, observed that the appeal will establish whether or not “the consumption of narcotics can be a cause for exonerating from penal responsibility in criminal matters.”
‘According to the Jerusalem Post Thursday, the appellate Court of Cassation has begun deliberations on whether to overturn the ruling that a Muslim named Kabili Traoré, who murdered an elderly Jewish woman while screaming “Allahu akbar,” will not be tried because he was high on marijuana at the time of the killing’
Mar 9, 2021 6:00 pm:
The case is unlikely, however, to herald a sea change in French jurisprudence. If Traoré’s legal team wins the case, and he continues to be considered not criminally responsible for his act, other accused criminals who can convincingly establish that they were stoned at the time of the act will not suddenly begin to be let off in large numbers. As everyone knows but no one wishes to say, the lower court issued its preposterous ruling not based on a rational evaluation of some correlation between marijuana use and violent anti-Semitism, but wholly and solely because Kobili Traoré is a Muslim who was acting upon his Islamic beliefs regarding Jews, and French authorities don’t wish either to antagonize their restive and prickly Muslim community, or face the ugly reality of Islamic anti-Semitism.
Traoré made it abundantly clear that he was acting on Islamic beliefs. On April 4, 2017, he entered Halimi’s apartment, which was next to his own, and while screaming “Allahu akbar” and calling Halimi “Satan” and “Dirty Jew,” he began to torture her, and ultimately threw her out of her apartment window to her death. The cry of “Allahu akbar,” so beloved of jihadis, and his calling this elderly woman “Satan” indicate the Traoré is aware of teachings such as the Qur’an’s statement that the Jews are the Muslims’ worst enemies (5:82), cursed by Allah (9:30), and to be warred against (9:29).
But Islamic anti-Semitism is the last thing French authorities want to deal with. So they didn’t. Then in June 2017, eighteen prominent French citizens, including historian Georges Bensoussan and philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, joined Frédérique Ries, a member of the European Parliament from Belgium, to lodge a public protest of the fact that the Paris Prosecutor’s Office did not charge Traore with a hate crime, and did not mention anti-Semitism in his indictment.
“French authorities,” said Ries, “have treated her murder with icy silence. No national mobilization for Sarah, she died as the media remained quasi-indifferent.” Some speculated that French authorities glossed over the uncomfortable facts of this case in order not to give ammunition to the Presidential campaign of Marine Le Pen, who was and is calling for an end to France’s open-door immigration policies.
Reining in Marine Le Pen and the “far-right” was more important to French authorities than reining in the likes of Kobili Traoré. And with the marijuana ruling, it got even worse, no doubt far worse than many of those prominent French citizens who protested in June 2017 could have imagined.
Imagine (although this would never happen) if this had been a Jew or Christian who smoked pot, screamed about his religion, and killed a Muslim. Would he be found “not criminally responsible”? Of course not. But in France today, as all over Western Europe, the primary job of the courts and law enforcement authorities is to make sure that Muslims aren’t enraged. They must be appeased at all costs. Will this lead in the long run to a peaceful and harmonious multicultural society? What do you think? And will the Court of Cassation have the courage, in this era of pandemic cowardice, to do the right thing.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.06: According to our information, Jahid, 60, was not considered compatible with a custody measure and was hospitalized automatically:
France: Muslim known to police tries to enter Jewish school and kosher supermarket armed with a knife: Marseille: Medjadi Jahid, already known to the police, arrested with a knife while trying to enter a Jewish school and a Kosher grocery store. (Update: He has been interned),” translated from “Marseille : Medjadi Jahid déjà connu des services de police, interpellé armé d’un couteau en tentant de pénétrer dans une école juive et une épicerie kacher. (MàJ : Il a été interné),” Fdesouche, March 5, 2021 (thanks to Will):
Mar 5, 2021 12:00 pm:
The public prosecutor of Marseille, Dominique Laurens, tells us that the individual, arrested this morning armed with a knife near a kosher bakery on Boulevard Barry (13th), was “out of treatment.” For the time being, therefore, the questions surrounding the real intentions of this man, whose suspicious behavior would have already been spotted yesterday in the neighborhood, remain unanswered. However, departmental security investigators are continuing their investigations.
In Marseille, at around 8:15 am this Friday morning, a man armed with a knife tried to enter the Juïve Yavné school, in the 13th arrondissement of the city. Turned back by security guards, he then turned to a nearby Kosher grocery store. It was there that he was subdued by the same people who prevented him from entering the school.
Students confined for the duration of the police intervention
No injuries were reported. The students were all confined while the police intervened. The police chief gave instructions to immediately reinforce security around the sites of the Jewish community of Marseille with the passage of patrols (police and guards). In addition, a police patrol is now pre-positioned in front of the Yavne school.
The worst was perhaps avoided on Boulevard Barry (13th) in Marseille, less than an hour ago. According to our sources, a man in his sixties got out of his vehicle with a towel over his head and a knife in hand. He then went to a kosher bakery located at this intersection and in front of which were customers but also students from the Yavne Jewish school, located a stone’s throw away.
Fortunately, the security guards of this Jewish school, who quickly confined students as a precaution, noticed the suspicious behavior of this individual and immediately immobilized him before the arrival of the municipal police and then of the Bac.
For now, no witness has reported words such as “Allah Akbar,” but the man’s intentions will have to be determined by the departmental security investigators after discovering the facts. According to our sources, the demining services are going there to rule out any danger around his black Seat vehicle.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.28: The protests were organized in many large French cities, including Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, Brest and Nice, with thousands participating despite Covid-19 concerns. The main event is happening in the Place de la République in the capital:
The demonstrators are voicing their anger over a draft law on public security, which was approved by the lower chamber of the parliament this week: Article 24 of the bill bans filming of police officers on duty with an intention to harm them. Lawmakers who voted for the bill are among the officials who were shamed by the protesters:
Sur le trajet de la #marchesdeslibertes, les portraits des députés qui ont voté pour le projet de loi sécurité globale.
The reasoning behind the provision, which introduces a fine of €45,000 ($53,450) or even a one-year jail term, is that members of the force need to be protected from doxxing and online harassment: Critics say it curtails journalistic freedoms and would be used to intimidate people who want to expose police brutality and other forms of misconduct:
The protests were organised by unions, but they have many supporters: The Yellow Vests movement, which was sparked by growing social and economic inequality and for months remained a major problem for President Emmanuel Macron, is among them:
There is also a component of racism in why the proposed law sparked so much anger. Police abuse of people of color became more visible thanks to the spread of mobile phones with good cameras and social media:
One such incident, which was filmed on CCTV rather than a personal device, went viral this week after the footage was leaked online: It showed French police beat and racially abuse a black man, apparently for not wearing a face mask: Police have also been slammed for their heavy-handed tactics in clearing a migrant camp in central Paris earlier this week:
#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: The rally, which went on amid a heightened police presence at the Trocadero Square near the Eiffel Tower, was organized by Reporters without Borders, Amnesty International as well as other human rights groups and journalist unions. Opponents of the Global Security Bill insist that it’s a major infringement on the freedom of the press: Activists carried banners decrying the law, chanted slogans, while also singing La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. Some in the crowd sported yellow vests, a symbol of the larger protest movement against economic injustice across France:
The rally was staged despite a national lockdown and a ban on public gatherings, in an attempt to stem a second wave of the coronavirus. Many demonstrators neglected social distancing rules and the government’s order to wear face masks:
The rally went on peacefully for hours, but tensions began rising after dark when some demonstrators started setting trash bins on fire: The protesters threw bottles and other objects at riot police, an RT France correspondent reported from the scene:
Smaller protests against the law were also held in Marseille, Lille, Montpellier and other French cities on the day.
The Global Security Bill, which is pushed forward by the government of President Emmanuel Macron, among other things criminalizes the distribution of images of law enforcers by both the public and the media. A violation could carry a one-year prison sentence or a €45,000 fine.
The legislation got the greenlit from the National Assembly on Friday and is expected to be approved by the Senate next week.
In response to the criticism, Prime Minister, Jean Castex, assured that the bill “won’t impede the freedom of information,” but will only focus on images shared with “clear” intent to harm a police officer.
Videos of police using excessive force against demonstrators and criminal suspects have recently caused a vast public outcry in France: The most vivid incident was the death of Paris man, Cédric Chouviat, in January, which strongly resembled what happened to George Floyd in the US: Chouviat, a 42-year-old father of five, was filmed shouting “I’m suffocating” as he was held down by seven officers. The probe into the case saw three officers charged with manslaughter:
#AceNewsReport – Dec.12:A massive hunt is underway for a gunman who opened fire near a popular Christmas market in the center of the French city of Strasbourg Tuesday, killing three peopleand injuring 13 others: More than 350 police gendarmes and soldiers supported by air units have been mobilised to find the suspect, who was already known to security services as a possible threat, police said #AceNewsDesk reports
Speaking to French radio station Inter on Wednesday, the county’s Deputy Interior Minister, Laurent Nunez, said that authorities could not confirm that the suspect has “terrorist motivations.” Nunez added that while authorities have secured the border and set up a perimeter around Strasbourg, they are not sure if the suspect is still in France……….Nunez’s comments come after the Paris Prosecutor’s office confirmed to CNN that their anti-terror section was in charge of the investigation.
Strasbourg’s famed Christmas Market is one of the oldest in Europe and draws millions of visitors each year: The suspect entered the perimeter of the market by the city’s Corbeau Bridge, and began shooting at passers-by on the Rue des Orfèvres at 8 p.m. local time, when many were in the middle of their Christmas shopping.
Anti-terror police descended on the market and attempted to apprehend the suspect, who exchanged fire with security forces on at least two occasions between 8:20 p.m. and 9 p.m: French media reported the gunman was injured in one of the exchanges. He is then believed to have jumped into a taxi and fled the scene…………The attack prompted France to raise its national security threat level to its highest “emergency terror attack” status, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said at a press conference……….Eight people were seriously wounded, Strasbourg police said on Wednesday, with five others suffering from minor injuries.
The suspected gunman, who was identified by CNN affiliate BFM as a 29-year-old male born in Strasbourg, was on a French watch list called a “Fiche S” surveillance file…………..The “Fiche S” is a French terror and radicalization watch list that includes thousands of people, some of whom are under active surveillance, meaning they are on law enforcement’s radar…………..The suspect was also “unfavourably known” by police authorities in France and Germany, Castaner told reporters on Wednesday, adding that he was known for non-terror related offences……………..French gendarmes had attempted to bring him in for questioning Tuesday morning before the attack but found he wasn’t home, a spokesperson for France’s National Police told CNN, without providing further details.
Issam Fares, who sells chestnuts at the Strasbourg Christmas market, told AFP he heard several shots and thought they were fireworks “or they’re attacking a store.”“I saw a lot of people running, scared, crying kids and all. Then I said, in my opinion it must be very, very serious, and then … I saw people crying and the crowd leaving,” he told AFP. “They said it was shooting right next door, so I ran away. I went to hide in a restaurant, not far from Gutenberg Street.”……………The injured were taken to a Strasbourg hospital.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted early Wednesday in solidarity with the French people. “Solidarity of the whole Nation for Strasbourg, our victims and their families,” he said.
#Strasbourg, #France Security Alert: Police operations continue to locate the subject responsible for the incident on Tuesday evening, December 11. Movement within several areas of the city remains restricted and authorities request that the public remain sheltered inplace.pic.twitter.com/qCDRFudAxE
#AceNewsReport – June.18: A woman reportedly shouting “Allahu Akbar” has attacked and injured two people at a supermarket in La Seyne-sur-Mer, southeastern France: She was detained after assaulting an employee and a customer with a cutter knife at a store in the Var department on Sunday, BFM TV reports, citing a local prosecutor #AceNewsDesk reports
The woman shouted “Allahu Akbar” at the moment of the attack, according to an AFP reporter who spoke with witnesses: She could have a mental disorder, according to the prosecutor.
However, police have not ruled out the possibility that the woman had been radicalised.
#AceBreakingNews – IRAN:June.22: With some lawmakers chanting “Death to the America,” Iran’s parliament voted Sunday to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.
The bill, if approved into law, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the six-nation group (#P6+Iran) the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — as they face a self-imposed June 30 deadline. The talks are focused on reaching a final accord that curbs Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.
#AceNewsReport – AUSTRIA:June.13: The #Bilderberg conference, which bills itself as a “forum for informal discussions” held by the world’s top brass, has drawn fire from protesters gathered near the Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol in Austria, accusing the attendees of corruption and elitism.
After a rally on Friday, anti-Bilderberg activists re-emerged on Saturday afternoon to protest what many of them refer to as a gathering of criminals. Thousands of protesters are expected to assemble outside the hotel where the #Bilderberg group meeting is taking place.
“What we have seen is a very tight police cordon. It has been very difficult for many people to get to this area. Some journalists have been subject to rather humiliating police tactics,”RT’s Peter Oliver reported.
Austrian police officers stand guard at a street check point before the #Bilderberg meetings at Interalpen Hotel in the Austrian village of Buchen, June 12, 2015. (Reuters / Leonhard Foeger)
Some like it hot, but those gathered for the #Bilderberg meeting in Austria seem to prefer it “top secret.” According to the published agenda, a total of around 140 participants from 22 countries have confirmed their attendance this year, including German Defense Minister Ursula van der Leyen, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, UK Chancellor George Osborne and former President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, just to name a few. One of its past participants is the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss Kahn, accused of sexual assault by a New York hotel maid in 2011.
The key rule of participation is the so-called “Chatham House Rule”, which states that while attendees are free to use the information received, “neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor of any other participant may be revealed.”
Claude Monet would be 174 years old today. He was born in Paris, France and is, today, one of the world’s most famous and popular artists. His style and work lead to the name of an art movement, “Impressionism.” Themes in his prolific body of work were capturing , light, reflection and natural form. This lead an art critic of his day to insult him with the name “Impressionist” . The name stuck and an art movement born.
Monet, like many artists during their lives, struggled with depression, poverty and illness. For the last 40 years of his life, he lived and painted at his beloved farmhouse in Giverny, France. Below you see a model of the house, a quick shot of an incredible Gift Shop, and the heavenly gardens that you have visited in art galleries or museums.
Here is the garden. I chose this video because of the beauty and calmness of the music and the flowers. You will see the original sites for many of Monet’s paintings.
Let me tell you a personal story. We were driving from Paris to visit the holy ground of Normandy. As some of you may remember, my oldest brother was a paratrooper who jumped the night before D-Day, the invasion, and later died of non-life threatening injuries. I wanted so much to visit Giverny and of course it was not a priority of the architect. But what a grand surprise when he detoured and we arrived for a half day visit. It is a very popular day trip from Paris and there were a number of buses, too many for the parking lot, with many were just parked along the small road.
I won’t try to describe the garden as the paintings and video are much clearer , but I did have a couple of memories about the house. From the little pop-up book model, you see the four main rooms. I loved the casement windows that open outwards and let the flowers, sun, and fragrances into the house which is set right in the middle of the garden! I also remember the color yellow which is shown in the model. I think these aspects of the house were to help him fight the never ending depression. Another thing that struck me was that there were none of his paintings on the walls, not a one that I noticed, but there were lots of Japanese paintings of water color and lithographs. Could this artist who is probably the most recognizable in the world today, have suffered with low self-esteem? Amazing. . . . . and yes, for the shoppers. . . . the gift shop is so complete that it will take you at least an hour. Never I have seen so many examples of an artist’s work for sale except at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona where Frank Lloyd Wright lived and worked.
Garden at Giverny
Are you a fan of Monet and Impressionism or not? Do you have a favorite artist? ( And Monet is not my favorite , BTW! ) let Anne know at : Source:
#AceNewsServices – FRANCE – November 02 – Riot police have clashed with protesters as crowds rallied against police brutality in several French cities after the death of an ecology protester, apparently caused by a police stun grenade.
Violent clashes in France after protester killed ‘by police grenade’ (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Following the death of 21-year-old ecology protester Rémi Fraisse, rallies took place in Nantes, Toulouse, Lille, Bordeaux and Avignon on Saturday.
The Nantes and Toulouse demos turned violent, with masked and hooded protesters throwing projectiles and tearing down street signs. Security forces retaliated by firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowds.
Police clash with protesters on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)
At least nine people – including four police officers – were injured in the confrontations, and 34 arrested, according to the interior ministry. Demonstrators hurled acid-filled bottles and stones at security forces, wounding an officer, Henri-Michel Comet, the regional governor, told Reuters.
“These are groups who have come in search of violent altercations with the police,” Comet said on BFM Television.
Police officers spray tear gas on November 1, 2014 in Nantes (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)
Rémi Fraisse was killed while he was taking part in a protest over a dam project in the Testet wetlands, near the southwestern town of Lisle-sur-Tarn on October 26. After a tense standoff between security forces and protesters, he was discovered dead with a wound in his back. Fraisse’s death was the first during a protest in mainland France since 1986, AFP reported.
French President Francois Hollande has urged an investigation. The initial results announced on Tuesday by a state prosecutor showed that Fraisse had been killed by a so-called“stun grenade.“This type of device is used by police to crack down on serious riots, and was previously considered non-lethal.
Protesters carry a gate on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)
Protesters across France have demanded the resignation of the country’s interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, but he dismissed the calls.
French Premier Manuel Valls described the latest riots as “an insult to the memory of Remi Fraisse”and condemned any deliberate acts of violence.
Protesters stand as flaming objects hit the ground during clashes with police on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)