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septiembre 25, 2007

Toque de queda en Rangún – Curfews in Burma (+) (+)

Filed under: Birmania/Burma,DDHH/HR,dictadura/dictatorship — Nora @ 7:17 pm

Escribía ayer sobre las manifestaciones contra la Junta Birmana que ya son las más importantes en los últimos 20 años. Pues bien ha sido decretado el toque de queda:

La Junta Militar de Myanmar impuso hoy toque de queda en Rangún y declaró a la ciudad, la más importante del país, área militar “restringida” tras días de protestas.

El anuncio fue hecho a través de altavoces por parte de responsables gubernamentales que cruzaban la ciudad a bordo de camiones, afirmaron testigos.

La orden, que entrará en vigor mañana, impone un toque de queda de las 21:00 a las 05:00 horas locales (14:30-22:30 horas GMT), y declaró la ciudad y sus alrededores “área restringida”, un término normalmente reservado para zonas militares o de conflicto.

Las restricciones serán aplicadas durante 60 días y una orden similar fue impuesta en la ciudad de Mandalay, explicaron los funcionarios.

“Esta orden fue tomada a causa de las protestas. ¡No organicen grupos de más de cinco personas!”, advirtieron los altavoces.

Desde hace años, en Myanmar no se permiten concentraciones de más de cinco personas, pero la ley ha sido ignorada por los manifestantes en las últimas cinco semanas.

y hay temores fundados de una violenta represión de las protestas pacíficas.

Cuando escribí sobre China, hice una mención a la Junta birmana que es necesario volver a repetir:

China repetidamente ha apoyado a la Junta Militar Birmana, a pesar de las protestas internacionales contra el régimen que tiene presa a la líder opositora Aung Syi, sólo porque ganó unas elecciones con más del 80% de apoyo. China es “el mayor inversor del país, el mayor consumidor de sus recursos y su principal proveedor de armas, y miles de trabajadores chinos han entrado en el país“. Eso sí, como ha visto que hay mucha presión internacional les diceque deben seguir el procedimiento democrático“. Pero si China no lo ha iniciado aún…

Repito: China es el mayor inversor del país, el mayor consumidor de recursos y su principal proveedor de armas y miles de trabajadores chinos han entrado en el país.

La perspectiva es muy negra… 😦

(+) La Junta ya había amenazado con una represión violenta SI las protestas no cesaban.

Bush pedirá más sanciones para la Junta Birmana. Pero como ya dijo Valea, los que van a cobrar van a ser los ciudadanos… 😡 👿

(+) Como  Kate me ha dejado en comentarios, el toque de queda ha sido suspendido, pero la policía ha cargado contra la nueva marcha convocada con bastones. La nueva marcha parece dirigirse hacia la casa de Aung Suu, la líder opositora.

La gente está cada vez más enfadada con el trato dado a los monjes. Sin embargo, la Junta ya ha iniciado la represión: ayer detuvieron a dos líderes opositores.

Las próximas horas serán cruciales para determinar si todo tiene un final feliz (como todos deseamos) o si vuelve a pasar lo del año 1988, en el que la policía abrió fuego contra los manifestantes pacíficos, matando a millares.

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In English:

Myanmar government imposes curfews.

The military Junta has been traditionally supported by China:

China has repeatedly has supported the Burman Military Junta, against all the international protests against the regime who maintains the detention of the opposition leader Aung Syi, just because she won the last elections with more than 80% of the people’s support. China is “the most important investor of the country, the most important consumer of its resources, and its main weapons provider and thousands of Chinese wordkers have entered the country by now“. Of course, as China sees there is a lot of international pressure, Chinese authorities have said themthat they should follow the democratic process“. The best thing is that China has not begun it…

A violent repression is feared, after the Military Junta menaced with that yesterday. The Military Junta has accused the monks of being allies of foreign enemies 👿

For more background, just read Debbie.

Boinky posts “Why religion is dangerous?” Because of the peaceful protests led by monks.

(+) US President Bush is going to ask for more sanctions against Burma Military Junta. The problem is that the citizens are going to suffer them mostly:

President Bush wants the U.N. to uphold its pledge to fight for freedom in lands of poverty and terror and plans to punctuate his challenge by promising new sanctions against the military regime in Myanmar.

[…] The policies come as Myanmar’s military government issued a threat Monday to the barefoot Buddhist monks who led 100,000 people marching through a major city. It was the strongest protest against the repressive regime in two decades.

I’m worried, very worried. 😦

(+) As Kate has left me in the comments section, the curfew has ended, but the police has charged against the protestors:

Police charged the crowd outside the Shwedagon Pagoda where demonstrators were rallying for their ninth day of protest marches, eyewitnesses say.

The new march seems to be heading towards the home of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Police and troops are surrounding key Buddhist sites around the city.

We have already decided to risk our lives for the people,

Senior monk

Analysts fear a repeat of the violence in 1988, when troops opened fire on unarmed protestors, killing thousands.

In a further sign that the military authorities are cracking down, two key dissidents were arrested late on Tuesday night.

The atmosphere in Rangoon is described by eyewitnesses as extremely tense, the BBC’s Jonathan Head reports from Bangkok.

The mood among the crowds of bystanders is becoming very angry over the treatment of the monks, our South East Asia correspondent reports.

I am more worried than yesterday… 😦

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Spain: Profanations of churches not theft but attack on religious freedom

Profanations of churches not theft but attack on religious freedom

Cardinal Antonio Canizares of Toledo, Spain, broke his silence this week and spoke out against the profanations of churches in various towns throughout the archdiocese and warned that the motive behind the attacks is not thievery but rather “an attack on religious freedom at its most intimate core.”The cardinal made his comments known through a message read during Mass at the Cathedral of Toledo on Sunday. The cardinal was not present at the Mass but instead was in the town of Fuensalida re-consecrating a church there that had recently been profaned.

The cardinal denounced the recent string of “similar profanations of robbery and insult of the Blessed Sacrament,” saying there have been “too many for us to remain silent.”

According to the cardinal the motive behind the profanations is not robbery, as the objects stolen were not of much value, but rather “a clear intention to harm respect for that which is most holy in Church and in the world: Jesus Christ.”

Cardinal Canizares called them “an attack on religious freedom in its most intimate core; a crime against the fundamental and inalienable right to religious freedom.”

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Resulta que están proliferando las profanaciones a iglesias católicas en la archidiócesis de Toledo. El Cardenal Cañizares ya ha dicho que, como los profanadores no se llevan cosas de mucho valor, el objeto de las profanaciones no es si no atacar el corazón de la libertad religiosa. Y que ha habido tantas que no va a permanecer callado.

Qué raro, qué poco se oye de esto en los medios de comunicación, ¿eh?

Myanmar anti-junta protests biggest in 20 years

Filed under: Birmania,Derechos Humanos,dictadura,represión — Nora @ 3:44 pm

Myanmar anti-junta protests biggest in 20 years | Top News | Reuters.com

Tens of thousands of people joined Buddhist monks on marches in Myanmar’s former capital on Monday in the biggest demonstration against the ruling generals since they crushed student-led protests nearly 20 years ago.”I’m very excited and frankly I’m worried too,” a teacher said as she watched the massed opposition in Yangon to 45 years of army rule that has impoverished the Southeast Asian nation of 53 million people.

A senior U.S. official said President George W. Bush would announce new sanctions against Myanmar’s rulers and call for support for political change in the country formerly known as Burma during a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.

The European Union urged Myanmar’s military junta to show the “utmost restraint” in dealing with the demonstrations.

“We hope that the regime will use this opportunity to launch a process of real political reform,” said Cristina Gallach, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

Result:

Burma’s ruling military junta has warned it is ready to “take action” against Buddhist monks leading mounting protests, state media have reported.

Brig Gen Thura Myint Maung, minister for religion, warned them not to break Buddhist “rules and regulations” as Rangoon saw the largest march yet.

He blamed the protests on “destructive elements” opposed to peace in Burma.

President George W Bush is set to announce fresh US sanctions on Burmese leaders, the White House says.

The sanctions, which will include a ban on US visas, will be announced during Mr Bush’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, US National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said.

The military government has so far showed restraint against the protests.

2007 Burmese protests against Government.

Aung San Suu Kyi in Wikipedia (en español, in English)

Iran’s Ahmadinejad: No attack on Israel

Filed under: derechos de la mujer,Derechos Humanos,Iran,Israel,USA — Nora @ 3:41 pm

Ahmadinejad, when leaving Teheran, thought US nationals love him:

Nonetheless, before he left Tehran for New York on Sunday, Ahmadinejad told Iran’s state-run media that he believes Americans want to hear him out.

Although these were how he was described:

‘TEHRAN’TING LUNATIC … bloody handed villain … bearded blowhard” —New York Post.

“Iranian thug … madman” — New York Daily News.

“Maniac” — Republican Rep. Vito Fossella of Staten Island.

“Can’t get a decent haircut” —Post columnist Andrea Peyser.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad: No attack on Israel – Yahoo! News

NEW YORK – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that Iran would not launch an attack on Israel or any other country, and he does not believe the U.S. is preparing for war against Iran. “Iran will not attack any country,” Ahmadinejad told The Associated Press, when asked if his country would ever strike first against Israel.Iran has always maintained a defensive policy, not an offensive one, he said, and has “never sought to expand its territory.”

He said he did not believe the U.S. was preparing for war.

“I believe that some of the talk in this regard arises first of all from anger. Secondly, it serves the electoral purposes domestically in this country. Third, it serves as a cover for policy failures over Iraq.”

Ahmadinejad dismissed statements by U.S. military officers and intelligence reports that Iran secretly provides weapons to insurgents fighting against U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly the shaped projectiles that have harmed U.S. troops in roadside attacks.

“Why would we want to do that?” Ahmadinejad declared. “This would really be inappropriate for us. We are friends with both Iraq and Afghanistan. Insecurity in Iraq and Afghanistan undermines our own national security; it basically goes against what we believe.”

Hehehehe! This man is un-be-lie-va-ble! He has said repeatedly that he wants to wipe Israel off the map and now he says he does not want to attack anyone.

The problem can be even worse because it appears Iran has bought three nuclear heads from Kazakhstan. Paolo has left me a comment to tell me about the news:

According to Regnar Rasmussen, who was worked as an interpreter and analyst for the Special Forces of the Danish Army, and in the Criminal Police Department of his country, the key to the Iranian nuclear problem happened back in 1991, when the President from Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaiev sold three nuclear warheads to Iran.

In autumn 1991 Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Khazakhstan, sold three nuclear warheads to the Iranians. The Iranians wanted to use them as a prototype for their own bomb manufacturing. The price was said to have been 7.5 billion USD. Whether this amount is true or just the fantasies of a less paid government official, I cannot verify. The amount was to cover all bribes and kick-offs and military protection during transport. Every country involved had demanded their fair share of the deal.

Anyway, the warheads were removed from a military depot somewhere in Kazakhstan and transported by train down to Makhachkala in Daghestan. Here they were reloaded onto huge trucks and then taken through the Caucasian region and into Turkey. In the city of Dogubeyazit the Iranians met the convoy and took over. The three vehicles were then driven by Iranian drivers down to the border post Bazargan, where they entered Iranian territory.

The warheads were brought down to Teheran and parked in the military campus Lavizan. Here they were seen by a soldier who later defected to Israel and told the story to the Israeli intelligence services who at that time were unable to verify the matter further. Various rumours have been circulating ever since. Some stories say two bombs, some say four. The correct number, however, is three.

Long before the downfall of communism in 1989 nuclear technology had been proliferated by the Soviet Union. The Mullah Regime had had connections and cooperation with the Soviet Union since the early days of the Islamic Revolution in 1978/79, but after 1989 hundreds and hundreds of Russian nuclear scientists were hired on by the Iranians who offered exorbitant wages and golden palaces to them in order to secure their loyalty. This has to be seen on the background of Soviet living conditions in those days. No wonder the Iranians could pick and choose as they wished.

I am personally convinced that Iran quickly managed to duplicate the bombs and that their only obstacle was to produce sufficient quantities of enriched uranium or other substances for their bombs. As of today I am convinced that Iran has had the nuclear bomb already for some years and is now only waiting for a good opportunity to wipe Israel off the map.

(Question: Are there another warheads who were sold like this? And to whom?)

But that’s not all:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questioned the official version of the Sept. 11 attacks and defended the right to cast doubt on the Holocaust in a tense appearance Monday at Columbia University, whose president accused the hard-line leader of behaving like “a petty and cruel dictator.”

Ahmadinejad smiled at first but appeared increasingly agitated, decrying the “insults” and “unfriendly treatment.” Columbia President Lee Bollinger and audience members took him to task over Iran’s human-rights record and foreign policy, as well as Ahmadinejad’s statements denying the Holocaust and calling for the disappearance of Israel.

“Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator,” Bollinger said, to loud applause.

He said Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust might fool the illiterate and ignorant.

“When you come to a place like this it makes you simply ridiculous,” Bollinger said. “The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history.”

Ahmadinejad rose, also to applause, and after a religious invocation, said Bollinger’s opening was “an insult to information and the knowledge of the audience here.”

“There were insults and claims that were incorrect, regretfully,” Ahmadinejad said, accusing Bollinger of falling under the influence of the hostile U.S. press and politicians. “I should not begin by being affected by this unfriendly treatment.”

During a question and answer session, Ahmadinejad appeared tense and unsmiling, in contrast to more relaxed interviews and appearances earlier in the day.

Ohh, little Ahmi was sad because they haven’t treated him as good as he though, hein??

Kate has linked to a live-blogging post from Columbia. Read it all. But I’m going to reproduce an excerpt which is very significant of Ahmi’s behaviour:

In response to a question about the treatment of homosexuals in Iran, Mr. Ahmadinejad was initially evasive, instead talking about the death penalty, which, he pointed out, exists in the United States. “People who violate the laws by using guns, creating insecurity selling guns, distributing guns at a high level are sentenced to execution in Iran,” he said. “Very few of these punishments are carried out in the public eye.”Pressed by Dean Coatsworth on the original question about the rights of gay men and lesbians in Iran, Mr. Ahmadinejad said: “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. We don’t have that in our country.”

The audience booed and hissed loudly. Some laughed, uncomfortably.

“In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon,” Mr. Ahmadinejad continued, undeterred. “I do not know who has told you that we have it. But as for women, maybe you think that maybe being a woman is a crime. It’s not a crime to be a woman. Women are the best creatures created by God. They represent the kindness, the beauty that God instills in them. Women are respected in Iran.”

And this other one, specially striking considering that he has defined himself before as a “university instructor“:

In his most pointed arguments yet, Mr. Ahmadinejad said that science and research had been used in the West as tools of oppression.

But it’s much more shocking the attitude of Daily Kos readers towards Ahmadinejad. What a collection of moonbats!!

Last may I wrote:

16-year-old girls hanged for having pre-marital sex [while stating that hanging is less cruel than being stoned to death…], beating peaceful young protesters in the street and women not-dressed Islamic way, detaining dogs for being Un-Islamic and beating (130 lashes) to a Norvegian-Iranian for drinking two beers, obliging the shop-keepers to saw off the mannequin breasts, etc, etc..

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Así que según Ahmadenijad:

  1. decir “voy a borrar a Israel del mapa” no es tener una actitud ofensiva, es más, es querer tiernamente a Israel. Hay amores que matan… La cosa se complica porque, al parecer, en 1991, Kazajstán vendió tres cabezas nucleares a Irán, que fueron transportadas por varios contrabandistas, almacenadas en Lavizan. Los iraníes pudieron duplicarlas. Quien lo dice es un traductor y analista para las Fuerzas Especiales del Ejército Danés que estaba destinado a misiones en la zona de Oriente Medio en esa época.
  2. en Irán no hay un solo homosexual, pero luego se les detiene en manada.
  3. a las mujeres se las trata maravillosamente (maravillosamente mal, vamos), incluso se las pega si no se tapan (derecha).
  4. se define como un “instructor universitario” “que discute científicamente con sus alumnos semanalmente”, pero luego dice que “la ciencia y la investigación han sido usadas por Occidente como instrumentos de opresión”. Ejem…

En Irán, como podeis ver en los links de arriba “se ha colgado a chicas de 16 años por tener relaciones sexuales prematriamoniales, mientras se afirma que es mejor colgarlas que no lapidarlas ( ), se ha pegado a chicos porque estaban manifestándose pacíficamente y a mujeres como la de la imagen porque no iban vestidas a la manera islámica, se ha detenido a perros por no ser islámicos o se han dado 130 latigazos a un hombre de nacionalidad noruego-iraní por beber dos cervezas, se ha obligado a los propietarios de tiendas de moda a tapar los pechos de los maniquíes de los escaparates, etc“.

En fin, un mentiroso compulsivo.

Hallan restos de cable en el lugar del atentado que mató a dos soldados españoles

Filed under: Afghanistan,Islamism,Italy,OTAN,Spain,USA,Zapatero — Nora @ 3:35 pm

Si ayer veíamos que en Afganistán habían secuestrado a dos soldados italianos, hoy estos habían sido liberados (ambos están heridos, uno de ellos de manera seria). Pero también hoy nos hemos enterado de la muerte de dos soldados españoles en la misma zona. ¿La causa? Lo más probable es que fuera una bomba explosionada por control remoto:
Libertad Digital: Hallan restos de cable en el lugar del atentado que mató a dos soldados españoles

El Ministerio de Defensa informó en un principio de que el vehículo BMR en el que viajaban los dos soldados españoles muertos y los seis heridos en Afganistán había pisado una mina. Pero horas después el Departamento de José Antonio Alonso ha señalado, en un comunicado, que se han localizado restos de cable, en concreto 70 metros, en la zona del atentado, por lo que no descartan la hipótesis de una bomba explosionada por control remoto al paso de los militares españoles. Mientras, el presidente intentó convencer a los españoles de que se trata de una “misión de paz” y de que enviar nuevos soldados no es aumentar las tropas.

Los fallecidos son Germán Pérez Burgos y Stanley Mera Vera.

RIP.

Ayer escribía que EEUU había exigido a España el envío de más tropas SI quería colocar al general Sanz Roldán en la OTAN. Pero a la vez, Zapatero, en vez de decir que a) en Afganistán se libra una guerra y b) el envío de nuevas tropas -que es necesario según ya escribí ayer- es porque quiere colocar al general, dice todo lo contrario…

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Another two Spanish soldiers have died in Afghanistan. Although at first, it was thought that the BMR vehicle had gone over a mine, which exploded then, the discovery of a cable (of about 70 meters) in the attack surroundings, has made the military consider the possibility of a bomb, activated by remote control.

At the same time, PM Zapatero has tried to convince everyone that the mission in Afghanistan is “a peace mission” and that sending new soldiers there is not rising the number of Spanish troops deployed in the Asian country.

Yesterday, I wrote that USA had asked Spain for a rise in the number of troops deployed in Afghanistan, IF Zapatero wanted General Sanz Roldán to be new President of the Military Comission of NATO. Looks like Zapatero also forgot that part in his speech.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad: No attack on Israel

Filed under: derechos de la mujer,Derechos Humanos,Human Rights,Iran,USA — Nora @ 10:39 am

Ahmadinejad, when leaving Teheran, thought US nationals love him:

Nonetheless, before he left Tehran for New York on Sunday, Ahmadinejad told Iran’s state-run media that he believes Americans want to hear him out.

Although these were how he was described:

‘TEHRAN’TING LUNATIC … bloody handed villain … bearded blowhard” —New York Post.

“Iranian thug … madman” — New York Daily News.

“Maniac” — Republican Rep. Vito Fossella of Staten Island.

“Can’t get a decent haircut” —Post columnist Andrea Peyser.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad: No attack on Israel – Yahoo! News

NEW YORK – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that Iran would not launch an attack on Israel or any other country, and he does not believe the U.S. is preparing for war against Iran. “Iran will not attack any country,” Ahmadinejad told The Associated Press, when asked if his country would ever strike first against Israel.Iran has always maintained a defensive policy, not an offensive one, he said, and has “never sought to expand its territory.”

He said he did not believe the U.S. was preparing for war.

“I believe that some of the talk in this regard arises first of all from anger. Secondly, it serves the electoral purposes domestically in this country. Third, it serves as a cover for policy failures over Iraq.”

Ahmadinejad dismissed statements by U.S. military officers and intelligence reports that Iran secretly provides weapons to insurgents fighting against U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly the shaped projectiles that have harmed U.S. troops in roadside attacks.

“Why would we want to do that?” Ahmadinejad declared. “This would really be inappropriate for us. We are friends with both Iraq and Afghanistan. Insecurity in Iraq and Afghanistan undermines our own national security; it basically goes against what we believe.”

Hehehehe! This man is un-be-lie-va-ble! He has said repeatedly that he wants to wipe Israel off the map and now he says he does not want to attack anyone.

The problem can be even worse because it appears Iran has bought three nuclear heads from Kazakhstan. Paolo has left me a comment to tell me about the news:

According to Regnar Rasmussen, who was worked as an interpreter and analyst for the Special Forces of the Danish Army, and in the Criminal Police Department of his country, the key to the Iranian nuclear problem happened back in 1991, when the President from Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaiev sold three nuclear warheads to Iran.

In autumn 1991 Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Khazakhstan, sold three nuclear warheads to the Iranians. The Iranians wanted to use them as a prototype for their own bomb manufacturing. The price was said to have been 7.5 billion USD. Whether this amount is true or just the fantasies of a less paid government official, I cannot verify. The amount was to cover all bribes and kick-offs and military protection during transport. Every country involved had demanded their fair share of the deal.

Anyway, the warheads were removed from a military depot somewhere in Kazakhstan and transported by train down to Makhachkala in Daghestan. Here they were reloaded onto huge trucks and then taken through the Caucasian region and into Turkey. In the city of Dogubeyazit the Iranians met the convoy and took over. The three vehicles were then driven by Iranian drivers down to the border post Bazargan, where they entered Iranian territory.

The warheads were brought down to Teheran and parked in the military campus Lavizan. Here they were seen by a soldier who later defected to Israel and told the story to the Israeli intelligence services who at that time were unable to verify the matter further. Various rumours have been circulating ever since. Some stories say two bombs, some say four. The correct number, however, is three.

Long before the downfall of communism in 1989 nuclear technology had been proliferated by the Soviet Union. The Mullah Regime had had connections and cooperation with the Soviet Union since the early days of the Islamic Revolution in 1978/79, but after 1989 hundreds and hundreds of Russian nuclear scientists were hired on by the Iranians who offered exorbitant wages and golden palaces to them in order to secure their loyalty. This has to be seen on the background of Soviet living conditions in those days. No wonder the Iranians could pick and choose as they wished.

I am personally convinced that Iran quickly managed to duplicate the bombs and that their only obstacle was to produce sufficient quantities of enriched uranium or other substances for their bombs. As of today I am convinced that Iran has had the nuclear bomb already for some years and is now only waiting for a good opportunity to wipe Israel off the map.

(Question: Are there another warheads who were sold like this? And to whom?)

But that’s not all:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questioned the official version of the Sept. 11 attacks and defended the right to cast doubt on the Holocaust in a tense appearance Monday at Columbia University, whose president accused the hard-line leader of behaving like “a petty and cruel dictator.”

Ahmadinejad smiled at first but appeared increasingly agitated, decrying the “insults” and “unfriendly treatment.” Columbia President Lee Bollinger and audience members took him to task over Iran’s human-rights record and foreign policy, as well as Ahmadinejad’s statements denying the Holocaust and calling for the disappearance of Israel.

“Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator,” Bollinger said, to loud applause.

He said Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust might fool the illiterate and ignorant.

“When you come to a place like this it makes you simply ridiculous,” Bollinger said. “The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history.”

Ahmadinejad rose, also to applause, and after a religious invocation, said Bollinger’s opening was “an insult to information and the knowledge of the audience here.”

“There were insults and claims that were incorrect, regretfully,” Ahmadinejad said, accusing Bollinger of falling under the influence of the hostile U.S. press and politicians. “I should not begin by being affected by this unfriendly treatment.”

During a question and answer session, Ahmadinejad appeared tense and unsmiling, in contrast to more relaxed interviews and appearances earlier in the day.

Ohh, little Ahmi was sad because they haven’t treated him as good as he though, hein??

Kate has linked to a live-blogging post from Columbia. Read it all. But I’m going to reproduce an excerpt which is very significant of Ahmi’s behaviour:

In response to a question about the treatment of homosexuals in Iran, Mr. Ahmadinejad was initially evasive, instead talking about the death penalty, which, he pointed out, exists in the United States. “People who violate the laws by using guns, creating insecurity selling guns, distributing guns at a high level are sentenced to execution in Iran,” he said. “Very few of these punishments are carried out in the public eye.”Pressed by Dean Coatsworth on the original question about the rights of gay men and lesbians in Iran, Mr. Ahmadinejad said: “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. We don’t have that in our country.”

The audience booed and hissed loudly. Some laughed, uncomfortably.

“In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon,” Mr. Ahmadinejad continued, undeterred. “I do not know who has told you that we have it. But as for women, maybe you think that maybe being a woman is a crime. It’s not a crime to be a woman. Women are the best creatures created by God. They represent the kindness, the beauty that God instills in them. Women are respected in Iran.”

And this other one, specially striking considering that he has defined himself before as a “university instructor“:

In his most pointed arguments yet, Mr. Ahmadinejad said that science and research had been used in the West as tools of oppression.

But it’s much more shocking the attitude of Daily Kos readers towards Ahmadinejad. What a collection of moonbats!!

Last may I wrote:

16-year-old girls hanged for having pre-marital sex [while stating that hanging is less cruel than being stoned to death…], beating peaceful young protesters in the street and women not-dressed Islamic way, detaining dogs for being Un-Islamic and beating (130 lashes) to a Norvegian-Iranian for drinking two beers, obliging the shop-keepers to saw off the mannequin breasts, etc, etc..

__________________

Así que según Ahmadenijad:

  1. decir “voy a borrar a Israel del mapa” no es tener una actitud ofensiva, es más, es querer tiernamente a Israel. Hay amores que matan… La cosa se complica porque, al parecer, en 1991, Kazajstán vendió tres cabezas nucleares a Irán, que fueron transportadas por varios contrabandistas, almacenadas en Lavizan. Los iraníes pudieron duplicarlas. Quien lo dice es un traductor y analista para las Fuerzas Especiales del Ejército Danés que estaba destinado a misiones en la zona de Oriente Medio en esa época.
  2. en Irán no hay un solo homosexual, pero luego se les detiene en manada.
  3. a las mujeres se las trata maravillosamente (maravillosamente mal, vamos), incluso se las pega si no se tapan (derecha).
  4. se define como un “instructor universitario” “que discute científicamente con sus alumnos semanalmente”, pero luego dice que “la ciencia y la investigación han sido usadas por Occidente como instrumentos de opresión”. Ejem…

En Irán, como podeis ver en los links de arriba “se ha colgado a chicas de 16 años por tener relaciones sexuales prematriamoniales, mientras se afirma que es mejor colgarlas que no lapidarlas ( ), se ha pegado a chicos porque estaban manifestándose pacíficamente y a mujeres como la de la imagen porque no iban vestidas a la manera islámica, se ha detenido a perros por no ser islámicos o se han dado 130 latigazos a un hombre de nacionalidad noruego-iraní por beber dos cervezas, se ha obligado a los propietarios de tiendas de moda a tapar los pechos de los maniquíes de los escaparates, etc“.

En fin, un mentiroso compulsivo.

Myanmar anti-junta protests biggest in 20 years (+)

Myanmar anti-junta protests biggest in 20 years | Top News | Reuters.com

Tens of thousands of people joined Buddhist monks on marches in Myanmar’s former capital on Monday in the biggest demonstration against the ruling generals since they crushed student-led protests nearly 20 years ago.”I’m very excited and frankly I’m worried too,” a teacher said as she watched the massed opposition in Yangon to 45 years of army rule that has impoverished the Southeast Asian nation of 53 million people.

A senior U.S. official said President George W. Bush would announce new sanctions against Myanmar’s rulers and call for support for political change in the country formerly known as Burma during a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.

The European Union urged Myanmar’s military junta to show the “utmost restraint” in dealing with the demonstrations.

“We hope that the regime will use this opportunity to launch a process of real political reform,” said Cristina Gallach, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

Result:

Burma’s ruling military junta has warned it is ready to “take action” against Buddhist monks leading mounting protests, state media have reported.

Brig Gen Thura Myint Maung, minister for religion, warned them not to break Buddhist “rules and regulations” as Rangoon saw the largest march yet.

He blamed the protests on “destructive elements” opposed to peace in Burma.

President George W Bush is set to announce fresh US sanctions on Burmese leaders, the White House says.

The sanctions, which will include a ban on US visas, will be announced during Mr Bush’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, US National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said.

The military government has so far showed restraint against the protests.

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2007 Burmese protests against Government.

Aung San Suu Kyi in Wikipedia (en español, in English)

En Español, podeis leer el post que ha escrito Valea:

Reconozco que estoy encantado viendo cómo se desarrollan los acontecimientos en Birmania, como todos conocemos a Myanmar. Encantado pero tremendamente asustado por las consecuencias y la ola de represión que pueden seguirla.

Totalmente de acuerdo.

Martha  Colmenares también se ha hecho eco de las protestas.

Afganistán: Bush vs Zapatero, dos italianos secuestrados, Irán y los búnkeres talibanes

Filed under: Afghanistan,Islamism,Italy,OTAN,PSOE,Spain,USA,Zapatero — Nora @ 3:24 am

Libertad Digital: Bush exige a Zapatero más presencia en Afganistán si quiere colocar al general Sanz en la OTAN

A dos meses de la votación en Bruselas, sede de la Alianza Atlántica, comienzan a realizarse movimientos encaminados a valorar si realmente el candidato español es el militar idóneo para estar al frente de un comité, al que le corresponde la misión de aprobar los documentos y planes de la OTAN.Según publica este domingo el diario ABC, EEUU, pieza clave en la elección (el comandante supremo para Europa es el general estadounidense John Craddock) no ve con buenos ojos este nombramiento, y no por la personalidad o la valía del general en cuestión, sino por las reticencias que despierta el papel de la España de Zapatero en el orden internacional, tras la sonada espantada en la Guerra de Irak.

Por eso, según afirma el diario de Vocento, los estadounidenses no descartan condicionar su apoyo a Félix Sanz Roldán a “un mayor compromiso” de España en la misión que lleva a cabo la OTAN en este país asiático. Esto se traduce, según fuentes de la Alianza, en más tropas y un papel más activo de las mismas sobre el terreno.

De momento, el Gobierno de Zapatero se ha negado a enviar más tropas. Máxime cuando la zona este donde se encuentran las tropas españolas es cada vez más comprometida y aumenta la inseguridad por la mayor presencia de talibanes, que han llegado procedentes del sur de Afganistán, tras la ofensiva americana que los ha desplazado hacia el norte.

Todo ello juega en contra de Félix Sanz Roldán, cuya candidatura se ha presentado en el peor momento de la misión en Afganistán, la principal que desarrolla la OTAN y que se ha convertido en el mayor desafío y en el que esta organización se juega su prestigio.

Era de esperar…

Al mismo tiempo, dos italianos han sido secuestrados en el oeste de Afganistán, junto con sus dos ayudantes afganos. Estaban realizando tareas de relación con los autoridades civiles afganas. La misión italiana en Herat, está intentando localizarles. El presidente Hamid Karzai ha dicho que en cuanto tengan alguna noticia la hará llegar a Italia.

Irán ha sido otra vez acusado de mandar armas a los talibanes y las tropas inglesas han encontrado algunos búnkers de los Talibán.

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Zapatero wants Spanish General Sanz Roldán to lead NATO, a very surprising wish considering that Spanish PM is not a very good friend of USA, leader of NATO, and the shameful withdrawal from Iraq.

So Bush has asked Zapatero for more support in Afghanistan in exchange of US support to Gral Sanz Roldán. Zapatero’s Government has announced Spain is not sending more troops to the Asian country, as the ones who are already there have a very compromised situation and the insecurity is rising because of the increasing presence of the Talibans there, who are arriving from the South, after US offensive.

A very illogical decision: as there are more Talibans, I am not sending more troops.

From Yahoo:

Two Italian military personnel were believed to have been kidnapped in western Afghanistan, and police Sunday said they were searching for the pair and their two Afghan staff.

At a meeting at the United Nations, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told participants he had information about where the Italians were and would pass the information to Italian authorities, said U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.

In northeastern Afghanistan, meanwhile, NATO helicopters fired on a group of suspected insurgents in response to a rocket attack. Four Afghans died and 12 were wounded, the alliance said, and officials were investigating whether the dead and wounded were Afghan police or civilians targeted mistakenly.

The two missing Italians, with their Afghan driver and translator, drove through a police checkpoint in the Shindand district of Herat province on Saturday, and they have not had any contact with anyone since, said Gen. Ali Khan Hassanzada, chief of police criminal investigations in western Afghanistan.

An official from the Italian embassy in Kabul said the Italians last spoke with officials at their base on Saturday night during “routine contact.” The Italian military in Herat was trying to reach them again.

We believe they have been kidnapped together with two Afghans,” the Italian Defense Ministry said. “The personnel were carrying out liaison activities with local civilian authorities.”

Meanwhile, Iran is once again accused of giving weapons to the Taliban (and yet, Ahmi is going to speak to the American people…) and UK troops have uncovered some Taleban bunkers.

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