Saturday, March 31, 2012

Islamist leader proposed to kill Solana

Mudhar Almalaki Hussein, the Islamic leader arrested this week by the Guardia Civil in Valencia, had proposed to al-Qaida to assassinate former President Jose Maria Aznar and former Secretary General of NATO Javier Solana as punishment for "crimes against Muslims."

As disclosed in its arrest warrant the National Court Judge Pablo Ruz, Almalaki, one of the 'heads' of Ansar Al Mujahideen Network and member of its "advisory board" participated actively in June 2011 on the establishment of a list for possible targets of terrorist radicals, in which Aznar and Solana introduced as "war criminals". On the list also were Presidents Bush, Bill Clinton or Tony Blair, among others.

On 22 March, within the jihadi websites and forums that was also controlled "exaltation" of Mohamed Merah, the murderer of Toulouse.

Almalaki, according to the Civil Guard also distributed more than 70,000 web users manual on terrorist attacks and mass poisonings." Link

see also:

"Aznar and Solana, the objectives of the 'library' of Al Qaeda"

The judge orders the imprisonment of Islamist arrested in Valencia - posted in the network a message "to support and exaltation" of the murderer of Toulouse

EFE Judge Pablo Ruz on Friday ordered the admission of Islamist prison Mudhar Hussein Almalki, arrested last Tuesday in Valencia , which says it posted online a list of objectives of jihad among Spanish politicians who were Jose Maria Aznar and Javier Solana. Furthermore, according to the arrest warrant issued by Justice of the High Court, Almalki Hussein, whom he accused of a crime of belonging to a terrorist organization, put down the last day 22 in the network a message "to support and exaltation" the murderer of Toulouse (France), Mohamed Merah. Reference to Aznar and Solana, who is referred to as war criminals, were made ​​by the arrested on June 23, 2011, when he agreed to an internet forum and participated in drawing up a list of targets to attack, "facilitating their 'selection'." Next to the former government and former Secretary General of NATO, said Hussein Almalki targeting of U.S. presidents George Bush, father and son, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright of the United States and the former Prime Minister Tony Blair. The judge said that the detainee is a member since at least 2005 network Ansar Al Mujahideen (RAAM), which follows the orders and directives Al Qaeda and operates primarily on the Internet. As one of its oldest members, was on the Advisory Council or Majlis al-Shura of this organization, whose members "are recognized and treated like sheiks" for the rest of the members of the organization and their decisions are "obeyed" by them. Mudhar Hussein was developing his work in the propaganda machine of the network, " in charge of spreading through internet platforms , both own and others, all types of documents, audiovisual material, etc.., exaltation of jihad and terrorist groups. " The RAAM also has a unit responsible for obtaining financing "donations of those members or sympathizers who have economic resources, especially the Persian Gulf and Europe" and another operational support, "responsible for maintaining contact with terrorist elements of the different zones of conflict", which sends volunteers. Among the content that stopped broadcasting on the network, the self refers to "manuals that contribute to the education and training terrorism in areas such as the manufacture of explosives, gases, poisons, safety, recruitment, etc. ".. The dissemination of such material was carried out through three types of media platforms, one of which is the call room Paltalk, which consists of a chat in which Almalki Hussein acted as supervisor. also participated daily in jihadi forums, inserting prayers and signatures of exaltation and public support for the terrorist action on items that are of interest, which had a "multiplier effect" in spreading the same as its prestige and veteran status. The detainee agreed to exchange several pages and download those stored files downloaded from other websites and jihadist theme always. Some of the sessions online at which participated Almalki Hussein had names like "Course on poisons and poisonous gases most popular", "Destroy their homes with their own hands", "Course of Sheikh Abu Khabab explosives Almasri", "The basic explosives" or "Program of the office of terrorism. Link

Friday, March 30, 2012

the state of the union

Conference The State of the Union 2012 (Florence 9-10 May 2012)

LogoThe European University Institute (EUI) is pleased to inform you that the 2012 edition of The State of the Union, will take place on 9 -10 May at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy.

The Conference gathers high-level opinion leaders to discuss and debate the future of the European Union. Among the participants are:

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission; Mario Monti, Prime Minister of Italy; Olli Rehn, Vice President, Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Commission; Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, European Commission; Matteo Renzi, Mayor, City of Florence; Tony Barber, Europe Editor, Financial Times; Jean-François Cirelli, President, Eurogas and President, Gaz de France-Suez; Fulvio Conti, CEO Enel; Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science, UC Berkeley; Jürgen Groβmann, CEO, RWE; Mark Leonard, Director, European Council on Foreign Relations; Philip Lowe, Director-General, European Commission – DG Energy; Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, President, Ferrari S.p.a; Paolo Scaroni, CEO, ENI; Anne-Marie Slaughter, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University and Former Director of Policy Planning for the US Department of State and Javier Solana, President of ESADEgeo and Former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy.

On 9 May there are two sessions: Economic Governance for Europe and The EU in a New World. The first session addresses questions regarding the European sovereign debt crisis and the current challenges of the Eurozone and Europe as a whole, while the second session focuses on the challenges of globalisation and on the role of the EU as a global actor. On 10 May the Conference is entirely dedicated to assessing EU energy policy and is structured in four sessions: Achieving an Internal Market; Mitigating Climate Change; Implementing Security of Supply and 3 Energy Pillars or 3 Energy Policies? The Financial Times is the Official International Press Media Partner in Print for ‘The State of the Union 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

EU looks to Russia

The European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2012 is one of the reports of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR, its acronym in English) was trying to assess how European foreign policy in 2011, its capacity to act and influence Europe has had on the global map. In this second edition discusses among other things: the crisis of the euro, the Arab Spring and the growing leadership of Germany. For the study has had 57 researchers from across Europe, which in turn have interviewed 270 analysts.The conclusions of this expert group, Europe has got bad grades in some subjects. That report shows that the continent's foreign policy has become even more fragile because of the economic crisis in North Africa, following the Arab spring, Europe's response has been delayed, the role of this is subject to United States and has been an uncoordinated diplomacy in its relations with China.

"In the presentation Javier Solana spoke on the role of the European Union during and after the economic crisis.

For the former High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, former secretary general of NATO and former minister of Spain, is a "grave error" the smear campaign against the EU exists. "There is no EU country you can get out of the crisis alone," and this is in your opinion what needs to convey to the public, and not dwell on the European Union is to blame for everything, although it is true you have to find a formula to break the deadlock which is Europe. At the conference, Solana said: "In 40 years there will be no European country among the 10 world powers", this can only be avoided if there is a real cohesion between the countries of the EU. Looking at the evolution of countries since the fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 through 2011, we see that today the United States advances, (there is an economic rebound and a real growth of 3%), China continues to grow (though less, has increased from 10% to 7%), and yet the economy continues paralyzed Europe. "The global economic problem has much to do with what happens within the EU. Our imbalance is in our households." But Javier Solana argues that we must look to the future, "because of the crisis we're going out", and it is time to think in the coming time, the post-crisis time. "The euro has made things very good, and was designed for good times, but not thought how it would behave when he got the wind and snow, and the European Commission was not up to it."However, progress has been made on who deserves to stop. According to experts, EU relations with Russia and Eastern Europe has been positive both in the economic and political affairs, although the rise to the presidency of Vladimir Putin casts uncertainty over the future. The report also includes Spain, France, Finland, Italy and Greece have joined in its visa policy towards Russia and proposed to expedite the processing of visa applications for citizens in these countries.

Think long term, the current president of the Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics at ESADE and member of the Executive Committee of the ECFR, believes the EU should put attention in several directions. The EU should establish strong links with Poland, which eventually entering the union and whose inclusion changes the balance of power, and status of some countries like Germany. We will have to intensify relations with Turkey and above all, be seized and intensify relations with Russia.Precisely on the health of the bilateral relations between the EU and Russia spoke with Javier Solana. "I am quite optimistic about these relationships. Let's see what happens with the arrival of President Putin. Modernization plans on the table and we are working together, have an extraordinarily powerful journey, and I hope these go ahead with the best intentions on both sides. "

Especially now explains that we must intensify relations as Russia together with Ukraine have joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). This income has been instrumental in his opinion is of great importance:

"Having a relationship with Russia is a necessary and obvious. The crisis we all a little off center, and many, many, but resolved the crisis, we should take off in a more united than we are now with the issues resolved between us . No doubt this will help the global economy. That Russia is in the World Trade Organization is very important. Look how they have changed the relations of the European Union and China, from the economic level, through the entry of China into the WTO. "

As a last point added that one of the urgent duties to be undertaken by the European Union is to achieve a positive image in public opinion. "It is essential that there is a section of society that is convinced of the role of the EU in the world, and to understand that European countries should agree to cede some sovereignty," said Javier Solana something that seems basic and necessary to keep the European Union in good health."

look JS seems to still caring a lot about his job outlined in his former jobdescitption filed under offical EU document no. 666:

Official Documents | European Commission | Secretariat-General |

General Report 1998 - Chapter V: Role of the Union in the world

Section 1: Common foreign and security policy (3/24)

666. In December the Vienna European Council expressed the opinion that the Secretary-General of the Council and High Representative for the CFSP should be appointed as soon as possible and be a personality with a strong political profile. It invited the Council to prepare common strategies on Russia, Ukraine, the Mediterranean region and the western Balkans, on the understanding that the first would be Russia

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Solana says he does not like governments that say Europe is not a solution

Madrid, Mar 27 The exalted representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy
of the EU, Javier Solana, said today he does not like the governments of Spain
"lately", including the current one, have not had the " guts enough "to say that Europe
is the solution and not the cause of the crisis.
Solana expressed in these terms during the presentation in Spain of a report by the
European Council of International Relations on the current role of the continent in
international relations.
"Blaming the EU is thrown away," said Solana, whom he sees as a "grave error" that
has spread that if you mess with Europe it is not good.
The former Secretary General of NATO has expressed his conviction that without
the European Union there is no "solution" to current problems and reiterated
his confidence that will exit the current crisis.
Therefore, repeated that one commits a "grave error" to "throw stones
against the fragile roof" representing the Union.
Solana has also shown his doubts about this economic crisis "profound", which the
company is "very sick", has to do originally with the European Union.
What they do have clear, has continued the socialist ex-minister, is that no European
country can escape only in this situation.
In this sense, has called "baby this instrument" European and be "more consistent"
because it can not be saying "every EU tomorrow, fiscal integration, Schengen"
and also state that does not want to cede more sovereignty.
It has been shown against some Spanish Ministers of Agriculture,
as the late Loyola de Palacio, will lead demonstrations against the EU.
In his view, what should and should policymakers do is go to Brussels,
fighting in the negotiations and "winning the battles around the table."
He then said that is not being imposed from the EU, but "you play by the
rules you've taken, you have accepted and, therefore, sometimes earn more than others."
Solana has asked to be bolder and to be more "honey"(nice?) to the European
The former minister said to be drawn "positive impact" data "dramatic" current,
like that in forty years there will be no EU country among the ten with the highest
GDP in the world, although it is set as an actor .
Europe recalled that "certain way" is the problem of the current crisis, but which
when taken together data from all countries is stronger than the U.S. and Japan.
But what harm, according to the exalted representative, is inside because it has
not been able to overcome imbalances "in house".
It underlined that it is not known how will the current situation end, but eventually
one will reach the "spring".Thus, in his opinion one should start thinking about the
Solana has warned of the importance of Poland as soon charged into the euro and has
held that Spain should make an "effort" to build relationships "with this country stronger."
He also warned that we must be "prepared" for a "new relationship" with Turkey,
which is "almost" more important than the EU in international politics, and
strengthen relations with Russia.
For Solana, also to do "something else" at this stage with the concept of European
citizenship, a process that grew out of "top down" and try to deepen the
European sovereignty. EFE"