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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.

Still Got The Blues In Vienna

A few weeks ago I met the young Austrian musician Jörg Danielsen during a wonderful blues session “Still Got the Blues” together with Michael Bodner, bass/harp, Kevin Mcmanus, drum, Roman Samer, guitar, Erich Tiefenbach, harp, Günther Schwarzinger, drum/voc.

Blues is a genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century.”

In 2008, “Vienna Blues Association was born”. Danielsen founded his own blues band, in the style of session blues after he played thousands of blues jam sessions in Austria and surrounding European and Western courtiers USA, Chicago, Austin and Texas.

“Vienna is a good place to make experience and to build networks. Lot of venues with live music and a big range of music styles and skills,” said Danielsen.

He added: “I moved from Lower Austria to Vienna, because of the bigger opportunities to make music, and to learn from others.”
Around the same time, I began hosting a regular blues jam session in Vienna’s 8th district.

Danielsen, (voc/git), usually plays in a trio formation, with the fabulous groove section of Kiko Perez (bass/voc) and Christian Kurz (drums) and occasionally he invites guest musicians to join them on stage.

This was the case with the debut album, released in autumn 2016. The core trio was joined by Edi Fenzl (guitar), Moritz Haugk (keyboard, Hammond Organ), Gerry Lülik (harmonica) and Gerhard Beisteiner (double bass) to record the CD „Vienna Blues Association“ The CD contained 8 original and 4 blues covers.

Danielsen has been influenced by the music of Freddy King, Albert Collins, Magic Slim, Taj Mahal, Willi Dixon and many more. His shows are a mix of original songs and his interpretations of songs from his idols.

Danielsen show Highlight:

  • – Donauinselfest (2011-2015).
  • – Hosting the annual New Year Concert with invited Guests in Vienna/Stiegl Ambulanz.
  • – Vienna Blues Spring.
  • – Participating in Blues-Jam-Session in Chicago and Austin, Texas.
  • – Switzerland (2015).
  • – Tour of Italy and Germany, (2015 & 2016).
  • – Tour of Argentinia (March 2017) as guest at the Federico Verteramo Trio and Jorge Costales.
  • – Wiener Kirtag (Town Hall Square Vienna).
  • – Live Six Festival (Carinthia).

About the musician’s life in Vienna, Danielsen said: “It is a good place to make experience & building networks. There are lot of venues with live music and a big range of music styles and skills.
There are a lot of Music Jam Sessions during the week or at the weekend everywhere in Vienna.

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1100 State Deniers In Austria

1100 State deniers in Austria say: “Austria is a company”!
The number of the persons who do not recognize Austria as a state has increased strongly in the recent months. Konrad Kogler, Director General for Public Security said today Tuesday while presenting the most up-to-date data at the safety summit held in the Ministry of the Interior.

Within four months the number of the persons who do not recognize the state of Austria has greatly increased in recent months to 400 persons.
What the Ministry of Justice and the Interior will do in order to decrease the danger of the problem?

Kogler said: „Currently about 1100 person are in anti-state connections“. Only in September of the previous year there have been about 700 active state deniers. In addition, there are an estimated 22,000 sympathizers of the movements such as Covenant, Freemen, OPPT (One People’s Public Trust) or Terrania. For Kogler this is a “very serious threat to the rule of the law”. He said: “Even there was one official” who questioned the structures of the state.

At the safety summit, the main focus was on the question of how to help the employees in municipal councils and district management teams. These are increasingly victims of „paper terrorism“, as Kogler described the action of the state refusal.

But it was not only the „pouring“ with applications and inputs, the identification with fantasy documents and the ignoring of humiliations made the life of the official more difficult. Also dubious claims for damages, aggressive behavior during official meetings and personal threats against authorities representatives were on the agenda. „We need clear instructions for all offices“ demanded Kogler.

Christian Pilnacek, head of the criminal justice department said that the Ministry of Justice is already working on a law. Anyone who joins a movement which does not recognize the sovereign rights of the state of Austria or assigns sovereign rights to itself is to be condemned in the future. He said: „We hope for a swift decision in the National Council“. It is a matter of „appropriately tracking“ threats. There are already successions: Because state-deniers refer to Austria as a company, which can not issue regulations, officials are always covered with compensation claims. These are legitimized by the US Debt Register UCC, which does not examine these applications. „Two Supreme Courts have now decided that it is a dangerous threat if someone makes such claims,“ ​​explained Pilnacek. In addition, a central office had been created, which could quickly delete entries in the UCC. And there were recently the first arrests.
Pilnacek said: „Two people were taken into custody.“

Minister of the Interior Wolfgang Sobotka (ÖVP) will not leave any room for maneuvers in the future. „We have to combat such currents in a preventive manner by using means which do not allow grey zone.“

 

Human Trafficking Might Constitute War Crimes

Editorial Comment: The Security Council today passed Human Trafficking resolution accusing the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant “ISIL-Da’esh” and other terrorist groups. According to UNHCR report issued 2016, over 22 thousand refugee children were missed in EU where is no ISIL and Da’esh. How and where these children disappeared? Who stop behind the trafficking of refugee children in Europe?

The Security Council today deplored all acts of trafficking in human beings.The Council, through the text, reaffirmed that those responsible for committing, organizing or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable, and urged States to provide full coordination in investigations or proceedings involving ISIL, Al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities.

In that context, it reiterated States’ obligation to ensure that their nationals and persons in their territory not make available economic resources to those actors — which applied to both direct and indirect trade in oil, modular refineries and related chemicals and lubricants, among other natural resources.

Expressing concern about the lack of implementation of resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2199 (2015), including “insufficient” reporting by States to the Committee established pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011), the Council called on States to “move vigorously and decisively” to cut the flows of funds and other financial assets and economic resources to individuals and entities on the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List.

Further, the Council decided that States would take appropriate measures to promote enhanced vigilance by their nationals, persons subject to their jurisdiction and entities incorporated on their territory, to prevent ISIL, Al-Qaida and associated individuals and groups from obtaining, handling, storing, using or seeking access to all types of explosives or raw materials that could be used in their manufacture.

As for the United Nations, the Council decided to extend the mandate of the Office of the Ombudsperson established by resolution 1904 (2009) for 24 months from the expiration of its mandate in December 2017. It requested the Secretary-General to provide the necessary resources and make “necessary arrangements” to ensure the Office’s continued ability to carry out impartial work, updating the Committee in six months on actions taken.

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Austria And The Bar Politics, Video

20161216_191516Together with music, cocktails and bright candles under the reflection of faint lights at the Austrian bars L’Ombra and KIX, both owned by Dr. Heinz Altmann, politicians, ministers, lawyers and journalists always sit and laugh among the guests.

Mr. Valentin, the young man who inherited this bar of politics from his father, said that the Ukraine crisis and the Ukrainian conflict are always central  in the talk of the politicians who frequent his bar. He pointed his figure toward a guest and said: „that guy in front of the bar lobby is an Ukrainian political journalist“.

The politician language and the symptoms of their faces always change after half an hour of smoking and drinking in the bar.

Drinking cocktails, wine and beer make all guests equally out of their minds in the bar. Everybody laughs loudly and raises a lit cigarette between the pointer and the middle fingers in front of the soft light of the candles. The cigarettes burn between the lips of all guests causing a huge cloud of smoke. Only the language remains different between the guests.

  • How was the nightlife in Vienna Forty years ago, and how has it become today?
  • What are the differences between the Austrian nightlife today and in the past?
  • What is the change in the Austrian politics since the past World War II?
  • Why did the star of the right-wing party shine in Austria during the last elections?

Dr. Altmann and his wife Mag. Helga Maria, the owners of bars, have answered the questions in the Video published below.

Dr. Altmann is an Austrian, born in Vienna, a retired lawyer and speaks good politics.
His wife Mag. Helga Maria Altmann was born in Timișoara, one of the largest Romanian cities and an Austrian citizen. The couple are over 70.

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No Country is Immune From Corruption

DSC_9275_edited-2Vienna, Austria – December 9, 2016: Today in Vienna, organisations, individuals and groups from Europe, Asia, Central and South America and Africa, were recognised at the inaugural Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Awards. To coincide with International Anti-Corruption Day, the winners were presented their awards by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the recipients of the Awards for their courage. He also thanked His Highness and the Government of Qatar for supporting global anti-corruption efforts, crime prevention and the rule of law through the implementation of the Doha Declaration adopted last year at the 13th Crime Congress. He said: “Corruption is a strangling root that reaches deep into all our societies. It chokes hopes and frustrates opportunities. It enables the few to prosper at the expense of millions who are left behind. No country is immune.”

The annual Awards were inaugurated at a ceremony at the Hofburg Palace and acknowledged outstanding contributions and strides towards the prevention of and the fight against corruption around the world, including the impeachment of two national leaders in Central America and Europe. They were presented in support of the anti-corruption mandate of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), specifically, the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

After a long and thorough selection process, the high-level award committee with recommendation from the assessment advisory board, chose seven recipients across all four categories, including: Anti-Corruption Innovation, Anti-Corruption Academic Research, Anti-Corruption Youth Creativity and Anti-Corruption Lifetime Achievement.

Two winners in the Anti-Corruption Innovation category, namely, ‘Hanan Khandagji’ from Palestine who went undercover as a volunteer worker to investigate the mistreatment of young patients in Jordanian institutions for disabled children. ‘Khandagji’ discovered that caregivers and nurses were routinely abusing children in their care. Her in-depth reporting led to closures of several facilities and to the convening of a formal committee that produced a report on the abuses. ‘ArtLords,’ the Afghan-based grassroots movement of artists, was the second recipient in this category. The group has raised awareness against corruption in Kabul, by promoting zero tolerance and integrity through street art, producing paintings of eyes on the walls as part of their “I See You” series.

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