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SPY: Listening Merkel: Snowden prepared to testify from Russia

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013


In the case of listening to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Edward Snowden could be heard in Russia, but former U.S. intelligence refugee consultant in Russia prefer testify before Congress in the United States, announced Friday, November 1 lawyer and a German MEP.

Wanted by Washington after his revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) for which he worked, Edward Snowden can not go to Germany for fear of losing his refugee status, but can testify without leaving Russia, told his Russian lawyer Anatoly Koutcherena. 

Berlin "ready to listen Snowden"

"Under international agreements, Snowden may testify in Russia, but the German authorities to decide. Snowden did not go to Germany. This is impossible because it does not have the right to cross the Russian border. If he does, he may lose his refugee status, "said the lawyer in the Echo of Moscow radio.

His revelations have provoked strong reactions in Europe, especially in Germany, where information about the alleged spy cell phone Chancellor Angela Merkel came as a shock.

Following his meeting with U.S. fugitive in Russia, in an undisclosed location, the German MEP Hans-Christian Ströbele told Berlin that the launcher preferred alert rerait testify before the U.S. Congress. But the American has also expressed willingness to testify before the German parliament, according Ströbele. Berlin said he was "willing to listen" Snowden said for its part, the German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich.

"The U.S. government will cease its harmful behavior"

Office Ströbele released Friday a photo of his meeting with Snowden and added that the American had forwarded a letter to the German government, the Bundestag (lower house of the German Parliament) and parquet. "I am confident that with the support of the international community, the U.S. government cease its harmful behavior (to me)," he has written in this letter. "I look forward to speaking with you in your country when the situation will be resolved, has he added.

Interviewed by the first German television channel ARD, the deputy Ströbele said the American had "showed that he knew a lot […]. It is ready in principle to help clear "business, has he added.

"The meeting went well," observed the Russian lawyer stating that the German deputy asked if he could Snowden including "witness" ,. espionage in an alleged mobile phone Angela Merkel "It's Putin to decide"

Snowden "is ready to cooperate with everyone, you see, there is no prohibition. It is itself decides who to contact and when, "the lawyer added, quoted by the Interfax news agency.

"It's Putin to decide"

The Kremlin declined to comment Friday, though Putin was asked in the past as long as Edward Snowden continues his revelations could "harm the United States" and if he remained in Russia. "It is not a matter for the Kremlin," said the spokesman of the President, Dmitry Peskov.

Questioned by AFP, the independent analyst Pavel Felgenhauer, for his part felt that the U.S. was under the control of fugitive Russian special services and its flexibility was limited e by the Kremlin. "It's Putin to decide what Snowden has the right to say. He asked to Snowden as long as they do not harm America, but there is that Putin knows what the parameters are, "he says.

According to his lawyer, Edward Snowden has adapted to life in Russia, he goes to the museum and the theater, and found work in Russia must deal from Friday a recognized website, whose name was not revealed.

In an interview with German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung published Saturday, Mr. Snowden said he did not regret making his revelations, while conceding that which cost him more in his current situation was "not to have regular contact with his family and loved ones."

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The Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW acclaimed even by Taliban

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

International reactions have increased since the award, Friday, October 11, the Nobel Peace Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This award is especially welcomed by the Western powers, as it highlights the perilous work of the OPCW in Syria. This award also reinforces the process of dismantling , Lement the Syrian chemical arsenal, pursuant to a resolution of the Security Council of the UN. Thus, President Francois Hollande said that the price was a "consecration" for France. "The Nobel Prize is a dedication to all that France, not only France, has been engaged for several weeks to denounce the use of chemical weapons and dispose of in a near future, "said the head of state during a business visit to Nanterre. French President assured that Paris "fully supports the OPCW in its essential mission to destroy the Syrian arsenal." La France "will fully support its action, and the promotion of international cooperation in the peaceful uses of chemistry. " "A core mission," the U.S. side, Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the decision, welcoming the "essential mission" , conducted by the organization in Syria, in order to eliminate chemical weapons. "The world will never forget the death of over a thousand innocent Syrians killed in a senseless attack with chemical weapons on 21 August," insisted John Kerry in a statement. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW reminder of the dangers of such weapons, said on his part the Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon. "This award comes almost 100 years after the first attack with chemical weapons, and 50 days after a shocking use of these weapons in Syria. Far from being relics of the past, chemical weapons are an obvious danger, and always far, "he said in a statement. This award has even reacted to Pakistan, where the Pakistani Taliban "rejoice" that the young activist for the right to education for women, Malala Yousafzai has not won the Nobel Peace Prize, said Friday their spokesman. The day before, they had denounced the Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament to the girl in Swat, they had tried to kill, accusing him of "working against Islam

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Amnesty wants to disrupt the relay of the Olympic flame in Russia

Sunday, October 6th, 2013


The start of the Olympic torch promises to unfold under high tension. While Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sunday will kick off the relay of the Olympic flame will travel 65,000 miles across the country to the opening of the Olympics in Sochi on the 7th February 2014, Amnesty International will launch at that time a global campaign against violations of human rights in Russia

Arriving from Greece, the birthplace of the Olympics, the flame is expected Sunday at Moscow-Vnukovo airport at 10:45 GMT in the presence of Russian leaders and the French Jean-Claude Killy, Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games of Sochi, southern Russia, from 7 to 23 February 2014.

A ceremony is then provided on the Red Square, where the Russian president will officially launch the relay of the Olympic flame in Russia.  "Drawing attention to the extent of violations of human rights"

The NGO Amnesty International has already announced Monday - the day when the Olympic Torch Relay will begin its journey through the streets of Moscow - a global campaign to denounce violations of human rights in Russia. "The Olympic flame can shed light on violations of human rights that the authorities prefer to hide with the celebrations," the NGO said in a statement .

"Supporters of Ottawa to Puerto Rico via Warsaw, Paris, Brussels, and Moscow will hold demonstrations in public places and in front of the Russian embassy to draw attention to the magnitude of human rights freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly in Russia, "Amnesty said in a statement.

In Moscow, the NGO plans to hold a rally on Pushkin Square in the heart of the capital, but the Russian authorities refused, she has said.  

Extensive safety device

Thousands of police will be mobilized from 6 to 8 October in Moscow where the Olympic flame arrives Olympics in Sochi. "Around 12,000 police personnel assigned to the Ministry of Interior and volunteers will be mobilized for public order and public safety during the Olympic torch relay in Moscow" ,, police said in a statement.

In addition to the police, about 6,000 security officers will be mobilized for the event, said on his part the Russian daily Izvestia Friday. The Russian Army will also participate in security operations.

The Sochi Olympics are an event that is particularly Vladimir Putin, who has used his influence to get the organization that wishes to make a showcase of Russia which he is the strong man for 13 years.

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FRANCE: Book Price: MEPs vote anti-Amazon legislation

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


It will now be impossible for operators such as Amazon, to accumulate a 5% discount on books with free shipping. The decision was adopted unanimously Thursday, October 3 by members.

The right and left have denounced in unison that "dumping" and adopted the text submitted by the UMP, as amended by the Government. It will now go to the Senate.  

These costs offered free by Amazon, which owns 70% of the market for online sales transport are considered as unfair competition by traditional bookstores, already in poor condition financially , re.

Amazon practice "strategy of dumping, selling at a loss," he denounced during the debate the Minister of Culture, Aurélie Filippetti. "The evidence is that they do not practice in this free country, where there is no single price of the book. […] Once they are in a dominant position and have crushed our network of booksellers, they ascend the price, "she said.

The bill inserts in the Lang Law of 1981 the price of one book, a paragraph stating that, in the case of a book shipped to the buyer, the seller may not receive both a 5% discount and free shipping.

France has one of the densest networks of libraries in the world, with some 3500 traditional bookstores (including 600 to 800 "independent" does not belong to an e , publisher, distributor, chain or a large surface area) against just 1,000 in Britain. 

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AUSTRIA: Austrian Legislative: the ruling coalition threatened by the Greens and the extreme right

Monday, September 30th, 2013


Around 6.4 million Austrians vote Sunday, September 29 to elect 183 members of their National Council, the lower house of Parliament. The ruling coalition, consisting of the Social Democrats of the SPÖ and the conservative ÖVP, should be re-elected for five years, according to the latest polls which credits about 50% of the vote (28% to 22-23% for SPÖ and ÖVP).

But rushed on the left by the Greens and their right by two Eurosceptic parties, the two major training center should nevertheless reap the worst score in history. They could even beings forced to deal with a third party. Despite favorable economic performance, the two traditional allies pay the price of many corruption scandals and infighting that prevented the vote of some reforms, such as education.

Euroscepticism strength

The extreme right, represented by the FPÖ (Freedom Party) is credited with it 20% of the vote. The training promotes the breakup of the euro area and promises to improve pensions, to establish a minimum wage, while denouncing the bailout countries of southern Europe. Activists have for their FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache, a cult of personality. "Love your neighbor. To me, it means our Austrians ", claim the campaign posters. Some members of the conservative party ÖVP would even be willing to ally with the FPÖ to create a right-wing coalition, however improbable, since a configuration would involve leaving the euro area.

At this traditional party adds a newcomer, the Austro-Canadian Frank Stronach, 81, and founder of the automotive supplier Magna. The billionaire has created a party in his name, hostile to the euro, immigration and Islam. Nearly 10% of voters would be willing to vote for it, so that despite the personal rivalry between Heinz-Christian Strache and Frank Stronach, an alliance between the two movements is not eurosceptic excluded.

To a coalition with the Greens?

The composition of the future coalition government would then depend on the scores of two small parties, the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) founded by the late Jörg Haider in a split the FPÖ in 2005, and the Neos Liberal Party. They are credited with nearly 4% of the vote.

If ever these formations are entering the National Council, the team led by the Social Democrat Werner Faymann could turn to the Greens to form a unique tripartite coalition in Austria. Environmentalists, credited with 15% of votes were in fact marked points in leading an anti-corruption campaign.

Preliminary official results will be available from 17:30 GMT.

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GUINEA: Parliamentary elections postponed to 28 September in Guinea

Monday, September 23rd, 2013


The parliamentary elections in Guinea Tuesday were postponed to September 28 to allow to make "adjustments" after consultations with the political class Guinea, announced Saturday night a UN official.

The announcement was made at a press conference in the capital, Conakry, by Djinnit, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN for Africa west. Also present were leaders of the opposition, including former prime ministers Diallo and Sidya Toure, and the presidential majority, which Saloum Cisse and Kiridi Bangoura.  

The decision was welcomed in the room with applause and shouts of joy, a sign of easing the situation as a few hours earlier, majority and opposition were divided on the question of a postponement.

At the end of "consultations" between the Guinean politicians and representatives of the international community, including the UN, "it was agreed that an exceptional period of four days is given to the INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) to make final adjustments before the vote, "said Mr. Djinnit also "facilitator" international in this case.

"On behalf of the facilitator and the international community, I am pleased to announce the Guinean and Guinean that all stakeholders in the electoral process have endorsed this commitment. We are convinced that this agreement, nothing can hinder the holding of parliamentary elections in conditions free, transparent, and inclusive Saturday, September 28, 2013 in Guinea and abroad " has he said.

He urged "all relevant national authorities to take the steps necessary for the immediate implementation of this agreement."


UK: Syria: Cameron "humiliated" by the non Parliament, according to the British press

Saturday, August 31st, 2013


This is a comemorative to the British Prime Minister. Following the rejection by the House of Commons by 285 votes against 272 of the motion by the Conservative David Cameron defending the principle of military intervention in Syria, the British press does not mince words against the occupant of 10 Downing Street. All newspapers almost evoke Friday, August 30 the "humiliation" and "weakening".

The same side of newspapers considered close to the majority, the criticism comes. "The weakening of Cameron" title and the "Daily Mail". "In a city night, the Tory rebellion forced the Prime Minister to give up military strike Syria … and plunged into a deep political crisis," it said.

"The Sun" does not hesitate to share to make a play on words "Cam down / Calm down" ("Cameron lowered / Calm"). Prime Minister humiliated by the refusal of the parliamentary military strikes, we can read in the best-selling tabloid in Britain. On scathingly, columnist Tom Newton-Dunn believes that "prime ministers do not just lose the vote about the war, which actually leads to an unknown political future. Mr Cameron can survive this, but his authority will never be the same. "

"Who runs the country?"

The tabloid "The Mirror" refers him "a historic parliamentary defeat." Like many other titles in the British press, he felt that the Prime Minister was "humiliated" and that this vote will leave traces in the party.

As for the "Times" newspaper center-right, he did not hesitate to call the vote a "disaster" and as "Cameron humiliated by the strike vote on Syria" . "David Cameron last night suffered the worst humiliation of his mandate after the parliamentarians asked to approve a military strike against the Syrian regime, rejected any notion of support and this project, even mitigated, "said the daily.

More to the left, the "Guardian" opens its edition on the blow to the authority of David Cameron. Citing a "unprecedented failure" for the head of government that "misjudged his party," the newspaper insists on winning a parliament "often die nigré has fulfilled its mission "


Finally, the political editor of the BBC's public channel television Ross Hawkins questioned David Cameron's ability to retain its "credibility" in the international silver medal win s this political snub. "In Britain and elsewhere, people will ask: Who runs the country?".

A question that the Minister of Finance George Osborne did not respond. Asked Friday, August 30 by BBC Radio 4, he mentions "a review of national consciousness" about the role of Britain in "the world." "The question is whether Britain wants to play a major role in the defense of the international system," he said.

SYRIA: chemical weapons in Syria Washington, Damascus is "accountable"

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013


"What we saw last week in Syria shocked the world's conscience. It defies any code of morality. The indiscriminate killing of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders with chemical weapons is morally indecent. " Monday, August 26, John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, has once again raised its voice against the Syrian regime accused of using weapons chemical.

Such attacks are, according to statements by Barack Obama in April 2012, a "red line" beyond which actions should be taken against the Syrian regime. And indeed, the international community increase the tone and is threatening since August 21, the day of the massacre with chemical weapons in a suburb of Damascus, denounced by the Syrian opposition.

Threats of intervention

"President [U.S. Barack] Obama thinks that those who use the most horrific weapons against the most vulnerable people on the planet are accountable," said John Kerry.

These statements echo the comments made by the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, one of Europe Monday, said: "It is proportioned reactions, measure, act with both determination and composure and that's going to be settled in the coming days. The options are open. The only one I did not expect is to do nothing. "

Earlier, his British counterpart suggested that it was possible to do without the unanimous agreement of the Security Council of the UN. "Otherwise we would not respond to such crimes, such violence," he said.

Barack Obama dragging its feet

Westerners use the threat of military intervention. Are they going to enforce it? "It is, in any case, the rumor in Washington," says Stanislas de Saint Hippolyte, FRANCE 24 correspondent in the United States.

According to Frédéric Pichon, PhD in Contemporary History, London will not be without getting a green light from the United States. "The conditions are not met for intervention to take place in Syria," he says, arguing also the possibility that Washington opts for the use of drones if the United States consider necessary action. "Congress has just authorized the use of drones to carry out actions in Syria," slides specialist.

According to a recent poll conducted by Reuters and Ipsos, Barack Obama would risk alienating a large portion of the American public if he decided to fight a war in Syria: 60% of Amer ; Ricans are against intervention in the country, and only 9% support such an operation. A war against the regime in Damascus, even as Washington tries to put an end to the U.S. presence - very expensive - in Afghanistan, would be electorally risky for Barack Obama.

But Isabelle Lasserre, a journalist with "Le Figaro", a specialist in military and strategic issues, says rather a likely response. According to her, the same operation would already underway through Syrian rebel fighters handpicked and trained in Jordan by Jordanian, Israeli and American commandos.

"There are two possible scenarios [in the case of foreign intervention], she says. One can imagine targeted strikes against military targets that could be taken from the American warships stationed in the Mediterranean and cruise missiles. One can also imagine the establishment of a no-fly zone that allows both to protect civilians and provide shelter for soldiers Free Syrian Army, those and even trained in Jordan. "

"We can decide to bypass the UN"

According to Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of Defense, the United States "considering all options." "If any action is taken, it will be with the assistance of the international community and within the framework provided by the laws."

However, the legal provisions that evokes likely to happen to an agreement of the Security Council of the UN, which Russia opposes, since the conflict began, veto and any resolution against the Syrian regime. "For all military actions, one can go through the UN and decide to get around, says Isabelle Lasserre. This has already happened several times: in 1999, when the United States launched an intervention against the Serbs during the conflict in Kosovo. NATO has conducted the game and the UN is later linked to the international process. "

"The problem, she says, is that if we wait for a decision by the UN on Syria, we might have to wait a very long time, because of the Russian veto and Chinese. And for now, we do not know what could push Russia towards the rest of the international community. "

LITERATURE: The author of "Fifty Shades of Grey" among the best paid in the world

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013


The British novelist E.L. James, author of the trilogy of "soft porn" entitled "Fifty Shades of Grey", made a sensational debut in the annual list of the highest paid writers in the world established by the magazine American Forbes.

With an estimated $ 95 million between June 2012 and June 2013 sales revenues of this erotic saga mocked by some as the "mum porn" (literally the e erotica for mothers), EL James and ahead of regulars classification as James Patterson, Danielle Steel and Stephen King. 

On its website, Forbes said on Monday that the e-book format has played a key role in this success as a planetary smash allowing readers / readers to buy this book to re , sulphurous reputation in a very discreet and devour away from prying eyes.


IMMIGRATION: A Syrian migrant boat ran aground in Sicily, at least six dead

Saturday, August 10th, 2013


Six migrants drowned and more than a hundred, apparently coming from Syria, were rescued Saturday upon arrival on a beach near Catania, Sicily, said the captaincy of this port and Sicilian police and carabinieri still there.

"The bodies were reported by employees of a bathing establishment" to Plaia di Catania, near the great Sicilian town, told AFP an official of the harbor master, stating that the discovery took place at dawn.

According to investigators, the boat carrying about 120 migrants, including women and children at a very young age.

"We are in the process of transferring passengers from the small fishing boat where they were. We assume that they are all Syrians, "the official added contacted by AFP, which could not say in what port immigrants were initially shipped.

Divers explore the area around the fishing boat to see if there would be no more victims.

According to Italian media, the six migrants died could not swim and drowned trying to reach the shore when the fishing boat they were traveling in was stuck in the sand 15 meters from shore. They were carried in the bottom of a sort of channel depth of several meters.

Another group of one hundred immigrants, mostly Syrian families, was rescued in the night from Wednesday to Thursday off the coast of Calabria, the toe of the Italian boot.

These immigrants had left two weeks ago to Syria and after changing boat several times, had been abandoned on a small boat 11 meters adrift .

Taking advantage of calm seas, arrivals of illegal immigrants have intensified in recent days.

Many shipwrecks occur, boats are old and overloaded, and the smugglers abandoned their passengers when they are identified by the Italian and Maltese coast guard.