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    Interesting visit for two self proclaimed proRussian Congressional supporters.....

    US Congressmen King & Rohrabacher pay a visit to discuss Liberty & shared values w/(next president of France?) Marine Le Pen @MLP_officiel

    BOTH also anti Ukraine........
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    Default Were the attacks in Paris and Brussels an intelligence failure?

    The title is almost lurid, but the author does explain why he asks the question.

    He concludes, with my emphasis:
    Intelligence failures can be determined by the lack of information or the lack of information accuracy, which determines a distortion of the analytical process. This can occur either through ignoring or through the mistaken interpretation of data. The analysis of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels suggests there is a new form of terrorism, leading to an unpredictable intelligence failure. The asymmetric character of jihadi attacks means that the success of combatting terrorism no longer relies just on the magnitude of available resources. Unlike other fields, the identification of the causes of errors of intelligence activity is especially difficult, given that their main resource – information – is difficult to quantify. Thus, one can legitimately ask the question – are we talking about a failure of the intelligence services or of a failure of public policies that determine the direction of action of these organizations?
    Link:https://defenceindepth.co/2017/03/15...gence-failure/

    The author is a SME @ Kings College:http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/department...ragiannis.aspx
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    The letter/package bomb that exploded yesterday in IMF HQs Paris injuring the mail person was sent by the same Greek left wing anarchist terror group that sent a similar bomb from Greece to the Germany Finance Ministry that was defused yesterday......

    Same group behind a similar package bomb sent last year 2016 to the office of Merkel and also defused....

    Hangs together with their dislike of IMF/Germany over the Greek financial bailout....
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    Le Front National is in desperate need of money. In her search for funding Le Pen has hired fixers with connections to the Russians, inc RIS

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    Default The Professor and the Jihadi

    A long read from the NYT on the French academic Gilles Kepel, which has revealing sections like these two:
    In September, a landmark survey commissioned by the Montaigne Institute found that 28 percent of French Muslims had adopted values “clearly opposed to the values of the republic,” with a mix of “authoritarian” and “secessionist” views, including support for polygamy and the niqab, or full-face veil, and opposition to laws enforcing secularism.

    (Two later) Jean-Pierre Filiu, another prominent French scholar of the Islamic world, pointed out that several thousand Muslims marched for peace in Mantes-la-Jolie after the Abballa murders (who murdered two police officers at home), many of them bearing pictures of the murdered couple and posters denouncing terrorism, and laid wreaths on the steps of the local Police Headquarters. There was no one there to greet them, and not much news coverage. “The jihadis want to blur the lines, but the lines should be clear,” Filiu told me. “It’s not the Salafis who are against us, and not the Muslims. It’s the jihadis.”
    Link:https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/magazine/france-election-gilles-kepel-islam.html?
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    Default The Algerian effect today

    The NYT has an interesting article on the effect of Algeria on the French political scene, but nothing on the impact of those Algerians who are now voters - a rather large omission, perhaps another article is due?
    Link:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/world/europe/echoes-of-colonial-conflict-in-algeria-reverberate-in-french-politics.html?
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    Excellent article on Russia and the French ultra right party Front National leader Le Pen.....

    @NataliaAntonova on Russia and Le Pen. Read it people!http://www.politico.eu/article/marin...n-is-winning/#
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    The only known surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris terror attacks appeared in court in Brussels Monday, but refused to cooperate or answer questions.
    It was the first public appearance for 28-year-old Salah Abdeslam since his arrest in Belgium in March 2016, according to Reuters news agency. He is on trial for charges related to a gunfight with authorities that preceded his arrest.
    Abdeslam is accused of attempted murder in a terrorist context and illegal possession of firearms, charges which carry up to 20 years in prison if convicted. The prosecutor is calling for the maximum sentence.
    In court Monday, Abdeslam looked very different than the clean-shaven young man who appeared in his arrest photos. His beard was full and his hair was longer and combed back, according to CNN affiliate BFM TV.
    Abdeslam had asked to be present at his trial. But he refused to stand or to answer questions, BFM TV reported, and even balked at confirming his identity when asked by the court, telling those assembled that silence was "his defense."
    But Abdeslam did lecture the court about the treatment of Muslims by the justice system, reported BFM TV.
    "What I see is that Muslims are judged in the worst way," he said. "My silence does not make me a criminal ... I am not afraid of you, nor of your allies. I place my trust in Allah. I have nothing to add."
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    Default 137 Shades of Terrorism. French Jihadists Before the Courts

    From a French think tank (IFRI):
    This study, based on original judicial sources, assesses the profiles of 137 individuals sentenced in France for cases related to jihadism.
    Among other things, the study reveals several common denominators including a lower level of education, poorer integration into the labor market, higher levels of criminal activity, and stronger ties to the Maghreb and to sub-Saharan Africa than the average French citizen. Moreover, a qualitative analysis provides an understanding of the processes of radicalization and subsequent participation in terrorist activities. As such, it expounds the role played by group dynamics, the internet, and prisons. This study further illustrates the strains imposed on the judicial and penal systems by the jihadist phenomenon. Relapse is specifically explored, notably through the cases of individuals convicted of terrorism, who, after serving their sentence, launched attacks on French soil. The subject is all the more topical in light of the likely release from prison of some sixty individuals, sentenced for acts of terrorism, in the upcoming two years.
    It comes with a lengthy presentation in a rolling PPT.
    Link:https://www.ifri.org/en/publications...hadists-courts
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