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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 11 April

by ceebs Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 04:47:18 PM EST

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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:24:42 PM EST
BBC News - Abu Hamza US extradition backed by European Court

The European Court of Human Rights has backed the extradition of Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects from the UK to the US.

The Strasbourg court held there would be no violation of human rights for those facing life and solitary confinement in a "supermax" prison.

Judges said they would consider further the case of another suspect because of mental health issues.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "very pleased" with the news.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:48:05 PM EST
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BBC News - Norway's mass killer Breivik declared sane

A second psychiatric evaluation of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has found him sane enough to face trial and a jail term.

The findings contradict a previous evaluation, published in November, that found him legally insane.

Breivik is due to stand trial on Monday over a bomb attack and shooting spree last July that killed 77 people.

The 33-year-old, who insists he is mentally stable, was "pleased" with the new assessment, his lawyer said.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:50:03 PM EST
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Iran cuts oil exports to two EU countries, says not concerned about crude sanctions - Xinhua | English.news.cn

In a pre-emptive move, Iran announced on Tuesday it has cut oil exports to two more European Union (EU) countries, Greece and Spain.

Iran's Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said Tuesday that his country has stopped oil exports to Greece, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Rostam Qasemi said that Iran does not sell oil to a number of European countries and "currently, the oil of Iran is not exported to Greece," said the report.

The oil minister downplayed the impact of oil sanctions on the country, saying that despite the recent ban imposed by the EU on Iran's oil exports, Tehran faces no problems in selling its oil.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 04:09:09 PM EST
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Th law of unintended consequences applies. What if the BRICs won't play...?

Ria Novosti - Sam Barden - Sanctions ! Imagine..

Imagine that the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) decide as a trading group to collectively ignore the U.S. and EU sanctions and continue to trade with Iran and buy its oil. In fact, this is increasing likely. At a BRICS conference two weeks ago, creation of a new BRICS bank was at the top of the agenda.

The key goal of the bank would be to facilitate trade between the BRICS nations, without involving the EU and U.S. dollar. What would the U.S. and EU do? What could they do? The reality is that the U.S. and EU need the BRICS nations more than the BRICS nations need the EU and U.S. That is the reality.

None of the BRICS nations wants to cease trading with Iran, regardless of the economic threats from the U.S. and EU. The economic paradigm has already changed to render the U.S. and EU sanctions voidable. In fact, they are more likely to end up excluding the U.S. and EU rather than those countries they are trying to convince to adopt the sanctions. Imagine that.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 02:58:44 AM EST
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Political Revolution in Germany: Pirates Country's Third Strongest Party in New Poll - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
Germany's Pirate Party may still be hammering out their platform, but that doesn't seem to bother voters. Riding a wave of new popularity following a recent state election success, the Internet freedom advocates have gained record support in a national poll.

Germany's Green Party used to be the model for upstart political parties in the country. But now it appears that the new Internet-freedom Pirate Party is on an even more rapid path to nationwide success. And it has overtaken the Greens in public opinion polls, as well.

According to a survey released by the pollsters at Forsa for broadcaster RTL on Tuesday, the political newcomers currently enjoy 13 percent of voter support and are now the third most popular party in the country ahead of the environmentalist Greens, which lagged behind at 11 percent.

The results come after a pair of recent eyebrow-raising successes in state elections. Last September, the Pirates received 8.9 percent of the vote in Berlin city-state elections. In March, the party followed that up with 7.4 percent in the tiny western state of Saarland, more than two percentage points ahead of the Greens.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 05:37:57 PM EST
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Israel declares Günter Grass persona non grata | News | DW.DE | 09.04.2012

Israel has barred Nobel laureate Günter Grass from entering the country, after the author wrote a poem in which it is depicted as endangering global peace. Grass says he is a friend to Israel despite his comments.

Israel's interior minister, Eli Yishai, said on Sunday that Grass was no longer allowed to enter the country.

"Günter's poem is an attempt to fan the flames of hate against the state of Israel and the Israeli people," he said in a statement. "If Günter wants to continue disseminating his distorted and mendacious works I advise him to do it from Iran where he will find a supportive audience."

In the verses published last week, titled "What Must Be Said," Grass said Israel must not be allowed to launch military strikes against Iran over fears that Tehran is building nuclear weapons.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 05:43:40 PM EST
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I bet he cares

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 03:00:03 AM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Briefing: So much for "the worst is over"
Spanish and Italian bond spreads are now above 4%, as crisis returns in full force; Spanish 10-year yields rise to above 6%, approaching the levels at the height of the crisis; the Italian stock market falls 5%, led by a rout on bank shares; investors are getting increasingly nervous about the viability of the Spanish fiscal adjustment programme, as the probability of a Spanish ESM programme increases; Miguel [Ángel Fernández] Ord[óñ]ez says Spain was not even close to an ESM programme; Luis de Guindos says Spain had already raised half of its 2012 finance requirements; analysts say that a Spanish application to the ESM would reveal the mechanism as too small; European Commission picked this very day to say that they are pleased with the latest Spanish austerity programme; John Plender says the effects of the LTRO are petering out as balance sheet encumbrance produces the opposite effect of what the ECB had intended; Reuters Breakingviews warns against further monetary stimulus, as this may drive up the oil price; there is increasing nervousness about different collateral rules being applied by national central banks; Nicolas Sarkozy recent advance in the polls seems to have come to a halt in the latest poll, which shows Francois Hollande recovering ground; Francois Bayrou is now under 10%, and Marine Le Pen is rising again; the French think tank Terra Nova, meanwhile, finds that Sarkozy's fiscal plan is not adding up.


There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 03:35:02 AM EST
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Sky news: 'Greek Style Unrest If Narrow Tory Win' (11 April 2010)
Britain could be hit by a wave of "Greek style" unrest if a Tory government narrowly wins the election and brings in big spending cuts, Nick Clegg has warned.

The Liberal Democrat leader said he feared "serious social strife" if an administration with minimal support raised taxes, laid off public sector workers and froze wages.

Although he stressed he was "not campaigning for a hung parliament", he suggested it could be preferable to a government hampered by a lack of legitimacy.



There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 04:07:04 AM EST
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EU Observer: Euro area states put Greek loans at €30 billion (11 April 2010)
The decision taken by euro area finance ministers during a teleconference on Sunday afternoon (11 April) caps off a turbulent week for Greece, during which the country's borrowing costs rose to record highs. On Friday Greece also suffered a fresh credit rating downgrade by the Fitch agency.

A decision on future loans has yet to be taken. "The amount for the subsequent years will be decided at a later date depending on how the financial situation in Greece develops," Luxembourgish Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker told journalists in Brussels after the teleconference. Mr Juncker chairs the monthly meetings of the eurozone's 16 finance ministers, known as the eurogroup.

Tough austerity measures announced earlier this year by Greece's centre-left government have so far failed to bring down the country's borrowing costs, while a bail-out deal agreed by euro area leaders last month also failed to impress investors looking for greater detail.



There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 04:09:52 AM EST
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EurActiv: Euro zone readies 30bn euros to rescue Greece (11 April 2010)
Eurozone finance ministers approved a giant
ROFL
30-billion-euro emergency aid mechanism for debt-plagued Greece on Sunday (11 April) but stressed Athens had not requested the plan be activated yet.

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"With today's decision, Europe sends a very clear message that no one, any longer, can play with our common currency, no one can play with our common fate," Greece's Prime Minister George Papandreou said in a statement yesterday.

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"The programme will cover a three-year period. The euro area member states are ready to contribute for their part up to 30 billion euro in the first year to cover financing needs in a joint programme to be designed with and cofinanced by the IMF," the EU finance ministers and the European Commission said in a joint statement.



There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 04:13:12 AM EST
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European Commission: The financial and economic crisis - a chronological overview - April 2010
11 April 2010
Eurogroup statement on the support to Greece

Following the statement of the Spring European Council of 25 March, this agreement of the Eurogroup under their presidency of Jean-Claude Juncker makes the financial support mechanism for Greece fully operational. In the first year of this three-year programme, euro area countries are ready to provide on non-concessional rates bilateral loans of up to € 30 billion. The European Commission will pool the loans as part of a package including additional financing by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and will set up a joint programme together with the European Central Bank, the IMF and the Greek authorities.

>> Commission President Barroso. Statement of the European Commission on Greece
>> Eurpean Council. Statement on the support to Greece by euro area Member States
>> The Eurogroup
>> President of the European Council
>> Statement by President Van Rompuy on the Eurogroup Agreement on Greece
>> Statement by IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Greece

From the linked PDF:
The programme will cover a three-year period. The euro area Member States are ready to contribute for their part up to € 30 billion in the first year to cover financing needs in a joint programme to be designed with and cofinanced by the IMF. Financial support for the following years will be decided upon the agreement of the joint programme In order to set incentives for Greece to return to market financing, Euro area Members States loans will be granted on non-concessional interest rates. The pricing formula used by the IMF is an appropriate benchmark for setting Euro area Members States bilateral loan conditions, albeit with some adjustments. Variable-rate loans will be based on 3-month Euribor. Fixed-rate loans will be based upon the rates corresponding to Euribor swap rates for the relevant maturities. A charge of 300 basis points will be applied. A further 100 basis points are charged for amounts outstanding for more than 3 years. In conformity with IMF charges, a one-off service fee of maximum 50 basis points will be charged to cover operational costs.

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The Eurogroup is confident that the determined efforts of the Greek authorities and of its European Partners will allow to overcome the fiscal and structural challenges of the Greek economy. In this context, the Eurogroup welcomes the budget execution in the first months of the year, which shows that the measures taken so far are bearing fruit.



There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 04:18:23 AM EST
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CIA wins fight to keep MPs in dark on rendition - UK Politics - UK - The Independent

American intelligence agencies including the CIA and the FBI have won a court ruling allowing them to withhold evidence from British MPs about suspected UK involvement in "extraordinary rendition" - the secret arrests and alleged torture of terror suspects.

A judge in Washington DC granted permission for key US intelligence bodies, including the highly sensitive National Security Agency, to exploit a loophole in US freedom of information legislation which bars the release of documentation to any body representing a foreign government.

Downing Street underlined the gravity of the torture claims yesterday when it urged police to interview former Labour ministers as part of an investigation into the alleged rendition and torture of a Libyan critic of Muammar Gaddafi. Jack Straw, who was Foreign Secretary at the time and is expected to be interviewed by detectives, denies any complicity in rendition - as have his successors at the Foreign Office. Whitehall officials have made clear that the intelligence services believe their operations "were in line with ministerially authorised government policy".

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 04:34:34 AM EST
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Spiegel: Die Euro-Krise wird in Spanien entschieden (Wolfgang Münchau, 28.03.2012)
Griechenland war die Krise, die man in Deutschland zu verstehen glaubte. Hier haben unverantwortliche Politiker im tiefen Süden mit dem Haushalt geschummelt und sich in den Bankrott geprasst. Die spanische Krise ist uns aus mehreren Gründen unangenehmer. Sie ist bedrohlicher, allein wegen der Größe des Landes, und sie ist mit den in Deutschland gängigen Argumentationsmustern nicht in den Griff zu bekommen. Denn Spanien hatte im Gegensatz zu Deutschland nie den Stabilitätspakt gebrochen - und hat sogar noch geringere Staatsschulden als wir.

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Spaniens Probleme haben nicht mit unverantwortlicher Haushaltspolitik zu tun, sondern mit Kapitalströmen. Deutsche, niederländische und finnische Banken haben die Erlöse aus ihren Handelsüberschüssen jahrelang im Süden angelegt, wo sie direkt und indirekt die Blase an den Immobilienmärkten finanzierten.

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Spanische Haushalte, Unternehmen und Banken haben jetzt keine andere Wahl, als ihre Schulden abzubauen. Auch Billigzinsen helfen da nicht weiter. Wenn jetzt gleichzeitig der spanische Staat spart, was er laut Europäischer Kommission muss, dann kommt es zu einem dieser klassischen ökonomischen Teufelskreise. Die Rezession wird tiefer und dauert länger. Die Steuereinnahmen brechen weg. Die Sozialausgaben steigen. Vor allem müssen die Banken weitaus mehr abschreiben, als geplant war. Um diese neuen Lücken zu decken, wird man die Sparprogramme noch weiter forcieren müssen, was die nächste Runde des Teufelskreises auslöst.

The Euro Crisis is being decided in Spain (Wolfgang Münchau, 28.03.2012)
Greece was the crisis that people in Germany thought to understand. Here irresponsible politicians in the deep South cheated with the budget and gorged themselves into bankruptcy. The Spanish crisis is more uncomfortable for us, for several reasons. It is more threatening, ust because of the size of the country, and is not amenable to the argument patterns current in Germany, since in contrast with Germany Spain had never broken the stability pact - and had even smaller state debt than we did.

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Spain's problems have nothing to do with irresponsible budget policy, but with capital flows. German, Dutch and Finnish banks have Spaniens Probleme haben nicht mit unverantwortlicher Haushaltspolitik zu tun, sondern mit Kapitalströmen. Deutsche, niederländische und finnische Banken invested the proceeds of their trade surpuses in the South for years, where they directly and indirectly financed the real estate bubble.

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Spanish households, enterprises and banks now have no choice but to reduce their debts. Even low interest rates no longer help. If now at the same time the Spanish State saves, as it must according to the European Commission, the result is a classic economic vicious circle. The recession becomes deeper and lasts longer. The tax intake drops. Social expenses climb. In particular, banks must write off more [losses] than planned. To plug these new holes, must one force the savings programme again, which triggers the next round of the vicious circle.



There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 06:32:14 AM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:25:06 PM EST
European stock markets rocked by panic selling as debt crisis reignites | Business | The Guardian

Europe's sovereign debt crisis exploded back into life on Tuesday, with markets across the continent rocked by a wave of panic selling amid renewed fears about the impact of savage austerity measures in Spain and Italy.

The mood of uneasy calm seen across Europe since the Greek bailout in February was shattered as financial markets took fright at evidence of a double-dip recession and growing popular opposition to welfare cuts and tax increases.

Italy and Spain, the eurozone's third and fourth biggest economies, were at the centre of the market turmoil, with investors demanding an increasingly high premium for holding their bonds.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:53:30 PM EST
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Dont worry, angela will ritually invoke the confidence fairy by arranging yet more austerity for feckless southern europeans and everything will be all right

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 03:01:51 AM EST
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All the Serious People in Spain (and, yes, that includes the supposedly "social democratic press" El Pais) are wondering why Rajoy's austerity measures haven't improved confidence.

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 03:21:22 AM EST
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can it be....they don't read ET?

</swoon>

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

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 09:20:25 PM EST
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Dow ends below 13,000 amid weak payroll data - Xinhua | English.news.cn

U.S stocks slipped broadly on Monday as investors were disappointed on non-farm payrolls, whose growth failed to hit 200,000 for the first time since November.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 130.55 points, or 1.00 percent, at 12,929.59, which was the first time in a month for the blue-chip average to settle below the psychological level of 13, 000.

The Standard & Poor's 500 was down 15.88 points, or 1.14 percent, to 1,382.20, and the Nasdaq Composite Index lost 33.42 points, or 1.08 percent, to 3,047.08.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 04:10:21 PM EST
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 WORLD 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:25:28 PM EST
BBC News - No 'signal of peace' from Syria - Annan

The Syrian government has failed to send a "powerful political signal of peace", UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has told the UN Security Council.

The Syrian army continued operations in population centres despite an agreement to pull out troops by Tuesday, he said.

Syrian opposition activists said at least 60 people were killed as the army shelled a number of towns.

Despite the clashes, Mr Annan said his peace plan was still alive as he urged both sides to stop fighting.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:46:25 PM EST
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Annan says Syria plan 'alive' despite attacks - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, has said it is not too late to implement a UN-brokered peace plan, despite reports of continued violence across the embattled country.

Activists on Tuesday reported heavy shelling by government troops in the city of Homs and the northern village of Marea in Aleppo.

The Local Co-ordination Committees activist network said that at least 70 people were killed in violence across the country.

In the northern Idlib and central Hama provinces, troops backed by helicopters were firing heavy machine guns in an attempt to flush out opposition fighters, activists said.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:58:38 PM EST
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Syria has defied pullout deadline, say France, Britain - FRANCE - SYRIA - FRANCE 24
Syria has defied a Tuesday deadline for a troop withdrawal under the six-point peace plan brokered by the UN and Arab League, French and British officials said. The French foreign ministry called Syria's agreement to the deal a "flagrant" lie.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 04:12:52 PM EST
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BBC News - Rick Santorum suspends presidential campaign

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has bowed out of the race, leaving former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the presumptive nominee.

The former Pennsylvania senator made the announcement at a news conference in Gettysburg in his home state.

"While this presidential race is over for me, we are not done fighting," said Mr Santorum.

The social conservative had been campaigning ahead of Pennsylvania's primary on 24 April.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:46:55 PM EST
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Obama to face Romney in 2012 U.S. vote as Santorum drops from race - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Rick Santorum announced the suspension of his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination on Tuesday, adding that he will not stop fighting for the defeat of incumbent U.S. President Barack Obama.

Speaking at his home state of Pennsylvania, Santorum said: "While this presidential race for us is over for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting,"



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 04:03:30 PM EST
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BBC News - Bo Xilai's wife suspected over 'murder' of Briton

The wife of a disgraced Chinese politician once tipped as a future leader has been detained over the suspected murder of a British national.

Gu Kailai has been "transferred to the judicial authorities" as part of an investigation into the death of Neil Heywood, state news agency Xinhua said.

Her husband Bo Xilai, former mayor of Chongqing, has now been stripped of key posts in the ruling Communist Party.

He had been one of China's most popular politicians.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:49:25 PM EST
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Police reinvestigate death of Neil Heywood according to law - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Chinese police have set up a team to reinvestigate the case that British citizen Neil Heywood was found dead in Chongqing on Nov. 15, 2011, which was alleged by Wang Lijun who entered, without authorization, the U.S. general consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6 and stayed there, Xinhua learned from authorities.

Police authorities paid high attention to the case, and set up the team to reinvestigate the case according to law with an attitude to seek truth from facts.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 04:07:38 PM EST
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Cameron and Clegg clash over secret courts and email monitoring | Law | The Guardian

David Cameron and Nick Clegg have been involved in pointed exchanges across eight time zones over controversial government plans to monitor emails and allow judges to sit in secret in some trials.

The prime minister was first out of the blocks when he highlighted No 10's irritation with the Liberal Democrats after they raised concerns about the proposals. As he flew to Japan on a trade mission, Cameron said leading Liberal Democrat cabinet ministers had sat on the committees that approved the plans.

The deputy prime minister then hit back by authorising his spokesman to say that Clegg had simply agreed to look at the email plans. The spokesman said: "The deputy prime minister agreed at the NSC [National Security Council] that the government would look at proposals to address the police's technological gap to deal with serious criminals and terrorists.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:55:36 PM EST
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Egypt court suspends constitutional panel - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

An Egyptian court has suspended a panel tasked with drafting a new constitution, pending a ruling on its legality.

Tuesday's ruling followed complaints by political groups, secular politicians and constitutional experts over the parliament's decision to give lawmakers half the seats on the 100-member panel.

Islamist groups have insisted that lawmakers get half the panel's seats, prompting charges that they wanted to monopolise the process and give the new constitution an Islamist slant.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:57:32 PM EST
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Denmark 'demands' release of Bahrain activist - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

A jailed activist who has been on hunger strike in a Bahrain prison for the last two months is now in a very critical
condition, Denmark's prime minister has said.

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a Shia activist with dual Danish and Bahraini nationality, was sentenced with other opposition activists to life in jail over an alleged plot to topple the Sunni monarchy during a month-long protest a year ago.

"Denmark demands the Danish-Bahraini citizen and human rights activist Khawaja be freed," said Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Tuesday at a press conference.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:58:12 PM EST
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US backs Seoul over North Korea rocket - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English

The US has backed South Korea's position over North Korea's planned missile launch, agreeing with the South that the North Korean proposal was a serious provocation.

A Pentagon spokesman said Leon Panetta, US defence secretary, spoke to his South Korean counterpart, Kim Kwan-jin, by telephone on Monday evening to discuss the planned missile launch,

"Both leaders would regard a missile launch by North Korea ... a violation of North Korea's international obligations and standing UN Security Council resolutions," George Little, Pentagon spokesperson, said.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:59:46 PM EST
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Zimbabwe regime dismisses Mugabe deathbed reports | World news | guardian.co.uk

Officials in Zimbabwe have dismissed as "hogwash" reports that President Robert Mugabe is close to death in a Singapore hospital.

Speculation about the 88-year-old's condition spread like wildfire after his absence forced the postponement of a cabinet meeting. But Sydney Sekeramayi, the state security minister, told the NewsDay newspaper: "It's just the wish of our detractors. The president is alive and well." Other media reports quoted Webster Shamu, Zimbabwe's information minister, as saying: "It's a lot of hogwash."

Two senior officials from Mugabe's Zanu-PF party also denied the report, which originated on a small news site, the Zimbabwe Mail, claiming that Mugabe was "battling for his life" in a Singapore hospital. They said he was on an Easter break with his family.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 04:01:39 PM EST
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Netanyahu is using Oslo Accords to annex more West Bank land - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

The director of an international organization working in the occupied territories told me he was recently asked by an IDF officer the meaning of the terms "Areas A, B and C." Naturally, the NGO head answered that according to the Oslo Accords, A is the area under Palestinian civil and military control; B is under Palestinian civil control but Israeli military control; and C is under complete Israeli control.

"You are wrong," the Israeli officer laughed. "A is for Arafat, B is for bollixed up and C is ours" (in what language, I wonder ). But anyone familiar with the situation on the West Bank, such as Yossi Beilin, knows this is no joke. The Israeli political and security establishment, as well as the legal system, view Area C - spreading over 60 percent of the West Bank - as an integral part of Israel. This is one reason why Beilin has suggested to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to bury the Oslo agreements, the baby at whose birth they were present nearly 19 years ago.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 04:02:54 PM EST
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Peru, BBC: Suspected rebels in Peru are holding seven workers they kidnapped from a natural gas project, police say. The Shining Path rebels are reportedly demanding the release of their captured leader "Artemio".

Reuters: (Venezuela) - A Barbados-based holding company led by executives of Venezuelan food and beermaker Empresas Polar has filed an international arbitration claim against President Hugo Chavez's government over its nationalization of a fertilizer project, documents show.  The move may set a precedent for Venezuelan companies seeking access to international courts to settle disputes with the socialist government that otherwise would be litigated by local judges, who critics say are controlled by Chavez.

The Guardian: We have to find new solutions to Latin America's drugs nightmare: Narcotics should be legally available - in a highly regulated market, argues the president of Guatemala.

The Pan-American Post: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's first visit to the White House was warm enough on the surface, but could not disguise the tensions between the two countries. Rousseff had lunch with President Barack Obama in the White House, then the two met privately for two hours.
Boz is more sanguine.

The Cuban Triangle: On the eve of the Cartagena inter-American summit, Colombian President Santos said "it doesn't make sense" that Cuba is not included in these meetings, and he sees a "degree of hypocrisy in the way [the United States] treats Cuba and does not apply the same standard to other countries."
Read more Cuban Odds and Ends.

Dominican Republic: SANTO DOMINGO - One person was killed and another wounded in a gunbattle between supporters of the ruling party and the main opposition ahead of next month's Dominican presidential election.  The violence broke out at an intersection in the northern city of Moca, where backers of the PLD's Danilo Medina and PRD challenger Hipolito Mejia - a former president - confronted each other on Sunday.

The Narcosphere: The one-year anniversary of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, a grassroots groundswell against the drug war, played out March 28 in a small plaza in the Mexican city of Cuernavaca, just south of Mexico City -- absent the cameras and pens of the mainstream media.


"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 06:55:39 PM EST
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 LIVING OFF THE PLANET 
 Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Food 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:25:52 PM EST
BBC News - White-nose syndrome in bats continues to spread

A fungal disease that has killed more than 5.5 million bats is continuing to spread across North America.

White-nose syndrome, first recorded in New York in 2006, is now present in 20 states and four Canadian provinces.

Research just published provides further evidence that the disease is caused by the fungus, and that it originated in Europe.

Last year, researchers and policymakers agreed on a national action plan in order to limit the disease's impact.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:50:43 PM EST
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BBC News - Total gas leak: Specialist equipment to plug Elgin well

Specialist equipment has arrived in Scotland to help stop the gas leak at the Elgin platform in the North Sea.

A team from operators Total flew out to inspect the leak last week.

The equipment, which will be used as part of the company's "dynamic kill" plan to plug the well with mud, was flown into Prestwick airport from Houston, Texas.

The Scottish government is also starting its assessment of the environmental impact of the leak.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:51:59 PM EST
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 LIVING ON THE PLANET 
 Society, Culture, History, Information 


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:26:15 PM EST
MPs' £1.8m in perks revealed | Politics | The Guardian

Businesses, overseas governments and lobby groups have given sponsorship, free gifts and funding worth at least £1.8m to MPs and Lords in the past year through all-party parliamentary groups, Guardian research has revealed.

More than 300 all-party groups - semi-official groupings of MPs and Lords interested in a particular subject - have received funding or support from outside groups, including:

* Trips to 27 countries including China, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Taiwan, Thailand, Israel and Liechtenstein for members of 15 groups.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:54:59 PM EST
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and that's just the stuff they declare. The largest part of the iceberg is underwater

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 03:16:40 AM EST
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Operation Motorman: Guido Fawkes under fire over publication of files | Media | guardian.co.uk

The Information Commissioner's Office has said it "strongly condemns" the partial publication by the Guido Fawkes blog of its Operation Motorman files on alleged breaches of the Data Protection Act by journalists.

The blogger Paul Staines, who runs the Guido Fawkes website, on Monday night published details of more than 1,000 alleged requests by News International journalists to the private investigator Steve Whittamore for information including ex-directory telephone numbers, criminal record checks and vehicle registration details.

Guido Fawkes published details from the so-called "blue book" of News International information requests to Whittamore, including a number that appear to be prima facie breaches of the Data Protection Act, along with many more that appear lawful. Journalists have legal protection from the act if the story published is in the public interest.

The ICO said the disclosure was a "serious violation of many people's privacy" which may itself be a breach of data protection laws.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 04:00:17 PM EST
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Russia postpones Luna-Glob moon mission - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Russia's Luna-Glob moon mission will see its first moon landing in 2015, a year later than originally planned, the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences said Tuesday.

"We are planning to make the first moon landing on its South Pole in 2015 with a Luna-Glob landing module," Lev Zelyony, director of the institute, told reporters, adding that the next space vehicle, an orbital Luna-Glob vehicle, would fly in 2016.

According to Zelyony, the Luna-Glob mission was initially planned for 2014. However, the reason of postponement was not given.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 04:09:36 PM EST
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Facebook to acquire photo-sharing Instagram for 1 bln dollars - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Facebook announced on Monday that it will acquire popular photo-sharing app maker Instagram for about 1 billion U.S. dollars.

According to the company's press release, the acquisition is " approximately 1 billion dollars in a combination of cash and shares of Facebook," and is expected to close later this quarter.

Facebook Chief Executive Officer and founder Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement in a Facebook blog post which has had more than 80,000 "likes.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 04:09:52 PM EST
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US adds clot risks to some birth control labels - FRANCE 24

US health authorities on Tuesday ordered revised labels on some types of birth control including German pharmaceutical giant Bayer's Yaz pills to advise of a possibly higher risk of blood clots.

"Women who use birth control pills with drospirenone (like Yaz) may have a higher risk of getting a blood clot," said a new Yaz label on the US Food and Drug Administration website.

"Some studies reported that the risk of blood clots was higher for women who use birth control pills that contain drospirenone than for women who use birth control pills that do not contain drospirenone."



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 04:13:45 PM EST
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Welcome to Ikea-land: Furniture giant begins urban planning project - The Globe and Mail

I recently made the long drive into the vanguard of Ikea's city-building ambition, in a triangle of post-industrial wasteland surrounded by goods-shipping canals and highway ramps in the far reaches of East London, not far from the 2012 Olympics grounds. Here is the site of Ikea's effort to bring a very Scandinavian model of urban design and managed living into the English-speaking world.

Amid this 11-hectare expanse of ancient rusting machinery, waste piles and grinding construction equipment is a converted brick sugar warehouse where a team of Swedes and Brits are poring over blueprints and renderings. LandProp Services bought the land in 2009. Their vision is to turn this grey netherworld, once planning approval is done, into a tightly packed neighbourhood they'll call Strand East.

The answer, Mr. Müller says, is that the Swedes have a long-term interest in success - much like a municipal council does, and, in fact, Ikea will be acting very much like a municipal government.

After all, what IKEA is really doing here is finding a place to sink a small part of its huge pile of cash. They want to earn a profit over 10 to 20 years, not the three or four years of a conventional property developer - and are therefore very interested in the long-term livability of the project.

by Bernard on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 09:02:58 AM EST
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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:26:41 PM EST
Ozzie Guillen of Miami Marlins suspended for five games - ESPN

The Miami Marlins have suspended manager Ozzie Guillen for five games for comments he made in which he expressed admiration for Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

"The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen," the team said in a prepared statement announcing the move. "The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship."

Marlins bench coach Joey Cora will be the interim manager during the suspension. Guillen said he would fly back to Philadelphia, where the Marlins resume their series with the Phillies on Wednesday, to address the team.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 03:45:38 PM EST
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Do you get a lifetime ban if you say you admire George Bush?

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 02:01:11 AM EST
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I doubt you'd get a 5 game ban for liking Stalin or other murderous WWII leader (Godwin swerve).

The anti Catro thing is still big in Florida, the electorial consequences for any party entering into diplomatic relations is why the US won't change their policy on Cuba. Nobobdy wants to lose Florida

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 03:21:04 AM EST
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I was of course being sarcastic.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 09:29:50 AM EST
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After Galliano storm, restrained Raf Simons picked as Dior's chief designer - FASHION - FRANCE 24

After more than a year of top-secret talks and media speculation, the legendary 66-year-old French fashion house Dior has found a successor to chief designer John Galliano, who was fired over a year ago for making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris bar.

Raf Simons, a 44-year-old Flemish Belgian who began his career as a furniture designer before turning to men's and then women's clothing, will take over as artistic director, Dior announced Monday. He will premiere his first haute couture collection in Paris in July, and will also oversee ready-to-wear and women's accessories.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 10th, 2012 at 04:13:18 PM EST
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