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14 March 2014

by In Wales Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 05:16:49 PM EST

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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 03:54:31 PM EST
Bayern Munich boss Hoeness sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for tax evasion | News | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

A regional court in the southern German city of Munich on Thursday found Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness guilty on seven counts of serious tax evasion and sentenced him to three-and a half years in prison.

Both the prosecution and defense can appeal the sentence at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe.

Hoeness has a week to decide whether to appeal, during which time he remains out of prison.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 03:57:57 PM EST
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Opinion: Hoeness loses public's trust | Germany | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

The lowest point in Uli Hoeness' life came late, unexpectedly and with a sense of finality. Not even time will heal these wounds. His famous missed penalty kick, which cost Germany the European Championship title in 1976, did not break him. Neither did the end of his active sports career due to injury when he was in his twenties. He even survived a plane crash.

Hoeness wasn't taken down by nerves, bad health or fate. His ultimate downfall was megalomania - and a typical vice in this time of online stock speculation. His fouls were committed in the tax penalty box and the judge showed him the red card: three and a half years in jail.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:04:37 PM EST
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German Chancellor Merkel addresses parliament on Ukraine | News | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

In a speech to the German parliament, the Bundestag, on Thursday Chancellor Merkel used her strongest rhetoric since the start of the crisis to condemn Russia's actions in Ukraine.

She said the EU and other western nations were prepared to freeze bank accounts and impose travel restrictions if Russia refused to enter "negotiations that achieve results."

She said if negotiations aren't effective further measures will be taken that "will cause massive damage to Russia, both economically and politically," referring to sanctions.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 03:58:22 PM EST
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EUobserver / EU diplomats start putting names on Russia blacklist

BRUSSELS - EU countries have started talks on who to blacklist over Russia's invasion of Crimea, but few think the move will make it retreat.

The EU on Wednesday (12 March) agreed to impose visa bans and asset freezes on "persons responsible for actions which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine ... and entities associated with them."

Talks on who to name have so far taken place outside EU structures.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:41:59 PM EST
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No one will take it serious till Russian tanks roll into Paris. Wake me when it happens.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 06:13:36 PM EST
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If they're mega rich and want to buy properties or advice on tax havens in London, their name won't be on the list

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 04:00:49 AM EST
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Sovereignty and independence, hu? Then Nuland should belong on that list, because what was quickly forgotten in the whole "fuck the EU"-debate was that the larger content of the conversation was not about four letter words, but about which governemtn to install after the revolution. Which clearly undermined the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 05:23:32 PM EST
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Yeah ...and she was looking down when left started to criticize her stand on Ukraine...

http://rt.com/news/merkel-ukraine-answer-sanctions-658/

The recognition of Kosovo independence set a precedent that gives Crimeans, as well as Basques and Catalans, a right for self-determination, German opposition leader said, lashing out against Angela Merkel's support of sanctions against Russia.

Gregor Gysi, a parliamentary head of the largest lower-house opposition party in Germany - the Left Party - has spoken out on Thursday against German Chancellor's unquestioning support of the coup-appointed Ukrainian government.

"They formed a new government..... Immediately recognized by president Obama by the EU and German government as well. Miss Merkel! The vice- prime minister, the defense minister, minister of agriculture, environment minister, the attorney general.. They are fascists!" he stated.
 "With fascists in Ukraine we are doing nothing. Svoboda party has tight contacts with NPD and other Nazi parties in Europe.. The leader of this party, Oleg Tyagnibok, has recalled that literally."

The Left's leader went on to read a quote from Tyagnibok, where he publically urged people in Ukraine to "Grab the guns, fight the Russian pigs, the Germans, the Jews pigs and others."

"And with these Svoboda people we are still in conversation! I find it as a scandal!" Gysi told his fellow politicians.



Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 11:26:27 AM EST
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Gysi also commented on NATO's expansion to the east and called on the German government and the West to acknowledge the "legitimate security interests of Russia."

"When we restored Germany's unity, the US, German and other foreign ministers proclaimed there will be no NATO expansion to the east. But this promise has been broken. There was an expansion of NATO in Russia's direction," said Gregor Gysi in an outburst directed at Merkel.

"Security in Europe, there are neither without nor against Russia, but with Russia. When the crisis is over one day, an advantage could be that international law is finally respected again from all sides," Gysi concluded.  



Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 11:29:11 AM EST
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"The recognition of Kosovo independence set a precedent that gives Crimeans, as well as Basques and Catalans, a right for self-determination, German opposition leader said,"

That is not what Gysi said. He said in both cases there was (is) no right to secede, and that he had warned in the Kosovo debate that it would set a precedent. The translation (which seems to be bad anyway) conveniently turns that around.

It is a good speech against the hypocrisy of the German foreign policy (or rather the lack of one), and hereis a link to the (German) original for those who can understand it.

by Katrin on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 12:53:55 PM EST
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Swiss diplomat: Russia agrees to observer mission in Crimea | News | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

Moscow on Thursday dropped its opposition to the deployment of a 100-person international observer mission in Crimea, according to the Swiss chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

"The Russian Federation supported the idea of a rapid approval and rapid deployment of a special monitoring mission for Ukraine," Thomas Greminger, Switzerland's ambassador to the OSCE, told reporters after meeting with other envoys in Vienna on Thursday.

Greminger called the apparent shift a "big step forward," but warned that serious negotiations with Moscow on the issue had only begun on Thursday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 03:58:46 PM EST
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European Parliament backs common mobile phone charger | Business | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

The European Parliament on Thursday approved by 550 votes to 12 an amendment to the bloc's radio equipment law.

That paves the way for a common charger for mobile devices to be made available to consumers by 2017.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:00:24 PM EST
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Would have been a useful initiative ten years ago. Now, there's a de facto standard. Still, anything that pisses Apple off is OK with me.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 07:29:23 AM EST
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Wasn't there already a mandate for micro-usb? mini-usb?

Maybe they can persuade the EU to standardise on lightening rather than the cheapest available, most delicate plug possible.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 07:51:26 AM EST
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No, I think it was a voluntary "you do this or we will make a law" to which everyone grumbled and got on with it except (i think) one fruity manufacturer. So now its stick time

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 08:10:27 AM EST
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Death of Gezi Park protest victim enrages Turkey | Europe | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

Tens of thousands of people gathered around the Alevi mosque in Istanbul's Okmeydani neighborhood Wednesday (12.04.2013) afternoon. The large crowd flocked to the funeral of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan. The boy had been in a coma for 269 days after he had taken a police bullet to the head last year during the Gezi Park protests.

According to media reports, Elvan wasn't a protester, but had merely left the house to buy bread. When Elvan died Tuesday morning, he only weighed 16 kilogram (35 pounds). He is the eighth person, including one police officer, to die in the protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:10:47 PM EST
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'Morning after' pill may soon be prescription-free | Germany | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

The case sparked headlines in Germany a year ago: a young woman, going for treatment at two Catholic hospitals after being raped, was refused a "morning-after" birth control pill. A heated debate ensued - not only about the Church's controversial attitude to birth control, but also the rights and wrongs of a prescription requirement for the so-called morning after pill. Critics have long called for the pills to be freely available from pharmacies.

Germany, Poland, and Italy are the only EU countries where the morning-after pill requires a doctor's prescription. Now, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is considering scrapping this requirement for all EU member states.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:11:14 PM EST
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EUobserver / The fall of Britain's far-right party

London - Back in June 2009, the far-right British National Party (BNP) was basking in the dubious glow of what appeared to be a significant electoral achievement.

Having amassed 943,598 votes (6.2 percent of votes cast) in the European Parliament elections, the BNP had won itself two seats in the European Parliament, one for Andrew Brons, and the other for its increasingly infamous leader, Nick Griffin. This was enough to prompt academic and commentator, Matthew Goodwin, to declare the BNP "the most successful party in the history of the extreme right in Britain" (1).

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:42:32 PM EST
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But the Tories are still in Westminster?

[scratches head]

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 06:57:48 AM EST
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EUobserver / MEPs want to scrap US data agreements
BRUSSELS - MEPs want the EU to scrap data protection agreements with the US as they increase pressure on member states to start negotiations on reforming data protection rules in the EU.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:43:48 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 03:54:58 PM EST
IMF urges rethink of tax systems to tackle inequality | Business | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

A staff paper issued by the International Monetary Fund Thursday looked at efficient ways of redistributing income to whittle down growing inequality in societies across the globe.

The survey's authors argued that the design of underlying policies had a crucial impact on the efficiency of the individual measures taken and the resulting prospects for economic growth.

Thursday's report adds weight to the notion that large wealth gaps can inhibit growth, a move welcomed by advocacy groups for emerging economies.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:03:53 PM EST
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Hmmm, coming from the IMF, the plutocrats friend, you can only wonder if this is a trojan horse for another round of billionaire tax cuts

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 04:05:04 AM EST
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EUobserver / MEPs: Troika undemocratic, European Monetary Fund needed

Berlin - The European Parliament is calling for the creation of an EU monetary fund to replace the "undemocratic" troika of international lenders.

In a non-binding report voted Thursday (13 March) in Strasbourg, MEPs set out the creation of a European Monetary Fund as a "long-term goal" that will require a change of the EU treaties.

They argue this is needed because the 'troika' of lenders (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) was an "ad-hoc" set-up with no clear legal basis and with no democratic scrutiny from the European Parliament.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:43:08 PM EST
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EUobserver / MEPs back EU-wide public prosecutor's office
BRUSSELS - EU lawmakers are a step closer to setting up an EU-wide public prosecutor after MEPs in Strasbourg backed the European Commission's proposal.

Deputies on Wednesday (12 March) endorsed granting powers to a new office that would probe cases of fraud against the EU budget across the bloc.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:44:42 PM EST
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Netflix and flavoured milk added to basket used to measure inflation | Business | theguardian.com

Netflix and flavoured milk have been added to the basket of goods used to measure inflation, while DVD recorders and hardwood flooring have been dropped in a sign of changing consumer habits.

Video streaming services, including Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, were added "to capture the growing video on demand market" according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Flavoured milk was added as consumers increasingly favour the "grab and go sector of the milk market", while DVD recorders were dropped as consumers turned to alternatives. Austerity and recession took its toll on hardwood flooring, which was removed from the list as cost-conscious Britons turned their back on one of the more expensive ways of upgrading a home.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 05:01:58 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 03:55:24 PM EST
Gaza militant group says 'calm restored' after rocket exchange with Israel | News | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

Islamic Jihad - the Palestinian militant group behind this week's rocket attacks on Israel - agreed on Thursday to end the latest spate of fighting with Israel, according to its leader Khaled al-Batch. The head of the militant group said Egyptian officials had helped broker the plan.

"After the Egyptian brothers initiated contacts with us in the past few hours, we agreed to restore...calm," Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batch said on Thursday, adding that the truce went into effect at 2:00 pm local time (1200 UTC).

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 03:59:26 PM EST
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Famine looming in war-torn South Sudan | News | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

A summit of east African leaders in Addis Ababa was told on Thursday that South Sudan faces famine if warring factions continue to flout a ceasefire arrangement.

US envoy Donald Booth said the failure of a ceasefire bid in January had since led to thousands of additional deaths, with South Sudan "facing a possible famine."

EU envoy Alexander Rondos added: "If things continue as they are, the specter of famine looms."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:00:57 PM EST
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Former leftist guerrilla wins El Salvador presidential election | News | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal on Thursday officially declared Sanchez Ceren (pictured) the winner of the Central American nation's presidential election by a margin of just 7,000 votes. He secured 50.1 percent of the ballot compared to 49.9 percent for Quijano.

Sanchez Ceren's victory marks the first time that a majority of Salvadorans have voted for a former rebel commander since the end of the civil war in 1992.

A former teacher and education minister, 69-year-old Sanchez Ceren was among the five highest-ranking rebel commanders, who led the fight against El Salvador's US-backed right-wing government during the 1980s.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:01:26 PM EST
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Deadly anti-government protests rock Venezuela | News | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

Thousands of supporters and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets in rival protests in Caracas on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a university student, a National Guard captain and a third man were shot to death in separate incidents in the central city of Valencia.

The violence in the capital began when National Guard forces blocked opposition protesters from leaving Plaza Venezuela and marching on the head of state ombudsman's office. Students threw stones and petrol bombs while police responded with tear gas and water cannon.

Opposition activists blamed police for shooting a student near his home in Valencia, but the state governor said the shot was from snipers among protesters.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:02:07 PM EST
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No sign of debris as US investigators suspect MH370 plane flew for hours | News | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

After officials said they found no signs of plane wreckage Thursday in an area where Chinese satellite images claimed to show "three suspected floating objects," Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the images were released "by mistake and did not show any debris."

China reported the objects late Wednesday and said they were at a suspected crash site near the airplane's last confirmed location. The last contact was made halfway between Malaysia and Vietnam at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, less than an hour after the Malaysia Airlines plane took off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing with 239 people on board.

The search effort has been repeatedly dogged by false leads and conflicting information, drawing mounting criticism against Malaysian rescue officials.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:03:14 PM EST
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http://www.bloomberg.com/infographics/2014-03-13/vanishing-planes-mapped-since-1948.html

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 09:55:28 PM EST
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Twitter feed of Jon Ostrower, Aerospace & Boeing beat reporter for The Wall Street Journal. WSJ has confirmed that the pilot had the ability to manually turn off the transponder on Flight MH370. Why is the transponder so significant? WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer.

Satellite Data Reveal Route of Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane
Jetliner 'Pinged' Satellites With Location, Altitude for Hours After Disappearance

(WSJ) - Malaysia Airlines' missing jet transmitted its location repeatedly to satellites over the course of five hours after it disappeared from radar, people briefed on the matter said, as searchers zeroed in on new target areas hundreds of miles west of the plane's original course.

The satellites also received speed and altitude information about the plane from its intermittent "pings," the people said. The final ping was sent from over water, at what one of these people called a normal cruising altitude. They added that it was unclear why the pings stopped. One of the people, an industry official, said it was possible that the system sending them had been disabled by someone on board.

The people, who included a military official, the industry official and others, declined to say what specific path the transmissions revealed. But the U.S. planned to move surveillance planes into an area of the Indian Ocean 1,000 miles or more west of the Malay peninsula where the plane took off, said Cmdr. William Marks, the spokesman for the U.S. Seventh Fleet.

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He said the destroyer USS Kidd would move through the Strait of Malacca, on Malaysia's west coast, and stay at its northwest entrance. Malaysia, which is overseeing the search effort, directed Indian forces to a specific set of coordinates in the Andaman Sea, northwest of the Malay peninsula, an Indian official said Thursday.

Cross-posted from my diary @BooMan - Mystery Deepens: Renegade Plane Flew West 500km [11.03.2014]

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 06:48:53 AM EST
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Mystery Malaysia flight may have lost signal, gone hundreds of miles off course

(CNN) March 12, 2014 -- It was 1:30 a.m. when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 lost all communications, including important transponder signals that send data on altitude, direction and speed. Still, it showed up on radar for about 1 hour, 10 minutes longer -- until it vanished, having apparently moved away from its intended destination, hundreds of miles off course.

If these assertions are true -- and other reports, citing a different Malaysian official, cast doubt on them -- many big questions remain. Why were the communications lost? Why was the Boeing 777 going the direction it was? And where did it end up?

"Something happened to that airplane, that was obviously out of the norm, that caused it to depart from its normal flight path," said Mark Weiss, a former 777 pilot now with the Washington-based Spectrum Group consulting firm. "... It's difficult not to speculate."

Peter Goelz, former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board, thinks all this information -- if correct -- ominously suggests that someone purposefully cut off the transponder and steered the plane from its intended destination. "This kind of deviation in course is simply inexplicable."



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 12:43:20 PM EST
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Francis' first anniversary: a very different kind of pope | Europe | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

He is the first pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit to lead the Catholic Church and the first pontiff carrying the regnal name Francis, which comes with many expectations. Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose it to honor Saint Francis of Assisi, who devoted his life to caring for the poor. The Argentine has been leading the Catholic Church as Pope Francis for one year now, ever since the fateful night of March 13, 2013, when white smoke rose over the Vatican.

Francis inhabits the office with a very particular style. He's doing things his own way and has a very specific understanding of the papal position. That became clear right away during his first speech on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, when Francis described himself as "Bishop of Rome." That is the first among many official titles the pope traditionally holds, but it's rarely been emphasized like this by popes in modern times. To other churches, no matter the denomination, this is an important sign of humbleness.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:08:27 PM EST
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Power vacuum threatens Libya | World | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

Deposed Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is now in Malta, the Maltese government confirmed, on a stopover toward a reported destination of Germany.

Zeidan fled his country immediately following a vote of no confidence which ended his roughly one-and-a-half-year term as prime minister of the North African country. The hasty departure of the ex-diplomat rendered moot any attempts to arrest him. The charge? Corruption.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:11:52 PM EST
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Australian State Bans Right To Protest - The Daily Beast
The conservative government of Victoria has passed a controversial law along the lines of those seen in Egypt and Russia banning the right of people to assemble in protest.

On Tuesday 11 March, the Australian state of Victoria passed a controversial law giving police wide-reaching powers over protesters.

Police can now move on, fine or arrest people they believe are `causing or likely to cause' obstructed access to buildings or impeding the movement of people or traffic, or people they anticipate may become violent. Additionally, courts can issue exclusion orders (bans on being in a designated public space for up to 12 months). Breaching a penalty order can result in two years' imprisonment.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 09:58:42 PM EST
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Back to the (early) 19th century.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 02:36:25 AM EST
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Australia is going to transport offenders to England?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 09:52:59 PM EST
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I saw it and I am not surprised...As more and more people become unemployed and especially in Victoria where economist are even predicting recession soon, government is preparing for protest...
Welcome to 19 century in Australia...and this is just a beginning...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sat Mar 15th, 2014 at 05:53:06 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 03:55:52 PM EST
German scientists discover 'anti-arthritis' protein | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that mostly affects joints like the ones in the hands and feet. A patient's immune system destroys the connective tissue. Joint capsules become inflamed as a result, leading to swelling and reduced movement in the affected parts of the body. Some 800,000 people suffer from the disease in Germany alone - almost one percent of the population.

Now a team of scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg has made a discovery that helps to better understand autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:09:32 PM EST
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Experts fear increase of German female fighters in Syria | World | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

Women in headscarves and face veils with automatic rifles in their hands: images such as these attract public attention and increase online article views and newspaper sales. "There's always great interest in these female jihadists," said Islam expert Guido Steinberg from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).

The phenomenon of female jihadists has been observed on several occasions in recent years, in places such as Palestine, Iraq and Chechnya. According to Rita Breuer from Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), these women are seen as a tool for promoting the jihadist cause in the media.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:12:49 PM EST
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In Wales:
Women in headscarves and face veils with automatic rifles in their hands: images such as these attract public attention and increase online article views and newspaper sales.

Sorry, I just couldn't help myself.

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

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 07:01:25 AM EST
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Iran's women see no progress under Rouhani | World | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's talks with human rights activists during her recent visit to Iran has sparked ongoing protests this week by hardliners in front of the Austrian Embassy in Tehran, which had arranged the meeting between Ashton and a small group of female human rights activists on International Women's Day.

The government of President Hassan Rouhani distanced itself from the meeting, with foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham saying it didn't "help relations between Iran and Europe." Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani called Ashton's meeting "contrary to the security and interests of the country."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:13:16 PM EST
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Asia needs 'a new historical perspective' | Asia | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

DW: What was your inspiration for writing "From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia"?

Pankaj Mishra: The inspiration was partly drawn from the realization that countries in our part of the world, such as India, are deeply connected to the history of other countries and societies and yet we don't know enough about that aspect.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:13:53 PM EST
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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 Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 06:31:00 PM EST
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Institutions and infrastructure in the service of "performing firms" + innovation as the antidote to labour competition, by a Blairite supermarket owner.

Nothing new here.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 02:46:25 AM EST
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"It was a great mistake of neoclassical economists not to see that capitalism is a socioeconomic system"

No! It was a strategic act of framing by economists who understood well on which side their bread was buttered. It may be considered a 'mistake' for subsequent generations to buy into this framing, but they only wanted their degree to lead to employment.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 09:56:37 PM EST
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http://grist.org/news/fracking-halted-at-ohio-site-following-earthquakes/

Fracking halted at Ohio site following earthquakes
Fracking began at a well in rural eastern Ohio last month. On Monday, parts of the surrounding Mahoning County started shaking, prompting state officials to shut down the operation, fearing it was responsible for what could be an unprecedented string of earthquakes linked to natural gas extraction.

Four earthquakes with magnitudes as high as 3 were felt Monday in Poland Township and in the village of Lowellville, sparking the immediate shutdown order. Another earthquake struck on Tuesday. Ohio oil and gas inspectors have been visiting the fracking site at the Carbon Limestone Landfill in Lowellville this week, trying to figure out whether it was responsible for the temblors.



Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 11:19:45 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 03:56:23 PM EST
UK puts business over human rights in Algeria | World | DW.DE | 13.03.2014

When British Gas signed its first deal with Algeria back in 1964, it marked the start of lasting energy ties that have seen BP become a leading investor in the North African country. The Algerian state and oil gas enterprise, Sonatrach, has been contracted to supply the UK with five billion cubic meters of gas by the mid 2000s.

Such lucrative deals form the backbone of a new report by London-based oil and gas campaign group, Platform together with the Algeria Solidarity Campaign(ASC). Entitled "Reinforcing Dictatorships - Britain's Gas Grab and Human Rights Abuses in Algeria," the publication argues that UK eagerness to tap into Algeria's natural resources during the civil war of the 1990s highlighted its priorities. Priorities, it claims have not changed since.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 04:12:18 PM EST
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Sumatran tiger triplets born at London zoo | Environment | theguardian.com

Endangered Sumatran tiger triplets have been born at London zoo to the mother whose cub drowned in the multimillion pound tiger enclosure last year.

The triplets were born to five-year-old Sumatran tigress Melati on Monday morning. The first cub arrived at 12.28, the second at 12.59, and the last at 1.18, with keepers monitoring the birth using remote camera technology. It is not yet known what sex the cubs are.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 05:02:42 PM EST
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Organic food and drink sale rises after years of decline | Environment | theguardian.com

Sales of organic food and drink rose by 2.8% last year after successive years of decline, fuelled by strong growth among independent retailers and healthy online sales.

The organic market in the UK was worth £1.79bn in 2013 - up from £1.74bn in 2012 - according to the 2014 Organic Market Report from the Soil Association, the trade body which licenses organic products as well as representing organic farmers.

The growth is ahead of the overall grocery sales for 2013, which slowed to just 2.1%.There are signs that the trend is set to continue this year - organic sales in January were up by 2.5%, outperforming overall grocery sales which slumped by 3.2%.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 05:03:22 PM EST
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Green scheme cuts will leave 400,000 homes without help to bring down bills | Environment | The Guardian

David Cameron's cuts to green schemes will mean more than 400,000 badly insulated households miss out on help to reduce their bills, official figures show.

The government was accused by Labour of trying to "bury the truth" as ministers have repeatedly insisted that households would not lose out on energy-saving measures as a result of changes announced in December.

Cameron announced the cuts after having reportedly told colleagues he wanted them to get rid of the "green crap". The watering down of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) - regulations forcing companies to pay for the installation of green measures - is expected to lead to a saving of £30 to £35 on household gas and electricity bills where companies choose to pass on the savings.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 05:04:15 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 03:56:39 PM EST
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 03:56:56 PM EST
Princess Diana 'wanted Clive Goodman as ally against Prince Charles' | UK news | The Guardian

Princess Diana sent the News of the World a confidential Buckingham Palace phone book and then personally called the paper's royal editor, Clive Goodman, to recruit him as an ally against Prince Charles, an Old Bailey jury has heard.

The eye-catching claim was made by Goodman on the same day as he spoke of bullying he had suffered at the hands of his editor, Andy Coulson, as he gave evidence in the phone-hacking trial.

The jury has heard that when Goodman was originally arrested for phone hacking in August 2006, police found 15 royal phone directories in his home. He is now charged with obtaining three of them illegally by paying a public official.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 13th, 2014 at 05:00:52 PM EST
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Well, we always knew she wasn't the brightest bulb in the box, but expecting a tabloid reporter to help her....?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 04:10:27 AM EST
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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2014 at 05:44:12 AM EST
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