Thursday, September 27, 2012

specialist in cosmology somewhere?

September 27, 2012 - In a recent column (on September 16, 2012 ), about the new sequence paroxysmal crisique chain in the Middle East (what we call " third wave "), about the film Innocence of Muslims , Justin Raimondo addresses an original problem. This is the kind of problem had known a European delegation led by Javier Solana during a meeting with an Iranian delegation on the Iranian nuclear issue, when the Iranians began the meeting by saying "We'll talk about cosmology. " For these religious spirits, or practitioners of spirituality, the thing was of extreme importance, of course, on the European side we gaped and, anyway, of course, unable to say a word to consider this subject (Solana worrying all the same whether the EU bureaucracy could not dig up a "specialist in cosmology"). We passed on. However, the topic was interesting ...LINK

Friday, September 14, 2012


 "A commission headed by  former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan charges that the soaring cost of U.S. elections is a major hindrance to democracy.  The charge appears in a report published Friday by the Global Commission on Elections and Democracy, which says its goal is to promote the integrity of elections.

...The 12-member commission includes former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright and former secretary general of the Council of the European Union, Javier Solana." Link

Commission Members
Chair: Kofi A. Annan, Vice Chair: Ernesto Zedillo, Martti Ahtisaari,
Madeleine K. Albright, Louise Arbour, Vidar Helgesen, Rima Khalaf Hunaidi, Festus Mogae,
Amartya Sen, Javier Solana, Vaira Vike-Freiberga and Hassan Wirajuda.
Friends of the Commission: Helen Clark, Lynn Pascoe
Director of the Commission: Stephen Stedman

Yalta 9

"As reported, the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting entitled "Ukraine and the World: Addressing Tomorrow's Challenges Together" will take place in Yalta at the Livadia Palace on September 13-16, 2012.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (farmer: AoC) will open the plenary part of the 9th YES Annual Meeting on September 14. The two leaders will discuss critical issues affecting the development of Ukraine and Turkey, as well as the future of a "Wider Europe" in the 21st century.
Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005) and Chairman of the Board of YES, will moderate the discourse.
This year's Yalta Annual Meeting will welcome, among others, Robert Zoellick, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Alexei Kudrin, Alec Ross, Eric Lander, Kairat Kelimbetov, Carl Bildt, Javier Solana, and others.
It was also reported that European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule and Dr. Condoleezza Rice, the 66th United States Secretary of State (2005-2009), National Security Advisor to the President of the United States (2001-2005), would participate in the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting." LINK

Solana: Iran confronts reality (project syndicate)

"MADRID – Who has not seen what looks like water on a highway on a hot summer’s day? Or a three-dimensional image that was actually a picture on a flat surface? The nature of illusion is that we mistake what we perceive for reality.
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CommentsThat is true whether an illusion is cognitive or political. Depending on how a particular event develops, it can lead us to formulate erroneous interpretations of what is actually happening.
CommentsSuch perceptions are often mediated by ideas and previous experiences. And, as Robert Jervis argued in Perception and Misperception in International Politics, published during the Cold War, the illusions that we create have an enormous influence on decision-making – even becoming a fundamental cause of conflict.
CommentsTo a certain extent, this is what has happened with analysis of the recent 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), held at the end of August in Tehran – the first time Iran has hosted the meeting. The summit took place against a background of scant progress in negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program and growing pressure from Israel for the international community to establish a “trigger” – a line that the Islamic Republic must not cross.
CommentsMoreover, regional tensions heightened the perception of the NAM summit’s importance and that of its host. In the Middle East, only Iran and Hezbollah support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in a civil war that is nearing the point of no return and destabilizing Lebanon and Jordan.
CommentsThe NAM played an important role during the Cold War. Its vision was shaped by the recent independence struggles of many of its member countries, and its agenda promoted national sovereignty, non-interference, a rebalancing of North-South relations, and support for national liberation movements.
CommentsBut the reality that united NAM in the past has changed. The Cold War’s bipolar governance structures and a subsequent period of American unilateralism – to which the non-aligned states attempted to act as a counterbalance – have given way to a much more complex and interdependent multi-polar world. While the United States and Europe are still struggling to overcome a serious economic crisis, many NAM members, such as India, Chile, and Singapore, have maintained relative strong growth and form a part of new global governance structures, such as the G-20.
CommentsLikewise, many of the problems that we now face – whether climate change, financial crisis, development challenges, terrorism, or nuclear proliferation – reflect growing global interdependence. Managing them effectively obliges us to rethink the concept of sovereignty.

CommentsThese changes have transformed not only the traditional structures of power, but also the leitmotif of NAM and the fate of its members. Globalization has fueled ever-widening disparities among its members – just compare Colombia with Afghanistan, or Chile with Sudan – that make it difficult to transform sheer numbers into coherent influence.
The impact of the Tehran summit, and whom it may have benefited, is not entirely clear. Iran certainly regarded the meeting as a propaganda opportunity, promising wide media coverage at a time when it was in the eye of a diplomatic hurricane. But the participants’ inability to reach a common position on their hosts’ nuclear program or the violence in Syria – two of the fundamental questions that confronted the summit – obviously undermined Iran’s effort to demonstrate that, despite facing severe economic and diplomatic sanctions, it remains an effective international player.
CommentsIndeed, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticized Iran for not assuring the world that it is not seeking nuclear arms at a time when the International Atomic Energy Agency has published a new report suggesting that it is.
CommentsAnd, in a speech of great depth, Mohamed Morsi, the first Egyptian president to visit Iran since the Islamic Republic’s birth in 1979, firmly rejected the Syrian regime, as he did in a subsequent appearance before the Arab League as well. Moreover, Morsi urged Iran to join Egypt, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia – all Sunni-majority countries – in pressing for political transition in Syria (a role that the Syrian opposition rejected before Iran could even say no).
CommentsIn other words, reality betrayed the perception that Iran sought to create in hosting the NAM summit. Instead, Morsi’s speech provided the occasion’s most memorable moment. And Iran’s nuclear quest remains a reality that must not be ignored during the next key three years, when the Islamic Republic will lead NAM while itself remaining one of the most serious problems on the international agenda."

Sunday, September 09, 2012

...oh what a mess, we still have to care about our voters...

Javier Solana: "Europe was not prepared for this crisis born of politics, the economy develops and no solution nothing but politics"

...Solana was referring to the situation of crisis in Europe, which today will be addressed in some way in the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Spain.

A visit that has been commented on COPE byJosé Antonio Segurado, Esther Palomera, José Antich and Antonio Perez Henares ..In the BE, former EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Javier Solana, said that "Right now we have a crisis and a deep economic crisis also European. Europe was not prepared for this crisis born of politics, the economy develops and no solution nothing but politics. " Solana also referred to Angela Merkel's visit to Spain: "The big mistake he has made Germany was not doing enough pedagogy leaders with citizens. The coalition (in Germany) is not strong, between the Christian Democrats and the Liberals.Liberals are losing weight since the day they arrived. And found in the Greek situation one time wanted to recover some vitality demagogic politics in Germany.And that played the trick Greek bad move: the Greeks have lied, it's true, but played demagogically. And that Merkel gave a fist on the table and said, done with it, we can do demagoguery and is a mistake that we are making. And in those years, Germany had eight elections. All this greatly complicates the ability to act.Playing politics is leadership and vision.Solana said that "at all times of crisis and difficulty, especially economically countries we thought we were not going to have more of these unemployment rates, etc. - the history of Europe has been unfortunate from that point of view. Nationalisms and crises come in is the first step toward serious tensions. The First World War is nothing more than that. " "LINK