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US opposes Iran's presence at French-hosted conference on Iraq

Source: Reuters via France24

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday it was "not appropriate" for Iran to join talks on confronting Islamic State militants, as he appeared to play down how fast countries can commit to force or other steps in an emerging coalition.

Latest update : 2014-09-13

Kerry met Turkish leaders to try to secure backing for U.S.-led action against Islamic State militants, but Ankara’s reluctance to play a frontline role highlighted the difficulty of building a willing coalition for a complex military campaign in the heart of the Middle East.

As he tours the region to gather support for President Barack Obama’s plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier to defeat Islamic State Sunni fighters, Kerry said Shi’ite Iran should have no role in talks on how to go about it.

Accusing Iran of being “a state sponsor of terror” and backing Syria’s brutal regime, Kerry said it would be inappropriate for Iranian officials to join an Iraq conference in Paris on Monday to discuss how to curb a jihadist movement that has seized a third of both Iraq and Syria. Tehran has described the coalition as “shrouded in serious ambiguities”.

“Under the circumstances, at this moment in time, it would not be right for any number of reasons. It would not be appropriate given the many other issues that are on the table in Syria and elsewhere,” he told a news conference in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Read more: http://www.france24.com/en/20140913-us-opposes-irans-presence-french-hosted-conference-iraq-kerry/

Meanwhile, French President Hollande arrived in Baghdad Friday to offer France's support for Iraqi anti-Isis efforts. The Paris conference starts on Monday:

Islamic State crisis: Obama threatens action in Syria

Source: BBC World

US President Barack Obama says he will not hesitate to take action against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria as well as Iraq.

In a nationally televised speech outlining his strategy against IS, he said that any group that threatened America would "find no safe heaven".

He also announced that 475 US military personnel would be sent to Iraq but said they would not have a combat role.

IS controls large parts of Syria and Iraq after a rapid military advance.

Its fighters have become notorious for their brutality, beheading enemy soldiers and Western journalists on video.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29152129

just a quicke because I didn't see this in LBN, but if it's already been posted lock away

French president slams accusations by ex

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — France's Socialist President Francois Hollande is defending himself against accusations by his ex-first lady that he despises the poor.

A visibly indignant Hollande insisted Friday on his commitment to "the weakest, the most humble, the poorest." He called it his "raison d'etre," or reason for being.

"I will never accept ... that the commitment of a lifetime may be put into question," Hollande told reporters at a NATO summit in Newport, Wales.

According to a book by former partner Valerie Trierweiler released this week, Hollande once dismissed the poor as people with "no teeth" — a reference to those who cannot afford dental care. Hollande's many critics have seized on the term.

Hollande and Trierweiler broke up in January amid reports Hollande was having an affair with a French actress.


Valérie Trierweiler's book was published on Thursday and is titled "Merci pour ce moment," thanks for the moment. The term she claims Hollande once used to describe the poor is "sans-dents," without teeth. Tsk tsk. Selling like hotcakes too it seems.

Affaire Trierweiler, mauvais sondages : semaine noire pour François Hollande

"Trierweiler's scathing new book, terrible polls: a black week for Hollande," from France24, no friend of François or the Parti Socialiste:


Brûlot de Valérie Trierweiler, démission embarrassante d'un secrétaire d'État, record d'impopularité dans les sondages... Les temps sont durs pour le président François Hollande, qui évite les rencontres informelles avec la presse.

C’est une semaine noire pour François Hollande. Le président français ne s’est pas contenté d’essuyer les piques de son ex-compagne dans l’ouvrage qu’elle a publié jeudi 4 septembre. Il a aussi été contraint de démettre un secrétaire d’État, Thomas Thévenoud, pour un problème de conformité avec les impôts. Et dans la même journée, le chef de l’État a battu son record d’impopularité, d’après un sondage publié dans la soirée.

Tout a commencé avec Valérie Trierweiler, ou plutôt avec son livre, "Merci pour ce moment", paru jeudi et dont quelques extraits ont été dévoilés mercredi. Ce grand déballage de sa vie privée par son ex-compagne n’a pas rendu service au président, décrit comme un personnage cynique, qui s’amuserait à appeler les pauvres les "sans-dents".

Ces anecdotes embarrassantes ont déclenché une tempête de réactions outrées de la part des politiques mais aussi des éditorialistes. En l'absence de réaction de l'Élysée, c'est son Premier ministre qui a volé jeudi au secours du président, dénonçant au détour d'un déplacement de rentrée des "attaques outrancières" et un "mélange de la vie publique et de la vie privée" qui "abaisse le débat".

Mais la curiosité l'a emporté sur la "dignité" réclamée par Manuel Valls : à la mi-journée, l'ouvrage avait enregistré 15 000 ventes dans les magasins Fnac, soit un démarrage trois fois plus fort que le best-seller des cinq dernières années "Cinquante nuances de Grey".

plus: http://www.france24.com/fr/20140905-affaire-trierweiler-mauvais-sondages-semaine-noire-francois-hollande-president-sondages-popularite-thomas-thevenoud-/

New French government characterised by youth, centrism and loyalty to Hollande

French president François Hollande: has gone from saying ‘finance is the enemy’ during the 2012 presidential campaign to espousing supply-side economics.

Lara Marlowe, Irish Times, Wed, Aug 27, 2014

France’s rebel finance minister Arnaud Montebourg was replaced yesterday in the new government by Emmanuel Macron (36), the outgoing deputy secretary general of the Élysée and a former banker at the Banque Rothschild.

Mr Macron’s appointment reconfirms Mr Macron is considered the architect of the “pact of competiveness” and the “pact of responsbility,” the business-friendly mainstays of Mr Hollande’s economic policy.

As the economic daily Les Échos noted, the government crisis created by Mr Montebourg’s rejection of what he considered to be French austerity policies “will have at least led to a clear economic line.”

Mr Macron’s appointment was characteristic of the promotion of newer, younger and loyal faces from the centre in the third government of Mr Hollande’s presidency. Women and ethnic minorities were also favoured.

Women ministers

The Franco-Moroccan outgoing minister for women’s rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (36) was appointed France’s first female minister for education, responsible for the largest government budget and 15.3 million students and educators.

Fleur Pellerin (41), who was a junior minister for foreign trade and tourism, landed the prestigious culture ministry. Ms Pellerin was born in Korea, where she was abandoned in the street as an infant and adopted by a French couple.

Christiane Taubira, the French Guyanese minister of justice whose job was at risk due to her leftist leanings and spats with prime minister Manuel Valls, hung on to her job.

The socialist old-timers and government “heavyweights” Bernard Cazeneuve, Laurent Fabius, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Sebastien Le Foll, Ségolène Royal and Michel Sapin remain in the ministries of the interior, foreign affairs, defence, agriculture, ecology and finance.

more: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/new-french-government-characterised-by-youth-centrism-and-loyalty-to-hollande-1.1908824

Foley murder video 'may have been staged'

Source: The UK Telegraph

The video of James Foley’s execution may have been staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, it has emerged.

Forensic analysis of the footage of the journalist’s death has suggested that the British jihadist in the film may have been the frontman rather than the killer.

The clip, which apparently depicts Mr Foley’s brutal beheading, has been widely seen as a propaganda coup for Islamic State miltant group.
But a study of the four-minute 40-second clip, carried out by an international forensic science company which has worked for police forces across Britain, suggested camera trickery and slick post-production techniques appear to have been used.

A forensic analyst told The Times that no blood can be seen, even though the knife is drawn across the neck area at least six times.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/bill-gardner/11054488/Foley-murder-video-may-have-been-staged.html

No blood in the Daniel Pearl video either as I recall. Hmm.

British ISIS Militants Dubbed 'Beatles' Guarded Syria Hostages

Source: NBC News via Google News

Three Islamist militants with British accents have been dubbed "The Beatles" by hostages taken in Syria, who recount tales of particular brutality at the hands of European captors. The presence of British jihadists fighting for ISIS is in sharp focus following the release of a video showing the beheading of American freelance journalist James Foley. The video is narrated by a male voice that appears to be British — and has set off alarm bells about the dangers of foreign fighters taken up arms in Syria and Iraq.

Several escaped and freed hostages initially seized in Syria have spoken of a trio of Brits who acted as guards, according to a person close to several recent hostage negotiations. According to the source, "The Beatles" were harsher than other guards. "They were really rough with them," the person told NBC News on Thursday. "Whenever the Beatles showed up, there was some kind of physical beating or torture."

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/james-foley/british-isis-militants-dubbed-beatles-guarded-syria-hostages-n185926

subhead: "Terrorism analyst: ISIS ‘looking for a confrontation’ with US"

. . . ya think?

Obama, Putin meet; 1st time since Ukraine crisis

Source: AP via Bloomberg Businessweek

By Julie Pace June 06, 2014

BENOUVILLE, France (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the margins of a lunch for world leaders during D-Day commemorations in France.

It's the first face-to-face exchange between Obama and Putin since the start of the crisis in Ukraine.

The White House says the two leaders held an informal conversation and not a formal, bilateral meeting. The conversation lasted 10 to 15 minutes.

The exchange came during a lunch hosted by French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND'). Obama and Putin were both in France for the 70th anniversary of Allied troops storming the beaches at Normandy.

Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2014-06-06/obama-putin-meet-1st-time-since-ukraine-crisis

gotta love that phonetic spelling

June 3 Primaries: The Top 10 Races To Watch

Huffpost, Tueday 06/02/2014:


Eight states have elections Tuesday: Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. . . . Here's a look at the key races The Huffington Post is watching:

MISSISSIPPI SENATE: The Mississippi GOP Senate primary. . . .

IOWA SENATE: In recent weeks, state Sen. Joni Ernst has taken the lead in the polls in the crowded GOP primary to replace Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). . . .

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR: {Jerry's had it sewn up for years so forget this one};

CALIFORNIA-17: The top-two House primary in this Silicon Valley area, Asian-American majority distric . . . .

CALIFORNIA-31: Democrats fear that three of their candidates could split the vote in this heavily Latino and Democratic-leaning district, in a repeat of what happened in 2012. The outspoken former Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.), Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar and attorney Eloise Gomez-Reyes are vying for the opportunity to represent the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Gary Miller (D). On the GOP side, retired Navy officer and businessman Paul Chabot is favored to advance from the primary over former Miller aide Lesli Gooch. The primary has caused a rare split in both the national Democratic establishment and among progressive women's groups: Reyes has been endorsed by both Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) and EMILY's List, while Aguilar has the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and NARAL Pro-Choice America. { I voted for Aguilar};

CALIFORNIA-33: In this Hollywood, Malibu and Beverly Hills-area Democratic stronghold, a crowded field of candidates are running to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) . . . .

MONTANA HOUSE: Five candidates are competing in the GOP primary for Montana's sole House seat. . . .

SOUTH DAKOTA SENATE: Former Gov. Mike Rounds (R) has been the GOP frontrunner in the race to replace retiring Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). . . .

NEW JERSEY-3: The impending retirement of Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), a former Eagles player, initiated what he called an "ugly as hell" Republican primary between two ex-mayors . . . .

IOWA-3: Six GOP candidates are facing off for the seat being vacated by Rep. Tom Latham (R). . . .

more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/02/mississippi-election-2014_n_5428998.html

so exciting . . . don't forget to vote if you haven't!

Tonight: Brian Williams reveals little-known secret of Snowden's past

He was one of the vets in John Kerry's swiftboat!

Incredible isn't it?

p.s. yes this is
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