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Pope Francis slams capitalism as ‘new tyranny’
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 02:51 PM PST

Pope Francis has taken aim at capitalism as “a new tyranny” and is urging world leaders to step up their efforts against poverty and inequality, saying “thou shall not kill” the economy. Francis calls on rich people to share their wealth.
The existing financial system that fuels the unequal distribution of wealth and violence must be changed, the Pope warned.
“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?” Pope Francis asked an audience at the Vatican.
The global economic crisis, which has gripped much of Europe and America, has the Pope asking how countries can function, or realize their full economic potential, if they are weighed down by the debts of capitalism.
“A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules,” the 84-page document, known as an apostolic exhortation, said.
“To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which has taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits”, the pope’s document says.
He goes on to explain that in this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which has become the only rule we live by.
Shameful wealth
Inequality between the rich and the poor has reached a new threshold, and in his apostolic exhortation to mark the end of the “Year of Faith”, Pope Francis asks for better politicians to heal the scars capitalism made on society.
“Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills,” Francis wrote in the document issued Tuesday.
His calls to service go beyond general good Samaritan deeds, as he asks his followers for action “beyond a simple welfare mentality”.
“I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor,” Francis wrote.
A recent IRS report shows that the wealth of the US’s richest 1 percent has grown by 31 percent, while the rest of the population experienced an income rise of only 1 percent.
The most recent Oxfam data shows that up to 146 million Europeans are at risk of falling into poverty by 2025 and 50 million Americans are currently suffering from severe financial hardship.
“As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems,” he wrote.
Named after the medieval saint who chose a life of poverty, Pope Francis has gone beyond general calls for fair work, education, and healthcare.
Newly-elected Pope Francis has stepped up the fight against corrupt capitalism that has hit close to home – he was the first Pope to go after the Vatican bank and openly accused it of fraud and shady offshore tax haven deals.
In October, Pope Francis removed Vatican bank head Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, after revelations of alleged mafia money laundering and financial impropriety.
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EU to partially lift Iran sanctions in December
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 02:43 PM PST

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the European Union will likely lift some of the sanctions imposed against Iran in December following a deal between Tehran and the west.
Fabius said on Monday that EU foreign ministers would meet in a few weeks to present a proposal to partially lift some sanctions imposed by the bloc against Iran as agreed in the deal sealed between Tehran and the Sextet in Geneva.
“This lifting of sanctions is limited, targeted and reversible,” he added.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, China, France, Russia and the US – plus Germany sealed an interim deal on November 24 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the United States and its allies have undertaken to lift some of the existing sanctions against Iran.
At the beginning of 2012, the European Union placed an embargo on Iranian oil and petrochemicals exports, banned the trade of precious metals as well as transactions with the Central Bank of Iran and froze its assets across the bloc. The measures came into effect as of July 1, 2012.
The sanctions also barred EU insurance firms from providing insurance and reinsurance to Iran and Iranian-owned companies. In 2011 the union had targeted over 30 holding companies of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL).
According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the Geneva Deal allows Iran to continue its activities at Arak, Fordow and Natanz nuclear facilities. The agreement also stipulates that no additional sanctions will be imposed on Tehran over its nuclear energy program.
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France Planned False Flag Terror Attack in Britain
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 02:30 PM PST

Intelligence services considered assassinating Muslim leader, blaming neo-nazis.
French intelligence services planned to stage a terror attack in Britain and then blame it on neo-nazis in a bid to assassinate Muslim hate preacher Abu Hamza, according to an investigation by pressure group Hope Not Hate.
Following the 1999 nail-bombing campaign in London, carried out by far-right terrorist David Copeland, France’s Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure hatched a plan to kill the hook-handed cleric and then implicate British Nazi group Combat 18.
“The plan to kill the infamous hook-handed hate-preacher Abu Hamza al Masri, was the result of growing frustration by French security services over the inaction of British authorities in the face of the growing threat of Islamist terrorism. Specifically, the French suspected Abu Hamza of having links to the terrorists responsible for the 1995 Paris Metro bombings,” reports Israeli National News.
According to the report, entitled, Gateway To Terror, French authorities referred to the British capital as “Londonistan” because of the ease with which Al-Qaeda networks were able to operate there and vowed to “take matters into their own hands” by sending death threats and subsequently killing Hamza using the same weaponry Combat 18 was thought to possess.
“The plan was to impersonate the British Nazi group Combat 18 and then allow them to take the blame,” said the report’s author Nick Lowles.
The French’s frustration over British authorities’ unwillingness to take any action against Hamza may stem from the fact that the cleric was either working on behalf of or at least being protected by British intelligence.
In 2006, Hamza revealed his ties to the British Army’s Sandhurst training college and said that his Finsbury Park hate preaching “had been tacitly approved by MI5.”
Haroon Rashid Aswat, one of the “masterminds” of the London bombings, was on the payroll of MI5 when the attacks took place, according to noted terror experts. Aswat was also a “highly public aide” to Abu Hamza from the late 1990′s onwards.
Hamza was finally extradited from the USA in October 2012 having escaped terrorism charges for years despite his clear links to Al-Qaeda.
The fact that the French secret service planned to assassinate a public figure and then lay the blame on someone else is also likely to spark further questions surrounding the fate of Princess Diana, who died under mysterious circumstances in Paris in 1997.
It also emphasizes the fact that, far from being a “conspiracy theory,” governments routinely plan to stage false flag assassinations and terror attacks in order to further their political agenda.
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Saudi Arabia seeking to obtain atomic bomb
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 02:20 PM PST

A meeting of Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council
Saudi Arabia is reportedly trying to obtain atomic bombs as Iran and the west reach a deal over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
Abdullah al-Askar, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Saudi Arabia’s appointed Shoura Council, said he was worried after Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain — plus Germany sealed the deal, Reuters reported on Sunday.
“I am afraid Iran will give up something on to get something else from the big powers in terms of regional politics. And I’m worrying about giving Iran more space or a freer hand in the region,” he said.
Askar said that if the deal did not succeed in preventing Iran from what he claimed as building a bomb, Saudi Arabia and other countries would seek one, too.
Earlier in November, citing NATO sources, British media reports said that Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistan’s nuclear weapons projects and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will.
The reports said nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery.
According to the reports, Riyadh has had the missile technology to deliver warheads since the late 1980s.
The British media reports also quoted former Israeli military intelligence chief, Amos Yadlin, as saying that the Saudis have already paid for the bomb.
“They will go to Pakistan and bring what they need to bring,” he said at a conference in Sweden in October.
On November 24, Iran and six major world powers sealed an interim six-month deal in Geneva after intense negotiations to pave the way for a full resolution of the dispute on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

SOURCE: THE EUROPEAN TIMES.