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Sleeping Beauty - Ballet in Vienna 25th Film Festival

DSC_8898 (2)_edited-2August 2 2015 – Over twenty thousand sat and crowded at Vienna City Hall in order to watch the interesting ballet dance “Sleeping Beauty” as part of Vienna 25th Film Festival which held yearly in Summer.

“Sleeping Beauty” choreography: Rudolf Nureyev nach Marius Petipa; Aurélie Dupont, Manuel Legris. Orchestra: Orchestre de L’Opéra National de Paris.

“Sleeping Beauty” remains as the famous Russian Ballet Rudolf Nureyev often called it the ballets of ballets. It is the most accomplished and the most brilliant as well as one of the most spectacular of the XIXth century and the most representative of the “noble” style of the classical language. A key work in Nureyev’s carreer – and the ultimate expression of Saint Petersburg’s classical style.

It is a ballet in a prologue and three acts, first performed in 1890. The music was composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (his opus 66).

The score was completed in 1889, and is the second of his three ballets. The original scenario was conceived by Ivan Vsevolozhsky, and is based on Charles Perrault’s La Belle au bois dormant. The choreographer of the original production was Marius Petipa.

In Vienna, the summer has a special feeling, smell, colour and joy: film festivals, Concerts, Opera, Dancing and Food. Yearly, the city of Vienna makes everything possible to have a special summer in the square before the City Hall, a special summer for all Austrians and the increasing number of guests from outside who will watch classic as well as modern musical highlights.

The 25th Film Festival in front of Vienna City Hall was started on 4 July and continues until 6 September 2015. With about 750,000 visitors, it has become the biggest cultural and culinary festival in Europe.

Every summer for the past 24 years, locals and international guests have been treated to a programme of world-class films shown on a giant video wall in front of Vienna City Hall. The 25th Film Festival on Rathausplatz is held from 4 July to 6 September this year.

DSC_8869 (2)The programme caters for all tastes, with top productions including operettas, concertos, ballet and contemporary dance performances as well as pop and jazz concerts. Full-HD technology, a high-performance sound system and a huge video screen of 300 m2 guarantee the audience may enjoy the music and videos with all senses.

Executive City Councilor Christian Oxonitsch, speaking on behalf of the Vienna City Government, has stressed that the city is proud to hold the largest event of this kind in Europe.

The free high-class films and the many stalls selling delicious food and drinks on Rathausplatz are known to be a hit with both locals and international guests in Vienna, attracting some 750,000 people every summer.

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Israeli Jews Grilling a Palestinian Family, a Baby Died and four in Critical Conditions!

d-1Israeli colonists of so-called “price tag”, jewish terror cell, Friday killed Ali Saeed Dawabsheh, an 18-month-old Palestinian baby and critically wounded a four-year-old brother and both parents during terror attack that targeted two Palestinian homes in the village of Duma, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. The walls outside the houses were sprayed with “Long live Messiah the king” and “Revenge”.

The parents Sa’ad Dawabsheh, his mother Riham and his 4-year-old brother Ahmad and were evacuated to the hospital in critical condition, with burns covering up to 70 to 90 percent of their bodies.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activities in the West Bank said: “a group of masked people believed to be Israelis from a nearby settlement came to the village, and attacked the two homes closest to the village’s entrance. They smashed the window of the bedroom in one house and hurled a firebomb inside, burning the premises.”

At around 2am, two attached houses located at the edge of the village were set on fire. The Dawabsheh family were in one house, while the second one was empty. The Dawabsheh family were awakened by the fire and tried to save their two children, aged one and a half and four. According to a witness, the mother took the four-year-old out of the house as it caught fire, then returned for the infant. However, she was trapped in the flames and could not save him.

The director of the intensive care burn unit at Sheba Medical Center, Professor Yossi Haik, said: “the wounded were in severe condition.” He added: “the mother underwent initial stages of resuscitation and stabilization in the emergency trauma room.”.
Haik said: “This is a very serious injury with 90 percent of third-degree burns all over her body. Her life is still in danger.” He added that the 4-year-old was had received resuscitation measures.

The Palestinian Authority placed full responsibility on the Israeli government for the crime, calling it a heinous crime. “Were it not for the Israeli government insisting on continuing to build settlements and protecting the settlers, this crime would not been committed.”

“This case will head the list of issues that the Palestinian Authority will submit to the International Court of Justice in order to bring all those involved in the crime to justice. Verbal condemnation from the international community is not acceptable. What is needed is action on the ground that will judge the criminals and end the occupation.”

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Israeli War Criminal Held Up At London Airport

Major-General+Amos+YadlinAmos Yadlin, A war criminal says that he was stopped by British border control before allowing proceeding. Israel’s former head of so-called military intelligence, Amos Yadlin, was held up at Heathrow Airport in London this week for perpetrating war crimes, Channel 2 reports.

Yadlin, the Zionist Union’s designated candidate for war minister was heading a delegation from the Institute for “National Security Studies”, including former IDF war criminals chiefs Gabi Ashkenazi and Dan Halutz and Benjamin Netanyahu’s former security advisor Yaakov Amidror.

Yadlin was stopped at passport control by border officials.

“It was only for a few minutes,” Yadlin told Channel 10 on Friday, dismissing the incident. “I was not arrested; I was not questioned,” he added.

“We were part of a dialogue mission to the UK. Everyone else went through passport control. I was help up for about 10 minutes. They probably had something that showed up on their computers that they had to check. They didn’t say or explain anything. They asked a few questions. After about 10 minutes, I was sent on my way,” Yadlin said.

Israeli war criminals have been stopped in the past by UK lawyers representing pro-Palestinian groups, who have taken advantage of legal steps and sought to have them arrested for breaches of international law under terms of universal jurisdiction.

In 2011, Britain changed the law to make it more difficult to obtain arrest warrants against Israeli war criminals by requiring the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions. But the law applies to those visiting Britain in an official capacity. Those making trips of a personal nature are left vulnerable.

Last month, the Israeli war criminal Shaul Mofaz found himself in such a situation as reports surfaced that he could face arrest upon arrival at Heathrow, not having obtained diplomatic immunity ahead of the trip. He travelled to London for a conference and back without incident.

Tzipi Livni, has repeatedly dodged attempts by activists to seek her arrest for war crimes while on trips to the UK.

In June, Livni avoided possible arrest when she attended the Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit in London, which could have been considered a personal visit, leaving her unprotected. To preempt the problem Livni arranged to meet with senior UK government officials, enabling the Knesset speaker to approve her travel as an official visit. British lawyers and activists have issued an arrest warrant for war crimes against Livni.

In 2009, ahead of a planned trip, a British court issued a warrant for Livni over alleged war crimes committed by the IDF during the three-week conflict. She did not go through with that trip.

Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Seals Kerry-Zarif Claim tO 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

DSC_7543The comprehensive agreement between Iran and six world powers is the most significant multilateral nuclear agreement in two decades – the last such agreement was the 1996 nuclear test ban treaty – said Tariq Rauf, former Head of Verification and Security Policy at the IAEA currently Director of the Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Programme at SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute).

The nuclear deal seals the award of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize to US Secretary of State Jon Kerry and Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, said Rauf.

The Iran nuclear agreement paves the way for assuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme and sanctions relief for the Iranian people, said Rauf.

The agreement should formally enter into force by the end of 2015 or early 2016, after US Congressional and Iranian Majlis review.

In the meantime, the IAEA can carry out verification and assessment on the ‘possible military dimensions’ (PMD) to Iran’s nuclear activities and report by the end of this year.

Iran will implement the IAEA additional protocol and allow ‘managed access’ to certain military locations, such as Parchin, to allay concerns about possible nuclear weaponization activities, and limit is uranium enrichment capacity.

A side-beneficiary of the Iran nuclear deal is the IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano, who is seeking early endorsement of a third term in office 2017-2021, according to diplomatic sources in Vienna.

The Iran nuclear deal also will contribute to setting up a zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the region of the Middle East.

Iran in Historic Deal With World Powers

DSC_7586_edited-1Iran and six major world powers have concluded an agreement that will lift sanctions on Iran but place strict limits on its nuclear programme for more than a decade, in a historic compromise designed to stop the spread of atomic weapons and avert a major new conflict in the Middle East.

Iran does not obtain the nuclear bomb, the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced Tuesday. “We have successfully concluded negotiations and resolved a dispute that lasted more than 10 years.” “We made a deal, a good deal for all parties” Mogherini said.

DSC_7717She added: “We, the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security policy and the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, together with the Foreign Ministers of the People´s Republic of China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America met here in Vienna, following several months of intensive work, at various levels and in different formats, to negotiate the text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), based on the key parameters agreed in Lausanne on 2 April. We have today agreed on the final text of this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.”

Mogherini said that the agreement would open the way to a new chapter in international relations and show that diplomacy can overcome decades of tension. This is a sign of hope for the entire world, she said.

The announcement came on the 18th day of marathon negotiations between Iran and six world powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.

Iran has agreed to significantly reduce its stockpile of enriched nuclear material and cease further enrichment, effectively extending the time it would take Iran to build a bomb from a few months to one year, over to 10 years. Upon verification that Iran is keeping its commitments to dismantle much of its nuclear program, major economic sanctions will be lifted, effectively releasing more than $100 billion in frozen Iranian assets. That undetermined point in time is now known as “implementation day.”

DSC_7870_edited-1US Secretary of State John Kerry who led the negotiations for the United States assured US allies in the Middle East that Washington will remain “vigilant in pushing back against Iran’s destabilizing activities”

He said sought in his remarks on Tuesday to blunt criticism on this point. “Iran will not produce or acquire highly enriched uranium or plutonium for at least 15 years,” he said. Verification measures, he added, would “stay in place permanently.”

Kerry said that the implementation of the deal is more important than the text. He added: “I’m not going to stand here and tell you every thing going to work without a hitch.”

He emphasized that Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency had “entered into an agreement to address all questions” about Iran’s past actions within three months, and that completing this task was “fundamental for sanctions relief.”

On which conditions Iran has agreed together with the six major world countries??

  • Iran will reduce its enrichment capacity by two-thirds. It will stop using its underground facility at Fordow for enriching uranium.
  • Iran’s stockpile of low enriched uranium will be reduced to 300kg, a 96% reduction. It will achieve this reduction either by diluting it or shipping it out of the country.
  • The core of the heavy water reactor in Arak will be removed, and it will be redesigned in such a way that it will not produce significant amounts of plutonium.
  • Iran will allow UN inspectors to enter sites, including military sites, when the inspectors have grounds to believe undeclared nuclear activity is being carried out there. It can object but a multinational commission can override any objections by majority vote. After that Iran will have three days to comply. Inspectors will only come from countries with diplomatic relations with Iran, so no Americans.
  • Once the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified that Iran has taken steps to shrink its programme, UN, US and EU sanctions will be lifted.
  • Restrictions on trade in conventional weapons will last another five years, and eight years in the case of ballistic missile technology.
  • If there are allegations that Iran has not met its obligations, a joint commission will seek to resolve the dispute for 30 days. If that effort fails it would be referred to the UN security council, which would have to vote to continue sanctions relief. A veto by a permanent member would mean that sanctions are reimposed. The whole process would take 65 days.

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Bürgermeister Häupl Feiert Ramadan mit Muslimen

DSC_6921Bürgermeister Dr. Michael Häupl hat dieses Jahr wieder Vertreter der in Wien ansässigen Muslimischen Gemeinde zum Fastenbrechen anlässlich des Beginns des Monats Ramadan eingeladen. Ein Abendmahl anlässlich des Iftar, diese für Muslime spezielle Gelegenheit, wurde im Rittersaal des Wiener Rathauses begangen.

Ausser dem Bürgermeister waren anwesend Stadträtin Mag. Sandra Frauenberger, die in der Stadtregierung für die Agenden Integration, Frauen, Konsumentenschutz, Personal und Märkte zuständig ist und Gemeinderat Dipl. Ing. Omar Al-Rawi, der den Empfang organisiert hat. Gemeinsam haben sie alle die Gäste herzlich begrüßt. Al-Rawi war der Stern des Iftar Ereignisses.

Auch anwesend waren, der Präsident der  Dr. Fuat Sanaç, der vorherige Präsident der Islamischen Gemeinde Dr. Anas Al-Shaqfeh so wie die Vertreter von etlichen Sunnitischen und Schiitischen Islamischen Gruppen in Wien.

DI Al-Rawi hat die Ansprachen mit einer kurzen Rede zum Geleit eröffnet und die Redner vorgestellt. Bürgermeister Dr. Häupl hat die Gäste willkommen gehießen und seine Freude darüber zum Ausdruck gebracht, mit den in Wien lebenden Muslimen den Anlass des Monats Ramadan mitfeiern zu dürfen.

Nach dem Bürgermeister hat Dr. Fuat Sanaç, der Präsident der Islamischen Gemeinschaft in Österreich (IGGIÖ) eine kurze Ansprache gehalten. Ein Auszug aus seiner Rede: “Wir empfinden ein tief greifendes Mitgefühl für unsere Geschwister in aller Welt. Er hat Terrorismus und extremistische Islamische Gruppen verurteilt.

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Kerry: We Have Our Own Sense Of Deadline

11665985_10153414218705842_1994282342_o_edited-1Update: diplomatic efforts “could go either way” said US Secretary of State John Kerry after he State John Kerry on Sunday said the diplomatic efforts “could go either way,” . Kerry met for 3:30 hours with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and top diplomats representing the five other negotiating countries in Vienna..

Kerry held a press conference on Sunday noon outside the Palace Coburg where dozens of reporters were gathering  under the sun for over an hour. He said: “I want to absolutely clear to with everybody: We are not yet where we need to be on several of the most critical issues,” Kerry said during a press conference held outside the Viennese palace Coburg where the negations still running by global powers, Britain, China, “It is now time to see whether or not we are able to close an agreement,” Kerry said, after hobbling on crutches through 97-degree heat to a podium set up in a city square.

World powers and Iran are hoping to clinch a deal by Tuesday, setting a decade of restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and granting Iran significant relief from international sanctions. 

It should be noted that sunstroke hit journalists while waiting for US Secretary of State John Kerry press conference outside the Palace Coburg in Vienna

“We have our own sense of deadline,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said outside the Palais Coburg on Wednesday afternoon while walking on crutches and signs of illness appear in his face clearly.

Kerry was delivering remarks on Washington’s decision to open an embassy in Cuba, but could not help commenting on the prospect of a far more consequential rapprochement.

“I would say as we look at the world today, with conflicts that we see and even these negotiations taking place here in Vienna, it is important for people to understand that things can change, that leadership can be effective and can make a difference,” Kerry said.

“We have some very difficult issues,” he added, “but we believe we are making progress and we are going to continue to work because of that.”

I would say the world today, with conflicts that we see and even these negotiations taking place here in Vienna, it is important for people to understand that things can change, that leadership can be effective and can make a difference,” Kerry said.

“We have some very difficult issues,” he added, “but we believe we are making progress and we are going to continue to work because of that.”

Global powers, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States are seeking to end a 12-year standoff with Iran over its suspect nuclear program. Iran seeks ​swift sanctions relief and to retain much of its nuclear infrastructure. 

Zarif Returns to Iran and Araqchi Replaces him at Vienna Talks

DSC_6800Update: June 30 2015 – Iranian minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned from consultations in Tehran to Vienna and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Vienna today June 29 to meet Kerry and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Lavrov did not speak to reporters on his arrival negotiations Hotel.

Iran has complied with a key condition of ongoing nuclear talks by significantly reducing its stockpile of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons, diplomats said Tuesday.

Iran has complied with a key condition of ongoing nuclear talks by significantly reducing its stockpile of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons, diplomats said Tuesday.

The news came as the State Department announced the extension of an interim nuclear agreement that was set to expire Tuesday night, the original deadline for a final deal. According to spokeswoman Marie Harf said: “The preliminary measures have been prolonged to July 7 “to allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution … on the Iran nuclear issue”.

June 29 2015 – Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister left Vienna for Tehran yesterday night June 28 after holding talks with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, US Secretary of State John Kerry and the European foreign ministers.

DSC_6785His deputy Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takhat Ravanchi are replacing him in discussions with the European Union Foreign Policy Deputy Helga Schmidt.

On Tuesday, Zarif will return to Vienna after flying home for consultations with his government on how to proceed at the talks.

Deputy foreign ministers of Iran and the P5+1 resumed drafting the final nuclear deal here on Monday.

One of the thorniest issues still blocking a deal is ensuring that the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can finally report that Iran’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful.

Global powers, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States are seeking to end a 12-year standoff with Iran over its suspect nuclear program.

The parties have set a Tuesday deadline for a final accord, with several countries saying they are prepared to walk away if Iran cannot meet their demands.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives in Vienna to join Iran nuclear talks. He will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry in an attempt to resolve disputes that have forced an extension of the negotiations.

Negotiators still hope for success in the current round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 on Tehran’s nuclear program in Vienna .

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