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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:24:50 PM EST
Ocean Viking's largest ever rescue - witnessed first-hand
A group of Libyans from an earlier rescue are helping as well, handing out surgical masks, spraying santisers on their hands while welcoming the near new arrivals with pats on the back.

A young man from Bangladesh is in total shock, sobbing uncontrollably into his arm, his right hand shaking as he takes a seat on a wooden bench by the medical module. "Thank you, thank you so much," he says through tears.

The last survivor, out of a 369 saved on this night, stepped onto the Ocean Viking at 3.30 in the morning.

Lithuania Declares Emergency Over Undocumented Migrants from Belarus
"'We'll bring more support through Frontex,' European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said Friday on a visit to Vilnius."
by Cat on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 11:33:24 PM EST
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EU border agency to "significantly" step up Lithuania help
[Caption: Migrants from Cameroon rest at the refugee camp in Vydeniai, Lithuania, Saturday, July 10, 2021. European Union member Lithuania has declared a state of emergency due to an influx of migrants from neighboring Belarus in the last few days. ...]
On Friday, Lithuania started building a double barbed wire fence on the Belarus border. It will run for 550 kilometers (342 miles), covering most of the nearly 680-kilometer (423-mile) border and cost 41 million euros ($48 million), according to Lithuanian authorities.
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, on a visit to Poland on Sunday, said that "technical steps are necessary to make the border work and be a real barrier, because now it can be easily crossed."
by Cat on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 07:27:10 PM EST
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Flattery by imitation
Taking their lead from aggressive migration control measures in Denmark and the UK, Lithuania's parliament last week approved the mass detention of migrants and curbed their right of appeal, in a move meant to deter high numbers crossing into the EU from Belarus.

The new law bans any release of migrants from detention for six months after their arrival, curbs the right of appeal for rejected asylum seekers and stipulates that migrants can be deported while their appeals are being considered.

hotel Rwanda
EU rules, the spokesman added, forbid "externalisation" of the right to asylum.

Yet in practice, the bloc drove a coach and horses through this principle when it agreed its multi-billion euro `cash-for-migrants' deal with Recep Erdoğan's Turkey in 2015. ...it established the idea that the EU was prepared to pay to keep migrants away from European soil, and the Commission has been quietly pursuing similar arrangements with a host of African countries ever since.

by Cat on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 08:28:29 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 07:54:22 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 08:01:39 PM EST
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Flying rumors ...

Well known case was the murder on Aruba of Holloway

Natalee Holloway's disappearance remains unsolved nearly 15 years later: A timeline

Crime city Amsterdam has a number of gangster groups who separate from one another execute multiple liquidations.

There is a Moroccan group of Ridouan Taghi and a serious domestic group Willem Holleeder in court cases. Peter de Vries has received multiple death threats ... I always understood he had permanent bodyguards as security.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 08:27:26 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 09:23:16 PM EST
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Suspect arrested on A4 near The Hague within 45 minutes after pulling the trigger ...  

Rapper from Rotterdam and small time criminal 21 years old ... destroying more than he could ever offer to society in a lifetime. The ugly face of a line of coke and partying.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 8th, 2021 at 07:34:51 AM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 6th, 2021 at 11:22:11 PM EST
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Peter R de Vries: Dutch crime reporter dies after shooting - BBC
The prominent Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries, who was shot and seriously wounded in central Amsterdam nine days ago, has died.

"Peter fought to the end, but was unable to win the battle," a statement from his relatives said.

The 64-year-old was shot in the head minutes after leaving a TV studio.

The shooting shocked the Netherlands, where Mr de Vries was well-known for his investigations of mobsters and drug lords. Two suspects were arrested.

Mr de Vries had won critical acclaim for his reporting on the Dutch underworld - including the 1983 kidnapping of the beer millionaire Freddy Heineken.

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jul 15th, 2021 at 06:18:52 PM EST
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It looks like Corbyn was wrong - it's the English that don't understand irony, not just the English Jews. The National
Continuing on, Marr mentioned a "suspicious number of Italian tricolores fluttering all across Scotland" before introducing a segment on The National's Saturday front page.

Featuring Italian manager Roberto Mancini as Braveheart, the page mocked English media's constant "greatest generation" and World War Two refrains.

"Save us from more of their nationalism being broadcast over the Border" - it ironically implored the Italian side.

It hasn't worked yet.

In case you missed their famous cover, here it is:

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jul 11th, 2021 at 07:31:47 PM EST
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Immunized but banned: EU says not all COVID vaccines equal
The officially EU-endorsed vaccines also include those made by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. They don't include the AstraZeneca shot made in India or many other vaccines used in developing countries, including those manufactured in China and Russia.
[Dr. Ifeanyi] Nsofor noted that the Indian-made vaccine he received had been authorized by WHO for emergency use and had been supplied through COVAX, the U.N.-backed program to provide shots to poor corners of the world. WHO's approval included a visit to the Serum Institute of India factory to ensure that it had good manufacturing practices and that quality control standards were met.

"We're grateful to the EU that they funded COVAX, but now they are essentially discriminating against a vaccine that they actively funded and promoted," Nsofor said. "This will just give room to all kinds of conspiracy theories that the vaccines we're getting in Africa are not as good as the ones they have for themselves in the West."
The refusal of some national authorities to recognize vaccines manufactured outside the EU is also frustrating some Europeans immunized elsewhere, including the U.S. Gerard Araud, a former French ambassador to Israel, the U.S. and the U.N., tweeted this week that France's COVID-19 pass is a "disaster" for people vaccinated outside the country.

by Cat on Tue Jul 13th, 2021 at 04:28:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jul 14th, 2021 at 03:02:35 PM EST
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Dozens Killed in Flooding West Germany

Germany floods: At least 42 dead and dozens missing after record rain

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 15th, 2021 at 01:40:13 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 04:31:00 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 04:33:09 PM EST
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France's new health pass rules raise questions as many scramble to adapt
"Thousands rushed to online medical appointment sites, like Doctolib, which had a record 926,000 people book their first dose within hours of Macron's address--a record for the site. Hundreds of thousands more continued to book jabs on Tuesday"
French protesters clash with police on Bastille Day amid anger over Covid rules
"According to an Elabe opinion poll published Tuesday, the new safety measures have a large majority of approval amongst French people."
by Cat on Thu Jul 15th, 2021 at 08:14:42 PM EST
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Vaccination appointments booked since Macron's speech: 3.3 millions.

Protesters demonstrating in all French cities combined: ~16,000 to 18,000.

Yellow jacket protests from 3-4 years ago routinely put hundreds of thousand of people in the streets, for several Saturdays in a row.

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 05:43:04 PM EST
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What Frida Ghitis, Amichai Stein, Noga Tarnopolsky,  Batya Ungar-Sargon, Pauline Bock, Ali Plumb, Molly Jong-Fast, and Bianna Golodryga have in common.
by Cat on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 05:45:02 PM EST
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Emmanuel Macron no `walking flower' -- images of French president buried in garlands fake
The many garlands put around Macron's neck covered him to his chest. However, images subsequently shared on social media showed the garlands covering his entire upper body, including his torso and arms, and reaching until his knees. The doctored images garnered thousands of retweets on Twitter.

But Macron was almost buried under garlands of flowers and seashells, this time when visiting the atoll of Manihi in the Tuamotu Archipelago (Euronews).

He also visited the Marquesas islands, an isolated archipelago 1300 km north of Tahiti :

Macron backs Marquesas UNESCO bid - Fiji Times

The French president Emmanuel Macron says he will endorse a bid by French Polynesia's Marquesas Islands to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The archipelago has been lobbying for years to be part of France's UNESCO heritage.

Making the first presidential visit to the Marquesas, Mr Macron told the crowd at his reception to be proud to be Marquisian, Polynesian and French.

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 08:13:16 PM EST
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The most important topic during Macron's visit to French Polynesia: the health effects of the 193 nuclear tests carried out on the atoll of Moruroa, between 1966 and 1996.

France owes a debt to French Polynesia over nuclear tests, says Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron said France was in debt to French Polynesia over nuclear tests that were conducted in the Pacific territory in the 1960s and 1970s.

Speaking in Papeete on Tuesday, Macron said: "I want to break the silence today to make the whole truth heard so it is shared and so the whole world knows exactly what was done and what was known, and what is known today. Everything, everything. I take responsibility and I want truth and transparency with you."

Paris carried out 193 nuclear tests, of which 41 were above the ground, at the atolls of Moruroa and Fangataufa in French Polynesia between 1966 and 1996 as part of its nuclear weapons development programme.

Macron added that France "owes a debt to French Polynesia", admitting that "we absolutely cannot say that they [nuclear tests] were clean - no".
New revelations

In March this year, a groundbreaking report revealed the extent of harm caused to the local population by the tests.

The study, called the Moruroa Files, took two years to be completed and was a collaboration between the French media NGO Disclose, British environmental justice research collective Interprt, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the Science & Global Security programme at Princeton University.

Disclose: Moruroa Files

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 06:58:30 PM EST
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Rachida Dati charged with corruption in Ghosn case
The magistrates of the financial crimes unit triggered by a legal complaint from a Renault shareholder.
by Cat on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 04:03:53 PM EST
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Former French minister Rachida Dati charged with corruption in Ghosn case - France 24 EN
She is accused both of "passive corruption by a person holding an elective mandate" and of "benefiting from abuse of power" in relation to consulting work she did for Ghosn from 2010 to 2012, when she was also an MP in the European Parliament.

According to a source close to the investigation, Dati received 900,000 euros ($1.06 million) in lawyer's fees during that period.

The investigation is seeking to ascertain if this was purely for legal work or whether she was actually engaged in lobbying, which would be illegal for European lawmakers.

According to Le Monde newspaper, Dati's contract committed her to helping with Renault's international expansion, especially in the Middle East and northern Africa. Dati asked for the work to be kept strictly confidential, Le Monde said.

Le Monde (in French)

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 06:51:18 PM EST
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Employers Can Ban Muslim Veils at Work, Top EU Court Rules
The ruling follows what a nonbinding opinion earlier this year from a court magistrate, who argued that companies could limit the prominence of religious symbols.
overweening secular state caps voluminous blessings
"I am of the opinion that the fact that an employer pursues a policy of political, ideological or religious neutrality in relations with its clients is not inconsistent with the fact that its employees -- visible or invisible -- at work bear signs of political, ideological or religious beliefs that are small -- that is to say, discreet -- and do not stand out at first sight," Advocate General Athanasios Rantos wrote.

But the court disagreed, writing, "the wearing of any sign, even a small-sized one ... calls into question the consistency of that policy of neutrality."

by Cat on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 01:10:23 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 01:20:50 PM EST
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"Aus irgendeinem Grund ist das Klimathema plötzlich ein weltweites Thema geworden"

(2 years ago)

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 05:00:19 PM EST
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"It is shocking - I can almost say that the German language doesn't have words for the destruction that's been wreaked," [Merkel] said.
In a time of continuously rising climate catastrophes, politicians should be careful not to use up their most extreme language in the early phases. Or maybe invent some new words to describe each new, bigger disaster.
by asdf on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 04:31:02 PM EST
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Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism: Questions and Answers
Which sectors will the new mechanism cover and why were they chosen?

The CBAM will initially apply to imports of the following goods:

  • cement
  • iron and steel
  • aluminium
  • fertilisers
  • electricity
These sectors have a high risk of carbon leakage and high carbon emissions. The administrative feasibility of covering the sectors in the CBAM from the start was also taken into account.
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 06:09:46 PM EST
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CBAM will be applied to electricity generated in and imported from countries that wish to integrate their electricity markets with the EU until such a point that those electricity markets are fully integrated. At that point, and under strict conditions linked to their implementation of certain obligations and commitments, these countries could be exempted from the mechanism. If that is the case, the EU will revisit any exemptions granted in 2030, at which point those partners should have put in place the decarbonisation measures they have committed to, and an emissions trading system equivalent to the EU's.
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 06:13:14 PM EST
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US raises concerns over Europe's planned carbon 'border tax'
Across the Atlantic, US climate envoy John Kerry warned in March that the EU levy should be envisaged only as a last resort measure, saying: "It does have serious implications for economies, and for relationships, and trade."
France sceptical about extending carbon pricing to buildings, transport
Do not make the mistake of extending the carbon market to heating hydrocarbon fuel. We experienced it in France, it gave us the Yellow Vests," warned Pascal Canfin, the chair of the European Parliament's environment committee, who called the proposed reform "politically suicidal".
by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 06:31:15 PM EST
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I suppose if you are a politician, death by "political suicide" is worse than "actual physical deaths of millions of people."
by asdf on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 03:56:16 PM EST
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EU ministers attack plans to extend carbon pricing to heating, transport hydrocarbon fuel
The [Flying] Dutchman, who is affiliated with the socialist party in the Netherlands, implored EU countries to first properly analyse the proposal before throwing it out of the window.

"I just want a fair assessment. Some people reacted even before we came up with a plan, saying it was political suicide or something else," he said.

The European Union has launched a legal challenge at the World Trade Organisation against Russian measures it says restrict or prevent EU companies from selling goods to Russian state-owned enterprises.
In addition, Russian firms wanting to procure certain engineering products abroad need authorisation, the Commission said. It also complained about national quota requirements of up to 90% in the procurement of about 250 products, including vehicles and textiles.
by Cat on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 08:45:12 PM EST
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15 July: No deal reached on Nord Stream pipeline as Merkel visits Biden
Joe's "muddled message" on Nord Stream 2

20 July:  U.S. urges Ukraine to stay quiet on Russian pipeline
"going public with opposition to the forthcoming agreement could damage the Washington-Kyiv bilateral relationship" sources said.

21 July: .S., Germany strike a deal to allow completion of controversial Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline
€ 200M in "energy security" for Ukraine PLUS "sanctions to limit Russian export capabilities to Europe in the energy sector"

Statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Visit of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

in the face of Russia's ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea, our close cooperation on energy security, and our backing for President Zelenskyy's efforts to tackle corruption and implement a reform agenda based on our shared democratic values.
(Incidentally, Texass Ted Cruz pledged to block any further consideration of ambassador nominations by Biden until sanctions are imposed on the pipeline.)

22 July: ECHR Finds Ukraine Violated Rights of Fired High Court Judges

by Cat on Thu Jul 22nd, 2021 at 11:58:56 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 08:11:00 AM EST
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Outgoing Bosnia peace envoy imposes jail terms for genocide denial - Euractiv
Bosnia's outgoing international peace overseer decreed amendments to its criminal code on Friday (23 July) to allow jail terms for the denial of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, a frequently expressed view among nationalist Serbs.

The decree by High Representative Valentin Inzko sets jail terms of up to five years for anyone who "publicly condones, denies, grossly trivialises or tries to justify" the genocide or war crimes committed during Bosnia's 1992-95 conflict.

In July 1995, Bosnian Serb forces seized the UN-protected enclave of Srebrenica in the country's east and killed about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys they took prisoner.

It was the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two and was judged an act of genocide by two international courts.

Inzko, whose 12 years in office end on 1 August when he will be replaced by Germany's Christian Schmidt, can impose laws and fire officials under the 1995 peace treaty that divided Bosnia into Bosniak-Croat and Serb entities.

Holocaust denial is also a criminal offense in many European countries.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jul 24th, 2021 at 09:51:29 AM EST
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Germany: Deadly blast hits Leverkusen chemical site
One person has died and at least 16 are injured after an explosion rocked a chemical plant in Leverkusen. Operators of the site say it's not yet clear what caused the blast.

The explosion sent plumes of dark smoke into the sky as residents were advised to remain indoors
one dead and several injured.

Four people are missing.

Germany's Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance classified the explosion as "an extreme threat,'' according to Germany's dpa news agency.

Chempark urged residents of Leverkusen, which lies 20 kilometers (13 miles) north of Cologne, to "go indoors and keep doors and windows closed."

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 12:27:38 PM EST
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Google informs me that the air distance is more like 10km. I don't think the smoke has to take the roads, as the 20km suggests.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 12:49:46 PM EST
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