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  • admin 10:13 pm on October 13, 2008 Permalink  

    Auctioned parts of Polish borders in Internet 

    WARSAW – . Cuts barriers Polish borders and border cartels ads removed today , will be auctioned online after the extension of the Schengen area, which allows free transit for 24 European countries.

    The proceeds from the auction will be donated scholarships to the children of immigrants, thanks to an initiative of the daily Gazeta Wyborcza , the concerns today, along with the Polish Charitable Action, a local NGO that has worked for years for immigrants in various parts world .

    The auction will begin on December 27 and will close at year’s end. The 28 pieces are sold , and the money raised will go to the children of aliens who have sought political asylum in Poland.

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    In 2007 there were 7,000 asylum applications in Poland , 90 percent of Chechen cases, of which 5,000 were placed in refugee centers . Half are children.

    Scholarships of six months, each of 30 to 70 euros , will support the first steps in Polish schools .

    Among the posters at auction is one of the border between Poland and Lithuania , and another that prohibits crossing the boundary , and a third that prohibit photography .

     
  • admin 10:19 pm on May 15, 2007 Permalink  

    Platini asked to Calderón change the rule and Lass and Huntelaar to play the Champions 

    president of Real Madrid, one meditates cross to enroll Huntelaar and Lassana Diarra in the Champions League , something that the regulations in hand is not possible, since both have played UEFA.

    The white boss is not content with choosing one, and his first move will be to meet with Michel Platini, president of UEFA.  Platini, of infamous memory for the fans of Atletico penalty after the incident in the match against Marseille , listen to the demands of Calderón.  The Real Madrid manager will not be limited to request an exception, but, as reported by the online edition of Brand , will propose to change the standard for other teams so peculiar situation can benefit in the future.

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  • admin 10:26 pm on May 17, 2006 Permalink  

    Started off the ‘globalization’? 

    This year was notorious drought of ideas at the World Economic Forum in the necropolis of Davos by neoliberal theology living the first stage (denial) of “post traumatic stress syndrome”, before entering another phase of the double depression (psychiatric and economic).

    With the expected exception of theological ghettos Friedmanites (e itamitas in Mexico, controlled by the Salinas failed, Zedillo, aspianos, and now calderonistas) concluded the pernicious paradigm of Thatcherism and its American cartoon (Reaganomics) with its tropical teratology monstrosity: the neoliberal Consensus Decalogue (sic) of Washington.

    While lucid thinkers and Samaritans in the world are tripping over themselves to rebuild a more viable and sustainable world, we must live the inevitable ordeal of ‘globalization': a term coined and made ​​book Under Scrutiny, which is beginning to be used in the city, the devastated capital of the deregulated financial globalization.

    Sean O’Grady addresses the unapologetic ‘globalization’, meaning (in his opinion) and why Britain, the birthplace of free-cambismo and neoliberalism, “should be afraid” ( The Independent , 31/1 / 09). What’s not going to be afraid Britain, a group of a little over 200 thousand square kilometers (one tenth of Mexico), who dominated the planet and lived parasitically on it thanks to the triple joint taxation (colonial, military and financial ) its radical capitalism that is subsumed in the deregulated global neoliberalism?

    The ‘globalization’ is much deeper and extensive (not dimensionally mercantilist) as explayamos in our book ( Towards deglobalisation , Editorial Jorale, 2007), that reductionism operated by Sean O’Grady and compressed to a vulgar “protectionism “.

    Neoprotectionism with which it has begun to threaten the U.S. Congress ( Buy American : Buy American at all) has sleepless British Prime Gordon Brown, who just slide a Freudian slip Freudian ( The Times , 4/2/09) to admit that their country is entering Hell economic “depression” (now I better do the etymological distinction with its similar psychiatric).

    Even in its reductionist edition under the exaggerated optical anglocentrista , the approach is useful on deglobalisation Sean O’Grady: “Britain has more to lose than most with the revival of protectionism and disintegration (super sic!) of the world economy. ” Correctly describes (and agonizing) cosmological dimension of Britain is drifting, “one of the traditionally most open to foreign economies (sic), a power that built the greatest empire the world has ever seen in his fincado international trade. ”

    It’s true: Britain would not be anything without international trade and legendary Piracy (maritime, economic and financial). The free market for Britain is an aerobic and ontologically geopolitical necessity for which has been devoted for more than three centuries to wage global wars in order to impose their parasitic model to the world and led to its conclusion with Thatcherism runaway globalization and deregulated, which placed it as the first seat of global (paradoxically, with an economy increasingly declining) finances.

    Without the parapet of global neoliberalism, Britain is about to be a less important country and losing their financial oxygenation achieved at the expense of countries valetudinarians exploitation of the planet, even at the cost of predatory wars: from his two “wars opium “against China until her recent adventures in the Middle East, which left devastated after colonization.

    O’Grady argues that the “merchant history (sic)” Britain’s “left with a still significant national economic dependence on exports for their survival (super sic).” It is understandable that its ideologues elementally, from Adam Smith to Thatcherism, fanatically advocate for “free (sic) market” (which is neither “free” nor “market”), its “raison d’être”: “17 percent domestic production derived from goods and services sold abroad, “compared with the other two maritime powers of the United States (7 percent) and Japan (10 percent).

    It follows that the United States less dependent on its foreign trade and globalized trade was a British contagion theologically Reagan succumbed. Ie: if the United States is protected after their defeats in all areas of globalization (the “financial” mode, by suicide, the “commercial” versus China, the “energy” to Russia and the Persian Gulf , etc.) can recover vibrantly, as in the nineteenth century, when it was virtually self-sufficient, its flagging manufacturing in order to create local jobs.

    Not only the unions who supported Obama asking for a strong slice of the economic stimulus package for the U.S. manufacturing, but also Vice President Joe Biden defended neo-protectionist provisions (including the purchase of iron and steel U.S.) added by Congress ( The Independent , 2/2/09), which bristled hair Britain, Europe, Canada and China.

    Nostalgically O’Grady explains how Britain benefited as anyone in the “cross-border integration of globalization.” Well, yes, “integration” to the Anglosphere and “disintegration” to others, such as Mexico, which, indeed, is the perfect example of economic suicide from adopting neoliberalism (really was imposed to Salinas Daddy Bush, after his electoral fraud).

    Now from De la Madrid Hurtado, ie, for 27 years, not only stagnated in a mediocre “growth” of 2 percent (the lowest in Latin America), but worse, in its terminal phase, with calderonismo (the monstrous delamadridismo condensation, Salinas, and Foxism Zedillismo), and entered the negative territory, with all its hilarious how delusional gerenciocracia (the “government business” parasitic, the Cemex style).

    What will happen from capital flows that used to take refuge in London, now that his prostrate speculative banking is insolvent? Who will replace their financial services, their insurance and their consultants who had become an inescapable addiction to the poor in spirit, who succumbed to the intoxication of deregulated financial globalization?

    With the inevitable-globalization-is in the reductionist sense anglocentrista O’Grady, whether in our broader definition, more than three centuries of theological tyranny of free-Saxon cambismo die.

    Until now it was possible to bury Adam Smith, Margaret Thatcher, Fredrich Hayek (with your clone liner: Milton Friedman and his Chicago Boys) and Tony Blair (with his fleeting hallucination of the third way ). The tragedy is that at that time no one had managed to murder: committed suicide.

     
  • admin 10:12 pm on January 12, 2006 Permalink  

    Feliz Navidad y LARGA ESPERA… 

    As the end of each year, for 49, a group of nostalgic Cuban and Miami outdated , prepared their bags to travel to Havana with the imminent fall of the Castro government . In January they will have to replace them instead of waiting.

    Now Miami is rough , as from Cuba , a country where Spanish propaganda would have us believe that no one can travel, arrived from Canada a Cuban television comedian with his wife and two small babies. How? Can or can not travel ? .

    The arrival of Mimo alarmed the anti-Castro fighters at Versailles Restaurant and analyzed what to do against the comic unknown time . Several of the gathered cataloged it as a secret service agent of Cuba , the Cuban community infiltrated the purpose of divide and create confusion in the community already divided and confused .

    Several friends of Mimo to obtain that information was advised that it was best to leave Colombia because of anti-Castro group that was dangerous and could you put the bad things .

    On the other hand in Spain , the second center in Cuba aggressive accounting , the newspaper El Mundo revealed the request for political asylum by a former Cuban official who played diplomatic tasks in the embassy in Mozambique and seized a large sum of money and committed several irregularities that violated partnerships between governments and for that reason he was summoned to Havana to hold him accountable for the crimes committed or indiscipline .

    The above came to Paris and asked for political asylum, but the French authorities did not consider valid arguments and given a reasonable time to abandonora the country. The fugitive met with some Spanish Popular Party , who offered support in Madrid in exchange formulate statements against the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and especially against Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    Once in our capital and before reporting to the relevant authorities as would be logical and natural, gave an interview to the conservative newspaper El Mundo in which alleged political persecution and hesitated to give him protection because not ruled José María Aznar .

    Made statements to various media in the United States, especially in Miami , including the Channel 41 where said his ultimate goal was to get a visa to travel to the United States , ie he is not interested Spain , just as traffic to continue journey free.

    The brother of former diplomat resident in the United States recommended that you stay in Madrid, because a new group of Cuban Hardliners , in a public statement that raised inter alia emerged in Miami , called it against harmful infiltration of ” repentant “You have to give it a final blow to the mob , because they are the same as giving desgañitaron praises Castro and participated in acts of repudiation against opponents and had access to the privileges of belonging to this outdated system .

    Now want to present as apolitical or neutral and they kicked the doors of the homes of Castro ‘s opponents and marched through the streets of Havana, shouting slogans against the U.S. and chivatearon colleagues .

    They promised to locate the places where they refuge to give acts of repudiation , because it was the hour of vengeance and vendettas .

    Expressed in your letter that they want forgiveness and repentance policy clean slate and who deliver a Certificate of Good Conduct and Repentance, but in no way they will be accepted .

    They said they will not be left confused or penetrate, because most of them on the background are Castro and at every opportunity they get their nails and tongue and show that their real goal is to create confusion and divisions within the Miami Cubans and end end up working for Castro as have many others .

     
  • admin 10:36 pm on June 20, 2005 Permalink  

    Kazakhstani President Establishes Ambitious Goal for Successor Generation 

    At the end of November, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said that Kazakhstan should aim to raise its GDP per capita fivefold, to $60,000 from the present $12,000, to join the ranks of the top 30 developed countries. Although Nazarbayev recognizes that Kazakhstan must overcome major challenges to achieve this goal, he rightly noted that his country had achieved remarkable progress during the past two decades and he reasoned that the Central Asian republic could achieve comparable results in the future (Tengri News, December 1).

    The president set the near-term objective of raising Kazakhstan’s per capita GDP to $20,000 in two years, which he described as “the level of the countries with a medium-high GDP rate,” adding that, “We are almost there, but achieving this rate is not enough, and we should not stop at that.” To achieve this near-term goal, Nazarbayev called for training more technical experts and underscored the need to develop the country’s bio-technology sector in particular (Tengri News, December 1).

    Kazakhstan’s national economy has overcome the trauma of the Soviet breakup and performed better than many other former Soviet republics. The country has attracted more foreign direct investment and achieved a much higher per capita GDP than the other Central Asian countries. Yet, quintupling the country’s per capita GDP will require Kazakhstan to make unprecedented progress in certain critical dimensions of the national economy.

    For example, the government is betting heavily on developing alternative and renewable energy sources. These are to account for at least half the country’s total energy consumption by 2050, a significant increase from the current level of 15 percent. Not only has Nazarbayev issued a presidential decree on transitioning to a green economy, but the government has also launched a “Green Bridge Partnership” initiative to apply the best green technologies and practices developed internationally and has made “Future Energy” the main theme of Expo 2017, which Astana will host. Still, a green economy based on alternative energy is more expensive than a traditionally powered one; market forces alone will not generate sufficient private investment in alternative energy sources, requiring sustained state intervention.

    In addition, the government wants to make Kazakhstan a global leader in agricultural exports, raising the share of agriculture in the national GDP fivefold by 2050. The state intends to increase financial support for the agricultural sector by 4.5 times by 2020 and offer new legal and economic incentives to medium and large agricultural enterprises that apply modern agricultural technologies But Kazakhstan faces perennial water shortages (see EDM, September 11) and lacks direct access to the world’s oceans, which makes exporting agricultural products more expensive than for countries with more direct access to international sea lanes.

    Furthermore, Kazakhstan faces a variety of obstacles in its quest to become a niche provider of international civilian space services. For example, Western space agencies and even Russia envisage using the Baikonur Cosmodrome for only a limited time period until they develop alternatives (see EDM, September 30), while other countries seeking to establish a presence in outer space want to develop national capabilities that do not depend on foreign space providers (New York Times, June 18).

    To promote innovation, the government also aims to double the share of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Kazakhstan’s national economy by 2030 through reducing regulatory burdens, combating corruption more effectively, and helping Kazakhstani SMEs benefit from the large market created by the Eurasian Economic Space. Yet, these projects will need to overcome obstacles that impeded earlier innovation initiatives, such as a lack of technologies with market potential, insufficient numbers of skilled entrepreneurs and managers, a paucity of effective methodologies for moving products from the laboratory to the marketplace, and businesses that lack incentives to adopt new unproven technologies or initiatives to raise the skills of their workforce since they already profit from using existing technologies based on low-cost labor (National Research Council, 2007). Measures to combat corruption such as the Strategic Anti-Corruption Plan 2010–2014 (see EDM, November 27) may not relieve SMEs of the long delays, unofficial inspections, and other problems they have encountered from out-of-control state regulators (Business Anti-Corruption Portal, Global Advice Networks, 2013). Whereas President Nazarbayev and other influential Kazakhstani officials have expressed major concerns about the fewer-than-expected benefits Kazakhstan is receiving from its participation in the Eurasian Economic Space (see EDM, November 18).

    Nonetheless, Kazakhstan has a strong foundation upon which to build its plans. Kazakhstan stands out among Central Asian countries for the high percentage of its young people enrolled in educational institutions. In his annual State of the Nation address to the national parliament, delivered last December, Nazarbayev stressed the imperative of making Kazakhstanis a “highly educated people” and endowing his country with a knowledge-based economy. Appealing to Kazakhstan’s youth as those who had to implement the 2050 goals, the president stated that “our new course aims to give you new opportunities, better education, decent work and a great future”

    Nazarbayev established this goal in a speech marking the anniversary of the Bolashak International Scholarship Program. The scholarship sends some of Kazakhstan’s best students to foreign universities where they can receive superior international education and training. They then return to their homeland to apply their new skills for the benefit of their country. The graduates of the Bolashak program will likely provide many members of Kazakhstan’s future technocratic elite, becoming leading cadres in the government and other important institutions.

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  • admin 10:35 pm on June 19, 2005 Permalink  

    Azerbaijan After Vilnius Summit: More Questions than Answers 

    On November 29, Azerbaijan and the European Union signed a visa-facilitation agreement in Vilnius, Lithuania, within the framework of the Eastern Partnership summit. The agreement was signed by the foreign minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, by Linas Linkevicius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania in his capacity (July 1–December 31, 2013) as President of the Council of the European Union, and by Stefan Fule, the EU’s commissioner with responsibility for enlargement and the European Neighborhood Policy (Contact.az, November 29). The agreement will help Azerbaijani citizens to obtain an EU visa more easily and more cheaply.

    In particular, the signed agreement has loosened the requirements for obtaining a short-stay visa to travel to and freely throughout the EU. Short-stay visas allow for an intended stay of no more than 90 days in any period of 180 days. For some categories of frequent travelers and under certain conditions, EU member states are supposed to issue multiple-entry visas with validity from one to up to five years. Holders of diplomatic credentials are entirely exempted from the visa obligation (Trend.az, November 29).

    In addition, Azerbaijan joined all the other countries of the Eastern Partnership in signing a joint declaration that calls for further steps toward strengthening democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law, support for the continuation of political and economic reforms, as well as the development of trade relations . Special attention was given in the joint declaration to the development of the Southern Energy Corridor as well as the construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) for natural gas and the Azerbaijan–Georgia–Romania Interconnector (AGRI) project. Moreover, the sides welcomed the recent meeting of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Vienna under the Minsk Group format (APA, November 30).

    The authorities in Azerbaijan have positively assessed Azerbaijan’s orientation toward Europe, but maintain certain reservations about further movement in this direction. Novruz Mammadov, the deputy head of the Azerbaijani presidential administration, stated that Baku had informed Brussels of his country’s inability to sign an Associative Agreement with the EU. “We want to prepare a document that adequately [reflects] our relations with the EU,” he said (Contact.az, November 29). Earlier, European officials had accused Baku of ignoring its responsibilities and obligations within the framework of the Eastern Partnership. However, Azerbaijan had stated that it was ready to cooperate with the EU in the economic sphere but did not want to undertake any political obligations (Zerkalo, November 30).

    In fact, Azerbaijan’s trade and economic relations with EU countries are already significant. EU member country investments in Azerbaijan’s non-oil sectors made up 36.5 percent of total investments in 2012. Shahin Mustafayev, the Azerbaijani minister for economic development, stated during the summit in Vilnius that the EU’s share in Azerbaijan’s trade comprised 41 percent in 2012. There are around 1,122 EU companies registered in Azerbaijan, which operate in agriculture, banking, transport and other areas of the economy (Zerkalo, November 30).

    The results of the EU summit in Vilnius, nonetheless, highlighted the fact that Azerbaijan is in a difficult situation between Russia and Europe, while the rest of the South Caucasus appears to be moving in opposing directions geopolitically. Armenia earlier agreed to join the Custom Union (CU) of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, at the expense of closer ties to the EU (see EDM, September 5, 6, 11, 18), whereas Georgia initialed the Association Agreement with the European Union at the Vilnius summit (see EDM, December 2). Azerbaijan, on the other hand, is trying to maintain its neutrality for as long as possible. With further intensification of the struggle between the EU and the CU in the former Soviet space, however, Baku will have an increasingly difficult time keeping this balance; arguably, the country will eventually need to make a choice. Each of the choices brings its benefits and problems. And none of the options offer Baku a pure win-win situation.

    Meanwhile, recent events in Ukraine show that Russia is serious about its interests and is ready to undermine any initiatives that would try to bring former Soviet republics into the EU’s orbit (see EDM, November 5). For the moment, Azerbaijan’s neutrality satisfies Russian interests, but Moscow will continue to press Baku to join the Customs Union and, later, the Eurasian Union.

    Taking all these facts into consideration, Azerbaijan is left with no options other than to delay its decision to join EU-led projects for as long as possible. Arguably, Azerbaijani elites understand that the future of their country is connected with Europe and its values. Sooner or later, the country will proceed with deeper cooperation and integration with Europe. Nevertheless, today’s Russia is stronger than it has been in over 20 years. Baku cannot simply ignore Moscow’s interests or unilaterally act against the Kremlin’s will. The Azerbaijani government, therefore, hopes that the best strategy is to win time until the CU discredits itself economically and politically. Depending on the amount of pressure it faces from Moscow in the near to medium term, Baku may be forced to sign some sort of political declaration to keep its markets tied to Russian goods and services. However, once the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) and TAP are constructed and brought online, Azerbaijan will become a vital partner for the European Union and a major contributor to Europe’s energy security as a natural gas supplier. At that point, Baku may be able to expect of Brussels certain necessary political and security guarantees, thus enhancing its freedom of maneuver to join further EU-led agreements and projects. Until that time, Azerbaijan is forced to walk a thin line while its mighty northern neighbor attentively watches this South Caucasus country’s every step.

     
  • admin 10:32 pm on June 18, 2005 Permalink  

    Turkish snub changes Middle East game 

    There are different ways of looking at the Justice and Democratic Party, or AKP, which rules Turkey. Militant secularists and Kemalists allege it is a Trojan horse of Salafists whose members masquerade as democrats. Others say the AKP is so extremely moderate that it might get ostracized as infidel if it were transplanted to Iran or Afghanistan.”

     
  • admin 10:15 pm on May 14, 2004 Permalink  

    US and Indonesia battle over bird flu samples 

    The US and Indonesia are in talks over the sharing of bird flu virus samples after an agreement could not be reached between the two countries.

    US health and human services secretary Michael Leavitt has claimed Indonesian health officials are refusing to share samples and accused them of seeking payments to release samples for testing.

    Mr Leavitt spoke to Associated Press, saying: “This is not a line we want to cross. Because it means the next unique virus we come across, wherever it is, we’ll end up with people who say there is a price to pay for the virus.”

    In 2003, US naval medical research unit number 2 was central to Indonesia’s early efforts to track the H5N1 virus. However, the agreement between the two countries allowing the research unit to continue operations expired two years ago and has not been renewed.

    “If there is anyone in the world who is advantaged by having the best scientific minds in the world, having access to this, it’s Indonesia,” added Mr Leavitt.

    The World Health Organisation says that bird flu still affects poultry in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. It has killed 240 out of the 381 people infected since 2003.

     
  • admin 10:10 pm on February 11, 2004 Permalink  

    MEPs call for EU Olympics boycott 

    The European Parliament has adopted a resolution urging EU leaders to boycott the Beijing Olympics’ opening ceremony.
    MEPs want China to begin a dialogue with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama by August.
    The resolution firmly condemns “the brutal repression” by China in last month’s crackdown on Tibetan protests.
    It also calls for a UN inquiry into the events. Although non-binding, it will increase pressure on EU leaders to take a tougher stance towards China.
    The resolution further calls on Beijing to respect its commitments to human and minority rights.
    It comes as UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has confirmed he will not attend the opening of the Olympics on 8 August.
    Euro-MPs clapped as the resolution was carried with a large majority.
    It urges EU leaders to adopt a united stance on Tibet, including the option of boycotting the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.
    The assembly cannot decide EU foreign policy, but together with human rights campaigners, it is exerting strong pressure on EU governments to take a tougher line towards China, one of Europe’s main trading partners.
    And that collective pressure seems to be working as, one by one, the leaders of the biggest EU countries indicate they might stay away.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she never intended to go to Beijing.
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who will chair the EU during the Olympic Games, has suggested he might consider boycotting the event unless China opens a dialogue with the Dalai Lama to find a political solution to the unrest.

     
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