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by DoDo Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:35:33 PM EST

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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:30:06 PM EST
EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Leaders break off EU budget talks

EU leaders on Friday (23 November) decided to break off the 2014-2020 budget negotiations and postpone them for another summit, as a second compromise attempt failed to reconcile positions between those wanting cuts and those asking for more money.

Admitting that there are "still existing divergences," EU council chief Herman Van Rompuy at a press conference said that leaders had given him the task to continue bilateral talks in the coming weeks, with a view to a final deal early next year.

EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso will also be involved in what he described as "complex, difficult, but constructive talks."



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:30:14 PM EST
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Germany floats 'plan B' - a budget deal without Britain | EurActiv

EU sources have fleshed out reports circulating last week about a plan to sideline the United Kingdom from ongoing budget talks, as Cameron threatened to veto a deal on the EU budget.

...If confirmed today, the 'plan B' would work in two steps.

  • First, EU leaders, recognising the impossibility of finding an agreement at 27, would issue a statement at today's meeting saying budget talks will resume in January 2013, at another summit.
  • In the meantime, they would reach a political agreement on the bloc's long-term finances - without the UK - and confirm it at the January summit.

Although not an official decision, the political agreement would allow the EU to continue funding itself "as if the MFF had been agreed," the source said, referring to the bloc's long-term budget, the Multi-annual Financial Framework.

The idea, which emanated from Berlin, was approved by Paris although the French had reservations, according to the same source. Crucially, Sweden and the Netherlands, which were initially reluctant, would now be willing to come on board.



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:30:32 PM EST
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Cyprus becomes fourth EU country to ask for bailout | World news | The Guardian

After months of haggling over the details, Cyprus announced on Friday that it had struck a deal with the EU and IMF to bail out its once vibrant but increasingly flagging economy, making it the fourth EU state to apply for a rescue programme since the eruption of Europe's debt crisis.

Hours after a government spokesman announced the step, international creditors confirmed that headway had been made although they stopped short of confirming an agreement had been sealed.

The island's finance minister Vassos Shiarly earlier estimated the financial assistance could be up to €17.5bn - as much as its entire annual economic output - following the battering of Cypriot banks by their exposure to debt-crippled Greece. The final amount will depend on a forthcoming analysis of how much Nicosia will need to recapitalise its lenders.



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:30:41 PM EST
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MEPs demand moving EU elections to May 2014 | EurActiv

MEPs urged EU political parties to propose candidates to succeed Commission President José Manuel Barroso, in a bid to give voters a bigger say over who becomes the top EU executive. They also voted to move the poll from June to May so that they have time to prepare for the presidential election in July 2014.

MEPs easily approved a resolution pushing for a more political campaign ahead of the European elections and moving the date to either 15-18 May or 22-25 May 2014. The vote was 316 in favour, with 90 voting against and 20 MEPs abstaining.

The change would allow MEPs to elect the new head of the European Commission before the summer break and hold the hearings for new commissioners in the autumn.

The next Commission is due to take office on 1 November 2014.



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:30:52 PM EST
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Butkevicius approved as Lithuanian premier - Europe - World - The Independent

Lithuania's parliament approved Algirdas Butkevicius as prime minister on Thursday, giving the Social Democrat leader 15 days to present a Cabinet and policy program for approval.

Lawmakers voted 90 to 40 with 4 abstentions to appoint Butkevicius, according to a live broadcast from the parliament in the capital, Vilnius. The 141-seat chamber, which convened this week after October elections, currently only has 139 members as ballots in two districts were declared invalid and will be repeated in March.

The premier-designate's Social Democrat party formed a coalition with the Labor Party, the Order & Justice party and the Lithuanian Polish Election Action. President Dalia Grybauskaite, who proposed Butkevicius for the post and must approve the new government's composition, opposes Labor's participation as it is suspected of fraud and voting violations.



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:31:00 PM EST
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Brutal attack on Tottenham fans raises fears of rising right-wing and racist violence in Italy - Europe - World - The Independent

The brutal attack on Tottenham fans in Rome has stoked fears in Italy of rising right-wing and racist violence.

Italy's capital has been rattled by increasing militancy by the extreme right since October, often with racist overtones. Weekly demonstrations by the neo-fascist youth group Blocco Studentesco have often ended in clashes with police.

Local media initially blamed Thursday's attack on hard core Lazio fans.

But two AS Roma fans were among the 15 detained for alleged involvement in the mass attack on a downtown bar, suggesting a possibly different motivation.

Witnesses told local media masked men armed with knives and baseball bats shouted "Jews, Jews" as they laid siege to a pub where the Tottenham fans were drinking in a district popular with tourists in an old quarter of Rome.



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:31:10 PM EST
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DoDo:
Witnesses told local media masked men armed with knives and baseball bats shouted "Jews, Jews" as they laid siege to a pub where the Tottenham fans were drinking

wha? are they confused or is there a real connection?

facepalm

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 03:45:50 PM EST
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Tottenham has a fair proportion of North London Jewish supporters.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The club, as with many clubs in London, has a large Jewish following and this has led to much antisemitic provocation[40][41] against Tottenham supporters. Tottenham supporters, Jewish and non-Jewish, united against this and adopted the nickname "Yids", developing chants to support this. Many fans view adopting "Yid" as a badge of pride, helping defuse its power as an insult.[42] Today it is mainly used to distinguish Tottenham fans from other football supporters.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 04:11:59 PM EST
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Political comeback for `French Karl Rove' - FRANCE - FRANCE 24
 

His career was supposed to be over, but the man who guided former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to victory in 2007 - and then to defeat in 2012 - may yet have the last laugh. Patrick Buisson, the close and very secretive advisor to Sarkozy, has not only climbed back aboard the opposition UMP party (Union for a Popular Movement), but may be charting the conservative party's future course.

The UMP is struggling with potentially destructive internal divisions after a close election for the party's presidency between former prime minister François Fillon and the party's secretary general Jean-François Copé. The Nov. 18 poll ended with a shock victory for Copé, followed by name-calling and allegations of vote rigging.

But as the factions loyal to Fillon and Copé were left reeling, one clear winner emerged from the contest. Besides casting ballots for the party's next leader, UMP members were also asked to choose between six motions, or manifestos they believe should guide the party over the next two years.

With 28% of all votes cast - or six percentage points ahead of the next closest motion - a text inspired by the stealthy 63-year-old strategist Buisson came out on top.



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:31:22 PM EST
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Surprise surprise! Buisson having worked, from a situation of high influence, on a strategy of droitisation or leading the UMP electorate further to the right/ shifting the Overton window, now the hard-right factions in the party turn out to do well in a party election.

Who Could Have Predicted?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 04:27:48 PM EST
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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 06:38:15 PM EST
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Independent: David Cameron faces EU charge of hypocrisy over demand for cuts

In a protest letter to Mr Cameron, Malcolm Colling, President of the Association of Independent Officials in the Commission, urged him to "rise above petty polemics" and halt the attacks on EU staff. He said the 23,800 Commission officials were outnumbered by the 33,000 staff employed by Leeds City Council.

Leeds has less than a million inhabitants. The EU has half a billion.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 05:23:39 AM EST
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MSN: European Union's bureaucrats strike to protest austerity
The bill for Brussels is not actually enormous. The entire cost of running the EU and all its development, aid, research and subsidy programs amounts to only 1 percent of the bloc's gross domestic product. In most member states, government spending takes up nearer 40-50 percent of GDP.

...

Administration is just 6 percent of the EU budget, and there is evidence the Commission has cut back. Officials say they began tightening their belts long before the crisis. A fraud and cronyism scandal in 1999, which forced all the EU's commissioners to resign, triggered a shake-up of how the institution and its administration is run.

...

The changes triggered a decline in the purchasing power of EU officials, according to figures provided by the Commission. Now it says it doesn't pay enough to attract as many qualified staff from richer western European countries as it needs. The Commission has proposed to peg its administrative costs to inflation for five years, and aims to cut staff by 1 percent a year, saying this will help save one billion euros by 2020.

Entry level wage cuts, increasingly fixed-term contracts rather than permanent employment, outsourcing of functions... the same logic of (mis)management is applied to firms, national governments, and the EU bureaucracy.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 06:04:16 AM EST
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Sounds like good value for money.


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by Number 6 on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 07:08:40 AM EST
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Facts !! We don't need no stinkin' facts

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 10:46:17 AM EST
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Just realised it should be "Facts ?? We don't need no stinking facts !!"

And that's a fact (pointless Rafa Benitez reference)

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 10:47:37 AM EST
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We doan need no stinkin punkchewashun
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 04:13:48 PM EST
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worst services, highest taxes, viva l'italia!

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 03:33:07 PM EST
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Beppe Grillo's Blog
Italian companies are dying like flies while what's being discussed in Rome is how to save the parties and their beneficiaries, starting from the new electoral laws. A tailor-made, off the peg law for a Monti bis. A gentleman that is not putting himself forward as a candidate but who is already the new President of the Council by divine right in spite of democracy. Investing in Italy is no longer sensible, running a company is like a battle with a wind mill. Those running small and medium sized enterprises, the social fabric that holds this tottering country together, are the new Don Quixote that are fighting a battle that seems to be lost before the start. If they go down, the country will go down with them. When there's no longer any direct or indirect tax revenue coming from the small and medium enterprises, the machinery of Italy will stop and the problem will no longer be political or economic but social. How many "soldier blue"s will be needed to maintain public order? Then what will be the point of byzantine discussions about elections, the majority premiums, the little premiums, primaries done by Mr Nothings and sold like tubs of washing powder by media propaganda? Here Italy is going up in flames and the new Neros are playing the fiddle.
The company Price Waterhouse Coopers has published a classification of SMEs in different States based on three indices: the number of tax obligations, the time needed to calculate and manage taxes and the tax burden. Italy is at position 131 in the world. It's more worthwhile to start a company in Barbados (121), in Bielorussia (129), in Bosnia (128), in Cap Verde (102), in Colombia (99), even in Ethiopia (103) , Guatemala (124), Guyana (118), Iraq (65) , Moldova (109), Namibia (112), Nepal (114), Sierra Leone (117) and Uganda (93). An Italian SME has a tax burden of 68.3% and is subject to 15 taxes that involve 269 hours of work to sort out, which is about 33 working days. We are in the hands of madmen that have been released who state that they have revitalised the country by means of successes like the growth of the public debt, of unemployment, or inflation and of the collapse of production.


"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 03:38:50 PM EST
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I am very surprised by those numbers.
France 65%??? I'd never read anything like that.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 05:18:58 PM EST
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Ah OK, it's for small and medium companies. So is it 68% of profits? Of what?

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 05:20:38 PM EST
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Probably includes payroll social contributions as a "tax wedge".

In any case, it's not company tax alone. And the former local "professional tax" has been replaced by a new one that, by and large, reduces the amount SMEs pay.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 02:27:03 AM EST
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@MigeruBlogger
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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 06:41:36 PM EST
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 ECONOMY & FINANCE 


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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:31:35 PM EST
European Banking Congress sees upbeat ECB chief | Business | DW.DE | 23.11.2012

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Friday expressed some optimism about the euro area's outlook amid promising signs of improvement in the region's two biggest economies, Germany and France.

He told a European Banking Congress in Frankfurt, Germany that a slow return to confidence in the eurozone was under way. His remarks came after a closely watched index saw German business confidence gaining a surprise win and a French survey pointing to industry leaders raising their expectations of economic developments over the next few months.

Draghi insisted financial markets had become more stable after the ECB's announcement it was prepared to relaunch its controversial bond-buying program to keep troubled nations' borrowing costs at bay.



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:31:44 PM EST
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EU leaders push through Mersch for ECB top post | Business News | DW.DE | 23.11.2012
EU leaders have appointed Luxembourg's central bank chief Yves Mersch to the European Central Bank (ECB) executive board. The decision defies a vote by European parliamentarians who wanted a woman for the job.


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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:31:53 PM EST
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What are you on, Draghi, dude? Quit hoggin' the good stuff, share some around, man!

Mmm, that's some good confidence!


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by Number 6 on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 07:11:42 AM EST
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German Opposition Votes Against Tax Treaty with Switzerland - SPIEGEL ONLINE
It was supposed to end decades of disagreement between Switzerland and Germany over tax evasion, but on Friday lawmakers in Berlin put a stop to it. The country's upper legislative chamber, the Bundesrat, voted against implementing a long-awaited tax treaty that parliament had already approved.

The conflict between the two neighboring countries on the issue now threatens to continue after members of the opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Green Party used their majority to block the measure in the Bundesrat, which represents the interests of Germany's 16 states. The issue must now be addressed by the Mediation Committee between the upper and lower parliamentary chambers. But any potential agreement would then have to be re-approved by Switzerland.



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:32:13 PM EST
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Financial Times Deutschland folds as losses mount | Business News | DW.DE | 23.11.2012

German business daily Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) has said it will publish its last edition on December 7. Modeled on its popular British namesake, FTD shook up the German print market, but has never made a profit.

FTD owners Gruner + Jahr (G+J) said the closure of the Financial Times Deutschland daily newspaper was part of an effort to limit losses in the publisher's business section, which would also included selling off business magazines "Impulse" and "Börse Online."

In addition, the flagship magazine "Capital" would be continued with less staff, G+J's executive board member Julia Jäkel told a news conference Friday.



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:32:22 PM EST
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Tacit Bond Arrangement between Governments and Banks Endangers System - SPIEGEL ONLINE
States and banks have made a deal with the devil. Banks buy the sovereign bonds needed to prop states up in the tacit understanding that the states will bail them out in a pinch. But experts warn that this symbiotic arrangement might be putting the entire financial system at risk.


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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:32:32 PM EST
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Dangerous, confused nonsense from Project Syndicate: The Age of Financial Repression (Nov. 21, 2012)
When the economy is growing, automatic stabilizers work their magic. As more people work and earn more money, tax liabilities rise and eligibility for government benefits like unemployment insurance falls. With higher revenues and lower payouts, the budget deficit diminishes.

But in times of slow economic growth, policymakers' options are grim. Increasing taxes is not only unpopular; it can be counter-productive, given already-high taxation in many countries. Public support for spending cuts is also difficult to win. As a result, many Western policymakers are seeking alternative solutions - many of which can be classified as financial repression.

...

Direct or indirect monetary financing of budget deficits used to rank among the gravest sins that a central bank could commit. QE and OMT are simply new incarnations of this old transgression. Such central-bank policies, together with Basel III, mean that financial repression will likely define the economic landscape for at least another decade.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 02:11:54 AM EST
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 WORLD 


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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:32:45 PM EST
Muslim Brotherhood offices torched, Morsi on defensive - EGYPT - FRANCE 24

As enraged demonstrators torched Muslim Brotherhood offices in several Egyptian cities, a defiant Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi defended his recent decree granting himself sweeping powers before a crowd of supporters outside the presidential palace in Cairo Friday.

"Political stability, social stability and economic stability are what I want and that is what I am working for," said Morsi. "I have always been, and still am, and will always be, God willing, with the pulse of the people, what the people want, with clear legitimacy" he said from a podium before thousands of supporters.



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:32:52 PM EST
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The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 06:44:50 PM EST
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The NEW and IMPROVED Dictatorshit, and now with the added ingredient ... STATE RELIGION.  Wheeee!!

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 07:42:56 PM EST
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Sunday morning TV ... MSNBC ... Up w/ Chris Hayes; discussing Morsi attempting to establish himself as absolute dictator, but then someone comments, "How does he enforce this?" and it always comes down to who has the guns and how will they use them.

Love this species!

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 09:02:19 AM EST
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The IMF reached an agreement a with Egypt for a loan only a few days ago. Could this have something to do with the protests?
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 09:19:44 AM EST
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Major test for ceasefire after Israeli troops shoot farmer dead and wound twenty others - Middle East - World - The Independent

Anwar Abdelhadi Quiedh became the first `martyr' of peacetime Gaza today, shot dead by Israeli troops who also wounded 20 others, leading to protests by Palestinians and posing a significant test of the ceasefire signed just 36 hours previously.

Mr Quiedh was in a group of 300 men, most of them farmers, who had moved into fields near the border after hearing on radio and television that the peace deal allowed them to reclaim land which had been declared a buffer zone by the Israelis.

It is indeed the case that the accord signed in Cairo to end the latest conflict provides for Palestinian farmers to cultivate the stretches along the frontier and fishermen to take their catches in waters from where they have been hitherto banned.

But exactly when these measure are to be implemented remains unclear - as 21 year old Mr Quiedh and the other casualties found out to their cost.



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:33:00 PM EST
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Never trust the Israelis ... notorious for sucker punching. Will call a truce and then kill you if they get a chance. Get used to it.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 06:47:15 PM EST
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The frog and the scorpion. The IDF just cannot stop themselves, it's in the nature of the organisation

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 10:51:26 AM EST
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Congo suspends army chief for arming rebel groups - DR CONGO - FRANCE 24

Congo's president has suspended the army's chief of staff, following the publication of a United Nations report which reveals that Gen. Gabriel Amisi oversaw a criminal network selling arms to rebels in the country's troubled east.

The firing of the general indicates that Congo is finally getting tough on its notoriously dysfunctional and internally divided army. It comes as an eight-month-old rebel group, made up of soldiers who defected from the army, pushed beyond Goma, the bustling regional capital of eastern Congo, which fell to the fighters earlier this week.

On Friday, M23 rebels patrolled the town of Sake, the next town on the road south from Goma. They manned checkpoints, drank vodka in local bars and let the corpses of Congolese soldiers rot in the streets. One of the soldier's bodies bore an execution-style bullet wound to the temple.



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:33:10 PM EST
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Racist rants mar suburban bus ride - THE AGE

Commuters were subjected to a horrifying display of racism and threats of violence on a Melbourne bus when a French woman was abused for singing in her native tongue.

Video footage of the incident, taken by Melbourne stand-up comedian Mike Nayna, shows three people -- including a man pushing a pram -- threatening the woman, calling her a c---, a dog and a bitch.

"Speak English or die, motherf---er," a middle-aged man shouted at the woman, who was sitting at the back of the bus.
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He later continued: "Everyone on the bus wants to kill ya! You're gonna have to get off eventually bitch. You worked that out yet?"



Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 05:32:26 PM EST
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Sadly, I bet you could shoot a similar video in the UK any saturday. Doesn't matter how much the majority integrate, there will always be a minority of f..wits

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 10:57:03 AM EST
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 LIVING OFF THE PLANET 
 Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Food 


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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:33:22 PM EST
Climate change evident across Europe, confirming urgent need for adaptation
ScienceDaily (Nov. 23, 2012) -- Climate change is affecting all regions in Europe, causing a wide range of impacts on society and the environment. Further impacts are expected in the future, potentially causing high damage costs, according to the latest assessment published by the European Environment Agency this week.

The report, 'Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012' finds that higher average temperatures have been observed across Europe as well as decreasing precipitation in southern regions and increasing precipitation in northern Europe. The Greenland ice sheet, Arctic sea ice and many glaciers across Europe are melting, snow cover has decreased and most permafrost soils have warmed.



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by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:33:31 PM EST
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by asdf on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 06:56:58 PM EST
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Care should be taken in reading this graph: it tracks departures from the average temperature, not change in the average temperature.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 02:04:31 AM EST
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That looks very very exceptional. But, year-to-date says little: a diagram with time on the X axis and both current-month and 12-month running average deviation from the 20th-century average might be more telling.

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by DoDo on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 04:09:33 AM EST
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Well, that's just the US. If you were to correct for the quantity of hot air blown by Mitt Romney throughout the year, I think you'd find it would have been one of the coolest recorded years.

See? You don't need global warming to explain that deviation.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 10:54:49 AM EST
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Energy deal - but no target to cut Britain's carbon emissions - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
Legally binding commitments to cut the amount of carbon that power stations can emit will not be included in the new Energy Bill following a bitter row within the Coalition.

...This will be seen as a partial victory for Mr Osborne who feared that setting a rigid target now could add a new burden on industry. However, he failed in his efforts to block the introduction of a target altogether. The Chancellor will also publish plans next month on how to boost gas production.

John Sauven, the executive director of Greenpeace, said: "By failing to agree to any carbon target for the power sector until after the next election, David Cameron has allowed a militant tendency within his own ranks to derail the Energy Bill. It's a blatant assault on the greening of the UK economy."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:33:38 PM EST
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Scientists eye nanotechnologies to boost crop yields | EurActiv

SPECIAL REPORT / Nanotechnologies that deliver fertilisers to plants offer promising ways of improving farm productivity while reducing the risk of water contamination. But the scientists behind a new Swiss-funded study caution that while the technology is still evolving, potential risks must be considered.

...Researchers at Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station (ART) in Zurich and the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture in Berne say that direct application of plant protection products and fertilisers containing nanosubstances may pose potential hazards to microorganisms that flourish beneath the Earth's surface.

The scientists contend there is only limited research into the effects of man-made nanomaterials on soil health, and point out that "the potential improvement of plant protection products and fertilisers through nanomaterials is offset by their significantly higher flux into soils if nanomaterials are used."

Fragile microorganisms like bacteria and fungi are natural suppliers of nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients to crops, and are paramount for soil fertility and plant health.

"We cannot afford to jeopardise these essential ecosystem services" explained Thomas D. Bucheli of the Agroscope ART, and an author of the report funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. "These symbiontic communities are key for a sustainable agriculture and deserve our special attention."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:33:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
it's all very well the scientists urging caution, but we all know that that's not how big business works.

They'll cause a problem and then deny it till the profits are in and the hedge funds have taken their cut, then once the profits are undermined by the issues and bad publicity government will be required to sort out the mess

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 11:00:58 AM EST
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India Pushes Forward with Massive Expansion of Nuclear Capabilities - SPIEGEL ONLINE
The 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima plant led many countries to turn away from nuclear power. But a growing population and rising economy has prompted India to massively expand its nuclear program -- even in the face of technological worries and fervent opposition.

...there are already growing doubts about the safety of Indian nuclear plants. In August, the country's general accounting office released a devastating critique of the domestic nuclear regulatory agency, noting that more than half of inspection reports were submitted late and that a number of inspections were never even performed.

The government intends to set up a new, independent monitoring agency. But nuclear opponents fear that even this agency could devolve into a vicarious agent of the nuclear lobby.

Arundhati Roy, the novelist and political activist, says that the government lacks the know-how needed to safely operate nuclear power plants. "The Indian government has shown itself incapable of even being able to dispose of day to day garbage, let alone industrial effluent or urban sewage," she scoffed in a message of solidarity to opponents of the plant in Kudankulam. "How does it dare to say that it knows how to deal with nuclear waste?"



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:33:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
IEA: Renewables To Equal Coal by 2035 | American Solar Energy Society

Water is essential to the production of energy, and the energy sector already accounts for 15% of
the world's total water use. Its needs are set to grow, making water an increasingly important
criterion for assessing the viability of energy projects. In some regions, water constraints are already
affecting the reliability of existing operations and they will introduce additional costs. Expanding
power generation and biofuels output underpin an 85% increase in the amount consumed (the
volume of water that is not returned to its source after use) through to 2035.

"Our analysis shows that in the absence of a concerted policy push, two-thirds of the economically
viable potential to improve energy efficiency will remain unrealised through to 2035. Action to
improve energy efficiency could delay the complete `lock-in' of the allowable emissions of carbon
dioxide under a 2°C trajectory - which is currently set to happen in 2017 - until 2022, buying time to
secure a much-needed global climate agreement. It would also bring substantial energy security and
economic benefits, including cutting fuel bills by 20% on average," said Fatih Birol, IEA Chief
Economist and the WEO's lead author.

WEO-2012 presents the results of an Efficient World Scenario, which shows what energy efficiency
improvements can be achieved simply by adopting measures that are justified in economic terms.
Greater efforts on energy efficiency would cut the growth in global energy demand by half. Global oil
demand would peak before 2020 and be almost 13 mb/d lower by 2035, a reduction equal to the
current production of Russia and Norway combined. The accrued resources would facilitate a
gradual reorientation of the global economy, boosting cumulative economic output to 2035 by
$18 trillion, with the biggest gains in India, China, the United States and Europe.



"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 06:16:47 AM EST
[ Parent ]
 LIVING ON THE PLANET 
 Society, Culture, History, Information 


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:34:13 PM EST
Ken Loach snubs Italian film prize after workers sacked - CINEMA - FRANCE 24

British director Ken Loach on Wednesday turned down a prize from a festival organised by Italy's National Museum of Cinema in Turin in protest over the rights of cleaners and security guards at the museum.

"It is with great regret that I am obliged to turn down the prize assigned to me by the Turin film festival," the internationally acclaimed filmmaker said in a letter to organisers that was sent by his Italian distributors, BIM Film.

Loach, who is well known for his social activism and films about labour disputes, said workers hired for cleaning and security services at the museum had been mistreated, threatened and sacked after protesting over salary cuts.

"The workers who were worst paid and therefore most vulnerable lost their jobs for opposition to a reduction in pay," he said, adding: "It is unfair that the poorest pay the price for an economic crisis they are not responsible for."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:34:24 PM EST
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Jesus wept ... oh, it's bad plumbing. Indian rationalist targets 'miracles' | World news | The Guardian

When water started trickling down a statue of Jesus Christ at a Catholic church in Mumbai earlier this year, locals were quick to declare a miracle. Some began collecting the holy water and the Church of Our Lady of Velankanni began to promote it as a site of pilgrimage.

So when Sanal Edamaruku arrived and established that this was not holy water so much as holey plumbing, the backlash was severe. The renowned rationalist was accused of blasphemy, charged with offences that carry a three-year prison sentence and eventually, after receiving death threats, had to seek exile in Finland.

Now he is calling for European governments to press Delhi into dropping the case. And on the first leg of a tour around EU capitals on Friday, he warned that India was sacrificing freedom of expression for outdated, colonial-era rules about blasphemy.

It is a seldom told part of Indian history that some key elements of modern religion were institutionalised by the colonial rulers (including the India-wide four-division caste system).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:34:45 PM EST
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The EyeSee mannequin may look too cool to care ...

Store mannequins may be no dummies, they're spies - SF Gate

Store mannequins are meant to catch your eye. Soon you may catch theirs.

Benetton and other fashion brands are increasingly deploying mannequins to watch over shoppers in their stores, deploying technology used to identify criminals at airports. Retailers are introducing the EyeSee, sold by Italian mannequin maker Almax, to glean data on customers much as online merchants are able to do.


by sgr2 on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 05:27:29 AM EST
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Independent: Rise of acid ocean eats away base of food chain.

It is the first time that scientists have discovered the visibly acid-damaged shells of critically-important organisms living in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica. The researchers believe it could be a harbinger of worse things to come.


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 02:13:18 PM EST
[ Parent ]
 PEOPLE AND KLATSCH 


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:35:01 PM EST
Anelka, Ribéry and Henry 'a bunch of imbeciles' - FRENCH FOOTBALL - FRANCE 24

Former France coach Raymond Domenech has launched a scathing tirade on several members of his 2010 World Cup squad in a new book, recounting that he was so exasperated by their behavior that he exploded with rage and called them "a bunch of imbeciles."

In his book Domenech branded Franck Ribery a "diva", Samir Nasri a "symbol of selfishness" and said Nicolas Anelka "killed the group".

The team shocked the nation by going on strike at a training session after striker Nicolas Anelka had been sent home for insulting Domenech during the halftime break of France's second group game at the tournament in South Africa, against Mexico.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:35:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Judging by what I saw on the pitch and what was being reported at the time, I imagine Domenech would know about imbeciles, they say a dog smells its own smell first.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 11:04:18 AM EST
[ Parent ]
He had an extraordinary talent for bringing out the worst in all of them.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 12:19:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The most bizarre part is when he apparently quotes his diary:

"I have no energy left. I don't like them anymore. I've had enough of their tantrums," Domenech wrote before the 2-0 loss to Mexico. "This team is completely incapable of transcending itself and I'm certainly to blame for something. I got it all wrong. I feel humiliated to have got it so wrong."

But he failed to do any self-reflection ever since, not identifying what he got all wrong, instead still whining about those awful players and going paranoid about them. Seriously, the following appears to be his gripe with Ribéry:

"Ribery doesn't like Gourcuff, that's for sure. Before the Uruguay match, I told Gourcuff: `You have the keys to the match, it's down to you,"" Domenech says. "The worst thing was Franck Ribery's look. Maybe I'm exaggerating, but in his eyes I saw hatred, contempt or jealousy."


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 01:34:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Fox TV presenter Andrea Tantaros says food stamps are 'fabulous' diet - TV & Radio - Media - The Independent
Asked during The Five show if she could survive on food stamps - which provide an average food subsidy of $133 (£83) a month for hard-up families - Andrea Tantaros said: "I should try it because do you know how fabulous I'd look? I'd be so skinny. I mean, the camera adds 10 pounds, it really does."


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:35:17 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'm sure i heard her say this

Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff."


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 11:08:40 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Lawsuit against Madonna dismissed in Russia - The Journal

A RUSSIAN COURT today dismissed a lawsuit that sought millions of dollars in damages from Madonna for allegedly traumatising minors by speaking up for gay rights during a concert in St. Petersburg.

The ruling came after a one-day hearing that bordered on the farcical. During it, plaintiffs claimed that Madonna's so-called "propaganda of perversion" would negatively affect Russia's birthrate and erode the nation's defense capability by depriving the country of future soldiers. At one point, the judge threatened to expel journalists from the courtroom if they laughed too much.

Would traumatize minors?
Would negatively affect Russia's birthrate??
Would erode the nation's defense capability by depriving the country of future soldiers???
Surely they jest.

by sgr2 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 05:08:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
This would loose so much in translation (if done by me) but it is about the dubious benefits of being born to kill.

Stig Dagerman: Dagsedel 530303

Inte gråta är du rar
över brist på mor och far.
Sånt går bort med åren.
Tänk på Sveriges lantförsvar.
Tänk på Lottakåren.

Trumman dundrar i en dal.
Ännu är du ganska smal.
Botas med potatis.
Blir du stor blir du korpral
och blir skjuten gratis.

Ute faller bomb och snö.
Sov min gosse och adjö.
Tids nog får du blöda.
Alla födas för att dö.
Många för att döda.

(3 mars 1953
)

The suthors comment is translatable and shows how little changes in sixty years.

Stig Dagerman: Dagsedel 530303 Stig Dagerman: Dagsedel 530303
Inspirerad av professor Ask-Upmarks inlägg i abortfrågan, i vilket den vise mannen lät oss veta hur många regementen landet förlorat på grund av aborter.Inspired by Professor Ash-Upmarks remarks in the abortion debate, in which the wise man let us know how many regiments the country has lost because of abortions.


A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES in 2009!
by A swedish kind of death on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 05:24:21 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Anthropomorphise this!

"Scary dog noses look like angry aliens"

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 04:46:03 AM EST
[ Parent ]
PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Passes Justin Bieber's 'Baby' For YouTube Crown | Billboard
PSY's "Gangnam Style" is now the most-watched YouTube video of all time.

The 4:13 clip from the South Korean rapper has earned approximately 803,761,000 views since it was posted on July 15, 2012. Early on Saturday, that total passed the longtime YouTube champ -- the music video for Justin Bieber's "Baby," which has garnered 803,732,000 views since its February 2010 release.

"Gangnam Style" already set YouTube's record for the Most Liked video ever posted to the site, with its total now standing at 5.3 million Likes and 323,000 Dislikes. Bieber's "Baby" clip has 1.4 million Likes and 3.1 million Dislikes.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 10:57:27 AM EST
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