from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A historical region and former province of north-central France in the Paris basin. In 987 the Île-de-France became the nucleus of the crown lands when Hugh Capet, Count of Paris, became the French king.


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  • However, retired Australian Army officer Brian Cloughley, who served as military attaché in Islamabad and keeps in close contact with the Pakistani military, says the ISI keeps up contact with militant groups for intelligence purposes.

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  • But Brian Cloughley says large fortified compounds are not so unusual as to draw scrutiny.

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  • And this fantastic tale comes from Brian Cloughley:One of the more peculiar sendings-off happened at a Partick Thistle home game in the mid-1990s against Kilmarnock, I believe when the referee sent off a construction worker, who was watching the game from the building site that was to become the Jackie Husband stand.

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  • Cloughley then contrasts this to the behaviour of US brass around Abu Ghraib and other issues.

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  • Jake Talamonte had two hits, scored twice and had an RBI; Cloughley finished with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored; and Oddo had two RBIs and scored a run.

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  • "It looked like fun, so I thought, 'I'm going to swing hard and see what happens," said Cloughley, who homered following Goudsmith's second blast.

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  • Cloughley points out that members of congress are funded by Jews but doesn't generalize beyond this to expose America's ruling Jewish elite.


  • Cloughley enters the fray, "And the President of the United States of America jumps to obey the Israeli prime minister."


  • At any rate, Cloughley couldn't be clearer: the US and the UK are littered with wealthy Jews peddling influence on behalf of Israel.

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  • Cloughley, who called on Joint Staff Headquarters at Chaklala just last November, explains that, far from manned by a "lone, bored-looking guard", it is a "well-guarded, large military base".

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