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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:45:31 AM EST
Hungary amends media law but critics not satisfied | News | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

The Hungarian parliament has amended a media law to restore a journalist's right to protect sources. However, it seems unlikely that the changes will be enough to satisfy the conservative government's critics.

The Hungarian parliament has passed a package of amendments to a widely critcized media law that had been introduced by Prime Minister Victor Orban's conservative Fidesz party.

The amendments, which passed by a vote of 257 to 51, come in response to a court decision last December, which ruled the legislation unconstitutional. 

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:37:53 PM EST
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More opposition protesters arrested in Baku | News | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

The run-up to Saturday's Eurovision song contest in Azerbaijan continues to be overshadowed by the authorities' crackdown on dissent. Dozens more protesters have been arrested in Baku.

Police in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, broke up an anti-government demonstration and arrested dozens of protesters on Thursday.

Police moved in after opposition activists gathered in front of the headquarters of Azerbaijan's state television station and began reading out statements demanding the release of political prisoners and an end to alleged censorship by the country's state media.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:50:03 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Foreign Affairs / Azerbaijani lobbyists target EU opinion

BRUSSELS - Azerbaijan beats up journalists, jails political opponents and bulldozes people's homes to build shopping malls - according to the latest resolution by the European Parliament.

It is run "in a manner similar to the feudalism found in Europe during the Middle Ages ... with general agreement among leading families to divide the spoils" - according to a leaked US embassy cable from 2010.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:03:42 PM EST
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Could Ukrainian hooligans hamper EURO 2012? | Europe | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

EU politicians plan to boycott this summer's soccer championships in Poland and Ukraine over the latter's treatment of opposition members. But how will Ukrainian hooligans react to the influx of foreign visitors?

Standing in the local football stadium, the fans of Karpaty Lviv cheer their team on. Igor Babjak and Oles Sigal never miss a game here. Karpaty is in the Ukrainian premier league and represents the western town of Lviv.

Fans here have the reputation of being nationalist thugs. But Igor Babjak says they don't start fights - they're just giving their team support. "As far as other fans go", he says, "I can only say, if they don't provoke us, everything'll be fine."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:53:48 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Institutional Affairs / EU assistance to Northern Cyprus tangled in conflict
BRUSSELS - The Luxembourg-based European Court of Auditors on Wednesday (23 May) said EU assistance to the Turkish Cypriot community in northern Cyprus is complicated by political and legal difficulties.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:05:00 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Headline News / MEPs condemn homophobia in eastern Europe
BRUSSELS - MEPs from across the political spectrum have criticised EU member states Lithuania, Latvia and Hungary, as well as neighbouring Russia, Ukraine and Moldova over an upsurge in homophobia.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:05:24 PM EST
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They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 06:59:58 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Foreign Affairs / Tymoshenko family lukewarm on EU parliament doctors

BRUSSELS - The family of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko would like the EU parliament to change its plan on medical monitoring in case the original one is counter-productive.

Parliament President Martin Schulz last week agreed with Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov "to propose a group of international doctors" - potentially from the Red Cross - to make sure she gets proper treatment for back pains.

He later tasked Polish centre-right MEP Jacek Protasiewics to put it into action.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:06:12 PM EST
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Europe Online Magazine: German opposition backs away from eurobonds ahead of Merkel meeting (24.05.2012)
After months of appearing to support calls by Francois Hollande, France`s new socialist president, for the 17 eurozone governments to raise money jointly on capital markets, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) adopted a more cautious line on Thursday.

SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel told ARD public television that eurobonds "in the general sense" of "debt guaranteed in common" would "definitely" not be acceptable to his party.

Juergen Trittin, co-leader of the Green caucus in parliament, said on Deutschlandfunk public radio that joint borrowing by eurozone governments was a good idea, but not yet. European Union treaties would have to be changed before they were instituted, he said.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 04:32:09 PM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Briefing: The abominable consequences of a Grexit
the euro sinks further as large European funds are beginning to get out; the FT quotes fund managers as saying that they believe the impact of a Greek exit to be massive; one of large UK funds has divested of its entire eurozone portfolio; Mario Monti has criticised the Greek programme as unrealistic, and says it will takes decades to reform the institutional fabric of the country; support for Syriza has grown to 30%, four points ahead of New Democracy; another poll gives ND a small lead; Greek media reported that the European Council was split on how to respond to the situation in Greece - with Jose Manual Barroso, Herman van Rompuy and Francois Hollande pleading for a more flexible approach; Greece is suffering from a massive brain drain, as leading academics get out; Jacques Delpla warns of a civil war that will destabilise the Balkans as a consequence of grexit; Gillian Tett says there are hidden risks to a grexit that most people tend to underestimate; Germany's Ifo index falls by 3 points, as uncertainty takes hold; El Pais reports that Bankia needs €20bn in state aid, a lot more than the government has admitted so far; Expansion reports that S&P is about to downgrade the Spanish banks; the SPD and Greens reject proper eurobonds, lining up behind the wimpish version of debt redemption bonds; the EIB's Werner Hoyer says the proposed growth initiatives won't be sufficient; Moody's keeps France's AAA-rating, but attaches a negative outlook; Francois Hollande has poached a number of top French diplomats in Brussels to work as his advisers; Germany chemical workers get a 4.5% pay rise; Peter Bofinger and Gavyn Davies, meanwhile, both ridicule the notion of a parallel currency.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 25th, 2012 at 03:35:26 AM EST
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Reuters has a story about a talk show appearance of Mario Monti in Italy, in which Monti criticised the EU's policy towards Greece as unrealistic. The need for institutional reform in Greece is so massive that it will take decades to complete. He tried to put a brave face on the situation with a prediction that he believes that Greece will most likely stay in the eurozone.
Reuters: Italy's Monti says Greece will probably keep euro (May 24, 2012)
Greece's euro zone partners had been wrong to insist on a process of reforms and fiscal adjustment which was too fast for the country to withstand, Monti said.

"Europe has to learn how to not take too much of a short-term view," he said, adding the reforms needed in Greece would take a generation, rather than two or three years as its partners had demanded.

"Greece has lost its sovereignty, it's under the instructions of the IMF, the ECB, the European Commission. Having the others tell you, 'here is the money but I'm deciding,' must be a terrible terrible humiliation."

Cohn Bendit said all that two years ago:

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 25th, 2012 at 03:41:17 AM EST
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Paolo Gabriele, the Pope's butler, has been arrested for leaking secret documents.
Alla fine, il colpevole è il maggiordomo. Come in un romanzo 'giallo', è stato trovato in possesso di documenti riservati e ora è in stato d'arresto Paolo Gabriele, "aiutante di camera" della famiglia pontificia, sospettato di essere, dalla Gendarmeria vaticana, il 'corvo' della Santa Sede, quello che, dopo aver trafugato documenti segretissimi, li avrebbe fatti arrivare a Gianluigi Nuzzi per la stesura del libro 'Sua Santità'
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 25th, 2012 at 12:21:16 PM EST
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La Repubblica publishes translations into English and Spanish.
The Vatican Gendarmerie has today arrested a man it holds responsible for leaking confidential documents about the Pope, an affair christened "Vatileaks". The revelations appear in the recently published book Sua Santità (His Holiness) by journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. The Vatican press office announcement talks of "theft", "receiving stolen goods" and " the use, including commercial, of confidential documents illegitimately acquired and retained".
According to Vatican sources cited by Italian news agency ANSA, the man arrested is someone very close to Pope Benedict XVIII, his valet Paolo Gabriele, a man said by those who know him to be absolutely devoted to and trusted by the Pope.


Nuzzi's book contains many confidential letters addressed directly to Benedict XVIII and his private secretary monsignor Georg Gaenswein. The letters published in Sua Santità reopen famous cases in the history of the Vatican and its relations with Italy, such as the kidnapping of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee kidnapped in 1983. Or the "Boffo case", involving the former editor of L'Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops, who was forced to resign after a series of attacks launched in the Italian press. Often mentioned was a fax Boffo sent to Father Georg, in which he speculated that Secretary of State to the Vatican, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone's was behind the media campaign against him.

Nuzzi also publishes several other texts, such as a note written on the occasion of a dinner the Pope held for President Napolitano and his wife, in which the head of state is mentioned as a possible strategic interlocutor on themes such as the family. But the letters sent to the Pope by the chairman of the Vatican bank Ettore Gotti Tedeschi also touch, for example, on the scandal of the San Raffaele hospital, now bankrupt, and fiscal matters discussed directly with then Minister of the Economy, Giulio Tremonti.

Where does the Vatican hold people they arrest? How does the justice system work?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 25th, 2012 at 04:04:03 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:45:54 AM EST
After the summit, European economic wranglings roll on | News | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

Dutch parliamentarians have officially approved the eurozone's new rainy-day fund, while their German counterparts are debating another cost-cutting bill. Meanwhile, the head of the ECB issued a rallying call in Italy.

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi called for greater political vision among European Union leaders as the bloc seeks to combat its debt-related difficulties.

Speaking at Sapienza University in Rome, Draghi said the EU was at "a crucial moment in its history," and warned that "the process of European integration needs a courageous jump in political imagination to survive," according to a speech quoted by the AFP news agency.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:46:03 PM EST
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Despite hours of talks, Brussels has little to show | Europe | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

The EU's crisis summit dragged on until early Thursday but failed to make significant progress. Franco-German differences over eurobonds remain, as do concerns over Greece's future in the eurozone.

A growth program as the French promote it - or the German path of rigid austerity? Eurobonds - or separate national debt policies? Greece within the eurozone - or outside? The issues on the table at the EU summit were controversial - and a solution to the problems does not seem to be imminent.

New French President Francois Hollande promoted "more growth" at the Wednesday summit - Germany's Angela Merkel insisted on structural reforms and the need to strengthen the domestic market.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:51:23 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Spain: ECB cash more important than euro-plans

BRUSSELS - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy early on Thursday (24 May) called on the European Central Bank (ECB) to help lower his country's borrowing costs as a matter of urgency.

He said the bank problem is more important than the plans for an economic union brainstormed by EU leaders at a late-night dinner in Brussels, which ended up tasking EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy with drawing up a long-term plan.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:00:54 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Political Affairs / French president bemused by lengthy EU summit

BRUSSELS - At his first ever EU summit, French President Hollande scored a victory of sorts by managing to get eurobonds - previously a taboo topic - discussed around the table.

At around 1am in the morning, the socialist leader - whose views on spurring economic growth have altered the nature of the policy debate in Europe - appeared before press for 45 minutes, in sharp contrast to German leader Angela Merkel who gave a short statement and took two questions.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:02:52 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Van Rompuy to draft plan for deeper economic union

BRUSSELS - EU leaders have tasked council chief Herman Van Rompuy with drafting a plan on deepening the eurozone's economic union, potentially via an inter-governmental treaty.

After more than five hours of talks on the need to strengthen growth policies while sticking to the already strengthened deficit rules, EU leaders on Wednesday night (23 May) agreed to come back to these issues at a formal summit on 28 June.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:06:38 PM EST
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In Wales:
more than five hours of talks

(27 countries + Commission) @ 11 minutes each = >5 hours.

It's not "talks" in the sense "debate". Just each participant rolls out its point of view, followed by the next one.

There is not the slightest hope of anything decisive coming out of this rigmarole (though the media will of course bill it as a "crisis summit"). Result, Van Rompuy, Juncker, Rehn and Draghi will cobble together the German version of closer union. Apparently there's time to prepare a treaty for that, but not for eurobonds.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri May 25th, 2012 at 01:57:52 AM EST
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Carmaker BMW doubles capacity in China with new plant | Business News | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

German automaker BMW has boosted its production in China with the opening of a second facility in the northeastern city of Shenyang. China already is the company's most important market - with awesome potential ahead.

Luxury carmaker BMW of Germany on Thursday extended its foray into the Chinese market by opening its second, large production facility in the city of Shenyang.

"We are expecting double-digit growth in China this year, despite a slight cooling in the market," CEO Norbert Reithofer said during the inauguration ceremony in the city's Tiexi district.

The new factory, which cost BMW 1.0 billion euros ($1.25 billion) and is the company's most modern worldwide, enables the automaker to double its capacity in China to 200,000 units this year.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:47:23 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / China-EU Relations / EU-China trade relations 'distorted,' MEPs say

BRUSSELS - The European Parliament adopted a non-legislative resolution on the imbalance of trade relations between the EU and China on Wednesday (23 May).

The imbalance, claims the report drafted by Liberal MEP Marielle de Sarnez, is due primarily to barriers placed upon European firms wanting to enter the Chinese market. China's trade surplus with the EU was €168.8 billion in 2010.

"We have to protect EU businesses from problems such as trade barriers, counterfeiting and monetary dumping," said Sarnez.

Complex regulations and lack of transparency make it nearly impossible for EU companies to participate in Chinese public procurement, her study says.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:07:07 PM EST
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» Huawei loves Nokia Siemens Networks Consulting! News: Nokia Siemens Networks blog
Rarely does a competitor turn out to be your biggest fan. But that's the only conclusion that can be drawn from the ringing endorsement of how we market our consulting by Chinese company Huawei.

Ironically, the brochure ends asking: "Why Huawei business Consulting?"

which should perhaps continue: "...when you could be talking to the real experts at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Huawei has a long standing reputation of "copy-and-paste" company; this case extends to their marketing brochures.

by Bernard on Fri May 25th, 2012 at 04:54:19 AM EST
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UK economy's fall into recession deeper than expected | Business | The Guardian

The prospect of fresh action to boost the flagging British economy loomed larger on Thursday after official figures showed a steeper fall in activity than previously thought and the crisis-hit eurozone drifted towards a deeper slump.

Labour seized on data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing that gross domestic product declined by 0.3% in the first three months of 2012 as evidence that Britain is ill-prepared to withstand a deterioration in the rest of Europe over the coming months.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:23:20 PM EST
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Brazil's historically poor northeast finally gets its boom:The area around Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, has benefited from huge government and business investments such as the expansion of the port of Suape, a new shipyard and an oil refinery project. Government aid has also helped struggling families improve their lives, which has lessened the need to move elsewhere.
By the way, Recife is the home to the Maracatu.

LAHT: MADRID - Spanish oil major Repsol said Thursday that the block operated by its Brazilian joint venture with China's Sinopec represents at least 700 million barrels of light oil and 3 trillion cubic feet of gas, equivalent to 545 million barrels of oil.

LAHT, RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian mogul Eike Batista's Grupo EBX announced Thursday a "strategic accord" with General Electric Co. that involves GE's paying $300 million for a 0.8 percent stake in the industrial conglomerate.

LAHT, MEXICO CITY - The Banco de Mexico said it sold $258 million at auction in the domestic market in an effort to reduce volatility after the exchange rate for the peso went over 14 per U.S. dollar due to the uncertainty created by the situation in Greece.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 08:06:15 PM EST
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Well, it's a nice thought, and every little bit helps, says the optimist in me.

Anything that gets people working together and being cooperative is a bit positive, I think, so I hope there really is a "rise in the New Economy Movement.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Fri May 25th, 2012 at 04:29:41 AM EST
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China Financial Markets » Europe's depressing prospects

In that sense there are really only three ways Spain can regain competitiveness sufficiently to raise savings and reverse the current account:

  1. Germany and the other core countries can take steps to reverse the policies that led to the European crisis.  They can cut consumption and income taxes sharply in order to reduce domestic savings and increase domestic consumption.  These would lead to a reversal of the German trade surpluses and higher inflation in Germany, the combination of which would allow Spain to reverse its trade deficit and regain competitiveness via lower inflation relative to that of Germany and a weaker euro. 
  2. Spain can force austerity and tolerate high unemployment for many more years as wages are slowly pushed down and pricing excesses are ground away.  It can also take measures to reduce costs by making it easier to start businesses, reducing business taxes, and by improving infrastructure, but these latter provide too little relief except over a very long period, especially given the difficulty Spain will face in financing infrastructure and reducing taxes. 
  3. Spain can leave the euro and devalue.  This would leave it with a problem of euro-denominated debt, whose value would soar relative to GDP denominated in a weakening currency.  In that case Spain would almost certainly be forced to halt debt payments and restructure its debt.               

I want to stress that these are, practically speaking, the only three ways for Spain to regain competitiveness.  There are other ways that could in theory also work, but they are too unlikely to consider.  One could assume for example that the rest of the non-European world - most importantly the US, China and Japan - take steps to stimulate their domestic economies sufficiently to force up consumption and run in the aggregate large and growing trade deficits.  These deficits, whose counterpart would be a very large European trade surplus, would then bail out the whole eurozone by generating GDP growth rates that exceed the debt refinancing rates. 

I think most of my readers will however agree that this is pretty unlikely.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri May 25th, 2012 at 06:26:23 AM EST
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They can cut consumption and income taxes sharply in order to reduce domestic savings and increase domestic consumption. 

That's Schröderism. And it didn't work out that way.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Fri May 25th, 2012 at 08:26:57 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:46:06 AM EST
Blind activist's brother also slips house arrest in China | News | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

Chen Guangcheng is now in the US after his dramatic escape and the subsequent diplomatic spat. But his elder brother is now on the run in the capital Beijing - seeking to help his imprisoned son.

The brother of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has himself slipped house arrest, fleeing his village in northeastern China and making it to the capital Beijing.

Chen Guangfu went to the capital to seek legal help concerning the fate of his adult son, who is charged with attempted murder for attacking a local official. Chen says his son was acting in self-defense after the official broke into his home.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:46:38 PM EST
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Amnesty accuses Security Council of leadership failure | News | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

n its most recent annual report, Amnesty International has accused the global community of failing to act against human rights abuses, singling out the UN Security Council for being motivated by economic interests.

Amnesty International accused the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday of failing to show leadership in the face of global upheaval, putting economic interests ahead of human rights.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:46:59 PM EST
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Egyptians vote in second day of presidential election | News | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

In a second day of voting, Egyptians went to the polls to choose their president. The military regime has promised to turn over power to a civilian government by July, but the powers of the president remain undefined.

Egyptians went to the polls for a second day of voting on Thursday in the country's first competitive presidential election, which pits Islamists against secularists and revolutionaries against former members of the Mubarak regime.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:48:36 PM EST
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Iran nuclear talks enter second day | News | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

Talks aimed at resolving tensions over Iran's nuclear program are entering an unscheduled second day. However, both sides remain at odds over a demand that Tehran stop a process of uranium enrichment.

The negotiations in Baghdad were expected to continue on Thursday, despite new proposals from the West being described by Tehran as "not useful."

The so-called P5+1 group of powers, including Germany, presented a package that demanded a halt to Iran's project to enrich uranium to a 20 percent level.

Such refining of the process would make the production of weapons-grade material more possible, although Iran denies its program has a military application.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:48:59 PM EST
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Olympic judges pick last three for 2020 Olympics | News | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

The race to host the 2020 summer Olympic Games just got a little tighter, as the running was reduced from five to three. Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo have made the final cut.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to decide on which city will host the games in a final vote in Buenos Aires on September 7, 2013.

The Qatari capital Doha and Baku in Azerbaijan, were excluded in what committee vice president Thomas Bach described as "the most difficult decision we have ever had to take with regard to a shortlist."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:49:33 PM EST
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It was a difficult decision to exclude Baku? What?

(Well, the size of their slush fund had to be taken into account...)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri May 25th, 2012 at 02:01:48 AM EST
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'Lebanon has structural fault lines' | World | DW.DE | 24.05.2012
Tensions are high in Lebanon, where sectarian clashes linked to the conflict in Syria have erupted. DW spoke to Rouzbeh Parsi from the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris about the implications of the violence.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:51:52 PM EST
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Etan Patz case: suspect in custody, say New York police | World news | guardian.co.uk

One of America's most famous missing child cases, the disappearance in 1979 of six-year-old New Yorker Etan Patz, appears to have reached a breakthrough after police revealed they have a suspect in custody.

Patz went missing just blocks from his parent's home in downtown Manhattan in 1979 as he made his first ever unaccompanied walk to the school bus. His case became a national cause célèbre, and his face was one of the first to appear on milk cartons in an effort to find out what happened to him.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:12:59 PM EST
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(Reuters): BUENOS AIRES, May 23 - An Argentine judge clarified on Wednesday that a small noise bomb discovered in a Buenos Aires theater where former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe was due to speak was not a lethal device.

(IPS): MEXICO CITY, May 24, 2012 - The "Occupy" movement has spread to Mexico, where thousands of university students have taken to the streets, bringing fresh air to a superficial and flat election campaign and forcing political parties to pay attention to a long-ignored segment of the population.

Colombia Reports: Impunity for human rights violators and corruption continue to be major concerns for American officials, according to a U.S. government report released Thursday. The U.S. State Department's 2011 Country Report on Human Rights Practices contained a long list of Colombian human rights violations that included violence against women, child labor, extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances.
See also THIS.

BBC: Guatemala's former military leader Efrain Rios Montt is facing a second genocide trial, after a judge ruled that he could be prosecuted over the massacre of 201 villagers in 1982. (...) The latest case relates to the killings at Dos Erres, one of the most brutal episodes of the 36-year civil war.

(IPS): SANTIAGO, May 24, 2012 - "Temporary and subcontracted workers in the copper industry are the slave labour of the 21st century. Lacking rights and social protection, they are vulnerable and defenceless," complained Cristián Cuevas, the leader of a union for outsourced Chilean copper workers.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 07:55:24 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:46:34 AM EST
Energy switchover leaves many unanswered questions | Germany | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

A year ago, the German government announced its plans for an energy switchover. The country's biggest post-war infrastructure project is taking shape, but there is still plenty of resistance to it.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls it a herculean task. For Economy Minister Philipp Rösler it is the task of a century. Whenever the German energy switchover comes up - as on Wednesday at the energy summit in the chancellery - superlatives are being used.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:57:56 PM EST
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Will.i.am arrives by helicopter for flying visit to climate event | Environment | guardian.co.uk
The giant sash windows of Oxford's spectacular Radcliffe Observatory were designed to provide astronomers the best possible view of the starry heavens. But on Monday I found myself using them to scour the skies for something altogether less likely: a helicopter carrying rap superstar Will.i.am to the university to discuss, of all things, distributed climate change modelling.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:20:20 PM EST
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How a green investment bank really works | Damian Carrington | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Business secretary Vince Cable, responsible for the UK's Green investment bank (GIB), visits the German development bank KfW today, a day after the law establishing the GIB was published. It will be an interesting visit.

When I met Leon Macioszek, director of KfW in Berlin on Tuesday, I pointed out that the GIB can't actually borrow. This rendered him speechless as his mind wrestled hopelessly with the contradiction.

But I am sure he will recover in time to tell Cable about the bank's work. There is a lot of it, and much of it very relevant to the UK's troubled Green deal plan to make 14m British homes warmer and cheaper to heat.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:20:52 PM EST
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London 2012 Olympics: watercourses get clean bill of health | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The watercourses that will be used for the Olympics this summer - including the Serpentine in central London - have been given a clean bill of health by Europe's environmental watchdog.

But its waters fell short of being classed as "excellent", under the European Environment Agency's annual survey of bathing water.

The Serpentine, which is supplied with water from the Thames, will host the triathlon and marathon swimming events. Having met the bathing water standards stipulated by the EEA this year, as it has done for the past five years, only a freak storm or other disastrous weather could alter its clean status.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:21:37 PM EST
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British butterfly defies doom prediction to thrive in changing climate | Environment | guardian.co.uk

A modest but resilient British butterfly has bucked the trend of worried predictions about the species' health, with scientists reporting it appears to have benefited rather than lost out from climate change.

The Brown Argus, Aricia agestis, named after a 100-eyed giant in Greek mythology because of the multiple eye-like dots on its underwing, has long been dependent in the UK on a single plant species, the rockrose Helianthemum nummularium. It appears this is probably because the plant tends to grow on south-facing slopes and absorbs the warmth and sun which the butterfly's caterpillars need.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:22:01 PM EST
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Rio+20 should prioritise sustainable agriculture, says Caroline Spelman | Global development | guardian.co.uk

Sustainable agriculture should be the UK's key objective for Rio+20, according to the UK secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs, Caroline Spelman, who will be attending next month's UN conference on sustainable development with the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.

"Everywhere in the world, wherever farmers farm, should be put on a sustainable footing," she told a Faith in Rio debate in London on Wednesday, organised by the NGOs Cafod, Christian Aid, Tearfund and Progressio. "Just imagine if we could move farmers from subsistence to sustainability," she added, citing some farmers' inability to store produce and water as an example of where low-key technology could make a real difference in developing countries.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:22:32 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:46:53 AM EST
South African court hears case on 'vulgar' Zuma painting | News | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

A court in South Africa opened a case on Thursday that is to decide whether a controversial painting of South African President Jacob Zuma should be removed from public display.

The painting, called "The Spear," was recently unveiled in a Johannesburg art gallery. It features Zuma in a pose that mimics Soviet-era posters of Vladimir Lenin, with the notable exception that President Jacob Zuma's genitals are exposed.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:45:37 PM EST
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A Nazi death camp brought to life | Europe | DW.DE | 24.05.2012

Czech and Slovak groups are marking the 70th anniversary of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, one of Hitler's top officers, by constructing a replica of a Nazi concentration camp in Prague.

In a leafy square in the center of Prague, workmen are putting the finishing touches to a replica of a Nazi concentration camp. Grey huts are lined up under the oak trees. A watchtower looms ominously overhead.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:52:39 PM EST
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The globalization of ideal beauty | Culture | DW.DE | 22.05.2012

Female beauty is often defined by the Western fashion elite in Milan or New York. But more and more German magazines are speaking out against it. Internationally, there are a multitude of different agendas.

"I've really had enough of the tyranny of fashion. That's why I live in Berlin. Berlin is a lot freer," explained the Spanish-Colombian fashion designer Ricardo Ramos. In fashion capitals such as Paris and New York, it's a very different story. There, classic "standard" models are highly sought after: 1.80 meters (5.9 feet) tall, young, with hips no wider than 90 centimeters (35 inches) and preferably blonde. But Ramos selects his models according to the themes of his shows and collections. He once used an 80-year-model on the catwalk. He aims to be extravagant and never boring.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:57:29 PM EST
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The Olympic countdown begins - all we need is a questionable sponsor | Sport | The Guardian
Crank up the Olympic anthem, order a McDonald's Coca-Cola so big you could host the single sculls event on it, and pull up one of the cheap seats for the London Olympics. Yes, yes - I know what you're thinking, and you're right: with a mere 64 days to go, we ARE starting this far too late, and are unlikely to ever catch up with it all, a bit like that Moroccan skier who got lapped on the giant slalom course in 1992, or the Equatorial Guinean swimmer Eric "the Eel" Moussambani, who was a breakout star of the Sydney Games. (Incidentally, fans of recherché Olympic heroes may know that Eric will be in London for the Games - having recently been seconded as coach of his country's swimming team. "He will have to reconcile his work in the oil world with his new responsibility as national coach," according to an Equatorial Guinea government spokesperson.)
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:09:56 PM EST
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I thought they already had  Dow Chemical (and India has already complained).
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 04:27:21 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 02:48:15 AM EST
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 03:29:18 PM EST
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I'd go for the cocoa bean rather than barbarian milk chocolat, a clear sign of depreciation. The Maya currency system was it not based on the noble Cocoa Bean Standard?
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 05:50:57 PM EST
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ElPais.com in English: Bogus dwarf shaman snared on sex charges (24 May 2012)
Police suspect that G. R. used scopolamine, a Jimson weed derivative with hallucinogenic properties, to sedate his victims. It is believed he had been operating since 2007 and that some of his victims may have been tourists. G. R. had been identified on Internet forums as "dangerous" and his profile on a dwarf stripping website was removed hours after his arrest.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu May 24th, 2012 at 04:38:51 PM EST
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