Friday, November 30, 2012

also from today 
(article "Israel - Palestine: what the EU could do against the settlements") (!)

"recommendations made in December 2010 by a score of former European leaders including 
Lionel Jospin, Javier Solana, Richard Von Weizsäker, Helmut Schmidt, Romano Prodi and 
Felipe Gonzales wrote in an open letter to European Council President
"We consider it necessary for the EU to end the import of products from the settlements, 
which are contrary to European labeling standards, as stamped from Israel. "

http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/monde/20121130.OBS1050/israel-palestine-ce-que-pourrait-faire-l-ue-face-aux-colonies.html

J.S.:U.S.! same day same place with US-Israel topic

...or: is JERUSALEM a BRASILIAN city???


"Hillary Clinton at Brookings, Arab leaders, Syria and more [Daybook]





10:00 Attitudes Toward a Middle East in Crisis: Surveys of Arab and Jewish Opinion in Israel with Shibley Telhami, Brookings Institute; Dana Weiss, Meet the Press  (place: Brookings Institute)
6:00 Saban Forum 2012—U.S.-Israeli Relations in a Changing Environment(Webcasted Sessions) with Haim Saban, Saban Forum; Martin Indyk, Brookings; Robert Siegel, National Public Radio; Avigdor Lieberman, Foreign Minister of Israel; Tamara Cofman Wittes, Brookings; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State (place: Brookings Institute) "

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

America’s perilous pivot


November 28....remember 17 years ago? In 1995 November 28 someone made a treaty with many named "Barcelona Process" (EUROMED)...10  days later he was made Secretary General of NATO during the Yugoslavian War...5 years later he would become GS for CFSP of the EU (filed under No.666) and head of the WEU (with it's bizarre order "rec. 666"), GS of the Council of the EU for 10 years with the goldprize of 666,00 USD at his birthday 2007 July 14 at Wall Street.

Today, on this anniversary, he calls once again for urgent solutions in Middle East. Will we see his comeback soon?

"America’s perilous pivot

Beyond Iran, the volatile situation throughout the Middle East urgently demands solutions
  • By Javier Solana | Special to Gulf News
  • Published: 00:00 November 28, 2012
  • "The Pacific or the Middle East? For the United States, that is now the primary strategic question. The violence in Gaza, coming as President Barack Obama was meeting Asia’s leaders in Phnom Penh, perfectly encapsulates America’s dilemma. Instead of being able to focus on US foreign policy’s “pivot” to Asia, Obama was forced to spend many hours in conversation with the leaders of Egypt and Israel, and to dispatch Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Asia, in order to facilitate a cease-fire in Gaza.
Of the two geopolitical focal points demanding America’s attention, one represents the future and the other the past. Whereas Asia played an important role in a US presidential election campaign that was marked by often-heated references to China’s rise, the Middle East has kept the US bogged down for decades. In addition to the eternal Israel-Palestine conflict, Iraq’s instability, the Arab Spring, Syria’s civil war, and the ongoing nuclear standoff with Iran all demand America’s attention.
If the Iran crisis were to boil over, the pivot to Asia would no longer be America’s main foreign-policy priority. But if the dispute with Iran is resolved diplomatically, the Middle East might, perhaps, be relegated to a position of lesser importance, as Obama clearly desires. The question, therefore, is whether the US will find itself drawn into another war in a region on which it depends less and less for energy.
Indeed, the revolution in non-conventional hydrocarbons, particularly shale gas and oil, which the International Energy Agency recently predicted would make the US the world’s largest oil producer by 2020, and the top energy producer overall by 2030, will have enormous global repercussions. For the US, energy self-sufficiency is the perfect excuse for a phased withdrawal from the Middle East; freed from energy dependency, America should be able to concentrate on the Pacific.
Although maintaining stable global energy prices and its alliance with Israel means that the US cannot cut itself off completely from the Middle East’s troubles, the shift in focus to Asia began early in Obama’s first administration, with Clinton announcing America’s strategic reorientation even before US troops began withdrawing from Iraq. Following his re-election, Obama’s first foreign visit was to Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia — a choice that cannot have pleased China, as all three are Asean members, while Myanmar was, until it began its democratic transition, a close Chinese ally.
Asia is, of course, experiencing rapid economic growth, but managing the region’s strong nationalist tensions calls for the creation of regional security structures, together with closer economic integration. Complicating matters even more is what US scholar Kenneth Lieberthal and Wang Jisi, the dean of international studies at Peking University, called in a recent paper for the Brookings Institution “strategic distrust.”
Cultivating strategic trust between the 21st century’s leading powers will be fundamental to the international system’s harmonious functioning. But how can this be achieved? As China will be importing three-quarters of its oil from the Middle East by 2020, one step forward would be China’s cooperation in finding solutions to the region’s problems.
Avoiding a showdown
After the January 2013 Israeli elections, Iran will again move to the top of Obama’s foreign-policy agenda. Military intervention in Iran — which itself will be holding a presidential election in June — would incite not only regional, but global, instability. The Arab world, Russia, and China would be forced to take sides, straining global relations between the different poles of power and raising tensions in the Pacific. So China has a large strategic interest in working with the US to avoid a showdown.
Beyond Iran, the volatile situation throughout the Middle East urgently demands solutions. The latest eruption of violent conflict between Hamas and Israel underscores the importance of reviving the peace process. Syria’s civil war, in which a growing number of regional players have become involved, is beginning to look increasingly like a trial run for all-out sectarian war for regional dominance.
Iran’s leaders appear to believe that the US, having incurred extremely high economic and human costs from more than a decade of war, would rather avoid another military intervention. US public opinion seems to confirm this. A recent survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs indicated that 67 per cent of Americans believe that the Iraq war was not worthwhile. Moreover, 69 per cent do not believe that the US is safer from terrorism since the war in Afghanistan, and 71 per cent say that the experience in Iraq shows that the US should take greater care in how it uses force.
But, if Americans seem unlikely to be willing to invest billions of dollars in another dead-end foreign adventure, Iran’s leaders, for their part, are increasingly hemmed in by international sanctions, which are beginning to wreak havoc on the country’s economy. Both sides may believe that their best option — at least for now — is to negotiate.
Peaceful resolution of the Iranian question would help the US to complete its shift toward Asia. China may not wish for that outcome, but its own vital interest in the security of Middle East energy supplies should compel her to cooperate.
After all, another Middle East conflict would poison and distort relations in the region for decades, which would be the worst of all possible consequences — for the US and China alike.

Project Syndicate, 2012.
Javier Solana, former Secretary-General of Nato and EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, is Distinguished Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution and President of the ESADE Centre for Global Economy and Geopolitics."

Sunday, November 25, 2012

painting the good doctor

Painter Hernán Cortés Moreno's answer on painting Spanish politicians:
"Who wore it easier as portrayed and who less? - 
In the case of these commemorative works no major difficulties of this kind. 
There was a lot of documentation and overall harmony sought. 
But do not forget that just as in other cases, when I put a picture of me in a gallery 
with other artists, I look the difference to appreciate my style, in this, my opponent was myself. 
After what I've been looking for is a unity, a whole portrait. The play is set, no individuality. 
At other times, I did have models that have been difficult to portray, for example, 
Javier Solana. Although he understood the language of painting well, he was very impatient 
and nervous posingHis portrait is now hanging in the Foreign Ministry." 
http://www.diariodesevilla.es/article/ocio/1399295/estos/retratos/mi/rival/era/yo/mismo.html

Friday, November 23, 2012

Atlantis - beast out of the sea? or Prospero's books?

2012 nov 12: blatantly depicting 2 horns out of the sea "Fierce femcee Azealia Banks keeps her buzz a’buzzing with the video for ‘Atlantis’– the latest track on her ‘Fantasea’ mixtape to be awarded the visual treatment". But the original beast out of the sea has 10 horns/ beast from the earth (looks like a lamb speaks like a dragon): 2 horns...
aah,in her video at min 0:22: we have her 5x with 2 horns = ten horns:

and from min 1:42 on she is shown wearing and surrounded by lot of EUROS:



10 days later we have:

2012nov22: Catalan publishers reward Javier Solana 
with 

Atlantis prize


The former Minister of Culture will be honored 

Atlantida in the Nit de l'Edició

NEWSPAPER / Barcelona
"The Editors Guild of Catalunya d What will distinguish Javier Solana with the "Atlantis" prize , 
the prize that the entity awarded each year to a personality who has distinguished by the promotion
of reading and the world of books and for his commitment to defend the culture and defend of 
intellectual property.
zoom lensJavier Solana, in an act of the PSOE in 2011.
Javier Solana, in an act of the PSOE in 2011. DAVID CASTRO
The former Minister of Culture Spanish, 
former Secretary General of NATO and 
head of EU foreign policy will receive the 
award as part of the 27th Nit de l'Edició , 
the traditional meal that meets annually to 
the entire sector but this year will replaced 
by a ceremony at the Salo de Cent of the 
Barcelona City Council"  (2012 dec 5).
http://www.elperiodico.com/es/noticias/ocio-y-cultura/editores-catalanes-premian-javier-solana-2256215


shaft opening ceremony in London: 2012 june 05.
night of the books in Barcelona: 2012 dec. 05.
"The Opening: Babylon
The Olympic ceremony opened with an orchestra playing Nimrod by Enigma Variations. King Nimrod was the world’s first dictator and as builder of the Tower of Babel he was considered to be the “First and most excellent Master” of the Freemason fraternity. The original “World Order” can be traced back to Babylon where, King Nimrod was rebellious and resentful of God (YHWH), he had a vision of heading a single global government to control the economic, political and religious issues throughout the world. In order to prevent Nimrod implementing a New World Order, YHWH confused the languages causing the citizens to spread out and inhabit new lands, mystery Babylon became fragmented and the concept of a New World Order died.
The Maypole dance was showcased within the first minutes of the ceremony, a traditional folkdance popular in Western Europe. Like so many adopted western traditions, the Maypole dance is ancient pagan worship. This “Fertility Rite” involves the Maypole which represents the male principle (the phallus). The ribbons represent the female principle and the wreath at the top represents the virgina of the goddess. Some researchers believe the Maypole dance can be traced as far back as ancient Babylon.
Jerusalem
After the Olympic bell was rung, a song named Jerusalem was sung by a young boy before he was joined by a children’s choir.
“And did those feet in ancient time walk upon England’s mountains green? And was the holy Lamb of God on England’s pleasant pastures seen? And did the countenance divine shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here among these dark Satanic Mills”
The children’s choir continued to sing as men with mutton-chops wearing traditional top hats and black suits gathered around a British meadow. A tree that was raised on a hill before Kenneth Branagh (dressed as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a famous British engineer) read from Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

 For Shakespeare expert James Shapiro (an English professor at Columbia University), it was a strange choice. “Why you would choose Caliban’s lines as — in a sense — a kind of anthem for the Olympics, I’m not sure. Why give him the lines Shakespeare wrote for a half-man, half-beast
Magic, through Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, is a theme of the 2012 Olympic Games.  A giant figure holding a wand (thought to be Prospero from The Tempest) and a cauldron feature in stadium preparations for the opening ceremony.
The Tempest is thought by most scholars to have been written in 1610–11, and is generally accepted as the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone.  Scholars have noted the numerous parallels between Shakespeare’s final work and famous occultist Francis Bacon’s final book New Atlantis. (farmer: Javier Solana's mother Nieves Hayat de Madariaga Archibald, Mrs. Mathews (1917-2003) was an Oxford Professor an expert on Francis Bacon)
In The Tempest travelers arrive at an island ruled by Prospero, the Magus who has mastery over all nature, and Prospero’s farewell to his art in the play is the Bard’s farewell to his work. 
In New Atlantis the travelers arrive at an island ruled by a Society called Salomon’s House (Solomon’s House) which has achieved mastery over all nature.  New Atlantis depicts Bacon’s vision of man’s mastery over nature, and this work is a summing up and a farewell to Bacon’s lifework. 
Both works depict travelers who arrive at an island filled with wonders. In the first case the wonders of science, in the second case the wonders of magic, both of which give mastery over all nature. Bacon, it is important to note, said that science in its higher form is magic. The surface parallels between New Atlantis and The Tempest are obvious. But beneath the surface there are more parallels, and more specific identities between the two works. So many, in fact, that they provide strong evidence for Bacon’s authorship of The Tempest.
As both The Tempest and New Atlantis depict societies ruled over by an elite made gods by virtue of their secret knowledge both works serve to define the occult philosophy of the Rosecrucians, Freemasons and the Illuminati.  Bacon’s alleged connection to the Rosicrucians and the Freemasons has been widely discussed by authors and scholars in many books and a very good case can be made for him as the author of all Shakespeare’s plays."
stay tuned!
farmer

inside hamas by JS


"The assassination of Ahmed al Jabari, Hamas military commander , has returned to unleash a degree of violence between Israel and Gaza truce unknown from Operation Cast Lead (2008), which claimed the lives of 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis and also left enormous damage.
It's hard to know how this new drama will develop, but will certainly contribute to a clear restructuring of the power structures within Hamas that affect also its relations with neighboring countries, including Israel and the Authority itself Palestine.
The Hamas leadership was exercised from its headquarters located in Syria, and from there he managed relations with the regimes of Iran and Syria, its biggest supporters in the area before the Arab Spring . Leaders of the interior remained in the background in Gaza to defend itself from any attack by Israel.
In recent months there has been a profound change in roles. Hamas leaders inside, in view of the enormous changes in the region, have decided to take the reins of the organization and demonstrate its leadership in the battle against the Israeli occupation. Several factors have contributed to accelerate this change.
By collapsing relations with Damascus, where Hamas maintained its position against Bashar al-Assad, the leading group with the head Khaled Meshal had to leave Syria and even now is scattered by different Arab countries unable to rebuild their base. Moreover, this position against the Syrian Government has done nothing to hinder its relations with Iran.
Power struggles have been exacerbated by declaring Khaled Meshal, current supreme leader, the desire to leave his post. Two candidates have appeared on the scene: Musa Abu Marzouk, based in Cairo, and Ismail Haniya, the current leader of Gaza. A second victory of the supporters consolidate the process of transfer of power in Gaza.
The PLO's decision to vote against the UN General Assembly will recognize her, Hamas provides another possible element to reinvigorate.Israel has indicated that it will oppose by all means to such recognition, coming to withhold taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, to denounce the Oslo Accords and even trying to overthrow Mahmoud Abbas. This position of Israel, be implemented in whole or in part, is a clear beneficiary: faction Hamas and Gaza, in front the occupant.
Gaza leaders have to their credit the recent visit of the Emir of Qatar, the first Arab leader to visit that level the Gaza providing legitimacy and economic resources, probably followed by Erdogan. Also the fact that in a number of Arab countries that had spring -of the Muslim Brotherhood who feels Hamas-rule follower, is invaluable.
In the desire of the leaders of Hamas in Gaza to be spearheading the battle against the occupation lies partly launches bombs to Israel in recent weeks and the response of the Israeli military explosive killing one its most important leaders, Ahmed al Jabari, and enormous damage.They are aware that Netanyahu can not appear weak in its response to Hamas, especially after having convened for January elections, however, are willing to suffer the consequences.
But in the end, Israel will not get what he wants. He failed with the operation Cast Lead , remember that your goal was to end the power of Hamas in the Gaza Strip and greater security. Not solve the security problems in Israel and today is reunited with a stronger Hamas inside Gaza.
As Hussein Ibish writes in Foreign Policy, "Israel can once again win a battle but will lose the war and their best friends in the world."
Hopefully common sense returns through rapid ceasefire. Several countries are mediating right now. I hope to succeed in their purpose, because as you said Efraim Halevy, former head of the Mossad smart, "we both agree that Hamas retains the power, strange as it may seem."
Javier Solana. ESADEgeo President and Distinguished Research Fellow Brookings Institution.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

presence

"PEDRO Villalar is not surprised that the former High Representative of the Council for Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, is more prevalent today in the Middle East diplomatic stage than his successor, Baroness Catherine Ashton, the most obvious prototype Brussels bureaucrat undoubtedly very gifted but perfectly useless to exercise any initiative that requires leadership and determination. 
Van Rompuy, the other gray Eurocrat governing our locations with the bombastic president of the Union "nothing less" is the paradigm governing the inanity federalising destinations, but at least this Belgian "no other country could be more asexual and calm" appears in peer meetings and says the banalities of rigor. But Ashton has disappeared, simply. If we apply information seekers, it appears that she is not dead, it participates in some protocol irrelevant but the media and do not deal with it. There is simply no longer circulates in the collective imagination of the European Union. 
Such evidence discrediting end of Europe to the idea of civil society in our country, which, in addition to such membership blamed the sacrifices imposed on us, observes how the heads of state and government to the EU institutions designated officials planes that are, yes, unable to project any shadow or take the initiative."
from: "Where's Catherine Ashton?"
http://www.diariodemallorca.es/opinion/2012/11/20/catherine-ashton/809188.html

Monday, November 12, 2012

Israel, Syria exchange fire

"By Ariel Schalit, Josef Federman

The Associated Press staff

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 2:05pm

TEL HAZEKA, Golan Heights — Israeli tanks struck a Syrian artillery launcher Monday after a stray mortar shell flew into Israel-held territory, the first direct clash between the neighbors since the Syrian uprising began nearly two years ago.
The confrontation fueled new fears that the Syrian civil war could drag Israel into the violence, a scenario with grave consequences for the region. The fighting has already spilled into Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
"We are closely monitoring what is happening and will respond appropriately. We will not allow our borders to be violated or our citizens to be fired upon," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday in a speech to foreign ambassadors.
While officials believe President Bashar Assad has no interest in picking a fight with Israel, they fear the embattled Syrian leader may try to draw Israel into the fighting in a bout of desperation. Israeli officials believe it is only a matter of time before Syrian rebels topple the longtime leader.
The conflict has already spilled over into several of Syria’s other neighbors — whether in direct violence or in the flood of refugees fleeing the bloodshed. More than 36,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting, according to estimates by anti-Assad activists.
On Monday, a Syrian fighter jet bombed a rebel-held area hugging the border with Turkey three times, killing 15 to 20 people, according to a Turkish official. Separately, eight wounded Syrians died in Turkey, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.
Potential Israeli involvement in Syria could be far more explosive. The bitter enemies both possess air forces, tanks and significant arsenals of missiles and other weapons.
Although the Israeli military is more modern and powerful, Syria has a collection of chemical weapons that could wreak havoc if deployed. Fighting between the countries could also drag in Syria’s close ally, the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah, or Islamic militant groups in the Gaza Strip on Israel’s southern flank.
Israeli political scientist Dore Gold, an informal adviser to Netanyahu, said neither Israel nor Syria has any interest in escalating the fighting...." more at:
LINK