Monday, March 28, 2011

SYRIA - The opposition had difficulties in organizing

While the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights calls for the release of demonstrators arrested March 16 in Damascus during a demonstration of families of political prisoners, the Syrian government continues to deny the very existence of a dispute. "In a country or state of emergency is in force since 1963, it is difficult to organize a rally or to defy the security services," said Elaph.

However, the Syrians were able to organize the 15 and 16 March a few rallies in cities across the country and on the thirty-two demonstrators arrested five were released on March 17. Moreover, "a page called 'the Syrian Revolution 2011' has been created on Facebook and has already attracted over 47,000 supporters."

Qatar recognizes the council as the sole representative Libyan rebel

Cairo. .- Qatar announced today that it has decided to recognize as the sole representative of Libya to the National Transition Council, the political leadership of the Libyan rebels, sources with the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The sources, quoted by the Qatari news agency, said the Doha Government believes that the rebel council, based in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, "has practically become the representative of Libya and its people." He added, "enjoys the acceptance of the Libyan people." On 12 March the Arab League, of which Qatar is one of its most prominent members, announced that it had recognized the Libyan rebel command as a partner.

Released to the young woman after she reported she had been raped by pro-Gaddafi

Eman Al Obaidi, the woman who reported Saturday at the Rixos Hotel in Benghazi had been raped and beaten by the militia of Muammar Gaddafi, has been released. This was reported on CNN, according to statements by the Libyan government spokesman, Ibrahim Moussa. The young man approached the hotel where he concentrates much of the foreign press to tell if and when in a few minutes was brutally arrested by security personnel, who took her in a car.

Merkel not reform their government despite the defeat in Baden-Württemberg

Berlin. .- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has no intention to reform its government after the electoral defeat of the parties in his coalition in regional elections held on Sunday in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. This was stated today his official spokesman, Steffeb Seibert, who said "the Chancellor has no plans so" in the usual appearance before reporters Monday.

"Moreover, such decisions are made within the parties, if taken," said Seibbert when commenting on the results of regional elections. Chancellor Merkel herself, minutes depsues, an assessment of the results: "This is a profound change in the history of Baden-Württemberg and the CDU," admitted the president, for whom the "obvious reason" for the defeat is that look at the consequences of nuclear disaster in Japan and its strong influence on the debate and nuclear energy in Germany.

Government and opposition blame each other for the possible entry of the IMF in Portugal

Portugal's political future is in the hands of its president. Aníbal Cavaco Silva on Monday continued his round of contacts, this time with the President of the Assembly of the Republic, the socialist Jaime Gama, after Friday saw all the parties represented in parliament, after the crisis opened by the resignation Luso Prime Minister Jose Socrates.

Before calling early elections, which will most likely be held the last Sunday of May or first of June, Cavaco Silva will formally accept the resignation of Socrates and dissolve Parliament. Although there is no official announcement of the elections, the two major parties have started exchanging accusations in a tone of pre season.

TUNISIA - The American impresses most Tunisians

Hard times for Western diplomacy in this era of revolution in Tunisia. A question raised by a colleague the Ambassador of France: "What lesson of France will not give us now" (and that was a bit mad!). One of us could, March 17, if the press conference was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to ask that question to Mrs.

Clinton: "What America invent new threat to keep Tunisia on a leash?" [One hundred people opposed to the arrival of Hillary Clinton in Tunisia had organized a sit-in outside the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where draconian security measures were put in place, giving rise to tensions between the teams Tunisian and American security.

Libya frees women to the media who reported being raped

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Imam al-Obeidy, the woman who introduced herself in a hotel in Tripoli to complain to foreign journalists that Gaddafi's 15 men had raped and she was detained by Secret Service members, has been released and is with his family, assured the Libyan government. Iman al-Obeidi said troops had detained pro-Gaddafi at a checkpoint had been tied up and abused her.

The Libyan government has reported that four men have been questioned about the case, including the son of a senior state official. Government spokesman Ibrahim Moussa, said in an interview with The Associated Press that the woman was a prostitute who refused to undergo a medical examination and is now with her sister in the Libyan capital.

Le Pen's extreme right gained strength in the canton of France

The second round of cantonal has confirmed the emergence of the far right of Marine Le Pen had already predicted the first round of elections. The left won the French cantonal elections, while the far-right National Front staged a big rally and came into these local institutions in which he was absent, according to polls.

The elections were marked by low turnout, which was less than 37%. The Socialists achieved the 35.05% of the vote, the conservative Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) of President Nicolas Sarkozy, 18.89%, and 10.01% National Front, according to polls. Twenty million people voted to renew the posts of general in the middle of the cantons of Hexagon.

Zimbabwe's president says that "the only good imperialist is dead"

The .- Harare Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said today during the funeral of the governor of Harare that "the only good thing is the imperialist imperialist dead", referring to the white population and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party accusing it of "agent of imperialism." In a long speech, which served to fuel the already high political tension in the country, Mugabe defended his policy of "indigenization" and accused the British targets and that Zimbabweans wanting to "always be their slaves." On Thursday, local media reported that Mugabe supporters exhumed several bodies of people allegedly killed during the British colonial regime led by Ian Smith (1964-1979), which analysts say is an attempt to revive the political intolerance against Western nations, in line with the speech today.

The Latakia Syrian army reinforced to stop bloodshed

Libyan Army military reinforcements have come in Latakia, northwest of the country to try to stop the snipers, who yesterday killed ten soldiers, two protesters and two gunmen and wounded 150 more in clashes between civilians and police during a peaceful demonstration. According to the opposition, a unit despecial snipers fired from rooftops of several buildings in the city, located 350 kilometers northwest of Damascus.

INDONESIA - Zarhul, survivor of two tsunamis

Pursued by the tsunami, Aceh in Japan. Such is the fate of Zahrul Fuad, 39, and his family who survived the two strongest earthquakes ever recorded coupled tsunami in history. "On December 26, 2004, just after the earthquake, I fled on a motorcycle with my wife and my children. When the tsunami hit, we were already far enough, unlike many of our neighbors who have not decamped as fast, "says Zahrul, then a professor of art machines Syah Kuala University [in Banda Aceh].

Now that Syria announces state of emergency lifted after 48 years

Madrid .- The Minister of Syrian Presidency Press, Bouthaina Shaaban, announced in a statement to the Qatari Al-Jazeera the next lift the emergency law, but no specific deadlines. When asked about the possible lifting of the state of emergency, which the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad had speculated, the presidential adviser said "of course." However, Shaaban would not give deadlines for action.

The Israeli army deploys a missile defense system around Gaza

The Israeli army has begun to deploy the missile system 'Iron Dome' (Iron Dome) to protect the localities affected by the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. Security forces have installed the first battery of missile defense system, which will be located near the city of Be'er Sheva (Negev capital) and begin to be operational by late Sunday, local media reported.

The system "is in an advanced process of assimilation into the Air Force and on track to be fully operational," the military statement that said that his deployment has been brought forward "in the light of recent events in southern Israel ", in reference to increasing rocket attacks and mortar rounds in the last week.

LIBYA - A month later, finally ...

It's been a month since a part of Libya was raised against the absurd and cruel rule of Colonel Gaddafi. A month that the rebel movement, which no one had suspected the possibility of hope that hands tend to avoid being drowned in blood. At the moment this newspaper from printing the complete reconquest of the country and killing by soldiers and mercenaries of the dictator no longer appears to be a matter of hours and minutes.

The rebels already control and trade in Libyan oil

Benghazi / Ajdabiya (Writing and agencies) .- The head of economic affairs of the Libyan rebels, Ali Tarhouni, assured on Sunday that Qatar has offered to buy the Libyan oil is extracted in facilities controlled by opponents of the regime Muammar Qaddafi. "We have reached an agreement with Qatar. Our next shipment will be in less than a week," said Tarhouni from the city of Benghazi, capital of 'de facto' in the area controlled by rebels.

Begins to drain water accumulated in the reactor in Fukushima

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced that it has begun to drain water accumulated in the turbine building of the reactor 1 of the Fukushima nuclear power is essential for continued work to return power to the damaged plant. In a statement issued from its headquarters in Vienna, the IAEA has indicated that the Japanese authorities have reported that TEPCO, the plant manager, has begun to pump the accumulated water to a condenser, which collects the steam passing through the turbine.

INDONESIA - Jakarta bedside Japan

Hillary Clinton rules out U.S. intervention Syria

Washington. .- The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has ruled out U.S. participation in the Syrian conflict, as it did in Libya, he said in an interview with the program Face the Nation, CBS released today. Asked by the journalist Bob Schieffer about whether his country would intervene in the unrest in Syria, Clinton was unequivocal and replied, "No".

"If there is a coalition of the international community if a resolution of the Security Council (United Nations, as in Libya), had a request from the Arab League, if there was universal condemnation, but do not think that going to happen, "said Clinton, who taped the interview yesterday, Saturday.

Italy deck pay 1,700 euros to Tunisian immigrants to return home

The Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has proposed the payment of 1,500 euros and 1,700 illegal immigrants are Tunisians in Italy and who choose to return voluntarily to their country. The proposal has been welcomed by Umberto Bossi, leader of the federalist and xenophobic Northern League, a partner in the government of Silvio Berlusconi, who has disagreed with the idea, as published by the Italian press.

TRAVEL - Welcome to the land of plague

From Paris to Bern, the foreign ministries of all European countries and the United States and Canada, have at heart to inform their countrymen of the dangers facing them in the land of Dracula [Romania ...]. A cart with a license plate rolling on the asphalt of Bucharest has become a symbol of urban Romania.

And, seen from abroad, the country is full of pickpockets scarcely less dangerous than dogs or the local pavement cracks horrible. The Belgians are also advise to have on them as photocopies of their identity documents and be careful when stopped by police: "Passengers are sometimes challenged by bogus police officers," argues an official statement .

Japan feared a leak of radioactive core of a reactor in Fukushima

Tokyo .- The high concentrations of radioactive material detected on Sunday in the reactor 2 and in waters near the nuclear power plant in Fukushima make Nipponese authorities fear that there is a leakage of substances from the nucleus of a reactor. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, indicated on Sunday that it has detected a concentration of radioactivity 10 million above normal in the water that flooded part of the basement of the turbine building of unit 2 but he has clarified that this figure was excessive and should be retested.

Most disapprove of the Japanese Government on the nuclear crisis

58.2% of Japanese people disapprove of his government at the Fukushima nuclear crisis compared to 39.3 percent who were in favor, according to a survey released by Japan's Kyodo news agency. The data shows that most do not approve of the Executive in the nuclear accident at the plant in Fukushima Daiichi (northeastern Japan), caused by the effects of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11 in Japan.

LIBYA - Thanks to Europe, Qaddafi's hands are free

When you read this, Benghazi may be dropped and the famous international community can finally say with a sigh, it's too late to intervene. It may add, with a shrug, that have had too quickly gave credit to the rebels and some bombing were enough to knock them down. But this is no longer the rebel military credit that is in question, but the fate of a civilian population prey to retaliation.

Gunmen take official headquarters and a weapons factory in Yemen

Sana'a. Gunmen .- Yemeni government opponents took a local radio station today, a weapons factory and several government offices and the security forces in the province of Abian, in southern Yemen, witnesses told Efe. One of the inhabitants of this province said that armed men, some of which belong to jihadi groups (radical Islamists), they took control of government buildings in the capital cities of Zinyibar-Abian, "Yaar and Yafe.

Arrived in Italy the first ship with immigrants from Libya

The first ship with immigrants from Libya arrived this evening in southern Italy with about 300 people on board, according to coast guard and aid agencies located in Lampedusa. The boat, the first to hit Italy since the beginning of the rebellion against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, had left Tripoli on the night of Thursday to Friday.

Most of the passengers in it were ETIP and Eritreans, including 80 women and 12 children. Apparently, the boat began taking on water, which caused an engine failure that made him the verge of naugrafar. The Italian coast guard and drove in the sighted to the island of Linosa, cerna of Lampedusa, where they are being served by volunteers.

IF NOT BEASTS - Very sociable, bats

Despite their sinister reputation, friendship is not an empty word at bats. The Bechstein's bat (Myotis bechsteinii) are able to develop strong social ties, which they keep for years. Even when they are separated from each other. This discovery, published February 9, 2011 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B [B Biological Sciences], confirms the observations made in other animals.

But it also upsets a recent hypothesis in ethology, which says it is the complexity of social interactions that would have led, over the course of evolution, the development of the brain volume of large mammals, that of man in particular . In reaching these conclusions, a German-Swiss team, led by biologist Gerald Kerth, studied for five years, two colonies of Bechstein's bat, in southern Germany.

An Israeli bombing in Gaza killed two Palestinian militants

Gaza. .- Two Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad were killed and three others injured today in the Gaza Strip in an airstrike by the Israeli army, Palestinian medical sources said. As confirmed by Adham Abu Salmiya, emergency service spokesman in Gaza, the attack occurred early in the morning in the region of Jabalia in northern Gaza.

The Israeli military confirmed in a statement this morning, "a plane of the Israeli Air Force identified a group of rocket launchers ready to fire a rocket into the Israeli home front from northern Gaza and thwarted the attempt by shooting them . confirmed to have been white. " Palestinian witnesses in the area reported that the victims were a group of Islamic Jihad militants trying to launch a rocket.

Military blow Qaddafi image after a week of allied attack

When you just turned a week since the beginning of the operation 'Dawn Odyssey', which aims to protect its own civilians Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has suffered a major blow. Has been twofold. First, from the military point of view: in the afternoon of Saturday, his loyalist forces lost control of one of the key cities of the country, Ajdabiya, about 160 kilometers from Tripoli.

The liberation of the city under the control of troops loyal to Colonel Qaddafi for almost two weeks, occurred after the coalition bombing in the area. In addition, French warplanes destroyed five Libyan military aircraft and two helicopters were at the airbase Misrata, said Thierry Burkhard, a spokesman for the French armed forces also have said the rebels have also retaken Brega, a major oil enclave.

United Kingdom believes that Libyan rebels are about to control the Libyan crude

London. .- The British Minister of Defence, Liam Fox, the rebels said today that Libya may be about to gain control of the points of Libya's oil exports, a situation that can change the "dynamics" of the conflict. Speaking to the BBC, Fox said the latest progress of the rebels, as a result of coalition air attacks against the artillery of the Libyan regime, can pave the way to reach key export ports of crude oil.

Evacuee workers in the reactor 2, which has increased radioactivity

Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has indicated that water from the underground floors of the turbine building of unit 2 of Fukushima a radioactivity was detected 10 million times higher than normal. This has forced the company to evacuate workers, according to news agency reported Jiji. In the water of unit 2 concentrations have been recorded more than 1,000 milisiervert per hour, the local agency Kyodo reported.

COTE D'IVOIRE - The hardest part begins for Ouattara

The panel of African Union delivered its verdict Thursday, March 10: Alassane Ouattara is recognized president of Ivory Coast. Meeting in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has endorsed the panel's conclusions, the result of over a month evaluating the Ivorian electoral process.

For Alassane Ouattara, is a resounding diplomatic victory, especially since nothing seemed a foregone conclusion. It's still a happy man to have been anointed by his peers as President Ouattara plain his eagerness to take office as soon as possible. "The measures being announced are binding.

NATO seeks agreement to control all operations in Libya

Brussels. .- The NATO countries will seek an agreement to take control of all military operations in Libya after assuming command of the air exclusion zone imposed against the regime of Muammar al-Gaddafi. To that end, the Allied ambassadors will meet starting at 16.00 GMT on the organization's headquarters in Brussels, diplomatic sources said.

Is expected to achieve a final agreement if the Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as made public tonight. Otherwise, the talks would continue over the coming days. Last Thursday, NATO negotiated to take over the maintenance of an air exclusion zone declared by the Security Council of the United Nations and a coalition of volunteers led by France, the United Kingdom and the United States undertook to execute.

Two Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrike

Israeli aircraft carried out an attack last night in Gaza that has resulted in the deaths of two Palestinian militants have been released by physicians located in this enclave. According to Adham Abu Salmiya, emergency service spokesman in Gaza, the attacks occurred early in the morning in northern Gaza, in the region of Jabalia.

For its part, the Israeli army has confirmed in a statement this morning, "a plane of the Israeli Air Force identified a group of rocket launchers ready to fire a rocket into the Israeli home front from northern Gaza and frustrated the shooting attempt against them. They confirmed having made white.

MALAYSIA - Intolerance done great damage

A melting pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and a myriad of other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. "This is the image promoted by the national tourism agency Malaysia. A presentation at which the Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, echoed by revealing the central theme of his policy: "One Malaysia" [A Malaysia].

"What makes Malaysia a unique example is the diversity of its people. The aim of 'Malaysia unie'est preserve and strengthen this unity in diversity which has always been our strength and remains our greatest hope for the future, "he says. Brain drain If he is sincere in its intentions, the chief government should start by ceasing to veil the face and watch things clearly in front.

The Pakistani convicted of blasphemy regrets their lives in prison

Bibi Asia may become the first person to die executed for blasphemy in Pakistan. Mother of five children, was reported by a Muslim fundamentalist in June 2009 on charges of having insulted the Prophet Mohammed during an argument with several Muslim women who had refused to drink water that had touched the Christian, to consider "unclean." Bibi was arrested after a group of Muslims stormed his home, near Lahore, and assaulted their children.

The IAEA said the nuclear crisis in Japan is still far from reaching its end

The maximum global nuclear inspector said Saturday that the nuclear crisis that Japan lives in the tsunami that badly damaged the headquarters of Fukushima is "still far from reaching the final," according to the newspaper 'The New York Times. Yukiya Amano, Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA, for its acronym in English) warned that the emergency could last for weeks or even months.