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  • Caption John Kerry

    03/02/2015 3:09:51 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 38 replies
    watch.org ^ | 3-2-15 | AFP
    US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Geneva International airport, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (photo credit: AP/Evan Vucci, Pool) Top US diplomat John Kerry arrived in Switzerland late Sunday for tough talks on Iran and Ukraine, and to push Moscow’s foreign minister to ensure a “credible” probe into the shooting of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov
  • Canadian police foil Valentine's Day massacre plot

    02/13/2015 11:17:55 PM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Feb 2015 | AP
    Police in Canada have foiled a plot by two suspects who were planning on going to a mall and killing as many people as they could before killing themselves on Valentine's Day.
  • Mike Brown’s Mom Is Taking Her Son’s Case to the UN in Geneva

    11/01/2014 7:07:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Vice.com ^ | October 31, 2014 | 3:55 pm | By Alice Speri
    The mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot to death by a police officer during an altercation in Ferguson, Mo., is going to Geneva, Switzerland to address the United Nations on police brutality. Never mind that the investigation into the incident is ongoing, and it has yet to be determined that Officer Darren Wilson is guilty of any such brutality. In fact, according to The Washington Post, Justice Department investigators “have all but concluded they do not have a strong enough case to bring civil rights charges against Darren Wilson.” Nevertheless, Lesley McSpadden will be in Switzerland...
  • Mike Brown's Mom to Testify Against Son's Killing In Geneva

    11/01/2014 4:43:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    teleSUR ^ | November 1, 2014
    Next month, Lesley McSpadden will travel to the Swiss city to seek justice for her own son Michael Brown. The mother of an unarmed black 18-year-old shot and killed by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri is to take her son’s case to the United Nations in Geneva. Accompanied by family lawyers and human rights activists, Lesley McSpadden will travel to the Swiss city next month to testify on her own son Michael Brown, shot by Officer Darren Wilson this August in Feguson, Missouri, and other victims of police violence, to the UN Committee of Torture. "It's actually covered by...
  • Geneva Phone Thief Left own Mobile at Crime Scene

    07/04/2014 5:04:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Dunya News ^ | 03 July,2014
    A man who stole a mobile phone at a Geneva shop was caught after police identified him from pictures on his own mobile phone, which he left at the scene. The man, a Romanian in his early twenties, took a phone left at a shop in central Geneva for repair, but in his haste to get away he left his own phone behind
  • UPDATE 5-Senior U.S., Iranian officials to meet Monday-Tuesday in Geneva -U.S.

    06/07/2014 2:12:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sun Jun 8, 2014 12:27am IST
    The United States said on Saturday it will send its No. 2 diplomat to Geneva to meet senior Iranian officials on Monday and Tuesday in what appeared an effort to break a logjam in wider negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who led secret U.S.-Iranian negotiations that helped bring about a Nov. 24 interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers, will head a U.S. delegation. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the primary U.S. negotiator with Iran, will accompany him on a team that will include senior White House national security staff. The...
  • 9 Things You Should Know About John Calvin

    05/28/2014 7:41:25 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 155 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 5-28-14 | Joe Carter
    Yesterday marked the 450th anniversary of the death of John Calvin. Here are nine things you should know about the French theologian and Reformer. 1. From an early age, Calvin was a precocious student who excelled at Latin and philosophy. He was prepared to go to study of theology in Paris, when his father decided he should become a lawyer. Calvin spend half a decade at the University of Orleans studying law, a subject he did not love. 2. Calvin wrote his magnum opus, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, at the age of 27 (though he updated the work...
  • Deal Reached On Calming Ukraine Tensions

    04/17/2014 10:58:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    AP/Time ^ | 4/17/14 | John Heilprin and Lara Jakes
    (GENEVA) — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. The agreement, reached after seven hours of negotiation in Geneva, requires all sides to refrain from violence, intimidation or provocative actions. It calls for the disarming of all illegally armed groups and for control of buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists during the protests to be turned back over to authorities. It also gives amnesty to protesters who comply with the demands, except those found guilty of committing capital crimes. Monitors with the Organization of Security...
  • Kiev: Military operation in Ukraine southeast to go on despite Geneva agreement

    04/17/2014 11:10:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    RT ^ | 4-17-2014 | RT
    Despite calls for a peaceful dialogue in the document on Ukraine adopted in Geneva, the coup-imposed Ukrainian Foreign Minister said it will not affect the “anti-terrorist” operation in the East of the country and the troops will remain there. Soon after the Geneva document, adopted at a four-side meeting between Ukraine, the US, the EU and Russia, was published, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa said Kiev is not bound by its recommendations. According to Deshchytsa cited by RIA Novosti, “the troops in the East of the country are carrying out a special operation and can remain where they are.”
  • U.S., EU, Russia Talks Working Toward Joint Statement on Ukraine

    04/17/2014 7:40:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/17/14 | LAURENCE NORMAN
    First Sign That Geneva Discussions are Making Progress The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and the European Union are working on a joint statement, in a sign that talks in Geneva may have made progress, according to two officials involved in the talks on Thursday. Both officials said it wasn't yet clear whether a joint statement would eventually be agreed among all four governments. No details were immediately available. Thursday's meeting, which started late morning in Geneva, is the highest-level direct talks between Moscow and Kiev since Russia's annexation of Crimea.
  • Ethiopian Airlines’ Flight 702 Squawks “HiJacking”

    02/16/2014 8:33:36 PM PST · by CondorFlight · 158 replies
    Airline Reporter ^ | 2/16/14 | Airline Reporter Staff
    At 5:00pm Pacific Time, Ethiopian Flight 702, a Boeing 767-300 was flying over Sudan when it started squawking 7500. The transponder code, is supposed to indicate a “hijacking.” (snip) The flight, operating from Addis Abba to Rome has been confirmed by Rome Airport not to have arrived yet. As of now, it is over France, but has recently taken a steep northeast heading. Based on flight tracking, it appears the plane is headed to Geneva. Emergency crews are standing by.
  • Iran’s nuclear stockpile may rise for now despite deal with powers

    01/25/2014 10:24:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:46am EST | Fredrik Dahl
    An apparent delay in Iran’s building of a nuclear conversion plant suggests its stockpile of low-enriched uranium (LEU) gas will grow for a while longer, despite Tehran’s deal with world powers to curb its disputed atomic activity. Among other steps, Iran agreed under the six-month accord—which took effect on Monday—to limit its LEU reserve. The new plant is meant to achieve that by turning the material into oxide powder that is not suited for further processing into high-enriched—or bomb-grade—uranium. …
  • Iran: Talks resolved all nuclear disagreements

    01/10/2014 10:54:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 01.10.14, 19:28 | (AFP)
    Iran and the EU have found solutions to all their disagreements after talks on how to implement a deal on containing Tehran’s nuclear program, Iranian deputy chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi said Friday. “We had two days of good, constructive and intense negotiations in which we made good progress,” Araqchi was quoted by state television as saying at the end of two days of talks in Geneva. “We found solutions for all the points of disagreements, but the implementation of the Geneva agreement depends on the final ratification of the capitals.” …
  • 'Nuclear Bomb Necessary to Put Down Israel'

    01/06/2014 7:50:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 61 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/1/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Iranian lawmaker, cleric, and Majilis (council) member Mohammed Nabavian declared Monday that Iran does need a nuclear bomb - to destroy Israel. Iran would be able to build a nuclear bomb in “two weeks” if it gets “access to 270 kilograms of 20 percent [enriched uranium], 10 tons of 5 percent, and 20 thousand centrifuges,” Nabavian stated, according to Iranian media reports. “We are not looking for a nuclear bomb, but having a nuclear bomb is necessary to put down Israel." Regarding Iran's resumed diplomatic relations with the US, Nabavian stated, "If Obama asked for a meeting five times before...
  • Group Run by al Qaeda Terrorist Invited to Brief Dems on Drone Policy

    01/06/2014 5:41:54 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1-6-2014 | Alana Goodman
    January 6, 2014 Group Run by al Qaeda Terrorist Invited to Brief Dems on Drone Policy Alana Goodman The representative of a human rights group headed by a designated al Qaeda terrorist was denied a visa by the State Department after being invited by congressional Democrats to discuss drone strikes.Mohammad Al Ahmady, the Yemen director for Geneva-based NGO Al Karama, was expected to brief Reps. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), and Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) the morning of the Nov. 19, according to press release from Grayson’s office.Ahmady, who also serves as a top official in an...
  • Surrender in Geneva

    11/29/2013 4:10:51 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11/29/2013 | Mark Steyn
    Iran, U.S. Set to Establish Joint Chamber of Commerce within Month,” reports Agence-France Presse. Government official Abolfazi Hejazi tells the English-language newspaper Iran Daily that the Islamic Republic will shortly commence direct flights to America. Passenger jets, not ICBMs, one assumes — although, as with everything else, the details have yet to be worked out. Still, the historic U.S.–Iranian rapprochement seems to be galloping along, and any moment now the cultural-exchange program will be announced and you’ll have to book early for the Tehran Ballet’s season at the Kennedy Center (“Death to America” in repertory with “Death to the Great...
  • Peace in our time awaits?

    11/29/2013 9:17:46 AM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 29, 2013 | Dan Miller
    It all depends on the meaning of sex and is "peace." My earlier attempts at analysis are here and here. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geKssJ1c-SI&w=640&h=360]Video linkPower Line provides an overview here. One part of it is reprinted below:   5. The Iranian regime never disclosed its uranium enrichment facilities or heavy water reactor. Each was revealed by outsiders. The agreement addresses Iran’s known nuclear facilities with at least one exception. It makes no mention of Parchin, the military facility where Iran is believed by the IAEA to have conducted weaponization research and sought to conceal the evidence. As David Albright and Robert Avagyan wrote earlier this year:...
  • Netanyahu makes a phone call. Report: Obama asks Netanyahu to 'take a breather' from vocal criticism

    11/28/2013 9:57:38 AM PST · by Nachum · 81 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 11/28/13 | staff
    As the US prepares to start talks on an "end state" agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, US President Barack Obama has asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to "take a breather" from his vocal criticism of the interim deal signed in Geneva, journalist David Ignatius wrote in a column published in The Washington Post on Thursday. Obama and Netanyahu spoke on the phone on Sunday, in a conversation meant to assuage the prime minister's concerns following the signing of the "first stage" deal between Tehran and the P5+1 countries. After weeks of Israeli officials publicly condemning the deal, Netanyahu...
  • The goal of Obama's foreign policy

    11/27/2013 8:08:04 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 14 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/27/2013 | Caroline B. Glick
    It isn't surprising that the US and the other five powers signed a deal with Iran on Saturday. Over the past few weeks, US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made it clear that they were committed to signing a deal with Iran as quickly as possible. >>SNIP<< The negotiations with the Iranians that culminated in Saturday night's agreement went on for a year. And yet, the final deal reflects Iran's opening positions. That is, over the course of the entire year, American and European negotiators were not able to move Iran's positions one iota. So what...
  • Iran nuclear deal reached in Geneva

    11/23/2013 7:50:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 10:32 PM EST, Sat November 23, 2013 | Jim Sciutto and Chelsea J. Carter
    A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program, a first step in ending a decades-long standoff over the country’s nuclear intentions. … The White House said that “the initial, six-month” Iran nuclear deal addresses the United States’ “most urgent concerns.” Among them are Iran’s ability to enrich uranium, what to do about its existing enriched uranium stockpiles, the number and potential of its centrifuges and Tehran’s “ability to produce weapons-grade plutonium using the Arak reactor.” Iran also agreed to provide “increased transparency and intrusive monitoring of its nuclear program.” …
  • Breaking: Iran Deal Has Been Reached

    11/23/2013 6:16:00 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 344 replies
    Chad Pergram ^ | 11/23/13 | Chad Pergram
    Secretary of State John Kerry confirms there is a deal on Iran's nuclear program in Geneva.
  • Kerry travels to Geneva to join Lavrov’s effort to end standoff (Will France hold the line again?)

    11/22/2013 12:43:41 PM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | November 22, 2013, 10:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
    Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Geneva Friday to join Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who arrived in Geneva Friday for an effort to end the standoff in the talks between the six major powers and Iran on an interim accord for Iran’s nuclear program. Both will try and narrow the differences between the parties and bring them closer to an agreement. While in the Swiss city, Lavrov also plans to meet the UN special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and US diplomats Monday to work on preparations for an international peace conference on Syria.
  • Khamenei says “Israeli regime is doomed to failure, annihilation” as nuclear negotiations resume.

    11/21/2013 6:58:24 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 13 replies
    Joel C Rosenberg's Blog ^ | 11/20/2013 | Joel C Rosenberg
    (Jerusalem, Israel) — “Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his country would not step back from its nuclear rights and his negotiating team had set limits for talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program to resume in Geneva later on Wednesday,” reported the Jerusalem Post. ” Khamenei took swipes at Israel and France during his speech to tens of thousands of volunteer Basij militiamen in Tehran, broadcast live on Iran’s Press TV.” “Zionist officials cannot be called humans, they are like animals, some of them,” said Khamenei. “The Israeli regime is doomed to failure and annihilation,” he added. “The ‘Zionist...
  • ‘Geneva talks a facade, US-Iran worked secretly on deal for past year’

    11/17/2013 10:48:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 11/17/13 | Stuart Winer
    The Geneva negotiations between the so-called P5+1 powers and Iran are a mere “facade,” because the terms of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program have been negotiated in talks between a top adviser to President Barack Obama and a leading Iranian nuclear official that have continued in secret for more than a year, Israeli television reported Sunday. Despite ostensible full coordination between the US and Israel over strategies for thwarting Iran’s nuclear weapons drive, the administration did not keep Israel fully informed on those talks, Channel 10 news reported, but Jerusalem nonetheless has a pretty clear picture of what has
  • Kerry warns fresh Iran sanctions could scuttle nuclear talks

    11/13/2013 7:36:06 PM PST · by haffast · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 November 2013 Last updated at 20:05 ET | BBC
    Secretary of State John Kerry has told US lawmakers any new sanctions against Iran would risk ruining talks over Tehran's nuclear programme. He told a Senate banking committee that the US might lose negotiating partners if it imposed economic penalties. The panel has been considering a fresh package but legislators are divided on the measure. Mr Kerry has told the BBC that Iran and world powers had come "extremely close" to a deal at the weekend. Before Wednesday's closed-door meeting with senators, Washington's top diplomat told reporters: "What we're asking everybody to do is calm down, look hard at what...
  • White House seems giddy about genocidal, nuclear weapons-developing mullocracy

    10/18/2013 7:56:01 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 11 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 10/19/2013 | Carolyne B. Glick
    Speaking to the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Wednesday, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz explained Israel's concerns about the nuclear negotiations with Iran in Geneva. "We're worried Geneva 2013 will end up like Munich 1938." Well, the time for worrying has passed. The statements from the Obama administration and the EU following the closing of the first round of talks all made clear that Geneva 2013 is Munich 1938. >>SNIP<< The Iranians remain committed to developing nuclear weapons. But the US and Europe have stopped even paying lip service to stopping them. Instead, the US and Europe aim...
  • (U.N. Dhimmitude) United Nations Hides Nude Carving of Adam to Not Offend Iranians

    10/14/2013 7:12:25 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | Monday, October 14, 2013 | AFP
    UN hides naked male sculpture to please Iranians A relief carving of a naked man at the UN's Geneva headquarters was covered up on Monday, apparently to spare the blushes of Iranian diplomats ahead of fresh talks on the country's nuclear drive. UN officials would not comment on why the wall relief, inspired by Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam", had been masked by a large white screen, referring questions to the Swiss authorities. But Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneve claimed that the aim was to avoid offending the Islamic republic's delegation for the talks taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Iranian...
  • Company May Be Liable as Dumping "Arranger," Judge Says

    10/03/2013 4:53:13 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | October 3, 2013 | John Cahar
    An upstate hair care products company whose returned and obsolete products were deposited in a private landfill that it never owned is potentially liable for a portion of the clean-up costs under an "arranger liability" theory, a Western District judge has held. In a lengthy application of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2009 holding in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway v. United States, 556 U.S. 599, Chief Judge William Skretny said that even though Zotos International did not dump hazardous materials on a site in Seneca County, it effectively "arranged" for the disposal and, under Burlington Northern, may be liable...
  • Geneva (NY) Union Leader Pleads Guilty

    09/18/2013 6:32:35 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Mark Valerio, 57, of Macedon, N.Y., pleaded guilty to violating a provision of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act before U.S. Magistrate Jonathan W. Feldman. The defendant faces up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The charge also carries a thirteen year prohibition from holding a leadership role in a labor organization. Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case, stated that between 2003 and 2012, the defendant was President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union, Local 249,...
  • Israel must remove all Jewish settlers from occupied West Bank

    01/31/2013 6:35:10 AM PST · by haffast · 27 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 1-31-2013 | Anne Sewell
    A report emanating from a UN human rights inquiry has called on Israel to remove all Jewish settlers from the West Bank and to immediately cease expansion. According to the report, the settlements violate international law and are merely an attempt to drive out Palestinians through intimidation. The report comes from an inquiry led by French judge Christine Chanet and was based on interviews with 50 Palestinians, describing land grabs, violence, and damages to livelihood, and reads, "Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions.” The report further states that...
  • Dwarf planet Eris may reveal quantum gravity

    01/25/2013 12:55:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    newscientist.com ^ | 24 January 2013 | by Ker Than
    Many galaxies appear to have stronger gravity - and thus more mass - than can be explained by their visible matter alone. Overly massive galaxies are most often attributed to dark matter, an invisible substance that interacts with matter through gravity. To date, though, no one has directly detected dark matter particles. But a well-established notion in physics could hold another explanation for their size. This says that empty space is really a frothy, turbulent sea full of virtual particles - matter and antimatter that spring in and out of existence so fast that we can't see them. Though they...
  • Is This An Early 'Mona Lisa?'

    09/28/2012 7:03:40 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    wfae.org ^ | 28 Sept 2012 | Mark Memmot
    The Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation said today that it has evidence that a painting that first came to light in the late 1800s is an early "Mona Lisa" also done by Leonard Da Vinci. Known as the "Isleworth Mona Lisa," the painting is a "portrait of a young woman with an enigmatic smile" much like the famous work of art in The Louvre, as The Associated Press writes. The foundation, which was created for the specific purpose of researching the history of the "early Mona Lisa," says it believes the painting was created 11 or 12 years before the more...
  • George Clooney to Appear at Mega-Dollar Obama Fundraisers in Geneva

    06/30/2012 1:22:14 PM PDT · by thecodont · 16 replies
    Hollywood Reporter via Drudge Report ^ | 11:08 AM PDT 6/29/2012 | by Tina Daunt
    George Clooney has signed on for another special guest appearance as the Barack Obama re-election campaign takes its summer fundraising tour across the Atlantic in pursuit of Euro-cash. The Obama campaign posted an invitation on its website Friday revealing that the presidential pal-in-chief will appear at a pair of Americans Abroad for Obama events Aug. 27 in Geneva, Switzerland. Clooney, who usually spends summers at his villa on Italy’s Lake Como, made a similar appearance across the Swiss border on behalf of then-candidate Obama during the run-up to the 2008 general election. Charles Adams, co-president of the campaign’s European outreach...
  • In Switzerland, George Clooney raises $625K for Barack Obama

    08/27/2012 6:20:33 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun Times/AP ^ | 27 August 2012
    George Clooney headlined a fund-raiser Monday that took in more than a half-million dollars for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Organizers said they took in at least $625,000 from U.S. donors for Obama’s campaign, including many who flew in to Geneva, Switzerland, from around the world for the one-night event.
  • Clooney to raise money for Obama in Geneva (One-percenters shell out $30K)

    06/29/2012 3:08:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/29/12
    Clooney to raise money for Obama in GenevaPublished June 29, 2012 Associated Press Actor George Clooney is offering more help to President Obama's re-election campaign by headlining a European fundraiser this summer for Americans living abroad. An invitation posted on Obama's campaign website says Clooney will be the special guest at an Obama fundraiser in Geneva, Switzerland, on Aug. 27. Tickets start at $1,000 per person, and dinner for two costs a cool $30,000.
  • Abbas: Recognize Terrorists as Prisoners of War

    04/17/2012 3:38:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/4/12
    The PA will turn to Switzerland to request that PA prisoners in Israel be recognized as prisoners of war, Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday as he celebrated Prisoners’ Day. Switzerland is the depository state of the Geneva Convention. Recognition of PA prisoners as prisoners of war would mean better conditions, ...
  • How to Make Piece in Two Minutes (Barf)

    02/13/2012 2:19:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    You Tube ^ | Heskem TV
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  • Solar plane makes maiden international flight

    05/14/2011 4:18:38 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 14th 2010 | Christopher Le Coq
    A solar energy plane made the world's first international flight powered by the sun on Friday to show the potential for pollution-free air travel. The Solar Impulse took off from an airfield at Payerne in western Switzerland on Friday morning and landed at Brussels airport after a 13-hour flight. "The objective is to demonstrate what we can do with existing technology in terms of renewable energy and energy savings," project co-founder and pilot Andre Borschberg told Reuters by telephone during the flight. Borschberg believes such solar-harnessing technology can be used to power cars and homes. "It is symbolic to be...
  • Power: Obama gave 'meaning and content' to human rights, democracy

    03/28/2011 8:02:00 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | March 28, 2011 | Ben Smith
    A foreign policy adviser to President Obama said this evening that the Administration has "rehabilitated" the concept of human rights, tarnished by the Iraq war, in a way that laid the groundwork for international collaboration. Samantha Power, a senior director on the National Security Council best known for her human rights advocacy before she entered the White House, spoke at Columbia University in New York City two hours before the president's planned speech in Libya tonight. Obama "has used his pulpit and a number of speeches ... to kind of clear the brush that had gathered around the norms in...
  • Bush cancels Geneva speech 'fearing' possible torture charges

    02/05/2011 4:40:27 PM PST · by crescen7 · 32 replies
    france24.com ^ | 05/02/2011 | REUTERS
    Former US President George W. Bush cancelled a trip to Geneva over the risk of legal action against him for the alleged torture of suspected militants at Guantanamo Bay, rights groups said Saturday. He was scheduled to address a Jewish charity gala.
  • Calvins Reign of Terror

    12/15/2010 7:22:45 PM PST · by narses · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Geneva was a church-city-state of 15,000 people, and the church constitution now recognized "pastors, doctors, elders and deacons," but the supreme power was given to the magistrate, John Calvin. In November 1552, the Council declared Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion to be a "holy doctrine which no man might speak against." Thus the State issued dogmatic decrees, the force of which had been anticipated earlier, as when Jacques Gruet, a known opponent of Calvin, was arrested, tortured for a month and beheaded on July 26, 1547, for placing a letter in Calvin's pulpit calling him a hypocrite. Gruet's book...
  • Swiss Hold 8 Over Saudi Suicide Bombs

    01/09/2004 6:35:24 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 215+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-10-2004 | Alison Langley
    Swiss hold 8 over Saudi suicide bombs Alison Langley in Zurich, and Brian Whitaker Saturday January 10, 2004 The Guardian The Swiss authorities have arrested eight people in connection with suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia. The arrests on Thursday were part of a national operation by 100 police officers who raided homes in Geneva, Bern, Zurich, Vaud and Aargau and questioned about 20 suspects. Those arrested are suspected of providing logistical support for a series of attacks by Islamic militants on housing compounds in Riyadh last May which killed 35 people, including nine assailants. Officials said all the suspects were...
  • Obama Welcomes A Stealth Jihadist

    03/25/2010 1:19:25 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 11 replies · 431+ views
    Five years after being barred from the U.S. for making charitable contributions to a group that sent those contributions to the jihad terror group Hamas, internationally renowned Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, often dubbed “the Muslim Martin Luther,” will make his first public appearance in America this April after being permitted to enter the country. The turnabout comes not because Ramadan has been cleared of these charges, but because Secretary of State Clinton has, in the words of State spokesman Darby Holladay, “chosen to exercise her exemption authority for the benefit of Tariq Ramadan.” Holladay disingenuously suggested that the Bush Administration...
  • The Pious Fraud - Tariq Ramadan, Islamist and equivocator

    03/02/2008 12:17:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 512+ views
    City Journal ^ | 29 February 2008 | Ibn Warraq
    Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan, by Caroline Fourest; foreword by Denis MacShane (Encounter Books, 262 pp., $23.95) In the 1990s, Western liberals, alarmed at the presence of Islamic fundamentalists in their midst, turned in desperation to Muslims whom they dubbed “reformers” or “modernizers.” They hoped that these figures would have a moderating influence on disaffected Muslim youths who refused to integrate into Western society. One such “reformer” is Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss-born academic. Ramadan has won the confidence of many in the West, including the British government, which asked him to serve on its task force for...
  • The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate

    10/13/2009 1:13:12 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 1,337+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 10/12/09 | Dennis Overbye
    More than a year after an explosion of sparks, soot and frigid helium shut it down, the world’s biggest and most expensive physics experiment, known as the Large Hadron Collider, is poised to start up again. In December, if all goes well, protons will start smashing together in an underground racetrack outside Geneva in a search for forces and particles that reigned during the first trillionth of a second of the Big Bang. Then it will be time to test one of the most bizarre and revolutionary theories in science. I’m not talking about extra dimensions of space-time, dark matter...
  • US Welcomes Iran Inspection Offer [We've Seen This Movie Before!]

    09/26/2009 4:27:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 459+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 26, 2009
    US Welcomes Iran Inspection Offer Mrs Clinton is in New York for the annual UN General Assembly US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has given a cautious welcome to Iran's announcement that it will open a newly revealed nuclear plant to inspection. Speaking in New York, Mrs Clinton said it was always welcome when Iran decided to comply with international rules. The US, France and UK accused Tehran of deception after it admitted to the existence of the facility on Monday. Iran says the uranium enrichment plant, near the city of Qom, is in line with UN regulations. It maintains...
  • Scientists pull an about face on global warming

    09/21/2009 6:01:48 PM PDT · by RebelYell1990 · 24 replies · 2,183+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | September 19, 2009 | Lorne Gunter
    magine if Pope Benedict gave a speech saying the Catholic Church has had it wrong all these centuries; there is no reason priests shouldn't marry. That might generate the odd headline, no? Or if Don Cherry claimed suddenly to like European hockey players who wear visors and float around the ice, never bodychecking opponents. Or Jack Layton insisted that unions are ruining the economy by distorting wages and protecting unproductive workers. Or Stephen Harper began arguing that it makes good economic sense for Ottawa to own a car company. (Oh, wait, that one happened.) But at least, the Tories-buy-GM aberration...
  • World's 10 Best Places To Live [Forbes Magazine Slide Show]

    05/15/2009 11:34:08 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 78 replies · 3,011+ views
    (1) Vienna (2) Zurich (3) Geneva (4) Vancouver and Auckland (tie) (6) Dusseldorf (7) Munich (8) Frankfurt (9) Bern (10) Sydney
  • INSUFFERABLE IRANIAN: A'JAD HARMS HIS OWN CAUSE

    04/24/2009 3:14:44 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 462+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 24, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    IRANIAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have shot himself in the foot. Ahmadinejad gave a vitriolic anti-American and anti-Israeli speech at the "Durban II" anti-racism conference in Geneva April 20 as part of an effort to launch his re-election campaign with a big bang and to bolster the claim that he is the global standard-bearer of anti-Western movements. The speech was designed to shock and provoke, and it did that -- but it also highlighted the Islamic Republic's increasing diplomatic isolation. Ban Ki Moon, who briefly pulled off his earpiece so as not to hear the translation of Ahmadinejad's incendiary claims,...
  • The Gitmo Waltz; The Obama Justice Department is dancing around the words 'enemy combatants'

    03/17/2009 3:52:09 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 6 replies · 501+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 17, 2009 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    At first you may think, “That sounds reasonable. After all, who can really predict the future?” But then read DOJ’s next sentence: “This position is limited to the authority upon which the Government is relying to detain the persons now being held at Guantanamo Bay.” Turns out it’s not about the future at all. It’s about the people about whom we’ve had the better part of eight years to develop a position on what “substantial” assistance is and which “associated forces” are eligible for indefinite detention. Obama doesn’t want to say he is relying on Article II — even though...