Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
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          The future of car-charging is freaky!   

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The future of car-charging is freaky!

Embodying Tesla’s unabashedly fearless attitude towards tech, Serbian designer Darko Markovic decided to combine the three things that the car company isn’t afraid of exploring. A....

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          Itching for Another World War   
  A hundred years ago this month, the Austro-Hungarian Empire began bombarding the capital of its diminutive archenemy, Serbia. The ancient Hapsburg regime, headed by the grandfatherly, impressively side-whiskered Emperor Franz Josef, had been looking for an excuse to pummel Serbia into submission, and the assassination of heir-apparent Franz Ferdinand by an impetuous young Serb […]
          World: General Assembly Approves Appropriation of $6.8 Billion for 14 Peacekeeping Operations in 2017/18   
Source: UN General Assembly
Country: Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Western Sahara, World

GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY
SEVENTY-FIRST, 89TH MEETING (AM)
GA/11927 30 JUNE 2017

Approving the appropriation of $6.80 billion for 14 peacekeeping operations for the 2017/18 fiscal period, the General Assembly today adopted 21 resolutions and one decision contained in reports from its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary). (See Press Release GA/AB/4239.)

Appropriating funds for peacekeeping operations from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, the Assembly adopted resolutions on missions in Abyei, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Darfur, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Golan, Haiti, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, South Sudan and Western Sahara.

All texts were adopted without a vote, with the exception of the resolution setting out budgetary arrangements for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which it adopted by a recorded vote of 137 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with no abstentions.

The Assembly also adopted related drafts on the support account for peacekeeping operations, and financing for the account; on the triennial review of the rates and standards for reimbursement to Member States for contingent-owned equipment; and on the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy, and Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda.

As well, it adopted a resolution on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, by which it requested the Secretary-General to immediately inform Member States concerned of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, and called upon Member States — including those deploying non-United Nations forces authorized by a Security Council mandate — to investigate such cases, hold perpetrators accountable and repatriate units where there was credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse.

Also adopted was a text on the United Nations financial reports and audited financial statements on peacekeeping missions, as well as the Board of Auditors’ reports on them.

Finally, the Assembly adopted a draft decision by which it deferred, until the second part of its resumed seventy-second session, consideration of reports from the Secretary-General, and related reports from the Advisory Committee, regarding closed peacekeeping missions.

Action on Draft Resolutions

The Assembly took action on the draft resolutions contained in reports from its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), which were introduced by Committee Rapporteur Diana Lee (Singapore).

First, it adopted a resolution contained in the budget Committee’s report on financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports of the Board of Auditors (document A/71/702/Add.1), accepting the financial report and audited financial statements of United Nations peacekeeping operations for the period ending 30 June 2016. It endorsed the recommendations in the corresponding reports of the Board and the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), and asked the Secretary-General to ensure their full implementation. It went on to ask the Secretary-General to indicate an expected time frame for implementation, and to give, in his next report, a full explanation for delays in implementation of the Board’s outstanding recommendations, the root causes of recurring issues and measures to be taken.

It then turned to the report on administrative and budgetary aspects of financing peacekeeping operations (document A/71/708/Add.1), adopting five resolutions contained therein.

First, it adopted resolution I on the financing of the Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda, by which it approved the amount of $33 million for the maintenance of the Centre for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Then it adopted resolution II on the financing of the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy, by which the Assembly would approve the cost estimates for the Base in the amount of $81 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Next, it adopted resolution III on the support account for peacekeeping operations. By its terms, the Assembly decided to approve the support account requirements of $325.80 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $25.04 million for the enterprise resource planning project, $821,500 for information and systems security and $868,500 for the global service delivery model. It also approved the requirement of 1,357 continuing and 3 new temporary posts, as well as the abolishment, redeployment, reassignment and reclassification of posts, as set out in annex I of the text; and 77 continuing and 3 new general temporary assistance positions and 59 person-months, as set out in annex II, as well as related post and non-post requirements.

The Assembly went on to adopt resolution IV on the triennial review of the rates and standards for reimbursement to Member States for contingent-owned equipment. By doing so, it took note of the report of the 2017 Working Group on Contingent-Owned Equipment and the report of the Secretary-General. It also endorsed the conclusions and recommendations contained in the report of the ACABQ.

Finally, it adopted resolution V on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. By its terms, the Assembly welcomed the Secretary-General’s determination to fully implement the United Nations policy of zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as his determination to fully enforce the newly promulgated policy of whistle-blower protection. It requested that he immediately inform Member States concerned of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, and called upon Member States — including those deploying non-United Nations forces authorized by a Security Council mandate — to investigate such cases, hold perpetrators accountable and repatriate units where there was credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse.

Turning to reports on peacekeeping missions, the Assembly first adopted a text on financing of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) (document A/71/945), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNISFA the amount of $285.12 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $266.70 million for the maintenance of the Force, $13.49 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $3.38 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $1.56 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Turning to a report on financing of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) (document A/71/946), the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the Mission $943.77 million from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $882.80 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $44.65 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $11.16 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $5.16 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted a text on financing of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) (document A/71/715/Add.1). By its terms, the Assembly, recalling Security Council resolution 2284 (2016) extending the mission mandate for a final period until 30 June 2017, decided that, for Member States that had fulfilled their financial obligations to the Operation, shall be credited with their respective share of $65.22 million, comprising the unencumbered balance of $48.68 million and $16.54 million of other revenue in respect of the financial period ending 30 June 2016.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) (document A/71/947). By its terms, it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNFICYP $57.41 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $54.00 million for the maintenance of the Force, $2.73 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $682,900 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Next, it adopted a report on financing of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) (document A/71/948), appropriating to the Special Account for MONUSCO $1.22 billion for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $1.14 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $57.74 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $14.44 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.67 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted a resolution contained in the Committee’s report on financing of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) (document A/71/933) by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for that Mission $5.69 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017, including $4.55 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.14 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Next, the Assembly adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) (document A/71/950), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNMIK $40.29 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $37.90 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $1.92 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $479,200 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) (document A/71/951). By its terms, it appropriated to the Special Account for UNMIL $116.95 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $110.00 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $5.56 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.91 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

The Assembly also adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) (document A/71/952), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for MINUSMA $1.12 billion for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $1.05 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $53.00 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $13.25 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.12 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Under its agenda item on financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East, the Assembly took action on resolutions contained in two reports.

It first adopted a draft on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) (document A/71/953), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the Force the amount of $61.30 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $57.65 million for the maintenance of UNDOF, $2.92 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $729,100 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

The representative of Syria said his delegation had joined consensus on the resolutions on United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East. However, it believed that it was Israel’s responsibility to pay for those Missions.

The Assembly then turned to a resolution contained in the report on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) (document A/71/954).

By a recorded vote of 85 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with 53 abstentions, the Assembly adopted preambular paragraph 4 and operative paragraphs 4, 5 and 13.

Taking action on the draft resolution as a whole, the Assembly adopted it by a recorded vote of 137 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with no abstentions.

By its terms, the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNIFIL the amount of $513.53 million, for the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $483.00 million for the maintenance of the Force, $24.43 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $6.11 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Also by the draft, the Assembly expressed deep concern that Israel had not complied with previous resolutions on UNIFIL, and requested that the Secretary-General take the measures necessary to ensure the full implementation of their relevant paragraphs.

The Assembly then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) (document A/71/955), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNMISS $1.14 billion for the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $1.07 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $54.16 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $13.54 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.26 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted the resolution in the report on financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) (document A/71/956), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for MINURSO $55.59 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $52.00 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $2.63 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $657,600 for the United Nations Logistics Base and $303,800 for the Regional Service Centre.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) (document A/71/957), by which it appropriated to the Special Account for UNAMID $33.56 million for the period of 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $24.58 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $6.15 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $2.84 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Taking up the report on financing of the activities arising from Security Council resolution 1863 (2009) (document A/71/958), the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia (UNSOA) $622.19 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $582.00 million for the maintenance of the Office, $29.43 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $7.36 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $3.40 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Finally, acting on the Committee’s report on review of the efficiency of the administration and financial functioning of the United Nations (document A/71/717/Add.2), the Assembly deferred until the second part of its resumed seventy-second session consideration of the reports of the Secretary-General and the ACABQ on closed peacekeeping missions.


          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Ana Brnabic: la sorprendente Premier della Serbia   
Ana Brnabic: la sorprendente Premier della Serbia
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          Serbia’s new cabinet takes oath   
Serbia’s 250-seat parliament approved the new government during a vote on Thursday
          Serbian parliament elects Ana Brnabic as prime minister   
As many as 157 parliament members supported Brnabic, nominated by the president, while 55 voted against her
          History Made As Serbia Gets First Lesbian Leader   
Serbian legislators elected their country's first female and first openly gay prime minister. Ana Brnabic was sworn in on June 29, after her government won a parliamentary vote. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
          Serbian Lawmakers, In Historic First, Elect Openly Gay, Female Prime Minister   
Serbian lawmakers elected Ana Brnabic as prime minister on June 29, making history by choosing both the conservative Balkan nation's first female prime minister and its first openly gay leader.
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          1 killed, 1 injured by tree felled in summer storm in Serbia   
Serbian authorities say one person has died and another one was injured when a tree fell on their car during a sudden summer storm.
           Novak Djokovic sails into final after comfortable win against Daniil Medvedev   
The Serbian world number four saved three break points at 4-4 before breaking his opponent's serve in the next game to claim the opening set.
          Re-Styled SALOME Gets Encore at The Provincetown Theater   

The Provincetown Theater has announced a radically re-styled and re-staged version of Oscar Wilde's "Salome" opening July 12 running through August 19. Wilde's once-banned biblical play will feature new costuming, scenic design, choreography and casting. Performances are at 7:30 Wednesdays through Sundays July 12 through August 19.

Australian native born Kim David Smith will reprise the title role of "Salome", returning to Provincetown following his highly praised "Morphium Kabarett" tour featured at Australia's Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Smith has an international following for his unique "glitter and doom" repertoire, which ranges from 1920s Berlin to original electropop stylings of modern hits. In 2015, his "Stargazing" cabaret show premiered at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, New York City, with costuming by Serbian-born costume designer and artisan Mio Guberinic.

Artistic Director Tristan DiVincenzo has commissioned Guberinic to create a surprise element for the return of "Salome" to The Provincetown Theater. Mio is known as an inventor of elaborate costume elements for both fashion editorials and stage performances. Guberinic's collaborations include costuming for Katie Perry's latest album and video project "WITNESS". In 2015 Mio created some of the most iconic costume and wearable sculpture pieces for Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour. His work has been seen on American Ballet Theatre's principal dancer James Whiteside (recently featured in XEX Magazine) and Off-Broadway's "The Other Mozart," as well as many other staged works. This incredibly talented designer's creations have been included in "Other Worldly", a book of clothing designs billed "subversive, unwearable, radically post-human."

The work of painter and fashion collaborator Scooter LaForge will further enhance "Salome". LaForge enjoyed recognition as a San Francisco artist before his New York work with renowned costumer Patricia Field (herself an early champion of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat). As an Antwerp Six member, LaForge went on to collaborate with fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck. His hand-painted garments have been described as "natural extensions of (his) visual language: colorful, humorous, wild, loud, fun." Pop Royalty such as Rihanna, Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus are often seen and photographed in his creations.

New choreographic elements will also be added to this production of "Salome" by dancer Terry Gene Norgeot. Norgeot had a long career on Broadway stages before coming to Cape Cod to work for numerous theaters and dance companies. Returning cast members include: James P. Byrne, Jo Brisbane, Sallie Tighe, Kevin J. Doherty, Robert Junker, Tim Richmond, Roger Chauvette, and dancers Alice Gong and Angel Rosen. They will be joined by newly cast: Joe MacDougall, Freddy Biddle, Karen Stewart and Cuba Birnbaum.

"Salome" director Tristan DiVincenzo, "We are honored to bring fresh visual elements by important designers such as Mio Guberinic and Scooter LaForge to our audiences. Their artistry dovetails perfectly with our vision of a new Provincetown Theater, a vision that is fully supported by our progressive board of directors. Our mission is to re-imagine classic theater pieces, casting across gender, age and international boundaries."

"Salome" is peopled with the historic characters of the Old Testament including: King Herod (lecherous ruler slowly going mad); Queen Herodias (mother of Salome accused of many sins by John the Baptist); Salome (Herod's stepdaughter who becomes defiant in her sexual awakening); and Jokanaan (aka John the Baptist, who rails against Herodias and issues dark prophesies from his prison cell). The cast is further filled out with other biblical royals, court toadies, religious zealots, slaves, soldiers, and mythological creatures.

Written in 1891, the play was quickly condemned as a blasphemous take on the biblical fable of Salome, and banned in England for the next forty years. The play is dense with elements of religious mysticism, prophecy and superstition. Its characters argue, debate, and dismiss ideas about religious belief, morality, the ruling class, and especially human lust and subservience to sexual desire. Wilde's lyrical text mates image-rich cadences and repetitions with the narcissistic, violent and sexually-charged appetites of the play's central characters.

According to director DiVincenzo, "Our audiences will see a highly-stylized "Salome" performed against an elaborately wasted landscape of a dystopian future...a sort of post-apocalyptic scene of desolation, overlaid with the trappings of ruling class grandeur."

All performances will take place at The Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA. Tickets are available online at www.provincetowntheater.org or by calling the box office at 508-487-7487.


          NBA Free Agency Shopping Lists: Northwest Division   

Free agency is a complicated time full of misdirection, brief opportunities and a whole lot of persuasion. We’ve put together these shopping lists to ensure every team stays on track.

Utah Jazz

2016-17 record: 51-31, eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals

Unrestricted free agents: Gordon Hayward, George Hill, Shelvin Mack, Jeff Withey

Restricted free agents: Joe Ingles

It feels downright mean that this is where the Jazz find themselves. For a handful of years, a front office led by Kevin O’Connor and Dennis Lindsey has done so many things right: drafting and developing a homegrown All-Star in Hayward, taking Rudy Gobert at No. 27 overall and building him into an All-NBA Second Teamer and Defensive Player of the Year runner-up, making enough savvy trades and signings to build a roster deep enough to win 51 games despite coach Quin Snyder only having his expected starting five together for 14 games last season and winning the franchise’s first playoff series since 2010 by beating the Los Angeles Clippers in a Game 7 in their own gym.

And then you run into the Warriors, and four games later, you’re left staring up at the lights, and into the possibility of watching your foundation crumble.

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Billboards and paeans aside, Hayward’s taking meetings with the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. There is a very real chance that he decides the extra coin he can make by staying in Salt Lake City — a five-year, $180 million deal that would be about $44 million more than he could make elsewhere, per Bobby Marks of The Vertical — isn’t as attractive as the opportunity to play in an environment that might provide a more attractive path to continued contention than the one in Utah.

The free-agent fates of George Hill and Gordon Hayward seem to be intertwined. (Getty Images)
The free-agent fates of George Hill and Gordon Hayward seem to be intertwined. (Getty Images)

After spending a season watching virtually every non-Gobert player expected to help him turn the Jazz into a legitimate contender battle myriad injuries — shooting guard Rodney Hood, power forward Derrick Favors, swingman Alec Burks and unrestricted-free-agent-to-be point guard George Hill — maybe Hayward worries the Jazz are less an ascendant power than one whose past potential might outstrip its future projection. A Hayward exit wouldn’t necessarily cripple a Jazz team that has Gobert locked up for several more years, but it would leave Utah reeling, needing to completely reorient its offense and facing serious questions about the proper price points for their other free agents.

Despite missing 33 games last season battling a persistent toe injury, Hill’s likely to draw significant interest on the open market as a ball-handler capable of defending both backcourt positions and spotting up off the ball. When he was on the floor, the Jazz were excellent, and he made so much sense next to Hayward. But if Hayward’s on the way out, will Lindsey and company feel comfortable spending $20 million or so per year on someone who’s played fewer than 50 games twice in the last three seasons and who seems much more suited for a complementary role than a starring one — especially with 2014 first-round pick Dante Exum waiting in the wings? Then again, that decision-making calculus might be backward; Hill and Hayward are very tight, and a pledge to retain the former might be a prerequisite in getting a commitment from the latter.

Ingles was a valuable contributor to the Jazz, serving as a sharpshooting swingman, savvy ball-mover and tough defender. But if the 30-year-old Aussie’s market goes past midlevel-exception money and reaches eight figures per season, the Jazz might be better served trying to find higher-upside ways to spend that money, as much as they’d like to retain his services.

Bringing back all three would vault the Jazz over the $99 million salary cap and within hailing distance of the $119 million luxury tax, and that’s before factoring in potential rookie-scale extensions for eligible class of 2014 draftees Hood and Exum. It’s exceedingly unlikely Utah will pay that tab, meaning their best-case scenario is probably bringing back two of the three — a decision that could prove awfully tricky, considering the competing interests at work here:

Potentially complicating matters: the Jazz are still about $16 million under the 2016-17 salary cap, giving them financial flexibility to take on a big contract for a player that might help … so long as they do it before midnight Eastern time, when the league calendar flips to 2017-18. They’ve reportedly been eyeing trades for a veteran point guard, most notably Ricky Rubio … which might complicate things juuuuust a tad on the Hill front and could wreak havoc on the possibility of retaining Hayward.

Utah’s got a lot at stake and a lot of balls in the air as the clock winds down. Lindsey, for his part, is projecting calm.

“Many times, what happens is, you capitulate to pressure and then you overreach,” the Jazz GM recently told reporters. “We want to stick to our fundamentals of team building — mindset, culture, skills, fits, value adds, contract, production. We’re quite confident.”

Whether that confidence is founded could be one of the biggest storylines of the summer of 2017.

Andre Roberson and Taj Gibson were key pieces of the Thunder's defense. (AP)
Andre Roberson and Taj Gibson were key pieces of the Thunder’s defense. (AP)

Oklahoma City Thunder

2016-17 record: 47-35, eliminated in the first round

Unrestricted free agents: Taj Gibson, Norris Cole, Nick Collison

Restricted free agents: Andre Roberson

The Thunder enter the summer with just under $113 million in guaranteed salary on the books — meaning they’re about $14 million over the cap, and about $6 million under the luxury tax line — so they don’t have very much financial flexibility. In a perfect world, they’d bring back both Gibson (a stalwart veteran four who helped on both ends of the floor after his trade-deadline acquisition) and Roberson (an All-Defensive Team perimeter stopper who makes life miserable for opposing scorers every night). But doing so means going very deep into the luxury tax, which could be a non-starter for a team that’s already paid the tax twice in the last three years and doesn’t want to fall prey to the dreaded repeater tax incurred when you’re a taxpayer four times in five seasons.

Vaulting into the tax would be especially damaging because going more than $6 million over the tax line (the so-called “apron”) would cost the Thunder the right to use the biannual exception of $3.3 million per year and would limit the amount of their midlevel exception to just under $5.2 million per year for up to three years, as opposed to the $8.4 million over four that non-taxpayers can offer. When you’re capped out, retaining the ability to use those exceptions to add talent is really important, and that could mean the Thunder are in for some restructuring.

The most preferable path to creating a little bit of breathing room is probably finding a taker for the two years and $36.5 million owed to reserve scorer Enes Kanter. Given the Turkish big man’s defensive struggles, though, that price tag might be a bit rich without additional sweeteners. The Thunder might struggle providing those, as they already owe a lottery-protected 2018 first-round pick to the Jazz (as part of the deal that sent Kanter to OKC) and a top-20-protected 2020 No. 1 to the Orlando Magic (who acquired it from the Philadelphia 76ers, who took it in exchange for forward Jerami Grant).

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If general manager Sam Presti can’t offload Kanter (or, less likely, about-to-become-$22-million-man Victor Oladipo) or find another ingenious path to cap flexibility, the Thunder might be forced to bid farewell to Gibson — and maybe even Roberson, if some suitor comes calling with a front-loaded restricted free agent offer sheet — and try to find defensive replacements with the midlevel exception.

The market might push players like Toronto’s Patrick Patterson and Memphis’ JaMychal Green out of MLE range; if not, OKC could do worse in replacing Gibson. Similarly, Tony Allen, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Thabo Sefolosha represent longer-in-the-tooth, lower-grade options for life after Roberson, but they might offer some of the flavor the Thunder want at the price they need.

At some point, it’d also be nice for the Thunder to find a backup for Russell Westbrook who can keep OKC from cratering when he needs to rest. (Which he does sometimes, with the Thunder very much unable to stay afloat when he did so.) The Shelvin Macks and Langston Galloways of the world might not be available for the biannual exception, and Oklahoma City might need to target bigger fish with the MLE, which could leave Presti once again scraping the minimum market in search of a lottery ticket.

And speaking of the just-crowned MVP …

Russell Westbrook accepted his NBA MVP award on Monday. Now what? (AP)
Russell Westbrook accepted his NBA MVP award on Monday. Now what? (AP)

Presti reportedly plans to offer him a monster five-year, $200-plus million super-max Designated Veteran Player Extension as soon as free agency opens. If Westbrook takes it, the Thunder have their centerpiece locked in through 2022. If he doesn’t, for the second time in three years, Presti will have to decide whether or not to put a beloved franchise player on the trade market to avoid potentially losing him for nothing the following summer. Things could soon get very, very interesting in Oklahoma.

Portland Trail Blazers

2016-17 record: 41-41, eliminated in the first round

Unrestricted free agents: None

Restricted free agents: None

Like the Thunder, Portland’s got zero financial flexibility. Negative wiggle room, in fact. After paying C.J. McCollum $106 million, signing Evan Turner, matching Brooklyn’s offer sheet for Allen Crabbe, and bringing back restricted free agents Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless last summer, the Blazers enter July with $142.5 million in guaranteed salary committed for next season, according to Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com. And they’re in line to pay nine figures’ worth of salary that keeps them capped out and luxury-tax-adjacent in each of the next two seasons, as well.

Footing gigantic tax bills for a team that can contend is one thing. But the Blazers finished .500, got blasted in the first round by Golden State and seem to have a couple of quantum leaps to make before they can claim with a straight face they’re within sniffing distance of the West’s upper echelon. Something’s got to give, right?

Blazers star Damian Lillard and general manager Neil Olshey try to figure out how to make a splash. (Getty Images)
Blazers star Damian Lillard and general manager Neil Olshey try to figure out how to make a splash. (Getty Images)

It’s possible that one of those leaps will come with a full season of pairing the high-octane backcourt of McCollum and Damian Lillard with a healthy Jusuf Nurkic, who became a folk hero after joining the team before the trade deadline. In Nurkic’s minutes, Portland outscored the opposition by a whopping 9.3 points per 100 possessions during the regular season before he went down with a fractured right fibula.

Other avenues toward a leap, though? Those are harder to figure. The Blazers paid through the nose to ensure they had depth on the wing, knowing how hard it is for NBA teams to come by quality swingmen these days, but now might find themselves unable to offload either Crabbe or Turner. They’re also unwilling to move the more cost-effective and defensively useful Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu. And with 2017 first-rounders Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan joining Nurkic, Leonard, Noah Vonleh and Ed Davis on the roster, the frontcourt’s now awfully crowded without too much in the way of a clearly defined pecking order. (That Nurkic and Vonleh are both eligible for extensions of their rookie deals, and will enter restricted free agency next summer if Portland doesn’t re-up, only complicates matters.)

Neil Olshey has done well to compile a pretty interesting collection of players capable of producing a top-10 offense; if Nurkic’s late-season surge is the real deal and Aminu’s healthy, the Blazers’ defense might not be as hopeless as it often seemed last season. But he spent plenty of Paul Allen’s money to do it, and barring major internal improvement from multiple pieces, it’s tough to see a way for Portland to reach the next level without a significant shake-up via trade.

After seven seasons, Danilo Gallinari might be about to fly out of Denver (Getty Images)
After seven seasons, Danilo Gallinari might be about to fly out of Denver. (Getty Images)

Denver Nuggets

2016-17 record: 40-42

Unrestricted free agents: Danilo Gallinari, Roy Hibbert

Restricted free agents: Mason Plumlee

In the middle of December, coach Mike Malone reinserted Nikola Jokic into Denver’s starting lineup. From that point on, nobody — not the Warriors, not the Rockets, not the Cavs: nobody — scored more points per possession than the Nuggets, who sliced and diced opposing defenses behind the brilliant playmaking and efficient scoring of their 6-foot-11 Serbian center.

There was just one problem. Over that same stretch, nobody — not the Lakers, not the Suns, not the Kings: nobody — allowed more points per possession than the Nuggets, who saw their late-season push for the West’s eighth and final playoff spot scuttled by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to cap off a 50-point triple-double by Westbrook. Denver’s got some tantalizing young passers, shooters and finishers on board, but the Nuggets need some defensive steel if they’re to make a serious push into the Western playoff picture.

So, naturally, they’ve been linked to Kevin Love.

Denver emerged ahead of last week’s draft as the wheel-greasing third team in prospective deals that would land Paul George in Cleveland, Love in Denver, and a slew of future draft picks, young players and expiring contracts in Indiana. A Love-Jokic frontcourt would allow Denver to play a brand of five-out ball that could be damn near un-guardable. It wouldn’t, however, seem to address that nettlesome issue of not being able to freaking stop anybody — especially if one of the pieces moving to Indiana is shooting guard Gary Harris, a legitimate two-way contributor who took major steps forward last season as a perimeter defender, shooter and cutter.

Harris helps, and does so at a position that’s super-thin around the league, which is why Denver doesn’t really want to move him. He’s also eligible for an extension of his rookie deal, and might soon cost nearly as much as Love, which is why the Nuggets would probably have to at least entertain the notion, even if a lineup of something like Love, Jokic, Wilson Chandler, Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay doesn’t seem particularly likely to strike fear into the hearts of the Warriors, Spurs or Rockets.

Love’s a name that sticks because Denver needs to figure out what it’s doing at power forward. Jokic firmly established himself as the Nuggets’ center of the future — this is why Nurkic is now in Portland, instead of being unhappy next to Malone on the bench — but Denver hasn’t yet found the right sort of fit at the four next to their super-skilled but somewhat slow-footed and ground-bound playmaker. A defensively versatile type who doesn’t demand No. 1 option touches would be wonderful.

Is Denver willing to shell out max or near-max money for 32-year-old Paul Millsap while knowing they’ll soon need to shell out big paydays for Harris and Jokic (a second-round pick in 2014 who didn’t come over until 2015, signing a four-year deal with a team option for 2018-19, but who could look to tear that up next summer to lock him up long-term as soon as possible)? If the Raptors decide to move on from Serge Ibaka, the soon-to-be-28-year-old could be a dynamite fit. (Kentucky product and former Jazz reserve Trey Lyles, imported on draft night, could factor into the solution here, too, though he shouldn’t be counted on to provide the whole answer himself.)

If the Nuggets do decide to look elsewhere at the four, it probably means they’re moving on from Gallinari, who bounced back in a big way last season and has proven when healthy — two heavy words — to be a valuable shooter and face-up playmaker for teams seeking stretch fours who already have defensively viable fives.

With Mudiay struggling in his second season and rising sophomore Murray perhaps not ready for full-time point guard duty, Denver also figures to be in the market for a veteran point guard. How high-caliber an option they’ll be able to pull on the open market remains to be seen. Chris Paul’s already in Houston; Utah and San Antonio will probably fight over Hill; and the Pelicans pretty much have to keep Jrue Holiday. If Toronto balks at offering five years or max money, Kyle Lowry might be an interesting name to keep an eye on as a hard-nosed defender who can shoot, share, score and cut to wind up on the other end of some of those sweet, sweet Jokic dimes.

After trading for Jimmy Butler, the Wolves are on the hunt for more big-time talent. (AP)
After trading for Jimmy Butler, the Wolves are on the hunt for more big-time talent. (AP)

Minnesota Timberwolves

2016-17 record: 31-51

Unrestricted free agents: Omri Casspi, Adreian Payne, Brandon Rush

Restricted free agents: Shabazz Muhammad

The Wolves already made one big splash, pulling off a draft-night blockbuster fleecing of the Chicago Bulls to import All-NBA swingman Jimmy Butler and give Minnesota a core that rising superstar Karl-Anthony Towns calls “what dynasties are made of.” There’s a lot of space, though, between the destination of a dynasty and the starting point of a 31-win roster. Getting there will require even more bold moves.

Like, say, trading incumbent point guard Ricky Rubio to a team with cap space (hello, Utah) to create even more cap space to pursue a potential upgrade at the point who can space the floor to a degree the Spaniard’s never been able to? Like, say, Lowry, whom Butler may or may not be trying to recruit to join him in Tom Thibodeau’s backcourt? Or Hill, who might see Minnesota as a viable new home if the Jazz and Spurs look elsewhere?

With sweet-shooting guard Zach LaVine shipped to Chicago in the Butler deal, a Wolves team already lacking enough capable marksmen needs more shooters. Lowry or Hill would certainly help there. If Hill rejoins the Spurs, San Antonio’s Patty Mills, who shot 41.3 percent from deep last season, might be available at a lower price point, too, though I’d be leery of considering him an upgrade over Rubio’s playmaking and defensive excellence.

They’ve long been rumored to be interested in Millsap — who, for what it’s worth, is less a “stretch” four than a playmaking power forward, having shot better than league-average from 3-point range just once in his career (and less than 32 percent in the last two seasons) — as a smart, defensive-minded veteran complement to Towns. But shelling out a big-money four-year deal for him ahead of forthcoming max extensions for Wiggins (next summer) and Towns (in 2019) might make owner Glen Taylor a little green around the gills.

But that’s the price of trying to level up in the NBA. The Wolves showed on draft night that they’re serious about becoming a rising force. Now it’s up to them to put some money behind that mission.

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          UN DIA... 28 DE JUNIO   
1865
Nace en Buenos Aires el médico cirujano, político y legislador Juan B. Justo, fundador del diario "La Vanguardia" y del Partido Socialista. Falleció en su chacra de Los Cardales (provincia de Buenos Aires) el 8 de enero de 1928.

1990
Por decreto del Poder Ejecutivo Nacional 1235, del 28 de junio de 1990, se crea la Academia Nacional del Tango.


Efemérides Culturales Argentinas.
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UN 28 DE JUNIO COMO HOY

En 1982 murió: Raúl Berón

En 1939 nació: Juan Cedrón ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!
En 1913 nació: Roberto Grela

En 1908 nació: Juan Carlos Thorry

En 1898 nació: Edelmiro Garrido

En 1892 nació: Eduardo Bianco
En 1888 nació: Lola Membrives

Efemérides de TODOTANGO.
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28 DE JUNIO

1948 - Nace Suna Rocha, en Las Arrias (Prov. de Córdoba). Cantante, autora y compositora.



1955 - Se registra la zamba “Tacita de plata”, con música de los hermanos Simón y letra de José Antonio Faro. Tema grabado y editado. “Entre cumbres y nieves estás,/ luciendo debajo un cielo azul,/ tacita de plata que el Ande forjó/ y que el inca llamó: ¡Jujuy! ¡Jujuy!”.

Efemérides Folklóricas Argentinas
de Juan Carlos Fiorillo.
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28 de Junio de 1807: Segunda Invasión Inglesa.

28 de Junio de 1990: Creación de la Academia Nacional del Tango.

1245 – se abre el primer Concilio de Lyon.
1491 – nace Henry VIII de Inglaterra.
1519 – la Dieta de Frankfurt elige a Carlos I de España emperador de Alemania.
1577 – nace el pintor Peter Paul Rubens.
1635 – los franceses se establecen en Guadalupe, en el Caribe.
1669 – Luis XIV establece la Opera de París.
1712 – nace Jean Jacques Rousseau, contratista social francés.
1765 – se inaugura en Lima la plaza de toros de Acho, la más antigua de América.
1808 – José de San Martín alcanza el grado de capitán luchando contra las tropas invasoras de Napoleón, en España.
1825 – nace el químico alemán Richard August Carl Emil Erlenmeyer.
1835 – Inglaterra y España firman un convenio por el que estos últimos se obligan a impedir el comercio de esclavos hacia América bajo pabellon español.
1838 – coronación de la Reina Victoria.
1839 – el Gral. Lavalle inicia su ofensiva contra Rosas, gobernador de Buenos Aires.
1844 – fusilamientos en Matanzas, Cuba, tras una sublevación de esclavos negros.
1853 – la escuadra enviada por el presidente Justo José de Urquiza para bloquear Buenos Aires se subleva contra él y se pasa a los rebeldes.
1865 – nace Juan Bautista Justo, cirujano, escritor y periodista argentino, fundador del Partido Socialista y del diario “La Vanguardia”.
1867 – nace Luigi Pirandello, escritor italiano.
1880 – Guerra de Cuba: con la rendición del caudillo Limbano Sánchez termina la llamada “Guerra chica”.
1883 – nace Pierre Laval, político francés.
1886 – Inauguración del ferrocarril Canadian Pacific, entre Montreal y Port Moof (en la costa del Pacífico).
1888 – nace Lola Membrives, actriz argentina.
1889 – muere Maria Mitchell, primera mujer astrónoma estadounidense.
1902 – el Congreso estadounidense aprueba la ley Spooner, que autoriza al presidente a comprar por 40 millones de dólares la concesión del canal de Panamá, por quiebra de la antigua compañía del Canal Interoceánico.
1902 – nace el compositor estadounidense Richard Rodgers.
1909 – nace Eric Ambler, escritor.
1913 – empieza la segunda Guerra Balcánica: ofensiva de Bulgaria contra Serbia y Grecia.
1914 – asesinan en Sarajevo al Archiduque Francisco Fernando, heredero del trono de Austria-Hungría, y su esposa.
1918 – el Gobierno soviético nacionaliza la industria.
1919 – se firma el Tratado de Versalles que impone gravosas condiciones a los vencidos en la Gran Guerra.
1919 – se constituye la Organización Internacional del Trabajo.
1921 – Yugoslavia se constituye en Estado único centralista.
1924 – nace George Morgan, músico.
1926 – nace Mel Brooks, cineasta y humorista.
1929 – El Instituto Alemán de Física concede la “Medalla Max Planck” al propio Planck y a Albert Einstein, entre otros.
1940 – Rumania cede la Besarabia a la URSS.
1943 – nace Bobby Harrison, músico.
1943 – Nace Alfonso Santisteban, músico.
1945 – Nace Dave Knights, músico.
1945 – se funda el club Monterrey, de México.
1946 – Enrico de Nicola es elegido primer presidente de Italia.
1948 – nace Kathy Bates, actriz estadounidense.
1950 – las tropas de Corea del Norte ocupan Seúl.
1950 – China confisca las grandes propiedades territoriales y requisa las de la Iglesia.
1951 – nace Daniel Ruiz Bazani, ex futbolista español.
1952 – nace Pietro Menea, ex atleta italiano.
1954 – Chou Enlai y Nehrú proclaman “Los cinco principios de coexistencias pacifica”.
1960 – el gobierno cubano incauta la refinería de petroleo estadounidense Texaco.
1966 – nace el actor John Cusack.
1966 – nace Mary Stuart Masterson, actriz.
1966 – una rebelión militar derroca al presidente argentino Arturo Illia.
1968 – Nace Elmer Figueroa, “Chayanne”, cantante, bailarín y actor puertorriqueño.
1969 – nace Stephane Chapuisat, futbolista suizo.
1974 – Derrumbes de tierras en una carretera colombiana producen la muerte de 300 personas y el aplastamiento de 30 vehículos.
1976 – Independencia de las islas Seychelles, luego de 162 años de dominación británica.
1990 – se crea en Argentina la Academia Nacional del Tango.
1991 – se firma en Budapest del protocolo de autodisolución del Consejo de Ayuda Mutua Economica (CAME o COMECON).
1992 – La coalición de centro-izquierda gobernante en Chile obtiene una amplia mayoría en las primeras elecciones municipales celebradas en el país tras la dictadura militar.
1992 – muere Howard Roberts, músico.
1993 – Guatemala reconoce la independencia de Belice.
1994 – Carlos de Inglaterra admite en televisión que engañó a Lady Di.
1995 – Muere Francisco Grande Covián, bioquímico español considerado el padre de la dietética.
1996 – El Gobierno de Aznar aprueba un marco para privatizar las empresas del Estado español.
1997 – El Barcelona gana la Copa del Rey de fútbol ante el Betis.
1997 – Mike Tyson es descalificado luego de mutilar la oreja de su contrincante, el campeón de los pesos pesados, Evander Holyfield.
1998 – Clinton y Jiang Zemin debaten en televisión.
1998 – En la Conferencia Mundial de Ginebra sobre el SIDA se presenta un informe que afirma que las cesáreas y AZT pueden acabar con el SIDA infantil.
1998 – Se celebra el mayor festival musical de Europa en la localidad inglesa de Glastonbury.
1999 – La primera cumbre de mandatarios de la UE, América Latina y el Caribe aprueban la Declaración de Rio de Janeiro y las Prioridades Conjuntas de Acción, cuyo objetivo es consolidar una asociación estratégica de carácter político, económico, cultural y social.
2001 – ONU: Kofi Annan es reelegido por unanimidad secretario general de la ONU.
2003 – El ex represor argentino Ricardo Cavallo es extraditado de México a España, acusado de genocidio y terrorismo de Estado por la justicia española.
2004 – En una ceremonia sorpresiva y anticipada, preparada en estricto secreto, Estados Unidos transfirió el poder en Irak a un gobierno interino.
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          Beograd Masih Ingat Bung Karno   


Perjumpaan secara tak sengaja dengan Miroslavic di Kafe Insomnia semakin meyakinkan bahwa nama besar Bung Karno, presiden RI pertama, benar-benar tinggal di hati rakyat Beograd, Serbia. Barangkali juga Bung Karno tidak hanya dikenang di Beograd, tetapi juga di kota-kota lainnya di seluruh Serbia atau malahan di seluruh wilayah bekas Yugoslavia.

Kafe Insomnia yang terletak di perempatan Jalan Strahinjica Bana 66a itu tidaklah besar. Gedung kafe itu berlantai dua. Di lantai bawah ada sekitar 20 kursi, demikian juga di lantai atas. Tetapi, di ruang kecil itu, nama besar Bung Karno bergaung begitu keras.

”Ah, dari Indonesia,” ujar Miroslavic begitu ramah. Lelaki kelahiran tahun 1942, yang pernah memiliki percetakan kertas undangan dan tanggalan, itu lalu dengan lancar bercerita tentang Bung Karno. ”Coba di zaman sekarang ini muncul kombinasi pemimpin seperti (Josip Broz) Tito, Bung Karno, (Gamal Abdul) Nasser, (Jawaharlal) Nehru, dan siapa lagi itu yang dari Ghana, saya lupa, pasti hebat sekali.”

”Saya masih ingat, walau waktu itu masih kecil, kunjungan Bung Karno ke sini, Beograd. Bung Karno sahabat Tito. Waktu itu kami berdiri di pinggir jalan sambil melambai-lambaikan bendera kedua negara. Keduanya hebat,” tuturnya lebih lanjut.

Nama Bung Karno memang selalu disebut-sebut di mana- mana. Begitu menginjakkan kaki di Beograd, yang pertama kali menyebut nama Bung Karno adalah Andri Hadi, Direktur Jenderal Informasi dan Diplomasi Publik Kementerian Luar Negeri, yang memimpin delegasi Indonesia dalam dialog bilateral antarumat beragama (interfaith) Indonesia-Serbia. ”Kita tiba di negeri sahabatnya Bung Karno,” katanya saat itu.

Di Kedutaan Besar RI di Beograd, untuk kedua kalinya nama Bung Karno disebut. Kali ini oleh Dubes RI untuk Serbia Semuel Samson. ”Gedung KBRI ini berdiri di wilayah yang khusus, istimewa, tidak di kompleks korps diplomatik. Kita memperoleh tempat yang khusus dan luas karena eratnya persahabatan antara Bung Karno dan Tito,” jelas Semuel Samson.

”Anda harus berbangga, sekarang mengikuti seminar di tempat yang dulu digunakan juga oleh para pemimpin Gerakan Nonblok (GNB) untuk pertama kalinya bersidang. Yang lebih istimewa lagi, dan ini harus membuat Anda bangga, di sinilah dulu Bung Karno juga bersidang. Bung Karno pemimpin besar. Dia sahabat Tito, yang berarti juga sahabat kami. Kami, rakyat Serbia, dulu Yugoslavia, bangga akan dia,” ujar Radislav Z Milanovic begitu lancar, tanpa bisa diputus, di sela-sela dialog antar-umat beragama.

Dialog diselenggarakan di Palace of Serbia, sebuah gedung yang digunakan untuk menggelar Konferensi Pertama GNB tahun 1961. Milanovic, seorang senior eksekutif di perusahaan penerbangan Serbia, yang pernah beberapa kali ke Indonesia, mengaku sangat mengagumi Bung Karno.

Di dalam ruang sidang, Ljubodrag Dimic, seorang profesor doktor dari Universitas Beograd, yang menjadi salah satu pembicara dalam dialog, secara panjang lebar menjelaskan tentang persahabatan Indonesia lewat GNB. ”Bung Karno memainkan peran sangat besar dalam konferensi itu,” katanya. ”Soekarno memang tokoh besar. Anda, saudara-saudara kami dari Indonesia, harus berbangga memiliki tokoh sebesar dan sehebat Soekarno, sama seperti kami memiliki tokoh besar Tito,” lanjutnya.

Tokoh pemersatu

Yang diucapkan Dimic itu diulangi lagi oleh pemimpin Komunitas Islam Serbia, Imam Besar Adem Zilkic, saat menerima delegasi Indonesia di kompleks Masjid Bajrakli. ”Jarak antara Indonesia dan Serbia memang jauh. Secara geografis kita berada di tempat yang berjauhan, tetapi secara spiritual kita dekat. Kita memiliki hubungan spiritual yang dekat. Yang berjasa mempererat hubungan spiritual kita adalah Soekarno. Dia sahabat kami rakyat Serbia,” kata Adem Zilkic.

Dua jam kemudian, di Universitas Beograd, Rektor Universitas Beograd Branko Bogdanovic, menjelang acara penandatanganan naskah kesepahaman antara Universitas Beograd dan Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta, lagi-lagi bercerita tentang kebesaran dan kehebatan Bung Karno. ”Presiden Soekarno menerima gelar doktor kehormatan dari universitas ini. Pemberian gelar itu, selain menunjukkan kehebatan Soekarno di bidang akademi, juga membuktikan betapa kami sangat menghormati tokoh besar itu,” katanya.

”Ya, Soekarno memang tokoh besar. Ia pahlawan yang kami banggakan. Berdosalah kami kalau ke Beograd tidak singgah ke universitas ini, tempat dulu Soekarno mendapat gelar doktor,” sambung Semuel Samson. Bahkan Dubes RI untuk Serbia ini menyebut, selama 20 tahun masa pemerintahannya, Bung Karno 20 kali mengunjungi Yugoslavia.

Dan Dekan Fakultas Teologi Ortodoks Universitas Beograd Artemije Irenej, seorang uskup Gereja Ortodoks Serbia, tidak ketinggalan memuji Bung Karno menjelang kuliah umum yang disampaikan oleh Pendeta Margaretha Maria Hendriks-Ririmasse, Heru Prakoso SJ, dan Komaruddin Hidayat.

Mengapa Bung Karno begitu dipuji dan dikagumi di Serbia? ”Itu menunjukkan kebesaran dan kehebatan Bung Karno sebagai tokoh GBN. Selain itu, Bung Karno juga dipandang sebagai pemimpin pendorong solidaritas, solidarity maker. Sebagai bangsa yang plural, Serbia sama dengan Indonesia, membutuhkan seorang pemersatu. Di sini, setelah Tito meninggal, Yugoslavia bubar, sementara setelah Bung Karno meninggal, Indonesia masih bersatu, masih utuh. Itu yang membuat mereka kagum kepada Indonesia, kagum kepada Bung Karno, sang pemersatu,” komentar Rektor Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta, Komaruddin Hidayat.

Bung Karno memang tokoh besar. Dan, rakyat Serbia mengakuinya.

(trias kuncahyono dari Beograd, Serbia)
          LGBT Religion News Round Up, July 23, 2010   
Marriage was a big news item last week as Argentina legalized marriage for gay couples and gay Mormons condemn the LDS Church’s role in opposing the successful legislation.  In California, two polls show growing support for marriage equality.    Meanwhile, marriage equality in Washington D.C. was upheld by the Court of Appeals. In the Evangelical world, Peggy and Tony Campolo, an Evangelical Christian couple who famously disagree on gay issues, coordinated a dialogue with the Baptist Peace Fellowship in upstate New York.  Janet Edwards asked whether gay rights are an “evangelical thing.” John Blake asked whether the religious right has lost its children.  A megachurch in Las Vegas was dropped from HIV work because of its link to Martin Ssempa, the virulently anti-gay Ugandan pastor, and the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, elected a conservative leader. In mainline Protestant denominations, responses to the Presbyterian  decision on  gay clergy range from  the Rev. Peter M. Wallace saying God’s spirit was at work, to an Orthodox priest who said the opposite.  A Michigan-based gay rights group has donated $400,000 to the Episcopal Church for its use in developing marriage liturgies for gay couples and a Methodist minister and his boyfriend were attacked in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Internationally, the UK government responded to the petition opposing the Pope’s planned visit.  A meeting of faith groups in Vienna, held in advance of the 18th International AIDS Conference, was told by Netherlands AIDS ambassador Marijke Wijnroks that faith leaders can play a key role in combating HIV/AIDS.  Tel Aviv encouraged LGBT tourism with a new ‘Gay Vibe’ campaign, while the Jewish Journal highlighted Orthodox lesbians at the Jerusalem Post.  Serbian gay rights groups asked for the Orthodox Church’s help in curbing anti-gay violence.  Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe refused to include gay rights in a draft of the country’s new constitution, and the new primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria followed his predecessor in condemning homosexuality. Also in the mix, Daniel Burke compared the use of the Bible during the church dispute over slavery in the 19th century to the debates surrounding LGBT issues today.  Soldiers’ rights hotlines are being asked if soldiers could qualify for conscientious objector status for opposing the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ but the groups say no.  An ‘ex-gay’ coach has been accused of molesting male clients, while so-called ‘ex-gay’ Donnie McClurkin is set to attend Boston’s GospelFest.   Mike Ghouse argued that religious people should stand up for gays, Jews and Mexicans.  Finally, Lady Gaga and her “little monsters” take on Westboro Baptist Church. Subscribe to the Religion News Summary by writing "subscribe" in an email to faith@glaad.org
July 23, 2010

          10 mamme da film per la "Festa della Mamma"   
Blogo festeggia tutte le mamme del mondo e in particolare alcune delle mamme cinematografiche che abbiamo più apprezzato sul grande schermo e di cui serbiamo un bel ricordo.Che siano protagoniste di...
          Tampere Jazz Happening 1.-4.11.2012 - Festival of the Year!   

Tampere Jazz Happening 1.-4.11.2012

- Festival of the Year!

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FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR BEGINS

Newcomers take the spotlight on the first day

The first performances of Tampere Jazz Happening are on Thursday 1 November. The programme takes a head start when Rakka plays an acoustic set in the Main Library of Tampere at noon. Their actual showtime in Happening is at Telakka venue on Saturday 3 November at 10.30 pm.

The festival begins at Klubi on Thursday evening at 8.00 pm. The opening concert presents three acts selected by the 12 Points Festival for their European showcase tour. French free jazz quartet Actuum opens the evening followed by critics' favourite from the UK, WorldService Project, and is concluded by young Finnish talents Big Blue. The Thursday event is free of charge.

TICKET SALES IS GOING WELL

Tickets are being sold at the same pace as in previous years. Headlined by the John Scofield Trio, the Sunday concert is proving to be more successful than before. The master improviser returns to Tampere after 22 years.

The Old Customs House Hall hosts several international stars throughout the weekend. The Friday concert features the acclaimed Vijay Iyer Trio; the legendary saxophonist Peter Brötzmann takes the stage on Saturday.

Gypsy music pioneers Boban & Marko Marković Orchestra from Serbia and afrobeat veteran Ebo Taylor from Ghana storm the Klubi stage on Friday and Saturday nights respectively.

Finnish acts are also given their chances in the spotlight: the Saturday concert at Telakka, featuring Mopo, Rakka, and Fredator, will probably be sold out in advance.

HAPPENING ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL GUESTS

In addition to the international roster of artists, the festival welcomes 23 international journalists and jazz professionals. Music Finland invites a selection of guests to the festival as part of their music export project aimed at the United Kingdom. Other guests arrive from Russia, Japan, and North America.

The title of Festival of the Year, awarded by Finland Festivals, is also proving to be of interest. The title was given to Happening as an acknowledgement of its important role in enriching the Finnish jazz scene. 

The programme: http://www.tamperemusicfestivals.fi/jazz/en/ohjelma/

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          JAG PANZER To Release 'The Deviant Chord' Album In September   
Veteran Colorado metallers JAG PANZER will release their new album, "The Deviant Chord", on September 29 via SPV/Steamhammer. For JAG PANZER, team spirit is more important than anything else. Without team spirit, guitarist Mark Briody would no longer see any reason for continuing the band. "We're like a family, we've all known each other for many years," he says and looks back at the years between 2011 and 2013 when JAG PANZER were on the brink of calling it a day. "Two bandmembers quit and there was little interest in hiring new people and starting over. Introducing new musicians would have been tough, so we decided to disband." But then the American power metal act's strong fan base made itself heard, causing the spark to be rekindled. Briody explains: "We had a lot of interest in our early albums, so my bandmates soon noticed that people were still listening to JAG PANZER, that the audience was still there. We started talking on the phone more and more. Some excellent gig offers arrived so we decided we should get back together." "The Deviant Chord" is a veritable metal manifesto, consisting of ten awesome songs featuring all those typical JAG PANZER strengths that the band's fans have come to appreciate. Together with band members John Tetley (bass), Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin (vocals), Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Joey Tafolla (lead guitar), who has returned to the fold, Briody has recorded an album that impresses in every respect and that benefits from the outstanding qualities of all five band members. "John does our 'quality control,' meaning that he makes sure every song we do is the best it can be. Harry is a musical genius. He's been singing since we were kids, he's very skilled in vocal arrangements and vocal recording techniques. This skill makes him a very big contributor in the songwriting. Rikard is all about drumming. He's been drumming since he was a small child and has never stopped. He grew up living all around the world and he has always been in a band. Joey is the classic lead player in every sense of the world. He has amazing skill on the guitar plus an outstanding stage presence. His playing makes every song better." "The Deviant Chord" will be available as a CD digipak (including poster) and double LP colored version as well as for download and streaming. The cover artwork was created by Serbian artist Dusan Markovic and reflects the album's haunting atmosphere perfectly. Briody gives also some hints: "Fans of both science fiction and real-life scientists should look closely at the new JAG PANZER album as the band has placed a few hidden tributes in the album art!" There can be no doubt: the spark has rekindled the fire in JAG PANZER and it's burning brightly. Briody says: "The mood in the band is very focused. This album was the first time we did multiple demos for every song. So everyone has been very involved in every step. Each band member got to see a song grow and change with time. That's very exciting for us. And we're all excited to unleash 'The Deviant Chord' unto the world." "The Deviant Chord" track listing: 01. Born Of The Flame (4:00) 02. Far Beyond All Fear (3:49) 03. The Deviant Chord (5:37) 04. Blacklist (4:19) 05. Foggy Dew (3:20) 06. Divine Intervention (3:30) 07. Long Awaited Kiss (6:16) 08. Salacious Behavior (4:07) 09. Fire Of Our Spirit (4:37) 10. Dare (5:17)
           Guvernul a aprobat deschidera unui punct international de trecere a frontierei de stat romano-sarbe, pe canalul Bega   
Guvernul a aprobat vineri, printr-un Memorandum, incheierea unui Acord cu partea sarba, prin schimb de note verbale, privind deschiderea unui punct international de trecere a frontierei de stat romano-sarbe, pentru traficul international de calatori, pe canalul Bega. Punctul international de trecere a frontierei va fi deschis pentru navigatia pe apa, trafic pietonal si pentru biciclete, fiind amplasat intre localitatile Otelec din Romania si Srbsk Itebej din Republica Serbia.
          Mogherini: EU and NATO “strongly coordinating on messages to Balkans”   
The EU and NATO are coordinating very strongly on different messages they are sending, including in the Western Balkans. EU foreign policy and security chief Federica Mogherini said this in Brussels on Thursday, after after arriving at the NATO defense ministerial meeting. Mogherini also announced that she and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg could visit […]

          US: Kosovo consulate driver in NYC arrested for selling arms   
The driver of the Kosovo consulate in New York is among those recently arrested for money laundering, extortion, and international arms trafficking. The suspect, Albert Veliu, is also described as “a close associate” of several officials of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK). New York media said that Veliu was arrested along with seven other […]

          Greece: Athens police clash with protesters   
Tear gas was deployed in the Greek capital as protesters threw Molotov cocktails at riot officers. The stand-off took place after the authorities banned rival demonstrations by a police union and anarchists. The violence erupted Thursday night near the National Technical University of Athens, in the city center, local media and Ruptly news agency reported. […]

          Germany: Parliament Legalizes Same-sex Marriage   
German lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage in their last session before the September election. Lawmakers voted 393 for legalizing “marriage for everybody,” and 226 against with four abstentions. The measure brought to a vote in Friday’s session was fast-tracked after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday lawmakers could take up the issue as a “question […]

          Serbian parliament elects Ana Brnabic as prime minister   
The Serbian parliament has elected Ana Brnabic as the country’s prime minister. As many as 157 parliament members supported Brnabic, nominated by the president, while 55 voted against her. “A decision has been made,” said Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic. Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic nominated the Western-educated Brnabic for the post two weeks ago amid […]

          Serbia committed to interstate and inter-ethnic relations based on civilization norms and int’l law   
Serbia will continue to support EU aspirations of its neighbors and implement a policy of military neutrality, protecting and promoting its national interests. Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said this on Thursday in Belgrade at the opening of the conference “New International Reality – Challenges and Prospects.” According to the government, Dacic […]

          Global mobile app market to reach $6.3 trillion by 2021   
A new study by analyst firm App Annie suggests the global mobile app economy was worth $1.3 trillion last year and is poised to skyrocket to $6.3 trillion by 2021 as users spend more money on apps, in-app purchases, and mobile commerce. According to the report, consumer spending across all mobile app stores will reach […]

          Slovenia gets three quarters of territory in Croatia dispute   
Slovenia has been given three quarters of the Bay of Piran, the Court of Arbitration has ruled. Slovenia, which has been in dispute with Croatia over its sea border for years, will not have direct access to international waters, but has been granted passage through the Croatian part of the sea in this area. Slovenia’s […]

          Milica Mandic takes World Taekwondo Championship gold   
Serbian taekwondist Milica Mandic has won the gold medal at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championship in South Korea. The Olympic gold medalist from London beat reigning champion Hyeri Oh of South Korea 17-13 in the final of the under-73 kg tournament on Thursday, Tanjug reported. This was the second gold for Serbia in Muju after […]

          Russia to extend food ban in response to EU sanctions   
The Russian government wants to prolong countermeasures on the European Union for another 18 months, said Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. His statement comes a day after the EU extended its anti-Russia economic sanctions. “Of course, we will react adequately. Yesterday we discussed this issue with President Vladimir Putin and the government will submit a […]

          BBC: Albanian gangs control drug trafficking in UK   
Violent Albanian criminal groups have “considerable control” over drug trafficking in Great Britain. At the same time, Serbians and Turks “dominate high volume maritime cocaine logistics.” This is according to a BBC report, published under the headline, “Albanian gangs ‘controlling’ UK drug trafficking market,” that cited the National Crime Agency (NCA) annual assessment document. The […]

          Ordinary Czechs Get Right to Shoot Terrorists on Sight   
Deputies in the Czech Republic voted overwhelmingly in favor of a constitutional amendment allowing ordinary citizens to carry arms and use them in case of a public emergency such as terrorism. The Czech parliament has approved a constitutional amendment on security that allows ordinary citizens to take up arms against terrorists. On Wednesday, 139 of […]

          Iraq: Islamic State Kicked Out of Mosul   
The Ministry of Defense of Iraq has announced Thursday that Daesh terrorists have been eliminated or knocked out of all districts of the city of Mosul, Sky News Arabia reports. “The IS (Daesh / ISIS / ISIL) no longer has a single district in Mosul. The militants have no choice but to surrender. The IS […]

          Kosovo’s new assembly composition as “family affair”   
A specific feature of the new Kosovo parliament is that party leaders have made sure to also bring in their family members. Pristina-based Albanian language newspaper Zeri is reporting this, adding that brothers Daut and Ramush Haradinaj are both now members of the Assembly in Pristina – with the latter being one of the candidates […]

          Dacic: NATO is all around Serbia   
Ivica Dacic says that military neutrality does not mean only that Serbia will not join NATO – it also means the country will not join any military alliance. However, continued Serbia’s acting PM and foreign minister, “this does not prevent us from having good relations with the Western military alliance.” Dacic spoke on Thursday in […]

          Austrian ambassador: Year of Serbia’s EU accession not important   
The Austrian ambassador says the year of Serbia’s EU accession is not as important as EU’s determination that full membership will be the final outcome. Johannes Eigner told regional TV N1 that 2019 is not a realistic deadline for Serbia to enter the EU, while 2020 is “an ambitious goal.” He pointed points out, however, […]

          South Korea to invest billions in US economy   
South Korean companies have announced major investments in the United States and plan to import more American shale gas. The countries’ two leaders are preparing to hold summit talks in Washington on Friday. According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, the business delegation accompanying President Moon Jae-in has said it will pour $12.8 billion into […]

          IIF: World’s debt over three times greater than economic output   
Global debt levels have surged to a record $217 trillion in the first quarter of the year. This is 327 percent of the world’s annual economic output (GDP), reports the Institute of International Finance (IIF). The surging debt was driven by emerging economies, which have increased borrowing by $3 trillion to $56 trillion. This amounts […]

          Tension In Asia As China Flexes Muscles   
The Chinese Navy launched a new destroyer on Wednesday at Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. The People’s Liberation Army Navy claimed that the 10,000-tonne domestically designed and produced vessel is the first of the Asian giant’s new generation of destroyers. In a statement, the Navy said that the deadly vessel, equipped with new air defence, anti-missile, […]

          Kosovo War Crimes Tribunal Set To Start Proceedings   
Kosovo’s Constitutional Court on June 28 cleared the way for a war crimes tribunal to prosecute former senior ethnic Albanian commanders from the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA/UCK), RFE/RL reports. Known officially as the Kosovo Relocated Specialist Judicial Institution, the court was established with European Union funds at The Hague, Netherlands, to prosecute crimes committed during […]

          Vucic and Thaci Agree To Pursue Renewed Dialogue   
The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo said on June 28 that they favor the idea of renewed talks in order to ease months of tensions between Pristina and Belgrade, RFE/RL reports. In a Facebook post, Kosovar President Hashim Thaci said on June 28 that he had called Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to congratulate him on […]

          Glamoclija: Via RSHC Serbia to have access to Russia’s satellites   
Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center (RSHC) Director Bojan Glamoclija says that granting diplomatic status to the Center would mean a lot in financial terms. Glamoclija told Beta in an interview published on Wednesday that with this status, the Center would enjoy incentives when paying for equipment and all other expenses. “A lot of money has been invested […]

          Stoltenberg: I do not think that Russia should be isolated   
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the decisions on military exercises with Russia and the status of the Humanitarian Center in Nis were up to Serbia. Stoltenberg told Serbian journalists on Wednesday that it was “up to Serbia to decide” and that NATO “respects its neutrality.” “It is important that each country chooses its own […]

          Serbian who died fighting against ISIS in Syria to be buried in Moscow   
A Novi Sad man who died in Syria fighting as a volunteer will be laid to rest in Moscow, Vecernje Novosti is reporting on Wednesday. The Belgrade daily named the man as 25-year-old Sasa Karan. A commemorative gathering will be held in Novi Sad’s Trg Slobode (Freedom Square), the paper said. Karan, who was the […]

          Dacic hopes EU will keep door open to Western Balkans   
Ivica Dacic says he hopes the EU will keep the door open for the countries of the Western Balkans. According to Serbia’s acting PM and foreign minister, this is “useful for alleviating instability and tensions in this part of Europe.” Speaking at a press conference in Belgrade on Tuesday after meeting with Belgian Foreign Minister […]

          EU extends economic sanctions against Russia   
The European Union has prolonged anti-Russia economic sanctions, keeping restrictions on business with Russian energy, defense, and financial sectors until January 31, 2018. According to a release published on Wednesday, the “decision follows an update from President Macron and Chancellor Merkel to the European Council of 22-23 June 2017 on the implementation of the Minsk […]

          Japan’s Yakuza wants to go legit with “private army” business   
The Japanese underworld is planning to branch out and provide bodyguards and security personnel for legitimate businesses in Southeast Asia, Japan’s Flash Magazine reported citing the leader of a yakuza group. In an interview, Yoshinori Oda, the head of the Ninkyo Dantai Yamaguchi-gumi gang talked about plans to set up a private military company (PMC). […]

          Putin: Growing activity by foreign intelligence agencies against Russia   
President Vladimir Putin has accused foreign intelligence agencies of intensifying their efforts against Russia, including through supporting terrorist groups and trying to interfere with internal politics. “In general, it’s obvious that there’s growing activity by foreign intelligence agencies against Russia and our allies,” Putin said, speaking at a meeting at the headquarters of Russia’s Foreign […]

          Vatican’s Cardinal Pell charged with multiple sex assaults   
Australia’s highest-ranking Roman Catholic clergyman, Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell, has been charged by Australian police over sex allegations from “multiple complainants.” “Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences,” Victoria state police deputy commissioner Shane Patton told the media in Melbourne on Thursday. The extent of the charges the senior […]

          Barclays bank wants to bring bitcoin “into play”   
British multinational bank Barclays has been in discussions with regulators about bringing digital currencies like bitcoin into service, CNBC reported citing the bank’s UK chief executive Ashok Vaswani. “We have been talking to a couple of fintechs [financial technology firms – Ed.] and have actually gone with the fintechs to the FCA [Britain’s Financial Conduct […]

          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
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          X2 Android 4.4 XBMC WiFi TV Box Media Player WIFI - Jelenlegi ára: 11 153 Ft   
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CPUAllwinner H3 Quad-core Cortex-A7
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          Ajith Wraps Up ‘Vivegam’ In Serbia   

Ajith has wrapped up his Vivegam. The film’s director Siva, took to his official Twitter account to announce the news: Sai sai 🙏🙏🙏🙏in serbia 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/ImoMwSQUSf — siva+director (@directorsiva) June 30, 2017 “The entire talkie portions of the film is over now. The post production will begin once the team is back. The team went to Serbia […]

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          Inconsistent Djokovic cruises into decider   
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          NATO, a monstrous institution    
NATO, a monstrous institution 

By Karel van Wolferen (June 3 2017)

Their anxiety about the future of NATO, recently on full display again when the American president was in Europe, could not be bettered as a measure of the incapacity of Europe’s top politicians to guide their continent and represent its populations. Through its provocations of Moscow, NATO systematically helps increase the risk of a military confrontation. By thus sabotaging its declared purpose of serving collective security for the countries on either side of the Atlantic, it erases its fundamental reason for being and right to exist.

Grasping these facts ought be enough to fuel moves aimed at quickly doing away with NATO. But it is terrible for more and easily overlooked reasons.

NATO’s survival prevents the political entity that is the European Union from becoming a significant global presence for reasons other than its economic weight. If you cannot have a defence policy of your own you also deprive yourself of a foreign policy. Without a substantive foreign policy, Europe does not show anything that anyone might consider ‘a face’ to the world. Without such a face to the outside, the inside cannot come to terms about what it stands for, and substitutes meaningless platitudes for answers to the question as to why it should exist in the first place.

NATO is an example of an institution that has gotten completely out of hand through European complacency, intellectual laziness, and business opportunism. As a security alliance it requires a threat. When the one that was believed to exist during the Cold War disappeared, a new one had to be found. Forged for defence against what was once believed to be an existential threat, it only began actually deploying its military might after that threat had disappeared, for its illegal war against Serbia. Once it had jumped that hurdle, it was encouraged to continue jumping toward imagined global threats. Its history since the demise of its original adversary has been deplorable, as its European member states were made party to war crimes resulting from actions at Washington’s behest for objectives that have made a dead letter of international law. It has turned some European governments into liars when they told their populations that sending troops to Afghanistan was for the purpose of assorted humanitarian purposes like reconstructing that country, rather than fighting a war against Taleban forces intent on reclaiming their country from American occupation. Afghanistan did not, as was predicted at the time, turn into the graveyard for NATO to come to rest, next to the British Empire, the Soviet Union and – farther back – Alexander the Great. Having survived Afghanistan, NATO continued to play a significant role in the destruction of Gaddafi's Libya, and in the destruction of parts of Syria through covertly organising, financing, and arming Isis forces for the purpose of overthrowing the Assad government. And it continues to serve as a cover for the war making elements in Britain and France. America’s coup in the Ukraine in 2014, which resulted in a crisis in relations with Russia, gave NATO a new lease on life as it helped create entirely uncalled for hysterical fear of Russia in Poland and the Baltic states. NATO repudiates things that we are said to hold dear. It is an agent of corruption of thought and action in both the United States and Europe. Through propaganda that distorts the reality of the situation in the areas where it operates, and perennial deceit about its true objectives, NATO has substituted a now widely shared false picture of geopolitical events and developments for one that, even if haphazard, used to be pieced together by independent reporters for mainstream media whose own tradition and editors encouraged discovery of facts. This propaganda relies to a large extent on incessant repetition for its success. It can generally not be traced to NATO as a source of origin because it is being outsourced to a well-funded network of public relations professionals.

The Atlantic Council is NATO's primary PR organization. It is connected with a web of think tanks and NGO’s spread throughout Europe, and very generous to journalists who must cope with a shrinking and insecure job environment. This entity is well-versed in Orwellian language tricks, and for obvious reasons must mischaracterise NATO itself as an alliance instead of a system of vassalage. Alliance presupposes shared purposes, and it cannot be Europe's purpose to be controlled by the United States, unless we now accept that a treasonous European financial elite must determine the last word on Europe's future.

An influential policy deliberation NGO known as the International Crisis Group (ICG), is one of the organizations linked with the Atlantic Council. It operates as a serious and studious outfit, carrying an impressive list of relatively well-known names of associates, which studies areas of the world harbouring conflicts or about-to-be conflicts that could undermine world peace and stability. Sometimes this group does offer information that is germane to a situation, but its purpose has in effect become one of making the mainstream media audience view the situation on the ground in Syria, or the ins and outs of North Korea, or the alleged dictatorship in Venezuela, and so on, through the eyeballs of the consensus creators in American foreign policy.

NATO repudiates political civilisation. It is disastrous for European intellectual life as it condemns European politicians and the thinking segment of the populations in its member states to be locked up in what may be described as political kindergarten, where reality is taught in terms of the manichean division between bad guys and superheroes. While Europe’s scholars, columnists, TV programmers and sophisticated business commentators rarely pay attention to NATO as an organization, and are generally oblivious to its propaganda function, what it produces condemns them to pay lip service to the silliest geopolitical fantasies.

NATO is not only terrible for Europe, it is very bad for the United States and the world in general, for it has handed to America's elites important tools aiding its delusional aim of fully dominating the planet. This is because NATO provides the most solid external support for sets of assumptions that allegedly lend a crucial moral dimension to America's warmaking. NATO does not exist for the sake of indispensable European military prowess, which mildly described has not been impressive. It exists as legal justification for Washington to keep nuclear weapons and military bases in Europe. It obviously also exists as support for America’s military- industrial complex. But its moral support ought to be considered its most significant contribution. Without NATO, the conceptual structure of a 'West' with shared principles and aims would collapse. NATO was once the organisation believed to ensure the continued viability of the Western part what used to be known as the 'free world'. Such connotations linger, and lend themselves to political exploitation. The 'free world' has since the demise of the Soviet Union not been much invoked. But 'the West' is still going strong, along with the notion of Western values and shared principles, with ‘the good’ in the form of benevolent motives automatically assumed to be on its side. This gives the powers that be in Washington a terrific claim in the realm of widely imagined moral aspects of geopolitical reality. They have inherited the mantle of the leader of the 'free world' and 'the West', and since there has not been a peep of dissension about this from the other side of the Atlantic, the claim appears true and legitimate in the eyes of the world and the parties concerned.

In the meantime the earlier American claim to speak and act on behalf of the free world was broadened and seemingly depoliticised by a substitute claim of speaking and acting on behalf of the ‘international community’. There is of course no such thing, but that doesn't bother editors who keep invoking it when some countries or the bad guys running them do things that are not to Washington's liking. Doing away with NATO would pull the rug from under the ‘international community’. Such a development would then reveal the United States, with its current political system and priorities in international affairs, as a criminal power and the major threat to peace in the world. I can hear an objection that without this resonation of moral claims the activities serving the ‘full spectrum dominance’ aim would have been carried out anyway. If you think so, and if you can stand reading again what the neocons were producing between 9/11 and the invasion of Iraqi in 2003, subtract all references to moral clarity and the necessity for the United States to serve as moral beacon for the world from that literature, and you will see that preciously little argument remains for American warmaking that ensued.

The spinelessness of the average European politician has added up to huge encouragement of the United States in its post-Cold War military adventurism. With forceful reminders from Europe about what those much vaunted supposedly shared political principles actually stood for, American rhetoric could not have been the same. Strong European condemnation of the shredding of the UN Charter, and the jettisoning of the principles adopted at the Nuremberg trials, would have made it much more difficult for George W Bush, Dick Cheney, and the neocons to go where blind fanaticism and hubris, with imagined economic advantage, took them. Perhaps more importantly, it might have given a relatively weak American protest movement the necessary added energy to rise to the level of effectiveness once attained by the

anti-Vietnam activists as they imprinted themselves on the political culture of the 60s and 70s. European dissent might not have halted but could have slowed the transformation of much of the mainstream media into neocon propaganda assets.

As it is, NATO exists today in a realm of discourse in which revered post-World War II liberal conditions and practices are still believed to exist. It is an apolitical and ahistorical realm determined by hubris and misplaced self-confidence, in which powers that have utterly altered these practices and negated its positive aspects are not acknowledged. It is a realm in which America's pathological condition of requiring an enemy as a source of everlasting profit is not acknowledged. It is a realm in which America's fatuous designs for complete control over the world is not acknowledged. It is a realm of foreign policy illusions.

NATO is supposed to guard putative Western values that in punditry observations have something to do with what the Enlightenment has bestowed on Western culture. But it deludes staunch NATO supporters, who cannot bring themselves to contemplate the possibility that what they have long trusted to be an agent of protection, has in fact become a major force that destroys those very qualities and principles.

There is a further more tangible political/legal reason why NATO is monstrous. It is steered by nonelected powers in Washington, but is not answerable to identifiable entities within the American military system. It is not answerable to any of the governing institutions of the European Union. Its centre in Brussels exists effectively outside the law. Its relations with ‘intelligence agencies’ and their secret operations remain opaque. Who is doing what and where are all questions to which no clear, legally actionable, information is made available.

NATO has thereby become a tool of intimidation lacking any compatibility with democratic political organisation. An autocrat aspiring to unfettered rule with which to operate anywhere in the world would find in NATO the ideal institutional arrangements. All this should be of our utmost concern. Because all this means that NATO is now one of the world’s most horrible organizations that at the same time has become so politically elusive, apparently, that there is no European agent with enough of a grip on it to make it disappear. 



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          EU hosts Serbia and Kosovo leaders for talks   
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          Nueva ronda de negociaciones entre Kosovo y Serbia en Bruselas   
Los primeros ministros de los dos pases, Ivica Dacic y Hashim Thaci, se renen con la jefa de la diplomacia europea Catherine Ashton para ... tags: BruselasentreKosovoNegociacionesNuevarondaSerbiaNueva ronda de negociaciones entre Kosovo y Serbia en Bruselas
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          Kosovo: ripresi negoziati con Serbia   
Nuovo round di negoziati tra Serbia e Kosovo il premier serbo Ivica Dacic ha incontrato a Bruxelles il capo del governo kossovaro, Hashim ... tags: conKosovoKosovo:negoziatiripresiSerbiaTrattativeKosovo: ripresi negoziati con Serbia
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          [Ticker] Serbia elects its first openly gay premier   
In a historical move, Serbian lawmakers elected Ana Brnabic as prime minister on Thursday. She is the first female and openly gay leader in the conservative Balkan nation, where gays regularly face attacks. The 41-year-old Western-educated Brnabic was nominated by president Aleksandar Vucic, who is accused by critics of being increasingly autocratic. Brnabic's appointment is seen as an attempt to calm Western concerns over Serbia cosying up to Russia.
          Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute offering 2017 summer language and study abroad programs   

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute is still accepting applications on a rolling basis, for its 2017 summer language and study abroad programs until May 10th.

CLI offers intensive courses in 10 critical languages and study-abroad programs in 6 locations. Participants earn 8--13 credits and cover a minimum of 2 semesters of material. 

Participants pay a flat fee of $900 (plus study-abroad fees if applicable) instead of tuition.

Visit http://cli.asu.edu for details.
Deadline: May 10, 2017

Languages include:Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Hebrew, Indonesian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Uzbek


          In Serbia: Country gets first gay woman PM   
The Serbian parliament on Thursday voted in Ana Brnabic, an openly gay woman, as the country's prime minister in a landmark move for the patriarchal conservative country and the entire Balkans region.
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          How to Make the Most of Your Internship? Alumni Give Advice    
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Twenty-four Middlebury Institute students are heading off to internships around the globe as part of the International Professional Service Semester program, a proven launch pad for future careers.

Twenty-four Middlebury Institute students are heading off for internships at international organizations in Switzerland, Italy, Chile, Canada, Serbia, Washington DC., New York City and the Bay Area as part of the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS). They will follow in the footsteps of numerous alumni who have made the most of similar assignments and transformed internships into careers.

As part of the IPSS program, students serve as junior professionals in an international organization such as the United Nations, WildAid, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the US Bureau of Human Rights, and the Food and Agriculture Organization, and work on specific academic deliverables. Before leaving for their assignments they also participate in an on-campus training program.

Throughout the semester they are in contact with and supported by Institute faculty and staff. The same applies to students participating in the DPMI Plus practicum that is linked to the DPMI Certificate in International Development and Social Change. Many students in both programs find themselves working with alumni who have turned their own internship opportunities into lasting careers. They also benefit from insights from graduates from last year’s program who have shared their best advice on how to make the most of the internship experience. Here are some of their tips:

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          US SAYS IT APPEARS ASSAD IS GETTING READY TO USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON INNOCENT PEOPLE AGAIN-TRUMP SAYS DON;T YOU DARE OR THE MISSLES WILL DESTROY YOUR LAND AGAIN.   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

ISAIAH 17:1,11-14
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.(DAMASCUS FRYED TO A PULP)
11  In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
12  Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations,(USELESS U.N) that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13  The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14  And behold at evening tide trouble; and before the morning he is not.(ASSAD KILLED IN OVERNIGHT RAID) This is the portion of them that spoil us,(ISRAEL) and the lot of them that rob us.

AMOS 1:5
5  I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden:(IRAQ) and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir,(JORDAN) saith the LORD.(I belive ISIS-DAMASCUS GET NUKED BY ISRAEL)

Nikki Haley‏Verified account @nikkihaley 14h14 hours ago-JUNE 27,17-Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.

U.S. says it appears Syria planning another chemical weapons attack-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-June 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it appears the Syrian government is preparing for another chemical weapons attack and it warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he and his military would "pay a heavy price" if it conducts such an attack.The White House statement said preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians and prompted President Donald Trump to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base.Trump ordered the strike on the Shayrat airfield in Syria in April in reaction to what Washington said was a poison gas attack by Assad's government that killed at least 70 people in rebel-held territory. Syria denied it carried out the attack.The strike put Washington in confrontation with Russia, which has advisers in Syria aiding its close ally Assad.U.S. officials at the time called the intervention a "one-off" intended to deter future chemical weapons attacks and not an expansion of the U.S. role in the Syrian war.(Reporting by Eric Beech; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Sandra Maler and Paul Tait)

White House says Assad may be preparing chemical attack-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — The White House says it has found "potential" evidence that Syria is preparing for another chemical weapons attack.Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued an ominous statement Monday evening that says the U.S. "has identified potential preparations" for another chemical attack by the Assad government that it says "would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children."He says the activities are similar to those made before an April chemical attack. The Trump administration launched missile strikes in retaliation for that attack, which it blamed on Assad.Spicer warns that "if Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price."The White House has provided no immediate evidence to back up its claims.The Associated Press.

CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3 (200 MILLION MAN ARMY)

REVELATION 16:12-16
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)

DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)

REVELATION 9:12-18
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)

Focus-China's 16+1 foray into Central and Eastern Europe By Eric Maurice-euobserver

Prague, 26. Jun, 13:27-Half a decade after it was launched, the network of cooperation between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries has brought uneven economical and political fruits so far.The so-called 16+1 was established in 2012 as Beijing's initiative to cover various issues such as investment, trade, but also culture or education.The group includes 11 EU countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia; and five non-EU countries from the Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.It fits into China's global strategy to engage new partners in political and economic ties in different formats.Despite having a permanent secretariat, the Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries - the initiative's official name - is more a series of bilateral relationships with no overall coherence, as experts pointed out in discussions at the Prague European Summit conference earlier this month."It's not really a multilateral format," Petr Kratochvil, the director of Prague's Institute of International Relations, told EUobserver."It's more a group of countries that China took to have bilateral ties with. It's mainly Poland and Hungary in terms of investment, and Romania and Serbia for building projects."China's interest in the 16+1 countries is different from one country to another.In the Czech Republic, Kratochvil noted, the Chinese have mainly invested in real estate, a football club - Slavia Prague, which just won the Czech championship - or the media."It's not really the kind of investment the country wants, because it doesn't produce anything," he said.In Budapest, meanwhile, the government announced last week that Hungary and China would soon start to cooperate in the healthcare industry – from making medical equipment to developing biotechnologies.Kratochvil noted that the amount of Chinese investments in the region had remained limited and was concentrated on a few high profile infrastructure projects, such as the Budapest-Belgrade high-speed railway that Chinese companies plan to build.The focus on infrastructure shows that China considers Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) a full part of the One Belt-One Road initiative – an investment and infrastructure plan, spanning from China to the Middle-East and Africa through to Central Asia."Southern and Eastern Europe are a testing ground for the Belt and Road," Anastas Vangeli, from the Polish Academy of Sciences, told EUobserver.He said that 16+1 was more an "experiment" than a "Chinese plan", and that Beijing tries "to see whether this type of diplomacy can help them boost economic relations.""To put it very simply, the whole idea is to find ways to boost the economy outside China, to generate demand for Chinese goods," Vangeli said, adding: "And these are not cheap goods: high speed railways, satellites systems or nuclear technology."Agatha Kratz, from the European Council on Foreign Relations, a London-based think-tank, told EUobserver that: "The first idea was to treat CEE as Asia and Africa.""That was a big shock, they explained that loans for projects that China would build were not going to happen."For Kratz, the success of the 16+1 initiative is to be found on the political side than in the economic side.She pointed out that annual summits between the 17 leaders, usually in Europe, constitute a "formal channel of communication".-A pragmatic question-After five years, the 16+1 format "has shown its limits, but it will continue," Kratz added.For China, the forum is "high-level enough and it helps to understand how best to promote what it can do in Europe".For CEE countries, the summits are "one more bilateral forum, one more way to have meetings with China and explain what they [CEE countries] need from it."For countries that are either part of the EU or willing to join it in the future, the Chinese partnership is "a pragmatic question", Kratochvil insisted.Although some leaders, such as Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban or Czech president Milos Zeman, are supportive of certain Chinese positions – for instance Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea – the region is not going to become a Chinese "ally"."The idea of a strategic shift is nonsense," Kratochvil said.

DRUG PUSHERS AND ADDICTS

1 PET 5:8
8 Be sober,(NOT DRUGED UP OR ALCOHOLICED) be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

REVELATION 18:23
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (DRUGS) were all nations deceived.

REVELATION 9:21
21 Neither repented they of their murders,(KILLING) nor of their sorceries (DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUG PUSHERS), nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE OR PROSTITUTION FOR MONEY) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)

Myanmar, Thailand incinerate illicit drugs worth $800 million-[Reuters]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

BANGKOK/YANGON (Reuters) - Officials in Myanmar and Thailand burned illegal narcotics worth more than $800 million on Monday to mark the UN day against drug abuse and trafficking.The move came even as authorities struggle to stem the flood of illicit drugs in the region, with Thailand's justice minister last year saying the country's war on drugs was failing.In Thailand's Ayutthaya province, more than 9 tonnes of drugs with a street value of over 20 billion baht ($590 million) went up in smoke including methamphetamines, known locally as "yaba" or "crazy drug", according to police."Currently, we are able to take down a lot of networks, including ... transnational networks bringing drugs into Thailand ... to be shipped to Malaysia and other countries," Sirinya Sitthichai, Secretary-General of the Office of Narcotics Control Board, told reporters in Ayutthaya.In neighboring Myanmar, the police said they destroyed confiscated drugs worth around $217 million.Myanmar remains one of the world's largest producers of illicit drugs, including opium, heroin and methamphetamines. Those narcotics are often smuggled into China.Last year, law makers in Myanmar voiced disappointment over the country's lackluster efforts to tackle the drug problem.The market for methamphetamines has been growing in Southeast Asia, the United Nations has said. It estimates that Southeast Asia's trade in heroin and methamphetamine was worth $31 billion in 2013.(Reporting by Juarawee Kittisilpa in AYUTTHAYA and Aye Win Myint in YANGON; Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Joseph Radford)

Pot insider says dispensaries are 'dreaming' if they think they'll be part of legalization framework-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Omar Khan sat down with Matt Galloway on Metro Morning to discuss big questions that have yet to be answered in the federal government's push to develop a legal framework for recreational marijuana sales by July 2018.Khan is former chief of staff to the Ontario health minister and he now works with the marijuana industry as vice president, public affairs of Hill + Knowlton strategies.Questions and answers have been condensed.Matt Galloway: How prepared is this country for legal weed? Omar Khan: I think right now you have a patchwork of readiness. You have provinces like Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick who are fairly well advanced in terms of their thinking. And you have others, like Manitoba and Saskatchewan, who quite frankly are a little bit further behind.MG: What are the big questions that still have to be answered? OK: I think one of the points that's getting less attention is where will one be able to use marijuana. For example, you can walk down a public sidewalk and smoke a cigarette, but you can't walk down the sidewalk and drink a beer. I think that's a conversation that needs to happen.MG: Do you think that people will be allowed to smoke marijuana in parks, if they can't have an open bottle of alcohol there now? OK: There's a lot of evidence that suggests that harm associated with marijuana use is less than that associated with regular alcohol use. So I think it's something that the province of Ontario especially is going to be looking at as they move forward with their strategy.MG: What about the sale issue? OK: Since the government has set a fairly aggressive timeline for legalization — some have said, July 2018 — I think it's going to be very difficult for the government to have an up-and-running, bricks-and-mortar retail operation by this time next year essentially. I think the government is looking at three options: one would be a wholly government-run crown corporation a la LCBO; I think another option would be a heavily regulated system that gives out private licences for retailing; and then, the third option would be what we call a hybrid. Some private licences combined with a government-run system, similar to how beer and wine is distributed in Ontario.MG: Which way do you think they are leaning?OK: I know the Ontario government started looking at this seriously, right after the election of the Trudeau government. I know the attorney general, Yassir Naqvi, is working away feverishly to put together some options for cabinet to consider. I also know the premier is very big on consultation, so I suspect that before any plan is rolled out, there will be a robust public consultation.MG: Can you have robust public consultation and still set up that regulatory body in time? OK: I know they've been working at this hard for a year or so. The timeline's going to be a challenge no doubt. That's why I suspect that if there are going to be public consultations, as I presume there will be, they'll be rolling them out fairly shortly.MG: Is the timeline too tight? OK: It is what it is. Having worked in government, I know that sometimes you have to set a deadline to get everybody working away at achieving a goal. At the end of the day, what's important is that we are going to have legalized adult use of recreational cannabis in this country. And, industry, government, all involved stakeholders need to start working very fast to get this done right.MG: You work with the industry now. What do they want to know? OK: Like members of the public, they are waiting for more information about what the retail distribution model will look like. But I think industry is very interested in sharing some of their expertise when it comes to distribution. There are a lot of players who have a lot of experience dealing with controlled substances. So for example, pharmacies, care centres. I want to give kudos to Mayor Tory who spoke out vigorously against the illegal dispensaries that are out there right now. The one question everyone needs to ask is, where are these people getting their supply? We have 50 licensed producers or marijuana in this country right now.MG: So where are they getting their supply? OK: I don't want to open myself up to defamation. But they're not getting them from the licensed producers because none of them would risk their licence by providing supply illegally.MG: The assumption from many of the illegal dispensaries is that they're going to be part of the new regime.OK: I think they are dreaming in technicolour. There is no way the province of Ontario or any other province is going to give a retail distribution licence to any entity that's involved in criminal activity.MG: Do you really think we'll meet this deadline? OK: The good thing [Finance Minister] Morneau has put out there is that if there's a province that isn't ready with an up-and-running distribution system next year, there will be a fallback, and I suspect that will be online sales.

FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

REVELATION 8:7
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Spain sends reinforcements as fire spreads near wildlife reserve-Agence France-Presse-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Madrid (AFP) - Firefighters were battling Monday to contain a blaze threatening a renowned national park in southern Spain which has already led to the evacuation of some 2,000 people.Authorities were sending additional firefighters to tackle the flames at the Donana Natural Park in southwestern Spain near Huelva, a fire service spokesman told AFP."The flames are not under control, they are spreading," he added, though no injuries have been reported.The blaze comes a week after wildfires killed over 60 people in neighbouring Portugal.Strong winds and scorching heat were complicating efforts to fight the blaze, which broke out Saturday near the town of Moguer, officials said.The fire has not yet hit the neighbouring Donana National Park, which has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1994 and is well known for the extensive biodiversity of its dunes, wetlands and woods."The flames have not reached the national park," the official in charge of the environment with the regional government of Andalusia, Jose Fiscal Lopez, told Spanish public television."A special effort was made during the night on the front which threatened the park the most," he added.The national park is one of Spain's most important wildlife sanctuaries and a popular tourist attraction.It is home to a variety of animals, including endangered species such as the Spanish imperial eagle and the Iberian lynx, a large cat found only in Spain and Portugal.Officials temporarily evacuated a lynx breeding centre on Sunday as a precaution.A female Iberian lynx died at the Acebuche captive breeding centre on Saturday "due to stress" during its capture for evacuation, the centre said in a statement.The other lynxes are "safe and sound", said the mayor of Moguer, Gustavo Cuellar. "Each lynx held in captivity is receiving detailed care."Over 200 firefighters backed by 15 vehicles and seven planes were battling the blaze on Monday morning, emergency services said.The cause remained unknown but Fiscal Lopez said officials were "certain" human activity played a role."It remains to be seen if this was with (criminal) intent or due to negligence," he added.The fire prompted the closure of several roads and the evacuation of some 2,000 people, including guests at camp sites and several hotels.There were no immediate details on how much land had been burned so far.

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

REVELATION 17:9-13
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-7 YEARS.THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

LUKE 2:1-3
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

Opinion-New initiative could trump the Visegrad Group By Wojciech Przybylski-euobserver

Warsaw, 26. Jun, 17:09-"New Europe" was a term coined by the administration of former US president George W. Bush.When the USA decided to invade Iraq, this term was used to differentiate between – and celebrate – the solidarity of new Nato members compared to the reluctance of the old allies.Since then, the intricacies of European politics – from smaller initiatives to larger regional alliances and even to the inner-workings of the EU itself – have grown considerably.Many wishing to weaken Europe’s position and potential on the global stage try to exploit this division of old vs new, and it is something all leaders on the continent should be wary of.With that still in mind, on 6 July US president Donald Trump will arrive in Warsaw and take part in an assembly of one of these regional alliances, the Three Seas Initiative (TSI) – a meeting of the EU leaders representing Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).The three seas is a reference to the countries situated between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas.The initiative is seen as a major diplomatic triumph of the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, who is also the leader of the TSI and desperate for a win.However, the TSI is just one of many political groupings in the CEE region with a primary focus on influencing EU policy. Other such groupings of more or less importance are the Visegrad Group (V4), Slavkov triangle, Danube Region, Weimar Triangle and Nordic-Baltic cooperation.While their main focus is on fostering cooperation within the EU, such formations are becoming increasingly interesting for external powers such as China (in the so-called 16+1 format) and now the US.Trump’s visit will definitely put a spotlight on the TSI and help this format to continue.TSI members – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia – pledged in their founding declaration a year ago to foster regional projects in the areas of energy, transportation, digital communication and economic sectors in CEE.However, according to analysts who are advancing the concept, like Bartosz Wisniewski, the head of research office at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), the region still has a long way to go when it comes to its economic development.The TSI is meant to complement connectivity between the East and West of Europe, with greater connectivity along the north-south axis, thanks in no small part to the EU's financial contribution.-Not quite quid pro quo-The US has already increased on their military presence in the region, even more so than had been originally promised by the administration of former US president Barack Obama.The LNG (liquid natural gas) terminal in Swinoujscie, Poland – a strategically important facility allowing for more energy independence in the region – has only recently celebrated the arrival of its first transportation from the US and awaits its next shipment from Qatar, and other countries.Justifiably suspicious of their eastern neighbour, Poland will most likely take the opportunity to sup-port the recent sanctions that were proposed by the US Senate last week on contractors for the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) project, as well as other significant Russian businesses.In comparison, both Trump and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban have sought to lift the sanctions on Russia, a sentiment that is also shared today by Austria, a member of the TSI, whose companies are contractors for the NS2.However, according to PISM these differences are fine, as they are neither an attempt to undermine European integration, nor a block to ward off Russia.To the Czechs and Slovaks, the TSI, especially now, might be a little more problematic.While they agree with the goal of north-south connectivity, they are cautious – if not suspicious – of the political dimension.V4 is the most important format to Slovakia, whereas the country treats the TSI more like a one time event.For Slovaks, there is no political content in this grouping. And, beyond that, there is no security component and no political dimension for the country.Czech officials have also expressed reservations towards Poland, a country that, along with Hungary, emphasises the East-West divide. The radicalisation of some V4 members also does not help.Poles automatically reject all ideas from the Western members, a Czech diplomat recently told Gazeta Wyborcza.A member of the Czech ministry of foreign affairs, who was quoted in the same article, went even further, claiming that the idea of a Three Seas Initiative is unacceptable because of its 20th century neo-imperial origin.Such criticism is dismissed by PISM analysts, who underline that despite any apparent differences, Slovakia and Czech Republic will send their representation.Despite many reservations, the obvious champion of the initiative has become the Croatian president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. Allegedly, her personal involvement was of key importance to the US delegation.The TSI clearly goes along with her plans for her LNG terminal in Croatia that will improve gas sup-ply diversification – independent of Russia – and increase energy cooperation in the region.-Needing a pat on the back-It might be too simplistic, but there is the chance that Trump is using the occasion as a slight against German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron.Is this a not-too-subtle comment about how Trump sees future European cooperation? The question needing to be answered by EU leaders will be whether they think Trump is willing to cut off his nose to spite his face.That worries some, who do not believe that the Polish ministry of foreign affairs can handle a diplomatically sensitive visit.Warsaw, already isolated in the EU, may want to be even more confrontational after Trump's visit. This will also not help to reconcile with Brussels, Berlin or Paris.Furthermore, it will not help to build regional solidarity, since the northern and southern neighbours of Poland will not feel like taking part in fist-fights that would complicate relations with their Western partners.No matter how well-intentioned these leaders are in developing ties between their nations, they will all struggling with domestic and regional issues, as well as questionable popular support.It all makes the meeting feel more like the international conference of future political pariahs.Wojciech Przybylski is the editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight, and chairman of the Res Publica Foundation in Warsaw. His new book ‘Understanding Central Europe’, co-edited with Marcin Moskalewicz, will be published by Routledge in the second half of 2017.

UK visitors set to pay into EU budget after Brexit By Nikolaj Nielsen-june 27,17-euobserver

BRUSSELS, Today, 22:25-British nationals may end up paying into the EU general budget after the UK leaves the European Union.An EU proposal to tighten border security controls for all visa-free travellers sometime in 2020 will be generating cash by demanding fees from holidaymakers. The fees will pay for annual running costs.But an European Commission official on Monday (26 June) said any surplus revenue would also then go to the EU budget and reduce member state contributions.Proposed last November, the Commission's European Travel Information and Authorisation System (Etias), will screen all visa-free travellers before they enter the passport-free Schengen zone of 26 European states."Any accumulated surplus generated by the Etias revenues would in any case revert back to the EU general budget and hence reduce member state contributions," the Commission official told MEPs.A five-year application under the scheme is €5. The fee is small but the UK's total sum in the pot is not insignificant.Brits made 35 million holiday trips to the EU last year alone with around a third going to Spain, followed by France and Greece. Another 5.5 million were business trips.A spokesperson from the UK-based Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) told EUobserver that the UK holiday figures to the EU have increased substantially in the past few years.He noted that 2016 was "an all time record".Abta wants the British government to negotiate an exemption for UK nationals in Etias, noting that "it is in everyone's interest to keep these flows going."The UK government, meanwhile, says it is determined to get the best possible deal for the country.A UK government spokesperson said Etias was just "one of many areas that may need to be addressed as we leave the EU and agree a new partnership."It is also likely to stir up resentment among people who campaigned to leave the EU, given that British nationals may still be footing, albeit indirectly, the EU budget after Brexit.Commission estimates suggest Etias will cost over €200 million to launch and around €85 million to maintain annually. Discussions between the EU institutions have yet to start but the plan is to reach an agreement before the end this year.German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht said the EU would be better off making it easier for people to travel than imposing a new system that not only creates more red tape but also blanket collects personal data."Making it easier for people from countries, which are also democracies, to travel to the European Union and back is a positive thing and we need not to make that more difficult but easier," he said on Monday.EU nationals, for their part, took 10 million holiday trips and some 7 million business trips to the UK in 2016.

WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Before tragedy strikes': Liberals launch centre to prevent homegrown terrorism-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

The federal government has launched a new centre tasked with preventing the radicalization of Canadian young people.A special adviser will be named in the coming months to oversee the local outreach and research projects funded through the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence.The centre will have dedicated staff, but will be located within the existing Public Safety Canada space.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Canada must become a world leader in understanding and dealing with radicalization that leads to violence, in order to retain its national character as an open, diverse society that is also safe and secure."The new Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence will help us do as much as humanly possible to prevent radicalization to violence before tragedy strikes," Goodale said in a statement. "It will support and empower local leaders to develop initiatives that are suited to their community."Last year's budget set aside $35 million over five years and $10 million each year after to combat radicalization and violence in Canada.Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of heritage (multiculturalism), said the new centre will drive better research, understanding and engagement, with a special focus on youth vulnerable to radicalization. Building up trust relationships and opening lines of communication are critical to combating radicalism at the ground level, he said.-No boundaries to extremist views-The centre will not focus on Islamist extremism alone, but will cover a wide spectrum, because while some attacks are perpetrated by Islamist extremists, others target Muslims, Virani said."When we look at what's happening across the country, radicalization is not endemic to any one group, institution, race or religion," he said. "It doesn't have particular boundaries that are tied to a religion or an ideology. That's very important to keep in mind because that's a situation we need be upfront about in terms of where the threats are coming from and not focusing on any one particular community."In January, six people were killed and 19 others injured in an attack by a gunman at a Quebec CIty mosque.-Domestic acts of terror-Last August, Aaron Driver died in an altercation with police in Strathroy, Ont. RCMP believe he was preparing to carry out a suicide bombing in a public place.That incident came less than two years after Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo while he stood on guard at the National War Memorial, an act the RCMP called terrorism, before making his way to Parliament Hill.Jeremy Littlewood, a terrorism expert at Ottawa's Carleton University, said Canada's domestic terrorism problem is smaller than some of our closest allies, but that doesn't mean there is no danger.Littlewood said it's too early to tell if Canada's approach will work to combat domestic terrorism, but he said it is wise not to target only one group of extremists."Making it one type of terrorism specific, for example, al-Qaeda or ISIS-inspired terrorism, is a recipe for creating fear, suspicion and perpetuating the notion of suspect communities within a population," he said.Littlewood said success will depend partly on sustained funding, and an openness about what is working and what is not.The government is accepting proposals for the Community Resilience Fund as of July 6, 2017, which has $1.4 million available to fund projects in 2018-19. For subsequent years, there will be $7 million for continuing and new projects.Ten projects have already received funding for counter-radicalization work.

Crowd flows, camera coverage being studied to bolster Parliament Hill security-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

OTTAWA — Security officials say they're ready for the throngs set to descend on Parliament Hill for Canada's 150th birthday celebration Saturday.But that doesn't mean federal researchers are done thinking about how to better protect the country's seat of democracy in the months and years ahead.Advisers are gathering data on everything from crowd flows to video-camera placement to ensure both security and openness in the parliamentary precinct.Parliament Hill security is a "tough nut to crack" because of the fine balance between guarding the most important democratic institutions while keeping the grounds open to people, said Rami Youssef of the federal Centre for Security Science, a wing of Defence Research and Development Canada.After a gunman stormed the Hill in October 2014, dying in a hail of bullets in the Hall of Honour, the centre completed two studies. One looked at the physical security of Parliament's Centre Block, while the other delved into procedures for handling visitors and employees in the parliamentary precinct.The most tangible result of the armed assault was creation of the unified Parliamentary Protective Service, drawing together forces from the RCMP, House of Commons and Senate.The centre's researchers need more information before making the next set of recommendations to decision-makers, Youssef said in an interview."The reality is there's a lot of data to be collected, and a lot of data to be studied and analyzed," he said. "We have to go little by little, because they cannot make any drastic changes just overnight."Researchers are interested in the varied nature of the crowds that turn up on Parliament Hill, as well as the ebb and flow of pedestrian traffic at different times of day.Plans were revealed four years ago to boost video-camera coverage of the Hill substantially to guard against possible attacks by detecting abandoned packages, suspicious activity and disturbances.Researchers are studying different types of cameras, their placement and the percentage of visual coverage on the Hill, Youssef said.Work has been focused to date on trying to prevent attacks in the parliamentary precinct but, time permitting, the centre might explore other types of threats and hazards, such as an earthquake or other natural disaster, he added.Many parts of the Hill are undergoing extensive renovations. That could be a welcome opportunity to embed security changes into revamped buildings, Youssef said.The new Parliamentary Protective Service is working with the centre researchers on projects throughout the precinct, but disclosing details of the efforts "would expose operational tactics and measures" that could affect safety, said Melissa Rusk, a spokeswoman for the protective service.Federal officials are also reviewing the mandate of the Government Operations Centre, the focal point for monitoring major national events and emergencies. In addition, they are seeking a new home for the Ottawa-based centre.During the 2014 shooting, the centre lacked computer technicians, food was limited and senior emergency officials weren't in the building, according to internal documents released two years ago. — Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter-Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Press.

3,000 N.L. Muslims gather for Eid celebrations at Jack Byrne Arena-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Muslims in the St. John's area joined with others around the world in celebrating Eid Sunday — the festival that marks the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan.The celebration at Jack Byrne Arena Sunday morning began with prayers and then a meet and greet with tea, coffee, and snacks."After prayer, we had refreshments, and after refreshments they put out some bouncy castles for kids to play on," Reem Abu-Hendi said.The local celebration is huge — about 3,000 Muslims packed the Jack Byrne Arena early Sunday morning."The community at first, was not that large so like the mosque used to accommodate us but now it's really big like 3,000 people in one place, it's amazing," she said."Just to see all the Muslims in one place, it's a great feeling." Abu-Hendi said.Ramadan is a sacred time for Muslims, who believe that it was when the Qur'an — the holy book — was revealed through the prophet Muhammad."It's 30 days but this year it happened to be 29 because of the moon,"  Ayamen Shaawen said.The month, which started this year May 26, includes dawn-to-dusk fasting, and ends with a religious holiday called Eid."We fast from 3 a.m. until 9 p.m. so it's 18 hours a day," Abu-Hendi said.The fasting can be challenging, but that's what makes it worthwhile, she said."Your body just gets adjusted to it, and I would say it's thirst more than hunger, so you can usually go about your daily activities but around 6 p.m.-7 p.m., I'm done," she said.Without food all day, you'd think there might be a lot of cranky people walking around who are "hangry," but Abu-Hendi says it's all about willpower."Ramadan teaches you patience and self-control. If we lose to anger we could break our fast," she said."It's more of a self-discipline thing," Shaawen said.Volunteers who set up the event get up at the crack of dawn to prepare the arena for the 3,000 attendees."It's a big challenge for those who volunteer to organize it. Before we had a smaller community and our mosque was able to accommodate the size of our community but not anymore," said organizer Ayse Sule."It's a team effort," said Moein Shahwan, vice-resident of the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador."It brings lots of richness to our community and we are proud of it," Sule said.

Relatives of serial killer's victims speak of pain, guilt and anger-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — One after another, family and friends of a serial killer's victims described overwhelming guilt, anger and profound sadness when they learned their loved ones had been murdered by an Ontario nurse who was supposed to care for them.And many spoke about their loss of faith in the province's long-term care system, where Elizabeth Wettlaufer was allowed to cast her "shadow of death" over vulnerable seniors for nearly a decade.Wettlaufer was sentenced Monday in a Woodstock, Ont., court to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years after she pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.The 50-year-old nurse used insulin trying — and in most cases succeeding  — to kill vulnerable victims in her care at three Ontario long-term care facilities and a private home. Her crimes began in 2007 and didn't stop until she confessed to the killings at a psychiatric hospital in Toronto last fall.Sandy Millard, whose 87-year-old mother, Gladys Jean Millard, was murdered by Wettlaufer in 2011 at Caressant Care in Woodstock, told court about the depression she has fallen into."Finding out she was killed by a huge injection of medication she did not need broke my heart," she said.Her daughter, and Millard's granddaughter, Shannon Emmerton, spoke through tears."I don't know if I will ever truly recover," she said.Patricia Matheson glared at Wettlaufer as she read a statement by her husband, whose mother, Helen Matheson, was killed by the nurse in 2011."I lost my mother for the second time. No funeral this time, just shock, followed by the question why," Jon Matheson wrote. "I placed my mother in a facility I researched never once considering she would be a victim of such a despicable act. I ask why, because she didn't eat all the blueberry pie and ice cream?"The question of why Wettlaufer killed or hurt 14 people loomed large in court. In a lengthy video statement she gave to police last fall, she said she felt a "red surging" well up in her chest that was relieved after she completed a kill. She believed she was an instrument of God at times, but also killed because some residents were too much work, too burdensome.Many others, wracked by guilt, spoke of what-ifs."I simply feel guilty for not being able to protect my father as he had protected me," wrote David Silcox, whose father, James Silcox, was murdered in 2007.Justice Bruce Thomas acknowledged that guilt was the common theme of the 28 victim impact statements filed in court a few weeks ago."It is a complete betrayal of trust when a caregiver does not prolong life, but terminates it," he said. "But you cannot blame yourselves."Thomas described Wettlaufer's "free run" on her nine-year killing spree, with no oversight or even an inkling she had committed such calculated murders."Without her confessions, I am convinced these offences would never have been brought to justice," he said, calling Wettlaufer a "shadow of death that passed over them (the victims) on the night shift where she supervised."Debora Rivers said her grandmother, Mary Zarawinski, hated the nursing home when she first went there. There are a lot of old people here, she told her niece, even though Zarawinski was one of the oldest residents in the facility."She made it nice for everybody there," Rivers said outside court.She also noted that Wettlaufer had described Zarawinski as "'fun and feisty' — and she was.""The woman lived to be 96 years old for God's sake," Rivers said. "We have no way of knowing how long her life might have been," she said. "We were pretty sure she was going to make it to 100 and so was she."For her part, Wettlaufer apologized, crouching in the prisoner's box without looking at anyone."I am truly sorry for the people I injured or murdered," she said in a soft voice."Sorry is much too small a word. I hope that the families can find some peace and healing."Beverly Bertram, who is Wettlaufer's sole living victim, wrote about the physical pain she was in after the nurse injected her with insulin with the intent to kill her."It is really hard to describe, but I knew I was dying," she wrote in her statement. "I was doubled over in pain in my stomach...Just such pain. My whole body hurt...I thought I was screaming, but I was just moaning I guess."Bertram wrote that she has become a recluse since the incident, afraid of everyone, including her own shadow, and has lost all relationships with her family."I truly think sometimes I'd be better off if she did her deed."Shortly after Wettlaufer's sentencing hearing, the province announced it would hold a public inquiry into the murders to ensure a similar tragedy does not happen again.Liam Casey , The Canadian Press.

Demand for Canada 150 flags, brings seamstress out of retirement-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Canada Day is just under a week away and thanks to the demand for flags leading up to the big celebration, one New Brunswick woman has had to put her retirement on hold.Theresa King's basement is full of bright materials and the tools to turn them into something special. Since March, most of King's projects have been paused while she helps her former employer.- Cyclists pedal into New Brunswick for Canada 150 journey - Fredericton's Canada 150 funding largely focused on 'Indigenous reconciliation' "I thought I was going to be retired," King said with a laugh from her seat in front of a sewing machine.After 28 years working for The Flag Store in Thornton, Ont., she moved to Tower Hill, near St. Andrews. King was only given two years before her old boss came calling."The demand for Canadian flags for the 150 has been so dramatic that they have been out of flags forever," King said.So she agreed to help, thinking at first it would only be for a couple of weeks. Her estimate turned out to be off. Way off.Getting into the flag business-"By the time I'm finished, it will be about 2,500, three-foot-by-six-foot Canadian flags that I will have finished."Working from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., King can put together about 250 flags a week, which despite their complexity, she will tell you is fast.In order to save on the shipping costs, King drove her first shipment of 1,400 flags to Ontario in May.There has been some time for King to enjoy some side projects, like altering a graduation dress, but she said she's happy to help her former colleagues.In her years working for The Flag Store, she said March always meant the beginning of the busy season. But Canada 150 she said, has created demand the store isn't normally accustomed to."Those girls are pretty tired too," King said. "They're just swamped and there just isn't enough time in the day."It isn't just King who is hard at work in the workshop, she enlisted her husband, Doug, to help out too.He'll be the first to tell you that he never planned on getting into the flag business. But after stencilling off bright red maple leafs from cloth, Doug King said the work keeps him out of trouble.While her time is occupied by piecing together red and white material, King will have a little variety in her life this week.-100 and counting-A text from her boss saw rolls of green, gold, and black arrive at her door with a request from the Jamaican consulate."I have 100 to make" she said, "So I can ship them on Wednesday."After being so busy, you would think King planned on taking Canada Day off to enjoy seeing some flags fly. Instead, she said she's only going to take a break to go to the market before getting back to work.With a goal of getting another 1,000 Canadian flags finished by September, she said her next delivery will be her vacation."That'll be my holiday" King said, "A few days off to drive to Ontario and deliver all the flags."

Canadians will soon have a law on how to dispose of mercury-filled light bulbs-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Canadians will soon have guidance from the federal government on how to dispose of mercury-containing light bulbs in an environmentally responsible way.Bill C-238, a new act that sets out rules for a national light bulb disposal strategy, received royal assent on Thursday.The National Strategy for Safe and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Lamps Containing Mercury Act commits the government to identify ways to dispose of mercury-containing light bulbs safely and establish guidelines for facilities that dispose of them, and then promote the program to Canadians.The bill also requires the environment minister to table the national strategy in Parliament within two years of the act receiving royal assent. -No regulations-Dartmouth-Cole Harbour MP Darren Fisher, who introduced the private member's bill, said there were no federal regulations outlining how to dispose of light bulbs."You can take your mercury-bearing light bulb, and you can throw it in your garbage bag and put it to the curb," he said.One regular, 13-watt residential compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) — the curly looking ones that are slowly replacing the traditional, round incandescent bulbs — contains on average 3.5 milligrams of mercury. Energy Star-certified CFLs contain 2.5 milligrams or less. Fluorescent tubes contain up to 12 milligrams.Fisher said about 1,150 kilograms of mercury end up in Canadian landfills each year, and can contaminate the environment.Mercury is also listed as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act."So this is an incredibly big issue," he said.Compact fluorescents on the rise-A 2014 federal ban on most residential incandescent bulbs means more Canadians are using compact fluorescent bulbs. A 2014 report from Statistics Canada noted that in 2011, three-quarters of households across the country used at least one CFL bulb.About half the households that used CFLs reported throwing them in the garbage, and Haligonians were the most likely to toss them, with 84 per cent doing so, the report said.-'Piecemeal' approach-Recycling facilities in some municipalities and provinces break CFL bulbs down and recycle about 98 per cent of the components, including the mercury. Some retailers also collect used bulbs to send to recyclers.But Fisher described that as a "piecemeal" approach.He encourages Canadians to recycle their bulbs or simply hold on to them until the new law is developed."If the worst thing you have to do is put them in a cardboard box and leave them in your garage until the strategy comes forward, please do so, because what we'd like to see is no mercury-bearing light bulbs going into our landfills across Canada," said Fisher.

Nine dead after Colombia tourist boat sinks in reservoir-[Reuters]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Nine people died and 28 are missing after a multi-decked tourist boat carrying about 170 passengers sank in Colombia's Penol-Guatape reservoir on Sunday during the long holiday weekend, a government official said.Officials did not disclose the cause of the accident and provided few details.Videos posted on social media showed motorboats coming to the aid of passengers on the upper decks as the boat rocked from side to side. Ninety-nine people were rescued, Margarita Moncada, the head of disaster relief for Antioquia province, told journalists."At the moment we have nine people found dead. Another 99 people were rescued immediately and 40 more got out on their own," she said.Survivors on local television reports said they heard a loud noise before the boat began to sink and that not all of them had life jackets. Rescue operations were ongoing.Rescue workers and the air force were helping passengers at the scene, President Juan Manuel Santos said in a Twitter post.The large reservoir, about an hour from the central city of Medellin, is a popular tourist destination.(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta and Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Richard Chang)

          Srdan Bajcetic toma el relevo de Manu Gómez en el Cadete B   
Srdan Bajcetic, exjugador del RC Celta, entrenará al Cadete B
Con el final de la temporada en la mayoría de las categorías, comenzó el movimiento de banquillos en el RC Celta. Primero Rubén Albés ocupaba el cargo de Alejandro Menéndez en el Celta B, posteriormente David de Dios anunciaba su baja como entrenador del Juvenil A, puesto que ocuparía Jorge Cuesta. Pero estos no han sido los únicos cambios en la cantera.

Esta semana hemos conocido que Srdan Bajcetic, quien fuera exjugador del RC Celta entre 1994 y 1997, será el encargado de dirigir al Cadete B la próxima temporada 2017/2018, después de incorporarse al club la pasada temporada, actuando como ayudante en el Cadete A.

Según afirmó en una entrevista reciente en Atlántico Diario, "me ofrecieron llevar a un equipo, el Cadete B, y seguir colaborando con el Juvenil B, que son los chicos con los que estuvimos el año pasado. Estuvimos muy a gusto con el entrenador y con el grupo que teníamos y me alegro de que podamos seguir trabajando".

Antes de trabajar para el RC Celta estuvo en las categorías inferiores de la ED Val Miñor y del Rápido de Bouzas, donde también fue segundo entrenador en el primer equipo. También ocupó un cargo en la Selección de Serbia sub-19. Uno de sus hijos, Stefan, juega desde hace varias temporadas en el club, perteneciendo esta temporada al Infantil B.

Bajcetic ocupará el lugar que deja Manu Gómez, que según se conoció este jueves se incorporará a la Escuela de Brasov (Rumanía). Allí ocupará el cargo de responsable de metodología y entrenador. En una entrevista a La Voz de Galicia, Manu afirmó que "el Celta me ofreció la oportunidad de desarrollarme profesionalmente y estoy muy agradecido, tengo una buena oportunidad y quiero demostrar que no se equivocan apostando por mí".


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          CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER AWARDS THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES OF SERBIA AND REPUBLIC OF SRPSKA   
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine hosted the traditional reception for more than 500 best high school graduates from Serbia and the Republic of Srpska, at the White Palace. This is the sixteenth year in a row that the Crown Prince Alexander’s Foundation for Education rewards our most successful high school […]
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          Amy Johnsons 114-års fødselsdag   

Amy Johnsons 114-års fødselsdag

Date: 1. juli 2017

Today we celebrate pioneering British aviator  Amy Johnson. The first woman to fly solo from England to Australia, Johnson became a symbol of perseverance and a feminist inspiration around the world.

Breaking into the male-dominated field of aviation proved difficult but not impossible for Johnson. Though she was not a naturally gifted pilot, Amy possessed an unshakable resilience that inspired future generations. In fact, before setting her first world flying record in 1930, Amy’s strong determination and drive qualified her to be the first British-trained woman ground engineer — for a brief time, she was the only woman in the world to hold that job title.

That sort of resume does not go unnoticed. To honor the homecoming of her record-breaking solo flight from England to Australia, Amy was welcomed back with the tune “Amy, Wonderful Amy” — a hit song recorded by Jack Hylton and His Orchestra.

Johnson quickly joined the ranks of other top female aviators, such as Amelia Earhart and Florence “Pancho” Barnes, by breaking several more world records — including her husband’s record for the fastest solo flight from London to Cape Town. Throughout her career, she made headlines as the “British Girl Lindbergh”and “The Long Girl Flyer.” She later shifted her solo flying adventures into a stint as First Officer in the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War.

To celebrate the spirit of this fearless flyer, today’s Doodle reminds us that there is no challenge too high or too far. Happy 114th birthday, "wonderful Amy"!

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Tags: Birthday, aviatrix, pilot, aircraft, flight, engineer


          Comment on Croatian restaurant opening on Lark Street by Willie Pittman   
As I understand it, Serbo-Croatian is more or less a single language, written in the Cyrillic alphabet in Serbia and the Latin alphabet in Croatia. There are still a lot of Serbs living in various parts of Croatia, and a lot of both living in Bosnia, so using both alphabets probably makes sense. Of course, there is no love lost between the Serbs and Croats, since they were in direct opposition in WW II and are of opposing religions. But quite often, when you get to the good ole US&A it doesn't matter much any more.
          5 LGBT Prime Ministers Around The World   

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As Germany legalizes gay marriage and Ana Brnabic becomes Serbia's prime minister, Worldcrunch celebrates openly gay Heads of State around the world.

Take 5 — LGBT Leaders Around The World



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          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Rough Pig In Hardcore Fisting Orgy   
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          Vyvan Hill — Heavy Orgasm for Big Boobs Teen FullHD 1080p   
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          Governo Globale    

Vuoi scoprire cos'è il Nuovo Ordine Mondiale?

Crisi economiche, rivoluzioni, guerre. Che cosa si cela dietro il rischio di crollo dell’Eurozona, la cosiddetta “Primavera Araba”, l’uccisione di Osama bin Laden, la guerra in Libia, i cablogrammi di Wikileaks, l’attentato di Oslo e Utoja e l’insediamento del governo Monti? Che cosa lega l’omicidio di John Kennedy all’assassinio di Olof Palme? Come fanno eventi in apparenza così diversi e distanti ad avere un’origine comune?

In questo saggio si svela per la prima volta in modo chiaro, completo e documentato, la storia segreta del Nuovo Ordine Mondiale, dalle sue origini a oggi: la genesi, l’ideologia e le tappe storiche, dalle origini della modernità all'attuale sfida militare che vede come terreno di battaglia il Medio Oriente. Chi ha coniato il termine e chi perpetua in segreto il disegno di instaurazione di un governo globale? Quali interessi si nascondono dietro questo progetto? Che ruolo hanno i membri di affiliazioni e gruppi occulti che riuniscono i protagonisti della vita politica, economica e finanziaria globali? Quale disegno si nasconde dietro la diffusione della tossicodipendenza di massa, fenomeni inquietanti e criminali come il satanismo, certi movimenti “culturali”, o di “controcultura”, come la “rivoluzione” psichedelica? In questo gioco di equilibri, quale obiettivo nasconde il progetto di instaurazione di un Governo Globale che lungo il suo cammino assoggetta i Popoli, fa cadere nazioni e governi come pedine di un complesso domino di cui non si riesce a vedere il disegno complessivo?

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Sull'ondata della profezia Maya in merito all'imminente fine dei tempi, la sensazione che la fine della nostra civiltà possa coincidere con l'instaurazione di un governo globale di stampo totalitario si è trasmessa a gran parte della popolazione mondiale. Le catastrofi naturali, le crisi economiche e il disincanto delle masse nei confronti della politica hanno insinuato il dubbio che qualcosa di tremendamente drammatico stia per accadere. I segni di una trasformazione generale della società e del mondo, così come lo conosciamo, vengono di volta in volta individuati nei più disparati settori.

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Introduzione

  • Che cos’è il Nuovo Ordine Mondiale?

Parte Prima

  • Alle radici di un’idea: dalla Riforma protestante alla “missione” della stirpe anglosassone
  • Messianismo e Nuovo Ordine Mondiale
  • La questione dei “poteri occulti”
  • Dal popolo alla “massa”: tecniche e strategie per un dominio globale
  • La creazione del Mondo Nuovo: droga, sesso, de popolazione e “nuova spiritualità”

Parte Seconda

  • Come abbattere un regime: da Wikileaks alla “Primavera araba”, il sogno di un Nuovo Medio Oriente
  • Signoraggio e crisi economica: da Kennedy a Obama
  • Il “trattamento” Milosevic e le guerre dell’Impero: dalla Serbia alla Libia
  • 11 settembre 2001: le menzogne dell’Impero e la dottrina della guerra “preventiva”
  • Guerra al terrorismo, ovvero gli interessi delle lobby in Iraq e in Afghanistan
  • Le nove vite dello Sceicco del terrore: Osama bin Laden
  • False flags e scandali di corte: dalla strage norvegese all’Eliseo
  • Italia, Stato di banchieri: dalle profezie di Tremonti al tecnogoverno Monti
  • L’ombelico del Nuovo Mondo: USA o Cina?

 


          Censura 2009   

Come ogni anno, Censura raccoglie le notizie che avrebbero dovuto occupare le prime pagine di tutti i giornali e telegiornali del mondo e che, invece, sono letteralmente e scrupolosamente “scomparse”.

Ecco qualche esempio:

• L’industria dell’energia e delle armi nucleari e gli enti governativi che sovrintendono alle attività nucleari stanno operando affinché grandi quantità di terreni e materiali contaminati dalla radioattività vengano riclassificati come “non radioattivi”. Non vogliono infatti pagare per isolare le scorie – che comprendono metallo, cemento, asfalto, plastica, terreni, attrezzature ed edifici – e hanno deciso di inviarle nei siti di stoccaggio ordinari o persino di riciclarle a scopo commerciale, col rischio che finiscano in oggetti di uso quotidiano.

• Oggi nel mondo esistono 27 milioni di schiavi, una cifra senza precedenti. Il commercio di esseri umani contende al traffico di droga e al contrabbando d’armi il triste primato di principale attività criminale del pianeta.

• L’addestramento segreto degli eserciti e della polizia latinoamericana, che un tempo avveniva nelle famigerate Scuole delle Americhe, è stato decentrato e sono nate le ILEA (International Law Enforcement Academy). Ci sono ILEA a Budapest, a Bangkok, a Gaborone, in Botswana; e a Roswell, in New Mexico. E ovviamente ci sono ILEA sparse in tutta l’America Latina. Qui, protetti dall’immunità alle accuse di crimini contro l’umanità, ogni anno 1.500 ufficiali apprendono presunti metodi “anti-terrorismo”, tra cui la tortura e le tecniche di esecuzione.

• L’indipendenza del Kosovo dalla Serbia non porterà né indipendenza né qualsivoglia forma di autogoverno. L’Unione Europea ha inviato nella regione 1.800 figure specializzate per contribuire alla nascita delle istituzioni del nuovo Kosovo. Al contempo la KFOR, la forza NATO di stanza nella regione, dispone di 16.000 soldati con completa sovranità. L’unica grande costruzione finora realizzata è stata Camp Bondsteel, la più grande base militare americana d’Europa.


          Seminar al Asociaţiei Internaţionale a Poliţiştilor, găzduit de Alba Iulia   

Reprezentanţi ai Asociaţiei Internaţionale a Poliţiştilor (IPA) din România, Republica Moldova, Belgia, Serbia şi Bosnia Herţegovina se întrunesc, astăzi, în Alba Iulia, în cadrul seminarului cu tema „Rolul comunicării în procesul de asigurare a legalităţii şi a climatului de ordine publică”. Evenimentul este găzduit de Instituția Prefectului Alba. Seminarul de la Alba Iulia reuneşte preşedinţii de […]

Post-ul Seminar al Asociaţiei Internaţionale a Poliţiştilor, găzduit de Alba Iulia apare prima dată în Revista de Alba.


          The future of car-charging is freaky!   

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The future of car-charging is freaky!

Embodying Tesla’s unabashedly fearless attitude towards tech, Serbian designer Darko Markovic decided to combine the three things that the car company isn’t afraid of exploring. A....

          Bosco Sport Leverages Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM to Outfit Olympic Teams at the Sochi Games   

Bosco Sport, Russia’s premier sportswear company and official clothing supplier of the Russian, Spanish, Serbian and Ukrainian Olympic teams, is harnessing the power of Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM® system to improve visibility and control over its highly diverse product lines.

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Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/gerbertechnology/boscosport/prweb11604016.htm


          La historia de Mileva Maric, la primera esposa de Albert Einstein   
Comienza sus estudios a la edad de diez años (1886) en un colegio para niñas. Posteriormente, estudia en el instituto de educación de Sremska Mitrovica. Este centro disponía de un magnifico laboratorio de Física y Química. 

Mileva nace el 19 de diciembre de 1875 en la ciudad de Titel situada en la provincia de Vojvodina, que por aquel entonces formaba parte del Imperio Austrohúngaro y que actualmente forma parte de Serbia. Su familia era acomodada y es la mayor de tres hermanos.

Comienza sus estudios a la edad de diez años (1886) en un colegio para niñas. Posteriormente, estudia en el instituto de educación de Sremska Mitrovica. Este centro disponía de un magnifico laboratorio de Física y Química.

Mileva se gradúa en el año 1890, obteniendo la máxima calificación en Física y Química. Es aceptada como estudiante privada en el Colegio Real de Zagreb, con una dispensa especial, pues el centro sólo admitía hombres. Es en la universidad de Zagreb donde entabla amistad con otro genio de la física y matemáticas, como era Nikola Testa, que tuvo un gran reconocimiento académico.






En el verano de 1896, Mileva comienza sus estudios de medicina en la universidad suiza de Zúrich, pero solo sigue estos estudios seis meses y a finales de 1896 comienza sus estudios de física y matemáticas en el Instituto Politécnico  de Zúrich. Este centro otorgaba una titulación que permitía dedicarse a la docencia de la física y las matemáticas.

El Instituto Politécnico de Zúrich era uno de los pocos centros europeos de enseñanza superior que admitía mujeres. Mileva era la quinta mujer  en ser admitida en dicho centro en toda su historia y la única que había en su clase, que sólo tenía once alumnos, entre los que se encontraba Albert Einstein.

Mileva tenía un carácter poco sociable y presentaba una cojera muy ostensible, debido a una artritis congénita, que le hacía tener una autoestima muy baja a pesar de su brillante inteligencia y su gran formación académica.

Mileva y Albert Einstein iniciaron una relación sentimental muy fuerte. Mileva era cuatro años mayor que Albert. La madre de Einstein, que era alemana, nunca vio con buenos ojos el matrimonio de su hijo con Mileva. La definía de la siguiente forma ”ella es un libro, igual que tú… Pero deberías tener una mujer. Cuando tengas treinta años. Ella será una vieja bruja”.

En el año 1900, Einstein escribe a Mileva  lo siguiente “estoy solo con todo el mundo, salvo contigo.  Qué feliz soy por haberte encontrado a ti, a alguien igual a mí en todos los aspectos, tan fuerte y autónomo como yo”.

Queda embarazada en 1901 sin estar casados, lo que provoca una situación social muy difícil de soportar en aquellos momentos históricos. Esta situación le lleva a abandonar sus estudios a pesar de que sólo le faltaba superar el examen final.


Albert Einstein y Mileva Maric de jóvenes

Mileva se refugia en casa de su hermana en Novi Sad en la actual Serbia, dando a luz en 1902 a una niña Liesert, que cuando cumple un año es dada en adopción. Einstein nunca llevó bien el ser padre de Liesert y nunca informó a su familia de que era padre.
 
El seis de enero de 1903 es cuando Einstein y Mileva se casan en la capital suiza, Berna. Tenía Einstein entonces veinticuatro años y ya había terminando sus estudios, consiguiendo inmediatamente su primer trabajo como técnico de la Oficina de Patentes de Berna.

En 1904, tienen un nuevo hijo Hans Albert y es cuando Mileva decide sacrificar  todas sus posibilidades profesionales y de investigación para dedicarse al cuidado de su familia. Ya entonces Mileva tenía una gran preparación académica. Había desarrollado investigaciones sobre la teoría de los números, cálculo diferencial e integral, funciones elípticas, teoría del calor y electrodinámica.

Se piensa, que los conocimientos matemáticos que tenía Mileva, fueron indispensables para que Einstein pudiera desarrollar sus teorías. Los años más creativos de Einstein fueron aquellos en los que compartió sus investigaciones con ella, de ahí la injusticia que se comete con Mileva.


Albert Einstein y Mileva Maric

El año  1905 fue el de los grandes logros  de Albert Einstein, publicando cuatro grandes artículos, y uno de ellos incluía la teoría de la relatividad, que revolucionaron el mundo científico y que le convertirían en un genio. Es revelador, que Mileva en una carta escrita a una amiga le decía “hace poco hemos terminado un trabajo muy importante que hará mundialmente famosos a mi marido”.

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          Proiectul vamii de pe Bega dintre Romania si Serbia a fost aprobat   
Unul dintre cei mai importanți pași pentru ca proiectul de finanțare din bani europeni pentru reabilitarea canalului Bega și continuarea pistei de biciclete pe partea sârbă a fost făcut. Noul executiv a adoptat memorandumul pentru acordul de înființare a punctului de trecere a frontierei de pe malul Begăi, dar, din păcate, problemele nu se opresc aici.
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Covellite Cabochon (COV0021) by MillersGemsMinerals   

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Metaphysical Properties or Folklore:
Covellite is considered a stone of transformation or an aid in psychic power witch purifies the body from radiation; communication renewal and helps to give strength, clarity and definition to the aura and build stronger auric energy boundaries.
Emotionally it relieves despondency, depression, and anxiety. Physically Covellite has been known to be helpful with problems with the ears, nose, mouth, and sinuses. Covellite is related to the third eye chakra.

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          Featured Author Nataša Nuit Pantović   
Featured Interview With Nataša Nuit Pantović Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now? Raised in Belgrade, Serbia, with a soul of a nomad, visited more than 50 countries, set foot on all the continents, and lived in five (UK, Holland, New Zealand, Serbia) and my home is […]
           Guvernul a aprobat deschidera unui punct international de trecere a frontierei de stat romano-sarbe, pe canalul Bega   
Guvernul a aprobat vineri, printr-un Memorandum, incheierea unui Acord cu partea sarba, prin schimb de note verbale, privind deschiderea unui punct international de trecere a frontierei de stat romano-sarbe, pentru traficul international de calatori, pe canalul Bega. Punctul international de trecere a frontierei va fi deschis pentru navigatia pe apa, trafic pietonal si pentru biciclete, fiind amplasat intre localitatile Otelec din Romania si Srbsk Itebej din Republica Serbia.
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          Serbia elects 1st female and 1st openly gay premier   
BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbian lawmakers elected Ana Brnabic as prime minister on Thursday, making history by choosing both the conservative Balkan nation’s first female prime minister and its first openly gay leader. Vucic’s move was widely seen as an attempt to calm Western concerns that Serbia is getting too close to Russia, including having enhanced military cooperation and ties, despite its proclaimed goal of joining the European Union. Brnabic, a business marketing expert who previously served in Vucic’s government as the local administration minister, has no party affiliation and has a record of working in the non-government sector, including with USAID. During the two-day parliamentary debate, nationalist lawmakers accused Brnabic of being installed under Western pressure. Do you think the Serbian state is so ridiculous that no security services would react?
          Nerea González, 2ª en el Sprint del EYOC   

EYOC 2017La primera medalla ya está en casa, Nerea González Peña ha conseguido la plata en el Sprint del Campeonato de Europa (EYOC 2017) en categoría W16, con un tiempo de 12´34´´, a 33 segundos de la campeona, la húngara Gardonyi Csilla.

Es el segundo mejor resultado histórico en esta categoría, solo superado en el EYOC por Antonio Martínez, que en el año 2009 se clasificó campeón de su categoría M18, en Serbia.

Resultados


          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Serbian motorways   
In the neighboring Balkan peninsula an agreement was signed, between the Government of Serbia and the Republic of China, in
          Railway modernization, Belgrado Serbia   
Project includes construction of a new railway line duoble track between the Gilje Stop and Paraćin station, around 10,4 km.
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          News Round-Up: June 29, 2017   
(image from Nashville Pride via Instagram)
Some news stories you may have missed:

• Pride Month 2017 is winding down, but it's not over. World Pride this weekend in Madrid, Spain! #ColorMeJealous

• A new study shows 30% of lesbian couples still face rejection by wedding vendors. A huge majority of respondents said they’d be more likely to book a vendor that’s not only LGBT-friendly, but actively caters to the LGBTQ community. #MoneyTalks

• By a vote of 157-55, Serbian lawmakers have chosen 41-year-old out lesbian Ana Brnabic to become the nation’s first openly gay head of government.

• Former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren is now "former MSNBC host" as the political TV talker tweets she is "out at MSNBC." In a world of liberal anti-Trump fury, her nascent show never caught on. Ari Melber, the network’s chief legal correspondent, will take over the 6PM time slot.



• Speaking to federal prosecutors at a Justice Department hate crimes summit in Washington, D.C. today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he will "aggressively" prosecute anti-transgender crimes. “We have and will continue to enforce hate crime laws aggressively and appropriately where transgendered individuals are victims,” the attorney general said. #ColorMeShocked

• For a little #TBT action and out music, let's go back to this interview from my podcast with Tony Award winner Billy Porter regarding the release of his awesome album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers.

Hit the play button below to hear several tracks from the collection as well as Billy's inspiration for the project.


          Eastbourne: La pluie empêche Djokovic   
Si Caroline Wozniacki a eu le temps et le loisir de décrocher face Heather Watson sa qualification pour la finale dans le tableau féminin, la pluie, de retour sur la côté sud de l'Angleterre, empêche pour le moment Novak Djokovic de disputer sa demi-finale du tournoi d'Eastbourne face au jeune Russe qui monte Daniil Medevedev. Le jeu est suspendu .
          Red Dot Daily Sale    

 

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          Takes on the World: Chris Davidson on Qatar, Saudis and ISIS as US asset, Segment 1   
Dr. Davidson, author of Shadow Wars, the Secret Struggle for the Middle East (One World, UK) sorts out the details of the Saudi-Qatar conflict that appears to have been given the green light by Trump and Kushner in Riyadh. He explains that Saudis object to Qatar support for Muslim Brotherhood and its attacks on the KSA on Qatar-owned Al Jazeera's Arab broadcasts which are very different in content than its English language edition and is more like an Arabic version of Fox News. In noting the forces now taking sides in that conflict, with Iran and Turkey supporting Qatar and supplying it with food and necessities to break the Saudi blockade, he compares it to the situation in Europe before the outbreak of World War One. He speaks about the US support for Al Qaeda and the extremist jihadist groups going back to the attacks on the Russians in Afghanistan and explains how such groups, including ISIS have served US interests by fighting more nationalistic, more radical forces which he describes in great detail in his book. He notes how the actual numbers of bombing raids by the US-led coalition against ISIS don't compare with previous campaigns such as in Serbia and sees that against ISIS as more of a formality than an attempt to eliminate it since its continued existence makes it a useful bogeyman.

          Asombroso hotel flotante   
¿Tienes problemas decidiendo entre un lujoso yate y un resort con vista al agua para tus próximas vacaciones? Entonces este hotel flotante, creado por diseñadores Serbianos de yates de Salt And Water, e...
          NBA Free Agency Shopping Lists: Northwest Division   

Free agency is a complicated time full of misdirection, brief opportunities and a whole lot of persuasion. We’ve put together these shopping lists to ensure every team stays on track.

Utah Jazz

2016-17 record: 51-31, eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals

Unrestricted free agents: Gordon Hayward, George Hill, Shelvin Mack, Jeff Withey

Restricted free agents: Joe Ingles

It feels downright mean that this is where the Jazz find themselves. For a handful of years, a front office led by Kevin O’Connor and Dennis Lindsey has done so many things right: drafting and developing a homegrown All-Star in Hayward, taking Rudy Gobert at No. 27 overall and building him into an All-NBA Second Teamer and Defensive Player of the Year runner-up, making enough savvy trades and signings to build a roster deep enough to win 51 games despite coach Quin Snyder only having his expected starting five together for 14 games last season and winning the franchise’s first playoff series since 2010 by beating the Los Angeles Clippers in a Game 7 in their own gym.

And then you run into the Warriors, and four games later, you’re left staring up at the lights, and into the possibility of watching your foundation crumble.

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Billboards and paeans aside, Hayward’s taking meetings with the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. There is a very real chance that he decides the extra coin he can make by staying in Salt Lake City — a five-year, $180 million deal that would be about $44 million more than he could make elsewhere, per Bobby Marks of The Vertical — isn’t as attractive as the opportunity to play in an environment that might provide a more attractive path to continued contention than the one in Utah.

The free-agent fates of George Hill and Gordon Hayward seem to be intertwined. (Getty Images)
The free-agent fates of George Hill and Gordon Hayward seem to be intertwined. (Getty Images)

After spending a season watching virtually every non-Gobert player expected to help him turn the Jazz into a legitimate contender battle myriad injuries — shooting guard Rodney Hood, power forward Derrick Favors, swingman Alec Burks and unrestricted-free-agent-to-be point guard George Hill — maybe Hayward worries the Jazz are less an ascendant power than one whose past potential might outstrip its future projection. A Hayward exit wouldn’t necessarily cripple a Jazz team that has Gobert locked up for several more years, but it would leave Utah reeling, needing to completely reorient its offense and facing serious questions about the proper price points for their other free agents.

Despite missing 33 games last season battling a persistent toe injury, Hill’s likely to draw significant interest on the open market as a ball-handler capable of defending both backcourt positions and spotting up off the ball. When he was on the floor, the Jazz were excellent, and he made so much sense next to Hayward. But if Hayward’s on the way out, will Lindsey and company feel comfortable spending $20 million or so per year on someone who’s played fewer than 50 games twice in the last three seasons and who seems much more suited for a complementary role than a starring one — especially with 2014 first-round pick Dante Exum waiting in the wings? Then again, that decision-making calculus might be backward; Hill and Hayward are very tight, and a pledge to retain the former might be a prerequisite in getting a commitment from the latter.

Ingles was a valuable contributor to the Jazz, serving as a sharpshooting swingman, savvy ball-mover and tough defender. But if the 30-year-old Aussie’s market goes past midlevel-exception money and reaches eight figures per season, the Jazz might be better served trying to find higher-upside ways to spend that money, as much as they’d like to retain his services.

Bringing back all three would vault the Jazz over the $99 million salary cap and within hailing distance of the $119 million luxury tax, and that’s before factoring in potential rookie-scale extensions for eligible class of 2014 draftees Hood and Exum. It’s exceedingly unlikely Utah will pay that tab, meaning their best-case scenario is probably bringing back two of the three — a decision that could prove awfully tricky, considering the competing interests at work here:

Potentially complicating matters: the Jazz are still about $16 million under the 2016-17 salary cap, giving them financial flexibility to take on a big contract for a player that might help … so long as they do it before midnight Eastern time, when the league calendar flips to 2017-18. They’ve reportedly been eyeing trades for a veteran point guard, most notably Ricky Rubio … which might complicate things juuuuust a tad on the Hill front and could wreak havoc on the possibility of retaining Hayward.

Utah’s got a lot at stake and a lot of balls in the air as the clock winds down. Lindsey, for his part, is projecting calm.

“Many times, what happens is, you capitulate to pressure and then you overreach,” the Jazz GM recently told reporters. “We want to stick to our fundamentals of team building — mindset, culture, skills, fits, value adds, contract, production. We’re quite confident.”

Whether that confidence is founded could be one of the biggest storylines of the summer of 2017.

Andre Roberson and Taj Gibson were key pieces of the Thunder's defense. (AP)
Andre Roberson and Taj Gibson were key pieces of the Thunder’s defense. (AP)

Oklahoma City Thunder

2016-17 record: 47-35, eliminated in the first round

Unrestricted free agents: Taj Gibson, Norris Cole, Nick Collison

Restricted free agents: Andre Roberson

The Thunder enter the summer with just under $113 million in guaranteed salary on the books — meaning they’re about $14 million over the cap, and about $6 million under the luxury tax line — so they don’t have very much financial flexibility. In a perfect world, they’d bring back both Gibson (a stalwart veteran four who helped on both ends of the floor after his trade-deadline acquisition) and Roberson (an All-Defensive Team perimeter stopper who makes life miserable for opposing scorers every night). But doing so means going very deep into the luxury tax, which could be a non-starter for a team that’s already paid the tax twice in the last three years and doesn’t want to fall prey to the dreaded repeater tax incurred when you’re a taxpayer four times in five seasons.

Vaulting into the tax would be especially damaging because going more than $6 million over the tax line (the so-called “apron”) would cost the Thunder the right to use the biannual exception of $3.3 million per year and would limit the amount of their midlevel exception to just under $5.2 million per year for up to three years, as opposed to the $8.4 million over four that non-taxpayers can offer. When you’re capped out, retaining the ability to use those exceptions to add talent is really important, and that could mean the Thunder are in for some restructuring.

The most preferable path to creating a little bit of breathing room is probably finding a taker for the two years and $36.5 million owed to reserve scorer Enes Kanter. Given the Turkish big man’s defensive struggles, though, that price tag might be a bit rich without additional sweeteners. The Thunder might struggle providing those, as they already owe a lottery-protected 2018 first-round pick to the Jazz (as part of the deal that sent Kanter to OKC) and a top-20-protected 2020 No. 1 to the Orlando Magic (who acquired it from the Philadelphia 76ers, who took it in exchange for forward Jerami Grant).

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If general manager Sam Presti can’t offload Kanter (or, less likely, about-to-become-$21-million-man Victor Oladipo) or find another ingenious path to cap flexibility, the Thunder might be forced to bid farewell to Gibson — and maybe even Roberson, if some suitor comes calling with a front-loaded restricted free agent offer sheet — and try to find defensive replacements with the midlevel exception.

The market might push players like Toronto’s Patrick Patterson and Memphis’ JaMychal Green out of MLE range; if not, OKC could do worse in replacing Gibson. Similarly, Tony Allen, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Thabo Sefolosha represent longer-in-the-tooth, lower-grade options for life after Roberson, but they might offer some of the flavor the Thunder want at the price they need.

At some point, it’d also be nice for the Thunder to find a backup for Russell Westbrook who can keep OKC from cratering when he needs to rest. (Which he does sometimes, with the Thunder very much unable to stay afloat when he did so.) The Shelvin Macks and Langston Galloways of the world might not be available for the biannual exception, and Oklahoma City might need to target bigger fish with the MLE, which could leave Presti once again scraping the minimum market in search of a lottery ticket.

And speaking of the just-crowned MVP …

Russell Westbrook accepted his NBA MVP award on Monday. Now what? (AP)
Russell Westbrook accepted his NBA MVP award on Monday. Now what? (AP)

Presti reportedly plans to offer him a monster five-year, $200-plus million super-max Designated Veteran Player Extension as soon as free agency opens. If Westbrook takes it, the Thunder have their centerpiece locked in through 2022. If he doesn’t, for the second time in three years, Presti will have to decide whether or not to put a beloved franchise player on the trade market to avoid potentially losing him for nothing the following summer. Things could soon get very, very interesting in Oklahoma.

Portland Trail Blazers

2016-17 record: 41-41, eliminated in the first round

Unrestricted free agents: None

Restricted free agents: None

Like the Thunder, Portland’s got zero financial flexibility. Negative wiggle room, in fact. After paying C.J. McCollum $106 million, signing Evan Turner, matching Brooklyn’s offer sheet for Allen Crabbe, and bringing back restricted free agents Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless last summer, the Blazers enter July with $142.5 million in guaranteed salary committed for next season, according to Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com. And they’re in line to pay nine figures’ worth of salary that keeps them capped out and luxury-tax-adjacent in each of the next two seasons, as well.

Footing gigantic tax bills for a team that can contend is one thing. But the Blazers finished .500, got blasted in the first round by Golden State and seem to have a couple of quantum leaps to make before they can claim with a straight face they’re within sniffing distance of the West’s upper echelon. Something’s got to give, right?

Blazers star Damian Lillard and general manager Neil Olshey try to figure out how to make a splash. (Getty Images)
Blazers star Damian Lillard and general manager Neil Olshey try to figure out how to make a splash. (Getty Images)

It’s possible that one of those leaps will come with a full season of pairing the high-octane backcourt of McCollum and Damian Lillard with a healthy Jusuf Nurkic, who became a folk hero after joining the team before the trade deadline. In Nurkic’s minutes, Portland outscored the opposition by a whopping 9.3 points per 100 possessions during the regular season before he went down with a fractured right fibula.

Other avenues toward a leap, though? Those are harder to figure. The Blazers paid through the nose to ensure they had depth on the wing, knowing how hard it is for NBA teams to come by quality swingmen these days, but now might find themselves unable to offload either Crabbe or Turner. They’re also unwilling to move the more cost-effective and defensively useful Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu. And with 2017 first-rounders Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan joining Nurkic, Leonard, Noah Vonleh and Ed Davis on the roster, the frontcourt’s now awfully crowded without too much in the way of a clearly defined pecking order. (That Nurkic and Vonleh are both eligible for extensions of their rookie deals, and will enter restricted free agency next summer if Portland doesn’t re-up, only complicates matters.)

Neil Olshey has done well to compile a pretty interesting collection of players capable of producing a top-10 offense; if Nurkic’s late-season surge is the real deal and Aminu’s healthy, the Blazers’ defense might not be as hopeless as it often seemed last season. But he spent plenty of Paul Allen’s money to do it, and barring major internal improvement from multiple pieces, it’s tough to see a way for Portland to reach the next level without a significant shake-up via trade.

After seven seasons, Danilo Gallinari might be about to fly out of Denver (Getty Images)
After seven seasons, Danilo Gallinari might be about to fly out of Denver. (Getty Images)

Denver Nuggets

2016-17 record: 40-42

Unrestricted free agents: Danilo Gallinari, Roy Hibbert

Restricted free agents: Mason Plumlee

In the middle of December, coach Mike Malone reinserted Nikola Jokic into Denver’s starting lineup. From that point on, nobody — not the Warriors, not the Rockets, not the Cavs: nobody — scored more points per possession than the Nuggets, who sliced and diced opposing defenses behind the brilliant playmaking and efficient scoring of their 6-foot-11 Serbian center.

There was just one problem. Over that same stretch, nobody — not the Lakers, not the Suns, not the Kings: nobody — allowed more points per possession than the Nuggets, who saw their late-season push for the West’s eighth and final playoff spot scuttled by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to cap off a 50-point triple-double by Westbrook. Denver’s got some tantalizing young passers, shooters and finishers on board, but the Nuggets need some defensive steel if they’re to make a serious push into the Western playoff picture.

So, naturally, they’ve been linked to Kevin Love.

Denver emerged ahead of last week’s draft as the wheel-greasing third team in prospective deals that would land Paul George in Cleveland, Love in Denver, and a slew of future draft picks, young players and expiring contracts in Indiana. A Love-Jokic frontcourt would allow Denver to play a brand of five-out ball that could be damn near un-guardable. It wouldn’t, however, seem to address that nettlesome issue of not being able to freaking stop anybody — especially if one of the pieces moving to Indiana is shooting guard Gary Harris, a legitimate two-way contributor who took major steps forward last season as a perimeter defender, shooter and cutter.

Harris helps, and does so at a position that’s super-thin around the league, which is why Denver doesn’t really want to move him. He’s also eligible for an extension of his rookie deal, and might soon cost nearly as much as Love, which is why the Nuggets would probably have to at least entertain the notion, even if a lineup of something like Love, Jokic, Wilson Chandler, Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay doesn’t seem particularly likely to strike fear into the hearts of the Warriors, Spurs or Rockets.

Love’s a name that sticks because Denver needs to figure out what it’s doing at power forward. Jokic firmly established himself as the Nuggets’ center of the future — this is why Nurkic is now in Portland, instead of being unhappy next to Malone on the bench — but Denver hasn’t yet found the right sort of fit at the four next to their super-skilled but somewhat slow-footed and ground-bound playmaker. A defensively versatile type who doesn’t demand No. 1 option touches would be wonderful.

Is Denver willing to shell out max or near-max money for 32-year-old Paul Millsap while knowing they’ll soon need to shell out big paydays for Harris and Jokic (a second-round pick in 2014 who didn’t come over until 2015, signing a four-year deal with a team option for 2018-19, but who could look to tear that up next summer to lock him up long-term as soon as possible)? If the Raptors decide to move on from Serge Ibaka, the soon-to-be-28-year-old could be a dynamite fit. (Kentucky product and former Jazz reserve Trey Lyles, imported on draft night, could factor into the solution here, too, though he shouldn’t be counted on to provide the whole answer himself.)

If the Nuggets do decide to look elsewhere at the four, it probably means they’re moving on from Gallinari, who bounced back in a big way last season and has proven when healthy — two heavy words — to be a valuable shooter and face-up playmaker for teams seeking stretch fours who already have defensively viable fives.

With Mudiay struggling in his second season and rising sophomore Murray perhaps not ready for full-time point guard duty, Denver also figures to be in the market for a veteran point guard. How high-caliber an option they’ll be able to pull on the open market remains to be seen. Chris Paul’s already in Houston; Utah and San Antonio will probably fight over Hill; and the Pelicans pretty much have to keep Jrue Holiday. If Toronto balks at offering five years or max money, Kyle Lowry might be an interesting name to keep an eye on as a hard-nosed defender who can shoot, share, score and cut to wind up on the other end of some of those sweet, sweet Jokic dimes.

After trading for Jimmy Butler, the Wolves are on the hunt for more big-time talent. (AP)
After trading for Jimmy Butler, the Wolves are on the hunt for more big-time talent. (AP)

Minnesota Timberwolves

2016-17 record: 31-51

Unrestricted free agents: Omri Casspi, Adreian Payne, Brandon Rush

Restricted free agents: Shabazz Muhammad

The Wolves already made one big splash, pulling off a draft-night blockbuster fleecing of the Chicago Bulls to import All-NBA swingman Jimmy Butler and give Minnesota a core that rising superstar Karl-Anthony Towns calls “what dynasties are made of.” There’s a lot of space, though, between the destination of a dynasty and the starting point of a 31-win roster. Getting there will require even more bold moves.

Like, say, trading incumbent point guard Ricky Rubio to a team with cap space (hello, Utah) to create even more cap space to pursue a potential upgrade at the point who can space the floor to a degree the Spaniard’s never been able to? Like, say, Lowry, whom Butler may or may not be trying to recruit to join him in Tom Thibodeau’s backcourt? Or Hill, who might see Minnesota as a viable new home if the Jazz and Spurs look elsewhere?

With sweet-shooting guard Zach LaVine shipped to Chicago in the Butler deal, a Wolves team already lacking enough capable marksmen needs more shooters. Lowry or Hill would certainly help there. If Hill rejoins the Spurs, San Antonio’s Patty Mills, who shot 41.3 percent from deep last season, might be available at a lower price point, too, though I’d be leery of considering him an upgrade over Rubio’s playmaking and defensive excellence.

They’ve long been rumored to be interested in Millsap — who, for what it’s worth, is less a “stretch” four than a playmaking power forward, having shot better than league-average from 3-point range just once in his career (and less than 32 percent in the last two seasons) — as a smart, defensive-minded veteran complement to Towns. But shelling out a big-money four-year deal for him ahead of forthcoming max extensions for Wiggins (next summer) and Towns (in 2019) might make owner Glen Taylor a little green around the gills.

But that’s the price of trying to level up in the NBA. The Wolves showed on draft night that they’re serious about becoming a rising force. Now it’s up to them to put some money behind that mission.

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          6/30: Birthdays & Happenings: HBD Kangaroo, Jovo, Hal, Tincan, Don, Delwyn & Drew; Trades & More   

  • 1880 - OF Davy Jones was born in Manikota, Minnesota. After a 13-year career in the show, the 34-year-old Jones spent his last two campaigns (1914-15) with the Pittsburgh Rebels, where he hit .279 before an ankle injury led to his release. Jones had spent most of his MLB time fighting for a third outfield spot in Detroit between Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford, and saw considerable time as the leadoff hitter, scoring at a good pace with those two Hall-of-Fame bats behind him. He even homered in the 1909 Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. That he ended up with the Rebels was no surprise. Per SABR, “During his first years in the pros he jumped so many contracts that the press nicknamed him ‘The Kangaroo.’"
Johnny Miljus 1927 (photo from Harwell Collection/Detroit Public Library)
  • 1895 - RHP Johnny Miljus was born in Lawrenceville and went to Pitt, where he was a football and baseball star. Known as “Jovo” (short for Jovan, or John in Serbian) and “The Big Serb” (a nickname bestowed on him by Babe Ruth, per baseball lore), he got his start with an inning for the Pittsburgh Rebels of the Federal League in 1915, and later worked for the Bucs from 1927-28 (he fought in WW1 and was wounded in action, delaying his career), going 13-10-1 with a 3.53 ERA. He was multi-role hurler, and did everything from start to close. He’s best remembered for his wild pitch that allowed the Yankees to sweep the 1927 Series. Jovo struck out Lou Gehrig and Bob Meusel in the ninth of that game and got two strikes on Tony Lazzeri. But he muscled up on the next pitch (some say it was a spitter, tho Johnny never 'fessed up) and it got past C Johnny Gooch, allowing Earle Combs to score the winning run. Johnny was thought to be the first Serbian to play MLB.
  • 1902 - RHP Hal Smith was born in Creston, Iowa. Smith broke into the big leagues as a 30 year old, and spent his four year career (1932-35) as a Buc. In that span, he went 12-11-1 with a 3.77 ERA with his time split between starting and the bullpen.
  • 1909 - LHP Harry “Tincan” Kincannon was born in parts unknown. He pitched for the Pittsburgh Crawfords from 1930-36, being one of just three players to transition from the original independent club to the Negro National League. The curve-ball specialist made one All-Star appearance for the Crawfords before he was traded to the NY Black Yankees.
Jimmy Callahan (image from Baseball History Daily)
  • 1917 - Pirates skipper Jimmy Callahan was fired after the club staggered to a 20-40 start, and Honus Wagner took over as player-manager. The Wagner-led Bucs won 5-4 win over the Reds‚ with the Dutchman banging a two-run double. Wilbur Cooper went the distance for the win at Forbes Field. Wagner resigned after a five-game stint at the helm; he much preferred playing to filling out lineup cards, and business manager Hugo Bezdek took the reins.
  • 1931 - LHP Don Gross was born in Weidman, Michigan. Gross pitched from the pen for the Bucs from 1958-60, going 6-8 with a 3.82 ERA. The Pirates made one of their “what was I thinking” deals when they got him from the Reds; they sent RHP Bob Purkey to Cincinnati, who won in double figures for eight seasons and made three All-Star teams.
  • 1934 - A small stone monument dedicated to Barney Dreyfuss was unveiled outside Forbes Field’s RF gates, leading to Schenley Park on the 25th anniversary of the ballyard. The monument was later displayed in TRS and it’s now located at PNC Park, on the concourse behind home plate. The ceremony didn’t help the Bucs, who were 4-2 losers to the Cubs.
Delwyn Young 2010 Upper Deck
  • 1982 - UT Delwyn Young Jr. was born in Los Angeles. A touted minor-league prospect, Delwyn was an AAA All-Star and played for Team USA, but the Dodgers outfield was loaded and he Young was sent to Pittsburgh for Eric Krebs & Harvey Garcia. He was the starting 2B for a spell, replacing the traded Freddy Sanchez. Delwyn began on fire but faded during the dog days, relegating him to a utility role in 2010. His bat slipped - he hit .238 following a .266 season - and left at the end of the year as a free agent. He had a couple of bites, but never caught on in the majors again.
  • 1982 - The Atlanta Braves traded LHP Larry McWilliams to the Pirates for RHP Pascual Perez and minor leaguer Carlos Rios. Both pitchers were solid starters for a spell (each won 33 games during his next three years) in an even up deal.
  • 1983 - UT Drew Sutton was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. Drew had a dizzy but brief Bucco stay. The Pirates purchased Sutton from the Braves on May 20th, 2012. Then Tampa Bay purchased Drew from the Bucs on the next day; the Pirates had let him go as a professional courtesy because the Rays were going to add him to their MLB roster. 18 games and a month later, Sutton was DFA’ed by Tampa and claimed by Pittsburgh. He became the stuff of local folklore when on July 3rd, 2012, Drew hit his first career walk-off home run into PNC’s batter’s eye off the Astro’s Wesley Wright to give the Pirates a come-from-ahead win after a blown save by Joel Hanrahan. The victory gave the Pirates a share of first place.
Drew Sutton (photo Jason Alter/Getty)
  • 2009 - The Bucs traded LF Nyjer Morgan and LHP Sean Burnett to the Washington Nationals for RHP Joel Hanrahan and OF Lastings Milledge in a change-of-scenery swap. Hanrahan would become the major piece, eventually taking over as the Pirate closer. They also completed a more minor deal the same day, shipping utilityman Eric Hinske to the Yankees for minor leaguers Eric Fryer and Casey Erickson.

          Where are Slavs on “Gun Ownership” map of Europe?   
When you think of high amount of guns, you probably think of United States, their Texas and all the gun control issues they have. However we are not that behind at all, we have our own wild Texas states among Slavs too. Out of Slavs in Europe, Serbia is the highest one with gun ownership […]
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
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          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          The West backs Balkan autocrats to keep the peace, again   

ON JUNE 23RD, in the presence of as many foreign dignitaries as he could muster, Aleksandar Vucic had himself anointed president of Serbia. The former prime minister, elected on April 2nd, had taken the oath of office in May, but decided to stage a big inaugural ceremony to demonstrate his stature. To succeed himself as prime minister Mr Vucic nominated Ana Brnabic, an openly gay woman, earning plaudits from foreign liberals.

In fact it is Mr Vucic who will run the country, and he is no liberal. Yet Western leaders are relieved. Serbia is the most powerful country in the western Balkans, and Mr Vucic, whatever his flaws, can keep it stable. Variations on this deal can be seen across the region. Some are calling such governments “stabilitocracies”.

Mr Vucic’s main opponent in the presidential race was Vuk Jeremic, a former foreign minister. The campaign was filthy. Media sympathetic to Mr Vucic made outlandish allegations: Mr Jeremic was purportedly a...


          The Switzerland-Albania Match at Euro 2016 Told a Personal, Massive Balkan Story   

One Sunday in June 2000, I biked to The Abbey Pub on the northwest side of Chicago to watch Spain play Slovenia in the UEFA Euro Championship. Back in the day, it was much harder to find ways to watch the Euro Championship in the U.S. The Abbey, an Irish pub, was one of the few places showing the matches. I got there early—the game was to start at 8 a.m.—to have breakfast, but it was already packed with Irishmen clutching their pints, watching a live broadcast of an important game of hurling live from Dublin. Many of them were inebriated, shouting at the gigantic screen. It didn’t look good.

I’ll watch any soccer game anywhere, but I really wanted to see Slovenia play. It was their first (and last, so far) Euro after declaring independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Their coach, Srečko Katanec, had been an excellent defensive midfielder and one of the pillars of the Yugoslav national team that lost on penalties to Argentina in the 1990 World Cup quarterfinals. In the Slovenians’ first game at the 2000 Euros they faced Yugoslavia, which by this time consisted of only Serbia and Montenegro; though Slovenia took a 3-0 lead and Yugoslavia went down to 10 men, the Slovenians could manage only a 3-3 draw.* I hoped they might do well against Spain, which was at the time still fully committed to mediocrity, or even surprise everyone by progressing beyond the group stage. Which is to say that the match was extremely important to me.

But when I tracked down a waitress to ask if Spain-Slovenia would be shown at The Abbey, she looked at me as though I was insane. I ended up watching the game on a very small TV in a very dark basement, the sound overwhelmed by the stampede of hooting Irishmen above my head. At some point a waitress came down to fetch something, turned on the light and was startled breathless by my unexpected presence. “What are you doing here?” she asked and I sheepishly pointed at the screen where Slovenia was losing 2-1. They did not progress beyond the group stage. And my breakfast was served cold.

On Saturday morning, while watching Switzerland-Albania, I recalled that glorious time when following a Euro Championship was an underground activity. This was another one of those games important not only for tactical oddities, or because Arsenal just bought Granit Xhaka, but also because the vast majority of the players on the pitch are Albanian speakers, and because the Xhaka brothers are facing each other (Granit for Switzerland, Taulant for Albania). Soccer contains histories, personal and massive, and this game features a particularly Balkan story, which I could read in the line-ups.

A few of us from the Balkans remember the Albania ruled by Enver Hoxha, surely in the running for the most outrageous European dictator ever. Take this: In the heyday of his rule, Hoxha would be the only candidate in presidential elections, in which the entire population of Albania would vote for him—the entire population as recorded in the most recent census minus one, that is, as it was beneath the Great Leader to vote for himself. And then, after the fall of the Wall, and the dissolution of Hoxha’s regime, there was a period of what is generously called “transition” built upon a gigantic Ponzi scheme that would eventually clean out up to one third of the population. The imaginary money led to a short, delusional renaissance of Albanian football, which featured the 1978 World Cup winner Mario Kempes arriving to coach KF Lushnja in a town with the population of 30,000. I remember the images of Kempes landing in Albania to be swarmed by adoring fans—it was not unlike seeing, say, Miroslav Klose arriving to coach in Mobile, Alabama. After the economy collapsed, in 1996 or so, boatfuls of destitute Albanians started crossing the Adriatic to get to Italy—a preview of the current refugee crisis.

Meanwhile, on the Swiss side, the Albanian-speaking players are mainly from Kosova, the part of Yugoslavia where the nation’s dissolution essentially commenced in the late 1980s. Valon Behrami’s family found itself in Switzerland in the ’90s, and were to be deported when the local community collected signatures to support them, and they stayed. Xherdan Shaqiri has three passports: Swiss, Albanian, and Kosovar, and is also eligible for a Serbian one, but I don’t think he’s eager to apply; in 1999, Serbia conducted a brutal military campaign against the Albanian population in Kosova, resulting in a wave of refugees spread around Europe.

The expansion of UEFA Euro competition to 24 teams will lower the quality of the soccer played—as was evident in the Switzerland-Albania game. But the expansion is directly related to the changes in Europe in the past quarter-century. If you want to understand all or any of that, you might have to endure watching Romania-Albania, to be played on June 19. I’ll be glued to the TV. 

Read more Slate coverage of Euro 2016.

*Correction, June 11, 2016: Due to an editing error, this post originally stated that Slovenia came back from a 3-0 deficit against Yugoslavia in the 2000 European Championship. It was Yugoslavia that came back from the 3-0 deficit.


          The Interior of the Russian Monastery on Mount Athos (K. Leontiev)   
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It may well be that I don’t have good taste and that I don’t understand much about art, but this was my impression and I share it most sincerely with my readers.

This beautiful iconostas is a gift from the late Abbot, Antonij Bochkov (a former merchant), who spent his last years as a monk near Moscow, at the Monastery of Nikolo-Ugreshkij [1].

Apart from the iconostas, there’s not much in the empty, spacious chapel of the Pokrov (Protecting Veil) which makes an impression in terms of the feast or ceremony (I don’t, of course, mean the service itself: the scrupulous order of the monks on the Holy Mountain is exemplary and I haven’t seen anything like it either in the churches of Moscow or in the hermitage of Optina, and not, of course among the Greek and Bulgarians, who always celebrate in a sort of more ‘daring’ way and less carefully than we Russians do).

The atmosphere is completely different from that of the katholiko (main church). At this time the main church had been given over to the Greeks, who lived in the lower part of the monastery, near the sea, since they were the oldest members of the monastery[2]. This church is built in the usual Athonite style, which is like our own ancient churches in Moscow. It’s tall, magnificent, well-decorated with a severe aspect, dark, but shining with gold. The iconostas goes on for ever. Above the centre of the church is the round cupola, which isn’t spacious and tilted, as in the Church of Holy Wisdom [Ayia Sophia] in Constantinople, but rests on a tall tower as in Saint Isaakios’[3].

In Athonite churches, this central tower, the gigantic cylinder which departs to the heavens, above the head of the pilgrim, isn’t empty, as is usually the case with us… it’s full of light. Apart from the valuable, heavy chandelier, there’s the ‘choir’ around it which also has candles. It’s an enormous, silver circle and at feasts the candles create a broad crown around the lights of the candelabra, which rise above it in the form of a pyramid. Between the lights of the candelabra and those of the circle above your head, there’s also individual lamps and candles, as well as ostrich eggs on silver chains. The ‘choir’, too, is decorated with these large, white, pendant eggs.

Apart from this, our Eastern co-religionists have the custom at great feasts of using a long tool to bring the candelabra, the ‘choir’ and everything else hanging under the cupola into cyclical motion. All the lights from lamps and candles, all the silver and gold, all the big eggs, hard as stone, all of these are blindingly white, shimmering, sparkling, moving above you, as if they’re celebrating soundlessly together with the people, in a gentle, but ceaseless and formal dance…

Of course, we’re not used to eastern chant and this lack of familiarity makes it sound unpleasant and harsh. But when the choir of singers is good, as is the case with the Greeks at the Russian monastery, then we can’t say that this chanting has no power, nor that it brings a strange, most unusual surprise… Of course, the service at this Vespers would have been perfect had they, to the rather brooding and magnificent beauty of the ponderous church, to the vibrant luxury of the vestments with their bright colours, to the reading of the Word of God in various languages, to that simple and mysterious dance of the lights within the deep darkness of the cupola, been able to add the accompaniment of choice Russian music to this beautiful, harmonious Greek language…

There’s no perfection here on earth, however… not even in the highest manifestations of beauty. In any case, the ‘tone’ in which the Greeks and Bulgarians sing ‘Christ has risen’- which doesn’t resemble ours- is quite pleasant. The melody’s less quick and sprightly than ours: it’s slower and even somehow more melancholic. But if you live for any length of time in the East, you soon get used to it, as if it’s your own, even from your homeland…

But now the deacon’s voice rings out:

‘And let us pray that we may hear the Holy Gospel of the Lord our God’.

Then:

‘Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John’.

‘Let us attend’, replies the Russian archimandrite Makarij in Greek.

This first Gospel is read in Greek by the centenarian Abbot Gerasimos himself, seated next to the Royal Doors because of weakness. He was a forty-year old priest back in the time of Catherine the Great.

‘When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week…’ and so on, ‘Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you”’.

(to be continued)
 
[1] One of the many tantalizing statements by Leontiev. We owe him the courtesy of agreeing that this is his best understanding of the situation. Someone must have told him so and he’s recorded it. But in what sense were the Greeks ‘the oldest members’ and how did this affect where they lived? Were they, in some way, not ‘the oldest’ but ‘the most senior’? Even this doesn’t help much, because, as testimony to the fact that Orthodoxy is not ethnocentric, the eminent Greek historian, Apostolos Vakalopoulos records that: ‘At the end of the 15th century, the Russian pilgrim Isaiah ... says that nearly half the monasteries are Slav or Albanian. As Serbian, he quotes Doheiariou, Grigoriou, Ayiou Pavlou, a monastery near Ayiou Pavlou dedicated to St. John the Theologian (obviously Dionysiou), and Hilandar. Panteleïmon is Russian, Simonopetra is Bulgarian, and Karakallou and Filotheou are Albanian’. WJL [2] The Nikolo-Ugreshkij Monastery is in the region of Moscow and was founded in 1380 by the Grand Prince Dimitri Donskoj on the site where the wonder-working icon of Saint Nicholas had appeared to him. [3] Saint Isaakios is the cathedral church of Saint Petersburg

          Eurovision   
Es i 'barti Eurovision' neithiwr. Roedd na rhyw ddau ddwsin ohonon ni'n gwylio yn stafell gyffredin un o hosteli'r Coleg ac roedd gan bawb ddigon i'w ddweud felly nes i ddim clywed llawer o'r caneuon mewn gwirionedd. Es i â chwpwl o boteli o Amstel, o'r Iseldiroedd, a Staropramen, o'r Weriniaeth Siec gyda fi. Wrth gwrs, doedd 'run o'r rhieny wedi llwyddo i gyrraedd y rownd derfynol ...

Mae rhai o'n ffrindiau yn hoff iawn o'r Eurovision. Bron iddi fynd yn ffeit go iawn rhwng dau ffrind dros sawl gwaith mae'r Deyrnas Unedig wedi bod yn fuddugol (pump, gyda llaw). Roedd llawer o waith cynllunio wedi mynd mewn i'r noson. I gychwn, roedd pawb yn dewis baner fechan ar hap ac yn mabwysiadu'r wlad honno. Rwsia oedd fy ngwlad i - tair merch mewn siwtiau du yn canu geiriau dodgy iawn (e.e rho geiriosen ar ben fy nghacen - wyt ti am fwyta fy nharten geirios?) ar dôn eitha di-ddim, Anglo-Americanaidd. Roedd DS a RHR wedi trefnu gem yfed gymhleth oedd yn cynnwys pethau fel "yfed gwerth bys bob tro mae newid cyweirnod a thri bys os digwydd symudiad dramatig yr un pryd", "yfed gwerth dau fys pan fydd tân gwyllt", "gorffen eich diod erbyn diwedd cân eich gwlad" a "gorffen eich diod os bydd dilledyn yn cael ei dynnu."



Nes i ddim cymryd rhan blaenllaw yn y gem - dwi ddim yn un am feddwi'n systematig - ac fe aeth pethau'n fwy cymhleth gyda chyhoeddi'r canlyniadau. Bob tro i wlad roi 12 pwynt i wlad sy'n ei ffinio roedd rhaid yfed ac roedd gan gynrychiolydd y wlad i gael y mwyafswm pwyntiau yr hawl i enwebu rhywun arall i yfed tri bys. Cafodd NJ, cynrychiolydd Serbia, wy Kinder fel gwobr.

Gwaraidd iawn.

Hyd yn oed yng nghacoffani'r stafell gyffredin, roedd hi'n bosib "gwerthfawrogi" y gagendor rhwng diwylliant poblogaidd a diwylliant Eurovision. Dwi ddim yn deall pam bod hyn y bod. Dwi'n meddwl dylai Eurovision fod yn un gangen ar y goeden enfawr honno a elwir yn "ddiwylliant poblogaidd", nid blodyn sydd wedi miwtêtio ar goeden ym mhen draw'r ardd.

Dwi'n meddwl mai dyma effaith mwya'r Rhyfel Oer. Collodd trigolion yr Undeb Sofietaidd ar ddegawdau o canu pop a ffasiynau ac maen nhw'n araf ddal i fyny. Mewn pum mlynedd, bydd rhywun o Facedonia yn canu cân yn defnyddio geiriau Auld Lang Syne ar un o alawon siant y Presbyteriaid Cymreig, dwi'n siwr.
          Comment on Longmire – Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff on the modern western by surrlmstr   
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          Serbian parliament endorses new cabinet   
Serbia's first female prime minister, who has set European Union membership as priority, won parliamentary support for her new cabinet on Thursday.
          An approach to determine the prevalence of poor mental health among urban and rural population in Serbia using propensity score matching - Santric-Milicevic M, Rosić N, Babić U, Šupić-Terzić Z, Jankovic J, Todorović J, Trajkovic G.    
OBJECTIVE: Studies about mental health among urban and rural residents are scarce. A limited number of studies report somewhat better mental health in rural settings, despite higher rates of suicides. The main objective of this study was to describe social...
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Serbia, campeones de la Copa Davis 2010   
La oficina Postal de Serbia emitió el 6 de diciembre de 2010 un sello especial dedicado a los campeones de la Copa Davis 2010, con los integrantes de el equipo de tenis de Serbia que consiguieron el preciado trofeo de tenis. En el sello aparecen Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki, Nenad Zimonjic y Janko Tipsarevic – todos los miembros del equipo ...  Leer artículo completo
          EU is failing again in the Western Balkans   
If I could draw a cartoon it would be the statelets of the western Balkans fighting in a furious 2020 dustball of fists and boots whilst an EU President as shamefaced as a labrador who has copiously fouled the bedroom rug looks on, with the caption "You had one job ..."

The EU's foreign policy is a litany of failure, yet these hubristic Federasts want their own army to reinforce that failure; whilst they poke Putin in Ukraine, the Western Balkans are being lost to Russian expansion and Salafist pollution, corrupted through Turkish influence with Saudi money into a hotbed of radical Islamism. Reports in the Republican American Interest and the Lefty Der Spiegel  catalogue the loss of interest by the EU in further Balkans accessions and the loss of interest by the Balks (if they can be so termed) in the EU; latest polls indicate that just 18% of Serbians really want to join the Federation. As Russia protects Christian orthodox nations, newly groomed Islamist statelets throw up new Saudi-funded mosques staffed by Saudi-supplied imams, to radicalise a new generation of Islamist terrorists. 

The Washington Post thinks it is a failure of democracy, that Balkans statelets are 'halfway democracies' and offers reasons for this. The paper misses the biggest reason of all. That the EU has the role of democracy mentor and monitor, and that the EU is in itself the most profoundly anti-democratic of regimes. It's like giving the job of Civics teacher to Pol Pot. What sort of lesson do the Balkans get from a corrupt Brussels EU regime that believes that the secret ballot and universal suffrage are obstacles to be over-ridden, that plebiscites can be repudiated and overturned, that solemn treaties can be broken for political ends and that threats, bullying and hubristic posturing are equated with statesmanship?

We should not forget that the Balkans are exporting their violent men who return even more skilled in crime and violence; Islamists fight for ISIS and pass back and forwards through a complicit Turkey, Albanian cocaine gangs dominate Europe, Serb people traffickers cross Europe in trucks filled with Afghan migrants. The reason why Austria can't put cigarette prices up to over €4,50 a pack is the ease with which white brands are smuggled from Balkans factories. Now that Croatia is part of the EU, there are a quarter million more Croatian passport holders than there are Croatians; well, who speaks enough Serbo-Croat to know? 

I have little doubt that the western Balkans will blow up again, and the dirty EU labrador whose fault it will be will wring its paws and ask for British peacekeepers and US ground attack aircraft to clear their shit up.
          Serbia has fallen   
#NATO terror bombs #Serbia for 78 days in 1999. 18 years later, it gets a #DeepState lesbian PM. The New World Order https://t.co/ALDRvNB113 — Kevin Michael Grace (@KMGVictoria) June 29, 2017
          Leaving Macedonia - and coming back   

During the last years, thousands of Roma left Macedonia in search for a better life in North-Western Europe. All of those Roma who applied for political asylum have been sent back, though, by Dutch, German, Belgian and Swedish authorities. The European Commission even threatened to turn back the visa-free status for all Macedonians and Serbians, which is in place since the end of 2009. 

 

Read more - in German - about the situation of the returned Roma in Macedonia in Freitag, on page 7.

Mazedonien Juni 2011.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 6.9 MB

          Getting to Macedonia   

Thessaloniki/Skopje – So close, and still so far away. Try getting to the Macedonian capital Skopje these days from Thessaloniki,. the capital of Greek Macedonia. I did it, today, and it was a classical travellers´ hassle.

 

Greece is undergoing a serious crisis these days. Therefore, the Greek railways suspended all international train departures to Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey at the beginning of this year. I read about it, and foolish as I am, I expected there there would be some sort of alternative transport. A bus, for example. But no way. The Greek railways does not offer any other transport. They do not care either. Nor does KTEL, the Greek state bus company.

 

So if you want to get from Greek Macedonia to Macedonian Macedonia, you´re on yuor own. Good luck! Here`s my travel advice: first take a local bus to Polikastro in Northern Greece. Then take a taxi to the Greek-Macedonian border. Walk across the border. Take a taxi on the Macedonian side to Gevgelija. And then, finally, take a stone-age train to Skopje. All in all, the 260 kilometers will cost something like 40 Euros this way. The trip takes roughly seven hours. Extra bonus: you will immediately have a pretty good impression about the state of unification between the two Macedonias......

 


          Submission for the Universal Periodic Review of Serbia   

Summary

Human Rights Watch’s key human rights concerns on Serbia are reflected in the 2017 World Report chapter on Serbia. Accountability for war crimes is hampered by slow progress on prosecutions. Concerns over freedom of the media continue amid repeated threats against journalists and failure by authorities to investigate cases of threats and violence against investigative reporters. Roma also face discrimination, as do lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Members of these communities face threats, discrimination and harassment. The situation for refugees, asylum seekers, and IDPs remains a concern, particularly inadequate asylum procedures, pushbacks, and limited capacity of reception centres. Moving children with disabilities out of institutions and into family-like environments has been a limited and slow process.

In light of the serious human rights concerns that persist in Kosovo, scrutiny by international human rights bodies is vital. We therefore urge the Human Rights Council to ensure that Kosovo is subject to the Universal Periodic Review process and other human rights monitoring in an appropriate and robust fashion. Our concerns on the human rights situation in Kosovo are available on our website: https://www.hrw.org/europe/central-asia/serbia/kosovo

 

1.Treatment of Migrants and Asylum seekers

While Serbia has seen a significant decrease in the number of asylum seekers and other migrants arriving since 2016, there continue to be serious obstacles to accessing protection and humane treatment including for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. There are credible reports of on-going summary returns of asylum seekers from Serbia to Macedonia.

According to the UNHCR, partner organizations and the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration there were 6,600 asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in Serbia at the time of writing.

According to the Serbian Ministry of Interior’s Asylum Office, 2,922 individuals expressed intentions to seek asylum in the Republic of Serbia in the first five months of 2017. Most are Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis and Pakistanis. Asylum seekers are housed in overcrowded camps and often in unsuitable mixed accommodation with single males, families, single women and unaccompanied children sharing living space.

In 2012, Serbia accepted a recommendation to “Take all necessary measures to ensure the improvement of socio-economic conditions of refugees and internally displaced persons.” Yet, as of June 9, 2017, Serbia had not granted anyone the status of a refugee. In 2016, Serbia granted refugee status to only 19 asylum seekers and subsidiary protection to 23. In addition to low recognition rates, and problems registering asylum claims, there are significant backlogs in the country’s asylum procedure with thousands of pending claims.

During the first five months of 2017, the Ministry of Interior registered 46 unaccompanied children in Serbia, from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Serbia lacks formal age assessment procedures for unaccompanied children, putting older children at risk of being treated as adults instead of receiving child protection. Only three institutions exist in Serbia for unaccompanied children and have a total of 32 places. Other unaccompanied children stay in temporary shelters known as “refugee aid centers” together with unrelated adults or open reception centers, where in some cases unaccompanied children can be accommodated separately from unrelated adults. The number of unaccompanied children is, based on the observations of our researchers, likely much higher than the officially reported 46.

Progress in finding durable solutions for refugees and internally displaces persons (IDPs) from the Balkan wars living in Serbia was insignificant. According to UNHCR, as of June 2017, there were 29,414 refugees in Serbia, 20,334 from Croatia and 9,080 from Bosnia and Herzegovina while the Serbian government recorded 203,000 internally displaced people from Kosovo.

In an April 2015 report, Human Rights Watch interviewed migrants and asylum seekers who described violent assaults, threats, insults, and extortion, denial of the required special protection for unaccompanied children, and summary returns to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. There is credible evidence that summary returns from Serbia to Macedonia continue. Serbian authorities have not taken adequate steps to address halt these abuses.

Recommendations

  • Issue clear guidance to police officers that they should treat asylum seekers and migrants with respect and in a manner consistent with Serbia’s human rights obligations, in particular the prohibitions on ill-treatment and non-refoulement, and ensure access to asylum procedures in Serbia;
  • Ensure that anyone who expresses a wish to apply for asylum should have a meaningful opportunity to register their asylum claim and present their case;
  • Ensure humane and suitable conditions for asylum seekers and migrants accommodated in asylum facilities across Serbia, with special attention given to vulnerable groups, including families with children, unaccompanied children, single women, older persons and people with medical conditions and/or disabilities;
  • Issue clear guidance to police officers to provide unaccompanied children with special attention and care as required by domestic and international law.

 

  1. Lack of Accountability for War Crimes

Despite accepting recommendations to take all necessary measures to end to impunity by prosecuting alleged perpetrators in accordance with international standards, war crimes prosecutions in Serbia are hampered by a lack of political support, resources or staff at the Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor and inadequate witness support.

Since the establishment of the War Crimes Prosecution Office in 2003, 110 judgments have been issued: 75 convictions and 37 acquittals. But few high-ranking officials have been prosecuted for war crimes in Serbian courts.

Despite the war crimes strategy adopted by the government in February 2016, which sets out criteria for prioritizing cases and commitment to prosecute high-ranking officials suspected of war crimes, progress appears to have stalled. Between January 2017 and June 2017, the War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office issued only 1 indictment against 1 person. During the same period, no one was convicted or acquitted by the first instance court for war crimes and two persons were acquitted at the appeals stage.

The most notable example of the lack of progress in war crimes accountability is the failure to bring charges in relation to the organized removal of more than 900 Albanian bodies from Kosovo to Serbia in 1999 and their reburial in mass graves, including on the grounds of a police training center. Some of the people allegedly involved in this crime were named in 2011 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in its judgment against Serbian police chief Vlastimir Đorđević but, to date, no one has been indicted.

Another case involves the apparent execution in custody of three U.S. citizens – the brothers Ylli, Agron, and Mehmet Bytyqi – who were arrested in Serbia in June 1999, transferred to a police training center, and killed in July 1999. Despite assurances in June 2015 to US State Department officials by then Serbian Prime Minister Vucic that there would be progress in the case, no one has been brought to justice for this crime.

In June 2017, ICTY President Carmel Agius asked the UN Security Council to ensure that three members of the Serbian Radical Party, indicted for contempt of court, are extradited to the Tribunal. So far Serbian authorities have not obliged. During its previous UPR, Serbia accepted the recommendation to continue its cooperation with the ICTY and to ensure that other perpetrators are prosecuted in domestic courts in accordance with international standards.

Recommendations

  • Ensure greater efficiency in war crimes investigations and prosecutions, particularly against higher ranking military and police officials who may bear command responsibility;
  • Ensure an effective investigation into the 1999 transfer of bodies of hundreds of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo to Serbia; investigations should include the persons named in the 2011 ICTY decision against Vlastimir Đorđević;
  • Ensure an effective investigation into the apparent extrajudicial executions of the three Bytyqi brothers, including responsible commanders;
  • Ensure that the three indicted persons in the contempt case of Jojić et al. are extradited to the ICTY.

 

3.Restrictions on Media Freedom

Human Rights Watch research in Serbia shows that journalists and other media workers operate in a hostile environment where threats, smear campaigns and political interference with their work is commonplace. Media freedom is a critical precondition for the development of a democratic society, as well as a condition of closer ties to the European Union.

The Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS) registered 69 incidents against journalists in 2016, and 40 in the first six months of 2017. The incidents in 2017 included 3 physical assaults, 12 verbal threats and 25 incidents involving pressure.

The work of a national commission established to investigate the murders of three prominent journalists, Slavko Curuvija in 1999, Dada Vujasinovic in 1994, and Milan Pantic in 2001, has made limited progress. The widow of Slavko Curuvija has criticized the slow progress of the trial against four state security officials suspected of alleged involvement in her husband’s murder. The deaths of the remaining two journalists remained unsolved. In 2012, Serbia rejected a recommendation to establish an “International Commission for Investigation of Murders of Journalists”.

Government officials and pro-government media have repeatedly criticized independent news organizations. The former Prime Minister Vucic, now President, was quoted in 2015 criticizing the Balkans Investigative Reporting Network as liars funded by the EU to speak against the Serbian government.

In research carried out in 2015 and updated in 2016, Human Rights Watch found that journalists in Serbia face physical attacks and threats, including death threats, as a result of reporting on sensitive issues including war crimes and government corruption. The state response to attacks and threats against journalists appears to be weak, despite accepting recommendations during their previous UPR to create a climate in which journalists are able to report on sensitive issues without fear or harassment and reprisal.

Recommendations

  • Publicly and unequivocally condemn all attacks against journalists and media outlets carried out in retaliation for their work and ensure swift and thorough investigations into all such incidents;
  • Conduct prompt, effective, impartial, and thorough investigations into all attacks and threats against journalists and media outlets, including cybercrimes, and bring prosecutions as appropriate.

 

4.Treatment of Minorities

During the second cycle UPR, Serbia accepted all recommendations received relating to the treatment of minorities, including one recommendation to “Enforce legal safeguards to ensure fair and equal access to housing, education, employment and government services for Romani individuals and protection against arbitrary, forcible evictions and displacement from their homes or temporary residences”. Yet, Roma often live in informal squalid settlements lacking basic services such as schools, health care, water and proper sewage. Roma in such informal settlements are also vulnerable to forced evictions without offers for adequate alternative accommodation. Segregated education remains a problem, with Romani children often attending mainstream schools in separate classes and are overrepresented in schools for children with special needs.

Recommendations

  • Ensure procedural safeguards and adequate alternative accommodation in cases of forced evictions of Roma;
  • Ensure that everyone in Serbia, regardless of ethnicity, age, or employment status can access public services, including healthcare and education;
  • End segregation of Romani children in mainstream schools and ensure that all children are provided quality education in an inclusive setting.

 

5.Disability Rights

Human Rights Watch documented in its 2016 report ‘It Is My Dream To Leave This Place’: Children with Disabilities in Serbian Institutions that hundreds of children with disabilities in Serbia live in state institutions where they are likely to experience neglect and isolation, have no privacy and have little or no access to education. They also may be given inappropriate medication, and may not be allowed to make their own decisions even when they become adults. The majority of these children have at least one living parent, but given the dearth of community-based services, parents often do not have the support they need to care for their child with a disability. Instead, parents may be advised by health professionals to give up on their child with a disability.

Human Rights Watch research found that some young women with disabilities who live in institutions experienced invasive medical interventions without their free and informed consent, but rather based on the consent of their guardian. The interventions included the insertion of intrauterine devices (for birth control), administration of pap smear tests (Papanicolaou test, a screening procedure for cervical cancer) and termination of pregnancy. According to institution staff interviewed by Human Rights Watch, anaesthesia was used in every case so that the women would not resist the interventions. 

Despite accepting all recommendations on the topic of disability rights during both previous UPR cycles, in April 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities expressed deep concerns about the number of children and adults with disabilities living in institutions and about the poor living conditions in institutions in Serbia. The committee urged Serbia to deinstitutionalize people with disabilities and to ensure access to inclusive and quality education. The committee also called on Serbia to replace its guardianship system and ensure all people with disabilities have access to services and support in the community of their own choice and preference.

In February 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of Child adopted concluding observations on Serbia and urged the government to “urgently reduce placement of children under the age of 3 in residential care institutions, including those with disabilities, and expedite the placement in family-based care.” The Committee further raised concerns about segregation, neglect, limited privacy, exclusion from education and play, forced and inappropriate medical treatment that children with disabilities experience in orphanages in Serbia. The Committee urged Serbia to end such practices and to make sure children with disabilities are safe and have the right to live with their families or in other family-like environments.  

Human Rights Watch is concerned that the Serbian government continues to invest in institutionalization despite ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2009. This despite the fact that Serbia accepted a recommendation in 2012 to “Consolidate the constitutional and legislative framework to prevent discrimination against persons with disabilities”.  In March 2014 and in April 2016, Serbia opened two newly built institutions for children and young people with disabilities. It cost the Serbian government 66 million Serbian dinars (or 600,000 EUROS) to build one of the two facilities. 

As of June 2017, the Serbian government has not yet adopted a de-institutionalization plan or followed up with other previously expressed commitments to transition people from institutions into community-based living arrangements.  According to UNICEF and local activists, Serbia has yet to take steps to end neglect of children living in institutions and hold those responsible for treatment of children to account. In a phone conversation with the Serbian Ministry of Education in March 2017, a representative of the Ministry told Human Rights Watch that no concrete steps have been taken to ensure children with disabilities who live in institutions have access to education.

Recommendations

  • Protect children and young people with disabilities in institutions from harm and abuse;
  • Provide necessary support and services to move children and adults with disabilities from institutions to communities, in line with Article 19 of the CRPD;
  • Ensure all children and young people with disabilities enjoy their right to an inclusive, quality education, on an equal basis with others, in line with Article 24 of the CRPD;
  • Protect the right to legal capacity and supported decision-making for persons with disabilities, in conformity with Article 12 of the CRPD.
  • Ensure persons with disabilities enjoy their right to health, including the right to free and informed consent to medical treatment, is respected.

 

 


          Openly LGBTQ Prime Minister Ana Brnabic Takes Office in Serbia   
Openly LGBTQ Prime Minister Ana Brnabic Takes Office in Serbia
- Today, Serbia's parliament confirmed Ana Brnabic as prime minister, making her the first woman and first openly LGBTQ person to hold the position.

          Serbian population shrinks by nearly 400,000 over ten years   
The Statistical Office of Serbia (RSZ) has announced that a 2.8 percent decrease in the number of marriages was recorded in 2016, compared to 2015. The number went from 36,949 in 2015 to 35,921 in 2016.
          New Serbian cabinet holds first session   
The new Serbian government, elected on Thursday, held the first session in Belgrade on Friday, and decided to to appoint Novak Nedic as its secretary-general. In addition, the government adopted conclusions whereby bills and other acts tabled to the Serbian National Assembly prior to the election of the new government are withdrawn from parliamentary procedure, the government press office said in a statement.
          Construction minister meets with IMF delegation   
Deputy PM and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic received on Friday in Belgrade a delegation of the IMF mission. The delegation was led by mission head James Roaf, the Serbian government announced, adding that reforms of the road and rail sector, implementation of infrastructure projects and cadastre reforms were on the agenda.
          "EU more popular in Serbia than in some EU member-states"   
Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says that his country will maintain its "the road toward the EU" foreign policy course. Speaking a day after Serbia's new government was elected, he said the EU integration was being carried out "for the sake of citizens, not for EU's sake."
          "EU bid must not and will not disturb Russia ties"   
President Aleksandar Vucic spoke on Thursday with Russian State Duma member Sergei Zheleznyak and Lomonosov State University professor Olga Zinovieva. During the meeting in Belgrade, Vucic pointed out that Serbia, as an independent and militarily neutral country, has chosen EU integrations as its foreign policy priority, but that this "must not and will not disturb its good relations with Russia."
          Vucic, Grabar-Kitarovic, Thaci to be at same table   
The South-East European Cooperation Process member countries is being held in Dubrovnik today, which will be attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. Croatia, which chairs the South-East European Cooperation Process, hosts a meeting to conclude its presidency of this regional initiative, and a day after the Dubrovnik Summit, the traditional Dubrovnik Forum is being held.
          Unclear if ruling coalition emerged whole from govt. vote   
As he was the only from the ruling coalition not to vote for the new cabinet, it is unclear today whether Dragan Markovic is still a member of that coalition. Namely, the Ana Brnabic-led government late on Thursday received the votes of 157 members of the National Assembly - but those from Markovic's United Serbia (JS) were not among them.
          National Assembly elects Serbia's new government   
The Serbian National Assembly in Belgrade late on Thursday elected new Prime Minister Ana Brnabic's government with 157 votes for, and 55 against. 212 out of 250 deputies were in attendance. There were no abstentions.
          "Let's make 'Balkans for Balkan people' our slogan"   
Serbian Government's Office for Kosovo and Metohija head on Thursday suggested that the Balkans should adopt the slogan, "the Balkans for the Balkan people." However, he continued, "this does not mean isolationism - but instead making connections with the West and the East, to the benefit of citizens."
          Serbia's Mandic takes World Taekwondo Championship gold   
Serbian taekwondist Milica Mandic has won the gold medal at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championship in South Korea. The Olympic gold medalist from London beat reigning champion Hyeri Oh of South Korea 17-13 in the final of the under-73 kg tournament on Thursday, Tanjug reported.
          "Albanian gangs control drug trafficking in UK"   
Violent Albanian criminal groups have "considerable control" over drug trafficking in Great Britain. At the same time, Serbians and Turks "dominate high volume maritime cocaine logistics."
          EU's enlargement policy as "special challenge"   
Serbia will continue to support EU aspirations of its neighbors and implement a policy of military neutrality, protecting and promoting its national interests. Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said this on Thursday in Belgrade at the opening of the conference "New International Reality - Challenges and Prospects."
          Comment on Using plausible deniability against a systematically lying adversary by Larry Galearis   
One book I always recommend about how little the United States culture has changed in its fundamental relationships with the world is Bernard Cornwell’s “The Fort”. Paul Revere (yes, that Paul Revere) played a huge role in the greatest naval defeat in US history in 1779. This is history left out of the American citizen’s psyche and a nation’s PUBLICLY acknowledged history. The wars of empire since 1945 see an ugly continuum with a list of miscreant militarism. Here is a list of countries bombed since 1945: China 1945-46 Korea 1950-53 China 1950-53 Guatemala 1954 Indonesia 1958 Cuba 1959-60 Guatemala 1960 Belgian Congo 1964 Guatemala 1964 Dominican Republic 1965-66 Peru 1965 Laos 1964-73 Vietnam 1961-73 Cambodia 1969-70 Guatemala 1967-69 Lebanon 1982-84 Grenada 1983-84 Libya 1986 El Salvador 1981-92 Nicaragua 1981-90 Iran 1987-88 Libya 1989 Panama 1989-90 Iraq 1991 Kuwait 1991 Somalia 1992-94 Bosnia 1995 Iran 1998 Sudan 1998 Afghanistan 1998 Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999 Afghanistan 2001 Libya 2011. What most Americans do not understand is that most of these events were acts of aggression as war crimes under International Law, and also LOST wars. The very history behind these wars is based on lawlessness and incompetent leadership both at the military end and the Washington end. And we never know what level of goofiness is at work deciding on whether to go to war or not. I also want to give my thanks and appreciation to the Saker for his insights to our geopolitical realities. Best regards, Galearis
          Disasters, funds, and policy: Creatively meeting urgent needs and long-term policy goals   

Photo: tro-kilinochchi / Flickr

[[tweetable]]When it comes to responding to disasters, time is of the essence.[[/tweetable]] Help needs to come immediately to save lives; recovery and reconstruction have to start swiftly to lessen the impact.

However, while money is critical to this response, it’s not just about funding. Indeed, funds need to match the event scale, target the right areas and sectors, and smoothly flow to communities in need. But in order for that to happen, sound public policy on risk and frameworks have to be in place.  

To address both urgent financial needs while pursing strategic disaster risk management policy goals, countries have been using the World Bank’s development policy loan with a catastrophe deferred drawdown option or, more widely known as the Cat DDO.  

The loan provides quick liquidity when an eligible disaster event occurs. Governments can rapidly draw on funds either in full amount or in parts and repay later under agreed terms. For example, Sri Lanka accessed over US$100 million for recovery efforts after floods and landslides in May 2016.

The Cat DDO is more than just emergency lending. Along having a sound macro-economic environment, countries wanting to access this innovative financial instrument also agree to advance specific policy actions that strengthen disaster risk management. In the Philippines, for example, Cat DDO is helping to improve building codes and other policy actions to strengthen the resilience of critical infrastructure. In Latin America, policy dialogue and technical work related to Cat DDOs have contributed to the development of a range of sophisticated risk financing instruments.

Tailored to country needs, this instrument has proved popular among middle-income countries. Between 2008 and 2017, 15 such loans were approved worth US$2.345 billion.
 
Now, with the latest replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA)’s concessional financing, Cat DDOs are also available to low-income countries eligible for IDA funding.

Photo: European Union, European Development Days, EU, June 2017
Country representatives, World Bank staff, and experts discuss the policy features of the Cat DDO. 
Photo: European Union, European Development Days, June 2017
This is good news for communities at risk. As low-income countries are likely to face increased risks due to climate change, rapid urbanization, and fragility and conflict, investing in disaster and climate resilience is an urgent task to protect people and assets. Moreover, research shows that women, the poor, and vulnerable disproportionately bear the brunt of disaster impacts. [[tweetable]]Better response and preparedness can help lessen disaster impact and preserve development gains.[[/tweetable]]

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Saint Lucia, Haiti, Kenya, Cabo Verde, and Maldives are already considering Cat DDO credits.  In doing so, they are looking at experience from previous operations which highlights the added value of the instrument such as:
  • Cat DDOs provide immediate liquidity, with countries being able to access funds within 48 hours.
  • Cat‐DDOs help drive the implementation of policy reforms, monitoring outputs, and linking them to sectoral investments.
  • Defining Cat‐DDO policy actions brings together stakeholders across different ministries and agencies enabling disaster risks to be addressed in a comprehensive manner.
  • The instrument provides an opportunity to elevate disaster issues to oversight agencies, such as finance, budget, and economic planning which may not otherwise be engaged in the policy dialogue.
  • CAT DDOs help raise awareness of broader concepts of disaster risk management, and support governments in the process of defining their national risk reduction strategy.
Some of these aspects were discussed at a recent side event at the World Reconstruction Conference 3 / European Development Days. There, representatives from Serbia explained how after floods in 2014, the CAT DDO became a vehicle for policy change helping them to move away from a reactive to a proactive risk management approach in matter of years. Seychelles’ observations struck a note with the Pacific Island nation of Tonga: quick access to funding is particularly important for countries where geographic isolation poses an additional burden in the recovery process.
 
As low-income countries work to strengthen their disaster readiness in the years to come, the Cat DDO can play a major role linking the disasters, funds, and policy to ensure that urgent needs are met while long-term policy goals are reached.

Joaquin Toro, Doekle Geert Wielinga, and Suranga Sooriya Kumara Kahandawa contributed to this blog post.

Read more blog posts from the third World Reconstruction Conference. 


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          Pilgrimage to a Monastery   
Dn. Michael interviews his wife Gail about her recent trip to St. Paisius Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Safford, Arizona.

          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          The small-scale Structure of the Magellanic Stream as a Foundation for Galaxy Evolution   
Дата и время публикации : 2010-07-27T22:15:51Z Авторы публикации и институты : S. Stanimirović J. S. Gallagher, III L. Nigra Ссылка на журнал-издание: Stanimirovic, S., Gallagher, J. S., III and Nigra, L. 2010, Serbian Astronomical Journal, 180, 1Коментарии к cтатье: Ссылка на журнал-издание не найденаПервичная категория: astro-ph.GA Все категории : astro-ph.GA, astro-ph.CO Краткий обзор статьи: The [...]
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Translation Package for AVI ReComp 1.5.6   
This Translation Package is intended only for translators who want to create new or update existing translations.
Here you can find all textual references used in the current version of AVI ReComp - all interface strings, all documents and guides.
You can download and translate what you want.
This package includes the following translations: Arabic, British, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Thai and Turkish.
Translation updates for end-users are always published in the 'AVI ReComp - latest version' section.
          Casa din mijlocul râului Drina, Serbia (galerie foto)   
O casă solitară de pe râul Drina din Serbia a atras călători curioși din întreaga lume, după ce o imagine a acesteia a fost publicată în urmă cu mai mulți ani de National Geographic. Micuța locuință se află pe o stâncă din mijlocul apei, lângă orașul Bajina Basta. Frumusețea casei a fost surprinsă de fotograful maghiar Irene Becker și a devenit rapid virală pe Internet. Casa, în ciuda faptului că și-a obținut recent faima, stă în mijlocul râului de mai bine de 40 de ani. Casa a fost construită în 1968 de mai mulți prieteni care vroiau un loc retras pentru a face plajă și a se adăposti în cazul unor furtuni. Casa a fost aproape distrusă de mai multe ori în timpul inundațiilor, dar de fiecare dată a fost reconstruită. sursa: rina.rs, cntv.cn traducere și adaptare: Radu Ungureanu
          rLr thinks this is the lounge is the stupidest way to die ever (6/30/17)   

763 Byzantine Emperor Constantine Copronymus destroys a Bulgar army invading his domain
1470 King Charles VIII of France born
1520 Spaniards expelled from Tenochtitlan
1559 King Henry II of France badly injured in a jousting match. He’ll soon die from this
1688 Invitation issued to William in Netherlands from England’s Parliament. This begins the Glorious Revolution
1758 Battle of Domstadtl in Seven Years War: Austrian victory over Prussia
1758 James Oglethorpe dies
1782 British cabinet endorses a position to delay recognizing US independence
1787 Alexander Hamilton leaves the Constitutional Convention. He’d received a cool reception to his June 18 speech & he was always outvoted within New York delegation
1787 At the Constitutional Convention, James Madison argues the principle division in the US won’t be big/small states, but north and south
1805 Congress organizes the Michigan territory
1815 final naval engagement on the high seas in War of 1812
1817 Abraham Werner, geologist who set out early theory on the stratification of the earth’s crust, dies
1819 William Wheeler, VP under Rutherford B. Hayes, born
1859 Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope
1864 Gen. Burnbridge, in charge of Kentucky, asks for control of economic sanctions against guerrillas.  This will be granted by Pres. Lincoln
1876 Serbia declares war on the Ottoman Empire
1881 New pogrom against Jews breaks out in Pereyaslav, Russia
1882 Charles Guiteau hung for shooting Pres. James A. Garfield
1886 Canada’s 1st transcontinental train trip departs
1899 Alfred Dreyfus returns to France.  He’s still a prisoner, though.  He sees his wife for the first time in years
1899 Mile-a-Minute Murphy becomes first man to ride a bike for a mile in under a minute, earning the nickname
1903 mining disaster in Hanna, WY - 169 die
1905 Albert Einstein publishes his article, “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” - introduces special relativity
1906 Pure Food & Drug Act & Meat Inspection Act both are passed
1908 Tunguska event: 500,000 acres of pine forest flattened in Siberia.  It’s unknown as to why.  Comet fragment is a theory
1912 Regina Cyclones kills 28 in Saskatchewan.  It’s Canada’s deadliest twister
1915 Vernon Rudolph, Krispy Kreme founder, born
1917 Dadabhai Naoroji, Indian politician/author, dies.  His highly influential book “Poverty and Un-British Rule in India” argued that the British Empire drained India of its wealth
1917 Lena Horne born
1921 Pres. Harding appoints ex-Pres. Taft as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
1922 Joe Jordan and James Harvey, both black, lynched in Liberty, GA for debt dispute
1933 Adolf Hitler appoints Fritz Todd to oversee construction of the Autobahn and all other motorways
1933 Adolf Hitler decree vests control of all radio broadcasting in the heads of the Propaganda Ministry headed by Joseph Goebbels
1934 Night of the Long Knives in Nazi Germany
1940 comic strip Brenda Starr debuts
1941 Molotov leads Politburo members to Joseph Stalin’s dacha, where Stalin been skulking for the last few days
1941 Ukraine declares independence for 2nd time this century. It doesn’t take
1943 Florence Ballard, the 3rd Supreme, born
1944 Allies capture the port of Cherbourg
1946 over 11 million Poles vote - 85.3% of the nation’s eligible voters. Communists get killed in election, though - and this stuns them
1948 film A Foreign Affair released
1948 film Oliver Twist released in England (in the US in July 1951)
1951 Strangers on a Train released
1952 soap opera The Guiding Light shifts from radio to TV.  It’ll stay on the air until 2009 (and began on the radio in 1937)
1953 1st Chevy Corvette rolls off the assembly line
1959 Vincent D’Onofrio born
1960 David Frum, speechwriter for George W. Bush, born
1960 formal independence ceremony for Congo-Zaire
1962 Deirdre Lovejoy, actress (Rhonda Pearlman on The Wire), born
1963 car bomb intended for mafia boss Salvatore Greco kills 7 cops & military officers in Sicily
1964 last UN troops leave Zaire. They’d been there since July 1960
1966 Mike Tyson born
1966 National Organization of Women (NOW) formed
1968 French national elections held on 6/23 and 6/30 give Charles DeGaulle a big victory
1969 Nigeria bans Red Cross aid to Biafra
1971 Carnal Knowledge released
1971 Fillmore West in San Francisco closes down
1971 Herbert Biberman, writer/director who was part of the Hollywood Ten, dies.  Most famously, he directed The Salt of the Earth
1971 Soviet cosmonauts on Soyuz 1 killed when air supply escapes through a faulty valve
1971 Supreme Court OKs the New York Times’ right to publish the Pentagon Papers by a 6-3 vote
1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory released
1972 leap second added to official time system
1972 The first McDonalds in France opens
1976 The Outlaw Josey Wales released
1977 KISS album Love Gun released
1977 Virginia “Our Ginny” Wade wins Wimbledon. She is the last British woman to do so
1980 Queen album The Game released
1982 final deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment: it ended 3 states short
1982 Lizzy Caplan born
1984 Lillian Hellman, playwright/screenwriter, dies
1985 Michael Phelps born
1985 Mikhail Gorbachev asks Eduard Shevardnadze to helm USSR’s foreign policy
1985 The 39 hostages from a TWA flight released after 17 days
1986 Bowers v. Hardwick: Supreme Court rules that states can outlaw gay sex between consenting adults. It doesn’t take
1986 Eurymithcs album Revenge released
1986 Madonna album True Blue released
1987 Canadian intros the Loonie
1987 Pres. Reagan nominates Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. Doesn’t take
1988 Catholic Church excommunicates Archbishop Marcel Lefebrve of France
1989 Sudan’s government overthrown by bloodless military coup. Omar Hassan al-Bashir in power
1989 US release of Do the Right Thing
1990 East & West Germany merge their economies
1990 New Kids on the Block single Step By Step released


          Сборник клипов - Россыпьююю. Часть 70 (2017) WEBRip 720p, 1080p, 2k   

Категория: Муз.Клипы / Концерты
Размер: 9.04 GB
Траффик: Раздают (отдают): 23, Скачивают (качают): 33
Добавлен: 2017-04-09 15:55:17
Описание: Информация о клипах
Исполнитель: VA
Название альбома: Россыпьююю. Часть 70
Год выпуска: 2017
Жанр: Dance, Pop, Trance, House, Rap

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Качество: WEBRip 720p, 1080p, 2k
Видео: MPEG4-AVC, 1280 x 720 - 1920 x 1080 , 2560 x 1440, 1000-6000 Кбит/с
Аудио: AC , AC3 , MP3 , 128-256 Кбит/с
          Litecraft 1x Montego 9 Flush Ceiling Lt, 2x Serbia 2 Wall Lt - Polished Chrome   

Price: £357.00 Special Price: £321.30


          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Serbian politicians elect first female, openly gay prime minister   
Ana Brnabic is Serbia’s first openly gay head of government.
          Buiten Westen Podcast #007 By Satori   

Today we have something special for you as Satori spared no expense putting together an exclusive live set for our podcast series in collaboration with Buiten Westen. The artist with an international background, his mother is from South Africa, while his dad is from Serbia, was born in Nijmegen. While many DJs nowadays like to talk […]

The post Buiten Westen Podcast #007 By Satori appeared first on Deep House Amsterdam.


          MilfHunter   
Date: May 17, 2017 at 02:11 pm EDT
Game: Battlefield 2
Alias: MilfHunter
User IP Location:Serbia
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          Serbia summer spots – Many options to refresh and enjoy   

Have you ever been thinking of spending your summer vacation in some unusual and not so well known place. Far away from the sandy beaches, far away from the scent of salty rocks and sea. There is a lot to see, a lot to feel and experience if you decide to come in Serbia.  You […]

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          What will Nemanja Matic offer to Man United?   

With the transfer window set to officially open on July 1st, Manchester United look close to confirming their second signing of the summer.  Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic will be making his second move away from Stamford Bridge if the deal goes through.  With Chelsea poised to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco, the Serb looks…

The post What will Nemanja Matic offer to Man United? appeared first on Accumulator Tips.


          Vyvan Hill — Heavy Orgasm for Big Boobs Teen (2017)   
Vyvan Hill — Heavy Orgasm for Big Boobs Teen (2017)
Release Year: 2017
Cast: Vyvan Hill
Genres: Classic Sex
Video language: English

Max has a new client, and it«s the oh-so-beautiful Serbian blonde teen Vyvan Hill. This fresh-faced beauty has had the hardest week and came to the Spa to get the tension worked out of her stiff shoulders, back, and legs. But Max is easily distracted by beautiful women, and Vyvan is a stunner! After pouring warm oil on her back, the buff masseuse sensually rubs it into her skin, making his way to her perky ass and thighs, and down to her perfect little feet. It»s when she turns over that the real trouble begins. As Max«s hands reach Vyvan»s breasts, she begins to moan with pleasure. He finds her clit next, already wet with oil, and begins to finger the horny client. Soon, they are kissing and Max climbs on the table to join Vyvan for a slow, sensual suck and fuck that leaves them both feeling refreshed, relaxed, and ready for the day.

Format: mp4
Duration: 34:29
Video: 1920x1080, AVC (H.264), 5870kbps
Audio: 188kbps

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          Russian Observers Visit NATO Exercise   
Russian observers visited a training area in Teulada during the NATO Exercise Trident Juncture 2015. Lt. Col. Yuri Praskovin, the Inspector Team Leader, Col. Valentin Barykin, Lt. Col. Oleg Lozhkyn and 1st Lt. Yuri Sukhanov attended. In line with Allies’ international obligations under the Vienna Document, Trident Juncture 2015 was announced in advance. OSCE observers were invited six weeks before the exercise. Six OSCE countries have confirmed they will send observers: Russia, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Montenegro.
          Serbia at full strength in Curitiba as Atanasijevic returns   
Curitiba, Brazil, June 29, 2017 – Defending champions Serbia will be at full strength at the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals in Curitiba from July 4-8 after head coach Nikola Grbic confirmed opposite Aleksandar Atanasijevic as part of his 14-player roster for the Final Six.
          Homemade Of Serbian ExTV Reporter   
Watch Homemade Of Serbian ExTV Reporter at DirtyPriest.com - old school free sex video tube.
          Moze U Usta Aha Amateur Serbian Teen Mouthful Cumshot   
Watch Moze U Usta Aha Amateur Serbian Teen Mouthful Cumshot at DirtyPriest.com - old school free sex video tube.
          Busty Amateur Mature Serbian Homemade Dped   
Watch Busty Amateur Mature Serbian Homemade Dped at DirtyPriest.com - old school free sex video tube.
          'Vivegam' shoot nears completion   
The shoot of Thala Ajith’s magnum opus Vivegam is nearing the finish line. The last schedule of the film is currently happening in Serbia and sources close to the team say that by the end of this week, Vivegam will be completely wrapped up.

The film’s director Siva has also simultaneously worked on the edit work of Vivegam in Serbia with the help of editor Antony L Ruben. In the last schedule, director Siva has shot a crucial stunt sequence between Thala Ajith and the film’s antagonist Vivek Oberoi.

Kajal Aggarwal plays the romantic interest of Thala Ajith in Vivegam, the film also has Akshara Haasan in a pivotal character.

Produced by Sathya Jyothi Films, Anirudh Ravichander is scoring the songs and background score of Vivegam, the film will hit the screens in August.


          Vintage Leather Jewelry Trinket Box with Hinged Lid and Blue Silk Lining Made in Yugoslavia by EitherOrFinds   

14.00 USD

This is a lovely vintage leather jewelry or trinket box, which was made decades ago in Yugoslavia, now broken up into the countries of Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia and Kosovo.

The leather has been expertly cut and pieced together in an unusual abstract floral design. Primarily created in beige or off white leather, it is laced around the outside with green leather, with other design colors of blue, green, and wheat gold leather.

Hinged and lined with blue silk, it measures 6-1/2 by 6 by 2.

Although there are some signs of use, the box is in very good condition and ready for whatever jewelry or trinkets you'd like it to contain.


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When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney decried President Barack Obama as beholden to the nation’s teachers’ unions and unable to stand up for reform, he glossed over four years of a relationship that has been anything but cozy. Obama has promoted initiatives that encourage districts to tie teacher evaluations to student performance and to expand the number of charter schools — actions the teacher unions have long been against, and which Romney himself promoted Wednesday in a speech in Washington outlining his education platform. He also painted a bleak picture of a country where millions of kids are getting a “third-world education” and whose international standing has fallen far behind, an assertion frequently used by politicians and debated by academics, though the most recent tests show that U.S. student scores haven’t changed significantly and remain about average. Here are some of Romney’s statements on education, and how they line up with the facts: ROMNEY: “President Obama has been unable to stand up to union bosses — and unwilling to stand up for kids.” THE FACTS: Several of the core tenets of the Obama administration’s signature education initiative, the Race to the Top competition, are policies first heralded by Republicans and are in opposition to the steadfast positions of teacher unions on topics like school choice and merit pay for teachers. In order to qualify for a slice of the $4 billion allotted for the first two rounds of the grant competition, more than a dozen states changed laws to link teacher evaluations to how well students perform on tests. The Department of Education also rewarded states that had lifted caps on the number of charter schools and created performance pay plans to award teachers whose students have made the most progress. When a board of trustees in Central Falls, R.I., voted to fire all the teachers at one of the state’s worst-performing schools in early 2010, Obama said the dismissals were an example of why accountability is needed at the nation’s most troubled schools, causing a furor among union advocates. At its annual meeting last year, the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers union, sent a message to Obama that it was “appalled” with Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s practice of focusing heavily on charter schools, supporting decisions to fire all staff and using high-stakes standardized test scores for teacher evaluations, along with 10 other policies mentioned. “Obama has taken on teachers unions unlike any previous Democratic president,” said Tom Loveless of the Brookings Institution. “Because of that his support among union members, although it is still there, is rather tepid.” ___ ROMNEY: “The two major teachers unions take in $600 million each year. That’s more revenue than both of the political parties combined. In 2008, the National Education Association spent more money on campaigns than any other organization in the country.” THE FACTS: Romney is correct that the NEA and the American Federation of Teachers pull in a lot of cash. The NEA took in more than $399 million in 2011, according to its annual report filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. A similar report from the AFT shows it took in more than $211 million last year. But neither was at the top of the political spending list four years ago. In 2008, the NEA doled out $29 million to federal, state and local political efforts, federal data show. That ranked them a distant third in political spending by labor unions that year. The Service Employees International Union was first, with $67 million, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees was second with $63 million. ___ ROMNEY: “More than 150 years ago, our nation pioneered public education. We’ve now fallen way behind.” THE FACTS: Romney backed this assertion with figures from the most recent Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results, which tests 15-year-olds around the world in math, reading and science. The United States ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math out of 34 developed countries. Those figures have been frequently cited by the Obama administration as well. The test has only been administered since 2000, and shows U.S. students consistently hovering right around the average, at about the same achievement levels in math and reading as countries like Sweden, the United Kingdom and France. Overall, the U.S. scores are about the same as they were a decade ago, while some countries have improved. “A better way for him to state it is to say American achievement is mediocre,” Loveless said. “It’s been mediocre for 50 years.” Romney also asserted that millions of students are getting a “third-world education.” Looking again at the PISA test, students in schools where more than 75 percent of children were eligible for free and reduced-price lunch — a key indicator of poverty — scored an average of 446 points in reading. That’s at about the same level as Chile and Serbia. 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A 2010 evaluation of the program found that on average, after four years, reading and math test scores of opportunity scholarship students were statistically similar to those not
          10 TERORIS PALING DIBURU DIDUNIA   

 

 

1. Osama bin Laden

 



Hanya orang yang hidup di suku pedalaman hutan saja yang belum tahu orang ini. Tentunya anda pasti tahu orang ini. Apalagi orang yang pro-Amerika. Sebenarnya kalau menggunakan ejaan Arab namanya menjadi Usamah bin Ladin. Namun, kebiasaan lidah orang barat saja yang suka sembarangan menyebut nama orang. Dia adalah pemimpin utama Al-Qaeda dan telah di jalankan sejak tahun 1998, ketika ia terhubung dengan pengeboman Kedutaan Besar AS di banyak negara yang berbeda. Bin Laden dicari karena pembunuhan, konspirasi, dan menyerang sebuah fasilitas federal yang mengakibatkan kematian. FBI memiliki hadiah $ 25 juta dolar untuk setiap petunjuk keberadaannya. Tapi bagi orang yang kontra-Amerika, mereka mengira ini hanya permainan Amerika untuk menjelek-jelekan Timur Tengah dan umat Muslim. Karena loginya saja, Amerika Serikat yang mempunyai peralatan sebegitu canggihnya, masih belum bisa mendeteksi keberadaannya sekalipun, meski sudah beroperasi selama 11 tahun.


2. Ratko Mladic



Mladic adalah pemimpin Serbia Bosnia yang memimpin pasukan Karadzic. Dia terkenal karena tokoh kunci yang ikut ambil bagian dalam pembersihan etnis Muslim maupun Kroasia. Mladic didakwa pada tahun 1995, namun ia belum juga tertangkap. Dia dituduh melakukan genosida, kejahatan terhadap kemanusiaan, dan berbagai kejahatan perang serta penyanderaan di antara penjaga perdamaian anggota PBB.


3. Albert Heim



Lebih dikenal sebagai Dr Death, Heim Aribert mengambil bagian sebagai perwira SS. Meskipun mungkin usianya 94 tahun, ia masih menjadi buronan yang dicari. Dia adalah salah satu dari beberapa buronan terakhir Nazi utama yang masih buron. Dia meninggalkan Jerman pada tahun 1962 dan sejak itu tidak pernah ditemukan. Dia dituduh membunuh dan menyiksa tahanan yang ditahan di kamp konsentrasi Mauthausen. Dia disiksa dan akhirnya membunuh orang-orang ini dengan menyuntikkan bahan kimia beracun ke dalam hati korban dan kemudian melakukan pembedahan tanpa menggunakan obat bius. Dia adalah yang paling dicari oleh pemerintah Austria dengan hadiah $ 495.000.


4. James J. Bulger



Bulger telah menjadi buronan sejak tahun 1970-an. Dia telah melakukan beberapa pembunuhan, atau ambil bagian dalam membantu membunuh banyak orang selama tahun 70-an dan 80-an. Ia dikenal menjadi bagian dari kelompok kejahatan terorganisir yang berhubungan dengan transaksi narkoba, pemerasan, dan kadang-kadang pembunuhan. Kelompok ini memfokuskan waktu di tempat-tempat di sekitar atau dekat Boston, Massachusetts. Bulger diketahui telah menggunakan 12 alias nama yg berbeda.


5. Joaquin Guzman



Guzman adalah pemimpin sebuah organisasi perdagangan narkoba internasional yang dikenal sebagai Kartel Sinaloa. Dia telah menjadi gembong narkoba top meksiko. Sejak tahun 80-an, Guzman telah menyekutukan dirinya dengan perdagangan narkoba. Pada tahun 1993, Guzman dijebak dan akan dibunuh, namun rencana ini pun gagal. Sebagai akibat dari hal ini, Kardinal Juan Yesus Posadas Ocampo, seorang kardinal Katolik Roma dibunuh oleh Guzman atau seseorang yang terlibat dalam lingkaran obat bius. Meskipun ia ditangkap pada tahun 1993 di Guatemala, ia melarikan diri dan belum ditemukan. Ada hadiah sebesar $ 5.000.000 Amerika Serikat untuk informasi yang mengarah ke penangkapan.


6. Omid Tahvili



Dia lebih dikenal dengan nama “Nino”. Tahvili telah menjadi orang yang paling penting dari sebuah kejahatan keluarga Persia yang bekerja di seluruh Kanada. Tahvili dicari karena keterlibatannya dalam penyiksaan, perdagangan narkoba, pencurian, dan penipuan telemarketing sebuah bisnis (scammed) di Amerika sekurang-kurangnya $ 3 juta. Dia dikatakan mempunyai koneksi di seluruh Timur Tengah maupun Eropa.


7. Joseph Kony



Kony adalah pemimpin Tentara Perlawanan Tuhan. Dibawah pemerintahan Kony, LRA telah menculik banyak anak-anak terlantar, sekurang-kurangnya 2 juta orang. Kelompok ini memiliki tingkat penculikan anak terbesar di seluruh dunia. Sendirian, ia telah mampu mengarahkan dan mengendalikan penculikan untuk 60.000 orang, setengah dari mereka adalah anak-anak. Kebanyakan dari mereka yang diculik itu dipaksa untuk berjuang dalam kampanye dan keyakinan. kadang-kadang ia menyuruh pasukan anak-anaknya untuk membunuh orang tua mereka sendiri sebagai inisiasi. Kony yang dicari karena kejahatan perang serta kejahatan terhadap kemanusiaan.


8. Matteo Messina Denaro



Denaro selama bertahun-tahun telah terbukti menjadi pemimpin kejahatan terorganisir dunia yang paling terkenal. Dia lebih dikenal sebagai “Diabolic/kejam” dan sering memamerkan uang dengan cara apa pun. Dari mobil-mobil mahal, perempuan, rumah besar, perhiasan, Denaro memiliki semuanya. Namun, sebagian besar uang yang dia miliki diperoleh secara ilegal: melalui penggunaan obat penjualan dan bahkan pembunuhan.


9. Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar



Kaskar adalah orang nomor satu yang paling dicari di India. Dia adalah pemimpin D-Company, yang merupakan kelompok kejahatan terorganisir yang markasnya terdapat di luar Mumbai. Operasi Jaringan kejahatannya antara lain pemalsuan, penyelundupan senjata, pembunuhan, dan perdagangan narkoba. Kendati ayahnya adalah seorang polisi, namun itu tak membuatnya mudah ditangkap. Dia juga dicari karena adanya kemungkinan hubungannya dengan Al-Qaeda.


10. Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov



Dirinya termasuk dalam kelompok mafia Rusia. Meskipun lahir di Uzbekistan, wajahnya terlihat sangat oriental. Ia pun mendapat nama “Taiwanchik”. Dia diketahui telah ambil bagian dalam mencuri kendaraan, perdagangan, menjual senjata secara ilegal, dan mendistribusikan senjata. Pada tahun 2002 ia ditangkap di Italia, tapi ia akhirnya dibebaskan dan belum ditemukan. Dia dikatakan mungkin di Rusia.
          Prayer Strategies to End the Vicious Cycles of Unforgiveness   

Today, on June 28, we remember two anniversary dates which are linked together in a cycle of bloodshed and unforgiveness.

On July 28, 1914, 103 years ago, a young Serbian terrorist assassinated the archduke and crown prince of the great Austro-Hungarian Empire. The act led Austria-Hungary to revenge itself by declaring  war on Serbia. The Russians entered the blood feud to protect their fellow Slavs, the Serbians. The Germans came to the support of Austria-Hungary, France and England came to the aid of Russia, and Europe erupted into the massive slaughter we now call World War I. All because of a cycle of unforgiveness.

Five years and millions of deaths later, the war was officially brought to a close on June 28, 1919 in the Treaty of Versailles. Once again, unforgiveness carried the day as the victorious Allies imposed draconian conditions on the defeated Germans. The resulting hardship and resentment created an opportunity for Adolph Hitler and his Nazi party to drive Europe into a second horrendous conflict which became the Second World War. Then, for another 50 years, the Russians extracted their revenge by turning the Eastern European nations into subservient police states. The First World War, called the "war to end all wars," ended with the peace treaty of Versailles, which a critic called "The peace to end all peace."

It was up to the Americans to break the cycle of unforgiveness. With the Marshall Plan in Europe and a humane occupation of Japan, the Americans turned their German and Japanese enemies into friends. America has also forgiven its cold war enemies in China, Vietnam, Russia and Eastern Europe, leading the world into a time of prosperity and relative peace, and making way for the unprecedented worldwide Christian revival.

The American ability to forgive goes back to our history as a Christian nation. The Lord commands us to forgive our enemies, and the experience after the second World War showed how the biblical command to love our enemies produces Godly fruit of peace and revival. Forgiveness is perhaps the most powerful spiritual weapon to change the atmosphere and bring God's answers into a situation.

There will always be those who are driven to attack others, and we thank God for those who protect us. But we must also know that there is no true peace without forgiveness.

Let us pray that we will remember that we are called to bless and not curse, and that we can use the spiritual weapon of forgiveness to end destructive cycles of unforgiveness. {eoa}

 


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          Why Intimacy With God Makes People Want to Follow You   

What is our story?

How did we get there?

Where do we want to end up?

"that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing to all, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Col. 1:10).

"I Live 4 U" means to live a life that brings honor to God. When we obey God in our thoughts, our attitudes, our words, our decisions and our actions, we are fully pleasing Him.

Your unique, one-of-a kind story can have a significant, life-changing impact on the lives of others. In ministry, I have discovered that a story has great power. The reason is because people connect to the story of our heart. All of us want a story that relates to our lives; we want an example, an illustration and a depiction.

I strongly believe that there is almost no other element as important as leading by example. The way in which we live our lives vividly and explicitly tells our story.

Most everyone has heard the saying, "Do as I say, not as I do." What a poor witness this establishes for other people. If we have genuinely accepted Jesus Christ into our life, it becomes evident that a new nature and spirit is working in us. His divine seed produces God's life in us, in such a way, that people don't have to wonder if we are really saved—Our life will give proof of it, making them desire to hear our story.

Paul makes this idea clear in Philippians 4:9, when he tells the church, "Do those things which you have both learned and received, and heard and seen in me." He is clear that his whole life is a living illustration of the power of intimacy with Christ. The gospel influenced Paul's messages and lifestyle. There were no hidden areas in his life. Jesus transformed him dramatically with a purpose. The purpose was that Paul's life would serve as a living demonstration of the power of the Spirit in the human heart.

When someone's life is changed through intimacy with God, their heart is fueled with a passion that unlocks their story. There is something relatable about these kinds of people. We identify with their lives and embrace their stories.

As we surrender our thoughts, emotions and works of the flesh to the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, we become a worthy vessel for the work of God's kingdom. Our lives are to be an illustration, leading by example. We are to think like God, act like God and possess a non-tolerant life-style towards sin that encourages people to connect with Jesus Christ.

People believe when they see something tangible, and they are encouraged when our life story continues to grow in Christ and depict His Spirit's transformational power.

Is your life a witness of the power of intimacy? 

Is the gospel transforming you?  

Are you living a life of obedience that honors God?

1. "I live 4 U": opens our heart to intimacy and connecting with God.

2. "I live 4 U": moves our life to be inspired by faith and expectation.

3. "I Live 4 U": inspires our thoughts to be informed in order to grow.

4. "I live 4 U": shares our story with others to be an illustration of honoring God. {eoa}

Mikel French has challenged "Spiritual Awakening" all across America, where many celebrations extended into multiple weeks and has conducted celebrations in France, Sweden, Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Germany, South Africa, Malawi, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Haiti, Japan, Singapore, India and Thailand. He conducted an outreach celebration in Manila, Philippines, reaching 200,000 teenagers with The Book of Hope. Through the generous support of partners, he has presented the message of Jesus Christ to millions of people in the nation of Russia through televised citywide Soul-Winning Celebrations. Mikel considers it an honor to assist in conducting the Annual Pastor's Conference, where thousands of pastors from Russia's 11 time zones come for training, teaching and equipping. Mikel and his wife, Marsha, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Rebecca Moore contributed to this article.


          Arm Yourself With These Scriptural Truths to Overcome Life's Biggest Challenges   

Genuine intimacy begins and ends with these four short words: "I Live 4 U."

"I Live 4 U" opens our heart to intimacy and connecting with God.

"I Live 4 U" moves our life to be inspired by faith and expectation.

"I Live 4 U" inspires us to be filled with the Word, informed in order to grow.

How can we expect God to fulfill His promises in our lives if we don't know what His promises are? The only way to know God's promises is through the revelation of God's Word to our hearts.

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory, both now and forever. Amen" (2 Pet. 3:18).

My prayer for you today as you read this is that as God's heart and intimacy is experienced in your life that the following 16 truths of God's Word will form Christ's character in you to function with strength and energy.

Today and every day this week I want you to read and declare these 16 promises of God's Word over your life:

I CAN:

"I can do all things because of Christ who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:13).

NO LACK:

"But my God shall supply your every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil 4:19).

NO FEAR:

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control" (2 Tim. 1:7).

"As God has dealt to each one a measure of faith" (Rom. 12:3, NKJV).

NO WEAKNESS:

"... the Lord is the strength of my life" (Ps. 27:1, MEV).

"The people who know their God will be strong and take action" (Dan. 11:32).

NO SUPREMACY OF SATAN OVER MY LIFE:

"For he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4b).

NO DEFEAT:

"[For] God .. always causes us to triumph in Christ" (2 Cor. 2:14b).

NO LACK OF WISDOM:

"But because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, whom God made unto us wisdom ..." (1 Cor. 1:30).

NO SICKNESS:

"... by his stripes we are healed" (Is. 53:5b).

"He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses" (Matt. 8:17b).

NO WORRIES & FRUSTRATIONS:

"Cast all your care upon Him, because He cares for you" (1 Pet. 5:7). In Christ, I am "care-free."

NO BONDAGE:

"And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Cor. 3:17).

"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 8:1b).

I am in Christ; therefore, I am free from condemnation.

NO LONELINESS:

[Jesus said,] "And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matt. 28:20b).

"I will never leave you, nor forsake you" (Heb. 13:5b).

NO CURSES OR BAD LUCK:

"Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by being made a curse for us—as it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"... so that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith" (Gal. 3:13a, 14b).

NO DISCONTENTMENT:

"... for I have learned in whatever state I am to be content" (Phil. 4:11).

NO UNWORTHINESS:

"God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor. 5:21).

I am excited about declaring these 16 awesome truths of God's Word over your life this week.

"I Live 4 U." {eoa}

Mikel French has challenged "Spiritual Awakening" all across America, where many celebrations extended into multiple weeks, and has conducted celebrations in France, Sweden, Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Germany, South Africa, Malawi, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Haiti, Japan, Singapore, India and Thailand. He conducted an outreach celebration in Manila, Philippines reaching 200,000 teenagers with The Book of Hope. Through the generous support of partners, he has presented the message of Jesus Christ to millions of people in the nation of Russia through televised citywide Soul-Winning Celebrations. Mikel considers it an honor to assist in conducting The Annual Pastor's Conference, where thousands of pastors from Russia's 11 time zones come for training, teaching and equipping. Mikel and his wife, Marsha, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Rebecca Moore contributed to this article.


          Your Limitless Source of Holy Inspiration and Uncontaminated Wonder   

God is calling every believer to a life of uncontaminated wonder where the power of contamination from sin has been broken. Jesus said that the pure in heart are the ones who will see God (Matt. 5:8). Intimacy opens our spiritual eyes so we understand who God is and who we are. The beauty of Christ captivates our spiritual eyes.

We started writing last week on intimacy. We talked about how the word can be analyzed from a perspective of "into me see." Through intimacy, we look into God's heart of love as He looks into us. For this reason ,intimacy is transformational. God's heart for connection inspires us to embrace the intimacy for His supernatural transformation.

Another way of saying this is that intimacy leads to purity. Many people think their impurity disqualifies them from intimacy. This is a great lie from the enemy. The unconditional love that we experience through intimacy inspires us towards holiness. We desire to be like Christ as our lives are filled with His presence. Without trying, we are inspired to be conformed to the likeness of Christ (Rom. 8:29).

Purity is essential for spiritual revelation. Hebrews 12:14 says that without holiness no one will see the Lord. Yet, this isn't a holiness based on our own merits; this is holiness based on the person of Christ abiding inside of us as we hunger and thirst to be intimate with Him. The more we see Him, the more we are inspired to see Him. The more we experience His love, the more we yearn to experience His love.

Our role is to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Each and every morning when we awaken, we should cultivate a desire to know, grow and learn, allowing eagerness, fearlessness and intensity for Christ's presence and Word to consume our heart and mind. Intimacy produces expectation in our lives.

Expect to experience God's extraordinary mercies and rich love every morning, afternoon and night. Be encouraged and energized to see what the new day brings in every aspect of your life. There is nothing so wonderful as a life inspired by faith. I believe we are to live expectant lives!

Inspire in its root meaning is; "to breathe, to blow in." Perhaps, its simplest meaning is; "to impart a truth or an idea to someone." Intimacy positions us close enough to His heart for Him to breath these truths into our souls.

His word becomes the fuel for holy inspiration. This Scripture is one of my favorite promises:

For he says, "In an acceptable time I have listened to you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.' Look, now is the accepted time; look, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2).

This tells me that a life of faith and favor is God's idea. It is experienced as we connect with Jesus in intimacy. The privilege of being called by the Holy Spirit to inspire and invite others into a life of faith and favor through Jesus Christ is extraordinary. The Word of God comes alive in our lives.

As believers when we trust and obey what His Word imparts in us, we activate our purpose and function with energy and vitality. His Word is the foundation to inspire us.

This week, experience His Word, His life, His breath as your heart is inspired to seek His heart. {eoa}

Mikel French has challenged spiritual awakening all across America, where many celebrations extended into multiple weeks, and has conducted celebrations in France, Sweden, Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Germany, South Africa, Malawi, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Haiti, Japan, Singapore, India and Thailand. He conducted an outreach celebration in Manila, Philippines reaching 200,000 teenagers with The Book of Hope. Through the generous support of partners, he has presented the message of Jesus Christ to millions of people in the nation of Russia through televised citywide Soul-Winning Celebrations. Mikel considers it an honor to assist in conducting The Annual Pastor's Conference, where thousands of pastors from Russia's 11 time zones come for training, teaching and equipping. Mikel and his wife, Marsha, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Rebecca Moore contributed to this article.


          Montenegro would fight against Serbia if NATO should ask   
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Party Crashers includes 20 amazing dance tunes. Must have for all club music lovers. Including famous artists like Amniza, Michael Clark and many more. Great French producer & Dj, David Hopperman, with a monster tune called Like I Like. On the vocal duty, you will recognize a gorgeous voice that belongs to no one else than Amanda Wilson! Paolo M deejay and Italian producer, born in Monopoli in Puglia, creating moments of delirium for the dance floor with his dj set in Club tours. DJ Producer Remixer Dejan Papic a.k.a.Amniza is born in Serbia. He usually DJing in his town and before he start working on music production he making only mix sessions. He produce mostly House music and some sub-genre of House such as Club, Disco and Funky House.

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          Fotbal: Concordia Chiajna a pierdut și al doilea meci amical din Serbia   
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          NATIONAL INSECT WEEK : HOVER FLIES WHICH KILL DAFFODILS, AND BEETLES IN HATS   
National Insect Week happens once every two years - and this is one of those years. So here's a little nudge to watch out for insects around you - maybe to post about them?

I've three to mention.

Merodon equestris (Narcissus Fly)
The first was a bit of a disaster. You know how I said I was sitting in a friend's garden when, instead of politely drinking tea I leapt up and started taking photographs instead?

Well, while I was looking at leaves the sun had chosen to spotlight, I noticed a hoverfly on a leaf. It wasn't moving. It was just sitting there. Ridiculously, I was worried about it straight away. Was it ill? Hungry? Dying?

I say 'ridiculously' because I'm not above sliding my fingers along a stem to rid it of aphids, or clapping my hands together to kill a gnat if it flies into my house. So why did I bother about this hoverfly? (Hover Fly? I'm never sure whether to stick the hover with the fly or leave them apart.) Well, for one things, there's something profoundly different between an individual and a crowd. And for another, it looked a bit like a bumble bee. And for another - when I began this blog I thought a hover-fly is a hover fly is a hoverfly. When I found there are 270 identified species of hoverfly in Britain (*1) . . .  I was . . . . . . gob-smacked! And when I began to peer at those around me with my camera (which I use as a microscope as well as a telescope and as a recorder of images) I was overwhelmed by the beauty in the variety of their colours. So - as you may have gathered - I have a bit of a soft spot for hoverflies.

Ignoring the tea, I tipped a little sugar onto a saucer, added a little warm water, stirred it up and dripped the resulting syrup onto the leaf as a kind of rescue package. I had no idea, no idea whatsoever whether hoverflies drink sugar water . . . but it looked like a bee . . . so I treated it like a bee.

Merodon equestris (Narcissus Fly)
After a while, I gently lifted it and took it to the apple tree and lowered it onto a blossom. It must have been recovering by then, I reckoned, because it immediately spurned that particular blossom, and chose another for itself. I didn't know if it would have any interest in apple-blossom-nectar . . . but a little sugar and a little sunshine was all I had to offer.

I took it's picture and left it to its own devices.

Next . . . look through google images . . . find a possible ID . . . upload the photo to iSpot and hope I was wrong. But I wasn't.

This hoverfly had been sitting on a waning daffodil leaf. This hoverfly was a Narcissus Fly. This hoverfly was a Merodon equestris. This kind of hoverfly lays an egg in the crown of a daffodils. The grub burrows into the bulb, takes up residence and turns it to slush. End of plant! (*2) Oh. Bother. I thought hoverfly larvae eat aphids. Why do there have to be exceptions?

Next up.
Another Hover Fly.

Meliscaieva auricollis?
For all that I've said how often people stop to talk when I'm taking photos, by fortunate chance rarely are they neighbours. But I'd started to take photos of this hover fly (Meliscaieva auricollis?) when a neighbour came down the hill. Just as she hoved a few feet away, a bee (honey bee? a bit too fast to tell) bomb dived the hoverfly and away they flew.
"Oh, you've frightened it!" I exclaimed. Aloud.
(Why do I talk aloud? I don't know. I just do)
My neighbour stopped.
"Not you! You didn't frighten it! It was a bee!"
Then realising she might not understand, I explained about hoverflies as we walked on together . . . and how interesting they are . . . and that although I don't know why I'm interested in finding out which one is which kind . . . I just am . . . even if I forget straight away and have to go back to start every time I see a new one . . . and she seemed to think this was all perfectly acceptable. Phew!

Next up.
This beetle.
A Dor Beetle (Geotrupes) ?

Probably a Dor Beetle
I found it walking along a path through a wood in Somerset. I photographed it from above, from its side and face on. Er. Where is its face? This, I decided, was a spooky monster! Where are its eyes?

Internet to the rescue . . .  to the bizarre . . . to the wonderful. That some beetles have eyes on the tops of their heads so they can see what's above them as well as where they're going.

And, thence . . . to beetles with hats on.

Scientists in South Africa have demonstrated that dung beetles, needing to make a fast get-away with their haul of dung (with a possible wife thrown in) can use the Milky Way as a guide when working out the most direct route from pile to burrow. They aren't interested in stars - just that bright straight line overhead. To check this out, the scientists made little hats for the beetles. Some were clear. Some were dark. The beetles with clear hats could walk in straight lines. Those with darkened ones couldn't. I doubt their counterparts in English woodland would have any chance of walking in a straight line over twigs and under leaves - let alone see the Milky Way through branches and clouds . . . but if you find the idea of beetles in hats appealing - you can read all about them here.

Will you be posting about insects in the next few weeks?
If so, let me know and I'll put the links here.
(Regardless of where you live!)


Here's one from Philip Strange (Science and Nature Writing) 
Love Bugs and Other Surprises at Bantham Beach in South Devon

Probably a Dor Beetle



*1 What are Hoverflies? - on the Microscopy Site
*2 Narcissus Bulb Fly - on the Pacific Bulb Society Site
* * *






NEW ADDITIONS TO THE 'IDENTIFYING THINGS' PAGE

ALL ABOUT HOVERFLIES - Including diagram of body parts. This is on the Microscopy site - which includes a 'POND LIFE IDENTIFICATION KIT'.
WHAT IS THAT INSECT? - On site of the Royal Entomological Society
MIRODON EQUESTRIS (NARCISSUS BULB FLY)  - On Pacific Bulb Society site.
BUG GUIDE.NET - Iowa State University Department of Entymology
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY - DRAGISA SAVIC (Serbia) - Large collection of clear photographs with IDs - flora, fauna, fungi of the kind you may not find elsewhere. A good place for rusts and lichens. Take time for an eye-opening browse.
IAN BEAVIS ON FLICKR - Photo Gallery with IDs of insects, amphibians etc. . . 





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          ARTS AND HEARTS   
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          Conozca los países que no existen para la ONU, pero que sin embargo son reales   
Las Naciones Unidas reconocen 193 Estados independientes, pero existe una larga lista de países 'fantasma' que cuentan con sus propias fronteras, monedas, leyes y gobiernos pero no gozan del reconocimiento de la ONU. El geógrafo británico Nick Middleton, de la Universidad de Oxford, ha publicado un atlas de países no reconocidos después de un extenso viaje por ambos hemisferios.

Middleton, citado por la BBC, dice que para escribir su nuevo libro, 'An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist' ('atlas de países que no existen'), se ha orientado en el sistema de determinación de Estados elaborado en 1933, durante la Conferencia Internacional de Estados Americanos en Montevideo, Uruguay. Según la Convención de Montevideo, para convertirse en un país una región debe tener un territorio definido, una población permanente, un Gobierno y "la capacidad para relacionarse con otros Estados".

Les presentamos una lista de países de todas partes del planeta que cumplen con los requisitos necesarios para su 'legalización' pero que, sin embargo, carecen de reconocimiento oficial por parte de las organizaciones internacionales:

1. República de Lakota

La República de Lakota está situada en el centro de EE.UU. y cuenta con una población de más de 100.000 personas. Se trata de un intento de la tribu siux lakota de recuperar el territorio sagrado de Colinas Negras, en el oeste de Dakota del Sur y el noreste de Wyoming, anexado por los colonizadores.

Aunque un juez del Tribunal Supremo de EE.UU. dictó en 1998 compensar a los siux con 600 millones de dólares, ellos rechazaron la indemnización. "Dicen que aceptar el dinero habría significado estar de acuerdo con el crimen", explicó Middleton.

2. Barotselandia

Barotselandia es un reino africano con una población de 3,5 millones de habitantes que ha declarado su independencia de Zambia.

3. Ogonilandia

Es un Estado africano no reconocido que se separó de Nigeria en el año 2012.

4. República de Murrawarri.

El Estado de Murrawarri, en la isla de Australia, se creó en 2013 después de que la tribu aborigen homónima escribiera una carta a la reina británica Isabel II solicitando que gobernara este país. Sin embargo, la delegación no recibió ninguna respuesta. El Gobierno de Australia, por su parte, tampoco ha reconocido la declaración de independencia.

5. Hutt River

El Principado de Hutt River, que se creó en 1970, es la micronación más antigua de Australia, y se encuentra 517 kilómetros al norte de Perth. Fue establecido por Leonard George Casley cuando él y sus asociados proclamaron la secesión del estado de Australia Occidental.

6. Christiania

La Ciudad Libre de Christiania es un barrio de Copenhague de unos 850 habitantes parcialmente autogobernado. Ocupa un área de 34 hectáreas en el barrio de Christianshavn de la capital danesa. Es famoso porque en él se permite el consumo y la venta de drogas blandas, por lo que recibe el apelativo de 'distrito verde'.

7. República de Uzupis

Es un barrio de la capital de Lituania, Vilna, conocido por su ambiente bohemio. Uzupis significa 'al otro lado del río'. El 1 de abril de 1997 el distrito, que cuenta con un Ejército de 12 personas, se declaró república independiente.

8. Wirtland

El primer país soberano experimental basado en Internet, Wirtland es un Estado autodeclarado pero no reconocido como entidad. Se trata de un experimento sobre la legitimidad y la autosostenibilidad de un país sin territorio.
9. El Reino Gay y Lésbico de las Islas del Mar del Coral

Es una micronación autoproclamada no reconocida establecida por un grupo de activistas LGBT australianos como acto de protesta política.

10. Principado de Sealand

Es un Estado autoproclamado con una población de 60 personas. Sealand está situado en la plataforma marina Roughs Tower, construida por la Marina Real británica en 1942 y localizada en el mar del Norte, a 10 kilómetros de la costa de Suffolk, en el Reino Unido.

11. República Libre de Liberland

El 13 de abril de 2015, el político euroescéptico checo Vit Jedlicka, junto con otros dos libertarios, declaró un pequeño territorio de tan solo siete kilómetros cuadrados, situado entre Serbia y Croacia, como nuevo Estado soberano y lo denominó Liberland.

12. Atlantium

Es un Estado 'no territorial' situado en una remota provincia rural de Australia. 'No territorial' significa que cualquier persona que se encuentre en cualquier parte del mundo puede convertirse en ciudadano de este país.

13. República de Molossia

La República de Molossia es una micronación que se encuentra en el estado estadounidense de Nevada y cuya creación fue anunciada por Kevin Baugh en 1999. Molossia comprende la casa de Baugh (que hace la función de Casa de Gobierno), de unos 40 metros cuadrados, así como unos 5.000 metros cuadrados de la propiedad circundante.

14. República de Minerva

La República de Minerva fue un intento de crear una micronación en una isla artificial. Su fundador fue el millonario y activista político Michael Oliver, quien escogió los arrecifes Minerva, situados en el océano Pacífico, para establecer la república en 1972. No obstante, el proyecto quedó abandonado en 1973

15. Ladonia

Ladonia es una micronación proclamada en Suecia en 1996 como resultado de una batalla legal entre el artista Lars Viks y las autoridades locales por dos esculturas llamadas Nimis y Arx, construidas en una reserva natural de Kullaberg, en el suroeste del país.

No obstante, las autoridades consideraron que las esculturas eran en realidad edificios y exigieron su desmantelamiento. Como consecuencia, Vilks anunció la creación de la micronación de Ladonia como acto de protesta.

Publicado: 11 nov 2015 21:17 GMT
https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/191194-mapa-mundo-paralelo-paises-existen-onu

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          Volley, Boris Yeltsin Cup femminile, ultima giornata: Russia-Serbia assegna il trofeo   

Volley, Boris Yeltsin Cup femminile, ultima giornata: Russia-Serbia assegna il trofeo
LaQuotaVincente.it.

La Boris Yeltsin Cup femminile è giunta all'ultima giornata. Si gioca infatti il quarto turno, con la Bulgaria che, dovendo riposare, ha già concluso il suo torneo chiudendo con 3 punti per via della vittoria per 3-1 con il Kazakistan e le sconfitte con Serbia, Turchia e Russia (3-0). Il programma dell'ultima giornata prevede due incontri.

Kazakistan-Turchia è la prima sfida. Si affrontano due formazioni a quota 3 punti, con la Turchia in grado di battere la Bulgaria per 3-0, ma ha perso con lo stesso risultato contro la Russia e, pur vincendo un set, si è arresa anche alla Serbia (3-1). La vittoria, ad ogni modo, non è a rischio. Il terzo posto è garantito, visto che pur salendo a 6 non potrebbe raggiungere la Russia per via dello scontro diretto.

Russia-Serbia è la seconda sfida, l'ultima di questa giornata della Boris Yeltsin Cup femminile. Si affrontano le due formazioni a 9 punti: chi vince alza il trofeo. La Serbia ha vinto tutte le sfide finora disputate, con due vittorie per 3-0 su Kazakistan e Bulgaria e il 3-1 sulla Turchia. A punteggio pieno anche la Russia, che ha battuto per 3-0 il fanalino di coda e per 3-1 la Turchia, oltre al 3-0 sulla Bulgaria nell'ultimo turno. Russia che cerca la terza vittoria nelle ultime quattro edizioni dopo le vittorie nel 2013 e nel 2015, oltre alla finale nel 2014 persa per 3-2 contro la Bulgaria.

Volley, Boris Yeltsin Cup femminile, ultima giornata: Russia-Serbia assegna il trofeo
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Serbian taekwondist Milica Mandic has won the gold medal at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championship in South Korea. The Olympic gold medalist from London beat reigning champion Hyeri Oh of South Korea 17-13 in the final of the under-73 kg tournament on Thursday, Tanjug reported. This was the second gold for Serbia in Muju after […]
          Russia to extend food ban in response to EU sanctions   
The Russian government wants to prolong countermeasures on the European Union for another 18 months, said Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. His statement comes a day after the EU extended its anti-Russia economic sanctions. “Of course, we will react adequately. Yesterday we discussed this issue with President Vladimir Putin and the government will submit a […]
          BBC: Albanian gangs control drug trafficking in UK   
Violent Albanian criminal groups have “considerable control” over drug trafficking in Great Britain. At the same time, Serbians and Turks “dominate high volume maritime cocaine logistics.” This is according to a BBC report, published under the headline, “Albanian gangs ‘controlling’ UK drug trafficking market,” that cited the National Crime Agency (NCA) annual assessment document. The […]
          Illegal Immigration - The intelligent signaling system at the Hungarian-Serbian border is fully operational   
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          Jackass   
When you think of things of great wealth one of the last things you would think off would be a donkey. Many a time as I strode through the pouring rain to make it through to a one on one with the goalkeeper only to have my boot catch the muddy turf and fall flat on my face. DONKEY! DONKEY! DONKEY! they would chant as I lay there, the mud hiding the tears on my cheeks. It hard to imagine that they are making a reference to, maybe the fact that the donkey was once responsible for the wealth of the Egyptians due to it being the means for transport of precious metals carried from Africa by donkeys? Or maybe it was them parodying my twisting silky dribbling referring to the donkeys carrying silk along the 'Silk Road' from Pacific Ocean to the Mediterranean, but I feel they were using it in the vain of the derogatory slant it has become. But fear not donkey lovers as the worth of donkeys is again to rise....

DONKEY CHEESE

It has taken the throne as the worlds most expensive cheese. I have touched on this before in the usual roundabout way here, but there is a new king in town and that king is 'Pule'. Pule comes from the Serbian word for 'foal'. Cue donkey fact....In the desert environment a donkey is able to hear the call of another donkey 60 miles away, they have far larger ears than horses.



But back to the cheese... This donkeys cheese comes in at a whopping £1000/kg. But whats so special about these donkeys I hear you say? Nothing really it is just that there is a terrible yield from donkey milk due to the very low percentage of fat and protein available. No wonder the coachman in Pinochio set up Pleasure Island. But surely everyone is a winner, you get to play pool, drink, smoke, fight, gamble and then when you have made enough of a 'jackass' of yourself you turn into a donkey and produce some of the most expensive cheese in the world. This is basically a metaphor for my life....



Another reason for why the cheese may cost so much is the danger that surrounds the milking of the donkeys. Due to there cautious and untrusting nature they are forever bucking their legs and this would be hazardous during milking as they would be forever kicking off their milking clusters. This could lead too many pathogens such as escherichia coli and salmonella getting into the milk through fecal contamination. ie Pony crap....



          UPDATE 1-Tennis-Eastbourne International men's singles semifinal results   
June 30 (Gracenote) - Results from the Eastbourne International Men's Singles Semifinal matches on Friday 2-Gael Monfils (France) beat 7-Richard Gasquet (France) 6-2 6-7(7) 7-6(4) 1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Daniil Medvedev (Russia) 6-4 6-4

             
For this week’s Menswear Monday installment, be inspired by this exotic approach to streetwear in SADAK’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection. The latest collection from the Berlin-based label was created with inspiration from both Japanese and Serbian culture, with Edo painting from the former merging with the latter’s traditional dress for a diverse yet elegant offering that […]
          Plan de Emergencias   
Oficina del Rector. Por designación directa de la autoridadDecanato de. Se designarán lugares como Centros de Operaciones y, desde los cuales el Comité de Operaciones deactivará el correspondiente Plan de Emergencia.
Toda acción, medida u operación de respuesta a emergencias será ejecutada
desde la
nominadora, serán igualmente responsables las oficinas del
Administración
Respuestas de Emergencia
Emergencias (COE)
como coordinará y dirigirá las actividades necesarias para la implantación del
mismo.
Comité de Emergencia Institucional (CEI)
El Comité de Emergencia Institucional del Recinto estará compuesto por los
decanos o sus representantes, por funcionarios en posiciones claves dentro de
los decanatos y por los miembros del Comité de Operaciones de Emergencias.
La función de este comité es coordinar los preparativos y actividades que se
deben llevar a cabo en caso de emergencia, en las diferentes áreas de trabajo
bajo su decanato, activar sus respectivos planes de emergencia y divulgar la
información de los planes de operaciones de emergencia entre los empleados.
Grupos de Apoyo Interno
Los grupos de apoyo interno estarán compuestos por el personal del
Departamento de Edificios y Terrenos, Guardia Universitaria, la Coalición de
Enfermería para Comunidades en Desastre (CONCID), Directores y por el
personal asignado en los Planes de Emergencia de cada departamento u
oficina.

La constitucion de 1961


  • La Constitución de 1961 estaba dividida en cuatro partes.
El preámbulo donde se invoca la protección de Dios y se exalta al Libertador Simon Bolivar y a los "grandes servidores de la patria".
La parte dogmática en la cual se establecen como pilares la democracia, la independencia y el carácter de forma federal del Estado venezolano, entre otros;
La parte orgánica, que constaba de doce títulos para un total de 252 artículos;
y las disposiciones transitorias compuestas por 23 disposiciones.
  • Sólo se reconocía como idioma oficial el castellano
  • El Estado venezolano se divide en: Estados, el Distrito Federal, Territorios Federales y las Dependencias Federales.
  • Los Estados se dividen en Distritos y estos en Municipios.
  • No existía la doble nacionalidad, por lo tanto el venezolano que obtuviese otra nacionalidad perdía automáticamente la nacionalidad venezolana.
  • Por primera vez en la historia constitucional venezolana no se hace mención al nombre o número de Estados que componen el país, para evitar hacer reformas constitucionales respecto a éste tema y regirlo por medio de una Ley Orgánica de división político-territorial.
LA UTOPIA:
--ese más allá posible-- ha de ser un instrumento decisivo para proyectar las visiones, el entusiasmo y las conductas mucho más lejos de lo que aportan los magros instrumentos del presente. La recreación de la utopía está a la orden del día. Pero ella no será mera especulación. Como siempre, guardará relaciones con el entorno humano en que se produce, y con sus necesidades. Mas ahora enfrenta la sagacidad, los recursos y la acción intencionada de los opresores, por una parte, y por otra debe engarzar las vivencias y los sueños, satisfacer el espíritu y el protagonismo de los que hasta ayer eran masa pasiva o telón de fondo. Retomemos a José Martí, este proveedor de futuro, sempiterno subversivo, para guiarnos bien contra todas las colonizaciones, incluidas las espirituales que pretenden hacernos cómplices de la dominación. Para volver a interpretar el mundo desde nuestra América y para prefigurar su porvenir, siempre con afán de cambio, como hizo él, ahora que deben multiplicarse los intérpretes y ser muchos millones los actores que conozcan y asuman las interpretaciones. Es urgente recuperar la iniciativa intelectual. En realidad el pensamiento sólo es válido si logra elevarse sobre sus condiciones de producción, y será más fructífero si es capaz de influir sobre ellas

GUAYANA Y SU AUTOPIALa guerra de guerrillas es una táctica militar de conflictos armados consistente en hostigar al enemigo en su propio terreno con destacamentos irregulares y mediante ataques rápidos y sorpresivos, voladuras de instalaciones, puentes y caminos o secuestros de armas y provisiones. Se utiliza con frecuencia en situaciones de guerra asimétrica que, gracias a su movilidad, a su fácil dispersión en pequeños grupos y a su habilidad para desaparecer entre la población civil, resultan muy difíciles de neutralizar. Algunas clasificaciones de conflictos, como la utilizada por el Departamento de Defensa de Estados Unidos, dividen las guerras según varios criterios, entre ellos el del tipo del enemigo a combatir. Siguiendo este criterio los conflictos armados pueden agruparse en Conflictos de Alta Intensidad o guerras convencionales (aquellas donde el enemigo es otro ejército, mejor o peor armado que el propio, pero ejército con cuarteles, centros de mando y territorio que defender), Conflictos de Media Intensidad o guerra de guerrillas (los realizados por grupos paramilitares sostenidos, pobremente armados, pero que controlan ciertas regiones de difícil acceso y con el apoyo tácito de la población directa o por los poderes electos a través de sus ejércitos) y por último los Conflictos de Baja Intensidad y también podría establecerse cierto grado de paralelismo con los movimientos terroristas (realizada por pequeños grupos que no controlan territorio y a veces son apoyados por una parte de la población -matanzas indiscriminadas contra la población civil- o por el contrario por una amplia mayoría contra los poderes establecidos, fuerzas del orden público, etc. o combinado).
En los ejércitos modernos, estos ataques son llamados "operaciones de comandos" si los realizan tropas regulares. El comando es un soldado o un grupo de soldados entrenados y armados en un ejército regular que realiza operaciones de comando audaces acciones en campo enemigo. Los guerrilleros también pueden actuar en relación con el ejército regular; pero son, normalmente milicias integradas por los civiles.

Las Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN) fueron la organización guerrillera creada por el Partido Comunista de Venezuela (PCV) en 1962, para dar forma a los nacientes grupos rebeldes que empezaban a operar en el país para derrocar por la fuerza al gobierno de Rómulo Betancourt. Según el ex oficial de la inteligencia cubana Ulises Estrada, la creación de las FALN se enmarcó en una política de apoyo de Fidel Castro a los movimientos armados de Latinoamérica.

Exactamente, porque hay "movimientos insurgentes" pacíficos, es que el nombre original es el más correcto, "movimientos guerrilleros", pero si gustas puedes dejar el de "insurgentes armados". Las formaciones paramilitares y contrainsurgentes, corresponden a otro fenómeno. Pueden estar toda clase de insurgentes de izquierda o derecha (como los Contra de Nicaragua), incluso aquellos sin ideología definida como los hay. Pero organizaciones paramilitares ilegales, organizadas desde las propias filas de algunos ejércitos (o policía), para combatir la insurgencia no puede estar en la misma categoría, pues no se rebelan o levantan contra nada, al contrario, nacen para defender el Estado. Si bien, Palestina no es un Estado reconocido oficialmente por la comunidad internacional, si es un Estado en formación que controla una porción de territorio, y por ende lo correcto es señalar que dichos grupos pertenecen al Territorio Palestino y no al israelí. Poner a Yugoslavia y Serbia juntos es como poner a la España de Franco y luego a la España contemporánea (o en el caso de Francia a la 4° y 5° Republicas), pues una es la sucesora de la otra, a diferencia de Croacia, Eslovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia y Montenegro, Serbia nunca se independizó de nada, solo cambio de nombre. Poner la bandera en el objetivo, es innecesario y honestamente se ve bastante desordenado. En general, creo debiera señalarse el estado (con bandera incluida) que actualmente controla el territorio en el cual funciona, o funcionó dicho movimiento. Si no, se tiende a la confusión. Imagina en una lista de ciudades si pusieramos todos los estados que la han controlado, que pasaría con Vilna o Danzig, por ejemplo. Saludos--Jcestepario (discusión) 16:58 24 ene 2009 (UTC)



Antes de la llegada de los europeos, la región de la actual GUAYANA fue habitada por tribus arawak y caribes, quienes la llamaron Guayana, que significa "tierra de muchas aguas".
Los holandeses comenzaron a explorar e instalarse en Guyana a finales del siglo XVI, seguido de los ingleses. Ambos comenzaron a comerciar con los pueblos amerindios en el alto. La Compañía Holandesa de las Indias Occidentales estableció una fortaleza en Kyk-over-al en 1616-1621 en lo que ellos llamaron el Condado de Essequibo. Tentativas de asentarse en el interior fracasaron, y los europeos se establecieron en la costa a mediados de los años 1700, donde crearon plantaciones trabajadas por esclavos africanos. Las cosechas principales eran el café, el algodón, y el azúcar, convirtiéndose éste en la cosecha principal. La calidad del suelo era pobre, pese a todo. Los esclavos, conducidos por Cuffy, (el héroe nacional de Guyana), se sublevaron en 1763 en lo que se conoció como la rebelión de los esclavos de Berbice. Los holandeses se establecieron en Guayana en el siglo XVI, pero su control terminó cuando los británicos se conviertieron en los gobernadores de facto en 1796. Las colonias de Esequibo, Demerara, y Berbice fueron cedidas oficialmente al Reino Unido en el tratado Anglo-Holandés de 1814 y en el Congreso de Viena en 1815. En 1831 se consolidaron como Guayana Británica.
 
Seguido de la abolición
Fonteras de la Guayana Británica en 1896.
 de la esclavitud en 1834, miles de trabajadores contratados fueron traídos a Guyana para reemplazar a los esclavos en las plantaciones de caña de azúcar, principalmente de la India, pero también de Portugal y China. Algunos sostienen que la población de hoy, donde hay dos tipos de guayaneses, los que son derivados de los esclavos africanos (afro-guyaneses), y aquellos que derivan de los sirvientes indios contratados (indoguyaneses). No obstante, la cultura guayanesa es homogénea en muchas formas, debido a la historia compartida, el matrimonio mixto, y otros factores.

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          Vergleich von Aktivantennen - Wellbrook ALA-1530S+ vs. Boni-Whip   

tl;dr:

Vergleich der Wellbrook ALA-1530S+ (350€) mit der Boni-Whip (119€). Die ALA-1530 rauscht weniger und hat im LW Bereich etwas weniger Pegel aber oft das bessere SNR, die Boni-Whip rauscht mehr und hat oft stärkere Pegel. Das Preis/Leistungsverhältnis der Boni-Whip ist hervorragend, die Antenne ist imVergleich zur Wellbrook extrem klein und unauffällig.


Notwendige Vorbemerkung:
Ich arbeite bei der Fa. WiMo, wir bieten eine der beiden hier besprochenen Antennen zum Verkauf an. Das legt natürlich einen gewissen BIAS nahe, ich bemühe mich aber um eine möglichst neutrale und faktenbezogene Betrachtung.

Vergleich von Aktivantennen

Seit einiger Zeit verwende ich eine Wellbrook ALA-1530S+ Antenne zum Hören. Vorher hatte ich eine andere, kleine Aktivantenne die schon recht ordentlich war. Aber die Wellbrook war um Klassen besser... Und zwar waren nicht die Signale lauter, sondern das Rauschen schwächer (bei etwa gleicher Signalstärke).

Mit anderen Worten - das Signal to Noise Ratio wurde erheblich verbessert. Gerade auf Langwelle habe ich nun NDBs gehört, von deren Existenz ich vorher noch nix geahnt hatte :)

Einen Nachteil hat die ALA-1530S+ allerdings - sie ist recht teuer, so um die 350€ bei Einkauf direkt beim Hersteller in Großbritannien. Dazu kommt dann noch der Versand, durch die nicht zerlegbare Größe der Schleife mit 1m Durchmesser sind das nochmal heftige 50 Euro. Nun haben wir im QRL (WiMo) eine neue Aktivantenne, die Boni-Whip von Bonito. Diese Antenne ist extrem klein und verhältnismässig preiswert (119,00 € im Oktober 2014). Diese beiden Antennen möchte ich vergleichen.

Testaufbau

Die ALA-1530S+ steht bei mir im Garten auf einem ca. 5m hohen Mast, dann folgen ca. 12m Kabel, die DC-Einspeiseweiche und ein Elad ASA-15 Antennen-Verteiler. Als Empfänger nutze ich hier im Test (wie auch sonst meist) den Elad FDM-S2, ein SDR. Die Boni-Whip habe ich auf einem weiteren Mast in etwa 4m Entfernung daneben aufgestellt, gleiche Höhe. Ein Umschalter vor dem Antennenverteiler lässt mich schnell zwischen den beiden Antennen umschalten.
Die Kabel sind nicht genau gleich lang, und auch von verschiedenem Typ, aber ich bin der Überzeugung dass das für diesen Vergleich keinen Unterschied macht. Bei Aktivantennen hat man einen so hohen Pegel hinter demVerstärker, dass die Kabeldämpfung auf Kurzwelle kaum was ausmacht.

Ich habe nun verschiedene Signal verglichen und immer zwischen den beiden  Antennen umgeschaltet. Dabei kam raus, das die Boni-Whip im Langwellenbereich sehr viel stärkere Signalpegel produziert, allerdings auch stärker rauscht. Das ist meistens problemlos zu verkraften, in Einzelfällen kann es aber sein, dass das bessere Signal-Rausch-Verhältnis der ALA-1530S+ den Unterschied zwischen gut und kaum verständlich ausmacht.

Hier die Messwerte, die Pegel (in dB) wurden grob gemittelt.

Station/Frequenz           ALA-1530S+   Boni-Whip
RUB Moscow 66kHz                      -101    - 74
HGA22 135.43 kHz unmod. carrier       - 75    - 55
DDH47 147.3 kHz                       - 98    - 74
DLF Donebach 153kHz                   - 47    - 27
NKR 292kHz (NDB, carrier)             - 88    - 73
NKR mod sideband quiet                - 105   - 90
NKR mod sideband modulated            - 92    - 77
France Inter Lyon 603kHz              - 48    - 49
Trieste Radio 2624kHz (Sprachspitzen) - 80    - 74
RFI 3965 DRM                          - 66    - 60 
HEB 4250.5kHz                         - 70    - 60
Radio Serbia Intl. 6100 kHz           - 37    - 40
"D" 7039kHz                           -104    -104

Man sieht, gerade im LW-Bereich liefert die Boni-Whip oftmals bis zu 20dB stärkere Signale. Weiter oben auf Mittelwelle und Kurzwelle sind die Antennenpegel nahezu gleich, die Unterschiede gehen im Fading des Signals unter.

Hier nun ein paar Spektren im Vergleich.


Der Sender des DWD auf 147.3kHz. Oben das Signal der ALA-1530S+, unten die Boni-Whip. Deutlich zu erkennen ist der höhere Rauschpegel (das hellere Hintergundrauschen, blau im Bild). Das fette Signal rechts ist der DLF auf 153kHz. Mit beiden Antennen war das Signal des DWD einwandfrei zu dekodieren.



Die NDB "NKR" auf 293 kHz (CW). Auch hier wieder ist das stärkere Rauschen der Boni-Whip zu sehen, das Nutzsignal war aber entsprechend auch stärker und gut zu verstehen.




Radio France Inter aus Lyon auf 603 kHz (AM). Auf Mittelwelle und höher sind die Signalpegel ähnlich, die Boni-Whip rauscht etwas mehr, so dass das SNR ungünstiger wird. Hier war zum ersten Mal zu beobachten, das die Verständlichkeit des Signales mit der ALA-1530 besser war, einfach nur aufgrund des besseren SNRs.



Radio Triest mit Wetterdurchsagen auf 2624 kHz (LSB). Hier ist die ALA-1530S+ nun endgültig im Vorteil. Das SSB Signal von Radio Triest ist mit der Boni-Whip zwar noch wahrnehmbar, aber kaum noch verständlich - das SNR ist zu ungünstig geworden.




Radio France Intl. auf 3695 kHz (DRM). Das DRM-Signal liess sich von beiden Antennen nicht negativ beeindrucken und konnte gut dekodiert werden. Der DRM-Decoder gab ein SNR von ~12 - 13dB an, das reicht gerade so zum stabilen Dekodieren.





Radio Serbia Intl. auf 6100 kHz (AM). Bei etwa gleichen Pegeln stört das stärkere Rauschen der Boni-Whip etwas. Bei starken Fading-Einbrüchen leidet dann doch die Verständlichkeit etwas.



Das 40m Amateurfunkband von 7000 bis ca. 7150 kHz. Hier zeigt sich deutlich, dass das bessere Signal-Rausch-Verhältnis der ALA-1530 einen auch sichtbar klareren Emfpang bietet. Die SSB-Signale am rechten Bildrand gingen bei der Boni-Whip im Rauschen ziemlich unter,waren aber noch aufzunehmen.




Das 30m Amateurfunkband, der DWD auf 10100.8 kHz in der Bildmitte. Rechts davon das Telegrafie-Pileup von VK9XSP :)


Und hier mal breite Spektren im Vergleich:
0 - 4500 kHz auf der ALA-1530S+...

0 - 4500 kHz auf der Boni-Whip.
Man sieht die deutlich höheren Pegel im LW-Bereich, aber auch das stärkere Rauschen. Weiter oben sind die Unterschiede nicht mehr so gravierend.


4500 - 9000 kHz auf der ALA-1530S+...

4500 - 9000 kHz auf der Boni-Whip.


Vergleiche auf höheren Frequenzen haben zu so später Stunde nichts mehr gebracht, schon auf 20m war in unseren Breiten kaum noch was zu hören. Vielleicht mache ich am Wochenende nochmal tagsüber einen Vergleich.

Fazit

Für den  täglichen Betrieb möchte ich die ALA-1530S+ nicht missen. Das bessere Signal-Rausch-Verhältnis macht in einzelen Fällen den Unterschied zwischen hören und nicht-hören. Gucke ich mir allerdings das Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis und die Größe der beiden Antennen an, dann ist die Boni-Whip deutlich im Vorteil. Gerade bei beengten Platzverhältnissen und leicht reizbaren Nachbarn (die Loop der ALA-1530 ist doch recht auffällig) ist die winzige und preisgünstigere Boni-Whip unschlagbar. Ich könnte mir vorstellen die auch mal im Urlaub in den Koffer zu werfen, was bei der Wellbrook-Antenne undenkbar wäre.






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Kid Vibes, awarded DJ and music producer with more than 150 releases and official remix for Pitbull is thrilled to announce the release of the latest single titled [Tonight] featuring JUICE (Serbian Rapper) & DON BANG (Nigerian Pop/Reggae Star). Music and Video available everywhere on 30-6-2017.   Don Bang is a Nigerian Singer/Songwriter based in […]

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          Capri Hollywood to open with The Brothers Bloom european premiere   

the "Capri, Hollywood 2008 - Honda International Film Festival" will open on december with the European premiere of Rian Johnson's "The Brothers Bloom".

 

The Brothers Bloom is a 2009 caper film written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, Zachary Gordon, Nora Zehetner and Rinko Kikuchi. Shooting began in Belgrade, Serbia on March 19, 2007 and ended recently. The film is budgeted at $20 million. It will have a limited release on May 15, 2009, and expand into wide release two weeks later on May 29.
 
The world's greatest con men, the Brothers Bloom, have made a living off of swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Stephen (Ruffalo) and Bloom (Brody), and their silent partner and sidekick Bang-Bang (Kikuchi) team up for one last job, conning beautiful heiress Penelope (Weisz) by taking her on a tour of the world and relieving her of US$2.5 million. On the way, Bloom (who has no first name in the entire movie) falls for Penelope, which complicates the con severely.

http://www.brothersbloom.com/

 


          EU backs Serbia's new government amid Russian doubts   
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MOSCÚ (Sputnik) — La neutralidad militar es actualmente la postura óptima para Serbia, que está interesada en la estabilidad regional, afirmó en entrevista con Sputnik la primera ministra del país, Ana Brnabic.
          La "colosal amenaza" rusa para la seguridad nacional de EEUU es... ¿un perro?   
El Centro Humanitario Ruso-Serbio, en la ciudad serbia de Nis, cuyo objetivo es atender las contingencias humanitarias en Serbia y los países vecinos, ha sido acusado por diplomáticos estadounidenses de espionaje.
          The problem of terrorism in India or The curse of terrorism   

          THE PROBLEM OF TERRORISM IN INDIA
                                     OR
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Terrorism means ‘to use terror-inspiring methods by terrorists to force a government or a community to make them agree to fulfill their demand.’  When a group of persons want to have an independent state, they attack the established government with arms and ammunition. Such persons are called terrorists. They disturb the peace of the state and the people. They kill innocent persons and peace-loving community and thus create terror in the hearts of people. Now-a-days terrorism has become a perennial problem for many countries of the world. India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Serbia, Uzbekistan etc., are some of the countries, that are suffering from this problem. There are some countries of the world that prepare terrorists. They give them training in arms and other necessary things for their training and living. Then they send them to their neighboring countries only to create trouble there.
     During the British rule, a group of young persons, inspired by patriotic feelings killed many English men, who oppressed our countrymen. These patriotic young men were called terrorists by the British government in India. But for Indians those patriotic youngmen were freedom-fighters. They are called martyrs and are remembered with great respect by the Indians. But the terrorism of today is quite different. It is against humanity. The terrorists of today are killing innocent persons for their selfish aim. Minor success of some evil persons in the achievements of their aims inspires others to follow it.
        In India, terrorism has prevailed in North-eastern states in Nagaland, Mizoram, Assam and Tripura. In Jammu and Kashmir and some times inPunjab, Pakistan has been creating a great trouble and terror. This country has been sending terrorists into our country for many years. It has been supporting them with arms and ammunitions, money and training. The aim of this country is to annex Jammu and Kashmir through creating terror in our country. Thousands of lives of peace-loving people are killed. So it is the duty of every government to crush terrorism with an iron hand. An international conference should be held to deal with this problem of terror under the sponsorship of the United Nations. Peace and prosperity can prevail if terrorism is ended..

          UPDATE 1-Tennis-Eastbourne International men's singles semifinal results   
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          Serbian Lawmakers Elect First Openly Gay Prime Minister    
Serbian lawmakers on Thursday elected Ana Brnabic, who is openly lesbian, to be the nation's next prime minister

          SBB u naselju blok 23, Novi Beograd   

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          Wimbledon 2017: Chờ "kinh điển" Nadal - Federer ở chung kết   

Theo kết quả bốc thăm chia nhánh ở Wimbledon 2017, hai ứng viên sáng giá cho chức vô địch là Rafael Nadal và Roger Federer chỉ có thể đối đầu nhau nếu giành vé vào chung kết.

Tuy nhiên, để có thể biến trận "chung kết trong mơ" thành hiện thực, cả hai tay vợt này sẽ phải vượt qua những cửa ải vô cùng khó khăn.

Cụ thể, theo bốc thăm, đối thủ đầu tiên mà "ông vua sân đất nện" sẽ phải chạm trán là tay vợt người Australia John Millman.

Nếu chiến thắng và tiến sâu, nhà vô địch Roland Garros có thể sẽ gặp hai tay vợt được đánh giá cao là Marin Cilic hoặc Kei Nishikori (tứ kết) và xa hơi là Andy Murray hoặc Stan Wawrinka (bán kết).



Ở nhánh đấu còn lại, thách thức lớn nhất mà Roger Federer có thể sẽ phải đối mặt chính là tay vợt người Serbia Novak Djokovic.

Tuy nhiên, trước khi nghĩ đến trận đấu này, "tàu tốc hành" người Thụy Sĩ cần phải vượt qua Alexandr Dolgopolov ở trận ra quân, tiếp đó là những thách thức tiềm tàng như Grigor Dimitrov (vòng 4), Milos Raonic hoặc Alexander Zverev Jr. (tứ kết).

Trong khi đó, ở nội dung đơn nữ, vùng thiếu vắng Serena Williams và Maria Sharapova, cuộc chiến đến ngôi hậu vẫn hứa hẹn sẽ diễn ra kịch tính khi góp mặt những tay vợt hàng đầu vào thời điểm này.

Angelique Kerber và Simona Halep là những tay vợt được đánh giá cao cho chức vô địch ở nội dung đơn nữ tại giải Grand Slam thứ ba trong năm.

Tuy nhiên, để có thể đăng quang tại giải đấu này, họ cần phải vượt qua những cái tên như Karolína Plíšková, Elina Svitolina, Caroline Wozniacki và đáng chú ý là nhà vô địch Roland Garros Jeļena Ostapenko./.
          Serbia lawmakers elect first female, openly gay prime minister   

Serbian lawmakers have elected a lesbian as the country's first female prime minister, making history in the predominantly conservative Balkan country.

Parliament voted 157-55 on Thursday to approve the government of 41-year-old Ana Brnabic, who became the nation's first openly gay head of government.

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          Pomoćni radnica/ radnik u kuhinji - GIROS SERBIA DOO - Posao Beograd   

RADNICA/RADNIK U KUHINJI (više izvršilaca) (mesto rada Beograd)   Opis posla: Prenos namirnica iz magacina do kuhinje Odvajanje i priprema svih namirnica za spremanje Održavanje higijene u kuhinji Rad na pripremi hrane, seckanje namirnica
          FLOSS Activities June 2017   

Changes

Issues

Review

Administration

  • Debian: redirect 2 users to support channels, redirect 1 person to the mirrors team, investigate SMTP TLS question, fix ACL issue, restart dead exim4 service
  • Debian mentors: service restarts, security updates & reboot
  • Debian QA: deploy my changes
  • Debian website: release related rebuilds, rebuild installation-guide
  • Debian wiki: whitelist several email addresses, whitelist 1 domain
  • Debian package tracker: deploy my changes
  • Debian derivatives census: deploy my changes
  • Openmoko: security updates & reboots.

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          I Padroni dell'Umanità    

In questa raccolta è il rigore dell'analisi a trascinare sul banco degli imputati i "padroni dell'umanità" e le idee che per decenni, anzi secoli, hanno giustificato lo sfruttamento capitalistico e le guerre, dal Vietnam al Nicaragua, dal Centro America alla Serbia e all'Iraq.

Principali accusati restano gli Stati Uniti: un'economia ufficialmente liberista ma in realtà sovvenzionata dallo Stato, una visione "messianica" del proprio ruolo nel mondo, una società dominata dalle multinazionali, la manipolazione dell'opinione pubblica per costruire un "consenso senza consenso" e piegare le masse "stupide" alla volontà di pochi "illuminati", la deroga al principio di universalità che vorrebbe regole uguali per tutti nel diritto internazionale, l'indifferenza e anzi l'occultamento della catastrofe ambientale: sono questi per Chomsky gli elementi fondanti di un potere non solo statunitense ma globale, che agisce per assoggettare i popoli e fare gli interessi di pochi, con il consenso e il belletto intellettuale fornito dalle tecno-intellighenzie di turno.

Questo universale richiamo morale è il fiume carsico di tutte le opere di Chomsky, una delle voci più autorevoli dei nostri tempi, in grado come pochissimi altri di pronunciare verità indocili e di indicare la strada di un vero cambiamento.

Introduzione di Marcus Raskin.


          Il Regime dei Padroni   

La Fiat di Sergio Marchionne è la cartina di tornasole dell'Italia del futuro. Giorgio Cremaschi, presidente della Fiom, il più combattivo sindacato italiano, descrive lo snodarsi di una vicenda che sta segnando il paese col piglio ironico del grande narratore e con la passione di chi non è disposto a rinunciare a dire la verità in cambio di facili compromessi.

Il caso Melfi, Pomigliano, lo spostamento delle linee produttive di Mirafiori in Serbia, le fabbriche in Polonia, Brasile e Usa.

Un impero fatto sulla pelle di chi lavora e finanziato con i soldi pubblici, un terremoto che coinvolgerà tutto e tutti. Il libro snocciola fatti e cifre su cui Cremaschi basa una denuncia aperta e spietata: l'Italia, da Berlusconi a Marchionne, si sta tramutando in un vero e proprio regime dei padroni.

 


          Deda Pero   

Packaging design for “Deda Pero” rakia and honey. Cyrillic typography is handmade. Patterns are stylisation of traditinal Serbian patterns found in monasteries, clothes, old banknotes, etc. Materials used: glass, paper and wood.
Designed by: Atelje Studio, Serbia.
 

 
 

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          Serbia quiere adquirir experiencia rusa en el ámbito de altas … – Sputnik Mundo   

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          Eurovision Preview: The Grand Final   

It's Grand Final time and tension is building to see who actually does win this year's contest.

Five countries automatically qualify for the Final and I thought I might preview each of them and see how they stack up.

United Kingdom
The UK have had an up-and-down experience with Eurovision of late, with some years doing quite poorly and other years doing pretty well. They haven't won in a good 10 years though. I don't think they'll win this year though. Andy does a great job with this song and it's quite a catchy, toe-tapping single. What he does on stage on the night to make it even more spectacular is to be seen, but the song is a chart buster.
Dix points

Germany
Nothing says lots of points more than a group of young, attractive women in little dresses - this is Germany's entry this year. And they come with a pretty Europoppy song which really should go far in the competition. It's quite possible that this one could be in the top 5 but after the Semi Finals results Europe can't be prejudged as usual. An enjoyable song and an enjoyable group.
Dix points

France
The French hate this one because it's sung in English most of the way through. But for the rest of us it's a breath of fresh air. For once, the French have given us something other than big women wearing flowing dresses moaning about lost loves in French. The background vocals sound great in the preview clip but haven't been working as well in the rehearsals, so it will be interesting to see how they go. This one is truly Divine.
Douze points

Spain
Instead of actually trying this year, Spain has sent a ridiculous entry. However, it is Spain and many people do want to know if the Spanish have intelligence so it's probably a good choice. Rodolfo is scary and old. At least he won't be alone in the Eurovision Retirement Home this year - he'll have some Croatians to keep him company. A bizarre song about a dance. Europeans will probably love it, but I really don't.
Huit points

Serbia
It's more of the same from Serbia this year, with another ballad and lots of musical intervals. Another woman, but this time she looks feminine. It doesn't do much for me and the only reason why it's in the final is because they won last year. I don't think it's going to do all that well this year. But we don't mind - it's Serbia.
Six points

And my top five?
Sweden, Ukraine, Norway, France and Germany

I could pick a winner, but I will most probably choose the song that ends up being near the bottom. However, in the spirit of Eurovision, I'm going with a Norweigan victory. Let's see how I go.


          Eurovision Round Up: Semi-Final 1   

It's finally time. The greatest event on the world calendar is finally with us. Granted, it was with Europe a couple of days ago, but it takes a long time for the ship with copies of the tapes to reach Australia. Tonight on SBS is Semi-Final 1. And I am here with the annual round up of this Semi-Final. Ten of the songs in tonight's show will go to the Final on Sunday night (AEST).

Montenegro
Thanks to the bondage women for their support in the Black Mountain's song tonight. Stefan did a pretty good job. Pity about the hair though. Obviously girl's hair is the thing in Montenegro. As are red handprints. Bit of a rock-type song, which has been quite popular of late. Not sure if Europe would really enjoy it though - the lead guitar did go off though. That was pleasing to hear. What wasn't pleasing to see was his face. Poor man.
Six points

Israel
Israel usually has good looking men. Well that's what I've certainly seen in porn anyway. And look, I'm not complaining about Boaz's big arms. And he's only 20. Bless his soul. The voice could do with some work though. He just didn't quite sound that right. Not too funny really... as opposed to him singing in English. It's always entertaining to hear Europeans sing in English. There's something about hearing them make an r sound that tickles my funny bone.
Six points

Estonia
Crazy Radio has been trying to get into Eurovision for a while. Obviously they were judged on their looks. But their choreography is probably the best I've ever seen in Eurovision history. Nothing can beat old men bopping to music. And these men could even be mistaken for The Wiggles. It's great. It's also wonderful to see a song about veggies and scantly-clad women waving flags. I wonder if anything else of theirs is flapping...
Sept points

Moldova
Pink eyeshadow used to be in fashion, I'm sure. Whether Geta has checked the latest catwalks or not I can't say, but man she painted it on. Big mistake. Big mistake to also be standing on a couch. Everyone always heard their mothers scream "Get the fuck off the couch! Couches are sitting on, not jumping on!" yet Geta obviously missed that part of her upbringing. But I suppose the couch does match the fact that this is lounge music, and hey, not too bad either. It just feels as though it is missing something. Oh no, there it was - the singing in English.
Quatre points

San Marino
Welcome to SM and Miodio. There is a reason why you were left in Italy on your own for so long. Couldn't they find a better-looking lead singer? Already it seems that black and white are the colours/shades for the evening, though this song did leave me in a bit of a blue mood. The old ghost-like figure was a nice touch. Diverted the eyes away from the singer for a touch. Pity he didn't seem all that strong with the vocals - he'll need a bit of practice if he gets through.
Quatre points

Belgium
Thank christ for a made-up language. And thank christ for a boiled lolly dress! You can always trust Belgium to bring us the crazy ESC entries. Nothing says fucking fantastic more than the use of the clarinet in a song. I'm enjoying this one immensely. And obviously the crowd is too. Joyous! And those tiny bowler hats are simply wonderful. A nice touch. Ooh Julissi...
Douze points

Azerbaijan
Huh? What? Angels? A male? That's a male? Now I'm confused. Not even 6 year old boys can get that high. Well, there's certainly a bulge there, so we can rule that option out. Bit of a crazy song, angels against the darkness. Impressive though and possibly quite a popular one. Has that Arabic feel but not completely overdone like some Soviet countries have done in the past. I quite liked it and the pyrotechnics helped the cause.
Huit points

Slovenia
I'm always a fan of bondage. I'm already hooked. And finally - true Eurovision! Costume changes, music one can dance to, wind machine ... it's all there as it should be. And hot men in black... on roller skates. Being lead on leashes. What more can you ask for? This could be a big disco hit. Enjoyable. One of the best so far!
Douze points

Norway
A stage of blondes, a perfect pop song and more windy hair - Eurovision continues. I don't think Maria would ever be lonely, neither would any of her back up singers. And of course that's based on her singing ability, which is quite good. I enjoyed this one. Pure pop and well crafted. I would've liked to have seen more cleavage. That might have helped win more votes.
Dix points

Poland
Isis Gee is quite a women. It's hard to work out if she's really really blonde, or really really tanned. Or is that dress really really blue? It is really really tight though. A beautiful ballad presented by Poland tonight, a typical ballad for the Contest and one that is sure to be a favourite of many. And the best thing about Miss Bright-Hair-Bright-Teeth-Dark-Skin is that she is quite a powerful singer. I could imagine Dicko, Marcia and Kyle's comments already...
Huit points

Ireland
A puppet. Great. The only reason why I'm currently bopping is because of the music... and the fact that there are hot men dressed for the Mardi Gras. Extra points for that. It's quite an interesting song, and one that would probably do quite well if there was a human as the artist and not as the hand-up-the-arse. Extra points for the costumes - for the first time in history, orange, green and white have been used quite well in costumes. But it's good for the Irish to know they've got no hope of winning this year.
Deux points

Andorra
Oh Casanova save me! Welcome back to Eurovision after the minor hiccup that was a turkey. And welcome to Andorra who have one of the favourites for this year's Contest. It is a fun one too. Nothing says fun more than someone wearing a hat which makes them look like a bee. The crazy dominatrix dress doesn't help the cause either. But she's enjoying it. And honestly, so am I.
Douze points

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ahhh a wedding. It's been a while. However, I would be distressed to find my brother hiding with my knickers. By looking at the two singers, I'm worried about their mental health. Maybe they were locked in a cellar for 20 years. As for the song, it's quite a catchy one. It has got quite a lot of parts all woven together and the spoken parts really set it off. Quite a fun song and one I will be listening to again.
Dix points

Armenia
Hello good looking boys in black. I just need to cut the hair off. And then there's the actual singer, with rotating hips of steel. I wonder if there are men jumping at the chance to hold her tight? Back to the boys though - they need to visit Australia. Armenian dancer boys, if you're reading this, my bed's available. Qele, qele! I'd dance to this often. Woohoo!
Huit points

The Netherlands
My bed's obviously not going to be big enough for the Armenian boys and now the Dutch boys. I suppose I could squeeze them in. I can say that I'm enjoying Hind's contribution to Eurovision this year. Very sultry woman. Very dark and brooding. I like it. Beautiful pop music too, which makes the whole thing so much better. Extra points for the hot boys and their overalls.
Dix points

Finland
Ever since Lordi, rock has been prominent. And it seems Finland think they need to capture Lordi again to win. Hey, I'm not complaining about seeing half naked rock men going like crazy on stage... but I'm not sure it's going to work again this year. It's not a bad song by any means and certainly not as heavy as Lordi's effort - it's something I'd listen to regularly. I wonder what their other stuff is like. But for Eurovision? I dunno.
Six points

Romania
Hello Nico and Vlad! Ahhh it's nice to hear a calming ballad, beautifully sung, contrasted with a slightly more upbeat section. I'm not sure about her green things. Why they're hanging off her dress, I really don't know. Other than that, this song is quite a nice one. I like this one. And his eyes too.
Huit points

Russia
So, the weightlifter's massive in Serbia. Yes. We can see that -it's sticking out right in front of me. Now the song... A perfect boy song. I have a feeling that Dima would've sung far better in Russian than in English but still, he did a pretty good job. I am confused about the skater though. How he fits in is probably something that needs reading up on. Extra extra points for the opening of the shirt. No wonder the world loves Russian men...
Dix points

Greece
A HUGE favourite from Greece this year, and of course she doesn't disappoint. Secret Combination is Eurovision at its best - pop, synth beats, colourful dresses and (relatively) good looking male back up dancers. The huge-assed heart really tops the whole thing off. A crowd favourite and sure-fire hit. This one could do quite well in the Oz charts if it was to be released. Well done Greece. They obviously know how to party.
Douze points

And now it's all done. Semi 1 complete. Before Europe has their say I need to have mine!

Hello Belgrade. Hello Europe. My selection for the final, in no particular order, is:
1. Belgium
2. Slovenia
3. Andorra
4. Norway
5. Bosnia and Herzegovina
6. The Netherlands
7. Russia
8. Greece
9. Armenia
10. Poland

And the real results... Israel, Azerbaijan, Norway, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, Finland, Romania, Russia and Greece.

Seven out of ten. Not bad. But disappointed that all my faves didn't get through. The rest better be bloody good tomorrow! Typical Eurovision.

Until then...


          Human Rights Watch Country Profiles: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity   

The following are excerpts from the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report  that relate to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The report, released in January 2017, documented events of 2016. In some cases, we have added updates from the first half of 2017.

The countries are all listed below in alphabetical order. This compilation is not comprehensive. If a country is not listed, that means there was no mention of LGBTI/SOGI issues for that country in the 2017 World Report. For example, many of the smaller Caribbean countries and some African countries are omitted due to research limitations, but most have anti-LGBT laws on the books and pervasive homophobia and transphobia. On the other hand, several countries that are not included here made progress in the 2016-2017 period: Belize, Nauru and the Seychelles all decriminalized consensual same-sex conduct, for example. Human Rights Watch has only recently begun investigating the rights of intersex people, so there are few references to intersex rights.

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Argentina

In 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage. The Civil Marriage Law allows same-sex couples to enter into civil marriages and affords them the legal protections of marriage enjoyed by opposite sex couples, including adoption rights and pension benefits. Since 2010, nearly 15,000 same-sex couples have married nationwide. In 2012, the landmark Gender Identity Law established the right of individuals over the age of 18 to choose their gender identity, undergo gender reassignment, and revise official documents without any prior judicial or medical approval.

Armenia

Activists reported that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LBGTI) people face discrimination, harassment, and violence. The government has not addressed hate speech or discrimination against LGBTI people. Gender identity and sexual orientation are not included as protected grounds in anti-discrimination or hate speech laws, limiting legal recourse for many crimes against LGBTI people. Following the October 2015 Rainbow forum, organized by Armenian LGBTI-friendly groups to discuss protection and promotion of minority rights, anonymous people targeted some participants with intimidation and threats, mostly on social media, including to burn and kill them. Authorities refused to launch a criminal investigation into the threats, citing lack of evidence. In June 2016, the LGBT rights group, PINK Armenia, published a survey revealing that 90 percent of the population is hostile to LGBTI people and support limits on their rights. In July 2016, PINK Armenia released a report documenting 46 cases of violence and discrimination against LGBTI people in 2015. The government has not taken meaningful steps to combat stereotypes and discrimination against LGBTI people.

Australia

Australia does not recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Australian government announced a plebiscite on the right of same-sex couples to marry, but political opponents blocked it, arguing a plebiscite is expensive and wasteful and that the issue should be determined by a parliamentary free vote.

Australia continued its policy of intercepting asylum seekers and forcibly transferring them to Nauru and, until 2016, to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Asylum seekers or refugees perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) face harassment and abuse despite the recent decriminalization of same-sex conduct in Nauru. In Papua New Guinea, such conduct remains criminalized.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh witnessed a spate of violent attacks against secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, foreigners, and members of religious minorities in 2016. Prominent gay activists Xulhaz Mannan, the founder of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) magazine, and Mahbub Rabby Tonoy, the general secretary of the group, were  murdered in April. Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for the killings. Fearing for their lives, many LGBT activists sought temporary refuge outside the country.

“Carnal intercourse against the order of nature” carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. In May 2017, police raided a private gathering of gay and bisexual men, and allegedly paraded them in front of media, exposing them to their families and the public. Authorities said they declined to press charges under the colonial-era sodomy law because they did not catch the men in the act of sexual intercourse. The government has twice rejected recommendations to repeal the colonial-era law during its Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council. The Bangladesh cabinet in 2014 declared legal recognition of a third gender category for hijras—a traditional cultural identity for transgender people who, assigned male at birth, do not identify as men—but the absence of a definition of the term or procedure for gaining recognition of third gender status led to abuses in implementation of the legal change. In June and July 2015, a group of hijras were subjected to harassment and invasive and abusive physical examinations at a government hospital as a requirement to join a government employment program. The Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission in 2017 agreed with LGBT civil society groups to establish a desk at the commission for reporting SOGI-related issues.

Belarus

Parliament adopted a vaguely worded bill in May 2016 on “protecting children from information harmful for their health and development.” These provisions may be used to restrict dissemination of neutral or positive information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as “discrediting the institution of the family.”

Bolivia

In May 2016, the Plurinational Assembly passed a bill that allows people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. Same-sex couples in Bolivia are not allowed to marry or engage in civil unions. The 2009 constitution defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo Open Centre, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights organization, documented 23 cases of hate speech and incitement of violence and hate and two crimes and incidents motivated by prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the first three months of 2016. The reaction of authorities to these incidents is generally inadequate. There was no progress in police investigations into the 2014 attack on a film festival that Sarajevo Open Centre organized.

In its annual progress on Bosnia and Herzegovina published in November, the European Commission highlighted the failure of authorities to amend the constitution, in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights and to implement rulings by the Constitutional Court. The report also identified inadequate legal protection for LGBTI persons and the failure of authorities to protect adequately the rights of minorities and to ensure media freedom.

Brazil

Brazil’s Supreme Court approved same-sex marriage in 2011 and it upheld the right of same-sex couples to adopt children in 2015. But the Chamber of Deputies was, at time of writing, debating a bill that would define a family as a union between a man and a woman. The national Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office received 1,983 complaints of violence, discrimination, and other abuses experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in 2015. In the first half of 2016 the ombudsman received 879 such complaints.

Burma

Burma’s national penal code criminalizes consensual same-sex behavior between adult men. In recent years police have arrested gay men and transgender women assembling in public places, and politicians have called for the “education” of gay people.

Cameroon

Cameroon’s penal code punishes “sexual relations between persons of the same sex” with up to five years in prison. The law is regularly enforced, and in previous years, the Cameroonian authorities have subjected men arrested under this law to forced anal examinations. Although the number of arrests appeared to decrease for several years, activists reported a new uptick in arrests and prosecutions in 2016.

Chile

A “civil union” bill presented by former President Sebastián Piñera in 2011 that provides legal recognition and protection for same-sex couples became law in April 2015 and went into effect in October 2015. In September 2016, the Senate Human Rights Commission approved a bill to recognize the gender identity of transgender people, with a Senate vote expected in December.

China

China has no law protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and there is no legal recognition of same-sex partnership. Possibly because their activism is not considered threatening to the state, LGBT individuals enjoyed some success advancing legal cases in 2016. In January, a Hunan court heard a case filed by Sun Wenlin against the local Bureau of Civil Affairs, which had refused to marry Sun and his male partner. Though the court ruled against Sun in April, his case—the first gay marriage lawsuit accepted by Chinese courts—attracted wide media attention. In June, a Henan court accepted a case filed by Yu Hu against a mental health hospital that had subjected him to 19 days of involuntary “therapy” to “cure” his homosexuality. Also in June, a Guangdong university student, Qiu Bai, sued the provincial education department over textbooks that depict homosexuality as an illness. Qiu filed a similar suit in 2015, though she withdrew it later because the department had promised to look into the matter. She decided to sue again after the authorities’ pledge failed to materialize. In June, China voted against a UN resolution creating an expert post dedicated to addressing violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Colombia

In September 2016, the Council of the State—one of Colombia’s high courts—annulled the 2012 re-election of Alejandro Ordoñez as the country’s inspector general and dismissed him from office. Under Colombian law, the inspector general is charged with protecting human rights, but during his seven years in office, Ordoñez repeatedly sought to undermine the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

In recent years, authorities in Colombia have taken several steps to recognize the rights of LGBT people. In June 2015, the Justice Ministry issued a decree allowing people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. In November 2015, the Constitutional Court ruled that sexual orientation could not be used to prohibit someone from adopting a child, although a legislative proposal to hold a referendum on this issue remained pending at time of writing. In April 2016, the Constitutional Court upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry. In October 2016, FARC leaders met with conservative politicians and agreed to promote a definition of the family as formed by a man and a woman. The FARC backtracked after meeting with LGBT representatives days later. Conservative politicians and evangelist leaders had attacked the peace agreement claiming that it would “destroy families.” Between January and June 2016, the Ombudsman’s Office received 89 reports of cases of violence against LGBTI people.

Cote d’Ivoire

No law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status. Côte d’Ivoire does not criminalize same-sex conduct, but the criminal code establishes higher penalties for same-sex couples convicted of public acts of indecency. Two men were in November convicted of public indecency and sentenced to three-month prison terms after being accused of same-sex sexual acts. Two gay men were assaulted in June 2016 after a photo was published of them signing a book of condolences to the victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida, US.

Croatia

In February, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that Croatia discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation against a woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, by denying her the right to a residence permit in Croatia to join her female partner.

Ecuador

In 2016, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled against Ecuador in a case determining that it is discriminatory to punish officers who allegedly have homosexual sex on military installations.

Egypt

Sexual relations outside marriage are criminalized. Since 2013, authorities have pursued a campaign to intimidate, track, and arrest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, including entrapment using social media applications. Police regularly used forced anal examinations in prosecutions of those suspected of homosexual sex. Solidarity With Egypt LGBTQ+, an advocacy group, said it had recorded 114 criminal investigations involving 274 LGBT individuals launched between the end of 2013 and November 2016, 66 of which involved the authorities’ use of social media.

Estonia

The government failed to adopt amendments that would allow the Co-Habitation Act to fully enter into force in 2016. The act is progressive legislation that extends the rights of marriage to unmarried—including same-sex—couples, encompassing, among other things, child adoption and property rights.

Gambia

The government continued to resist calls to repeal laws that criminalize homosexuality, including an October 2014 law that introduced a series of new “aggravated homosexuality” offenses that impose sentences of up to life in prison. The criminalization of same-sex conduct leaves lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Gambians at risk of arbitrary arrest and detention, although fewer arrests and physical abuse of LGBT Gambians were reported in 2016.

Georgia

In August, President Giorgi Margvelashvili blocked a referendum bid on defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman, saying that the issue is already covered in the civil code. Kvirikashvili vowed to pursue a constitutional definition of marriage after the October elections, arguing that this would help counter alleged Western efforts to spread same-sex marriage “propaganda” in Georgia. Local rights groups feared this effort would further marginalize the LGBT community and intensify anti-LGBT prejudice. Authorities declined a request by LGBT activists to hold an event to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare, stating it was already booked for a procession by Orthodox groups to mark Family Day, an annual event established by the Orthodox Church in 2014. Activists refused to celebrate IDAHO in the alternative venue offered. The Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG), a local LGBTI rights group, said it documented almost 20 cases of attacks against transgender people in 2016. In October, a transgender woman was beaten and stabbed in what rights groups suspected was a hate crime. Police arrested a suspect on attempted murder charges, and the public defender urged authorities to examine a possible hate motive.

Honduras

Rampant crime and impunity for human rights abuses remain the norm in Honduras. Despite a downward trend in recent years, the murder rate is among the highest in the world. Journalists, peasant activists, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals are among those most vulnerable to violence.

In June 2016, several United Nations agencies working in Honduras urged the government to investigate killings of LGBTI activists and noted that sexual violence against LGBTI individuals forces them into “internal displacement” or to flee the country in search of international protection.

Hungary

In August 2016, a lower court sentenced a right-wing extremist to 10 years’ imprisonment for violent attacks between 2007 and 2009, including throwing Molotov cocktails at the homes of socialist MPs and an attack on a gay bar in Budapest.

In July, the ECtHR ruled that Hungary had arbitrarily detained an Iranian gay man and failed to take into account his vulnerability in detention arising from his sexual orientation.

India

In February 2016, the Supreme Court of India allowed a challenge to section 377 of the penal code to proceed, referring the case to a five-judge bench. The colonial-era provision, which the court had upheld in 2013, criminalizes same-sex relations between adults. In June, several well-known LGBT professionals filed a petition in Supreme Court arguing that section 377 violates the right to life and personal liberty, but the Supreme Court deferred the petition to the Chief Justice. In August, the government introduced a new bill in parliament on the rights of transgender persons. The bill was flawed, however, by provisions that were inconsistent with the 2014 Supreme Court ruling that recognized transgender individuals as a third gender and found them eligible for quotas in jobs and education.

India’s voting record on rights issues at the UN was disappointing. In July, the government abstained on a resolution that created a UN expert post to address discrimination against LGBT persons and voted in favor of amendments to weaken the mandate, saying India’s Supreme Court was still to decide on the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.

Indonesia

Starting in January 2016, high-ranking Indonesian officials made a series of vitriolic anti-LGBT statements and policy pronouncements, fueling increased threats and at times violent attacks on LGBT activists and individuals. In some cases, the threats and violence occurred in the presence, and with the tacit support, of government officials or security forces. State institutions, including the National Broadcasting Commission and the National Child Protection Commission, issued censorship directives banning information and broadcasts that portrayed the lives of LGBT people as “normal” as well as so-called propaganda about LGBT lives. Ministries proposed discriminatory and regressive anti-LGBT laws. An ongoing case in the Constitutional Court is considering a petition that proposed amending the criminal code to criminalize sex outside of marriage and same-sex sexual relations. During the initial hearings, the petitioners—led by a group called the Family Love Alliance—put forward ill-informed and bigoted testimony similar to the anti-LGBT rhetoric espoused by Indonesian officials and politicians earlier that year. The government, the respondent in the case, said criminalizing sex out of wedlock would make “the sinner a criminal, and the government authoritarian,” a view echoed in testimony by the National Commission on Violence Against Women and other groups opposed to the petition. At time of writing the court had not yet ruled on the petition. While president Joko Widodo, or “Jokowi” in October 2016 declared that police must protect LGBT people and not discriminate against them, he failed to uphold that principle in action. In 2017, police raided at least two private gatherings of gay and bisexual men on the pretense of the discriminatory anti-pornography law, which construes gay sex as “deviant” and prescribes increased punishments for it, and Sharia police publicly flogged two gay men for private, consensual sex in Aceh province.

Iran

Under Iranian law, many nonviolent crimes, such as “insulting the Prophet,” apostasy, same-sex relations, adultery, and drug-related offenses, are punishable by death.

In March, the United Nations Children’s Rights Committee noted that flogging was still a lawful punishment for boys and girls convicted of certain crimes. The committee noted reports that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) children had been subjected to electric shocks to “cure” them.

Iraq

ISIS’s Diwan al-Hisba (Moral Policing Administration) and online media apparatuses have publicly announced 27 executions of allegedly gay men, at least nine of them in Iraq. The main method ISIS used to execute these men has been to throw them off the roofs of high-rise buildings.

Iraq’s penal code does not prohibit same-sex intimacy, although article 394 makes it illegal to engage in extra-marital sexual relations. Due to the fact that the law does not expressly allow same-sex marriage, it effectively prohibits all same-sex relations. In July 2016 Moqtada al-Sadr, the prominent Shia opposition cleric, stated that although same-sex relationships are not acceptable, individuals who do not conform to gender norms suffer from “psychological problems,” and should not be attacked.

Israel/Palestine

There are different legal systems in occupied Palestinian Territory. The British Mandate Criminal Code Ordinance, No. 74 of 1936 is in force in Gaza. In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Jordanian Penal Code of 1960 applies, and does not contain provisions prohibiting adult consensual same-sex conduct. In Gaza, having “unnatural intercourse” of a sexual nature, understood to include same-sex relationships, is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In February 2016, Hamas’s armed wing executed one of its fighters ostensibly for “behavioral and moral violations,” which Hamas officials acknowledged meant same-sex relations.

Italy

As of May 2016, same-sex couples may have their relationships legally recognized as civil unions, though they do not have the right to adopt.

Japan

A bipartisan parliamentary group established in March 2015 continued to discuss legislation to address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but at time of writing it had yet to come up with an agreed draft bill. Japanese law treats those requesting legal recognition as transgender as having a “Gender Identity Disorder” and requires obtaining such medical diagnosis. It also requires forced sterilization, compulsory single status, not having any underage children, and being 20 years or older. While same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Japan, Tokyo’s Shibuya ward in April 2015 became the first municipality to pass a regulation recognizing same-sex partnerships, with more municipalities recognizing such partnerships in 2016 and 2017. Bullying is a problem in Japanese schools generally, and particularly so against LGBT students. In April 2016, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the first time released a guidebook for teachers regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. And in 2017, MEXT announced amendments to the national bullying prevention policy to include specific mention of LGBT students for the first time.

Jamaica

Jamaica is moving toward a revision of its rape law, which currently defines rape as the penetration of the vagina with the penis without consent. A proposal has been floated for a new law that is gender neutral. The absence of a gender-neutral rape law has been put forth in the past by politicians as justification for retaining Jamaica’s colonial-era “buggery” law, which criminalizes both consensual and non-consensual sex between men. The possible promulgation of a gender-neutral law on rape or sexual assault may therefore be a first step toward decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct.

Kazakhstan

Surveys of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people reveal that many hide their sexual orientation or gender identity—including to healthcare providers—out of fear of reprisals or discrimination. When LGBT people report abuse, they often face indifference and hostility from authorities. Transgender people must undergo humiliating and invasive procedures—including coerced sterilization—to change gender on official documents. Without identity documents, transgender people struggle to access employment, healthcare, and education. The UN Human Rights Committee called on the government to end discrimination and violence against LGBT people and review gender-reassignment surgery procedures.

Kenya

Kenya’s penal code prohibits “carnal knowledge against the order of nature,” generally understood as consensual sex between men, and “indecent practices between males.” Civil society organizations and activists filed two landmark constitutional petitions against these sections in April and June 2016, arguing that the laws violate constitutional rights, including the rights to equality and nondiscrimination, human dignity, freedom and security of the person, privacy, and health. Kenya continued the prosecution of two men on charges of “carnal knowledge” after police arbitrarily arrested them in Kwale County in February 2015. The case remained open but was suspended pending the ruling of a constitutional petition filed by the two men, asserting that state officials had violated their rights by subjecting them to a forced anal examination. The High Court rejected the petition on the grounds that the men consented to the examination, ignoring that the men were in police custody and not able to provide free and informed consent. The men have appealed the ruling. The government appealed a 2015 High Court decision ordering the Non-Governmental Organizations Board to register the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), a civil society group. Parties were awaiting a hearing date at time of writing. The Kenya Film Classification Board overstepped its jurisdiction in asking YouTube to remove a locally produced video addressing same-sex relationships, prohibiting an alleged lesbian speed-dating event, and attempting to ban a podcast with alleged lesbian content.

In May 2017, the Attorney General established a “Taskforce on Policy, Legal, Institutional and Administrative Reforms Regarding Intersex Persons in Kenya.” Its mandate includes to “recommend comprehensive reforms to safeguard the interests of intersex persons.” The secretariat of the task force is based at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. The task force will be open to receiving submissions on best practices from around the world, and there is a strong possibility that it will result in the establishment of policies that protect the rights of intersex people. While it will not directly address SOGI related rights, the task force may produce a rights-based framework around intersex people with aspects that will be transferrable to the advancement of LGBT rights.

Kyrgyzstan

LGBT people in Kyrgyzstan experience ill-treatment, extortion, and discrimination by both state and non-state actors. There is widespread impunity for these abuses. On May 24, 2016, the law, order and fighting crime parliamentary committee returned Kyrgyzstan’s anti-LGBT bill, which would ban “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” for a repeat second reading, where it then stalled. The bill appears aimed at silencing anyone seeking to openly share information about same-sex relations in Kyrgyzstan. Following a live debate on LGBT rights on national television, Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee on National Security on June 14 summoned the editor-in-chief of Kloop.kg, an online media portal, for questioning about its coverage of the show. The television’s supervisory board also formally reprimanded its general director for airing the content. Also in June, Kyrgyzstan voted against a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council establishing the mandate of an independent expert to address violence and discrimination against LGBT people.

Latvia

According to Latvian LGBT activists, the authorities used a 2015 law on “constitutional morality education” to censor discussion about LGBT people in at least two schools in 2016.

Lebanon

Sexual relations outside of marriage—adultery and fornication—are criminalized under Lebanon’s penal code. Furthermore, article 534 of the penal code punishes “any sexual intercourse contrary to the order of nature” with up to one year in prison. In recent years, authorities conducted raids to arrest persons allegedly involved in same-sex conduct, some of whom were subjected to torture including forced anal examinations. In February 2016, a Syrian refugee, arrested by Lebanese Military Intelligence officers apparently on suspicion he was gay, was allegedly tortured while detained at Military Intelligence, Ministry of Defense, Military Police, and Jounieh police centers. In January 2017, a judge in Metn challenged the legal basis of the arrest of men for same-sex conduct, declaring that homosexuality is “not a criminal offence,” although under Lebanon’s legal system, the ruling does not create a binding precedent.

Malaysia

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is pervasive in Malaysia. Article 377A of the penal code criminalizes same-sex activity between men with punishments of up to 20 years in prison and whipping. Numerous Sharia-based laws and regulations prohibiting a “man posing as a woman,” sexual relations between women, and sexual relations between men effectively criminalize LGBT people.

Both government and private actors attempted to limit expression in support of LGBT rights. In February 2017, JAKIM (the Ministry for Islamic Development) endorsed so-called “conversion therapy,” claiming that gays should seek guidance from God, “repent,” and enter into heterosexual marriages. In March, the Film Censorship Board demanded that Disney edit out four minutes of the children’s film “Beauty and the Beast” because of a “gay moment.” Disney refused to make any cuts to the film, and the board eventually backed down and allowed the unedited film to be screened in Malaysia. In May, Taylor’s University in Subang Jaya canceled a three-day Pride celebration organized by Pelangi, an LGBT rights organization. In June, the Ministry of Health, in response to strident criticism from activists and the general public, reframed the terms of a youth video competition on sexual and reproductive health, removing language and criteria that stigmatized LGBT identities in favor of language that appears to affirm them.

In February 2017 Sameera, a transgender woman, was murdered in Kuantan. In June, an 18-year-old in Penang, T. Nhaveen, died after a group of teenagers allegedly beat and raped him while taunting him with insults such as “pondan,” a derogatory Malay term for an effeminate male, a gay male, or a transgender woman.

Mexico

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Mexico City since 2010. Since then, nine states have legalized it; in 2015, the Supreme Court opened the door to recognition in all states by ruling that the definition of marriage as a union only between a man and a woman constitutes discrimination and thus violates Mexico’s Constitution. In May 2016, President Peña Nieto introduced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, to remove sexual orientation and gender identity as barriers to adoption, and to recognize gender identity through the reissuance of birth notices, without a doctor’s involvement. Two committees in the Chamber of Deputies voted against the initiative in November.

Morocco/Western Sahara

Moroccan courts continued to jail persons for same-sex conduct under article 489 of the penal code, which prohibits “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex.” A Beni Mellal court convicted two men of homosexuality after a group of youths on March 9 burst into the home of one and pushed the two men naked into the street, filming the assault and later posting the clip online. The two men were freed after spending one month in prison; in April, a court imposed prison terms on two of their attackers. On October 27, police in Marrakesh arrested two girls aged 16 and 17 who were reported for cuddling in a private home. They were jailed for one week and charged under article 489, then provisionally released. In December, they were acquitted.

Authorities require but often refuse to issue permits for foreign broadcast media to film in Morocco. On April 3, police detained and then expelled a crew of the French news program “Le Petit Journal” as it tried to film in a neighborhood of Beni Mellal where the abovementioned gay-bashing assault had taken place.

Nepal

In line with a 2007 Supreme Court decision and a subsequent court order, the government in 2015 began issuing passports in three genders: “male,” “female,” and “other.” Some with “other” passports have successfully traveled abroad with their travel documents recognized by foreign governments. The new constitution recognizes that citizenship is available in three genders, and protects “gender and sexual minorities” in clauses related to equality before the law and social justice. Activists remain frustrated with the lack of implementation of a Supreme Court-mandated committee recommendation that the government recognize same-sex relationships.

Netherlands

At the start of 2016, NGOs reported threats and discrimination against LGBT asylum seekers at asylum facilities, and a Dutch independent monitoring body, the Dutch Board for Protection of Human Rights, found in February that LGBT asylum seekers at a large facility face discrimination.

Nigeria

The passage of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, SSMPA in January 2014, has far reaching effects on members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The law is used to legitimize abuses against LGBT people, including mob violence, sexual abuse, unlawful arrests, torture and extortion by police. On February 13, the police arrested a homosexual couple in the federal capital for allegedly attempting to conduct a wedding. The wedding sponsors and the hotel venue owner were also arrested. The penalty for entering into a gay marriage under the SSMPA is 14 years. Ironically, former President Jonathan who defied global pressure before signing the bill into law, said belatedly in June 2016 that “with the clear knowledge that the issue of sexual orientation is still evolving, the nation may, at the appropriate time, revisit the law.”

In November 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights urged the Nigerian government to review the SSMPA in order to prohibit violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and ensure access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services for LGBT individuals.

Pakistan

In 2009, Pakistan’s Supreme Court called for improved police response to cases involving transgender people, and to ensure the rights of transgender people to basic education, employment, and protection. However, despite the court order, violent attacks on transgender and intersex women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province surged in 2016, with unknown assailants frequently targeting those involved in activism. Official responses have been inadequate. Human rights groups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have recorded dozens of threats to, and attacks on, people and property, including abuses while in police custody. In September 2016, the National Commission for Human Rights called on the government to investigate the attacks, and in 2016 and 2017 local governments and parliament hearings reflected an increased amount of attention to the plight of transgender women—including a unanimous resolution in the Khyber Pakhdunkhwa assembly calling for voting rights for transgender people.

Papua New Guinea

The PNG criminal code outlaws sex “against the order of nature,” which has been interpreted to apply to consensual same-sex acts, and is punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment. Gay asylum seekers on Manus Island have reported being shunned, sexually abused, or assaulted by other asylum seekers.

In May, during the periodic review of PNG’s human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council, countries made more than 150 recommendations on sues including ratification of international treaties, establishing a national human rights commission, promoting gender equality, addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence, decriminalizing consensual same-sex relations, and abolishing or placing a moratorium on the death penalty. In September, PNG responded that it would ratify all core human rights treaties “on the basis of priorities” and that, while there are challenges to implementing reforms, it is committed to establishing a human rights commission, improving gender equality, and addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence. It also noted, however, that “LGBT is currently not a priority of the Government” and that the “death penalty is in our national law, however despite this, the current government directive is not to implement until further directions are issued.”

Peru

In March 2015, Congress rejected a bill to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples. In September 2016, a Congressional supporter of President Kuczynski announced that he would introduce a new legislative proposal to recognize same-sex civil unions.

People in Peru are required to appear before a judge in order to revise the gender noted on their identification documents. In an August 2016 report, the human rights ombudsman noted that courts had rejected most of these requests, often applying inconsistent criteria.

Philippines

The House of Representatives began consideration of House Bill 267, the “Anti SOGI (Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity) Discrimination Act” in June 2016. If approved, it will criminalize discrimination in the employment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and prohibit schools from refusing to register or expelling students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate has introduced companion legislation, Senate Bill No. 935, otherwise known as the Anti-Discrimination Bill (ADB), which had its first hearing in August. House Bill 267 will also sensitize police and law enforcement officers on LGBT issues and train them to attend to complaints. These initiatives are essential given that LGBT rights advocacy groups have warned that hate crimes against LGBT people are on the rise and that the Philippines has recorded the highest number of murders of transgender individuals in Southeast Asia since 2008. The bill would also prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in access to health care.

Russia

Authorities continued to implement discriminatory policies and laws against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In March, police found journalist and theater critic Dmitry Tsilikin dead in his St. Petersburg apartment from stab wounds. The perpetrator, arrested a week later, confessed that he planned to blackmail Tsilikin about his homosexuality, but killed him during a confrontation. The police did not categorize the killing as a hate crime. In January, a court in Murmansk, northwestern Russia, found LGBT activist Sergei Alekseenko guilty of violating the discriminatory “gay propaganda” law which prohibits allowing children access to positive information about LGBT relationships. The court called several publications on the website of an LGBT organization formerly run by Alekseenko “gay propaganda” and fined him 100,000 rubles (US$1,300). Authorities continued legal action against Deti-404, an online support group for LGBT children. In April, a court in the Siberian town of Barnaul ruled to ban the website. As of November, Deti 404’s website remained blocked. In September, a court in Siberia ruled to block BlueSystem.ru, a highly popular LGBT news site. As of November, the site was blocked.

In February 2017 and stretching through at least the first week in April, law enforcement and security officials in Russia’s Chechen Republic launched an unprecedented anti-gay purge. They rounded up dozens of men on suspicion of being gay, held them in unofficial detention facilities for days, humiliated, starved, and tortured them. They forcibly disappeared some of the men. Others were returned to their families barely alive from beatings. Their captors exposed them to their families as gay and encouraged their relatives to carry out so-called “honor killings.” Although Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov has denied the round-ups, there is evidence that high-level officials in Chechnya sanctioned them. Russia’s federal government pledged to investigate, but intense and well-founded fear of official retaliation and honor killings, and overwhelming stigma will prevent many victims from coming forward.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has no written laws concerning sexual orientation or gender identity, but judges use principles of uncodified Islamic law to sanction people suspected of committing sexual relations outside marriage, including adultery, extramarital and homosexual sex, or other “immoral” acts. If such activity occurs online, judges and prosecutors utilize vague provisions of the country’s anti-cybercrime law that criminalize online activity impinging on “public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy.” In February 2016, the Saudi Gazette reported that the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution is considering requesting the death penalty for anyone “using social media to solicit homosexual acts.”

In February 2017, Saudi police arrested 35 Pakistani citizens, some of whom were transgender women. One of them died in detention. Her family said her body bore signs of torture, while the Saudi authorities said she had died of a heart attack.

Serbia (Kosovo)

Attacks and harassment of human rights defenders continued. According to local LGBT and human rights organizations, the majority of attacks and threats against members of the LGBT community go unreported with only known LGBT activists filing complaints. In June, in Vojvodina in Northeast Serbia, an LGBT activist was attacked and kicked in the head by four unidentified perpetrators. No one had been prosecuted at time of writing. In August, LGBT activist Boban Stojanovic, one of the Belgrade Pride organizers, was punched and called a “fag” in downtown Belgrade by two unidentified men. Police were investigating at time of writing. Hundreds of police officers deployed in Belgrade to protect the LGBT Pride march in September, which occurred without violence. This was a marked improvement from previous years when protesters attacked the parade, or the government had cancelled the event citing security concerns instead of providing adequate security.

The Kosovo Constitution protects against sexual orientation-based discrimination and a 2015 anti-discrimination law enumerates protections for both sexual orientation and gender identity; however, implementation remains weak.

Singapore

The rights of Singapore’s LGBT community are severely restricted. Sexual relations between two male persons remains a criminal offense, and there are no legal protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Media Development Authority effectively prohibits all positive depictions of LGBT lives on television or radio. The annual Pink Dot Festival in support of LGBT rights celebrated its eighth year in Hong Lim Park in June 2016, supported by the sponsorship of corporations including Google, Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, BP, Bloomberg, Twitter, Apple, and Facebook. A few days after the event, the Ministry of Home Affairs warned multinational companies to stop funding the event, saying such support constitutes “foreign interference” with domestic affairs. In October, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced that, under newly promulgated rules, any entity that is not incorporated in Singapore and does not have a majority of Singapore citizens on its board is now required to apply for a permit to sponsor an event in Hong Lim Park.

Associations of more than 10 people are required to register with the government, and the Registrar of Societies has broad authority to deny registration if he determines the group could be “prejudicial to public peace, welfare or good order.” The Registrar of Societies has refused to allow any lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual (LGBT) organization to register as a society on the ground that “it is contrary to the public interest to grant legitimacy to the promotion of homosexual activities or viewpoints.”

All films and videos shown in Singapore must be pre-approved by the Board of Film Censors. Theater productions must also obtain a license under the Public Entertainment and Meetings Act, and to do so must submit their scripts for approval. In June 2016, a production of “Les Miserables” was forced to delete a scene containing a same-sex kiss.

South Africa

South Africa has a progressive constitution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and protects the human rights of LGBTI people. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has taken significant steps to improve coordination between government and civil society in combatting violence (including rape and murder) against lesbians and transgender men. On September 6, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that due to widespread homophobic attitudes within South African society, and to protect the rights of LGBTI people, homophobic US pastor Steven Anderson and members of his church were banned from entering the country because they promote hate speech and advocate social violence. He said constitutional and legislative guarantees, including the rights of LGBTI persons, must be respected by all. Domestic LGBTI groups lauded the decision. In June 2017, at the 8th South African AIDS Conference, the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) launched the national HIV framework for LGBTI people. South Africa is the first country in the world to launch an HIV framework specifically for LGBT people as part of its national strategic plan. The objective is to “reverse the burden of disease from HIV, STIs and TB and to promote a rights and evidence-based environment for LGBTI people in South Africa.”

Some of South Africa’s votes at the United Nations were contrary to the country’s stated human rights principles. For example, in July, South Africa voted against a UN Human Rights Council resolution on the protection of human rights on the internet and abstained on a key HRC vote to appoint an independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. The abstention went against the country’s strong constitutional protections and domestic laws around sexual orientation and gender identity. But on November 21, in the UN General Assembly committee, South Africa voted to allow Vitit Muntabhorn, the newly appointed UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, to continue his work. The vote was taken after the African Group put forward a resolution to stop the operations of the UN expert who was appointed in September by the Human Rights Council.

Sri Lanka

State and non-state discrimination and abuses against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) population persist. Sections 365 and 365A of the Sri Lankan Penal Code prohibit “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” and “gross indecency,” commonly understood in Sri Lanka to criminalize all same-sex relations between consenting adults. Sri Lankan law does not specifically criminalize transgender or intersex people. But no laws ensure that their rights are protected, and police have used several criminal offenses and regulations to target LGBTI people, particularly transgender women and men who have sex with men (MSM) involved in sex work. These include a law against “cheat[ing] by personation,” and the vaguely worded Vagrants’ Ordinance, which prohibits soliciting or committing acts of “gross indecency,” or being “incorrigible rogues” procuring “illicit or unnatural intercourse.” Some trans women and MSM said that repeated harassment by police, including instances of arbitrary detention and mistreatment, had eroded their trust in Sri Lankan authorities, and made it unlikely that they would report a crime. Several people also reported discriminatory treatment at the hands of medical authorities, leading many transgender people to self-medicate rather than seeking professional assistance.

Syria

News reports in 2016 indicate that ISIS continues to execute men accused of homosexuality. In one reported case from Deir al-Zour governorate, a 15-year-old boy was thrown from a building in January 2016 after he was accused of being gay. At least 25 men have been murdered by ISIS in Syria on suspicion of homosexuality or for sodomy, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Tanzania

Tanzanian law criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between adult males, with a penalty of 30 years to life in prison, one of the most severe punishments for same-sex intimacy in the world. Zanzibar has slightly different laws but criminalizes both male homosexual conduct and lesbianism. The laws are rarely applied, but police and other authorities use them as a pretext to extort, abuse and marginalize LGBTI people. 

Under the government of John Magufuli, Tanzania has seen an unprecedented crackdown on LGBT people. The government has shut down HIV outreach services and drop-in centers targeting men who have sex with men (MSM); banned the import of water-based lubricants, an important HIV prevention tool; and threatened to shut down LGBT organizations. Police in Zanzibar arrested nine young men, charged them with homosexual conduct, and subjected them to forced anal examinations at a government hospital in December 2016. They were released on bail, but the cases remain open. Another young man was arrested in Dar es Salaam in March 2017, and was also subjected to a forced anal exam. In June 2017, President Magufuli publicly condemned same-sex relationships.

Tunisia

The penal code punishes consensual same-sex conduct with up to three years in prison. Anal testing is used as the main evidence in order to convict men for homosexuality. In two high-profile cases in 2015, at least seven young men were arrested and subjected to anal examinations by forensic doctors, whose reports were used as evidence to convict them of sodomy and imprison them, even though it is well-documented that such exams lack medical value. On appeal, their sentences were reduced to two months in the first case, and one month in the second.

Tunisia has thus far been unwilling to consider decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct but, in its 2017 UPR review, accepted a recommendation to end forced anal examinations. This positive development followed months of advocacy from Tunisian and international human rights groups. The United Nations Committee against Torture, in its 2016 evaluation of Tunisia, condemned the use of anal examinations as to prove homosexual conduct. Shortly before the UPR review, the national medical council issued a circular calling on medical personnel to stop conducting anal examinations without consent.

Turkey

Authorities frequently impose arbitrary bans on public assemblies and violently disperse peaceful demonstrations. For the second year running, the Istanbul governor’s office banned the annual Istanbul Gay and Trans Pride marches in June 2016, citing concerns about security threats and public order.

Turkmenistan

Under Turkmen law homosexual conduct is punishable by up to two years in prison. Widespread prejudice leads to homosexuality being treated as a disease, including by medical institutions and judicial authorities. Law enforcement officials and medical personnel subject persons detained and charged with sodomy to forced anal examinations, with the purported objective of finding “proof” of homosexual conduct.

Uganda

After nine years, the Constitutional Court finally ruled in November on a challenge to a limitation on the mandate of the Equal Opportunities Commission, which barred it from investigating any matter involving behavior “considered to be immoral and socially harmful, or unacceptable by the majority of the cultural and social communities in Uganda.” The judges determined the limitation was unconstitutional and violated the right to a fair hearing. Perversely, this provision had meant that the very mechanism designed to protect people from discrimination could blatantly discriminate against women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, sex workers, and anyone else who might not have been perceived to reflect the views of the majority.

Same-sex conduct remains criminalized under Uganda’s colonial-era law, which prohibits “carnal knowledge” among people of the same sex. The new NGO law raises concerns about the criminalization of legitimate advocacy on the rights of LGBTI people. In August, police unlawfully raided a peaceful pageant that was part of Gay Pride celebrations in Kampala. Police locked the venue’s gates, arrested activists, and beat and humiliated hundreds of people, violating rights to association and assembly. Police continue to carry out forced anal examinations on men and transgender women accused of consensual same-sex conduct. These examinations lack evidentiary value and are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that may amount to torture.

Ukraine

Since 2014, the government has introduced several progressive policies supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, but anti-LGBT sentiment remains strong among high-level government officials and the public. In March 2016, about 200 anti-gay, far-right supporters attacked a venue in Lviv hosting a LGBT equality festival, eventually causing the event to be cancelled. The Kyiv LGBT Pride march held in June took place without the violence against participants that had marred it in previous years. Ultra-nationalist groups had threatened to make the march a “bloody mess.” Around 6,000 police officers protected the 1,500 march participants. The first LGBT Pride march took place in Odesa in August. Local authorities initially attempted to ban it, but relented when organizers changed the route. Police arrested four ultra-nationalists who attempted to disrupt the event. A new draft of the amended labor code does not include an anti-discrimination provision that would protect LGBT people in the workplace.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE’s penal code does not explicitly prohibit homosexuality. However, article 356 of the penal code criminalizes (but does not define) “indecency,” and provid

          Are Black Fraternity & Sorority Calls And Stomp & Shake Cheerleading Yelps Remnants Of Plantation Field Hollers And/Or African Ululation?   
Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post points out the very close similarities between certain historically Black sorority calls and certain stomp & shake cheerleading yelps.

This post also asks interested persons to consider whether historically Black fraternity & sorority calls, and stomp & shake cheerleading yelps might be remnants of 29th century and earlier African American field hollers (arhoolie) and/or remnants of or examples of the African (and elsewhere) vocalization custom of ululation.

The content of this post is presented for folkloric, historical, and cultural purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks also to all those who are featured in the YouTube videos that are embedded in this post and thanks to the publishers of those videos.

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE TYPES OF VOCALIZATIONS THAT ARE REFERRED TO IN THIS POST
FIELD HOLLERS (ARHOOLIES)
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_holler
"The field holler or field call is a mostly historical type of vocal music sung by southern labourers to accompany their work, to communicate usefully or to vent feelings.[1] It differs from the collective work song in that it was sung solo, though early observers noted that a holler, or ‘cry’, might be echoed by other workers. Though commonly associated with cotton cultivation, the field holler was also sung by levee workers, and field hands in rice and sugar plantations. Field hollers are also known as corn-field hollers, water calls, and whoops. An early description is from 1853 and the first recordings are from the 1930s. The holler is closely related to the call and response of work songs, and arhoolies, to Afro-American and ultimately influenced strands of African American music, such as the blues, rhythm and blues, and spirituals.[2]

It had prevalence among whites in the southern United States too."...

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From http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=99525
Subject: Etymology: ARHOOLIE
From: Vixen
Date: 02 Mar 07

"I did a search of the Forum, and all the references to "arhoolie" refer to the record label or the non-profit organization. I'm looking for an etymology and a definition.

What follows is the only definition I found, by googling "arhoolies", at
The Bluehighway Website

Field Hollers And Arhoolies

I'll tell you where the blues began. Back there working on them cotton farms, working hard and the man won't pay 'em, so the started singin', "Ohhh, I'm leavin' he one of these days and it won't be long." See, what's happenin' is givin' them the blues. "You gonna look for me one of these mornings and I'll be gone, ohhh yeah!" -- Sonny Terry (3, p. 18)

Field hollers and arhoolies began in the fields as musical exclamations that expressed the mood of the singer, and they eventually grew into longer phrases and verse. Few recordings of these exist, so we have to accept the testimony of the old bluesmen, such as Sonny Terry and Son House, as to their nature:

All I can say is that when I was boy we was always singing in the fields. Not real singing, you know, just hollering. But we made up our songs about things that were happening to us at the time, and I think that's where the blues started. -- Son House (3, p. 18)

The vocal techniques of these were very unique and they formed the basis for early blues vocals."...

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ULULATION
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ululation
Ululation... is a long, wavering, high-pitched vocal sound resembling a howl with a trilling quality. It is produced by emitting a high pitched loud voice accompanied with a rapid back and forth movement of the tongue and the uvula.

Around the world

Ululation is practiced either alone or as part of certain styles of singing, on various occasions of communal ritual events (like for example weddings) used to express strong emotion.

Ululation is commonly practised in most of Africa, the Middle East and Central-to-South Asia. It occurs a few places in Europe, like Serbia, Cyprus, Malta and parts of Spain. It likewise takes place among the diaspora community originating from these areas....

In Ethiopia and Eritrea, ululation (called ililta) is part of a religious ritual performed by worshippers as a feature of Sunday or other services in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church[11] and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church. And it is also randomly (spontaneously) uttered during secular celebrations such as parties or concerts. Elsewhere in Africa ululation is used as a cheer, mourn or attention seeking sound by women. In Hausa ululation is called guda, , sigalagala and in Zulu lilizela in Tsonga nkulungwani and in Shona kupururudza. Ululation is incorporated into African musical styles such as Shona music, where it is a form of audience participation, along with clapping and call-and-response.

In Tanzania ululation is a celebratory cheer sound when good news has been shared or during weddings, welcoming of a newborn home, graduations and other festivals even in church when sermons are going on. In Swahili it is known as vigelele and in Luo dialect it is known as udhalili. Generally women exuberantly yell lililili in a high-pitched voices. Female children are usually proud of being able to ululate like their mothers and aunts...

Ululation is rooted in the culture of Eastern Africa as well as Southern Africa and is widely practiced in Tanzania, Kenya, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Somalia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It is used by women to give praises at weddings and all other celebrations. It is a general sound of good cheer and celebration, when good news has been delivered in a place of gathering, even in church. It is also an integral part of most African weddings where women gather around the bride and groom, dancing and ululating exuberantly. During graduation ceremonies ululation shows pride and joy in scholastic achievement. The women ululating usually stand and make their way to the front to dance and ululate around the graduate."...
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Italics were added by me to highlight these sentences.

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HISTORICALLY BLACK FRATERNITY AND SORORITY CALLS
From https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/09/black-fraternity-sorority-calls.html
Fraternity & sorority calls are signature vocalizations that members of a specific organization make to greet another member of that specific organization and/or to "represent" (promote, "big up") their organization during their own chanting and/or celebratory gatherings and during public events. A fraternity and sorority might have more than one signature call. These calls are usually informal (i.e. not recognized as an official part of that organization by that organization's governing body.) Non-members of a specific organization are strictly prohibited from verbally or in writing using that organization's call in public or in private.

Fraternity & Sorority "Roll calls"

When used by historically Black [university based] Fraternity & sororities (BGLOs) - and particularly by those BGLOs that are known as "The Divine Nine"*, "roll calls" refer to the consecutive vocalization of their signature call/s by multiple BGLOs during a public event. A host or moderator of that event formally announces each organization, usually in the order of their founding, beginning with the earliest founded fraternity and then, after the fraternities are recognized, beginning with the earliest founded sorority. Representatives of "sister" or "brother" organizations may respond to a call with their own call. Also, as an expression of admiration and/or unity, a member of a Divine Nine organization might combine their own signature call with part of the signature call of another member "Divine Nine" organization (either fraternity or sorority).* That said, I've read that some BGLO members disagree with that practice.

*Here's an example of combining two sorority calls:
t goodwill, 2011, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n4A1mf_fr0
"Even though imma ZETA, i was jamming to SGRho's Roll call..LOL get it ladies!

ZZZZZZ-Yip!!"
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Refer to the list of calls given below.

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A STATEMENT ABOUT CALLS & HAND SIGNS BY NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL
From http://www.afa1976.org/Portals/0/Membership_Intake_Guide_NPHC.pdf NPHC National Membership Intake Guide
Hand Signs & Calls
"Hand signs and calls have evolved into another historical facet of Black fraternal organization life. According to Kimbrough (2003), the concept of calls is embedded in both African and African-American tradition. These sounds were a form of yodeling known as whooping in the Congo and Angola tribes. Additionally, these audible sounds, also known as cries and arhoolies, could he heard being sung by slaves. It is not clear when calls were first used, however, it seems possible that calls used by NPHC organizations became prevalent during the mid-1970’s.

Much like calls, the exact origin of hand signs cannot be pinpointed. According to Kimbrough (2003), pictures from college campuses of Black fraternities and sororities indicate that hand signs became a part of the Black fraternal experience during the 1970’s. Although it is not clear how calls and hand signs evolved, these traditions are long standing.

These universal symbols can be seen as exclusive outward expressions of pride and of strong organizational identification."

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LIST OF NINE HISTORICALLY BLACK GREEK LETTER ORGANIZATION CALLS THAT ARE REFERRED TO AS "THE DIVINE NINE"
These organizations are given in categories (Fraternities/Sororities) and in chronological order with the earliest founded organizations in that category listed first.

Letters [or numbers] in these calls are often repeated to show enthusiasm and/or to stretch out the call.

Additions and corrections are welcome.
Fraternities:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (1906)
call: "O6"

Response [from a member or members of Alpha Phi Alpha] - "You know"

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Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc. (1911)
Yo Yo

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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (1911)
Roo or Roo Roo

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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (1914)
Blue Phi

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Iota Phi Theta, Fraternity, Inc. (1963)
Ow Ow

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Sororities
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (1908)
Skee Wee

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Oo-Oop

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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,Inc. (1920)
Z-Phi

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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (1922)
Eee-Yip

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Examples of these calls are given in the videos that are showcased in Part II of this series http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/09/seven-videos-of-black-greek-fraternity.html

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STOMP AND SHAKE CHEERLEADER YELPS
"Stomp & Shake" cheerleading is a referent for a relatively new form of African American originated style of cheerleading.

Stomp & shake cheerleading focuses on the group performance of choreographed percussive, rhythmic foot stomping, (individual) hand clapping, leg lifts, and African American/Caribbean originated dance moves. These body movements are often but not always accompanied by the cheer squad's performance of self-bragging and/or competitor insulting unison chanting. Although most stomp & shake cheerleaders are female, a few males also are members of certain (usually university) stomp & shake squads. This particularly appears to be the case among university cheerleading squads that perform stomp & shake cheerleading and mainstream ("traditional") cheerleading.

Like mainstream cheerleading, the purpose of the cheer squad is to increase the enthusiasm of event attendees. However, the focus of stomp and shake cheer squads' performances and their textual (word) cheers are on the cheer squad itself, and not nearly as much as mainstream cheerleading on the football (or basketball) athletic team. Stomp & Shake is a relatively new form of cheerleading.

The earliest documentation that I've found for stomp & shake cheerleading is the early to mid 1970s at Virginia State University's cheerleading squad (the "Woo Woos) and in the late 1970s at Winston-Salem State University cheerleading squads (known as "Cheer Phi" and later as "the Red Team" and the "White Team").

Some, but not all university based stomp & shake cheerleaders include vocalizations of yelps (also informally referred to as "calls", "cries", and yells as part of their cheers. The vocalization of yelps (cries, yells) while cheering particularly appears to be a characteristic of Winston-Salem State University's (WSSU's) cheerleading style. WSSU's yelp is usually written as "Eeee-yiiip!" or similar spellings. Rightly or wrongly, fans of WSSU indicate that other cheerleading squads from other Historically Black Colleges and Universities' cheerleading squads that use this yelp "stole it" from WSSU.

because Winston-Salem State University's cheerleading squad continues to greatly influence American high school and younger stomp & shake cheerleading squads, their "yelp" vocalization is also found among those squads.

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VIDEO OF BLACK FRATERNITY AND SORORITY CALLS
Greek Speak Roll Call



UABStudentLife, Published on Sep 19, 2008

Check out the eight organizations of UAB's NPHC.
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Selected comments:
1. ninjapoodle22, 2009
"I see my soRHOrs! EEEEE-YIP!"
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soRHOrs = Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

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2. t goodwill, 2011
Even though imma ZETA, i was jamming to SGRho's Roll call..LOL get it ladies!

ZZZZZZ-Yip!!
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"Zeta" - a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,Inc.

Notice that "ZZZZZZ-Yip"!! is a combination of the Zeta's signature call and Sigma Gamma Rho's signature call.

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3. BUTLERU, 2011
"EEEEEEEEEEEEEE-YIP SIGMA SORORS!"

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4. MonaJalisa90, 2013
"I agree 100%! Luckily, Sigma Gamma Rho doesn't have to deal with such drama lol
EEE-YIP!"
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That video and three other videos of historically Black fraternity and sorority calls are embedded in the pancocojams post whose link is given above as http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/09/seven-videos-of-black-greek-fraternity.html.

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EXAMPLE OF A WSSU STOMP & SHAKE CHEER THAT INCLUDES A YELP (CALL)
SAY IT IN OUR FACE
Eeeyep!
Fight fight the power,
Hey go head go head.
Hey fight fight he power.
Go head go head.
Hey fight the power.
We are the Rams
And we stay on your case.
If you have something to say
Say it to our face. Haw!
Hey fight the power
Hey fight the power,
Say what
Say what
We are the Rams
And we get on your case.
If you have something to say
Say it in our face.
Say it in our face.
Say it
in
our
face.
HAWHHHHH!
-Winston-Salem State University WSSU Cheer Phi Cheerleaders,
transcription posted by SAC010 in that video's discussion thread by secalong, February 2011 (along with some transcription by Azizi Powell)

*This is the second cheer in that video. I previously (erroneously?) gave the title for that cheer as "Fight The Power".

Here's that video:

WSSU CHEERLEADERS GETTIN' CRUNK



ORIGINALCHEERPHI, Published on Feb 22, 2008

WSSU CHEERLEADERS SHOWING U HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE AT THE ULTIMATE CHEER & DANCE EXPERIENCE TRIAD HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADING COMPETITION 2007

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TWO ADDITIONAL VIDEOS AND SELECTED COMMENTS FROM TWO ADDITIONAL YOUTUBE DISCUSSION THREADS ABOUT STOMP AND SHAKE CHEERLEADER YELPS
WSSU CHEERLEADERS FOR MTV



Flow Child Entertainment Published on Sep 24, 2008

WSSU Cheerleaders tryout for MTV Show
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Selected comments:
1. Tez Parker, 2011
"Ayyyy dey betta do it!! Eeeoooppp!"

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3.Asha Broo, 2012
"is that that guy going '' yyyyeepp'' lmaoo"

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3. AORaines, 2013
"Love the originality, the loudness, and the enthusiasm but cheerleaders don't woo nor eyyyupp....not sorority cheerleaders
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This comment indicates that stomp & shake cheerleading isn't really cheerleading because of the way that they perform. The commenter is also disparages WSSU's squad by referring to them as "sorority cheerleaders".

"Woo" here probably refers to Virginia State University's cheerleading squad that is known as "the Woo Woos". Unlike WSSU, it doesn't appear that the squad vocalizes "woo woo". Instead, "woo woo" is a vocalization of admiration and support is vocalized by that squad's fans. Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blDqcHBu-Cs for a 2008 video of VSU's Woo Woos peforming their popular and often imitated cheer "Work It". At the end of that video, a male fan yells "Woo! Woo!".

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4. pdga9205,2013
"Y'all remind me of FSU (Fayetteville state) cheerleaders especially with the eeeyyyooppp thing!"
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5. RJRDEMONS, 2013
"WSSU its there original song they made in 2002"

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6. dstgirl9of9, 2014
"FSU got thier eeyyooppp from WSSU! "
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"FSU" here refers to Fayette State University (North Carolina)

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NC A&T Cheerleaders (Aggie Cheer) / Powerhouse National Competition (Stomp and Shake)



Kevin Crawford Published on Mar 17, 2017
-SNIP-
Selected comments:
1. Midget Catfish, 2017
"Why are they making the sghro call?"

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2. Ashley Monique Styles, 2017
"They killed it! How come the make the same noise that WSSU cheerleaders make? (Eee-yup) or it just sounds similar?"

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3. nevano, 2017
"Ashley Monique Styles If I'm not mistaken, I believe that's the call for Cheerleaders that are apart of the cheer world. I won't say too much cause I don't wanna stomp on any toes."

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4. Ashley Monique Styles, 2017
"nevano hmm I wonder if it's certain Colleges. When I cheered, we had our own call."

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5. Lilly, 2017
"They sound like cheering AKA's"
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"AKA's" = members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
The signature AKA call is a high pitched, usually extended "Skeeeee- weeee!"

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6. Takiya Eiland, 2017
"I know they are not eee-yip in"
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This comment probably is a put-down of North Carolina's A&T cheerleaders for doing the yelp (call, cry) that is associated with WSSU's cheerleaders.

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7. OrbiT BabE, 2017
"The squeak gave me life"

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          The 2nd Amendment Comes To Europe: Czech Republic To Enshrine Right To Bear Arms Into Constitution   

Authored by Daniel Lang via SHTFplan.com,

Most people inside and outside of the US believe that this country’s gun ownership rate is unique, but that’s not exactly true. Though America has the most privately owned guns per capita, there are other countries that aren’t too far behind us, such as Serbia, Yemen, Cyprus, and many Western nations like Finland and Switzerland. In most cases, these countries don’t have access to the same kind of firearms that we do, but nonetheless there are a ton of guns floating around in these places.

What really separates the US from every other country in the world, is that we have the right to bear arms preserved in our constitution. Technically, Honduras and Mexico have the same right in their constitutions, but in both cases it comes with a lot of restrictions. Their right to bear arms doesn’t have any teeth. The Swiss are known for letting many of their citizens own guns, but gun ownership for most Swiss citizens is more of a duty than a right.

America stands alone in this regard. We’re the only country with a constitution that gives civilians a clear and explicit right to own and carry firearms. In every other nation, civilians don’t own firearms unless their governments let them.

That however, is about to change. While most EU governments are eyeing more restrictive gun laws, the Czech Republic is about to add the right to bear arms to its constitution.

Czech Lawmakers have passed legislation in the lower parliament that would see the right to bear firearms enshrined in the country’s constitution in a move directed against tighter regulations from the European Union.

 

The legislation was passed with 139 deputies agreeing to the amendment to the constitution with only nine deputies voting against. The amendment will now be considered by the Czech Senate where it will require a supermajority of three-fifths of the members in order to pass into law, Die Presse reports.

 

Similar to the U.S. second amendment to the Constitution, which gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms, the Czech legislation reads: “Citizens of the Czech Republic have the right to acquire, retain and bear arms and ammunition.”

 

The amendment also notes that the right is there to ensure the safety of the country, similar to the provision of a “well-regulated militia” in the American amendment.

After the bill passes through the senate, it’s expected to be signed into law by President Milos Zeman, who changed his mind on privately owned guns last year.

“Earlier I spoke often about limiting the ability to have large quantities of weapons. But after the terrorist attacks, I have changed the idea.”

Though the Czech Republic has always had loose gun laws compared to its neighbors, this law represents a major shift in the European public’s stance on firearm ownership. If anything, it could be just the tip of the iceberg. All across the continent, as migrants grow more violent and as terror attacks become more frequent, we’re seeing Europeans buy more firearms. In some cases, firearm sales have spiked by 350%.

If there’s any silver lining to the massive influx of migrants into Europe over the past few years, it’s that it has taught ordinary Europeans how important it is to let civilians own firearms.


          In increasingly diverse Charlotte, God goes by many names    

Two newsy items I came across recently got me wondering: In how many languages do people in Charlotte worship God these days?

I counted at least 20 – not a surprise when you consider how diverse our faith community has become. And I bet some of you could add to my list. (And hopefully will – see below.)

Those two newsy items:


  • At 7 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 11),  thousands of Spanish-speaking Catholics are expected to converge on Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., for the annual celebration of the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe – or “Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.”


  • A Polish-language Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. on Dec. 21 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.


To be sure, most local houses of worship still send their prayers up to “God.”

But, all over town, the Supreme Being is increasingly invoked by other names: “Dios” (in Spanish); “Gott” (German); “Elohim” and “Adonai” (Hebrew); “Allah” (Arabic); “Deus” (Latin); “Bóg” (Polish); “Theos” (Greek); “Dieu” (French); and many others.

I consulted a few folks in town who chart Charlotte’s growing diversity – including historian Tom Hanchett of the Levine Museum of the New South – and came up with a list of the languages of worship in the Charlotte area:


  • The Catholic Diocese has parishes where some or all of the Masses are in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Latin. A few parishes periodically host Masses in other languages, including Polish and Tagalog (from the Philippines).


  • Orthodox Christian churches have services that are partly or totally said in Greek, Russian, Serbian, Armenian and Arabic.


  • The Jewish synagogues include prayers in Hebrew.


  • Muslims attending masjids, or mosques, are led in prayer in Arabic.


  • Various Protestant denominations – Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist – have immigrant congregations that worship in German, Khmer (the language of Cambodia), Korean, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Tagalog.


  • Buddhist temples are the spiritual homes to immigrant communities that speak Chinese, Lao (from Laos), Vietnamese and Khmer.


  • The sacred language at the Hindu temples is Sanskrit.


  • Haitian churches have services in French.


  • Immigrant churches with congregations from African countries worship in such indigenous language groups as Akan (from Ghana) and Amharic (from Ethiopia).



OK, that’s our list. What languages have we left out? Email them (and any related houses of worship) to: tfunk@charlotteobserver.com

-- Tim Funk
          The 2014 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship Results (Part Three)   
Welcome to the third of a miniseries of posts I am going to make about the 2014 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship tournament. Most people don't realize that this tournament isn't just sixteen teams competing to win the gold medal. There are dozens of countries in various divisions competing to rise up the ladder of international ice hockey. In this, the 78th edition of the IIHF tournament, there are actually 46 teams trying to improve their international ranking and someday grab the gold medal.

Click here and here for parts one and two, respectively, where we had a look at Division III and Division II B.

As I mentioned in Part Two of the mega-post, Division II is sliced into group A and B. Group A is the upper tier of the division, and represents the fourth tier of the IIHF tournament. This year's edition was hosted in beautiful Belgrade, Serbia, from April 9th to April 15th. Here are the standings:

All charts courtesy of Wikipedia.

Estonia dominated this division, going 5-0 and only giving up 8 goals in five games. They were last year's losing team in Division I B and sank into the lower tier. It's a recurring trend for relegated teams to bounce between divisions until they can improve just enough to hold on to a slot in the division. Host Serbia improved on its fifth place finish last year, finishing 3rd. Israel just misses holding on to a spot in the division, losing a 4-3 decision in overtime to Belgium as well as a 4-3 contest to Iceland in a shootout. The 16-3 thumping to Estonia didn't help matters, and now Israel will have to claw its way back up into a division group that had four teams finish within three points of one another.

Here are the tournament's top scorers:



And the top goaltenders:



Directorate selected all-stars were Estonia's Robert Rooba for forward, Iceland's Ingvar Thor Jönsson for defenseman, and Serbia's Arsenije Ranković for goaltender. Yes, that guy's middle name is Thor. Iceland's players always have the best names. Remember Gunnar Stahl from D2: The Mighty Ducks?

This tournament finally featured players that were possible to find in European leagues across the continent. Rooba's an SM-liiga player for the Espoo Blues, and this season had four points in 36 games. Eliezer Sherbatov is an Israeli hockey player who had notable time with The Montreal Junior Hockey Club from 2009 to 2011, later with with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. He's currently trying out for teams in France. Oren Eizenman is an Israeli-Canadian centre who had two brothers who played hockey as well, but he most recently played in the Asia League with the Nippon Paper Cranes before playing for Israel last year and this year in the IIHF tournament. He had a cup of coffee in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch and Connecticut Whale in 2010-11, but never got a whiff of the NHL. The year before hit pit stop in the AHL he scored 19 points in 15 games with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. If you like weird random facts about hockey players, Oren's father, Brett, helped to found the Israel Baseball League. Hey, I thought it was cool.

Next up for this mega-series is Division I A and finally we see some NHLers in the lower tiers of the tournament. Stay tuned for the inevitable Dainius Zubrus love-fest. Go Lithuania!
          Concordia Chiajna a pierdut şi al doilea amical în Serbia, scor 0-1, cu Borac Banja Luka   

Concordia Chiajna a pierdut şi al doilea amical disputat în Serbia, scor 0-1, în faţa formaţiei de primă ligă din Bosnia, FC Borac Banja Luka, informează, sâmbătă, site-ul grupării ilfovene.


          SevdahBABY & Djixx vs Jakarta - Ti Mi Se Tako Svidjas (Spiritus): Free MP3 Download, Lyrics, Video   
The song 'Ti Mi Se Tako Svidjas (Spiritus)' by SevdahBABY is electro pop/dance music tune with modern sound and catchy chorus. It is cover of an older song by the Belgrade band - Jakarta. The new production is powered by the vocal of young girl Djixx, and of course SevdahBABY himself (Milan Stankovic, Serbian musician and producer). 'Ti Mi Se Tako Svidjas' (I Like You So Much) is the second single from the SevdahBABY's upcoming album 'SEGA MEGA, TI I JA'. The song is produced and published by: GALAMA!. In this article you can find free MP3 of 'Ti Mi Se Tako Svidjas', its lyrics and video. SevdahBABY & Djixx vs Jakarta - Ti Mi Se Tako Svidjas (Spiritus) - Free MP3 Download Follow the link to download the song "Ti Mi Se Tako Svidjas (Spiritus)" by SevdahBABY & Djixx vs Jakarta. The download package consists of free MP3 and small single cover photo. - Link: SevdahBABY & Djixx vs Jakarta - Ti Mi Se Tako Svidjas (Spiritus) (9,02 MB) SevdahBABY & Djixx vs Jakarta - Ti Mi Se Tako Svidjas (Spiritus) - VIDEO Check out the video for 'Ti Mi Se Tako Svidjas' song... SevdahBABY & Djixx vs Jakarta - Ti Mi Se Tako Svidjas (Spiritus) - Lyrics / Text / Tekst Ti mi se tako svidjash Tako mi se svidjash Tako lepo prichash Tako mi se svidjash. (2x) Da li znash Da svaku noc Ja samo tebi dam. Da li znash Da se secam Svakog dodira. Seti me se Nekad kada Budesh bio Sasvim sam. Bicu sve Shto tvoja Luda mashta Nekad zahteva. Ti mi se tako svidjash Tako mi se svidjash Tako lepo prichash Tako mi se svidjash. (2x) Da li znash, Sve te vishe zelim svaki dan. Da li znash, Da i dalje isto osecam. Samo ti Me umesh dovesti Do takvog ludila. Svaki deo Moga bica Tebi sada pripada. Ti mi se tako svidjash Tako mi se svidjash Tako lepo prichash Tako mi se svidjash. (6x) The song is shared freely thanks to its authors. All rights reserved by GALAMA! and SevdahBABY. You can find out more about SevdahBABY and its music production via the websites: SevdahBaby.com and GalamaGalama.com . Do you like "Ti Mi Se Tako Svidjas" by SevdahBABY & Djixx Leave your thoughts in the comments...
          Top House Music Songs - Summer 2013 - Best Summer Songs Chart List   
First week of July 2013. Summer. It's time to share some GOOD fresh songs with you. In this article I will list my favorite Top House Music Songs of Summer 2013. The rules in this kind of House Music posts are pretty much the same... The tracklist / chart list will be consisted of my favorite House Music, Progressive House, Funky House, Deep House and Dance Music tunes (from the third part of June, July, August and September). Content of the article: the artist and song title, short comment about the track, and a preview link (video or audio). The post will be updated until the last day of summer 2013. Top House Music Songs - Summer 2013 - Best Summer Songs Chart List Axwell - Center Of The Universe (Remode) Powerful dance tune for the summer days. - http://bit.ly/19D21pR #ProgressiveHouse Federico Scavo - Funky Nassau (Original Mix) Pretty much the biggest Summer 2013 tune. - http://bit.ly/12NnBl7 #FunkyHouse #HouseMusic Purple Disco Machine - My House (Original Mix) Relaxing tune, beach, sunset... and U know the rest. ;) - http://bit.ly/1bsIWbw #DeepHouse SevdahBABY & Djixx vs Jakarta - Ti Mi Se Tako Svidjas (Spiritus) Modern sound, catchy chorus. From Serbia. Luv it! - http://bit.ly/13hiXvQ #ElectroPop #DanceMusic Naela - Sin Mirar Atrs Joyful dance song from Colombia. - http://bit.ly/13eFKNR #DanceMusic Francesco Rossi - Paper Aeroplane (Original Mix) Lovely production. Less is more! - http://bit.ly/15olV2S #DeepHouse #HouseMusic Rascal - Wa Wa Ne (Harry Romero & Erick Morillo Dirty Tribal Mix) It Strikes Right To Your Chest! - http://bit.ly/1cTbHR9 #HouseMusic The Cube Guys & Michael Grey feat. Alexandra Prince - Cada Vez (The Cube Guys Mix) Simply... dance! - http://btprt.dj/1dLca6R #HouseMusic The Cube Guys feat. Barbara Tucker - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (David Morales Pride Anthem Mix) Lovely remix of an old dance tune. - http://btprt.dj/1dLZtLn #HouseMusic Jason Chance & Dave Rose - Let Me Show U (Original Mix) Proper production of Vocal House. BOOM! - http://bit.ly/1fvfCmR #HouseMusic What's your favorite 2013 Summer House Music tune Share with us in the comments below... Related posts: >>> Top House Music Songs: Chart List - Spring 2013 >>> Top House Music Songs - Winter 2012-2013 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
          On the Rag, Vol. 464   
A weekly look at what's making news in the gay mags:


Delta Sky: This in-flight publication (un)officially became gay with this cover


HIV Plus: We're Fighting for So Much Right Now — Don't Forget About HIV


Get Out!: Poor Cyndi Lauper still has to tour to pay for that $989/month palace on the Upper West Side


Cybersocket (not work friendly): Nude beaches and cruising spots for gays are becoming increasingly rare. Find out where the boys (still) are ...


Winq (United Kingdom): Andrew Scott on "Hamlet," Ireland’s transformation, and exploring his inner darkness


Out magazine: 4 queer Apple employees on self-discovery and LGBTQ advocacy


Metro Weekly (D.C.): Nicholas Rodriguez on nontraditional casting, becoming an LGBTQ role model, and the joy of Sondheim 


Q Salt Lake: The man who set the fire that killed well-known Salt Lake City restaurateur John Williams plead guilty to first-degree felony counts of aggravated murder and aggravated arson


POZ: Meet six activists living with  HIV and fighting for your rights -- including my pal Tim Murphy!


Edge Media: Serbia Lawmakers Elect First Female, Openly Gay Premier


DNA (Australia): Alexander Dorokhov gets better with age


Attitude (U.K.): "Before I Got Famous" comes to the World Wide Web


Têtu (France): Let's take a walk in the woods 


The Gay U.K.: What are the bisexual myths that drive you mad?


QX (London): The Pride issue is out now!


GCN (Dublin): Liam Neeson Calls for Northern Ireland to Stop Shitting on Marriage Equality


The Fight: A gay street gang from Little Rock, Arkansas, “The House of Avalon” is redefining party life and fashion in L.A.


Passport Magazine: Exploring Aarhus, Denmark


Gay Times (U.K.): Watch a wet Tom Daley take his most extreme selfie yet

          The South Asian diaspora and speculative fiction   
The Great Indian Diaspora has always been a key topic of discussion whenever the theme of Indian writing in English has come up. Many of the world’s most successful writers of Indian origin live outside the subcontinent yet set their books there, and many critics feel this harms the authenticity of their work. A lot of the criticism stems from the fact that a number of serious literary writers from India are also the most commercially successful writers from India, and the uncomfortable relationship between the creation of literature and the sale of literary products to well-defined markets is not something most critics or writers seem to want to talk about – and hence every aspect of the plot, the settings and language used by Indian writers at home or abroad who work in and sell their works to Western markets has been ruthlessly analyzed and criticized, often unfairly, for being strung together to dupe susceptible readers . Diaspora writers who write about India or Indians have also regularly been accused of selling out, of peddling India to the West with over-exotic, elephant/arranged-marriage/spices/maharaja-laden versions of India that have nothing to do with reality, but bring them large advances, of sitting in comfortable ignorance in the West and not truly understanding the nation they are seen to be ‘explaining’ to the rest of the world.

Fortunately for genre writers of Indian origin living outside India, they are less likely to be accused of distorting reality, since that is what they set out to do in the first place in order to understand the real world better. Or of being overly exotic – how exotic is an elephant when placed next to a demon or a spaceship? Unfortunately for them, they are unlikely to pick up huge advances from the literary publishing world at this point, because the publishing market for speculative fiction is a very different one from mainstream lit, and while the mainstream fiction market is still eager for Indian fiction, the speculative fiction world, which already has a fair number of colourful, mysterious, fragrant otherworlds.

British diaspora writer William Dalrymple stirred up a good amount of controversy recently with an Observer article where he claimed, among other things, that the diaspora was the last brown hope as far as Indian writing was concerned. While his views came in for some stringent criticism and ridicule, even prompting writer Amit Chaudhuri, that most literary of Indian litterateurs, to write speculative fiction (in an article where he compared the planets Dalrymple and he lived on), one observation he used while making his claims was that most of India’s most commercially successful and most widely published authors spend a large chunk of their time outside India – not noting, however, that this might have something to do with the fact that in writing, as in all other jobs, access is important, and resources flow to the places where they are optimally utilized.

In fact, what really most significantly differentiates the SFF writer in the Indian diaspora and the Indian writer in India is access. SFF is a very close-knit, community-driven market, possible even more so than mainstream lit, and a lot of sales of manuscripts are made at giant SFF conventions, where fans, editors, agents and writers gather to celebrate all things speculative. While obviously the quality of a work of fiction would determine its eventual future, the practicalities are important too – it’s impossible for even great books to reach bookshelves unless they reach the right editor or agent at the right time, and simply because there isn’t a tradition of Indian spec-fic publishing, it’s difficult to establish one. While opinions are widely divided on how relevant these conventions are for writers to sell manuscripts to editors and thus get their work published (completely essential, say some, no longer relevant, say others, in the interviews that follow these essays), the fact remains that Indian/South Asians in the diaspora are simply in a better place as far as getting their work out is considered. Also very relevant is the fact that apart from the leading names in children’s fantasy literature, contemporary, cutting-edge spec-fic is not widely available in India at all. But these problems, while very real now, will hopefully disappear, thanks largely to the Internet, over the next few years. As conditions stand now, though, it is very likely that if there is a genuine wave of Indian/South Asian speculative writing over the next few years, it will be led by the diaspora. Of course, the question that comes before this is whether writers in the Indian diaspora are writing speculative fiction in large numbers in the first place.


Mary Anne Mohanraj, US-based writer and founder of the Speculative Literature Foundation:
“Most South Asian/diaspora authors I encounter seem more concerned with writing mainstream 'literary' fiction. In part this is simply where their interests lie -- in part, I wonder whether some of the leanings in that directions come out of a desire for respectability. Making your living as a writer is generally not one of the acceptable career tracks for an ambitious South Asian, and it may be that many authors are
afraid to venture into sf/f for fear of even more mockery from the relatives. But that's pure speculation on my part -- it may be just that most South Asian/diaspora authors didn't grow up reading and loving spec fic, and so it doesn't occur to them to try writing it.”

”Cecilia Tan and I tried to pitch an Asian companion volume to _Dark Matter_ (an anthology of speculative fiction from the African diaspora) some years ago, and were told that the publisher didn't think there was a sufficient market for it. Maybe in a few years...”

But hopes of a wave of SFF writing from the diaspora aren’t entirely speculation even at this point. Already, a few writers living in the US like Vandana Singh and Anil Menon have established their presence in the SF community, getting short stories published in leading genre magazines, and in the process of finishing their first speculative fiction novels.

SFF author Vandana Singh, author of the Younguncle series of children’s books:
“I think there is definitely an interest in seeing something new. Unfortunately Americans in general are sadly uninformed about India and what little they know is often caricatured and stereotyped beyond recognition. In addition there are a lot of Western SF writers who have used Indian characters or settings in their stories, sometimes honestly and sometimes with a hostility that harks back to the old colonial British hack writers of penny-dreadfuls. An Indian SFF writer thus has to overcome all these stereotypes. One of the things that helps is that writers of colour in North America are getting together across ethnicities --- African-Americans, South Asians --- forming groups like the Carl Brandon Society that gives out its own rewards to people or writings that focus on issues of race --- or publishing anthologies like So Long Been Dreaming that are being treated seriously by SFF critics and academics alike. So I think there is a lot of hope and new interest, now, in expanding the boundaries of SFF. We have more and more Indian names popping up. For instance there is Anil Menon --- remember his name, you will see it again! And emerging others who are going to Clarion workshops, working away at their stories, getting ready to see their names in print. “
“It is true that in the West the SFF culture has developed an enormous fan base and also great support for new, emerging and established writers, through conventions and writers’ workshops. There is no reason why these things cannot be organized in India, where we already have traditions like the literary mehfil. Even in the US conventions and workshops arose as ideas dreamed up by penniless writers (probably over coffee at 3 am), evolving from a very small scale to epic proportions (the last Worldcon I attended in Boston had at least 5000 participants). I think we have to start small, with writers getting together in neighborhoods and localities and giving honest critiques of each others’ works. The next steps may include launching small-press magazines or ezines for publishing outstanding works, holding conventions, doing readings at bookstores to popularize SF and generating fan newsletters. “
“We can consider Japanese SF as an example. Now Americans generally think the world revolves around them, and unfortunately this is mostly true of American SFF writers and editors as well. But lately I’ve been hearing more and more about Japanese SF in US publications, and of American SF writers going to Japanese SF conventions. (The next Worldcon is in Japan, by the way.) I am no expert on the history of Japanese SF but I really think that creating their own subculture of SF helped put the Japanese on the world SF map. There is no reason why Indians can’t do this as well. Now, with the publication of the international SF magazine Internova (from Germany) there is a real interest among SF writers around the world (particularly Europe) to find SF from all over the globe and publish it. I have heard of SF from Croatia and Argentina, from China and Sri Lanka. Each SF community enriches the whole. “

Indian-origin US-based SFF writer Anil Menon, is optimistic about the future of South Asian SFF:

“If it wanted to, Indian SFF could kick some major ass. Indians (south-asians) are born storytellers. The earliest speculative fiction -- Jataka tales -- was home grown. We have the talent, we have the untold stories and we have an audience -- mostly young and mostly female -- sick of reading about cowboys in outer space. But we're like the elephant who doesn't realize its an elephant. So we politely wait for American or British editors to develop a taste for SFF with an Indian flavor. That's not going to happen any time soon.”

”But it doesn't matter. The way I see it, the future used to happen exclusively in the US. It doesn't any more. The focus has shifted. The future has been democratized. Look at what the Japanese did with Manga. Suddenly, Superman is a 60 year old dude with a weird penchant for wearing his underwear on the outside. We've as much a shot at manufacturing the future as do the Americans. And we can probably do it cheaper too.”

”What's to prevent us from building websites like Strange Horizons, which are entirely volunteer and donation driven? Why can't we start small print-on-demand publishing houses? In the US, there's a lot of resistance to publishing innovations, and for good reason: they could lose their shirts. But heck, we are already broke; what do *we* have to lose? Why can't we have our own Clarion India, conferences and awards?”

”I'm not saying that we shouldn't address western audiences. Of course we must. But sometimes it seems to me that we're like the dude who went sailing around the world when the pot of gold lay right in his backyard.”

On breaking into the SF community and getting his stories into print:
“ It's been a lot easier than I had expected. In my case, Clarion West turned out to be the big break. I met a lot of writers and editors in the six week program, got a lot of tips, and my writing improved. But there was/is no secret handshake. I remember that Charles de Lint, who was one of our instructors in 2004, was so impressed with a student's story, he sent along a recommendation when she submitted it to Fantasy & Science Fiction. It still got rejected. It's almost a cliche that the key to good writing is rewriting. But equally important, a successful submission is usually a resubmission.”
“There's definitely a lot of interest. I've found my "Indian stories" move a lot faster than the "ethnically neutral" ones. What I find in most contemporary stories though is that the Indian-ness, if present, tends to be an exotic touch; a character may have an Indian name, but she/he could just as well be Irish-Eskimo.”
Thomas Abraham, president, Penguin Books India:

On the probability of the diaspora leading an Indian SFF wave:

“I don’t see why not. And not just the diaspora but from here. Leaving aside conferences, access is pretty much available to everything else. And even going with the notion that flights of imagination are still inevitably rooted someway to cultural influences; we’re now (at least in urban India) definitely tech advanced for SF and have a mythology that’s definitely richer than Celtic folklore to be able to produce world class fantasy. The problem is we need a basic readership here, which I think will be available over the next 10 years. All those Potter and Alfred Kropp readers will hopefully graduate into reading SFF.”
On Indian SFF writers needing to piggyback on Indian themes:
“Not as a generalization, but if they don’t, they have to labour against the prejudice that “there’s nothing new here; this is essentially a western universe”. It’s a bit of a catch-22 situation. It would be far easier to position their work as rooted in their own cultural contexts and try to break through on the exotica platform. But conversely they would probably come up with the objection from agents that this is too culturally alien to succeed in the west. But that’s now. Increasingly these barriers are being wiped out and hopefully in ten years it won’t matter.”

Critic, writer and prolific blogger (The Mumpsimus) Matthew Cheney:

“I think we're already seeing some exhaustion in the SF field with the typical props and models of writing, and so U.S. and British writers are looking elsewhere for ideas. Also, we live in a world where it's much easier to encounter people from outside our own countries, and to gain information about places other than our own, and many readers hunger for it. Some of it may just be the attraction of exoticism, but I think the success of
books like Tobias Buckell's "Crystal Rain", which mixes a variety of influences in a traditional SF adventure story, or Ian MacDonald's "River of Gods", which is more specifically Indian, bodes well for the future, because such books show writers trying to bring an honest sensibility about non-Western or post-colonial cultures into their work,
and to do so in as honest a way as possible

Ashok Banker, the best-known name in Indian SFF worldwide:

“We should be writing about our culture, our mythology, our people, right? But then you look around at the US genre scene today: There are fantasy novels with characters named after Indian characters, set in places like Hastinapura and Ayodhya! There are references to Indian myth, legend, history everywhere! You can hardly read a genre novel today without encountering multi-cultural references...and I'm talking about genre fiction written by white, European or American writers.”

”By the same yardstick, why shouldn't it be acceptable for an Indian or Asian writer to write a book using American characters or European-Celtic elements? For that matter, why should subject matter be restricted to a writer's own culture or nationality? A good writer writes about anything he or she pleases, and should be free to do so.”

”But try stepping across the same line that western writers step across routinely and see the result. I don't think you'll find the acceptance you accept, and it might often have nothing to do with the quality of your writing or intrinsic strength of your book.”

Jeff VanderMeer, award-winning SFF author (Shriek, City of Saints and Madmen):

“There's a difference between an artistic scene or movement and getting attention and publicity for that scene or movement. No one needs to rely on a diaspora to create original, innovative, and moving work. The important thing is to focus on the work and to create something powerful and important. Then, in the fullness of time, you make people come to you. This is increasingly true considering we live in an Internet age where everyone is just a click away.”

”That said, I think it is imperative that non-English speaking countries leverage the internet by creating website for the fiction of their country, with translations into English. There's no avoiding the fact that English is the language that dominates the marketplace outside of Asia. But I do not believe you have to physically be in the US or UK to be successful. It may be harder, but it is possible. You just have to have people who are PR and market savvy in addition to people producing amazing work.”

Cheryl Morgan, writer, critic and blogger who runs online SFF magazine Emerald City:

”Editors are always looking for something new, so if you can blend South Asian culture and traditions into your writing it will help get it noticed. Ashok Banker has had some success with that. I'm afraid I don't know enough about South Asian writing to answer the last question, but I do think that we will see more and more SF books set in "Third World" countries from now on. There's a general view that the American Economic Empire is on the wane, and that "the future" will happen in India, China, South America and Africa. Ian McDonald's _River of Gods_ has been a huge success - you guys should build on that.”

“Remember that Zoran Zivkovic has been very successful despite writing in Serbian and never leaving Belgrade. He just got a good translator and submitted stories to places like Interzone, and Jeff VanderMeer's _Leviathan_ anthologies. Now he's won a World Fantasy Award and the small presses all love him. There's nothing particularly Serbian
about Zoran's writing, he is just talented and has worked hard.”
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En el día de ayer, la Selección Española sub-21 se proclamó subcampeona de la Fase Final del XXI Campeonato de Europa sub-21, un Europeo que tuvo lugar en Polonia. La Rojita, tras superar la fase de clasificación, se enfrentó en la competición a Macedonia, Portugal, Serbia, Italia y a Alemania en la final. En el encuentro disputado en el día de ayer, el combinado español cayó derrotado por la mínima (1-0) ante el encuentro germano.

Tres fueron los representantes de A Madroa en el Europeo sub-21: el guardameta Rubén Blanco, el lateral Jonny Castro y el centrocampista Denis Suárez. De entre todos ellos, el guardameta de Mos fue el único que no tuvo minutos, condicionado por las lesiones que sufrió esta temporada.

En el polo opuesto estuvo Jonny, que fue una de las bazas de Albert Celades en los encuentros de mayor entidad. Así, fue titular en los duelos ante Portugal, Italia y Alemania, sumando un total de 230 minutos a lo largo del Europeo.

Menor protagonismo tuvo Denis Suárez. El de Salceda de Caselas fue titular ante Macedonia y Serbia y gozó de minutos ante Portugal e Italia. Además, anotó el gol de la victoria por la mínima ante Serbia, disputando 196 minutos en toda la competición.

De esta forma, a pesar de terminar en segunda posición, la Selección Española sigue siendo el segundo equipo más laureado del torneo, sumando un total de cuatro entorchados (1986, 1998, 2011 y 2013). Por su parte, Alemania sumó el segundo trofeo a su palmarés continental, tras ser campeona por primera vez en el año 2009.


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          Tennis-Eastbourne International men's singles final result   
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I am on a Canadian love-fest tonight. I so love this land. When I say the word CANADA it means the following things:

IT MEANS that you are the best example of European sensibilities that respect people enough to offer a basic level of support to all who live within our borders.

Sure it may cost you in taxes sometimes but what you get back when the government combines that revenue is worth far more than what individual people paid to get it.

I have never found waiting times to be severe when compared to nations who do not offer socialized medicine to their people. In those systems the rich get great treatment but the poor, handicapped and disadvantages do not.

IT MEANS there is no profit motive in our medical system. No one is making money off the misery of their fellow human beings.

IT MEANS big corporations cannot have undue and harmful influence in our system.

Regulations are in place to insure that Corporations must follow certain guidelines if they want to exist. They are forced to be more responsible with their actions or pay a heavy price of their greed so they don't take risky chances with peoples lives or their health or their environment. Check out how Alberta's oil and gas industry is regulated. The 'tar sands' would look like the Gulf of Mexico does now if the Oil companies were allowed to do whatever they wanted here.

 
IT MEANS the lives of your young men and women are not tossed away fighting futile wars in foreign lands for selfish reasons.

IT MEANS we are Peacekeepers and not war makers.

IT MEANS that our 'blood and treasure' are used to enrich our country not enrich the military industrial complex whose lack of need for should have led to them being dismantaled after WWII.

If there is no one to fight then there is no need to built weapons to fight them. If the weapons are there then politicians will find an excuse (or create one in the case of the recent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan) to use them especially if they are heavily influence by large campaign contributions. Power for a few becomes more important than the price the society is forced to pay for individuals holding on to their politcal power.

IT MEANS peace of mind that medically you and your family are protected in times of emergencies.

IT MEANS your population is progressive and educated. It's giving your children the best possible chance to create a good future for themselves because they are educated and the opportunities are there for them if they choose to take advantage of them.

IT MEANS that your politicians can't create disharmony by pitting one group against the other for selfish gain because, again, there is less discontent to exploit. Any politician trying to do that is run out of town on a rail for even suggesting that our problems are the fault of the blacks or the Jews or the browns or immigrants.

IT MEANS our two cultures, English and French, have found a way to compromise with each other that benefits both cultures and elevates the nation as a whole. In other places a difference in language and culture leads to many atrocities, misery and death (Serbia, Kosovo and Albania for examples)

IT MEANS we learn the lessons of history and avoid repeating our mistakes.

IT MEANS the people are not fearful or distrustful of those who are 'different' than them and accept these differences far more easily (Gay marriage, immigrant's rights, fairness between the genders ect).
 


 
 
 

 

 



 
 
 

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          USAID's junior covert action officers ride again   

Thanks to new reporting from the Associated Press, and thanks to cooperation from whoever is providing documents on U.S. government programs in Cuba, we now know of another failed adventure of USAID’s covert action that began in 2009: an attempt to steer Cuban hip-hop into creating “youth networks for social change” and that would constitute a political challenge to the Cuban government.

The operation was run by Xavier Utset, who worked for USAID contractor Creative Associates in an office in Costa Rica. The idea was to replicate a Serbian social movement from a decade before that involved youth, music, and anti-Milosevic politics. A Serbian music promoter was hired to work with Cuban rappers. Funding was done through a Panamanian shell company headed by a lawyer in Liechtenstein. The promoter, Rajko Bozic, got to work in Cuba, presenting himself to Cuban artists as someone who works in alternative media and marketing. In the course of the program, only one Cuban was told that the U.S. government was behind it.

Pity the USAID spokesman who has to issue statements like this, from yesterday: “Any assertions that our work is secret or covert are simply false.”

Covert action is defined in U.S. law as “activities of the United States Government to influence political, economic, or military conditions abroad, where it is intended that the role of the United States government will not be apparent or acknowledged publicly.” Which is precisely what USAID has been doing.

But to accept that it’s covert action involves more than semantics. It would imply USAID having to run programs competently, starting with assessments of feasibility that would fall apart as soon as its cast of amateurs were revealed. It would imply coordination, such as stopping Alan Gross from traveling to Cuba with satellite equipment in December 2009, just one month after the Serb Bozic was detained as he entered Cuba with “all of Best Buy on his back,” as a contractor described it to AP. And it would imply a leadership that takes responsibility for operatives who get in trouble rather than issuing drivel like this or this.

A few more points:

This program was conceived and funded during the Bush Administration and carried out at the beginning of President Obama’s first term. The Obama people seem not to have taken stock of USAID’s operations in Cuba. That non-decision now looms as a big decision with important foreign policy consequences and one man in jail.

This program collapsed in part because, like Alan Gross, its operatives traveled to Cuba with laptops that were the equivalent of their filing cabinets, giving Cuban intelligence access to their contracts, program documents, and U.S. government affiliation. This is what I mean by “amateur.” And as with the Alan Gross and ZunZuneo projects, the money was one hundred percent wasted.

Through this operation, USAID harmed civil society in Cuba. It gave Cuban security services reason to increase vigilance on hip-hop and other aspects of genuine civil society because they were being targeted by a foreign government’s political programs. The main target, the rappers Los Aldeanos, no longer live in Cuba. USAID compromised an independent Cuban music festival and tried to influence covertly the concert organized by the Colombian artist Juanes. The Cuban confidant now works at a Papa John’s in Miami.

It is profoundly disrespectful to Cuban citizens to enlist their participation in U.S. programs without disclosing the U.S. role or purpose, and it’s patronizing for USAID to claim it’s for their protection. In the case of the rappers Los Aldeanos, their training was intended “to focus them a little more on their role as agents of social mobilization,” the program manager said. This mentality views Cuban civil society as ours to shape, with the Cubans involved having no right to know our role.

If you wonder why the U.S. government would go to such lengths, the answer is that for all its talk about the effectiveness of Cuba’s dissidents, the assessment in private was different. Utset himself published in 2008 an analysis that credited the dissidents’ ability “to exert influence on the state of relations between the Cuban government and the international community” but doubted their ability “to build a broad-based movement and influence State-society relations.” The dissidents “have been largely unable to establish strong connections with the broader population and successfully appeal for its active engagement,” he wrote.

In other words, it was determined that the Cuban people needed a big push and lots of training from the United States to put themselves on the path to self-determination.

Coverage of other USAID adventures is hereand here.

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