Archive for April, 2012

Η επόμενη Κυριακή θα είναι από τις κρισιμότερες των τελευταίων ετών. Με ταυτόχρονες εκλογές σε Ελλάδα (βουλευτικές), Γαλλία (προεδρικές) και Ιταλία (αυτοδιοικητικές)- οι εκλογές της Σερβίας και της Αρμενίας δεν επηρεάζουν τη γενική εικόνα- αναμένεται ίσως να κριθεί, σύμφωνα με αναλυτές παγκοσμίως, το μέλλον της Ευρωζώνης και ενδεχομένως της Ευρώπης.

Τις τελευταίες μέρες σημειώθηκαν γεγονότα σε όλη την Ήπειρο, που μαρτυρούν την πολιτική και συστημική αστάθεια σε πολλές χώρες κράτη- μέλη.

Η κατάρρευση της ολλανδικής κυβέρνησης λόγων των προτεινόμενων μέτρων λιτότητας, τα υψηλά ποσοστά του Σοσιαλιστή Φρανσουά Ολάν στις γαλλικές προεδρικές εκλογές, η απίστευτη ύφεση στη Βρετανία, τα τρομακτικά ποσοστά της ανεργίας στην Ισπανία, που αγγίζουν το 25% και η πτώση της κυβέρνησης της Ρουμανίας εξαιτίας της καταγγελίας της αντιπολίτευσης για τη διαδικασία των ιδιωτικοποιήσεων, σε συνάρτηση με τα χαμηλά ποσοστά των δύο μεγάλων κομμάτων στην Ελλάδα, τουλάχιστον όπως ανακοινώθηκαν στις τελευταίες φανερές δημοσκοπήσεις πριν τις εκλογές, καταδεικνύουν αφενός ότι η συνταγή της λιτότητας δεν οδηγεί σε ανάπτυξη και αφετέρου την απροθυμία των λαών και μέρους, που όλο και μεγαλώνει, των πολιτικών κομμάτων να συναινέσουν στην εφαρμογή αυτής της συνταγής.

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-A suicide bombing in a Damascus neighborhood killed nine people, Syrian state media said today. It was the second bomb blast of the day to rock the Syrian capital.The deadly attack came as a two-week-old peace deal continued to unravel.

-Police have arrested the man believed to be at the center of a security alert that closed a major shopping street in central London, a police spokesman said. No hostages have been identified, police said.

-The spiraling conflict between the Sudans has exacerbated issues for tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees who are desperate for water and facing the threat of fatal diseases, an international aid organization says.

-Four bombs have exploded at short intervals in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk in what authorities said amounted to an “act of terrorism”, wounding 27 people, including nine children. President Viktor Yanukovich said today’s blasts, from bombs planted in rubbish bins, represented “a challenge … to the whole country”.

-New figures show that Spanish unemployment has hit record levels, with nearly one quarter of the labour force unable to find work.  The news was announced hours after the country’s credit rating was cut two notches to “BBB ” by ratings agency Standard & Poor’s.

-Three men have been arrested in the Danish capital on suspicion of plotting a “terror act”, Denmark‘s intelligence services have said. Intelligence officials said police found the three men in possession of automatic firearms and ammunition.

Romania‘s government collapsed today a censure motion filed by the opposition won approval in Parliament. It is the second time this year a Romanian government has crashed.

-The widows of Osama bin Laden and a number of his children have arrived in Saudi Arabia after being deported from Pakistan. The country’s interior ministry, which was responsible for the family since their arrest last year, said that it had “passed orders for the deportation of 14 members of OBL family in pursuance of … Court orders”.

-Fast-food giant KFC has been ordered to pay $8.3m (£5.1m) to the family of an Australian girl left severely brain damaged after being poisoned by a chicken meal. Monika Samaan fell ill with salmonella poisoning after eating a “Twister” wrap at a KFC restaurant near Sydney in 2005.The poisoning left her wheelchair-bound and unable to speak.

-Images have emerged showing alleged injuries inflicted on former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in prison last week. Ukraine’s opposition says three men punched her in the stomach, but the authorities have denied the allegation. In October, Ms Tymoshenko was jailed for seven years for abuse of office in a trial condemned by the West as politically motivated.

-A judge in the Netherlands has upheld a new law to ban foreign tourists from entering cannabis cafes. While soft drugs are tolerated, there is growing concern at tourists visiting just for drugs, and foreign dealers selling illegally at home. The ban is due to start in three southern provinces next month, and go nationwide by the end of the year.

Sources: BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Reuters, euronews, NYT, WSJ

Top links of the day

Posted: April 27, 2012 in Linkin'
  1. The Secret to Becoming A Social Influencer
  2. 4 steps to achieve any goal
  3. 7 Ways Links Cause Search Rank Changes
  4. Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter?
  5. How the social media community can shape the news agenda

 

-UN-backed international court has convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor of war crimes – the first African head of state to be found guilty by an international tribunal. Taylor, 64, was charged 11 counts of war crimes including murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery during intertwined wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, in which more than 50,000 people were killed.

-Activists say an explosion has ripped through a building in the central Syrian city of Hama, killing several people and wounding dozens more. The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 12 people had died. But another anti-government group, the Local Coordination Committee, said 54 were killed when security forces fired a rocket at the building.

-France’s Socialist presidential frontrunner Francois Hollande has claimed European leaders are awaiting his election to back away from German inspired austerity. He said the budgetary discipline treaty signed by 25 EU leaders in March would plunge Europe into recession, and he will immediately set out his ideas for reforming the pact to European leaders, if he wins the election.

-Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Pakistani prime minister, has been convicted by the country’s Supreme Court of having committed contempt of court in a case that could see him expelled from office. Gilani was sentenced to be detained in the court until the hearing was adjourned, the state broadcaster reported, and shortly afterwards emerged smiling and waving to supporters.

-Egypt’s election commission has released a final list of 13 candidates eligible to run in next month’s presidential elections, bringing a close to one of the most turbulent chapters of the nation’s chaotic transition to civilian rule. The list released today includes Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

-High oil prices and adverse weather conditions have caused a major hike in the cost of what we eat. Latest figures show that in the last three months world food prices have risen by 8 per cent threatening the food security of millions of people.

-Argentina‘s senate has approved the forced takeover of the country’s biggest oil company, underscoring broad domestic support that has caused outrage among foreign investors.The expropriation bill passed easily in the elected body after midnight, with 63 senators voting in favour of the expropriation, only three voting against the bill and four abstentions.

-Rupert Murdoch, the indomitable head of the News Corp. empire, called before a judicial inquiry again today to explain how his influence has shaped Britain’s media and political landscape.

Dozens of websites offering credit card details and other private information for sale have been taken down in a global police operation. Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) says raids in Australia, Europe, the UK and US are the culmination of two years of work.

Ewan McGregor, The Descendants director Alexander Payne and Wuthering Heights’ Andrea Arnold are among the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Led by Italian director Nanni Moretti, the line-up will also include French actress Emmanuelle Devos and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

Sources: BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Reuters, euronews, NYT, WSJ

Top links of the day

Posted: April 26, 2012 in Linkin'
  1. Analysis: As Europe goes, so goes Obama
  2. The newest investment on Wall Street is whiskey
  3. Webinar: Journalist Briefing on Media Coverage of Black Males
  4. Turkey and Iraq Trade Barbs in Growing Diplomatic Spat
  5. Tom Toles cartoons for April 2012