Thursday, August 11, 2011

  • "Foreign funds gays to spread their "legal status" in the EU

    Allocates more than 300,000 euros to subsidize activities 'lobbies' related to the Executive. A delegation of CCOO and the foundations of Solana and Mr Solbes, among graceful. The laboratory of ideas PSOE has the highest level.

  • David Martinez.

    Continued waste of public money by the Government, which is determined not to leave to return with succulent and substantial subsidies favors certain lobbies and pressure groups are doing social will for years. Yesterday saw a new chapter on this subject with the publication in the Official Gazette of a whole string of aid granted by the Secretary of State for the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a progressive foundations for the most and whose Historical charts are taken by members of the PSOE, many of them still active major party.

    Thus, among the organizations that were benefiting from the generosity of the Executive are, for example, the Association of Lesbian and Gay Families, which carries a grant of 7,000 euros justified with the assertion that will be used for the "diffusion of legal and social situation "of these families" in Spain and Europe. " The Government understands that these efforts, we club together, like conferences Catalunya Foundation Europe, chaired by former President of the Generalitat, Pasqual Maragall, will organize the "First Trio Presidencies of the European Union" . Three thousand euros for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to finance these roundtables.

    Virtually no friend of the association is exempt from the gifts in the Official Gazette published yesterday. CIDOB Foundation, chaired by former Defense Minister and former Deputy Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, Narcis Serra, takes 7,000 euros to develop a project that will discuss "a new strategy for the European Neighbourhood Policy dimension East and the Mediterranean. " This organization has as its honorary president of another historic socialism, the former secretary general of NATO, Javier Solana...."


Monday, August 08, 2011

London streets on fire

source: The SUN, Link
Firefighters battle a large fire that broke out in shops and residential properties in Croydon
Rioting has spread across London with cars and buildings set alight
on a third night of unrest, with trouble flaring up in other English cities.

With the unrests in Tunesia, Lybia, Egypt,...I expected also riots
in the streets of London, Paris, Berlin to come...
However, even after we have seen those in Paris in 2005 and bus bombing London (7/7) already, it still seemed too far off. Not here in "civilized Europe"...?!
but now I dare to write what I have told before, we will even see the Eiffel tower burning.
Maybe not this year, but soon after...
picture from "Facebook-party"

stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Bat Ye-Or in German TV

major TV station in Germany interviews Bat Ye-Or. (in German, Bat Ye-Or in English)
Bat Ye-Or(r.) with journalist(l.) nearby her residence in Switzerland.
Her name keeps up popping up in mass-killer Breiviks paper "2083" as a main influence for his ideology.
Questioned, she does not deny having sent Breivik documents or blessing to allow him using her writings, she just says she never had met with him, does not know who this man was. She says "I'm just a scientist. I do research in scientific papers, which can be seen at the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs" Then she declares her sympathy with Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders. Questioned if she feels kind of partly responsible for what happened she reacts "Not at all." In a clever way she keeps the journalist foccused on the right-winger theory not mentioning her collaboration with her husband David Littmann PhD and his friend New Ager activist René Wadlow, also living near Geneve, Switzerland. Here, with them, she seems to work on a "slightly" different agenda:
more on Wadlow can be found here:
It is vain to ask: can we trust in Lucifers' Trust?

and at this time we find the following article today:
"The killing of Oslo has raised fears about all the far-right parties in the European Union. First, the Commissariat of Internal Affairs of the Union, Cecilia Malmström said - five days after the slaughter, the importance of working with preventive measures to keep people "with extreme ideologies move from words to deeds." Later, Malmström announced that the interior ministers of the Twenty-tested in September, the "radicalization and xenophobia."
In Spain, the Security Strategy presented by Javier Solana warned last June in just six lines the need to combat all forms of intolerance, racism and xenophobia and promote dialogue with the religious confessions of immigrant populations, especially Islam."

things that make you go hmmm....

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Kosovo: NATO sends reinforcements amid raising tensions

Pristina, 2 Aug. (AKI) - NATO's currently 5,000-soldier strong presence in Kosovo will be strengthened in the next few days by a fresh 700-men battalion deployed to help keep a border spat from reaching crisis levels, the military alliance said on Tuesday. The contingent will consist of 550 German and 150 Austrian soldiers, according to German sources.

A conflict broke out last week when Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci sent special police units to take over two border crossings with Serbia to enforce embargo on imports of Serbian goods.

Local Serbs, who make majority population in the north and oppose Kosovo independence declared by the majority Albanians, responded by setting up road blocks and demanded withdrawal of Kosovo police. One Kosovo policeman was killed and several people were wounded in clashes.

Nato's Kosovo Security Force, or KFOR, said in the statement that “Serb sharpshooters and other armed people” have been spotted in the north, adding that they will be “decisively confronted.”

Serbian government negotiator for the crisis, Borko Stefanovic, who has spent several days in northern Kosovo, said he had seen no armed people among local Serbs. “We have seen no armed people, but extremist structures, of course, exist on the part of Pristina as well,” he said.

European Union mediator in the talks, Robert Cooper, talked with Stefanovic on Monday and with Thaci in Pristina on Tuesday, but made no statements. Stefanovic said only that the talks were “very difficult” and would continue...."

Bibi agrees over 67' lines?

"TV: Israel agrees to negotiate over pre-'67 lines
Associated Press

JERUSALEM: In a dramatic policy shift, Israel's prime minister has agreed to negotiate the borders of a Palestinian state based on the cease-fire line that marks off the West Bank, according to a TV report.

Up to now, Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to spell out his plan for negotiating the border. A senior Israeli official would not confirm outright that the prime minister was now willing to adopt the cease-fire line as a starting point, but said Israel was willing to try new formulas to restart peace talks based on a proposal made by President Barack Obama..."LINK

on Twitter (time Europe 4pm):

Javier Solana:
will it be true? "@ DailyStarLeb: TV: Israel agree to negotiate over pre-'67"
6 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone

DEMANDING exigente2
@ javiersolana Very well, But Why the UN does not intervene to stop the slaughter of Syria? Why mantenéis the satrap his father's son?
6 hours ago

max1941 max1941
@ @ javiersolana DailyStarLeb not think so, no justice and legal .-
6 hours ago

Javier Solana:
intensified concerns about the UN declaration recognizing Palestinian State in September.
6 hours ago

Javier Solana
Yes I am very much..And I have been pushing within my capacities for UN action.It has to stand up.
4 hours ago via web

Hermann hermanntertsch Tertsch
@ javiersolana: I understood despite the betrayals of the spell are a permanent danger. Hopefully everything is confirmed. something moves.
6 hours ago
in reply to

Javier Solana to
@ hermanntertsch esperemos.He twit erased the possible move to avoid malentendidos.Law linked to Bibi in September.
5 hours ago via Web"

stay tuned!

"Three Nobel laureates in economics will try to answer the question "Do you serve for something social sciences?" in this festival of social science.

Douglass North , Kyndland Finn and Erik Maskin will be special guests of the Social Science Festival Salamanca. With them we can see other researchers as the Prince of Asturias Award, Antonio Damasio , politicians like Javier Solana or science writers like Eduard Punset .


The Federation of Studies in Applied Economics has been commissioned to organize the S3F. This is a scientific dissemination event of international scope, whose program will address topics such as what we know about the currency economy, banks and comparative advantages, and it's worth experimenting or if possible a coherent economic policy in time.

The festival includes informative lectures of the three Nobel but also lectures, discussions and coffee gatherings where a more relaxed atmosphere will attempt to answer questions varied as: "Why serve to love the diamonds being useless?" Who rules the world of international finance?, you really need all this math in social science? ".

In addition, try to explain the whole issue of the Arab riots, the international financial crisis and climate change, among other topics.


From 2011, all early October, come to Salamanca fifty of the best scientists and social scientists from different disciplines, intellectual approaches and countries. For three days, ask them to focus their intellectual efforts in interesting questions - from why diamonds facilitate emotional relationships to what role central banks do to alleviate the financial crisis - and discuss these issues with students from the universities of Salamanca, Spain and, hopefully, in Europe, with fellow academics, professionals or just interested citizens.

"What is the reason why we do this?" They ask from the official website. "Just to discover, experience, the social sciences are used to something," he said.


The S3F have Facebook and Twitter presence. The main conference will be broadcast in streaming (online). They also install giant screens in the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca, as well as monitors in classrooms and Salamanca Pontifical universities to continue the discussions."


Monday, August 01, 2011

JS: new grammar of power


The New Grammar of Power

MADRID – Humanity’s main concerns today are not so much concrete evils as indeterminate threats. We are not worried by visible dangers, but by vague ones that could strike when least expected – and against which we are insufficiently protected.

There are, of course, specific, identifiable dangers, but what worries us most about terrorism, for example, is its unpredictable nature. What is most disturbing about the economy these days is its volatility – in other words, the inability of our institutions to protect us from extreme financial uncertainty.

Generally, much of our uneasiness reflects our exposure to threats that we can only partly control. Our ancestors lived in a more dangerous but less risky environment. They endured a degree of poverty that would be intolerable to those in advanced countries today, while we are exposed to risks whose nature, though hard for us to understand, would be literally inconceivable to them.

Because interdependence exposes everyone around the world in an unprecedented way, governing global risks is humanity’s great challenge. Think of climate change; the risks of nuclear energy and proliferation; terrorist threats (qualitatively different from the dangers of conventional war); the collateral effects of political instability; the economic repercussions of financial crises; epidemics (whose risks increase with greater mobility and free trade); and sudden, media-fueled panics, such as Europe’s recent cucumber crisis.

All of these phenomena form a part of the dark side of the globalized world: contamination, contagion, instability, interconnection, turbulence, shared fragility, universal effects, and overexposure. In this respect, one might speak of the “epidemic character” of our contemporary world.

Interdependency is, in fact, mutual dependency – a shared exposure to hazards. Nothing is completely isolated, and “foreign affairs” no longer exists: everything has become national, even personal. Other people’s problems are now our problems, and we can no longer look on them with indifference, or hope to reap some personal gain from them.

This is the context of our current peculiar vulnerability. What used to protect us (distance, government intervention, foresight, classic defense methods) has been weakened, and now offers little or no protection.

Maybe we haven’t taken into account all of the geopolitical consequences deriving from this new logic of mutual dependence. In such a complex world, not even the strongest is sufficiently protected. Indeed, the logic of hegemony clashes with the current phenomena of fragmentation and autonomization – think of Pakistan, for example, or Italy – which create imbalances and asymmetries that are not always favorable to the powerful.

The weak, when certain that they cannot win, can hurt the strongest – and even make them lose. In contrast to the centuries-old Westphalian order of nation-states, in which each state’s specific weight was the determining factor, in a world of interdependency, the security, economic stability, health, and environment of the strongest is continually a hostage of the weakest. All are exposed to the effects of disorder and turbulence on the periphery.

These conditions of overexposure are for the most part unprecedented, raising numerous questions for which we don’t yet have the right answers. What kind of protection would be appropriate in such a world?

Not surprisingly, a contagious globalization that increases vulnerability inevitably triggers preventive and defensive strategies that are not always proportionate or reasonable. The xenophobia and chauvinism that some of the defensive strategies can awaken may end up doing more harm than the threats from which they were intended to protect us.

So, in this era of global warming, smart bombs, cyber warfare, and worldwide epidemics, our societies must be protected with more complex and subtle strategies. We cannot continue to pursue strategies that ignore our common exposure to global risks, and the resulting environment of mutual dependence.

We must learn a new grammar of power in a world that is made up more of the common good – or the common bad – than of self-interest or national interest. These haven’t disappeared, of course, but they are proving to be indefensible outside of a framework capable of addressing common threats and opportunities.

While the old power game sought the protection of one’s own interests with no concern for those of others, overexposure forces reciprocity of risks, the development of cooperative methods, and the sharing of information and strategies. Truly effective global governance is the strategic horizon that humanity must pursue today with all its energy.

It sounds hard, and so it will be. But it has nothing to do with pessimism. The challenge of governing global risks is nothing less than the challenge of preventing the “end of history” – not as the placid apotheosis of liberal democracy’s global victory, but as the worst collective failure we can imagine.

Javier Solana, the European Union’s former High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and a former Secretary General of NATO, is President of the Global Economic and Geopolitical Center ESADE, and Distinguished Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. Daniel Innerarity is Director of the Democratic Governance Institute of the University of the Basque Country. They are the co-authors of La humanidad amenazada: el gobierno de los riesgos globales (A Threatened Humanity: The Government of Global Risks).