Nicolas Sarkozy

Frontrunning: September 28

  • Stocks Rally as Deutsche Bank Slump Ends, Oil Gains Before Talks (BBG)
  • German government prepare Deutsche Bank rescue plan (Reuters)
  • German financial watchdog not working on emergency plan for Deutsche Bank (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia Signals Openness to Future Oil Compromise With Iran (BBG)
  • Will Congressional Face-off Over Flint Lead to a Government Shutdown? (NBC)
  • Shimon Peres, Israel's last founding father, dies at 93 (Reuters)

Libyans Who Once Opposed Gaddafi Now Regret US-Led Regime Change

Who actually benefits from American-led wars across the globe? The aftermath of American-led conflicts shows it is not the common people, though the military and politicians vow they are liberating and protecting them... "Before 2011, I hated Gaddafi more than anyone. But now, life is much, much harder, and I have become his biggest fan."

France's "Great Wall Of Calais"

Building work has begun on a wall in the northern French city of Calais, a major transport hub on the edge of the English Channel, to prevent migrants from stowing away on cars, trucks, ferries and trains bound for Britain. Dubbed "The Great Wall of Calais," the concrete barrier — one kilometer (half a mile) long and four meters (13 feet) high on both sides of the two-lane highway approaching the harbor — will pass within a few hundred meters of a sprawling shanty town known as "The Jungle."

The World Is Turning Ugly As 2016 Winds Down

The negative reverberations in our current economic and political environment are becoming so strong that it is impossible for people to not feel at least some uneasiness in their gut. We imagine this is the same kind of sensation many felt from 1914 to 1918 during World War I and the terrible birth of communism, or perhaps in the early 1930s at the onset of the Great Depression and the rise of fascism. Some global changes are so disturbing that they send shockwaves through the collective unconscious before they ever hit the mainstream. People know that something is about to happen, even if they cannot yet clearly define it.

"There Will Be More Attacks" French PM Warns 15,000 Being Radicalized

With anti-EU right-wing Front National leader Le Pen surging in the polls, French PM Manuel Valls appears to be taking a populist shift to more radically right also. During a TV interview this weekend, Valls said there were at least 15,000 people "on the radar of police and intelligent services who were in the process of being radicalized," but argued that Sarkozy's plan to "systematically place French citizens suspected of having militant links in special detention facilities" was the wrong solution.

The Official Story Is Now The Conspiracy Theory: Paul Craig Roberts Warns "The Tide is Turning"

In a few days it will be the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and this November 22 will be the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. These two state crimes against democracy destroyed American democracy, accountable government, and the Constitution’s protections of civil liberty. Years after the damage done by these events the American people no longer believe the official stories.

Dear Angela, Your Refugee Crisis Is Back

To make changes in the EU, 28 nations all have to agree. Thus, it takes years to negotiate treaties, in the best case scenario. In regards to the refugee crisis, a number of countries have essentially to her highness, Angela Merkel “Go to hell”.

Europe Debates The Burkini: "We Will Colonize You With Your Democratic Laws"

"Beaches, like any public space, must be protected from religious claims. The burkini is an anti-social political project aimed in particular at subjugating women... It is not compatible with the values ??of France and the Republic. Faced with such provocations, the Republic must defend itself." — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. But according to the mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet, the high court's ruling against burkini bans, "far from appeasing [Muslims], will instead increase passions and tensions."

France: The Religious War Few Wish To Face

Until a few years ago, the unique recipe for secularism adopted by the French seemed able to guarantee the assimilation of the country's burgeoning number of Muslims, something now, by criminal and terrorist activity in the country, proven a resolute failure. Next year's election results might signal the beginning of the end for laïcité, the long-held French principle of strict prohibition against religious influence in the determination of state policies.

Migrant Problems Still Threaten Europe

The picture drawn by the present migration into Europe may fundamentally undermine the "Refugees Welcome" narrative that dominated news reports last year, but the continent-wide economic ramifications of its effects on a country such as Italy, already subject to considerable political tumult, should not be underestimated.

DSK'd? IMF's Lagarde Loses Fight To Avoid French Trial Over Corruption Case

In December we warned of her career's "terminal decline," and it appears, just as with Dominic Strauss-Kahn, someone is upset at the IMF Director (perhaps she has just been too darn negative, or pushy towards policy-makers?). In a surprising twist for 'the establishment' Bloomberg reports that Christine Lagarde may face consequences for her actions (or lack of them). France’s Supreme Court rules that The IMF director will have to stand trial for alleged “negligence” in accepting an arbitration panel decision in favor of a French businessman.