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Brazilian-French military cooperation

Posted in foreign policy with tags , , , , , on September 8, 2009 by admin

Brazil to boost its military standing with strategic French partnership deal | World | Deutsche Welle | 08.09.2009

Political scientist Daniel Flemes, who is an expert for defence politics with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg, fears that the cooperation with France can cause problems for the cooperation with Latin American neighbors and lead to a regional arms race. “The fact that Brazil gains technological know-how out of partnerships outside of Latin America, could trigger an arms race on the continent and hinder defence cooperation with the neighbouring countries,” Flemes says.

He believes that Brazil not only wants to secure its regional predominance with the contract, but is also striving to become a super power.”The country is trying to stabilise its regional predominance, not only on an economical and political, but on a military level as well. Simultaneously it wishes to expand its influence as an emerging country internationally,” Flemes says.

But he also thinks Brazil’s ambitions are a natural development, as some of its neighbors are expanding their military strength as well. “Some neighboring countries are modernising their military infrastructure. Venezuela spent four billion euros in the last four or five years on arms imports from Russia. Also Chile has increased its defence budget over the past years. So Brazil doesn’t stand alone with its military investments. Over the past five years time the total amount of defence expenditure in South America has more than doubled,” say Flemes.

Acoording to Argentinian leftist newspaper, the responsible for this boost in military expenditure has to do with USA, that is, with Obama:

Brazilian Admiral Moura Neto explained that: the reactivation of the IVth US Fleet for the South Atlantic “was not politically neither diplomatically reported to Brazil”.

That, of course, is much more politically correct than blaming Chávez, isn’t it?

France releases suspects of threatening Sarkozy

Posted in counterterrorism with tags , , , on September 6, 2009 by admin

FRENCH police have released without charge 11 people arrested last week over death threats sent to President Nicolas Sarkozy in letters stuffed with bullets, sources close to the probe said.

A tobacconist and veteran of the French Foreign Legion from the southern Montpellier region was allowed to walk free today, two days after his arrest along with that of 10 others.

…Investigators believe the letters demanding a halt to France’s expulsion of illegal immigrants and the release from jail of a leader of the armed leftist group Action Directe, came from left-wing extremists.

Beneficiaries of international terrorism

Posted in court decisions, funding with tags , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2009 by admin

Dougals Farah explores the case of:

Jamal Yousef, aka “Talal Hassan Ghantou,” an international arms trafficker, was charged with participating in a narco-terrorism conspiracy. What is interesting about the case is that it was to be a transcontinental weapons for cocaine trade. While such trades are reported anecdotally, there has been little first-hand evidence of this type of activity among designated terrorist organizations.

Yousef, a former Syrian intelligence officer, was going to sell weapons to Colombian FARC terrorists in exchange of cocaine.

This same day, a US court has jailed Belgian Mr Monsieur. Maybe he is not “famous” for the general public but he certainly is for the intelligence community:

U.S. authorities say Jacques Monsieur, a swashbuckling 56-year-old known as “the Fox” and “the Field Marshal,” conspired with an undercover agent to buy engines and parts for F-5 fighter planes for Iran.

Monsieur faces a six-count federal indictment, unsealed Wednesday, that includes charges of money laundering, smuggling and violating laws against exporting arms to Iran. He has not yet been arraigned.

Investigators arrested Monsieur last week while he was in New York on his way to France, where he lives, officials said. He becomes the latest in a string of high-rollers to fall victim to global undercover arms-trafficking operations by U.S. agents.

…Monsieur, a suave veteran of Belgian military intelligence who breeds horses on a French estate, spent two decades doing business in war zones from the Balkans to Africa.

His specialties are said to be light to medium arms and military aviation parts. He has run afoul of the law in Belgium, France and Iran, according to news reports.

…Since the 1980s, when his name came up in the Iran-Contra affair, he has specialized in supplying Iran, according to Alain Lallemand, a Belgian journalist who wrote an extensive report on Monsieur in 2002 for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a branch of the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity.

Another ETA weaponry cache discovered in France

Posted in counterterrorism with tags , , , on August 29, 2009 by admin

French police discover Eta terrorist weaponry cache

French police have discovered a cache of weaponry and explosive devices that are believed to have been used for terrorism by the Basque separatist group, Eta.

The weapons that were found in the Herault area of France included guns, explosives and detonators, and it is thought that this discovery will be a major blow to the Eta group.

Sarkozy, Merkel, Netanyahu warn of tougher sanctions against Iran

Posted in foreign policy with tags , , , , , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

Sarkozy threatens “severe” sanctions against Iran – WashingtonTV تلویزیون واشنگتن

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday warned Iran that it faced “severe” new sanctions if it continued its controversial nuclear program.

Speaking to French ambassadors in an annual foreign policy speech in Paris, Sarkozy also criticized Iranian leaders for their handling of protests following June’s disputed presidential election, reports The Press Association.

“These are the same leaders, in Iran, who tell us that the nuclear program is peaceful and that the elections were honest. Frankly, who believes them,” he said, according to The Press Association.

Merkel, Netanyahu Warn Iran of Sanctions in Nuclear Dispute – Bloomberg.com

Merkel, speaking at a joint news conference with Netanyahu in Berlin today, said the world is heading toward a September deadline for Iran to cooperate with demands to stop enriching uranium. Netanyahu called for the threat of “crippling sanctions” and Merkel said “we reject” a nuclear-armed Iran.

French security agent kidnapped in Somalia, freed

Posted in hostages with tags , on August 27, 2009 by admin

A French security agent kidnapped by insurgents in Somalia last month was a free man Wednesday and under protection at the presidential palace, officials said.

There were conflicting reports over whether the man escaped or was released and whether he had killed three of his captors. The fate of another French security agent kidnapped with him was not immediately clear.