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soj, or another of Eurotrib's Romanian speakers- is there any chance you could give us a bit more from the Romanian article about the great game?

Money is a sign of Poverty - Culture Saying
by RogueTrooper on Tue Nov 15th, 2005 at 05:39:09 AM EST
I started working on this, but then before I got too far fortunately discovered that soj had done all the hard work herself (and way better than I could have) on her blog.

Musings on life in Romania and beyond
by adhoc on Tue Nov 15th, 2005 at 06:59:23 AM EST
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Thanks for that adhoc. And thanks for the translation soj.

Money is a sign of Poverty - Culture Saying
by RogueTrooper on Tue Nov 15th, 2005 at 09:15:14 AM EST
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Lies, perjury and deceit to gain political power - freedom on the march?
Is this the expected Western form of Democracy in the 21th Century?

MK Omri Sharon pleads guilty as graft trial gets underway
By Yuval Yoaz and Zvi Harel, Haaretz Correspondents


A 2004 file photo of PM Ariel Sharon in
the Knesset with his son, Likud MK Omri Sharon,
who today admitted charges in a corruption trial.
Reuters

Likud MK Omri Sharon, the 41-year-old son of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, pleaded guilty to charges related to the financing of his father's 1999 primaries campaign, as his graft trial got underway in Tel Aviv.

Omri Sharon's lawyers were also expected to announce that their client plans to retire from politics.

The prosecution and defense were to tell the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court at the opening of his trial that they have reached a plea agreement on Omri Sharon's conviction, and the charges will be amended.

According to the indictment, Sharon - who had been appointed by his father to run his September 1999 campaign for leadership of the Likud party - received NIS 6 million in campaign financing from corporations in Israel and abroad between July 1999 and February 2000. The prosecution says the money significantly exceeds the funding caps.

Sharon is accused of funneling the money into a company called Annex Research, which was allegedly founded for that purpose. The campaign allegedly paid most suppliers and service providers through Annex Research rather than through the Sharon camp's official bank account.  

Police to Ask for Indictment of Billionaire in Laundering Scam

TEL AVIV Nov. 15 -- Police questioned under caution Israel's ambassador to Britain, Zvi Heifetz, who previously managed Gusinsky's business interests in Israel. Investigators suspect that Heifitz was a partner to the crimes, serving as a conduit for laundering Gusinsky's capital through his own bank accounts.

Israeli ambassador under investigation

The Jerusalem Post reported that Amikam Levi, managing officer of the Foreign Ministry, filed an internal report alleging irregularities in the performance of the ambassador in Budapest, David Admon, a political appointee of Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom.

Earlier, Uriel Yitshaki, consul general at the Israeli embassy in The Hague, was arrested for selling over 150 Israeli passports in exchange for bribes.

"Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."
 

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 15th, 2005 at 06:11:05 AM EST
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Sharon Says U.S. Should Also Disarm Iran, Libya and Syria

TEL AVIV Feb. 18, 2003 -- Sharon told the congressmen that Israel was not involved in the war with Iraq "but the American action is of vital importance."

In a meeting with U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton, Sharon said that Israel was concerned about the security threat posed by Iran, and stressed that it was important to deal with Iran even while American attention was focused on Iraq.

Bolton said in meetings with Israeli officials that he had no doubt America would attack Iraq, and that it would be necessary thereafter to deal with threats from Syria, Iran and North Korea.

Bolton, who is undersecretary for arms control and international security, is in Israel for meetings on preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Bolton said Syria would get a chance to prove it was behaving in a way worthy of the international community and that dealing with North Korea had not been pushed aside, but postponed.

Bolton said the United States was striving to get a new UN Security Council resolution regarding Iraq and that the result of the vote would affect the U.S.'s relations with Western Europe and Russia, after the war in Iraq.

Bolton also met with Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Housing and Construction Minister Natan Sharansky.

Sharansky warned Bolton that the Quartet's (U.S., UN, European Union and Russia) plan for the Israelis and Palestinians deviated from President Bush's vision.

Source for story

Hmmm ... should read Israeli newspapers more often to learn the details of U.S. future foreign policy. Perhaps we need to read today's Haaretz what Bush will say tomorrow on exit strategy from Iraq.

U.S. Senate Candidate Jon Tester Calls For Iraq Exit Strategy
Senate to Urge Transition in Iraq for 2006

"Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."
 

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 15th, 2005 at 06:16:21 AM EST
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Hmmm ... should read Israeli newspapers more often to learn the details of U.S. future foreign policy.
This is a clear case of the tail wagging the dog, as Israel is critically dependent on US financial support (at least militarily).

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Nov 15th, 2005 at 09:22:03 AM EST
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Regarding the Spanish investigation of the CIA flights, the Guardian article says
The magistrate has now asked Spain's powerful national court whether it wants to take over the inquiry.
The "national court" should be capitalized. It refers to the Audiencia Nacional which is a special tribunal originally created to investigate and try terrorism-related crimes, but which quickly expanded its purview to include organized crime, especially drug trafficking and smuggling. Pinochet was held in London on an arrest warrant issued by a judge from the Audiencia Nacional, which has also tried cases related to disappeared persons in Argentina. It really is the most powerful criminal court in the country (discounting the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court, which do not hear ordinaty criminal cases).

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Nov 15th, 2005 at 08:13:00 AM EST
More from Spain.

The Government vows to investigate the alleged CIA flights stopping in Spain.

The Interior Minister admits that the existence of those transports, stopping in Palma de Mallorca, would seriously affect relations with the US.
The Interior Minister, José Antonio Alonso, vowed today to investigate the possible existence of flights from the USA with terrorists on board and bound for prisons in other countries which stopped in Spain, referring to the information published by EL PAIS today. Alonso asserted that were they confirmed, they would be "very serious and intolerable deeds" because they would breach the normal relationships between States and would violate the Spanish legal order.


A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Nov 15th, 2005 at 08:34:58 AM EST
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Plus they have universal jurisdiction now, right?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Nov 15th, 2005 at 10:22:59 AM EST
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They are not the only European court to have claimed universal jurisdiction, but in this case they don't need it: the alleged crimes occurred on Spanish soil.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Nov 15th, 2005 at 10:26:25 AM EST
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Hundreds of thousands of people have joined coordinated protests across Australia, blocking roads and vowing to fight against Prime Minster John Howard's new industrial relations laws.
(SBS Australia)

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Tue Nov 15th, 2005 at 09:08:19 AM EST

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