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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Important News Flash

International News Analysis has been very busy doing the job our MSM refuses to do. France is urging the EU to dropped the arms ban on China. In the Guardian, the story is clearly for money.

Chirac Calls for End to China Arms Embargo
Sunday October 10, 2004 2:46 AM
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Associated Press Writer

BEIJING (AP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Saturday called for an end to a European Union arms embargo on China as companies from both nations signed contracts worth more than $1 billion during a high profile visit meant to strengthen commercial ties.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Chirac criticized the EU arms ban - imposed in 1989 after China crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests - as lacking ``justification or foundation.''

Please, take the time to read this article.

To continue on the French path, the oil for palaces corruption hits France forcefully.

France's Saddam deals revealed
Antony Barnett and Martin Bright
Sunday October 10, 2004
The Observer

Dramatic new details of France's secret dealings with Saddam Hussein's regime have emerged as part of a fresh corruption investigation into alleged illicit oil deals.

Three executives of France's largest oil corporation have been charged in Paris over claims that they funnelled millions of dollars through a Swiss company in order to bribe officials to gain oil deals in Iraq and Russia.

The disclosure will embarrass President Jacques Chirac as it follows on from claims last week by the Iraq Survey Group that Saddam indirectly paid French politicians and individuals to gain support for lifting UN sanctions and influencing French policy. The ISG's claims were dismissed by Chirac as politically motivated.

Well, I guess sometimes being paranoid that they are not with us doesn't mean they're not! Follow the link, in this case. There is more to the story. Have a nice day.