France To Ban Yellow Vest Protests In Neighborhoods With “Ultra” Radicals


19-03-19 08:25:00,

France is cracking down on “yellow vest” protesters following a weekend of renewed violence – as the Macron administration announced on Monday that it would ban demonstration in several areas of france – including the Champs Elysees in Paris, if “ultra elements” are present, according to Interior Minister Edouard Philippe. 

‘We will ban demonstrations if ultra elements’ are present, said Philippe, according to CNEWS.

The ban will apply to “neighborhoods that have been most affected as soon as we have knowledge of” the “ultras.” 

“I am thinking of course the Champs-Elysees in Paris, the place Pey-Berland in Bordeaux, the Capitol Square in Toulouse”, Philippe added, where “we will proceed to the immediate dispersal of all groups.“

Philippe added that he has asked the State Judicial Agent to “systematically seek the financial responsibility of troublemakers.” 

J’ai demandé à l’Agent Judiciaire de l’État de rechercher systématiquement la responsabilité financière des fauteurs de trouble.

— Edouard Philippe (@EPhilippePM) March 18, 2019

Saturday marked a significant escalation in violence during the group’s 18th straight week of protests – which began as a revolt against a climate-change gas tax and expanded into a general anti-government movement. 

Ready for a bit of the old ultraviolence?

— Bellingdog (@Bellingdawg) March 16, 2019


— lil g (@lili_gasparr) March 17, 2019

As we noted on Sunday, the riots were so severe that French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a vacation at the La Mongie ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées following a three-day tour of East Africa which took him to Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya. 

Macron said over Twitter that “strong decisions” were coming to prevent more violence. 

Macron said some individuals — dubbed “black blocs” by French police forces — were taking advantage of the protests by the Yellow Vest grassroots movement to “damage the Republic, to break, to destroy.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Twitter that those who excused or encouraged such violence were complicit in it.

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Inside the Yellow Vests: What the Western media will not report | The Vineyard of the Saker


19-03-19 08:16:00,

by Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog

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Disclaimer: if you think that Soros/Russia/America/Illuminati is behind the Yellow Vests or some other batsh*t nonsense, then please stop here. This article isn’t for you. Cat videos on YouTube are maybe more appropriate.

While the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) protests actually began on 17.11.18, I think most are aware that frustration with the government has been building for many, many years. Sarkozy certainly played a big role in this. Deep-rooted contractions have been left unaddressed while offshore accounts were filled up. Without wanting to dedicate a lot of space to the details of each French government since the last massive riots in 1968, I think it is easier to proceed from the fact that France has been essentially occupied by America for decades. For me personally, this helps to explain a lot.

In Russia there is the word “народ”. The closest translation of this into English is “nation”, but actually it doesn’t really convey the sense. We’re talking about fraternal relations amongst peoples that are indistinguishable from kindred ones. And it’s understandable why this concept doesn’t exist in the West. Or at least, I’ve never seen it. When America landed on Omaha beach in 1944 it sure didn’t have the best interests of France at heart. And the quick formation of NATO in 1949 testifies to this. America succeeded to create a loyal bloc in synchronisation with the USSR’s withdrawal from Europe (by the way, talk about “Soviet occupation” is vulgar NATO propaganda). Normandy was bombarded by US aviation in an act of national subjugation. This is also psychological warfare.

After all, it’s no coincidence that as of this very moment Japan – nuked by America – is the No. 1 most indebted country in the world. Africa is another story; the people were stripped of their identity and turned into automated plantation workers for the “civilised” West. This helps to explain why French TV broadcasts American movies, American series, American music, etc on a loop. Or at least until recently. I have noticed that there has been a slight reduction in the last year, but there is still predominance all the same. On TV there is a focus on violence. Children’s cartoons consist of almost endless aggression.

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Yellow Vests Turn Violent As Macron’s ‘Great Debate’ Ends


16-03-19 08:26:00,

On March 16, 2014, Crimea held a referendum election on the question of rejoining the Russian Federation and seceding from Ukraine. The vote passed by an enormous margin, nearly 97% of the voters saying they wished to rejoin Russia. That number was amplified by the 83.1% voter turnout. Clearly this was a very pressing matter for the Crimean people.

But now it is just about five years later. Do the Crimean feel that their rejoining Russia has turned out well for them? TASS reported on a poll that was taken on 10 March to address this question. The agency that took the poll was the Russian Public Opinion Research Center.

Many people in the West may laugh at this title, but this is only because they are themselves steeped in the narrative that Russia is somehow still the Soviet Union, with repressive laws against freedom of speech, expression, the right to gather and so on. The results of the poll would also seem to lend further credence to this idea because the answer was overwhelmingly positive about the transition to Russian sovereignty for the province. The TASS report follows (with emphases added):

Crimea remains positive about the peninsula’s reunification with Russia and if the referendum was held today, 89% of Crimeans would support joining Russia, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center announced the results of a poll on Thursday in Simferopol.

“The attitude towards Crimea’s reunification with Russia remains decisively positive. Eighty-nine percent would cast their votes to reunite with Russia if a referendum were held next Sunday, and 93% view the reunification in a positive light. The level of negative attitudes and support for an Autonomous Republic of Crimea as part of Ukraine are minimal (3% each), the data says. The survey also noted that across Russia, 85% of respondents would support the reunification.

According to the poll, the reunification’s effects are also viewed positively. For instance, 86% of respondents believe that Crimea is developing more successfully as part of Russia, while 72% say that the reunification had a positive effect on their lives and the lives of their families. Moreover, 82% of respondents in Crimea are satisfied with their existence, which exceeds the same number across Russia (64%). More than half of those who participated in the survey (56%) are satisfied with their financial standing.

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Yellow Vest week in review: March 16 to be the biggest march in months | The Vineyard of the Saker


14-03-19 08:12:00,

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog

The fundamental problem with media coverage regarding regarding the Yellow Vests is that it fails to see it as an already-permanent movement, or even a possibly-permanent one: each week must be either the biggest one yet, or the very last one.

The Yellow Vests see it similarly, but differently: for them each week is the very last one, too… because they will FINALLY storm Élysée Palace (Act 16: “Insurrection”, Act 17: “Decisive Act”, and now Act 18 on March 16: “Ultimatum”.)

The Yellow Vests are like the Vietcong: it’s not that they are so innately tough, it’s that they have nowhere else to go. Ask a protesting Yellow Vester and they’ll tell you: they have no money to pay their bills, much less do anything fun on the weekends… so why not go protest and enjoy what you can’t buy – camaraderie?

As a journalist who has covered every medium- to major-sized protest movement in France in the last decade (and the small ones, i.e. pro-Palestine, anti-imperialism, anti-capitalism, etc.), I have come to deeply resent and fear the Yellow Vests.

What a damned long workout they impose on us! They are marching 10-15km every Saturday, with zero consideration for TV journalists who have to carry equipment. Furthermore, why on earth do they march so damned fast?! If Guinness keeps this record, the Yellow Vests must take the crown for “protester km/h”.

This is surely the legacy of the constant police attacks during the first six weeks – you can’t hit what you can’t catch.

It’s also more confirmation that so many of them have not been politically active (which is also why so many get arrested – they don’t know what they are doing): French demonstrations are supposed to be festive, leisurely, tipsy strolls. French union demonstrations are basically half-parties: you lose a day’s pay… but there will be loud music, lots of alcohol, cheap barbecue, and scatological signs instead of proper propaganda. “We didn’t get our political demands? Oh well, at least we had a good time.” But at Yellow Vest demos public intoxication is far, far rarer and political seriousness is far greater.

The most significant media polls about the Vesters (and there are crazily few polls about them) revolves around a majority of France now not wanting them to protest every Saturday.

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Yellow Vests ransack MASONIC LODGE in French village as protest gets out of hand (VIDEO)


11-03-19 09:27:00,

A crowd of Yellow Vest protesters broke into and trashed a Masonic lodge in the French village of Tarbes. The ransacking has been condemned by the French government, who accused the protesters of “stupidity” and “intolerance.”

Some 450 protesters had gathered in Tarbes on Saturday for the 17th straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations. Around midnight, La Dépêche paper reported, some protesters began shouting “we’re going to the freemasons!”

A smaller crowd of protesters marched on the Masonic temple, with one battering down the door of the secretive organization’s clubhouse. More protesters pelted rocks at the building and eventually the group forced its way inside. They overturned furniture, trashed the esoteric art hanging on the walls, and stole four ceremonial swords; they gave these back later on.

Police have opened an investigation, and France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner condemned the vandalism.

“After the Jews, the Freemasons,” he tweeted, alluding to alleged anti-Semitism within the ranks of the protesters. “When stupidity encounters intolerance, it is the worst.” Castaner also accused the Yellow Vests of having “no other project than hatred.”

Après les juifs, les francs-maçons…

Quand la bêtise rivalise avec l’intolérance la plus crasse.

Je salue l’intervention rapide de la @PoliceNationale qui a mis fin aux exactions de ces individus qui n’ont d’autre projet que la haine.

Ne lâchons rien.

— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) March 10, 2019

Across the country, somewhere between 28,000 and 90,000 protesters took to the streets on Saturday to voice their opposition to the policies of unpopular president Emmanuel Macron, which, they say, benefit the rich but not the majority. Some 2,000 protesters have been injured and dozens maimed in clashes with police since November.

The movement’s organizers have planned a massive demonstration for next Saturday, timed to coincide with the end of President Macron’s three-month ‘Great National Debate,’ a public forum aimed at quelling the tide of dissent in France and forging “a new contract with the nation.”

The Yellow Vests have mostly focused their attention on Macron’s economic policies, and have not singled out the Freemasons as a target.

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Act 17: Police soak Yellow Vest demonstrators with water cannon, fire teargas (VIDEO)


09-03-19 09:56:00,

Police in Paris have deployed water cannon and tear gas against anti-government ‘Yellow Vests’ demonstrators. As the protests enter their 17th straight week, the government has been accused of using excessive force.

Protesters took to the streets of Paris and other cities throughout the country again on Saturday, voicing their opposition to the  economic policies of President Emmanuel Macron that they say benefit the rich but not the majority.

Although turnout has decreased since the Yellow Vests movement began in November, organizers claimed that 90,000 protesters showed up, while France’s Interior Ministry – whose figures are routinely questioned by the Yellow Vests – put that figure at 28,600.

On the Champs-Elysées, riot police hosed down the demonstrators with jets of water and deployed tear gas.

The fresh round of protests comes days after UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called for a full investigation into reports of excessive use of force by the French police, which left over 2,000 injured and dozens maimed.

Violent clashes between demonstrators and armored riot cops were filmed again on Saturday.

The movement’s organizers have planned a massive demonstration for next Saturday, timed to coincide with the end of President Macron’s three-month ‘Great National Debate,’ a public forum aimed at quelling the tide of dissent in France and forging “a new contract with the nation.”

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Yellow Vests Attack Police With “Shit Bombs” In Latest Wave Of Protests


07-03-19 08:52:00,

Authored by John Vibes via The Mind Unleashed,

According to French police, Yellow Vest protesters are now using an ancient form of biological warfare in the newest wave of protests. This weekend, authorities reported that Yellow Vest protesters hurled bags of fecal matter at the police. The rudimentary poop-filled mini bombs were made using thin bags and balloons with the intent that they would easily burst on impact.

Rudy Manna from the Alliance police trade union in the southern port city of Marseille, told the AFP that many of the “bombs” hit their targets.

“Three policemen were soaked through with it,” Manna said.

Marseille police headquarters even reported that one officer was injured when he was hit in the elbow with “a poop-filled projectile.”

Very few pictures of the officers were taken, aside from the photo below which was posted to Twitter.

🇨🇵[FLASH] – Hier lors de l’#ActeXVI des #GiletsJaunes, plusieurs policiers ont été souillés par des #cacatov. Par-dessus tout les douches du commissariat ne fonctionnaient plus et ont dû se doucher au jet d’eau à l’eau froide. Jamais ont-ils dit, avoir été autant humiliés #Acte16

— La Plume Libre (@LPLdirect) March 3, 2019

“[The police officers] had it in their hair, on their shoes, they had to dump their clothes. They’ve told me they’ve never been that humiliated. And since it was truly sh*tty afternoon, the showers did not work at the North Station, they had to clean themselves with cold water in the garage,” Manna said.

“The policemen were deeply humiliated,” Manna added.

Police suspect that this could be a coordinated strategy, since similar incidents were reported in other cities, including Montpellier. Protesters were organizing on social media and were reportedly encouraging fellow demonstrators to arm themselves with ‘Caca-tovs,’ presumably a play on Molotov cocktails and “caca.”

Twitter user adda françois posted the following picture, which appears to show the creation of these bombs.

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France’s Yellow Vests: Proving cops are indeed part of the 1% | The Vineyard of the Saker


05-03-19 09:07:00,

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog

The demonstration for “Acte 16”, on March 2nd, was designed as a sight-seeing tour which passed by bastions of rich, traitorous criminals (the OECD, a school of luxury marketing, etc.) and so it concluded at a small roundabout in a ritzy area, Denfert-Rochereau.

As protesters amassed and cops loaded up, and with time in between my on-air interviews for PressTV, I headed for a florist shop. I needed some poles to train my sagging office plant, George W. Bouchra, named after a former boss who departed ignominiously (she was never employed by PressTV nor my boss – it’s a shared office).

As I began talking to the female shopkeeper, who seemed to be deciding whether or not to lock up and flee, a member of France’s riot police barged in and interrupted our conversation. He was thirsty. I can see why – French riot cops wear more armour than an American football player, and carry more attacking equipment than Batman. With his huge size thus rendered even huger, he quite intimidated the petite young florist.

The florist, of course, expected to pass her day among delicate flowers. She probably had no idea the Yellow Vest demonstration was designed to combust literally at her doorstep.

My hand to God, he asked her for bottled water not once, but 6 to 9 times. Was he convinced that florists also sell bottled water? More likely is: because he was a cop he knew that all he had to do was apply pressure to this lady/citizen, and she would hand over her own bottled water. Of course, because he was a French cop, he also knew that there would be zero repercussions if what he was doing was not forthright.

The intimidated young lady kept insisting she had no bottled water to give, and the cop finally gave up. When she turned to back to me I asked, “And do you have anything for me to eat?”

With the same look of fear still in her eyes, she answered quite earnestly, “No, I don’t. I’m sorry.” She honestly believed me, poor lady! It was only after I smiled and pressed her again,

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Wheelchair-Bound Yellow Vest Pepper Sprayed By French Cops; Another Man Shot In Face


04-03-19 08:10:00,

As the Yellow Vest protests rage across France for the 16th straight week, shocking footage has emerged of police brutality. Apparently a Friday call for calm by President Emmanuel Macron doesn’t apply to police. 

In one clip, a French policeman appears to blast a wheelchair-bound man in the face with pepper spray. 

More and more crazy videos appearing on the internet after yesterday’s #GiletsJunes #YellowVests protest in #France.

In this one #Macron’s policemen pepper spray a handicapped man.

— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) March 3, 2019

In another video, reportedly captured with a mobile phone camera, a concussion can be heard – after which the camera shows a man on the ground who had been shot in the face as first responders rush to assist him. 

Encore une fois à #Paris un gilet jaune recoy un tir de #LBD40 en pleine tête. (Au visage) #ActeXVI #GiletsJaunes

— Gilets Jaunes Européens (@GEuropeens) March 2, 2019

French police have been firing ‘non-lethal’ 40mm rubber projectiles, which are supposed to be less harmful than rubber bullets. It is unclear what the man was hit with, or whether his injuries were life-threatening. 

PARIS – Un blessé grave est évacué. D’après les témoins, il a reçu un tir de flashball dans la bouche. #GiletsJaunes #ActeXVI #Acte16 #2mars #2mars2019

— Clément Lanot (@ClementLanot) March 2, 2019

Le blessé à la tête sur la [Vidéo] a été immédiatement pris en charge par les @CStreetmedic puis ensuite évacuée par les pompiers #Paris #Acte16 #ActeXVI #GiletsJaunes #yellowjackets #ViolencesPolicières @davduf

— Gilets Jaunes Européens (@GEuropeens) March 2, 2019

Approximately 39,000 Yellow Vest protesters turned out across France over the weekend, including 4,000 in Paris according to official government figures – down from the 46,600 reported last week. 

“we keep protesting every Saturday because Macron doesn’t respond at all to the yellow vests’ demands.

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Tear gas v flowers: Yellow Vests march through Paris for 16th week in a row (WATCH LIVE)


02-03-19 01:59:00,

Yellow Vest protesters have taken to the streets of Paris for the 16th consecutive week. While some enjoyed a friendly chat with police officers, others faced tear gas after trying to break off from a pre-approved marching route.

Unlike previous demonstrations, Paris officials authorized a designated route for Saturday’s “Act 16” anti-government marchers – a span of road beginning at the Arc de Triomphe and ending at Place Denfert-Rochereau in the south of the city.

In contrast to the chaotic clashes with police during previous protests, photographs and videos reveal a largely peaceful, orderly demonstration.

Videos taken by an RT France reporter even showed Yellow Vests and French police chatting amiably, with one protester even offering a riot cop a flower.

Police, however, later used tear gas on demonstrators who attempted to defy the pre-approved protest route by marching down New York Avenue.

Premiers tirs de gaz lacrymogène, après que des gilets jaunes ont tenté de poursuivre sur l’avenue de New York alors que les forces de l’ordre les appelaient à se diriger du côté de l’avenue Albert de Mun

— Nadège Abderrazak (@Nadege_RTFrance) March 2, 2019

Similar marches are being held across France, but activists have expressed concern that the movement is losing momentum.

One Yellow Vest group on Facebook has called on demonstrators to return to the movement’s “spontaneous” roots with unsanctioned protests held at unauthorized locations.

The Yellow Vest movement began in November 2018 after French President Emmanuel Macron announced controversial tax hikes. Over 2,000 people have been arrested since the demonstrations began, and dozens of protesters have been injured during violent clashes with police.

Macron called for a “return to calm” on Friday, denouncing the “intolerable” violence that has resulted from the weeks of protests.

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Yellow Vest – the Netherlands, banner with “White Helmets are fake news”.


18-02-19 03:36:00,


Maurice Fonhof and Miquel Engelen from the Yellow the Netherlands, said to the NOS (regular Dutch Media ), that the yellow vests, who demonstrated last saturday in front of the NOS building, are not “left nor right, but for the people. One of their topics was the “White Helmets”, which they call the “fake”terror al-Queda organization, sponsored by the Dutch government. Picture: NOS.
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Much attention is going to the French yellow vest, but in other countries, like the Netherlands, the people are also sick and tired of the current government, the elite, as they call them.

The Netherlands are one of the most expensive countries of the EU, taxes are hight, the value added tax (BTW) has risen from 6 to 9%, public transport, like trains and busses are very expensive and the education system is horrible, with (high) loans for students. Universities prefer foreign students for money and the Ducth language is hardly being heard. English is the main language on universities, because of, all the foreigners and the US influence.

The “common” working clas people, are left aside, no political party isreally interested in them (exept a small fraction of the NCPN – New Communist Party), even the so-called Socialist party left them on their own. This in combination with all the “fake”news we are getting every day, brought by the NOS (8 o’clock news) about how great the country is and moreover, the huge lies about the wars they are conducting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Ukraine, Somalia, Syria and now the new attemped “regime-change” in Venezuela.

A (still minorty) bunch of people in the Netherlands are now seeing the truth, that millions of people have died because of their government and even worse they are sponsoring terrorist, like the ones in Syria .

The secret documents about the sponsoring of Jihadist groups in Syria, by the Dutch government

Note: From 2012 up to 2015 it’s very clear they supported the so-called FSA (Free Syrian Army), who were established and made by the US and her allies,

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Yellow Vests are reaction to ultra-liberal policies – Italy’s deputy PM


09-02-19 10:48:00,

The ideas of the Yellow Vests describe Europe’s future, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio has insisted, as he defended his meeting with the French protesters which enraged Paris.

In a letter to French newspaper Le Monde, Di Maio stressed that he was impressed by the Yellow Vests’ manifesto and said their demands “go beyond the right and the left and put the citizen and his needs at the centre.”

“This is why I wanted to meet with Yellow Vest representatives… because I don’t believe that Europe’s political future lies with parties on the right or left, or with so-called ‘new’ parties which in reality follow tradition,” he wrote.

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Di Maio also criticized the current and the former French governments and accused them of pursuing ultra-liberal policies that have “increased citizens’ insecurity” and “reduced their spending power.” He said he wasn’t surprised that French people are protesting against the “dismantling of some of their rights”.

However, he said that France was a “friendly country” and described its people as “a point of reference” in pursuing of social and civil rights.

The letter is seen as an attempt to calm tensions after a row between Italy and France which escalated after Di Maio travelled to France to meet Yellow Vest leaders who are seeking to run in May’s European Parliament elections.

The following day the French government blasted his visit as a “provocation” and on 7 February announced that it had recalled the ambassador to Rome.

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Earlier on Friday, the French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau explained that the recall of the ambassador was a response to Italy ‘crossing the line.’

“It’s not about being dramatic, it’s about saying ‘playtime is over’,” Loiseau told Radio Classique.

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Yellow Vests: Macron Adopts Totalitarian State-Practices to Suppress Dissent – Dutch Anarchy


08-02-19 02:10:00,

Following article reposted from 21st Century Wire

By Vanessa Beeley

30-year-old volunteer fireman who joined the Gilets Jaunes protests in Bordeaux, France on the 12th January 2019, is in a coma after being shot in the back of the head by an LBD or “flashball” bullet fired by French security forces who are brutally suppressing public demonstrations in most major French cities. Olivier Beziade is a father of three who now has a “very serious brain injury” and is in an induced coma. As violence radiates across France, western media locks down and fails to report comprehensively or fairly on Police infractions against protestors. 

The following is the video of this event, during which one of the police officers appears to say “they (protestors) don’t know it’s us” and instructs his colleagues to “pick up the casings”, after Beziade had been gunned down and was lying face down on the street. WATCH: 

The Gilets Jaunes or Yellow Vests

The Gilets Jaunes (GJs) or Yellow Vest movement began officially on the 17th November 2018 but according to some analysts this people’s initiative was being ignited long before and is a product of successive French government marginalisation of important sectors of the French population. Thomas Flichy de Neuville, academic and historian, wrote very recently about the socio-political alarm bells that preceded the Gilets Jaunes by at least five years.

In 2013, a deputy from the Pyrenées Atlantique department of France, Jean Lassalle, spent 8 months walking around France. He covered 5000 km on foot and spoke with the “forgotten” French people. Lassalle reported that the lasting impression from his experience was that most of those he encountered had a desire to “turn the tables, that they had had enough on many levels”.

Lassalle’s report was submitted to the presidents of the assemblées in April 2014. Lassalle warned that nine out of ten people in France were ready to “explode”, three out of ten were ready to mobilise if and when the “explosion” took place. Lassalle prophesied that  “Les réseaux sociaux sont prêts à agir comme une arme formidable de mobilisation” “social media is ready to to act as a formidable weapon of mobilisation”. 

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Can a Yellow Vest leader declare himself president? French MP denounces recognition of Guaido


07-02-19 08:07:00,

France’s recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s president sets a dangerous precedent, MP Jean-Luc Mélenchon has warned, arguing it’s similar to declaring a Yellow Vest protester as France’s legitimate ruler.

Mélenchon, a firebrand of the left and outspoken critic of Emmanuel Macron, said that France’s decision to support Guaido was tantamount to “recognizing an adventurer who proclaims himself president.” Describing such a policy as “not a good thing,” the head of the leftist La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party drew a parallel to the current political upheaval in France.

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“If we do that, Mr Drouet will be President of the Republic,” Mélenchon quipped, referring to a prominent figure in the protest movement which has rocked France since November.

Mélenchon previously expressed support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, condemning the “coup plotters” who are trying to overthrow him.

Ce n’est pas la France qui soutient les putschistes au #Venezuela. C’est seulement #Macron. Résistez ! Avec L’ONU nous disons : @NicolasMaduro est le président du Venezuela. Paix et liberté pour le Venezuela !

— Jean-Luc Mélenchon (@JLMelenchon) February 4, 2019

“France does not support Venezuela’s coup plotters – only [President Emmanuel] Macron does!” the MP tweeted on Monday. “Resist! Nicolas Maduro is the president of Venezuela. Peace and freedom for Venezuela.”

France was among a handful of European states that issued an ultimatum to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in January, demanding that the South American country hold elections within eight days. With their demand unmet, Paris joined Germany, Spain, the UK, and others in announcing that it would recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate ruler.

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France’s Yellow Vest Movement Comes Of Age


06-02-19 10:50:00,

Authored by Harrison Stetler via,

At its first “Assembly of Assemblies” in late January, this grassroots democratic revolt brought together many people who had never participated in politics.

Yellow Vest protesters take part in a demonstration holding a banner that reads: “Angry but not fascist” in Paris, France on January 26, 2019.

“The danger,” Yanis warned, “is that the constant stream of information becomes its own type of ignorance. It’s very easy to forget the human need to educate oneself, and to forge one’s own opinion. What we need is for speech and debate to free themselves everywhere, that they fill every part of daily life, that everyone express themselves, respectfully of course.”

What Yanis was recalling was his own initial reaction to the eruption of France’s Yellow Vest revolt in late November 2018.

“At the beginning, there was this fear,” he continued.

“The movement had been covered in media as a ploy of the far right and the fascist movement. I hesitated to go at first just because of that. But I finally decided that it was all the more important to go if that was actually the case, in order to not abandon the battle to them.”

When people in his hometown of Montceau-les-Mines, in central France, began to organize town meetings at the beginning of December, Yanis decided to go and scope things out. Yanis was amazed to see that more than 1,000 attended the earliest assemblies in late November and early December. People were thinking and talking about politics in ways they had never done before. For too long, democratic life was little more than the habitual cycle of elections, with citizenship reduced to the occasional vote.

The assemblies continued on a weekly basis. “I realized that something was growing,” Yanis remembers. People were organizing themselves and staying in contact, occupying critical road junctions and protesting. Now, almost two months later, on January 26, Yanis found himself making the roughly 200-mile trip to a village just outside of Commercy, a town in a rural, working-class region in eastern France. Currently unemployed after several stints working in cafeterias in local public schools,

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France’s Yellow Vest protesters hit the streets for 12th week (VIDEOS)


02-02-19 05:08:00,

Yellow Vest protesters have returned to the streets of Paris to honor those injured in months of demonstrations and to condemn the police for using rubber-ball projectiles.

An estimated 13,800 people gathered between Daumesnil and Republic avenues, according to a count by Occurrence cited by Liberation. Live coverage of the protests show clashes, with police firing tear gas into the crowds of demonstrators on the smoke-choked streets in Paris.

Lines of riot police are facing off against protesters.

Some of those marching through the French capital bear the scars of their injuries, with prominent protester Jerome Rodrigues covering his wounded eye with a patch.

Rodrigues became a symbol of the violence of the protests after he was injured during clashes with police. But he’s not the only one to become a victim of the 12-week rally. Officials estimate at least 1,900 protesters have been injured since protests began on November 17. 

Protesters have been maimed and suffered head injuries from police use of Defense Ball Launchers (LBD’s), rubber-ball projectiles. The Council of State ruled Friday that security forces have the right to use the projectiles after the French Human Rights League and trade unions requested they be banned.

A number of journalists have been injured covering the demonstrations and at least 17 people have reportedly lost eyes, according to Disarm collective, which has counted over 100 people seriously injured.

Macron is being slammed by protesters who say his economic policies favor the rich. The Yellow Vests are calling for a ‘Citizens’ Initiative Referendum’ to decide whether to bring in regular public votes on government policy proposals. Macron has said he wouldn’t rule out the idea of a public vote, once it doesn’t undermine parliamentary decisions, but refused to entertain a referendum on a tax cut for the wealthy.

In recent comments which were not well received by the movement, Macron dismissively remarked: “If being a yellow vest means wanting fewer parliamentarians and work being paid better, I am a yellow vest, too.”

The Yellow Vest movement was born from government-proposed tax hikes on fuel, which were subsequently scrapped. It has since evolved to tackle other issues of discontent.

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Video: Yellow Vest Protest in Paris: Act XII – Global Research


02-02-19 05:00:00,

Yellow Vest protesters call for a new demonstration in Paris on Saturday, February 2, the twelfth in a row since the movement has emerged in November 2018, after French President Emmanuel Macron announced hikes in fuel taxes to reportedly encourage a transition towards greener energy.

Despite the French government suspending the tax hikes and announcing increases to the minimum wage, protests have continued. Over 2,000 people have been arrested since the demonstrations began and at least 10 have died, the vast majority of the deaths being due to collisions between protesters and vehicles.


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I am a ‘yellow vest’ too, if it means wanting a better salary – Macron


01-02-19 09:14:00,

After more than two months of Yellow Vest protests against the economic policies of the French government, President Emmanuel Macron claimed that he too could be a ‘yellow vest’ if the movement stands for higher salaries.

“If being a yellow vest means wanting fewer parliamentarians and work being paid better, I am a yellow vest, too!” Macron said on Thursday in an attempt to align with the grassroots movement against economic injustice, which was born as a protest against the French government’s policies.

In an interview with several French journalists (BFM TV, Paris Match, Le Figaro) he described the Yellow Vests as a social and political movement without “a fixed claim and leader,” as well as saying that it has “mutated” since its inception and has been “infiltrated by 40,000 to 50,000 militants who want the destruction of institutions.”

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Macron also spoke about the RIC – the “Citizens’ Initiative Referendum” – a referendum demanded by the Yellow Vests. It envisages popular votes being held to allow the French to vet government policy proposals.

He dodged a straightforward question by saying that he was open to the possibility of a referendum but, at the same time, he does not want the popular vote to invalidate the decisions of parliament.

What Macron did rule out was a referendum on a wealth tax, one of his most unpopular reforms for which he has been dubbed the “president of the rich.” But Macron said he was open about other proposals.

In a December interview with Les Echos newspaper that was published online, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe admitted that the government had “made mistakes.” Among these was the fact that it had “not listened enough to the French people.”

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The Yellow Vest movement, named after the high-visibility jackets worn by the demonstrators,

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Red Scarves v Yellow Vests? 1,000s of ‘anti-violence’ protesters march through Paris (VIDEOS)


28-01-19 09:06:00,

Anger over violence and vandalism resulting from the weekly Yellow Vest demonstrations has spurred the creation of a new protest movement – the Red Scarves – revealing new divisions within French society.

Shouting “We, too, are the people!” around 10,000 activists marched through the street of Paris calling on the authorities to restore public order. While some in the crowd said they initially supported the Yellow Vests’ agenda and demands, many reconsidered their views in light of the tactics used by more extreme elements of the grassroots movement.

Over 2,000 people have been injured in clashes with police since the Yellow Vest protests began on November 17. Ten people have died as a result of the protests – among them bystanders who were caught between police and protesters. An 80-year-old woman died in December after a gas canister used by police to disperse demonstrators went through her apartment window.

While the Yellow Vests accuse the government of using excessive force against them, those representing the Red Scarves believe that the authorities have the right to intervene to restore order. “Long live our policemen! Long live our gendarmes!” they shouted on Sunday.

The Red Scarves, who in vast majority try to stay clear of any political agenda, just want things to return to normal, based on the values of the French Republic. “We reject violence. We defend the Republic. We promote dialogue,” they proclaimed.

The calls by the self-styled ‘silent majority’ did not go unnoticed. A small crowd of Yellow Vests activists gathered to meet their opponents at the Place de la Bastille, but no incidents were reported.

Originally a small protest against a deeply unpopular fuel tax, the Yellow Vest movement has spread to cities and towns across France.

Now with a laundry list of demands – including the resignation of French President Emmanuel Macron – the movement marked its 11th week of demonstrations over the weekend. Despite Yellow Vests securing some concessions from Macron in December, social unrest continues to grip France. The protesters accuse Macron of ineffective government and insufficient measures to fight poverty.

Although the size of the rallies has shrunk, the Yellow Vests recently announced their first night protests in Paris.

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Yellow is the night: Defiant Gilets Jaunes plan 1st nocturnal protest in Paris


26-01-19 10:49:00,

Eleven weeks into protests, the Yellow Vest movement shows no sign of abating. The unyielding demonstrators rallying against President Emmanuel Macron’s reform agenda now plan to stage their first night protest in Paris.

Calls for the protests in the French capital to continue into the night have appeared in many Yellow Vest groups on Facebook. Some of the groups also vowed to stage such rallies on a regular basis until the end of national consultations on the issues raised by the demonstrators.

“We’ll gather every night from this Saturday onwards, and we’ll keep coming till at least the end of the national consultation [Grand Debat],” one Facebook post read. “We’ll make Place de la République our giant ring road.”

The organizers promised that there would be no “violence” or “threatening behavior” during the night rallies, adding that the nocturnal marches would be held by “pacifist citizens” denouncing “violent and undemocratic repression” of the Yellow Vest movement by French law enforcement.

According to some reports, the first nocturnal protest was held in the southern city of Toulouse last week. The new calls for night rallies drew comparison to the ‘Nuit Debout’ – another protest movement opposing labor reforms that hit France back in 2016 and involved nocturnal protests.

The 2016 demonstrations were marred by violence and led to hundreds of arrests.
Other options discussed by protesters on social media included a 48-hour weekend demonstration, as well as a boycott of the supermarkets and retail stores owned by multinational corporations such as Amazon.

Some of the more bizarre suggestions involved forming three giant human chains stretching across the entire French territory and spanning over a total of 2,000 kilometers to reach five corners of the country. As far-fetched as the idea might seem, the event scheduled for Sunday still garnered some attention on social media.

Regular protests also hit the streets of French cities, including Lyon, Marseilles and Nantes, for the 11th week in a row. Launched in November as a grassroots movement opposing fuel tax hikes, the Yellow Vests later developed into a force opposing Macron’s reforms and demanding the resignation of the president.

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Watch Live: Yellow Vests Rage For 11th Straight Week; Organizers Plan Night Rallies, Human Chain Of 50,000


26-01-19 05:22:00,

France’s Yellow Vests are out again en masse – taking to the streets of Paris and other cities across the country for the 11th straight week of anti-government protests despite rainy conditions. 

#GiletsJaunes protest: #Toulon

– 11th Saturday of #YellowVests in France

– Protest against Rothschild Macron government, high climate change taxes, new labor

— Oh boy what a shot (@ohboywhatashot) January 26, 2019

Once again, the tear gas flew as protesters clashed with police – as documented by journalist Sotiri Dimpinoudis

#Update: Lots of Tear Gas being used right now in the City of #Lyon towards the #GiletsJaunes protestors in #ActeXI Video credit: @Libre_Insolent What i heard Antifa is causing riots.

— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 26, 2019

#Update: Heavy clashes with #GiletsJaunes protestors and police forces in the town of #Evreux right now. #ActeXI

— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 26, 2019

#Update: An #GiletsJaunes protestor very likely an #Antifa member had thrown a Molotov cocktail to some police officers at the “Place de la bastille” in #Paris today in the #ActeXI protest.

— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 26, 2019

French riot police began storming protesters in Paris who had lit barricades on fire: 

#Update: Lots of police forces now at the “Place de la Bastille” evacuating the square of the #GiletsJaunes protestors for taking the whole square in. #ActeXI protest.

— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 26, 2019

Jerome Rodrigues attaqué par les crs en direct. Il perd son œil sous vos yeux. #GiletsJaunes #Flashball #Castaner #jeromerodrigues

— Divad BMC (@BmcDivad) January 26, 2019

Night protests planned

Yellow Vests on Facebook are now planning night protests,

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The Yellow Vest Movement Has Gone Global


21-01-19 12:06:00,

The Yellow Vest anti-government movement started in France on November 17, when over 300,000 people across France protested a carbon tax on fuel that French President Emmanuel Macron touted as evidence of France’s leadership when it comes to mitigating climate change. 

The Yellow Vest protests quickly evolved into a general anti-government movement – with hundreds of thousands of angry French citizens taking to the streets for ten straight weeks of mostly peaceful protests marked with pockets of violence, looting and mayhem. 

What’s more – the movement has gone worldwide – with perhaps the most notable protests outside France taking place in Belgium, where Brussels riot cops have dealt with week after week of protesters blocking oil depot and throwing hard objects at them. 

#YellowVests march on #Brussels amid ongoing political turmoil

— srb news (@srbnews0) January 20, 2019

On December 8, Belgians attempted to breach a riot barricade while calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel, resulting in around 100 arrests

And while most of the protests outside of France happened last month, this is a good list to note where discontent is mounting. 

  • Bulgaria: Yellow Vests began protesting the same weekend as the French movement – coming out in force on November 16 to protest in front of parliament and demand the resignation of the government. 
  • Canada: Yellow Vest protests have taken place in more than a dozen cities across Canada – largely campaigning against the carbon price, Canada’s participation in the UN’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, the Trudeau administration and other issues
  • Croatia: Croatians came out in force on December 15, gathering in Ban Jelacic Square. 
  • Egypt: An Egyptian A lawyer was arrested and jailed for 15 days after he posted a picture of himself wearing a Yellow Vest in support of the French protests. 
  • Finland: Finns came out in force in mid-December as well, gathering in front of Parliament in opposition to the UN’s Global Migration pact. 
  • Germany: Marching in solidarity with the French,

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Yellow Vests and European Debt Crisis II


19-01-19 07:12:00,

What happens when the Yellow Vests meet European Debt Crisis II?

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There is a lot of talk about which economic bubble will burst first and burst the worst (sounds like a gangsta rap song, no?)
The stock market, real estate, luxury goods, corporate debt and government bond bubbles, and other lesser bubbles, all jockey for the titles. It’s the “Everything Bubble” for good reason.
The “good reason” is: the 1% owns everything of high value, so if Western governments make it their policy to inflate those valuations even higher, then the 1% regains everything they lost in 2008. Welcome to Western Liberal Democracy – if you have a seat in the House of Lords I’m sure you’re not suffering too badly.
Because of that “good reason” I listed all of these bubbles are worse now than in 2008. Nothing was learned and nothing was delivered: I am not a doomsayer, but these kinds of facts make me write that Great Recession II (Great Depression II?) is around the corner.
However, not all bubbles are created equal:
The luxury goods bubble, for example. It’s mildly interesting, from a sensational news aspect, that the most expensive bottle of wine is now worth $558,000…but the luxury goods market is a minuscule part of every nation’s “real” economy, excepting France, Italy and Switzerland. Back in 2008 a half-million dollars set the record for largest lot of wine ever – 27 bottles – so these stories only prove the existence of huge asset inflation (bubbles) – 1/27th in the area of wine sales.
The stock market bubble is also mainly a rich-person’s problem – we only hear about it so very often because…the rich own the media in the West, and the coverage thus reflects their interests. Yes, 52% of Americans own stock, because it’s a huge part (stupidly, rapaciously) of the American private pension system, but only 18% own stock directly and can buy and sell at will. We all know that stocks no longer have any correlation to a company’s actual performance and prospects; those really paying attention also know that the Great Recession’s bailout money has been used for stock buybacks,  » Lees verder

French Yellow Vest Protesters Urge Supporters To Spark Bank Run With Mass Withdrawals


11-01-19 08:03:00,

Activists from the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement have vandalized nearly 60% of France’s country-wide speed camera network, according to Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who said that the wilful damage was a threat to road safety and endangered lives, according to the BBC.

The BBC’s Hugh Schofield, in Paris, said evidence of the vandalism is visible to anyone driving around France, with radar cameras covered in paint or black tape to stop them working.

But the extent of the damage – now believed to affect more than half of all 3,200 speed cameras in the country’s network – was unknown until Mr Castaner’s statement on Thursday.

He said the devices had been “neutralised, attacked, or destroyed” by members of the protest movement. –BBC

Speed limits in France have become a hot-button topic, after the Macron government lowered the limit on many roads from 90 km/h (55 mph) to 80 km/h (50 mph) early last year.

Yellow Vest protesters upset over an increase in fuel taxes have also complained about the rising costs of commuting for those who can’t afford to live near urban centers where they work – citing speed cameras and toll roads in their complaints.

Bank run?

While the Yellow Vest movement has been taking to the streets for violent clashes with French police, activists from the movement are now recommending that French protesters empty their bank accounts to spark a bank run – in a move which one protester, Maxime Nicolle, called a “tax collector’s referendum.”

“We are going to get our bread back … You’re making money with our dough, and we’re fed up,” said Nicolle in a video message, as reported by the Associated Press.

The movement’s adherents said they hoped the banking action will force the French government to heed their demands, especially giving citizens the right to propose and vote on new laws. –Associated Press

And while outraged Yellow Vests continue their protests, the Macron government is scrambling to calm down the anti-government movement with a series of economic measures which have thus far proven ineffective.

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Yellow Vests Advocate Taking Money Out of Banks in France to Topple Macron | Armstrong Economics


10-01-19 10:12:00,

The Yellow Vest Movement in France is turning to an all-out war against Macron. Many are now advocating withdrawing their money from backs in order to topple Macron. Yellow Vest activists ‘Gilets Jaunes’, are now supported by up to 70% of the population. This new effort stepping up their pressure to de-throne President Macron and regain French sovereignty from the hands of the EU elites and globalists is becoming really intense as they call on the people to remove Euros from French banks to destabilize the regime.

Now we are witnessing the further spread of the Yellow Vest Movement as Taiwanese demonstrators have also launched their ‘yellow vest’ movement to protest taxes. The Yellow Vest Movement has also now emerged in Lebanon as people there to are calling for “Revolution” to unfold.

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Yellow Vests v police: ‘They want us to go NAKED against flashballs’


30-12-18 04:34:00,

The Yellow Vests’ anti-government protests, which have been rocking France since mid-November, are far from dwindling as police continue to shower the angry crowds with tear gas and rubber bullets, one of the activists told RT.

This Saturday marked the seventh week of Yellow Vest protests held in Paris and other cities across France. What began as demonstrations against fuel-price hikes, soon rose to nationwide rallies against government policies. Authorities have since abandoned the fuel hike plans and announced a minimum wage increase, but people continue to demand more concessions, including lower taxes, and even the resignation of Emmanuel Macron.

The number of protesters dropped during the holiday season, but the movement itself is “not waning down,” Yellow Vests activist Julien Duclos told RT France. The government gives people enough reasons to stay angry, and the upcoming taxes and spending cuts will “motivate” others to join the protests, he said.

In many cases, the rallies spiraled into violent standoffs with police who tried to disperse the crowds with batons, tear gas and rubber bullets. The protesters, in turn, pelted police with bottles and Molotov cocktails.

Overall, more than 4,500 people were detained in connection to the Yellow Vests activities.

The French police regularly attack the protesters in full riot gear, while doing their best to dispossess them of any means of protection, such as masks, goggles, and gloves, Julien explained.

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“They want us to go naked against Flash-Balls!” the activist said, referring to a type of a non-lethal shotgun used by police to launch gas canisters and rubber projectiles.

We’re virtually nude against heavily armed and equipped people.

Julien admitted that the protesters might be forced to change tactics at some point. “Every time we encounter a wall, we bypass it,” he told RT.

“It’s a problem for police: we’re not like a solid body, but like liquid, like water. It’s very hard to stop water with a colander.”

The Yellow Vests remain a largely grassroots movement without a unified structure or set of leaders,

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France’s Yellow Vests: Fuel Tax Hike Triggers Poverty, Finances War and the Public Debt – Global Research


09-12-18 08:36:00,

The US media upholds France’s President Macron against the Yellow Vests Movement, which it describes as “Climate Deniers”.

The New York Times upholds fuel tax hikes as a carefully designed economic policy to fight global climate change.

It’s a lie. 

Hikes in the fuel tax applied Worldwide in more than 120 countries are part of a package of deadly macro-economic reforms which serve to impoverish large sectors of the World population.

The hike in gasoline prices translate into increases in the price of food, transportation and essential goods and services. It undermines the productive structure. It leads to collapse in the standard of living.  

The Yellow Vest protests in France against the fuel tax increase are casually described by the media as “the biggest obstacle yet to attempts to encourage conservation in alternative energy use.”

Taxing fuel is upheld an instrument to “alleviate climate change to the benefit of humanity.” (NYT, December 6, 2018).

What nonsense!

Washington Post headline, December 4, 2018

The public is misled. The climate change consideration is a smokescreen, a pretext to repress the protest movement.

What is the Objective of the Fuel Tax:  Debt Servicing and the War Economy

President Emmanuel Macron is an instrument of the financial establishment, a former employee of the Rothschilds, acting on their behalf, enforcing a profit driven macro-economic agenda as well boosting the revenues of the military contractors.

The tax on fuel serves the interests of powerful creditor  institutions. The tax proceeds will be channelled into servicing France’s spiralling public debt which is  estimated at 2.2 trillion euros, equivalent to 96.8 percent of GDP. Annual debt servicing obligations of the French Republic are staggering. The entire fiscal structure is in crisis.

“War is Good for Business”

The tax on fuel will also serve to finance mounting military expenditures (in excess of 30 billion euros per annum in 2017) in support of France’s participation in NATO’s various  “peace-making” initiatives  in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Clamping down on the Yellow Vest protest movement is intimately related to the War Economy.

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Saturday is “Act Four”: Yellow Vests face off against 89,000 Macron army (Video)


07-12-18 04:51:00,

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at how UK Prime Minister Theresa May has managed to unite pro-European Labour MPs and Brexiteer conservatives by refusing to release the full ‘legal advice’ provided by UK Attorney General Geoffrey Cox.

According to Zerohedge, May is stoking suspicions that she is trying to hide the fact that the Brexit deal, as it’s currently written, could result in the UK being stuck inside the EU customs union in perpetuity – a scenario that Brexiteers have warned would reduce the UK to a ‘vassal state’ of Europe.

Angry ministers have threatened everything from calling a vote of no confidence in the government to holding Cox in contempt if No. 10 Downing Street doesn’t authorize the release of the unabridged legal advice. But in an act of defiance, May on Monday released a 43-page summary of the AG’s advice that one reporter said appeared to leave out most of the AG’s most controversial findings.

As we noted earlier, a leaked analysis shows that May lied to lawmakers when she said there was no risk of the UK being trapped inside the customs union. As the Guardian explains, while the text of the withdrawal agreement clearly states that any end to the ‘backstop’ must happen by consensus (which, assuming the backstop is eventually triggered, would happen once a new trade deal has been reached) between the UK and the EU. So Brexiteers’ warnings have a clear basis in the text of the agreement. However, many MPs are suspicions that AG Cox was more negative about this in private than he has been in public.

Some Labour MPs have warned that, by refusing, May has risked sparking a constitutional crisis. This is because MPs voted last month to force the government to release the legal advice “in full”. But May has effectively ignored these demands and continued to withhold Cox’s unabridged advice. The controversy has prompted at least one conservative MP, Sam Gyimah, to quit his cabinet post in protest, saying that releasing the unabridged advice is vital to “restoring trust in politics,” according to the BBC.

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France’s “Yellow Vest” revolution exposes globalist puppet Macron (Video)


04-12-18 02:50:00,

Authored by Alastair Crooke via The Strategic Culture Foundation:

The EU leadership is trying to contain a crisis that is emerging at increasing speed: this challenge comprises the rise of contumacious states (i.e. the UK, Poland, Hungary and Italy), or of defiant, historic ‘cultural blocs’ (i.e. Catalonia) – all of whom are explicitly disenchanted with the notion of some coerced convergence towards a uniform EU-administered ‘order’, with its austere monetary ‘disciplines’. They even dismiss the EU’s claim to be, somehow, a part of a greater civilizational order of moral values.

If, in the post-war era, the EU represented an attempt to escape the Anglo-American hegemony, these new defiant blocks of ‘cultural resurgence’ which seek to situate themselves as interdependent, sovereign ‘spaces’ are, in their turn, an attempt to escape another type of hegemony: that of an EU administrative ‘uniformity’.

To exit this particular European order (which it originally was hoped, would differ from the Anglo-Americanimperii), the EU nevertheless was forced to lean on the latter’s archetypal construct of ‘liberty’ as empire’s justification (now metamorphosed into the EU’s ‘four freedoms’) on which the EU strict ‘uniformities’ (the ‘level-playing-field’, regulation in all aspects of life, tax and economic harmonization) have been hung. The European ‘project’ has become seen, as it were, as something that hollows out distinct and ancient ‘ways-of-being’.

Indeed, the very fact of their being attempted, at different levels, and in distinct geographical cultural regions, these assays indicate that that EU hegemony has already weakened to the point that it may not be able fully to hinder the emergence of this new wave. What is at stake precisely for the EU, is whether it can succeed to slow down, and curb in every way, the emergence of this process of cultural re-sovereigntisation, which of course, threatens to fragment the EU’s vaunted ‘solidarity’, and to fragment its matrix of a perfectly regulated customs union and common trade area.

It was Carl Schmitt – the political philosopher – however, who warned strongly against the possibility of what he called a negative katechon accelerator. This would seem to apply – exactly – to the situation in which the EU presently finds itself. This was a notion, held by the ancients, that historical events often have a ‘backstage’ contrarian dimension – that is to say that some given ‘intent’ or action (by say,

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