Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
But what!! What if life took a turn? She never thought about what was about to happen. It never even crossed her mind.
The next ten minutes of her life was not made by her. Some idiot got access to her life. Just by going the opposite way on the road, loosing all control over his car, crashing into her life, and taking it.
Only 25 years old and dead, gone forever, somewhere at 18 she made a choice. Let me lead you, He said. Eye to eye with her eternal bodyguard she stood hesitating for a while.
Then He said in a loving voice: "Marlene, you can't do it yourself, there is no lit up board that gives you the time of your departure and further more you do not have a valid ticket!"
Jesus is a real gentleman so He left. He wept because He knew, tears were flowing because she made her choice.
I am writing this for you and He is here with me. He wants you to know that He loves you so much and He wants to see you...He is still waiting...
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
the body of christ. the church of korea is seasoned in the gift of intercession and i am thankful that they have access to the spirit of truth in this season of distorted rhetoric.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
* Israel stages five-day emergency drill to prepare nation for possibility of war
* Drill will include simulated rockets, air raids, use of weapons on civilians
* Everyone expected to go to shelters at sound of sirens, defense ministry says
* Drill comes amid rising tensions with Iran over Tehran's nuclear ambitions
JERUSALEM -- Israel started its biggest emergency drill in the nation's history Sunday to prepare civilians, soldiers and rescue crews for the possibility of war, the defense force said in a statement.
The five-day drill, nicknamed Turning Point 3, comes amid the nation's rising tensions with Iran.
It will be conducted in public facilities, including schools, military bases and government offices. Students, soldiers and other civilians will practice how to gather at protected places during an emergency.
Officials said the drill will include simulated rockets, air raids and other attacks on infrastructure and essential facilities, and use of weapons on civilians.
Everyone is expected to go to a protected place at the sound of sirens, the defense force said, adding that more instructions will be broadcast on a public channel.
"It is of great importance that every civilian, institute and workplace will seriously practice in order to improve our preparedness and national resilience," Maj. Gen. Yair Golan of the Home Front Command said in a news statement.
The move comes amid tension between Israel and Tehran.
The Israeli government considers Iran's nuclear program as the dominant threat facing the country.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israeli Army Radio last week that he believes "that the chance the dialogue has of stopping Iran's nuclear efforts is very low."
Barak's views are keeping with the majority of his countrymen.
An Israeli poll released this month found that 74 percent believe that the U.S. policy of engagement with Iran will fail and 81 percent think Iran will develop a nuclear weapon capability.
Israel has conducted emergency drills the past two years, but officials said this is the biggest so far.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
We, the undersigned, call on you to speak out and publicly condemn the annual Israel-bashing event on campus that is being sponsored by UC Irvine’s Muslim Student Union from May 5-21, 2009. The title alone – “Israel: The Politics of Genocide” – reflects that this event, like previous Muslim Student Union events, will demonize Israel and make false and hateful accusations against Israel and Jews. Individuals scheduled to speak at this event have a record of making hateful and vilifying statements about Jews, Zionism and Israel. A program like this one can promote violence against Jews on campus and beyond.
In addition to publicly condemning this event that will promote hatred of Jews and Israel, we call on you to condemn the Muslim Student Union, the perpetrators of the anti-Semitic bigotry. This group continues to violate the values and principles of the UC Irvine community that specifically call for “a learning climate free from expressions of bigotry.”
As an American, you have the right to speak out and explicitly denounce anti-Semitism, especially when it occurs on your campus. As an educational leader, you have the moral obligation to speak out.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Het gerechtshof in Amsterdam bepaalde vorige week dat Wilders moet worden vervolgd voor het doen van anti-islamitische uitspraken. Behalve Lucas ontving ook raadsman Gerard Spong bedreigingen per mail. Hij krijgt inmiddels de persoonsbeveiliging die hij aan justitie in Amsterdam had gevraagd.
Lucas zegt op de vraag of zij ook beveiliging wil: „Liever niet, maar onderzocht wordt hoe serieus de e-mails aan mij moeten worden opgevat.”
De bedreigingen komen uit heel Europa van sympathisanten van de PVV'er. Wilders zei eerder dit soort bedreigingen te veroordelen.
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Friday, January 30, 2009
WASHINGTON – The Republican Party chose the first black national chairman in its history Friday, just shy of three months after the nation elected a Democrat as the first African-American president. The choice marked no less than "the dawn of a new party," declared the new GOP chairman, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. Republicans chose Steele over four other candidates, including former President George W. Bush's hand-picked GOP chief, who bowed out declaring, "Obviously the winds of change are blowing."
Steele takes the helm of a beleaguered Republican Party that is trying to recover after crushing defeats in November's national elections that gave Democrats control of Congress put Barack Obama in the White House.
GOP delegates erupted in cheers and applause when his victory was announced, but it took six ballots to get there. He'll serve a two-year term.
Steele, an attorney, is a conservative, but he was considered the most moderate of the five candidates running.
He was also considered an outsider because he's not a member of the Republican National Committee. But the 168-member RNC clearly signaled it wanted a change after eight years of Bush largely dictating its every move as the party's standard-bearer.
Steele became the first black candidate elected to statewide office in Maryland in 2002, and he made an unsuccessful Senate run in 2006. The former chairman of the Maryland Republican Party currently serves as chairman of GOPAC, an organization that recruits and trains Republican political candidates, and in that role he has been a frequent presence on the talk show circuit.
He vowed to expand the reach of the party by competing for every group, everywhere.
"We're going to say to friend and foe alike: 'We want you to be a part of us, we want you to with be with us.' And for those who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over," Steele said.
"There is not one inch of ground that we're going to cede to anybody," he added.
"This is the dawn of a new party moving in a new direction with strength and conviction."
His job is to spark a revival for the GOP as it takes on an empowered Democratic Party under the country's first black president in the next midterm elections and beyond.
He replaces Mike Duncan, who abandoned his re-election bid in the face of dwindling support midway through Friday's voting.
Two others who trailed farther back in the voting eventually followed suit, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis.
In the sixth and final round of voting, Steele went head-to-head with his only remaining opponent, South Carolina GOP chief Katon Dawson. Steele clinched the election with 91 votes; a majority of 85 committee members was needed.
Just eight years after Republicans controlled both the White House and Congress, the GOP finds itself out of power, without a standard-bearer and trying to figure out how to rebound while its foe seems to grow ever stronger.
The Democratic Party boasts a broadened coalition of voters — including Hispanics and young people — who swung behind Obama's call for change. At the same time, the slice of voters who call themselves Republican has narrowed. The GOP also has watched as Democrats have dominated both coasts while making inroads into the West and South, leaving Republicans with a shrunken base.
Despite the run of GOP losses, Duncan had argued that he should be re-elected because of his experience; his five challengers called for change and said they represented it.
As he left the race, Duncan thanked Bush and said of his two-year tenure: "It truly has been the highlight of my life."
Another candidate, former Tennessee GOP Chairman Chip Saltsman, withdrew from the race on the eve of voting and with no explanation, saying only in a letter to RNC members, "I have decided to withdraw my candidacy."
Saltsman, who ran former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's failed presidential campaign last year, saw his bid falter in December after he drew controversy for mailing to committee members a CD that included a song titled "Barack the Magic Negro" by conservative comedian Paul Shanklin and sung to the music of "Puff, the Magic Dragon."
The Hague – The script was set for the first trial of the world's first permanent war crimes court this week:
Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo went after warlord Thomas Lubanga, charged with recruiting 30,000 child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying Mr. Lubanga's acts would "haunt a generation."
But 48 hours later, the prosecution's first witness, a child soldier, caused the entire court to gasp.
At first, the young soldier said he was snatched by Lubanga's militia on his way home from fifth-grade classes. The witness, now a teen, then threw the landmark case briefly into limbo when he recanted his testimony, denying that he'd ever been a child soldier taken to a military training camp, and that his testimony was prompted by an unnamed nongovernmental organization.
In the court, Lubanga, sitting behind the defense team in dark suit and tie, and in clear view of his alleged former child recruit, smiled.
Prosecutors suggested to Chief Judge Adrian Fulford, of Britain, that the star witness, who was to give two days of testimony, felt unprotected and feared for his safety. A probe is now under way.
The washout of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) first witness is another blow for a court whose own judges nearly threw out the Lubanga case last June over a dispute about evidence sharing.
Justice experts, including Jon Silverman of the University of Bedfordshire, in Britain, note that "you have to take a long view," describing years of delay and a rocky start in the trial of Sierra Leone strongman Charles Taylor. That trial, convened under the auspices of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and also held here at The Hague, is now moving quickly.
The Lubanga case is the first for the ICC since it was formed in 2002. The idea for the court emerged after the relative success of war crimes tribunals in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, with experts hoping that stronger concepts of justice would serve as a soft-power deterrent against heinous acts and genocide.
The court has since moved in fits and starts. Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo made a splash last summer by indicting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, but most of the ICC's focus so far is on Congo, where little-noticed wars have claimed some 5.5 million lives. Four Congolese alleged warlords are now at The Hague; a joint trial of Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo is expected in several months.
Legal experts say the ICC's strategy is to deter young Congolese warlords, whose fearsome private militias promote their own careers as they fight over gold, land, and other natural resources.
"Young rebels – warlords – find they get rewards in the Congo by taking up arms, killing civilians, and then making deals to find a place in the sun, either in the military or in Kinshasa," says Geraldine Mattioli, of Human Rights Watch in Brussels, who has closely followed Congo and the ICC. "This impunity feeds cycles of violence that need to be deterred."
Yet the legal body's performance in the court of world opinion remains an issue. The ICC has a staff of 745 people that has worked six years – only to find its first case nearly thrown out in June.
Lubanga's defense team claims his arrest was arbitrary and political and that other suspects have committed worse crimes. Human rights groups say the child-soldier charges, while important, ignored clear evidence of rape and thousands of killings.
Legal experts say the difficulty of creating a new world court can't be underestimated, and that protocols for conducting a safe and fair trial at a time when violent warlords and their deputies remain in the Congo is daunting.
Part of the shuffling of the opening trial was on display Wednesday, as prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, of Gambia, prepared to commence two days of the child-soldier testimony.
Chief Judge Fulford started with an admonition on "Rule 74," which requires that the witness be fully informed that his evidence could possibly incriminate him in Congo. The court retired to allow a fuller explanation to the unnamed witness.
Malfunctioning microphones meant that the young witness, flown in from Congo to the small, brightly lit courtroom, was required to take his oath three times. In the visitors' area, Congolese diplomats were surprised to find that everyone in the court, including Lubanga, could see the witness, who identified himself.
The defense, credited by legal experts for developing an intelligent strategy, pointed out that testimony in Swahili had been improperly translated. Moreover, when the child soldier then recanted, Ms. Bensouda, who replaced another prosecutor only six weeks ago, could not seek counsel from Moreno-Ocampo, who had decamped to the celebrity economic forum at Davos, Switzerland, according to a court spokeswoman.
ICC-watchers say the child-soldier witness clearly did not feel safe in the same room as Lubanga – and may also have been frightened by the warnings that he could be held accountable for killings or rapes done at the behest of a warlord.
Lorraine Smith, of the International Bar Association office at The Hague, points out that ICC judges a year ago adopted a rule disallowing the defense from "proofing" its witnesses – advocating instead a "witness familiarization" approach that is carried out by another court agency.
She questions whether former child soldiers warned on the day of the trial about possible culpability will testify accurately.
Paul Williams, an international legal expert at American University in Washington, expressed surprise that the child soldier and Lubanga could see and identify each other.
"In the Yugoslav and Rwanda tribunals, combatants could testify as 'Witness X' from a separate room, using a voice modulator. The right for the defendant to confront his or her accuser does not require that they be face to face, but means that they can hear clearly what the witness says.
"A rule that allows a child soldier, who is already in a tenuous situation, to be further traumatized," says Mr. Williams, "seems an unrealistic conception of the notion of justice."
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Monitoring earthquakes underneath the 10,200-foot Redoubt Volcano about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory warned that an eruption was imminent, sending experienced Alaskans shopping for protection against a dusty shower of volcanic ash that could descend on south-central Alaska.
"Every time this happens we do get a run on dust masks and goggles," said Phil Robinson, manager of an Alaska Industrial Hardware store in Anchorage. "That's the two main things for eye and respiratory protection."
Customer Ron Cowan picked up gear at the store Thursday before heading off to an auto parts store for a spare air filter.
"I'm older now and I'm being a little more proactive than I was the last time," Cowan said.
When another Alaska volcano, Mount Spurr, blew in 1992, he waited too long.
"The shelves were cleared, so I thought I wouldn't wait until the last minute," Cowan said.
Unlike earthquakes, volcanoes often give off warning signs that usually give people time to prepare.
The observatory, a joint program between the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute and the state Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, was formed in response to the 1986 eruption of Mount Augustine.
It has a variety of tools to predict eruptions. As magma moves beneath a volcano before an eruption, it often generates earthquakes, swells the surface of a mountain and increases the gases emitted. The observatory samples gases, measures earthquake activity with seismometers and watches for deformities in the landscape.
On Nov. 5, geologists noted changed emissions and minor melting near the Redoubt summit and raised the threat level from green to yellow. It jumped to orange — the stage just before eruption — on Sunday in response to a sharp increase in earthquake activity below the volcano.
Alaska's volcanoes are not like Hawaii's. "Most of them don't put out the red river of lava," said the observatory's John Power.
Instead, they typically explode and shoot ash 30,000 to 50,000 feet high — more than nine miles — into the jet stream.
"It's a very abrasive kind of rock fragment," Power said. "It's not the kind of ash that you find at the base of your wood stove."
The particulate has jagged edges and has been used as an industrial abrasive. "They use this to polish all kinds of metals," he said.
Particulate can injure skin, eyes and breathing passages. The young, the elderly and people with respiratory problems are especially susceptible. Put enough ash under a windshield wiper and it will scratch glass.
It's also potentially deadly for anyone flying in a jet. "Think of flying an airliner into a sandblaster," Power said.
Redoubt blew on Dec. 15, 1989, and sent ash 150 miles away into the path of a KLM jet carrying 231 passengers. Its four engines flamed out.
As the crew tried to restart the engines, "smoke" and a strong odor of sulfur filled the cockpit and cabin, according to a USGS account. The jet dropped more than 2 miles, from 27,900 feet to 13,300 feet, before the crew was able to restart all engines and land the plane safely at Anchorage. The plane required $80 million in repairs.
The observatory's first call after an eruption is now to the Federal Aviation Administration. The observatory's data collection has become far more advanced in 19 years, as has the alert system.
"Pilots are routinely trained to avoid ash and in what to do if they encounter an ash cloud," Power said. "That kind of thing was not routinely done in the 1980s."
The jet stream can carry ash for hundreds of miles. Ash from Kasatochi Volcano in the Aleutians last August blew all the way to Montana and threatened aircraft, Power said.
Particulate is mildly corrosive but can be blocked with masks and filters.
Power advises Alaskans to prepare as they would for a bad snowstorm: Keep flashlights, batteries and several days' worth of food in the house, limit driving and prepare to hunker down if the worst of an ash cloud hits.
Merely going indoors is a defense against ash. The American Red Cross recommends wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants outside, plus goggles and glasses instead of contact lenses. If no dust mask is available, an effective respiratory filter is a damp cloth over nose and mouth.
But potential danger all depends on the wind. Mount Spurr erupted three times in 1992. When it blew that June, only climbers on Mount McKinley — about 150 miles north of Anchorage — were affected, Power said. An August eruption dumped significant ash on Anchorage and a September blow sent ash about 40 miles north of Anchorage to Wasilla.
Dust mask customer Elizabeth Keating said Thursday that if the volcano erupts, she expects to stay inside. She bought masks for her school-age grandchildren to carry in their backpacks.
"I want to make sure they're carrying these in case they're en route," she said.
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Op donderdag de Volkskrant meldde dat sinds een rechterlijke uitspraak dat de PVV-leider zou kunnen worden vervolgd voor zijn anti-islam opmerkingen, de heer Spong heeft ontvangen van honderden haat e-mails, waaronder de dood bedreigd. Populistische rechtse MP heer Wilders zegt dat hij veroordeelt alle bedreigingen jegens de heer Spong "in de sterkst mogelijke bewoordingen".
Vorige week een Amsterdamse rechtbank besloten dat de heer Wilders moet worden vervolgd voor het aanzetten tot haat en discriminatie. Het openbaar ministerie gaat in het licht van zijn anti-islam film Fitna, die vorig jaar, en zijn vergelijking van de islamitische heilige boek de koran met Hitlers Mein Kampf.
Gerard Spong, one of the lawyers behind the prosecution of Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders, is to be provided with bodyguards. He told Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant that his request for personal protection had been granted. The Public Prosecutor's Office has confirmed that it has had contact with Mr Spong, but has not made any further comment.
On Thursday de Volkskrant reported that since a court ruling that the PVV leader could be prosecuted for his anti-Islam remarks, Mr Spong has received hundreds of hate e-mails, including death threats. Populist right-wing MP Mr Wilders says he condemns any threats towards Mr Spong "in the strongest possible terms".
Last week an Amsterdam court decided that Mr Wilders should be prosecuted for incitement to hatred and discrimination. The prosecution comes in the light of his anti-Islam film Fitna, released last year, and his comparison of the Islamic holy book the Qur'an with Hitler's Mein Kampf.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Das Gehirn chemische Serotonin wurde mit Stimmung in die Menschen. Es spielt eine wichtige Rolle bei der sexuellen Begierde, Appetit, Schlaf, Gedächtnis und Lernen, zu.
Unter bestimmten Bedingungen, Heuschrecken dreifachen Höhe von Serotonin in ihren Systemen, indem die Insekten aus Einzelgänger zu packen Tieren, Burrows und seine Co-Autoren, der am Freitag-Ausgabe der Zeitschrift Science.
Diese Verpackungen können verheerende Folgen haben. Sie betreffen 20 Prozent der Landfläche der Erde. Im vergangenen Jahr einem Schwarm fast vier Kilometer lang geplagt Australien. Sie kommen auch in Afrika und Asien und die Auswirkungen auf den Westen der USA
"Serotonin tiefgreifend beeinflusst, wie wir Menschen verhalten und interagieren, sagte Co-Autor Swidbert Ott of Cambridge", so fest, dass die gleiche chemische im Gehirn ist das, was normalerweise zu einem scheuen Anti-Insekt zu sozialen Bande in großen Gruppen ist erstaunlich. "
Nun, da sie wissen, was bewirkt, dass die Ausschwärmen Verhalten, können die Wissenschaftler zunächst der Suche nach Möglichkeiten, um dies zu verhindern.
"Es öffnet sich eine ganze Reihe von Untersuchung zu dem, was wir können, um neben diesen Schwärmen, bevor sie zu entwickeln", sagt Co-Autor Stephen M. Rogers, die angeschlossen ist, mit Cambridge und der Universität von Oxford in England.
Aber, fügte er hinzu, "müssen Sie es in einem frühen Stadium. Sobald Sie haben mehrere Millionen oder Milliarden Heuschrecken, gibt es ein Limit, was Sie tun können."
Rufen Sie den Bericht ein "Durchbruch", Paul Anthony Stevenson von der Universität Leipzig in Deutschland sagte, es "birgt ein beträchtliches Potenzial" für die Suche nach Möglichkeiten zu blockieren Ausschwärmen. Aber das erfordert viel mehr Forschung, sagte Stevenson, der nicht Teil des Forschungsteams.
Die Forscher unter Leitung von Michael L. Anstey von Oxford wurde die Untersuchung der Veränderungen im Verhalten und getestet Heuschrecke sie für eine Vielzahl von Chemikalien. Die einzige Änderung war, dass sie gefunden, wenn die Insekten wimmelt wurden, hatten sie etwa drei Mal mehr Serotonin in ihren Systemen, als wenn sie lebten als einsamen Kreaturen.
So dass die Wissenschaftler einige einsame Heuschrecken und injiziert Serotonin in sie. Sicher genug sie sich in Aussehen und strömten zusammen.
Die Dr. Jekyll zu Mr. Hyde Transformation dauerte nur ein paar Stunden.
Es stellt sich heraus, dass die Heuschrecken mehr Serotonin, wenn die Umstände zwingen sie zusammen, und sie werden durch die Sicht-, Geruchs-und Tastsinn der vielen anderen Heuschrecken. Dies kann zum Beispiel dann, wenn Trockenheit reduziert die Nahrungsmittelversorgung und die Ursachen Heuschrecken, um nur ein paar verbleibenden Nahrungsquellen.
Tatsächlich haben die Wissenschaftler festgestellt, dass die Insekten tickling "zurück Beine für ein paar Stunden könnte die Heuschrecken, um mehr Serotonin.
Sobald die Forscher fest, dass Serotonin bewirkt, dass die Veränderung, sie hat Heuschrecken Drogen, blockiert Serotonin und dann ausgesetzt werden, um Situationen, die normalerweise zu schwärmen. Aber die Veränderungen nicht auftreten.
"Um tatsächlich in der Lage ihn zu stoppen passiert, das war sehr spannend", sagte Anstey.
Nun stellt sich die Frage, wie die Heuschrecken, ohne Ziel, die Menschen oder andere Tiere.
In the presence of State Secretary Frans Timmermans [PvdA, Socialist, Labour], the Dutch ambassador to the U.S. Renée Jones-Bos and Mayor Cohen of Amsterdam [PvdA, Socialist, Labour], Bloomberg said he was absolutely against any form of restriction on freedom of expression.
“Of course I do not appreciate everything I hear. But when you start restricting that, you step on a slippery slope. Before you know it, you can no longer say what you want,” Bloomberg said at the kickoff of NY400, a year of celebrations in which a central theme is the arrival of the ship “Halve Maen” (Half Moon, of the Dutch East India Company) with the explorer Henry Hudson, who founded a settlement on Manhattan.
Ogólne zmarł jego samolot rozbił się podczas startu Gibraltarze w 1943 roku, ale niektóre szczegóły wypadku pozostają niejasne.
Jest to napędzane niektórych ludzi, że może on zostać zabity przez ZSRR i Wielkiej Brytanii.
Dwa miesiące temu, władze polskie exhumed ogólnej ciała w ofercie wyjaśnić tajemnicę.
Ale wyniki ich badań lekarskich mają zająć poważne - jeśli nie jest całkiem śmiertelne - uderzenie na teorii, że Gen Sikorski został zamordowany.
Dochodzenie wykazało, że bohater wojny w Polsce, który doprowadził swój rząd na wygnaniu, zmarł w wyniku uszkodzenia wielu narządów w rodzaju zwykle trwały w katastrofie lotniczej.
To nie znalazł dowodów, że był zatrute, zastrzelona lub uduszonych.
Ale instytutu, który bada II wojny światowej ery przestępstw powiedział, że będzie nadal sondy czy sabotaż spowodował Generalnego bombowiec Liberator awarie sekund po to wystartował z Gibraltaru.
Brytyjskiego w czasie dochodzenia stwierdzono, że samolot rozbił się z nieznanych powodów, być może dlatego, że jej kontrole miały zablokowane.
Przez lata historycy, a nawet mieć dramaturgów Gen spekulowali, że Sikorski został zamordowany na zlecenie Joseph Stalin czy premier Wielkiej Brytanii Winston Churchill w celu zapobieżenia rozłamu między sojusznikami.
Tuż przed zmarł, miał Gen Sikorski zażądał śledztwa w sprawie odkrycia organów tysięcy polskich oficerów w masowych grobach w Katyniu w pobliżu lasów w byłym Związku Radzieckim.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. Rod Blagojevich was thrown out of office Thursday without a single lawmaker rising in his defense, ending a nearly two-month crisis that erupted with his arrest on charges he tried to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.
Blagojevich becomes the first U.S. governor in more than 20 years to be removed by impeachment.
After a four-day trial, the Illinois Senate voted 59-0 to convict him of abuse of power, automatically ousting the second-term Democrat. In a second, identical vote, lawmakers further barred Blagojevich from ever holding public office in the state again.
"He failed the test of character. He is beneath the dignity of the state of Illinois. He is no longer worthy to be our governor," said Sen. Matt Murphy, a Republican from suburban Chicago.
Blagojevich's troubles are not over. Federal prosecutors are drawing up an indictment against him on corruption charges.
Outside his Chicago home Thursday night, Blagojevich vowed to "keep fighting to clear my name," and added: "Give me a chance to show you that I haven't let you down."
"I love the people of Illinois today more than I ever have before," he said.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn, one of Blagojevich's critics, was promptly sworn in as governor.
Blagojevich, 52, had boycotted the first three days of the impeachment trial, calling the proceedings a kangaroo court. But on Thursday, he went before the Senate to beg for his job, delivering a 47-minute plea that was, by turns, defiant, humble and sentimental.
He argued, again, that he did nothing wrong, and warned that his impeachment would set a "dangerous and chilling precedent."
"You haven't proved a crime, and you can't because it didn't happen," Blagojevich (pronounced blah-GOY-uh-vich) told the lawmakers. "How can you throw a governor out of office with insufficient and incomplete evidence?"
The verdict brought to an end what one lawmaker branded "the freak show" in Illinois. Over the past few weeks, Blagojevich found himself isolated, with almost the entire political establishment lined up against him. The furor paralyzed state government and made Blagojevich and his helmet of lush, dark hair a punchline from coast to coast.
Many ordinary Illinoisans were glad to see him go.
"It's very embarrassing. I think it's a shame that with our city and Illinois, everybody thinks we're all corrupt," Gene Ciepierski, 54, said after watching the trial's conclusion on a TV at Chicago's beloved Billy Goat Tavern. "To think he would do something like that, it hurts more than anything."
In a solemn scene, more than 30 lawmakers rose one by one on the Senate floor to accuse Blagojevich of abusing his office and embarrassing the state. They denounced him as a hypocrite, saying he cynically tried to enrich himself and then posed as the brave protector of the poor and "wrapped himself in the constitution."
They sprinkled their remarks with historical references, including Pearl Harbor's "day of infamy" and "The whole world is watching" chant from the riots that broke out during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. They cited Abraham Lincoln, the Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesus as they called for the governor's removal.
"We have this thing called impeachment and it's bleeping golden and we've used it the right way," Democratic Sen. James Meeks of Chicago said during the debate, mocking Blagojevich's expletive-laden words as captured by the FBI on a wiretap.
Blagojevich did not stick around to hear the vote. He took a state plane back to Chicago.
The verdict capped a head-spinning string of developments that began with his arrest by the FBI on Dec. 9. Fderal prosecutors had been investigating Blagojevich's administration for years, and some of his closest cronies have already been convicted.
The most spectacular allegation was that Blagojevich had been caught on wiretaps scheming to sell an appointment to Obama's Senate seat for campaign cash or a plum job for himself or his wife.
"I've got this thing and it's (expletive) golden, and I'm just not giving it up for (expletive) nothing. I'm not gonna do it," he was quoted as saying on a government wiretap.
Prosecutors also said he illegally pressured people to make campaign contributions and tried to get editorial writers fired from the Chicago Tribune for badmouthing him in print.
Obama himself, fresh from his historic election victory, was forced to look into the matter and issued a report concluding that no one in his inner circle had done anything wrong.
In the brash and often theatrical style that has infuriated fellow politicians for years, Blagojevich repeatedly refused to resign, reciting the poetry of Kipling and Tennyson and declaring at one point last month: "I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath. I have done nothing wrong."
Even as lawmakers were deciding whether to launch an impeachment, Blagojevich defied the political establishment and stunned everyone by appointing a former Illinois attorney general, Roland Burris, to the very Senate seat he had been accused of trying to sell. Top Democrats on Capitol Hill eventually backed down and seated Burris.
As his trial got under way, Blagojevich launched a media blitz, rushing from one TV studio to another in New York to proclaim his innocence. He likened himself to the hero of a Frank Capra movie and to a cowboy in the hands of a Wild West lynch mob.
The impeachment case included not only the criminal charges against Blagojevich, but allegations he broke the law when it came to hiring state workers, expanded a health care program without legislative approval and spent $2.6 million on flu vaccine that went to waste. The 118-member House twice voted to impeach him, both times with only one "no" vote.
Seven other U.S. governors have been removed by impeachment, the most recent being Arizona's Evan Mecham, who was driven from office in 1988 for trying to thwart an investigation into a death threat allegedly made by an aide. Illinois never before impeached a governor, despite its long and rich history of graft.
Blagojevich grew up in a working-class Chicago neighborhood, the son of a Serbian immigrant steelworker. He married the daughter of a powerful city alderman and was schooled in the bare-knuckle, backroom politics of the infamous Chicago Machine, winning election to the Illinois House in 1992 and Congress in 1996.
In 2002, he was elected governor on a promise to clean up state government after former GOP Gov. George Ryan, who is serving six years in prison for graft. But he battled openly with lawmakers from his party, and scandal soon touched his administration.
Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a former top fundraiser for Blagojevich, was convicted of shaking down businesses seeking state contracts for campaign contributions. Witnesses testified that Blagojevich was aware of some of the strong-arm tactics. Rezko is said to be cooperating with prosecutors.
Quinn, the new governor, is a 60-year-old former state treasurer who has a reputation as a political gadfly and once led a successful effort to cut the size of the Illinois House.
"I want to say to the people of Illinois, the ordeal is over," Quinn said. "In this moment, our hearts are hurt. And it's very important to know that we have a duty, a mission to restore the faith of the people of Illinois in the integrity of their government."
Ein Architekt, der Sanierung von Gebäuden in Ostdeutschland entriegelt die Tür der vergangenen Woche und war schockiert, um sich in eine echte DDR-Time Warp.
Es scheint, die Einwohner der bescheidenen Wohnung floh in Eile und welk Brötchen lag noch in einem String-Tasche.
Lebensmittel-Marken aus den sozialistischen Staat erfüllte die Küche.
"Als wir die Tür Wir fühlten uns wie Howard Carter, wenn er das Grab des Tutanchamun," Mark Aretz sagte der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung.
"Alles war ein Chaos, aber es war wie ein historischer Schatz, ein Portal in einer Zeit, lange vorbei."
Eine Wand-Kalender gezeigt, August 1988 und eine leere Flasche Vita Cola, Marella Margarine, Juwel Zigaretten und eine Flasche Wodka Kristall wurden in der Küche.
Kunststoff-Geschirr und Besteck aus Aluminium das Bild einer vergangenen Zustand.
Die einzige ausländische Produkte zu finden war einer westdeutschen Flasche Deodorant.
Ein Zinkbad stand aufrecht gegen einen Schrank. Es gab keine Toilette in der Wohnung - die Insassen hatten für die Verwendung eines kommunalen ein auf dem Treppenabsatz.
Nach Aussage von Herrn Aretz, Dokumente und Briefe in der Wohnung schlagen die Bewohner war ein Mann im Alter von 24, war in Schwierigkeiten mit der DDR-Behörden, und die Linke in Eile einige Zeit vor dem Fall der Mauer im November 1989.
Es ist auch ein kulturelles Phänomen - eine Komödie über den Fall der Berliner Mauer, und ein Versuch, neu Ostdeutschland in einer 79-Quadratmeter großen Wohnung.
"Goodbye Lenin" wurde nie damit gerechnet werden, ganz im Hit Es hat sich herausgestellt, zu sein. Es hat gewinnen "Best European Film Award" auf dem jüngsten Film Festival Berlin, aber die meisten Kinos nicht daran interessiert, es.
Dann begann die Massen in steigenden und Kinos im ganzen Land eilte, um den Film auf.
"Ich habe 20 Jahre meines Lebens in Ost-Deutschland, und nicht alle davon war so schlecht, dass ich nicht hören wollen darüber nicht mehr", sagte Suzanne Behrens, eine 34-jährige Ost-Berliner, mit denen ich ging um den Film zu sehen.
Ihr Freund, Bert Leucht, nahm eine ähnliche Haltung wie wir standen in der Warteschlange für die Tickets.
"Vielleicht ist es eine Erinnerung an meine Jugend, weil ich jung war, dann", sagte er. "Es ist keine reine Nostalgie, aber das ist Teil der Attraktion."
Der Film konzentriert sich auf die Beziehung zwischen einem jungen Mann, Alex, und seine kränkelnden Mutter, die schwer-Kommunisten, der einen Herzinfarkt kurz vor dem Fall der Berliner Mauer fällt.
Während in Deutschland vereint und Berliner feiern, sie liegt im Koma. Als sie aufwacht, die Ärzte sagen, sie muss Alex erspart alle Schocks auf das System - und so entwickelt er seinen Plan für den Wiederaufbau der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik in ihrer Wohnung.
Es gibt einige absurd komischen Situationen - oft stellt unbequeme Fragen über die Art der Änderung der Regelung.
Zum Beispiel, Alex kann nicht halten, der DDR-Gurken mehr. Er gießt Niederländisch sind in einem alten DDR-Glas - und seine Mutter nicht Geschmack einen Unterschied.
Später erklärt er, TV-Bilder von Menschen wimmelt durch die Berliner Mauer sagen, sie sind im Westen nach Osten fliehen.
Zugänglich für alle
"Es war lustig zu sehen, die Geschichte sich in diesem Film," lachte Suzanne danach. "Ich habe noch nie gesehen, wie er aus dieser Perspektive vor."
Bert lachte während des Films -, aber auch hervorgehoben, dass er tiefer Qualitäten. "Der Film ging über Nostalgie", sagte er. "Es war wirklich zu einer Familie."
Und es ist vielleicht das, was ist es auch so beliebt bei den "Wessies" zu. Filmkritiker Andreas Kilb, sagt die Liebe zum Hin-Details - Mode, Möbel, usw. - macht Goodbye, Lenin für alle zugänglich sind.
"Der Film zeigt, dass die tatsächliche Welt der DDR, die Welt nicht von der Politik, war eine ganz normale deutsche Welt", sagt er.
Es ist auch ein Sub-Plot über Alex 'Vater, der in den Westen geflohen, als er und seine Schwester wurden von Kindern und Jugendlichen, die erneut angezeigt, in der Zeit für eine Versöhnung mit seiner Mutter, bevor sie stirbt.
"Es geht darum, die Menschen in ihrer normalen Welt, und er behandelt sie in eine Komödie werden. Das ist immer Appell an das Publikum, vor allem diejenigen, die Deutschen wollen bis zum Ende dieses Kapitel der Geschichte auf einer optimistischen Note", sagt Kilb.
"Er versucht, die beiden Hälften von Deutschland, die nicht wirklich geistig wiedervereinigten trotz ihrer politischen Wiedervereinigung."
"Sprechen Sie frei und frisch"
Der Film des Regisseurs Wolfgang Becker, sagt der Film ist sehr viel Erfolg ein Zeichen für die aktuelle Stimmung in Deutschland.
"Die Idee für das Drehbuch zum ersten Mal zwei oder drei Jahre nach dem Fall der Mauer", sagt er. "Aber wäre es nicht haben, dann löste großes Interesse. Deutschen Leben (TV, Zeitungen) war gesättigt mit der Wiedervereinigung."
Nun, er ist der Ansicht, die Deutschen sind mehr empfänglich - und legte zurück.
"Sie brauchen Zeit, um in der Lage, darüber zu sprechen in diesem frech, ironisch - und auch, um über die Ungeschicklichkeit, frei zu sprechen und frisch."
"Sarà molto difficile per il Rabbinato capo di Israele a continuare il suo dialogo con il Vaticano come prima", ha detto la lettera. Rabbini capo di entrambi gli ebrei Ashkenazi e sefarditi erano partiti per la lettera.
Il Rabbinato, che via fax una copia della lettera a The Associated Press, anche annullato un incontro con il Vaticano fissato per il mese di marzo. Il Rabbinato e lo Stato di Israele hanno separato i legami con il Vaticano, il passaggio e Mercoledì non pregiudica relazioni da Stato a Stato.
Pope Benedict XVI, di fronte a uno tumulto il vescovo, ha detto Mercoledì si sente "piena e indiscutibile solidarietà" con gli ebrei e ha messo in guardia contro ogni negazione della piena orrore del genocidio nazista.
Le osservazioni sono state il suo primo commento pubblico sulla questione, poiché la controversia scoppiata Sabato.
Il portavoce del Vaticano, il Rev. Federico Lombardi, ha affermato il Concilio Vaticano spera che alla luce delle parole del Papa, "le difficoltà espresse dal Rabbinato di Israele può essere sottoposto a ulteriori e più profonda riflessione."
Lombardi ha espresso la speranza che il dialogo tra le due parti possano continuare "fruttuosamente e serenamente".
Oded Weiner, il direttore generale del Rabbinato capo di ufficio, il papa ha accolto con favore le osservazioni, chiedendo loro "un grande passo verso la riconciliazione".
Con i suoi commenti, il papa ha raggiunto per gli ebrei adirato con la sua decisione di riabilitare vescovo Richard Williamson, svedese che ha detto in un'intervista televisiva trasmessa la scorsa settimana che la prova "è di enorme contro 6 milioni di ebrei siano deliberatamente gassati". Disse 300.000 ebrei sono stati uccisi in più ", ma non uno di essi da parte di gas in una camera a gas".
Circa 6 milioni di ebrei furono sistematicamente assassinati dai nazisti e dai loro collaboratori durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Molti sono stati gassati nei campi della morte, mentre altri sono stati uccisi in massa in altri modi, tra cui la ripresa e la fame. A proposito di 240.000 sopravvissuti vivono in Israele.
Gruppi di ebrei, tra cui l'American Jewish Committee, il Simon Wiesenthal Center e di Israele quasi-governative Agenzia Ebraica, ha denunciato il Vaticano per portare un Olocausto denari nella piega.
Il Vaticano velocemente le distanze dal Williamson i commenti e ha detto di rimuovere la scomunica non significa implicita Vaticano condiviso il suo punto di vista.
Williamson e altri tre vescovi sono stati scomunicati 20 anni fa, dopo che sono stati consacrati da un ultraconservative arcivescovo senza il consenso papale - il passaggio del Vaticano, al momento chiamato un atto di scisma.
Benedetto ha detto Mercoledì aveva revocato la scomunica, perché i vescovi non aveva "più volte manifestato la loro profonda sofferenza per la situazione".
Il tedesco di nascita, Benedetto ha espresso la sua "piena e indiscutibile solidarietà" con gli ebrei.
Ha ricordato la sua visita al campo di Auschwitz, la morte - anche per quanto il Papa nel maggio del 2006 - e la "brutale massacro di milioni di ebrei, vittime innocenti di cieco odio razziale e religioso".
Il Vaticano e le relazioni formali Rabbinato lanciato nel 2000, quando Pope John Paul II visitato Gerusalemme. Da allora, i delegati della Santa Sede e il Rabbinato hanno incontrato due volte l'anno per discutere di questioni religiose. Questa è la prima volta, i legami sono state tagliate.
Il Vaticano e lo Stato di Israele hanno avuto proprio dal rapporto che istituisce rapporti diplomatici nel 1993.
"Será muy difícil para el Rabinato de Israel para continuar su diálogo con el Vaticano como antes", dice la carta. Jefe de los rabinos Ashkenazi y Sefardí Judios son partes de la carta.
El Rabinato, que por fax una copia de la carta a The Associated Press, también canceló una reunión con el Vaticano para marzo. El Rabinato y el estado de Israel se han separado las relaciones con el Vaticano, y el miércoles el movimiento no afecta a las relaciones estado.
Pope Benedict XVI, frente a un escándalo sobre el obispo, Miércoles dijo que siente "plena e indiscutible de solidaridad" con los Judios y advirtió contra cualquier negación de todo el horror del genocidio nazi.
Las observaciones fueron sus primeros comentarios públicos sobre el tema desde la controversia estalló el sábado.
El portavoz del Vaticano, el reverendo Federico Lombardi, dijo que el Vaticano confía en que a la luz de las palabras del Papa ", las dificultades expresadas por el Rabinato de Israel puede ser sometido a nuevas y más profunda reflexión."
Lombardi expresó la esperanza de que el diálogo entre las dos partes puede continuar "fructífera y serenidad".
Oded Weiner, el director general de la oficina del Rabinato, dio la bienvenida a los comentarios del Papa, llama "un gran paso hacia la reconciliación".
Con sus comentarios, el Papa llegó a Judios enojados por su decisión de rehabilitar obispo Richard Williamson, quien dijo a la televisión sueca en una entrevista transmitida la semana pasada que las pruebas "es enormemente contra 6 millones de Judios deliberadamente gaseado". Dijo 300.000 Judios fueron asesinados en la mayoría ", pero no uno de ellos por gas en una cámara de gas".
Cerca de 6 millones de Judios fueron sistemáticamente asesinados por los nazis y sus colaboradores durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Muchos de ellos fueron gaseados en los campos de la muerte, mientras que otros fueron asesinados en masa en otras formas, incluyendo el tiro y el hambre. Acerca de 240.000 sobrevivientes del Holocausto viven en Israel.
Grupos judíos, entre ellos el Comité Judío Americano, el Centro Simon Wiesenthal de Israel y cuasi-gubernamentales, la Agencia Judía, denunció el Vaticano para llevar un negador del Holocausto de nuevo en la tapa.
El Vaticano se distanció rápidamente de los comentarios de Williamson y la supresión de la excomunión dijo de ninguna manera implica el Vaticano comparte sus opiniones.
Williamson y otros tres obispos fueron excomulgados hace 20 años después de haber sido consagrado por un ultraconservador arzobispo sin el consentimiento papal - un paso del Vaticano, en el momento llamado un acto de cisma.
Benedicto dijo Miércoles había levantado la excomunión a los obispos ya que había "demostrado en repetidas ocasiones su profundo sufrimiento por la situación".
El origen alemán Benedicto expresó su "plena e indiscutible de solidaridad" con los Judios.
Recordó su visita a Auschwitz el campo de la muerte - en particular como papa en mayo de 2006 - y la "brutal masacre de millones de Judios, víctimas inocentes de ciego odio racial y religioso."
El Vaticano y el Rabinato iniciado relaciones formales en 2000, cuando Pope John Paul II visitó Jerusalén. Desde entonces, los delegados de la Santa Sede y el Rabinato se han reunido dos veces al año para discutir temas religiosos. Esta es la primera vez los vínculos se han roto.
El Vaticano y el Estado de Israel han tenido su propia relación desde el establecimiento de relaciones diplomáticas en 1993.
JERUSALEM – Israel's chief rabbinate severed ties with the Vatican on Wednesday to protest a papal decision to reinstate a bishop who publicly denied 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. The Jewish state's highest religious authority sent a letter to the Holy See expressing "sorrow and pain" at the papal decision.
"It will be very difficult for the chief rabbinate of Israel to continue its dialogue with the Vatican as before," the letter said. Chief rabbis of both the Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews were parties to the letter.
The rabbinate, which faxed a copy of the letter to The Associated Press, also canceled a meeting with the Vatican set for March. The rabbinate and the state of Israel have separate ties with the Vatican, and Wednesday's move does not affect state relations.
Pope Benedict XVI, faced with an uproar over the bishop, said Wednesday he feels "full and indisputable solidarity" with Jews and warned against any denial of the full horror of the Nazi genocide.
The remarks were his first public comments on the issue since the controversy erupted Saturday.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the Vatican hoped that in light of the pope's words, "the difficulties expressed by the Israeli Rabbinate can be subjected to further and deeper reflection."
Lombardi expressed hope that dialogue between the two parties can continue "fruitfully and serenely."
Oded Weiner, the director general of the chief rabbinate's office, welcomed the pope's remarks, calling them "a big step toward reconciliation."
With his comments, the pope reached out to Jews angered by his decision to rehabilitate bishop Richard Williamson, who told Swedish TV in an interview broadcast last week that evidence "is hugely against 6 million Jews being deliberately gassed." He said 300,000 Jews were killed at most, "but not one of them by gassing in a gas chamber."
About 6 million Jews were systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during World War II. Many were gassed in death camps while others were killed en masse in other ways, including shooting and starvation. About 240,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel.
Jewish groups, including the American Jewish Committee, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Israel's quasi-governmental Jewish Agency, denounced the Vatican for bringing a Holocaust denier back into the fold.
The Vatican quickly distanced itself from Williamson's comments and said removing the excommunication by no means implied the Vatican shared his views.
Williamson and three other bishops were excommunicated 20 years ago after they were consecrated by an ultraconservative archbishop without papal consent — a move the Vatican at the time called an act of schism.
Benedict said Wednesday he had lifted the excommunication because the bishops had "repeatedly shown their deep suffering over the situation."
The German-born Benedict expressed his "full and indisputable solidarity" with Jews.
He recalled his visits to the Auschwitz death camp — including as pope in May 2006 — and the "brutal massacre of millions of Jews, innocent victims of blind racial and religious hatred."
The Vatican and the rabbinate launched formal relations in 2000 when Pope John Paul II visited Jerusalem. Since then, delegates from the Holy See and the rabbinate have met twice a year to discuss religious issues. This is the first time ties have been severed.
The Vatican and the state of Israel have had their own relationship since establishing diplomatic ties in 1993.
By Oriana Fallaci
Corriere della Sera
I find it shameful that in Italy there should be a procession of individuals dressed as suicide bombers who spew vile abuse at Israel, hold up photographs of Israeli leaders on whose foreheads they have drawn the swastika, incite people to hate the Jews. And who, in order to see Jews once again in the extermination camps, in the gas chambers, in the ovens of Dachau and Mauthausen and Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen et cetera, would sell their own mother to a harem.
I find it shameful that the Catholic Church should permit a bishop, one with lodgings in the Vatican no less, a saintly man who was found in Jerusalem with an arsenal of arms and explosives hidden in the secret compartments of his sacred Mercedes, to participate in that procession and plant himself in front of a microphone to thank in the name of God the suicide bombers who massacre the Jews in pizzerias and supermarkets. To call them "martyrs who go to their deaths as to a party."
I find it shameful that in France, the France of Liberty-Equality-Fraternity, they burn synagogues, terrorize Jews, profane their cemeteries. I find it shameful that the youth of Holland and Germany and Denmark flaunt the kaffiah just as Mussolini's avant garde used to flaunt the club and the fascist badge.
I find it shameful that in nearly all the universities of Europe Palestinian students sponsor and nurture anti-Semitism. That in Sweden they asked that the Nobel Peace Prize given to Shimon Peres in 1994 be taken back and conferred on the dove with the olive branch in his mouth, that is on Arafat. I find it shameful that the distinguished members of the Committee, a Committee that (it would appear) rewards political color rather than merit, should take this request into consideration and even respond to it. In hell the Nobel Prize honors he who does not receive it.
I find it shameful (we're back in Italy) that state-run television stations contribute to the resurgent anti-Semitism, crying only over Palestinian deaths while playing down Israeli deaths, glossing over them in unwilling tones. I find it shameful that in their debates they host with much deference the scoundrels with turban or kaffiah who yesterday sang hymns to the slaughter at New York and today sing hymns to the slaughters at Jerusalem, at Haifa, at Netanya, at Tel Aviv.
I find it shameful that the press does the same, that it is indignant because Israeli tanks surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, that it is not indignant because inside that same church two hundred Palestinian terrorists well armed with machine guns and munitions and explosives (among them are various leaders of Hamas and Al-Aqsa) are not unwelcome guests of the monks (who then accept bottles of mineral water and jars of honey from the soldiers of those tanks).
I find it shameful that, in giving the number of Israelis killed since the beginning of the Second Intifada (four hundred twelve), a noted daily newspaper found it appropriate to underline in capital letters that more people are killed in their traffic accidents. (Six hundred a year).
I find it shameful that the Roman Observer, the newspaper of the Pope--a Pope who not long ago left in the Wailing Wall a letter of apology for the Jews--accuses of extermination a people who were exterminated in the millions by Christians. By Europeans. I find it shameful that this newspaper denies to the survivors of that people (survivors who still have numbers tattooed on their arms) the right to react, to defend themselves, to not be exterminated again.
I find it shameful that in the name of Jesus Christ (a Jew without whom they would all be unemployed), the priests of our parishes or Social Centers or whatever they are flirt with the assassins of those in Jerusalem who cannot go to eat a pizza or buy some eggs without being blown up.
I find it shameful that they are on the side of the very ones who inaugurated terrorism, killing us on airplanes, in airports, at the Olympics, and who today entertain themselves by killing western journalists. By shooting them, abducting them, cutting their throats, decapitating them. (There's someone in Italy who, since the appearance of Anger and Pride, would like to do the same to me. Citing verses of the Koran he exorts his "brothers" in the mosques and the Islamic Community to chastise me in the name of Allah. To kill me. Or rather to die with me. Since he's someone who speaks English well, I'll respond to him in English: "F*** you.")
I find it shameful that almost all of the left, the left that twenty years ago permitted one of its union processionals to deposit a coffin (as a mafioso warning) in front of the synagogue of Rome, forgets the contribution made by the Jews to the fight against fascism. Made by Carlo and Nello Rossini, for example, by Leone Ginzburg, by Umberto Terracini, by Leo Valiani, by Emilio Sereni, by women like my friend Anna Maria Enriques Agnoletti who was shot at Florence on June 12, 1944, by seventy-five of the three-hundred-thirty-five people killed at the Fosse Ardeatine, by the infinite others killed under torture or in combat or before firing squads. (The companions, the teachers, of my infancy and my youth.)
I find it shameful that in part through the fault of the left--or rather, primarily through the fault of the left (think of the left that inaugurates its congresses applauding the representative of the PLO, leader in Italy of the Palestinians who want the destruction of Israel)--Jews in Italian cities are once again afraid. And in French cities and Dutch cities and Danish cities and German cities, it is the same. I find it shameful that Jews tremble at the passage of the scoundrels dressed like suicide bombers just as they trembled during Krystallnacht, the night in which Hitler gave free rein to the Hunt of the Jews.
I find it shameful that in obedience to the stupid, vile, dishonest, and for them extremely advantageous fashion of Political Correctness the usual opportunists--or better the usual parasites--exploit the word Peace. That in the name of the word Peace, by now more debauched than the words Love and Humanity, they absolve one side alone of its hate and bestiality. That in the name of a pacifism (read conformism) delegated to the singing crickets and buffoons who used to lick Pol Pot's feet they incite people who are confused or ingenuous or intimidated. Trick them, corrupt them, carry them back a half century to the time of the yellow star on the coat. These charlatans who care about the Palestinians as much as I care about the charlatans. That is not at all.
I find it shameful that many Italians and many Europeans have chosen as their standard-bearer the gentleman (or so it is polite to say) Arafat. This nonentity who thanks to the money of the Saudi Royal Family plays the Mussolini ad perpetuum and in his megalomania believes he will pass into History as the George Washington of Palestine. This ungrammatical wretch who when I interviewed him was unable even to put together a complete sentence, to make articulate conversation. So that to put it all together, write it, publish it, cost me a tremendous effort and I concluded that compared to him even Ghaddafi sounds like Leonardo da Vinci. This false warrior who always goes around in uniform like Pinochet, never putting on civilian garb, and yet despite this has never participated in a battle. War is something he sends, has always sent, others to do for him. That is, the poor souls who believe in him. This pompous incompetent who playing the part of Head of State caused the failure of the Camp David negotiations, Clinton's mediation. No-no-I-want-Jerusalem-all-to-myself. This eternal liar who has a flash of sincerity only when (in private) he denies Israel's right to exist, and who as I say in my book contradicts himself every five minutes. He always plays the double-cross, lies even if you ask him what time it is, so that you can never trust him. Never! With him you will always wind up systematically betrayed. This eternal terrorist who knows only how to be a terrorist (while keeping himself safe) and who during the Seventies, that is when I interviewed him, even trained the terrorists of Baader-Meinhof. With them, children ten years of age. Poor children. (Now he trains them to become suicide bombers. A hundred baby suicide bombers are in the works: a hundred!). This weathercock who keeps his wife at Paris, served and revered like a queen, and keeps his people down in the s***. He takes them out of the s*** only to send them to die, to kill and to die, like the eighteen year old girls who in order to earn equality with the fate of their victims. And yet many Italians love him, yes. Just like they loved Mussolini. And many other Europeans do the same.
I find it shameful and see in all this the rise of a new fascism, a new nazism. A fascism, a nazism, that much more grim and revolting because it is conducted and nourished by those who hypocritically pose as do-gooders, progressives, communists, pacifists, Catholics or rather Christians, and who have the gall to label a warmonger anyone like me who screams the truth. I see it, yes, and I say the following. I have never been tender with the tragic and Shakespearean figure Sharon. ("I know you've come to add another scalp to your necklace," he murmured almost with sadness when I went to interview him in 1982.) I have often had disagreements with the Israelis, ugly ones, and in the past I have defended the Palestinians a great deal. Maybe more than they deserved. But I stand with Israel, I stand with the Jews. I stand just as I stood as a young girl during the time when I fought with them, and when the Anna Marias were shot. I defend their right to exist, to defend themselves, to not let themselves be exterminated a second time. And disgusted by the anti-Semitism of many Italians, of many Europeans, I am ashamed of this shame that dishonors my Country and Europe. At best, it is not a community of States, but a pit of Pontius Pilates. And even if all the inhabitants of this planet were to think otherwise, I would continue to think so.
Born into a working-class family, her father was leader of the underground movement in Florence during the second world war and he recruited Oriana, the eldest of his four daughters, as an assistant. She spent much of her childhood with him in the partisan bands, helping Allied soldiers escape through enemy lines.
Fallaci became a journalist at the age of 16 to help pay her way through medical school, but ill health forced her to give up her studies, and the day job developed into a dazzling career. Aside from the star-style interviews which made her name, she was an accomplished war reporter - in Vietnam, Latin America, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. In 1968, she was shot and seriously wounded in the student riots before the Mexico City Olympics. She distilled her experiences into several bestselling books, such as Inshallah, a novel about Italian troops stationed in Lebanon in 1983.
Prosperity brought her homes in Manhattan, Florence and the Tuscan countryside. Tiny, and chain-smoking, she was also glamorous and stylish, with a taste for furs, jewels and large hats.
She began her career with celebrity interviews but progressed rapidly to international politicians such as Golda Meir, Haile Selassie, Henry Kissinger and Indira Gandhi. The "La Fallaci" style of interview became something of a cult in North America - adversarial, emotional and extremely lengthy.
She would spend weeks researching her subject in obsessive detail and the interview itself, in which she relied entirely on a tape recorder, would last six or seven hours. If her favourite subjects were Golda Meir and Indira Ghandi, her least favourite was the Shah of Iran, whom she needled into a damning dismissal of women: "Women are important ... only if they're beautiful and charming and keep their femininity... you're equal in the eyes of the law, but not ... in intelligence."
In an interview with the Ayatollah Khomeini, she ripped off her chador. She complained about Fidel Castro's body odour and threw her microphone at Muhammad Ali's face when he belched in answer to one of her questions.
Her interviews appeared mainly in L'Europeo, the Italian magazine for which she worked for 23 years ("It died when I left"). She described her interviews as "coitus" and "a seduction" and hated using interpreters ("the stranger's body between two people making love"). She spoke English, French and Spanish, as well as Italian.
She abhorred marriage yet longed for children. She was very conscious of the warring claims this entailed: "You cannot work and be at home with your child. But you want both." The strands of her life appeared to come together when she interviewed Alexandros Panagoulis, a Greek anarchist condemned to death for the attempted assassination of junta leader Georgios Papadopoulous in 1967. Panagoulis was released in 1973, when the colonels fell, after three years of torture and imprisonment.
A colleague of Fallaci's in the Milan office of L'Europeo announced he was going to meet Panagoulis, due to be released that day. Fallaci instantly cancelled an interview with the then German chancellor Willy Brandt, which had taken her eight months to arrange, and said with characteristic imperiousness: "You are not going. I am." Fallaci spent the next three years enslaved to a man who had been intent on heroic death. He reminded her, she said, of the reckless partisan fighters of her youth, particularly her father.
In her book A Man (1977) - the memoir she wrote to Panagoulis after he was killed in May 1976 in a car crash she believed was assassination - she tells how she lost the baby she wanted so badly after Panagoulis had kicked her in the stomach. She also describes the endless battles to dissuade him from suicidal guerrilla attacks. She dubs herself Sancho Panza to his Don Quixote but she comes across more as nanny to a juvenile delinquent. However, there was no doubt that he was her soulmate ("My lover, my husband without contract, my political comrade, my friend").
Her last major assignment was the first Gulf war in 1990. Fallaci demanded to be escorted to Khafji, scene of the first land battle. It appeared impossible. Journalists were not allowed anywhere near the fighting except in small, tightly controlled groups. But a local newspaper editor, charmed by the idea of aiding a journalistic legend, rashly promised to use his influence to get her a military escort to the front. When he proved unable to deliver, Fallaci threw a celebrity-sized tantrum. She screamed and ranted, threatening to kill herself to provide news for her newspaper in the absence of war tidings. The editor ended up in hospital with heart palpitations.
At the time, Fallaci likened it to an experience in North Vietnam in 1969, when officials restricted her travel and vetted the soldiers she interviewed. "It was more than censorship. It's like a cancer," she said.
Two years later, she was diagnosed with the cancer that had killed her father, mother and one sister and withdrew into reclusive exile in her flat in Manhattan. But after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre, the editor of Italy's best-selling newspaper, Corriere della Sera, persuaded her to write a piece. Her 14,000-word article was, to say the least, a departure from the sober, moderate, intelligent conservatism for which Corriere is renowned.
"You ask me about the contrast between the two cultures? Well, to be honest, it annoys me even to talk about two cultures, to put them on the same plane," Fallaci wrote. "Let's be honest. Our cathedrals are more beautiful than the mosques and the synagogues." What readers got was far more than a cry of outrage. It was a rant that made no distinction between the terrorists responsible for 9/11 and the rest of the Muslim world.
Corriere's publishing arm, Rizzoli, turned the article into a book, La Rabbia e l'Orgoglio (The Rage and the Pride), and within little over a month it had sold 700,000 copies. Two further books were written in much the same vein. The most recent, Oriana Fallaci intervista sé stessa - L'Apocalisse, sold some two million copies globally.
Fallaci's diatribes prompted law suits in France and Switzerland, and last year a judge in the northern Italian city of Bergamo committed her for trial on charges of offending Islam. The attacks, however, served only to reinforce Fallaci's view of herself as a courageous, reviled prophet. Indeed, in her second book, she identified herself with a 14th century heretic burned at the stake.
In Italy, her writings endeared her to the right wing - libertarians, keen to defend her right to free speech; campaigners against immigration (particularly members of the xenophobic Northern League), and - paradoxically, in view of Fallaci's atheism - some in Italy's influential "theo-con" lobby.
Fallaci died at a clinic in Florence on the very day that Pope Benedict XVI came under attack from the Muslim world for expressing a view the writer would have endorsed, but thought all too mild.
· Oriana Fallaci, journalist, born June 29 1929; died September 15 2006
Japan is the only major industrial nation other than the United States to apply the death penalty. It last carried out executions in October when it hanged two inmates.
Japan hanged the four prisoners in Tokyo, Nagoya and Fukuoka, the justice ministry said in a statement.
The executed inmates included Yukinari Kawamura, 44, and his accomplice Tetsuya Sato, 39, who were convicted of killing two women and then burning and cutting up their bodies.
Japan also executed Shojiro Nishimoto, 32, who was convicted of killing four people during repeated burglaries, the justice ministry said.
The other hanged inmate was Tadashi Makino, 58, who killed a woman and injured three other women during a burglary, it said.
The death penalty is overwhelmingly supported by the public in Japan, which has one of the world's lowest crime rates.
Conservative governments have stepped up the pace of executions. Last year Japan hanged 15 death-row inmates, the highest since 1975 when the country executed 17 people.
But Japan has regularly come under fire from the European Union and international human rights groups over its use of the death penalty.
Amnesty International plans to issue a protest to the Japanese government after reviewing the latest executions, a member of the London-based rights group's Tokyo chapter said.
Rights groups also criticise the way that Japan executes inmates.
Prison authorities give inmates only short notice that they are headed to the gallows in a bid to ward off last-minute appeals.
Det er ifølge Dr. Asle Toje, forsker ved Handelshøyskolen BI og utenrikspolitiske rådgiver for Frp i Norge (Fremskrittspartiet).
Toje er en trofast talsmann for Siv Jensen, chairwoman av de største opposisjonspartiet Fremskrittspartiet, som nylig har kommet under ild for sin pro-Israel holdning. Etter sin opptreden på en pro-Israel rally i Oslo 8. januar Jensen begynte mottak død trusler, og er nå under 24-timers sikkerhet tilsyn.
"Jeg har aldri opplevd slikt hat i Norge, sier Toje, som var til stede på demonstrasjonen. "Det var folk kaster stein på og spytter på rally-goers. Etterpå, folk bærer israelske flagg ble tilfeldig angrepet på gata."
Sammen med uttrykk for støtte til Israel, høyttalere på rally, inkludert Jensen, kalles for hjelp til å bli distribuert i Gaza, og for en våpenhvile avtale som skal signeres. "Det var en fredelig rally, sa Toje. "Jensen var ringer for de samme tingene som Barack Obama. Forskjellen er at hun gjør det i Norge. Miljøet her er annerledes."
Sosialistisk Venstreparti (Sosialistisk Venstreparti), som er en del av dagens koalisjon, har foreslått en rekke forhold til boikott mot Israel siden regjeringen ble dannet i 2005.
"Den første var en generell boikott, sa Toje. "Neste kom en akademisk boikott og deretter en boikott på armene." De boikotter, men ikke gjennomført, har forverret en allerede fiendtlige atmosfæren.
Israelske / Nazi sammenlikninger og anti-semittisk hendelser er nå vanlig, Toje sa.
On January 21, Etgar Lefkovits rapportert i The Jerusalem Post på en e-post sendt ut av Trine Lilleng, senior norsk diplomat i Saudi Arabia. "The barnebarn av Holocaust overlevende fra andre verdenskrig gjør til palestinerne nøyaktig hva som ble gjort for dem ved Nazi Germany," Lilleng skrev.
Utenriksminister Jonas Gahr Støre (Ap) i sin siste memoir, for å gjøre en forskjell, gjør en implisitt sammenligning bemerke når du skriver i Hebron: "De fleste butikkene har vært stengt. The shudders vært bolted og er preget av skilt fra den israelske politiet. De er merket, som andre butikker er merket på andre steder og på andre tidspunkter.
I august 2006, Jostein Gaardner, en verdsatt norsk forfatter og en venn av Støre's, utgitt en op-ed i Aftenposten daglig under overskriften "Guds utvalgte folk."
Gardner skrev i reaksjonen til den andre Libanon-krigen, "Vi tror ikke på forestillingen om Guds utvalgte folk. Vi le av dette folks capriciousness og gråte på sitt misdeeds. Opptre som Guds utvalgte folk er ikke bare dumt og arrogant, men en forbrytelse mot menneskeheten. Vi kaller det rasisme. "
En uke senere, Gaarder penned en op-ed uttrykke sin "angre hvis jeg har såret noen - om jeg har ment og fortsatt ønsker å være harde på min kritikk av staten Israel."
I september 2006, 10 skudd ble oppsagt på Oslo synagogen, men ingen ble skadet. Shooteren, Arfan Bhatti, "ønsket å drepe kvinner og barn som kom ut av synagogen," Aftenposten rapporterte.
På 2. juni 2008, Bhatti ble frikjent for terrorisme kostnader og dømt for "grov vandalisme. Han er nå en åtte års fengselsstraff.
Norges lag 1500 jøder, som lever hovedsakelig i Oslo og Trondheim, har opplevd en god del anti-Semitism, Toje sa.
Han posited at dette var forbundet med masse innvandring fra muslimske land som begynte på 1970-tallet.
Om Israel, sa han: "En unwillingness å se at det er to sider av historien, har dukket opp. Helt til venstre har invitert radikal islam i seng med dem. Det er nye ting å være apologist om."
I trosse at trenden Toje rost Jensen som "en veldig modig politiker. Hun sto opp og gjorde sin stemme hørt i en tid da det var ikke den populære ting å gjøre - som vanligvis er når det virkelig gjelder."
"Norway, a country that used to be very pro-Israel, has turned into one of the most anti-Israel countries in Europe today," within both government and public opinion.
That's according to Dr. Asle Toje, a researcher at the BI Norwegian School of Management and foreign policy adviser to the Progress Party of Norway (Fremskrittspartiet).
Toje is a staunch advocate of Siv Jensen, chairwoman of the main opposition Progress Party, who has recently come under fire for her pro-Israel stance. Following her appearance at a pro-Israel rally in Oslo on January 8, Jensen began receiving death threats, and is now under 24-hour security supervision.
"I have never experienced this kind of hatred in Norway," said Toje, who was present at the demonstration. "There were people throwing stones at and spitting on rally-goers. Afterward, people carrying Israeli flags were randomly attacked in the streets."
Along with expressions of support for Israel, speakers at the rally, including Jensen, called for aid to be distributed in Gaza and for a cease-fire agreement to be signed. "It was a peaceful rally," said Toje. "Jensen was calling for the same things as Barack Obama. The difference is that she was doing it in Norway. The environment here is different."
The Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti), which is part of the current coalition, has proposed a number of boycotts against Israel since the government was formed in 2005.
"The first was a general boycott," said Toje. "Next came an academic boycott and then a boycott on arms." The boycotts, though not implemented, have exacerbated an already hostile atmosphere.
Israeli/Nazi comparisons and anti-Semitic incidents are now commonplace, Toje said.
On January 21, Etgar Lefkovits reported in The Jerusalem Post on an e-mail sent out by Trine Lilleng, a senior Norwegian diplomat based in Saudi Arabia. "The grandchildren of Holocaust survivors from World War II are doing to the Palestinians exactly what was done to them by Nazi Germany," Lilleng wrote.
Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Labor), in his recent memoir, To Make a Difference, makes an implicit comparison, noting, when writing of Hebron: "Most of the shops have been shut down. The shudders have been bolted and are marked by signs from the Israeli police. They are marked, as other shops have been marked at other places and at other times."
In August 2006, Jostein Gaardner, an esteemed Norwegian author and a friend of Støre's, published an op-ed in the Aftenposten daily under the headline, "God's chosen people."
Gardner wrote, in reaction to the Second Lebanon War, "We don't believe in the notion of God's chosen people. We laugh at this people's capriciousness and weep at its misdeeds. To act as God's chosen people is not only stupid and arrogant, but a crime against humanity. We call it racism."
A week later, Gaarder penned another op-ed, expressing his "regret if I have hurt anyone - though I intended and still intend to be harsh in my critique of the State of Israel."
In September 2006, 10 shots were fired at an Oslo synagogue, but no one was hurt. The shooter, Arfan Bhatti, "wished to kill women and children coming out of the synagogue,"Aftenposten reported.
On June 2, 2008, Bhatti was acquitted of terrorism charges and convicted of "aggravated vandalism." He is now serving an eight-year prison sentence.
Norway's approximately 1,500 Jews, who live mainly in Oslo and Trondheim, have experienced a fair amount of anti-Semitism, Toje said.
He posited that this was connected with the mass immigration from Muslim countries that began in the 1970s.
On Israel, he said, "An unwillingness to see that there are two sides to the story has emerged. The far left has invited radical Islam into bed with them. It is the new thing to be apologist about."
In defying that trend, Toje praised Jensen as "a very bold politician. She stood up and made her voice heard at a time when it was not the popular thing to do - which is usually when it really matters."