April 27, 2015– Tensions are high as the world’s governments gather today for the five-year review conference of the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The list of issues the four-week meeting will address is long, but the slow pace of nuclear disarmament and issues relating to proliferation and disarmament in the Middle East top the agenda.
The non-nuclear weapon states are vocally unhappy with the lackluster implementation of the disarmament part of the 2010 Action Plan and the continued modernization of nuclear arsenals by some nuclear weapon states. Others–particularly Arab states–remain gravely disappointed that the 2010 commitment to convene a conference on creating a weapon-of-mass-destruction-free-zone in the Middle East failed to materialize.
“Going into the 2015 Review Conference, there seem to be two conflicting trends,” says Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova, director of International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). “One is pessimism about disarmament prospects in the near future due to deteriorating Russia-West relations and the stalemate in the US-Russian arms control dialogue. Another trend is the growing sense of urgency and calls for the prohibition of nuclear weapons generated in large part by the conferences on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons.”
“At the very least, states should reaffirm the decisions of the 2010 Review Conference and extend the facilitator’s mandate to convene a conference on the establishment of a Middle East WMD-free zone,” says Chen Kane, senior research associate at CNS. “What was achieved so far through informal multilateral consultations on the conference should not be lost, and parties should not set the process back to square one.”
CNS experts will be on the ground at the review conference and will be available for comment.
A state ceremony was held in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace on Monday April 27 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the second Republic of Austria. The German President Joachim Gauck accompanied by Mrs Daniela Schadt attended the ceremony.
In April 1945 Austrian statesman Karl Renner declared Austria separate from Germany and set up a government which included socialists, conservatives and communists.
A significant number of these were returning from exile or had been imprisoned by the Nazis, and thus had played no role in the Nazi government.
This contributed to the Allies treating Austria more as a liberated, rather than defeated, country, and the government was recognized by the Allies later that year.
Austria was occupied by the Allies from May 9th 1945 and was divided into four Zones controlled by American, British, French and Soviet Army personnel, with Vienna being also divided into four sectors – with an International Zone at its heart.
President Dr. Heinz Fischer said: “Today we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of our Second Republic and thus restoring an independent and democratic Austria in April 1945. From March 1938 to April 1945 Austria was wiped off the map. These were years of an inhuman dictatorship, a terrible war and the incredible Holocaust.“
He added: “On April 27, 1945 with the declaration of independence, the Republic of Austria re-established as an independent democratic state.
President Fischer said that some said that Austria – and therefore the Austrians – were the first victims of Hitler. The summary of this widespread view was: The evils of Nazism came from outside, the orders came from above, and we were the victims.
The other recalled that Hitler had been received in Austria with great jubilation that the swastika flags were already attached to many homes before the first German soldier had set foot on Austrian soil and the Austrians, therefore, and in the further development, including crimes war crimes, have to bear their proportionate share of blame and responsibility.
The truth is probably that many Austrians were undoubtedly opponents and victims of the Nazi system, but depressingly large part were sympathizers, supporters and even ruthless criminals. In addition, conscious looking away, light-headedness or opportunism have facilitated the ruling regime to pursue its goals and achieve.
Fischer urged Austrians to “resist the beginnings” of any of the sentiments that led to their country’s embrace of Hitler.
Austria long portrayed itself as a victim of Nazi Germany, which annexed the country in 1938. But politicians have since owned up to its role as a major perpetrator of Nazi atrocities.
Fischer said that while many Austrians were opposed to the Nazis or were Nazi victims, “a depressingly large number were sympathizers (and) supporters.”
German President Joachim Gauck delivered in Vienna 70 years to the day since the founding of the second Austrian republic in which he called on the EU to show unity in its foreign policy.
President Gauck spoke of how while battles still raged Berlin, a new Austrian government proclaimed the restoration of a democratic republic.
“Filled with relief, the people of Vienna danced the waltz through the ruins of their city,” Gauck said according to a manuscript of his speech published on his official website, adding that “the citizens of the republic of Austria and the citizens of Germany know full well why we recognize the end of the national socialist reign of terror as liberation.”
In reference to current events, Gauck said that in some European and EU countries, he saw threats to the rule of law and pluralism, in others the growth of populist and nationalist movements and parties. Gauck also referred to Britain’s precarious position in the EU and the danger posed by Islamist terror organizations as reasons why a “coordinated and collective” EU-wide approach to foreign policy was needed.
“If there’s no longer any guarantee that human rights will be respected everywhere in Europe, then the members of the European Union have to reflect anew on their common security,” he said, urging unity in Europe in the face of the current conflict in Ukraine.
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Israel 67 years! Celebrate Yom Haatzmaout by offering pizzas to the IDF soldiers and sending baskets of gifts to the IDF in Jerusalem
Thursday – April 23 1015 – I received an e-mail from a zionist association based in Paris – EU. The sender asked for financial donation and gifts to the Israeli war criminal soldiers.
They begged me to send a basket of gifts, Pizza and money to make the Israeli war criminals happy on the 67 anniversary of the creation of Israel in 1984 on the ruins of the PalestinIan homes and cities. What means that I have to celebrate the 67 anniversary of the Palestinian catastrophe and Nakba together with the zionist occupier.
I sent an answer to the e-mail, in which I suggested that everybody should send a basket of dirt, shit and garbage and bottles of urine to the Israel soldiers on the anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba and occupying my homeland.
I made this suggestion because I documented the sick behaviour of the Israeli soldiers in 1999-2000 in the film “Hebron: City Without Mercy”.
The film shows the IDF soldiers urinating in bottles and offering this to Palestinians to drink as “Coke”. The Israeli soldiers where calling each others on the roofs of Palestinians houses at the mid of night, one of them said that he want to do something great and urged his colleagues to pay attention. Then the he proceeded to urinate into the water tank of the family who owned the house.
In my opinion – the establishment of Israel had no legitimacy, and its recognition as a state on part of the international community was a grave mistake and crime against humanity made possible by massive bribes of those involved from part of the financiers of Zionism of those days, most prominently the Rothschild crime family. Now is a better time than ever to end the illegitimate, criminal and morally bankrupt zionist project for ever, together with its occupation of our holy land.
The legitimacy of the UN and international law depends upon the delegitimisation and dismantling, by the international community as represented in the organizations of the UN, of the zionist crime which is Israel. The continued existence of this criminal and terrorist organization is a danger not only to Palestinians and to the fragile edifice of international law, but to the welfare of all peoples of the world.
Below a screen-shot of the e-mail followed with translation and a copy of my answer.
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Agencies- AP / REUTERS – Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges arising from the killing of protesters on Tuesday, nearly three years after he became Egypt’s first freely elected president.
Morsi stood in a cage in court as judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef read out the ruling against him and 12 other Brotherhood members, including senior figures Mohamed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian. The sentencing was broadcast live on state television.
The men were convicted on charges of alleged violence, kidnapping and torture stemming from the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012. They were acquitted of murder charges, which carry the death sentence.
A lawyer for some of the defendants said they would appeal.
Displaying a four-finger salute symbolizing resistance to the state’s crackdown on Islamists, defendants chanted “God is Greatest” after the verdict was read.
The ruling is the first against Morsi, who says he is determined to reverse what he calls a military coup against him in 2013 staged by then army chief, now president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
“His trial has been a travesty of justice, which has been scripted and controlled by the government and entirely unsupported by evidence,” Amr Darrag, a former minister under Morsi, said in a statement from İstanbul.
Morsi’s son, Osama Morsi, said his father plans a comeback despite the jail sentence.
State news agency MENA said Morsi was taken by helicopter from the makeshift courtroom on the outskirts of Cairo to Borg al Arab prison near Alexandria, where he has been held for more than a year.
Morsi faces charges in four other cases including leaking secrets to Qatar, conspiring with the Palestinian militant group Hamas to destabilize Egypt, and organizing a jailbreak during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.
After toppling Morsi following mass protests against his rule, Sisi proceeded to crush the Brotherhood, which he claims is part of a terrorist network that poses an existential threat to the Arab and Western worlds.
The Brotherhood says it is a peaceful movement that will return to office through people power, even though demonstrations have fallen to a trickle.
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Juncker und Faymann unterstreichen Wichtigkeit des EU-Investitionspakets
“Mit EU-Kommissionspräsident Juncker teile ich die Sorge, dass das Mittelmeer nicht das größte Grab in Europa werden darf”, sagte Bundeskanzler Werner Faymann heute, Dienstag, bei einer gemeinsamen Pressekonferenz mit EU-Kommissionspräsident Jean-Claude Juncker im Kongresssaal des Bundeskanzleramtes. “Die verunglückten Menschen sind ein Beweis dafür, dass Schlepper in unverantwortlicher Weise Geld damit verdienen, dass sie Menschen die Hoffnung auf ein besseres Leben geben. Unsere Aufgabe ist es nun, dass wir diese Menschen in Seenot retten. Dafür bedarf es des unverzichtbaren technischen und personellen Einsatzes und auch finanzieller Ressourcen”, setzte Faymann entsprechende Hoffnungen in den Europäischen Rat am kommenden Donnerstag.
“Darüber hinaus stellt sich die Frage, wie man legal in Europa einreisen kann. Wir dürfen Malta und Italien nicht alleine lassen – es ist eine europäische Aufgabe. Daher treten wir für eine Quote bei der Verteilung von Asylwerbern und Flüchtlingen als Ausdruck für Solidarität ein – jedes Land soll einen Beitrag leisten. Durch den Beitrag weiterer Länder wird die Kapazität größer”, erläuterte der Bundeskanzler den zweiten wesentlichen Aspekt im Zusammenhang mit der gegenwärtigen Flüchtlingsproblematik.
Faymann dankte Juncker für seinen Einsatz im Bereich der geplanten Investitionen: “Sparsamkeit ist kein Selbstzweck. Investieren und dabei die Arbeitslosigkeit zu bekämpfen, ist ein politischer Auftrag. Wir können uns nicht an hohe Arbeitslosenzahlen gewöhnen. Investitionen und Beschäftigungspolitik sind ein zentrales Element europäischer Politik. Jean-Claude hat mit seinem Investitionspaket und seiner grundsätzlichen Einstellung zu einem gemeinsamen Europa viel vorangebracht.” Man habe in Österreich derlei Bestrebungen immer unterstützt, was hier vor allem durch den Kampf gegen die Jugendarbeitslosigkeit, die Ausbildungsgarantie und die duale Ausbildung unterstrichen werde.
→ Continue reading: Bundeskanzler Faymann: Solidarität in Form von gesamteuropäischen Quotenregelungen bei Asylwerbern
Does African immigration threaten the economic, social, security aspects, and the future of European nations and their identity? On the other hand, the European politicians have hold views about African immigration which are strongly at variance with those of the European people. “The Editor”
Chancellor Werner Faymann said: “it is completely unacceptable that “time and again, people fleeing to Europe should die in such a horrifying way” . He declared this disaster a “disgrace for humanity”.
Faymann said: “We urgently need to find common European solutions in close cooperation with those countries and regions from which people are fleeing.”
He added: “We can no longer just turn a blind eye and both the EU and national governments are called upon to take immediate action. “Europe must now work together, and we will support every initiative that offers a solution to this problem.”
Faymann continued. This tragedy shows, yet again, that, in terms of its foreign policy, the EU must face the challenge of redoubling its efforts to find a peaceful solution for the crises in its immediate vicinity.
Does African immigration threaten the economic, social, security aspects, and the future of European nations and their identity?
How do politicians think, supposing they think at all, these people will replace the Europeans in highly qualified jobs which are the fundament of high revenue industries, when many studies document that the average IQ among the population of sub-saharan Africa is about 60, while in Europe an IQ of 70 and below is considered a sign of mental retardation?
How do the dear leaders of Europe think these people will affect the security and social stability in European countries, when the experience with them is that they organize in mafia structures which peddle drugs in public transportation, that they engage in illegitimate marriages with elderly and obese European women, and that they have contributed, at least in Vienna, a new way to “please” women: gang rape, a form of crime which did not exist in this city before the massive immigration from Africa took place during the last years.
The European nations, but certainly not the self-anointed political “elite” informed by the ideology of cultural Marxism, are worried about their own future after human traffickers have flooded their countries with illegal immigrants; poor and illiterate Africans, many of them with criminal backgrounds such as drug dealing and mercenaries.
On the other hand, the European politicians, once again, informed by their ideology of cultural marxism, which they hold far above the most basic needs and interests of their people, have hold views about African immigration which are strongly at variance with those of the European people.
On March 19 2015, at the Institute for Science and Art in Vienna, Geoffrey Ashton, assistant professor at the philosophy department of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) in the USA, has delivered an interesting lecture of philosophy about Amor Fati and the Path of Devotion: A Nietzschean Reading of Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gītā.
Amor fati is a Latin phrase that may be loosely translated as “love of fate” or “love of one’s fate”. It is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one’s life, including suffering and loss, as good or, at the very least, necessary, in that they are among the facts of one’s life and existence, so they are always necessarily there whether one likes them or not. Moreover, amor fati is characterized by an acceptance of the events or situations that occur in one’s life. This acceptance does not necessarily preclude an attempt at change or improvement, but rather, it can be seen to be along the lines of what Nietzsche means by the concept of “eternal recurrence”: a sense of contentment with one’s life and an acceptance of it, such that one could live exactly the same life, in all its minute details, over and over for all eternity.
The lecture Summary: If one of Kṛṣṇa’s basic concerns in the Bhagavad Gītā is to get Arjuna to act according to his kṣatriya dharma (warrior duty), then what could be his rationale in revealing his divine form in Chapter 11—particularly given that the events it discloses re-enact the terror that stifle Arjuna’s will to act in the first place? Furthermore, what, if anything, does the path of devotion (bhakti yoga) have to do with Arjuna’s recovery from this second crisis of will in the Gītā? This project argues that Kṛṣṇa reveals the impending destruction of the world (through the theophany) in order to help Arjuna to love a potentially repellent fate with Nietzschean-like, “yes-saying pathos.” The chapters immediately preceding and following the theophany clarify the architecture of circumstance or fate (Sanskrit, “prakṛti”) à la the theistic metaphysics of the early Sāṃkhya doctrine. The events of Chapter 11 and its emphasis on bhakti yoga are to be understood in this philosophical context.
Devotion to Kṛṣṇa helps Arjuna to re-embody not just his limited physical body, but his entire situation qua empathic identification with the cosmic body of Kṛṣṇa. By taking on the body of the world as his own, Kṛṣṇa provides Arjuna with an anchor for his love of his present circumstance—for Kṛṣṇa’s theophany reveals that he is immanent in the manifest world itself, while his disclosure of bhakti yoga (the path of devotion) urges Arjuna to love that world (i.e., his present fate) insofar as the phenomenal field is the body of Kṛṣṇa himself. Through this, Arjuna is able to love his fate in a manner not unlike what Nietzsche describes in his account of amor fati, wherein the agent loves his fate not by virtue of its measure of beauty (and hence its value). Rather, amor fati (and bhakti yoga) generates love for the world through the power of the agent, who finds value in the object (in this case: Arjuna’s fate) by virtue of his loving it. With respect to the terrifying experience of the theophany, in particular, Kṛṣṇa, by manifesting himself as Arjuna’s circumstance and disclosing the path of devotion to the divine, can be seen as developing Arjuna’s capacity to love a potentially repellent object (his fate) in full awareness that his love will not modify his fate.