Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ban calls on Security Council "concrete actions" against the Libyan regime

United Nations. .- The Council of the UN Security today began an emergency meeting on the situation in Libya with an appeal from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, to take concrete actions to stop the bloodshed in the North African country. "It is time that the Security Council considers action. The next hours and days will be decisive for the future of Libya as well as for the entire region," said the UN chief also informed that the number of killed in Libya can reach thousands.

Who controls the coast and the cities of Libya?

The popular uprisings threaten to overthrow the government of Moammar Gadhafi, who has lost most of the coastal enclaves from which oil and gas exports from Libya. From west to east, this is the list of major cities, whose population has grown mainly in the nuclei where they are located, energy infrastructure.

Libya, the third largest oil producer and leader in the African reserves, before the riots drew about 1.6 million barrels a day. Controlled by the militias of the opposition, as exiles who have fled to Tunisia. Control unknown. According to witnesses who arrived in Tunisia, could have fallen into the hands of civilians, but this information has not been corroborated.

ANIMATION - The "handmade" triumph

In these days of digital revolution where you turn short films on mobile phones and entire movies based special effects, animations done manually frame by frame (stop motion) make a splash on the Internet. Whether movie scenes recreated with Lego pieces or the story of two baby teeth told through a series of photos, these are projects analog, sometimes childlike simplicity, even if their implementation so much work.

U.S. announced the imposition of sanctions against Libya

Washington. .- The U.S. Government. UU. impose unilateral sanctions against Libya, and seek to coordinate international sanctions against the use of violence by the regime of Muammar Qaddafi, announced today the White House. In his daily briefing, the White House spokesman, Jay Carney, said that while it is still finalizing the process of imposing sanctions, already has frozen arms sales to Libya, until now under consideration, and " very limited "military cooperation between the two countries.

Obama: Gaddafi must leave now

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, has analyzed the situation on Saturday in Libya in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which has ensured that the North African country's dictator, Muammar Qaddafi must now let the power . "When the only way for a leader to stay in power is the use of violence against its own people, has lost the legitimacy to govern and should do what is right for your country leave now," said Obama Merkel , according to a statement released by the White House.

The White House claimed the integration of gays by appointing director of a gay Social Secretariat

Washington. .- The White House announced today the appointment of Jeremy Bernard, who was until now an adviser to the embassy in France and is gay, as director of Social Ministry, which organizes social events presidential. The appointment has a special meaning because it comes days after Barack Obama made public through the Attorney General would not support the law against gay marriage.

He said the U.S. president, Barack Obama, in a statement, "Jeremy heads our vision of the White House and the People's House, which celebrates our history and our culture in a dynamic and inclusive." Before moving to Paris last year, Bernard worked in the White House as a liaison with the National Endowment for the Arts, between 2008 and 2010.

The former Libyan Minister of Justice announced that it will form a government opponent

The former Libyan Justice Minister Mustafa Abdulyalil has announced that the opposition will form a national unity government composed of civilian and military, and that three months was held democratic elections. Abdulyalil, who resigned this week in protest at the violent repression of demonstrations against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, has told the Qatari television network Al Jazeera that the government will have "a democratic framework." In a videoconference connection with Al-Jazeera from the eastern Libyan city of Al Beida, controlled by the opposition, the former minister has said that this cabinet will be formed to "respect all international agreements." He added that, with a view to the formation of the temporary cabinet is maintained contacts with political personalities in the West, which has not identifiable.

JAPAN - Something is rotten in the kingdom of sumo

After the match fixing scandals, the Japan Sumo Federation (SJF) has decided to cancel the tournament to be held in March in Osaka. Despite suspicions of trickery that has long hovered on the sumo federation had hitherto always denied the rumors. This time, the physical evidence existed. This is some text messages exchanged between rikishi [wrestlers] and discovered by police during the investigation conducted last year on sumo wrestlers who participated in a bet secretly organized by the mob.

Libya's ambassador to the UN said that Gaddafi "is crazy"

New York. .- The Libyan deputy ambassador to the UN, Ibrahim Dabbashi, assured on Friday that his country's leader, Muammar Gaddafi, who pleaded to in absentia this week, "is" crazy "and will not be captured alive. "It's crazy and mentally not stable," he said. "Endure until the last moment, until they kill or commit suicide," he added.

He also stated that Libya will probably soon interrupted oil exports for security reasons, but said the sector "is in good hands under the control of people and suffer no harm." Besides, Dabbashi Security Council urged the UN to take action "immediately" by imposing sanctions against Gaddafi and other Libyan leaders.

France temporarily suspended the activities of its embassy in Libya

France has decided to temporarily suspend the activities of its embassy in Libya and repatriate the embassy staff by the violence generated about protests against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed that a special flight of the Air Force pulled out of Libya on Saturday to 122 people, 28 of them French and other foreigners, among whom was "the embassy staff, including Ambassador" .

CHINA - Chinese version of Twitter and charitable

It all began in a totally casual in appearance. January 17 to 14 h 20, after receiving a private message, Professor Yu Jianrong has suddenly decided to open a new conversation about him microblogging Weibo. "What a disgrace! Yang Weixin, a 6-year-old native of Quanzhou, Fujian Province, was abducted in 2009 and deliberately mutilated to go beg in the streets.

In early 2010, a user has noticed a street in Xiamen and took pictures. Today, it is not known what became of him. The call for help on the really challenged me, "he wrote and published. Followed the link to a message posted by the mother of Yang Weixin on the forum to serve the citizens of Fuzhou.

Tunisia hold elections before the end of July

Tunisia. Transition .- The Tunisian Government today announced the call for elections in the country "than the middle of next July", according to a statement released by the official news agency TAP, which does not specify whether legislative or presidential elections are. "The Government has examined the political terms and has decided that consultations with various political groups should not exceed half of March," the statement said, adding that "the elections will be organized as a peak in mid July 2011." The Transitional Executive Tunisian Ghanuchi led by Mohamed, has been strongly contested in the country and tens of thousands of protesters demanded today in the center of Tunisia for his resignation in full.

Three killed in protests against the Transitional Government of Tunisia

At least three people were killed and 85 injured in a riot in the Tunisian capital between police and protesters demanding the resignation of the transitional government. According to Interior Ministry sources, the three killed were civilians who were among the demonstrators. In addition, more than a hundred people have been arrested, "essentially by acts of vandalism." The movement of people and vehicles Burghiba Avenue, the main thoroughfare of the capital of Tunisia, has been banned throughout this weekend, the agency TAP.


Technically, Weibo is nothing that the Chinese version of Twitter. The difference is that the U.S. microblogging site is a free tool, while Weibo is controlled by the Chinese authorities. Instead of simply prohibiting the tool, they chose to Sinicize to better control it, just like the Internet. Result: Weibo supplant Twitter in China.

End 2010, there were over 100 million Chinese microbloggers. 2010 was named the year I Weibo!

Growing international pressure against Gaddafi

Barcelona. .- The Libyan revolt has alerted half the world. Not only for being the bloodiest of the rebellions in northern Africa, but by the importance that the Libyan oil for Europe: Four-fifths of Libyan oil ends up in the old continent. So-economically, militarily and diplomatically, Libya is the first item on the agenda of the day.

Thus, the U.S. Government. UU. impose unilateral sanctions against Libya, and seek to coordinate international sanctions against the use of violence by the regime of Muammar Qaddafi, announced today the White House. In his daily briefing, the White House spokesman, Jay Carney, said among other things EE.

The Catholic Church announces the release of nine political prisoners in Cuba

The Catholic Church in Cuba has announced the release of one of the dissidents of the Group of 75 which rejects exile in Spain, and the release and transfer to Madrid from eight other prisoners who do not belong to that group. The Archbishop of Havana, said in a statement the next release of Diosdado González Marrero, one of six prisoners of the Group of 75 who were in jail and was sentenced to 20 years in the crackdown against dissidents in 2003.

Berlusconi made a joke about himself and compared with Franco

Rome. .- The Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi, said jokingly that he is a dictator and leader Francisco Franco reminded during a press conference at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Italian Government. The joke came when a journalist from the satellite television channel Sky TG24 gave the agent an envelope with an invitation to attend a televised political debate.

Berlusconi, having accepted the envelope, he replied: "I am a dictator, right? So I say as did General Franco, when receiving said things like, 'Well, thanks,' and then he added: 'The Fire' ". During the press conference, which presented the Foundation Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian prime minister also joked about the Ruby case, which will be tried on April 6 for two cases of abuse of power and incitement to prostitution minors.

Spanish in search of El Dorado

At 79 years, Juan Otero has seen the marvels and miseries of the lost world. The isolated area of mountains dotted with prehistoric-known as tepuis, "that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle immortalized in his book The Lost World. Galician from Ferrol This would be a sailor. He completed his studies in Barcelona Marina Mercante fifties, and became part of the crew of the training ship Juan Sebastian Elcano.

IRELAND - Go vote and then return to tighten their belts

Hope, integrity and realistic promises are rare commodities in the Republic of Ireland, who will know her 31es February 25 parliamentary elections. However, the anger swells. During the heyday of the Celtic Tiger, the Irish had felt rich for the first time in their history. But the tiger declined and then collapsed.

The new government will inherit huge debt, caused mainly by banks and property developers addicted to speculation, debts that the state guarantees, which would necessarily lead to its bankruptcy. For many, the cessation of payment is inevitable, even desirable. No riot has broken out, but a dull anger brewing in the streets of central Dublin.

Gaddafi appears by surprise in Tripoli's Green Square: "I am one of you"

Barcelona. (Writing and Agencies) .- For the third time in four days, Gaddafi has turned to his supporters. This time it has been in Tripoli's Green Square, at the time that the capital is already the scene of clashes between supporters of the regime and opposition forces, who already control the east.

Gaddafi, in a broadcast by Al Jazeera discruso has again appealed to his manhood encorajinar Village for their supporters. "I'm one of you. I applaud your courage, your courage," he said in a speech without further argument that his own harangue, which lasted just over five minutes. Amid cheers from his supporters, a strong warm Gaddafi has concluded his speech by encouraging his people to "dance and sing, rejoice", the ruling still insisted on his theory that the rebellion is fostered by "foreign forces", "Let to respond to any alien, as we have done before in the past.

The Egyptians back to Tahrir Square and the army accused of betraying the people

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces denied on Saturday that Egypt has given orders to the military police to attack protesters in Tahrir, calling the incidents in Cairo's central square "unintended clashes." The military junta ruling the country since President Hosni Mubarak resigned on February 11, made the announcement in a brief statement posted on his Facebook page.

The note comes after the police violently evicted hundreds announces that it intended to camp on Friday night in the Plaza de la Liberación. The place, the epicenter of political protest that ended with the Mubarak regime, was freed after the overthrow of president. However, on Friday, tens of thousands of people protested in the square asking for faster political change and accusing the military of not keeping their promises.

TUNISIA - Mohamed Ghannouchi scares

Ghannouchi, I was still a child when your followers terrorized their fellow citizens by spreading vitriol on their faces. I was a kid, but I still remember. A few smiles before the television cameras and a few stunts do not make me forget, nor will I forget the decades of statements, position papers, but a single political project.

The tree of communication and computation and electoral politician does not hide the forest of the back of your mind and your ideology. However, the biggest travesty is the supposed progressiveness of thought and reformism of the alleged political project of your party. What a joke! Plastic surgery had its effect, but under the guise of fundamentalism remains glossy.

Al Qaeda in the Maghreb, the French hostage released in September 2010

Barcelona. (Editorial) .- A French citizen kidnapped along with four fellow last September in Niger by members of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has been released, according to various agencies, citing a statement by a minister of the Government of Togo. Larriba Françoise is cancer-stricken wife of one of the miners, the Jean-Claude Madagascar and Togo Rakotorilalao Alex Awando.

Also, a citizen of Togo and another in Madagascar have also been released. The release came in last night, the Elysee Palace said in a statement that the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, he moved his gratitude "to the Niger authorities, as well as those who have participated in the liberation, in particular companies Areva and Vinci-SATOM "without giving further details about the events.

Gaddafi's family first recognized a desire for change in the riots

Seif Al-Islam, a favorite to succeed his father Muammar Gaddafi in front of power in Libya, has acknowledged for the first time that exists in the country "an inner willingness to change," which has led revolts against his father, but he insists that "the incentive comes from abroad", who "manipulated" the population.

Gaddafi's son said in an interview with Al-Arabiya no choice but to maintain the regime of his father: "What is happening in the country has opened the door to all options, including civil war." The "dolphin" Gadhafi accuses the leaders of the revolution as "terrorists." "They do not want a constitution.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - The sad experience of Gaza

Gaza was already known as a very traditional and conservative society well before Hamas took control does [June 2007]. Its population is dense and composed primarily of Palestinian refugees who have long suffered from poverty and a sense of abandonment. But since his coup, Hamas has stepped up its efforts and activities to Islamize the social life of Gazans.

The process of Islamization is implemented by the Hamas government and its security apparatus, as well as by groups of da'wa [Islamic sermon], who go door to door urging residents to adhere to Islamic laws and adopt the hijab and the traditional dress. Hamas does not merely impose the Islamic social codes in everyday life: it also has its grip on the social, educational and religious indoctrinating the people and inculcating Islamic values.

Spain will ask NATO to deploy aircraft and ships off the coast of Libya

Madrid .- The Minister of Defence, Carme Chacón, today asked NATO to the deployment of AWACS surveillance aircraft early warning and the concentration of vessels to strengthen surveillance in the waters of the Central Mediterranean, off the coast of Libya. Defence Ministry sources have told Reuters that Chacon will make this request through the permanent ambassador of Spain to the Atlantic Alliance, Carlos Miranda, at the special meeting called for this afternoon by NATO.

A restaurant sells milk ice cream

A London restaurant located in Covent Garden, offers a new ice cream made with breast milk, which they have named 'Baby Gaga', as reported by the BBC on Saturday. The dessert, made with donations from a mother named Victoria Hiley, served with a biscuit and an optional jet Calpol (brand of a drug with paracetamol for children) or Bonjela (for mouth problems gel), according to the source.

Hiley, 35, said that if adults understand what is tastier than breast milk, new mothers would be encouraged to breastfeed. Hiley donation is pasteurized before being used to make ice cream, then it is beaten with Madagascar vanilla and lemon zest. The end result is 14 pounds (16.5 euros).

POLICY - Turkey remains a secular country

Since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in Turkey in late 2002, the media have struggled to find a suitable adjective to describe it. While the AKP is to be called "conservative" and clearly states that it "is not a religious party", the current definitions adopted by the press range from "mildly Islamic" to "pro-Islamic" by the way by "Islamic trend" and, at critical moments, merely "Islamist".

New protests in Tunisia demanding the resignation of the government

Tunis, February 25 .- Thousands of people gathered today at the Government Palace in the Medina of Tunis city center to demand the resignation of executive transition and Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghanuchi, according to EFE found. Moreover, the Tunisian authorities have now strengthened emergency medical device along the border with Libya in anticipation that refugees continue to arrive from that country.

A man blows himself up in a supermarket in Moscow

A man has died at the entrance of a shop in the northeast of Moscow to make a grenade he was carrying, according to Interfax news agency reported, quoting police. The man died on the spot. "The man parked his jeep in the car park, has begun to walk toward the entrance, has mumbled something unintelligible and then the ring has thrown a grenade exploded," say some tesgigos.

Since early this year, when there was a suicide, caused by a student on the Ingush-International Terminal Moscow's Domodedovo airport, which killed 35 people and left more than 130 wounded, the city lives in a permanent state warning. In recent weeks, two shopping centers in the Russian capital have been evacuated by bomb alerts, which later proved false.

POLITICS - Another Middle East

Will we witness a "new Middle East"? Ghassan Salame. No. The term "New Middle East" has become a foil for serving political projects imposed from above and obeyed geopolitical considerations. What happens today is instead the result of pressure from people, and especially youth. So anything else. This is just the beginning.

Other changes will occur even more significant and will affect the way we govern in different Arab countries, even where there has been no rebellion. If you look closely, we notice that all Arab countries have experienced changes in recent weeks to varying degrees in the organization of power, to prevent a rebellion or an attempt to stem the tide.

Italy is planning a military intervention in Libya

ROME .- Italian Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa, announced that his department "has provided military intervention" to get blocked Italian citizens and only hopes "the Foreign Ministry's approval" to carry it out. On Thursday, the Ministry of Defense sent two C-130, one military and one belonging to the Italian airline to repatriate more than 200 Italian and European citizens were still in Tripoli and in the city of Sheba.

The conservative Enda Kenny would win in Ireland but would not achieve an absolute majority

The Irish voted on Friday for change. This is confirmed by the only poll to exit polls commissioned by the Irish public broadcaster unveiled a few minutes before the start of the recount in 43 constituencies in the country. The survey sheds no big surprises: the election the Conservatives would have won the Fine Gael but without an absolute majority and its leader Enda Kenny should negotiate his position to govern.

Holiday to Tunisia: Sarkozy will want to replace Foreign Minister

In France, Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie has appeared in France before they are replaced Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie has appeared before their separation. Citing government sources said on Saturday President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to replace his load had become Secretary of State no later than the beginning of the week.

The most important candidate for defense minister Alain Juppe its successor is named. Alliot-Marie has come because of conflicts of interest in a vacation at the beginning of the Tunisian revolution in a credibility crisis. She had at that time the beleaguered Tunisian leadership offered police assistance and to fly from one of the former leadership close friends in his private jet leave.

No-fly zone over Libya: Open questions for May and Can

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen: would a no-fly zone over Libya fall within the range of uses of NATO on Tuesday the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Libyan UN Mission in New York was still a lonely furrow: Ibrahim Dabbashi spoke of an "incipient genocide" in his home . The United Nations called for the renegade diplomat should adopt a no-fly zone over Libya.

Alarmed by reports that Gaddafi's air force has bombed protesters, others have joined the appeal: the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay, former British Foreign Secretary Owen and - most important voice than before - French President Sarkozy. On Thursday evening, called the White House spokesman as a no-fly zone option that is on the table.

Assets should be frozen, America imposed sanctions against Libya

Residents carry the coffin of a have been killed in the protests against Gaddafi man through the streets of Benghazi Even before the United Nations and the European Union, the United States imposed sanctions against the Libyan leadership. The measures are aimed against the regime of Muammar al-Gaddafi, not against the Libyan people, Barack Obama said on Friday evening in Washington.

The continuing violence, constituted an "extraordinary threat" to national security and foreign policy interests of America's national On the orders Obama to the fortunes of the leadership team will be frozen at Gaddafi, including those of children of the leaders and all persons involved in human rights violations against government opponents were.

Tunis: three dead in clashes in the center

Three people were killed Saturday in clashes erupted between protesters and police in downtown Tunis. This was announced by the Interior Ministry in a statement. The police launched tear gas and fired several warning shots as protesters hurled stones. Servants of the anti-riot units and others in civilian clothes, most hoods, tried to repel the demonstrators.

Human Rights: UN recommends suspension of Libya

Account closures and travel bans on the Libyan leadership to leaders al Gaddafi? The UN Human Rights Council has unanimously recommended the suspension of Libya from the Board and ordered an investigation of violence against demonstrators in the North African country. Earlier, in the emergency meeting of the Council in Geneva on Friday renounced the entire Libyan UN Mission of leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Egypt, the police charged the demonstrators

It began as just another peaceful invasion of Tahrir Square, now ritual on Friday, to remind the General that they must not betray the Revolution. It was transformed in the early hours of Saturday in a violent clash: military police armed with tasers and batons, their faces covered by masks, stormed the 2,000 demonstrators remained after midnight to ask, especially, the removal of Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, "residue of the old regime." The officers of the armed forces then fired into the air and someone among the protesters fell to the ground, witnesses said, while others among the mackerel ways brutal military tents erected again in Liberation Square, as in the days of the uprising when the 'huge open space had become a village inhabited well at night.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former boss of the Yukos oil company

"Believe it or not, but I really feel for Viktor Danilkine," said the former Russian oligarch, in prison since 2003, about the judge who sentenced him at his second trial in late December 2010, a penalty total of fourteen years' imprisonment. The assistant judge, Natalia Vassilieva, has revealed that the verdict was dictated by the Kremlin.

Philippines will pay $ 1,000 to victims of the Marcos dictatorship

It's been a quarter century. Many Filipinos have already died, others are retired or about to enter the third age, but surely they all had a feeling of satisfaction yesterday when they heard the news that would be compensated for having been victims of the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, who chaired Philippines with an iron fist between December 1965 and February 1986.

American lawyer Robert Swift announced yesterday that the 7,500 Filipinos who in 1986 reported being victims of the repression of the Marcos regime will receive $ 1,000 each from next week. This figure, which in Western settings may seem a pittance, and more if one takes into account the damage done and the time has passed, no longer a small fortune in a country where one in three people in a population of 94 million live on less than a dollar a day.

Wisconsin makes the first move to cut labor rights in U.S.

The state of Wisconsin, in the northern United States, has taken the first step to cut labor rights of public employees to approve on Friday the House of Representatives a bill against thousands of people protesting for weeks. After the House approved the project this morning, in a stormy session that lasted 61 hours, the measure passes the Senate, where however not able to vote until they return 14 Democratic senators who left the state for days to avoid quorums.