Listen. Northern Ireland v Croatia preview        
Mark Walton and Thom Kirwin preview Tuesday evening's international friendly between Northern Ireland and Croatia.
          The Punt: Monday 14 November        
Mark Walton stands in for Dave Kelner, and is joined by Thom Kirwin to offer their best bets for England v Spain and Northern Ireland v Croatia on Tuesday evening. Enjoy. http://serve.williamhill.com/promoRedirect?member=audiobooUK&campaign=DEFAULT&channel=will_football&zone=1478396557&lp=1478422550
          The Punt: Euros Podcast 17th June        
On this edition of the Euros Punt Podcast, Michael Wood spins through the betting for Friday's action. He looks at Italy against Sweden and Croatia against the Czech Republic. Football experts Karl Matchett and Emre Sarigul also give their thoughts on Spain against Turkey. Listen now for information on all six nations playing on day eight. #ThePunt #betting #football #Euro2016
          Euros Punt Podcast: Sunday 12th June        
We have a jam-packed podcast with Emre Sarigul, Stefan Bienkowski, Neil Lennon, Derek McGovern and Lee Phelps all joining Michael Wood to preview the day's games. Turkey take on Croatia, Poland face Northern Ireland and Germany are against Ukraine. Listen now for information on all six nations playing on day three. #ThePunt #betting #football #Euro2016
          The Euros - Group D Preview        
Reigning champions Spain have been drawn in Group D alongside Croatia, Czech Republic and Turkey. Dave Kelner and Pete O'Rourke preview this group and bring you their best bets here. Enjoy.
          Islamic Marriage        



Tidak semua yang diimpikan itu akan terjadi. Realiti yang berlaku tidaklah seindah bayangan. Kita sering dimomokkan dengan konsep perkahwinan sebenar dalam Islam. Ya, alhamdulillah, sekurang-kurangnya dah ramai antara anak2 muda yang memasang niat untuk memperisterikan atau mempersuamikan pasangan yang soleh dan solehah. Namun, persoalannya tahap manakah ketakwaan dan keimanan kita untuk 'demand' mahukan pasangan yang tinggi nilainya itu.

You must be one of  them. Wanting to marry someone yang soleh atau sekurang-kurangnya sekufu tahap ilmu agama dia dengan kamu.  Yeah and you found one. You must have thought he was your everything. You thought dialah yang Allah takdirkan untuk kamu, untuk bawa kamu ke jalan yang benar. But then apa akan jadi kalau kamu ditinggalkannya di saat kamu sedang bertatih ingin mengikut jejaknya. Di saat kamu baru nak mengenal dosa pahala, di saat kamu sedang seronok mengenal Tuhanmu, dia berlalu pergi kerana katanya tak nak terus terjebak dengan dosa. Cliche? Pernah dengar kisah seperti ini?

Menunggu? Jarang sekali dibuat orang. You must have thought dengan menunggu ni, perasaan dia pada kamu takkan hilang. But you are wrong .You are absolutely wrong. Dia juga manusia biasa yang bisa jatuh cinta pada makhluk lain. Ya, dan apa akan kamu lakukan saat kamu bukan lagi di matanya, saat kamu tidak lagi di hatinya? Jgn letakkan kepercayaan bulat2 pd makhluk, kerana dia tidak maksum. Letakkan kepercayaanmu pada Allah yg memegang hati2mu.

Come on. Masanya untuk move on. Pejamkan mata dan teruskan perjalanan mencari Nur Allah.. Allah is always there for us. Akan dia hantarkan pangeran yang lain buat kamu. If he's meant for you, akan jelaslah usahanya untuk mendapatkan kamu secara halal. Kalau tk nampak di mata usahanya, lupakan saja.


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          Burn After Reading        

Who’s Who
What’s What

In the World of CIA Fronts, Partners, Proprietaries & Contractors




NEW BOOK:

The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors
By WAYNE MADSEN
ISBN: 978-1-365-11196-9


Cool Justice Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from author Madsen's introduction and the body of the work. Additional suggested reading: News story about Madsen's book via the Washington, D.C. based Justice Integrity Project [link at the bottom of this post].

EXCERPTS:

From the Introduction


One of the most pervasive uses of companies as intelligence partners was under the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD. During the Cold War, the CIA, often with the approval of corporate executives, infiltrated their agents to work as journalists in newspapers, radio and television networks, wire services, and magazines. The following pages in this book are rife with examples of this penetration of the Fourth Estate – all too many in the opinion of this journalist. The CIA admitted to at least 400 journalists on the agency’s payroll at the height of MOCKINGBIRD. The CIA traditionally understates its capabilities, especially when its covert activities become publicly known. Moreover, the end of the Cold War did not stop the practice of the CIA in infiltrating the media and slant news reports to its wishes.

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An insightful look behind the veils of secrecy into the CIA’s use of fronts, proprietaries, and partners calls into question the purpose of the CIA. Created by President Harry S Truman to serve as a central collector and repository of intelligence, the CIA became much more than that. A few weeks after the United States witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy in the middle of downtown Dallas, Truman penned an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers around the country. In it, Truman shared his regret for having created the CIA in 1947:

“I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency—CIA . . . For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.

"I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.”

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The 21st century’s CIA’s partners are more likely to be found among high-tech companies marketing the latest and greatest mobile applications and data mining programs than among banks, law offices, and advertising agencies. However, in the post-World War II era, the CIA’s top and middle echelons were normally found operating through cover as typewriter-pecking journalists, traveling Madison Avenue admen, corporate lawyers, and chain-smoking oilmen. In the 1970s and 80s, CIA contractors and partners began showing up in the high-tech field, with database, local area networking, and on-line information retrieval systems attracting the most interest by Langley.

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As this book went to press, the smart phone game application Pokémon Go fad was sweeping the planet. Unbeknownst to many of the on-line game’s avid fan’s was the connection of the game’s developers to the CIA’s venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL. All users saw their geo-location and other smart phone data being swept up by a CIA partner firm.

SELECTED ENTRIES

Amazon, Inc. [CIA contractor]. Company provides cloud computing services for the CIA. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.

American Historical Society. [CIA partner]. Many society officials were OSS/CIA officers.

American Press Institute. [CIA front]. Operating out of Columbia University, the institute’s director in the 1950s was a CIA officer.

AmeriCares. [CIA partner]. A non-profit organization that is often the “first in” at refugee situations. Founded by tycoon J. Peter Grace, a board chairman of the CIA front, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and a trustee of another CIA front, the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism, AmeriCares was involved in funding the Nicaraguan contras. The group has also provided the CIA with recruiting opportunities at mass refugee sites, particularly in Latin America and Asia.

Bechtel Corporation. [CIA contractor]. Bechtel is a large construction company that has included former CIA director Richard Helms, CIA pseudonym “Fletcher M. Knight,” among its executive ranks. Bechtel was active in providing corporate cover for the OSS in the Middle East during World War II. Bechtel has been a consummate service company for various CIA operations, including support for the CIA-inspired coup against the Syrian government in 1949, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq in 1953, and President Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Bechtel provided cover for CIA agents in Libya under both the regime of King Idris and his successor, Muammar Qaddafi. Sometimes called a “secret arm” of the CIA, Bechtel’s executives included those who would join President Reagan’s Cabinet, including Secretary of State George Schultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.

Before World War II, Steve Bechtel formed a military-industrial complex partnership with John McCone. McCone later became the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and later, director of the CIA. The CIA has used Bechtel to provide cover for non-official cover CIA operatives abroad.

Blackstone Investment Group. [CIA front]. With offices in Washington, DC and Moscow, arranged for the purchase of KGB documents following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the documents sought by the front company were any related to illegal CIA activities during the Cold War, including the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and Restaurant. [CIA front]. Opened in 1967 in King’s Cross in Sydney, Australia. Served as a rendezvous point for CIA, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and organized crime figures. Its proprietor was Bernie Houghton, a CIA operative with links to Nugan Hand Bank, CIA weapons smuggler Edwin Wilson, and CIA clandestine services officers Theodore Shackley, Rafael Quintero, and Thomas Clines.

Center for Democracy. [CIA front]. Administered under the aegis of Boston University, the center maintained offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Guatemala City, and Strasbourg, France. Involved in CIA operations in eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.

Colt Patent Firearms Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

Daddario & Burns. [CIA partner]. Headed by former OSS officer Emilio Daddario, a Democratic Representative from Connecticut, the Hartford-based law firm provided services to the CIA.

DC Comics. [CIA partner]. Worked with the International Military Information Group (IMIG), a joint CIA/Pentagon unit at the State Department, to disseminate propaganda comic books, featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian, to youth in the Balkans during the military conflicts in that region.

Disney Corporation. [CIA partner]. CIA agents who were adept at creating front companies and shell corporations in Florida, worked closely with Disney in preparation for the construction of Disney World near Orlando, Florida. OSS veteran “Wild Bill” Donovan and CIA shell company expert Paul Helliwell helped create two fake Florida cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as a number of shell corporations, to keep secret the plans for Disney World. This kept land prices low because real estate speculators were unaware of the prospective value of the land in a desolate area of central Florida.

Emory School of Medicine. [CIA partner]. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in the CIA’s MK-ULTRA behavioral modification project.

Enron Corporation [CIA partner]. Houston-based firm that was used by the CIA to provide commercial cover for its agents around the world. There were at least 20 CIA employees on Enron’s payroll. Andre Le Gallo, a former official of the CIA’s Operations Directorate, went to work as a corporate intelligence officer for Enron.

Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). [CIA front]. Officially established by American Trotskyists, the group was penetrated by CIA operatives. The FPCC New Orleans office was a CIA front that provided cover for the anti-Fidel Castro activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, among others. The New Orleans FPCC office was located at 544 Camp Street and shared the same building entrance with Guy Banister Associates, Inc., a private detective agency, the address for which was 531 Lafayette Street and around the corner from 544 Camp Street.

In December 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the FPCC ceased all U.S. operations.

General Electric Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

General Foods Corporation. [CIA partner]. Advertising account at CIA’s Robert Mullen Company handled by an active CIA employee.

Google, Inc. [CIA partner]. Developed as a result of a research grant by the CIA and Pentagon to Stanford University’s Department of Computer Science. The CIA referred to the research as the “google project.”

Greenberg Traurig. [CIA partner]. Washington, DC “connected” law firm.

Guy Banister Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New Orleans private detective agency headed by former FBI agent Guy Banister. The detective agency coordinated the activities of various anti-Castro Cuban groups in New Orleans, including Banister’s own Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, as well as the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee.

Banister and Associates shared office space with the CIA’s New Orleans front, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, headed by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Hale and Dorr. [CIA partner]. Boston-based law firm that provided cover for CIA’s Independence and Brown Foundations.

Halliburton. [CIA contractor]. Based in Houston, it is the world’s largest oil service company. Recipient of a number of CIA sole-source contracts for services worldwide.

Harper and Row, Inc. [CIA partner]. Manuscripts submitted to the New York publisher that dealt with intelligence matters, particularly CIA operations, were turned over to the CIA for censoring edits before publication.

Hewlett Packard Corporation. [CIA partner]. Sold computers to Iraq for Saddam Hussein’s missile program with the knowledge and approval of the CIA.

Hill & Knowlton. [CIA partner]. Public relations firm that teamed with the CIA on a number of operations. Hill & Knowlton’s numerous offices abroad provided cover for CIA agents. One known Hill & Knowlton office that was a CIA front operation was in Kuala Lumpur.

Kerr-McGee. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating overseas.

Kissinger Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New York-based international consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is a co-owner. The firm provided support to the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation and the Bilderberg Group. Much of the 1982 seed money for Kissinger Associates was provided by Goldman Sachs.

Knight Foundation. [CIA partner]. Also known as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based in Miami, the foundation provides funding for various CIA-connected media operations in the United States and around the world.

Kroll Inc. [CIA partner]. Founded in 1972 by Jules Kroll, who had links to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Based in Manhattan. French domestic law enforcement believed Kroll’s Paris office was a CIA front. Kroll handled the security for the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and continued to be responsible for security up to, during, and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Kroll employed former FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism John O’Neill, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Lincoln Savings and Loan. [CIA partner]. Based in Irvine, California and headed by notorious swindler Charles Keating, Jr., involved in laundering funds for the Iran-contra scandal.

Lone Star Cement Corporation. [CIA partner]. Based in Stamford, Connecticut and linked to the Bush family, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad. Involved in the Iran-contra scandal.

Mary Carter Paint Company. [CIA front]. A money-laundering operation for the CIA. Involved in casinos in the Bahamas.

Monsanto. [CIA partner]. The firm contracted with former CIA official Cofer Black’s Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a subsidiary of the CIA-connected Blackwater USA, later Xe Services, to monitor animal rights groups, anti-genetically modified (GM) food activists, and other groups opposed to Monsanto’s agri-business operations worldwide.

National Enquirer. [CIA partner]. The tabloid’s founder, Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., worked for the CIA’s psychological warfare unit and the agency’s Italy branch in 1950. In 1952, Pope acquired The New York Enquirer broadsheet and transformed it into a tabloid, renaming it The National Enquirer. This transformation bore the imprimatur of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program.

Newsweek. [CIA partner]. Magazine reporters and stringers fed information to the CIA. Newsweek’s stringers in southeastern Europe and the Far East were CIA agents. When Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961, cooperation between the magazine and the CIA increased. It was a participant in the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program. Much of the staff of Newsweek was absorbed into a new online publication, The Daily Beast, which continues to disseminate CIA-influenced articles. See Washington Post.

Nieman Foundation. [CIA partner]. Located at Harvard University, the foundation awarded Nieman Fellowships, some on behalf of the CIA, for foreign journalists to study at Harvard. The journalists were subjected to CIA recruitment efforts prior to their returning to their home countries.

Pamela Martin & Associates. [CIA partner], Escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called “DC Madam.” During her 2008 trial for mail fraud, Palfrey attempted to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in order to discuss her relationship with the CIA. The U.S. Court refused Palfrey’s request and she was convicted and later said to have committed suicide before her sentencing hearing in Washington, DC. One of her clients was Randall Tobias, the head of the CIA-connected USAID. Another was Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter.

Paris Review. [CIA front]. Literary magazine edited by George Plimpton. Published works by Jack Kerouac and Samuel Beckett. The magazine’s co-founder, Peter Matthiessen, relied on his affiliation with the magazine as his CIA cover.

Quaker Oats Company. [CIA partner]. Worked with the CIA and Atomic Energy Commission to place trace amounts of radiation in breakfast cereal served to boys at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Radio Corporation of America. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Iran, Philippines, Japan, and West Germany. Provided technical assistance to CIA-financed clandestine and propaganda radio stations worldwide, including Radio Free Europe. RCA founder David Sarnoff was a major supporter of CIA operations, including propaganda dissemination around the world. RCA chairman and chief executive officer Thornton F. Bradshaw was active in the operations of the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation.

Reily Coffee Company. [CIA partner]. Also known as William B. Reily Coffee Company and based in New Orleans, this company employed Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of other U.S. government employees, many of whom were suspected CIA officers.

Robert M. Mullen Company. [CIA proprietary]. A Washington, DC public relations firm, it was used as a front for CIA activities. E. Howard Hunt, the CIA agent, worked for Robert Mullen when he was arrested in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. The Senate Watergate Committee reported that “the Mullen and Company has maintained a relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency since its incorporation in 1959. It provided covers for agents in Europe (Stockholm), Latin America (Mexico City), and the Far East (Singapore) at the time of the Watergate break-in.”

Rockefeller Foundation. [CIA partner]. Used by the CIA to direct scholarships and grants to the Third World and Eastern Europe. Rockefeller Foundation money was funneled to the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948. The chairman of ACUE was OSS chief William J. Donovan and the vice chairman was Allen Dulles. One of ACUE’s board members was Walter Bedell Smith, the first CIA director.

Summa Corporation. [CIA partner]. Owned by Howard Hughes, Summa is believed to have skimmed gambling profits from the Sands, Desert Inn, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Castaways, and Landmark casinos in Las Vegas and Harold’s Club in Reno for the CIA and the Mafia. Provided financial cover for the CIA’s Glomar Explorer project.

Teneo Intelligence. [CIA partner]. Branch of Teneo Holdings, which is headquartered in New York. Teneo Holdings’s intelligence branch includes former CIA officials. Teneo is closely linked to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Teneo Intelligence has offices in New York, London, Rome, Brussels, Dubai, Bogota, New Delhi, and Tokyo.

Texas Commerce Bank (TCB). [CIA partner]. Houston-based bank founded by the family of James Baker III. Texas Commerce Bank was used to provide commercial cover for CIA agents. After serving as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas from 1977 to 1979, Jeb Bush joined his father’s presidential campaign in 1980. Serving with Bush on the campaign was Robert Gambino, the CIA deputy director of security who gave Bush his orientation brief at Langley in 1977.

Kenneth Lay, the chairman of Enron, which had its own links to the CIA, served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank. Texas Commerce Bank was acquired by Chemical Bank in 1987.

The bank provided major loans to Howard Hughes’s Summa Corporation. See Summa Corporation.

United Fruit Company [CIA partner]. Involved in 1954 CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz government in Guatemala. Published the Latin America Report, a publication that was a CIA front used for clandestine activities. The CIA transferred weapons to United Fruit employees in Guatemala who were involved in undermining the Arbenz government. The joint CIA-United Fruit plan was code named OPERATION FORTUNE. Company provided an airfield in Guatemala for the CIA’s training of Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

U.S. Rubber Company. [CIA partner]. Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut and later called Uniroyal, provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad. Included those operating under the cover of the Dominion Rubber Company of Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber Company.

U.S. Youth Council (USYC). [CIA front]. Founded in 1945 and based in New York. Some 90 percent of its funds came from the CIA. USYC received funding from the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA), a CIA front. The USYC was composed of American Youth Hostels, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H, American Unitarian Youth, National Catholic Welfare Conference, National Students Assembly, YMCA and YWCA.

Wackenhut. [CIA contractor]. Wackenhut, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security firm, stood accused of providing the CIA with specialized services around the world, including Chile, Greece, and El Salvador. Its Venezuelan branch, Wackenhut Venezolana, C.A., was accused in 2002 of involvement in the CIA’s coup against President Hugo Chavez. William Casey served as Wackenhut’s outside counsel before becoming CIA director in 1981.

Wackenhut eventually merged into the global security firm G4S.

Washington Post. [CIA partner]. The Washington Post was part of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD, the agency’s media influence project. Post publisher Phil Graham was a close friend and associate of MOCKINGBIRD chief Frank Wisner, Sr. and CIA director Allen Dulles. Wisner assisted Graham in acquiring The Washington Times-Herald and WTOP radio, creating a sizable CIA-influenced media operation in the nation’s capital.

W. R. Grace. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Latin America. Provided donations to CIA front foundations.

  • News story about Madsen's book via The Justice Integrity Project



  •           Bicester student home and dry thanks to house builder        
    A STUDENT at Heyford Park Free School in Upper Heyford is being sponsored by a housebuilder for the European Cheerleading Championship in Croatia.
              Oct 2011 Daring Bakers Challenge - Povitica        
    A tale of two povitica loaves
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    This month's challenge was to make povitica (a type of nut roll.

    Blog-checking lines: The Daring Baker’s October 2011 challenge was Povitica, hosted by Jenni of The Gingered Whisk. Povitica is a traditional Eastern European Dessert Bread that is as lovely to look at as it is to eat!

    This is my first time ever making this sort of recipe so I had absolutely no idea what to expect from the recipe. Well after doing some interesting internet research and ringing a pastry chef mate of mine whose mum is from Croatia and another friend's mum who is from Poland. I have some (little) understanding of the process and what to expect.

    When comparing my notes with the information from my friends and their mums I found that povitica (or nut rolls) seems to be made by two slightly different methods that lead to two very dissimilar results; it seems that the “Northern European“ version (my name) is dense and moist like a firm bread-and-butter pudding, while the “Southern European” version is a well risen roll slightly less dense than the Northern version.

    One major difference between the two versions is an hour of rising time before the final baking. Our challenge recipe only has ¼ hour of rising time before the final baking like a lot of Northern recipes while a typical Southern recipe has an hour of rising time before the final bake.

    During my internet research I found that there are other differences; the Northern version uses a soft dough that is rolled out fairly thickly while the filling has a firmish consistency, while the Southern version uses a firmer dough that is rolled out very thinly while its filling has a consistency of thick honey. Since I was making two loaves (½ batch) anyway I thought I would do one loaf using the challenge instructions (which are very Northern) and do the other loaf using the Southern method. For both versions you make the dough layer as thin as possible.

    A (Northern) povitica is meant to be dense and moist, it is important not to let the shaped roll rise too much before baking (in our challenge recipe you only let it rest for 15 minutes) in the other version you let the unbaked roll rise until doubled in volume then bake it.

    I found that if you refrigerate the loaf until cold, it will slice thinly and cleanly, remember to serve it at room temperature. Also let the povitica rest for a few hours (a day is better) before cutting it this will help it set better so it can be sliced cleanly.

    The biggest tip - If you find the dough is too springy let it rest.

    Uhmmm, I don't know why but every stage of this recipe was an uphill battle.I used “00” soft flour (finely milled white flour 8% protein) for the recipe since I had it to hand and I thought it would make the stretching of the dough easier since “lower gluten” means “easier handling”.

    For the nut filling I used about 300 grams (10½ ounces) walnuts and 250 grams (9 ounces) of mixed nuts, also I added 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder I wanted a chocolate hit from the Povitica. I used ¾ cup of white sugar and ¼ cup of dark brown sugar in the filling. And I used an unsalted “European” styled butter 87% fat since it had to used.

    Dough – Firstly the size of the dough is amazing when you stretch it out, you will need to do it on a large table with a floured tablecloth. I found that the dough was very very hard to stretch it wanted to go back to its original shape that is every time I rolled it or stretched it out it would spring right back. From experience I know what to do in this situation I let the partially stretched out dough rest for about 15 minutes covered in plastic so the gluten strands in the dough would relax so making stretching a lot easier so after resting the dough I then proceeded to make a very thin layer of it … that is … after a lot of time doing guarded stretching and gentle man-handling … finally … I could see magazine print through the dough but this process took about 45 minutes. I think the problem was that I added too much flour while forming the dough, next time I will just have the dough a little tacky which will make it easier to stretch out. Also I will add ½ teaspoon lemon juice (for a ¼ batch) next time since the acidity helps to tenderise the dough so making it easier to stretch out. The second dough was a lot easier to roll out since by this time it had a lot more resting than the first dough it only took 15 minutes to roll out to phyllo (filo) sheet thinness. Looking back I should of added about 3 tablespoons of milk to get the correct consistency.

    Filling - Firstly the filling seems like a huge amount but you need it all for the ½ batch its volume is almost 1 litres almost 4 cups. I found that the filling was much too stiff to spread out (I was using very dry nuts that could of been the problem?) on the thin dough layer without tearing it I had to add 4 tablespoons of warm milk and micro-wave to get it to the right consistency (like very thick honey). It is best to place tablespoon dollops of the filling evenly over the dough then spread these dollops evenly across the thin dough. After 20 minutes! of careful and methodical spreading the nut filling it was done. Of course the second version was a breeze to spread again I think resting time really helps the nut filling with spreading it over the thin dough sheet.I trimmed the edges and placed it into the baking pan such that the roll was coiled on itself I egg washed just after forming the unbaked loaf and once again just before baking.

    I had given away for the long weekend my baking pans to a friend so I used my high loaf tin.I let one loaf rest for 15 mins then I baked it and the other loaf I let rise until doubled in volume then I bake it both were baked the same way (same temperatures and times). I'm sure that there is nothing wrong with the recipe I think I didn't let the dough rest enough for the first version and I added too much flour at the start.I have to say after all the troubles they both looked good, the loaf using the challenge instructions expanded about x2, the other version expanded about x2½ both had great colour and the crust dough layer for both was very thin so thin you could see the nut filling through it. And the colour was great so brown and shiny. Since the final baked loaf rises so much take this into account when you are shaping the loaf into the baking pan. I had a little trouble getting it out of the pan, so I recommend using parchment paper or butter and flour your baking pan well.

    The dough starting to be mixed notice the foamy yeast mixture
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    How to tell if your dough is kneaded enough if you poke an indentation into the dough it should spring back I realise now that I should of added more liquid it should be tacky Photobucket
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    The huge amount of nut filling I used my food processor to make it this is the first time I used the machine since I bought it two years LOL LOL ago in this instance I thought it was worth the effort to clean the machine after the task
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    Stretching the dough to size … a pain to do in every sense of the word
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    The baked Northern povitica
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    The southern povitica
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    If you want to do the recipe over two days I would do the nut filling and the challenge recipe up to step 7. that is make the dough and let it rise overnight in the refrigerator. Then the next day return the dough to room temperature (a couple of hours) and make the povitica as per the recipe. This sort of recipe freezes very well, freeze the baked loaf and thaw in the fridge overnight loosely covered in paper towels then cover in plastic wrap this stop the povitica from becoming soggy from condensation.

    The verdict – the challenge (Northern) povitica is a really delicious nut roll with a very dramatic interior appearance, the texture of it is very similar to bread-and-butter pudding, very moist and 'firm-ish” to the tooth. While the “Southern” had great height it was a lot lighter in texture than the challenge recipe version still good. But I liked the challenge version much more the interior looked better and tasted better also. Overall I was very pleased though it was a frustrating process for the first version, though the second version was a breeze.

    Comparison of the two loaves – on the left is the challenge version (which I call Northern) and on the right is the Southern version. As you can see very different looking results.
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    Tips and hints (some of these are from the other bakers' experiences with this recipe I will add extra tips and hints during the month when others have posted their results)
    1. It is very important to get the correct consistency for the dough and the nut filling if you do the process is a breeze. Remember when it comes to making bread -- recipes are guidelines, since flour absorbs moisture from the air so it is not unusual to add extra liquid or flour to get the correct consistency for the dough (in our case it should be slightly sticky) and depending on how old the nuts are and how the nuts are ground (this is highly variable for each baker) determines how the nuts absorb the liquid so again look at the consistency and adjust the liquid for the nut filling you want it to be like thick honey. I think this is the real lesson of this challenge, don't be afraid to adjust the liquid amounts to suit what you find in front of you in the mixing bowl!
    2. Use plain (all purpose) flour. Use the flour sparingly when you mix the initial dough, it should be sticky don't be afraid to add liquid to get the correct consistency if you used too much flour. When you start mixing the dough it looks like that there isn't enough flour avoid adding any extra at this stage. It is best to mix the dough up (reserving some of the flour) and really give it a good working over it will be sticky (slap it down on the counter a few times and use a scraper to scoop it off the counter and knead it hard) it will be become less sticky while you knead it, that way you will use the least amount of flour.
    3. Let the dough rise then punch it down and let it rest until it's pliable, if it is too springy let it rest longer.
    4. Always check if your nuts are fresh and are not bitter tasting, ground nuts in a packet easily can be a year old. Fresh nuts give the best result leading to a lovely moist filling. Grind or process the nuts very finely if the nut pieces are too large they will break and tear the dough layer when you roll it up.
    5. The consistency of the nut filling is like thick honey don't be afraid to add some liquid to get the correct consistency, micro-waving really helps make it spreadable.
    6. The amount of time you let the roll rise just before baking leads to different results for the final baked povitica.
    7. Roll up the povitica fairly tightly (using the floured sheet as your guide) so the final baked loaf will not fall apart and the layers will have a good pattern with no voids between the layers.
    8. To check if the loaf is ready lightly knock the top of the roll it should sound hollow, or insert a skewer (or small thin knife) into the loaf for a slow count of three it should come out dryish and feel warmish if the skewer is wet or feels cool bake for a longer time don't over-bake since the filling will dry out making the final loaf dry so making the layers fall apart when the roll is cut into slices.
    9. Leave the roll in the tin until it has cooled this helps firm it up so the roll will not collapse when you take it out of the pan recall the loaf weighs over 1 kg (2 lbs).
    10. Let the roll rest for a few hours (better for a day) until completely cooled and set before cutting, if you refrigerate the loaf it will cut thinly and cleanly without crumbs, remember to serve the slices at room temperature. Makes great toast or even better French toast yum yum.
    11. The loaf gets better and better the longer it matures in the refrigerator.

    A few more tips and hints from Wolf who has made povitica every Christmas for many years, I put these here so they can be found easily by the forum members
    A. Don't spread the filling right to the edges of the dough. You want to stay within at least 1/2 inch of the sides. This way, you can seal the filling inside and won't have leakage.
    B. I use a stoneware bread pan to bake mine in. The one in the photo had the ends tucked underneath to the center, so it presented a smooth top. It was also rolled to the center from BOTH ends. That's how I got 4 distinct swirls. (See her exquisite povitica here)
    C. Definitely cool the loaf in whatever you bake it in, until you can handle it with your bare hands, before turning it out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling. It slices cleaner when completely cooled or refrigerated.
    D. Roll the dough tighter than you think you need to. Yes, some filling will squeeze out the ends, but you'll get a neater swirl in the center, less voids and gaps and it'll stay together better, as well as make it a nicer sliced bread for toasting or even french toast- which is awesome with this type of bread.
    E. It will freeze well, especially if well wrapped- I've done one upwards of a month before. It does ship very well- I ship one loaf to my parents every Christmas and one to my In Laws, my recipe makes 3 full sized loaves and will last upwards of a week on the counter at room temp. - if it lasts that long in your house }:P

    Wolf graciously included instructions to obtain her exquisite swirl patterned povitica for the method.

    I have drawn some diagrams of the method

    The stretched out dough layer covered with filling
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    Then roll each long edge to the center thus forming two swirls
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    Then take each end and fold them towards the middle of the roll (the brown line is where the ends finish up when folded) thus forming a double height roll
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    Then turn the loaf over and place into the pan so the seam ends are at the bottom of the pan which means the top is smooth and has no cut seams or edges
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    Txfarmer a very experienced and superb baker posted some great tips also
    1) At first glance, since we need to stretch the dough to very thin, it seems to make sense not to knead the dough too much. Kneading == strong gluten == too elastic == hard to roll out/stretch. However, what we really need is a dough that can be stretched out WITHOUT BREAKING, that actually requires the dough to have strong gluten. I make breads a lot, from my past experience, I think the solution here is to have a wet (as wet as one can handle) dough that's kneaded fairly thoroughly. Wet doughs are more extensible, despite being kneaded very well. I kept the dough so wet that it was sticking to the mixer bowl at the end of kneading, however, a large transparent strong "windowpane" can be stretched out, which is the indication of strong gluten.
    2) With the right dough, stretching out was easy, < 10mins of work. The dough was tough enough not to break, yet wet enough to be stretched out. I made quarter-size (i.e. one loaf), but the dough was stretched out to cover almost all of my coffee table. The tip of using a sheet underneath was very good. I used a plastic table cloth (lightly floured). In fact the dough was stretched so large that the filling was barely enough to cover it. 3) I proofed the dough longer than the formula suggests to get more volume, and the loaf less dense. I understand the authentic version is quite dense, but my family tends to like lighter fluffier loaves when it comes to sweet breads. 4) Since the dough was kneaded well, the final loaf had very good volume. Rose well above the rim in my 8.5X4.5inch pan. Poviticas for morning tea
    I needed to make a treat for nibbles at a morning tea. So I decided to make two poviticas – one povitica filled with tea infused figs and almonds and the other filled with coffee infused dates, cocoa and hazelnuts. I wanted a strong contrast in the flavours between the two loaves. The tea/fig/almond filling was a lovely 'camel' colour its flavour was like caramelised fig on the palate each element was present I really liked how the tea melded with the fig and the almond this povitica was additively GOOD with tea. The other loaf had a very strong coffee/date base flavour while the cocoa and hazelnut added a lovely lingering after taste the winner for me. I was very very pleased with the filling flavours and how they tasted with tea or coffee. (Apart from the coffee infused date povitica looking like a baked chicken LOL LOL.) Those loaves were moist, very dense and incredible rich, perfect (when thinly sliced) with a cuppa. Feeds a lot of people! There were like very moist, ultra dense fruit cakes I thought hence the reason for very thin slices to be served with your choice of tea or coffee. Not recommended for children too much caffeine!

    For this attempt I was careful about adding the flour and made sure that the finished dough was a little sticky, this time I found it a lot easier to stretch though the consistency wasn't exactly right I felt and I need to better understand how do to the spreading out of the filling and I haven't still mastered how the amount of filling as compared to the amount of stretched out dough needs to be in ratio, and also how to form a good pattern of swirls needs some thought so a lot of little things to practice for me over the next few weeks.

    I will give this recipe another go since I want to perfect the process (making pretty interior patterns and getting the texture right) since these loaves would be a great Christmas present.

    Tea infused figs with almonds
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    Coffee infused dates with hazelnuts (the finished loaf looks a little like a roasted chicken LOL)
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    Tea infused figs with almonds
    375 grams (13 ounces) finely chopped dried figs
    ¾ cup of very very strong tea (I used 4 teabags of Earl Grey tea)
    ¾ cup of vanilla sugar
    1 cup (120 grams) (4¼ ounces) ground almonds
    2 large egg
    ½ cup clotting cream (66% butter fat)
    Method – combine all the ingredients (except eggs and cream) in a small saucepan bring to boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Beat eggs and pour slowly into mixture, stirring constantly and simmer gently 5 minutes more. This mixture scorches easily, so heat must not be too high. Cool mixture add clotting cream. Place filling into a container and let rest overnight before using.

    Coffee infused dates with hazelnuts
    375 grams (13 ounces) of finely chopped dried dates
    ¼ cup (55 gm) (2 oz) unsalted butter, fried until nut brown
    ¾ cup of very very strong coffee (I used 1½ tablespoons of instant coffee)
    ½ cup of dark brown sugar
    ¼ cup of cocoa powder
    1 cup (120 grams) (4¼ ounces) ground hazelnuts
    2 large egg
    ¼ cup clotting cream (66% butter fat)
    Method – combine all the ingredients (expect eggs and cream) in a small saucepan bring to boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Beat eggs and pour slowly into mixture, stirring constantly and simmer gently 5 minutes more. This mixture scorches easily, so heat must not be too high. Cool mixture add clotting cream. Place filling into a container and let rest overnight before using.
              Euro 2012: The Quarter-Finals – England 0-0 Italy (Italy Win 4-2 On Penalty Kicks)        

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              International Students Adapt to American Life at SNC        

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              Geography Bits        
    Geography was always a subject of disinterest for me. Except for some amount of "Australia - Flora and Fauna" and "The South West Monsoon", I don't remember much from the geography classes of school. But God has been great in working out my travel calendar and has provided a good bit of opportunity to see places. This has increased my interest in the world and the different cultures. Of late this interest has still been increased by.... a game! The Travelers IQ challenge game has been interesting and educating to me. It hasn't thought me too many new things, but has served as a refresher, a sort of catalyst that helped fill the void.

    My increased inquisitiveness made me research a bit on things that have confused me for years. Here are few things I learnt in geography recently, but which had known earlier
    1) Crotia is a country that came out of the erstwhile Yugoslavia. I had somehow thought that it came from USSR. Frederick Forsyth's "Avenger" helped me understand that Yugoslavia split into Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia
    2) West Indies is not a country! It is an ensemble of countries like Jamaica and Barbados that play as a single cricket team
    3) If someone had asked me for the countries in the Australian continent, I would have probably said Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania and Papa New Guinea. Well, I am not sure of New Zealand anymore. Wiki says that New Zealand belongs to a continent called Zealandia. I get a bit confused in these kinds of trivia since I studied in school that there were only 7 continents and Zealandia is not one of them.
    4) There are several countries that belong to multiple continents. My ex-colleagues from Alcatel who have traveled to Turkey have told me that Turkey is transcontinental. But I got to know of few more countries like Indonesia, Russia (though we all associate it with Europe, it is actually 71% in Asia!) and Egypt. Did you know that a part of Italy, Spain and Portugal are in Africa?

              Sunshine While Swimming Down The Danube        
    Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

    Romanian Avram Iancu continues on his scheduled 60-day stage swim of 2,860 km along the Danube River through Europe.

    The 41-year-old librarian from Petrosani, Transylvania started his stage swim from Donaueschingen in the Black Forest in Germany. He is now heading into Day 36 as each day is a dynamically different replication of the day before.

    Day 41 on July 30th

    Today Iancu and his team enjoyed a lovely day with sunny weather and no clouds. This enabled him to swim 42 km. The team was cheered on by another group of Romanians 20 km into today's journey. They camped by the 1598 km milestone and are excited for tomorrow.

    Day 42 on July 31st

    Today Iancu swam 50 km, helped by the splendid weather. “Today has been the most beautiful and productive day so far, with a lot of sunshine and high temperatures. Whilst the weather might be too hot for most people on land, this is perfect for me, and everything went very smoothly today.”

    The team had some mechanical problems with their car, but they were able to have that fixed by a kind mechanic who refused to charge them after hearing about their quest.

    After the first 37 km, Iancu had another surprise in store for him: a professional massage, which made the last 13 km of today feel very easy and pleasant after. “My personal masseur from Romania promised to join us once we reach Romania and I am very much looking forward to having him around daily. Receiving a professional massage makes a huge difference in eliminating all the toxins in the body and helps muscle recovery. A Canah delegate also joined us today, bringing a lot of very delicious food – which was amazing as we did not have to worry about preparing anything.”

    Day 43 on August 1st

    Iancu swam 43 km today through the Hungarian lowlands helped by the nice weather. He also passed Paks where the only nuclear power plant in Hungary is located. Here they were stopped and questioned by the local police for the second time in Hungary, but having all documents in order, everything ended well and the team was free to continue. Canah delegates arranged for another massage for Iancu today. “It felt amazing to receive yet another massage, and I am very thankful to Canah for it; they also supplemented our food budget which is great.”

    Day 44 on August 2nd

    Today Iancu swam 46 km, pushing on until after the sunset. He also passed Baja where the Hungarian media interviewed him. At the end of the day, Iancu reached the 1462 km milestone and is expecting to reach Croatia tomorrow, leaving yet another country behind.

    A report on his stage swims between Days 1-9 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 10-13 is posted here. A report on his stage swim on Day 14 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 15-16 is posted here. A report on his stage swim on Day 17 is posted here. A report on his stage swim on Day 18 is posted here. A report on his stage swims on Day 19-20 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 21-23 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 24-27 is posted here. A report on his stage swim on Day 28 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 29-32 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 33-35 is posted here. A report on his stage swims between Days 36-41 is posted here. To follow Iancu on Facebook, visit here.

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              Video from South Korean launch of new iPad        

    Today Apple launched the new iPad in an additional 12 countries around the world. While eleven of the countries -- Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, Panama, St Maarten, Uruguay and Venezuela -- are relatively small markets, the new iPad also went on sale in South Korea, one of the most technologically advanced countries on the planet and one of the major tech markets in Asia. Check out the video below, first posted by Apple 2.0, to see South Korean Apple fans lining up for the new tablet at a local Apple reseller.

    Apple's new iPad international rollout isn't done for the month either. One week from today on Friday, April 27, Apple will begin selling the new iPad in an additional nine countries: Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa and Thailand. The new iPad will then be available in 56 countries around the world.


              New iPad launching in 21 additional countries this month        

    Apple today issued a press release announcing the new third-generation iPad will go on sale in another twleve countries starting on Friday, April 20. Notably, one of the twelve is the important South Korean market. The other eleven countries include Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, Panama, St Maarten, Uruguay and Venezuela.

    Then one week later on Friday, April 27, Apple will begin selling the new iPad in an additional nine countries: Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa and Thailand. Both the Wi-Fi and 4G models will be on sale and available through Apple's online store and at select Apple Authorized Resellers.

    The new iPad will be available in 56 countries around the world as of April 27th.


              iPhone in 29 new countries; unlocked in Hong Kong        

    Our sister site Engadget reports that Apple is now offering unlocked iPhones in Hong Kong via its online store. HK$5,500 (≈ US$700) will buy you an 8GB model, HK$6,200 (≈ US$800) gets you 16GB.

    The Apple Store's terms and conditions limit sales to individuals in Hong Kong only, but who knows what the gray market will bring.

    Three Russian carriers will also begin selling unlocked iPhones on October 3, with the 8GB model selling for over US$900.

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              Croatian Turist Board Won the “Tourism Oscar” for their promotional video titled “Ode to Joy”        
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              Two Goals Down, One To Go        
    The Titans celebrating their Českomoravská liga championship last weekend.
    On Saturday, our club fought back to win our league's championship game, 3-2, with an eighth-inning two-run double proving to be the difference against a very good team from Hluboká, which is located two hours south of Prague not far from the Austrian border.

    The ÄŒeskomoravská liga championship game took place eight months from the day I arrived and had my first practice with our team, and since then my players and I have certainly shared some growing pains together. They've had to adjust to my stubborn ways and the program I wanted to put in, and I've had to learn their strengths and weaknesses on the fly while adjusting to them in attempt to mend some of the cultural differences we have on the baseball field.

    My coaching mentor, Pudge Gjormand, always said that 'it's a marathon, not a sprint', and that has never been more true than this season. We'll end up playing about 55 games between 'friendlies', tournaments, league games and postseason games, and have been practicing three times a week since February, minus a two week break in July. Over the course of that time, I've battled to get guys to buy in, and it's a great feeling when you see that happening and them understanding that what I'm preaching really does work more often then it doesn't. It certainly hasn't been a smooth ride at times, but results are what matter in this game and we've been able to check off goals we've set while stringing together some very good stretches of baseball.

    We won 16 straight league games during May and June, won the regular season championship, our first goal, knocked off a surging team from Třebíč in the semifinals, and then defeated a former national team pitcher to win the league title, our second goal. We've competed well in games against the U18 Czech national team as well as the senior national teams from Croatia and Hungary. We led the league in hitting, and when the hitting cooled off at times in the playoffs, our pitching came up big for us.

    With the championship trophy and Andrew Rodgers, our import
    player from Australia, who has been a major part of our success.

    And now, we have an opportunity to get this club back to the Extraliga, the country's top division, when we open the promotion/relegation series (they call it the Baráž here) against Olympia Blansko this weekend. That's our third goal, an annual one the past three years for our club, which dropped from the Extraliga in 2009 after 17 seasons of competing in the league.

    I'm not afraid to tell anyone who will listen that I'm proud of my guys. Proud of them for putting up with me when I hammer them about 'doing the little things right', keeping the 'baseball Gods happy', always being 'the hardest working team in the Czech Republic', or when I let fly an occasional outburst of curse words, toss a fungo in the air in frustration, or go fire up an umpire who may or may not even speak English. Proud of how they all arrive on time now, and when they're running late, that I'll get an SMS letting me know that's the case, something that wasn't the case when I arrived. Proud of how we can fly through a practice plan, knock out drills that simulate game speed that we were dragging through back in March and April, execute in situational hitting drills, and for the most part, make adjustments in practice quickly so we can move on to the next task (this also wasn't the case early on, when EVERYTHING would be discussed at nauseum, something I've discovered as part of the culture in my time in Hungary and here in the Czech Republic).

    Like I told my guys when we traveled to Třebíč with our best-of-five series tied at 1-1, I wasn't ready to go home and had no intentions of doing so while there were still goals left to accomplish. They agreed, and preceded to win the next two games and win the series. Then, at practice last week as we prepared for the championship game, I read them one of my favorite quotes, from Michael Jordan: "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen". And they made it happen, winning the club's first championship since the Czech Baseball Association was formed in 1993.

    While I know the Hluboká club is very good and very well-coached, my guys deserved that championship. They have put in the work, and they were rewarded for it. And that's how it should be. They partied until the early hours of the morning after the game, chanting and singing songs and giving toasts I could only guess the meaning of, with some guys even passing out and sleeping in the locker room after a few too many postgame 'pivos'.

    A goal had been checked off. We celebrated. Now, it's time to get back to work as we strive to reach the next one. 
              TQR/Michael John Grist/Melissa Palladino/Short Story Review        
    Nominating Editor: Theodore Rorschalk

    Quoth Theodore Rorschalk:

    As I’ve stated many times on TQR, and speaking before the UN General Assembly, "Internet-based publications with print mentalities shall not stand!" Furthermore, they are monoliths--monoliths without the benefit of Arthur C. Clarke’s fictitious construct’s ability to pass on technological enlightenment to their users--prolific on the Web as sand in the skies over the windswept Mojave; the rule, wherein TQR is the exception.

    Dynamic where other Web publications are static, TQR challenges the notion that capital judgments must be kept sacred and unknowable as the obfuscatory term for tetragrammaton. TQR comes down off the bookshelf almost every day to give you bits and bytes and sometimes mouthfuls of information, whereas after their new capital gains are posted and the excitement dies (a week, give or take), the majority of e-zines go back up on the shelf to vet their capital in monastic obscurity and silence, while the fruits of their venture capitalists’ labor ripens, then rots from lack of cultivation and care.

    What can I say about this work? The dialogue is salty as a damask whore. The world it takes place in has a disturbingly familiar foreignness that is never forced. It reverberates with verisimilitude without being portentous. You could call it allegorical biblical fantasy or literary tour de force. I call it simply a damn fine read.

    Nominated Short Story: "Celibate Jayne the Hammerhand" - Michael John Grist


    Reviewed: by Melissa Palladino

    In a topsy-turvy world where the largest of whales is named after the smallest of birds, and the holiest of church organs is named after a South American metal band, a whaling captain with lethal silver hammerhands bashes his way out of the belly of a whale and reports that he has seen a human inside--a human who turns out to be a child with golden skin.

    Michael John Grist successfully uses an “opposites” concept, slightly exotic dialog, and at times sing-songy description to draw the reader through to the main attraction--a powerful and moving story of redemption. This is a story where the humans are zoomorphized--Jayne’s crew resembles nothing less than a flock of raucous seagulls, and his first mate, “half-headed Elspeth,” bounces around the beached whale, her “big chin wagging with glee,” like an excited and intensely loyal dog. The children in town are “ratfer” children, and Jayne himself could be seen as a human version of a hammerhead shark--a lethal loner, in spite of the devotion of his crew.

    The named in the story are not whom you would expect. The crew except for Elspeth is anonymous, the townspeople are anonymous, and perhaps most tellingly, the wife and son Jayne left behind are simply “the lass and the lad.” The named are the whales, in a flood of identification when Jayne finds himself again out at sea--Bride’s and Pygmy Rights, Humpbacks, Left Blues, Mesoplodonts, Brontochal Giants, Pterodal Fins and more.

    This emphasis on the named importance of the whales gives the reader his or her first clue about where this story is going, because up until this point the plot tension has been whether or not the crew could strip the blubber from the whale, melt it down, barrel and ship it to the city before the coming storm breaks around them--and the overriding concern of Jayne and Elspeth to identify and get the child out of the dead whale before this happens.

    Who is the child? The manifest lists him as Damaris, the son of the first mate on the ironically named shipwrecked “Salubrious,” and he has been inside the whale for five years. But he is also much more than that, as Jayne finds out when he attempts to rescue him from the dead whale that has been washed back out to sea and is sinking into the deep. For to Jayne’s one whale-calling note, Damaris can sing a symphony, and it’s to this symphony that all the whales respond--including the biggest whale Jayne has ever seen, the behemothic Ptarmigan.

    The Golden Child, in legend, is a magical child foretold to save the people of the land from evil. In this story, he is a bridge between two species, and I would argue that he’s trying to save both species from evil--the whales from being mindlessly slaughtered, and the humans from the psychic consequences of murder. Jayne finally understands while listening to their song that the creatures he has hunted and brutally destroyed are capable of profound grief--and further, that the very whale giving him life-saving succor is the mother of the whale he has just killed and dismantled. And on All Hallows eve, when the dead revisit the mortal world, the body of this mother’s child floats back up to the surface so Jayne can view it through the lens of his new understanding.

    Our Jayne is celibate because he has already harmed his own child through his continuous absence--an unnecessary absence, as we discover, because he has money to spare from his whaling success. He refuses Elspeth’s tender advances because he will not get her with child, only to leave them behind on shore--her suggestion that she whale with child horrifies him. His self-induced isolation is part penance, part protective measure, and his realization that he has not only harmed but murdered a child, albeit of another species, drives him to do what he can to atone.

    Jayne returns to the town, and breaks into his own warehouse. In a long evening that stretches into night, he empties barrel after barrel of the newly acquired whale oil off the docks and into the ocean. Jayne here resembles nothing less than Jesus going through the stations of the cross--each quarter-ton barrel he carries to the dock cuts his skin and by the time he carries his thirtieth barrel to the water’s edge he is leaving a trail of blood behind him. His crew, like the disciples of Jesus, are at first amazed to see him, then angry, and finally leave him, disgusted by his actions. Elspeth, like Veronica, offers him comfort by wiping his face with a white towel.

    Grist makes use of italics to shift Jayne’s midnight labor, somewhere between the 30th and the 40th barrel, into the realm of folklore, and we understand that this is now a story that has been passed down from generation to generation in a society that has moved beyond whaling. This explains both the embroidered language (“the char-houses and damask docks” / “the roar of their moany groany ruck”) and the graphic descriptions of violence--not too different from our own Brothers Grimm.

    Grist is a British/American writer living in Japan--one of the few countries that persists in pursuing whaling as an industry. It is easy to be outraged by their actions--but an honest citizen of just about any country can find similar research, trade or industrial policies involving creatures deemed to be just as intelligent, and with as complex an emotional life as whales.

    Note: "Celibate Jayne the Hammerhand" is more fun than Ulysses to puzzle out. What follows are details that aren’t quite relevant to the storyline, but add to the richness of the tale.

    The crew isn’t named--with the notable exception of Shume and Fralla, who are sent to back to the city for more men.

    Shume and Fralla are the principle ingredients in an “eau de vie” liquor made by Serbo-Croatian nuns--shume being pine needles and fralla being mushrooms. Fralla is also the name of a Swedish breakfast sandwich. So Grist is not only comparing the crew to seagulls, he individualizes two of them into something even lesser--a pine needle and a mushroom (or a breakfast sandwich, take your pick).

    The meaning of Elspeth is “consecrated to God.” The meaning of Jayne is “God is gracious.” Damaris means “to tame, gentle.”

    Fans of Tolkien might think of another possible source for “Hammerhand”--the legendary Helm Hammerhand after which Helm’s Deep was named. According to the story, the king was so named because he killed a rival with a single blow of his fist--and when forces were brought against him he would steal out under cover of winter storms, enter the enemy camps, and kill soldiers with his bare hands.

    As mentioned at the top of the review, Grammaton (a church/organ in Grist’s story) is a heavy metal band in real life. Here is a quote from their website: “There’s a thousand of ways to call the Devil, and one of them is called Grammaton.”



    Reviewer's Bio:

    Melissa Palladino holds degrees from Colby College and Maine College of Art, and lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Night Train, Inkwell, Boston Literary Magazine, Vocabula, elimae, and elsewhere. Writers working on craft can find her show with Randall Brown on beginnings and endings online at The Writing Show. Melissa is employed as a private chef in Beverly Farms and blogs about her obsession with cooking all 1,300 recipes in The Gourmet Cookbook.




    Thanks for visiting Five Star Literary Stories and reading about this short story.
              What next for Eastern Europe?        
    While President Trump tweets, the United States and Russia drift towards war over Syria, and the new Thirty Years War between Shi'ite and Sunni continues on many fronts, another critical drama is playing out in the Eastern half of the European continent.  I find it particularly interesting because it is a replay of the drama I described about 40 years ago in my first book, Economic Diplomacy and the Origins of the Second World War, which is linked at left and available as an e-book.

    For the first few centuries of the modern era the peoples of Eastern Europe lived under large empires.  The Ottoman Empire had reached Europe in the 15th century and eventually included what is now Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Rumania, some of the nations of the former Yugoslavia, and Hungary.  The Tsar of Russia ruled what are now the Baltic States and, by the 19th century, Poland.  The Holy Roman Empire--which in 1806 became the Austrian Empire, and in 1867 the Austro-Hungarian Empire--included parts of Poland and the present-day Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia.  All these peoples, to varying degrees, developed nationalist movements during the 19th century.

    The enormous strain of the First World War proved too much not only for the Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires, but also for the German Empire.  The Allies--France, Britain, Italy and eventually the US as well--sponsored the claims of some of the national movements in their territory.  In January 1918, in his Fourteen Points, Woodrow Wilson endorsed an independent Poland and autonomy (not independence) for the peoples of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires.  When those nations collapsed ten months later, various national movements proclaimed new states.

    As the brilliant but eccentric English historian A. J. P. Taylor noted in 1961, the post-1919 settlement in Eastern Europe reflected the astonishing fact that both Germany and Russia had been defeated. Only that allowed for the re-creation of an independent Poland, the new states of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia,a larger Rumania, independent Poland and Finland, and the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.  It seemed in 1918-9 that things might go even further and that Ukraine might become independent as well, but the Bolsheviks managed to secure control over it in the Russian civil war.  These states were economically and politically weak.  Nearly all of them initially formed some kind of democratic government, encouraged down that path by the western powers.

    In the short run, several of the new states--Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Romania--were threatened by Hungary, which had lost huge territories at the peace conference, while in the long run Czechoslovakia and Poland had to worry about a resurgent Germany. France, eager to cement its status as the leading power in Europe, offered all those states some kind of alliance.  Clearly the French would have trouble defending them once the Germans or Russians regained their military strength, but the French were counting on keeping the Germans weak.  The alliances faced no serious threats until after the rise of Hitler.

    By then all these countries had undergone profound political changes.  While all of them had begun as democracies, only Czechoslovakia, Finland and the Baltic States were still electing their governments by the early 1930s--the rest had come under some form of authoritarian rule.  The agricultural states among them, as I showed in my book, came under German influence after 1935 because the Germans, desperate for food, offered them a market for their produce.  In 1938 Hitler managed to destroy Czechoslovakia when the French abandoned their alliance.  In 1939-40, Hitler and Stalin concluded the Nazi-Soviet Pact. They partitioned Poland and the Soviets incorporated the Baltic States.  Hungary and Rumania became allies of Hitler while Yugoslavia was occupied by the Italians and the Nazis.  In 1945,  the whole region (except Finland) came under Soviet occupation and the USSR installed Communist governments.

    The collapse of the USSR in 1991--77 years after the start of the First World War--started this process over again.  Once again, as in 1919, the entire region was liberated from foreign rule.  This time the proliferation of new states has gone much further, with Czechoslovakia and former Yugoslavia giving way to no less than 8 new states, and not only the Baltic States, but also Ukraine and Belarus, becoming independent.  Once again the new states established various forms of democracy.  And once again, powerful nations from outside the region offered them alliances. NATO, led by the US, offered membership to virtually every new state in the region, including the Baltic states--after initially promising the new Russian government not to do so.  The EU also offered many of them membership, choosing to ignore the enormous economic and cultural differences that still divide Europe somewhere around the frontiers of Germany and Poland.

    Germany is no longer an imperialist nation, although it leads the EU and played a key role in its enlargement.  Russia once again went through a chaotic period but by 2000 it was recovering its strength under Vladimir Putin.  He is clearly determined to reassert Russian influence--if not more--over many of the states of the former USSR.  Belarus lost any real independence very quickly, and Putin is actively contesting the West in a bid for influence in Ukraine, and using the Russian military at the border to do so. He also very obviously has designs on the Baltic states, which are extremely vulnerable militarily.  And while Putin cannot offer these states markets the way the Germans did 80 years ago, he can provide them with energy.

    And once again, democracy has proven fragile in Eastern Europe.  Rightist parties now lead the governments of Hungary, Poland, and some of the other states of the region. The governments of the Czech Republic and Slovakia are weak and subject to corruption and outside influence.  These nations face a choice between  western-style democracy--which is having enormous problems in the west--and Russian-style authoritarianism.  It is not at all clear which path they shall take.

    Only a gigantic war settled the question of Eastern Europe's future 80 years ago.  Such a war does not seem in prospect now, but limited wars, such as a lightning Russian occupation of one or more Baltic states, cannot be ruled out.  Russian and NATO aircraft are constantly confronting one another in the region.  The Russians also seem to be using cyberwar against Ukraine, and they may use it elsewhere. To reach a new equilibrium diplomatically would require a level of statesmanship which is not apparent on the world scene.  Nearly thirty years ago, when the Soviet empire collapsed, I commented frequently that this time, Eastern Europe had taken a new shape without a new world war.  Now it seems that the process may involve a larger conflict--albeit of a possibly different kind.
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              Translate your favorite with Google        
    Sebelumnya telah diuraikan perihal Priority Inbox, dimana fitur ini bekerja pada Gmail dan saat ini Ambae.exe berkesempatan menggunakannya bersama others AMBAE. Lebih awal disampaikan bahwa Google mengeluarkan 2 (dua) fitur terbarunya. Yang akan diuraikan di bawah ini adalah Google Translate dengan fitur yang lebih hebat. Bagi sobat Googler, Google Translate bukanlah hal baru, tapi mungkin saja masih ada rekan-rekan yang ingin mengetahuinya dari awal terutama Ambae.exe yang masih awam.

    Layanan ini diperkenalkan pada tahun 2007 dan mulai memasukkan Bahasa Indonesia ke dalam pilihan bahasa yang bisa diterjemahkan sejak 25 September 2008. Adapun sasaran utama dari Google Translate yakni untuk menerjemahkan bagian teks atau halaman web dalam satu bahasa ke bahasa lain.


    Lalu mengapa diklaim memiliki fasilitas canggih dibanding penerjemah lainnya...? Tidak seperti layanan terjemahan lain seperti Babel Fish dan AOL yang menggunakan SYSTRAN, Google menggunakan perangkat lunak terjemahan sendiri. Itulah hebatnya mbah Google, si empunya tidak mau meminjam apapun dari pihak lain. Kalau perlu Sergey M. Brin dan Lawrence E. Page membeli produk pihak lain agar bisa menguasai dunia maya.

    Lanjut fren, satu persatu kita bahas perihal Translate milik mbah Google. Dukungan Google Translate mencakup :
    - Google Translate versi standar
    - Google Search
    - Google Toolbar
    - Google Chrome
    - Google Labs
    - Google Mail (Gmail)
    - Google Chat (chat via Gmail)
    - Google Talk
    - Google Groups
    - Google Moderator
    - Google Docs (Google Documents)
    - Google Video (YouTube)
    - Google Mobile
    - Google Android
    - Google Web Element
    - Google AJAX API
    - Google Toolkit

    A. Google Translate versi standar

    Steps A1
    Kunjungi Google Translate, lalu ketik atau paste karakter, kata maupun kalimat yang ingin diterjemahkan. Tentukan bahasa terjemahan yang akan digunakan dan klik Translate. Tukar arah terjemahan dengan mengeklik tombol Swap languages.


    Steps A2
    Klik Listen untuk mendengarkan terjemahan versi suara Google. Klik Read phonetically untuk membedakan suara/lafadz dari yang diperdengarkan Google. Metode Read phonetically memanfaatkan sistem notasi fonetis (International Phonetic Alphabet), yakni kumpulan tanda yang dengannya semua bahasa manusia dapat ditulis dan dijelaskan. Seperti halnya membedakan lafadz fa dengan pa dan va atau sa dengan xa dan za atau ca dengan ka dan qa serta ei dengan ee dan ey dan bahasa planet lainnya.


    B. Google Search

    Steps B1
    Silakan meluncur ke Google Homepage dan ketikkan keyword yang akan dicari. Hasil pencarian pun muncul sebanyak 10 URL/Website di halaman pertama Google yang paling terkait dengan keyword tersebut. Untuk menerjemahkan URL, klik link Translate this page atau Terjemahkan laman ini di sisi kanan salah satu URL hasil Searching. Translate dapat dimaksimalkan dengan mengatur metode pencarian pada menu Advanced Search atau Preferences.


    Steps B2
    Setelah mengeklik link Translate this page, Google segera menerjemahkannya. Tentukan bahasa terjemahan pada tampilan halaman berikutnya. Untuk menukar arah terjemahan, tidak disiapkan tombol Swap languages. Sehingga harus mengganti bahasa secara manual pada kedua drop down menu.


    Steps B3
    Temukan hal unik dari namamu, pada kolom pencarian ketik perintah Translate 'My Name is xxxxxxx' to yyyyyyy.
    ~ xxxxxxx : Nama
    ~ yyyyyyy : Bahasa


    C. Google Toolbar

    Steps C1
    Google Toolbar bekerja pada browser Microsoft Internet Explorer dan Mozilla Firefox versi 2.0 atau yang lebih tinggi. Operation System (OS) yang direkomendasikan yakni Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista atau yang lebih tinggi. Untuk mengaktifkannya Download dan Install Google Toolbar, ikuti langkah selanjutnya hingga Finish. Bila Google memerintahkan untuk Restart, sobat Googler ikuti saja, jangan membantah perintah orang tua (mbah Google), mumpung GRATIS. Setelah terinstall, Google Toolbar akan terpasang di bagian atas halaman browser, tepatnya pada Toolbar Menu.



    D. Google Chrome

    Steps D1
    Serupa tapi tidak sama, Google Chrome mirip dengan Google Toolbar. Perbedaannya, Google Toolbar merupakan Add-ons yang bekerja pada browser IE dan Mozilla Firefox. Sedangkan Google Chrome merupakan browser yang di dalamnya telah dibenamkan fitur Google Translate dengan tampilan Google Toolbar. Bekerja hanya pada Operation System (OS) Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista dan Windows 7. Daripada bingung, Download versi teranyar Google Chrome dan rasakan kehangatan Google Translate bersamanya. Untuk versi Beta, disini downloadnya.


    E.
    Google Labs dan Google Mail (Gmail)

    Steps E1
    Email yang masuk tidak selalu menggunakan bahasa Indonesia. Bahkan orang Indonesia pun terkadang memakai bahasa Alien dalam mengirimkan email atau di saat chatting. Install salah satu fitur Google Labs pada Menu Settings. Pilih Sub Menu Labs, aktifkan fitur Message translation lalu Simpan pengaturan.


    Steps E2
    Masih pada Menu Settings, pilih Sub Menu General dan tentukan bahasa terjemahan secara default lalu simpan kembali pengaturan terakhir.


    Untuk menonaktifkan fitur ini, centang Disabled pada Menu Labs. Namun, bila ingin menonaktifkan Google Labs secara utuh tanpa memilah-milah fiturnya, kunjungi OFF.

    F.
    Google Chat (chat via Gmail)
    dan Google Talk

    Steps F1
    Fitur ini memanfaatkan Google Bots dalam menerjemahkan setiap pesan Chat. Googler yang terbiasa dengan Google Wave, kiranya tidak mengalami kesulitan dalam mengaplikasikan Google Bots. Guna memudahkan sobat Googler, Ambae.exe menyuguhkan daftar Google Bots yang dapat ditambahkn pada Gmail Chat atau Google Talk.




    Google Bots pada fitur ini dimaksudkan sebagai robot Google yang akan menelusuri data yang dicari para Googler. Selanjutnya para Robot ini menerjemahkannya ke dalam bahasa masing-masing Bots. Jangan lupa menambahkan @bot.talk.google.com. Format penulisan Bots yakni xxxxxxx@bot.talk.google.com.
    ~ xxxxxxx : Salah satu Bots
    ~ Contoh zh2en@bot.talk.google.com : Google Bots untuk bahasa Chinese ke English.

    G.
    Google Groups, Google Moderator
    dan Google Docs (Google Documents)

    Steps G1
    Berdiskusi bersama rekan sesama Googler, mengedit dokumen, merespon, bertanya, menjawab, menyarankan atau memberi ide dan masukan kepada dan/atau dari Google. Dengan fitur Google Translate di dalamnya, serasa kuliah dengan fasilitas Dwi Bahasa. Sobat tidak perlu mengutak-atik Setting dan Preferences. Cukup mengunjungi Translate ala Google Groups, Google Moderator dan/atau Google Docs (Google Documents).

    H. Google Video (YouTube)

    Steps H1
    Halaman pencarian YouTube, mirip dengan Google Homepage. Klik Translate untuk menerjemahkan Keterangan Video atau klik Show original untuk mengembalikan ke dalam bentuk aslinya.


    Steps H2
    Sobat Googler sering menikmati tayangan HBO atau HBO Asia, Cinemax, Star Movie, Star World dan sebagainya...??? Menonton Film kesayangan di channel termasyur tersebut benar-benar mengasyikkan. Tersedia dalam Bi-Lingual atau Dwi Language. Di samping itu tersedia pula Running Text di setiap Film, meski film itu telah berganti bahasa dari English ke Indonesia. Wajarlah HBO mengklaim dirinya It's not TV, it's HBO

    Bagaimana dengan Google Video atau YouTube...??? Video yang disertai dengan keterangan Teks alias Caption dapat pula diterjemahkan ke dalam berbagai bahasa. Dengan catatan bahwa video tersebut memiliki Caption atau lazim dikenal dengan Running Text sebagai terjemahan teks dari apa yang diucapkan dalam video bersangkutan. Klik Icon (^) lalu pilih Icon (cc), keduanya berada di pojok kanan bawah Video. Lalu klik Translate Captions untuk mengatur bahasa terjemahan.


    Steps H3
    Tentukan bahasa terjemahan dengan mengeklik drop down menu. Selanjutnya klik tombol Translate. Maka sekejap, Caption Video diterjemahkan sesuai bahasa yang dipilih.


    I. Google Mobile dan Google Android

    Steps I1
    Translate via Google Mobile melalui perangkat seluler sobat Googler dengan mengunjungi Google Mobile

    Steps I2
    Dengan Google Android, fitur Google Translate benar-benar dimaksimalkan. Tidak hanya berupa teks ke teks, Googler dapat menerjemahkan teks ke dalam bentuk suara. Demikian sebaliknya, suara diterjemahkan kembali ke dalam bentuk teks. Download Google Android untuk merasakannya.

    J. Google Web Element,
    Google AJAX API dan Google Toolkit

    Steps J1
    Ingin memiliki Tool Translater di Webpage sobat Googler...??? Benamkan Code Google Translate ke dalamnya.

    Copy dan Paste Script Code berikut

    Script di atas hanya contoh, pengaturan secara manual silakan kunjungi Google Web Element. Mengenai penempatan HTML tersebut, posisikan pada BODY section.

    Sobat tidak menginginkan Google menerjemahkan halaman Webpagenya. Copy dan Paste Meta Tag berikut dan posisikan pada HEAD section :


    Steps J2
    Terjemahan Webpage maupun Web Element lebih dimungkinkan lagi dengan fitur Google AJAX API. Tentunya Googler akan lebih sering bermain dengan Javascript.

    Steps J3
    Yang ini lebih hebat lagi. Googler dapat mengupload dan mendownload data yang diterjemahkan dengan fitur Google Toolkit. Lebih lengkapnya, kunjungi Google Tranlator Toolkit karena pada halaman tersebut diuraikan dengan jelas melalui media Video Tutorial versi mbah Google.

    Sobat Blogger dan rekan Googler yang ingin mengetahui lebih banyak tentang fitur ini, silakan mengunjungi mbah Google. Mengingat panjangnya artikel ini dan rumitnya pembahasannya. Sebagai newbie, mohon dikoreksi bila terdapat kesalahan di dalamnya.

    Persembahan berikutnya berupa Daftar Bahasa yang didukung Google Translate hingga saat ini sebanyak 57 Bahasa, yakni :
    * Afrikaans
    * Albanian
    * Armenian (Alpha)
    * Azerbaijani (Alpha)
    * Arabic
    * Basque (Alpha)
    * Belarusian
    * Bulgarian
    * Catalan
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    Before you ask, no, I don’t know what Kristen Stewart is doing on the cover of some Croatian fashion mag. (That’s right, I actually did 30 seconds of research. My mom would be proud.) But I do know that for a while there, Kristen was actually looking kind of hot, and then she went and chopped […]
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    Arabic - Ohiboke (m to f), Nohiboka (f to m, or m to m)
    Armenian - Yes kez si'rumem!
    Azerbaijan - Mjan sjan sevirirjam
    Basque - Maite zaitut!
    Bengali - Ami tomake bahlobashi!
    Bosnian - Volim te!
    Bulgarian - Obicham te!
    Catalan - T'estimo!
    Creole - Mi aime jou!
    Croatian - Volim te!
    Czech - Miluji tev!
    Danish - Jeg elsker dig!
    Dutch - Ik hou van je!
    English - I love you!
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    Estonian - Mina armastan sind!
    Farsi - Tora dost daram!
    Filipino - Iniibig kita!
    Finnish - (Ma) rakastan sua!
    French - Je t'aime!
    Frisian - Ik hald fan dei!
    Galician - Querote!
    German - Ich liebe dich!
    Greek - S'ayapo!
    Gujarati - Hoon tane pyar karoochhoon! tane chaahuN chhuN!
    Hawaiian - Aloha wau ia 'oe!
    Hebrew - Anee ohev otakh (m to f), Anee ohevet otkha (f to m), Anee ohev otkha (m to m), Anee ohevet otakh (f to f)
    Hindi - Mai tumase pyar karata hun (m to f), Mai tumase pyar karati hun (f to m)
    Hungarian - Szeretlek!
    Icelandic - Eg elska thig!
    Indonesian - Saya cinta padamu!
    Irish - t'a gr'a agam dhuit!
    Italian - Ti amo!
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    Korean - Dangsinul saranghee yo!
    Latin - Te amo!
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    Lithuanian - As tave myliu!
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    Marshallese - Yokwe Yuk!
    Norwegian - Jeg elsker deg!
    Polish - Kocham ciebie!
    Portuguese - Eu te amo!
    Romanian - Te iubesc!
    Russian - Ya tyebya lyublyu!
    Sanskrit - twayi snihyaami
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    Sesotho - Kiyahurata!
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    Spanish - Te quiero!
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    Swedish - Jag alskar dig!
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    Thai - Phom rug khun (Male speaker) Chan rug khun (Female speaker)
    Turkish - Seni seviyorum!
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    Urdu - Main tumse muhabbat karta hoon!
    Vietnamese - Anh yeu em (m to f), Em yeu an (f to m)
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              Carnival of the Balkans #3!!        
    Every time I try to compile the Balkan Carnival, blog.hr goes down! it happened again today, but they seemed to recover fairly quickly. Drax points out that technical reliability is not the service's only problem--they are also worried about acquiring a non-serious image, as blogs are not respected by mainstream media in the Balkans. But we respect one another (yes?), so here is another selection of this month's favorite items from Balkan blogs.

    Yakima Gulag realized that it had become a Balkan blog, and explained to readers how and why. At Science and Politics, the variations on identity come together with a religious, political, and scientific reflection on how the heck our kids get so smart. It makes for an interesting reflection on identity and its pleasures and problems, and also at least by implication on ways in which Balkan identity can be chosen.

    The issue of identity and its being chosen or rejected came up again in relation to the question of language. Filologanoga offered a linguistic-historical reflection on the new recodification of the Croatian language, contrasting concerns about uniqueness with enthusiasm for creativity and diversity. Meanwhile a completely different take on linguistic diversity is offered by 20-month old David Muir. The final word on the question of identity comes, as it should, from an advertisement by a sweets manufacturer.

    Economic conditions remained challenging in the region, as Drax reports that they are threatening even establishments for gambling on sports matches. In Croatia, Seesaw reports that tourists are finding that Serbian agencies offer the best prices for coastal destinations in Croatia. However, there may be an incipient growth market for Bosnian snail farmers.

    Not all of the economic and political improvements are moving at a snail's pace, though. Seesaw reports that >Romania and Bulgaria are expected to lead the Balkan charge into the EU. And Serbia-Montenegro was susrprised to get a favorable feasibility study which nobody seems to have got around to translating. The trifecta of developments led to a debate on whether Balkan neighbors are pleased by one anothers' success in dealing with accession to the EU.

    While CNN continued a daily osvrt on the scandals of Croatian public life. On scandals elsewhere in the region, Morpheus informs us of the plan for war criminals to be captured by Pierce Brosnan. And East Ethnia followed war-criminal developments on other fronts.

    It was a good month for Balkan musicians. The Bosnian supergroup Bijelo Dugme announced reunion plans, a fact which Bosny celebrated with a song translation. And "Crvena jabuka" is now 20 years old. Chuck Berry is older still, but the Partibrejkersi will open for him in Zagreb. In the folk-jazz department, electronic harmonikas Belinda Bedelkovic was featured in an interesting video. In the folk-crime department, Ceca tried to do a foreign tour but was denied visas by Canada and Australia.

    The local and global competed in a pro-sljivovica poster provided by Novala, while spring was hailed by dandelion salad recipes from Yakima and from the eastern part of Ethnia. At Gulistan, there was food porn for lovers of squid.

    Several Balkan blogs offered new features and changes. "The Glory of Carniola" tried a design change in the spirit of April 1, and then changed the page design anyway, from the touristy to the newspaperish. Kushtrim Xhakli put up a new interactive map of his regular destinations in Prishtine. And quiet for a while, Dvevnik ulice is back. The Burekeaters are also moving to a new home. We hope it will be large enough to hold the creation that breaks the record for the world's largest burek. In the news about bloggers, Mat Savelli is headed to grad school. And Teekay faces the technical and cultural shock of moving from Sarajevo to some distant place. Had he gone to Britain, he may have got some benefit from the advice that was found by URLanje.

    A few new blogs made their appearance, including Hamburek and investigative journalism by Zeljko Peratovic. Let's keep seeing more as the blogosfera gets wider and more well rounded.
              Carnival of the Balkans #1: BALKAN ARTS AND MUSIC        
    Welcome to the first Carnival of the Balkans! This project grew out of the realization that there are more good sites from Southeastern Europe every day, and that one nice way to follow their development and bring attention to them would be by offering an occasional showcase of some of the best, most interesting and most amusing writing going on. The first edition is on the theme of Balkan music and arts, broadly defined.

    Our first edition is smaller than some of the more established blog carnivals, but larger than the average studio apartment. Posts were nominated either by submission or because the editors had seen something wonderful. With any luck, as the Balkan blog sphere grows and more people become aware of it, future carnivals will be bigger, louder, and more diverse.

    The world of theatre and film was approached through nostalgia by Science and Politics with a remembrance of a great performance of Fiddler on the Roof at the National Theatre in Belgrade. Balkan-scissors shared with us the observations of stage and screen legend Eva Ras, who has published an autobiography. The Burekeaters let us in on the release of the new Macedonian film Bal Can-Can, while Drax set up a new site to be a repository for his film reviews.

    In Balkan television, Burekeaters shared news of the exciting project to link Balkan cities with one another musically through MTV Adria, and let us in on the internet launch of the great Macedonian comedy group K-15. Drax continued to chronicle the spread of “reality TV” in the region, showing again how local patterns make their way into a global commercial form.

    The world of music continued to oscillate between joyful nostalgia and willful forgetting. Drax chronicled the misfortunes of Nova TV in Croatia, which thought it could score a commercial coup by broadcasting an interview with turbo-folk diva and political lightning rod Ceca Raznatovic. The Burekeaters appreciated the music of Bojan Zulfikarpasic and the Kocani Orkestar. Balkan-scissors took a trip through earler Balkan rokenrol with a brief history of the New Primitives and of Zabranjeno Pusenje, and an appreciation of the archives of the old pop magazines Ritam and Dzuboks made available by the new pop magazine Popboks. The Glory of Carniola offered glorious and curious old Yugoslav album covers, introduced us to the interesting to look at Slovenian group Atomik Harmonik, and shared with us the worst-ever performance of the Ode to Joy. East Ethnia hoped for the Balkanization of America by noting that Edo Maajka was coming, so no sikiriki.

    The basic Balkan source for literature and the visual arts remained quod scripsi, scripsi with its daily features on visual artists, writers, and places, much of it supplemented at the author's new multilingual blog. Visual enjoyment of places also continued to be enhanced by Novalas with their ongoing series of “Postcards from the Past.” Among the painters with notable web presences these past few weeks have been Aghim Muka and Bujar Asllani. The last month also marked the departure of Edo Murtic, noted by Quod. Meanwhile the fate of cultural institutions was observed by Ludost's continued chronicle of Bosnia's Zemaljski muzej.

    Balkan cuisine travelled the world as the Burekeaters ate burek (what else?) in Palermo and East Ethnia brought the joy of sour cabbage to benighted and snowed-in western Massachusetts. Rijecanka taught the world to make krostule, and Seesaw offered us first a picture, then a recipe for bosanski lonac.

    Some of the best Balkan humor was on the theme of political culture. The Centralni komitet showed the (d)evolution of political culture in Montenegro. Ludost invited addicts to join Ethnoholics anonymous, and the Burekeaters contributed the Glory of Croatia with a stadium wrapped in a necktie --Croat/cravat, you see.

    The list of excellent Balkan blog productions also includes many that are not mentioned or linked here. Join in, submit your pieces to the Carnival of the Balkans – what is blogging for but to get the word out?
              News In Brief         

    The US

    The FBI arrested two men wanted in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing May 2 after raiding a motel in Missouri. Gary Allen Land and Robert Jacks were being held as material witnesses to the April 19 bombing. The FBI said it didn't yet know if Land was ''John Doe 2.'' James Nichols, charged with conspiring to make explosives with McVeigh, was to have a bond hearing the same day. Nichols and his brother Terry are also material witnesses. Search crews, meanwhile, prepared to use machinery to clear away rubble in the federal building. President Clinton urged Americans to denounce antigovernment zealots. Administration law-enforcement officials asked Congress to expand their powers to investigate potentially dangerous groups. (Story, Page 3.)

    The White House, rejecting a challenge from House Speaker Gingrich, refused to propose a remedy for Medicare's fiscal woes until the Republicans put their own cards on the table. White House chief of staff Panetta said House Republicans have a responsibility to produce a budget that addresses Medicare's pending bankruptcy. The House Ways and Means Committee was to hear testimony from Health and Human Services Secretary Shalala May 2 regarding the crisis. (Story, Page 1.)

    Sales of new homes rose 3 percent in March, reversing direction from February's 12.5 percent plunge, as mortgage rates continued to fall. The market was mixed, however, with sales rising by double-digit figures in the Midwest and West and falling by double-digit figures in the Northeast and South, the Commerce Department said.

    The administration said it will allow thousands of Cuban refugees held at Guantanamo Bay to migrate to the US. Officials said the new policy would be announced May 2 as part of an agreement with Cuba. The administration said Cubans trying to reach the US by boats and rafts will be returned to Havana. (Opinion, Page 20.)

    The Federal Election Commission said more money was raised and spent in last year's congressional races than ever before. Candidates raised $740.6 million and spent $724 million, breaking records set in both categories during the 1992 election cycle. Candidates raised 12 percent more in the 1994 cycle than they did in 1992 and spent 6 percent more, the FEC said.

    The Senate was expected to vote May 2 on extending the proposed cap on punitive damages to health-care providers. The amendment would limit punitive damage awards in malpractice cases to three times the amount of economic damages or $250,000, whichever is greater.

    Under a plan released by the Concord Coalition, a balanced-budget lobbying group, 4 out of every 10 Americans who get federal entitlements and earn more than $40,000 a year would have to make sacrifices to help balance the budget. The Concord Coalition said burgeoning federal health-care costs must be addressed or it will be impossible to keep the budget balanced after 2002. The report stopped short of calling for a radical overhaul of the health-care system.

    Major League umpires and baseball owners agreed to a new five-year contract May 1, ending a 120-day management lockout. The umpires were due back on the diamond May 3, with raises of 25 percent to 37.5 percent.

    A seventh juror in the O. J. Simpson double-murder trial was dismissed, leaving only five alternates. A 28-year-old Hispanic woman was chosen as a replacement. If the number of jurors drops below 12, both sides would have to agree to continue or a mistrial would be declared.

    The World

    Serb rockets hit the Croatian capital of Zagreb May 2, killing four and wounding up to 70 as Croatia erupted in the worst fighting in two years. Croatia bombed a Serb-held bridge that is the Croatian Serbs' last link to Bosnian Serbs. Croatian armed forces had stormed across a UN cease-fire line May 1, but May 2 the government said the offensive was over. Battlefronts also erupted across Bosnia after a truce expired May 1. (Story, Page 1.)

    US trade representative Kantor and Japanese Trade Minister Hashimoto were to meet May 3 in Vancouver to try to break an impasse on sales of US autos and auto parts in Japan. The US, charging unfair practices, has leaked warnings of trade sanctions if talks fail again.

    Gaullist Chirac, frontrunner in the French presidential vote May 7, pledged radical budget changes to create jobs and hinted at a higher minimum wage. Rightist Le Pen refused to endorse either Chirac or his opponent, Socialist Jospin. (Story, Page 6.)

    Argentine President Menem is no longer assured of victory in a May 14 vote, polls show, since his rival, Frepaso candidate Bordon, could take enough votes to require a runoff. The office of Mexican President Zedillo denied a news report that Colombian drug funds made their way into Zedillo's campaign last year. Peruvian police said two American Maoists are wanted for a meeting they held last year with Shining Path guerrillas in Peru.

    Chechen rebels stepped up attacks on Russian troops in Grozny just a week before world leaders arrive in Moscow to celebrate the 50th anniversary of World War II. President Yeltsin has tried to impose a unilateral Russian cease-fire in the war, which is broadly condemned by world opinion.

    Leaders of South Asia's seven nations began a conference in New Delhi aimed at building greater economic cooperation and launching a trade bloc. Lowering of tariffs could begin in December. Pakistani Prime Minister Bhutto stayed away because of strained relations with India, but Pakistani President Leghari was to meet with Indian Premier Rao over the dispute in Kashmir.

    South Korea welcomed North Korea's decision to restart talks with the US on a major nuclear accord, in which the US wants North Korea to accept South-Korean-made nuclear reactors.

    A new Israeli Army plan calls for pulling troops from six Palestinian towns in the West Bank over a 14-month period starting in November, an Israeli daily reported. An Israeli official confirmed the plan but said there is no timetable. The PLO asked the UN to stop planned Israeli land confiscations in East Jerusalem. (Story, Page 7.)

    France rejected the unilateral US trade embargo on Iran announced by President Clinton May 1, but Israel welcomed it. Japan, at US urging, cancelled a loan package to Iran. Japan is the only major source of credit to Iran. The US accuses Iran of pursing nuclear weapons and of backing terrorism.

    Hundreds of people marched through Kigali, Rwanda, shouting ''UN go home'' and accusing the world of unfairly pointing at Rwanda's Tutsi government for a mass killing at a refugee camp April 22, at which at least 2,000 died. Placards accused UN Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali of ignoring last year's genocide of the nation's Tutsi minority. (Story, Page 7.)

    At least 103 journalists were killed in 1994, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said. Only 50 of the UN's 185 member nations respect freedom of the press, the media-rights group charged.

    Etcetera

    China began a new 40-hour work week May 2 as millions of workers returned to their jobs after the May Day holiday. Many cheered the new law, which gives them Saturdays off. In the city of Yiwu, meanwhile, more than 1,500 children under 16 reportedly continue to work illegally. A labor law that took effect Jan. 1 bans employment of children under 16.

    Britain's Prince Charles joined Hamburg officials to mark the 50th anniversary of the surrender of that German city. Hamburg is often called the most British of German cities. It was also one of the places most ravaged by British bombers. Hamburg surrendered on May 3, 1945 -- early -- rather than face more bombing.

    New York City remains among the worst places in the US for mail delivery. The latest quarterly survey by the US Postal Service shows that first-class mail is being delivered on time 76 percent of the time in Manhattan -- up from 52 percent a year ago. Of 96 US postal regions surveyed, service was worse only in Washington, D.C., the Virgin Islands, and San Juan.

    Another burning issue is on its way to Texas' governor. A resolution declaring the jalapeno the official state pepper passed the Senate. The House has given its approval, and Gov. George W. Bush reportedly plans to sign the measure.

    Top-Grossing Films In the US, April 28-30

    (Preliminary figures)

    1. ''While You Were Sleeping,'' $10.2 million

    2. ''Friday,'' $6.8 million

    3. ''Bad Boys,'' $4.4 million

    4. ''Rob Roy,'' $3.3 million

    5. ''Village of the Damned,'' $3.05 million

    6. ''Kiss of Death,'' $2.9 million

    7. ''A Goofy Movie,'' $2.8 million

    8. ''Top Dog,'' $2.1 million

    9. ''Don Juan DeMarco,'' $1.7 million

    10. ''Jury Duty,'' $1.4 million

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    ''Now you know how easy it is to make something big little, something little big, something straight twisted, something good look wrong.''

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              Croatia U19 vs Poland U19, Aug 11, 2017 – Live Stream, Score, Prediction        
    World Championship U19 Handball, Croatia U19 – Poland U19, Friday, 8:00 am ET Short Preview Recent matches Poland U19 is playing uncertain (in the last 5 games wins – 2). Croatia U19 could have advantage in physics – more days for rest in last days. In this match Croatia U19 is certain favorite. Recently, the […]
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              The Kills announce 'Echo Home: Non-Electric EP' in celebration of 15th Anniversary        

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    The Kills – Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince – will release the Echo Home – Non-Electric EP digitally on June 2nd, with a limited edition 10” vinyl release available for pre-order today.

    Both the physical and digital versions of the Echo Home – Non-Electric EP will feature audio from a stripped down session the band captured recently at Electric Lady Studios in New York. Alongside “Echo Home”, the EP features Ash & Ice track “That Love”, a cover of Rihanna’s “Desperado” (which the band originally played as part of a Sirius XMU session), and the song “Wait”, off the band’s first ever release, Black Rooster EP, which celebrates it’s 15 year anniversary on May 28th.

    The Black Rooster EP was originally released on Dim Mak in 2002 and was the start of what’s been an incredible career for Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince of The Kills.

    With five full-length albums (the most recent being 2016’s Ash & Ice), four EPs, a documentary, and countless live shows under their belt, the passion and fire they continue to bring to every recording and performance is extraordinary.

    In their 15th year as a band, The Kills have been looking back and celebrating with a string of anniversary shows and retrospective features, and now this re-recording of “Wait”, one of the first Kills songs ever released. Steve Aoki, owner of Dim Mak and another artist who has proven a career with similar staying power, recently had some words to share on the release of Black Rooster:

    "Many moons ago, back in 2002, I had to make a decision whether to pursue a Ph.D. Program or continue with my label Dim Mak & after hearing a demo from The Kills and becoming the first American label to release their EP Black Rooster, I knew what path I was going to choose. They took me under their wing and I hit the road with them as their tour manager, merch guy, driver (we all took turns) and label. I’ll never forget that and love Jamie and Alison forever. Thank you for believing in lil me when not many people gave two shits about Dim Mak and what we were doing. Ride or Die.” – STEVE AOKI

    Pre-order the Echo Home 10” HERE.

    The Kills 2017 Tour Dates:

    05/27 Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Sound City
    05/28 Margate, UK - Margate Wonderland
    05/30 London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
    06/02 Saint-Brieuc, France - Art Rock Festival
    06/03 Saint-Laurent-De-Cuves, France - Papillons De Nuit Festival
    06/06 Prague, Czech Republic - Roxy
    06/07 Liepzig, Germany - Taubchenthal
    06/09 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
    06/10 Aarhus, Denmark - Northside Festival
    06/13 Munich, Germany - Olympic Stadium *
    06/16 London, UK - London Stadium *
    06/17 London, UK - London Stadium *
    06/24 Athens, Greece - Ejekt Festival
    06/19 Helsinki, Finland - Rock The Beach #
    06/21 Riga, Latvia - Lucavsala Island #
    06/29 Gydnia, Poland - Open’er
    07/02 Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
    07/07 Lisbon, Portugal - Nos Alive
    07/10 Montreaux, Switzerland - Montreaux Jazz Festival
    07/12 Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
    07/16 Berlin, Germany - Melt Festival
    08/12 Bucharest, Romania - Summer Well Festival
    08/15 Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival
    08/17 Gampel, Switzerland - Open Air Gampel
    08/19 Zagreb, Croatia - Tvornica Kulture
    08/25 Charleville Mezières, France - Cabaret Vert
    08/26 Paris, France - Rock En Seine
    09/19 Porto Alegre, Brazil - Anfiteatro Parque (Outdoor) %
    09/21 Rio, Brazil - Rock In Rio
    09/23 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Allianz Parque %

    * = with Guns ‘N’ Roses
    # = with Foo Fighters
    % = with Bon Jovi 


              European Commission issues "black list" of 30 "tax havens"        


    Action Plan on Corporate Taxation

    On 17 June 2015, the Commission adopted an Action Planpdf Choose translations of the previous link for fair and efficient corporate taxation in the EU.
    The Action Plan sets to reform the corporate tax framework in the EU, in order to tackle tax abuse, ensure sustainable revenues and support a better business environment in the Single Market.
    See the timelinepdf. 

    5 Key Areas for Action have been identified:

    1. Re-launching the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB)
    2. Ensuring fair taxation where profits are generated
    3. Creating a better business environment
    4. Increasing transparency
    5. Improving EU coordination 
    map of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions has also been published, in a move to reinforce the EU's response to external threats to Member States' tax bases.
    The Commission also adopted a decision to prolong the Platform on Tax Good Governance, and revise its scope and working methods.
    For further information


    The map was drawn up on the basis of work done by the Platform for Tax Good Governance and the information provided by EU Member States.

    Top 30 listed countries: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Guernsey, Monaco, Mauritius, Liberia, Seychelles, Brunei, Hong Kong, Maldives, Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Montserrat, Panama, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos, US Virgin Islands.

    Panama is listed by Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain.

    Full text in the European Commission website http://ec.europa.eu/





              Discovery Team Member Hit By Car        
    From cyclingnews.com:

    Last Sunday, January 14, Discovery Channel rider Uros Murn was seriously injured while training on the roads near his home in Slovenia, and will be unable to ride for at least three months. The accident occurred when Murn and a training group were struck by a car from behind on a local road between Novo Mesto and Sentjernej.

    The car was overtaking another vehicle when it hit the group of cyclists, with Murn and Primoz Segina of Croatian cycling team BK Puris Kamen Pazin rushed to a hospital in the capital of Ljubljana. Murn, the first of the group to be hit by the car, sustained three breaks in the same leg including an open fracture of the femur. He immediately underwent surgery and at last notice, the surgery was successful.

    According to Discovery team manager Johan Bruyneel, Murn, seventh at the 2006 world road championships in Salzburg, was scheduled to be a key rider in the team's spring classics campaign. "This is obviously a terrible accident and right now, I am only concerned about his current status and well being," said Bruyneel in a team statement. "We have a large team with many riders who can race in his absence. The difficult thing is finding a rider that has the talent and experience in the classics. The whole team wishes Uros a speedy recovery."



              Successful Firing of RBS15 by the Croatian Navy        
    Defence and security company Saab announces another successful customer live firing of the RBS15 surface-to-surface missile system. On 19 October the Croatian Navy fired an RBS15 missile from the RTOP-42 Dubrovnik fast attack craft during the military exercise HARPUN 16. The military exercise HARPUN 16 is held in the waters of Dugi Otok and A1/2irje from 16 to 23 October, and is the main training event of the Croatian Navy this year and one of the main activities in the process of implement...
              The Opulence Suite at The Church Suites by The Cranleigh Boutique        

    OPULENCE

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    Super King sized bed with luxury goose and down duvets and enormous duck and down pillows

    Check in and a warm welcome from the team at the Cranleigh Boutique Hotel

    Digital key pad access to all suites.

    Complimentary high speed internet access

    Free parking. Please note parking is not on site due to the very central location but within easy walking distance.

    Complimentary mini bar, room safe, iron and ironing board, coffee and ice machine.

    Fully lit dressing table area with hairdryer.

    Incredibly intelligent lighting to set your own moods thought the suite and the bathroom. This can be controlled by a simple switch on the wall or create your own exact mood through the
    iPad lighting controls, Anything is possible when it comes to what you personally want the room to look and feel like.

    On demand music all pre set into genres or play your own music through your own device through ceiling mounted speakers in the suite and the bathroom.

    Huge complimentary digital DVD collection for you to enjoy on the television or the drop down cinema screen.

    Luxury thick, soft carpets

    Reading light either side of the bed

    Electric blackout blinds for the ultimate in sleep. You wouldn't know if its night or day.

    Bespoke designed beautiful furniture. all hand made using the finest materials

    Boutique designed interiors by the amazing Jo Cross, using the "Harlequin Momentum" collections for wall papers and "Wemyss" fabrics.

    Large padded headboards with crystallised"Swarovski"buttons.

    Free access to an exclusive Spa and Leisure facilities where you will find a 20m pool, steam room , gymnasium and tranquil spa therapy rooms ,located only a 30 second walk away.

    Internal phone to The Cranleigh Hotel.

    Our aim is to allow you a place to relax totally undisturbed therefore we don't service the room daily however should you require extra towels or toiletries please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Breakfast at The Cranleigh which is located a three minute walk away (surcharge of £17.95 per person). Please note you will need to book this in advance.

    Bathroom (Next generation)

    Super sized sunken air spa bath with "Tranquility" underwater intelligent lighting specially imported from Croatia
    Specially made basins from "Fiora" with basin mixers which are dynamo operated and colour changing
    Tiles manufactured in Italy by" Fabrik"
    Large separate shower enclosure
    Intelligent controlled lighting to set your exact mood exactly the way you want the bathroom to look and feel or just use the preset moods. So simple but super effective.
    On demand music all pre set into genres or play your own music through your own device. All iPad controlled.
    Underfloor Heating
    40" televisions behind mirrors

    Cast: the Cranleigh Boutique

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              The Utopia Suite at The Church Suites by The Cranleigh Boutique        

    UTOPIA

    Suite

    Right in the heart of the bustling Bowness Village next to the Church with Lake Windermere on your doorstep

    Super King sized bed with luxury goose and down duvets and enormous duck and down pillows

    Check in and a warm welcome from the team at the Cranleigh Boutique Hotel

    Digital key pad access to all suites.

    Complimentary high speed internet access

    Free parking. Please note parking is not on site due to the very central location but within easy walking distance.

    Complimentary mini bar, room safe, iron and ironing board, coffee and ice machine.

    Fully lit dressing table area with hairdryer.

    Incredibly intelligent lighting to set your own moods thought the suite and the bathroom. This can be controlled by a simple switch on the wall or create your own exact mood through the
    I Pad lighting controls. Anything is possible when it comes to what you personally want the room to look and feel like .

    On demand music all pre set into genres or play your own music through your own device through ceiling mounted speakers in the suite and the bathroom.

    Huge complimentary digital DVD collection for you to enjoy on the television or the drop down cinema screen.

    Luxury thick, soft carpets

    Reading light either side of the bed

    Electric blackout blinds for the ultimate in sleep. You wouldn't know if its night or day.

    Bespoke designed beautiful furniture, all hand made using the finest materials

    Boutique designed interiors by the amazing Jo Cross,using the "Harlequin Momentum" collections for wall papers and "Wemyss" fabrics.

    Large padded headboards with crystallised "Swarovski" buttons.

    Our aim is to allow you a place to relax totally undisturbed therefore we don't service the room daily however should you require extra towels or toiletries please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Free access to an exclusive Spa and Leisure facilities where you will find a 20m pool, steam room, gymnasium and tranquil spa therapy rooms ,located only a 30 second walk away.

    Internal phone to The Cranleigh Hotel.

    Breakfast at The Cranleigh which is located a three minute walk away (surcharge of £17.95 per person). Please note you will need to book this in advance.

    Next Generation Bathroom

    Super sized air spa bath with tranquility underwater with intelligent lighting specially imported from Croatia

    Specially made basins from "Fiora" with mixers which are dynamo operated and colour changing

    Tiles manufactured in Italy by "Fabrik"

    Large separate shower enclosure

    Intelligent controlled lighting to set your exact mood exactly the way you want the bathroom to look and feel or just use the preset moods.

    On demand music all pre-set into different genres or play your own music through your own device, all iPad controlled.

    Under floor heating

    40" bathroom televisions behind mirrors

    Cast: the Cranleigh Boutique

    Tags: church suites, the cranleigh, the cranleigh boutique, boutique hotels in windermere, lake district boutique hotels and hotels with hot tubs


              Indulgence Suite        

    THE INDULGENCE SUITE

    Suite

    Right in the heart of the bustling Bowness Village next to the Church with Lake Windermere on your doorstep.

    Hidden Cinema room with projector screen mounted in front of a 50" television. Touch button or iPad controlled.

    Super King sized bed with luxury goose and down duvets and enormous duck and down pillows

    Mirrored infinity bedroom area like you have never seen before

    Outdoor Hot Tub in your own private courtyard with mood lighting and comfortable seating area. On demand music outside.

    Check in and a warm welcome from the team at the Cranleigh Boutique Hotel

    Digital key pad access to all suites.

    Complimentary high speed internet access

    Free parking. Please note parking is not on site due to the very central location but within easy walking distance.

    Complimentary mini bar, room safe, iron and ironing board, coffee and ice machine.

    Fully lit dressing table area with hairdryer.

    Incredibly intelligent lighting to set your own moods throughout the suite and the bathroom. This can be controlled by a simple switch on the wall or create your own exact mood through the
    I Pad lighting controls. Anything is possible when it comes to what you personally want the room to look and feel like.

    Next Generation Bathroom

    Huge complimentary digital DVD collection for you to enjoy on the television or the drop down cinema screen.

    Luxury thick soft carpets

    Reading light either side of the bed

    Remote control flame effect fire

    Electric blackout blinds for the ultimate in sleep. You wouldn't know if its night or day.

    Bespoke designed beautiful furniture all hand made using the finest materials.

    Boutique designed interiors by the amazing Jo Cross, using the "Harlequin Momentum" collections for wall papers and "Wemyss" fabrics.

    Large padded headboards with crystallised "Swarovski" buttons.

    Free access to an exclusive Spa and Leisure facilities where you will find a 20m pool, steam room , gymnasium and tranquil spa therapy rooms, located only a 30 second walk away.

    Internal phone to The Cranleigh Hotel.

    Our aim is to allow you a place to relax totally undisturbed therefore we don't service the room daily however should you require extra towels or toiletries please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Breakfast at The Cranleigh which is located a three minute walk away (surcharge of £17.95 per person). Please note you will need to book this in advance.

    Next Generation Bathroom

    Super sized air spa bath with tranquility underwater with intelligent lighting specially imported from Croatia.

    Specially made basins from "Fiora" with mixers which are dynamo operated and colour changing

    Tiles manufactured in Italy by "Fabrik"

    Large separate shower enclosure

    Intelligent controlled lighting to set your exact mood exactly the way you want the bathroom to look and feel or just use the preset moods.

    On demand music all pre-set into different genres or play your own music through your own device, all iPad controlled.

    Under floor heating

    40" bathroom televisions behind mirrors

    Cast: the Cranleigh Boutique

    Tags: church suites, the cranleigh, the cranleigh boutique, boutique hotels in windermere, lake district boutique hotels and hotels with hot tubs


              The Fantasy Suite at The Church Suites by The Cranleigh Boutique        

    FANTASY Suite

    Suite

    Hidden Cinema room with projector screen mounted in front of a 50" television. Touch button or iPad controlled.

    Super King sized bed with luxury goose and down duvets and enormous duck and down pillows

    Check in and a warm welcome from the team at the Cranleigh Boutique Hotel

    Digital key pad access to all suites.

    Complimentary high speed internet access

    Free parking. Please note parking is not on site due to the very central location but within easy walking distance.

    Complimentary mini bar, room safe, iron and ironing board, coffee and ice machine.

    Fully lit dressing table area with hairdryer.

    Incredibly intelligent lighting to set your own moods thought the suite and the bathroom. This can be controlled by a simple switch on the wall or create your own exact mood through the
    iPad lighting controls> Anything is possible when it comes to what you personally want the room to look and feel like

    On demand music all pre set into genres or play your own music through your own device through ceiling mounted speakers in the suite and the bathroom.

    Huge complimentary digital DVD collection for you to enjoy on the television or the drop down cinema screen.

    Luxury thick, soft carpets

    Reading light either side of the bed

    Remote control flame effect fire

    Electric blackout blinds for the ultimate in sleep. You wouldn't know if its night or day.

    Bespoke designed beautiful furniture all hand made using the finest materials

    Boutique designed interiors by the amazing Jo Cross using the "Harlequin Momentum" collections for wall papers and "Wemyss" fabrics.

    Large padded headboards with crystallised"Swarovski" buttons.

    Free access to an exclusive Spa and Leisure facilities where you will find a 20m pool, steam room , gymnasium and tranquil spa therapy rooms, located only a 30 second walk away. Internal phone to The Cranleigh Hotel.

    Our aim is to allow you a place to relax totally undisturbed therefore we don't service the room daily however should you require extra towels or toiletries please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Breakfast at The Cranleigh which is located a three minute walk away (surcharge of £17.95 per person). Please note you will need to book this in advance.

    Next Generation Bathroom

    Glass bathroom. A unique and unforgettable experience
    Super sized air spa bath with "Tranquility" underwater intelligent lighting specially imported from Croatia
    Specially made basins from "Fiora" with basin mixers which are dynamo operated and colour changing
    Tiles manufactured in Italy by "Fabrik"
    large separate shower enclosure
    Intelligent controlled lighting to set your exact mood exactly the way you want the bathroom to look and feel like or just use the preset moods.
    On demand music all pre set into genres or play your own music through your own device. All iPad controlled.
    Underfloor Heating
    40" televisions behind mirrors

    Cast: the Cranleigh Boutique

    Tags: church suites, the cranleigh, the cranleigh boutique, boutique hotels in windermere, lake district boutique hotels and hotels with hot tubs


              The Indulgence Suite at Church Suite by The Cranleigh Boutique.        

    NEXT GENERATION BOUTIQUE SUITES

    THE INDULGENCE SUITE

    Suite

    Right in the heart of the bustling Bowness Village next to the Church with Lake Windermere on your doorstep.

    Hidden Cinema room with projector screen mounted in front of a 50" television. Touch button or iPad controlled.

    Super King sized bed with luxury goose and down duvets and enormous duck and down pillows

    Mirrored infinity bedroom area like you have never seen before

    Outdoor Hot Tub in your own private courtyard with mood lighting and comfortable seating area. On demand music outside.

    Check in and a warm welcome from the team at the Cranleigh Boutique Hotel

    Digital key pad access to all suites.

    Complimentary high speed internet access

    Free parking. Please note parking is not on site due to the very central location but within easy walking distance.

    Complimentary mini bar, room safe, iron and ironing board, coffee and ice machine.

    Fully lit dressing table area with hairdryer.

    Incredibly intelligent lighting to set your own moods throughout the suite and the bathroom. This can be controlled by a simple switch on the wall or create your own exact mood through the
    I Pad lighting controls. Anything is possible when it comes to what you personally want the room to look and feel like.

    Next Generation Bathroom

    Huge complimentary digital DVD collection for you to enjoy on the television or the drop down cinema screen.

    Luxury thick soft carpets

    Reading light either side of the bed

    Remote control flame effect fire

    Electric blackout blinds for the ultimate in sleep. You wouldn't know if its night or day.

    Bespoke designed beautiful furniture all hand made using the finest materials.

    Boutique designed interiors by the amazing Jo Cross, using the "Harlequin Momentum" collections for wall papers and "Wemyss" fabrics.

    Large padded headboards with crystallised "Swarovski" buttons.

    Free access to an exclusive Spa and Leisure facilities where you will find a 20m pool, steam room , gymnasium and tranquil spa therapy rooms, located only a 30 second walk away.

    Internal phone to The Cranleigh Hotel.

    Our aim is to allow you a place to relax totally undisturbed therefore we don't service the room daily however should you require extra towels or toiletries please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Breakfast at The Cranleigh which is located a three minute walk away (surcharge of £17.95 per person). Please note you will need to book this in advance.

    Next Generation Bathroom

    Super sized air spa bath with tranquility underwater with intelligent lighting specially imported from Croatia.

    Specially made basins from "Fiora" with mixers which are dynamo operated and colour changing

    Tiles manufactured in Italy by "Fabrik"

    Large separate shower enclosure

    Intelligent controlled lighting to set your exact mood exactly the way you want the bathroom to look and feel or just use the preset moods.

    On demand music all pre-set into different genres or play your own music through your own device, all iPad controlled.

    Under floor heating

    40" bathroom televisions behind mirrors

    Cast: the Cranleigh Boutique

    Tags: church suites, the cranleigh, the cranleigh boutique, boutique hotels in windermere, lake district boutique hotels and hotels with hot tubs


              Fantasy Suite        

    FANTASY Suite

    Suite

    Hidden Cinema room with projector screen mounted in front of a 50" television. Touch button or iPad controlled.

    Super King sized bed with luxury goose and down duvets and enormous duck and down pillows

    Check in and a warm welcome from the team at the Cranleigh Boutique Hotel

    Digital key pad access to all suites.

    Complimentary high speed internet access

    Free parking. Please note parking is not on site due to the very central location but within easy walking distance.

    Complimentary mini bar, room safe, iron and ironing board, coffee and ice machine.

    Fully lit dressing table area with hairdryer.

    Incredibly intelligent lighting to set your own moods thought the suite and the bathroom. This can be controlled by a simple switch on the wall or create your own exact mood through the
    iPad lighting controls> Anything is possible when it comes to what you personally want the room to look and feel like

    On demand music all pre set into genres or play your own music through your own device through ceiling mounted speakers in the suite and the bathroom.

    Huge complimentary digital DVD collection for you to enjoy on the television or the drop down cinema screen.

    Luxury thick, soft carpets

    Reading light either side of the bed

    Remote control flame effect fire

    Electric blackout blinds for the ultimate in sleep. You wouldn't know if its night or day.

    Bespoke designed beautiful furniture all hand made using the finest materials

    Boutique designed interiors by the amazing Jo Cross using the "Harlequin Momentum" collections for wall papers and "Wemyss" fabrics.

    Large padded headboards with crystallised"Swarovski" buttons.

    Free access to an exclusive Spa and Leisure facilities where you will find a 20m pool, steam room , gymnasium and tranquil spa therapy rooms, located only a 30 second walk away. Internal phone to The Cranleigh Hotel.

    Our aim is to allow you a place to relax totally undisturbed therefore we don't service the room daily however should you require extra towels or toiletries please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Breakfast at The Cranleigh which is located a three minute walk away (surcharge of £17.95 per person). Please note you will need to book this in advance.

    Next Generation Bathroom

    Glass bathroom. A unique and unforgettable experience
    Super sized air spa bath with "Tranquility" underwater intelligent lighting specially imported from Croatia
    Specially made basins from "Fiora" with basin mixers which are dynamo operated and colour changing
    Tiles manufactured in Italy by "Fabrik"
    large separate shower enclosure
    Intelligent controlled lighting to set your exact mood exactly the way you want the bathroom to look and feel like or just use the preset moods.
    On demand music all pre set into genres or play your own music through your own device. All iPad controlled.
    Underfloor Heating
    40" televisions behind mirrors

    Cast: the Cranleigh Boutique

    Tags: church suites, the cranleigh, cranleigh boutique, boutique accommodation, the lake district and hotels with hot tubs


              Roma International Scholarship Program (RISP), 2014-2015        

    This scholarship has been extracted from the BEST SCHOLARSHIP WEB: Scholarships 2017 - 2017 =)

    Roma Education Fund is inviting application for international scholarship program for pursuing bachelor, master, doctoral or postdoctoral program at a state accredited university in other than applicant’s home country. The Program is designed to provide partial support to Roma students who are citizens of one of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine. REF can support under RISP scholarship scheme the same applicant throughout his/her studies for maximum 5 years.. Roma Education Fund’s Scholarship Program (REF SP) announces the opening of its yearly scholarship cycle of the Roma International Scholar

    All the complete information in Roma International Scholarship Program (RISP), 2014-2015 !


              Upcoming events...        
    If you are a lover of all things vintage and handmade like we are and you just can't get enough, here is just a handful of fabulous events to visit throughout the upcoming Spring and Summer months.  So, mark your calendar and get out to support your local entrepreneurs.

    Alec Vanderboom via Mary Ruffle

    Upcoming Local Markets + Fairs
    Lower Mainland, BC

    Make it!  The Handmade Revolution
    April 20 - 22, 2012 from 11am - 6pm Saturday, 11am - 5pm Sunday
    The Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver BC
    3250 Commercial Drive
    www.makeitproductions.com

    Got Craft? 
    May 6, 2012 from 10am - 5pm
    Royal Canadian Legion, Vancouver BC
    2205 Commercial Drive
    www.gotcraft.com

    Scout Handmade + Vintage Market
    Wine + Cheese Event May 25th from 6 - 9pm (ticket holders only)
    May 26, 2012 from 10am - 4pm
    The Parallel Marketplace, Abbotsford BC
    1920 North Parallel Road
    www.scoutvintagemarket.blogspot.com

    Portobello West
    May 26 - 27, 2012 from 11am - 5pm
    Creekside Community Recreation Centre, Vancouver BC
    1 Athletes Way
    www.portobellowest.com

    Crafty Affaire Market
    June 2, 2012 from 10am - 4pm
    Elgin Hall, South Surrey BC
    14250 Crescent Road
    www.craftyaffaire.com

    The Olde Vintage Farmhouse
    Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 9am - 4pm
    Albion Fairgrounds, Maple Ridge BC
    23514 - 105th Avenue
    www.theoldefarmhouse.ca

    Fort Langley Celebration of the Arts
    July 29, 2012 
    Fort Langley Community Hall, Fort Langley BC
    9167 Glover Road
    www.bloommarket.ca

              Euro 2016 playoffs predictions        
    Norway v Hungary – Thursday 12th November Hungary have not won in the past nine games against Norway, and won’t find it any easier this time around. A glance at their relative group opponents says it all; Norway finished third behind Italy and Croatia, whilst the Hungarians lost out to Northern Ireland and Romania. Moreover Norway were very close to qualifying automatically, letting their lead slip against Italy in their final match. They’ll feel that they’ve earned a place at the finals already, and will have too much for a […]
              2002 World Cup team ratings        

    An elimination tournament does not, by its nature, produce overall standings. You can construct a table by points, of course, but it will not take into account the differences in games played and opponents' strengths. I wanted, just for fun, to devise an objective (which doesn't mean meaningful) way to rate and rank the 32 teams in the World Cup. After several iterations, here's the scheme I came up with.

    For each team I calculated a raw efficiency rating based on their points per game. At 3 points for a win, 1 for a tie and none for a loss, with 2 bonus points for making it to the elimination stage, I added up each team's points, divided by an expected point total of 4/3 * games-played (figuring an average result for three round-robin games would have been a win, a tie and a loss), and then added 1, anticipating later multiplication, so that the resulting ratings start at 1 instead of 0.

    I then went back and used those ratings as a measure of opponent's strength, assigning each match for each team the product of the points gained (again 1-base (4/2/1) rather than 0-base (3/1/0)) and the opponent's raw rating. Add those values up and average them, and then add a 1-point bonus for making it to the elimination stage. This approach takes no account of goals for or against, and does not make any attempt at incorporating any information (like FIFA rankings) from outside the tournament. Nonetheless, it produces the following interesting set of adjusted ratings:


    1Brazil10.12
    2Germany7.92
    3Turkey7.59
    4Spain7.47
    5South Korea7.45
    6England6.87
    7USA6.53
    8Mexico6.15
    9Senegal6.05
    10Japan5.81
    11Denmark5.63
    12Belgium5.58
    13Ireland5.24
    14Italy5.18
    15Sweden5.13
    16Poland4.59
    17Paraguay4.51
    18Croatia4.31
    19Costa Rica4.23
    20Argentina4.04
    21Portugal3.99
    22Ecuador3.94
    23Cameroon3.85
    24South Africa3.78
    25Uruguay3.40
    26Russia3.33
    27Nigeria3.10
    28Tunisia3.02
    29France2.73
    30China2.69
    31Saudi Arabia2.41
    32Slovenia2.41


    Since all that math was totally arbitrary, there is no reason to believe these numbers mean anything, but I'm surprised how well they seem to accord with my subjective intuition. And the table passes the obvious sanity checks: the top and bottom are right, South Korea is penalized a little bit for playing and losing an extra game, almost (but not quite) all the second-round teams come in ahead of the teams that were eliminated in the first, and France barely edges out the three teams that didn't gain any points.

    So I'm going with it. As far as I'm concerned, the US is now temporarily the 7th best men's soccer nation on the planet.

              Politics - USA        
     Steve steveson wrote:
    Asterios wrote:

     Steve steveson wrote:


    Let's be clear, legal or not there is no way the US is going to ban Mulims from entering the country. The question is not about IF it will happen, but if it is racist to say it should or not.

    Why will it not happen? Because the backlash for the US would be huge. There are far to many countries with Muslim majorities or large minority's who would have to respond, including the UK, India and Saudi Arabia.


    actually several European countries have already started banning them.


    No they haven't, and the European convention on human rights would make it illigal, and free movement laws would make it impossible. Some countries suggest they might restrict the number of Muslim refugees, but were very quickly told that was illegal. No countries in Europe have tried or want to try to ban Muslims.


    http://www.thenation.com/article/european-countries-closing-their-borders-to-refugees-is-collective-punishment/

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2015/11/syria_s_refugee_crisis_is_a_european_emergency_far_right_parties_are_rising.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/31/world/middleeast/united-nations-ban-ki-moon-syria-refugees.html?_r=0

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/09/slovenia-and-croatia-ban-the-transit-of-refugees

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/syria-war-urges-leaders-accept-refugees-160330092114353.html

    nuff said
              Politics - USA        
    Asterios wrote:
     Steve steveson wrote:
    Asterios wrote:

     Steve steveson wrote:


    Let's be clear, legal or not there is no way the US is going to ban Mulims from entering the country. The question is not about IF it will happen, but if it is racist to say it should or not.

    Why will it not happen? Because the backlash for the US would be huge. There are far to many countries with Muslim majorities or large minority's who would have to respond, including the UK, India and Saudi Arabia.


    actually several European countries have already started banning them.


    No they haven't, and the European convention on human rights would make it illigal, and free movement laws would make it impossible. Some countries suggest they might restrict the number of Muslim refugees, but were very quickly told that was illegal. No countries in Europe have tried or want to try to ban Muslims.


    http://www.thenation.com/article/european-countries-closing-their-borders-to-refugees-is-collective-punishment/

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2015/11/syria_s_refugee_crisis_is_a_european_emergency_far_right_parties_are_rising.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/31/world/middleeast/united-nations-ban-ki-moon-syria-refugees.html?_r=0

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/09/slovenia-and-croatia-ban-the-transit-of-refugees

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/syria-war-urges-leaders-accept-refugees-160330092114353.html

    nuff said


    No, those links say nothing about European countries banning Muslims. At worst they are about some countries trying to restrict the number of refugees. Not the same thing at all.
              Politics - USA        
     Steve steveson wrote:
    Asterios wrote:
     Steve steveson wrote:
    Asterios wrote:

     Steve steveson wrote:


    Let's be clear, legal or not there is no way the US is going to ban Mulims from entering the country. The question is not about IF it will happen, but if it is racist to say it should or not.

    Why will it not happen? Because the backlash for the US would be huge. There are far to many countries with Muslim majorities or large minority's who would have to respond, including the UK, India and Saudi Arabia.


    actually several European countries have already started banning them.


    No they haven't, and the European convention on human rights would make it illigal, and free movement laws would make it impossible. Some countries suggest they might restrict the number of Muslim refugees, but were very quickly told that was illegal. No countries in Europe have tried or want to try to ban Muslims.


    http://www.thenation.com/article/european-countries-closing-their-borders-to-refugees-is-collective-punishment/

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2015/11/syria_s_refugee_crisis_is_a_european_emergency_far_right_parties_are_rising.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/31/world/middleeast/united-nations-ban-ki-moon-syria-refugees.html?_r=0

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/09/slovenia-and-croatia-ban-the-transit-of-refugees

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/syria-war-urges-leaders-accept-refugees-160330092114353.html

    nuff said


    No, those links say nothing about European countries banning Muslims. They are all about some countries trying to restrict the number of refugees. Not the same thing at all.


    refugees who are Muslim.
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    Hi, everyone! It’s Aidan Lang here, and I’m going to speak to you about Mozart’s Magic Flute, Die Zauberflöte.

    Magic Flute is always in those lists of “the most popular operas,” which are really lists of the operas most performed. Why is that? I think it’s ‘cause it’s got something for everyone. Part of its appeal is it’s a very large cast, which keeps its interest going; it’s going a strong, if somewhat diverse storyline; I mean, it’s a hard storyline to encapsulate! But you are engaged, always, in terms of what’s going to happen next, and that’s a great appeal for people. The variety of its music is also so important. It traverses a number of different styles, from the simple, almost folk-like tunes given to Papageno, which is very much symptomatic of the sort of music which was performed in a Singspiel; and then music of huge sophistication, in the arias, say, of Tamino and Pamina; the vocal fireworks of both of the Queen of the Nights arias; and the beautiful, somber gravitas of the music for the priests and Sarastro. So there’s massive variety in this work, of style, of tone, which is not just to do with the storyline, it’s baked into this particular form called Singspiel. At the end of the day I think its popularity is based on the fact that it’s got so much going for it. It’s got famous musical highlights, and a number of highlights (it’s not just a one-hit wonder at all). As you sit through it you’ll go, “Oh, my goodness me!” and “Oh, it’s that one,” and “Oh, that;” they keep coming. And I think that’s part of its appeal. It has everything right. It’s got extraordinary music, familiarity of many of the numbers, and also an opera which demands spectacle and it demands visual élan. It’s got it all.

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    What I love about Mozart’s work is, at the end of it all there is forgiveness and humanity and an understanding, not only of human nature, but of human foible. It’s no coincidence that over four years we’ve programmed all four of Mozart’s great operas: Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, and next year Così fan tutte. Because these are four great cornerstones of the repertoire. What for me always amazes, in these works and in some of the less-performed works, which I’ve had the great privilege to direct over the years, is the humanity which shines through not only Mozart’s music but also his dramaturgy. I directed one of his pieces of juvenilia, La finta semplice (The Feigned Simpleton) , I think he was 13 when he wrote it. Musically, there was an understanding of human emotion and love which was mind-boggling for a 13 year-old. You just know you’re in the presence of an extraordinary human being, who seems to understand how people interact. For me this is the mark of a truly great human being: that we are aware of our faults, we can hopefully correct them and understand; but we don’t attach blame.

    In The Magic Flute, there is an understanding of all aspects of human nature, with the two character-paths of Tamino and Papageno. We have this sense of a man (or two men) starting the opera one way and ending transformed and enriched at its outcome. For me I find that a wonderful thing. You leave the theater a different person from the one who sat down in their seat, just as the characters do. And that for me is what all art should be about. We enter this extraordinary experience, of sitting in a theater and engaging with a happening onstage, but what defines art from simply entertainment is that at the end of it we go out wiser people, better citizens, if you like, we go out renewed and with a higher understanding of ourselves and the way we interact with our society. That is why Mozart is a truly great artist.

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    It’s an opera where there’s something for everyone, and I think that’s built into it. Mozart and Schikaneder were writing a work which was aimed to speak to a wide-ranging audience. It was performed not at the opera, it was performed at a theater outside Vienna, outside the city walls, which specialized in this German form of Singspiel, a sung play. So the format of Magic Flute is sung sections interspersed with dialogue. Singspiel was considered a middle- to lower-class form of entertainment, as opposed to the aristocratic entertainment, which was Italian opera. I’ll talk in a moment about the higher thought which underpins this work; but Mozart and Schikaneder put in quite simple moments of philosophy, when the characters come out of the action for a moment and give a little moral directly to the audience, then go back into action. You see it for the first time in the quintet after the Queen of the Night’s aria, when Papageno’s mouth-padlock is taken off, and he’s learned his lesson, not to tell lies. Then all five characters—the Three Ladies, Papageno, and Tamino—come forward to the audience and say, “This is the punishment for any liar!” And there are a lot of moments throughout the opera where those moral lessons are given. I think the feeling is that those lessons are given for those members of the audience who may not have been Freemasons, or may not have been versed in the philosophy of the Enlightenment, which gets touched in at a higher level of the work. But the educational aspect of the piece is there for all people. So there are simple lessons for the less philosophically minded, and one includes Papageno in that. It’s also an opera with important philosophical points being made, which may be over the heads of people, but is also there for a more intellectual audience as well. That’s actually baked into the piece. The work itself moves at such a lick—it moves very quickly, it travels a long way—so you’re all the time being moved by a multiple story level, as all these characters go on their journeys.

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    Flute is one of those 18th-century operas which is quite hard to sum up in one or two succinct sentences. But I’m going to try! It is about a journey. The meaning of that journey changes. On the one hand you have Prince Tamino, who seems to be on a sort of adventure; for the first half hour or so of the opera he seems to be on a quest to find and rescue a girl. But halfway through Act One that journey changes into a more spiritual quest, a quest to find understanding of human nature. The other quest, the other journey, is the secondary set of characters: Papageno the bird-catcher and his quest to find a wife. The two characters, the two men, Tamino and Papageno, are two sides of our personality, and I think it’s important that as they go on this parallel journey, you realize that together they form a complete person. Although the two men’s journeys physically take different directions, at the end of the opera each finds a resolution, and with both characters finding a resolution at the same time, so we as human beings are complete as both conflicting sides of our personalities come together.

    THE HODGE-PODGE
    As always there are people who will find fault with a work, even a sublime masterpiece like this, and one of the criticisms aimed over really since its beginning against Magic Flute, is its seeming hodgepodge of influences. Where did this story come from? How come we mix up the tradition of Singspiel, which on the whole was a popular form of entertainment, with the high thought of Freemasonry, with this idea of a lot of the imagery coming from ancient Egypt, there’s echoes certainly of the Orpheus myth, of low-level characters and Sarastro and his priests operating at the highest level. It’s very hard to find a throughline on this. I’ve given a lot of thought to this, and it occurs to me that finding a throughline is actually a very modern thing to want to do. Actually, if you go back to the time this was composed and the circles Mozart was inhabiting, in the latter years of his very short life—he became a Freemason later on, so for the last seven years of his life he was a Freemason. But in those times, Freemasonry was linked to the movement called the Enlightenment. This was the Age of Enlightenment, where science was held as a means of discovering eternal truths. The ideas of the Enlightenment are very, very close to those of Freemasonry. This was a time when men of thought, of all disciplines—the arts, sciences—would meet together at the Masonic Lodge to discuss ideas, ideas which were relevant to times of great political upheaval. You know, the French Revolution has just happened. The libertarian ideas taught by the Enlightenment, and indeed by the Freemasons, were held responsible (by some aristocracies clinging onto power) the idea of freedom of thought and individualism. So these were very turbulent times.

    We tend to think that all composers write for posterity, because we do repertoire which has survived, and gets repeated, and of course Magic Flute is one such. But actually, composers don’t write for posterity; they write for the moment. This is a piece about Mozart’s time. He wasn’t sitting there thinking, you know, “200 years later my work will still be done!” He didn’t think that way. And I think that’s important to understand when we view this. We can reinterpret it, and take ideas and find connections with our times, and of course we do that all the time. But composers wrote huge outputs for the consumption then. The idea of posterity was not really in their consciousness.

    Schikaneder is hailed as being the librettist; he was the manager of the Theater auf der Wieden, where the opera was first performed, and he played the role of Papageno. But what we know now is that all sorts of members of the cast actually were composers and actors in their own right. I have the feeling that somehow this piece was much more of a collective experience, even though Mozart wrote the music, it’s certainly felt now that Schikaneder was certainly not alone, in writing all the libretto. That one of their fellow performers, who actually directed the first performance, a guy named Giesecke, actually wrote some of the libretto himself. And you feel that all these wide-ranging ideas were the result of endless nights of discussion. And Mozart took an idea from here, and took an idea from there. The Singspiel-format allows that. Were this an Italian opera seria, or indeed an Italian comic opera, it would be far too much information. But the free-wheeling nature of Singspiel, the fact that you can go from one musical style to another, means that it’s open to adopting all sorts of influences and ideas. I think it’s a product of its time, of 1791, where ideas of meaning and thought and importance are being bandied around in certain circles. In a funny kind of way, I think the diversity of influences we should view as a strength, not as a weakness. It’s only later thought about what an opera should be, what a work of art should be, which has caused the problem. Because Magic Flute doesn’t fit into that format. But I think it is a product of its time.

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    As I said earlier, this is a work which you can approach at two levels: as a really fantastic and entertaining night out; or you can mine the work for ideas of depth and meaning. Those ideas are there. In a nutshell, it is about an understanding of who we are as human beings, about human nature.

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    One of the disciplines which has to be achieved in order to arrive at a level of higher understanding is the ability to conquer the fear of death. To understand that death is part of the life cycle, as is passing on to a new generation. Now, this comes in a number of ways. Even at the Papageno level, a character who’s very much afraid of death, and who fails the test. But at the end, in the wonderful duet with Papagena, that is all about creating the next generation, an endless litter of children. But for Tamino and Pamina, significantly, both characters faint, they pass out under stress. Tamino faints as the serpent, the dragon is about to devour him; and Pamina faints when threatened by Monostatos. And the faint is considered to be a symbolic death, and when you wake up you’re in a “brave new world,” a new start. As Tamino wakes up, suddenly he finds himself in this land, and he’s on the beginning of his journey; and when Pamina wakes up suddenly Papageno is there. That is the start of their journey. So there’s a sort of symbolic death, throwing off one life in preparation for a new life. The Isis and Osiris myth is actually one of death and renewal as well. These ideas of a new life, an afterlife if you like, are important to understand this work. There’s something to look forward to after death, even if it’s a metaphorical death, in the case of the faint of Tamino and Pamina. But more importantly, the trials of fire and water are the way that Tamino, and Pamina, who joins him on that journey, are able to conquer their fear of death, and finally pass through, and be ready to be fully enlightened individuals.

    THE MIX OF SERIOUS AND COMIC
    One of the fascinating things about Magic Flute is that every production is different. It’s probably the opera I have seen most different productions of, in my life, partly because my wife spent a lot of her career singing either Pamina or, in many, many occasions, Papagena, all around Europe, and I saw many different productions of this piece which she was in, and every one was different. I guess you’d divide it into two camps, those who take a more “show” approach, a more musical theater approach, a spectacle-based approach to the work; and those productions which take it extremely seriously.

    This fusion of seriousness and a lighter side seems to capture this piece best. If a production is too heavy on the showy aspect, they lose a lot of the piece; but at the same time you can be a bit too serious with it, and negate the amusing nature of the more comic aspects of the work as well. Maybe it’s a reflection of our desire to homogenize our experiences today, and find this unity of thought, whereas it’s just not there in this piece, and I think you should just celebrate the fact that it has endless variety. If one scene seems overly earnest to you, well, five minutes later an entertaining scene is going to pop along.

    This mix of genres is of course absolutely typical of Shakespeare. What’s quite fascinating is our director, Chris Alexander, is a hugely experienced director of Shakespeare, and that may well be why he’s given us such a varied and deeply thought-out production, because he understands this idea that comedy and seriousness exist hand-in-hand, as in life. This is an opera of contrasts, but contrasts which are necessary to each other. There are endless references to darkness and night, and references to daylight and the sun. It’s not really about good and evil. It’s about the fact that good and evil are two sides of the same coin. Day can only come after night. Day needs night. These contrasts are part of human nature. If someone has only one and not the other, they’re not a complete human being. That dichotomy is built into the musical and dramatic structure of the piece as well. We are complete because we have many, many different facets to us.

    SEATTLE OPERA’S 2017 PRODUCTION
    This production by Chris Alexander is a revival of our production from 2011. I think what’s special about it is the way that the characters are so clearly defined in all their various guises by the wonderful and vibrant designs by Zandra Rhodes. In many ways the scenic picture helps bring those characters into focus. It is through this wide panoply of characters that we understand the work. And I know you’re gonna be in for an absolute treat, visually, in terms of the use of color and textures and fabrics which Zandra always brings to her work and gives this particular production a life and energy which I think is really, really attractive. Chris himself is back to oversee the revival, and I’m also very pleased to welcome to Seattle Opera Julia Jones, our maestro. It’s her first time conducting here, she’s a particular expert in Mozart. Julia, interestingly, is English but has spent most of her career in Germany, and I think brings an understanding of the text, which gets lost in some productions. A lot of people think this is an inferior libretto, not worthy of textual scrutiny, but Julia in rehearsal has been emphasizing the need to make the text really mean something, and that’s great, because of course it is the words which drive any drama.

    As always, we have some welcome returnees and some new people on our stage. Both our Paminas, Lauren Snouffer and Amanda Forsythe, have been with us before; Lauren was here earlier this season as Countess Adèle in Count Ory, and those of you who saw Handel’s Semele will remember the extraordinary outfit that Amanda wore as Iris, the zappy messenger of Juno in Handel’s opera. So we’re very very glad to have both those ladies back with us. Our two Taminos: Andrew Stenson was a Young Artist here, and Randall Bills we last saw as Don Ottavio in Chris Alexander’s Don Giovanni in 2014. So again, it’s great to have those two gents back with us. Our two Papagenos: John Moore was last with us as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Craig Verm is making his Seattle Opera debut, although we’ll be seeing him next season in Così fan tutte and Beatrice and Benedict. It’s a great role, I think, to introduce Craig to our audiences.

    Every Papageno I’ve ever seen—and I’ve seen a lot of Papagenos!—manages to make the role their own. One of the interesting things about our double casting is, it allows our audience to see what is exactly the same production with sometimes very different tones from one cast to the other, and I think if ever there was a role that illustrates that it’s Papageno, the personality of the singer to shine through, so I’ll be very curious to see, once we get onstage, the different way John and Craig handle those dialogues and by implication their interaction with the audience.

    I’ve done The Magic Flute many times in my career and one thing which always amused me was the way that Papagenos will bring their own panpipes with them. It’s a role which a baritone of that fach will sing very often, and panpipes become a very personal thing. I’ve known productions where we’ve had a set of panpipes for the production, and our Papagenos say, “Oh, no, I need to use my own!” Rather like a diva of the 1950s or 60s who traveled with her own costume. Papagenos are very, very particular about their panpipes. Both our singers have brought their own with them, and we’ve had to dress them up to look right within the context of this production. But they are different! If you see both casts, listen up for a different tone to the panpipes.

    It’s a great pleasure to welcome to Seattle our Sarastro, Ante Jerkunica. Ante I saw in Berlin singing Prince Gremin at the Deutsche Oper a couple years ago, and it immediately struck me, while watching him sing the aria in Act 3, that here was our Sarastro. Sarastro shouldn’t be a grandfather figure; he’s actually a friend of Pamina’s father, he’s of that generation, and often the tradition plays him as this grand old statesman. He’s actually a man of action, a man of thought and decision, who wants to effect social change. So I felt that Ante was the right playing age to play this role. It’s also a sort of bass voice which is perfect for this role, and they don’t grow on trees. Many basses sing this role, but when you hear a voice like this, you suddenly understand that this is the sound which Sarastro needs. Ante is Croatian, but actually has been a singer in Germany at the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, since maybe 2008. This is not only his Seattle Opera debut but also his US debut. I notice he’s at the Colon in Buenos Aires a bit later this year. I think this is a singer who’s just about to explode. Looking at his future engagements, he’s now spreading out, and I’m excited we’re able to feature him, slightly ahead of the game.

    Our Queen of the Night is Christina Poulitsi, who’s a real expert in this role, this is one of the roles she specializes in. Sometimes you feel that vocally the Queen of the Night feels younger than her daughter Pamina! And Christina has a fullness to the sound, and therefore becomes a very plausible mother. So we’ve got really two wonderful singers in those two significant roles.

    The other singer I was going to mention is Rodell Rosell, who’s singing Monostatos. Again, it’s a debut with us; Rodell is an extraordinary singing actor. We’re going to be seeing him as Goro in our next production, Madame Butterfly. He’s one of those amazing physical compelling performers—you cannot take your eyes off him when he’s onstage. I know you’ll enjoy his performances here as Monostatos.

    One feature of Magic Flute is of course the Three Spirits, the Three Boys. This is where our Education programs are really beginning to bear fruit: our Youth Opera Chorus, which fed the children’s chorus in Hansel & Gretel, and that of course became a fertile hunting ground for the two sets of young singers who we need for this production. For me it really emphasizes the way that as a company, what you see onstage at McCaw is in many ways the fruit of activities going on for far longer, and it’s great to see the paths, the way the six young singers in our two teams have moved through the ranks and have now achieved a status to perform alongside such wonderful singers.


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              Three summer days in Venice        
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              HUMAN RIGHTS IN 2011: THE CIRI REPORT        
    The CIRI Human Rights Data Project has released its ratings of government respect for 16 internationally-recognized human rights in almost every country in the world for the year 2011.  The CIRI Project’s data stretch back, annually, to 1981 and can be freely accessed at www.humanrightsdata.org.

    The CIRI data are used by governments, scholars, international organizations, businesses, think tanks, and students the world over for a variety of purposes.  The project is co-directed by Dr. David L. Cingranelli (Binghamton University), Dr. David L. Richards (University of Connecticut), and Dr. K. Chad Clay (University of Georgia). 

    This data release has also been accompanied by a number of changes at the CIRI Project.  A new country was added to the data for 2011 (South Sudan), and, reflecting the addition of a new co-director (K. Chad Clay) in Fall 2012, the project’s citation has changed.  Perhaps most importantly, CIRI’s release schedule has changed.  In the future, data updates will be issued annually in January to cover the year that began two years previous.  As such, the 2012 ratings will be released in January 2014.

    Below, we present four stories from the 2011 data:


    THE BEST AND WORST OF 2011

    All 14 of CIRI’s individual indicators of particular human rights can be summed into an overall human rights score for each country in the world.  The best score a country can receive is 30, representing high respect for all 14 human rights; the worst score is 0, representing very low respect for all 14 human rights.  The world average was 17, and the USA scored 24 (tied for the 7th highest score, but still ranking behind 37 countries).  Below are the best and worst of 2011.

    Top 9 Countries – Overall Respect
    Luxembourg [30]
    Netherlands [29]
    New Zealand [29]
    San Marino [29]
    Andorra [28]
    Australia [28]
    Denmark [28]
    Iceland [28]
    Norway [28]

    Bottom 9 Countries – Overall Respect
    Iran [1]
    Eritrea [2]
    Saudi Arabia [2]
    Burma [3]
    China [3]
    Libya [3]
    Yemen [3]
    Democratic People's Republic of Korea [4]
    Syria [4]


    STABILITY & CHANGE IN RESPECT FOR PHYSICAL INTEGRITY RIGHTS

    The CIRI Physical Integrity Rights Index measures government respect for the freedoms from torture, extrajudicial killing, political imprisonment, and disappearance. It varies from 0 (no respect for physical integrity rights) to 8 (full respect for physical integrity rights).  Overall, government respect for physical integrity declined in 2011, as the mean score on the physical integrity rights index fell from 5.01 in 2010 to 4.82 in 2011.  In particular, respect for physical integrity rights saw the following dramatic changes in 2010-2011:

    Largest Declines in Respect for Physical Integrity Rights
    Bahrain [-5]
    Djibouti [-3]
    Egypt [-3]
    Republic of Korea [-3]
    Libya [-3]
    Mauritania [-3]
    Oman [-3]

    Largest Improvements in Respect for Physical Integrity Rights
    Panama [+4]
    Croatia [+3]
    Belarus [+2]
    Nepal [+2]
    Togo [+2]

    Further, as these lists suggest, it would appear that changes in government respect for physical integrity rights in 2011 were not evenly distributed across the globe.  Indeed, as demonstrated below, South Asian states experienced a net improvement in average government respect for physical integrity, while some of the largest declines in government respect for physical integrity rights were concentrated in the Near East & North Africa:

    Average Change in Respect for Physical Integrity Rights by Region
    Africa [-0.04]
    East Asia & the Pacific [-0.12]
    Europe & Eurasia [0]
    Near East & North Africa [-1.37]
    South Asia [+0.25]
    Western Hemisphere [-0.11]






    THE “ARAB SPRING” & HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE NEAR EAST & NORTH AFRICA

    Beginning in Tunisia in December 2010, the wave of demonstrations, protests, and conflicts known as the “Arab Spring” swept through the Arab world in 2011.  What effect did this have on respect for human rights in the Near East and North Africa (as defined by the US State Department)?  Table 1 displays the change in the overall human rights score, as well as in the CIRI Physical Integrity Rights Index, from 2010 to 2011. 

     
    As can be seen, most states in the region demonstrated reduced respect for human rights in 2011, particularly those states that experienced some of the highest levels of unrest that year, e.g. Bahrain, Libya, and Egypt.  Of course, other states, like Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, already had extremely low scores on our indicators and thus, had little room to move down.  On the other hand, Tunisia experienced a large increase in its overall human rights score, owing to the overthrow of its government early in the year and the elections held in October.  However, this was not enough to overcome the high level of physical integrity rights abuse that accompanied the protests early in the year, which led to a decrease in respect for physical integrity rights from an already low score of 3 in 2010 to 2 in 2011.
     
    STABILITY & CHANGE IN WOMEN’S RIGHTS
     
    CIRI also annually codes two measures of internationally-recognized women’s rights: women’s political rights and women’s economic rights.  The women’s political rights measure is aimed at capturing the degree to which government laws and practices ensure that women enjoy the rights to vote, to run for political office, to hold elected and appointed government positions, to join political parties, and to petition government officials.  The women’s economic rights measure captures the degree to which government laws and practices ensure that women enjoy equal pay for equal work, free choice of profession or employment, the right to gainful employment, equality in hiring and promotion, job security, freedom from discrimination by employers, freedom from sexual harassment, and the right to work in dangerous professions, including working at night and working in the military and police forces.
     
    Our two measures of women’s rights moved in opposite directions in 2011.  While women’s political rights improved for the second straight year, women’s economic rights suffered a setback after two consecutive years of improvement.  Indeed, this is in keeping with these measures’ performance over time.  As shown in the graph below, respect for women’s economic rights has lagged behind respect for women’s political rights consistently since 1981.  However, that gap has widened with time, as respect for women’s political rights has consistently grown while respect for women’s economic rights has remained relatively flat.
    Note: The shapefile used to construct the above map comes from Weidmann, Kuse, and Gleditsch’s cshapes, version 0.4-2.  The map was made using Pisati’s spmap package in Stata 12.1.  Another version of this post can be viewed at the The Quantitative Peace.

              HUMAN RIGHTS IN 2010: THE CIRI REPORT        
    In conjunction with Human Rights Day, 2011, the CIRI Human Rights Data Project releases its ratings of government respect for 16 internationally-recognized human rights in almost every country in the world for the year 2010. The CIRI project's data stretch back, annually, to 1981 and can be freely accessed at www.humanrightsdata.org

    The CIRI data are used by governments, scholars, international organizations, businesses, think tanks, and students the world over for a wide variety of purposes. The project is Co-Directed by Dr. David L. Cingranelli (Binghamton University) and Dr. David L. Richards (University of Connecticut) and assisted by Senior CIRI Associate K. Chad Clay (University of Georgia). Any inquiries may be addressed to info@humanrightsdata.org

    Below, we present four types of stories from this year's released data:


    THE BEST AND WORST of 2010

    All 14 of CIRI's indicators of particular human rights can be summed into an overall human rights score for each country in the world. The top (best) score a country can receive is 30, while the worst score would be 0. The world average was 18 and the USA scored 26 (tied for 5th place). Below are the best and worst of 2010.

    Top 13 Countries:

    Denmark [30]
    Iceland [30]
    Austria [29]
    New Zealand [29]
    Norway [29]
    Australia [28]
    Belgium [28]
    Finland [28]
    Liechtenstein [28]
    Luxembourg [28]
    Netherlands [28]
    San Marino [28]
    Sweden [28]


    Bottom 10 Countries:

    Burma [2]
    Eritrea [2]
    Iran [2]
    China [3]

    Korea, Democratic People's Republic of [3]
    Yemen [3]
    Zimbabwe [3]
    Saudi Arabia [4]
    Congo, Democratic Republic of [5]
    Nigeria [5]


    THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

    On May 20, 2011, the United Nations elected 15 new members of the UN Human Rights Council. Here are their total CIRI human rights scores for 2010, out of a possible 30 points. Six out of the fifteen new members had scores below the world average of 18 for the year 2010. Below are the scores for each new member:

    Austria         [29]
    Benin          [16]
    Botswana     [22]
    Burkina Faso    [20]
    Republic of Congo  [18]  
    Chile             [26]
    Costa Rica     [26]
    Czech Republic   [24]
    India               [10]
    Indonesia        [13]
    Italy               [24]
    Kuwait          [11]
    Peru              [18]
    Philippines     [15]
    Romania        [17]


    DECLINE IN RESPECT FOR PHYSICAL INTEGRITY RIGHTS

    The CIRI Index of Physical Integrity Rights measure's a government's overall level of respect for four rights: torture, extrajudicial killing, political imprisonment, disappearance. The index ranges from 0 (no respect for any of these four rights) to 8 (full respect for all four of these rights). In 2008-2009, the world saw an overall average increase in these rights of .047. However, a reversal of this improvement was seen from 2009-2010, with it's overall average decline in respect of -.031. In particular 2009-2010 saw the following dramatic changes:

    Three Countries Lost 3 Points (Violations Increased)

    Croatia
    Georgia
    Panama

    Seven Countries Gained 2 Points (Violations Decreased)

    Angola
    Chad
    Chile
    Guinea
    Italy
    Kenya
    Seychelles

    The fact that the CIRI data stretch back in time to 1981 allows for longitudinal comparison. For example, the graph below shows how regional averages of respect for physical integrity rights have changed over the years:



    MORE TORTURE

    An important part of this overall decline in respect for physical integrity rights comes from a continuing degradation, globally, of respect for the right not to be tortured. For example, 2009-2010 saw 17 countries engage in more torture, while only 8 engaged in less torture. Below is the list of these countries. CIRI's indicator of government respect for torture is as follows: (0) Frequent/systematic torture, (1) Moderate/occasional torture (2) No reported/confirmed episodes of
    torture.

    Increased Torture, 2009-2010

    Austria
    Bahrain
    Canada
    Congo, Republic of
    Croatia
    Georgia
    Hungary
    Japan
    Korea, Republic of
    Kyrgyz Republic
    Marshall Islands
    Mozambique
    Nicaragua
    Senegal
    Sierra Leone
    Slovenia
    Thailand

    Decreased Torture, 2009-2010

    Chile
    Czech Republic       
    Denmark       
    Dominica       
    Italy       
    Micronesia, Federated States of       
    Seychelles       
    Spain

    This trend in the greater use of torture is not a post-9/11 phenomenon, however. The chart below shows the increased use of torture beginning in the early 1980s. The extent of the drop in respect for this right differed by region and is seen to be particularly acute in Africa.


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              Nikola Tesla (Entrevista)        





    The Nikola Tesla Interview hidden for 116 years!

    In 1899 Tesla gave this interview which has rarely ever been published for over 100 years.



    Journalist: Mr. Tesla, you have gained the glory of the man who got involved in the cosmic processes. Who are you, Mr. Tesla?

    Tesla: It is a right question, Mr. Smith, and I will try to give you the right answer to it.

    Journalist: Some say you’re from the country of Croatia, from the area called Lika, where together with the people are growing trees, rocks and starry sky. They say that your home village is named after the mountain flowers, and that the house, where you were born, is next to the forest and the church.

    Tesla: Really, all it true. I’m proud of my Serbian origin and my Croatian homeland.

    Journalist: Futurists say that the Twenty-and Twenty First Century was born in head of Nikola Tesla. They celebrate conversely magnetic field and sing hymns to Inductions engine. Their creator was called the hunter who caught the light in his net from the depths of the earth, and the warrior who captured fire from heaven. Father of alternating current will make the Physics and Chemistry dominate half the world. Industry will proclaim him as their supreme saint, a banker for the largest benefactors. In the laboratory of Nikola Tesla for the first time is broken atom.

    There is created a weapon that causes the earthquake vibrations. There are discovered black cosmic rays. Five races will pray to him in the Temple of the future, because they had taught a great secret that Empedocles elements can be watered with the life forces from the ethers.

    Tesla: Yes, these are some of my most important discoveries. I’m a defeated man. I have not accomplished the greatest thing I could.

    Journalist: What is it, Mr. Tesla?

    Tesla: I wanted to illuminate the whole earth. There is enough electricity to become a second sun. Light would appear around the equator, as a ring around Saturn.

    Mankind is not ready for the great and good. In Colorado Springs I soaked the earth by electricity. Also we can water the other energies, such as positive mental energy. They are in the music of Bach or Mozart, or in the verses of great poets. In the Earth’s interior, there are energy of Joy, Peace and Love. Their expressions are a flower that grows from the Earth, the food we get out of her and everything that makes man’s homeland. I’ve spent years looking for the way that this energy could influence people. The beauty and the scent of roses can be used as a medicine and the sun rays as a food.

    Life has an infinite number of forms, and the duty of scientists is to find them in every form of matter. Three things are essential in this. All that I do is a search for them. I know I will not find them, but I will not give up on them.

    Journalist: What are these things?

    Tesla: One issue is food. What a stellar or terrestrial energy to feed the hungry on Earth? With what wine watered all thirsty, so that they can cheer in their heart and understand that they are Gods?

    Another thing is to destroy the power of evil and suffering in which man’s life passes! They sometimes occur as an epidemic in the depths of space. In this century, the disease had spread from Earth in the Universe.

    The third thing is: Is there an excess Light in the Universe? I discovered a star that by all the astronomical and mathematical laws could disappear, and that nothing seems to be modified. This star is in this galaxy. Its light can occur in such density that fits into a sphere smaller than an apple, a heavier than our Solar System. Religions and philosophies teach that man can become the Christ, Buddha and Zoroaster. What I’m trying to prove is wilder, and almost unattainable. This is what to do in the Universe so every being is born as Christ, Buddha or Zoroaster.

    I know that gravity is prone to everything you need to fly and my intention is not to make flying devices (aircraft or missiles), but teach individual to regain consciousness on his own wings … Further; I am trying to awake the energy contained in the air. There are the main sources of energy. What is considered as empty space is just a manifestation of matter that is not awakened.

    No empty space on this planet, nor in the Universe.. In black holes, what astronomers talk about, are the most powerful sources of energy and life.

    Journalist: On the window of your room in hotel “Valdorf-Astoria”, on the thirty-third floor, every morning, the birds arrive.

    Tesla: A man must be sentimental towards the birds. This is because of their wings. Human had them once, the real and visible!

    Journalist: You have not stopped flying since those distant days in Smiljan!

    Tesla: I wanted to fly from the roof and I fell: Children’s calculations could be wrong. Remember, the youth wings have everything in life!

    Journalist: Have you ever married? It is not known that you have affection for love or for a woman. Photos from the youth show you were handsome man.

    Tesla: Yes. I did not. There are two views: a lot affection or not at all. The center serves to rejuvenate human race. Women for certain people nurtures and strengthen its vitality and spirit. Being single does the same to other people. I chose that second path.

    Journalist: Your admirers are complaining that you attacking relativity. The strange is your assertion that the matter has no energy. Everything is imbued with energy, where it is?

    Tesla: First was energy, then matter.

    Journalist: Mr. Tesla, it’s like when you said that you were born by your father, and not on you.

    Tesla: Exactly! What about the birth of the Universe? Matter is created from the original and eternal energy that we know as Light .It shone, and there have been appear star, the planets, man, and everything on the Earth and in the Universe. Matter is an expression of infinite forms of Light, because energy is older than it. There are four laws of Creation. The first is that the source of all the baffling, dark plot that the mind cannot conceive, or mathematics measure. In that plot fit the whole Universe.

    The second law is spreading a darkness, which is the true nature of Light, from the inexplicable and it’s transformed into the Light. The third law is the necessity of the Light to become a matter of Light. The fourth law is: no beginning and no end; three previous laws always take place and the Creation is eternal.

    Journalist: In the hostility to the theory of relativity you go so far, that you hold lectures against its Creator at your birthday parties..

    Tesla: Remember, it is not curved space, but the human mind which cannot comprehend infinity and eternity! If relativity has been clearly understood by its Creator, he would gain immortality, even yet physically, if he is pleased.

    I am part of a light, and it is the music. The Light fills my six senses: I see it, hear, feel, smell, touch and think. Thinking of it means my sixth sense. Particles of Light are written note. O bolt of lightning can be an entire sonata. A thousand balls of lightning is a concert.. For this concert

    I have created a Ball Lightning, which can be heard on the icy peaks of the Himalayas. About Pythagoras and mathematics a scientist may not and must not infringe of these two. Numbers and equations are signs that mark the music of the spheres. If Einstein had heard these sounds,   he would not create theories of relativity. These sounds are the messages to the mind that life has meaning, that the Universe exists in perfect harmony, and its beauty is the cause and effect of Creation. This music is the eternal cycle of stellar heavens.

    The smallest star has completed composition and also, part of the celestial symphony. The man’s heartbeats are part of the symphony on the Earth. Newton learned that the secret is in geometric arrangement and motion of celestial bodies. He recognized that the supreme law of harmony exists in the Universe. The curved space is chaos, chaos is not music. Einstein is the messenger of the time of sound and fury.

    Journalist: Mr. Tesla, do you hear that music?

    Tesla: I hear it all the time. My spiritual ear is as big as the sky we see above us. My natural ear I increased by the radar. According to the Theory of Relativity, two parallel lines will meet in infinity. By that Einstein’s curved will straighten. Once created, the sound lasts forever. For a man it can vanish, but continues to exist in the silence that is man’s greatest power.

    No, I have nothing against Mr. Einstein. He is a kind person and has done many good things, some of which will become part of the music. I will write to him and try to explain that the ether exists, and that its particles are what keep the Universe in harmony, and the life in eternity.

    Journalist: Tell me, please, under what conditions Angel adopt on the Earth?

    Tesla: I have ten of them. Keep good records vigilant.

    Journalist: I will document all your words, Dear Mr. Tesla.

    Tesla: The first requirement is a high awareness of its mission and work to be done. It must, if only dimly, exist in the early days. Let us not be falsely modest; Oak knows that it is oak tree, a bush beside him being a bush. When I was twelve, I have been sure I will get to Niagara Falls. For most of my discoveries I knew in my childhood that I will achieve them, although not entirely apparent … The second condition to adapt is determination. All that I might, I finished.

    Journalist: What is the third condition of adjustment, Mr. Tesla?

    Tesla: Guidance for all the vital and spiritual energies in labor. Therefore purification of the many effects and needs that man has. I therefore have not lost anything, but just gained.

    So I enjoyed every day and night. Write down: Nikola Tesla was a happy man… The fourth requirement is to adjust the physical assembly with a work.

    Journalist: What do you mean, Mr. Tesla?

    Tesla: First, the maintenance of the assembly. Man’s body is a perfect machine. I know my circuit and what’s good for him. Food what nearly all people eat, to me it is harmful and dangerous. Sometimes I visualize that chefs in the world are all in conspiracy against me … Touch my hand.

    Journalist: It was cold.

    Tesla: Yes. Bloodstream can be controlled, and many processes in and around us. Why are you frightened young man?

    Journalist: It’s a story that Mark Twain wrote a mysterious stranger, that wonderful book of Satan, inspired by you.

    Tesla: The word “Lucifer” is more charming. Mr. Twain likes to joke. As a child I was healed once by reading his books. When we met here and told him about, he was so touched that he cried. We became friends and he often came to my lab. Once he requested to show him a machine that by vibration provokes a feeling of bliss. It was one of those inventions for entertainment, what I sometimes like to do.

    I warned Mr. Twain as not to remain under these vibrations. He did not listen and stayed longer. It ended by being, like a rocket, holding pants, darted into a certain room. It was a diabolically funny, but I kept the seriousness.

    But, to adjust the physical circuit, in addition to food, dream is very important . From a long and exhausting work, which required superhuman effort, after one hour of sleep I’d be fully recovered. I gained the ability to manage sleep, to fell asleep and wake up in the time which I have designated. If I do something what I do not understand, I force myself to think about it in my dream, and thus find a solution.

    Tesla: The fifth condition of adjustment is memory. Perhaps in the most people, the brain is keeper of knowledge about the world and the knowledge gained through the life. My brain is engaged in more important things than remembering, it is picking what is required at a given moment. This is all around us. It should only be consumed. Everything that we once saw, hear, read and learn, accompanies us in the form of light particles. To me, these particles are obedient and faithful.

    Goethe’s Faust, my favorite book, I learned by heart in German as a student, and now it can all recite. I held my inventions for years ‘in my head “, and only then I realized them.

    Journalist: You often mentioned the power of visualization.

    Tesla: I might have to thank to visualization for all that I invented. The events of my life and my inventions are real in front of my eyes, visible as each occurrence or the item. In my youth I was frightened of not knowing what it is, but later, I learned to use this power as an exceptional talent and gift. I nurtured it, and jealously guarded. I also made corrections by visualization on most of my inventions, and finish them that way, by visualization I mentally solve complex mathematical equations. For that gift I have, I will receive rank High Lama in Tibet.

    My eyesight and hearing are perfect and, dare to say, stronger than other people. I hear the thunder of a hundred fifty miles away, and I see colors in the sky that others cannot see. This enlargement of vision and hearing, I had as a child. Later I consciously developed.

    Journalist: In youth you have several times been seriously ill. Is it a disease and a requirement to adapt?

    Tesla: Yes. It is often the result of a lack of exhaustion or vital force, but often the purification of mind and body from the toxins that have accumulated. It is necessary that a man suffers from time to time. The source of most disease is in the spirit. Therefore the spirit and can cure most diseases. As a student I got sick of cholera which raged in the region of Lika. I was cured because my father finally allowed me to study technology, which was my life. Illusion for me was not a disease, but the mind’s ability to penetrate beyond the three dimensions of the earth.

    I had them all my life, and I have received them as all other phenomena around us. Once, in childhood, I was walking along the river with Uncle and said: “From the water will appear the trout, I’ll throw a stone and it is cut.” That’s what happened. Frightened and amazed, his uncle cried: “Bade retro Satan’s!” He was an educated and he spoke in Latin …

    I was in Paris when I saw my mother’s death. In the sky, full of light and music floated are wonderful creatures. One of them had a mother’s character, who was looking at me with infinite love. As the vision disappeared, I knew that my mother died.

    Journalist: What is the seventh adjustment, Mr. Tesla?

    Tesla: The knowledge of how the mental and vital energy transform into what we want, and achieve control over all feelings. Hindus call it Kundalini Yoga. This knowledge can be learned, for what they need many years or is acquired by birth. The most of them I acquired by birth. They are in the closest connection with a sexual energy that is after the most widespread in the Universe. The woman is the biggest thief of that energy, and thus the spiritual power.

    I’ve always knew that and was alerted. Of myself I created what I wanted: a thoughtful and spiritual machine.

    Journalist: A ninth adjustment, Mr. Tesla?

    Tesla: Do everything that any day, any moment, if possible, not to forget who we are and why we are on Earth. Extraordinary people who are struggling with illness, privation, or the society which hurts them with its stupidity, misunderstanding, persecution and other problems which the country is full of a swamps with insects, leaves behind unclaimed until the end of the work. There are many fallen angels on Earth.

    Journalist: What is the tenth adaptation?

    Tesla: It is most important. Write that Mr. Tesla played. He played the whole of his life and enjoyed it.

    Journalist: Mr. Tesla! Whether it relates to your findings and your work? Is this a game?

    Tesla: Yes, dear boy. I have so loved to play with electricity! I always cringe when I hear about the one also the Greek who stole fire. A terrible story about studding, and eagles peck at his liver. Did Zeus did not have enough lightning and thunder, and was damaged for one fervor? There is some misunderstanding…

    Lightning are the most beautiful toys that can be found. Do not forget that in your text stand out: Nikola Tesla was the first man who discovered lightning.

    Journalist: Mr. Tesla, you’re just talking about angels and their adaptation to the Earth.

    Tesla: Am I? This is the same. You could write this: he dared to take upon himself the prerogatives of Indri, Zeus and Peron. Imagine one of these gods in a black evening suit, with the bowler hat and wearing white cotton gloves prepares lightning, fires and earthquakes to the New York City elite!

    Journalist: Readers love the humor of our paper. But you confuse me stating that your findings, which have immense benefits for the people, representing the game. Many will frown on it.

    Tesla: Dear Mr. Smith, the trouble is that people are too serious. If they were not, they would be happier and much longer would have lived. Chinese proverb says that the seriousness reduces life. Visiting the inn Tai Pe guessed that he visits the Imperial Palace. But that the newspaper readers would not have frowned, let’s get back to things which they consider important.

    Journalist: They would love to hear what your philosophy is.

    Tesla: Life is a rhythm that must be comprehended. I feel the rhythm and direct on it and pamper in it. It was very grateful and gave me the knowledge I have. Everything that lives is related to a deep and wonderful relationship: man and the stars, amoebas’ and the sun, the heart and the circulation of an infinite number of worlds. These ties are unbreakable, but they can be tame and to propitiate and begin to create new and different relationships in the world, and that does not violate the old.

    Knowledge comes from space; our vision is its most perfect set. We have two eyes: the earthly and spiritual. It is recommended that it become one eye. Universe is alive in all its manifestations, like a thinking animal.

    Stone is a thinking and sentient being, such as plant, beast and a man. A star that shines asked to look at, and if we are not a sizeable self-absorbed we would understand its language and message. His breathing, his eyes and ears of the man must comply with breathing, eyes and ears of the Universe.

    Journalist: As you say this, it seems to me like I hear Buddhist texts, words or Taoist Parazulzusa.

    Tesla: That’s right! This means that there is general knowledge and truth that man has always possessed. In my feeling and experience, the Universe has only one substance and one supreme energy with an infinite number of manifestations of life. The best thing is that the discovery of a secret nature, reveals the other.

    One cannot hide, there are around us, but we are blind and deaf to them. If we emotionally tie ourselves to them, they come to us themselves. There are a lot of apples, but one Newton. He asked for just one apple that fell in front of him.

    Journalist: A question that might be set at the beginning of this conversation. What was Electricity for you, Dear Mr. Tesla?

    Tesla: Everything is Electricity. First was the light, endless source from which points out material and distribute it in all forms that represent the Universe and the Earth with all its aspects of life. Black is the true face of Light, only we do not see this. It is remarkable grace to man and other creatures. One of its particles possesses light, thermal, nuclear, radiation, chemical, mechanical and an unidentified energy.

    It has the power to run the Earth with its orbit. It is true Archimedean lever.

    Journalist: Mr. Tesla, you’re too biased towards electricity.

    Tesla: Electricity I am. Or, if you wish, I am the electricity in the human form. You are Electricity; too Mr. Smith, but you do not realize it.

    Journalist: Is it thus your ability to allow fails of electricity of one million volts trough your body?

    Tesla: Imagine a gardener who is attacked by herbs. This would indeed be crazy. Man’s body and brain are made from a large amount energy; in me there is the majority of electricity. The energy that is different in everyone is what makes the human “I” or “soul”. For other creatures to their essence, “soul” of the plant is the “soul” of minerals and animals.

    Brain function and death is manifested in light. My eyes in youth were black, now blue, and as time goes on and strain the brain gets stronger, they are closer to white. White is the color of heaven. Through my window one morning, landed a white dove, which I fed. She wanted to bring me a word that she was dying. From her eyes the light jets were coming out. Never in the eyes of any creature had I not seen so much light, as in that pigeon.

    Journalist: Personnel in your lab speak about flashes of light, flames and lightning that occur if you are angry or into kind of risk.

    Tesla: It is the psychic discharge or a warning to be alert. The light was always on my side. Do you know how I discovered the rotating magnetic field and induction motor, which made me became famous when I was twenty-six? One summer evening in Budapest, I watched with my friend Sigetijem sunset.

    Thousands of fire was turning around in thousands of flaming colors. I remembered Faust and recited his verses and then, as in a fog, I saw spinning magnetic field, and induction motor. I saw them in the sun!

    Journalist: Hotel service telling that at the time of lightning you isolate into the room and talk to yourselves.

    Tesla: I talk with lightning and thunder.

    Journalist: With them? What language, Mr.Tesla?

    Tesla: Mostly my native language. It has the words and sounds, especially in poetry, what is suitable for it.

    Journalist: Readers of our magazine would be very grateful if you would interpret that.

    Tesla: The sound does not exist only in the thunder and lightning, but, in transformation into the brightness and color. A color can be heard. Language is of the words, which means that it is from the sounds and colors. Every thunder and lightning are different and have their names. I call some of them by the names of those who were close in my life, or by those whom I admire.

    In the sky brightness and thunder live my mother, sister, brother Daniel, a poet Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj and other persons of Serbian history. Names such AsIsaiah, Ezekiel, Leonardo, Beethoven, Goya, Faraday, Pushkin and all burning fires mark shoals and tangles of lightning and thunder, which does not stop all night bringing to the Earth precious rain and burning trees or villages.

    There is lightning and thunder, and they are the brightest and most powerful, that will not vanish. They are coming back and I recognize them among the thousands.

    Journalist: For you, science or poetry is the same?

    Tesla: These are the two eyes of one person. William Blake was taught that the Universe was born from the imagination, that it maintains and it will exist as long as there is a last man on the Earth. With it was a wheel to which astronomers can collect the stars of all galaxies. It is the creative energy identical to the light energy.

    Journalist: Imagination is more real to you than life itself?

    Tesla: It gives birth to the life. I have fed by my taught; I’ve learned to control emotions, dreams and visions. I have always cherished, as I nurtured my enthusiasm. All my long life I spent in ecstasy. That was the source of my happiness. It helped me during all these years to bear with work, which was enough for the five lives. The best is to work at night, because the stellar light, and close bond.

    Journalist: You said that I am, like every being, the Light. This flatter me, but I confess, I do not quite understand.

    Tesla: Why would you need to understand, Mr. Smith? Suffice it to believe it. Everything is light. In one its ray is the fate of nations, each nation has its own ray in what great light source we see as the sun. And remember: no one who was there did not die. They transformed into the light, and as such exist still. The secret lies in the fact that the light particles restore their original state.

    Journalist: This is the resurrection!

    Tesla: I prefer to call it: return to a previous energy. Christ and several others knew the secret. I am searching how to preserve human energy. It is forms of Light, sometimes straight like heavenly light. I have not looked for it for my own sake, but for the good of all. I believe that my discoveries make people’s lives easier and more bearable, and channel them to spirituality and morality.

    Journalist: Do you think that time can be abolished?

    Tesla: Not quite, because the first feature of the energy is that it transforms. It is in perpetual transformation, as clouds of Taoists. But it is possible to leverage the fact that a man preserves consciousness after the earthly life. In every corner of the universe exist energy of life; one of them is immortality, whose origin is outside of man, waiting for him.

    The universe is spiritual; we are only half that way. The Universe is more moral than us, because we do not know his nature and how to harmonize our lives with it. I am not scientist, science is perhaps the most convenient way to find the answer to the question that always haunt me, and which my days and nights turned into fire.

    Journalist: What’s the matter?

    Tesla: How are your eyes brightened!… What I wanted to know is: what happens to a falling star as the sun goes out? Stars fall like dust or seed in this or in other worlds, and the sun be scattered in our minds, in the lives of many beings, what will be reborn as a new light, or cosmic wind scattered in infinity.

    I understand that this is necessary included in the structure of the Universe. The thing is, though, is that one of these stars and one of these suns, even the smallest, preserves.

    Journalist: But, Mr. Tesla, you realize that this is necessary and is included in the constitution of the world!

    Tesla: When a man becomes concuss; that his highest goal must be to run for a shooting star, and tries to capture it; shall understand that his life was given to him because of this and will be saved. Stars will eventually be capable to catch!

    Journalist: And what will happen then?

    Tesla: The creator will laugh and say: ”It fall only that you chase her and grab her.”

    Journalist: Isn’t all of this contrary to the cosmic pain, which so often you mention in your writings? And what is it cosmic pain?

    Tesla: No, because we are on Earth … It is an illness whose existence the vast majority of people are not aware of. Hence, many other illnesses, suffering, evil, misery, wars and everything else what makes human life an absurd and horrible condition. This disease cannot be completely cured, but awareness shall make it less complicated and hazardous. Whenever one of my close and dear people were hurt, I felt physical pain. This is because our bodies are made as of similar material, and our soul related with unbreakable strands. Incomprehensible sadness that overwhelmed us at times means that somewhere, on the other side on this planet, a child or generous man died.

    The entire Universe is in certain periods sick of itself, and of us. Disappearance of a star and the appearance of comets affect us more than we can imagine. Relationships among the creatures on the Earth are even stronger, because of our feelings and thoughts the flower will scent even more beautiful or will fall in silence.

    These truths we must learn in order to be healed. Remedy is in our hearts and evenly, in the heart of the animals that we call the Universe.

    Read also Nicola Tesla’s second interview from 1915 here in original:

    http://www.teslauniverse.com/sites/default/files/article_files/19150600-01.pdf

    http://www.stankovuniversallaw.com/2015/05/nikola-tesla-everything-is-the-light/#more-17368



    Fonte:

    http://aetherforce.com/teslas-mot-censored-interview/

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_xdHc46CK67RmVKWTJwSEh3U0U/view



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    Jeremy and I both think Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited. It is basically an old city built within a fortress on the crystal blue and green Mediterranean waters. We spent a good part of the morning walking the fortress walls and wandering the narrow and tight streets within the castle grounds. The water was so beautiful I had to pull up my pant legs and wade right into it at the bottom of the castle walls. We ran into a taxi driver who offered us a private tour of the cliffs behind the city at a reasonable rate. It was the most stunning scenery ever. We also got a good look into Bosnia â€“ not a place I’d love to visit but certainly an interesting place to get a sneak peak at. They film the show Game of Thrones here and so everyone on the cruise ship was hardcore about seeing everything related to it.













    Look, Pam -- a cat on the balcony without a leash. Can you believe it?





    The highlight of our trip was having our guide tell us about his experience living in Dubrovnik when it was under attack from the Bosnian Serbs in ‘91. He had to live for three months in his home without electricity, running water, or food. The city itself was bombed to near destruction and was basically built from scratch over the past 20 years. Most of the fortress was damaged but salvageable; all the surrounding housing was built new but created to keep the old look and feel of the beautiful city that once stood there. Hearing our guide talk about the courageous and valiant (and incredibly young) Croatian people armed with hand grenades as the Serbs came over the mountain, pushing the Croatians down into the water and into hiding was heartbreaking. 






    Bosnia


    Yup, I'd live here.


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    New York: Always eager to entertain U.S. Open fans with more than his tennis skills, Novak Djokovic dusted off some dance moves this time.
    Djokovic cut a rug on court while music blared over the Arthur Ashe Stadium loudspeakers on Saturday night after he improved to 60-2 in 2011 by beating 39th-ranked Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.
    During his post-match interview, Djokovic decided to change the subject and make note of someone in the stands who'd been grooving to songs played during changeovers.

    "Need to congratulate the dancer up there. He was amazing. Let's just talk about him. ... Leave tennis aside. You, man, you can dance. Really. Unbelievable," Djokovic said.
    And that's when the 24-year-old Serb requested some music so he could dance a bit, too.
    It's the sort of extroverted display that Djokovic has engaged in during past U.S. Opens. After one match, he demonstrated his spot-on impersonations of other top players, including Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal. After another, he played some points for fun with seven-time major champion John McEnroe.
    Djokovic is nothing but serious when it comes to his tennis, though. Especially this season.
    The top-seeded Djokovic is trying to win his third Grand Slam championship of the year and fourth of his career.
    He's seeking his first title at the U.S. Open, where he was the runner-up to Roger Federer in 2007 and to Nadal last year.
    "I know most people expect top players to get to the late stages of the tournament, so there's extra pressure on us," Djokovic said. "But it's a challenge we're ready to accept. This is what we work all our lives for, to be on this court."
    Davydenko is a four-time major semifinalist, including twice at the U.S. Open, but he wasn't able to provide too much resistance against Djokovic on Saturday.
    Next up for Djokovic is a match against 22nd-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, who eliminated Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
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    Dear Mr. Schoch, reading your article was very enjoyable. Though you plasma theory for rongorongo script is not very convincing. I do believe in some sort of catastrophic event that occured before eyes of ancient people of Rapa Nui. More about this events with exact timings and description of ancient cultures that lived millions of years ago is written in very precious book "The Secret Doctrine" of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, 1888. I believe it is worth to check it out. Here is one important statement from this book about Easter Island: ..."Cyclopean remains on Easter Island (part of continent buried under the seas nearer four million years ago...)" The Secret Doctrine, HPB, book 1, page 439, ISBN 0-8356-0238-9 (pbk.) Or as stated exactly: 4,242,352 years ago. Thank you, Svemir Vranko, M.A. Education, Zagreb, Croatia If your intuition is well merged with your science mind you will find strenght to dig a bit deeper in this direction.
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    "The United States transported thousands of al-Qaeda and other mujahedeen, fresh off their smashing success in Afghanistan, to the Balkans to fight the Serbs as Yugoslavia disintegrated into civil war in the early 1990s. These Islamic warriors were accompanied by U.S. Special Forces. The Clinton administration armed and trained these fighters, in direct violation of U.N. accords, and arms purchased by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran were secretly shipped to the Islamists via Croatia, which netted a hefty profit from each transaction. A Dutch intelligence report found that the United States was >>very closely involved<< in these weapons transfers." (Source of the quoted information)

    If I recall right, since Turkey and Italy were the closest and most strategically nice points, back in 1999, US pentagon / pentagram NATO machinery of hell was mostly attacking from Turkey and Italy. Those were two starting points. (Wikipedia details about NATO 1999 operation)

    "In 1999, about 18,000 people were killed by two powerful earthquakes that struck northwestern Turkey. Authorities blamed shoddy construction for many of the deaths." (Source of the quoted information).

    Ouch, I guess, what goes around comes around eventually. And today's even my birthday :). To tell you honestly, I don't think that evil will stop spreading pollution, corruption and death regardless of the events. Evil is mindless and stupid, it just continues to spread evil even if it backfires each and every time, over and over again.. Beasts are mindless, driven only by urges and impulses. You can't tame something mindless that has no free will, empathy or understanding of good and bad. Unless people stop serving evil and say no to pollution, corruption and death, people will keep suffering and dying, simply because that's what they want to do. It's a challenge. Will you just continue in your inertia of confusion serving technology of satan, or snap out of it and do the right thing, destroying pentagon / pentagram, the cause of all evil on this planet. That's what a free will means: making your own decisions and not allowing someone else to make them for you.

    While the pentagon / pentagram is located 'you know where' and is run by 'you know who', it's just where the HQ are. Believe it or not, that beast has spread across entire planet. While it was spreading you could have noticed that pollution, corruption, suffering and death was spreading too, at the same speed. So, either we destroy the head or we start destroying its other centers of evil. Turkey is a good servant of pentagon / pentagram:

    "Turkey entered NATO in 1952 and serves as the organization's vital eastern anchor, as it controls the straits leading from the Black Sea to the Aegean and shares a border with Syria, Iraq, and Iran. NATO's Air Component Command Headquarters is located in Izmir and NATO's Rapid Deployable Corps-Turkey is headquartered in Istanbul." (Source of the quoted information)
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    What with being job-less all year, I’d said to Ross that we should get together to catch up and do some climbing finally. Ross is frequently visiting the Peak from boring Oxford, but when this happens I am usually so disorganised and unreliable that I end up changing plans ten times and ending up on the other side of the peak, or forgetting that I won’t even be around at the time. Ross is very keen on Deep Water Soloing and I am keen on the idea of DWS, so it seemed sensible that we should come up with plans that include some climbing above the sea. We vaguely agreed on the month of September and then once we decided we weren’t taking a yacht to Croatia (a trip for the future), a plan involving a week in Mallorca gradually evolved.

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    The soloing in Mallorca was amazing and I could see myself making regular return visits. I also think I finally got my head around the whole DWS thing, becoming quite relaxed about taking moderately large falls into the choppy sea below Diablo. However, I didn’t quite summon up the balls to give Loskott a proper attempt after climbing to the dyno about 8 times. Ejector Seat at Diablo was truly amazing. We had a few great days at Barques climbing Bandito and to the last hard move on Smash It In. At another area on the last day I climbed a tufa line not shown in the guide, when pressed for a route name, a managed “In the mid-afternoon every cocker spaniel is light beige”, undoubtebly an instant classic.



              Bella Sicilia!        
    Pasta con lo Sarde

    I just returned from two weeks on the beautiful island of Sicily, a trip in the making for almost a year. A year that I’ve been calling a “milestone” year for several reasons:

    • a “decade” birthday for me
    • a trip to awesome Alaska in May (on my husband’s wishlist for at least 20 years)
    • visiting Sicily as an opportunity to explore the land of my maternal ancestors
    • and, finally, the impending retirement at the end of the year from my pharmaceutical career

    I hesitate to use the word “retirement” because I’m not retiring in the traditional sense. But I am retiring from this part of my working life. Many people have asked me “what will you do now?” The honest answer is, I don’t know. Travel is certainly on the list. Perhaps expand my passion for writing about food, baking, and travel. The slate will be wiped clean and ready for a new chapter!

    About halfway through every long trip, I get this overwhelming feeling that I don’t want to go home. I want to keep going - I want to keep walking through the ancient streets, through the bustling cities and quiet hill towns, rolling past the beautiful countryside. This sense first came over me during our 2015 Croatia/Slovenia/Bosnia-Herzgovinia trip. I know many people have experienced this. I guess it’s the definition of “wanderlust.” 
    Monreale Cathedral

    Listening to our trip leader and bus driver speak to each other in Italian (or Sicilian) with Italian folk music playing in the background as we traversed the island, this trip was a true cultural immersion.

    We flew into Palermo a day early and after settling into our hotel, we had dinner at a nice restaurant close by. The photo at the top of the post is of the famous Sicilian dish -- pasta with sardines and fennel (both plentiful in Sicily). Made with fresh sardines and anchovies, and topped with toasted breadcrumbs, it is absolutely delicious and was the perfect first meal for our trip.

    The next day we kicked off with a street food tour in the Sicilian capital. Run by Streat Palermo (not a typo, that is the name of the tour), this fun four hour tour walks in, around, and through the busy outdoor markets, all the while sampling delicacies (some of which are unique to Palermo), and learning about the sights along the way. Did you know that Palermo has 365 churches (for a population of 60 million)?! One for each day our tour guide told us. 
    Arancino

    Arancino
    Not unique to Palermo (I’ve had them here in the US) are the wonderful little “arancino,” otherwise known as rice balls. These delicious treats can be stuffed with ground beef, peas, and cheese. You may notice the absence of tomato sauce from that description. That’s because authentic Sicilian rice balls omit it. And, interestingly, they can be referred to in two different ways: “arancina” (female), or “arancino” (male, from the Arab influence prominent in Sicily’s history).

    BTW: Palermo has the third largest concentration of street food in the world (after China and India). Who knew?

    Chickpea Fritters
    On our way to our next taste destination (addictive chickpea fritters), we stopped at Monreale Cathedral, built in the 12th century by King William. The cathedral took 30 years to complete and includes 4,000 pounds of mosaics! In fact, this is the largest display of Byzantine mosaics in the world. 

    Sfingone
    Another delicious legacy from the early Arabs, is “sfingone,” roughly translated means “sponge.” Here on the East coast of the US, we would recognize this vaguely as Sicilian pizza. Thick, soft squares of tomato, caciocavallo cheese, breadcrumbs, and onions. There is one producer in all of Palermo who makes the dough and then individual vendors season it and toss it on a flattop griddle to warm it. 


    Pane ca' Meusa cooking
    If you’re doing a street food tour in Palermo, eventually you are going to come across a sandwich known as “pane ca’ meusa,” (bread with spleen), or “frittola” (butcher waste). Not a very appetizing description. Developed ages ago by enterprising Palermitanos (who waste nothing) after Kosher Jews discarded certain organ meats (spleen and lung), this is one of those things I think you either love or hate. The cooks slice the meat paper thin, fry it with olive oil, bay leaves, and cheese, season with salt and pepper, and serve it on a brioche roll. Well, I was there so I had to try it. Let’s suffice it to say, I am not in the “love” camp. I can’t even describe the taste. It was so unappealing to me, I didn't even take a picture. Enough said, let’s move on, shall we?

    After our adventures with animal organ meats, we were in desperate need of a “digestivo.” Luckily, our guide, Francesca, had just the ticket. At a kiosk, the handsome man behind the counter makes fun drinks (alcoholic or non) for people on the go. He mixes orange or lime syrups, water, and just before you drink it, adds a fizzy tablet to make it bubble up. The trick is to drink the whole thing before the fizz evaporates (and without it exploding all over your clothes) - no easy feat! But it definitely gives your stomach a much-needed break. And, as Francesca told us, it is not considered bad manners to burp out loud after drinking it!
    Digestivo Man!
    Drink fast!

    From there, we headed directly to the crown jewel of this tour: cannolo! Again, not a typo. A singular pastry is known as a cannolo, more than one is cannoli. This is now the cannolo by which all cannoli shall be judged! With a shell so crisp, it shattered into a million pieces when I bit into it, and filled with fresh, fragrant ricotta sprinkled with crushed pistachios, candied orange zest, and chocolate chips, it was magic!

    All this history and food and our actual two week tour had not even begun yet. I had a feeling this vacation was going to be epic, for many reasons.

    Tomorrow, part two, in which I’ll take you with us as we start the official trip and visit the beautiful towns of Castelbuono, Cefalu, Erice, and more! And you won't want to miss reading about our lunch at the fabulous (two Michelin star) Duomo in Ragusa!

     Ciao for now!



           

              Tacheles mit Tangueros 6: An Interview with Murat Erdemsel - Part C        
    Please do not miss the other parts of this interview:
    An Interview with Murat Erdemsel Part A
    An Interview with Murat Erdemsel Part B

    So, we are back again - after a long break (weeks, months). Leading different lives, making different experiences. In my case I was involved in "normal" or everyday life. And Murat has a turn of fate since his father became ill, had a stroke and he went to Istanbul taking care of him.

    [04.09.14 23:05:28] Cassiel: Hi Murat, we are back again. How is your time now.

    Murat Erdemsel: I am fine, and indeed it’s been a long time. I was just starting to realize that, it will be harder to resume our chat instead of making a brand new one. Well, we can't do that either, can we? So I'll try my best to jump back on the boat.

    I took a clear break from doing what I thought made me, me. Traveling, teaching, dancing, making connections, doing photography, and a little bit of face booking, youtubing, flickring etc. It was a phone call from a friend who delivered me a message from my mother, stating, my father had a stroke and lost half of his body’s mobility. I should come back home, he might be leaving us.

    Father & Son - Murat Erdemsel with his father Taçay Erdemsel (2014)

    Cassiel: What was the first thought you had in this situation? I mean you had been a kind of imprisoned in a tight schedule. You feel you have to break free immediately ... but maybe it is not so easy to change right away. How do you remember this period of time?

    Murat Erdemsel: Nothing else mattered, I got myself a new ticket and arrived at the hospital with my suitcases. First days I was in shock, didn't know what to do. Just told my mother to go home and I will take it over now. Rest was adjusting the situation day by day. Feeding him and giving his medicines through a pipe that was going to his stomach from his nose. Standing by him all day and crashing a few hours of sleep on the couch. A few days later I found myself becoming like a nurse, caregiver, cleaning staff and a personal assistant of his outside-of-the-hospital life. I took notes of everything happening, every word doctors said because I was so confused, understanding nothing. I had no such experience like it before. A few weeks later I got used to it. I started to understand his condition better than his doctors. But only a month later I finally felt for the first time that my father was sick and nearly dying and he needed my help.

    Cassiel: How did your way of looking on life changed during this time? In other words: How would you describe the change of consciousness of a man in his best years being slowed down to nearly zero? And how is it changing a character who is usually aware of himself like a tango dancer?

    Murat Erdemsel: I was feeling like a mouse dropped inside a labyrinth. Getting stuck in details but never to see the big picture. 2 months passed, and just as I thought I had got everything under control about him - as he started his physical therapy, he had a heart attack in the house. Which took us backwards with a large step.
    I cancelled some events while had to keep a few. Everybody was incredibly nice to me. There was no problem. I learned a lot from this experience. Countless lessons.
    Family always mattered for me. I realized, I have been a traditional person. Not in a sense as being religious or anything. But I grew up in a family with problems, and now realized those problems made me love the family as I had given so much to keep things together. I can see now that life is on a spectrum. No matter what you are doing, there is always the other side of the spectrum. Not better or worse but just the opposite, there is the furthest end on each side. Unavoidable to not see the life as a whole after recognizing that. Things happen to us to show us where we are, in perspective.

 (see also my facebook-message)

    Cassiel: That raises us too a nearly philosophical dimension. :-)

    Murat Erdemsel: Well, let’s go there then.

    Cassiel: Is it too early to ask? Did your experiences affect your view on tango?

    Murat Erdemsel: My view did not change, at least as far as I am aware of. But this was the longest time in my tango life that I did not dance, teach or even think about tango. About a month and a half.

    Cassiel: In between I did a lot of tango, visiting workshops, attending festivalitos or encuentros.

    Murat Erdemsel: Fantastic. Happy for you.

    Cassiel: More and more I realize that tango shows you a missing part in your spiritual path. BUT: Tango shows you there is something missing … regularly, tango will not give you an answer. I've talked to a friend about that. I mean: You can perfectly hide behind tango activities and your big aim will be out of sight. Do you know what I mean?

    Murat Erdemsel: Absolutely, how dare anybody can say the opposite. There is always a singer crying out loud in every tango that he either lost his woman, or he missed the city or the neighborhood he is from. Even if people do not understand the meaning of lyrics, they can still sense it. I will agree that feeling in the music will call out it's people, the right kind of people who left something in their life. (I am having a good moment here writing to you about Tango whilst listening to #8 In A Minor from Brahms.)

    Cassiel: But - as always in life - people get trained during these times. How is your situation now?

    Murat Erdemsel: Now… Ok, I needed to go to a few festivals that I was not able to cancel. Catania Tango Festival in Italy and Tarbes Tango Festival in France. Before I went, I knew this would become a crazy transition. From sleeping on a dirty couch in the patient room with the fears of catching the hospital virus, not being able to shower after being waken up 16 times during a night of sleep, eating hospital food… - to being a teacher in such festivals, especially teaching the special seminars outside of the program in Tarbes festival, giving photo shoots with the mayor after a class, posing for newspaper articles, staying in fancy hotels, eating good food, and getting paid well at the end. Before I left to these festivals, I thought I would have forgotten how to speak English, forgotten how to teach and dance. It turns out, it was only in my head, as usual. It was a terrific experience and a great success. One moment, I taught a class with over 800 students attending. Unforgettable experiences both in France and Italy.

    Cassiel: Could you describe your visions before you gave a class for 800 people ... and finally: Did your expectations turn out correct in that special moment?

    Murat Erdemsel: From the previous year's experience, I proposed to the organization that I would like to teach a class right before the milonga and share with dancers "how to dance in crowded milongas and be in unison". And including a piece called "Game Plan": I made slides on my keynote showing the floor plan of the milonga and pointed out the existing problems and offered solutions to resolve those problems so that the dancing experience can be better for all. About 800 people heard this section and when the other 1200 arrived to dance, these 800 dancers became the pioneers of the movement. That night dancing was significantly better than the previous nights. And all following nights were also noticeably better. Organizers expressed to me that, the last 4 years they were working on the issue, and they witnessed the problem was solved in this 1 hour. I took it as a compliment. (For more information please see also my notes on facebook.)

    Cassiel: That seems to be a pretty strong contrast: Taking care of your father and being the centre of hundreds of people and assisting them to move nicely in a milonga. But - as always - success is a good fuel for action. But you returned to Istanbul didn't you?

    Murat Erdemsel: Interesting you say that. Navigating my life among the 3 people; my father, mother and the nurse I hired, was much harder, much more demanding than navigating hundreds of people in the ronda during the class. There were some unforgettable moments during taking care of him at the hospital. One night I carried him to the showers with not enough preparation. I was thinking it’s been a month using wet wipes to clean him, so he deserved a good bath. I had no idea what was waiting for us there in that whole. Everything was wet and slippery, he was heavy, not properly sitting. Could not hold him right and wash him in the mean time. Everything went wrong. Door was locked and if we failed and fell, nobody would know we were there in the middle of the night. I was scared to death during the moments of carrying and handling him. No accident happened. But this was the most difficult hour in my life, never to be forgotten. So conducting an 800 people class was a piece of cake compared to carrying and showering an old man with a paralysed body.

    Cassiel: I can imagine this time is also a kind of "very demanding" for a partnership. Is it too intimate to ask, how you and Michelle experienced that time?

    Murat, Taçay and Michelle
    Murat Erdemsel: Michelle always loved my father. Some years ago, once she had asked him in person; "I do not know my father, would you be my father too?" we all cried so crazy at that moment. She was sweet and my father was so touched. He loved her too.
    When we heard about the news from my mother, we were at the Zadar Tango Festival in Croatia. She and I talked about what to do. It was a too short of a notice to give The New Zealand Tango Festival organizers. They requested if Michelle could teach the workshops while I was there in Istanbul. We accepted it. She went and taught by herself. It was a huge success. I am proud of her.

    Cassiel: So, she experienced a success by her own … not only being a part of M&M?

    Murat Erdemsel: Yes she did, and I believe this was her first festival teaching by herself. With some good number of people and students surrounding who were following my father's updates and supporting her with good vibrations. Indeed she did not necessarily need that support, but hopefully it made it a little easier for her.

    Cassiel: Is it an idea for the future, that she will do workshops or classes on her own? I mean, you can't see what challenges are waiting for you and your family.

    Murat Erdemsel: I can see this is a good question. Not because of my father's tentative situation that we may work separately, actually we have agreed to slowly separate our ways for our personal reasons some time ago.


    Cassiel: Hmmm... So sorry to hear that. I am ... speechless. I feel with you both. Taking care of you and Michelle I hardly dare to ask how it comes … I mean, I really understand, if you do not want to talk about that. But would you like to try to describe from your point of view how this situation came up finally?

    Michelle & Murat
    Murat Erdemsel: I am sorry if this comes to you as a surprise. It is not easy to put in words what finishes our 10 years of working, loving each other, friendship, marriage. We did not want to announce it, did not want to post it on Facebook or any where on internet. But we have been answering openly when asked, we are honest about it. It is not a quick silly decision nor disagreement, there were no fights about it, with no broken hearts. There are different priorities in our lives now and we both respect the new ways we want to walk. We both are happier this way.
    I love her and will take care of her when she needs me. As far as I know she wants to be in New York and continue to dance. Dance other forms as she used to before our partnership as well as Tango. I shouldn't say more about her plans as I do not know exactly.

    [19.09.14 22:48:36] Cassiel: OK … I think we should not talk in detail about these things. I would like to respect Michelle’s and your privacy. Sure it is a break for you, you have to think about your life and tango. Do you have a feeling for the essentials? Or in other words: What will be stable in your tango? What will probably change?

    Murat Erdemsel: Thank you, you are very kind.
    This last 3 months, including this significant interruption in our interview, I found the chance of seeing the other side of the spectrum in my life. In fact I am having difficulties finding the bridges from one side to the other. I know what will stay and what will change and I should be able to summarize it for you. My family, where I am coming from, my duties in this part of my life are so real. I am learning and adjusting to the fact that these are worth changing many things in the other side of my life, where I created everything by myself anyway. This place is where my art resides, personal life, my interests and my relationships. It's getting easier for me each day to make the connections, so that eventually I should be able to blend the two. But, my goodness! I still cannot believe how I made this new life of mine in last 15 years that is just so different. This evening when I casually arrived my mother's house here, I saw my father was sleeping in front of TV which was displaying one of the DVDs I had made for my mother displaying our tango life, performances, interviews and lecture footage. That was so shocking to my eyes. It looked unreal, like Peter Parker watching the spider man on TV. That’s where it is blending, maybe I should say leaking in.

    Cassiel: But then how would your traveling schedule look? When will you be back to your second home, The United States?

    Murat Erdemsel: I will stay here around Europe for a while, teach in Europe and will always make more time to come back home to my parents. At least for a while. Already booking for 2015. Seems getting busy. Month of May is all gone. I will be in the USA in February, March and April of 2015. 
One thing keeps me walking on my artistic life is all the work I have put together so far, and the people inviting me to share it. Just visited France, Hungary and Germany. New weekends being scheduled at the moment. Any of these days I should be putting the new traveling schedule on my website.

    Cassiel: Hmmm... You've just mentioned that you will stay here in Europe for a while. Is the distance to the place where your parents live the only reason? Or are there other differences in European and US-american tango (at least at the moment for you)?

    Murat Erdemsel: Parents first, then new partnerships, new relationships and the desire to explore Europe more. I was supposed to know Europe first in fact. Being from where I am, I jumped overseas to the other side of the world and lived there for a long time (including being stuck for 8 or 10 years for not having a green card). While my brother lives in France, parents in Turkey, and my favorite place to visit being Germany.

    Cassiel: How have you experienced Tango in Europe lately? I think the quality of sound has become a serious question in the last 2 or three years.


    Murat Erdemsel: I think of the European Tango scene as a soup of many ingredients compared to American's. The difference between the styles of a Swedish dancer and an Italian, is way more noticeable than the New Yorker and a Chinese immigrant's dancing in Los Angeles. How tango is perceived in Germany, I guess is closer to what I have imagined it for myself.

    Cassiel: I mean there is (at least in my opinion) a great variety in tango in Europe espacially in Germany. I think there is a real difference between Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt and Heidelberg (just mentioning a few cities) And I have to be careful right now. For every statement it is easy to find the opposite example.

    Murat Erdemsel: I am sure it is that way from your perspective, being inside. But looking at it from a bird’s eye perspective, I see obvious facts about how tango is perceived in Germany compared to other countries in Europe and the United States, Australia etc.

    Cassiel: Do you have a perception of German tango? How would you describe it?

    Murat Erdemsel: I knew this was coming. It is always very hard to describe to someone about what I think of their dance and what’s different compared to the others. Because I can not exclude the cultural facts that are so well infused into the understanding of the dance. And perhaps the cultural part is the part which is harder to pin point. And the fact that I am not only Turkish, which would have been easier talking about Germans - since we are the largest minority in Germany, but, I am also American, makes it harder in some ways, easier in other ways to do this analysis.

    By the way, I really do appreciate you looking in to other tango minds and asking for what we may think of tango in Germany.

    Here are a few things I can tell, hopefully without making sharp corners. In Germany the people I have met so far, do their homework so well. I love that and take it as an example for myself. A dancer in Augsburg, Germany, happily stayed for additional 2 hours after the milonga, and helped me to set up a hand cut light fixture for the following night's event. A German will prioritize that the quality of the sound coming from higher quality speakers in the milonga place should not be diminished, especially compared to such other things like finding a larger parking place outside. He must be biking to the milonga anyway. I feel all this deeply inside me as well. And a bunch of other things I have seen and experienced. When I expressed myself in such ways while I am in The United States, I am feeling as I am judged as being intense, too perfectionist. Hard to explain.
    In Germany, he or she will catch me during the milonga to ask deep questions even though with only decently understandable English, rather than asking me to dance. They will ask me to dance, if my answer was satisfactory. These qualities are a little bit demanding I feel when I am dancing or working there in Germany. I like being challenged, but cannot entirely relax either. It doesn't scare me necessarily, but keeps me up on my toes sometimes.

    Cassiel: But do you really think, that is basically a question of nationality? I think it is more a question of a unique approach to tango. I know a lot of people from other countries doing it the same way. But they are more quiet in their path to tango … thinking twice before acting … seeking for something special … I mean: you will find these people from all nations usually in a small - maybe european - encuentro.

    Murat Erdemsel: I do not know if it’s a cultural matter. All I can say, this kind of incidents happen to me a lot during my visits in Germany. I cannot, and should not generalize. But can only tell my experiences. Please take it with a grain of salt.

    Cassiel: You have mentioned the organizers. What do you appreciate in detail from organizers? (Being friendly, being professional ... ... …)

    Murat Erdemsel: I always felt, respecting the artists is significantly greater in Europe. Italians to be precise, they even love you, even if they have never met you before. To give an example, I remember moments of sitting in the back of a small Fiat after being picked up at the airport, but then observing through the mirror that the organizing couple in the front seat giggling at each other because they just can not believe we are simply in the same car with them. They confess that to you too. In The United States we are more like partners to each other. Which is also fine. But sets up a very different feeling. I appreciate both approaches, but love one. Please do not get me wrong, I do not ask for spoiling effects, and do not find it necessary. But in my opinion, there should be "invisible contracts" among every person. I am speaking in life in general. We need to respect the contract fully and unconditionally until one of the participants break it. Until that moment, I like opening myself honestly, trustingly, generously and even lovingly to the partners in our social contract. In Europe, I feel the invisible contract is set up with more flexibility, with more love and care. It usually is the key to the success of the overall experience in my work with others.

    Cassiel: I am really enjoying talking with you but unfortunately we have to come to an end. We have talked about a lot of things starting with musicality and ending up with some remarks about the changes in your life and some observations you made in your work. I think I have to work a bit to bring it in a form suitable for reading. I have one last question: Do you have a vision? Who will you be in 5 years?

    Murat Erdemsel: I agree with you. First things first. I will be saying hello to my friends with a new knowledge, new face, with new workshop titles and with a new partnership. I will announce to our organizers that I will be working in 3 different formats from now on. 
1) I will be working solo giving my lectures and workshops, 
2) I will be working with a new professional partner, Sigrid Van Tilbeurgh whom I have been observing with awe, and, 
3) I will be working with an assisting friend, Helena Ivezic who is an active DJ and a great dancer working in Europe.
    Depending on the organizations’ needs, I will be able to respond with any of these options. Some are specifically interested in my lectures and musical training, some are interested in a mixture of palette including social dancing and partnerships, some are interested in a work that includes some serious dance performance work as well. I always have admired Sigrid since the first time we danced with each other in 2009. I have been following her career for the last years and we both are excited to be in this new partnership. I know I have so much to learn with her, from her. 
By the way, my 2015 travel schedule is already online. (A link to Murat's schedule)

    Cassiel: How about the lectures and your research on music?

    Murat Erdemsel: I will continue "8 elements of music" lecture and workshop training as it has been a great success this year. There are more locations inviting me to share this work. But, starting from 2015, I will also have a new line of work to share, it's called; "Elements in Movement" where I will share a deeper work in to the vocabulary and the partnership in the dance. Surely every movement will be geared towards social dancing, but it will include some of my recent works with Qigong and other martial arts. I am looking forward to sharing, an effortless, soft and comfortable dancing experience with my friends and students. And of course I will always incorporate my lectures and visual presentations.

    Last but not the least, I have future plans to continue my research with my artistic lectures where I want to open it up to a larger spectrum of audience made of dancers, artists, musicians and scientists. I will accept offers from organizations who are interested in bringing new artistic inspirations to their community.

    There will also be new versions of lectures that are specifically designed for Tango Marathons where organizers should be interested in providing inspiration to the dancers rather than offering workshops. No teaching but giving some good food for good thought.

    Cassiel: It was a great pleasure and a huge honor to talk with you in depth. Thanks for all the time, the new ideas and being patient with me. I wish you all the best and a lot of good energy for your family and all the people you love. Take care ... please …

    Murat Erdemsel: Thank you for having me. I have learned a lot during all this writing. I feel I made a good friendship with you, you were so patient and charming at all times, including those weeks of painful moments in my side of life.
    Cheers!
    Murat Erdemsel - teaching in Augsburg


    Please visit Murat’s schedule page and book him for a festival, marathon and workshops.
    Please visit Murat’s website for all his artistic work.

    Murat wears custom made trousers designed by his mother.
    His tango performance videos with various partners in his YouTube channel,
    his art works and tango paintings in another YouTube channel.

              Tacheles mit Tangueros 6: An Interview with Murat Erdemsel - Part A        
    It started - as always - with an idea. After attending a class with Michelle & Murat and listening to Murat's intriguing ideas on Tango Music, the subject I love. I tried to set up some time with Murat for some more, detailed discussions. Murat was very willing but it wasn't easy to find times that worked for both of us. Sometimes Murat's travel and work schedule got in the way and at other times, which suited Murat, I was too busy with my own work. So we just had to be patient for a very long time until we could find time slots which it worked for both of us.

    I gratefully acknolewdge the enormous help from Tricia Bruce (from England). She patiently read the text and added some corrections. Thank you, Tricia!



    Murat Erdemsel
    [04.06.14 23:55:15] Cassiel: Hi Murat, nice to meet you in virtual reality. Where are you now? What are your plans for the next days?

    Murat Erdemsel: I am taking a short warm break here in Zadar, Croatia. Excellent timing, it is right in between two colder climates to work, Denmark and Norway.
    Zadar, Croatia

    Cassiel: How long will you stay? What time do you usually need for recreation between two working-weekends?

    Murat Erdemsel: For about a week. I do not take breaks in general. Usually a lazy Tuesday and a decent Wednesday with dizzy flights are enough distraction for me to clear my head before another heavy weekend of work. I must say, last week’s Copenhagen Tango Festival was an intense one. Well organized event, but I danced every night until 5:30am then woke up to go teach workshops. And I guess some drinking (which is not my thing really) made it worse. Staying here in Zadar and eating lightly (maybe not at all if I can), meditating, sleeping, swimming. This is a little bit of heaven for me.

    Cassiel: How would you describe the difference for you as a teacher attending a huge festival or teaching in a small community?

    Murat Erdemsel: ‘Love’ is the keyword defining that difference. It is harder to love what I am doing if I am teaching at giant festivals. Harder to connect with the students, less likely to make friendships with my colleagues. Not able to find time to sit down for a tea with the organizers. Instead you get picked up at the airport, go through the whole thing, and meet afterwards to get paid. You don’t even feel how it all passes. Don’t let me exaggerate and categorize harshly, it is not only about giant versus small events of course. There are always exceptions. But smaller events, make more things possible for my palette. A little more time with everybody, shorter distances to run, and dedicated students only studying with you, seeing them again and again. Being able to look at their eyes during workshops.

    Cassiel: Maybe we should add a few biographical details from your life (I forgot that in the beginning) How did it all start?

    Murat Erdemsel: I followed my parents as a child and studied fine arts, painting. Specializing on fresco making. Of course in real world out there, there are no clients who will hire you to make real frescos, rather you do acrylic murals and wall paintings for commercial commissions. That kept me busy working after the school hours. And being a workaholic, I used to challenge myself by making giant murals for hotels and restaurants. After sleeping in my car in the garage level for a few hours, I used to go to my class to heat up the room so the nude could pose for us. That took up a few years.
    Murat Erdemsel in front of one of his murals (1996)

    Cassiel: Seems there would be absolutely no space for tango dancing in this scenario, right?

    Murat Erdemsel: True. Except, there was a woman, a great friend, Jülide, who used to help me organize my artistic work and lectures, was also happened to be a tango enthusiast. I kept ignoring her insisting invitations to join her at local tango classes. Took a year or two until she finally deceived me. That’s how I started dancing tango and never quit. (1996-1997)

    Cassiel: So that’s how it all began, in Istanbul. Who were your teachers?


    Murat Erdemsel: 
I belonged to a small group of dancers led by Çetin Cengiz. We used to open the weekly milonga by performing as his students. Learned a lot with them.

    Cassiel: How did you end up moving to The United States?

    Murat Erdemsel: After finishing the college and during my work as a commercial artist, I lost a very dear friend of mine whom I used to think of him as my god father. I got severely depressed and wanted to run away from many things, including my family, friends and the whole thing really. In 1998, I immigrated to New York, USA. So, in short, I escaped.

    6 months later, I moved down to Washington, DC and started painting at George Washington University masters program. I was also avidly dancing in local milongas, making small shows. Being an artist in Washington, DC was very challenging. One day I realized I had exhausted all my savings. I had no money coming from any of my artistic work. I forced myself to teach private lessons in dancing, started to teach group classes afterwards. Organized milongas and finally moved back to New York City in 2005, where I met my wife and dance partner, Michelle.
    Murat and Michelle at home in early years. 2004, Brooklyn, NY.




    Cassiel: Perhaps, I should ask you more about your background as an artist. But I can’t wait to tell you that I first became aware of your work by this video on youtube, which I can see has been viewed more than 45 thousand times : 
“Improve floor craft on tango dance-floors” PART-2



    Why is floor craft and etiquette so important for you?

    Murat Erdemsel: Short answer or long answer?

    Cassiel: Either way you like.

    Murat Erdemsel: You know how wise people talk about the value of simplicity? Less is more etc. Those are the people who went through many journeys before arriving at this kind of conclusion. There is an unfortunate order of learning this dance. At least it happened in my own experience. Like many others, I also wanted to learn the steps and patterns. Took notes of how many I knew. These are the first two years of dancing that I did not even like the music yet. Then came the challenge of improvisation, embrace, connection, self awareness, musicality. In that approximate order. Then I realized, no matter where I went, I heard the same music, venues looked alike, floors, speakers felt similar. Shoes wore out, I replaced them with new ones. But finally I realized that the “people aspect” is the richest one. Every person we meet, every community that exists, is completely unique and offers you something else. This is one of the reasons I travel “homelessly”. It feeds my heart if I can get to become a part of a community, even temporarily. You know, at that point you slowly start to drop the other stuff, steps get simpler, embrace gets closer, anxieties disappear and you find yourself like a happy fish in the big pool, where you are not alone. I value that. And love sharing that happiness with my friends by teaching the etiquette around social dancing.
    Murat Erdemsel - teaching floorcraft and navigation 2014

    Cassiel: Isn't it hard to leave new friends after a weekend?


    Murat Erdemsel: Sometimes. But knowing that I am not going home to one place, the fact that I will continue to move, actually increases my chances of meeting them again sooner. For example next week, here in Zadar Tango Festival, I will meet one of my oldest best friends from Washington, DC, even though he has been living in Kiev. Tango will put us together in Croatia.

    Cassiel: You travel a lot. Do you notice cultural differences in the behavior in tango?

    Murat Erdemsel: Yes, I do and I appreciate it. It makes it more colorful.

    Cassiel: Could you briefly give an example?

    Murat Erdemsel: In the beginning, I did the same mistake that many grasshoppers made. Compared people to people from different cultures, teased them in conversations. Tried to come up with conclusions like why Italians are like that, Germans like this and Americans like those etc. It takes time and patience, and a little virtue to understand, every experience is relative and somehow attached to it’s culture. It challenges me, yet, acts as a decent discipline to acknowledge these differences, then, instead of trying to change them, actually to change myself and adapt. Just like, how we dancers are actors in our own ways. We take the music, blend it with who we are in order to make a dance in a beautiful fashion, within a well written story. Traveling and dancing is another level of finding ways of becoming somebody else. Somebody I always wanted to be.
     


    Cassiel: You have just mentioned „comparing” and a bit earlier you talked about „self-awareness“. I am close to finishing part 4 of my tango-etiquette articles. The topic is: dealing with the own self in tango. I think maybe „comparing“ or - to be more precisely - „competition“ is the main source for misunderstanding. Do we need competition? Should we distinguish between „good“ and „bad“ competition?

    Murat Erdemsel: Your question answers itself beautifully. I agree with you, and can also add, trying to find “the good“ in such idea: “competition” is some serious amount of work. Better to go the other way. I certainly should not ignore the benefits of being competitive. But in the bigger picture, if you look at the past, competitions were always there for the public entertainment. And always involved some profit even money. From the Olympics to beauty pageants. For example, Coca Cola and Pepsi needed to compete. While water never looked ambitious, ever needed to spend millions for hiring Michael Jacksons and Britney Spears to say something about itself. But didn’t we like fizzy sugary drinks when we were kids? Yes we did, some still do. It took time to understand the truth; water was “it”.

    Cassiel: I was thinking of an „evergreen“ of tango self-questions: „Why is she/he not dancing with me?“ At least for me there is a lot of comparison/competition in this question and sometimes this leads to an unhealthy point of view on tango … How should we deal with our social environment in tango?

    Murat Erdemsel: True. Do you think tango triggering these “actually non tango based“ behaviors? We had these problems during the high school.

    Cassiel: Hmmm... sometimes tango seems to be like real life... and sometimes it is completely different. I think Tango can be like a catalyst. These questions are amplified by tango.

    Murat Erdemsel: Perhaps we become kids and teenagers again while learning this dance – at least for a while. But now being adults, we feel like we have the right to get mad and to criticize others, unlike when we were little.

    Cassiel: It seems to be like in every art... the „real masters“ go back to the roots.

    Murat Erdemsel: I hear you.

    Cassiel: I would like you to explain one sentence I found on your website: „I and my partner, listen to the music and move with our friends around us“. Why is this so important in tango to honour these 5 relations? Or is it even more? Is this the social definition of tango?

    Murat Erdemsel: Thanks for asking that. In my understanding, this is simply the definition of the entire tango experience. I believe that particular sentence regulates everything that we struggle within our learning, teaching, organizing tango events. These 5 points, are the everlasting yet always changing while remains to be the fundamental ingredients of what we do. I thought of this theory simply to provide a self educating tool for our students. Whilst believing in a good balance of these 5 aspects, it is good to acknowledge that every person has their own ratio. And as long as every person stays true to themselves and face the reality of how they belong in these 5 aspects, and how they can embrace their goods and bads, they will get to answer many of the questions by themselves.
     

    Cassiel: I see only one “problem“... How should we deal with demos or shows in tango? In my opinion at least one aspect is missing, and that is “friends“ …

    Murat Erdemsel: If you left it up to me I would not do shows anymore.

    Cassiel: Is it a real "problem"?

    Murat Erdemsel: "the friends"?

    Cassiel: yes, they are not participating in the show (hopefully)

    Murat Erdemsel: oh, got you … Well, when I mentioned "friends around us", I actually meant the space with the other dancers in, along with who they are and all the social aspects that are attached with it. I did not mean “the friends” who watch us performing. But if you do a demo, and if audience are inspired or learned something out of it, you did your community work as a performer.

    Cassiel: Does this imply special behaviors in a show? Do you influence dancers directly in the milonga with a show?

    Murat Erdemsel: I called it a demo. Talking about “show“ has a little more of the twisted intentions inside don’t you think?

    A class demo in Catania, Italy.
    Show in Catania, Italy.
    Cassiel: ok, sorry

    Murat Erdemsel: We get paid for the show, we do a demo to help students and dancers. Let’s talk about “shows“. I think you want to be more specific with it, am I wrong?

    Cassiel: Yes, sure …

    Murat Erdemsel: You asked: Do you influence dancers directly in the milonga with a show? Here I go with a drastic opinion hopefully without upsetting some friends out there. Performing shows, has something to do with the history of tango. Before world did not know what it was, there were young, talented, gorgeous dancers who performed the dance to introduce it to us. It was certainly needed. We all enjoyed watching it at one point in our lives, didn’t we? And I am sure it will continue to inspire newcomers. You know these shows I am talking about. Nevertheless, every passing year in our tango journey, more and more we danced in milongas, we became “the dancers” and were no longer the audiences. And the less we started to like those shows. Because, we began to feel it inside and loved it, rather than watching it from outside and craving for it. A few incidents also happened in the mean time. Let's choose the example of Broadway, because I lived in NYC and experienced these moments. Performers of these shows would pass by a local milonga late at night after their work on stage. They would not dance socially when they joined us, for a number of reasons. One, they just danced for the paying audience a few hours ago at the theater, now should they dance for free for them? By the way, I am unbiasedly speaking as because I was there in both sides. I worked in NYC and was hired to perform shows regularly with major orchestras and artists, such as Color Tango, Héctor Del Curto, Raul Jaurena. But again, spending more time in milongas took me to the other side eventually. Today's avid dancers do not even want to be interrupted with performances during the milongas. They want to get their dance and watch performances later on youtube. I can understand. In the future, we will be performing shows less and less, scene will be more occupied by the marathon dancers, who need a place, good DJs and just dance. I will be there for it by dancing for myself and by giving inspirational lectures to serve others.

    Cassiel: In almost every festival, teachers perform their choreographies during their performances. I know you improvise your dances but, still, do you observe „traces“ of your performance afterwards in the ronda?

    Murat Erdemsel: I can sense what you mean by saying traces. Our main projection in our performances is to dance and show the audience the awesome sound of the music first, second we want to demonstrate an elegant relationship as our selves being a mature couple in a marriage for 10 years. 3rd, a quality of movement, that is soft, smooth and peaceful while playful. Beyond all this, there might be other good traces and maybe some bad traces we maybe leaving.
    Murat and Michelle Erdemsel, La Capilla Blanca
    Murat and Michelle improvising in Yolatango Austin, 2012 "dancing in small space"
     


    Cassiel: I have one last question about the etiquette/milonga complex - it is related to one of your recent videos: Floorcraft 3 the left hand of the tanguero - Is humour a good assistant in teaching these things, or was it "just" entertainment in this special situation?

    Murat Erdemsel: Humor is good because, we tango people all have some level of ego, we take it too seriously, don’t you think? Who can stand up, in the middle of the milonga and tell dancers what to do, what not to do? They are there to dance, not to take a workshop. In the other hand, the best place to share such thing is right there in the middle of it. Before they forget about it, before they have chance to ignore. Humor is my good friend there, conveying such difficult messages.


    Continue reading here:
    An Interview with Murat Erdemsel - Part B
    An Interview with Murat Erdemsel - Part C

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               Association of nephrolithiasis and gene for glucose transporter type 9 (SLC2A9): study of 145 patients         
    Polašek, Ozren and Gunjača, Grgo and Kolčić, Ivana and Zgaga, Lina and Džijan, Snježana and Smolić, Robert and Smolić, Martina and Milas-Ahić, Jasminka and Šerić, Vatroslav and Galić, Josip and Tucak-Zorić, Sandra and Tucak, Antun and Rudan, Igor and Lauc, Gordan (2010) Association of nephrolithiasis and gene for glucose transporter type 9 (SLC2A9): study of 145 patients. Croatian Medical Journal, 51 (1). pp. 48-53. ISSN 0353-9504
              This Season Get Expressive With Peach Colored Crochet Top        

    This peach colored Crochet top is a symbol of style and astonishment. The top has a shirred effect clinching the lace Crochet lace work. The lace work holds a vertical alignment of ribbed work and has bateau neckline. The top can be paired with black jeggings and can be clubbed with high veges and handbag.#peachtop #crochetfabric #shirred #ribbedwork #partywear #casualwear #eveningwear

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              The 11th Summer School for “Mass Spectrometry in Biotechnology and Medicine” (MSBM)        

    Date: July 2-8, 2017

    The 11th Edition of the Summer School for “Mass Spectrometry in Biotechnology and Medicine” (MSBM), will be held at the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies (CAAS), Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2-8 July 2017. Once again MSBM features instruction by the leading international scientists in mass spectrometry. However, this year MSBM is working together with the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Massaspectrometrie (NVMS) to host the third International Mass Spectrometry School (IMSS-2017) on behalf of the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (IMSF).

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              Montenegro Emerging as Europe's Tourist Hotspot        

    The tiny nation of Montenegro, one of Europe's newest countries, has been attracting the attention of both holidaymakers and large-scale real estate investors in recent years. Developers are building golf resorts, marinas and residential and hotel resorts aimed at a sophisticated international audience who are attracted to the natural beauty and easy accessibility of this Balkan country.

    Montenegro, dubbed the Pearl of the Mediterranean, lies south of Croatia and north of Albania. It is small in size – just 14,000km² with a population of 650,000 – but big on beauty with mountains, canyons and stone Venetian architecture. Inland there are five National Parks, ski resorts and the Balkans' largest lake and deepest canyon but it is the slim and rocky Adriatic coastline, extending just under 300kms and in particular the waters of UNESCO Heritage site Kotor Bay that is attracting most international attention.

    Back in the 1960s the region was something of a celebrity hangout, popular with stars including Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor but the Balkan Conflict of the 1990s marked the end of that era. After years of destruction, modern Montenegro was created in 2006 from part of the former Yugoslavia and Serbia and today the country, which uses the euro as its currency, has applied to join NATO and the EU.

    Tourism in Montenegro has increased hugely in recent years, with visitors from across Europe and Russia helping to make tourism the fastest growing economic sector in the country with revenues rising 17% annually. The latest data form the World Travel and Tourism Council placed Montenegro at the top of a list of 184 countries for predicted tourism growth over the coming decade.

    International brands have taken note of this allure and acted on it. Mighty Asian-based hotel company Aman opened their vive star 188-suite resort on the small island of Sveti Stefan in 2009, transforming the former fifteenth century fisherman's homes into an oasis of simplicity and beauty with night room charges from €700. Last year, leading tennis player Novak Djokovic chose the resort as the venue for his summer wedding in the country.

    In August 2014 Regent Hotel in Porto Montenegro became the second five-star international brand to open and will be joined in the coming years by One & Only and Four Seasons.

    Montenegro has plenty to interest second homeowners seeking waterfront properties with the outstanding beauty of Kotor Bay, with its glassy waters surrounded by brooding dark mountains – Montenegro means 'Black Mountains' – and it's the perfect location for boating and sailing activities. Meanwhile the country's position in the Mediterranean provides thousands of islands to the north and south to explore as well as Venice, Corfu and Croatia within a short distance.

    Porto Montenegro's marina is a hugely popular destination for property investors in the country. The marina has more than 400 berths including space to moor the world's longest yacht and plans for another 70 super-yacht berths by the end of the year. There is a newly opened Regent Hotel, seven residential blocks with over 200 apartments, a tennis club, sports facilities including pools and a gym together with a range of smart shops and restaurants.

    Montenegro's government are taking steps to stimulate the property market with a range of measures including the abolishment of all buying costs on new-build property. Resale homes meanwhile incur a 3% property tax to avoid the pre-recession days of escalating property prices, driven by the consistent popularity for older Venetian-style stone houses in prime areas.

    Kiernan Kelleher, managing director of Savills associates Dream Estates Montenegro said: " To really delve into the market, it is important to know that there are two distinct breeds: the shiny, spanking new apartments at Porto Montenegro or Lŭstica Bay for instance which sell for over €5,000/m2 and the traditional perfect stone houses and apartments which dot Kotor Bay ".

    " There is still excellent value to be had on the coast whether you want to dock your big yacht next to your penthouse or get out your paint scraper and renovate an older beauty, " Kelleher continued.

    " Both are still priced well below more established destinations and experts forecast continued growth in Montenegro as additional 5-star hotels, the lifeblood of any property market we say, are introduced. Phase One of Montenegro's transformation into a world-class, high-end tourism and property destination is complete ".

     


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              Italian boat and yacht tax repelling investors        
    Those looking for a life of luxury in Italy are increasingly turning their eye towards nearby Montenegro instead, thanks to an unpopular tax on boats and yachts. The Boka Group explained to Property Wire that even Italians are moving their assets away from the country, in a bid to escape the new levy. Over the last six months, the private equity real estate developer has seen a 175 per cent rise in interest and enquiries from Italian buyers.

    John Kennedy, Boka Group chief executive officer and founder, told the news portal: "This single measure has seen enquiries from Italian investors for land based assets now competing with traditional market enquires from British and Russian clients. Italians are now right at the top." The move to neighbouring Montenegro has serious ramifications for the Italian property market - particularly in the prime segment. It is believed since the tax was introduced, an estimated 20,000 yachts from Italian ports have been moved to anchor in France, Spain, Malta, Croatia, Greece and Montenegro - an act that will see holiday home numbers decrease in certain areas.

    The Boka Group has already observed general movement by non-boat owners away from Italy. "Many are worried they are next in line for tax targeting in any new round of fiscal initiatives," Mr Kennedy explained to Property Wire. "With no signs of European Union and Italian deficit problems being resolved soon, there are signs of a pre-emptive movement to swap and relocate fixed assets out of Italy."

    The recent decision to cancel a controversial tax on primary residences may not be enough to persuade second-home owners and overseas investors to stay in the Italian Market. Enrico Letta decided to cancel the levy to save the fragile coalition government and mend relations with Silvio Berlusconi. However, a municipal tax will be introduced in 2014 to make up for the loss of the primary residence levy.

    An uncertain tax environment is disheartening to investors and the Boka Group believes many are now reassessing where they locate their assets. The boat and yacht tax is even harming employment, with the recruitment sector noting a 15 per cent fall in the number of staff employed in the industry, Property Wire reported. This equates to 9,000 jobs - opportunities that are vital for a country that is struggling financially.
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    Here are photos from our travels around Croatia that just briefly touch on the beauty of this wonderful country. We really loved it there. We were most impressed with the fact that it has remained so civilized for so long...since early man... and was not as damaged by the dark ages. It has also remained seriously Christian since the first century followers. The scenery is just beautiful each place we looked: from the country villages, to the mountains, to the ancient fairy-tale like cities. We enjoyed ancient Roman ruins, Palaces, Castles, Monasteries, still working aqueducts from Roman times, nature walks, and even Hospital visits when I broke my wrist. But the Doctors don't look as yummy as the Croatian doctor on ER did! We just couldn't show everything here on the BLOG!
    Wall around Dubrovnik
    Architectural accent on building in old Dubrovnik
    Rugged coastline
    View at our anchorage while going between islands
    Church near Marco Polo's House in Korcula
    Local craft in Korcula
    Lynn enjoys the flowers at a local market in Trogir
    CYAN at anchor at a small village of Luka on the Island of Sipan
    Monestery from 12th century on Mljet, pronounced miliet
    At anchor in National Park Island of Mljet
    Medieval wall along some city
    Trogir rooftops withCYAN in distance
    Trogir storefronts
    Trogir courtyard
              CYAN in Egypt, finally!        
    What a warm thrill it is to have a pretty good net connection to read all the emails, FB messages, and Blog comments realizing that so many folks at home and abroad were thinking about us...I keep getting misty eyed!

    We are doing very well now, and reached Egypt after the improvished Sudan but still 120 miles to go north before we can leave our boat at a marina in Hurghada and see the ancient sights in Egypt...and PLAY as our reward for all this past stress. Ahhh, hotels!

    We had to stop just south of our goal in Hurgada, Egypt because the wind always comes head on from the north and it just got too strong to go forward into it So on Sunday, 9 boats all pulled into a resort marina in Port Ghalib [25 deg 32 min N, 34 deg 38min E]....cheap but no laundry or food shopping but they have a TGIFridays!!! I haven't gone out to dinner in months, it seems....Yemem didn't count...it was just sustenance!

    Plenty of water here to wash 3 months of dirt and salt off the boat...unbelievable grunge!!

    This resort here is empty due to the revolution and unrest here...or whatever happened in Egypt...we aren't sure but we think it's over now. When we do get to travel it should be uncrowded and cheaper. We expect to go thru the Suez Canal in about a month then revel in our sailing in the Med and seeing old friends in Turkey who came thru last year.

    We expect todock in Cyprus in the fall [but things can change] where a new marina gave us a super cheap deal to leave the boat over next winter. We can easily fly to Lebanon and Israel during cold weather. But before that, during this coming summer, we plan to sail in Turkey and maybe to Croatia where we hear it's beautiful and not too expensive.

    We may sell the boat in the Med...maybe a 25% chance if there is interest...but will probably sail to US in one year from this December as soon as hurricane season is over. All depends on how expensive Europe is and if we are still doing well.

    This whole ordeal was the most severe thing we have ever done and it's such a relief to have it over and get back to normal life...or what goes for normal for us. You all will never know how much these thoughts meant to us during the trying times we have had.

    We still pray for the family in captivity in Somalia from Denmark and for the relatives of our friends on Quest.

              New stable version 2.9        
    with lots of improvements

    I finally found enough time to release the new version I've been working on for past monthes (maybe even years).

    You may not see a lot of changes but trust me, there are quite a few under the hood.

    I am still amazed by how many people are using LiLi in the world. I would never have thought when I started this project for fun that one day it would be used by 6.7 million people and would create 20 millions live USB !

    So thank you all for using and sharing LiLi.

    Here is a list of new features/linux for LiLi 2.9.0 :

     

    New Linux distributions supported

    • Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" (Unity/KDE/Xfce/LXDE/GNOME)
    • Ubuntu Studio 14.10 (DVD)
    • UbuntuKylin 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn"
    • CentOS 7.0 (CD)
    • CentOS 7.0 (DVD) (Gnome/KDE)
    • Debian Live 7.6.0 (Gnome/KDE/LXDE/Xfce/Standard)
    • OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1
    • Tails 1.2
    • Lightweight Portable Security 1.5.5 (Deluxe)
    • KNOPPIX 7.4.2
    • CDlinux 0.9.7.1
    • ReactOS 0.3.17
    • Ubuntu 14.04.1 "Trusty Tahr" (Unity/KDE/Xfce/LXDE/GNOME)
    • Edubuntu 14.04.1 (DVD)
    • Mythbuntu 14.04.1 LTS
    • Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS and Variants
    • SystemRescueCD 4.4.0
    • Gentoo Live DVD 20140826 x86/amd64
    • Gparted Live CD 0.20.0-2
    • Trisquel 7.0
    • Puppy Linux 6.0 (Tahrpup)

    New major features

    • Improved support for 64-bit variants
    • Support for ReactOS / OpenMandrivaLX / CDLinux
    • Smarter autodetection of Syslinux version, INITRD and VMLINUZ files
    • Retry to format 5 times instead of 1 (with 5 seconds delay)
    • Retry to install boot sectors 5 times instead of 1 (with 5 seconds delay)
    • Error is returned to user when formatting failed
    • Autorun creation has been disabled (can be re-enabled in the advanced options)
    • Code has been simplified and commented
    • Storage controller in virtualbox is automatically changed to the best one (IDE or SCSI) to improve chances of booting
    • Type of VM automatically set (useful for 64-bit Linux)

    Improvements

    • Flush old logs (keep 1 month)
    • Latest AutoIT compiler 3.3.12.0
    • Syslinux 5 and 6 support
    • fat32Format 1.07 (GPT support + fix for boot sector when using Windows AIK's bootsect.exe)
    • Use a more reliable method to fetch UUID/MBRID and physical drive numbers
    • Recognition options can be changed without reselecting the ISO
    • Changelog on website will give more info (new distribs, major features, improvements, fixed bugs and known bugs)
    • Warning when selecting a ZIP file containing only an ISO
    • Improved sourceforge download from global mirrors
    • Lighter compatibility list, should be faster to load
    • New languages : Armenian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Malay, Persian (Farsi)
    • Default RAM requirement for VirtualBox is now 384 MB
    • Removed unmaintained/unpopular distro : Meego / WifiWay / LiveHacking /Elive / Vyatta / Vortexbox / VectorLinux / Zenwalk / Zenix / SolusOS / PureOS / BlankOn

    Fixed bugs

    • fix some crash when WMI was corrupted/not working
    • Could not cancel download when selecting the destination folder
    • Previous betas may not check for new beta availability (and option display was wrong)
    • Removed windows 7/8 progress bar in taskbar because it was crashing on other OSes
    • Hiren's boot / Fedora / CentOS support was broken/compromised
    • Icons/names changed on all drives (autorun creation is now disabled by default)

    Known Bugs

    • Graphic interface may flickers or hang when LiLi is busy but usually comes back
    • cannot stop a Linux download unless you shut LiLi down
    • Asian characters not displaying in the progress bar

    Author

    Tibo

              African Players with 10+ Goals in European Leagues - 2013/2014        
    African players that scored 10 or more goals in top division European leagues in the 2013/2014 season.

    Algeria
    16 - El Arbi Hillel Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb: Croatia)

    Angola
    13 - Igor Vetokele (København: Denmark)

    Cameroon
    16 - Vincent Aboubakar (Lorient: France)
    13 - Leandre Tawamba Kana (MFK Ružomberok: Slovakia)
    11 - Mbilla Etame (Khazar Lankaran FK: Azerbaijan)
    11 - Leonard Kweuke (Rizespor: Turkey)
    10 - Maxim Choupo-Moting (Mainz: Germany)

    Cape Verde Islands
    11 - Garry Rodrigues (Levski Sofia: Bulgaria)
    10 - Héldon (Sporting CP: Portugal)

    Central African Republic
    13 - Mouhamadou Habibou (KAA Gent: Belgium)

    Comoros
    15 - El Fardou Ben Nabouhane (Veria: Greece)

    Congo
    14 - Francis Litsingi (FK Teplice: Czech Republic)
    10 - Prince Oniangué (Reims: France)

    Côte d'Ivoire
    20 - Yaya Touré (Manchester City: England)
    18 - Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow: Russia)
    17 - Wilfried Bony (Swansea City: England)
    16 - Salomon Kalou (Lille: France)
    15 - Serge Deblé (FC Shirak: Armenia)
    12 - Yannick Boli (Zorya Luhansk: Ukraine)
    10 - Didier Drogba (Galatasaray: Turkey)

    DR Congo
    13 - Dieumerci Mbokani (Dynamo Kyiv: Ukraine)

    Gabon
    13 - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund: Germany)

    Gambia
    11 - Demba Savage (HJK: Finland)

    Ghana
    10 - David Accam (Helsingborg: Sweden)

    Madagascar
    10 - Anicet Andrianantenaina (FK Botev Plovdiv: Bulgaria)

    Mali
    12 - Cheick Diabaté (Bordeaux: France)
    11 - Mustapha Yatabaré (Guingamp: France)

    Morocco
    17 - Aatif Chahechouhe (Sivasspor: Turkey)
    15 - Abderrazak Hamdallah (Aalesund: Norway)
    13 - Omar Er Rafik (Differdange: Luxembourg)
    12 - Youssef El-Arabi (Granada: Morocco)

    Nigeria
    15 - Stanley Ohawuchi (Sliema: Malta)
    14 - Ikechukwu Uche (Villarreal: Spain)
    14 - Kennedy Igboananike (AIK: Sweden)
    13 - Marco Tagbajumi (Ermis FC: Cyprus)
    12 - Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahçe: Turkey)
    11 - Alfred Effiong (Qormi: Malta)
    11 - Obinna Obiefule (Hibernians: Malta)
    11 - Abiola Dauda (Crvena Zvezda: Serbia)
    10 - Imoh Ezekiel (Standard Liege: Belgium)
    10 - Sylvester Igboun (Midtjylland: Denmark)
    10 - Adeshina Lawal (B36 Tórshavn: Faroe Islands)
    10 - Shola Shodiya (Birkirkara: Malta)
    10 - Leke James (Aalesund: Norway)

    Senegal
    15 - Moussa Sow (Fenerbahçe: Turkey)
    13 - Sadio Mané (FC Red Bull Salzburg: Austria)
    13 - Dame N'Doye (Lokomotiv Moscow: Russia)
    12 - Baye Omar Niasse (Akhisar Belediyespor: Turkey)
    10 - Ibrahim Sidibé (Debrecen: Hungary)
    10 - Malek Mane (Sogndal: Norway)
    10 - Lamine Diarra (Antalyaspor: Turkey)

    Togo
    11 - Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur: England)

    Tunisia
    17 - Hamdi Harbaoui (KSC Lokeren: Belgium)


    Stats from European 'Summer' leagues in Scandinavia and elsewhere are from the completed 2013 season.

              2014 World Cup 2nd Group Phase: Highest Top Speed        
    The players with the highest top speed (km/h) in the 2nd World Cup group phase.

    33.52 - Aurier (Cote d'Ivoire)
    33.08 - Pereira (Uruguay)
    33.01 - Di Maria (Argentina)

    32.98 - Srna (Croatia)
    32.98 - Johnson (USA)
    32.90 - Mustafi (Germany)
    32.33 - Sissoko (France)

    31.97 - Rodriguez (Uruguay)
    31.79 - Perisic (Croatia)
    31.79 - Fabian (Mexico)
    31.79 - Bernard (Brazil)
    31.79 - Mesbah (Algeria)

    31.61 - Van Buyten (Belgium)
    31.61 - Nounkeu (Cameroon)
    31.61 - Martinez (Spain)
    31.61 - Azpilicueta (Spain)
    31.61 - Mehmedi (Switzerland)
    31.61 - Coates (Uruguay)
    31.61 - Almeida (Portugal)

    31.46 - Abate (Italy)
    31.43 - Luis Gustavo (Brazil)
    31.39 - Alba (Spain)
    31.25 - Montazeri (Iran)
    31.25 - Matuidi (France)
    31.25 - Lallana (England)
    31.07 - Kanunnikov (Russia)
    31.07 - Willian (Brazil)
    31.07 - Nkoulou (Cameroon)
    31.07 - Bolanos (Costa Rica)
    31.03 - Bentaleb (Algeria)

    30.92 - Hernandez (Mexico)
    30.89 - Matip (Cameroon)
    30.89 - Sammir (Croatia)
    30.89 - Asamoah (Ghana)
    30.89 - Dejagah (Iran)
    30.85 - Guardado (Mexico)
    30.85 - Lavezzi (Argentina)
    30.85 - Onazi (Nigeria)
    30.85 - Seferovic (Switzerland)
    30.85 - Gimenez (Uruguay)

    30.71 - Moukandjo (Cameroon)
    30.71 - Serey (Cote d'Ivoire)
    30.71 - Sanchez (Colombia)
    30.71 - Gutierrez (Colombia)
    30.71 - Nagatomo (Japan)

    30.67 - De Bruyne (Belgium)
    30.67 - Rooney (England)
    30.67 - Yedlin (USA)

    30.53 - Sanchez (Chile)
    30.53 - Ibarbo (Colombia)
    30.53 - Agyemang Badu (Ghana)
    30.53 - Manolas (Greece)
    30.53 - Godin (Uruguay)

    30.49 - Zuniga (Colombia)
    30.49 - Boateng (Ghana)
    30.49 - Yun (South Korea)

    30.35 - Fellaini (Belgium)
    30.35 - Assou Ekotto (Cameroon)
    30.35 - Zokora (Cote d'Ivoire)
    30.35 - Costly (Honduras)
    30.35 - Gago (Argentina)
    30.35 - Chiellini (Italy)

    30.17 - Armero (Colombia)
    30.17 - Cuadrado (Colombia)
    30.17 - Gyan (Ghana)
    30.17 - Brahimi (Algeria)
    30.17 - Barkley (England)

    30.13 - Boye (Ghana)
    30.13 - Ghoochannejad (Iran)
    30.13 - Okazaki (Japan)
    30.13 - Veloso (Portugal)




    30.00km/h ~ 18.64mph
    31.00km/h ~ 19.26mph
    32.00km/h ~ 19.88mph
    33.00km/h ~ 20.51mph


    Top 10 fastest players of the World Cup through the first 2 games of the group stage:
    33.52 - Aurier (Cote d'Ivoire)
    33.08 - Pereira (Uruguay)
    33.01 - Di Maria (Argentina)
    32.98 - Srna (Croatia)
    32.98 - Johnson (USA)
    32.90 - Mustafi (Germany)
    32.33 - Sissoko (France)
    32.33 - Varane (France)
    32.29 - Hummels (Germany)
    32.15 - Coentrao (Portugal)





              2014 World Cup: Player Representation by League         
    League systems with players represented at the 2014 World Cup.


    GROUP A

    Brazil
    6 - England
    4 - Brazil
    3 - Italy
    3 - Spain
    2 - France
    2 - Germany
    1 - Russia
    1 - Ukraine
    1 - United States (1: Canada)

    Cameroon
    7 - France
    6 - Turkey
    3 - Spain
    2 - Cameroon
    2 - England
    2 - Germany
    1 - Belgium

    Croatia
    4 - Ukraine
    3 - Croatia
    3 - Germany
    3 - Italy
    3 - Spain
    2 - England
    2 - Greece
    2 - Russia
    1 - France (1: Monaco)

    Mexico
    15 - Mexico
    3 - Spain
    2 - Portugal
    1 - England
    1 - France
    1 - Germany



    GROUP B

    Australia
    6 - Australia
    3 - England
    3 - Germany
    2 - Netherlands
    2 - Switzerland
    1 - Austria
    1 - Belgium
    1 - China
    1 - Italy
    1 - Qatar
    1 - South Korea
    1 - United States

    Chile
    5 - Chile
    5 - Spain
    4 - Italy
    3 - Brazil
    3 - England (1: Wales)
    1 - Netherlands
    1 - Sweden
    1 - Switzerland

    Netherlands
    10 - Netherlands
    6 - England (2: Wales)
    3 - Germany
    2 - Turkey
    1 - Italy
    1 - Ukraine

    Spain
    14 - Spain
    6 - England
    2 - Italy
    1 - Germany



    GROUP C

    Colombia
    6 - Italy
    3 - Argentina
    3 - Colombia
    3 - France (1: Monaco)
    2 - Portugal
    2 - Spain
    1 - England
    1 - Germany
    1 - Mexico
    1 - Netherlands

    Greece
    9 - Greece
    6 - Italy
    2 - England
    2 - Spain
    2 - Turkey
    1 - Germany
    1 - Scotland

    Cote d'Ivoire
    5 - France
    4 - Germany
    4 - Turkey
    4 - England (1: Wales)
    2 - Switzerland
    1 - Belgium
    1 - Cote d'Ivoire
    1 - Italy
    1 - Norway

    Japan
    11 - Japan
    7 - Germany
    2 - England
    2 - Italy
    1 - Belgium



    GROUP D

    Costa Rica
    9 - Costa Rica
    3 - Norway
    3 - United States
    1 - Belgium
    1 - Denmark
    1 - Germany
    1 - Greece
    1 - Netherlands
    1 - Russia
    1 - Spain
    1 - Sweden

    England
    22 - England
    1 - Scotland

    Italy
    20 - Italy
    3 - France

    Uruguay
    5 - Italy
    4 - Spain
    3 - Brazil
    3 - England
    2 - Portugal
    1 - France
    1 - Japan
    1 - Mexico
    1 - Paraguay
    1 - Turkey
    1 - Uruguay


    GROUP E

    Ecuador
    8 - Ecuador
    7 - Mexico
    1 - Brazil
    1 - Colombia
    1 - England
    1 - Germany
    1 - Netherlands
    1 - Russia
    1 - Saudi Arabia
    1 - UAE

    France
    9 - England
    8 - France
    3 - Spain
    1 - Germany
    1 - Italy
    1 - Portugal

    Honduras
    11 - Honduras
    4 - England
    4 - United States
    1 - Belgium
    1 - China
    1 - Costa Rica
    1 - Scotland

    Switzerland
    9 - Germany
    7 - Switzerland
    5 - Italy
    2 - Spain


    GROUP F

    Argentina
    7 - Italy
    4 - Spain
    3 - Argentina
    3 - England
    3 - Portugal
    2 - France
    1 - Mexico

    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    7 - Germany
    5 - Turkey
    2 - Croatia
    2 - England
    2 - Italy
    1 - Austria
    1 - Bosnia and Herzegovina
    1 - China
    1 - Hungary
    1 - Ukraine

    Iran
    14 - Iran
    2 - England
    1 - Germany
    1 - Kuwait
    1 - Netherlands
    1 - Portugal
    1 - Qatar
    1 - Spain
    1 - United States (1: Canada)

    Nigeria
    6 - England
    3 - Nigeria
    2 - Belgium
    2 - France
    2 - Israel
    2 - Turkey
    1 - Italy
    1 - Netherlands
    1 - Russia
    1 - Scotland
    1 - Spain
    1 - Ukraine


    GROUP G

    Germany
    17 - Germany
    4 - England
    1 - Italy
    1 - Spain

    Ghana
    5 - Italy
    5 - France
    2 - Russia
    2 - South Africa
    1 - Belgium
    1 - England
    1 - Germany
    1 - Ghana
    1 - Greece
    1 - Netherlands
    1 - Norway
    1 - Tunisia
    1 - UAE

    Portugal
    8 - Portugal
    6 - Spain
    3 - Turkey
    1 - England
    1 - France
    1 - Germany
    1 - Italy
    1 - Russia
    1 - Ukraine

    United States
    10 - United States (1: Canada)
    4 - England
    4 - Germany
    1 - France
    1 - Mexico
    1 - Netherlands
    1 - Norway
    1 - Turkey


    GROUP H

    Algeria
    4 - Italy
    4 - Spain
    3 - England
    3 - France
    3 - Portugal
    2 - Algeria
    1 - Bulgaria
    1 - Croatia
    1 - Qatar
    1 - Tunisia

    Belgium
    11 - England
    3 - Belgium
    2 - Germany
    2 - Russia
    2 - Spain
    1 - France
    1 - Italy
    1 - Portugal

    Russia
    23 - Russia

    South Korea
    6 - South Korea
    6 - Germany
    4 - England
    3 - Japan
    3 - China
    1 - Saudi Arabia


    Player Representation by League System

    119 - England (4: Wales)
    82 - Italy
    79 - Germany
    65 - Spain
    46 - France (2: Monaco)
    34 - Russia
    26 - Mexico
    26 - Turkey
    22 - Portugal
    21 - United States (3: Canada)
    20 - Netherlands

    15 - Japan
    14 - Iran
    13 - Greece
    12 - Belgium
    12 - Switzerland
    11 - Brazil
    11 - Honduras
    10 - Costa Rica
    9 - Ukraine
    8 - Ecuador

    7 - South Korea
    6 - Argentina
    6 - Australia
    6 - China
    6 - Croatia
    6 - Norway
    5 - Chile
    4 - Colombia
    4 - Scotland
    3 - Qatar

    2 - Algeria
    2 - Austria
    2 - Cameroon
    2 - Saudi Arabia
    2 - Sweden
    2 - Tunisia
    2 - UAE

    1 - Bosnia and Herzegovina
    1 - Bulgaria
    1 - Cote d'Ivoire
    1 - Denmark
    1 - Hungary
    1 - Kuwait
    1 - Paraguay
    1 - Uruguay


              2014 World Cup: Foreign Born Players        
    Players in the final 2014 World Cup squads that were born outside of the country they are representing.


    GROUP A

    Brazil
    NONE

    Cameroon
    Charles Itandje (France)
    Benoît Assou-Ekotto (France)
    Allan Nyom (France)
    Joël Matip (Germany)
    Maxim Choupo-Moting (Germany)

    Croatia
    Dejan Lovren (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
    Vedran Ćorluka (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
    Nikica Jelavić (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
    Ivan Rakitić (Switzerland)
    Mateo Kovačić (Austria)
    Sammir (Brazil)
    Eduardo (Brazil)

    Mexico
    Miguel Ángel Ponce (USA)
    Isaác Brizuela (USA)



    GROUP B

    Australia
    Dario Vidošić (Croatia)

    Chile
    Miiko Albornoz (Sweden)
    Jorge Valdívia (Venezuela)

    Netherlands
    Bruno Martins Indi (Portugal)
    Jonathan de Guzmán (Canada)

    Spain
    Diego Costa (Brazil)



    GROUP C

    Colombia
    NONE

    Cote d'Ivoire
    Sol Bamba (France)
    Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (France)
    Giovanni Sio (France)
    Mathis Bolly (Norway)

    Greece
    Loukas Vyntra (Czech Republic)
    José Holebas (Germany)
    Panagiotis Kone (Albania)

    Japan
    Gōtoku Sakai (USA)


    GROUP D

    Costa Rica
    Óscar Duarte (Nicaragua)

    England
    Raheem Sterling (Jamaica)

    Italy
    Gabriel Paletta (Argentina)
    Thiago Motta (Brazil)

    Uruguay
    Fernando Muslera (Argentina)


    GROUP E

    Ecuador
    NONE

    France
    Patrice Evra (Senegal)
    Rio Mavuba (Born at Sea; link)

    Honduras
    NONE

    Switzerland
    Valon Behrami (Kosovo)
    Xherdan Shaqiri (Kosovo)
    Blerim Džemaili (Macedonia)
    Admir Mehmedi (Macedonia)
    Gelson Fernandes (Cape Verde)
    Johan Djourou (Cote d'Ivoire)


    GROUP F

    Argentina
    Gonzalo Higuaín (France)

    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Emir Spahić (Croatia)
    Mensur Mujdža (Croatia)
    Sead Kolašinac (Germany)
    Zvjezdan Misimović (Germany)
    Muhamed Bešić (Germany)
    Izet Hajrović (Switzerland)

    Iran
    Daniel Davari (Germany)
    Steven Beitashour (USA)

    Nigeria
    Peter Odemwingie (Uzbekistan)



    GROUP G

    Germany
    Miroslav Klose (Poland)
    Lukas Podolski (Poland)

    Ghana
    Adam Kwarasey (Norway)
    Kevin-Prince Boateng (Germany)
    André Ayew (France)
    Jordan Ayew (France)
    Albert Adomah (England)

    Portugal
    Pepe (Brazil)
    Nani (Cape Verde)
    William Carvalho (Angola)
    Éder (Guinea-Bissau)

    United States
    Fabian Johnson (Germany)
    Timothy Chandler (Germany)
    John Brooks (Germany)
    Jermaine Jones (Germany)
    Mix Diskerud (Norway)



    GROUP H

    Algeria
    Raïs M'Bolhi (France)
    Cédric Si Mohamed (France)
    Carl Medjani (France)
    Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaïba (France)
    Faouzi Ghoulam (France)
    Aïssa Mandi (France)
    Medhi Lacen (France)
    Hassan Yebda (France)
    Mehdi Mostefa (France)
    Sofiane Feghouli (France)
    Saphir Taïder (France)
    Yacine Brahimi (France)
    Nabil Bentaleb (France)
    Riyad Mahrez (France)
    Nabil Ghilas (France)

    Belgium
    Anthony Vanden Borre (DR Congo)

    Russia
    NONE

    South Korea
    NONE

              2014 World Cup: Oldest Players        
    32+ year old players at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

    GROUP A

    Brazil
    DF - Maxwell (32)
    DF - Maicon (32)

    Cameroon
    FW - Samuel Eto'o (33)
    FW - Pierre Webó (32)

    Croatia
    GK - Stipe Pletikosa (35)
    DF - Darijo Srna (32)
    DF - Danijel Pranjić (32)
    FW - Ivica Olić (34)

    Mexico
    GK - José de Jesús Corona (33)
    DF - Carlos Salcido (34)
    DF - Rafael Marquez (35)
    DF - Francisco Javier Rodriguez (32)


    GROUP B

    Australia
    GK - Eugene Galeković (33)
    MF - Mark Bresciano (34)
    FW - Tim Cahill (34)

    Chile
    GK - Johnny Herrera (33)
    FW - Esteban Paredes (33)

    Netherlands
    FW - Dirk Kuyt (33)

    Spain
    GK - Iker Casillas (33)
    MF - Xavi (34)
    MF - Xavi Alonso (32)
    FW - David Villa (32)


    GROUP C

    Colombia
    GK - Faryd Mondragón (42)
    DF - Mario Yepes (38)
    MF - Aldo Leão Ramírez (33)

    Cote d'Ivoire
    GK - Boubacar Barry (34)
    DF - Didier Zokora (33)
    DF - Kolo Toure (33)
    FW - Didier Drogba (36)

    Greece
    DF - Loukas Vyntra (33)
    DF - Vangelis Moras (32)
    MF - Giorgos Karagounis (37)
    MF - Kostas Katsouranis (34)
    FW - Thoeofanis Gekas (34)
    FW - Dimitris Salpingidis (32)

    Japan
    MF - Yasuhito Endo (34)
    FW - Yoshito Okubo (32)


    GROUP D

    Costa Rica
    GK - Patrick Pemberton (32)

    England
    MF - Steven Gerrard (34)
    MF - Frank Lampard (35)
    FW - Rickie Lambert (32)

    Italy
    GK - Gianluigi Buffon (36)
    DF - Andrea Barzagli (33)
    MF - Andrea Pirlo (35)

    Uruguay
    GK - Rodrigo Muñoz (32)
    DF - Diego Lugano (33)
    MF - Diego Perez (34)
    MF - Egidio Arevalo Rios (32)
    FW - Diego Forlan (35)


    GROUP E

    Ecuador
    DF - Walter Ayovi (34)
    DF - Jorge Guagua (32)
    MF - Edison Mendez (35)
    MF - Segundo Castillo (32)

    France
    GK - Mickaël Landreau (35)
    DF - Patrice Evra (33)

    Honduras
    GK - Noel Valladares (37)
    GK - Donis Escober (34)
    DF - Victor Bernardez (32)
    FW - Jerry Palacios (32)

    Switzerland
    NONE


    GROUP F

    Argentina
    GK - Agustin Orion (32)
    DF - Martin Demichelis (33)
    DF - Hugo Campagnaro (33)
    MF - Maxi Rodriguez (33)
    FW - Rodrigo Palacio (32)

    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    GK - Asmir Avdukić (33)
    DF - Emir Spahić (33)
    MF - Zvjezdan Misimović (32)

    Iran
    GK - Rahman Ahmadi (33)
    DF - Jalal Hosseini (32)
    DF - Amir Hossein Sadeghi (32)
    MF - Javad Nekounam (33)

    Nigeria
    DF - Joseph Yobo (33)
    FW - Shola Ameobi (32)
    FW - Peter Odemwingie (32)


    GROUP G

    Germany
    GK - Roman Weidenfeller (33)
    FW - Miroslav Klose (36)

    Ghana
    NONE

    Portugal
    GK - Beto (32)
    DF - Bruno Alves (32)
    DF - Ricardo Costa (33)

    United States
    GK - Tim Howard (35)
    GK - Nick Rimando (34)
    DF - DaMarcus Beasley (32)
    MF - Jermaine Jones (32)
    MF - Brad Davis (32)
    MF - Kyle Beckerman (32)



    GROUP H

    Algeria
    NONE

    Belgium
    DF - Daniel Van Buyten (36)

    Russia
    GK - Sergey Ryzhikov (33)
    DF - Sergei Ignashevich (34)
    MF - Roman Shirokov (32)

    South Korea
    DF - Kwak Tae-Hwi (32)




    OLDEST GK
    Faryd Mondragón (Colombia: 42)

    OLDEST DF
    Mario Yepes (Colombia: 38)

    OLDEST MF
    Giorgos Karagounis (Greece: 37)

    OLDEST FW
    Didier Drogba (Cote d'Ivoire: 36)


    TOP 5 OLDEST AVERAGE TEAM AGE
    28.4 - Argentina
    28.2 - Portugal
    28.0 - Uruguay
    28.0 - Spain
    27.9 - Iran

              All-Time CONCACAF World Cup Wins        
    AFRICA
    USA - Algeria (1:0, 2010)

    ASIA
    Costa Rica - China (2:0, 2002)
    Mexico - Iran (3:1, 2006)
    Mexico - Iraq (1:0, 1986)
    Jamaica - Japan (2:1, 1998)
    Mexico - South Korea (3:1, 1998)

    CONCACAF
    USA - Mexico (2:0, 2002)

    EUROPE
    Costa Rica - Scotland (1:0, 1990)
    Costa Rica - Sweden (2:1, 1990)
    Cuba - Romania (2:1, 1938)
    Mexico - Belgium (2:1, 1986)
    Mexico - Belgium (1:0, 1970)
    Mexico - Bulgaria (2:0, 1986)
    Mexico - Croatia (1:0, 2002)
    Mexico - Czechoslovakia (3:1, 1962)
    Mexico - France (2:0, 2010)
    Mexico - Republic of Ireland (2:1, 1994)
    USA - Belgium (3:0, 1930)
    USA - England (1:0, 1950)
    USA - Portugal (3:2, 2002)

    SOUTH AMERICA
    Mexico - Ecuador (2:1, 2002)
    USA - Colombia (2:1, 1994)
    USA - Paraguay (3:0, 1930)


              All-time FIFA World Cup Rankings        
    The all-time FIFA World Cup Rankings (based on results in previous WC appearances) of the 32 teams participating in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    All-time FIFA World Cup Rankings

    1 - Brazil
    2 - Germany
    3 - Italy
    4 - Argentina
    5 - England

    6 - Spain
    7 - France
    8 - Netherlands
    9 - Uruguay
    12 - Russia

    14 - Mexico
    18 - Portugal
    19 - Belgium
    20 - Chile
    21 - Switzerland

    25 - USA
    26 - South Korea
    27 - Croatia
    28 - Cameroon
    32 - Japan

    34 - Ghana
    37 - Nigeria
    38 - Colombia
    40 - Costa Rica
    42 - Ecuador

    44 - Australia
    47 - Algeria
    50 - Cote d'Ivoire
    53 - Iran
    59 - Honduras

    61 - Greece
    n/a - Bosnia and Herzegovina



    Teams in the All-Time top 30 not participating in the 2014 World Cup:

    10 - Sweden
    11 - Serbia
    13 - Poland
    15 - Hungary
    16 - Czech Republic
    17 - Austria
    22 - Paraguay
    23 - Romania
    24 - Denmark
    29 - Scotland
    30 - Bulgaria

              2014 World Cup: Foreign-Born Players        
    Players in the provisional 2014 World Cup squads that were born outside of the country they are representing.


    GROUP A

    Brazil
    NONE

    Cameroon
    Charles Itandje (France)
    Benoît Assou-Ekotto (France)
    Allan Nyom (France)
    Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik (France)
    Raoul Loé (France)
    Joël Matip (Germany)
    Maxim Choupo-Moting (Germany)

    Croatia
    Dejan Lovren (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
    Vedran Ćorluka (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
    Nikica Jelavić (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
    Ivan Rakitić (Switzerland)
    Mateo Kovačić (Austria)
    Sammir (Brazil)
    Eduardo (Brazil)
    Mario Pašalić (Germany)

    Mexico
    Miguel Ángel Ponce (USA)
    Isaác Brizuela (USA)



    GROUP B

    Australia
    Dario Vidošić (Croatia)

    Chile
    Marcos González (Brazil)
    Miiko Albornoz (Sweden)
    Jorge Valdívia (Venezuela)
    Pablo Hernández (Argentina)

    Netherlands
    Bruno Martins Indi (Portugal)
    Jonathan de Guzmán (Canada)

    Spain
    Diego Costa (Brazil)



    GROUP C

    Colombia
    NONE

    Cote d'Ivoire
    Sol Bamba (France)
    Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (France)
    Giovanni Sio (France)
    Mathis Bolly (Norway)

    Greece
    Loukas Vyntra (Czech Republic)
    José Holebas (Germany)
    Panagiotis Kone (Albania)

    Japan
    Gōtoku Sakai (USA)


    GROUP D

    Costa Rica
    Óscar Duarte (Nicaragua)

    England
    Raheem Sterling (Jamaica)

    Italy
    Gabriel Paletta (Argentina)
    Thiago Motta (Brazil)
    Rômulo (Brazil)
    Giuseppe Rossi (USA)

    Uruguay
    Fernando Muslera (Argentina)


    GROUP E

    Ecuador
    NONE

    France
    Patrice Evra (Senegal)
    Rio Mavuba (Born at Sea; link)

    Honduras
    NONE

    Switzerland
    Valon Behrami (Kosovo)
    Xherdan Shaqiri (Kosovo)
    Blerim Džemaili (Macedonia)
    Admir Mehmedi (Macedonia)
    Gelson Fernandes (Cape Verde)
    Johan Djourou (Cote d'Ivoire)


    GROUP F

    Argentina
    Gonzalo Higuaín (France)

    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Emir Spahić (Croatia)
    Mensur Mujdža (Croatia)
    Sead Kolašinac (Germany)
    Zvjezdan Misimović (Germany)
    Muhamed Bešić (Germany)
    Izet Hajrović (Switzerland)

    Iran
    Daniel Davari (Germany)
    Steven Beitashour (USA)

    Nigeria
    Peter Odemwingie (Uzbekistan)


    GROUP G

    Germany
    Miroslav Klose (Poland)
    Lukas Podolski (Poland)

    Ghana
    Adam Kwarasey (Norway)
    Jeff Schlupp (Germany)
    Kevin-Prince Boateng (Germany)
    André Ayew (France)
    Jordan Ayew (France)
    Albert Adomah (England)

    Portugal
    Pepe (Brazil)
    Nani (Cape Verde)
    William Carvalho (Angola)
    Éder (Guinea-Bissau)

    United States
    Fabian Johnson (Germany)
    Timothy Chandler (Germany)
    John Brooks (Germany)
    Jermaine Jones (Germany)
    Terrence Boyd (Germany)
    Mix Diskerud (Norway)


    GROUP H

    Algeria
    Raïs M'Bolhi (France)
    Cédric Si Mohamed (France)
    Carl Medjani (France)
    Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaïba (France)
    Faouzi Ghoulam (France)
    Aïssa Mandi (France)
    Medhi Lacen (France)
    Adlène Guedioura (France)
    Hassan Yebda (France)
    Foued Kadir (France)
    Mehdi Mostefa (France)
    Sofiane Feghouli (France)
    Ryad Boudebouz (France)
    Saphir Taïder (France)
    Yacine Brahimi (France)
    Nabil Bentaleb (France)
    Amir Karaoui (France)
    Riyad Mahrez (France)
    Rafik Djebbour (France)
    Nabil Ghilas (France)

    Belgium
    Anthony Vanden Borre (DR Congo)

    Russia
    NONE

    South Korea
    NONE

              Brazil 2014 World Cup Groups - April FIFA Rankings        
    GROUP A - 23.75 
    6  Brazil
    19 Mexico
    20 Croatia
    50 Cameroon

    GROUP B - 22.25
    1 Spain
    14 Chile
    15 Netherlands
    59 Australia

    GROUP C - 20.50
    4 Colombia
    10 Greece
    21 Cote d'Ivoire
    47 Japan

    GROUP D - 14.75
    5 Uruguay
    9 Italy
    11 England
    34 Costa Rica

    GROUP E - 21.00
    8 Switzerland
    16 France
    28 Ecuador
    32 Honduras

    GROUP F - 28.25
    6 Argentina
    25 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    37 Iran
    45 Nigeria

    GROUP G  - 14.00
    2 Germany
    3 Portugal
    13 USA
    38 Ghana

    GROUP H - 27.75
    12 Belgium
    18 Russia
    25 Algeria
    56 South Korea


    2014 World Cup Nations - April 2014 FIFA Rankings
    1 Spain
    2 Germany
    3 Portugal
    4 Colombia
    5 Uruguay
    6 Argentina
    6 Brazil
    8 Switzerland
    9 Italy
    10 Greece

    11 England
    12 Belgium
    13 USA
    14 Chile
    15 Netherlands
    16 France
    18 Russia
    19 Mexico
    20 Croatia

    21 Cote d'Ivoire
    25 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    25 Algeria
    28 Ecuador

    32 Honduras
    34 Costa Rica
    37 Iran
    38 Ghana

    45 Nigeria
    47 Japan

    50 Cameroon
    56 South Korea
    59 Australia

              How are the wines of Croatia?        

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    In recent years Croatia has experienced a tourist boom, which has made its wines reaching unprecedented levels of international recognition. With a long history of wine production, comparable to that of the most traditional Mediterranean countries, Croatian wines were well known at different times, but Ottoman invasions, phylloxera, world wars, communism and conflicts in the former Yugoslavia caused it to fall into oblivion.

    For decades, Croatian wine production was simply divided into "coastal" and "continental", but a few years ago a group of producers, sommeliers and experts created a new system that emphasized four regions, divided into 12 subregions with 66 Designations of origin. The country has 64 local grape varieties, in addition to an important presence of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay.

    Dalmatia

    It is the most southerly area, with a sunny and warm climate ideal for the cultivation of white wine, rich and fruity wines that are made with Posip, Debit and Marastina grapes. Red wines include varieties such as the Babic and Plavac Mali, with very good denominations of origin such as the Peljesac peninsula and the subregions of Dingac and Postup.

    Istria and Kvarner

    Located in the northwest of the country, it is known as "the other Tuscany", and the region includes the islands of the Kvarner Gulf. It is known for its refreshing white wines, ideal for fish and seafood and made with Malvasia Istriana and Zlahtina. The reds are produced basically with Teran grapes and some international varieties.

    Highlands

    Is situated in the center of the country, on the border with Slovenia and Hungary, this region produces Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay, as well as some reds made with Pinot Noir grapes and excellent sweet wine and ice wine.

    Slavonia and Danube

    Last, the region of Slavonia and Danube is known for its dry white grape wine Grasevina, known elsewhere as Welschriesling or Riesling Italico. Other whites are also produced, made from Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, and Blaufränkish reds among other international varieties.

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    Read How are the wines of Croatia? in Uvinum's blog


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              Europe’s Border Quandaries in a New Age of Exodus and Terror        
    Around the time of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris on November 14, I was arriving at the airport in Zagreb, Croatia on a brief visit to observe the impact of the Refugee Crisis on border communities in the Balkans.  There was sobering sense of connectivity between the news flashing on my mobile about the…
              Ù…س        

        مس

    مقدمه: 􀂙

    شناسایی شده است. Chalkos این فلز در زبان یونانی به نام 􀁺

    Cyprus نامیده می شود زیرا بخش اعظم آن در Cyprium( مس در زبان رومی( لاتین 􀁺

    Copper ساده شده و به واژه انگلیسی Cuprum استخراج شده است . این اصطلاح به صورت

    تغییر نموده است.

    مس یک عنصر فلزی با قابلیت انعطاف (چکش خواری)، شکل پذیر، به رنگ قهو های متمایل به

    قرمز، دارای جلای فلزی ، مقاوم در برابر خوردگی و دیا مغناطیس است.تنها فلزی است آه

    به صورت خالص به مقدار زیاد در تود ههای بزرگ یافت م یشود و رسانای الکتریکی و

    حرارتی خوبی می باشد.

    این فلز به عنوان یکی از مهمترین و مفیدترین فلزات است و می تواند تشکیل آلیاژ دهد.

     

    مس
    مقدمه: 􀂙
    شناسایی شده است. Chalkos این فلز در زبان یونانی به نام 􀁺
    Cyprus نامیده می شود زیرا بخش اعظم آن در Cyprium( مس در زبان رومی( لاتین 􀁺
    Copper ساده شده و به واژه انگلیسی Cuprum استخراج شده است . این اصطلاح به صورت
    تغییر نموده است.
    • مس یک عنصر فلزی با قابلیت انعطاف (چکش خواری)، شکل پذیر، به رنگ قهو های متمایل به
    قرمز، دارای جلای فلزی ، مقاوم در برابر خوردگی و دیا مغناطیس است.تنها فلزی است آه
    به صورت خالص به مقدار زیاد در تود ههای بزرگ یافت م یشود و رسانای الکتریکی و
    حرارتی خوبی می باشد.
    این فلز به عنوان یکی از مهمترین و مفیدترین فلزات است و می تواند تشکیل آلیاژ دهد.
    و با نسبت آوچکتری تشکیل برنز را م یدهد. bell Metal - مس با قلع مخلوط می شود و تشکیل
    و آلیاژهای دیگر را م یدهد. این فلز Pinchbeck ، - مس با روی مخلوط شده و تشکیل آلیاژ برنج
    می تواند به علت قابلیت انعطاف پذیری به صورت ورقه ای، سیم و لول های درآید.
    به غیر طلا، مس یا فلز قرمز، تنها عنصر فلزی است آه دارای رنگی غیر از تن خاآستری می باشد.
    این عنصر قدمتی به طول تاریخ بشر دارد. مس همواره یکی از مهمترین مواد بوده و امروزه یکی از
    پرآارترین فلز غیرآهنی سنگین می باشد. مس خالص بدلیل ویژگیهای فیزیکی و شیمیایی و بخصوص
    رسانایی الکتریکی و دمای ( آه تنها نقره از آهن رساناتر است )، چکش خواری بالا و در نتیجه قابلیت
    بالای آار بر روی آن و مقاومت در برابر خوردگی ( رفتار شیمیایی آه آنرا به فلز نیمه نجیب تبدیل
    می آند) آاربرد وسیعی دارد.
    آلیاژهای متداول مس، بخصوص برنج و برنز از اهمیت آار بردی بالایی برخوردارند. آانه
    های ترآیبات مس با رنگهای روشن، بخصوص قرمز، سبز و آبی مشخص می شوند. مس موجود در
    خاک عنصر ردیاب ضروری جهت بسیاری از مخلوقات منجمله انسان است
    برخی خواص فیزیکی ، شیمیایی ، ژئوشیمیایی و ... عنصر مس : 􀂙
    Atomic Number: 29
    Group: 11
    Period: 4
    Series: Transition Metals
    Copper's Name in Other Languages
    • Latin: Cuprum
    • Czech: M d´
    • Croatian: Bakar
    • French: Cuivre
    • German: Kupfer - e
    • Italian: Rame
    • Norwegian: Kobber
    • Portuguese: Cobre
    • Russian:
    • Spanish: Cobre
    • Swedish: Koppar
    Atomic Structure of Copper
    • Atomic Radius: 1.57Å
    • Atomic Volume: 7.1cm3/mol
    • Covalent Radius: 1.17Å
    • Cross Section: 3.8barns ±0.1
    • Crystal Structure: Cubic face centered
    • Electron Configuration:
    1s2 2s2p6 3s2p6d10 4s1
    • Electrons per Energy Level: 2,8,18,1
    Shell Model
    • Ionic Radius: 0.73Å
    • Filling Orbital: 3d 10
    • Number of Electrons (with no charge): 29
    • Number of Neutrons (most common/stable nuclide): 35
    • Number of Protons: 29
    • Oxidation States: 2,1
    • Valance Electrons: 3d 10 4s 1
    Chemical Properties of Copper
    • Electrochemical Equivalent: 1.1855g/amp-hr
    • Electron Work Function: 4.65eV
    • Electronegativity (Pauling): 1.9
    • Heat of Fusion: 13.05kJ/mol
    • Incompatiblities:
    Oxidizers, alkalis, sodium azide, acetylene
    • Ionization Potential
    First: 7.726
    Second: 20.292
    Third: 36.83
    • Valance Electron Potential (-eV): 34
    Physical Properties of Copper
    • Atomic Mass Average: 63.546
    • Boiling Point: 2840K 2567°C 4653°F
    • Coefficient of lineal thermal expansion:
    0.0000166cm/cm/°C (0°C)
    • Conductivity
    Electrical: 0.596 106/cm
    Thermal: 4.01 W/cmK
    • Density: 8.96g/cc @ 300K
    • Description:
    Reddish orange transition metal.
    • Elastic Modulus:
    Bulk: 140/GPa
    Rigidity: 48/GPa
    Youngs: 130/GPa
    • Enthalpy of Atomization: 338.9 kJ/mole @ 25°C
    • Enthalpy of Fusion: 13.01 kJ/mole
    • Enthalpy of Vaporization: 304.6 kJ/mole
    • Flammablity Class: Non-combustible solid (except as dust)
    • Freezing Point: see melting point
    • Hardness Scale
    Brinell: 874 MN m-2
    Mohs: 3
    Vickers: 369 MN m-2
    • Heat of Vaporization: 300.3kJ/mol
    • Melting Point: 1357.6K 1084.6°C 1984.3°F
    • Molar Volume: 7.11 cm3/mole
    • Optical Reflectivity: 90%
    • Specific Heat: 0.38J/gK
    • Vapor Pressure = 0.0505Pa@1084.6°C
    • Pysical State (at 20°C & 1atm): Solid
    Regulatory / Health
    • CAS Number
    7440-50-8
    • RTECS: GL5325000
    • NFPA 704
    Health: 2
    Fire:
    Reactivity:
    Special Hazard:
    • OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL)
    TWA: 1 mg/m3
    • OSHA PEL Vacated 1989
    TWA: 1 mg/m3
    • NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limit (REL)
    TWA: 1 mg/m3
    IDLH: 100 mg/m3
    • Routes of Exposure: Inhalation; Ingestion; Skin and/or eye contact
    • Target Organs: Eyes, skin, respiratory system, liver, kidneys (increase(d) risk with Wilson's
    disease)
    Who / Where / When / How
    • Discoverer: Known to the ancients.
    • Discovery Location: Unknown
    • Discovery Year: known to the ancients
    • Name Origin:
    Latin: cyprium (island of Cyprus famed for its copper mines).
    ژئوشیمی 􀂙
    :
    آانسارهای
    مس غنی از
    سولفید، نظیر
    مس
    پورفیری،
    ماسیوسولفیدها
    ی مس و رگه
    های مس
    گرمابی در
    صورتی آه
    در سطح
    زمین رخنمون داشته باشند، آانیهای پیریت، آالکوپیریت و
    بورنیت این آانسارها ضمن اآسیده شدن اآسیدهای آهن در زون اآسیدان بر جای مانده و زون غنی از
    آهن را تشکیل می دهند. در صورت بالا بودن آهن، به آن آلاهک آهنی یا گوسان گفته می شود آه در
    اآتشاف آانسارها راهنمای بسیار مناسبی است. چگونگی اآسیده شدن پیریت و آالکوپیریت بدین
    صورت است:
    Fes 2 + 7/2 O2 + 3 H2 O= FeO(OH) + 2H2 SO4aq + H+
    aq
    CuFeS2 + 4O2 +2 H2 O= FeO(OH)+ 2HSO-
    4aq + H+
    aq
    آب می گردد. ph سولفید به سولفات اآسیده می شود و موجب آاهش
    آب آمتر باشد به همان PH است. هر قدر PH غلظت مس محلول در اّب در زون اآسیدان تابع
    - مقدار، غلظت مس در آب زیادتر خواهد بود. محدوده پایداری اآسیدها و سولفیدهای مس در شکل ٢٠
    ۶ ترسیم شده است.
    Nickel - Copper - Zinc
    Cu
    Ag
    Full table
    General
    Name, Symbol, Number Copper, Cu, 29
    Chemical series transition metals
    Group, Period, Block 11 , 4 , d
    Density, Hardness 8920 kg/m3, 3.0
    Appearance copper, metallic
    Atomic properties
    Atomic weight 63.536 amu
    Atomic radius (calc.) 135 (145) pm
    Covalent radius 138 pm
    van der Waals radius 140 pm
    Electron configuration [Ar]3d104s1
    e- 's per energy level 2, 8, 18, 1
    Oxidation states (Oxide) 2,1 (mildly basic)
    Crystal structure Cubic, face-centered
    Physical properties
    State of matter solid (__)
    Melting point 1357.6 K (1984.3 °F)
    Boiling point 2840 K (4653 °F)
    Molar volume 7.11 ×10-6 m3/mol
    Heat of vaporization 300.3 kJ/mol
    Heat of fusion 13.05 kJ/mol
    Vapor pressure 0.0505 Pa at 1358 K
    Speed of sound 3570 m/s at 293.15 K
    Miscellaneous
    Electronegativity 1.9 (Pauling scale)
    Specific heat capacity 380 J/(kg*K)
    Electrical conductivity 59.6 106/m ohm
    Thermal conductivity 401 W/(m*K)
    1st ionization potential 745.5 kJ/mol
    2nd ionization potential 1957.9 kJ/mol
    3rd ionization potential 3555 kJ/mol
    4th ionization potential 5536 kJ/mol
    Most stable isotopes
    iso NA half-life DM DE MeV DP
    63Cu 69.17% Cu is stable with 34 neutrons
    64Cu {syn.} 12.7 h ε 1.675 64Ni
    64Cu {syn.} 12.7 h β- 0.579 64Zn
    65Cu 30.83% Cu is stable with 36 neutrons
    مس از زون اآسیدان توسط آب های فرورو حمل و در زیر سطح آبهای زیر زمینی به دلیل آاهش
    به صورت مس خالص و سولفید برجای گذاشته می شود . زون احیایی به دلیل افزایش عیار Eh در
    اولیه به زون غنی شده نیز معروف است.
    آانیهای مهمی آه در زون اآسیدان یافت می شود عبارتند از :
    • اآسیدهای آهن و مقدار جزئی اآسیدهای مس،
    • در صورت وجود سنگ آربناته، آانیهای مالاآیت و آزوریت در زون اآسیدان تشکیل
    خواهند گردید .
    • در صورت وجود آپاتیت، فیروزه در زون اآسیدان تشکیل می گردد.
    • در صورت بالا بودن غلظت سیلیس در آب، سیلیکات مس در زون اآسیدان تشکیل می شود.
    تعداد زیادی از آلیاژهای مس وجود دارند. برنج یک آلیاژ مس-روی است و برنز یک آلیاژ مس-
    قلع است.
    حالات اآسیداسیون معمولی مس شامل:
    Cu+1 Cuprous حالت
    Cu+2 Cupric حالت
    آربنات مس سبز است و ناشی از ظهور منحصر به فرد گنبدهای پوششی مس در روی بیشتر
    ایتریم) از بیشتر ابررساناهای غیر متعارف y و Ba, Cu مانند اآسید ) Cu ساختمانها است. اآسیدهای
    شکل می گیرد.
    وجود دارد آه همراه با ١٢ رادیو ایزوتوپ می باشند. Cu و 65 Cu ٢ ایزوتوپ پایدار مس 63
    اآثریت ایزوتوپهای رادیواآتیو نیمه عمری در حد چند دقیقه یا آمتر دارند و بیشترین طول عمر
    ١٢ ساعت است آه با دوروش فروپاشی به ٢ محصول / است آه نیمه عمر آن ٧ Cu آن مربوط به 64
    جداگانه سوق داده می شود.
    خواص فیزیکی:
    بیشتر ویژگیهای مس فلزی به درجه خلوص و منبع فلز بستگی دارد. تنوع خواص این عنصر
    بدلایل زیر است:
    - عیار مس، بعبارت دیگر میزان اآسیژن: فیر سخت، مس دی اآسید، مس عاری از اآسیژن
    - میزان ناخالصی های طبیعی (بعنوان مثال آرسنیک ) و یا باقیمانده مواد افزوده (بعنوان مثال
    فسفرها) آه در مرز دانه ها محلول جامد یا فازهای مجزا تشکیل داده است.
    - پیش تصفیه مکانیکی و گرمایی فلز آه منجر به حالتهایی مانند مس ریخته گری، مس لوله ای
    داغف مس سخت، مس قالب گیری (نرم) و مس تف جوش می شود.
    بدلیل تفاوت در شبکه بلورین نیز ویژگیهای مس تغییر می آند. دو گروه از خواص قابل تشخیص
    هستند:
    - ویژگیهایی آه وابسته آمی به شبکه بلوری دارند، بعنوان مثال خواص گرمایی و ترمودینامیکی،
    رفتارهای مغناطیسی و خواص اتمی.
    - ویژگیهایی آه وابستگی زیادی به شبکه بلوری دارند، بعنوان مثال رسانایی الکتریکی و دماییف
    رفتار پلاستیک، پدیده جنبشی و مقاومت در برابر خوردگی.
    تنوع در خواص ممکن است به سبب عدم تکامل فیزیکی شبکه (نابجایی، خلاء شبکه ای و اتمهای
    روزانه ای) و یا بدلیل عدم تکامل شیمیایی (محلول جامد جایگزینی) رخ دهد.
    خواص اتمی و هسته ای:
    ۶٨/٩۴) 63cu ۶٣ است. مس از دو ایزوتوپ طبیعی / عدد اتمی مس ٢٩ و جرم اتمی آن ۵۴۶
    ٣١ درصد) تشکیل یافته است. /٠۶) 65cu درصد) و
    ٩ ایزوتوپ سنتزی دیگر نیز وجود دارند آه دارای جرمهای اتمی بین ۵٩ و ۶٨ می باشند و در
    ۵٨ ساعت). / بین آنها مس ۶٧ ، بیشترین نیمه عمر را دارا می باشد ( ۵
    ساختمان بلوری:
    در فشارهای متوسط، مس از دماهای پایین شروع به تبلور آرده و تا رسیدن به نقطه ذوب، تبلور
    دارای ( Cu یا FI یا ) A نوع 1 (CCP) ادامه می یابد. شبکه بلوری بسته ترین بسته های آوبیک
    عدد آئوردیناسیون ١٢ است.
    ٨/ چگال تئوریک مس در ٢٠ درجه سانتی گراد، بر اساس ثبات شبکه و جرم اتمی محاسبه شده، ٩٣
    آمیسیون ) IEC گرم بر سانتی متر مکعب است. در استاندارد بین المللی آه در سال ١٩١٣ توسط
    ٨ گرم بر سانتی متر مکعب فرض شده / الکتروشیمی بین المللی ) وضع شدهف چگالی مس ٨٩
    است.
    ٨ می باشد. /٩۶ g/cm ٩٩ % دارای چگالی 3 / مس با درجه خلوص ٩٩٩
    چگالی مس تجاری به ترآیب آن و بخصوص میزان اآسیژن آن، پیش تصفیه مکانیکی و گرمایی و
    به دمای آن بستگی دارد.
    – Ù¨/٩٣ g/cm Ø

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    by
    John Monberg
    2003-08-29

    Rhetoric heralding the information society promises a shiny new world. This rhetoric draws on cultural values powerful in America: technology as a means to social progress, an emphasis on individualism, and a belief in the dynamism of free markets. This rhetoric is powerful because the information society is both new and abstract. But what kind of social world and workplace are information technologies likely to actually create when they are shaped by unfettered corporate imperatives? Similar social promises were made at the beginning of the twentieth century when U.S. Steel planned the creation of Gary, Indiana, in the heart of the Calumet Region, on the shore of Lake Michigan, southeast of Chicago: advanced technologies would transform a frontier into a global village, create a wealthy workforce, a clean environment, and exciting social spaces.

    What social worlds emerged from U.S. Steel’s plans over the course of the twentieth century? Richard Dorson, a leading oral historian, conducted an exhaustive analysis of the Calumet Region. He summarized his findings in describing the self-produced myth of the Calumet Region as “a cultural desert peopled by blue-collar workers living in the midst of polluted skies, garbage dumps and violent ghettos.” (Dorson 235) This self-produced myth is perhaps the most succinctly stated vision of the most dystopian kind of social world one could imagine. It is also, at the same time, profoundly true and profoundly false. Cultural desert, blue-collar workers, polluted skies: each of the claims is supported and denied by massive physical, social, and environmental evidence of monumental scale. The Calumet Region offers scenes of a uniquely beautiful duneland environment and desolated urban waste sites, one of the most economically productive facilities in the world and bitter impoverishment. Why did the Calumet Region evolve the way it did over the course of the twentieth century? Early decisions diminished a distinctive ecology, permanently scarred the urban form of the area, and resulted in racial divisions that continue to cause great suffering even today. All of these consequences of power are manifestly visible in the Calumet Region, even as they remain invisible in many analyses of the information age. Corporate imperatives drove the brutal simplification of a complex ecological system and prevented the social solidarities that could challenge corporate power through unionization and community action.

    The logics driving the America Online-Time Warner merger are eerily similar to the forces shaping the Calumet Region’s history. Again, a technologically advanced, capital-intensive corporation with a dominant position in its industry restructures sets of social relations through a calculating rationality. America Online-Time Warner is producing audiences instead of steel, measuring and grading the demographic, psychological, and web-browsing activities of individuals as raw materials in the production process, but the logic it employs is the same logic that U.S. Steel employed one hundred years ago. The lessons of the Calumet Region experience debunk many of the myths surrounding the information age.

    Changes in media technology change patterns of social interaction, and changing patterns of social interaction have political consequences. Given the rapid advancement of communication technology and the wide range of novel uses to which this technology has been put, calls to assess the democratic potential of new communication technologies have become increasingly common. The Calumet Region offers lessons from one hundred years of social planning and experimentation that can be used to critique today’s promise of a more democratic information society. Why choose the Calumet Region as an object of comparison? It is the geographic location where the largest industrial concentration in the United States confronted both a natural environment with more species per acre than any area in the United States, and a social environment with unprecedented racial and ethnic diversity.

    Like computer-communication technologies of the present era, steel was a technology that had pervasive consequences for the America of its time. Steel changed the way people lived, worked, traveled, and fought wars (Misa, A Nation of Steel, passim). Cheap steel gave rise to railroads, skyscrapers, automobiles, battleships, armored tanks and most of the other items, technologies, and institutions we associate with modern, industrialized societies. The Calumet Region was at the heart of the transformation of American society, and was itself a product of it. The Calumet Region was home to the largest concentration of industrial production in the United States, and perhaps the world. Writers sponsored by the Works Projects Administration provided an overview of the Region in 1939:

    Today, with a population of 260,000, the Calumet has become, in only three decades, one of the greatest industrial centers of the world. Nowhere else in America is there such a concentration of diversified industrial operations. Dominated by the heavy industries - the manufacture of steel, railroad equipment, and chemicals, and the refining of oil - the region possesses 221 various companies which manufacture 1,217 different products. Represented in this group are several plants - a steel works, a rail mill, a cement plant, and a generating unit - which top the list of their category as the world’s largest. One of the five large oil refineries is the largest departmentalized refinery in the world (Calumet Region 3).

    The region underwent its most significant expansion when United States Steel calculated that it would be the optimal location for its largest steel making facilities. United States Steel was a more significant economic and political force for its time than any corporation today, including Microsoft, IBM, or Oracle.

    Even discounting the hyperbole inherent in the writing style of the time, Herbert Casson’s dramatization painted a striking image of the unique power of United States Steel:

    The biggest business fact in the world is the United States Steel Corporation. It has more stockholders than the population of Nevada; more employees than there are voters in Maine; more profits, in a good year than the revenue of the city of New York. Above all ordinary corporations it towers like the Great Pyramid of Cheops above the sand mounds of the desert (Casson 1).

    Like today’s information technologies, steel was the most advanced expression of science and technology in its era. U.S. Steel’s Gary facility was the first example of the deliberate application of the principles of scientific location for industry. There were no retraced steps, extra movements, or reheatings of intermediate products. The plant was designed for efficient flow of materials, was the first designed so as to take advantage of the benefits of electrification (Greer 60), and became a model for the most advanced production facilities of Germany and the Soviet Union.

    The glossiest promises of information society futurists like Bill Gates and Nicholas Negroponte merely echo the words of Will Moore, a U.S. Steel booster:

    Every advance known to science and industry will have its mark on these steel mills, destined to be soon the most extensive in the world in the manufacture of steel and the making of everything in which steel is the prime factor. I hereby submit a statement of facts that will surprise you. It is about the wonderful-amazing conditions, present and prospective, at Gary, Ind. - a business enterprise unequaled in combined size, speed and permanency in the world’s history (Moore 7).

    Many analysts argue that the interconnections of the information age will transform the world into a global village. Unlike the screen-deep interconnections of Webcams and Web pages today, the large number of immigrants who came to the Calumet Region in search of employment created a global village of physically close neighborhoods. They came primarily from eastern and southern Europe - Poles, Czechs, Russians, Lithuanians, Hungarians, Croatians, Serbians, Slovaks, Turks, Greeks, and Italians. Immigrants from fifty-two separate nationalities made their home in Gary by 1920, and the proportion of foreign stock (foreign-born, or native with at least one immigrant parent) reached 60.5 percent of the city’s entire population (Mohl and Betten 5).

    The business pages were, at millennium’s end, abuzz with stories of millionaires made rich by Internet initial public offerings. Similarly, in the turn of the century steel industry, “Every young officer who served under General Carnegie was either a millionaire or a physical wreck in a few years. No system has ever made so many men so wealthy in so short a time” (Casson 24). The social, political, and economic dominance of the Calumet Region in general and Gary in particular were expressed by Hammond, Indiana mayor Tom Knotts in 1910, who called Gary the “prophet”of the national and even global future (Lane 34). Contemporaries dubbed Gary the “Magic City.” Corporate planners for U.S. Steel shaped the urban form of Gary, Indiana according to the dictates of short-term profit as they implemented a strictly functional form of rationality. Because the social system was shaped to meet the requirements of the corporation, public participation in planning was almost nonexistent and the social spaces that would have allowed for deliberation and collective action were purposefully eliminated from the urban form. Gary’s largely immigrant population was already splintered along the lines of ethnicity, race, and class. U.S. Steel’s urban planning efforts exacerbated these divisions and lead directly to the social and environmental problems that continue to plague the Region today. A divided population, without access to direct or mediated communication, was unable to effectively resist US Steel’s imperatives.

    America Online, Time Warner, and the Information Society

    The AOL-Time Warner merger resulted in a $147 billion media conglomerate controlling the pipelines and information flows that connect most of the homes of the information society. If U.S. Steel’s efforts to maximize corporate profits shaped the Calumet Region during the twentieth century, AOL-Time Warner’s efforts to gain an advantage from advanced interactive communication technologies will likely shape the social structure of the information age during the twenty-first century. What will be the process by which publics are constituted through the efforts of Time Warner? The largest and most technologically advanced of these efforts were the Full Service Network, an interactive cable television system, and Pathfinder, Time Warner’s umbrella site on the World Wide Web.

    Such interactive efforts are worthy of attention. The world’s leading media and entertainment company, Time Warner has interests in cable television, movies, recorded music, book publishing, magazines, and theme parks. The company has revenues of more than $20 billion a year, including $4 billion of international revenue. Time Warner is also viewed within the media industry as a technological pioneer. It created the first national cable channel, Home Box Office, only made possible by an innovative use of satellite distribution facilities. Financial clout, breadth of content, and technical initiative are hallmarks of the company, allowing it to form a template of media products and services that have been widely adopted by the rest of the industry. Time Warner has aggressively deployed the most sophisticated technology in the area of interactive media. Its interactive initiatives include the Full Service Network, an advanced cable television network in Orlando, Florida and Pathfinder, one of the most extensive and prominent sites on the World Wide Web. These initiatives constitute an ongoing experimental effort to determine whether or not interactive media will be commercially viable on a large scale.

    Time Warner’s interactive efforts can be understood as a technical capability. The Full Service Network was the world’s first digital, interactive television network, and provided customers in Orlando, Florida on-demand access to a variety of entertainment and informational services. It was also, at the time, the most technically sophisticated commercial information service ever delivered to the consumer, self-described as the “Cadillac” of interactive-television tests. From the time of the system’s inception in 1992, over $700 million dollars were required in order to make it operational on December 14, 1994.

    The Full Service Network required advances in each of many sophisticated technical components as well as their coordination into a functioning system. Each technical component is produced by a different company or companies, develops at a different rate, and is subject to different regulatory barriers and business opportunities. Time Warner’s efforts are frequently symbolized in terms of heralding in a utopian future. The theme of “digital convergence” among software, hardware, communication, and entertainment industries is a staple of the business press and technological futurists. The perception created is that this field is a high risk/high reward activity. The promise of technology in shaping a new future is often framed in religious terms, as when the Full Service Network was described in Time magazine, “This is the holy grail of interactive television: true video on demand” (Elmer-Dewitt 125).

    In these narratives, the future is not a static vision on the horizon; it is hurtling toward us at an ever-increasing rate. Gerald Levin described the relationship between technological momentum and corporate initiatives vividly:

    Sooner or later, every significant player in the information and entertainment industry is going to have to understand the implications of broadband digital interactivity. Except as every competitor in the cable industry already knows, sooner isn’t only better, it’s often everything. The FSN will drive home this lesson with unforgiving velocity. The introduction of the FSN is an irreversible step across the threshold of change (Elmer-Dewitt 126).

    The Full Service Network was really an attempt to fulfill the promise that technological advances hold out. Even if the purpose of the Full Service Network is vague, the reasoning seems to be that technological change is so fast and so powerful that inevitably some way will be found to make use of emerging new technologies. Anything more than a cursory perusal of Gerald Levin’s speeches and position statements makes clear that he views technological advance, in and of itself, as a world-historical force. For example, in a shrilly argued piece, he stresses the watershed nature of interactive technology, “The same kind of minds that denounced Galileo as a heretic, ridiculed Edison’s notion of an electric-powered light and dismissed the Wright brothers’ ideas as a crackpot scheme have turned their sights on the new medium of interactivity” (Shapiro, B1). The idiom of today’s business journal is the language of early twentieth century industrial boosterism.

    The stridency of Levin’s language is as much a gauge of his beliefs as it is a gauge of the skepticism he must work to overcome. His statements reiterate the theme of technology in the service of corporate destiny. And in settling the frontier of the future, Levin frequently calls on metaphors with quasi-religious overtones. Connie Bruck observed that “Levin has long maintained that he has been compelled by something far less mundane, almost mystical: a sense of obligation to divine and bring to fruition the `manifest destiny’ of Time Inc. And now Time Warner” (Bruck 55). In such rhetorical strategies, the future is at once a time, a place, a corporate prize, and an inevitable outcome of technological development. There is no place in this rhetoric for arguments about technological choice. There is no room for public debate in narratives of linear technical progress. Access to communication channels, and the uses to which these technologies are put, are taken out of history, struggle, and politics. Ironically, these most advanced, most widespread channels of interactive capability may allow little space for a truly public social dialogue.

    Like the Calumet Region, information technology-based publics all lay at a key juncture, an identifiable point at which economic, cultural, and social forces intertwine. These technologies blur fixed distinctions between originator/message/audience and product/advertisement/community as complex chains created for a given purpose by one set of groups are adopted and modified over time by other groups. Planned urban streets no longer separate social classes; here relevant social categories may be as explicit as the data fields coded into marketing databases or as implicit as the global audience for a popular World Wide Web site. This analysis is sympathetic to and complements media studies efforts that trace the multiple, ongoing ways that the cultural technologies of media situate audiences.

    The forms of life congruent with the adoption of the printing press, highways, and similar technological orders were unforeseen and certainly not chosen by any of the actors involved in some sort of rational decision-making process. As James C. Carey’s analysis has demonstrated, with the adoption of the telegraph formerly bounded communities became much more strongly affected by distant economic, political, and cultural centers. These connections dramatically revised existing notions of journalistic style, conceptions of objectivity, common sense, and perceptions of time and space. The economic model of rational actors pursuing their individual ends through an efficient market is a poor model for the intelligent social shaping of advanced media technologies. The most profound and consequential impacts are often felt diffusely and only over the long term; they are not easily be measured in economic terms, and they may be outside the control of any particular actor.

    Or so shows the experience of the Calumet Region. The promise of steel was also held at one time to promise the creation of the kind of social worlds we most would want to inhabit. Capturing this trace of an alternative future has been the aim of photojournalist Jose Camilo Vergara. He spent several decades in Detroit, the Bronx, Chicago, and Gary, coming to understand the places left behind when the economic and industrial forces that promise so much move on. Vergara rejects the demands that these places are worthless and should be bulldozed, pleading that

    There is something inspiring about ruins. As witnesses of the urban condition, they urge us to ask: Is there no choice but to stand by and watch the destruction of our cities? Stripped down to their essences, leftover buildings and discarded spaces form cityscapes of great power. While they last, we have our ruins and the immense longings they instill in us. Even at risk of bodily harm, we need to hear the elemental chant that comes from our skeletal neighborhoods. The `City of the Broad Shoulders,’ and `Steel City,’ sing about the shortness of life, the awesome beauty of our creations, and our abject failure to create a just society. With their chant they beckon us to come home and perhaps try again (Vergara 197).

    My purpose has been to make metaphoric use of the ruins. They yet have work to do. If we listen to their chant we may build an information society that does not simply repeat the failures of the steel society. What framework is most useful for identifying the critical new aspects of these electronic social spaces? How does power function, as social differences are inscribed into systems, mobilized, and fed back into the circuits used to shape the social worlds of those who are enmeshed within such systems? At the moment, this problem area remains underdeveloped. If we are going to live in an “information society,” broad and deep perspectives ought to be brought to bear on specific projects, in order to illuminate and reimagine policy alternatives, and the implications these policies have for just what kind of society the “information society” might be.

    Works Cited

    Bruck, Connie. “Jerry’s Deal,” The New Yorker, February 19, 1996: 55-69.

    The Calumet Region Historical Guide. Compiled by the workers of the Writer’s Program of the Works Projects Administration, Indianapolis: Garman Printing CC, 1939.

    Carey, James W. Communication as Culture. London: Routledge, 1989.

    Casson, Herbert N. The Romance of Steel, The Story of a Thousand Millionaires. New York: A. S. Barnes and Company, 1907.

    Dorson, Richard M. Land of the Millrats. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981.

    Elmer-Dewitt, Phillip. “Ready for Primetime?” Time, December 26, Volume 144, No. 26, 1994: 125-126.

    Greer, Edward. Big Steel: Black Politics and Corporate Power in Gary, Indiana. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1979.

    Lane, James B. “City of the Century”: A History of Gary, Indiana. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978.

    Misa, Thomas J. A Nation of Steel: The Making of Modern America, 1865-1925. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.

    Mohl, Raymond A. and Neil Betten. Steel City Urban and Ethnic Patterns in Gary, Indiana, 1906-1950. New York: Holnes and Meier.

    Moore, Powell A. The Calumet Region: Indiana’s Last Frontier. Reprinted with an afterword by Lance Trusty 1977. Indiana Historical Bureau, 1991.

    Moore, Will H. `If I Had Known’ about Gary in 1909. Chicago: Barnard & Miller Print, 1911.

    Shapiro, Eben. “Time Warner’s Orlando Test to Start - Finally,” Wall Street Journal, December 7, 1994, B1.

    Vergara, Camilo Jose. The New American Ghetto. Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1995.


              IPPF Round of Top 64 Underway! See You in New York!        


    We are pleased to report that the IPPF’s “Top 64” round is underway! As a reminder, you can see a full list of the IPPF teams here.

    The “Top 64” represent 17 international teams from 15 foreign countries:

    •             Bosnia and Herzegovina (1);
    •             Canada (2);
    •             China (2);
    •             Croatia (1);
    •             Czech Republic (1);
    •             Ghana (1);
    •             India (1);
    •             Japan (1);
    •             Nepal (1);
    •             The Netherlands (1);
    •             Singapore (1);
    •             Slovakia (1); 
    •             Slovenia (1);
    •             South Africa (1); and
    •             Switzerland (1).

    The “Top 64” represent 47 U.S. teams from 24 states:

    •             Alabama (1);
    •             Arizona (3);
    •             California (4);
    •             Connecticut (1);
    •             Florida (1);
    •             Georgia (3);
    •             Indiana (1);
    •             Louisiana (1);
    •             Maryland (1);
    •             Massachusetts (1);
    •             Minnesota (2);
    •             Missouri (4);
    •             Montana (1);
    •             Nevada (2);
    •             New Jersey (2);
    •             New Mexico (2);
    •             New York (2);
    •             North Carolina (1);
    •             Ohio (1);
    •             Pennsylvania (3);
    •             Texas (6);
    •             Utah (2);
    •             Virginia (1); and
    •             Washington (1).

    Four of the schools that have previously won the IPPF advanced this year:

    •             Hamilton High School (2013-14), Chandler, Arizona;
    •             Plano Senior High School (2010-11), Plano, Texas;
    •             Bellaire High School (2007-09), Bellaire, Texas; and
    •             Woodward Academy (2001-02), College Park, Georgia.
      
    Teams will exchange essays until December 7, at which time the judges will begin their evaluation process. The judging period is December 7-14. Please let me know if you would like to judge – or if you have friends or colleagues who might be interested in participating.  

    As a reminder, this year’s IPPF Finals will be held April 1-3, 2016. We hope to see you all in New York!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    Andrea Sadberry | Executive Director
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               Update on the core and developing cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers for Alzheimer disease         
    Babić, Mirjana and Švob Štrac, Dubravka and Mück-Šeler, Dorotea and Pivac, Nela and Stanić, Gabrijela and Hof, Patrick R. and Šimić, Goran (2014) Update on the core and developing cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers for Alzheimer disease. Croatian Medical Journal, 55 (4). pp. 347-65. ISSN 0353-9504
              Croatia wasn't aggressor in Bosnia, says retired general        

    Croatia only protected its national interests during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and its goal was neither military aggression nor annexation of its territory, retired general Pavao Miljavac said on Thursday.


              Retired generals launch declaration with guidelines for Croatia's policies        

    The association of retired Croatian generals and admirals that goes by the abbreviation "HGZ" on Saturday launched its declaration that contains "guidelines that should in the long run create Croatia's policies, primarily with the aim protecting national interests," HGZ chairman Pavao Miljavac said.


              Arrest of alleged spy matter of Serbia's daily politics        

    Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac on Saturday portrayed the apprehension of an alleged spy, a Croatian citizen, in Belgrade on espionage charges, as "a third rate soap opera", while the chairman of the association of Croatian generals, retired general Pavao Miljavac, said that the arrest was something to do with daily goings in Belgrade.


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              Comment on Kitesurf destinations by month – part 1 by Brightmen        
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              Merkel wary after talks with Medvedev        
    Merkel wary after talks with Medvedev

    By Bertrand Benoit in Berlin and Neil Buckley in Moscow

    Published: March 10 2008 02:00 | Last updated: March 10 2008 02:00

    Dmitry Medvedev's election as Russia's president will not lead to a thaw in the country's difficult relationship with the west, according to Angela Merkel, German chancellor.

    "I think there will be continuity," Ms Merkel said after meeting Mr Medvedev in Moscow on Saturday. "I do not think that the controversies will just disappear".

    Ms Merkel was the first western leader to meet the president-elect, whom she described as "very factual". Mr Medvedev would travel to Germany on one of his first official visits after taking office, she said.

    "I hope that the friendly and comradely co-operation you had with President Putin will now continue," Mr Medvedev told the German chancellor.

    The tone of Ms Merkel's conversations with the Russian leadership on her trip was warmer than on earlier occasions and German officials believe Mr Medvedev wishes to pursue a constructive relationship with Berlin.

    The chancellor also breakfasted with Vladimir Putin, the outgoing president and future prime minister. Both leaders made it clear their meeting was not a farewell encounter and that Mr Putin would, at least for some time, continue to shape Russia's policies.

    Mr Putin reiterated his opposition to the eastward expansion of Nato. The western military alliance plans to invite Albania, Croatia and Macedonia to become members at its April summit.


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              Canada's jobless youth: Think-tank pushes plan to create 186,000 'guaranteed' positions        


    Jesse Tahirali / CTV National News

    With youth unemployment well above the national average, exams might not be the only thing keeping young Canadians up at night.

    But one think-tank wants to ease the extracurricular stress students face by trying to guarantee availability of 186,000 jobs for those making the transition from backpack to briefcase.

    The Broadbent Institute has a plan it says will level the playing field for the one in eight young Canadians out of work.

    According to Statistics Canada, 387,700 people between the ages of 15 and 24 failed to find work in 2013. That’s 13.7 per cent of the youth population, compared to a 5.9 per cent unemployment rate for those 25 and older.

    In a report being released Monday, the Ottawa- based institute lays out the steps it’d like to see taken toward what they call a “youth job guarantee.”

    “Canada has a youth jobs crisis at the moment,” Rick Smith, the executive director of the Broadbent Institute, told CTV News. “It’s time for the federal government and Canadian businesses to roll up their sleeves and solve this very significant problem for our economy.”

    The number of jobless young people in Canada is more than twice as high than that of adults.

    According to Statistics Canada, 387,700 people between the ages of 15 and 24 failed to find workin 2013. That’s 13.7 per cent of the youth population, compared to a 5.9 per cent unemployment rate for those 25 and older.

    While youth unemployment has historically been higher than national averages, the current level is still well above where it was before the 2009 recession, when just over 11 per cent of youth were trying to find work.

    “It’s time for the federal government and Canadian businesses to get serious about the youth jobs crisis and work together to tackle it,” said Smith. “The employment situation of young people is worse today than before the recession, and that’s simply unacceptable.”

    ‘Youth Job Guarantee’ plan

    At the heart of it, the Broadbent Institute’s plan is simple: private businesses and the government should both invest equal amounts to pay young people to work.

    The report estimates that an investment of $670 million from both sectors will be enough to create more than 180,000 jobs, dropping the youth unemployment rate by two percentage points, closer to where it was seven years ago.

    The think-tank’s vision is to take that money and, in addition to the funding already offered by the government, create 12-week-long, paid co-op, internship and job placement positionsto “kick-start” the careers of young Canadians.

    At a pay rate of $15 per hour, thegroup says it’s possible to drop the number of out-of-work youth by nearly 50,000people  at any given time.

    It’s not unrealistic that companies have excess cash to spend, says Andrew Jackson, a senior policy advisor for the Broadbent Institute. He says many businesses have assets they’re not putting to use.

    “It basically means that they’ve got a lot of money tucked into the bank that they’re either not paying out to shareholders or actively investing in the company,” said Jackson. “It’s essentially just sitting there collecting small amounts of interest until business has the confidence to invest.”

    Struggling to bounce back

    In addition to disproportionate unemployment rates, another struggle for youth is that inexperienced employees are generally much harder hit by economic downturns.

    According to the Broadbent Institute, half of all job losses between 2008 and 2009 were experienced by those aged 15 to 24.

    “As the old adage goes, young workers are the ‘last hired and first fired,’” reads the report.

    Smith says an injection of unused cash could be used to create jobs specifically for those young workers, referring to businesses’ unused assets as “dead money,” a phrase former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney used in criticising the corporate sector in 2012.

    Canadian corporations are collectively sitting on hundreds of billions of dollars that isn’t being spent or invested, he says, which could be used to revitalize the youth job market.

    “The private sector needs to put some of this dead money -- this $630 billion it’s sitting on, $9 billion in the last quarter alone – and it needs to start putting some of this money to work, get it back into the economy,” Smith says.

    But some think corporations shouldn’t be pushed into spending their money.

    "Businesses need to be allowed to do the things it needs to do to help grow the economy and help grow opportunities for everyone," said Kevin Lacey of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

    But Smith calls the amount they’re asking from corporations a “drop in the bucket,” and says something as simple as a summer placement or paid internship is crucial for those looking to begin a career.

    “So many Canadian youth at the moment want to work, have fantastic training and education, and just can’t find that all-important first placement or first apprenticeship opportunity,” he says.

    Jackson said another tangible benefit of getting graduates working is avoidance of the inevitable skill degradation.

    “If businesses were farsighted, they’d see the reality that all of labour force growth is going to come from young Canadians,” he said.

    “It’s not really in anyone’s interest to see large numbers of people leaving the post-secondary education system and being unemployed or underemployed, because we’re clearly going to need their skills and experience in the future.”

    Canada and the rest of the world

    Before the recession, Canada’s youth unemployment sat right around the world average.

    According to the UN’s International Labour Organization, while the world’s unemployment percentage rose modestly in 2009, Canada’s jumped significantly -- a trend also seen in the European Union and other developed economies.

    Youth jobless rates vary significantly between countries. Compared to countries like Greece, Spain and Croatia – where more than half of youth struggle to land work – Canada’s numbers seem stable.

    But other countries, like Germany, Austria and Japan, have youth unemployment rates below 10 per cent.

    Smith said most people probably don’t realize how difficult the job hunt still is for young Canadians.

    “Since the recession, job prospects for many of us have bounced back. But they have actually diminished for young people,” he said. “It’s a very worrisome situation.”


              "Peaceful EU"        

    The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union (EU) "for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe". In other words, for not killing each other for six decades. What an achievement of civilization! European countries successfully managed to export war to other countries and keep their home clean of massacres. This has got to be celebrated! Almost a third (31%) of the world's weapon exports between 2004 and 2008 belonged to the EU: Germany (10%), France (8%), United Kingdom (4%), Netherlands (3%), Spain (2%), Italy (2%) and Schweden (2%), according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In its comment on the award, the institute consequently noted:

    ‘To be relevant for its citizens and to become a significant global player, the European Union must achieve peace and prosperity abroad as well as at home.’

    In other words, the award is disregarding the EU's involvement in recent NATO wars and its often slavish following of the USA's hegemonic, aggressive, failed foreign politics. Let's not forget that among Bush's "coalition of the willing" (nations to invade Iraq) there were several EU countries (see Bush's White House Press Release, March 27, 2003). SIPRI's hint at "prosperity abroad" is also worth noting. Wasn't the EU and its citizens an essential part of the oppressive systems ruling in Tunisia, Egypt and Lybia until the "Arab Spring"? (See e.g. Smart Villages and the City of the Dead).

    Moreover, with similar arguments as given below, one could justify that the US warlords deserve the Nobel Peace Prize much more than the EU: there was no war on American soil since the American Civil War, 1861. (I don't count the conflicts concerning Hawai or Alaska because these US-controlled territories became official US-states only after these conflicts).

    Wouldn't it be time to think of awarding people or organizations doing a real essential job in preventing or avoiding war? Isn't the international arms trade one of the most serious threats to peace? Isn't the uncontrolled and unpunished warmongering (of mass-media) one of the most serious threats to peace as well? Why aren't people and organisations awarded which successfully fight against international arms trade and warmongering? Because there are none?






    Nobel Peace Prize Committee Press Release


    "The Nobel Peace Prize for 2012
    The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 is to be awarded to the European Union (EU). The union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.
    In the inter-war years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee made several awards to persons who were seeking reconciliation between Germany and France. Since 1945, that reconciliation has become a reality. The dreadful suffering in World War II demonstrated the need for a new Europe. Over a seventy-year period, Germany and France had fought three wars. Today war between Germany and France is unthinkable. This shows how, through well-aimed efforts and by building up mutual confidence, historical enemies can become close partners.
    In the 1980s, Greece, Spain and Portugal joined the EU. The introduction of democracy was a condition for their membership. The fall of the Berlin Wall made EU membership possible for several Central and Eastern European countries, thereby opening a new era in European history. The division between East and West has to a large extent been brought to an end; democracy has been strengthened; many ethnically-based national conflicts have been settled.
    The admission of Croatia as a member next year, the opening of membership negotiations with Montenegro, and the granting of candidate status to Serbia all strengthen the process of reconciliation in the Balkans. In the past decade, the possibility of EU membership for Turkey has also advanced democracy and human rights in that country.
    The EU is currently undergoing grave economic difficulties and considerable social unrest. The Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to focus on what it sees as the EU's most important result: the successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights. The stabilizing part played by the EU has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.
    The work of the EU represents "fraternity between nations", and amounts to a form of the "peace congresses" to which Alfred Nobel refers as criteria for the Peace Prize in his 1895 will.
    Oslo, 12 October 2012"

              If Only the Government Had Respected Its Own Laws... I Am Barack Obama's Political Prisoner Now        
    Black Elk Speaks, Leonard Peltier's recent letter brings the plight of Native Americans over the last two centuries into present focus. Someone reading the 1932 classic today might easily believe that while it is a tragic tale of America's bitter origins, it is a story firmly rooted in a past that we have long moved on from. This view, sadly, would be mistaken. As Peltier states in his letter, Barack Obama must now take on the burden of covering up the mistreatment and oppression of present-day natives. Pardoning Peltier today would admit that the government was wrong, and would expose past and present wrong-doings of this government that would be far too costly, politically, for the establishment to bear. The case of Leonard Peltier is one more thread in the weave that, if pulled in too many places, would unravel the whole faux legitimacy of American empire, and the colonialism that it is based on. It was with added depth that I read Peltier's signing off statement, "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse." As I learned in Black Elk Speaks, Crazy Horse was a brave and uncompromising man who was fearless in his struggle to bring freedom for his people. He was a skilled fighter, and, as Black Elk said, no Wasichus (white people) could ever kill him in a fight. He was never wounded in battle his whole life. As Black Elk tells it, "They could not have killed him in battle. They had to lie to him and murder him. And he was only about thirty years old when he died." Again, I see parallels to the present day, where the government cannot face Peltier on just and even terms, but must hide behind the clout and legal jargon of the American judicial system, miring his case in legal battle after legal battle to keep the truth (and Peltier himself) from ever becoming free. Without further introduction, below is Peltier's letter to his supporters after being denied parole after 33 years of incarceration, despite the fact that the Parole Commission "recognizes that the prosecution has conceded the lack of any direct evidence that [Peltier] personally participated in the executions of the two FBI agents." Ah, justice in America... - Tim

    • • •


    If Only the Government Had Respected Its Own Laws...I Am Barack Obama's Political Prisoner Now

    By LEONARD PELTIER The United States Department of Justice has once again made a mockery of its lofty and pretentious title. After releasing an original and continuing disciple of death cult leader Charles Manson (sic - Lynette Squeaky Fromme) who attempted to shoot President Gerald Ford, an admitted Croatian terrorist, and another attempted assassin of President Ford under the mandatory 30-year parole law, the U.S. Parole Commission deemed that my release would "promote disrespect for the law." If only the federal government would have respected its own laws, not to mention the treaties that are, under the U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of the land, I would never have been convicted nor forced to spend more than half my life in captivity. Not to mention the fact that every law in this country was created without the consent of Native peoples and is applied unequally at our expense. If nothing else, my experience should raise serious questions about the FBI's supposed jurisdiction in Indian Country. The parole commission's phrase was lifted from soon-to-be former U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley, who apparently hopes to ride with the FBI cavalry into the office of North Dakota governor. In this Wrigley is following in the footsteps of William Janklow, who built his political career on his reputation as an Indian fighter, moving on up from tribal attorney (and alleged rapist of a Native minor) to state attorney general, South Dakota governor, and U.S. Congressman. Some might recall that Janklow claimed responsibility for dissuading President Clinton from pardoning me before he was convicted of manslaughter. Janklow's historical predecessor, George Armstrong Custer, similarly hoped that a glorious massacre of the Sioux would propel him to the White House, and we all know what happened to him. Unlike the barbarians that bay for my blood in the corridors of power, however, Native people are true humanitarians who pray for our enemies. Yet we must be realistic enough to organize for our own freedom and equality as nations. We constitute 5% of the population of North Dakota and 10% of South Dakota and we could utilize that influence to promote our own power on the reservations, where our focus should be. If we organized as a voting bloc, we could defeat the entire premise of the competition between the Dakotas as to which is the most racist. In the 1970s we were forced to take up arms to affirm our right to survival and self-defense, but today the war is one of ideas. We must now stand up to armed oppression and colonization with our bodies and our minds. International law is on our side. Given the complexion of the three recent federal parolees, it might seem that my greatest crime was being Indian. But the truth is that my gravest offense is my innocence. In Iran, political prisoners are occasionally released if they confess to the ridiculous charges on which they are dragged into court, in order to discredit and intimidate them and other like-minded citizens. The FBI and its mouthpieces have suggested the same, as did the parole commission in 1993, when it ruled that my refusal to confess was grounds for denial of parole. To claim innocence is to suggest that the government is wrong, if not guilty itself. The American judicial system is set up so that the defendant is not punished for the crime itself, but for refusing to accept whatever plea arrangement is offered and for daring to compel the judicial system to grant the accused the right to rebut the charges leveled by the state in an actual trial. Such insolence is punished invariably with prosecution requests for the steepest possible sentence, if not an upward departure from sentencing guidelines that are being gradually discarded, along with the possibility of parole. As much as non-Natives might hate Indians, we are all in the same boat. To attempt to emulate this system in tribal government is pitiful, to say the least. It was only this year, in the Troy Davis, case, that the U.S. Supreme Court recognized innocence as a legitimate legal defense. Like the witnesses that were coerced into testifying against me, those that testified against Davis renounced their statements, yet Davis was very nearly put to death. I might have been executed myself by now, had not the government of Canada required a waiver of the death penalty as a condition of extradition. The old order is aptly represented by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who stated in his dissenting opinion in the Davis case, "This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is 'actually' innocent. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged 'actual innocence' is constitutionally cognizable." The esteemed Senator from North Dakota, Byron Dorgan, who is now the chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, used much the same reasoning in writing that "our legal system has found Leonard Peltier guilty of the crime for which he was charged. I have reviewed the material from the trial, and I believe the verdict was fair and just." It is a bizarre and incomprehensible statement to Natives, as well it should be, that innocence and guilt is a mere legal status, not necessarily rooted in material fact. It is a truism that all political prisoners were convicted of the crimes for which they were charged. The truth is the government wants me to falsely confess in order to validate a rather sloppy frame-up operation, one whose exposure would open the door to an investigation of the United States' role in training and equipping goon squads to suppress a grassroots movement on Pine Ridge against a puppet dictatorship. In America, there can by definition be no political prisoners, only those duly judged guilty in a court of law. It is deemed too controversial to even publicly contemplate that the federal government might fabricate and suppress evidence to defeat those deemed political enemies. But it is a demonstrable fact at every stage of my case. I am Barack Obama's political prisoner now, and I hope and pray that he will adhere to the ideals that impelled him to run for president. But as Obama himself would acknowledge, if we are expecting him to solve our problems, we missed the point of his campaign. Only by organizing in our own communities and pressuring our supposed leaders can we bring about the changes that we all so desperately need. Please support the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee in our effort to hold the United States government to its own words. I thank you all who have stood by me all these years, but to name anyone would be to exclude many more. We must never lose hope in our struggle for freedom. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Leonard Peltier
    Leonard Peltier #89637-132
    USP-Lewisburg
    US Penitentiary
    PO Box 1000
    Lewisburg, PA 17837 There are several indigenous-related films on filmsforaction.org.]]>
              Christmas Letter 2009        

    Hope you all had a wonderful 2008! Here is my Christmas letter for 2009. Merry Christmas one and all!


              Vacation to Italy and Croatia -- photo gallery        

    My 09/2009 trip to Italy and Croatia

    Hey everyone, I am finally getting my photos online from my trip to Europe.

    NEW! poll feature ... please give feedback on the photos. Do you like it, vote it Good. Don't like it? Vote it bad. Let me know what kind of photog I am! :)


              Studiranje u Hrvatskoj – Studying Abroad in Croatia        
    Take a perfect coastal town and put it between the sea and a mountain. Now add steps. Lots of them, and there you have Dubrovnik. At first the people can seem kind of off-putting, especially if you arrive at the end of tourist season just because it is the end of the season and everyone […]
              Footsteps Through the Adriatic: Summer 2015        
    Saunders College of Business students embarked on yet another study abroad trip this summer to Croatia and Dubrovnik! Earning six credits in just four weeks,students explored the Adriatic cities while learning about ecotourism, sustainability, small business enterprises and more, all at the local level. Happy travels!
              Many Small Footsteps, One Giant Leap: Our Last Week in Croatia        
    Well, it’s just about time for our group of RIT road warriors to pack it in and return home from our Footsteps Through the Adriatic summer program.  The past two weeks have been filled with our continuing bus tour around the beautiful Croatian countryside, visits to islands, mountains, cities, and more hotels. One of our […]
              High Mountains of Biokovo and The Emperor’s Palace in Split – Croatia        
    (Tuesday June 10, 2014) Our traveling band of gypsies arrived in the beautiful seaside town of Makarska, a very popular tourist destination that sits under the massive cliffs of Biokovo National Park, our next hiking destination.  Makarska is known for its bustling palm-lined promenade, filled with restaurants, ice cream stands, souvenir stands, and (importantly) many […]
              Tripping the Light Fantastic in Croatia; Footsteps        
    So last Monday we set out from Dubrovnik on our tour bus for some Foot-stepping around the beautiful Croatian countryside.  Our first stop on the tour was the famous salt pans of Stōn where, in the middle ages, the locals developed an intricate system for evaporating seawater and creating an industry of salt production.  The value […]
              Island Hopping and Small Business Exploration in Dubrovnik        
    Dobro Dan (Good Day) from Dubrovnik and “Footsteps Through the Adriatic” summer program.  It has been a busy week for our group of students as they discover more about Croatia and continue to gain more insight and knowledge about sustainable business practices, environmental science, local culture and, most importantly, about themselves! On Thursday we took […]
              Footstepping Through the Adriatic        
    Our intrepid group arrived in sunny Dubrovnik Croatia on Friday May 30th for the second installment of Footsteps Through the Adriatic, a multidisciplinary program sponsored by RIT Study Abroad.  This unique program consists of two separate courses: Sustainable Small Business taught by Rob Vlosky, Adjunct Professor in the Saunders College of Business, and Environmental Science […]
              Make It! This weekend!        

    This is where you will find me from Friday April 15th to Sunday the 17th.

    The Make It! Market is a super fun, social (read; there's a bar) event that you should most definitely should come out to. The Croatian Cultural Centre is a cute old school venue that's easy to get to via bus or skytrain - and plenty of free parking too.

    So grab some friends and drop by at some point this weekend. I've got lots of fun new OAK necklaces to tempt you, plus an array of colourful spring/summer earrings priced between $25 & $35!


    I've busted into my stash of my treasures brought back from Prague - it's dwindling down. Above is a 1920's art deco brooch turned into necklace found at an antique fair in Prague last year. The glass stones are a perfect persimmon colour.

    Hope to see you there this weekend!
    xo,
    Christi
              Best of 2015        
    1. Terakaft - Alone (Mali)
    Tishoumaren













    2. Susanne Sundfor - Ten Love Songs (Norway) - no link
    art pop / synthpop


    3. Fedorov & Kruzenshtern - Взрыв цветов  (Russia)
    experimental rock / avant-folk / avant-prog












    4. Ibeyi - Ibeyi (Cuba/France) - no link
    art pop / alternative r&b / yoruba

    4. Nozinja - Nozinja Lodge (South Africa)
    Shangaan Electro / Kwaito / ambient dub













    5. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Ba Power (Mali)
    Mande music / afro-funk













    6. Seval Eroglu - Iki Cihan (Turkey)
    turkish folk













    7. Insanlar - Kime Ne (Turkey)
    turkish folk / minimal techno













    8. Ghost Bath - Moonlover (USA) - no link
    blackgaze / black metal 


    9. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly (USA) - no link
    hip-hop


    10. Senyawa - Menjadi (Indonesia)
    indonesian folk / psych folk








      




    11. Tal National - Zoy Zoy (Niger)
    afro-funk













    12. Fedorov, Martynov, Volkov, Grindenko, Opus Posth - Элегия  (Russia)
     avant-folk / modern classical












    13. Samba Toure - Gandadiko (Mali)
    mande music







      




    14. Beglomeg - Eurokrjem (Norway)
    experimental rock














    15. Locrian - Infinite Dissolution
    post rock / atmospheric black metal / drone / dark ambient













    bonus song: Rundek Cargo Trio - Ima ih (Croatia) - youtube






              the best of punk in year 2016.        
    top 10 punk 01. Bull Brigade - Vita Liberta 02. Mean Jeans - Tight New Dimension 03. PUP - The Dream Is Over 04. The Baboon Show - The World Is Bigger Than You 05. Humlow of Pizza Killers - Detstvo v zhope 06. The Falcon - Gather Up The Chaps 07. Hard Evidence - Hard Evidence 08. White Lung - Paradise 09. Jeff Rosenstock - Worry. 10. NOI!SE - The Real Enemy top 10 croatian punk 01. ill wind - s-t 02. One Step Away - Ni Grama Srama 03. Pasmaters - You Can't Stop This 04. Debeli precjednik i Mašinko - SPALATO 05. EkeBuba - Rat Bite 06. Sick Crap - Wasted Kids 07. Shin - Metamorphosis 08. The Celetoids - Pupal Stage 09. VA - Za Tebe - a tribute to KUD Idijoti 10. Brkovi - Torzo Dade Topića top 10 hardcore punk 01. KOP - Radikal 02. Fury - Paramount 03. Kvelertak - Nattesferd 04. Angel Du$t - Rock the Fuck On Forever 05. Turnstile - Move Thru Me [EP] 06. Praise - Leave It All Behind 07. True Love - Heaven's Too Good For Us 08. Last Hope - Chain Reaction 09. Strength Approach - Over The Edge 10. Sick Of It All - When The Smoke Clears http://imgur.com/a/EVHV8 View post on imgur.com
              happy PPX day!        
    Nailed in are a punk band from Zagreb, Croatia. Nailed in - S/T EP (2016) V0 https://yadi.sk/d/abCSI8JWoHo8W or download it via band's bandcamp page!
              Public discussion “The Future of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, May 24, Zagreb        
    Public discussion “The Future of Bosnia and Herzegovina” will be organised in Zagreb, Croatia, on May 24. This will be the final event in series of three debates co-organised by European Fund for the Balkans and “Vreme” weekly. The key speakers will be Senada Å elo-Å abić, research associate at Institute for Development and International Relations, Zagreb; Muharem…
              Find Best Hotels & Accommodation near Zrce Beach        
    Croatiabooking.org travel agency is speciliased in promoting on foreign tourist markets. We offer the best private hotels & accommodations near Zrce Beach. We also provide the perfect luxurious apartments for rent in Novalja. ***[Accommodation Zrce Beach][1]*** [1]: http://www.croatiabooking.org/ Contact us:- Company name:- Croatiabooking.org Business Mail id:- info@croatiabooking.org Address:- Brace Radic 48 City:- Novalja Post code:- 53291 Country:-...
              Vacation in Croatia (Vikhroli)        
    Find great rates on Croatia vacations, Croatia packages, and other Croatia vacation deals on Orbitz. Save more and get more
              What are the Seven Continents of the World?        

    A continent is a large continuous mass of land.The World is divided into seven Continents: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia/Oceania.

    All the continents of the World, except Antarctica, are "wedge-shaped," wider at the north than at the south.The continents vary greatly in size and more than two-thirds of the world's continental land area lies north of the equator.

     World map is labelled with seven continents

    1. Asia

    Asia is the largest continent in the world.
    Main Languages: Chinese, Hindi, Bengali, Japanese, Punjabi, Javanese, Korean 
    Principal Religions: Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Shintoism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism 
    Largest Cities: Seoul, Bombay, Jakarta, Tokyo, Shanghai Consisting Countries


    2.Africa 

    Africa is the second-largest continent in the world.
    Main languages: Arabic, Hausa, Amharic, Yoruba Oromo, Nguni, Igbo, Akan, Berber, and Malagasy 
    Principle Religions: Christianity, Islam, tribal religions, and Baha'i 
    Largest Cities: Cairo, Egypt; Kinshasa, Zaire, Alexandria, Egypt 

    3.North America

    North America is the third largest continent.
    Main languages: English, French, Spanish
    Principal Religions: Roman Catholics, Protestants, Islam, Eastern Orthodoxy
    Largest Cities: Mexico city, New York city, Los Angeles, Chicago, Santo Domingo and more.

    4.South America

    South America is the fourth-largest continent in the world.
    Main languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and many Native American Languages. 
    Principal Religions: Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and others
    Largest Cities: São Paulo, Bogotá, Lima, Rio de Janeiro,Caracas and more

    5. Europe

    Europe is the second smallest continent in the world. 
    Main languages: Russian, German, French, English, Italian, Ukrainian, Polish, Spanish, Romanian, Dutch, Serbo-Croatian
    Principal Religions: Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Judaism
    Largest Cities: Moscow, London, Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Berlin

    6.Australia/Oceania

    Australia is the smallest continent in the world
    Main languages: English 
    Principal Religions: Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Orthodox Christianity 
    Largest Cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle, and Canberra-Queanbeyan

    7.Antarctica  is the world's fifth-largest continent .

              Codes for making International Calls        

    What is a Country Code?

          Country codes are used to make International Phone calls.Every country has a unique country code. Country codes are the prefixes you need to dial before calling to the country.This short alphabetic or numeric geographical codes (geocodes) are developed to represent countries and dependent areas.The International Dialing codes of a country is called "Country Code" or  International Area Code(IAC) or International Calling Codes.

    International Calling codes of all countries



    Country Codes List




    CountryCountry Code
    Abkhazia+995 44 +7 840, 940
    Afghanistan+93
    Albania+355
    Algeria+213
    American Samoa+1 684
    Andorra+376
    Angola+244
    Anguilla+1 264
    Antigua and Barbuda+1 268
    Argentina+54
    Armenia+374
    Aruba+297
    Ascension Island+247
    Australia+61
    Australian Antarctic Territory+672 1x
    Austria+43
    Azerbaijan+994
    Bahamas+1 242
    Bahrain+973
    Bangladesh+880
    Barbados+1 246
    Belarus+375
    Belgium+32
    Belize+501
    Benin+229
    Bermuda+1 441
    Bhutan+975
    Bolivia+591
    Bonaire+599 7
    Bosnia and Herzegovina+387
    Botswana+267
    Brazil+55
    British Indian Ocean Territory+246
    British Virgin Islands+1 284
    Brunei+673
    Bulgaria+359
    Burkina Faso+226
    Burundi+257
    Cambodia+855
    Cameroon+237
    Canada+1
    Cape Verde+238
    Cayman Islands+1 345
    Central African Republic+236
    Chad+235
    Chile+56
    Christmas Island+61 8 9164
    Cocos Islands+61 8 9162
    Colombia+57
    Cook Islands+682
    Costa Rica+506
    Côte d'Ivoire+225
    Croatia+385
    Cuba+53
    Curacao+599 9
    Cyprus+357
    Czech Republic+420
    Democratic Republic of the Congo+243
    Denmark+45
    Djibouti+253
    Dominica+1 767
    Dominican Republic+1 809 / 829 / 849
    East Timor+670
    Ecuador+593
    Egypt+20
    El Salvador+503
    Equatorial Guinea+240
    Eritrea+291
    Estonia+372
    Ethiopia+251
    Falkland Islands+500
    Faroe Islands+298
    Federated States of Micronesia+691
    Fiji+679
    Finland+358
    France+33
    French Guiana+594
    French Polynesia+689
    Gabon+241
    Gambia+220
    Georgia+995
    Germany+49
    Ghana+233
    Gibraltar+350
    Global Mobile Satellite System+881
    Greece+30
    Greenland+299
    Grenada+1 473
    Guadeloupe+590
    Guam+1 671
    Guatemala+502
    Guernsey+44 1481
    Guinea+224
    Guinea-Bissau+245
    Guyana+592
    Haiti+509
    Honduras+504
    Hong Kong+852
    Hungary+36
    Iceland+354
    India+91
    Indonesia+62
    International Freephone UIFN+800
    International Premium Rate Service+979
    Iran+98
    Iraq+964
    Ireland+353
    Isle of Man+44 1624
    Israel+972
    Italy+39
    Jamaica+1 876
    Japan+81
    Jersey+44 1534
    Jordan+962
    Kazakhstan+7 6xx, 7xx
    Kenya+254
    Kiribati+686
    Kosovo+377 44 / 45 +386 43 / 49 +381 28 / 29 / 38 / 39
    Kuwait+965
    Kyrgyzstan+996
    Laos+856
    Latvia+371
    Lebanon+961
    Lesotho+266
    Liberia+231
    Libya+218
    Liechtenstein+423
    Lithuania+370
    Luxembourg+352
    Macau+853
    Macedonia+389
    Madagascar+261
    Mainland China+86
    Malawi+265
    Malaysia+60
    Maldives+960
    Mali+223
    Malta+356
    Marshall Islands+692
    Martinique+596
    Mauritania+222
    Mauritius+230
    Mayotte+262 269 / 639
    Mexico+52
    Moldova+373
    Monaco+377
    Mongolia+976
    Montenegro+382
    Montserrat+1 664
    Morocco+212
    Mozambique+258
    Myanmar+95
    Nagorno-Karabakh+374 47 / 97
    Namibia+264
    Nauru+674
    Nepal+977
    Netherlands+31
    New Caledonia+687
    New Zealand+64
    Nicaragua+505
    Niger+227
    Nigeria+234
    Niue+683
    Norfolk Island+672 3
    North Korea+850
    Northern Mariana Islands+1 670
    Norway+47
    Oman+968
    Pakistan+92
    Palau+680
    Palestinian territories+970
    Panama+507
    Papua New Guinea+675
    Paraguay+595
    Peru+51
    Philippines+63
    Poland+48
    Portugal+351
    Puerto Rico+1 787 / 939
    Qatar+974
    Republic of China (Taiwan)+886
    Republic of the Congo+242
    Réunion+262
    Romania+40
    Russia+7
    Rwanda+250
    Saba+599 4
    Saint Helena+290
    Saint Kitts and Nevis+1 869
    Saint Lucia+1 758
    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines+1 784
    Saint-Pierre and Miquelon+508
    Samoa+685
    San Marino+378
    São Tomé and Príncipe+239
    Saudi Arabia+966
    Senegal+221
    Serbia+381
    Seychelles+248
    Sierra Leone+232
    Singapore+65
    Sint Eustatius+599 3
    Sint Maarten+599 5
    Slovakia+421
    Slovenia+386
    Solomon Islands+677
    Somalia+252
    South Africa+27
    South Korea+82
    South Sudan+211
    Spain+34
    Sri Lanka+94
    Sudan+249
    Suriname+597
    Swaziland+268
    Sweden+46
    Switzerland+41
    Syria+963
    Tajikistan+992
    Tanzania+255
    Telecommunications for Disaster Relief by OCHA+888
    Thailand+66
    Togo+228
    TokelauList of Currencies of the World and their Currency Symbols

    There are 179 currencies in the world.
    List of Currencies of the World
    Currencies of the World

    Currency Symbols

    CurrencySymbol
    Afghan afghani؋
    Albanian lekL
    Alderney pound£
    Algerian dinarد.ج
    Angolan kwanzaKz
    Argentine peso$
    Armenian dramդր.
    Aruban florinƒ
    Ascension pound£
    Australian dollar$
    Bahamian dollar$
    Bahraini dinar.د.ب
    Bangladeshi taka৳
    Barbadian dollar$
    Belarusian rubleBr
    Belize dollar$
    Bermudian dollar$
    Bhutanese ngultrumNu.
    Bolivian bolivianoBs.
    Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible markKM or КМ
    Botswana pulaP
    Brazilian realR$
    British pound£
    British Virgin Islands dollar$
    Brunei dollar$
    Bulgarian levлв
    Burundian francFr
    Cambodian riel៛
    Canadian dollar$
    Cape Verdean escudoEsc or $
    Cayman Islands dollar$
    Central African CFA francFr
    CFP francFr
    Chilean peso$
    Chinese yuan¥ or 元
    Cocos (Keeling) Islands dollar$
    Colombian peso$
    Comorian francFr
    Congolese francFr
    Cook Islands dollar$
    Costa Rican colón₡
    Croatian kunakn
    Cuban convertible peso$
    Cuban peso$
    Czech korunaKč
    Danish kronekr
    Djiboutian francFr
    Dominican peso$
    East Caribbean dollar$
    Egyptian pound£ or ج.م
    Eritrean nakfaNfk
    Ethiopian birrBr
    Euro€
    Falkland Islands pound£
    Faroese krónakr
    Fijian dollar$
    Gambian dalasiD
    Georgian lariლ
    Ghanaian cedi₵
    Gibraltar pound£
    Guatemalan quetzalQ
    Guernsey pound£
    Guinean francFr
    Guyanese dollar$
    Haitian gourdeG
    Honduran lempiraL
    Hong Kong dollar$
    Hungarian forintFt
    Icelandic krónakr
    Indian rupee₹
    Indonesian rupiahRp
    Iranian rialï·¼
    Iraqi dinarع.د
    Israeli new shekel₪
    Jamaican dollar$
    Japanese yen¥
    Jersey pound£
    Jordanian dinarد.ا
    Kazakhstani tenge₸
    Kenyan shillingSh
    Kiribati dollar$
    Kuwaiti dinarد.ك
    Kyrgyzstani somлв
    Lao kip₭
    Latvian latsLs
    Lebanese poundل.ل
    Lesotho lotiL
    Liberian dollar$
    Libyan dinarل.د
    Lithuanian litasLt
    Macanese patacaP
    Macedonian denarден
    Malagasy ariaryAr
    Malawian kwachaMK
    Malaysian ringgitRM
    Maldivian rufiyaaރ.
    Manx pound£
    Mauritanian ouguiyaUM
    Mauritian rupee₨
    Mexican peso$
    Micronesian dollar$
    Moldovan leuL
    Mongolian tögrög₮
    Moroccan dirhamد.م.
    Mozambican meticalMTn
    Myanma kyatK
    Nagorno-Karabakh dramդր.
    Namibian dollar$
    Nauruan dollar$
    Nepalese rupee₨
    Netherlands Antillean guilderƒ
    New Taiwan dollar$
    New Zealand dollar$
    Nicaraguan córdoba
              Countries in Europe        
    Europe is the second smallest continent in the world .Here is the list of 47 countries in Europe and their capitals.

     Europe




    S.no
    Countries
    Capitals
    1.
    Albania
    Tirana
    2.
    Andorra
    Andorra la Vella
    3.
    Austria
    Vienna
    4.
    Belarus
    Minsk
    5.
    Belgium
    Brussels
    6.
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Sarajevo
    7.
    Bulgaria
    Sofia
    8.
    Croatia
    Zagreb
    9.
    The Czech Republic
    Prague
    10.
    Denmark
    Copenhagen
    11.
    Estonia
    Tallinn
    12.
    Finland
    Helsinki
    13.
    France