Wednesday, March 30, 2011

gosh, what a list

The AoC and Club of Rome/Budapest will be pleased...."LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 03/29/11 -- The Watkins Review is pleased to announce its list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. The Watkins Review is sold and published by Watkins Books, England's oldest spiritual bookshop that has been trading for 118 years...There are several factors that were taken into account when compiling the list. Listed below are the main three: 1) The person has to be alive 2) The person has to have made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale 3) The person is frequently googled, appears in Nielsen Data, and highlighted throughout the blogosphere.

1. Eckhart Tolle 2. Dalai Lama 3. Dr Wayne W. Dyer 4. Thich Nhat Hanh 5. Deepak Chopra 6. Louise L. Hay 7. Paulo Coelho 8. Oprah Winfrey 9. Ken Wilber 10. Rhonda Byrne 11. James Redfield 12. Neale Donald Walsch 13. Doreen Virtue 14. Alejandro Jodorowsky 15. Richard Bach 16. Alex Grey 17. Byron Katie 18. Masaru Emoto 19. Nelson Mandela 20. Bernie Siegel 21. Caroline Myss 22. Brian Weiss 23. Mantak Chia 24. John Gray 25. Gregg Braden 26. Stephen R. Covey 27. Marianne Williamson 28. Desmond Tutu 29. Mata Amritanandamayi 30. Philip Berg 31. Ervin Laszlo 32. Andrew Harvey 33. Don Miguel Ruiz 34. Joseph Alois Ratzinger 35. Krishna Das 36. Drunvalo Melchizedek 37. Sai Baba 38. Jack Kornfield 39. Pema Chodron 40. T.K.V. Desikachar 41. Esther & Jerry Hicks 42. Dan Brown 43. Z'ev Ben Shimon Halevi 44. Diana Cooper 45. Ram Dass 46. Andrew Weil 47. Satya Narayan Goenka 48. Jon Kabat-Zinn 49. Alan Moore 50. Dan Millman 51. Bruce Lipton 52. Peter Kingsley 53. Karen Armstrong 54. Judy Hall 55. Colin Wilson 56. Joscelyn Godwin 57. James Lovelock 58. Satish Kumar 59. Shakti Gawain 60. Elaine Pagels 61. Kyozan Joshu Sasaki 62. Gary Zukav 63. Erich Von Daniken 64. David Deida 65. Oberto Airaudi 'Falcon' 66. Stuart Wilde 67. John Bradshaw 68. Jeff Foster 69. Patrick Holford 70. Andrew Cohen 71. Vladimir Megre 72. Thomas Cleary 73. Daniel Pinchbeck 74. Jonathan Goldman 75. Sonia Choquette 76. Seyyed Hossein Nasr 77. Mother Meera 78. Barefoot Doctor 79. Richard Bandler 80. Robert Bly 81. Adyashanti 82. Sogyal Rinpoche 83. Li Hongzhi 84. Sri Bhagavan 85. Rupert Sheldrake 86. John & Caitlin Matthews 87. Chogyal Namkhai Norbu 88. Kenneth Grant 89. Stanislav Grof 90. James Hillman 91. Clarissa Pinkola Estes 92. Stephen Levine 93. Candace Pert 94. Barbara Ann Brennan 95. Coleman Barks 96. Robert Thurman 97. B.K.S Iyengar 98. William Bloom 99. Lynne McTaggart 100. Marion Woodman" Link

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

LONDON, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Participants attending the London conference on Libya on Tuesday agreed to form a contact group to direct political efforts on Libya and continue military action in the North African country, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday. Link

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Tuesday for the world to speak with one voice in resistance to Muammar Qadhafi’s regime in Libya Link


Spain before the new World

"But this trend was not just one way. Spain also projected Latin American and Mediterranean dimension to European level. The dual European and Latin American identity enabled the country to position itself as a bridge between two continents and expand its profile and influence in the international arena. Mediterranean essence allowed to host such key initiatives as the Madrid Peace Conference on the Middle East held in 1991 and the first Euro-Mediterranean Conference held in Barcelona in November 1995 during the Spanish Presidency of the EU Council ." LINK

Friday, March 25, 2011

Solana said that NATO's decision was the best option

"Barcelona, ​​25 march(EFE) .- The former secretary general of NATO and former head of EU diplomacy, Javier Solana, said today that the NATO resolution on Libya "has been the best option that could be taken" to Libya to resolve the conflict and has called for a clear chain of command, "necessary in transactions of this nature.

Solana stressed that the "goal of ensuring that the sky of Libya is not used for attacks against its citizens is guaranteed" and says that it is premature to determine the "speed and pace at which you can solve the problem."

Solana today met with a group of Japanese students at ESADE MBA, with whom he discussed the situation in their country after the earthquake of March 11 and supported their initiatives." LINK

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Running out of friends

"Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief, is coming under attack from all sides, and that creates a problem not just for her, but for the office of the high representative....Sarkozy, it should not be forgotten, was forced to drop his foreign minister because of her personal and business entanglements with Tunisia's old regime. He has a history of ill-mannered behaviour: he refused Javier Solana, Ashton's predecessor as foreign policy chief, a ride on the presidential plane back from Moscow after a trouble-shooting trip during the Georgian war of 2008.

But Solana, who could be abrasive and made mistakes on some big policy questions, still commanded the respect of the national leaders in way that Ashton apparently does not. She has squandered the goodwill that was there, at least in some quarters, when she was chosen for the post 15 months ago....Ashton is in trouble, but it is not just a personal setback: the office of high representative is also being damaged.... If Ashton limps on, will her successor be able to command support and respect?" Link

PM's resignation heightens tension ahead of meeting

"EU SUMMIT: THE RESIGNATION last night of Portuguese prime minister Jose Socrates heightened anxiety on the eve of crucial European summit that the country would soon have to follow Ireland and Greece into an EU-IMF bailout.ARTHUR BEESLEY, European Correspondent

As parliament in Lisbon rejected a new austerity plan amid huge pressure on the country’s borrowing costs, there was open speculation in Brussels that Portugal’s hopes of averting an international intervention were fading rapidly.

The likelihood of a new euro zone bailout could have implications for Ireland’s dialogue with the EU authorities over the bank and interest rate on Ireland’s rescue loans.

A senior European diplomat said the development of a rescue programme for Portugal could provide scope to revisit the Irish deal, particularly the elements related to the banks.

Dublin wants to slow down the pace of bank deleveraging set out in its rescue programme and to persuade the European Central Bank (ECB) to move from the provision of emergency short-term liquidity support to medium-term support.

Mr Socrates met President Anibal Cavaco Silva late last night and offered him his resignation. “This political crisis has very grave consequences for the confidence Portugal needs from institutions and the financial markets,” Mr Socrates warned.

The president said in a statement that he would hold meetings with all parties on Friday and that the government would retain full powers at least until then.

The political drama in Lisbon has added huge pressure on EU leaders as they gather for a two-day summit in Brussels at which they were to sign off on a big overhaul of the euro zone bailout scheme...." LINK

Germany has turned the idea of a unified European Union foreign policy into a farce.”

Germany Steps Away From European Unity


JERUSALEM -- A bus has exploded in Jerusalem, and people are being taken away on stretchers.Wednesday's explosion occurred near the main entrance to Jerusalem, shattering windows. People are lying on the ground and taken away on stretchers.The explosion appears to be the first bus bombing in several years and comes amid rising tensions between Hamas militants and Israel. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) LINK

Libya: Solana talks

The former head of the European Union foreign policy has gone through the microphones of the SER - (JAVIER JIMÉNEZ BAS)

"At Radio SER, Javier Solana, former NATO secretary general, said that operations like the one being carried out in Libya against the Gaddafi regime are "very difficult". "I'm satisfied. I think it's better to have intervened to have allowed the situation to be put to the suffering of the weakest part of Libyan society." Solana believes that intervention should have happened before but that the agreements are very complicated, "yet the day the resolution was adopted, not all countries, and important countries, like Germany and outside Europe, Turkey, Russia and China did not agree to give the nod to the resolution. In the end they reached an agreement through the procedure of abstention. "

Solana noted that the situation in Libya at the moment is "absolutely normal" when applying a Security Council resolution from the UN. "The Security Council of the UN has no direct control to bring the operation and therefore has to delegate to someone. And that someone are the countries that have decided, in accordance with the resolution, to form a coalition to carry out resolution Security Council. There are all the countries of the Council or the EU or the UN, are a few who have taken the decision to apply and there are those countries that recognize the value of doing so on behalf of the community internationally. " "The headquarters until now is in training, we have 48 hours of operation. It will be a headquarters that will most likely have a political component that logically should be in the hands of countries that are committed and have erected a chain of military command that very probably also be linked to the alliance. It can not be the alliance who does everything, they are not all participating NATO countries such as Turkey and Germany. " "But they can generate all these countries, including Germany and Turkey, that NATO not be directing the operation itself can provide the base from the military standpoint."

According to Solana, what to do now is to "build a clear chain of command" and that there is a "political leadership and that the strictly military put in the hands of the headquarters of NATO, but NATO as such can not participate because all countries do not want to participate. " Solana has also insisted on "implementing the resolution, which clearly states what is to be avoided where there is violence on the civilian population."

The Spaniard who also also Minister of Foreign Affairs has said that intervention in Libya is a message of support to the demands of democratization of the Arab world. "There's no turning back," he noted Solana. "It was a good sign and we must be pleased with the performance of the Arab League to support the intervention.""LINK

"Javier Solana, former secretary general of NATO and former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security, today defended the need for "a military chain of command" in the international operation in Libya, who said "most likely will fall into the Atlantic Alliance. "

On the command of the operation, Solana sees the need FOR a headquarter with a "political component" in the hands of the countries involved in the mission, and a military chain of command linked to NATO, "though it may be the Alliance who do everything, because not all NATO nations participate "in the mission in Libya.

On the absence in the operation of NATO countries such as Turkey and Germany, admitted that he "does a little more understanding" the German decision.

After ensuring that the intervention in Libya "has no turning back," Solana said that "it was a good sign and we must be pleased with the performance of the Arab League to support the intervention."

Solana declined to comment on the possibility that the operation does not get to change the situation and said it was premature to what can happen within a year.

And said the priority now is to "ensure that Libya does not have sky attacks."

Although not yet fully able to ensure no-fly zone, the results will be "within hours", he added.

Asked about the possibility of the conflict to degenerate into a civil war, the former secretary general of NATO said that "this question has no answer today. I hope it will not come to that," he said.

Javier Solana was Secretary General of NATO from 1996 to 1999 and was head of the military-political alliance as NATO decided in April 1999, to intervene in Kosovo to stop ethnic cleansing undertaken by the then Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic." LINK

Monday, March 21, 2011

AoC's Erdogan's Mini Davos Fizzles as Mideast Tumult Spurs No-Shows

The first annual Istanbul World Political Forum ended yesterday with a no-show up by Turkish President Abdullah Gul, the scheduled closing speaker, concluding a summit characterized by low attendance as many regional leaders sought to quell political discontent at home.

Billed by organizers as the “alternative Davos” in reference to the high-profile yearly meeting of world business and political leaders in the Swiss village, the Turkish version largely failed to meet expectations as rebellions across the Middle East and an earthquake in Japan kept key speakers away and attention elsewhere...

Panelists in attendance included former U.N. Secretary- General Kofi Annan, AOC'c Esposito, AOC's Arthur Schneier, former U.S Vice President Al Gore, who gave a version of his “Inconvenient Truth” slideshow on global warming, former Mexican President Vicente Fox, and current and former heads of state of Kosovo, Ukraine, Malaysia and the Netherlands.

Scheduled guest Gamal Mubarak, son of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, didn’t show up after Egypt’s government was overthrown by a popular revolution, nor did Syrias President Esad, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, whose face was used in promotional materials, also didn’t show up. Zapatero has worked with Erdogan on a campaign to help bridge the ideological gap between the Christian and Islamic worlds, labeled the “Alliance of Civilizations.”


This all despite great welcome words of Erdogan for determining a common attitude for the societies wishing for change.: LINK

Saturday, March 19, 2011

before some minutes:"...Sarkozy announced that allied air forces had already gone into action.".LINK

from a Spanish comment (translated): "The first thing to say is that military intervention in other input is the failure of European diplomacy. ...At least in this case we have a formal legal operation or a little more legal than others that have been made in recent times, among which should be highlighted Kosovo or Iraq. A law that is based on the increasingly accepted doctrine of humanitarian intervention, the right to intervene anywhere in the world to prevent massacres of civilians. The problem is who has the authority to define when and how to exercise that right. The Arab League supports the intervention in Libya is pure sarcasm and will have to tread lightly to explain why Libya itself and, instead, does not take into account the possibility of acting in Bahrain or Yemen. In the same way that today it is quite confusing and difficult to define what constitutes a humanitarian intervention. How that concept would apply, for example, what is happening in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians?...The United Kingdom, France, the United States, Spain ... have taken the step forward that surely was demanded, a bit late but at last they deployed. However, the substitute commissioner of Javier Solana will explain in a moment what has been their involvement in this matter. Now, after launching the military operation to stop the criminal actions of Gaddafi, it is urgent that politicians get down to work to advance the construction of a new international order. A new context in which fuzzy concepts that underpin the operation against the Libyan dictator clearly defined and not based on the interests of dominant powers shift. It is urgent to define parameters in which democratic should be based from now on international relations , relations that promote human rights more than the balance sheets of some multinational companies as they are incompatible, which would not necessarily have to happen." Link