Data sot është 25-04-2014, ora 08:54
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The Independent: Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful' They are male and female, young and old, black, white and Asian, with hijab and without, but they are all Muslims. And they are all happy. That's the message of a new video which shows dozens of British Muslims dancing their hearts out, laughing, singing and smiling along to Pharrell Williams' hit single "Happy". Produced by a group of young Muslims called Honesty Policy, the four-minute video is infectious and its unashamedly positive message has gone viral more than 300,000...
The Guardian: Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87 The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish language literature and magical realism with his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, died at the age of 87. He had been admitted to hospital in Mexico City on 3 April with pneumonia. Matching commercial success with critical acclaim, García Márquez became a standard-bearer for Latin American letters, establishing a route for negotiations between guerillas and the Colombian government,...
The Telegraph: France is the new cauldron of Eurosceptic revolution Britain is marginal to the great debate on Europe. France is the linchpin, fast becoming a cauldron of Eurosceptic/Poujadist views on the Right, anti-EMU reflationary Keynesian views on the Left, mixed with soul-searching over the wisdom of monetary union across the French establishment. Marine Le Pen’s Front National leads the latest IFOP poll for the European elections next month at 24pc. Her platform calls for immediate steps to ditch the euro and restore the franc (“...
Open Democracy: Religion as a human rights liability It is no secret that many human rights have an inherently religious dimension, as Larry Cox recently argued on openGlobalRights. But do religion and human rights really need each other, as he suggests? While many of history’s greatest human rights movements have been inspired by religious ideals of justice and equality, the explicit linking of religion and human rights can be highly problematic for particular people groups, especially women and sexual and religious minorities....
The Independent: Florida's not-so-coy pastor is just the latest in a plague of fallen preachers Ushers walk the aisles with boxes of tissues just in case, but the message to the nearly 4,000 worshippers who have crammed into Fort Lauderdale's Calvary Chapel is to keep upbeat, at all costs. "I just want to tell you," an assistant pastor declares as the service reaches a climax, "this is not the end." Here in the main sanctuary, surely large enough to host a minor boat show, the congregation is anxious to reciprocate, following the hymns on the giant projection...
Sergio Romano: l’ex Senatore e l’ex Cavaliere Sul piano giudiziario il caso di Marcello Dell’Utri sembra avviato alla sua conclusione. Un uomo, condannato a sette anni da un tribunale del suo Paese per concorso esterno in associazione mafiosa, va all’estero «per ragioni di salute», senza chiedere il permesso ai magistrati, grazie a complicità che sembrano avvalorare la condanna. La polizia riesce ad arrestarlo nel giro di un paio di giorni. L’uomo sarà probabilmente costretto a rientrare in patria. Ma non...
Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a “vibrant discussion” about Internet search competition. Many of the major players in the field were there — regulators from the Federal Trade Commission, federal and state prosecutors, top congressional staffers. What the guests had not been told was that the day-long academic conference was in large part the work of Google, which maneuvered behind the scenes with GMU’s Law &...
The Telegraph: The British Muslim is truly one among us – and proud to be so Those who believe in a clash of civilisations, in which British values are pitted against those of the Muslim world, have not been short of examples in the past few days. The BBC reports on an “Islamic takeover plot” by hardliners to seize control of several Birmingham state schools. Two Morrisons workers are suing the supermarket for not being able to take holiday during Ramadan, after being told that they submitted their applications too late. Such stories do make the blood boil,...
EUObserver: EU lifts visa restrictions on Moldova The EU on Thursday (3 April) formally agreed to lift visa restrictions on Moldova, allowing its citizens to travel throughout the Schengen passport-free area.  “This is a great achievement and the beginning of a new chapter in our relations,” said EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom in a statement. The visa will be lifted at the end of the month. Moldovans will be able to travel freely throughout the Schengen area for short trips so long as they have a biometric...
The Guardian: David Letterman announces retirement from The Late Show CBS employee David Letterman, the current grandfather of American late night television, is retiring from The Late Show in 2015. Letterman made the announcement during a taping of his show at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on Thursday. “What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married,” Letterman joked, referring to his longtime bandleader and sidekick Paul Shaffer. “We don’t have the timetable for this precisely down – I think it will be at least a...
Open Democracy: Venezuela: taking the counter- out of revolution The government engages in the usual US-baiting rhetoric, laced with attacks on local fascists and some turgid chunks of Gramsci. The hard left consumes ideas such as those of the German Marxist Heinz Dieterich, who chides the government for its “fear of using state forces firmly and rapidly from the start to dismantle violent groups”. The opposition’s extremes are no better, refusing to recognise any merits in 15 years of chavistagovernment and finding their convictions...
Ian Burrell: Launching today, London Live could change the face of broadcasting in this country Launching a television channel is a big deal. When Channel 5 did it in 1997 they booked the Spice Girls to sing a Manfred Mann classic in reverse: “1-2-3-4-5”. Fifteen years earlier, Channel 4 had launched with a different form of Countdown – the quiz of that name, then hosted by Richard Whiteley and Carol Vorderman, which is still on air 32 years later. London Live, which arrives today on Freeview's channel 8 (Sky channel 117 and Virgin Media 159), will debut at 6.30pm...
The Guardian: Climate change report 'should jolt people into action' says IPCC chief The head of the United Nations climate panel said he hoped its report on the rising threat of climate change would “jolt people into action”. The report, released on Monday, is a 2,600-page catalogue of the risks to life and livelihood from climate change – now and in the future. Rajendra Pachauri, who has headed the IPCC for 12 years, said he hoped it would push government leaders to deal with climate change before it is too late. “I hope these facts will - for...
The Guardian: Turkey and Twitter: major authors join PEN International appeal end to ban Turkey's Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk has said that the situation in his country "is going from bad to worse and even towards terrible" following the government's attempts to block access to Twitter, as a phalanx of major writers, from Zadie Smith to Günter Grass, line up to state their "grave concern" about "the freedom of words" in Turkey today. The authors, who also include Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Grass and Pamuk's...
Huffpost.com: Russian Buildup Stokes Worries Russian troops massing near Ukraine are actively concealing their positions and establishing supply lines that could be used in a prolonged deployment, ratcheting up concerns that Moscow is preparing for another major incursion and not conducting exercises as it claims, U.S. officials said. Such an incursion could take place without warning because Russia has already deployed the array of military forces needed for such an operation, say officials briefed on the latest U.S. intelligence. The...
The Guardian: Barcelona and Real Madrid produce the clásico of the century As one former Barcelona player puts it: "It is the game of the century, even if there are eight of them a year." It is a comment not just on the excellence and the expectation that comes with Real Madrid v Barcelona but also on their eclipse of all else, on the dominance and potential dilution of a rivalry in which they have played each other 19 times in the last four seasons and will meet at least once more this and in which they alone account for over 60% of Spanish football fans...
The Guardian: G7 countries snub Putin and refuse to attend planned G8 summit in Russia Western countries and Japan have suspended their 16-year collaboration with Russia in the G8 group in response to the annexation of Crimea and have threatened sweeping sanctions in the event of any Russian military moves in the region. The move, a clear and deliberate break from the post-Soviet status quo, was intended to underline Russian isolation. Leaders from the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan met in The Hague as the G7 for the first time since Russian was brought into the...
The Economist: Dashed hopes A LITTLE light is slowly being shed on the mystery disappearance of flight MH370. The Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 vanished 16 days ago during a flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Distraught relatives of the mostly Chinese 239 passengers and crew, increasingly angered by a lack of information, received a call and text message on March 24th from Malaysia's government: the plane and all aboard were lost "beyond all reasonable doubt". At a press conference shortly...
The rite stuff: good times, self-discovery and lots of booze - the truth about Spring Break This is the Nirvana moment: the precise picture they envisioned when they boarded their planes back in still-frigid Boston, Chicago or New York. As Dutch DJ Afrojack raises a fist and the first beats pulse through their bones they too let fly, barefoot on the sand, pressed together in a miasma of sun-pinked flesh and swim-suits. Above, against a postcard Caribbean sky, black MTV cameras swoop and curve, a passing parasail adds a dash of yellow. Call it their right, or their rite of passage, the...
The Economist: Marine Le Pen's triumph FOR Libération, it was a “slap in the face”. For Le Monde, another daily newspaper, it was an “earthquake”. The first round of voting in French municipal elections on March 23rd was a clear snub to François Hollande, the French president, whose Socialist Party did worse than polls had predicted in several towns. If there was a symbolic victor ahead of the second round of voting on March 30th, it was Marine Le Pen (pictured), the leader of the populist...
Open Democracy: The partition of Ukraine The argument for splitting Ukraine is that this would merely establish de jure a situation that already exists de facto, because Ukraine is deeply divided by its cultural identity/language differences. It would also supposedly settle tensions between the West and Russia because Moscow would get what it wanted and would not venture further. With Ukraine split into two, its western part could eventually move closer towards Europe while its Russian-speaking East and South would establish a state...
The Guardian: European Union prepares for trade war with Russia over Crimea Europe began to prepare for a possible trade war with Russia over Ukraine on Friday, with the EU executive in Brussels ordered to draft plans for much more substantive sanctions against Moscow if Vladimir Putin presses ahead with Russian territorial expansion. But the bigger EU countries – Germany, France and Britain, all with major but very different interests at stake in Russia – split over the tactics of a new campaign with fears that a trade war would be highly risky and...
Missing Plane Search Continues As One Of Remotest Places On Earth Is Hunted Search planes joined a freighter early Friday to scan rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth after satellite images detected possible pieces from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean. In what officials called the "best lead" of the nearly 2-week-old aviation mystery, a satellite detected two large objects floating about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) off the southwestern coast of Australia and halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic. The...
Ukraine crisis: Barack Obama announces fresh sanctions on Russia, promising its energy sectors are next The United States has unveiled a new round of punitive sanctions against Moscow for its appropriation of Crimea, targeting several close associates of President Vladimir Putin, including his chief of staff and his personal banker, and served notice that Russia’s key oil and energy sectors would be targeted next if it goes any further into Ukraine. The move by President Barack Obama came as talks among European officials in Brussels were expected to go well into the night. Around a dozen...
Open Democracy: The new Balkan revolts: from protests to plenums, and beyond Over the last couple of years we have regularly witnessed popular protests and uprisings in the post-socialist Balkans. The well-known mobilisations, struggles and street violence in the southern part of the peninsula, in Greece and Turkey, have a constant and yet under-reported echo in other Balkan states. These have had a different historical trajectory: after the disappearance of the state socialist regimes, in all of these states, and most dramatically across the former Yugoslavia, a period...
The Telegraph: Fifa’s corruption will infect the whole game The most depressing thing about all this Fifa corruption business is that no one can have been surprised. That Jack Warner, the organisation’s former vice-president, who had responsibility for deciding the destination of the 2022 World Cup, appears to have been paid $1.2 million (£720,000) by a Qatari company involved in the bidding process hardly counts as the most earth-shattering revelation. It is news that has dispirited and angered in equal measure. But surprised? Not a chance...
Huffpost.com: What If Missing Malaysia Plane Is Never Found? The plane must be somewhere. But the same can be said for Amelia Earhart's. Ten days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared with 239 people aboard, an exhaustive international search has produced no sign of the Boeing 777, raising an unsettling question: What if the airplane is never found? Such an outcome, while considered unlikely by many experts, would certainly torment the families of those missing. It would also flummox the airline industry, which will struggle to learn lessons...
Marcello Veneziani: Lo scolaretto fortunato L'alunno Matteo Renzi è uno scolaro fortunato. È stato interrogato dalla maestra Merkel alla vigilia della campagna elettorale e poi del semestre italiano alla guida dell'Europa. Queste sono le prime elezioni dopo le mazzate europee e la conseguente diffusione di una forte e variegata protesta antieuropea e antieuro. I governi temono i populismi e devono disinnescarli alleviando l'arcigno rigore e le misure sacrificali se non vogliono essere spazzati via o duramente mutilati. Per l...
Open Democracy: Could Crimea be another Bosnia? 'A democratic reply to undemocratic pressures.’ This is how Radovan Karadžić's party characterised the referendum it organised in Bosnia in November 1991. The anti-democratic measure, as they saw it, was the majority vote by the then Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina declaring Bosnia a sovereign republic within its existing borders. Karadžić had a legal case for lodging a complaint against this vote but instead his party upped the ante, abandoned the...
Il Giornale (Vittorio Feltri): Chi ricorda il neurocomunista Berlinguer? Nel 1984, trent'anni fa, moriva Enrico Berlinguer, segretario del Partito comunista italiano (il più importante e imponente del mondo occidentale), oggi formalmente morto, ma tenuto artificialmente in vita dai comunisti di risulta, non più numerosi quanto allora, ma nemmeno così pochi da non contare nulla. Diciamo che ce ne sono abbastanza per alimentare - con la collaborazione dei pauperisti cattolici - una mentalità antagonista a quella pseudoliberale cui s'ispirano i partiti della...
USA Today: Gravitational waves offer new insight into Big Bang In an achievement hailed as astounding, scientists have detected ripples made in the fabric of the universe just after the Big Bang, providing definitive evidence that that the universe underwent a fast and incomprehensibly massive growth spurt in its earliest infancy. If the new findings are confirmed, they could very well earn the Nobel Prize for the scientists behind the research, says astrophysicist Xavier Siemens of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. "This is an amazing discovery...
The Economist: Vucic's victory SERBIA’S political landscape is not the same any more. On March 16th Aleksandar Vucic (pictured), the leader of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), won an overwhelming electoral victory, shattered the opposition and cleared out several veterans from the Serbian parliament. “We thought it would be good, but didn’t even dare hope it would be as good as this,” said Braca Grubacic, a senior member of SNS. With nearly all votes counted, Mr Vucic’s SNS and their allies...