Monday, May 16, 2011

CHINA - redoubled attacks against Ai Weiwei

More than two weeks after the arrest of the artist, the official Chinese media continues its offensive against him. Several editorials critical of both the character, an avant-garde stands by its opposition to the tradition, and the intervention of the international community. The Huanqiu Shibao, said that "it is a Chinese court - and not the international community - which must decide if Ai has committed an economic crime or not." The newspaper denounced the intrusion of the international community as an internal matter.

A French journalist examines Strauss-Kahn report other sexual assault

PARIS (Reuters) .- The French writer and journalist Tristano Banon is considering filing a complaint against the managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, for an alleged sexual assault case against him Reuters reported to his lawyer, David Koubbi. According to the writer, Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in 2002 in an apartment in the course of an interview.

The Vatican requires priests suspected of pedophilia are brought to Civil Justice

The Vatican has ordered his bishops to bring to justice the suspechosos clergy pedophilia, plus a ministry to stop them considered harmful to minors, after the recent sex scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church. The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal William Levada, has sent a letter to all bishops' conferences, which are encouraged to prepare a document, some 'guidelines', which will serve as a "procedure" for ecclesiastical authority in cases of sexual abuse by priests.

HEADLINE OF THE PRESS Bengal - Newspapers choose their camp

Monday, April 18, the day of elections began, the English daily The Telegraph of Calcutta as "Beep! The index is ready, "referring to the electronic voting machines. In its pages, the paper presents a highly critical of the communist government in power. The Bengali-language daily Bartaman evokes the "wind of change" blowing over northern West Bengal.

The Gono Shokti (Power of the People), the organ of the Communist Party, devoted its front page about him at a meeting of Left Front, who calls his supporters to "take the path of development" and not join the ranks of opposition.

Blackwater private soldiers will train Arab militants

Cairo .- The UAE authorities acknowledged today that they have hired several private companies to train and advise the Armed Forces to meet its international military commitments, among other duties. The statement comes to meet a recent report from The New York Times reports on a millionaire contract between the UAE Armed Forces and a company of the founder of the U.S.

company Blackwater, Erik Prince, who is forming a unit of Colombian mercenaries and of other nationalities. Blackwater is accused of killing 17 civilians in Baghdad in 2007. XE Services was renamed and, according to American newspaper, last year paid $ 42 million in fines for training troops in Jordan and other countries.

The post-election violence killed 800 people in three days

The wave of post-election violence that swept Nigeria in mid-April, killed 800 people in just three days. So just to confirm what Human Rights Watch (HRW), the organization that ensures respect for human rights in the world, which also indicates that ethnic and religious hatred spread in 12 northern states [of a total of 36 in Nigeria], a Muslim majority in the days following the presidential election.

"Padyatra" - Pilgrimage

The Israeli army closed the access to e-mail and Internet on their computers

Jerusalem .- Israel's army has closed off access to the Internet and e-mail accounts in almost all of their computers in order to reduce spending and avoid the leak of classified documents. With the implementation of a project called "Global Village", the Israeli military authorities have drastically reduced the network connection from their computers, in an attempt to minimize risk and to the increasingly widespread use among soldiers of the new networks social, reported the Haaretz daily.

Declared dead nine missing after the earthquake in Christchurch

New Zealand authorities declared dead nine people, including a Peruvian teacher, who remained missing after the 6.3 earthquake that struck the town of Christchurch on 22 February. The dead were four Chinese, one Russian, one Filipino and two New Zealanders, as well as Peruvian Frood Elsa Torres, 53, resident in New Zealand and director of the school of language teaching 'King's Education'.

With the declaration of Monday, the final number of casualties of the earthquake rises to 181. The judge ruled that Neil McLean all died of multiple traumatic injuries in the building of Canterbury Television collapsed after the earthquake, New Zealand television reported NZTV. The last time he was alive Frood Towers was three minutes before the quake in the interior of the building and, although his DNA was identified among the remains found, they found their car keys and wedding ring between debris.

DSK hires criminal lawyer who defended Michael Jackson of sexual harassment

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, he now expects a long legal process to defend his innocence against accusations of a young waitress in New York that has been identified only after a police lineup as the alleged assailant who tried to rape her in a room in a luxury hotel in New York on Saturday.

In a system of law and democracy every person is innocent until proven otherwise. However, from now on the image and reputation of the French director of IMF has already been seriously tarnished, and could be the beginning of the end of his political career to have predicted to back the international organization in Washington where he receives an annual fee of around € 500,000 gross per year.

Mexican Zetas kill 28 peasants in northern Guatemala

The Guatemalan authorities have blamed the drug cartel and Mexican hitmen 'The Zetas' the killing of 28 peasants, including two women, who was shot dead and beheaded in northern Guatemala. The deputy director of the National Civil Police (PNC), Gerson Oliva, told reporters that the bodies of 26 men and two women were found Sunday at the finca Los Cocos, about 630 kilometers north of the Guatemalan capital.

RUSSIA - Moscow between dogs and wolves

In Moscow, biologists who study dogs have noted a trend that has something intriguing, since the behavior of some of these animals would take them back to their wild origins. While living in a megalopolis in the middle of humans, they begin to resemble more and more to their forest cousins, the wolves.

How is this possible? According to animal advocates and environmentalists, the capital would have between 20,000 and 100,000 stray dogs. If their evaluations are imprecise is that there is no counting system, but, according to experts, the figure of 30,000 would be most likely. Their number has not changed since the late 1990s, but it must be added the 12 000 animals (again, the figures are not always reliable) of the 22 shelters in Moscow.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is reunited with his wife after six weeks alone

This weekend ended six weeks of anguish for the family of Chinese dissident artist, Ai Weiwei. The police allowed his wife, Lu Qing, to visit the place where it has held since April 3 when he was arrested at the airport in Beijing, where he was preparing to travel to Germany. The Chinese authorities claim that this internationally acclaimed artist is being investigated for alleged financial Delians.

The Israeli army pushed back to a ship bound for Gaza with air trips

The Israeli army drove them back with shots in the air on Monday to a merchant ship sailing under Moldovan flag into the waters of the Gaza Strip, under a sea blockade by Israel. "What has happened is that a merchant ship from [the Egyptian port of] El Arish, which was parked a couple of days, went this morning to the waters of the Gaza Strip.

He was contacted by radio by a unit of Army, and when asked for his course replied that on his way to Gaza, "an Israeli army spokesman. As she approached the area in which Israel established a blockade, the Israeli Navy "made several warning shots in the air and the boat turned and retreated," said the spokesman.

ITALY-FRANCE - Keep immigrants for you, please!

In recent weeks, two populations compete in Europe and the spectacle they offer is miserable. The epithet is not too strong, because their quarrel revolves around the refugees who daily dock on our shores, often after seeing their son, their father or their friends sink into the waters of the Mediterranean.

These same waters where we Europeans plunge soon for our first summer bath. Council President Silvio Berlusconi has described the exodus of "tsunami" a natural disaster, a phenomenon that emerged from the bowels of the Mediterranean, and thus faceless. France and Italy to behave as these refugees face a tidal wave.

The prosecutor asked today the arrest of Gaddafi

Before noon on Monday is expected that the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo, made public his claim to the Criminal Chamber of the court of the arrest of Muammar Gaddafi, on his son Saif Islam and against his former security chief Abdullah Senusi, report to La Vanguardia sources very close to the case.

The research environment at Gaddafi and his closest collaborators of resolution 1970 Security Council United Nations, adopted unanimously on 26 February. That day, the Council condemned the violent response of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi popular protests that occurred from days before in many cities of Libya.

The trial against four former senior Khmer Rouge

The long-awaited trial of four former senior Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979) will begin on June 27 in Phnom Penh, as announced by the International Tribunal. Nou Chea, a senior member of the totalitarian communist regime of Pol Pot, along with his foreign minister, Ieng Sary, the party chairman Democratic Kampuchea, Khieu Samphan, and Ieng Tirith, Minister of Social Affairs, have been indicted for war crimes , crimes against humanity and genocide.

A new attack in Pakistan ends the life of a Saudi diplomat

Karachi .- New attack in Pakistan, the third in fatalities after the death of Osama bin Laden on 2 May. On this occasion, a group of armed men on motorcycles have attacked on Monday the consulate vehicle in Karachi and Saudi Arabia have ended the life of a Saudi diplomat has assured the local police.

The attackers first threw hand grenades at the vehicle before shooting. The incident occurred in the commercial center of the Pakistani city. No injuries after the attack. "We condemn this attack. None of that carried out this type of action can be a Muslim," said Saudi Ambassador Abdul Aziz al-Ghadeer, told Reuters.

Court appearance delayed Strauss-Kahn to find more evidence

The bringing to justice of Domique Strauss-Kahn, IMF Managing Director charged with attempted rape at the Sofitel New York, was finally postponed until Monday to give the prosecutor time to gather more evidence against him. Strauss-Kahn has left the police station handcuffed New York where he had been in the last few hours and was transferred to a destination still unknown, as recorded by the Agence France Presse.

UNITED KINGDOM - The British are still with their hands on plutonium

The nuclear crisis in Japan is halting a project orchestrated by the British government to use its stockpile of plutonium, the world's largest, stored on the Sellafield site in Cumbria [in the north of England]. The nervousness of the Japanese today leads a freeze on international trade in nuclear fuel reprocessed, considered essential for London to solve the problem of plutonium management.

Police in New York delayed the appearance of Strauss-Kahn to gather more evidence

New York - After his arrest in New York on charges of sexual assault, the managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn will appear Monday afternoon in court. A date originally scheduled for Sunday in New York, where he was going to read the charges and possibly solve a bond, was postponed until tomorrow morning, said William Taylor, counsel for the senior French official was quoted Monday by the U.S.

Gates believes accelerate premature withdrawal from Afghanistan after the death of Bin Laden

The Secretary of State for Defence Robert Gates believes it would be "premature" to accelerate the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan after the elimination of bin Laden, said in an interview with U.S. broadcaster CBS. 'Operation Geronimo "has increased demands have to be reduced as soon as the presence of U.S.

troops in Afghanistan. President Obama will consider phasing plans, which will begin in July with the return home of some 100,000 soldiers. "Just last week," the capture of the head of al Qaeda, Gates argued, and "people are now reaching historical conclusions, I think it's going a little fast," he said.

FRANCE - Elysée first lobbyist European

The most influential lobbyist pronuclear the planet right now, by far, is the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, the headquarters of the French Presidency of the Republic. Through his office, Nicolas Sarkozy presides over the destinies of the world's largest producer of nuclear electricity, Electricite de France, EDF short version.

The group, which the French state holds about 90%, achieved in 2010 a turnover of just over 65 billion euros, of which three quarters is attributable to nuclear power. His boss, Henri Proglio, has established close contacts with the Elysee and is among the classmates of the former economy minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn, now director of the International Monetary Fund, also a strong supporter nuclear.

The Bin Laden Pajamas

The debate over whether it was morally acceptable to kill Bin Laden has lasted just a few days in Europe, but U.S. has not lost a minute disquisitions. The renowned journalist Barbara Probst Solomon wrote an article in El Pais that summarized the American view: "According to the law it is lawful to shoot at the head of your enemies." The fact that he ordered the operation was Obama introduced a new element of confusion in the European intelligentsia, would have been easier if Bush had given the order to remove it.

Story of an arrest: 13.00, Sofitel hotel, room 2806

10 minutes spent 16.00 hours (20.00 GMT) on Saturday afternoon when the IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested on charges of sexual assault, attempted rape and imprisonment aboard the plane that take back to Paris. Thus began the nightmare for one of the most powerful men in the world, after one of the assistants at the luxurious Sofitel New York (where the suite costs more than 2,000 euros a night, while DSK paid $ 525 for a regular room and offered an 'upgrade' because the suite was empty, as have required the IMF and the hotel) accused him of having attempted to rape.

SURVEY - Chernobyl has not completed its work

"And Chernobyl smokes, For its burning fire ... And the eternal memory is sung by birds of God." Stepan Roudianskiy, 1857 After the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, April 26, 1986, much of the territory Polesie [region in northern Ukraine], rich in rivers and lakes became inhospitable for its inhabitants.

Major rivers such as Pripyat, the Ouj the Sakhan, the Braguinka the Glynnitsia pass through the exclusion zone, which extends the Kiev reservoir (with an area of approximately 23 square kilometers) for storing water required for cooling the plant. All these waters were heavily contaminated with radioactive elements.

The Palestinian president says that "the blood shed will not be in vain"

Ramallah. .- The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, said today in a televised speech to mark the Day of the Nakba (Catastrophe), the "blood shed for freedom of the Palestinians will not be in vain." "The will of the people is stronger than the power of oppressive forces," he said in a speech on Palestinian television, referring to at least fifteen people were killed in protests the day that commemorates the exile and the loss of land the creation in 1948 of the State of Israel.

The complicated diplomatic immunity Dominique Strauss-Kahn

If the IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, decides to seek diplomatic immunity to avoid sexual assault charges, is likely to face a winding road where they collide the laws and international treaties, the policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the recent U.S. court decisions.

Under the IMF and its Charter, employees of a limited benefit of diplomatic immunity known as "immunity of the facts." This immunity is related to the activities undertaken in the course of their work for the Fund. Article IX of the agreement states that the staff of the Fund "shall enjoy immunity from jurisdiction in respect of official acts performed by them." But even then, the agreement states that the Fund may elect to waive immunity.

At least seven civilians killed by bombing the Syrian Army

Amman. .- At least seven Syrian civilians were killed Sunday by the bombing of the Syrian army to suppress a protest for democracy in the city of Telkelakh near the border with Lebanon, as reported by a group of activists. The bombing was concentrated in the districts of Al Burj, Ghalioun, Souk and Mahata, has informed in a statement the Local Coordination Committees.

Maximum tension on the border of Israel with Syria and Lebanon after the bloody Nakba

Jordanian police announced Monday that 25 people, including 11 policemen, were injured after last Sunday's intervention to prevent demonstrators reaching the border with Israel to commemorate the Nakba, according to AFP. "Three policemen are still hospitalized and UNOP of them in critical condition after being hit by a car," police stated in a statement.

While Israel has significantly strengthened security in all its borders and repair the damage caused to the fence border with Syria, the Druze village of Majdal Shams located in the Golan Heights (occupied by Israel in the war of 67) has awakened traumatized. Its inhabitants, who are considered "100% Syrians" and have family on the other side of the call shouting hill, were surprised on Sunday to see the central square some 150 Palestinians who had infiltrated from Syria demanding the return of the refugees.

Aisha Gaddafi, the daughter of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi - Ferocious

Schäuble does not believe that Strauss-Kahn's arrest affect EU rescue plan

Berlin. (EFE) .- The German finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, does not believe that the arrest of IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, to affect the negotiations on the rescue packages in the eurozone. "The IMF is a well-organized and is fully operational and will have a representative in key meetings.

The solution of the problems are not affected by it." Schäuble said in the "Bericht aus Berlin" of the First Chain German Television (ARD). The IMF holds a third over the rescue packages for countries in the eurozone have been involved in the debt crisis. The Eurogroup tomorrow wants to pass an aid package worth Portugal 78,000 million euros.

Egyptian Foreign Minister is elected as head of the Arab League

Cairo. .- The Egyptian foreign minister, Nabil El-Arabi, was today unanimously elected successor as secretary general Amr Moussa of the Arab League at a special meeting in Cairo. "I take this responsibility difficult while the Arab world faces many problems and find it hard to say that I will follow the same path of Amr Moussa, he has achieved in the last ten years to increase the importance of the Arab League," said El Arabi.

Sodomy or routine in Iranian prisons

The cruelty they are subjected prisoners Iranian prisons was again the subject of complaint. Mehdi Mahmoudi, a journalist close to the opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi doing time in prison Rajai Shahr (Karaj, near Tehran), has written a letter to Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, reporting cases of rape occur every day in this prison.

"In Rajai Shahr whatever good looks, lack of physical strength or do not have enough money to pay protection is forced to spend every night in a cell to be violated," he writes Mahmudi. "Each 'object' has an owner who makes money with it and sometimes sell it to others," continues in a shocking story.

Donald Trump, American billionaire - Whistleblower

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IMF appoints managing director John Lipsky functions

Washington. .- The IMF announced on Sunday the appointment of John Lipsky as the new acting director of the institution, in the absence of Dominique Strauss-Khan, currently detained in New York on charges of sexual assault. As explained by the IMF spokesman Bill Murray, "according to standard procedures in the Fund, Lipsky acts as the managing director when the holder is not in Washington, the headquarters of the multilateral institution.

Elmar Weisser, world champion whiskers

A German hairdresser has won the award for best mustache of the world at the World Championships held in Trondheim mustache, Norway. Elmar Weisser, 47 years old, beat 160 competitors with its elaborate mustache whose left end could be the figure of a moose. This is the third time Weisser is a winner (and world champion, therefore) of this unusual contest.

In 2005 he won the title by a whisker in the shape of the Brandenburg Gate and in 2007 again won thanks to an elaborate representation of London Bridge braided the hair of his mustache. Speaking to AFP Weisser obtained by the BBC has acknowledged that its establishment was preparing for the championship of Trondheim from seven o'clock on Sunday, and the development of hair 'bigotil' received invaluable help from his sister.