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How To Fool NPR

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 7, 2010

This morning on NPR, I got to hear a story about how the French have linked IHH, the Turkish aid group that organized both the Gaza flotillas, to (gasp!) al-Qaeda!!!!!

(Pause for Dramatic Prairie Dog.)

This is a rehash of the same June 2 IDF allegations that the IDF had already partially rolled back four flipping days ago but which NPR’s crack staff apparently didn’t know or care were rolled back. Here’s the skinny on that:

Not content to believe that night vision goggles signal membership in Al Qaeda, reporter Lia Tarachansky of The Real News Network and I called the IDF press office to ask for more conclusive evidence. Tarachansky reached the IDF’s Israel desk, interviewing a spokesperson in Hebrew; I spoke with the North America desk, using English. We both received the same reply from Army spokespeople: “We don’t have any evidence. The press release was based on information from the [Israeli] National Security Council.” (The Israeli National Security Council is Netanyahu’s kitchen cabinet of advisors).

“But but but what about the French intelligence report!”, you may ask. Turns out that there was no such thing — just another example of IDF disinfo, one that was planted and then “laundered” via several steps to look like actual fact, and depending on the laziness and/or fearfulness of American journalists to survive.

Here’s the long and twisted tale of how it came to be:

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What Was That Again About Foreign Leaders Pushing Around Obama?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 2, 2009

I think that particular meme just got shot down — Obama just pulled off one heck of a negotiation and kept both China and France (not to mention Germany) from walking away from the table:

France and other European nations have been pushing for rules and regulations to apply to various tax havens; Germany’s Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck has said “these tax havens are also places where unregulated financial market deals are made.”

But Chinese leaders fear a crackdown would hurt banking centers in Macao, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Other countries agree, though they are less outspoken publicly.

The exchange between Sarkozy and Hu got so heated, said a source — who is not a member of the Obama administration — it was threatening the unity of the G-20 leaders’ meeting.

Obama first pulled aside Sarkozy and discussed possible compromises; then he did the same for Hu; then he brought both men together to work out the final deal. It’s not 100% of what either guy wanted, but it’s a good starting point. Something similar could be said for the conference as a whole. There will be another G-20 later on this year; we’ll see what gets addressed then

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Russian exuberance spreads to France

Posted by Charles II on February 2, 2009

Jolly Frenchmen celebrate Nicolas Sarkozy's booming economy with torchlight parades and tar and feather parties

Pierre Rousselin, Le Figaro, Translated by Leslie Thatcher (via t/o):

The day of strikes in France on Thursday showed that the anxiety aroused by the crisis was real and widespread. That anxiety is all the greater for the fact that neither the unions, nor the opposition parties, nor the government offer any satisfactory response to diffuse turmoil and distress.

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Saturday Afternoon News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 26, 2008

Is Cut/Copy/Paste coming to the iPhone and iPod touch? That would be excellent, excellent news, as then you would have one less reason to lug around a laptop, an important consideration in these days of $50 carry-on luggage surcharges.

— Former Mossad chief and other knowledgeable Israelis to the PNAC Platoon: Don’t attack Iran, dipwads!

— How popular is Obama (aka Not Bush) overseas? Even frickin’ neo-fascists like France’s Sarkozy like him. Remember, Bush was oh-so-happy to see Sarkozy elected, because Bush was pissed at Chirac for not backing Bush’s invasion of Iraq, and thought Sarko would be more pliable to Bush’s will.

Someone with a clue rips into a rather lax and sexist as hell study on men, women, and sex.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Bush, France, Internet, Iran, science and medicine, sexism, technology | 2 Comments »

This Could Be Nothing…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 24, 2008

…or it could be something:

BEN-GURION AIRPORT, Israel – An Israeli police officer fatally shot himself in the head at an airport farewell ceremony Tuesday for French President Nicolas Sarkozy, prompting bodyguards to whisk the visiting leader and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to safety, officials said.

A military band was playing at the time of the shooting, and the dignitaries apparently didn’t hear anything. Dark-suited security men quickly ushered Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, up the stairs of his plane at Ben-Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv.

Security guards, their guns drawn, also rushed Olmert and Israeli President Shimon Peres toward their cars. The incident was over within minutes, and Olmert then boarded the plane to tell Sarkozy what happened, witnesses said.

The policeman, who was on a roof about 100 yards from Sarkozy’s plane, fell to the ground after shooting himself, and his sheet-covered body lay on the tarmac afterward.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld denied reports that there had been an assassination attempt on Sarkozy, and other police officials said the leaders were never in danger.

“We are currently investigating the circumstances to see whether it was suicide or if he accidentally discharged his weapon,” said area police commander Nissim Mor. “His mission was to secure an area to prevent people from reaching the ceremony.”

Further in, there’s also a description of the rocket attack from Gaza on Israeli soil, and the pre-dawn Israeli raid on Nablus that provoked it.

I don’t think that the policeman’s death is anything more than it seems to be on the surface. Yet I’ll mention it here, just in case it turns out to have greater significance.

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