Roberto Abraham Scaruffi: April 2008

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

EXPLORATION & NUCLEAR FUEL: London to get nuclear-powered taxis


London to get nuclear-powered taxis
The company which makes London's black cabs is to develop an electric-powered version, which it is promoting as a "zero-emission urban taxi" designed for congested urban areas. About one third of London's baseload electricity comes from nuclear.

Le spectre du califat hante les Etats-Unis

Le spectre du califat hante les Etats-Unis
par Jean-Pierre Filiu (aperçu).

CAUCASE - Tbilissi accuse Moscou de préparer "une agression militaire"

CAUCASE - Tbilissi accuse Moscou de préparer "une agression militaire"

30.04 à 16h14

The Tangled Truth = Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948

The Tangled Truth
Benny Morris, The New Republic Published: Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948

Pékin admet avoir tué un insurgé tibétain

Pékin admet avoir tué un insurgé tibétain
par RFI
Article publié le 30/04/2008 Dernière mise à jour le 30/04/2008 à 13:46 TU
La police a tué par balle un présumé « insurgé » tibétain dans le nord-ouest de la Chine, a indiqué mercredi la presse officielle chinoise. C'est la première fois que les autorités reconnaissent officiellement avoir tué un manifestant depuis les récents troubles. Un policier a également été tué.

Mr. Mugabe's Violence

Mr. Mugabe's Violence

Zimbabwe's president continues to terrorize his opponents while withholding the results of the election he lost.

(The Washington Post)

Siphoning Off Corn to Fuel Our Cars

Siphoning Off Corn to Fuel Our Cars

As farmers feed ethanol plants, a costly link is forged between food and oil.

(By Steven Mufson, The Washington Post)

Report Targets Costs Of Factory Farming

Report Targets Costs Of Factory Farming

Factory farming takes a big, hidden toll on human health and the environment, is undermining rural America's economic stability and fails to provide the humane treatment of livestock increasingly demanded by American consumers, concludes an independent, 2 1/2 -year analysis that calls for major...

(By Rick Weiss, The Washington Post)

China Sends 30 to Prison in Tibet Riots


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with India's president, prime minister and other senior officials before returning home. The brief stop, following visits by Mr. Ahmadinejad to Pakistan and Sri Lanka, was aimed at pushing ahead billions of dollars of energy deals between Iran and India.
But India at the same time is edging closer to Iran's chief enemies -- the U.S. and Israel -- meaning it must increasingly balance partnerships with widely diverging interests.
Few details on the status of India and Iran's long-planned energy projects emerged immediately after the Iranian president's meetings. One project -- an estimated $7 billion gas pipeline that would run through Pakistan -- has been under discussion since 1994. In another potential pact, India plans to buy millions of tons of liquefied natural gas each year from Iran. Differences over pricing have slowed talks.
Read the report by Peter Wonacott:
Read Jackie Range's report on India's decision to lift its reserve ratio:

Consumer confidence hits a five-year low

Soaring gas prices and weaker job prospects made Americans gloomier about the economy in April, sending a widely watched measure of consumer sentiment to a five-year low.

Cheney's Total Impunity

Dan Froomkin's White House Watch

Cheney's Total Impunity

How far will Vice President Cheney go to shield himself and his office from public scrutiny?

Words Heard Differently

Richard Cohen
Words Heard Differently
White and black Americans are separated by a common language.

A Litany of Horrors

America's University of Imperialism
By Chalmers Johnson

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Tusinia signs up for French nuclear cooperation


Tusinia signs up for French nuclear cooperation
Tunisia has become the latest country to sign a nuclear cooperation deal with France. The 20-year deal, signed by the countries' presidents, Zine al Abidine Ben Ali and Nicolas Sarkozy, covers training of engineers and the exchange of nuclear expertise, and is similar to recent deals between France and Algeria, Libya and Morocco.

Ich feif oif dir!

Ich eil zich (nit)

U.S.A. in the world

Ich hob dir lieb

Ich darf es vi a loch in kop!

Ich darf es ahf kapores

Sderot Residents Protest Non-Stop Rockets

Hundreds of residents of Sderot spontaneously launched a street protest Monday. On Tuesday, more PA attacks hit a home and a medical clinic

Ich bin dich nit mekaneh


Ich bin ahntoisht


Churchill and the Jews

Churchill and the Jews
by Amy K. Rosenthal
One of his finest hours.

The New Anti-Semitism

The New Anti-Semitism
by Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks
What it is and how to deal with it.

Host du bie mir an avleh!




By Paul Goble
Sakha (formerly known as Yakutia), the vast and resource-rich republic in the Russian Far East, could become the next "hot spot" if the Kremlin follows its current approach and appoints an outsider as that region's next leader, rather than promoting someone from within, according to Russian analyst Dmitry Verkhoturov, who specializes in Russian regional affairs. In an April 25 essay (, Verkhoturov discusses Moscow's policy of appointing outsiders to head regional government, demonstrates why that approach has generally worked to the central government's advantage, and then explains why it would almost certainly backfire in Sakha. Since President Vladimir Putin abolished elections for federation-subject heads in late 2004, he has generally named people from distant regions to take the top job. That has been the case, for example, in Buryatia, Arkhangelsk, Kostroma, Amur, and Irkutsk. Only in Sakhalin, Smolensk, Tula, and Kamchatka did he promote from within. It appears, Verkhoturov suggests, that Putin wants as the heads of regions people who do not have local ties or support that they might use to develop independent power bases, and who are thus dependent on the federal leadership and Unified Russia, and whose earlier jobs were of so much lower status -- often mayoralties -- that they will remain grateful for promotion, and therefore loyal. But the situation in Sakha, Verkhoturov argues, is sufficiently different to warrant a change in the Kremlin's approach. While Sakha Republic Governor Vyacheslav Shtyrov was reconfirmed only in 2006, people there and in Moscow "understand" that his real term is coming to an end. On the one hand, he has fought with Moscow over diamonds, and with the former mayor of Yakutsk over power. And on the other, he did not deliver a high enough percentage of votes for Unified Russia in the December State Duma elections. Moreover, many in Moscow are concerned about the growth of "protest" movements in Sakha, which is one of the largest donor regions of the country, a trend that if it continues might call that flow of cash into question. Consequently, it is clear that Moscow wants to find someone new to replace Shtyrov.
If the Kremlin follows the course it has adopted elsewhere, the new leader almost certainly would come from the western or northwestern portion. Verkhoturov for his part says that he personally thinks the appointee would probably be transferred from one of the regions or cities in the Northwest Federal District. Installing such an outsider would not be a problem: the new man would simply learn a few phrases of the Sakha language, just like the outsider who was appointed president of Buryatia learned a few words in Buryat. And "it is not excluded that with this [his] sympathy for the [Sakha] would end."
But if Moscow proceeds in that way, there are three reasons to believe that the situation in Sakha would quickly deteriorate. First, the major companies in Sakha have no real place for ethnic-Sakha executives at the highest levels. Consequently, without a political representative, many Sakha would feel excluded and thus more ready to listen to nationalistic criticism.
Second, these large mining concerns (diamonds, gold, tin, and uranium) have taken the highly unpopular step of inviting in a sizeable contingent of ethnic-Chinese guest workers, a policy that has infuriated both the Sakha and the ethnic Russians living among them. Imposing someone on Sakha who has no ties to either group could lead to the intensification of these feelings. And third, and this is Verkhoturov's most compelling argument: Moscow needs to recognize that Sakha is not like the other non-Russian republics of the Russian Federation. The Sakha, "unlike the majority of non-Russian peoples of Russia, have to a large extent preserved their culture, language...and their unity." (The Sakha are a Turkic people and constitute the largest ethnic group in their republic. At the time of the 2002 census, they accounted for 45.54 percent of the population of 949,280, followed by the Russians with 41.15 percent.)
Consequently, Verkhoturov continues, "the assignment to the republic of an outsider, who comes from far away and does not understand the Sakha mentality, and who will become the agent of the companies in the raw-materials colonization of the region, will inevitably call forth a sharp outburst of nationalism." That danger is all the greater because of the unresolved social and economic problems in that enormous republic. If social conflicts multiply, and if the new "outsider" republic head engages in social demagogy with phrases like "'life has become better, life has become happier,'" then "this northern region could become the new Russian 'hot spot.'" All Moscow has to do to avoid such a course of events, Verkhoturov suggests, is to allow the Sakha to have one of their own as president of the republic, and thereby ensure that their voice is heard in the front offices of the natural-resources-extraction companies working there. If the Kremlin does that, Sakha will not become a problem, but rather will be a loyal federation subject.
(Paul Goble is a specialist on Russian history who served as publisher of "RFE/RL Newsline" from 1997-2001.)


The U.S.-based NGO Freedom House on April 29 released its annual assessment of media freedom around the world, noting that Russia "saw continued and substantial decline" in 2007, "The Moscow Times" and other media reported. The country was rated "Not Free," on a par with Sudan, Yemen, Kazakhstan, and others. "Lively but cautious political debate was increasingly limited to glossy weekly magazines and news websites only available to urban, educated, and affluent audiences," the report says. The NGO noted that media freedom has been on the decline throughout most of the former Soviet Union, with worsening conditions for journalists being noted in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, and Turkmenistan. RC



President Mahmud Ahmadinejad stopped in Pakistan on April 28 where he held brief but "very cordial and useful meetings" with President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, IRNA reported. Musharraf and Ahmadinejad discussed boosting trade and finalizing an agreement on a natural-gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan. Later the same day in Colombo, Ahmadinejad signed five agreements with Sri Lanka, including on helping to develop an oil refinery there, and on financing the construction of a dam and hydroelectric power plant, IRNA reported. VS

For Chinese, a Shift in Mood, From Hospitable to Hostile

BEIJING, April 28
At an airport in northeast China, a young security guard recently spotted a foreign airline passenger with shaving cream in his carry-on bag. "No," he said sternly, wagging his finger like a cross schoolteacher. "No, no, no."
(By Edward Cody, The Washington Post)

From Chief Prosecutor To Critic at Guantanamo From Chief Prosecutor To Critic at Guantanamo

From Chief Prosecutor To Critic at Guantanamo

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, April 28

The Defense Department's former chief prosecutor for terrorism cases appeared Monday at the controversial U.S. detention facility here to argue on behalf of an accused terrorist that the military justice system has been corrupted by politics and inappropriate inf...

(By Josh White, The Washington Post)

ITALIE - Gianni Alemanno ravit la mairie de Rome

Gianni Alemanno ravit la mairie de Rome
29.04 à 09h46

«La Chine, l'Inde, le Brésil et la Russie vont dominer le monde»

«La Chine, l'Inde, le Brésil et la Russie vont dominer le monde»
VIDÉO - L'expert en géopolitique Jean-François Susbielle, auteur des «Royaumes combattants», a répondu à vos questions sur le nouvel équilibre du monde. Jusqu'où ira la Chine ? La France est-elle vouée au déclin ? Va-t-on vers une nouvelle guerre mondiale ?

La Chine condamne 17 Tibétains à la prison

La Chine condamne 17 Tibétains à la prison
Ces premières condamnations pour les émeutes au Tibet en mars dernier vont de trois ans à la perpétuité.

Chinese Students in U.S. Fight View of Their Home

Chinese Students in U.S. Fight View of Their Home


Chinese students in the U.S. are confronting an image of their homeland they neither recognize nor appreciate.

Otro revés para la izquierda en Italia

La derecha conquistó la capital italiana por primera vez en 15 años, tras una amplia victoria en las urnas Exterior

Stiglitz pidemás inversión para frenar los precios

Sugirió moderar parte de la demanda

Old Bailey en ligne

Old Bailey en ligne
NOUVELOBS.COM 28.04.2008 15:26
Les archives de la Cour criminelle centrale en Angleterre, communément appelée Old Bailey, sont désormais accessibles sur internet. Le détail des procès criminels sur la période allant de 1674 à 1913 peuvent ainsi être consultés par tous, ils constituent une source unique d’information aussi bien pour les sociologues que pour les juristes.

Hob dir in arbel

Hob nit kain deiges

Hoizer gaier

Hock mir nisht en chinik

Hob derech erets

Hock mir nisht en chinik

Hobn groyse oygn

Hoben tsu zingen un tsu zogen



Hit zich!



Hert zich ein!

Hetsken zich

The Prosecutor's Office for the Taichung Branch of the Taiwan High Court =

Sent on 29 April 2008, 20:01 to:

Lynching-pogrom with white torture organised [now] from the Taiwanese government [2004..?] on request of the Italian government


I inform you that it is now 4 years, 1 month and 14 days that your secret police is practising (using common "people" [common mob]) lynching-pogrom and white torture against me. They use illegal devices for watching through walls and consequent sleeping torture and other harassments. I am indifferent to such insane louse practices. However, they are objectively very serious crimes needing the criminal punishment and psychiatric treatments of your government, of your police and secret services, and of the militians they use, as well as the maximum publicity for such State crimes.

They have even falsified my Interpol file. I have NO criminal record. They have written and they tell everybody that I have. ...Check your computers... However, if you ask the Italian magistracy, I have NO criminal record. I'm not involved in any kind of crime, neither in touch with any kind of criminals.

For their lynching-pogrom and white-torture action, your government uses the structures of the martial law which are continuing to be fully in force despite it is a couple of decades it was formally lifted (you know, I am sure, that the Chinese and Chinesoid rubbish always lies). They militarise the buildings where I live or I attend, they give the illegal devices, they order to practice white-torture or to mount provocations. I'm sure you know that the Chinese and Chinesoid rubbish is happy to commit whatever crime and insanity when it feels covered from "power".

The Italian secret service link-agent, in Taipei, for such "job", is Dino Sorrentino, by the Italian para-Embassy/Consulate. The official reason for such international insanities and crimes is that I "must be obliged to go back to Italy" [ is what they tell everybody...; ...ask them...; is more than two decades they are going on with such actions against me...] where they have, evidently, worse plans. So, they have found the cooperation of other insane and criminal governments as the Taiwanese one with its insane and criminal subjects happy to commit any insanity and crime ordered by such government and its police services.

Best regards

Roberto Scaruffi
born in La Spezia, on 11 March 1951

Roberto Scaruffi
403 Taichung City / 台中
Taiwan / 臺灣

Monday, 28 April 2008

What Does a President Really Do All Day?

Joel Achenbach

What Does a President Really Do All Day?

It's a simple and deceptively tricky question.

'The Taliban Are Celebrating a Symbolic Victory'

'The Taliban Are Celebrating a Symbolic Victory'
The Taliban's assassination attempt on Afghanistan's president has sent shockwaves around the world. German media commentators say that the attack has once again exposed the government's vulnerabilty and could further damage the president's credibility.

Imam Al-Mahdi Army

An official spokesman for Shi'ite cleric and militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has signaled a reluctance on al-Sadr's part to order his Imam Al-Mahdi Army to fight the Iraqi government and distanced his group from elements in neighboring Iran.

NUCLEAR POLICIES: China develops south Asian relationships

China develops south Asian relationships
A Chinese delegation to Pakistan has reaffirmed commitments to nuclear cooperation. A separate mission to Bangladesh raised the possibility that the country could enjoy a similar cooperative relationship for its forthcoming nuclear program.

The Pentagon's Puppets

The Pentagon's Puppets
The Bush administration has covertly tried to influence public opinion in its favor throughout the Iraq war, planting stories in Iraqi newspapers and disseminating misleading polls. Last week, The New York Times reported that the Pentagon has been using more than 75 "military analysts" as "puppets," revealing one of the most extensive attempts at domestic propaganda in this war. These retired military officials, many of whom have contracting business with the government, have pushed the Bush administration's talking points but without revealing their contracts with the Pentagon. In a disturbing tit-for-tat, analysts admitted that they were reluctant to buck the Bush administration out of fear that they might lose access to future briefings and information. "Our military services have an important story to tell, and public affairs offices are critical to that task," said Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) on the House floor this pasts week. "But credibility is paramount. Once lost, it is difficult or impossible to regain.

"PRIVILEGED ACCESS: Day after day, the American public has watched distinguished retired military officers go on television and assess progress in the Iraq war. Many of these analysts, however, were repeating talking points given to them during private briefings by the administration, using this special access "as a marketing and networking opportunity or as a window into future business possibilities." They were all instructed to not "quote their briefers directly or otherwise describe their contacts with the Pentagon." "It was them saying, 'We need to stick our hands up your back and move your mouth for you,'" said Robert S. Bevelacqua, a retired Green Beret and former Fox News analyst. Certainly not all retired military officials have parroted Pentagon talking points. Last year, for example, CBS asked Iraq veteran Gen. John Batiste to step down as a consultant because he appeared in a VoteVets ad criticizing the war. A CBS vice president justified the network's decision by saying of Batiste, "By putting himself front and center in an anti-Bush ad, the viewer might have the feeling everything he says is anti-Bush." The largest contingent of "puppets" was affiliated with Fox News, followed by MSNBC and CNN, although analysts also appeared on CBS and ABC. At least nine of them wrote op-eds for The New York Times. After significant public outcry, the Pentagon announced last week that it would be temporarily suspending the program, pending a review of the situation.

MEDIA BLACKOUT: "[T]he degree of behind-the-scenes manipulation -- including regular briefings by then-defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other officials -- is striking, as is the lack of disclosure by the networks of some of these government and business connections," wrote Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz last week, who also addressed the controversy on CNN. On the whole, however, the media have been disappointingly silent on their role in the Pentagon's scheme since the story broke last week. On Thursday, PBS's News Hour did a lengthy segment on the scandal, but it could not convince the other networks to join in. "And for the record, we invited Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and NBC to participate," said senior correspondent Judy Woodruff, "but they declined our offer or did not respond." Since The New York Times report, Fox News has repeatedly used quotes from one of the military analysts named in the story, without mentioning his ties to the Pentagon. Several conservatives have also rushed to dismiss the expose. Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Max Boot said simply, "All this is part and parcel of the daily grind of Washington journalism." Neoconservative pundit John Podhoretz added that the revelations showed "nothing more than that the Pentagon treated former military personnel like VIPs.

"PATTERN OF PROPAGANDA: While The New York Times's revelation was galling, it was hardly the first instance of abuse of public information by the Bush administration. In 2005, the Los Angeles Times revealed that the U.S. military was "secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the US mission in Iraq." However, most of those stories were presented as "unbiased news accounts written and reported by independent journalists." Officials said the stories were "basically factual" but would often "present only one side of events and omit information that might reflect poorly on the US or Iraqi governments." Even at this time, conservatives were backing the Bush administration's propaganda. The National Review's Stephen Spruiell said, "We need more operations like this in Iraq, and more respect for their classified nature." Also in 2005, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. Richard Myers touted poll results of Iraqis that supposedly demonstrated the insurgency was losing political steam, without revealing that the poll surveyed only Iraqis who had actively worked against the insurgents. More recently, in October 2007, it was revealed that the U.S. military was attempting to use funds from the independent military newspaper Stars and Stripes to bolster a PR campaign, which some Pentagon officials described as "tax-payer-funded propaganda."

Passenger trains collide in China

Passenger trains collide in China

A high-speed passenger train jumped its tracks and hit into another train in China on Monday, killing at least 66 people and injuring hundreds. Authorities blamed human error.

Collision ferroviaire meurtrière en Chine

Collision ferroviaire meurtrière en Chine
Deux trains se sont percutés dans l'est du pays, faisant au moins 66 morts. On compte plusieurs centaines de blessés, dont quatre Français.

Signs of Attacks on the Opposition Rise in Zimbabwe

Evidence of widespread retribution against people who supported Zimbabwe’s opposition party in last month’s election has begun to stream out.

Le riz rationné dans un supermarché israélien

Le riz rationné dans un supermarché israélien
27.04 à 15h26


Japan's policy makers, dogged for years by falling prices, had long yearned for a little bit of inflation. But now that the global tide of inflation has finally reached Japan, nobody is cheering.
The reason: Prices are rising for the wrong reasons. A little bit of inflation can be a sign of strong demand in a healthy economy; if consumers and businesses are prepared to pay more for goods and services, the providers of these can charge more, and prices rise.
But the price increases since last year are caused by higher prices of food, commodities and energy on global markets that are driving prices up world-wide. As the prices of imported materials are higher, manufacturers have to charge more for the products in order to make ends meet.
Read the report by Yuka Hayashi:

Selling the President's General

Selling the President's General
The Petraeus Story
By Tom Engelhardt

Ahmadinejad Makes First Visit To Pakistan

Iranian President To Discuss Security Concerns As Well As Fate Of Gas Pipeline Project

Afghan President Escapes Assassination Attempt

Afghan President Escapes Assassination Attempt
Officials and witnesses say gunfire erupted as the national anthem was ending and guests were about take their seats at the ceremony in central Kabul

Hamas Chief: Cease-Fire a Tactic

Hamas Chief: Cease-Fire a Tactic

Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal said Saturday that the Islamist group’s request for a ceasefire with Israel was “a tactic in conducting the struggle.”

Harte mogen








Sunday, 27 April 2008

Afghan president flees assassination bid

Afghan President Hamid Karzai escaped unhurt on Sunday after an assassination attempt by Taliban fighters who fired guns and rockets at an official celebration in the capital, Kabul.

Changement climatique: risque géopolitique?

Geoffrey Delcroix and Peter Schwartz
Futuribles, No 341 (mai 2008) 5-16

La bombe climatique

Hugues de Jouvenel
Futuribles, No 341 (mai 2008) 3-4

The New Economics of Hunger

A brutal convergence of events has hit an unprepared global market, and grain prices are sky high. The world's poor suffer most.
(By Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post)

Saudi Activist Blogger Freed After 4 Months in Jail Without Charge

Saudi Activist Blogger Freed After 4 Months in Jail Without Charge

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia, April 26

Saudi Arabia's most popular blogger was released Saturday after serving four months in prison without charge.

(By Faiza Saleh Ambah, The Washington Post)

Letters Give C.I.A. Tactics a Legal Rationale

The Justice Department has told Congress that U.S. operatives trying to thwart terrorist attacks may use interrogation methods that might otherwise be barred under international law.

China offers Pakistan military aid to fight terrorism

China offers Pakistan military aid to fight terrorism
'Beijing will further cooperate with Pakistan in dealing firmly with terrorists,' Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told reporters here Friday.

Islamic Finance

Islamic Finance
By Loretta Napoleoni
Islamic activists, intellectuals, writers, and religious leaders have always upheld the prohibition of riba, the interest charged by moneylenders, and denounced gharar, which refers to any type of speculation. Under this belief, money must not become a commodity in itself to create more money.

Why the U.S. Has Gone Broke

The Pentagon Strangles Our Economy
Why the U.S. Has Gone Broke
By Chalmers Johnson
Our short tenure as the world's lone superpower has come to an end.

China Falls Short on Vows for Olympics: 'Long Way to Go' On Rights, Pollution And Press Freedom

(Washington Post, Apr. 21, 2008)
China has spent billions of dollars to fulfill its commitment to stage a grand Olympics. But beneath the shimmer and behind the slogan, China has not lived up to a pledge in its Olympic action plan, released in 2002, to "be open in every aspect," and a constitutional amendment adopted in 2004 to recognize and protect human rights has not shielded government critics from arrest.

Haken a chainik

Hak flaish

Hanoe hobn

Hak mir nit in kop!





Groyser finger

Haiseh vanneh

Haimish ponem