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Hot Session Scandal: 'Russian spy' Anna Chapman sued after posing for magazine. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypCs-bOEOoQ RussiaToday | August 26, 2010 Not content with provoking an international incident between Russia and the U.S., femme-fatale Anna Chapman is back in the news. Now the 'face' of the recent spy scandal is being sued by a glossy magazine. It claims she broke a contract by posting pictures of a recent photoshoot on her Facebook page. RT's Tom Barton has the details.
It was the images of empty food markets on the news, and reporters' overblown warnings of possible shortages, that told Spaniards on Thursday that their nation's five-century dispute with Morocco over the sovereignty of Ceuta and Melilla, two enclaves on the Mediterranean coast, had reignited. In the worst diplomatic spat between the two countries in almost a decade, Moroccan activists were blocking food imports into one of the enclaves and promising more action to come.
The Spanish government and the press were appalled, not so much at the protest, but that it had taken place after King Juan Carlos himself had stepped in to try to calm tensions that had been boiling over for days. For many in Spain, the snub was yet another in a series of signs that the nation doesn't demand the respect it once did — and that its status as a global player is crumbling.
This most recent flare-up in the sovereignty dispute started a month ago, when Morocco's foreign affairs ministry released a statement accusing Spanish authorities of beating five Moroccans who were trying to legally cross Europe's southernmost border through what Rabat calls the "occupied" enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Spain said it would investigate the allegations, but unsatisfied with the response, Morocco put out four more accusatory statements, including one calling Spanish police "racist."
That's when the government of Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero asked Spain's king to intervene, a rare request considering diplomacy is usually the domain of politicians. And by Aug. 11, after Juan Carlos called Morocco's King Mohammed VI, it seemed the issue had been put to rest.
But the following morning, Morocco escalated the dispute when two government-aligned organizations prevented vehicles carrying fish and other staples from crossing the border into Melilla. The blockade lasted only one day, but the Moroccan activists promised to extend the blockade to construction materials next week.
On Saturday, Spain announced that it would send Interior Minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba to Rabat on Aug. 23 — a move criticized by some in Spain as too little too late. Morocco's impudence isn't just a matter of wounded pride for Spain — it's also about a loss of power. Added to a series of diplomatic setbacks involving the European Union, Latin America, and Northern Africa, Morocco's lack of reverence is exposing an uncomfortable new reality for Spain, one in which it no longer holds a top spot in world affairs.
Not long ago, Spain was a power to be reckoned with. Its banks and multinationals were expanding aggressively around the world. The government was orchestrating the E.U.'s relations with Latin America and, to some extent, Northern Africa. In Europe, its social and energy policies were paradigms, its prosperity and development an example to follow.
But the financial crisis that has sent Spain's economy into intensive care and its government into internal disarray has sapped much of the nation's clout. "Three years ago, Spain was a model in Europe," says Gustavo Palomares, political scientist and a diplomacy teacher in the Spanish government's foreign affairs school. "But what happened in the economic realm is similar to what is happening diplomatically. We thought our pillars were solid, but history has proven they weren't, and we have lived beyond our means."
Indeed, Spain's turn at the E.U. presidency in the first half of this year was discreet at best. It had planned three headline summits: one with U.S. President Barack Obama, another with Mediterranean heads of state, and a third with Latin American leaders. But only the Lat Am summit happened — and went virtually unnoticed. The other two were cancelled for a number of reasons but among them, analysts say, was the perception that Spain was not ready to catalyze its own ambitious agenda. "Internationally, the perception is that Spain does not have the economic weight or the credibility to play the diplomatic role it wants to," Palomares says.
In Latin American issues too, Spain has disappointed, among others, the Obama Administration, which initially sought the help of Zapatero's socialist government for backdoor diplomacy with Venezuela and Cuba. But no longer, says Palomares, who was involved in the preliminary contacts. Spain also invested much of its diplomatic capital to make Barcelona the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean, which brings together 43 countries. But the first summit to officially launch the organization in June was cancelled after Spain couldn't convince Arab countries to sit in the same forum with Israel.
Perhaps the biggest victim of Spain's diplomatic inertia is North Africa, which outside Europe is seen as the country's most important strategic priority, both economically and politically. Over the past few years Spain has set out to improve E.U. relations with the region, especially Morocco, but results haven't followed, Palomares says. Case in point is the dispute over Ceuta and Melilla. Spain has controlled the enclaves for five hundred years, but still Morocco recurrently pressures Madrid on their sovereignty, often by triggering diplomatic incidents. In 2002, Morocco went so far as to send soldiers to a tiny uninhabited island off Ceuta — after negotiations failed, Spain deployed an elite force to retake the island without any resistance.
This time, though, Morocco is putting up a fight. The timing of the food blockade illustrates Rabat's intention to take advantage of a weakened Spain, analysts say. "Vultures swarm when they see weakness, and that is what's happening to Spain," says Vicente Palacios, sub-director of the Spanish Foreign Policy Observatory, a research center of a left-leaning think tank close to the government. Spain's relations with Morocco will likely return to normal soon — but its fading diplomatic luster is a problem that's sure to linger.
The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12 Aug 2010 | Benjamin Weinthal
Report: German newspaper says photos of dead Kurds confirm use.
BERLIN – German politicians called on Thursday for an international investigation into the reported use of chemical weapons by the Turkish military. The weapons were used against members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to the online edition of the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel.
“Turkey needs to urgently look into these accusations,” said Ruprecht Polenz, chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee in the Bundestag and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party.
Polenz recommended an international investigation to examine the deaths of eight Kurdish activists from the PKK. Claudia Roth, co-chair of the German Green party, echoed Polenz’s criticisms, seconding his call for an investigation.
MP Andrej Hunko urged the German Foreign Ministry to file a complaint against Turkey with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.
A forensic report from Hamburg University Hospital confirmed that the eight Kurds had been murdered by “the use of chemical substances.”
Turkish Kurdish human rights members delivered photos in March to a delegation of German politicians, Turkey specialists, and journalists. The bodies in the photos were severely deformed and torn to pieces; the photos formed the basis for the forensic report. Hans Baumann, a German expert on the authenticity of photos, confirmed that photos had not been doctored.
The eight Kurdish PKK members were killed last September. The 31 photos, according to German media, are so disturbing that news organizations have been reluctant to publish them. The murdered PKK rebels – two women and six men – range in age from 19 to 33.
The allegation of employing chemical weapons against the Kurdish minority group could further taint Turkey’s battered human rights record.
Turkey’s nearly 12 million Kurds are seeking increased rights and autonomy. Turkey’s armed forces have, according to human rights groups, brutally suppressed the Kurdish ethnic minority’s attempts to secure more independence in the southeast. In July, a series of violent clashes between the Turkish military and Kurdish rebels broke out. The PKK had previously attacked a Turkish military post, killing eight Turkish soldiers, prompting a wave of military strikes resulting in the deaths of 12 Kurds.
Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The alleged use of chemical weapons would constitute a violation of the anti-chemical weapons treaty.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry denied engaging in chemical and biological warfare, according to a report in the daily Tageszeitung. The paper noted that German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had been informed of the chemical weapons allegations before his trip to Turkey in late July, but has declined to take diplomatic action.
ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- An ancient city in Turkey's Aegean area will be covered with sand instead of silt and clay then inundated with reservoir water from a new dam, officials say.
Environmentalists say the decision to use sand to cover the ancient city of Alliaonoi will mean the ultimate destruction of an architectural treasure, Hurriet Daily News reported Friday.
Despite efforts by environmentalists, a Turkish preservation board said sand would be used to cover the city before waters from the Yortanli Dam flood the region.
The Allianoi Initiative, spearheading a legal fight against the construction of the dam, objected to the new ruling. The group contends it will bury a rich repository of history and the sand cover will not be enough to protect the important ancient site.
The decision was a surprise, a lawyer for the initiative said, adding the group would immediately go to court to stop the sand-filling.
Allianoi, a hot springs settlement of the Roman Empire during the second century A.D., sits on the flood plain of the Bergama Yortali Dam, which environmentalists have been fighting since 1993, Hurriet reported.
A little flash game: www.moschee-baba.at/ Moschee Baba (The Bye Bye Mosque Game) The objective of this Austria-based flash game is simple: Keep the countryside beautiful by striking down mosques that are being built.
Iran has enough enriched uranium to produce nuclear bomb - paper.
Iran already has enough enriched uranium to produce a nuclear bomb and is still continuing its enrichment process, Russian business daily Kommersant said, citing experts and the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) report.
Iran currently has some 2.8 metric tons of low enriched uranium and 22 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium, according to the latest IAEA report on Iran's nuclear activities. Experts say that these 22 kilograms are already enough to produce a nuclear bomb.
"It is unrealistic to demand that Iran stop enriching uranium to 4 percent," a source in the Russian government told Kommersant. "We need to concentrate on reaching an agreement on stopping enrichment to 20 percent, the level at which a bomb can be made."
The IAEA report, released on Monday, urges Iran to "cooperate in clarifying outstanding issues" and suspend its uranium enrichment activities. The Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the report was politically motivated.
Western powers suspect Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons under the guise of its nuclear program, which Tehran says is aimed at the peaceful generation of civilian energy.
International pressure on Iran increased in early February when Tehran announced it had begun enriching uranium to 20 percent in lieu of an agreement on an exchange that would provide it with fuel for a research reactor.
On June 9, the UN Security Council passed a resolution imposing a fourth set of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.
On Tuesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he did not rule out that the Iran Six, which includes Britain, China, France, Germany, the United States and Russia, may reconsider its proposals on resolving the issue of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
Senior diplomats from the Iran Six met Iranian officials in Geneva last October to discuss an agreement on a nuclear fuel swap, but the agreement eventually fell through.
The draft agreement proposed by former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohammed ElBaradei would have seen Iran send out about 80 percent of its known 1.5 metric tons of low-enriched uranium to Russia, where it would have been enriched, and to France to convert it into fuel plates for the research reactor in Tehran.
Rev. Terry Jones, the leader of a small Florida church which adopts anti-Islam philosophy says he is determined to go through with his plan to burn copies of the Qu'ran on September 11 in an international 'Burn-a-Koran Day', despite pressure from the White House, religious leaders and other people across the world to call it off. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called the planned event 'distrustful and disgraceful' means of marking the 9/11 tragedy. Muslim cleric Mohammad Mukhtar in Afghanistan said that, if the burning is carried on, Americans 'will be killed wherever they are seen', while others expressed similar fears that it could trigger violence across the world.
Iraq has quietly agreed to pay 400 million dollars to American citizens who say they were tortured or traumatised by Saddam Hussein's regime, after he invaded Kuwait in 1990. It's come as a shock to the millions of Iraqis who're still suffering from the U.S. led campaign - especially since many have received nothing for their suffering.
Polish website about Bulgaria, what's it about? Do we still got any Polish posters here? N why the name "bulgaricus" that's the name of a Yogurt bacteria... (Yes, ofc a Yogurt munching bulgar would know this!
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 15, 2010 16:22:17 GMT -5
Ten Hasidic pilgrims deported from Ukraine.
3 days ago at 12:28 | Interfax-Ukraine
Hasidic Jews perform a ritual dousing with holy water from a local pond before celebrations for the Jewish New Year in Uman, some 120 miles south of Kyiv on Sept. 8, 2010. Thousands of followers of Rabbi Nachman from around the world flocked to the Uman to pay homage to their spiritual leader and celebrate the start of the New Year at his grave. AFP
Ukraine has deported to Israel ten Hasidic pilgrims, who attempted to disrupt public order in Uman, Cherkasy region, and who were suspected of causing bodily harm to local residents.
The pilgrims have been banned from Ukraine for five years, the media liaisons department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's main office in Cherkasy region reported.
The deputy head of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's main office in Cherkasy region, Ivan Korsun, said that pre-investigation checks were being conducted with respect to three more Hasidic pilgrims.
Korsun also noted that two conflicts had erupted during the Hasidic pilgrims' visits to Uman. One of the injured residents is already at home, while the other is still in hospital.
Clashes between the residents of Uman and the pilgrims broke out on September 10. In particular, a conflict erupted near a local children's hospital between activists of the first Jewish Evangelical Church, who arrived from Odesa to preach their faith in "true God," and the Hasidim. The activists of the Jewish Evangelical Church distributed leaflets and T-shirts with the slogans of the unity of the Jews in a common faith, and they said they were not planning to create a conflict situation. The Hasidic pilgrims objected to the rally, and a conflict broke out. The participants of the rally were obliged to return to Odesa.
The second case was connected with a reaction to a remark by a woman from Uman, who had leased her apartment to the Hasidim for the period of the pilgrimage, but due to noise said she would call the police. A man from the neighboring apartment came out and phoned the police.
"The Hasidim... started beating the man, chasing him onto the street. A passer-by came to his defense and suffered several blows," the department said.
The two injured men were hospitalized in a local city hospital.
Every autumn, Hasidic pilgrims travel to Uman to visit the gravesite of their spiritual leader Rabbi Nachman and celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
According to the police, around 24,000 Hasidic pilgrims from 23 countries arrived in Uman this year.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 22, 2010 14:31:13 GMT -5
Austrian policeman fined 7,200 euros for parking ticket joke.
A 28-year-old policeman has been fined 7,200 euros ($9,600) for demanding the driver of an illegally parked car give the police a case of beer instead of paying a fine, Austrian radio reported on Wednesday.
In April 2010, when the young cop was patrolling for incorrectly parked cars, he found one with a police crest on its rear window.
According to the officer, he decided the owner of the car must work with the police and decided to make a joke out of the parking violation. Instead of filling out a parking ticket, he fixed a note to the car's windscreen saying that "such a violation will cost you a box of beer."
The driver took the note a bit too literally and appeared at the police station the next day with a case of beer.
The young policeman was not in the station at the time and his colleagues did not see the funny side of his joke, starting an investigation that landed the officer in court.
The UN had hoped that Middle East peace prospects, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and its own makeover, would have been the highlights of Thursday's General Assembly session. But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stolen the show yet again. RT's Anastasia ChUrkina explains why his address caused such outcry, both inside and outside the New York building.
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