The pro Democracy Movement in Kafarzita in Hama organized this youth rally for the Martryed French Reporter Gilles Jacquier on January 12, 2012. The protesters in Syria consider the death of this international reporter to be another plot by the cunning and diabolical Assad police state regime to scare away international reporters from covering the Regimes genocidal attacks on the Syrian people as well as to attempt to discredit the pro Democracy movement. Readers who are trying to figure out who is behind the attack on the French Reporter should ask themselves the old Roman adage: Qui Bono ? (who benefits?) We protesters have been begging for reporters to come to Syria for 10 months and are ecstatic that they are now in the country even if their movements are limited by the Assad secret police but it is Assad who is trying to figure out a way to impede the reporters so what better than another one of his false flag attacks , this time to kill and scare away the international press.
Dictator Bashar Assad killed a French Reporter and wounded many other people in a grenade attack on the foreign journalists intented to scare off the international press and to prevent them from reporting on the Assad terror regime campaign of genocide against the Syrian people.
A French TV cameraman became the first Western journalist killed in the 10-month-old Syrian uprising Wednesday, dying in a barrage of grenades during a government-sponsored trip to the restive city of Homs, officials and a witness said.
Gilles Jacquier,who was killed, worked for the France 2 public television channel.
About 15 journalists were on the government trip when they were hit by several grenades, according to Jens Franssen, who was on the tour. "At some point, three or four (grenade) shells hit, very close to us," Franssen told the Belgian VRT network.
Video footage posted on YouTube appeared to show the aftermath of the attack, with people frantically loading the injured into cars. Pools of blood stained the ground. The authenticity of the footage, however, could not be verified.
A Dutch freelance journalist was also wounded in Homs on Wednesday, although it wasn't clear if he was part of the trip.
Nine people were killed, including French journalist Gilles Jacquier, when shells struck a pro-regime rally in the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday.
French television network France 2 confirmed their journalist Jacquier had died covering the rally, while Belgian journalist Steven Visner from Belgian radio was also seriously wounded.
"Another journalist from Belgium is in a very bad situation," Mazen Darwish, director of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Speech, told Al-Akhbar.
Jacquier is the first foreign journalist to have been killed in Syria since the uprising began last March.
Darwish, citing local sources, said RPGs were fired on the protest in the Akramah neighborhood by unknown armed men.
The journalists were in Syria legally after receiving permission from the Ministry of Information, Darwish said.
"Last week the Ministry of Information allowed 135 journalists to enter Syria, some of them got permission for a few days. These two journalists were among them," he said.
Darwish expressed concern that the attack will deter journalists from trying to reach Syria to cover the crisis.
"We've been fighting a long time for independent journalists to come to Syria. I will be sorry if journalists stop coming to Syria and getting coverage from inside Syria," he said.
Foreign journalists have been unable to freely cover the crisis in Syria, with few exceptions granted to those willing to be escorted by the regime.
In explaining his ban on foreign media coverage in Syria, President Bashar Assad said the media lacked legitimacy.
"We chose to keep the media out because they lack legitimacy to report [on the crisis] from outside, let alone inside the country," he said in a Tuesday speech.
Saleem Kabbani, a member of the opposition Local Coordination Committees (LCC) reportedly in Homs, told Al-Akhbar he was not aware of the attack.
"Protest with the regime? I don't know anything about it," he said.
But the LCC member insisted on blaming the regime for the attack, stating that Assad is "killing people loyal to him in order to create internal and sectarian strife."
The attack was an attempt to "scare off pro-regime loyalists who have not joined the revolution yet," Kabbani said.
When asked for further details, Kabbani said he would not be able to get information from pro-regime neighborhoods as he "would get slaughtered."
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This is a message from the "Godfather" of the Tea Party to Obama. Now that we have killed Osama Bin Laden it is time to end the wars and stop policing the world.
A little bit of history: the Tea Party movement started when Ron Paul raised a record $6 million in 24 hours on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party in December 2007. Here is the USAToday article on that event: http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2007-12-17-ronpaul-fundrai...
This talk is called "Imagine" and it was given by Ron Paul on March 11, 2009. The original text of the talk is below:
Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of "keeping us safe" or "promoting democracy" or "protecting their strategic interests."
Imagine that they operated outside of US law, and that the Constitution did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of the time with little to no repercussions or consequences. Imagine that they set up checkpoints on our soil and routinely searched and ransacked entire neighborhoods of homes. Imagine if Americans were fearful of these foreign troops, and overwhelmingly thought America would be better off without their presence.
Imagine if some Americans were so angry about them being in Texas that they actually joined together to fight them off, in defense of our soil and sovereignty, because leadership in government refused or were unable to do so. Imagine that those Americans were labeled terrorists or insurgents for their defensive actions, and routinely killed, or captured and tortured by the foreign troops on our land. Imagine that the occupiers' attitude was that if they just killed enough Americans, the resistance would stop, but instead, for every American killed, ten more would take up arms against them, resulting in perpetual bloodshed. Imagine if most of the citizens of the foreign land also wanted these troops to return home. Imagine if they elected a leader who promised to bring them home and put an end to this horror.
Imagine if that leader changed his mind once he took office.
The reality is that our military presence on foreign soil is as offensive to the people that live there as armed Chinese troops would be if they were stationed in Texas. We would not stand for it here, but we have had a globe-straddling empire and a very intrusive foreign policy for decades that incites a lot of hatred and resentment towards us.
According to our own CIA, our meddling in the Middle East was the prime motivation for the horrific attacks on 9/11. But instead of re-evaluating our foreign policy, we have simply escalated it. We had a right to go after those responsible for 9/11, to be sure, but why do so many Americans feel as if we have a right to a military presence in some 160 countries when we wouldn't stand for even one foreign base on our soil, for any reason? These are not embassies, mind you, these are military installations. The new administration is not materially changing anything about this. Shuffling troops around and playing with semantics does not accomplish the goals of the American people, who simply want our men and women to come home. 50,000 troops left behind in Iraq is not conducive to peace any more than 50,000 Russian soldiers would be in the United States.
Shutting down military bases and ceasing to deal with other nations with threats and violence is not isolationism. It is the opposite. Opening ourselves up to friendship, honest trade and diplomacy is the foreign policy of peace and prosperity. It is the only foreign policy that will not bankrupt us in short order, as our current actions most definitely will. I share the disappointment of the American people in the foreign policy rhetoric coming from the administration. The sad thing is, our foreign policy WILL change eventually, as Rome's did, when all budgetary and monetary tricks to fund it are exhausted.
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Have we missed the boat on climate change? Can we sustain a global economy built on consumerism with 9MM people on a planet with finite resources? Paul Gilding offers his thoughts on what he sees coming our way and how we can prepare for the ... (gasp) End of Shopping.
Alex also talks about the United Nations' Durban, South Africa climate conference with Piers Corbyn, who is a meteorologist, astrophysicist, outspoken critic of the theory of anthropogenic global warming, and owner of the business Weather Action.
http://www.fknnewz.com - Graphic undated video from YouTube shows what is believed to be U.S. Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan. The U.S. Marine Corps said it would investigate the video, which was posted on YouTube and other websites on January 11, 2012. FKN Newz has not independently verified the authenticity of this video.Marines urinating on dead soldiers Taliban
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