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Russia slams Israeli attack on Syria. US forces in Jordan on alert.
DEBKAfile 31 Jan. 2013 (Mossad-outlet)  The Israeli air strike on a military site near Damascus announced by Syria Wednesday, Jan. 30, was strongly condemned by Moscow as “blatantly violating the UN Charter and unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it.“ Debkafile: High military alerts declared across the region including Syrian Golan units, the Turkish, Jordanian, Lebanese and Israeli armies, US units in Turkey and Jordan and Russian warships off Syria.

Debkafile’s military sources say that the only external military force in the eastern Mediterranean region is a fleet of 18 Russian warships, which includes landing-craft – among the largest in the Russian Navy – with 2,000 marines aboard.The prevailing estimate in military and intelligence circles in Washington and NATO capitals is that the Israeli air attack on the Syrian military site near Damascus was but the opening shot for the coming round of military blows they expect to be exchanged in the near future between Israel, Syria and Hizballah, with Iran possibly waiting in the wings for a chance to pitch in.

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Russia said on Thursday it was very concerned
about reports of an Israeli air attack deep inside Syria near its capital Damascus. Any action of such, if confirmed, would amount to unacceptable military interference in the war-ravaged country, the Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday. “If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violates the U.N. Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Russia added that it was taking “urgent measures” to clarify the situation. Al Arabiya News 31 Jan. 2013.

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China is recasting all of their gold reserves into small one kilo bars in order to issue a new “gold-backed” currency. World Truth TV: Many say this will disrupt global trade and will eventually cause a collapse of the US dollar.
There can be no doubt that the US dollar will soon be history. This is surely a strategic part of their recent push to sign new trade agreements with Russia, Japan, Chile, Brazil, India, and Iran. The cat is now out of the bag, the US will be given the ‘bums rush’ by the largest trading nations in the world and the dollar will go down in flames. GATA now estimates that 80% of the gold that investors believe they have in allocated accounts is long gone, the majority of it probably wound up in China.

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French Employment secretary Michel Sapin said: ‘There is a state (France) but it is a totally bankrupt state’

The Daily Mail 29 Jan. 2013: A poll yesterday by Le Figaro newspaper showed eight out of ten readers agreed that France was indeed bankrupt.The Bank of France has already produced data showing that capital investment is leaving the country every day, along with the business people who helped to build it.

Among those who have moved their vast wealth out of France are Bernard Arnault, the country’s richest man and the actor, Gerard Depardieu, who now holds a Russian passport. There have even been reports that Nicolas Sarkozy, the last President of France, is preparing to move to London with his third wife, Carla Bruni, to set up an equity fund.

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Violent extremism is at its highest level in Europe since World War II and is becoming the continent’s top security threat, the European Union’s executive body said Monday.
EUbusiness 29 Jan. 2013 In a speech on the eve of talks on how to detect and prevent extremism, the EU’s commissioner for home affairs Cecilia Malmstroem urged the EU “to stand up … and protect our values that are now being challenged in many countries in Europe.”

We see a growth of extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, hatred and nationalism,” she said.

“Not since World War II have extreme and populist forces had so much influence on the national parliaments as they have today. In some countries even neo-Nazis have been elected,” she added.
Should the trend continue, next year’s European elections “might further strengthen these forces”, threatening the entire European project, Malmstroem said.
Tuesday’s talks in Brussels, gathering home affairs ministers and counter-terror experts, will look at suggestions to combat extremism based on a Europe-wide Radicalisation Awareness Network launched in September 2011.

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Disparaging words geared towards minority groups like Roma, Muslims, Jews and immigrants are becoming more common as elected officials attempt to woo a growing number of the voting electorate rooted in populist movements. (EUObserver 29 Jan. 2013).

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Authoritarianism increased last year in Russia to levels unseen since the Soviet era with a raft of harsh laws curbing political freedoms and harassment of opposition activists and critics, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.
The crackdown coincided with the return of Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin (Reuters 31 Jan. 2013).