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febrero 18, 2008

Spanish Elections Watch (III): Nuevo episodio de violencia (+)

If yesterday I wrote about the attack on María San Gil, today another PP candidate, Dolors Nadal, has been harrased (video inside) when she was going to give a conference at the Pompeu Fabra’s University. She has been unable to even begin with it. The independentists have shouted “No fascists in the university” and “Catalan Countries are not Spain“.

When Nadal was going to enter the room, some of those youths have tried to block it not to let her enter. There were several people pushed and slapped in that moment. Then when she was going to speak, some youths, who were out of the room, have begun to shout “fascist” to her, while the Mossos (Catalan Autonomous Police) were trying to save her from the pushes.

One of the men who was with Nadal has taken a fire extinctor, just in case the demonstrators were going to use it against the candidate. Then dozens of youths, inside the room, have insulted her.

In the end, the Mossos, considering the situation was out of control, have taken her out of the room and have driven her out of the compound in a secret police car.

No association has announced their responsibility for the boycott. But they were carrying propaganda from one of the associations of Catalan Independentist Youths. ERC (Catalan Republican Left) has stated they are not the responsible.

Oh and no condemnation from the PSOE’s representatives… 😦 Even if they should worry about the polls: PP is nearer PSOE each day (according to latest data: PP would have only 2 seats in Parliament less than PSOE). So El Pais is going to publish a special report on Zapatero, considering him as the best candidate: with satisfaction and tranquility, sure of himself, reasonably happy, with a smile, “Bishop-proofed“. 🙄 Yeah… so subtle and clever as ever…
Today it has been published that Zapatero accepted a written proposition from ETA to begin the political negotiation.

And the ETA terrorists have said that Zapatero promised them Navarra:

Los presos etarras han emitido un comunicado, publicado en Gara, en el que señalan que durante la negociación del Gobierno con ETA “nunca antes habíamos llegado tan lejos en el reconocimiento de los derechos”, en alusión a la independencia. Y es que según los terroristas, “si se abrió la puerta de la solución al conflicto” fue porque Zapatero “dio su visto bueno a ese estatuto de autonomía a cuatro”, es decir, que uniera Navarra, Vizcaya, Guipúzcoa y Álava.

ETA imprisoned terrorists have stated officially, in Gara, than during the negotiation of the Government with ETA “they were farther than in any other negotiation in the acknowledgement of out rights”, referring to the independence. According to the terrorists, “if a door was opened to achieve a solution to this conflict” was because Zapatero “agreed with that Autonomy Statute in which the four parts were involved”, that is, that Navarra, Vizcaya, Guipuzcoa y Álava were united.

Against the will of the people, without any kind of announcement. If this the Zapatero’s definition of democracy, I really do not like that democracy for sure… 👿

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febrero 17, 2008

Investigadores de corrupción ingleses amenazados con otro 7/J

Si continuaban investigando los sobornos en los negocios de armas a Arabia Saudí… La corrupción, esa maravillosa ayuda al terrorismo a la que no se presta ninguna atención.

Bribes inquiry was warned of ‘another 7/7’, court told – Times Online:

Fraud investigators were told they faced the possibility of “another 7/7” and the likely loss of “British lives on British streets” if they pressed on with inquiries into Saudi Arabia’s arms deals, it was revealed yesterday.

High Court documents showed that the Saudis threatened to cut off intelligence, potentially making it easier for terrorists to attack London, if the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) did not drop its investigation into alleged corruption in deals with BAE systems.

After threats by the Saudis over co-operation in national security issues, the former Prime Minister Tony Blair subjected the SFO to “irresistible pressure” to stop its inquiries, it was claimed.

Lord Justice Moses, hearing a legal challenge to the scrapping of the inquiry, said the Government appeared to have “rolled over” in December 2006.”

Pero es que quién presionó para que se dejara de investigar fue nada más y menos que el ex-Primer Ministro Tony Blair, diciendo que la investigación “sólo dañaría las relaciones económicas y diplomáticas con Arabia Saudí“:

The Serious Fraud Office last year abruptly canceled its inquiry into the allegations after Tony Blair, the prime minister at the time, said the investigation would threaten thousands of British jobs and affect diplomatic and intelligence ties with Saudi Arabia. Blair had said an investigation would not “have led anywhere, except to the complete wreckage of a vital strategic relationship for our country.” BAE has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.At the judicial review Thursday, the Campaign Against Arms Trade and the Corner House, an anti-bribery group, said the government acted unlawfully in December 2006 when it told the fraud office to stop looking into alleged bribes paid by BAE to Saudi Arabian officials in exchange for arms deals.

Dinah Rose, a lawyer representing the two groups, said new documents showed that BAE Systems wrote to the attorney general confidentially to urge him to halt the investigation for commercial and diplomatic reasons.

Así que ya están pidiendo una nueva investigación:

Pressure groups and lawmakers have urged the government to restart the investigation or face new questions over its commitment to an international anti-bribery convention that says investigations should not be stopped because they could damage relations with other countries.

La cantidad de soborno fue de… dos mil millones de dólares que terminó en cuentas corrientes del Príncide Bandar Bin Sultan de Arabia Saudí y están vinculadas a los pagos provenientes de BAE (o sea, Gran Bretaña) a Arabia Saudí, por un negocio de armas de 1985.

British news media reported last year that more than $2 billion ended up in bank accounts in Washington controlled by Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia, and that the payments coming from BAE were linked to an arms deal negotiated in 1985. The prince has denied accepting “improper secret commissions.

Por supuesto el príncipe bin Sultan (se tenía que llamar sultán…) lo niega…

Y ¿cuáles eran los grandes intereses comerciales de Gran Bretaña para no investigar?

At the time BAE and the Government were negotiating a key order for Typhoon fighters with the Saudis, a deal that was sealed last year.

En ese momento, BAE y el Gobierno estaban negociando una orden de compra primordial de cazas Typhoon con los saudíes, un negocio que fue concluido el año pasado.

Pero ¡¡¡menudos almas de cántaro!!! Les venden armas ¡¡¡a los que les amenazan con un atentado si no les dejan de investigar los trapos sucios!!! Hmm, claro, la corrupción es muy efectiva: poder y dinero todo en uno. Porque además es definitiva: una vez que alguien ha cobrado algo, ya se le puede chantajear de por vida. ¿Verdad, Bin Sultan?

Hmm, así que ¿quién es el príncipe Bandar Bin Sultan? JW:

This is Prince Bandar, smiling Prince Bandar (President of the Saudi Council for National Security). The one with the estate in Virginia. The one with the vast chalet in Aspen, where he had the top of an entire mountain removed so as to improve his view. The one who has that Plantagenet hunting-lodge outside London. The one who became the longest-serving diplomat in Washington, who entertained so lavishly all of his many good and great friends of both parties. The one who defended the massive thievery of the Al-Saud with his usual actor’s routine, as he served the port and distributed the box of cigars, that “after all, all governments are corrupt and it is only a matter of degree” — and how, after all, could the Americans present, all of them recognizing the corruption in their own government, and of which some of them were no doubt more than observers, disagree?Prince Bandar, the Smiler With the Knyf Under the Cloke, the one who was allowed in, or rather allowed himself in, to secret policy-planning sessions just before the war in Iraq. Prince Bandar, the one who was a regular tennis partner of Colin Powell, to whose wife he gave a jaguar, the very same one she had once possessed, and had let drop in conversation how much she missed it. Prince Bandar –whom did he not touch? Was there a President, or a Secretary of State, or a National Security Advisor, or members of key Congressional committees, or generals preparing arms sales of all kind, from AWACS back in 1980 to the most advanced weaponry now, or people in the Energy Department who never managed to come up with even the semblance of an intelligent energy policy, who never met Prince Bandar?

Así que el Sultán (el presidente del Consejo saudí de la Seguridad Nacional) tiene un rancho en Virginia, un chalet en Aspen -donde retiró la cima de la montaña porque le privaba de vistas ¿¿¿dónde estaban los ecolojetas???- y una casita de caza de estilo Plantagenet en las afueras de Londres. Además, se convirtió en un diplomático al servicio de Washington donde entretenía con largas fiestas a sus amigos (hmm, ¡¡¡qué videos tendrá de los desarrollos privados de las fiestas, dentro de los boudoirs al uso!!!…). Su teoría es que “todos los Gobiernos son corruptos: es sólo una cuestión de grados“.
Se le autorizó para que supiera los planes secretos justo antes de la guerra en Irak. Era un compañero de Colin Powell en los partidos de tenis, con quien jugaba de forma regular. A la mujer de Colin Powell le regaló su jaguar (¿¿a cambio de qué?? ¿los planes secretos?): el mismo Jaguar que la esposa había “perdido”, “pérdida” que dio lugar a comentarios.

Termina Hugh Fitzerald preguntándose quién de las personas que manejaban la política internacional americana, no ha tenido una relación con el Príncipe Bandar. Preocupante cuestión…

Eurabia: me da que es un poco más grande que sólo Europa. Y siempre existe una cosa en relación: la corrupción.

Mientras se siguen vendiendo armas a Arabia Saudí: el año pasado:

Estados Unidos anunciaba que está planeando vender a Arabia Saudí de 20.000 millones de dólares en sistemas de armamento avanzado, incluyendo kits de Joint Direct Attack Munition o JDAM, que son capaces de transformar las bombas no inteligentes en armas “inteligentes” de precisión dirigida.

On August, 2007, USA announced that it was planning to sell to Saudi Arabia 20 billion dollars in advanced weapon system, including kits of Joint Direct Attack Munition or JDAM, which are capable of transforming the non-intelligent bombs in “intelligen” weapons of directed precision.

Was involved Bandar in this agreement? Is US being also menaced with similar attacks if it doesn’t investigate corruption?

Por cierto, lo he buscado y no se ha publicado en España. ¿Tienen miedo de que nos preguntemos a cambio de qué se está regalando en armamento a Marruecos?

By the way, this has not even been published by any representative/important MSM in Spain. Are they afraid we can begin to ask why Zapatero is giving away weapons to Morocco? Or the other possibility: Has something been promised by Morocco to Socialist Government to have so bad policy regarding Morocco?

Lots of questions. Riddles in the dark. Gandalf. Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship of the Ring.

febrero 12, 2008

Viñetas de Mahoma: capítulo dos millones cincuenta y ocho mil

Y los que seguiremos teniendo: Dinamarca ha detenido a cuatro islamistas que querían matar al autor de la más polémica de todas: la que presentaba a Mahoma con una bomba por turbante.

La policía danesa ha detenido hoy a cuatro personas sospechosas de planear un atentado contra Kurt Westergaard, uno de los dibujantes del rotativo Jyllands Posten que hizo una caricatura del profeta Mahoma.

Un portavoz de los servicios secretos daneses PET confirmó que la operación para desmantelar la presunta célula terrorista tuvo lugar a primera hora de esta mañana en la localidad de Aarhus. Añadió que las detenciones tuvieron carácter “preventivo” y se efectuaron cuando los presuntos terroristas estaban “en la fase inicial” de los preparativos para atentar contra Westergaard, uno de los 12 dibujantes que caricaturizaron a Mahoma.

El director del diario, Carsten Juste, indicó en la edición digital del rotativo que había “planes muy concretos para asesinar a Kurt Westergaard“.

El caricaturista, de 73 años, (foto derecha) y su esposa Gitte, de 66 años, llevaban meses bajo protección policial. “La dirección de Jyllands Posten ha seguido durante varios meses con gran preocupación los esfuerzos discretos de la Seguridad Danesa y de los Servicios de Inteligencia para proteger a Kurt Westergaard contra planes concretos de asesinarlo. Esperemos que las detenciones hayan servido para impedir estos planes”, destacó el director del diario. Recalcó que se “demonizó” y amenazó a un dibujante que siempre ha sido profesionalmente escrupuloso y ha trabajo con respeto a “las leyes y el código deontológico daneses”.

Cuatro detenidos por planear atentado contra el autor de las viñetas de Mahoma –

Vicki escribe:

Westergaard says he is fearful but will not back down:
“Of course I fear for my life after the Danish Security and Intelligence Service informed me of the concrete plans of certain people to kill me,” Westergaard said in a statement posted on the newspaper’s Web site. “However, I have turned fear into anger and indignation. It has made me angry that a perfectly normal everyday activity which I used to do by the thousand was abused to set off such madness.”

El caricaturista dice que tiene miedo pero que no se retirará:
Desde luego que temo por mi vida, después de que el Servicio de Seguridad e Inteligencia danés me informase de concretos planes de ciertas personas para matarme“, según ha puesto en una declaración en la web del periódico. “Ahora bien, el miedo ha evolucionado en enfado e indignación. Me ha enfadado que una actividad diaria perfectamente normal que he hecho miles de veces, haya sido abusada para iniciar esta locura”.

Pero no es la única que ha dado de qué hablar estos días: tanto los dibujos de Mahoma en la Wikipedia como el gay Mohammed también las han producido h/t LGF.

Además tres personas fueron asesinadas en Nigeria por una caricatura que habían hecho de Mahoma varios estudiantes cristianos h/t MM:

Three persons including a police officer were killed after Muslim students rioted over a caricature of Prophet Mohammed by their Christian colleagues, police and teachers said Friday.

Students of Government Secondary School Sumaila, some 76 kilometres (47 miles) south of the northern city of Kano, went on the rampage late Thursday, after a Christian student suspended for two weeks returned to the school. He had been suspended for having drawn a caricature of the Prophet and posted it on a wall inside the school.

[…] “The students began chanting Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest) when the Christian student returned and pursued him to lynch him”, Sadiq Haruna, a teacher at the school, told an AFP reporter who visited the town on Friday. “The Christian escaped in taking refuge in the local police station but hundreds of angry Muslim students attacked and set on fire the premises after the police refused to hand him over,” Haruna said. The whereabouts of the christian student were still not known.

Tres personas incluidas un policía antidisturbios fueron asesinadas tras unos estudiantes musulmanes provocaron disturbios sobre una caricatura del Profeta Mahoma [realizada por] unos colegas cristianos, según los policías y los profesores dijeron el viernes.
Los estudiantes de la Escuela Secundaria del Gobierno Sumaila, a 76 kilómetros al sur de la ciudad norteña de Kano, fueron arrasándolo todo el jueves, después de que un estudiante cristiano fuera suspendido durante dos semanas de ir a la escuela. La causa de la suspensión fue haber pintado una caricatura del Profeta y haberla colgado de una pared dentro de la escuela.
Los estudiantes comenzaron a cantar “Allah Akbar” cuando el estudiante cristiano volvió y le persiguieron para lincharle”, dijo Sadiq Haruna, un profesor del colegio, dijo a un reportero de AFP que visitó la ciudad el viernes. “El cristiano escapó refugiándose en la comisaría local pero cientos de estudiantes musulmanes enfadados atacaron y prendieron fuego al edificio después de que la policía se negó a entregárselo”, dijo Haruna. Se desconoce dónde se encuentra el estudiante ahora mismo.
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  3. Nuevo ataque a la libertad de expresión por las caricaturas de Mahoma.
  4. New Swedish Cartoon of Mohammed. The cartoonist, Lars Vilks, is menaced and placed under police protection.
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