[Al Ahram] Institute for Human Rights Studies says Morsi took some positive steps on human rights but is not focused enough on issues; lists 'failures' on handling sectarian violence and freedom of expression
Posted by: Fred ||
10/16/2012 00:00 ||
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[France24] Gunmen attacked a power plant overnight in Ivory Coast's economic capital Abidjan, while police came under attack at Bonoua, further east, Defence Minister Paul Koffi Koffi said Monday.
"Armed men in military uniform were reported at the Azito power station at around 3:00 am (0300 GMT) and tried to take control of the site," he told AFP.
"There were several arrests, we're in the process of heading towards interrogations," Koffi Koffi said, adding that initial reports were that about 10 people took part in the attack on the power station.
A source in the Ivorian electrical power company said there had been damage. The power plant is located in the Yopougon district of western Abidjan and feeds electricity to much of the city. One generator was out of service.
Earlier in the night, the police and paramilitary police were attacked at Bonoua, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of Abidjan, the minister said.
"That began at about 11:00 pm. We heard heavy weapons fire and Kalashnikovs," a local resident said.
A source on the general staff of the Republican Forces (Ivory Coast's army), who asked not to be named, said that there was "one dead in the ranks of the attackers", who fled eastwards, towards the border with Ghana.
Koffi Koffi said he had no details of casualties.
"During the night, there was a holdup at the police post. The robbers then headed for the gendarmerie (paramilitary police base). They came under fire and fled towards the village of Samo," the minister said.
The head of Argentina's navy has been replaced following the seizure in West Africa of a naval training ship and its 300 crew amid a debt dispute.
The Argentine government is holding an inquiry into who was responsible for allowing the Libertad to stop in Ghana two weeks ago.
Creditors say they will not release the ship until Argentina repays money owed to them from a default in 2001. An Argentine delegation is in Ghana trying to resolve the stalemate.
Navy chief Carlos Alberto Paz has been replaced and two other senior naval officials suspended, Argentina's defence ministry said on Monday.
A statement said the navy's former organisational chief, Alfredo Mario Blanco, had changed the ship's itinerary and was now being investigated. It said Admiral Luis Gonzalez, the navy's secretary general, had also been suspended and was under investigation.
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's government has demanded the ship's release, saying it cannot legally be held by creditors because of its military nature.
The Libertad - a three-masted tall ship - was detained in the Ghanaian port of Tema on 2 October under a court order obtained by NML Capital. The firm says Argentina owes it more than $300m (£186m) and it will only release the ship if the country pays it at least $20m.
that's what happens when you don't pay your bills, nationalize foreign investments/operations, and generally act like a tinpot dictatorship with marxist leanings, Evita
Posted by: Frank G ||
10/16/2012 9:35 Comments ||
Picture at link. It's a navy training ship. Looks like a yacht, not the kind of thing they'd want to use to retake the Falklands. But they could probably make some money by chartering passenger cruises with it.
[Free Beacon] America's broadcast voice in Russia will soon be silenced following Moscow's ratification of a new law that will force a legendary broadcasting company to abandon the Russian airwaves.
Radio Liberty (RL), a division of the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe (RFE), recently fired a large portion of its staff after the passage of a Russian law prohibiting foreign-owned media outlets from broadcasting on AM frequencies.
The unexpected mass layoffs came as a shock to RL journalists and Russian human rights ...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless... activists alike, and spurred accusations that the B.O. regime is kowtowing to Russian President Vladimir Putin ...Second President of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Because of constitutionally mandated term limits he is the current Prime Minister of Russia. His sock puppet, Dmitry Medvedev, was installed in the 2008 presidential elections. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law. During his eight years in office Russia's economy bounced back from crisis, seeing GDP increase, poverty decrease and average monthly salaries increase. During his presidency Putin passed into law a series of fundamental reforms, including a flat income tax of 13%, a reduced profits tax, and new land and legal codes. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile... as he seeks to silence the democratic voice that helped topple communism.
"The timing of it, the way it was done, and the lack of explanation" sends an unfortunate message, said David Kramer, president of the human rights organization Freedom House. "It creates the impression, whether intended or not, that the U.S. is pulling out [of Russia], and that's not the impression we want to leave."
Not waiting for the Mediterranean gas wells to come on-line in a few years:
Biggest biogas conversion installation inaugurated in Be'er Tuvia; will treat livestock, organic waste
The new biogas facility is expected to process dung produced by 10%-15% of the cattle-sheds in Israel, therefore significantly decreasing nuisances such as odors and flies, as well as preventing the pollution of underground water sources.
Contrast with the periodically overflowing Palestinian poo ponds...
The Be'er Tuvia facility joins two other biogas facilities that are already operational in northern Israel.
For the student: Given that this is the largest of the biogas facilities now on line, assuming approximately 25% of Israeli cattle dung in total is now being turned into electricity and organic fertilizer...
Its output is set to be 4 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power 6,000 homes.
...and assuming 12,000-15,000 homes in total are now being powered by this, what impact will it have on Israel's freedom to maneuver vs. Egypt?
This has been used for quite a few years in the US. In large city waste water treatment plants, biogas from anaerobic sludge digesters has been used to power engines for large sewage pumps, heat, and electricity.
Once again, this proves that there are no waste streams, only untapped resource streams. Good on the Israelis. 4 megawatts is a nice amount of electricity.
Think about Egypt and the millions of people in Cairo. They could be doing this too, but they don't have the right stuff, so to speak......
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
10/16/2012 21:50 Comments ||
[France24] Burma's government has blocked a global Islamic body from opening an office in the country, bowing to pressure from protests led by Buddhist monks. One of our Observers, a Burmese Mohammedan, shares his disappointment.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, an international organization comprised of 57 member states, had obtained the green light from the government to set up a temporary office in Yangon, from which it would be able to continue its investigation of the deadly festivities between Buddhists and Mohammedans in the country's west last June. However, it was a brave man who first ate an oyster... sectarian tensions have remained high since the violence, prompting numerous rallies to kick the Rohingya -- a Mohammedan minority involved in the festivities -- out of the country. Thousands of Rohingya in the western state of Rakhine are currently living in refugee camps, unwilling to go home for fear of retribution.
On Monday, several thousand Buddhist monks erupted into the streets of the country's economic capital Yangon, shouting slogans specifically targeting the OIC. Thousands more protested in Mandalay, Burma's second-largest city. By the end of the day, the government had given in: "The president will not allow an OIC office because it is not in accordance with the people's desires," an official from President Thein Sein's office told the AFP.
From the article: Fueled by a booming oil industry, the countrys gross domestic product rocketed forward at a 35 percent annual rate the worlds highest. The cash influx paid for the citys gleaming skyline while helping lower the official poverty rate from nearly 50 percent to less than 16 percent in a single decade.
Maybe Obozo can learn something from Azerbaijan.
Posted by: Frozen Al ||
10/16/2012 13:26 Comments ||
Iff they hate J-Lo just wait until Kim Kardashian, Mom + Sisters, come to town.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.