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The Fine Line Between Free Speech and Provocation.

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Hopes on hold – Turkish Cypriot towards Greek Cypriots.

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By legend the birthplace of the ancient Greek goddess of love Aphrodite, Cyprus’s modern history has, in contrast, been dominated by enmity between its Greek and Turkish inhabitants.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded the north in response to a military coup on the island which was backed by the Athens government.

In 1974 the island was effectively partitioned with the northern third inhabited by Turkish Cypriots and the southern two-thirds by Greek Cypriots.

The UN peacekeeping forces estimate that 165,000 Greek Cypriots fled or were expelled from the north, and 45,000 Turkish Cypriots from the south, although the parties to the_59024425_cyprusii conflict say the figures are higher.

The UN Buffer Zone, commonly called the “Green Line”, dividing the two parts from Morphou through Nicosia to Famagusta, is patrolled by United Nations troops.

The UN drew up the Green Line as a ceasefire demarcation line in 1963 after intervening to end communal tension. It became impassable after the Turkish invasion of 1974, except for designated crossing points.

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In 1983 the Turkish-held area declared itself the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The status of Northern Cyprus as a separate entity is recognised only by Turkey, which keeps around 30,000 troops in the north of the island.

_58906866_cyprus-un-greenline-gettyThe prospect of EU enlargement concentrated minds in the search for a settlement. UN-sponsored negotiations continued throughout 2002 and a peace plan was tabled. Soon afterwards the EU invited Cyprus to become a member.

But hopes that the island could join united were dashed when leaders of the Turkish and Greek communities failed to agree to the UN plan by the March 2003 deadline.

In the months that followed travel restrictions were eased, enabling people to cross the border for the first time in nearly 30 years. But hopes of larger progress continued to be disappointed.

Hopes on hold

A revised UN reunification plan was put to both communities in April 2004. Turkish Cypriots endorsed the plan but Greek Cypriots overwhelmingly rejected it, and so the island remained divided as it joined the EU in May.

Hopes rose again briefly after the election of leftwing Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, who agreed to talks on reunification with the new Communist president of Cyprus, Demetris Christophas, in 2008. The victory of nationalists at parliamentary and later presidential elections in the north over the following two years brought talks to an end.

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After independence from Britain in 1960, Cyprus successfully diversified its largely agrarian economy into one based on services – including a large tourism sector – and light manufacturing. More recently it has also developed into an important financial hub, especially for investors from Russia and Eastern Europe.

But in 2012, Cyprus’ economy was badly hit by its extensive exposure to recession-hit economy of Greece, and the country was forced to seek emergency help from international lenders.

Russian investors were particularly affected by the collapse of the Cyprus economy, but despite this Russia continues to have significant financial interests in the island.

And when the EU imposed sanctions on Russia in response to its role in the Ukraine crisis in 2014-15, Cyprus was one of a handful of EU members to voice serious reservations over the move.

 

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Europe’s Growing Desire for Political Union

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Padoan’s proposals in an interview with the Financial Times — a common budget and a common unemployment insurance scheme, perhaps even an elected euro zone parliament alongside the existing European Parliament and a euro zone finance minister — are not particularly unexpected. As an economics professor, Padoan has long argued that a common monetary policy would result in convergence in other areas. “Once the shift is made from several national monetary policies to a single, supranational policy and institution, other policy areas and institutions are affected and face pressures to adjust,” he wrote in 2002. “Policy convergence in EMU is really another name for a more complex and ambitious goal: a new model of EU economic governance.”

Yet Padoan is not simply reiterating on behalf of Italy what he has long believed as an academic. He says euro area finance ministers, in their meetings on the Greek problem,Stjernemarkerede billeder have begun discussing closer integration. And he predicts the talks will be revived in September. 

The Italian finance minister appears to be on the same page as French President Francois Hollande, who last week resumed his call for a euro zone government. Contending that “it’s not an excess of Europe but a shortage of it that threatens us,” Hollande, too, suggested electing a euro area legislature, forming a common budget and a common cabinet.

The German perspective on a political and fiscal union is a little more cautious. Last year, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and a fellow high-ranking member of the CDU party, Karl Lamers, called for a euro zone parliament (not elected, but comprising European Parliament members from euro area countries) and a budget commissioner with the power to reject national budgets if they contravene a certain set of rules agreed by euro members. That, they argued, would help strengthen Europe’s solid core, which would spearhead a move toward closer unity in the entire EU.

Italian support for a more unified euro zone. Photographer: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Italian support for a more unified euro zone. Photographer: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The German proposal is not exactly the same as the French and Italian ones. Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, Schaeuble’s most eloquent hater, pointed out in a recent article for Germany’s Die Zeit that, in the Schaeuble-Lamers plan, the budget commissioner is endowed only with “negative” powers, while a true federation — like Germany itself — elects a parliament and a government to formulate positive policies. Varoufakis wrote that he had heard “echoes” of the plan at Eurogroup meetings where the Greek bailout was discussed, perhaps referring to the same discussions that Padoan mentioned.

Varoufakis accused Schaeuble of using the prospect of a Greek exit from the euro as a “stick” to induce euro members to back his idea of further integration:

On the one hand, the fate of the prodigal Greeks would act as a morality tale for governments toying with the idea of challenging the existing ‘rules’ (e.g. Italy), or of resisting the transfer of national sovereignty over budgets to the Eurogroup (e.g. France). On the other hand, the prospect of (limited) fiscal transfers (e.g. a closer banking union and a common unemployment benefit pool) would offer the requisite carrot (that smaller nations craved).img4b7d709b72ee7

France and Italy, however, don’t need much prodding to go for more unity (although they’ll take the carrot, too, if they can get it). All that remains is for the biggest euro members’ governments to convince their voters — and also the smaller member nations, which fear their voices will be too feeble to matter in a political and fiscal union — that there’s no other way to deal with the euro’s “trilemma,” as described by  Maurice Obstfeld, the International Monetary Fund’s new chief economist: You can’t have cross-border financial integration and financial stability without giving up national fiscal independence.

Given the rise of anti-European parties in a number of countries, this might seem an uphill task. But I doubt it. Support for the European Union has been on the rise lately. According to a June 2015 survey by Pew Research, in the past year, it’s increased by 18 percentage points in Italy (to 64 percent), by 13 percentage points in Spain (to 63 percent) and by 1 percentage point in France, to 55 percent. In Germany, support for the European project dropped by 8 percentage points, but it’s still at 58 percent. 

More Europeans distrust the key EU institutions — the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Central Bank — than trust them, according to the Eurobarometer, the regular survey of EU public sentiment. Yet confidence in all three has been on the rise. 

Most European voters don’t read the English-language press, which has panned the EU for inept handling of the Greek crisis, and most of them don’t vote for Euroskeptic parties. A new thrust toward federalization wouldn’t be politically impossible, and that’s why politicians such as Padoan and Hollande have seen fit to come out in favor of it.

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How Goldman Sachs Profited from the Greek Debt Crisis.

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The Greek debt crisis offers another illustration of Wall Street’s powers of persuasion and predation, although the Street is missing from most accounts.

The crisis was exacerbated years ago by a deal with Goldman Sachs, engineered by Goldman’s current CEO, Lloyd Blankfein.

Blankfein and his Goldman team helped Greece hide the true extent of its debt, and in the process almost doubled it. And just as with the American subprime crisis, and the current plight of many American cities, Wall Street’s predatory lending played an important although little-recognized role.

In 2001, Greece was looking for ways to disguise its mounting financial troubles. The Maastricht Treaty required all eurozone member states to show improvement in their public finances, but Greece was heading in the wrong direction.

Then Goldman Sachs came to the rescue, arranging a secret loan of 2.8 billion euros for Greece, disguised as an off-the-books “cross-currency swap”–a complicated transaction in which Greece’s foreign-currency debt was converted into a domestic-currency obligation using a fictitious market exchange rate.

As a result, about 2 percent of Greece’s debt magically disappeared from its national 54cbfbb61ca1cf0a23accc82_imageaccounts. Christoforos Sardelis, then head of Greece’s Public Debt Management Agency, later described the deal to Bloomberg Business as “a very sexy story between two sinners.”

For its services, Goldman received a whopping 600 million euros ($793 million), according to Spyros Papanicolaou, who took over from Sardelis in 2005. That came to about 12 percent of Goldman’s revenue from its giant trading and principal-investments unit in 2001–which posted record sales that year. The unit was run by Blankfein.

Then the deal turned sour. After the 9/11 attacks, bond yields plunged, resulting in a big loss for Greece because of the formula Goldman had used to compute the country’s debt repayments under the swap. By 2005, Greece owed almost double what it had put into the deal, pushing its off-the-books debt from 2.8 billion euros to 5.1 billion.

In 2005, the deal was restructured and that 5.1 billion euros in debt locked in. Perhaps not incidentally, Mario Draghi, now head of the European Central Bank and a major player in the current Greek drama, was then managing director of Goldman’s international division.

Greece wasn’t the only sinner. Until 2008, European Union accounting rules allowed member nations to manage their debt with so-called off-market rates in swaps, pushed by Goldman and other Wall Street banks. In the late 1990s, JPMorgan enabled Italy to hide its debt by swapping currency at a favorable exchange rate, thereby committing Italy to future payments that didn’t appear on its national accounts as future liabilities.

goldman-sachs-hq-001But Greece was in the worst shape, and Goldman was the biggest enabler. Undoubtedly, Greece suffers from years of corruption and tax avoidance by its wealthy. But Goldman wasn’t an innocent bystander: It padded its profits by leveraging Greece to the hilt–along with much of the rest of the global economy. Other Wall Street banks did the same. When the bubble burst, all that leveraging pulled the world economy to its knees.

Even with the global economy reeling from Wall Street’s excesses, Goldman offered Greece another gimmick. In early November 2009, three months before the country’s debt crisis became global news, a Goldman team proposed a financial instrument that would push the debt from Greece’s healthcare system far into the future. This time, though, Greece didn’t bite.

As we know, Wall Street got bailed out by American taxpayers. And in subsequent years, the banks became profitable again and repaid their bailout loans. Bank shares have gone through the roof. Goldman’s were trading at $53 a share in November 2008; they’re now worth over $200. Executives at Goldman and other Wall Street banks have enjoyed huge pay packages and promotions. Blankfein, now Goldman’s CEO, raked in $24 million last year alone.

Meanwhile, the people of Greece struggle to buy medicine and food.

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There are analogies here in America, beginning with the predatory loans made by Goldman, other big banks, and the financial companies they were allied with in the years leading up to the bust. Today, even as the bankers vacation in the Hamptons, millions of Americans continue to struggle with the aftershock of the financial crisis in terms of lost jobs, savings, and homes.

Meanwhile, cities and states across America have been forced to cut essential services because they’re trapped in similar deals sold to them by Wall Street banks. Many of these deals have involved swaps analogous to the ones Goldman sold the Greek government.

And much like the assurances it made to the Greek government, Goldman and other banks assured the municipalities that the swaps would let them borrow more cheaply than if they relied on traditional fixed-rate bonds–while downplaying the risks they faced. Then, as

Goldman Sachs chairman and chief executive officer Lloyd Blankfein is sworn in to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations hearing on Wall Street investment banks and the financial crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Goldman Sachs chairman and chief executive officer Lloyd Blankfein is sworn in to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations hearing on Wall Street investment banks and the financial crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh

interest rates plunged and the swaps turned out to cost far more, Goldman and the other banks refused to let the municipalities refinance without paying hefty fees to terminate the deals.

Three years ago, the Detroit Water Department had to pay Goldman and other banks penalties totaling $547 million to terminate costly interest-rate swaps. Forty percent of Detroit’s water bills still go to paying off the penalty. Residents of Detroit whose water has been shut off because they can’t pay have no idea that Goldman and other big banks are responsible.

Likewise, the Chicago school system–whose budget is already cut to the bone–must pay over $200 million in termination penalties on a Wall Street deal that had Chicago schools paying $36 million a year in interest-rate swaps.

A deal involving interest-rate swaps that Goldman struck with Oakland, California, more than a decade ago has ended up costing the city about $4 million a year, but Goldman has refused to allow Oakland out of the contract unless it ponies up a $16 million termination fee–prompting the city council to pass a resolution to boycott Goldman. When confronted at a shareholder meeting about it, Blankfein explained that it was against shareholder interests to tear up a valid contract.

Goldman Sachs and the other giant Wall Street banks are masterful at selling complex deals by exaggerating their benefits and minimizing their costs and risks. That’s how they earn giant fees. When a client gets into trouble–whether that client is an American homeowner, a US city, or Greece–Goldman ducks and hides behind legal formalities and shareholder interests.

goldman_sachs_buildings_thumbBorrowers that get into trouble are rarely blameless, of course: They spent too much, and were gullible or stupid enough to buy Goldman’s pitches. Greece brought on its own problems, as did many American homeowners and municipalities.

But in all of these cases, Goldman knew very well what it was doing. It knew more about the real risks and costs of the deals it proposed than those who accepted them. “It is an issue of morality,” said the shareholder at the Goldman meeting where Oakland came up. Exactly

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Cascading failures usually begin when one part of the system fails!!

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Former CEO in EAC
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Israel has been more strident on the matter because it sees Iran as an existential threat – and because Iran has threatened to wipe it off the map.

It has unhelpfully unearthed a few video memories from the mid-1990s when US-led negotiators appeared confident they had managed to defuse the nuclear ambitions of another international pariah state, North Korea.

Israel says it reserves the right to use military force to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb.

 

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That is a reminder that while the diplomats negotiating on behalf of the global powers may sincerely believe they have made the world a safer place, they may also be wrong about Iran, as the Clinton administration was about the North Koreans.

Iran’s enemies remain of the view that the Iranians are hell-bent on acquiring nuclear weapons at some point and have merely agreed to a delay in return for a variety of short-term concessions.

There is a danger now that Saudi Arabia will feel that a nuclear-capable Shia state must be matched by a nuclear capability in the hands of the Sunni states too.

That brings the nightmare of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East a step closer.

_84261075_ef3dfb4a-73d8-483b-8e11-61bea2b4472bSaudi Arabia has said it will seek the same rights as Iran, fuelling fears of a potential nuclear arms race.

And it leaves open the question of how Israel will respond. It already has a nuclear capability of its own, although its policy is never to acknowledge or discuss it.

Military option?

The Israelis have plenty of allies on Capitol Hill and they may now try to rally Congressional sceptics to undermine White House attempts to sell the deal in Washington.

That strategy does risk worsening the already sour relationship between Mr Obama and Mr Netanyahu, but the Israeli prime minister may calculate that that is a price worth paying.

And ultimately, of course, a deal which Israel considers to consolidate Iran’s status as a threshold nuclear power puts the issue of unilateral Israeli military action back on the table.

Sceptics fear Barack Obama was determined to reach a deal, even at a heavy cost.

 

_84261073_f6a763fd-cabc-4132-b679-23b70bfa059bWould Israel consider air strikes to degrade Iran’s nuclear infrastructure?

Israel could argue that its persistent threat to launch such an attack helped to create the pressure that led to the Vienna talks. The issue has been on the back burner in recent years as sanctions have been given time to work and the Vienna negotiations gathered momentum.

But one source familiar with Israeli intelligence thinking told us that Israel was still committed to the Begin Doctrine – the idea that a state pledged to the destruction of Israel could not be allowed to acquire the means of destruction.

The Obama administration will find the nuclear deal a tough sell to its allies in the Middle East like Saudi Arabia and Israel – even if it sugars the pill with upgraded weapons shipments.

But as the battle to get the deal past Congress begins, plenty of thought is being given across the Middle East to the difficulties and dangers that lie ahead.

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The euro ‘family’ has shown it is capable of real cruelty.

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The seemingly indestructible Angela Merkel can go without sleep, and still manage a half smile and speak about Greece’s wish to remain in “the euro family”. This may sound reasonable and pleasant. All families have their little local difficulties, don’t they? But they work through them. People see reason. When they are forced to.

By infantilising Greece, Germany resembles a child who closes its own eyes and thinks we can not see it. We can. The world is watching what is being done to Greece in the name of euro stability.

It sees a nation stripped of its dignity, its sovereignty, its future.

segment_12498_460x345The machinations of financial institutions (the troika) have been exposed as much as the institutions themselves. Who runs these banks, and for whom? Twitter slogans talk of the three world wars: the first waged with guns, the second with tanks and this third world war waged by banks. Extreme? Well, there clearly is more than one way to take over a country.

The eurozone and Gemany want regime change in Greece, or at least to split Syriza. Alexis Tsipras has fought tooth and nail for something resembling the debt restructuring that even the International Monetary Fund acknowledges is needed. The incompetence of a succession of Greek governments and tax evasion within Greece is not in doubt. But the creditors of the euro family knew this as they upped their loans, and must now delude themselves that everything they have done has been for the best. It hasn’t, and now that same family will go in and asset-strip in broad daylight a country that can no longer afford basic medicines. In three days Greece is supposed to push through heaps of legislation on privatisation, tax and pensions so it can be even poorer.

There is to be no debt forgiveness in this family. Tsipras has to sell this to his people so the banks can reopen. His endurance has been remarkable, and more will be needed. The unsustainability of Greek debt, even if the country could achieve growth, remains. The German-chancellor-Angela--009words trust and confidence keep being used but by the wrong people. Trust is gone in this European project. François Hollande, ever the pseudo–mediator, may rattle on about the history and culture of Greece. Its value has actually been shown. Its value is purely symbolic. It is worth nothing.

The euro family has been exposed as a loan-sharking conglomerate that cares nothing for democracy. This family is abusive. This “bailout”, which will be sold as being a cruel-to-be-kind deal is nothing of the sort. It is simply being cruel to be cruel.

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Culture is overrated.

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Culture and Development – UN
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Honored Dutch Counsel
Former CEO in EAC
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Culture is overrated.

How is it possible that we bind Europe together, is still not clear. But the EU must and can do without imitations of the national state symbols.

‘Culture’ refers to a source, an origin, an identity that makes us ‘beside ourselves’ because we can not plan, design, change, influence or take responsibility for it. ‘Culture’ appears not only formless, shapeless but also – almost like a piece of real estate that gives us a shelter, a house and a home, but also binds us to a certain place, to the status quo.

The word ‘culture’ is as overstated and abused in Europe, the concepts of ‘nation’ and ‘homeland’ is elsewhere. The people who get confused about the political process are looking for an escape route in the culture. Those who do not want Turkey two be part of the EU are resorting to the culture. Those who want to mark a distance between Europe and America or opposed to celebrate friendship across the Atlantic, talking about culture. The term is so loose in the edge that it can not justify anything.

Girls, with faces covered to protect themselves from sun stroke, walk along a road on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India, May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

Girls, with faces covered to protect themselves from sun stroke, walk along a road on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India, May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

There are other concepts of the same lack of precision. But the problem with ‘culture’ is that it implies an assumed political certainty that restrict political freedom. This assurance is a figment, the decision of culture content is political and must be political – which today is democratically. The term ‘culture’ is attractive because it apparently refers to something basic and unchanging. It slows down any discussion. What is being described as ‘cultural’, seems to grow organically and is deeply rooted in us, even if we do not have conscious access to it.

Europe’s creative freedom.

The EU was the exact opposite. It rooted house was challenged by the fluid movement of the economy. The economy detaches us from our place of origin, redefining the limits, it is indifferent and forgetful. The economy was the first step of a Europe that could not beSchedel_weltkarte reconciled cultural: In 1950, just after Auschwitz, there could be no forgiveness or friendship. In this sense, it is considered wise to take that step away from the feudal loyalty and towards a flurry of activity to delete history.

It puts Jean Monnet’s famous words that European integration should be started with a cultural union in perspective. But towards the end of the last century, if not before, the market had exhausted its integration potential. It satisfies no longer the increased legitimization needs.

In order to secure an identity as ‘household’ resort to ‘culture’ as a last resort, this may not be used. Culture can not clarify when Europe was temporally or where Europe ends geographically. The idea of ​​a special Christian and Western identity is diffuse and is based on a notion of uniformity that neither know in Christianity or in the West.

To tie Europe together, is still not clear. The debates on banning burqas or minarets are cropped-img_07235not essentially different from similar debates in New York, and these ideas leads precisely to the conflicts and divisions, when used in practice. Culture in itself offers no clue as to what belongs to Europe, and what does not belong. It does not mean that these characters are not found. But you will not find them in the culture, the culture contains no arguments, but only the assertion of identity. Arguments in a relationship in political life, where we also find debates, interests, projects, strategies, goals, democratic decision-making and opportunities. It is here and not on a cultural level, that Europe’s creative freedom is preserved.

Expert dominion and community.

Policy does not create coherence in the sense that we get goose bumps when we hear the European Union’s anthem and see the European flag to the top. These kinds of symbolic politics – like the idea of ​​creating a kind of constitutional patriotism through charters of fundamental rights and citizenship – failed.

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These actions belong to the wrong category, for European integration and should be able to cope without the nation state heraldic HUD. Perhaps it is rather the exercise of political power in the technocracy’s and the objectivity of the mode with the expert as a central figure that creates community. The by-mythologises nation, defuses policy and disarms culture. Thus it loses its political tend to inflated muscles and violence. Democracy has indeed always had a tense relationship with experts, and therefore satisfies a political management that appear rational and without alternatives.

The tension between the secret of what creates a deep political community, and the s49kkliorational management of Europe is apparently something we have to live with and learn to balance. But it is a political act and not a cultural matter. It is political, that Europe must find an image of itself to take advantage of the turmoil in the culture.

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Freedom does not create democracy.

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There is no reason to believe that democracy will 7446_1434548814835take hold, where the Middle East’s dictators fell.

Should democracy take root, it requires a democratic soul of the people and the values ​​of equality and the separation between politics and religion. Christianity sowed the thoughts of Europeans. Islam on the other hand does not contain the necessary virtues

We tend to think that freedom of the absence of tyranny by itself leads to democracy. As long as the tyrant is removed, democracy will grow by itself.

The political leadership in the United States harbored a simple belief in this context, since it helped to topple Saddam Hussein and remove his supporters from power. But the case turned out not to be so simple. And what should we make of the ongoing turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East? Are we to believe that when tyrants is on the field, the political space will be filled by a democratic order?

When we think about the issues, we headed immediately into a wrong track, because we tend to regard freedom as the highest political value, and because we believe that there is a clear relationship between freedom and democracy. But this is not the concepts together.

20110422-184349-374681_0There is no clear connection between political freedom and democracy. If society does freedom of the individual’s freedom to decide for themselves at the highest political value, it ends up not being able to make a judgment about what values ​​the individual should have. And so ends the society not to have any higher value than the individual himself appears.

A society in the position eroded any political legitimacy. It can not be binding way justify a common political order. Therefore it is contradictory for a political order to make freedom the absence of any oppression to the highest political value a political value that trumps all other political values. This is also a secular democratic order as ours. It can not be stable if it makes freedom to the highest political value, as it undermines the foundation on which it stands.

Rationality is the core.

The next question then is: If it is not rational to put freedom as the highest political value, which value society so set higher than freedom? What value is it rational for society and for the individual to set as the highest? When the question is asked so, the answer is already given. It is rationality, which must be the highest value in that it at least has to be the ultimate measure of what is the highest value.

FRANCE-ATTACKS-CHARLIE-HEBDO-POLICEWhen we put rationality as the highest value, we can not simply assume that freedom absence of tyranny leads to the rational ideal form of society. So we must instead begin by asking how we, as rational people should organize our common society.

To answer this question we must go back to ethics to the question of how we all should act as a result of that we are people who are able to act with responsibility. In principle we can justify a rational ethical basic principle which says that we as a people should act in consistency with that each of us can live like people.

From this principle we can deduce some consequences in terms of how we should organize our common society. First, we conclude that no one has a special right to take political decisions, and therefore should be fundamentally political equality thus a form of democracy.

Secondly, we can conclude that there should be laws ensuring that all members of society including the vulnerable can live as people are free to form their own political and religious opinion, and having the knowledge prerequisites for To exploit this freedom.

Thus we see that when we put rationality as the highest value, we get the secular democratic order as our political ideal. There is a straightforward connection from the first to the second.

The same applies the other hand, not if we put freedom as the highest value. Therefore we

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Most people know this man who was the main person behind the tragedy in New York – in the shadow of a fanatical religion – but a political and hateful message to the world.

only understand our secular democratic societies form correctly, if we understand it as an attempt to organize society rationally. We misunderstand it if we think that it is first and foremost an attempt to organize society freely.

The legacy of Jesus.

Do we understand so much, we also understand that a secular democratic society does not arise simply because it overturns a tyrannical ruler. It occurs not only as a natural consequence of freedom of citizens. This requires that citizens feel bound by the basic rational ideas of mutual political equality and the secularization of the political. Before the rational democratic order can stand on its own feet, these ideas have taken root in the general population heads.

But people are not necessarily so rational that it happens by itself only in the absence of external oppression. There should be a learning process before people are rational ideas into the heads; and it is only the experience so history can teach us how difficult it is.

MIDEAST_ISRAEL_PALE_744713yWhen we look at history, we can see that it is first and foremost in the European culture, that from its own resources has been able to build fairly well-functioning secular democratic society. Since there is reason to believe that the Europeans themselves are more rational than others, so it is likely that the ideas that they prejudged the minds thus their religion made a difference. And when we analyze the core of the Europeans ‘religion of Christianity narrative of Jesus’ life and preaching, we discover that it just contains the ideas of personal equality and the separation between politics and religion.

Thus we have a very simple explanation of why the European countries were able to build a secular democratic social order. They have had a religion, which has helped them _83897102_60836083-bec6-4cd5-aab7-b0a427ff2853because it simply placed the ideas that are prerequisite for a secular democratic order can function in the general population heads.

Islam is undemocratic.

At this point, we can identify two crucial points. Firstly, that the secular democratic order is a rational ideal, and that it does not happen by itself, simply because tyranny removed. Secondly, when this ideal has taken root in the countries that are rooted in European culture, it is because one there had a religion which supported rationality.

It is in this context that we must assess the political situation in the Middle East and North Africa when tyrants overthrown. Here Islam stands in the place where European countries have Christianity. And Islam has a message that is radically different from Christianity.

In Islam’s core is no impulse to separate religion and politics. On the contrary, Islam imagesjuiopcomes even with a system of law which will apply to society. And in this system of law is made additionally difference between Muslims and non-Muslims. While Christianity in its core content supports an evolution towards a secular democratic social order, as Islam stands as an obstacle to such a development.

The difference we need to when we assess the political situation in North Africa and the Middle East. We do not know what will happen, but we know that they have a religion that makes it harder for them to build a secular democratic social order. They must not only overthrow tyrants. They must also overcome their own religion demands to determine the laws of society. Everything suggests that the game is very difficult.

Girls, with faces covered to protect themselves from sun stroke, walk along a road on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India, May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

Girls, with faces covered to protect themselves from sun stroke, walk along a road on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India, May

The many Western observers, who now see democracy grow in the Middle East and North Africa, are blind to this difficulty. They do not understand how hard it is to build a functioning democratic order. That it requires a measure of rationality that people might find it difficult to comply with and which we in Europe might only have been able to meet because we were helped by our religion. Whether we otherwise have the necessary rationality, only time will tell and we must not be too sure.

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Gibraltar – Impressions, Bold Animals, Cold War and Fun….!!

gibraltarWith a strategic location at the entrance to the Mediterranean, Gibraltar occupied a place in the European history, which goes beyond what a small rocky peninsula otherwise warrant.

Small and important
Gibraltar’s historical significance goes literally almost back to when modern man occupied Europe. Thus, researchers in a cave on Gibraltar, Gorham’s Cave, found bålspor and fossils, suggesting that Gibraltar was one of the last places Neanderthals held out as modern man, Homo sapiens, took the4679d__77308475_hi023444832 European continent.
Coils one time about 25,000 years until around the year 950 BC, the Phoenicians first peoples as one of writings by, has had sovereignty over Gibraltar. In the subsequent period rule was among other things the Romans over the cliff on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula until the Moors from around 700 sat in power for seven centuries until 1462, when Christian Spaniards conquered the rocky island. In 1704 British forces occupied the peninsula during the Spanish 4-GibSea-472-520x245Succession War, after which the bulk of the island’s 4000 Spanish residents left Gibraltar. In a treaty drawn up by of Utrecht in 1713 recognized the British possession of Gibraltar “in perpetuity”. Peninsula strategically good location meant therefore that the British with a naval station at Gibraltar had secured their status as the dominant naval power with control over the traffic in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Cold War mode to Gibraltar
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Gibraltar is still today a thorn in the official Spain that several round since the British conquest has tried unsuccessfully to get Gibraltar back the Spanish flag. In recent times, after Gibraltar has lost its military importance, the British government has also done buckle attempt to create a shared sovereignty over the peninsula, but the residents have voting in both 1967 and 2002 chose to remain British. The official British policy is that it will not change the status of Gibraltar without residents’ consent.
Despite the softening, which means that it is no problem to visit Gibraltar as a tourist, does Spain’s strained relationship with Gibraltar for example, ships which have visited Gibraltar not subsequently140202_port_0 may dock at Spanish ports.
Recent example of the importance of Gibraltar in the relationship between Britain and Spain so that the celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary as ruler, where the Spanish Queen chose to be away at the invitation of the Spanish government. A visit to Gibraltar of when the British Prince Edward and his wife Sophie were in Madrid, seen as a blatant provocation.

Tourism in Gibraltar.
The peninsula may have lost its strategic importance to Britain, yet we often say that the inhabitants of Gibraltar is more British than the British. As a tourist attraction Gibraltar has also been of great importance, not least because the status of duty-free area.
But there are also many interesting sights to Gibraltar, such as Gibraltar Museum and the beautiful stalactite cave St. Michaels stalactite cave. In addition, the one from the top of “the rock” sweeping views over the mainland Spain and on to Africa. In Gibraltar, most also get acquainted with the semi-domesticated but cheeky Barbary apes belonging to Europe’s last wild population, and many consider Gibraltar’s main attraction.
You can experience the sights of Gibraltar following the Cultural Tours Europe Travel: Classic Andalusia and our long-term travel in Andalucia of 3 and 4 weeks.
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Southern Spain has a reputation for being home to solglade tourists who enjoy lazing on the many fine beaches. Spain today would like to give a little attention to the many other wonderful experiences that the more adventurous traveler can get in the southernmost part of Europe.
Most of the experiences are available to all.
Therefore you get here a number of suggestions as to what you can experience in southern Spain, if you want more than beach life. You can come sherry-trip to lavish buildings and even a trip to Africa – without the right to leave Spain.
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• Your last two year’s Audited accounts and tax returns
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Greek politicians in democracy’s uniforms – The century’s greatest scandal.

EU correspondent in Athens: I have never experienced anything like this …….!!!!!

 

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Kurt Lykke Lindved Ph.D
Culture and Development – UN
Lecturer and Writer
Honorey Dutch Counsel
Former CEO in EAC Shipping Division (25 years)
Strategic adviser in conflicts and wars.

So much for the Greeks repay a loan before midnight today. The money will be handed over to the International Monetary Fund, IMF. But the country is not going to pay the installments. It announced the Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis last night.

A bad sign, says the EU correspondent Ole Ryborg from Athens.

– It’s never happened before that a Western country has been unable to pay their mortgage payments to the IMF. It happens to countries such as Zambia and not countries we regard as modern Western economies. So it is an incredibly bad signal, says Ole Ryborg.

Major difficulties in sight.

What you look at now, according Ryborg is how credit rating agencies are responding to the non-payment. So far the announcement, however, that national bankruptcy is not within the immediate vicinity.

_83893547_cd752d3a-ed7d-4548-889e-83029ff9e9e1– Credit rating agencies have said that they do not believe that you are bankrupt, if you do not pay to the International Monetary Fund. It is only if you do not pay the private debt – that is, those who have bought Greek government bonds, typically banks and pension funds, but also private, he says.

If Greece goes bankrupt, the European Central Bank have to unplug and stop supplying the Greek banks, and it would be disastrous for the country.
– If they pull it completely – Greece is in deep trouble, says Ole Ryborg.

2181fe66-2d71-4965-8720-68b8aa9f5db7-bestSizeAvailableOn Sunday, the Greek people must vote for a referendum. Officially they vote on whether Greece should accept the country’s creditors latest compromise proposal, and the clear recommendation from the country’s government is putting its ticked no.

But since the referendum falls five days after the offer expires, assesses the creditors saying that the Greeks actually have to vote on whether the country should be part of the euro zone and not a member.

The announcement from the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker is clear: Votes In yes, we will help you. Votes In no, it’s a no to Europe.

It really is a very strange situation. I have never experienced anything like it as well. And6b5f31a1-5319-4066-99ba-a3be9a7c6a89-2060x1236 it’s really hard to see how to move forward.

– But everyone’s instinct is that there must be a solution. You can not just let Greece and 10 million Greeks fall outside any system.

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European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, has sent an angry broadside against the Greek government.

The government in Athens, says Juncker, do not tell the Greeks the truth about the proposals made by the Commission to try to help Greece out of its deep debt problems.

_83938179_be505fca-0f4c-4830-886e-9021b79d7fecI do not care about the Greek government. I worry about the people of Greece, Juncker said at a press conference in Brussels.

– The debate in and outside of Greece would be easier if the Greek government would tell exactly what the Commission actually proposes. I blame the government for letting the Greek public know something, that is not consistent with what is told and recorded on video for the Greek Prime Minister.
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The EU Commission sharpens the tone against Greece and has now for the first time asset.dr.dk   decided to publish details of the compromise proposal to resolve the Greek debt crisis.

– We have already reduced the aims considerably. There has been quite large concessions and showed considerable flexibility, spokesman for the commission Annika Breidthardt. The goal is for Greece this year to achieve a primary budget surplus of one percent of gross domestic product in 2018, the goal is 3.5 percent. It is reduced from 4.5 percent at the same time, there are two years period –  she says.

Last night struck another attempt to solve the Greek debt crisis error. The Greek delegation left the talks in Brussels after just 45 minutes.

Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, holding, according to several media firm in his plan to travel to Moscow later this week despite the tense situation.???_83620862_94059d9f-00d7-4e04-9dbf-3f3f653ce58e

Tsipras says to a Greek newspaper, the need for significant concessions by Greece’s creditors, and Greece will wait patiently. Nothing indicates that the Greek government will come up with a new proposal to solve the debt crisis.

French President Francois Hollande, transmitter according to the news agency dpa a sharp warning to Greece not to waste time.

– Take care now. There is no time to lose, we must look urgently to resume negotiations, says Hollande.

At the same time said Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, according to AFP, that he sees a real risk that Greece may leave the euro.

Also from Germany comes a sharp warning from spokesman Martin Jaeger of Finance.

4168040efb594e7b8553d8a63e72e0cd_20140703170408310– The ball is in Greece’s court. It is solely up to the Greek side to answer the institutions’ generous offer, says the spokesman told by AFP.

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“If you owe the bank $100 million that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.”

img4b7d709b72ee7“If you owe the bank $100 million that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.”

Eurozone finance ministers have rejected a Greek request to extend a bailout programme beyond 30 June.

A Eurogroup statement said Greece had broken off negotiations over a new bailout deal “unilaterally”.

Late on Friday, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras called a surprise referendum for 5 July over the terms of any new deal.

Greece has to pay €1.6bn (£1.1bn) to the IMF on Tuesday. Without new funds, there are 6b5f31a1-5319-4066-99ba-a3be9a7c6a89-2060x1236fears Greece may leave the euro and its economy may collapse.

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin stressed after the Eurogroup talks that all of its members wanted Greece to remain in the eurozone.

“This is not a Greek exit from the euro zone,” he told reporters. “The 18 countries, apart from Greece, all said clearly that Greece was in the euro and should remain in the euro whatever the difficulties of the moment.”

Crisis talks: As they happened

Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem said finance ministers would reconvene to discuss the consequences of the latest developments, and “prepare for what’s needed to ensure the Jeroen Dijsselbloemstability of eurozone remains at its high level”.

It would be up to the European Central Bank (ECB) to decide whether to continue providing emergency liquidity funding to the Greek banking system, he added.

The ECB said it was “closely monitoring developments” and would hold a meeting in due course to discuss the situation.

It’s never over till it’s over. But it feels like the end is perilously close. The breakdown in talks between Greece and its creditors has to be seen as a failure.

It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. It is also a massive gamble on all sides, and a possible turning point in the history of the eurozone. There will still be those working feverishly behind the scenes for compromise, but in effect neither side has blinked yet.

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When the Greek government thought it had made substantial concessions at the beginning of the week, the creditors said it simply wasn’t enough. And while no-one can say for certain that Greece will leave the eurozone, this is already uncharted territory.

Much will depend on the outcome of the referendum called by PM Alexis Tsipras, if it takes place on schedule. And much will also depend on the European Central Bank – and whether it believes it can still allow funds to flow, to prevent banks in Greece from collapsing.

ECB faces huge decision

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said the Eurogroup’s refusal to extend the bailout could permanently damage the credibility of the group.

He said that what had been proposed to Greece “did not contain any plan for giving, instilling hope in investors, both Greek and non-Greek, in consumers, in depositors”.

But Mr Varoufakis said Greece would still try to secure a bailout deal that could then be _83893547_cd752d3a-ed7d-4548-889e-83029ff9e9e1put to the Greek people in a referendum.

“In these crucial moments, the Greek government is fighting for there to be a last minute deal by Tuesday,” he said.

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Media caption “We heard some rumours that the banks will not be giving any money from Monday”

Throughout the ups and downs of the recent negotiations, Greeks have by and large resisted the urge to withdraw money from their accounts, pinning their hopes on a last minute deal with the country’s creditors.

But as the deadline for Greece’s €1.6bn payment to the IMF looms, and with Mr Tsipras calling for a referendum next week, lines have begun to form outside ATMs and bank branches in Athens.

Some customers (U.S. GI’s) were given a ticket number and told to come back in a few hours. One man told me he was 170th in line. “The game is over,” said Peter, one of those queuing. “Greece is going into uncharted waters, and the banks will be closed on Monday, I suspect.”

Anxiety is mounting in Athens. “Everybody’s really scared,” Elena, a woman in her 20s, tells me as she waits to withdraw cash. “We need to have enough money to last the week.”

Mr Varoufakis said his government had asked for an extension of “a few days, a couple of 24greece1-superJumbo-v2weeks”, whereas Mr Dijsselbloem said an extension of one month had been requested.

“How does the Greek government think that it will survive and deal with its problems in that period? I do not know,” he said.

In Greece, queues have formed outside banks amid concerns that the Greek central bank might start restricting withdrawals.

Deputy Prime Minister Yanis Dragasakis tweeted that the government would continue working closely with the ECB and Bank of Greece “for the stability of the country’s banking system”.

Greece owes roughly €340bn, mostly to its eurozone partners. Because it can no longer borrow from the international money markets, it is dependent on the eurozone and IMF to keep its banks functioning.

2181fe66-2d71-4965-8720-68b8aa9f5db7-bestSizeAvailableEurozone finance ministers continued talks without Greece on Saturday’
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says a deal may yet be reached before Tuesday.

“A graffito in Athens reads “Mrs Merkel we still love you”

….Well, politik baseret paa emotionel feelings from the left to the right are usually connected to other hidden values. I do remember another version from Greece – “Merkel GO HOME” !

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America’s arrogance and lack of common discernment!

Kurt Lykke Lindved Ph.D Culture and Development - UN Lecturer and Writer Honored Dutch Counsel Former CEO in EAC Entertainer and Event Management

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Culture and Development – UN
Lecturer and Writer
Honored Dutch Counsel
Former CEO in EAC
Entertainer and Event Management

While it is two years ago that the former NSA employee Edward Snowden began to leak internal, top-secret documents about American spies monitoring of Internet users continues the US intelligence services still new revelations in between.

SIM card manufacturer admits: NSA broke into their secret archives.

This time it is the medium The Intercept, which may reveal Snowden documents from the NSA and the British spy service GCHQ, which shows that the two spy services have tried to turn on several antivirus programs to better exploit them for espionage purposes.

According to the documents, efforts have been directed at several different companies’ software, but Russian Kaspersky are among those most often mentioned by name.
Also mails and malware

_83822255_83822254The attack against antivirus and other security software is because these types of software typically have access to do more on the computer than other types of software. It also makes them more attractive as a target, if you will penetrate and eavesdrop on people or steal their data.

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The Intercept also describes that spy services have intercepted e-mails sent to antivirus companies to get their hands on new viruses and malware that can be used for monitoring purposes. A number of other antivirus companies also mentioned in documents such as Avast, F-Secure and Bitdefender, but it is uncertain whether these also have been tampered with

snowden-100340464-origNew Snowden documents reveal NSA headaches.

Snowden’s revelations have preliminary preferably meant increased attention to monitoring – but it is still quite unclear to what extent the NSA and GCHQ has continued the extensive surveillance programs after Snowden’s leak.

CSC witness watched.

Yesterday, it also emerged that the journalist and IT expert Jacob Appelbaum, who also has been one of the strong voices in the debate about the NSA monitoring, from 2010, reviewed its mail by the US authorities.

Europol chief: Encryption makes life difficult for us.banner_military

Appelbaum, among other things, worked with the leak site WikiLeaks and anonymity browser Tor, one of the witnesses in the case against the hacker sentenced Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, who last week was sentenced in the High Court to have hacked a number of Danish registers at CSC in 2012.

It was Appelbaums mail from Google’s Gmail service, which was handed over to US authorities, which also banned Google to tell Appelbaum about it.

The direct text and reading between the lines suggests in a greatly reduced superpower exclusively focused on their use of electronics without having a really effective military and intelligence services.

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My cooperation and friendship with Greek shipowners 1973-1987.

281644_2302957813138_2091960_n_1A look at the financial crisis in Greece, including how the shipping industry could impact the country’s future.

Like most of their countrymen, Greek shipping tycoons are normally expansive and loquacious individuals, happy to talk to the press. In the tradition of their predecessors Aristotle Onassis and Stavros Niarchos, they tend to brag about their wealth, their art collections, their palatial homes, and the fact that Greek shipowners command the biggest merchant fleet on earth and that their vessels reach every corner of the planet.

“Ninety-five percent of all goods transported in the world today are carried by ships, anddanci-korabi_0 Greeks own 17 percent of those ships,” boasts Nicos Vernicos, a fourth-generation shipowner. “That means that 15 percent of all goods transported are carried on Greek ships. In this one thing, and this one thing only, we are ahead of every other country on earth.” (The Japanese, with nearly 16 percent of shipping, are a close second.) But these days, getting Greek shipowners to talk about their wealth — or how they might pitch in to solve the massive economic problems of a country teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, the aftershocks from which would threaten the financial health of the entire European Union — is like trying to interview ayatollahs in Iran about their country’s nuclear research program.

newego_LARGE_t_1101_26691538The burning question is, will the shipowners, by far the wealthiest sector of the Greek people, make the sort of financial investment at home that could save their country? The answer has not been forthcoming. For almost two years now the Union of Greek Shipowners has urged its members to avoid talking to the press at all. When a Greek shipowner does open up, as Thanasis Laskaridis did with me (he owns 58 ships with his brother Panos), it can be seen as an act of personal rebellion. “I’m going to be 60 next year,” Laskaridis says, “and I’m not going to watch what’s going on in this country and keep silent.”

Most Greek tycoons, However, are following the union’s advice to keep their opinions to themselves. The vow of silence certainly suits their needs. At a time when the desperate Greek populace is rioting almost daily to protest severe austerity measures, any confession of a sumptuous lifestyle by the Golden Greeks could cause them serious trouble.

erxontai_nees_kinhtopoihseis_sth_nautiliaThe dangers of flaunting wealth in public were illustrated in June 2010, when Leon Patitsas, a scion of the Lemos shipping dynasty, decided to celebrate his wedding to a former Miss Greece with a lavish party in Piraeus, the world’s third-largest passenger port, some 12 miles outside Athens, on a historic battleship belonging to the Greek navy. Greek shipowners from all over had gathered in Piraeus for the biennial trade fair called Posidonia, so the young British-born Patitsas invited them on board. There was champagne and lobster, sushi and caviar, and to his lasting embarrassment, there was also a gatecrasher who worked for a Greek tabloid. The next day its pages were filled with photos of the opulent party, with descriptions of some of the women present as “party girls” and “ex-Playmates.” Soon the then-minister of national defense, Evangelos Venizelos, issued a statement calling the event “heavily insulting” to the Greek navy and to “the patriotic sensitivity” of the Greek people.
All the commotion incensed the average Greek, who is easily incensed these days. Only a few weeks earlier, Greek television had broadcast nonstop images of the May 5 riots innew426-820x418 Athens, when more than 100,000 people gathered in Constitution Square to protest the austerity measures and tried to storm Parliament. Throwing chunks of marble torn from the steps of nearby hotels, Molotov cocktails, and broken bottles, they battled police armed with tear gas and clubs. Some of the rioters bombed a bank branch not far away, killing three bank employees, including a pregnant woman.

The photographs of the Patitsas party were a stark contrast to the plight of ordinary Greeks, who had suffered severe reductions in salaries and pensions under austerity measures imposed by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Patitsas eventually made a public apology, but powerful shipowners were furious that they were being treated as scapegoats.

graecoons4No wonder the Union of Greek Shipowners passed the word: no more talking to the press, no more photos of luxurious parties, and from now on keep your wealthy lifestyle out of the public eye.
The union, however, does talk frequently with government officials, according to the man charged with overseeing the shipping industry for the Greek government, Michalis Chrisohoidis, the minister of development, competitiveness, and shipping. The intense, square-jawed 56-year-old lawyer won recognition earlier in the decade as the minister of public order who led the capture of Greece’s most violent terrorist group, November 17, which had operated for 30 years without a single arrest.

ftDuring our interview a few months ago, amid the Old World elegance of the Grande Bretagne Hotel’s Winter Garden, in Athens, I asked Chrisohoidis how willing shipowners were to make investments in Greece and to spur development. He took a sip from his espresso, and his brow furrowed. “Here is what I want to say,” he finally began. “We, as a government and as a nation, share a common goal with our shipowners: to keep Greek shipping number one in the world, because each year it contributes between $15 billion and $18 billion to our economy.”

Pressed for a more direct answer — were they willing to help? — he left room for doubtfragkou1 about the shipowners’ commitment. “We are hopeful that they’ll be motivated to play a major role in helping Greece, now that the economic future of our people is at stake, as Greek shipowners in the past have always done at critical times for our nation.”

The legacy of their heroic forebears is a formidable one, and it poses both a challenge and a burden to today’s tycoons, who are expected by many to be as magnanimous as their predecessors. The history of such selflessness dates from 1821, when Greece struggled to free itself from 400 years of Ottoman rule in the country’s War for Independence.

At the start of that revolt, the Greek shipping communities on the Aegean islands, which did a brisk business carrying goods between the Ottoman Empire and Europe, had just over 300 armed merchant ves- sels, employing 12,000 sailors. The shipowners contributed their ships and their fortunes to the war effort, converting many of their vessels into fire ships (bourlotes), to be set ablaze and steered into the midst of Ottoman convoys.
One of the most colorful of those shipowners was Laskarina Bouboulina, the 50-year-old widow of a sea captain. During the eight-year war (1821–29) she commanded eight ships, participated in many battles, and was ultimately awarded the rank of admiral. Today a statue of the war heroine reigns over the harbor in Spetses.
During World War II, the Greek shipowners once again came to the aid of their country, turning over their fleets to the Allies. Almost 70 percent of these conscripted vessels were sunk by Nazi U-boats as they carried Allied war materiel across the Atlantic. In recognition of the owners’ sacrifice, after the war the United States allowed them to buy 100 Liberty ships for only $125,000 of their own cash, with the remainder covered by loans guaranteed by the Greek government.

These new fleets quickly expanded, and the Greek officers and seamen the shipowners hired sent critical remittances back home to the country at a time when it was struggling to recover not only from the brutal Nazi occupation but from a devastating civil war triggered by Communist insurgents, a double blow that in the 1950s left much of the country in abject poverty.

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When that civil war ended, newly wealthy shipowners like Onassis and Niarchos, brothers-in-law at the time but also fierce rivals, made some of the first major investments in Greece to help jump-start its postwar economy. Onassis bought a small company that had three single-engine airplanes, renamed it Olympic Airways, and built it into a renowned international carrier. Niarchos tried to outdo him by building the country’s first shipyard.

Both tycoons continued to make investments in Greece throughout their lives, creating thousands of well-paying jobs. In fact, on the day after Onassis married Jackie Kennedy, in 1968, he didn’t go on a honeymoon — he spent his time negotiating a $400 million investment deal with the military junta then ruling Greece. He even courted the junta’s leader, Georgios Papadopoulos, by inviting him and his wife to dine with the new Mrs. Onassis on their island.
Throughout their lives, Onassis and Niarchos competed for women, real estate, ever larger yachts (the 190-foot Creole for Niarchos, the 325-foot Christina for Onassis), and private islands (Skorpios for Onassis, Spetsopoula for Niarchos). After they died the competition continued, as their various philanthropies focused on building projects at home and on expanding studies of Greece and its heritage throughout the world.

b4ade188-a0a1-4693-9ea9-5dbac8569135Onassis left half his estate, worth about $1 billion when he died, in 1975, to a foundation named for his son Alexander, who had died two years earlier in a plane crash. It endowed the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, in Athens, the first hospital in Greece certified to do heart and lung transplants. And the Onassis Foundation just completed the 194,000-square-foot Onassis Cultural Center, in Athens, and awards 135 scholarships per year to Greek postgraduate students.

When Niarchos died, in 1996, he had an estimated net worth of $5 billion. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has made grants in the arts, education, health, and medicine to the tune of $1.2 billion to date. Its most ambitious project is the $800 million Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, now being built in Athens. Designed by architect Renzo Piano, it will include new homes for the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera.

This is quite a legacy to live up to for Greece’s 900 shipowning families, who command the largest shipping fleet in the world, ruling an industry whose income is carefully hidden, but the annual gross revenues of which are estimated at $60 billion. What are they doing to help their country as it faces economic catastrophe and their countrymen endure severe reductions in their standard of living?
“They are doing practically nothing,” says an Athenian executive who doesn’t want to be identified because he has business dealings with several shipowners. “They’re investing little of their money inside Greece, creating few jobs beyond the positions they need to maintain their Greek offices, buying no Greek bonds, and paying absolutely no taxes on the earnings from their ships and nowhere near the taxes they should pay on their assets inside the country.”

873307-lngThose shipowners who would discuss the crisis with me, like Nicos Vernicos and his brother George, whose family has been in shipping since 1850, denounce such criticism. “Any charges that Greek shipowners have not been helping their country are blatantly false, as one fact alone shows,” insists George Vernicos, whose searching gaze and weathered features reveal his ties to the sea. “In the last 10 years Greek shipowners have brought into the country about $178 billion in foreign exchange through money spent by their Greek offices, salaries paid to Greek crews, purchases made from Greek companies, taxes paid on Greek-flag vessels, and extensive real estate they have bought. What other group has brought that kind of money into the country, or even come close?”
One reason shipowners often give to explain why they’re not investing more in Greece is that the returns from shipping itself aren’t that great these days. “Since 2008 rates have been in a free fall, with earnings well below break-even levels in many areas,” says Basil Papachristidis, a Canadian-born shipowner whose father sold 10 frigates to Onassis in 1946, one of which was later converted into the Christina. “Banks are calling in loans, seizing ships, and causing owners to lose their entire equity. It is quite possible a number of owners will go bankrupt in the next 12 to 18 months.”

But he and other industry experts concede that the big shipping families are welltheodoros-beniamis diversified and are not in any real financial trouble, since they piled up huge cash reserves earlier in the decade, when rates soared tenfold in just a few years. And they know how to squeeze out profits even in hard times, as Onassis did during the Great Depression. He broke into shipping in 1932, when he bought six Canadian freighters for $30,000 each — essentially their scrap value — and kept them working through the decade.
If all that’s true, why haven’t the major shipowners used more of their profits to make investments in Greece, create jobs, and help revive the Greek economy?

“Look, no one is making big investments in Greece,” says Nicos Vernicos. “And that is mainly the fault of the politicians and the unions, because they have made Greece an extremely difficult place to do business.”
In the past, several major shipowners have made sizable investments in the country. They include the Chandris family, who have built hotels; the Latsis family, who have bought banks (and have loaned their 405-foot yacht, the Alexander, to such eminences as Prince Charles, George H.W. Bush, and even Marlon Brando); the Constantakopoulos family, who are building the biggest resort in the country; and the Laskaridis family, who have invested in hotels, casinos, and an airline.

But even these committed Greek shipowners have cautionary tales to tell about investing in their homeland. Most of them are reluctant to speak on the record, but not Thanasis Laskaridis, who, with his brother Panos, owns the landmark Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens and a 20 percent interest in Aegean Airlines, in addition to their 58 ships.

After doing well in shipping, the Laskaridis brothers decided to make extensive investments in their homeland. “Our motivation was initially a general desire for new, well-set-up, well-capitalized, and profitable landmark projects that would generate several thousand new jobs in Greece and involve also substantial foreign multinationals and their know-how,” Thanasis says. The brothers’ total investments in Greece at one point reached “in excess of $1 billion,” he says, and they created more than 3,500 jobs and produced huge benefits for the country, including $700 million in tax revenues from two casinos.

Greek_Fleet_1914“As time went by,” Thanasis says, “we started losing the multi-nationals, other than in a management capacity, because Greece is chaotic, corrupt, and unfriendly toward foreign investors.” The reason Greece is in such a sad state, he says, is that its economy is under the tight control of an oligarchy of “no more than 10 families and no more than 10 unions…who have systematically fought and destroyed any serious effort by any outsiders, including Greek shipowners, to establish themselves as major players in the country’s economy.”

“Shipowners are clever, and, generally, wealthy people have no desire, when they are achieving miracles all over the world, to be treated like idiotsintheirowncountry,” he says. “If you want to know why they don’t make major investments in Greece, look at the labor laws, look at the exit of almost all multinationals — and there were never that many — look at the press barons and how they use their influence to get government contracts for their other business interests, look at the total destruction of value of private equity investment in Greece.”

fe8af80e84cb0efe26b74af0222110a3_XLFinally, he says, look at the fact that the last elected government of Greece took the ministries of shipping and tourism, the most productive engines in the Greek economy, and folded them into other ministries. “It’s as if Saudi Arabia had disbanded its oil ministry!” he exclaims.

The absurdity, cronyism, and corruption that dominate Greek political life have moved Laskaridis’s family to reduce their investments in Greece by about 70 percent, he says. “Our core activity [shipping] is a global and highly competitive business, so problems including corruption were not new to us. However, tolerating such practices in our own homeland was simply unacceptable, as well as hugely damaging psychologically.”
One of the more disturbing sights, he notes, is seeing the marble steps in front of his family’s historic Grande Bretagne Hotel, in the heart of Athens on Constitution Square, being torn up by extremists so they could throw pieces at the police during violent demonstrations, which occur on a regular basis these days.

His family spent $300 million to buy and another $115 million to renovate the hotel and make it one of the best in Europe in time for the 2004 Olympics, he says, but the failure of the government to provide a safe and stable operating environment for it hardly motivates the Laskaridises to make any further investments in the country.

“Greek shipowners will not throw good money after bad,” he says. “Please be sure that we will all repatriate capital when, at the very least, we can walk to the center of our city without risk of physical violence. This is the least we demand, and it is not that hard to achieve. Everyone but Greece has done it.”

Triple_Occupation_of_Greece - KopiOne major Greek shipowner, however, never let the frustrations that come with trying to invest in Greece deter him from pursuing his vision — to uplift his native region — even though it took him 25 years to realize it. The man was Vassilis Constantakopoulos, and his dream was to make Navarino Bay, on the western coast of the Peloponnese, an international tourist destination of the first rank. Although only half of the planned resort complex is finished, it has already begun to earn that distinction, with listings in many travel magazines as one of the top 10 luxury resorts in the world.

Captain Vassilis, as he is known, died in January 2011, only a year after the opening of his eco-friendly resort, Navarino Dunes, the first of four sites at Costa Navarino, a dream that took him a lifetime to achieve. I learned his story from two of his three sons: Costis, who runs Costamare, the family’s shipping fleet, and Achilles, who directs its tourist facilities. (The third, Christos, runs the family’s mining operations.)

I met the brothers in the conference room of Costamare’s modern headquarters between Athens and Piraeus. Costis, 42, a lean, reserved engineer, and Achilles, an outgoing 40-year-old with a staccato delivery, did not need much prodding to talk about their father.

They said Vassilis was born in a small village some 40 miles from where he would later commit $1.3 billion to build his tourist mecca, which will ultimately include five hotels, four golf courses, luxury villas, a sports complex, and a marina.
“My father left at 13 for Athens,” Costis says. “He worked at three jobs — selling buttons, delivering milk, and busing tables — to survive while going to night school. Then he became a deckhand and worked his way up to seaman, engineer, and finally captain.”
In 1962 Vassilis met his future wife, Carmen, a stewardess on Olympic Airways, and they married two years later. When they started a family in 1969, he decided to look for work that would keep him closer to home.

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Carmen persuaded him to abandon his first idea — opening a grocery store — and go into the business he knew: shipping. He bought his first small vessel, a 2,000-ton cargo ship, which he named Carmen, in 1974, and slowly began adding others. “He quickly saw that the Greeks who were focused on cargo ships, bulk carriers, and tankers were struggling for charters then, but Northern Europeans who were shifting to containers were doing much better,” Costis explains. “So he decided to concentrate on container ships.”

As his fleet grew, he began ordering new container vessels from shipyards in East Asia, and he was one of the first to spot the boon that an expanding Chinese economy offered for shipping. Eventually he started chartering many of his ships to the Chinese state shipping group, COSCO, which propelled him to the forefront of container shipping.

Throughout these boom years, says Costis, Vassilis was always looking for opportunities to help his country. “He wanted to do something in his home area, something that would help people there,” Achilles says. “And he decided that the way to achieve both goals was to make the Navarino coast, one of the most beautiful areas in the Mediterranean but completely undeveloped at the time, into an international tourist destination.”
It took almost 20 years, but ultimately he cobbled together 2,470 acres for the resort from more than 1,000 owners. But that was only half the battle. To get all the permits and authorizations he needed to start building, he eventually had to get more than 3,000 signatures from officials in scores of government agencies.
So far, some $760 million has been spent on Costa Navarino, and the final bill is projected to reach $1.3 billion, according to Achilles. The Greek government has agreed to provide a subsidy of $130 million, half of which has been contributed thus far, he says.
Although the project is only partially completed, it has already created a boom in the region. More than 2,000 workers were hired to build the first two hotels, which now employ 1,200 people directly, according to Achilles. “As a result, the area is flourishing, with new shops in surrounding towns opening every week, while thousands have closed in the rest of the country because of the economic crisis.”

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Vassilis, a heavy smoker who was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, lived to see only the first part of the resort open. Six weeks before he died, he spoke at a dinner in his honor, and his words could serve as an exhortation to his fellow shipowners. “Our nation today finds itself at the edge of the abyss,” he said. “To debate who is to blame and how we wound up in such a sad state doesn’t help our condition. What we must do now is to focus on how we can all join together to save our country, to assist in any way we can our neighbors…and to press our politicians to move forcefully to initiate the reforms that will stimulate growth and prosperity… If that is done, with sacrifices from all of us…our country will achieve a level of admiration worthy of its history and its heritage.”
Most of the shipowners who were willing to speak about their country’s current disastrous circumstances professed their own patriotism, but they are not ready to help steer their country through the financial maelstrom that has engulfed it, they say, because they don’t have confidence in the country’s leaders. They are instead clinging to a wait-and-see attitude to find out if, in fact, Greece can be rescued by infusions of money and management from the European community and the IMF.

There seems to be a mixture of hope and apprehension among the shipping giants, similare2b4a580c6b85ea8681bfec7b4495d40_XL to that expressed by Thanasis Laskaridis: “Greece has great potential. It is still today one of the world’s best places to live: great scenery, culture, climate, some of the best beaches in the world, and nice, hardworking people. Once we bring our bloated bureaucracy under control and replace most of our current politicians, Greece will boom.”

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PORTRAIT: Cameron – in front of a divided nation.

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Losing party leaders pulls in a row. Back says David Cameron and must gather a divided nation.

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron take enough time. In front of his residence, 10 Downing Street, he spoke earlier in the day when he announced that he will form a majority government.

The election in Britain has claimed three unsuccessful party leaders the job in the wake of a disappointing choice.

There remains the leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, as a surprising victor that can form majority government and extend his time at 10 Downing Street in London with a second term as Britain’s prime minister.

Now he must gather a divided nation.

The man without inner fire.


images uuuuSupports calls him brave and charming. Opponents say he is lazy and reckless. James Hanning, who co-authored a biography of Cameron, describing him as a man without inner fire.

– He has never been able to answer the question that is asked him repeatedly: What is it that gets you out of bed at six in the morning? What is it you want to achieve as prime minister ?, says Hanning Associated Press.

In the month-long election campaign that ended Thursday, Cameron appeared relaxed.Prime-Minister-David-Cameron-and-his-wife-Samantha-arrive-for-the-wedding-of-her-half-sister-Alice-Sheffield
Chillax

Critics have said that he has not worked as hungry for victory as rival Ed Miliband, despite the fact that Cameron has worked with the mantra “knock-out”.

It was Cameron who won.

English press depicts 48-year-old Cameron as the Prime Minister, who likes to “chillaxe” – to relax. He is no workaholic, but have balance between work and private life.

Modern course.

The-former-British-prime--001David Cameron was chosen in 2005 as Conservative party leader and took over a party that had lost three elections to Tony Blair’s Labour Party. There were many parallels between the two party leaders, and Cameron was called Blair’s heir.

Both were young, attractive politicians who put their respective parties in a more modern course. Both were more practical gifted than ideological and appealed to voters’ hearts.

Since Cameron took over as prime minister in 2010, he legalized gay marriages, as traditionalists within the party fought against. Early in his office, he argued that young offenders need understanding and punishment.
A new challenge

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The press dubbed policy “hug a hoodie”, and Cameron was the face of a new type of conservatism with compassion.

Now he faced a very different challenge – to bring together a divided nation.

During the election campaign, Mr Cameron promised a referendum on EU membership, more powers to the Scottish autonomy parliament and to the British economy on its feet.

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– I want my party and the government, I would like to lead, regains a position that we should never have lost – its position as a nation, a total UK, said Cameron Friday after Queen Elizabeth had given him the green light to form the government.
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James Taylor: ‘A big part of my story is recovery from addiction’

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At the age of 67, James Taylor has made his 16th album, his first in 13 years. After spending his early career addicted to heroin, he’s surprised he made it this far

At 67, James Taylor has an air of low-key statesmanship that most senior politicians can only aspire to. A lifelong Democrat (‘I inherit my politics from my father, and my aesthetic, probably, from my mum’), he has sung for presidents, calls Bill and Barack by their first names, and is vehemently backing Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House.

Taylor was a friend and supporter of both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama long before either became president, playing benefit shows and publicly backing their campaigns. Commenting on Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in a recent US interview, he described her as a public servant who would bring the country together.

James_Taylor_Bill__3344725bWith Bill Clinton at the James Taylor at Carnegie Hall gala, 2011

But back at the day job, the feeling that he may just be too old by the time the muse completes another visit is informed by his awareness of how the songwriting process has changed. ‘It used to be that these songs got squeezed out of every pore, and you just couldn’t stop ’em. Then it slowly turned to where you had to kind of coax them out. Now you have to pull them out with a winch. I actually need three days of empty time, just waiting and being still, before things start to happen. Otherwise, anything can distract me.’

Yet, away from the stage, his personal circumstances were a train wreck even before he was famous. He was a heroin addict and a psychiatric patient in his teens, and his narcotic dependency fuelled the ultimate failure of perhaps America’s favourite celebrity music marriage of the 1970s, Taylor’s to Carly Simon. He did not finally get sober until his mid-30s, when he started the reinvention that makes that untamed past impossible to recognise now.

All of which makes the lyric of Today Today Today, the opening song on Before This World, his 16th album of new songs, the first in 13 years, starkly relevant. It has him assessing his role in the musical firmament as an older man, with a palpable sense of wonder.

‘Somehow I haven’t died,’ he sings.

James_Taylor_main_3343449b‘One thing that addiction does is, it freezes you. You don’t develop’

Nevertheless, when we chat at length in his hotel room, Taylor – whom I first interviewed more than 20 years ago, and who remains hugely engaging company – admits that he still knows the version of himself who almost did not make it here: the man whose friend and fellow sybarite John Belushi let it be known that he was worried for him, a comment put into sharp relief by Belushi’s own fatal overdose soon afterwards in 1982.

That was the wake-up call Taylor needed. In his 1985 song That’s Why I’m Here, written following Belushi’s death, he sang, ‘John’s gone, found dead, he dies high, he’s brown bread. Later said to have drowned in his bed. After the laughter, the wave of dread, it hits us like a ton of lead.’

James_Taylor_conve_3344387b‘Taylor at the Democratic National Convention, 2012’

More interested in playing folk and blues clubs with his lifelong friend and collaborator Danny Kortchmar than in the high expectations of his prep-school environment, Taylor was, sometimes at least, that alienated kid. After checking himself out of McLean, where he was prescribed the anti-psychotic drug Thorazine, he moved to New York to pursue music but fell into heroin use. (He once told me that he came to see his drug use as “not a wild and savage thing [but] always conservative, withdrawn and controlling”.) He would not get completely clean for another 17 years.

Before This World includes a ballad that may be Taylor’s most affecting love song since the 1970s era of Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight. It describes the belated happiness that he is, again, surprised to have stumbled upon.

‘You and I Again is basically about that sense that in the first six months that I knew Kim, it felt as though I were encountering her from a former life. As if we had been maybe siblings in a prior existence, or parent and child, or maybe we’d been lovers. But there was piece after piece after piece that we were so in sync. It was so remarkable that I wrote this song about finding someone on the other side of death, in this lifetime.’

‘One of the things you learn as you get older is that you’re just the same”

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Refugees – New dynamics of displacement.

New trends require new strategies’

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According to Article 1 of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, a refugee is someone who has fled his or her country “owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.” While the 1951 Convention remains the key legal document defining who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of governments, the world has changed dramatically over the past 60 years. And so have the dynamics of displacement.

Protecting and assisting the most vulnerable people on Earth is becoming increasingly complicated with the emergence of a number of complex and interconnected global mega-trends. UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres says these trends include population growth, urbanization, food and energy insecurity, water scarcity, and climate change.

Of particular concern to UNHCR is the fact that these mega-trends are exacerbating conflict and combining in numerous ways today to oblige millions more people to flee their homelands. The reasons for displacement today are far more complex than those envisaged under the 1951 Convention, and the distinctions between refugees and migrants and voluntary and involuntary movements are becoming increasingly blurred.

unhcrNatural disasters – floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides – are increasing in frequency and intensity. While most of the displacement caused by these events is internal, they can also cause people to cross borders. None of the existing international and regional refugee law instruments, however, specifically addresses the plight of such people.

Guterres also notes that displacement caused by the slow-onset effects of climate change is largely internal as well. But through its acceleration of drought, desertification, the ahmed_latifa_map_976v4

salinization of ground water and soil, and rising sea levels, climate change, too, can contribute to the displacement of people across international frontiers. Again, the relevant international instruments are silent on these groups of people. In addition, identifying the correlation between slow-onset processes and displacement is particularly difficult.

Other human-made calamities, such as severe socio-economic deprivation, can also cause people to flee across borders. While some may be escaping persecution, most leave because they lack any meaningful option to remain. The lack of food, water, education, health care and a livelihood would not ordinarily and by themselves sustain a refugee claim under the 1951 Convention. Nevertheless, some of these people may need some form of protection.

ref shipAll of these emerging trends pose enormous challenges for the international humanitarian community. The threat of continued massive displacement is real, and the world must be prepared to deal with it. Recognizing this, the United Nations — and UNHCR in particular — have already begun reviewing priorities, partners and methods of work in dealing with the new dynamics of human displacement.

In December 2010, UNHCR convened a two-day meeting in Geneva to begin examining the capacity of the existing international protection framework to address the new forms of displacement. The goal of this ongoing exercise is to identify “gaps” in protecting and assisting those affected and to develop more flexible and agile ways of helping them.

At the conclusion of the initial dialogue, UNHCR said it would work with the participating states during 2011 with a view to achieving demonstrable progress in all these areas in time for a proposed ministerial-level meeting on international protection in December 2011. Several situations were given priority.

A UN peacekeeper speaks with women refugees at Farchana Camp in Chad.
A UN peacekeeper speaks with women refugees at Farchana Camp in Chad.
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Tackling statelessness

Stateless people are individuals who are not considered nationals by any state. While Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that “everyone has a right to a nationality,” there were at least 6.6 million people worldwide at the end of 2009 who urefugees campwere known to be stateless. However, an accurate global count of stateless people remains to be done. Estimates of their numbers range as high as 12 million.

Under a series of UN General Assembly resolutions dating back to 1974, UNHCR is the international organization mandated to resolve the situation of stateless individuals as well as people at risk of statelessness. And these millions of stateless people are in addition to the world’s more than 43 million refugees and internally displaced.

The global statelessness problem — like the refugee problem — has grown and become more complex in the decades following the adoption of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, raising questions about how this phenomenon can best be resolved in today’s world.

urefu gesExamples of stateless populations can be found around the globe, often caused by exclusionary government policies that date back decades. In the Gulf States of the Middle East, for example, populations who were left out at independence are now referred to as Bidoon, literally “without” in Arabic. Under the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, many Feili Kurds were stripped of their nationality, but this decree was repealed in 2006.

In Africa, some of the Nubian people do not enjoy citizenship rights in Kenya. In Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa, lack of clarity on their nationality status affects large numbers of people. In Europe, the break-up of the Soviet Union and the Yugoslav Federation in the 1990s led to statelessness in the new countries that emerged. The problem of state succession in both cases was compounded by large population and refugee movements. Efforts to naturalize these people and to issue nationality documentation are under way, but the situations are not yet fully resolved. Statelessness is also an issue in the Caribbean.

refugeThere have also been some success stories. In Asia, millions have received nationality in Bangladesh and Nepal. Viet Nam has naturalized a first group of former refugees from Cambodia who were stateless, and revised its legislation to make naturalization for stateless persons and the re-acquisition of nationality by former citizens easier. A number of other countries improved their birth registration systems, which is crucial to preventing statelessness. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe introduced reforms recognizing the right of women to confer nationality on their children on an equal basis with men. Kenya’s new constitution grants women equality with men in this regard. A similar reform is pending in Tunisia.

But much remains to be done. Meanwhile, millions of stateless people struggle to get by with limited access to birth registration, identity documentation, education, health care, legal employment, property ownership, political participation or freedom of movement. umiddelhavetWomen are at heightened risk of statelessness, which leaves them particularly vulnerable to abuse. Stateless children can be deprived both of their childhoods and the foundation for any hope of a better future. Denial of basic human rights impacts not only the individuals concerned but also society as a whole, in particular because excluding an entire sector of the population may create social tension and significantly impair efforts to promote economic and social development. Moreover, statelessness may lead to forced
displacement, in particular where it results from arbitrary deprivation of nationality.

UNHCR has begun a major international effort to reduce statelessness. This includes global advocacy to increase the number of nations that have signed on to the relevant conventions on statelessness. Today, only 65 states are parties to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and only 37 are parties to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. This compares with 147 states which are parties to
either the 1951 Refugee Convention or its 1967 Protocol.

ARSAL, LEBANON - DECEMBER 05:  Syrian refugees fled their homes due to the civil war in their country try to hold on life under tough living conditions at Babel refugee camp in eastern Lebanese city of Arsal on December 05, 2014. Syrian refugees in Lebanon face starvation after the suspension of United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) food voucher aid for more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees since financial commitments from nations and other donors remain unfulfilled causing shortfall in funds needed to support refugees in December. (Photo by Ratib Al Safadi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

ARSAL, LEBANON – DECEMBER 05: Syrian refugees fled their homes due to the civil war in their country try to hold on life under tough living conditions at Babel refugee camp in eastern Lebanese city of Arsal on December 05, 2014. Syrian refugees in Lebanon face starvation after the suspension of United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) food voucher aid for more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees since financial commitments from nations and other donors remain unfulfilled causing shortfall in funds needed to support refugees in December. (Photo by Ratib Al Safadi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

UNHCR is also working with governments to complete a comprehensive mapping of stateless populations worldwide. Many such populations remain uncounted. It is also promoting the inclusion of safeguards against statelessness in nationality laws. But there are currently no means for enforcing the right to nationality under international law and ambiguities remain even in the definition of statelessness.

Urbanisation

According to the latest population statistics, half of the world’s population or some
3.3 billion people now live in cities. The number is expected to rise to 5 billion by 2030, and 80 per cent of these urban-dwellers will live in the developing world.

While we usually think of refugees as people living in remote camps in far-flung border regions of the developing world, the reality today is that — as with the general population — more than half of all refugees can be found in cities. The traditional focus on camps has meant that the situation of those who are now increasingly seeking refuge in cities has often been overlooked. In recognition of this phenomenon, UNHCR is now adjusting the way it provides protection and assistance in a new, urbanized environment.

The challenges are numerous. In cities, for example, refugees tend to be more dispersed, urefugwithout the ease of access found in traditional camps where protection and assistance can be provided in a more controlled environment. Refugee populations in cities can also be more diverse in terms of nationality, and they often may not have the necessary registration, permissions and documentation.

The massive outflow of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis in recent years to cities in neighbouring countries, notably Damascus and Amman, underscored the scope and speed of the urban refugee phenomenon. The Middle East provides the most dramatic but far from the only current example of large-scale displaced populations in urban areas. Khartoum, Sudan, is believed to host 1.7 million displaced people and refugees. Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire, and Bogotá in Colombia have both absorbed hundreds of thousands of victims of armed conflict, swelling slums which were already poorly serviced. Former Afghan refugees returning from Iran and Pakistan and those displaced by violence in rural areas of Afghanistan have joined the even larger number of people migrating to Kabul for economic and other reasons, resulting in a several-fold increase in Kabul’s population since 2001.

Often with no assets, and without basic skills and knowledge required to survive daily city life, many urban refugees desperately need help. Secure housing and social support networks may not exist. Refugees may not have basic identity documents which could help get them food rations, schooling and health care. Worse, they may not be legally entitled to work. As a result, they are soon exposed to risk – with women, children and the elderly particularly vulnerable. Xenophobia and violence, forced eviction, expulsion, harassment, extortion, arbitrary arrest and detention, refoulement (forced return), discrimination, rape, and human trafficking all figure in the dangers refugees can face. They also become targets for prostitution and organized crime.

Destination towns and cities can also be adversely impacted through increased pressure on 2014321662045734_20already overstretched infrastructure, housing, medical and social services. This in turn can spark rising tensions between local and refugee populations.

To deal with this rapidly growing trend, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres is overseeing the development and implementation of a new UNHCR policy on urban displacement, with pilot projects already under way in several cities.

“We should remember that refugees’ human rights travel with them,” Guterres told a 2009 international conference on urban displacement that included city officials from several countries. “They are entitled to the same protection and services in cities and towns that they have received in camps.”

But providing that help will require the cooperation of governments and municipalities that are already grappling with the growing urbanization of the general population.

“While the issue is global, conditions vary greatly from region to region and so much depends on a local response,” said Guterres. “That’s why, as well as working at government level, we are highlighting the role of mayors and municipal authorities as being pivotal. We look to them in particular to help build understanding and cooperation between refugees and the local population on the ground. They can make a big difference.”

uref afOnly a fool offers longer term predictions about the Middle East. I offer the following shorter term predictions about the Middle East for 2015.

1. ISIS will decline in power and influence.

2. The role of Iran as an actor in the region will grow.

3. President Erdoğan in Turkey will find his influence beginning to crumble in 2015.

4. Russia will play a major role in diplomatic arrangements in the Middle East, an overall positive factor.

5. The Taliban will make further advances towards gaining power within the Afghan government.

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The hike in the mountains got the values to the test.

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Kurt Lykke Lindved Ph.D
Culture and Development – UN
Lecturer and Writer
Honory Dutch Counsel
Former CEO in EAC
Entertainer and Event Management

Documentary from real life in “The Pyrenees Orientales”

He did not really know quite what he went to when he wanted to get going on a course and chose to go on Walk to Explore in the Pyrenees. A course with so-called protreptiske conversations.

I think the fact that I knew myself and knew what my core values were and how I perceived myself and what I stood for. For me it was important to be … well, myself, explains Hans-Erik Nordby Rasmussen, Head of Gjensidige Forsikring.

And he wondered also whether the effect of participating in the journey could be measured. Both for himself and for his work. For the kind of impact can be difficult to lead into a spreadsheet.

Hans Erik Nordby Rasmussen felt before the travel almost suffered a kind – walk as you talk – type. He felt that he was who he claimed to be. – He thought he was good at communicating it to others – as he considered himself to be a fairly open-minded person.

pyrenees-orientalesA group of business leaders took in the spring on a trip to the Pyrenees, where the purpose was to learn about themselves – and on that basis be a better leader

I have always considered myself to be relatively open-minded and have also tried to teach my children that they should not put other people in the crib before they have learned to know them, he explains.

hiking pyreneesBut already at the airport found he subsequently discovered that he was not quite what he thought about himself:

At the airport I had had quickly scanned many of my fellow travelers and more or less consciously formed me an initial impression of the others. But I had to realize that as time and the talk went, so kept my initial impression not plug, he explains here shortly after his return – and adds that he journey among others has become even more aware that we must expose misjudging other people after he has learned to know them.

Talk about values

On the journey in the mountains, the participants were among others set to go in pairs andusnake were coached to figure into the individual’s core values.

We were set to find out what these values mean to you and how you act and communicate on the basis of the values you want to stand for and in conversations, two and two, we were challenged up and down the mountain. The conversations were often so intense that we do not really experience the environment around us before we reached the top of the mountain or kept breaks.
The journey was to find favor to be themselves. – And not only in conversation – an evening were for example take place in total silence: An evening walk in silence, where all subsequent had to stay overnight in tipis.

upo nBeing itself came in the context of a sudden the test. Sleeping with five people you just met, and in the same tent, meant that it was hard to be themselves.

An elbow at the side

Hans Erik Nordby Rasmussen knew from home, that if he slept on his back, so it would not disturb the other.

I strived to be lying on the side and not as home to roll onto his back, because I know that means I sometimes snore. And then I get right elbow somewhere by my wife, he explains.

Hans Erik Nordby Rasmussen got tested its values in life to travel to the Pyrenees.

But here I did not want to bother my sleeping comrades and strained me so as not to be myself. I felt that I had no sleep that night, but it confirmed a tipi friend me the day after.asset.dhiking “He told me that I snored, but he had not the heart to wake me up because he had just pulled a few “cod in the country”. We talked about that we actually were several who had been like. We felt us tense – but the doctrine is precisely that you are aware that you do not feel like themselves – and it’s important to recognize.

Another view of himself.

After returning labeled Hans Erik Nordby Rasmussen that something had happened to him.

uwinter– I is another reason balance now – I can feel that I can use the things I have from the trip in relation to my family. My wife and I go for long walks together, where we have gone and get together. The same one can also do with her children.

Also professionally Hans Erik Nordby Rasmussen had a different view of themselves:

I’ve got an even better foundation to build on. The better I know myself and my values, the stronger I feel in my leadership. Whether it can be felt on my behavior and communication is difficult for me to say now. It can my staff and colleagues be allowed to answer. But it will be interesting to see if the depot medication runs out – or this was an injection of life. I believe in the latter!

umonastryExamine your route in advance and make a plan so you do not risk getting lost.
Check the weather forecast and always take clothes for a whole day.
Make sure food and drink.
Always tell others where you are going and when you can be expected back.
Move the edge of the desert areas.
Do not schedule trips longer than you know you can handle.

Kurt Lykke Lindved
Pyrenees Orientales, France

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Myth killer: The people trust the news media.

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Myth killer: The people trust the news media.

Competition between powerful private media and strong public service media combine the most credible news picture. They include in Denmark, the report from the Reuters Institute, which buries the myth of the untrustworthy Danish media.

Warning: Do not read further if you prefer decay story that journalists’ credibility is very low – as low as secondhand dealers and spin doctors. Brand new figures from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University shows that trust in the media is quite high in a number of countries, including in Denmark.

Rasmus Kleis, research director at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, said the figures show that Denmark is doing well – and better than particular bottom scraper USA, which is the last of the 12 countries.

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“There is running a shared history that there is low confidence in the media. But it stems from the fact that many journalists, commentators and intellectuals draws on a joint US worldview without checking whether it actually fits. Confidence in the news media in many countries is relatively high, “he says.

Denmark is number 4

Reuters annual Digital News Report for 2015 shows that the greatest confidence in themedia news news media is found in Finland, while confidence is lowest in Spain and the United States. Danish media lies in fourth place among the 12 countries on the credibility of the list.

For all 12 countries in the survey apply to the population has more trust in the media they use, than to the media in general. In Denmark, overall confidence in the media at 57 percent, while 65 percent trust the media, they themselves take advantage of.

sky newsWhen confidence in the news media is higher in Reuters than other studies, it is because the news media create other associations than when inquiring about people’s attitude towards journalists, explains Rasmus Kleis.

“People can associate to both ‘castle’ on DR1 and reporters in the real world, when you ask for” journalists “. If you ask the news media, think you may be more likely to concrete stories from Ekstra Bladet, Berlingske media, who do their best to describe the world, “he says.

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The list shows that there are big differences in confidence to the media in Northern Europe and Southern Europe. In Northern Europe, both high confidence in the media that people use myself, and to the media as a whole. It shows that countries with credible news media both have strong commercial media and strong public service media, he says.

“It is especially important that the public service media that are independent of the politicians,” says Rasmus Kleis.

newspapersHe mentions that Rai in Italy and France Television, for example, are not as well funded, editorially strong and politically independent public service media in Northern Europe. On the list of the 12 countries are Italy number 10, while France is number 9th

“It is not just a question of public service, but about the kind of public service we have. And it’s a question of whether the commercial media’s publicist media, or whether they are the voice of political and commercial interests, “says Rasmus Kleis.

Americans trust their own media.

In the table, the United States the country that stands out the most. The difference between confidence in “my” media and “other” media is greatest in the US where only 32 percent overall trust in the media, while 56 percent have confidence in their own news media.

Headline: 'Something happened but it was all over by the time we got there.'

Headline: ‘Something happened but it was all over by the time we got there.’

The explanation is that television stations in the United States increasingly aimed at specific audiences with specific political positions, while the distance to competing media representing other political values.

“In Denmark there are differences in content and politicization in the newspapers between, for example Ekstra Bladet and BT to the morning papers and DR. But the differences are not as large as in the US, where there are very biased media such as Fox News on one side and MSNBC and the Huffington Post on the other. In Denmark there is not the same political overtones.


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General trust and confidence in my own news media

Finland 68%             73%

Brazil 62%                 70%

Germany 60%           68%

Denmark 57%           65%

U.K. 51%                    64%

Japan 46%                 50%

Ireland 46%               57%

Australia 39%            53%

France 38%                49%

Italy 35%                    48%

Spain 34%                  46%

USA 32%                     56%

The Danish figures in the analysis compiled by YouGov attended by 2,000 people. Throughout the study, about 24,000 respondents participated.

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Facebook can fertilize jealousy in a relationship.

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Culture and Development – UN
Lecturer and Writer
Honory Dutch Counsel
Former CEO in EAC
Entertainer and Event Management

Facebook can fertilize jealousy in a relationship.

There is nourishment for copious amounts of jealousy, if you look too deeply into your partner’s Facebook profile.

With Facebook and other social media, we entered a whole new era of jealousy in the relationship.

With Facebook, we have a unique opportunity to look partially into our partner’s world. We can see the profile of selected photos and words.

And so we get an insight into the partner’s world as it is now, and as it was before you were few. Maybe even a world with a former partner.

And it can become a breeding ground for a lot of challenges, if you tend to be jealous, explains clinical sexologists and couples therapists.

– It’s usually pictures of situations where you have fun or exciting moments, you put out on Facebook. And it may well come to resemble a picture of one’s life with, for example, a former partner just being exciting and always happy. Or that one’s life outside the current relationship is one big party.

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If you experience your partner a little sad, dull or lack of initiative in everyday life, it can be extremely difficult to comprehend that he or she experienced a lot of exciting with his ex-girlfriend, who is one of the relationships that can easily trigger jealousy, or when he or she is out with friends.

And it prepares the ground for both envy and jealousy.

– Therefore, you should both be careful not to ‘spy’ in your partner’s Facebook profile, because you can get to get a distorted view of his or her past life, or the life he or she lives with friends right now.

– And you can benefit from using your own Facebook profile to see if it really gives a picture of yourself that benefit – or at least not harm – your current relationship.

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Experience in real life is important and I have been through many aspects in different shades and multiple marriages – but do not worry – it will be dimmed with age and converted to wisdom. :-)

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Germany asks US intelligence chief to leave the country!

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Honored Dutch Counsel
Former CEO in EAC
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Germany asks US intelligence chief to leave the country!

CIA chief at the US Embassy has been asked to leave Germany after the unveiling of espionage against parliament.

Germany has asked the US CIA chief in Berlin to leave the country, according to the government. It is a dramatic deterioration in relations between the two countries.

– The representative of the US intelligence at the US embassy has been told to leave Germany, said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert, according to several news agencies.

According to the German magazine Spiegel, the request is treated as an expulsion, but it sends a strong signal to the United States.

This is an extraordinary development in the relationship between two NATO countries.

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USA got documents.

The request comes after it last week revealed that the United States has used an employee of the German secret service to spy on the German parliament.

Sources told the German news agency dpa that the suspected spy has admitted having stolen 218 documents in the course of two years and sent them to the US intelligence. In return, the man receiving 25,000 euros.

The espionage was among other things aimed at the Bundestag’s parliamentary committee

It might look like a cane - but this is now prohibited in all Danish schools

It might look like a cane – but this is now prohibited in all Danish schools

of inquiry, which is in the process of scrutinizing the US intelligence NSA’s surveillance of Germany.

Government spokesman says that it is not only the case which led to the strong signal, but relate to “issues that have been raised for months” of US intelligence in Germany.

The White House in Washington do not want to comment on the German government’s deportation order to the intelligence chief at the US Embassy in Berlin, writes news agencies.

Snowden got it to roll.

The documents leaked by the American defector Edward Snowden, it was last summer revealed that Merkel’s mobile phone has been tapped by the Americans.

4168040efb594e7b8553d8a63e72e0cd_20140703170408310It triggered a diplomatic crisis between the otherwise close allies Germany and the United States, and the message Thursday on expulsion is Germany’s first direct cash answer to the US espionage.

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An employee of the German intelligence service has arrested and charged with being double spy.!

NOTE: The US has always been against the launching of the Euripean Union. After the Second World War worked the Allies much with the future’s aspects also called
“No more war in Europe.”

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The United States believed that the establishment of NATO was enough, but European leaders wanted more than this.

Charles de Gaulle,
Former President of France proposed the creation of a federation of European states as being the ultimate aim. Slowly acceptance exploded the European population that thought, but not as a federation.

The first real collision with the United States occurred in the financial market, the EU introduced a single currency – the Euro. A major competitor to the US the Dollar as being the most powerful in the world. The EURO was faster more worth and Europe was on its way to becoming a great power divisions in the world.

The proposal for an European army unit has also been a drag on especially the US arms industry – Europe is able to produce its own military products today.

Finally, the EU and the United States had a number of different perceptions of the efforts that are necessary in the current wars and conflicts in the Mediterranean and Africa.

Last but not least, the United States obviously observed that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not a “novice” type in the political arena.

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HILLARY CLINTON !!

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Culture and Development – UN
Lecturer and Writer
Honored Dutch Counsel
Former CEO in EAC
Entertainer and Event Management

Today is Hillary Clinton’s election campaign started, but even though she is a big favorite for the Democrats, the popular candidate has nevertheless a number of anguish that can pursue her.

When Hillary Clinton is now talking to the people from his first election rally, it looks impressive and dynamically. The Clinton machine is well-oiled, well padded and huge.

But Clinton has three anguish, she must overcome:

1. The surname.

That should be a boon to be named Clinton as a surname when you have presidential ambitions. And it should also be an advantage to have a man named Bill Clinton at her side. But both are also a drag on Hillary Clinton.

Bill and Hillary Clinton have both worked in their charitable organization, The Clinton Foundation, since they left the White House in 2001. The organization organizes debates and make poverty reduction and the like. But in recent times has the US media dug in the donor lists.

41ab70eb44e84f5189cc28afc7844a3c_201506121512144_2It proves to be a number of countries, the United States usually consider as enemies, has donated money to the Clinton family organization. A number of large companies have also given money, and the mere suspicion that one can buy influence at The Clinton administration has made a number of bad stories in the press.

In addition, Bill Clinton’s large fees for lectures, which also rubs off on his wife.

The fact that Hillary Clinton has not had an official role in the organization of the time she was Minister of Foreign Affairs, helps her.

2. The Mail-ghost.

The story of Hillary Clinton’s private mail server has lived for some months now. It was disclosed in March that Clinton in her time as foreign minister used the couple’s private221729_1957248019770_1499835657_2153982_5546969_n server in their home north of New York City when she sent mails – and not the Ministry mail address.

This means that her post is not filed correctly, and Clinton has delivered up to 60,000 e-mails to the State Department.

Since there has been much mystery about Clinton’s e-mail: Why did she not have the right email address, and what did she try to hide.

The public has not yet seen many of her e-mails, but nothing suggests that she had anything to hide. But again: Just the suspicion is enough, and it reinforces the perception of Clinton as corrupt and powerful.

Hillary Clinton even excused herself by saying that it was “easier” just to have one smartphone to avoid two different devices for work and personal e-mails.

3. The heavy short-worthiness.

 H og B plus daughterClinton’s last problem may sound like a luxury problem. And that’s it. But because Hillary is the undisputed favorite for the Democratic primaries, she is also the most interesting to dig in for the American press. There are currently only three candidates and none of them seems to threaten Clinton’s favorite dignity.

Bill Clinton makes no life easier. The former president is known for his enormous political instinct and his great charisma. But Bill Clinton is difficult to rein in. He asks periodically interviews, he keeps rarely the subjects that Hillary’s campaign equips him.

Right now Hillary Clinton is without someone to share the spotlight with, and only her surname makes her the largest exchange in the political jungle.

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Head of the euro group: Greeks underestimate their debt problem.

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Honored Dutch Counsel
Former CEO in EAC
Entertainer and Event Management

Head of the euro group: Greeks underestimate their debt problem.

Greek reform proposals seem to get a cool reception, and what Tsipras says negotiations are in a “critical stage.”

The first comments on the new reform proposal, which Greece has submitted to the European Commission, suggests that there may still be much agreement on the conditions to prevent the country from going bankrupt.

At the same time said the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, the negotiations right now is in a “critical phase”.

The need for reform of the Greek pensions.

The head of the Eurogroup, the Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said according to news agency Reuters that the Greeks “underestimate the debt problems of Jeroen Dijsselbloemcomplexity.”

Dijsselbloem says that it is a necessity for a reform of the Greek pension system.

The European Commission has been very taciturn in its official comments on Tuesday’s reform proposals, which, according to several media takes up only three sides.

There are circulating various proposals, including the new record, we received this morning, which we will study carefully and meticulously, said the commission’s chief spokesman, Margaritis Schinas, at a press briefing in Brussels.

Sources: Greek proposal is inadequate.

The Reuters news agency quotes anonymous EU sources for a much more pessimistic message.

What is received is not sufficient for us to move forward in the process, says a source.

Another says in its assessment that the submitted “according to my assessment is not enough and not acceptable for the member states”.

Tsipras does not expect an election now.

264798_23161498Tsipras will discuss the situation with the German Chancellor and the French President.

At a committee meeting of his party, Syriza, Tsipras says he does not expect a general election ahead of time, but the current challenges creates apparently growing internal unrest.

Tsipras will run the risk of strong opposition from their own ranks if he pulls the country in relation to the promises that Syriza presented before the Greek elections earlier this year.

Syriza has promised voters that the government will not accept lenders’ demands for reform, costing Greeks expensive among other things, lower wages and poorer pension terms.

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The Greek Trap !

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Culture and Development – UN
Lecturer and Writer
Honored Dutch Counsel
Former CEO in EAC
Entertainer and Event Management

Trying to save Greece has become an exercise in the absurd. Greece is near-enough bankrupt. Most Greeks know that. It can never repay its debts, no matter how many deals with creditors are pulled out of a hat.
The country is now run by a radical left party whose ministers have close to zero executive experience. Their executive experience nonetheless exceeds their diplomatic experience. This stands at less than zero — and it shows. The party, Syriza, includes people who want to re-fight the Greek Civil War (1946-49) in the belief the Communists will triumph this time.

For now, the party’s main enemies are international creditors and of course the Germans, who want the Greeks to present a plan of some sort to balance their books before doling out more cash — about $8 billion in fact — as part of an enormous bailout program. The thing is, however, that Syriza was elected precisely to say foreign-imposed austerity had already done enough damage to Greece – The country, which desperately needs the $8 billion, is drowning under a welter of statistics that present a devastating picture of unemployment, unpayable pensions, youthful pensioners, uncollected taxes, drastic fiscal adjustments, and of course debt. Given all this, Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister, declared the latest proposals from creditors “absurd” — you see what I mean about diplomacy — a view that reportedly caused Jean-Claude Juncker, the chief executive of the European Union, not to pick up a call from Tsipras over the weekend.There’s one thing about reality: It tends to come back and kick you in the teeth.

_83409114_027525940Forcing Greece and Germany to coexist in a currency union will always be an exercise in smoke and mirrors. Their economies are mismatched, their temperaments even more so.Many Greeks are awaiting the worst. The rich, of course, already have their money elsewhere. Just about everyone has a few thousand euros stashed away — 5,000 per person where possible.

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Stores are taking out anti-looting insurance. Public hospitals are making contingency plans for operating when money dries up. More than $5 billion was pulled from bank accounts in April alone by companies and individuals.Speculation is rampant — absent a debt deal — of a bank run, capital controls and the issue of i.o.u.’s (that will promptly lose 50 percent of their nominal value, especially if adorned with the face of Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis).

Shortly thereafter follow economic collapse, unrest and new elections.That sounds terrible, but I’m not sure. It would represent reality rather than the repetitive evasion of it. Things are very bad here. But just how bad is not clear because it has not been fully tested. The surface has a way of glimmering.It is unfortunate the author exhibits little to no 264798_23161498understanding of modern finance and economics; let alone the environment that brought the…The Greek bailouts have given time to other countries in the Euro Zone — including Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland — to either get their houses in order or embark seriously on the task. Euro-unraveling contagion is now far less likely. One thing is sure: If a deal is reached with Greece, it will only be the prelude to the next crisis in a few months or so.Creditors could tell Syriza: You have a century to repay the debt, but now you’re on your own. Fix the country, whether inside the euro or out. Get foreign corporations to put their money in Greece. You want to try the Putin route, with Gazprom stepping in for the I.M.F., go for it! We’re off your back now — so find a way to make Greeks believe in Greece again without the ready excuse that Berlin, or the International Monetary Fund or the European Commission is to blame. The European Union has done its healing work here. There will not be another civil war, come what may.

The sun will still shine; a gazillion islands will still delight; Greeks will still curse every form of authority; they will still smoke in every restaurant in defiance of the law; they will still have more money than they appear to have; tables in cheap “tavernas” will still offer _80692186_yanisviews that have no price. A Greek meltdown is not the same as a Slovakian meltdown. Life is not just.So many mistakes have been made. They began with the sentimental illusion that the cradle of Western civilization was also an economy competitive enough to join the euro. It was not. Then came all the easy credit handed out in the era when the view was that risk had ceased to exist. The inevitable Greek implosion was followed by austerity measures whose symbol was Germany. These failed to offer Greeks a positive vision of what all the sacrifice might produce. The consequent anger created Syriza and its election victory and incoherent promises of a new way forward. Everyone is now caught in the web of their own contradictions. More of the same might gain a few months. It will resolve nothing, sapping Europe’s energy, and Greece’s potential, for years to come.

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China’s Military Might !!

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Former CEO in EAC
Entertainer and Event Management

China’s Military Might !!The next article Chinese culture, strategy and theYellow Peril”

Updates from my former stay and work i Beijing working for the Chinese Harbour Authorities.

The People’s Republic of China may be renowned for growing into an economic power, but Beijing has never lost sight of building the communist nation into a military giant. Aside from territorial skirmishes that could swirl out of control, China stands to be a major player in any number of conflicts in this era of globalization. How mighty is the Chinese military?

Out of a world-topping population of more than 1.3 billion, more than 600 million men and women are estimated to be fit for military service, with some 130 million more available to serve if need be.

uC Woman MEach year, nearly 20 million more reach military age. Men 18 to 24 years old have selective compulsory military service with a two-year obligation; women 18 to 19 years old who meet criteria for select military jobs (including, recently, combat roles) may also be selected. Children younger than 18 can volunteer for the military with no minimum age. All officers are promoted from the voluntary ranks. There are more active personnel – nearly 2.3 million – than any other military in the world.

China MapThe People’s Liberation Army, which dates back to 1927 and is divided into seven military regions, encompasses ground forces, the navy, marines, air force, state police, the Second Artillery Corps (a strategic missile force), and reserves. Military leaders report to both the state and the Communist Party Central Military Commissions. The current chairman is Hu Jintao, also president of China.

The fighting forces have evolved over time from a massive ground-based operation to a smaller, more strategic, mobile and technologically-advanced force; the PRC reportedly uw ship chinaspends about $160 billion per year on military development.

China is aiming for a complete overhaul by 2020, leading the way with naval development and pushing forward with its J-20 stealth fighter program to phase out antiquated equipment with modern hardware.

GlobalFirepower.com ranks countries on military strength, and China was No. 3 for 2011 behind the United States and Russia. With a defense budget of $100 billion, more than 4,000 aircraft, nearly 600 ships, and nearly 23,000 land weapons, China’s military power is also backed by a huge labor force at home to provide logistical support. While China doesn’t currently have any aircraft carriers, a 2011 Pentagon report predicts that Beijing will build “multiple” in the next decade. The report also pinpoints deterrence of independence in Taiwan as a “main strategic direction” for the PLA, and also notes new carrier-killing ballistic missiles and a vow to be dominant in space.

“China’s rise as a major international actor is likely to stand out as a defining feature of the strategic landscape of the early 21st century,” the report stated.

China, meanwhile, uses its state-controlled publications to sound off angrily against any assertions that its modernization and military buildup is for any aggressive purpose. “The allegation is an utterly cock-and-bull story about the Chinese military based on a wild guess and illogical reasoning,” Xinhua said in August 2011 after the release of the Pentagon report. “…China has no intention or interest to beget any enemies or antagonistic rivals in the world.”

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Another element of China’s military power is cyberwarfare. The Blue Army online unit was established with the announced goal of protecting the PLA from cyberattacks, but concerns have been raised among other world powers that the cyber soldiers will also be utilized to launch attacks on other nations. The U.S. director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said in 2011 testimony that the “substantial investment” China has made in its cyberwarfare and intelligence gathering efforts is “a very formidable concern.”

China has also used its armed forces internally to stamp out unrest, such as the 1989 41523_456848692protests in Tiananmen Square.

The UN Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was entered into force in 1970 to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology and promote collaborative efforts in using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes only. Atomic weapons have only been used twice in warfare — the Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II — but the Cold War and scientific advancement raised alarm about how such weapons could be used in the future. Five states party to the treaty are confirmed to have nuclear weapons and others are believed to possess them or have conducted nuclear tests.

United States * Russia * France * China * United Kingdom * India * Pakistan * North Korea * Israel *.

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Without the “share economy” the well-being will die.

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Why should it be forbidden to help each other when it no longer has the means to ensure the welfare, as the citizens pay taxes for? If the welfare state is to survive in the long run, we need to use the “share economy” as a new form of currency.

In countries such as the UK, USA and Australia are growing “share economy” explosive. “Parts of the economy” progress in the world is so violent that it according to a new study from the global portal for “sharing economy Compareandshare” has a greater growth than Facebook, Twitter and Google combined. In an Australian study in Canberra Times from January says half of the respondents said that they will change jobs in 2015 – and 75 percent of them say they want to go for a job in the “share economy branch”.

In the countries mentioned and many others is the social security system is not the best in the world and the fastest way to get money is to share their skills and things of payment for house rent and more.

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If we in the beginning of the first Internet wave in 1989 had been told that we are 25 years later would share movies, music, news, videos, knowledge and selfies with one another in large networks of hundreds of millions of people virtually free via our mobile phones , we would have said: Bah! It is science fiction. But it is the reality today, and now the time has come for us to share all physical with each other: “Sharing Economy” is here. The third wave Internet.

“Sharing Economy” is digital platforms for micro-entrepreneurship. We already share physical things with each other as cars and homes. But soon we share also everything else that we do not need to own.

A rule of thumb: If it’s free, it’s because you are the product. So you can choose to fight “share economy” because it is monitoring. You can choose to fight it, because it’s micro-entrepreneurship without rules, minimum wages or insurance the way to modern slavery. You can also choose to ignore the exponentially growing trend in the world and say that it Food dkhas nothing to do with us, but only applies to countries without a strong social safety net. Or you can think 25 years back and consider the following: Can this third wave Internet change the world, to the same extent as the first did?

“Sharing Economy” is the key to the third industrial revolution which we must learn to share the planet’s resources with each other through our digital platforms. We will also learn to share our labor and our belongings. It will definitely be a surveillance society, but in turn allows us to measure our assistance to each other in a whole new way. We can with new parts economic platforms and all the data that records our behavior, see how many hours we help Scouts or miniput States in the football club. The platforms can also measure how much we recycle and digital bracelet can give message to the neighborhood that Mrs. Andersen has fallen on so that you can be with her until the ambulance arrives about 25 minutes. We talk about the help that we otherwise have become accustomed to the welfare state should take care of, but which constantly seem to lose more and more strength in line with globalization and the resulting competition between countries.

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The European Union – history up to today and the opportunities for growth and harmony.

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Culture and Development – UN
Lecturer and Writer
Honored Dutch Counsel
Former CEO in EAC
Entertainer and Event Management

The European Union – history up to today and the opportunities for growth and harmony.

Since the last election we have seen a media storm around particular the economic debt and the Greek conditions related to Germany.

Historically, the EU was founded by five countries as well as some influential people that you might encounter via this link:

http://europa.eu/index_en.htm

It is a good and easy perceivable website the EU has established with many facts from the beginning to now.

mappa_europa_61 (282x285)But should I jot down my own view of the situation right now, I intersects the European map in a north and south zone. It has been clear to see where the discussions about Greece’s debt has been greatest in southern Europe.
The situation, however, is not it much different in the northern part of Europe, but based on another strategy. The northern countries have their identity intact and has obviously been following the events very closely. But in particular, the Greek finance minister’s non-political and sassy attitude to senior EU politicians is the accession to the EU and Greece. The polls fell by further 30% – Island have just said no to the EU, If the UK vote no to the EU follows Denmark, Finland and Sweden in the wake strip. The latest figures show that about 75% percent of the population in the northern countries of the EU is mainly caused by the continual higher member burdens payable to the EU.

The southern countries are almost all very complex and the aspects are many.

Let me first say that the part of the German population is against Greece is the southern international-criminal-courtGerman “stronghold” – The district of Bavaria. The latter do not hate, but is strongly different opinions with their North German brothers and sisters. In addition to this, the former East Germany far from the wavelength of the West German citizens.

I have also taken note of the fact that Greece now halved their claims against Germany for pain and suffering during WWII. Italy is also in the knee as well as Spain, Portugal and sometimes Ireland. France has been given two years to remedy their economy, but Italy is the country I think that can “fall” out of the Euro zone as the first stage in a ruinous state of the Union.

_79970870_025234496-1 eeertAnd what should we do now – Well, I have not the ultimate solution to all this – only a straw that through friendship, Culture and eradication of weeds can unite cultures of humanity.

BTW – Another pending matter to be solved now – read it via this link:

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Have a wonderful Sunday evening and warm friendship greetings from ”The Pyrenees Orientales in France,”
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Revolver policy is a dangerous cocktail.

Revolver policy is a dangerous cocktail.

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Revolver policy is a dangerous cocktail and in particular if the counterparties are tanned and has many years experience in negotiations and “reading” between the lines.

Greece’s new and relatively young prime minister and finance minister certainly has some qualitative and intelligent skills in the back pocket. Politics, however, is the art of communicating directly and without manipulation of the truth.

The new party in Greece Syriza stormed forward at the elections recently with some very positive future gifts to the Greek people. How it all be funded was unclear ….. perhaps,264798_23161498 suspected by appropriation !!

I’m speechless when I know that the Greek ship owners have not paid taxes for many years until it was stopped recently – but the Greek ship owners have moved to the Cayman Islands, Guatemala and other tax-privileged countries long ago. “”For comparison I can mention that the largest Danish shipping company “Maersk Line” has always paid taxes in Denmark and is one of the largest contributors to the Danish tax system and thus the Danish population.

vessel-emma-maerskMany other aspects will show up like mushrooms if the Greek government and especially the administration will work after the intension, but before this is the risk of an exit from the EU uncanny great.

All this will of course also have a certain effect for the rest of the members of the EU but not greater than the union can survive with the big giants like Germany, France and perhaps the UK – Right now swirling questions weather the Nordic countries will continue as members of EU. Norway has been “inside” but is now “out” again. The distance, culture and the diversity is apparently very different when particular the economic factors will be rolled up from the closed carpet, and not all are equally _80692186_yanisenthusiastic about the higher membership fees, that essentially rolls on to the south of Europe.

The question, however, is what the Bank of Greece’s population will with leaders country. The first priority must be the homeless, poor and low-paid workers in order to avoid a total collapse, and a name as being a developing country. Then it will be possible to find a red wire that is palpable. It may be tourism, art, exports of natural crops up-date all ancient values and modernization of the entire infrastructure. And as some of 80903610_0254990381the most important is direct dialogues with other countries and markets where any kind of cooperation is a must for the country’s foreign exchange earnings.

Well, it’s easy to sit at a desk and write all this – but I have, after all, worked several years in West African countries that were 100 years behind the Ultimate Life – This is now reduced considerably and many states will gradually be in line with the so-called civilized world, albeit a different but perhaps better way.

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Greece calls for German war reparations – and they have a case!

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Culture and Development – UN
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Former CEO in EAC
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Greece calls for German war reparations – and they have a case!

After the 2nd World War, Germany had a huge war debt, which the country was exposed.

The agreement was that the debt be repaid when the German economy had recovered, and when that had been made peace with the Allies.

Officially peace came first with German reunification in 1990. But the wily German politicians avoided intentionally a formal, written peace agreement. And they bristled countries like Greece out of the negotiations.

In this way they escaped the demand for reimbursement.
The Germans played a tactical game that was both cynical and unworthy of a constitutional state.”
~Andreas Fischer-Lescano, international law expert

Instead of taking responsibility as humble debtors and enter into negotiations with the creditors, then the Germans played a tactical game that was both cynical and unworthy of a constitutional state, says Andreas Fischer-Lescano, German expert in international law, to ZDF.

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So it is perhaps understandable that the Greeks have felt cheated and that their government Alexis Tsipras now claiming back the war reparations.

For the money, this is: 332 billion Euro has Greek accountants figured forward to.

Greece’s total debt, which now threatens their membership of the Euro is around 320 billion. The compensation from the Germans could thus make them debt free.

But there is not something there, says the German government:

Here, 70 years after the war, the question of compensation lost its substance, said a German government spokesman recently.

The case is, in other words out of date. If the Greeks wanted money, then they should _81701428_026336048have said something before.

But it has actually done – several times. It shows notes from the German state which ZDF is obtained.

Other notes are even more explosive. Evidently comes the German government’s own experts concluded that the Greeks have right on their side.

So it is no wonder that the Greeks right now acting very confidently. They threaten, for example, to seize German property in Greece as compensation for the lack of compensation.

Officially, there will be no concessions from the German side. But it may look different behind the scenes.

In Germany, suppose you that the Greeks will drop their claims if Angela Merkel, in turn, loosen the screws over Greece’s debt crisis.

The tactics have Greeks actually used once before. As Greece in 2000 would join the euro, were war reparations and the seizure of German property also brought into play.

A similar trade-off on the Greek debt problem would give the German Government tranquility. The Greek government with a much-needed political victory.

For the Greek war victims, their relatives and descendants would justice on the other hand hardly done.

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But today is the situation like this:

German politicians will give Greece a substitute for WW2

Several German politicians backing the Greek claim war reparations from the time during the Nazi occupation.

According to the German media ZDF show notes that Greece has repeatedly claimed the war reparations – and that makes it difficult for Germany to sweep Greece claims away as outdated.

Furthermore, the notes according to ZDF, the German experts have given Greece right in their claim.

About the compensation to be paid is still unclear, but the Greeks have therefore more support in Germany.

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Is the chain of democracy skipped by the abuse of freedom.

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No consensus exists on how to define democracy, but legal equality, political freedom and rule of law have been identified as important characteristics. These principles are reflected in all eligible citizens being equal before the law and having equal access to legislative processes. For example, in a representative democracy, every vote has equal weight, no unreasonable restrictions can apply to anyone seeking to become a representative (according to whom?)and the freedom of its eligible citizens is secured by legitimised rights and liberties which are typically protected by a constitution.

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Well, it was the dry substance – but take a good, hard look around the planet who today claim that they have full democracy while protecting the population in each country, according to the human rights.

Corruption in the so-called democratic countries have become commonplace way into the politicians’s pockets and religion has become an excuse to kill other people under God’s protective shield.

Lehman-Brothers-collapseDemocratic governance is not the ultimate form or guarantee of humanity, justice or political and religious motives. But many other models are tested without much success.

What should we do? Well, I’m not a prophet, and do not believe in the prophets which has thousands of years behind them as being the world’s saviors. Religion is usually the biggest factor in war and terror and should be either an acceptance of many different faiths, or an internal private matter without churches, synagogues, temples and similar places where priests and other manipulative people can talk the sun black.

Smaller states and societies can be a solution instead of these concrete large blocks, ofinternational-criminal-court which the European Union is on the verge of becoming a federation as the founders dreamed about – “The Conspiracy” still seated behind the scenes and ready to use corruption’s funds in order to complete the objective.

I do not know of any “Happy Ending” – Conflicts and wars have been an every day habit since humans and animals were created on this planet.

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Islamic State – Four key points in the terror group’s dream of international dominance.

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Islamic state will triumph over the unbelievers by doomsday. It predicts an Islamic prophecy that extremists aspire to meet.

The war against other religions is central to the terror group’s efforts to impose an extreme interpretation of Islam, which dates back to the Middle Ages.

The terrorist group controls an area the size of Great Britain, which acts as a state. With an extreme interpretation of Islam in the head and arms in hand they will spread the caliphate worldwide. See which elements in the IS ‘struggle for an international caliphate below.

Territory.

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Islamic State sent a card out on Twitter that shows how much of the world they imagine will be part of the caliphate in five years. The area stretches from Spain over to China and covers the entire Middle East including Israel, and North Africa, Greece, Pakistan and parts of Russia.

The above image, here posted by the user ‘Homsec’, as a twitter profile associated Islamic State put up in summer.

– The legality of all the emirates, groups, states and organizations will be canceled by the expansion of the caliph’s authority and by the arrival of his troops to the area. Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state that grows every day, said the spokesman for the Islamic State, Abu Mohamed al-Adnani since Islamic State put the card up in the summer, writes Al Jazeera.

Doomsday

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Islamic State believes in a 1300 year old Islamic prophecy called Malahim which indicate that the jihadists will win the battle against the unbelievers by the city Dabiq in northern Syria. According doomsday story they will then disseminate the caliphate to the rest of the world.

However, they will not go far – the prophecy indicates that a so-called anti-Messiah will kill jihadists to only 5,000 back. Next, Jesus, an important figure in Islamic Stats ideology, return, turn on the anti-Messiah to death and lead the remaining jihadists to victory.

dynimage.drxml– The last hour will not come until the Romans arrive at al-A’mag or Dabiq. An army consisting of the best soldiers of the world’s population at that time will come from Medina to fight against them, says the Messenger of God, the Prophet, in the Islamic text that refers to the terrorist group, writes the BBC.

‘The Romans’ is another word for Christians. Dabiq is also the name of the Islamic state’s official English-language newspaper.

Religious Cleansing

Central to the Islamic State ideology is the belief that apostate Muslims, called ‘takfir’, shall be punished with death. An apostate may be one that sells alcohol or drugs, yesterday in western clothes, shave his beard or votes in an election. The world’s 150 million to 200 million Shiites are also in the IS ‘shot line

They are regarded as apostates, as they follow practices that are not described in the Koran. Worshippers of other religions can escape death by converting or submit to the caliph and pay a special tax to the caliphate, called the jizya.

The State

Terror Group IS has been known to cut the throats of enemies and keep women as sex slaves. But in the midst of barbarism have emerged some order and a regular state in the stated capital of Raqqa, Syria.

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It is financed by income from oil and gas and has water and electricity. According to the activist group ‘Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently’ sheep IS money by selling cannabis to Turkey, introducing taxes and establishing Internet cafes.

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– Today, the Islamic State in fact a functioning state. Movement controls a vast territory. It is not recognized by its neighbors. But it takes responsibility for its territory and its population. And it has an economy to finance themselves, says Loretta Napoleoni, an Italian journalist and author of a recent book on IS

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Greek debt crisis has implications on the suicide rate which is violently exploding.!

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Greek debt crisis has implications on the suicide rate which is violently exploding.

The suicide rate is the highest in 30 years in Greece. New survey link it to the country’s strict austerity.

Greece’s austerity policy has deadly consequences for the country’s inhabitants. According to a new study from the scientific journal, the British Medical Journal Open (BMJ).

The researchers conclude that Greece’s suicide rate is the highest in 30 years and that it is related to the tight austerity, as the country has been governed since 2008.

The survey included the Greek suicide from 1983 to 2012. The figures show that the number of suicides increased by 13 percent in 2008.

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When the country was forced to further inroads into the economy in June 2011, the effect was also clear. The month increased suicides by 35 percent. This corresponds to 11.2 extra suicide a month on average.

Hopelessness in the population

In the study the researchers call for more public awareness of the Greek austerity, andsuicides the consequences it may subsequently have on the suicide rate.

Between 1983 and 2012 took 11,505 of their own lives. 9079 men and 2426 women.

Greece’s high unemployment, cuts in welfare and the increase in homeless has created stress and a sense of hopelessness in the population, says the assessment in a news release from BMJ.

Although Greece has historically one of the lowest suicide rates in the world, it seems that the country has been more affected by the global financial crisis than any other European country, the researchers write in the press release.

Most men take their own lives.

ATX37M_1988149bThere is clearly more men in the Greek suicide statistics. It connects researchers with the fact that it is usually the men who support the family in Greece.

In the 30 years covered by the study spanned, was one of four suicide among women.

As with the men rose suicides among women also strongly after Greece managed to haul more austerity over the head in 2011. That year in May took 36 percent more women their own lives.

In the study, researchers looked at the same time on how the Greek measures, there were signs of wealth, played into the suicide rate. For example, the suicide rate fell short by 27 percent among men when the euro was introduced in Greece in January 2002.

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Do what you say and say what you do!

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Culture and Development – UN
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Do what you say and say what you do!

Politicians way up to the credibility of the list may be long and difficult – it’s hard to reconcile credibility by force.

Credibility implies that you do, what you say and say what you do. But if a politician will have influence and power, it requires that they make compromises with other politicians. And it may be costing credibility over time.

The politicians need to articulate clear goals for what they want with their communities. But there must be action behind.

One should make sure that behavior and communication are linked. Otherwise, the credibility will decline further.

Politicians’ Towards a better location on the credibility of the list will not be any easier by the fact that the past year has been a massive focus on broken promises by the media.

We are becoming bombarded with stories of politicians who change position continuously on their promises. And it keeps them in a role as untrustworthy.

If people are trying to sell a message, there is reason to be skeptical. So they have as a reason to distort reality. They have a message or agenda, they would like to sell, and this is easy to decode.

However, it is worrying that many also believe that journalists have low credibility.

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In an ideal world, journalists do not lie so low on the list. But it seems that many believe that journalists are too closely linked to the spin doctors and politicians. And this is a worrying development.

There is no doubt that Greece for years has been badly governed. If we look at international statistics before the financial crisis, it is typical to Greece in the World Bank’s political management efficiency along with countries such as Italy, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria ranks worst among 33 western countries.

The same picture emerges in the World Bank’s corruption index. Among EU countries and other western countries was corruption in Greece in 2008, surpassed only by Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.

It is therefore not surprising, that the Greek population’s trust in political institutions is down.

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The boredom problem.

The boredom problem

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The thing that most managers fail to realise is that people come to the workplace with a healthy level of intrinsic motivation and inspiration, said Bulent Gogdun, program director and executive coach at European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany. In general, people want to contribute and be happy doing their job. “There’s a very natural, innate drive in us to do things and to succeed at what we’re doing,” Gogdun said.

22499e3It’s the manager’s job, then, to make sure employees don’t get bored with their work. If they do, the boss must figure out not just how to motivate them but what went wrong in losing their interest previously. That’s done by figuring out what inspires each member of your team. You need to figure out their calling and get them on it. “Each and every person will find something different for inspiration,” Gogdun said.

What motivates can differ by country and culture too. In China, Gogdun said, workers often want to feel like family with more of a group dynamic. That’s less important in northern Europe, where employees are more likely to be task-oriented and take inspiration from hitting goals. And in North America, people are more individualistic and may want more freedom to decide how their jobs get done.

No matter the country, people want to feel like their bosses care about them and understand their personal goals, said Edward Hess, professor of business administration at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in the US.
Many managers might assume inspiration comes from pep talks, said Hess, author of the book Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization. But autocratic leaders who try to pump their troops up with board meeting speeches often elicit more eye-rolling than inspiration.
In reality, it’s about meaningfully relating to employees, said Hess. It’s about being honest, authentic and letting an employee know you rely on them. Then, employees will care and be more engaged in their work.
“That’s how you inspire,” Hess said, “by showing your employees that you personally care about their well-being.”

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Leondakis has seen that in action at her company, which manages 41 hotels and resorts in North America and Europe. Polls of people across industries worldwide have found nearly two thirds of workers are not engaged with their work, so Leonadakis actively works to find inspiration for the hotel chain’s employees.
“It’s something often times CEOs and leaders leave to human resources – to inspire their employees,” Leondakis said. “It’s so critical that it starts at the top.”
Leondakis used the story of the front desk clerk buying diapers for a homeless woman to emphasise that hotel employees can keep customers happy by assuring their needs are met. That’s done not only by actions, but also by the employees showing that they care. It’s a kind of care that helps the company and is reflected in customer-generated reviews left on hotel rating websites like Trip Advisor.

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“I always tell my employees, ‘You have the power to make someone’s day. How great does that feel when someone does that for you? Why not do that for others?,’” she said.
The kind of empathetic approach you take on will certainly vary depending on your industry, but showing your staff that you care just might be the answer to keeping your employees inspired.

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Charlie Hebdo has gone too far

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In its first publication following the Jan. 7 attack on its Paris office, in which two Muslim gunmen massacred 12 people, the once little-known French satirical news weekly crossed the line that separates free speech from toxic talk.

Charlie Hebdo’s latest depiction of the prophet Mohammed — a repeat of the very action that is thought to have sparked the murderous attack on its office — predictably has given rise to widespread violence in nations with large Muslim populations. Its irreverence of Mohammed once moved the French tabloid to portray him naked in a pornographic pose. In another caricature, it showed Mohammed being beheaded by a member of the Islamic State.

While free speech is one of democracy’s most important pillars, it has its limits. H.L. Mencken, the fabled columnist who described himself as “an extreme libertarian,” said that he believed in free speech”up to the last limits of the endurable.”

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French President Francois Hollande, apparently, disagrees. He defendsCharlie Hebdo’s latest depiction of Mohammed by saying that protesters in other countries don’t understand France’s embrace of free speech.

FRANCE-ATTACKS-CHARLIE-HEBDO-POLICEBut even as Hollande defends Charlie Hebdo’s right to publish images of Mohammed that many Muslims consider sacrilegious and hateful, his government has imprisoned dozens of people who have condemned the magazine with talk the French won’t tolerate. Those arrested are accused of speaking in support of the attack on the magazine, and a separate assault on a kosher store in Paris by a lone Muslim gunman with links to the men who attacked Charlie Hebdo.

While the Obama administration condemned these deadly attacks, it probably wasn’t surprised. Two years ago, then-press secretary Jay Carney questioned the judgment of Charlie Hebdo’s editors when they published an offensive depiction of Mohammed. That came a year after the newspaper’s office was firebombed when it tauntingly named Mohammed its guest editor. That portrayal came with a caption that read: “100 lashes if you don’t die laughing.”

The most current issue of Charlie Hebdo again has Mohammed on its cover. This time, he appears crying under a headline that reads: “All is forgiven.” Well, apparently not. Ten people have been killed during protests in Niger, a former French colony. Other anti-French riots have erupted from North Africa to Asia. In reaction to all of this, Pope Francis has said of the magazine, “You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”

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The French, of course, are no more bound to accept the findings of the bishop of Rome than they are to be guided by the Supreme Court’s rulings on our Constitution’s free speech guarantee. But given the possible ripple effects of Charlie Hebdo’s mistreatment of Islam’s most sacred religious figure, at least people in this country should understand the limits America’s highest court has placed on free speech.

In 1919, the Supreme Court ruled speech that presents a “clear and present danger” is not protected by the First Amendment. Crying “fire” in a quiet, uninhabited place is one thing, the court said. But “the most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.”

Twenty-two years later, the Supreme Court ruled that forms of expression that “inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace” are fighting words that are not protected by the First Amendment.

If Charlie Hebdo’s irreverent portrayal of Mohammed before the Jan. 7 attack wasn’t thought to constitute fighting words, or a clear and present danger, there should be no doubt now that the newspaper’s continued mocking of the Islamic prophet incites violence. And it pushes Charlie Hebdo’s free speech claim beyond the limits of the endurable.

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Paris attacks: Jewish and French

Raphael and Gabriel are both students, both 23 and both French Jews – like many of the victims of last week’s attacks in Paris.

The two men shared their thoughts in a conversation I tweeted from a cafe on Place de la Republique, after Sunday’s historic rally.

Neither wished to be identified – Gabriel out of personal safety concerns and Raphael for reasons of privacy.

Question: What did you do on Sunday?

Raphael: I spent the whole day at the march and rally, from 15:00 to 18:00.

Gabriel: I also spent the day at the rally, with family, neighbours and friends.

Q: What is your lasting impression of the demonstration in Paris?

Gabriel: Probably the feeling of unity, peace and respect from everyone.

Raphael: I am really proud of the face French people showed the world.

Q: Do you think French people could have responded any better to the horrible events of last week?

Raphael: It couldn’t have been better! Today was an emotional one for me but in a good way. It eased the pain, I think.

Gabriel: I felt good because it was not about politics, it was about sending a message and everyone and anyone was there.

_80193870_de44-1Four prime ministers from the countries: Greece, Spain, United Kingdom and Denmark participated along with about 40 others from around the world.

Q: What for you is the best thing about France?

Raphael: The diversity and the culture.

Gabriel: Our values. Liberty, equality and fraternity is written on the wall of every school here.

Q: Do you feel safe being French Jews?

Raphael: Yes.

Gabriel: That depends. We are protected by the institutions and we are given greater protection than other religions. So for example, there are cops in front of synagogues at all times. Hate crimes against Jews are rising and are disproportionate to the size of the community.

Name-callingQ: Would you feel comfortable about wearing the skullcap inParis?

Gabriel: Not everywhere. You could get assaulted or insulted.

Raphael: They could call you names, like “dirty Jew”, or threaten you.

Gabriel: But it’s not everywhere in Paris. It happens but it’s not in every neighbourhood.

Raphael: It’s important to say that there are low-income neighbourhoods in Paris where Jews are safe.

Q: Do you think Friday’s deadly attack on French Jews got enough media attention?

Raphael: Yes, they spoke a lot about it. President Hollande made clear in his speech on Friday that it was a hate crime against Jews.

Gabriel: I agree with that. There are placards everywhere which say “I am a Jew”.

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Q: Last year there was record migration of French Jews to Israel. Can you ever see yourself joining them?

Gabriel: Only if France loses the values we talked about earlier.

Raphael: I will never go to Israel other than as a tourist. I don’t feel linked in any way to the state of Israel. I strongly disapprove of the Israeli government’s policy towards the Palestinians. If I have to emigrate it will not be to Israel.

Q: Have the attacks of this week changed your attitude towards your Muslim countrymen?

Raphael: Not at all. The images of the Muslim cop being gunned down were heartbreaking and the attitude a lot of Muslims took is one reason I am so proud of my country. If anything has changed, it is change for the better.

Gabriel: I don’t feel the attackers were Muslim at all so what they did can’t change what I feel about Muslims.

Raphael: Just two concerns. I fear these attacks may help Marine Le Pen and I don’t want a French Patriot Act.

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) can do nothing when the incumbent government leaders commit war crimes. The international community with the United Nations in the lead stand by.

 

international-criminal-courtThe International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 2002. The Court should usher in a new era in which the fight against war criminals should be a prominent part of the international legal order. Many hoped that both political and military leaders presidents as guerrillas would fear the ICC, and that they would think for a moment before they committed mass crimes in their quest for power. Now fading hope.

More recently the court has arm with the big boys in international politics and has lost.index uu The Court has consistently been thwarted once it has indicted persons who are still in power. This has happened over and over again without really done anything about it. If the court can not fend for themselves, the project fail, the attitude apparently.
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Nowhere has this unfortunate dynamic played out more clearly than in Kenya, where the court took a break with the incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta. It culminated in December when the prosecutor had to withdraw its charges back and Kenyatta grins could leave the court courtrooms as a free man. The background was not a proper legal process where evidence was found for light, and judges therefore acquitted Kenyatta. No, the results appeared rather because of Kenya’s longstanding subversive work against the prosecutor’s investigation.

indexUhuru Kenyatta was charged in 2008 to stand behind a massive crackdown on political opponents. The result was hundreds dead and thousands fleeing. A criminal group called Mungiki had been put to attack areas where Kenyatta political opponents lived. People from the ‘wrong’ tribes, who traditionally supported Kenyatta political opponents were killed, women were gang-raped, men tvangskastreret and houses burned down. All together, according to the ICC’s preliminary assessment, orchestrated by Kenyatta.

But the case crumbled. During the investigation began key witnesses disappear; people close to the events died suspiciously; documents from the court told of attempted bribery and witnesses who were threatened to be silent; and key documents were detained by the Kenyan government. For example, Kenya insisted that they could not find out which companies Kenyatta owned or what his telephone had been a few years earlier. The obstruction meant that the prosecution could not prove its case. Kenya’s behavior does not seem to have political or diplomatic consequences. The international community seems to accept battle.
Genocide in Darfur

A few days after the prosecutor had to withdraw the case against Kenyatta back, was yet another case put on hold. It was about the alleged genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, where among other things the sitting president, Omar al-Bashir, sitting accused. The case had not shown progress long, and it had to be dropped, said prosecutor – at least as long as the special UN Security Council did not contribute.

In 2005, the Security Council otherwise asked the ICC to investigate the conflict in Darfur. Back then, massive crimes already taken place. Many thousands had been killed, tortured and raped, and more than 1.5 million people were forced to flee.

Court prosecutor working on the case for almost 10 years, and when the prosecutor recently was to present its 20th report to the Security Council on the progress, she said the matter would be shelved. This happened because Sudan refused to cooperate and since the Security Council had not contributed to solving the problem. As she explained,had the Security Council repeatedly ignored the prosecutor’s cries for help.

07-10-2012thomasdyiloEach respondent persons is therefore still freely in Sudan – including the president himself. No one has done anything to arrest the man, even when he has been traveling abroad, inter alia, China. The message was so clear: International prosecution may be dropped as long as the international community – the UN Security Council in the lead – not supportive.

The cases from Kenya and Darfur are the only cases where the sitting government leaders have been prosecuted. The rest of the court cases dealing with rebel groups who have been fighting the government, or already deposed government leaders who have been in opposition to the present regime. They accused the Kenyans and Darfur cases is therefore the only powerful individuals who have been prosecuted. This is exactly the kind of people it was hoped a court that ICC could affect. But now it is demonstrable that they are able to undermine the court’s work.

These experiences may unfortunately cause some potential war criminals tranquility. They win their matches militarily or politically, they may also win them legally.

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This problem creates a dilemma for our politicians: Should we just accept this weakness by the court, or should we try to strengthen it? If we want to act, we probably need to think about the court into a wider political context and make use of political, economic and sometimes military force. Our politicians must in this context make up their minds how far they are willing to go.

Are they, for example, ready to punish countries like Kenya in the pocket? Should obstruction cost ucountry funds or trading relationships? One thing at least is certain: If we let that nothing is war criminals who are victorious on the battlefield, untouchable, and the international legal order rays not significantly change the fact. It is our politicians in this case openly recognize and we all lower our expectations of the new world order.

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Greece may well run from the bills.

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Honored Dutch Counsel
Former CEO in EAC
Entertainer and Event Management

Greek landslide election may start economic tsunami in the EU.

EU may get severe economic storm, if the popular Syriza party wins Greek parliamentary elections in January.

Angela Merkel, Jean Claude Juncker and François Hollande biting nails with the prospect of a year of pocket pain in the EU.

The popular Eurosceptic party, Syriza is liable to trigger an economic crisis in Europe if they win parliamentary elections on January 25.

Greece may well run from the bills.

The party Syriza is on the extreme left-wing Greek and has profiled itself on that would drop the tough austerity which the EU has made to the country. And their appearance on the political scene is very bad timing seen with the EU economy eyes.

It comes at a very inopportune time. Europe is already struggling to create anything growth, and it has been difficult. Now comes the extra spanner in the works.

Although you will not be popular at this abroad, it is actually theoretically possible for Greece to run from a bill of 240 billions euros. Thence to the country, however, will probably go bankrupt.

Greece may well choose not to pay the debt they have, either because they are unable to do so, or because they do not want it. But it will be completely totally unheard of for the EU countries, and it will create a huge political crisis.

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If Greece can get waived their huge debt by simply sweep the bill, it will shake the foundation of the euro. Economic cooperation is in fact built on trust between countries and a consensus that we must honor its agreements.

The debt-ridden European countries such as Portugal, Spain, Italy and Ireland, which will see the agreement, the Greeks, where appropriate, will be agreed with the EU. The countries do not have as many pocket pain as the Greeks, but will be in serious financial difficulties if Greece drops the debt security in the trash.

The government’s defeat in parliament resulted immediately in the Greek stocks fell by more than 10 percent.

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The year 2014 is now history, like all previous years!

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The year 2014 is now history, like all previous years!

The world has in the past several years offered us very difficult times and I consider until now year 2014 as being the worst. I personally have been affected private as professional and miss the famous green end of the tunnel. I can easily find positive sides the sides where the negative turned into constructive thoughts and particular activities that intereserer my soul, body and mind.

We are all dependent on each other but one topic has particularly been in focus – The world‘s politicians who time after time failed to listen and be in possession of a good intuition. Even the “big” as Obama and Putin have lost track of the many conflicts and wars in the world and strategically it seems as if the chain has fallen off.

Well, I could do it like many other people say it, “I’m not interested in politicsand myhome-petition-bg own conclusion ends up in a form that simply is occupied by statesmen” qualified knowledge – about each specialty area.

The next and worst knot is religion it can hardly be cut more out of a cardboard to the world in his time was divided into several forms of religion and the reasoning why this HALF_REVOLUTION_19__601200ywas God’s” view. I have in my school days reading all the books from the Bible, the Koran and many others represented in the world. After this “doctrine” I considered these prophets as “sales peoplewho through their fanatical basic attitude had no contact with God.

God exists perhaps in a more abstract form, but not as we understand the prophets‘s several thousand years age old theories today.

But all this is a trifle when we summarize it all under one world – climatic changes caused by man, the resurrection of the Middle Ages the predator / man who either have saved” in their frustrations or reincarnated from the times when even decapitation and murder was the normal diet.
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The future‘s possibilities lies perhaps in the fact that any daemon on earth must be removed …… otherwise I see no purpose in the arms industry‘s development and experiments to kill “the evil“.

 

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For Investors, Private Individuals and Organizations.

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Village House for sale in the Vallispir Valley – Pyrenees Orientales, France.
Descriptions and photo’s as follows:

Approximately 200m2 spread over 5 floors

Ground floor: kitchen, pantry, dining area/sitting area, utility room, storage room. wood stove, fitted light/spotlights, retro-art-deco tiled floor.

First floor: large living room/landing, toilet, studio, computer room, fireplace, balcony.

Second floor: master bedroom, 1 double bedroom, sauna, 2 walk-in wardrobes, bathroom with shower/toilet.

Third floor: 2 double bedrooms, bathroom with bath, bathroom with shower/toilet, small library.

Top floor: summer kitchen with refrigerator, gas stove, fully equiped, TV access. Terrace partly covered with open area for sun bathing, beautiful view to the Pyrenees/mount Canigou.

The property is appr. 30 minutes’ drive from the beaches at Cote Vermeille,
15 minutes from Ceret – famous for its Museum of Modern Art, cafes and restaurants, 8 min. from Amalie-les-Bains with its Roman Health Spa’s, hotels, restaurants and hiking in the surrounding mountains with its pure air.
The Spanish border is a short drive away. The highway takes you in 2hrs. to Barcelona, in 40 min. to Perpignan.

Price: EURO 220.000.-

El: Approximately EURO 960.- annually
Water: Approximately EURO 350, annual
Property tax: EURO 550.- annually

The property is fully renovated with an easy to manage interior, modern yet with some interesting period features (retro-art-deco).
There are many possibilities for creative people – artists, musicians, etc. Letting the 2 top floors as a separate unit or the whole house in its entirety as well as for the use of a business enterprise are among the possibilities.

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Barack Obama – spectator to a world in flux

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Let’s begin with the question of guilt: It’s NOT Obama’s fault that the world is currently in a break-up that no one can really see the end of.

But after the U.S. president has served in his post for almost six years, the reverse be allowed to state that the world of very important points are even more chaotic than when he took office.

And today we can see that the former Nobel Peace Prize winner at key points either miscalculated or underestimated the consequences of his desire to lead the United States back toward a more withdrawn global role.

What we see right now is a world in flux – towards a new international order without American leadership, many had expected after the end of the Cold War. A number of foci exhibit break-up.

1) Iraq and Afghanistan

Barack Obama went to the polls to finish America’s major wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He has done so. The United States is largely out of Iraq and on the way out of Afghanistan.

But even though the U.S. – according to a new 259-page report to the U.S. Congress – now has posted more money in Afghanistan than the Americans from 1948 to 1952, gave Marshall Aid to Europe after World War II (109 billion Dollars against 103 billion. Dollars in today’s money), threatened Afghanistan already chaos.

It recently ongoing presidential election ended in accusations of electoral fraud that could undermine an already weak leadership, while the Taliban are just waiting to see the back of the last American soldiers.

But worse is the situation in Iraq. Without the 15,000 men by the American generals had hoped to have kept in Iraq, but the United States gave up trying to trump through, Obama had to admit that he had lost much of its influence in Iraq.

As Iraq descended into sectarian strife, which over the summer culminated in the al-Qaeda-related ‘Islamic State’ ran the Iraqi military overwhelmed and declared an Islamic caliphate state.

Add to this that the Kurds are trying to make it even more clear of Baghdad, then paint the picture of a solution in Iraq as a state.

2) Syria

The U.S. president refused to send military aid to the relatively moderate Syrian rebels, who originally opened the armed uprising against Syrian President Assad.

Obama was confident that Assad’s days were already talking and let even Assad’s tyranny use of chemical weapons with impunity, even though he had made it a ‘red line’.

Status: Assad is still there, but faces a strong opponent in the form of radical Islamists among other things related to the Islamic State.

The moderate rebels on the other hand penetrated. The carnage and refugees are also so huge that it has been a dramatic seen in historic proportions. And it continues.

3) Libya

While some of NATO’s membership countries in one of his military activist moments sent the planes out in the first place, as Libyan rebels toppled Moamar Gaddafi, President Obama attempted to keep the United States into the background.

There he sits still. In the background.

The U.S. president refused even to send military aid to the new Libyan government, who have never had control of the country, but rather loses grip more and more. In fact, the situation is so chaotic that Americans recently had to evacuate their embassy.

4) The Arab Spring in Egyptian

Libya was not the only failure of the so-called Arab Spring.

In one of his great speeches promised Barack Obama in Cairo in 2009 to stand on the side of democracy. He inspired the Egyptians, who had overthrown the longtime military dictator Hosni Mubarak, hope.

Today, the military back in power – albeit under a different general. And although the Obama administration after the military coup against the democratically elected Islamist Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and subsequent brutal persecution of Egyptian Islamists suspended its annual military aid of $ 10 billion, the relationship is already being normalized.

In April – nine months after the military coup – resumed the USA thus part of its military support and supplied Apache helicopters to the Egyptian military. Officially because the coup general now was democratically elected, but in addition, not having received guarantees – an improvement in the human rights situation.

5) Russia

Barack Obama came to power with the ambition to reset relations with Russia. It has failed.

After humiliated Obama in Syria and the Snowden case, annexed by Russian President Putin the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula and support right now the separatists that shake the entire foundation in neighboring Ukraine.

Obama and his European allies have responded with sanctions, but the point is that they have just re acted: They have been reactive, not proactive. And the West is, no matter how you look at it, were caught off guard by President Putin, in turn, has fueled one – especially for neighboring countries – terrifying nationalism, which in the worst case has got his own life.

As the West is trying to correct the behavior of the Russian president with penalties looking Putin apparently more towards China, which will further advance the global balance of power. Even if the Russian-Chinese relationship is anything but straight forward.

What matters right now is that they are linked by a desire to counterbalance U.S. and – to some extent – Europe.

6) Gaza

Despite the United States’ strong support for Israel Obama never succeeded to put themselves through to the Israeli Netanyahu government. While a powerless Obama has expressed his outrage, Netanyahu has expanded Jewish settlements and thus subject to further poison out of an agreement with the Palestinians an independent state.

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This has contributed to the radicalization that right now translates into a humanitarian disaster in a blood smeared Gaza. And a disaster when the U.S. probably at most one can hope to operate the fire extinguisher.

In this way also adds the disaster to the series of dramatic events that the U.S. might never be able to have avoided even if Obama as the leader of the world’s only superpower had assumed a much more active global leadership. But then again: Will anyone wonder call status quo successful?

 

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