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Palestinian Forces Use Live Fire Against Peace Demo and Journalists

At least 11 protesters most of them journalists were injured by Palestinian police in Ramallah and Al-Duheisha refugee camp near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on last Sunday.

Hundreds of Palestinian oppositions gathered in protest of the PA’s policy of security coordination with Israel over a case against a group of Palestinians Basil al-Araj, 31, Mohammed Harb, 24, Haitham Siyaj, 30, Mohammed al-Salamen, 20, Ali Dar al-Sheikh, 22, and Seif al-Idrissi, 27, who were imprisoned and tortured by Palestinian security forces for over five months without charges last year.

Palestinian police violently suppressed a demonstrations using live fire against protesters. Police assaulted journalists and prevented them from covering the event, They broke their photographing equipment and confiscated their cameras.

Palestine TV reporter Jihad Barkat, cameraman for Jordanian outlet Roya TV Muhammad Abu Shusha, Roya TV reporter Hafith Abu Sabra, reporter for Ramallah-based Watan agency Ahmad Milhem, lawyer Farid al-Atrash, and Omar Assaf were brutally assaulted.

The merits of the case.
The Magistrate’s Court of Ramallah ruled to release Basil al-Araj, Mohammed Harb, Haitham Siyaj, Mohammed al-Salamen, Ali Dar al-Sheikh, and Seif al-Idrissi, after they launched a hunger strike in protest of their unlawful detention and torture at the PA jail.

However, Harb, Siyaj, al-Salamin, and al-Idrissi were detained by Israeli forces immediately after being freed from PA forces jail, eliciting outrage among Palestinians over the PA’s policy of security coordination with Israel. What means “revolving door policy” of funneling Palestinians from PA jails into Israeli prisons and exchanging the roll of torturing the detainees between the PA dictator regime and the Israeli occupation.

Israeli forces were unable to immediately apprehend Basel al-Araj, a Pharmacist, a well known freedom fighter, an intellectual, a theorist and a sharp critic of the PA. He remained in hiding after his release. The Palestinian forces and intelligence recently helped Israel forces to find al-Araj place near Ramallah.

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Women's Rights And Women's Day

March 8 is a major day of global celebration for economic, political and social achievements of women, but also it is a day to remind the governments which have enacted more laws that violate women’s rights, that they must review these laws, which for example allow the labor offices to force these women into contracts where the labor of women is sold cheaply.

On some occasions they are offered 690 euro monthly, far under the level of poverty, for daily attendance 45 hours a week until they would rent them to a company and keep 30% of their salary. These “contracts” and how these women (and men) are bullied into them correspond to the definition of forced labor, set forth in the Forced Labour Convention of 1930, ratified by Austria on 07.06.1960. Quote: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ILO_fundamental_conventions

The Convention was adopted in Geneva 28 June 1930 and came into force on 1 May 1932. By the end of 1932 ten countries had ratified the convention (Japan, Bulgaria, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Australia, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liberia, and Ireland). The last Western European countries to ratify the convention were Austria in 1960, Luxembourg in 1964 and Malta in 1965. Canada ratified it in 2011 and as of 2015 the United States has not ratified it (did they till now???).

The convention states some explicit exceptions of this definition, such as military service and community services in certain qualified cases, but the kind of activity to which these people are forced have nothing to do with these stated exceptions.

In Vienna, unemployed women and men are bullied by the labor office into “contracts” with companies which in turn rent them out to anybody needing a cheap worker. It is not clear if the bad deal for these people forced into virtual slavery has to do with labor laws which have been passed by the governments of the European Union in the wake of the economic crisis that swept global markets and led to the continuing collapse in the domestic and international economy, or if has to do with changing the statistical data about unemployment in Austria in order to make them look more favorable for the government. In any case, if these assumptions are right or wrong, the Austrian laws forbid forced labour. The Austrian penal code deals with slavery, forced labour and similar crimes in sections 104 to 106 in the chapter about “Human Trafficking”.

In light of the data available to me, the labor office threatens women with the withholding of benefits if they dare to protest against being bullied into “labor” relations in certain companies under the pretext helping them to look for work – these “measures” are always represented as “courses” where people are supposed to learn how to find work, as I know from many conversations. The labor office usually or at least most of the time rejects the wishes of women to choose a profession or line of work which they think suits them best.

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International Women’s Day in Vienna

Historic imbalances in power relations between men and women, exacerbated by growing inequalities within and between societies and countries, are leading to greater discrimination against women and girls. Around the world, tradition, cultural values and religion are being misused to curtail women’s rights, to entrench sexism and defend misogynistic practices.

In Vienna, hundreds of women have organized mass protests against the violation of their rights by the major companies operating in Europe, specifically in Germany and Austria.

In Mariahilferstrasse,  dozens of women gathered in front of Muller Company to express their refusal of the unjust policy against the female workers at the company.

According to the protesters, women’s legal rights, have never been equal to men’s on any continent. The company of Muller enslave the employees females and directs them to chargers of dereliction of work in front of the customers, despite performing their tasks of work perfectly in company.

One of the employees said that she had resigned from after a series of ongoing persecution and bullying in the company.

Denying the rights of women and girls is not only wrong in itself; it has a serious social and economic impact that holds us all back. Gender equality has a transformative effect that is essential to fully functioning communities, societies and economies.  

Women’s access to education and health services has benefits for their families and communities that extend to future generations. An extra year in school can add up to 25 per cent to a girl’s future income.

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Frauenrecht ist Menschenrecht ist ArbeiterInnenrecht

Der 8. März ist ein ein bedeutender Feiertag der ökonomischen, politischen und sozialen Errungenschaften von Frauen, aber auch ein Tag der Erinnerung an diejenigen Regierungen, welche noch mehr Gesetze erlassen haben, die Frauenrechte verletzen und dass diese ihre Gesetze einer nochmaligen Überprüfung unterziehen sollten, welche es zum Beispiel erlauben, dass Arbeitsvermittlungsagenturen Frauen in unterbezahlte Verträge zwingen. Es ist keine Seltenheit, dass sie an diese Agenturen für ein Einkommen von € 700,- monatlich vermittelt werden, einen Betrag weit unter der Armutsgrenze, bei 45 Stunden unproduktiver Anwesenheitspflicht pro Woche, und 30% ihres Lohns abgeschöpft werden, sobald diese Frauen an eine Arbeitsstelle vermittelt sind. Diese “Verträge” und die Methoden, mit denen diese Frauen (und Männer) in diese gezwungen werden, entsprechen der Definition von Zwangsarbeit, wie sie in der Zwangsarbeitskonvention von 1930 festgelegt und von Österreich am 7. 6. 1960 ratifiziert wurde. Siehe:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ILO_fundamental_conventions.
https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/human-rights-act/article-4-freedom-slavery-and-forced-labour
http://ilo.org/declaration/principles/eliminationofchildlabour/lang–en/index.htm

Die Konvention wurde in Genf am 18. Juni 1930 formuliert und trat am 1. Mai 1932 in Kraft. Mit Ende 1932 hatten zehn Länder die Konvention ratifiziert (Japan, Bulgarien, Spanien, Norwegen, Dänemark, Australien, Schweden, Vereinigtes Königreich, Liberia und Irland). Die letzten westlichen Länder, die die Konvention ratifizierten, waren Österreich 1960, Luxemburg 1964 und Malta 1965. Kanada folgte 2011 und zumindest bis 2015 wurde sie von den USA nicht ratifiziert (!).

Die Konvention definiert einige explizite Ausnahmen von dieser Definition, wie Militärdienst und Sozialdienste in spezifisch qualifizierten Bereichen, aber die Art der Aktivitäten, zu denen diese Menschen gezwungen werden, haben mit den definierten Ausnahmen nichts gemein.

In Wien werden arbeitslose Frauen und Männer durch das Arbeitsmarktservice in “Verträge” mit Firmen gezwungen, die diese dafür jedem vermieten, der eine billige Arbeitskraft braucht. Es scheint nicht klar, ob dieser schlechte Deal, mit dem diese Menschen praktisch in Sklaverei gezwungen werden, mit Arbeitsgesetzen zusammenhängt, die von den Regierungen der Europäischen Union angesichts der ökonomischen Krise, die die globalen Märkte erfasst hatte und die zu fortgesetztem Niedergang der nationalen und internationalen Wirtschaft geführt hat, oder mit den dadurch veränderten statistischen Daten über Arbeitslosigkeit in Österreich, um diese für die Regierung besser aussehen zu lassen. Mögen obige Annahmen zutreffen oder nicht, auf jeden Fall verbieten die österreichischen Gesetze Zwangsarbeit. Das österreichische Strafgesetz befasst sich mit Sklaverei, Zwangsarbeit und ähnlichen Verbrechen in den Absätzen 104 bis 106 des Kapitels über “Menschenhandel”.

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AMS Job Training, Medien, Journalismus und Kommunikation – Ein Erfahrungsbericht

Am 20 Jan. 2017, wurde ich vom AMS – Vienna eingeladen, ein “B” – Interview für das Job Training für Medien, Journalismus und Kommunikation am AMS Wien, Landesgeschäftsstelle, Ungargasse 37 / 1030 Wien zu besuchen.

Ein Mitarbeiter des AMS transferierte alle Journalisten in das fünfte Stockwerk, mit Panoramablick auf das wunderschöne Wien.

Das Besprechungszimmer war ansprechend vorbereitet. Die ersten drei Reihen waren für das Team der Interviewer reserviert. Wir wurden mit einem warmen Willkommen, freundlichem Lächeln, Fruchtsaft, Tee und Keksen empfangen, sodaß mir sogar der Gedanke kam, wir besuchten einen Galaempfang.

“Dies ist ja ein glücklicher Start ins Jahr 2017 am AMS. Ich hörte beunruhigende Geschichten über den beinharten Umgang, der Arbeitslosen widerfahren soll, wann immer sie einen AMS- Kurs besuchen. Jetzt aber sollte ich nicht glauben, was ich höre, sondern was ich sehe,” sagte ich zu mir selbst.

Das Meeting wurde mittels kurzer Ansprachen von den Repräsentanten des AMS eröffnet, einer freundlichen jungen Frau und einem Mann, sowie einem Redakteur des “B” -Magazins, der auch Direktor des gleichnamigen Instituts ist. Ein Arabisch-Übersetzer war zur Unterstützung bereit.

Weitere zwei Männer mit kurzen Bärten standen auf der Stirnseite des Raumes auf der rechten Seite. Einer der beiden war mit einer kleinen Allerweltskamera ausgestattet und fotografierte alle Anwesenden ohne sich vorzustellen, ohne die Fotografierten um Erlaubnis zu bitten oder mitzuteilen, welchem Zweck die Fotos dienten. Sie wirkten nicht wie professionelle Journalisten.

Über 85 geflüchtete Journalisten besuchten das Interview. Sie stellten sich vor und ernteten wohlwollende Reaktionen des Direktors des Instituts “B” und der freundlichen AMS-Dame, die die Gruppe mit den Worten “Eine tolle Gruppe mit spannenden Geschichten!” beschrieb.

Das Treffen endete mit einem kleinen Test und einem kurzen Interview.

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Palestinian Daily Advertising for Settlements

Comment: The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli occupation government disputes this.

On Monday, Al-Quds published an IDF announcement regarding construction plans in Kochav Ya’acov, a settlement near Ramallah.

On Monday, Al-Quds, the Palestinians Newspaper, based in the occupied Jerusalem, recently published on behalf of the Israeli army “IDF”, an announcement regarding a new construction plan aims stealing more Palestinian land for enlarging the so-called “Kochav Ya’acov”, a zionist colony was built on the territory of the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) on Thursday slammed Al-Quds over the publication of the “IDF” announcement and threatened to prevent the distribution of the newspaper in the Palestinian territories if the newspaper does not respond positively to its request.

The PJS called in its statement on Monday, Al-Quds to apologize to the Palestinian people over the publication of advertising for the israeli army and what so-called “civil administration”.

The PJS said that they will ask official parties to stop the daily distribution in the territories of the State of Palestine and call on citizens to boycott it.

“It is unacceptable that Al-Quds would contribute to the promotion of Israeli settlement plans in violation of international law and UN resolutions,” the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate said on Monday.

Al-Quds’s editor responded to the PJS, slamming its chairman Nasser Abu Bakr in a special statment titled, “A clarification from Al-Quds in response to Abu Bakr’s attack,” in its edition on Tuesday Feb. 28 2017.

Al-Quds’s wrote: “Abu Bakr attacked the paper without undertaking the burden of inquiry about the Civil Administration (IDF branch) announcement,” the note stated.

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Head of Russia and CIS Economy Speaks On The Future Role of Gas Energy Mix

 

Last year, Russia supplied Europe and Turkey with a record 179.3 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas as consumers capitalised on low gas prices, which follow the prices of oil with a lag of six to nine months. Its share of the EU gas market rose to an all-time high of 34 percent from 31 percent in 2015.

Russia plans to boost supplies further and remain the dominant player on the European gas market.

“In order to cater for the growth (in Europe’s gas demand) tomorrow, large-scale investment decisions are required already today. This is a stimulus for us to invest in new fields and gas pipelines,” Medvedev told a European Gas conference in Vienna.

“According to a consensus forecast of the world’s leading energy agencies, thanks to new spheres of growth, Europe will need some additional 90 bcm of gas by 2025 fr

om the current level of supply and more than 120 bcm by 2035,” he said. Full interview is below.

Dr. Vladimir Drebentsov gives us his thoughts on the role gas is going to play in the future European energy mix, the impact COP21 will have on the European gas industry, and more.

Mr. Drebentsov’s core responsibilities at BP plc comprise of economic, energy research and policy advice in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Mr. Drebentsov also covers European gas markets, global gas reserves and gas pipeline trade for BP Statistical Review of World Energy and BP Energy Outlook 2035. Since 2010, Mr. Drebentsov has assumed the Vice-President role at BP Russia. He is a member of the Expert Council of the Government of Russia.

1. What role is gas going to play in the future European energy mix?

That’s an open question and opinions on this vary greatly depending on who you ask. For example the European Commission believes that there will be transition away from gas by 2030. But others believe that we will not completely transition away from gas as an energy source and it’s more likely that gas will provide a backup for renewables in the future. I personally believe that there will be a future for gas in the European Energy mix.

2. What do you think the impact of COP21 will be on the European Gas Industry?

If you look at BP Energy Outlook from February this year, we have something called factor transition which is method of looking at the impact of COP21 on a global level and a European level. Our predictions are that the implementation of COP 21 targets will not bring the desired result, Europe may have strict targets that it has committed to but it has not done enough to ensure they come to fruition.

3. Are long-term gas/LNG contracts becoming a thing of the past? What does long-term mean today?

I think that the average duration of the contracts has certainly reduced, but I also believe that duration is not the most important part of the contract. What we understand a long-term contract to be in ten years’ time will be quite different to what we are used to at the moment. Long-term contracts in their current shape are built for a different climate than the one that is currently evolving; these contracts are built for markets that are a lot less liquid and much less competitive. In the emergence of the global gas market, regions that we consider key gas markets are changing and becoming much more competitive.

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Heute ist der Gedenktag der Vertreibung der Ungarndeutschen

Ungarndeutsche warten auf die Deportation (Schrift an dem Wagon: Gott mit Dir, unsere Heimat!)

Das ungarische Parlament hat 2012 beschlossen, alljährlich den 19 Januar als Nationalen Gedenktag für die Vertreibung der Ungarndeutschen zu begehen. Damals stimmten 333 Abgeordnete für diesen Antrag, es gab keine Gegenstimmen. Am 19. Januar 1946 wurden die ersten Ungarndeutschen aus Budaörs/Wudersch deportiert, deswegen haben sie diesen Tag ausgewählt.

Die kurze Geschichte der Vertreibung

Noch vor dem Kriegsende wurden zur Jahreswende 1944/1945 etwa 65.000 arbeitsfähige Ungarndeutsche zur Zwangsarbeit in die Sowjetunion deportiert. Nach ungarischen Angaben fanden dort etwa 16.000 von ihnen den Tod. Ebenfalls noch während des Krieges ordnete die ungarische Interimsregierung im Rahmen der Bodenreform die Enteignung des landwirtschaftlichen Besitzes, einschließlich der Wohngebäude und des Inventars der deutschstämmigen Bevölkerung an und forderte von den Siegermächten deren Vertreibung aus dem Lande, was im Potsdamer Abkommen vom August 1945 auch genehmigt wurde. Weiterlesen.

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