Wednesday, June 8, 2011

THAILAND - A year later, the wounds remain open

Those in the ranks of the ruling elite, believed that by suppressing their opponents in the blood - the violence [of April and May 2010] that killed 92 people in both camps, but especially in the "red shirts", and having done more than a thousand wounded - they had achieved their purpose would do well to think twice.

For now, the red shirts are even more critical and more angry against the establishment they accuse of orchestrating all the political manipulation behind the scenes over the years, especially since the military coup of 2006 [which overthrew Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra]. The country has marked May 19 the first anniversary of the crackdown, and many red shirts seem more than ever determined to continue the fight, not only on behalf of their political idol Thaksin Shinawatra, former Prime Minister pursued by justice but also in memory of their fallen loved ones in the streets of Bangkok in 2010.

BRAZIL - deforestation Renewed

Deforestation in the Amazon state has increased 27% year on year, according to the same data from the Ministry of Environment, reveals A Folha de São Paulo. The satellite observations show Deter between August 2010 and April 2011, 1848 square kilometers of forest were destroyed, where a year earlier, during the same period, 1455 square kilometers of trees had disappeared.

The minister, Izabella Teixeira, finds the situation "worrying" and to convene a crisis, but it refuses to link this trend with the discussion on the Forestry Code, which should facilitate the right of landowners to exploit agricultural land and So to cut trees. The newspaper leaves instead hear that "many owners, knowing that the code granting them amnesty, early voting and have already begun to destroy the forest." The discussion should be on May 11 but was postponed due to strong opposition from environmentalists.

The advisers of the king of Saudi Arabia are a step towards women's suffrage

The Shura Council of Saudi Arabia, an advisory body, has said that he should allow women to vote in future local elections. Saudi authorities announced in March that half of the seats in the plenary sessions of the councils will be elected in the future, a radical step in a country ruled by an absolute monarchy that currently has no democratically elected government institutions.

Spain's debt crisis: calls for "energetic decisions"

The efforts of the government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain to consolidate public finances more vulnerable to resistance from the regions. Thus, the autonomous region of Catalonia refuses to comply with the central government in Madrid agreed deficit targets.

Turkey will not close the doors to refugees from Syria

Turkey "not close the doors" to refugees fleeing violence in Syria, as declared himself Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who confessed that Ankara is closely following developments in the neighboring country and you want Damascus show greater tolerance for their citizens. A member of the Turkish Foreign Ministry has confirmed that about 420 people have crossed the Syrian border since they began the bloody protests.

Gadhafi's daughter denounces NATO for war crimes

Aisha Gaddafi, Libyan leader's daughter has filed a complaint in Belgium against NATO on the grounds that the organization has committed war crimes by bombing civilians in Tripoli, according to Belgian media published. The lawsuit brought by Aisha Gaddafi Belgian Federal Court and the Court of Brussels also intends to cancel the blocking of assets of the Libyan regime that the EU decided to impose the Executive of Muammar Qaddafi, as reported on its website, the public broadcaster RTBF.

UNITED STATES - The new life of Michael O.

On the dock of his house overlooking the bay of Greenport [in Long Island, NY], Michael Osinski open a few oysters. "How is John Howard?" Asks the former Wall Street executive about Jean-Stéphane Bron, the Swiss director of Cleveland against Wall Street [2010] the film in which Michael Osinski confess the faults and excesses of a financial tempted by the profits offered by the mortgage, the famous subprime.

DSK affair - Rethinking Bretton Woods

Let us not to dwell on what is called the "DSK affair" and does not meddle especially our voice to the media speculating endlessly on its direct or indirect consequences for human his family, his country. There will be time to comment on the event when more is known about what happened in New York on Saturday and is now the Director General of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on a trial in due form before American justice.

INDONESIA - Delivering vaccines independently

The number one Bio Farma, the national pharmaceutical company, estimates that Indonesia needs to build a solid foundation in the area of research if it wants to be "independent in terms of vaccines," reported The Jakarta Post. Since 1997, Indonesia is one of the few Asian countries to make massive amounts of vaccines, including DTP-HB (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B), BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guerin against tuberculosis) and OPV (oral polio vaccine), and export them in 110 countries.

INDONESIA - The sensitive young Muslim radicalism

"Islamic radicalism on college campuses has reached an alarming level," said the head of the National Agency against terrorism (BNPT) Ansyaad Mbai in the columns of the Jakarta Post. The expert in Islamic Studies at the University Indonesia (Jakarta), Yon Machmud, lists six reasons for his part that explains the vulnerability of the new generation of radical students: 1) Students have lost all critical faculties.

Portugal asks for a private ECA to control excessive deficit

The responsibility of forming a government in Portugal, Pedro Passos Coelho, wants to create a new independent institution of the Executive to be responsible for overseeing public finances of the state, regions and municipalities. Passos Coelho explains that Portugal needs to be "transparent to the markets" and it announced "the creation of an authority independent from the government budget created by independent institutions in Portugal, which are the Central Bank and the Court of Accounts.

A group of Jewish settlers attacked a mosque in West Bank

Jerusalem .- A mosque in a West Bank Palestinian village appeared today with part of the property burned and painted in Hebrew, in what appears to point to an act perpetrated by Jewish settlers, local media reported. The facts were registered in Maghayer village, near Ramallah, Palestinian villagers as it was a premeditated attack the work of a group of young Jews from a nearby settlement with the intention of completely burning down the mosque.

Lima Stock Exchange suffered the largest fall in its history after the election of Humala

The Lima Stock Exchange plunged 12.51% on Monday, weighed down by mining stocks, amid fears following the presidential victory of nationalist Ollanta Humala, traders said. At 11.06 local time, the overall index  IGRA was down 10.93%, to 18,908.20 units. The index comprises the leading titles ISEL tumbled 12.53%, to 25664.97 points.

These results represent the largest stock market drop in history. The Peruvian stock market resumed trading after a suspension of two hours. She was suspended a few minutes after the opening after falling 8.71%. In anticipation that the market continue to fall, the Stock Exchange decided to suspend trading until 10:00 (15:00 GMT) as a precaution.

The Egyptian army lifted the curfew on 15 June

 The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt has decided to lift the curfew imposed since 28 January, from next day 15, local media said today. According to the state-run newspaper Al Ahram, the military junta that runs the country, said the curfew in force between the 02.00 local time (00.00 GMT) and 05.00 local time (0300 GMT), will be lifted in order to facilitate the movement of citizens.

Arab lesbian and Syria behind bars

It takes much courage to declare Arab lesbian. And to be in Syrian dissident times. It takes a special courage to discuss openly both in a blog when the regime that controls your life by a dozen ruthless security services undertaken hunting blogger, activist, defender of human rights or of anyone in your attack paranoid fear of extinction, consider that threatens their survival.

And the young Amina Abdallah Araf, author of Blog 'A lesbian in Damascus', was the face and put words to that value until yesterday, when she was arrested on behalf of a dictatorship that responds to criticism of guns. "Amina has been captured by three men about 20 years. According to witnesses, were armed (...) Amina struck one of them and asked his friend to fetch his father.

PAKISTAN - Al-Qaida has found its new leader

It is finally an Egyptian who heads the Al-Qaeda after the death of Bin Laden: Saif al-Adel, 51, was chosen as interim leader of the organization, revealed on May 17 the daily Pakistan's The News. In an article published on 19, the paper said that the jihadist is a relative of the Egyptian Ayman Al Zawahiri, the man who had initially been tipped as a future leader.

Zawahiri does not, however, unanimity among the militants which could lead to Al-Adel finally take command of Al Qaeda. Zawahiri then retain his role as chief ideologue and No. 2 in the organization, said The News. According to the Saudi daily Al-Watan, this appointment is in a logic of internal war within Al Qaeda, since the Egyptian faction wanted to get rid of Bin Laden to take the reins of the network.

Rugby - Harlequins want to improve their image European

Since April 9, 2009, the English team Harlequins bears a heavy burden. At quarter-finals of European Cup, winger Tom Williams was ordered to bite a blood capsule to allow a potentially more effective substitute to enter the field. And a club doctor had then cut his lip with a scalpel to his injury seems more real.

The scheme had yet been discovered shortly after this meeting and Harlequins had been imposed a heavy financial penalty. Several members of his crew had been punished and left the Harlequins. Two years later, "the club has the same name, the shirt is still unique, but this team has completely changed," said English daily The Daily Telegraph.

Ali Abdullah Saleh suffers burns on 40% of their body and lung collapse

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, suffered burns on 40% of his body, bleeding in the skull and a collapsed lung, according to official sources have confirmed the U.S. government, making it doubtful he returned to his native country. Saleh is receiving treatment in Saudi Arabia. The president was injured last Friday during a tribal attack the presidential palace in Sanaa.

According to U.S. broadcaster CNN reported, Saleh suffers injuries to seven inches deep. According to Western diplomatic sources, Saleh was wounded by a bomb in Yemen is investigating what happened in the mosque of the presidential palace in Sanaa, where Saleh and the most important figures of his regime were gathered to pray when they were attacked.

The Obama's chief economic adviser leaving White House

Washington .- Austan Goolsbee, the senior economic adviser to U.S. President, Barack Obama, and the only economist who was in his inner circle, will leave the White House by September to resume his old job at the University of Chicago. Goolsbee, chairman of the Presidential Council of Economic Advisers from a year ago, will return to his professorship in Economics at the business school of the university, according to the presidential mansion in a statement.

Passos Coelho, a prime minister with his hands tied

Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva, has asked the Social Democrat Pedro Passos Coelho forming government with the utmost urgency. The prime minister-elect will have to meet during the next few hours with the Democrat Paulo Portas, with whom he formed a coalition of right to begin to shape the next Executive, whose program may not be very different from the memorandum of understanding signed with the IMF and European Commission during the ransom negotiations.