Fairline announces US premiere of new Squadron 53 at Palm Beach International Boat Show   

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Alongside the US debut of the Squadron 53, which was launched in Europe at Boot Dusseldorf at the end of January, Fairline will showcase its limited edition 50th anniversary commemorative book together with an immersive virtual reality experience bringing to life its highly anticipated Targa 63GTO.

Renowned superyacht designer, Alberto Mancini, has added his design expertise to Fairline’s new Squadron 53. The boat is based on the existing 53ft hull but features a new design from the deck upwards courtesy of Mancini, showcasing the future direction of Fairline’s exterior styling.

Mancini’s design has resulted in a spacious main deck with a flat floor from the cockpit to the lower helm, which in turn ensures a flat ceiling in the master cabin offering a generous 6ft 4in headroom at the foot of the large double bed, adding to the overall sense of space in this expansive 55ft 6in (16.92m)-long cruiser. The clever layout configurations provide owners with complete flexibility, including three or four cabins and multiple galley arrangements including the main deck, forward or aft locations or below deck, as well as the new addition of foredeck seating.

Hand crafted to order by Fairline’s highly experienced and dedicated craftsmen in Oundle, England, the new Squadron 53 offers luxury boaters total command and control thanks to its

striking swept flybridge, whilst exuding style and offering great entertaining spaces onboard. Fairline’s approach, from superior engineering and multiple layout options, to small details that delight, makes the Squadron 53 the perfect choice for those who want their yacht their way.

Andrew Pope, Head of Design at Fairline, says, “Owners will feel in total command and control on the fantastic flybridge of the new Fairline Squadron 53, a yacht that offers excellent sea-keeping in all conditions. At the same time, the space, style and sumptuousness of this luxury cruiser means that guests will also have the ride of their lives. The Squadron 53 is the first Fairline yacht to have touches of Italian design and features subtle Mancini influences, which have evolved Fairline’s time-proven design DNA to create a
model that perfectly blends beauty, form and function. With the Squadron 53, owners receive unrivalled flexibility in layout and complete comfort and luxury in its construction and features.”

See the US premiere of Fairline’s Squadron 53 at Palm Beach International Boat Show from Thursday 23 March.


          Fairline announces new dealer for the South Coast of the UK   

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This progresses an already strong relationship between the two businesses and will ensure that Fairline customers continue to receive the best service across the South Coast, seven days a week. Bates Wharf Marine Sales Ltd is a fifth-generation family business, established over 100 years ago.

Bates Wharf Marine Sales Ltd will operate the Fairline Southampton offices and berths as well as continuing to represent Fairline from its offices in Poole, Chertsey and Eastbourne. The state of the art facilities owned by Bates Wharf Marine Sales Ltd in Chertsey, Surrey will be known as Fairline London and offer customers the largest indoor showroom on the River Thames and a 100-berth marina. This location also benefits from convenient transport links into London.

These South Coast dealerships strengthen Fairline’s current UK representation that includes Fairline Wales and Fairline Channel Islands, ensuring customers find their perfect Fairline.

Douglas Culverwell, Regional Sales Director for Europe at Fairline Boats, commented: “This is exciting news for Fairline and ensures we maintain key coverage across the South Coast of the UK. Richard Bates and his team have a wealth of marine experience which our customers can really benefit from.”

Richard Bates, Managing Director at Bates Wharf Marine Sales, commented: “We are delighted to be representing Fairline across the South Coast. We are a family business and are passionate about selling boats and offering first-class customer service. We have a fantastic working relationship with Fairline and it is a real honour to be working with such a prestigious British brand. We look forward to exciting times ahead!”

Colin Sykes, CEO at Fairline Boats, commented: “We are extremely pleased to have Bates Wharf Marine Sales representing us in this key boating region of the United Kingdom and look forward to sharing the continued success of our brand in partnership with Bates Wharf. We are currently working on other regional appointments and expect these will fit well with this partnership.”  


          Duo of 48ft models to make show premiere at Cannes Yachting Festival   

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The Squadron 48 and Targa 48 GRAN TURISMO will be showcased on the European stage for the first time, displaying the best of British craftsmanship on Fairline’s elegant stand. The Fairline team will be on hand throughout the show to welcome prospective and existing Fairline owners and visitors aboard these new models and talk them through the range’s striking design.

Fairline has developed the new 48ft trio, that also includes the Targa 48 OPEN, with careful attention to global customer feedback and as a result, an array of options is available to ensure each model is perfectly suited to different markets. All three models are powered by Volvo Penta IPS matched to a dynamic new hull, designed specifically for the characteristics of the IPS drive, and feature a beautifully spacious flybridge and newly styled interior.

With intelligent space-saving innovations engineered throughout the boat, the Targa 48GT provides sociable spaces with clever design touches. The electric glazed retractable roof is a standard feature of the boat, offering an ‘open, even when closed’ feel and giving owners the chance to enjoy fresh air and sunshine at the touch of a button, whether at rest or underway.

Meanwhile, the fresh and ingenious design of the Squadron 48 interior ensures there is plentiful space with a voluminous saloon and large relaxed seating areas to both port and starboard. The Squadron 48 also offers numerous opportunities for relaxing in style; the flybridge offers a large seating area around an outdoor dining table which can be lowered to convert into a sunpad in addition to forward-facing seating alongside the upper helm.

Stuart McCullough, Commercial Director at Fairline Boats, commented: “We are looking forward to showcasing the Targa 48GT and Squadron 48 models at the Cannes Yachting Festival for the first time. The Cannes Yachting Festival is the gateway to the Mediterranean motor yachting world and the design of the 48ft range is perfect for the boating region. We look forward to welcoming many Fairline owners and prospective customers on board all of our boats to enjoy the best of British at this year’s show.”


          Fairline exhibits best of British across the globe   

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The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami saw Fairline’s new Targa 48 OPEN make its highly anticipated US debut. The beautiful sports cruiser was unveiled from beneath a huge union flag during the launch, showcasing British design and manufacturing at its very best. The first of three models in the brand’s new 48ft range, the Targa 48 OPEN is created at Fairline’s state-of-the-art £2.6m manufacturing facility in Corby, using the latest technologies and industry-leading production systems.

Fairline also exhibited two models from the iconic new 48ft range in Istanbul, during the CNR International Eurasia Boat Show at the end of the month. The world’s second biggest boat and yacht exhibition on land, the show typically attracts over 1,000 high-quality brands. The stylish Targa 48 OPEN and Squadron 48 were admired by visitors from all over Europe, Asia and the Middle East, alongside four other models from the Fairline range. The show saw a healthy level of sales, with the final total exceeding last year’s figures.  

Kevin Gaskell, CEO of Fairline, commented: “We are proud to be showcasing the very best of British craftsmanship, manufactured right here in Corby and Oundle, across the world. The response from the US audience to the debut of the Targa 48 OPEN was very positive and visitors to the show in Istanbul admired our two 48ft models in particular. The year ahead promises to be an exciting one for Fairline, with planned attendance at boat shows in China, Japan, Australia, South Africa and across Europe. The success of these boats on a global platform is down to our talented British designers and factory teams in Oundle, without whom we wouldn’t have the outstanding boats to showcase.”


          The Fairline 19 at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show    

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Leading British luxury Motor Yacht manufacturer, Fairline Boats, will be at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, exhibiting a selection of its latest models - as well as an original Fairline 19, a model first produced in 1967. 

Celebrating 45 years of luxury British boat-building Fairline Boats scoured the UK for one of the original Fairline 19 models built in the 1960s and restored it to all of its former glory.  Since its launch, Fairline Boats has built over 13,000 models and is still the foremost expert on designing, engineering and producing elegant, British Motor Yachts.       

Visitors to the world’s largest in-the-water boat show can also step on board six boats in the Fairline range, as well as revisit Fairline’s iconic history by exploring its first ever model.  

Following successful European shows in Cannes and Southampton, visitors in the US will be able to see the flagship Squadron 78 CUSTOM, the Squadron 65, the Squadron 50, the Squadron 42, the Targa 62 GRAN TURISMO which was launched at last year’s show, the Targa 38 OPEN and the classic Fairline 19.  

Oliver Winbolt, Head of Marketing at Fairline Boats, said: “We are very excited to be exhibiting once again at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. We have brought some Fairline history with us this year with Fairline’s first ever model on display - the Fairline 19, as well as a range of our latest Targas and Squadrons for guests to enjoy.  We are seeing consistently improving sales across the US and South America and we are committed to further developing the business and our dealer network throughout these regions.”


          Che de exportación   

Néstor Che García, de 52 años, es el objetivo del Fuenlabrada para sustituir al español José Ramón 'Jota' Cuspinera, que dirigió al club madrileño las últimas dos temporadas y firmó hace unas semanas por el Tecnyconta Zaragoza.

El bahiense viajó anoche a Madrid para reunirse con el presidente de Fuenlabrada, José Quintana, y cerrar el acuerdo por una temporada. Sería la primera experiencia europea de García, quien dirigió a los seleccionados de Argentina (2012) y Venezuela (2014 y 2016) cuando se coronaron campeones Sudamericanos, como así también a la Vinotinto a su segundo título en la Copa de las Américas 2015, clasificatorio a los Juegos Olímpicos de Río 2016.

En competencias de clubes, fue campeón con Peñarol (1994), Totamundos (2006) y Marinos (2011), ambos de Venezuela, y Bigua (2009), de Uruguay. También fue entrenador de Guaros (Venezuela), Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca, Boca, Argentino de Junín, Libertad de Sunchales y Quimsa.

De llegar a un acuerdo con Fuenlabrada, García dejará su cargo en Quimsa, con el que le quedaba una temporada de contrato. Y su puesto sería ocupado por Fabio Demti, quien fue su asistente técnico en la 16/17.


          Fairline celebrates a successful PSP Southampton Boat Show   

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The striking display of British yachts included the all new Squadron 48 and Targa 48 OPEN, orders for which are coming in thick and fast. The 2013 PSP Southampton Boat Show was very rewarding in terms of overall orders for Fairline Boats, which further demonstrates the growing demand of the European boat market.            

The PSP Southampton Boat Show featured the world première of the Squadron 48 which is the second model to launch from the Fairline 48ft IPS range. The elegant Squadron features a beautifully spacious flybridge and newly styled interior. The launch of this striking new model was a huge success and the Squadron 48 is set to become one of Fairline’s most popular boats.   

Oliver Winbolt, Head of Marketing at Fairline Boats, commented: “Fairline has enjoyed another exciting and successful PSP Southampton Boat Show. This event is one of the highlights of the international show season, with the relaxed on-water environment giving our guests a real taste of what the Fairline lifestyle has to offer. Sales have been strong, with some models now sold out until the middle of 2014. Fairline would like to thank the BMF and National Boat Shows team for their continued hard work and we look forward to returning next year with an even greater presence.”

Fairline will launch the last of the trio of 48ft boats, the Targa 48 GRAN TURISMO at the London Boat Show in January 2014.


          Fairline takes Southampton by storm   

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The Squadron 78 CUSTOM remains a popular choice for customers with its unmistakable durability, great sea keeping and flexibility through customisation. Fairline Boats, at stand M172-M182, is exhibiting 10 models at the show in total, as well as hosting customers and guests in a luxurious hospitality area. 

Highlights of the show so far include the World Première of the Squadron 48 and the Show Première of the new Targa 48 OPEN.  Both new models are causing quite a stir with customers and the order book throughout 2014 is filling rapidly. The striking display of British yachts on display also include the Targa 38 OPEN, Squadron 42, Targa 48 OPEN, Squadron 48, Targa 50 GRAN TURISMO, Squadron 50, Squadron 60, Targa 62 GRAN TURISMO, Squadron 65 and the iconic Squadron 78 CUSTOM. Despite the changeable weather, Fairline continues to welcome hundreds of customers to this spectacular event - offering tours of the models, refreshments and insights into what Fairline has coming up in 2014.    

Oliver Winbolt, Head of Marketing at Fairline Boats, commented: “Following the success of the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes last week we are enjoying another outstanding show at the PSP Southampton Boat Show. We have had a very pleasing number of sales and enquiries, as well as very positive responses from the customers on our new 48ft launches. It’s great to be on home soil for such a fantastic show and we’re seeing a wealth of interest from customers in the UK and across Europe.”


          La hora de los pibes   

Con Maximiliano Seigorman a la cabeza del proyecto, y Mariano Marcos y Gustavo Sandrini como asistentes, [SUB]los juveniles de Argentina comenzarán a disputar el Mundial de su categoría este sábado, a las 10.15. El rival será Francia, último campeón europeo[/SUB], que salvo las ausencias de Sekou Doumbouya y Frank Ntilikina (Seleccionado 8° en el Draft de la NBA por New York Knicks), tendrá a todas sus figuras.

El elenco albiceleste, que clasificó a la competencia gracias a que FIBA reafirmó la sanción sobre Brasil, mejoró su plantilla respecto al equipo que jugó el Premundial de Chile y concluyó quinto.

Ahora, cuentan con[SUB] nueve jugadores que ya debutaron en la Liga Nacional[/SUB]: Facundo Corvalán, Santiago Vaulet (Bahía Basket), Lautaro López, Leandro Cerminato (San Lorenzo), Luca Valussi, Lautaro Berra (Obras), Mateo Chiarini, Leonardo Lema (Atenas) y Santiago Bruera (Instituto). El único representante del TNA será Matías Solanas, de La Unión de Colón (Entre Ríos).

Además, estarán Maximiliano Andreatta, quien se encuentra en Harcum College, una pequeña Universidad estadounidense, esperando por dar el salto a la NCAA, y Francisco Caffaro, el gigante de 2m12 y 17 años que participó de la Academia Global de la NBA en Australia.

En la historia de la competencia, [SUB]la mejor ubicación lograda por los nuestros fueron dos terceros puestos conseguidos en 1979 y 1991.[/SUB]

El conjunto argentino [SUB]volverá a jugar el domingo a las 8.15 ante Corea del Sur, y cerrará la fase de grupos ante Nueva Zelanda, el martes a las 13.15[/SUB]. Vale aclarar que todos los equipos clasificarán a la siguiente instancia, y se medirán con sus pares del grupo B (Alemania, Puerto Rico, Lituania y Egipto). Los cruces se definirán por la posición que ocupen (1° vs. 4°, 2° vs. 3°).

Los ganadores pasarán a cuartos de final, donde se enfrentarán a los vencedores de los grupos C (España, Mali, Canadá y Japón) y D (Estados Unidos, Angola e Irán). También se disputarán partidos de clasificación entr 9° y 16° entre los que pierdan en octavos. El torneo finalizará el domingo 9 de julio.

[SUB]CALENDARIO[/SUB]

Sábado 1/7: Argentina vs. Francia (10.15)

Domingo 2/7 : . Corea del Sur vs. Argentina (8.15)

Martes 4/7: Argentina vs. Nueva Zelanda (13.15)

Miércoles 5/7: Octavos de Final - Partidos de clasificación 9-16

Viernes 7/7: Cuartos de Final - Partidos de clasificación 9-16

Sábado 8/7: Semifinal - Partidos de clasificación 9-16

Domingo 9/7: Final - Partidos de clasificación 9-16.

*Todos los partidos serán transmitidos en vivo por streaming en FIBA.com.


[SUB]PLANTEL ARGENTINO [/SUB]

Nombre Altura Puesto Equipo

Facundo Corvalán 1m88 Base Bahía Basket

Lautaro López 1m90 Base San Lorenzo

Santiago Vaulet 1m95 Escolta Bahía Basket

Mateo Chiarini 1m88 Escolta Atenas

Matías Solanas 1m93 Escolta La Unión (ER)

Leonardo Lema 2m05 Alero Atenas

Luca Valussi 1m99 Alero Obras

Leandro Cerminato 2m03 Alero/Ala Pivote San Lorenzo

Maximiliano Andreatta 2m09 Ala Pivote Harcum College (EE.UU)

Francisco Caffaro 2m12 Pivote Academia NBA (Australia)

Lautaro Berra 2m08 Pivote Obras

Santiago Bruera 2m06 Pivote Instituto




          Beach Front Condos of Panama   

Panama is the one of the finest place in Europe to tour. As far as touring is considered people tend to take vacation trips to have relaxation and for rejuvenation. Except few people most of the people that take tour don't like to participate in adventures.


          Experiencing The Medical Life of Medical Student at Ukraine   

The Life as a Medical Physician is the one that is required to get along with the needs in the medical career options.Ukraine, Located in the eastern Part of the Europe country offers a different opportunity for the students and the medical aspirant to get along the different career needs.


          Clases ciencias e inglés todos los niveles   
Clases particulares, a domicilio. Matemáticas (calculo, algebra, estadística), física, química, inglés. Todos los niveles, (eso, bachillerato y universidad - ingenierías, físicas, matemáticas, químicas, ade, economicas, uned, universidad europea del atlántico, cesine...). Profesor licenciado en físicas, bilingüe. Amplia experiencia. Zona de santander y alrededores. Enseñanza personalizada según necesidades del alumno.
          Consultant équin – Est de l’Ontario - Cargill - Ontario   
Cargill Animal Nutrition offre des solutions de productivité animale personnalisées aux producteurs commerciaux à travers l’Amérique, l’Europe et l’Asie.
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          Teen musicians to take soulful Memphis Sound anew to Europe   

          Minister visits Dubrovnik Airport, biggest EU project in Croatia   

Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Tomislav Tolusic visited Dubrovnik Airport on Friday, saying the primary function of this big European Union development project was transport connection and that in the long term it would enable tourism development and economic growth in Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the whole region.


          Puma's New Advertising Campaign Uses Mavens Music Tracks   

Puma has a new German advertising campaign that will be featuring music created by http://mavensmusic.com. Puma grabbed the track from our European publishing company Popvirus.de. The track was developed by Kai Panschow and Chase Mcmorrough.

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          Björn Borgs son Leo segrare i Danmark   
Leo Borg, 13, fortsätter att skörda framgångar.Talangen, son till tennisikonen Björn, vann den europeiska juniortour–tävlingen i danska Hörsholm."Vi är så stolta över dig", skriver mamma Patricia på Facebook..
           Petya virus analyzed, EU demands Google change search video    
Among the biggest tech stories this week, experts are searching for answers in the Petya cyber attack, the European Union hits Google with a $2.7 billion antitrust fine, and Nintendo reveals a new classic edition of the Super NES.
          Plantean microrobots que eliminan bacterias contaminantes del agua   


PV- Plantean microrobot para eliminar bacterias en el agua  Investigadores del Instituto de Bioingeniería de Cataluña (IBEC), junto con colaboradores del Max Planck for Intelligent Systems de Stuttgart, han diseñado unos diminutos robots que pueden eliminar del agua las bacterias causantes de enfermedades, como la Escherichia coli.

El estudio, publicado en la revista ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, describe el desarrollo de pequeños robots que pueden nadar en el agua y limpiar a su paso las bacterias causantes de enfermedades.

El trabajo ha sido dirigido por la investigadora postdoctoral Diana Vilela, miembro del grupo Smart Nano-Bio-Devices del IBEC.

Los robots están diseñados como partículas esféricas con dos hemisferios diferenciados: una cara está hecha con magnesio, que reacciona con el agua para producir burbujas de hidrógeno que propulsan los microbots, y la otra está formada por capas alternas de hierro y oro cubiertas por nanopartículas de plata.

Así, las bacterias se adhieren al oro y son eliminadas por las nanopartículas de plata.

“Nuestros ensayos en el laboratorio muestran que los microbots pueden navegar a través del agua durante unos 15 a 20 minutos antes de quedarse sin magnesio y, en este tiempo, son capaces de atrapar más del 80 % de las bacterias E. coli en agua con una alta concentración de ellas”, explicó Samuel Sánchez, responsable del grupo Smart Nano-Bio-Devices del IBEC.

“Después, debido a las propiedades magnéticas del hierro, los microbots pueden ser recogidos fácilmente con un imán, sin dejar ningún residuo en el agua”, especificó.

Con estos robots podría solucionarse el problema de la contaminación del agua potable, que puede causar enfermedades potencialmente mortales cuando no se dispone de un tratamiento adecuado, como ocurre en muchas zonas del mundo.

Según los investigadores, aunque el cloro u otros agentes consiguen desinfectar el agua en gran medida, algunas bacterias y otros microorganismos son muy resistentes y resultan muy difíciles de eliminar.

Además, señalan, en ocasiones los componentes de estos desinfectantes pueden ser perjudiciales para la salud humana.

Esta investigación ha sido financiada por la Alexander von Humboldt Foundation de Alemania, el European Research Council y el Max Planck Institute.
Fuente:El aragueño


          James Richardson vs Dave Chisnall, Jul 02, 2017 – Live Stream, Score, Prediction   
European Tour 8, Richardson – Chisnall, Sunday, 7:00 am ET Short Preview Recent matches Richardson is playing changeable (in the last 5 games wins – 3). Chisnall is in a very good shape now (in the last 5 games wins – 4). Richardson could have problems with physics compare with it opponent – last days […]
          Simone Veil, iconic European feminist politician, dies at 89   
PARIS (AP) -- Simone Veil, a survivor of Nazi death camps and a European Parliament president who spearheaded abortion rights as one of France's most prominent female politicians, died Friday at 89, her family said....
          20 of the best family campsites in Europe   

With great restaurants, beautiful locations and lots of activities and entertainment, these sites offer all the fun but none of the hassle of traditional camping

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          Re: Devil in Disguise: Krugger reworks the Ducati Diavel   

As for "staying in Europe" perhaps that is the problem with the Diavel -- the maker of elegant svelte sport bikes decides to make a cruiser to broaden its American market. I think Tamburini attempted to move to Nashville and Roland Sands is just trying to give the new-comer some hints.


          La US reúne desde este domingo a más de 650 investigadores en el Congreso de la Sociedad Europea de Biomecánica   
La Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería (ETSI) de la Universidad de Sevilla (US) será la sede entre los días 2 y 5 de julio del XXIII Congreso de la Sociedad Europea de Biomecánica, que reunirá a más de 650 investigadores y expertos en la materia de 45 países.
          I just planned a trip to some European countries I haven’t been to before.    

I just planned a trip to some European countries I haven’t been to before. Most of it is free with points - it’s cheaper than when I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding! 

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          Liberty’s Revolution   

By Kyle Becker

The War of Independence was not the culmination of irresistible forces but of enlightened ideas. It was the shining ideal of liberty that changed the course of history, and it remains eternally available for mankind to do so again. The path to liberty was long and arduous. Nothing came easy, and the oppressive state that ruled our forebears did not yield to eloquence, but to force. It required the steely resolve of our intellectual ancestors, men willing to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, for the American colonists to shrug off their oppressors. The European heritage of ...

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          What Time Of Day Is Best To Take L-carnetine   
"They make magic with the money ..."


I found the following comment, signed Corto , in an article Francis Velen (Blog from the rostrum of Geneva), about the volatile situation in Libya:


What Europeans do not see is that what happens in the 'nations' Arab is one thousandth of what the West will will take on the donut!

The Arab world and the West are just two sides of the same coin, you do not see that one side, some produce and other cars, they have oil!

You do not see that at the time the two would finally agree with a U.S. president pro-Arab, or rather pro-Iranian, is busting his nose while on the asphalt still warm in history.

You are all blind and you will see that this is just the beginning and it is not always the one who put the first goal wins the match. Frankly blindness among Arab and Western cowardice is white-hat-white hat and that he will happen if the Arabs come in a huge and incomprehensible civil war, millions of refugees in a Europe brink of bankruptcy. Here is the menu of this new century, a huge confusion in which, not only policies have no solution but did not see it coming so they anchored in corruption. Reread the comments Corto 2 years and you'll see that everything is there!

Personally when I see the UN, the European military powers did not intervene in Libya, so that everything passes was more than likely, I is not nothing wrong with Arab, on the contrary, they had the courage to confront their kleptomaniac monsters, bloodthirsty soulless and supported by the Swiss banks, but I see the sky of the Mediterranean does not planes Italian, French (Land of Human Rights) Domestic ( for once they have been used), or any civilized nation known as the Libyan civilians are being slaughtered, I even shame not to be an Arab!

Is Israel going to do the job? Ban ki Moon has 10,000 soldiers in an attempt to declare a civil war in Côte d'Ivoire, can not, this dog, sending its planes to Libya to calm things down?

We are in Geneva, a city where all the money from Qaddafi sleeps badly bloodied and where the UN welcomes daily catering trucks from Richmond, and nobody has exploded this puppet theater on a budget of tens of billion per year!

This world is screwed up, they screwed up is because you're not even fucking show your frustration on the net! it is fucked because tonight there is not much fats 10'000 Geneva outside the gates of the UN that trap these pests from reality!

A Federal Councillor who wore the headscarf of shame and not even his friend Gaddafi condemned the massacres of civilians, while she wept for not seeing the funds placed Gaddafi in Geneva migrate other paradise!

He would do what the Libyans are in Geneva and all the dictatorships in the world are buried! All the dirty money that junk sleep in Geneva!

Another little surprise, a film sponsored by Polanski on Switzerland, 23 minutes of normal madness! Here, the cultural genius is not subsidized.

A month ago wikileaks should publish documents involving Swiss banks in the dirty business, no one knows why nothing came officially break the web, but copies exist! Revenge is a dish best eaten warm.

Friends Libyan, Egyptian and Tunisian peoples all future free from the grip of dirty money and looted, remember the pressure on the Swiss political, they make magic with the money, they transform the billions millions when it comes to make the people!

Example; marcos would leave 70 million in Swiss banks, the reality was quite different, marcos left several billion! but they are gone as soon as they were to return to the Filipino people!

Corto

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21/02/2011

          Avery Table Tents 5305   
Mohamed Hassan: "the causes of the revolution far beyond Tunisia Ben Ali and his party. "

Tunisians brought down the dictator Ben Ali. Today, they continue to fight against his men to head the transitional government. In this new chapter of our series "Understanding the Muslim world," Mohamed Hassan * ((photo-cons) explains the implications of the revolution of Tunisia and its root causes: how nationalism Liberal advocated by Tunisia under Bourguiba interests Western, plunging people into poverty, how a repressive state has put in place to maintain this system, why dictatorships in the Arab world are caused to fall, and how Islam became the condom imperialism




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In December 2010, riots broke out in Tunisia. A month later, President Ben Ali fled the country after twenty-three year reign. What are the causes of this revolution? And why is it popular movement succeeded in bringing down the dictator where other attempts have failed?

For there to be a revolution, it is necessary that people refuse to live as before and that the ruling class is no longer able to govern as before. On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a young seller of fruits and vegetables, has sacrificed out of desperation after police had confiscated his goods himself, and that local authorities have to stop working. The conditions were ripe for a revolution broke out in Tunisia Bouazizi and suicide was the trigger.

Indeed, the Tunisians did not want to live as before: they were not accepting corruption, police repression, lack of freedom, unemployment, etc.. Moreover, the ruling class could no longer govern as before. Corruption under Ben Ali had taken a phenomenal amount while the majority of the population had to face insecurity. To maintain this status, police repression would be higher but it had reached its limits. The ruling elite was completely disconnected from the people for whom there was no interlocutor. Therefore, when popular revolts broke out, the ruling class had no choice but to quell the violence. But with the determination of the people, the repression reached its limit. This is one of the keys to the success of the popular revolution of Tunisia: it managed to reach all segments of society, including members of the army and police who sympathized with the demonstrators. The repressive apparatus could no longer function as before either. If a revolt occurs but is not able to combine different segments society, it can not lead a revolution.

Even after the departure of Ben Ali, the protests continue. The situation that Tunisians refuse is not the result of one man? For

signs "Ben Ali emerges" signs were followed by "CDR releases. Tunisians are attacking the president's political party because they fear that one of his men to take power. But in reality, the root causes that led to revolt Tunisians far outweigh Ben Ali and the RCD. It is not enough to turn the president for the people earns his freedom and improves living conditions.

corruption, unemployment, social inequality ... What are the effects of imperialist domination of the West over Tunisia. For Tunisia, after independence, became a project of the United States.

What do you mean by imperialism?


Imperialism is the process by which capitalist powers politically and economically dominated by foreign countries. Western multinationals plunder the resources of Africa, Latin America and Asia. They find opportunities for capital they will accumulate and exploit cheap labor market. I say that multinationals are not buying as they plunder the resources at their fair value and the local people not benefiting from these riches. And this looting would not be possible if these countries operated, there were no leaders to defend the interests of multinationals. These leaders are getting richer in the process. They constitute the so-called comprador bourgeoisie. They have no political vision for their own country does not produce wealth and do not develop a real economy. But personally enriched by trading resources their countries with multinationals. Obviously, the people are the biggest victim in all this!

When you're a nationalist anti-imperialist cons, you are looking to develop for yourself. You nationalize key sectors of your economy, rather than leaving the management to foreign companies. This will create a national economy in the country and you allow it to grow on the basis of independence. That's what I call a national democratic revolution: national independent because of the imperialist powers, democratic as against feudalism and the elements reactionaries in the country.

However, Bourguiba, Tunisia's first president, was considered a socialist. And during his reign, the state played a very important role in the economy.


Bourguiba's political party was socialist in name only. If the state played an important role, it was only for the benefit of an elite only. This is called state capitalism. In addition, Bourguiba has systematically eliminated all the progressive elements and anti-imperialist in his party. So that this party became the party of one man, completely subject to U.S. imperialism.

Habib Bourguiba , great actor in the struggle for independence, was president of Tunisia from 1957 to 1987


What Was Tunisia important for the United States?

To understand the importance of that country to the U.S. strategy, we must analyze the political context of the Arab world in years 50 and 60. In 1952, officers overthrew the monarchy of King Farouk of Egypt and proclaim a republic. With Nasser at the helm Egypt becomes the basis of Arab nationalism inspired with revolutionary ideas of socialism. As evidenced by the nationalization of the Suez Canal, Nasser's arrival in power is a blow to the West because the Egyptian president's policy is totally at odds with the hegemonic Western powers in the Near and Middle East. Worse still: the anti-imperialist ideas of Nasser are emulated in the region. In Yemen for example, where in 1962 a revolution divided the country, the South becoming a bastion of Arab revolutionary movement. The same year, the independence of Algeria sends a strong signal to Africa and the Third World, the imperialist powers put on alert. Libya also note the Qaddafi coup in 1969. The colonel took power and nationalized major sectors of the economy, to the chagrin of the West. The same year, the Islamic revolution in Iran toppled the Shah, one of the most important pillars of U.S. strategy in the Middle East.

short, at that time, an anti-imperialist movement defies strong strategic interests of the United States in the Arab world. Fortunately for Washington, all countries in the region do not follow the path of Nasser. It the case of Tunisia. In 1957, a year after the independence of Tunisia, Bourguiba was one of the first Arab leaders to send U.S. in the prestigious journal, Foreign Affairs. The title of the article? Nationalism best antidote to communism. For the United States who want to counter the influence of Nasser is a godsend! Bourguiba wrote in his article: "With the regard, Tunisia has chosen to make unequivocal its way into the free world from the West." We are in the Cold War. The Soviets argued that Nasser's influence grows in the region. And the U.S. needs pro-imperialist agents Bourguiba as not to lose strategic control of the Arab world.

Nasser announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956

Can we be both nationalist and pro-imperialist?

Bourguiba was a liberal nationalist with anti-communist ideas which led him to join the imperialist camp in the West. In fact, I feel like George Padmore Bourguiba Arabic. Padmore was a leading Pan-Caribbean origin. In 1956 he wrote a book called Pan-Africanism or Communism: The battle ahead in Africa. Like Bourguiba, he fed anti-communist ideas and even if he declared himself a nationalist, his political vision was largely subservient to the interests of imperialist powers. Nationalism served as a cover, their policy is far from being independent. Padmore had a great influence on the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, one of the instigators of the African Union. Its pro-imperialist ideas were able to spread across the continent with the result that we see today is celebrated around the golden jubilee of independence in Africa, but many Africans know they have never become independent. President Nkrumah himself later regretted having taken the advice of Padmore.

In Tunisia too, the submission to imperialist interests has quickly been felt and it turned out that nationalism advocated by Bourguiba was a facade. In the 70s, for example, the President has passed a series of measures intended to attract foreign investors: tax exemption on company profits for ten years, exemption from all duties and taxes for twenty years, exemption from Tax Income property values, etc.. Tunisia has become a vast workshop of Western multinationals in recent repatriation of profits.

Tunisia did she not still been some good progress under Bourguiba?

Yes, there have been positive developments: education, status of women, etc.. First, because Tunisia were the progressives in his elite players, but they were quickly dismissed. Then, because Tunisia was to be dressed in his finest dress. Indeed, this country played a major role in the strategy of the United States to counter the influence of communism in the Arab world. But what had you on the other side? Progressive revolutionary movements that had toppled backward and monarchies who enjoyed popular support. You could not counteract this movement by advocating a feudal system. Saudi Arabia has done so because it could use its oil money for that. But Tunisia, unable to rely on such resources, should provide some progressive image. In the fight against communism, it was supposed to represent a successful Third World countries have chosen the path of liberal nationalism.

But behind the scenes was less flattering. As I said, Bourguiba has systematically eliminated the progressive elements that do not follow his steps. The anti-imperialists who wanted an independent Tunisia both economically and politically, those who wanted to assert their own position in the Third World and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all were opposed. Tunisia has in fact been used as a laboratory of the imperialist powers. And what was supposed to represent the success of liberal nationalism has become a dictatorship.

When Ben Ali Bourguiba succeeded in 1987, he continues on the same track?


Absolutely. One can even say that the submission to Western interests has grown. Ben Ali was a pure agent of U.S. imperialism. In 1980, as ambassador to Poland, he even served as a liaison between the CIA and Lech Walesa, the union leader who fought against the Soviet Union.

In 1987, when Ben Ali assumed the presidency of Tunisia, the country was deeply in debt by the capitalist crisis of 1973. Moreover, at that time, the ideas of Milton Friedman and his Chicago Boys were very popular. These ultra-liberal economists believed that the market is an entity capable of regulating themselves and that the state should certainly not interfere in the economy. The technical elite Tunisian largely from U.S. schools were highly influenced by theories of Friedman. Ben Ali then left the state capitalism in effect at the beginning of the era Bourguiba. Under the supervision of the IMF and World Bank, he began a privatization program much more massive than what his predecessor had already begun in the 70s.

What were the effects of this new economic policy?


First, privatization of the Tunisian economy has allowed Ben Ali and his wife's family, Trabelsi, personal enrichment. Corruption has reached a very high level, Tunisia has become a country totally subservient to imperialism, headed by a comprador bourgeoisie. Obviously, Ben Ali and his clan did not have many raw materials to selling out to Western multinationals. But they took advantage of the education system established under Bourguiba to develop a service economy. Indeed, the Tunisian workforce is highly educated and inexpensive at a time. It therefore attracts foreign investors.

Tourism has also developed strong as to become the mainstay of the Tunisian economy. Here we see the lack of political vision of the elite. Indeed, no country can develop its economy based on tourism if not first developed a national economic base. The tourism industry consumes a lot but reported very little to the Tunisian people. Imagine: while Western tourists consume hectoliters of water to bask in pools, Jacuzzis or golf course, the poor peasants in the south face of the drying soil.

But it's not just the farmers who have suffered from this policy. Overall, the social conditions of the Tunisian people deteriorated while the president's entourage has amassed a huge fortune. Everyone knew the regime was corrupt. So to maintain this system, the system should prevent any disputes. The repression became even more brutal penny Ben Ali simple criticism or even the desire for modernity and openness were not allowed. Such a situation could lead to popular revolt. Moreover, trying to monopolize his clan the wealth of the country, Ben Ali has also drew the ire of some of the traditional bourgeois Tunisia.


You say that political repression was very strong. Is there anyway today, opposition forces can guide the people's revolution now that Ben Ali has fallen?

Genuine opposition parties were banned under Ben Ali. However, some continued to exist underground. For example, the first Tunisian Communist Party could not live openly and organize like any political party in a democracy. But he continued to operate secretly through associations of civil society (teachers, farmers, doctors, prisoners ...). The PGWPP was able to form a social base and fired a solid experience of this period. It is exceptional in the Arab world.

I think two major challenges now await the opposition parties. First, they must come forward and make themselves known to the general public in Tunisia. Then they must organize a united front of resistance to imperialism. In fact, the imperialist powers seek to maintain the system without Ben Ali Ben Ali. We see now with the Union government National rejected the Tunisians, which is very positive. But the imperialist powers will not stop there. They will certainly seek to impose an International Electoral Commission to support candidates who defend to their best interests. It is therefore necessary to resist interference by creating a united front to build a true democracy.


Opposition parties are they able to overcome their differences to create such a front?

I know that some political parties were reluctant to associate Islamo-nationalist movement Ennahda. This movement emerged in the 80s. He advocated an anti-imperialist line and in fact, has suffered political repression. Why not combine Ennahda in front of resistance to the interference of foreign powers? Tunisia is a Muslim country. It is normal that a political force emerges with an Islamo-nationalist trend. You can not prevent that.

But each of these movements must be studied separately, with its own specificities. This was done by the communist PGWPP. They studied scientifically objective conditions that apply Tunisia. Their conclusion is that the Communists and Islamo-nationalists have been victims of political repression and that even though their programs differ, they share common ground: they want an end to dictatorship and the independence of Tunisia. The Communists have proposed an alliance with the Islamo-nationalists long ago. Of course, the PGWPP does not make Tunisia a Islamic state. Its political agenda is different from that of al-Nahda. But it is the Tunisian people who will judge these differences democratically. Elections should be a contest open to everyone. That is true democracy.

Precisely opposition parties gathered in front of 14 January to fight against the interim government of Mohamed Ghannouchi, a henchman of former President Ben Ali. A hopeful sign?

Absolutely, Tunisia is on the right track: all opposition parties banned so far have created a united front to prevent the system is maintained without Ben Ali Ben Ali. Also underline the role played by the base of the union UGTT. The head of the union authorized under Ben Ali was corrupt and working with the state police. But since the basis of the union put pressure on its leaders and members who UGTT were part of the transitional government have resigned. Although much remains to be done, democracy wins Tunisian institutions under pressure from the people.

Western powers opposed to that. They want to impose democracy in Tunisia where only low-intensity "good" candidates would be allowed to stand for election. If you look at the type of democracy that the United States enjoy, you come across Ethiopia. The U.S. government has provided $ 983 million to countries in the Horn of Africa for the year 2010. That same year, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, in office since 16 years, was reelected with 99.5 percent of the vote! It's even better than Ben Ali! The reality is this: behind their rhetoric in support of the Tunisian people, the Western powers continue to actively support many other Ben Ali in the world.

The United States could not they support other candidates pro-imperialist, but in the eyes of Tunisians, were not associated with the Ben Ali era?

It would be difficult. There is a part of the comprador bourgeoisie which was lésinée by the corrupt system of Ben Ali. But this elite is not strong enough control the popular movement and not enough grounding in the Establishment to win.

The United States had also thought of another strategy: a few months ago, while Ben Ali was still in power, the U.S. ambassador has visited a Communist leader in prison. Officially, a simple observation visit in the framework of respect for human rights. Unofficially, the U.S. anticipated the departure of Ben Ali and wanted to test the waters. Their goal was to get the Communists against the Islamo-nationalists, divide the resistance to imperialism to weaken more. But the Communists Tunisia does not fall into the trap. They are very familiar with the strategy developed by Henry Kissinger in the 80s in the Middle East. They published a very good study on the subject and know they should not take orders from outside or adhere to ideologies manufactured by foreign powers.

Why the U.S. have they abandoned Ben Ali? Had he gone too far in personal enrichment? According to a cable Wikileaks, the U.S. ambassador was very critical of the system of quasi-mafioso Tunisian president, organized corruption are obstacles to investments by foreign companies.

This is not the problem. The United States does not care about corruption. Instead, it is a key element of the system of domination on the U.S. South. In fact, Washington was aware of the internal situation in Tunisia and knew that Ben Ali would not be able to govern. The West must now ensure that the replacement of Ben Ali will continue to defend their interests. The stakes are high. The capitalist crisis is causing serious problems in the West. Besides this, China is getting stronger and now provides more loans than the World Bank and other imperialist powers combined. She even wants to buy a significant portion of the debt of the euro area partly because it has economic interests with European countries, on the other imperialist powers to divide, the EU is historically associated with states USA.

In such a context, the Tunisian people's movement, under the auspices of a revolutionary leadership, could establish an independent government and take advantage of this situation of a multipolar world. The imperialist powers fear that countries that were traditionally under his rule become economically independent, turning also to China. Tunisia could build relationships with the Asian giant to develop its commercial ports. And it would seriously question the concept of the Mediterranean Dialogue, this expansion of NATO to the countries of the Mediterranean that is not a dialogue but a mere instrument of Western domination.

Another country that seems to fear democracy in Tunisia and in the region, Israel. Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said shortly after the fall of Ben Ali that the development of democracy in Arab countries threaten Israel's security. This country often called only democracy in the Middle East, would he be afraid of competition?

Under a democratic facade, Israel is a fascist, apartheid state. In the region, it can not ally with repressive dictatorial states, led by comprador bourgeoisie that weaken the body of the Arab nation. Currently, these Arab states are rich countries inhabited by poor people. But if a democratic government in the full sense of the term emerges, it will increase economically the Arab nation as a whole. And this economic development will lead to an alliance of Arab countries against the state racist oppressing the Palestinians. Israel fears this course.

Moreover, there is a very big gap between the official positions of Arab dictatorships and the popular sentiment about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since Egyptian President Sadat visited Israel in 1977, Egypt's position is "we want peace." But it is a position imposed by force to the population. And the current Egyptian government is not content to maintain peaceful relations with Tel Aviv. It participates actively in the strangulation of Gaza, while the majority of Egyptians in solidarity with Palestinians.

It's the same alignment of Arab dictatorships on Washington politics. Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are allies of the United States while the populations of these countries are anti-imperialists. I was in Egypt when Muntadhar al-Zaidi, a journalist in Iraq, threw his shoes on George W. Bush. The Egyptian population was celebrated as a hero. I heard of fathers wanting to marry their daughter with the reporter. Still, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is one of the most faithful allies of Washington.

Do you think the revolution Tunisia a domino effect could cause the downfall of other dictatorships in the Arab world?

70% of the population in Arab countries is less than thirty years and knows that unemployment, police repression and corruption. But all these young people want to live. And to live, they need change. This is the reality of each country. It is therefore not even need a domino effect, the objective conditions are ripe for further revolutions erupt.

People no longer want to live as before. But for their part, the ruling classes are they unable to govern as before?

course. And we see in Egypt today. There are police everywhere in this country. But it is impossible to control everything. A state police has its limitations and the Arab world have reached.

Furthermore, information plays a very important role today. Tunisians, Egyptians and peoples of the Third World are better informed through Al-Jazeera as part of an Internet and social networks on the other. The evolution of information technology has increased the level of education and consciousness of people. The people no longer a mass of illiterate peasants. You have a lot of very smart young people, with a certain practical sense, able to circumvent censorship and of mobilizing the Internet.

there in these countries the opposition forces can guide the popular revolutions?

Why Punishment is so important if these dictators were not in danger? Why the comprador bourgeoisie, so greedy, she would spend so much money in the repressive apparatus if she was not afraid to be reversed? If there was no opposition, all this would not be necessary.

the side of Western observers, many fear that the collapse of these regimes Arab favors the rise of Islamism. As summarized so finely Christophe Barbier, editor of L'Express, "Ben Ali is better than the bearded." These fears proved on of Islamism are they based?

Islamism became the condom of imperialism. Western powers justify their strategy of domination in the Arab-Muslim world under the guise of fighting against Islam. There are Islamists everywhere today. Soon, we shall find even traces of Al-Qaeda on Mars if it is useful to the imperialists!

In reality, the West has always needed to invent an enemy to justify its hegemonic designs and incredible military spending (financed by taxpayers). After the fall of the Soviet Union and the demise of the communist enemy is Islam and Al Qaeda who have played the roles of villains villains.

But the West has no problem with Islamism. It adapts very well to this trend in countries like Saudi Arabia. Moreover, he himself fostered the rise of Islamist movements to counter the Arab nationalism at a time. The real problem for the West is anti-imperialism. That's why he tries to discredit any popular movement in the Arab world who is opposed to its interests by affixing the label "Islamist."

Finally, it should not be very smart to think that the Arab dictatorships are bulwarks against the rise of religious fanaticism. Instead, these repressive regimes have led some of the population to be radicalized. Who could afford to say that such and such people have no right to democracy? In a truly democratic country, different political forces may emerge. But the bourgeoisie comprador ruling in the Arab dictatorships can not convince people. She can not even face to face. To defend the imperialist interests, you must prevent other political forces to emerge because they are likely to convince the people against a corrupt elite. The West has always sought to maintain dictatorships that served its interests by waving the specter of Islamism. But the Arab peoples need democracy. They claim it today and nobody can not go against these claims.

Source: www.michelcollon.info
          Biały Dom zdradził szczegóły wizyty Donalda Trumpa w Polsce. Nazwano nasz kraj „europejskim mocarstwem”   
Generał Herbert Raymond McMaster, doradca prezydenta USA ds. bezpieczeństwa narodowego, podczas spotkania z dziennikarzami przedstawił plan przyszłotygodniowej wizyty Donalda Trumpa w Europie. Polskę nazwał „potęgą europejską” (European Power – red.).


          Pierwszy taki pogrzeb. Pożegnanie Helmuta Kohla manifestem europejskich wartości   
Pogrzeb byłego kanclerza Niemiec Helmuta Kohla stał się okazją do wygłoszenia politycznych przemówień o konieczności podtrzymania integracji europejskiej, a także wskazania kierunków działań, by podźwignąć Unię Europejską ze stanu, w którym się znajduje.


          The Clarke Boland Big Band is "All Smiles"   
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Georges Paczynski, the author of the immensely important, Une Histoire de la Batterie de Jazz, which won the “Prix Charles Delauney 2000,” offered this succinct, background information about the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band:

“The C.B.B.B. - The Clarke Boland Big Band - was formed in 1962 through the efforts of Francy Boland and Kenny Clarke. The pianist and the drummer wanted lo form a European orchestra whose sound would be instantly recognizable.

After recording in Cologne on May 18 and 19, 1961. with a smaller group - Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland (The Golden Eight) - the two leaders decided to put together a bigger band, and on December 13. 1961, the recording of Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland ("Jazz is Universal") took place. Among the thirteen musicians were the future mainstays of the band: the American trumpeter Benny Bailey, the English alto sax player Derek Humble, and the trombone player from Sweden, Aake Persson. After the success of this disc, the decision was made to increase the band even further; on January 25. 26 and 27. 1963 the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band recorded in Cologne with 21 musicians. Throughout its career, the band never included less than 12 nationalities.

The personalities of the two leaders. Kenny and Francy. were directly opposite of those of the legendary big band leaders, iron-fisted megalomaniacs like Buddy Rich or Benny Goodman. Not only did Francy write the arrangements for a given instrument, but in thinking of a particular musician in the band, and composed according to the sound, phrasing and style of the individual. Team spirit reigned in the C.B.B.B. Each musician was aware of his importance in creating a good ensemble sound.

The name of Kenny Clarke is definitively associated with the birth of bop drumming. Following in the footsteps of Jo Jones and Sidney Catlett. it is to him that we owe the fact that still today the rhythm is played on the ride cymbal, with snare drum/bass drum punctuations. Jazz lovers see Kenny primarily as a small group drummer, forgetting that he was also a great big band drummer [check out Kenny’s playing in Dizzy Gillespie’s first big band in the 1940’s].

Drummer/leaders have existed from the earliest times in jazz. After "Papa Jack" Laine. there were Ben Pollack. Chick Webb, Gene Krupa. Buddy Rich, Don Lamond. Mel Lewis... the list (and the beat) goes on. The C.B.B.B. is situated in the grand traditions of the big bands. The basic musical concept was of a rhythmic foundation on which the entire orchestra reposed. Here the role of the drummer is clearly vital; along with the bassist, he plays throughout the piece, and is both accompanist and soloist.

But this key role is not without its disadvantages; the drummer has incomparably less freedom than in a small group. He has to memorize the arrangement, playing strictly what has already been laid down, while still leaving room for improvised fills. Some famous drummers have never succeeded in imposing such discipline on themselves. Others have adapted magnificently to it. Such was the case with Kenny, who was able to play with what I will call "controlled madness". In the big band, he played with a big band drummer's phrasing - unlike, for example. Mel Lewis, who in a big band setting performed with exactly the same vocabulary as in a quartet. ...

Running a big band poses all kinds of difficulties, financial and organizational among others. The C.B.B.B. lasted 11 years, and broke up in 1973. It was in no sense a revolutionary band, but there was within it a fundamental and precious element: an intense love of playing. Francy Boland and Kenny Clarke had the great merit of believing that the formation of a European jazz orchestra was possible, despite the supposedly insurmountable obstacles. They believed... and they were right... and we now reap the benefit.”

Georges overview of the Clarke Boland Big Band - known to its many fans as the CBBB - assumes a new relevance with the CD reissue with enhanced audio quality of one of its later recordings on MPS - The Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band - “ALL SMILES."


Mike Bloom Media Relations PROMOTION SHEET offers the following details:


RELEASE DATE: June 23rd 2017

Artist: The Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band
Title: ALL SMILES
Artists: Trumpets: B. Bailey, I. Sulieman, J. Deuchar, S.
Gray Trombones: A. Persson, N. Peck, E. v. Lier
Saxophones: D. Humble, J. Griffin, R. Scott, T. Coe, S.
Shihab Piano: F. Boland Bass: J. Woode Drums: K. Clarke
Vibes: D. Pike

Format: 1CD- Digipac
Cat. No.: 0211956MSW
PPD:7,49EUR~PC:ACR
Barcode: 4029759119562

TRACKLIST
1. Let's Face The Music And Dance - 3:23
2. I'm All Smiles-3:25
3. You Stepped Out Of A Dream - 3:03
4. I'm Glad There Is You-3:29
5. Get Out Of Town-4:47
6. By Strauss-3:35
7. When Your Lover Has Gone - 4:16
8. GLoria-4:21
9. Sweet And Lovely - 3:36
10. High School Cadets - 2:05


ABOUT THIS RECORD - by Stefan Franzen [translated by Martin Cook]

“Without ever making concessions to the trend of the moment, the Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band was the embodiment of the timeless art of the jazz orchestra. Its play was proof positive that a jazz big band compiled of top-flite musicians from both sides of the Atlantic could take off and soar. Regarded as the most important big band outside of the US, this bi-continental orchestra recorded over two dozen albums, close to a third of these under the SABA and MRS labels. Recorded in May, 1968, All Smiles was one of the Bands highpoints. The album exhibits a style that became synonymous with this US-European enterprise: it not only swung it was the perfect vehicle for Bolands sophisticated modern arrangements. Trumpeters Benny Bailey and Idrees Sulieman, saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Ronnie Scott, as well as special guest vibraphonist Dave Pike are some of the jazz giants among the soloists in this 17-man combo who turn out some masterly short portraits. From the fleet-footed waltz I’m All Smiles to the bluesy party piece, By Strauss and the sensuous theme from Gloria, the journey continues on through to the furious John Phillip Sousa finale, High School Cadets. Preferring varicolored intricacy over massive walls of sound, The Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band stood up against the constant flow of momentary fads, remaining true to the inventive tradition of the great big bands.”

Original Liner Notes - by Manfred Miller

[Warning these have some syntactical and grammatical challenges for native speakers of English. I decided to represent them in their original translation as I do not speak enough German to attempt my own.]

The one window is open. Hubbub comes up from the street and into the room that is in Cologne's elegant Hohe Strasse/High Street (no thoroughfare!) on the first floor above the branch of some bank. The large, plain writing-table hides itself under paper. Telegrams, notes, contracts, excerpts pile up to several layers. Two of the three phones at least are constantly in operation. On the second table, in a corner, there, too, is scarcely a spot left for an ash-tray. Sheets of notes, a bunch of newspapers, at least ten tape boxes. If a film chose to feature a manager's office like that everybody would laugh at the cliche of overburdening.

The man who hired this room does work hard. It is not that sort of work, however, which the German treasury of proverbs has always rated higher than fun. The man offers his latest product music. Powerfully swinging, precise, intelligent music, music that interests head and feet and everything in between. “All Smiles" is going to be the title of the new Clarke-Boland Big Band album. The man has to shout to make that understood. The two loudspeakers are turned on to the limits of their capacity. The one window is still open...

Gigi Campi never listens to his tapes quietly. An American trombonist, who for some time belonged to the CBBB, once complained. "Funny band. No dynamics", to the protest of his colleague Nat Peck "Yes there are! One is loud, the other is louder..." An exaggerated sentence, no doubt. Yet like every good exaggeration it catches some truth. The CBBB does not play for self-forgetting, absorbed listeners. If it provokes self-forgetfulness, it is that of rhythmical ecstasy. The CBBB does not know the charms of the morbid. This is hopelessly sound and optimistic music. All Smiles.

The Clarke-Boland guys stand for Ellington's fundamental truth: "It don't mean a thing..." It is not by chance that this band plays with two drummers - as if Klook Clarke alone were not a deuce of a swinger. Once his near namemate Kenny Clare acted as a substitute for Clarke who was prevented from making a date. The Clarke indemnification thrilled the band, he was invited to the next session. Klook personally persuaded the English studio musician to become a constant member with the CBBB - as a percussionist.

"Then there was one number", Clare reports, "a Turkish march thing on which I played snare drum. On the playback it sounded pretty good together, just like one drummer. There were some talks. The next time would I bring my drums along, too? Let's see, if it works with both of us playing together. It worked."

Indeed, Clarke and Clare together play like one musician; only that one musician alone could never realise all they play together. Clare: "There are many who would like to get that springy kind of beat Klook gets. I would, too. When I'm with him I can play that way without even thinking about it. As soon as I'm away from him I can't do it anymore. Strange. I have yet to figure it out." Whatsoever may be the key to this secret - the result is a fabulous co-ordination of the two drummers. The first piece - LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE - is an example of this. The fills Klook on the snare drum (for stereo listeners left channel) and Clare on the bass drum do in concert seem as if sprung up from one and the same feeling; and a swinging feeling into the bargain.

It would be wrong, however, to list the CBBB simply under the rubric "powerhouse.” The co-leader, arranger, and pianist Francy Boland has too many ideas for that. You will never catch upon Boland copying simple riffs nor - as the legend goes - exercising. SWEET AND LOVELY forces out of the standard melody continually fresh versions, new harmonic nuances and shades of sound, variations in a strict sense (into which Johnny Griffin excellently joins with a concentrated solo citing motives from the theme once and again): that is - also - an intellectual delight. As the British musical journalist Kenny Graham noted, Francy Boland does not care for trends. Harmonically scored choruses for the reed section have become rare in jazz. Yet Francy dedicates an entire number to the saxophones and with numbers such as YOU STEPPED OUT OF A DREAM, GET OUT OF TOWN and WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE shows what other arrangers do not care to miss.

Certainly who besides Boland disposes of such a reed section? The musicians of the CBBB do not know a comparison to Derek Humble's lead alto that is relaxed and vigorous at once, and ever riding the tip of the beat wave - they give a tired shrug even to the most renowned names. Each of the three tenor saxophonists takes a fine solo - "Li'l Giant" Griffin justifies his nickname time and again. Ronnie Scott blows a virile and straight solo in Gershwin's homage to the king of waltz BY STRAUSS. Tony Coe tells of Dame GLORIA'S merits with rhapsodic vehemence (,,a masterpiece", says Gigi Campi): and Sahib Shihab, who in the Barbara-Streisand-title I'M ALL SMILES solos on flute, is “the outstanding baritone saxophonist of modern jazz" according to Joachim Ernst Berendt. Each of the five reed men is himself a star with a distinguished style of his own, and yet jointly they make up a homogenous and disciplined section. Whosoever generated the rumour that precision and musical temperament were exclusive to one another; he has to be refuted by these five musicians.

And the same applies to the other sections. Benny Bailey, the brilliant, willful lead trumpeter, blows the delicately musical flugelhorn solo in I'M GLAD THERE IS YOU. Cole Porter's GET OUT OF TOWN is meant for Jimmy Deuchar's elegant trumpet and for Ake Persson's powerful trombone-Idrees Sulieman, who in the Clarke-Boland combos mostly comes out with untamed attacca and splendid bop phrases, shows off a different side now: a simple melodic lead and a warm tone in LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE and in the standard ballad of WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE, from which he chooses the first few bars to set out a well-controlled improvisation that does not waste a note.

To those who are still in the dark the Sousa-march HIGH SCHOOL CADETS tells what is the matter with the CBBB. That drives on straight away like - well, no: a steam roller is not likely to go so easily at 250 km/h. You had better not try to sit still to these pieces: Let's face the music and dance. Still one thing to tell you: perhaps you really ought to shut that window now.”

TO EVERY AGE ITS SOUND by Dirk Sommer, reissue producer [Translated by Martin Cook]

Yes, we have worked on the sound of the music that was stored on tapes, some of which are over 40 years old, before they were transferred to the lacquers that are used for the vinyl record production. In the music business this is commonly known as remastering. However, it says nothing about how intensively and with what a sense of purpose mastering engineer Christoph Stickel and I have worked on modifying and improving the sound of the original tapes. Of course as with any LP that appears in the triple-a-series, all the procedures took place using only the finest analogue equipment. As the headline - modeled after the Vienna Secession movement's motto: 'to every age its art' - already indicates, every period has its own typical sound esthetic. We felt that fitting the MPS records to the way recordings sound today would be a sort of sacrilege. As a result, we have simply redressed a couple of traces of aging as well as small inconsistencies in the sound that, because of the technological limitations of that time, were not optimally dealt with on the original recordings. So enjoy some of the most exciting jazz albums of the 1970's and 80's the way they originally sounded - despite or because of our remasterings!”

The following video features the CBBB on Get Out of Town:



          #beatmaKINGS secondo i beatmakers: i top 10 per DJ Vadim   

Photo by Blixton Dupont Abbiamo chiesto a Dj Vadim, icona del beatmaking europeo dagli anni ’90, di dirci la sua su #beatmaKINGS, la super compila organizzata da Hashetic Front: ne è rimasto entusiasta! “The beats are illl…all of them so sick its hard to choose. Wow. Please send me the mp3s of all of them....

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          Silicon-on-Seine: world's biggest tech incubator opens in Paris   
by Clare BYRNE Paris takes a step closer Thursday to fulfilling its ambition of becoming Europe's technology capital when President Emmanuel Macron inaugurates Station F, the world's largest start-up incubator on the banks of the Seine.
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          Awesome German Bike-Trail Navigation App Komoot Goes English And Europe-Wide   

Komoot (like commute, only not) is a gem of an app for German bikers and hikers. Or rather, it was: with today’s v5.2 update, the navigation app now comes in English, and adds support for a slew of new countries. The short form: If you ever take to two wheels, then you need this app. […]

(via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


          Teen musicians to take soulful Memphis Sound anew to Europe   

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The roster of American musicians was impressive: Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Booker T. and the MGs. They arrived in Europe in 1967, bringing with them the powerful, soulful Memphis Sound. Ahead was a tour with stops in London, Paris and elsewhere. These artists from the Stax Records music […]
          HORA DE ENFRENTAR FACEBOOK E GOOGLE?   


Punição da União Europeia e estudo independente reconhecem: os dois gigantes querem cercar a internet e eliminar sua diversidade. Mas como frear seu poder?

Rafael A. F. Zanatta | Outras Palavras

Essa semana, Google e Facebook – dois dos maiores gigantes do capitalismo de vigilância contemporâneo – sofreram duros golpes em suas reputações corporativas, abrindo um debate mundial sobre a ética de suas ações e as vulnerabilidades de nossa dependência a esses monopólios da era digital.

Na terça-feira (27/06), a Comissão Europeia impôs uma multa de quase 9 bilhões de reais ao Google por “abuso de posição dominante como motor de busca” e “por dar vantagem ilegal a seu próprio serviço de compras comparativas”. Trata-se da maior punição antitruste a uma única empresa já realizada na Europa.

As investigações foram conduzidas por Margrethe Vestager, comissária da União Europeia para defesa da concorrência (e forte liderança do Partido Social-Liberal da Dinamarca). Ela revelou que oGoogle situava sistematicamente em lugar destacado seus próprios serviços de compras comparativas, “colocando em lugar pior os serviços de comparação rivais nos resultados de busca”. Para a comissária, o Google “ocupa uma posição dominante nos mercados de busca de internet no Espaço Econômico Europeu” e, com suas práticas de manipulação, “abusou da posição dominante dando a seus próprios serviços uma vantagem ilegal”.

Em um processo de investigação sigiloso, realizado desde 2014, Vestager reuniu um amplo conjunto de provas, incluindo 5,2 terabytes de resultados de busca (1.700 milhões de consultas), experimentos e estudos que demonstravam a visibilidade e o comportamento de consumidores em número de cliques, dados financeiros da Google e seus competidores e o declínio de acessos em websites europeus.

Para analistas do Financial Times, a decisão é um divisor de águas na regulação antitruste aplicada à “nova geração de empresas de tecnologia dominantes dos Estados Unidos”. Um terço da receita do Google com publicidade em buscas na Europa vem dos anúncios de compras que foram analisadas pela União Europeia. A decisão, enfim, “abre o coração do mecanismo de busca do Google” e possibilita o debate sobre como outros poderão utilizar seu mecanismo para conseguir uma melhor exposição.

Para quem se recorda do chamado de Richard Sennett de 2013 para “quebrar o poder de mercado do Google”, a decisão reabre um debate sobre monopólios na era digital. “A dominação é real e deve ser combatida”, dizia Sennett, por mais que essas empresas nos pareçam boazinhas.

Na quarta-feira (28/06), o centro independente de investigação ProPublica divulgou documentos internos do Facebook sobre o modo como seus 2 bilhões de usuários têm seus discursos avaliados, passando por filtros de censura sobre o que poderia configurar “discurso de ódio”.

De acordo com a denúncia do ProPublica, os algoritmos – fórmulas matemáticas que executam ações e comandos – do Facebook geram resultados socialmente questionáveis, assegurando os direitos de grupos com posições sociais asseguradas (como homens brancos) e desprotegendo grupos minoritários (crianças negras, por exemplo). Documentos internos vazados da empresa mostram que revisores de conteúdo eram orientados a trabalhar com uma fórmula simples (protected category + attack = hate speech). “Sexo” e “identidade de gênero”, por exemplo, são consideradas categorias protegidas, ao passo que “idade” e “ocupação” não. Como a fórmula exige uma dupla combinação de categorias protegidas (PC + PC = PC), discursos voltados a mulheres motoristas não são considerados de ódio, pois há uma categoria não protegida, que é ocupação (PC + NPC = NPC).

O simplismo de fórmula matemática do Facebook e a tentativa de “proteger todas as raças e gêneros de forma igual” despertou a crítica de acadêmicos. Denielle Citron, da Universidade de Maryland, argumentou que as regras do Facebook ignoram o espírito do direito e a análise contextual da proteção. O Facebook saiu em defesa própria, alegando que as políticas não possuem resultados perfeitos e que é “difícil regular uma comunidade global”.

Em ensaio para revista Wired, Emily Dreyfuss analisou a denúncia da ProPublica e argumentou que o problema é maior é que o Facebook é “muito grande para ser deletado”. Ao conectar um quatro da humanidade, as pessoas que precisam de uma plataforma para expressão não são capazes de sair – mesmo se forem alvos de censuras arbitrárias ou desproteções, como o caso dos algoritmos de “discurso de ódio”.

Isso leva a uma situação paradoxal. Ativistas em defesa da privacidade e lideranças do movimento negro – que atacam práticas realizadas pelo Facebook, como coleta maciça de dados e tratamento tecnológico desigual para brancos e negros – dependem do Facebook para compartilhar informação, pois as perdas são muito grandes ao deletar sua conta e isolar-se da rede de Zuckerberg. “São poucos os que podem se dar ao luxo de abandonar o Facebook e utilizar outras redes”, afirma Dreyfuss.

Renata Mielli, ativista integrante da Coalizão Direitos na Redeem ensaio para o Mídia Ninja nesta quinta-feira (29/06), foi perspicaz no diagnóstico: “O Facebook está sugando a internet para dentro de sua timeline”. Ele é o “maior monopólio privado de comunicação do mundo”, colocando em cheque as bases de nossa democracia.

Retomamos, assim, à grande provocação de Richard Sennett: se sabemos que esses gigantes devem ser quebrados e se estamos cientes dos aspectos prejudiciais desses monopólios sociais, o que podemos fazer?

A The Economist, em matéria de capa no mês de maio1, surpreendeu os progressistas ao oferecer uma crítica ao poder do Google e Facebook. A revista inglesa argumentou que é necessário “repensar radicalmente” os instrumentos antitrustes para os gigantes de coleta de dados (Google e Facebook), pois os reguladores ainda estão presos a conceitos de era industrial, ao passo que os instrumentos de análise devem ser voltados a empresas de tecnologia focadas em dados.

A Economist também propôs duas ideias embrionárias: aumentar a transparência sobre como os dados pessoais são coletados e monetizados (aumentando poder de barganha dos “fornecedores” – ou seja, nós mesmos) e redefinir conceitos jurídicos aplicáveis a essa nova indústria, tratando os data vaults (bancos de dados modelados para fornecer armazenamento histórico de longo prazo) como “infraestrutura pública”, forçando o compartilhamento de dados para estimular a competição.

Seriam ideias viáveis? Talvez. O mais importante, nesse momento, é mobilizarmos essas perguntas e forçarmos uma discussão sobre alternativas políticas e institucionais.

1Regulating the internet giants: the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data

* Rafael A. F. Zanatta é pesquisador em direito e sociedades digitais. É mestre em direito e economia política pela International University College of Turin e mestre em sociologia jurídica pela Universidade de São Paulo, onde foi coordenador do "Núcleo de Direito, Internet e Sociedade"


          PORTUGUESES CÚMPLICES DO GENOCÍDIO EM TIMOR-LESTE | revelado desde 2005   




A revelação de documentos secretos norte-americanos trouxe a verdade à tona sobre acontecimentos ocorridos em 1975 que comprovam a existência de conluio e indiferença de entidades portuguesas (civis e militares) na ocupação selvática levada a cabo por forças militares indonésias ao serviço de Suharto. Também esses traidores portugueses ficaram impunes. Conclui-se após a notícia veiculada pela Lusa em 2005, e que é recomendável não esquecer.

É costume em Portugal (assim como também em outros países) a culpa morrer solteira. Contudo isso não nos impede, em democracia, de recorrer às memórias da história para relembrar aos que são desses tempos mas ignoram e às novas gerações que no caso da invasão de Timor-Leste alguns portugueses têm a sua percentagem de responsabilidades perante o genocídio ocorrido naquele país, assim como a cobardia aviltante e desleixo em entregar de mão-beijada a Pátria de um povo e o próprio povo que Portugal colonizava (sendo por isso responsável).

É evidente que esses portugueses traidores e dignos de chafurdarem em chiqueiro adequado às suas práticas permanecem no secretismo e impunes. Nem a história de Portugal alguma vez fez constar quem são e o que fizeram na abrangência daquele fatídico período. Muito provavelmente alguns (ou todos) ainda foram condecorados por “bons serviços prestados à nação e a bem da nação”. Vómitos, é o que tais energúmenos merecem por tal comportamento. Decerto que inseridos numa componente política e militar. Se bem que certo é que não sabemos exatamente quem desses devemos apontar. A impunidade permite-lhes a opacidade conveniente.

Nem atualmente, mais de 40 anos volvidos, os nomes desses traidores, desses pulhas, e cúmplices dos crimes ocorridos em Timor a partir de 1975, por militares e polícias indonésias, foram divulgados. Passando-se uma esponja pelas responsabilidades e culpabilidades criminosas que lhes cabe.

Em abono da verdade deve ser facto real que na atualidade alguns deles já são ossadas ou pó. Isso não invalida que não seja escrita a história como se deve e que se lhes sejam retiradas condecorações se as tiveram recebido. Ao menos isso. Condecorar traidores é blasfémico para a história de Portugal e ainda muito mais aviltante para as centenas de milhares de vítimas timorenses.

Não são, não foram, os portugueses da plebe que agiram de modo tão sabujo e traidor dos povos timorense e português. Foram especificamente uns quantos, políticos e militares, pela certa. Quem? Quantos? Temos o direito de saber. Não só os portugueses mas também os timorenses interessados na verdade de toda a trama que causou cerca de 250 mil cadáveres timorenses.

Esta é a história pocilgueira de colonizadores cobardes e indiferentes aos destinos nefastos do povo por que se devia sentir e ser responsável. Essa seria a atitude correta e demonstrativa do respeito devido àquele povo. O colonialismo, os negreiros, decidiram ao contrário, cobardamente, com todo o desprezo pelas vidas humanas que então era fácil adivinhar serem varridas da face da terra, do Timor Lorosae. Assim se pode deduzir ao ler a seguir o que consta no jornal Público em 2005. Não só a Indonésia de Suharto é responsável pelo genocídio mas também os EUA e Portugal o são.

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DOCUMENTOS SECRETOS | Portugal disse aos EUA que não se oporia à invasão de Timor-Leste

Em Março de 1975, Portugal já tinha informado os Estados Unidos não ser sua intenção resistir a uma possível invasão de Timor-Leste pela Indonésia, revelam documentos secretos divulgados ontem em Washingon. Isto apesar de uma análise militar norte-americana ter concluído que Portugal, com o mínimo de preparativos, tinha a capacidade de "encurralar" os indonésios em Díli, devido à falta de apoio dos timorenses a uma invasão Indonésia e às dificuldades do terreno.

Os documentos mostram a frustração indonésia para com a falta de resposta de Portugal à crescente crise em Timor durante 1975 e ainda a má informação sobre a situação política em Portugal por parte de um proeminente oficial indonésio.

Por outro lado, os memorandos revelam que em Novembro desse mesmo ano o actual ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros de Timor-leste, José Ramos Horta, contactou desesperadamente a embaixada norte-americana em Sydney, na Austrália, para apelar à " ajuda política e económica à Fretilin" e avisar que a invasão indonésia a Timor-Leste estava "iminente".

Em Março de 1975, Portugal já tinha informado os Estados Unidos não ser sua intenção resistir a uma possível invasão de Timor-Leste pela Indonésia, revelam documentos secretos divulgados ontem em Washingon. Isto apesar de uma análise militar norte-americana ter concluído que Portugal, com o mínimo de preparativos, tinha a capacidade de "encurralar" os indonésios em Díli, devido à falta de apoio dos timorenses a uma invasão Indonésia e às dificuldades do terreno.

Os documentos mostram a frustração indonésia para com a falta de resposta de Portugal à crescente crise em Timor durante 1975 e ainda a má informação sobre a situação política em Portugal por parte de um proeminente oficial indonésio.

Por outro lado, os memorandos revelam que em Novembro desse mesmo ano o actual ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros de Timor-leste, José Ramos Horta, contactou desesperadamente a embaixada norte-americana em Sydney, na Austrália, para apelar à " ajuda política e económica à Fretilin" e avisar que a invasão indonésia a Timor-Leste estava "iminente".

Esta iniciativa de Ramos Horta foi feita por indicação do Comité Central da Fretilin e, segundo o documento confidencial do Departamento de Estado, o funcionário da embaixada norte-americana que recebeu Ramos Horta "ouviu a exposição sem comentários".

A Indonésia invadiu Timor-Leste em Dezembro de 1975 com conhecimento prévio dos Estados Unidos.

Arquivo de Segurança Nacional dos EUA revela documentos secretos

Os documentos foram dados a conhecer pelo Arquivo de Segurança Nacional (National Security Archive), um centro de estudos que se especializa em tentar angariar e publicar documentos governamentais, muitas vezes secretos.

A organização deu ontem a conhecer 39 documentos até agora secretos sobre os contactos diplomáticos em redor de Timor-Leste após a queda da ditadura em Portugal, que levou à descolonização.

Poucos meses após o 25 de Abril de 1974, o Governo indonésio começou de imediato a sondar os Estados Unidos sobre a posição de Washington quanto a Timor-Leste e a sua possível anexação por parte de Jacarta.

Henry Kissinger foi informado da invasão

Em Dezembro de 1974, um funcionário do Conselho de Segurança Nacional dos EUA enviou um memorando ao então conselheiro de Segurança Nacional, Henry Kissinger, informando-o de que num contacto com o adido de defesa da Indonésia ficou a saber que "o Governo indonésio estaria interessado em saber a atitude norte-americana para com Timor Leste (e, por implicação a nossa reacção à possível tomada de controlo pela Indonésia)".

O funcionário sugere a Kissinger que convide entidades indonésias para conversações sobre essa e outras questões, ao que Kissinger dá sua aprovação com uma assinatura no final do documento por baixo da palavra "aprovado".

Poucos meses depois, em Março de 1975, um memorando "ultra secreto" de três páginas endereçado a Henry Kissinger pelo mesmo funcionário do Conselho de Segurança Nacional avisa que a Indonésia receia que "uma retirada apressada dos portugueses deixará Timor enfraquecida sujeita aos instintos esquerdistas de uns poucos líderes do movimento independentista, líderes que os indonésios receiam serem influenciados por Pequim".

O documento informa estarem a crescer as pressões dentro da Indonésia para uma "acção militar directa". "Temos alguma informação indicando que estão a avançar preparativos para essa acção e uma informação de que Suharto deu ordens para incorporação de Timor português não mais tarde do que Agosto de 1975, pela força se necessário", lê-se no documento. 

"Entidades oficiais portuguesas informaram-nos de que não resistirão a qualquer uso da força por parte da Indonésia," acrescenta o documento, sem dar outros pormenores.

Posição da Austrália era "ambivalente"

O relatório "ultra secreto" descreve a posição da Austrália sobre a possível invasão Indonésia como "ambivalente".

O autor do documento afirma que o Departamento de Estado não sabe "qual a melhor política a seguir", afirmando que o embaixador norte-americano em Jacarta recomendou "uma política de silêncio".

O documento propõe que se o Governo indonésio voltar a inquirir sobre a posição norte-americana, a resposta seja manifestar "a esperança de que qualquer mudança no Timor português seja levada a cabo pacificamente".

Henry Kissinger concorda com esta posição e nesse mesmo mês o consulado dos Estados Unidos em Surabaya enviou um extenso telegrama secreto à embaixada norte-americana em Jacarta alertando para as dificuldades que o Exército Indonésio enfrentaria numa invasão de Timor-leste.

O telegrama é titulado "Estimativa das capacidades militares indonésias " e nele o autor avisa que os timorenses ligam a possível invasão indonésia "às memórias amargas da ocupação japonesa e não deverão fornecer guias ou informação" aos invasores.

"Os portugueses não praticaram o ‘apartheid’ e as relações inter-raciais são excelentes," diz o documento.

"Não existe qualquer possibilidade de simpatia por uma autoridade indonésia entre a elite timorense ou a população em geral," acrescenta o documento, que avisa que sem o apoio da população "operações militares no Timor português seriam um grande peso para as melhores forças armadas do mundo".

O documento faz depois uma análise detalhada do terreno de Timor-Leste, afirmando que, embora com planeamento e preparação Díli, possa ser tomada "por uma força militar capaz", as forças portuguesas, com apoio de organizações locais e com "um mínimo de preparativos defensivos e uns poucos dias de aviso, podem encurralar os indonésios em Díli sem gastarem muito sangue ou munições".

O documento analisa depois praias perto de Díli para um possível desembarque indonésio, concluindo que "a logística e manutenção seriam a chave para uma operação com sucesso contra Timor português e estes aspectos não têm sido no passado os pontos fortes dos indonésios".

"Como é que os portugueses tencionam cumprir as suas responsabilidades"

Em Agosto de 1975, a embaixada dos Estados Unidos em Jacarta enviou um documento "secreto" ao Departamento de Estado a relatar um encontro entre o embaixador dos Estados Unidos e o tenente general Yoga Sugomo, dos serviços secretos indonésios.

Neste encontro, Yoga delineou a situação em Timor-Leste e expressou frustração por não conseguir clarificar "o que o actual Governo português vê como as suas obrigações e responsabilidades no Timor português ou como é que os portugueses tencionam cumprir as suas responsabilidades".

"Yoga disse francamente que o Governo da Indonésia não sabia quem estava no poder em Portugal e não conseguia obter respostas de Lisboa ou de qualquer outra representação diplomática portuguesa em Macau, Hong Kong, Nova Iorque e noutros locais," diz o documento, que relata como o general Yoga considerou os "socialistas" portugueses como "pró-Moscovo" e os "comunistas" como "pró-Pequim".

Quando informado pelo embaixador norte-americano de que "os socialistas portugueses tendem a manter laços ideológicos com os socialistas europeus e não com Moscovo" e sobre como as "tendências" em Portugal eram "vistas como não comunistas e de dificuldades para os comunistas, o general Yoga repetiu meramente que, pelo que sabia, os "socialistas eram pró-Moscovo e os comunistas eram pró-chineses".

Interrogado pelo general indonésio sobre qual a posição dos Estados Unidos para com a situação em Timor-Leste, o embaixador respondeu que, "em primeiro lugar, o Governo dos Estados Unidos não está ansioso por se envolver de qualquer modo no Timor português", sendo o "principal interesse norte-americano o impacto de qualquer mudança no Timor português nas relações dos Estados Unidos com a Indonésia".

"Em segundo lugar, o Governo dos Estados Unidos não tem qualquer objecção à fusão de Timor português com a Indonésia, assumindo que é esse o desejo da população", acrescentou o diplomata, citado no documento.

O embaixador disse que poderia "haver problemas" se houver "uma tomada pela força" avisando que isso poderia pôr em perigo a ajuda militar à Indonésia.

O general indonésio insistiu numa opinião mais clara das autoridades norte-americanas, afirmando que "se daqui a quatro ou cinco anos Timor português for pró-soviético ou pró-chinês, então os problemas não serão só da Indonésia".

O embaixador norte-americano disse que a posição norte-americana não estava "inteiramente dependente do ramo executivo do Governo dos Estados Unidos".

"O ramo executivo pode compreender a situação, mas as suas mãos podem ficar amarradas, pelo que não é possível dizer exactamente qual seria a reacção dos Estados Unidos", disse o embaixador dos Estados Unidos.

No encontro, o general Yoga disse não acreditar que a fusão de Timor-Leste com a Indonésia pudesse angariar mais apoio entre a população timorense porque "só a Apodeti (Associação Popular Democrática de Timor) é que apoia isso".

O décimo segundo e último assunto

A 5 de Dezembro de 1975, nas vésperas de uma visita do então Presidente Gerald Ford a Jacarta, o Departamento de Estado enviou uma nota "secreta" a Henry Kissinger a mencionar a informação sobre a decisão da Indonésia de invadir Timor entre "6 e 8 de Dezembro".

O documento sugere que - embora seja de esperar que a Indonésia não tome qualquer acção antes da partida de Ford de Jacarta, para evitar um "sério embaraço" - seja enviada uma "mensagem urgente" às autoridades indonésias "pedindo que os indonésios não façam qualquer anúncio e não tomem medidas militares até bem depois da partida do Presidente de Jacarta".

Documentos preparados por Kissinger para o Presidente Ford, para a sua visita a Jacarta, indicam, contudo que para Washington Timor-Leste não era uma prioridade.
A situação em Timor-Leste é apenas o décimo segundo e último assunto do "briefing" ao Presidente norte-americano.

Lusa, em Público | 29 de Novembro de 2005, 12:08

Também publicado em TIMOR AGORA 


          BROWNING ST 100   

Here is a rare Browning ST-100 Trap in 12 gauge with the famous adjustable bottom barrel for point of impact. This gun features a wedge system whereby the bottom barrel can have a changing point of impact. Limited production from 1979 to 1981. Made mostly for the European market for bunker trap and live pigeon […]

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          Washington and Berlin on a Collision Course   

The Russia sanctions bill that passed the US Senate by 98:2 on June 15 is a bombshell; it directly demonizes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, under the Baltic Sea, which is bound to double Gazprom’s energy capacity to supply gas to Europe.

The 9.5 billion euro pipeline is being financed by five companies; Germany's Uniper and Wintershall; Austria's OMV; France’s Engie; and Anglo-Dutch Shell. All these majors operate in Russia, and have, or will establish, pipeline contracts with Gazprom.


          Vince Cable sets out his views on Brexit, immigration and freedom of movement   
Europe and immigration are two issues which are both central to why many Liberal Democrat members are active in politics. Vince Cable sets out where he thinks the party should go on both.
          My Experience in Europe Hostels As A Young Female   
Hello travelers! In May, I had the amazing opportunity to backpack all around Europe for a month and
          My Experience In Europe Hostels As A Young Female   
Hello travelers! In May, I had the amazing opportunity to backpack all around Europe for a month and
          Depuis l'antre et mon coin de ville   
épaules légèrement frissonnantes regarder le matin bleu depuis ma chambre
me reprocher de ne pas être sur la pelouse de Reuilly http://www.francetvinfo.fr/politique/ps/benoit-hamon-lance-le-mouvement-du-1er-juillet-pour-refaire-la-gauche_2264019.html(mais ne pas croire que ma présence aurait la moindre importance...)
Me laver les cheveux, un peu de ménage,
Ecouter beaux discours prononcés à Strasbourg par les puissants actuels en hommage à une Europe qui n'existe plus, (un peu même sentiment qu'en écoutant parler de Simone Veil avec le regard porté sur le féminisme actuel) – sentir mon âge
Lire, regarder, ce que je trouve sur la politique actuelle en achevant de purifier mon rire pour qu'il soit franc et non ricanant, même si pour cela je dois négliger les effets de ce théâtre minable sur le sort à venir du pays et des plus faibles d'entre nous
Mais me reste petite colère qui prend ce qui lui passe sous les yeux pour se distraire de son objet actuel comme en picorant chez les troubadours quand se faisaient critiques pour aller avec mes tentatives de photos (je continue à me maudire) dans l'après-midi
Ouvrir Campo santo de Sebald, et lire les quatre premiers textes (avant des essais) reliquats d'un livre projeté sur la Corse... avec, entre autre, après l'évocation des cimetières privés, ce regard extérieur rapporté par Stephen Wilson, dont je ne sais rien si ce n'est qu'il est un collègue anglais de Sebald, sur les voceratrici (qu'absurdement je ressens comme miennes) qui s'arrachaient les cheveux comme les furies antiques et s'égratignaient le visage, selon toute apparence hors d'elles de colère et de douleur aveugles, tandis que dehors les hommes se tenaient dans le couloir sombre et dans l'escalier, frappant le sol de la crosse de leurs fusils. Stephen Wilson souligne que des témoins oculaires, qui au XIXe siècle et jusque dans l'entre-deux-guerres ont assisté à de telles veillées funèbres, ont trouvé remarquable la façon dont les pleureuses d'une part entraient progressivement en transe, étaient prises de vertiges et perdaient conscience, et d'autre part ne donnaient absolument pas l'impression d'être envahies par une émotion sincère. Certains témoins, selon Stephen Wilson, vont jusqu'à parler d'une absence d'émotion frappante ou même de rigidité, quand la chanteuse, en dépit de la passion qui explose convulsivement dans les aigus, ne verse pas une larme. Devant un tel contrôle de soi, en apparence glacé, quelques commentateurs inclinaient à voir dans les plaintes des voceratriciun rituel vide, prescrit par la tradition, ce que confirme l'observation que pour rassembler un choeur de pleureuses il fallait déjà une bonne mesure de préparation pratique et, pour le chant lui-même, de discipline rationnelle (traduction de Patrick Charbonneau et Sibylle Muller) ce qui entraine chez Sebald, reprenant la parole Mais en vérité, il n'y a pas de contradiction.. un beau développement sur le deuil, puis sur le deuil moderne... et ses rites rapides. A cette époque, tous étaient indispensables, même ceux qui étaient morts. En revanche, dans les conurbations de la fin du XXe siècle, où chacun est remplaçable dans l'instant, et en fait superflu dès sa naissance, il importe de jeter sans cesse du lest... et recopiant cela il me vient à l'esprit que nous nous revanchons de nos émotions contenues en les exprimant, fort sincèrement, lors des morts célèbres, en pleurant l'image que nous avons de personnages qui nous sont en réalité étrangers.

          Washington Has Been At War For 16 Years: Why?   
For sixteen years the US has been at war in the Middle East and North Africa, running up trillions of dollars in expenses, committing untold war crimes, and sending millions of war refugees to burden Europe, while simultaneously claiming that Washington cannot afford its Social Security and Medicare obligations or to fund a national health […]
          Favalias 0.9.2 available !   

Summary of changes in version 0.9.2 :
- You can save/load your favorites and aliases on my web server (jcmag.europe.webmatrixhosting.net, in a Sql Server database). So you can retrieve them everywhere.
I put the default files on the server, you can retrieve them using username/pwd : favalias/favalias (! it will overwrite your current settings !)
- You can type a command even if it is not an alias, for example "iisreset". So Favalias behaves like Windows "Run" window.
- Changed the "cmd" alias to : "run cmd.exe /K date /t & time /t & if exist "%VS71COMNTOOLS%\vsvars32.bat" ("%VS71COMNTOOLS%\vsvars32.bat") else (echo VS.NET not installed) &" ; so you can use the .NET tools if VS is installed and you can create aliases to launch commands like :
"ip" alias to display your IP addresses -> "cmd ipconfig /all"


          Empowerment Radio with Dr. Friedemann Schaub: How to Stay Calm & Centered in a World That Feels Out of Control   
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PLUS KADRA Sp. z o.o., dzięki swojemu długoletniemu doświadczeniu (należąc do Grupy IN TEMPORIS EUROPE SRL z siedzibą we Francji), doradza i zarządza projektami z zakresu zarządzania zasobami ludzkimi. Zapewniamy naszym Klientom partnerską współpracę opart…
          ACNUR urge a la Unión Europea a que ayude a Italia en sus esfuerzos de acoger inmigrantes   
La Agencia de Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (ACNUR) solicitó este sábado a los países de la Unión Europea que se comprometan a ayudar a Italia en sus esfuerzos para ayudar a los inmigrantes que llegan a sus costas, pero también les urgió a acogerlos posteriormente en sus territorios. Lo que ocurre en Italia "es una tragedia", aseguró en un comunicado el alto comisionado de Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados, Filippo Grandi, según la agencia EFE. Sólo el pasado fin de semana, 12.600 ...
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          Euro d’escalade – Anak Verhoeven, 20 ans, sacrée championne d’Europe   
Euro d'escalade - Anak Verhoeven, 20 ans, sacrée championne d'Europe
Anak Verhoeven est devenue championnat d’Europe d’escalade (lead) à Campitello di Fessa dans les Dolomites, Italie, samedi soir. Lors de ces championnats d’Europe, qui ouvre traditionnellement la saison, Anak Verhoeven a devancé la Slovène Mina Markovic et l’Autrichienne Jessica Pilz, grande favorite. Anak Verhoeven, 20 ans, 1m63, anversoise, a été vice-championne du monde l’an dernier […]

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          EuSpRIG 2017: The World’s Leading Spreadsheet Risk Management Conference   
06 Jul 2017 - 06 Jul 2017
The European Spreadsheet Risk Interest Group Conference (EuSpRiG 2017 in association with Imperial Data Science Institute) will be held at on Thursday July 6th 2017. What Are The Benefits of Attending the EuSpRIG 2017 Conference? EuSpRIG is the only accessible source of relevant...
          Near 100,000 Migrants Cross Mediterranean To Europe in First Six Months of 2017   
Mediterranean
Despite efforts by individual nations and the European Union to get to grips with the migrant crisis, nearly 100,000 people crossed the Mediterranean in the first half of 2017.
          Airberlin flights to Europe   
AIRBERLIN FLIGHTS TO EUROPE.
          In Theresa we trust: Prime Minister IS the leader to deliver Brexit, poll declares    


THERESA May is the leader the public wants to deliver Brexit, a poll has revealed.
          Betrayal? Corybn insists on EU citizen rights in UK without guarantee on Brits abroad   


JEREMY CORBYN insisted on the rights of European Union citizens in the UK being secured regardless of the treatment of Brits living abroad.
          Major gives May silent treatment as PM suffers 'awkward' arrival at European Parliament   


JOHN Major and Theresa May arrived together to attend the European Parliament's tribute to late Helmut Kohl - and social media couldn't help but interpret their cold body language.
          Commentaires sur Turquie : biens ecclésiastiques expropriés par Marie Claude   
Par contre lors des récentes élections en turquie,la diaspora turque d'Europe,pléthorique,ne s'est pas privé de se réunir,de manifester dans plusieurs pays de l'U E en soutien à leur dictateur Erdogan,sans aucune réaction des gouvernants,notamment en France!...Mais sommes nous encore une nation chrétienne?
          Commentaires sur Turquie : biens ecclésiastiques expropriés par sadeur de Turquie   
Pratiquement tout ce qui n'est pas musulman n'a pas de place en Turquie.Le future Calife d'Europe ne perd pas de temps,et fait le ménage anti-Chrétien dans sont pays.Vu que d'après le Président Erdogan chaque turque résident en Europe est un ambassadeur de Turquie.Pour combient de temps sommes nous encore chez nous? Vu ses déclarations à Strasbourg l'or de son dernier passage.
          Gov. Rick Snyder Checks In From Paris During European Trade Mission   
Gov. Rick Snyder Checks In From Paris During European Trade Mission
Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is spending the week in Europe and called the SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike to talk about it. Snyder called in from Paris, France to talk about the trip, which is a trade mission that includes stops at the Paris Air […]
          Business Development Manager - Lighting - Zaneen Lighting - Toronto, ON   
Our three divisions, Architectural, Design and Exterior are comprised of distinct manufacturing partners from countries throughout Europe including Italy, Spain...
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          VisionDirect: change button colour to improve email click-through   
VisionDirect reported a 63% increase in click-through rates after changing a call to action button on its email marketing campaigns from green to blue. Speaking at the eTail Europe event in London last week, Charlotte Davis, head of content & SEO at ...
          "Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle" Delayed to October in the West   
Release was originally planned for September


NIS America will be bringing Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle to the west this year, but they'll be doing so just a little later than planned. Originally set for an early September launch, the bullet-hell battle game will now hit North America on October 10, followed by Europe on October 13. Read on for more.


          Easy Solutions Expands Cloud Infrastructure In Europe In Response To Growing Demand For Advanced Anti-Fraud Solutions   
Easy Solutions, the Total Fraud Protection company and a Cyxtera Business, today announced that thanks to a new deployment through Dublin-based datacenters, the company will significantly expand the reach of its cloud-based fraud prevention offerings, such as DMARC Compass and Detect Safe Browsing Clientless. By supporting the EUamp;rsquo;s unique data requirements, Easy Solutions is now better positioned to serve current and future EU-based clients.
          Nintendo Classics Get Smart with "Smart Boy" Converter   
New hardware lets you turn your Android into a Gameboy.


Love playing Gameboy games on your smartphone but wish it felt a little realer? The Smart Boy plugs into your Android device and brings that play style back -- and it runs Gameboy and GBA cartridges. It's available for preorder in Europe, so hit the jump to find out more!


          "Culdcept Revolt" Trailer Shares the Secrets of Successful 'Cepting   
NIS America lines up a new release date for North America and Europe


Following up on an earlier trailer that explored the basic gameplay of Culdcept Revolt, NIS America is back to take the strategies up a notch. The latest video is all about playing to win, breaking down the creature, item, and spell cards that go into making a successful book. 


          eBuddy Adds MySpace Instant Messaging   
European web chat startup eBuddy, which is in a fight-to-the-death struggle with Silicon Valley based Meebo, just added support for MySpace instant messaging tor their product. eBuddy now supports MySpace IM, AOL, ICQ, GoogleTalk, MSN and Yahoo. Log in to some of all of these services from the eBuddy home page.
          Europe to meet U.S. plea for more troops to Afghanistan   
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European allies pledged more troops to support Afghanistan's hard-pressed military on Thursday but left details on numbers vague until the United States clarifies its new strategy to break a stalemate with the Taliban.

          Niemcy i Norwegia w NATO-wskim programie wspólnych tankowców   
Niemcy i Norwegia oficjalnie dołączyły do realizowanego przez kraje europejskie i NATO programu zakupu i wspólnej eksploatacji floty wielozadaniowych tankowców-transportowców (Multi-Role Tanker Transport, MRTT) Airbus A330. Zakup ten zostanie zrealizowany wraz z Holandią i Luksemburgiem.
          Modernity in European history   
Nasir Khan “The point of modernity is to live a life without illusions while not becoming disillusioned.” ― Italian Marxist thinker and politician Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) Modernity means many things to different people. But in learned discourse, it refers to the collective body of particular socio-cultural norms and attitudes that emerged when the medieval period […]
             
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          Large study links key pesticide to weakened honeybee hives   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A common and much-criticized pesticide dramatically weakens already vulnerable honeybee hives, according to a new massive field study in three European countries....
          The Plane That Won A War And Polluted A River   
This is a condensed version of a story originally published Sept. 29, 2015. Read the complete story here . There's an old photograph in my fathers office that Ive always wondered about. In it my grandfather and nine other young airmen stand in front of their B-17 plane, shoulders squared, smiling for the camera. They were probably in England at the time, getting ready to fly bombing raids over Germany in 1943. The plane sits elegantly on the tarmac behind them. On its nose are seven swastikas, neatly painted in red. One for each Nazi plane they shot down. WATCH: Battle Ready - The Digital Documentary The B-17 has been called the plane that won World War II. Thousands of these flying fortresses blackened European skies during the war. And thousands of young men risked their lives in these planes, dropping bombs that obliterated whole towns in Nazi-controlled Europe. The story of the B-17 has its roots here in the Northwest. Mass-producing the B-17 changed the citys economy, racial
          Europe pays tribute to Helmut Kohl, ‘a giant’ of post-war history   
European leaders joined with former US president Bill Clinton at an emotional tribute in Strasbourg on Saturday (1 July) for former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, the father of German reunification and a founder of modern-day Europe. “A giant of the post-war period has left us,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said in an oration in […]
          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: Brexit worries SW19 farmer   
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          IBM AIX Workstation 7011-250 (Bull DPX-20 / 100)   

Linux acum pe toate drumurile, și toți se laudă că știu să administreze un server cu Linux (chiar dacă-s p’afariști).
Așa că nu mai este impresionant la resume’ - și nici la salariu.
Administratorii de UNIX-uri comerciale însă sunt la căutare. Cu banu’ gros.

Dar aveți noroc - cine vrea să învețe să administreze un UNIX comercial - AIX - poate să îl ia de la mine pe Costel.

Costel este un IBM 7011-250 (re-badge-uit ca Bull DPX-20 / 100, produs “European” pentru a putea fi luat cu fonduri EU)
cu:
- 1 CPU PowerPC 601 66Mhz
- 96 MB Ram (4*16 + 4*8)
- 2.88 MB Floppy drive
- HDD SCSI 9Gb
- 2 plăci rețea 10Mbps cu transcievere RJ45 (una on-board, una pe slot MCA)
- Placă MCA multi-serial (8 porturi) la care nu am însă cablul.
- Făra placă video - consola pe port serial, dau și cablu serial.
- AIX 5.1L instalat. Ultima versiune care mai suportă PowerPC601
- Cheie originală front-panel.

Extra:

- CD-uri: instalare AIX 4.3.3, instalare AIX 5.1, copie la arhiva de freeware pt AIX 4.3.3 de la bulfreeware.com
- CDROM SCSI extern UltraPlex 40max (unul din puținele modele cu sector-size selectabil - de pe care pot boota Mac-uri vechi și SGI-uri)
- Unitate bandă SCSI VXA-1 in cutie externă SCSI Bull
- HDD SCSI 15Krpm 36Gb în cutie externă SCSI Sun
- Toate cablurile SCSI necesare
- Bandă date 8mm VXA V17 + bandă curățare 8mm VXA + bandă date 8mm Sony modificată pt compatibiliate VXA + 12 alte benzi de 8mm gata de a fi modificate de voi.

Opționale:

- Diverse adaptoare port serial
- Switch 10/100
- “Skateboard” - o placă de lemn cu rotile și prelungitor pe care o foloseam ca să-l pot băga și scoate ușor dintr-o debara (cu toate cutiile SCSI pornite nu este foarte silențios)

Ce-i lipsește:

- Un stăpân iubitor. La mine stătea în debara și colecta praf.
- Un adaptor USB-Serial pt consolă - dacă vreți să accesați consola de pe mac

Cât costă ?

100 lei.

De unde îl iau ?

Bucureșți, sector.2, lângă stadionul național.
NU îl trimit cu curier - este făcut din oțel gros, este GREU.

Mai multe informații:

(fiind mașină pre-CHRP, prtconf nu știe să citească model, frecvența și versiunea de firmware)
(hdd-ul extern este nefolosit, de aia nu apare la df)

costel:~# prtconf
lsattr0514-528 The "frequency" attribute does not exist in the predefined
        device configuration database
.
lsattr0514-528 The "modelname" attribute does not exist in the predefined
        device configuration database
.
lsattr0514-528 The "fwversion" attribute does not exist in the predefined
        device configuration database
.
System Model:
Machine Serial NumberNot Available
Processor Type
PowerPC_601
Number Of Processors
1
Processor Clock Speed
:  MHz
CPU Type
32-bit
Kernel Type
32-bit
LPAR Info
: -1 NULL
Memory Size
128 MB
Good Memory Size
:  MB
Firmware Version
:
Console Loginenable
Auto Restart
false
Full Core
false

Network Information
        Host Name
costel
        IP Address
192.168.x.x
        Sub Netmask
255.255.255.0
        Gateway
192.168.x.x
        Name Server
192.168.x.x
        Domain Name
xx.xx

Paging Space Information
        Total Paging Space
192MB
        Percent Used
7%

Volume Groups Information
==============================================================================
rootvg:
PV_NAME           PV STATE          TOTAL PPs   FREE PPs    FREE DISTRIBUTION
hdisk0            active            542         143         34..00
..00..00..109
==============================================================================

INSTALLED RESOURCE LIST

The following resources are installed on the machine.
+/- = 
Added or deleted from Resource List.
*   = 
Diagnostic support not available.

  
Model Architecturers6k
  Model Implementation
Uni-ProcessorMCA bus

sys0              00-00             System Object
sysplanar0        00-00             System Planar
ioplanar0         00-00             I/O Planar
bus0              00-00             Microchannel Bus
sio0              00-00             Standard I/O Planar
fda0              00-00-0D          Standard I/O Diskette Adapter
fd0               00-00-0D-00       Diskette Drive
ent0              00-00-0E          Integrated Ethernet Adapter
sioka0            00-00-0K          Keyboard Adapter
sioma0            00-00-0M          Mouse Adapter
ppa0              00-00-0P          Standard I/O Parallel Port Adapter
scsi0             00-00-0S          Standard SCSI I/O Controller
hdisk0            00-00-0S-0,0      Other SCSI Disk Drive
cd0               00-00-0S-1,0      Other SCSI CD-ROM Drive
hdisk1            00-00-0S-4,0      Other SCSI Disk Drive
rmt0              00-00-0S-6,0      Other SCSI Tape Drive
siota0            00-00-0T          Tablet Adapter
sa0               00-00-S1          Standard I/O Serial Port 1
tty0              00-00-S1-00       Asynchronous Terminal
sa1               00-00-S2          Standard I/O Serial Port 2
tty1              00-00-S2-00       Asynchronous Terminal
ent1              00-01             Ethernet High-Performance LAN
                                      Adapter 
(8ef5)
sa2               00-02             8-Port Asynchronous Adapter EIA-232
proc0             00-00             Processor
mem0              00-0A             16 MB Memory SIMM
mem1              00-0B             16 MB Memory SIMM
mem2              00-0C             16 MB Memory SIMM
mem3              00-0D             16 MB Memory SIMM
mem4              00-0E             8 MB Memory SIMM
mem5              00-0F             8 MB Memory SIMM
mem6              00-0G             8 MB Memory SIMM
mem7              00-0H             8 MB Memory SIMM
sysunit0          00-00             System Unit

costel
:~# oslevel -r
5100-09

costel
:~# df -Pk
Filesystem    1024-blocks      Used Available Capacity Mounted on
/dev/hd4            32768     13568     19200      42% /
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dev/hd2          2048000   1445004    602996      71% /usr
/dev/hd9var         32768     22152     10616      68% /var
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dev/hd3            32768      1988     30780       7% /tmp
/dev/hd1            32768      1140     31628       4% /home
/dev/lv00         4096000   3187444    908556      78% /data
/proc                   -         -         -       -  /proc
/dev/hd10opt        32768      9552     23216      30% /opt 

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          Clipperton Dx Club habla de FT3YL, Adelie Land, Antártida   


Algunas noticias de François FT3YL.

Hacer Radio desde Adelie Land es muy, muy, muy difícil y más difícil si eres novato. François todavía está en Adelie Land, pero no ha sido capaz de estar activo como él quería. Recuerda que Adelie Land está muy cerca del polo sur geomagnético, por lo que tiene grandes problemas con la propagación, las modulaciones están distorsionadas ...

Adelie Land no es la base antártica más fría, pero es una de las más ventosas. A menudo, las ráfagas alcanzan alrededor de 170 a 190 km / h. No hay una antena capaz de resistir (o sobrevivir ...) a estos fuertes vientos, no es fácil. Otras bases antárticas son menos ventosas, es más fácil instalar buenas antenas.

Antes de salir, no tuvo mucho tiempo libre para aprender de radio, sólo lo mínimo. 3 meses después de su llegada, François tuvo un poco de tiempo libre para instalar su estación. Una antena GPA30 que estaba en el edificio donde estaba situada su oficina. Comenzó a hacer QSO en modo JT65 en 20mts con JA, VK, ZL, W7, FK, UA0, UA3 y unos pocos europeos. Pero algunos días más tarde, François nos dijo que tenía un QRM grande debido a equipos electrónicos en su edificio, tuvo que mover toda su estación a lado (sin calefacción interior). En Europa, se necesitarán pocas horas para hacerlo, pero cuando estás en Adelie Land, es más difícil y su trabajo es la prioridad número uno. Después de trasladar su estación, encontró problemas de ROE en su antena y pocos días más tarde, vientos muy fuertes de 195 km / h destruyeron la antena. Afortunadamente, F5NB y F5BU, que habían estado en Adelie Land hace algunos años, le habían dicho a François que llevara con él dos antenas.

Desde hace pocos días, ha instalado una nueva, pero la propagación no es muy buena. Las ventanas para 20mts son muy cortas. En el futuro, François tratará de estar más en el aire, pero es muy difícil.

A continuación, os comentamos  la forma en la que está operando:
«Tengo que usar zapatos especiales de invierno, mitones, chaqueta especial de invierno y a menudo me pongo las manos en el amplificador para calentarlas. Hay hielo en las ventanas y la temperatura es de alrededor de 0 ° C en el shack. En estas condiciones, no es fácil operar. Opero casi siempre en JT65, el único modo que va bien. Cuando las señales son buenas,  pido intentar en SSB. A veces, se tarda más de 20 minutos en hacer un JT65 QSO »
François intentará operar también en PSK31 y puede que en SSB si la propagación va mejor.
La QSL para FT3YL ha sido impresa por Gennady UX5UO, le agradecemos enormemente la gran ayuda. También, agradecemos la tienda de Batima el coaxial y a Clipperton Dx Club que prestan un ACOM1010 a François.

El log online está en QRZ.COM (FT3YL) y en Clublog.

QSL ok vía LoTW y vía buro F6KPQ o directamente con 2 $.

73´s, Luis EA1CS
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          Russians were holocausted by Bolshevik Jews   
Russians were holocausted by Bolshevik Jews
I am part Russian and will continue to expose the Jews behind the New World Order.  The same tactics and death camps are here in america just waiting to be used.  we know from the apocalypse they will "behead" Christians that is why there were 30,000 guillotines sent to these FEMA camps.  You may ask why beheading?  This is where the "organ harvesting" business comes into play.  It is not conspiracy folks get your head out of the sand.  The Jews are now saying their Messianic Era will start in about 5 years or so hence why I warn you that Antichrist Maitreya is about to arrive onto the scene.
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Below is a excerpt from the book, ‘under the sign of the scorpion’ which describes some of the methods of torture and mass murder the Jewish Communists (Bolsheviks) sadistically inflicted onto the Russian Christian people. I warn you, you will be horrified. This is the real holocaust that happened in the 20th century, the Russian Holocaust, carried out by blood-thirsty and demonic bolshevik jews. I highlighted the parts I found to be most gut-wrenching in red.
Here it must be pointed out that the Cheka was under the control of Jews, according to documents now available. Much of this was known already in 1925. The researcher Larseh wrote in his book “The Blood-Lust of Bolshevism” (Wurttemberg, p. 45) that 50 per cent of the Cheka consisted of Jews with Jewish names, 25 per cent were Jews who had taken Russian names. All the chiefs were Jews. Lenin was well informed about all those serious crimes. All of the documents were placed on his desk. Lenin answered: “Put more force into the terror… shoot every tenth person, place all the suspects in concentration camps!”
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Lenin incarcerated people without any sentence, despite the establishment of revolutionary tribunals, as was the case in France under the Jacobins. Lenin actually claimed that the concentration camps were schools of labour. (Mikhail Heller and Alexander Nekrich, doctors of history, “Utopia in Power”, London, 1986, p. 67.) Lenin also claimed that the factory was the workers’ only school. They did not need any other education. He emphasised that anyone who could only do simple arithmetic could run a factory. Just like the terror of the Jacobins in France, the Jewish Bolshevik functionaries used barges to drown people in. Bela Kun (actually Aaron Kohn) and Roza Zemlyachka (actually Rozalia Zalkind) drowned Russian 110 officers in this way in the Crimea in the autumn of 1920. (Igor Bunich, “The Party’s Gold”, St. Petersburg, 1992, p. 73.)
The unusually cruel Jewish Chekist Mikhail Kedrov (actually Zederbaum) drowned 1092 Russian officers in the White Sea in the spring of 1920. Lenin and his accomplices did not arrest just anyone. They executed those most active in society, the independent thinkers. Lenin gave orders to kill as many students as possible in several towns. The Chekists arrested every youth wearing a school cap. They were liquidated because Lenin believed the coming Russian intellectuals would be a threat to the Soviet regime. (Vladimir Soloukhin, “In the Light of Day”, Moscow 1992, p. 40.) The role of the Russian intellectuals in society was taken over by the Jews. Many students (for example in Yaroslavl) learned quickly and hid their school caps. Afterwards, the Chekists stopped all suspect youths and searched their hair for the stripe of the school cap. If the stripe was found, the youth was killed on the spot.
The author Vladimir Soloukhin revealed that the Chekists were especially interested in handsome boys and pretty girls. These were the first to be killed. It was believed that there would be more intellectuals among attractive people. Attractive youths were therefore killed as a danger to society. No crime as terrible as this has hitherto been described in the history of the world. The terror was co-ordinated by the Chekist functionary Joseph Unschlicht. How did they go about the murders? The Jewish Chekists flavoured murder with various torture methods. In his documentary “The Russia We Lost”, the director Stanislav Govorukhin told how the priesthood in Kherson were crucified. The archbishop Andronnikov in Perm was tortured: his eyes were poked out, his ears and nose were cut off.

In Kharkov the priest Dmitri was undressed. When he tried to make the sign of the cross, a Chekist cut off his right hand. Several sources tell how the Chekists in Kharkov placed the victims in a row and nailed their hands to a table, cut around their wrists with a knife, poured boiling water over the hands and pulled the skin off. This was called “pulling off the glove”. In other places, the victim’s head was placed on an anvil and slowly crushed with a steam hammer. Those due to undergo the same punishment the next day were forced to watch.
The eyes of church dignitaries were poked out, their tongues were cut off and they were buried alive. There were Chekists who used to cut open 111 the stomachs of their victims, following which they pulled out a length of the small intestine and nailed it to a telegraph pole and, with a whip, forced the unlucky victim to run circles around the pole until the whole intestine had been unravelled and the victim died. The bishop of Voronezh was boiled alive in a big pot, after which the monks, with revolvers aimed at their heads, were forced to drink this soup.
Other Chekists crushed the heads of their victims with special headscrews, or drilled them through with dental tools. The upper part of the skull was sawn off and the nearest in line was forced to eat the brain, following which the procedure would be repeated to the end of the line. The Chekists often arrested whole families and tortured the children before the eyes of their parents, and the wives before their husbands. Mikhail Voslensky, a former Soviet functionary, described some of the cruel methods used by the Chekists in his book “Nomenklatura” / “Nomenclature” (Stockholm, 1982, p. 321):Related image
“In Kharkov, people were scalped. In Voronezh, the torture victims were placed in barrels into which nails were hammered so that they stuck out on the inside, upon which the barrels were set rolling. A pentacle (usually a five-pointed star formerly used in magic) was burned into the foreheads of the victims. In Tsaritsyn and Kamyshin, the hands of victims were amputated with a saw. In Poltava and Kremenchug, the victims were impaled. In Odessa, they were roasted alive in ovens or ripped to pieces. In Kiev, the victims were placed in coffins with a decomposing body and buried alive, only to be dug up again after half an hour.” Lenin was dissatisfied with these reports and demanded: “Put more force into the terror!”
All of this happened in the provinces. The reader can try to imagine how people were executed in Moscow. The Russian-Jewish newspaper Yevreyskaya Tribuna stated on the 24th of August 1922 that Lenin had asked the rabbis if they were satisfied with the particularly cruel executions. The Ideological Background of the Terror Compare the crimes mentioned in the previous chapter with the Old Testament account of King David’s massacre of the entire civilian population of an enemy (“thus did he unto all the cities of the children of 112 Ammon”). He “cut them with saws and with harrows of iron” and “made them pass through the brickkiln”. After the Second World War, this text was changed in most European Bibles. Now, many Bibles state that the people were put to work with the tools mentioned and were occupied with brick-making – something the inhabitants had been doing continually for several thousand years already. (This is found in II Samuel, 12:31, and in I Chronicles 20:3.)
The Jewish extremists’ serious crimes in Russia were committed in the true spirit of the Old Testament (King James’ Bible): * The god of the Israelites demands the mass-murder of Gentiles (i.e. goyim = non-Jews), including women and children. (Deuteronomy, 20:16.) * Yahweh wishes to spread terror among the Gentiles (Deuteronomy, 2:25). * Yahweh demands the destruction of other religions (Deuteronomy, 7:5). * The Jews may divide the prey of a great spoil (Isaiah, 33:23). * The Jews may make Gentiles their slaves (Isaiah, 14:2). * Those refusing to serve the Jews shall perish and be utterly wasted (Isaiah, 60:12). * Gentiles shall be forced to eat

their own flesh (Isaiah, 49:26).


Returning to the Bolshevik terror: in order to control the people’s hatred of their Jewish torturers and executioners, people suspected of having an anti-Semitic attitude were also executed. Those in possession of the book “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” were executed on the spot. At the end of March 1919, Lenin was forced to explain: “The Jews are not the enemies of the working classes… they are our friends in the struggle for Socialism.” But the people hated precisely this Socialism and those who practised terror in its name. Vladimir Ulyanov’s passion was to kill as many people as possible without thinking of the consequences. Of course, he never wondered whether it was really possible to build a state on violence and evil.
Lenin showed the same kind of thoughtlessness by the Yenisei, where he had loaded his boat with so many dead rabbits with crushed heads that it sank under the weight. In August 1991 the state-ship Lenin had launched, sank. What else was to be expected? In the beginning of the 1920s there were already 70 000 prisoners in 300 concentration camps, according to “The Russian Revolution” by 113 Richard Pipes at Harvard University, though in reality there were probably many more. It was in this manner that Lenin built his GULAG archipelago.
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see also – 

do americans face a red terror

the genocide you never hear of

judaism is communism

THE VICIOUS JEWISH PARTISANS OF WW2 

HELLSTORM: THE RAPE AND MASS MURDER OF GERMAN WOMEN AFTER WWII

 CENTRAL BANK SCAM EXPLAINS WORLD MALAISE 

time to start defending christianity

Great Anti-Bolshevist Exhibition (1937)

Secret Behind Communism –  The Ethnic Origins of the bolshevik revolution

jewish murderers of the russian revolution
 

The Jewish Butchers Behind Communism 

Jewish Quotes from the New World Order

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          Spiritual Wickedness in High Places: Malachi Martin on The End of Religion (As We Know It)   
Spiritual Wickedness in High Places: Malachi Martin on The End of Religion (As We Know It)
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(Note: The following was one of the last interviews by Malachi Martin before his death in 1999.)

      Ever since Nimrod and the Tower of Babel, the Power Elite have never given up on their feverish dream of a One World Government.

      Former Jesuit Malachi Martin's novel, Windswept House (Doubleday/ Main Street Books), offers a lurid behind the scenes look at a cabal of Vatican insiders who want to use the Roman Catholic Church as a foundation for a politico-religious New World Order.

      The plot of the novel involves a group of Church officials who scheme with a group of like-minded corporate executives to manipulate the Church into a ready-made infrastructure for a One World Religion -- a universal umbrella for everybody from Episcopalians to voodoo practitioners.

      The new ecumenicalism is clothed in Globalist garb. The agenda includes promoting issues like population control, environmentalism and secular humanism, which the plotters hope will eventually lead to the complete secularization of religion. 


      The most outrageous and controversial premise of the novel -- described in great detail in the prologue -- is that a ceremony was performed in the Vatican in 1963 -- an occult ritual which enthroned the fallen archangel Lucifer as the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

      Does Dr. Martin believe that this enthronement actually took place in his novel, which could liberally be described as a roman a clef?

      "Yes, it did," he says emphatically. "Beyond a shadow of a doubt in my mind. But now the place, time, hour etc., are all obfuscated to protect the guilty and save the innocent."

      Was it common knowledge in the Vatican at the time? "Not common knowledge," explains Martin. "But I found out about it by being a member of the Vatican circles that learned these things. It's like everything else. I'm sure there are people floating around Washington, and they know an awful lot about what's going on. Someone says, 'how do you know that'? Well, it's just... we know it."

      The story ofWindswept House continues in present day Europe as an international group of conspirators spanning Church and State plots a one world government on behalf of Lucifer. So are readers to infer that no matter what happens, the Pope and the Church hierarchy are bound to serve the fallen angel?

      "No," explains Dr. Martin. "What it means is that for the moment, Lucifer the biggest archangel, the leader of the revolt against God, has a big in with certain Vatican officials. Enthronement doesn't mean that he rules. It means that they did their best to put him there. The ideal would be to have their man as Pope. In that case then Satan would be enthroned."

      The book goes on to describe how two brothers, one a priest and the other an investment banker, grapple with these awesome consequences as pawns in the game. Meanwhile the cabal of Globalist-oriented Vatican officials and European-based internationalists try to corner the Pope into voluntary resignation so that they can get their man in the Chair of Peter.

      This theme coincidentally is also the basis, albeit in non-fiction form, of Martin's book The Keys of This Blood: Pope John Paul II Versus Russia and the West for Control of the New World Order.

      The upshot? A One World Government is a fait accompli, he infers. What Dr. Martin calls the "millennium endgame" is a competition for a new global hegemony by the key Globalist players. What's interesting is that the novel appears to be a seamless transition from his previous non-fiction work. The reader then is put in the position of concluding that the New World Order is a done deal, that a One World Government is here and now and, as the expression goes, it's all over but the crying.

      But you wouldn't expect Globalist agit-prop from a former Jesuit. Or would you?



The Enthronement of Lucifer in the Vatican

 

And Who Is Malachi Martin?

      Author of 15 books on religious and geo-political topics, Malachi Martin is highly regarded and respected as a world renowned scholar.

      Trained in theology at Louvain, he received his doctorates in Semitic Languages, Archaeology and Oriental History. He subsequently studied at Oxford and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. From 1958 to 1964, he served in Rome, where he was a close associate of the Jesuit cardinal Augustin Bea and Pope John XXIII, as well as a professor at the Vatican's Pontifical Biblical Institute.

      Malachi Martin is the author of many best-selling books including Vatican, Hostage to the Devil, The Jesuits, The Final Conclave, and The Keys of This Blood. Also he was a Roman Catholic priest of the Society of Jesus until 1964 when he left the Jesuits. Why?

      "It was a grave decision," he says. "I could see the way the Church was going, the way churchmen were going in their decisions and all the anchors I had for morality and zeal were being undone. Then when the Vatican Council started in 1962, I could see the way the flow of opinion was going in the Vatican by a group of cardinals from Belgium, Germany and France. They were maneuvering the Church into totally new ecclesiology. I couldn't accept this."

      As an advisor to three Popes, Dr. Martin has had his fair share of romanita, that uniquely Roman methodology of connivance and power politicking. "I started off as an advisor on Judaism," he continues. "I was trained in Semitic languages and I spent a year and a half studying the Talmud... Then my superiors in Rome also found that I understood Judaism very well. They wanted someone to explain it, since they were studying the whole question of Jewish-Christian relations. So I was drafted into helping with that."

      And the outcome? "They produced a document in which they sort of absolved the Jewish people of the death of Christ."

      Based on his research? "No, not on my research," argues Martin. "I was only a cog in the wheel. I didn't agree with the final document either. It went too far. And then there were conclusions about the need for Catholics to study Judaism and get to know them better."

So this was the ecumenicalization of the Church that was going on?

      "That's it in one word," concurs Martin. "And I couldn't agree with the total effect of all that because I thought they went too far."

      Dr. Martin was also involved with Vatican intelligence. What did he do? "Just assessing things in Israel, whatever anti-Christianity there was amongst the Israelis. There was and still is. And what was the position of the Arabs. I used to live in Jordan and Lebanon and Egypt. I knew those places very well and could assess the position of the Church and the various Christian communities."

      The many-talented Dr. Martin is also known as a practicing exorcist and has even written a book about the subject called Hostage to the Devil.

      He says he came up against evil as a force in the world in an uncontrovertible undeniable way in his first exorcism.

      "I was in Cairo and it was evil," Dr. Martin recalls.

      "You know you only have to enter its presence, or for it to enter your presence to know that you are in the presence of something which is summarily evil."

      "It's invisible. You can't see it. But you know it wants you dead. Dead. Dead. And in a horrible way," he repeats in a hypnotic voice. "It's touching your very bones by its presence."

      So how does he explain the phenomenon of demonic possession? "Free will", says Dr. Martin. "For the first time in the work we have been doing for thirty-one years in this corner of the globe, during the last ten years or so, we have found young men and women thirty-somethings or twenty-somethings coming forward and saying, 'Listen I made a pact with the devil. I wanted this woman. I wanted this man. I wanted this job. I wanted this money. I wanted this, this, this, and I made a pact and he gave it to me and now I can't get free of him. He dominates my will. Please liberate me. And then people get to it by means of things like a ouija board or by spiritual seances or channeling."

      Malachi Martin is also known as a serious scholar of apocryphal writings, having authored a book called The Scribal Character of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

      (As an impressive mark of his erudition, Malachi Martin even knew about the alternative Abraham and Isaac story in one of the so-called Pseudepigrapha, the Book of Jubilees. In this unsanctioned version of Genesis, Abraham is commanded to kill his son, but not by God. Instead it is Mastema, a fallen angel known as "the accusing angel" as well as the Tempter and Executioner, who tells the Hebrew patriarch to do the dirty deed. To his credit, of course, Abraham doesn't slaughter his firstborn. When asked why the Genesis version omits details of the fallen angel Mastema as the instigator of Abraham's test, however, even Malachi Martin admits ignorance.)

Bernard Janzen "Fr. Malachi Martin: Camouflaged Apostasy"


The Globalist Imperative

      Like the prissy intellectuals of the 1930s enamored by National Socialism (as well as Fabian Socialism), the current fin de siecle version of internationalists are likewise paving their own road to a Globalist hell with good intentions.

      Using the Hegelian model of history, first there was Capitalism (thesis), then Communism (antithesis), and now there's the New World Order (synthesis), risen from the ashes of the Cold War and the formerly 'competing' ideologies.

      International socialism or corporate fascism (aka Globalism) is, in fact, the trendy philosophy for the end of the millennium. In his book Megatrends 2000, Olympian futurist John Naisbitt calls it "free market socialism," a hybrid economic system that combines welfare state policies with multinational corporate business on a global level.

      Globalism, however, as a secular religion, has a dogma all its own. Its primary belief system is based on the notion that the usefulness of the nation-state is over. In other words, national sovereignty is a thing of the past and a One World Government is inevitable. But... this effort, at least for now, must be couched in cryptic language for the unwashed masses. Otherwise they'd get too upset.

      Globalist spokesman Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Columbia University professor, President Carter's former National Security advisor, and founder of the Trilateral Commission spoke at the Gorbachev Foundation's State of the World Forum in 1995, "We cannot leap into world government in one quick step," he said. "(It) requires a process of gradually expanding the range of democratic cooperation." In plain language, that means people must be further indoctrinated.

      Eurocrat Jean-Marie Guehenno hints at this global hegemony or one world totalitarianism calling it an "empire without an emperor." Guehenno wrote The End of the Nation-State (1995) which was called La fin de la democratie (The End of Democracy) in the original French version. Since nation states are obsolete, he claims, "'wise men' capable of thinking through the finite world that has become our common lot" must be entrusted to guide us into what he calls an 'Imperial Age'." Presumably Guehenno counts himself as one of the ranks of "The Wise Men."

      Most striking though is a chapter in Guehenno's book called "Religions without God", which evokes the image of the humanist shaking his fist at an empty sky. The ultimate reduction of this conundrum for the internationalists is to hint at a "global politburo" to run the world as posited by Paul Mazur in Unfinished Business (1979).

      According to Dr. Martin's nomenclature, Guehenno is one of the Transnationalists -- bureaucrats who believe that Globalism is based on "the development of new and ever wider interrelationships between the governments of the world".

      On the other hand, the Internationalists are "individuals who operate from a power base of finance, industry and technology". Together these groups are the Globalists, the social engineers conniving for the convergence of East and West in the so-called New World Order.


Luciferian Geo-Politics

      For a Churchman, Malachi Martin shows a remarkable familiarity and understanding of Luciferianism, a belief system which hold human wisdom, secular humanism if you will, as its paragon and the fallen archangel Lucifer as the Prince who will rule the world.

      Readers ofWindswept Houseare given the impression that the old traditional Catholic Church is good because the protagonists, Christian Gladstone and his mother are defending it, while we know that the Church has been dedicated to Lucifer. Faced with these two alternatives, the conclusion is that the Roman Catholic Church run by Lucifer is good -- a classic (and incredibly sophisticated) double bind, which is constantly reinforced in the reader's mind throughout the 646 pages of the novel.

      "Well, the Church itself has not been given to Lucifer," argues Dr. Martin. "He was enthroned in the Vatican by Vatican officials. That doesn't mean he possesses the Church yet. The Church anyway is an ambiguous term because it either means the actual physical bloc of churches, convents, libraries, academies, parish houses and cathedrals, the physical plant. Or it means the group of faithful in the state of grace whether they are alive in Purgatory or in Heaven. That is the body of Christ."

      "There has always been, since the fourth century, this organization set up by the Emperor Constantine. But that is not essential for the Church. The Church can exist without it. So that mystical body of Christ has not fallen into Lucifer's hands. The organization to some degree has. That's the difficulty."

      What about the book putting his readers in a double bind? You're presented with two choices. Either A. The Luciferian-controlled Roman Catholic Church. Or B. The Luciferian-controlled New World Order. So where does Malachi Martin find himself?

      "The New World Order is definitely won by Luciferian believers," says Dr. Martin. "There's no doubt about that."

      And then he starts to rationalize their modus operandi.

      "But these are men who came to be and are in their actions at least, humanitarian and philanthropic. They want to wipe out hunger and disease. They want to limit the population of the world. They believe the world is headed for mass starvation. They also want to enter into education. They would like to have an alliance with the Roman Catholic Church and with another pope. This one -- they know would stand in their way in regards to population control because he is deadstart against abortion, contraceptives, genetic engineering."

      And what about "The Process" he refers to in his book?

      Dr. Martin replies that it's the "Luciferian Process" of secularizing every religious mind so that the common mind today would be one which regarded the earth as a planned paradise to be built up. There is no God above the skies, no heaven, and there is no hell beneath the earth. It's complete secularization."

      (John Lennon's classic rock anthem "Imagine" comes to mind. "Imagine there's no country," he sang. "It isn't hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for. And no religion too.")

      But do the Luciferians have a timetable?

      "We are now according to the official doctrine of the Luciferians in what they call "the Availing Time". They have a tradition that in these years they can avail of the time to install the Prince, who is Lucifer, as the greatest power on earth in charge of human civilization and adored by men."

      And to what end?

      "To exalt the power of Lucifer. That is the end in itself. It's the Luciferian purpose. If they don't do it in these years, then it is put off sine die, without resolution. They are very keen on getting it done."

      And what are the next steps in this "Process"?

      "The purpose is to secularize education completely," continues Dr. Martin. "And to eliminate from considerations of life and death -- medicine, sociality, finance, birth, development etc., to free that of any religious presumption whatever. To free it from the superstition of religion so that man is dealt with scientifically and humanly. And that is 'the Process'. 'The Process' is to make the human mind accept that... 'The Process' is whereby all education, primary secondary and higher, college university and all public activity is completely rid of all religious presumptions."

      "There is a layer of satanism, of satanist ritual which prepares people for perfect Luciferian adoption. They have covens and sacrifices and rites. The Luciferians have no rites, you know."

      So dabbling with satanism in these rituals leads to a different form of "commitment" which is Luciferianism?

      "It is a preparation for Luciferianism and there are reversals sometimes," claims Dr. Martin. "You will find a crowd of Luciferians having a satanic ritual as a reminder of things. But they have all passed through in a sense and that involves three things: the infliction of pain without flinching, the infliction of death without flinching, and the use of fire."


Windswept House — Message and Subtext

      In Windswept House, Christians and Luciferians clash over the remains of the Roman Catholic Church. It's a controversial and provocative story, a political thriller with metaphysical implications. It delves into the depths of treachery, intrigue and Machiavellian politics at the highest levels of the Church. As a fact-based novel with frequent lengthy asides on real historical geopolitical events like the fall of the Soviet Empire and the Helsinki Accords,Windswept House is a vehicle for one simple message -- the New World Order is here and now.

      While a group of cardinals scheme to force the Pope to resign his office so they'll be able to install a man who will do the Luciferians' bidding, a priest, Christian Gladstone is called to Rome. Cardinal Maestroianni, a power player and one of the leaders of the cabal, enlists the priest to poll bishops regarding closer ties with the European Economic Community. In fact, however, the Cardinal is assessing the timing for a conclave in which the Slavic Pope would be forced to resign because he has become a stumbling block in the Luciferians' plans.

      From the business side, Paul Gladstone, Christian's brother and an expert in international relations working at a Globalist law firm, is also unknowingly recruited to bring the Luciferian plan to fruition. When the brothers find out they are both being unwittingly used in the schemes of the Luciferians, they join forces. Christian then must reach the Pope to tell him that he is being manipulated to abdicate the Chair of Peter.

      Will the Pope resign? And will he exorcise the Church in time?

      The subtext? It doesn't really make a hell of a lot of a difference. 

Father Malachi Martin: End of Christian Civilization



The Future of the Church Militant

      In his novelWindswept House Malachi Martin expostulates his readers regarding the reasons why the "Slavic Pope" (Pope John Paul II) is so ineffectual. But what is the Pope's agenda as he sees it?

      "I think that from the very start John Paul II for whatever reasons, has sought after one thing and one thing only," says Dr. Martin. The formation of what now appears to be in his mind, a universal assemblage of Catholics at the core; grouped with them the Protestant denominations, sects and churches; grouped around them believing Jews, believing Muslims, believing Hindus, believing Buddhists. And that would be a universal religious assembly that could have a powerful dynamic kick in civilization and in solving the problems of men and women today. That is the only thing you can really say this man has sought heart and soul and body with all his travelling. When he went to churches all over the world, member churches of the Catholic Church in all the countries, he was bolstering the reputation of the papacy and he was speaking Catholic dogma, Catholic belief, Catholic morals. But in reality he was reaching out to everybody. He wanted to make friends with everybody."

      And what about the widespread homosexuality, pedophilia and satanic rituals in the Church, common knowledge he avers known to all Vatican insiders? Since as he wrote Christ is no longer honored in the tabernacle, what does he think will happen?

      "Once the tabernacle is emptied of Christ's real presence, then the Church ceases to be holy and therefore it's going to be entered by the opposite power, Lucifer," says Martin. "And this is taking place now. Not widespread, but it is taking place. There's no doubt about that."

      So will the Church fall on its own? "It's disintegrating slowly," says Martin. "As an organization, it's being marginalized sociopolitically and culturally. And religiously, it's weakening and decaying, obsolescing..."

      "If you look at any country today there are three identifiable components of that State. One, the government. Two, there is industry. Third, there are what we call NGOs, the non-governmental organizations. That's everything from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers to the Catholic Church. And they're just simply lumped together, voluntary associations with as much power as they can grasp but of no special importance. Now fifty or seventy years ago, when an ethical or moral question arose, people and governments looked to the churches. Now they don't any longer."

      And yet another sensitive question. Something doesn't add up. Malachi Martin's a priest. He's supposed to fight evil. Yet his bookWindswept Houseis clear evidence that he's thrown in the towel.

      "Well I don't see evidence of having thrown in the towel," protests Dr. Martin. "Because there's a lot I'm being made to pay for, in the sense that the writer obviously likes and reveres this Pope even though he disagrees with him. The writer also believes in the blessed sacrament. He believes in the Pope's infallibility. He believes in salvation. He believes in hell. He believes in the evil of the devil."

      So why doesn'tWindswept Houseend with Christ victorious in the book?

      Does Dr. Martin believe that the Luciferian forces have won already?

      "No. No. No," insists Dr. Martin. "This is an interim book. It ends in a big doubt -- everybody waiting." This must be what they call the European ending -- as opposed to the American ending where all the loose ends are tied up.

      Then the story shifts into "The Devil, Er, I Mean the Editor Made Me Do It". "The publisher said, 'listen the story isn't finished yet,'" says Dr. Martin. "I had a lovely glorious ending. I had a vision. I had a marvellous thing over the Alps. He cut it out."

      This is an actual editorial decision? "Yes," says Dr. Martin.

      But with all due respect, it almost sounds like Luciferian tampering. Not that anyone wants a saccharine ending. So are readers to conclude that the Luciferians won because of the passivity of the Pope in defending the Church?

      "Well, they haven't won yet," says Dr. Martin on a slightly upbeat note. "We're waiting for this man to do something. He's the Vicar of Christ. I know I'm defending him but..."

      "Readers who call me or write me say, what do we do now? I say, read my next book," he continues.

      With Martin's death on July 28, 1999, his suggestion seems to be a moot point.

      "So perhaps editorially," he concludes, "it was the right decision, but religiously it was the wrong decision. I don't know."

      It's been said that "by their fruits, ye shall know them." Malachi Martin's assent to the so-called "process" is the tangible "fruit" of Windswept House.

      Is the novel a prophecy? Or is it just a warning?

      In any case, the New (Luciferian) World Order that Martin describes puts a religious spin to the whole "process" of history.

It's also clear -- the book is a Luciferian masterpiece.  


TradCatKnight in the media: THE SATANIC VATICAN DECEPTION 


          A growing rift among the “Fatimists”   
A growing rift among the “Fatimists”
SOURCE
As Cornelia Ferreira mentioned in her inaugural post here at akaCatholic, Fatima Through the Lens of Vatican II: As Illustrated by Raymond Cardinal Burke:
The WAF/Blue Army has long broadcast the Vatican’s Party Line on Fatima. Now an International Public Association of Pontifical Right, it claims it’s “the only Fatima organization in the world which speaks ‘in the name of the Church’ and ‘with the authority of the Church on Fatima.”
Its “charisma” is “the New Evangelization of the world through the authentic Message of Fatima.” Its “responsibility” is to “guard the purity of the message.”



In this, so-called “Fatimists” can find nothing controversial. Indeed, all concerned have long since recognized the formerly named Blue Army, now World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF), as the very definition of a “false friend” of the effort to spread Our Lady’s authentic message.
Where some apparently did find cause for offense was in Mrs. Ferreira’s suggestion that Cardinal Raymond Burke is allied to considerable extent with these enemies of Fatima as reflected in the “distortions and doubletalk” put forth in his recent presentation given at the Roman Life Forum.
She even went so far as to say that “Cardinal Burke’s favored source of information” is none other than the WAF, which, as she pointed out, “was very pleased with his speech.”
In this, she was referring in part to the reaction of David Carollo, Executive Director of WAF USA as given in a blog post on the group’s website under the title:
Call for consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart is hopeful sign of the times
The simple fact that the WAF applauded Cardinal Burke’s speech is enough to suggest that His Eminence’s words may not represent a “vindication” of Fr. Nicholas Gruner as some claimed.
In any case, it will be informative to take a closer look at what Mr. Carollo had to say. He begins:
A few days ago at the Rome Life Forum, Cardinal Raymond Burke gave a compelling address on “The Secret of Fatima and a New Evangelization,” calling for a consecration of Russia in “recognition of the importance which Russia continues to have in God’s plan for peace and a sign of profound love for our brothers and sisters in Russia.”
Notice the wording, “calling for a consecration of Russia…”
Is this simply Carollo’s attempt at damage control after effectively having been called out by a member of the College of Cardinals for falsely claiming that the consecration was already done, or does it reflect an accurate reading of His Eminence’s words?
Clearly, in my view, it is the latter. Carollo goes on:
While acknowledging his certitude that St. John Paul II carried out the collegial consecration of the world, including Russia, on May 25, 1984, Cardinal Burke said, “Today, once again, we hear the call of Our Lady of Fatima to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, in accord with her explicit instruction.”
In reference to the “pressure” placed on John Paul II to refrain from making an “explicit reference to Russia” during his 1984 consecration of the world, Carollo wrote:
These pressures should not be the case today and to make the consecration again with explicit mention of Russia is nothing more than following what John Paul II himself said of his consecration…
NB: …to make the consecration again.
At this, Carollo, just as Cardinal Burke had in his speech, quoted John Paul II – the man who bears more responsibility than any other for the massive Vatican cover-up of the Fatima message for which the WAF exists to continue:
“Mary’s appeal is not for just once. Her appeal must be taken up by generation after generation, in accordance with the ever new ‘signs of the times.” It must be unceasingly returned to. It must ever be taken up anew.”
Carollo went on to reiterate in the plainest terms possible one of the central positions held by the WAF; one that also forms a fundamental part the official Vatican deception:
After the 1984 consecration was done, Sister Lucia confirmed that it was “accepted by Heaven.”
Get that?
Those who, after the example Fr. Nicholas Gruner, are laboring even now for the consecration of Russia as if it has yet to be done; all in anticipation of the promised fruits that Our Lady attached to her request, are wasting their time.
Apparently, the WAF does not see Cardinal Burke’s newfound interest in Fatima as expressed at the Roman Life Forum as a challenge to this particular lie.
Does that mean that Cardinal Burke is fully on board with it?
No, not necessarily.
As for how one might be assured that the consecration was in fact done to Our Lady’s satisfaction, Carollo pointed to the following events that unfolded in the Soviet Union thereafter as a sort of proof that it resulted in peace:
– On May 13, 1984 (feast of Our Lady of Fatima) an explosion destroys 80 percent of the Soviet Union’s main munitions storage depot for its largest fleet; two-thirds of its missiles are destroyed
– On Dec. 13, 1984, an explosion in Siberia destroys the Soviet Union’s largest ammunition base
– On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident occurs and we now know it staved off a planned nuclear strike on Europe in retaliation for the arrival of U.S. Pershing II nuclear missiles in Europe.
– May 12, 1988, an explosion wrecks the Soviet factory that made rocket motors for its deadly long-range missiles.
Get that?
Three explosions and a nuclear disaster is what passes for the promised period of peace according to the enemies of Fatima.
Apparently, the WAF does not see Cardinal Burke’s newfound interest in Fatima as expressed at the Roman Life Forum as a challenge to this particular lie.
Does that mean that Cardinal Burke is fully on board with it?
No, not necessarily.
About the conversion of Russia that was also promised, Carollo suggested that there is evidence that it is indeed taking place as a direct result of the 1984 consecration:
People are converting back to God … Young people, having grown up in atheistic families, are drawn to the beauty, truth and rich culture that the Catholic, Russian Orthodox and other Christian religions provide. I have been to Russia a number of times and can affirm, the Faith is on the rise there.
Get that?
The “conversion” being peddled by the WAF isn’t a conversion to the one true Faith, but rather one that includes persons entering both the schismatic and the heretic communities!
Apparently, the WAF does not see Cardinal Burke’s newfound interest in Fatima as expressed at the Roman Life Forum as a challenge to this particular lie.
Does that mean that Cardinal Burke is fully on board with it?
No, not necessarily.
I trust at this you get the point.
It has become ever more clear in recent days, in ways both public and private, that a “rift” has arisen between persons once united in the effort to promote the authentic message of Fatima.
This division didn’t begin with Cardinal Burke’s speech. His presentation did, however, manage to magnify it.
At this, it would seem beneficial for  all concerned to return to some of the common ground that we share as a launching point for future discussions:
We know very well that the mission of the World Apostolate of Fatima is to distort the true message of Fatima in order to give it the appearance of compatibility with the aims of the “conciliar Church” – the church-of-man that emerged following Vatican II; the very “suicide of altering the faith” that Our Lady wished to preempt.
As such, anyone who actively collaborates with the WAF in its mission of deception, even if unwittingly and with every good intention, is no friend of Fatima.
Surely, all who wish to promote Our Lady’s authentic message after the example of Fr. Nicholas Gruner can agree on at least this much.
Might I suggest that keeping this in mind moving forward will prove useful.
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          This Popular Island Destination Is Exporting Monkeys for Cruel Experiments   
Mauritius is one of the world's largest suppliers of non-human primates for inhumane medical experiments.

Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean, is a dream holiday destination for tourists from all over the world. It is famous for its beautiful beaches, lagoons, tropical climate, heritage sites, lush forests and wildlife. Yet, this idyllic location is also infamous for a sinister reason—the cruel exploitation of its population of monkeys. Mauritius is one of the world’s largest participants in the cruel trade of supplying non-human primates for experiments. In 2016, 8,245 long-tailed macaques were exported from Mauritius to the USA, Canada and Europe with 3,522 imported by the USA, the largest importer of monkeys from Mauritius.

In Mauritius, the long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) lives freely. However, the species is not considered indigenous, despite having been well-established on the island for about 400 years. Although the species is listed on Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), there exists no legislation to protect the primates of Mauritius. Instead, they are widely persecuted and exploited.

Historically, monkeys were trapped in the wild to be shipped overseas. Following international condemnation of the trade in wild-caught primates, tens of thousands of primates are now held in farms across Mauritius. Many of these animals were captured from the wild and are now imprisoned in these farms and used for breeding. Denied their freedom in the lush foliage of their jungle homes, these individuals spend their lives behind bars, on concrete. Their offspring are transported as ‘cargo’ in small wooden crates on airplanes to laboratories around the world to feed the international research industry.

Tourism is a key pillar of the economy of Mauritius and contributes significantly to the economic growth of the island. Mauritius is also promoting the island’s image as a green, eco-friendly tourist destination. The reputation of Mauritius as a country where the environment is valued is being put at risk by the export of monkeys for cruel experiments. Added to this is the introduction of recent regulations that will, for the first time, allow such experiments to be carried out on the island itself. The main species to be used in the research will be the country’s population of long-tailed macaques.

It cannot be argued that the economic benefits of the monkey trade and potential revenue from experiments are more important than tourism. Even a brief glance at the figures shows this controversial trade, worth less than 2 percent of Mauritian export, is economically insignificant compared with the income that Mauritius receives from its tourism industry. It is well-established that if a country develops a reputation for unkind treatment of animals, it has a very strong negative effect on tourism.

An additional factor to consider which is equally puzzling is that Hinduism is the largest religion in Mauritius. The country has the third highest percentage of Hindus in the world after Nepal and India. Lord Hanuman, the monkey god, is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu religion and is worshipped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. The trade in primates on Mauritius clearly is contrary to the very concept of Hindu culture and society which emphasises the spiritual equality of all living beings.

There are concerns that the introduction of animal experiments to Mauritius is primarily to provide a new market for the primate breeding companies and a reaction to problems with airlines refusing to transport primates for research purposes, moves to impose tighter restrictions on the import of primates within the European Union and a growing public concern about the use of primates in research. Animal researchers and companies may be looking to travel to Mauritius to carry out research that would not be allowed to take place in their own country.

A glance at the new regulations governing the experiments shows that substantial sections have simply been taken from EU and UK legislation, but this has not been consistently done, so there are significant gaps and contradictions. For example, there is no provision for governmental inspections of laboratories. Nor are there any rules in the regulations about the housing, environment and enrichment to be provided to animals. Furthermore, transparency and accountability appear to be absent because, although there is a requirement for researchers to submit records to the government, there is no provision for the government to subsequently put such information into the public domain. 

The long-tailed macaque is the most widely traded primate species for research worldwide and the most widely-traded mammal on the CITES database. In the laboratory, these primates may suffer substantially, including the effects of poisoning (such as vomiting, internal bleeding, weight loss, organ failure and even death) after being forced to consume large quantities of chemicals or drugs in toxicity tests or face being subjected to major brain surgery, their skulls cut open and devices implanted into their brains.

Examples of recent research carried out on long-tailed macaques in the USA makes disturbing reading: 1) experiments that have attempted to mimic traumatic military injuries; 2) forced addiction to recreational drugs such as alcohol and cocaine; 3) injections with phencyclidine (PCP or ‘angel dust’) and 4) forced inhaling of cigarette smoke several hours a day (for some monkeys it was the equivalent of a person smoking four packs of cigarettes a day).

The development of alternative methods to using animals is a growing and pioneering field. There is now a wide range of more human-relevant and humane approaches and animal tests are being replaced in areas such as toxicity testing, neuroscience and drug development. These alternatives include cell, tissue and organ cultures; methods using chemistry, computers or imaging machines; and ethical and highly effective studies using human volunteers.

Cruelty Free International is dedicated to ending this cruel exploitation of the Mauritius monkeys. We believe that the focus for Mauritius should instead be on these new technologies for non-animal experiments and we are urging Mauritius to become a forward-thinking country that adopts humane and cutting-edge alternatives. Mauritius’ image abroad is already tarnished because of its role in the cruel international trade in monkeys for research. Allowing animal experiments to take place will have a further negative impact and likely result in further widespread protest.

Our campaign has received widespread support from around the world, including in Mauritius, by scientists, wildlife experts, politicians and socio-cultural groups as well as members of the public. Indian politician Maneka Gandhi and internationally renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall have also voiced their concerns.

There are three actions you can take to support our campaign to protect the monkeys of Mauritius and let government officials know that what they are doing is unacceptable:

1. Send an email/letter to the Mauritius Embassy in Washington:

mauritius.embassy@verizon.net

washingtonemb@govmu.org

H. E. Mr S. Phokeer

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Mauritius Embassy

1709 N. Street, NW

Washington D.C. 20036

2. Send an email/letter to the Minister of Tourism in Mauritius:

mtou@govmu.org

The Hon Anil Kumarsingh GAYAN, SC

Minister of Tourism

Ministry of Tourism

Level 5, Air Mauritius Centre

John Kennedy Street

Port Louis

Mauritius

3. Sign this petition.

 

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The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."

Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.

Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.

A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.

Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."

Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.

In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.

"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."

These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.

Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.

It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.

In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.

 

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La medida llevaba gestándose más de un año: las tres grandes redes españolas de cajeros automáticos (Servired, 4B y Euro 6000) se fusionarán en una única entidad que ejercerá un monopolio prácticamente total en el servicio de retirada de efectivo. Servired, la mayor de las tres, controlará el 66% de la nueva sociedad.

Esta operación no es sorprendente: en buena parte de Europa los cajeros están operados por monopolios nacionales participados por el sector bancario local. La red alemana Girocard o la francesa Carte Bleue llevan décadas controlando la práctica totalidad de los terminales en sus respectivos países. En Holanda, donde los pagos con tarjeta ya superan a los realizados en efectivo, los grandes bancos se plantean no solo integrar la red sino ceder los cajeros a una entidad conjunta con una marca única. España se suma ahora a esta tendencia.

La empresa resultante operará casi 64.000 cajeros y tendrá 72 millones de tarjetas de crédito y débito en circulación. Los mayores accionistas serán los tres grandes bancos del país: Santander (con el Popular), BBVA y CaixaBank; que también son los que aportan mayor número de cajeros, tarjetas y clientes al conglomerado. ¿Qué consecuencias tendrá el monopolio de los cajeros para los usuarios?

La guerra de los cajeros está aquí para quedarse

La gran ventaja técnica de las redes de cajeros es que permiten realizar operaciones a clientes de todas las entidades participantes, al margen de la retirada de efectivo (por ejemplo consultas de saldo, recargas y similares). Además, la mayoría de redes ofrecen ventajas comerciales: los clientes de todos los bancos asociados pueden retirar dinero gratis (o por una comisión ínfima) en toda la red. En España también sucedía esto: los clientes de cualquier banco asociado a 4B, por ejemplo, podían sacar dinero gratis en cualquier terminal 4B. Hasta que comenzó la guerra de los cajeros.

A finales de 2015, los tres grandes de la banca española decidieron unilateralmente acabar con las ventajas para clientes de entidades asociadas a sus redes de cajeros. Comenzaron a cobrar 2 euros por transacción a clientes de otros bancos, independientemente de la red a la que pertenecieran. Se acababa así la razón de ser de Servired, 4B y Euro 6000 desde el punto de vista comercial.

Nada parece indicar que la política de comisiones en los cajeros vaya a cambiar tras la fusión

Nada parece indicar que la política basada en cobrar a clientes de otros bancos vaya a cambiar tras la fusión. Las entidades con menos cajeros se verán obligadas a mantener acuerdos con otras mayores –o de ofrecer alternativas como el cashback– si quieren que sus clientes puedan retirar efectivo gratuitamente.

¿Habrá ventajas para los consumidores?

Con la integración de las tres redes, se simplifican los pagos con tarjeta en España. El coste real de las transacciones se reducirá, al eliminarse la necesidad de interconectar distintas redes (por ejemplo, para pagar con una tarjeta Servired en una tienda cuyo TPV está conectado a Euro 6000). Pero está por ver si esta bajada repercutirá en las comisiones que deben pagar los comercios, una de las principales razones por las que muchos aún son reacios a aceptar este método de pago.

Cardpayment Pago con tarjeta

En cuanto a los cajeros automáticos, al estar todos conectados a la misma red, aumentarán las posibilidades de realizar operaciones (al margen de retiradas de efectivo) independientemente de la entidad a la que pertenezca la tarjeta. Y aunque en principio los grandes bancos no vayan a cambiar su política de cobrar a clientes de otras entidades, cabría la posibilidad de que las autoridades de la competencia decidan rebajar las tarifas máximas (actualmente 2 euros por transacción) para autorizar la fusión.

De momento, todo son conjeturas. Está por ver hasta qué punto la integración de todos los cajeros reduce las comisiones para pequeños comercios y clientes individuales. Lo que sí está claro es que la banca española reducirá costes con esta fusión, y que el nuevo conglomerado será uno de los mayores operadores de cajeros y tarjetas de la Unión Europea.

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La musique des migrants dans les camps

Migrantinnen-musik in den migrantenlagern

Faire de l’art en situation d’urgence
Musik machen in ausnahmesituationen
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Publié le mardi 20 juin 2017 par Céline Guilleux
RÉSUMÉ
Cette université d’été a deux objectifs. le premier est d'explorer un secteur mal étudié de l’ethnologie comme la musique dans les camps de transit. S’il existe une abondante littérature historienne et musicologique sur la musique dans les camps de concentration et dans les camps d’extermination, rares sont les études qui portent sur les pratiques musiciennes. Le second objectif est de construire une démarche comparative afin de mesurer la singularité d’une observation ponctuelle sur ce que l’on appelle la crise des migrants en Europe : Paris, Baigorri, Calais, Dunkerque (France), Friedland (Göttingen, Allemagne), M’Bera (Mauritanie), Mentao (Burkina Faso), Zaatari (Jordanie).  
ANNONCE

But 

Cette université d’été a pour titre « La musique des migrants dans les camps. Faire de l’art en situation d’urgence ». Elle a deux objectifs : 
  • explorer un secteur mal étudié de l’ethnologie : la musique dans les camps de transit. S’il existe une abondante littérature historienne et musicologique sur la musique dans les camps de concentration et dans les camps d’extermination (Dick Walda, Charles Van West, Shmuel Gogol, Emilio Jani, Gabriele Knapp, Annette Wieviorka, Philip Bohlman, Pierre-Emmanuel Dauzat & Hélios Azoulay) rares sont les études qui portent sur les pratiques musiciennes ;  
  • construire une démarche comparative afin de mesurer la singularité d’une observation ponctuelle sur ce que l’on appelle la crise des migrants en Europe : Paris, Baigorri, Calais, Dunkerque (France), Friedland (Göttingen, Allemagne), M’Bera (Mauritanie), Mentao (Burkina Faso), Zaatari (Jordanie). 

Argument

 Au mois de mai 2013, Awet Andemicael, étudiante en théologie de l’université de Yale publie sur le site de l’UNHCR un article marquant : The arts in refugee camps: ten good reasons. De la prise en charge de soi aux techniques d’apprentissage et à l’agency, ces raisons visent à légitimer l’action des ONG pour la musique. Pourtant, ces raisons sont insatisfaisantes. Car le raisonnement est élaboré à partir des catégories de l’action humanitaire et non à partir du vécu des populations.  
  1. Cette université d’été renverse la perspective. Et plutôt que de partir des catégories instituées pour examiner de quelle façon elles s’incarnent dans la réalité, nous partons de l’engagement ethnographique pour examiner les processus d’institution des catégories, ce qui permet d’organiser ensuite, mais ensuite seulement, une montée en généralité à partir de la collection des cas.  
  2. Par ailleurs, nous prenons nos distances avec les clichés sur les bienfaits prêtés à la musique et à l’art thérapie. Nous examinons, au prix d’observations ethnographiques, situées et contextualisées, la façon dont la musique modifie la vie de chacun et celle des collectifs impliqués.  
  3. Enfin, nous questionnons l’ontologie de la musique. Des travaux antérieurs nous ont permis d’entériner le fait que la musique est subjective du point de vue ontologique et objective du point de vue épistémique. Cette fois, nous soumettons la question « qu’est-ce que la musque pour qui la pratique et l’écoute ? » à l’enquête ethnographique.  

Ancrages situationnels  

Bien des chercheurs qui ont mené ces analyses sur les pratiques artistiques dans des camps se sont d’abord confrontés à ces situations au prix d’un engagement citoyen. Dans ces situations d’anomie, ils ont rencontré « la musique », et ceux qui la faisaient être. Dès lors, ces migrants qu’un élan compassionnel faisait prendre pour « de pauvres malheureux » devenaient dans le regard de l’ethnographe attentif, par la force de la performance musicienne, par les habiletés incorporées et les références culturelles actualisées, des artistes virtuoses.   
Dans des contextes qui rendent toute communication verbale difficile en raison de l’étanchéité des langues, la musique et la danse rendent possible le partage, restaurent une forme de symétrie de l’échange. La profession de foi de Natacha Bouchart, maire de Calais, résonne : « Accueillir des migrants, ça peut être une richesse culturelle exceptionnelle » (Libération, 20 octobre 2015). Pourquoi donc la musique, alors que chacun se trouve « maintenu là, dans l’inachèvement d’un parcours de mobilité, ni immigré ni émigré mais suspendu en migration » (M. Agier, 2014) ?  
Cette rencontre de jeunes chercheurs propose de travailler à partir d’études de cas.

Études de cas 

Paris, Foyer de Travailleurs Migrants du 19e arrondissement  

Un foyer de travailleurs migrants (FTM) est une structure d’hébergement qui accueille aujourd’hui des « hommes célibataires » de Mauritanie, du Mali et du Sénégal. On peut y cuisiner, se laver, dormir (et repartir travailler). Or, malgré les conditions de promiscuité, on y fait aussi de la musique. Car l’invité invite. « Invitation » est le terme par lequel les habitants de foyer désignent le fait d’accueillir dans leur chambre un griot qui vienne chanter leur nom avec son luth ngoni. « L’invitation » est une occasion musicale de rencontre. Ce n’est pas la seule. Car à une autre échelle, des moments de retrouvailles et de partage culturel sont organisés dans des salles des fêtes louées par des associations proches des habitants de foyers. Ces espaces se convertissent en lieux d’échanges, d’assemblées générales, de projets et en studio d’enregistrement. Il en est ainsi de centres sociaux et culturels où sont organisés ces journées culturelles, ces repas et ces occasions de musique. 

M’Bera, Mauritanie  

Février 2012. Les habitants du Nord Mali fuient le conflit armé. L’UNHCR installe 400.000 réfugiés Touaregs et Arabes dans des camps aux frontières de la Mauritanie, de l’Algérie, du Burkina Faso et du Niger. M’Berra est le plus important : 80.000 personnes. Ici, le quotidien s’organise. Au- delà des questions sanitaires et nutritionnelles, il y a le désir partagé de célébrer des événements en commun. Il n’y a pas de tabaski sans musique, ni de fin de ramadan. Le tinde et l’imzad sont fabriqués sur place. Il y a aussi des « soirées guitare ». Tout le monde danse et frappe des mains. Mohamed Issa ag Oumar est là. C’est LE guitariste du groupe Tartit, fer de lance avec Tinariwen de la musique touareg sur la scène de la World Music. Il a apporté sa guitare. On branche des amplis sur les batteries des voitures. Ici s’émancipe une économie de la World Music à visée interne, au sein du camp.  

Mentao, Burkina Faso  

Nous sommes à 20 kilomètres de Ouagadougou. En octobre 2014, Marta Amico visite le camp en compagnie d’une musicienne du groupe Tartit, qui dirige l’organisation des femmes du camp. Un musicien armé de sa guitare entonne un chant de bienvenue. Des femmes se joignent à lui. M. Amico interroge : Pourquoi la musique ? Parce que c’est la vie. Ici, « la musique » n’est pas quelque chose « à part », une activité en soi : c’est l’instrument de la vie sociale, c’est le fait de pouvoir continuer à se réunir autour des célébrations d’avant qui fait toute l’importance des moments de jeu. Et c’est la raison pour laquelle on retrouve ici tellement de musiciens : ils ont fui les groupes islamistes qui interdisent la musique dans le Nord Mali. Ici, ils organisent des dj set improvisés. Et ils se connectent au monde. Dans ces moments où tout cède, la musique fabrique du lien social.  

Zaatari, Jordanie  

Construit en juillet 2012, le camp de Zaatari est situé à la frontière syrienne. 80.000 réfugiés syriens y vivent dans des conditions précaires, près du pays qu’ils ont fui. Zaatari dépend entièrement de l’aide humanitaire. Plusieurs ONG travaillent autour d’activités musicales, c’est le cas d’OXFAM International. Comment la musique est-elle appréhendée dans le règlement du camp ? Comment est- elle mobilisée par les musiciens euxmêmes ? Quel rapport chacun entretient-il à l’écoute ? Et quels sont les répertoires qui entrent dans l’espace public ? Engagée par OXFAM International, Gaétane Lefebvre a travaillé au plus près des interactions musiciennes. Elle a établi des liens avec Nicolas Puig, anthropologue spécialiste des camps de réfugiés au Liban et Richard Wolf, réalisateur de A requiem for Syrian refugees” (2014). L’université d’été permettra de visionner ce film, en présence de N. Puig et du réalisateur. 

Baigorri, France (64)  

Le 20 novembre 2015, à l’initiative de l’Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégration (OFII), une cinquantaine de migrants s’installent à Baigorri, dans les montagnes basques. Ils ont quitté le Soudan, l’Erythrée, le Tadjikistan, l’Afghanistan et tous les Kurdistan. Ils ne savent pas où ils sont, ne parlent ni français, ni anglais, ni basque, mais ils ont dit oui, et l’OFII les a conduits ici. La mairie réquisitionne le VVF, la préfecture finance, les bénévoles aident les migrants dans leurs démarches administratives. Des ateliers sont en place. Une osmose s’opère. Des ateliers de danse basque sont créés, des ateliers de musique aussi. L’un d’eux réclame un violon. Un violon est trouvé. Il joue sans vibrato, sur des échelles improbables : nous offre un makâm syrien. Pourquoi donc la musique ici ? 
Ces études de cas seront complétées par d’autres cas présentés par les étudiants qui participeront à l’Université d’été, et par les exposés de Philip Bohlman (University of Chicago) sur la musique dans les camps et de Raimund Vogels (Hildesheim) sur l’institutionnalisation des expériences menées en Niedersachsen pour valoriser le talent d’artistes réfugiés et leur procurer une formation diplomantes qui leur ouvre les portes du marché du travail artistique en Allemagne.

Production scientifique

(en partenariat avec Les Cahiers d’Ethnomusicologie)  

Les candidats sont invités à présenter, à partir de leurs travaux personnels, un projet de texte (2 pages) abordant l’une des thématiques de cette Ecole d’été. Huit projets (Groupe A) seront choisis et seront développés par leurs auteurs pour donner lieu à des textes d’une dizaine de pages qui seront mis en ligne dans l’espace collaboratif. Lors de l’université d’été, les textes seront présentés et commentés par 8 autres participants (Groupe B). Nous constituerons ainsi des binômes auteur / exégète. 
L’originalité de ce travail en commun permet à plusieurs étudiants de travailler en groupes et d’écrire ensemble un article co-signé qui sera soumis pour publication aux Cahiers d’Ethnomusicologie (Laurent Aubert, Genève). Langues de l’article : français, allemand ou anglais.

Candidature

Le dossier de candidature doit comprendre : 
  • un CV ; 
  • une présentation du projet de doctorat, de master ou de post-doc ;  - une proposition d’intervention (2 pages) en lien avec l’Université d’été. 
Le dossier de candidature doit parvenir à l’adresse : dlaborde@msh-paris.fr La sélection sera faite en fonction de l’adéquation thématique entre les propositions d’intervention et l’Université d’été. 

Date limite de renvoi des dossier: 29 juin 2017

Séléction des candidatures

  • Prof. Dr. Denis Laborde (CNRS – EHESS, Centre Georg Simmel, Paris - Bayonne)
  • Prof. Dr. Raimund Vogels (Center for World Music, Hildesheim)
Sélection des candidats : 30 juin 2017  

Informations pratiques

Rendez-vous : L’université d’été se déroule du 10 au 16 septembre 2017. Arrivée des participants le dimanche 10 septembre. Départ le samedi 16 septembre. Vous pouvez rester au-delà à vos frais. 
Participants : L’Université d’été compte 16 étudiants et jeunes chercheurs (master, doctorat ou post-doctorat) de toute nationalité. Toutes les disciplines sont concernées. 
Langues de travail : français, allemand ou anglais. La langue basque sera valorisée. Chacun doit parler couramment une de ces langues et en comprendre une autre. 
Lieu : Cité des Arts, 3 avenue Jean Darrigrand, F-64100 Bayonne, Pays Basque, France
Inscription : par courrier électronique adressé à dlaborde@msh-paris.fr
Réservation des billets de train / avion : dans la semaine du 1er juillet 2017 
Frais : Les frais de transport (train 2e classe ou avion) et de séjour (nuitées et repas) sont couverts par l’Université d’été. Les billets de transport seront pris par le Centre Georg Simmel.  
Gare SNCF : Bayonne / Aéroport : Biarritz 
Contact/informations : dlaborde@msh-paris.fr & raimund.vogels@hmt-hannover.
LIEUX
  • Cité des Arts - 3 avenue Jean Darrigrand
    Bayonne, France (64)
DATES
  • jeudi 29 juin 2017
MOTS-CLÉS
  • musique, camp, migrant, accueil, musicien, crise, Afrique, Europe
CONTACTS
  • Denis Laborde
    courriel : dlaborde [at] msh-paris [dot] fr
  • Vogels Raimund
    courriel : raimund [dot] vogels [at] hmt-hannover [dot] de
SOURCE DE L'INFORMATION
  • Luigia Parlati
    courriel : luigia [dot] parlati [at] ehess [dot] fr
POUR CITER CETTE ANNONCE
« La musique des migrants dans les camps », École d'étéCalenda, Publié le mardi 20 juin 2017, http://calenda.org/409672

          May Ziyadé, μια συμπαθέστατη γυναικεία προσωπικότητα της Αραβικής Αφύπνισης   

L’ÉCRITURE FÉMININE COMME AFFIRMATION DE L’ÉGALITÉ ET VÉHICULE DE RÉFORME : MAYY ZIYADAH AU CŒUR DE LA RENAISSANCE INTELLECTUELLE ARABE
ARTICLE PUBLIÉ LE 29/06/2017

Par Mathilde Rouxel
http://www.lesclesdumoyenorient.com/L-ecriture-feminine-comme-affirmation-de-l-egalite-et-vehicule-de-reforme-Mayy.html


Dernières actualités

Mayy Ziyadah (connue aussi sous la transcription « May Ziadé ») est une écrivaine et une intellectuelle d’origine libanaise. Elle est considérée comme la première figure féministe libanaise, questionnant dans ses œuvres le problème de la condition des femmes arabes et analysant l’articulation de l’écriture et de la féminité. Dans une œuvre riche où s’affirment subjectivité et considérations politiques, Mayy Ziyadah a su imposer une série de réflexions sur l’un des débats réformistes importants de la Nahda, la place des femmes dans la société. Elle est aussi l’une des premières à avoir proposé une théorisation essentialiste de l’écriture féminine, qui résonne avec les attentes qu’elle exposait sur le plan social, à savoir l’instruction des filles. Évoluant au cœur de la vie mondaine cairote de l’avant et après-Première Guerre mondiale, elle est une figure incontournable de la vie intellectuelle arabe du premier tiers du XXe siècle.

Une actrice du renouveau intellectuel arabe

Mayy Ziyadah - de son vrai nom Marie Elias Ziyadah - est née à Nazareth en 1886 d’un père maronite libanais et d’une mère orthodoxe palestinienne (1). Elle passe une partie de son enfance en Palestine, à Nazareth, où elle suit ses premiers enseignements. Elle arrive ensuite au Liban avec son père, parti travailler au Kesrouan, dans la région du Mont-Liban. À 14 ans, elle intègre le collège des Visitandines d’Antoura, où elle suit un enseignement en français. Les cours de littérature française, notamment les romantiques, influencent profondément sa littérature par la suite (2).
En 1904, elle rejoint ses parents en Palestine. Elle lit et se cultive beaucoup par elle-même (3). Leur départ au Caire en 1908 marque ses premières publications : son père dirige alors la revue arabe Al-Mahroussa à laquelle elle collabore. Elle suit parallèlement des études de langues à l’Université égyptienne, dont elle sort diplômée en 1917 (4), armée de notions d’anglais, d’italien, d’allemand, d’espagnol, de grec moderne ainsi que de latin (5).
La gloire de Mayy Ziyadah est intimement liée à la vie culturelle du Caire, bouillonnante à cette période de la Nahda. En 1912, elle fonde un salon littéraire qui se réunit de façon hebdomadaire, et qui devient rapidement le lieu de rendez-vous des grands intellectuels de son temps, accueillant Taha Hussein, Khalil Moutrane, Loutdi as-Sayed, Antoun Gemayel, Walieddine Yakan, Abbas Akkad ou Yacoub Sarrouf (6). Bâti sur le modèle des salons littéraires fondés en Europe aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles, il connait un succès exceptionnel pendant plus de vingt ans (7).
Elle publie ses premières études après la Première Guerre mondiale et voyage beaucoup en Europe. Le début des années 1920 marque également le début de son engagement féministe : rapidement, elle multiplie les conférences, les articles et les actions publiques pour discuter la question de la place des femmes dans la société, qui occupe de façon croissante les débats intellectuels depuis le début du XXe siècle. Elle commence d’ailleurs par publier des biographies de grandes militantes féministes d’Égypte, et collabore avec Hoda Shaarawi, alors présidente de l’Union des femmes arabes.
Célibataire et sans enfant, la mort de ses proches au début des années 1930 plonge l’intellectuelle dans un profond chagrin. À la mort de son père en 1929 succède la mort de son amant platonique Khalil Gibran en 1931, puis celle de sa mère en 1932 ; l’isolement moral et intellectuel dans lequel elle est subitement plongée provoque des troubles neurasthéniques. Elle est internée quelques années plus tard pour une période de neuf mois dans un asile d’aliéné à Beyrouth, qu’elle quitte en 1939 et passe ses derniers temps au Caire, à écrire. Elle y meurt, le 19 octobre 1941, laissant derrière elle plus de quinze ouvrages de poésie, de littérature et de livres traduits (notamment d’Arthur Conan Doyle ou de Friedrich Max Müller).

Une œuvre littéraire personnelle et engagée

Mayy Ziyadah est très influencée par le mouvement de la Renaissance arabe, la Nahda, qui s’est développée principalement en Égypte au début du siècle. De confession chrétienne, elle participe au grand mouvement réformiste de la pensée qui s’affirme à l’époque : elle défend le brassage des cultures, ayant elle-même grandit au sein d’une civilisation marquée par la confrontation de l’Orient et de l’Occident, et qui voit se mélanger les trois religions du livre. Pour diffuser le plus largement possible ses idées dans la société dans laquelle elle évolue, elle écrit la plupart de ses ouvrages et de ses articles en arabe. Elle utilise d’ailleurs souvent des pseudonymes masculins pour exprimer des idées qu’il n’aurait pas été permis pour une femme d’exprimer ; on trouve dons des textes signés de sa plume sous le nom de Kaled Ra’afat ou de Sindbad - même s’il lui arrive aussi d’user de pseudonymes féminins, particulièrement lorsqu’il s’agit de création poétique, comme Isis Copia ou Aida (8).
Elle publie d’ailleurs son premier recueil de poésie en 1910 sous le pseudonyme Isis Copia. Fleurs de Rêve est un recueil de poèmes lyriques écrits en français qui dépeignent la nature libanaise et ses lieux privilégiés, dans l’héritage de Lamartine, qui chantait lui aussi la beauté de la vallée de Hamana. Ce recueil attise la curiosité des critiques littéraires en Égypte et au Liban (9). Elle continue d’écrire des articles dans la revue de son père, puis élargit petit à petit son horizon de publications, publiant dans les plus grandes revues arabes de l’époque (imprimées au Caire, mais souvent dirigées par des Libanais) : elle écrit ainsi pour Al-HilalAl-Mouktatraf ou encore Al-Ahram (10).
Entre 1920 et 1925, elle réunit les articles et les essais écrits pour différentes revues et les publie en quatre volumes. Alors qu’elle écrit régulièrement de courtes nouvelles et compose des pièces de théâtre, elle s’engage socialement pour discuter de l’inégalité dans la société, et particulièrement de la place des femmes dans les hiérarchies. En 1921, elle donne une conférence présentée sous le titre « Le But de la vie » (11). C’est dans cette conférence qu’elle appelle pour la première fois les femmes à une prise de conscience de leur situation au sein de la société. Elle y prône une plus grande aspiration à la liberté, et préconise une ouverture sur l’Occident tout en restant très proche des traditions orientales. Cette conférence fait suite à la publication en 1920 de son second ouvrage, Bahethat Al-Badiya (Les Chercheurs du désert), dans lequel elle met en scène le personnage de la féministe Malak Nasef, qui avait pris pour surnom « Bahethat al-Badiya » et qui militait dans son ouvrage Al Nesa’eyat pour l’émancipation des femmes dans ces sociétés dirigées par la solidarité masculine. Elle réalise également une étude biographique d’une autre dirigeante importante du mouvement féministe en Égypte, Aïcha Teymour. L’objectif de Mayy Ziyadah dans ces deux ouvrages est de présenter l’oppression pesant sur les femmes dans la société arabe depuis même l’étape prénatale, la naissance d’une fille étant rarement célébrée avec autant d’enthousiasme que la naissance d’un garçon. Protestant contre l’enfermement des femmes, elle appelle avant tout dans cet ouvrage à l’instruction des femmes, seul rempart établi contre la superstition. « Elle formule avec énergie son opposition à la conception de l’homme/dieu au sein du couple et refuse de voir en l’homme un maître absolu », commente Carmen Boustani (12) ; elle s’oppose à la polygamie et à la répudiation, et appelle à l’abolition du voile. Elle poursuit ses réflexions dans un article audacieux publié en 1926 dans le journal El-Mouktatef, intitulé « Comment je voudrais que l’homme soit », dans lequel elle cherche à donner aux femmes les outils nécessaires pour qu’elles saisissent leur individualité propre. Il est toutefois intéressant de noter qu’étant née de confession chrétienne et vivant dans une société principalement guidée par les principes de la religion musulmane, Mayy Ziyadah ne se sent pas libre de parler au nom des féministes musulmanes, et discute avant tout des mesures sociales.
Malgré son usage de certains pseudonymes masculin, Mayy Ziyadah chante régulièrement l’intérêt d’une écriture féminine. Outre ses essais critiques sur trois auteures pionnières du monde arabe édités dans Flux et reflux, elle écrit dans un ouvrage à caractère autobiographique intitulé Souvenirs de prime jeunesse (1928) : « Nous commençons d’écrire non seulement pour remplir les pages, mais pour revivre des sentiments avant même de les avoir écrits. Ce courage, nous ne le tenons pas de celles qui nous ont précédées, mais de nous-mêmes, cherchant à révéler l’âme de la femme dans ce qu’elle écrit d’elle-même, non dans ce que les hommes ont écrit d’elle » (13).

Les Lettres à Gibran Khalil Gibran : style et expression littéraire d’une femme libre

Mayy Ziyadah est aussi connue pour la relation qu’elle a entretenue avec l’écrivain et penseur libanais Gibran Khalil Gibran, avec lequel elle a entretenu une importante correspondance. Alors qu’elle est à l’époque à New York, leur relation épistolaire - idylle romantique et intellectuelle - a duré jusqu’à la mort de l’auteur du Prophète, en 1931. Ils ne se sont jamais rencontrés, mais elle jura de sa fidélité et ne se maria jamais. Cette relation a eu une influence considérable sur Mayy Ziyadah, dont les lettres témoignent d’une pensée riche, rigoureuse mais également profondément romantique : c’est sans doute à ces lectures que le célèbre critique littéraire et écrivain Jamil Jabre écrit à son sujet : « En lisant May, on ne sait pas tout à fait si son écrit relève du genre romanesque, du souvenir d’enfance, du conte fantastique, du rêve romantique, de l’évocation historique ou de la confession. C’est un mélange si spontané, dans un style si pittoresque qu’il nous tient en haleine, malgré certaines bavures ou banalités. À travers son œuvre, elle tient à nous communiquer tantôt l’intensité d’un bonheur éphémère, tantôt la magie d’un rêve qui nous transporte au-delà de notre existence monotone, en cette luminosité illusoire qui exerce sur nous un effet de transcendance » (14).
Le destin de Mayy Ziyadah est, à l’image de ses influences, tragiquement romantique. Il est aussi pérenne ; son activité et son engagement pour l’amélioration des conditions de la vie des femmes est maintes fois repris par la suite. Actrice incontournable d’un monde intellectuel en ébullition, Alexandre Najjar raconte qu’à son enterrement, Hoda Shaarawi saluait la mémoire de celle qui fut « le meilleur exemple de la femme orientale cultivée » (15).
A lire également sur Les clés du Moyen-Orient :
Ziyadah (Mayy)
Bibliographie (non exhaustive)
 Fleurs de rêves (1910)
 Bahithat al-Badia (1920)
 Aïcha Meymour (1920)
 Sawâneh fatât (Plat de miettes)
 Zulumât wa Ichâ’at (Humiliation et rumeurs)
 Sourires et larmes (traduction vers l’arabe de l’ouvrage de Max Sheller)
 Kalimât wa Ichârât (Mots et signes)
 Al Saha’ef (Les journaux)
 Propos de jeune fille
 Mélange (choix de conférences)
 Ténèbres et rayons (poèmes lyriques en prose)
 Al-Musaâwât (L’Égalité, étude sociologique)
 Ghayat al-Hayat (Le sens de la vie)
 Bayna al-Jazri wa al-Madd (Flux et reflux, critique littéraire)
 Souvenirs de jeunesse
L’intégralité de ses œuvres (principalement écrites en arabe) a été publiée aux éditions libanaises Naufal en 1982, dans un ouvrage d’Œuvres complètes.

Notes :
(1) « Remembering May Ziadeh : Ahead of (her) Time », Middle East Revised, 10/30/2014, disponible en ligne, consulté le 21 juin 2017.
URL : https://middleeastrevised.com/2014/10/30/remembering-may-ziadeh-ahead-of-her-time/
(2) Ghaleb Ghanem, La Poésie Libanaise d’Expression Française, éditions de l’Université Libanaise, Beyrouth, 1981, p.186.
(3) « May Ziadé, témoin de son époque », La Revue du Liban, n°3709, 1999, disponible en ligne, consulté le 21 juin 2017.
URL : http://www.rdl.com.lb/1999/3709/art2.html
(4) Lubna Khader, « In Memory of May Zeyadeh.
A Torch in the Darkest of Ages », Star Weekly, 21/10/1999, disponible en ligne, consulté le 21 juin 2017. URL : https://web.archive.org/web/20070418080529/http://www.lebwa.org/life/ziadeh.php
(5) Ghaleb Ghanem, La Poésie Libanaise d’Expression Française, op. cit.
(6) « May Ziadé, témoin de son époque », La Revue du Liban, op. cit.
(7) Rose Ghurayyib, « Mayy Ziadeh (1886-1941) », Al Raida journal, Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World, Beirut University College, 1989, p.2.
(8) Carmen Boustani, « May Ziadé : Vie et écriture », Les Cahiers du GRIF, vol.43, n°1, 1990, disponible en ligne, consulté le 21 juin 2017. URL : http://www.persee.fr/doc/grif_0770-6081_1990_num_43_1_1836
(9) Rose Ghurayyib, « Mayy Ziadeh (1886-1941) », Al Raida journal, op. cit., p.2.
(10) « May Ziadé, témoin de son époque », La Revue du Liban, op. cit.
(11) Carmen Boustani, « May Ziadé : Vie et écriture », op. cit.
(12) Ibid.
(13) Traduit et cité par Carmen Boustani, op. cit.
(14) Jamil Jabre cité par Alexandre Najjar, Dictionnaire amoureux du Liban, Paris, Plon, 2014, p.325.
(15) Alexandre Najjar, Dictionnaire amoureux du Liban, op. cit., p.325.

          Remain would win Brexit referendum if held now, poll claims   
The Survation survey showed 54% of Britons would vote to remain in the European Union if another referendum was held.
          SAINT-GOBAIN RIGIPS: Siguranta in caz de incendiu, o preocupare constanta a companiei   
Securitatea la incendiu reprezinta o preocupare constanta a companiei Saint-Gobain Rigips, care pune la dispozitia clientilor sai o gama variata de produse incombustibile pentru pereti si tavane, precum si sisteme capabile sa reziste pana la 4 ore la actiunea focului, compania promovand pe piata romaneasca produse si solutii testate conform cerintelor europene. O solutie testata …

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          Les Manchots sont arrivés à Sea Life Paris : gagnez vos places   
Pour la toute première fois en Région Parisienne, l'aquarium Sea Life de Val d'Europe invite le public à découvrir l'Ile aux Manchots dès le 1er juillet 2017. Venez découvrir la vingtaine de Manchots Royaux et de Manchots Papous qui ont élu domicile à l'aquarium ainsi que l'exposition qui leur est consacrée, au cours d'une véritable expérience sensorielle. Et comme on est sympa, on vous fait gagner vos 5x2 places pour l'aquarium jusqu'au 14 juillet 2017.
          Pluie, pollution, usure... Le cri d'alarme de Notre-Dame de Paris   
La liste des travaux à mener d'urgence s'allonge, et l'État aura du mal à y faire face seul: victime de la pollution, des intempéries et de l'usure du temps, la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris sonne l'alarme afin que des mécènes, notamment américains, se portent à son chevet.Inscrit au patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco, le monument historique le plus visité d'Europe (12 à 14 millions d'entrées par an), joyau de l'architecture gothique des XIIe au...
          Euro-2017 Espoirs: l'Allemagne sacrée une deuxième fois   
L'Allemagne a remporté le second Championnat d'Europe Espoirs de son histoire après 2009, en battant logiquement en finale l'Espagne favorite (1-0), vendredi à Cracovie. La génération du capitaine Maximilian Arnold, de l'ailier Serge Gnabry et du buteur Davie Selke succède à celle dorée de Manuel Neuer, Mesut Özil et Sami Khedira, la première à avoir triomphé chez les moins de 21 ans. Avant eux, l'Allemagne de l'Est (1978, 1980) puis de...
          Ligue 1: un été de gros changements pour Lyon   
Transfert record de Corentin Tolisso, départ de l'emblématique capitaine Maxime Gonalons et de Mathieu Valbuena, arrivée de Bertrand Traoré et Juninho espéré comme directeur sportif: Lyon, non qualifié pour la C1, a entrepris de gros changements cet été pour lutter contre Paris et Monaco la saison prochaine.. Objectif ambitieux"On veut gagner une coupe d'Europe et rien ne nous arrêtera". Après le beau parcours de son équipe en Europa League...
          Propuestas políticas en tecnología   
Con la cercanía de las elecciones para el parlamento europeo ha llegado la hora de las promesas, perdón programas, electorales de cada uno de los pretendientes, quise decir partidos. Si revisas los programas electorales apenas hay referencias a las iniciativas en el área tecnológica y muchas veces estas no son claras ni tienen pinta de […]
          Fiscal integration in the European Union   

Cyrille Amand argues for flexibility in the implementation of a European fiscal policy.

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          Five Years On - A New European Agenda for North Africa   
Five years after the Arab uprisings in North Africa, the EU needs to avoid an “either-or” mentality on stability versus progress and keep its ambitions to promote reform in the region. “Five Years On: A new European agenda for North Africa”, edited by A …
          Internasjonalt i Fotosamlinga   


De kommer fra hver sin kant av Europa, men sitter nå sammen med resten av FV-gjenget på loftet til Museum Nord – Narvik og digitaliserer gamle bilder. Berhard fra Østerrike og Käbi fra Estland skal jobbe på Museum Nord i Narvik de nærmeste ni månedene, i et EU-program kalt European Voluntary Service. Det vil si, de skal ikke hver jobbe her eneste dag. Litt tid går med til skole og norskundervisning.

I sine hjemland arbeider Bernhard i barnehage mens Käbi studerer språk. Begge snakker meget godt engelsk. Plutselig har det blitt en viss «internasjonal» atmosfære på loftet sammen med gjenget fra Fotosamlingas Venner. At de i tillegg bidrar til å senke gjennomsnittsalderen betraktelig hører også med i bildet.

For øyeblikket sitter de to og digitaliserer såkalte visittkortbilder: Dette var bilder tatt for å vises frem i spesielle fotoalbum, noe som på mange måter fungerte som datidens Facebook.



          Al hoyo, de un golpe y limpio   
El golfista malagueño Miguel Ángel Jiménez sorprendió en el Dubai Desert Classic, torneo del circuito europeo que se disputa en el Emirates Golf Club, al meter la bola en el hoyo de un único golpe directo.
          Teen musicians to take soulful Memphis Sound anew to Europe   

          Cruising the Web   
For all those people who think that Trump's tweets are brilliant at reaching the public and throwing his opponents off balance or whatever other bit of analysis used to show that somehow he's playing three-dimensional chess while the rest of the world can't even set up the checker board, is this really a set of tweets that makes you proud that he's your president?




These morning tweets follow other tweets touting ones supporting policy actions by his administration and the GOP. Does he think anyone will pay attention to any of that when he's tweeting comments on a morning show's appearance and the show's ratings? It's as if he's taken a master a class on self-sabotage.

Isn't he supposed to be in the middle of trying to help a GOP repeal of Obamacare?

Remember when conservatives ridiculed Obama interview talking to GloZell, the woman who is mainly known for eating cereal while sitting in a bathub of milk or going on Between Two Ferns? Well, was any of that less respectful of the office of the presidency than such tweets? I have come to regard Trump's tweets as a verbal expression of his id. That is the level he operates at and we get a glimpse at what impulses control him through Twitter. All his advisers urging him to focus on policy and presenting an image of gravitas are the ego trying to mediate between those impulses and reality. They might win out for hours, even days sometimes, but the id is there ready to take over.

There used to be a time when Republicans claimed that character mattered in the presidency. Today...not so much.

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Canada thinks it can control the Internet.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled against Google on Wednesday in a closely-watched intellectual property case over whether judges can apply their own country's laws to all of the Internet.

In a 7-2 decision, the court agreed a British Columbia judge had the power to issue an injunction forcing Google to scrub search results about pirated products not just in Canada, but everywhere else in the world too.

Those siding with Google, including civil liberties groups, had warned that allowing the injunction would harm free speech, setting a precedent to let any judge anywhere order a global ban on what appears on search engines. The Canadian Supreme Court, however, downplayed this objection and called Google's fears "theoretical."
Charles C. W. Cooke comments,
That amusing episode of The I.T. Crowd notwithstanding, “the Internet” is not a single black box somewhere in London, but a massively decentralized network of networks that, while conforming to a few agreed-upon technical specifications, gives new meaning to the word “diffuse.” Or, put another way, “the Internet” is a patchwork quilt of cables, satellites, switches, service providers, cell phones, desktops, laptops, web-servers, and protocols that, taken together, forms the sprawling web to which we are all so accustomed. The beauty of this arrangement is that anybody can participate. Want to be the next Facebook? To start with, at least, all you’ll need is a domain name, an internet connection, and a computer, and . . . that’s it. Though there are certain breakpoints (IP allocation, root DNS, etc.), there is no central permission structure that newcomers have to navigate. It’s open. It’s wild. It’s wonderful.

Now, this is not to say that censorship is impossible. It’s not. If a government wishes to block access to a particular site within the physical borders over which it has jurisdiction, it can do so. Likewise, websites and services that contradict local law can be legally removed, and, if it so wishes, a government can demand that any organization operating on a network within its borders must conform to its rules. What it can’t do, however, is export those judgments abroad.

Suppose that I, a permanent resident of the United States, were to host a website that contained speech that was banned in, say, Germany. Certainly, the German authorities could prevent Germans from seeing my site. And, if anyone chose to mirror my site on server inside Germany, they could shut that person down quite quickly. But they couldn’t have me shut down in America, and they couldn’t prevent people in other countries from accessing my site over the web. My server would be in America, connected to a network in America, subject to the law in America, and guaranteed the protections to which Americans are entitled. The German government, annoyed as it might be, would have to accept that....

And that, ultimately, is why the Canadian Court’s decision is so hilarious. I understand why people are worried about the idea — if taken seriously, it would give any less-free-than-America country an effective veto over the First Amendment. But they shouldn’t fret too much: The judges can say what they like, but their edict is simply unenforceable. If it wishes to do so, the government of Canada can prevail upon Google to abide by its rules within Canada. In addition, it can regulate the web in Canada to prevent access to sites it dislike. But it can’t force Google in America or France or Australia or Singapore to do a single goddamned thing. And thank goodness for that, eh?
I hope that he is correct, but we've seen the EU slapping a $2.7 billion fine on Google because the EU thinks it violates antitrust for Google to promote Google Shopping sites over other shopping sites. I'm not sure what there is about a FREE service like Google that the Europeans don't understand. Are European citizens actually hurt by Google giving them a free shopping search engine and then putting their items at the top? Would they prefer to pay for their search engines? Please, just keep your hands off Google. As more countries try and figure out ways to make money off of fining Google, they should consider the unintended consequences.
“The EU has effectively decided that some companies have become too big to innovate,” Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, said in a statement following the Google Shopping decision. “The EU’s actions have created a cloud of uncertainty that will make large tech companies overly cautious about making changes to the user experience and service offerings that would benefit consumers.”

Jonathan Tobin applies Occam's Razor
to explain why Obama didn't do more about Russia's attempts to interfere in our election last year.
But the real problem here is not so much Barack Obama’s failure to act as the most plausible reason for his inaction: Vladimir Putin’s capers didn’t impact the election results.
Despite the efforts by Democrats to blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss and their frustration that Obama didn't do more about it, there really is no evidence that the WikiLeaks revelations from John Podesta's emails had any effect on the course of the election.
But there’s a simpler, even more plausible explanation for Obama’s inaction: The president saw that the hacking was having almost no impact on the course of the campaign and thus wasn’t going to mess with the results. Far from the crime of the century, it was, at worst, a minor annoyance to Clinton that Obama obviously felt didn’t warrant a major dustup with Putin.

It’s true that Russia’s actions were outrageous and deserved a strong US response, both then and now. It can also be argued that the public had a right to know about it. But it was only after Clinton lost and she and her supporters began searching for excuses that Russia’s actions were considered an important factor in the outcome.

While Putin was way out of line, the impact of the WikiLeaks document dumps on Clinton’s candidacy was marginal at best.

The contents of the Democratic National Committee e-mails were embarrassing to Podesta and then-DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who wound up losing her job after proof of DNC collusion with Clinton against Bernie Sanders was produced. But there was almost nothing in those documents that related directly to Clinton, let alone being enough to influence voters.

Every WikiLeaks story was also almost immediately overshadowed by other, more damaging gaffes or revelations about Trump, such as his attack on a Gold Star family or the release of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape. Nothing the Russians did matched the damage done by either of those Trump disasters.
Instead of looking for some external events or action, just admit that Hillary was a lousy candidate. That should actually be comforting to the Democrats. With such a compromised candidate whom so many Americans just never liked, they still won the popular vote and came really close to winning the states that put Trump over the top. If they can pick a better candidate in 2020, and can make an appeal for the voters they lost in the Rust Belt, chances are pretty strong that they'll win that year. They should be more concerned about forging a message that doesn't repel independents and those voters they lost in 2016. That's their real challenge and focusing all the time on Russia, Russia, Russia won't help them achieve that goal.


Good to know.
Tell your friendly environmentalist activist. But they're not really interested.
The benefits of fracking far outweigh its costs not only economically, but environmentally, a Stanford University geophysicist said Friday.

After teaching geophysics at Stanford for 30 years Mark Zoback took the helm of Stanford's new Natural Gas Initiative three years ago, he said, because of gas's environmental benefits.

"We did it because there were so many important and obvious environmental benefits to the utilization of natural gas," Zoback said. "So it’s somewhat ironic to be asked to argue for the notion that these benefits outweigh the environmental costs, when it’s the environmental benefits that got me into this business in the first place."

Zoback's remarks opened the annual debate at Stanford's Silicon Valley Energy Summit, and were swiftly challenged by representatives of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Counci
Zoback argued that natural gas can replace coal and "dirty diesel" at significant scale throughout the world, supporting economic growth while slashing carbon emissions. (When burned, natural gas emits about half the CO2 that coal does).

The Senate has some really dumb rules. And the minority party can use them to slow everything down to a standstill. Chuck Schumer is taking advantage of every tool that the rules provide.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer used an upper chamber procedure Wednesday to block a national security briefing hosted by the Senate Judiciary Committee, irritating Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley.

The rule that Schumer had invoked, which he has been exercising the use of over the past two weeks, blocks Senate committee business from happening two hours after the Senate convenes session for the day. Schumer has consistently used the procedure as a way to delay business in Senate to make demands on Republicans on the health care bill.

The rarely-used tactic has cut short a committee hearing on free speech, stopped a hearing on Russian meddling in the U.S. elections and blocked a mark-up to advance bipartisan anti-human trafficking legislation....

Grassley had sent a joint letter with subcommittee judiciary chairman Lindsey Graham to the FBI Tuesday requesting all documents related to the FBI FISA surveillance requests on the Russia investigation.

“Today, the Judiciary Committee was set to hear from senior intelligence officials about highly sensitive intelligence gathering authorities that will soon require action from Congress. It’s disturbing and reckless for the Minority Leader to block the briefing. We’ve seen too many recent reminders of how unsafe the world is today. This is no time to play politics with our national security,” he said.
If they could use the nuclear option to get rid of a much more prominent rule concerning filibusters of Supreme Court nominees, why not use it to get rid of this stupid rule. If it's a "rarely-used tactic," no one except the angry members of the minority party will miss it.


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I had so much fun last night. I'm visiting my daughters in D.C. and we went to the Nats-Cubs game. I haven't seen a live baseball game in about 50 years since I was a kid and we'd go to the Cubs games. So I scheduled my trip to catch the game. After falling behind in the seventh inning, I thought it was pretty hopeless for the Cubs based on the way they've been playing this year. But they rallied in the ninth inning to go ahead on a triple by Jon Jay. It was so exciting and I could celebrate with all the other Cubs fans in the stadium including a cute little girl, about 10 years old, sitting with her family of Cubs fans in front of me who told her parents that John Jay had written five of the Federalist Papers. Exactly right and the Cubs' Jon Jay was a hero tonight. Go Federalists!


What a blast! And then as walked out of the stadium and came back on the Metro and hear all the Nationals fans complaining about the Nationals' bullpen. Eh, they're still doing well. I'm just hoping that the Cubs are recovering their mojo. At least their closer, Wade Davis, another historically relevant name on the Cubs roster


          L'économie chinoise   

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Ralentissement chinois : vers une crise ou un rééquilibrage ?
Jean-Raphaël Chaponnière
Ce printemps 2017, on a pu lire à plusieurs reprises des commentaires assez optimistes sur le regain d’activité en Chine, où la croissance économique annuelle flirte de nouveau avec les 7 %. Pour autant, les trois dernières années ont plutôt été celles du ralentissement de l’économie chinoise qui, après avoir bien résisté à la crise mondiale de la fin des années 2000, a marqué le pas. Quelles sont réellement les perspectives d’évolution de l’économie chinoise à moyen et long termes ?
Au-delà des annonces conjoncturelles, Jean-Raphaël Chaponnière propose ici un regard rétrospectif sur le retour de la Chine dans l’économie mondiale, son adaptation à l’économie de marché, les moteurs de sa croissance (main-d’œuvre, consommation, investissement) et les limites auxquelles ces moteurs sont aujourd’hui confrontés. Il montre comment la Chine a fait face à la crise, répondant au ralentissement de son activité par un certain nombre de rééquilibrages (vers son marché intérieur, notamment) et une transformation de sa structure de production. Jean-Raphaël Chaponnière présente enfin, en s’appuyant sur diverses analyses disponibles et un certain nombre de constats ou faits récemment observés, les perspectives d’évolution possible de l’économie chinoise : comment les différents moteurs de son activité économique peuvent-ils se comporter ? Connaîtra-t-elle une crise financière et quelles pourraient en être les conséquences ? Deviendra-t-elle la première puissance mondiale et selon quel modèle ?
Pour moderniser l’action publique. Les leviers du changement social
Marjorie Jouen
Depuis quelques années, l’action publique est amenée à s’adapter à un certain nombre d’évolutions dans les usages et les demandes des bénéficiaires de ses services. S’appuyant sur de nouvelles méthodes et innovations sociales, ce mouvement de modernisation semble plutôt bien engagé en France. En revanche, lorsqu’il s’agit de transformer l’action publique parce que certaines pratiques ou certains services ne répondent plus à l’intérêt général ou sont devenus néfastes pour la collectivité, l’État semble éprouver plus de difficulté à s’adapter, souligne ici Marjorie Jouen. Pourtant, l’analyse des transformations sociales et des moteurs à l’origine de ces transformations offre de nouvelles opportunités aux acteurs publics en vue de moderniser leur action. Après avoir présenté les différentes motivations et les leviers du changement social, Marjorie Jouen montre comment ces outils pourraient être transposés au service de la modernisation de l’action publique, afin d’en améliorer l’efficacité et de développer les instruments permettant de répondre concrètement aux objectifs visés.
Les comportements, levier de la transition écologique ? Comprendre et influencer les comportements individuels et les dynamiques collectives
Solange Martin et Albane Gaspard
La mise en œuvre de la transition écologique — qui consiste principalement à réduire fortement les consommations d’énergie et de matières premières dans nos sociétés — nécessite, au-delà des politiques en énonçant les grands axes, de substantiels changements à l’échelle collective, mais aussi, bien évidemment, à l’échelle individuelle. Or, si le principe de s’engager sur la voie de la transition fait en général consensus, lorsqu’il s’agit de faire évoluer nos usages et pratiques, les choses se compliquent. Peut-on — et comment — agir sur les comportements individuels et sur les dynamiques collectives, en particulier dans cette optique de transition écologique ?
Solange Martin et Albane Gaspard se sont penchées sur cette question pour le compte de l’ADEME et nous livrent ici le fruit de leur travail. Elles soulignent l’apport des sciences sociales et humaines pour comprendre les comportements à l’échelle individuelle et dans leur dimension collective, et présentent différentes voies d’actions possibles pour les infléchir. Mais compte tenu des intrications entre les différentes échelles, il est essentiel, pour agir efficacement sur les comportements, de combiner les approches, les outils et les acteurs, et de bien analyser et comprendre les pratiques sociales avant la mise en œuvre de projets ou mesures politiques.
Technique et société : l’irrésistible évolution
Thierry Gaudin
Le mois de mai 2017 a été marqué par une cyberattaque d’ampleur internationale qui a touché à la fois des entreprises, des organisations publiques, etc., et montré la grande vulnérabilité de nos contemporains au système technique actuel. Le rapport de l’homme à la technique est un élément structurant de notre civilisation, et ce depuis des siècles sinon des millénaires. Néanmoins, les progrès fulgurants auxquels nous assistons depuis le milieu du XXe siècle en matière scientifique et technique, ainsi que l’élargissement de leur champ d’action aux communications, aux relations humaines, voire au corps humain lui-même, suscitent de plus en plus de questionnements. D’où l’intérêt de l’analyse ici proposée par Thierry Gaudin sur les relations technique / société dans une optique de long terme : que nous dit le passé de ces relations et de la façon dont s’élabore et se diffuse la culture technique ? Quels ont été et quels sont aujourd’hui les moteurs du progrès technique, et que révèlent-ils de nos organisations humaines ? Comment envisager l’évolution à venir du progrès technique, qui repose désormais plus sur les multinationales de l’information que sur les États, et dont le ressort principal consiste en la manipulation des esprits ? Dans un tel contexte, sommes-nous irrémédiablement condamnés à suivre l’évolution du système technique, ou reste-t-il des voies de sortie « par le haut », pour la société, de ce système qui bouscule les échanges économiques et les relations humaines ?
Les compétences de l’Union européenne. Perceptions et réalités
Gabriel Arnoux
Les récentes élections présidentielles en France ont confirmé l’incompréhension et le rejet de nombre de citoyens vis-à-vis des politiques menées depuis plusieurs décennies, mais aussi des dirigeants en charge de ces politiques. Elles ont aussi rappelé la méfiance sinon le rejet de ces mêmes citoyens à l’égard de l’Union européenne, souvent prompte à être élevée en bouc émissaire des problèmes nationaux. Pourtant, comme le montre cet article de Gabriel Arnoux, ce rejet de l’Europe repose sur une méconnaissance — très souvent entretenue par les gouvernements nationaux — des compétences effectives de l’Union européenne.
En effet, il existe une réelle différence entre la perception qu’ont bon nombre de citoyens européens du rôle de l’Union dans l’orientation et la détermination des politiques nationales, et la réalité de ce rôle. Les compétences exclusives de l’Union européenne sont en fait assez limitées (respect de la concurrence, monnaie, politique douanière et commerciale, principalement) et dans la plupart des domaines, l’Union n’intervient qu’en appui aux États ou en collaboration avec eux. Cette clarification des compétences réelles de l’Union européenne est primordiale car la Commission vient d’engager une réflexion sur l’avenir de l’Europe, sur la base de cinq scénarios visant à déterminer comment pourraient évoluer l’Union et les compétences qui sont les siennes. Mais également parce que le flou entretenu autour des compétences et responsabilités effectives des institutions européennes et nationales est révélateur d’un malaise plus général quant à la manière dont sont présentées et évaluées les politiques publiques, qui contribue aussi pour une grande part à la désaffection des citoyens à l’égard du politique.
Le Royaume-(dés)Uni et ses frontières
Jean-François Drevet
Dans la foulée du référendum britannique de juin 2016 ayant donné une majorité de voix en faveur du Brexit, l’article 50 du traité sur l’Union européenne (UE) a été déclenché le 29 mars 2017 en vue d’organiser le départ du Royaume-Uni de l’UE. Londres et les 27 autres pays membres de l’Union disposent de deux ans pour préparer la sortie effective du Royaume-Uni. Au-delà de ses conséquences économiques et sociales, régulièrement évoquées et commentées, le Brexit pourrait aussi déboucher sur un retour de la conflictualité en Europe, comme le souligne cette tribune de Jean-François Drevet. Car si l’un des paris les mieux tenus par l’UE depuis sa création est sans conteste la préservation de la paix sur le continent européen, il ne concerne pas seulement les relations entre les États membres fondateurs (à commencer par la France, l’Italie et l’Allemagne), mais également le règlement de plusieurs différends territoriaux impliquant le Royaume-Uni dans sa structure plurinationale et dans ses relations avec d’autres États européens. La mise en œuvre du Brexit pourrait réveiller un certain nombre de ces conflits que l’UE avait permis d’apaiser, en particulier à Chypre, Gibraltar ou en Irlande du Nord. C’est ce que montre cette tribune, et c’est aussi ce que les négociateurs britanniques et européens doivent garder à l’esprit lors de l’établissement des modalités de sortie du Royaume-Uni.



          Remain would win Brexit referendum if held now, poll claims   
The Survation survey showed 54% of Britons would vote to remain in the European Union if another referendum was held.
          The digital future of European student cards   
The vision of seamless access to student services as diverse as access to libraries, payment in student restaurants and cafeterias, use of local public transportation services or the digital trans ...
          Plug-In Vehicle Sales In Europe Increased By 50% In May   
Europe has increased plug-in vehicle sales every month so far this year, exceeding 21,000 deliveries in May (21,371 – a “non December”/year end record), up a strong 48% over a year ago. After five months, sales are now approaching 105,000 (which is up 21% year-over-year). Six models exceeded the 1,000 sales mark in May:...
          Multiple: Italia in lotta per la salvezza   

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          Episode 5.0: "Projection And Dreaming"   
Tom Gillespie of MLB International discusses the growth of baseball in Europe; Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News on the World Cup and a discussion of players with 70+ tools
          Cambios del euro del Banco Central Europeo del 30 de junio de 2017   
Los cambios oficiales correspondientes al euro difundidos hoy, 30 de junio de 2017, por el Banco Central Europeo son los siguientes: 1,1412 Dólares USA.
          Tecido espacial vira roupa íntima resistente ao calor   
O tecido usado nas roupas dos astronautas foi adaptado para criar versões de roupas íntimas para metalúrgicos. [Imagem: Umbilical Design] Roupas íntimas de segurança Graças à Agência Espacial Europeia (ESA) e a um tecido de alta tecnologia usado em roupas espaciais, os operários metalúrgicos da Suécia estão começando a vestir roupa íntimas mais frescas e mais […]
          Normalization Ideas Weigh on Greenback   

A virus has spread across the markets as the first half drew to a close.  Many investors have become giddy.   The low vol environment was punctuated by ideas that peak in monetary accommodation is past and that the gradual process of normalization is beginning.   Some investors may be exaggerating how soon the Bank of England and the European Central Bank will raise interest rates, but there seems to be little doubt about the direction of policy going forward.  

It is not just the ECB and BOE.  The Bank of Canada meets on July 12, and the market is pricing in around a 75% chance of a hike.  The Reserve Bank of Australia and Sweden's Riksbank meets in the week ahead, and they too will likely embrace the prospects of normalization.    Ironically, it is only the US, which has seen core CPI and core PCE move lower for four consecutive months that the market doubts.   Using either the Fed funds futures or the OIS market, it appears that less than a 50% chance of hike before the end of the year is discounted

The BOJ is the other exception.  It has refrained from discussing an exit strategy.  Its core inflation rose 0.4% in May.  The target is 2%.  The core rate includes energy.  If energy is excluded as well, prices in Japan are flat year-over-year, while overall household spending contracted for 15-months year-over-year throughMay.   With the collective wisdom of the markets judging the Fed and BOJ will lag behind the other central banks in the period ahead, the dollar and yen were the poorest performing major currencies last week and for the month of June.  

The Dollar Index slumped 1.6% in the last week of June. This offsets the minor gains it had recorded earlier in the month.  The 1..3% decline for the month is the fourth consecutive losing month since the December 2010-April 2011 period.  The 4.7% loss in Q2 is the largest since Q3 10.  Although it is below its lower Bollinger Band (95.73), the other technical indicators are not over-extended, nor showing divergences.  The next target is near 94.30.  Below there, chart support ahead of last year's low a little below 92.00 is sparse.  

The euro broke out of the $1.11-$1.13 range, which we suggested, points to a test on $1.15 and then last year's high near $1.1615.  The 2015 high was recordednear $1.1715.   We note that the $1.1735 area also corresponds to a 38.2% retracement of the euro's decline from May 2014 (~$1.40) to the low at the start of the year  (~$1.0340).

The dollar stalled against the yen after approaching JPY113.00.  A small shelf has been built around JPY111.80, which is also where the 200-day moving average is found.    Technical indicators warn that the dollar's upside may become more difficult.   The 100-day moving average (~JPY111.20) is an obvious target, below which lies a band of support in the JPY110.40-JPY110.80.  

The prospects of the BOE removing accommodation, which it began with the raising the capital buffer, sent sterling for seven consecutive sessions through June 20 before profit-taking was seen after sterlingapproached the high for the year above $1.30.    Technical indicators are still supportive.  The $1.3055 area represents the 38.2% retracement of sterling fall from the referendum high of $1.50.  If this area is convincingly taken out, there is not much on the charts before $1.3400.  

Of the various central banks that investors are thinking are preparing to normalize policy, the Bank of Canada strikes us as the most credible.  The Bank of Canada has prepared the markets.  The recovery of the Senior Loan Officer survey after a couple of quarters of weakness seems to be the last key piece to fall into place.  On July 7, Canada reports its June jobs data.  Given the recent strength of the labor market, including rising wages, it will take a significant downside shock to deter the rate hike.  

The technical indicators are getting stretched, but there is no divergence at hand.  As the US dollar has fallen to new nine-month lows, it has built a head of steam.  It fell every session in the last week of June for more than a 2% decline and a nearly 4% decline for the month.  The next major support area is seen in the CAD1.2760 area.   A move above CAD1.3050 would be the first sign of consolidative/corrective phase.  

The Australian dollar culminated its recent rally by poking through $0.7700 briefly before the weekend.  It reached its best level in three months.    The Reserve Bank of Australia meets in early July, and although it is unlikely to change rates,  it is likely to dampen lingering ideas that a rate cut may still be delivered.  The central bank may not like the currency appreciation, but on a trade-weighted basis, it is several percentage points lower than it was the last time it was around $0.7700.    Also with iron ore prices rallying 20% over the past couple of weeks, the terms of trade have improved.  Initial support is seen in the $0.7620-$0.7640 area.  

The taper tantrum sparked in Europe managed to do for US yields what economic data and the Federal Reserve were unable to do--steepen the yield curve.  The two-year yield rose three basis points in the last week of June, while the 10-year yield rose 17 bp.  The backing up of the long-end was the most in a week since the first week in March.  The yield has entered the  2.30%-2.35% band that may take some time to work through the supply.  The September note futures peaked on June 14 and spent the second half of the month moving lower, effectively unwinding what it had gained in the first couple of weeks of June.  The 125-08-125-15 area houses retracement objectives and other chart points.   Bearish divergences in the technical indicators and the extreme market positioning provides scope for additional declines in prices (higher yields).  

Oil prices rose every day last week, extending its advance to seven consecutive sessions,  the longest such streak since last September-October.   The rally has approached the 38.2% retracement of the sharp decline (~$46 basis the August futures contract).  The technical tone looks constructive and there is near-term potential into the $47-$48 band.  Support now is seen near $44.50.

Although the S&P 500 had a difficult week, having to cope with the rise in yields and the failure of the Senate to pass healthcare reform, which raises questions about the broader economic agenda, it managed to close higher on the month.  It is the seventh monthly gain over the past eight months.    It is the seventh consecutive quarterly advance.  In fact, since the beginning of 2013, there have only been two quarterly declines in the S&P 500 (Q2-Q3 15).    Many investors still seem inclined to buy pullbacks.  A break of 2400, though, would be a test of this sentiment.  Over the past week, the Russell 1000 Growth Index (RLG) fell 1.5%, while the Russell 1000 Value Index (RLV) rose 0.35%.  On the month, RLG fell 0.4%, snapping a seven-month advance, while the RLV rose 1.5%, breaking a three-month down draft. 





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          Two Policy Updates   

The IMF has been reluctant to participate in the aid package to Greece that runs out the middle of next year.  It does not believe that Greek debt is sustainable.  Nevertheless, it did recently agree to provide a precautionary line of credit at the end of the program.   

The IMF decision required the approval of the board, and we thought there was a reasonable chance the US would block it.   That would have been significant, as the German and Dutch parliaments require the IMF participation, but there is no compelling reason for the IMF to participate.   The sustainability of Greece's debt is such an open question that the ECB, which accepts Greek bonds as collateral (for weekly operations) will not include Greek bonds in its asset purchase program.  Moreover, Europe can take care of its ownproblems.  Isn't that what the European Stabilization Mechanism is meant to do?  

The Trump Administration has shown little sympathy for Europe.  The US President has been particularly critical of Germany.  The new sanctions that the US Senate has approved and are now before the House of Representatives would make it more difficult to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that is supposed to bring Russian gas to western Europe bypassing Ukraine.  The US commercial interest is clear too.  It wants to export more natural gas to Europe.  The US has been critical that not all European members of NATO are spending 2% of GDP on defense.  

Nevertheless, US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin appears to have approved the IMF's precautionary line of credit to Greece.  Mnuchin praised the IMF for helping stabilize the situation in Greece by working with Europe.  Mnuchin said that without the IMF's help, Greece could have once again roiled the markets.   

At the same time, the US Treasury Secretary played down the significance.  He noted that the IMF's commitment was quite small and would likely not even be used.  Mnuchin seemed to suggest it was mostly for appearances, and that it would not cost US taxpayers a penny.    He expressed support for the IMF but noted that the US was reviewing all of its contributions.  

On another front, findings of the investigation into US steel imports on national security grounds are still expectedin the coming days.  Commerce Secretary Ross had indicated the results would be ready by the end of the month.  It appears that the investigation is over and the debate over the policy response is in high gear. 

The President reportedly wants to impose tariffs and use them as the model for action on aluminum and other industries (reportedly including semiconductors, paper, and household appliances).  Reports suggest that most cabinet officials are opposed to the 20% tariff Trump is pushing.   One compromise would be a combination setting a quota on steel imports and a tariff on imports above the quota.   

US steel imports have fallen for the past two years. Setting a quota at the 2016 levels would guard against backtracking.    The prospects of a 20% tariff, however, appears to be underpinning the share prices of some of the largest US producers.  On the other hand, as consumers and producers wait for a decision, some reports suggest that it is dampening activity.  





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          Vintage Scrap Lone Star   

It all started in 2013, when Quiltdiva Julie sent me a box of crazy pieced vintage blocks.



There were 24 in all, and they came from a quilt top she'd bought on Ebay.
The seller said it came from Ohio.



I had saved this photo on my computer screen for some years before that.  
I don't remember the source, but it became my inspiration.



I sewed the blocks together and cut out the diamond shapes for the star.  
There were just enough leftover for the border.  



Then I bought some embroidery floss.



I learned a few stitches, and embroidered all the seams.



Eventually, it was ready for a background.
I picked this spring green solid, because it was the only thing that seemed to work.
I wasn't excited about the color, but thought I'd get over it.
Well, I didn't.  I just didn't like all that green!



I decided to remove it and find another background.
Several hours of stitch-picking later, I was ready for auditions.
I tried practically everything I had on the shelf.  
Here are just a few.


Too light


Too dark


Too brown


Too bright


Too busy


Too gray

A few dear friends suffered with me and my auditions for WEEKS!


Then I went to the Houston Quilt Festival and found what I was looking for!
It's one of the new woven plaids from Kaffe Fassett.
The top is about 87" square, plenty big for a queen size bed.
I finished it last week.




THEN, just yesterday, I went to the Farmer's Market, like I do every Sunday.
The woman farmer I always buy from gave me this!



She said her great-grandmother had made it from old family clothes.
What a treasure!  I tried to talk her out of giving it away.
But she said she had no room for it.  
So I gladly brought it home.  



While Julie's was sewn in blocks and not yet embroidered,
this one was sewn all on one sheet with embroidery.

Now I have TWO vintage scrap tops to quilt and to love!

News just in:  

Bill Volckening found where the original inspiration quilt came from.
The quilt was shown in the European Patchwork show in France in 2012.  

Katell Renon's quilt group in France was also inspired by the original.
They made a beauty!


          Top 11 europeo under 21: Bernardeschi unico italiano   

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          Lion Business Card Case Steampunk Card Case Copper Card Holder Gothic Victorian Style Card Case New Vintage Style Leo Card Case by CosmicFirefly   

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          Silver Bee Business Card Case Vintage Inspired Steampunk Gothic Victorian Scroll Pattern Metal Card Holder by CosmicFirefly   

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This is our new slightly thicker "thin" business card case and is 1/8 inch thicker than the super slim business card case we offer. It holds a few more cards than the super-slim style and this one features a sleek rounded bullnose front and back top edge and slightly more depth to hold a few more business cards

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Holds about 15-20 standard size business cards or you can also use it for 5 or 6 plastic credit cards or even a few paper money bills

Sturdy and made of a nice thickness of metal for years of use and could actually be used as a super slim wallet, although it's not really meant to be sat on -just sayin'...

Engraved into front surface of the case is a Vintage European Art Nouveau Scroll Work Design

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          Descubre la ‘ciudad prohibida’ de Europa   
La ciudad prohibida no es una exclusividad de Pekín aunque, sin duda, es la más popular y genuina del mundo. Tanto, que pasa casi desapercibida su homónima europea, y eso que también fue el centro de un gran imperio económico. A pesar de que la...
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Los mandatarios mundiales están reunidos en el Parlamento Europeo en Estrasburgo para despedir al excanciller de Alemania Helmut Kohl, que murió el pasado 16 de junio a los 87 años. Kohl, que fue jefe del Gobierno alemán entre 1982 y 1998, está...
          Eurorregión Pirineos-Mediterráneo   
Si hace unos días llamaba la atención sobre la contradicción que está suponiendo pedir para Barcelona la Agencia Europea del Medicamento y el deseo ­separatista de hacer salir a ­Catalunya de España, y por tanto de Europa, hoy me parece necesario...
          Piano Works 13   

Director: Julien Martorell
Editor: Alex Tissot
DOP: Raphael Bauche

Production : onirim.com

Official Selection ÉCU 2013, European Experimental Film
Choregraphy program Mecal International Short Film Festival
Official Selection Dance and Media Japan International VideoDance Festival 2013

Pianoworks 13 is a short movie, which combines live action and motion design. Over an original soundtrack played by Polerik Rouviere, four dancers perform different styles (break dance, new style, popping). The film illustrates the link between body, instrument and instrumentalist. The moves give birth to a sort of calligraphic language which is a representation of the moves themselves.

Cast: Julien Martorell


          Commentaires sur L’Italie menace de fermer ses ports aux bateaux secourant les clandestins par Christiane   
Si l'Italie ferme ses ports aux clandestins, j'espère que nous en ferons autant. Ces clandestins sont poussés en Europe par des ONG mondialistes principalement américaines qui financent les passeurs; c'est un commerce lucratif pour beaucoup d'entre eux au service des besoins idéologiques des va-t-en guerre qui veulent transformer les nations européennes en champs de bataille afin de leur donner l'opportunité d'intervenir contre les autochtones. Leur but étant de nous détruire. Ceux qui sont à la maneuvre sont les loges judéo-maçonniques. Il n'y a qu'à écouter les délires sionistes d'un certain sayanim Jacques Attali, au sevice du Mossad, pour en être convaincus.
          Fluxo de dados terá grande impacto na economia mundial   

big data

Na era digital, dados, metadados, sejam eles pessoais ou não, são as novas matérias-primas da economia. Coletá-los, minerá-los, transformá-los em informações úteis, nos vários campos da ciência, da economia, da vida cotidiana, gerarão as cadeias de valor do futuro.

Os exemplos são muitos e já onipresentes na nossa vida. Metadados oriundos de milhares de carros, por exemplo, como localização e velocidade permitem aos motoristas aperfeiçoarem seus trajetos e melhoram o fluxo do tráfego nas grandes cidades.

O livre fluxo de dados permite e permitirá ao Brasil acessar e continuar acessando, desenvolvendo e exportando tecnologias e serviços de ponta, colocando o país nas novas cadeias de valor mundiais, não só no mercado global de Tecnologia da Informação e Comunicação, mas em todas as atividades econômicas.

A inovação e a competitividade das empresas brasileiras dependem cada vez mais do livre fluxo de dados, que tem o processo construído em cima de uma ampla e complexa arquitetura global que coleta, armazena, trata e transfere dados globalmente. 

Discute-se no Brasil o sério problema da Privacidade dos Dados Pessoais, e o Brasil tem que fazer algumas escolhas.

As mesmas pessoas que pedem mais privacidade divulgam toda a sua vida pessoal nas redes sociais, não querem que seu smartphone colete dados da sua localização geográfica, mas, em seguida, quando estão no trânsito, pedem a ajuda de aplicativos que dependem justamente dessas informações.

Privacidade depende de vários fatores, o primeiro é a transparência de quem está coletando os dados: precisa estar claro no “contrato” entre o usuário e as empresas quais dados estão sendo coletados e com quem serão compartilhados.

O segundo é a segurança dos dados, que vai desde a coleta, armazenamento e compartilhamento. A empresa que coleta os dados precisa estar em conformidade com regulações nacionais, mundiais e mesmo privadas, como o PCI, que é a Norma Mundial Privada para a coleta e armazenamento de dados de Cartões de Crédito.

A privacidade, antes de tudo, visa limitar a possibilidade do roubo de identidade, depois proteger a intimidade das pessoas.

A maior parte dos casos que aconteceram no Brasil tem origem nas próprias “vítimas”, que se deixaram flagrar em momentos de intimidade ou descortinaram sua localização e atividade presente e futura em sites de mídia social.

No Brasil, o número de identificação mais importante para o cidadão, o CPF, está exposto, não criptografado, não mascarado, na internet. A falta de norma brasileira sobre a proteção de dados prejudica o cumprimento de qualquer outra norma de privacidade que venha a ser adotada.

Dito isto, voltamos à inserção do Brasil no fluxo mundial de dados, cuja restrição sem critérios objetivos enfraquecerá o setor produtivo no que diz respeito à inovação e competividade.

Restrições brasileiras ao fluxo de dados, pelo princípio da reciprocidade, gerarão restrições de outros países ao mesmo fluxo. 

Um exemplo disso é como será afetada a “computação em nuvem”, serviço de processamento e armazenamento de dados oferecido por acesso remoto, que se passa em escala global. Só a nuvem consegue escalar muito rapidamente as necessidades de armazenagem e potência de computação a preço baixo. 

Um exemplo é o processamento de notas fiscais, em que um dos associados ABES (Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Software), que processa 500 mil notas por dia, teve a grata surpresa de, no Black Friday, ver sua demanda atingir 2 milhões de notas fiscais no dia, e a infraestrutura de computação em nuvem acompanhar instantaneamente esse aumento de demanda.

Os serviços públicos também terão interferência direta, pois a limitação do fluxo de dados também pode prejudicar a inovação e a melhoria de oferta. Nessa categoria podemos encaixar aplicativos como Uber, Waze, Google, que dependem do compartilhamento e tratamento de dados.

Estudo feito pelo European Centre For International Political Economy (ECIPE) estima que essa alteração na dinâmica do fluxo de dados poderia reduzir o crescimento do PIB global em até 2%. Já no plano local, tem potencial de diminuir o PIB do Brasil em cerca de 1%, surtindo efeito direto nos setores que dependem desse livre fluxo.

No que diz respeito ao desempenho econômico nacional, outro impacto ocorrerá na exportação de serviços de TIC, que gerou cerca de US$ 2 bilhões em 2016, de acordo com dados do Banco Central. 

Uma das discussões atuais no Brasil é se a nossa legislação deve se aproximar da adotada pela União Europeia, que limita o livre fluxo de dados pessoais a países que adotam a norma europeia ou da americana, com muito menos regulações e entraves. 

A escolha da estratégia correta é fundamental para o Brasil. 

Os EUA são hoje o maior parceiro comercial do Brasil, responsáveis por 46,8% da compra de serviços e aplicações tecnológicas. Uma possível solução seria as adoções de cláusulas padrão mínimas, que nos permitam continuar operando com os EUA e, ao mesmo tempo, abrir as portas do mercado europeu.

Defender a manutenção do livre fluxo de dados significa seguir no caminho do desenvolvimento sustentável global, baseado na economia de serviços, geradora de riqueza e prosperidade para os povos. Nesse contexto, o estímulo de boas práticas para a proteção de dados pessoais, transparência e segurança, deve ser objeto de esforços multilaterais ou pluriregionais.

A ABES começou a iniciativa Brasil Pais Digital justamente para discutir esse e outros assuntos de interesse da economia digital, à qual aderiram muitas entidades da sociedade civil e que explica, em termos não técnicos, para a população em geral, os grandes dilemas tecnológicos pelo qual passamos: www.BrasilPaisDigital.com.br


          How to Build a Robo Advisor: Advice for Starting a Robo Advisory   

MyPrivateBanking Robo AdvisorWith the tremendous growth in robo advisor assets under management (AUM), financial institutions are scrambling to figure out how to build and become a robo advisor.

Starting a robo advisor service combines financially savvy with big data analytics, as well as a comprehensive understanding to how robo advisors work.

How Do Robo Advisors Work?

Robo advisors are platforms that leverage algorithms to handle users' investment platforms. These services analyze each customer's current financial status, risk aversion, and goals. From here, they recommend the best portfolio of stocks available based on that data.

And these automated financial services are poised to transform the tremendous worldwide wealth management industry. 

MyPrivateBanking's report, Robo Advisor 3.0, takes an in-depth look at the basic challenge of every robo advisor: how to craft a presence that succeeds in convincing website visitors to sign up as investors and then remain on board.

In this data-driven assessment, the report looks at the characteristics, business models, and strengths and weaknesses of the top robo advisors around the world. The research was conducted on a total of 76 active robo advisors worldwide - 29 in the U.S. and Canada, 38 in seven European countries and nine in the Asia-Pacific region. We've compiled a full list of robo advisors analyzed below.

The exhaustive report provides comprehensive answers and data on how to optimize the individual onboarding stages (How it works, Client Assessment, Client Onboarding, Communication and Portfolio Reporting) and details five best practices for each stage. Furthermore, the report provides strategies to appeal to different segments such as Millennials, baby boomer investors approaching retirement, and high net worth individuals (HNWIs), and analyzes the impact of new technologies.

The report provides comprehensive analysis and data-driven insights on how to utilize robo advisors to win and keep clients:

  • What a robo advisor platform should offer to successfully convert prospects into happy clients.
  • Which robo advisor features work and why.
  • What are best practices for the different stages in the digital customer journey.
  • How long clients need to onboard on the surveyed robo advisors and which specialized offers are given.
  • What the client assessment process should include 
  • How client communication should be (inbound for customer service and outbound for news, education and commentary).
  • What good portfolio reporting looks like, so that it meets the information needs of the customer.
  • How B2B providers are positioned in the development of robo advisory services and what they offer.
  • How robo advisors should adopt their strategies to appeal to different segments such as Millennials, baby boomer investors approaching retirement, and high net worth individuals (HNWIs).
  • Which robo advisors provide specialized options such as micro-investing, rewards schemes or hedging strategies, and in what manner.
  • What the impacts of new technologies are, such as the use of artificial intelligence for client interaction and narrative generation on the robo advisor model.
  • How the future of digital success will look for robo advisors.
  • Appendix containing data on the web presences of more than 70 robo advisors alongside the digital customer journey process.
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Europe: AdviseOnly, Advize, comdirect, Easyfolio, EasyVest, ETFmatic, Fairr.de, FeelCapital, Fiver a Day, Fundshop.fr, GinMon, Investomat, KeyPlan, KeyPrivate, Liqid, Marie Quantier, Money on Toast, MoneyFarm, Nutmeg, Parmenion, Quirion, rplan, Scalable Capital, Simply EQ, Sutor Bank, Swanest, SwissQuote ePrivateBanking, True Potential Investor, True Wealth, Vaamo, VZ Finanz Portal, Wealth Horizon, Wealthify, WeSave, Whitebox, Yellow Advice, Yomoni, Zen Assets.

Asia-Pacific: 8 Now!, Ignition Direct & Ignition Wealth, InvestSMART, Mizuho Bank Smart Folio, Movo, Owners Advisory, QuietGrowth, ScripBox, StockSpot

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          It might be time for Tesla to get out of the car business (TSLA)   

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Here's a completely heretical idea, especially on the eve of Tesla launching its long-awaited $35,000 Model 3 in July and the stock rallying almost 80% over the first half of 2017:

Tesla should think about getting out of the car business.

Crazy, right? This is the first new American automaker in decades — and investors are so bullish on it that even though it has made money in exactly two quarters since its 2010 IPO and sold less than 80,000 vehicles in 2016, its market cap is bigger than General Motors', Ford's, or Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Additionally, Tesla is really nothing but a carmaker at this point. Although it sells solar panels and energy storage systems and is building a massive battery factory in Nevada, its revenues largely come from an old-fashioned place: assembling and marketing cars.

But here's the thing: for a carmaker such as BMW or Porsche or even Ferrari, limited production, a longstanding perception about the brand, and generally high to very high to astronomically high transactions (I'm looking at you, Ferrari LaFerrari supercar and your $1-million-plus price tag), the car business can be pretty good. Not Apple good, but healthy double-digit margins are in order.

Tesla started out at this end of the market, selling expensive luxury vehicles to a well-heeled elite. If it stayed with this business, it could conceivably end up with a 20% profit margin. 

Tesla Model S

A victim of Musk's vision

But CEO Elon Musk wants to get gas-powered cars off the road, so that means Tesla has to attack the low-margin mass-market business. The Model 3 is the first shot. And there are 400,000 pre-orders, so it's a big first shot.

The mass market isn't really about what Tesla is good at, which is visionary spectacle and succeeding against overwhelming odds. The mass market is about grinding, unspectacular execution, day after day. This might be why Musk wants to see it taken over by robots. 

For the time being, Tesla has committed to playing in this space, and doing it with a product — an all-electric vehicle — that consumers have thus far shown little interest in. EVs now make up only about 1% of global sales. Tesla needs to move that needle and move it big time, and to be honest, the company isn't strong enough to do it on its own. Others will have to come into the game.

This is where matters get challenging. Autos are a tough business: capital intensive, with cyclical sales and a requirement that car companies spend a lot on R&D to avoid falling behind. The end product is extremely complicated and relatively costly — so much so that carmakers maintain financing arms to loan customers the money to buy products.

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A business for the nutty

Many, many auto executives would say that the reason nobody has started a successful new car company in half a century is that you had to be nuts to start a new car company. There are so many other ways to get rich.

It's not clear that Musk fully understood this when he originally invested in Tesla and later took over the CEO job. But he's learning now. 

Fortunately, he doesn't have to think of himself as the quixotic leader of a company that by its economic nature will destroy his fortune, perhaps more than once. Tesla could at some point shed its car business or outsource it and focus on more lucrative, higher-growth, less-capital-hungry enterprises. Solar could be huge in the future, and in any case it's been a rapid growth area for energy.

Batteries for residential, industrial, and utility applications could also be big future businesses. And I haven't even gotten to the software and self-driving innovations that make up Tesla Autopilot. They could be worth more on their own than Tesla's entire carmaking operations someday, especially if you assume that the data generated by self-driving vehicles is where the real opportunity (and riches) resides. 

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Hard to change course?

But, you might ask, wouldn't it be hard to unload the car business?

Not really. For example, if Tesla builds a factory in China, it will almost certainly have to establish a JV with a Chinese company, meaning that effectively half the Chinese manufacturing business would be owned by someone else. A contract manufacturer such as industry leader Magna could assemble Tesla vehicles in North America or Europe. And given that Tesla is aiming to sell 500,000 vehicles annually by the end of next year, a competitor might decide it's worth it to buy up the car brand.

The bottom line is that we know where Tesla's car business is going, and it's nothing all that financially thrilling. It could be financially depressing. Almost all the company's other projects, even idealistic moon shots like the Boring Company (digging traffic-beating tunnels under Los Angeles) have the potential to growth more rapidly or establish entirely new markets. 

Perhaps that's where Musk's focus should be.

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          Verizon wants to borrow T-Mobile and Vodafone's consumer data to take on Facebook and Google (VZ)   
  • Tim ArmstrongVerizon wants to license data from its competitors to bulk up its online ad business Oath
  • This initiative could bring together competitors like T-Mobile and Sprint
  • Ultimate plan is to take on Google and Facebook

Verizon Communications wants to challenge Google and Facebook. So it's reaching out to some of its biggest rivals in the wireless industry for help.

Now that the telecom giant has completed its acquisition of Yahoo and rolled out Oath, a division which includes a wide collection of digital advertising assets, it is looking to ramp up its ability to challenge Google and Facebook in the sector. The wireless giant is exploring building a data partnership with other top wireless players, including T-Mobile, Sprint, Vodafone and Telefónica, people with knowledge of the matter told Business Insider.

Specifically, Verizon wants to pool together more wireless consumer data that can be used for ad targeting. A big reason Google and Facebook are so dominant in digital advertising – besides the fact that their platforms reach huge audiences  –is that they have powerful, accurate data sets on millions of consumers that can be used by advertisers to target people with more relevant ads.

When Verizon purchased AOL two years ago, Oath CEO Tim Armstrong spoke openly about the power of Verizon's data and how it, coupled with AOL's advertising technology and large audience, could be used to put some real pressure on Google and Facebook on the ad targeting front. For example, Verizon knows where its customers live, where they travel, and what apps they use, all of which could be used to show people more relevant ads as they surf the web. 

But while Verizon's US subscriber base is close to 150 million people, that's still rather paltry compared to Facebook and Google's massive audiences. So if it can license data from T-Mobile, for instance, it could layer on ad targeting signals from roughly 72 million more consumers.

In addition, licensing data from companies like Vodaphone and Telefónica would help Verizon expand its ad footprint outside the US, an area where advertisers have been pushing for progress, given Google and Facebook's global clout.

There's a lot to be worked out behind the scenes for such a data partnership to fully come to fruition. To date, just weaving together the various pieces of AOL and Verizon has proven particularly complicated. And the level of data that various wireless companies would be willing to license may vary widely. But Armstrong did discuss this plan in his pitch to top advertisers at the Cannes ad festival last week, said people familiar with the matter.

Verizon was potentially hampered by regulatory uncertainty during the waning months of the Obama administration. But since March when Republican senators voted to kill regulations in this realm, companies like Verizon are freer to exploit consumer data for advertising. (Of course, it's perhaps a different story in Europe, where regulators just hit Google with a monster fine).

If Verizon and competitors like T-Mobile and Telefonica did share consumer data, it's a good bet that there would be steps taken to make sure that no personal consumer identification data would be shared between the two companies. Undoubtedly, consumer privacy advocates would scrutinize this project closely.

If this plan proceeds, it will be interesting to see what other Verizon rivals may participate. It seems doubtful that AT&T would jump in, considering that Verizon is blocking AT&T users from logging onto Yahoo with AT&T email addresses, according to TechCrunch. And Sprint's potential wireless pact with Comcast and Charter, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, would only seem to complicate matters.

Officials from T-Mobile and Telefonica declined to comment. Vodafone and Sprint did not return request for comment on this story.

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          3D-Driving-School Europe-Edition v5.1 released   
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          3D-Fahrschule Deutschland-Edition v5.1 released   
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          Rivals Season: 3, Episode: 5 - Uncle   

Watch RivalsSeason: 3, Episode: 5 - Uncle online: Andy and Sam's chaotic parents Neville and Jane visit from Spain and announce they're getting a divorce. While Sam obsesses over the fact that mum still doesn't pay her attention, Andy schemes ways to keep his parents together in an attempt to prove he can make any relationship work. Errol, meanwhile, decides to play Ben and Bruce off each other to buy him a trip to Europe. Who will win the manipulation game? [ ]more



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          Comment on T-Mobile CTO urges FCC to make 3.5GHz band more favorable for 5G by TV Monitor   
3.5 Ghz is a European/Chinese 5G band. T-Mobile, being a subsidiary of DT, would try to maintain technology compatibility with DT and this is why T-Mobile is pushing 3.5 Ghz over 28 Ghz band, which is considered an Asian(more specifically Korean) 5G band that Verizon and Japan also have embraced.
          Twinks Destroyed Vol.3   
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          Monster Cock Inferno   
Release Year: 2011 Studio: Staxus , Bareback Monster Cocks Cast: Marty Love, Dave Cook, Mathew Ross, Sebastien Stiler, Jeff Wills, Alan Capier, Marcel Bimore, Tom Nutt, Lex Olsen, Steve Rives, Luis , Mike Cage Genres: Bareback , Big Cocks , European - 18-21 , High Definition , Firemen [...]
          Joana Pastrana se luce y ya piensa en defender el Europeo   
La campeona de Europa del peso mínimo ganó a los puntos a Claudia Ferenczi. El 22 de septiembre pondrá su cetro en juego, aunque todavía no se conoce rival.
          Com chefs renomados, evento motiva o uso de ingredientes do Paraná   
A gastronomia paranaense estará em destaque em 14 e 15 de maio no Mesa ao Vivo Paraná, uma espécie de “reality show" gastronômico, que propõe experiências com jantares, exposições gastronômicas, palestras e oficinas ministradas por chefs nacionais e internacionais. O objetivo é motivar os chefs locais e também de outras regiões a utilizarem ingredientes e insumos paranaenses. A ação faz parte do Gastronomia Paraná, um dos projetos da Paraná Turismo. 

Serão cerca de 20 atividades diárias, com prova de pratos, vinhos e ingredientes, voltadas ao tema Tesouros locais: a descoberta de produtos gourmet para uma nova cozinha paranaense. "Apoiar a formação profissional em eventos que promovam a gastronomia paranaense é uma das ações previstas no projeto Gastronomia Paraná", explica a presidente da Paraná Turismo, Juliana Vosnika.

O renomado chef Alex Atala, eleito recentemente o 7º melhor no ranking 50 Best, da revista Restaurant, vai preparar o prato "Filhote com tucupi e tapioca". 

Atala afirma que o Brasil ainda tem muito para mostrar se decidir seguir o exemplo de outros países, como o Peru, que aprendeu a promover sua culinária. “A melhor conexão entre a natureza e a cultura é a comida, mas o chef da cidade e muitos de nós nos desconectamos dos ingredientes em seu estado original", diz o chef.

O evento será apresentado pela Paraná Turismo, Companhia Paranaense de Gás (Compagás) e Fomento Paraná, com realização da revista Prazeres da Mesa, em parceria com a Associação Brasileira de Bares e Restaurantes (Abrasel) e Centro Europeu.



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          Faculty of the Professions: Project Management European study tour   
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          House 4 rooms new, at 20min to Lisbon airport, 8km to beach   
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          Gibraltar - słoneczna strona Anglii   
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          El extraño verano de Tom Harvey   


Por Ángela Sánchez Vicente


Hoy os presentamos un thriller fuera de lo común y que rompe todos los cánones para llevarnos hacia una experiencia lectora sin igual.

Todos mis calificativos hacia la novela El extraño verano de Tom Harvey son positivos aunque se contradigan entre sí. Es un cóctel perfecto entre una situación inicial extraña, unos personajes extraordinarios y dispares y un telón de fondo descrito con detalle.

Es cierto que Mikel Santiago nos tiene acostumbrados a buenas letras y novelas que nos atrapan. Su fama como autor no es casual, su prosa y sus tramas enamoran al público Americano, Inglés, Europeo e incluso suma adeptos en Japón.

Siempre con su sello personal y huyendo de lo que ya está escrito o dicho. 

En esta ocasión nos presenta a Tom, un chico al que más le hubiera valido coger el teléfono cuando le llamó su amigo. 

Cuando su amigo Bob le llamó, él estaba en Roma con su mujer y poco le importó esa llamada hasta que dos días después se entera que éste ha caído por el balcón de su mansión en Tremonte.

Tom no quería que le fastidiaran los pocos días de verano que le quedaban, esos rayos de sol que necesitaba y la tranquilidad de esa estación pero lo dejará todo e irá a ver qué pudo pasar con el incidente de su amigo e investigar entre los múltiples sospechosos.

La gente que allí encontrará es muy dispar y narrado en primera persona aún se nos hacen más próximos. 

Parece que en cualquier momento saldrá del libro un camarero a ofrecernos un aperitivo o a contarnos algún secreto de los lugareños que pasean por el litoral en sus lujosas embarcaciones.

De la mano de Ediciones B tenemos un caso a investigar fuera de toda norma, en un paisaje precioso y plagado de sospechosos.

Por la hija de Bob tendrá que hacer justicia pero se le complicara un poco por la cantidad de historietas que tendrá que escuchar.

¿Le queréis ayudar?

Es una novela ideal para este verano.

Si os ha gustado no dejéis escapar sus novelas precedentes “La última noche en Tremore beach” y “El mal camino”. Os encantarán.



          Naqvi, Rishi Kapoor inaugurate '8th Jagran Film Festival'   

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor here on Saturday inaugurated the "8th Jagran Film Festival", which will travel to 16 cities across India and showcase over 400 films.

The festival will feature a retrospective on Rishi's acclaimed films including "Do Dooni Char", "Chandni", "Bobby", "Kapoor & Sons" and a part of "Mera Naam Joker".

"I am thankful that they are showing my films. I have been working in the industry for last 45 years, but nobody has showcased a retrospective of my work. I am very humbled by this. They are showing my eight-and-a-half films. This includes eight full films and one part of 'Mera Naam Joker'," Rishi said.

Also present at the inaugural ceremony were actresses Divya Dutta and Tannishtha Chatterjee.

The eighth edition of the festival kick-started with the screening of Farhan Akhtar and Annu Kapoor-starrer "The Fakir of Venice".

The Anand Surapur directorial tells the story of an Indian conman, who is hired to find a fakir who can bury himself in sand for an installation art project in Venice. He passes off a poor slum-dweller from Mumbai as the real thing, conning the European art world successfully.

The festival will pay a homage to late actors Vinod Khanna and Om Puri with the screenings of their films "Achanak" and "Mr. Kabaadi".

Speaking on the occasion, Naqvi said: "This is a memorable occasion as people who have taken art and films to each and every house are associated with this festival. I am happy that through this festival, social messages are being transmitted to small places across India via films."

While Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and the starcast of upcoming film "Mom", including Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, were supposed to attend the opening ceremony, they were not able to make it to the event.

This year the festival will have Morocco as its country focus.

"We are pleased to showcase Moroccan films here. Bollywood is the oldest known cinema. Surprisingly, in Morocco, there are a few cinemas that are completely dedicated to the Indian movies. People there speak Indian languages just by watching Indian films," Moroccan Ambassador Mohamed Maliki told IANS.

The five-day Delhi leg of the film festival, which is talking place here at the Sri Fort Auditorium, will showcase Indian films like "Hindi Medium", "Pink", "Agneepath", "Shivaay", "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story", "Phillauri", "Sachin: A Billion Dreams", "Neerja", "Jolly LLB 2" and "Trapped".

Some films from different countries across the world that will be showcased this year include "Black Cat" (US), "Last Christmas" (Italy), "The Letterbox" (Turkey), "Adios Carmen" (Morocco), "The Bench" (Iran), "Inner Court" (Brazil) and "Letter to the Night" (France), among others.

After its Delhi leg, which will conclude on July 5, the festival will travel to cities like Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhopal, Indore, Hisar, Meerut and Raipur. The final leg of the festival will take place in Mumbai.

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          The Swinging Revolution 1966   

                    

This sartorial vision of a young Ossie Clark (centre), along with Niel Winterbottom (left), photographed in their finery against the incredible Antony Little fin de siecle style backdrop inside Hung On You on Cale St in 1966 by Terence Spencer for Life International, quite possibly makes this my personal favourite cover story by the magazine from the period! Inside, you'll find an eight page report on the continued rise and rise of the revolution in menswear emanating from London. And although some of the content had previously been used in an editorial which the magazine had published on the revolution in male clothes just two months earlier, I would still imagine that when this particular subscription arrived through their parents letter box over fifty years ago, that it merely succeeded in reinforcing the thoughts that many a teenage son already had about getting 'The Look' and heading to where the action was coming from!





LONDON EXPORTS ITS FASHION REVOLUTION

                                                       So Long Sad Sack                                                          
It all began with the teen-age ''mods'' (Life International, July 27, 1964) who spent most of their pocket money on flamboyant clothes. Now the frills and flowers are being adopted in other strata of Britain's society, and the male fashions born in London have joined the theater among the British exports that aren't lagging. The way-out styles already have appeared in such disparate metropolises as Paris and Chicago and may eventually change the whole raison d'être of male dress. Photographed by Terence Spencer, the sartorial sights of London and Paris shown on these pages—exemplify the clothes that threaten the staid ''sad sack'' which European and American males have considered de rigueur. The explanation? The new clothes, says John Taylor, editor of London's Tailor and Cutter,'' are based on the sexual excitement principle rather than on the respectability and security motif.''


                                                                   

                                                                         LONDON
Peering through the art nouveau window of Biba's (designed by Antony Little), one of London's most popular boutiques, Model Richard Asman is investing in a common costume of the London Look—a checked version of British battle dress with Bob Dylan cap (unrumpled). Photograph by Terence Spencer. 



                                                                   
                                                                                   PARIS
In Le Duke of Bedford pub (like British clothes, British pubs are ''in''), Actor Horst Buchholz is wearing a tight, white Rudy Valentino-style suit bought from the leading avant-garde male couturier of Paris, Pierre Cardin, who closely watches London's styles. Photograph by Terence Spencer.





                                                                           CHICAGO
The garish London garb has crossed one ocean. American teen-agers, like the Chicago boys above, are shedding their blue jeans for checked pants, dazzling shirts—though now and then retaining local flavor with a cowboy hat. Photograph by Henry Grossman.




                  ‛If  You’re Not Way Out‚ You’re On Your Way Out’
The man who fomented London's male fashion revolution revolution is 29-year-old John Stephen, who five years ago opened a small shop on Carnaby Street. Since that time, he has opened eight more men's shops on that street, 14 others in the London area, and is $15 million richer. Stephen created the Carnaby Street Look which emphasizes, among other things, wide op-arty ties, turtle-neck sweaters and flowered shirts, boots and tight checked trousers. One secret of his success is the determination of London's young men to dress differently from their bowler-hatted elders. As one boy said in a boutique called Hung On You: ''If your clothes aren't way out, you're on the way out.''



In typical new-look attire, turtle-neck sweater and checked jacket, John Stephen lounges with customers on his purple and gold Cadillac parked outside one of his Carnaby Street shops. Photograph by Terence Spencer.


Brandishing this summer's latest Carnaby Style (solid-color shirt, white collar and cuffs, op-art tie). Baron Nikolai Soloviev lunches with Jenny Philips in the Guys and Dolls coffee shop. Photograph by Terence Spencer.





Michael Chaplin, son of comedian and the author of ''I Couldn't Smoke the Grass on My Father's Lawn,'' poses in 1920s garb at Granny Takes a Trip shop with (Nigel Waymouth) one of the owners. Photograph by Terence Spencer.


The Kinks, a popular rock 'n' roll group, created top hit song ''Dedicated Follower of Fashion'': He thinks he is a flower to be looked at...He flits from shop to shop just like a butterfly.''  (*Dave Davies wearing an incredible pair of thigh-high leather boots!). Photograph by Terence Spencer





                      Elegant Edwardian Attire of Chelsea's Aristocrats
London's fashion revolution is not all teen-agers and pop singers in op-arty ties and thigh high boots. A new aristocratic tailoring establishment such as Blades (below) is being influenced by the Carnaby Look, and Lord Snowdon and the Duke of Bedford wear styles of the way-out boutiques of Chelsea's King's Road as well as Carnaby Street. The Chelsea shops offer several elegant variations on the new attire such as a 1920s Silent Movie Look and an increasingly popular Edwardian Look like that flaunted by the two youths opposite, and by Christopher Gibbs. Says Gibbs, who is male fashion editor of Vogue and high priest of the Edwardian Look: ''We were revolted by the ugliness of suits of the regular 'good' tailor. We encouraged friends to dig into their heirlooms, to wear old clothes, to turn their backs on ugliness and conformism.''



Actor David Hemmings is being fitted in a Carnaby-like, flowery-lined jacket by Eric Joy, co-owner and top designer of Blades, a new London couturier that caters to the upper classes. Photograph by Terence Spencer.




Three young london elegants take their lunch in a popular Victorian pub, the Salisbury. Michael Williams (left), who lives ''only for my car and my my clothes.'' wears a long, velvet-collared 19th Century jacket over patterned trousers. Ossie Clark (see cover) sports a wildly patterned tie, a revival from the '30s. Niel Winterbottom, dressed in battle jacket on the cover, wears a floral Oscar Wilde-an tie with oversized knot while his date, Julia Cooke, adds to the period flavor with a fur boa. Photograph by Terence Spencer.






                                                Christopher Gibbs -  Photograph by Terence Spencer.




Trinidad-born designer Christopher Lynch, (second from left) discusses the new ''Chelsea Look'' for this summer: The Victorian Suit, double-breasted, cinched, and above all, white.'' (*Although uncredited, on the far left, is Michael Fish of Mr Fish and on the far right David Mlinaric). Photograph by Terence Spencer.


















                                   Fashions Out of This World
France's rival to John Stephen is Pierre Cardin, who last year made $6 million on his ready-to-wear clothes alone. Cardin's line include everything from the tightly fitted suits (below left) that appeal to diplomats and businessmen to fashions that parallel the Carnaby Street and Chelsea themes - checked trousers with an Edwardian stripe down the side and long checked double-breasted jacket (below). Seeing the soft, accordion-pleated boots on the youth below, a journalist remarked that they made the wearer look like a spaceman. ''Yes,'' said Cardin, ''You might say they're out of this world.'' 

The male fashion revolution has also ''switched on'' parts of the U.S., as shown in the photographs opposite. By fall John Stephen's clothes wil be selling in 17 American stores. ''The English influence is the biggest thing in men's clothes since the Ivy League Look,'' said the vice president of a New York store. ''As long as it's from London or looks like it, it will sell.'' What do the English think of the revolution they've started? Some, like political commentator Henry Fairlie, suggest it's a sign that Albion is about to sink giggling into the sea and that the only hope is a Puritan revival. Others, like Julie Christie, think ''isn't it nice that men can look beautiful and smell nice nowadays without being called sissies!''


                              Photographs (left page) by Terence Spencer, (right page) Henry Grossman.



                                                              IMAGE CREDIT & LINKS
All images scanned by Sweet Jane from LIFE International 11th July I966, Cover photograph by Terence Spencer, all other photographs by Terence Spencer and Henry Grossman (see individual photo credits above). You'll find further information about Antony Little & Biba in one of my previous posts here. A transcript of an industry discussion about the future of tailoring from a 1971 issue of The Tailor and Cutter which includes contributions from Eric Joy, designer and co-owner of Blades here. Discover more about antiques dealer and collector Christopher Gibbs here. David Hemmings, actor, director, and sometimes singer here. View some examples of the lesser known John Stephen womenswear range in one of my previous posts here.  An interview with Julie Christie from the documentary film - 'Tonight let's all make love in London' (1967) here. And finally, an interview with Michael Chaplin, (son of Charlie) and author of I Couldn't Smoke the Grass on My Father's Lawn, here.

           Return of the Dandy 1966   

Ruffles foaming over the shirt-fronts of dinner-jackets and lace spilling out of the sleeves, tight-fitting pants, worn by young men who will demand 20 sittings at a tailor to be sure that the length of the vent is just so, that the trouser leg moves an inch bell-wise at the bottom!  There are tales of Beau Brummell and Oscar Wilde, interviews with David Mlinaric, Patrick Lichfield and Rupert Lycett-Green of Blades. Musings on Pop Stars, Photographers, Hung On You, custom made shirts by the dozen and much more...it's all here, in this excellent in-depth 6 page feature on dandyism, originally published in 1966.





                                                          RETURN OF THE DANDY
Ruffles foam over the shirt-fronts of the dinner-jackets and lace spills out of the sleeves. Velvet pantaloons, which would have raised eyebrows if seen on men three years ago, attract hardly a glance anymore. The jackets are increasingly waisted, flare sharply over the hips and are getting almost Edwardian in length. The trousers fit so tightly that the more extreme ones are hard to sit down in and look best only when the man in them is standing almost at attention. There has not been such elegance, style and boldness in men's clothes in London since Oscar Wilde. The new wave of English dandyism started, most people agree, about five years ago. Young David Mlinaric, a designer, and one of the best dressed young men in London, thinks pop music had a good deal to do with it. ''The pop singers have the panache of the movie stars in the thirties. The pop singers and designers and film stars dress adventurously - and the others have followed them. Also, people today are more interested in young people than ever before - and they copy what the young people do.''

Patrick Lichfield, another of the best dressed young English men, thinks that the adventurousness of people's occupations has a lot to do with their clothes. He himself is an Earl, but he's also a photographer. ''Many people,'' he points out, ''are still stuck in environments like the city where conservative dress is absolutely required. But these days film stars, pop singers, hairdressers, photographers have all become respectable people. People like us can dress as we like: we can experiment. If a duke wandered into a cocktail party without a tie, people would find it odd, but if a film star did it, he'd be accepted. Presently, the duke might even follow suit.''

The revolution in men's clothes has even deeper roots than that. All the great periods of dandyism have occurred in periods of revolutionary upheaval in the pecking order of society. The Regency dandies followed the Napoleonic wars, a period when the monarchy and aristocracy were despised and a new middle class was beginning to emerge. The French wave of dandyism (strictly an import from England) followed the Revolution of 1830, again with a great levelling of social barriers. The Edwardian dandies followed the industrial revolution when the money and power structure shifted from the landed aristocracy to the new industrial magnates. The new dandies of today are living in an age when the caste system in England is breaking down at both top and bottom.








Like Nicholas Hilliard's Elizabethan dandy, today's dandy, Dennis Stansfield (above), looks effective in a rural setting. Stansfield, a 20-year old commercial artist, designs his own clothes and has a tailor in Tooting. His sister-in-law makes his shirts.


The greatest of all dandies, Beau Brummell, was the most scornful of men. (''You can't call that thing a coat?'') He had no title, no fortune, no professionnot even a carriage; he had nothing but a superb arrogance and assurance and presence; with these weapons alone he was copied, quoted, much feared, greatly respected, and wielded very real power. When the Prince Regent (who became George IV) broke with him, he remarked disdainfully of the future monarch: ''I made him what he is today and I can unmake him.'' This Brummellian scorn and self-assurance is very much a part of the make-up of the young pop set. The young film stars, photographers, models, designers and pop singers don't give a damn what their fathers or you or I or anyone else think of their far-out clothes or their far-out behaviour. Albert Camus has called the dandy the archetype of the human being in revolt against society. Almost always the dandy is thumbing his nose at the rest of the pack. The great Beau himself, some of his admirers think, was in the privacy of his own heart, mocking the very dandyism for which he was admired.











Lichfield, when I talked to him, had just come out of his dark-room, dressed casually in a polo-necked sweater and corduroy trousers. Lichfield looks well turned out in even the most casual clothes. ''Some people dress with flair alone.'' he says. I think Mlinaric is the best dressed man I know. Some of his effects are sheer audacity. I saw him one night in evening suit with a marvellous ruffled shirt. I admired it and he told me he'd just pinned some ruffles on a plain white shirt. It looked great.'' Lichfield admits he spends ''a fortune'' on his clothes, and says that some of his suits are total failures. ''I wear them two or three times, then never again.'' We toured his wardrobe. Twenty-six suits. ''I like brown suits very much.'' Many of today's young dandies like brown. ''Tweeds for the country.'' He showed a grey wooly one. ''I like big buckles.'' He showed me one immense silver one on a black belt. ''I think these buckles are going to be very fashionable. I love suede coats.'' He has four of varying cut. ''For shooting...'' He brought out a pair of bottle-green corduroy breeches. ''I've ordered all my gamekeepers to wear these.''

He opened a drawer packed with sweaters. ''I have a lot of polo-necked jerseys, mostly green and beige. They cost me a fortune in cleaning because you can only wear them two or three times. Now here's my most precious possession...'' He pulled out a pair of worn, patched and splendidly faded Levis. ''If the house was burning down, this is what I'd rescue first. The rest of my clothes can be replaced but it takes years of wear to get that lovely patina. American trousers are the only things I buy ready-made.'' He has 50 shirts, most of them custom-made from Harvie & Hudson at £6 apiece. When a shirt catches his fancy, he may buy one and ship it to Hong Kong to be copied by the dozen in silk. He has about 50 ties, many of the patterned pastel type which is very with it at the moment, but he also likes severely plain black knitted ties. He takes very good care of his clothes and is exasperated by people who don't. ''I know people who throw clothes on the floor that have cost them a fortune.'' He has an electric trouser-press in his bedroom which presses his trousers while he's in the bath (the jacket hangs itself out as part of the gadget). ''I haven't had a suit pressed since I left the Army — but cleaning costs me a fortune.'' I don't understand people who dress simply to keep warm,'' says Lichfield. ''A man should enjoy his clothes. He dresses to attract the girls —unlike the girls, who dress to impress one another. I have an idea all men dress to be sexy like cock pheasants in the mating season. I always dress more carefully the first time I take a girl out than the second. English girls, I think, are more adventurous in their tastes than girls of other countries and they admire adventurously dressed men.''



Among the most adventurous is Mlinaric. Standing in the immense square drawing-room of his Tite Street house (another great dandy, Oscar Wilde, lived in this street, a block away), Mlinaric was wearing a brown (he too, likes brown) double-breasted jacket that buttoned almost to the neck, the lapels edged in black, with short sleeves in order to display the cuffs of the shirt. His suits, he said, were getting more brightly coloured. His latest, of which he expected much, was cinnamon-coloured. ''Clothes are my greatest extravagance,'' he says. ''I feel very strongly about the way clothes are stitched. I'm tremendously interested in the best materials as well as the cut. I think a great many of the Carnaby Street clothes are very badly put together and of poor material.''




Ted Dawson, male model, spends about £500 a year on clothes. His wardrobe includes 100 ties, 75 shirts, 30 suits, 14 jackets.




Above: The wonderful Michael Rainey 25, who designed all the clothes for his boutique Hung On You, discusses ties with journalist Christopher Gibbs. (extreme right).



How well dressed are today's young men in comparison with the great dandies of the past? Hardly within whistling distance, I think. Max Beerbohm, the last of the dandies, wrote of Beau Brummell: ''Is it not to his fine scorn of accessories that we trace the first aim of modern dandyism, the production of the supreme effort through means the least extravagant? In certain congruities of dark cloth, in the rigid perfection of lines, in the symmetry of the gloves with the hands, lay the secret of Mr Brummell's miracle. He ever was most economical, most scrupulous of means.'' None of today's dandies lives up to these uncompromising standards (nor did Beerbohm). Brummell himself would have nothing but freezing contempt for Carnaby Street.

















The real dandies buy their suits at Blades in Dover Street. Eric Joy, the partner and chief designer, has a good deal of Brummellian scorn for most of the cutters and designers of Savile Row and thinks all mens clothes designed between 1914 and 1960 were a wasteland of mediocrity. ''Up to five years ago, masculinity was to be a good rugger player,'' he says scornfully. ''I thought it was about time we designed a collection that made men look like men, not bloody Daleks.'' He haunted the Victoria and Albert Museum for ideas. Many of the jackets are the modified descendants of military uniforms which are in fact the ancestors of many great English men's suits.'' Rupert Lycett Green, proprietor of Blades, a bit of a dandy himself (though he denies it), lists as a barely adequate wardrobe for a well-dressed man: two dinner jackets (silk for summer, worsted for winter), with perhaps a velvet evening suit to boot; one grey suit; one black suit; a couple of working suits, both comfortable and elegant; a country suit of lightweight tweed; two light summer suits; one travelling grey suit; one crushproof traveling suit for air travel and trains; three overcoats (one dark evening coat, one tweedy raglan type for country, one short for motoring or town wear); at least two sports or odd jackets; half a dozen assorted slacks or odd trousers; 50 shirts and 50 ties. Blades is opening its own shop in New York soon, but design there will be severely modified. The extreme dandyism quite acceptable in London still has strong homosexual implications in New York, and in fact everywhere else. London is years ahead of the rest of the world in having got rid of the homosexual overtones of dandyism. Most of today's English dandies are blatantly heterosexual.



Above: Rupert Lycett Green, proprietor of Blades where the best beaux are dressed, is opening a new shop in New York soon, but designs will be severely modified.


Historically, dandyism has had a homosexual tint only since its last flowering in the nineties, and you can blame Oscar Wilde for that. Most of the earlier dandies were conspicuously hetero — certainly the Regency rakes were. Brummell himself was thought to be glacially indifferent to women and sex and totally immersed in himself. The Victorian attitude toward dandies and dandyism was laid down originally by Thomas Carlyle in ''Sartor Resartus''. Before ''Sartor Resartus'', dandyism had been reasonably respectable, even admirable. However, Carlyle's Scottish puritanism so changed the emotional climate toward dandyism that Edward Bulwer Lytton  eliminated whole passages of ''Pelham'', his very successful novel about a dandy. Ever since Carlyle's outburst, dandies have been considered figures of fun, and since Wilde's day, probably homosexual.  Remnants of the Victorian disapproval are still with us. A recent article by John Morgan  in the New Statesman dripped with scorn about the new wave of dandyism which he called ''tedious to the point of tears.'' ''I find it impossible,'' he wrote, ''to make any emphatic leap into the nature of young men who will demand 20 sittings at a tailor to be sure that the length of the vent is just so, that the trouser leg moves an inch bell-wise at the bottom.'' Morgan also states in his article '' No one suffers from elegance but from the prose it produces,'' stating clearly that any writing about dandyism is a bore. This simply isn't true. Dandies and dandyism have a long and honourable literary tradition, both as authors and as subjects of novels and plays, some good, some appalling, but almost all enormously popular. ''Pelham'' by Bulwer and ''Vivian Grey'' by Benjamin Disraeli (himself a great dandy) were enormously popular; both had dandies as heroes.


Dandyism was one of the principal preoccupations of Stendhal in ''The Red and The Black'', though his own attitude toward the dandies is contradictory. Balzac, who considered himself a dandy though no one else did. wrote ''La toilette est l'expression de la societé.'' His ''Comedie Humaine'' was full of dandies. Baudelaire was not only a dandy but also a philosopher of dandyism — ''La culte de soi-meme'', as he called it. The novels of Dickens and of Thackeray (who loathed dandies) are full of dandies and the cult of dandyism. Pinero's and Shaw's plays are larded with dandies, and Wilde's plays, of course, consist of nothing else. ''Dorian Gray'' was dandyism at its most decadent and it has helped immeasurably to give dandyism a bad name. Within the last three years, the winds of disapproval have begun to abate. There are temperamental similarities and at the same time great differences between today's dandies and the bucks of the Regency. Most important, the present crop are conspicuously doers of things, like film making, hairdressing or acting. They are notoriously energetic and ambitious. The Regency dandy —especially Brummell —considered any form of activity except clothes to be beneath them. Beau, again probably in pure mockery, considered even the forming of an opinion slightly wearisome. Once, when a visitor asked which of the English lakes he thought most beautiful, he called the servant in: ''Which of the lakes do I find most beautiful?'' Brummell's wit would be admired by some of the avant-garde film-makers. He was not a man of mot or epigram. A shrug, a lifted eyebrow, sometimes nothing but the memory of a known Brummellian attitude made their own silent but devastating witticisms. When you can be witty without words, why use them?


                              IMAGE CREDITS, LINKS & FURTHER READING
All images scanned by Sweet Jane from The Observer Magazine, May 1st, 1966. All photographs by Colin Jones from The Observer, *Except for photo No.6 Rainey/Gibbs an outtake of the original which I scanned from Boutique: A '60s Cultural Phenomenon by Marnie Fogg (purely to include the extra hand-painted tie which had been edited out of the magazine version), original article by John Crosby.  View some other examples of the return to dandyism in one of my previous posts, plus further examples of Blades tailoring and more here. You'll find a collection of Patrick Lichfield's 1960s photography work on Flickr. Read the transcript of a discussion about the future of the tailoring industry from a 1971 issue of The Tailor and Cutter, which includes some very sharp comments from the outspoken Eric Joy, partner/designer at Blades here, Further reading about The Eccentric Mr. Brummell here and more via the associated links on Dandyism.Net, where you will also find Dandies and Dandies By Max Beerbohm, (1896). Discover more about Sartor Resartus (meaning 'The tailor re-tailored') the 1836 novel by Thomas Carlyle, first published as a serial in 1833–34 in Fraser's Magazine, and you can read the aforementioned Chapter X. The Dandiacal Body here as well as Chapter XI. on Tailors. Check out Pelham; 'The adventures of a gentleman' by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.  Watch The Picture of Dorian Gray, the 1945 film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel here for free. It has of course been adapted for film & tv many times, you'll find a review of Massimo Dallamano's 1970 version set in Swinging London over on Dreams Are What Le Cinema Is For. And finally, no matter what they say..Dandy, you're all right.


          New York — Fashion's Golden City 1967   

Most other fashion industries of the world rely for solvency on the American store buyer: New York itself can import the best from Paris, London and Rome, and exacts the utmost in professionalism from her own fashion industry. The enormous demand in rich America has made New York the financial centre of world fashion, considers Cherry Twiss.





MINI-SKIRTED velvet doublet and orange hose photographed at the Electric Circus. Note: This particular photograph was chosen as the magazine cover shot for the seven page fashion report from New York contained within, but apart for the previous brief description which I found in the contents section, there were no other details included about it. However, I'm pretty sure that it is the work of the designer Diana Dew, which was available from the boutique at the Electric Circus. I've uploaded an illustrated example of her design from a print advert for the Electric Circus Store below, also from December 1967.




Muttonchop Dress in brown crepe and brown velvet by Diana Dew, available from the boutique at the Electric Circus, December 1967.




THE STRAIGHT SHIFT—another New York basic—is given a bosom-revealing top, by Rudi Gernreich, the originator of the topless swimsuit. A transparent caramel silk crepe bodice joins a lined wool skirt crepe skirt. Its lines are almost as pure as those of the suspension wires scanning the skyline of Brooklyn Bridge (Most shops ordered this dress with the bodice lined).



RUDI GERNREICH is so highly thought of that his clothes are donated to museums of modern art in the United States. This short silk apron dress, above, by him, the apron in a contrasting print, is supported by some of the ever-increasing youth of the Puerto Rican section of Harlem.




NEW YORK fashion is personified by the dazzling pink crepe dress above — dead simple and an obvious choice for the casually chic. It was designed by Leo Narducci, who specialises in the middle price range. It is coolly at home even in this no-women, no-whites atmosphere of a Harlem pool-room. The ''little dress'' is an American forte.





THE CONSPICUOUS EAST frames the long printed silk crepe shift above by Oscar de la Renta, the newest star in the New York design firmament. His design holds it's own with the ultra-violet lighting and psychedelic murals of the Electric Circus, New York's swingiest discotheque, in the East Village. The stimulants are drugs — the Circus is strictly non-alcoholic. The constantly changing colour films projected on ceilings and walls — stretched with jersey stockinette — and flickering strobe lighting give the illusion of being ''turned on''. Note: Although uncredited in the magazine, I believe this to be a photograph of the Electric Circus mural artist 'Louis Delsarte' alongside the model, surrounded by his work, on the stairway to the entrance of the club.




TUNIC AND SHORTS above, in wool, are by Oscar de la Renta, and typify the present classic's-can-swing trend of New York clothes. De la Renta's clothes are worn by the '''best dressed'' set, who like the Europeanised approach. These were photographed in the easy-going atmosphere of a Sunday game of boule in the Italian district.





MINI CULOTTES, above, by sportswear manufacturers like Ginori have invaded the American scene. Designed in brown twill, this whole outfit, from gaucho hat to the thigh boots, is clearly influenced by London. Only a confident pedestrian would take as background the intertwined overpasses of highways to and from Manhattan, the nerve centre of New York.





THE SHIRT DRESS, the New York classic stand-by, is softened and romanticised, above, by Donald Brooks in white organza strewn with organza tulips. The wind-blown look was caused by the arrival of of the half-hourly helicopter from John F. Kennedy Airport on the roof of the Pan American building, towering majestically over Park Avenue in the heart f New York. This service, scheduled to connect with Pan Am flights, speeds travel-worn passengers between airport and city centre in minutes.




AMERICANISED KIMONO, above, was designed by Chester Weinberg, whose clothes are an essential buy for hundreds of upper-income shoppers throughout the states. His reputation is based on his ability to create truly American designs out of ideas from all over the world. Doubly stating this dress's Americanisation is the blatantly Broadway atmosphere of the Fun City night-club, where scantily clad showgirls frug incessantly in large windows on the corner of Broadway and Times Square.



                                                            IMAGE CREDITS & LINKS
All images scanned by Sweet Jane from The Daily Telegraph Magazine, December 8th 1967, from an original editorial by Cherry Twiss, all photographs by Horn/Griner. Hair throughout is by Marc Sinclair of New York, Jewellery by Ken Lane and Sant Angelo, Shoes by David Evans, Golo, Hebert Levine and I. Miller, Stockings by Bewitching, Make-up by Revlon, Gloves and scarves by Sant Angelo, model uncredited. You can view one of my previous posts which also featured the Electric Circus as the backdrop to a fashion shoot here and discover more about it's creator Jerry Brandt here, and on The Bowery Boys: New York City History blog here, there are several posts about the club and various other New York venues on the excellent ''It's All The Streets You Crossed Not So Long Ago' blog as well as 'what can be retrieved from the Grateful Dead's weekend at the Electric Circus and an attempt to look at the club itself' here. Discover further information about 'Louis Delsarte' the artist who painted the murals inside the club and on the stairway featured in the photograph above on his website. Another iconic and long lost St Marks Place landmark in the form of the Limbo St Marks boutique "the East Village clothier of the 'tuned-in' generation." here, And finally, some rare psychedelic footage filmed inside the Electric Circus club here.


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Paul Zens can teach you all about history.

Asian history. European history. American history. If it’s got a past, he can teach it, the North Dakota State University graduate says. 

But French? Pas du tout!

The 26-year-old Alexandria, Minn., native knows zero, zip, non French.

Still, as a substitute teacher, Zens recently had to stand in front of a class of French students at Fargo North High School.

Fortunately, all he had to do was stand, take attendance, then escort the students to another room for a lecture on Scandinavia.

“The only (classes) I don’t substitute in are band or music,” Zens said. “It’s exciting. A different thing every day. Hopefully, it leads me to a full-time job in the district.”

Zens and others like him are getting harder to find in Fargo-Moorhead. There’s a shortage of substitute teachers and paraprofessionals in area districts.

The three big school districts need 100 to 120 substitutes daily for teachers, paraprofessionals and other jobs to cover illnesses, teacher training, emergencies and other absences.

But with the robust economy – and lots of full-time teacher hiring locally – the substitute ranks often fall seven to 15 positions short a day in each district, officials at Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead public schools say.

“It is harder to get the jobs filled, absolutely,” said Kristin Dehmer, executive director of human resources for Moorhead School District. “Everyone is having concerns right now”

Sheryl Lehman, director of human relations for Fargo School District, says enrollment growth is a plus and a minus. More classrooms need more full-time teachers, but that depletes substitute ranks.

“We’re large school districts all competing for the same pool of substitute teachers. That becomes difficult,” Lehman said.

The West Fargo School District expects to add 500 students a year for several years. Fargo expects about 200 students a year for the foreseeable future. Moorhead, too, is planning for growth at all levels, and is preparing to ask taxpayers to build a new elementary school, an addition to Horizon Middle School, and, in time, to either renovate Moorhead High or build a new school.

West Fargo Human Resources Director Robin Hill is deeply familiar with the annual scramble to put teachers in front of classes as it’s opened several new schools and expanded others. West Fargo has hired 70 to 90 new teachers a year for several years, she said.

“We create more demand (for substitutes) by adding staff. And then we do hire a lot of people that have been successful substitute teachers for us,” she said.

“We do struggle on a daily basis. We hope as spring is approaching that there will be fewer absences due to illnesses. It gets to be pretty critical over the winter months,” Hill said.

Widespread shortages

The shortage of substitute teachers is not limited to the F-M area. Minnesota and North Dakota see shortages statewide.

Janet Welk, executive director of the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board, said chronic shortages of substitutes has led to looser licensing requirements.

In 2001, the education requirement went from being a fully prepared teacher to holding a bachelor’s degree and getting a letter from a school district saying it needs the individual as a substitute, Welk said.

A year ago, the rules were relaxed further. Now, a substitute needs just 48 hours of post-secondary credit – two years of college – plus the letter from a school district, Welk said.

Welk said North Dakota is graduating fewer teachers, even as student numbers have grown in the Oil Patch and large cities.

“When I started in this position in 1998, we were issuing right around 800 licenses to in-state grads every year. Now, it’s down to about 600,” Welk said.

In 1994, there were 816 graduates who had completed all the requirements for a teaching degree. In 2013, there were 660, and that was a blip upward. In 2012, there were 588 teaching graduates, and in 2011, 591, Welk said.

Now North Dakota relies heavily on teachers moving here from other states.

This school year, 298 North Dakota grads have been issued two-year teaching licenses, while 301 licenses went to out-of-state teachers, Welk said.

In the 2013-14 school year, 586 teaching licenses went to North Dakota grades, while 590 went to out-of-state applicants.

“We’re expecting 3,000 more students in the Bismarck system in the next five years,” Welk said. “I don’t know where we’re going to get our teachers.”

Minnesota Public Radio recently reported that fewer people are entering teaching in that state, too.

The number of licenses awarded to graduates of Minnesota’s state teacher preparation programs dropped 7 percent from 2008 to 2013, according to Minnesota Department of Education data.

Overall, the number of people who finished teacher preparation programs fell by 723 from 2009 to 2011, a 16 percent drop, MPR reported.

A strong economy and expanding opportunities for college grads in other fields, such as technology, make teaching less competitive, Welk said.

Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead public schools pay $100 a day for substitutes. Moorhead pays $115 a day if a retired Moorhead teacher subs.

Fargo and West Fargo also have bonus systems to reward teachers who take multiple substitute jobs, Hill and Lehman said.

All of the school districts reach out to the region’s colleges to recruit grads with education degrees.

December grads may not get a full-time teaching contract right away, but substitute teaching can pile up experience and show off talent, Lehman said.

Picking up a substitute teaching job can be as easy as picking up a smart phone.

Zens has an app on his phone that puts jobs one touch away. If he likes an offer, one tap on his screen seals the deal.

“Most of the time, my jobs are lined up a week in advance,” Zens said. “You don’t have to do a whole lot of hunting” for work.

Have license, will travel

For Brandy Haugen, the substitute experience has been good, though she’d much prefer to work full time as a teacher.

After directing a Moorhead High School social studies class to watch a short film, Haugen talked about her substitute teaching experience. She said being licensed in Minnesota and North Dakota expands her options.

But full-time social studies teaching jobs are hard to find. There are open posts for teachers in math, the sciences and some specialty areas, but social studies is a crowded field, the Fargo woman said.

“I’m waiting for something to open,” the 24-year-old said.

“I check Fargo. I check Moorhead. I check West Fargo. I check all the way to Fergus Falls,” Haugen said. “It’s just a waiting game. Everything is ready to go, waiting on that one position.”

Originally printed in "Robust Economy, Lots of Hiring, Thin Substitute Teacher Ranks in Region" by InFourm.

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           Expression of the skeletal muscle dystrophin–dystroglycan complex and syntrophin-nitric oxide synthase complex is severely affected in the type 2 diabetic Goto–Kakizaki rat    
Mulvey, Claire and Harno, Erika and Keenan, Alan and Ohlendieck, Kay (2005) Expression of the skeletal muscle dystrophin–dystroglycan complex and syntrophin-nitric oxide synthase complex is severely affected in the type 2 diabetic Goto–Kakizaki rat. European Journal of Cell Biology, 84 (11). pp. 867-883. ISSN 0171-9335
          Dalrymple, Badlands NGL Announce Largest Private Equity Project in State History   
By ND Governor's Office
Governor Jack Dalrymple along with William Jeffrey Gilliam, CEO of Badlands NGL, LLC, today announced the development of a North Dakota manufacturing plant that will convert ethane, a byproduct of natural gas processing, into polyethylene which is used to make a wide variety of end-use consumer and industrial plastics.
 
Badlands NGL, LLC, and its partners expect to invest $4 billion to build the polyethylene manufacturing facility in North Dakota. The project will be the largest private investment in state history.
 
“This project is fully aligned with our goals to reduce flaring, add value to our energy resources right here in North Dakota and create diverse job opportunities across the state,” Dalrymple said.  “By advancing the responsible development of our energy resources and by adding value to all of our resources, the opportunities in North Dakota are boundless.”
 
Joining Dalrymple and Gilliam for the announcement were Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, both of whom serve with Dalrymple on the North Dakota Industrial Commission which regulates the state’s energy industry.  Sen. John Hoeven also participated in the announcement which was held at the state Capitol in Bismarck.
 
"The role of the Industrial Commission in helping the Badlands’ project come together reflects the Commission's mission to promote oil and gas production in a manner that prevents waste and protects the rights of mineral owners," Goehring said. “When completed, this project by itself has the potential to reduce most of the flaring of natural gas in our state.  That’s real progress and good news for North Dakota.”
 
The value-added manufacturing plant will tap into North Dakota’s abundant supplies of liquid natural gas to source ethane.  The facility will convert ethane gas to low density and high density plastics which are used to make a wide range of end products for consumers and industry.  The facility will be able to produce 1.5 million metric tons of polyethylene, or 3.3 billion pounds annually, and will employ 500 highly trained people in manufacturing, marketing, administrative, safety, financial and executive positions. The project will take at least three years for full development.
 
“This is a good example of what we can accomplish by adding value to our energy resources,” Stenehjem said. “This plant will not only help us reduce the flaring of natural gas, but it will also create new, high-paying jobs and further diversify our state economy.”
 
Badlands intends to market the majority of the polyethylene products domestically, but product will also find its way to markets in Asia, South America and Europe.  Project developers say that the plant’s location in North Dakota will enable them to efficiently ship to world markets from the Pacific Northwest and from Atlantic ports.
 
“Badlands is proud to bring this manufacturing facility to North Dakota,” Gilliam said. “We are committed to maximizing the value of Bakken ethane for producers, their midstream partners and all gas processors. This facility is the solution needed to add value to North Dakota’s ethane supply and make it a commercially marketable product.  In doing so, there will actually be a market advantage for North Dakota polyethylene products.
 
“North Dakota elected officials and agencies have provided Badlands with by far the most business-friendly and pro-development environment in the United States, Gilliam said. “We have been fortunate to attract many of North Dakota’s leading business and community leaders as Badlands investors, and we continue to discuss debt and equity capital markets needs with major financial institutions.”
 
In developing the world-class manufacturing plant, Badlands is working with two strategic partners, Tecnicas Reunidas, or “TR” (www.tecnicasreunidas.es), which is based in Madrid, Spain, as well as Vinmar Projects (www.vinmar.com/projects/) of Houston, Texas. TR, one of the largest petrochemicals and polymers contractors in the world, is completing a preliminary engineering analysis for Badlands. This work is scheduled for completion in 2014 and will include technology evaluations, engineering and planning, and final site selection. 
 
Vinmar provides services in support of project finance for the development partners.  Vinmar and Badlands have signed a mutually binding, 15-year memorandum of understanding for 100 percent of the polyethylene to be produced by the Badlands project. 
 
Badlands NGL, LLC is a Delaware limited liability company. Principals and strategic partners of Badlands have considerable experience in development, construction and management of operations that convert natural gas liquid into polyolefin products.

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          The Curious, Stressful Life of a US Military Drone Pilot   
By Jason Keobler for Motherboard
In a hangar at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, a 23-year-old soldier named Matthew stands in front of a plane he’s flown dozens, perhaps hundreds of times over Afghanistan, Iraq, perhaps Yemen or the Philippines, even parts of Europe. Except, he’s never physically been over any of those places, and he’s never been inside the plane.
 
Matthew, a drone pilot, has been on the front lines for the last three years without traveling more than 20 minutes from the nearest Walmart. His drone, the Global Hawk, is a surveillance and support plane—it isn’t armed, but it’s flying over many of the same places Predator drones are, and then, really, a few more.
 
“You can’t find a conflict where there’s not a Global Hawk nearby,” Paul Bauman, commander of Matthew's squad, told me.
 
That means there’s plenty of work for Matthew and his fellow pilots, and it also means that on Monday, he could be flying in Iraq near an Islamic State hotspot, Tuesday he could be playing basketball with his friends, and Wednesday he might be in Afghanistan. Thursday, he could be in Syria or Somalia or anywhere, really.
 
In most cases, Matthew or someone else takes control of a Global Hawk that is stationed halfway across the world. In others, he flies the ones located on base—they can fly from here to near the southern tip of South America and back without refueling.
 
Earlier this week, the USAF allowed me to talk to Bauman and several other soldiers involved in the United States' drone support program. Though the interviews were spontaneous and not pre-vetted, my tour of the base was tightly scheduled and tightly controlled.
 
I agreed to use the pilots' first names only in exchange for a look at what is, probably, the world's most extreme office job.
 
“They leave their house, drive three minutes, and walk into a metal box and it’s like walking into central command or Pacific command or another theatre,” Bauman said. “You fly your mission and walk out of the box, and you’re back in North Dakota.”
 
In other words, Matthew and his fellow pilots have no idea what conflict they're going to be involved in, or where that conflict is going to be, until hours before they're scheduled to fly. They are briefed, obviously, and Matthew told me that he "absolutely" knows what country he's flying in at any given moment, but noted that he could work with one team one day and not work with them again for months.
 
“It takes a certain kind of person to say ‘I just had dinner, but I’m ready to go,’” Matthew told me. “I’m in a position where I could do harm to someone on the ground or not provide that support someone needs. Their life is on the line. We take it very seriously, and we come in with our game face on.”
 
Maybe a small part of that seriousness comes from standing next to the Global Hawk, which is far larger and flies at far higher altitudes than the Predator. Though it has no pilot, if you hollowed out the inside, you could throw plenty of people in there; it’s nearly as large as a Boeing 747, and it’s far larger than I had imagined. It’s black and sleek and it can fly halfway around the world on one trip.
 
And most of those missions are flown out of here, in North Dakota. The base, in fact, doesn’t fly any manned missions and hasn’t since 2010. Bauman says that when it became clear drones were the future of the Air Force, the base wanted to stay on the cutting edge and transitioned to flying drones exclusively.
 
At the moment, it’s the only place in the United States where the classic Predator drone, the newer MQ-9 Predator (or “Reaper” drone), and the Global Hawk are all flown.
 
So now, the front lines of the various wars the United States has found itself engaged in extends out to Grand Forks, mentally, at least. What does that mean for people like Matthew and two other drone pilots I spoke to, Ryan and Brad? Both of them said that, well, it's kinda weird that they don't know what conflict they're going to be involved in until just hours beforehand.
 
You come home and have dinner with your wife and family and, well, you can't tell them anything about what happened. 
 
Well, who the hell knows. Just as the military has experimented with the mental health of thousands of troops overseas, it’s now experimenting with the mental health of soldiers on its domestic bases, ones who might be with their spouses and children during the day and engaged in war at night.
 
In fact, a study published last year by the Department of Defense suggested that drone pilots suffer from post traumatic stress disorder in much the same way as soldiers on the ground. An Air Force survey initially found that they experience anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and nine other psychiatric disorders at rates higher than those with other Air Force support roles, but once adjusted for age and other factors, the rates were similar. Other studies are ongoing.
 
“In some ways it’s harder. If you have a tough day—for whatever reason—all that stuff, the mission, is classified,” one former Air National Guard soldier, who helped command a Predator squadron, told me. “So, you come home and have dinner with your wife and family and, well, you can’t tell them anything about what happened.”
 
Ryan said that he’s a “step back” from the front lines because he’s not actually pushing the button to fire a missile. The Predator commander told me that many of those pilots take solace in the fact that they’re merely following flight orders, not making the call to pull the trigger, a decision made overseas.
 
But what if he were? There are hundreds of other pilots who do, in fact, discharge weapons and then return home to their families, day after day, year after year.
 
Bauman says that all drone pilots are given the same access to counseling and mental health support as all other soldiers, but aren't given any sort of specific, specialized support.
 
Talking to Matthew, it seems as though he understands the gravity of the work that he's doing.
 
"It’s very stressful. You can have a 90 percent slow-paced, average mission. Then, if something goes wrong, it's game on," he said. "I’m in charge of a very expensive aircraft over a bunch of people who could die. It’s in no way as trivial as a video game."


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          SLS Recruitment : Pre-sales Adviser (Colchester, Essex)   
£21000 Per Annum OTE, Basic Plus Commission: SLS Recruitment : We are working on behalf of one of the UK’s top, award winning “online estate agency of the year” recently featured in the FT 1000 Europe’s fastest growing companies and previously seen within the Sunday times tech track 100 as the “ones to watch”. Colchester
           Assessing the Role of Open Source Software in the European Secondary Software Sector: A Voice from Industry    
Agerfalk, Par J. and Deverell, Andrea and Fitzgerald, Brian and Morgan, Lorraine (2005) Assessing the Role of Open Source Software in the European Secondary Software Sector: A Voice from Industry. In: 1st International Conference on Open Source Software, 11-15 July 2005, Genoa, Italy.
           Convex Cones, Lyapunov Functions, and the Stability of Switched Linear Systems    
Shorten, Robert N. and Mason, Oliver and Wulff, Kai (2005) Convex Cones, Lyapunov Functions, and the Stability of Switched Linear Systems. In: Switching and Learning in Feedback Systems : European Summer School on Multi-Agent Control, Maynooth, Ireland, September 8-10, 2003, Revised Lectures and Selected Papers. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (3355). Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 31-46. ISBN 9783540244578
           EU Participation in the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: Some Constitutional Remarks    
Ferri, Delia (2005) EU Participation in the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: Some Constitutional Remarks. European Diversity and Autonomy Papers EDAP, 3. pp. 1-34. ISSN 1827-8361
           'For a better Spain and a fairer Europe': A re-examination of the Spanish Blue Division in its Social, Cultural and Policital context 1941-2005    
Hall, Vaux J. (2005) 'For a better Spain and a fairer Europe': A re-examination of the Spanish Blue Division in its Social, Cultural and Policital context 1941-2005. Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
          Overseas equities to outperform   
Investors see European, emerging market stocks gaining
          In Germany, echoes from the past    
With thousands of sombre-hued concrete slabs representing the millions that were massacred during the Holocaust, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin is also a reflection of post-war ...
           State Reconstruction in Spatially Distributed BioProcess Systems using Reduced Order Models: Application to the Gluconic Acid Production.    
García, Míriam R. and Vilas, Carlos and Banga, Julio R. and Lyubenova, Velislava N. and Ignatova, Maya N. and Alonso, Antonio A. (2005) State Reconstruction in Spatially Distributed BioProcess Systems using Reduced Order Models: Application to the Gluconic Acid Production. Decision and Control, 2005 and 2005 European Control Conference. CDC-ECC '05. 44th IEEE Conference on : ISBN 0-7803-9567-0 . pp. 6256-6261.
           Modelling 802.11 Wireless Links    
Duffy, Ken R. and Malone, D.W. and Leith, D. J. (2005) Modelling 802.11 Wireless Links. Proceedings of the 44th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, and the European Control Conference 2005 Seville, Spain. CDC-ECC '05. ISBN 0780395670 . pp. 6952-6957.
           Assessment of a Combined Offshore Renewable Energy Resource for Ireland    
Nolan, Gary and Ringwood, John (2005) Assessment of a Combined Offshore Renewable Energy Resource for Ireland. In: 6th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, 6th EWTEC, August 29 - September 2 2005, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
           Nonlinear Control Design for a Plasma Process    
Iordanov, Petar and Ringwood, John and Doherty, Sean (2005) Nonlinear Control Design for a Plasma Process. 44th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and the European Control Conference, 2005. pp. 2380-2385.
          Obama urges end to division in childhood home Indonesia   
“It is very important here in Indonesia, the United States, Europe, everywhere, to fight against the politics of 'us and them',” he said.
           Flow Label Filtering Feasibility    
McGann, Orla and Malone, David (2005) Flow Label Filtering Feasibility. In: EC2ND 2005. Proceedings of the First European Conference on Computer Network Defence, December 15, 2005, School of Computing, University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK.
          Can the European Left Save Itself? The Laura Flanders Show asks Helena Sheehan and Natalie Jeffers…   

Irish author Helena Sheehan recently traveled to the United States for a tour of her new book, The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left. There, she appeared, with Natalie Jeffers, Black Lives Matter UK activist, on The Laura Flanders Show to discuss whether social movements can actually stick to their promises after they’re elected to power—and what might be learned from Greece’s current government of Syriza, which ran against austerity and ended up imposing it.… | more…


          Landscape Fine Art Photography, Europe, "Reflection" by International Photographer Kit Hedman   
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           Perceptual Centre correlates in Evoked Potentials    
Soraghan , C. and Ward, T. and Villing, R. and Timoney, Joseph (2005) Perceptual Centre correlates in Evoked Potentials. In: 3rd European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference EMBEC'05 and IFMBE European Conference on Biomedical Engineering, 2005, Prague, Czech Republic.
           Dynamic Hybrid Strategy Models for Networked Mulitplayer Games    
McCoy, Aaron and McLoone, Seamus and Ward, Tomas and Delaney, Declan (2005) Dynamic Hybrid Strategy Models for Networked Mulitplayer Games. In: 19th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation (ECMS 2005), 1-4th June 2005, Riga, Latvia.
           A USB Interfaced Motion Capture Sensor, Using Tri-Axis Magnetic/Inertial Sensors For Use In Kinematic Studies    
Foody, J. and Mathews, F. and Kumar, D. and Markham, C. and Ward, T. and Caulfield, B. (2005) A USB Interfaced Motion Capture Sensor, Using Tri-Axis Magnetic/Inertial Sensors For Use In Kinematic Studies. In: 3rd European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference EMBEC'05 and IFMBE European Conference on Biomedical Engineering, 2005, Prague, Czech Republic.
           Social Support Networks in impoverished European neighbourhoods: Case studies from Italy and Ireland    
Corcoran, Mary and Olagnero, Manuela and Meo, Antonella (2005) Social Support Networks in impoverished European neighbourhoods: Case studies from Italy and Ireland. European Societies, 7 (1). pp. 53-79.
           Spatial Development of Europe's North Western Periphery: implications of ESPON results    
Walsh, Jim (2005) Spatial Development of Europe's North Western Periphery: implications of ESPON results. In: Espon Seminar, February 22-23, 2005, Queen's University, Belfast.
           Teaching engineering design through Lego Mindstorms    
Ringwood, John and Monaghan, Karl and Maloco, John (2005) Teaching engineering design through Lego Mindstorms. European Journal of Engineering Education, 30 (1). pp. 91-104.
          Marc Diakiese Discusses Decision to Move to American Top Team   

By FCF Staff

Marc Diakiese became one of Europe’s top lightweight prospects via his training and life in England, but earlier this year, “Bonecrusher” decided to make the move to American Top Team in Florida. Why?

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           Christianity and Europe    
Henry, Martin (2005) Christianity and Europe. Irish Theological Quarterly, 70 (2). p. 132.
          54 SINGS 1776, Kyle Dean Massey, Samantha Barks and More Coming Up at Feinstein's/54 Below This July   

This July, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.

Scroll down for details, and to purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551.


RED, WHITE, AND BROADWAY: PATRIOTIC SONGS FROM BROADWAY MUSICALS! JULY 1 AT 7:00PM:

Join Dream Theater Productions as they kick off the Fourth of July weekend with patriotic songs from classic Broadway musicals. Featuring songs, old and new, from Assassins, The Civil War, Hair, Rags and many others. Red, White, and Broadway features a cast of young, up and coming talent just starting out on their American Dreams!

Featuring Alex Birchwale, Stephanie Anne Christian, Shannon Doyle, Kate Glennon, Rashad Guy, Hunter Kovacs, Zach Miller, Erica Morreale, Alexandra Vecchio, and Matt Weinstein.

$35-45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

54 SINGS DOONESBURY, JULY 2 AT 7:00PM:

Garry Trudeau's iconic characters come to life onstage in the satirical musical comedy Doonesbury, by Trudeau and Tony-nominated composer Elizabeth Swados. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip, this musical follows Mike Doonesbury and his pals as they get ready to graduate, leave their cozy Walden College enclave, and face the real world. The biting and tuneful satire of Doonesbury is more relevant than ever in 2017. Produced and directed by Mark Falconer, with musical direction by Will Buck (Oh, Brother! at Feinstein's/54 Below.)

Featuring original cast members of the 1983 broadway production Rachel Rhodes-Devey (Carousel at Lincoln Center, Most Happy Fella at Encores!), Colleen Hawks (The Boy From Oz, Shrek the Musical), Ron Spivak (Oh, Brother!, Mademoiselle Colombe, Henry, Sweet Henry), Kenny Metzger (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), John Jarrad Klapko (Oh, Brother!), Lendsey Kersey (The Mistress Cycle), Philip Jackson Smith (The Rage: Carrie 2, An Unauthorized Musical Parody in Concert), Eric Williams (Full House! The Musical!), Heath Saunders (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), and Stephanie Jae Park (War Paint).

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Jennifer DiNoia, JULY 2 AT 9:30PM:

Jennifer DiNoia, currently starring as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, makes her Feinstein's/54 below and New York City solo concert debut. Jennifer has performed the role of Elphaba in seven companies across four countries, more than any other actress in the show's history (Broadway, Chicago, both North American National Tours, London, Korea, and Australia). Having started her career with the First National Tour of Mamma Mia! and the original company of We Will Rock You in Las Vegas, Jennifer will be sharing the stories and tunes that inspired her along the way. Jennifer leads us on a rock-driven musical journey that spans the 1930s to today, with updated arrangements by Ben Cohn. Personal, poignant, and electrifying, this is an evening of music you won't want to miss.

$35-45 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

54 SINGS 1776, JULY 3-4 AT 7PM & 9:30PM:

The Fourth of July meets Broadway in the fourth annual concert staging of the beloved musical, 1776, at Feinstein's/54 Below. Showcase your patriotism with some of Broadway's brightest stars singing numbers such as "Sit Down, John," "He Plays The Violin," "Molasses To Rum" and more, as we celebrate the great sacrifices our friends, family, and founding fathers have made to shape our nation. Feinstein's/54 Below is delighted to wave the American flag proudly at this most beloved Broadway score as some of New York's most exciting voices proffer these uniquely American tunes. Join AbiGail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Martha Jefferson, and John Adams as they descend upon the stage for what promises to be the perfect theatrical fit for the Fourth of July. Music direction by Geraldine Anello. Produced by Amy Sapp. Directed by Matt Redmond.

Featuring Kyle Scatliffe (The Color Purple, Les Miserables), Carrie St. Louis (Wicked, Rock of Ages), Kyle Timson (Shrek in International Tour of Shrek), Ryan Vona (Paramour, Once), Michael McCorry Rose (Wicked, A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder), Sam Hartley (The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical), Kim McClay (I'll Be Home for Christmas World Premiere), Wade McCollum (Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, Wicked), Alex Prakken (Newsies National Tour), Connor F. Deane (Les Miserables at the MUNY, Broadway Method Academy Executive Director), Michael Hull (Avenue Q, That Golden Girls Show), Ben Biggers (Elementary on CBS, Aida at the MUNY), Jordan Jacobs (Peter and the Starcatcher at Oklahoma CityRep), and Nathan Goodrich (The Fantasticks).

$25-45 cover charge. $60-70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Nancy Anderson: TEN CENTS A DANCE, JULY 5 AT 7PM:

Let Nancy Anderson take you back to a time when speakeasies were born and jazz was king. With Ross Patterson and his little big band, Nancy, fresh off Broadway's Sunset Boulevard (where she understudied Glenn Close), revisits her critically acclaimed debut album Ten Cents a Dance in a nightclub uniquely appropriate to her quintessential jazz-age take on enduring classics by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. Nancy Anderson is a multiple-time Drama Desk Award nominee who has appeared in such Broadway shows as A Class Act, Wonderful Town, and Sunset Boulevard. Her show, Nancy Anderson: Ten Cents a Dance, is produced and directed by Scott Siegel.

$35-45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

JOAN VÁZQUEZ- SOMETHING'S COMING: A TRIBUTE TO SONDHEIM, JULY 5 AT 9:30PM:

Joan Vázquez, star of the Spanish productions of Merrily We Roll Along, Hair, and Mamma Mia!, makes his Feinstein's/54 Below debut in Something's Coming: A Tribute To Sondheim after his West End debut at Live at Zédel. Accompanying himself on piano, Joan celebrates music theatre genius Stephen Sondheim with legendary songs such as "Losing My Mind", "Finishing the Hat", "Send in the Clowns" and "Being Alive", while delivering Mr. Sondheim's witty quotes on the state of the art, love, and life. Don't miss this solo show by the new guy in town performing in the style of recent actor-musician Sondheim productions on Broadway.

Featuring special guests Natalie Weiss and Trey Ellet.

$25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Carole J. Bufford: THE FEARLESS FEMALES OF THE 1960S, JULY 6 AT 7PM:

With music made famous by Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield, Tina Turner, Carole King, Lesley Gore and more! Carole J. Bufford returns to Feinstein's/54 Below with the debut of her brand new show, "You Don't Own Me," celebrating the songstresses of the 1960s. Putting her own inimitable spin on these classics, Carole will delve into and celebrate a time of great change and transition in America and across the pond. The musical and cultural landscape was never the same after these bold and daring women planted their flags and ensured their voices were heard.

$25-45 cover charge. $60-75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

THE REAL LA LA LAND, WITH Renee Olstead, DAVE DAMIANI & THE NO VACANCY ORCHESTRA, JULY 6 AT 9:30PM:

The Real La La Land is a musical revue from the perspective of the former jazz club bartender/singing waiter turned band leader Dave Damiani. Like Ryan Gosling's character in the film, Dave Damiani and his group of young talented jazz musicians are in pursuit of bringing back the class, style, and swagger of places like the 500 Club, The Copacabana, Copa Lounge, and The Cocoanut Grove. With stories of actual successes and failures working for such musicians as Michael Buble', Justin Timberlake, The Jersey Boys, Steve Tyrell, and more... this show will warm your heart with the true experience of being a working musician and singer in the jazz community in Los Angeles. This amazing quartet will perform songs from great artists such as Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, Dean Martin, Nat "King" Cole, Johnny Mercer, The Beatles, and many more!

Featuring Renee Olstead (vocalist & actress, Warner Brothers, David Foster, Unfriended, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Dave Damiani (vocalist & bandleader, Sinatra 100, Polo Ralph Lauren), Bijon Watson (trumpet player from La La Land, Michael Bublé & Natalie Cole), Graham Dechter (guitarist from La La Land, Michael Bublé & The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra), and Alex Frank (bassist from the film Jersey Boys).

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Christine Andreas, JULY 7, 11, 14, & 15 AT 7PM:

Celebrate Edith Piaf... brought to life in the words of her friends, her triumphs and her music. An extraordinary portrait in song, performed in French and English... "La Vie En Rose," "Hymne a L'Amour," "L'Accordeoniste," "Milord," et "Je Ne Regrette Rien.'"

$50-60 cover charge. $85 VIP seating. $95-100 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

THE PERKS OF BEING A SNOWFLAKE: SONGS BY BILLY RECCE, JULY 7 @ 9:30PM

He's offensive, he's irreverent, and he can't buy liquor! Billy Recce (NYMF's youngest ever composer for Balloon Boy: The Musical, Rachel Unraveled) makes his Feinstein's/54 Below debut in an evening of outrageous, irreverent, and bitingly satirical musical theatre songs about what it means to be young, idealistic, and emotionally vulnerable in America. Often compared to a young Tom Lehrer, nineteen-year-old Recce's songs are tuneful and poignant, shamelessly laughing in the faces of Betsy DeVos, Neo-Nazis, Tomi Lahren and beyond. Joined by a colorful cluster of the country's most talented up-and-comers, an eight-piece band, and maybe even a few special guests, this "Yuge"-ly original song cycle is an unmissable event that'll trigger even the toughest snowflakes! A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the ACLU.

Featuring Patrick Swailles Caldwell (PharmaBro), Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Kinky Boots, Lysistrata Jones), Lynn Craig (Lazarus), Roger Dawley, Victoria Duffy, Alexa Joseph, Laura Laureano (Shrek), Sarah Rachel Lazarus, and Rachel Ravel.

$30-40 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

PORTER CARROLL, JR. & THE TAMBOURINE BAND, JULY 8 AT 7PM:

Porter Carroll, Jr., founder of Atlantic Starr, the rhythm and blues hit machine from the 70s and 80s, makes his Feinstein's/54 Below debut! Recently seen performing worldwide with Hall & Oates as their percussionist and vocalist, Porter Carroll, Jr., now brings to New York his own show, The Evolution of Cabaret. He will be joined by the amazing Wali Ali, Dave Livolsi, Erik Perez, and Danny Obadia. Featuring a tasty musical panoply that runs the gamut from rhythm and blues and improvisational jazz to soul, funk, blues, and rock & roll, this will be a concert to remember.

$40-50 cover charge. $85 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

FRANK SHINER, JULY 8 AT 9:30PM:

It's always a special night when singer Frank Shiner returns to Feinstein's/54 Below, and this show, Lonely Town, Lonely Street, promises to be his best yet. Taking its name from his new sophomore album, (produced by twelve-time Grammy winner Jay Newland) Shiner has put his stamp on some of the best blue-eyed soul classics of all time including songs by Elton John, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Randy Newman, The Rascals, Justin Timberlake, Amy Winehouse, Van Morrison, and others. His version of Tony Joe White's classic "Rainy Night In Georgia" has drawn raves from the songwriter himself, posting on Facebook and Twitter his fondness for Frank's version.

Featuring an all-star band including guitarist Sherrod Barnes (Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Earth Wind & Fire), keyboardist Eric Finland (Greg Allman, Michael McDonald), drummer Dan Weiner (house drummer for America's Got Talent, Wu Tang Clan), saxophonist Jay Rodriquez (Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle), and bassist Chris Anderson (Rachel Platten).

$30-40 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

54 SINGS GODSPELL, JULY 9 AT 7PM & 9:30PM:

Join us at Feinstein's/54 Below for a delightful evening featuring the songs of the beloved musical Godspell! In an unforgettable celebration of the Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak show, experience "Day By Day," "Beautiful City," "By My Side," "All For The Best," and "Learn Your Lessons Well" like you've never heard them before! Featuring an all-star cast, this concert is produced and directed by Nicole Lippey and A Work of Heart Productions. Music Directed by Adrian Ries.

Featuring Pablo Barajas, Matt Giroveanu, Melanie Beck, Joel De Candio, Alexandra Doman, Laura Laureano, Nicole Lippey, Carli Naff, Cadence Owensby, Taylor Patno, Adrian Ries, Jenna Rocca, and Danny Peter Smith.

$25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

BROADWAY GOES A CAPPELLA 2, JULY 10 AT 7PM:

After a sold-out debut, Broadway Goes A Cappella returns to Feinstein's/54 Below! Broadway and a cappella veterans come together for another very special performance of all new arrangements of classic and contemporary theatre songs, performed completely without instruments. Produced by Sam Strum. Concept & Musical Direction by Evan Feist.

Featuring: Atiles Sisters (2017 Aca Idol Champions), Miche Braden, Barry Carl (Rockapella), Harrison Chad (Caroline, or Change, Beauty and the Beast, Dora the Explorer), Amanda Cornaglia (FloVoice, Clear Harmonies), Evan Feist (FloVoice), Judy Fontana Minkoff (Stiletta, SingStrong), Tim Foust (Home Free), Charlie Friday (Clear Harmonies, Euphonism), Alex Green, Bryan Guffey, Candice Helfand-Rogers (Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, Broadway Inspirational Voices), Jamie Lee, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Rene Ruiz (Toxic Audio, Bastard Jones), Kaitlyn Sheehan Ramirez, Marc Silverberg, Adam Spiegel (Camp Rolling Hills, Cloned!), Eric Spiegel, Jeff Thacher (Rockapella), Bryant Vance (Rockapella, Vocalosity), Darryl Williams (Avenue X, After Midnight, A Cappella the Musical), Emily Young, Satellite Lane (2 time NY Harmony Sweeps Audience Favorite), CONNECT (ACAIdol Winner 2015 & 2016, NY Harmony Sweeps Winner), and Low Key (Gotham, Z100).

$40-50 cover charge. $80 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

WELL-STRUNG JULY 10 AT 9:30PM:

The all-male string quartet, Well Strung, has been receiving rave reviews at Feinstein's/ 54 Below and all over the world, and now they bring their brand new show to the venue in honor of Pride! A New York City based string quartet, the group derives their unique blend of vocals and strings by fusing classical music with the pop music of today. Members Edmund Bagnell (1st violin), Chris Marchant (2nd violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello), and Trevor Wadleigh (viola) spend their time making new music and touring internationally. The group was conceived by producer Mark Cortale and Chris Marchant.

$35-50 cover charge. $75-80 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Kyle Dean Massey, JULY 11, 13, & 15 AT 9:30PM:

Returning to Feinstein's/54 Below by popular demand, Kyle Dean Massey, star of Broadway's Next to Normal, Wicked, and Pippin, as well as the ABC series Nashville, looks back, not at the things that were, but at the things that weren't. Come listen to Kyle share songs he heard nightly but never sang himself, the ones he played on guitar or belted in the shower, the ones that made him dance or mended his broken heart ... all songs he was not able to share the way he wanted until now.

$35-50 cover charge. $75-85 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

54 SINGS MAN OF LA MANCHA, JULY 12 AT 7PM & 9:30PM:

Man of La Mancha is among the greatest of all Broadway musicals; its enduring appeal is marked by four Broadway revivals as well as productions all over the world that continue to this day. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical, made Richard Kiley a star, and has since been a star vehicle for the likes of Raul Julia and Brian Stokes Mitchell. But the show's greatest achievement is its magnificent score, highlighted by the classic hit song, "The Impossible Dream." In our concert version of the show, you will hear the remarkable story of how this show came to be, plus witness, in live performance, the exciting, rich, and vibrant songs that propelled this exquisite, emotionally towering saga into musical theater history. The concert version of Man of La Mancha is conceived, directed, and hosted by New York impresario Scott Siegel.

Featuring William Michals (South Pacific, The Scarlet Pimpernel), Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea), Bob Stillman (Two-time Tony nominee), and Anthony Santelmo, Jr.

$35-50 cover charge. $75-80 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Michael Lavine & FRIENDS, JULY 13 AT 7PM:

Broadway vocal coach, performer, and sheet music guru Michael Lavine is bringing his show Michael Lavine & Friends to the East Coast. He's done it five times all over Los Angeles with many stars, including Norm Lewis, Ellen Greene, Jack Noseworthy, Andrea Marcovicci, Daisy Eagan, Jason Graae, Vicki Lewis, and Jeff Marx. Join us as Michael hosts and tells fascinating stories about his work over the years with Broadway performers and writers, including Adolph Green, Sheldon Harnick, and Hugh Martin. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will go to The Actor's Fund.

Featuring special guests Mark Blowers, Steven Brinberg (Simply Barbra), Fay DeWitt (Niteclub Confidential), Tony Award Winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden), DiAnne Fraser, Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Les Miserables), Heather MacRae (Hair), Christine Pedi (NEWSical the musical), Tony Award Winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, Or Change), Clarke Thorell (Hairspray, Titanic), Sarah Wadsley, and Carol Weiss (Composer).

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

54 SINGS BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS, JULY 14 AT 9:30PM:

If you skip through cast albums just to hear the very best songs in each show, this is the nightclub concert event for you. If you love the classics of the Great White Way, come and hear the songs that made Broadway great, that made your heart soar, that you used to sing (maybe still do) in the shower! But at Feinstein's/54 Below, you will hear the greatest Broadway songs of all time performed by today's greatest stars, singing them straight up, the way you want to hear them. Produced, directed and hosted by Scott Siegel.

$35-55 cover charge. $75-90 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

A BROADWAY MUSICAL, BY Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, AND William F. Brown, JULY 16 AT 7PM & 9:30PM:

From idealistic playwrights to jaded theatre party ladies, from egotistical stars to meek directors, A Broadway Musical, written by the Tony Award-winning team behind Bye Bye Birdie, lovingly spoofs all those crazy people who make up that business called "show." In 1964, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams adapted Clifford Odets' play Golden Boy for Rat Packer, Sammy Davis, Jr. The trials and tribulations of creating Golden Boy became the springboard for Strouse and Adams' 1978 musical, A Broadway Musical. Despite a fantastic score, and a witty book by The Wiz's William F. Brown, A Broadway Musical closed on its opening night and has not been heard by New York audiences since that fateful performance in 1978. Now, for one night only, Feinstein's/54 Below will take everyone back to 1978 and give audiences a second chance to hear what only a few got to experience on December 21st, 1978 when we present A Broadway Musical in concert. Directed and Produced by Robert W. Schneider.

Starring Major Attaway (Aladdin), Glory Crampton (Rothschild & Sons), Clifton Davis (Aladdin, TV's Amen), Sarah Routh Ellis (A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder), Jason Graae (Forever Plaid & International Cabaret Artist), Kyle Scatliffe (The Color Purple), and Neva Small (Henry, Sweet Henry).

And starring from the original cast Gwen Arment, Maris Clement, Michael Kubala, and Larry Marshall (The Color Purple).

Also featuring Roger Dawley, Sean Green, Kyle Javon, Mychael Leverage, Lethabo Moffome, Paris Alexander Nesbitt, Ruby Shadley, Rebecca Spigelman, and Alexia Sielo.

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Eleanor Reissa, JULY 17 AT 7PM:

The soulful "Yiddish diva" Eleanor Reissa (currently on Broadway in the cast of Indecent) and the Grammy Award-winning "mystical high priest of New Wave Avant-Klez jazz" Frank London (just back from Havana where his Yiddish/Spanish opera premiered) have been inspiring each other and their audiences in widely-acclaimed concerts for over a decade. Finally appearing at Feinstein's/54 Below to celebrate their first collaborative album, Vilde Mekhaye (Wild Ecstasy), they are backed by London's Klezmer Brass All Stars, featuring the best of a new generation of Klezmer artists Michael Winograd, Brian Drye, Ron Caswell, Aaron Alexander, Brandon Seabrook and Patrick Farrell.

$25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

NEW MUSICAL: SWEETWATER BY Sean Mahoney AND Patricia Noonan, JULY 17 AT 9:30PM:

Join us at Feinstein's/54 Below for a high-flying evening featuring the songs of Sweetwater, the original, true story of the Women's Air Force Service pilots of World War II. In a one-night-only, unforgettable celebration of the new musical by Patricia Noonan (book and lyrics) and Sean Mahoney (music), experience the songs from this brand-new show for the first time in public! Featuring an all-star cast of Broadway regulars, come join us at Avenger Field for this truly epic story of sacrifice, honor, and duty in an America at war. Directed by Gina Rattan. Music Directed by Vadim Feichtner.

Featuring Ally Bonino, Hannah Elless, Alexandra Ferrara, Jessica Fontana, Jenn Gambatese, Alyse Alan Louis, Jillian Louis, Eric William Morris, Patricia Noonan, and Pearl Sun.

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

CHRIS NICOLOSI: I'M BACK BITCHES, JULY 18 AT 7PM:

Following his outrageous and mildly offensive album release show at Feinstein's/54 Below last fall, pint-sized NYC diva Chris Nicolosi is back, baby, whether you like it or not. As usual, Mr. Nicolosi will perform a stunningly eclectic setlist of pop/funk/r&b covers from his debut LP "Down with the Flippy Floppies" but - STOP THE PRESSES - he will also premiere some ORIGINAL music. And we're not just talking about his acclaimed Dunkin Donuts "Cold Brew Jam" co-written with his comedy partner Roo McGoo. Oh no folks, Chris is breaking out into legit songwriting, and there is no turning back. Will his storytelling rival that of Taylor Swift? Or will he go down in flames? Find out when Chris hits the stage with his funky band and special guests for a wacky and wild evening.

$25-35 cover charge. $50 VIP seating. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Daniel Koek, JULY 19 AT 7PM:

Daniel Koek is an international artist who has made a name for himself in London's West End, as well as Australia and some of the greatest theaters in Europe. An evening not to be missed, Daniel's show charts his transformation from SA Opera's Young Artist 2003 to one of Australia and the UK's best leading men. A sung-through timeline of Dan's career highlighting how a country boy with a big dream made it to the top! Produced by Megan Minutillo. Music direction by Dan Mertzlufft.

Daniel will be joined by special guests Betsy Struxness (Hamilton, Matilda) and Alicia Krakauer - with additional special guests soon to be announced!

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Meghan Murphy: THE BIG RED SHOW, JULY 19 AT 7:30PM:

Songstress powerhouse Meghan "Big Red" Murphy has taken the world by storm! Come see what all the fuss is about in an evening of songs, stories, sexiness, and sass by the diva herself! From pop to jazz, blues to folk, soul to showtunes, she'll sing 'em all and turn you into her next biggest fan! She's an old broad with a new twist. So come on down for a brassy, bawdy, boozy good time! Big voice. Big laughs. Big Red.

Joining Big Red is her long time accompanist Jimmy Morehead (Music Director of the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus; The Wiz, Theater Wit) on piano, Louis Tucci (Dear World, York Theater; A Comedy of Errors, Hartford Stage) on bass and guitar, and Jeff Roberts (Kinky Boots 1st Nat. Tour, Barrington Stage) on drums. Special guest star Michael Buchannan (The Book of Mormon 1st Nat. Tour, Broadway: The Addams Family, Crybaby) will also join.

$25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Savannah Frazier WITH SPECIAL GUESTS Aaron Young AND Kyle Scatliffe, JULY 20 AT 9:30PM:

Savannah Frazier (Amazing Grace, Wonderful Town) joyously makes her Feinstein's/54 Below solo concert debut. Come see this tall, gangly ingenue joined by some of her most talented special guest friends including Broadway's JacoB Smith (Frozen; Doctor Zhivago), Aaron Young (Fiddler On The Roof) and Kyle Scatliffe (Les Mis, The Color Purple, Big River). Savannah will dazzle you with tunes ranging from the classic "Will He Like Me?" and "My White Knight" to newer work from The Bridges of Madison County and Bright Star, to the comedic landscape of Sondheim's Company. Ever-Long: Tales from a Tall Ingenue and Other Short(er) Stories is a night of comedy and heart not to be missed!

$25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Samantha Barks, JULY 21-22 AT 7PM:

Samantha Barks makes her New York cabaret debut at Feinstein's/54 Below with 2 exclusive shows. After rising to fame as a contestant on BBC talent show I'd Do Anything in 2008, Samantha has wowed fans and critics alike with her stunning voice and captivating performances in film, theatre, and television. It was Barks' performance as Éponine in the West End production of Les Misérables, however, that led to her first movie credit, reprising the role in Tom Hooper's Oscar winning adaptation. Expect musical theatre classics and songs from Samantha's new album including "On My Own," "As Long as He Needs Me" and even some Disney as she makes her New York cabaret debut!

$65-75 cover charge. $85 VIP seating. $125-130 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

KATIE WELSH: THE EVOLUTION OF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL HEROINE, JULY 21 AT 9:30PM:

Katie Welsh returns to Feinstein's/54 Below in her brand new show, The Evolution of the Broadway Musical Heroine. In this evening of song, Katie travels through the decades, from the 1940s to the 2010s, on a quest to understand how Broadway's leading ladies have changed over time. For example, what makes a Rodgers & Hammerstein heroine different from a Sondheim heroine? How do our favorite female characters navigate the world of relationships in similar and different ways? Katie considers these questions as she sings songs from a range of beloved musicals, including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Bells Are Ringing, Anyone Can Whistle, Sweet Charity, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and many more.

$25-35 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

LADY AND THE VAMPS, JULY 22 AT 9:30PM:

Lady and the Vamps takes the stage with a "sex"tet of Manhattan's finest jazz musicians and a group of diversely talented performers for a sultry evening filled with guilty pleasures. Under the direction of Hope Echols Jarman (Vocals), and the musical direction of Yoonmi Choi (Piano), Ménage á Trios is a variety show that will keep you begging for "MORE!" Lady and the Vamps prides themselves on their technical abilities and musical versatility, breaking boundaries with their unique sound. Produced by the creative team that brought Salute the Troops to Feinstein's/54 Below last Memorial Day, Ménage à Trois will blur the lines of a promiscuous affair between colorful genres of music including sultry jazz standards like "Comes Love," to disco classics like "It's Raining Men" and chart topping hits like "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars.

For one night only at Feinstein's/54 Below, Tommy J. Wright will host this class act extravaganza with guest performances by Cenny Ray, Julianna Ward, Danielle Summons, and Jordan Fife Hunt. We welcome you to leave your inhibitions at home for a one-night stand with Lady and the Vamps.

$25-35 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

DEMARIUS R. COPES, JULY 22 AT 11:30PM:

DeMarius R. Copes is excited to debut his solo show at Feinstein's/54 Below! Most recently seen in The Prom at ALLIANCE THEATRE, DeMarius also may be recognized as an original ensemble member of the first National Tour of Newsies. The night will be set with an eclectic mix of songs, including musical theater (Dear Evan Hansen, if you're lucky), jazz, and pop music. Laugh as he shares the most welcoming shade you've ever experienced. Smile as he takes you on a vocal journey like no other. And, of course, drink as he sings - until the bartender cuts you off - because let's face it, it's Saturday night in Manhattan with DMC!

$15 cover charge. $35 premium seating. 2 drink or $20 food and beverage minimum.

Tim Realbuto & FRIENDS SING Jeanine Tesori, JULY 23 AT 9:30PM:

Join award-winning performer/composer Tim Realbuto (The Emperor's Club; Off-Broadway's YES) as he returns to Feinstein's/54 Below for the fifth time, this time celebrating one of Broadway's greatest treasures, Tony Award-winning composer and women's history maker Jeanine Tesori. Songs from Tesori's Thoroughly Modern Millie, Fun Home, Caroline, or Change, Violet, and Shrek the Musical will come alive for one night only! Show created and conceived by Tim Realbuto. Musical direction by Julianne B. Merrill. Directed by Paul Mitchell Wilder.

Featuring Rozi Baker (Shrek the Musical, Bonnie & Clyde), Yvette Bedgood (Caroline, or Change, Freedom's Song), Grace Bennett (Dooples the musical), Nicole Corris (Forbidden Broadway: SVU), Eddie Egan (West Side Story, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular), Mallory Escott (Violet), Grace Field (After We're Gone), Jennifer Fouché (Sistas the Musical, Rock of Ages), Nick Gaswirth (The Great Comet, A Christmas Story), Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked, Sabrina The Teenage Witch), Kimberly Faye Greenberg (Danny and Sylvia, Fabulous Fanny), Teresa Hui (Candide),Mara Kaye (SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical), Erin Leddy (Ghostlight), Sarah Litzsinger (Beauty and the Beast, Amour), Katie Mack (No Filter: A Love Story), Brianna Morris (Young Frankenstein), Lieselotte Nickmans (9 to 5), Marissa O'Donnell (Shrek, Annie), Chazmond J. Peacock (Porgy and Bess, Oliver!), Tim Realbuto (Ghostlight), Kevin Riddagh (Gaybraham Lincoln: The Musical), Laurissa "Lala" Romain (South Pacific, Chris Rock's Top Five), Christina Sajous (American Idiot, Spiderman), Joshua J. Schwartz (42nd Street), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita; You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Allison St. Rock (Wunderkind; Hair), Lauren Testerman (Love Quirks, The Black Book), Sofia Trimarchi (Fun Home), Adena Walker (Carrie), Morgan Weed (American Psycho), Paul Mitchell Wilder (City of Angels), Noah Zachary (Poster Boy, I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk), Eva Zazzali (Broadway's Next Generation, Shrek), Valentina Zazzali (Reddi High, Shrek), Mindy Cassle, MariaElisa Rosta Costa, Mary Hannah Dober, Cameron Draper, Erin Elizabeth Eichorn, Stevie Elle, Deborah Heagen, Casey Miko, Kristina Platé, Kathryn Porterfield, Jackie Reynolds, Shannon Rowland, Brianna Leigh Smail, Krystal Sobaskie, Eric Stephenson, Steve Walsh.

$25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

HELLO MUDDAH, HELLO FADDUH! 25TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION CONCERT, JULY 24 AT 7PM & 9:30PM:

Share an evening of hilarity with the original cast as they celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! - the off-Broadway musical celebrating the music of comedy genius Allan Sherman. The show opened at Circle in the Square downtown in late 1992 to rave reviews and audience delight and included such classics as "One Hippopotami," "Harvey and Shelia" and the classic title song. The cast, under the musical direction of David Evans, shares the story of one 'Barry Bockman' from cradle to the grave with laughter, wit and tears. This is the ONE family reunion you don't want to miss this summer. Conceived and written by Douglas Bernstein and Rob Krausz.

FEATURING Tovah Feldshuh, Mary Testa, Jason Graae, Paul Kreppel, and Stephen Berger.

$35-45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Liz Callaway: THE BEAT GOES ON, JULY 25, 28, & 29 AT 7PM:

Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist, Liz Callaway, returns to Feinstein's/54 Below this summer with an evening of music from the 1960s called The Beat Goes On. Featuring pop hits of the era and music from Broadway and the movies, the show also includes songs from her iconic album The Beat Goes On.

$40-50 cover charge. $80-85 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

54 SINGS PANIC! AT THE DISCO, JULY 25 AT 9:30PM:

Grab your best excessive smoky eye and join some of your Broadway faves for a moment you'll never remember, and a night you'll never forget! Audiences can expect to hear everything from the quintessential "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" and "Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" to the more recent "Hallelujah," "This Is Gospel," "The Good, The Bad, and The Dirty," and many more. If you've ever screlted Spring Awakening alone in your bedroom, written Newsies fan fiction, or cried because American Psycho closed, this is a concert you don't want to miss! Music Directed by Eric Sorrels. Produced by Ashlee Latimer.

Featuring Nicholas Barasch, Alex Boniello, Max Chernin, Kaitlyn Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, and Natalie Walker.

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

THE CAST OF CATS SINGS Andrew Lloyd Webber, JULY 26 AT 7PM & 9:30PM:

Jellicle cats come out tonight! Jellicle cats come one, come all! Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most successful composers in musical theatre history - and now the first to have four shows running on Broadway at the same time. In this concert, the cast of Cats salutes the man and his music with songs from Evita, Sunset Boulevard, The Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, and more. Come hear a cast of "feline, fearless, faithful, and true" vocalists pay tribute to the music of the legendary composer.

Featuring Richard Todd Adams, Lili Froehlich, Francesca Granell, Jessica Hendy, Harris Milgrim, Madison Mitchell, Megan Ort, Arianna Rosario, Christine Cornish Smith, and Tanner Ray Wilson.

$35-45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

CHEEK TO CHEEK: A BROADWAY ROMANCE WITH Tiffany Haas AND Michael McCorry Rose, JULY 27 AT 7PM:

Tiffany Haas and Michael McCorry Rose, former "Glinda" and "Fiyero" in Broadway's smash hit Wicked, return to Feinstein's/54 Below with their concert Cheek to Cheek: A Broadway Romance, a fun and flirty evening of popular Broadway love songs and the untold stories behind the composers who wrote them. Expect cherished classics from landmark songwriters: George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Lorenz Hart, Johnny Mercer, Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, and more, including songs by some of New York's best new musical theater songwriters. Join them for an enchanted evening of romance on Broadway.

Please call 757-873-0454 for tickets. For more information please visit www.cheektocheek.info.

THREE-MAN LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, STARRING THE HEAVYWEIGHTS! JULY 28 AT 9:30PM:

"The Heavyweights" Jeremy Geller (The Great Blueness), Larry Owens (Spamilton), and Cole Ragsdale (Gigantic), with special guest TBA, premiere their madcap, rambunctious, three man concert of Little Shop of Horrors! These comedic and vocal powerhouses will show you that it doesn't matter what you look like to get the girl, wish the grass was greener, fight the monster, or fall in love. Try not to blink...these three play every role and switch characters almost every scene! Featuring "Somewhere That's Green," "Feed Me (Git It)," and "Suddenly, Seymour" by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. This is the Little Shop of Horrors you know and love, but turned on its head!

$30-40 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

MUSEMATCH 10.0, JULY 28 AT 11:30PM:

MuseMatch is a "Musical Theater Blind Date" where composers are paired with singers they don't know and asked to share themselves authentically leading to daring, bold new material. Music Directed by Nathan Dame. Produced by Scott Guthrie and Bill Coyne.

Featuring Emily Gardner Hall & Michael Deleget, Devin Ilaw & Spencer Robelen, Badia Farha & Emily Rose, Lauren Blackman & Dylan Marcaurele & Mike Ross, David Alan Thornton & Angela Sclafani, Taylor Iman Jones & Brett Macias, Bryant Martin & Ryan Kelly Berkowitz, Angel Reda & BRandon Lowden, Joanna Burns & Jessica Hendy, Brenna Yeary & James Stewart, Caitlin Lee Reid & Andrew Hanley, and Jamal Crowelle & Ilene Reid with Michael Heitzman.

$20 cover charge. $45 premium seating. 2 drink or $20 food and beverage minimum.

BROADWAY BY THE TEAR: BROADWAY'S GREAT TORCH SONGS & TEAR JERKERS, JULY 29 AT 9:30PM:

There is nothing like a great torch song. The reason: we've all been there! We know what those emotions feel like, and Broadway's grea

          Amanda Beagle Makes NYC Cabaret Debut with 'Italian American Songbook'   
Soprano, Amanda Beagle, is making her NYC cabaret debut while returning to her roots with a celebration of the "Italian-American Songbook." Amanda Beagle debuts her latest show and recording at The Metropolitan Room on Tuesday July 25th at 7pm. Reservations are required and tickets are on sale now.

This lively celebration of Italian and Italian-American song will debut at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St., New York, NY 10010 with doors opening at 6:15 and a showtime of 7:00pm. Tickets may be purchased at www.metropolitanroom.com or by calling 212-206-0440. General admission tickets are $24 plus a $25 minimum menu purchase at the venue. VIP packages available.

"Amanda Beagle's Italian American Songbook" pays tribute to songs made famous in the U.S. among Italian-American's and those cherished in the homeland and passed down from generation to generation. Amanda covers songs from the likes of Connie Francis, Jerry Vale, Mario Lanza, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin, Enrico Caruso, Andrea Bocelli and many more. Crossing over the worlds of opera, standards, classical crossover and 50's and 60's pop, there is something for everyone in this colorful collection of Italian American song. The show will also feature a guest performance by classical crossover vocalist Andrew Zapata, lending his voice to popular Italian duets with music direction by pianist Matthew Russell.

Ms Beagle's career has crossed over the worlds of opera, musical theater, cruise ship showrooms and concert stages. Amanda studied Italian and Opera in Lucca, Italy while honing her skills in the performance halls of the region. She trained extensively with Italian diction coach Lorenzo Malfatti, who loved to share stories of teaching Sofia Loren her English and studying with the legendary Italian conductor Toscanini. Having grown up in a huge Italian family, Amanda loves keeping her own Italian heritage alive by sharing this beautiful music. She draws inspiration from family traditions and stories, her travels and studies through out Europe and her own Italian Mama! She honors the Italian immigrant experience with the perfect blend of passion and old world charm for an electrifying, unforgettable night.

A former Miss Ohio and Miss America Talent award winner, she made her NYC debut at Lincoln Center in the Operetta Babes in Toyland. She has performed in regional theater productions of The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables, The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Into the Woods. She recently released an album of Italian Favorites and has performed with her band at Italian festivals in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Washington D.C. Learn more at www.amandabeagle.com.


          Photo Coverage: Allyson Briggs & Fleur Seule Band Play The Penthouse   

When you're marketing a spectacular SoHo Penthouse that has a Steinway B piano and you come from the world of cabaret what do you do? Super Real Estate impresarios Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon filled it with the music of songstress Allyson Briggs with her band Fleur Seule, (a favorite of The Rainbow Room) and have a party for your eclectic group of friends.

Fleur Seule is an authentic 1940s Jazz, Swing, & Ballroom band that plays hits from all around the world. Songbird/Bandleader Allyson Briggs sings in 7 languages to accommodate a wide variety of New York audiences.

The band provided the perfect ambiance for this special evening. Whether an All-American USO style set, or an exotic voyage through Europe, Fleur Seule can take you on a memorable musical journey, as they revive hits made famous by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Dinah Shore, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., Louis Armstrong, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, and more.

Fleur Seule plays Swing Era hits, Jazz standards, and Ballroom classics that transport you to the 1940s: The times of big bands and glamorous evenings of live music and dancing in clubs renowned for their entertainment, Hollywood profiles, and musical variety. Led by vocalist Allyson Briggs, this dynamic band of old souls will have you humming along to timeless music. With a repertoire that includes beloved songs of France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and the United States, and more, there is a song for everyone to enjoy. They cover hits of many artists who contributed to the Big Band sound, along with Fleur Seule's original songs, penned by their Songbird!

Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon met in the world of music, Christine Ebersole officiated at their wedding and good friend Michael Feinstein was at the piano. They now are two of New York's top brokers and sing the praises of New York Real Estate.

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

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          UPDATE: Sneak Peek: This is Showbusiness!   
Die Präsentation von "The Greatest Showman" durch Hauptdarsteller Hugh Jackman zählte zu den großen Momenten der Fox-Show auf der CineEurope. Nun kann sich auch das Publikum ein erstes Bild vom Musical-Highlight machen - jetzt auch anhand des deutschsprachigen Trailers.
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          3 Rooms Flat for sale in Vauxhall   
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          Ni privilegios ni agravios   
La reciente sentencia de un tribunal europeo que pone en duda la legalidad de una parte de las ayudas fiscales que recibe la Iglesia en España ha servido para que los de siempre se hayan animado a dar rienda suelta a su anticlericalismo. Poco ha tardado Pedro Sánchez en recordar que él va a derogar los Acuerdos Iglesia-Estado si gobierna y lo mismo ha hecho Pablo Iglesias. Me suena a aquello de «aprovechando que el Pisuerga pasa por Valladolid». Lo que la Unión Europea ha dicho es que quizá una pequeña parte de las ventajas tributarias de que disfruta la Iglesia podría ser ilegal. Se trataría de la exención del impuesto municipal sobre obras y se aplicaría sólo a los edificios cuyo funcionamiento implica un negocio en la medida en que se cobra por los servicios prestados, como es el caso de los colegios no concertados. Lo primero que hay que decir es que ya casi nadie se acoge a esas exenciones y lo segundo es que su efecto es mínimo sobre el conjunto de la Iglesia. La sentencia no afecta a las parroquias, ni a las instituciones de caridad y ni siquiera a los colegios concertados. No tiene nada que ver esa exención con otra, ésta sí importantísima, que es la del IBI. Si la Iglesia tuviera que pagar por los metros cuadrados que ocupan sus instalaciones como pagan los centros comerciales, probablemente tendríamos que cerrar la mayoría de los templos, los asilos y demás obras sociales. Ese impuesto es precisamente el que socialistas y podemitas quieren que la Iglesia pague porque, dicen, es un privilegio inaceptable que no se haga. Se olvidan de que de ese impuesto están también exentas otras instituciones. Por ejemplo, los sindicatos cuando los edificios que ocupan no son de su propiedad, como suele suceder, sino del Patrimonio del Estado. O todos los locales adscritos a sociedades sin ánimo de lucro (muchas sedes de partidos políticos). Tampoco pagan las bibliotecas, los cuarteles, las mezquitas o sinagogas, la Cruz Roja y las instituciones declaradas de utilidad pública, entre otras. La Iglesia no quiere privilegios, pero tampoco agravios comparativos. Eso los socialistas y los podemitas lo saben. Sólo quieren hacer daño a la Iglesia, su gran enemiga. Pero no engañan a nadie. Santiago Martín
          Los padres de Charlie Gard, antes de que le desconecten: «No podemos llevarnos a nuestro propio hijo a morir a casa»   
Los padres del bebé Charlie Gard, que será desconectado este viernes tras la decisión del Tribunal de Europeo de Derechos Humanos de denegar su recurso de apelación, grabaron anoche un mensaje en YouTube en el que describen que es: «El peor día de nuestras vidas». Tras la denegación de Estrasburgo, sólo podían escoger entre las distintas opciones incluidas en los cuidados paliativos, entre ellas: decidir el lugar donde su hijo perecerá. Chris Gard y Connie Yates comentan en el vídeo que cada día que acompañaron a su bebé en el hospital, le prometían que le llevarían a casa, el cual tiene una enfermedad genética rara. Esta familia lleva desde noviembre lidiando con la batalla sobre el significado de los cuidados paliativos y las opciones entre las que podían elegir como decidir que su hijo muriese en casa, como afirman. Sin embargo, el hospital se ha negado a que el niño sea trasladado a su casa. «Queremos darle un baño, sentarnos en el sofá con él, dejarle dormir en la cuna en la que nunca ha podido hacerlo, pero también nos han negado esto», explica Chris con la voz entrecortada. El hospital se negó a que el menor de diez meses vuelva a su casa para morir, por lo que su familia optó por la posibilidad de trasladarlo a un hospicio para enfermos terminales. Sin embargo, los padres del menor han explicado que el hospital también ha rehusado dicha opción y que «tiene que morir en este hospital», porque no podían transportarle indica el padre del bebé. La madre de Charlie Gard cuenta que señalaron al hospital que ellos podían hacerse cargo de los gastos de transporte con un equipo privado, con tal de que su hijo pudiera ir a su casa. Sin embargo, el hospital les dijo «que eso no era un opción», indica el padre del bebé. Según avanza la grabación, Chris Gard explota entre lágrimas y rabia porque «no podemos llevarnos a nuestro propio hijo a morir a casa». «En nuestras camisetas se lee: 'Si él sigue luchando, nosotros también'. Lo sigue haciendo ahí fuera, creédme, es un pequeño luchador. Un soldado», añaden con tristeza.
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          Gli svizzeri devono parlare di difesa dei diritti umani ad Astana   
Gli attivisti per la difesa dei diritti umani sono preoccupati dai significati ambigui che le visite dei leader politici svizzeri a Expo 2017 in Kazakistan potrebbero trasmettere. Il Kazakistan è il primo paese dell’Asia centrale ad ospitare un’esposizione mondiale: Expo 2017 Astana, dedicato all’energia del futuro. L’Expo, cominciata il 10 giugno, non ha creato dibattito nei media svizzeri ed europei. Delle discussioni sarebbero però auspicabili dato che la presidente della Confederazione così come alcuni ministri saranno, o sono già stati, ad Astana, rischiando di dare più legittimità a un regime autoritario che viola regolarmente i diritti umani.  Mentre i media europei hanno ampiamente ignorato l’esposizione, l’evento riceve una copertura considerevole da parte dei servizi d’informazione controllati dallo Stato in Kazakistan, dove lettori e telespettatori possono lasciarsi emozionare dalle architetture (e dai costi) dell’Expo. La natura grandiosa dell’esposizione ...
          How bank networks amplify financial crises: Evidence from the Great Depression   

How bank networks amplify financial crises: Evidence from the Great Depression

Kris Mitchener, Gary Richardson 28 May 2016

How financial networks propagate shocks and magnify recessions is of interest to both scholars and policymakers. The financial crisis of 2007-8 convinced many observers that financial networks were fragile, and while reforms are underway, much remains to be learned about how and why connections between financial firms matter for the macroeconomy. Indeed, the complexity and sheer number of linkages has made it particularly challenging to formulate empirical estimates of their role in amplifying downturns.

Economic theory suggests many channels through which networks may transmit shocks (Allen and Gale 2000, Cabellero and Simesek 2013) and empirical research has provided some evidence of contagious failures flowing through interbank markets, particularly for the recent financial crisis in the US and Europe (Puhr et al. 2012, Fricke and Lux 2012). History should have a lot to say about the role of networks in contributing to the severity of financial crises, but it is a surprisingly lightly studied aspect of earlier periods of financial turmoil – even for well-researched episodes such as the Great Depression. This lacuna exists despite the fact that financial networks of the past may be simpler in structure, thus making it somewhat easier to identify empirically how aggregate variables, such as lending, were affected when linkages were disrupted.

In a recent paper, we document how the interbank network transmitted liquidity shocks through the US banking system and how the transmission of these shocks amplified the contraction in real economic activity during the Great Depression (Mitchener and Richardson 2016). The paper contributes to the growing literature on financial networks and the real economy, illuminating both a mechanism for transmission (interbank deposits) as well as a source of amplification (balance-sheet effects). It also introduces an additional channel through which banking distress deepened the Great Depression and complements existing research on how bank distress during the Great Depression influenced the real economy.

We describe how a pyramid-like structure of interbank deposits developed in the 19th century, how the founding of the Fed altered the holdings of these deposits, and how this structure then influenced real economic activity during periods of severe distress, such as banking panics (Mitchener and Richardson 2016). The interbank network that existed on the eve of the Great Depression linked large money centre banks in New York and Chicago to tens of thousands of smaller rural banks throughout the US. The money centre banks served as correspondents holding deposits from institutions in the countryside. Interbank balances exposed correspondent banks to shocks afflicting banks in the hinterland. Interbank deposits were a liquid source of funds that could be deployed to meet sudden demands by depositors to convert claims to cash, and the removal of these deposits from correspondent banks peaked during periods that contemporary commentators described as – and that our detailed statistical analysis of bank suspensions confirms were – banking panics. Although the pyramided system of interbank deposits could handle idiosyncratic bank runs, when runs clustered in time and space (i.e. when panics occurred) the system became overwhelmed in the sense that banks higher up the pyramid were forced to adjust to these changes in liabilities by changing their assets (i.e. lending).

We use the timing and location of these panics to statistically identify the causal relationship between panics, deposit withdrawals, and the decline in lending that occurred in banks in reserve and central reserve cities throughout the US. During periods identified as panics, withdrawals of interbank deposits forced correspondent banks to reduce lending to businesses. These interbank outflows led to a substantial decline in aggregate lending, equal to approximately 15% of the total decline in commercial bank lending in the US, from the peak in 1929 to the trough in 1933.

Ironically, the Federal Reserve System had been created with the purpose of preventing crises such as those that had regularly plagued the banking system in the 19th century. We help to explain why the Fed failed to fulfil this basic responsibility. Because the Fed failed to convince roughly half of all commercial banks to join the system, a pyramided-structure of reserves persisted into the third decade of the 20th century and created a channel through which the interbank deposit could influence real economic activity. In theory, pyramided reserves could have been deployed to help troubled banks, but during the banking panics of the 1930s, just as in the panics of the late 19th century, the total size of these withdrawals overwhelmed correspondent banks, leaving those banks with the choice of either saving themselves, contracting on the asset side of their balance sheets, or borrowing from the Fed. With the Fed unable or unwilling to provide sufficient liquidity to support distressed correspondent banks, they were forced to react to interbank outflows by reducing lending, thus amplifying the decline in investment spending. Although the mechanism is new, our results corroborate other studies on the Depression, which emphasise how banking distress reduced loan supply (Bernanke 1983, Calomiris and Mason 2003b).

What might have alleviated this problem? One solution would have been for the Federal Reserve to extend sufficient liquidity to the entire financial system. The Fed could have done this by lending funds to banks in reserve centres. In turn, those banks could have loaned funds to their interbank clients. To do this, banks in reserve centres would have had to accept as collateral loans originated by non-member banks. Banks in reserve centres would, in turn, need to use those assets as collateral at the Federal Reserve’s discount window. However, leaders of the Federal Reserve disagreed about the efficacy and legality of such action.

Another potential solution would have been to compel all commercial banks to join the Federal Reserve System and require all commercial banks to hold their reserves at a Federal Reserve Bank. Due to powerful political lobbies representing state and local bankers, however, Congress was unwilling to contemplate legislation that would have effected such changes. Had they done so, the pyramid structure of required reserves would have ceased to exist, and the interbank amplifier, as defined here, would have been dramatically diminished. That said, given the inaction of some Federal Reserve Banks during the 1930s, had such changes taken place, they may have magnified banking distress as more banks would have depended on obtaining funds through Federal Reserve Banks that adhered to the real bills doctrine. As we show, the costs of the pyramid in terms of a contraction in lending were substantial, but banks still met some of their short-term needs through this structure during the turbulent periods of banking distress.

References

Allen, F and D Gale (2000) “Financial contagion,” Journal of Political Economy 108:1-33.

Bernanke, B S (1983) “Nonmonetary effects of the financial crisis in the propagation of the Great Depression”, American Economic Review, 73(3): 257-276.

Caballero, R J and A Simsek (2013) "Fire sales in a model of complexity", The Journal of Finance, 68(6): 2549-2587.

Calomiris, C W and J R Mason (2003b) “Consequences of bank distress during the Great Depression”, American Economic Review, 93: 937-47.

Fricke, D and T Lux (2012) “Core-periphery structure in the overnight money market: Evidence from the e-MID trading platform”, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Working Paper No 1759.

Mitchener, K and G Richardson (2016) “Networked contagion and interbank amplification during the Great Depression”, CEPR Discussion Paper 11164.

Puhr, C, R Seliger and M Sigmund (2012) “Contagiousness and vulnerability in the Austrian interbank market”, OeNB Financial Stability Report, No 24, Oesterreichische Nationalbank.

Topics:  Economic history Financial regulation and banking Global crisis

Tags:  US, Great Depression, networks, financial network, banks, banking system, Fed, banking network, liquidity shocks, reserves


          The ECB and the Fed: A comparative narrative   

The ECB and the Fed: A comparative narrative

Dae Woong Kang, Nick Ligthart, Ashoka Mody 19 January 2016

Although the Great Recession was viewed – especially in Europe – as mainly a US problem, the Eurozone has been implicated from the start and felt virtually the same impact in the early stages (Figure 1). The US economy, however recovered much faster. US stock prices and GDP regained their pre-crisis levels by late-2011; the Eurozone barely reached that stage in 2015.

Figure 1. Stock and GDP price movements

The US policy response was much more proactive (de Grauwe 2010). Fiscal stimulus was greater than in the Eurozone in 2008-9; the US also returned to fiscal austerity later, in 2011 rather than in 2010 as the Eurozone did (Mody 2015). More important was the US authorities’ active resolution of banking stress; Eurozone banking problems were allowed to fester. And throughout, US monetary policy was much more aggressive. In a recent paper, we used a narrative approach to identify the role of monetary policy during the Great Recession (Kang et al. 2015).

The US Federal Reserve lowered its policy interest rate (the Fed Funds rate) from 5.25% in September 2007 to 0-0.25% in December 2008 (Figure 2).1 At that point, the Fed also initiated quantitative easing and began ‘forward guidance’, making public its intention to keep interest rates low ‘for some time’. The ECB’s first reaction to the Great Recession was in July 2008, and it was to raise the policy rate (the main refinancing rate).2 After the Lehman bankruptcy in September 2008, the ECB joined an internationally coordinated rate reduction on 8 October. But then the ECB’s slow pace of rate cuts was interrupted by two more hikes—in April and July 2011. The policy rate was brought to near-zero only in November 2013; modest quantitative easing began in September 2014 and was expanded in January 2015.

Figure 2. Policy rates: The US Federal Reserve and the ECB

Our narrative tracks the stated policy intent, the stock market response following the announcement, and the immediate market commentary. To examine the stock market’s response to the announcement of interest rate cuts, we used an event-study methodology similar to that of Ait-Sahalia et al. (2012). First, the ‘abnormal difference’ was computed for each day following the announcement. This is measured as the change in the stock price minus the average daily change over the 20 days before the announcement (the presumption is that absent the announcement, stock prices would have continued to change at the same pace over the next five days). Adding up the daily abnormal differences, the cumulative abnormal difference shows the post-announcement divergence in the stock price movement from the trend in the preceding 20 days. The results are summarised in Figure 3.

Figure 3. Stock market reactions to the reduction of interest rates

Note: In computing the average ‘abnormal’ reaction between 2007 and 2009, we do not include the market reaction on 8 October 2008 because of high volatility in the days following. The results remain unchanged.

The stock market responded positively to the Fed’s rate cuts. In contrast, the market’s reaction to the slower-moving ECB was, on average, negative between 2007 and 2009 and also between 2011 and 2014. Consistent with our findings around the announcements, US stock indices moved ahead of those in the Eurozone, as seen in Figure 1. Moreover, as Figure 1 also shows, stock prices tracked relative differences in GDP performance, in line with Akerlof and Shiller’s (2009) view that improved investor sentiment helps stem the fall and begin the recovery.

Active stimulus

The anticipation of the announcements was not the primary influence on stock prices. In the US, the one unexpected announcement did trigger a strong response; but even the anticipated rate cuts were viewed favourably, especially if they were 50 basis points (0.5%) or larger. Researchers at the Chicago Fed find that anticipated policy actions have positive stimulative effects if they signal deviation from historical policy (D’Amico and King 2015, pp. 2-3). Thus, while formal ‘forward guidance’ came only on 16 December 2008, the actions up until then established a presumption that the Fed was pursuing a risk management approach and creating a safety net.3 Specifically, the larger rate cuts and accompanying statements signalled that the Fed was trying to ‘forestall’ financial turmoil from spiralling out of control.

In contrast, even the ECB’s larger rate cuts were seen as ‘too little, too late’. The ECB was reacting to news—building its shelter amidst a raging storm. ECB statements also mused endlessly about rising inflation and hence almost never promised more forthcoming action. The Bank of England was also late, but made up with quicker and much larger rate cuts, followed by quantitative easing.

It is true that the Fed has a clear dual mandate to support employment and maintain price stability. However, the central banks’ differing mandates were not the reason why they acted differently in the Great Recession. The ECB—despite its primary focus on price stability—had previously responded as if it had a dual mandate. Indeed, as Lars Svensson has pointed out, the ECB’s goal of medium-term price stability (over a two-year horizon) implied that it would not seek to bring inflation down instantly since attempting to do so would cause an unreasonable drop in output (Svensson 1999, pp. 83, 96, and 107). The result, Svensson argues, is that the ECB’s stated objective is indistinguishable from that of central banks with dual mandates, as studies have confirmed (Taylor 2010 and Nechio 2011).

Rather, as Alan Blinder pithily states, the Fed operated during the Great Recession on the ‘dark’ view that a huge loss of wealth could tip the economy into a free fall (Blinder 2013, p. 94). The priority was to prevent or manage that risk. Between 2007 and 2009, the Fed made the judgement that inflation risk was low and the main task was to prevent a downward output spiral. Later, the Fed used the same risk management approach to fend off the risk of price deflation.

By contrast, the ECB concluded that a temporary scare had caused banks to hoard cash and restrict lending to other banks (Blinder 2013, p. 94, Stark 2008). Thus, the ECB provided ample liquidity to banks, although no more so than the Fed. As the Fed understood, such passive provision of funds to banks was insufficient to induce banks to lend more and stimulate economic growth (Hetzel 2012). The loss of confidence and severe demand contraction required active monetary stimulus. The ECB insisted that foreign demand would ‘support ongoing growth’ in the Eurozone (e.g. Trichet and Papademos 2008).

The essential difference between the Fed and the ECB, therefore, boiled down to how each institution viewed the evolution of the economy. Even though inflation rates in the US and the Eurozone were nearly identical (Figure 4), the ECB overemphasised the risk of a commodity price-wage spiral and underestimated the financial and economic risks (Hetzel 2014). Market commentary repeatedly sent this message, as we document in our paper.

Figure 4. Headline inflation and core inflation for the US and Eurozone

Note: 12-month moving average of year-on-year inflation.

Forestalling deflation

The Fed transitioned to worrying about deflation risk as early as June 2010, even though inflation was rising in tandem with the European inflation rate (Figure 4) (Federal Reserve System 2010). The Fed’s main tools now were quantitative easing and forward guidance. As is well known, in this inglorious interlude, the ECB twice raised interest rates. But even past that point, the ECB continued to reject a risk-management approach and followed rather than anticipated the deceleration in inflation. Because it had delayed stimulus during 2007-9, the ECB needed more aggressive action rather than a continued wait-and-see approach. At a November 2013 press conference, a journalist described the ECB as a “pea-shooter dealing with an approaching deflationary tank”. ECB President Mario Draghi responded that the ECB was waiting for more data, and would do more “if needed” (Draghi 2013). Thus, the ECB acted asymmetrically: rising commodity prices were expected to feed persistent inflation, but falling commodity prices were expected to reverse course. Once again, markets and analysts reacted impatiently. Interest rate cuts were not enough. The question was why more aggressive ‘non-standard’ actions were not being taken.

Policy credibility

We conclude also that the Fed gained credibility even though it appeared to temporarily suspend its commitment to price stability. Bordo and Kydland (1995) have argued that setting aside a policy rule to deal with extraordinary contingency is consistent with a commitment to long-term goals. The Fed made clear its objective of preventing a meltdown and, as Blinder (2012) has emphasised, credibility principally requires that words be matched with deeds.

In the Eurozone, words were often a substitute for deeds. Markets and investors reacted to the tight monetary policy, which added to the economic drag and deflationary tendencies due to fiscal austerity and lingering banking problems. By mid-2009, Eurozone output had fallen behind that of the US, and it never caught up. Delays in stimulating economic recovery have permanent consequences, as recent analysis reaffirms (Fatas and Summers 2015). For all its rear-guard action, the ECB misread the Crisis and will be associated with the legacy of a weak recovery and more entrenched deflationary tendencies. If, as is entirely possible, the Eurozone’s core inflation rate remains below 1% a year, the ECB’s credibility will be twice hurt. Not only would it have failed to provide stimulus when needed, but it would have allowed the EZ to slip into a low inflation trap, well below its stated target of 2% a year.

References

Aït-Sahalia, Y, J Andritzky, A Jobst, S Nowak, and N Tamirisa (2012), “Market Response to Policy Initiatives during the Global Financial Crisis,” Journal of International Economics 87(1): 162-177.

Akerlof, G and R Shiller (2009), Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Blinder, A (2012), “Central Bank Independence and Credibility During and After a Crisis,” Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies Working Paper No. 229, September.

Blinder, A (2013), After the Music Stopped: the Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead, New York: Penguin Press.

Bordo, M and F Kydland (1995), “The Gold Standard as a Rule: an Essay in Exploration,” 32: 423-64.

D’Amico, S and T King (2015), “What Does Anticipated Monetary Policy Do?” Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Working Paper 2015-10, November.

De Grauwe, P (2010), “Fighting the wrong enemy,” VoxEU.org, 19 May.

Draghi, M (2013), “Introductory statement with Q&A,” European Central Bank, November 7.

Fatas, A and L Summers (2015), “The Permanent Effects of Fiscal Consolidations,” CEPR No. 10902, October 2015.

Federal Reserve System (2010), “Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee,” June 22-23.

Hetzel, R (2012), The Great Recession: Market Failure or Policy Failure, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hetzel, R (2014), “Contractionary Monetary Policy Caused the Great Recession in the Eurozone: A New Keynesian Perspective” The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Working Paper Series, August 22.

Kang, D W, N Ligthart, and A Mody (2015), “The European Central Bank: Building a Shelter in a Storm,” Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies Working Paper No. 248, Princeton University, December.

Mody, A (2015), “Living dangerously without a Fiscal Union,” Bruegel Working Paper 2015/03.  

Nechio, F (2011), “Monetary Policy When One Size Does Not Fit All,” Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Letter, June 13.

Svensson, L (1999), “Monetary Policy Issues for the Eurosystem,” Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy 51: 79-136.

Taylor, J (2010), “Globalization and Monetary Policy: Mission Impossible,” In International Dimensions of Monetary Policy, University of Chicago Press: 609-624.

Trichet, J-C and L Papademos (2008), “Introductory statement with Q&A,” European Central Bank, February 7.

Woodford, M (2012), “Methods of Policy Accommodation at the Interest-Rate Lower Bound,” September 16.

Footnotes

1 The US Federal Funds rate determines the rate at which banks lend to each other.

2 The Eurozone’s main refinancing rate is the interest rate banks pay to borrow from the ECB. Normally, this rate also determines the euro overnight index average (EONIA), the rate at which banks lend to each other in the ‘unsecured’ market. But banks relied principally on the ECB for their funding through much of the Crisis; the limited lending in the banks’ unsecured market was a substitute to depositing money at the ECB (ECB 2010 and 2015b).

3 See Woodford (2012) on the distinction between policy response to news and a change in the policy.

Topics:  Global crisis

Tags:  Great Recession, Fed, eurozone, Eurozone crisis, EZ reforms


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          Ediscovery, Data Privacy and Social Media Weekly Updates   
Giorgos Rossides ‏@grossides8h Leading editorial from FT today: Restore Europeans’ trust in #bigdata http://on.ft.com/1caQ7FZ  #EUdatap #privacy #surveillance #NSA Cellular ‏@Cellular19882h Data Protection Regulation: Council of the European Union negotiating position: http://bit.ly/1cbWdGa  (pdf) #EUDataP @StatewatchEU <3 Cookie Collective ‏@TheCookieCrunch2h Google found to be in breach of Dutch data protection rules, incl, its cookie use – http://ow.ly/riwkG  #cookielaw #eudatap #privacy Ediscovery and […]
          Ediscovery, Data Privacy and Social Media Weekly Updates   
Concerned Citizen ‏@RightToBeForgot14 Nov SAP (an actual European company) backs #EUdataP data privacy & warns of economic consequences of failure to regulate http://www.zdnet.com/cloud-for-europe-launches-as-sap-backs-eu-rules-on-data-privacy-7000023205/ … Bart van Buitenen ‏@BartLorica14 Nov Interessant artikel over territoriale scope #eudatap vs 95/46 #privacy #eu http://privacylaw.proskauer.com/2013/11/articles/online-privacy/where-do-we-stand-on-the-territorial-scope-of-eu-data-protection-law-following-the-recent-european-parliament-vote/ … IAPP Daily Dashboard ‏@DailyDashboard15 Nov Pam Dixon’s testimony to House Committee on on & offline consumer data collection. @privacyforum #privacy http://bit.ly/1hLWmoG  Dr. […]
          Comment on We Still Celebrate Independence Day at Church (by Dean Stewart) by Jim Perry   
Hey Dave Miller Todd Benkert Brent Hobbs, this started as a comment on the post about patriotic services, but grew so long in the telling that it seemed less appropriate as such. Would it pass muster as a regular piece on the blog as the other side of the argument? ####### I was a worship leader on staff at a church the last two years. I have seen two 4th's of July come and go, and I never did even one patriotic song. Pastor mentioned it and maybe preached on how to live as Christians in this country, but we didn't do patriotic stuff, and in fact, I never heard a complaint for not doing it. And we're in the middle of Indiana, which is hardly any less patriotic than anyone else. I have said in the past, perhaps glibly, "I'm here to worship God, not America." That's how I see it, personally. But there is so much to deal with on this issue, and it really is a matter of the conscience, certainly not a salvation issue, or perhaps not even a right or wrong issue, though I suppose we only come to positions we believe are right and correct. I don't hate anyone who thinks differently, and I don't get angry over it. But here, perhaps, is a suitable explanation of my perspective. The first principle is that it is incumbent upon those of us in leadership to aim for the higher ideal, closer to the heart of God, and lead our people there. With regard to the "meat sacrificed to idols" topic, much is made of the "brother with the weaker conscience," but wherein is the strengthening of that conscience? If it is permissible to eat that meat, but we abstain from doing it in front of the weaker brother, are we not to educate said brother and strengthen him so that he agrees with the Lord, "Why call unclean what I have made unclean?" I don't believe the Apostle was advocating for leaving said brother in his "weaker" state. We absolutely have to analyze why we think the way we think, in all areas. To find the roots of our sentiments and judge them valid or invalid. First is an appreciation for the undertaking that won us our liberty from Great Britain. I love the Revolutionary War period of history. I will gobble that stuff up. Every 4th of July I make my kids sit down and watch The Patriot, with John Williams' beautiful score (my son's named after the guy), and that overwhelming sense of national pride. This and the founding documents are essential to understanding how and why we became who we are as Americans, and Who through His divine Providence made us free. Second is our contemporary sentiments regarding this country, which are largely generational. We are nearing the time when the veterans of World War II will no longer be among us. It was the last war that I believe we fought on entirely just grounds (save for the first Gulf War, which really was no war, but a brief armed incursion to remove Saddam Hussein from Kuwait). Many thousands of people died to liberate the European continent and the Pacific theater from near global tyranny. The industry of war finally brought us out of the Depression (which FDR had unnecessarily perpetuated with his disastrous economic policies). It brought us together as a nation for a common purpose. It made us proud to be Americans. We were the good guys for real. We did something really GOOD, and that was something to celebrate. The World War II generation may be nearly lost to us, but their children remain. They were raised in a country steeped in this good patriotism. My Grandfather was of the World War II generation, and several of you are Boomers, so we are not so far removed from that time we did something truly good. We know and believe what we are taught, and we naturally gravitate toward the familiar. So it is with no great burden that we dutifully recite the Pledge of Allegiance, we stand for the National Anthem with our hands on our hearts, we vote because we believe we should, and we say our troops our "defending our freedom." However, I am reminded of a couple things from Eisenhower's farewell address. Who better to draw from than a man who embraced, and served with distinction in, all spheres of his life? The first is this: "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." We have been so very fortunate that those at the head of the "military-industrial complex" have not sought misplaced power. Our military brass have respected the chain of command, and I agree that all who have served deserve our honor and respect. The problem is that there has been a "disastrous rise of misplaced power" in our politicians, and all our Presidents since Eisenhower have been looking, in one form or another, for that next great military victory that all Americans can again be unified in celebrating. Trust me when I say that I am not being glib in asking this question, and it is not a reflection on our troops or their commanders, but rather the bureaucrats who command them. Are they really sent to defend our freedom? Were they defending *our* freedom when they were sent to Vietnam, Grenada, Kosovo, Iraq or Somalia? Our military has been sent into action after questionable action, without Constitutionally appropriate declarations of war from Congress, and then when they are sent in, the execution of the action so often becomes subject to political calculation and partisan whim. We all know too well the sins of Vietnam. I now fear my children desiring to serve in the military, and would counsel them against it. I didn't always feel this way. The second Eisenhower quote is this: "As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow." Sadly, the World War II generation gave us a great tragedy along with a great victory. That tragedy was the vast behemoth of FDR's government, which threw out the window every great thing that President Coolidge achieved (or left alone) when he vastly reduced the size, scope and budget of the Federal Government. That World War II generation, and now the Boomers, are beginning to rely on a government program that has itself become insolvent, and may in fact become a "phantom" tomorrow. With the national debt now having increased 800% (!!!!!) since 1980, vastly out-gaining inflation of just over 212%, our government has truly mortgaged the material assets of our grandchildren. By allowing Marxist Socialism into our government and allowing the Federal Government to exceed its Constitutional bounds, we have lost our political heritage. And who would be culpable in a nation that has lost its spiritual heritage? Perhaps the American Church which has largely worshiped our "Christian" Nation? Examine your own hearts in this regard. How many times to we misappropriate 2 Chronicles 7:14 for America? This is not a promise from the Lord to heal our land, but Israel. And under the New Covenant we are spiritually grafted into Israel, which is a *spiritual* Israel. Psalm 81:13 says, "If only my people would listen to me and Israel would follow my ways." God is not going to heal America, no matter how much we ask him. He is interested in the hearts of men and women, and he judged harshly the nations whose god was themselves. So when you raise up America in the focal place where God is worshiped, how can he be pleased? This is what bothers me about Awana or RA’s/GA’s (if anyone does that still). We teach kids not only to do the Pledge of Allegiance–which, secularly speaking, is good insofar as we do not seek to undermine the country whose benefits we enjoy–but then a made-up pledge to the Bible, which the Lord doesn’t command we do, and a made-up pledge for a made-up “Christian” flag, which to me, raising a flag for Jesus that Jesus didn’t institute is an abomination. It's an offensive trivialization of the Faith. We lift up the Savior, not a flag. Yes, we ought to be grateful that God gave us this country to live in, where our ancestors settled to be free to worship as they saw fit. Yes we have been blessed by God, but we have taken that blessing and grown fat and lazy. We have "done evil in the sight of the Lord," and not just "those sinners" who practice abortion and homosexuality, but also "us Christians" who gossip, covet, hate and worship idols. None of this should be taken as hatred for America, but rather we all ought to cultivate a healthy sense of ambivalence to it. And I mean 'healthy.' We have liberties and we should *use* them, even as many of them are slowly eroded away. We must participate in the electoral process, but always demanding the best of our politicians. We should lobby our government for "redress of grievances" as is appropriate. We should not speak evil of her but speak truthfully about the evils within her, and most especially in our own house. We should recognize the erosion of civility with the increase in partisanship and become less partisan ourselves because Jesus is our King, and His is our Kingdom. With the celebration of our founding comes lament in that we have allowed this country to fall so far from it. In conclusion, I do not feel patriotic observances are wrong. It is not sinful to honor the people who have served in our military. Have the picnics. Have the fireworks. Sing the songs, honor those who died in service to another, and celebrate the founding of "the last best hope of man on earth." But consider carefully whether it ought to take the place of our singing to the Lord, and singing of him only, and preaching of his Word rather than overlaying it with a flag. To present this as a function of our worship service is wrong, in my view. It is not hope on earth we are trying to secure, but hope in the life to come.
          June 21st: Happy Fathers Day   


The older I get the more I appreciate my own parents and realise how lucky I am to still have them both around. Today is Fathers Day so I'll be raising a glass to ma dad. Nae doubt he'll be bombing around Thurso Golf Course at the age of 75 with his gammy leg.

A plasterer by trade, my dad was a good footballer in his day, a winger, playing for both Orkney and Caithness - and once scoring eleven goals in two consecutive league matches for Thurso Swifts. He helped instill into me as a kid a deep love of football and tried to teach me all the wee flicks and tricks and how to dribble. None of which I mastered.

As a lifelong Aberdeen supporter his great moment was when he followed his team to Gothenberg in 1983 to see the Dons beat the mighty Real Madrid in the European Cup Winners Cup Final. The above clip is the sweetest goal any Aberdeen supporter ever saw. Happy Fathers Day.
          UK to deploy aircraft to aid French military ops in Mali   

London: Britain is set to deploy its transport aircraft to aid French military operations against Islamist rebels in Mali, as an escalation of hostilities has claimed more than 120 lives in the troubled West African country.
"The prime minister (David Cameron) spoke to President Hollande this evening to discuss the deteriorating situation in Mali and how the UK can support French military assistance provided to the Malian government to contain rebel and extremist groups in the north of the country," a spokeswoman said.

"Both leaders agreed that the situation in Mali poses a real threat to international security given terrorist activity there," she said.

Downing Street said two transport planes would be dispatched, but British troops would not join the French military mission to help recapture the north of Mali from al-Qaeda-linked rebels acting against the country`s government.

Cameron`s offer to transport foreign troops and equipment will involve Britain in a fresh conflict that could provoke terrorist reprisals against European targets, the Guardian reported.

President Francois Hollande has placed France on high alert as French planes bombarded targets in Mali.

The latest aerial bombardment led to the death of a French pilot, Damien Boiteux, and, according to a senior army officer in Mali, more than 100 rebel troops have also been killed following fighting for the strategic town of Konna.

Malian officials said 11 government soldiers had been killed in efforts to wrest the town from rebel control.

Human rights groups counted 10 civilian deaths.

France insists it is undertaking military operations in Mali, which had been a stable democracy until a military coup last March paved the way for the Islamist rebellion, to provide support to a West African troop deployment backed by the United Nations.

Regional economic bloc Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) has accelerated its efforts to send troops to the international campaign in Mali, authorising the immediate deployment of 3,300 troops.

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          Derechos de autor en un mundo digital   

16.12.2010

Los derechos de autor de los periodistas como creadores en el proceso de la información deben ser reconocidos moral y económicamente para mantener la calidad del periodismo. Esta fue la principal conclusión del encuentro "Derechos de autor en un mundo digital: por un acuerdo justo para los periodistas",celebrado en Grecia por la Federación Europea de Periodistas.

Cincuenta profesionales representantes de otras tantas asociaciones europeas apoyaron la iniciativa de llevar a cabo una campaña en defensa de los derechos de autor de los periodistas, en contra de la opinión general de editores y propietarios de medios que los consideran patrimonio empresarial. La campaña se enmarca en la actual iniciativa de la Federación Internacional de Periodistas, que tiene por lema “Periodismo como bien público”.

En representación de la Federación de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España , Luis Menéndez, defendió el contenido del artículo 32 de la Ley española de Propiedad Intelectual, que reconoce derechos de autor a los creadores de la noticia. La disyuntiva consiste en definir al creador de la noticia. La FAPE entiende que la ley se refiere aquí a los periodistas, mientras que los editores españoles se apoyan en el artículo 8 de la misma norma que define que los medios, en especial los periódicos, son “obras colectivas”.

La FAPE sostiene, por el contrario, que los periódicos son “obras complejas”, por lo que defiende unamodificación de la ley en ese sentido. Esta Federación considera, asimismo, que los periodistas deben percibir una compensación económica cada vez que se utiliza su creación, incluso en los casos en que se destina a varios medios o soportes de un mismo grupo. El reconocimiento de los derechos de autor de los periodistas debe aplicarse a todos los medios, incluidas las noticias que se producen solo para los digitales.

Los participantes en el encuentro mostraron su preocupación por los embates de la crisis económica sobre la profesión, con un aumento dramático del desempleo y el incremento de los profesionales freelances, para los que se propuso un contrato tipo mejorado al estar considerado uno de los colectivos más vapuleado por los recortes.

La cita sobre derechos de autor de los periodistas sirvió para poner sobre la mesa modelos europeos como las agencias de copyright en el caso anglosajón, o sociedades de gestión colectiva, en el resto de países. Mención aparte merece la sociedad belga de derechos de autor de los periodistas que gestiona y distribuye los beneficios tanto por publicación o emisión original como, por copia.

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          Dynamic Web Development with Seaside PDF Available for Purchase   

Reposted from Lukas Renggli blog:

The PDF version of the book Dynamic Web Development with Seaside is available to download now.

At the end of the payment process (PayPal) you will be redirected to the download area where you are able to get the latest builds of the PDF version of the book. If you bookmark the page you will be able to download fixes and extra chapters as we integrate them into the online version. By buying the PDF version you support our hard work on the book.

We wish to thank the European Smalltalk User Group, inceptive.be, Cincom Smalltalk and GemStone Smalltalk for generously sponsoring this book. We are looking for additional sponsors. If you are interested, please contact us. If you are a publisher and interested in publishing this material, please let us know.

So please, support the Seaside community and buy the book, I know I will.


          World leaders, ordinary Germans bid farewell to Helmut Kohl   
Germany bid farewell Saturday to Helmut Kohl, the former chancellor who steered his country toward reunification in 1990 and whose tireless efforts to ensure peace and stability in Europe shape the continent to this day. ...
          Teen musicians to take soulful Memphis Sound anew to Europe   
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The roster of American musicians was impressive: Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Booker T. and the MGs. They arrived in Europe in the summer of 1967, bringing with them the powerful, soulful Memphis Sound. Ahead was a tour with stops in London, Paris and elsewh...
          Casa independente en Picassent   
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          Δείτε ζωντανά τις προσπάθειες των 2 Ελλήνων οδηγών στο LE MANS   
O Γιάννης Λάντζης ξεκίνησε την προσπάθεια του στον δεύτερο γύρο του CIK-FIA Karting Academy ​2017 και ο Φώτης Σωτηρόπουλος, στο CIK-FIA European Championships KZ2 με τα επίσημα χρονομετρημένα της πρώτης μέρας.


Ο άστατος καιρός δεν ευνόησε ιδιαίτερα τους δύο Έλληνες πιλότους με τον Γιάννη Λάντζη να βρίσκεται στην 46η θέση της γενικής κατάταξης και των Φώτη Σωτηρόπουλο στην 40η έχοντας όμως πίσω του αρκετά μεγάλα ονόματα των εξατάχυτων.
Η μάχη των προκριματικών για μια θέση στον τελικό της Κυριακής θα είναι μεγάλη.

Μπορείτε να την παρακολουθήσετε ζωντανά στον παρακάτω σύνδεσμο από νωρίς το πρωί του Σαββάτου μέχρι αργά το απόγευμα:





          ADTRAN Appoints Gregory McCray, CEO of Access, to Board of Directors   
...and CEO of PipingHot Networks, which brought broadband fixed wireless access equipment to market; senior VP of customer operations at Lucent Technologies where he managed the Customer Technical Operations Group for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and a member of ...

          DDI market size is likely to reach 467.8 million by 2022   
...America – 70%, Europe – 25%, APAC – 20%, and RoW – 10% The DDI ecosystem comprises major vendors such as Nokia Corporation (Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise) ( France ), BlueCat Networks ( Canada ), Microsoft Corporation (U.S.), Infoblox Inc. (U.S.), Cisco Systems, Inc. (U.S.), Men & Mice ...

          Smart Borders, Immigration Enforcement & Border Security Markets in Europe 2017-2022   
...ACTi Corporation 8. ADT Security Services 9. AeroVironment Inc. 10. Agent Video Intelligence 11. Airbus Defence and Space 12. Alcatel-Lucent (Nokia Group) 13. ALPHAOPEN 14. American Science & Engineering Inc. 15. Anixter 16. Aralia Systems 17. AT&T Inc. 18. Augusta ...


          Safe Cities & Public Events Security Markets in Europe - 2017-2022 - Research and Markets   
...3xLOGIC - ABB - Accenture ( News - Alert ) - ACTi Corporation - ADT Security Services - AeroVironment Inc. - Agent Video Intelligence - Airbus Defence and Space - Alcatel-Lucent ( Nokia ( News - Alert ) Group) - ALPHAOPEN - American Science & Engineering Inc. - Anixter - Aralia Systems - AT&T Inc. - Augusta Systems - Austal - Avigilon Corporation ...

          Europe Smart Borders, Immigration Enforcement & Border Security Markets 2017-2022: Market Surge of Over 100% 2015-2020 - Research and Markets   
...What are the challenges to market penetration & growth? 119 Homeland Security and Public Safety vendors including: • 3M • 3i-MIND • Alcatel-Lucent ( Nokia ( News - Alert ) Group) • ALPHAOPEN • American Science & Engineering Inc. • Anixter • Aralia Systems • AT&T Inc. • Bruker Corporation • BT ( News - Alert ...


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          Aspirin versus Placebo in Pregnancies at High Risk for Preterm Preeclampsia.   

Aspirin versus Placebo in Pregnancies at High Risk for Preterm Preeclampsia.

N Engl J Med. 2017 Jun 28;:

Authors: Rolnik DL, Wright D, Poon LC, O'Gorman N, Syngelaki A, de Paco Matallana C, Akolekar R, Cicero S, Janga D, Singh M, Molina FS, Persico N, Jani JC, Plasencia W, Papaioannou G, Tenenbaum-Gavish K, Meiri H, Gizurarson S, Maclagan K, Nicolaides KH

Abstract
Background Preterm preeclampsia is an important cause of maternal and perinatal death and complications. It is uncertain whether the intake of low-dose aspirin during pregnancy reduces the risk of preterm preeclampsia. Methods In this multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, we randomly assigned 1776 women with singleton pregnancies who were at high risk for preterm preeclampsia to receive aspirin, at a dose of 150 mg per day, or placebo from 11 to 14 weeks of gestation until 36 weeks of gestation. The primary outcome was delivery with preeclampsia before 37 weeks of gestation. The analysis was performed according to the intention-to-treat principle. Results A total of 152 women withdrew consent during the trial, and 4 were lost to follow up, which left 798 participants in the aspirin group and 822 in the placebo group. Preterm preeclampsia occurred in 13 participants (1.6%) in the aspirin group, as compared with 35 (4.3%) in the placebo group (odds ratio in the aspirin group, 0.38; 95% confidence interval, 0.20 to 0.74; P=0.004). Results were materially unchanged in a sensitivity analysis that took into account participants who had withdrawn or were lost to follow-up. Adherence was good, with a reported intake of 85% or more of the required number of tablets in 79.9% of the participants. There were no significant between-group differences in the incidence of neonatal adverse outcomes or other adverse events. Conclusions Treatment with low-dose aspirin in women at high risk for preterm preeclampsia resulted in a lower incidence of this diagnosis than placebo. (Funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Program and the Fetal Medicine Foundation; EudraCT number, 2013-003778-29 ; Current Controlled Trials number, ISRCTN13633058 .).

PMID: 28657417 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


          Potential boost for Liverpool as target seemingly wants move from current club   
According to German outlet Revier Sport, Max Meyer is seriously considering a move away from Schalke this summer and will weigh up his options after the European U21 Championships. The young German is currently representing his nation at the tournament in Poland and will be in the final but after that he could decide that […]
          Epipactis palustris, the marsh helleborine.   
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