Saturday 24th of February 2018

I shall let that pass, since you cannot possibly know whose leg it is that you are pushing... (or pulling?)


This weekend, the French press has not stopped praising Barack Obama, who came to France to participate in a “very expensive” conference. He was praised — lavished with a supersized beatitude equal in proportion to the massive criticisms that Nicolas Sarkozy suffered for going to the same thing in the past.

Meeting with Anne Hidalgo (Mayor of Paris) in the morning, lunch at the Élysée with Emmanuel Macron, before speaking one hour — at the hotel where he stayed — with François Hollande to finally give a lecture in the auditorium of the Maison de la Radio, in front of an assembly of business leaders and politicians, including the Socialists, Segolene Royal, Fleur Pellerin, Jack Lang and Najat Vafaei-Bashin. The next day, December 2, Barack Obama would have nothing much to say about the current tenant of the White House, but if in the United States Obama is no longer president, in France, Obamania has not abated.

“In Paris, Barack Obama gives the world a lesson in optimism,” headlined Sunday BFMTV, meanwhile, the Journal Du Dimanche made it its headline as well. On France 2, while the site published an article headlined “Barack Obama holds a conference in Paris and captivates his audience”, Laurent Delahousse, in his show 7 pm on Sunday, granted an important spread, to this former president who was doing the French news, soberly called “Nostalgia for Obama” the story goes back to the 44th American president ... and sings the tune “Barack Obama is the positive figure par excellence.”

The next day, the media outlets rivalled each others with glowing adjectives, superlatives, all more complimentary than one another. Barack Obama, was thus acclaimed like a “rock-star” — whose “fans” were waiting for the “demigod”, to take in only the most memorable and even the most fleeting outings. The image of the former American president having taken “an active part in the Paris Accords” and presented as the antithesis of a Donald Trump, himself unanimously criticised in the French media during the American presidential campaign, made the hefty remuneration for his oratory services unimportant. Barack Jesus Obama “is THE speaker”...


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Translation by Jules Letambour

absence of American leadership...


Obama cites 'absence of American leadership' on climate - ABC News 51530778

2 days ago ... Former U.S. President Barack Obama is ending a five-day international trip inParis, where he had lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron and gave a speech to business leaders. Obama had a two-hour private lunch with Macron at the presidential Elysee Palace on Saturday.  ...


Obama went on to make the same mistake Bush did...


Out of the New York Times last week came a report that slave auctions are now a reality in Libya. This was hardly breaking news—those who have followed the plight of that traumatized North African country know horrid human rights abuses have been rampant for years—but the existence of such auctions, unheard of by most Americans outside of weirdly macabre Disney World rides, still arouses fresh alarm. Lawless Libya has become an escape route to the Mediterranean for thousands of migrants seeking asylum in Europe, which has given rise to human traffickers promising them safe passage, only to brutalize them and even sell them as chattel. How did this happen? According to the Times: “The migrant crisis in Libya originated with the collapse of the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi six years ago.”

Really? Gaddafi’s regime just collapsed, did it? Maybe it was blown over by a strong gust of wind, or perhaps cheers were heard from a distant party of Jenga players? Strong though some of its reportage is, the Times article completely overlooks the Obama administration’s 2011 war that killed Gaddafi and plunged Libya into anarchy. Absent also is any mention of Hillary Clinton who, according to a previousTimes account, was instrumental in convincing a circumspect Obama to intervene. Missing, too, was her subsequent cry of victory over Gaddafi: “We came, we saw, he died” (that describes a lot of Libyans these days). The left-leaning Times couldn’t even muster up a shot at Marco Rubio who supported the Libya mission on the jejune grounds that “we would love to see, to the extent possible, peaceful countries run by people that are in search of prosperity.”

Instead, the Times portrayed the Libyan crisis as all about refugees, with European leaders indicted for trying to stem the human flow out of Africa. The migrant problem is a knotty one and deserves consideration, but it isn’t the root cause of Libya’s woes: that would be the 2011 invasion, which led to human trafficking and horrors beyond. Into the post-Gaddafi vacuum were sucked two and at times three different governments, each claiming legitimacy over Libya, with a honeycomb of militias in between. The regime presently supported by the United States, the Government of National Accord (GNA), wields authority that’s shaky at best. Its rival, the House of Representatives in Tobruk, exerts substantial military control over eastern and central Libya, boosted by the Russians. Just last week, the army forces of former Gaddafi nemesis General Khalifa Haftar, which are allied with Tobruk, threatened to exercise “military might” if a political solution isn’t reached within six months. That presumably would mean an invasion of Tripoli, which, were Haftar successful, could end with Libya being forcibly reunited under the rule of a single military officer.

How familiar.

Away from the halls of power, the lives of average Libyans have been turned upside-down, with electricity flickering on and off during heat waves, banks turning away prospective withdrawers with empty pockets, the economy trapped in the doldrums. The AFP last year interviewed several Libyans who openly yearned for the days of Gaddafi. “I hate to say it but our life was better under the previous regime,” said one, adding, “Everything is three times more expensive [now].” The turbulence has radiated outwards: from Tunisia to Egypt to England, terrorist attacks have been traced back to Libya, where lawlessness provides an ideal nesting ground for jihadists. Until late last year when a rare concerted military operation drove them out, Islamic State fighters were using the city of Sirte as a sort of auxiliary capital to their stronghold in Raqqa. And Gaddafi’s weapon stocks, smuggled out of the country after the dictator’s downfall, have fueled violence fromMali to Syria.

The invasion of Iraq seems now the relic of a bygone era, one doped up on American idealism only to crash into the hazy desert. But Libya was of a different time. The United States had supposedly been chastened for its recklessness, culminating in the election of a candescent young president who crushed two pro-war challengers. That Obama went on to make the same mistake Bush did—toppling a dictator in a tribally riven country without even a plan for the aftermath—almost beggars belief.

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the best tweets, demagoguedly ...



Twitter has released its annual list of the most popular tweets on the platform, and in a year when so much coverage of the US president, Donald Trump, has been dominated by his Twitter activity, it is his predecessor Barack Obama who dominates.

Obama’s tweet quoting Nelson Mandela, stating “no one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion ...” had more than 1.7m retweets and was the second most popular tweet of the year. It was tweeted on 13 August after the death of the anti-fascist protester Heather Heyer at Charlottesville.

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Could not agree more with the tweet... But note that Obama WAS at war during his eight years of Presidency... and many innocent children were killed "regrettably" by his actions, including sponsoring terrorism in Syria and the destruction of Libya... He should vanish but like Blair, he has to maintain his glorious Imperator bullshit.


la sausage contre les fake news...

The bill to fight against the spread of "fake news" announced by Emmanuel Macron has been widely criticized by Internet users who believe that the president is actually trying to muzzle discordant voices.

In his declared desire to fight against "conspiracy and populism", Emmanuel Macron announced on 3 January on the occasion of his wishes to the press a bill aimed at "protecting the democratic life". Referring to "the truth" or "freedom of expression", the President of the Republic explained that the state wanted to monitor the way information is produced.

An announcement that has not failed to irk users, who are, as well as broadcast platforms and foreign media, directly affected by this measure. Not without irony, some compare the "validation of the truth by 'Jupiter'" to the devices deployed by the North Korean leader Kim Jung Un or the Pravda of the Soviet era.


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