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3 gennaio 2007

Why vote, or how an election boycotter changed her mind


Why vote, or how an election boycotter changed her mind

By Neda  
There was a time I thought we should boycott any election in iran, and I had my reasons I could defend for hours, which of course are indeed true. Things like;

1- we (including majority of people either seculars as well as faithful moslems or followers of other religions) do not recognize iran’s regime.

2- there is no free and real election in iran, for example in the last presidential election, a bunch of candidates were rejected by “sentinel council” and those remained were unpleasant enough –among them ahmadinejad- to convince me and many others to boycott.

This “sentinel council” includes a bunch of mollas who reject any parliament enactment they don’t like, in the name of "discrepancy with islam". Therefore practically parliament has no power, so what is the point of sending new senates in it?

3- We voted for Khatami in 1998, hoping for reformation. one year after that many authors, poets and liberals were murdered in most savage and horrible ways. Daryoosh Froohar; secretary general of “Iran’s nation” party and his wife Parvaaneh, mokhtari (this one squeezed my heart the most, specially after I read his poets he wrote in the prison), Mohammadhosein Salimi, Mohammadjafar Pooyandeh and many other beautiful human beings whose thought and actions could make my country a better place.

4-in 1999 after students protested against seizure of a reformist newspaper, they attacked Tehran’s university’s hostel at night, wounded many students and killed one. those who were there at that time say they throw a student down from the third floor. The day after, students marched again to remonstrate. Ahmad Batebi among them showed his friend’s t-shirt which was bloodstained representing of the last night’s event. A foreign journalist took a picture of him and he got famous, but he paid a heavy price. They caught him and sentenced him to death! But then it reduced to 15 years prison. He is right now in Evin prison. Khatami never showed a real response to any of these.

5-most suspects of both events pleaded not-guilty and instead the lawyer of victims of the serial killings, Naser Zarafshan got in prison.

6- people still wishful and hopeful, once again voted for khatami in 2002. one week after that in every square of Tehran they whipped young people for wearing jeans or insufficient hijab. I was happy I hadn’t vote, two years before I’d voted for parliament and after that regretted it, seeing its trend along with all those events above.

But despite all these, now almost one year and a half after iran’s presidential election, I changed my mind, because:

1-what ahmadinejad says can cause a war. However we know iran’s past and present leaders talked always crazy and will, right now iran is under microscope and many countries feel threatened by its nuclear program. things come out of that ugly mouth matters now more than ever, especially because world is not familiar with iran’s state system and it sees ahmadinejad as iran’s leader.

2- there are always people who vote in iran anyway. Besides those who fear that it would effect their jobs, some vote hoping for economic improvement. That was how ahmadinejad gained most votes, plus of course all that cheatings in votes. He promised people he would fight for their benefits with wealth-power pole.

Therefore boycotting aimed for derogation of the regime won’t work.

3-Iran is not ready for a real liberation. seculars, students and bloggers are still minority. The majority are those who do not tolerant opposite notion. To fight for this small space, we must vote for the most reasonable candidate who passes the filter.

4- There is no hope for civil disobedience. Even if it happens, iran’s regime won’t move a millimeter even if all people die from hunger.

5-Opposition is not strong, groups are diffused and weak, and they spend their time and energy fighting with one another instead of making plans for change inside iran. It’s not likely that any major change is going to take place, at least not without other countries interfering which makes every body now fearing for iran becomes like iraq. Personally I think same –or even worse- would take place.
So at least we must try to get the most tolerant persons into the power, even if all of them make us sick.

Emotionally attached as Iranian mothers
By Neda                                  
I don’t think in any other nation mothers are as emotionally attached as Iranian mothers to their children.
I’m not trying to admire it, in fact it’s the number one problem in Iranian marriages. There’s a joke they say about Iranian men, they say Iranian men usually have a wife and a mistress, and they love their mothers

Ahmadinejad’s on fire 
By Neda  
Students of Amir Kabir university (Tehran) when Ahmadinejad was speaking for them cried “death to dictator” and “Liar get out of the university”. Ahmadinejad’s bodyguards beat students.
And yes, that is Ahmadinejad’s picture on fire.


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2 agosto 2006

Racconti Italiani.Un brigante nell'ex Regno delle Due Sicilie

Nel 1860 Garibaldi scende nel Regno delle Due Sicilie.
Come sempre il Regno invaso si divide in fazioni.
 Qualcuno non vuole accettare il nuovo corso politico
 in un piccolo paese sperduto tra le alte valli Irpine.


scappa nannì  (II)   
Scappa, Nannì, scappa che arrivano le guardie.
 E’ Carmela la sorella di
Ferdinando che grida con voce soffocata, ansima, ha fatto di corsa i gradini dal portone alla camera del fratello, pochi attimi prima un’ombra amica ha dato due colpi secchi al portone, ha sussurrato un avvertimento, è sparita. Ferdinando si butta giù dal letto e arraffa i vestiti sparsi alla rinfusa sulla cassapanca. 
-Madonna mia ma che gli ho fatto, perché non mi lasciano in pace? Alla guerra non ci voglio tornare, non voglio morire per loro.

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29 luglio 2006

Racconti Italiani.Un brigante nell'ex Regno delle Due Sicilie

 Un brigante nell'ex Regno delle Due Sicilie

Nel 1860 Garibaldi scende nel Regno delle Due Sicilie.
Come sempre il Regno invaso si divide in fazioni. 
 Qualcuno non vuole accettare il nuovo corso politico in un piccolo paese sperduto tra le alte valli Irpine.
  Ó 2006
Tutti a Casa  (I)
E chi sarà a quest’ora? -E chi sarà mai a quest’ora? E’ quasi notte, non aspettiamo nessuno.-
La madre di Rosa interrompe l’impasto di farina e si fa il segno della croce.
Ci sono strane voci in giro.
Si affaccia ansiosa alla finestra della cucina che da sul portone.
Guarda dabbasso: ma quello è Ferdinando!
Pesa da stupore, respira di sollievo, grida alla figlia.


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29 luglio 2006

Islam-Dovevamo scegliere chi far venire

Dovevamo scegliere chi far venire 


 Aumenta la diffidenza della maggioranza in Gran Bretagna nei confronti della minoranza di  musulmani .
Dall'altra parte vi è un diffuso risentimento delle minoranza islamiche per motivi socio-economici. Gli immigrati dal Bangladesh e dal Pakistan hanno il più alto grado di disoccupazione e il più basso livello di educaziione scolastica  e qualificazione tra tutte le comunità di immigrati.

Britons’ mistrust of Muslims on the rise
Malaise, mistrust rising between majority and Muslim minority in Britain a year on from London bombings.
By Catherine Fay de Lestrac - LONDON
In a picture recently published in British newspapers, a Muslim woman wears an England flag headscarf as she cheers on the England football team.
But far from this image of integration, malaise and mistrust are on the rise in Britain between the majority and the Muslim minority, a year on from the London bombings.
On July 7, 2005, Islamist extremist suicide bombers killed themselves and 52 others in co-ordinated attacks on London's transport network.
The discovery that the four bombers were British and three were born and raised here was met with stunned disbelief.
Worse, they seemed almost untraceable - integrated into the mainstream of British society among the everyday folk of the Muslim community.
Britain is home to 1.65 million Muslims (2.8 percent of the population), mostly of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin. Half were born in Britain.
"Muslims are seen as dangerous and not loyal to the country," professor Muhammad Anwar, from the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick, said.
The surge in attacks against Muslims and mosques in the weeks following the London bombings quickly died down.
But newly-strengthened anti-terror laws have "caused further insecurity due to random arrests and searches," said Elveena Malik, from the Commission for Racial Equality.
Continuous police operations, searches and arrests, and the extended period which security suspects can be held without charge, has entrenched the fear in the Muslim community that it is being targeted.
Britain no longer tolerates extremist preachers. The most notorious, Abu Hamza, the one-eyed, hook-handed former imam of the Finsbury Park mosque in north London, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Prime Minister Tony Blair's government has placed others under "control orders" - house arrest - while it tries to expel them. The "glorification of terrorism" has been outlawed.
However, the government has sought to bring moderate Muslims into the fold, creating a working group bringing together Muslim intellectuals.
While the meetings may have been fruitful in bringing together their participants, according to the controversial Muslim thinker Tariq Ramadan, a working group member, only a handful of their dozens of recommendations seem likely to be acted upon.
A consultative organisation of mosques and imams was launched last week. It will accredit imams, monitor their sermons and advise the government on the suitablility of foreign imams who want to preach in Britain.
Moderate imams have been charged with carrying out a roadshow tour of Britain to contest, particularly amongst youths, radical interpretations of the Koran.
Muslims are also encouraged to steer clear of extremists and to co-operate with the police if they witness any suspect activity.
But a massive police raid in June in response to intelligence about a possible chemical weapons factory at a house in east London, has set back efforts to build up trust between Muslims the police.
Two young Muslims, one of whom was shot during the raid, were arrested and then later released without charge.
The causes of Muslim resentment, beyond the war in Iraq, are often socio-economic: Pakistanis and Bangladeshis have the highest unemployment rate and the lowest level of qualifications compared to other immigrant communities.
"The British multicultural model is the subject of the debate, but it has not been reconsidered," said Ramadan, a professor at Saint Antony's College at the University of Oxford.
He said: "Communities live side by side without ever meeting each other. The problem is the lack of social integration."

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27 luglio 2006

Bestialità.Se il bambino nasce leggermente di pelo rosso, culo magro, gambette piccole, allora é figlio di suo marito Hilal..............

Se il bambino nasce leggermente di pelo rosso, culo magro, gambette piccole, allora é figlio di suo marito Hilal. Ma se nasce moro, robusto, coi riccioli, grande con gambe tornite e un culo grasso, allora .....


When a Husband Accuses His Wife
Commentary by Sayyid Qutb

If her child, when born, has slightly reddish hair, a thin bottom and small legs, then he is Hilal’s child. If he is born dark, with strong features and curly hair, big and with large legs and a fat bottom, then he belongs to the man she has been accused of associating with.’

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Beneficent
And as for those who accuse their own wives (of adultery), but have no witnesses except themselves, let each of them call God four times to witness that he is indeed telling the truth; and the fifth time, that God’s curse be upon him if he is telling a lie.
However, punishment is averted from her if she calls God four times to witness that he is indeed telling a lie; and the fifth time, that God’s curse be upon her if he is telling the truth.
Were it not for God’s favor upon you and His grace, and that God is the One who accepts repentance, the wise...! (Light, al-Noor: 24: 6-10)
Suppose a husband finds his wife with a man but is unable to produce four witnesses. These verses explain the method of proof and counterproof. Several reports explain the occasion when these verses were revealed. Imam Ahmad reports on the authority of Ibn Abbas: “When the verse stating, ‘As for those who accuse chaste women (of adultery), and cannot produce four witnesses, flog them with eighty stripes; and do not accept their testimony ever after,’ was revealed, Saad ibn Ubadah, the chief of the Ansar said: ‘Is that how it has been revealed, messenger of God?’ The Prophet said: ‘People of the Ansar! Do you hear what your chief is saying?’ They said: ‘Do not blame him, Messenger of God. He is a man with a keen sense of honor. He never married a woman unless she was a virgin. If he divorced a woman, none of us would dare to marry her, because we realize how he takes that.’ Saad said: ‘Messenger of God! I know it to be true and that it comes from God. I only wondered that if I would find a man on top of my wife, I could not disturb him until I have brought four witnesses. By the time I bring them, he would have finished his business.’
It was not long after that that Hilal ibn Umayyah came. He had been in his farm before going home at night. He found a man with his wife. He saw things with his own eyes, and he heard things with his ears. He did not fight with the man, but the next morning he said to the Prophet (peace be upon him): ‘Messenger of God! I went home last night and I found my wife with a man. I saw and heard things with my own eyes and ears.’ The Prophet was very displeased when he heard that, and found it hard to deal with. The Ansar said: ‘What Saad ibn Ubadah foretold has come to pass. The Prophet may now subject Hilal ibn Umayyah to punishment by flogging and may declare him unacceptable as a witness.’
Hilal said to his people: ‘By God, I certainly hope that He will provide a way out for me.’ Addressing the Prophet, he said: ‘Messenger of God! I see that my story has been very difficult for you; but God knows that I am telling the truth.’
The Prophet was about to give orders that punishment should be inflicted on Hilal when revelations were bestowed on him from on high. Those who were around him would recognize the fact by the change in his face. These verses dealing with the situation were revealed. The Prophet’s face regained its color, and he said: ‘Hilal! Rejoice, for God has given you a way out.’ Hilal replied: ‘I certainly hoped that God would grant me that.’ The Prophet gave orders for the woman to be brought to him. When she came, the Prophet recited these verses to them both, reminding them both that punishment in the hereafter is far more severe than any punishment in this life. Hilal said: ‘Messenger of God! I have certainly said the truth when I accused her.’ She said: ‘He is lying.’ The Prophet then said: ‘Let them both say their oaths.’
Hilal was first told to swear. He swore by God four times that what he said was the truth. Before saying his fifth oath, people said to him: ‘Hilal, fear God. This is the one that incurs punishment in the hereafter, while punishment in this world is a far lesser one.’ He said: ‘By God! He will not punish me for this, just like He did not let me be flogged for it.’ He made the fifth oath, incurring God’s curse on himself if he was lying. The woman was then offered the chance to refute the charge. She swore by God four times that he was lying. When she was about to make her fifth oath, people said to her: ‘Fear God, and remember that punishment in the hereafter is much more severe. This is the oath that incurs you God’s punishment.’ She stopped for a while and thought about confessing. She then said: ‘I will not bring a scandal on my people’s heads.’ She made her fifth oath, incurring God’s curse on herself if her husband was telling the truth.
The Prophet ordered their marriage absolutely terminated. He also judged that her child would not be named after a father, and the child would not be shamed. If anyone throws an accusation against the child, that person would be punished. His judgment also made it clear that she could not claim shelter in her husband’s home, and she could not have any maintenance from him, as the marriage is dissolved without divorce or death. He also said: ‘If her child, when born, has slightly reddish hair, a thin bottom and small legs, then he is Hilal’s child. If he is born dark, with strong features and curly hair, big and with large legs and a fat bottom, then he belongs to the man she has been accused of associating with.’ When the child was born, he was of the second description. The Prophet said: ‘If it was not for the oaths, I would have had something to sort out with her.’”
We see that this ruling has been given to deal with a particular case that was hard for the man concerned, the Muslim community and the Prophet.

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23 luglio 2006

Arabia Saudita -Tutto il mondo è paese.

In Arabia Saudita è proibito severamente avere una relazione senza matrimonio. Ma il matrimonio è costoso e impegnativo, specie per l'uomo, ed ecco allora che gli islamici  hanno  inventato il Misyar, il matrimonio temporaneo senza obblighi di mantenimento e convivenza.

No strings attached
Misyar opens happiness door to Saudis
Form of temporary marriage offers alternative to cash-strapped men who want to avoid lavish weddings in Saudi Arabia.
By Souhail Karam - RIYADH
Khaled never thought a form of temporary marriage, described by some in Saudi Arabia as legal prostitution, would open the door to his happily-ever-after.
The 25-year-old Saudi security guard opted to marry Zeinab, also a Saudi, through a "misyar" contract -- a kind of marriage-lite under which couples often live separately but get together regularly, sometimes just for sex.
Khaled and Zeinab are among thousands of people who choose misyar in this ultraconservative Islamic kingdom where contact between unrelated men and women is forbidden and extramarital sex regarded as a grave sin.
Misyar also offers an alternative to cash-strapped men who want to avoid lavish weddings but would like a relationship, without incurring the wrath of the morality police.
Under misyar, the husband is not financially responsible for his wife, and the marriage often ends in divorce.
Khaled, who declined to give his full name, admitted he wasn't serious about commitment when he decided on misyar.
But now, he and Zeinab are expecting a baby together.
"I thought let's give it a try ... and now I feel like a hero in a romantic film," he said.
Misyar is allowed under Sunni Islam and it is legal in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam. But it is traditionally frowned upon and the fact that it leaves the wife financially vulnerable has angered many women's activists and intellectuals.
"Misyar reduces marriage to sexual intercourse," said Hatoun al-Fassi, a female Saudi historian. "For clerics to allow it is shameful for our religion."
A man’s moods
In regular marriages in Saudi Arabia, men must pay for expensive ceremonies, huge dowries and a home. If the couple divorce, he must pay alimony and child support.
So misyar appeals to men of reduced means, as well as men looking for a flexible arrangement - the husband can walk away from a misyar and can marry other women without informing his first wife.
Wealthy Muslims sometimes contract misyar when on holiday to allow them to have sexual relations without breaching the tenets of their faith.
A misyar is often one of the only options for older spinsters, divorcees and widows who often struggle to find husbands in a society where they are stigmatised.
This vulnerability has sometimes encouraged abuses: women sometimes act as matchmakers for less than scrupulous men on the prowl for lonely and wealthy spinsters.
Suhaila Zein al-Abideen, of the International Union of Muslim Scholars in Medina, said almost 80 percent of misyar marriages end in divorce.
"A woman loses all her rights. Even how often she sees her husband is decided by his moods," she said.
But Saudi television presenter Rima al-Shamikh said misyar is the result of frustration among Saudi Arabia's largely youthful population, bound by a strict religious code but exposed to Western lifestyles through the media and Internet.
"Our young people watch the satellite television channels. There is dissatisfaction," she explained. "Misyar is a way of getting around the obstacles of marriage in Gulf societies."
Some scholars say misyar was practised in the Arabian peninsula during the early days of Islam, when men were often away for months during battles or for trading.
The practice reappeared in the early 19th century in Egypt, where it is known as urfi marriage and is now very common.
After years of study, the influential Mecca-based Islamic Jurisprudence Assembly in April declared that misyar marriage was legal, angering many women’s rights' activists in the Gulf, where misyar is practiced in several countries.
Influential Muslim cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi has given his blessing to misyar, but said there should be at least some form of dowry to provide a guarantee for the wife.
"No doubt it is somehow socially unacceptable, but there is a big difference between what is Islamically valid and what is socially acceptable," he recently told Al Jazeera television.
Saudi clerics say misyar is authorised as long as it meets the basic requirements of sharia, Islamic law - consent of both parties, the blessing of the woman's guardian, the presence of witnesses and a state marriage official.
Adverts for Saudi men and women seeking misyar marriage abound on the Internet, recalling the "lonely hearts" columns popular in Western newspapers.
"I am a 33-year-old Saudi man with acceptable looks seeking to marry a Saudi virgin or a divorcee," read one posting on a special misyar site. "Saudi man seeking divorcee living in Jeddah, no objection to children," read another.
But not all misyar couples are in it for the short-term. A few, like Khaled and Zeinab, find misyar can be a first step to something more durable.
"We got used to each other very quickly," said Khaled, who has been married for 18 months. "Then she got pregnant. We couldn't bear our situation, so we decided to live together for real, not just with misyar."

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18 luglio 2006

Non é una novella del '300 . Accade in Kurdistan

 Il bravaccio che rapisce le belle sorelle
e magari anche le ammazza se non
si sottomettono.
La famiglia delle ragazze si fa
compesare in denaro.
Non é una novella del '300 .
Accade in Kurdistan 

Kurdish Media
Countries    The best of ...
                    Kurdish women’s blood for cash affair: Mahabad’s ordeal

Monday, July 10, 2006

KurdishMedia.com - By Dr Rebwar Fatah

In 2001 a body of a young lady was found in the PUK-led Kurdish city of Sulemani. Mahabad Abdualla had been kidnapped and murdered. Three years later, on 13 October 2004, the body of Mahabad’s sister, Jiwan, was found. She had also been kidnapped and murdered.

A member of the PUK security forces (Asayish) was later found guilty of murdering Mahabad. After a long campaign by civil organisations, Salih Ahmed, known as Sala Muzali, was condemned and imprisoned for her murder.

However, on 13 May 2006, it was reported that the two families negotiated, with the help of the authorities via the PUK Social Bureau, to clean Mahabad’s blood with cash offered to Mahabad’s family. The question that the Kurdistani judicial system face is this: should crimes such as these be settled with cash?
This is the background of these crimes, which reveals how power is abused by members of Kurdish authorities and party officials. This is a story of four sisters, Mahabad, Jiwan, Nasik, and Niya. 


Mahabad Abdulla

On 13 October 2001, Nasik and Jiwan were kidnapped while they were waiting for a taxi to go home near the Karabaka neighbourhood of Sulemani. The two sisters were drugged. A few hours later Nasik was dumped near a local petrol station alive. Jiwan, however, was not that lucky. Three days later (on 16 October 2001), her body was dumped near the village of Qularas, near Kanabardakan in Sulemani, the PUK stronghold.

From left to right: Mahabad (murdered), Nasik (took refuge in the West with her sister Niyan) and Jiwan Abdullah (Murdered).

n an interview in April 2002, Nasik (Mahabad's sister), from her hiding shelter, said: 

"My late sister Jiwan and I were in a taxi. The taxi driver slowed down and said that a car was following us. The car behind stopped. Armed people came out and they put something on our faces and after a few hours dumped me. Three days later Jiwana's body had been dumped."

Two years before Nasik's murder her other sister Mahabad, who worked for the local electricity board, was kidnapped, and her mangled body was dumped after three days. It is believed that Nasik was killed because she gave evidence against the killer in court.

An influential member of the PUK armed forces and a high ranking member of the PUK Security Force (Asayish), known as Sala Muzali (Salih Ahmad Sharif), was accused of murdering Mahabad, but he had the protection of the PUK. He went free. Muzali was named after a type of Kalashnikov known as Muzali which he carries.

After the murder of their two sisters, on 10 December 2001, Nasik and Niyan took refuge in a women’s shelter in Arbil that is run by an independent women’s organisation. Muzali, according to information from the organisation, threatened them for trying to bring him to justice.

Muzali wanted to establish a sexual relationship with Mahabad, and to marry her. But Mahabad, a beautiful young woman, did not want to get married. Rejected Muzali, who regards himself as a high ranking and influential man, could not stomach the rejection. He used his position to pressurize Mahabad and her family.

In April 2002, Nasik said:

"We were sitting at home. The PUK security forces [Asayish] attacked our home and searched everywhere and messed up all our belongings. They were very rude. They took my late sister Mahabad and I to the Sulemani Prison. Mahabad cried a great deal in prison. I was upset but did not cry as much as Mahabad. Mahabad was older than me and she sensed more than I did."

The two sisters were kept in prison until relatives and friends contacted the governor, Salar Aziz, of Sulemani, an educated man. When the governor realised that these two young women were arrested for some dirty reason and realised that this would be very embarrassing for the PUK, he invited them to his office and Nasik here relates what the governor told them:

"You are our sisters. Just pretend that you have been visiting your brother's home. Just pretend nothing happened. He [the governor] took us back home in his car."

The second episode started the day after, Nasik explains:

"That night we could not sleep. We did not know why we were arrested. In the morning we were having breakfast, when Asayish [The PUK Security Forces] attacked our home again. They told us not to shout. They said they were going to take us for few questions and bring us back. They took us back to prison. We were on the second floor. There was a roof-fin in the room. Mahabad shouted from the window saying that she would hang herself if she was not told why we were in prison."

After intensive personal contacts, the sisters were released again. "But we did not want to go home. We stayed with my uncles and relatives until we sold our house and rented accommodation somewhere else. It did not take long until Sala Muzali resurfaced again," Nasik explained.

Why was Jiwan murdered? Nasik explains:

"On the day of the trial, Jiwa gaven witness and said that she recognised Muzali's voice on the phone. Muzali threatened Jiwan in the court in front of the judge."

However Nasik accused someone else (known as Ako Fatah) for murdering Jiwana. "Now he is taking refuge in the KDP area," Nasik explains.

Muzali harassed Mahabad on the phone, and sometimes he talked to Jiwana instead of Mahabad. According to Nasik, on the day of the trial, Muzali brought a group of armed people to pressurize the court decision. This is how Nasik describes the day of the hearing:

"On the day of the hearing, Muzali brought a big group of armed people, who gathered in front of the court. They threatened and abused Jiwan before giving evidence. Then they started firing, and my older brother was hit with two bullets, one in his leg and the other one in his arm. He was taken to the hospital."

Was there any evidence against Muzali? Nasik explains:

"Mahabad's golden necklace and pieces of her hair were found in Muzali's car."

In February 2002, in an extremely embarrassing U-turn under public pressure, a spokesperson for the PUK Security forces [Asayish] stated:

"In accordance with the instructions of Jalal Talabani, the head of the region [the PUK leader] and of Dr Barham Salih, the head of the government, we decided to open up the file of the victims [Mahabad and Jiwana Abdullah]. We were able to call the witnesses and take their statements again. After that the original evidence was destroyed under the pressure of a criminal who committed the crimes.

Through fresh investigation, it became clear that the evidence pointed to Salih Ahmad Sharif (known as Sala Muzali). He was arrested by the security forces and given to the investigating court. Under investigation, he admitted that he committed the crimes, and he provided evidence about the crime under supervision of the investigating judge.

He [Muzali] admitted that he killed Mahabad Abdullah because he wanted to marry her, but later changed her mind."

About the murder of Mahabad's sister Jiwan, the spokesperson stated:

Jiwana Abdullah was kidnapped by an unknown gang; the real criminal is known and will be arrested soon.

The spokesperson also admitted that the crime against this innocent family shocked the public sphere of Kurdistan, including human rights activists and women’s organisations.

In conclusion, this case is very important to show how the members of the Kurdish authorities are involved in organised crimes. It clearly shows that one influential person can use the government and party resources for his own interests.

These serious crimes must not be solved by money and justices must be prevailed. One crime must not be replaced by a state-controlled one.


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13 luglio 2006

Nel paese di Milocca

Nel paese di Milocca, racconta Luigi Pirandello, la gente rimase al buio perché i consiglio comunale votò contro i lampioni a gas. Era una spesa inutile, dissero, pare che abbiano inventato una cosa chiamata elettricità.
Da noi, in Curlandia, si litiga per il nucleare, contro il nucleare, per l'energia pulita, per il carbone.
Intanto il prezzo del petrolio e del gas continuano a crescere.
Britain to trumpet new era for nuke power
(China Daily)
Updated: 2006-07-12 06:16
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government heralded a new era for nuclear power alongside a greater reliance on renewable sources when it released a review of Britain's energy needs.
But the long-awaited report is expected to trigger an angry response from environmentalists because any support for cleaner power, such as solar or tidal energy, will be overshadowed by the nuclear references.
The review, ordered by Blair late last year, proposed the construction of a new generation of nuclear power plants to help offset shrinking North Sea oil and gas reserves.
It also called for a five-fold increase in electricity production from renewable wind, solar, tidal and agricultural sources.
Blair wants Britain to rely more on nuclear power rather than expensive and dirty carbon fuels in a bid to combat climate change and reduce Britain's dependence on foreign energy imports.
But environmental groups argue that there are better ways to do this, such as greater investment in renewable energy and a reduction in consumption.
Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling, speaking before he released the report to parliament at 1430 GMT, said nuclear power had always been part of Britain's energy mix and "should remain so."
He also warned that the amount of electricity generated by atomic energy would fall from 20 per cent to 6 per cent in the next 20 years as ageing nuclear power stations are closed.
If action is not taken to fill the resulting gap in supply more gas will have to be imported, often from unstable parts of the world, Darling said.
"I don't think renewables can fill the whole gap," he told BBC radio.
The Observer newspaper at the weekend said the government's review would conclude that nuclear power was economically viable and should play a role in future energy requirements.
Without nuclear power, Britain's dependence on gas would rise from 38 per cent to 55 per cent by 2020, with up to 90 per cent of this imported, largely from unstable regions such as the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa and Russia, it reported, citing a final draft of the review.


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12 luglio 2006

Nabucco opens the gates of Vienna

Nabucco opens the gates of Vienna
Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Turkey's negotiations for full EU membership will still be taking place by the time the Nabucco natural gas project is operational in 2011. Experts indicate that the pipeline to Europe, which traverses Turkey, will be even more meaningful during Ankara’s membership talks


  One of the most challenging projects Europe has ever undertaken is a natural gas project known as Nabucco, although the pipeline has not even been built yet.
  The negotiations Turkey is conducting with the European Union to become a full member of the bloc will still be taking place by the time the pipeline is operational in 2011, as planned. Experts indicate that the Nabucco project, so highly valued by the EU, will at that time be even more loaded with meaning and will become a key factor in the membership negotiations with Turkey.
  There was a disagreement in 2006 between Russia and Ukraine, a country on the route of the natural gas pipeline Moscow built into Europe. This forced the old continent to utilize the natural gas stocks it had kept in reserve. It was also the time when the EU countries realized that they should not put all their eggs in one basket. Therefore, the significance of the pipeline project aimed to carry natural gas from the Caspian basin, the Caucasus and the Middle East was increased many fold. In other words, Nabucco became the buzzword for a renewed relationship between Ankara and Vienna.
Turkey at energy crossroads:
  Turkey is getting ready to hold a ceremony to open the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline on July 13. Experts indicate that the BTC will play a major role in the transportation of Caspian oil to the West. The country may not be fully aware of it yet, but Turkey is sitting in the middle of another major energy route: the natural gas pipeline to Europe.
  Nabucco, the name of the Assyrian king that Guiseppe Verdi adopted for one of his operas, carries great significance as it increases the alternatives of natural gas supply to Europe and has the full support of the EU countries. Austria, not so fond of the idea of Turkey becoming a full member of the EU, will decrease its dependence on Russian natural gas once Nabucco becomes a reality. Furthermore, Vienna is seeking to become the center of natural gas supply lines passing through Europe in the future.
OMV asks Turkish government for guarantees and safeguards:
  OMV Gas International CEO Werner Auli realizes the significance of Turkey in terms of the Nabucco project: “A discussion is under way with [state-owned Turkish Pipeline Company] Botas to lease the pipeline from Ankara all the way to the eastern border of Turkey for Nabucco. We are asking the Turkish government to give guarantees and safeguards.” The approximate cost of the pipeline is about $4.6 billion, Auli estimates. The first phase of Nabucco is projected to begin in 2007, and it will take four years to complete.
  One of the questions concerning the project is the actual origin of natural gas supplies. “We want gas from Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt and Turkmenistan with the undersea pipeline. Also, Gazprom is thinking about what to do in order to contribute to the Nabucco project. Of course, the Russians can pump gas into Nabucco via Blue Stream,” Auli said. In any case, he explains that Nabucco has two main aims: To increase alternative supply routes and to close the gap between supply and demand in Europe.
New partner wanted:
  These days the consortium for the construction of the pipeline is looking for a new partner. Auli indicated that negotiations are already under way and that “the partner will definitely be a European. However, I cannot tell you right now which companies we are negotiating with.”
  According to projections, the EU's natural gas needs will increase by 200-300 cubic meters per year. OMV Holding entered the Turkish market by purchasing 34 percent of Petrol Ofisi for $1.1 billion in March. “Turkey is a very interesting and open market. We are new in this market, but why not? And we hope that Turkey's EU negotiations will not affect the Nabucco project.”
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   Nabucco Purchasing Manager Johann Gallistl:
Nabucco needs money:
  “We need 4.6 billion euros for this project. The European Investment Bank is ready to finance 1 billion euros of it. The World Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will also give 400-500 million euros. And the rest will come from expert agencies and private banks. The latter are really interested in this project. They always ask about the projects development. Negotiations are still under way.”


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8 luglio 2006

L'opposizione si organzza . In Italia ? No, in Iran.

L'opposizione si organzza . In Italia ? No, in Iran.

Iran: Tentative Moves toward a Broad Anti-Regime Platform
Amir Taheri, Arab News
Since the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last summer, efforts have been made to bring together opponents of the Islamic republic with a plan for action on specific issues. It now seems that those efforts have met with some success, enabling the opposition to coordinate tactics against the Ahamdinejad administration.
"Everyone has the feeling that things are coming to a head (in Iran)," says a former Cabinet minister under President Muhammad Khatami. "People seem ready to forget (past) disputes and work together to save the nation from the most dangerous crisis in its recent history."
Efforts to harmonize oppositional action come after years of fruitless negotiations to form a united front capable of offering a credible alternative to the regime.
The reasons for the past failure might have been evident from the start.
A good part of the opposition consists of individuals and groups that, having participated in the Khomeinist revolution of 1978-79, have broken with it over the years. While not admitting that Iran is on the wrong trajectory, these former Khomeinists are not prepared to condemn the revolution as the source of the nation's misfortunes, including an eight-year war with Iraq and more than 150,000 executions, over the past 27 years.
Another major bloc within the opposition consists of those who speak in the name of Iranian nationalism and/or pluralistic democracy and see the revolution itself as the evil child of religious despotism.
Then, there are those that have waged armed struggle against the Islamic republic in the name of ethnic rights, religious differences and ideological causes.
Another reason for the cleavage is the fact that a good part of the opposition, ranging from monarchists to Communists and passing by conservative republicans, has had its leadership in exile for years. The exiles have held a series of meetings, most recently in Berlin and London, to harmonize their activities, without, however, agreeing on a common platform.
The arrival into exile in recent months of several former prominent figures of the Islamic regime, including four Cabinet ministers, a former mayor of Tehran and some former commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has helped facilitate contact between internal and external dissidents.
However, the real impetus for greater harmony among opposition groups has come from a new form of opposition based on economic and/or social grievances. Within these new groups, university students, and industrial workers may have the greatest potential for challenging the regime in a meaningful way.
The emerging consensus within the opposition appears to be based on at least six points.
The first is that past differences should be set aside in favor of joint action. Some anti-regime groups are even prepared to envisage a broad front that would include former figures of the regime who have decided to distance themselves form the radical Ahmadinejad administration. The idea is that, provided they are allocated a certain space, many former regime insiders will be ready to switch sides as the crisis intensifies.
The second is that anti-regime action should be organized around specific issues related to the interests of broad segments of society. In that spirit, opposition groups from different backgrounds have worked together in support of a series of industrial strikes that have hit various cities, including Tehran, in recent weeks.
The third point is that any attempt at a speedy politicization of economic, social, ethnic and cultural demands could be counterproductive. This is why most opposition groups, including those in exile, have refrained from claiming credit for recent workers' strikes and student demonstrations. The emerging analysis within the opposition is that the regime is more vulnerable when forced to offer economic, social and cultural concessions that could undermine its totalitarian hold on society.
The fourth point is that most opposition groups have agreed to set their maximum demands with regard to the future form of government on hold. The monarchists are no longer insisting on a straight return to the pre-revolution system while the disillusioned Khomeinists have toned down their opposition to a constitutional referendum that might allow a return to monarchy in some form. Even the People's Combatants Organization (Mujahedin Khalq) now agrees that the future form of government should be decided by the people.
The fifth point is that the issue of Iran's nuclear ambitions must not be allowed to divert domestic and international attention from growing unrest inside the country.
Opposition leaders believe that Ahamdinejad is deliberately seeking a limited military clash with the United States on the nuclear issue to defuse internal tension and rally the people behind his increasingly beleaguered administration. While no one in the opposition is publicly asking the United States to withdraw the threat of military action, everyone agrees that any limited operation that would wound the regime but leave it alive and in place could give the Khomeinist system a second life.
Finally, there is agreement that the initial phase of action against the Ahmadinejad administration must be led by independent personalities with no partisan affiliations. Student activists, leaders of unofficial trade unions, women's rights advocates, well-known academics, managers of nongovernmental organizations, and even independent theologians, are expected to feature prominently in the initial stages of what opposition leaders believe is a decisive showdown with the regime.
The new consensus is already facing its first test over the campaign launched in favor of political prisoners.
Akbar Ganji, a former Revolutionary Guard interrogator-turned- dissident, gave the signal for the campaign last week during his current tour of Western capitals. Ganji, recently released from political prison after a solo hunger strike in Tehran, has called for a massive hunger strike, inside and outside Iran, in sympathy with political prisoners in the Islamic republic.
A number of prominent figures inside Iran have already echoed Ganji's call. These include Dr. Muhammad Maleki, a former chancellor of Tehran University under the Khomeinist regime, Mrs. Simin Behbahani, possibly the most popular Persian poet alive, and prominent Iranian-Kurdish writer Jalal Qavami. Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is also expected to join, although she has been reluctant to challenge the regime openly. A number of prominent theologians in Qom and Mash'had, including Ayatollah Hassan San'ei, have also been contacted, to endorse the campaign.
No one knows quite how many political prisoners there are in the Islamic republic. (Estimates by human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, vary between 3,000 and 85,000. According to Iranian human rights groups, more than 2.5 million Iranians have been in and out of prison on various charges since 1979.)
"It is a measure of our national tragedy that almost anybody who is somebody has spent some time as political prisoner in the past quarter of a century," says Maleki. "We must make it clear that we cannot take any more of this. Enough is enough. No civilized society would put people in jail because of disagreement with the rulers."
Ahmadinejad is trying to cast himself in the role of a champion of Islam against the "infidel" by adopting a tough stance on the nuclear issue and preparing for a showdown with the G-8 next month. The challenge to his administration, however, may well be coming from Iran's factories, offices, universities, and religious seminaries. 

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6 luglio 2006

Petition to save the life of Malak Ghorbany

Petition to save the life of Malak Ghorbany, a Kurdish woman sentenced to death by public stoning in Iran

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

KurdishMedia.com - By Lily Mazahery

Please sign the pitition
Dear friends,

Once again, another Iranian woman has been sentenced to death by the barbaric practice of public stoning. On June 28, 2006, a court in the northwestern Iranian city of Urmia sentenced Malak Ghorbany to death for committing "adultery." Under Iran's Penal Code, the term "adultery" is used to describe any intimate or sexual act between a man and a girl/woman who are not married. The crime of adultery is also used in cases where a girl is deemed to have committed "acts incompatible with chastity," which includes instances of rape. The punishment for "adultery" is death.

On the day of her punishment, the woman's hands are tied behind her back as she becomes covered from head to toe in winding sheets and is placed seated in a pit. The pit is then filled up to her chest with dirt and the dirt is tamped down. At that point, members of the community are invited to murder her by hurling rocks at her. However, to ensure that the condemned woman/girl receives the absolute maximum amount of pain and torture, the Iranian government has even mandated the size of the stones that are to be used in this barbaric act of public execution. By law, the stones must not be too small as to prevent ultimate death, nor must they be too large that they could cause the girl's death "too soon."

The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights of Iranian Kurdistan has issued a statement to save the life of Malak Ghorbany, and I have initiated a petition, directed to members of the United Nations, Amnesty International, the ruling clerics in Iran, and various other organizations and entities around the world to oppose Malak's barbaric sentence. I need you to help me save Malak's life, as we did with the 17 year old Nazanin, by signing this petition and raising as much awareness as possible to her case. Without significant international pressure and expressions of outrage at the atrocities committed by the Isalmic regime, Iranians will continue to be subjected to medieval practices that violate the most basic rights of humans.

I thank you for your support, friendship, and kindness, and I look forward to a day when no woman is abused, tortured, or murdered simply because of her gender.


Lily Mazahery

The direct link to Saving Malak's Life is:

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29 giugno 2006

Quote "rosa" per stranieri?

In Italia aumenta il fenomeno della disoccupazione degli stranieri immigrati.
Prima o poi qualcuno proporrà di riservargli una quota dei posti di lavoro, come già è successo in altri paesi?

In Finland unemployment is around 25% for immigrants
by Phil While unemployment is around 7% in Helsinki, it’s around 25% for us immigrants - Who has the answer to fix the situation?
When will these trends be reflected in the recruitment practices of the municipal labour force? And what about public procurement? Municipal politicians in Helsinki - if they are interested in the issue at all - still talk about supported work schemes for immigrants. Why don’t they demand that also private sector companies (who supply goods and services worth of millions of euros to the city) take responsibility in providing jobs for people of diverse ethnic backgrounds? After all, the public, taxpayers’ money, that funds public procurements comes increasingly from taxes paid by ethnic minorities. And sooner or later it simply will make economic sense for these companies!
Quotas. Some are not directly saying it but what what they  want is private companies in Finland to have immigrant quotas - Companies over ‘x’ amount of people must have ‘x’ amount of immigrants depending on the size of the company or else they’ll be taxed extra or sued by the state or something. And while I came back from vacation quite tan skinned, I doubt I’m the kind of “immigrant” who would fulfill these quotas. 
Immigrant/minority/racial quotas may be a new concept in Finland but they’re very familiar to Americans. While in the short-term it may provide jobs (not necessarily good ones) for immigrants, Finland will see increased sentiments of racism and anti-immigration in the long-term. Whether they’re right or wrong, some natives will feel these immigrants are “stealing” their jobs. More qualified people will lose jobs to less qualifiied people simply because of the color of their skin or where they come from. I know that the protectionist, racist, yet powerful Finnish trade unions make it very difficult for immigrants, I just think that using government force to fix this issue will do more harm than good.

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26 giugno 2006

Censored Iranian Magazines

Censored Iranian Magazines
by Jonathan Lundqvist
One thing that surprised me with Iran was that it was not particularly hard to get over foreign magazines. Just visit a specialized newsagent, and the stacks were pretty much the same as anywhere; Times, Newsweek and the ubiquitous The Economist.
You have to remember that I brought very little – if any – literature with me, in order to travel light, so the first time I saw English-language magazines I bought pretty much everything I could get my hands on. (Hotel rooms are boring at night, you know.) All was fine, until I came back and started reading them.
They were all censored. And not in any subtle way – but with black felt-tip pens and white stickers! The interesting thing is that an article can be very critical towards Iranian policies in writing, but pictures are apperently much more sensitive. An issue of the The Economist, for example, featured an extremely opinionated leader on Iran’s nuclear policies. It was not touched. The caricature cartoon of Khamenei, however, was a big black hole.
As was all images of women with a little less clothes than prescribed.
This sparked my interest, and the next day I went on a quest to find more magazines. I bought a whole bunch, from newspapers and viewspapers to Wallpaper and National Geographic.
The latter also had the most prominent censorship of them all – as shown in the image in this post (the untouched cover in the lower right corner).
I will make a more methodical study of the 30-or-so magazines I brought back to Sweden, and return with more scientific results on the censorship.


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16 giugno 2006



Che a Bruxelles si spendano belle parole (e dei gran soldi) e si faccia poco non é una novitá. Ma c'é di peggio.

Human Rights Watch e l'International Crisis Group hanno accusato l'Unione di barattare gas in cambio di un occhio chiuso sul rispetto dei diritti umani in Turkmenistan, dove Nyazov (al cui confronto Lukashenko é una suora) fa il bello e il cattivo tempo. La storia la raccontano il Guardian e lo Spiegel.

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16 giugno 2006

Dove ci porterà Pecoraro Scanio?

Dove ci porterà Pecoraro Scanio?
Dove ci sta portando - purtroppo - lo stiamo cominciando a capire bene: alla CATASTROFE

No, non sto esagerando. Lo ha spiegato lui stesso l’altro giorno, nella sua relazione al Senato in cui ha esposto il suo programma.
Praticamente il ministro “verde”, oltre a piazzare i suoi fidi in ogni dove (una cosa già di per se alquanto preoccupante), non vuole il carbone pulito e ha messo in discussione pure i termovalorizzatori. Poi ha annunciato che il costo dell’energia elettrica aumenterà del 13% e che infine ci dovremo rassegnare a continuare a dipendere dai produttori esteri di energia.
La sua priorità in questi cinque anni sarà poi quella di investire nelle energie cd, “alternative”,  ma che di fatto alternative non potranno mai essere. Il motivo non è la mancanza della nostra buona volontà, ma puro realismo: sarebbero infatti necessarie delle misure e degli investimenti tanto ingenti da pregiudicare le possibilità di crescita dell’economia.
E quello che è più grave, è che questo Pecoraro Scanio lo realizzerà (speriamo di no) in vista di obiettivi ambientali marginali, quanto aleatori…

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9 giugno 2006

Verdi come la pece

Verdi come la pece
 Gabriella Bianchi   

Capita di ritorno da un fine settimana di dare un passaggio in auto alla vicina di un neo senatore. Capita di fare discorsi da bar, sul governo, sulla politica, sull'ambiente... sul fratello del neo senatore che a sua volta è neo ministro.  La vicina del neo senatore si lamentava del suo condominio. Discorsi da bar. La pizzeria sotto casa sua ha imposto una canna fumaria ad altezza finestra della signora, quando la leggeprescrive che la canna debba essere alta diversi metri più del palazzo più alto nei dintorni. Hai voglia a scrivere, hai voglia  a lamentarti, diceva la signora. E allora che fa? conoscendo il neo senatore fratello del neo ministro per l'ambiente, che abita nello stesso palazzo al corso di Salerno, gli chiede: "Dài, perché non facciamo una battaglia?!". Ora: a Salerno, come in altre città, domenica prossima si voterà per l'elezione del sindaco. E poco più di un mesetto fa si è votato alle politiche. Naturale che il neo senatore pensi alla ragion di stato. Ma il fratello? che proprio ieri era a Salerno a far campagna elettorale, a dire che la città è diventata un'immondezzaio con tutti quei manifesti affissi anche dove non si potrebbe. E mentre parlava, parlava, parlava il neo ministro, un furgone Iveco, di quelli grossi, scassati, tappezzati di manifesti elettorali, con una marmitta nero pece girava, girava, girava a passo d'uomo nel traffico per dire: "Votate Verdi, per una città più pulita".

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1 giugno 2006

Lo Zimbabwe, un paese confinante con il Sud-Africa, non ha avuto buona sorte, manca perfino la Coca Cola .

Il passaggio del potere dai bianchi ai neri in Africa ha portato vantaggi e svantaggi. Lo Zimbabwe, un paese confinante con il Sud-Africa, non ha avuto buona sorte, manca perfino la Coca Cola .

From Cathy Buckle in Zimbabwe
                                               MORONDERA 2005
"This letter is being sent out three days later than normal because I am now entering the 92nd hour with only enough electricity for lights in my home. At midday on Friday the voltage to my home crashed and the power is insufficient to heat the water geyser, run a fridge or stove or even boil a kettle. 25 telephone calls to the electricity supplier in the last four days, a personal visit to the faults office, a number of offers to provide fuel or go and collect electricians are all to no avail.

In the villages less than 15 kilometres out of Marondera there is also no electricity which means the grinding mills are not working. I was told by a friend that there are scores of people now going without food and that the atmosphere is extremely tense. This morning there is literally mud coming out of the taps in my home which means there are problems pumping water too. Zimbabwe is now entering the darkest of days. It is hard to describe how anyone is surviving now and this week I had the most amazing encounter which helped me put my own problems into perspective.

Standing at the entrance gates of a wholesaler there was a thin, gaunt, tired looking man. On the ground next to him was a small pile of empty cement bags. He bent and picked up a bag and held it towards me, asking me to buy it. An empty cement bag, turned inside out and with two crude holes cut into the top for handles. "Only thirty thousand dollars" the man said to me. This was literally just an empty cement bag, it hadn't been sewn, reinforced or even cleaned very well. I could think of no earthly reason why I would want an empty cement bag but the look in the mans eyes, the slight trembling of his hand and the thinness of his body gave me a whole lot of reasons. I gave the man forty thousand dollars and told him to keep the change. I took my cement bag and the man called out "God bless you, thank you," as I walked away. We both knew that the money I'd just handed over would buy the man just half a loaf of bread but to me, and obviously to him, selling cement bags enables a sliver of dignity to be maintained.

Please keep the people of Zimbabwe in your thoughts and prayers in these very hard times" 
Written by a Bulawayo activist,  2006
                                   Coke is on ration
We are now told that coke is on ration. I tried to buy one to take away yesterday and they told me this. I am thinking how many countries are there in the world that do not have coke..?
What I don’t understand is why, when a government has failed in running the country, they should not step down. It is their job to provide everything for us and we have nothing. Like a company, when it fails, the boss must be fired or he resigns.Even if we have the money to buy just one nice thing for ourselves, we cannot. Just because they say there is no foreign currency. Why is this the case? They have stolen our money and destroyed business and jobs in this country. Now we are left with nothing.
However, Coca-Cola agents told shop and bar owners that syrup had not been imported owing to foreign currency shortages, AP news agency reports.
Coca-Cola is normally available even in small villages in Zimbabwe, and supplies continued even throughout the bush war that led to independence in 1980.


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31 maggio 2006

Dmitri Lebedev -La storia è un’emozione

 Dmitri Lebedev        
La storia è un’emozione

Berdsk. È la città satellite di Novosibirsk, 10 km da qui, può essere usata come un ottimo esempio della storia Siberiana.
Il primo capitolo del libro immaginario deve raccontare la fondazione. Il grande territorio del moderno Oblast di Novosibirsk e più ad est alla fine del seicento e nell'inizio del settecento fu popolato spontaneamente da fuggitivi (contadini, criminali), cacciatori e altri cercatori della vita libera. Per difendersi dai nomadi che venivano dalle steppe del sud, il popolo locale richiese al governo statale e della gubernia (regione) di costruire una fortezza. E come sempre nell'angolo fra due fiumi apparì l'ostrog (fortezza).

Il secondo capitolo: Transiberiana e lo sviluppo dell'agricoltura. Il popolo della Siberia fu completamente libero senza quel retaggio di servitù della gleba, della speranza in dio e nello zar, senza omertà. Ci abitarono quelli che riuscivano a sopravvivere, ci andarono quelli che lo poterono ed erano pronti per fare autonomamente. L'agricoltura si sviluppò rapidamente a buon livello, non solo in quantità ma anche in qualità. Difficile figurarsi che Siberia fu un paese agricolo. Petrolio, oro, diamanti vengono in mente, ma non l'agricoltura. Un negoziante di Berdsk che aveva un mulino, meglio dire una fabbrica di farina, la quale lavorava 90 tonnellate del frumento nel giorno, ricevette una medaglia d'oro minore alla Esibizione Universale in Parigi per la sua produzione di farina! Non per un aereo militare o una nave spaziale costruita da una grandissima corporazione statale, ma tutto fatto dall'azienda di famiglia. Questo mugnaio negoziante (la fonte parla di un certo V. A. Gorokhov) contribuiva anche allo sviluppo sociale (stipendi alti, regali, un ospedale, un club culturale, una scuola media e una tecnica). Un vero idillio.

Il terzo capitolo: arrivano i comunisti e la distrussero completamente. Le fabbriche ai lavoratori più poveri e meno capaci. Contadini, collettivizzatevi! Le conseguenze ? Tutti coloro che sono capaci di guadagnare bene per sè stessi e per la famiglia, e non vogliono regalare tutto questo ai mendicanti, sono arrestati, gli viene confiscato tutto e sono mandati a morte. Poi arrivano  kolkhoz: buttati al vento i soldi, i contadini già ubriachi alle 11 di mattina, disordine e la battaglia infinita per il raccolto. Il petrolio, le fabbriche e i voli nello spazio li conosciamo, ma pochi sanno cosa succedeva nel resto dell'Unione Sovietica . Sono cose di un altro racconto.
Perché scrivo questo? Ho letto un po' di storia e ancora una volta sono davvero emozionato. È facile capire perché non si studia la storia locale, ma solo di  politica delle capitali russe. I communisti non volevano mostrare la prosperità che esisteva prima di loro e confrontarla con le rovine dei loro kolkhoz. i politici di oggi  si preoccupano degli investimenti e lo sviluppo. Non è possibile discutere dello sviluppo del deserto di ghiaccio se tutti non ci credono. Il sapere cercano di nasconderlo, perché è una bomba che distrugge i miti.


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30 maggio 2006

The un-calm before the storm

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The un-calm before the storm

It’s t-minus two months to the first elections since 1960 here in the Congo and things are starting to heat up. There are 33 candidates for president, with the current president-by-inheritance, Joseph Kabila pegged to win, and 9000 contestants from 218 political parties vying for the 500 Parliament seats up for grabs. It’s hard to say what this all means exactly but I can give you a few data points for the time being:

1.) One of my staff members had his home robbed by bandits on Sunday night. They broke in through the window, stole anything of value and damaged his car. Luckily no one was hurt. He’s the third staff member of ours to have experienced this since the beginning of the year. Only it’s usually the military –not your ordinary bandits- turning their guns on the very people they’re supposed to be protecting.

SNEL, the Congolese electricity parastatal, has been cutting the power more often which enables crooks of every type to better plan attacks. Once the streets and houses are dark, it’s more or less a free-for-all among the unsavory types. Chances are, these robberies will increase as the elections get closer. People are desperate.

2.) There’s going to be a protest tomorrow. Once of Congo’s four stellar vice presidents, Jean Pierre Bemba, who has been accused of cannibalism by the UN and is currently being referred to the Hague for war crimes committed in neighbouring CAR, has finally figured out he’s not going to win the election. So his supporters are taking to the streets, to prematurely contest an election they are sure to lose.

Word has it that the police will be out in full force to control the protestors.

3.) Etienne Tshisekedi, an opposition leader dating back to the days of Mobutu vacillates between threatening to boycott the elections all together (along with his large number of supports from the central region of Kasai) and demanding that the whole electoral processes should start again so that his party can be involved.

4.) Meanwhile MONUC (the UN force in Congo) is still $48 million short of $430 million needed to pay for the elections.

What does that mean for the rest of us? Well, the expats in my organisation are no longer allowed to roam around
la cité after dark. So no more Congolese clubs or Mama Colonel’s Chicken (the best chicken in the world) for awhile.

On the bright side, my recent trip to Kisangani showed a peek at what free and fair elections might look like in a truly democratic Congo: two neighbours just across the road from one another, one displaying the flag of Bemba’s MLC party, the other displaying Kabila’s flag.

Update: In the last five days, the police have both caught the team of miscreants who robbed my staff member's house and recuperated the large part of his things. The place never ceases to astound and amaze me.

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Non andare in giro dicendo
che il mondo ti deve dare da vivere.
Il mondo non ti deve dare nulla :
era lì prima che tu arrivassi.




Movimento d'opinione
che si propone di premiare
dare fiducia a persone
e politici che siano
garanzia di moralità,
capacità e rispetto del
popolo elettore.
Sono garanzia di moralità,
capacità e rispetto del
popolo elettore:




Fiamma Nierenstein

No alla Ue


Tribute to Reagan


I comunisti amano
così tanto
i poveri da volerne
creare  altri

Noi cattolici diciamo  
si alla base americana
di  Vicenza



Vendere la RAI
con tutti i suoi parassiti.

Eliminare l'ente Provincia
che ha poche ragioni per
giustificare la sua esistenza
 e molte per suggerire
 lo scioglimento.

















Antonio Di Pietro salvò
i comunisti da tangentopoli.



Le bugie di Veltroni


 Le bugie di Prodi




















Il comunismo è una
giusta distribuzione
della miseria.


L'assemblea parlamentare del
 Consiglio d'Europa
ha approvato il 25 gennaio 2006,
con 99 voti a favore e 42 contrari,
una risoluzione presentata dal deputato
svedese Goran Lindblad a
nome del PPE, che condanna
 i "crimini del comunismo" equiparando
il comunismo stesso al nazismo.
Anzi, considerando che nel rapporto
che accompagnava la proposta
di risoluzione, intitolata "Necessità di
una condanna internazionale dei
crimini del comunismo", si accredita
la cifra di quasi cento milioni di morti
 causati direttamente o
indirettamente dal comunismo,
quest'ultimo risulterebbe addirittura,
almeno come numero di vittime,
 di gran lunga peggiore del nazismo. 
come sono stati messi fuori legge
il partito fascista in Italia e
il partito nazional socialista in Germania.


Se li abbandonate i
bastardi siete voi

islam fuorilegge vìola
 i fondamentali diritti
degli uomini e delle donne.

islam in azione


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La resistenza non è mai esistita,
è solo frutto della propaganda
dei comunisti.
Indro Montanelli.


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