The European Union and International Financial Institutions support energy efficiency policies and investments in Tunisia        
The European Commission and leading International Financial Institutions (IFIs) are on a joint mission in Tunis to agree policy priorities and sustainable investment solutions for energy efficiency. The joint mission is part of wider efforts to increase support for energy efficiency policies and investments in buildings in the EU's enlargement and neighbourhood regions. Four pilot countries have been selected: Tunisia, Georgia, Ukraine and Serbia. The initiative aims to move away from individual...
          Building Disaster Response Capacity and Resilience in Fragile States (case of Serbia)        
How do we revitalize critical public services when a national government is in the throes of crisis management or distracted by the protracted after-effects of conflict or natural disaster? Solving this conundrum is crucial to making the transition from humanitarian to development assistance. Restarting basic public services is also key to rekindling a state’s credibility with its citizens, and the first step on the path from fragile to stable governance. The case of Serbia, where DAI worked for seven years on a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program to build disaster response capacity, suggests that supporting state disaster management institutions can be a powerful engine of resilience in fragile states.

In 2006, the Republic of Serbia was a fraught, divided state, its ministries run by rival political parties with no incentives to make the compromises necessary for national stewardship. Public services and state legitimacy were next to nil; popular resignation and resentment were on the rise despite the promise of a newly elected democratic government. Political paralysis in Belgrade was palpable in the erosion of public services, and meant that municipal authorities lacked the resources to mitigate and respond to natural disasters. Lives were lost and property destroyed in annual flooding, droughts, wildfires, and even periodic earthquakes.

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          And The Fight Goes On...        
In my post yesterday, I forgot to thank everyone who has been coming to this blog regardless of the absence of posts in recent months and also those who continue to fight the good fight against cruelty to animals every single day. It never fails to amaze me how humans can simply disregard their lives as unimportant. It also never fails to amaze me how people hide behind anonymity to promote the virtues of the abuse and slaughter of animals. You'd think that they would put their name to their convictions but a comment on an old post on here, Slaughter of Dogs in Serbia, seems to dictate otherwise.

The comment is as follows and has been published to the post:

People are suffering more than dogs all over the world, but that doesn't concern you. It makes me sick how you people care so much about dogs, while people and children are starving. All that you just said is a bullshit. There are so many dogs on the streets of serbia, that it is unbearable. People are feeding them and sitting in cafes along with dogs. Serbia is destroyed by war and can't afford shelters for stray dogs, so what else can they do than kill them. Who needs that many dogs anyway.It is disgusting to see that many dirty stray dogs everywhere you go and stepping in their shit all the time. They are mating on the streets in pacs in a middle of a day, getting mad and dangerous to people and children. Dogs, actually , took over the streets of cities. I really don't care if they are all killed today, if you do, take them home with you and ask your government to take care of them.


First of all, I would like to point out that I fully understand that people suffer every single day from illness, abuse, abandonment and neglect. There are plenty of causes out there that I support in aid of the vulnerable and ill. However, the title of this blog should give the writer of this post an idea of what cause I am supporting here - giving a voice to a creature that often suffers at the hands of humans through no fault of its own. I choose to promote the plight of greyhounds so, no offence intended, if you do not like it then please read another blog.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and to throw their weight into the debate as they see fit. However, this comment is a prime example of the ignorance and complete disregard that has led to these problems in the first place. If the governments of countries have let the "problem" get out of hand then that still does not give them the right to relentlessly slaughter dogs. There has to be better solutions than that and I refuse to believe that there are not.

So, in short, to the anonymous poster who offered the above comment - thank you for proving to me that this blog still has a very real role to play in promoting the welfare of dogs everywhere and that there is still ignorance and abuse to fight against.

Please feel free to comment on posts and show your support, disagree, make requests for content, promote your own links and other such things. I can't promise I won't respond but, providing they are not spam, they will be published.
          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?

          Cowan says Murray must be cool in pressure situations        

Barry Cowan has made an appeal to Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray to control his emotions on court after the number one ranked British threw away his chances in the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic after losing his cool.

The Scot appeared to be getting a strong footing on the match in the third set when he broke the Serbian to race away to a 2-0 lead but his opponent's injury break made him los focus as he went on to lose the match in four sets in Melbourne.

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          Milorad Pavic: Author of the experimental novel 'Dictionary of the Khazars'        
A dictionary is a book that, while requiring little time every day, takes a lot of time through the years." So noted Milorad Pavic in his all-absorbing Dictionary of the Khazars (1982). This was no plain historical work about a vanquished 10th-century Caspian race. Subtitled "a lexicon novel in 100,000 words" it is divided into three sections, each arranged as a reference work, one overlapping with another so that time and space take further, even limitless twists across hundreds of years. It incorporates fable, myth, romance, a sabre manual, etymology, science, lute music, history – and purported history.

All this Pavic regarded as a form of autobiography. What's more, it appeared in "male" and "female" versions, which differed by one paragraph, almost making readers complicit in two deaths. To say any more would give the game away, but Pavic himself imagined readers chancing to meet, variant copies to hand, in a café, after which "I see how they lay their dinner out on top of the pillar box in the street and how they eat, embraced, sitting on their bicycles".

It was greeted internationally as post-modern, magic realist and, in Paris Match, as the first novel of the 21st century. It equally recalled Tristram Shandy and The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor, and anticipated David Lynch, while some call it the thinking man's The Name of the Rose. Either way, it is far from the social realism of post-war Belgrade.

Born there in 1929 ("sign Libra, Ascendant Scorpio, Aztec horoscope, Serpent"), Pavic came from a family of writers which went back several centuries, a trend bucked by his father, Zdenka, who became a sculptor and married a professor of philosophy, Vera. Pavic was always conscious of his Serbian ancestors' fate: in the 17th century they were compelled into adopting Roman Catholicism, from which they converted back to Orthodox Christianity; but they were left with an unsettled identity, a state which underpins his great novel.

In the Thirties, Pavic was greatly influenced by an uncle who was a poet, and delighted in learning French at Belgrade Grammar School; at the city's university he began to translate Pushkin. His inclinations, however, ill-suited officialdom's decrees: Serbian history, and Classical and Baroque literature, were "unsound" in Communist eyes.

He wrote little for a decade. Instead, married with two children, he had stints on Radio Belgrade and in a publishing house until, after gaining a PhD, he became a professor at the University of Novi Sad from 1974 to 1982. He then spent a decade at the University of Belgrade. During this time he wrote stories, poems and a history of Serbian literature, most of which went untranslated.

He had also worked for five years on his Dictionary of the Khazars. Its three sections (red, yellow, green) are each a version – Christian, Jewish, Muslim – of an encyclopaedic dictionary which purports to have been prepared by three 17th-century students. Each dictionary, in treating the same and similar subjects, incorporates a demon (including one whose breasts yield black milk), and, amid the limitless plots which derive from these triads, such sinister turns include one copy of the original, fugitive work containing poison. What's more, some of three 20th-century scholars, also of those three races, will meet a sorry end in 1982.

Such a narrative can be as readily browsed; the reader "can use his right eye as a fork, his left as a knife, and toss the bones over his shoulder," said Pavic. Suffused with dreams, often bringing reality in their wake, its observations include "a woman without a behind is like a village without a church", while "thoughts expire on contact with words as quickly as words expire on contact with thoughts". Elsewhere, "she kisses him quickly, so hastily that he accidentally feels her breasts, like a compote of pears under her dress" while, hanging outside a shop, some exotic fruit "releases voices that sound like a chaffinch". One paragraph is a story in itself: above water "he wrote in his cage by using his teeth to cut letters into the shell of a crab or a turtle, but since he did not know how to read what he had written, he dropped the animals back into the water, never knowing what messages he was sending out into the world... he died dreaming of salty female breasts in a gravy of saliva and heartache".

Inspired by a Swiss review of the novel, Pavic semi-revisited it in a more awkward play – Theatre Menu (1997) – which could be acted in nine forms. His novel Landscape Painted with Tea (1990) partly concerns wartime Belgrade and works in a crossword-puzzle format; with Last Love in Constaninople familiarity with Tarot cards is handy, and Inner Side of the Wind (1993) is a variant upon Hero and Leander, told from each viewpoint.

Although of no political party, on retirement in 1992 he was preoccupied by the Serbs' fate in a decade which, he felt, made them a further victim of Western Christianity. As for his novel, full of libraries, it has suffered from the collapse in English public-library stocks: dismayingly, there are no copies throughout Sussex.

Christopher Hawtree

Milorad Pavic, writer: born Belgrade 15 October 1929; married 1957 Brenka Basta (one son, one daughter); died Belgrade 30 November 2009. [independent.co.uk]

          Dictionary of the Khazars, a novel by Milorad Pavic        
# Paperback: 338 pages
# Publisher: Vintage; Vintage International ed Male ed edition (October 23, 1989)
# Language: English
# ISBN: 0679724613

This book was written by a serbian professor of literature, but might have been written by a former argentinian librarian: Jorge Luis Borges. Both the authors share a love for combinatorics, puzzling coincindences, catalogues, and bizzarre stories. Their stile is rational and dramatic at the same time, like the facade of a baroque church. Also, this book was published in 1986, the year of Borges' death, and is maybe the epitaph that Borges would have liked.

This is a book about the truth. The king of a mysterious people (the Khazars) summons three sages (a christian, a muslim and a jew), because he wants to convert to the true god. Centuries later, three literati write their own accounts of that conversion (each one is different). And this century, three researcher investigate again on what happened.

Finally, there is not a single truth. The book is organized as a dictionary, or better, three dictionaries (one for each religion). Every word inspires a different story and explanation, but all are filled with magic events and mysterious characters. The reader is the ultimate investigator -- and creator -- of the Khazar empire. It's up to him to discover the truth.

A final (and personal) note. This "dictionary" may seem an extremely sophisticated literary game, similar to those of Calvino and Perec. This is is true, but there is more. When the book was out, the civil war (apparently motivated by secular religious intolerance) had not begun yet. To me, this book seems also a passionate attempt to show how difficult is to attain the truth, and an invitation to tolerance.

          Serbia nuk pranon kërkesat e azilkërkuesve        

Zyra Kombëtare Serbe e Azilkërkuesve ka pranuar vetëm dy aplikime gjatë këtij viti, edhe pse numri i personave që kërkonin azil ka qenë shumë i madh, mbi 150 vetë. Punonjësit e kësaj zyre kanë deklaruar se janë pranuar vetëm 2 kërkesa, edhe sepse një numër shumë i madh i këtyre kërkesave janë lënë të pashqyrtuara, sepse ka pasur edhe mungesë personeli nga administrata. Sipas Nikola Kovacevic, nga Qendra e të Drejtave të Njeriut, vetëm kërkesa e një qytetari nga Afganistani dhe […]

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          Five CSU Students Selected as Gilman Scholars         

U.S. Department of State initiative funds study abroad experiences around the world

Saida MarkovicFive Cleveland State University students have been selected as Gilman Scholars, by the U.S. Department of State. The initiative provides funds to assist college students in participating in study abroad and internship programs in nations around the world. The students, Alix Kosmala, Saida Markovic, Lakiel Wade, Sophie Warner and Erica Young, are spending the summer of 2017 in Japan, Spain, Serbia, Canada and Ghana respectively.

“The Gilman Scholarship program is one of the U.S. government’s top international education programs and offers students an incredibly unique opportunity to experience other cultures, develop new skills and improve our world,” notes Julie Good, manager for education abroad programs at CSU. “We are extraordinarily fortunate to have five individuals selected for the 2017 cohort, and this illustrates the tremendous drive and caliber of our students.”

Kosmala, who is majoring in environmental studies, is spending the summer studying at the KCP International Japanese Language School in Tokyo. She also received a Freeman-ASIA scholarship, sponsored by Institute of International Education, to assist in funding her study abroad experience. Markovic, a psychology major, is conducting Spanish language and cultural studies in Granada, Spain.

Wade, who is majoring in computer and information science, is conducting an International Engineering Internship at the University of Novi Sod in Serbia, sponsored by the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences. Warner, a biology major, is conducting conservation research on the Taku River in northwest British Columbia, Canada. Young, a black studies major, is studying at the University of Ghana in Accra.

“I'm honored and humbled to have been selected as a recipient,” adds Markovic. “This scholarship has lifted a financial burden and will allow me to focus on my studies in order to finish my minor in Spanish.”

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. The program is named in honor of Congressman Benjamin Gilman, the author of the legislation establishing the program.

Learn more about the Gilman scholars program.

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          Policy Forum Discusses the Politics of Globalization        

Distinguished panel of experts includes former U.S. Ambassador Jennifer Brush

Jennifer Brush

The increasingly global nature of nearly every aspect of society has had a significant impact on politics and policy, both in the United States and around the world, as evidenced by the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the global reaction to it. To better assess the impact of global politics on local, state, national and international governance, Cleveland State University will host the policy forum “The Impact of Globalization on the World and Cleveland,” Thursday, April 6.

The event, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the CSU campus in Fenn Tower, Rm. 303, will feature a distinguished panel of experts who will discuss globalization’s impact on everything from the economy and politics to immigration and the international refugee crisis. Participants will include Ambassador Jennifer Brush, who served as U.S. Chargé D'affaires in both Serbia and Turkmenistan; Danielle Drake, community relations manager for US Together a refugee resettlement agency in Cleveland; Steven Hook, professor of political science at Kent State University and author of U.S. Foreign Policy: The Paradox of World Power; and Kathryn Lavelle, the Ellen and Dixon Long Professor in World Affairs at Case Western Reserve University and author of Legislating International Organization: The U.S. Congress, the IMF, and the World Bank.

The forum was conceived and developed by a team of graduate students in the Master of Arts in Global Interactions program within CSU’s Department of Political Science. The team sought to enhance understanding of the changing dynamics of the politics of globalization while engaging key stakeholders to ultimately improve U.S. foreign and domestic policy.

“This forum is an excellent example of how the MAGI program combines first class instruction in international relations with opportunities for students to make a difference in the world around them,” adds Neda Zawahri, associate professor of political science at CSU.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the MAGI program at CSU, visit http://www.csuohio.edu/class/political-science/master-political-science-global-interactions.

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          FIDE Newsletter July 2017        

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FIDE Grand Prix Series was held in Geneva, Switzerland from 5th to 16th of July 2017

Teimour Radjabov emerged clear winner of the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix in Geneva after sharing the point with his nearest follower Ian Nepomniachtchi in the final round. Radjabov earned 20.000 EUR and 170 Grand Prix points for the clear first place. Nepomniachtchi and Grischuk took 13.500 EUR and 105 GP points each.

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In the overall Grand Prix standings Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is leading with 340 points, while Grischuk is second with 316,4. They have completed three events each and will cautiously await the results from the final 4th leg.

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Radjabov jumped through to the third place with 241,4 points. Ding Liren on 240 and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on 211,4 can also hope to earn one of the two qualifying spots for the Candidates Tournament.

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European Senior Team Chess Championship 2017 took place in Novi Sad, Serbia from 24th of June till 4th of July 2017.

The Serbian team became European champion in the "50+" section European Championships for seniors. The title was brought by the grandmasters Miloš Pavlović, Goran M. Todorović, Siniša Dražić and Nenad Ristić and international master Zoran Arsović.

European Senior Team Chess Championship

Second place get to the team of Italy, which had three grandmasters in their team composition, and the third place went to team of Sweden. Particularly interesting is the fact that for the Swedish team successfully played the Swedish ambassador in Serbia, His Excellency Jan Lundin.

In the 65+ section the team of Russia, for which are playing the legendary grandmasters Sveshnikov, Vasyukov and Balashov made amazing result of all eight victories, and took the first place. The Danish team was the second, and Belgium, after they lost match in the last round against Russia, took third place.

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Panamerican Youth Championship 2017 took place in Costa Rica from 30 June 2017 till 7th of July 2017.

Panamerican Youth Championship 2017

Total medal counts at PanAm Youth Championships:

USA 4 Gold, 5 Silver, 6 Bronze = 15 medals
Peru 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze = 7 medals
Canada 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze = 5 medals
Venezuela 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze = 3 medals
Colombia 1 Gold, 1 Bronze = 2 medals
Argentina 1 Gold
Chile 1 Gold
Mexico 1 Silver
Bolivia 1 Bronze

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North American Youth Championship 2017 was held in Morristown, NJ, USA from 12th to 16th of July 2017.

North American Youth Championship 2017 2

A record-breaking 357 players from the United States, Canada and Mexico descended on the historic American Revolution town of Morristown, NJ, to compete in the North American Youth Chess Championships from July 12th to 16th. Sponsored by the Chess Tech, Continental Chess Association’s Darcy Lima, the International Chess School’s Michael Khodarkovsky and in Association with New Jersey Chess Federation and United States Chess Federation, the tournament had 12 sections with girls and open sections from under 8 to under 18. International Arbiters Steve Doyle, Eduard Duchovny and Ken Ballou have a staff of New Jersey State Chess Federation officers and staff: Hal Sprechman, Jim Mullanaphy, Jabari McGreen and Noreen Davisson. IA Steve Doyle, a legend on the chess scene, former President of USCF and Vice President of FIDE conducted the Tournament together with Tournament Directors GM Darcy Lima and Michael Khodarkovsky.

Final Standings 


Asian Zonal 3.1 took place in Tehran, Iran from 29th of June till 8th of July 2017

20 players (18 from Iran, 1 from Syria, 1 from Iraq) took part in the women`s section. Mobina Alinasab, a youth player from North of Iran, won the golden medal; Sarasadat Khademalsharieh and Mitra Hejazipour were second and third.

Asian Zonal 3.1

30 players (28 from Iran, 1 from Syria, 1 from Iraq) took part in the Open section. GM Amirreza Pourramezanali achieved Gold Medal. IM Aryan Gholami and GM Pouya Idani took silver and bronze medals.

Sponsor of Federation and this championship is MCI (Mobile Telecommunication Company).

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African Individual Chess Championships 2017, African Rapid and Blitz Championships took place in Oran, Algeria from 1st till 13th of July 2017

45 players (and 18 players) among which the best African players, including a member of the top 100 the Egyptian GM Bassem Amin (Elo 2684) and Ahmed Adly, ex-junior world champion Elo on 2598. All the participants representing 8 countries (Algeria, Egypt, Zambia, Angola, Tunisia, Republic Centers African, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast) greeted the perfect organization and the good conditions of play in the international hotel "Assala" situated in the city center.

African Individual Chess Championships 2017

GM Amin Bassem from Egypt won the African Individual Championship. Daniel Cawdery from South Africa shared the first place but came second on the tie-break. Adly Ahmed from Egypt finished on the third place. 3 Egyptian players occupied the stage in women's section: WGM Mona Khaled won the championship, while Wafa Shrook and Wafa Shahenda took silver and bronze medals.

Amin Bassem

Rapid Championships: Amin Bassem (Egypt) won another golden medal, Adly Ahmed (Egypt) came second and Hesham Abdelrahman (Egypt) was third.

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Wafa Shahenda (Egypt) was the best one in blitz, Esperance Caxita (Angola) and Amina Mezioud (Algeria) came third.

Blitz championships:
Adly Ahmed (Egypt) won blitz championship, Mohamed Haddouche (Algeria) was second and Phiri Richmond from Zambia was third.
Wafa Shrook (Egypt) was the strongest in blitz. Amina Mezioud (Algeria) took the silver medal, while Mona Khaled (Egypt) came third.


Commonwealth Chess Championship 2017 took place in New Delhi, India from 2nd till 10th of July 2017.

Commonwealth Chess Championship 2017 2

Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta (india) came up with an inspired performance in the final round to crush Aleksander Wohl of Australia and annexed the gold medal in the Commonwealth Chess Championship 2017. GM Vaibhav Suri (India) won the silver while the bronze medal went to GM Tejas Bakre (India). WGM Swati Ghate (India) became the Women Champion.

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Players from 15 countries including some from South Africa and Kenya have registered for the nine-day long events. The championship had over 550 registered players in various categories spanning from under-8 till open. There were 16 Grandmasters and 13 International Masters in the fray apart from five more Woman Grandmasters.

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Asian Schools Chess Championship 2017 and Asian Schools Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships were held in Panjin Lianoing, China from 20th till 30th of July 2017.

Chinese Chess Association under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation and World Chess Federation, organized the event in high-standard playing hall and hotel, earning unanimous acclaims from more than 700 participants from 23 countries and regions in Asia.

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China won 10 gold medals, Uzbekistan won 8 gold medals and Philippines won 7 gold medals.

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Zhou Xiangru CHN

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Omonova Umida UZB
Kriti Mayur Patel IND
Withanarachchi W A Vinoli One SRI

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Peng Shunkai CHN
Wang Zideng CHN
Arfan Aditya Bagus INA

U13 Girls
Cai Boheng CHN
Khegay Yuliya UZB
Liuviann Cecilia Natalie INA

U15
Nanayakkara J A K Saranath SRI
Lin Yi CHN
Tan Jun Ying MAS

U15 Girls
Rasyid Nur Aini INA
Mordido Kylen Joy PHI
Saparova Sitora UZB

U17
Pangilinan Stephen Rome PHI
Sagita Catur Adi INA
Min Po-Yen TRE

U17 Girls
Doroy Allaney Jia G PHI
Edithso Samantha INA
Men JiaYi CHN

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          Torino boss Sinisa Mihajlovic gives his Torino team free-kick masterclass        
He may have moved into management almost a decade ago, but Sinisa Mihajlovic has proved that his formidable set-piece prowess hasn't waned in the slightest since he hung up his boots. Filmed while taking part in a training session with Torino, the 48-year-old Serbian coach struck a series of gloriously nonchalant 20-yarders past a helpless goalkeeper. Come calcia Sinisa=3 pic.twitter.com/JqrOAgIceB— Maurizio Pistocchi (@pisto_gol) July 25, 2017 During his playing days with Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter, Mihajlovic quickly earned a reputation as one of the finest free-kick takers in the world. Indeed,...
          Odd and Bizarre Street Art Installations [pics]        
Mark Jenkins, the artist who created these wonderfully creative but bizarre scenes has traveled around the world to make passer-bys take a double look as they pass. You can other collections of his here. Tudela, Spain London Winston-Salem, NC Winston-Salem, NC Winston-Salem, NC Winston-Salem, NC Seoul, Korea Belgrade, Serbia Royan, France Bordeaux, France Canary Islands, Fuerteventura Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain Malmö,...

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          Andrea Petkovic        
Andrea Petković (in Serbian Cyrillic: Андреа Петковић, born 9 September 1987) is a professional German tennis player of Serbian origin. She is the highest ranked German tennis player. She lives in Griesheim near Darmstadt, Germany.

Petković reached her current and career-high singles ranking of World No. 11 on 6 June 2011. She has won 2 WTA titles, 8 ITF singles titles and 3 ITF doubles titles. Petkovic became the German national champion in 2007 and 2009. She is coached by Petar Popović and her father Zoran.

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          Drupal Global Sprint Weekend January 28, 2017 and January 29, 2017        

Small local sprints everywhere (well, not everywhere, but anywhere) will be held during the weekend of January 28 and 29 2017. Listed alphabetically by continent, country, locality (state, province, city; where applicable).


Sprint Locations

Worldwide/Virtual

  1. Remote sprint with an Accessibility focus - join the remotesprint Slack group for more. You need to join the Drupal Slack Group first (it's a lovely excuse to join if you never have)

Africa

  1. ?

Asia

  1. India

    1. Mohali, Chandigarh- Jan 28 - Details
    2. Gurgaon, Delhi-NCR - Jan 28 - Details
    3. Chennai, Tamil Nadu - Jan 28 - Groups.Drupal.org, Meetup
    4. Bangalore, Karnataka - Jan 28 - Groups.Drupal.org, Meetup
    5. Hyderabad, Telangana - Jan 28 - Groups.Drupal.org, Meetup

Australia

  1. Canberra, #govCMS Camp, Jan 30-31 Register & details

Europe

  1. Belgium

    1. Ghent, Jan 28th, Belgian DUG & Calibrate - details
  2. Bulgaria

    1. Sofia Jan 29 BulDUG - initLab Details
  3. Germany

    1. Berlin Jan 28-29 Drupal Berlin Details
  4. Italy

    1. Milan Jan 28 @Wellnet Details and application
  5. Russia

    1. Novosibirsk Jan 28-29 DrupalSib (Details will follow)
  6. Switzerland

    1. Zurich Jan 28 @ AmazeeLabs Meetup details
  7. United Kingdom

    1. London Jan 28 @Manifesto Digital Details
    2. Sheffield Jan 28-29 by Drupal Yorkshire, Union St & Magnetic Phield Details
  8. Netherland

    1. Amsterdam Jan 28-29 Details
  9. Hungary

    1. Budapest Jan 28 @Cheppers Details
  10. Poland

    1. Wroclaw Jan 28 @Ratio Web; details, FB
    1. Warsaw Jan 28 @New Emma Hostel; details, FB
  11. Serbia

    1. Novi Sad, Jan 28 @Develomon, details: drupal.rs
  12. Spain

    1. Cáceres, Jan 28th, details
    2. Bilbao, Jan 28th, details
    3. Sevilla, Jan 28th, details
  13. Slovenia

    1. Ljubljana, Jan 28 @ Agiledrop, details: g.d.o, Meetup

Latin America

  1. Argentina
    1. Buenos Aires, Jan 28th, @MediaMonks details
  2. Perú
    1. Lima, Jan 28th, CTIC-UNI details

Canada & US

  1. Canada
    1. Toronto, Canada - Jan 28 - Details
    2. London, Ontario, Canada - Jan 28 - Details
    3. Vancouver, BC, Canada - Jan 27 @ 5pm - Jan 28 - Details
  2. US
    1. Georgia, Atlanta - Jan 28-29 - Details
    2. Massachusetts, Boston - Jan 28-29 - Details
    3. North Carolina, Charlotte - Jan 28 - Details
    4. Texas, Austin - Jan 28-29 - Details
    5. NYC, New York - Jan 28 - Details

To contribute

This is a wiki page. Please edit.


To participate

  • use "Drupal Global Sprint Weekend 2017" in the description of your sprint meetup, sprint camp session, mini-sprint, wind-sprint, or all-day sprint, like: "Drupal All-day Sprint in Anywhere Town, IL, USA is part of Drupal Global Sprint Weekend 2017."
  • add a link to your sprint on this page. The link can be to a website, meetup, event on groups.drupal.org, blog post or whatever is appropriate for your event.
  • link back to this listing of local sprints
  • add an "event" of type "sprint" on groups.drupal.org in a group for your area, to put your sprint on drupical.com and get exposure to people in your area
  • use the #SprintWeekend hash tag on twitter
  • use the tag "SprintWeekend2017" on d.o issues (no # in this tag name!)

Suggested announcement

A blurb to add to your session/event description (edit to fit your event):

Everyone is welcome; if you have built a site in Drupal, you can contribute. We will split into groups and work on Drupal core issues. Bring your laptop. For new folks: you can get a head start also by making an account on Drupal.org, getting some contribution tools, and developers can install git before coming and git clone Drupal 8 core.

Resources to help plan your sprint

Resources for participating in a sprint

(needs updating for 2017, but this is a start)

Issues and Topics to Sprint On

Initiative leads and module maintainers should create and link to planning pages.

Past global sprints

The curious might want to see the locations from 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.


          Precompetition for Guca 2017        

Dear visitors, From this year ,as preparation for 57th Guca festival , will be open new pre-competition centers : in Leskovac, Vladicin Han ,Knjaževac,Požega  and Prijepolje , next to the   traditional centers in Surdulica, Zlatibor and Boljevac. In Vladicin Han , town in the east of the country, precompetition of senior and junior brass orchestras will be held 29thJune 2017. Precompetition of junior and senior brass orchestras in Surdulica will be held in the period from  6th July 2017. up to 9th July 2017, as the part of Vlasina summer , 32nd in a row. Except of final competition in Guca this year  in Saturday and competition of master of trumpet in Sunday, it will be also midnight concerts  of Serbian best trumpet players as Dejan Petrovic, Dejan Lazarević,. Boban Marković and Ekrem Mamutović. Also as every year , the winner of last year final trumpet competition in Guca  will be also have concert , final competition of young orchestras will be also  held  , concert of foreign  trumpet orchestras and other traditional events. 

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          (AFP) Guca in world        

13 August 2016 – 14H05 Serbia draws crowds for turbocharged trumpet festival © AFP | The five-day event, usually attracts around 200,000 to 300,000 music-lovers from Serbia and abroad, according to organiser Marija Pavlovic GUCA (SERBIA) (AFP) – A small town in western Serbia is hosting the world’s largest trumpet festival, a raucous annual celebration of brass bands that draws crowds of hundreds of thousands. Now in its 56th year, the Guca festival brings together dozens of Serbian bands who compete for prestigious awards and entertain revellers in a turbocharged street party. The five-day event, which ends Sunday, usually attracts around 200,000 to 300,000 music-lovers from Serbia and abroad, according to festival organiser Marija Pavlovic. « We have every year more and more foreign tourists coming here, so we are very happy, » she told AFP. Brass band music is symbolic of Serbian culture and Pavlovic said the festival began « spontaneously » outside Guca’s church back in 1961, growing in popularity each year. A three-hour drive from the capital Belgrade and home to just a few thousand people, Guca is now famed for its yearly festivities and a statue of a trumpeter stands in its centre. Following preliminary heats held throughout the year, the best […]

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          Re: KAIP and YOUNG families, of Weyburn District, Ceylon, Suprise Valley - Mathias/Mat/Max YOUNG & Susanna KAIP        
Hi, I have Kaip and Yung in my extended tree although no connection to these individuals . I'm sure the Hungarian village you need to look for is Setchanfeld. (Also called Setschanfalva ) it is in the Banat region of old Austria-Hungary -modern day Serbia.
Try the Zichydorf Village Association site- Zichydorfonline.org
There you will find a link to the Kaiser familienbuch that has many Kaips and Young (Yung) families.
Good Luck
Steve
          Agile Serbia Konferencija – U korak sa svetskim trendovima        
Madlenianum je 26. maja bio sedište jednog od najvećih Agile i IT skupova u regionu i šire – druge Agile Serbia Konferencije. Ovogodišnja tema konferencije je bila “Agilnost i programeri”, a događaj je posetilo više od 500 učesnika. Organizatori konferencije ponosni su zbog velikog interesovanja, ali i činjenice da su predavači bili svetski i domaći Agile i IT stručnjaci, poput Dr Alistera Koubrna, Jurgena Apela, Edvarda Tomsona, Adama Tornhila, Anhela Medinile, Morica Hajbera i drugih.

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          Agile Serbia Konferencija – svetski Agile i IT eksperti 26.maja u Beogradu        
Madlenianum (Beograd) će biti mesto susreta brojnih domaćih i stranih Agile i IT stručnjaka 26. maja. Po drugi put se održava Agile Serbia Konferencija, ove godine sa temom „Agilnost i programeri“. S obzirom na to da je u svetu i kod nas aktuelan „hajp“ oko primene agilnih metodologija na projektima, posebno u IT industriji, ovo je događaj koji nikako ne smete propustiti. Bilo da ste zainteresovani za Agile ili tehničke teme, na Agile Serbia Konferenciji ćete sigurno čuti i naučiti mnogo toga, upoznati se sa svetskim Agile i tehnološkim trendovima i imati priliku da porazgovarate sa ekspertima iz ovih oblasti.

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          Video Game Art: Geralt        
video game art marko drazic geraltVideo Game Art by Marko Drazic, Serbia
          Fiat turns old Yugo factory into its most advanced plant         
From AB Opening ceremony in Serbia for Fiat's most advanced car plant Mirko Cvetkovic, Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, together with Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat SpA, today inaugurated th...The post does not have replies yet. Start the discussion here
          Novak Djokovic: Shirtless for Vogue!         
Novak Djokovic poses shirtless for Vogue magazine and talks about his life as a professional tennis player. The 24-year-old Serbian tennis star, who is currently ranked number two in world […]
          ÐžÑ‚личное предложение на перелет в Охрид        
Ковыряясь в инфе для своего авиабилетного бложика, обнаружил совершенно чумовое предложение от сербской авиакомпании Air Serbia – перелет из Москвы в македонский Охрид от 12к рублей. Акция идет на сайте авиакомпании до 22 июня, при этом билеты предлагаются до 13 сентября. Начну с того, что Охрид – это место в которое невозможно не влюбиться – […]
          The Good, Bad in Youth Ball        
The German Baseball Academy won the U14 PONY Qualifier at Tempo.
Last weekend at Tempo, our club hosted the U14 SUMA Open PONY League Qualifier, with the winner advancing to represent the European Zone in the World Series back in Pennsylvania in August.

While helping out with the tournament and watching a half-dozen or so games, I was reminded about the good and the bad with youth baseball in an age where young ballplayers are influenced by what they watch on television and the Internet. These young players have their development placed in the hands of their coaches, who are usually great role models and well-intentioned, but unfortunately also sometimes under-qualified and overzealous, focused too much on winning over development or biased towards the interests of their own kid they have playing on the team.

I enjoyed hanging around the tournament, where I met some American players and parents from the Landstuhl and Remstein military bases in Germany (I was born at Landstuhl, so that was pretty cool), who were my MVPs for the weekend after handing me some peanut butter and beef jerky, both of which are tough to find here in Prague. In addition, it was interesting to listen to while having no idea what was being said as coaches barked instructions to their teams from Germany, Moldova, Serbia, Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic, and I really enjoyed the sportsmanship and energy that players at that age bring to the yard every day.

A team from the German Baseball Academy, which had about a half-dozen guys who looked capable of dunking a basketball, beat the American military kids in the championship game and were dominant throughout the weekend. I told one of the guys with our club who was also helping out that if that's an accurate sample of what the development of the game looks like over in Deutschland, then the world will be taking notice in future years at events such as the European Championships, World Baseball Championship and the Olympics, once the IOC wises up and brings baseball back to the Summer Games.

Not everything I witnessed during the tournament was as the game should be played, however.

Another team from Germany had a couple big boys who thought they were playing rugby, and thought it was acceptable to lower their shoulder and barrel over a much-smaller catcher from Poland, who, to his credit, held onto the ball both times. During one of the collisions, the catcher was actually on the first-base side of the plate - leaving an open path along the third base line for the runner to slide safely into home - when the base runner ran over him, resulting in perhaps the dirtiest play in youth baseball as I've ever seen. Amazingly, the base runner was not tossed from the game (protecting the players, apparently, is a major fault of umpires in the Czech Republic, as I've already witnessed and been been told through multiple accounts by coaches and players here).

In another game, the coach of a Romanian team that was losing 22-0 in the second inning had the game called in the second inning. This was prior to the last three guys in his lineup having the opportunity to come to the plate. If I'm a player, I've got major issues with my coach who didn't let me swing the bat in a game after we traveled over 10 hours to this tournament. (The same Romanian coach allowed his center fielder to play the field while kneeling, only getting up to chase after the ball when it was struck to the outfield).

The coach of a team from Serbia sent a 13-year-old kid out on the mound, and after watching his fastball get batted around the yard for the first inning, either instructed or allowed his young hurler to come out and throw the next two innings while throwing, by my rough estimate, about 75 percent breaking balls. As I sat behind the backstop as the game's scorekeeper, I wanted to bound into the dugout and explain to the Serbian coach, as anyone with common sense could, how quickly this poor kid's elbow would be damaged and pitching career would come to an end should he continue to allow him to toss breaking balls at any rate, no less that rate, at his age.

I saw a lot of good things over the course of the tournament that leads you to believe that the development of the game in Europe is heading in the right direction. But I also saw a lot of red flags that indicate there is a lot of growth  that still needs to take place on the diamond on this side of the pond.
          Negara-negara Asal Sepakbola Deg-degan Menunggu Pengundian        

Pengundian babak kualifikasi Piala Dunia 2018 akan dilakukan Sabtu malam, sekitar pukul 23.00 WIB. Di bawah ini adalah daftar unggulan dan berbagai skenario buruk maupun baik yang bisa menimpa negara-negara asal sepakbola: Inggris, Wales, Skotlandia dan Irlandia Utara.

Berita Bola: Negara-negara Asal Sepakbola Deg-degan Menunggu Pengundian
Pot 1: Jerman, Belgia, Belanda, Portugal, Romania, Inggris, Wales, Spanyol, Kroasia
Pot 2: Slovakia, Austria, Italia, Swiss, Republik Ceko, Prancis, Islandia, Denmark, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Pot 3: Ukraina, Skotlandia, Polandia, Hungaria, Swedia, Albania, Irlandia Utara, Serbia, Yunani
Pot 4: Turki, Slovenia, Israel, Republik Irlandia, Norwegia, Bulgaria, Kepulauan Faroe, Montenegro, Estonia
Pot 5: Siprus, Latvia, Armenia, Finlandia, Belarusia, Makedonia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Moldova
Pot 6: Kazakhstan, Luksemburg, Liechtenstein, Georgia, Malta, San Marino, Andorra
Inggris dan Wales tidak mungkin bertemu dalam satu grup karena mereka sama-sama tim unggulan yang masuk dalam Pot 1.
Namun, mereka masih bisa ketemu dengan negara tertentu dari Pot 2 seperti Italia (saat ini peringkat 17 di dunia) atau Perancis (peringkat 22), sementara tandang ke negara-negara tertentu seperti Swedia, Polandia atau Ukraina bisa menjadi laga yang sulit.
Wales, Irlandia Utara dan Skotlandia bisa saja masuk ke dalam grup yang berisikan lima tim, bukan enam – yang dapat membantu peluang mereka lolos ke putaran final di Rusia.
Tim-tim Eropa akan dibagi ke dalam sembilan kelompok – tujuh grup dengan enam tim dan dua grup hanya beranggotakan lima tim.
Berikut adalah skenario terbaik dan terburuk dari empat negara asal sepakbola itu.
Inggris
Tiket impian:
Inggris, Islandia, Albania, Kepulauan Faroe, Moldova, Andorra
Skenario terburuk:
Inggris, Italia, Swedia, Turki, Finlandia, Kazakhstan
Wales
Tiket impian:
Wales, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania, Kepulauan Faroe, Moldova
Skenario terburuk:
Wales, Prancis, Ukraina, Turki, Siprus, Georgia
Skotlandia
Tiket impian:
Skotlandia, Wales, Islandia, Estonia, Lithuania
Skenario terburuk:
Skotlandia, Jerman, Italia, Turki, Makedonia, Kazakhstan
Irlandia Utara
Tiket impian:
Irlandia Utara, Rumania, Islandia, Kepulauan Faroe, Moldova
Skenario terburuk:
Irlandia Utara, Spanyol, Prancis, Republik Irlandia, Belarusia, Malta

          Turkey and the United States        
Steven Cook's Foreign Policyessay on Turkey as a "frenemy" of the United States is making the rounds ... Ben Katcher at the Washington Note argues that there are still some significant areas of cooperation.

I've added this comment:

This trend has been noticeable for the last several years, as Turkey emerges as a Eurasian power in its own right. The Gaza flotilla incident should not have been a wake-up call. Ankara and Washington had already clearly diverged in terms of Russia policy; while the U.S. under the Bush administration tried to contain the Russian resurgence in the post-Soviet space, Turkey now has a booming partnership with Moscow. Turkey's outreach in the Balkans has tended less to clash with U.S. interests, but Turkey is a much greater proponent of engagement with Serbia and Ankara sees Serbia as the key to regional development, not the obstacle. And of course Turkey is working to integrate Iran rather than to isolate it.

Washington policymakers, for the most part, have been stuck in 1985, still seeing Turkey as a lonely Western outpost facing the Soviet threat--and there is no returning to that supposed "golden age" of the U.S.-Turkey relationship. Turkey has discovered it has options--and because it wants "zero problems" with neighboring states like Iran and Russia, it is adopting a more pragamtic approach in its foreign policy.
          Certificado EUR 1        

¿Qué es el EUR 1?
El certificado de circulación EUR1 es un documento  otorgado por la UE que acredita el origen  preferencial de las mercancías ante las autoridades aduaneras del país importador.  Este documento justifica la aplicación del régimen arancelario preferencial, es decir,  permite al importador beneficiarse de la reducción en los derechos de aduana sobre la mercancía importada.

¿Qué países pueden beneficiarse del EUR1?

El EUR1 es otorgado a aquellos países con los cuales la UE mantiene un Acuerdo Preferencial:  Marruecos, Argelia, Túnez, Egipto, Jordania, Siria, Líbano, Israel, Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia y Croacia; Países ACP  (África, Caribe y Pacífico); países EFTA (Suiza, Islandia, Noruega y Liechtenstein); Países y Territorios de Ultramar y otros países con los que la UE tiene suscritos Acuerdos Preferenciales.

¿En qué momento debe ser expedido el EUR1?

El EUR1  debe ser expedido en el momento de la exportación, puesto que,  en términos generales,  no puede tener una fecha posterior al embarque porque el importador perdería los beneficios  fiscales. De modo excepcional, se puede expedir “a posteriori” si no se hubiera expedido en el momento de la exportación debido a un error u omisión involuntaria o por circunstancias especiales, o si se demuestra que la Secretaría expidió un certificado de circulación EUR.1 y no fue aceptado al efectuar la importación en el territorio de la Comunidad por motivos técnicos.

          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
* Chinese (Simplified)
* Chinese (Traditional)
* Croatian
* Czech
* Danish
* Dutch
* English
* Estonian
* Filipino
* Finnish
* French
* Galician
* Georgian (Alpha)
* German
* Greek
* Haitian Creole (Alpha)
* Hebrew
* Hindi
* Hungarian
* Icelandic
* Indonesian
* Italian
* Irish
* Japanese
* Korean
* Latvian
* Lithuanian
* Macedonian
* Malay
* Maltese
* Norwegian
* Persian
* Polish
* Portuguese
* Romanian
* Russian
* Serbian
* Slovak
* Slovenian
* Spanish
* Swahili
* Swedish
* Thai
* Turkish
* Ukrainian
* Urdu (Alpha)
* Vietnamese
* Welsh
* Yiddish

          Reading Comprenhension        


Reading Comprehension Test # ALPHA -1


Incident Report # SSU 007/2333

At 2325 hours on Sunday 14 April 2000, the UNMIK Police control received a telephone call, reporting the sound of gunshots from the area of the Bus Garage (Grid reference 125 185). An UNMIK police patrol and a KFOR patrol responded to the scene. On arrival, the police patrol found a large number of people gathered outside an apartment building, the patrol was directed to Apartment Number 4. Inside the apartment, a male person was found lying on the hallway floor, dead from gunshot wounds to the body and head.  Investigations revealed that the body was that of a 46 year old Goran male who lived in the apartment with his wife. The wife stated that at 2325 hours there was a knock at the door of the apartment and when her husband answered the door he was shot twice, the gunman then kicked him and ran off down the stairs. She described the gunman as being very tall, approximately 2 meters, wearing a red cap, blue jeans and white trainers. The police secured the scene and informed the Murder Squad. KFOR remained in the area to control the large crowd outside.

Follow up Report # SSU 007/2333/02

Investigations by the Murder Squad confirmed that the deceased was a 46 year old Goran male, who received two fatal gunshot wounds to the chest and head. One of these bullets passing through the body and lodging in the dining room table, this was recovered for forensic examination. Also recovered from the apartment hallway were three 10mm empty cartridges. The building landlord identified himself as making the initial call to Police control and had been in his apartment, number 1, at the time of the shooting. When interviewed he stated that at 2325 hours he heard five gunshots and when he looked out of his door he saw a tall male person run pass him out of the building door. He described this person as wearing a blue jacket, a dark ski mask and white trainers. A further search of the deceased's apartment produced a further two empty 10mm cartridge, found in the pocket of a coat hanging in the hallway.

Follow up Report # SSU 007/2333/03

A search of the whole area was carried out by the Police and KFOR, at the rear of the apartment building a military police dog found a red cap and a blue jacket in a rubbish skip. These items were seized for further examination. Further interviews revealed that, earlier in the day of the 11 April 2000, the deceased had been seen arguing with a young Albanian male, who wanted to buy his apartment. In the main those people interviewed were very uncooperative and no other witnesses came forward or were identified. The building landlord will be re-interviewed to obtain any information of persons wanting to buy the apartment. The investigation is continuing.







QUESTIONS        READING TEST ALPHA -1

Family Name: ………..…………… First name: ….…………….. CP #: ………………………..
Country:…………………..                                                                                                                   Date:……...…………………

Q1:    Who reported the gunshots to the Police Control?
Q2:    What was the ethnicity of the victim?
Q3:     How many empty cartridges were found in the victim's apartment?
Q4:    Who responded to the initial report of gunshots?
Q5:    What items were found at the rear of the apartment building?
Q6:    What was the date, of the incident? 
Q7:    Who was the victim seen arguing with and why?
Q8:     Why did the Police want to re-interview the building landlord?
Q9:    Why did KFOR remain at the scene?
Q10:    What was the caliber of the gun used?


ANSWERS    READING TEST # ALHPA-1

Q1:    Who reported the gunshots to the Police Control?
    The Building Landlord
Q2:    What was the ethnicity of the victim?
Goran
Q3:     How many empty cartridges were found in the victim's apartment?
Five
Q4:    Who responded to the initial report of gunshots?
UNMIK Police and KFOR.
Q5:    What items were found at the rear of the apartment building?
Red cap and a blue jacket.
Q6:    What was the date of the incident?
14 April 2000.
Q7:    Who was the victim seen arguing with earlier in the day and why?
A young Albanian male, who wanted to buy the apartment.
Q8:     Why did the police want to re-interview the Building landlord?
    Obtain any information of persons wanting to buy the apartment
Q9:    Why did KFOR remain at the scene of the shooting?
To control the large crowd.
 Q10:    What was the caliber of the gun used?
    10mm.





Reading Comprehension Test # BRAVO-1



Incident Report # SSU 007/00.

At 1745 hours on Sunday 09 April a Serbian male went to the UNMIK police station and reported that his 19year old son had been missing since the previous night. He stated that his son and their neighbor's son had left their house at 2000 hours to go to a café downtown. At 2150 hours the neighbor's son returned home, but their son did not and he was worried. The father had checked with the neighbor's son who informed him, that at 2130 hours last night they both went to the Café Bar near the Bank Building to have a drink. About five (5) minutes later his son left the café with a group of five (5) young people, who he had not seen before. At 0815 hours the next morning, the father went to the Café Bar and asked the owner whether anyone had seen his son. The owner informed him that one of his waiters had seen his son, the previous evening, quarreling with five young males outside the café. He described the males as being all about 20 years old, all had long black hair and one had a ring in his left ear, he had not seen them before.
 They then had forced the son into a White Mercedes, which then drove off at speed in the direction of the hospital. The father gave the police a picture of the missing boy and requested help to find his son. The police made a report and advised the father they would inform the Missing Persons unit.

Follow up Report # SSU 007/00/04

On the 10 April, UNMIK police Missing Person Unit conducted the primary investigation regarding the incident. A check was made at the local hospital, which proved negative. At the Café Bar the police interviewed the owner and a number of waiters who were working at the time of the incident. From this the Unit obtained information that the suspects were all local Kosovo Albanians and that one of the waiters had remembered the registration number of the Mercedes as SK0321. A police patrol located the suspect vehicle parked on the Airport road 15km from Pristina, at Grid reference 015156. The police seized the vehicle’s registration book, which identified the name and address of the vehicle owner and also a gold ring, which was identified as belonging to the missing boy. Enquiries are continuing.

Follow up Report: 0039/00/04

On 11 April, UNMIK police and KFOR searched the address shown in the seized registration book and arrested the owner of the Mercedes, who admitted to being involved in the abduction of the boy. He stated that the boy owed him money for drugs, he also gave the location of the house where the boy was being held. UNMIK police and KFOR conducted a search of this house and the missing boy was located, six (6) Kosovo Albanian males were arrested at the scene. The missing boy's injuries were a bruised chest and a broken left wrist, a result of beatings received when held. He was taken to the hospital and later returned to his parents. Also seized from the house was a Smith and Wesson revolver and 200 Ecstasy tablets.  The suspects were taken to the detention center and held for court. Case is closed.





QUESTIONS            READING TEST BRAVO-1


Family Name: ……………………First Name: …………….. CP #:……………..
Country:………………………..                                                                                Date:……………..

Q1:    What reason did the suspect give for abducting the boy?
Q2:    What was seized from the suspect's vehicle?
Q3:    What is the nationality of the suspects?
Q4:    The Grid Reference where the suspect vehicle was located?
Q5:    Who gave the police the description of the suspect's vehicle?
Q6:    Where was the missing boy last seen?
Q7:    What did the police seize from the second house they searched?
Q8:    Describe the suspect vehicle?
Q9:    Describe the injuries of the missing boy?
Q10:    How many suspects were arrested?


ANSWERS    READING TEST # BRAVO-1

Q1:    What reason did the suspect give for abducting the boy?
    He owed money for drugs.       
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Q2:    What was seized from the suspects' vehicle?
    Vehicle registration book and Gold Ring.
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Q3:     What is the nationality of the suspects?
    Kosovo Albanian.
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Q4:    The Grid Reference where the suspect vehicle was located?
    Grid Reference 015156
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Q5:    Who gave the police the description of the suspect's vehicle?
    Café Bar waiter.
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Q6:    Where was the missing boy last seen?
    Outside the Café Bar.
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Q7:     What did the police seize from the second house they searched?
    Smith and Wesson revolver and 200 Ecstasy tablets.
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Q8:     Describe the suspect vehicle?
    White Mercedes, registration SK0321
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Q9:    Describe the injuries of the missing boy?
    Bruised chest and broken left wrist
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Q10:    How many suspects were arrested?
    Seven
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READING COMPREHENSION TEST CHARLIE-1

Incident Report # MSU 0010/137B

At 0055 hours on Wednesday 11 October 2000, Regional Murder Squad Investigator Jean PAIN received a radio message from Pristina Control. It reported a drive-by shooting in Dragodan, Pristina Grid Reference 125 230. The victim Arden GASHI, born 22 February 1928 had been taken to Pristina hospital and declared dead on arrival. Investigator PAIN arrived at the scene at 0115 hours, where he interviewed the wife of the victim, Fetija GASHI, born 20 April 1932. She stated that she and her husband had been walking along the street towards their house when a dark brown Opel Kadett drove by them, without any lights on. A man leaned out of the rear offside passengers' window opening fire at them from a gun he was holding, her husband fell to the ground bleeding from several bullet wounds he had received. She did not see how many people were in the Kadett and she only remembered the letters KS from the registration plate. Fetija was able to raise the alarm and the Police and Ambulance were called. The Forensic Identification Unit and the Investigative Judge arrived at the scene at 0120 hours. Two empty 7.56 cartridges were recovered at the scene, and then the area was sealed for further examination in daylight. Pristina Control circulated details of the suspect vehicle to all units.

Follow up Report # MSU 0010/137B/02

At 0145 hours a police patrol saw the suspect vehicle traveling on the Skopje road out of Pristina and they stopped the Kadett at the Swedish KFOR checkpoint Grid Reference 123 201. The police in co-operation with KFOR troops, searched the three male occupants and the vehicle. No firearms were found, however four empty 7.56 cartridges were recovered from the rear passenger area. The registration number of the Opel Kadett was 246 KS 673, the vehicle was impounded at Police Station Number 1. On the authorization of the Investigative Judge, the three male occupants were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to the Detention Centre, Pristina.

Follow up Report # MSU 0010/137B/03

At 0215 hours the Investigative Judge attended the Mortuary, Pristina Hospital, where the body of Arden GASHI was examined. The examination revealed three gunshot wounds to the chest, two penetrated the left lung and one passed through the heart, death was instantaneous. Property removed from the victim included a silver wristwatch and an empty brown leather wallet, which were retained by the Investigative Judge. Investigations are continuing.













READING COMPREHENSION TEST CHARLIE-1


Incident Report # MSU 0010/137B

At 0055 hours on Wednesday 11 October 2000, Regional Murder Squad Investigator Jean PAIN received a radio message from Pristina Control. It reported a drive-by shooting in Dragodan, Pristina Grid Reference 125 230. The victim Arden GASHI, born 15 September 1936 had been taken to Pristina hospital and declared dead on arrival. Investigator PAIN arrived at the scene at 0115 hours, where he interviewed the wife of the victim, Fetija GASHI, born 20 April 1942. She stated that she and her husband had been walking along the street towards their house when a dark brown Volkswagen Golf drove by them, without any lights on. A man leaned out of the rear offside passengers' window opening fire at them from a gun he was holding, her husband fell to the ground bleeding from several bullet wounds he had received. She did not see how many people were in the Golf and she only remembered the letters KS from the registration plate. Fetija was able to raise the alarm and the Police and Ambulance were called. The Forensic Identification Unit and the Investigative Judge arrived at the scene at 0120 hours. Two empty 7.56 cartridges were recovered at the scene, and then the area was sealed for further examination in daylight. Pristina Control circulated details of the suspect vehicle to all units.

Follow up Report # MSU 0010/137B/02

At 0225 hours a police patrol saw the suspect vehicle traveling on the Skopje road out of Pristina and they stopped the Golf at the Swedish KFOR checkpoint Grid Reference 123 201. The police in co-operation with KFOR troops, searched the three male occupants and the vehicle. No firearms were found, however six empty 7.56 cartridges were recovered from the rear passenger area. The registration number of the Volkswagen Golf was 246 KS 673, the vehicle was impounded at Police Station Number 1. On the authorization of the Investigative Judge, the three male occupants were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to the Detention Centre, Pristina.

Follow up Report # MSU 0010/137B/03

At 0245 hours the Investigative Judge attended the Mortuary, Pristina Hospital, where the body of Arden GASHI was examined. The examination revealed three gunshot wounds to the chest, two penetrated the left lung and one passed through the heart, death was instantaneous. Property removed from the victim included a gold ring and a copper bracelet, which were retained by the Investigative Judge. Investigations are continuing.












QUESTIONS                READING TEST CHARLIE-1
Family Name: ……………….…… First name:……..…………….. CP #: ………………………..
 Country:………..………………. .….                                                                                                  Date:…………………………

Q1:     What time was the suspect vehicle seen and stopped by the police?
Q2:     What is the name of the victim's wife?
Q3:     What was the date of birth of the victim?   
Q4:    How did the victim die?
Q5:    What was the nationality of the KFOR troops?
Q6:    Who reported the incident to Jean PAIN?
Q7:    What was the make and type of the vehicle involved
Q8:     How many empty cartridges were found?
Q9:    What property was recovered from the victim?
Q10:    Who authorized the detention of the suspects?

ANSWERS    READING TEST # CHARLIE-1

Q1:     What time was the suspect vehicle seen and stopped by the police?
     0225 hours.
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Q2:     What is the name of the victim's wife?
    Fetija GASHI   
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Q3:     What was the date of birth of the victim?
    15 September 1936   
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Q4:    How did the victim die?
    Three gunshots wounds to the chest   
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Q5:    What was the nationality of the KFOR troops?
    Swedish
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Q6:    Who reported the Incident to Jean PAIN?
    Pristina Control
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Q7:    What was the make and type of the vehicle involved?
     Volkswagen Golf
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Q8:     How many empty cartridges were found?
    Eight
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Q9:    What property was recovered from the victim?
    Gold ring, Copper bracelet
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Q10:    Who authorized the detention of the suspects?
    Investigative Judge
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READING COMPREHENSION TEST DELTA-1

Incident Report # SSU 007/141125


At 2315 hours on Thursday the 18 of July 2000 the UNMIK police station in Lipljan received a phone call reporting shots fired in the Bird’s Restaurant, grid reference EN009 008. UNMIK Police sent a patrol unit to the restaurant, a KFOR unit also responded to the call. When they arrived they were directed to a back room of the restaurant, where they found a body of a male person lying on the floor. A check of the body revealed that he had died from three gunshot wounds to the body. Beside the body was a table covered with playing cards, it appeared that there had been a game of cards in progress at the time of the shooting. A witness stated, that he with had been playing poker in the back room, with the deceased and 3 other men. He identified the dead man as Goran who had been having a lucky day at cards, winning several thousands German Marks. Goran became involved in an argument with one of the other players, a young Serbian who spoke with a Belgrade dialect. The young man accused Goran of being a cheat, Goran hit this person several times with his fists. Suddenly the young man pulled out a gun and shot him and then ran away. He was described as about 20 years old, 1.75 meters tall, had short brown hair, dressed in blue jeans and a blue pullover and he was known as Dejan.

Follow up Report # SSU 007/141125/02

The murdered Serbian, known as Goran BRESOVIC, was 37 years old living at 12 Main Road, Lipljan. The autopsy revealed that, he had been shot 4 times in the head and twice in the chest death was instantaneous. Three spent bullets were recovered from the body. The owner of the restaurant was interviewed, who stated that he heard 7 or 8 shots, and then he saw the young man run from the building. A further search of the room revealed three fresh bullet holes in the card table. Three spent bullets were recovered from the table for forensic examination. Nine empty bullet cases were found and retained for further examination.


Follow up Report # SSU 007/141125/03

A further witness, who lived next door to the restaurant, came forward and stated that at 2320 hours she saw a man running to a green and black Lada car, parked next to her house. The car had a Belgrade registration plates but she could not remember the number. Children, playing in the same area as where the Lada had been parked, found a 9mm FN semi-automatic pistol its magazine was empty.  No further information was forthcoming, investigations are continuing.


ANSWERS    READING TEST # DELTA-1

Q1:    What was the make of the revolver?
 Smith and Wesson.
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Q2:    How many persons were in the back room of the restaurant, at the time of the incident?
    Five.
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Q3:     How many empty cartridges were found?
    None.
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Q4:    How many shots were fired?
    Six.
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Q5:    What registration plate did the car have?
    Belgrade registration plate.   
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Q6:    Describe what the suspect was wearing? 
    Blue Jeans and Blue Pullover.
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Q7:    What was the victim's age?
    42 years.
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Q8:     What was the color of the car involved?
    Green and black.
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Q9:    What was the victim doing, at the time of the incident?
    Playing cards (poker).
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Q10:    Describe the wounds of the victim?
    Two shots to the head and one to the upper left arm.
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READING COMPREHENSION TEST PS#1/06
Reading Comprehension Test PS#1/06

Incident Report #01

On 22 November 2006 at 0600 hours, Police Station # 4 of Laguna Region was reported of a dead body that was found in the Central Park. Alpha Unit responded to the scene of incident located at Grid Reference
114-253. At 0615 hours, two police officers arrived at the scene and observed a 165 cms tall female body lying in supine position behind the bush near the swimming pool. The face of the dead was disfigured and a U-shaped mark was seen on the right side of the neck. They searched the crime scene area and recovered a black leather bag, a 200ml empty bottle and a wrist watch. Two security guards were also interviewed. On the day before at 1830 hours, a guard named Daniel Seal had seen a girl with a man outside the changing room. He had inquired about their presence in the area as the swimming pool service of the Park had already closed an hour and a half before. The lights, then, suddenly went out and he went to see what had happened. He returned at 1900 hours after fixing the fused wire of the main switch but nobody was there. The guard identified the dead as the same young girl and claimed that he could recognize the man. He described the man as a 25-year-old muscular built about 180 cms tall with long dark brown hair, dark complexion and had the most unusual involuntary head movement. The description about the suspect was radioed to all police units and the dead body was sent to the hospital for post mortem.
Follow-up Report #02
On 23 November 2006 at 1000 hour, a woman from Brajislav Village came to the Police Station to report about her missing daughter Emilia Kusnova. She identified herself as Sejila Kusnova and reported to the Missing Person Unit that her 19-year-old daughter had left the house on 21 November at 1500 hours and did not come back since then. She expressed her concern over the disappearance of her missing daughter. At 1100 hour, she was taken to the mortuary; she noticed the birth mark on the right side of the neck and identified the dead as her own daughter. Three hours later, she arrived at the Police Station and informed the police about Emilia's fear from a man who lived in Vustri. She told the police that her daughter had once mentioned about a man named Roger Mulav who had asked her to marry him else she would face terrible consequences. At 1630 hours, 28-year-old Roger Mulav was arrested by Alpha Unit from his house in Vustri. The arrestee confessed threatening Emilia to marry him but he denied the allegation of murder.

Follow-up Report #03
On 24 November 2006, the post mortem report of Emilia revealed disfigurement of her face was due to acid and concluded her death due to asphyxia. From the report of the forensic lab it was determined that the empty bottle contained concentrated sulphuric acid and the fingerprint sample of Roger did not match with the fingerprint found in the surface of the empty bottle. Roger was released after receiving the forensic report and his features too did not match with the description of the suspect. At 1700 hours, Delta Unit, on the basis of the description of the suspect, arrested a person named James Blake from ‘Burmuda Café’ situated in the Hill Side. James told the police that he was a carpenter and denied the allegation. On the following day the guard from Central Park identified James as the same person he had seen in the park with the girl. The forensic test also confirmed that his fingerprint sample matched with the sample collected from the surface of the empty bottle. A charge sheet was filed against him for the murder of 19-year-old Emilia Kusnova.


QUESTIONS      Reading Comprehension Test PS#1/06          A

Family Name:..…………… ……First name: …………. CP. ..………
Country:…………………..                                                                                  Date:……...……………
Q1:    When was the swimming pool service of the Park closed?
Q2:    What was the name of the chemical used to disfigure the face?
Q3:    Why did the Police apprehend Roger Mulav?
Q4:    Which Police Unit arrested the key suspect?
Q5:    Who was charged for the murder of 19-year-old Emilia Kusnova?
Q6:    What was the date and time when Daniel Seal had seen the girl with a man?
Q7:    At what time did Sejila Kusnova inform Police about Roger Mulav?
Q8:    What was the most unique characteristic of James Blake described by the guard?
Q9:    How did Sejila Kusnova recognize her daughter?
Q10:    What was the cause of death of Emilia Kusnova?

QUESTIONS      Reading Comprehension Test PS#1/06          B
Q1:    Who was charged for the murder of 19-year-old Emilia Kusnova?
Q2:    At what time did Sejila Kusnova inform about Roger Mulav?
Q3:    What was the cause of death of Emilia Kusnova?
Q4:    How did Sejila Kusnova recognize her daughter?
Q5:    When did the swimming pool service of the Park close?
Q6:    What was the date and time when Daniel Seal had seen the girl with a man?
Q7:    Which Police Unit arrested the key suspect?
Q8:    What was the name of the chemical used to disfigure the face?
Q9:    What was the most unique characteristic of James Blake described by the guard?
Q10:    Why did the Police apprehend Roger Mulav?

ANSWERS     Reading Comprehension Test PS#1/06   A

Q1:    When was the swimming pool service of the Park closed?
At 1700 hours
Q2:    What was the name of the chemical used to disfigure the face?
Sulphuric Acid
Q3:    Why did the Police apprehend Roger Mulav?
Because he had threatened Emilia of terrible consequences if she did not marry him
Q4:    Which Police Unit arrested the key suspect?
Delta Unit
Q5:    Who was charged for the murder of 19-year-old Emilia Kusnova?
James Blake
Q6:    What was the date and time when Daniel Seal had seen the girl with a man?
21 November 2006, at 1830 hours
Q7:    At what time did Sejila Kusnova inform Police about Roger Mulav?
1400 hours
Q8:    What was the most unique characteristic of James Blake as described by the guard?
Involuntary head movement
Q9:    How did Sejila Kusnova recognize her daughter?
She noticed the birth mark on the right side of the neck
Q10:    What was the cause of death of Emilia Kusnova?
Asphyxia

ANSWERS     Reading Comprehension Test PS#1/06       B
Q1:    Who was charged for the murder of 19-year-old Emilia Kusnova?
James Blake
Q2:    At what time did Sejila Kusnova inform about Roger Mulav?
1400 hours
Q3:    What was the cause of death of Emilia Kusnova?
Asphyxia
Q4:    How did Sejila Kusnova recognize her daughter?
She noticed the birth mark on the right side of the neck
Q5:    When was the swimming pool service of the Park closed?
At 1700 hours
Q6:    What was the date and time when Daniel Seal had seen the girl with a man?
21 November 2006, at 1.30 hours
Q7:    Which Police Unit arrested the key suspect?
Delta Unit
Q8:    What was the name of the chemical used to disfigure the face?
Sulphuric Acid
Q9:    What was the most unique characteristic of James Blake as described by the guard?
Involuntary head movement
Q10:    Why did the Police apprehend Roger Mulav?
Because he had threatened Emilia of terrible consequences if she did not marry him

Reading Comprehension Test # 4.
“AIRPORT”
Situation report # 01
Airport is the place where people meet and depart. Airport is the place what UN peacekeepers see upon their arrival in the mission. United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) started peacekeeping operation on 1-st October 2003. The first international police officers came to Liberia by air and landed at the Roberts International Airport, located 60 kilometers east from Monrovia.
The state of Liberia was founded in 1847 by immigrants of African descent who returned from the US to their native continent. The first president of Liberia was Joseph Jenkins Roberts. He was born in Norfolk, USA, on March 15, 1809, and arrived in Liberia in 1828 with his widowed mother, four brothers and two sisters. He was one of the famous Liberian-political figures of the nineteenth century. He lead Liberia to independence in 1847.He served as President of Liberia from 1847-1856 and from 1872-1876.
The main International Airport was built in the second half of the previous century and named after the first Liberian President - Roberts International Airport.
The reconstruction of the Liberian economy after the Civil war requires broad air connection with neighboring African countries and Europe. Much humanitarian Aid is being sent to Liberia by air and received at the Roberts International Airport.

Situation report # 02
UN peacekeeping equipment was mainly transported to Liberia by air. United Nations heavyweight cargo aircrafts only within one month had completed a series of flights, delivering 560 tons of equipment and supplies for UN peacekeeping forces in Liberia.
The second Liberian airfield is located in Monrovia and called Spriggs Payne Airport. This airfield is mostly used for domestic flights within Liberia.
UNMIL has two helicopter bases located at the Roberts International Airport and the Spriggs Payne airport. Helicopters, located at the Roberts International Airport are operated by the UN military personnel from Ukraine and helicopters from Spriggs Payne Airport are operated by the Russian civilian helicopter crew. A high level of safety of flights and strong technological discipline of both divisions participating in implementing peacekeeping operation in Liberia is being observed.
Situation report # 03
The United Nations personnel are authorized to use UN flights to fly from Liberia to Ghana and Sierra Leone. With effect from 15 October 2004 these flights are operated from Roberts International Airport three times a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. There is no charge for official duty travels. UN members have to submit approved Movement of Personnel form to the booking office at least 48 hours prior to the proposed flight. All Movement of Personnel forms should indicate a valid telephone number, where the traveler can be reached in the event of changes to the flight. All passengers are authorized to carry up to 25 kgs of accompanied luggage and 5 kgs of hand luggage. A bus service is available to Roberts International Airport 3 hours prior to flight from the Mission Head Quarters.

QUESTIONS.      READING TEST.         “AIRPORT
Q1:         On what date did the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) start peacekeeping  
                       operation?
Q2:         By whom was the state of Liberia founded?
Q3:         Whom did Joseph Jenkins Roberts arrive with in Liberia in 1828?
Q4:        When did Joseph Jenkins Roberts serve his first Presidential term?
Q5:          What is the nationality of the helicopter crew located at the Spriggs Payne Airport?
Q6:           How was the UN peacekeeping equipment mainly sent to Liberia?.
Q7:          What is the name of the airfield which is mostly used for domestic flights within  
Liberia?
Q8:     To what countries the United Nations personnel are authorized to fly with UN flights
         from    Liberia?
Q9:          On which days of the week the UN flights are not operated from Roberts International 
                            Airport?          
           Q10:       What type of service the UNMIL makes available to Roberts International Airport from the
                        Mission Head Quarters?
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ANSWERS:    READING TEST.          “AIRPORT”.            “A”


Q1:         On what date did the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) start peacekeeping  
                       operation?
                         1. October 2003
Q2:         By whom was the state of Liberia founded?
                      By immigrants of African descent.
Q3:         Whom did Joseph Jenkins Roberts arrive with in Liberia in 1828?
                       With his widowed mother, four brothers and two sisters.
Q4:        When did Joseph Jenkins Roberts serve his first Presidential term?
                 1847-1856.
Q5:          What is the nationality of the helicopter crew located at the Spriggs Payne Airport?
             Russian                 
Q6:           How was the UN peacekeeping equipment mainly sent to Liberia?.
                  By air    
Q7:          What is the name of the airfield which is mostly used for domestic flights within Liberia?
             Spriggs Payne                   
Q8:          To what countries the United Nations personnel are authorized to fly with UN flights from  
                 Liberia?
        Ghana and Sierra Leone.                  
Q9:       On which days of the week the UN flights are not operated from Roberts International 
                               Airport?          
                         Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.
Q10:       What type of service the UNMIL makes available to Roberts International     
               Airport from the  Mission Head Quarters?
                  Bus.








Listening Comprehension



ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST                    # LC - 1
Name:                    D.O.B.    :            Date:   

Listening Comprehension            Time allowed 15 mins.    
Title: CivPol Monitor harassed by local police 
A civilian police monitor reports to his Station Commander that he was stopped by the local police at a checkpoint on the Highway about 100 meters west of Khilsa Bridge, Pristina. He was asked to take his vehicle to a side  in the highway. His vehicle was thoroughly searched and he was accused of selling some pornographic pictures  to the youngster Muslims of Pristina. He was stopped at 8:30 in the morning and was detained for three hours. He was not allowed to make radio calls to his station. The CivPol monitor did not recognize the police officers but he heard during discussion that one was Mohammed Janim and another Alice.
Monitor: Good Afternoon Sir!
Station Commander: Good afternoon officer, How are you?
Monitor: Sir, I have a complaint against the local Police.
Station Commander: What's the
          Categories of Vocabularies        
1.    Title of incident/type of incident
Assault/Assassination/Attack/Vandalize/Murder/Property / persecution / Damage/Kidnapping/Demonstration/Slanghter/Homicide/Persection/Harrashment/Intimidation/
Threat/Stalking/Mugging/Extortion/Blackmail/Torture/Mob Justice/Beating/Domestic Violation(HRV)/Robbery/Suicide/Burglary / break in/Theft/Road Accident/Genocide/Massacre Arson/Assault/Blackmail/Fraud/Hijacking/Hooliganism /Mugging
2.    Body structure/looks of suspects.
Heavily built/slim/lean/medium built /muscular built/(slender- willowy- meager) (robust/ /stout/strapping /chunky / stocky /  burly /bold / brawny/ sturdy) ( lanky – leggy - tall and thin) (cocky / overconfident ) shaved head/curly hair/skinny/bony/bald head
3.    Dress of suspects
Camouflage/sneaker/bandana/Turban/ emblem/Denim jean/ Trainer/sleeve-less shirt/ belt/scarf
Boots/cap/coat/dress/gloves/hat/jacket/jeans/pants/raincoat/scarf/shirt/shoes/skirt
Slacks/slippers/socks/stockings/suit/sweater/sweatshirt/t-shirt/tie/trousers/underclothes
Underpants/undershirt/ hooded sweat shirt / black track pants/ track suit/
4.    Kind of fire arms and non fire arms
Machetes /AK-47/mouser rifle/Glock17 /revolver/club/ base ball bat/Browning pistol/knife/Astra pistol/Assault rifle/Smith & Wesson-semi automatic pistol / Compact Assault Rifle /
Automatic Shotgun - 12 gauge / Semi-Auto Carbine / Walther pistol/Beretta pistol/Chinese pistol/


5.    Color types
( Tan/ brown) - Gray - Blue/ navy – Purple – (green/ emerald/ jade/ olive/ lime/ sea green/ bottle green) – (White/ colorless/ pallid/ sallow/ ashen) – Black (Yellow/ fair-haired/ blond /pale/ golden-haired/ blonde / flaxen
(Maroon/ burgundy/ reddish purple/ claret /dark red/ wine-colored)

6.    Action words
Swerve/plant/grab/clutch/punch /stab /strangulate/apprehend – detain / stun /disperse – scatter / dispatch/veer/fell/drown/beat/tie/bind/struck/point/assault/torture/vandalize/abduct/apprehand/arrest/offend/attack/charge/accuse/convict/ arrest/ban/break in/break into/ break the law/burgle/charge/commit a crime/escape/get away/hold up/investigate/rob/steal/veer-turn/
7.    Types of vehicles
Volkswagen/Mercedes/sedan/lada/ land rover/Tata jeep/mini bus/truck/( TL/SD/TB/TY)/Honda civic/Honda Crv/Honda City/Honda Pilot/Honda Hrv/Honda Accord/Honda Fit/Land Rover/
Mercedes-Benz/Mitsubishi/Nissan/Suzuki /Toyota Corolla /Toyota Hilux/ Alfa Romeo / FIAT/ BMW /Hyundai/Ford/
8.    Type of ethnicity
Muslim/Serbian/Albanian/Croat/Bosnian/Kosovar Albanians /Kosovar Serbs/Gorani/Turks/Macedonian/Romanian/orthodox Serb/Timorese/  Morle

9.    Complexion
Caucasian/black/white/fair/dark/ mulattos and whites
10.    Mark/scar/tattoo
  Scar/ blemish/ disfigurement/ wound/ scratch /mark/ pockmark/ stain /spot /blotch/ nick/notch
11.    Position of human/objects
supine/prawn/upside town/downside up/inside out/outside in/squatting - hunkering down/crouching-stoop/kneeling/lying/hanging/
12.    Criminals
Mugger/murderer/robber/shoplifter/smuggler/terrorist/thi
ef/vandal/ offender / assailant/ perpetrator/assailant/miscreant / thugs /intruder/suspect/accused/convict/maniac/
13.    fugitive- renegade-escapee/ deserter-escapee/bandit/ fraudster/
14.    part of body
temple/ abdomen/chin/chick/waist /Ankle/foot/skull/tibia /tummy- stomach //wrist/forehead/
15.    injuries
Wound/ hurt/ lesion / abrasion/ cut/ wound/ gash/ sore/ laceration/ scratch/ Abrasion/Bruising/Burns
Cluster Headaches/Concussions/Congestive Heart Failure/Coronary Artery Disease/Dislocation
Flail Chest/Fracture/ Crush Injury/ Dislocation/Flail Chest/Fracture/Head Trauma/Hypothermia/Lacerations/Pinched Nerve/ Rib Fracture/ Spinal Cord Injury/ Traumatic Brain / massive Trauma / hemorrhage / Injury

16.    kinds of drugs
cannabis/marijuana/beverage/narcotic/Amphetamines
Marijuana / Cannabis/Cocaine/Heroin/Ecstasy/Ketamine/LSD Index/Mushrooms/Drug Types
Marijuana/Antidepressants/Barbiturates/Depressants/Hallucinogens/Inhalants/Narcotics/Steroids
Opium

17.    Justice System
Appeal – request /barrister/caution/Cell/Community service/Court/court case/death penalty/defense/fine/goal-jail/guilty/imprisonment/innocent/judge/jury/justice/lawyer/offence/
Sentence/prison/probation-trial/prosecution/punishment/capital punishment – death penalty/corporal punishment – long term prison/remand home/solicitor/trial/verdict/witness

18.    Extra
Compensation/ ransom/bail/parole/ escape/at large/ abscond/flee/ Hostile/aggressive/
( fugitive-escapee)

          Report Writing        

 Daylight Robbery

    An East Timorese woman, aged 32, was robbed by two Militia men in their 20's CIVPOL monitors have been called in to assess the situation and conduct an interview.
    On the 27th June 1999 an East Timorese woman aged 32, was robbed in 3road daylight, midday. The Two robbers jumped out of the bushes on her way home for lunch, armed with a gun and machete. One was in front and one behind. They demanded her purse, watch and jewelry. First she refused to hand over anything, so the man in front pushed her then punched her in the stomach. She then gave her valuables, but the men didn't believe that she had given everything. The one behind her pinned her arms behind her while the other one punched her repeatedly in the stomac

h. She passed out and when she woke up, the men had gone. She was hurt quite badly so she had to spend a day in hospital. She was threatened by the men; they said that they would kill her if she informed the police. They were probably Militia as they asked her if she had voted in the independence election and became angry when she said yes. She had never seen the men before.
reasons for incident and description of assailants
    Both the men were in their early 20's and were about 5'6-5'8 inches tall wearing red bandannas. One dressed in camouflage fatigues and the other in faded denims and a white t-shirt, the taller one had a scar down the right cheek.
    The woman was probably robbed as the two men knew, or had heard, that she had voted in the independence election, and wanted to confirm it and hit back at her for doing so.
conclusion \Summary
CIVPOL will pass this information to the local police and said that she should contact them should the men return and threaten her again. CIVPOL  assured the woman that they would patrol her streets more closely.
 
Hijacking
    A plane has been hijacked on route from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Rome, Italy on 20 July 2001
    Flight IA 504 is hijacked by five armed men twenty minutes into the flight. It is on its way to Rome, Italy from Kuala Lumpur International. The hijackers divert the plane to Bangkok and demand the release of their 6 friends in an East Timorese jail. They threaten to blow up the plane if their demands are not met. The bomb is apparently in the luggage compartment. After 3 hours, the plane lands in Singapore and the hijackers ask for food and water. The plane is then surrounded by Army Special Forces and food and water is given in exchange for female hostages. Negotiations take place between hijackers and local authorities, why say they need 5 hours to arrange the release of their 6 friends. After 5 hours, the authorities refuse to release 6 but agree to 3. 15 hours of negotiations go on and finally the men surrender to the authorities.
Reasons for incident/Description
    The hijackers have hijacked the plane to force the release of their friends in an East Timorese jail. There are five armed men on the plane armed with pistols and possibly a hand grenade. They say there is a bomb in the luggage compartment.
Conclusion/Summary
    After 15 hours of negotiations, there is no breakthrough and the hijackers surrender without any of their demands being met. All hostages are released unharmed.
Hit and Run
    On the main, highway running to Madrid,, northwest of the city of Barcelona, at 10:30PM, on Friday the 2nd February/there has been a hit and run case. Eyewitnesses say it was a 1996, opal grey, Austin Minor car with caravan. The car was heading towards Madrid when a cyclist on the same road was hit. It was raining and visibility was very bad. The cyclist for some reason moved onto the road from the cycling lane and was hit. His cycle was completely crushed, and has left leg and arm were broken, he received minor injuries to his head, even though he was wearing helmet. The victim was wearing cycling gear but did not have any protection from the rain. He was about 18 years old, slim and 5'10" tall. The cyclist was coming from Madrid. The victim was taken to Barcelona hospital and is said to be out of danger. The car was said to have some scratches from the cycle on the left-hand side as well. Due to the poor visibility, the witnesses at the scene of the crime could not read the number plate.
    A search is taking place for the car in Madrid, as it as heading in that direction. The eyewitness said that there were four people in the car and didn't know if there were more in the caravan. By the brief close look he got and poor visibility, the witness thinks they were all men.
Trapped in an Earthquake
    It was 1:00 AM on Friday the 16th December 1990. Almost all the residents of Cyber town were asleep. It was raining very lightly and it was very dark. All of a sudden at 1:02 AM there was a tremor of more than 6.7 on the Richter scale. It lasted for about 3 minutes. All the houses collapsed pulling down telephone and electrical poles. Fires started, as the main gas supply the houses was broken and gas was leaking everywhere. The people, who managed to wake up and run out of their houses, were running around trying to find a safe place. The ones who were injured or trapped were crying out for help. The whole place was in chaos. Police and army personnel (the ones that had survived the earthquake) were called in to help, and take charge of the situation.Out of the total 50 houses in the town at least 40 of the houses were completely destroyed. Those that were not destroyed were damaged very badly. Ambulances from the near by towns were called in to help with the situation, as they were not as badly effected, as they did not fall directly in the earthquake line.

    The army set up temporary tents in order to accommodate the injured and lost, and a mobile unit was put up for immediate relief. Nearby towns and cities sent out relief workers to help with the situation. Food and medicine vas quickly requested for. By 4:00 AM people were either looking for the missing people or burying the dead. There was a slight haze in the sky from all the dust that had been floating around from the crumbling buildings. t would take the people of Cyber town at least 3-6 months to bring things lack to normal for themselves.
Selling  Alcohol
    At dusk on Saturday 29 September 2001, Mr. Abdul Hamid a young man who is 28 years old, the owner of a small restaurant, in downtown Abu Dhabi. His shop was next to the tall building of the central Bank. Even 'though it was a Saturday, and a holiday, he decided to open his small shop, because his business had not been very good and he needed all the extra money to support his large family. He had only five or six customers during the whole day but he was looking forward to the evening when men would come to have drink. Although, being a Muslim country it was permitted to sell the locally brewed Stella beer, from which he could make quite a bit of profit.
    Then around 9:OOPM two men casually dressed came into his shop and asked him for some beer and things to eat. As soon as he had brought their order, they both stood up and caught him and held his hands behind his back. They said that they were from the Religious police, and that it was forbidden by the Sharia law to sell any sort of alcohol on a holiday. They said that ithere had been a new law passed saying that this was the new rule for all public holidays. The penalty for abusing this law was death, or 100 lashes. Abdul Hamid apologized to the policemen saying that he was not aware that this new law had been imposed, he begged the two policemen to forgive him as it was his first offence and begged them for mercy. Both the officers looked at each other and gave the situation a lot of thought, after some time they released him with a very stem warning.


ALLEGED WITCH HACKED TO DEATH
    A 46-years-old woman accused of being a witch was hacked to death in a remote village in the northeastern Indian state of Tripura, the Press Trust of India reported Thursday. The news agency said the woman was known as a I "spinster in the  village because she had remained unmarried. The woman.KuntiDebbarma, lived on her own and was always fairly quiet, reserved and  considered odd to the villagers. She was forcibly removed from her hut in Tuiching village in western Tripura at approximately 4:40pm witnesses said. She was dragged into the middle of the village by 7 of her neighbors who then proceeded to hack her to death using machetes and axes. She had been accused of allegedly practicing sorcery in her village and putting a spell on a newborn baby that had recently died. Police have launched an operation in the remote tribal area to catch Debbarma's neighbors who are now hissing. Witnesses stated that there were 3 women and 4 men in her death. However, villagers have stated that they were unaware of the whereabouts of the missing people. One man stated that the missing neighbors were reportedly in Jhasi, while another male stated he saw them in the next village over. A female informant stated that after the attacks, two men and one of the woman headed southeast on foot, while the other women and one man headed north by bus, she didn't know the whereabouts of the other man involved. Police have been receiving conflicting reports and will continue their search for the attackers. Every year, several women are killed in India at the hands of villagers after being accused of sorcery. Last year there were 213 reported murdered of "accused' witches in India alone.
RAINSTORMS KILL 3, HURT 50

    Early Monday morning at approximately 3:30am, tropical storms blew away over 6,469 mud and thatch houses and knocked down approximately  396 trees in northern Bangladesh, killing three people and leaving nearly 5,332 people homeless, police reported early Tuesday
Morning. The storms were unexpected for many of the villagers and almost all of the people involved had been asleep when the storms hit. one woman and her baby girl were crushed to death when their tin-roofed house collapsed during the storms. The woman and child were apparently alive after the storm ended, but villagers were unable to rescue them before their deaths. One man was killed by lightning while trying to savetwo young manwho were also trapped in the thatch house next to his. Fifty people were injured during the rainstorms in Netrokona, Sylhet and Moulvibazardistricts  according to police reports in Ittefaq and Janakantha. It is unknown how many injured people are being hospitalized at the moment. The storms not only leveled mud and thatch houses, but tin roof houses as well in the farming region 132 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Dhaka, the national capital. Police officers are Trying to organize search parties to help remove bodies from the rubble in hopes of knowing an exact number of deaths. At this moment the death toil is three, but police fear that once the house rubble has been cleared, the death toll will dramatically increase.

Jail Break
    There were 350 I nmates in Alcatraz Jail, and 60 staff. It was classified as a maximum security jail and escape was considered to be next to impossible.It is situated on an island and is surrounded by water, which is infested with Sharks. The security staff are shuttled to and from the island by ferry twice a day, which a is the only way in and out.However on the night of 3 April 1992, there was a jail break. Twenty of the inmates managed to escape.What happened was, when the evening ferry came to shuttle the day stuff back to the mainland at 5:00 PM, a fire was started in the dining hall by some of the inmates, in the central building. Most staff on duty rushed to the scene and tries to put out the fire. In the meantime, while all the staff were busy with the fire, the twenty who escaped managed to overpower the guards at the main gate and boarded the ferry which was only manned by two guards. they took the ferry to an isolated spot and abandoned it there. Although the local police were informed, and a search was conducted, they managed to escape. A description of each has been given to the central police headquarters and also to all sub-offices.It has been a week since the incident, and there are no clues as the where they are now. Their friends who are still in the jail are not willing to talk or help authorities on this matter.
ARSON- -NARRA TIVE
    At 2100 hours on Friday 15th September 2000 an Albanian male called Mentor. Who lives in pristina, at Grid reference 136 247.heard a knock at the front door of his house. when he opened it. he saw three masked men standing there. One of hese men grabbed hold of him, held a hunting knife to his throat, and told Mentor. inAbanian no to move or he would be killed. The other two men then entered his house and started to destroy the living -room furniture with a large hammer. which they had with them. The taller of the two men was dressed in green combat clothing and a red ski mask, and the shorter man was wearing blue trousers, a white jacked and a blue ski mask, all three were speaking Serbian to each other. when the two men had finished breaking the living-room furniture, they went upstairs and continued to destroy the furniture there. Later the shorter man in the white jacket came down the stairs and ran outside, returning shortly afterwards  carrying a red plastic container. He poured petrol from the container over the broken living-room furniture and the tall man then set the furniture alight. The  three man started to laugh and the one holding Mentor told him. in Albanian, that it was time the Albanians knew what it was like to have their homes destroyed.  mentor tried to break free, but was pushed to the ground and kicked in the stomach a number of times. The house was starting to fill with smoke, the tall man told him not to report the incident or they would cut his throat. The three men then ran from the house laughing. Mentor was able to crawl from the house into the street, where he saw, abut one hundred meters down the street. The three men standing under a streetlight talking to another male person, who was giving them money.Thethree  men then got into a white Alfa Romeo driving off in the direction of the hospital and the other person walked away towards the town center. The Fire services arrived about five minutes later, by which time the house was well on fire, with flames leaping through the roof. The only items of property, which were saved from the house, were a clock and a satellite dish. Two UNMIK police patrols attended the scene and assisted in keeping people away from the fire. A Danish police officer took  Mentor to the hospital in Pristina, for treatment to his left hand, which he had burnt saving the clock from die house. Mentor was requested to attend police station number one, Pristina, at 1200 hours the following day, to be interviewed.
SUICIDE  - NARRATIVE

    At 1230 hours on Tuesday 3 October 2000, an Albanian male called Besnik went to the UNMIK Police Station Number 4, in Pristina. He stated that his uncle's neighbour had telephoned him and said that he had heard a gunshot from the uncle's house.
An INMIK Police unit was sent to the address, at Grid reference 129326. arriving at the scene at 1240 hours, where they found an elderly male person lying on the kitchen floor. The emergency medical services were called to the scene and Doctor Agim KRASNIQI pronounced the male dead at 1315 hours, the man had died from one gunshot wound to his head. The dead man was an Albanian about 45 years old, wearing a pair of blue jeans and a gray jersey. Next to the body were an Astra automatic pistol, and one empty 7.65 bullet case. A neighbor informed the Police Officers that he had heard a gunshot from next door. at 1200 hours that day and then telephoned Besnik. Both he and the nephew identified the body as Raji HARB. The neighbour also stated that he had been living next door to Raji for 20 years, and that Raji had been suffering from tuberculosis. This disease had caused him a lot of pain over the last year and he had attempted to commit suicide twice before. Also found at the scene, near the body, were a suicide note written on a newspaper and a wedding ring.
    The last person to see Raji alive was his nephew. It was at 0730 hours .morning when he saw his uncle cleaning his car. The body was taken to (mortuary in Pristina hospital. Besnik was requested to attend the Police lion at 1300 hours the following day for interview.

ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT- NARRATIVE

    At 1125 hours on Tuesday 2 May 2000 a Traffic Accident occurred at the main roundabout in south Pristina, grid reference 129217, the vehicles .involved were a British Army Landrover and a black Nissan jeep. The circumstances to the accident were as follows: the Landover drove onto the roundabout from the Northern entrance and the black Nissan jeep, which was already driving around the roundabout, failed to give way to the Landrover, so a collision occurred between the two vehicles. After the collision the Nissan jeep drove away from the scene, towards Pristina Hospital. A witness it the scene was able to give a description of the driver of the jeep as a young dark haired female, approximately 20 years of age, wearing a white blouse, who was alone in the car. The witness also recorded the car's registration number 044 KS 141, on an envelope she was carrying. A joint UNMIK and KPS police patrol arrived at the scene fifteen minutes later, the UNMIK police officer was from Zimbabwe. It was raining at the time of the accident, visibility was poor and the traffic on the roundabout was heavy. the police took measurements of the road and retained broken headlight ass and traces of black paint, found at the scene of the accident. The military driver and his front seat passenger were not wearing their seat belts the time of the accident and both received bruising to the head chest. they were taken to the British Military Hospital to receive medical treatment. The damage to the military vehicle was a badly dented front left side wing; the vehicle was towed to the British Barracks in Pristina. The fitness identified herself as an UN civilian employee, working as a finance officer, in room 12, United Nations Headquarters, Pristina.
 


ROBBERY - NARRATIVE
    At 2010 hours on Monday 18 October 1999, in Pristina, a Serbian female stopped an UNMIK Police Patrol. She was very upset, reporting that her house had been robbed. The patrol took her back home, which was at grid reference 125 227.
At the address the police officers spoke to the woman's husband, a Serbian, who owns a Jewelry shop. which is located in the same building. He stated that at 1930 hours he and his wife were eating in their kitchen when there was a knock at the shop door. When he opened the door he was faced by three men. He described these persons as all being about 25 years old. dressed in green military type jacket and trousers, with their faces covered by dark masks. The leader of the group held an AK 47 in his right hand, the other two were armed with a revolver and a large knife. He also noticed a white Volkswagen car with a female in the driver's seat, parked in front of the shop. the car's engine was running. The leader of the group shouted at the owner in Albanian, forced him back into the kitchen and demanded money from the shop safe. When the victim refused, the man with the revolver hit him across the face knocking him down to the ground. It was then that the power went off and the house was thrown into darkness. The victim started to struggle with the suspects and he managed to take the revolver from one of the men. The suspects then ran from the house through the' rear door. The victim chased them out of the building and saw the two with the rifle and the knife getting into the white Volkswagen, which then drove off towards the city centre. The third suspect disappeared into the woods at the back of the house. Later the police searched the woods and the jacket of the third suspect was found. In the jacket was a driving license and a photograph of a young girl. The revolver, jacket and the other items were seized by the police for further examination. As a result of his struggle with the three suspects the victim received a swollen right eye and a cut to the head, which were later treated at Pristina hospital. It was also revealed that the suspects had taken two gold rings and three silver bracelets, with a total value of 1300 German Marks. The police advised the victim that they would make a report and investigate the incident.                                                   
 

ARMED ROBBERY-NARRATIVE

    Monday 1 of May 2000 about 0140 hours an Albanian male went to the Local UNMIK Police Station and reported that an Armed Robbery had taken ice at the Mini Market near the Stadium. When the Police Patrol arrived at the Mini Market, they found the Security Guard in an office, his hands were handcuffed behind his back and his mouth had been covered with tape. hen they released the guard, he gave them the following information. He stated that he had been employed as a Security Guard at the Mini Market since November 1999 and he was responsible for the security of the building when it closed. On Sunday 30 April he started work at 2100 hours, he checked the building and found the doors and windows secure. After he had finished checking the building he went to his office to complete some paperwork. He was listening to the radio, when at 0015 hours he heard a noise in the Mini Market. Before he could react, the office door opened and four males rushed in. They were all about 20 years old and all wearing a red baseball hat. The one with the hat an automatic pistol of some kind, which he held in his right hand and one of the others, had a baseball bat, which he held in his left hand. The man with the gun pointed it at the guard and shouted at  him. in Serbian, to sit still or he would be killed. Two of the males then gagged and bound him, the one with the baseball bat stayed with him. The hers went out of the office and he heard them taking things out through the side door. About half an hour later the man with the gun re-entered the office warning him again to be quiet, then all four left the Mini Market through theside door. He believed the persons were Serbian as they talked to each otherand him only in Serbian. He waited for sometime before trying to raise the alarm he was eventually heard by the guard of the store next door, who reported the incident to the UNMIK police. This person also stated that at 0045 hours that night he saw a dark colored Mercedes leaving the Mini market car park, towards the Airport. The Police and the guard carried out a check of the building; they found a rear window had been forced open. The Victim stated that 28 cases of Whiskey and 53 boxes of cigarettes had been taken, however all the money was still in safe.
 

ARMED ROBBERY-NARRATIVE (Bank Robbery)

    At 0848 hours on Wednesday the 23rd of September 2000, UNMIK Police Officers from Pristina police station number 1 and units from KFOR responded to a coded alarm for a Bank Robbery in progress at the First Union Bank. Pristina.On arrival at the Bank UNMIK.Police found a Bank employee and two cash securtity guard inside the building, 'hey interviewed the employee, who stated that he was the Head Cashier of the First Union Bank and that he had started work early, about 0630 hours, because there was to be a delivery of a large sum of money. At 0645 hours he saw the Armoured Cash Truck, stop outside the bank and the security guards form the truck were opening the rear doors. A large black BMW stopped immediately behind the armoured truck and two armed men limped from the BMW and pointed their weapons at the guards. On seeing this the cashier attempted to call the police by telephone, but the lines were busy. He was armed with a Glock 17 automatic pistol, so he went to assist the guards. On leaving the bank he was confronted by a third man who had a revolver. The cashier was shouted at. in Albanian. to put his pistol down or he would be killed, so he dropped his pistol. Then he and the two guards were taken into the bank. Where the cashier was forced to open one of the offices. The armed men then tied the three together with rope and covered their mouths with yellow sticky tape, warning them not to try and escape. The armed men then  left the office locking it behind them. At 0845 hours the bank staff came into work and found the cashier and guards locked in an office, so the manager activated the alarm. The cashier was able to describe the suspects as three young men. One was muscular. approximately 1.90 meters tall, the second man was well built about 1.75 meter tall and the third was quite thin about 1.60 meters tall. They all wore green military coveralls and  had covered their faces with black ski masks. The two tall suspects were carrying shotguns and the third suspect was carrying a black revolver. A total of four million five hundred thousand German Marks, in various denominations, was taken from the Cash truck. This large sum of cash was being delivered to pay United Nations Personnel.
 


"EXTORTION"
    On Friday 9 May 2003, at 20.00 hours, an incident was reported to Police Station #5o of a person being severely beaten. The caller witness stated that a beating incident had just occurred at the food store "Best Price", which was located at Main Street -25, grid reference 193-168. Immediately, a police patrol was dispatched to the scene of the incident. On arrival at the scene of the incident at 20.15 hours the officers observed, that the 42-year-old male food storeowner, had been very badly beaten on his face. Due to the very serous condition of the storeowners injuries the officers decided to immediately transport the victim by ambulate to the local hospital for treatment.the 37-year-old female witness to the incident said she and the storeowner lad been friends for the last 3 years. At 19.50 hours, while she was six meters away from the incident hiding behind a bread display, she observed the owner of the store and the offender, a male that was about thirty years of age, 175 cm tall, very heavy build, with long black hair and beard, brown leather coat, white shirt and black pants arguing loudly.
    The witness advised that she over heard the offender say to the storeowner that he was late in paying the 900 euros which were due to be paid at the beginning of each month, and that if the money was not paid he would destroy the store by fire.
the witness advised that the storeowner said to the offender that he refused" to pay any more extortion money to him. The witness then stated that she observed the offender remove a small black club from his coat pocket with his right hand and strike the store owner five times in the face with the club while holding him by the neck with his left hand, and then put the club back in his coat pocket.

    Further interview of the witness revealed that she was employed as a teacher the local school, and resided at Airport Street-49, grid reference 836-742, the witness stated that she had never seen the offender in the store before incident happened. The witness further stated to the officers that the
 


JOURNALIST

On 14 May 2003 at 09.30 hrs a fair haired 180 cm tall, about 35 years old male, with glasses, dressed in blue jeans, brown shoes and black shirt walked into to the police station #3. A young female police officer met him at the duty room and asked him about the reason of his visit. The visitor said. that he was a journalist and needed to speak to the station commander of this police station. The duty officer noticed, that the man looked very upset. She enquired about the reason and the man said, that his photo camera was missing since yesterday evening. He also added, that he was not upset because of the loss of the camera, but mostly because of the loss of the film in this photo camera. The station commander of the police station was not available. He was attending a meeting in the Main Headquarters and the visitor had to wait for 30 minutes, sitting in the waiting room. While he was waiting for the Station Commander, the duty officer gave him a cup of tea. hen the journalist said, that he would not wait longer and left his telephone number as 507-631 asking to call him as soon as the Station Commander would return from the meeting. Then he the Police Station left at 10.00 hrs.
the Station Commander returned from the meeting at 10.15 hrs. The duty officer advised the Station Commander about the journalist. The Station Commander called for the investigation officer and ordered him to call the journalist and to look into the matter.
The investigation officer rang the journalist and they agreed to meet at the reception area of the hotel named "21st Century" at 11.00 hrs. As they met, they walked outside the hotel and sat on the bench in the park. The journalist said, that he was working for a magazine called "Towns and People". He arrived in the town of llth May 2003 to take pictures about customs and tradition of the population, living in this town. The job was over and he took 2 pictures. On 13 May at 19.30 hrs he took a taxi from the old bridge over the river to the city center. He thought, that he had forgotten the bag with the photo camera and films in the taxi. The investigation officer asked him to describe the taxi and the taxi driver. The taxi was a yellow 4-door sedan car.
 

fight in bar (sample report)

    According to the eyewitness, who was present at the scene, it was the evening and approximately 40 people were having drinks in the bar with their friends. A part form this. there were 10-15 army personnel also having a drink there. They had completed their duty and were about to return home. There was a discussion between the barman and the army men concerning the number of drinks that had been consumed. The barman had added extra drinks on their bill bringing to the total for their bill to S200. However, the army men had actually only drunk $100 worth of drinks. The army man who went to the bar to pay the bill a disagreed withthe barman's total, which was more than double, and was accused by the barman oftrying to pay less. There was a heated exchange between the two, ending in the barman punching the army man in the face and telling the army men to get out of the bar. When the fight started the witness was at the bar, having a beer, and was.at happened. After being punched, the army man called his friends and they started smashing all the tables and chairs and fighting with the locals who were supporting the barman. During the fighting, the witness was hit on the head with a beer bottle that had been thrown by somebody. After that.he hid under the table.

    According to the eyewitness account, the trouble started because the barman tried to overcharge the army men for drinks, which they had not consumed. The two sdes became very heated and it then erupted into fights between the army and local people.

    The CIVPOL monitor assured the witness that he/she would report the incident to the local police and thanked the witness for co-operation.

 

“UNMIL RADIO”

People around the world like to listen to the radio. People listen to the radio at home, at work, in the car and in the streets. People listen to the news, weather forecast and like to listen to the music. Liberians are no exception to this common tradition. The Civil war in Liberia was over in 2003. People’s lives and hopes turned to good. More Liberians began walking with a radio in their hands listening to the news and music. There are three main radio stations in Monrovia operating on FM frequency: Music radio on frequency 90, 2. Official radio of the United Nations Mission in Liberia on frequency 91, 5; and World news radio station on frequency 103. The transmission of these radio stations is also well heard in neighboring countries like Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast.

A young Liberian man called John was listening to the UNMIL radio. He heard that the nationwide campaign on Disarmament was launched on 3-d of December 2003. He also heard that the campaign was coordinated by the UNMIL radio with intention to inform combatants and communities in Liberia about this program.

           John is a 28 year old Liberian citizen; he has been married for 10 years and has three kids: two sons and a daughter. The daughter is 9 years old, the oldest son is 7 and the youngest is 5.  John and his family still currently live at his father’s house in Monrovia. John finished high school in May 1993 and received his certificate upon completion. During the war he was unemployed and now he is still looking for a job. Like many Liberians he usually played football on weekends and was listening to the radio. His favorite radio station is the Music radio.
On 21st of December 2004, John went to the center of Monrovia to look for a job as a security officer at the shop. He walked into a supermarket which was trading electronic goods. While he was waiting for a manager of the supermarket to ask him if he would hire him, John heard an announcement on the UNMIL radio about recruitment of police officers for the Liberian National Police Service. John left the supermarket without even having a response from the manager. John decided to become a police officer. Walking home John saw a poster on the wall of the Police station located in the center of Monrovia and read that applicants, who successfully meet basic criteria in fitness, writing, psychological and medical tests would be invited for interview at the Police HQ.   

           When John came home he spoke with his father about his intention to become a police officer. His father said that he would be proud if John was a police officer. John successfully passed all necessary tests and on Monday, 17th of January 2005 he was invited to come to the police Headquarters for interview.    

The following conversation is the dialogue between a police officer and John.
 
 â€œPolice medal”

    On 14 January 2005, a journalist from the Police magazine called “To Serve and protect” went to see the magazine Director and proposed writing an article about the history of police medals awarded to citizens for their assistance to the Police. The presumed name of the article was “Police Medal”.

    On 16 January 2005, the journalist went to the Police museum located at Main street number74 to conduct research for the article. While in the museum, he was pleased to see pictures, letters of appreciation, and medals given to young citizens, for their assistance to the Police during investigation of crimes.

    In the records section of the museum, the journalist read that on May 7, 1947 the Chief of Police reported the kidnapping of an 8 year old girl, when she was walking home from school. He said that this crime might have gone unresolved if there had been no cooperation between the citizens and the police. Two youths, 11 and 15 years old, witnessed the girl being abducted and took down the registration plate number, PK 5386, of the vehicle used to commit the crime. This led to the immediate arrest of the criminals. The girl was freed and returned to her parents.

    The common practice of the 20th century was to send letters of thanks to the citizens, but the Police Commission decided thate wanted something special to recognize young people who helped the Police department. It was decided that a "Board of Police Commission Medal" should be formed to plan for the presentation in such cases. Medal designers were instructed to enquire as to the design and costs.

The following resolution was presented and passed unanimously. The medal was to be made of bronze with the words "Police Commission Award" on the front side of the medal and the reverse side was to specify the name of the recipient as well as the date of the service rendered and the words "For praiseworthy service in law enforcement". The estimated cost of production of this medal was 250 dollars.

The medal presentation was always made in the office of the Mayor, who also served as  Chairman of the Police Commission. The first ceremony took place on 26th of November, 1947. The medals were awarded to two boys 11 and 15 years old, who reported the abduction of a girl along with vital clues that led to the immediate arrest of the suspects.

    The next award was presented in 1948 on April 15th to a 17 year old male, who had witnessed an armed robbery attempt at a jewelry shop.  The young male began following the gunman. He saw two Police officers and informed them of the circumstances and they were able to arrest the gunman without incident.

    Before publishing the article, the director of the Police magazine asked the journalist to come to his office to brief him about the article. The following conversation is the dialogue between the director of the Police magazine and the journalist.

''WAR CRIMINAL”

On Friday, 28 January 2005 at 07.00 hrs a mobile police patrol started their day shift. Two police officers drove police vehicle Jeep # 864. The first route was from Police Head Quarters towards the fish market.

    At 07.45 hrs the officers saw a crowd of about 20 people on the Main Street of Monrovia, Grid coordinates LG 305-681. The people at the scene were shouting. The Police officers observed that there were two men fighting. Some of the people from the crowd were hitting one of them  whom they believed was guilty. He was bleeding from the head. Police officers decided to stop the car. It was very obvious, that if the police patrol would not stop, the perceived offender’s life would have been in danger.  It was well known from police sources that 95 mob justice cases had been registered during the past 6 months. Many of these cases had fatal results. The fighters and the crowd were acting aggressively and were very excited. Any step made by the police towards the crowd was very dangerous. 

The team leader of the police patrol, using the loud-speaker system warned the mob to stop fighting. It had diverted the attention of the crowd for a moment. There was no time for hesitation. Police officers rushed into the crowd and took the fighters into a police car. Then they drove to the nearest Police station, located at the airport grid reference LG 307-692. On their way, the team leader of the police patrol gave first aid to the victim and bandaged his head. The driver of the patrol car sent a radio message to the Airport Police Station, reporting the fighting case, adding, that they would be arriving at the Police Station in 10 minutes.

When the police patrol arrived to the Police Station the fighters were taken by the duty officer to the interrogation room. The team leader of the patrol car was asked by the commander of the Airport police to proceed to the police station in order to give details as to what had happened.  During interrogation the two men involved in the case were asked why they were fighting. The man with the injured head said, that he was 35 years old, lived on Green Street number 81. He was the employee of the telephone company called “Lone star”. He also stated that he had never seen the offender before. He then said that he left the house at 07.30hrs for work, but was attacked by the offender. He stated that the offender accused him of being a war criminal and then hit him on the head with an iron pipe. Immediately people from neighboring houses rushed to the scene. Then the police arrived to the scene. The Airport police commander asked the patrol team leader to send the driver of the patrol team to the location of the incident and to find the iron pipe for evidence. The driver of the patrol team returned to the scene and found the iron pipe with blood stains, lying on the grass. The Police patrol continued the shift and drove to the forensic laboratory to deliver this exhibit for forensic examination.
 After the shift was over at 19.00 hrs., the team leader of the patrol team and the driver came to their office to write a report about the results of the shift. 

The following conversation is the dialogue between the Team leader of the Police patrol team and the driver of the Police car preparing to write a report.
“SHOOTING INCIDENT”.

    On Monday, 14th of March 2005 two police officers were conducting a mobile patrol between the stadium and the water tower. They drove Police vehicle jeep # 472, red and white in color.  At 12:45 hrs, the Police heard gun shots at grid coordinates LG 315-692. The driver of the police car drove in the direction of the gun fire. On the radiothe team leader requested for a back up. At 13.10 hrs the Police patrol arrived at house # 59 on Stadium Street. The Police saw the barrel of a rifle sticking out from the window of this house, directed towards the street. The officers were not able to see who was holding the rifle because of the window curtain. The back up police unit arrived at 13.20 hrs and surrounded the house. The team leader of the patrol unit loudly gave the verbal command to whoever was in the house to throw the rifle out of the window and walk slowly out of the house with his hands up in the air. No sound or movement came from the house and the rifle remained in the same position.  The team-leader warned the gunman, that if he did not follow the previously given verbal command, the police would open fire. Again, there was no response from inside of the house.

    At 13.30 hours the back-up unit began an assault on the house. As they entered the house, they observed that nobody was there. The rifle was resting on the window with the barrel pointing towards the street and the butt of the rifle was held on the back-rest of a chair. The police made a quick search of the house and discovered that nobody was there.  They found only the rifle, two empty bullet cases on the floor near the window and blood stains on the chair.

    The police did not take anything from the scene, as the forensic group had not arrived.
The team leader and the driver of the patrol car knocked on the door of the neighboring house. After approximately 10 minutes a 60 year old woman opened the door. She was wearing a green dress and a black scarf on her head. She said that she did not want to open the door because she was afraid of the gunfire near the area of her house. She stated that when the shooting started, she counted a total of 7 gunshots. The woman also saw three masked men of a muscular build shooting in the direction of her neighbor’s house. When the gunfire ended, she stated that she saw that masked men took her neighbor from the house and placed him into a gray colored minibus. The witness was sure that they drove towards the airport. She also noticed that her neighbor was wounded and that his right shoulder was bleeding.
The patrol team remained at the scene to secure the evidence while waiting for the arrival of the forensic group.

    The forensic group arrived at the scene at 14.00 hrs. They made a search of the area and found more 5 empty bullet cases near the fence of the house. The forensic team took the rifle, all empty bullet cases and samples of the blood stains removed from the chair into custody for further examinations.
Later in the shift, the patrol unit heard on the radio, that the suspected minibus was stopped at a check point near the Airport. The suspects were arrested and charged for unlawful possession of weapons and kidnapping. The kidnapped man was taken by the airport police to the hospital.

    The following conversation is the dialogue between the chief of police and the team leader of the Police patrol.


“STRANGE VISITOR”.

    Newly appointed Regional Police Chief was expected to report for duty on Monday 28 of March 2005 at 08.00 hrs. Before showing up for duty officially he conceived a plan to check how duty officers in different Police stations perform their duties in an unusual situation.

    On rainy Friday evening at 18.30 hrs on March 25, 2005 he put on civilian clothes and went to the Police station # 5 at grid reference MG 497 – 551. He introduced himself as the director of the “Atlantic pictures” photo studio. The visitor was dressed in brown shoes, gray pants, white shirt and black cloak. At a sight he was about 40 years old, slim built, 175 cm. tall.
He asked the duty officer that he wished to receive a complaint form for the purpose of reporting a citizen’s complaint against a Police officer.

    The male duty officer replied that he could not file a complaint, but he could call and ask investigation officer of the Police station to come and speak regarding the incident. The visitor said that he did not wish to speak with the investigation officer, but would like to receive a complaint form, with which he could document his complaint in writing and forward it to the appropriate agencies. Then he removed a digital voice recorder from his right pocket and asked the duty officer if he could document via audio recorder his refusal to allow him to receive a complaint form.

    This made the duty officer very angry and he told the visitor to leave or he would be arrested. The visitor promptly left the Police Department without revealing the nature of the complaint. He entered his car a white sedan license # MK 5337 and drove towards the regional police headquarters. As the visitor left, the duty officer called the investigation officer at the regional Police HQ on telephone and reported about this strange visitor. At approx. 19.45 hrs of the same evening the complainant stopped his car at the regional Police headquarters, located at Flower Street # 62. He approached the main desk in the duty room and informed the female duty officer that he would like to receive a complaint form for the purpose of reporting a citizen’s complaint against a police officer.

    The duty officer said that this form was not available to visitors, as the Police department policy was that he must first speak to the investigation officer and describe the incident. The Officer would then decide if the complaint was worthy of a report. She called the investigation officer on telephone and after 5 minutes the visitor was invited to his office.
In the investigation room the visitor displayed his documents and revealed that he was the new regional Police Chief.

    The following conversation is the dialogue between the regional Police Chief and the investigation officer.
Handkerchief


“WITNESS”

On Tuesday 1st of June 2005 at 10.00 hours, an incident of mob justice was reported on telephone to the Liberian Central Police Station.  The caller used the emergency 911 telephone number to call, and stated that the incident was still happening on the side of the road next to the supermarket “Green land” situated on UN road number 73. The caller further stated that approximately 50 people were beating a young man with sticks and throwing rocks at him. Immediately, a police patrol unit was dispatched to the scene.

On arrival at the scene at 10.15 hours, the Police patrol officers observed a large crowd of people. Upon arrival of the police, the crowd quickly dispersed. The police saw a man who was still sitting on the ground. This man was holding his hands over head trying to protect the head from receiving new injures. His head and shoulders were bleeding. His pants and shirt were dirty and torn into pieces, so the color of the clothes was barely recognizable. He was about 18 years of age, slim build, approximately 175 centimeters tall with shaved head. The officers immediately notified an ambulance to respond to the location to transport him to the hospital. 

A male approached the Police patrol unit and said that it was him, who called the police about the mob justice case. He said that his name was David; he was 35 years old and resides at Mango Street number 12. He said that the man sitting on the ground was a thief who had stolen a Nokia mobile phone from the mobile telephone shop in which he, the witness, has been working as a technician for the last two years. The witness then pointed to three men all about 25 years old standing at the side of the road. Two men were unarmed and one was armed with a wooden stick. The witness said that he saw that the victim was hit with a wooden stick a number of times by the third suspect.

He stated that these men were the first who caught the thief and beat him with hands and  wooden stick. Immediately people from the street rushed to the scene to punish the thief. Upon seeing the police officers look in their direction, two of the suspects fled in the direction of the shore of the Atlantic Ocean which was not far away. The third suspect dropped the wooden stick and tried to escape in the crowd. He was a black male, approximately 180 centimeters tall, dressed in blue jeans, green shirt and red cap. The bright colors of his clothes and cap made him visible to the police. The Police patrol officers gave a chase and caught the suspect. They also recovered the wooden stick with fresh blood stains.  The other two suspects escaped by running into a motor boat and sped in the Ocean.  The Police patrol officers handcuffed the captured suspect and charged him for assault and causing serious injuries to the victim.
At 10.30hrs, an ambulance arrived and attended to the victim. The doctor said that the he had suffered massive trauma to his head and shoulders caused by rocks and wooden stick.  The injured male was taken to the Central hospital for medical treatment.  The Police patrol unit reported to the Police headquarters with the captured suspect. The witness was requested to come to the police station for interview the same day at 14.30 hrs.
   

          Reading Comprehension        
                          Reading Comprehension-03
Name:                                                                               Time: 15 Minutes                           Marks: 10
Mr. Emir Mikaev comes to the IPTF station Srebrenik and introduces himself as the local leader of the JNA political party. He is also a candidate for the forthcoming parliamentary election. According to his version, he was coming to Srebrenik from Gracantca after attending an election meeting. He was drivein his own car. When he drove about 30 kms away from Srerenik, one police car started chasing his car and forced him to stop. 2 policemen came out of the patrol car and asked him to show the driving license and other car documents. Mr. Emir did accordingly. Policemen took the documents and to his surprise, they refused to return those. Mr. Emir told the policemen that they had no right to take away the documents. Two of his party members who were accompanying him in his car also supported him. The policemen became annoyed with them and told that they would seize the documents. Mr. Emir wanted to know the reason for that. The policemen didn’t pay any attention rather they called another police patrol by radio. Within few minutes another patrol car appeared with 03 policemen. They also supported their colleagues. Later both the police cars left the scene with his driving license and car documents.
After a short discussion, Mr. Emir and his supporters went to the local police station and sought permission to meet the Police Chief. He was told to wait for some time. After about ten minutes, Secretary to the Police Chief told Mr. Emir that the Chief would not meet him. During his stay at the police station, Mr. Emir came to know that Mr. Evan Omolic, His political rival was inside the Police Chief’s room. Mr. Evan is a candidate of SDA party. Mr. Emir believes that his political opponent is behind this police harassment.
Now Mr. Emir requests the IPGTF station to contact the local police immediately so that he can get back his documents immediately. IPTF Duty officer assures him that he will do that. The Duty officer further tells that if the allegation is true he will serve a non-compliance report against the responsible police officers.
                                         Question of Reading Comprehension-03

Name:
Q1:      Which political parties are contesting in the coming election?
Q2:      Why Mr. Emir was in Gracanica?
Q3:      Where Mr. Emir was stopped by police?
Q4:      How many persons were there inside Mr. Emir’s car?
Q5:      Whom Mr. Emir makes responsible for the harassment?
Q6:      What the IPTF officer will do immediately?
Q7:      How many policemen came to the scene?
Q8:      What action will be taken against the police officers?
Q9:      What is the distance between Srebrenik and Gracanica?
Q10:   Which political party held election campaign meeting at Granica?
 
                                                           Reading Comprehension-04

Name:                                                                               Time: 15 Minutes                           Marks: 10
In Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bnajaluka is a regional HQ town and believed to be the capital city of RS, which stands for Republeca Serpska. Majority people in this city are Serb. UN police duty officer at about 1900 hrs received information from the UN Telephone switchboard that an attack and injury incident was in progress in the house of Mr. Ivan Babic, a Serb, house no # 35, on Titovska road. Ms. Bjliana babic was on duty in the switchboard on 18th of October 1999. As per as she stated that the attackers attacked at 1845 hrs, her father a former community leader had been threatening by the current community leader Mr. Ruian Ivo. They told him to leave the area as because they believe that IVAN Babic was actring a role against their community during the war between Serbs and Croats, in the Year 1995. Muslims were in favor of the Croats as well. There were some more Muslims in Banjaluka but very few Croats. Presently almost every Muslim family has left the area except few families in a minority community area. Now Serbs are dominating this area.
UN Police Duty Officer sent a patrol to the scene without delay. UN Police patrol comprising of 2 UN Police one language assistant and two other local Police attended the scene after half an hour from the time of incident. While they were approaching in front of Babic’s house, a Blue colored Jeep had left the place before they reached. Police learned from the victim Ivan Babic that RUIAN IVO the current Serbian Leader along with 3 persons with 2 long barreled and one short arm came to their house and start shooting. They shot anonymous rounds in their living room, no body was injured but furniture and other household were damaged in the incident. Police confiscated four empty cartridges and one black jacket left by the suspects.
 

Question of  Reading Comprehension-04
Name:
Q1:      Who received the information and what action has he taken?
Q2:      Who was injured in the incident?
Q3:      At what time did police attend the scene?
Q4:      How many persons were involved in attacked and what type of arms did they use?
Q5:      When and where did the incident take place?
Q6:      Who is the house owner, give his details?
Q7:      Total how many persons attended the scene?
Q8:      Who were involved in the war and in which year?
Q9:      Who informed the incident to UN police?
Q10:   What is Banjaluka believed to be?
 
                            Reading Comprehension-05
Name:                                                                               Time: 15 Minutes                           Marks: 10

Slobodan Ahamadia a Bosnian Muslim. He lives in a village named Plavska house #32 at Timara Sai road. During the war in 1995 he along with his wife Ms. Batina Ahmadia and two sons left their house that was owned by his wife. He was brought up in this area since he was born. He was a trader used to buy spare parts of Zastava car and sold in the market in the city center. He was a prominent businessman in the area. He never did anything harmful to his opponent ethnic group.
His son Ibdan Ahmadia was involved in organizing the Muslims to protect themselves during the ethnic conflicts in Bosnia & Herzegovina, but never hurt anyone. While the conflict was intensified and Muslims were leaving the area due to his son’s act, he along with his family members was compelled to leave the area.
They went to Austria for shelter and came back after four years when the situation became normal. While checking their house they found that one family occupied their house. He spoke with the present occupant who stated that they would not vacate the house in any case. Slobodan went to meet and negotiate with the present occupant again but in vain. Instead of a favor he was threatened and was told not to come to him any more.
In January 2000 he went to the Municipality and made a complaint about his housing problem. The officer responsible for refugees and housing problem advised him not to worry. He was waiting for a result from the municipality. He along with his family members took shelter with one of his relatives in a small house. After few days he went to see the municipality officer but did not get any result. Advised by his relative, he went to UN police station and asked help for getting his house back. UN police officer Steven along with the complainant went to municipality and spoke with the housing officer. Housing officer assured the UN police officer that the problem will be solved and a decision in favor of the complainant would be made by the next week.
 

                                              Question of Reading Comprehension-05
Name:
Q1:      What did Mr. Slobodan deal with?
Q2:      What compelled the complainant to leave his house?
Q3:      What is the name of the house owner?
Q4:      When did the complainant leave their house?
Q5:      What was the outcome of the complainant’s visit and negotiation with the current house        occupant?
Q6:      In which year did the complainant come back to their area?
Q7:      What is the address of the house in problem?
Q8:      When did the complainant leave the house and where did he take shelter?
Q9:      How many times did the complainant visit the municipality?
Q10:   Was the complainant harmful to his opponent ethnic group?
 
                                                     Reading Comprehension-06

Name:                                                                               Time: 15 Minutes                           Marks: 10
Housing department of the Municipality is responsible for taking care of housing problems in GORAZDE Municipal area. The Minister for refugees is supervising the rehabilitation program as over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. ADLIZ HOMARIA left his house during the war in 1995 due to a threatening and shooting incident occurred at his house in October 1995. He is a Serb by ethnic. His wife and 2 children together with him left GORAZDE for BELGRADE for shelter after they were declared refugees from GORAZDE.
On October the 13th 1995, at about 1900 hrs Mr. ADLIZ with his ass-family members were enjoying television in his living room. All on a sudden 4-masked persons armed with 2 long barreled guns attacked his house. Their motive was to compel Mr. ADLIZ to leave that house, which was at 35, Bosanski Road, GORAZDE. They shot 4/5 rounds around their living room and shouted why ADLIZ did not leave the house as they told him 2 weeks ago. After a few minuets they left the place with a blue-colored jeep. Police was informed and they visited the scene. They found 5 used empty cartridges of caliber 7.65 mm weapon. Nobody was injured in the incident but their TV, CD player and some furniture were damaged in the shooting.
Follow up-01:
As they were busy in some other jobs police revisited the scene after two days and taken statement of 3 witnesses. Furthermore they found 2 more used empty cartridges. Police learnt from the victim that those culprits had threatened them a few days back to leave the house and the area otherwise they would burn their house and would kill them. So, they had to leave the house and went to Belgrade for shelter.
Follow up-02:
Mr. ADLIZ came back after the war. Now the situation is calm and he thinks it is safe to leave in this area now. But he found that some Muslim family occupies his house. He went to Municipality for seeking help to reoccupy or get his house back in his possession.
                                          Question of Reading Comprehension-06

Name:
Q1:      How many persons of victim family were present at the time of incident?
Q2:      On what date and time did the incident take place?
Q3:      How many used empty cartridges were found in the scene?
Q4:      How many people were injured in the incident?
Q5:      Where did the incident take place?
Q6:      What would happen if the complainant did not leave the house?
Q7:      How many culprits were involved in the incident?
Q8:      What was the caliber of weapon that had been used?
Q9:      What were damaged in the incident?
Q10:   On what date police visited the house again and what action was taken by them?

Reading Comprehension-07
Name:                                                                               Time: 15 Minutes                           Marks: 10
On 15th September 2001 Monday at about 1900 hrs Mr. MOHABIA ABDUL with his all family members were going to shopping at BOSNA PLAZA BANJALUKA. All on a sudden five masked persons armed with long barreled gun and two other of them in the car in a group attacked MOHABIA. Their motive was to compel Mr. MOHABIA to leave that area. He was living in House # 35 PADAGRASKA ROAD BANJA LUKA. He was one of the Muslim minority community leaders in that area. Serb local leaders believe that he was one of the key persons who motivated the Muslims in that area against the Serbs. Serb leaders told him to leave the area 3 weeks ago. MOHABIA was brought up in this area since their born. He did not want to leave the area as because that was his place of born. Further he didn’t have bad relation with any one especially in the Serb community. But while the ethnic problems were in progress between the Muslims and SERV in BNJA LUKA, they warned him to leave the place otherwise he would face trouble even the risk of life. MOHABLIA’S refusal of leaving the area brought him under this attack. They fired 4/5 rounds at MOHAIBIA and his family members. As a result of the shooting MOHAIBIA has got 3 shots on his leg and one on the chest, both his son and wife got one shot on leg. Police was informed and they arrived in the scene immediately. They took the injured persons to the hospital where the victim was under treatment for 5 days. Police has taken his statement at the hospital after 2 days from the incident. Police has informed the victim that they have arrested one of the culprits named GORAN VOIC, a Serb, aged about 24 years.
Follow up:
On 17th September Police Investigation team visited the victim’s house. They have taken statement from victim’s son and wife about the incident. The wife told Police that her husband was threatened by some Serb leaders few weeks back. As the victim was resident of the area by birth he never cares about the ethnic problem. On the date of incident the culprits did not give any opportunity to shout from a short distance and it stopped the culprit from shooting, so that has saved our life.
 
Question of Reading Comprehension-07
Name:
Q1:      What brings the victim under attack?
Q2:      On what date and time did the incident take place?
Q3:      How many shots did victim get on his leg?
Q4:      Where ht victim was going at the time of incident?
Q5:      What properties were damaged at the time of incident?
Q6:      When did the incident take place?
Q7:      When did the investigation unit visit victim’s house?
Q8:      How many shots were fired towards the victim?
Q9:      What is the ethnicity of the arrested person?
Q10:   How many persons were involved in attacking victim, mentioning firearms used?



          Novak Djokovic is 2011 Wimbledon Champion & Undoubtedly Men's No. 1 Tennis Player        
Novak Djokovic IS Wimbledon champion and along with that comes the much deserved validation - being the no. 1 rated men's tennis player in the world today and in 2011.

First wimbledon singles title
2nd Australian Open title
Eight Titles (total in 2011 so far)
48 - 1 record in 2011 (so far)
41 wins to start 2011 season


2011 Wimbledon Men's Singles Champion
Novak Djokovic
Image grabbed from Busted Racquet Photo Gallery

New wimbledon champ, Novak Djokovic of Serbia (SRB) dethroned defending champ and former no. 1, Rafael Nadal of Spain (ESP) 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.

The newly-crowned champ, tasted wimbledon grass and gave away Novak Djokovic rackets as part of his celebration for his most recent triumph.

Djokovic's recent victory is his fifth against the great Nadal. Djokovic has turned to become the wall to Nadal's success this year, denying the spaniard 5 titles. Djokovic now owns Nadal as Nadal has owned my Federer in their head-to-head match-ups.

Now, that Djokovic tasted a wimbledon men single's title, and the wimbledon grass for that matter, he would surely be hungry for more.

Congrats, Nole!

          Monster Djokovic        
Rafael Nadal said this about Novak Djokovic moments after Djokovic beat him at the 2011 Madrid Open final.
"I came up against a great player obviously -- he's having a monster year,".
When you've just beaten the top ranked tennis player in the men's tour, the greatest clay court tennis player in history, in straight sets and in his home soil, that clinches it. Djokovic is looking like a monster on the tennis court.

[Thanks, Rafa. I'm running out of apt adjectives for blog titles about Djokovic.]

Novak Djokovic's season remained perfect but beating Rafael Nadal for a title on the clay surface is the better headline. Djokovic won the Madrid Open title by dealing a rare loss to Nadal on clay, 7-5, 6-4.


The way he's playing and the confidence of beating Nadal on their last 3 finals clash, augurs well for Djokovic' chances at this year's French Open. The way I see it, Djokovic has better chance of toppling Nadal on his favorite grand slam tourmanent than Federer had on his prime.

Djokovic remains unbeaten in 2011 (30-0). He defeated Nadal for the third straight time in a finals. The Madrid Open is his 6th title of the year including the Australian Open, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, BNP Paribas Open, Sony Ericsson Open and the Serbia Open. It includes three straight wins against Nadal and Federer.

Tennis fans should look forward to Djokovic matching or breaking John McEnroe's record of 42 straight wins at the start of the 1980 tennis tour.

To match the record, Djokovic should capture his next tournament, Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, and reach the semifinals of the French Open. Coincidentally, Djokovic can break it by winning the French Open.

By then, I need to come up with another adjective.



* Somewhere out there, I know that Ate Gigie is smiling pretty because she's a big Novak Djokovic fan.

          Novak Djokovic on fire in 2011, Adds BNP Open        
Novak Djokovic is, in basketball parlance, on fire.

2011 is shaping out to be Djokovic' year, seemingly at the expense of Roger Federer, to the gloom of die hard fans like me.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic on Fire
Image from tennis-wallpapers.net

Over last week, I was keeping tab on the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. I fought the urge to blog about it because Roger Federer is playing & I do not want to jinx him.

I was doing my regular online sports browsing this morning when I learned that Novak just won the BNP Paribas Open championship over world no. 1 Rafael Nadal, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.


2011 is heaven for Djokovic.
To the sadness of Federer, die hard fans like me, Novak now seemed to have Federer's number.

Federer, my good ol' great Federer. I don't think he suffers a dip. It is just that his opponents improved over the times he was giving them a beating on the tennis court.

If these achievements come down to Novak's confidence, it probably came from leading Serbia to the Davis cup title at the end of last year.

Well, the good thing. Roger Federer will playing for Switzerland in the Davis Cup July this year. :)


          Amateur Serbian Punk Blonde Moaning While Being Fucked        
Watch Amateur Serbian Punk Blonde Moaning While Being Fucked on rnoPo.com - free hardcore porn videos and amateur sex tapes.
          (DF) Deputy PM Zaharieva Confers with Serbian Justice Minister Kuburovic        
July 25 (BTA) - On the second day of her visit to Serbia, Deputy Prime Minister for judicial reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva conferred in Belgrade on Tuesday with Serbian Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.
          (DF) Deputy PM Zaharieva Confers with Serbian Justice Minister Kuburovic        
July 25 (BTA) - On the second day of her visit to Serbia, Deputy Prime Minister for judicial reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva conferred in Belgrade on Tuesday with Serbian Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.
          Ð¯ тебе кохаю        
Afrikaans - Ek is lief vir jou!
Albanian - Te dua!
Amharic - Afekrishalehou!
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!
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Croatian - Volim te!
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English - I love you!
Esperanto - Mi amas vin!
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!
Japanese - Kimi o ai shiteru!
Korean - Dangsinul saranghee yo!
Latin - Te amo!
Latvian - Es tevi milu!
Lithuanian - As tave myliu!
Malaysian - Saya cintamu!
Mandarin - Wo ai ni!
Marshallese - Yokwe Yuk!
Norwegian - Jeg elsker deg!
Polish - Kocham ciebie!
Portuguese - Eu te amo!
Romanian - Te iubesc!
Russian - Ya tyebya lyublyu!
Sanskrit - twayi snihyaami
Serbian - Volim te!
Sesotho - Kiyahurata!
Slovak - Lubim ta!
Slovenian - Ljubim te!
Spanish - Te quiero!
Swahili - Nakupenda!
Swedish - Jag alskar dig!
Tagalog - Mahal kita!
Thai - Phom rug khun (Male speaker) Chan rug khun (Female speaker)
Turkish - Seni seviyorum!
Ukrainian - Ya tebe kokhayu!
Urdu - Main tumse muhabbat karta hoon!
Vietnamese - Anh yeu em (m to f), Em yeu an (f to m)
Welsh - Rwy'n dy garu di!
Yiddish - Kh'hob dikh lib!
Zulu - Ngiyakuthanda!




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          Serbia zanotowała 150 proc. wzrostu eksportu żywności do Rosji        
Jak twierdzi serbski ambasador w Rosji, Slavenko Terzic, dostawy niektórych produktów rolno-spożywczych z Serbii do Rosji wzrosły niemal o 150 proc. po wprowadzeniu embarga na żywność pochodzącą z krajów Unii Europejskiej – podaje fruit-inform.com.
          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.
          World Cup Sounds #26: Serbia        
As we wait with biated breath for the semi-finals of the World Cup, here’s an absolutely cracking stat for you – if either Germany or Spain go on to win the tournament (which, with no offence intended to Nagrarok, they probably will), then the only team in the entire tournament to be unbeaten will be […]
          EU truths and untruths        
With the UK now voting as to whether it remains in the EU or stirs up what has been described as "the biggest change in European politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall" (although the war in Yugoslavia and the first genocide since the Nazis ought to come close), I thought I'd run through some of the claims of both sides that are intellectually dishonest.

Remain

3 million jobs are linked to trade with the EU: Well yes, but then nobody is saying trade with the EU will end and nobody campaigning to leave wants inferior trading conditions.  The European Free Trade Association provides free trade with the EU, with Switzerland, Norway and Iceland all members.  The idea that leaving the EU means 3 millions jobs are at risk is a gross exaggeration.   However, if the EU is bloody minded and puts up tariff barriers equivalent to what it does for the rest of the world. it is a 4% average tariff on UK trade to the EU, which is negative for jobs, but hardly a huge risk. 

If the UK leaves the EU, you might need a visa to visit the EU: Nonsense.  You don't need a visa to visit the EU from the US, Canada, Australia, NZ or any of the EFTA member states.  What would change is having the right to live there.  Given those wanting to leave mostly want to end the free movement of people, that could be a concern for some. 

Leaving the EU will create a recession: No it wont.  The worst estimates are a small reduction in economic growth, but the long run estimates are a 6% long term slowing of growth if the UK gets the most inferior trading conditions likely with the EU (and assuming the UK has no free trade agreements with any other countries, like the US, Japan and China).  It also assumes the UK does not cut any EU regulation out at all.  In short, the Treasury estimates used by the Government of a recession are based on leaving the EU, and not taking advantage of the new freedom to trade and freedom to relieve the economy of EU Directives that impose costs on growth.

The EU means food, petrol, flights, energy and mobile phone charges are lower: Unmitigated rubbish, quite the opposite.  The EU Common Agricultural Policy inflates the price of food in the EU by 17% over market prices.  The EU legally requires all Member States to tax petrol by at least around 32p/l (but the UK government taxes it at 80% more than that).  The Single Aviation Market goes beyond the EU, with many non-EU countries as participants.  Norwegian Airlines has grown rapidly in the past couple of years, expanding long haul flights between the UK and US.  Norway is not in the EU. The EU inflates energy prices, by requiring minimum levels of taxation on gas and electricity bills, and imposing renewable energy obligations on member states.  Yes mobile roaming in the EU is lower than it would have been had the EU not enforced it, but it's clear EU protectionism and "normalisation" of regulations imposes costs on consumers. 

The £10 billion paid into the EU is "returned' many times over: No it's not.  What is returned is free trade, which should never be at the cost of paying for farming subsidies or infrastructure investment in other countries.  Leaving the EU doesn't mean an end to trading with the EU. 

The EU has 50 trade agreements we lose access to:  Many of which are with micro-states/territories, like San Marino, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Faroe Islands, Guernsey.  The only significant economies with deals are Mexico, South Africa and South Korea.  The UK could readily negotiate during the transition deals easily as good or better, as the main forces for protectionism in trade are the likes of France.

Staying in means reform:  That's highly unlikely.  David Cameron couldn't even get all the reforms he asked for with a threat of Brexit (which clearly the EU saw through as being unlikely), why would it happen after a vote to Remain?  The UK holds 9% of the MEP seats in the European Parliament, and although it is a significant contributor, reform is sclerotic.  The EU hasn't significantly cut back any of its activities and always finds new ones.  It is a political project of integration, and shows little sign of ever caring what is thought of it.

David Cameron's deal means unemployed EU migrants can be deported:  No, they can't. EU citizens can't be deported from Member States unless they are a threat to national security or criminals.  

Leave

Leaving the EU will fix the immigration "problem":  Assuming the problem is too many immigrant, and the failure of the Government to cut annual immigration to less than 100,000 people, leaving the EU will enable the UK to ration EU immigration like it does for non-EU.  However, non- EU immigration is already over 150,000 per annum.  Nobody is saying Brexit means deporting immigrants (thankfully).  Most concerns over immigration are perceptions about access to taxpayer provided services, and more often than not reflect the bankruptcy of the world's biggest health bureaucracy, which is treated as a religion never to be reformed (NHS), the bizarre legal obligation of all local authorities to ensure anyone who lives in the UK has housing (including rooms in hotels paid for by taxpayers), the open access to compulsory education and the sclerotic way the UK restrains supply of housing and roads.   Leaving the EU wont solve any of that, but then those wanting to stay in the EU are also devoid of responses to what are more fundamental problems.  

Turkey is joining soon: No it's not.  Notwithstanding David Cameron's hypocrisy over the issue, it is difficult to see Cyprus accepting Turkey until there is settlement over northern Cyprus, or Greece accepting Turkey until Turkey secures its southern borders with Syria and Iraq.  However, Serbia, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia and Albania will all likely be members within 10 years.

Money saved will be spent on the NHS:  Well the half that is a rebate and is current subsidies wont change, although there is a chance to make some serious saving there.  The rest?  Well it can go on many things, but there is a case for simply cutting the deficit by £10 billion a year.  After all, despite George Osborne's platitudes, the UK government is still overspending.  What happens with the money is up to the government.  The Leave campaign is not the government.  Yes leaving the EU wont save £350 million a week, more like half that, but the rebate is not set in a treaty, and the spending 

UK will be drawn into the Euro and ever closer union: The UK has a treaty opt-out of the Euro and has to agree to treaties for ever closer union, but it wont mean it doesn't face the costs of ever closer union.  That will depend on future negotiations.

The UK can get trade access as good as the Single Market without free movement of people:  This is unlikely, simply because it would mean the Single Market is undermined and would be a massive backtracking of the principles of the EU.  Signing up to EFTA or the EEA will mean some compromise on this.

          NZ Herald wrong about EU referendum        
The NZ Herald has decided that it thinks the UK should stay in the EU, but its editorial on the issue is  woeful, it misses the point and is dotted with errors.  There is nothing in the editorial about the key problems with EU membership, around how EU laws are developed undemocratically (introduced by the European Council, MEPs can't introduce legislation), how the EU is inordinately wasteful including on policies that harm New Zealand's economy (including the Common Agricultural Policy) and harm developing countries.  Nothing about the protectionism of the EU slowing the ability of the UK to trade freely with growing economies in Asia and Latin America.  

New Zealand has full control over its trade policy, its domestic regulations and immigration policy, but the UK does not have the same at all.

It's not true that no country has ever left the EU, Greenland did.  Now that's not anything remotely on the scale of the UK.  Of course, neither did the NZ Herald point out that Switzerland, Norway and Iceland all have thrived outside the EU.  The EU is not Europe as much as it likes to think that it is.  

It's true that Brexit could encourage a break up of the EU, but is that necessarily a bad thing? An unwieldy arrogant technocratic organisation that failed miserably to deal with the refugee crisis, was paralysed by the breakup of Yugoslavia, unable to agree on acting until the US intervened to stop Serbia deporting Kosovan Albanians.  The spectre that European countries will wage war on each other when they have functioning liberal democracies with extensive trade and travel with each other. 

Yet the Herald editorial paints the picture that Brexit somehow increases the chance of Russia invading the EU? Why?  NATO provides the security guarantee for its members, it isn't weakened by the UK leaving the EU - at all.  Why would it matter?

The claim that Scotland will leave the UK after a Brexit vote is also rather fatuous.  Polls on Scottish independence still say 55% would vote to stay in the UK, and there is little reason why the UK Government would hold another referendum on Scottish independence.  It's highly presumptive to think Brexit means Scottish independence.

Finally, yes it is immigration that is motivating many voters to want to leave the EU, but not immigration from outside the EU, it is concern that free movement will overcrowd the country, keep down wages and overwhelm government provided services. 

However, for me, it is because the EU is a sclerotic unaccountable project that keeps the UK in chains, it also subsidises unfair competition to New Zealand producers in world markets and restricts sales of many NZ products into the EU.




          Libertarian position on the EU Referendum        
On 23rd June, the UK will vote on whether to remain in or leave the EU.  I'm voting to leave the EU, and believe that, on balance, those who believe in individual liberty including free trade should strongly support leaving the EU.

Bizarrely, Prime Minister David Cameron, having campaigned for a referendum, is now claiming that a vote for the UK to leave would trigger recession, economic catastrophe and even risk future war.  He’s been asked why he bothered putting the UK through such a risk, particularly since only months ago he said the UK would “do ok”.    Now both the Tory Government, most of the Labour Party and virtually all Liberal Democrats, Scottish and Welsh Nationalists and the Greens are all campaigning to remain in the EU, whereas the campaign to leave is led by Boris Johnson,  Michael Gove, nearly half of Conservative MPs, a handful of Labour MPs and UKIP.

The two main planks of the Remain camp are first that leaving the EU Single Market would damage the economy, and they cite many economists, the IMF, World Bank and OECD who all support this, along with some major business leaders and companies.  The second claim is that leaving the EU “lessens Britain” and isolates it, and means the UK loses influence. 

The Leave campaign has a few key messages.  One is that it will save £350m a week from not contributing to the EU (although that excludes receipts from EU programmes to the UK and Thatcher’s rebate, which could be removed at any time).  Secondly, is that leaving the EU will return sovereignty to the British Government, rather than the EU, which passes laws, even if all British MEPs oppose them, imposing them on the UK.  Thirdly, is concern that immigration cannot be effectively controlled whilst there is free movement and full rights for all EU citizens to reside in the UK.

For a libertarian, the EU referendum does mean a trade off.   Indeed, the only two elements of the EU that are pro-freedom are the single market and free movement of people.

EU Membership does provide a single market of over 550 million people, for goods if not for services.  However, it is a customs union that is highly protectionist, and has for decades been one of the biggest objectors to global free trade in agriculture and in many services at the WTO, particularly because France is consistently resistant to trade liberalisation.   Much is made of the EU signing “trade deals” with other countries, but it rarely includes services and never includes agriculture.   Nick Clegg likes to describe the many years and reams of paper needed for the EU to reach trade agreements with the likes of Canada, as if this is the norm (and a burden the UK would have to bear with other countries if outside the EU).  Yet this is quite unnecessary.  New Zealand and Australia agreed on free trade (CER) in less than four years, with a relatively simple agreement.  The only reason free trade agreements become complex is when one of the parties wants exemptions – not actually wanting free trade. 

The second libertarian element of the EU is the free movement of people.  The ability to cross borders virtually unimpeded is of significant value, but it is unconditional.  No EU Member states have the ability to shut out other EU citizens if they have been convicted of any serious offences.   I am not from the camp that believes that free movement within the EU is inherently bad, but I do believe countries should be able to exclude foreign nationals who are proven violent criminals.  The UK's immigration problems are in part, its own fault.  Its health system is the world's biggest civilian bureaucracy that makes feeble attempts to restrict non-national usage and asks nothing of users in terms of financial contributions.  Anyone with legal residency in the UK has access to the welfare state (including generous tax credits for low income workers and child benefits), to taxpayer funded education for their children and access to publicly subsidised housing (indeed there is a "legal right" to housing in the UK, paid for by others).   

In short, the UK has a welfare state edifice that is attractive to migrants with low skills, especially coming from much poorer countries with inferior health, education and housing provision.   If it wants to reduce immigration, it ought to look in the mirror.

Furthermore, as journalist Rod Liddle said at a Spectator hosted event on June 13th, eastern Europeans don't pose an existential threat to western civilisation or to the values of individual freedom that give cause to be concerned about Islamism.  As much as some are concerned about Polish migration to Britain, they integrate, they embrace the values of a developed Western liberal democracy, they set up businesses, they are not demanding media not offend them with threats of violence. Notwithstanding the distortions caused by the UK's wider welfare state, I am not concerned about migration from eastern European, as long as prudent measures are made to exclude convicted violent criminals.

However, the freedom of movement and freedom of trade within the single market do not, for me, outweigh what's wrong with the EU:

- It is a massive exercise in regulation and legal control on almost all areas of the economy.  The EU has over 10,000 Directives on anything from standards for fruit and vegetables, to blowtorches, to light bulbs, to employment.  It is a huge corporatist system that imposes major compliance costs on businesses, restricting new entry and restraining innovation.  Most explicitly, the EU has prohibited the use of genetically modified organisms in agriculture, ensuring that research and development of GM technology outside laboratories is based in the US and Asia, not Europe.

- Its budget is dominated by the protectionist racket known as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  The CAP inflates the price of food for Europeans by heavily restricting imports from more efficient producers from many countries, including New Zealand, and subsidises overproduction in Europe which is then exported undermining market prices in other countries including poor producers in developing countries.  The CAP impoverishes farmers in poor countries, whilst the EU engages in pious virtue signalling about how much it cares about inequality.  The CAP itself isn't even equal in Europe, as it would have gone bankrupt had eastern European producers been subsidised at the same rates as those in western Europe, so perversely farmers in the EU's poorest countries (e.g. Bulgaria) receive subsidies one-third lower than those in its richest countries (e.g. Luxembourg).

- The EU takes £10 billion a year of British taxpayers' money more than it returns (and most of what it returns is to prop up farmers, to fund research projects or pious regional development projects).  That is money currently borrowed from future taxpayers.  It should end to help balance the budget.  The ludicrous idea that this is the "price for accessing the single market" is absurd.  Free trade does not need to be accompanied by massive subsidy schemes for small parts of the EU economy or politically motivated infrastructure, research or vanity projects (such as Galileo - the EU's complete duplication of the US GPS system, under the nonsensical basis that the US might "shut it down one day").  Furthermore, the majority of EU Member States are not net contributors, and until the past three years neither was France (primarily because it takes so much back in subsidies to prop up its 19th century farming sector).

- The EU is fundamentally authoritarian in instinct, having contempt for the democratically expressed choices of EU Member State voters (the EU President recently said that certain political parties would "not be allowed" to have power if they won elections in EU Member States, such as the Freedom Party in Austria).  The EU's utter failure to provide any discipline on spending in some Euro-member states and contempt for popular revolt at the resulting economic collapse reflects its distance from the concerns of Europeans.  Notably, it has taken few steps to address Hungary's creeping authoritarianism as its government subverts much of its media to support its own propaganda.

- Members of the European Parliament have no powers at all to introduce new legislation including legislation to abolish existing Directives.  Only the European Council can introduce draft legislation into the European Parliament, and the Council is comprised of people appointed by Member State Governments.  The closest the EU gets to accountability is that MEPs can vote to oppose the passage of draft directives, but none can propose their own new legislation.

- The European Commission budget has been found to be materially in error every year for the past 18 years, most recently by 3.9%, or around €5 billion.  This is in part because of the complexities of its spending programs there is considerable scope for fraud and mistake.  Never mind, the EU just keeps asking for more money.

- The EU never cuts its budget, ever.  Every year it asks for more and more, it never ceases to undertake any functions, it never seeks to hand back powers to Member States.  It grows inexorably.  Ten years ago it didn't have a common Foreign Policy, it is now discussing haviuniong an EU Army.  Bear in mind this growth continues in spite of it telling the likes of Greece and Spain that they need to cut spending to balance their budgets.

- The EU falsely claims it is responsible for peace in Europe amongst its Member States, ignoring not only the role of NATO in deterring war with the Soviet Union, but also the more fundamental principle that liberal democracies don't go to war with each other.  The EU got in the way of addressing the war in the Balkans in the 1990s as it opposed letting the Bosnian Muslims arm themselves to respond to the Serbian ultra-nationalist genocide being led by Radovan Karadzic, it has been divided over Ukraine.

- The EU attracts mediocre political appointees to have considerable power over us all.  The UK supplied the second Foreign Minister, Catherine Ashton, a Labour Party member, unionist and former peer (i.e. never elected) who had no foreign policy background.  Failed UK Labour Leader Neil Kinnock built a long career for himself and his family in the EU.  

- The EU has attacked free speech by requiring Google to remove content from searches that EU citizens specifically request as being the "right to be forgotten" .  More recently it has sought to have a common approach to "hate speech", including a call to restrict "disrespectful public discourse".  Fuck off you arseholes.

- The EU project's ultimate end game is a European superstate with power over taxation, national budgets and a massive programme to "harmonise" the regulation of all industries and sectors as one.  This superstate will not be interested in reducing what it does, granting more freedoms to its citizens and reducing its burden on taxpayers, rather the contrary.

Supporters of the Vote Leave campaign have produced this movie below, which is being freely distributed.




I have already cast my postal vote to leave and no, I don't take the views of President Obama, John Key, the IMF, World Bank,  UN Secretary General or others into account.  I don't expect any government or any international organisation to risk their own trade and relationships with the world's largest economy (the EU) by supporting the UK leaving.   Most bizarrely, it is odd that President Obama would ask the UK to stay in a political union that the US itself would never bind itself to even if it could, given the US itself refuses to sign up to many international treaties because it doesn't want its sovereignty restrained.

However, let's be very clear what leaving the UK does not mean:

The campaign to leave the EU is not led by those who want the UK to be isolated and protectionist: Unlike the opposition to the UK's original EEC Membership in 1975, those who lead the campaign to leave the EU now are not primarily socialists who feel threatened by foreign competition.  They are advocates of free and open trade with the rest of the world.   They are dominated by concerns that UK's national sovereignty is eroded by the EU and that the EU is wasteful, sclerotic, inefficient and dismissive of individual freedoms and people's concerns about it.

Leaving the EU is not "ending co-operation": Over 160 countries in the world co-operate on a vast number of matters.   Switzerland, Norway and Iceland are not in the EU, all trade freely with it and work with it and each other and other states, without being tied to the EU project.

Leaving the EU is not racist:  By illiberal-leftwing standards, the EU itself may be deemed racist with its trade policy that harnesses protectionism and European taxpayers' money to harm producers in developing countries.  Those advocating for Brexit want an immigration policy that does not favour EU citizens from non-EU citizens, which would appear to be anything but racist.

Leaving the EU is not "leaving" or "turning our back on Europe":  The EU is not Europe, it is a political-customs union project.  The UK has been at the heart of advocating values of freedom, civil liberties, liberal democracy, rule of law and separation of powers in Europe for much longer than any other countries in Europe.  It is understandable why some countries with recent totalitarian pasts would see the EU as a project that may enable them to move on from unspeakable horrors and oppression, but the UK does not have such a path.  UK outside the EU would trade, travel and work closely with European countries, with continued migration and investment, it simply wouldn't be shackled to how the EU wants Europeans to interact.

Leaving the EU is not seeking a return to a "golden age": Far from it, it is seeking to regain full sovereignty over UK laws to create a more dynamic, outward looking Britain that isn't dependent on the EU for freer trade with the rest of the world.  No one harks back to Empire, some say Brexit will enable trading relationship with the Commonwealth to be revitalised, but few see a future of self-sufficiency and exclusion.

So I have voted to Leave.  I know if it happens, the pound will drop, the FTSE100 will drop and there will be panic.  I also know that there are strong calls for Brexit to mean a significant toughening of immigration policy, which I largely oppose.  I also know there is chance the UK will be blocked from the single market for some time, as the EU and major EU Member States seek to punish the UK for leaving, rather than look at themselves as to why that might be.

However, I am also hopeful and optimistic that the world's 5th largest economy can be more outward looking, can liberalise its economy, can reprioritise its net contribution to the EU by cutting its budget deficit and replacing the subsidy programmes it receives now and phase them out.  I am hopeful that the UK can show the EU that it should be more dynamic, open and prosperous, stimulating the sort of reforms EU Member States desperately need.  I am also hopeful that the charlatan, the PR spin doctor Prime Minister, David Cameron, can finally retire, and the UK can have a government that doesn't look like the Labour Party stayed in power after 2010.

          Lezet – Intimate        
ET115

Lezet

“Intimate”

We are so happy to release another Lezet’s work on Etched Traumas.
Lezet is Igor Jovanovic and comes from Požega, Serbia. Lezet is an one-man experimental music project in 2005 and he has released more than 45 albums. “Someone’s comment about the sound of Lezet (Igor Jovanović) was ‘like Zorn without saxophone’…And indeed, Lezet’s work could remind the results of “the game theory”, which John Zorn exercised on his debut “Locus Solus”, for example…The fact that Lezet doesn’t use only live instruments will probably disconnect it from the avant garde free jazz scene, but I suppose the coming under some specific style wasn’t the intent in this case anyway. It’s about free experiments with sound captures in search for the surprises. And it can’t be pretentious as such…” (extract taken from the “Black Syrup” zine #2 (Serbia, 2007)).

An Etched Traumas release ET115 July 2017

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          ÐœÐ¸Ð½ÑÐº – Загреб – Братислава        
Словнафт-арена в БратиславеВ МИНСК
Поезд 131БА Вагон 03, отправление 12.01 в 22:25, прибытие 13.01 в 08:12

В МИНСКЕ
Нигде не останавливаюсь, к друзьям заеду, наверное.

ИЗ МИНСКА В ЗАГРЕБ
Самолёт Aeroflot, рейс SU1835, вылет 14.01 в 05:50 из Минска, прибытие 14.01 в 07:10 в Шереметьево терминал D
Пересадка на самолёт Aeroflot, рейс SU2040, вылет в 9:00 из Шереметьево терминал E, прибытие в 10:15 в Загреб

В ЗАГРЕБЕ
Swanky Mint Hostel www.booking.com/hotel/hr/swanky-mint.ru.html?sid=f678e61d04f515ab3542a55d2a830240;dcid=2
На 14 января приобретён билет в театр на оперу Чайковского “Евгений Онегин”.

ИЗ ЗАГРЕБА В БРАТИСЛАВУ
Автобус от автовокзала Загреба, отправление 16.01 в 6:00, прибытие в Вену в 11:00. Пересадка на автобус до Братиславы (билеты не брал, на месте сориентируюсь).

В БРАТИСЛАВЕ
Botel Gracia www.booking.com/hotel/sk/botel-gracia.ru.html?sid=f678e61d04f515ab3542a55d2a830240;dcid=2
На 16 января приобретён билет в Словацкий Национальный театр на балет по “Буре” Шекспира.

ИЗ БРАТИСЛАВЫ В ВЕНУ
Автобусом утром 19.01.
Два дня в Вене в Pension Mozart www.booking.com/hotel/at/mozart.ru.html?sid=f678e61d04f515ab3542a55d2a830240;dcid=2

В МОСКВУ ЧЕРЕЗ БЕЛГРАД
Самолёт Air Serbia, рейс JU-601, вылет 21.01 в 09:25 из Вены, прибытие в Белград, Терминал 2 в 10:45.
Пересадка в Белграде 12 часов 35 минут, за это время планирую осмотреть город.
Самолёт Air Serbia, рейс JU-656, вылет 21.01 в 23:20 из Белграда, прибытие в Москву, Шереметьево, Терминал F 22.01 в 04:10.
          Liverpool sign Serbian teenager Grujic from Red Star Belgrade        

Juergen Klopp made his first signing as Liverpool manager on Wednesday, bringing in teenage Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade.


          Volley World Gran Prix Donne: terza giornata dei gironi, si definiscono le semifinali        

Volley World Gran Prix Donne: terza giornata dei gironi, si definiscono le semifinali
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Ultima giornata dei gironi della fase finale del World Gran Prix Donne di Volley. Già definite le squadre che passeranno il turno nel gruppo K. Due sfide in programma, utili a definire gli accoppiamenti delle semifinali.

Serbia-Italia è la prima sfida. Resta da decidere solo chi passerà il girone come prima: le azzurre, infatti, battendo 3-1 l'USA hanno estromesso le americane, giocandosi ora il primato con la Serbia. Chi vince conquista il girone.

Cina-Olanda è la seconda sfida, l'ultima dei gironi della fase finale del World Gran Prix Donne di Volley. All'Olanda serve una vittoria per passare in semifinale, vista la sconfitta per 3-2 contro il Brasile. La classifica dice: Cina 3, Brasile 2, Olanda 1. Le campionesse olimpiche sono già certe del passaggio del turno, non è da escludere un turnover che potrebbe favorire le tulipane.

Volley World Gran Prix Donne: terza giornata dei gironi, si definiscono le semifinali
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          Volley, World Gran Prix Donne: due sfide in programma, scendono in campo le azzurre        

Volley, World Gran Prix Donne: due sfide in programma, scendono in campo le azzurre
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Seconda giornata della fase finale del World Gran Prix Donne di Volley. Scendono finalmente in campo le azzurre in uno dei due match di giornata.

USA-Italia è la prima sfida. Il primo match è andato alla Serbia, che si è imposta per 3-2 al tie break contro le statunitensi, seconde a quota 1. Le azzurre, quindi, hanno una grande opportunità: vincendo entro quattro set, sarà già semifinale, visto che l'USA, restando ad un solo punto ed avendo già disputato le due gare, non potrebbe migliorare il suo terzo posto. L'ultimo precedente ha visto trionfare le azzurre per 3-2, che hanno però vendicato lo 0-3 dello scorso 8 luglio.

Brasile-Olanda è la seconda sfida, l'ultima di questa giornata del World Gran Prix Donne di volley. Nell'altro gruppo, perentorio il 3-0 delle campionesse olimpiche cinesi contro il Brasile, che ora si gioca già il tutto per tutto contro l'Olanda: in caso di sconfitta, sarà impossibile raggiungere le semifinali. Le tulipane invece, devono vincere per poi giocarsi la qualificazione, o il primo posto, nell'ultimo match contro le asiatiche.

Volley, World Gran Prix Donne: due sfide in programma, scendono in campo le azzurre
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          Volley, World Gran Prix Donne: inizia la fase finale, riposano le azzurre        

Volley, World Gran Prix Donne: inizia la fase finale, riposano le azzurre
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Inizia la fase finale del World Gran Prix Donne di Volley. Dopo la fase a gironi e i Playoff, è tempo di decretare la nazionale campione. Prima, però, un'ulteriore fase preliminare, utile a delineare le semifinali e che divide le sei nazioni in due gironi. Il programma prevede le prime due sfide.

Serbia-Usa è la prima sfida. Le due formazioni sono inserite nel Gruppo K insieme all'Italia, che riposa in questa prima giornata. Si affrontano la prima e la seconda del Gruppo 1 della fase preliminare. Le serbe hanno vinto il girone grazie ai 22 punti e alle 7 vittorie su 9 incontri. A quota 19, invece, le americane. Le due formazioni non si sono affrontate in questa fase principale. L'ultimo incontro risale all'Olimpiade di Rio, quando la Serbia vinse 3-2, volando in finale e conquistando, però, l'argento. Bronzo, invece, per gli Usa. Chi vince compie un passo importante verso le semifinali, dato che passano le prime due del girone.

Cina-Brasile è la seconda sfida. Le due formazioni sono inserite nel Gruppo J insieme all'Olanda, che riposa in questa prima giornata. Si affrontano la terza e la settima del Gruppo 1 della fase preliminare. Le cinesi, campionesse olimpiche in carica, hanno chiuso al settimo posto con 13 punti, chiudendo a -5 dalle brasiliane, che hanno terminato il girone terze. L'ultimo confronto risale ai quarti di finale del torneo olimpico di Rio, quando la Cina vinse per 3-2, compiendo il primo passo verso la vittoria finale. Chi vince vola al comando in un girone dove, in semifinale, accedono le prime due.

Volley, World Gran Prix Donne: inizia la fase finale, riposano le azzurre
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          Volley Grand Prix Donne: si gioca nei Gironi 1 e 2 , semifinali nel 3        

Volley Grand Prix Donne: si gioca nei Gironi 1 e 2 , semifinali nel 3
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Continua il Volley Grand Prix Donne. Il programma prevede 12 sfide nei gironi 1 e 2 e le semifinali del gruppo 3.

Canada-Germania è la prima sfida. Nel Gruppo 2, le tedesche sono terze in classifica con 14 punti, dovuti a 5 vittorie ed una sconfitta, il che le rende favorite contro le canadesi, al nono posto con appena 8 punti.

Perù-Repubblica Ceca è la seconda sfida. Ancora nel Gruppo 2, la Repubblica Ceca spera in un passo falso della Germania per qualificarsi come terza. Il Perù, invece, ha 9 punti.

Corea del Sud-Colombia è la terza sfida. Sempre nel Gruppo 2, la capolista affronta l'ottava, reduce da 2 sconfitte di fila. Le asiatiche partono favorite.

Giappone-Serbia è la quarta sfida. Le nipponiche, nel Gruppo 1, sono ottave con 9 punti, la metà di quelli della Serbia, seconda ma in grado di riprendersi la vetta grazie ad un'ipotetica vittoria.

Polonia-Kazakistan è la quinta sfida. Nel Gruppo 2, scende in campo la seconda in classifica contro la penultima, che ha ottenuto solo 3 punti.

Cina-Russia è la sesta sfida. Nel Gruppo 1, la Cina cerca il sorpasso al Brasile e spera in un passo falso di Italia e Repubblica Dominicana, con un tie break che favorirebbe le cinesi in caso di vittoria. Ancora più giù, e con due sconfitte di fila, la Russia.

Italia-Repubblica Dominicana è la settima sfida. Scontro diretto che vale il terzo posto: chi vince entro quattro set vola davanti all'Olanda e al Brasile nel Gruppo 1.

Thailandia-Turchia è l'ottava sfida. Sempre nel Gruppo 1, si affrontano terzultima e penultima, rispettivamente a 5 e 4 punti e ormai fuori dai giochi per la qualificazione.

Portorico-Argentina è la nona sfida. Nel Gruppo 2, le argentine sono terzultime e hanno trovato la vittoria solo nell'ultimo turno con il 3-1 alla Croazia. Il Portorico, invece, viene da quattro successi di fila.

Croazia-Bulgaria è la decima sfida. Nel Gruppo 2, il fanalino di coda sfida la Bulgaria, a quota 11 ma con una gara in più e 3 punti in meno rispetto alla Germania.

Canada-Perù è l'undicesima sfida. Si affrontano due formazioni in campo nei due anticipi notturni

Repubblica Ceca-Germania è la dodicesima sfida. Si affrontano due formazioni in campo nei due anticipi notturni

Ungheria-Francia è la tredicesima sfida. Nel Gruppo 3, è già tempo di semifinali. Si affrontano la prima e la seconda, entrambe capaci di vincere tutte e 6 le sfide, ma le magiare hanno sempre vinto per 3-0 ad eccezione del 3-1 contro l'Australia, mentre la Francia ha vinto due volte al tie-break. Chi vince vola in finale, chi perde si giocherà il terzo posto contro una tra Australia e Venezuela.

Australia-Venezuela è la quattordicesima sfida, l'ultima di questa giornata del Volley Gran Prix Donne. Si affrontano la terza e la sesta del Gruppo 3, con il Venezuela che ha ottenuto 4 vittorie e 2 sconfitte, mentre l'Australia ha raccolto almeno 4 punti. Logico pensare alle sudamericane come favorite. Chi vince vola in finale, chi perde si giocherà il terzo posto contro una tra Ungheria e Francia.

Volley Grand Prix Donne: si gioca nei Gironi 1 e 2 , semifinali nel 3
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          Volley World Gran Prix Donne: dieci gare in programma        

Volley World Gran Prix Donne: dieci gare in programma
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Continua il Volley World Gran Prix Donne. Il programma prevede dieci sfide nei gironi 1 e 2.

Corea del Sud-Kazakistan è la prima sfida. Nel Girone 2, scende in campo la capolista, prima con 16 punti e 5 vittorie su 6, con l'unica eccezione della sconfitta per 3-2 contro la Bulgaria. Match in discesa, visto che il Kazakistan ha a malapena 3 punti per il match vinto contro la Croazia.

Italia-Turchia è la seconda sfida. Le azzurre, quinte nel girone 1, possono vincere, riprendendosi il quarto posto che vale la qualificazione. Sfida abbordabile, visto che la Turchia è penultima con appena 4 punti.

Colombia-Polonia è la terza sfida. Nel Gruppo 2, scendono in campo la seconda e la settima in classifica. Polonia sconfitta dalla Corea del Sud nel match che valeva la vetta della classifica. Dopo 3 vittorie, invece, la Colombia si è arresa alla Germania.

Serbia-Russia è la quarta sfida. Le russe, nel Gruppo 1, sono none con appena 9 punti, ma possono battere la Serbia e volare al quarto posto, Italia, Cina, Giappone e Repubblica Dominicana permettendo. La Serbia, invece, punta a riprendersi la vetta soffiatale dagli USA.

Thailandia-Repubblica Dominicana è la quinta sfida. Sempre nel Gruppo 1, si affrontano l'ottava e la decima in classifica, con le thailandesi capaci di vincere una sola partita e raccogliere appena 4 punti. A quota 9, invece, la Repubblica Dominicana.

Cina-Giappone è la sesta sfida. Chi vince può prendersi il quarto posto nel Gruppo 1: si affrontano due formazioni ad un punto di distanza, con la CIna a 10 e il Giappone a 9 come Repubblica Dominicana e Russia.

Bulgaria-Portorico è la settima sfida. Nel Girone 2, si affrontano la quinta e l'ottava in classifica, capace però di vincere le ultime tre sfide, restando comunque a quota 7. Bulgaria, invece, a quota 11.

Croazia-Argentina è l'ottava sfida. Si affrontano i due fanalini di coda del Gruppo 2, rispettivamente a 2 e 1 punto. L'Argentina non ha mai vinto, la Croazia, invece, ha battuto al tie break proprio le sudamericane per 3-2. Dopodiché, sconfitte per entrambe entro i quattro set.

Brasile-Olanda è la nona sfida. Si affrontano la terza e la quarta in classifica, con le tulipane a quota 15 pronte a tracciare un solco con le sudamericane, che cercano invece l'aggancio, evitando di essere invece superate dall'Italia o dalla Cina.

USA-Belgio è la decima sfida, l'ultima di questa giornata del Volley World Gran Prix Donne. Testacoda nel Gruppo 1: si affrontano la capolista e l'ultima. Dopo le due sconfitte di fila, compreso il 3-2 contro le azzurre, le americane hanno battuto 3-1 l'Olanda, andando momentaneamente in vetta. Solo un punto, invece, per il Belgio, maturato con la sconfitta al tie break contro la Repubblica Dominicana.

Volley World Gran Prix Donne: dieci gare in programma
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          Volley, World Gran Prix Donne: due gare in programma        

Volley, World Gran Prix Donne: due gare in programma
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Continua il World Gran Prix Donne di Volley. Il programma di giornata prevede due sfide, entrambe nel Gruppo 1.

Brasile-Belgio è la prima sfida. Le sudamericane, con le due sconfitte di fila, sono uscite dalla zona che garantisce la qualificazione, anche se è solo uno il punto di distanza da Italia e Cina. Calendario, inoltre, agevole: arriva il Belgio, fanalino di coda e capace di ottenere un solo punto in virtù della sconfitta al tie-break contro la Eepubblica Dominicana.

USA-Olanda è la seconda sfida. Big match: sia affrontano la prima e la terza in classifica, separate da 2 punti. Americane in crisi: le due sconfitte con Italia e Cina al tie break sono costate la vetta, ora condivisa dalla Serbia e proprio dalle tulipane, che hanno ottenuto tre vittorie di fila dopo la sconfitta in cinque set contro il Giappone.

Volley, World Gran Prix Donne: due gare in programma
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          Mondiali Volley, terzo turno di qualificazioni: tre gare in programma        

Mondiali Volley, terzo turno di qualificazioni: tre gare in programma
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Continuano le qualificazioni ai Mondiali Volley. Siamo al terzo turno: il programma prevede tre sfide del gruppo Europeo.

Belgio-Slovacchia è la prima sfida. Comincia il girone che permetterà ad una sola delle squadre di qualificarsi alla fase finale. La Slovacchia arriva dal doppio successo in amichevole contro la Bielorussia per 3-1, con in mezzo, però, lo 0-3. Il Belgio, invece, è uscito dalla World League, con il Girone 1 chiuso al settimo posto con 4 vittorie e 5 sconfitte. L'ultimo precedente vede la Slovacchia vincente per 3-1 negli European Games, ma con lo stesos risultato il Belgio ha vinto le altre tre sfide giocate tra il 22 giugno e il 6 luglio 2013 in European League.

Spagna-Germania è la seconda sfida. Grande incertezza in questa sfida: le due formazioni si sono affrontate nella semifinale Playoff, con gli iberici che hanno vinto per 3-0, qualificandosi per la finale (poi persa contro l'Estonia). Il penultimo precedente, però, vede la vittoria dei tedeschi in tre set.

Bielorussia-Estonia è la terza sfida, l'ultima di questa giornata di qualificazioni ai Mondiali Volley. Favoriti gli ospiti, capaci di vincere il Gruppo 3 grazie al doppio 3-0 contro Messico in semifinale e Spagna in finale. La Bielorussia, invece, non ha partecipato alla World League, ma ha ottenuto la qualificazione a questo terzo turno grazie al secondo posto nel Gruppo E, conquistato grazie alle quattro vittorie di fila ottenute dopo la sconfitta inaugurale con la Serbia.

Mondiali Volley, terzo turno di qualificazioni: tre gare in programma
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          Comment on OFK Beograd: A Romantic Club Tells History of Serbia and Yugoslavia by Danny        
Lovely article. Really interested in Eastern European / Balkan football and culture. Hopefully they can be successful in the Euros.
          Serbian Guy Filmed Teen Girl While Doggyfuck        
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          Były szef Reala w Polsce wchodzi do rady nadzorczej Makro        
Rafael Antonio Gasset został wpisany do rady nadzorczej Makro Cash and Carry w miejsce Rolanda Ruffinga. Od października 2010 do marca 2014 Gasset był prezesem zarządu sieci Real, należącej do Metro Group. Przez ostatnie 2 lata Gasset był menedżerem odpowiedzialnym w Metro Cash za rynek Europy Wschodniej (Serbia, Bułgaria, Węgry, Chorwacja). 
          #ESPECIAL “Buscando refugio para mis hijos”        

Te recomendamos este Especial del fotoperiodista y director de Periodismo Humano, Javier Bauluz, realizado con Univisión. Más de 250 fotografías del éxodo de las familias de refugiados hacia Europa a través de seis países. Desde las islas de Lesbos y Kos, Grecia, pasando por Macedonia, Serbia, Hungría, Austria y Alemania.  Javier Bauluz ha acompañado a pie, en tren o en bus a los refugiados durante 120 días desde agosto de 2015 hasta abril de 2016.


          Votar como acción individual, rebelde y disidente        
Hace años, cuando los blogs tenían su mejor momento, leía en el de Yoani Sánchez, Generación Y, que los opositores en Cuba asistían a las elecciones -manuales, vigiladas por niños y de segundo grado- para votar nulo al rayar con consignas y rechazo a un sistema de partido único en que votabas por quien era leal al gobierno para elegir luego a otros y así sucesivamente. También contaba las detenciones arbitrarias a su esposo, a activistas de DDHH, las torturas a opositores en la cárcel, el trámite infinito para un pasaporte o permiso de viaje.
Así mismo como narra la épica película chilena "No" y el documental "La caída de un dictador" sobre el movimiento Otpor en Serbia, después de varios traspiés, la oposición de cada uno de estos países se coordinó para asistir unida, con una campaña tan creativa como limitada, para en las condiciones de la dictadura, impulsar la participación y ganar las elecciones. Tanto como para desatar presiones internas: militares, políticas, sociales, económicas, para obligar o presionar a la renuncia. Sin banalizar lo sucedido en cada caso, no fue un solo tablero o grupo quien logró que pasara sino fue consecuencia de varios tableros jugados, incluyendo el electoral.
Con todo en contra se atrevieron a participar, porque como pasa en el deporte o en la vida, las reglas no siempre son justas, no siempre se cumplen, el otro no siempre es honesto y las circunstancias nunca serán perfectas: decides igual echarle bola y destacarte (como sabemos que ha hecho gente que hoy es clase media después de salir del barrio o historias épicas de vida que nos inspiran). Lo otro es conformarse y decir, ¿para qué molestarse?
De igual manera distintos voceros de la oposición, de la MUD y no, han pedido recordar el plebiscito de Pérez Jiménez, en el que la oposición asistió con un ente electoral presuntamente más equilibrado, pero que anuló primeros resultados, exilió a Jóvito y a Briceño Iragorry e inventó unos resultados un 20 de diciembre. Lo demás es la historia conocida del fragor de la lucha, clandestina en momentos, por las circunstancias, del PCV y AD, de la Generación del 28, y de grupos militares, para llegar al 23 de enero de 1958.
Bajo esas premisas fui, con mi familia, como otros 7,6 millones a participar en la consulta popular, un esfuerzo tanto político como popular, de organización, solidaridad, coordinación, planificación y voluntad, que superó anteriores épicas que conocimos para el revocatorio. Darle peso participativo al deseo imperioso de tener unas elecciones libres, universales y secretas, como debe ser. Las mismas razones que nos llevaron a no convalidar, sin presiones porque no somos funcionarios públicos, una ANC convocada de forma inconstitucional.
Y así mismo apoyaría que votáramos por candidatos opositores a las elecciones regionales. Porque hay que separar las acciones: así tuvimos el mayor logro electoral, político y emocional de la oposición, 112 diputados a la Asamblea Nacional. Hay quien dice que no vale la pena porque fueron desconocidos por el gobierno. Pero bajo esa premisa, ¿vale la pena protestar si te van a reprimir, vale la pena formar barricada y resistencia si van a acosar y allanar edificios y apresar jóvenes para torturarlo? ¡Claro que sí!
¿Cómo les ha ido a los protectores e institutos paralelos a las gobernaciones y alcaldía? Nada, fueron tan nulos que a muchos los relanzaron a la ANC para que por fin ganaran algo, entre ellos mismos.
Y pediría votar porque tú eres dueño de tus acciones, como el famoso poema Invictus que atesoró y nos legó Mandela, porque a pesar de las acciones destructivas del otro, tú eres dueño de tu alma, de tus acciones y decisiones, porque esa es la valentía de pegar el brinco cuando sentimos vértigo. Ir a votar es una rebeldía tremenda cuando es el gobierno quien, sin cesar, ha tratado de dinamitar la MUD como plataforma que agrupa y convoca ya no sólo a la mayoría opositora, sino las vocerías internacionales y de organismos mundiales, sino a grupos sociales no partidistas, que permitieron el inmenso logro de la consulta popular.
Al PSUV-CNE no le gusta la disidencia, es verdad, no permitió que Marea Socialista ni Vente se conformaran como partido, pero no ama a la MUD, una coalición que se formó cuando el gobierno apostó por la desunión, a dividir. Tanto que se robó la tarjeta de Min-Unidad que se usaba antes, intervino partidos que se habían pasado a la disidencia como Podemos y PPT, entre varios otros chavistas, y ha expulsado a cualquiera que en sus filas haya hecho críticas importantes. Le ha soplado al fuego de las diferencias ajenas ignorando las propias.
Claro que es sano criticar a la MUD, porque es perfectible, pero desmaterializarla sería un gran favor a una dictadura que ha sembrado cizaña y diferencias de distintas formas para buscar dividirnos, al eliminar una vocería unitaria ante actores internos y externos como coalición. Y claro que han tenido que actuar a veces bajo sombra, hemos visto la persecución, la represión, la violencia estatal, hay cosas que se deben hacer de forma velada, la clandestinidad es parte de la lucha contra la opresión, mientras que cumplir con leyes y procedimientos, para elegir a magistrados del TSJ y rectores del CNE, no solo debía cumplir con esperar hasta Octubre de 2016, sino hacer un trabajo político subterráneo y callado, de asesoría jurídica y movilización, para conseguir a quienes quieran tanto conformar desde la sociedad civil los Comités de Postulaciones hasta quienes se presentaran como posibles candidatos.
¿O como se dijo del desconocimiento del voto se dirá lo mismo de magistrados que han sido detenidos? ¿Qué pasaría con rectores alternos? ¿Vale la pena entonces nombrarlos si no van a ser reconocidos o allí no vale la misma lógica de antes para decir que no vayamos a elecciones? Hay un mandato del 16J, pero no es designación, y hace falta un procedimiento en que muchos se exponen sin ser caras conocidas, que de ser apresados no tendrán la misma exposición que otros.
La renovación es necesaria, aún así, se exigen nuevas formas de lucha, maneras distintas a las ya ensayadas, incluso recobrar la diversidad que hace semanas se reconoció al convocar a jubilados, mujeres o estudiantes, pero se puede protestar y votar, se puede participar de formas en que cada vez más personas se incluyan y se puede/debe resistir y luchar asumiendo los inmensos costos de hacerlo desde aquí, en el país, donde te pueden tumbar la puerta, porque la normalidad a la que aspiramos requiere de muchísimas cosas, más que una máquina del tiempo, pero sobretodo, la esperanza de que estando aquí siempre podremos hacer algo para cambiar las cosas.
Y votar también está dentro de esas opciones. Aún con la farsa de los 8 millones. Como la negociación política para la salida democrática (así pasó en Túnez con elecciones mientras el gobierno aún estaba en el poder) y la presión internacional. El éxito tiene muchos padres y el fracaso es huérfano, así que en lugar de culpar a otro de "sostener a la dictadura", siempre debemos ser prospectivos, el paso que viene. Unidos siempre seremos más fuertes.

          Just no words.....        
Pencil in penis backfires

A Serbian man needed emergency surgery after sticking a pencil inside his penis to keep it stiff during sex.

Zeljko Tupic, from Belgrade, told doctors he had experienced erectile difficulties in the past.

So as he prepared for a night with his new lover, he decided to insert a thin pencil into his penis.

Tupic had to cut his sex session short when the pencil shifted and became lodged in his bladder, forcing him to call an ambulance, the daily Kurir reported.

Doctor Aleksandar Milosevic from Belgrade's Zvezdara hospital, who succesfully removed the pencil, said: "At first the patient did not tell us what really happened, but x-rays proved the truth.

"Tupic said he had no idea there were things like Viagra available but agreed that in future he will try pills before he takes any more chances with pencils."
          Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma Reveals Its Line-Up        
Today, Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), which will take place between October 12 to 23. Here's the complete line-up of feature films according to the press release we received.

Opening and closing

The 40th edition of the FNC kicks off on Wednesday, October 12, with Declaration of War by Valérie Donzelli (France) at Cinéma Impérial (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon). This critically-acclaimed second feature by Valérie Donzelli (The Queen of Hearts) tells the love story of Roméo and Juliette who are battling to save their sick child. The director and her producer Edouard Weil will be in attendance.

Ten days later, on Saturday, October 22, Monsieur Lazhar (Quebec/Canada) by Philippe Falardeau will close the Festival. Selected to represent Canada at the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, Monsieur Lahzar shows the efforts of an Algerian schoolteacher to help his Grade 6 students come to terms with their teacher’s death. Between the opening and closing dates, the FNC will be in celebratory mode, highlighting the social relevance of featured works.

International Selection: Louve d’Or presented by Quebecor

The International Selection is an opportunity for relative unknowns to make their mark. This year, there are 19 contenders for the Louve d’Or, which includes a $15,000 prize from Quebecor. The 19 films in competition are: Behold the Lamb, by John McIlduff (United Kingdom); Black Blood, by Miaoyan Zhang (China); Blue Bird, by Gust Van Den Berghe (France/Belgium); Elena, by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia); The Giants, by Bouli Lanners (France/Belgium/Luxemburg); The Island, by Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria/Sweden); The Last Christeros, by Matias Meyer (Mexico/Netherlands); Nuit #1, by Anne Émond (Quebec/Canada); OK, Enough, Goodbye, by Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia (Lebanon/United Arab Emirates); Oslo, August 31st, by Joachim Trier (Norway); Play, by Ruban Östlund (Sweden/France/Denmark); Shame, by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom); Toll Booth, by Tolga Karacelik (Turkey); Tomboy, by Céline Sciamma (France); Twilight Portrait, by Angelina Nikonova (Russia); Volcano, by Runar Runarsson (Iceland/Denmark); Wasted Youth, by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Greece); White White World, by Oleg Novkovic (Serbia); and Without, by Mark Jackson (United States).

Special Presentation

Twenty-five films by established filmmakers will be screened in this year’s Special Presentation section, which features strong, committed works that reflect their creators’ bold vision: 30 tableaux, by Paule Baillargeon (Quebec/Canada); Les Amants, by Nicolas Klotz & Elisabeth Perceval (France); An Organisation of Dreams – Part 2 – Dangerous People, by Ken McMullen (United Kingdom); L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close), and De la guerre, Bertrand Bonello (France); Stopped on Track, Andrea Dresen (Germany); Norwegian Wood, Tran Anh Hung (Japan); Early One Morning, Jean-Marc Moutout (France/Belgium); Décharge, Benoît Pilon (Quebec/Canada); Faust, Alexander Sokurov (Russia); Almayer’s Folly, Chantal Akerman (France/Belgium); U2-From the Sky Down, Davis Guggenheim (United States); Hanezu, Naomi Kawaze (Japan); Hard Core Logo II, Bruce McDonald (Canada); Outside Satan, Bruno Dumont (France); Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution – Masao Adachi, Philippe Grandieux (France); Louis Martin, journaliste, Louis Bélanger (Quebec/Canada); Melancholia, Lars Von Trier (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany); My Paris Movie, Jonas Mekas (United States); Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey); The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodóvar (Spain); Pina, Wim Wenders (Germany/France); Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley (Canada); The Turin Horse, Béla Tarr (Hungary); and A Separation, Asghar Farhadi (Iran).


International Panorama

Festivalgoers can tour the world, exploring countless new realities through a wide array of works, including comedies, documentaries, road movies and dramas. The 27 films in this year’s International Panorama section are: Abderrahmane Sissako: Une fenêtre sur le monde, by Charles Castella (France); Absolutely Tame Is a Horse (Asb Heyvan-e Najibist), by Abdolreza Kahani (Iran); Acorazado, by Alvaro Curiel de Icaza (Mexico); Avé, by Konstantin Bojanov (Bulgaria); Chico & Rita, by Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba (Spain); Cultures of Resistance, by Iara Lee (United States); Do Me Love, by Jacky Katu & Lou Viger (France); End of the Night, by Daisuke Miyazaki (Japan); Flying Home, by Tobias Wyss (Switzerland); Pio’s Generation (La Generación de Pio), by Juan Rodrigo & Pedro Rodrigo (Spain); Goodnight Nobody, by Jacqueline Zünd (Switzerland/Germany); The Furious Force of Rhymes, by Joshua Atesh Litle (France); Land of Oblivion, by Michale Boganim (France/Germany/Poland/Ukraine); Last Road to the Beach (A Última estrada da praia), by Fabiano De Souza (Brazil); Melting Away, by Doron Eran (Israel/Canada); Mike, by Lars Blumers (France); Mondo Lux – The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter, by Elfi Mikesch (Germany); Our Ancestors The Gauls, by Christian Zerbib (France); Policeman (Hashoter), by Nadav Lapid (Israel); The First Rasta, by Hélène Lee (France); Searching for Hassan, by Edouard Beau (France); The Terrorists (Poo Kor Karn Rai), by Thunska Pansittivorakul (Thailand/Germany); Three and a Half (Seh-O-Nim), by Naghi Nemati (Iran); A Life for Ballet, by Marlène Ionesco (France); The Life and Death of Celso Junior, by Panayotis Evangelidis (Greece); Vinyl (Tales from the Vienna Underground), by Andrew C. Standen-Razlrish (Austria/United Kingdom) and Y’a pire ailleurs, by Jean-Henri Meunier (France).

Focus

Turning the spotlight on homegrown talent, the Focus section presents original, unseen Quebec and Canadian works that wow, amaze and offer food for thought. This year’s lineup includes 9 films in competition for the Grand Prix Focus/Cinémathèque québécoise with a $5,000 prize, as well as 10 non-competing films. Opening the section on October 13 is the visually ambitious documentary Surviving Progress, by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks (Canada). Also in competition: Amy George, by Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas (Canada); The Girl in the White Coat, by Darrell Wasyk (Canada); Fortunate Son, by Tony Asimakopoulos (Quebec/Canada); I am a good person/I am a bad person, by Ingrid Veninger (Canada); Laurentie, by Simon Lavoie & Mathieu Denis (Quebec/Canada); Marginal Road, by Yassaman Ameri (Quebec/Canada/Portugal); Peace Park, by David Bouthillier (Quebec/Canada); and Romeo Eleven, by Ivan Grbovic (Quebec/Canada). The non-competing films are: Alejandro Jodorowsky, grand rectum de l’Université de Foulosophie, by François Gourd & Matthieu Bouchard (Quebec/Canada); Another Silence, by Santiago Amigorena (Quebec/Canada/France/Argentina); National Parks Project, by Louise Archambault, Keith Behrman, Daniel Cockburn, Hubert Davis, Sturla Gunnarsson, Zacharias Kunuk, Stéphane Lafleur, Peter Lynch, Catherine Martin, Kevin McMahon, Scott Smith, Jamie Travis and John Walker (Quebec/Canada); Le Pays des âmes, by Olivier Godin (Quebec/Canada); Planet Yoga, by Carlos Ferrand (Quebec/Canada); Dust. A Sculptor’s Journey, by Jeanne Pope (Quebec/Canada); Rasta, A Soul’s Journey, by Donisha Prendergast (Canada); République: un abécédaire populaire, by Hugo Latulippe (Quebec/Canada); Les Tickets: l’arme de la répression, by Eric “Roach” Denis (Quebec/Canada); and Touch the Sky, by Adrian Wills (Quebec/Canada).

Temps Ø

The section opens with the North American premiere of Guilty of Romance by Sion Sono (Japan), a story of ordinary mental illness in the form of a psychosexual, neofeminist punk thriller, with powerful lead actress Megumi Kagurazaka in attendance. Other big names on the program: Takahi Miike with Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (a 3D remake of Kobayashi’s masterpiece); Shinya Tsukamoto, who will present the much-anticipated Kotoko, about a mother on the brink of madness, which nabbed the Orizzonti prize at the last Venice festival. Must-see new discoveries include Our Day Will Come by Romain Gavras, a Thelma and Louise for redheads and a cross between Gaspar Noé and Bertrand Blier, starring Vincent Cassel. It’s no secret that Australian film is in a state of effervescence, represented here by two major works: the mysterious Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, with rising star Emily Browning, and Justin Kruzel’s monstrous Snowtown, which got a special mention at the 2011 Cannes Critics’ Week. And . . . (drum roll), don’t miss the long-awaited world premiere of Assassin’s Creed Embers, an all-new animated short by Ubisoft studios. Expect an evening of surprises, anecdotes and of course sneak previews of the new game by the Montreal mega franchise. On the US front, look for the astonishing The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, a beautiful love story told through one of the most radical artistic performances the world has ever seen. Director Marie Losier, the darling of New York’s experimental new cinema scene, will be in attendance. We’ll also be showing Take Shelter, by Jeff Nichols, which won the Critics’ Week Grand Prix at Cannes and has everybody talking, as well as the documentary Last Fast Ride: The Love, Life and Death of a Punk Goddess, by Lilly Ayers, on punk icon Marian Anderson (with narration by Henry Rollins). Asia will also be in the spotlight with Gandu, by Quashiq Mukherjee, a proud representative of an all-new style of Indian films (Wong Kar-wai meets a pornographic ghetto rapper version of Gaspard Noé in Calcutta). Also showing will be Shirome, by Koji Shiraishi, a horror film that takes delight in terrifying a group of young female Japanese pop stars, offering a new twist on The Blair Witch Project. Finally, the latest wacky flick from Thailand — Saturday Killer, by Yuthlert Sippapak, about a hit man with severe erectile dysfunction — along with the superb Tatsumi, Eric Khoo’s tribute to renowned manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. And, last but not least, the first real 3D porn flick, Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, by Christopher Sun Lap Key, which smashed this year’s box office records in Hong Kong and has become a true Chinese cultural phenomenon.

          Roma International Scholarship Program (RISP), 2014-2015        

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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

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          Malinowy rok        
W minionym roku Serbia zajęła pozycję światowego lidera w eksporcie malin świeżych. Kraj ten wyeksportował 63,3 tys. ton o wartości 200,0 mln USD. Za tonę malin Serbowie dostawali więc 3154 USD.
          ESPECIAL: FALLECE AMY WINEHOUSE, DESAPARECE UN MITO        


La polémica cantante británica Amy Winehouse, de 27 años de edad, ha sido encontrada muerta, durante este pasado Sábado, día 23 de Julio de 2.011, en su apartamento, tras una meteórica carrera discográfica, marcada por sus problemas con las drogas y con el alcohol, según adelantó la cadena televisiva británica "Sky News", difundiéndose, posteriormente, por la agencia de noticias "Press Association".
La noticia de la muerte de la artista Amy Winehouse, tras una larga trayectoria de adicción a las drogas, fue confirmada, rápidamente, por la Policía Metropolitana de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), mediante un comunicado de prensa, añadiendo que, sin embargo, no había hecho pública las causas del fallecimiento, que, aún, seguían siendo desconocidas, pues la autopsia no había sido realizada todavía.
Se sabe, sin embargo, que una ambulancia privada trasladó el cuerpo sin vida de la estrella Amy Winehouse, desde su residencia hasta un depósito de cadáveres de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), donde se realizaría la autopsia. Además, la Policía Metropolitana de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido) añadió, en su comunicado de prensa, que no se había realizado arresto alguno, a fecha actual, en relación con la muerte de la diva Amy Winehouse.
El superintendente Raj Kohli, de la Policía Metropolitana de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido) explicó, a los periodistas, en una rueda de prensa, que "la investigación sobre las causas de la muerte continúa. Prosigue la investigación sobre las circunstancias de la muerte. En este primer estadio, no disponemos de una explicación", añadiendo que "estoy al corriente de las informaciones que sugieren que su muerte es consecuencia de una sobredósis de drogas, pero me gustaría volver a enfatizar que la autopsia, aún, no se ha realizado y que es inapropiado especular sobre la causa del fallecimiento". En un primer momento, por lo tanto, se desconocían las causas del fallecimiento de la conocida estrella de la música Amy Winehouse.
La Policía Metropolitana de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), por lo tanto, asegura que es muy pronto para especular sobre la manera en que falleció la vocalista Amy Winehouse, ya que la autopsia no se realizaría hasta la mañana del siguiente Lunes, día 25 de Julio de este año 2.011, aunque los problemas de la solista Amy Winehouse con el alcohol y, sobre todo, con las drogas, estaban muy bien documentados, motivo por el que los medios de comunicación británicos se han apresurado a achacar el deceso de la vocalista Amy Winehouse a una sobredósis de drogas.
Sin embargo, para la Policía Metropolitana de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), resulta inapropiado hacer conjeturas sobre si la causa de la muerte pudo o no deberse a una sobredósis de narcóticos y/o barbitúricos, por lo que se ha pedido que se evite la realización de especulaciones, aun cuando los resultados de la autopsia se conocerían, en principio, durante el mismo día de su realización, prevista para el Lunes, día 25 de Julio del año 2.011, o, como máximo, al día siguiente.
El jefe de médicos forenses, en la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), declaró que la autopsia de la vocalista Amy Winehouse había sido encargada a la "Sección 20", lo que implica que el Juez instructor opina que hay o puede haber "motivos razonables para sospechar que una persona ha fallecido de muerte violenta o de cualquier otra manera no natural, lo que requeriría de una investigación".
Según informó la cadena televisiva británica "B.B.C.", la artista Amy Winehouse fue hallada, por un miembro de su equipo de seguridad, en su piso, situado en el barrio de Camden, en el norte de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), que es una meca de la cultura juvenil, conocida por su escena musical, sus bares y "pubs"... y su fácil acceso a las drogas.
Al parecer, una persona, miembro del equipo de seguridad de la diva Amy Winehouse, llamó, a las 15:54 horas, hora local, es decir, una hora menos en España, al servicio paramédico de ambulancias de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), para que enviara asistencia, urgentemente, a una dirección de Candem Square, enviándose, de inmediato, dos vehículos al lugar, aunque, al parecer, llegaron demasiado tarde y la intérprete Amy Winehouse, ya, había fallecido, no pudiéndose hacer nada para salvar su vida.
Según rezaba el comunicado de prensa, emitido por la Policía Metropolitana de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), "el servicio de ambulancias londinense había sido llamado al lugar a las 15:54 horas", hora local, es decir, una hora menos en España, "y envió dos vehículos", añadiendo, además, que "la Policía fue llamada por el Servicio de Ambulancias de Londres a una dirección de Candem Square, poco antes de las 16:05 horas", hora local, o sea, una hora menos en España, del pasado Sábado, día 23 de Julio de este año 2.011, "a raíz de informaciones sobre el hallazgo de una mujer muerta". Los oficiales de la Policía Metropolitana de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido) hallaron el cuerpo sin vida de la cantante Amy Winehouse, que fue declarada muerta, de forma, casi, inmediata, de forma instantánea, en el mismo lugar en que fue hallada.
Después del anuncio de la muerte de la diva Amy Winehouse, la Policía Metropolitana de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido) acordonó, de inmediato, la calle, frente al domicilio de la intérprete Amy Winehouse, y varios oficiales de policía custodiaban el lugar, donde, rápidamente, se congregaron los medios de comunicación, incluyendo periodistas y equipos de cámaras, así como admiradores y vecinos, para presentar sus respetos, mientras entraban los investigadores forenses en la residencia de la artista Amy Winehouse.
La cadena televisiva británica "B.B.C." informó, además, de que el padre de la solista Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, se encontraba en la ciudad de Nueva York (Nueva York, EE.UU.), donde conoció la fatal noticia, teniendo previsto desplazarse a la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), de inmediato.
Por su parte, los agentes y representantes de la estrella Amy Winehouse, inicialmente, se negaron a realizar cualquier tipo de comentario o declaración pública. No obstante, la compañía discográfica de la intérprete Amy Winehouse, la empresa "Universal", se apresuró a difundir un comunicado público de prensa, en el que declaraba que "estamos profundamente afligidos, por la pérdida repentina de una artista, músico e interprete, tan dotada y admirable".

Al día siguiente, durante el pasado Domingo, día 27 de Julio de este año 2.011, la familia de la cantante Amy Winehouse pidió "privacidad" a la opinión pública, un día después del prematuro fallecimiento de la joven intérprete del género musical "soul", la artista Amy Winehouse, que ha llevado a sus admiradores a correr para comprar, en formato físico o en formato digital, mediante descarga, a través de internet, sus trabajos discográficos y para adquirir sus canciones, como si de un homenaje, a título póstumo, se tratara.
La familia de la diva Amy Winehouse afirmó, en un comunicado de prensa, que "nuestra familia ha sufrido una gran pérdida y ha quedado desolada por la pérdida de Amy, una magnífica y encantadora hija, hermana y sobrina. Ella deja un gran hueco, un vacío inmenso, en nuestras vidas", aprovechando, además, para agregar que "vamos a reunirnos, para recordarla, y apreciaríamos que nos dieran un poco de privacidad y distancia, en esta mala hora".
De esta forma, la familia de la vocalista Amy Winehouse, en un comunicado de prensa, difundido durante este pasado Domingo, día 27 de Julio del año 2.011, afirmaban que estaban guardando luto y solicitaban respeto a su intimidad. La información sobre el funeral y posterior entierro del cuerpo de la estrella Amy Winehouse, todavía, no estaba disponible, durante el pasado Domingo, día 27 de Julio del año 2.011 o, al menos, no fue difundida por la familia.

Durante ese mismo Domingo, día 24 de Julio de este año 2.011, la madre de la solista Amy Winehouse, Janis Winehouse, reveló, en una entrevista, concedida al diario "The Sunday Mirror", que la cantante Amy Winehouse no estaba bien, ya, cuando se reunió con su madre, durante el pasado Viernes, día 22 de Julio de 2.011, es decir, un día antes de que falleciera, añadiendo que, según creía la propia madre de la artista Amy Winehouse, Janis Winehouse, "sólo era cuestión de tiempo" que su hija falleciera.
La madre de la intérprete Amy Winehouse, Janis Winehouse, agregó, en esta entrevista concedida al periódico británico "The Sunday Mirror" que, cuando se reunió con su hija, la estrella Amy Winehouse, un día antes de su muerte, durante el pasado Viernes, día 22 de Julio de 2.011, la diva Amy Winehouse "parecía desorientada. Pero, aún, no capto del todo su muerte repentina".

Por su parte, Mitch Winehouse, padre de la estrella Amy Winehouse, que se encontraba en la ciudad de Nueva York (Nueva York, EE.UU.), en el momento en que sus hijas le comunicaron la muerte de la diva Amy Winehouse, declaró que, al parecer, su hija, la propia vocalista Amy Winehouse, había ido a una cita de rutinaria, con su médito, durante la noche anterior a su muerte.
Según la versión de los hechos, relatada por el padre de la solista Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, al parecer, los acontecimientos se desarrollaron de tal forma que la cantante Amy Winehouse regresó a casa y, durante las primeras horas de su último día, cantó y tocó la batería, antes de que, finalmente, su encargado de seguridad la encontrara.
El padre de la artista Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, confirmó, además, que el guardia de seguridad realizó su primer control rutinario, a eso de las ocho de la mañana, y vió a la intérprete Amy Winehouse, que, aparentemente, estaba dormida, pero, cuando hizo su segundo chequeo por la tarde, se dió cuenta de que la estrella Amy Winehouse había fallecido.

Mientras, iban llegando, cada vez, más tributos, por parte de sus colegas de profesión, vecinos y admiradores de todo el mundo, que habían colocado, ya, durante este pasado Domingo, día 24 de Julio del año 2.011, ramos de flores, velas y mensajes manuscritos, en el exterior de la residencia de la fallecida cantante Amy Winehouse, en el barrio de Candem, en la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), donde el personal médico encontró a la artista, ya muerta, durante el día anterior, el pasado Sábado, día 23 de Julio de este año 2.011.
Uno de los mensajes manuscritos, colocados en las afueras de la residencia de la desaparecida intérprete Amy Winehouse, durante el pasado Domingo, día 24 de Julio de este año 2.011, por parte de sus admiradores, rezaba un mensaje, en el que se podía leer "R.I.P.: Nunca Olvidada", mientras que, en otro mensaje escrito a mano, se afirmaba "está bien, amor... Vete ahora".

Durante este pasado Lunes, día 25 de Julio de este año 2.011, la Policía Metropolitana de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), informó de que, seguramente, en las próximas horas, por la tarde, se realizaría la autopsia del cuerpo de la cantante Amy Winehouse, con el fin de efectuar la averiguación, abriendo y cerrando la omprobación de las causas de su fallecimiento, añadiendo que los resultados de la autopsia, probablemente, se darían a conocer al día siguiente, Martes, día 26 de Julio de este año 2.011.
Así, durante el pasado Lunes, día 25 de Julio de este año 2.011, se realizó la autopsia al cuerpo de la cantante Amy Winehouse, que arrojó resultados inconclusos y no logró descubrir las causas exactas de su muerte, que fueron descritas como "inexplicadas", por lo que su familia y sus admiradores deberán aguardar algunas semanas, hasta el mes de Agosto de este año 2.011, para conocer los resultados de los análisis de toxicología.
La Policía Metropolitana de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido) señaló, ante los medios de comunicación, que la autopsia forense "no condujo a una causa formal de la muerte y aguardamos los resultados de nuevos análisis toxicológicos", que se podrían demorar entre dos y cuatro semanas.
Por su parte, la Corte Judicial de Instrucción de St. Pancras, en la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), declaró, oficialmente, el inicio de la investigación sobre la muerte de la estrella Amy Winehouse, dado que es un procedimiento normal, en el Reino Unido, en todos los casos de fallecimientos por causas no naturales o sobrevenidas, y, durante la audiencia, que duró alrededor de dos minutos, la funcionaria Sharon Duff leyó el nombre, fecha de nacimiento y lugar de domicilio de la vocalista Amy Winehouse, a la que describió como "una señora divorciada, residente en Candem Square NW1", en la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), añadiendo, además, que "era una cantautora, en el momento de su muerte, y fue identificada por su familia, aquí, en St. Pancras, esta mañana" y que su muerte "fue investigada por la Policía y declarada como 'no sospechosa'". La investigación judicial, sobre la muerte de la diva Amy Winehouse, a la espera de los resultados de los análisis toxicológicos, quedó aplazada hasta el próximo Miércoles, día 26 de Octubre de este año 2.011.
Posteriormente, el cuerpo sin vida de la cantante Amy Winehouse fue restituido a su familia, una vez finalizadas las investigaciones policiales y judiciales, dado que, tradicionalmente, los funerales judíos suelen celebrarse en el menor tiempo posible.
Un portavoz de la familia Winehouse indicó, a los medios de comunicación, que el funeral de la artista Amy Winehouse se realizaría al día siguiente, durante el Martes, día 26 de Julio de este año 2.011, pero que, sin embargo, no se daría a conocer ni la hora, ni el lugar de celebración, aunque, posteriormente, se supo que, según los principales medios de comunicación británicos, era posible que la ceremonia se celebrase en algún lugar de la zona judía, situado al norte de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), dado que la diva Amy Winehouse tenía ascendencia judía.
Poco a poco, se iban conociendo algunos detalles sobre las exequias de la artista Amy Winehouse, cuyo funeral, según informaba, también, la cadena televisiva británica "B.B.C.", tendría lugar al día siguiente, durante el pasado Martes, día 26 de Julio de este año 2.011, en una ceremonia privada, a la que, únicamente, asistirán familiares y amigos, tal y como señaló el portavoz de la familia de la fallecida intérprete Amy Winehouse.
Al parecer, según informa el diario británico "The Sun", el ex-marido de la vocalista Amy Winehouse, Blake Fielder-Civil, que cumple una condena de 32 meses de prisión, por la comisión de varios delitos, relacionados con robo y posesión y tráfico de armas de fuego, no había conseguido el permiso, por parte de las autoridades penitenciarias, para asistir a la ceremonia del funeral, aunque el padre de la solista Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, le había advertido, a través de amigos, que no se acercara, ya que le culpa de iniciar a su hija, la cantante Amy Winehouse, en el mundo de las drogas, que la llevaron a un estilo de vida autodestructivo.
La vocalista Amy Winehouse y Blake Fielder-Civil estuvieron casados entre el año 2.007 y el año 2.009, pero sus respectivas familias se enfrentaron, en público, debido a la influencia que cada uno tuvo sobre el otro, durante su tumultuosa y tormentosa relación sentimental. De hecho, el antiguo esposo de la solista Amy Winehouse, Blake Fielder-Civil, estuvo en prisión, ya, durante el año 2.008, debido a que se declaró culpable, por la agresión al dueño de un "pub" y por intentar, posteriormente, encubrir los hechos.

Mientras tanto, el padre, la madre y el hermano de la solista Amy Winehouse visitaron su casa, también, durante este pasado Lunes, día 25 de Julio del año 2.011, y se detuvieron a inspeccionar la gran acumulación de flores, velas y notas manuscritas, depositadas en la acera, enfrente de la casa victoriana, en la que residía la desaparecida cantante Amy Winehouse.
Los acongojados padres de la intérprete Amy Winehouse, a través de las declaraciones de su padre, Mitch Winehouse, agradecieron a la gente, el apoyo, públicamente, de los numerosos admiradores, congregados en el exterior de la residencia de la estrella Amy Winehouse, quien señaló que "no les puedo expresar lo que significa esto para nosotros. De verdad, nos ha hecho todo mucho más fácil", añadiendo, además, que "estamos desolados y no tengo palabras, pero muchas gracias por venir".
Por su parte, la madre de la artista Amy Winehouse, Janis Winehouse, lloró, al ver la enorme cantidad de flores, velas, botellas de "vodka", banderas, dibujos y cartas manuscritas que habían dejado los vecinos y admiradores de la intérprete Amy Winehouse. Muchas de las ofrendas de homenaje expresaban el mismo sentimiento: "Qué desperdicio".

Así pues, los familiares y amigos de la solista Amy Winehouse rindieron un último homenaje a la diva del "soul", la cantante Amy Winehouse, durante este pasado Martes, día 26 de Julio del año 2.011, tres días después de que fuera encontrada sin vida, en su casa, en la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), en un funeral privado, celebrado lejos de las cámaras.
El lugar y la hora de celebración del funeral de la artista Amy Winehouse se mantuvieron en secreto, para respetar el carácter privado de las exequias de la propia intérprete Amy Winehouse, llorada, desde hacía cuatro días, por millones de admiradores, en todo el mundo, aunque, pese a ello, "fans", fotógrafos y curiosos se congregaron en la carretera que conduce al cementerio de "Edgwarebury", donde descansarán los restos mortales de la estrella Amy Winehouse, en el norte de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido). También, se congregó una multitud de seguidores de la malograda estrella Amy Winehouse, en el exterior, a la salida del cementerio londinense de "Edgwarebury".
Un total de trescientos invitados, entre los amigos más cercanos, los familiares y sus compañeros de profesión, asistieron a los funerales de la fallecida diva Amy Winehouse, reuniéndose para darle su último adiós. Entre los presentes, en la ceremonia del funeral de la fallecida vocalista Amy Winehouse, estaba la solista Kelly Clarkson, la cantante Kelly Osbourne y su estilista personal, Alex Folden, así como, también, su afligido novio actual, el cineasta Reg Traviss, su jovencísima protegida, la intérprete Dionne Bromfield, el artista Bryan Adams, su antigua banda musical, al completo, su representante y el músico Mark Ronson, que fue productor discográfico de una parte del último álbum de la diva Amy Winehouse, titulado "Back to Black", editado en el año 2.006, que convirtió, a la propia solista Amy Winehouse, en una estrella internacional de la música. La ausencia más sonada fue la de su antiguo marido, Blake Fielder-Civil, que, actualmente, sigue en prisión.
El padre de la cantante Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, un antiguo taxista, reconvertido en cantante del género musical "jazz", que lanzó su propia carrera musical, aprovechando el éxito de su hija, la intérprete Amy Winehouse, y al que la misma artista Amy Winehouse estaba muy unida, fue el encargado de recordar a su hija, durante la ceremonia, que duró unos 45 minutos, tal y como ha comentado, posteriormente, uno de los asistentes al funeral, que señaló que "Mitch contó cosas muy graciosas... de su infancia, de lo tozuda que era".
Según la misma fuente de información anónima, durante un panegírico, celebrado durante el servicio privado, el padre de la intérprete Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, también, enfatizó que si hija, la estrella Amy Winehouse, "era más feliz, últimamente, de lo que jamás lo había sido y mencionó a mucha gente importante en su vida", añadiendo que la vocalista Amy Winehouse miraba hacia el futuro, junto a su novio, el realizador Reg Traviss, de 35 años de edad, con quien mantenía una relación sentimental, desde hacía dos años.
Finalmente, el afligido padre de la intérprete Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, concluyó su oración fúnebre, dirigiéndole, a su hija, la intérprete Amy Winehouse, unas palabras, en las que ofreció un último mensaje de despedida a su "ángel", diciendo "buenas noches, mi ángel. Duerme bien. Tu padre y tu madre te quieren más que nunca".
El servicio fue oficiado por el rabino Frank Hellner, dado que la familia es judía y, tras las oraciones, pronunciadas en idioma inglés y en lengua hebrea, sonó la melodía de la canción predilecta de la estrella Amy Winehouse, que fue interpretada, conjuntamente, por la familia y los amigos asistentes, que era el tema, titulado "So Far Away", de la vocalista Carole King, incluido, originalmente, en su trabajo discográfico, llamado "Tapestry", publicado en el año 1.971, en el que, también, se incluía el sencillo denominado "You've Got a Friend", que fue la primera canción interpretada, conjuntamente, por la artista Amy Winehouse y por su padre, Mitch Winehouse.
Tras el funeral, los restos mortales de la diva Amy Winehouse fueron trasladados al crematorio del barrio judío de Golders Green, en la misma ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), que había sido utilizado, ya, anteriormente, para incinerar los restos mortales de su abuela, con el fin de, también, incinerar el cuerpo sin vida de la fallecida vocalista Amy Winehouse.
Una vez acabados los actos fúnebres, que, también, incluyeron un servicio privado, únicamente, para la familia, en una sinagoga, los miembros de la familia realizarán dos días de "Shiva", que es el tradicional período de duelo judío.

Tras despertar, a medias, del traumático "shock" que ha supuesto, para la música, el hecho de perder a una de las grandes voces del género musical "soul" actual, como era la cantante Amy Winehouse, ahora, la historia sigue, con testamentos, batallas legales y demás.
A las pocas horas de que la artista Amy Winehouse fuera incinerada, siguiendo un ritual judío muy íntimo, al que han acudido sus familiares y amigos, hemos podido ver las imágenes de la ceremonia, en la que no ha faltado su actual pareja, el director de cine Reg Traviss, que ha acudido, según los medios de comunicación allí desplazados, muy "discreto y aseado", y, tampoco, ha podido faltar su antiguo marido, el artista Blake Fielder-Civil, supuesto culpable de las adicciones de la intérprete Amy Winehouse.
La turbulenta relación sentimental, entre la estrella Amy Winehouse y su ex marido, Blake Fielder-Civil, fue pasional, intensa y real, pero, también, estuvo llena de desengaños, de infidelidades, de golpes y, sobre todo, del descenso al infierno de las drogas, que, hoy, han acabado con la vida de una chica de 27 años de edad, la vocalista Amy Winehouse, tal y como presuponen los medios de comunicación.
La fortuna de la diva Amy Winehouse se estimaba en la, nada desdeñable, cifra total de seis millones de libras esterlinas, pero, actualmente, asciende, ya, a unos diez millones de libras esterlinas y sigue creciendo. En su declaración de última voluntad, la vocalista Amy Winehouse, que, además de drogadicta, fue anoréxica, tras romper con su antiguo marido, el artista Blake Fielder-Civil, se aseguró de que no percibiera ni medio penique de sus ahorros...
Así, los ingresos de la solista Amy Winehouse irán a parar, íntegramente, a sus familiares más inmediatos, es decir, a su madre Janis, enferma de esclerosis múltiple, y a su padre Mitch, además de a su hermano mayor, Alex.
Durante estos duros días, los padres de la cantante Amy Winehouse, Mitch y Janis, han estado al pie del cañón, en el domicilio de la propia artista Amy Winehouse, acompañados por cientos de admiradores, que se han acercado a dejar muestras de afecto y homenajes a la intérprete Amy Winehouse. Mientras tanto, Janis, la madre de la estrella Amy Winehouse, destrozada, no podía ni hablar con los medios de comunicación, pero Mitch Winehouse, el padre de la diva Amy Winehouse, ha declarado que, en cierto modo, han encontrado la paz.
La vocalista Amy Winehouse nos ha dejado y vivió una vida de excesos, que no sé si la hicieron feliz, pero nos ha dejado un corto, pero intenso, legado musical, que, ya, forma parte de la historia y que jamás se borrará de esa gran historia de la música.

Unos días después, se supo que la cadena televisiva "Fox" había censurado una polémica escena de la conocida serie televisiva musical "Glee", en la que sus protagonistas se burlaban del aspecto físico de la cantante Amy Winehouse, que había fallecido, hacía pocos días, en la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido).
En esta escena de la conocida serie televisiva musical "Glee", censurada por la cadena televisiva "Fox", el coreógrafo Zach Woodlee se dirigía al personaje de Alex, para decirle que, si quería parecerse a la artista Amy Winehouse, sólo, necesitaba "una fregona y una botella".
El capítulo de la popular serie televisiva musical "Glee", en el que se encuentra esta escena, censurada por la cadena televisiva "Fox", se había emitido, ya, por primera vez, hace unos meses, pero se reeditó, para su reposición, durante el pasado Domingo, día 24 de Julio de este año 2.011.
Sin embargo, no todo el mundo trata con tanta delicadeza la muerte de la intérprete británica Amy Winehouse. Al parecer, los creadores de la popular teleserie "Padre de Familia" han bromeado con este triste acontecimiento.
Según informó, a través de internet, la página web "Inside T.V.", durante la presentación del espacio televisivo "Padre de Familia", en el salón "Comic-Con", en la ciudad de San Diego (California, EE.UU.), Mark Hentemann, productor del espacio televisivo "Padre de Familia", preguntó, a sus compañeros, si sabían si la estrella Amy Winehouse estaba viva o muerta y, para sorpresa de los presentes, el guionista del espacio televisivo "Padre de Familia", Mike Henry, interpretó una parte del famoso éxito, titulado "Rehab", de la diva Amy Winehouse, incluido en su último trabajo discográfico, llamado "Back to Black".
El único que se mantuvo, un poco, al margen de estas bromas de mal gusto fue el dibujante del espacio televisivo "Padre de Familia", Seth MacFarlane, que, sin mirar a sus compañeros, comenzó la rueda de prensa, desvelando algunos detalles de la próxima temporada.
Al final, muchos asistentes, que acudieron al salón "Comic-Con", en la ciudad de San Diego (California, EE.UU.), abuchearon al equipo del espacio televisivo "Padre de Familia", pero, eso sí, algunos otros, también, se rieron.
Otra de las anécdotas ocurridas, en los días posteriores al fallecimiento de la cantante Amy Winehouse, se produjo en el famoso programa televisivo "The Today Show", uno de los formatos televisivos más consolidados, en la cadena televisiva "N.B.C.", al otro lado del charco, en los Estados Unidos de América, donde, casi, medio siglo en antena, avala su gran reputación.
Sin embargo, los responsables del programa televisivo "The Today Show" nunca imaginaron que un error, en la transcripción del título de un vídeo podía ponerles contra las cuerdas.
El famoso programa "The Today Show", de la cadena televisiva "N.B.C.", emitía un programa especial sobre el fallecimiento de la artista Amy Winehouse, y, como viene siendo habitual, en este tipo de reportajes, se mezclaron conexiones en directo con los videoclips musicales oficiales de los temas más populares de la, tristemente, desaparecida intérprete Amy Winehouse.
Todo se desarrollaba con normalidad, en este programa especial, sobre la muerte de la estrella Amy Winehouse, emitido por el programa "The Today Show", en la cadena televisiva "N.B.C.", y, con frecuencia, se entrevistaba a los admiradores de la diva Amy Winehouse, que habían creado un santuario, dejando, enfrente de la residencia de la vocalista Amy Winehouse, objetos tan dispares como velas o botellas de alcohol, pero la emisión del videoclip musical oficial del famoso tema, titulado "You Know I'm No Good", que significa, traducido, literalmente, del idioma inglés a la lengua castellana, "Tú Sabes Que No Soy Buena", incluido en su último disco de estudio, llamado "Back to Black", desató la tormenta, pues, en vez de poner el título original, los editores escribieron, en un faldón muy remarcado y en letras mayúsculas, un título que decía "You Know I'm Dead", que quiere decir, traducido, literalmente, del idioma inglés a la lengua castellana, "Tú Sabes que Estoy Muerta".
Este incidente, ocurrido durante el reportaje especial, sobre el fallecimiento de la solista Amy Winehouse, en el programa "The Today Show", por la cadena televisiva "N.B.C.", en los Estados Unidos de América, parecía una broma de mal gusto, pero no lo era, y, de momento, nadie ha dado explicaciones, a este respecto, aunque, eso sí, a través de internet, mediante las principales redes sociales, no se han cebado con el popular programa "The Today Show", de la cadena televisiva "N.B.C.", pues los internautas han comprendido que la celeridad, con la que trabajaba el equipo del programa televisivo "The Today Show", ciñéndose a lo que marcaba y exigía el riguroso directo, provocó este incidente.
En conclusión, la desaparición, en extrañas circunstancias, de la cantante Amy Winehouse, intérprete del famoso tema, titulado "Rehab", también, extraido de su último álbum, denominado "Back to Black", ha conmocionado al mundo del espectáculo, de la televisión y del cine, por lo que resulta evidente que todo lo que rodee a su muerte tendrá repercusiones.

Hace, ahora, escasos días, se hicieron públicos los resultados de las pruebas toxicológicas, realizadas sobre el cuerpo de la artista Amy Winehouse, que, sorprendentemente, han indicado que no había drogas, ni sustancias ilegales en su organismo, cuando falleció, según indicó, durante el pasado Martes, día 23 de Agosto de este año 2.011, el portavoz de la familia Winehouse, Chris Goodman, mediante un comunicado de prensa, en el que se añadía que había alcohol presente en su sangre, aunque no se había podido determinar si el nivel de alcohol existente había jugado un papel determinante en su muerte, todo lo cual implica que, aún, se desconocen las causas exactas del fallecimiento de la cantante Amy Winehouse.
En concreto, el comunicado de prensa, difundido por el portavoz de la familia Winehouse, Chris Goodman, en relación a las conclusiones de las pruebas toxicológicas, sobre el cuerpo de la intérprete Amy Winehouse, señaló que "los resultado toxicológicos, entregados a la familia Winehouse, por las autoridades, han confirmado que no había sustancias ilegales, en el sistema de Amy, en el momento de su muerte", añadiendo, además, que "los resultados indican que había alcohol, pero no puede determinarse, aún, si jugó un papel en su muerte", de modo que, hasta el momento, no se han podido determinar, todavía, las causas exactas de su muerte, aunque, ahora, las pruebas toxicológicas descartan el fallecimiento por sobredósis de drogas, tal y como se había especulado por los principales medios de comunicación británicos.
El comunicado de prensa, difundido por el portavoz de la familia Winehouse, Chris Goodman, en relación a las conclusiones de los análisis toxicológicos, sobre el cuerpo de la estrella Amy Winehouse, agregaba, además, que la familia Winehouse estaba esperando la conclusión de una investigación, sobre la muerte de la diva Amy Winehouse, intérprete del famoso tema, titulado "Rehab", procedente de su última producción discográfica, llamada "Back to Black", que se había iniciado, de manera paralela a la autopsia, durante el pasado mes de Julio de este año 2.011 y que se tiene previsto reanudar durante el próximo Miércoles, día 26 de Octubre de este año 2.011. Los resultados de estas pesquisas e investigaciones, habituales en el Reino Unido, siempre que no se puede determinar, a primera vista, las causas de un fallecimiento, se darán a conocer, por lo tanto, durante este próximo mes de Octubre del año 2.011.
La vocalista Amy Winehouse, autora del multipremiado lanzamiento discográfico, denominado "Back to Black", tenía un pasado de problemas, relacionados con el alcohol y con las drogas, hasta el punto de que se había asumido, plenamente, que el alcohol y las drogas estaban relacionados con su muerte, aunque, recientemente, una noticia citó a fuentes de información anónima, relacionadas con la familia de la solista Amy Winehouse, señalando que el fallecimiento podría haberse debido a un fallo cardíaco, consecuencia de una abstinencia total de alcohol, repentina y brusca.
Mitch Winehouse, padre de la fallecida cantante Amy Winehouse, realizó unas declaraciones, públicamente, recogidas por los principales medios de comunicación británicos, en las que afirmaba que, "hace tres años, Amy superó su adicción a las drogas", añadiendo que "los médicos dijeron que era imposible, pero ella lo hizo de verdad".
En cuanto al consumo de alcohol, Mitch Winehouse, padre de la artista Amy Winehouse, señaló que, aún, debía de combatir el alcoholismo, después de varias semanas de abstinencia, y añadió que "estaba intentando lidiar, en serio, con su consumo de alcohol y acababa de completar tres semanas de abstinencia".
Durante el funeral de la intérprete Amy Winehouse, celebrado durante el pasado Martes, día 26 de Julio de este año 2.011, su padre, Mitch Winehouse, confesó que, al parecer, la propia estrella Amy Winehouse "dijo 'papá, he tenido suficiente con la bebida; ya, no puedo soportar el gesto de tu cara y de la familia, ni la manera como me miras tú y la familia".
El largo historial de problemas, relacionados con el consumo y la adicción a las drogas y al alcohol, de la artista londinense Amy Winehouse, provocó una auténtica riada de especulaciones, en los principales medios de comunicación británicos, en torno a las circunstancias que desembocaron en su temprana muerte, que se llegó a achacar a una sobredósis, debida al consumo de estupefacientes.
Ya, durante el funeral de la intérprete Amy Winehouse, su padre, Mitch Winehouse, había destacado que la propia estrella Amy Winehouse, durante las semanas inmediatamente anteriores a su muerte, estaba más feliz que nunca y que había conseguido superar su adicción a las drogas, mientras intentaba, "duramente", hacer frente a sus problemas con el alcohol.
La familia de la malograda estrella del género musical "soul", la diva Amy Winehouse, ha querido, también, aprovechar la oportunidad, mediante su comunicado de prensa, para agradecer a la Policía Metropolitana de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido) y al juez forense, su "concienzuda" y meticulosa investigación, además de haber mantenido informada, a la familia Winehouse, durante todo el proceso, en todo momento.

Tras el desastre del fallecimiento de la solista Amy Winehouse, su padre, Mitch Winehouse, decidió crear una fundación benéfica, para ayudar, a través de donativos, a todas aquellas personas que, enganchadas a la droga, se encontraran en la misma situación que su difunta hija, la popular cantante Amy Winehouse.
El padre de la estrella Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, ha anunciado los planes de sus parientes y familiares, para crear una fundación, con el nombre de su hija, la fallecida diva Amy Winehouse, con el fin de ayudar a los jóvenes que luchan contra sus adicciones al consumo de sustancias ilegales, aunque, sin embargo, ha señalado, también, que sus esfuerzos se han visto frustrados, debido a "ciberokupas", que, ya, habían ocupado posibles direcciones de internet, que servirían para alojar el sitio web de la futura organización benéfica de la vocalista Amy Winehouse, de modo que, al parecer, todo está en suspenso, porque, a través de internet, el nombre de "Amy Winehouse Foundation", ya, está registrado.
Así pues, parece que los planes del padre de la solista Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, para crear una futura fundación benéfica, con el nombre de su hija, la fallecida cantante Amy Winehouse, proyecto para el que, al parecer, ya, ha recibido las primeras donaciones de particulares, se han visto, por el momento, frustrados, por un "ciberokupa", que ha "robado" el nombre, que tenían previsto poner a la presumible organización benéfica, a través de internet.
Mitch Winehouse, el padre de la artista Amy Winehouse, escribió, a través de internet, mediante la red de "microblogs" de la red social "Twitter", que, "en vez de concentrarme en distribuir los fondos, tengo que estar devolviendo cheques, porque no tenemos una cuenta bancaria con ese nombre", añadiendo, además, que "todos tenemos que bombardear las páginas de los tabloides, para presionar a este gilipollas, que robó el nombre de nuestra fundación".
Según el diario británico "The Guardian", a través de internet, la dirección "amywinehousefoundation.org.uk", fue registrada por alguien, que compró el sitio "web", durante el pasado Martes, día 16 de Agosto de este año 2.011. Previamente, ya, había sido adquirida, a través de internet, la dirección del sitio web "amywinehousefoundation.com", mientras que la dirección del sitio web "amywinehousefoundation.org" fue registrada, igualmente, por alguien, durante el pasado Domingo, día 31 de Julio de este año 2.011.
Además, según el padre de la intérprete Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, uno de estos "ciberokupas", que está frustrando sus planes, para crear una fundación benéfica, con el nombre de su hija, la, tristemente, desaparecida estrella de la música Amy Winehouse, se puso en contacto con el ex-marido de la propia diva Amy Winehouse, Blake Fielder-Civil.
Pues bien, la realidad de las cosas es que Mitch Winehouse, padre de la cantante Amy Winehouse, pecó de confiado, al hacer públicos sus deseos de crear dicha organización benéfica, bajo el nombre "The Amy Winehouse Foundation", pues, tras publicarse, en los principales medios de comunicación, la noticia, un informático aprovechado, llamado Martin McCann, corrió a comprar el dominio, a través de internet, y, ahora, la familia de la artista Amy Winehouse le reclama o, más bien, le ruega, que se lo ceda, por esta buena causa, pero parece que el informático Martin McCann se niega a ello o, más bien, lo condiciona a un buen precio.
El diario británico "The Sun" destapó toda la trama y vió cómo el informático Martin McCann compró el dominio, a través de internet, por un importe de 160 libras inglesas, durante el pasado Martes, día 2 de Agosto de este año 2.011, tan sólo una semana después de la muerte de la joven intérprete Amy Winehouse.
Así, el dominio de internet, que responde a la dirección de internet http://www.amywninehousefundation.com/ le pertenece, en este momento, al informático Martin McCann y, por lo visto, no piensa cederlo. El propio informático Martin McCann se defiende de las acusaciones, diciendo que "debemos dejar las emociones a un lado y pensar en el puro negocio", a lo que añadió que, "de momento, sólo, tengo un dominio de internet; no estoy explotando nada, así que no sé a qué vienen tantas críticas".
El propio informático Martin McCann, también, ha señalado, públicamente, que "lo podría haber comprado cualquiera; hay muchas 'Amy Winehouses' en el mundo y la 'web' estaba a un sólo 'click' de ratón, así que no me siento avergonzado, en absoluto".
Por su parte, la impotente familia de la estrella Amy Winehouse ha pedido, a los principales medios de comunicación británicos, que hagan presión, para que el chico, el informático Martin McCann, ceda el dominio de internet y no "les robe" el nombre de su fundación... ¿Cómo acabará todo esto?... ¿Seguirá abierto el culebrón o el chico cederá la "web"?... ¿Qué pensáis de su apropiación?...
Lo cierto es que, desde que se produjo la muerte de su hija, la cantante Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse ha urgido a los políticos a que trabajen más, para ayudar a los jóvenes que tienen problemas, debido a las adicciones al consumo de las drogas y del alcohol.

Finalmente, la Fundación Amy Winehouse, que financiará proyectos para la gente joven, y un tema inédito, titulado "Body and Soul", a modo de dueto, que la diva Amy Winehouse grabó con el músico Tony Bennett y que se incluye en el último disco de estudio del propio vocalista Tony Bennett, llamado "Duets II", vieron la luz, simultáneamente, durante el pasado Miércoles, día 14 de Septiembre de este año 2.011, coincidiendo con el día del cumpleaños de la solista Amy Winehouse.
La cantante Amy Winehouse, una de las mejores intérpretes de los géneros musicales "soul" y "jazz", que haya dado el Reino Unido, hubiera cumplido veintiocho años de edad, durante el pasado Miércoles, día 14 de Septiembre de este año 2.011, una fecha que la familia Winehouse ha querido recordar, con la puesta en marcha de una organización de ayuda a jóvenes con problemas.
La Fundación Amy Winehouse, también, aprovechó para inaugurar, durante este pasado Miércoles, día 14 de Septiembre de este año 2.011, su propia página web, en la dirección de internet http://www.amywinehousefoundation.co.uk/, y tendrá, como objetivo prioritario, becar proyectos de ayuda a la juventud y a la infancia, especialmente en materia de desintoxicación de las drogas. La mayor fuente de financiación de esta nueva Fundación Amy Winehouse, además de las donaciones, serán, al menos, por ahora, los ingresos derivados de las ventas del sencillo, titulado "Body and Soul", que la artista Amy Winehouse grabó, junto con el músico Tony Bennett, extraído, como primer sencillo de adelanto, del nuevo álbum del propio vocalista Tony Bennett, llamado "Duets II".
Este tema, titulado "Body and Soul", del solista Tony Bennett, procedente de su última producción discográfica, llamada "Duets II", e interpretado con la colaboración de la diva Amy Winehouse, es, en definitiva, la última canción grabada de la cantante Amy Winehouse, por lo que ha sido presentado, con todos los honores, durante este pasado Miércoles, día 14 de Septiembre de este año 2.011, en primicia, a través de la cadena radiofónica "B.B.C.", mediante la emisora "Radio 2", como una versión del tema clásico, denominado, también, "Body and Soul", del género musical "jazz", esperándose que, muy pronto, se coloque en los primeros puestos de las listas oficiales de ventas de éxitos musicales, a nivel internacional.
La madre de la artista Amy Winehouse, Janis Winehouse, declaró, precisamente, durante este pasado Miércoles, día 14 de Septiembre de este año 2.011, que su hija, la intérprete Amy Winehouse hubiera estado "orgullosa" de la "Fundación Amy Winehouse" y que "la hubiera apoyado", declaró, señalando, además, que su intención es dar el dinero que se recaude a proyectos "que vayan a cambiar las cosas".
Por su parte, el padre de la estrella Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, añadió que "Amy era muy generosa y le encantaban los niños", por lo que tenía sentido que la "Fundación Amy Winehouse" se dedicara a la gente joven.


Por cierto, que, aparte de las noticias relacionadas con la triste muerte de la diva Amy Winehouse, también, hay otras curiosidades, algunas de ellas escalofriantes. Ya sabéis que, a través de internet, podemos encontrar de todo y hay para todos los gustos, buenos y malos. Pues bien, como, en el fondo, la muerte de la vocalista Amy Winehouse era una "crónica anunciada", debido a sus constantes excesos y a sus adicciones varias, la "Red de Redes", ya, se había encargado de abrir "a subasta" las apuestas, con el día y la edad en los que la solista Amy Winehouse fallecería.
Son varias las páginas web, a través de internet, dedicadas a tan repugnante cometido. Van desde casas de subastas, en las que se apuesta y se gana dinero, hasta pequeñas páginas webs, en las que ganas un triste "iPod", por jugar a especular con la muerte de un ser humano.
Allá por el año 2.007, se creó una página web, que, a través de internet, te dejaba introducir el día en el que creías que la cantante Amy Winehouse iba a morir. La verdad es que hay que ser muy frívolo para crear una página web, a través de internet, con esta exclusiva temática, hasta el punto de que puede resultar vergonzoso e, incluso, para algunos, repugnante. Pues bien, ahora, el momento ha llegado: la artista Amy Winehouse falleció durante el pasado Sábado, día 23 de Julio de este año 2.011, y, "gracias" a eso, una "fan" ha ganado un "iPod". De 96.026 personas que apostaron por matar a la intérprete Amy Winehouse, en distintos días del año, solamente, cuatro personas acertaron la fecha exacta, en la que la estrella Amy Winehouse nos dijo adiós. La primera en predecir el desastre fue una mujer, durante el Viernes, día 21 de diciembre del año 2.007, así que, gracias a su crueldad, ha ganado un "iPod Touch". Que lo disfrute, si puede...
Por otra parte, en un foro de internet, se abrió el debate, durante el año 2.009, de modo que, durante el pasado Lunes, día 26 de Enero de aquel mismo año 2.009, un usuario afortunado escribió la predicción, sobre la muerte de la diva Amy Winehouse, aunque, en este caso, pedían, solamente, a qué edad moriría la vocalista Amy Winehouse. El joven ganador, basándose en la teoría de "El Club Maldito de los 27", que trata de grandes artistas que mueren a esa maldita edad de 27 años, apostó un importe total de 1.000,00 euros, sacados de su propio bolsillo, por lo que, una de dos, o el chico es muy rico o está absolutamente loco. Pero lo cierto es que el tiro le ha salido genial, al joven apostante, ya que ha ganado, según el mismo interesado ha relatado, la cuantiosa suma de 23.500,00 euros, gracias a la muerte de la solista Amy Winehouse.
Por su parte, los administradores de la página web escribían, durante el pasado Sábado, día 23 de Julio de este año 2.011, el día de la muerte de la cantante Amy Winehouse, un mensaje, en el que se podía leer que "Amy nos ha dejado. Esperemos que sea un ejemplo para la gente joven, sobre cómo no meterse en ciertos problemas... Que descanse en paz y su música siga sonando...". ¡Hay que ser cínicos! ¿Acaso pretenden que la gente se crea esas palabras, después de haber jugado, así, con la problemática de la artista Amy Winehouse?... Al menos, podrían ahorrarse el discurso moral...

La cantante Amy Winehouse, una de las mejores intérpretes que habían salido del Reino Unido, durante los últimos años, había realizado su última aparición pública, por última vez, durante la noche del pasado Miércoles, día 20 de Julio de este año 2.011, tres días antes de su fallecimiento, cuando salió al escenario, en el "Roundhouse Theatre", de Camden Town, en la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), cerca de su casa, junto a su ahijada, la, también, artista Dionne Bromfield, donde se la pudo ver, brevemente, bailar con la propia intérprete Dionne Bromfield, mientras animaba a la audiencia a comprar el último disco de estudio de la joven estrella Dionne Bromfield, titulado "Good for the Soul", publicado durante este año 2.011.
Estaba en preparación, para este Verano del año 2.011, una gira de retorno de la cantante Amy Winehouse, despues de que, según la prensa británica, la diva "trash del soul", la artista Amy Winehouse, hubiera estado recluida, durante dos meses, en un centro de desintoxicación de la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido), por recomendación, al parecer, de su propio padre, Mitch Winehouse, que consideraba que la intérprete Amy Winehouse estaba bebiendo demasiado, últimamente. Así pues, recientemente, la estrella Amy Winehouse había salido de una cura de desintoxicación y había intentado volver a la escena musical, con una nueva gira estival, por toda Europa, que, finalmente, habría de anular. La vocalista Amy Winehouse tuvo que anular todos los conciertos de su gira veraniega, incluyendo un directo programado en España, pues había empezado la gira, durante este pasado mes de Junio del año 2.011, por toda Europa, y, según su entorno, se encontraba en buena forma, pero, sin embargo, eran conocidas sus últimas actuaciones, muy erráticas, sobre los escenarios, que fueron muy reproducidas, a través de internet.
Así, las cosas se precipitaron con el desastroso y calamitoso concierto que la solista Amy Winehouse llevó a cabo, en la ciudad de Belgrado (República de Serbia), durante la noche del pasado Sábado, día 18 de Junio de este año 2.011, y la madrugada del pasado Domingo, día 19 de Junio de este año 2.011, que duró, aproximadamente, unos noventa minutos, donde fue pitada y abucheada por el público, pues, apenas, pudo cantar y articular algunas palabras, logrando mascullar algunos trozos de canciones, apenas reconocibles, mientras el público cantaba más que la propia cantante Amy Winehouse y sus músicos seguían tocando, lo que daba lugar a pensar que la estrella Amy Winehouse se había presentado borracha, supuestamente, ante un auditorio que congregó a más de veinte mil personas, llegando al extremo de tambalearse, visiblemente, varias veces, sobre el escenario, que llegó a abandonar durante dos ocasiones, lo que, sin duda, volvió a demostrar que la famosa cantante Amy Winehouse tenía problemas graves. Después de recibir muchos abucheos, pitos y gritos de escarnio, por parte del público asistente, la vocalista Amy Winehouse regresó a su país, a Inglaterra (Reino Unido).
Esta desastrosa actuación, en directo, de la artista Amy Winehouse, en la ciudad de Belgrado (República de Serbia), durante la noche del pasado Sábado, día 18 de Junio de este año 2.011, fue muy reproducida, a través de internet, pues se subieron vídeos, a la página de intercambio del conocido portal de internet "YouTube".
Durante esa misma semana, el representante de la artista Amy Winehouse anunció que la solista Amy Winehouse se tomaría un tiempo, para recuperarse, y que cancelaba la totalidad del resto de los conciertos de la gira europea programada, incluyendo los directos previstos en la ciudad de Estambul (Turquía), en las localidades de Locarno y Nyon (Suiza), en la ciudad de Atenas (Grecia), en la población de Lucca (Italia), en la localidad de Wiesen (Austria) y en la ciudad de Bydgoszcz (Polonia), entre otros, así como el único concierto de la gira, que la intérprete Amy Winehouse iba a celebrar en España, en la ciudad de Bilbao (Vizcaya, País Vasco), durante el pasado Viernes, día 8 de Julio de este año 2.011, en el marco del "Festival B.B.K. Live", donde figuraba como cabeza de cartel, durante su segunda jornada de actuaciones.

La estrella Amy Winehouse saltó a la fama, durante el año 2.006, por su canción titulada "Rehab", incluida en su último trabajo discográfico, llamado "Back to Black", que, precisamente, habla de sus problemas, relacionados con su vida tumultuosa y su constante lucha con sus propios demonios, pero, también, parte de su fama se debió a sus continuos y constantes problemas relacionados con el alcohol y con las drogas, que salpicaron su corta carrera musical y que fueron seguidos de varios ingresos en centros de rehabilitación, pues entró y salió, en varias ocasiones, de centros médicos y hospitales, lo que motivaba las especulaciones, por parte de los medios de comunicación, acerca de su afición al alcohol y sobre sus posibles sobredósis de drogas.
La estrella del género musical "soul", la solista Amy Winehouse, cuya silueta superdelgada, con los ojos rebosantes de rímel y tocada con su inconfundible moño alto, era tema frecuente de la prensa popular, luchaba, desde hacía varios años, contra sus adicciones, como la propia cantante Amy Winehouse explicaba, en la canción que la lanzó a la fama mundial, que fue el tema titulado "Rehab", incluido en, hasta la fecha, su último trabajo discográfico, llamado "Back to Black", que quedará, para la historia, como su testimonio de la lucha por desintoxicarse.
De esta forma, la estrella Amy Winehouse luchó contra las drogas y contra el alcohol, durante muchos años. En su corta vida, la polémica solista Amy Winehouse dió mucho de qué hablar, debido a su frecuente abuso de las drogas y del alcohol, pero, también, debido a sus constantes desórdenes y trastornos alimenticios, a su comportamiento errático, dentro y fuera del escenario, a sus relaciones sentimentales destructivas y perniciosas y a sus varias presentaciones frustradas, además de su elaborado y peculiar peinado. Y es que la artista Amy Winehouse se había debatido con sus demonios, en público, y, en muchas ocasiones, ocupó los titulares, por su conducta errática, sus relaciones dañinas, sus conciertos fallidos y sus actuaciones interrumpidas.
La artista Amy Winehouse, con su voz aterciopelada, estaba considerada como una de las mejores intérpretes de los últimos años. La vocalista del género musical "soul" Amy Winehouse, cuya voz y debilidades fueron comparadas con las más grandes solistas del género musical "jazz" de toda la historia, como, por ejemplo, con el mismísimo músico Billy Hollyday, había anunciado, recientemente, haber dejado las drogas, aunque no el alcohol.
Además, frecuentemente, la diva Amy Winehouse parecía estar muy débil, hasta el punto de que, durante los últimos años, en el mes de Junio del año 2.008 y en el mes de Abril del pasado año 2.010, hubo de ser hospitalizada y tratada médicamente, debido a lesiones sufridas por caídas en su casa, al desmayarse.
Mitch Winehouse, padre de la vocalista Amy Winehouse, llegó a confesar que su hija, la solista Amy Winehouse, había contraído enfisema pulmonar, debido a que fumaba tabaco y "crack", pero, posteriormente, el portavoz de la cantante Amy Winehouse matizó, posteriormente, que, "sólo, tenía signos precoces de lo que podría convertirse en un enfisema pulmonar".
Lo cierto es que la vocalista Amy Winehouse, siempre, se caracterizó por ser una artista polémica, llegando a calificar a la "Reina del Pop", la solista Madonna, como una "vieja señorita", además de confesar algún que otro intento de suicidio.
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Con este segundo y último lanzamiento discográfico, titulado "Back to Black", la intérprete Amy Winehouse saltó a la fama, pues consiguió ganar hasta cinco "Premios Grammy de la Música 2.008", por su disco de estudio, llamado "Back to Black", y por el sencillo revelación del año 2.008, que fue el tema denominado "Rehab, incluido en este mismo álbum, titulado "Back to Black". Superesbelta e incapaz de vencer a sus propios demonios, la artista Amy Winehouse no se aventuró a viajar hacia los Estados Unidos de América, para asistir a la ceremonia de entrega de los "Premios Grammy de la Música", de modo que se limitó a interpretar, en directo, el tema titulado "Rehab" y la canción llamada "You Know I'm No Good", incluidos ambos en su último trabajo discográfico, denominado "Back to Black", mediante un enlace de vídeo, desde la ciudad de Londres (Inglaterra, Reino Unido).
Además, la intérprete Amy Winehouse se erigió, también, como una de las grandes protagonistas de los "Premios Brits 2.008" de la música británica, pues, recién salida de una enésima terapia, para superar su adicción a las drogas, la estrella Amy Winehouse recibió una gran ovación, por parte del público, realizando una gran interpretación de un par de sus canciones.
La vocalista Amy Winehouse, intérprete del famoso éxito, en ventas, titulado "Back to Black", que daba título a su segundo y último proyecto discográfico, denominado, también, "Back to Black", tenía previsto publicar su tercer trabajo discográfico, próximamente.
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 Ensis Ferrae wrote:
 sebster wrote:
 Ensis Ferrae wrote:
Unless of course, they are lumping it in with "international affairs"


I'm not sure where it sits on that chart, but the US spends about $35 billion a year on foreign aid, whereas welfare spending is $1,066 billion (more than half is medicaid).

So the claim that the government looks after foreign countries before it looks after it's own people is wrong many times over.



Lol, that was the claim that I was backing up with my lumped in comment.... I fully recognize (unlike some here) that there are documents and facts out there, ready to be read by those who care to.

I recall a meeting that I had a number of months back with one of the political science professors at my school, and the issue of "foreign aid" was a hot button issue, both in the news, and in class. I forget my question, but her response was basically, "look at the countries that we send food, money or "aid" to, and you will see the majority of the time, there is something for us in return."


problem is, those numbers are what is put in the budget, not what is added later to foreign aid. which has a habit of happening all to often, or are you saying the government can predict natural disasters in foreign countries? before they happen even? or certain Serbian immigrant situations ?


 sebster wrote:
Asterios wrote:
and my question is still sidestepped, all i'm asking is where does it say that BLS does phone surveys asking people who are not collecting Unemployment if they are looking for work? its a simple question and if true should be easy to prove.


What exactly is your means of thinking, that you'd question this? Exactly what is that you doubt? Do you think I'm just making up the BLS, or the survey work that it does? If so, why didn't you go and look this up for yourself?


someone beat you to directing me there, and I thanked them for something you just couldn't do earlier since I was asking for said information before.
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Asterios wrote:
problem is, those numbers are what is put in the budget, not what is added later to foreign aid. which has a habit of happening all to often, or are you saying the government can predict natural disasters in foreign countries? before they happen even? or certain Serbian immigrant situations ?


There are projections and estimates... A number of my professional acquaintances have worked in government agencies like the USGS and the like, where their job was to use historical data combined with "up to the minute" data (think, volcanic activity, fault line readings, that sort of thing).

This is why, on a state level, in a state like Colorado, you may hear a negative news report in January stating that the upcoming blizzard will be especially bad, because the blizzard in November used too much of the state's "snow money."


As for reacting to foreign natural disasters, I know from those same people that the USGS works with most other nation's similar bureau's to project disasters, and when things like the Nepal quakes, or flooding/tidal waves around Bali happen, we have some sort of fund that is annually budgeted for, which is in part why we do not always send aid to every single disaster area.


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Asterios wrote:
 Gordon Shumway wrote:
@Asterios, you are welcome. You are correct, people who are not looking for jobs are not considered unemployed, they are considered to have left the workforce. Those numbers are recorded as well. The rest of your post there really just speaks to either your complete lack of knowledge to how scientific polls and surveys are run or your willful disregard. But, hey, I'm sure you know more than people professionally trained. Maybe you should try getting a job with them and teach them a few things.


ok answer this someone calls you with a survey, do you take time out to answer it? especially if they call around dinner time like most survey takers do? if so you are doing a lot more then I would.


That really depends on the survey. I haven't been called by BLS (they must be made up and aren't really contacting people based on my personal experience ), but if I were, I would take the time as it is important information for a govt. to know. I'm taking the time to discuss something on a Dakka forum with someone who doesn't seem to want to learn anything though, so I might be a bad example.


Well, I know back during the 08 economic thing, my dad lost his job, and was on unemployment... Part of the unemployment agreement was, aside from actively looking for work, was also to answer those phone surveys if called.
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 Ensis Ferrae wrote:
Lol, that was the claim that I was backing up with my lumped in comment.... I fully recognize (unlike some here) that there are documents and facts out there, ready to be read by those who care to.


Sorry, my bad. I was meaning to add on to your comment by giving you the figure, I didn't think you were supporting Asterios, but can see how it sounded like that.

I recall a meeting that I had a number of months back with one of the political science professors at my school, and the issue of "foreign aid" was a hot button issue, both in the news, and in class. I forget my question, but her response was basically, "look at the countries that we send food, money or "aid" to, and you will see the majority of the time, there is something for us in return."


Definitely. Foreign Aid is part of geo-politics. And in shaping the world in to what best suits the US, it probably delivers a lot more bang for buck than military spending.


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problem is, those numbers are what is put in the budget, not what is added later to foreign aid. which has a habit of happening all to often, or are you saying the government can predict natural disasters in foreign countries? before they happen even? or certain Serbian immigrant situations ?


A very small portion of foreign aid is disaster relief. And even if a large event occurred, then budgets contain contingencies, and if an absolutely massive event happened then you'd see a smoothing effect, where funds are given now and drawn from future year allocations.

someone beat you to directing me there, and I thanked them for something you just couldn't do earlier since I was asking for said information before.


You have google. If you're going to go around rejecting basic bits of economic knowledge, maybe try using google search at least once before hand.

It is not the obligation of dakka to provide you with the most basic information on the topic.
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Cameron buries hatchet with Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell - and offers him £250,000 EU job
Government fights Europe over air pollution reduction
EU banker pay cap 'threatens thousands of British jobs'
Revealed: One in four of UK's top companies pay no tax
Banker Andrei Borodin granted asylum in Britain after fleeing Russia
UK Explorer: Green Campaigning Has Failed
UK commits £88m to Chilean telescope 'as big as all existing ones put together'
Paedophile ring leader, Colin Peters, linked to Barnes scandal
Cameron vows to defend UK banks


European Union
Hundreds of thousands march against austerity in Portugal
Italy paralysed as Grillo plots exit route from euro
Italian newcomer Grillo predicts collapse in six months
Italy President Napolitano calls for realism after vote
Greek military prepares for mass repression
1000s hold anti-austerity demo in Greece
At least 22 people hurt in Macedonia ethnic protests over new defense minister
Mass layoffs at Caterpillar in Belgium
Dark Rumblings Of A Coup D'État In Spain
Spain Delays Catalunya Banc Auction
Spain overturns Islamic face veil ban
Thousands march in Portugal to protest austerity

Germany
Germany Blasted for Role in Europe's Crisis
German states rail against 'stupid' wealth transfers
Italian president says Germany must give EU recovery a boost
Germany Debates Fracking as Energy Costs Rise
Bitter feud divides family of Germany's reunification leader
Racism in German military mirrors society
Germany discovers toxin in animal fodder
Angela Merkel Wishes Bulgaria's Borissov Quick Recovery
Merkel cabinet lowers bars to German labor market
Kerry praises Germany's 'exemplary leadership' in Europe
Italian president scraps meeting with German opposition leader over "clown" remarks

France
Hollande leads tributes to 'a great figure' and resistance fighter
As France's Mali mission grows, so does terror threat from homegrown militants inside France
France considers marijuana-based drug
France will not reach 2015 disabled access target
Paris seeks alternative to 75% tax
France-Qatar tensions rise over Mali war, Tunisia
Hollande juggles trade, human rights in Moscow
Hollande to Talk Syria Settlement With Putin
Kerry holds talks on Mali with French leadership
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Al-Qaeda leader behind Algeria gas plant hostage massacre killed in Mali
US Seeks to Confirm Report of Terror Leader's Death
Syria: Fierce Clashes in Provincial Capital Raqqa
Assad Forces Take Aleppo Village, Reopening Supply Line
Syrian President Assad Blasts British Government
Iran Says Syria’s Assad to Run for 2014 Election
How Does the U.S. Mark Unidentified Men in Pakistan and Yemen as Drone Targets?
Syrian Rebels Angry Over US Aid: ‘Only Thing We Want Is Weapons’

Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Israel
Netanyahu secretly visited Jordan to discuss peace with Palestinians
Netanyahu gets two more weeks to form Israel coalition
3 Syrian Mortars Land in Southern Golan Heights
Gaza Border: Senior Officer's Vehicle Hit by Gunshots
New coalition will have to freeze construction outside settlement blocs
Tissue tests planned for Israelis in Gaza who want to cross border
Palestinian PM evacuated from West Bank after Israeli soldiers fire teargas at protesters
Sequestration: Israel Could ‘Gradually’ Lose $500 Million in US Aid
Netanyahu blasts Erdogan's 'dark and libelous' criticism of Zionism


Turkey
Scud Missile Fired in Syria Lands Near Iraqi Village
Bombs Kill at Least 22 in Iraqi Capital
Erdoğan: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism same
Turkey's Difficult Choice in Palestine, Israel
Erdogan Calls for More Support for Syrian Opposition
Kurdish leader 'outlines' Turkey peace plan
More Military Arrests in Turkey For 'Feb. 28 Process'
Turkey Provides Schools for Syrian Refugee Children
Iraq budget stalemate deepens over Kurd oil payments
Iraq continues to allow Iranian overflights to Syria


Egypt
John Kerry visits Egypt as dozens injured in violent protests
Kerry urges Egypt to take difficult economic steps; opposition figures skip meetings
Protesters Demand Armed Forces Intervention in Cairo
Ex-member: Muslim Brotherhood has secret societies in 80 nations, including U.S.
Bahrain Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja Sentenced to Jail
176 Protesters Held in Saudi Arabia
Qatar's Influence in Egypt Runs Deeper Than Its Pockets
Morsi criticized for reaction to tragedy
Parties who boycotted Morsi's national dialogue invited to send suggestions
Opposition refuse to stand in Egypt's parliamentary elections

Iran
Ahmadinejad: National dialogue only way to end Syria crisis
Ahmadinejad: West's war against Iran media doomed to failure  
Ahmadinejad to Visit Pakistan This Month to Inaugurate IP Gas Pipeline Construction
Threatening Iran Won't Help in Nuclear Talks, Envoy Says
Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran
Head Of Iran's Qods Force Suggests Assad Is Vulnerable
Sanction-Hit Iran Fears Unrest as New Elections Near
Khamenei tells Zardari pipeline must advance despite US opposition
Ahmadinejad Aide’s Candidacy a Challenge to Iran’s Theocratic Status Quo
Ahmadinejad, Zardari Stress Expansion of Iran-Pakistan Ties


Venezuela
Hugo Chavez undergoing chemotherapy
VP Maduro: Capriles Seeks Destabilization in Venezuela
Venezuela decries "absurd" rumors over Chavez death
Maduro: Chavez ‘battling’ for his life
Rumours swirl as Chavez stays out of sight
Former envoy claims Venezuela's Chavez is dead
Venezuela government denies rumours about Chavez
Venezuelans hold demo in support of Chavez
Student demonstration dispersed by authorities in Venezuela
FARC: Colombia government to blame for coffee strike


Brazil
Brazil to get its first nuclear subs
Rousseff Meets Nigerian Leader for Trade Talks
Brazil's Unemployment Rises More Than Forecast in January
Prosecutors investigate spying charges against consortium building dam in Brazil
Brazil turns to Catholic Church to quash crack epidemic
Brazil Wind Developers May Be Required to Build New Power Lines
No one is safe from Argentina's drug war
Modern Slavery Rears its Ugly Head in Chile
Chilean Navy Saves 25 Stranded Whales, 20 Die
Peru says American couple found; family wants 'proof of life'


Mexico
Nieto Says Justice Will Be Done in Union Boss’s Case
Six Bodies Found in Mexico, Including Teenage Boy Earlier Arrested for Murder
Mexican Daily Hit by Third Attack This Week
Army Kills 4 Gunmen in Northern Mexico
Two Police Gunned Down in Guatemala
Fire hits big Mexico City marketplace
Pena Nieto enacts major education reform
Powerful head of Mexico teachers union is arrested
Mexico to Launch New Police Force Later This Year

Cuba Dissident’s Daughter Says Dad’s Death Was No Accident
Cuban Dissidents Hope to Build Mass Organization
A post-Castro Cuba
Chavez Congratulates Raul Castro on Re-Election
Castro Retirement News Prompts Tepid Response In Miami
Transition now seen as underway in Cuba
Cooperatives Could Save Cuban Socialism
South African medical students in Cuba may be deported
No ease for Cuba from US state sponsor of terrorism list


United Nations
U.N. Security Council asks for report on possible Mali peacekeepers
Ban Tones Down Criticism of Rwanda Over Congo Claims
UN chief says Iran should gain world confidence over its disputed atomic plan
Libya to ask U.N. to lift arms embargo
UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
          HEADS UP 2/15        
 
 
Top World News Now                 
February 15, 2013
 

United States
Environmentalists Press Obama in Heated Oil Pipeline Debate
NRA exec accuses Obama of gun 'charade' at State of the Union
Kerry: Moves Against North Korea Would Scare Iran Off Nukes
Senate Republicans Block Hagel Nomination For Defense Secretary
Key US general backs keeping Afghan forces at peak strength
Missouri Democrats Introduce Legislation to Confiscate Firearms – Gives Gun Owners 90 Days to Turn in Weapons
Transocean to pay $400 million for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
High taxes force more Americans to renounce their citizenship
600 children living in Washington, DC homeless shelter
Conspiracy Theorists Leap at the Confusing Case of Dorner’s Multiple Wallets
Body in burned cabin ID'd as Christopher Dorner
Cruise ship nightmare nearing end for passengers after hellish trip
CDC Warns of Super-Gonorrhea
 
 

Russia
Russia activates ‘Operation Fortress’, 20,000 troops after air defense forces shoot down space object
Putin orders Russian security on high alert before Olympics
Putin Warns Foreign NGOs Against 'Meddling' In Russian Affairs
Putin Orders FSB to Set Up Anti-Hacker Defense
Putin: Russia will not tolerate foreign pressure
Foreign Ministry: Russia ‘Ready’ to Consider Further Nuclear Arms Cuts
Army Chief: Russia may be drawn into resource wars in future
Russian Army Commissions Bioengineered Liver for $17 Mln
Russia charges Georgian politician with plotting mass unrest
Constitutional Court: Authorities must not politically discriminate against protesters
Six Suspected Militants Killed in Dagestan Operation
Very strong earthquake in a sparsely populated Siberia area
Thousands of Russian convicts may go untracked if bracelet batteries die
 

China
Xi's Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning
Xi Jinping Prepares to Deal With New 'Gang of Four'
Beijing ramps up propaganda war to bolster Diaoyus claim
China's environment unaffected by DPRK nuclear test so far
China's Netizens React Colorfully to N. Korean Nuke Test
Nuke test gives US excuse to boost its military
S. Korea stages large-scale drills following DPRK nuke test
South Korea flexes missile power after North test
The Real Japan-China Conflict
7 dead, 18 injured in China after man sets off bomb over child custody dispute
Depressing landmark reached, 100th Tibetan self-immolates
Tibetans commemorate centennial of 'Tibetan independence'
Clues to why most survived China's melamine scandal
 

Major warns Cameron's EU referendum is a 'gamble'
EU warns Tories that UK security opt-out 'doesn't make sense'
UK Military Flies Ghana Troops, Equipment to Mali
Britain warns of Syria jihadist threat to Europe
British MPs to receive on-the-job mental health aid
UK Lawmakers Say Credit Schemes Not Working
Another policeman held in UK graft probe
New SARS-like virus shows person-to-person transmission
Deaths, lies and the NHS: Shocking new healthcare scandals emerge in UK
UK Arrests Men in Horse-Meat Probe
Horsemeat: Bute Found In Carcasses In UK
UK soap opera star faces child sex charges
 
 

Europe Rejects Critics of 'Robin Hood' Tax
Austerity's children becoming Europe's "lost generation"
Economy in Europe Contracts More Than Expected
Pope rounds on rival cardinals and their 'sins against unity'
Man sets himself alight at Rome airport
Berlusconi defends need for bribery in winning contracts
Monte Paschi's former finance chief held in Italy
Italy unemployment crisis reaches alarming rate
Foreign investors set to sue Spain over energy reform
King Juan Carlos fights new pressures to abdicate
Greece: Alexis Tsipras raises the political stakes
Interior Ministry: Mafia plotting to crash Serbian Air Force One
 

Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign
Germany and Spain Move to Curb Green-Energy Supports
German airports security staff strike continues Friday
Germany to help Israelis stuck in unfriendly countries
Roma in Germany forced into abject poverty
Barbarians at the Gate
Reports Of 'Neo-Nazi' Guards At Amazon Warehouses In Germany Creates Fresh Scandal
Tempting PhDs lead politicians into plagiarism
Germany's Great Church Sell-Off
Swiss push reconciliation plan for Sri Lanka
Switzerland prepares to sit at G20 head table
Norway Ready to Use Rate Cuts to Cool Krone
 

Hollande Tiptoes Toward Raid on Pensions Under Pressure From EU
Hollande says France ok with India civil nuclear liability clause
Hollande in India to sell warplanes, nuclear power, metro construction
Tunisians denounce France interference
The European Slump: France Gives Up Lowering Its Budget Deficit
French Goodyear workers protest against closure of Amiens Nord plant
France moves step closer to legal euthanasia
French firm suspected as culprit in spreading horsemeat scandal
France to return 7 paintings looted during WWII
 
 
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Libya Braces for Unrest on Anniversary of Qaddafi Revolt
Syrian rebels down 2 government planes
Syria rebels capture oil field and military base
Saudis say Syria death toll may be 90000
As war in Syria continues, refugees in Turkey open a high school
Armenia tries to help as Christian Armenians flee Syria
In Mali town, counter-insurgency task ties down French
French incursion frees few slaves in Mali
Official Details French Role in Mali
US Pledges to Help Mali With Long-Term Stability
 
Insight Into Today’s News
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
Now We Know: War Is Murder
It Can't Happen Here?
The Andromeda Strain, Yes. Jesus, No. Your Tax Dollars at Work.
Remember 1994
Morningland Dairy destroyed by feds, $250,000 inventory stolen by government thugs during armed raid
Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector
CIA Adviser Warns of 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Debtors Prisons In The US Are Rapidly Filling With People Who Can’t Pay Bills
 

Netanyahu threatened media over Prisoner X
'Prisoner X' took part in Mossad operation of killing Hamas operative in Dubai?
Lawyer: ‘Prisoner X’ negotiated plea bargain before suicide
Israeli Security Delegation Arrives for Talks in Cairo
Border area on alert as Israel carries out drills
Israel shells out almost a fifth of national budget on defense
Israel falls 20 places in World Press Freedom Index
Leading Rabbi Says Let Haredim Guard Their Own West Bank Cities
Israeli Siege Snuffing Out Gaza's Camel Industry
 

 

Morsi's Egypt Poised to Criminalize Protest
Morsi's graduate son snares plum Egypt job at 66 times lowest salary
Salafis open fire on Morsi
Ruling party aims for outright majority in new parliament
Egypt political forces call for symbolic funeral of slain boy potato seller
Egypt Military Offers Rare Apology for Child Death
Teenage protester shot dead amid clashes on Bahrain uprising anniversary
Saudi Minister Puts Young Royals in Succession Spotlight
Bahrain condemns Iran's statements
 

Ahmadinejad bluffed that Iran is now a 'nuclear state'
IAEA, Iran Fail to Reach Nuclear Deal
Kerry urges Iran to make "real offers" in nuclear talks
Gulf states reject Iranian suggestion that Syria, Bahrain be discussed at nuclear talks
Iran denies transferring arms to Somali militants
Iran Using China To Smuggle Nuclear Material? ISIS Report Raises Concerns
Iran Mourns Senior Commander Killed in Syria
Iran Begins Its Election-Season Web Crackdown a Few Months Early
Pak-Iran pipeline deal likely to be inked today
 

Venezuelan students protest outside Cuban Embassy as Chavez remains out of sight in Havana
Venezuela to Limit Medicine Prices After Chavez Devaluation
Maduro: Chavez Undergoing “Very Complex and Tough” Treatment
Venezuela's move to devalue is desperate
Chavez Devaluation Puts Venezuelans to Queue Before Price Raise
Capriles: Venezuela needs no devaluation, but stop handouts
US Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela's Cavim Arms Company
Farc rebels kill seven Colombian soldiers in blow to peace process
Eastern Colombia locked into neo-paramilitary war
 

Witnesses of Argentina major train accident fear for their lives
Woman in Argentina marries twin sister's convicted killer
Rousseff Stumbles on Energy
Brazil's Hydroelectric Dam Boom is Bringing Tensions
Brazil Papal Contender: Place of Birth Irrelevant
Argentina confirms quizzing of Iran suspects
Epic Glacier Collapse In Argentina: Ice Bridge Connected To Perito Moreno Thunders Into Lake
Argentina Continues Its Defiance of Ghana in the Courts
Chile's Mapuche Indians clash with police in Collipulli
 
 

A glimpse of Nieto's new crime fighting strategy
Mexico arrests six suspects for rape of
          Sejarah dan Perkembangan Pascal        



Turbo Pascal
Turbo Pascal adalah sebuah sistem pengembangan perangkat lunak yang terdiri atas kompiler dan lingkungan pengembangan terintegrasi (dalam bahasa inggris: Integrated Development Environment - IDE) atas bahasa pemrograman pascal untuk sistem operasi CP/MCP/M-86, dan MS-DOS, yang dikembangkan oleh Borland pada masa kepemimpinan Philippe Kahn. Nama Borland Pascal umumnya digunakan untuk paket perangkat lunak tingkat lanjut (dengan kepustakaan yang lebih banyak dan pustaka kode sumber standar) sementara versi yang lebih murah dan paling luas digunakan dinamakan sebagai Turbo Pascal. Nama Borland Pascal juga digunakan sebagai dialek spesifik Pascal buatan Borland.Borland telah menembangkan tiga versi lama dari Turbo Pascal secara gratis disebabkan karena sejarahnya yang panjang khusus untuk versi 1.0, 3.02, dan 5.5 yang berjalan pada sistem operasi MS-DOS.

Sejarah
Turbo Pascal pada awalnya adalah kompiler Blue Label Pascal yang dibuat untuk sistem operasi komputer mikro berbasis kaset, NasSys, milik Nascom tahun 1981 oleh Anders Hejlsberg. Kompiler tersebut ditulis ulang untuk CP/M dan dinamai Compas Pascal, dan kemudian dinamai Turbo Pascal untuk sistem operasi MS-DOS dan CP/M. Versi Turbo Pascal untuk komputer Apple Macintosh sebenarnya pernah ditembangkan tahun 1986, namun pengembangannya dihentikan sekitar tahun 1992. Versi-versi lain pernah tersedia pula untuk mesin-mesin CP/M seperti DEC Rainbow dalam beberapa penembangan.

Versi Dos
Kompiler Turbo Pascal didasari pada kompiler Bule Laber Pascal secara resmi dihasilkan untuk NasSys cassette-based operating system dari Nascom mikrokomputer pada 1981 oleh Anders Hejlsberg. Borland melisensikan inti kompiler "PolyPascal" milik Hejlsberg (Poly Data adalah nama dari perusahaan Hejlsberg di Denmark), dan menambahkan tampilan muka dan editor. Anders Hejlsberg bergabung dengan perusahaan sebagai karyawan dan arsitek untuk seluruh versi dari kompiler Turbo Pascal dan satu dari tiga versi dari Borland Delphi. Kompiler pertama sekali dirilis sebagai Compas Pascal untuk CP/M, dan kemudian dirilis pada 20 November 1983 sebagai Turbo Pascal untuk CP/M, CP/M-86 {contoh komputer Apple II yang dipasangkan dengan Z-80 SoftCard) dan mesin DOS. Pada debut pertama a di pasar Amerika, Turbo Pascal dijual 49.99 USD. Kompiler Pascal yang terintegerasikan memiliki kualitas yang sangat bagus dibandingkan dengan produksi Pascal yang lain pada saat itu dan juga sangat diterima dikalangan umum.
Nama Turbo diambil karena berhubungan dengan kecepatan kompuladi dari produksi exekute. Siklus edit/compile/run lebih cepat dibandingkan implementasi dari Pascal yang lain karena semuanya berhubungan dengan membangun program yang disimpan di RAM, dan karena ini merupakan kompiler sekali yang ditulis pada bahasa Assembly. Kompilasi terjadi dengan sangat cepat dibandingkan dengan bahasa yang lain (bahkan kompiler Borland untuk bahasa C), dan waktu programmer juga menjadi hemat sejak program dapat dikompile dan dijalankan dari IDE. Kecepatan file execute COM adalah terobosan untuk developer yang hanya memiliki satu pengalaman dalam mikrokomputer program seperti BASIC.
Bill Gates melihat kesuksesan dari Turbo Pascal pada kehidupan pribadi dan tidak dapat mengerti kenapa produk Microsoft sangat lambat. Dia melampiaskan kemarahannya pada Greg Whitten[direktur programming di Microsoft Languages] dan berteriak padanya selama satu jam. Dia tidak dapat mengerti kenapa Kahn dapat mengalahkan kompetitor kuat seperti Microsoft.
IDE masih sangat canggih sampai sekarang, ketika sumber daya komputer pada PC IBM sangat terbatas (desain IBM memiliki keterbatasan yang besar sehingga performanya tidak dapat melawan produk enterprise yang menguntungkan IBM). IDE sangat simple dan intuitif, dan menu sistem yang sangat terorganisir dengan baik. Versi terbaru dari penggunaan editor; Wordstar key functions, menjadi standar pada saat ini. Versi selanjutnya dari IDE, didesain untuk PC dengan mengecilkan ruang pada disk dan memory, yang dapat menampilkan definisi dari kata kunci dari bahasa dengan menempatkan kursor pada kata kunci dan menekan F1. Definisi juga menampilkan kode contoh. Ini memberikan pelajaran kepada programmer yang belum handal dengan menggunakan IDE, tanpa membutuhkan pertolongan dari buku.
Versi 1 hingga versi 3
Borland membeli lisensi atas kompiler PolyPascal yang ditulis oleh Anders Hejlsberg (Poly Data adalah nama perusahaan yang didirikannya diDenmark), dan menambahkan antar muka pengguna serta editor. Anders kemudian bergabung sebagai karyawan dan menjadi arsitek atas semua versi kompiler Turbo Pascal dan tiga versi pertama Borland Delphi.
Versi pertama dari Turbo Pascal, yang kemudian disebut sebagai versi 1, memiliki unjuk kerja yang sangat cepat dibandingkan kompiler pascal untuk komputer mikro lainnya. Kompiler tersebut tersedia untuk sistem operasi CP/M, CP/M-86, dan MS-DOS, dan penggunaannya sangat luas pada masa itu. Versi Turbo Pascal untuk CP/M saat itu bisa digunakan pada komputer Apple II yang sangat populer jika digunakan dengan sebuah Z-80 SoftCard, produk perangkat keras pertama yang ditembangkan microsoft di tahun 1980.
Pada saat itu CP/M menggunakan format berkas executable yang sederhana dengan menggunakan ekstensi .COM; sistem operasi MS-DOS bisa menggunakan baik .COM (tidak kompatibel dengan format yang terdapat pada CP/M) maupun format .EXE. Turbo Pascal pada saat itu hanya mendukung kode biner berformat .COM, pada masa itu hal tersebut tidak menjadi suatu bentuk keterbatasan. Perangkat lunak Turbo Pascal itu sendiri merupakan sebuah berkas berekstensi .COM dan berukuran sekitar 28 kilobita, termasuk editor, kompiler, dan linker, dan rutin-rutin pustaka. Efisiensii proses edit/kompilasi/jalankan lebih cepat dibandingkan dengan implementasi paskal pada kompiler lainnya disebabkan semua elemen yang terkait dalam pengembangan program diletakkan pada memori komputer (RAM), dan karena kompilernya sendiri merupakan kompiler berjenis single-pass compiler yang ditulis dengan bahasa assembler. Unjuk kerja proses kompilasi sangat cepat dibandingkan dengan produk lain (bahkan dibandingkan dengan kompiler C milik Borland sendiri).
Ketika pertama kali versi Turbo Pascal muncul pada tanggal 20 November 1983, jenis IDE yang digunakannya masih terbilang baru. Pada debutnya terhadap pasar perangkat lunak di Amerika, perangkat lunak tersebut dibandrol dengan harga USD$49.99. Kualitas kompiler pascal terintegrasi terdapat dalam Turbo Pascal sangat baik dibandingkan kompetitor lain dan atas fitur-fitur tersebut ditawarkan dengan harga yang terjangkau.
Versi 2 dan 3 merupakan pengembangan lebih lanjut dari versi sebelumnya, mampu berkerja dalam memori, dan menghasilkan berkas biner berekstensi .COM/.CMD. Dukungan atas sistem operasi CP/M dan CP/M-86 dihentikan setelah versi 3.
Bahasa Assembly
Saat seluruh versi dari Turbo Pascal dapat memasukkan kode mesin, versi selanjutnya memberikan kemampuan untuk berintegrasi dengan mudah pada bahasa Assembly tanpa pascal. Dukungan untuk 8086 mode memory disediakan dengan inline assembly, pilihan kompiler, dan ekstensi bahasa seperti kata kunci yang "pasti".
Versi-versi Lanjutan
Versi 4, ditembangkan tahun 1987, merupakan perangkat lunak yang ditulis ulang untuk keseluruhan sistem. Kompiler menghasilkan berkas biner berekstensi .EXE pada MS-DOS, dan tidak lagi .COM. Sistem operasi CP/M dan C/M-86 tidak lagi didukung pada versi kompiler ini. Versi ini pula memperkenalkan sebuah antar muka berlayar penuh dengan yang dilengkapi dengan menu tarik; versi-versi awal memilik layar menu berbasis teks; dan editor berlayar-penuh. Microsoft Windows belum ada saat versi ini ditembangkan, dan bahkan pemanfaatan tetikus-pun masih jarang.
Versi 5.x diperkenalkan dengan layar biru yang kemudian menjadi ciri khas yang sangat familiar, yang kemudian menjadi merek dagang perusahaan perangkat kompiler MS-DOS sampai era DOS berakhir di pertengahan tahun 1990-an.
Versi terakhir yang pernah ditembangkan adalah versi 7. Borland Pascal 7 terdiri atas sebuah IDE, dan kompiler untuk MS-DOS, DOS terekstensi, dan program Windows 3.x. Turbo Pascal 7 di sisi lain hanya bisa membuat program MS-DOS standar. Perangkat lunak tersebut dilengkapi pula dengan pustaka grafis yang mengabstraksi pemrograman dalam menggunakan beberapa driver grafis eksternal, namun unjuk kerja pustaka ini tidak memuaskan.
Bahasa Perakit
Meski semua versi Turbo Pascal mendukung inline machine code kode mesin yang disertakan dalam baris kode sumber bahasa pascal, versi-versi berikutnya mendukung integrasi bahasa perakit (Assembly) dengan Pascal secara mudah. Hal ini memungkinkan pemrogram untuk meningkatkan unjuk kerja eksekusi program lebih lanjut, selain itu, memungkinkan pemrogram untuk mengakses perangkat keras secara langsung.
Dukungan atas model memori atas prosesor 8086 tersedia melalui inline assembly, opsi kompiler, dan eksensi bahasa seperti menggunakan kata kuci "absolute".
Suksesi
Pada tahun 1995 Borland menghentikan pengembangan Turbo Pascal dan menggantinya dengan Delphi, berbasis Object Pascal (bahasa Pascal yang telah dilengkapi dengan fitur pemrograman berorientasi obyek). Perangkat lunak tersebut membawa banyak konsep baru kepada pengguna Turbo Pascal seperti konsep pemrograman berbasis RAD (singkatan dari rapid application development). Meski demikan, versi 32 bit Delphi masih mendukung cukup banyak aspek-aspek yang ada pada Turbo Pascal.
Beberapa produk lain yang kompatibel dengan Turbo Pascal juga bermunculan seperti Free Pascal dan Virtual Pascal.
Pendidikan
Borland Pascal masih digunakan sebagai materi yang dipelajari sebagai mata pelajaran atau mata kuliah di beberapa sekolah, dan universitas di Jerman, dan Amerika. Di Beligia, Romania, Serbia, Moldova dan Bulgaria Pascal digunakan bahkan di sekolah menengah tingkat pertama. Namun di Afrika selatan, Pascal tidak lagi digunakan, melainkan menggunakan Delphi dan Java.
Beberapa kalangan guru lebih memilih Borland Pascal 7, atau Turbo Pascal 5.5 disebabkan karena lebih sederhana dibandingkan IDE modern yang ada saat ini (seperti Visual Studio, atau Borland JBuilder), dengan demikian meraka dapat memfokuskan pengajaran lebih banyak pada sisi bahasa, dan bukan pada bagaimana cara mengoperasikan IDE tersebut. Selain dari itu, perangkat lunak tersebut tersedia secara gratis dan bisa diunduh dari situs resminya.
Contoh kode
·         Bahasa Pascal tidak bersifat case sensitive.
·         Secara historis, komentar dalam bahasa pascal diidentifikasikan sebagai { seperti ini }, atau (* seperti ini *), dan bisa terdiri atas beberapa baris. Versi lanjutan Borland Pascal juga mendukung model komentar seperti yang terdapat pada C++. // seperti ini , yang berlaku pada satu baris.
·         Sintaksis case yang lebih fleksibel daripada Pascal standar.
·         Himpunan hanya bisa memiliki hingga 28 (256) anggota.
·         Standar, string dengan panjang yang tetap didukung, namun terdapat pula tipe data String yang lebih fleksibel.
Berikut ini adalah contoh klasik program Halo dunia dengan Turbo Pascal :
begin
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Dan berikut ini contoh program yang meminta masukan nama dan menuliskannya kembali di layar sebanyak seratus kali:
program TulisNama;
here's the link to a video at ESPN Go.)

In efforts to prevent violence, Albanians were not allowed to attend the game (risking arrest if they attempted to access the stadium - though why any Albania would want to get past Serbian border control is beyond me), so some enterprising young shqiptar decided that a flag-flying drone would bring some Albanian spirit to the game. For reasons beyond my comprehension, they decided to attach the flag (showing a map of Albania plus the contested Kosovo region - which Serbia still claims to possess, despite its independence being recognized by, like, everyone) to said drone with insanely long string...long enough that a Serbian player was able to grab the flag and pull down the drone.

Off course, the mature response to this is to FIGHT. This immediately incendiary act led to actual incendiaries - as the fight continues, check out the flame thrower action occurring in the upper right hand corner. Fans started throwing garbage onto the field, before breaking past barriers to rush the field. The Albanian team quickly abandoned the fight and ran to the safety of their locker room, but not before a invigorating round of "ubi ubi ubi siptare" chants from the Serbian fans ("Kill kill kill the Albanians!" - charming, no?).

Officials waited over an hour for tempers to cool - because, you know, fifteen years has worked so well to calm ethnic hatred between the two countries since the civil war ended - but eventually declared it hopeless and cancelled the game, upsetting soccer brackets everywhere.

For hours last night, Lushnje was insane with men screaming, whistling, parading down the main street, honking their car horns, singing Kosovar pride songs (Kosovo is largely ethnically Albanian), chanting, running, and wreaking general havoc.

Honestly. Sports.


          Open City Docs comes to London with killer programme        
Last week Open City Docs  announced their programme for this year’s festival, taking place over six days from 21-26 June at venues across London. They will screen over 60 documentaries and host an impressive line-up of special events, industry sessions, masterclasses, networking events and – not to forget – kick ass parties. Opening the festival will be Tadhg O’Sullivan’s The Great Wall, a poetic and timely exploration of one of the great themes of our times: mass migration and the refugee crisis. Ognjen Glavonic returns to the festival with Depth Two, a documentary thriller which unearths the story of a war crime in Serbia under Slobodan MiloÅ¡ević’s dictatorship, closing Open City 2016. Highlights this year include Bill and Turner Ross’ Americana trilogy, a programme focusing on the work of French filmmaker, photographer, sound artist and ethnomusicologist Vincent Moon as well as masterclasses with Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Helena TřeÅ¡tíková and Marc Isaacs. Find out more here. Also ...
          Serbian Girl Take It Hard In The Ass Hole        
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          Got AR-15 Mags? Get these rifles!        

The STANAG or standard M-16/AR-15 magazine is the most common rifle magazine in the United States. Inexpensive, lightweight and available in dozens of capacities, these little ammunition delivery devices can be found in nearly every gun shop in America.

 Whether your favorite is HexMag, Magpul PMAG USGI surplus or Lancer varieties, chances are if you’re reading this post, you own at least a handful. One of the greatest, but least known aspects of these magazines is their compatibility with different weapon systems. So if you’re stocking up on mags in case of a potential ban, it might be equally wise to pick up an extra rifle or two without having to worry about buying enough magazines for them. After spending an inordinate amount of time scouring gun shops, personal ads and various gun forums I’ve found four great guns that utilize these prolific magazines.

Armalite AR-180

The first rifle on our list is the brainchild of the M16/AR16’s original designer, Eugene Stoner. Stoner and his partner Arthur Miller envisioned an alternative to their AR15 rifle that would be easier for less developed nations to build than the M16. So instead of aluminum forgings, the AR-18 was built from two major materials – steel stampings and polymer furniture.

While steel stampings are a low-tech solution for developing nations, they’re a pricy one for modern firearms. Which is why Armalite reintroduced the rifle as the AR-180B in 2001, replacing the stamped steel receiver with a polymer one. Bad news for Armalite is that this rifle never gained much traction, the good news for shooters is that this means the guns are still fairly affordable. – Plus, if the thought of a polymer receiver worries you (some people accidently break theirs by repeatedly disassembly) NoDak Spud makes an awesome replacement aluminum receiver for around $200.

But why would someone buy this over a standard AR15? For starters, it’s a dedicated short-stroke piston driven rifle. Meaning, it tends to run better when dirty, or subjected to the elements. Also, the ‘B’ model is astoundingly light for a piston gun. - It barely tips the scales at five pounds.  While the AR-180 and 180B aren’t currently in production, used examples can be found for around $700 in good to great condition.

Zastava PAP M90NP

AK lovers just stopped in their tracks at this addition to the list. Yes, there is a full-sized 5.56mm AK rifle that uses STANAG magazines! (There’s also a pistol, the M85NP, but I’m leaning towards shoulder-fired guns in this piece)

Like all Zastava Products, the M90NP is made in Serbia to demanding standards. The M90 is basically a modified NPAP/M70 rifle rechambered in 5.56mm with a magazine well adapter bolted on. What this means in practical terms, is that the rifle can use both furniture and accessories meant for Yugo or Serbian pattern full-sized AK rifles while still utilizing inexpensive AR15 STANAG magazines.

This is particularly great news for shooters living in states with magazine capacity bans or limitations – since the only standard capacity 5.56mm AK magazine to arrive stateside in appreciable numbers are for the Norinco 56s rifles. This is frustrating for shooters like myself who once lived in ban states since no other AK uses these pattern magazines.

Other cool features of the rifle include an adjustable gas system to regulate its long-stroke piston driven bolt and carrier – this allows the gun to be dialed in perfectly for specific loads. Also, the rifle features Yugoslavian-pattern side rail for mounting optics or optics rails. The only real downside on the M90NP is weight. The hefty blaster is roughly 11 pounds unloaded! While this makes hiking with the rifle a pain in the ass, it goes greatly reduce felt recoil.

SIG MCX / 516

SIG Sauer is known for building ultra-reliable pistols and rifles. On the rifle side of things, they’re also good about utilizing commonly available STANAGs – SIG 550 series notwithstanding. While the SIG 516 is admittedly more AR15 than not, it doesn’t utilize the same direct impingement system.

I was going to originally limit to addition to the list to simply the MCX, but since I am a die-hard fan of my personal 516 Carbon TS, I wanted to bring more attention to it. One of my favorite things that both rifles have in common, is their use of AR-15 style controls. Shooters like me that learned the majority of their gun-handling on an AR15 or M16, will feel right at home behind either these rifles.

Why pick either gun over a standard DI AR15?

In a word: Reliability.

In two: Reliability; Silencers.

Direct impingement rifles tend not to play well with sound suppressors, simply because the increased backpressure of running a silencer tends to mess with the timing of a DI gun. This is especially true for newer production guns, because manufacturers tend to intentionally over-gas guns to make sure they run with the most underpowered dog-crap ammo available. Otherwise some guy trying to save money of ammo will otherwise invariably post all over the internet that their gun is junk because it wouldn’t run heavily water-damaged Pakistani surplus from the 1970s.

This is particularly problematic when running a can, because the already over-gassed rifle working in conjunction with increased back-pressure leads to filthy guns and premature wear on the action.

What about reliability? Well, objectively piston guns tend to run cleaner, and are thus less likely to foul up as quickly. But more importantly, both these guns have adjustable gas systems. So shooters can regulate their rifle to run optimally with a desired ammo, suppressor of combination of both.

The only downside to these guns is price. Both are roughly double the price of a mid-level AR15 carbine. Which isn’t to say they aren’t worth the money, that’s up to the shooter and what the demand of the weapons. Though with the increasing demand for the MCX, shooters who decide they don’t like the MCX after buying can most likely sell it used for full price.

 

IWI X95

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, chances are you’ve seen or heard of the Israeli Tavor carbine. The polymer-shelled, long-stroke bullpup carbine seamlessly melds the internals of an AK-47 with an ergonomic ultra-futuristic stock. The result is one of the most compact carbines in existence that still manages to stay North of the ATF regulations dealing with barrel and overall length.

While wildly popular, the original Tavor drew criticism for its unorthodox controls stemming from its unusual configuration and layout. IWI’s response came in the form of a civilian-legal adaptation of the Micro Tavor: The X95.

The X95 still utilizes the same reliable method of operation as the full-sized Tavor, but swaps out the awkward magazine release for one nearly identical to the M16s. This means a shooter can reload the X95 while leaving their firing hand on the pistol grip.

Though more than that, the X95, like the Tavor it succeeds, shines brightest in terms of ergonomics and compactness. So while their method of cycling the action is more reliable and robust than the AR15’s direct impingement, they also tend to be slightly less accurate at long range.

Thankfully, the rifle is still easily combat accurate out to 500 yards and beyond with proper ammunition. Personally, I find it to be an ideal suppressor host simply because its reduced length and rearward point of balance help negate the additional weight of running a sound suppressor like the Surefire RC2.

This is why my wife loves running the Tavor suppressed – most guns are simply too front-heavy and awkward with a can attached for her. Less you dismiss this by thinking she’s not very strong, this gal does 35lb curls. She can handle the weight, but prefers something less tiring to hold.

There are plenty of options available today that run these common, inexpensive magazines. While the overwhelming majority are simply AR-15s or derivatives of them, there are a few exceptions out there for the discerning collector or enthusiast.  The four above are among my favorite, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t also enjoy a run-of-the-mill AR-15 as well. But for shooters who either don’t want an AR-15 or simply want a reliable rifle that uses common available magazines, the market is larger than most think. You just have to know where to look.


          Mag Review: Magpul 20 AK PMAG        

AK PMAG


When I first saw the announcement for Magpul AK mags, my initial thought was something like, ‘why bother?’ Not because Magpul doesn’t make great kit, they absolutely do. More because steel AK magazines are next to indestructible, and at the time, dirt cheap. Once these little steel mags started rising in price, I began to take a more critical look at them.

Certainly, these robust communist relics are durable as hell, but they’re also quite heavy. Not necessarily for range use, plinking or hunting – but stick six or more loaded steel magazines in a backpack or carrier and polymer magazines start sounding better and better.

The only hurdle standing in Magpul Dynamics’ way were Bulgarian circle 10 magazines. Long considered the gold standard of polymer magazines, these waffle-pattern, steel reinforced magazines proved every bit as durable as their steel counterparts at a fraction of the weight. For a short time, these Bulgarian beauties were plentiful, and affordable - but slowly, almost unnoticeably, their price began to rise. Now these once inexpensive magazines run close to $50 each, assuming shooters can find them in stock.

For shooters like myself who like to have at least five magazines for any given rifle, this was just too expensive, leaving shooters to choose between heavy and affordable, or lightweight and expensive.

This is where Magpul AK PMAGs come in.

Lighweight, affordable and built from the same high-strength polymer as the AR15 magazines that built the company’s name, the AK PMAG is ideal for modern AK enthusiasts. Especially those that wish to purchase a dozen or so and run them hard.

Initially, AK purists and Bulgarian Circle 10 fans alike bemoaned the PMAG’s lack of metal reinforcements. Rightfully so - while unimportant for most shooters who don’t take their mags to war, the lacking tab on an AK magazine must be reinforced to ensure longevity. This is due to how the magazine locks up in the rifle.

Unlike STANAG or AR15 magazines that insert straight up into the magazine well, retained by a magazine catch – AK magazines use a lip at the front and tab at the rear to lock and rock into place. This lip needs extra reinforcement since dropping the rifle on its magazine (or performing a Spetsnaz pushup) applies crowbar-like pressure on the mag itself.

In response, Magpul released a new version of the magazine featuring steel reinforcement at critical locations. The magazine is more expensive and slightly heavier than the originals, but offers peace of mind to shooters who regularly use and abuse their equipment.

While great news for most shooters, folks like myself still yearned for another Magpul option. One that would replace the increasingly expensive Hungarian AK magazines, with lighter construction than metal Korean 20-round magazines.

Hungarian 20-round steel magazine

I know what you’re thinking, ‘but Magpul released a 10-round version, isn’t that good enough?’

In a word, no.

While the 10-round magazine is great for placating politicians and bench-rest shooting, it’s not capacious enough for serious use.  In particular, as the ideal magazine for a truck gun or bugout rifle.

Which is why I was so thrilled at the recent announcement from Magpul – a 20-round AK PMAG!

These magazines are completely polymer, and incredibly lightweight. Normally, I’d be concerned with their lack of metal reinforcements, but given their truncated length, they don’t have as much mechanical advantage applied to them as the full-length 30-rounders.

In testing, the magazines performed predictably great, with no malfunctions whatsoever in six test guns: a Romanian SAR-1, a Serbian N-PAP, an RAS-47, a C39, a milled Arsenal SAM7-SF, and an Arsenal SGL-21. This sample selection covers el cheapo all the way up to one of Arsenal’s most expensive products. In every single one of these guns, the magazine had solid lock up and zero wobble.

 After extensive testing, I’m replacing the steel, 20-round Hungarian magazine in my bugout AK with a Magpul 20 round AK PMAG. The weight savings and ease of insertion/removal more than make up for any tensile strength concerns. Plus, given the magazine’s low cost, they can be replaced for less than a third of the cost of a Hungarian mag.

It may ruffle the feathers of more traditional shooters or AK purists – but pragmatists and any shooter who simply wants a light, handy option for their Avtomat that allows them to carry a good amount of ammo and shoot from the prone position needs one of these magazines. That said, hopefully Magpul will release a steel reinforced version in the near future. If not, I won’t lose any sleep, but it would at least silence the naysayers.


          Ordained as a Nation        


Pankaj Mishra

  • The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anti-Colonial Nationalism by Erez Manela Buy this book


LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS; FEB21, 2008

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Early in The Wilsonian Moment, Erez Manela tells a story about Ho Chi Minh that I often heard in student Communist circles in India. Ho was an indigent worker in Paris when Woodrow Wilson arrived in the city in 1919 with a plan to make the world ‘safe for democracy’. Inspired by Wilson’s advocacy of national self-determination, Ho sought an audience with the US president, hoping to persuade him to use his new influence to restore Vietnamese rule in French Indo-China. He carefully quoted from the US Declaration of Independence in his petition. In Manela’s more poignant version, he also rented a morning suit. Needless to say, Ho got nowhere near Wilson or any other Western leader; he found a sympathetic audience only among French Communists.

Many Communist students I knew in India repeated with reverence the story of Ho’s failed mission because it appeared to confirm their ur-text, Lenin’s Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism. Written in 1916, this pamphlet had proved that Wilson was as unlikely to restore Indo-China to the Vietnamese as he was to withdraw American troops from Panama. The United States was as much of an imperialist power as Britain and Japan, greedy for resources, territory and markets, part of a capitalist world system of oppression and plunder whose inherent instability had caused the Great War.

Lenin’s text came to many of us in the Indian provinces as an exhilarating revelation. No amount of praise appeared sufficient for the Soviet leader who had pre-empted Wilson in calling for national self-determination. Hadn’t he exposed the secret agreement between France, Britain and tsarist Russia to carve up the Middle East, among other booty of the imperialist war? True to his anti-imperialist rhetoric, he had promised autonomy to Russia’s ethnic minorities and had voluntarily given up the special concessions Russia enjoyed in subjugated China along with other Western powers and Japan.

Communist study circles did not of course discuss what Stalin made of Lenin’s promise to Russia’s ethnic nationalities, or how Asian Communists overturned Lenin’s facile equation – imperialism equals monopoly capitalism – when in the early 1960s China accused the Soviet Union of imperialist aggression. I learned even less about the capitalist rival of Marxist internationalism: liberal internationalism, which originated in the Progressive Movement of the United States and, as eloquently articulated by Woodrow Wilson, enjoyed worldwide appeal for a few hopeful months after the end of the First World War, when a new world order seemed likely to rise on the ruins of the Austro-Hungarian, German, Ottoman and Russian Empires.

Trawling through four national archives, Manela has produced an immensely rich and important work of comparative politics centred on the ‘Wilsonian moment’, which he dates from autumn 1918 to spring 1919. ‘Disseminated to a growing global audience’, Wilson’s rousing speeches leading up to the Paris Peace Conference earned him, as Maynard Keynes later recorded, ‘a prestige and a moral influence throughout the world unequalled in history’. Emboldened by him, nationalist leaders in Egypt and India joined Sinn Féin in seriously challenging British authority, and China and Korea grew more aggressive in their demands for political and economic autonomy.

Anti-colonialists everywhere had been transfixed by the swift rise of the United States, a new political and economic power rare among Western nations for possessing a strong tradition of anti-imperialism. For much of the 19th century, the United States had been isolationist in its foreign policy and protectionist in its economic; and its footprint was light in Asia and Africa, where, as even Raymond Aron conceded, the natives did not need to read or even understand Lenin, or have to deal with a repressive imperial police state, to identify Europe with imperialism. There was enough evidence for it in everyday life and memory: ‘the exploitation of raw materials without any attempt to create local industry; the destruction of native crafts and the stunted growth of industrial development that resulted from the influx of European goods; high interest rates on loans; ownership of major businesses by foreign capitalists’.

The war, which enfeebled the economies of the major imperialist powers – Britain, Germany and France – and further discredited their regimes, endowed America with both power and moral prestige. Wilson, who barely had a foreign policy before war broke out in Europe in 1914, wasn’t slow to realise the implications of European turmoil for the United States; and he fleshed out a new and noble American sense of mission before he reluctantly took his country into the European war. ‘We are provincials no longer,’ he famously declared in his second inaugural address in March 1917. Though still publicly opposed to American intervention in the war, he insisted that ‘our own fortunes as a nation are involved whether we would have it so or not.’

In speeches addressed to ‘the peoples of the countries now at war’ he burnished his credentials as a mediator who could negotiate what he called (borrowing the phrase from Walter Lippmann, the energetic young editor of the New Republic) a ‘peace without victory’. Later, he would propose a much more unusual and high-minded plan for enduring peace – replacing militarist regimes with democracies – which liberal intellectuals as well as conservative politicians would invoke with diminishing returns throughout the 20th century, culminating in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, which inspired the New Republic to declare George W. Bush ‘the most Wilsonian president since Wilson himself’.

Wilson had begun to outline the American preference for regime change in unfriendly countries well before he declared war on Germany. Faced in late 1913 with revolution and the likely rejection of American influence in Mexico, he had decided to ‘teach the South American republics to elect good men’. ‘When properly directed,’ he claimed, ‘there is no people not fitted for self-government.’ Wilson was also convinced that proper direction in the postwar order could be provided only by the United States. When his peace overtures failed, he went to war in April 1917, still confident that ‘we are chosen, and prominently chosen, to show the way to the nations of the world how they shall walk in the paths of liberty.’

Wilson, an academic by training, was fortified in his convictions by such liberal intellectuals as John Dewey, Walter Lippmann and Herbert Croly (co-founder of the New Republic), who believed that by joining the war America would make the world safe for democracy rather than, as was the case, help the Allied powers deliver a knockout blow to the Germans. As Randolph Bourne, a young critic whose opposition to American intervention made him an outcast among liberal intellectuals, pointed out as early as August 1917, the United States had lost whatever leverage it had as an impartial mediator when it declared war on Germany.

Nevertheless, Wilson pressed ahead with his scheme for a democratic international order, which he hoped would be cemented by a League of Nations. Speaking to Congress in January 1918 he revealed his most ambitious project yet: a 14-point manifesto for the new world envisaged by the United States. Secret diplomacy was to have no place, and free trade, popular government, freedom of the seas, the reduction of armaments, the rights of small countries, and an association of nations to keep the peace were to be the new articles of faith.

Wilson’s Fourteen Points would have been lofty ideals at any time (God, as Clemenceau joked, had only ten). They were particularly unrealistic during a global war that would soon end with Britain, France and Japan adding to their possessions in the Middle East, Africa and East Asia. As it turned out, Wilson was soon forced to compromise his ideals while dealing with the victorious allies at the postwar peace conference in Paris.

It is likely that Wilson would not have stepped up the rhetorical ante in January 1918 if the Bolsheviks had not withdrawn Russia from the war and called on workers and soldiers to cease fighting one another and become revolutionaries against their own rulers. In asserting that America was fighting for a better world, Wilson was trying to undercut Bolshevik claims that the war was a struggle among imperialist powers, with the victorious elites likely to share the spoils. He aimed to influence those Americans and Europeans who, growing tired of the endless fighting, appeared dangerously susceptible to Bolshevik propaganda. Almost by accident, he reached a much bigger and more receptive audience in the colonised world.

Marxism was then being studied and debated in many Asian cities and towns where European traders and missionaries had set up Western-style educational institutions. But the Russian Revolution and its anti-imperialist ethos was not much known. The United States, too, was an unknown player in international relations, and its record in the Philippines or Latin America – Wilson’s imposition, for instance, of military protectorates on Haiti and Nicaragua – went mostly unexamined. Boosted by a slick propaganda campaign, Wilson easily won the first round of his war of ideas with the Bolsheviks, heralding a world where small nations would enjoy the right of self-determination. And so ‘when peace came,’ Manela writes, ‘colonial peoples moved to claim their place in that world on the basis of Wilson’s proclamations.’

In Egypt, Sa’d Zaghlul, a liberal reformist, organised a new political party called the Wafd (‘delegation’) in preparation for the Paris Peace Conference. Soon after war began, the British had declared Egypt a protectorate of the British Empire, formalising their invasion and occupation of the country in 1882. Zaghlul, who is known in Egypt as the Father of the Nation, denounced the protectorate as illegal and hoped to enlist Wilson on his side. ‘No people more than the Egyptian people,’ he wrote in a telegram to Wilson, ‘has felt strongly the joyous emotion of the birth of a new era which, thanks to your virile action, is soon going to impose itself upon the universe.’

Inspired by Wilson’s rhetoric, nationalist leaders in Korea wrote their own Declaration of Independence. Expectations ran even higher in India and China, which had contributed more than a million soldiers and labourers to the Allied war effort in Europe and the Middle East. Tagore wanted to dedicate one of his books to Wilson and, stirred by Wilson’s wartime speeches, Hindu and Muslim leaders of the Indian National Congress jointly demanded to send their delegates – Gandhi among them – to represent India at the peace conference. In Beijing students gathered in front of the American Embassy chanting ‘Long Live President Wilson!’ Liang Qichao, the reformist intellectual and earliest inspiration of Mao Zedong, went to Paris to ensure that China’s sovereignty was respected by the victorious powers, particularly Japan, which, in a campaign green-lighted by Britain during the war, had seized German-held territory in the Shandong peninsula.

Asians and Africans accustomed to stonewalling colonial officials were naturally attracted to the generous promises of the American president. But Wilson, a Southerner who shared the reflexive racism of many in his class and generation (and liked to tell jokes about ‘darkies’), was an unlikely hero in the alleys of Delhi, Cairo and Canton. Piously Presbyterian, and a helpless anglophile (he had courted his wife with quotations from Bagehot and Burke), he had hoped that in the Philippines and Puerto Rico the United States would follow the British tradition of instructing ‘less civilised’ peoples in law and order. After all, ‘they are children and we are men in these deep matters of government and justice.’

Ho Chi Minh would not have bothered to rent a morning suit had he known that Wilson believed as much as his bellicose rival Theodore Roosevelt in America’s responsibility to shoulder the white man’s burden. In January 1917 Wilson argued that America should stay out of the war in order, as he said in a cabinet meeting, to ‘keep the white race strong against the yellow – Japan for instance’. He believed, as he told his secretary of state, Robert Lansing, that ‘“white civilisation” and its domination over the world rested largely on our ability to keep this country intact.’ Though apparently all-encompassing, his rhetoric about self-determination was aimed at the European peoples – Poles, Romanians, Czechs, Serbs – who were part of the German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires. In his effort to establish the League of Nations as a framework for collective security and enduring peace in Europe, he had little interest in persuading Britain and France to relinquish their colonial possessions.

Not that this was possible. Wilson had had his chance in the spring of 1917 when he first heard of the secret treaties that outlined how Britain, France, Japan and Italy planned to divide up entire empires among themselves after the war. He could have made American intervention contingent on the Allied powers cancelling these arrangements. Instead, he pretended that the treaties didn’t exist, and even tried to prevent their publication in the US after the Bolsheviks exposed their existence.

Travelling to Europe in 1919, Wilson hoped to appeal directly to the people, over the heads of their leaders. Ecstatic crowds in France and Italy credited him with hastening the end of a deeply unloved war, but in Paris he confronted hardened and cynical imperialists in Lloyd George and Clemenceau. After several internecine wars, Europe’s imperial powers had arrived at a balance-of-power politics. Their representatives in Paris hoped to restore the equilibrium that war had disrupted by reducing Germany’s power; and Wilson kept compromising in the hope that old and new problems in the world order would be solved by his cherished League of Nations.

Mao Zedong caught Wilson’s haplessness in Paris perfectly:

Wilson in Paris was like an ant on a hot skillet. He didn’t know what to do. He was surrounded by thieves like Clemenceau, Lloyd George, Makino and Orlando. He heard nothing except accounts of receiving certain amounts of territory and of reparations worth so much in gold. He did nothing except to attend various kinds of meetings where he could not speak his mind. One day a Reuters telegram read: ‘President Wilson has finally agreed with Clemenceau’s view that Germany not be admitted to the League of Nations.’ When I saw the words ‘finally agreed’, I felt sorry for him for a long time. Poor Wilson!

The League, rejected by the US Senate, turned out to be a fiasco. Wilson’s failures in Paris angered and eventually lost him his liberal supporters at the New Republic. Defeated over Germany, he barely put up a fight when it came to the rights of non-European peoples, many of whom – including the Persians and Syrians – did not get a hearing at the conference. Though backed by a majority of votes, a clause for racial equality proposed by the Japanese delegation foundered because Wilson feared alienating the British and their Australian allies, who wanted to maintain their White Australia Policy.

To a large extent anglophilia blinded Wilson and his advisers, mostly members of the East Coast WASP elite, to anti-colonial feelings in Asia and Africa. The American secretary of state fully backed British rule over Egypt. Allen Dulles, a future Cold Warrior who was then a state department official, suggested that Egyptian demands ‘should not even be acknowledged’. The British, working the special relationship to their advantage, ensured that petitions sent to Wilson in Paris were filed away never to be heard of again; they also told Wilson that Tagore was a dangerous revolutionary (he didn’t get permission for his dedication).

Indian and Korean nationalists didn’t get anywhere near Paris. India was represented by a delegation picked by the British, including a maharajah in a flamboyant red turban. The Egyptians suffered a deeper humiliation. In March 1919 the British arrested Zaghlul and deported him to Malta, provoking widespread public protests in Egypt – what later came to be known as the 1919 Revolution. Faced with nationwide revolt, the British relented and allowed Zaghlul to go to Paris. But while he was honing his English, the British managed to persuade the Americans that Bolsheviks had plotted with Islamic fanatics to fuel the unrest in Egypt. Zaghlul was on his way from Marseille to Paris when Wilson recognised the British protectorate. The Egyptian journalist Muhammad Haykal expressed the general outrage when he wrote:

Here was the man of the Fourteen Points, among them the right to self-determination, denying the Egyptian people its right to self-determination . . . And doing all that before the delegation on behalf of the Egyptian people had arrived in Paris to defend its claim, and before President Wilson had heard one word from them! Is this not the ugliest of treacheries?!

The sense of betrayal was even stronger among millions of Chinese who, unlike the Indians and the Koreans, were adequately represented at the conference. Wilson was sympathetic to Chinese claims on Japanese-occupied Shandong, but he could not persuade Lloyd George and Clemenceau to rescind their wartime promises to Japan. News of China’s failure in May 1919 brought enraged students out on the streets of Beijing, denouncing the US president as a liar. Demonstrations and strikes erupted across China in what would later be known as the May Fourth Movement, an explosion of intellectual and political energy that reverberated through the next decades.

‘The emergence of the Wilsonian moment had heralded the end of a great conflict, the European war,’ Manela writes, ‘but its dissipation gave rise to a greater one still, one “between East and West, between imperialism and self-determination”.’ Western powers could not forever ignore or suppress the nationalist claims and in 1922 China, which had refused to sign the Treaty of Versailles, received a new settlement, restoring Japanese-held areas in Shandong to its sovereignty. Egypt remained volatile, and in the same year the British were forced to grant it a degree of self-rule. In India they tried to retain the repressive policies introduced during the war; but the killing of four hundred demonstrators in Amritsar in April 1919 only accelerated the transformation of the Indian National Congress from a gentleman’s debating club into a mass political party.

‘The new era of self-determination’, as Manela writes, had come, but ‘it was one of conflict rather than co-operation.’ Wilson’s apparent complicity with old-style imperialists united many educated Asians in what Manela calls ‘cynical hostility to Western civilisation’. The early generation of Asian intellectuals and activists had looked to their Western conquerors with awe and admiration. Their nationalism tended to be frankly ‘derivative’, an admission that those who wanted to catch up with the West could do no better than learn from its industrialism and the obviously superior institutions of liberal democracy. But such bourgeois gradualism no longer seemed so attractive to many anti-colonial intellectuals after the Paris Peace Conference.

Liberals such as Tagore who believed in synthesis, a dialogue between West and East, felt particularly humiliated. Gandhi had never expected much of Woodrow Wilson but Tagore had, and on a lecture tour of the United States in 1930 he unexpectedly turned on his American audience, who were probably expecting to be educated about Eastern spirituality. ‘Our appeal does not reach you,’ Tagore said, ‘because you respond only to the appeal of power. Japan appealed to you and you answered because she was able to prove she would make herself as obnoxious as you can.’ Only a deep lingering bitterness could have made the poet tell a New York audience including Franklin Roosevelt, Henry Morgenthau and Sinclair Lewis that ‘a great portion of the world suffers from your civilisation.’

Travelling to Paris, Wilson may have believed that liberalism ‘must be more liberal than ever before, it must even be radical, if civilisation is to escape the typhoon’. But secular liberalism in Muslim countries under direct British control had been tainted well before the true scale of British duplicity in the Middle East was revealed at the end of the war. Even the moderate Islamic scholar, Egypt’s grand mufti Muhammad Abduh, said that ‘we Egyptians . . . believed once in English liberalism and English sympathy; but we believe no longer, for facts are stronger than words. Your liberalness we see plainly is only for yourselves, and your sympathy with us is that of the wolf for the lamb which he designs to eat.’

In China, hostility to Japan and anger at the country’s own fractious warlords fused with anti-Western sentiment to create a sharper-edged nationalism. Western-style liberalism would continue to enjoy a vogue among educated, well-travelled Chinese. But the 20-year-old poet Qu Qiubai, a student of Buddhism who later became a crucial contact in Moscow for the fledgling Chinese Communist Party, found – and he was not alone – that ‘the sharp pain of imperialistic oppression’ liberated him from the illusions of ‘impractical democratic reforms’. Mao Zedong was left with an enduring suspicion of Western motives and policies, and a broader awareness of the political possibilities available to subjugated peoples. As Manela puts it,

the Chinese protest against international injustice, Mao discovered, was part of a wider pattern of uprisings of marginalised groups in international society striving for the recognition of their rights to self-determination and equality. Only the transformation of the norms and practices of international relations would allow China to attain its rightful place among nations.

Manela believes that ‘the rise of Communism in China and elsewhere in the early 1920s was part of that quest, as the failure of the liberal anti-colonialism of the Wilsonian moment to fulfil its promise sparked a search for alternative ideologies.’ After initial successes, Wilson’s influence was overtaken by Lenin’s; China may have been ‘lost’ to Communism not, as the Cold Warriors alleged, in 1949, but in 1919. State-regulated capitalism rather than central planning would bring China – and India – close to their rightful place among nations in the age of globalisation; but the change of economic models did not diminish the lustre of national sovereignty. Nationalist feeling, defined by these early anti-imperialist campaigns for equality, remains potent in both countries, continuing to fuel middle-class Chinese and Indian desires for greater dignity in a world where economic power is shifting back to Asia.

Faced with an enormous task of compression, Manela can only outline how anti-colonial nationalism drew on a great suspicion of Western politicians with noble ideals as well as of those with guns. It would be too much to expect him also to examine Wilson’s legacy, the ‘liberal internationalism’ whose tattered flag was held up most recently by liberal hawks supporting the invasion of Iraq. It is hard, however, to read his book without wondering how those espousing compassionately liberal policies at home become susceptible to violent humanitarianism abroad – what Randolph Bourne incredulously called ‘war in the interests of democracy’. ‘This was almost the sum of their philosophy,’ Bourne wrote of his old friends. ‘The primitive idea to which they regressed became almost insensibly translated into a craving for action.’

Wilson chose to cast American interests abroad in highly moral, even mystical terms, claiming that, as Bourne described it, the United States had been ‘ordained as a nation to lead all erring brothers towards the light of liberty and democracy’; and since the objectives of liberal democracies coincide, Germany could become peaceful by discarding its militarist regime and embracing democracy with American help. (The more corporate-friendly version of this peculiarly American idea is Thomas Friedman’s belief that countries where McDonald’s burgers are eaten never go to war with each other.)

In Paris, Lloyd George and Clemenceau demonstrated that leaders of democracies could be just as brazenly imperialistic as military dictators. But then Wilson, who had presided over a serious erosion of civil liberties at home during the war, was no stranger to moral compromises in foreign policy: he had supported, for instance, China’s militarist president Yuan Shikai against the nationalists allied with Sun Yat-sen in 1913 in the hope of keeping America’s ‘Open Door’ to China.

Such expediencies were later to define the Cold War, in which the United States, as Dean Acheson unironically proclaimed, was ‘willing to help people who believe the way we do, to continue to live the way they want to live’. Or, as the current national security adviser, trying to explain Bush’s recent farewell calls on pro-American dictators in the Middle East, put it, ‘these folks . . . are on board with the freedom agenda and they are pursuing it in their own fashion.’

Wilson’s rhetorical achievement – which distinguished him sharply from traditional European practitioners of realpolitik – was to present America’s strategic and political interests as moral imperatives, and its foreign interventions as necessary acts of international responsibility. European leaders periodically stressed their civilising mission, but no one before Wilson endowed national exceptionalism with such a modern and unimpeachably noble aspiration as ‘democracy’.

Intoxicated by the moral passions of Wilsonianism, American liberal intellectuals would work harder than their European counterparts to justify wars that political leaders promised would make the world safe for democracy. These sincere believers would also be more vulnerable, when faced with the collapse of their bold schemes, to the guilt-laden ‘fear that what we had meant, and what alone could justify it all, was not the meaning and the justification of those who will decide’ – Lippmann’s words, which handily summarise the long, tormented mea culpas produced by liberal hawks after the catastrophe in Iraq.

What neither hard-headed politicians nor their intellectual dupes fully understood was how the rhetoric of liberalism and democracy had gone down in the colonised world. Certainly, Wilson, working deep in a world run by and for white men, could have little sense of the bitterness and disillusionment felt by his ‘darkie’ admirers. But the excuse of racial and intellectual seclusion could not be claimed by apparently liberal politicians and journalists who stridently echoed Wilson’s rhetoric after the collapse of Communism when the world seemed riper for remaking, more ready to absorb Western values while fulfilling Western interests, than at any time since 1919.

‘We are all internationalists now,’ Tony Blair declared to the Chicago Economic Club in April 1999, in the midst of bombing Serbia. ‘In the end,’ he said, ‘values and interests merge. If we can establish and spread the values of liberty, the rule of law, human rights and an open society then that is in our national interests too.’ Dazzled by the wealth and power of fin-de-siècle America (as though returning the compliment after decades of anglophilia among the American ruling class), Blair and other New Labourites turned out to be the most eager European consumers of Wilson’s potpourri of values and interests. Their eloquence proved useful to the most Wilsonian – but also the most inarticulate – of American presidents, and his cronies.

The victories of the Cold War – and the giddy speculation that history had reached the ideological terminus of liberal democracy – revived illusions of omnipotence among an Anglo-American political and media elite that has always known very little about the modern world it claims to have made. Consequently, almost every event since the end of the Cold War – the rise of radical Islam, of India and China, the assertiveness of oil-rich Russia, Iran and Venezuela – has come as a shock, a rude reminder that the natives of Delhi, Cairo and Beijing have geopolitical ambitions of their own, not to mention a sense of history marked by resentment and suspicion of the metropolitan West. The liberal internationalists persist, trying to revive the Wilsonian moment in places where Anglo-American liberalism has been seen as an especially aggressive form of hypocrisy. Increasingly, however, they expose themselves as the new provincials, dangerously blundering about in a volatile world.


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Quando intorno alla metà del secolo scorso l'elite mondialista che di fatto gestisce le sorti del pianeta e dei suoi abitanti iniziò a strutturare le basi per la costruzione di un nuovo ordine mondiale (o comunque lo si voglia chiamare di una nuova società che potesse risultare funzionale ai propri interessi) comprese immediatamente come la globalizzazione fosse la strada migliore da percorrere per ottenere il risultato voluto. Le basi di un progetto di questo genere erano già state poste negli anni 30, quando il Council on Foreign Relations americano concepì strutture come la Banca Mondiale ed il Fondo Monetario internazionale che nacquero ufficialmente a Bretton Woods nel luglio 1944 ed ebbero senza dubbio modo di affinarsi quando a partire dal mese di maggio 1954 iniziarono le riunioni del gruppo Bilderberg, deputato a fare sintesi e delineare le strategie.......
Nello stesso periodo, ad ottobre del 1947 a Ginevra vide la luce il GATT (General Agreement on Tarifs and Trade) composto inizialmente da 18 paesi fra i quali l'Italia (che entrò a farne parte nel 1949) e destinato a comprenderne 37, che si proponeva l'obiettivo di eliminare tutto ciò che potesse in qualche misura ostacolare il commercio internazionale.
Il capitalismo fordista, inteso come modello basato sulla produzione ed il consumo, aveva ormai fatto il suo tempo, così come stavano diventando anacronistici i paletti imposti dalla presenza degli stati sovrani, delle politiche protezionistiche dei vari governi e di tutto un universo di peculiarità e differenze che di fatto ostacolava la creazione di un mercato unico globale. Nei decenni successivi sarebbe stato necessario smantellare in maniera certosina ogni ostacolo che potesse frapporsi alla costruzione di una società globalizzata, dove le merci e gli uomini (merce) potessero circolare senza alcun intralcio, per venire incontro alle esigenze di profitto e dove la finanza e le grandi banche di affari, a braccetto con le società multinazionali, acquistassero sempre più peso rispetto alla politica, fino ad arrivare a dirigerne e determinarne le scelte.
I cittadini occidentali da poco usciti dalla guerra mondiale vivevano il boom economico, lavoravano, risparmiavano, consumavano ed anelavano ad un futuro migliore. Abbandonavano le campagne per andare a lavorare in città, "modernizzavano" le propre usanze ed i propri costumi, sempre guardando all'America come al faro illuminante dal quale trarre ispirazione. Erano indirizzati sulla buona strada, ma avrebbero avuto ancora molto cammino da fare.
I cittadini del blocco sovietico vivevano racchiusi in un bozzolo, impermeabile a tutte le ingerenze esterne, fra le pieghe dell'economia pianificata. Di strada da fare ne avevano ancora tanta, ma un bel giorno sarebbero arrivati anche loro alla meta.
Quelli del "terzo mondo" vivevano soprattutto grazie all'autoproduzione, praticavano l'agricoltura e la pastorizia finalizzate alla propria sussistenza ed il loro peso sullo scacchiere del progresso, basato sulla società crescita e sviluppo risultava tutto sommato di poco conto. Al contrario di quello dei paesi in cui vivevano, spesso ricchi di risorse che per la crescita e lo sviluppo occidentale sarebbero diventate indispensabili. Comunque un giorno non così lontano anche loro avrebbero concorso alla formazione del villaggio globale.


Il processo di globalizzazione avrebbe necessitato di tempi lunghi, di strumenti tecnologici nuovi che permettessero la creazione di una non - cultura globale volta a sostituire la miriade di culture preesistenti, della collaborazione di tutti gli organismi di potere, in qualsiasi luogo ed a qualsiasi livello.


La fine del novecento


Nel gennaio del 1995, dopo 8 anni di negoziati fra i paesi aderenti al GATT, sempre a Ginevra nacque il WTO (World Trade Organisation), al quale attualmente aderiscono 161 paesi che rappresentano circa il 97% dell'intero commercio mondiale di beni e servizi. Lo scopo principale della nuova organizzazione era quello di perfezionare il lavoro fino a quel momento svolto dal GATT, nella creazione di un mercato unico globale che di fatto godesse di un potere sovranazionale e fosse in grado di determinare e gestire le politiche economiche su scala mondiale, di concerto con istituzioni come il Fondo Monetario Internazionale e la Banca Mondiale. Un altro passo importante sulla via della globalizzazione era stato compiuto, le nazioni avrebbero progressivamente ceduto sempre maggiori quote della propria sovranità, mentre gli "uomini merce" si sarebbero omologati sempre più gli uni con gli altri, abbandonando la propria identità e le proprie tradizioni, trasformandosi in soggetti interscambiali fra loro, da potere gestire e spostare a piacimento sullo scacchiere mondiale.
In Occidente la popolazione aveva raggiunto intorno alla metà degli anni 80 il maggior momento di "benessere economico", sull'asse del modello crescita e sviluppo. Le città erano densamente popolate, inquinate e vivaci, all'acme di una migrazione trentennale dalle campagne. Il livello di occupazione era alto, quello dei salari discretamente buono, i diritti dei lavoratori, dopo le "conquiste" dei decenni precedenti risultavano elevati. Ormai tutte le famiglie possedevano una o più auto, fiorivano le seconde case, le persone avevano tempo libero e risorse da dedicare ai viaggi e alle vacanze. I consumi erano estremamente elevati, l'impegno politico stava sparendo, sostituito dai nuovi modelli sociali ispirati dai media e dalla televisione. L'uomo della strada si considerava tutto sommato felice, attraverso i viaggi organizzati iniziava a sentirsi cosmopolita, lavorava, consumava ed andava a divertirsi, nella maniera in cui i nuovi modelli sociali gli suggerivano di fare.
La caduta del muro di Berlino, avvenuta nel 1989 ed il crollo dell'Unione Sovietica verificatosi a cavallo del 1990, seguito dalla disintegrazione della ex Jugoslavia, mandarono in frantumi quella sorta di bozzolo in cui vivevano i cittadini dell'Est, diventati improvvisamente permeabili e ricettivi al canto delle sirene occidentali. Entro breve tempo anche loro avrebbero potuto godere di tutti i benefici del modello crescita e sviluppo, mangiare al Mc Donald's, guardare i film americani e sentirsi cittadini del mondo.


In quegli stessi decenni, nei paesi del "terzo mondo", già pesantemente depredati delle proprie risorse durante il periodo coloniale, la Banca Mondiale ed il FMI, attraverso i vari organismi da essi controllati, hanno imposto una nuova forma di colonialismo declinata nel segno dello sviluppo.
I governi locali (spesso collusi con la stessa elite mondialista) sono stati convinti a svendere ulteriormente le proprie risorse e ad indebitarsi per cifre esorbitanti, al fine di poter costruire mega infrastrutture sul modello occidentale, il più delle volte destinate a rimanere sottoutilizzate, dopo avere determinato gravissimi danni agli equilibri ambientali. Le piccole industrie, che producevano beni di consumo semplici, destinati al consumo della popolazione locale, sono state sotituite da mega industrie inquinanti ed energivore, spesso di proprietà delle multinazionali occidentali impegnate a delocalizzare la propria produzione in paesi che potessero offrire legislazioni di comodo e manodopera a bassissimo costo.
Le colture di sussistenza che contribuivano a sfamare le polazioni locali, sono state estirpate per far posto alle monocolture intensive, in larghissima parte destinate all'esportazione. La cosidetta "rivoluzione verde", spacciata sotto le mentite spoglie della solidarietà pelosa, ha di fatto trasformato milioni di contadini che vivevano del proprio raccolto in milioni di "contadini poveri" dipendenti in tutto e per tutto dalle quotazioni della propria monocoltura di riferimento nelle borse internazionali. Dopo averli fatti indebitare per l'acquisto dei macchinari agricoli e dei pesticidi e in un secondo momento anche delle sementi ogm che erano state rese indispensabili.
La pesca tradizionale, praticata rispettando i pricipi ecologici che preservavano la riproduzione e proteggevano le riserve di pesce, finalizzata a sfamare le famiglie locali è stata sostituita dalla pesca moderna con reti a strascico (spesso finanziata da programmi di aiuto internazionali) assai più distruttiva e letale per le riserve di pesce. I pescatori tradizionali che attraverso il loro lavoro sfamavano le proprie famiglie, si sono così trasformati in pochi decenni in dipendenti sottopagati al soldo di compagnie di pesca straniere che avevano come unico scopo il profitto immediato, potendo trasferirsi altrove nel momento in cui le acque non sarebbero state più produttive. E questo sarebbe avvenuto molto presto, anche con la complicità dei pesticidi e degli scarichi velenosi determinati dalle industrie di "nuova generazione".
Le foreste tropicali, abitate dai popoli indigeni usi a praticare le coltivazioni a rotazione, sono state oggetto di una pesantissima deforestazione, conseguente all'abbattimento massiccio degli alberi da parte delle società transnazionali legate all'industria del legname e dei mobili o degli allevamenti intensivi destinati alle catene di fast foods americane. Basti pensare che solamente tra il 1900 ed il 1965 la metà della superficie occupata dalle foreste nei paesi "in via di sviluppo" è stata disboscata, mentre nei decenni successivi il ritmo della deforestazione è stato ancora superiore, con la conseguenza di aver privato milioni di persone dei propri strumenti di sussistenza, oltre ad avere causato danni ecologici incalcolabili.
Negli ultimi decenni del 900 i cittadini del terzo mondo, che per secoli avevano vissuto in comunità in gran parte autosufficienti, praticando la coltivazione e la pesca, con un'industria manifatturiera su piccola scala, basata sulle risorse locali ed in grado di rispondere alle esigenze ed ai bisogni di una società "semplice" in armonia con l'ambiente naturale, avevano visto il proprio ambiente stravolto in maniera tanto radicale quanto irreversibile. Avevano perso tutte le coordinate con le quali orientarsi, non possedevano le risorse per vivere e fare fronte ai nuovi bisogni indotti dalla propaganda dei paesi "sviluppati" ed iniziavano a sognare di trasferirsi nelle sfavillanti metropoli che vedevano in televisione.




I mass media, la TV ed internet


La creazione "dell'uomo nuovo" e più in generale l'intero processo di globalizzazione, non sarebbero stati possibili senza tutta una serie di strumenti che permettessero di superare le differenze culturali, le tradizioni, gli stili di vita, le peculiarità che ancora distinguevano profondamente gli uomini l'uno dall'altro, rendendoli un qualcosa di estremamente eterogeneo, difficilmente omologabile in uno standard globale come quello voluto.
Già subito dopo la fine della seconda guerra mondiale la musica ed il cinema "americani" iniziarono ad invadere l'Europa, contaminando culture profondamente estranee a quella statunitense, ma il vero strumento principe della globalizzazione fu senza dubbio la TV ed in un secondo tempo la TV satellitare.
La diffusione massiccia della televisione fu la vera chiave di volta che ampliò a dismisura gli orizzonti della popolazione, prima occidentale e poi mondiale, rendendo l'individuo cittadino di un mondo che fino a quel momento gli era estraneo. Attraverso la TV, a prescindere dal fatto che si trattasse di un telefilm americano, di pubblicità, di un festival della canzone, di un telegiornale, di un documentario o di un programma d'intrattenimento, le persone vennero vezzeggiate, coccolate ed istradate a nuovi usi e costumi, nuove realtà, nuovi modi di pensare, nuove mode (spesso di derivazione americana), nuove sensibilità, sempre declinati sul piano inclinato della modernità, necessaria ed uguale per tutti. Presente in ogni casa ed accesa per sempre più ore al giorno, la TV non ha tardato a manifestarsi come il migliore strumento di orientamento del pensiero, dei costumi, dei modelli sociali e delle sensibilità, consentendo a chi ne ha gestito i contenuti di plasmare prima milioni e poi miliardi di persone, prendendole per mano e portandole nella direzione voluta. Grazie a decenni di film e telefilm statunitensi per molti italiani, città come New York o Chicago risultano essere molto più "familiari" di quanto non lo siano Roma o Milano, feste come Halloween sono diventate patrimonio di culture alle quali non appartenevano, gli stravizi e le feste folli dei college americani sono riusciti a contaminare realtà scolastiche profondamente differenti rispetto a quella di oltre oceano. Per non parlare del linguaggio, ormai trasformatosi in una sorta di slang americanizzato, tanto nell'ambito dei rapporti sociali, quanto in quello professionale. Dove si organizzano
briefeng, si va a fare l'happy hour, si compra il ticket, si pubblicizza un brand, occorre fare la spending review, si scrive un abstract, si acquistano viaggi all inclusive, si crea audience, si curiosa nel backstage, si partecipa ad una convention,si usufruisce di un benefit, si fa un break, si valorizza il proprio core business, si paga cash, si prenota un catering, si va all'ospedale per un check up, si porta avnti una class actione via discorrendo. Ma la Tv non è solamente film, telefilm ed intrattenimento, bensì anche informazione, sempre più in tempo reale, destinata a portare "il mondo" in casa a tutte le ore della giornata, costruendo di fatto la realtà secondo i dettami di chi la gestisce per conto terzi, naturalmente di concerto con la carta stampata e le trasmissioni radiofoniche.
A cavallo degli anni 90 del secolo scorso la TV compie un passo decisivo, con l'avvento del satellitare che le permette di assumere una dimensione trasnazionale, raggiungendo tutti quei paesi del "terzo mondo" e dell'ex blocco sovietico dove gli abitanti, affamati di Occidente, non tardano a dotarsi degli apparecchi necessari a ricevere il segnale. Anche loro potranno gustare i telefilm americani e posare gli occhi sulle fantasmagoriche metropoli brulicanti di luce e di vita, vedere i loro connazionali giocare nei miliardari campionati di calcio europei, portare a casa qualche briciola di quel mondo "moderno", sfavillante, ricco di promesse e di prospettive come suggeriscono le immagini patinate della pubblicità. Anche loro potranno ottenere informazioni dal mondo e conoscere la realtà nella forma in cui è stato deciso che essa esista. Ma soprattutto anche loro potranno fare propri usi e costumi che gli erano completamente estranei ed assimilare una "non cultura" che possa sostituire la loro, ormai persa durante i decenni precedenti.
In concomitanza all'avvento del satellite la TV inizia a cambiare pelle anche nell'ambito dei contenuti, destinati a diventare sempre più globali e globalizzanti. Le trasmissioni d'intrattenimento vengono confezionate in format destinati ad essere venduti in decine e decine di paesi differenti, l'informazione si standardizza sempre più, non solo nel contenuto, ma anche nei tempi e nei modi in cui viene portata. La TV si fa sempre più globale, rivolgendosi ormai a miliardi di persone che ne seguono fedelmente il percorso, accettando supinamente di venire omologate.
Se la TV si è distinta come lo strumento principale della globalizzazione, non meno importante è stato l'apporto di internet alla "causa", a partire dai primi anni del nuovo secolo, in concomitanza con la diffusione sempre più massiccia del computer, non solo in Occidente, ma anche nei cosidetti "paesi in via di sviluppo". A differenza della televisione la rete è uno strumento interattivo, dove l'utente non si limita ad essere spettatore passivo, ma al contrario scrive e si rapporta con gli altri tramite il web. La creazione del mondo virtuale, senza confini ed omnicomprensivo, dove ciascuno di noi può scegliere un alias e ridisegnare un nuovo sé stesso attraverso il quale rapportarsi all'interno dei social network, sicuramente risulta essere funzionale ad una nuova visione del "mondo", deprivata dagli usi e costumi tradizionali e al tempo stesso molto vicina all'icona del villaggio globale tanto cara all'elite mondialista. Proprio i social network, con Facebook, Instagram e Twitter a tirare la cordata, incarnano meglio di ogni altro strumento lo spirito "dell'uomo nuovo", sempre connesso nel villaggio virtuale, dove non esistono confini e differenze, ma sempre più solo nel mondo reale, dove sta perdendo la propria identità, i legami familiari, la capacità di rapportarsi con gli altri in maniera costruttiva, la consapevolezza delle proprie origini e della propria umanità. Proprio sui social network sempre più spesso gli uomini politici ed i vip fanno i propri annunci, che verranno poi ripresi dalle TV e dai giornali, diventando a loro volta notizie di notizie, in un circolo vizioso dai ritmi sempre più sincopati.
Ma la rete non è solamente social network, bensì anche informazione, una valanga d'informazione di ogni genere e di ogni provenienza della quale si può fruire a proprio piacimento in qualsiasi momento della giornata. Dove accanto alla poca "buona informazione" costruita attraverso l'impegno e la fatica degli utenti, dilaga la tanta "cattiva informazione" dispensata da quegli stessi media che gestiscono le TV ed i giornali. Il risultato è quello di una massa d'individui costretti a gestire mentalmente una marea d'informazioni superficiali e spesso fuorvianti, ma totalmente incapaci di approfondire qualsiasi argomento, dal momento che proprio la superficialità e la fretta sono le parole d'ordine attraverso le quali navigare in internet. Anche in questo caso internet si presta a plasmare lo spirito "dell'uomo nuovo", forte del convincimento di essere iper informato su qualsiasi argomento e di conoscere tutto, ma totalmente incapace di comprendere come la propria onniscienza sia costituita esclusivamente da una massa di nozioni usate per costruire una realtà a suo uso e consumo che non è più reale di quanto possa esserlo un serial TV.


Le "guerre preventive", l'effetto disgregazione e le rivoluzioni colorate


La prima fu quella " del Golfo" nel 1990 contro l'Iraq di Saddam Hussein, l'ultima potrebbe essere (ma speriamo di no) quella contro la Siria di Assad, passando attraverso la guerra nella ex Jugoslavia, l'invasione dell'Afghanistan, la definitiva conquista dell'Iraq, la distruzione della Libia di Gheddafi. Tutte guerre "preventive" portate dall'elite mondialista occidentale, sotto la guida degli USA e di organismi internazionali di comodo come l'ONU e la NATO, contro stati sovrani dallo spiccato carattere nazionalista, poco propensi ad abbracciare il mito della globalizzazione. Tutti stati dagli equilibri interni particolarmente delicati a causa della convivenza di varie etnie e gruppi sociali che i governi esistenti erano riusciti a ricomporre non senza difficoltà. Tutti paesi che dopo i bombardamenti e l'invasione hanno perso ogni equilibrio, andando incontro alla completa disgregazione, degenerata in guerre tribali, terrorismo, sangue e distruzione, costituendo terreno fertile per la globalizzazione e l'emigrazione di massa della popolazione locale.
Ma non sempre per abbattere uno stato sovrano il cui governo si manifestava riluttante a collaborare con l'elite mondialista, disgregare il paese e gettarlo nel caos, prima di sostituire il leader poco collaborativo con un fantoccio di comodo, sono stati necessari bombardamenti ed invasioni. Molto spesso sono state sufficienti le "rivoluzioni colorate", inaugurate dalle rivoluzioni d'autunno nel 1989, quando Solidarnosc prese il potere in Polonia, Ceausescu fu prima deposto e poi ucciso in Romania, ed i governi preesistenti vennero rovesciati in maniera "pacifica" nella Germania Est, in Cecoslovaccia, Ungheria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lettonia, Lituania. E poi proseguite nei decenni successivi, in Serbia nel 2000, in Georgia nel 2003, in Ucraina nel 2004, in Kirghizistan nel 2005. Per finire con la "Primavera araba" del 2011 che coinvolse fra gli altri la Tunisia, l'Egitto, la Libia di Gheddafi (poi ucciso durante l'invasione occidentale) e la Siria, dove Assad riuscì a resistere solamente grazie all'appoggio della Russia e allo stoicismo del suo popolo che si strinse intorno a lui. Ultima in ordine di tempo la rivoluzione ucraina del febbraio 2014, culminata con la cacciata del presidente in carica Yanukovich, colpevole di non avere mostrato sufficiente condiscendenza nei confronti della UE. Una rivoluzione che ha di fatto tagliato in due il paese, provocando forti attriti fra la UE, spalleggiata dagli Stati Uniti e la Russia, determinando una lunga scia di sangue tuttora in atto.
Attraverso una lunga serie di guerre preventive e rivoluzioni colorate, l'elite mondialista è riuscita dunque ad ottenere negli ultimi decenni la disgregazione di un gran numero di stati sovrani, imponendo di fatto con l'uso della forza o con il sotterfugio l'eliminazione di confini scomodi, di culture refrattarie al "cambiamento", di tradizioni in contrasto con il disegno globalizzatore e creando l'humus necessario affinché potesse realizzarsi nella sua completezza il disegno stesso.


Le crisi economiche e il fenomeno migratorio


Solamente con l'avvento del nuovo millennio, dopo tanto duro lavoro, i tempi erano maturi perché il processo di globalizzazione potesse entrare pienamente a regime, iniziando a dare i propri frutti.
Nei paesi occidentali una lunga serie di crisi economiche e finanziarie, create a tavolino, aveva privato le popolazioni di tutte le proprie certezze e anche di buona parte dei loro diritti e delle loro risorse. La disoccupazione era salita progressivamente a livelli sempre più alti, il potere di acquisto dei salari risultava in caduta libera, l'ambizione di "costruire un futuro migliore" stava lasciando il passo a quella di tentare di mantenere il proprio tenore di vita e ben presto sarebbe stata sostituita da quella di riuscire a sopravvivere con un minimo di dignità. I governi si erano ormai ridotti al ruolo di meri passacarte al servizio di banche e multinazionali e imponevano senza sosta le politiche di rigore imposte dall'elite mondialista. Tutti i punti fermi attraverso i quali le persone erano abituate ad orientarsi da sempre venivano smantellati, ad iniziare dall'istituzione della famiglia, del "posto di lavoro fisso", del rapporto di coppia uomo - donna e più in generale di tutti gli usi e costumi e le peculiarità che le differenziavano le une dalle altre.
Le metropoli e le grandi città avevano smesso di crescere, la chiusura delle industrie, molte delle quali delocalizzate nei paesi del "terzo mondo", trasformava vaste aree urbane (e talvolta perfino intere città come Detroit) in quartieri dormitorio degradati dove crollava il valore degli immobili, spesso bruciando senza pietà i risparmi di una vita. Sempre più persone "convinte" nei decenni precedenti a contrarre pesanti mutui per acquistare le proprie case si ritrovavano nell'impossibilità di fare fronte ai pagamenti. Il lavoro si trasformava sempre più da fisso a precario, allargando a dismisura la categoria dei "nuovi poveri" costretti ad arrabattarsi fra un'occupazione saltuaria e l'altra, senza alcuna ambizione che potesse prescindere dalla mera sopravvivenza.
L'uomo occidentale si scopriva sempre più solo, sempre più privo di coordinate atraverso le quali orientarsi, sempre più incapace di costruire il reddito necessario a soddisfare i bisogni indotti dai modelli di vita imposti dalla pubblicità, senza più un'identità, senza qualcosa in cui credere che non fosse il denaro e il successo, mentre anche il denaro ed il successo stavano diventando dei miraggi.
I cittadini dei paesi dell'ex blocco sovietico si sono ormai in larga parte omologati con quelli occidentali, molti di loro sono emigrati o emigrano verso ovest, molti altri hanno parzialmente migliorato il proprio tenore di vita lavorando nelle aziende delocalizzate in patria. Hanno realizzato il proprio "sogno occidentale" ma stanno anche rendendosi conto di come nei fatti si tratti di un'esperienza onirica di cartapesta.
Gli abitanti del terzo mondo hanno ormai rotto gli argini e inseguendo le promesse accattivanti portate dalla TV satellitare, decidono di emigrare in massa dentro al mondo rappresentato in quegli schermi. Con la complicità dei trafficanti di esseri umani, dei professionisti dell'accoglienza (nascosti sotto la bandiera della solidarietà pelosa) impegnati a gestire un traffico assai più redditizio di quello della droga e dell'elite mondialista che ha disperatamente bisogno di loro, si imbarcano a centinaia di migliaia su barconi fatiscenti o danno vita via terra ad un esodo disperato e disperante, durante il quale molti di loro perdono la vita.
Sono il "materiale umano" di cui la globalizzazione ha bisogno per livellare al ribasso i salari dell'Europa intera, per praticare l'eutanasia degli ultimi diritti che ancora sopravvivono, per sradicare definitivamente le identità, gli stati sovrani, le tradizioni e le differenze.


Secondo i dati forniti dall'Organizzazione internazionale per le migrazioni nei soli primi 9 mesi del 2015, sarebbero stati 432.000 i migranti arrivati in Europa dal Mediterraneo, più del doppio di quelli sbarcati nell'intero 2014. Stando ai numeri forniti da Amnesty international nella sola Grecia, nei primi 9 mesi del 2015 sarebbero sbarcati circa 200.000 migranti, con un rapporto di un migrante ogni 70 abitanti locali. Il vice-cancelliere tedesco Sigmar Gabriel ha dichiarato che nei prossimi anni la Germania dovrà farsi carico di almeno un milione di "profughi" richiedenti asilo.
Questi sono solo alcuni numeri, estrapolati dai giornali degli ultimi mesi, che dimostrano come l'esodo degli emigrati verso l'Europa stia diventando sempre più significativo, ma non ancora così significativo come l'elite mondialista vorrebbe.
L'economista
Leonid Bershidsky, in un articolo pubblicato su Bloomberg, dove vuole arrivare l'elite mondialista (della quale senza dubbio è al servizio) dimostra di averlo capito perfettamente, quando dichiara candidamente che l'Europa avrebbe bisogno di accogliere (o forse sarebbe meglio dire deportare) almeno 250milioni di migranti entro il 2060, praticamente un terzo della sua intera popolazione attuale. Bershidsky attraverso complesse calcolazioni tanto care agli economisti tenta di dimostrare come un "sacrificio" di questo genere sarebbe necessario per "salvare" le pensioni future dei cittadini europei, nell'evidente intenzione di dare di un fenomeno come quello dell'immigrazione di massa una visione positiva e per alcuni versi quasi salvifica. Mente spudoratamente sulle reali ragioni per cui è stato innescato il fenomeno, ma si dimostra assai efficace nel descrivere le dimensioni e la portata globale dello stesso in quello che è il piano della globalizzazione.
Come non domandarsi con quali prospettive un continente in profonda crisi economica, che non riesce più a fornire gli strumenti per una sopravvivenza dignitosa alla propria popolazione potrebbe mai accogliere una simile marea di profughi, permettendo loro di vivere dignitosamente? E come non domandarsi che fine faranno nel prossimo futuro i paesi dai quali i migranti provengono, privati di larga parte della propria popolazione in età lavorativa, emigrata in Occidente in cerca di fortuna?








"L'uomo nuovo" è ormai una realtà


Al termine di tutto questo percorso l'uomo nuovo è ormai diventato una realtà concreta e risulta del tutto aderente al disegno che l'elite mondialista aveva in mente quando più di mezzo secolo fa iniziò a costruirlo con pazienza. Si tratta del cittadino del mondo, una figura apolide, priva di qualsiasi senso di appartenenza, senza alcuna cultura di riferimento, senza valori e senza tradizioni, con legami familiari e affettivi in via di dissolvimento, interscambiabile con gli altri come può esserlo un pezzo di ricambio, sopravvivente all'interno di una vita ad interim, senza diritti e coordinate con le quali orientarsi, alla perenne ricerca dei mezzi economici che possano permettergli di acquistare i beni di consumo imposti dalla pubblicità e altrettanto perennemente frustrato dall'impossibilità di poterlo fare.
L'uomo nuovo potrà essere spostato a piacimento all'interno del villaggio globale, laddove risulta essere più utile la sua presenza, dal momento che in mancanza di un'identità e di una famiglia non esiste alcun senso di radicamento. Potrà essere pagato il "meno possibile", poiché la sua interscambiabilità ha pregiudicato qualsiasi capacità di contrattare il proprio salario ed è impotente di fronte all'arma del ricatto occupazionale. Potrà essere manipolato a piacimento, grazie al fatto che una persona deprivata della cultura di riferimento e delle tradizioni è come un foglio bianco sul quale i media e l'orientamento del pensiero hanno modo d'imprimere qualsiasi cosa risulti funzionale ai progetti dell'elite mondialista. Non sarà in grado di fare valere i propri diritti, di protestare e di opporsi, dal momento che l'uomo merce è una figura atomizzata, totalmente incapace di aggregarsi con gli altri, eternamente in competizione con il proprio vicino e irrimediabilmente sola anche in mezzo alla calca.
Non si opporrà alle decisioni calate dall'alto, perché convinto che vengano prese per il suo bene, accetterà supinamente il proprio destino, così come lo fa una merce che deve essere costruita, venduta, usata e poi gettata via quando risulta non essere più utile. Si mostrerà sinceramente convinto di essere libero ed informato e si professerà felice di appartenere al villaggio globale, vero simbolo della modernità, senza confini, senza differenze, senza retaggi del passato, senza inutili tradizioni e discriminazioni di sorta, ma purtroppo anche senza più una briciola di umanità, dal momento che fra la merce e l'uomo che intendesse essere tale qualche differenza dovrebbe esserci per forza.

          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



          Serena Overwhelms Azarenka At Us Open        
New York: If anyone still harbored any doubts about whether Serena Williams is back at her best, she put on a pretty persuasive performance during the first 17 minutes of her third-round match on Saturday at the U.S. Open.
That's how long Williams needed to build a 5-0 lead en route to a 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory at Flushing Meadows over one of the best players the women's field had to offer: fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka, a Wimbledon semifinalist two months ago.
Listen to Azarenka describe how it felt to stand across the net from Williams during her superb start:

"What's it like? It's painful," said Azarenka, who won eight points in those opening five games. "To have somebody just going at you like that, it's a little bit painful."
Eventually, though, Azarenka straightened her own play out enough to make things interesting in the second set. She erased four match points, broke when Williams served for the match at 5-3, and left Williams saying she wasn't pleased.
"She won the first set very easily, and it was a little bit too easy, so then she got tested — and she needed to be tested," said Williams' mother, Oracene Price.
Williams passed the test, and showed off her fitness, which is much improved from when she lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon. At the end of one point, she did the splits. On another, she raced all the way over to the blue sign near the stands to smack a forehand winner.

She and Azarenka described the level of play as being worthy of a Grand Slam semifinal, rather than the Week 1 matchup that it was. But they wound up being drawn to meet this early because Williams is seeded only 28th, a reflection of her lower-than-usual ranking as a result of nearly a year's absence from the tour because of a series of health scares.
The 29-year-old American already owns 13 major championships, including three at the U.S. Open, which is why, when she was asked how she can play so well now, Williams replied: "I mean, I was a pretty good player before. So just trying to get back into that rhythm and feel it again."
In the fourth round, Williams will face former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, the 2008 French Open champion, who is seeded 16th.
"It's exciting, at least for me. I think she's the hottest player out there at the moment. She's been playing so well lately. It is going to be a good challenge," Ivanovic said after ending Sloane Stephens' surprising run by beating the 18-year-old American 6-3, 6-4 in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday night.
Ivanovic acknowledged that Williams will be the "favorite, that's for sure" but also said: "I know I can give her a tough match. She beat me in the past, but maybe I can go for revenge on Monday."
The woman who's seeded No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki, eliminated Vania King of the United States 6-2, 6-4, and will continue her bid for a first Grand Slam title against 15th-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, owner of two major trophies.
Also into the fourth round with victories on Saturday were 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy, who got past Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3; No. 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, who beat 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-4; and No. 10 Andrea Petkovic of Germany, who defeated No. 18 Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-4, 6-0 to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the second year in a row.
"Grand Slams are very stressful," Petkovic observed. "I think any player that you ask — and if he answers honestly — it's a lot of stress."
That, as much as anything, could explain why so many players have been quitting during matches because of injury or illness: No. 9 Tomas Berdych (shoulder) and No. 31 Marcel Granollers (abdominal muscle) did so Saturday, raising the total retirements in men's and women's singles to a record 14 by the third round.
Also advancing Saturday were No. 8 Mardy Fish, the top-seeded American, who has yet to drop a set after beating Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3); No. 20 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia; No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine; and 2003 French Open champion and U.S. Open runner-up Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain. Tipsarevic (Berdych's opponent) and Ferrero (Granollers') play each other next.
On Monday, Fish faces a potentially difficult match against No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga — the 2008 Australian Open runner-up who beat No. 19 Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 — and so was pleased to finish off Anderson in three sets.
"I'll be physically fine in two days," Fish said. "But, you know, I'm 29. I don't wake up in the morning feeling like I'm 20."
          South East Europe Six: From Double-Dip Recession to Accelerated Reforms         
This note discusses the external environment, economic outlook, and key policy challenges for the six South East European Countries (SEE6) -- Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH), Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia -- as they seek to reignite economic recovery. After two years of fragile recovery from the global recession, as a group, SEE6 countries experienced a double-dip recession in 2012. Deteriorating external conditions, the impact of the severe winter on economic activity, and a continuing rise in unemployment early in the year took a toll on consumption, investments, and exports. The rise in unemployment continues to threaten the social fabric. Credit recovery and fiscal consolidation are under threat. Nonperforming loans (NPLs) -- thought to be stabilizing only a few months ago -- are again on the rise. As a result, both within and outside the region, the environment has become much more difficult to navigate, and the policy trade-offs necessary to stabilize economies and reignite growth have become more difficult to make. To overcome these challenges, SEE6 countries need more intensive policy reform to reduce public debt and accelerate structural reforms, especially in fiscal consolidation and the financial sector, labor markets, and business environment. Additional external financing from international financial institutions (IFIs) for growth and jobs could prove effective, but only if accompanied by intensified fiscal and structural reforms.
          Chelsea FC defender Branislav Ivanović to appear in Tesco Extra in Leatherhead today        
The tough-tackling Serbian will arrive at Tesco Extra in Oxshott Road, Leatherhead at 1.30pm.
          BABA NOVAC – CĂPITAN AL MARELUI VOIEVOD MIHAI VITEAZUL, 5 FEBRUARIE 1601- 5 FEBRUARIE 2017 DE PROF.UNIV.ASOC.POMPILIU COMSA de POMPILIU COMSA        
Baba Novac s-a născut în Serbia, în satul Porec (actual Donji Milanovac), pe malul Dunării, aproape de Cetatea Severinului, din mamă româncă (din familia Basarabilor) şi tată sârb, pretendent, într-o periodă, la tronul Serbiei. Baba Novac, eroul martir legendar, care îl numea pe Marele Voievod “IUBITUL MEU DOMNITOR”, a fost unul dintre principalii colaboratori apropiaţi ai Marelui nostru Voievod, Mihai Viteazul, pe competenţa, talentul şi devotamentul căruia Domnitorul s-a sprijinit. Este meritul marilor cârmuitori de popoare, care ştiu să se înconjoare de elemente reprezentative, de cei mai înzestraţi. Prima sa misiune, care l-a ridicat în rândul celor mai apreciaţi oameni ai lui Mihai Viteazul a fost în primăvara anului 1595. Baba Novac l-a însoţit pe „PE IUBITUL SĂU DOMNITOR”, în luptele sfinte mari de unire a Transilvaniei cu Ţara Muntenească şi apoi a Moldovei cu Transilvania şi Ţara Muntenească. Îl găsim pe Baba Novac alături de Mihai Viteazul, la lupta din 18 28 octombrie 1599, de la Şelimbăr, unde a dat chiar primul atac, şi victoria obţinută a însemnat Unirea Transilvaniei cu Ţara ...
          VASILE NANEA: ÎN MEMORIA POETULUI ȘI TRADUCĂTORULUI ION MILOȘ de POMPILIU COMSA        
Zilele trecute (4 dec. 2015), a murit poetul Ion Miloș. L-am prețuit mult. La rândul lui, pentru mine, funcționarul care se ocupa de păstorirea sufletelor pribegite ale românilor din toate colțurile lumii, avea sentimente deosebite. Ultima dată l-am întâlnit în Serbia, unde se întorcea din când în când într-un sat românesc în care văzuse prima dată lumina zilei. Aceeași lumină a zilei a văzut-o apoi în mai multe locuri din lume, dar cel mai mult în Suedia, unde s-a adăpostit între patru pereți și un acoperiș, la Malmo. De acolo, din nordurile înghețate, tot cobora spre țara lui de suflet, care era România, și pe care o tot străbătea în lung și lat. Aici avea cei mai mulți prieteni, scriitori ca și el, de unii plângându-se că nu prea îl băgau în seamă, chiar dacă venea mereu cu câte o carte din literatura română, pe care o tradusese în suedeză. A tradus mult în Suedia din iubire pentru România, de a cărei literatură era mândru. Își dorea din tot sufletul ca această iubire să-i fie recunoscută, să se vorbească despre ea, atât. Dar, acest lucru se făcea cu zgârcenie în lumea literară românească, iar poetul ...
          My host is migrating to faster platform, website will be down.        
Well, it's more good news for me than it is for you, actually. Search engines tend to penalize slow websites. I received a notification from my host that they'll be migrating to some multimillion, ultra-mega fast, super duper thingy so the website will be down during night between 13th and 14th March of 2013. There are people among you who complained to me about the slowness of the downloads of PC games, since Flash games are small in size, although I'm planning on making larger stuff in the future. So, if you notice the difference, do tell. I'm also working on next PC game which is already around 20 Mb in size and I only finished like 5% of the games graphics, models, music and the rest of needed resources. I have a big picture of how I want the game to look and behave, but it's hard to know the exact size and I might change things. In any case it will be the largest PC game I released for my website so far. I wanted to finish making a new video advertisement for my website before 2013, announcing the game, but I was too busy with other things and somehow everything ended up unfinished. I'm also implementing my new custom protection of the game, and this time, all crackers will fail the same way they failed with the latest version of Bloxidy. Bloxidy was made for me to see what I'm up against, did crackers progressed and are they able to understand what I did. Fortunately, they did not, but I intend to implement a few extras to make their job more interesting. Couple of them contacted me with offers to release my game for another platform, but for that to work I need to give them my source code. This made me laugh, but it's good to know they're people with a sense of humour. Others told me what they think I did, which was not even close. Anyway, I love a good challenge and that's what we all have in common ... so, the game is on! :)

On this day, 10 years ago, first, and probably the last, democratic prime minister of Serbia, Zoran Djindjic was assassinated by people who're still on power in Serbia, responsible for all the killings of many good people. That man was a thousand years in front of the sheeple of Serbia, sacrificing his own life for people who do not really deserve any sacrifice. May he rest in peace.
          Amateur Serbian Punk Blonde Moaning While Being Fucked        
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          History is repeating itself, masons / illuminati are already trying to infiltrate occupy movements deceiving you all over again.        
They got on top of you as they presented themselves as one of you. That's what the shape-shifting strategy of deception is. One can act as something else or someone else. This is very common in the luciferian society of masons / illuminati. I don't refer to shape-shifting like in the movies, but metaphorical shape-shifting. Eg. an FBI or CIA agent dressed as civilian is now acting as one of >>Occupy<< protesters, even giving speeches. Masons / illuminati, they like to do everything in a ritual manner, so they often use their own services, like hollywood, to announce what they'll do before or while they're doing it. The "prequel" or "remake" of 'The Thing' in the year 2011, is not by chance. Also the movie 11-11-11 is not being released this year by chance, 9-11 has not happened by chance, etc. I provided you a lot of movies and documents in many of the articles I wrote here before, so 9 and 11 are important in entire masons / illuminati doctrine. It's a doctrine with satan and lucifer in the center of it. It's some kind of pagan ritual that they believe in, but has no other effect or purpose than to deceive and confuse us so that we'd waste time while they're spreading their evil all over the planet.

Instead of repeating myself, I'm going to assume you watched all the documentaries and read all the stuff related to 9-11, illuminati, masons, rise of lucifer, etc. No-one is really asking how ruling elite came to be on power in the first place. It's very simple, because they've analyzed people's behavior which is very predictable and is more predictable when the brain activity is lowered by chemicals, vaccines, GMO, etc. They came to power before vaccines and all other stuff were introduced.

When you have riots, people are expecting a change. If you present yourself as a good speaker to the mass, you will gain popularity. The rioting mass must not know your true intentions. They must not know that you belong to a smaller group of power-hungry satan-worshiping degenerates. You must act as one of the protesters. That's called a shape-shifting deception. You must be dressed as one of protesters, walk and talk like one, so no-one would have any doubt whatsoever about you in any way.

And this is what's happening now with Occupy riots. You probably received one of messages on YouTube telling you shape-shifting words of deception luring you into thinking that those words must be true, gaining your support, tricking you in many different ways. I received one of such message from user 'igspal' titled 'Time-Sensitive! PLEASE view videos w/in this message...'. Now, since this message is viral, you can't really know the real origin. That user could just be one of the deceived people who're now doing what he was told to do. Masons / illuminati like to have everything be ritualistic so they often mention things like Zeitgeist, New Era, New Age, New Times. This is all about Antichrist. Zeitgeist movement even made a movie about how the story about the Christ is the biggest lie and that it describes the Old Era (Christ), which is about to end this or next year 2011/2012 and will move all of us into New Era / New Age, which is the Antichrist.

And this is exactly how you can recognize them. They can't help themselves and they must obey their masters satan / lucifer / antichrist and they must glorify their masters by saying words like Zeitgeist, New Era, New Age and they must put symbols like one-eye, all-seeing eye of lucifer, pyramids, triangles, 9 and 11, etc. and those symbols are often only noticeable by people whose brain activity is not lowered. I already gave links to many documentaries showing those symbols repeating themselves in all blockbusters of hollywood. Yes, they put it right in your face, because they think they made you soo dumb that you're unable to see it even when it's right in front of your face. And how can you see it when you're dumbed down by mercury, aluminum, nano-tech, GMO, cancers, diabetes, arthritis, lupus, etc. Your body is using all its energy to fight those poisons, your body's natural reaction is to lower brain activity in such events. And this is what they know as we all let them run our lives and have a lot of spare time experimenting on homeless people and children for centuries, while we're busy working for useless paper we eventually return back to them through taxes and whatnot.

So, are we going to let them trick us once again, suggesting us that we should kill ourselves, instead of organizing new society, like Amish, once we get rid of elite? They were filming movies like Mad Max and such to program us for what they'd like us to do once entire monetary scam falls down. The scam that will be destroyed by elite to trigger the "lucifer operation". In "lucifer operation" they're hoping we'd just do what Mad Max and all such movies have brainwashed us to do. But we must be smart and organize society based on nature, the system our Father made for us. Amish is a nice society that works. Unfortunately, system of lucifer poisoned even such society with bio-engineered viruses, making sure such society will be hard to maintain. However, what you don't know is that bio-engineered viruses are of short existence and because of that fact, pentagon / pentagram infrastructure of hell must keep producing such viruses to keep the threat going on. If we manage to destroy the infrastructure of hell, all their labs and facilities, we'd free ourselves from such threat and Amish-like society will be possible.

If we manage to do that, the shape-shifting threat will still be there. There will be entities who look just like us, dress just like us and behave just like us, who will try to get on top of us once again. And this is the hardest threat to get rid of. Now, listen to me very carefully. I've been raised to be atheist through school. We had to learn evolution theory and deny existence of anything intelligent out there that has made the bio-system based on bio-material we live in. The bio-system which is endangered for centuries by satan's polluting and corrupting system of technology. Majority of people was raised like that. And since we all lost faith turning our backs to Father and our faces to satan, we now face many dangers. If we'd regain faith and sincerely pray every day, every chance we get, to Father, asking for forgiveness and stop serving satan, maybe Father would then accept to be the ruler above us once again, as we've been cast away from Heaven with satan, lucifer and all their followers to be in the middle of nowhere in a very cold and dark place (hell) with the lake of fire in the middle of it, until we either come to our senses or spend eternity in this hell. If we'd come to our senses, it would solve the above mentioned threat of satan, lucifer and it's minions rising above us all over again. We got nothing to lose, we already lost so much by serving lucifer.

In Serbia, which is a very small country, we protested for years and we finally won. Well, not really .. we thought we won and different people came to power, just to find out that it's the same shit all over again. This is very important, as it seems that Serbia serves as a pentagon / pentagram playground. We had many things 20-30 years ago that are now being introduced in the US, for example. I'm telling you this in a hope that you won't be tricked like we were. Good luck to all of us!
          What goes around comes around.        
"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)
          Evil spreads cancer-causing viruses, bacterias and chemicals through vaccines and other means.        
Now, this is pure evil. Illuminati machinery of hell is very cunning. The servants of lucifer and satan really developed a deceptive system. Health-care system, as the name suggests, is supposed to take care of our health, while in reality they hack your body and inject various unknown particles, some even genetically engineered, to cause metabolic changes including cancer, auto-immune disorders like various stages of diabetes and various variants of arthritis, lupus, and other evil. I had an accident some 8 years ago and received 3-5 injections. After that moment my life deteriorated severely over these past 8 years, with several ups and downs. I managed to develop, first, acute arthritis, then rheumatoid arthritis and several tumors. I'm still alive, but living like this is not fun and I can't seem to be able to get rid of the cause. So I pray and cry to our Father in Heavens for earthquakes, strong winds, volcano eruptions, lava explosions and things to fall from the sky and just wipe out and burn this evil. And the praying seems to be giving results. If you're in pain, hacked by evil, cry with me to our Father, let Him know that we want this technological pentagon / pentagram evil destroyed .. and it'll happen.





In seeking answers to why adolescent girls are suffering devastating health damage after being injected with HPV vaccines, SANE Vax, Inc decided to have vials of Gardasil tested in a laboratory. There, they found over a dozen Gardasil vaccine vials to be contaminated with rDNA of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The vials were purchased in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Poland and France, indicating Gardasil contamination is a global phenomenon.

This means that adolescents who are injected with these vials are being contaminated with a biohazard -- the rDNA of HPV. In conducting the tests, Dr. Sin Hang Lee found rDNA from both HPV-11 and HPV-18, which were described as "firmly attached to the aluminum adjuvant."

That aluminum is also found in vaccines should be frightening all by itself, given that aluminum should never be injected into the human body (it's toxic when ingested, and it specifically damages the nervous system). With the added discovery that the aluminum adjuvant also carries rDNA fragments of two different strains of Human Papillomavirus, this now reaches the level of a dangerous biohazard -- something more like a biological weapon rather than anything resembling medicine.

As SANE Vax explains in its announcement, these tests were conducted after an adolescent girl experienced "acute onset Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis within 24 hours" of being injected with an HPV vaccine.


The truth about vaccines safety evil New World Order elite doesn't want you to know.







September, 20th 2011, UPDATE:
The "people" who caused torture, suffering, pain and death of innocent can't be prosecuted. The juridical system is protecting them, after all, juridical system has been built to protect lucifer's followers and to buy time for cover ups and lies. The only way to kill demons is to burn the hosts alive. We must burn all governments, government servants and all related to them. In Serbia, my country, no one even knows about any of this, all the medias are controlled and funded by US. Serbia is an experimentation playground of demons from US pentagon / pentagram, a police state with top notch hi tech equipment from US. Hm, but it's the US who bombed the country back in 1999 behind NATO second largest operation in history, dumping uranium and unknown chemicals in all most populated areas of Serbia, except where the Serbian government and their workers are located. In Serbia, IQ tests are conducted on all people through various services and this has been started since 8-10 years ago. People are being vaccinated even for the smallest scratch, not to mention flu vaccination every year. And it's working, everyone are retarded and behave like zombies and also vote every year.








          The time to act and react is now!        
It's already too late as they already started the lucifer operation. They will try to eliminate the most of the population through hunger (there won't be any water, electricity as well), bio-engineered viruses, bacterias, nano-technology that is not detectable by our eyes. They were preparing us for this event for decades. Few smaller countries served as a testing ground, one of which is Serbia. The experiments in Serbia identified a couple of problems, but it seems that they found solutions to those problems as well and are now exercising the advanced / enhanced version in the US. US is the last line of defense. Since the US is now devil's playground, this is the end folks. Act and react now or cease to exist. Organize yourselves in smaller self-contained communities, in secret. In the near future these communities would be able to join together and form large ones. Those will become a foundation of the large resistance movement that will lead all of us up to the very source of the evil. We already know who they are, some of them we see on television, but some of them will go underground and spend time in facilities they were building since WWII, hoping that we'll all kill each others on the surface in the mess they prepared for all of us. Eventually, we will locate these evil entities and lynch them publicly. These events will become a part of the history books of the future world we will build in the name of our Father in Heavens.

Father did not forget all of us, despite the fact that we turned our backs to Him and accepted the lucifer's money / greed / evil evolution theory. Such mistake detached us completely from who we are and from what we were made to do. We were not made to spread corruption, evil, pollution and death. Quite the contrary, we were made to grow food that is natural and not genetically modified that rots and produces metabolic changes in our bodies, including cancer, auto-immune disorder, etc. We were made to make and build natural structures, to socialize. Amish is a good example of the society we were made to live in. I'm not able to compare to anything better, because other societies were wiped out by lucifer and it's army of demons. We're in a war and this time they want to wipe the remains of good on this planet.

The proof that Father in Heavens did not forget us are events. Earthquakes, eruptions, lava, explosions, strong winds and things falling from the sky are some of the natural laws created by our Father to help us fight the evil. We can stop illuminati / satanists / ruling elite evil plans for once and for all by praying, crying out to our Father in Heavens asking for help and the destruction of pentagon / pentagram and the entire infrastructure of evil. The only reason why ruling elite still didn't engage in the lucifer's operation is because of these events. Their underground life-supporting self-sustained facilities are in danger because of the earthquakes. These powerful events are signs from our Father in Heavens showing to the ruling elite of demons how small and insignificant they all really are. The year 2011 is the year to act, because 2012 might be too late. If we would react in 2011 we'd avoid a lot of casualties.

As former President George W. Bush found out, attacking America is the quickest way to raise the popularity of the President. In the aftermath of 9/11, Bush's popularity soared beyond 70% and gave him the political momentum to pass almost any law he desired. Out of that fiasco came the Patriot Act, one of the most dangerous freedom-crushing laws in U.S. history - a law which guts the Bill of Rights and is now used against animal rights protestors and other non-terrorist groups, by the way. Operation Northwoods details, a must read!

They now want to portray white people as the terrorists, so they need another Timothy McVeigh patsy to play the part. They've probably been out recruiting disgruntled veterans for this specific purpose, using all sorts of CIA mind control tactics (and technologies) to put voices into someone's head and convince them that God wants them to unleash a dirty bomb in New York City or something. Yes, the technology to project voices into someone's head has existed for years. It's a DARPA research project called the 'Sonic Projector', and WIRED News reported on it back in 2007 (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2007/06/darpas_sonic_pr/). And how you can protect from these and similar devices evil is using to affect and even destroy your life: https://governmentmindtorture.wordpress.com/
          The beast revealed its true face, now even blind can see.        
Now PayPal has the power to decide who can sell and who can buy. This is the future we're looking at. This is what NWO (New World Order) masons / illuminati / satanists are trying to establish.

Wikileaks PayPal account has been suspended, tomorrow it will be yours. Who decides? A blind can see. I've been telling this for a long time and until few weeks ago, majority of people called me crazy, they said I'm a conspiracy theorist. If you still think so, then your mind has been reduced to nothing.

If there is no freedom of speech, no human rights, then why do satanists, who control all the flows of information and money, constantly brainwash us with those big words? Well, that's what I'm constantly explaining. Its a deception. You should not underestimate the power of deception and suggestion. If you're brainwashed by the TV every single day, your brain will eventually give up and just start accepting anything and everything without questioning anything. I live in a country, Serbia, that is total control of everything. The ruling elite of pharaohs, established by the pentagon (which is the middle of the pentagram), are deciding who gets the job, who have the right to work and speak, get benefits, etc. And they call themselves democrates and similar, as instructed by masters of the pentagon.

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. - Book of Revelation.

Serbia is a small country and is a contained experiment conducted by masons / illuminati. If it succeeds, and so far seems like a great success, the same methods will be imposed in your area, you won't even notice them. The ruling elite will decide what you will do, what you will think and anyone, who opposes in any way, will be cut off of the system. During that time, they will continue to brainwash the rest of the population with the fairy-tales about freedom of speech and human rights and "ordered and democratic" system.

What happened to Wikileaks is giving us a chance to break free preventing total enslavement, and we can do this before 2011. Masons have been building the system for thousands of years. And how long it will take for such evil system to fall down? 7 days or so. This is a good example that evil doesn't pay off.

I'm risking a lot by writing all of this. While Julian Assange obviously have a place to hide, I don't. I live in Serbia which is a prison for me. I tried to leave it once but they didn't let me. And NATO also bombed me back in 1999. How I survived all of that was just an amazing sequence of miracles and there must be a reason. So, I'm twice the hero Julian is. If I hadn't survived I wouldn't be writing about all of this now. Wow, really amazing stuff!
          Wikileaks and Julian can use my server, if they want to.        
My server is in Sweden, not a crappy country like France. Sweden should be a normal country, respecting freedom and human rights, and not just saying that, but truly respecting all the rights, including freedom of speech. Markus Persson (Notch), the maker of Minecraft is from Sweden, so it gotta be a great country. I don't have much free space and Wikileaks could not have the whole free space, but a section, after the games section.

I know this has nothing to do with casual PC games or casual Flash web games I'll be making in 2011, but its very important for me to contribute somehow, since, as you all already know by now, I'm a freedom fighter and a very strong anti-mason / anti-illuminati / etc. kinda guy and this would mean much to me. Needless to say that my first PC game, that I released as an independent game developer, Invader Attack, reveals mason plans, at the end of the game. Why only masons / illuminati have to mark things and leave hints and trails of symbolism? I can do it too, its nothing special really. They think they're smart, but anyone can do it .. actually, masons / illuminati are idiots.

Also, its obvious that shadow societies got upset with the information leak, cause it could jeopardize their whole project of enslavement that has been going on smoothly, until recently.

Could this be the beginning of the end of the NWO (New World Order)? I sure hope so, I'd be one of the happiest people on this planet, because it would mean total liberation of our slavery. Serbia is enslaved country, we got dumb people here acting as pharaohs. They were positioned by masons / illuminati to uphold the system of slavery, based on deception. And, I got to tell you, unless something extraordinary happens, there's no way anyone could break free. They divided all of us and are keeping us divided and against each other, its amazing. They use the same "divide and conquer" strategy all along. Fortunately, something did happen. Wikileaks happened and it gives us hope. That's why we have to cherish Wikileaks and help any way we can. Now, I don't have much, but this is also an appeal to you, the reader, to help Wikileaks any way you can, we can win this battle. Step by step, we could win the whole war!
          Alexa and SEO clarification.        
This is the information page of my site on Alexa: http://www.alexa.com/search?q=www.codergames.com&r=home_home&p=bigtop and as you can see there are two numbers: Alexa Traffic Rank and Sites Linking In. Believe it or not but those two numbers are used by other major search engines to determine search engine rank of each site. The lower the Alexa traffic rank is, the better position of the website is, #1 being the best. The higher the number of backlinks is the better website position is.

SEO is short from Search Engine Optimization. You will understand this and it will be useful to you if one day you decide to start your own website, so I can only ask you to keep on reading.

On-site SEO is something you can do on your own and it solely depends on how well you organize your site's content. Its a set of rules and things you should do to make your website's content approachable and search engine friendly. The site should be search engine friendly if you ever want to reach your audience. Basically, the pages should appear as normal static HTML pages to a search engine, ending either with .html or /. The links should not contain characters like ? and &, etc. Content should be valid in terms of validators like http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=referer and http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/check/referer, etc. This is something you can do on your own by reading about it on the net, there are many good sources.

On the other hand, the Off-site SEO is more tricky. Maybe you've come across the term "backlink" before. For those of you new to SEO, you may be wondering what a backlinks are, and why are they so important. Backlinks have become so important to the scope of Search Engine Optimization, that they have become some of the main building blocks to good SEO. Now, the importance of something is always imposed by market leaders in the field. Why do we even bother with SEO? Because search engines want us to. Because they're saying that if you want to get high rank you gotta do it, you have no choice. High rank means more traffic and it means more targeted traffic if you've done good on-site SEO.

According to my Google webmaster account, my site is having hundreds of backlinks by now. Those are all links on other websites that are leading toward mine. However, that number is currently 7 on Alexa and it was 25 a week ago. Why is that? Because Alexa, although none of you heard of it before, has been established as an important factor, a variable, in the search engine rank calculation formulas. Basically, all favored, privileged websites will always have large number of backlinks on Alexa, giving them leader position. And all other websites, the rest of us, the slaves, will have low number. I obviously pissed someone at Alexa with my articles / news / discoveries, so they reduced the number of backlinks. I'm guessing Alexa is run by a Mason or Illuminati, in case there's someone there who smoked something bad and had a trip of hallucinations seeing satan dancing or something (the state of mind they call illuminated), or maybe its just someone who is related to them, someone privileged. Whatever the case may be, Alexa is very important because the numbers on Alexa affect search engine rank formulas. So, no matter how good your on-site SEO was, your off-site SEO depends on the services outside of your website, like Alexa, imposed onto you by people who control the market. You will always stay below them and they will always be on top. Equal opportunity, my ass.

Another site, which is also very important is dmoz.org. Although I applied to be listed there, many times, my application was denied because I'm from Serbia and all IP addresses from my country are denied. And while that may be justified on many different levels, I only live here, I don't like the country. Actually, no-one really likes it, no-one who lives here, its a living hell. That's why my English is so good, I rarely speak Serbian anyway.

If you understand how these services are organized you would clearly see a pyramid. I'm not going to draw a pyramid of services as that would bring a lot of unwanted attention onto my website and I'm scared of those services a lot, since my website's future, if there is any, kinda depends on them and their goodwill. But, I will refer you to a couple of other drawings and sites. Lets start with the pyramid: The Masons. Good stuff, right?

Now, since I was born in a country with a lot of red pentagrams, I'll tell you all about it, and this is something that has been forgotten and deliberately left out from your history books.

I was one of Tito's pioneers, the slave. We all had to wear the mark of the beast on our forehead and pledge to the follower of satan called Tito, the dictator imposed onto us by Masons.

"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand ... " - Revelation 14:9

Here's the proof, you may not see it at first, but it'll come to you, I believe in people, just free your mind.

5 years old Mason slave.

A couple of fun facts follow. All of us had to be 5 years old to pledge and become pioneers. It was not a choice, either that or death. 5 spikes are leading from the central shape of pentagram. The central shape inside pentagram is pentagon.

pentagon pentagram

5 years old Mason slaves.

Masons are everywhere! A proof of Mason infiltration in Muslim countries, just look at the moon and the star. Drawing on the left has been done by masons / illuminati / luciferians / reptilians / etc.

Mason infiltration in Muslim countries.

There's a really good YouTube channel, this guy has impressive pattern matching skills, I watched all those movies never noticing anything: InUrHead81 on YouTube, a must watch!

On top of all, my country was bombed back in 1999 by NATO. The number of the beast is 666 or 616, could be related, you never know with those friggin masons / illuminati / whatever. And it was the second largest NATO operation ever. My country was called Yugoslavia back then. My country changed names more times than I changed my pants.

Paranoia? I don't think so. Thanks for reading and stay tuned, if I get out of this alive, there will be more discoveries. Ain't life just pure fun?
          The whole propaganda surrounding Minecraft is very fishy.        
Changed on November 19th 2010.
This is the continuation of the previous news article. If you just landed on this page expecting to read about how bad Minecraft is, start by reading the previous article.

Why was the acceptance on TIGsource forum so important for me? This requires a bit of background information of my state of mind at a time.

I was under a lot of pressure, I still am. Anti-communists in Serbia don't have social security, jobs or any ability to get a job as everything is highly controlled and is only there to leave the impression to other countries that its a normal country as well. The ruling elite of privileged people is controlling everything. So, being an outsider, my only income is from remote work over the Internet, work for people from other countries, mostly developed countries like US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc. If there were no such countries or the ability to work from home, I'd be dead already.

So, the pressure was and is very large for me, and it all depended on how well I'd be able to reach the fans of shoot them ups. And it was the only way out for me, as the number of projects, due to world economy changes, has diminished significantly. So, I needed the extra cash. I had no other choice, actually. Serbia is a country where I'm unemployed from the start. Someone unprivileged like me will never get a job. Like I said, police and military, secret services, they all control everything. There are people here who are born privileged, they don't even have to go to school. They do go to school so that the country would seem like a normal country to outside people, but its all a theater. In Serbia, they get diplomas regardless of performance and they always get employed immediately. But, since none of them do anything useful, the country is in constant economy collapse. The ruling elite doesn't want to change anything and everything they do is just a smoke-screen, a hoax. They don't want to change anything because they fear of losing the ruling position. And this has been going on for more than 70 years, probably much much longer.

So, for someone like me, its very hard. No future, constant pressure, fear, etc. I'm quite sane giving the circumstances, right? So, I joined the TIGsource forum back then to try reaching players, spreading the word about my game, because although my site had few visitors, few downloads and few sales, it just was not good enough and SEO would take long time. People do search for games over search engines, but if you read my article about Alexa and SEO, you understand that it not only takes a lot of time, but its also in favor of other sites, leaders, privileged site. When you search games for Windows, Microsoft will always be #1, no matter how good and white-hat is your SEO.

So by trashing my game, my site and me as a developer, after putting so much effort into the game, they reduced my chances of ever reaching the gamers that want to play my game. There is no other way to reach the players than to spread the word about games through forums and sites. And while TIGsource declares itself as an independent community helping out indies I assumed it was a good place to spread the word. But it did not turn out that well.

While other independent game developers received almost none of the feedback on their forum or mostly positive, my game and my site received a lot of "constructive criticism". I wonder why that was the case. Why did they bother to trash my game so much? Why were they so eager to "help" me out? I worked on Invader Attack for 7-8 months and before that 3-4 months on the game engine. All the people who I know that played said all good words and the game was a result of what different people of different ages wanted. I released the game, had few downloads and few sales. At that point I joined TIGsource forum and asked for a feedback. So, I already had few downloads and few sales. Of course, it takes time for people to find out about my site and those guys on TIGsource knew that. So, instead of giving me a little support, since I'm new, they trashed the game that already had downloads and sales. Many months later, my game, that same game (Invader Attack), received a 89% rating at GameVortex.

It was painfully obvious to me that they did it deliberately, I lost it and decided to get back at them. I know its childish and a bit psychotic, but that's all I could do at a time. Also, it seemed like a good way to prevent them doing what they did to me, to someone else, in the future. We'll see if I was successful.

Markus Persson (Notch), the creator of Minecraft has impressive coding skills, innovative mind, and amazing creativity pushing independent game development boundaries, getting ahead of all the rest of us indies. I wish him all the best and hope that he'll forgive me, for I have sinned! I just wasn't strong enough to bear the pressure, the problems and to sustain all the cruelty of TIGsource idiots.
          Serbian Teen Jovana Caught Fucking In Toilet        
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          Serbian Girl Unwilling To Be Taped        
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          Gorgeous Serbian Pornstar Wants Hard Big Cock In Her Tight Pussy        
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          Pablo Carreño sentenció el paso de España a cuartos de final de la Copa Davis        
El hispano venció a Nikola Mektic y cerró la victoria como visita sobre Croacia. El próximo rival de los ibéricos será Serbia.
          Miron Zhirosh        
Miron Zhirosh (*1939,?2016) Rusyn historian, journalist and public activist, native of Ruski Kerestur, Serbia. Lived, worked and died in Kazincbarcika, Hungary. (Created using allowed original materials of esu.com.ua)
          Flag of Sebia        
Flag of Serbia. Independence: Monday, June 5, 2006
          Michal Vrabel, folklorist        
Michal Vrabel (*1866??1923) was folklorist in Serbia and Hungary, school teacher and cultural activist in Serbia. He collected and published Rusyn songs. Born in Presov Region, died in Budapest.
          Serbia Map Flag With Stroke Fixed        
Serbia Map Flag With Stroke Fixed
          Serbia Map Flag Fixed        
Serbia Map Flag Fixed. Small bug removed one of the insignia on the shield.
          Serbia flag linear        
Serbia flag linear
          Flag of Serbia Montenegro wave        
Flag of Serbia Montenegro wave
          Flag of Serbia Montenegro        
Flag of Serbia Montenegro
          Serbia flag (bevelled)        
A bevelled version of the flag of Serbia. Adapted from a public domain drawing sourced from Wikimedia Commons.
          Fleurs de lys 2        
Clipped from a public domain drawing of the coat of arms of Serbia
          Crown 14        
Clipped from a public domain drawing of the coat of arms of Serbia
          Day 1231 of Bassel not being free-100 years after WW1 began        
Day 1231 of Bassel's imprisonment marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War I. In commemoration of the fact that Bassel is a peacemaker, and the sort of individual who believes in the power of technology to enrich life rather than destroy (or pacify/sedate) it (which is as radical of an idea today as it was 100 years ago), this image contains, in the background, excerpts from the document/correspondence that triggered the Austro-Hungarian Empire's declaration of war against the Kingdom of Serbia in July of 1914. Were there someone like Bassel around in those days - WWI may have been avoidable. --------------------- Works cited: The Austro-Hungarian Empire's Ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia [English Translation: http://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/The_Austro-Hungarian_Ultimatum_to_Serbia_(English_translation) ] The Serbian Response to the Austro-Hungarian Ultimatum [English Translation: http://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/The_Serbian_Response_to_the_Austro-Hungarian_Ultimatum_(English_translation) ]
          Serbian flag        
Flag of Serbia.
          Flag of Serbia and Montenegro        
The flag of Serbia and Montenegro in Europe.
          Lady Gaga se desnuda para video artístico        
La cantante aparece completamente desnuda en un video que tiene como objetivo ayudar a la fundación de la artista serbia Marina Abramovic.
          SL/Ol' McDonald's        

My first chance to talk to a Serbian in roughly two weeks...

I remember Milo telling me there was a McDonald's in Serbia (which has since burned down due to rioting). I wanted to ask about the McDonald's as soon as I could.

Patric Styrian: How is Serbia?
Konza Roundabout*: like always...bad
Patric Styrian: are you there right now?
Konza Roundabout: yes, im in Belgrade
Patric Styrian: is the mcDonalds back up yet?
Konza Roundabout: hahahahahaha
Konza Roundabout: i hate them
Konza Roundabout: i mean not McD
Konza Roundabout: hypoctrites
Konza Roundabout: they're destroying and tomorrow will eat big mac
Patric Styrian: true
Konza Roundabout: they didn't destroy pizza hut
Patric Styrian: i wonder why not
Konza Roundabout: i dont know
Konza Roundabout: stupid Serbs didnt know that hut is also american
Patric Styrian: poor things
Konza Roundabout: yea it's kinda..i feel sorry coz of ppl
Patric Styrian: as an American, i can't show my face there right now
Konza Roundabout: lol
Patric Styrian: i dodged milo earlier today
Konza Roundabout: we will say that you r from Kosovo
Konza Roundabout: :)
Patric Styrian: i like spelling Kosovo
Konza Roundabout: ahhh
Konza Roundabout: why must it be so complicated here
Patric Styrian: according to milo, serbia is surrounded by countries it dislikes and distrusts
Konza Roundabout: not really
Konza Roundabout: dont trust milo
Konza Roundabout: he's radical
Patric Styrian: milo and i share a house, and i remember coming home and seeing portrait of slobodan milosevic on wall
Konza Roundabout: pih
Konza Roundabout: i was in prison 1998
Konza Roundabout: political dissident
Patric Styrian: did they treat you well?
Konza Roundabout: what u think?
Patric Styrian: well, we have some prisons over here that are considered white collar
Konza Roundabout: ppl in america don't go to prison because of their political opinions
Patric Styrian: well, some do for not paying taxes
Konza Roundabout: hahaha
Konza Roundabout: yea
Konza Roundabout: you can even find hundreds of pages about our situation on net
Patric Styrian: one day and night, i'm going to do nothing but read about serbia
Patric Styrian: better yet, i think i'll give serbia an entire weekend
Konza Roundabout: ahh you dont have enough time for it in your life
Patric Styrian: i want serbia monday-tuesday, albania tuesday-wednesday, Bosnia wed-th...
Patric Styrian: i never will have time for america
Konza Roundabout: well you will finish albania in one week
Patric Styrian: lol
Konza Roundabout: Serbia is toooo old
Patric Styrian: Serbia is very young in our eyes
Patric Styrian: they haven't caught up to our technology yet, so they are young
Konza Roundabout: ahhh
Konza Roundabout: we don't have many kids
Patric Styrian: no?
Konza Roundabout: nope
Konza Roundabout: we r duying
Patric Styrian: awwww
Patric Styrian: i hope serbia can hang in there
Konza Roundabout: i dont know...first time since shit started i cant handle it anymore
Patric Styrian: conflict gets old
Patric Styrian: boring
Patric Styrian: predictable
Konza Roundabout: i want to come to usa
Patric Styrian: i want to go to holland
Patric Styrian: holland is full of nice people on here
Konza Roundabout: my best friend is living in amsterdam
Konza Roundabout: they all get high
Patric Styrian: mmm
Patric Styrian: country seems to run itself
Patric Styrian: everyone can get high there and country gets away with it
Konza Roundabout: And you can buy weed when you r not sick
Konza Roundabout: ;)
Patric Styrian: they allow weed there for when you're perfectly "well"
Patric Styrian: and it makes you "weller"
Konza Roundabout: yapo

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When it comes to the saying “quality over quantity,” Serbian-Australian producer Dirty South is one artist that will always come to mind. Why? Well, we only receive a handful of releases from him per year. You can’t rush greatness, my friends. Four long months after his successful single, “I Swear” featuring Anima!, he has returned […]

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          Chomsky: Paris Attacks Show Hypocrisy Of West's Outrage        
| by Noam Chomsky

( January 21, 2015, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) After the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 people including the editor and four other cartoonists, and the murder of four Jews at a kosher supermarket shortly after, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared "a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity."

Anyone with eyes open will quickly notice other rather striking omissions. Thus, prominent among those who face an "enormous challenge" from brutal violence are Palestinians, once again during Israel's vicious assault on Gaza in the summer of 2014, in which many journalists were murdered, sometimes in well-marked press cars, along with thousands of others, while the Israeli-run outdoor prison was again reduced to rubble on pretexts that collapse instantly on examination.
Millions of people demonstrated in condemnation of the atrocities, amplified by a chorus of horror under the banner "I am Charlie." There were eloquent pronouncements of outrage, captured well by the head of Israel's Labor Party and the main challenger for the upcoming elections, Isaac Herzog, who declared that "Terrorism is terrorism. There's no two ways about it," and that "All the nations that seek peace and freedom [face] an enormous challenge" from brutal violence.

The crimes also elicited a flood of commentary, inquiring into the roots of these shocking assaults in Islamic culture and exploring ways to counter the murderous wave of Islamic terrorism without sacrificing our values. The New York Times described the assault as a "clash of civilizations," but was corrected by Times columnist Anand Giridharadas, who tweeted that it was "Not & never a war of civilizations or between them. But a war FOR civilization against groups on the other side of that line. #CharlieHebdo."

The scene in Paris was described vividly in the New York Times by veteran Europe correspondent Steven Erlanger: "a day of sirens, helicopters in the air, frantic news bulletins; of police cordons and anxious crowds; of young children led away from schools to safety. It was a day, like the previous two, of blood and horror in and around Paris."

Erlanger also quoted a surviving journalist who said that "Everything crashed. There was no way out. There was smoke everywhere. It was terrible. People were screaming. It was like a nightmare." Another reported a "huge detonation, and everything went completely dark." The scene, Erlanger reported, "was an increasingly familiar one of smashed glass, broken walls, twisted timbers, scorched paint and emotional devastation."

These last quotes, however -- as independent journalist David Peterson reminds us -- are not from January 2015. Rather, they are from a report by Erlanger on April 24 1999, which received far less attention. Erlanger was reporting on the NATO "missile attack on Serbian state television headquarters" that "knocked Radio Television Serbia off the air," killing 16 journalists.

"NATO and American officials defended the attack," Erlanger reported, "as an effort to undermine the regime of President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia." Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon told a briefing in Washington that "Serb TV is as much a part of Milosevic's murder machine as his military is," hence a legitimate target of attack.

There were no demonstrations or cries of outrage, no chants of "We are RTV," no inquiries into the roots of the attack in Christian culture and history. On the contrary, the attack on the press was lauded. The highly regarded U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, then envoy to Yugoslavia, described the successful attack on RTV as "an enormously important and, I think, positive development," a sentiment echoed by others.

There are many other events that call for no inquiry into western culture and history -- for example, the worst single terrorist atrocity in Europe in recent years, in July 2011, when Anders Breivik, a Christian ultra-Zionist extremist and Islamophobe, slaughtered 77 people, mostly teenagers.

Also ignored in the "war against terrorism" is the most extreme terrorist campaign of modern times -- Barack Obama's global assassination campaign targeting people suspected of perhaps intending to harm us some day, and any unfortunates who happen to be nearby. Other unfortunates are also not lacking, such as the 50 civilians reportedly killed in a U.S.-led bombing raid in Syria in December, which was barely reported.

One person was indeed punished in connection with the NATO attack on RTV -- Dragoljub Milanović, the general manager of the station, who was sentenced by the European Court of Human Rights to 10 years in prison for failing to evacuate the building, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia considered the NATO attack, concluding that it was not a crime, and although civilian casualties were "unfortunately high, they do not appear to be clearly disproportionate."

The comparison between these cases helps us understand the condemnation of the New York Times by civil rights lawyer Floyd Abrams, famous for his forceful defense of freedom of expression. "There are times for self-restraint," Abrams wrote, "but in the immediate wake of the most threatening assault on journalism in living memory, [the Times editors] would have served the cause of free expression best by engaging in it" by publishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons ridiculing Mohammed that elicited the assault.

Abrams is right in describing the Charlie Hebdo attack as "the most threatening assault on journalism in living memory." The reason has to do with the concept "living memory," a category carefully constructed to include Their crimes against us while scrupulously excluding Our crimes against them -- the latter not crimes but noble defense of the highest values, sometimes inadvertently flawed.

This is not the place to inquire into just what was being "defended" when RTV was attacked, but such an inquiry is quite informative (see my A New Generation Draws the Line).

There are many other illustrations of the interesting category "living memory." One is provided by the Marine assault against Fallujah in November 2004, one of the worst crimes of the U.S.-UK invasion of Iraq.

The assault opened with occupation of Fallujah General Hospital, a major war crime quite apart from how it was carried out. The crime was reported prominently on the front page of the New York Times, accompanied with a photograph depicting how "Patients and hospital employees were rushed out of rooms by armed soldiers and ordered to sit or lie on the floor while troops tied their hands behind their backs." The occupation of the hospital was considered meritorious and justified: it "shut down what officers said was a propaganda weapon for the militants: Fallujah General Hospital, with its stream of reports of civilian casualties."

Evidently, this is no assault on free expression, and does not qualify for entry into "living memory."

There are other questions. One would naturally ask how France upholds freedom of expression and the sacred principles of "fraternity, freedom, solidarity." For example, is it through the Gayssot Law, repeatedly implemented, which effectively grants the state the right to determine Historical Truth and punish deviation from its edicts? By expelling miserable descendants of Holocaust survivors (Roma) to bitter persecution in Eastern Europe? By the deplorable treatment of North African immigrants in the banlieues of Paris where the Charlie Hebdo terrorists became jihadis? When the courageous journal Charlie Hebdo fired the cartoonist Siné on grounds that a comment of his was deemed to have anti-Semitic connotations? Many more questions quickly arise.

Anyone with eyes open will quickly notice other rather striking omissions. Thus, prominent among those who face an "enormous challenge" from brutal violence are Palestinians, once again during Israel's vicious assault on Gaza in the summer of 2014, in which many journalists were murdered, sometimes in well-marked press cars, along with thousands of others, while the Israeli-run outdoor prison was again reduced to rubble on pretexts that collapse instantly on examination.

Also ignored was the assassination of three more journalists in Latin America in December, bringing the number for the year to 31. There have been more than a dozen journalists killed in Honduras alone since the military coup of 2009 that was effectively recognized by the U.S. (but few others), probably according post-coup Honduras the per capita championship for murder of journalists. But again, not an assault on freedom of press within living memory.

It is not difficult to elaborate. These few examples illustrate a very general principle that is observed with impressive dedication and consistency: The more we can blame some crimes on enemies, the greater the outrage; the greater our responsibility for crimes -- and hence the more we can do to end them -- the less the concern, tending to oblivion or even denial.

Contrary to the eloquent pronouncements, it is not the case that "Terrorism is terrorism. There's no two ways about it." There definitely are two ways about it: theirs versus ours. And not just terrorism.

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent book is "Masters of Mankind." His web site is www.chomsky.info.

This article was originally published at CNN



          Indonesia - A Model For Post-Election Sri Lanka?        
| by Ruwantissa Abeyratne

( January 20, 2015, Montreal, Sri Lanka Guardian) At the end of 2014, The Economist identified three countries which conducted themselves as models of progress during the recent past: Uruguay which made gay marriages legal; Tunisia which conducted fair and just elections which led to its first step toward democracy; and Indonesia, which broke away from the shackles of military rule, and family favouritism and elected a common but decent and ethical man to the presidency through democratic elections. As it is, Sri Lanka should follow as the first progressive country which followed suit in 2015 with elections comparable with that of the Indonesian elections by breaking away from a norm which the voters decided was for the betterment of the country.

When I met an ambassador of Sri Lanka to a country in the Western World just a few years ago and asked how Sri Lanka was doing, his only response was, “the only problem is rampant corruption”.
As things are, the Indonesian example seems to be a desirable model for Sri Lanka. The Globe and Mail of 16 January 2014 says of the Indonesia of President Joko Widodo (popularly known as "Jokowi", a hard working businessman identified with the common man): "Indonesia is experiencing a burst of unprecedented economic and political optimism. The world’s fourth most populous country, with some 250 million people, is emerging as a powerhouse of Southeast Asia, at the dawn of an awakening that many compare to pre-boom China three decades ago. After decades of dictatorship and corruption, the country is quickly shifting course with the election of a political outsider that many think will usher in a new era of sustainable economic growth... corruption has been a problem for years, bleeding away state revenues that could have been used to build infrastructure and pay for services. Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission has been making headway, and Jokowi even had his cabinet vetted; financial institutions were approached for financial records and several potential cabinet ministers were excluded. He’s appointed technocrats to key economic portfolios".

The journal Foreign Affairs, in its November/December 2014 issue published an interview with Jokowi. One of the questions asked was: " You’re the first Indonesian president with no ties to the Suharto regime. You represent a new generation. What does that say about Indonesia and about the kind of president you’ll be? Jokowi's answer was: "The fact that someone like me could become president shows that our democracy is maturing. We have a lively and independent media. We used social media in our campaign and had more than 3,000 groups of volunteers. This is a new political system. We are taking a human-centric approach to win the trust of the people.

It is heartening that this is what the new Sri Lankan regime is claiming to do.

The key words here are "human-centric approach to win the trust of the people".

The first step in this process is incontrovertibly the establishment of a free and independent media, where the people of the country will have access to transparency and the assurance of an incorruptible system of governance. In other words, unfettered freedom of speech. Jeff Jacob Lourie said: “It [freedom of speech] is bedevilled by the evil intent, ignorance, and stupidity of literally millions of people. But it is the greatest protection against tyranny that there is. Witness the fall of the dictatorships of Serbia, Argentina, Greece, and Chile. Even in free countries freedom of speech is not something that is automatic. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. That's not just a cliché. We must guard against the rich, the powerful, the crazies, the haters and the fanatics. We need to maintain everyone's right to free speech, but we cannot let lies and libel go unanswered. On the whole we have done a pretty good job here in the U.S.A. and not only in the obvious ways. I do not think it accidental that our contributions to the technology of freedom are so significant: telephones, television, railroads, automobiles, computers and the internet have all increased our ability to communicate freely”.

The next evil to be attacked should be corruption. The Venerable Walpola Piyananda, in his article Sri Lanka...Independent but not Yet Free published in the Sri Lanka Guardian of 1 February 2012 says inter alia, “As a nation and a people we have not yet won our freedom from egotistical self-centeredness, collective irresponsibility, pettiness, arrogance, and an unbridled lack of discipline… not a day passes without the exposure of another corrupt government official. Bribery, extortion, obstacles to progress removed or kept in place by greasing palms – all have become common in our society. Right livelihood is ignored as greed trumps integrity. Can these self-centered practices exist in a truly free society where selfless government officials work for the benefit of all the people?”

Those in power cannot just wash their hands off from this scourge, by saying they have no control over actions of their fellow countrymen. One must note that the state's inability to implement tight monitoring systems is not the only cause of corruption. For the most part corruption reigns in the absence of an integrated system of internal supervision in the public sector. Corruption has both corrosive and toxic effects on a society. The Rport on Human Development in South Asia 1999 concluded:

“Corruption is one of the most damaging consequences of poor governance. It undermines investment and economic growth, decreases the resources available for human development goals, deepens the extent of poverty, subverts the judicial system, and undermines the legitimacy of the state. In fact, when corruption becomes entrenched, it can devastate the entire economic, political, and social fabric of a country…corruption breeds corruption – and a failure to combat it effectively can lead to an era of entrenched corruption”.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, said in The Times of India: “To eradicate corruption we require individuals who are incorruptible and, undoubtedly, what produces such individuals is spirituality. There is a saying that violence begins in the mind. This is true also of corruption: corruption begins in the mind. If we can alter our thinking, we can safely say that we shall have eradicated corruption by at least 50%.

J.S.T. Quah, in a paper Curbing Corruption in Asia: A comparative study of six countries, published in 2003 stated that that in Asian countries three patterns of corruption control have been identified :


1. There are anti-corruption laws but no specific agency that implement those laws (Mongolia which has instituted the Law on Anti-Corruption and three provisions restricting bribery in the Criminal Code).

2. The combination of anti-corruption laws and several anti-corruption agencies (Philippines, China and India).

3. The impartial implementation of comprehensive anti-corruption laws by a specific anti-corruption agency (Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand and South Korea).

According to a study conducted in 2008 by Transparency International (TI), the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption, Sri Lanka occupied the 92nd position among 180 countries in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2008. The study indicated that Sri Lanka’s score remained at a low 3.2, indicating a serious corruption problem in the public sector. Neighbouring countries except Bhutan, all scored below 3.5. Lack of transparency in political finance and poor parliamentary oversight were quoted as a key governance problem in Sri Lanka. Only India (3.4) and Sri Lanka are above a score of 3 with Maldives (2.8), Nepal (2.7), Pakistan (2.5) and Bangladesh (2.1) remaining with low scores. Analysts attributed India’s position to the implementation of the Right to Information Act.

Victor Ivan, a journalist did not mince his words when he said a few years ago: “The foundation of the political system of Sri Lanka is based on bribery or corruption. Power politics of Sri Lanka may be defined as the right to plunder public property. There is a competition among political parties to win that right for a limited period. The group that wins plunders public property to the maximum during its term of office. It distributes among its supporters some part of the wealth thus plundered. The system of institutions including the judiciary, also functions according to that inherent ideology. Such a system of institutions is required because of the necessity to pretend that the state is un-corrupt although the official ideology is corrupt. The system of institutions including the judiciary, which are built to counter bribery or corruption, also gives the necessary protection to the corrupt practices of the ruling party in power. At the same time, implementation of the law against the corrupt practices of the opponents of the ruling party helps to give the government an anti-corruption appearance”.

I can add my personal anecdote. When I met an ambassador of Sri Lanka to a country in the Western World just a few years ago and asked how Sri Lanka was doing, his only response was, “the only problem is rampant corruption”.

Perhaps it appropriate to conclude with the words of Jokowi to Foreign Affairs when he was asked how he was planning to implement his governance strategy for a better, uncorrupted Indonesia. He said: " I will work with everyone and talk to everyone".

Of course, those in power in Sri Lanka will have to watch the proven deceitful, disingenuous and self serving turncoats and spin doctors.

The author is a former United Nations official.



          Washington's Birthday in the Atomic Age        
February 22nd 1950-1954 at Foxcroft, from Bess' diary:

1950
Wed. 30
Walter gone 31 years today. Helen hemmed skirts and I crocheted on bedspread – basted hems in her cream tablecloth + cut her 9 napkins. Betty here in PM to bring coffee bread + Mrs. K brought cookies. “Winned” the canasta games by beating Helen – Walked to grocery store for carrots, oranges and (unreadable) 99¢



1951
Thur. 35
Made a cherry pie with whipped cream + hatchet crust top which took all a.m. Wrote cards to Blanche + John Dornnan. Dottie looked over so here 3 – 5:30 We had tea + pie – she took 2 pieces home – Bob dashed over to borrow some whiskey for an unexpected guest. Bed 6:30


1952
Fri 36
Baked cherry pie – Started to take a couple pieces to Rays when they drove in around 6 but Bob said “I’d rather eat them in your house.” So they did. Worked in basement again in a.m. got several seed orders into the flats - Telephone visit with Mrs. Whipple who called to see if I was OK. Slept a while mid afternoon Bed at 7


1953
Sun. 34
Cold wind – Watered plants – Put cherry pie together took 2 pieces to Dottie and 3 to Wilsons when I went down to dinner at noon. Saw lovely pictures of Rickey’s baby + (unreadable) Home at 1:30 – Wrote Jean - Blanche – Wil + Book of Month - grate fire - Grace phoned - Bed at 6.


1954
Mon. 50
Washed – Helen + Mickey hung up clothes Micky took teacher stuff to Bigelows. He + Helen dyed his army shirts. I finished the knit baby blankets (unreadable) at last. Went to council meeting in evening and found out about paving assessments. Same as Mr. Knowher had given me. Heard last half of Iowa 83 Ill. 65 or thereabouts a big upset. Mrs. Baxter gave me a ride home


Comments:

1950
Walter was Bess' husband, he died in Serbia in 1919 while still under his enlistment during WWI. He was a doctor and was sent to help deal with a typhus epidemic, he contracted pneumonia and died. He was 37 years old, Bess was 36 at the time. She never re-married.

1951 & 52
The pie with the hatchet crust must have been very similar to the one pictured, which I photographed from my copyright 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook (first edition) I'm certain Bess got the idea from this cookbook. It remains one of my favorite cookbooks too. Bob and Dottie were dear neighbors who moved next door in 1950. As a young faculty member I'm guessing Bob needed to do a fair bit of last minute entertaining!

1953
Wilson's were other neighbors down the street. Blanche was Bess' sister who lived in northern California. Wil was former neighbor
Wilbur Schramm


1954
Bigelows were yet another neighor. They built their house behind Foxcroft's fishpond in 1949. The old couple were still living there when we moved in, summer of 2005. As always Bess loved her sports, especially the Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs.
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          As the Kremlin Tightens the Screws, It Invites Popular Revolt        

Perhaps the most important requirement in an election is that voters have a choice. It sounds trivial, but that is something that has been lacking in most Russian elections held under Vladimir Putin’s rule. In both the latest presidential elections that the Kremlin decisively “won”—in 2008 and 2012—genuine opponents (including former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and veteran liberal leader Grigory Yavlinsky) were disqualified from the ballot before voting even started. Those who repeat the Kremlin’s talking point about Putin’s “popularity” would do well to remember that, after 2000, it has never actually been tested in a real election against real opponents.

This model of “elections without choice” also extends to the regional level. Having been forced to reinstate direct elections for regional governors in the face of mass pro-democracy protests in 2011 and 2012, the Kremlin quickly qualified them by adding a requirement that candidates must collect signatures from a certain number of municipal legislators in order to gain access to the ballot. Given that local elections are also heavily controlled, and that most municipal deputies are loyal to (or can be coerced by) the authorities, this creates a vicious circle whereby the incumbents can, in effect, hand-pick their own opponents. The “municipal filter,” as it was dubbed, has been used to disqualify strong opposition candidates from gubernatorial ballots—as with Oksana Dmitrieva in St. Petersburg or Lev Shlosberg in the Pskov Region.

This week, the “filter” has been applied yet again. Yevgeny Roizman, the directly elected mayor of Yekaterinburg—Russia’s fourth largest city that stands on the border between Europe and Asia—will not be a candidate for regional governor in September’s election after falling short of the required number of municipal signatures. Roizman, a political maverick who defeated the ruling United Russia party in the 2013 mayoral election, is considered to be the most popular politician in the Urals and was thought to have significant chances against the Kremlin-backed incumbent. He has long been known for his independent behavior, and not only in local affairs. The Yekaterinburg mayor has called for the release of Russian political prisoners and has criticized the Kremlin’s war on Ukraine. Instead of the customary portrait of Vladimir Putin that adorns the offices of bureaucrats across Russia, he has put up a picture of the poet Josef Brodsky.

Without Roizman, voters will have a “choice” between the incumbent governor and a handful of shadow boxers who had no problems collecting the required signatures. The mayor called the upcoming election illegitimate and urged voters to boycott it, as has Grigory Yavlinsky, founder of the liberal Yabloko party that had nominated Roizman for governor, and anticorruption campaigner Alexei Navalny. Navalny himself continues to tour Russia as he opens campaign headquarters across the county in his bid to challenge Putin in next year’s presidential election. Officials from the Central Electoral Commission have already indicated—well in keeping with the tradition of disqualifying Kremlin opponents from presidential ballots—that Navalny will not be registered as a candidate in 2018.

The Kremlin and its propaganda machine frequently accuse the Russian opposition of plotting a “Maidan”—a Ukraine-style popular uprising against the regime. As the history of such uprisings—not only in Ukraine, but also in other countries such as Serbia or Georgia—shows, they usually happen when citizens are denied free and fair elections. If anyone is preparing a future “Maidan” in Russia, it is the Kremlin itself.

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Confiscated & Burned: An Interview About 'THE WOMAN'
Dennis Widmyer

This year at the Sundance Film Festival our friend Jack Ketchum premiered his new film THE WOMAN to a crowd of unsuspecting press, filmmakers and festival-goers. The Woman was co-written with Lucky McKee, who also directed it.  Lucky is, in my opinion, one of the best horror filmmakers working today. With films such as May, The Woods, Red and what was easily the best entry of the Master's Of Horror anthology, Sick Girl, you could understand how excited I was when I read the news that both he and Ketchum would be teaming up to not only pen the script for The Woman together, but also collaborate on a movie tie-in novel at the same time.

Along with tenacious producer Andrew van den Houten and a talented cast and crew, the team spent the next two years bringing the project out of the murky woods and into light.  But what exactly was ambling its way out of those dark groves?  And were we really prepared to see it in the flesh?

In February of 2010, we received the following statement from Lucky:

“THE WOMAN is an exploration of the very definition of horror. It is designed to incite feelings of fear, shock, nervousness, dismay, anxiety and disgust. It is designed to make you question what it is to be civilized, what it is to be feral and all the shades of gray in between. On a surface level, the film will make you jump, it will make you squirm and, for the more sensitive, it might even induce nausea. It will make you question my intentions in making it, as well as your own desire to watch it."

Then news came in the fall that the film had been accepted into the Sundance Film Festival.  This was around the same time that Ketchum was actually hosting and teaching a one month Workshop with us.  January rolled around and the elite of the independent filmmaking world descended upon Park City, Utah.  The Woman was slated to have its official worldwide premiere on Sunday the 23rd. 

And moments after the end credits began to roll, this happened...

Then this happened as the man was escorted to the lobby...

I watched the above the clip early Monday morning and like most people who have seen it, was immediately transfixed by this upset man's rant in the lobby of the theater.  I felt we had something special in our hands with this clip.  Something that would touch a nerve with people and boil up feelings of intense curiosity, doubt and fear.  So I went ahead and Tweeted the clip out to over 305,000 of Chuck Palahniuk's followers on Twitter.  I then did the same thing to about 260,000 of his fans on Facebook.  And I guess a lot of other sites did the same, because pretty soon the video went viral.  As of my typing this, it's about to hit 50,000 views in under a week.  

Around this time, writer/journalist and close friend of the site, Joshua Jabcuga (who runs Ketchum's official Twitter) began feeding me inside information from the Ketchum camp as the spectacle of this event evolved and grew legs.  During a week when everyone was supposed to be talking about Kevin Smith and his pseudo-auction stunt during the close of his premiere for RED STATE, everyone was instead glued to news about this upset gentleman, who had seen something in The Woman that led him to proclaim that the film should be "confiscated and burned."  When Josh suggested that I interview Jack, Lucky and Andrew van den Houten, how could I say no? 

A day later, I was on the phone with Andrew and Lucky (still in Park City at the time) and Jack, via snowy NYC, in a four way call that lasted almost 90 mins.  Here, for the first time, is the exclusive reaction and backstory to what went down that cold night in Utah, from all three of them.  I started with Andrew and Jack, as Lucky was running a little late due to another interview with the LA Times.

Dennis: I want to start off talking about the controversy that went down at the premiere of THE WOMAN.  Jack, you weren’t there, but what was your reaction to the drama as it was unfolding this past week?

Jack: I’ve spent the past few days glued to my computer, because I’ve been getting all these Tweets and Facebook messages. I’ve been watching the numbers rise on that YouTube video from the people who have seen the guy’s rant.  And then seeing all these reviews come in which have been so good and supportive.  You know, this has been a pleasure.  I wouldn’t want to do this for the rest of my life though.  It would be nice to get back to writing at some point.  But you know, it’s been a fun ride for me.

Dennis: Andrew, what about you?  You were actually in the audience when it happened.  What was that like?

Andrew: Not that I don’t believe in freedom of speech… I do – but there’s certainly an etiquette and a time and a place to voice one’s opinion and I felt that that moment in particular was completely inappropriate; to try and lambaste the director in front of the audience right after the credits rolled… for God sake’s, man, it wasn’t the right venue.  Just sit down and comment or question as you will during the Q&A.  Or just leave the theater if you don’t find the film to be something you’re respecting or are into.  You know, Sundance offered to refund this man’s ticket back?

It was just ridiculous to see this guy try to grandstand and take the attention away from Lucky who, quite frankly, was more stirred up about the fact that this girl had tried to get out of the theater, tripped and fell, and was practically unconscious for about twenty minutes.  And here’s this clown standing up and trying to divert all the attention to him like a circus ringmaster, meanwhile there’s a woman in the back of the theater still trying to recover from an accident.  When that [women fell] , Lucky immediately jumped up and actually said “Stop the film.”  He was really concerned. 

Lucky is probably one of the most sensitive and empathetic directors I’ve worked with in that, he really responds to people and cares about them.  He would put someone else’s own safety and health over his own ego or movie any second of the day.  And I just think this clown was a high-falutin asshole.

Jack: Lucky’s got a lot of heart.  He’s got a lot of heart.  Hey, I’ve got a question for Andrew.  I’ve been asked this several times by people who have seen the video: He announces that he’s been in several films.  Not to name names, but do we know who this guy is and is there any possibility that he was grandstanding to get a job?

Andrew: Honestly, it would’ve been a brilliant move as the producer of the film, to go and hire this jerk to get up and do something like this.  (laughs)  But I think our film evokes enough emotion in an audience on its own.  Our immediate reaction was that this guy must have been a left-over protestor from Westboro that was just disgruntled because of the Kevin Smith debacle and therefore was trying to carry it further without film.  Several people said they recognized him.

Angela Bettis in 'The Woman'

Dennis: I wondered that too though -- what this guy’s story was and if there was another reason he was doing this.  Because the entire time he was in the lobby being escorted out, he was holding his phone up like HE was recording everything as well. 

So tell us what happened after the video.  After the film ended and the Q&A was about to begin, what was the general reaction from the crowd?


Andrew: People were shaking.  They were shocked.  They were overwhelmed by the barbarism of the third act. There was just this underlying tension during the entire screening that culminated into this whirlwind of drama with the woman passing out as well as the gentleman getting up and screaming.  I think people were ultimately more surprised and shook up because they saw how shaken up Lucky was too.  It just all felt like we were part of some traumatic experience.  I’ve never felt a room feel that uncomfortable after a screening.  I suppose Jack Ketchum’s THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, which I produced, also evoked a lot of emotion and there was certainly a level of tension that builds up over the course of that film too.  But the thing about this movie was that, unlike THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, it’s fictional.  There was therefore something about going into a film that felt like a family drama but then culminates into a horror film.  So when that happened, I think people were just like, “Am I on acid right now?”  The vibe was just very unsettling and discomforting. 

Jack:  Were the questions good?

Andrew:  There weren’t many actually.  Two girls in the front row actually stood up and apologized on behalf of Utah to the entire audience -- and these are women --  because the guy that stood up was saying that this was a poor representation of women and that it showed them in a bad light and was degrading.  And these two women in the front row just wanted to say that they found the film to be extremely compelling and was something that really spoke to them.

Dennis: So you guys are still in town with another screening yet, right?

Andrew: Yeah, ever since this video came out, it’s been crazy.  Last night’s screening, I think Variety was there.  The LA Times too.  I’m really happy the press is coming out to see our film because they all went to go see RED STATE on Monday. (laughs)  Meanwhile our film was the one that really deserved to be covered.  And last night we didn’t have one walk-out during the entire film.  The Q&A was brilliant.  It was really the way a Q&A should be.  Everyone stayed and was completely respectful and was interested and intrigued.  And Lucky was in a place last night where he wasn’t shaken.  So we got to see the Lucky McKee that was really proud of the film he made.

Dennis: Has anyone tried to reach out and contact the man who got upset?  Or has he tried to contact you?  Or is he really just out of the picture at this point?

Andrew: No, we don’t know where he is at this point.  I’m curious like you!  What the hell was he doing with his camera phone?  Very strange. 

Jack: Well, you have to wonder what he’s thinking right now.  He’s got to know that all of this has gone viral and that his face is plastered all over YouTube.  What’s on his mind, I wonder.

Dennis: You guys should try to reach out to him.

Jack: No, you don’t reach out to quacks.  That’s the way you get shot.

Andrew: Honestly, this happening like two weeks after the Gifford shooting, the festival was on high alert and they said they normally wouldn’t remove someone from the audience like they did.  Quite frankly, the guy sat back down like he was going to shut up and part of me was like, if this shooting hadn’t happened and there wasn’t this tension in the air and Utah wasn’t such a liberal gun state, I’d think, maybe yeah, what they did might make sense.  But once he sat down and shut up I don’t think they necessarily needed to remove him from the theater.  If he did it a second time, you know, I’d say toss his ass out.  Some people agree with me, some disagree with me on that.  He definitely sat down and bit his tongue after, I just wish he had done that from the beginning.  And Lucky even said “Assholes have their right to express their opinions any way they want. It’s a free country.” And you know what, he’s absolutely correct. 

(at this point, Lucky joins us)

Dennis: So what the hell, you snubbing me for the LA Times?  What sort of rag is that?

Lucky: (laughs) Hey now. 

Dennis: Lucky, I talked to Jack and Andrew about the event that transpired during the premiere of THE WOMAN.  What was your take on it?

Lucky:  At the time it happened it was extremely upsetting.  I had been waiting to show this film to people since we all dreamt it up two years ago.  When you make these movies, it’s an incredibly personal experience that you share with people that are really close to you.  And it’s really nerve-racking to show it to an audience for the first time.  And then to have someone pass out and almost be psychically hurt by your film… that was really disturbing.  And then on top of that, to just have this guy blow a gasket in his brain and just lose it on everybody, I just wanted to crawl into a hole, you know?  It was just a very upsetting situation.  I’ve been talking about it quite a bit and just trying to analyze it in my brain and what it all means.  Ultimately I think it’s going to be a good thing for that guy.  Because it obviously made him question things.  But you know… nobody was on his side when he was freaking out like that.  It would’ve been a totally different thing if there were people that were like “Fuck yeah, you’re right!”  But all he did was add fuel to the fire and make people question if they could handle the movie.  Now the response I’ve seen online from people is like, if it made that guy freak out that bad I definitely gotta see this, which just went against what he was trying to do by speaking out about it in the first place. 

Andrew: There were two people in the back of the theater that I think agreed with him.  But they stayed quiet and listened to the Q&A. 

Lucky McKee directs Pollyanna McIntosh on the set of 'The Woman

Dennis: What’s the buzz been around town about the film?  I know a lot of people like Patton Oswalt and Drew McWeeney of Hitfix have come out in support of the film. 

Lucky: The general vibe has been beautiful.  It’s nice to be encouraged and have big hitters like Patton and Drew behind you.  Drew wrote such a beautiful piece of writing of his experience watching the movie.  It just moved me.  My family read it and every single one of them, including my father, were reduced to tears.  That the movie had such an emotional impact on somebody… It’s amazing that you can do something like that to somebody with just pictures and sound…  Especially these days when it seems like we’ve seen everything.  It’s kind of a beautiful thing.

I still think the guy may surface.  I mean, like it or not he’s become a viral sensation. 

Lucky: Movieline was asking me in an interview the other day if I’d ever like to do an on-camera interview with the guy.  And I was like “Not really.” (laughs)  Obviously the guy hates me and hates the work that we’ve all done.  It’s already being accused of being a planted situation, which it’s not.  If you were there you would know that it was a complete genuine reaction

Jack:  Did the girls really form a phalanx and lead you up to the stage?

Lucky: Yep. My girls had my back.

Jack:  Which ones? 

Lucky:  All of them!

Dennis: Talk about the genesis of THE WOMAN.  How did you go about writing a script and a movie tie-in novel together at the same time?

Jack: Instant messenger.

Lucky: Yep, exactly. 

Jack: How long did we do that?  Couple months?

Lucky:  Yeah, we’d get on the instant messenger and bang out the story and I’d go off and write a few pages and bring them back and then it would flip and Jack would go off and write and it was just a beautiful collaboration.  You know, I’d always say it’s like we’re living in the future.  Here I am sitting in the woods of Oklahoma and Jack is in NY and we’re having this intimate conversation and creating this story together.

Jack: We had a lot of fun.

Lucky: Jack really has held my hand and taught me a lot about storytelling and pacing yourself as a writer.  He kind of opened this whole new door for me, you know, which is just exploring things from a literary point of view.  What a book can do that a movie can’t do is enable the reader to inhabit a person.  So it was really a wonderful experience for me.  I now feel that anything I write in the future has to have that same attention to all the five senses.   My ultimate goal when I end up with a film is sight and sound, but with a book you get all five senses.  You get the interior of the mind.  And it’s just fantastic stuff to have access to for your actors and your crew when you finally get to the point that you can actually film it.  It was a beautiful process.  I hope we do it again, hint, hint!

Jack:  (laughs)  Me too.  Me too.  I’m on it.  I should add that, as part of this process, Lucky would save all the instant message logs, so by the time we finally started writing we had a really good outline.  It would’ve been really difficult if we had done this by telephone.

Dennis: Andrew, I heard you were inspired after seeing Pollyanna’s performance in OFFSPRING and that’s what led to all this. 

Andrew: Yeah, Jack wrote the novel OFFSPRING, which I was getting ready to direct.  And a friend of mine said, “Andrew, if you don’t keep the character of The Woman alive in the end, you’re missing out on one of the coolest characters in the story.”  I knew Polly would be phenomenal in that role because I know how strong she is as a woman and how powerful she feels on screen when she wants to.  I’d seen her in SEX & DEATH 101 and she had this S&M character she played that was pretty hardcore.  And I saw that she had this to side to her that was pretty animalistic and wild.

The poster for Jack Ketchum's 'Offspring,' directed by Andrew van den Houten

So after it was suggested to keep her character alive in OFFSPRING I immediately called Lucky about it.  I just knew that he would be the perfect person to take this character and, along with Jack, turn her into something much larger and grander.  So I flew down to New York City and we all watched the movie (OFFSPRING) at the Kodak screening center.  And after it was over, I realized that what I had directed was a beautiful 82 minute screen test for Pollyanna to basically have her own franchise built around her with this character.   So that’s where it all started.

Dennis: But why the idea to also turn it into a novel?  Where did that idea come from?

Jack: We decided to do this simultaneously as a novel and a screenplay.  We knew that we wanted to do both.  Lucky did the heavy lifting on the screenplay and then he’d pass pages to me.  I’d do the heavy lifting on the novel and then I’d pass pages to him.  And that’s how it worked out.

Dennis: When will the novel be released?

Jack: It’s already been out in hardcover limited.  It’s actually a really gorgeous edition from Bloodletting Press.  It’s pricey as hell (laughs), I warn you.  But it comes with a real human bone embedded in the cover.  It’s really quite something.  (Order it here)

'The Woman' by Jack Ketchum & Lucky McKee (Limited Ed. Hardcover)Lucky and I made a deal early on with Leisure books.  But they are in the process right now of “restructuring” which really means, we don’t know what in the hell is going on with the book right now.  We may have to be looking at other options.  We may even look at ways to get it out in a different way and in a different form.  So really I can’t tell you when the book’s going to come out, but hopefully very soon because we want to get it into people’s hands simultaneously with the film’s release.

Lucky, we know that Jack has written other screenplays, but was this your first crack at writing a novel?

Lucky: Yes.  After I attempted to make Ketchum’s book Red and then that ultimately fell apart for me as a director and was finished by someone else, I took a couple years off and read every John D. MacDonald book, I think about eighty books, and just tried to rebuild my brain, you know, after the devastation of having a movie be taken from you like that.  And finally I was just like, “Fuck this, I’m gonna write.”  So I started toying around with some prose and doing what I can and exploring that world and then ultimately discovering that… I’m a director, you know?  That’s what I do.  That’s what I’m trained to do.  Yeah, I can write, but in terms of prose and writing books I don’t have the special ability that someone like Jack has to do that. I communicate my stories through pictures and sound.  I’ve learned so much by studying the literary side of things and being a part of that with Jack but… any artist needs to be completely honest with themselves about what they’re good at and what they’re not.  And I can write scripts and I can make movies and I can appreciate great literature, but Jack just has a gift in that world.  Thankfully, now I have a book with my name on it because I contributed a bunch to it but… I make movies.  That’s what I do.  The book thing is just a cool bonus.

Jack: Lucky was cool enough to invite me to the shoot for the entire thing so I learned a hell of a lot about movies too.  So it’s been a back and forth, you know?  Straight down the line.

Dennis: Lucky, I want to talk about RED a little bit and the controversy with you stepping down from that film.  (Authors Note: I'm not talking about the shitty Bruce Willis film, but a film of the same title that came out a couple years earlier.)

Lucky: Actually I didn’t step down.  I was removed.

Dennis: Well, because of that, when I went into the movie I said, “This is going be a piece of shit.”  Because whenever you hear about a director being removed from a project, the film always suffers for it.  But I have to say, for the most part that film really worked for me.  I really thought it had some moments of beauty in it. 

Lucky: The reason for that is because it’s a great story.  And that’s all Jack.

'Red,' co-directed by Lucky McKee

Dennis: Well if enough time has passed, I would really like to get your take on the true account of what went down there.

Lucky: It was me surrounding myself with the incorrect people to make a movie...  People who weren’t intelligent enough to make a movie in an intelligent way.  And we got halfway through production and they ran out of money.  And of course, it was all my fault.  And when we disagreed, the movie got shut down right in the middle of production, which was horrifying .  And when we tried to decide how we would remount and get the thing finished, we disagreed on the correct way to go about that and I was removed.  I was removed from the situation. 

Jack: They shut down for about how long, Luck?  It was weeks, right?

Lucky: Yeah, weeks.

Andrew: Here’s a good little anecdote.  The day that it shut down, I get a phonecall.  Jack is like, “Look, these guys wanna talk to you.”  And I was like, sure I’ll talk to anyone.  I’m a huge fan of Lucky’s, I wanna see the film get done.  Of course at that point, all my company’s funds were put into THE GIRL NEXT DOOR.  I mean, we were literally sitting there in the color correction suite on that film and we get a call from one of the producers on RED and he’s like, “Hey man, we need $250,000 by Saturday.”  And this was like on a Thursday or Friday he’s saying this to me.  They then pitch me the entire movie, which I already know.  And they tell me that if I give them the money, I’m gonna save this movie.  And I’m thinking to myself, if Lucky McKee is no longer involved with this project then someone over there did something very incorrect.  I mean, producing 101… you don’t run out of your production budget halfway through filming.  So when I heard that I was so flippant because, a) Jack is someone I’ve produced several films for.  And b) Lucky is somebody who I looked up to myself as a young, fledgling director throughout the years.  And so it just absolutely perplexed me that this situation could even happen.  It is such an irresponsibility of a producer to even go to that world.  I was shocked. 

Lucky: Yeah, and ultimately all that stuff going really bad, in a way, created the foundation for the way that Andrew and I work together.  And why we want to continue working together.  It’s respect for what we both do, and honesty about what the resources really are, and not holding anything back from each other, and just, being a fucking team, you know?  Not working against each other, but working with each other.  At this point, I’m glad things fell apart like that on RED because THE WOMAN is the most unique thing I’ve ever been a part of. 

Andrew: For me, going into THE WOMAN, I had agents in Hollywood saying, “You’re gonna work with Lucky McKee!?  You’re out of your fuckin’ mind.”  I had people saying that to me.  And I just said to them, you guys have no respect for someone who’s made so many great films.  I just said, fuck these people, I’m going to let these guys make their film and they’re going to have full creative freedom.  Jack Ketchum has been highlighted by greats like Stephen King as being one of the most authentic writers of his time.  So I’m going to let these guys go and create art.  And Lucky was so thankful and respectful of my film resources.  You know, in this industry you kind of fail upwards a lot, and in the independent film world you take the losses and it’s a lot of time and energy making a movie and a lot of them don’t always make money.  But fortunately I’ve been able to keep pushing along, and Jack has been so supportive.  And to see how Lucky works…it’s really special, man.  I feel like I was allowed to enter a club that I had been a fan of for years.

Jack: Lucky did an extraordinary thing: At the end of each week’s shooting, he’d have the editor cut together highlights from the week that he’d then show to cast and crew.  And I mean, I’ve never seen morale jump like that on anything.  It was like, “Wow, we’re making a real movie here!  Let’s go shoot some more!’  It was really just smart and generous and made a real camaraderie on that set that was just wonderful to watch. 

Dennis: Andrew, shortly after the outburst at the premiere of THE WOMAN, you released a video response on YouTube in which you called Lucky’s movies “feminist films.”  Can you elaborate on that a little more?



Andrew: I certainly can.  It’s pretty straight forward: He makes strong female characters that prevail in the end.  In order to represent a feminist statement at the end of the film, one needs to represent, realistically, misogynistic themes.  Lucky succeeds on many levels.  I was talking to Mark Olsen from the LA Times at the end of the second screening and literally, Mark looks at me and says, “God, this film makes you feel horrible for being a guy.”

Jack: There was a discussion from some men in my local bar recently about, how many men we knew who really genuinely liked women, as opposed to how many really preferred the company of men better.  And these guys felt that maybe we just had women in the world and tolerated them so we could have sex with them.  But Lucky and I are both guys who genuinely like women.  And there’s no fuckin’ way we’d make an anti-women film.  I mean, I’d rather talk to most women than to most men.  And I think Lucky feels the same way.

Lucky:  Yeah, look at my movies.  This movie is in fact the first time I ever had a genuine connection with a male actor.  Sean Bridgers, the connection that we made, I’ve never had that before.  I mean, all the films that I’ve made in the past have always been female-centric.  My brain works a lot better with women than it does with men.  Bridgers was actually recommended by Angela Bettis.  It’s like he was already cast.  She just said, “This is the guy.  Lucky, I know you and I know how your brain works and how your heart works and this is a guy that will work in your world.”  And she was totally right.

Andrew:  As a producer you look at Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum’s work and there’s just a certain level of “wrongness” that happens throughout the story. It’s horrific.  The films are definitely tragic.  I almost liken them to Shakespearean in that, they have this certain level of visceral quality, but on the other hand, they really do get psychological. Which is fascinating. And I think the psychological and social horror that you find prevalent in Ketchum’s stories, such as RED, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, RIGHT TO LIFE… there’s definitely a commentary that’s consistently happening.  So it’s dangerous and risky material to get into but it’s the kind of material that, if you do get into it, you can really make art.

'Cover' by Jack Ketchum 'The Girl Next Door' by Jack Ketchum 'The Lost' by Jack Ketchum

'Right To Life' by Jack Ketchum 'Off Season' by Jack Ketchum 'Offspring' by Jack Ketchum

Dennis: Yeah, I call it “reality horror.”  Whenever I read one of Ketchum’s books, you know there’s never really a monster or anything that supernatural (although he has written some).  But the books I like that you write deal with reality, like COVER or THE LOST.

Lucky: Yeah, the monster is you. 

Jack: That’s what makes it terrifying. 

Dennis: So once you had a screenplay, how quickly did the production for THE WOMAN come together?

Lucky: That’s all a testament to Andrew who somehow mounted a production during one of the most difficult economic periods in American history.  Andrew just keeps pushing.  He won’t let up.  I don’t have a brain for that.  I mean, I can write the stuff and say what I wanna do and have all these aspirations but I would have no idea how to navigate the business world in terms of how to physically make that happen.  Andrew just busts his ass and gets shit done.  And that’s why I wanted to work with him.  Look at his track record.  This guy’s made half a dozen films already within a very short period of time.  So it was a long time coming for me to find a producer who actually clicked with me.  The mutual respect was there and… I just hope we keep doing it.  I really do.

Dennis: It’s probably too early to ask, but has there been any offers for the film yet?

Lucky: I think our key with getting this movie in the right hands, distribution-wise, is patience.  Because it’s so out there and it’s just so… audacious in it’s approach that I think there just needs to be time for everyone to realize that people are responding to it.  That video right now is up to like 40,000 hits.  And each hit that video gets is a ticket sold.  If the film is able to elicit that sort of response from a person, people are thinking, “I need to see it.”  So as a result I’ve got nothing but positivity from people as a result of someone being so negative.  I mean, someone saying my film should be burned!?  Are you kidding me!?  It’s crazy.

Andrew: I’ve made so many films now and I’ve personally sold a couple of them, and then also had reps sell a few, and I’ve been screwed over so many times in this business that—and I don’t wanna say that things haven’t worked out with a couple titles.  They did.  They’re on their way and they’re doing nicely. And all our stuff’s been distributed, whether it’s Sam Raimi’s company at Lionsgate or Anchor Bay.  But let’s be honest, the business is stacked against you as an independent filmmaker and they’re looking to make as much money as possible without paying you any of it.  And so from my standpoint, right now, I feel like I’m the coke dealer on the block, and I got the best product.  And I know that someone wants to get high on our supply.  And I’m just not going to give it away until the right buyer and the right price comes along.  It’s the type of thing that really is addictive, and as you can see in the YouTube video, 40,000+ people are addicted to hearing about it, but wait till they watch the movie.  That’s all I have to say.

Lucky: Yeah, the screening last night was just the polar opposite of what we experienced at the first one.  There were a couple hundred people there and it was just… love and excitement and understanding of the whole thing.  It was just fucking gorgeous.  It was just so relaxing to be able to enjoy the film that way.  And part of the reason why it was so beautiful of a screening was partly because people had heard the word on the movie by then, and they were prepared.  They knew that this was going to have to be something that they were going to endure.  And so they didn’t just walk into it blindly not knowing what it was.  Because, you know, we didn’t even do a trailer for this.  We were very vague with our synopsis of the film.  We just wanted to show it to people and let them talk about it instead of us telling them what they should think beforehand.  And now that people are responding… the beauty of things like Facebook and Twitter— if I had those [outlets] when I brought May here nine years ago the movie would’ve done so much better.  Because it’s people!  Genuine human reactions to the thing.  Not a bunch of industry types telling you what you’re supposed to think about it.  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, that’s all made by the audience.  It’s been a blessing.

Dennis: By that rationale, what’s your take on what Kevin Smith did at his premiere for RED STATE.  (this is what Kevin Smith did)

Andrew: Lucky is not buying his film for $20, I’ll tell you that right now.

(laughs all around)

Lucky: I guess the Kevin Smith thing is politically charged, and I avoid politics like the fuckin’ plague.  I’d rather make stories about human beings than try to tell people how to vote or how to influence how they feel about things in a political way.  Jack’s the same way; all we care about is human emotion and how people treat each other.  And that’s why most of my movies are named after the lead character.  MAY is about May.  THE WOMAN is about The Woman.  Character is everything.  It’s one of the things Jack and I really click on.  It’s why I love his books so much and why he digs my movies.   It’s because we spend so much time building a human being before all the bad shit goes down.  Because there’s a reason why people have such a psychological and emotional reaction to this stuff because they’re invested in these people and their situation.  Its people like you.

Lucky McKee and Angela Bettis, behind the scenes on 'May'

Jack: With this movie, I think by the time the shit hits the fan, you care about every single person in it.  And that was our goal.  To leave nobody out.

Dennis: So what’s next for you guys?  Do you have any other film festivals that you’re playing in?  Tell me you’re coming to Los Angeles.

Lucky: Well, I would love to play AFI’s festival again because that’s one of my best memories form touring around with May.  It’s just a beautiful festival.  So hopefully we get to do that. 

Andrew: We just got an email today to attend the Second Fantasy / Horror Awards show in Italy.  They want to bring us out for the premiere of the movie in Italy.  And they refer in the invite to “Lucky McKee and the master Jack Ketchum.” 

(Ketchum laughs)

Dennis: If you have any interest, please bring it