Daily Archives: April 5, 2008

Sarkozy aide ‘misquoted’

Pity, because I don’t misquote when I read all these things going on in Tibet! Bloody petit policies; did the Chinese promised to buy airplanes from France?

France’s human rights minister has denied setting conditions for President Nicolas Sarkozy’s attendance at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. Rama Yade said Le Monde newspaper had misquoted her as listing “conditions” for Mr. Sarkozy’s presence at the event. “The word ‘conditions’ was never used,” she said. Le Monde stood by its story.

Ms Yade had been quoted as saying Mr. Sarkozy would miss the event unless China freed political prisoners and agreed to talk to the Dalai Lama. Le Monde had quoted Ms Yade as saying: “Three conditions are essential for him to attend: an end to violence against the population and the liberation of political prisoners; light shed on the events in Tibet; and the opening of a dialogue with the Dalai Lama.”

And the people of Tibet continue …misquote and let’s hope that somebody will have the balls to say something and mean it!

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How far, Mugabe?

The big question this minute in Harare is how far Mugabe and his gang are willing to go. The first signs are coming from the police forces.

Armed police in Zimbabwe have prevented lawyers from the opposition MDC from entering the high court to file a petition on the presidential elections. Lawyer Alec Muchadehama said the police had threatened to shoot them.

The MDC wants the court to force officials to release the result of last Saturday’s poll. It says its leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the ballot. His opponent President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party has said it will back him if a run-off is called. The police apparently came from presidential offices across the street; tell the lawyers no-one could enter the court. Another opposition lawyer, Andrew Makoni, later said the hearing – originally scheduled for 1200 local time (1000 GMT) – had been postponed until Sunday.

Zimbabwean Deputy Information Minister Bright Matonga accused the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) of spreading false and malicious reports to get international sympathy. He said police had probably been trying to contain the party’s rowdy supporters. The MDC has also called for international help to prevent possible violence if a second round is held.

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Nicolas sets Olympics conditions

France‘s human rights minister has set three conditions for President Nicolas Sarkozy‘s attendance of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.

President Nicolas Sarkozy would miss the event unless China sought talks with the Dalai Lama, freed political prisoners and stop violence against Tibetans adding that the recent clashes in Tibet should be investigated.

The Olympic torch is due to arrive in Paris on Monday as part of the global relay ahead of the Games. But let’s see when the Olympic spirit will arrive!

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Seeking for U.N. help

Zimbabwe’s opposition party will ask the United Nations to intervene to avoid bloodshed ahead of a hotly contested presidential runoff, Mugabe is dangerous and he controls the army and the security forces that make him dramatically dangerous.

Police and army officers in Zimbabwe have already said that they are not going to hand the power to anybody and Mugabe is the president and they are threatening with a coup, tortures and murders. Nelson Chamisa, a spokesman for the Movement for Democratic Change, said Saturday the party feared President Robert Mugabe would use violence against opposition members in the days leading up to the runoff.

“We will have to appeal to all the international community organizations, including the United Nations, in order to stop Mugabe,” Chamisa said from the city of Bulawayo. Zimbabwe’s ruling party said Friday that Mugabe would be willing to face Morgan Tsvangirai in a runoff election. The announcement by Zanu-PF was made before official results of the March 29 presidential race were announced by the Electoral Commission, which will have the final say in whether a second round of voting occurs.

A runoff is required when neither candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote. Last Saturday, voters also cast ballots for House and Senate seats and local council members. The commission is required by law to release final figures six days after an election.

The evil man, the caricature Hitler of Zimbabwe will do anything to keep his power.

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Food riots deadly in Haiti

At least four people were killed and 20 wounded when demonstrations against rising food prices turned into riots in southern Haiti, officials say.

Reports say scores of people went on the rampage in the town of Les Cayes, blocking roads, looting shops and shooting at UN peacekeepers. The UN said its personnel had opened fire at some of the armed protesters.

For two days running, parts of Haiti have been erupting into violence triggered by the soaring cost of food. The prices of rice, beans and fruit have gone up by 50% in the last year. Earlier this week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a report saying that the food crisis threatened the Caribbean nation’s fragile security.

This is to remind how important is NATO summit, long rich presidential lunches that there are people starve to death and that IS IMPORTANT!

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What did really happen in the NATO summit?

From the Ovi magazine

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Clintons’ earnings exceed $100m

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton, have revealed they earned more than $100m (£50m) in eight years.

Since 2000, the former first couple took in nearly $110m, with more than $20m made in 2007, and gave more than $10m to charity in the same period. Almost half of the income was made from the former president’s speeches.

Sen. Clinton had been under pressure to release her returns since rival Barack Obama disclosed his for 2000-2006. Both Sen. Obama and John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, have said they will reveal their 2007 returns later this month.

Both Democratic candidates are keen to show they have nothing to hide from voters as they fight for their party’s nomination, the BBC’s Jack Izzard reports from Washington. Many Americans will pore over these figures, which show just how much the Clintons are worth, he adds.

Now I might sound stupid but is it possible with $100m to have tax …returns?

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