Friday, June 24, 2011

Ai Weiwei: "I'm fine, but let me speak to the media"

The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and dissident, released after nearly three months in detention in Beijing without any arrest warrant for alleged economic crimes, told Efe that is good but is prohibited from giving interviews. "I'm fine," said Ai telephone conversation with Efe, "but it is not convenient to talk now, I'm not allowed to talk to the media, because I'll be out on bail awaiting trial for one year" he added.

Thousands of Chinese workers in the streets to demand better working conditions

More than 4,000 workers at a handbag factory in the district of Panyu in Guangdong province, have three-day strike to demand better working conditions, in an action similar to that carried out days ago by workers at a plant in Dongguan watches. The new crackdown paralyzed tha Korean factory that produces luxury handbags and whose employees require a salary increase.

The FBI arrested James "Whitey" Bulger, the most wanted gangster's

The FBI has confirmed the arrest of most wanted criminals in the United States, considered "gangster" by U.S. authorities: James "Whitey" Bulger, 81 years old, accused of committing several murders in Boston while working as a FBI informant against other criminals and gangsters.

Resume testing radioactive water to clean the plant in Fukushima

The operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, TEPCO has resumed crucial evidence to enable a system to decontaminate more than 110,000 tons of radioactive water that accumulates on the ground and threatening to leak outside. According to NHK, the tests were resumed after solving the problems identified by the excessive amount of contaminated water present in the filters of the device, with French and American technology.

Apple removes an application that promoted third Palestinian intifada

Following the protest of several Israeli ministers, Apple has decided to withdrawfrom its iTunes store an application in Arabic, which promoted the "Third Palestinian Intifada" against Israel. "We have withdrawn the application because it violates the guidelines " announced the Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr.

A few days ago, Steve Jobs had received an email from the Israeli Minister of Information (Public Diplomacy), Yuli Edelstein, pretending the elimination of ThirdIntifada "because it promotes violence and terror actions against Israeli citizens." This morning, Edelstein thanked the company's decision to Jobs: "It's a step in the struggle against hostile elements and initiatives are often impregnated with anti-Semitism and incitement to hatred through new media.

Spain: Zapatero save his minority government

 The Basque and Catalan nationalists in the Spanish Parliament have saved at the last minute against significant new concessions for their regions, the minority Socialist government of Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Their abstention in a law on collective agreements to relax the rigid Spanish labor market.